Day: May 22, 2006

Article: Bush’s faith worries Albright

Bush’s faith worries Albright
Monday, May 22, 2006 Posted: 1518 GMT (2318 HKT)

LONDON, England (Reuters) — U.S. President George W. Bush has alienated Muslims around the world by using absolutist Christian rhetoric to discuss foreign policy issues, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright says.

“I worked for two presidents who were men of faith, and they did not make their religious views part of American policy,” she said, referring to Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, both Democrats and Christians.

“President Bush’s certitude about what he believes in, and the division between good and evil, is, I think, different,” said Albright, who has just published a book on religion and world affairs. “The absolute truth is what makes Bush so worrying to some of us.”

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Options Backdating – Corruption Still in the System

The option backdating story continues to grow. It is a story about corrupt multimillionaire criminals not being satisfied with their fat compensation packages and deciding to seal money from shareholders and other stakeholders.

These guys are the worst kind of criminals, harming the ones who have entrusted them with their lives (money represents life to the extent that it is earned in exchange for creativity and hard work). To me these kinds of people are only a notch above those who harm children. In both cases you have a person in a special position of trust, confidence, responsibility and duty, otherwise know as a fiduciary, betraying that trust and causing harm to the exact people they are supposed to be protecting. It is amazing. They should be fired, stripped of their gains and thrown into the SuperMax facility in Colorado. I am not kidding on this one, although I do think that SuperMax facility should be shut down or changed because in its current state it is a sad “tell” on America’s cultural and political trajectory. “Neo, you’ve been down that road and you know where it leads.”

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100 Best Places to Live

I don’t know what the other 99 are, but one at the top of my list is Ennis, Montana. You can read about it on my new website 59729.com. Ennis is a great place to live in southwest Montana, near Yellowstone, Big Sky and Bozeman. Great climate, fly fishing, skiing, hiking, camping, horseback riding, floating, kayaking, and more. The retirees and new economy workers will keep coming for years. Cheers!

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Article: Prosecution of Journalists Is Possible in NSA Leak

What’s next, book burnings? Website removing? Chip implanting? Probably all of the above, in the name of patriotism and national security.. If you’re not doing anything illegal then why should you care.

From the May 22, 2006 Washington Post:

Prosecution of Journalists Is Possible in NSA Leaks

By Walter Pincus
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, May 22, 2006; Page A04

Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales raised the possibility yesterday that New York Times journalists could be prosecuted for publishing classified information based on the outcome of the criminal investigation underway into leaks to the Times of data about the National Security Agency’s surveillance of terrorist-related calls between the United States and abroad.

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Article: Coming Down to Earth

Here’s the quote of the article: “We became a nation in which people make a living by selling one another houses, and they pay for the houses with money borrowed from China.”

May 19, 2006
Op-Ed Columnist
Coming Down to Earth
By PAUL KRUGMAN

Um, wasn’t the stock market supposed to bounce back after Wednesday’s big drop?

We shouldn’t read too much into a couple of days’ movements in stock prices. But it seems that investors are suddenly feeling uneasy about the state of the economy. They should be; the puzzle is why they haven’t been uneasy all along.

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