May 2006 Archives

May 31, 2006

Tony Blair’s Misguided Vision for The UN

In an open letter, Prime Minister Tony Blair laid out his vision for the future of the United Nations. Now, for your typical, internationally jaded conservative, any future that has a UN is a future worth skipping. If this describes your sentiments, you're going to hate this. PM Blair not only envisions a future with a UN, but a future with an expanded UN.

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Which Way Does The Wind Blow Today?

Does the Democratic Party really know what they want to do with the war in Iraq?

On one side we have those led by Congressman and ex-car wash owner and unindicted ABSCAM co-conspirator John "Cut and Run" Murtha (D Pa.) who has turned into an anti-war "over the horizon" guy.......

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M.E.O.W.

I find it fascinating that the same people who accuse Bush of fomenting a climate of fear are upset that Bush isn't fomenting a climate of fear about the climate.

Case in point is Al Gore's new flick, "The End Is Near," in which he insists that the earth is facing a, "planetary emergency," that threatens to, "end civilization." ...It's a bunch of tartuffery if you ask me; to which I say, "Meow".

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May 30, 2006

DIRTY HARRY........BUSTED!

Someone famous said "The more a person talks about his honesty,the faster I count the silver in my pocket".

That seems to be the story with Democratic Senate Minority leader Harry Reid who took free tickets to boxing matches then comes up with a flimsy excuse justifying his actions.

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Interview With Evil: Ahmadinejad Speaks to Der Spiegel

Apparently, Hell is in the midst of a slow season, as the devil himself, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has again resurfaced; this time to participate in a rare, face-to-face interview with Der Spiegel. From soccer to nuclear proliferation, Der Spiegel held nothing back, and for that I applaud them. The bottom line, according to Ahmadinejad, is this: Zionists are evil, the Holocaust never happened, and Iran should be allowed to pursue nuclear technology.

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Anti-Americanism - Ubiquity & Scrutiny

If you really got to know the Arabs, Brazilians, Chinese, Germans, Greeks, Guatemalans or any other nationality, you would find lots of things about them not to like. And if you were bombarded by their cultures and preferences every place you went, you probably would come to resent them. Fortunately for all involved, we mostly are not. One problem for the U.S. is that everyone watches us very closely - cannot avoid us - and thinks they know us.

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May 29, 2006

In Memory of the Fallen

On May 5, 1868, General John A. Logan of the Grand Army of the Republic issued a proclamation:

"The 30th of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village, and hamlet churchyard in the land."
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May 28, 2006

Anti-Americanism. Where Does it Come From?

We cannot afford to believe anti-Americanism is something created by George Bush and that it will go away when he does. There is no doubt that our President's personality annoys European intellectuals, but anti Americanism is nothing new. Much of it has to do with the particular structure of U.S. society and policy and some of it has to do with other people's prejudices. I have identified seven possible sources and would like to explore some of the sources of anti-Americanism one at a time.

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Sleeping With The Devil

A researcher in the New York Times Beijing office will stand trial next month in a Chinese court, despite mounting pressure from US officials and President Bush himself. If convicted, Zhao Yan will face a maximum penalty of death for a crime that is considered especially serious under Chinese law; acquittals in such cases are exceptionally rare. Indeed, the crime that Yan allegedly committed is especially heinous and worthy of condemnation: He reported the news.

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A 24 Carat Jerk

Congressman Jack Murtha (D PA.) is a 24 carat jerk.

Veteran or no veteran,decorated hero or not,he has tried and convicted the Marines who allegedly killed civilians in Iraq earlier this year before the investigation is completed or a trial takes place.

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May 27, 2006

A Presidential Address

Earlier today, President Bush delivered a commencement address at the West Point Military Academy that was nothing short of inspiring:

"This is only the beginning. . . . The message has spread from Damascus to Tehran that the future belongs to freedom, and we will not rest until the promise of liberty reaches every people in every nation."
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May 27 Sources: Al Gore's Inconvenient Truth

You always find your keys in last place you look. When Rational people think they have found something they stop looking, so reaching incorrect conclusions can be worse than mere ignorance since it precludes correct action. Kyoto is like that. It is a wrong answer that exacerbates problems it was meant to address. An Inconvenient Truth for Al Gore counts the ways.

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May 26, 2006

Standing The Test Of Time...And Then Some!

So,what will be the legacy of the BEST and STRONGEST vice-president this nation has seen since the Roosevelt administration?

Will Dick Cheney be branded by historians as a liar, a war criminal, a profiteer and a corporate bag man as the lefties say or will he viewed as the BEST and STRONGEST vice-president since the Roosevelt administration?

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Stupid Is As Stupid Does

This week has not been a great week for our government. Despite the success of convicting crooks Ken Lay and Jeff Skilling, we have been witness to Senate Stupidity in the form of a disasterous Senate immigrtion bill, seen several hundred lawyers in Congress completely misread the Constitution, and had a President apologize for being tough. About the only thing missing is a Supreme Court Kelo-type decision, and fortunately, we aren't likely to see such stupidity from the Judicial Branch for at least a week and a half.

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May 25, 2006

More Good News. Even Liberals May See

Real GDP grew by 5.3% during the last quarter. This makes the U.S. the fastest growing industrial economy in the world, before most Europeans and Japanese, but after little Greece, which had a particularly good year.

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Israel Preparing For Strike On Iran?

The escalating conflict between Israel and Iran has thus far been limited to a War of Words: Israel is threatening to engage in a preemptive strike against Iran's nuclear installations while Iran is threatening Israel with total annihilation. Meanwhile, spectators throughout the world are insisting that either side is simply engaging the other with meaningless rhetoric, rather than meaningful threats. Yet a series of recent headlines seem to point to one insurmountable truth: Israel is Preparing to Strike.

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American Idle

By now, we all know who the winner of American Idol is. But, of interest is the fact that more than 63 million votes were cast to choose the winner-- "more than any president in the history of our country has received," host Ryan Seacrest noted.

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May 24, 2006

A different kind of immigration reform

This isn't a fairytale. Magical sugar plums aren't falling from the trees and soft, cuddly animals aren't prancing through the woods reciting aged nursery rhymes with Goldie Lox.

Rather, this is reality, and no matter how enticing the gleefully arranged sugar-coated gum drops of Edward Kennedy and Dianne Feinstein appear, keep in mind that they are merely disillusioned ploys to garner the Hispanic demographic in the upcoming midterm election.

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NEVER AGAIN!!!

"Having considered the declaration made by the General Assembly of the United Nations . . . The Contracting Parties confirm that genocide . . . is a crime under international law which they undertake to prevent and to punish."

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Traitors Everywhere: The ACLU Should Look Into This

Where an individual disagrees with a board position on policy matters, he/she should refrain from publicly highlighting the disagreement. In a recent incident, the director demanded that one of his opponents step outside, where he chastised her for the look on her face. How about that for a tough policy?

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Cycle of hypocrisy

Talk about irony. We'd need a whole lot of irony to fall on Mr. Martin Samuel for him to realize how truly appropos it is for the blood stained steel from the World Trade Center to be melted, fastened, bolted, and burnished into U.S. Warships.

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Let's Not Create An American Babel

Looks like our favorite Democrat, Harry Reid, is up to his old tricks again. Now he says that making English as the official language is racist.

I suppose that Democrats, the all-inclusive party, think that every immigrant should be free to decide whether or not he or she wants to learn the Queen's English......

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May 23, 2006

CA 9th Circus Court: Public School Prayer is Constitutional

California's 9th Circus Court of Appeals is no stranger to controversy. In fact, overt displays of judicial activism and a leftist tilt that would put Noam Chomsky to shame has made it the most overturned appellate court in the nation.

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Immigration and Religion

A discussion is going on about the invasion by illegal aliens going on in our Nation. Most of the time we only hear about the 'evil' Mexicans who break our laws by crossing the border without permission. Since I began writing this article our wonderful politicians have granted illegals SS benefits. Just who are they giving these benefits to? Just what is going on? Can Religion be playing a part in these decisions?

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May 22, 2006

Gotta Love Those Hollywood Elites

Anti-Christian Bush haters were in for a special treat, yesterday, at the opening of Madonna's "Confessions" tour. Among other vile displays that fans were treated to, Madonna mimicked the Crucifixion of Jesus by hanging herself from a cross while wearing a crown of thorns (note: this picture may be extremely offensive).

Of course, no show would be complete without the requisite Bush bashing. Here's a not too offensive original: Bush = Hitler.

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May 21, 2006

Snatching Victory From The Jaws Of Defeat

Count me among the remaining yet dwindling few that think what happened in Iraq this weekend was a good thing. Finally a unity government,ratified after months of bickering ........was born.

A duly elected government now assumes the reins of power.

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Hey Mexico: Lose the Double Standard or Keep Quiet

"If American policy-makers are looking for legal models on which to base new laws restricting immigration and expelling foreign lawbreakers, they have a handy guide: the Mexican constitution." J. Michael Waller, Center for Security Policy in Washington
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Artistic Freedom? I'm Against It.

Art is too important to be left to the discretion of artists. This goes for the whole gamut of art, including literature, visual arts and architecture. We put up with a lot of awful crap because we don't want to be seen as ignorant philistines. Maybe it is time us ignorant philistines stand up for ourselves and take art back from the self proclaimed professionals.

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May 20, 2006

Touring Utopia

What do liberals really believe in? Togetherness? Fighting oppression? Despite the denials and obfuscations it really is as simple as this: More government; lots more! This is the ideology that animates and inspires the left.

A prime example are the pilgrimages being made by American leftists to see the glorious socialist revolution of Hugo Chavez firsthand.

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No End in Sight for Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Fearing for his own country's safety, Jordan's King Abdullah II has appealed to President Bush to restart peace talks between the Israelis and the Palestinians. More specifically, the king's vision for renewed negotiations would take place between the Israeli government and "the Palestinian leadership in the person of the President of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas."

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May 19, 2006

May 19 Sources: NSA "Spying" is Legal and Smart

The NSA phone analysis is a non-starter for Dems and they will not really push this one. The article on connecting the dots explains why. Phone analysis is a good idea. Besides the Supreme Court as far back as 1979 explicitly ruled the Fourth Amendment doesn't include phone-calling records.

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Are the Reports True? UPDATE: False Report

Though not yet confirmed, the National Post reported today that the Iranian parliament passed a law that is ominously reminiscent of the Holocaust. Amir Taheri, who authored the piece, writes:

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Iran and Nuclear Proliferation

Iran's nuclear program what should we do? They have repeatedly threatened peaceful nations and publicly vowed to destroy Israel. Israel is an ally to us and we are at open enmity with Iran. If we delay in taking care of this nuclear business with Iran then they will get a bomb. We have learned this from North Korea. We spent too much time hoping that a diplomatic solution could come about. Obviously, it did not

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May 18, 2006

Arizona or Anbar?

While our troops fight and die in Iraq making sure the Anbar province does not rip off into a Jihadist state, we face the awful truth that many are unaware of: we risk eventual loss of Arizona the same way Iraq risks losing Anbar.

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Go To Hell Part II......What Say You?

Watchblog Scoop!

Just received via camel-express from Pakistan!

Don't miss this thrilling exchange!

Dear Sicilian Eagle:

My friend and brother in crime Saddam wrote you a letter several days ago asking for help.

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May 17, 2006

So dark the con of meme

Is the supply of tin foil running low? Is there a communicable mental disease running loose? I suspect so. Conspiracy theories abound.

My question is, should we consider the Da Vinci Code to be as offensive as the Mohammed cartoons were? If not, why? ...and where is my anarchist outfit for the christian riots tomorrow? (It was here somewhere...)

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May 16, 2006

Europe Solves Nuclear Dilemma

Iran's quest for nuclear technology has been met with unquestionable opposition from the Bush Administration and, until today, similar opposition from the European Union. In truth, the unified voice that has surrounded this issue has left conservatives like myself desperately missing the days of old, when France was the butt of every joke. Well, those glorious days are back, fellow conservatives. Earlier today, the EU unveiled their latest plans for combating proliferation in Iran. What's the plan? you ask. They are going to give Tehran a nuclear reactor.

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The need for a Return to Conservatism

If the Republican party is going to make it in the next election they need to return to what made the republican party prosper. CONSERVATISM. There are three area's that are needing to be addressed here Fiscal Conservatism, Foreign Policy and Domestic Policy.

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May 15, 2006

To Hell With You - Part I

Dear Sicilian Eagle:

I am writing this letter out of desperation and I need your help!

We must end this war in Iraq now!

As a direct result of this war,both of my sons were killed.To compound that tragedy,I lost my job.Now,I am languishing in jail.You are the Mighty Eagle and you can help me.....please,I beg of you... help me!

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Fox: Troops Would "Militarize the Border"--So What?

As President Bush prepares to address the nation this evening about his plan to augment border security in the Southwest, it is widely expected that he will announce a National Guard presence of between 5,000 and 10,000 troops to be stationed along the border in what White House Communications Director Dan Bartlett says will be a supporting role.

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May 14, 2006

Paradoxes of Partisan Politics

For Bush haters, I include two innocuous stories from the "Washington Post". The first is about the Army Corps of Engineers, its projects and problems with New Orleans before this president took office. It starts with project that would drain more wetlands than all the developers do in most years. The other is about wind power. Texas will be the U.S. wind power leader.

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May 13, 2006

Blame this on Bush.....Not!

Let's see people blame this one on Bush !

The Department of Education announced that not a single state passed muster by failing to have enough "highly qualified" teachers in core classes.

That's zero for fifty.

Here is the root cause of the problem and it's "high" time we address the issue dead on!

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Immigration Policy: Overhaul Outlook

A solid prediction: immigration reform will not occur this year, though, if it somehow does, it will include provisions for eventual legalization of all illegal immigrants.

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May 12, 2006

May 12 Reliable Sources - Global Warming Jokes

The funniest source this week is the Ecoenquirer. My bet is that many readers will not be amused, however. I also recommend An Improbable Cure for an Oil Addiction. Those of you who read what I write will see that this guy from generally liberal Brookings more or less agrees with me on oil prices.

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You too Europe?

"The power of organi[z]ed crime in Bulgaria is finally beginning to alarm the European Union only seven months before the former communist state and its neighbo[r], Romania, are due to join." London Times Article

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Knute Rockne Couldn't Have Said It Better!

With mid-term elections only five months away,and with the Republican Party doing an excellent job shooting itself in the foot time and again, control of the House and Senate is now in question.

It's time for a "team" meeting!

Ok guys (and gals)...huddle up......

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May 11, 2006

Population Bomb a Dud

Vladimir Putin gave a State of Russia speech a couple days ago. He said lots of things. He even quotes FDR, but what interested me was what he said about the reverse the population bomb. Russia's population is dropping like a stone. This is not a new problem and not a problem only for Russia. All major industrial countries have flat or declining populations (the U.S. is a notable exception).

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ACLU defending criminals over victims

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has persistently challenged state and federal efforts to pass Jessica's law, an essential piece of legislation that calls for more rigorous tracking of convicted sex offenders, believing that the law is too harsh on released sexual predators--and they're at it again.

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Phone Call Data Collection

I have to admit, reading the USA Today's big story on the NSA collecting call data has me troubled. Not because they are collecting the data, but the manner in which the data has been collected. The way the collection is described, it is like the NSA is a big telemarketing research firm.

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May 10, 2006

Tax Revenues Reaching All Time Highs. Cut Spending

Corporate income tax collection are at an ALL TIME HIGH as a percentage of GDP (and our GDP is at an all time high too). Individual tax receipts were up 11.2% in the first seven months of FY 2006 over the same period in FY 2005, which in turn was a year when revenues surged 14.6%. Revenues are back up to nearly 18% of GDP and growing. We no longer have have a tax or revenue problem. We still have a spending problem.

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The Letter The President Won't Send

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran two days ago sent to President Bush a 17 page letter to which the White House has chosen not to respond.

Had the President asked the Mighty Sicilian Eagle to draft such a response,here is what it would look like:

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May 9, 2006

Big Abusers Win Seats on UN Rights Commission

Cuba, Saudi Arabia, China and Russia won seats on the new U.N. Human Rights Council. I suppose they will want to look into exagurated torture claims against us, or maybe outsourcing torture, or maybe they will complain that we have court marshaled only 103 of our own troops for alleged violations.

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Picking up the trash

It has survived a preemptive attack based on "faulty intelligence."

It has endured rhetoric ranging from "tyrannical" to "incompetent."

It has even remained resilient through "thousands of tactical errors."

What, you ask, is it?

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May 8, 2006

Gotta Love That Junkyard Dog

The Presiden's approval rating was at 31% yesterday and I bet my favorite junkyard dog... Donald Rumsfeld would be at 2% if they polled his numbers.Why oh why isn't my favorite Cabinet Secretary loved by one and all?

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Love Those High Gas Prices

What is something worth? Exactly what somebody will pay for it in a free exchange. Price ensures efficient distribution of resources, informs everyone of relative scarcities and contains predictions of future supplies and demands. No planners, academics or government agencies have ever been able to understand the complexities of price. And no legislature has been able to repeal the law of supply and demand. The smart ones don't try. They just try to figure out how best the take advantage of the power of the market. Price will "solve" the energy crisis.

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Uniform Attraction

So what's wrong with hiring a guy in uniform? I mean at the very least we know that he'll show up on time, be neat and well groomed, and be respectful to the President. I think Mike Hayden is a great choice for CIA chief, don't you?

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May 7, 2006

May Day

Evo Morales has declared an end to the 'corporate looting' and sent Federal troops to occupy the oil fields of Bolivia. It's not a coincidence this happened on May 1st, also known as International Workers Day. [Insert hammer and sickle logo here.]

No word yet on Evo being elected President-for-Life as Hugo Chavez apparently is preparing to do, but hey, one step at a time right?

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May 5, 2006

May 5 Sources - What is Neocon Foreign Policy?

Good articles in this week's sources are U.S. Foreign Policy: Explaining the Debate, outlining the evolution of a neocon foreign policy and Less Talk, More Cash, which compares what countries promise and what they really give. Hint: the U.S. pays up. Europeans (except a few, mostly Scandinavians) don't. There is also a good look at Saddam's Delusions. The more we learn about Saddam, the better we understand the rationale for Iraq.

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May 4, 2006

Monthly "Bad" Economic News Update

Non-farm productivity grew by 3.2% during the first quarter and the U.S. GDP grew by 4.8% (annualized). With unemployment still very low (4.7%) the productivity improvement may reduce inflationary pressure associated with a tight labor market, allowing employers to pay higher wages w/o setting off significant inflation. Hourly compensation rose by 5.7%, BTW.

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May 3, 2006

Addicted to anti-americanism

I never tire of reading about leftist critiques of the United States of America. Of course, the subject seldom changes and there is little deviation from the anti-American script... thus it is with this Salon.com book review.

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May 1, 2006

No child left behind...

Yes friends, the earth will not be safe as long as there is ONE BREEDING COUPLE left alive! This is the full logical extension of the Enviro-Death-Cult belief system.

"We can't be breeding right now," says Les Knight.

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