Friday, March 31, 2006

Where's the ACLU?

This is the kind of case I want to see the ACLU start taking if they want to convince many of us that they aren't pursuing an anti-Christian agenda...

"The United States Supreme Court may hear a case involving a school district's censorship of an art poster that a kindergartener drew for a school assignment -- a drawing that was partly suppressed by school officials because it contained the child's depiction of Jesus.

The case involves Antonio Peck, who was a kindergarten student in the late 1990s at Baldwinsville Elementary School in Syracuse, New York. The boy's teacher told members of the class to draw posters illustrating their understanding of the environment. Antonio's poster featured children holding hands and encircling the globe and people picking up trash and recycling, along with a picture of Jesus, kneeling with one knee to the ground and his hands outstretched toward the sky.

School officials folded the poster in half in order to cover up the drawing of Christ. They claimed the picture violated "church and state" and would give the impression that the school was teaching religion, even though the drawing was clearly a student's artwork.

...the fold made Antonio's look odd and the student's name on the poster was cut in half, and he felt ashamed of his displayed work, especially after school officials informed him and his parents why his poster was folded. The child assumed he had done something wrong, and when school officials refused to apologize, rectify the situation, or adopt a policy to prevent future censorship, Liberty Counsel filed suit on the Peck family's behalf." (source1, source2)

Here are some of the recent cases they are hard at work on...
Appealing a court decision allowing pro-life license plates.

Making sure pregnant woman that are drug/alcohol addicted don't get in any trouble for that.

Attempting to draw the UN into the NSA wiretapping debate

Turning a blind eye to separation of Church and State when it comes to Islam...

D-NC & Nate... You're Slacking!

Dudes? I get linked on Daily Kos and neither of you tell me about it? What's up with that? I thought Kos was your god...I thought you were both faithful daily readers...? ;)

I was lumped in with the jedi knightsFreepers, which is fine with me... HERE IS THE POST which is basically whining about the fact that conservatives were upset that the Human Shields didn't thank the military --apparently we should have been posting thanks and rejoicing instead of questioning the hostage’s speeches and motives.

Are you for real? Truthfully I *WAS* happy they were rescued (not released, rescued) UNTIL they were ungrateful. After they thanked their captors and not their rescuers (who they've most likely protested against) I couldn't care less if they had been ceremoniously beheaded to the sounds of the Vienna Boys Choir singing Allah Ahkbar...

oops, did I say that out loud…?

Anyway...
How about the fact that they were rescued because of interrogation information from the infamous Abu Garib prison (is this story is steeped in irony or what)?

How about the fact that one of the former hostages "was part of a human shield for peace activist corps. once "welcomed by Saddam Hussein as a useful propaganda tool." (source)

I think that doing posts of glee over the peaceniks rescue is out of the question given that they should have never been there to begin with... but hey, who am I to say, I'm just a Blogger that isn't paid by my party of choice...

My Space Encounters

Yes, I am beating a dead horse here, I know... But as I cruise around MySpace.com I am still seeing underage girls with WAY too much personal info posted. You can have the smartest teen ever, but smarts will not help her when she is pulled into a car because she posted her picture and the name of her high school...

My Space is an after hours club with no dancing and no need to buy someone a drink. Would you let your 13, 14, 15, 16 or 17 year old go to an after-hours club? (If you say yes, you've never done after-hours in Philly...the things my innocent eyes beheld!)

The horror stories abound (notice, there are no stalking/molesting/raping stories about Blogger...) Here are some incidents originating in My Space encounters:

"In one case, Sonny Szeto, 22, traveled from Jersey City, N.J., to Connecticut in October and molested an 11-year-old girl in her playroom while her parents slept upstairs, according to an FBI affidavit." (source)

"In the other case, Stephen Letavec, 39, molested a 14-year-old Connecticut girl in his car while visiting from Elrama, Pa., in October, according to another FBI report. The FBI said Letavec made several visits to see the girl between last summer and January." (source)

"A middle school student faces expulsion for allegedly posting graphic threats against a classmate on the popular MySpace.com Web site, a district administrator said.
Twenty other students at TeWinkle Middle School were slapped with two-day suspensions for viewing the boy’s posting on the social networking site, officials said.
According to parents of three TeWinkle students, the boy allegedly created a MySpace group on Jan. 3 that he called “I hate (girl’s name)” and included an expletive and an anti-Semitic reference. Five days later a second posting asked, “Who here in the (group name) wants to take a shotgun and blast her in the head over a thousand times?" (source)

"Six Lexington police officers were administratively charged today after an internal investigation into comments and photos they posted on the popular Web site Myspace.com.
Two of the officers, Joshua Cromer — charged with unbecoming conduct — and Gene Haynes — charged with unbecoming conduct and interfering with a case, were relieved of sworn duty with pay, pending a final disposition. The officers turned in their badges and guns, and they cannot make arrests.
The other four officers, Richard Sisk, charged with unbecoming conduct; Aaron Noel, charged with unbecoming conduct; Adam O’Quinn, charged with breaking the guidelines an officer must follow when making public statements about their jobs or the department; and Paul Stewart, charged with unbecoming conduct, will continue to work at the police department.
The investigation is ongoing and additional charges may be lodged, officials said." (source)

I have no idea what my point is... other than I wish you had to be 21 to use the site...

Swann has the Lead! (PA Governor's Race)

Sorry, this is a 'local interest' thing...but Lynn Swann has a lead over Gov. Ed Rendell. Now most people think that Rendell is unbeatable --he has tons of money and all the Union (Labor) backing. But Swann has a name and some Superbowl rings and I'm OK with that (The same reason I want Fred Thompson to run in '08), if 'name recognition' gets a conservative in office -then so be it.

Some may not know that JFK won his first election because his father paid someone with the same name as the favorite candidate to run -this (brilliant) maneuver led to two people of the same name on the ballot which split the vote and opened the door for John F. Kennedy...

I guess when you live in a country where more people vote for the next American Idol than vote in primary elections...it doesn't hurt to have a gimmick (or a name).

My bumper sticker has been on the Jeep for about a month now! Go Lynn!

Cool Blogging Stuff...

I stopped doing Technorati searches a long time ago...it was nice seeing when people linked to my site, but it also led me to some really crappy posts that I would have never seen without that little tool. I decided that I was better off not reading some of the stuff that's out there.

But now I've discovered a blog tracker that I like even better. It's called KINJA and the way they have it set up is pretty cool -it's also a lot easier than Technorati to get to the actual post that you were mentioned in. I haven't quite figured out how to use all the features, but I'm digging it so far.

...And really, Blogging is all about ego -so why fight it ;)

Thursday, March 30, 2006

Democrats to Catch Osama...

So the long anticipated "Democrat security agenda" has finally been revealed...

1) They vow to make President George W. Bush's administration be accountable for their record of "incompetence" on foreign affairs and domestic security. (Is this Teddy Kennedy's impeachment plan rearing its head again?)

2) They will "make progress in Iraq" (yeah, there's a sound, well thought out plan)

3) Slow nuclear proliferation

4) Bolster the military (including protective gear for troops and a strengthened National Guard)

5) Protect America from disasters, whether natural or man-made, at home. I am dying to hear how you protect people from natural disasters...

6) Move aggressively against Osama bin Laden and terrorist networks and "eliminate terrorist breeding grounds by combating the economic, social, and political conditions that allow extremism to thrive."

7) Work with international allies

8) "Redouble efforts" to stop nuclear weapons development in Iran and North Korea.
(source)

What can I possibly comment here that wouldn't be predictable and obvious --the "plan" pretty much speaks for itself...

UPDATE:

Can you imagine if GWB or Bill Frist unveiled a Grand GOP plan and did this...?


From: Expose the Left (H/T: andy)

***In other news about Democrats... Representative Cynthia McKinney (D-GA) PUNCHED a capitol Police officer...setting a great example for her constituents... I know this sounds whiny, but seriously, can you imagine if Rick Santorum punched a cop?! The news would be going wild for days -if not weeks...***

So Sorry Senator Feingold...

...but it seems your "censure" call was just a colossal waste of time -and probably tax payer money.

"A panel of former Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court judges yesterday told members of the Senate Judiciary Committee that President Bush did not act illegally when he created by executive order a wiretapping program conducted by the National Security Agency (NSA).

The five judges testifying before the committee said they could not speak specifically to the NSA listening program without being briefed on it, but that a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act does not override the president's constitutional authority to spy on suspected international agents under executive order...." (source)

What's Morally Wrong...?

This new Pew poll was looking to find what Americans find "morally wrong"...

Pre-Marital Sex:
36% say it's morally wrong

Abortion:
51% say it's morally wrong

Homosexuality:
50% say it's morally wrong (among the Black respondents 83% morally wrong)

Adultery:
88% say it's morally wrong

Over-eating:
32% say it's morally wrong

Cheating on Taxes:
79% say its' morally wrong

(source1, source2)

Get Well Soon!

Two fellow bloggers -Liz and Kali, had surgery yesterday (in completely unrelated incidents). I know both are probably in bed and on strong meds and not blogging, but I hope you are both feeling better soon!

Ninja has another root canal, cap and filling at 11am.

Also, please keep Tom M. in your thoughts...he is going through a really tough time (medically).

In the Sandbox...


Inspired by Soldiers He Met as a Flight Attendant, 40-year-old Joined the Ranks
BY BILL HESS, Sierra Vista Herald

"While many 40-year-old soldiers are looking to end a 20-year career in the Army, Brian Esip is just starting his.

Some call him the old man, grandpa and other endearing elderly terms because many of them are young enough to be his kids.

“Most of the soldiers my age are closer to retirement. It’s a paradox. I’m just beginning my Army career,” Esip said Tuesday.

He took advantage of the increase in the age limit for people to enlist. The age limit was changed to 39 in the Reserves in March 2005, and President George W. Bush’s signature on the National Defense Authorization Act in January of this year elevating the same age for active duty provided the avenue for Esip to start his march as an Army Reservist.

The specialist is assigned to Company A, 305th Military Intelligence Battalion, where he is training to become an imagery analyst.

Esip knows that although he is a Reservist he may well be called to head to the “box” — Iraq, Afghanistan or some other potential soldiering hot spots...When he considered entering the Army, he didn’t have much time, since his 40th birthday was fast-approaching.

During his job as a flight attendant prior to the terrorist attacks, he met military members who fought in the first war with Iraq.

One time he met parents who were flying to Frankfurt, Germany. Their son had been killed in Desert Storm.

The dignity of the parents going to bring their son’s body home stuck with him.

After Sept. 11, military members who had fought in Afghanistan and Iraq were passengers, and talking with them he gained a respect for their sacrifices.

“This is the best country in the world,” Esip said, “I want to do something.”

When Army recruiting went into a slump and the age limited raised for enlistments, he said there was an opportunity available that he could not ignore... (Read the Rest of the Story)

...ROTC girls...
One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

The "Refuseniks"



I know...I always say "this is the best article...go read it", but this is a 'worth the read' article yet again.

It discusses all that's tied up in the "Bush Lied, people Died" crowd and how they are denouncing the Saddam regime documents before all of them are even translated. You see, Bush has to have lied because they published books and articles about it --even with that title, so they can't see any other possibility. They are panicking that they will be the joke that history looks back on with disdain for pretending the threat to American life is a figment of the right-wing imagination...

"Let's recap. The US intelligence consensus was that Saddam wouldn't invade Kuwait in 1990. They were totally unaware that Saddam was operating a "Manhattan Project"-sized nuclear weapons program until after the 1991 Gulf War. They were a bit off on the status of Saddam's wmd programs in the 2002 National Intelligence Estimate. Imagine if they also blew it on the extent of the relationship between Saddam and al Qaeda.

All of the above pretty much encapsulates the current media view. Because they cannot even entertain the possibility that they may have been wrong, there isn't any new evidence that can possibly be produced." (This is just the last paragraph, read the whole thing -it's short).

If those documents do show a relationship between Saddam's regime and Bin Laden/al Qaeda... how many books will get pulled from shelves? How many blogs will close? How many non-profits will crumble? ...But best of all, how loud and how many times will we get to say "I told you so!" ;)

Speaking of this crowd (or more specifically, the moonbatty Charlie Sheen crowd), someone sent me an email yesterday with a subject line that read -"Terrorists Didn't Blow Up the WTC?!" (the CC list was pretty good too -aside from me it went to Dick Cheney, someone at the NY Islanders, a bunch of people at Fox and Michelle Malkin)
There was a video attachment that I will link here for your tin-foil hat viewing pleasure:
George W. Bush planted bombs in the World Trade Center

...and, THIS is how I feel about this subject...

Jailed For Private Use?!

In Germany you can now be put in jail for TWO YEARS for downloading music/movies for PRIVATE USE (Five years for commercial use).

"GERMANS risk two years in prison if they illegally download films and music for private use under a new law agreed yesterday. Anybody who downloads films for commercial use could be jailed for up to five years.

The measures, some of the toughest in Europe, were announced after an aggressive campaign by the film industry in Germany, the largest market in the EU and one of the most computer-literate populations." (source)

This law makes no sense. What if you already have the CD or the DVD and you just want the MP3 or want the file on your laptop...how is it stealing then if you already bought it?

...Maybe if there were actually 13 good songs on a CD people would buy it instead of downloading the ONE or TWO decent ones. Maybe if most films weren't crap these days people would pay to see them in the theater (after watching 45 minutes of commercials after paying $10 to get in...) I don't think anyone is feeling sorry for Tommy Mottola in his tricked out Bentley...

(H/T: tesco)

Speaking of downloading music...S.O.D. "Speak English or Die" and Samhain "November Coming Fire" are both posted over at 100 records. Oh yeah, you can download anything you want don't download anything 'cause that would be wrong.

Parents Who Degrade the Office of the President...

...have children like this.

Before the triumph of the right in '04 I promised myself that if Kerry won I would be VERY careful what I said in front of my boys. I respect the office of the President and I want them to do the same. I want them to respect authority. I want them to have an opinion and a strong will, but I don't want them to be derelicts.

"He said it was a prank gone wrong, but police are taking a 13-year-old student's alleged threats against the president very seriously. Authorities have charged the teen with terroristic threatening, a felony.

The Ockerman Middle School student is accused of making threats against the city of Florence and the president of the United States in e-mails he allegedly sent to city officials, police said." (source)

Does the article say this boy's parents were Bush-hating lefties? No, it doesn't, but what 13 year old is even thinking about the President -let alone emailing threats...unless of course he's hearing it every day at home...

A Childhood Wrong -Righted for $25


When I was 10 years old McDonalds introduced the "Great Muppet Caper" commemorative glasses. Remember them? I had three and needed the fourth to complete my series. I needed Kermit. Justrose, Liz, Justrose's brother and I all rode our bikes (my beloved pink Huffy 'Thunder Rose' pink dirt bike) to McDonalds. As I rode home (about 3/4 mile) with one hand on my handlebar and the other clutching the Kermit glass, JR's brother and I started to race... I hit a bump at the top of our street and flew from my bike. After skidding about 10 feet on my palms and face, I lay there in a heap with Kermit glass all over me and no skin left on the inside of my hands.

The next thing I really remember was being in the Emergency room with JR -the doctor telling us that I probably had a concussion and could start "projectile vomiting". I remember Rose and I giggling uncontrollably through the explanation of that...

The point of this little childhood recollection was a preface as to why I am so delighted that yesterday, in a new little vintage toy shop near my house, I purchased the entire McDonald's Muppet Caper glass collection for the low, low price of $25. I have no idea what I will do with them (the glass is way too thin to actually use them with two boys in the house), but a childhood dream of owning the whole collection has been brought to fruition --even if it took 24 years...

Caption It...

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Illegals in the Forefront...

The Minutemen brought the situation firmly to the forefront of American thought...and now, even though I am sick-to-death of talking about it, I feel that we must. All the protests, new legislation --and the dreaded "A-word" (amnesty) on the table, makes the subject impossible to ignore (you can really only get away with posting about Sean Penn and his doll once...)

I have too many thoughts swirling to make this a cohesive post, so forgive me if I just throw some things out there...

First and foremost I think we should understand why no politicians want to touch this issue. With all the security issues and money being siphoned into illegals, you would think the issue would be a no-brainer. It is a no-brainer for politicians...it's estimated that by 2050 Hispanics will be the majority race in the US. Enough said? It seems that both parties are vying to be the "Hispanic party".

Second, I don't understand why this is a left/right issue. Isn't it the left that wants no one to be poor, better public schools instead of vouchers and health care for all? Well, we could probably do all that with the money this country spends on illegals...housing, welfare, schooling, health care... I wonder what is costing more, the war on Iraq or the growing strain illegals place on this country each year. Hasn't the left imagined what grand social programs they could embark on with all that money?

Third, is the dreaded statistics. Every pro-amnesty pundit on TV claims what great, law-abiding, hardworking people are pouring over the border. One woman (sorry, I caught this on TV yesterday and have no source) was saying that anyone that uses the term "illegal alien" and is against amnesty is the equivalent of David Duke....? If you want people to abide by American law you are the same as a KKK member? The statistics tell a different story than the amnesty pundits-- hardworking, some are yes, but are the majority "good people"? The numbers say no. Illegals make up about 3% of the population YET they make up 17% of the prisoners in federal jails (and HALF the jail population in California). Obviously they aren't "Law abiding" or they wouldn't be here to begin with...but they don't seem to be abiding to laws once they're here either.

My solution remains the same...if Vicente Fox wants to continue to encourage illegals to cross our border -either an Israeli-style wall will be erected, or each person crossing that border will be hauling two barrels of oil...

Iraqi's Faked A "Massacre"...

The left seems to be consumed with glee over what they have been touting as the Mỹ Lai Massacre replay in Iraq. Why oh why do they (Bill Maher in particular) jump at ANY chance to vilify American troops?

During the initial invasion I always thought much of the civilian casualty was caused by the opposition. That's what *I* would do if I were them (especially after seeing the protests here and the pressure the President was under from pacifist groups). Now, I'm not saying that war doesn't cause civilian deaths, but if the initial bombing was going as awry as the media would have had us believe -we have been wasting LOTS of money on technology and pilots... Would you put it past Hakuna Matata (or whatever that chubby dudes name is) to kill his own people and blame it on us?


Back to the point, I have no problem believing that terrorists are killing civilians themselves to make sure we don't "win hearts and minds" and that's what the military is saying happened this time also--

"U.S. commanders in Iraq on Monday accused powerful Shi'ite groups of moving the corpses of gunmen killed in battle to encourage accusations that U.S.-led troops massacred unarmed worshippers in a mosque.

"After the fact, someone went in and made the scene look different from what it was. There's been huge misinformation," Lieutenant General Peter Chiarelli, the second-ranking U.S. commander in Iraq, said.

He rejected the accusations of a massacre that prompted the Shi'ite-led government to demand U.S. forces cede control of security but declined to spell out which group he believed moved the bodies." (source)

(Does 37 people constitute a massacre?)

And on the subject of sick and deprived things happening in Iraq (in the name of Allah), did you hear about the doctor that was killing soldiers and police officers? When they were coming into the hospital after being attacked by suicide bombers or IEDs --this doctor would act like he was going to treat them, but instead finishing the job off for the "insurgents". 'Aint that some shit?
"...Many of the wounded were almost certain to die because one of the doctors at the Republic Hospital was a member of an insurgent cell. Pretending to treat the injured men, he killed 43 of them by secretly administering lethal injections, a police inquiry has revealed." (source)

I guess the Qur'an trumps that there Hippocratic Oath huh?

Islam: Kookier Than the Spaghetti Monster and Tom Cruise

Remember in The Wizard of Oz when Dorothy only had to click her gaudy red shoes and say "There's no place like home" three times to get back to Kansas? Well, apparently it's the same in Islam with divorce. Say "Talaq" (divorce) three times in your sleep and poof --you and your wife are history (whether you want to be or not)...

"Sohela Ansari told friends that her husband Aftab had uttered the word "talaq," or divorce, three times in his sleep, according to the report published in newspapers on Monday.

When local Islamic leaders got to hear, they said Aftab's words constituted a divorce under an Islamic procedure known as "triple talaq." The couple, married for 11 years with three children, were told they had to split.

The religious leaders ruled that if the couple wanted to remarry they would have to wait at least 100 days. Sohela would also have to spend a night with another man and be divorced by him in turn." (source)

...I know, some of you boys are now thinking of converting ;)

(H/T:Liz)

In the Sandbox...

Interpreting the Grunts
-By Nathaniel Fick, Former Marine Capt. Nathaniel Fick served in Afghanistan and Iraq.



"THERE WAS A RUNNING joke in my Marine units in Afghanistan and Iraq. Each grunt thought he was the best, the platoon above him was good, the company above that was mediocre and the overarching battalion was actively trying to get him killed. So it is with most organizations. People near the bottom wear blinders, and their diligent attention to the task at hand is precisely what makes them less qualified to assess the bigger picture.

This phenomenon helps explain Zogby International's recent survey of U.S. troops in Iraq, which reported that 72% of them think the U.S. should withdraw within a year. Of course they do. The troops have no control over the broader strategy directing U.S. policy in Iraq, so they are suspicious of it. U.S. soldiers in Normandy in 1944 probably felt the same way.

Some newspapers and blogs across the country trumpeted the findings of the Zogby poll, which was conducted from mid-January to mid-February. They said the survey portended disaster for the U.S. in Iraq, as if the loss of faith of the common soldier on the ground reflected some kind of turning point in the war.

But the uncomfortable reality of polls is that you can't cherry-pick their results. Conclusions that don't support our preconceived notions must be taken along with those that do.

A less-heralded finding in the Zogby poll was that only 30% of the troops said they'd been inadequately supplied with body armor and armored vehicles, a low figure given that media coverage has suggested that the complaint is widespread among soldiers. Nearly two-thirds reported that basic infrastructure and services in Iraq — electricity, water, healthcare and so on — have improved in the last year. Ironically, the troops' opinions on these topics, which run against the grain of popular perception, have a much stronger foundation in their daily experience.

As critics of the Iraq war rallied around that 72% figure on withdrawal, defenders of the policy trashed Zogby's methods and questioned the poll's motives. The firm has been tight-lipped about its methodology, citing "security purposes."

There is, however, one telling hint: A quarter of those surveyed were female, but only about 15% of U.S. forces in Iraq are female. This indicates that the sample was skewed toward logistical support troops as opposed to front-line combat forces." (READ THE REST OF THE ARTICLE)
(H/T: KP)

...girls of the Army...
One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six

Monday, March 27, 2006

Intelligent Design VS. The Flying Spaghetti Monster

A 25 year old physicist was having a temper tantrum over the prospect of "Intelligent Design" being taught in public schools --and his pro-active response? Not to be outdone by L. Ron Hubbard he decided to start his own religion: The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster (the al dente deity is pictured). I guess he chose this because Flying Space Monkey was already taken.

On the "churches" website they have an open letter to Kansas public schools that rationalizes if "alternative theories" are being presented...why not his idea of a pasta god that created the world.

"He even has his own Bible: The Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, to be published Tuesday from Random House. It's written by his foremost prophet, Bobby Henderson, who launched this satiric dig at so-called intelligent design about a year ago, and lived to see it take on a life of its own.

"It's amazing that a satirical monster could get this big, but then, he did create the universe," says Dee Dee McKinney, content administrator for the FSM online discussion forum and the reclusive Henderson's primary mouthpiece.

Henderson, a 25-year-old physicist and graduate of Oregon State University, conceived of the Flying Spaghetti Monster last year as a reductio ad absurdum of the intelligent design argument for inclusion in curriculums.

According to intelligent design boosters, since evolution is only a "theory" and not provable, an alternative -- that the universe was created by an intelligent designer -- should be given equal time in science classes.

The "alternative" they presumably had in mind was Christianity.

But, said Henderson to some chums over beers, by the same logic the "intelligent designer" could just as easily be, say, a Flying Spaghetti Monster." (source)

...The sad thing is that 20 years from now this will probably be an actual religion and McCauley Kaulkin will be their esteemed leader.

Science people get really upset over the whole Creationism thing... Well, I went to an evangelical Christian school for 12 years, never learned evolution and I turned out just fine :)

Peace Activists, Always SO Violent...

Sean Penn admitted (on Richard Johnson's "Page Six") that he does nasty things to his Ann Coulter doll. From what he says he not only tortures Ann's likeness, but also violates it in sexual ways. What a freak.

When you watch video of random "Peace protests" there is always red-faced vein-popping screaming, snatching signs, pushing and punching. Now we have another "peace activist" sexually torturing the likeness of a woman? Sean Penn, peace crusader and misogynist. I wonder how many protests there would be from this crowd if it was Ann Coulter, Rush Limbaugh, Newt Gingrich,, Ollie North and Michelle Malkin down in GITMO...

"It's a good thing for Ann Coulter that Sean Penn doesn't know voodoo. Penn has a plastic Barbie-like doll of the right-wing pundit that he likes to torture on occasion. "We violate her," the ornery actor tells The New Yorker about his mini-Coulter. "There are cigarette burns in some funny places..." (source)

That's just weird... All that *I* do with my Ann Coulter doll is make her dance with the President... ;)

Does This Constitute Over-Exposure?

Okay, I know it's probably overkill, but there is another "ALa interview"... (I heard that sigh!)

I don't know if you guys have been reading the series of Blogger interviews over at Basil's Blog, but they're good because they're really lighthearted (hardly political) --and other bloggers can submit questions for the interviewee.

So, I finished mine last week (I'm glad some of you guys submitted questions) and it was posted over at Basil's yesterday... I had a good time doing this one.

If you're interested in being interviewed, you can sign up while you're over there.

Go Read the Interview -Complete with pics.

Take A Ride Around Philly...

I've been having so much fun with my tiny little Canon SD450 Elph that I thought I'd share...

This car was parked in the lot of a Barnes & Noble that is quite the "crunchy" hot spot. I know there is a glare on the window, but the car was fairly new and completely filled with trash --every inch but the driver's seat. It was gone when we left the store. Now that's taking hoarding to a whole new level... I wanted to wait in the lot to see what was driving it, but Justrose wouldn't let me.


I was driving behing this car the other day --do you think he noticed my flash in his rearview mirror?


...as he turned off I noticed the SEPTA bus (Philly's "lovely" PT)


Here is a flag from the local "Friends School" (damn Quakers) -they are flying around the whole perimeter of the $13,000/yr. High School...


On Friday, Ninja and I went into a local Police/Military/Spy store to look for goodies to put in AG's care package and this sign was on the counter:

(Even cooler when I tell you that the owners/workers all looked to be foreigners)

Last but not least...Here is one of the most common sites in Philly, my sister (AB) refusing to leave a crane machine until she wins some ridiculous thing she has set her sights on...

Sunday, March 26, 2006

Day Off...

I am taking the day off...



I am a nerd and was up VERY late designing a Theme park (Courtesy of Roller Coaster Tycoon 2 Triple Thrill Pack). I have tried to stop playing it, but alas, I have lost the battle. I currently have 63 attractions, 7 mechanics, 2 security guards, 2 plushies in Knight Costumes and 8 handymen in full time employ...

...There is much to do. See you all tomorrow.

Saturday, March 25, 2006

Major Headlines: Iraq War Preamble


  • The pentagon says that Russia leaked US Invasion plans to Iraq before the war... according to Iraqi intelligence documents captured by the American military.

    "One of the documents, which purports to be a summary of a letter sent to Saddam Hussein's office by a Russian official, claims that Moscow had "sources inside the American Central Command in Doha" — the U.S. military's headquarters during the war — which Russia used to convey American intentions and troop movements to Baghdad.

    Russia had well-known and extensive diplomatic and economic ties to Baghdad prior to the U.S.-led invasion.

    Analysts said the revelations could be some of the most damaging to bilateral relations since the end of the Cold War, and while they cautioned that Moscow may have an explanation for the disclosures, they noted that some of the details were so sensitive that they would be hard to justify." (source)

    The protest signs should have read "No No-War for Oil" --as Russia and France only objected to the war because of their financial gain from Saddam's regime... And somehow we get the bad rap.


  • Another of the documents released may have top Dems apologizing the Bush and Cheney for saying they "lied to America" about a Bin Laden/Saddam connection.

    "A newly released prewar Iraqi document indicates that an official representative of Saddam Hussein's government met with Osama bin Laden in Sudan on February 19, 1995, after receiving approval from Saddam Hussein. Bin Laden asked that Iraq broadcast the lectures of Suleiman al Ouda, a radical Saudi preacher, and suggested "carrying out joint operations against foreign forces" in Saudi Arabia. According to the document, Saddam's presidency was informed of the details of the meeting on March 4, 1995, and Saddam agreed to dedicate a program for them on the radio. The document states that further "development of the relationship and cooperation between the two parties to be left according to what's open [in the future] based on dialogue and agreement on other ways of cooperation." The Sudanese were informed about the agreement to dedicate the program on the radio." (Summary of the Iraqi Documents on ABC.com)

    ...and this on top of the Bin Laden-Iraqi relations that were documented in the 911 Commission report.
  • Reason for Alarm...?

    The FBI is being very tight lipped about an investigation into South Central Career Center Truck Training Program (that grants CDLs) in Missouri.

    In the past 18 months 60% of the graduates had "Muslim names", yet there is no large Muslim population in the area. It seems CDL (commercial driver's license) candidates are coming in from Kansas and most seem to be from Somalia. It has also been uncovered that a teacher at the school has been pocketing admission fees and "taking gratuities" to make sure the Muslim men got spots in the program.

    "Karla Eslinger, school district superintendent, said the FBI took hard drives and records of people who took commercial driver’s license tests.
    She said these are people who walk in to take the test with records showing they completed training elsewhere, not students trained at the school.
    Eslinger said the trucking program’s director, Dean Proffitt, first contacted state police in 2003 to report his suspicions that a large number of people taking the commercial driver’s license test had names that appeared to be Middle Eastern in origin.
    About 520 people who did not train at the school took the test there from May 2004 through December 2005. More than 300 of them, or about 60 percent, had names that could be Middle Eastern in origin." (source)

    Here is a prime example of a situation where nothing but racial (or name) profiling could be used to thwart a possible serious problem... Can anyone disagree with that?

    A Eunuch Rootbeer?

    You Are Root Beer

    Ultra sweet and innocent, you have a subtle complexity behind your sugary front.
    Children love you, but so do high end snobs... when you're brewed right.

    Your best soda compatibility match: Dr. Pepper

    Stay away from: Diet Coke



    ...Ok, now I need to know who is Dr. Pepper and who is Diet Coke...

    You Are 50% Boyish and 50% Girlish

    You are pretty evenly split down the middle - a total eunuch.
    Okay, kidding about the eunuch part. But you do get along with both sexes.
    You reject traditional gender roles. However, you don't actively fight them.
    You're just you. You don't try to be what people expect you to be.

    Friday, March 24, 2006

    Ungrateful Human Shields...

    Remember Tom Fox? The "Human Shield" that was tortured and killed in Iraq? Well, the rest of the Pacifist Shields were rescued by coalition forces. Their families had all but given up hope --they have been hostages for four months.

    But (of course there's a but), as Stop the ACLU is reporting, the released hostages are anything but grateful to the troops that rescued them. Though a thanks to the military rescuers was never mentioned once in any of the statements released they did make a point to blame the military for being captured in the first place...

    "We believe the illegal occupation of Iraq by multinational forces is the root cause of the insecurity which led to this kidnapping and so much pain and suffering in Iraq today. The occupation must end." (source)

    ...AND they did make a point to say that they loved their captors...

    "Today, in the face of this joyful news, our faith compels us to love our enemies even when they have committed acts which caused great hardship to our friends and sorrow to their families." (source)

    Just so we aren't surprised at this reaction...let's remember what kind of people we are dealing with here by taking a look at more of the Zombie Protestor Hall of Shame. These are the "best" (really worst I guess) --as I looked through the photos here (<---example), I honestly couldn't believe that these people are Americans... that they could be my kid's teacher, my teller at the bank, or my hairdresser. Quite frankly it's chilling.

    The West Acting Like Muslims...?

    NOT! This article really annoyed me. There are people out there that are comparing the outrage over the Afghani man facing the death penalty for his 16-year-old conversion to Christianity to the rioting and arson over the Muhammad cartoons...

    "The strong western response to a threatened death sentence for an Afghan convert to Christianity looks something like a mirror image of the Muslim reaction to the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) caricatures printed in the European press.

    There have been no riots or sackings of Afghan embassies, unlike the violence that marked the uproar in Muslim countries after the Danish cartoons were published, but the shock and mutual incomprehension expressed in both cases are similar." (source)

    The article begins by saying that critics say the response to the case in Afghanistan has "thrown American foreign policy into question". I am pretty sure that critics have been saying that US foreign policy has been in question since GWB took office. Is it just me that doesn't quite make the stretch from cartoon to death sentence?

    But on a lighter note, it seems that Muslims will be getting their own brand of jeans. They're high-waisted, loose fitting and have tons of pockets for all the gear that Muslim's carry: bottles, gasoline, TNT, fuses... Really, look at the story, I'm not joking (about the jeans anyway...).

    Well, God Has Spoken...

    After all the debate about WWJD, What Would Jesus Bomb? (as seen on a shirt on HBO's Six Feet Under) or what party is more "God-like"... leave it to a Freeper to settle the debate...

    Ecclesiastes 10:2 "A wise man's heart directs him toward the right, but the foolish man's heart directs him toward the left."

    There you have it folks, God did choose a party long ago... ;)

    Can I End an Age-Old Argument...Please...

    Okay, the "Men Leave the toilet lid up" arguement with the inevitable male response of "why should I put it down, why doesn't she put it up" really misses the whole point people.

    This isn't a convenience thing, it's a hygiene thing. If I walk into my bathroom and the lid is up --it means someone flushed the toilet with the lid up --which means that all the things that were in the toilet swirled around the air in the room where MY TOOTHBRUSH RESIDES... Now, I don't know about you, but for me the ONE SECOND act of putting both lids down is well worth not having urine and fecal matter on a brush that goes in my mouth (or towels, washcloths, etc.)

    "Rinse your toothbrush thoroughly and let it dry out (don't put a cover on it or soak it). (Another way to avoid germ growth on your toothbrush is to make sure your toilet lid is down when you flush. Believe it or not, flushing with the toilet lid up contributes to spreading bacteria, and in the bathroom it can end up on your toothbrush.)" (source)

    This isn't a gender issue. It's a don't-be-gross issue.

    There. Solved. Now you have one less marital debate to worry about.

    Thursday, March 23, 2006

    Threats of a World Cup Massacre

    Italian Neo-Nazis are threatening (actually promising) a Muslim massacre at the World Cup which is to take place in Germany 77 days from today.

    “The World Cup in Germany is set to become a battleground between fascists and Muslims, an Italian member of a new European neo-Nazi movement warned on Tuesday.
    In a statement published by Italian daily Repubblica, the member of AS Roma's notorious ultras hooligan group claims neo-Nazis across Europe met in Braunau in Austria to plan attacks against supporters from Islamic countries during the World Cup in Germany from June 9 to July 9.

    “We are united. For the first time we are talking and planning together, with the English, the Germans, the Dutch, the Spanish, everyone with the same objective. At the World Cup there will be a massacre,” said the Italian ultra.
    “We will all be in Germany and there will be Turks, Algerians and Tunisians. The Turks, we can't stand them. In our country (Italy) there are not many, but in Germany, there are many of those guys there. They are Islamic terrorists.
    'We will attack them. They are all enemies that need to be eliminated, just like the police." (source)

    I know that it's wrong, but I’d be lying if I said that the thought of Muslims being threatened with terrorism and violence doesn’t make me a bit happy. Now they can see what it's like to be facing a threat from a terrorist. They can feel the way we do. I know this will just spurn more unrest...but maybe it takes an extreme group that doesn't care about being PC to deal with another extreme group. Then we could all just sit back and watch the freaks kill each other...

    Military Family Care Plans & Custody

    It seems that the military's Family Care Plan (which gives temporary power of attorney and guardianship of children to a spouse/guardian/family member) may have some flaws that allow for custody problems when the troop redeploys.

    These cases have affected many women upon their return –-Regina Ellis is one of those women:

    "Regina Ellis is going through a similar experience. She was deployed overseas for a year, and she also followed the Family Care Plan. Now that she's back, Ellis has lost custody of her son, Trevor.

    "This month, her ex-husband gained full-time custody, and Ellis said she sees Trevor only every other weekend.

    "'It's not just us and it's not just the Army and it's not just females -- this is military-wide, and it hurts,' Ellis said." (source)

    This isn't only affecting female soldiers, but fathers fighting the WOT too.

    "Military service sometimes costs men their children. The Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act provides that if a parent moves a child to a new state, that new state becomes the child's presumptive residence after six months. With the long deployments necessitated by the war, a military spouse can move to another state while her spouse is deployed, divorce him, and then be virtually certain to gain custody through the divorce proceedings in the new state." (source)

    Another little discussed travesty is that some service members are returning from a war zone to be fined –or worse jailed –because of child support payments. Payments that were based on their civilian income that the pay received for active duty makes impossible for them to pay.

    "For example, a California naval reservist who has three children and who takes home $4,000 a month in his civilian job would have a child support obligation of about $1,600 a month. If this father is a petty officer second class (E5) who has been in the reserves for six or seven years--a middle-ranked reservist--his active-duty pay would only be $2,205 before taxes, in addition to a housing allowance. Under current California child support guidelines, the reservist’s child support obligation should be $550 a month, not $1,600.
    A reasonable reader unfamiliar with the wonders of the child support system would probably think “OK, but the courts would just straighten it out when the reservist gets back—certainly they wouldn’t punish him for something that happened because he was serving.” However, the federal Bradley Amendment prohibits judges from retroactively modifying child support beyond the date which an obligor has applied for a modification. Reservists can be mobilized with as little as one day’s notice. If a reservist didn’t have time or didn’t know he had to file for a downward modification, the arrearages stay, along with the interest and penalties charged on them.” (source)

    Similar to the now much discussed ‘Dear John’ letters –and more importantly –custody and child support matters should be the last thing on a service members mind when they are in a war zone –or deployed at all. I’m surprised this hasn’t been more publisized because the DOD really needs to get it together on this one...

    (H/T: Baley)

    Best Frivolous Lawsuit Yet...

    Okay, you all know I have posted tons of (what I deem) ridiculous lawsuits, but I think this one might be the winner...

    A Lodi, California man, Curtis Gokey, had his car hit by a city dump truck and didn't waste anytime in filing a lawsuit for $3,500. I know you're all thinking -that's fine they hit his car. Here's the thing... HE was driving the dump truck that he backed into his own car. Needless to say the city rejected his claim. But...

    "Now, Gokey's wife is filing a claim in her own name, saying she's the one who uses the car. The city has rejected her claim, too. But Rhonda Gokey isn't giving up so easily. She said she's not as nice as her husband. She insisted she has "the right to sue the city because a city's vehicle damaged my private vehicle."

    Rhonda Gokey's claim is for $1,200 more than Curtis." (source)

    One lawsuit I wouldn't be against would be charges being brought against these two litigious fools...

    (H/T:Liz)

    SPEAKING OF LAWSUITS:
    I have a question for you law-minded types out there. I received a REALLY KKK-style racist email the other day, but I guess the sender has seen me post emails before because the header says "NOT FOR PUBLICATION WITHOUT PERMISSION"...
    Can I post it anyway? It's a personal email written to me, so isn't it now my possession?

    Caption It...

    Participants Needed – Military Family Members

    I was recently contacted by a girl named Monica, the daughter of a Vietnam veteran, who would like the help of the blogosphere. She is currently living in Costa Rica and “pursuing a Masters Degree at the University For Peace (United Nations affiliated graduate school) in "Gender and Peace Building" in order to better identify and understand the different needs of men, women, boys and girls in conflict and post-conflict situations. She hopes to eventually work with governments and/or people in conflict and post-conflict situations to reduce incidents of gender based violence.

    Her Explanation of the Project:
    "Overall, the purpose of this project is to increase awareness within academia (and hopefully beyond!) about the experiences of military spouses during deployments and to gain a better understanding of the impact of protests on servicemen/women and their families. I am also interested in the experiences of those who do not support the war (whether Vietnam or Iraq) because I feel that this impacts the way in which a spouse deals with deployments, etc. I feel that in order to do justice to this topic it is necessary to include the diverse experiences and perspectives of military spouses (geographic locations, political orientation, support/opposition for the wars, length of military service, etc).

    Although my main focus is military spouses, I am also interested in hearing the perspective of servicemen/women and veterans. I am searching for the spouses of servicemen/women and veterans (Iraq & Vietnam) as well as servicemen/women and veterans (Iraq & Vietnam) themselves to interview (via email) for this project. If you or anyone you know would be interested in assisting me, please contact me at: themis@runbox.com for more information. All sources have the option of remaining anonymous and should they decide at any point in time that they do not want to participate, I will refrain from using any information that they have provided me with."

    Please email her if you think you can help to enlighten academia about military life... Thanks!

    Wednesday, March 22, 2006

    Guest Post: by oldsaltUSMC

    About civilian thinking and Dear Johns:

    In general, the old saw, "the more things change, the more they remain the same" holds true for military life. Dear John's are probably a common experience for all generations that have ever served in the uniform. It is really a part of life whether you are a civilian or military. What is unique about it for us that serve is that it is one of the few threads that connect you to your old life, and you really want to hang on to it. There isn't much in stateside military life that gives you that sense of connectedness.

    That is why most men if they have a choice they would like to be stationed as close to home as possible, and if not, they are "swooping" home, hundreds of miles on the weekend, taking their buddies with them to sample some of that family life. In my youth, and for more than a few of us it was overseas and the smell of gun smoke, or as we said in the ranks at the time: "it is off to the land of sliding doors and slant eyed whores" (referring to the Far East).

    Another factor in regarding "Dear Johns" has to do about men and women and "first love". The general comment from my experience is the women take romance and love a lot more seriously than the men. Men take it very seriously too, and more so if you are far away. It stirs the imagination and it hurts as much physically as it does mentally. My saving grace was the ability to cry in my beer and whine to my buddies.
    They were unmerciful, but they gave you a sense of comfort- they were family especially overseas, more so in war, beer or no beer. Thank god for that or else you would get in yourself in trouble hurt yourself or one of your buddies on the job, maybe even end your earthly life.

    In 1963, I took a 21 day “Boat ride” along with several hundred other Marines for Okinawa home of the 3d Marine Division, back then, the “Tip of the Spear”. I wanted to smell gun smoke, the booze was cheap, and the local females were easy to please, and pleased easy. All the signs were in English, and the Island was still run as a conquered territory by an Army Two Star. So what the hell does this have to do about Dear Johns-well got one from some neighbor girl, as did quite a few of the men in my Company quite a few of them were married no less. My observations:

    The married men. I don’t know what it was, but it seemed to me, the day a young Marine got married, six months later he was in Okinawa, period!
    Of these, half the men got Dear Johns at least by mid-tour (a tour being 13 months) with some being divorced before they returned. The common denominator for these folks was level of maturity. They were shy by more than a couple of points. Putting it bluntly, they got married for the wrong reasons. Sex dressed as love, get out of the barracks and all the BS associated with it, and more money in the pocket (untrue). They were also liberty risks more so than my single buddies, and they were more driven to sex with the ladies of the night than us singles as well.

    The singles. Dear Johns were a brutal truth teller for us all that got them whether we wanted to admit it or not. Simply, there was nothing there, and there wasn’t too much you could do it about it when you were 10,000 miles away. It just creates a lot of frustration. A buddy told me one time when I was crying in my beer, he said “B----, more than half this world is made of women, and you cannot tell me that there isn’t more than one woman that can make you happy for the rest of your life. It only took a while for this “amoeba” to grow like a rampant cancer. After that I was okay and enjoyed the rest of my tour.

    What was the lesson in all of this? Well, a wife would have to be mature, not necessarily good-looking, but has good quality, and character, and you have that gut feeling that if you are away, that she is still your wife and doing the right thing. You also realize that as a married man, you do not do those things that you did as a single man. Your first responsibility is to her. That is how I have tried to live my life.

    So, I stayed single, made no commitments prior to going overseas, especially when the shooting was going on. This was also true for the 3 years I was in Philadelphia between Vietnam Tours (Philly girls are strange-want you to get out and live there). I got married at 33 to a beautiful young thing that worked for my drinking buddy. She thought I was rich because I was a Marine Gunnery Sergeant (little did she know).

    My comments are by no means scholarly, but anecdotal, from my experiences as an enlisted Marine with 28 years Service. Therefore, this is one of a series of short "sea stories".

    Semper Fi.

    -oldsaltUSMC

    Neighbors From Hell...

    I know everyone has a "neighbor from hell" story, and we'll get to that in a minute. .but this story is the Wes Craven version of "Dennis the Menace" and puts all other horrible neighbor stories to shame.

    "Irritated but calm, the homeowner called 911 and told the dispatcher that he had finally done something about the neighbor boy — the one, the man said into the phone, who had been harassing him for years.

    "I just killed a kid," Charles Martin said, according to a recording of the Sunday afternoon call released by police in Union Township, near Batavia, about 20 miles east of Cincinnati.

    "You just killed a kid?" the surprised 911 operator said.

    "Yes, ma'am," the caller replied.

    Martin, 66, is charged with murdering 15-year-old Larry Mugrage, who lived next door to the house where Martin kept a meticulous front lawn with grass that he could sometimes be seen measuring to the inch." (source)

    He shot the kid twice in the chest with a .410 shotgun for walking on his grass... The teen was DOA.

    JustRose, Liz and I had a grumpy old guy on our street (yes, we all grew up on the same street) that would squirt us down with his hose if we played stickball in front of his house or ran near his grass... Liz has a neighbor now that keeps putting "For Sale" signs on her lawn... What are your horrible neighbor stories?

    Sexual Predator Goes Free...

    I better hear Bill O'Reilly freaking out over this like he has over all the other judges and prosecutors that let pedophiles go... None of this double standard BS...

    Child Molester Debra Lafave gets off scot-free. You remember, she was the one that told a judge she was much “too pretty” to go to jail. And ID, before you say a word --would she have gotten off if she looked like this?

    "Prosecutors here dropped charges Tuesday against a former teacher accused of having sex with a middle school student.

    The teacher, Debra Lafave, offered her "deepest apologies" to the 14-year-old boy and his family.

    Lafave, 25, said she is undergoing therapy for bipolar disorder and was "very remorseful" about the events that led to her arrest in June 2004.

    "I am a strong Christian woman," she said. "I believe that God has a path for me, and this was just a bump in the road." (source)

    So, now bi-polar disorder is a free-ticket in our legal system for a student to have sex with a pre-pubescent boy? What happens when the next creepy guy uses this case as precedent when he decides to grope some kid in the math lab?

    I know we discussed this before when I posted about The Biggest American Double Standard --this was one of the first times a discussion here was split completely by gender and not party lines... You pigs. ;)

    Best Shirts Ever...

    How funny are these:



    ---Gangsta Cheney --and-- Bust A Cap Cheney---

    In the Sandbox...


    Contempt Violates Directive

    "The writers of the March 13 letters “Enlisted can speak their minds” and “Don’t believe major’s hype” have failed to do their research concerning Article 88 and its applicability toward enlisted members.

    Had they done so, they would have learned about DOD Directive 1344.10, which governs the political activities by members of the Armed Forces on active duty. Paragraph 4.1.3 Enclosure 3 specifies permitted and prohibited activities for servicemembers.Further examination of enclosure 3 (paragraph E3.3.11) states a member on active duty may not “use contemptuous words against the officeholders described in 10 U.S.C. 888 (reference (b)), or participate in activities proscribed by references (c) and (d).”

    Title 10, U.S.C. 888 specifies these officials as, “the President, the Vice President, Congress, the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of a military department, the Secretary of Transportation, or the Governor or legislature of any State, Territory, Commonwealth, or possession in which he is on duty or present shall be punished as a court-martial may direct.”

    Failure to obey this directive, signed Aug. 2, 2004, would be a violation of Article 92 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, Failure to Obey an Order or Regulation. So in short the major is correct and both writers are wrong.

    -Maj. Sean P. Wilson, Hohenfels, Germany (Stars & Stripes: Letters to the Editor)

    ...girls of the U.S. Military...
    1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

    Tuesday, March 21, 2006

    Major Disappointment in Afghanistan...

    Did we oust the Taliban? Operation Enduring Freedom has been going on for quite a while and I was under the impression that the Coalition men and women that have been tirelessly working this mission (like our beautiful Army Girl) were doing so to free these people from a terrible regime...the Taliban. From the Sharia law imposed by that evil regime...

    Yet, yesterday I read that a man is currently on trial (under the government of Hamid Karzai-not the Taliban) for converting from Islam to Christianity SIXTEEN YEARS AGO and is at this moment facing the possibility of the DEATH PENALTY.

    "Abdul Rahman is charged with rejecting Islam and could face the death sentence under Sharia law unless he recants.
    He converted 16 years ago as an aid worker helping refugees in Pakistan. His estranged family denounced him in a custody dispute over his two children.
    It is thought to be Afghanistan's first such trial, reflecting tensions between conservative clerics and reformists.
    Conservatives still dominate the Afghan judiciary four years after the Taliban were overthrown." (source)

    I guess we know why 99% of the country is Muslim... The Same reason that Saddam used to receive 99% of the votes for his "re-elections"...

    But wait, this is the best part:

    "When he was arrested last month he was found to be carrying a bible and charged with rejecting Islam which is punishable by death in Afghanistan.
    Trial judge Ansarullah Mawlazezadah told the BBC that Mr Rahman, 41, would be asked to reconsider his conversion, which he made while working for a Christian aid group in Pakistan.
    "We will invite him again because the religion of Islam is one of tolerance. We will ask him if he has changed his mind. If so we will forgive him," the judge told the BBC on Monday. (source)

    ...but if not we will stone him to death, because we're tolerant.

    And there's still the ongoing (and seemingly growing) problem of Pakistan...