Saturday, March 31, 2007

When realism goes awry..

From Fox News:

Fake Volcano in Minnesota

Waterpark 'Erupts,' Sending

Guests Running

Saturday, March 31, 2007

DULUTH, Minn. — An imitation volcano in a hotel and water park's swimming pool developed delusions of grandeur, forcing guests to flee to the parking lot in their bare feet and swimsuits.

The 20-foot-tall plastic volcano at the Edgewater Hotel and Waterpark started belching black smoke and shooting flames Thursday. The hotel manager said a malfunctioning internal speaker ignited the fire.

Firefighters helped put out the fire, but not before part of the volcano melted.
No one was injured, although an 80-year old woman was reported missing after last being seen near the imitation quicksand.

A new venture...

After seeing all the perverted direct and indirect support of terrorists and the backstabbing against our soldiers going since the dems took congress in January, I thought it important to chronicle the backstabbers.

That's why Gary Gross, ChicagoRay and I (there may also be some late comers) have bounded on a new adventure in blogging:

The FOT-Wa Blog!

It's still in its infancy, and has a ways to go, but I opened it officially last night.

I'll still be posting here at The Ice Palace, but I really wanted to concentrate on what the MSM is all too hesitant to report--the systematic dismantling of our nation's short- and long-term security by people who loathe the very nation they live in. And it ain't just about democrats, either.

I hope you check it often!

Friday, March 30, 2007

Do as I say, not as I do! (part kazillion)...

From here:

With five private jets, Travolta still lectures on global warming

His serious aviation habit means he is hardly the best person to lecture others on the environment. But John Travolta went ahead and did it anyway.

The 53-year-old actor, a passionate pilot, encouraged his fans to "do their bit" to tackle global warming.

His serious aviation habit means he is hardly the best person to lecture others on the environment. But John Travolta went ahead and did it anyway.

The 53-year-old actor, a passionate pilot, encouraged his fans to "do their bit" to tackle global warming.

But although he readily admitted: "I fly jets", he failed to mention he actually owns five, along with his own private runway.

Clocking up at least 30,000 flying miles in the past 12 months means he has produced an estimated 800 tons of carbon emissions – nearly 100 times the average Briton's tally.

Travolta made his comments this week at the British premiere of his movie, Wild Hogs.

He spoke of the importance of helping the environment by using "alternative methods of fuel" – after driving down the red carpet on a Harley Davidson.Hypocrisy exudes from these guys like pus from a thrice-infected wound.

(h/t Are We Lumberjacks)

Nothing excess.

From an MN-GOP communique:




With seven weeks left until the legislative session ends, no one can predict what tax increases will be passed. So anything on the list of 62 bills introduced by House Democrats could be sent to the Governor.

It is likely that Senate tax proposals will prevail over House tax increases, because the Senate is not up for reelection for three years, because the Senate has more unity, and because the Senate has more experienced negotiators. The House-Senate tax conference committee may be the only form of high-stakes gambling where the House is going to lose. But two very positive developments have occurred in the last week.

· On Saturday, the House Republicans hung together and held Democrats to less than the 90 votes they would need to over-ride a veto of $900 million of increases in taxes for transportation and transit projects. (House File 946).

· On Tuesday night, the House Republicans passed their second test and held Democrats to less than the 90 votes they would need to over-ride a veto of their $290 million non-emergency bonding bill in a non-bonding year. (House File 886)


The Senate said today that it will focus its tax increases primarily on the top income earners in the state. There are at least six problems with that approach.

· MOST OF US WILL ALSO GET HIT: Although the Democrats say they are focusing their tax increases on top earners, everyone is likely to have something taken from their wallets in one way or another. See the 60 tax proposals below.

· ALMOST ALL OF US WILL GET HIT INDIRECTLY: Even though the new taxes may not fall directly on most working Minnesotans, the taxes will fall on the people who employ most Minnesotans. Fewer jobs, fewer raises, and fewer investments in productivity will hurt most Minnesotans if the Democrats succeed in their "class warfare."

· "INCOME" AS FACTOR ON ALMOST ALL TAXES?: The Democrats are not just focusing on higher income taxes on the top earners. They have bills that will impose higher incomes taxes, property taxes, sales taxes, franchise taxes, state taxes and local taxes on the top earners. If a business manager and a retired couple own identical adjoining houses that place the same burden on municipal services, the Democrats would collect more property taxes on the manager's home.

· ARE THEY ALREADY PAYING THEIR "FAIR SHARE?": The Democrats play a game of percentages in their politics of envy and greed. They claim that top earners pay less than 10% of their income in state taxes, while middle class folks pay over 12% in state taxes. Here are some facts.

o The 23,668 people in the top one percent of Minnesota earners pay 24.3% of state income taxes. They pay more income taxes than the combined income taxes of the 1.9 million Minnesotans who earn less than $76,000 per year, the bottom 80% of income earners.

o The average person in the top 1% of Minnesota earners pays $59,000 in income taxes. That is 671 times more than is paid by someone who earns $20,000. But the top earners do not use 671 times more of the resources for public schools, college grants, subsidized health care, subsidized transportation, subsidized food, cash payments, police or fire protection. They just pay for it for over half of the other citizens.

Even when you include all state and local taxes, the top 1% of Minnesota earners pays more in taxes than the bottom 50% of Minnesota earners.

· IS IT A "FAIR SHARE" IF YOU WORK THREE DAYS A WEEK TO PAY TAXES?: Most of the top 1% of Minnesota earners also pay separate state and local taxes as owners or shareholders in businesses. When you add all of these taxes to federal income taxes, a double share on Social Security, and other federal fees, these people work Monday, Tuesday, and most of Wednesday to pay their taxes. The Democrats say this is not their "fair share?"

· ARE YOU "RICH" IF YOU EARN $36,000?: If you earn $36,000, then some House Democrats think you are rich enough to start losing an exemption they would provide for a new sales tax on clothes. Rep. Melissa Hortman (D-Brooklyn Park) offered House File 2163.


Gubernatorial candidate Mike Hatch said that tax increases did not need to be raised. He said he would close some loopholes and increase collections of unpaid taxes, but that no new taxes needed to be raised with anticipated surpluses of up to $2 billion.

Minnesota Public Radio asked future House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher whether taxes would need to be raised in 2007. She answered, "No." There was no equivocation. There was no explanation. There was no hesitation. She just said, "no."


With seven weeks until the end of the regular session, House Democrats have introduced 62 bills to increase state taxes by over $5 billion. Not all of those bills will pass. But Democrats are going to send major tax increases before May 21. Here is a summary of the DFL's "tax grab" proposals.


1. Rep. Paymar Declares War On Billboards: Rep. Michael Paymar introduced three bills to: 1) declare a state-wide moratorium on new billboards; 2) change rules to shorten the survival of existing billboards; and 3) put a new $500 surcharge on billboards, with the revenue to be used to buy and destroy existing billboards. (House Files 2189, 2202, and 2203).

2. A Naval Battle On Minnesota Lakes: Rep. Bev Scalze (D-Little Canada) wants to raise the fees on all watercraft. On boats over 19-feet long, she would add a $25 surcharge to a $27 fee. (House File 2216)

3. Raise your energy taxes to pay for my electric car and solar panels: Rep. Frank Hornstein (D-Minneapolis) wants to raise the surcharge on your retail electricity bills to pay for a rebate program for the installation or use of solar technologies. (House File 2384)

4. Bad Math And Plug-In Cars: Remember the "yellow bike" project in St. Paul, where yellow bicycles were provided by the city for anyone's use? Within weeks, all of the bikes were dumped in lakes or stolen and repainted. Rep. Frank Hornstein (D-Minneapolis) wants to provide $1.355 million to test plug-in cars for community use. He would spend $985,000 to create fleets of these community vehicles, and $355,000 to study "environmentally sensitive ways to manufacture" the vehicles. The bill does not say how he would spend the other $20,000. (House File 2376)


5. Create a new income tax rate for the top 1% of Minnesota earners. Approved by the House Committee on Ways & Means last Friday, this would take 9% of all earnings from the 23,668 top earners. The Senate now wants to impose a 9.7% tax rate on even more people. This would be the highest income tax rate imposed by any state.

6. Put New Taxes On Major Employers: The House Committee on Ways & Means also approved a $244 million tax increase on Minnesota employers who have sales or operations in other states. Democrats call these employers "foreign operating corporations" or "FOCs."

a. These Minnesota companies already pay state and local taxes to other states where they have sales or operations. But Minnesota wants a second bite on their profits.

b. When California put a similar bite on their large employers, many just left the state. For example, Pacific Mutual Insurance moved its headquarters to Omaha. The whales in their television ads now swim in cornfields, and not the Pacific.

7. Collecting From Your Local Drug Pusher: The House Committee on Ways & Means also announced a plan to hire hundreds of new auditors to collect $80 million of uncollected taxes. Scofflaw peddlers at flea markets and tax-dodging drug pushers, beware!

8. $450 Per Driver In Gas And Other Transportation Taxes: The House has passed a "first draft" of a bill that would: 1) raise gas taxes to grab $332 million per year; 2) allow counties to impose "wheelage taxes" on every car to grab $92 million per year; 3) raise the price of license tabs to grab $59 million per year; 4) allow metro counties to raise sales taxes to grab $222 million per year; 5) allow a metro tax on new cars to grab $3.2 million per year; 6) allow a new state-wide sales tax for transportation to grab $362 million per year; and 7) add a dedicated sales tax on cars that will be used for leases to grab $36.4 million per year. If this bill became law, the new taxes and fees would be an increase of $885 million per year. (House File 946) The Senate version of the bill raises even more taxes.

9. Property Tax Increases On Small Businesses: Both the House and Senate Democrats have proposed about $200 million of property tax increases on employers.

10. "Property Tax Relief" That Is Just More Government Spending: The Senate has proposed $225 million of "property tax relief" that would primarily consist of taking a large portion of your tax payments and sending them to county commissions, city councils, and school boards for more government spending. The House "property tax relief" plan is expected to provide similar "government spending disguised at tax relief."


11. Rep. Mindy Greiling (D-Roseville) would raise $252 million. (House File 1738)

12. Rep. Ann Lenczewski (D-Bloomington) wants to raise income taxes on 170,000 taxpayers. She added this tax increase with an amendment to House File 1258. It would collect millions more in income taxes.

13. Rep. Mike Jaros (D-Duluth) wants to raise all three brackets by about 10% above current levels. Estimated revenues: $1.2 billion. (House File 1932. Let us hope the number is coincidental.)


14. Rep. Tony Sertich (D-Chisholm) wants to raise the sales tax by at least $17 million to pay more for the arts and for natural resources projects. (House File 2285)

15. You are rich if you make over $36,000 per year. Rep. Melissa Hortman (D-Brooklyn Park) has offered another big sales tax hike. In this version, sales taxes now would be collected on clothing. A tax credit would be offset this tax increase for some working Minnesotans, but that would begin to shrink for individuals who make $36,000 or couples who earn $48,000. (House File 2163)

16. Rep. Melissa Hortman (D-Brooklyn Park) wants to add sales taxes on things ranging from baby's first hair cut to grampa's funeral. She wants to impose sales taxes on clothing (except for low-income people), magazines, car repairs, legal services to individuals, accounting for individuals, financial services for individuals, brokerage services for individuals, tattoos, body-piercing, hair cuts, hair styling, hair extensions, facials, body wraps, shaving and waxing, tanning services, manicures, pedicures, insulin, medical oxygen, over-the-counter drugs, prescription eyeglasses, and funeral services. (House File 2163)

17. Rep. Melissa Hortman (D-Brooklyn Park) wants to impose an extra sales tax to pay for transit and other purposes. In the Metro area, there would be one tax increase. In the rest of the state, the new tax could be proposed by any two or more county boards. (House File 1463)

18. Rep. Rick Hansen (D-South St. Paul) would impose an extra sales tax to raise at least $500 million a year pay for new parks, trails, and habitat projects. (House File 1449)

19. Rep. Shelley Madore (D-Apple Valley) wants to impose an extra sales tax on the three million people in the metro area to pay for more buses and trolleys. (House File 1112).


20. Rep. Tom Anzelc (D-International Falls) wants to authorize a new tax on dead people in his area to pay for the Lakeview Cemetery Association. (House File 213).

21. Rep. Bernie Lieder (D-Crookston) wants to triple a tax on hearses. (House File 946)

22. Rep. Lyle Koenen (D-Clara City) wants to raise your gas taxes, your special fuel taxes, and to create a new motor vehicle sales tax. (House File 2219)

23. Rep. Ken Tschumper (D-La Crescent) wants to raise fuel taxes by 50 percent on gasoline, E85, M85, liquefied petroleum and natural gas, propane and compressed natural gas. (House File 1469)

24. Rep. Bernie Lieder (D-Crookston) wants to raise your gas taxes by 50 percent, and allow counties to charge you a wheelage tax, and triple the tax on cars, and allow counties to raise the sales tax, and put a transportation-impact tax on every building permit, and raise the cost to register vehicles. (House File 946)

25. Homeowners would face a 50 percent increase when filing any papers related to the purchase, transfer, mortgaging, sale, or other transfer of property. Money from those taxes on homeowners would be given to non-homeowners seeking to rent property or buy their own homes. Rep. Scott Kranz (D-Blaine) wrote House File 939.

26. Rep. Frank Hornstein (D-Minneapolis) wants to let any three-county panel impose sales and use taxes on motor vehicles. (House File 1920)

27. Rep. Melissa Hortman (D-Brooklyn Park) wants to collect more taxes on local deeds and mortgage documents in Anoka County. (House File 362)

28. Rep. Erin Murphy (D-St. Paul) wants to collect more taxes on local deeds and mortgage documents in Hennepin and Ramsey Counties. (House File 1042)

29. Rep. Joe Atkins (D-Inver Grove Heights) wants to collect more taxes on local deeds and mortgage documents in Dakota County. (House File 1466)

30. Sen. Linda Higgins (D-Minneapolis) wants to impose a new tax on paint. (Senate File 836)

31. Rep. Jean Wagenius (D-Minneapolis) wants to impose a 25-cent tax on every incandescent light bulb in the state. (House File 2156)

32. Rep. Jim Davnie (D-Minneapolis) wants to put a tax of 91-cents-per-ounce on moist snuff. (House File 2311)

33. Rep. David Dill (D-Crane Lake) wants airport authorities to send a bill to county commissioners instructing them to impose and deliver property taxes from all land-owners who have property in the area of district boundaries of the airport authority. (House File 2287)


34. Rep. Phyllis Kahn (D-Minneapolis) wants to tax cosmetic surgery. This would be a bad precedent the sales tax, which generally has applied only to goods (except for food, clothing, and a few other exceptions). (House File 1027)

35. Rep. Michael Paymar (D-St. Paul) wants to pile enormous tax increases on beverages containing alcohol. He would raise taxes on metric sales beverages by the following percentages: distilled spirits (up 228%); wine (up 450%); hard cider (up 800%); regular beer (up 790%); and 3.2% beer (up 457%). (House File 1050) It would collect over $110 million in new taxes.

36. Rep. Karen Clark (D-Minneapolis) is seeking similar increases in taxes on alcohol, but for other purposes. (House File 1446)


37. You have seen the television ads for Pacific Mutual Insurance, with whales swimming through the air, and splashing their tails in the rolling waves. California decided to cut back on deductions that local companies took for business expenses they incurred in other states. So the whales moved to the cornfields when Pacific Mutual decided to move its headquarters to Nebraska. A similar fate could await major Minnesota employers if the same types of tax burdens are piled on them by Rep. Joe Mullery (D-Minneapolis). He wants to punish "foreign operating corporations," which are major local employers whose success has allowed them to do business in other states and countries. (House File 943)


38. Rep. Joe Mullery (D-Minneapolis) wants to put a 10% tax on people who give gifts. If the donor does not pay the tax, then the tax liability shifts to the person who received the gift. In such cases, the donor would still be liable for a $100 penalty for not paying the gift tax. Under the bill, you could be required to show the gift to the Commissioner of Revenue to determine its true worth. (House File 1212)


39. Rep. Debra Hilstrom (D-Brooklyn Center) wants to raise a tax on cell phones, land-line phones, and other telecommunications devices by 46%. (House File 1464)


40. You Want To Raise Other People's Taxes By $222 Million To Pay For a New Camp Snoopy?: Rep. Michael Nelson (D-Brooklyn Park) wants to shift property taxes to regular citizens in order to give tax increment relief to the owners of the Mall of America who want to expand the facility without paying sales taxes on the materials for the expansion The state would provide $180 million to build new parking ramps, and Blooming taxpayers would provide $42 million for new streets, water, sewer, and other improvements. (House File 2237)

41. Rep. Rick Hansen (D-South St. Paul) would impose a local food and beverage tax on Mendota. (House File 2261)

42. Rep. Ken Tschumper (D-La Crescent) wants to impose a local sales tax in Lanesboro. (House File 2243)

43. Rep. Deb Hilstrom (D-Brooklyn Center) wants to shift property taxes from one set of residents to another by expanding the use of the local tax increment financing district. (House File 2193)

44. Rep. Deb Hilstrom (D-Brooklyn Center) wants to shift property taxes from one set of residents to another by expanding the use of the local tax increment financing district. (House File 2192)

45. Rep. Frank Moe (D-Bemidji) would raise local sales and use taxes there. (House File 1103)

46. Rep. Bernie Lieder (D-Crookston) wants to raise local sales and use taxes in Crookston. (House File 1820)

47. Rep. Will Morgan (D-Burnsville) wants to create special tax increment financing districts in Burnsville. These districts often shift property tax burdens onto current landowners for years. (House File 1054)

48. Rep. Carolyn Laine (D-Columbia Heights) wants to create a special tax increment financing district in Columbia Heights. (House File 1879)

49. Rep. Carolyn Laine (D-Columbia Heights) wants to create a tax increment financing district in Fridley. (House File 2121)

50. Rep. Terry Morrow (D-St. Peter) wants a new local sales tax authorized for North Mankato. (House File 108)

51. Rep. Bill Hilty (D-Finlayson) wants a new local sales tax authorized for Cloquet. (House File 885)

52. Rep. Dave Dill (D-Crane Lake) would extend local sales taxes in Cook County. (House File 1894)

53. Rep. Mike Jaros (D-Duluth) to raise taxes on food and beverages in Duluth to help to pay for a new hockey arena in that city. (House File 134)

54. Rep. Rick Hansen (D-South Saint Paul) wants to impose a food and beverage tax on Lilydale. (House File 2102)

55. Rep. Dave Dill (D-Crane Lake) would impose an Ely local sales & use tax. (House File 2059)


56. Rep. Bill Hilty (D- Finlayson) wants to raise the fees on mortgage firm's employees by 588 percent (up from $850 to $5,000) for new licenses and by 555 percent (up from $450 to $2,500) for license renewals. (House File 2305)

57. Rep. Shelley Madore (D-Apple Valley) wants to expand the levy for the Metro Transportation District to all the counties in the Metro Area. (House File 2140)

58. Rep. Larry Haws (D-St. Cloud) would raise fees for county & regional jails. )House File 161)

59. Rep. Brita Sailer (D-Park Rapids) wants to raise fees on video and electronic equipment sales. (House File 854)

60. Rep. Joe Atkins (D-Inver Grove Heights) wants to impose an extra $250 fee on cigarette manufacturers. (House File 1737)

61. Rep. Erin Murphy (D-St. Paul) wants to raise pharmacy fees automatically on an annual basis. (House File 1722)

62. Rep. Rick Hansen (D-South Saint Paul) wants to raise fees on deer hunters. (House File 278)

Thursday, March 29, 2007

In salute to heroes, living and dead...


A soldier from my son's platoon was murdered in a roadside bomb attack by Islamic savages.

Our son, Doug, was around 50 yards behind the vehicle that was hit by the IED placed by Islamic savages, that took the life of Sgt. Greg Ninerd Riewer, 28 of Frazee, MN.

He (Doug) was first upon the scene to render aid, and saved the life of one of the wounded soldiers via a quickly-placed tourniquet.

A father's tribute to Sgt. Riewer can be found here.

Rest in peace, Sgt. Riewer...

May the LORD raise you up on Eagle's wings, to your everlasting reward.

Thank you sir, may I have another..

Okay, Minnesotans. You voted for these assclowns. Now bend over and take it like a man:

$900 million income tax

increase is in the mix

Senate DFLers are working on a nearly $1 billion income tax increase proposal that could wind up boosting most Minnesotans' income taxes to pay primarily for education spending.

Senate Taxes Chairman Tom Bakk, DFL-Cook, said Wednesday that the caucus was "about evenly split" between two income tax plans and was supposed to make a choice today, with a final vote by the full Senate due as early as Saturday as part of an education funding bill.

One of the proposals being considered would raise income tax rates across the board to 1999 levels, essentially wiping out the 2000 reductions, and would create a fourth tier for the wealthiest Minnesotans. The second plan would simply add a fourth tax rate that could go as high as 10 percent, Bakk said. That would give Minnesota the highest income tax rate in the nation.

The state's existing top rate is 7.85 percent. Only three states have top tax rates of 9 percent or more.

Of course, to DFLers, whose penchant for pickpocketing taxpayers can be said to be genetic, the tax increases are naturally

'Not that scary'

Bakk said Minnesotans would find that an across-the-board tax increase was "not that scary," once the numbers came out. A family making $50,000 a year, he said, "would probably be looking at a $30 or $40 increase a year. They'd get that back many times over in property tax relief and better schools."

Not that scary? (the politician exclaimed as he pissed on the taxpayer's leg) Perhaps when compared with seeing your ugly mug, Bakk, but let's get real here. BTW, since when is a rise in taxes on one end "property tax relief" on the other?

The 2000 income tax cuts produced fairly modest relief for middle-income taxpayers, with taxes dropping about $50 a year for those making $50,000. At $500,000, income taxes dropped by nearly $1,400.

Wow. How. Unfair.

Do ya think that just maybe their taxes got dropped $1400 because the sots who made 500k paid a helluva lot more in taxes in the first place than did the 50k household???

Naww... what the hell am I thinking. It would take too much common sense and brains for a mere moonbat to figure that one out.

But Brian McClung, Gov. Tim Pawlenty's spokesman, said that's not the only consideration. The proposed increases, he said, are piling up in every direction: gasoline tax, sales tax, income tax.

"This state is not going to have the highest tax rate in the country," McClung said. "It's not going to have an across-the-board tax increase. If there's anything that's been clear, it's that the governor does not support massive tax hikes when we have a surplus."

DFLers, McClung said, have "added a dessert wing to the all-you-can-eat buffet. It's not happening. The governor will veto it."

Thank GOD we didn't get governor Hatch.

Hey Minnesotans--next time you're thinking about doing something excruciatingly stupid-- like voting for another DFL legislative candidate, take a good, long, hard look at Cy Thao's statement, permanently ensconced atop this blog.

And think again.

Applause from hell...

Listen to this clip...

It is a sound clip of an actual partial birth abortion procedure, that resulted in the death of an innocent child.

Pay special attention to the end of the clip.

Yes, the sound of applause for a procedure that was "well done."

Man's inhumanity to man.

Things are looking up already...

Joe Repya is looking to head the MN-GOP:
ST. CLOUD (KNSI)- Retired Lieutenant Colonel Joe Repya is announcing a run for the state Republic Party Chairman. Repya tells KNSI news the reason why he's running is the state needs leadership and the downward trend of losing Republican seats needs to stop. Repya will make the announcement at the capital April 11th at 10 in the morning. No word if the current chair, Ron Carey will run for reelection.
If there's anyone who knows how to run an organization it's Repya, a retired, decorated Colonel.

On top of that, he's a dyed-in-the-wool conservative!

I'll be an alternate delegate to the State Central nominating committee--

If given the chance, my vote's with Repya.


Wednesday, March 28, 2007

More examples of liberal "tolerance" and "compassion"

From WND:

Moments after White House Press Secretary Tony Snow's new personal battle against cancer became public yesterday, a vicious assault was launched at left-leaning websites, with some message posters hoping for a swift death for the presidential spokesman.

"Under the heading of 'What goes around comes around', the cancer in Tony Snow is removing the cancer of Tony Snow from the national scene," wrote TDoff on the D.C. gossip site

Omnilation wrote, "Dear Tony, I hate you. -God."

A contributor called homofascist stated, "It is a bitch that I wouldn't wish upon even a smarmy, evil f---face liar like Snow. Because really, isn't he OUR smarmy, evil f---face liar?"

Yes, our compassionate friends from the left also had this to say:

Some readers at reportedly said:

  • "Sure holding all that bulls**t in your gut would make anybody sick..!"
  • "The growth in his abdomen is his head stuck up his a**. F**k him!! He is pure lying scum and should die ASAP!!"

    Screen shot of comment posted on on March 27, 2007

  • My, but their parents must be proud.

    Open Letter to "Chuckie the whore" Hagel

    RE: Your comments on the Senate Floor

    I would expect those comments coming from an ill-informed democrat the likes of Barbara Boxer. Coming from a Republican, and from one who should know better is nothing less than disgraceful.

    To say that the U.S. is viewed as a nation at war with Muslims is absolutely disgusting.

    Do you remember 9/11? Do your remember the U.S.S. Cole? Do you remember the WTC bombings of 1993?


    I have a son in harm's way in Iraq as I type this. You, sir, are a party to emboldening his enemies, and are allowing his enemies to use your words as propaganda to recruit more suicide bombers and jihadists.

    Your reckless abandonment of reason in favor of rhetoric is shameful.

    Let me say that I, as a Republican delegate from Minnesota, wouldn't lend a dime to your campaign.

    You actually want to be commander in chief?

    That is laughable.

    Think about that in terms of a snowball and a hot subterranean atmosphere, Mr. Hagel.

    Hey Chuckie--if you're gonna whore for the dem defeat-at-all-costs position, get the hell off of our side.

    With Chuck Hagel, who the hell needs democrats?

    Wednesday Hero Blogburst: 3/28/2007

    This Weeks Post Was Suggested By Kathi

    Billy Hodges
    Billy Hodges, in the blue shirt, with a wounded soldier on a fishing tournament in Palacios, Texas

    Billy Hodges, who served in the U.S. Army and Texas National Guard between 1971-1979, is not only being profiled for his service, but also for what he's done since then. Mr. Hodges runs an organization based in El Campo, Tx called Hunts For Heroes. They also have chapter in South Carolina , Arkansas , Mississippi , and California and what they do is take soldiers who've been wounded in battle on hunting and fishing trips and other outdoor related activities. All free of charge.

    These brave men and women sacrifice so much in their lives so that others may enjoy the freedoms we get to enjoy everyday. For that, I am proud to call them Hero.
    We Should Not Only Mourn These Men And Women Who Died, We Should Also Thank God That Such People Lived

    This post is part of the Wednesday Hero Blogroll. If you would like to participate in honoring the brave men and women who serve this great country, you can find out how by going here.

    There are bastards...and then there are sick bastards.

    From Fox:
    ...Just hours before her death, “Cathy Seipp” suddenly seemed to undo decades of hard work with an oddly written letter posted on the Web site, In what came off as more bizarre rant than heartfelt apology, her supposed “very last blog entry” called her years of journalism a “shoddy,” “despicable” and “irresponsible” career as a “fourth-rate hack.” Her political stance? All a mistake.

    The fiery, unwavering supporter of George W. Bush supposedly said she'd done a complete 180 in the past year and was now an implied supporter of Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y. What was even more perplexing was that “Seipp” was taking mean-spirited potshots at her own daughter, Maia Lazar, whom she called an “obnoxious” and “arrogant” wanna-be “skank” who was “mentally ill.” Throughout the letter, the one person whom “Seipp” seemed most sorry for ever having offended was Maia's 10th-grade journalism teacher, who had frequently clashed with mother and daughter. Finally, “Seipp” said she was probably to blame for her own illness — the “venom” she'd spewed for years was responsible for her terminal cancer.

    Friends were horrified. They quickly realized that the letter was the work of an infamous character known as “Troll Dolls” who'd positioned himself as the blogger's archenemy and bought the domain name years earlier (Seipp's real Web site is Troll Dolls is really Eliot Stein, a 54-year-old former online talk-show host and stand-up comedian who hadd taught Maia in a journalism class for a brief period in 2004, and who blamed Maia and Seipp for his departure from the school after only five weeks.
    ...Not only did this scumwad do this to a dying woman, he was proud that he did so:
    “He's a genuinely weird dude [who wrote] a rambling, odd, mean, totally cruel series of posts ... designed to trick well-wishers, as Cathy lay dying, into reading a torrent of rage and bitterness against her,” Rob Long, an L.A. television writer and longtime friend of Seipp's, wrote in an e-mail. “Just immensely cruel. It was easy to ignore when she was alive, but as she died it became intolerable — thousands and thousands of people wanted to reach out to Cathy and her family in the days surrounding her death, and this guy tricked, perverted and deeply hurt them. And for what? A years-old grudge?”
    Stein is absolutely unapologetic.
    The article goes on to say that it is possible that Stein will be held absolutely blameless in this perversion, since he supposedly wrote it in the name of "parody."

    So much for the "compassion" and "tolerance" on the left, eh?