Friday, November 30, 2007

Breaking News...

There is a hostage situation at one of Hillary Clinton's campaign satellite offices in Rochester, NH. Details are still unknown, but the area has been evacuated as some reports claim the man has a bomb. Hillary is not on the premises.

"The incident began at about 1 p.m. Friday at 28 Main St. in Rochester. Officials said that a man is holding people hostage at the office, but it is unclear how many people are being held."(source)

The man is said to be demanding an audience with Senator Clinton. Hopefully nothing will happen to the hostages (possibly 2 workers).

...and of course my thought was it must be an anti-war activist...with a bomb.

I REALLY Hope This Isn't True...

"...The U.S. Military is demanding that thousands of wounded service personnel give back signing bonuses because they are unable to serve out their commitments.

To get people to sign up, the military gives enlistment bonuses up to $30,000 in some cases.

Now men and women who have lost arms, legs, eyesight, hearing and can no longer serve are being ordered to pay some of that money back.

One of them is Jordan Fox, a young soldier from the South Hills.

He finds solace in the hundreds of boxes he loads onto a truck in Carnegie. In each box is a care package that will be sent to a man or woman serving in Iraq. It was in his name Operation Pittsburgh Pride was started.

Fox was seriously injured when a roadside bomb blew up his vehicle. He was knocked unconscious. His back was injured and lost all vision in his right eye.

A few months later Fox was sent home. His injuries prohibited him from fulfilling three months of his commitment. A few days ago, he received a letter from the military demanding nearly $3,000 of his signing bonus back.

"I tried to do my best and serve my country. I was unfortunately hurt in the process. Now they're telling me they want their money back," he explained..." (source)

I have a feeling that if military personnel are being asked for signing bonuses back it's not a callus act, but some computer-driven, bureaucracy-laden oversight. At least I hope that's what it is. And some of you want the Government handling your health care....

They should be getting an "I gave a part of myself for my country" bonus, not having an existing bonus rescinded....

(H/T: Crass Steve)

No, Islam Doesn't Treat Women Poorly...

Remember that article about Muslim converts where the women said the religion actually empowered them? I wonder if brainwashing is a violation of the Geneva Convention and civil rights... Not only do women need to be covered from head to toe in an attempt to forgo the perversion of the Muslim man, and not only are they stripped of rights and ownership, but now they're stripped of their gender and identity. In Iran "woman" is now "family"...?

"The word 'women' must now be replaced on Iranian state television by 'family', reformist Norouz news agency reports.

In programmes broadcast throughout the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against women last Sunday, Iranian state TV used the world family instead.

In recent weeks, Iran's Centre for the Participation of Women changed its name to the Centre for Family Matters.

At the time of former reformist president, Mohammad Khatami, the centre was set up within the president's office.

Khatami was president of Iran from 1997 to 2005." (source)

No wonder these Imams and Sharia leaders are so vested in keeping Western influence from their women -Allah forbid they discover they are indeed equal and begin to revolt. (Like Eddie Murphy telling men that go find an Um-FoFo to marry to keep her away from American women..."Eddie, what have you done for me lately!?")

"Hello, my eyes are up here!"



This lady seems surprised that people notice her breasts. Read the article and you'll see that's just the point. There seems to be some complaining, though. Hey, if you don't want people to look at them, don't hang them out in plain view. I know plenty of women with large breasts who dress fairly conservatively and don't get the reactions this woman describes.

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Thursday, November 29, 2007

Hillary Plant Shows Up at CNN Republican Debate


The YouTube debates are bad enough, and it was a disappointment to see the Republican’s participating in forum that only serves to bring a debate between Presidential hopefuls down to the Tila Tequila level , but it is worse when CNN took the opportunity to introduce some liberal ringers into the process.

After the fiasco where Wolf Blitzer gave in to pressure from the Clintons not to Hillary any questions that require an answer more controversial then “I like ice cream”, CNN gave in to the temptation to exercise their liberal bias during the Republican debate.

Not only did the questions sound like the sort that would be written by Al Franken (assuming he can write), but they allowed Democrat activists to involve themselves in a process where the Republicans are choosing their candidate. The highlight of the constituent bait and switch was when the news network flew in Retired Brig. Gen. Keith H. Kerr so he could ask about the “Don’t ask don’t tell” policy in the military. Not only is the question about as relevant to Republicans (who this debate was supposed to be about) as a William Hung/Britney Spears duet of “That’s what friends are for”, but as it turns out the good General was the co-chairman of Hillary Rodham Clinton's National Military Veterans group. So now, apparently CNN is helping Hillary plant people in debates where she is not on stage.

When CNN was caught trying to perpetrate this bit of trickery, they played the “we didn’t know, our brain is jell-o” card that Hillary uses whenever she is caught taking money from felons.

Ironically the Democrats pretend that they won’t go on Fox News and debate because they are afraid of exactly the sort of dirty tricks that the liberals at CNN are trying to pull. At least this shows that the Republicans have much more courage then the Democrats. They have the guts to walk on to an obviously unfriendly CNN stage with the full knowledge that they will not get a fair shake from the network.

Most Conservatives know that CNN in steeped in left wing agenda, but they have now outed themselves for the world to see. Now that they have completely lost all credibility perhaps they should bring back the snowman and let him moderate the next Democrat debate.

Romney's "Sanctuary Mansion"

Did anyone watch the CNN-YouTube Debate last night? I'm wondering how involved people are --or how fed up people are already...

Anyway, the snitty little exchange between Romney was quite amusing. Romney accused Giuliani of making NYC a sanctuary city and Giuliani turned it back around and claimed MA had 6 sanctuary cities and that the governor's home was a "sanctuary mansion" that employed illegals. (That was a pretty good one...)

McCain said Ron Paul's brand of isolationism is what caused WWII --this is what allowed Hitler to come to power. he said that he just spent time with the troops and their message is "let us win!" Paul CLAIMS he gets the most of his money from "active duty personnel." I'd like to see the paperwork on that claim.

You all know I'm a Thompson girl, but I do really like Duncan Hunter and Tom Tancredo...and I'd love to buy McCain a beer or two. I swear it's not the Mormon thing, but handsome or not something about Romney rubs me the wrong way...he makes me think of that line from Sixteen Candles about the "oily variety bohunk". Something bothers me about Giuliani too. Neither of them seem sincere to me. Paul's a bit of a loon IMO, but at least he seems like he's passionate and believes what he's saying. Being perfectly candid, I'm going to be pretty upset if either Romney or Giuliani get the nomination...

You can watch some excerpts HERE if you missed it.

I think this is one of the most effective ads I've seen to date. Not an attack ad -just using the candidates own views and stands. I think I can see Romney wincing from here:



H/T: jay at Stop the ACLU

Billary: And We Called Kerry A Flip-Flopper

You have to watch this (especially you Army Girl!):



Not only has Hillary changed her stance on the war in Iraq every two seconds, now hubby Slick Willy says he was against the Iraq war "from the beginning."

"...Rewriting history, Clinton said: "Even though I approved of Afghanistan and opposed Iraq from the beginning, I still resent that I was not asked or given the opportunity to support those soldiers."

First, let us repeat our observation that if wealthy liberals feel they are undertaxed, they are free to write a check to the U.S. Treasury at any time.

But opposed to Iraq from the beginning? Perhaps he forgets that, with co-president Hillary at his side, he signed the Iraq Liberation Act in 1998. That law made it the official policy of the United States "to support efforts to remove the regime headed by Saddam Hussein from power in Iraq, and to promote the emergence of a democratic government to replace the regime." (source)

Ron Paul Supporters...

I think if Hillary came out and said she wanted Fred Thompson as her running mate I might have to seriously reconsider supporting him... So, I'm wondering what Ron Paul supporters think about Dennis Kucinich proposing a Democrat-Republican ticket of himself and Paul (It irks me that Paul is running a Republican as he is really not...at all).

"...The race goes on, but one thing that can be said for U.S. Rep. and presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich, of Ohio, and that is he is always proposing something new. This time he mentioned a possible Democrat-Republican ticket. The Republican he is suggesting, Ron Paul, is a congressman from Texas. According to one political observer, it could be called the liberal-libertarian ticket. We have noticed a number of Ron Paul signs in Erie. Both Kucinich and Paul frequently have copies of the Constitution with them while campaigning. Both men are still in the race, which is kind of a surprise..." (source)

Can you even fathom a country with Kucinich and Paul at the helm...good God?!

More cool stuff for the military

This research would have very obvious commercial applications as well. I think, however, I'll burst out laughing the first time some geek wears one to the gym!


Miss, Mrs. or Ms.

Something strange I've encountered while teaching this year and last is that the students (even the 5th and 6th graders) seem to be completely unaware of the meaning behind Miss and Mrs.. I've had to explain the difference to almost every class and usually only one or two kids raise their hands to say they know what each means. Most seem to think "Miss" is just a quick (or slang) way to say "Mrs."

Then I really confuse them because I use Ms. No Hoss, not because of my feminazi streak. :)I guess for the same reason I call my husband "The Man". "Mrs." and "husband" make me feel old. I am not and refuse to become "that mom" with "that haircut" and "those clothes."

This is obviously nothing of consequence...just something I found odd/interesting.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Fort Huachuca, IslamicTerrorists and the Mexican Border

Another story for free0352 (yes, I'm baiting you until you admit this is a problem):

"Fort Huachuca, the nation's largest intelligence-training center, changed security measures in May after being warned that Islamist terrorists, with the aid of Mexican drug cartels, were planning an attack on the facility.

Fort officials changed security measures after sources warned that possibly 60 Afghan and Iraqi terrorists were to be smuggled into the U.S. through underground tunnels with high-powered weapons to attack the Arizona Army base, according to multiple confidential law enforcement documents obtained by The Washington Times.

"A portion of the operatives were in the United States, with the remainder not yet in the United States," according to one of the documents, an FBI advisory that was distributed to the Defense Intelligence Agency, the CIA, Customs and Border Protection and the Justice Department, among several other law enforcement agencies throughout the nation. "The Afghanis and Iraqis shaved their beards so as not to appear to be Middle Easterners."

According to the FBI advisory, each Middle Easterner paid Mexican drug lords $20,000 "or the equivalent in weapons" for the cartel's assistance in smuggling them and their weapons through tunnels along the border into the U.S. The weapons would be sent through tunnels that supposedly ended in Arizona and New Mexico, but the Islamist terrorists would be smuggled through Laredo, Texas, and reclaim the weapons later.

A number of the Afghans and Iraqis are already in a safe house in Texas, the FBI advisory said.

Fort Huachuca, which lies about 20 miles from the Mexican border, has members of all four service branches training in intelligence and secret operations. About 12,000 persons work at the fort and many have their families on base..." (source)

2008...It's the border stupid.

(Border Control tees at Right Wing Stuff)

Shock and Awe: The 9th Circuit Rules Against the ACLU!

I'm dumbfounded. The notoriously liberal 9th circuit Court of Appeals has ruled against an "unlawful search" suit brought on behalf of welfare applicants by the ACLU:

"... The Supreme Court rejected a challenge today to San Diego County's practice of routinely searching welfare applicants' homes without warrants and ruling out assistance for those who refuse to let them in.

The justices refused, without comment, to intervene in the case from San Diego County, where investigators from the District Attorney's Office show up unannounced at applicants' homes and conduct searches that include peeking into closets and cabinets. The visits do not require any suspicion of fraud and are intended to confirm that people are eligible for government aid.

Failure to submit to the searches, which can last an hour, disqualifies applicants from assistance.

The 10-year-old program was challenged by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of six single parents who were seeking assistance. The welfare applicants argued that the Fourth Amendment, which prohibits unreasonable searches, protects them from the home visits.

"When the investigator conducts the home inspection, no part of the home is off-limits," they said.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, upholding the program, said the Supreme Court in 1971 allowed social workers to visit homes in New York to determine eligibility. The appeals court, in a 2-1 decision, said the visits do not even constitute a search under the Fourth Amendment in part because people are free to turn away the investigators..." (source)

There is no such thing as an "unreasonable search" when you are applying to receive the money of hardworking citizens. Kudos to the Court who has proved the saying that the 'sun even shines on a dog's ass sometimes..." ;)

(P.S. Is that the strangest sign you've ever seen? Fire that Ad company. What does that even mean? Welfare now denotes strength? Wouldn't a country where everyone could work and sustain themselves and their own families be what makes America stronger?)

Newsflash: Ahmadinejad is an Idiot

"...Having failed to win a response with an 18-page letter to President George Bush or to a request to visit the site of the September 11 2001 attack on New York, Ahmadinejad has offered himself as an observer in next year's presidential election.

The proposal came in a speech to volunteers with the Basij, a pro-regime militia. He said he was prompted by a belief that Americans would vote against the current administration in a truly free poll.

"If the White House officials allow us to be present as an observer in their presidential election we will see whether people in their country are going to vote for them again or not," he said." (source)

Apparently Mahmoud has been spending more time hanging those non-existant Iranian homosexuals than studying foreign affairs... He doesn't seem to realize that unlike him, the late Saddam and the wanna-be dictator Hugo Chavez, Bush isn't and can't run again...

This Doesn't Offend Allah?!

I was going to ask if cross-dressing in the name of homicide attacks could possibly be sanctioned by the Qu'ran, the Imams, Allah and Mohammad...but then I remembered what religion I was talking about. Of course the end justifies the means and there are always a thousand justifications, excuses, qualifiers and lots blame shifting. Somehow I'm sure it's "the West's fault" that poor jihadists are forced to don their womens' clothing to carry out their heinous attacks...

"...Maybe it was the rumpled black T-shirt under the prim, princess-style wedding gown, or perhaps the bride's steely-eyed scowl.

Or the fact that the sheepish groom refused to lift the lacy veil from his brooding-rather-than-blushing bride's stubbly mug.

But when soldiers manning a checkpoint 12 miles north of Baghdad finally ordered the wedding party out of the car, they weren't sure whether to laugh or shoot.

The "bride" and "groom" were terrorists disguising themselves to outwit eagle-eyed Iraqi troops, the Iraqi Defense Ministry said yesterday.

A Defense Ministry official said soldiers at the checkpoint in the Taji area north of Baghdad became suspicious of the wedding convoy because its members - except for the dark, mysterious "bride" in an ill-fitting gown - were all men, and because one of the cars in the convoy didn't heed orders to stop.

The official also noted that soldiers said the wedding party seemed more than a little nervous, given the happy occasion they were supposedly celebrating.

And then, the groom refused to lift his bride's veil when soldiers asked him to, according to the official.

So soldiers ordered everyone out of the car. And that's when things got interesting.

Upon inspecting the convoy, soldiers found stubbly-faced terrorist Haider al-Bahadli decked out in a traditional, princess-neck, embroidered bridal dress and veil, and clutching a spray of demure white flowers.

Both Bahadli and "groom" Abbas-al-Dobbi, were arrested on terror-related charges. Two other men, also found to be wanted militants, were also detained from the bogus wedding party.

The defense ministry didn't say when the nutty nuptial party was busted, but yesterday shared the pictures of the less-than-happy couple.

Not that cross-dressing is a new terrorist trick. Reports have surfaced that gender-bending terrorists have included Osama Bin Laden, who apparently has traveled at night with his entourage, all dressed as women." (source)

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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

The Politics of South Carolina

South Carolina is a must-win for the Republican that hopes to take the nomination. It's an important state for both parties and the place were the smashmouth politics really kick into high gear.

South Carolina is the state that lost 2000 for McCain -and the mastermind of that defeat, Warren Tompkins (aka The God of Hell), is now employed by Mitt Romney. A site called phonyFred.org (smearing my candidate, FDT) has been "traced back to Tompkins consulting firm." As the Hillary 1984 commercial was traced to Obama's campaign.

Here's what's gone down already and we haven't even made it to Iowa or New Hampshire, let alone S.C....

"...The anonymous e-mails and letters began dropping into inboxes and through front doors this summer.

One claimed that Hillary Clinton was having a lesbian affair with Huma Abedin, her beautiful aide. Another online mass-mailing cautioned of the “dark secrets” of Mitt Romney’s Mormonism. A blogger claiming to support John McCain said that Rudy Giuliani's wife supported the killing of “innocent puppies”. Flyers appeared on cars accusing Barack Obama of being a Muslim extremist. An anonymous website said that Fred Thompson was a corrupt playboy.

Welcome to South Carolina, the foulest swamp of electoral dirty tricks in America. This state’s primary race has already become the sleaziest leg of the 2008 presidential campaign..." (source)

Come on, you all know I love this crap. I always wonder about people that say they don't. Do they just say that because that's what you're supposed to say? Is there anyone that didn't think Lee Atwater was a bit of a god? I want the dirt whether I believe it or not --it makes it all a bit more fun. Politics aren't sterile. If you want the most important, powerful job in the land...let's see how dirty you'll get your hands in getting there.

Jihadists Released Because They "Repented"

I don't know about you, but the "repenting" and promising not to carry out terror attacks in Saudi doesn't really comfort me...and doesn't do anything for the UK and the US...

"...Saudi Arabia, waging a crackdown on Islamist militants that has lasted for more than four years, has released some 1,500 jailed suspects after they "repented," a newspaper said on Sunday. The 1,500 were among about 3,200 militants with whom representatives of a government-appointed "advice committee" met around 5,000 times since it was formed three years ago, Al-Watan said, quoting committee member Mohammad al-Nujaimi.

The paper did not clarify if the remaining 1,700 detainees had refused to renounce the ideology of "taqfir" - branding other Muslims as apostates or infidels in order to legitimize violence against them.

The ideology is espoused by some militants who advocate the use of force to overthrow regimes deemed corrupt or unrepresentative and to establish a single Islamic state.

Nujaimi said the 1,500 militants who changed their views had renounced Saudi-born Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden's call on his followers to "cleanse the Arabian Peninsula of polytheists." (source)

Since Bush felt comfortable enough to walk hand in hand with the Prince, I think he needs to rethink ans re-discuss their role as our "ally" and change a lot of the b.s.. Of course, if we could just drill (a tiny footprint) in ANWAR and build our own refineries we wouldn't have to cater to these kooks to begin with...

Ewwwwww, gross!!!!!

Add glasses to the list of things (bedspread, TV remote, telephone) you can't use in a hotel room.

Hollywood Rebuttal: Finally A Pro-Military Movie
God and Country

"Hollywood and the major media continue their assault on our troops:
William Arkin of the Washington Post called the US Military "mercenaries" in a recent Op-Ed piece on the paper's website.

Brian DePalma's film "Redacted" portrays the troops as psychotic rapists and murders. There have been over 1.5 million Americans in Iraq and Afghanistan, yet he and his producers spend millions on a movie about four criminals in the ranks. This is nothing new. Twenty years ago, DePalma portrayed American soldiers in Viet Nam as rapists and murderers in "Casualties of War."

The feature film "In the Valley of Elah" depicts US soldiers as blood-thirsty thugs.
Sean Penn, Danny Glover and Kevin Spacey have visited dictator Hugo Chavez, (ally of Iran, Cuba, and North Korea,) but have never visited our injured troops at Walter Reed Hospital.

Lt. Michael Murphy, a US Navy SEAL killed in Afghanistan, was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for sacrificing his life to save his men. The ceremony was virtually ignored by several of the country's largest and most influential media outlets.

Musician David Crosby recently implied that US troops are brainwashed murderers: “... he goes over and he finds out the job is killing somebody else’s mother and sister.”

"Stop Loss", another feature film from Hollywood, implies that soldiers who refuse to serve are the real heroes." (movie website)

Scott Mactavish, Navy Veteran and "former Hollywood insider", wants to tell the other side truth and let Americans hear the "Untold Stories of the American military."

This DVD will be available December 15th and is now available for preorder on the website.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Michael Moore in 1863?



Last night I watched a documentary on Michael Moore, Manufacturing Dissent, and what's really interesting about this one is it was not made by some right-winger but by someone that admired him when she started making the film...

I was going to tell you a bunch of stuff about Michael Moore that I didn't know before--like how he stays at Four Seasons hotels while his entourage and staff stay at scary dives and how even his friends use words like "megalomaniac", "egotistical", "maniacal", "Machiavellian" and "paranoid" to describe him. Or how he said he hates documentaries and hates PBS. Or how he said, "If you tell the media anything enough they'll believe it," but honestly there was WAY too much to impart here...

What I was wondering while watching it and all the ways he manipulated facts and film for his movies was what movie would he have made about the Civil War had he been around then? Would he have been leading the "This is Lincoln's war" cry? Would he have accused Lincoln of hurting the working man by robbing him of his slaves?

Anyway, this is a documentary that's worth its $4.25 rental fee...(or course my Blockbuster had about 25 copies of Fahrenheit911 when it came out and only one copy of this) Even if you don't care about about Moore, it's interesting to see how things can be manipulated to present 'facts'...

More on Women and Islam

Attention Gloria Steinem and Naomi Wolf...

"...Saudi Arabia defended on Saturday a court's decision to sentence a woman who was gang-raped to 200 lashes, saying she was having an extramarital affair in violation of Islamic laws.

The case of the 19-year-old Shi'ite woman who was abducted and raped along with a male companion by seven men has drawn international attention. Even the United States, a close ally of the conservative kingdom, offered mild criticism of the verdict.

"The woman in the case is married and has confessed to establishing a relationship in violation of (Islamic) sharia law," the Saudi justice ministry said in a statement. It said she and her companion had been alone in a dark area outdoors, when they were noticed by the men who later raped them.

Ruling according to Saudi Arabia's strict reading of Islamic law, a court had originally sentenced the woman to 90 lashes for being alone with an unrelated man and the rapists to jail terms of up to five years.

Last week the Supreme Judicial Council increased the sentence to 200 lashes and six months in prison and ordered the rapists to serve between two and nine years in jail..." (source)

The article goes on to mention that "action was taken" against her lawyer also, but makes no mention of whether anything was done to the seven men that abducted her and gang raped her...an act that is obviously sanctioned by the Islamic law that governs Saudi Arabia.

Democrats' Healthcare Preview

Voters all over the country can get a sneak peek of the feasibility of healthcare proposals made by campaigning Democrats before the step into a voting booth...

"...As the Democratic presidential candidates debate whether Americans should be forced to obtain health insurance, the people of Massachusetts are living the dilemma in real time.

A year after Massachusetts became the only state to require that individuals have health coverage, residents face deadlines to sign up or lose their personal tax exemption, worth $219 on next year’s state income tax returns. More than 200,000 previously uninsured residents have enrolled, but state officials estimate that at least that number, and perhaps twice as many, have not.

Those managing the enrollment effort say it has exceeded expectations. In particular, state-subsidized insurance packages offered to low-income residents have been so popular that the program’s spending may exceed its budget by nearly $150 million.

But the reluctance of so many to enroll, along with the possible exemption of 60,000 residents who cannot afford premiums, has raised questions about whether even a mandate can guarantee truly universal coverage..." (Read the entire NYT article)

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FDT Calls FNC Biased...

"Republican Fred Thompson accused Fox News of bias on Sunday, saying the network skews things against him while claiming his presidential campaign is in trouble.

"This has been a constant mantra of Fox, to tell you the truth," Thompson told Chris Wallace on "Fox New Sunday" after Wallace played clips of Fox commentators saying his campaign had been a disappointment.

"It's a lot of the same kind of stuff that I heard when I first ran for office, when I was 20 points down. And fortunately, I wound up 20 points ahead on election night," Thompson said, according to The Politico.

"From Day One, they said I got in too late, I couldn't do it ... wouldn't raise enough money, and that sort of thing. And that's their opinion. They're entitled to their opinion. But that doesn't seem to be shared by the cross section of American people. If you look at the national polls, you'll see that I'm running second and have been running second for a long time. ...

"For you to highlight nothing but the negative in terms of these polls, and then put on your own guys, who have been predicting for four months, really, that I couldn't do it, you know, kind of skews things a little bit." (source)

And on Giuliani's gun stance:
" Presidential hopeful Fred Thompson said yesterday that New York City isn't a model for the rest of the country and that Rudy Giuliani should stop basing his policy stands on what he did as that city's mayor.

Thompson, campaigning at a Lakes Region gun store with stuffed moose and deer overhead, told reporters that Giuliani too often turns to his time as New York mayor to explain his support for stronger gun restrictions.

"He relates everything to New York City. Well, New York City is not emblematic of the rest of the country, I don't think. I think the sentiments of those people in the rest of the country are in support of the Second Amendment - which is where I've always been and I don't think he's ever been," Thompson said." (source)

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Sunday, November 25, 2007

Why Won't Anyone Answer This Question?

I have asked countless people an no one will give me an straight forward answer...

Loose Scenario (but you get the point):

Mitt Romney wins the nomination and then the general election. America has it's first president from "the one true church on earth". al Qaeda starts blowing up malls all over the country. Romney decides the only retaliation is blowing up something of theirs. Congress agrees. The American people agree. The President of Brigham Young University doesn't agree. Cecil O. Samuelson comes to Mitt and says this is wrong and against our doctrine. Now, as far as I know, the president of BYU is believed to be a prophet. As in chosen, sanctioned and ordained by God. What then? Is Mitt's duty to the American people or to a man he believes to be conveying God's actual words? A man that Americans didn't elect.

Yes, Christians have Pastors and Catholics have Priests and the Pope...but we believe they are servants of God -not God himself or a direct line from Him...we know they are fallible and (like us non-clergy) relying on their own interpretations. It's different.

So, if Mitt wins...do we then have a President that is indeed answering to another human that wasn't elected (I realize we may have already tackled that with Bill & Hillary)? What would Mitt do if caught between a decision for the country and what the Prez of BYU imparted? Is it right for America to have a President that feels bound by an earthly power greater than him?

This is not meant to be a condemnation of LDS, but a serious theological question that no one seems to want to answer...

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Thankful...

I know with everything going on in my life over the last year it's been easy to lose sight of what I am thankful for. I'm glad this day sorta forces you to reflect on that...

*I am thankful that my husband is also my best friend.
*I am thankful that my older one is showing great promise with the violin while maintaining his good grades and his status as class clown.
*I am thankful my little one is excelling in his APEX classes while steadily improving in his martial arts training.
*I am thankful they both love to read as much as I do.
*I am thankful my family will all be at my house for dinner this year (sans my mother who will be nursing people back to health in the ICU)
*I am thankful 92alpha (my dad) had Whole Foods cater our dinner so I don't have to cook!!!
*I am thankful for all those brave and selfless enough to don a uniform and have dropped behind enemy lines, endure the horrors of war, had a friend die in their arms, ran into a burning building, chased an armed suspect and gone undercover into life-threatening situations. You are all my heroes and I am thankful you all do what most could never fathom.
*I am thankful I live in a country where I can have this forum and say what I want regardless of who it offends.
*I am thankful I have many good and loyal friends.
*...and I am thankful that Total (Greek) yogurt is finally available in America...thank you Whole Foods!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving to everyone... I am trying to chill out and enjoy the day and my family this year instead of stressing out like I normally do on holidays and I hope you all are doing the same.

HAPPY TURKEY DAY!

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Not Just Guns, Phone Calls are Killing People in Philly

...and many other big cities I'm sure.

Captain America at 'First In' wrote about something the other day that the press here in Philly wants to ignore.

(aside: A reporter at the Philadelphia Inquirer assured me "it was not a conspiracy" when I asked why there was NO investigative journalism going on when it came to the problems plaguing the Philadelphia Fire Department. He claimed it was a staffing issue, yet they found the staff to write tons of stories about the Geno's Steaks "speak English" sign. I agree it's not a conspiracy though...it's cowardice, just like those journalists in the UK that won't write about Islam. No one in Philadelphia will get anywhere near a story that could result in talking about race relations in the City of Brotherly Love.)

Aside from the aforementioned sad, politically motivated and completely unnecessary race issues that are demoralizing the Department, there is an ever growing epidemic of 911 abuse by the citizens of this fair city (and I'm sure many other big cities in the US).

Philadelphians suffer under the misconception that if they arrive at the Emergency Room in an ambulance they will be seen quicker. FALSE. You will still be triaged like anyone else. Some actual calls over the past month in Philly have included, but are not limited to:
-A night stocker at a grocery store looking to get out of having to work his shift calling 911 because "he dropped a box on his penis."
-A man that called because "his wife's mucus seemed a little yellow."
-A woman that left the emergency room, went home and called 911 thinking that would get her seen right away.

Meanwhile, people with ACTUAL life threatening emergencies are dying because there are no ambulances available to come save them because they are checking some guy's wife's yellow mucus.

Right now the FD takes all calls because of...well, the CYA factor of course (once again it all goes back to those lawyers) Some are saying that Philly needs at least 40 more buses, but I say the city needs to penalize non-emergency calls. Here are my two proposals:

1) Any b.s. caller (i.e. non life threatening situation) receives a $100+ fine on the spot.
2) Medical 911 calls are directed to R.N.'s that triage and prioritize them over the phone for the paramedics. "Yes Sir, there will be someone there to see your wife's mucus for themselves, but this is a low priority call and it could be up to 4 hours before someone gets there. You may want to call your doctor or just have her blow her nose."

My dad astutely pointed out that this second proposal, the one that would actually work, could never happen. Why you ask? Why do you suppose...this is Philly. Unions. The dispatcher union would never let it happen. They would rather people die of heart attacks than have someone else on their turf.

Liberals, lawyers, unions and ignorant people that use EMS like a cab company...killing Philadelphia without guns.

Gun Control Laws

So with all the murder going on here in Philly, and all the Dems thinking that restricting gun ownership to the people that go about it legally will change things somehow, we knew that it was only a matter of time until new legislation was proposed...

Governor Ed Rendell (aka Fast Eddie) did that today. One of the proposed laws seems like a good idea so I'd be interested to hear if anyone would be opposed to it and why:

1) Not reporting a lost or stolen gun would be a crime.

Like I said, in my eyes this is a good thing. Why wouldn't you report a gun that was lost or stolen?

The other two proposals seem like pure pandering and just more legislation that won't change the homicide rate at all:

2) No more than one gun purchased a month
3) Let cities come up with their own gun laws.

D.C. is having their gun restriction challenged and from their crime stats it doesn't seem like it's helped them much...

"...Pennsylvania's House Judiciary Committee yesterday handily defeated two key gun-control bills despite a dramatic appearance by Gov. Rendell, who implored the committee to pass tougher gun laws to curb violence, especially in crime-marred cities such as Philadelphia.

Rendell's 40-minute appearance, in which he sought to refute gun-lobby arguments about weak enforcement of current laws and drive home polls indicating that most Pennsylvanians favor some forms of gun control, appeared to change few minds.

Six Democrats, mostly from gun-rights strongholds in the southwest, crossed party lines to defeat the two bills. Two Republicans from the Philadelphia suburbs - Rep. Bernard O'Neill from Bucks County, and Rep. Kate Harper from Montgomery County - broke from their party to support the bill that would have limited handgun purchases to one a month.

National Rifle Association lobbyist John Hohenwater said the votes clearly showed committee members had no appetite to restrict gun rights in an attempt to solve Philadelphia's crime problem..." (source)

International Red Cross Teaching Rules of Combat in Gaza?

"...The International Red Cross, with a long held reputation for neutrality as airtight as the country in which it originated, is now training Palestinian terrorists.

“The International Red Cross has begun training Palestinian militants in Gaza as part of what it says is its worldwide effort to teach the rules of international humanitarian law in areas of armed conflict.” (abc.net.au).

“All armed factions in Gaza have signed up to the course, which explains the rules of war under the Geneva Convention and how to protect civilians.

"The Red Cross says it gives the same courses to the Israeli army.”

Given the shift to politicization in one of the most recognized organizations in the world, we should have seen it coming.

Founded to protect the victims of international and internal armed conflicts, the organization won respect for its role in administering to war wounded, prisoners, refugees, civilians and other non-combatants.

But somewhere along the way, the Red Cross came out of the field to sit at the table and began taking on the role of rhetoric, seeming no longer content with its long-held status as trusted and neutral guardian of the Geneva conventions around the world.

Indeed, in its self-styled role as a critic of the United States, the Red Cross is giving plenty of competition to the anti-American United Nations. Its new role is surely most welcome among the anti-war contingent. ..." (Read the entire article)

I know that some of you for or closely with the Red Cross and maybe there is another side to this story -or maybe the American Red Cross and the International Red Cross are separate entities. Given the amount of money I have given them over the years, I find the fact that they are involved with anything besides their stated mission of humanitarian aid and disaster relief quite disturbing...and a misrepresentation of intent.

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Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Guest Post: by Matthew Miller

A few days ago Matthew and I traded emails about 'torture' at GITMO. He asked if I would be interested to hear the why behind his politics and agreed to do a post about the beliefs of a thirty-something socialist in America. ...The cartoon was my addition :)



"Why I Am A Socialist" by Matthew Miller

"Politically, I would classify myself as a partial socialist. Why partial? First, I do not want the government controlling every aspect of my life, spying on me, telling me what I can wear or eat or drink. In that regard I suppose I exhibit libertarian tendencies. But I do believe that the government has the duty and right to control certain areas of life, or else there would be no need for government. For example, I think liberals and conservatives alike would agree that it is the right and the duty of the government to criminalize and prosecute murder and rape. I also consider it very practical and convenient that the government constructs and paves my roads, instead of my having to go out and pour asphalt.

But there are two particular areas in which I consider myself a socialist, that I am fairly certain most conservatives would disagree with. Those two areas are social welfare, and social medicine. I believe that the government should provide aid and healthcare to its needy citizens, and I would like to briefly explain why.

I was a conservative in my younger years. I believed specifically that no one needed help, that any American could, so to speak, pull himself up by his bootstraps. I believed that anyone who worked hard would succeed in America. Then I started working in the restaurant business.

I worked in the restaurant business for ten years in various cities, working my way up from dishwasher to manager, and finally attending culinary school and being a chef. There was something in particular that I noticed in every single restaurant that I worked at, in every city. That is, certain people, mostly minorities and the lower class, were hired as dishwashers (the lowest position in a restaurant) and never worked their way up. They were consistently passed over for promotion, and never got to be anything but a dishwasher. This was especially true of blacks, who almost never were hired as waitstaff. I saw dozens and dozens of good, honest, sincere people who not only worked hard, but worked incredibly hard, up to 100 hours per week, in the hard, manual labor of scrubbing dishes and industrial pots and pans. These people worked just as hard as anyone else. They did good work, they never stole, they were honest, and they were good people. But they never got help. They never got a hand up. They remained dishwashers. While young, attractive white people would make their way to the front of the house, old black people would stay at the dishwashing station. Of course there was no real way to prove discrimination. Employers had a hundred different ways of explaining this.

This is foremost why I believe the government has to duty to help the poor financially. Some people are very good people and extremely hard workers, yet they suffer throughout their lives, never quite making enough, struggling each month to pay the rent and bills, and buy food for themselves and their families. These people are not lazy welfare cheats who sit on their porch all day and push out welfare babies. Rather they are conscientious, hard workers who try their best every day yet still come up short. These people need help. No one else is helping them. The government has trillions of dollars, and the percentage of that money that goes to individual welfare cases is nothing compared to, say, corporate welfare. I believe it is a Christian duty for the rich to help the poor, and to pay taxes (Render to Caesar what is Caesar's, and to God what is God's). I believe that the parable of the rich man and Lazarus demonstrates this best. Thus, I see no problem with people who have millions and billions of dollars, who every day live lives of extreme luxury and privilege, giving a small percentage of their money to help the poor who live in misery.

Next, I believe that the government has the right and duty to assure that all of its citizens receive healthcare. I base this belief on my own situation. I am a part of what is called the working poor. That is, I have a full-time career (and I am going to graduate school full-time). I work very hard every day, and I provide for my basic needs. However, I simply cannot afford health insurance, nor could I possibly afford to pay a doctor directly for treatment. Because of that, I have not been to a doctor in years. Now, I know that emergency rooms have to treat me even if I do not have money or insurance, but that is in regard to emergency care. If I were to get cancer, for example, I would have no way to receive regular treatment of chemotherapy. If I had some disease that required regular, ongoing treatment, I would have no way of obtaining it. Moreover, I cannot get preventative care. In other words, even though I support myself through hard work, I cannot afford healthcare. If the government provided free healthcare to people like me, then I could live a healthy life and at least live without the worry of someday contracting a disease for which I cannot afford treatment. Healthcare is not, in my opinion, a commodity or a luxury, but a necessity.

Granted, not everyone needs this kind of assistance. Bill Gates can pay for his own healthcare. But there are Americans out there who are good, decent people, who are not welfare cheats or lazy, who try their best, who work just as hard as the CEOs of corporations, yet who never get a hand up, never get help, and struggle just to survive. For that reason, I believe that some socialism is good, that the government can and should provide for these people."

FBI Hate Crime List

The FBI has just posted their new list of hate crimes here in America. Judging by the ACLU and CAIR's bellowing you would assume that crimes against Muslims for being Muslim would be overwhelming. You would be wrong. Actually, as I predicted in an earlier post (that I am too tired to go find right now) -Jews suffered 5 times the attacks of Muslims.

There were 1,027 Anti-Semitic offenses and a mere 191 against Muslims. Hmmmm, strange. Actually Blacks in America continue to have more 'hate crimes' committed against them than Jews, Muslims, and homosexuals put together.

FBI.gov: 2006 Hate Crimes

Odd Clinton Fodder

"Three years after the William J. Clinton Presidential Library opened its doors, the list of donors who helped the former president build his $165 million complex remains a secret from the public.

Yet the Blotter on ABCNews.com has learned that the Clinton Foundation sold portions of the list through a data company headed by a longtime friend and donor.

"The fact that they've sold the list and then turned around and said that these names must be kept anonymous completely undercuts their argument," said Sheila Krumholz of the Center for Responsive Politics, a Washington, D.C.-based government watchdog group that tracks the influence of money in politics." (source)

I would think that the list of donors to a Presidential library would fall under the scope of the 'Freedom of Information Act', but it seems I would be wrong. He's gotta know that keeping the list anonymous makes it seem shady, but then selling it...even worse.

Self Censorship...

Makes me feel better to know I'm not the only one that self-censors...though I do it as not to offend friends and family and not out of fear of a religion that claims to be centered around peace...

"...Britain’s contemporary artists are fĂȘted around the world for their willingness to shock but fear is preventing them from tackling Islamic fundamentalism. Grayson Perry, the cross-dressing potter, Turner Prize winner and former Times columnist, said that he had consciously avoided commenting on radical Islam in his otherwise highly provocative body of work because of the threat of reprisals.

Perry also believes that many of his fellow visual artists have also ducked the issue, and one leading British gallery director told The Times that few major venues would be prepared to show potentially inflammatory works.

“I’ve censored myself,” Perry said at a discussion on art and politics organised by the Art Fund. “The reason I haven’t gone all out attacking Islamism in my art is because I feel real fear that someone will slit my throat.” (source)

Caption It...

Monday, November 19, 2007

Why?

Why on earth would a guy create a girl robot that says, "I don't like it when you touch my breast"? Don't we get enough of that in the real world?

Waaaaay cool


I was waiting for this to happen.

Fill In the Blanks...


New York City: circa ________.

This is not our war! This is ______'s war. This is the war of the government and the rich.

_______ started this war and it was an abuse of executive power. Let the sons of the rich go fight and let the sons of the poor stay home for it is not their fight.

"It's Always the Boyfriend..."

If I had a dollar for every time my mom has said that to me... And it seems now researchers and case workers agree. "Wait until you get married" isn't just a moral admonition, it's a practical warning for would-be moms dating would-be abusive baby daddies. And abortion IS legal and they're still having them and killing them out of the womb...

"...Six-year-old Oscar Jimenez Jr. was beaten to death in California, then buried under fertilizer and cement. Two-year-old Devon Shackleford was drowned in an Arizona swimming pool. Jayden Cangro, also 2, died after being thrown across a room in Utah.

In each case, as in many others every year, the alleged or convicted perpetrator had been the boyfriend of the child's mother — men thrust into father-like roles which they tragically failed to embrace.

Every case is different, every family is different. Some single mothers bring men into their lives who lovingly help raise children when the biological father is gone for good.

Nonetheless, many scholars and front-line caseworkers interviewed by The Associated Press see the abusive-boyfriend syndrome as part of a broader trend that deeply worries them. They note an ever-increasing share of America's children grow up in homes without both biological parents, and say the risk of child abuse is markedly higher in the nontraditional family structures.

"This is the dark underbelly of cohabitation," said Brad Wilcox, a sociology professor at the University of Virginia. "Cohabitation has become quite common, and most people think, 'What's the harm?' The harm is we're increasing a pattern of relationships that's not good for children..." (Read the entire article)

Speaking of that, it really aggravates me that every correspondence I get from the boys' school says "guardian"...I'm their damn mother.

(Baby Daddy drama tee sold here)

The Golden Compass

A few months ago my brother lent me a book that I "had to read". I have about 10 books that I am currently making my way through, but I started that one because he made such a big deal about how incredible it was. Harry Potter X 1000...a true coming of age story. I read about 150 pages when he took it back to re-read on his flight to Japan.

A few days ago I saw the commercial for the movie and remarked to The Man that I wished I would have read it before the movie came out. Yesterday I got an email about the movie. Now I am pretty skeptical of emails warning me not to see or read something. I am sure in my high school Harry Potter was a no-no. Anyway, the gist of the email was that the author, Philip Pullman, is an avowed atheist whose goal is to promote his belief (or lack thereof) and mock Christianity. That this series (beginning with the Golden Compass) is a direct reaction/rebuttal to Pullman's hatred of C.S. Lewis and the Chronicles of Narnia. That the book ends with "good" triumphing over "evil" ---in other words, the children of the book killing God.

I called my brother this morning to ask if it's true and he gave a non-committal, "it's open to interpretation". However, he did say that it's so brutal he can't see how they're turning into a major motion picture.

I'm not telling you to see it or not to see it. I will finish the book, but I'm glad i know this because I won't be letting my children see it...and I would have.

Do You Know Your States...

You Know Your States

You got 9/10 correct.

You've got a pretty good handle on US geography.
There's a good chance you've visited at least a dozen of the fifty states.


Being perfectly honest...I would have failed this before I had kids. Thank you Leapfrog.

Friday, November 16, 2007

ACLU Watch

...I feel as if it's been far too long since I ragged on the ACLU, so let's go see what they've been up to:

"...A court filing here yesterday by the American Civil Liberties Union could open the way for a South African scholar accused of having links to terrorism to meet with scholars at Columbia University, the World Bank, and the Graduate Center at the City University of New York.

The case of Adam Habib, deputy vice chancellor at the University of Johannesburg, is being taken up by the ACLU, the American Sociological Association, the American Association of University Professors, and the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, among other groups. Mr. Habib has written about his case on the Huffington Post Web site..." (source)

Wait, doesn't the "A" stand for American? So, helping fighting to get suspected terror sympathizers onto American soil and what else you ask...?

"...A police plan to map out Muslim communities, a proposal that civil rights groups sharply criticized as racial and religious profiling, has been shelved, a police spokeswoman said Wednesday.

The LAPD planned to have its counterterrorism bureau identify Muslim enclaves to determine which might be likely to become isolated and susceptible to "violent, ideologically based extremism."

Several Muslim groups and the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California criticized the plan and sent a letter to Deputy Chief Michael P. Downing expressing their concerns.

"There was a clear message from the Muslim community that they were not comfortable with it. So we listened," said Mary Grady, spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Police Department. She couldn't immediately say when the plan might resume..." (source)

Ya know, because if for 20 years short blondes were blowing up bridges...I'd be pissed if they had the audacity to stop me and check my car before I drove over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge....

Of course, you don't have to wait until I get around to posting the foibles of the "American" Civil Liberties Union, you can always find them over at Stop the ACLU

Open Letter to Physicians

...my apologies in advance to Dr.Tony... ;)

Why are you the only profession that prefers your clients to be uninformed dolts? Any other profession/trade appreciates and benefits from an informed/knowledgeable customer/client base...but no, not you. You want a drone that just yeses everything you say. God forbid someone has had the audacity to take an interest in their own health and dared to wander over to WebMD. Is it because in your profession there are many theories and not many definitive answers and I, a mere non-medical peon, should never question you the mighty MD?

Well, screw you. At the end of the day I am responsible for me and you're just my doctor that has tons of other patients not to mention his only family to think about. I am more vested in what's going on with me and I have a right to question you if I think you're off base.

And next time you want to bitch about the fact that I obviously read way more than you do to your receptionist...make sure I'm not sitting in the next room leafing through a tattered 6 month old People magazine waiting for your ass.

(BTW, I should add that I was actually amused and not mad about this. I'm quite used to doctor's telling me to "stay off the internet" --and my gynecologist is exempt from this as he is the best.guy.ever that is always happy I'm informed and open to trying new things...)

Forget Gas, How About Razors...?

We've already discussed the fact that it would cost more to fill your tank with Evian than it does with gas...even at the current prices, so it doesn't really bother me much. What DOES bother me is the cost of razors and no one's talking about that. The biggest racket of all time and mums the word.

A pack of 100 single edge blades are $3.95, but a package of EIGHT
Schick Quattro for Women refills are $21.50 at Rite Aid. Are you kidding me? And it's not like there's a choice here -even disposable razors are expensive and people NEED to shave.

What could it possibly cost them to make 8 refills when 100 single blades are $4??????? Unions, steel, China...I know this must be Bush's fault somehow.

Just Sayin'


"The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left." -Ecclesiastes 10:2, The Holy Bible (NIV)

Caption It...

Johnny's not looking too comfortable in that 'second Amercia'...
(H/T: Free Republic)

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Martial Law In Killadelphia?

Two more officers were shot in Philadelphia on Tuesday night. Narcotics officers were trying to serve a warrant when someone (a 16 yr. old was subsequently charged) began shooting out of the house catching one officer in the hip and the other in the leg. A female officer on the scene returned fire.

Can I just say how kick ass the police force is here in Philly... Do you remember hearing about the officer that was shot in the face and chest with a sawed off shotgun over the summer...?

"...Even after he was critically wounded, cops said, Officer Richard Decoatsworth lived up to his tough-cop billing - chasing the suspect for nearly three blocks as blood oozed from his face. An officer finally found Decoatsworth bleeding on the roadside and rushed him to the hospital..." (source)

Good God, now that's a man. And one of the two officers shot Tuesday (names aren't released because they work undercover) directed emergency staff at the hospital to remove the bullet from his hip with no anesthesia. After the bullet was dug from his flesh with no painkillers...the officer attempted to get his uniform back on to go back to the scene. Yeah, and that's a man...a little more appealing than a bearded guy with a protest sign huh?

Anyway, I know there was a rumor that on-the-way-out Mayor John Street tried to get the National Guard here last summer and I'm wondering if Martial Law will be put on the discussion table. I don't think it's actually been used in the US since 1945, but I don't see another solution to what's going on here. I know politicians in the City of Brotherly Love are blaming it all on weak gun laws -which of course is ridiculous as these guns are ILLEGAL meaning the laws weren't and wouldn't be abided by anyway.

Not being partisan, but just being logical...Philadelphia has been run (into the ground) by Democrats for decades. There is a such thing as a breadth of change, new blood and balance. Rush said yesterday that though liberals call for more social programs, more rehabilitation instead of punishment, etc --the majority (if not all) of the cities in the most peril are Blue cities (like Philly) and it's obvious those things aren't working...the report card on Democrats policies and programs has a big F. Why aren't the people here in Killadelphia smart enough to see that the Democratic party has done nothing for them here? This city is the very definition of a dependent voter base and the DNC being willing to create a victim mentality and hold people down to ensure retention of power. It's sickening.

UPDATE: Of course it seems as if the writers at the Philadelphia Inquirer would rather blame the police for Officer Cassidy's death than the criminal that murdered him...front page no less.

Funny Signs



On a Septic Tank Truck sign: "We're #1 in the #2 business."
(also seen: "Your Crap is our Bread And Butter!")

*Sign over a gynecologist's office: "Dr. Jones, at your cervix."

*At a proctologist's door: "To expedite your visit please back in."

*On a Plumbers truck: "We repair what your husband fixed."

*On a Plumbers truck: "Don't sleep with a drip. Call your plumber."

*Pizza shop slogan: "7 days without pizza makes one weak."

*At a tire shop in Milwaukee: "Invite us to your next blowout."

*On a plastic surgeon's office door: "Hello. Can we pick your nose?"

*At a towing company: "We don't charge an arm and a leg. We want tows."

*On an electrician's truck: "Let us remove your shorts."

*In a nonsmoking area: "If we see smoke, we will assume you are on fire and take appropriate action."

*On a maternity room door: "Push. Push. Push."

*At an optometrist's office: "If you don't see what you're looking for, you've come to the right place."

*On a taxidermist's window: "We really know our stuff."

*In a podiatrist's office: "Time wounds all heels."

*On a fence: "Salesmen welcome! Dog food is expensive."

*At a car dealership: "The best way to get back on your feet - miss a car payment."

*Outside a muffler shop: "No appointment necessary. We hear you coming."

*In a veterinarian's waiting room: "Be back in 5 minutes. Sit! Stay!"

*At the electric company: "We would be delighted if you send in your payment. However, if you don't, you will be."

*In a restaurant window: "Don't stand there and be hungry .. Come on in and get fed up."

*In the front yard of a funeral home: "Drive carefully. We'll wait."

*At a propane filling station, "Tank heaven for little grills."

*And don't forget the sign at a Chicago radiator shop: "Best place in town to take a leak."

Wednesday, November 14, 2007


A group of mayors from border towns in the US state of Texas has called for sections of the Rio Grande to be dammed as a deterrent to illegal immigration.

The mayors want to deepen and widen the natural border with Mexico through a series of low dams or weirs across the desert flood plain. (source)
Come on, bigger river, bigger fence, none of that crap's gonna work. What has to change is the culture in Mexico, both political and economic. People aren't just accidentally falling across the border. They are making a conscious effort to get into the US.

Why? Because there is something here they want. Freedom.

Freedom for "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." Freedom of speech, religion, freedom from self-incrimination, etc. The whole ball of wax.

My father-in-law was born in southern Mexico and moved to Tijuana as a young teenager. He tells me stories all the time about officials with their hands out. In a lot of these countries it is impossible to get something done without a bribe. When the police pull you over, whether you were doing something wrong or not, you can get out of trouble for a small gratuity. You are threatened with jail if you don't pay up.

When I was in college, there were a lot of students from Malaysia majoring in civil engineering. I asked why. Turns out that you need a permit for just about anything you want done in a city in Malaysia. Telephone? Permit. Hook up water? Permit. Turn on electricity? Permit.

The civil engineers were in charge of the permits. Guess what. You had to pay a bribe to get the permit. Imagine that you move from one apartment to another. You call the phone company and your phone gets transferred. No problem getting your utilities turned on. You have to pay an installation fee, but no bribes. In Malaysia, Mexico and many other countries, you have to pay a bribe just to have the privilege of paying the installation fee.

Mexico has a history of limits on private ownership of property, government takeover of private property and business and a culture of corruption. Until these issues are settled, people will want to come to the US. We aren't going to be able to keep them out with fences, swollen rivers or Minutemen. We can make it more difficult, we can cause more people to die trying, but we won't stop it.

We need to help Mexico change. We need to control immigration better. Let those people in, just do it in a controlled fashion. Some type of guest program. I don't think they should be allowed to get on the dole. If they can't support themselves, send them home.

Wife VS. Presidential Candidate

"Former President Clinton said Monday his wife can handle the criticism from her presidential rivals even though "those boys have been getting tough on her lately." (source)

Brace yourselves... I have actually felt bad for Bill Clinton as things have gotten a bit tougher for Hillary. I realize that all politicians know that during campaigns pretty much anything will be fair game and they have to prepare for that. I felt bad for Chelsea and the Bush twins because they didn't choose that life, their parents did...but there have been school yard fights for a "your momma" comment --think of the things that are said about their parents.

Bill Clinton is now in the unenviable position of looking like less of a man for failing to defend his wife or belittling his wife's ability of defending herself by stepping in. The Man and I went through this (albeit on a MUCH smaller scale) here on this site. He had to sit by and watch me be attacked personally and I told him he couldn't step in. He was damned if he did and damned if he didn't. His solution was to stop reading here, but Bill doesn't have that luxury.

This dynamic will emasculate him if he is forced to sit back...so I say, even if Hill wins, there will be another sex scandal to uncover as Bill seeks to regain his manhood...

Dog as Beloved Wife?

Liz emailed me a story about a guy in India that married a dog as penance for two dogs that he hung 15 years ago. He claims that he has had bad luck since then. I was thinking that just maybe he's had bad luck because he's someone that could murder a dog...or maybe because he's someone that would marry a dog?

"A MAN in southern India has married a dog in an attempt to lift what he believes is a curse. P. Selvakumar wed Selvi, a female stray dog, in a traditional Hindu ceremony as atonement for stoning two other dogs to death, the Hindustan Times newspaper reported.

An astrologer reportedly told P. Selvakumar that the wedding was the only way to lift the curse.The newspaper said the groom and his family enjoyed a feast, while the dog got a bun." (source)

Thankfully the story ended before any details of the honeymoon were divulged. And hopefully that guy won't read this story or Selvi might suffer the fate of the first two canine victims...

"A 75-year-old man in Nepal married a dog in a local custom to ensure good luck only to die three days later, a newspaper reported.

With his son and other relatives by his side, Phulram Chaudhary tied the knot with a dog in Durgauli village in the south-western Kailali district on Saturday." (source)

Dangers of Tree Hugging...

"...One of the tree-sitting protesters in a grove of oaks next to UC Berkeley's Memorial Stadium was in the hospital Monday after taking a bone-breaking fall.

Nathaniel Hill, who fell at least 30 feet on Sunday night, was in stable condition at Highland Hospital in Oakland, a nursing supervisor at the hospital said.

"It's just kind of a fluke that it happened," the 24-year-old Hill said in a phone interview from his hospital bed Monday afternoon. He said he broke his wrist and ankle, both of which are in casts.

Protesters have been illegally occupying a grove of oak trees next to the stadium since December. They seek to block construction of a $117 million athletic training center for Cal football players and other athletes.

A judge is expected to rule as early as this week on three lawsuits seeking to block construction of the center.

Hill said he's been in the trees intermittently since the beginning of the protest..." (source)

I know, I know...it's wrong that I laughed when I read this. He may have some broken bones (though if he's going to sit in trees he should at least watch Bear Grylls and know how to fall out of one) but he's probably been elevated to hero status among his tofu eating, Birkenstock wearing, beard having friends.

Diabetes Awareness Month

All for One...One for AllDiabetes is a disease that I know I will have one day. Not only do I already have a pre-diabetic condition, but both my mom and grandmom suffer with the diagnosis. One of my contacts on Flickr posted this picture yesterday (two of his children have Type 1 Diabetes) with a link to his wife's website. She makes the "rescue Me" ID bracelets pictured.

I decided to highlight this page not only because November is diabetes awareness month but because allergies are also on the rise and the medic alert bracelets at the pharmacy are either too cheap and ugly or look too much like regular bracelets and might be overlooked by EMTs. Her site features many "cool" and more visible alternatives to the medic alert bracelets and necklaces of yesteryear.

I wear a "penicillin allergy" bracelet that I ended up getting made at the jeweler, but I might have to get a few of these...

Rescue Me IDs

(Photo Credit: Skasper)

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Encouraging?

...or am I grasping at straws here? ...Just seeing a Mulsim-run (I assume) site with "acknowledging mistakes and accepting responsibility" in writing with no justifications after it is really, really nice...

Reform Islam.org.

They also have a blog: Mulsims Against Sharia

Their goals:
* to educate Muslims about dangers presented by Islamic religious texts and why Islam must be reformed
* to educate non-Muslims about the differences between moderate Muslims and Islamists (a.k.a. Islamic Religious Fanatics, Radical Muslims, Muslim Fundamentalists, Islamic Extremists or Islamofascists)
* to educate both Muslims and non-Muslims alike that Moderate Muslims are also targets of Islamic Terror

And why the need for reform:

"Islam, in its present form, is not compatible with principles of freedom and democracy. Twenty-first century Muslims have two options: we can continue the barbaric policies of the seventh century perpetuated by Hassan al-Banna, Abdullah Azzam, Yassir Arafat, Ruhollah Khomeini, Osama bin Laden, Muslim Brotherhood, al-Qaeda, Hizballah, Hamas, Hizb-ut-Tahrir, etc., leading to a global war between Dar al-Islam (Islamic World) and Dar al-Harb (non-Islamic World), or we can reform Islam to keep our rich cultural heritage and to cleanse our religion from the reviled relics of the past. We, as Muslims who desire to live in harmony with people of other religions, agnostics, and atheists choose the latter option. We can no longer allow Islamic extremists to use our religion as a weapon. We must protect future generations of Muslims from being brainwashed by the Islamic radicals. If we do not stop the spread of Islamic fundamentalism, our children will become homicidal zombies." (source)