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Old 06-11-2002, 06:31 PM   #136
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Hahaha.. After the debacles that recently went down I post up this 'Racist Dog' thread to illustrate the Absurdity and Nonsensicalness of some of the things that people complain about.. however my view on this will probably not be that of the populous where the majority of people will actually say.. 'OMG This dog MUST DIE'.. Hahahaha.. Either way, I hope that you will see some of yourselves in this article.. i don't expect you to see what I'm going up against in this forum... But Hopefully at least you'll laugh and think at the same time..

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Police Dog Accused of Racial Profiling

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Tuesday, June 11, 2002


McKEES ROCKS, Pa. — A Pennsylvania councilwoman has accused her borough's lone police dog of racial profiling, leading to calls that the canine be killed.


Dolpho, a 5-year-old German shepherd, can sniff out the difference between marijuana, heroin and cocaine. The dog came from Europe two years ago and is trained in drug detection and patrol.

But councilwoman Wanda Jones Dixon said Dolpho can also tell the difference between blacks and whites, and should be put to sleep.

On Friday, while K-9 officer Schawn Barger wrestled with a drug suspect, he said a quick-release button on his belt was activated, accidentally opening a door to the K-9 wagon.

The dog lunged from the vehicle and bit a 9-year-old boy on the leg instead of the suspect, dragging him for about 20 feet, family members said. The boy is black.

Councilwoman Dixon told the city council she has received six complaints about Dolpho in the past year. Three of the people who complained were involved with drugs. Three others were blacks who believe the dog jumped at or attacked them because of their race.

"I had received complaints from African-Americans saying they believe the dog only attacks African-Americans," councilwoman Dixon said Monday. "I think the dog makes the distinction."

Officer Barger, who has worked with Dolpho for more than two years and takes the dog home with him at night, said the dog has never gone after the wrong person before. He said Dolpho became confused during a tense situation.

"The dog saw movement. There was a lot of noise — a lot of screaming," Barger said. "It was basically just complete chaos and the dog, he just could not tell who the bad guy was and who the good people were."

The boy was treated for a dog bite and released Friday. He limped into the council meeting Monday with his mother, Lorraine Livingston.

"This is something that will take him a while to get over," Livingston said. "The officer had no control over that animal. That dog should be put to sleep."

Experts differ on whether dogs can discern race.

The owner of the Tom Brenneman School for Canines near Lawrence, Kan., has trained more than 600 dogs for police departments nationwide. He said dogs determine targets by scent alone and see only gray and white.

Tom Brenneman said the dogs can be trained to recognize the scent of drugs, explosives and also that dogs can smell fear.

"As far as it being black or white or Hispanic, that doesn't have anything to do with it," he said.

A national expert on animal behavior at Tuft's University School of Veterinary Medicine said dogs not only can determine race, but can develop prejudices similar to humans. Dr. Nick Dodman said that prejudice can be based on a lack of exposure to different people or because of a bad experience.

Dolpho has since been taken off active duty, but the department is standing behind him.

Chief Robert Martineau said the dog is good around children and even visits area schools and day care centers.

"To say the dog is racial ... that's ludicrous. That doesn't make sense," Martineau said.

No decision was made on Dolpho's future Monday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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No extra words necesary.. Many of you will tout this as the Garbage that you think it is, but others.. Will recognize this and the man for the integrity that he posesses as what we all should aim for.. Holding true to our ideals, and what is right.. MBH.. I'm sure you'll appreciate this.

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The Shakespeare passage that begins with the words "This above all" comes from Hamlet. Polonius, that "most secret" councillor, gives advice to his son, about to depart for a longer stay abroad. The three words entered my consciousness around the age of 12 — courtesy of Eric Knight (of "Lassie" fame), whose novel bearing that title makes for a special kind of acquaintance with England.
Readers familiar with Shakespeare's "Richard II" or Baroness Orczy's "The Scarlet Pimpernel" would find it a worthy complement. But I digress. Here is the entire passage:
This above all: to thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.
The person eliciting these thoughts is not readily associated with Shakespeare quotes. Yet, especially these days, Rush Limbaugh brings those lines to mind in every one of the 15 hours he spends on the air each week.
For more than a decade, Rush Limbaugh has been a national institution. In that time, America's primary enemy has ceased to exist, the presidency has been trashed and restored, and once-noble Ted Koppel became a caricature of himself. Meanwhile, no effort has been spared to demolish Rush. His enemies are legion. They include everyone who, as Rush would put it, has no stomach for the truth. And, sadly, the number of those is steadily rising.
But, thank goodness, so is the number of opening minds. Nonetheless, as we speak, Rush finds himself under daily attack by some of his own constituency. Why? Because he remains true to himself.
In many ways, to understand Rush is to understand America. And if one understands America, it is easy to understand Rush. America, too, finds itself under daily attack by some of its own constituency.
Europeans greatly enjoy pointing out America's lack of "culture" in the sense that, in this country, literature and music and the fine arts do not occupy the central role they do over there. Being sufficiently familiar with high culture is not a social requirement here and, having come from Europe, I, too, found that something of a shock way back when.
But what really irks Europeans is that this "undercultured" society not only commands incomparable economic and military power, but that it has succeeded as a society like none other. How dare they? More importantly, how could they, spending so little time on debating political philosophy and all those cultural ingredients that generate intellectual excitement?
Well — for almost two centuries, the debate here was only about the implementation of basic tenets, laid down by the Founding Fathers and agreed to by all who lived or came to live here. There seemed to be neither need nor appetite for meddling with them. They worked. Americans like things that work. And Americans like to work. Perhaps they like to work because, for a long time, the fruits of their labor were theirs to keep.
Then, about 30 to 35 years ago, the basic tenets started to be questioned. But many continued to believe in them, and those millions developed a very uneasy stomach as they watched the news or current affairs programs on television, and listened to National Public Radio.
Amazing as this may be, one person was able to change all that and restore sanity. Rush Limbaugh had to be, and is, as American as anyone might hope to be: straight-forward, practical, realistic, task-oriented, independent, enterprising, hard-working, good-natured, good-humored, and someone for whom defeat is not an option.
In fact, his radio show easily divides the population of this country into those who are staying with America's Founding principles, and those who advocate — or unwittingly accept — the idea of trying everything under the sun that has already failed many times, in many places. (No, this time I won't call it socialism.)
In recent days and weeks, Rush's consistency has been getting him some harsh admonishment from callers and correspondents — the reason for this article. People are upset when he agrees with the president (he mustn't), and when he disagrees with the president (again, he mustn't).
The likely reason is that people have lost their footing. With every passing day, it becomes more difficult to countenance the president's wholesale abandonment of Founding principles in the name of election strategy. Should conservatives advocate that the administration do the right thing for America now, or obey Ronald Reagan's 11th commandment? And it is easier to vent one's frustration on a radio talk show host, than on the . Perish the thought.
Those who are true to themselves tend to fare poorly in confusing times. My former teacher Erno Dohnanyi, possibly the greatest Hungarian musician after Franz Liszt, paid for his immutable stance amidst ever-changing political loyalties by having his name purged from history books under the communist regime. All Rush is doing now is standing firm as the winds blow from every direction. No doubt, for this reason, and for others, there are many in this country who would stop Rush — if they could.
That they cannot — not now, and not for a long time yet — has everything to do with those American principles that Europeans cannot quite comprehend, and that Rush Limbaugh embodies and advocates. Strange: He was not required to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, he just does it.
Our nation's capital is packed with folks who have furnished such an oath. Would that they implemented it half as well.


Balint Vazsonyi, concert pianist and director of the Center for the American Founding, is a columnist for The Washington Times and is nationally syndicated.
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You've summed up Interference... Hell and 99% of all other institutions on this planet.. Hahaha..

You know what South Bend needs.. one of those Japanese Steakhouses.. They're pretty sweet.. That is if he catches all of those shrimp floating in front of your face.. Oh.. the Good Ol Days of High School Prom.. Hahahah

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Argh.. SF.. I am sooo envious of your central Time Zone.. it's like having an extra hour!

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Kim Jong Il to Leave 'Axis of Evil', Pursue Career In Fashion Industry
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It's been a long strange trip this year for Axis of Evil, the trio of terrorist-harboring leaders that rose to instant fame following Bush's State of the Union Address last January. Suddenly placed on the world's stage, Kim Jong Il of North Korea, President Hojjatoleslam Seyed Mohammad Khatami of Iran, and Iraq's Saddam Hussein became one of the hottest acts on the international rock circuit. But with last week's announcement of the departure of temperamental bass player Jong, the future of the Axis of Evil is in serious jeopardy.


Happier, Evilier Days - Axis of Evil jams out chart-topper "Die, Profit-Whoring Imperialists!", from their debut LP "Americans Running Amok" at the Evildoerpalooza festival, held last March at the ChevronTexaco Pavilion outside Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Pictured left to right are lead vocalist President Hojjatoleslam Seyed Mohammad Khatami of Iran, drummer and band manager Saddam Hussein, and Kim Jong II of North Korea on bass guitar. Last week Kim Jong II announced his sudden departure from the band, leaving a vacancy in the band's trademark bottom-end sound, and sending the Pentagon's war strategists in a scramble to elevate another country to the status of 'evil'. Rumors are abound that Venezuelan President Victor Chavez is the favored replacement, pending the failure of another Bush administration sponsored overthrow.
Forming in early 2001, and achieving quasi-cult status following the Attack on America in September, the overnight starlets recorded their first CD Americans Running Amok last October, featuring anti-American anthems like "Fall of 21st Century Empire", "There'll Be Turmoil If You Toil With The Oil On Our Soil", "Die, Profit-Whoring Imperialists!", and purportedly one hidden track recorded with Osama bin Laden, which is rumored to exist but has not yet been found.

The tour that followed took the Axis of Evil's signature brand of defiant, groundbreaking death metal to sellout crowds of evil ones across the world unfamiliar to most Americans, catering to countries that harbor regimes or factions that operate inconsistently with western requirements. From Cuba to Venezuela, Somalia to the Philippines, the legions of fans seemed to multiply with every show, as hatred grew with each far-from-over day that passed in the U.S. led War on Terrorism.


But life on the road and the daily rigors of attention from the U.S. media proved to be far too taxing for the isolationist Kim Jong Il, as the bass playing Supreme Commander of the Korean People's Army was widely known to suffer paralyzing panic attacks after many show dates.

"The Americans should be well advised not to continue calling me evil!", said Jong Il during one such episode. "The U.S. Imperialists have nuclear weapons and harbor terrorists, THEY are evil!"

"Clearly, with half the world calling the other half evil, and vice versa, and most in the name of the same supreme being, the insanity of the situation drove the l'il commie videophile batty", said longtime thorn-in-the-Bush war drummer and band manager Saddam Hussein. "OK, so everyone's evil. I suppose the only thing left to do is determine who is the greater evil ... hey, you wanna see pictures of my kids?"


Yassar Arafat could not be reached for comment, per order of Ariel Sharon, who incidentally commented, "No Comment".

President Khatami of Iran was recently asked for his take on the future of the band.

"We are the identifiable faces of 'evil' as defined by American foreign policy, and for many teenage kids across the globe, that's 'cool' and 'hip'", said Khatami, who has in the past explained his being chosen over supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei for the band as "simply, a matter of stage presence". "Hussien and I will surely continue to be the Axis of Evil so long as America says we are, and there's plenty of room in the Axis of Evil for many more musicians. Soon, the whole world will be singing harmoniously against America."

While the two original member nations continue to wait for appointment of a new evil nation to join the band, Kim Jong Il has returned to his homeland, where his already enormous popularity has reached an all new euphoric level with the introduction of his DPRK clothing line at the Kuum-ni Fashion Show. Featuring his famous green "robotic military pajamas" emblazoned with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea's logo, the advertisements have been plastered all over the streets of Pyongyang, creating a fashion craze not seen since the 'shoe' was introduced here over 20 years ago.

"In a show of solidarity, all citizens of the DPRK have the right to choose to wear this outfit or die", Jong said during the premiere of the ad campaign.

Foreign governments and designers alike have heralded the new age of "far east / far right" fashion, promoting a single uniform for an entire country for easy identification by space lasers. But while the Federal Dress Codes Amendment to the USA Patriot Act seems to be swiftly moving through Congress, a few Capitol Hill critics have cried foul to the notion that Kim Jong Il has the right to call his country 'Democratic'.

"And I suppose America is a Democracy because the majority of its' citizens voted for Gore in 'an election'", Jong said of his critics, prompting America to wake up from this horrible nightmare…

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President Khatami of Iran was recently asked for his take on the future of the band.

"We are the identifiable faces of 'evil' as defined by American foreign policy, and for many teenage kids across the globe, that's 'cool' and 'hip'", said Khatami, who has in the past explained his being chosen over supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei for the band as "simply, a matter of stage presence". "Hussien and I will surely continue to be the Axis of Evil so long as America says we are, and there's plenty of room in the Axis of Evil for many more musicians. Soon, the whole world will be singing harmoniously against America."

I wish the Pres. would have used the word 'chic'.. That's one we need to spread to the third world..

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hahah.. these people are "One Step Away from Slicing Meat at a Deli'... Truly.. Does Anyone Care?..

I think we should.. Interference should set up a protest to keep the WNBA.. Hahaha.. I mean.. that Lisa Leslie's got a mean cross over.. Too bad My brother can perform better in Birkenstocks.

Players want higher pay, better marketing rights

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NEW YORK -- WNBA players are threatening to strike next season if a new deal isn't worked out by the start of training camp.


Seattle Storm guard Sonja Henning, the president of the WNBA players association, said Tuesday that 100 players discussed the possibility of a work stoppage. The four-year collective bargaining agreement expires Sept. 15, during the offseason.

"We discussed the idea of getting comfortable with a strike," Henning, also a lawyer, said in a conference call. "Of course we love the game, but understand it's a business. We hope it won't get to that."

WNBA training camps open in April, and the season runs through August.

Players' salaries make up less than 15 percent of the league's revenue, compared to more than 55 percent of revenue for professional basketball, baseball, football and hockey, WNBPA director Pam Wheeler said.

A nine-player negotiating committee was formed to increase salaries and marketing rights for players. The WNBA rookie minimum salary is $30,000 for the three-month season and the veteran minimum is $40,000.

"The players have been extremely reasonable in their demands," Wheeler said. "They've made sacrifices to help make the league grow. Even if (the WNBA) doubles salaries, proportionately it is significantly less (than other pro leagues)."

The WNBA will not release financial figures, but league president Val Ackerman has said the 16 teams playing in NBA arenas during the summer do not make a profit. The union argues that salaries should increase because the league is no longer a startup with competition from the ABL, which folded in 1998.

"We'd be willing to meet at any mutually agreeable time, but to date we have not been contacted by the union," WNBA spokesperson Maureen Coyle said.

Ackerman was not available for comment Tuesday.
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Ah Yes.. a topic that people do not wish to talk about, because then at the end of the day 'They Just won't feel good about themselves..'... Ultimately it has nothing to do with me.. I'm the farthest from bitter, and I advocate advancement based on virtue and accompolishments. I'm just tired of seeing people talk like complete morons, and idiots as they patronize everything so they can sleep at night.. hahah.. I should be embraced, because I am trying to set you free.. Here's a link that I think provides something better to our society than the globalaid one a bit ago...

http://www.ceousa.org/

I do post here now.. An Article from a Black Conservative...

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I don't believe white liberals are racists in the sense that Klansmen and neo-Nazis are, but their paternalistic vision, preconception and attitudes are far more debilitating to black Americans than today's Klansmen and neo-Nazis.


Racial Double Standards
By Walter Williams (July 30, 2001)

[CAPITALISM MAGAZINE.COM] A measure of accommodation is accorded children because they are not adults and thus not to be held to the same accountability standards. But should that same accommodation be accorded to a race of people?

In the March 2001 edition of The American Enterprise magazine, there's an article titled "The Soft Bigotry of Double Standards." Author Jonah Goldberg's first observation is: "Here's one thing we learned from the post-election Florida folderol: Black 'leaders' can say anything, and the mainstream press will take it seriously."

Jesse Jackson said, "This is a replay of Selma all over again." He yelled that "Holocaust survivors have been disenfranchised." Jackson spoke of the "blood of blacks and Jews." Not one mainstream news media outfit challenged Jackson to substantiate his claims either at the time of the Florida recount or since. In the midst of the Florida folderol, despite Jackson's ranting, New York Times correspondent Lynette Holloway wrote, "Mr. Jackson has been careful not to be inflammatory."

Goldberg says that not one of Jackson's allegations -- about blocked polling places, "targeted" blacks and Jews, harassed immigrants -- was ever brought before an actual judge. Why? Because they're all lies.

Ask yourself whether it is in any way conceivable that a prominent white conservative could invent lies about blacks and stir up white anger without a major investigation and attack launched by the mainstream press?

Some years ago, Al Sharpton tried to frame innocent men for a non-existent crime (the Tawana Brawley affair), ruining the lives of the accused. Goldberg says that, despite this, Sharpton is "treated like Gandhi with a Jerri-curl by many reporters because he's the 'authentic voice' of a 'disenfranchised' constituency."

During the presidential campaign, the NAACP ran despicable ads suggesting that then-Gov. George Bush favored the racist murder of James Byrd Jr., a Texas black man. The ad ignored the fact that Byrd's murderers had been sentenced to death. Only Fox News questioned the propriety of NAACP ads.

Peter Jennings of ABC News, suggesting that maybe Gen. Colin Powell was a GOP Uncle Tom, asked, "Do you ever feel that maybe this is the professional wing of the party trying to use you?" For white liberals, and unfortunately too many blacks, black people such as Secretary of State Colin Powell and National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice -- two eminently qualified Bush appointees -- not to mention senior Bush Supreme Court appointee Justice Clarence Thomas, aren't sufficiently black.

What might really bother white liberals is that Bush hasn't followed the tradition of appointing blacks to "black jobs."

"Unfortunately," Goldberg says, "it's almost impossible to exaggerate the degree to which the media have adopted the left-wing propaganda that (a) being black means being left-wing and (b) opposing left-wing blacks is racist." Much more racially insulting is the media elite's demeaning attitude toward black people by their failure to hold them accountable to the standards to which they hold whites.

I don't believe white liberals are racists in the sense that Klansmen and neo-Nazis are, but their paternalistic vision, preconception and attitudes are far more debilitating to black Americans than today's Klansmen and neo-Nazis. Black people know Klansmen and neo-Nazis are enemies, but liberals masquerade as trustworthy friends whose counsel is to be believed.

Since many white liberals are driven by guilt about slavery and discrimination, I've written a certificate of amnesty and pardon (available under gifts at: www.gmu.edu/departments/economics). My hope is that if white liberals can stop feeling guilty, they might stop behaving as fools in their relationship with black people.

COPYRIGHT 2001 CREATORS SYNDICATE, INC.


And His AMNESTY CERTIFICATE issued to the White Europeans so we all stop acting like Fools with our 'Sensitivity Dilemma'

Proclamation of Amnesty and Pardon Granted to
All Persons of European Descent

Whereas, Europeans kept my forebears in bondage some three centuries toiling without pay,

Whereas, Europeans ignored the human rights pledges of the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution,

Whereas, the Emancipation Proclamation, the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Amendments meant little more than empty words,

Therefore, Americans of European ancestry are guilty of great crimes against my ancestors and their progeny.

But, in the recognition Europeans themselves have been victims of various and sundry human rights violations to wit: the Norman Conquest, the Irish Potato Famine, Decline of the Hapsburg Dynasty, Napoleonic and Czarist adventurism, and gratuitous insults and speculations about the intelligence of Europeans of Polish descent,

I, Walter E. Williams, do declare full and general amnesty and pardon to all persons of European ancestry, for both their own grievances, and those of their forebears, against my people.

Therefore, from this day forward Americans of European ancestry can stand straight and proud knowing they are without guilt and thus obliged not to act like damn fools in their relationships with Americans of African ancestry.



Walter E. Williams, Gracious and Generous Grantor
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News item: Consumer advocate and 2000 Green Party presidential candidate Ralph Nader sent David Stern a letter demanding that the NBA commissioner review the controversial calls made by referees in Game 6 of the Western Conference finals. "At a time when the public's confidence is shaken by headlines reporting the breach of trust by corporate executives," Nader awkwardly began the letter, "it is important, during the public's relaxation time, for there to be maintained a sense of impartiality and professionalism in commercial sports performances."


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Commissioner Strang,

It has come to my attention that nearly four decades after the publication of my book exposing the dangers in the American auto industry, the sport of racing still remains "unsafe at any speed," but especially those in excess of 200 mph.

Sadly, despite the considerable documentation of the many risks involved, drivers continue racing their cars at speeds far exceeding those recommended by even the auto manufacturers. Further, drivers and their "pit crews'' also are known to modify the vehicles for speed purposes, thereby voiding the cars' already insufficient warranties and the manufacturers' liability.

Nor are the obvious physical risks the only unsettling aspect. Fuel economy also diminishes markedly at such speeds, to as low as an appalling four miles per gallon (compare that to the fuel-efficient hybrid models that average 60-70 mph) while the harmful carbon dioxide emissions are in gross violation of those limits set down at the Kyoto Summit.

At a time when the public's confidence is already shaken by the turmoil in the oil-rich Middle East countries and the administration's breach of the Kyoto Agreements, it is important during the public's relaxation time for there to be maintained a sense of environmental protection on our nation's enclosed road circuits.

I urge you as strenuously as possible to immediately pass the needed reforms that would set safer, more fuel-efficient and environmentally-friendly standards for all NASCAR races, beginning with a conversion to ethanol by 2004 and a 55-mph speed limit.

Sincerely,
Ralph Nader

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Commissioner Tagliabue,

It has come to my attention that despite the development of suitable alternative materials, the NFL still insists upon the disturbing and indefensible use of genuine leather in its footballs. At least 3,000 cows are slaughtered annually just to supply the league with a season's worth of these so-called "pigskins'' -- and that is a conservative estimate. The actual number may be even higher, depending on whether you count mini-camps.

The dangers and horrendous abuses in the American meat-packing industry have been well-documented for nearly a century. The incidents of work-related injuries and dismemberments are the highest of any industry. It is even more hazardous for the cows.

At a time when the public's confidence is already shaken by the E Coli outbreaks in the fast-food industry and the threat of food contamination by terrorists -- not to mention the new Taco Bell grilled stuffed burrito -- it is important during the public's relaxation time for there to be maintained a sense of public health and worker safety on the football field. (Except for the actual players, of course.)

I urge you in the most strenuous manner possible to address this issue by immediately banning the use of leather and all animal byproducts from the league's equipment. As a substitute, may I suggest Nerf, which is synthetic and easy to grip for passing.

Sincerely,
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Commissioner Selig,

It has come to my attention that major league baseball is choosing its All-Star Game participants through an unregulated and wholly unrepresentative electoral system, vulnerable to the worst kind of voter fraud.

All-Star ballots are distributed randomly in frantic stadium settings by harried ushers who make no attempt to ascertain the fans' qualifications. Fans eager to vote are too often denied this sacred privilege, because they were standing in line for garlic fries or are at the end of a row where ushers tell them unconvincingly, "We ran out of ballots.'' Teams not only tacitly encourage other fans to cast multiple ballots, many specifically urge them to vote repeatedly for the home team's players. This not only is a flagrant violation of our country's "one man, one vote" principle, it handicaps the player on an unpopular small-market team as surely as if he were a presidential candidate barred from the League of Women Voters debates.

Worst of all, the ballots must be punched, resulting in the undercount of votes due to a preponderance of hanging chads.

At a time when the public's confidence is already shaken by the breaches in the most recent presidential election -- of which I was a personal victim -- it is important during the public's relaxation time for there to be maintained a sense of impartiality and professionalism in baseball. Or at least as much as possible outside Wrigley Field.

To return baseball's All-Star Game to its honored place as the Midsummer Classic, I urge you in the most strenuous manner possible to immediately pass the needed reforms, such as aggressively registering voters in remote areas not normally exposed to major league baseball, such as Tampa Bay.

Sincerely,
Ralph Nader

P.S. I see that Ivan Rodriguez has only three hits and yet leads American League backstops in votes. Meanwhile, Cincinnati's Adam Dunn is hitting .303 with 11 roundtrippers and isn't even on the ballot. This is exactly what I'm talking about.



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Continuing to debunk the Environmentalist's Claims that Man is the cause of this 'Global Warming'.

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Seasonal Ozone Update
Arctic ozone values similar to 1980's

Geneva, 24 April 2001 - Northern middle and high latitude ozone values during winter and spring appeared to be higher than in recent years, according to measurements released by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), issued today in Geneva. This weaker than usual ozone depletion reflects natural variations that affect the seasonal losses.

Total ozone values measured by the WMO's Global Atmosphere Watch network of ground based stations and satellites were about five per cent less than the average pre-1980 levels which are used as a 'normal' un-depleted reference. These higher ozone values are attributed to natural variations. The reduced loss is not related to the expected long-term recovery of the stratospheric ozone layer in the coming decades.

The near 'normal' Arctic ozone values in the spring of the Northern Hemisphere were a result of the Arctic stratosphere having been warmer than average for winter and spring. Warm temperatures in the lower Arctic stratosphere prevent the formation of polar stratospheric clouds that initiate and accelerate ozone destruction.

Additionally, solar activity, which is currently near the peak of its 11-year cycle, as well as the easterly phase of the stratospheric winds over the equator are contributing positively to ozone values. The observed five per cent average ozone depletion at Northern Hemisphere middle and high latitudes can be seen as a combination of these factors and a warmer than usual Arctic lower stratosphere.
Background briefing today at 14.00 hours in Pressroom 1 with
Michael Proffitt (WMO Senior Scientific Officer of the Environment Division)
John Miller (WMO Chief Environment Division)

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Source: Los Angeles Times
Headline: Commentary: Greens Don't See Forest for the Trees
Byline: Patrick Moore, co-founder of Greenpeace, president of Greenspirit
Dateline: Tuesday, March 26, 2002

"It has become a principle of the environmental movement to insist that wood and paper products be certified as originating from sustained, managed forests. ... Lord help those who don't fall in line, as big-box retailers and builders discovered when Greenpeace and the Rainforest Action Network became their judge and jury - hanging corporate reputations from the rafters with the TV cameras rolling."





"The environmental movement's campaign to force industry into accepting it as the only judge of sustainable forestry is pushing consumers away from renewable forest products and toward nonrenewable, energy-intensive materials such as steel, concrete and plastic."





"Wood is the most renewable and sustainable of the major building materials. On all measures comparing the environmental effects of common building materials, wood has the least impact on total energy use, greenhouse gases, air and water pollution and solid waste. So why isn't the environmental movement demanding that the steel and concrete industries submit to an audit for "sustainability"? ... Because emotive images of forests sell memberships."





"The environmental movement has unfortunately led the public into believing that when people use wood, they cause the loss of forests. This widespread guilt is misplaced. North America's forests are not disappearing. In fact, there is about the same amount of forest cover today as there was 100 years ago, even though we consume more wood per capita than any other region in the world. Isn't this proof positive that forests are renewable and sustainable?"





"When we buy wood, we are sending a signal to plant more trees to satisfy demand. If there were no demand for wood, landowners would clear away the forest and grow something else instead."
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