Wednesday, April 28, 2010

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Hezbollah's next milestone?

Posted: 28 Apr 2010 02:55 PM PDT

Close to a year and a half ago, Meryl observed a news report that despite Security Council resolution 1701, Hezbollah was three times as strong as it had been during its war against Israel in 2006 leading her to snark: I'm so happy that UN is concentrating on the important things, like a day of mourning for the Palestinians to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the UN partition of the British Mandate. It's great that Nobel Peace Prize winners are calling for the expulsion of Israel from the UN, but not a nation that has taken an armed terrorist group,...

Big Brother Breaks Burger-Bauble Bond

Posted: 28 Apr 2010 01:19 PM PDT

Only in California:A California county is stopping restaurants from using toys to lure children to high-calorie, salt-laden food such as popular "Happy Meals" hawked by fast-food giant McDonald's. Elected officials in the county of Santa Clara, in the heart of technology center Silicon Valley south of San Francisco, voted Tuesday to enact the ban to fight an "obesity epidemic" sweeping California and the United States. "This ordinance prevents restaurants from preying on children's love of toys to peddle high-calorie, high-fat, high-sodium kids meals," said Ken Yeager, the county supervisor behind the ban. "This ordinance breaks the link between unhealthy food...

The "science" of the nfl draft

Posted: 28 Apr 2010 05:30 AM PDT

I'm excited because many of the experts feel that the Ravens had an excellent draft last week. However, as Gregg Easterbrook writes: The idea that drafting is "scientific" is best seen in this year's frenzied debates regarding which quarterback belonged where. On "SportsCenter" shortly before the first round began, Mel Kiper, insisting Clausen belonged in the high first round, grew so agitated that I worried his hair gel would ignite. Clausen went in the middle of the second round. Is that right or wrong? No one knows. Mayock said Tebow belonged in the fourth round; Peter King of Sports Illustrated...

Hamas, hate and humanitarianism

Posted: 28 Apr 2010 03:55 AM PDT

Robert Mackey writes about an ad that Hamas released implicitly threatening to kill Gilad Schalit. The video, which was posted on the Web site of the Hamas Qassam Brigades and on YouTube, uses the real voice of the captured solider -- from a previously released "proof of life" video -- over a computer-generated animation that shows his father wandering forlorn past billboards showing statements from Israeli leaders promising to free his son. At the end of the video, the elder Mr. Shalit is shown witnessing the return of his son's coffin -- before waking with a scream to realize that...

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