Daily Archives: April 9, 2008

Lewinsky question

There is one subject Chelsea Clinton will not discuss. At least three times in the past two weeks, the former and possible future first daughter has been asked about the Monica Lewinsky scandal’s influence on the presidential campaign of her mother, New York Sen. Hillary Clinton.

The answer has evolved each time. When a student at Butler University in Indianapolis first asked the question on March 25, she drew applause and gave a short response that ended with: “I do not think that is any of your business.”

Definitely was nobody’s business and should not be but your parents unfortunately for you made it …your business and in extent anybody’s business. The tragic of this, is that Bill and Hillary are the only ones to come clean out of it!

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Unlikely to call for more troops

The top U.S. military commander in Iraq said Wednesday that he is unlikely to call for another troop buildup in Iraq, even if security deteriorates after the extra American soldiers return home this summer.

Gen. David Petraeus told a House panel that such a move would be considered the last resort, in part because of the strain it would place on the Army. First, the military could try to reallocate existing troops to respond to any hotspots. It also would rely more on Iraqi forces, which are improving in capability, he said.

“That would be a pretty remote thought in my mind,” he said of reinstating last year’s influx of troops. Petraeus has recommended to President Bush that the U.S. complete, by the end of July, the withdrawal of the 20,000 troops that were sent to Iraq last year to calm the violence there. Beyond that, the general proposed a 45-day evaluation period, to be followed by an indefinite period of assessment before he would recommend any further pullouts.

If the general says so imagine how things …really are! But there is a catch here as well, fine no more troops but what about the number of troops already there?

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Mexico’s oil plans

Mexican President Felipe Calderon has called on the country’s Congress to approve an energy reform bill to overhaul state oil giant Pemex.

Mr. Calderon said the plan would give Pemex more freedom to manage its budget and contract out work, so boosting both oil production and exploration. Mexico’s known oil reserves are running out and production has been falling.

Mr. Calderon stressed the bill would not privatize Pemex, a national symbol that has been in state hands since 1938. “To strengthen Pemex is to strengthen Mexico,” President Calderon said. “We must act now, because time and oil is running out.” Oil revenues constitute some 40% of federal income, but production has been falling.

So for a country that has oil and thinking to expand plans why there are so many poor? Perhaps before they start making oil plans they should do something with corruption plans!

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Attack on Israeli border

At least seven people are reported to have been killed following a raid by Palestinian militants near a border crossing between Gaza and Israel.

Two Israeli workers were killed as a fuel depot at the Nahal Oz crossing in northern Gaza came under attack. The Israeli army said at least two militants were killed as they fled. Another three Palestinians were killed by Israeli missiles, reports said.

The latest violence follows a month or so of relative calm in Gaza. Fighting had subsided since early March, when the Israeli army launched an offensive that killed around 120 Palestinians.

The no ending story with the settlers, another three another six another ten and then Israeli helicopters will kill another ten Palestinians, another five another six and this never ends. For how long? The key question, till they totally kill each other and with them the rest of the world!

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Al-Masri dead

It looks like breaking news in many ways, Abu Obaida al-Masri, and the militant chief believed to be a senior planner of al-Qaeda‘s attacks in Afghanistan, has died, US intelligence sources say.

They said they believed Masri – linked to suicide bombers who killed 52 people in attacks on London’s transport system in 2005 – died of “natural causes”. “The sense is that he is dead,” a US official said.

The unnamed official described Masri, an Egyptian, as “a major operational figure” within al-Qaeda’s hierarchy.

In the world these people live ‘natural causes’ is definitely out of question so let’s see which …company will take responsibility!!!

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North Korea nuclear negotiators

Progress has been made on what North Korea will receive from the US in exchange for disclosing its nuclear activities, negotiators have said.

Pyongyang’s foreign ministry said consensus had been reached on US political compensation for the declaration by North Korea. A top US diplomat said progress had been made, but would not give a time-line for a possible breakthrough.

The issue has prevented a deal being clinched in disarmament talks. In February 2007 North Korea had agreed to give up its nuclear weapons in return for aid, in a six-nation deal with the US, China, Japan, South Korea and Russia. The US had accused Pyongyang of missing a year-end deadline to make a full nuclear declaration as promised.

When I hear …progress with North Korea I have a problem, I feel there is something they don’t tell me and usually this is either when they are going to bomb them or when North Korea is going to bomb …Tokyo!

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Mikael Agricola’s Day, Finnish Language Day

From the Ovi magazine

Today, 9th of April Finland celebrates the Finnish language day to honour Mikael Agricola the man who first to use written Finnish language.ovi magazine

Mikael Agricola (c. 1510 – April 9, 1557) a Finnish clergyman who became de facto founder of written Finnish and one of the prominent proponents of the Protestant Reformation in Sweden-Finland. He is often called “the father of Finnish written language.” Agricola was consecrated as the bishop of Turku in 1554 without papal approval. As a result, he began a reform of the Finnish church along Lutheran lines. He translated the New Testament, the prayer book, hymns, and the mass into Finnish, and through this work set the rules of orthography that are the basis of modern Finnish spelling. His thoroughgoing work is particularly remarkable in that he accomplished it in only three years. He died suddenly on a return trip from negotiating a treaty with the Russians.

Agricola had thought about translating the New Testament in his early years of studying. At the time, however, there was no standard written form of Finnish. He started developing it. His first book, “Abckiria” was a primer for reading and a catechism, and it was first time printed in 1543. The catechism was included because only very few people could afford the whole Bible at the time. The first print contained 16 pages. There was a second print released in 1551 with 24 pages.

Agricola’s most prominent book is Se Wsi Testamenti, the first Finnish-language translation of the New Testament. The manuscript was completed in 1548. It contains 718 pages and many illustrations.

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