Archive for July, 2008

Windfall Taxes

All the talk of massive profits by the oil companies seems to leave out the details on taxes paid, seems Exxon paid more in taxes than it made in profit (11.66 billion) for the second quarter. But politicians are still calling for higher taxes. Buried in this CNN story

In addition to making hefty profits, Exxon also had a hefty tax bill. Worldwide, the company paid $10.5 billion in income taxes in the second quarter, $9.5 billion in sales taxes, and over $12 billion in what it called “other taxes.”


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Awesome, we never got to fire rockets…

In the Gaza Strip, as in Israel, children are currently in the midst of summer vacation, and the Hamas and Islamic Jihad’s “summer camps” are in full gear. In the past few weeks, the Palestinian groups have been holding camps throughout the strip, some of them proudly displaying rockets and other weaponry.

Hamas alone is currently conducting no less than 300 summer camps for tens of thousands of children, and the focus is on familiarizing kids with the Palestinian towns and cities destroyed in 1948, as well as instilling religious fervor in them. The camps also feature sports and military-type trainings such as crawling under barbed-wire.

And all we got was swimming and hiking, what a rip-off…

An Islamic Jihad operative told Ynet that the students were not exposed to real rockets but to ones made of plastic. “In the camps we emphasize the need to unite and put an end to the internal struggles.

Not to mention killing Jews…

Jihad Watch

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Lookin’ Good

Beijing shrouded in smog two weeks before China’s Olympic Games – Telegraph

The area where the games will take place failed the government’s own smog targets, even as officials opened the Olympic Village with great fanfare.

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Deport. Them. All.

Hundreds brave downpour to show support for Omar Khadr – Nova Scotia News

Terrorist’s crippled terrorist brother – screw him too.

Karim was paralyzed from the waist down in the same gun battle that killed his father in Afghanistan in 2003. He returned to Canada in 2004 with his mother to seek medical attention.

Sergeant Christopher Speer could not be reached for comment.

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Where Do We Start?

I ran across this letter in the National Post today from one Syed A. Rahman of Edmonton. It seems to raise more serious concerns than it sought to address though. Example:

The statement about women being stoned to death for being raped is totally outlandish. The purpose of the harsh nature of punishment is more of a deterrent than anything else. There are too many conditions that must be met before it is carried out.

Blame the woman. Make getting raped a crime, hell make it a capital offence. What is the purpose of this idiotic “deterrent” other than to subject women to more violence and punishment for being victimized by men in the first place?

Contrary to the popular belief that Islam is anti-Semitic, it is the Christians who have persecuted Jews throughout the ages, as in Spain under Queen Isabella or in Hitler’s Germany.

While his assertions of European persecution of the Jews is absolutely correct, his statement that Islam and Islamic countries are not anti-Semetic is too astoundingly ignorant to be believed.

Lastly, where it is implied that a husband can beat his wife, that is only supposed to be in a manner that does not cause any physical pain or hurt of any nature.

I would be interested to learn from Mr Rahman of Edmonton how it is you can beat your wife and not cause her any physical pain or hurt of any nature.

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Could It Be Any More Obvious

Hot shot anthropologist thinks we invented clothing to stay warm. Who would have thought?

By analyzing the descriptions of Aboriginal Australians in the journals of early European explorers, then cross-referencing that data with geographic latitude, an Australian researcher has shown that as the weather gets colder, aboriginal Australians tended to wear more clothing. – National Post

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