Subject: Global Cooling
Pray for the restraint, patience, and courage of the world to resist more war in the face of unspeakable horror. Meditate on peace. Breathe in the heat of war and breathe out the cooling air of peace. We can all be part of this transformation.
Subject: Border Agents Let Fake IDs Go Through
The Associated Press article headlined "Border agents let fake IDs go through" cites a GAO study revealing that undercover investigators have repeatedly penetrated our borders with fake documentation--when they were required to produce any documentation at all. This despite billions and billions of taxpayer dollars spent over the last five years on invading impoverished Third World countries, covering up the failures of the "Star Wars" anti-missile system, stuffing Halliburton's coffers, and other vital national security efforts.
Subject: Defending Jesus
It seems like every time I turn on the T.V. or open a newspaper these days there's another crooked CEO or politician proclaiming his profound faith and dedication to his lord and savior, Jesus Christ. The latest were convicted Enron tycoons, Jeffrey Skilling and Kenneth Lay. Right after the guilty verdict came down, Lay said, "We believe that God in fact is in control and indeed he does work all things for good for those who love the lord." Pardon me, but where exactly in the bible did Jesus say we should rob, cheat, lie and steal millions from other people for our own personal wealth and power? If memory serves me ... he said just the opposite. So, how can this guy claim to be a Christian? If you believe that Jesus would forgive this guy for his "sins," wouldn't the guy at least have to "repent" first? That was my understanding. Yet these guys are still maintaining their innocence even after they've been found guilty beyond a shadow of a doubt. Jesus supposedly whooped ass on the "money changers," and so he sure as Hell would not have put up with these crooks. They are certainly no believers in any Jesus Christ that I ever learned about as a child growing up in church.
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Subject: Tempest in a Teaspoon
Noticed this story on the Drudge Report. One thing to remember is that several years ago the National Hurricane Center calibrated the data on numerous Pacific typhoons from the 1930's and 40's. Seems there was some kind of problem with the measuring devices and/or data collecting methods. In virtually every case I saw, the storm winds were determined to be far less powerful than originally recorded. These types of changes in weather records are not made without a great deal of research and peer review. The article Drudge is pushing doesn't ask if the scientists are using the pre-calibrated data. It appears they are. Besides, it's still the storm surge that takes the most lives and causes the most damage. Some scientists are talking about the creation of a Category Six for hurricanes, but the rapidly rising sea levels will soon necessitate a new rating system for storms with Cat. One winds and Cat. Two or Three storm surge.
Global Warming's Effect on Hurricane Strength Disputed in New report (AP/South Florida Sun-Sentinel)
Subject: What are them Ay-rabs doing sittin' on top of OUR oil?
For the Evening Edition:
It isn’t news anymore. The allied death toll in Iraq and Afghanistan rose above 3,200 this week. That milestone did not rate a mention in the daily press. Thirty-Eight have died during the first 26 days of July. It isn’t news because it is routine. America’s soldiers and those of her allies go out to die every day with little to mark their progress. Dead soldiers just aren’t news.
Subject: Muffling the Rage
I try very hard when sending letters to our local paper to muffle the rage I feel. I have had numerous letter rejected for being “inflammatory”. So I try to get my message across in a less strident tone. And it ain’t easy. I have spent nearly 6 years in a rage. What it has done to my blood pressure and arteries is not a good thing.
Subject: Mailbag is great
Your Mailbag is one of the best things that helps me keep my sanity. The new "pre-emptive" war that Israel has started is so painful that I stopped folowing any news for several days. It only proves once again that there are so many fools who think violence can solve all problems. It's refreshing to comeback to the Mailbag and see I am not alone in my views.
Subject: Mailbag ... 7/24/06
First...some housekeeping...I saw two hearings on C-span this weekend...wondered if anyone else saw them...One about how horrid the Medicare drug presc. plan was...how that donut hole works, and how it hurts the most ill of this nation. It made me so mad...to think that we pay prescription drugs for the likes of Dick Cheney...Bush and Rumsfeld...it is just a horror.
A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Peter Phillips
A new study conducted at Sonoma State University shows widespread bias in Associate Press (AP) news reports favoring US government positions.