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CNN.com - Bush?nominates Bolton as U.N. ambassador - Mar 7, 2005

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<br />BOLTON SAID THINGS LIKE...
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<strong>"If the U.N. secretary building in New York lost 10 stories, it wouldn't make a bit of difference," he said.</strong>
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<br />Bolton drew fire from Democrats in 1994 when he said at a Federalist Society forum that "there is no such thing as the United Nations."</div><p><div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://codewarriorz.blogspot.com/2005/05/cnncom-bushnominates-bolton-as-un.html">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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China Threatens U.S. Over Textile Import Restrictions

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<div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">China Threatens U.S. Over Textile Import Restrictions <br />China Threatens U.S. Over Textile Import RestrictionsSHANGHAI, May 30 -- China on Monday threatened to take the United States to a formal dispute proceeding at the World Trade Organization if the Bush administration persists in restricting imports of Chinese-made textiles. <br />
<br />China also rescinded tariffs on its own textile exports, asserting that it will not limit its shipments as it offered to do last week so long as the United States and Europe impose their own restrictions. <br />
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<br />At a press conference in Beijing, China's Commerce Minister, Bo Xilai, unleashed the latest rhetorical volley in an intensifying trade conflict, warning that his government might formally accuse the United States of foul play if the Bush administration does not lift quotas on its textiles. <br />
<br />"This is a legitimate right that China is entitled to and we will resort to this mechanism when it is time to do so," Bo told reporters, according to Bloomberg News. <br />
<br />That threat came only days before Bo is scheduled to receive his American counterpart, U.S. Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez, who is due in Beijing on Thursday to hold talks on the textile conflict and the larger issue of how to lessen China's $160 billion trade surplus with the United States. <br />
<br />The growing intensity of the dispute underscores the degree to which domestic pressures now appear to be leading both sides to push hard, lest they face accusations of appeasement. Analysts emphasized that Beijing and Washington both appear to be engaged in a show of their toughness aimed at assuaging their domestic industries and not in a genuine escalation. <br />
<br />"This is entirely about domestic politics in both countries," said Andrew Rothman, China strategist at CLSA Asia-Pacific Markets in Shanghai. "They're doing the dance that they always do. I don't see this turning into a trade war." <br />
<br />The textile dispute stems from the expiration of an old system of global quotas that for four decades limited how much clothing any single country could ship to the United States and Europe. Since the lifting of those limits at the beginning of the year, shipments of Chinese-made clothes into the United States have leapt by more than half, according to the U.S. Commerce Department. Volumes of some goods such as cotton pants and shirts have jumped by more than 1,000 percent. <br />
<br />That surge has increased pressure on the Bush administration to choke the flow. Domestic textile manufacturers and a vocal contingent in Congress have accused the administration of being soft on China, allowing a renegade trade power to inundate the market with cheap goods at the expense of American workers. <br />
<br />The Bush administration earlier this month slapped new quotas on several categories of Chinese clothes and textiles to limit growth to 7.5 percent this year. The administration has the express right to impose these safeguard quotas, as they are known, under the agreement that brought China into the World Trade Organization three years ago. <br />
<br />China reacted with hostility, accusing the United States of violating the spirit of free trade. Officials in Beijing maintain that China is simply using its advantages -- an abundance of cheap labor and natural resources -- to produce high-quality goods at an economical price. China asserts that it is being made a scapegoat for the inevitable decline of American manufacturing. <br />
<br />In a bid to persuade the Bush administration to eschew safeguard quotas, China last week said it would quadruple tariffs it imposes on its textile exports. But on Monday, China said it would withdraw those tariffs altogether so long as the safeguard limits remain</div><p><div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://codewarriorz.blogspot.com/2005/05/china-threatens-us-over-textile-import.html">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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In Memorial - Thank you to our troops.

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<div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">In Memorial - Thank you to our troops.<br />Posted by CodeWarrior on May 30, 2005 at 9:08 AM (printer friendly) <br />
<br />My father was a WW II vet and died in 1986 in a VA hospital. I have made it a point to thank every person I meet that served our country in the military. I've done this in person, over the phone, and over the computer. I've been surprised by the reactions.<br />
<br />I can remember one particular tough looking marine who, when I thanked him for his service in 'Nam, started crying because no one had EVER thanked him since he got out of the Corps. Two weeks ago, I was talking to a black gentleman who was in the Army, and was injured during his tour of duty. I said to him "I just want to thank you for your service to our country.". He got a stunned look on his face and it took him a few seconds to respond. He said "You know, in 24 years, I've NEVER had anyone thank me."<br />
<br />During the Vietnam war, returning soldiers coming into the states in California, were advised to change out of their uniforms and into civilian clothes, to avoid walking through the airport in their uniforms, because so many people would accost them and call them "baby killers".<br />
<br />I just wanted , since this IS Memorial Day, to take this space to send a heartfelt "Thank you" to each service man, service woman, and to the families of veterans of all wars, living and dead.<br />
<br />I think our country owes a giant debt of gratitude to our Vets, and that sometimes, our government falls down on the level of support our Vets deserve.<br />
<br />So, on this Memorial Day, regardless of political sentiments, a hearty thank you, and feelings of respect and honor for you guys and gals.<br />
<br />God Bless You All !</div><p><div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://codewarriorz.blogspot.com/2005/05/in-memorial-thank-you-to-our-troops.html">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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CNN.com - Bush?nominates Bolton as U.N. ambassador - Mar 7, 2005

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<a href="http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/03/07/bolton/">CNN.com - Bush?nominates Bolton as U.N. ambassador - Mar 7, 2005</a>
<br />BOLTON SAID THINGS LIKE...
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<strong>"If the U.N. secretary building in New York lost 10 stories, it wouldn't make a bit of difference," he said.</strong>
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<br />Bolton drew fire from Democrats in 1994 when he said at a Federalist Society forum that "there is no such thing as the United Nations."</div><p><div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://codewarriorz.blogspot.com/2005/05/cnncom-bushnominates-bolton-as-un.html">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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Physician Arrested on Terrorism Charges to Be Arraigned

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<a href="http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-terror31may31,0,784526.story?coll=la-home-headlines">Physician Arrested on Terrorism Charges to Be Arraigned</a>Physician Arrested on Terrorism Charges to Be Arraigned
<br />By John-Thor Dahlburg and Walter F. Roche Jr., Times Staff Writers
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<br />MIAMI -- The doctor kept mostly to himself, neighbors remembered Monday. He lived in a gated South Florida community west of the exclusive town of Boca Raton with a woman and two children. The couple drove a black SUV and white two-door sedan, and fixed up the garage of their rented villa to serve as the youngsters' rumpus room.
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<br />Dan Kozan, an advertising consultant, had one encounter with his neighbor across the street when he moved into Villa San Remo three years ago, but it was enough. Kozan, 51, said he asked the doctor to move the cars of people visiting so Kozan could back out of his driveway more easily. The doctor, he said, ignored him.
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<br />"I'm friendly with most of the neighbors around here," Kozan said. "Not him."
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<br />Early Saturday, the FBI moved in and arrested the physician, Rafiq Abdus Sabir, 50, as an alleged participant in a terrorist plot. Along with Tarik Shah, 42, a self-described martial arts expert who had been arrested the day before in New York, Sabir was accused of conspiring to provide material support to al-Qaida.
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<br />According to federal prosecutors, Shah agreed to train Islamic holy warriors in hand-to-hand combat techniques, while Sabir agreed to treat their wounds at a military base in Saudi Arabia.
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<br />Both men were scheduled to be arraigned in separate federal court appearances Tuesday, according to a statement from U.S. Attorney David N. Kelley in New York. Judy Orihuela, spokeswoman for the FBI's Miami office, said Monday that Sabir was being held in the Palm Beach County jail pending his transport to the federal courthouse in Fort Pierce.
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<br />According to the federal complaint, the result of a two-year sting operation, Shah and Sabir, both U.S. citizens, took an oath of loyalty to al-Qaida, the shadowy Islamic terror network blamed for the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon and some of the violence targeting the U.S. occupation in Iraq.
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<br />Federal prosecutors said Shah had searched for locations suitable for secret weapons training, at one point inspecting a warehouse on Long Island, and agreed to provide a curriculum for hand-to-hand combat training.
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<br />The two men might have known each other for more than a decade. Records show they shared a common address on Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd. in Harlem in New York City, where in 1993, Shah set up a business called the Expansion of Knowledge Center. Sabir listed the same address as his residence in the late 1980s and early '90s.
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<br />If found guilty of conspiring to provide material support to a terrorist organization, each defendant faces a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison and a fine of as much as $250,000.
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A Cognizant Discourse ? Rick Warren on Narcissism 101

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<a href="http://www.schweppe.org/wp/?p=213">A Cognizant Discourse ? Rick Warren on Narcissism 101</a>\
<br />3/11/2005
<br />Rick Warren on Narcissism 101
<br />After reading Tim?s post on Rick Warren, I?m sick to my stomach. How is it possible that Rick Warren can publish such insipid and grievous lies: Accept Yourself, Love Yourself, Be True To Yourself, Forgive Yourself, Believe in Yourself? Yeah, I get the picture: myself. The only thing myself ever got me was a whole lot of trouble.
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<br />By the way, it is fitting to cite Eugene Peterson once more:
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<br />When we advertise the gospel in terms of the world?s values, we lie to people. We lie to them, because this is a new life. It involves following Jesus. It involves the Cross. It involves death, an acceptable sacrifice. We give up our lives.
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<br />and?
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<br />But the minute we start advertising the faith in terms of benefits, we?re just exacerbating the self problem. ?With Christ, you?re better, stronger, more likeable, you enjoy some ecstasy.? But it?s just more self. Instead, we want to get people bored with themselves so they can start looking at Jesus.
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<br />Looking at Jesus. Isn?t that what the Gospel is all about, and not about me, me, and me?
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</div><p><div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://codewarriorz.blogspot.com/2005/05/cognizant-discourse-rick-warren-on.html">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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A Cognizant Discourse ? Rick Warren on Narcissism 101

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<a href="http://www.schweppe.org/wp/?p=213">A Cognizant Discourse ? Rick Warren on Narcissism 101</a>\
<br />3/11/2005
<br />Rick Warren on Narcissism 101
<br />After reading Tim?s post on Rick Warren, I?m sick to my stomach. How is it possible that Rick Warren can publish such insipid and grievous lies: Accept Yourself, Love Yourself, Be True To Yourself, Forgive Yourself, Believe in Yourself? Yeah, I get the picture: myself. The only thing myself ever got me was a whole lot of trouble.
<br />
<br />By the way, it is fitting to cite Eugene Peterson once more:
<br />
<br />When we advertise the gospel in terms of the world?s values, we lie to people. We lie to them, because this is a new life. It involves following Jesus. It involves the Cross. It involves death, an acceptable sacrifice. We give up our lives.
<br />
<br />and?
<br />
<br />But the minute we start advertising the faith in terms of benefits, we?re just exacerbating the self problem. ?With Christ, you?re better, stronger, more likeable, you enjoy some ecstasy.? But it?s just more self. Instead, we want to get people bored with themselves so they can start looking at Jesus.
<br />
<br />Looking at Jesus. Isn?t that what the Gospel is all about, and not about me, me, and me?
<br />
<br />
</div><p><div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://codewarriorz.blogspot.com/2005/05/cognizant-discourse-rick-warren-on.html">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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A Cognizant Discourse ? Rick Warren on Narcissism 101

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<a href="http://www.schweppe.org/wp/?p=213">A Cognizant Discourse ? Rick Warren on Narcissism 101</a>3/11/2005
<br />Rick Warren on Narcissism 101
<br />After reading Tim?s post on Rick Warren, I?m sick to my stomach. How is it possible that Rick Warren can publish such insipid and grievous lies: Accept Yourself, Love Yourself, Be True To Yourself, Forgive Yourself, Believe in Yourself? Yeah, I get the picture: myself. The only thing myself ever got me was a whole lot of trouble.
<br />
<br />By the way, it is fitting to cite Eugene Peterson once more:
<br />
<br />When we advertise the gospel in terms of the world?s values, we lie to people. We lie to them, because this is a new life. It involves following Jesus. It involves the Cross. It involves death, an acceptable sacrifice. We give up our lives.
<br />
<br />and?
<br />
<br />But the minute we start advertising the faith in terms of benefits, we?re just exacerbating the self problem. ?With Christ, you?re better, stronger, more likeable, you enjoy some ecstasy.? But it?s just more self. Instead, we want to get people bored with themselves so they can start looking at Jesus.
<br />
<br />Looking at Jesus. Isn?t that what the Gospel is all about, and not about me, me, and me?
<br />
<br />
</div><p><div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://codewarriorz.blogspot.com/2005/05/cognizant-discourse-rick-warren-on.html">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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The Globe and Mail: Red Cross pleads guilty, offers apology in blood scandal

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<a href="http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/ArticleNews/TPStory/LAC/20050531/BLOOD31/TPHealth/">The Globe and Mail: Red Cross pleads guilty, offers apology in blood scandal</a>
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<br /> HAMILTON and TORONTO -- The Canadian Red Cross pleaded guilty yesterday to a single charge arising from the tainted-blood scandal and publicly accepted responsibility for the disaster that left thousands of people infected with HIV and hepatitis C, saying it "is deeply sorry for the injury and death caused to those who were infected by blood or blood products it distributed" in the 1980s and early 1990s.
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<br />Many HIV and hepatitis C sufferers from across Canada said they had waited decades to hear those words, aired in a Hamilton court through a videotaped statement by the current Red Cross chief executive officer, Dr. Pierre Duplessis.
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<br />Mike McCarthy, spokesman for the Canadian Hemophilia Society and a tireless activist for victims, welcomed the admission of wrongdoing but with little satisfaction.
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<br />"How can anyone be satisfied? Thousands of people lost their lives. Hundreds and hundreds of people are living with these fatal viruses today," he said. "There's no great outcome here for anybody that's gone through the tainted-blood scandal."
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<br /> Other survivors of the tainted-blood tragedy were not impressed, noting that thousands of people never lived to hear the Red Cross apology.
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<br />"They slither between every legal loophole and hide behind every lawyer they can," said Bruce Devenne, a 59-year-old Nova Scotian suffering from hepatitis C. He said he is upset that "the Red Cross is walking free from now on."
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<br />As part of the plea arrangement, which has yet to be approved by a judge, the Red Cross will be fined up to the maximum $5,000 penalty for admitting to violating the Food and Drugs Act. The charity has also agreed to pay an additional $1.5-million, splitting the money between scholarships for victims' families and funding medical research.
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<br />In 2002, after a five year-investigation, the RCMP laid six criminal charges against the Red Cross of endangering the public, but all criminal charges were dropped in the plea agreement.
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<br />Thousands of Canadians were infected with HIV and hepatitis C because of tainted blood. A judicial inquiry found that the infections could have been prevented by better screening, but that attempts to deal with the problem were "ineffective and half-hearted." The federal and provincial governments have compensated victims, but many complain the existing packages do not go far enough.
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<br />The tragedy caused the Canadian Red Cross to restructure under bankruptcy protection, transfer its blood operations to the new Canadian Blood Services agency in 1998, and concentrate exclusively on its humanitarian work -- as well as face allegations of criminality.
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<br />At the John Sopinka Courthouse yesterday, two huge screens were positioned on either side of the courtroom so reporters and the public gallery could see the Red Cross apology. "We profoundly regret that the Canadian Red Cross Society did not develop and adopt more quickly measures to reduce the risks of infection, and we accept responsibility through our plea," Dr. Duplessis told the Ontario Superior Court.
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<br />"We accept responsibility through our plea for having distributed harmful products to those that rely on us for their health."
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<br />The Red Cross said it would donate $750,000 to establish a "national medical error project" at the University of Ottawa. The project would alert doctors to the pitfalls of overlooking medical risks.
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<br />The other $750,000 would create scholarships for people who can prove their lives have been adversely affected by the tainted-blood tragedy.
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<br />Mr. Justice James Kent accepted the plea but asked to hear from victims before sentencing on June 30. Victims can do that at: http://www.attorneygeneral.jus.gov.on.ca/vw/blood.
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</div><p><div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://codewarriorz.blogspot.com/2005/05/globe-and-mail-red-cross-pleads-guilty.html">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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A Cognizant Discourse ? Rick Warren on Narcissism 101

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<a href="http://www.schweppe.org/wp/?p=213">A Cognizant Discourse ? Rick Warren on Narcissism 101</a>3/11/2005
<br />Rick Warren on Narcissism 101
<br />After reading Tim?s post on Rick Warren, I?m sick to my stomach. How is it possible that Rick Warren can publish such insipid and grievous lies: Accept Yourself, Love Yourself, Be True To Yourself, Forgive Yourself, Believe in Yourself? Yeah, I get the picture: myself. The only thing myself ever got me was a whole lot of trouble.
<br />
<br />By the way, it is fitting to cite Eugene Peterson once more:
<br />
<br />When we advertise the gospel in terms of the world?s values, we lie to people. We lie to them, because this is a new life. It involves following Jesus. It involves the Cross. It involves death, an acceptable sacrifice. We give up our lives.
<br />
<br />and?
<br />
<br />But the minute we start advertising the faith in terms of benefits, we?re just exacerbating the self problem. ?With Christ, you?re better, stronger, more likeable, you enjoy some ecstasy.? But it?s just more self. Instead, we want to get people bored with themselves so they can start looking at Jesus.
<br />
<br />Looking at Jesus. Isn?t that what the Gospel is all about, and not about me, me, and me?
<br />
<br />
</div><p><div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://codewarriorz.blogspot.com/2005/05/cognizant-discourse-rick-warren-on.html">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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