Monday, January 22, 2007

News Notes

Those being protected by lies about global warming ask the administration to quit lying and do something already. They also say it will help and not hurt the economy.

Chief executives from such major corporations as General Electric and DuPont teamed up with environmental organizations Monday, urging U.S. lawmakers Monday to pass sweeping legislation that would ultimately cut greenhouse gas emissions...... USCAP's proposal, entitled "A Call For Action", asks Congress to take a mandatory, "market-driven approach" to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Part of that plan would include a "cap-and-trade program," which has taken hold in Europe.
Under the program, a company is given a set number of emission credits, but would have the freedom to sell, or trade, those remaining credits to other firms that might have spent their own emission credits.
USCAP members said that using this market-based approach would not only drive new, greener technology, but it could also be a significant source of growth of economic and job growth for the U.S.

When will the wingnuts finally admit that what we are doing has an impact on the planet? How hard is that to comprehend? How brainwashed do you have to be to to so completely shut off any modicum of common sense?
I have often asked the wingnut what harm it would do to err on the side of caution even if it isn't true. I don't remember any reasonable response. Why do they have such a hard on over this? More here.

I know the radical right doesn't think good will with the rest of the world is important...but again for those with common sense and the ability to think ahead:
Despite two years of a concentrated effort by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and her public diplomacy major- doma Karen Hughes to boost Washington's global image, more people around the world have an unfavourable opinion of U.S. policies than at any time in recent memory ...he survey, which polled more than 26,000 people in 25 countries, including the U.S., between November and January, found that a 49 percent plurality overall believes the U.S. is playing a "mainly negative" role in the world today, compared to less than a third (32 percent) who said Washington's influence was "mainly positive."
And in the 18 countries where respondents were asked the same question in each of the past two years, the latest poll found a substantial drop in the percentage who said they viewed U.S. influence as positive, from 40 percent in 2005, to 36 percent last year, to 29 percent in 2007.
"According to world public opinion, these days the U.S. government hardly seems to be able to do anything right," said Steven Kull, director of the University of Maryland's Programme on International Policy Attitudes (PIPA) which, along with Canada-based Globescan, conducted the survey. ....The findings of the BBC poll echo those of another major survey of 14 foreign countries released last June by the Pew Research Centre's Global Attitudes Project. It found that Washington's global image had slipped over the previous year, particularly in Europe and Asia..

The right has proven themselves completely incapable of governing and maintaining the greatness of our country in the world. They had their chance and they blew it. Time for a change. Time to support people who will move us forward and work to restore the greatness that is America, not destroy it.

Exposing todays right wing lie:

JAKARTA, Indonesia (CNN) -- Allegations that Sen. Barack Obama was educated in a radical Muslim school known as a "madrassa" are not accurate, according to CNN reporting.
Insight Magazine, which is owned by the same company as The Washington Times, reported on its Web site last week that associates of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-New York, had unearthed information the Illinois Democrat and likely presidential candidate attended a Muslim religious school known for teaching the most fundamentalist form of Islam.
Obama lived in Indonesia as a child, from 1967 to 1971, with his mother and stepfather and has acknowledged attending a Muslim school, but an aide said it was not a madrassa.
A spokesman for Clinton, who is also weighing a White House bid, denied that the campaign was the source of the Obama claim. He called the story "an obvious right-wing hit job."........CNN dispatched Senior International Correspondent John Vause to Jakarta to investigate.
He visited the Basuki school, which Obama attended from 1969 to 1971. "This is a public school. We don't focus on religion," Hardi Priyono, deputy headmaster of the Basuki school, told Vause. "In our daily lives, we try to respect religion, but we don't give preferential treatment."
Vause reported he saw boys and girls dressed in neat school uniforms playing outside the school, while teachers were dressed in Western-style clothes. "I came here to Barack Obama's elementary school in Jakarta looking for what some are calling an Islamic madrassa ... like the ones that teach hate and violence in Pakistan and Afghanistan," Vause said on the "Situation Room" Monday. "I've been to those madrassas in Pakistan ... this school is nothing like that." Vause also interviewed one of Obama's Basuki classmates, Bandug Winadijanto, who claims that not a lot has changed at the school since the two men were pupils.It's not (an) Islamic school. It's general," Winadijanto said. "There is a lot of Christians, Buddhists, also Confucian. ... So that's a mixed school." The Obama aide described Fox News' broadcasting of the Insight story "appallingly irresponsible."

Fox news irresponsible? There is little doubt. The problem is the right will not cover the follow up so many will continue to believe. Either that or they will use twisted logic(see global warming) to deny the truth. It is their typical pattern of lies,hate and deceit.

However if you want to find an authentic madrassa:

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan The Taliban's governing body decided to open schools in the areas controlled by the militants in Afghanistan, the purported chief spokesman for the hardline militia told The Associated Press. Abdul Hai Muthmahien said that Mullah Omar and other Taliban leaders decided that from March, Islamic education will be provided in at least six southern provinces — first for boys and later for girls.The Taliban last year carried out about 200 arson attacks on state schools and killed some 20 teachers, as its insurgency has gathered strength. That's been a setback to a massive foreign-backed education campaign over the past five years to get Afghan children back to school — regarded as one of the successes in efforts to rebuild the war-battered country.

This from the people that harbored the people and planners that attacked us on 9/11. The forgotten war. Another example of why we are totally missing the boat in the “war on terror”. Our leaders are losers.


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