“The real problem is not that we are different, nor that we disagree and have conflict. It's that most of us automatically view conflict as something negative rather than as a tool God can use to help us better understand ourselves and one another.

--Robert Ricciardelli”

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

01/10 Morning Report

SCRATCH ONE. The Somali government says one of the embassy bombing suspects is dead, due the US air strikes. The Somali government is also calling for US troops on the ground. And, although I would love to see the redemption of what happened during Clinton’s days, I think that would be an over extension of our resources.
(…unless, of course, we’re getting out of Iraq…)

On the subject of security, Democrats are taking aim at anti-terrorism measures. Much of the new bill is aimed at how funds are distributed. No big surprise, the bill allocates more funds to higher risk targets. Being interpreted, that also means areas of high Democrat populations, since the democrats also have the population advantage in more metropolitan areas. This, by extension, would mean that places like the Texas-New Mexico-Arizona border (highly rural) could expect to see a reduction of funds.

While I’m on the subject of the Democratic leadership, I’ve got this burning question. Is it me, or does everyone else think her pictures always have that “deer in the headlights” look?

The EU is calling for 20% greenhouse gas reductions by the year 2020. Citing fears and concerns about global warming, the study called for a unified policy among member countries. Some of the urgency is due to the recent disagreement between Russia and Belarus, which would have created energy problems for Germany and Poland. There were two items in this article that caught my attention:

The EU's civil service wants more investment in renewable energy, arguing that the old fuels have a political as well as clear environmental cost.
The EU wants to make these targets binding for the first time, he said.
I find the second one interesting, since the UN couldn’t do it at their last meetings. The first one I find rather frightening, since the “civil service” in Europe is what we call the bureaucrats—the non-elected officials of government.
(…not to mention that what their socialists do, ours eventually follow…)