Thursday, August 30, 2007

Fred Runs!

Fred Thompson has announced he will announce next Thursday on a webcast. The decision was made today during a conference call where it was revealed the deciding factor was a thirty-five dollar check send in by Indigo Red.

This from the L.A. TIMES:

Republican Fred Thompson will formally announce his long-anticipated presidential candidacy on a webcast next Thursday, he and his top aides told supporters wired into a conference call today.

The Times' Joe Mathews reports that the call also revealed that after the webcast airs and Thompson files the necessary paperwork with federal election officials, he will travel to the key early states in the nomination battle: Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. And he will conclude his opening tour with a stop in his hometown of Lawrenceburg, Tenn., on Sept. 15.

Mathews was told that during the call, which was not open to reporters, no mention was made of an effort to schedule a Thompson appearance on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" next Wednesday -- the same night of a Republican presidential debate in New Hampshire. But Mathews reports that sources close to Thompson say negotiations between the campaign and NBC remain in the works.

On the money front, Thompson's backers were told that he has raised about $6 million -- far less than the two leading contenders in the GOP race, Rudy Giuliani and Mitt Romney. Not surprisingly, Thompson plans to focus on picking up his fundraising pace.

-- Don Frederick

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Global Warming Hoax Being Exposed

Al Gore's Scorched Earth science consensus is falling apart. A more recent review of peer reviewed papers, reveal that less than half of scientists sign on to the antrhopormorphic explanation of climate change.

Of 528 total papers on climate change, only 38 (7%) gave an explicit endorsement of the consensus. If one considers "implicit" endorsement (accepting the consensus without explicit statement), the figure rises to 45%. However, while only 32 papers (6%) reject the consensus outright, the largest category (48%) are neutral papers, refusing to either accept or reject the hypothesis. This is no "consensus."

The figures are even more shocking when one remembers the watered-down definition of consensus here. Not only does it not require supporting that man is the "primary" cause of warming, but it doesn't require any belief or support for "catastrophic" global warming. In fact of all papers published in this period (2004 to February 2007), only a single one makes any reference to climate change leading to catastrophic results.

US Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works

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Monday, August 27, 2007

Earth on Fire

NASA and some American scholars assembled this composite photo (click on photo to enlarge) of Earth and the fires burning between August 9 to 18, 2007. Maybe Al Gore would like to rethink the sources of CO2 emissions.

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Sunday, August 26, 2007

Desert Viking Ghezali Gives-up on Sueing U.S.

Algerian-Swede Mehdi Ghezali spent more than two years imprisoned at America's Guantanamo Bay enemy combatant facilities. He was captured in Pakistan near the Afghan border in December 2001 only three months after the dastardly Muslim 9/11 attacks upon America. After his release, Ghezali returned to Örebro, Sweden where he had grown-up.

Ghezali filed a lawsuit against the U.S. government for unlawful imprisonment shortly after being released in July 2004. He told Swedish media he did not know why he had been detained, no charges were brought against him, and he had not seen a lawyer while in detention. Ghezali also claimed he had been tortured, a charge the Pentagon denies. All he wanted was to get on with his life ... oh, and monetary compensation for the time spent at Gitmo. Lots of money.

The former terror suspect contacted a Stockholm law firm to sue America. Anton Strand, Ghezali's lawyer, and his partners at Peter Althin and Associates found a U.S. firm that could pursue a case against the U.S. government, but the Americans dropped the case just before the filing deadline explaining the chances of obtaining any compensation were "very small."

Let's review: Ghezali, born in Algeria and raised in Sweden was caught in Pakistan near the Afghan border three months after the 9/11 attacks; he was detained at Guantamo Bay for two years and returned to Sweden; in Sweden he tried, but failed to sue the United States for unlawful detention, torture, and other evil stuff; Ghezali was informed he would not get any money for his ordeals.

What does Ghezali do now? Go to the U.N. World Court in The Hague to bring war crimes charges against the Great Satan? Does he try to appeal the deadline as being unfairly short because most of the time available to file charges he was behind bars without legal counsel? No. He did none of these.

So, what did Ghezali do? Well, when he was told there would be no money, no riches, no windfall treasure, the noble Mehdi Ghezali according to lawyer Strand, "lost interest in proceeding."

Lost interest! Nothing about proceeding on principle, no proceeding because what America had done to him was wrong and uncivilized, no continuance for the sake of the other former and current Gitmo residents. No, no, nothing like that. If Ghezali can't get his hands on bundles of good old American greenbacks, he has no interest in proceeding.

The mind reels!

Whatever you do, dear reader, do not condemn this fine upright Muslim as a money grubbing avaricious fool. No sirree, don't do that. Only Americans lust after money, don't you know.

And oil.

The Local - Sweden's News in English

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