It is the sort of invitation any poverty-stricken student would find hard to resist. "Do you have a professor who just can't stop talking about President Bush, about the war in Iraq, about the Republican party, or any other ideological issue that has nothing to do with the class subject matter? If you help ... expose the professor, we'll pay you for your work."
For full notes, a tape recording and a copy of all teaching materials, students at the University of California Los Angeles are being offered $100 (£57) - the tape recorder is provided free of charge - by an alumni group.
When the Democrats found Murtha to be their anti-war poster boy, the feeling was he would be immune to any criticism. That may have been true in November. January came in with a much different tone in the air.Here's the Murtha The Turncoat piece in the NY Post by Kieran Lalor that Segel refers to; it's also well worth reading. OTOH, the NYT is predictably still carrying Murtha's water. Disappointing who the author is, too:
James Webb, a secretary of the Navy in the Reagan administration, was a Marine platoon and company commander in Vietnam.
Iran regards its friendship with Israel-bordering Syria as vital so it can use it as a logisitcal base to provide support to extremists such as Lebanon's Hezbollah, and the Palestinian Hamas and Islamic Jihad groups. Syria, its economy in tatters after failed nationalisation schemes and the demise of its Soviet bloc backers, relies on oil-rich Iran for support.God forbid there should be no terrorist groups or that Arabs should negotiate with Jews. It might lead to peace in the Middle East and then what?
Before his departure, Ahmadinejad indicated that he and al-Assad would discuss "the continous interferences by foreign forces in the [Middle East] region." The Iranian president added that such interference was the "attempt [by the West through a UN Security Council resolution] to disarm Hezbollah in Lebanon and Western pressure to force the Palestinians to sit at the negotiating table with the Israelis."
The belief that suicide bombers are poor, uneducated, disaffected or disturbed is contradicted by science. Marc Sageman, a forensic psychiatrist at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, found in a study of 400 Al Qaeda members that three quarters of his sample came from the upper or middle class. Moreover, he noted, "the vast majority--90 percent--came from caring, intact families. Sixty-three percent had gone to college, as compared with the 5-6 percent that's usual for the third world. These are the best and brightest of their societies in many ways." Nor were they sans employment and familial duties. "Far from having no family or job responsibilities, 73 percent were married and the vast majority had children.... Three quarters were professionals or semiprofessionals. They are engineers, architects and civil engineers, mostly scientists. Very few humanities are represented, and quite surprisingly very few had any background in religion."Read the whole article here: Murdercide -- Science unravels the myth of suicide bombers. So what makes them do it? A culture that idolizes martyrs and martyrdom, bonds of friendship with other terrorists, and according to a Princeton economist, the lack of civil liberties in their home countries.