Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Little Things that Kill

Recently Hillary Clinton wore a low cut blouse on the floor of the Senate. Seeing as she is unlikely to make the Maxim Hot 100 list or any other list that wasn’t written by somebody who has a fetish for matronly women with cankles, there had to be another reason for this.

Trying to catch Bill’s wandering eye is one possibility for assaulting the nation with this unrequested show of skin. Seeing as he was heard muttering the words “to little, to late” on his way to the cafeteria where all the women from the Capital Hill secretarial pool and interns hang out, it is unlikely her cleavage was aimed in his general direction.

Recently Elizabeth Edwards made comments that challenged the femininity of the Democrat Frontrunner and suggested Hillary was acting like a man. Hillary responded by sexually harassing the entire nation. Of course she denied that her unusual choice of wardrobe was a response to the words of Mrs. Edwards.

Hillary denying that her gratuitous show of bosom was a response to the opinions of a political opponent was not unlike her assertion that she had found out about Monica Lewinsky along with the rest of the world during Bill’s televised confession. For anyone to believe either of these claims, we must believe that this woman is so clueless that the morning sunrise takes her by complete surprise.

Bill and Hillary are not dumb, they are political animals who don’t behave from a core set of values (or at least not ones they will admit to in public), but rather let focus groups determine their public actions. The flap over Hillary’s show of cleavage is no different from the fact that her recent hard left turn has put her family values stance in question. As a response, suddenly there are 40 year old letters that have been published by the Main Stream Media that position Hillary as somebody who hates drugs and looks with disfavor upon those who have sex before marriage. These letters were an effort to give her the sort of family values “street cred” that her voting record and public behavior simply don’t support.

In truth, the Clinton’s internal polling probably told them that the nation pretty much agreed with what Elizabeth Edwards had to say about Hillary behaving like she had a Y chromosome. The low cut blouse was a bizarre form of damage control. If she were going to be intellectually honest about the whole thing, she may as well have written “Got Femininity?” across her chest.

Newt's Prediction

The Democratic ticket in '08 will be: Hillary for Prez and Obama for Veep.

"The GOP will have three "formidable" choices in Mitt Romney, Rudy Giuliani and Fred Thompson, said Gingrich, who is considering whether to get into the race.

"I think that either Mayor Giuliani or Governor Romney or Senator Thompson would be a very formidable opponent for what I expect will be a Clinton-Obama ticket, and I think that there's a possibility that will work," Gingrich said." (source)

Anyone taking bets on this one? Would Obama take the back seat? Will the race get too nasty for them to work together? Would Hillary (a fairly novice Senator herself) have a one-term Senator as a running mate? Is America ready for a Woman/African American ticket?

Military Recruiting Vandal

"...A college student was arrested Sunday in the slashing of 42 tires on 13 government vehicles in an Army recruiting office parking lot, saying he was angry about the war in Iraq, authorities said.

Following a number of calls about a man wearing black and slashing tires, two deputies stopped a 19-year-old college student from Colorado as he tried to run from the lot shortly after midnight Sunday, a Kitsap County sheriff's office report said.

The man put up his hands, dropped a knife and, after being made to lie on the ground and being read his rights, asked, "Is this the time where I can confess?" deputies wrote.

On a portable breath test, his blood alcohol level registered .168, more than twice the legal threshold for intoxication, according to the report.

He told deputies he decided to slash the tires of Army recruiting vehicles because he "hated the military and the government and the war we were in."

He was jailed for investigation of first-degree malicious mischief, a dangerous-weapon violation for the knife and being a minor in possession of alcohol, with bail set at $10,000..." (source)

I guess this means his parents will be saddled with the $10K, but I'm sure it's how they raised him. So to elucidate the error of the war, drink underage and destroy property? Perfect. Kids are so smart these days.

What I don't understand is why the article doesn't list his name as he's not a minor...

You might be a redneck

if this statement interferes with your find-a-date program:
"One big problem we have is relationships springing up inside institutions," Little said. "We don't want to encourage someone to come to a prison to hunt for a husband or a wife."
The same article enlightens us further:
Water bras are undergarments lined with pouches of water to enhance bust lines.
I mean, what's wrong with Kleenex?

Grossest Story This Year?

Have I dubbed another story with that title? Who remembers in this day and age where each day I swear I've heard it all...

"Three men who dug up a young woman's corpse to have sex with it after seeing her obituary photo cannot be charged with attempted sexual assault because Wisconsin has no law against necrophilia, an appeals court ruled Thursday.

A judge was correct to dismiss the charges against twin brothers Nicholas and Alexander Grunke and Dustin Radke, all 21, because lawmakers never intended to criminalize sex with a corpse, the District 4 Court of Appeals said in a 3-0 ruling.

The three men went to a cemetery in Cassville in southwestern Wisconsin on Sept. 2 to remove the body of Laura Tennessen, 20, who had been killed the week before in a motorcycle crash.

The men used shovels to reach her grave. They abandoned their plan and were eventually arrested after a vehicle drove into the cemetery and reported suspicious behavior, authorities said.

They said the men had seen an obituary of Tennessen with her photo and wanted to dig up her body to have sexual intercourse. Such an act is known as necrophilia.

The men were charged with attempted third-degree sexual assault and misdemeanor attempted theft charges..." (source)

I'm not even sure what else to say.

It Dropped So Low

"It dropped so low in my regard
I heard it hit the ground,
And go to pieces on the stones
At bottom of my mind;

Yet blamed the fate that fractured, less
Than I reviled myself
For entertaining plated wares
Upon my silver shelf."

-Emily Dickinson

Monday, July 30, 2007

I don't really want to start talking about the details of what Scott Beauchamp did, whether it was true or exaggerated or whatever. I just ran across this comment on the Jane Galt site. I almost always like what she says. Her wisdom is clear in that she linked my blog when I had one. But, in one area, she is just wrong, or at least not thinking things all the way through.
John Quiggin doesn't like these sort of attacks because they don't matter to the larger policy question of whether Iraq was a good idea or not. And I agree that they don't matter in that way. Anyone who thought we were going to send 160,000 people, most of them fairly young men, to Iraq, and put guns in their hand, and give them power, and not have any of them abuse that power, needs to have their head examined. Nor do I think that the story (whether true or not) gave aid and comfort to the enemy. The Arab/Muslim world already thinks pretty poorly of us. The thing that generates outrage there is accounts of us hurting civilians, not stories about chasing dogs with Bradleys or making fun of contractors. The skull story might hurt, a bit, if anyone hears it, but forgive me if I am sceptical [sic] that Osama et. al. have taken subscriptions to TNR.
The point is not that Osama or some other guy who hates the US will hate the US more if they read this article. That is not how something like this gives aid to our enemy, true or not. It gives aid and comfort to our enemies because the American people read it.

I know that I'm not the first to point out that we didn't lose Vietnam militarily, but politically. The images on our TV's and the stories in our newspapers broke the will of the American people and our politician's ceased to support the effort. We did not get forced out in defeat, we just left.

We weren't forced to leave Mogadishu. We just left.

We weren't forced to leave Lebanon. We just left.

No one in the world has the power to force us to leave Iraq. However, if the American people lose confidence in what we are doing over there and politicians like Hillary Clinton and Harry Reid can get their way, we might just leave. And then be defeated.

Ouch! Quit It!

I don't like the practice of protesters chaining themselves to things to get their way. Kinda like holding your breath until you turn blue to get your way. Or holding a gun to your own head and yelling out the bank door, "Give me a car a and a plane or I'll shoot!"

But I can empathize with these protesters. Captain Rowell said the use of the Taser was within guidelines and that there was no other way. But what about just waiting them out? Sooner or later they would have become hungry or tired and let go.

I would define torture as the application of significant noxious stimuli until you get the result you want. It doesn't have to be deadly or disfiguring, just serious badness. Is waterboarding torture? Yeah, I think so. That doesn't mean I think you should never do it.

I agree that these people were tortured to get them to let go, at least from the limited information in the article here. I believe that withholding treatment from a junkie who is in withdrawal in order to get a confession is torture.
Activists opposed to development planted flowers and herbs in a gentle protest that stretched through the night. In the morning, when they refused to leave a vacant lot where a truck stop has been proposed, things got ugly. The protesters were Tasered by police.

"It was torture," said Janisse Ray, one of the protesters, who witnessed Jonathan "Slug" Crowell and Samantha Kilmurray being shocked.

Police acknowledged that they used the devices Tuesday, but said they had to use them to get the protesters to move.

"There was no other choice," said Captain Steven Rowell, a police spokesman.

Rowell said it was the first time officers in the town, which is known for its outspoken activists, have used Tasers against protesters. The action was in line with the department's policy on the use of force, he said.

Police Chief John Martin has said he will investigate, but has stood behind his officers.

About 20 activists brought trowels and seedlings Monday to a strip of Route 5 lined with big-box stores, to protest what they feel is a creeping commercial assault on the town.

A few, including Crowell and Kilmurray, both 32, stayed all night. When police arrived in the morning, they arrested the couple, but found that they had chained themselves to a steel barrel.

The barrel was rigged so that the pair could release themselves, but police needed tools they did not have to remove them.

"Like a jackhammer," Rowell said. "It's a typical strategy used by Greenpeace and other professional activists."

Officers shocked the two with Tasers until they agreed to release themselves. (source)
These folks are going to sue the city and get mega-bucks. I like that the police chief is standing behind his officers pending an investigation, though.

Hat tip: Not So Confidential

When All Else Fails...Blame the Jews.

"Sudan's defense minister, Abdel Rahim Mohamed Hussein, has accused "24 Jewish organizations" of "fueling the conflict in Darfur" last week in an interview with a Saudi newspaper.

"The Darfur issue is being fuelled by 24 Jewish organizations, who are making the largest amount of noise over the issue, and using the Holocaust in their campaigning," the Sudanese defense minister replied.

Hussein added that the Darfur conflict was driven by "friction between farmers and herders and shepherds. Among the biggest problems is that of water, which is used to exploit the differences and fuel the conflict."

"Are these Jewish groups supporting (the rebels) financially?," the interviewer from Okaz asked Hussein.

"Yes, they provide political and material support through their control over the media and across American and British circles," Hussein said, adding that Jewish groups were using "all means to fuel these conflicts."

He added that Western reports of 200,000 people dying in Sudan were false, and said: "We talk about 9,000 dead as a result of either government or rebel actions." (Read the Entire Article)

Why can't just one person admit that all of these conflicts (Gaza/West Bank -9/11- Darfur -Chechnya -Bosnia) are ALL about religion? Not some evil Zionist plan. Not some anger at the "policies of the West". Not payback for "how bad America treats the rest of the world". But, a master plan to infiltrate each and every country using immigration --the plan that has been detailed on many jihadi websites. The first step is admitting the truth to yourself. Repeat it three times: This IS a war over religion.

UK Says "Don't Be Mean to bin Laden"

"Ministers insisted that British secret agents would only be allowed to pass intelligence to the CIA to help it capture Osama bin Laden if the agency promised he would not be tortured, it has emerged.
MI6 believed it was close to finding the al-Qaida leader in Afghanistan in 1998, and again the next year. The plan was for MI6 to hand the CIA vital information about Bin Laden. Ministers including Robin Cook, the then foreign secretary, gave their approval on condition that the CIA gave assurances he would be treated humanely. The plot is revealed in a 75-page report by parliament's intelligence and security committee on rendition, the practice of flying detainees to places where they may be tortured..." (source)

I do believe that lethal injection is a lot more humane than having to jump from a 110 story building to avoid your flesh burning off...but maybe that's just me. Maybe the occupants of 10 Downing Street need to look closer at their boundless tolerance in relation to their own country being infiltrated with homegrown extremists. I'm not advocating torture, but to put conditions on bin Laden's capture goes beyond annoying...

You call that cleavage!?! ALa's got cleavage!

This is such an incredibly lame attempt to raise a false contraversy to raise campaign funds.
Hillary Clinton's handlers are so outraged - outraged! - at a newspaper story musing over her showing a little cleavage that they're urging equally miffed supporters to fight back by stuffing cash into her coffers.
"Would you believe that The Washington Post wrote a 746-word article on Hillary's cleavage?" senior campaign adviser Ann Lewis said yesterday in the fund-raising e-mail. (source)
Let's see what we can say about this:
  • Lloyd Bentsen: Frankly, ma'am, I know cleaveage, and that is not cleavage.
  • Little old lady from Wendys' commercials: Where's the Cleavage!?!

Caption it...

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Fred Dalton Thompson Reagan?

The Supreme Court sometimes ignores the written Constitution to reflect its view of the times. So does Congress, which routinely forgets that our checks and balances, the separation of powers and our system of federalism are designed to diffuse power and protect the liberties of our people. Before anything else, folks in Washington ought to be asking first and foremost, “Should government be doing this? And if so, then at what level of government?” But they don’t.

The result has been decades of growth in the size, scope and function of national government. Today’s governance of mandates, pre-emptions, regulations, and federal programs bears little resemblance to the balanced system the Framers intended.

This in no way diminishes the important role played by the national government, including ensuring our national security, and regulating interstate commerce to promote free markets. Indeed, a commitment to federalism would help the federal government do a better job in addressing national emergencies and emerging threats, because it could focus on these issues rather than on everything else it is trying to do. A proper regard for constitutional boundaries would also go a long way in avoiding the arguments that follow when Washington acts by decree, disregarding the elected representatives of the fifty states.

You know better than anyone how involvement from Washington affects nearly every policy, program, and aspect of your jobs. But beyond the nuisance of duplicative state and federal requirements, one might wonder if a division of responsibility between the federal government and the states is still important. The answer must be a resounding yes.
Read the whole thing. No, really, read the whole thing. I mean it. Why are you still here? I thought I just told you to go and read the whole thing.

OK, for those of you who want to read me instead: My favorite part of this piece is this sentence:
You know better than anyone how involvement from Washington affects nearly every policy, program, and aspect of your jobs.
How much of our gross domestic product is spent satisfying federal regulations? How much has Sarbanes-Oxley cost businesses?

What effect are these regulations having on our national economy? Reagan cut back on them and cut taxes and look what happened to our economy in the 1980's. Clinton canceled Reagan's executive order and look at the recession that Bush inherited in 2001. Although we certainly can't claim that Bush has done anything impressive in reining in the feds. Sigh.

Are You Angry?

You Are 35% Angry

You're occasionally angry, but it's really not an issue.
While you may give in to your temper once and a while, you're pretty mellow.
And as long as your anger doesn't effect your relationships, then it's probably in check.
You know that anger is a bad habit - and you don't engage in it often.

Friday, July 27, 2007

(Un)Fairness Doctrine Update

"The Federal Communications Commission has no intention of reinstating the Fairness Doctrine imposing a requirement of balanced coverage of issues on public airwaves, FCC Chairman Kevin Martin said.

Martin, in a letter written this week to Rep. Mike Pence, R-Ind., and made public Thursday, said the agency found no compelling reason to revisit its 1987 decision that enforcing the federal rule was not in the public interest.

Several Democratic lawmakers suggested that Congress take another look at the doctrine after conservative radio talk show hosts aggressively attacked an immigration reform bill when it was on the Senate floor, contributing to its defeat..." (Read the entire article)

The FCC AND the Mayor in Philly get something right in the same week...it must be the apocalypse.

Is there anyone out there that thought this "fairness doctrine" should be reinstated? If so, I really need you to lay out your arguments/reasoning...

Where's the Oft-Lauded Separation?

The University of Michigan at Dearborn: Planning to build foot baths for Muslim students who wash their feet before prayer.

An elementary school in San Diego: Created an extra recess period for Muslim pupils to pray.

George Mason University in Fairfax, Va: Muslim students using a "meditation space" laid out Muslim prayer rugs and separated men and women in accordance with their Islamic beliefs.

All public schools.

"...At the forefront of the movement is the Muslim Students' Association, which has formed a Muslim Accommodations Task Force to push for foot baths and prayer rooms. At least 17 universities have foot baths built or under construction, including Boston University, George Washington University and Temple University, and at least nine universities have prayer rooms for "Muslim students only," including Stanford, Emory and the University of Virginia, according to the MSA's website. The association did not return calls seeking comment.

Zuhdi Jasser, a Muslim and chairman of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy, which promotes separation of mosque and state, says he is concerned about the accommodations. "Unusual accommodations for one faith at the cost of everybody else doesn't fall on the side of pluralism," he said.

At George Mason University, non-Muslim students were asked to observe Muslim rules in the prayer area, such as keeping men on one side and women on the other and removing their shoes, according to Broadside, the school newspaper. Alissa Karton, assistant to the vice president for student life, said the article prompted the school to order students to roll up prayer rugs when not in use and move the dividers..." (source)

Didn't the ACLU represent someone that was objecting to after school prayer groups? Yet they were quoted as saying this situation was "murky" and may rest just inside what is legal...

Predator Saves Taxpayers' Money

Louis William Conradt Jr., of Terrell, Texas, was talking explicitly to what he believed was a 13 year boy online. He was part of a Perverted Justice/Dateline NBC: To Catch a Predator sting. When NBC cameras and police showed up at his door to confront him with his crime...he shot himself. Now, IMO if the story ended there it would be good news. One less sicko preying on our children.

But, of course the story doesn't end there. His sister is suing NBC for $105 MILLION dollars.

"...She said her brother was unable to defend himself when police, NBC employees and associates swarmed his yard, creating a relationship between NBC and her brother similar to the relationship a prison guard has with an inmate.

"The suicide was reasonably foreseeable," her lawsuit said. "At this time, the defendant wore the robe of a state official and Bill wore the shackles of a detainee. Having trespassed and invaded upon Bill's property to broadcast a spectacle to millions, the defendant took no more steps toward protecting him than are received by a gladiator or bull." (source)

She never says he wasn't having a sexual relationship with what he thought was a 13 year old boy online...

Would she rather her brother be alive and in prison for pedophilia, or alive and preying on other young boys...or is she just looking to get paid...?

And in other Frivolous Lawsuit News: A woman is suing NYC for the steam pipe eruption last week. She says it brought back memories of 9/11. Maybe she needs to sue al Qaeda...

(H/T: Liz)

Philly Woes...

Bet you didn't know Philly tap water was a bottled commodity... I knew you were all jealous of our fluoride! ;)

Aside from our famous water, we have now exceeded 240 homicides here. I was shocked to hear that many of the murders were committed with "straw purchase" guns. Geez, I won't even buy cigarettes when underage kids ask me...who is buying guns for people?!

This from Wyatt Erp's site:

"For those of you not keeping count - or not checking out First In's Murder Meter - Philadelphia's homicide count now stands at 234. And it's only July 23rd. At this rate, we will shatter last year's number of 406. Shatter it!

Meanwhile, the idiots and mental defectives that occupy Philadelphia City Council are suing the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for not allowing the city to make its own gun laws! I guess City Council is upset about that pesky State's Rights thing. Unfortunately, while City Council is fiddling in court, Rome is burning with cordite. What the politicians (mostly Democrats - go figure) do not understand is that they could completely outlaw guns within the city limits, a la Tombstone in 1881, and the homicides will continue. Why?


Good grief, how many times have I written those sentences here in the last two years? If and when Philadelphia City Council stops grandstanding in favor of utilizing some common sense, maybe a better solution will be forthcoming.

Don't hold your breath." (Support Your Local Gun Fighter)

The Mayor actually did something I respect the other day (which most likely means it was someone else's idea)... He padlocked a bar where three men were shot and "no one saw a thing". He says the bar will remain closed until one of the 24 patrons, the bartenders or the waitresses jog their memory about the triple shooting...

Birthdays Suck...Or Is It Me?

My birthday is always the worst day of the year. Am I alone on that?

I was thinking about it Wednesday night and decided maybe it's a self-fulfilling prophesy. Maybe subconsciously I expect everyone to act like it's a national holiday and when they don't ('cause it's not) I get upset. (I know it's not an age thing because I honestly don't care about that) Who knows? So I decided that yesterday would be any other day. No cake, no hoopla, no outings...just a regular day at home with my guys.

It still turned out to be a really bad day. I won’t get into the specifics, but suffice it to say it wasn't my sub-conscious or a self-fulfilling prophesy. Just an honest to goodness shit day.

But, The Man did surprise me with the guitar I feel in love with a few months ago. And Justrose and Liz disobeyed my "no gifts" directive and brought over some lovely things...

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Felony Butt Slapping?

How many stories have been posted here about sex offenders going free or receiving a baby slap on the wrist? How many children have had to endure the pain of testifying only to have their abuser go free? How many children have been abused by a repeat offender that some lenient (read: liberal) judge set free on society? These stories keep me awake at night (I wonder if those judges are sleeping soundly?).

Maybe that's the reason this story makes me so angry:

"The two boys tore down the hall of Patton Middle School after lunch, swatting the bottoms of girls as they ran -- what some kids later said was a common form of greeting.

But bottom-slapping is against policy in McMinnville Public Schools. So a teacher's aide sent the gawky seventh-graders to the office, where the vice principal and a police officer stationed at the school soon interrogated them.

After hours of interviews with students the day of the February incident, the officer read the boys their Miranda rights and hauled them off in handcuffs to juvenile jail, where they spent the next five days.

Now, Cory Mashburn and Ryan Cornelison, both 13, face the prospect of 10 years in juvenile detention and a lifetime on the sex offender registry in a case that poses a fundamental question: When is horseplay a crime?

Bradley Berry, the McMinnville district attorney, said his office "aggressively" pursues sex crimes that involve children. "These cases are devastating to children," he said. "They are life-altering cases."

Two of the girls identified as victims have recanted, saying they felt pressured and gave false statements to interrogators.

The documents also show that the boys face 10 misdemeanor charges -- five sex abuse counts, five harassment counts -- reduced from initial charges of felony sex abuse. The boys are scheduled to go on trial Aug. 20." (Read the entire story)

Now these boys could have to register as sex offenders for the rest of their life. I realize I ask this at least once a week, but what is wrong with our legal system? Are they going to arrest the soccer team if they slap each other's butts?

No, I don't think boys should be slapping girl's butts in the hallway...but to say that is the action of a "sex offender"? Way to belittle those that have actually been abused.

Party of Corruption

Raise your hand if you are willing to be corrupt, if you have been corrupt, if the only thing about which you care is your power, if you plan to be corrupt tomorrow. Is a day without corruption a wasted day?
Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s aides, including one of his closest advisers, improperly used the State Police to gather information about the governor’s chief rival, Joseph L. Bruno, the State Senate majority leader, in an effort to plant a negative story about Mr. Bruno and damage him politically, according to a report on Monday by the attorney general’s office.

Spitzer aides, chiefly his communications director, Darren Dopp, concocted a false story for why the information was being gathered, saying the governor’s office acted after receiving a press request seeking details of Mr. Bruno’s use of state aircraft, the report said. (source)
I know the article references his aides, but Spitzer is all about Spitzer. None of this happens without his encouragement. When he was Attorney General he ruined multiple companies with bullshit indictments and investigations, many of which had to be dropped for lack of substance after he moved up and on. So he just hurt a few bigwigs on top of some companies, huh? What about that retired company who lives on investment income and lost big time when the stock tanked? Bastard.

Swag Request

So, there's really no way of putting this tactfully...

I want the "Army Strong" messenger bag they are advertising. The one that you get when you go talk to a recruiter, but I want it without having to join the Army.

I know some of you recruiters (CENTCOM, Pentagon employees) out there could probably get me the bag. I figured if I went on the live chat and asked the recruiter, it wouldn't be looked upon too kindly.

If it happens to show up here, I promise I won't tell... ;)

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

"The Surge"

July 24, 2007: The surge has basically been chasing the terrorist and criminal gangs around the suburbs of Baghdad, or even into northern or western Iraq. This has taken its toll. Time spent in flight cannot be spent planting IEDs or killing people. Putting all these guys on the road, also makes them more susceptible to capture. A lot of important terrorists have been captured this way. The chief liaison between al Qaeda headquarters and al Qaeda in Iraq was nabbed, as well as many mid-level terrorist cell leaders.

What most of the troops, and Iraqi civilians, notice is the lower level of violence. Since the surge offensive began four months ago, Iraqi (military and civilian) deaths have declined by more than 50 percent, and American casualties are down by over a third. (Strategy Page)
And the American public, despite the best efforts of the MSM, is noticing.
I am not in Iraq. I have no idea if the Surge is working overseas. But back home, the Surge seems to be working. The latest New York Times/CBS News poll shows a small surge in American public support of the war.

Asked if military action in Iraq was right or wrong, 42% said right, 51% said wrong.

That’s up from the 35/61 split in May. This would indicate the public could come back around.

Asked if U.S. efforts in Iraq are going well or badly, the split was 32/61 — up from 25/74 in May.

Of course, the public is in a lousy position to judge the war. The Tet offense devastated the Viet Cong military, but was a public relations disaster for the Republic of Vietnam and the American military.

Al-Qaeda’s success rests solely in outlasting American will because it cannot withstand American might. (source)

Labor Union Outsourcing Jobs...

If you are walking in downtown DC you might hear:
"What do we want? Fair wages. When do we want them? Now."

And you might notice that the placards read:
"Mid-Atlantic Regional Council of Carpenters"

And then you might notice the giant bags of worldly possessions. hey wait, these aren't carpenters...these are homeless people recruited and hired to picket for $8.

"...They're hired feet, or, as the union calls them, temporary workers, paid $8 an hour to picket. Many were recruited from homeless shelters or transitional houses. Several have recently been released from prison. Others are between jobs.

"It's about the cash," said Tina Shaw, 44, who lives in a House of Ruth women's shelter and has walked the line at various sites. "We're against low wages, but I'm here for the cash."

Carpenters locals across the country are outsourcing their picket lines, hiring the homeless, students, retirees and day laborers to get their message across. Larry Hujo, a spokesman for the Indiana-Kentucky Regional Council of Carpenters, calls it a "shift in the paradigm" of picketing...

The carpenters union is one of the most active picketers in the District, routinely staging as many as eight picket lines a day at buildings where construction or renovation work is being done without union labor.

Supporters of the practice consider it a creative tactic in an era of declining union membership and clout. But critics say the reliance on nonunion members -- who are paid $1 above minimum wage and receive no benefits -- diminishes the impact and undercuts a principle established over decades of union struggles.
" (Read the entire article)

Hey, I get it...with all the breaks and "it's not my job" arguments it would cost way too much to have an actual union member picket for their own gripes...

Arghh! Illegal Immigration, NOT Immigration

I can't begin to tell you how sick I am of people changing the ILLEGAL debate into some anti-Latino movement. And I can't tell you how sick I am of blogging about it...

"...The nation's largest Hispanic advocacy group says it must come up with a strategy to combat "a wave of hate" its leaders say came from talk radio's efforts to sink the Senate's immigration bill.

"That had an extraordinary impact in the Senate, and as a nation, I don't think we should be comfortable with the fact that the United States Senate responded to what was largely a wave of hate," Cecilia Munoz, the National Council of La Raza's senior vice president for research, advocacy and legislation, told The Washington Times after meeting with NCLR affiliates to talk about a new strategy.

Stung by the collapse of the immigration bill in the Senate last month, NCLR leaders and members at the group's annual convention in Miami Beach, which began yesterday, say they will have to start a campaign to register and mobilize voters, to warn against crossing the line in the debate and to force lawmakers to take a clear stand on what they are willing to tolerate..." (source)

Now, they know full well that groups like The Minute Men and the like are not quarrelling over LEGAL immigration. Nor do they have a hatred for Mexicans (there are American-Mexican Minute Men)--the quarrel is with the CRIME and the subsequent problems the initial crime creates. And if we want to talk about racism, maybe we should start with the name of this advocacy group: La Raza. Translation "The Race". Ahem.

Now that's a sausage!

A former Mitsubishi executive is suing his ex-em ployer because a co-worker allegedly took a picture of his penis after a booze-fueled karaoke bash - and his boss compared it to an "Italian sausage."

In his suit filed in Manhattan federal court last month, James Bonomo, a former paper sales manager for Mitsubishi International Corp., alleged that his career effectively ended after the humiliating incident during what should have been a routine business trip to China in April 2005. (source)
I don't know, dude, maybe it was getting drunk and letting your schlong hang out that was the problem. See, if you had get your trouser snake in it's pen, nobody could have taken a picture of it. Now, if I were your boss, I would interpret your actions as showing a decided lack of judgement. I might even fire you.

Caption This...

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

The Freak Show

There is that point in life that all of us reach when we figure we have seen all that the world has to offer, and we stop being surprised by what goes on around us. I thought I had reached that particular mark when Palestinian television produced a show featuring a Mickey Mouse look-alike who spouted the value of brushing your teeth, eating your vegetables, and jihad against the Zionist infidels. A parenting tip that seems to have slipped by the Palestinian people is that when a particular children’s program features the words “and the blood of the martyrs will run through the streets” its time to change the channel to Mr. Rogers reruns. It is unlikely that children will be inspired to commit crimes against humanity by the sweater clad icon of children’s television.

On par with the hate mongering mouse and his message of Jewish extinction was the fact that America was just treated to a CNN Presidential “debate” where YouTube users got to ask the liberal candidates questions in the form of video snippets. The highpoint came when a talking snowman asked the Presidential hopefuls about their views on global warming. The only thing that could have been more ridiculous would have been if Michael Vick had been filmed asking Hillary what she would do about rampant animal cruelty.

Let’s put this in perspective. The people on the stage are all seeking the most powerful office in the entire world, and they are taking questions from people pretending to be snowmen? I can understand why Hillary would not be willing to give the office the President the respect it deserves; her husband used the Oval Office like it was an e-harmony satellite location. This doesn’t excuse the others.

I can’t see Ronald Reagan participating in this sort of “debate”, and I believe FDR would use his wheelchair to run over the toes of anybody who suggested that he lower himself to taking questions from snowmen and people dressed like characters from the Beverly Hillbillies.

This is the Presidency of the United States we are trying to sort out, not the next American Idol. The only “Presidential” action any of them had open to them last night was to walk off the stage the first time some chucklehead in a Halloween costume began to ask questions about national policy. Instead they treated the freak show like summit meeting.

How would the people who stood on that stage last night stack up against Abraham Lincoln? How does taking a question about global warming from a snowman stack up against Teddy Roosevelt, who even as an ex-President, showed truly Presidential fortitude and delivered a speech minutes after being shot.

People watching President Roosevelt in 1912 giving a speech while bleeding from a bullet wound to the chest had to be struck by the fact that this man, this President, simply willed himself to the podium and refused to give in to an assassin’s bullet. This is a far cry from more contemporary Presidents who can’t figure out what the word “is” means, or Presidential hopefuls who are taking questions from YouTube users who probably have more in common with the Jim Rose Freak Show than the average American.

There seems to be an almost conscious effort to bring the Presidency down to the level of those who think passing gas after hearing a really good limerick about a rather promiscuous girl from Nantucket is the cultural and spiritual highlight of their lives. How can we expect the world to take our President seriously if we won’t?
According to the campaign schedule the next “Big Debate” for the Democrats is one on the Logo Network. This means those of us who comprise the backbone of this nation can safely lower our expectations for Presidential behavior even further. Considering the fact that this particular network airs the sort of programming that gets a thumbs up (I hope it’s a thumb) from Madonna impersonators, NAMBLA members, and that guy who won the first “Survivor” we can pretty much toss out the possibility of any question that have any sort of cultural relevance for most Americans.

As we go from watching Presidential candidates take questions from snowmen to answering queries that are important to men who enjoy dressing up as Dorothy from the Wizard of OZ we have to ask whether the people subjecting themselves to these “debates” are upholding the dignity of the Presidency or are they simply pandering to the lowest common denominator in the hopes that a tidal wave of freaks might sweep them into the Oval Office.

Best Edwards Article Yet...

John Edwards and his wife are playing the gender card...accusing Hillary of "acting like a man" while Edwards is primping, preening and paying $400 for a (bad) haircut. I guess he was aiming to show his feminine side with the new Esquire cover (look at the headline over his head):

"...Last week, Mrs. Edwards was questioning Mrs. Clinton's femininity, as well as her willingness to champion "women's issues."

Mrs. Edwards suggested Mrs. Clinton might be behaving "like a man" because she is trying to assure voters she is "as good as a man."

The question of whether John Edwards could become the first woman president was first raised in a March 8 New York Sun article. The article was cited by Limbaugh, who has referred to Edwards as "the Breck girl," because of his famous, well-coifed mane.

"Toni Morrison famously dubbed President Clinton America's 'first black president,' the article said. "With that barrier broken, the comments of a prominent feminist are provoking debate about who may lay a similar claim to the title of America's first woman president."

It continued: "The candidate being touted as a torchbearer for women is not Senator Clinton, but one of her former colleagues, John Edwards. At a rally near the University of California, Berkeley, campus this week, a veteran of the abortion-rights movement, Kate Michelman, asked and answered the question she gets most frequently about her decision to back the male former senator from North Carolina."

"Why John Edwards, given the historic nature of our extraordinary campaign for the presidency this year with Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama and all the others?" Michelman asked as she warmed up the crowd for Edwards. "I've gotten to know a lot of political leaders over the years that I've been an advocate for women's rights. I know the difference between those who advocate as a political position and those who understand the reality of women's lives." (source)

I'll keep my mouth shut about what he'd be doing if he actually cared about women's issues, because "it's not my place to say"...

What a Nutjob!

Anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan was arrested Monday at the Capitol for disorderly conduct, shortly after saying she would run against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi over the California Democrat's refusal to try to impeach President Bush.

Sheehan was taken into custody inside Rep. John Conyers' office, where she had spent an hour imploring him to launch impeachment proceedings against Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney. Conyers, D-Mich., chairs the House Judiciary Committee, where any impeachment effort would have to begin.(source)
I was a little disappointed when she "retired." I'm glad she's back and knocking them around a little.

The Dem's "YouTube" Debate

Some of the questions:

"Are you black enough?"
"Are you feminine enough?"
"Can you as politicians ... actually answer questions rather than beat around the bush?"
["Should girls be required to register with the Selective Service, as do young men in case the draft is reinstated?"]

(Clinton, Obama and Sen. Chris Dodd of Connecticut said "yes")

["Would the candidates serve four years at $5.85 an hour rather than the president's annual $400,000 salary?"]

(Clinton said "sure")

["Are Democrats playing politics with the war?"]

(Kucinich said "yes". Former Alaska Sen. Mike Gravel said "U.S. soldiers are dying in vain") (source)

Dems Siding With Imams?!

"Public pressure is mounting on Capitol Hill Democrats to include the "John Doe" provision into a written conference report of the final 911 Commission bill.

The provision would protect the public for reporting suspicious behavior that may be terrorist connected, and is the result of a current lawsuit against U.S. Airways and "John Doe" passengers filed by a group of imams who were kicked off a flight.

"Democrats have been backed into a corner by public outrage over their efforts, so we are seeing these Democrats publicly say they support it in principle, but behind the scenes they are working to kill it," said one Republican leadership aide close to the conference process. "There are powerful Democrats in the House and Senate trying to kill this provision," the aide said.

Some Republican aides are attributing the mounting pressure to support the provision to press reports and the blogosphere, where bloggers turned bloggyists are posting phone numbers of Democrat congressional leaders and urging readers to call in with their support.

The blogs have been a terrific vehicle for expressing public outrage over Democratic attempts to kill this provision," said a spokesman for Mr. King." (source)

Isn't it the Democrats that pretend to love whistleblowers so much? Why side with CAIR and the suppress of free speech and safety on this? What's the political angle? There are an estimated 1 million Muslims in North America -so how many in the US? One million is less than the population of Philadelphia --so what's the political upside to this bad judgment?

(Photo Credit: Three Bulls)

This Was My Idea...

Years ago I had the brilliant idea to start an all females in bikinis landscaping service. How could that not make a boatload of cash? I was thinking black bikinis and combat boots. I had a few girls that were willing to give it a go too, but then I ended up going to England...

"...One lawn care company is showing a little skin to boost business.

The women of Tiger Time Lawn Care offer to mow customers' lawns dressed in bikinis - a service that attracts more attention to the ladies than the lawns.

Owner Lee Cathey said the bikini service makes mowing the lawn a lot more interesting, although the fee is slightly higher.

"The yards definitely get more attention when there's a bikini on the lawn," Cathey said. Some customers sit in lawn chairs and have a beer while watching, he said.

The three-month-old company is looking for a way to expand the service through the end of summer. "In the fall we'll go pick up leaves in the bikinis if need be," Cathey said.

Cathey said there hasn't been any interest in a male version of the bikini lawn cut." (source)

Ah, I'd probably be driving a Porsche right now... ;)

Hermione better watch out!

A women was stripped and brutally beaten with hot iron rods after she was branded a witch and held responsible for the death of a woman in a Jharkhand village, police said Monday. (source)
Sometimes I think we forget just how far we have come...and just how far some other parts of the world need to come.

Monday, July 23, 2007

Entitlement, The Sentiment of the Times...

A sense of entitlement is quite possibly the worst trait someone can have. Why the hell does anyone OWE you ANYTHING?

We had a foster kid that came to live with us when he was 16. His father used to beat him mercilessly and boil his hands in pasta water. His father also hung him upside down in the garage for days and his grandmother would come in and beat him with brooms and shovels. he lived with us until he was 19. He wouldn't get his act together and my mom kicked him out and wouldn't give in. He was homeless and living in nasty shelters for a spell. He now owns his own house. He could have milked the system forever. Could have wallowed in self-pity. If he could do it on his own -dirt poor and mentally and physically abused for years...no one else has an excuse. Anyone can make it.

Unfortunately, I seem to be a minority with this opinion...

"...A popular backlash against globalisation and the leaders of the world’s largest companies is sweeping all rich countries, an FT/Harris poll shows.

Large majorities of people in the US and in Europe want higher taxation for the rich and even pay caps for corporate executives to counter what they believe are unjustified rewards and the negative effects of globalisation.

Viewing globalisation as an overwhelmingly negative force, citizens of rich countries are looking to governments to cushion the blows they perceive have come from the liberalisation of their economies to trade with emerging countries." (source)

Hillary is playing right into this "give me what isn't mine" mood --here's what Romney had to say about Hillary's "economic plan":

""Hillary Clinton just gave a speech the other day about her view on the economy. She said we have been an on-your-own society. She said it's time to get rid of that and replace that with shared responsibility and we're-in-it-together society," Romney told the crowd. "That's out with Adam Smith and in with Karl Marx." (source)

Work hard, make your own money and stop worrying about what everyone else has...

Our Loathsome Legal System

"Charges against a man accused of repeatedly raping and molesting a 7-year-old girl were dismissed last week because the court could not find an interpreter fluent in the suspect's native West African language.

Mahamu Kanneh, a Liberian native who received asylum in this country and attended high school and community college here, according to The Washington Post, was denied a speedy trial after three years awaiting a court-appointed interpreter who could speak the tribal language of Vai.

Prosecutors can't refile the charges but are considering whether to appeal the judge's ruling for the dismissal.

According to witnesses who originally reported the case to authorities, Kanneh allegedly repeatedly raped and sexually molested the girl, a relative. In a statement made by the girl to police, she said she had been told she'd be forced to stay in the apartment unless she had sex with Kanneh." (source)

I hope O'Reilly is all over this. I know it's redundant, but I just don't understand a society that protects the rights of a pedophile grown man over a abused 7 year old girl... I hope the ACLU is proud of what thye've accomplished.

1,234 pounds

I am not a person that takes joy in someone else's pain, but holy cow... Not only does this Mexican dude weigh 1,234 lbs, he's PROUD that he just made Guinness Book of World Records' "Fattest Man". The 41 year old is pretty stoked about the little glass trophy. (source)

And is that his....?

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Sunday, July 22, 2007

Philly Shopping

If you feel the need to go to South Street (or anywhere in Philadelphia) to get some cool new shoes....

I wouldn't suggest taking your bike...

Saturday, July 21, 2007

It's In My Hands...

I really wanted to wait. It's the last book so I didn't want to speed read it like I did the others. I know some idiot online is going to spoil the end though, so...off I go to Hogwarts for the final year.

Favorite Milbloggers

Just making Sure that all of you saw that CBFTW, Neptunus Lex, Sean (Doc in the Box) and ARMY GIRL are all showcased on KCET.org.

You may have noticed that my "Milblog Links" section is much smaller than most blogs because I don't just want "milblogs" --I want good milblogs, but all of these bloggers are and have been listed there.

CBFTW Interview


SEAN, Doc in the Box Interview


ARMY GIRL Interview

No Fear

When I want the boys to experience nature activities...I call my dad. The Man wishes the entire world was concrete and stainless steel. I enjoy the outdoors -not enough to poo in the woods or not shower for a week climbing some mountain- but normal outdoor activities.

So, 92alpha and I took the boys on their first canoe trip yesterday. I thought my shoulders would be sore today from the paddling, but actually it's just my butt from that aluminum seat...

The little one was scared to death and I had to forcibly put him into the canoe as he screamed his head off and frightened away all the wildlife. Yes, I am that mom. I will not accept fear of the unknown. If you do it and hate it -fine, you don't have to do it again. I hate when parents strengthen each and every fear their child exhibits by giving in and thereby validating it. Now, I guess I took the chance of scarring him for life, but as soon as we started and he saw the turtles, bullfrogs, water snakes and fish he was enamored. When we docked he said he was really glad I made him do it and wants to go again.

It turned out to be an incredibly peaceful day (Aside from the overly aggressive water snake that felt he could take on our canoe that is...)

Friday, July 20, 2007

The "Deliverance" Vote

The Classic media vision of the south involves banjos, folks with overalls that are only being held up with only one strap, and the words “Squeal like a Pig!” These same three stereotypes also comprised the major agenda items for Bill Clinton’s meetings with new interns during the “I Fell your Pain” days of Presidency.

Whether being southern involves crimes against nature with Ned Beatty look-alikes or using chubby interns as cigar snippers, it is not something most folks from the state of Michigan aspire to being.

According to the NAACP, Michigan is now the new Mississippi. Why is a mitten shaped, far north state officially lumped in with the states south of the Mason-Dixon Line? Because in an act of open racism, the Michigan State Supreme court decided yesterday that requiring a photo ID before voting does not violate the 14th Amendment (the amendment guaranteeing the right to vote).

In the good ol’ days, racism involved wearing your best bed sheet to a meeting that ended with a few choruses of Kum ba ya while burning a cross on the lawn of your African descended neighbor. This brand of aggressive racism has been properly stigmatized and generally eliminated from the American scene everywhere except for West Virginia (where this form of racism is a prerequisite for Senatorial service). This doesn’t mean the word has gone away though.

“Racism” is now the illogical argument that is used when liberals are trying to pull a fast one on the public in general. In their current tantrum, they cannot come up with a reasonable position on why showing a photo ID before voting is a bad idea, so they go back to saying this violates some sort of racial sensitivities.

According to proponents of voting without proving you are who you say you are, the price of an ID will be an anchor around the necks of the poor. In the State of Michigan, as well as most other places, a driver’s license or state identification costs less then a “50 cent” CD. This puts into perspective just how ridiculous the cost argument is when talking about why black voters cannot get photo identification. Maybe next they will try to convince us that NAACP members fear that having their picture taken also steals their soul.

It is no coincidence that 18 months away from a very important presidential election, one that will define how we will continue to fight the war on terror, this issue is coming up more and more. States across the country are facing legal challenges to their election laws, and being castigated as racists for forcing voters to properly identify themselves. For some reason the pursuit of racial equality also opens the door for massive voter fraud.

These challenges to election laws are going to intensify before November of 2008. The attempt to ease certain inconvenient restrictions is akin to an electoral forecheck (for those who are not hockey fans, a forecheck is the act of knocking opposing players out of the way of the goal, giving your shooter a clear lane to fire the puck) that in intended to enable them ensure victory in 2008 by any means necessary . It’s easier to cheat if somebody blindfolds the referee.

If the liberals get their way, and we get states that allow people to vote without verification of their identity most of us will have a good idea of how Mr. Beatty’s character felt in the film Deliverance.

Kelsey's Closure

Do you all remember little Kelsey Briggs? Despite three years worth of depressing news stories, Kelsey has loomed in my mind since the first time I saw that picture of her gazing adoringly at her father.

Thanks to Lilo over at Lost in Lima (who has been all over this story from the beginning) we now know that Kelsey's "mother" (ugh, I hate to even call her that), Raye Dawn Smith, has been found GUILTY of enabling child abuse and a recommendation of 27 YEARS. As Lilo points out, this won't bring back little Kelsey (it certainly makes me feel better though).

"[Mike] Porter, [Smith's second husband], initially was charged with sexual assault and first-degree murder, but pleaded guilty to enabling child abuse and was sentenced to 30 years in prison. Porter testified last week that he believed Smith was responsible for the girl's death.

Kelsey died on Oct. 11, 2005, at her mother and stepfather's home near Meeker. Evidence indicated she suffered repeated injuries in the final months of her life, including a broken collarbone, broken legs and bruises on her face and body." (source)

RIP Sweetie, at least some measure of justice has been handed down.

Survey Says: "Rugged Americanism" Bad, Communism Good

(Barf Alert -as the Freepers would say)

"Rugged American individualism could hinder our ability to understand other peoples' point of view, a new study suggests.

And in contrast, the researchers found that Chinese are more skilled at understanding other people's perspectives, possibly because they live in a more "collectivist" society."

Of course when you read further you see the "study" was moving blocks around...

"When the director asked 20 American participants (none of Asian descent) to move a block, most were confused as to which block to move and did not take into account the director's perspective. Even though they could have deduced that, from the director's seat, only one block was on the table.
Most of the 20 Chinese participants, however, were not confused by the hidden block and knew exactly which block the director was referring to. While following directions was relatively simple for the Chinese, it took Americans twice as long to move a block." (source)

So I guess the Chinese and other Communist nations can take comfort in the fact that if they don't happen to be one of the "100 million political deaths under communism" --they'll know which block to move in a study. Cool.

I mean, there's no Victims of Capitalism memorial.

Babysitter Dilemmas

"A 20-year-old Syracuse woman who left children in her care to go pose for nude photos is facing several charges of endangering the welfare of a child.

Police say Michelle Rendino was supposed to be watching four young girls yesterday when she left them alone and went into the woods near Syracuse's Inner Harbor to have a man take nude photos of her.

A man fishing saw the children crying and called police. When police arrived, the oldest girl - a six-year-old - told police that "Aunt Michelle" went into the woods to take "nasty pictures."

Rendino says she asked the man to take nude photos of her so she could get back at her ex-boyfriend. The children were returned safely to their mother." (source)

And people give me crap because I have yet to leave my 6 and 8 year olds with a non-family member babysitter?

Then there's the 29 year old guy that gave a six year old her was babysitting sleeping pills (source). The daycare worker that left a 4 year old girl in a van for 2 hours (source).

Well, after all these years and trying to block out stories like these --we finally did find a babysitter. The 15 year old daughter of someone The Man has known for years. They live 2 blocks away and she has taken the Red Cross babysitting course and a babysitting/CPR course at a local 2 yr. college.

Of course now I have no idea what one pays a babysitter for watching 2 boys. They are great about going to bed right at 8:30 and then she will have the rest of the night with free long distance, Comcast On Demand and high speed internet... Anyone know the going big city rate?

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