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I Said They Were The Team To Beat

Congrats Red Sox

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Johnson Wins Atlanta

Looks like Johnson or Gordon, but I’m still pulling for Bowyer.

RANK +/- DRIVER POINTS BEHIND STARTS POLES WINS TOP 5 TOP 10
1 Jeff Gordon 6201 Leader 33 7 6 20 27
2 Jimmie Johnson 6192 -9 33 3 8 18 21
3 Clint Bowyer 6090 -111 33 2 1 5 17
4 +1 Carl Edwards 5940 -261 33 0 3 10 14
5 -1 Tony Stewart 5879 -322 33 0 3 10 22
6 Kyle Busch 5873 -328 33 0 1 10 18
7 Kevin Harvick 5809 -392 33 0 1 4 13
8 +1 Jeff Burton 5801 -400 33 0 1 9 15
9 +1 Kurt Busch 5782 -419 33 1 2 5 12
10 -2 Denny Hamlin 5777 -424 33 1 1 11 17
11 +1 Matt Kenseth 5753 -448 33 0 1 10 19
12 -1 Martin Truex Jr. 5688 -513 33 0 1 6 11

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An anaesthetist from the Limburg town of Bree has reported a Muslim man that tried to prevent him from giving giving a woman an aesthetic before she had a caesarean. According to the medical weekly ‘De Artsenkrant’ the anaesthetist was on call at the Maas and Kempen Campus Hospital in Bree during the night of 23 August. – More @ Flanders News

Via TROP

Related: Breast Cancer Often Untreated In Mid-East 

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Hollywood continues to misread the American public. Box office numbers tank for lefty war movies.

rendition.jpg Audiences reject Iraq war at box office 

It doesn’t matter how many Oscar winners are in front of or behind the camera — audiences are proving to be conscientious objectors when it comes to this fall’s surge of antiwar and anti-Bush films.

Both “In the Valley of Elah” and, more recently, “Rendition” drew minuscule crowds upon their release, which doesn’t bode well for the ongoing stream of films critical of the Iraq war and the Bush administration’s wider war on terror.

“Rendition,” which features three Oscar winners in key roles, grossed $4.1 million over the weekend in 2,250 screens for a ninth-place finish. A re-release of “The Nightmare Before Christmas” beat it, and it’s 14 years old.   More @ Washington Times

Fausta’s blog has some great commentary here 

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Riders Kill Eskimos Playoff Hopes

Eskimos playoff dreams dashed as Riders come from behind with 36-29 OT win 

In some ways it was a fitting end to the season for the Edmonton Eskimos.

Blow a 13-point fourth-quarter lead, have a game-winning field goal called back on a penalty, and then lose in overtime – just another day at the office this season for the troubled Esks.

Henri Childs scored a pair of touchdowns, including the winner in overtime as the Saskatchewan Roughriders applied the final shovel of dirt on the Eskimos, coming from behind in stunning fashion to knock the storied franchise out of the playoff picture for the second year in a row with a 36-29 victory on Friday.

“It’s a terrible way to end the season, but if you look at the season in general it is kind of in the pattern,” said Eskimos linebacker A.J Gass. “We’ve had opportunities and we’ve let them slip away all year. It was the same story tonight.”

It was the fifth win in a row for the Riders and the fifth consecutive loss for the Esks, which marks the first time since 1964-65 that the Eskimos (5-11-1) have missed the playoffs two years in a row. Their run of 34 straight post-season appearances was snapped last year. – CP

Nice

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What About The Torture?

All these years and I don’t think I have ever heard this guy criticize the Syrians and their use of torture on him. Not once. If I’m wrong please correct me.

n102645.jpgArar says he still suffers from mental trauma because of secrecy in his case

Maher Arar says he still suffers from psychological trauma as a result of the secrecy surrounding his case.

Arar, a Canadian citizen, was detained in New York by U.S. authorities in 2002 and then sent to Syria, where he was tortured as a suspected terrorist.

Earlier this week, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice admitted officials bungled his case, but she did not apologize to Arar.

His name has also not been removed from a no-fly list, which bars him from entering the United States.

Arar says his psychological pain won’t be relieved until there is complete transparency about why and how his ordeal was carried out.

Speaking in Toronto at a conference of the Criminal Lawyers’ Association Friday, he said he drove into the city because he is still afraid to fly. – CP

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Looks like someone didn’t want to see a free and open demonstration of views. Attempted murder and intimidation in Denmark.

Via Jihad Watch

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This will be good for business…

The Retail Council of Canada has disgraced itself with its mockery of Jim Flaherty’s sage advice about its members’ high prices. After a meeting this week with the Finance Minister in Ottawa, council president Diane Brisebois brushed aside Mr. Flaherty’s claim that he paid too much for a Harry Potter book in Canada, and she was absolutely unrepentant about the glaring price differentials between Canadian and American retail goods. Instead, with the dollar well above $1.02 (U.S.), she offered excuses and her own flippant counsel. “He should take his own advice and shop around,” she said, adding that it was “very unfortunate” that the minister did not visit an independent merchant near his Ottawa office who was selling that book for the U.S. price. It is as if she heard nothing, and simply shot the messenger. – More @ Globe & Mail

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Reporters just don’t have the guts to ask the tough questions anymore. Might as well close down the journalism schools. The Calgary Sun seems to have pulled this Ezra Levant story about the tragic school bus crash in Calgary. Complete text below:

busdriver2.jpg The school bus accident last Thursday that killed a nine-year-old child and wounded others was a sorrowful tragedy. The amount of media coverage of the accident was appropriate: children should never pre-decease their parents.

Calgary’s radio stations, newspapers and TV news covered the event exhaustively – inspecting every detail, and asking good questions about how such accidents might be avoided in the future.

Every detail was examined except one: the woman who was the school bus driver was wearing a Muslim-style head covering that blocked her peripheral vision.

Why was this fact omitted? We read and heard hundreds of words about other elements of the accident. We know all about the truck on the side of the road; we know all about the little bus, and how it “drifted” over; we know all about the ongoing debate about school bus seatbelts. We know about everything detail except the most important one: the bus driver herself.

I saw two fleeting glimpses of the bus driver – once, quickly, in a TV newscast, and the other in a newspaper photo. Both showed her wearing a veil. Not a niqab – the full, cover-the-face veil that some Muslim women wear. But a smaller hijab – a scarf the surround the face. In both glimpses, the bus driver’s hijab was worn far enough forward that it clearly blocked her peripheral vision. It looked almost like blinders on a racehorse.

Is that not an extremely relevant fact in an accident where a bus “drifted” off the road, side-swiping a vehicle parked on the side? Wasn’t peripheral vision a key issue?

This was the leading news story of the day; the CBC even flew in its top TV reporter from Vancouver. Did no-one find it odd that a bus driver whose job requires keen eyesight wore a hood-like scarf?

I can’t believe that, of the dozen reporters there, none had questions about this. Who is the woman? What is her name? Why was she wearing a headscarf? Was the scarf a factor?

Reporters are inquisitive people. They must have asked those questions, at least to themselves.

I think it’s obvious why these questions were not asked: because it is politically incorrect to question a Muslim veil – or even anything that looks like one – for fear of being regarded as politically incorrect.

Maybe the woman wasn’t Muslim; maybe it was just a scarf to stay warm. Why didn’t a single reporter even ask?

Of course, it doesn’t matter if the woman was Muslim or not, or it if was a religious hijab or just a winter scarf. What matters is that a school bus driver was allowed to operate while wearing a hood. Clearly, that is an unacceptable risk – and something that should be banned by common sense.

Ten years ago, to say that head scarves on bus drivers should be prohibited would have been uncontroversial. But to say so today is to be called Islamophobic – even if the bus driver in question was not a Muslim.

The bus driver has been charged; we’ll know what the justice system says caused the crash. But for the dozen reporters there, they’d rather find any other reason than a head scarf – even a non-religious head scarf worn by a non-Muslim – than to admit that there are simply some parts of modern, secular society where it is inappropriate – and even dangerous – to allow politically correct multiculturalism to trump common sense.

Ezra Levant
Publisher, Western Standard

Via NationalNewswatch and halls of macademia

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While Michael Vick has been generating lots of search traffic lately, for some reason the Girls of the IDF has been number one. Must be because their men don’t make them wear a tent.

Via Hot Air

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