Archive for January, 2006

HRC at the State of the Union speech…

January 31, 2006

She doesn’t look happy and is dressed in gray…

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In a display of common sense…

January 31, 2006

First off, this news is a couple of weeks old, but I’ve been a bit busy…

In an all too rare display of common sense, the Massachusetts Legislature defeated a bill that would have allowed illegal aliens to attend UMass colleges at the state residents rate. Under this bill, which should have never made to the floor, legal residents of other states would still have to pay the non-resident rates.

Interesting photos

January 27, 2006

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Interesting photos
Interesting photos,
originally uploaded by Eclipse Pics.

Some photos of mine on Flicker that got noticed.

It’s that time again…

January 27, 2006

Alphecca’s weekly review of anti-gun bias in the media is up.

The Palestinian people have spoken…

January 27, 2006

The major difference between Hamas and the group of terrorists they replaced is that at least Hamas is honest and upfront about their goals of genocide.

That could explain it…

January 27, 2006

A good year for Freedom

January 25, 2006

According to Freedom House, nine nations or territories in 2005 were upgraded in their ranking of free, party free or not free.

Among those deemed freer were Ukraine and Kyrgyzstan, where peaceful revolutions overthrew entrenched governments; Lebanon, where Syrian occupation troops were pressured to withdraw; and Afghanistan and the Palestinian territories, where trailblazing elections were held. Overall, Freedom House concluded, “the past year was one of the most successful for freedom” since the survey began in 1972.

Ace comments on the article:

It’s a surprisingly fair article, detailing where Bush has actually walked the walk and where he has only talked the talk. In many cases (China, Pakistan) strategic considerations militate against an aggressive, provocative US push for democracy, but in others — such as in Uganda — it’s a mystery why the Administration doesn’t take a tougher line against tyranny.

The article continues with:

In other places, the United States has done more than talk. In Kyrgyzstan, the U.S. government funded pro-democracy groups and provided generators to print an opposition newspaper before its revolution. Edil Baisalov, director of the Coalition for Democracy and Civil Society, can quote extensively from the Bush inaugural speech. “The Kyrgyz people are much, much better off today than they were a year ago, and I think the U.S. government should take pride in taking credit for that,” he said. “And [it] should never apologize that it wants the people to be free.”

Ok, that’s just weird…

January 25, 2006

This is what I got in a fortune cookie recently:

The rubber bands are heading in the right direction.

More Red on Red action in Iraq

January 24, 2006

According to ThreatsWatch.org:

But the Islamic Army in Iraq hasn’t just turned down al-Qaeda’s invitation, it has, along with five other insurgent groups, including the Anbar Martyr’s Brigade and the 1920 Revolution Brigades, openly declared war against al-Qaeda

As Mr. Reynolds put it, may both sides fight to the last man…

Baen on Blackfive

January 22, 2006

I’ve mentioned Baen Books multiple times here.
They got a string of posts over at Blackfive’s blog as well.
Laughing Wolf posts on John Ringo’s non-SF book Ghost, which is up for a Romance Award!

John really would like to win this one, so stop by and vote!

Laughing Wolf also posts on Michael Z. Williamson’s book The Weapon.
He has one more that is a general post on Baen Publishing.