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daily archive: 06/13/2005
throbert in Channel Ж:
A quote that came to mind recently, for reasons I forget

A Jewish lady whose name eludes me at the moment once wrote:

What is the nature of the guilt that your teachers call Man's "Original Sin"? What are the evils Man acquired when he fell from a state they consider perfection? Their myth declares that he ate the fruit of the tree of knowledge -- he acquired a mind and became a rational being. It was the knowledge of good and evil -- he became a moral being. He was sentenced to earn his bread by his labor -- he became a productive being. He was sentenced to experience desire -- he acquired the capacity of sexual enjoyment. The evils for which they damn him are reason, morality, creativeness, joy -- all the cardinal values of his existence. It is not his vices that their myth of Man's fall is designed to explain and condemn, it is not his errors that they hold as his guilt, but the essence of his nature as Man. Whatever he was -- that robot in the Garden of Eden who existed without mind, without values, without labor, without love -- he was not Man.

(Just a short entry for now... but be sure to check out the previous Root Cellar, the putting together of which I worked my ass off on!!!1!)
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evariste in Discarded Lies:
We have Al Libbi
Slightly old news, but apparently (to my surprise) Pakistan has handed over Al Libbi, and he's in the US! I'm surprised because he was involved in several attempts on Musharraf's life.
ISN SECURITY WATCH (09/06/2005) - Abu Faraj al-Libbi, an alleged top-ranking al-Qaida suspect arrested by Pakistani forces in May, was handed over to the US last week, Pakistani officials told ISN Security Watch on Wednesday.

“We have completed our investigations, and he has given useful information, but there is no good reason to try him in the country," Pakistani military spokesman Major-General Shaukat Sultan said.

Al-Libbi was captured on 2 May after a shootout with Pakistani security officials in the city of Mardan in the Northwest Frontier Province.

The decision to extradite al-Libbi to the US came as a surprise, as the Libyan national is alleged to have masterminded two assassination attempts on Musharraf’s life in 2003. Earlier in May, Pakistani officials said al-Libbi would stand trial for those charges in Pakistan.

Although the military spokesman refused to reveal where US authorities were holding al-Libbi, official sources believe he has likely been taken to a detention center somewhere in Afghanistan, from where government jets routinely transfer high-profile prisoner to the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

However, Colonel James Yonts, the US military spokesman in Afghanistan, told the Associated Press in an email interview on Wednesday that al-Libbi had been taken directly from Pakistan to the US and not to Afghanistan. He offered no further details.
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evariste in Discarded Lies:
Catch and release program: 100,000 “Other Than Mexicans" last eight months
Compare this number with last year's total of 60,000, and it's clear that the numbers of “other than Mexican" illegal immigrants crossing the Mexican border are rising explosively. And what do the Border Patrol do? Release them on their own recognizance, never to be seen again.
WASHINGTON - Border control agents arrested nearly 100,000 non-Mexicans illegally crossing into the U.S. through Mexico over the past eight months, and have let the vast majority of them go free on bail, immigration officials told a U.S. Senate panel Tuesday.

About 70 percent of so-called "other-than-Mexican" illegal aliens captured along the Southern border are released on their own recognizance to appear at a future deportation hearing, Border Patrol Chief David Aguilar told the Senate Judiciary Committee. Few ever show up.

The rise in non-Mexican illegal immigrants captured while crossing the Mexican border has been of increasing concern to lawmakers since the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Many view the trend with alarm, seeing a potential backdoor for terrorists.

"Those of us who represent states along the border have long been concerned with the potential for terrorists to smuggle themselves across the border," Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Arizona said during a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Increasingly, he said, illegal immigrants "come from countries all over the world, most of the time flying to Mexico and then sneaking into the country on foot. We do not know if they intend to simply find work or engage in acts of terror."

Meanwhile, because many of the "other than Mexican" arrestees come from countries like Brazil where they are not required to have a visa to fly into Mexico, they can't be easily sent back to their countries.

Aguilar said the dearth of detention beds (there are only about 20,000) is a prime reason for the rise in the number of non-Mexican illegals released on bail. Just last year the recognizance rate was about 47 percent, he said.

"Definitely detention would in fact equal deterrence," he said.

C. Stewart Verdery Jr., the former Department of Homeland Security point man on border control issues who now works for a Republican consulting firm, said fixing the problem will take big money.

"This is not going to take some kind of plus-up or shuffling of money around. If you want to build an expansive system that can handle the influx, it will take a massive amount of money," he said.

He also advocated expanding the expedited removal process through border agents can deport undocumented aliens without hearings. That, he said, will cut down on the number of illegal immigrants released on bail who fail to show up for deportation proceedings.

"It will end the perception that we currently have a catch-and-release policy," he said.
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evariste in Discarded Lies:
Virginia's Fourth District Congressman J. Randy Forbes has introduced a bill called the Gang Deterrence and Community Protection Act 2005, which has passed the House and is awaiting Senate action. It's a good law, and it's spurred by the fact that ultraviolent gangs like MS-13 are extending their tentacles throughout the United States. Here's what it guarantees:
-If your crime causes a death, a minimum sentence of life in prison or death.
-30 years to life for kidnapping, maiming (MS-13 types like to hack people's fingers off with machetes), and rape.
-20 years to life for serious bodily injury.
-10 years to life for other violence.
Stiffer mandatory minimum sentences have done wonders in deterring crime and keeping recidivists imprisoned. 16 and 17 year olds will be liable to be tried as adults at prosecutors' discretion; a major reason people that age are targeted by gangs is that the punishments they face for horrible crimes are relatively lenient. From a USA Today story: USATODAY.com - Rise in gangs creates bitter debate
"These aren't petty hoodlums," Forbes said. "They're cutting people's heads off, doing countersurveillance on police. ... They're trained in a type of violence we've not seen heretofore."
The usual clowns are whining:
Opponents include numerous high-powered civil rights groups — the NAACP, the American Civil Liberties Union, Human Rights Watch and others. They cite FBI findings that serious youth crime is declining, say states — not the federal government — can best address the gang problem and worry about long-term consequences for teenage offenders sent to adult prisons.

"We too want to do something about gang violence," said Angela Arboleda of the National Council of La Raza, a Hispanic civil rights organization. "But punitive measures that lock up youths with adults is not a smart approach."

Arboleda says that Forbes' measure — which the congressman has nicknamed "The Gangbusters Bill" — "is one of the worst bills we've ever seen."

According to Forbes, street gang membership in the United States has grown steadily to more than 750,000, outnumbering police officers. He said a federal approach is needed because gangs like MS-13 — the Central American-influenced Mara Salvatrucha — have spread to many states.
Cry me a river. If a sixteen year old doesn't want to go to grownup jail, he shouldn't commit grownup crimes. Here's more whining:
"Because there are alarming stories about gang violence, members of Congress are under pressure from constituents to offer solutions," said Morna Murray of the Children's Defense Fund. "The fear makes it hard to focus on crime prevention. 'Tough on crime' sells, but it doesn't work."
Funny, it's been working to bring us a revolution in public safety for over a decade now. Why is federal action necessary? Forbes explains:
"It's better that it stays state law — that's the true conservative position," said Rep. Robert Inglis, R-S.C., the only Republican opposing the bill when the Judiciary Committee approved it on an otherwise party-line vote.

Forbes said of Inglis, "He's a nice guy — but he's dead wrong."

"In the past, these gangs were in just one area — now they have networks across the country," Forbes said. "We want to create enforcement teams that will do six- or seven-month investigations, and then have trials that will bring whole networks down. States can't do that."

Federal statutes already target Mafia-style organizations. Forbes said his bill is needed because some judges and juries balk at applying such anti-racketeering laws to street gangs.
Here's a map of MS-13's presence in Va. [pdf] and one of the nationwide travel and rendevous with local cells of an MS-13 member [pdf].
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sine in The People's Diner:
Beautifully Eating Your Veggies
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
Michael Jackson Not Guilty! Race Riot?
Just joking about the riot part. Here's a very happy Jackson fan: not guilty thaNK GOD,WITH HIS FATHER IN VILLAGE

As for me, I don't think a middle-aged man who likes to sleep with children and has faced accusations of child molestation twice should have been acquitted. But I wasn't in the jury so I'll just shut up.
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evariste in Discarded Lies:
Bloggda Today
Bill and I bring you another Monday Monday Winds of War briefing at Winds of Change.NET, including such topics as
Terror in Lodi, CA; China ignored by analysts; Zimbabwe crisis; Syria Next?; Bombs in Iran; Iranian protest babes fight sexual discrimination; al Qaeda in Iran; Saudi Religious Police on the outs?; Syria not complying with Lebanon withdrawal; PATRIOT Games; Bolivian blowup; American prisons = Islamists breeding grounds; Africans high percentage of terrorists in Iraq; Darfur update; Resolution in Kashmir?; al Qaeda whereabouts; Thailand terror; Russian train derailed by bomb; ETA at it again; foreign jihadis swell the ranks of Iraqi insurgency; and much more...
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
Ward Churchill's House of Cards
How's this for chutzpah? Churchill Files Lawsuit
University of Colorado professor Ward Churchill has filed an academic-fraud complaint against a professor who has accused Churchill of misconduct.

Churchill himself is the center of an investigation by the university into whether the ethnic studies professor plagiarized some work and fraudulently claimed he was an American Indian.

Churchill's complaint alleges that Lamar University assistant sociology professor Thomas Brown committed misconduct in research Thomas conducted to dispute Churchill's work.

Brown has questioned Churchill's assertion that the U-S Army purposefully infected American Indians with smallpox. Brown says the complaint is an attempt to intimidate him so he won't submit more detailed analysis of problems with Churchill's academic work.
I wonder who else Churchill is going to sue over all these facts stacking up against him.
He accused the U.S. Army of deliberately spreading smallpox among the Mandan Indians of the Upper Missouri River Valley in 1837 — but there's no basis for the assertion in the sources he cited. In fact, in some instances the books he cited — and their authors — directly contradict his assertions.
He has repeatedly claimed to have American Indian ancestry, but an extensive examination of genealogical records that traced branches of both sides of Churchill's family to pre-Revolutionary War times turned up no solid evidence of a single Indian ancestor. In addition, the News found that DNA tests taken last year by two brothers prove that the father of Joshua Tyner — Joshua Tyner is the ancestor Churchill most often has cited for his Indian lineage — was not Indian.

During its investigation, the News also unearthed other evidence of possible research misconduct by Churchill that has not been taken to the faculty committee.
(A fancy little orange liqueur to Portia and lazytart)
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
Iranian women are speaking up
Over 400 women protested in Tehran, demanding rights, in the first public display of dissent by women since the 1979 revolution: Hundreds of Women Protest Sex Discrimination in Iran
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evariste in Discarded Lies:
Pakistan restricts Mukhtar Mai's mobility
Her rapists are set free, and she is restricted to her house. Not only can't she leave the country, she can't even travel to Islamabad to meet her lawyer. Where is the justice, and who is making these decisions?
MULTAN, Pakistan Jun 11, 2005 — A Pakistani woman who was gang-raped on orders from a village council asked the government on Saturday to lift restrictions on her movement.

Mukhtar Mai, 36, said she had suddenly been included without explanation on a government list of people who cannot leave Pakistan.

"Now, police deployed at my home for my protection are not allowing me to go anywhere," Mai told The Associated Press by phone from Meerwala, a village about 350 miles southwest of Islamabad where she lives with her family.

"I demand that all restrictions on my movement be lifted so that I could travel to Islamabad to meet with my lawyer," she said.

ABC News: Pakistan Rape Victim's Movement Restricted
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guest author: logprof in Discarded Lies:
Epilogue: Drive Like Javu
Our arrival in Johannesburg was auspicious enough: As we were disembarking I struck a up a conversation with 2/3 of the South African girl group Jamali. Liesl and Jacqui were not sporting the glammed-up 80s look they do on the website: they are much, much prettier in person, and the South African accent makes me melt. (I had to pull out my journal for them to autograph the back page.) Ladies, if you are reading, thanks!
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