Rantlets: Professional media, ethanol, the value of Rice and pointless elections
The Geneva Convention in most cases is the only shield that Americans have when they are captured overseas,
Sorry, Jennifer and WaPo, you fail. Retake the class. The only shield Americans have in most cases is the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations. The last time an American was captured as a POW by a Geneva Convention signatory may have been during the first Gulf War. I’m not aware of any recent capture of a US civilian during time of war (where the 4th Geneva Convention would apply). US citizens are arrested in foreign countries signatory to the Vienna Convention on a fairly regular basis, I’d guess at least several thousand times more often than the other cases. (I’m not taking a position on the treatment of prisoners by the CIA here – Republican primary voters have spoken, we don’t believe in waterboarding anymore and President Bush needs to coordinate with President-elect McCain on this. I’m just pointing out a serious error by the media-government complex.)
Administration Says Particulars May Trump Geneva Protections
The issue here isn’t that alternative sources of energy are a bad idea, or even that government shouldn’t have any role in promoting R & D, but that decisions made by centralized bureaucracies hostile to markets and the individual creativity they unleash are a bad idea. I’ve written before and I’m sure I’ll write again that other than freeing up markets to produce more the only energy policy we need is a tax credit (or, if the income tax were to disappear, a direct subsidy) on domestic production that applies equally to conventional and alternative sources.
Who is telling the truth, Jimmy Carter or Condoleezza Rice?
I’m not sure the question really matters. Unless the State Department asked Carter to go to the Middle East, he didn’t have any business negotiating with Hamas. He’s not President anymore. The American people tossed him out of office 28 years ago. The State Department didn’t need to explicitly tell him not to act as if he was any more authorized than any other private citizen. When all the State Department has to say is “We didn’t authorize it” and they say “We counseled against it,” I’m going with the State Department telling the truth and Carter, at best, misunderstanding.
‘We in Denmark cannot figure out why you are even bothering to hold an election.
On one side, you have a lawyer who is married to a lawyer, and a lawyer who is married to a lawyer.
On the other side, you have a true war hero married to a blonde with a huge chest who owns a beer distributorship.
Is there a contest here?’
And one of the lawyers was even disbarred.