Fred Thompson moves closer to presidential run
Ol' Fred DOES look like he has less than a year to live, just like Cartoon Fred said on Saturday Night Live less than two weeks ago.
The Global Peace Index, published a week before a Group of Eight (G8) summit in Germany, rates 121 countries from Algeria to Zimbabwe on factors including levels of violence, organised crime and military expenditure.
While most European countries including Britain rank in the top, more peaceful, half of the league table, the United States is nearer the bottom in 96th place
"He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver."
In East Texas, the First Baptist Church pastor of this community just delivered a GOP 'sermon' at the annual Memorial Day gathering on the courthouse lawn, spending about half an hour blaming "the media" for creating the wrong impression about the Iraq War, which actually is going splendidly, if the lying media could only be eliminated from the planet.
How did such ordinary-looking men -- seemingly unable to carry out even the smallest nonpolitical tasks of governing -- succeed in doing such extraordinary and lasting damage to our country, our military and our body politic in so few years?
There are at least 20 major tribes in the Basra area. Iraqis often feel the strongest allegiance to their tribe, above nationality. At least one influential tribe in the city runs its own smuggling business.
Political conservatives tend toward a bombings-and-beheadings view of Islam. Listen to their radio shows and you can hear it. Their tribalism overwhelms their sympathy. They fail to see that ordinary Muslims are a lot like them.