Saturday, April 05, 2008

Epic Life of Charlton Heston - The End

Charlton Heston died today with his wife, Lydia at his side.

Heston was a world renowned Hollywood old school actor working with the best directors like DeMille in "The Greatest Show on Earth" and again in "The Ten Commandments," Welles in "Touch of Evil," Sam Peckinpah in "Major Dundee," William Wyler in "The Big Country" and "Ben-Hur," George Stevens in "The Greatest Story Ever Told," Franklin Schaffner in "The War Lord" and "Planet of the Apes" and Anthony Mann in "El Cid."

He was also a best-selling author, a controversial Hollywood labor leader, a life long gun advocate and one time president of the National Rifle Association. For his Hollywood heresy as a gun rights advocate, Heston endured much criticism. In answer to his critics, reprising his scene as Moses parting the Red Sea, Heston raised a flintlock musket over his head and in his deep baritone voice dared them to to pry the rifle "from my cold, dead hands."

The Heston family issued the following statement:

"To his loving friends, colleagues and fans, we appreciate your heartfelt prayers and support. Charlton Heston was seen by the world as larger than life. He was known for his chiseled jaw, broad shoulders and resonating voice, and, of course, for the roles he played. Indeed, he committed himself to every role with passion, and pursued every cause with unmatched enthusiasm and integrity.

We knew him as an adoring husband, a kind and devoted father, and a gentle grandfather, with an infectious sense of humor. He served these far greater roles with tremendous faith, courage and dignity. He loved deeply, and he was deeply loved.

No one could ask for a fuller life than his. No man could have given more to his family, to his profession, and to his country. In his own words, "I have lived such a wonderful life! I've lived enough for two people."

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Another Clinton Whopper

Trina Bachtel died just two weeks after her baby boy was stillborn at Athens, Ohio O'Bleness Memorial Hospital. The 35 year old Pizza Hut manager was uninsured and making minimum wage. Even though Ms. Bachtel was in the care of a hospital affiliated obstetrician, she was denied access to hospital care to save her life for lack of the $100 fee demanded by the hospital.

Such is the state of health care in America according to Senator Hillary Clinton. The Democrat presidential candidate was told this heart wrenching story by a sheriffs deputy when he hosted Mrs. Clinton at his home before the primaries.

Sen. Clinton has told the story on several occasions since then. "It hurts me that in our country, as rich and good of a country as we are, this young woman and her baby died because she couldn't come up with $100 to see the doctor."

The woman was turned away by the hospital not once, but twice as she was having difficulty with her pregnancy. "The hospital said, 'Well, you don’t have insurance.' She said, 'No, I don’t.' They said, 'Well, we can’t see you until you give $100.' She said, 'Where am I going to get $100?' "The next time she came back to the hospital, she came in an ambulance. She was in distress. The doctors and the nurses worked on her and couldn't save the baby."

So very sad.

Except it didn't happen that way. Citing privacy concerns, the hospital could not provide details about the case, but did say that Clinton did not contact the hospital to confirm the story. A Clinton campaign spokesman said candidates often retell stories they've been told, vetting the tales when they can, "In this case, we did try, but were not able to fully vet it."

According to O'Bleness Memorial Hospital records, Ms. Bachtel was admitted to the facility and her baby was delivered stillborn. She was also treated at River Rose Obstetrics and Gynecology affiliate. Ms. Bachtel was never refused treatment and was, in fact, insured. Two weeks later, she died. That wasn't the fault of the health care system or health care providers. Giving birth remians one of the most dangerou things a woman can do and many die. That is very sad, but it's a fact of life.

This is less the story of the poor state of the American health care system than it is of the poor state of Senator Clinton's ability to be honest, at the very least, her propensity to believe just about any tale told her without fully checking the facts. This is still the primary campaign, but if she can't get her facts straight now, why should anyone believe she will get the facts right when she answers that 3 A.M. phone call?

The New York Times
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Friday, April 04, 2008

Hillary Clinton is a Big Fat Liar

How do you know a politician is lying? Their lips are moving!

So, you've heard that one. Well, it's still funny and it's a self-evident truth. Because politician's lips are constantly moving, it's hard to keep up with the list of lies. Dick Morris has compiled a list of the lies, admitted and unadmitted, made by Hillary Clinton, so we don't have to.

The USA Today/Gallup survey clearly explains why Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) is losing. Asked whether the candidates were “honest and trustworthy,” Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) won with 67 percent, with Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) right behind him at 63. Hillary scored only 44 percent, the lowest rating for any candidate for any attribute in the poll.

Hillary simply cannot tell the truth. Here’s her scorecard:

Admitted Lies

• Chelsea was jogging around the Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. (She was in bed watching it on TV.)
• Hillary was named after Sir Edmund Hillary. (She admitted she was wrong. He climbed Mt. Everest five years after her birth.)
• She was under sniper fire in Bosnia. (A girl presented her with flowers at the foot of the ramp.)
• She learned in The Wall Street Journal how to make a killing in the futures market. (It didn’t cover the market back then.)

Whoppers She Won’t Confess To

• She didn’t know about the FALN pardons.
• She didn’t know that her brothers were being paid to get pardons that Clinton granted.
• Taking the White House gifts was a clerical error.
• She didn’t know that her staff would fire the travel office staff after she told them to do so.
• She didn’t know that the Peter Paul fundraiser in Hollywood in 2000 cost $700,000 more than she reported it had.
• She opposed NAFTA at the time.
• She was instrumental in the Irish peace process.
• She urged Bill to intervene in Rwanda.
• She played a role in the ’90s economic recovery.
• The billing records showed up on their own.
• She thought Bill was innocent when the Monica scandal broke.
• She was always a Yankees fan.
• She had nothing to do with the New Square Hasidic pardons (after they voted for her 1,400-12 and she attended a meeting at the White House about the pardons).
• She negotiated for the release of refugees in Macedonia (who were released the day before she got there).

That's quite a list and it's already two weeks old. Goodness only knows how many more fabrications have been told in that short time that need to be added to the list. Hillary Clinton is a veritable font of prevarication and I for one cannot wait for the next episode of the adventures of Hillary Clinton.

World Tribune

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Thursday, April 03, 2008

CO2 is Good

We need more CO2. Declining carbon dioxide levels deprives plants of nutrients needed to produce the abundance of food crops humans consume. Increased CO2 means more plants and more food thus obviating the future cannibalism Ted Turner foretells. Higher temps also benefits the higher plant growth rates associated with increased CO2 by providing more humidity; plants don't grow in cold dry weather as witnessed by winter.

You could have heard a pin drop at the Hong Kong conference designed to persuade the airline industry to cut back on its production of so-called greenhouse gases to fight "global warming."

The "Greener Skies 2008" conference had just heard from David Archibald, a solar scientist asserting that climate change is mostly dictated by solar cycles, not carbon dioxide levels, as conventional wisdom suggests.

Archibald didn't just tell the group not to worry about carbon dioxide emissions. He told those gathered they should figure out ways of increasing CO2 output.

"In a few short years, we will have a reversal of the warming of the 20th century," Archibald warned, according to CargoNews Asia. "There will be significant cooling very soon. Our generation has known a warm, giving sun, but the new generation will suffer a sun that is less giving, and the earth will be less fruitful. Carbon dioxide is not even a little bit bad – it's wholly beneficial."

One observer at the February conference said there would have been fewer jaws dropping had Archibald stripped off his clothes before the assembled.

"Plant growth responds to atmospheric carbon dioxide enrichment," he continued. "In a world of higher atmospheric carbon dioxide, crops will use less water per unit of carbon dioxide uptake. Thus the productivity of semi-arid lands will increase the most."

But the real shocker was not just his unorthodox view of carbon dioxide. Unlike most of those in the conference, Archibald doesn't see a future threat of global warming, but an imminent and dire future of global cooling.

"We will need this increase in agricultural productivity to offset the colder weather coming," he said. "It also follows that if the developed countries of the world want to be caring and sharing to the countries of the Third World, the best thing that could be done for them is to increase atmospheric carbon dioxide levels. It is the equivalent of giving them free phosphate fertilizer. Who would want to deny the Third World such a wonderful benefit?''

After Archibald's speech, Martin Craigs, president of Aerospace Forum Asia, went to the microphone and asked: "Don't you have Al Gore's e-mail address?" "How can you be right and 2,000 scientists wrong?"

Archibald replied: "I am happy to share the science. It's all reputable."
David Archibald can be seen delivering his speech at You Tube in a four part video. If you are a nerd or just masochistic, you can read the 2007 paper (pdf), The Past and Future of Climate, to your heart's content.

World Net Daily

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Wednesday, April 02, 2008

CSI: Baghdad

The Major Crimes Task Force was set up about two years ago in Iraq with the help of the FBI. The Joint Investigative Force, as tranlated from Arabic, is a revolutionary development in a country in which investigations ended when suspects were arrested and evidence was irrelevant. Even before the Saddam years, everyone confessed eventually.

The Major Crimes Task Force is Iraq's first professional investigative agency. It takes on the politically explosive cases no one else will touch — and what some members of the task force have learned has put their lives in jeopardy.


A bag of evidence is so commonplace in America that the idea of gathering it, preserving it and building a case around it hardly gets a second thought.

But here in Iraq, the concept represents a revolution. During the years under Saddam Hussein's rule, evidence was beside the point.

"Before, the accused used to tell us what we wanted to hear because we beat them up or tortured them," ...

"Now, we collect evidence, bring the individuals in for interrogation and then send them to court. This is one of the great changes that has happened here in Iraq."


Until now, the rule of law was aspirational, something Iraqi leaders thought about in theory — something that they could be concerned about in the future. But now, with an investigative force conducting real investigations, the landscape has changed and a moment of truth may have arrived.
Unfortunately, the Joint Investigative Force may be the only part of the Iraqi legal system that is even close to working. Abuses are still rife in the judicial system as is corruption and politicians use the judiciary to protect criminals. Read and hear more of this three part story at NPR.

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Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Al-Qaida Goes for Western Look

CIA Director Michael Hayden says al-Qaida is planning to send Western operatives into the U.S. to carry out terror operations. These blonde haired, blue eyed devils are Europeans newly converted to the Islam, the religion of peace.

They "look Western," he said, and "wouldn't attract your attention if they were going through the customs line at (Washington) Dulles (International Airport) with you when you're coming back from overseas."

These new recruits, Hayden told NBC's "Meet the Press," "would be able to come into this country without attracting the kind of attention that others might."

In other words, they wouldn't fit the typical Middle Eastern profile, and their non-Arabic surnames wouldn't likely show up in any terror watch list. In fact, they might not even need visas if they enter from Europe.

Forget the image of Mohamed Atta and the other 9/11 hijackers. The next al-Qaida-trained terror cell could feature blue-eyed blonds and even women.

Hayden's warning dovetails with German intelligence. Authorities there reveal that terrorist suspects under surveillance include several Germans who have converted to Islam and recently trained at al-Qaida camps in Pakistan.

At the same time, U.S. officials note al-Qaida's use of women to carry out suicide attacks in Iraq is an alarming new twist. Women are checked less often by security because of Muslim sensitivities.

Hayden added that al-Qaida's leaders, including Osama bin Laden, have carved out a "safe haven" inside Pakistan where they continue to plot their war against America. "The situation along that Afghanistan-Pakistan border presents a clear and present danger to the West and to the United States in particular," he asserted.
"Do you believe that's where Osama bin Laden is?" NBC host Tim Russert asked.

"Yes," Hayden replied.

It's from this new base that the al-Qaida kingpin and his deputy, Ayman al-Zawahiri, last month released tapes threatening the West with "severe" punishment. In a cryptic warning, Bin Laden said the next strike "will be what you see and not what you hear."

"It's very clear to us that al-Qaida has been able over the last 18 months or so to establish a safe haven along the Afghan-Pakistan border area that they have not enjoyed before," the CIA chief said. And "they are bringing operatives into that region for training."
Read more here.

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The Dalai Lama - Ya Gotta Love Him

Nancy Pelosi spoke with the Dalai Lama two weeks ago in India. NPR asked her about her trip this morning.

Renee Montagne: What did the Dalai Lama say to you that struck you the most?
Miss Nancy: Well, personally, what he said to me is, "I hope we can rid you of some of your negative attitudes."

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Monday, March 31, 2008

Charlton Heston

Charleton Heston is 83 yrs old and in the final stages of Alzheimer's Disease. He publicly announced his illness August 9, 2002. Since that time, the Alzheimer's has taken a heavy toll.

Heston is under 24-hour care at his Beverly Hills home he had built with his Ben-Hur earnings. Two years ago, a family friend said, "He's way beyond the point of slight memory loss and forgetfulness... He can hardly comprehend a thing anymore. Chuck can barely communicate... And he can no longer carry out daily activities, like eating and walking, without assistance. His life, pretty much, consists of sleeping and eating... The most tragic thing is when he breaks down and cries for no reason at all. You wonder what he's thinking about, but there's no way of knowing. That's unbearable to witness."

At his 2002 announcement, Heston, who had devoted many years to his country and conservative causes, said, "I'm confident about the future of America. I believe in you. I know that the future of our country, our culture and our children is in good hands. I know you will continue to meet adversity with strength and resilience, as our ancestors did, and come through with flying colors -- the ones on Old Glory."

Another family friend told Parade Magazine, "He’s not plugged into machines and his wife Lydia doesn’t plan to use any to extend his life." His son and daughter visit often.

Charlton Heston made a career of playing larger than life characters - Michelangelo, Moses, Ben-Hur, El Cid, and giving voice to God. It is fitting that his life should end without life extending measures. He was given a role of unknown duration and he will play his scene to the end.

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Sunday, March 30, 2008

Matt Maupin's Remains Found in Iraq

"My name is Keith Matthew Maupin. I am a soldier from the 1st Division. I am married with a 10-month-old son. I came to liberate Iraq, but I did not come willingly because I wanted to stay with my child." Pfc Matt Maupin was forced to say those words shortly after he and Sgt. Elmer C. Krause were captured April 9, 2004 by Iraqi insurgents.

A terrorist bastard on the videotape said, "We are keeping him to be exchanged for some of the prisoners captured by the occupation forces ... Some of our groups managed to capture one of the American soldiers, and he is one of many others. He is being treated according to the treatment of prisoners in the Islamic religion and he is in good health."

The remains of Sgt Krause were found April 23, 2004, but Pfc. Maupin has been listed as MIA for five years. The Maupin family pressed the Pentagon and the Army to keep the search open and to keep their boy on the Missing in Action list. In the intervening years, Maupin was promoted to Sargeant.

Matt's father was told by an Army General that DNA testing had been completed on previously unknown remains. Matt Maupin is no longer MIA.

In June 2004, al-Jazeera television broadcast a grainy video of a man, blindfolded and kneeling, before a grave. The man's face was not visible. Al-Jazeera said the footage continued and showed the man being shot in the back of the head. They said the film came from a group calling themselves The Sharp Sword against the Enemies of God and His Prophet.

A total of nine Americans were captured in the April 9 ambush. Along with Maupin and Krause were Kellogg, Brown & Root contractors. Thomas Hamill escaped almost a month later, but the remains of five others were found. One other was declared missing.

Two U.S. service men are still missing in action in Iraq. Army Reservist Ahmed Qusai al-Taayie of Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Iraqi born soldier was abducted when he went to visit his Iraqi wife in Baghdad on Oct 23, 2006. Navy pilot Capt. Michael Speicher has been missing since he was shot down in the 1991 Persian Gulf War.

Yahoo News, Mar 31, 2008
China Daily, April 17, 2004
BBC, June 29, 2004

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