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NY Times says we want more taxes on gas

The New York Times put out an article where they claimed to have polled just over a thousand people on an increase of the federal gas tax.

Americans are overwhelmingly opposed to a higher federal gasoline tax, but a significant number would go along with an increase if it reduced global warming or made the [...]

The Da Vinci Lawsuit

Dan Brown, author of the best-selling novel, The Da Vinci Code, is being sued by another couple of authors who published a similar book twenty years earlier called The Holy Blood and The Holy Grail. The story appeared on the TimesOnline web site:

Brown acknowledges the existence of HBHG, as the work was referred to [...]

But the JOOS Get Their Days Off!

Maryland Muslims claim fear, discrimination behind school calendar:

The Baltimore County Board of Education is expected tonight to reject calls from a Muslim group to add two Islamic holidays to the proposed 2006-07 school calendar.

The board is expected to adopt the recommendations of a subcommittee that found countywide attendance does not drop enough [...]

The Ivy League Hits Keep on Coming

A former spokesman for the Taliban is now a student at Yale:

“In some ways,” [Sayed Rahmatullah Hashemi] told the New York Times. “I’m the luckiest person in the world. I could have ended up in Guantanamo Bay. Instead I ended up at Yale.” One of the courses he has taken is called Terrorism-Past, Present [...]

Long and Very Wonderful Lives Finally Come to an End

In the past days, two well-known comedic actors died, but not together:

Don Knotts

Don Knotts, who kept generations of TV audiences laughing as bumbling Deputy Barney Fife on “The Andy Griffith Show” and would-be swinger landlord Ralph Furley on “Three’s Company,” has died. He was 81. Knotts died Friday night of pulmonary and respiratory [...]

Cartoon Disobedience, Day 13

Rounding out our baker’s dozen of sacrilege, I bring you our last day of cartoon disobedience. Bring on the fatwa. Cartoon provided by Waterglass Associate Zelda:

Abortion Ban Law Half-Way Through South Dakota State Legislature

For fans of the abortion debate, startling news:

“PIERRE, South Dakota (AP) — Legislation meant to prompt a national legal battle targeting Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion, was approved Wednesday by the South Dakota Senate, moving the bill a step closer to final passage. The measure, which would ban nearly [...]

Harvard President Lawrence Summers Resigns

Political correctness in academia pressures Lawrence Summers to resign his presidency:

SUMMERS’S TROUBLES began shortly after he assumed his office. Acting far more like a modern CEO than a modern university president, Summers tried to run Harvard as a hands-on manager. This is the opposite tack taken by most university presidents, who are content to [...]

Cartoon Disobedience, Day 12

Bringing you the cartoons that cause militant Islamists to go on a kill-crazy rampage, here is your twelfth offering:

United Arab Emirates: Good Friends of the Administration

“I want those who are questioning it to step up and explain why all of a sudden a Middle Eastern company is held to a different standard than a Great British company. I am trying to conduct foreign policy now by saying to the people of the world, ‘We’ll treat you fairly,’?” – President Bush

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Touchdown? Monday Morning Quarterbacking on Port Issue

Let’s see if I have this straight. Bush defends the port deal, saying that, “I don’t understand why it’s OK for a British company to operate our ports but not a company from the Middle East when we’ve already determined security is not an issue.” However, Bush only found out about the deal after the [...]

Common Sense or Racism

On the CNN news site, one security expert threw the issue of race into the debate over the port operations sale to the United Arab Emirates.

A port security expert, meanwhile, told CNN that fears that the agreement will reduce U.S. security are based on “bigotry” and that “shameless” politicians are creating an issue [...]

Photo of the Week

President Bush yesterday vowed to use his first-ever veto to strike any law that Congress passes to block a deal allowing an Arab state-owned company to operate six major U.S. seaports, amid growing bipartisan efforts to thwart the plan for security reasons.

“If there was any chance that this transaction would jeopardize the [...]

Cartoon Disobedience, Day 11

I’ve read stories of other blogs being shut down or subject to denial of service attacks from angry e-jihadists over posting these cartoons, so our low readership is a definite plus. Nonetheless, I bravely give you today’s cartoon:

The Toilet Paper Murder

Apparently, a bludgeoning offense:

A 56-year-old man accused of beating his roommate to death with a sledgehammer and a claw hammer was arrested Monday morning.

Franklin Paul Crow was charged with homicide in the weekend death of Kenneth Matthews, 58. Crow is being held without bail in the Marion County Jail.

Authorities with the Marion [...]