Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Don't you dare call us a spade!!

A copy of an actual press release regarding a letter sent to President Bush, admonishing him of what he should not say in tonight's State of the Union Address, can be found here:

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful (Too bad many of their brethren are not)



(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/30/2006) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today urged President Bush to avoid using “loaded and imprecise terminology” relating to Islam in Tuesday night’s State of the Union address.

In a letter to President Bush, CAIR Board Chairman Parvez Ahmed wrote:

“While you prepare for tomorrow’s State of the Union address, I would like to offer a suggestion that could serve to strengthen America's image and interests worldwide, particularly in the Islamic world.

“You have stated repeatedly that the war on terror is not a war on Islam. Unfortunately, the use of loaded and imprecise terminology by our nation’s representatives has often served to promote that negative perception.

“When you describe America’s efforts to fight terrorism and spread democracy worldwide in Tuesday’s address, I think it would be best to avoid the use of hot-button terms such as ‘Islamo-fascism,’ ‘militant jihadism,’ ‘Islamic radicalism,’ or ‘totalitarian Islamic empire.’

“As you said in the past, ‘this ideology is very different from the religion of Islam.’ However, I believe the repeated rhetorical linkage of Islam to terms of violence and extremism is counterproductive and complicates our legitimate foreign policy initiatives.

“American Muslims stand ready to serve as a bridge of understanding to the Islamic world. We can best fulfill that role by offering advice that can help prevent misperceptions and misunderstandings between different nations and cultures.”

Curiously, nowhere in this press release do I see any outcry against the terrorism perpetrated by their Muslim brethren. Nothing decrying or distancing themselves from the beheaders or the suicide bombers, or the hostage takers, who perform these horrific works in the name of the "Religion of Peace." In fact, rather than taking ownership of the problem and addressing those who are committing these heinous acts, CAIR only asks that the President not call attention to the problem.

It would appear that not only does the buck not stop with CAIR...

...according to them, the buck never got there in the first place.

(Filed under Religion of Peace?)

Perhaps a "Freudian slip"?

MDE reports that democrat U.S. congressional candidate Colleen Crowley has now apologized for her website's blog's depiction of 25-year Marine Veteran John Kline as a bumbling Nazi. According to MDE, Crowley stated
"I'm going to say that ... it was in bad taste. ... This was a Nazi uniform and I didn't grasp that impact, and I apologize for any bad feeling that he got from that," she said in a phone interview. "But I would not apologize for thinking that his representation of our [Second] district has been incompetent. I think that many, many things that John Kline has uttered have been incorrect."
According to MDE, quoting a Star Tribune story,
Rowley said she also apologizes to anyone thinking the photo was meant to denigrate the military, saying she has "the highest respect for our military men and women." Her daughter, her brother and her brother-in-law all have served in the military, she said.
But I still wonder how much respect Crowley has for the mission for which our brave soldiers are willing to eat bullets. From her blog:
Exiting Iraq: Now and How

Facts have slowly come out revealing that the invasion of Iraq was based on a Bush administration deception from day one. And just as truth was the first casualty of this war, it is a continuing casualty. 2000 Americans (as of October 25, 2005) have sacrificed their lives in courageous, proud service to their country. But President Bush refuses to answer the question of their loved ones as to what "noble cause" they have actually died for. Conversely, there is a growing consensus among our own policymakers and military leaders that the American occupation is fueling the insurgency and that it is therefore best for the United States to exit Iraq sooner rather than later.

Politicians, like John Kline, who were cheerleaders for the Bush administration's deceptive WMD rationales from the beginning, now find themselves locked into denial. Likewise, the Bush administration's public rhetoric of "staying the course" is nothing but a strategic refusal to admit the truth about their earlier mistakes and ongoing failures in Iraq. This continued denial is worse than hypocrisy: it doesn't help strengthen the Iraqi political process and cannot succeed even if our troops were to remain in Iraq, according to Defense Secretary Rumsfeld's last estimate, for another 12 years.

Yep. Just another moonbat.

And, yeah, I know that I could go down the old tired road about hers and others' refusals to admit the SUCCESSES in Iraq, but we've all been down that road before.

Perhaps Ms. Crowley did not mean to "bash the military" with her blog's depiction of Kline as a bumbling Nazi. But I wouldn't put it past the person who did; the person for which Crowley states

"I support this excellent blog written by one of our best volunteers!"
BTW, Remember how the DFL went absolutely apoplectic when a local Minnesota Senate Candidate (Dan Ochsner) had a doctored campaign photo on his web site, depicting a faux campaign rally? I wonder if the DFL will go equally apoplectic over this, the severity of which tops Ochsner's faux pas in spades.

Judging by a recent perusal of their web site, I won't hold my breath.

(Filed under elections, the fifth column)

Let the Crying Begin!!!

Alito's in!
Alito's in!!
Alito's in!!!

Now comes the time for ol' Swimmer and his bumbling moonbat counterparts to drown their sorrows in some scotch, put on their sackcloth and ashes, and 'nary crack a smile during the State of the Union address tonight.

This is gonna be great!!!

Poor moonbats.

(Filed under moonbat adventures)

Monday, January 30, 2006

regarding defense mechanisms

In the field of Psychology, we study what are called "defense mechanisms." Specifically, it is what people use to justify their beliefs and assuage their guilt in the face of data that threatens the validity and/or morality of what they think or feel. One such mechanism is called projection, whereupon the person projects undesirable traits of oneself onto others. Nothing can be a better example of projection than this out of WaPo:
Another study presented at the conference, which was in Palm Springs, Calif., explored relationships between racial bias and political affiliation by analyzing self-reported beliefs, voting patterns and the results of psychological tests that measure implicit attitudes -- subtle stereotypes people hold about various groups.

That study found that supporters of President Bush and other conservatives had stronger self-admitted and implicit biases against blacks than liberals did.

"What automatic biases reveal is that while we have the feeling we are living up to our values, that feeling may not be right," said University of Virginia psychologist Brian Nosek, who helped conduct the race analysis. "We are not aware of everything that causes our behavior, even things in our own lives."

Brian Jones, a spokesman for the Republican National Committee, said he disagreed with the study's conclusions but that it was difficult to offer a detailed critique, as the research had not yet been published and he could not review the methodology. He also questioned whether the researchers themselves had implicit biases -- against Republicans -- noting that Nosek and Harvard psychologist Mahzarin Banaji had given campaign contributions to Democrats. (emhases added)

Democrats have been pointing the bony finger of racist indignation at republicans since their own rejection of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Two of my favorite Bible verses comes from the Gospel of Matthew:


And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?


Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?


Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye.



Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.


Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?


Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.


A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.


Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.


Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

Well... let's look at each others' fruit, shall we?

Here's some homework:
1. How many people of color were in positions of real power in the Clinton administration?
2. How many people of color are in positions of real power in the Bush administration.
3. In what manner do democrats treat minorities, such as Clarence Thomas, or Janice Rogers Brown, or Condoleeza Rice, who do not espouse their liberal points of view? I'll give you a clue:

Or Try this:

or this:

After you've done this little bit of homework, ask yourselves, who are the real racists?

As a conservative, I have the belief in the basic goodness and abilities inherent in all of us, regardless of race or gender, minority status--what have you.

Limousine-liberal democrats, on the other hand, preach that minorities do not have the ability to succeed without their help, and come up with onerous programs like this. And woe be to that person of color who happens to stray off their plantation.

Defense mechanisms--projection--in play on the part of the Left?

Textbook, my dear readers.


(topic bumped)

(Filed under limousine liberals, from the plantation)

Play "Who said it"

Cathy the Cake eater has a fun game for you, called "Who Said It?".

Click on the link and play it.. You may be surprised (or not) by what the answer is.

(Filed under great blogs, the fifth column)

In a disconcerting turn of events..

This from here:
January 30
Press Release
Republican Party of Minnesota Responds to Rowley's Nazi Attack on Congressman Kline

Republican Party of Minnesota Chairman Ron Carey today issued the following statement following Coleen Rowley's doctored photograph likening John Kline to a Nazi.

"Coleen Rowley's comparison of a 25-year Marine Corps veteran like Congressman Kline to a Nazi represents a new low in Minnesota politics. It is now clear that Coleen Rowley's campaign is in complete disarray and devoid of a moral compass.

"I call on Coleen Rowley and the DFL Party to apologize for this outrageous attack on Congressman Kline."

I've searched, but I haven't been able to find a "doctored image" as the one described. Nonetheless, if this is indeed true, Crowley is no less a deranged moonbat as is the mother of all moonbats.


Tony at Always Right, Usually Correct also has a post stating that the offending photo was actually on Rowley's web site. At the time of this writing, the photo is no longer there.


MDE has a web capture of the offending photo here

(Filed under elections)

It's all over but the crying..

From here:

WASHINGTON — More than a dozen Senate Democrats supported ending debate on Samuel Alito Monday, setting up a final confirmation vote for the Supreme Court nominee on Tuesday morning.

On a 72-25 vote, senators succeeded in passing the 60-vote threshold to prevent a filibuster and allow a simple majority vote Tuesday. Seventeen Democrats joined Republicans to end debate, though many of them oppose Alito's nomination. At least 57 senators have said publicly they will vote for the nominee.

Alito could be sworn in as early as noon Tuesday, in time for a formal introduction to the nation by President Bush during his State of the Union address Tuesday night. Alito will become the 110th Supreme Court justice, replacing Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.

Sorry, Swimmer and Lurch... guess you lose on this one.

(Filed under the fifth column)

I want Cindy to run, too!

The boys at Fraters alert us to this site, where, uhhh... they like, want Cindy Sheehan to run for Senate...

Well, heck--I want that America-hating leftist-moonbat to run, too.

Where can I get a "Run, Cindy, Run!" bumper sticker?

I'll place it on the front bumper of my car.

(Filed under moonbat adventures, the fifth column)

And their point is??

From here:
Mon Jan 30 2006 10:52:31 ET

Democratic leaders on Capitol Hill are privately bristling over Howard Dean’s management of the Democratic National Committee and have made those sentiments clear after new fundraising numbers showed he has spent nearly all the committee’s cash and has little left to support their efforts to gain seats this cycle, ROLL CALL reports.

Congressional leaders were furious last week when they learned the DNC has just $5.5 million in the bank, compared to the Republican National Committee’s $34 million.

Senate and House Minority Leaders Harry Reid (Nev.) and Nancy Pelosi (Calif.), along with the Senate and House campaign committee chairmen Charles Schumer (N.Y.) and Rahm Emanuel (Ill.), have made their concerns -- directly or indirectly -- known to Dean, claims the paper.

Emanuel was particularly upset last week upon seeing the latest DNC numbers.

“A lot of people are scratching their heads as to what’s going on,” said one senior Democratic aide.
Okay, democrats--here's a clue: You've got a flaming liberal moonbat running a party, in charge of other people's money. 

Much akin to wondering where the food went after asking Michael Moore to tend the buffet.

Heh. And they're "scratching their heads"?

Doesn't take Sherlock Holmes to figure that one out.

(Filed under moonbat adventures)

A member of the family?

From here:
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush says Bill Clinton has become so close to his father that the Democratic former president is like a member of the family.

Former President George Bush has worked with Clinton to raise money for victims of the Asian tsunami and the hurricane disaster along the U.S. Gulf Coast.

Asked about his father and Clinton, Bush quipped, "Yes, he and my new brother."

"That's a good relationship. It's a fun relationship to watch," Bush said in an interview with CBS News broadcast on Sunday.

A member of the family?

Kinda like that obnoxious, filthy-minded uncle that ruins family reunions?

(Filed under miscellany)

What straw will they grasp next?!?

I just heard a soundbite on Limbaugh in which "Swimmer Kennedy" stated something much to the effect that if Alito were confirmed to the bench, more children would die from asthma. I don't have the text available and I'm relying on my not-so-good auditory short term memory, but I'm pretty sure I heard him right.

Can you believe this???

To call this "desperation rhetoric" would be an understatement akin to calling a cattle stampede a "playful romp."


(Filed under moonbat adventures, the fifth column)

And in the "I could see this coming from a mile away" department...

You  just knew it was coming.

From here:
WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Lincoln Chafee says he will vote against Judge Samuel Alito for the U.S. Supreme Court.

He's the first Republican to say he'll reject President Bush's nominee.

Chafee said he'll vote against a filibuster on the nomination. Republicans say they have enough votes for the nominee without Chafee.

"How are we going to get anything done if we can't work together?" Chafee asked. (this of course, coming from "the pot")

Chafee said recent information about warrantless wiretaps concerns him, and he thinks Alito might be willing to give too much power to the president. He's also concern about Alito's stance on abortion and environmental issues.

Chafee called himself a "pro-choice, pro-environment, pro-Bill of Rights Republican." (emphases mine)

Hey Linc.. how about just calling yourself what you are-- a moonbat RINO democrat-wannabee. Geesh... some people's kids.

Now I'm just waiting for Olympia Snowe, Arlen Specter and the rest of the RINO wannabees to jump the shark.

(Filed under RINOs)

Megalomania illustrated

Now that Hamas has won big in the Palestinian elections, it would appear that they seem to be getting a little big for their turbansbritches:
Shortly after making his comments about the Hamas, Hamas leader Mahmoud Zahar said from Gaza that Israel must change its flag. "Israel must remove the two blue stripes from its national flag", said Zahar. “The stripes on the flag are symbols of occupation. They signify Israel's borders stretching from the River Euphrates to the River Nile." Israel’s national flag, a blue Star of David set between two blue stripes, was designed to resemble a Jewish prayer shawl which traditionally has stripes.(emphasis added)
A bit of friendly advice to Zahar (not that he would heed it):

Now that you are literally in control of what is considered by many to be a sovereign state (Palestine), you are no longer a terrorist organization. You are a terrorist state. As a terrorist state, any attacks you and your dunderheads now perpetrate can now be taken as acts of war, perpetrated on one state by another. One more Hamas suicide bomb in a crowded Israeli market, and you can be prepared for the Gaza strip to be turned into a parking lot.. and to have it legally occupied by Israel in perpetuity.

You should have been more careful in what you asked for.

You ended up by getting it.

(Filed under
religion of peace?, world affairs)

Now this is getting a bit ridiculous..

I am hugely for free enterprise, but I question monopolistic cartels. From here:
IRVING, Texas - Exxon Mobil Corp. posted record profits for any U.S. company on Monday — $10.71 billion for the fourth quarter and $36.13 billion for the year — as the world's biggest publicly traded oil company benefited from high oil and gas prices and demand for refined products. The results exceeded Wall Street expectations and Exxon shares rose nearly 3 percent on premarket trading. The company's earnings amounted to $1.71 per share for the October-December quarter, up from $8.42 billion, or $1.30 per share, in the year ago quarter. The result topped the then-record quarterly profit of $9.92 billion Exxon posted in the third quarter of 2005.
The money sure as hell isn't being made at the pumps. Profit margins are low because of increased local competition. But there appears to be no competition at the refining or harvesting levels. There is no competition for the local gas station to purchase its oil, but they still need to deal with their local competition, so they have razor-thin profit margins, while Exxon posts profits in the tens of billions. Something's got to give--and I don't think it's going to be Exxon.

(Filed under energy madness)

Sunday, January 29, 2006

Separated at birth?

You be the judge...

(Filed under fun stuff, Iraq)

Saturday, January 28, 2006

50 ways to Bork Alito...

With the posting of NIGP's parody archive, I must admit that I have been inspired to do one of my own..

50 Ways to "Bork" Alito
(from Paul Simon's 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover)

The Problem is all inside our heads they said to me...
The answer'd be easy if we could think logically...

Though he's well-qualified;
on SCOTUS he can't be..
There must be.. 50 ways to "bork" Alito..
50 ways to "bork" Alito...

I said, "It's really not my habit to intrude
But in those Senate hearings you were sure way more than rude,
Yet you repeat yourself, at the risk of being crude,
That you'll have 50 ways to "bork" Alito?...
50 Ways to "Bork" Alito...?"

He'll overturn Roe says Ted!
Our civil rights are good as dead!
He'll strip search our girls and boys!
Just listen to me!

To the back of the bus, Gus!
We don't need to think much!
Just dub him with "the big C"
An' we'll be home free...

I said "it relieves me so to see you in such pain
I wish there was something I could do to make you fools again,"
They said, "Dankeshen that," so let us please explain about the fifty ways

I said, "why don't you fools just sleep on it tonight--
And I believe that in the morning you'll begin to see the light."
Then they filibustered and I realized they probably were right..
They must've had fifty ways to "bork" Alito.., fifty ways to "bork" Alito.. (refrain)..

(Filed under moonbat adventures, fun stuff)

Another angle on the Hamas landslide

Persecution blog points out yet another drawback to the Hamas Revolution that took place in last week's Palestinian elections:
I have a real burden to ask all of you to write down "Palestinian Christians" on your prayer lists. The reason is because yesterday we found out that Hamas won the Palestinian parliamentary elections instead of Fatah.

This victory for the terrorists Hamas are, isn't good for any Christian who lives in or near Palestine. I'm very concerned.

The only other mention of the concern over the Palestinian Christians I have found is an article written on AsiaNews.it called Christians Anxious Over Hamas Victory. A few passages from that article follow.

“A disaster, Hamas’s victory is a disaster for Christians,” said an agitated K. M., a Palestinian Christian from Bethlehem."

“The danger for us is real,” said K.M. “In Bethlehem we have four members of parliament: two for Fatah (including a Protestant Christian) and two for Hamas. One of the elected Hamas MPs is a fundamentalist Muslim sheikh who from time to time preaches again the Christian presence in Palestine.”

“What can Christians do? Perhaps, many will think of emigrating, thus further emptying the Holy Land” of its Christians, he lamented.

In reality though, some observers point out that there is no certainty that conditions for Christians are going to deteriorate.

The same party that wants Israel to disappear has no special love for Christians, as the dynamics behind their thinking would necessarily view them to be infidels, as well. The election of the party of suicide bombers cannot be good news in anyone's book. The same thing could have been said regarding the Jews living in Berlin when the Nazis came into power in the early 1930s. There have been many paralells drawn between the two situations. While Hamas would necessarily lack the tax base and infrastructure to construct another luftwaffe, the dynamics required for a resultant "final solution" for infidels living in Palestine are definitely present and accounted for.

(Filed under Religion of Peace?, VOM, world affairs)

New digs for Surly Dave!

Surly Dave has made the migration from blogspot to Powerblogs... and his new url is here. Not only has he hung new curtains around his bistro, he's now got his better half into the act. I've also updated the link on my "Psyc's Pselect Pscreeds" blogroll to the left...Check it out!

Best of luck, Dave!

(Filed under Great Blogs)

The real Hillary Clinton...has just stood up.

From here:
Sen. Hillary Clinton yesterday backed a rebel band of Senate Dems seeking to filibuster a vote on the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Samuel Alito.

Democratic leaders had warned that filibuster efforts were going nowhere and would let President Bush score easy political points, but Clinton said, "I oppose his nomination and support efforts to block his confirmation."

"I do not think Judge Alito would advance the principles Americans hold most dear," she said, adding she would vote against a move to cut off a filibuster should one occur.

It would appear that Hillary has been walking a tightrope as of late... trying hard not to be her true moonbat self in an effort to portray herself as a centrist and a credible presidential candidate, while at the same time trying to appeal to her moonbat base in an effort bolster her nomination; thus:
The filibuster tactic could have repercussions for Clinton. Her move is bound to be seen as an appeal to the liberal base that dominates the Democratic presidential primaries, following several Senate votes that could be seen as attempts to move to the center.
Make no mistake. What you are seeing from Senator Clinton in this move is the real Hillary Clinton--the same Hillary Clinton you will be seeing after she wins the Presidency in the 2008 elections.

God forbid.

(Filed under limousine liberals, elections, the fifth column)

On recycling ... and other pseudo-scientific fallacies..

My good friend Ben at Hammerswing has a great post (followup here) in which he makes a very cogent case against recycling. I encourage you to read both posts--it will be very much worth the time (as are all of Uncle Ben's screeds).

IMO, the practice of recycling is just one more paving stone on the road to human hell, laid with "good intentions" by our enviro-whacko friends on the left.

Of particular illustrative interest is one of the comments left on the thread by a particularly well-intentioned, but true-to-form ill-thinking moonbat, who stated:
I understand your points for energy usage that recycling requires, but extracting and processing the raw materials have an enormous environmental impact, eg extracting aluminium from virgin lands in developing countries where there is not environmental policies inplaced, eg big corporates polluting the land of other notsofortunate people.(sic)
To which I responded
What you libs continue to fail to take into account is the very real human cost of your pseudo-scientific forays into nothingness...

How about the jobs that are created for local people when aluminum is extracted from those virgin lands..(virgin lands?? Should they be using a condom?--liberals' usage of anthropromorphisms in describing the earth is becoming legion--but I digress)

Just what happens to the local notsoforunate peoples' livelihood, their ability to feed and clothe their children, when you and yours--in the name of socialism seeped in junk science--go and shut down an aluminum mine or even a logging operation?

But, as always, liberals have always had a classic inability (I term it as outright refusal) to link the very real consequences of their policies.

Humans be damned!! Our goddess Mother Earth, and her bastard child socialism, uber alles!!
A good fisking is great for the soul. Thanks, Uncle Ben, for providing an opporunity.

(Filed under enviro-whackism, moonbat adventures)

SO what is the problem?

As is always the case with simple measures designed to either improve national security or decrease vote fraud, the dems get their panties in a bundle over this:

Lawmakers want Minnesota voters to show photo ID


Minnesota should join seven other states in requiring voters to present a photo ID before casting a ballot, two Republican lawmakers said Thursday.

State Reps. Tom Emmer of Delano and Joe Hoppe of Chaska want election law changed so voters must prove their identity by bringing a government-issued picture ID card to the polls. If they don't have a driver's license, passport or another official ID, they would be able to sign an affidavit swearing to their identity.

They said the bill isn't in response to any particular cases of voter fraud in Minnesota.

"We're not going to wait until we have a problem," Emmer said.

Hoppe said it's an issue of maintaining public confidence in elections.

They held a news conference to detail the bill on the same day Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue signed a new voter identification law. A previous Georgia law to require photo ID was blocked by a federal judge, who said it amounted to an unconstitutional poll tax because some people couldn't afford to buy a state ID.

The Minnesota lawmakers said they believe their bill takes those concerns into account.

But Beth Fraser, public policy director for the Minnesota Alliance for Progressive Action, said the proposal would make voting tougher, especially for the homeless or people who no longer drive.

"If I lose my wallet, I lose my right to vote," she said.

Errr... uhhh.. ahemmm... I harken back to this:
If they don't have a driver's license, passport or another official ID, they would be able to sign an affidavit swearing to their identity.
And in light of what people go through to vote in Iraq, can you please spare me the "inconvenience card" while I play Cry Me a River on the world's smallest violin:

Sen. John Hottinger, DFL-St. Peter, said the bill could cause longer lines at the polls and discourage voting.

And, last but not least, the "We ain't got no stinkin' problem" argument:

"Minnesota has not had a problem with voter fraud," he said. "In fact, we've long been a beacon to the rest of the nation for voter turnout, and it just doesn't make sense to make people jump through more hoops when voting."

Well, there are some people, Mr. Hottinger, who beg to differ:
In St. Paul, Minnesota, a man who was pulled over by police was found to have some 300 voter registration cards in the trunk of his car that had been filled out, but never submitted.

Once again, the liberal group ACORN is under suspicion. Since last fall, this group has claimed to have registered more than 36,000 new voters to the rolls of Minnesota.

And if that's not enough, try taking a gander at our good friends at Powerline:
Among the well-funded and supposedly independent groups supporting John Kerry in the campaign is Americans Coming Together (ACT). ACT has taken notice of Minnesota's special vulnerabilty to vote fraud and organized a sophisticated effort to exploit it in a manner that violates Minnesota law. In Minnesota the Bush campaign has come into the possession of the following email from ACT to its Minnesota volunteers:
Election Day is upon us. You are confirmed to volunteer with ACT (America Coming Together - http://www.actforvictory.org/) on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov 2.

We will be creating name badges that include your Ward and Precinct information for each of the thousands of volunteers that day to make it easier to find a volunteer to vouch for a voter at the polls.

I am emailing you to request your street address, city and zipcode. We've already got your other contact information, but your record in our database does not include this information.

You can save us time on election day by replying today to this email with this information, or give us a call at [phone number with St. Paul area code].

In order to get your badge correct, please reply by Thursday.

Thank you for your help and cooperation. See you on Election Day!

As far as affordability of state-issued ID cards, I direct you here:
Identification Card $15.50

Senior Identification Card (age 65 and older)


Reduced Fee (disability) Identification Card

Requires verification of disability. You can download the verification form under DOWNLOADABLE FORMS heading (above, right).


Face it.. the only reason that the DFL has their panties (those who wear them that is) in a bundle over this is because they're afraid that they'll lose DFL votes. Pure and simple.

If you're going to oppose something that makes sense, at least have the cajones to say why.

(Filed under elections, moonbat adventures)

Friday, January 27, 2006

...Yeah... I know..

Blogging has been light and will unfortunately continue to be light today, due to the fact that I'm attending a convention in Plymouth...

Have a great day!

Thursday, January 26, 2006

Once a moonbat...

Despite impeccable credentials from the ABA, a very left-leaning organization in its own right, desperate times, I suppose, call for desperate measures. Enter J. Fffin Kerry, moonbat extraordinaire:
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Sen. John Kerry will attempt a filibuster to block the nomination of Judge Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court, CNN has learned.

Kerry, in Davos, Switzerland, to attend the World Economic Forum, was marshaling support in phone calls during the day, he told CNN.

Kerry said he told a group of Democratic senators Wednesday, and urged that they join him. Kerry said he has the support of fellow (ooooooh...big surprise there).

But at least some moonbats get it:

Some senior Democrats told CNN they are worried that the move could backfire.

Republicans would need 60 votes to overturn a filibuster -- a procedural move that extends Senate debate indefinitely, effectively blocking a vote. Senior White House officials said the move would make the Democrats look bad, and that Republicans believe they have enough votes to overcome any filibuster attempt.

Perhaps a study should be undertaken to determine the relationship between botox and mental defects.

(Filed under moonbat adventures,The Fifth Column)

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Hell hath no fury......like a moonbat scorned..

The guys at Fraters direct us to this site that gives one a taste of what it is like to participate in a pro-life March in the leftist-fascist city of San Francisco...

Click on the link to see just how rabid the anti-life crowd really is.

Just don't plan on eating any lunch afterward.

(Filed under moonbat adventures, the fifth column, defense of life)

Extreme makeover?...

Are environmentalists "re-inventing themselves?" From here:
Stephen Hounsham, a spokesman for Transport 2000 - a group working to reduce the environmental impact of transportation - explained that the green movement needed to retune its message, becoming more positive and more realistic in dealing with the public.

On issues such as climate change, Hounsham said, groups like his had tended to be needlessly highhanded, or to relentlessly predict disaster resulting from global warming.

While that approach may resonate with activists, it caused wider audiences to tune out or became apathetic.

"We assume that everybody is like us, with a thirst for environmental disaster and a thirst to do something about it before they go to bed at night," he said.
I just wonder how this will actually resonate with the enviro-whacko base:

"We're not appealing to their core values," Hounsham said. "We're asking them to drop their core values and adopt ours."

The green movement should start adopting messages tailored for each issue, emphasizing how citizens can gain immediately from tackling a specific problem, he said. Activists could move away from the image of "lefty hippie people with beards."
"We don't want to chain ourselves to things, we want to engage with our peers," she said.

Adopting a negative attitude when dealing with the media often translated into unhelpful articles. When activists focused on bad news, reporters in turn produced depressing features.

In a survey of 320 articles on climate change in British newspapers between August and November last year, Futerra found that 59 percent focused completely on the negative effects of global warming, and offered no possible solutions.

As a result of going through this "meat grinder of guilt and recrimination," many people simply decided to ignore the whole issue, Townsend said.
Just goes to show... you can dress up a moonbat; but in the end, isn't it still a moonbat? Why is it that the ones on the left are the ones always seeing the need to 're-invent' themselves?

It will be interesting to see if they can actually pull this off. Or at the very least it will make for some great entertainment.

(Filed under enviro-whackism)

Should we stick a fork in her now?

From here

Wed Jan 25 2006 10:50:26 ET

Most voters now say there's no way they'd vote for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton if she runs for president in 2008 - while just 16 percent are firmly in her camp, a stunning new poll shows.

CNNGALLUP found that 51 percent say they definitely won't vote for Clinton (D-N.Y.) in 2008, another 32 percent might consider it, and only 16 percent vow to back her. That means committed anti-Hillary voters outnumber pro-Hillary voters by 3-1.

Now I don't know if it's really 3:1 in favor of "anti-Hillary" voters, since there were supposedly 32% in the "might consider it" column. But even that being said,
The poll suggests she can forget about crossover votes - 90 percent of Republicans and 75 percent of conservatives say there's no way they'd back her.
One could always hope...

(Filed under limousine liberals, elections)

More proof of global warming?

From here:
Europe's deadly freeze covers Acropolis in snow
relentless Arctic weather front has wreaked more havoc across a wide swath of eastern Europe, killing 53 people overnight in Ukraine alone and severely disrupted transport networks in half-a-dozen countries.

Intemperate weather has even covered Athens's Acropolis in snow and frozen stretches of the eastern Danube running between Bulgaria and Romania.

The week-long deep freeze, forecast to last through Thursday, has claimed hundreds of lives from the Baltic nations and Russia in the north all the way down to Turkey and Greece, both semi-paralyzed by uninterrupted snowfall.

The 24-hour toll in Ukraine brings to 160 the number of weather-related deaths there since temperatures plunged into the minus 20s and minus 30s Celsius (minus 30s Fahrenheit).

The cold snap has also been lethal in Russia, with well over 100 deaths in Moscow alone, as well as Poland, where 14 persons died overnight Tuesday and 53 have succumbed since last week.

At least half of all victims are homeless, according to official statistics, and many deaths are alcohol related. Temporary shelters have been set up in sports gyms, public buildings and hospitals throughout eastern Europe in an effort to get people off the street.


In Bulgaria, a homeless woman was found frozen to death in Sofia, one of five deaths attributed since Monday to frigid temperatures.

Thousands more across eastern Europe are in hospital, suffering from frostbite and various stages of hypothermia.

I wonder if Primatene Mist had anything to do with this?!?

(Filed under Enviro-Whackism)

On "count-up" clocks...

I note that on Ted "the swimmer" Kennedy's web site, there is a "count up" meter, stating:
"926 days and some odd hours have passed without Republicans launching an investigation into the CIA leak case."
Well, since ol Splash is so high and mighty about reminding us of a non-scandal, I figured I would offer my own "count up"... this one being how many days, hours and minutes it has been since Mary Jo Kopechne has been denied justice.. (**note--I'm not sure if this javascript will work yet... if it doesn't I will fix it by this evening...)


I have yet to find a good "count-up" html clock... if anyone can direct me to a good script to use, I'd appreciate it..

(Filed under limousine liberals, moonbat adventures, the fifth column, housekeeping)

To call him vile and reprehensible...would be to pay him a compliment.

Joel Stein, a columnist of the L.A. Times, deserves not the benefits that this country bestows. To put it simply, he loathes soldiers:
Warriors and wusses

I DON'T SUPPORT our troops. This is a particularly difficult opinion to have, especially if you are the kind of person who likes to put bumper stickers on his car. Supporting the troops is a position that even Calvin is unwilling to urinate on. And I've got no problem with other people — the ones who were for the Iraq war — supporting the troops. If you think invading Iraq was a good idea, then by all means, support away. Load up on those patriotic magnets and bracelets and other trinkets the Chinese are making money off of. But I'm not for the war. And being against the war and saying you support the troops is one of the wussiest positions the pacifists have ever taken — and they're wussy by definition. It's as if the one lesson they took away from Vietnam wasn't to avoid foreign conflicts with no pressing national interest but to remember to throw a parade afterward. (emphasis mine)
While I agree with that premise (I'm sure that Ted Kennedy, et al. would just as soon spit on a soldier that doesn't meet their immediate political objectives), as a proud parent of a U.S. soldier going into harms' way, I take great umbrage at these comments:
After we've decided that we made a mistake, we don't want to blame the soldiers who were ordered to fight. Or even our representatives, who were deceived by false intelligence. And certainly not ourselves, who failed to object to a war we barely understood. But blaming the president is a little too easy. The truth is that people who pull triggers are ultimately responsible, whether they're following orders or not. An army of people making individual moral choices may be inefficient, but an army of people ignoring their morality is horrifying. An army of people ignoring their morality, by the way, is also Jack Abramoff's pet name for the House of Representatives.
Perhaps the most telling of this most vile of vile, ungrateful, self-absorbed traitorous scum is:
I know this is all easy to say for a guy who grew up with money, did well in school and hasn't so much as served on jury duty for his country. But it's really not that easy to say because anyone remotely affiliated with the military could easily beat me up, and I'm listed in the phone book.

I'm not advocating that we spit on returning veterans like they did after the Vietnam War, but we shouldn't be celebrating people for doing something we don't think was a good idea. All I'm asking is that we give our returning soldiers what they need: hospitals, pensions, mental health and a safe, immediate return. But, please, no parades. Seriously, the traffic is insufferable.
Seriously, the arrogance of this self-centered, vile bastard is insufferable. This is just another silver-spoon fed limousine liberal maggot, still living off the teats of his parents, seriously ungrateful and ignorant of the sacrifices of the soldiers throughout all of history that have enabled America to become such as what it is, so he can live high off of the hog like some some spoiled trust fund frat brat.

And not only did this arrogant scumwad write his vile claptrap; he stands by it.

(Filed under limousine liberals, The Fifth Column)

And in another offering from Hollyweird...

Miramax Studios has announced that they will chronicle a gay encounter between two Italian composers in the middle ages.

The movie will center around a weekend in the Italian Alps, in which Guilio Caccini meets Girolamo Frescobaldi.

The title of the movie is still under consideration, but sources say that one of the potential titles being considered is Baroque-back Mountain...

:::waiting for the tomatoes to fly::::

(Filed under fun stuff)

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Moonbats south of the equator...

From here:
By Patrick Markey

CARACAS, Venezuela (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of international activists gathered in Caracas on Tuesday for the World Social Forum to protest U.S. imperialism and debate topics from fair trade to indigenous rights.

The event bills itself as nonpartisan. But much attention will focus on Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, a self-styled socialist revolutionary, who has become a regional standard-bearer for left-wing, anti-U.S. movements since allying himself with Cuba.

The sixth world forum, an event that began in Porto Alegre in Brazil, registered more than 67,000 participants and starts with a march against imperialism that will likely focus on U.S. President George W. Bush and the U.S.-led Iraq war.

"This is a process that can bring change for everyone," said Colombian Lucy Martinez, who belongs to a solidarity group with Cuba. "It's great that it is here in Venezuela because Chavez, like Fidel Castro, is an example for everyone."

An example for everyone? So everyone should live like this or this or this? Chavez aligns himself with Castro, thereby endorsing his tyrannical practices. And Chavez himself, is no choirboy:
Also of grave concern are a rising number of threats and intimidation directed at non-governmental human rights defenders by government representatives and supporters. In a number of harsh statements, President Chavez and members of his Government have criticized – among other targets – individual human rights defenders, human rights organizations, the ILO, labor groups, the Catholic Church, and pro-democracy institutions such as the National Endowment for Democracy. Such rhetoric contributes to social and political polarization in Venezuela, works to intimidate legitimate human rights and humanitarian assistance groups, and encourages unlawful attacks by government supporters on members of the opposition, the media, and civil society. At least 12 killings during 2003 appear to have been politically motivated, including the murder of human rights worker Joe Luis Castillo. At the same time, there has been a serious deterioration of press freedoms, including a rise in physical attacks on journalists and television stations. The Government has intimidated the media through strict defamation laws (including potential prison terms for journalists showing a “lack of respect” for government officials or allowing the publication of materials showing officials in an “undignified” manner); through proposals for new legislation which, if enacted, would violate basic protections on the press and free speech; and, finally, by politically motivated misuse of legal authorities against the media.
So these guys are the examples for all to follow?

What is it about moonbats and their endless fascination with despots, who are invariably regarded by them in much the same manner as groupies regard rock stars?

A concept, I believe, that I will never be able to fathom within my lifetime.


Oh, and I'd be remiss if I neglected to mention our very own mother moonbat's appearance in Caracas. Must. Wrap. Duct tape. Round my head...

(filed under moonbat adventures, limousine liberals, The Fifth Column)

In a welcoming development from our northern neighbors..

After being treated to the sport of America bashing, nearly perfected by Canadian officials as of the past few years, the election of Stephen Harper as Canadian prime minister is a welcome change for many of us south of the 49th parallel. I wish his government godspeed on guiding his nation back on a road of sobriety after years of being misguided by the moonbat left.

I should add that not all of us south of the 49th are elated with this election.

From ABC News:
Relations with the Bush administration will likely improve under Harper as his ideology runs along the same lines of many U.S. Republicans.

Harper has said he would reconsider a U.S. missile defense scheme rejected by the Liberal government of Prime Minister Paul Martin. He also said he wanted to move beyond the Kyoto debate by establishing different environmental controls, spend more on the Canadian military, expand its peacekeeping missions and tighten security along the U.S. border to prevent terrorists and guns from crossing. (emphasis added)

Note that choice of words from one of our own news agencies. According to Beth Duff-Brown (of course, it had to be hyphenated) It's not a missle defense plan, it's a missle defense scheme. The American MSM spares no opportunity to inject its bias in any story, does it?

(Filed under world affairs, The Fifth Column)

On leaving an out...

Mike Unhatched reports that Hatch has left himself an out with regard to an earlier decision to abide by the DFL endorsement for governor:
October 2005: Hatch Pledges To Abide By DFL Endorsement If There Is “Decent-Sized” Turnout At DFL Precinct Caucuses. “Given Hatch’s history, the big question among DFL activists is whether he would abide by the party’s endorsement next year or run in the primary without party backing. Hatch hedged on that question, saying, ‘I am going to abide by the endorsement process,’ but then added he would do so only if there is a ‘decent-sized’ turnout at DFL precinct caucuses in March.” (Bill Salisbury, “Hatch Makes His Run Official; DFL’s Only Elected State Official Aims Higher Again,” Pioneer Press, October 25, 2005)

January 2006: Hatch Representative Lori Swanson Says Hatch Will Abide By DFL Endorsement. “One key political issue that divides the four Democratic-Farmer-Labor candidates is their stands on whether they will move on to a DFL primary election in September if they fail to win their party’s endorsement this spring. … [Kelly] Doran… repeated his previous promise to wage a primary campaign regardless of who gets the DFL endorsement. And [Becky] Lourey emphatically said she would be in that primary with Doran. … [Steve] Kelley promised he would not run in September if he fails to win the endorsement. And [Hatch Representative Lori] Swanson said she believed Hatch would honor the endorsement and not wage a primary campaign without it.” (Patrick Sweeney, “Candidate Forum May Be Preview Of Fall Campaign; DFL Governor Hopefuls Criticize Pawlenty,” Pioneer Press, January 16, 2006)

January 2006: Hatch To Enter Primary If He Comes “Even Close” To Winning DFL Endorsement. “Long considered the 500-pound gorilla in the DFL gubernatorial contest, Attorney General Mike Hatch now says that if he doesn’t win but comes ‘even close’ to winning party endorsement for that office, he will challenge the endorsee in a September primary.” (Patricia Lopez, “If He’s A Close 2nd, Hatch Would Run In Primary,” Star Tribune, January 24, 2006)
Like everything else Hatch wants, Hatch will go after the Minnesota governorship by hook or crook. Hatch wants the governorship so bad he can taste it; and he's not about to let the lack of endorsement by his base get in the way. The term "500 pound gorilla" used to describe Hatch is far from a misnomer. There will indeed be a war waged within the DFL for endorsement and into the primaries, and whomever does come out of the mix will no doubt be bloodied and deprived of much of the treasure needed to ultimately gain the governorship.

(Filed under Moonbat adventures, Elections)

Now this ought to be interesting...

Breaking news from the Wall Street Journal: CBS News and Warner Brothers are reportedly merging and will be creating a new network called, "CW." WB and UPN will reportedly be ceasing operations.. Ought to be interesting, as the Minneapolis market has both WB and UPN TV stations.. WSJ plans to update the story shortly...

Monday, January 23, 2006

All but inevitable?

Things seem to be pointing all over the place to an ultimate showdown with Iran:

A pre-emptive U.S. and Israeli military strike on Iran's nuclear facilities is nearly inevitable, reports Joseph Farah's G2 Bulletin.

The incapacitation of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has made a pre-emptive attack on Iran more likely in the next nine weeks, Israeli sources tell the premium, online intelligence newsletter published by the founder of WND.

It was Sharon who vetoed the nearly unanimous recommendations of Israel's generals that a quick strike was the Jewish state's only chance at preventing Iran from building a significant nuclear arsenal.

Meanwhile, in Washington, there is growing concern that Iran's ultimate target is the U.S.

Earlier this month, Iran's Revolutionary Guards conducted a conference on the use of weapons of mass destruction – nuclear, chemical and biological. Included in those briefings were presentations on electromagnetic pulse weapons and other military technologies deemed to be under development for use against the U.S., rather than Israel or other enemies of the Islamic republic. Even one nuclear weapon, used in an EMP-style attack on the U.S., would prove catastrophic to the nation, a congressional panel studying the vulnerability of America to electro-magnetic pulse weapons concluded last year.

Such an attack would not require Iran to use long-range or intercontinental ballistic missiles, which it does not possess. But a simple Scud missile, with a nuclear warhead, could be fired from offshore and detonated above the U.S. wreaking near total devastation on the country's technological, electrical and transportation infrastructure. It would also have the advantage of offering Iran a degree of plausible deniability, given that "terrorists" armed with one nuclear weapon could achieve the same results.

Meanwhile, the Bush administration appears to be backing this notion:
US President George W. Bush will not accept a nuclear Iran, John Bolton, the US ambassador to the United Nations, said Monday.

Bolton, speaking from New York via video hook-up to the Interdisciplinary Center's Herzliya Conference, said that Bush was determined to pursue the issue through peaceful and diplomatic means, "but has made clear that a nuclear Iran is not acceptable."

According to Bolton, Bush worries that a nuclear-equipped Iran under its current leadership could well engage in a nuclear holocaust, "and that is just not something he is going to accept."
Yet Iran, being the Islamo-fascists that they are, continue to push the envelope in this game of brinkmanship:
Ali LarijaniIran’s top nuclear official on Sunday warned Tehran would resume efforts to enrich uranium on an industrial scale if its case was reported to the UN Security Council, further raising the stakes in the crisis over its nuclear programme.

Tehran earlier this month moved to resume nuclear research, including some small-scale enrichment. But Ali Larijani, secretary of the Supreme National Security Council, which handles the nuclear issue, said in an interview with the Financial Times that a referral to the United Nations would force Tehran to broaden significantly the scale of such work.

“If the case goes to the Security Council, we’re obliged . . . to lift all voluntary measures,” he said, specifying that this included industrial-scale uranium enrichment.
By all accounts, with Sharon now on the wayside, Iran seems emboldened and fully poised to continue its quest for nuclear capability, using its oil exports as a political weapon to dangle over the heads of developed countries that depend on such oil. I do, however, believe that the Iranians are making the grave mistake of "misunderestimating" the will and tenacity of George W. Bush. Bush has shown time and time again that he is willing to put the security interests of the United States and the world ahead of the consternation of the usual Bush bashers, and I have every confidence that Bush will indeed make the right move at the right time.

But I again harken back at the naysayers who continue to believe that it is not a necessity to pursue domestic sources of oil, at least in the short term until viable alternative energy sources are available and online. If we had indeed spent the last 20 years exploring and harvesting our own natural energy resources (while simultaneously developing alternatives), Iran's threat of witholding oil would now be seen as empty and as nonconsequential--a non factor; leaving our options wide-open not only toward the likes of Iran, but to the likes of Saudi Arabia, as well.

As I've said again and again, our immediate energy independence is not only a good idea toward ensuring our long- and short-term national security; the two are in fact intertwined and inseparable.

It is high time we start putting our very existence as a nation at a higher priority than placating a select group of pseudo-scientists with a faux agenda for fear of losing a block of votes.

Do you hear that, Norm Coleman?

(Filed under Religion of Peace?, Energy Madness, Enviro-Whackism)

Regarding the anniversary... of the advent of our dark ages...

Yesterday marked the 33rd anniversary in one of the darkest moments of American History. On January 22, 1973, the Supreme Court wrote its infamous Roe v. Wade decision, marking for the first time in American History when it was, by judicial fiat, made acceptable by various levels of the U.S. government for a woman to be able to choose to end her own child's life. Since then, more than 45,000,000 of our nation's own children were wantonly executed in the name of convenience; rivaling and/or surpassing Hitler's, Stalin's and Pol Pot's wildest, most demented fantasies.

Far from a "mere collection of cells", the human fetus (Latin for "Little one"), is just that--human. Unlike a pile of wood, which can become anything from a guitar to a house; or a collection of bricks, which can become a fence or fireplace; the "collection of cells" that make up a baby in utero, if left to its natural progression, can become nothing other than more and more of what it already is--a human being. To say that life begins at any other time than when the sperm fertilizes the egg is nothing more than an egregious appeasement of what should be a tortured human conscience. I'm sure that Pol Pot had his reasons for denouncing the humanity of the millions killed under his regime; I'm sure that our slave-owning ancestors most likely thought of their charges as something less than fully human, in order to justify their forced servitude.

The entire history of man's inhumanity to man is replete with examples of the denial of the humanity of the subjugated to assuage the collective and individual consciences of their tormentors and killers.

So it is with abortion.

You can call "it" a fetus, if it makes you feel better. You can call "it" a choice; if it makes you feel better. You can call "it" a matter of privacy; if it makes you feel better. Euphamize the act and its victim to your heart's content... But to those who have ever contemplated having an abortion; to those who have had abortions; to those who have performed abortions--try calling it a baby; a human being; and see how easy or morally correct it is to perform the deed.

(Filed under Defense of life)

Friday, January 20, 2006

Now there's something to complain about...

As I have stated before, I have no problem with the Bush administration's NSA eavesdropping on international communications involving suspected terrorists; since, it is clearly for purposes of national security during a time of war, and clearly within the Constitutional mandate of executive functions related to national defense. But I do have a problem with this:
Feds after Google data

Mercury News

The Bush administration on Wednesday asked a federal judge to order Google to turn over a broad range of material from its closely guarded databases.

The move is part of a government effort to revive an Internet child protection law struck down two years ago by the U.S. Supreme Court. The law was meant to punish online pornography sites that make their content accessible to minors. The government contends it needs the Google data to determine how often pornography shows up in online searches.

In court papers filed in U.S. District Court in San Jose, Justice Department lawyers revealed that Google has refused to comply with a subpoena issued last year for the records, which include a request for 1 million random Web addresses and records of all Google searches from any one-week period.

The Mountain View-based search and advertising giant opposes releasing the information on a variety of grounds, saying it would violate the privacy rights of its users and reveal company trade secrets, according to court documents.

Nicole Wong, an associate general counsel for Google, said the company will fight the government's effort ``vigorously.''

``Google is not a party to this lawsuit, and the demand for the information is overreaching,'' Wong said.

The case worries privacy advocates, given the vast amount of information Google and other search engines know about their users.

``This is exactly the kind of case that privacy advocates have long feared,'' said Ray Everett-Church, a South Bay privacy consultant. ``The idea that these massive databases are being thrown open to anyone with a court document is the worst-case scenario. If they lose this fight, consumers will think twice about letting Google deep into their lives.''

Don't get me wrong. I'm for every effort to get child pornographers behind bars, as well as to be able to restrict pornography from youngsters. But this practice necessarily raises some very grave concerns regarding privacy that have the very real potential to go far beyond nabbing pornographers. What assurances are there that the practice will stop with this issue? As far as I can tell, there are none.

Will this mean that all of our surfing habits, from political web sites we visit to charitable and/or special interest organizations, would now be subject to government scrutiny?

Although intentions may seem honorable at face value, it is my fear that this practice will open the can of worms that will inevitably hasten onset the "big brother" state, which will portend commonplace government intrusions in areas of our lives in which there should be none.

(Filed under First Amendment assaults)

...but did they charge him an extra fare?

In a scene from reminiscent of National Lampoon's Vacation, where they finally realize the fate of poor Aunt Edna, From here:
Dead Man Rides NYC Subway, Possibly for Hours Friday, January 20, 2006

NEW YORK — A man was found dead on a subway car near the start of the morning rush hour, authorities said, raising the possibility that his lifeless body rode the train for several hours overnight.

Eugene Reilly, 64, of Brooklyn, a U.S. Postal Service employee, was discovered Thursday at 7:11 a.m., said James Anyansi, spokesman for NYC Transit.

Reilly's body was found in the last car of a northbound Q train in the 14th Street-Union Square station, Anyansi said Friday.
(Filed under Fun Stuff)

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Global warming... women and minorities hardest hit...

Is it because it will melt chocolate?

From here:

Global Warming Could Spell Disaster for Blacks

By Bruce Britt

Posted Jan. 18, 2006 – If you thought Hurricane Katrina was a once-in-a-lifetime fluke, think again. Concerned environmentalists say that unless the United States gets real about the threat of global warming, African Americans and other people of color can expect a repeat of disasters like Katrina.

Heh. Now hurricanes will target minorities:
That’s bad news, especially for African Americans. Citing Katrina as a case-in-point, some environmentalists say global warming impacts minorities and the disadvantaged harder than other groups. If global warming gets worse, many African-American communities will be more vulnerable to breathing ailments, insect-carried diseases and heat-related illness and death. But asking Black folks to give up gas-guzzling SUV’s and other bling is a tough sell.(emphasis added)

So is that line of bullshit. Really.

(Filed under Enviro-Whackism; from the plantation)

I guess the truth hurts, huh?

It would appear that a lot of the democrat rank and file were once again engaged in a fit of wishful thinking, that their own would have remained clear with the Abramoff scandal...

From here:
he Washington Post shut down one of its blogs Thursday after the newspaper's ombudsman raised the ire of readers by writing that lobbyist Jack Abramoff gave money to the Democrats as well as to Republicans.

At the center of a congressional bribery investigation, Abramoff gave money to Republicans while he had his clients donate to both parties, though mostly to Republicans.

In her Sunday column, ombudsman Deborah Howell wrote that Abramoff "had made substantial campaign contributions to both major parties," prompting a wave of nasty reader postings on post.blog.

There were so many personal attacks that the newspaper's s

taff could not "keep the board clean, there was some pretty filthy stuff," and so the Post shut down comments on the blog, or Web log, said Jim Brady, executive editor of washingtonpost.com.

Yep... this is illustrative of what happens when you get a little too close for the truth.

Especially when the truth involves moonbats.

(Filed under moonbat adventures)

This will make you proud!

I guarantee it.

Click here.

(Filed under Iraq, heroes)

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

...on getting fingered..

From here:
SAN JOSE, Calif. — A couple who planted a severed finger in a bowl of Wendy's chili in a scheme to extort money from the fast-food chain were sentenced Wednesday to prison terms of at least nine years.

Anna Ayala, 40, who said she bit into the digit, was sentenced to nine years. Her husband, Jaime Plascencia, 44, who obtained the finger from a co-worker who lost it in a workplace accident, was sentenced to more than 12 years.

"Greed and avarice overtook this couple," said Superior Court Judge Edward Davila, adding that the pair had "lost their moral compass."
Something, though, how two people who slipped a digit into a bowl of chili, still get more jail time than someone who laid two innocent people to waste, or another for raping a teenage boy.


(Filed under miscellany)

...speaking of the judiciary...

Stop the ACLU points out the following story:
A former high school teacher who pleaded guilty to the homosexual rape of one of his teenage students will avoid jail time.

Gregory Pathiakis, 26, of Brockton, Mass., pleaded guilty yesterday to one count of rape of a child, enticement of a child under 16, five counts of possession of child pornography and one count of distribution of harmful material to a child, according to the Enterprise newspaper of Brockton, Mass. Pathiakis, who quit his job after school officials questioned his extracurricular contact with students, was arrested in January 2004 after a 15-year-old boy told authorities the Middleboro High School teacher raped him Dec. 23, 2003.

Massacusetts Superior Court Chief Justice Suzanne Delvecchio

Prosecutors asked Brockton Superior Court Judge Suzanne V. Delvecchio to give Pathiakis four to eight years in state prison, followed by five years probation. But she issued a suspended, 2 1/2-year jail term, followed by five years probation.

As WorldNetDaily reported, a judge in Vermont drew national outrage this month after giving an admitted child rapist a 60-day jail sentence.

These are the same calibre of judges that the ACLU and other of their ilk use to impose their agenda on the unwilling.

Just another case that underscores the importance of the judiciary at all levels.

(Filed under moonbat adventures, The Fifth Column)