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Posted on March 3rd, 2014 at 21:21 by John Sinteur in category: Cartoon


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Everthing You Didn’t Know You Wanted to Know About Abortion

Posted on March 3rd, 2014 at 17:31 by Sueyourdeveloper in category: News

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Sadly, you cannot talk to these people in an objective manner. They are, if you will, psychologically confined in a certain way. Normal discussion isn’t even possible. That is the true drama. Not the abortions but the fact that to this day, people like them are allowed to stand outside our clinic scaring away women who need help. I have received anonymous death threats too.

But let’s not talk about people like that any more. It doesn’t further the cause. You wouldn’t blame illiterates for reading the wrong newspaper. The only and most important thing is that experienced professionals adequately help women who are in need of support.


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But you should see the size of the ones that got away

Posted on March 3rd, 2014 at 16:54 by John Sinteur in category: News

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“Adjusting for time of year, and after checking and measuring 1,275 different trophy fish, she found that in the 1950s, the biggest fish in the photos were typically over 6 feet — sometimes 6 feet 5 inches long. By the time we get to 2007, when Loren bought a ticket on a deep sea day cruise and snapped this picture …… the biggest fish were averaging only a foot, or maybe a little over. That’s a staggering change. The biggest fish on display in 2007 was a shark, and sharks, Loren calculated, are now half the size they used to be in the ’50s. As to weight, she figured the average prizewinner dropped from nearly 43.8 pounds to a measly 5 pounds — an 88 percent drop. Radiolab reports on how the average trophy fish caught at Florida’s Key West has shrunk considerably since the fifties.”


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Kerry on IraqRussia: “You just don’t” invade another country “on a completely trumped up pretext”

Posted on March 3rd, 2014 at 14:23 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Secretary of State John Kerry made the round of Sunday shows this morning to condemn Russia’s “incredible act of aggression” in Ukraine, warning Prime Minister Vladimir Putin that the country faces harsh economic sanctions from the international community.

“It is really a stunning, willful choice by President Putin to invade another country,” Kerry said on Face the Nation.

But in the seriousness of the situation, the irony of Kerry’s next comments may have gone missed. ”You just don’t in the 21st century behave in 19th century fashion by invading another country on completely trumped up pretext,” he said.


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  1. ”For us there was no choice,” the defense minister, Henk Kamp, said in an interview. ”The Americans helped us in the Second World War. Now they are helping the people in Iraq.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2003/08/02/world/dutch-send-1100-troops-to-iraq-relieving-as-many-us-marines.html

  2. if you ever find me saying the dutch government is free of corruption, stupidity and/or hypocrisy, get some of whatever I am smoking at that time, it is sure to be good stuff!

  3. I thought it was honorable, not stupid or corrupt. 🙂

  4. A lot of people here had big questions about the invasion. Also from the article:

    ”It is an illegal occupation,” said Hans van Heijningen, a foreign policy expert for the Socialist Party.

    Joining was certainly not without controversy. “The Americans helped us” is a cop-out. An attempt to avoid the issues. Certainly it is honorable to help the country that helped you, but if that’s the only reason for doing so, you’re doing it wrong. Stating it like Henk Kamp did raises more questions than it answers.

  5. No doubt it was controversial. Quite a debate here about Iraq, too.

  6. @Rob: “The people of Iraq” are probably the worst affected by The War on Terror.

    There are always choices. Canada didn’t invade Iraq in spite of serious pressure from the U.S. (and from Canadian hawks). The Canadian govt. agreed to send troops only to Afghanistan: a NATO ally had been attacked! (True.)

    It cost Canada a lot in terms of its friendship with the U.S. govt. (And the third highest number of dead/wounded in the coalition, after U.S. and U.K.)

    I am not a fan of Mr. Putin; he’s (re-)building an empire. He’s smart and has got more personal power than any individual since Stalin. It’s dangerous. What are the precedents for benevolent dictator?

    Lee-Kwan Yew: “Don’t worry about Singapore. My colleagues and I are sane, rational people even in our moments of anguish. We will weigh all possible consequences before we make any move on the political chessboard…”

  7. “@Rob: “The people of Iraq” are probably the worst affected by The War on Terror.”

    I’m sure you noticed those weren’t my statements, Sue.

    Personally, I’m glad they stepped up and relieved our marines but I also respect Canada for doing what they thought was right. You will never get me to say it was an easy choice, whichever choice was made.

  8. It depends, are the Russians bringing pallets of cash?

  9. @Rob: Yes, such choices are diffcult. Deciding the least worst option is difficult. The choice of the Canadian govt. to go into Afghanistan wasn’t good. I don’t think they thought it was right, it just wasn’t possible not to go in after the U.S. was attacked.

    I think those terrorists created an opportunity and opportunists have turned our societies into police states.

Ukraine

Posted on March 3rd, 2014 at 10:24 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture, News

Here are two pictures with different angles on the big news today:


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  1. Mixed up your titles and images again, John? As skilled a web surfer as you are, I know you didn’t have trouble finding Ukrainian news on any US news outlet.

    The west can’t do much more than wag fingers at Russia and hope a ceasefire emerges. Economic penalties don’t do much and anything else is pretty much out of the question but if its pictures you’re looking for, try USA Today, NBC News, CNN, CBS News, New York Times, Washington Post, New Orleans Times-Picayune, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Dallas Morning Star, etc …

  2. @Rob …hhmmm…did not know a Russian and Ukraine shooting war had begun thereby justifying your “ceasefire” comment. Perhaps you better check your sources.

  3. Poor choice of words on my part, Mykolas. Hoping for withdrawal now, ceasefire if it comes to that. That’s pretty much all we can do. We have to hope for it. We can’t impose it.

  4. I think Mr. P’s plan all along has been to divide Ukraine along ethnic lines. Enhanced military in the region to “secure the Sochi Olympics” etc. Best option now for the West may be a federated state of some sort but it’s not likely.