Archive for December 6th, 2005

Trading bibles for porn in San Antonio

Tuesday, December 6th, 2005

I guess there are no depths of depravity the “enlightened” of society will not go to. Now we have college students offering to take your bible in exchange for porn. I hope this is just one of those stupid college tricks that students are famous for. It just makes me mad that the school is allowing this. I know, many will say first amendment rights, but what kind of outcry would there be from the left if someone had a “turn in your porn for a bible”?

A group of atheists at the University of Texas in San Antonio is trying to tempt college kids into trading their Bibles for pornography.
It’s part of a program called Smut for Smut sponsored by the student organization called Atheist Agenda.
On Monday, MSNBC’s Tucker Carlson welcomed the group’s president, Thomas Jackson, to ‘The Situation.”

TUCKER CARLSON: Tell me why you’re promising to give porn to people who bring in sacred texts, the Bible, the Bhagavad Gita, the Koran What’s the idea?
THOMAS JACKSON: All right. Well, we have Bronze Aged tribal nonsense, these things written by people in tents ages ago, and we’re using this to renounce science standards in our classrooms in America. We’re using it to kind of influence our political agenda.
And we’ve read it. Atheists actually tend to be rather knowledgeable about scripture, and we are using this as a medium to get people to know what’s actually within the religious text that they hold so dear.
CARLSON: Why porn, though? Why not just argue, you know, about what parts of the sacred text you find specious?
JACKSON: Well, first of all, you know, pornography gets a lot of negative press, and it’s smut. A lot of it really is. And we wanted to make the comparison between that and the smut that is religious scripture or a lot of it, you know. The stuff that says a woman is worth half a man, the things that say, you know, you should beat children.
These things aren’t acceptable in our society, and if pornography is not acceptable, then these things surely aren’t. At the very least, what we’re doing is trading something that’s very, very bad for something that’s only moderately bad.

Read the rest of the interview here.

U.S. Army report: Israel can’t stop Iran nukes

Tuesday, December 6th, 2005

More news about Iran’s Nukes. Apparently Israel cannot stike Iran because the operation would be too far away from their military bases. Looks like it’s up to us or the U.N. Well, we know what the U.N. will do (or won’t do as the case may be), so I guess it’s up to us.

WASHINGTON — Geopolitical limitations render Israel’s air force militarily incapable of halting Iran’s nuclear weapons program according to a new report published the by U.S. Army War College.
The report asserts Israel lacks the military capability to locate and destroy Iranian nuclear assets. The report said the Israel Air Force cannot operate at such long distances from its bases.
“The Israeli Air Force has formidable capabilities and enjoys unchallenged supremacy vis-à-vis the other Middle East air powers, but Israel has no aircraft carriers and it cannot use airbases in other Middle East states,” the report entitled “Getting Ready for a Nuclear-Ready Iran,” said. “Therefore its operational capabilities are reduced when the targets are located far from its territory.”

Read the rest of the article here.
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U.S. Army report: Israel can’t stop Iran nukes

Tuesday, December 6th, 2005

More news about Iran’s Nukes. Apparently Israel cannot stike Iran because the operation would be too far away from their military bases. Looks like it’s up to us or the U.N. Well, we know what the U.N. will do (or won’t do as the case may be), so I guess it’s up to us.

WASHINGTON — Geopolitical limitations render Israel’s air force militarily incapable of halting Iran’s nuclear weapons program according to a new report published the by U.S. Army War College.
The report asserts Israel lacks the military capability to locate and destroy Iranian nuclear assets. The report said the Israel Air Force cannot operate at such long distances from its bases.
“The Israeli Air Force has formidable capabilities and enjoys unchallenged supremacy vis-à-vis the other Middle East air powers, but Israel has no aircraft carriers and it cannot use airbases in other Middle East states,” the report entitled “Getting Ready for a Nuclear-Ready Iran,” said. “Therefore its operational capabilities are reduced when the targets are located far from its territory.”

Read the rest of the article here.
See my blog posts here.

US prepares for worst-case scenario with bird flu

Tuesday, December 6th, 2005

The Bird Flu continues to get little attention considering just how bad it could be.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Bird Flu or Avian Influenza is “an infection caused by avian (bird) influenza (flu) viruses. These influenza viruses occur naturally among birds. Wild birds worldwide carry the viruses in their intestines, but usually do not get sick from them. However, avian influenza is very contagious among birds and can make some domesticated birds, including chickens, ducks, and turkeys, very sick and kill them.

As far as infecting humans, they say this:
Although avian influenza A viruses usually do not infect humans, more than 100 confirmed cases of human infection with avian influenza viruses have been reported since 1997. For example, the World Health Organization (WHO) maintains situation updates and cumulative reports of human cases of avian influenza A (H5N1). Most cases of avian influenza infection in humans are thought to have resulted from direct contact with infected poultry or contaminated surfaces. However, there is still a lot to learn about how different subtypes and strains of avian influenza virus might affect humans. For example, it is not known how the distinction between low pathogenic and highly pathogenic strains might impact the health risk to humans. (For more information, see “Low Pathogenic versus Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Viruses” on the CDC Influenza Viruses Web page.

But according to an article posted at Breitbart.com, officals are expecting a pandemic.

The federal authorities are preparing to face a possible avian flu pandemic in the United States by contemplating a worst-case scenario, under which more than 92 million people will become ill in the space of four months, US Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt said. The projections are based on the 1918 Spanish flu epidemic that killed about 50 million people around the world and emerged as the most serious pandemic of the 20th century.
“Because we want the assumptions to tease out and exercise the most severe case, the assumptions we are building on are primarily focused on the 1918 pandemic,” the secretary told a meeting of officials from the 50 states and local governments, which focused on pandemic preparedness planning.
“The H5N1 virus we are concerned about currently resembles the triggering virus in 1918,” he continued. “I will begin to use those planing assumptions in the development of models that will help us and you make decisions.”
According to mathematical projections used by Washington, everything begins with an epidemic that breaks out in Thailand in a small village, where the H5N1 virus has hypothetically mutated and acquired the ability to transmit among humans.
This has not yet occurred. So far the virus has been jumping from birds to humans, but scientists believe it is just a matter of time before it learns how to move from human to human.
Bird flu has affected 130 people in Asia, with 69 of those cases being fatal.
Under the same catastrophic scenario, the epidemic will turn into a pandemic in just several weeks, spreading first in Asia before reaching Europe and the American continent 50 days later.
At the end of week six, Americans will see 722,000 pandemic cases in the United States, by week nine — 37.4 million, by week 12 — 90.8 million, and by the end of week 16, 92.2 million cases, according to Leavitt.
“The reality is … pandemics happen,” the secretary said. “When it comes to a pandemic, we are overdue and we are underprepared.”

Standard flu precautions are certain to help. Wash your hands often with hot water and anti-bacterial soap (if available). Avoid people who have the flu (if possible), and keep yourself rested.

Update:
Fox News is starting a five part series about the bird flu.
See part one here.