Six Maasai warriors ran in the London Marathon to raise money for a well in their village. Isaya, 24, is their chief. The Guardian has a diary of his week in London, the first time he has left Tanzania.
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
...or perhaps they're Mormons...maybe Zoroastrians? Well the article doesn't say who these terrorists are but I'm sure if they had some kind of religious motivation CNN would let us know and encourage "moderate" members of their sect to decry violence.
Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), the Democratic Party’s 2000 vice presidential nominee, is leaving open the possibility of giving a keynote address on behalf of Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) at the Republican National Convention in September.
Last fall, Fred Thompson issued a tax plan that included an optional flat tax with two tax rates and a generous standard deduction. Another element of the Thompson plan was reducing corporate tax rates. I don’t know if Thompson and McCain have spent any time together since McCain became the GOP nominee. Like I wrote above McCain for some time has been talking about cutting the corporate tax rate. The optional alternative tax came out of the blue. I wonder how much influence Thompson had?
Winghunter has some related thoughts here.
As a child, we were told, George Washington came into possession of a hatchet, and went about his days chopping the shit out of everything he saw. One day he came upon his father's prize cherry tree, and without so much as a second thought he chopped that sucker down, presumably because it was a Monarchist. Upon being quizzed by his father about the event, Washington proudly admitted that he had been the culprit, due to his inability to lie. The story was later loosely adapted to film with Jim Carrey in the leading role.
So much for the Free Exercise Clause.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Amendment I, Constitution of the United States.
Speaking of which, it seems clearer every day that the EU is in desperate need of a First Amendment. This just in from Paris: Brigitte Bardot on trial for Muslim slur. A free society requires honest, even offensive dialog to survive. Sadly too few people seem to realize this. I wish I had a dollar (well maybe a pound, the dollar's been taking a beating lately) for every time I've hear the demand that somebody be silenced in the name of "tolerance". More often than not the speaker has no sense of irony whatsoever.
I need your help. My cousin April is trying out to be a Colts cheerleader. She is a senior in high school, an excellent student, kind and a talented dancer. She has made it through the first three cuts. She needs to make two more cuts. You can help by following this link and voting for her at Colts.com as April A. #477. Thanks for your support!
Update 4/17/08: April made it through another cut last night. The Muncie Starpress has a great article about her and her experience trying out for the squad. Check it out
Update 4/18/08: Thank you to everyone who took the time to vote! April did not make last night's cut. While she is a bit disappointed, she never dreamed she would get this far along in the process. She came really close to being an NFL cheerleader as a high school student. It has been a great learning experience and perhaps she will try again. She is looking forward to playing volleyball next fall as a freshman at IU East.