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...Well, Mandela’s dead.  
Because Saddam killed all the
                  Washington DC 09.20.07
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say, Where’s
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A national poll of high school
biology teachers found that at
least 25 percent devoted
classroom time to discussion of

Although the Supreme Court
has ruled that creationism,
also known as intelligent
design, is rooted in theology
rather than science,
researchers from the
University of Pennsylvania
found that, of the 25 percent of
biology teachers who teach
creationism, “nearly half
agreed or strongly agreed that
they teach the subject as a
‘valid scientific alternative to
Darwinian explanations for the
origin of species.’”

The study’s author, Michael
Berkman, said that in spite of
the fact that creationism
cannot be taught in America’s
public high schools, in the end
it is the teachers themselves
who develop the curricula and
who insert creationism into
their study plans.  

The researchers said that
“between 12 percent and 16
percent of the nation’s biology
teachers are creationist in
orientation (and) one in eight
reported that they teach
creationism or intelligent design
in a positive light.”

The study also revealed that
17 percent of high school
biology teachers do not teach
evolution at all.  

Researchers polled via
telephone and e-mail  939
public high school biology
teachers between March 5 and
May 2007.        
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The Air Force revised its request for
war funding upward due to the rising
cost of oil.  The Secretary of the Air
Force, Michael Wynne, said that
every $10-per-barrel increase in
crude oil increases costs by $610

The Air Force has requested $3.69
billion for all fuels for 2009, an
increase from the $1.49 billion that
the Air Force had budgeted for the
coming year.  Even that amount may
not be enough because the amount
the Air Force has requested is based
upon oil priced at $97.19 per barrel.  
Right now, oil is hovering around
$130 per barrel.

The Air Force said that the increased
cost of jet fuel has led to reductions
in “funding available for flying hours
to train” air crews.  The Air Force
maintains that reduced training lowers
pilot’s “combat readiness.”  Wynne
said that the instability in oil prices
“wreaks havoc on how we manage
our flying-hour program across the
Air Force.”

The Air Force has begun to explore
the use of synthetic fuels to power
their aircraft.  Researchers have had
some success using synthetic fuels,
but they
say that it will be years before they
can be perfected for wide spread use.

The Air Force is the largest fuel
consumer of America’s military
branches and is one of the world’s
largest consumers of jet fuel.  There
are over 19,000 pilots who operate
nearly 6000 aircraft in the Air Force.
Fuel costs for the Air Force have
been rising sharply over the past
years.  The Air Force spent $6 billion
in fuel costs in 2006, up from $1.4
billion in 2004.     
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The House Judiciary Committee
issued a subpoena to former White
House Deputy Chief of Staff and long
time political advisor to the president,
Karl Rove for testimony relating to
the alleged selective and political
prosecution of the former Governor
of Alabama, Don Siegelman.  

Rove had previously rebuffed the
Committee’s request to appear and
provide testimony under oath
asserting that executive privilege
protects him from Congressional
inquiry.  In a letter sent to the
chairman of the Committee, Rep
John Conyers (D-MI), by Rove’s
attorney, Robert Luskin stated, “The
privilege (to testify) is not Mr. Rove’s
personally, and he is not free to take
a position at odds with that taken by
the White House.”  Luskin
characterized the committee’s
demand on Rove as a
“Grounghog Day replay of the same
issues that are already the subject of
litigation,” saying that the committee
was seeking “gratuitous
confrontation.”  Luskin told the
committee that Rove would accede to
appear before the Committee, but
that the interview “would not be
transcribed nor would Mr. Rove be
under oath.”

Rove has recently appeared as a
political analyst and commented on
the Siegelman case and that he is
alleged to have orchestrated several
political prosecutions against
opponents and others carried out by
the several US Attorneys offices.

Conyers said in a statement, while
Rove has “failed to cooperate” with
the committee, “he does not seem
the least bit hesitant to discuss these
very issues
weekly on cable television and in
the print news media.”  Conyers
countered Rove’s invocation of
executive immunity stating that
other former White House
officials, “have in fact testified in
response to congressional
subpoenas, and dealt with
questions of privilege on a
question by question basis.”  
Conyers said, “Mr. Rove, as a
private party not employed by the
government, is himself
responsible for the decision on
how to respond to the enclosed

The US Department of Justice’s
Office of Professional
Responsibility has also opened an
independent investigation into the
possibility of selective political
prosecutions relating to former
governor  Siegelman and
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The Department of Homeland
Security maintains a secret master
database of information on American
citizens, comprising records gathered
from an array of publicly known
surveillance programs, and also data
undisclosed programs authorized by
secret executive orders, according to
a recently published report.

The investigation by
Radar magazine
quotes an unnamed military official
as saying that the database, known
as Main Core, is “the table of
contents for all the illegal information
that the US has on specific targets.”  
Another source told the magazine
that there are currently as many as 8
million American citizens in
the Main Core database.

The maintenance of Main Core is
apparently authorized under highly
classified Continuity of Government
protocols, which have been
extensively modified since 2001.
Legal certification for the
wide-ranging surveillance program is
presumed to be contained among a
number of unpublished Justice
Department authorizations produced
during the Bush administration. The
Radar report centers on widespread
speculation within Washington that
Main Core may have been the
subject of the angry confrontation
between top White House advisers
and acting Attorney General James
Comey in March 2004,  
that almost resulted in mass
resignations at Justice and the

A senior government official told
the magazine, “There exists a
database of Americans, who,
often for the slightest and most
trivial reason, are considered
unfriendly, and who, in a time of
panic, might be incarcerated. The
database can identify and locate
perceived ‘enemies of the state’
almost instantaneously.”

In addition to telephone and
computer surveillance, Main Core
is thought to track financial
records, loan documents, travel
activity, and purchasing
it's all true
Chicago mayor Richard M. Daley
has declared his support for a
controversial police initiative that
will send officers into targeted
neighborhoods in full SWAT gear
and deploy special armored
assault vehicles in routine patrols.
The measures are part of a
response to increased violent
crime developed by police
superintendent Jody Weis, who
took over the troubled department
in November after predecessor
Pat Cline resigned amid
numerous police brutality
scandals. Weis is also seeking to
outfit each of the city’s 1,700
patrol cars with M4 carbines, high-
powered assault rifles currently
reserved for SWAT team

Neighborhood groups condemned
the policy. But Weis defended the
moves, saying that the weaponry
was needed because police were
“outgunned” by criminals, and
that the SWAT tactics would have
a deterrent effect on crime. At a
press conference, the police chief
showed reporters a 16,000 pound
armored vehicle, nicknamed a
“bearcat,” that will be used for
it's all true
Air Force Balks at Pump Price Problems
Judicary Committee Orders Testimony in Roving
Theology Apes
In Nation's
Those in Main Core May Hear the Knock on the
Daley Turns
Streets of Chitmo
Into War Zone
Greg Maddux struggled to earn his
350th career victory, finally achieving
the impressive milestone on his fifth
attempt early this month. Maddux, a
23-year veteran now pitching for the
San Diego Padres, became only the
ninth pitcher in major league history
to win 350 games, the first since
Roger Clemens got number 350 last
July. His velocity is down and his ERA
is up, and he is no longer the ace of
whatever staff he finds himself a part
of, but at 42 Maddux is still a quality
National League starting pitcher.

A notoriously slow starter, Frank
Thomas struggled so badly as the
Toronto Blue Jays’ DH that he was
released by the team before the end
of April. Signed by the opportunistic
Oakland Athletics, Thomas warmed
up, hitting .315 over his first month.
His bat speed has decreased, which
has impacted his power numbers, but
the 39-year-old Thomas remains a
sought after right-handed bat in the
offense-heavy American League.

Neither player will ever again
approach the kind of numbers they
used to routinely produce at the
height of their careers, such as the
four season span from 1992-1995,
during which Maddux
averaged 19 wins against 7 losses a
season with an ERA of 1.93 and four
consecutive Cy Young Awards. For
the same four seasons Thomas
batted .325, averaging 36 home
runs, 114 RBIs, and 120 walks,
winning consecutive MVPs in 1993
and 1994.

So it is probably a little embarrassing
for Thomas to be sent packing by
Toronto, or for Maddux to be laboring
for the Padres, who won’t help him
chalk up many wins with a team
batting average of .239. Just last
year, Maddux threw 198 innings,
going 14-11 for San Diego. He gave
up 25 walks on the season.  In 2006,
Thomas had 39 home runs and 114
RBIs, leading Oakland to the playoffs
and placing fourth in MVP voting.

Baseball’s leading hitter of the post
World War II era  remains unsigned,
under an indictment that was recently
upgraded, an inarticulate recluse like
Mark McGwire before him. The most
accomplished pitcher of the era,
similarly unemployed, continues to
reveal himself as a Texan Jake
LaMotta, baseball’s Raging Bull.  For
all great players in the twilight of their
careers, the game becomes a series
of adjustments. Like Maddux and
Thomas, some players are better
adjusted than others.  
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