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Political Backfire

With all the huffing and puffing by the [Dim]ocrats – and Howard the Ducks conviction by fiat – over Tom DeLays alleged travel expenses and who paid for what it comes as no surprise those with the loudest voices have the most to hide. The Associated Press has discovered the DeLay witch hunt has turned into an embarrassment to more Dims than Republicans.

Scrutiny of Majority Leader Tom DeLay’s travel has led to the belated disclosure of at least 198 previously unreported special interest trips by House members and their aides, including eight years of travel by the second-ranking Democrat, an Associated Press review has found.

At least 43 House members and dozens of aides had failed to meet the one-month deadline in ethics rules for disclosing trips financed by organizations outside the U.S. government. …

While most of the previously undisclosed trips occurred in 2004, some date back to the late 1990s. House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer recently disclosed 12 trips, the oldest dating back to 1997. … Hoyer’s undisclosed trips were nearly doubled by Rep. Ellen Tauscher, D-Calif., with 21. Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., reported 20 past trips and Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md. reported 13. … Staff members for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., disclosed 11 prior trips, while staff members for DeLay, R-Texas, had 4. Rep. John Linder of Georgia, a former chairman of the House Republican campaign organization, belatedly filed 9 trips, as did Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif.

Well lookie there, one of the loudest voices, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, and her staff compiled nearly 3 times as many ethics violations as did DeLay. Funny how how that works on the “twisted side of the isle.”

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Why is This News ?

I thought every UN function ended without consensus.

A month-long conference at the United Nations to review the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty ended Friday with no consensus. Ambassador Sergio Duarte of Brazil, President of the 2005 NPT Review Conference told a press briefing that although the conference had accomplished very little, there had been some progress “in the ways issues were discussed and the interest that delegations had shown in those discussions and…documents presented.” The conference was aimed at curtailing the spread of nuclear weapons, and was slowed by arguments among the United States, Iran and Egypt in particular. Throughout the conference the United States was criticized for trying to keep the focus on alleged nuclear threats from Iran and North Korea. Egypt blocked any progress after its demands that Israel be sanctioned for possessing nuclear weapons and not signing the treaty were rejected.

The LAT has more.

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By his own citizens

Projections by three polling groups based on partial results from the referendum suggested around 55 percent of voters had opposed1 the EU’s first constitution, designed to simplify decision-making following the Union’s enlargement last year.

Up yours Chirac! With the British certain to turn down the EU constitution and the Dutch, who vote this week, offering a questionable result it isn’t looking too good for the “all for one, one for all” EU government.

Too bad… Not really it’s funny actually.

  1. The Jurist reports Political leaders and observers across Europe were staggered late Sunday by the apparently – massive French rejection of the proposed European Constitution [back]

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Where Was Paris Hilton ?

She must have been busy washing cars and deep throating burgers and missed this event.

San Francisco’s Center for Sex and Culture played host on Saturday to the city’s annual “Masturbate-a-thon,” an event its organizers said could draw up to 120 people from across the United States aiming to have a good time with themselves.

The event was organized to help raise funds for the center, and, according to its organizer, provide an outlet for safe sex for those who enjoy pleasuring themselves in a semi-public setting.

Carol Queen, director of the center, acknowledged that the event is unusual — even by San Francisco’s standards. The permissive city, which helped ignite a debate on gay marriage last year, tolerates many sorts of sexual behavior but masturbation seems a topic that is off-limits, she said.

“Even people who are sexually frisky … might have the bias that many Americans do, that it’s second-best sex, that it’s something you do if you can’t figure something else out,” Queen said.

…… Oh, excuse me, I’m still here I was er…. busy. Yea that’s it busy, training for next years event!

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An Interesting Conundrum

You know how it was growing up.

As guys approached that age we were all told that masturbation would lead to “going blind.” For the sake of arguement let’s assume I followed that advice and today can see just fine. Now “X” number of years later some of us are threatened with blindness again. (present company excluded, my “thang” works just fine – ed)

U.S. health regulators on Friday said they have received more than 40 reports of a type of blindness in men taking impotence drugs, mostly involving Pfizer Inc.’s Viagra.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it has received about 38 reports of the rare condition among users of Viagra, four reports of blindness among users of Eli Lilly and Co.’s Cialis and one report of the condition in men talking Levitra, made by GlaxoSmithKline Plc.

Interesting isn’t it? At 13 you could go blind. At 73 you could go blind.

I just can’t see my way clear on this one.

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UNITED NATIONS

Syria has arrested more than 1,200 people trying to cross the border into Iraq in recent weeks and sent many back to their home countries because of suspicions they were trying to join the insurgency, Syria’s U.N. ambassador said.

Fayssal Mekdad also denied rumors that terror mastermind Abu Musab al-Zarqawi may be seeking shelter in Syria.

Mekdad said Syria suspected that those arrested — mostly foreigners — intended to carry out illegal activities in Iraq. They were sent back to Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Libya and other countries, he said.

Color me skeptical, dubious, leery and suspicious. Now why would Syria send them back to their home countries if they were suspected terrorists? Why weren’t they rounded up and placed into detention awaiting further investigation? Or turned over the the US?

Oh wait… STUPID me, my bust! They were “sent back” via the quickest route possible.

Through Iraq, via a 1992 Toyota and “Interstate IED.”

Cross posted On the Third Hand

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Via the Globe and Mail:

In a unanimous vote Thursday, the Quebec legislature passed a motion against allowing sharia to be used in the legal system.

“The application of sharia in Canada is part of a strategy to isolate the Muslim community, so it will submit to an archaic vision of Islam,” Fatima Houda-Pepin, a Liberal member of the legislature, said as she introduced the motion against use of the Islamic law.

“These demands are being pushed by groups in the minority that are using the Charter of Rights to attack the foundation of our democratic institutions.”

The debate over sharia surfaced in Canada two years ago when a Muslim group in Ontario proposed the arbitration of family disputes according to Islamic law.

Read the sad tale of Ontario here.

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