Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Guest Post by Foxy Wizard

In light of the recent raid on the LDS “cult compound” in Texas, I felt it was appropriate to tell this story. I asked permission to write it because this is an example of just how heavy handed and unjust a government can be.

In 1982, Betty Lou “Bebe” Gaines acquired 120 acres in the Lost Pines area 50 miles outside of Austin, Texas, for the purpose of making a difference in the lives of boys who had committed crimes, mostly sexual, and serious enough so they had to be removed from their families. For most, their choice was to come to Woodside Trails Therapeutic Camp and School, or go to jail.

Bebe believed that if she could get these boys before they were “hard wired” with sexual deviancies, she could give them an opportunity to work through their issues, get closure on them and go on to live normal adult lives. She started this dream from scratch, with raw land and hard work, and for 22 years served an average of 50 students at any given time. Through the work of a dedicated and gifted team, most of the boys benefited greatly from their time at Woodside, graduated from High School and went on to live normal lives.

One of the first things they had to do was learn to build their own rustic dwellings in the woods. This was seen as an important step in their rehabilitation; it taught them elements of teamwork, self sufficiency, trust and hard work. The camp was divided into 4 groups of 15 or so students. There was supervision 24/7 by trained counselors. During the day they attended school in air conditioned classrooms, ate at a mess hall with a commercial kitchen, and bathed in a modern shower house. The school consisted of 5 classrooms, a library, and a computer lab. There was also a fully equipped carpentry shop where a retired Navy officer taught them the elements of carpentry and boat building. At night they slept, under supervision, in the rustic camp quarters they had built themselves.

From Bebe’s point of view, these were her children.

In 2004, Carol Strayhorn was running for the Governor’s office of the State of Texas. Her motto was she was “one tough Grandma”, and as current State Comptroller, she needed to make some kind of a statement of just how tough she was.

As you can imagine, in a school full of kids dealing with sexual misconduct issues of their own, there were any number of dramas of one sort or another going on at any given time. One kid was upset because he wasn’t getting his way so he threatened to charge one of the counselors with sexual misconduct if he didn’t get what he wanted. Not being willing to let blackmail alter the policies of the school, his requests were denied. Apparently he started the ball rolling.

In 2004, a series of articles began to appear in local newspapers and TV stations, charging Woodside Trails with sexual misconduct. There was no apparent foundation for these allegations. The charges against the counselor were being investigated. Most involved in the case suspected the charges were false. Some of the other students refuted his claims and the issue was destined to be dropped.

But never underestimate the desire of a candidate to get elected.

Carol Strayhorn, as Comptroller, demanded an investigation. Her team went to Woodside Trails, and instead of looking at the whole picture, went straight to the rustic campsites. She said in interviews that children should not be allowed to live in such conditions. No children were interviewed. No pictures of the modern classrooms, cafeteria, showers, library or carpentry shop were taken or shown in the news reports. Bebe was not even interviewed.

The press breathlessly repeated every charge made by Ms. Strayhorn until everyone except those who were connected to Woodside Trails believed them. Bastrop is a small community, and the destruction of Bebe’s reputation was devastating.

The coup de gras occurred one day when Ms Strayhorn was being interviewed. With a microphone thrust in her face, she stated something like: “if a 9 year old child is being raped by a 14 year old boy at Woodside Trails, how can you consider that safe?” She just made that up, on the fly. No such incident had ever happened, but when pressed on whether or not it had, she refused to back down. She had her case.

In 2004, the Department of Family and Protective Services showed up, unannounced, with several Suburbans, and gave the school 2 hours to vacate the premises. Although some of these kids had lived at Woodside for years, and had all of their worldly possessions there, they were only allowed to take what they could get together in two hours and carry with them. Children were ripped away from the only stability they had ever known. The scene was described to me as children crying, begging Bebe to please do something. Some of the former students I have talked to say that was the worse day of their lives. They bemoan the fact that they were never asked about any of the charges, and that none of them were true. They knew about the charges to the counselor, knew the kid who was making the accusations, and knew them to be false.

In two hours, Bebe’s life work went down the tubes. Along with the closing of the school, her ability to practice her profession was taken away as well. Just like that, she was left with no livelihood, no ability to work in her trained profession, and no way to prove her case in the media. The insurance company refused to pay her lawyers’ fees because of the charges, even though that was the purpose of the policy in the first place. She had to defend herself with two lawyers who knew her plight. They worked for free for 4 years.

I met Bebe about two years ago, and she was still devastated by the turn of events. About 30 of her former students had gotten back in touch with her; some had even come back because they had no place else to go. One, Rene, walked from Austin- about 45 miles- because he needed to get out of the gangs in the neighborhood where he grew up and knew Bebe would help him. Another, Rolando, came back because he really can’t function at the adult level (Mama smoked crack when she was pregnant with him) and needs light supervision. Bebe handles his affairs.

As of this day the school is closed. I now live here, and am taking care of some of these young men who were students before. That is my ministry. We scrape money together to buy food and supplies, and give them whatever guidance we can. Bebe has been eking out a living as a court mediator while her case goes through the court system. The insurance company just paid the legal fees they should have paid for 4 years ago, so that has helped somewhat. In the courts, she has won three levels of appeals, motions, and countermotions against the Department. It is probable that after 5 or 6 years she will be through the court system, hopefully with enough settlement money to partially compensate her for lost wages for the past 4 years.

She is still seen as a pariah in the State of Texas because of the negative publicity she received, and of course the news agencies and the Department have never recanted a single word of their accusations even though the courts have ruled in Bebe’s favor at every level.

Bebe will never be able to practice her chosen profession.

Please note that the events that were used to shut the school down never happened; that the government agency, at one point, admitted they knew the charges to be false and moved on them anyway; that the news agencies repeated endlessly the “events” that never took place, and not a single one recanted the stories even after facts had come to light; that the raid on the school was completely politically motivated; that there was absolutely no concern for the well-being of the 65 children even though that was the pretext; and that the lives and reputations of Bebe and 20 or so other counselors who loved and were dedicated to these children were completely destroyed.

And Carol Strayhorn, that “one tough Grandma”, is now running for mayor of The City of Austin.

Too Late? Obama Denounces Rev. Wright

Barack Obama angrily denounced his former pastor for "divisive and destructive" remarks on race, seeking to divorce himself from the incendiary speaker and a fury that threatens to engulf his front-running Democratic presidential campaign.

"I am outraged by the comments that were made and saddened over the spectacle that we saw yesterday,"

On Monday, Wright criticized the U.S. government as imperialist and stood by his suggestion that the United States invented the HIV virus as a means of genocide against minorities. "Based on this Tuskegee experiment and based on what has happened to Africans in this country, I believe our government is capable of doing anything," he said.

And perhaps even worse for Obama, Wright suggested that the church congregant secretly concurs.

"If Senator Obama did not say what he said, he would never get elected," Wright said. "Politicians say what they say and do what they do based on electability, based on sound bites, based on polls."


Obama stated flatly that he doesn't share the views of the man who officiated at his wedding, baptized his two daughters and been his pastor for 20 years. The title of Obama's second book, "The Audacity of Hope," came from a Wright sermon.

"What became clear to me is that he was presenting a world view that contradicts who I am and what I stand for," Obama said. "And what I think particularly angered me was his suggestion somehow that my previous denunciation of his remarks were somehow political posturing. Anybody who knows me and anybody who knows what I'm about knows that I am about trying to bridge gaps and I see the commonality in all people." (source)

Newt Gingrich was on The View yesterday -Joy and Whoopi disagreed, but Gingrich is of the same mind as me...that Wright is doing this knowing it will hurt Obama.

I started feeling bad for Barry yesterday. He's worked so hard to remain "above the fray" and all this just undermines that and drags him right into the mud. But then common sense took over --he's been under this man's tutelage for 20 years and there is no way he didn't know what the rev. stood for and believed. He was married by him. He was his mentor. He named his book after one of his sermons. Basically, he kicked his mentor/pastor/beliefs to the curb when it might hurt his career...and what does that say?

Flashback...Circa 1997

The night The Man and I got married was also the first night of the '96-'97 Stanley Cup Playoffs --Philadelphia Flyers vs. The Detroit Redwings. We had beaten Pittsburgh, Buffalo and the Rangers all in five games apiece to win the Eastern Conference championship and I feared no one would come to the wedding because of the game (this is Philly after all).

Our solution? We set up TVs in three rooms so everyone could see the game and had a Ron Hextall jersey hanging amidst the flower arrangements. We lost 4-2, but everyone came and stayed.

What made me think of that this morning? Busta's 'Living Wax Museum' is tonight and it's game 4 of the Flyers -Canadiens series. I'm sure the school won't be as magnanimous as I was...

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Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Operation Chaos

You are probably aware that Rush Limbaugh has this Operation Chaos thing going on. He has encouraged people to vote in the Democrat primary to keep Hillary close so she doesn't drop out. He doesn't care if she wins or not, but just wants to keep her and Obama fighting against each other and not against McCain.

I learned, through super secret special sources, that he has enlisted the aid of others. Names, which will be revealed, that you will recognize. This information comes from a source who wishes to remain anonymous, on the basis that if the source's name were revealed, you would find out that I just made all this up myself.

Rush has accomplished a master stroke. He has identified someone who is very close to each candidate and planted them deep within the respective campaigns. People who could no more be disowned than, say, someone's own grandmother.

In the Obama campaign, he has placed the most Reverend Jeremiah Wright. Wright is doing everything possible to hurt Obama. The most impressive thing is that Rush has done this without the knowledge of Obama OR Wright. Wright doesn't even know that he is an Operation Chaos operative!

On the other side, Rush has co-opted Bill Clinton. He is working against Hillary at least as hard as Wright is against Obama. It isn't clear whether he knows he is an Operation Chaos operative or not. It is not impossible that he has his own motives for dragging Hillary back. Rumor has it, however, that Rush's Visa bill shows repeated large charges to McDonalds in towns where Bill has been sighted.

Now, if we could only find out what is going on with Michelle.



UDPATE:

Someone else noticed.

Guest Post by J. Marquis

When Reality Meets Rhetoric

I always think it's interesting when real-world events occur and make political and social rhetoric obsolete.

I think we've reached one of those moments with the price of gas. I know investor speculation and the weakness of the dollar are part of the equation but the bottom line is there is only so much petroleum out there and a whole lot of non-Americans are hungry to live the way we do.

Two years ago if you bought a Prius, many Americans would snicker and say you were an elitist liberal treehugger. Now those same people would ask you where you got the vehicle and if there was a waiting list. Paying four bucks a gallon has a way of changing a person's perspective.

Global warming? Pretty soon it won't matter if you believe in it or not...the cost of gas will decide if you're going to run back and forth to the mall 3 times today in your Expedition.

The biggest disappointment of the current presidential campaign is how little time has been spent discussing this country's energy policy. And I don't just mean raising mpg averages or drilling in ANWR (which gets tepid support from the public because they know it's not a long-term solution).

I'm talking about a COMPREHENSIVE energy policy. One that recognizes that this is the core issue for America today. One that recognizes we need to change our spending priorities in a big way.

We've spent hundreds of billions of dollars over the last twenty years "protecting" Mideast oil. Can you imagine what kind of technology we'd have in place now if we'd spent even half that money on non-oil energy research? Electric cars, giant solar energy installations in the desert, tidal power generators working on both coasts, etc. etc.

But we cling to the oil. And who benefits? Very often the people who hate us the most.

I'm not going to put all the blame on the Republicans or the oil companies or Wall Street or Detroit. We're all to blame... we've taken the easy way out for decades. We knew this day would come but we continued to elect leaders who lacked the courage and
imagination needed if this country is going to prosper in the 21st century.

Come on, America. Bring the troops home (from everywhere) and get to work on our energy and healthcare needs. You'll be amazed how things start to fall into line when you do.

~J. Marquis, Major Conflict

Polls Abound

I don't put much stock in polls -regardless of who conducts them. They rely on people being honest...which they're not. Just like in 2004 when people voted for George Bush behind the privacy of a curtain and told their friends they voted for Kerry. Like now when many are saying they won't vote McCain, but come November when they come face to face with the reality of president Clinton or president Obama...I have no doubt they'll (meaning Tater -LOL) will do the right thing...

That being said:

"Hillary Rodham Clinton now leads John McCain by 9 points in a head-to-head presidential matchup, according to an Associated Press-Ipsos poll that bolsters her argument that she is more electable than Democratic rival Barack Obama.

Obama and Republican McCain are running about even.

The survey released Monday gives the New York senator and former first lady a fresh talking point as she works to raise much-needed campaign cash and persuade pivotal undecided superdelegates to side with her in the drawn-out Democratic primary fight.

Helped by independents, young people and seniors, Clinton gained ground this month in a hypothetical match with Sen. McCain, the GOP nominee-in-waiting. She now leads McCain, 50 percent to 41 percent, while Obama remains virtually tied with McCain, 46 percent to 44 percent." (source)

In 2004 many thought I was crazy, but I had no doubt that Bush would win a second term...this time, I'm at a loss.

Wright's Passive-Aggressive Shot at Obama?

This guy is keeping himself in the news...which leads me to believe he must be doing it to spite Barry for "distancing himself" from him.

"...It is not an attack on Jeremiah Wright — it's an attack on the black church," he said to applause.

Wright's appearance was his third in four days, keeping alive a story that continues to dog Obama's campaign and at points creating further controversy.

At the press club, he jokingly offered himself as Obama's running mate and embraced Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan even though he said he doesn't always agree with him. He criticized the U.S. government as imperialist and stood by his suggestion that the U.S. invented the HIV virus as a means of genocide against minorities. "Based on this Tuskegee experiment and based on what has happened to Africans in this country, I believe our government is capable of doing anything," he said.

"God damns some practices and there's no excuse for the things that the government, not the American people, have done," he said. "That doesn't make me not like America or unpatriotic..." (source)

There is NO WAY it's escaped him that doing interviews and giving quotes is only further damaging Barack's chances at the Oval Office.

If this article doesn't seal Obama's political coffin, I don't know what will...

Yeah, It's Society's Fault...

"...They tried motels. They tried relatives. They tried homeless shelters.

When a high-risk sex offender was about to be released from prison, he had no place to stay. The state told him to sleep under a bridge beneath U.S. 2 near Snohomish.

"That's not an acceptable place to be living," Snohomish Police Chief John Turner said. "There is an issue. Where do sex offenders live? Where can they live?"

There's another issue, too.

Three days after being released from prison, David J. Torrence, 43, on Wednesday cut off the electronic monitoring bracelet he was issued and stopped reporting to his parole officer.

A nationwide no-bail arrest warrant has been issued for Torrence. He's a level-3 sex offender and considered at the highest risk of reoffending..." (source)

Is it me or does this article seem to imply that this sub-human is on the loose not because of the State's SERIOUS screw up, but because civilians take issue with having a pervert near their schools, churches and playgrounds? If he's at the "highest risk of re-offending" he shouldn't be out anyway. Level 3 sex offender and they told him to SLEEP UNDER A BRIDGE. Only on the left coast...

Homage to Ronald W. Reagan

My oldest has a "Living Wax Museum" project in lieu of a final non-fiction book report. The practice run for the younger grades was yesterday and the main performance for the whole school and parents is tomorrow night. This is a really cool project where the kids pick a historical figure, write a speech that they must give when anyone pushes their "button" and make a poster depicting the life of their character.

Busta is doing...Ronald Wilson Reagan. As he was doing the research, I learned a lot about a man that I already respected deeply.

-I never knew he saved 77 lives as a lifeguard.
-I didn't know that he was so opposed to discrimination (WAY before the Civil Rights movement), that he would ask Black couples that were turned away from the Inn next to his childhood home back to his house for dinner and sometimes to stay over.
-I never knew that none of Hinckley's bullets hit him directly, but ricocheted off the bullet proof glass of his limo and missed his heart by less than an inch.
-I didn't realize that Jelly belly jellybeans created their blueberry flavor specifically for Reagan's inauguration, or that they created the Jelly Belly bean canister for him so he would have something that couldn't spill on Air Force One.

There is a girl in his class doing Hillary. When I pushed her button part of her speech was, "When I speak, even Republicans listen!" :)

Busta's Speech:

"Win one for the Gipper! Hello, I'm Ronald Wilson Reagan. In the 1930's I was known for my films, but now I am known as the 40th President of the United States of America. I became President on January 20, 1981. While I was in office a mentally ill man named John Hinckley Jr. shot me. I was very injured but I lived to serve for eight years. Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!"

Monday, April 28, 2008

Guest Post by Hank Dagny

You Retire Early And Liberals Say You Are Unpatriotic

To liberals, publishing the enemy military secret – even in a time of war (NY Times) is not unpatriotic.

To liberals, picketing injured veterans on their way to the hospital for therapy and treatment is not unpatriotic.

To liberals, blocking military recruitment centers is not unpatriotic (Code Pink).

To liberal presidential candidates, taking corporate profits legally earned or hanging out with bigots and domestic terrorists is not unpatriotic (Hillary and KKK God-Damn America Hussein Obama).

But, according to Andrew L. Yarrow, is visiting history professor at American University, retiring early “is profoundly selfish and unpatriotic.” This piece of elitist, communist dog manure was a Clinton political appointee (go figure), and received fellowships from the European Union, the French Government, the Kennedy and Truman Presidential Libraries. In other words, a total traitor to this nation.

Is 'early' retirement ... well, unpatriotic?
BY ANDREW L. YARROW

“When I hear my fellow baby boomers gleefully talk about their plans to retire ASAP, head for the Tuscan hills or otherwise continue their lifelong quest for "self-actualization," I have to bite my tongue.

It's not that I'm all work and no play. But there's just something -- lots of things -- wrong, in general, with retiring at 55, 62 or even 65. I would go so far as to call it profoundly selfish and unpatriotic.

For individuals, working longer can mean more income and savings and something to bequeath to one's children. For the nation, if millions of us worked until 67 instead of 62, Americans' wealth and consumption would increase appreciably, fueling stronger economic growth.

That added income would provide about $800 billion in additional tax revenue and reduce government benefit costs by at least $100 billion in 2045, according to Urban Institute calculations. This alone would cut the projected deficit in 2045 by 159 percent.

To encourage such behavior, Social Security benefits taken before age 66 or 70 could be more highly taxed [Ed. Note: This is money the government ALREADY TOOK as a tax, remember], and employee rates of Social Security taxation could be progressively reduced for each year worked after 66 or 70. Or the government could provide a similar sliding tax credit for Americans who continue working beyond age 70.” (article)


This idiot has a job where he sits in his ivory tower and pontificates or walks into a classroom to propagandize for communism. This low life doesn't really 'work'. So it is easy for him to say, just bust your hump on those cement plant floors or out in the bad weather, until you keel over.

To liberals, you are a cow to be milked for tax dollars until you die. FDR’s Ponzi scheme gets to keep your money and you get nothing. And thanks to the ‘Death Tax”, your children get half of what you ALREADY paid taxes on – if they can afford to do that! You see if your wealth is in property, your children have to repay half its value in taxes to actually get the property.

Liberals worship at the altar of government. You are simply the means to pay for it. My fellow Americans, can’t you see what liberals are? They are low life, blood-sucking traitors to our nation. Pure and simple.

~Hank Dagny, Liberal Quicksand

Is McCain "Out of Touch" or is the MSM Enjoying This?

"... Republican U.S. presidential candidate John McCain accused North Carolina's Republican Party of being "out of touch with reality" over its refusal to pull an advertisement criticizing Democrat Barack Obama.

In an NBC interview aired on Friday, the Arizona senator said he has done all he can to persuade the state party to cancel the television ad that criticizes Obama as "too extreme" because of controversial remarks made by his former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright.

"They're not listening to me because they're out of touch with reality and the Republican Party. We are the party of Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan and this kind of campaigning is unacceptable," McCain told NBC's "Today" Show.

"I've done everything that I can to repudiate and to see that this kind of campaigning does not continue," he added..." (source)

Two things...when i start to get annoyed over this I can't help but think how much the MSM is loving the fact that they finally get to post a 'controversy' about McCain and get Hillary and the Golden Boy out of the limelight for a second.
But Second, I'm unsure what McCain was implying when he invoked the three presidents that he did. What is the common bind that would stop any of the three from informing the American public of a true and nefarious association?

Then I read at Newsmax that McCain had some things of his own to say about the Obama/Wright mentorship:

"McCain said he was deeply disturbed by new comments Wright has made. ...and suggested Sen. Barack Obama's relationship with the controversial minister was "beyond belief."

"I saw yesterday some additional comments that have been revealed by Pastor Wright, one of them comparing the United States Marine Corps with Roman Legionnaires who were responsible for the death of our savior. I mean being involved in that, it's beyond belief. And then of course saying that al-Qaida and the American flag were the same flags," McCain told reporters." (Read the article)

Request From Iraq

A medic from Alpha company 1/6 Infantry (which just entered Sader City) sent this request:

"Want to be a bad-ass American? Then please send me the following items:
White Crew socks
Gold Bond
Any kind of sweet-ass tactical gear that is bad-ass
Grey DUCK tape (not the generic shit)
Saran-wrap
AT&T Phonecards
Oakley 6" desert tan SI boots in size 10.5 wide
"Foxtrot Litter" from www.tacmedsolutions.com
A pony
Some snacks and stuff
A water pump
Canned air
Krylon Ultra-Flat tan and olive drab spray-paint
Bodywash
Toothpaste
Cookies, Runts and Bottlecaps
Dragon-skin body armor
Phasers
iPod's and any other montage-making materials.
*This is a shortened request from several guys in my platoon.

This can all be sent to the following address:
CPL Andrew Nunn
A. Co. 1/6 INF TASK FORCE 1/6 Camp Taji APO, AE 09378

If you think that I am joking about any item on that list, you are horribly mistaken. We're in Sadr City and it fucking sucks. We're the people that let you live free, don't f*** us."

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Saturday, April 26, 2008

From The Blogroll: Things You Shouldn't Miss



  • The first thing you shouldn't miss tonight is the Flyers and their goalie-god Marty Biron.

  • Remember the Obama/Rev. Wright ad that McCain asked the North Carolina GOP to stop running...according to Michelle Malkin, McCain never even saw the ad. I wasn't really sure why everyone was so worried about his age. My Dad says it's because people get 'softer' (or more mellow) as they age...I guess he has a point.
    Common Sense Political Thought thinks this ad elucidates a serious double standard.


  • With Philadelphia's new mayor breaking from the State and attempting to forge his own gun restrictions to curb violence in the City of Brotherly love...this story over at 'Common Folk Using Common Sense' piqued my interest:
    Shootings In A Gun-Free City

    "...But how can this be? Both the state of Illinois, and the city of Chicago, are the most restrictive locations for gun ownership. We are told time and time again that all we have to do is ban guns and crime will disappear. Well, Chicago has all but banned guns, and what are we seeing?

    More and more gun violence..."(Read the whole post)


  • K MacGinn has an interesting little blurb up from Neil Cavuto over at Hummers & Cigarettes about the mindset of this country regarding the economy.


  • Robbie, over at Urban Grounds, has a quote from Karl Rove about Obama that I hadn't seen. I didn't realize until watching the video I posted the other day that Barack voted 'present' instead of 'yes' or 'no' so many times --why isn't a bigger deal being made about that?
  • Friday, April 25, 2008

    Guest Post from Bubba

    Mah truck. Aint' she a beauty!!


    The Family



    Howdy ya'll. Ahm Bubba. Ah live in a little bitty place at a fork in the road in New York. Most of my family has done moved down south, but I don't like it down there in Pennsylvania.

    Now, ah don't know much 'bout politics, but ah do know somethin' 'bout guns. Ah know ya don' "cling" to them, ya "clean" them. They ain't much good for politickin', 'cept when you need to run some no good skunk outa town. Ah can't figger what that fella was yammerin' 'bout. Maybe everbody just misunderestimated that fella.

    But ah gots to figger sometin out afore that there convention thing out in Denver. Coloradie, ah thinks. Good thing it ain't in New Mexico, cuz ah ain't agot no passport.

    Anywho, ah done inheriteded a thing from Grandpa. Wale, two things. One was a rent controlled 'partment in New York City. Ahm rentin' it out to a couple of illegals from Canada. They talks funny, but all ways pays on tahm.

    The other warn't no good 'til now. Ah is one of them there sooper delegates. When that lawyer feller called me, ah was so excited. Ah toll Ma and the younguns to all put on they're best cuz we was a goin' to the soup rester...ar... place. Ah had done got us all you can et.

    The he came to the trailer and splained it warn't no food cupon. Seems Grandpa was sum sort of poobah at sum party with sum Democats or sumthin. Now ah is.

    So now, anyway, ah have to load up the truck and go to this Denver place. That law fella wuz tellin us sumthin 'bout all this votin' that's been goin' on and how ah has to decide who the next President is. That seemz lahk an awful lot, but if he promises to keep up the note on the trailer, ah reckon ah can do my part for the cuntry.

    Ah kinda wants to vote for that girl, Clinton, just to get her out of our state. And ah just ain't got no hankerin' 'bout that other guy's preacher. What wuz he yammerin' 'bout with takin' the Lord's name in vain? What does that fancy pants know about chicken's roostin, anyway? Ah hear he's got some million dollar house. Ah reckon he ain't even got no chickens, anyway.

    But that girl, she just don't seem raght, either. My daddy was in Vietnam and my brother was in the first Gulf War. He got out of the Army right after he got back, he ain't so happy about that now. If he had staid in, he coulda retired by now with half pay. But things are OK down at the slaughterhouse.

    Then she had to go and talk 'bout that sniper fire thing. Daddy and Bubba (what? that's his name two) just started laughin' when they saw the videos on my new 85 inch plasma TV. It was too big to get in the trailer (it's just a single wide) so we set it up on the deck. Ah don't reckon ah'm fixin' to vote for some liar like that. Plus, ah don't know if we can afford her astealin' more dishes from the White House.

    Hope and Change. That's what that Chicago fella is about. Ah keep hopin' he'll change, but it ain't lookin' like it. Ya know, my daddy was atellin' me 'bout that Ayers fella, two. You just can't catch no fish with that kinda bait.

    Ah guess the capper is that wife of his. There is definitely sumtin wrong with her. She done fell out the smart-aleck tree and hit every branch on the way down. She's got sum kinda mouth on her, ain't she? But then, that husband of that girl runnin'. Didn't he used to be somebody? What the heck is he 'bout, anyway? Maybe he's hopin' for some change, two.

    Uh, hold on, there's sumbody at the door.......

    ......

    Wow, sum guy who's with that girl just promised me a new double-wide to vote for her. And raght behing him was a girl with a new bass boat with my name on it, if ah promisses to vote for some guy named Osama.

    Let's see. ah could move my TV inside if ah had me a double-wide. But ah could sure use a good bass boat. Ah gues ah'l have to cling to my guns, religion and antipathy for people not lahk me and figger on this.

    Guest Post by Irish Diablo

    Catholicism, Church and Comedy

    Friday, April 11th - During his closing speech, Bill Maher made a statement in the context of comedy, that Pope Benedict was once a Nazi. Now obviously, the Pope was not a Nazi, but he was in fact a member of the Hitler Youth Club… then again, what son of Germany was not a member? Answer: The dead ones.

    Friday, April 18th – As a product of HBO Entertainment clearly being intimidated by the Catholic League and the more-than-obvious hold they have on the current FCC administration, Bill Maher apologizes for his statement, clarifying for the obviously less-intelligent members of the world that it was all said in humor, in the context of comedy, and that obviously the Pope is not nor never was a Nazi.

    Most of you have that have frequented this Blog during my time as a regular have some idea of what I am about and many of my views and beliefs. You know that I am not in any way, shape or form into religion and I believe that it is made up of embellished tales of real people who existed in the physical sense, not in the metaphysical, "magical" sense. I find it very hypocritical that Christians and Catholics can believe that Jesus really did cure the blind, turn water into wine and even resurrect from the grave after being viciously nailed to a cross, left to burn in the sun and sand storms and fed on by vultures and other scavenger-like creatures, but they take offense to the fictional mystical content in a book/movie such as Harry Potter.

    Now, I am willing to agree that Bill Maher is known for pushing the envelope, and for being hypocritical himself for criticizing people for "barking for biscuits" when he, himself, does the exact same thing. I will also agree that it was a dumb move on his part to make such a statement, even more so while the Pope was actually in the USA, even if it was meant as a joke. Let's not lose sight of the fact that Bill Maher is in fact a comedian, who earns his living by being funny and appealing to a certain type of crowd. He is by no means, a voice of the world.

    On the Opie and Anthony radio show this morning, guest William Donohue, President of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, made the argument that Bill Maher has essentially made Catholicism his comedic whipping boy. Donohue stated that "you don't see Maher making jokes about Muslims or other religions. It is clear that he has it out for the Catholic religion." This is where my argument begins with Bill Donohue. If you have ever watched the show Real Time with Bill Maher, you will know that over the years he has relentlessly wisecracked and criticized the Muslims, Christians, and Jews as well as a few jokes about Baptists.

    (I also find it very hypocritical that Bill Donohue was responsible for demanding that the Opie and Anthony show be removed from the air in response to their "Sex for Sam" stunt in which a couple decided to have sex in a Catholic Church, and now that they are back on the air, he has absolutely no problem with using their Nationally Broadcast radio show as a vessel to "spread the Catholic word".)

    This is just another example of how poorly Bill Donohue and the Catholic League operates in defense of Catholicism. He, himself rarely "discovers" these so-called atrocities committed against the Catholic church. His entire base of information is formed by a whisper-down-the-lane process. Basically, a Catholic witnesses an incident such as this, contacts the Catholic League, they let their Commander and Chief know and BOOM, cries of controversy hit the air ways, televisions and ever other possible form of media. What bothers me about this process is that once Mr. Donohue declares such incidents as blasphemy against the Catholic Church, he stands on a platform of about 5% fact and 95% speculation.

    We all know that Bill Donohue doesn't tune in to Bill Maher every Friday night, whether it be to watch his show for his own amusement or in hopes to get another bullet to load the Holy gun with, because if he had he would know that Maher has joked about almost every religion on his show. Instead, Donohue makes a statement that Bill Maher does not joke about other religions. Why? Well, because Mr. Donohue knows that people would be far less outraged knowing that he has joked about other religions. But my making the unknowing believe that it was a calculated attack on Catholicism sounds the holy alarms that ring in the heads of good Catholic, God-fearing folk across the World.

    I have always referred to Catholicism as the Holy Mafia. When you consider yourself to be a non-profit organization and one of the richest corporations in the entire world, there is an apparent conflict of interest. This never becomes an issue simply because the money and power they have is more than adequate to shroud them from prying eyes. It amazes me that no one that matters finds it in the least bit despicable that the Catholic Church continues to bully and operate in a thug-like manner, all in the name of God, and when they are questioned or scrutinized on it, they don't even try to defend themselves because you are immediately deemed as questioning the word of God.

    Now, back on topic, why is it so wrong to poke fun at the Catholic Church, or any religion for that matter? Fans of comedy will remember that Lenny Bruce had his career all-but come to a halt when he began making jokes about God and the Church. I know many of you were outraged at the idea of Muslims wanting blood for a few cartoons that portrayed Muhammad in comedic fashion. In fact, if I am not mistaken, even the Vatican came out and said that they found it absurd that Muslims wanted to kill over a cartoon depiction of Muhammad. Yet another display of their blatant hypocrisy.

    So, set aside any dislike you have for Bill Maher and tell me, was Comedian X wrong for making the joke he made (in the context of comedy) or do you find that the Catholic Church is unjust in demanding an apology?

    Personally, I think that the number of Catholic parishioners is down and they need to make as much noise as possible to try and get some attention like a child throwing a tantrum.

    ~ By Irish Diablo

    I Hope This Is Just for Show...

    "Sen. John McCain, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, on Wednesday urged GOP officials in North Carolina to remove a new television ad that brands Democratic candidate Barack Obama as "too extreme for North Carolina."

    "We asked them not to run it. I'm sending them an e-mail as we speak, asking them to take it down," the Arizona senator told reporters aboard his campaign bus as he traveled to a town-hall-style meeting in Inez, where President Johnson launched his 1964 campaign on poverty.

    "I don't know why they do it, and obviously I don't control them. But I'm making it very clear, as I have a couple of times in the past, that there's no place for that kind of campaigning -- and the American people don't want it, period," McCain said.

    McCain said he had not seen the North Carolina ad, which states that Obama is too extreme and shows footage of the Illinois senator's former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr., shouting: "Not God bless America, God damn America." In a March speech on race, Obama condemned Wright's controversial remarks, but said the pastor was part of his life and that he could not disown him.

    "I hope that I don't see [it]," McCain said of the ad. "I had enough of a description of it to know that that's the kind of campaigning that I have told the American people we're not going to do." (source)

    This isn't some ad that implies Obama has a white girlfriend kept in a small apartment in Atlanta... This is a REAL issue and one that should be known by all. If McCain isn't going to use rev. Wright, we might as well have Obama and his American-hating wife move into the Oval Office now and save ourselves the stress of an election...

    CNN Sued for $1 for Every Person in China

    ...That's $1.3 billion. The lawsuit is against CNN, Turner Broadcasting and Jack Cafferty who made the 'offensive comment.'

    I haven't watched CNN in quite some time, but I used to like Cafferty.

    "Cafferty said the United States imported Chinese-made "junk with the lead paint on them and the poisoned pet food" and added: "They're basically the same bunch of goons and thugs they've been for the last 50 years".

    In New York, Liang Shubing, the beautician, and Li Lilan, a Beijing-based elementary school instructor, claimed Cafferty's words insulted all Chinese people and "intentionally caused mental harm" to the plaintiffs, the Ta Kung Pao newspaper reported on Thursday.

    Six lawyers were handling the case for Liang and Li, it said.

    "The $1.3 billion averages out to $1 per Chinese person, so it isn't much," the newspaper quoted a lawyer as saying." (source)

    CNN should have to write the check while sucking on one of the lead toys...not because I give a crap that the Chinese were offended, but because the Left loves Communism so they should have to embrace what it produces...

    Robbed!


    No, I'm not being the typical 'my team was robbed' fan, but OMG...did anyone watch the game last night? What the hell with those refs?! First a high stick goal by Montreal is accepted (announcers call BS), then tripping gets called on Richards when it was his SHOULDER and a bogus penalty leads to a power play and a goal by Montreal that ties it up in the last 28 seconds....then they score in OT. BUT, there SHOULDN'T HAVE BEEN AN OVER TIME because THERE WAS NO FRIGGIN' PENALTY. AGGGHHH!

    Anyway, I'm thinking DERIAN if this is a boy...

    (Pic: My Busta with Darien Hatcher & Chris Therien)

    Thursday, April 24, 2008

    Carter & Hamas


    On the way to work this morning I was listening to a local talk radio show. The host is fairly liberal, but usually thinks and is occasionally amenable to education.

    As you may know, Jimmy Carter recently met with the leaders of Hamas. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says the US government told him not to do so.
    Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Tuesday the Bush administration explicitly warned former President Jimmy Carter against meeting with members of Hamas, the Palestinian faction that controls the Gaza Strip and which is regarded by the U.S. as a terror group.
    President Carter says this didn't happen.
    In an interview with NPR, Carter said the State Department did not warn him off the trip.
    (source)

    The local radio host asked, "Now which one of these, Rice or Carter, do you think would be more likely to tell you what he/she really believed, in their heart of hearts?" (paraphrasing) The group agreed it was Carter.

    Although I don't really like Carter, I would agree. Not that I think Rice is a liar, but she would be more likely to consider the repercussions of any comment, while Carter, I think, really believes what he believes, so to speak.

    The problem is, I left that segment of the show with the impression that the host meant to say, and have the listener believe, that Carter was more likely to tell you the truth than Rice would. If you re-read what he said, it doesn't have anything to do with what is actually true.

    It just says that Carter is more likely to tell you what he believes the truth to be. I'm sorry, but, although I think he really believes in what he is doing, that doesn't make it the truth. Just because Jimmy Carter tells us the State Department didn't give him a warning doesn't make it true, no matter how much I believe that he believes it.

    I think Sec of State Rice saying something quite accurate and truthful and Pres Carter believing something the polar opposite is very possible.

    I believe in delusions. A delusion is a false, fixed belief that persists despite evidence to the contrary. Alzheimer's is also a factor in some people.

    Our First 527?

    Yes, it's 13 minutes long, but WATCH IT!



    ...Do you know how many hours I've scoured the internet for footage of Teddy Kennedy calling Obama 'Osama'?

    (Huge H/t: ~jen~)

    And this gem courtesy of Lilo:

    "We in Denmark cannot figure out why you are even bothering to hold an election. On one side, you have a bitch who is a lawyer, married to a lawyer, and a lawyer who is married to a bitch who is a lawyer. On the other side, you have a true war hero married to a woman with a huge chest who owns a beer distributorship. Is there a contest here?"

    Hot Air from Across the Pond

    How many stories have been posted here (over the past year alone) about the ridiculous concessions and appeasements made by the government in the U.K.? Given all their self-inflicted, home grown terror, failed socialized medicine system, failed 'everyone goes to Uni for free' system and volume of citizens 'on the dole'...I think they should worry about cleaning their own house instead of concerning themselves with OUR election.

    This might be one of the most asinine OpEds I have read in a long time --and obviously that's saying a lot.

    Here's a snippet:
    "...America may not yet be ready to elect a black President. Worst of all, it has created conditions for the possible election victory of a militarily belligerent and economically unqualified Republican candidate who supports many of President Bush's worst policies. Given the Bush Administration's domestic and foreign failures, the disasters in Iraq and Afghanistan and, most recently, the slump in the economy, the possibility of a Republican victory in November would seem to overturn every principle of proper democracy - and also the hope of America and its system of government being rehabilitated in the eyes of the world after the Bush years. The fact that Mr Obama and Mrs Clinton are both such impressive candidates, intelligent, sincere, articulate and in command of the issues, while John McCain does not qualify on any of these criteria only makes matters worse..." (Waste 3 minutes of your life)

    Isn't it amusing that there are always a plethora of reasons offered for a Republican win --and never maybe, just maybe, more people here in America are Conservative leaning and actually realize that self-reliance, free market and defending Democracy are actually worthwhile pursuits?

    Contribution Request


    1001 caricatures of Mohammad

    What should the answer of the freedom loving peoples of the west be against the fascist forces in Islam who threaten with violence to stop critical opinions and caricatures of Islam?

    If you are one of many who share my beliefs that we have to fight this totalitarian ideology, you now have the possibility to participate.

    I am writing a book called "1001 caricatures of Mohammad" as a defense, for the right to ask the critical questions and make caricatures. As you understand from the book's title, I need contributions in the form of 1001 caricature drawings of Mohammad.

    I am writing this book under a fictional name because of the dangers associated with expressing critical views of Islam. Any contribution will be protected in the same manner.

    Make history; defend the freedom too many take for granted. With a pen you can stand up and fight for the right to be free in the battle of liberty for all the peoples of the world. Send your contribution to:

    1001.karikaturer.av.muhammed@gmail.com

    Yours sincerely

    John Smith, Norway

    Blog:
    karikatureravmuhammed.blogg.no

    Gary Bettman's 'New League?'

    I hope this isn't what he had in mind...



    I really feel sorry for all of you Pittsburgh fans...this is downright embarrassing. Whoever conceptualized this should be fired immediately. And obviously I wasn't the only one that felt this really didn't embody what hockey is all about. I found this 'revised' version all over a hockey forum:



    Sorry JRob... ;)

    Wednesday, April 23, 2008

    Guest Post by Hank Dagny

    “The Next President Will be a Communist, a Racist or a Socialist”

    Who you voting for?

    The woman communist megalomaniac?

    The inexperienced Black domestic and foreign terrorist loving racist?

    Or the old white socialist guy?

    We know what Hillary is. We know what the Clintons are. Heck, even the left wing blogosphere has finally gotten around to speaking of the Clintons as the actual criminals they really are.

    By the way, how a left wing blogger can look themselves in the mirror just shows what sick individuals they are. I should be copy and pasting all the vile towards the Clintons on the left wing blogs now, because once she steals the nomination, these completely a-moral people will pull it all down and pretend they never said it. They are liberals. Truth and reality is what they say it is.

    Barack Obama was a clean slate. Now, as we learn he is a radical bigot, the left wing is covering. Now that we learn his wife hated the country until Barack Hussein’s success in the primaries. The left wing says that is ‘justifiable rage’ - from a poor black woman - that got into Ivy League schools.

    His wife states she doesn’t want citizens striving to be the best they can be and instead should take just’ regular’ jobs that help people – which is a pure communist view. The left wing ignores her.

    We learn Barack KKK God Damn America Hussein Obama’s preacher, Jeremiah has been preaching anti-American sermons for decades and Barack has been in the front row drinking the Kool-Aid. Does he hate the country? Well, no flag pin when everyone else had one on. No hand over his heart during the Pledge of Allegiance. You decide.

    We learn Barack God Damn America Hussein Obama is buddies with a college professor who actually bombed government buildings during the Viet Nam era, and who is unrepentant, and who now is an English professor in Illinois. Professor William Ayers is as radical as they come and should have been given the Timothy McVey dirt nap, but instead is a fund raiser for Obama.

    These two pure criminals and communists are the best the Democrat Party had to offer.

    And the Republicans have nominated another domestic socialist who will saddle this country with the expensive global warming hoax, some form of socialized medicine, and grant amnesty to illegal aliens. John McCain also shut down free speech prior to an election (McCain-Feingold), he voted against the Bush Tax Cuts, and he is against adding more drilling and refining locations in our own country – assuring high gas prices and dependence on foreign oil.

    These are your choices from the major political parties in this country. You tell me how – unless you vote for a third party candidate – that it is not over. Our choices are now between confirmed communists and a socialist for President of the United States of America.

    ~Hank Dagny, Liberal Quicksand

    Hillary Wins Big in Pennsylvania

    It seems those of us that reside in South-Eastern PA believe we are Pennsylvania. Over the past week or so people seemed generally shocked when I said Hillary would win here with a big margin. They forget that Philadelphia and her suburbs are only a small part of this state. They forget that much of PA is rural and that York, PA still holds KKK parades. Maybe we try to forget that on purpose...

    There is barely a lawn around here that didn't boast an Obama sign. There were Mercedes painted in soap that read "Change!" There were Elementary school children wearing the Che-inspired Obama shirts that read "Hope." To no avail. Hillary won by 10 pts and gains 20 delegates.

    My question is --who do we want to win? Which candidate is more easily defeated in the general election? I can imagine the 527 ads against Obama and I'm liking what I envision... Unless of course McCain 'denounces' them all.

    The Man's bother admitted yesterday that 'white guilt' played a role in his vote for Barack. At least he's honest, but what a crock of crap. Colin Powell would be getting earned votes, not pity votes. If Barack sent in a resume for this job, he wouldn't even have made it to the interview level --never owned a company, never ran a state...

    Speaking of that, they are predicting a big win for Obama in North Carolina saying that he brings out the African American vote --but I looked up North Carolina's census information this morning: 74% white 21% Black.

    On a relieved note, the Union thug (currently under indictment) that was running for the State senate, was defeated. A big union leader losing by 12 pts...sweet.

    And who are the 120,000 people here in the Keystone state that voted Ron Paul?! I know ONE. A President that wears sneakers with a suit? Is that what we've come to?! ;)

    PETA Calls Out Al Gore on 'Earth Day'

    "A recent report published by the United Nations determined that raising animals for food generates about 40 percent more greenhouse gas emissions than all the cars, trucks, ships and planes in the world combined."

    Al Gore is a meat lover who is rumored to use the all-protein Atkins diet when he needs to slim down (obviously pretty often). PETA isn't happy about this latest Al-pocrisy.

    "...On Monday, the animal rights organization launched the campaign offsetalgore.com (conveniently timed for Earth Day) in an attempt to counter the effects that they say the former vice president's meat-laden diet has on Mother Nature.

    So while Gore is known worldwide for his environmental activism and efforts to build awareness about global warming, is our steak-lovin' "Earth Day" man a hypocrite? PETA certainly seems to think so.

    The campaign encourages people to go vegetarian for 30 days and claims that that is enough time to prevent the release of more than 270 pounds of carbon dioxide into the Earth's atmosphere. Studies suggest that this will prevent more pollution than if a person left his or her car at home every weekday for 30 days..." (source)

    Caption It...

    Tuesday, April 22, 2008

    Flyers Win In 7th Game OT!!!!



    Habs...here we come.

    Voting While Catholic

    This was a much bigger issue in the last presidential election because John Kerry is Catholic. Many Catholics disagree with the teaching of the Church or even with basic tenets of the Church.

    How are Catholics to reconcile their beliefs and voting? What guidance do we have as we approach the voting booth and then attend Mass?

    In its over 2000 year history, you can bet the Church has issued enough guidance to help us. The only problem is that many of us don't really want to know. We want to be able to do/vote as we please without considering the effect on our relationship with the Church. Of course, many of us are well aware of this guidance and what it tells us about our worthiness to receive Holy Communion. Any Catholic can tell you that if he is not in "full communion" with the Church, he should not take Holy Communion.

    As Pope Benedict XVI wrote as Cardinal Ratzinger in "Worthiness to Receive Holy Communion — General Principles":
    Presenting oneself to receive Holy Communion should be a conscious decision, based on a reasoned judgement regarding one’s worthiness to do so, according to the Church’s objective criteria, asking such questions as: “Am I in full communion with the Catholic Church? Am I guilty of grave sin? Have I incurred a penalty (e.g. excommunication, interdict) that forbids me to receive Holy Communion? Have I prepared myself by fasting for at least an hour?” The practice of indiscriminately presenting oneself to receive Holy Communion, merely as a consequence of being present at Mass, is an abuse that must be corrected (cf. Instruction “Redemptionis Sacramentum,” nos. 81, 83).
    How can we reconcile our voting with the teachings of the Church? Obviously, the first step is to know what the teachings of the Church are regarding the issues about which you care and the issues of the politicians in question.

    It is clear to me that the only situation in which a Catholic can remain in full communion with the Church and vote for a pro-abortion politician is if all of the candidates are pro-abortion to the same degree and there are other differences which make one candidate preferential.

    It follows that if at least one of the candidates is against abortion, there is no acceptable reason to vote for the pro-abortion candidate.

    Before you shout, "What about proportionate reasons?" I again quote Cardinal Ratzinger:
    A Catholic would be guilty of formal cooperation in evil, and so unworthy to present himself for Holy Communion, if he were to deliberately vote for a candidate precisely because of the candidate’s permissive stand on abortion and/or euthanasia. When a Catholic does not share a candidate’s stand in favour of abortion and/or euthanasia, but votes for that candidate for other reasons, it is considered remote material cooperation, which can be permitted in the presence of proportionate reasons.
    Now we have to discuss proportionate reasons. What proportionate reason would allow you to vote for a pro-abortion politician?
    Not all moral issues have the same moral weight as abortion and euthanasia. For example, if a Catholic were to be at odds with the Holy Father on the application of capital punishment or on the decision to wage war, he would not for that reason be considered unworthy to present himself to receive Holy Communion.
    Again, a lot of this was a big issue in the 2004 Presidential election because Sen. Kerry is Catholic, but the issues are timely now as well. John McCain has a zero score from NARAL every year, while Barack Obama has a 100% score every year.

    Dr. Frank Joseph really got hot about Archbishop Raymond Burke and this subject. The Archbishop initially stated that Catholics in St. Louis who vote for political candidates supportive of abortion rights have committed a grave sin in the eyes of the church, and should confess and do penance before receiving Communion. (SLToday.com 6/25/04) Then he was quoted in the Post-Dispatch on 9/02/04 as saying, "In that scenario, a Catholic who personally opposes abortion rights, votes for a candidate who supports abortion rights ‘for what are called proportionate reasons.'"

    Now, that isn't any different from what Cardinal Ratzinger said, is it? You just have to decide if your proportionate reasons allow you to vote for the pro-abortion candidate. Dr. Joseph argued several examples to support his opinion that there are no proportionate reasons sufficient to allow a Catholic to vote, in good conscience, for a pro-abortion candidate when there is an anti-abortion alternative.

    I agree with Dr. Joseph. I cannot imagine any reason that outweighs the millions of dead babies produced by abortion every year. Look back at what Cardinal Ratziner wrote. War, capital punishment? Not good enough. Heck, just the sheer numbers make the difference obvious.

    You want to vote for Obama because he opposes the Iraq war but you are a Catholic? Please help me understand how you can, in any way, consider this proportionate to his support for abortion?

    Guest Post by K MacGinn


    Did you catch Al Gore on 60 Minutes last Sunday? (You can go here to watch the video and read the transcript.) The interview revealed that Gore has started a new advertising campaign to get out the word. He and his wife Tipper have invested $300 million, using money from his profits of the Oscar-winning movie "An Inconvenient Truth", as well as money from his Nobel Peace Prize. Along with the new spiffy campaign, done by the same advertising company known for its cute Geico commercials with the lizard and funny cavemen characters, Gore is re-packaging his agenda for Evangelical Christians, redefining global warming as a moral and spiritual issue. "We all share the exact same interest in doing the right thing on this. Who are we as human beings? Are we destined to destroy this place that we call home, planet earth? I can't believe that that's our destiny. It is not our destiny. But we have to awaken to the moral duty that we have to do the right thing and get out of this silly political game-playing about it. This is about survival," he said. Gore has redesigned his slide show to include Bible references.

    I waited for it, and there it came through in the interview: He called me a "flat earther." Well, not directly to my face, but in the interview with Leslie Stahl, he said he believed that folks like me are a "tiny, tiny minority" and that those people we're like those who who believe the landing on the moon was staged and that the earth is flat.

    "I think that those people are in such a tiny, tiny minority now with their point of view. They're almost like the ones who still believe that the moon landing was staged in a movie lot in Arizona and those who believe the earth is flat. That demeans them a little bit, but it's not that far off,
    " Gore said. I'm glad to see that at least Gore worries that his calling me a flat earther might be demeaning. Too bad he isn't interested in forthright reporting of statistics, "consensus", and open debate.

    "Consensus" is debatable.
    I remember when that was all over the MSM summer 2006, while they promoted Gore and ideology but relegated Kim Jong Il's shenanigans to second- or third-story status. I laughed back then at the term "consensus." What the hell does THAT mean? That's pretty nebulous!

    It seems that scientists at Germany's Institute of Coastal Research surveyed more than 500 of the world's leading climate scientists on issues related to global warming and found that less than half of the them agreed that the issue warranted being turned over to social scientists for policy discussion (source).

    Ironically, and I'm sure much to the embarrassment of the global warming fear mongers, the same week that Gore launched his incredibly expensive public relations campaign, Tom Wigley, a lead author of the most recent IPCC report on the climate, came out and endorsed President Bush's approach to global warming, criticizing Gore's and the IPCC's plan.

    Here's what Steven Milloy of JunkScience.com wrote (emphasis added):

    In an article entitled "Dangerous Assumptions" published in Nature (April 3), Wigley writes that the technology challenge presented by the goal of stabilizing atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) concentrations "has been seriously underestimated by the IPCC, diverting attention from policies that could directly stimulate technological innovation."

    Wigley, a lead author of the most recent IPCC report, describes that document as relying on "unrealistic" and "unachievable" CO2 emissions scenarios -- even for the present decade.

    For the period 2000-2010, the IPCC assumes that energy and fossil fuel efficiency is increasing. But Wigley points out that in recent years both energy and fossil fuel efficiency have decreased, reversing the trend of previous decades.

    One reason for this phenomenon, says Wigley, is the economic transformation occurring in the world, particularly in Asia. Whereas the IPCC assumes in its emissions scenarios that CO2 emissions in Asia are increasing by 2.6 percent to 4.8 percent annually, China's emissions are actually increasing at a rate of 11 percent to 13 percent annually.

    "Because of these dramatic changes in the global economy, it is likely that we have only just begun to experience the surge in global energy use associated with rapid development. Such trends are in stark contrast to the optimism of the near-future IPCC projections and seem unlikely to alter course soon," writes Wigley.

    As a consequence, "enormous advances in energy technology will be needed to stabilize atmospheric CO2 concentrations at acceptable levels," he concludes.

    Wigley faults the IPCC for simply assuming that these technological advances will occur spontaneously as opposed to creating the conditions for innovation to occur.


    Milloy continues on his article, asking whose plan better suits Wigley's recommendations: Gore's or Bush's? From his analysis, it appears that Gore's plans would simply shut down the current technology, whereas Bush has been endorsing development of better technology to solve the energy and climate problems.

    What Gore has been pushing for:

    • downsizing our lifestyles, e.g. taking colder showers, hanging our clothes outside to dry, avoiding driving, using less heating and air conditioning and generally reducing our standard of living.

    • closing coal-fired power plants that provide 50 percent of U.S. electricity needs

    • adopting so-called "clean energy technologies", such as cost-inefficient solar and wind power and hybrid cars, energy efficiency that only reduce energy use by marginal amounts, and government mandates for taxpayer-subsidized alternative energy sources

    • more sidewalks and bike paths that hardly are a technological innovation that don't provide measurably more energy with fewer emissions.

    What Bush has been promoting:

    • Since 2005, technological development in the form of the Asian-Pacific Partnership for Clean Development and Climate Change. In this non-UN group, Australia, Canada, China, India, Japan, Republic of Korea and the U.S. have agreed to work together and with private sector partners to meet goals for energy security, national air pollution reduction, and climate change in ways that promote sustainable economic growth and poverty reduction.

    • The Department of Energy recently pulled out of FutureGen, a public-private partnership to build a first-of-its-kind coal-fueled, near-zero emissions power plant. The ostensible reason for the federal pullout was the increasing cost of the $1.5 billion plant, most of which was to be borne by the government. But it may very well be that FutureGen was sacrificed as part of a a Bush administration effort to pressure Congress to take affirmative action on nuclear power, a true technological solution for concerns about atmospheric CO2.

    • The Bush administration has avoided "the sort of futile mandatory clamp-down on CO2 emissions that is supported by Gore, but that Wigley realizes will be impossible to implement without halting vital economic growth."

    I love how Milloy ends the article with joking about how one must feel sorry for Gore, being perhaps beaten again by Bush on his "own turf." But, following that, Milloy promptly illustrates the power that Gore's climate harem-scarem has and calls for him to take more effective and efficient action.

    He writes:

    Just last week, the UN's World Food Programme launched an "extraordinary emergency appeal" for donations of at least $500 million in the next four weeks to avoid rationing food aid in response to the spiraling cost of food -- a problem brought about in part by Gore's climate alarmism, which helped spur the lurch to biofuels like corn-based ethanol.

    British billionaire Richard Branson, for example, credits Gore for pushing him to make a $3 billion pledge in 2006 to replace fossil fuels with biofuels. While campaigning in 2006 for Democratic senatorial candidate Amy Klobuchar, Gore asked, "What is so complicated about choosing fuel that comes from Minnesota farmers rather than from the Middle East?" while simultaneously asserting that Klobuchar would "provide leadership in the fight against global warming."

    So, Al Gore, rather than wasting $300 million on a public relations campaign to promote an unrealistic and impractical approach to the dubious problem of manmade climate change, why not donate that money to the UN and help prevent real people from starving today?


    Global Warming -- it's more good politics than it is good science. (I highly recommend checking out the resources at JunkScience.com.)

    For Your Consideration

    "General "Black Jack" Pershing.

    Born September 13th, 1860 near Laclede, Mississippi
    Died July 15th, 1948 in Washington, D.C.
    1891 Professor of Military Science and Tactics University of Nebraska
    1898 Serves in the Spanish-American War
    1901 Awarded rank of Captain
    1906 Promoted to rank of Brigadier General
    1909 Military Governor of Moro Province, Philippines
    1916 Made Major General
    1919 Promoted to General of the Armies
    1921 Appointed Chief of Staff
    1924 Retires from active duty
    Education: 4 Years-West Point

    Just before World War I, there were a number of terrorist attacks against the United States and it's interests by, you guessed it, Muslim extremists.

    So General Pershing captured 50 of the terrorists and had them tied to posts execution style. He then had his men bring in two pigs and slaughter them in front of the, now horrified, terrorists.

    The soldiers then soaked their bullets in pigs blood, and proceeded to execute 49 of the terrorists by firing squad.

    The soldiers then dug a big hole, dumped in the terrorist's bodies and covered them in pig blood, entrails, etc.

    They let the 50th man go. And for about the next 42 years, there was not a single attack by a Muslim fanatic anywhere in the world."

    Urbanlegends.com consulted ONE historian and quickly determined this story to be false. On the other hand, Snopes.com consulted many and classified the story as "Undetermined". They seem to believe it happened, but can't verify if General Pershing was the one that carried it out.

    (H/T: SoLow)

    Pardon My Absence



    I can't post today as I am very depressed and busy putting the finishing touches on my Voodoo doll...

    Monday, April 21, 2008

    Reporters 4 Obama


    From the WSJ:
    George Stephanopoulos and Charlie Gibson of ABC News weren't just criticized for their tough questioning of Barack Obama during last week's Democratic debate. They were flayed.
    Here's something good that would come from an Obama presidency: Take your average international bad guy who hates the USA, say, I don't know, the president of Iran or the leader of Al Queda. Loved by the press, right? You know, the enemy of my enemy is my friend. The bad guys hate the USA, so the press loves them.

    Now, imagine that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad pulls out some speech where he dogged the USA and President Bush. But, with Obama as president, he simply says Obama everywhere it says Bush.

    What, oh what, is the press to do? What a conundrum? Do they stand by their old friend Mahmoud Ahmadinejad or their new friend Obama?

    Holy Communion, Batman!!





    "Giuliani breaks rules by having Communion at papal mass"


    So says the headline at Reuters.

    My first thought was, "Hey, it's none of our business!" I don't go to mass to see who else is there or who is taking the host. That's between them, the priest and God.

    But, I do have to admit that my second thought was, "Where was the bold headline when John Kerry took communion? Or what about Bill Clinton, who isn't even Catholic?"

    That's because the liberal press didn't care when Bill or John took communion. They just wanted to embarrass Rudy.

    Let's look at the article. It says that a Catholic who is divorced and remarries cannot take communion unless they have an annulment and are remarried in the church or they abstain from sexual relations with their new spouses.

    Is it true that Rudy broke the rules? Did Rudy get an annulment? Geez, how should I know? The article didn't even address this. Has he been abstaining? Extremely unlikely, but the article didn't discuss this.

    Interestingly, the article mentioned that Mayor Bloomberg attended the mass. It also mentioned that he is Jewish. However, it didn't mention whether "Reuters [confirmed] that he took Communion from a priest" as they did with Rudy. Heh.

    Did he break the rules? Probably, but the article doesn't present the evidence to support it's headline.

    Guest Post by Redbone

    Have you ever seen an NRA sticker on a Prius? Have you ever seen any bumper sticker on a Prius? Have you ever seen a Prius? Now I am not going to insinuate that the Prius is an epicene kind of automobile, but I have never seen one with so much as a ski rack. My representative in Congress, Roscoe Bartlett, drives one, and he’s a farmer and a staunch conservative. He probably keeps a gun in the glove box. To euthanize deer that have been hit by a car, of course. Either that or to euthanize himself after the Prius is hit by a dragonfly. The Prius is in itself a kind of bumper sticker, a statement if you will, just driving the thing says a lot. No one puts a bumper sticker on a Ferrari now do they? But mini-vans, hoo-boy, covered. I can’t even read a bumper sticker any more unless I am standing right next to the parked car. I have never put a bumper sticker on one of MY cars, read carefully. But I did put one on my trash can by the road.

    Well yesterday I pretty much skewered the left for their illogical and emotional response to climate change. Then I went over to Lucianne and got in a big argument with the neocon knuckle-draggers. Hey, don’t tell me that you don’t waste time on the internet. Roger bought a snail on Ebay. No, not just any snail, a Triton Trumpet. It turns out that my brother has one too. But Roger’s is still alive. He has to feed it one or two starfish every week. And a lot of pet stores won’t sell you a starfish if you are just going to feed it to a snail. So you have to keep going to different pet stores or they’ll get suspicious. And my manager has videos of unusual acts with a Cello, really. So it ain’t just me.

    Anyway, it has come to my attention that the liberals don’t have a lock on illogical and emotional prejudices. It turns out that the neocons are just as hardheaded and close-minded, they just have different issues. So these boneheaded neocons think that if we leave Iraq , the entire free world will collapse and a global Jihad will scorch the West. I swear to god that they are sitting around with their fingers in their ears singing lalalalalala at the top of their lungs. Hello, WTF does Iraq have to do with 911? Bin Laden is from Saudi Arabia , as are most of the other hijackers. Al Qaeda is in Afghanistan and Pakistan . Bin laden has never been and is not now in Iraq . There is no logic to the madness, it is the herd mentality, as Steve says. They are thoroughly convinced that if we do not control Iraq , America will be nuked and cease to exist. This is exactly the same as the irrational fear of SUVs burning up the planet. No logic, no science, no actual facts are involved and none will be tolerated. It is like trying to argue evolution with a fundamentalist Christian. No matter how strong and overwhelming the data, they are just going to stick their fingers in their ears and go lalalalalala until you go away. Fine. As long as it doesn’t affect me, which it is most certainly going to do, so I am going to keep spouting logic and reason at the heathen beasts.

    But, if liberals have these irrational beliefs, and conservatives have other irrational beliefs, are moderates any better? More succinctly: How many of our widely accepted ‘truths’ are based in rationality and science. Politics certainly isn’t. Democracy, Justice, the courts? Nope. Poverty, work ethics? Colleges are clearly places where irrational prejudices thrive, so they aren’t any better. How many of the beliefs that you or I hold dear are utter crap if you shine a beam of logic on them? Is it better to get up early, healthy and wealthy and all that. Crime doesn’t pay? Think about it, how much of your life is governed by irrational dogma? About 99 percent. Rationality is the exception, not the rule. As a matter of fact, most of us consider a brief spurt of rational thought to be an epiphany, some great insight, as if we have discovered that time is not constant. What, we can’t predict the weather? Who would have ever of thought of that! Why, we are so advanced, we can do almost anything. A man on the moon and all that. It’s laughable, really. Are we any more advanced, comparatively, than Benjamin Franklin out there flying a kite in a thunderstorm?

    Strategically Placed Men in My Life

    Rainy OC BoardwalkLast week I had an epiphany...one of those things Oprah refers to as an "A-Ha!" moment. God gave me my two boys to temper my femi-nazi proclivities. Actually, not just my two boys, but quite a few men in my life that have countered the stereo-types and tethered me from delving into full-fledged feminism.

    It's not that I hate men. I live with three of them. I have three brothers that I love dearly. And most of my best friends through-out my life have been (and are) men. I am never quite sure how to explain my feelings about this. I guess it stems from the fact that I love being a woman. I think that a successful society ultimately revolves around the traits brought by a woman. I honestly believe women (as a whole) are more disciplined, nurturing, selfless, and determined. We are the Liquid Nails if you will.

    One of the things that I say which tends to annoy the men in my life is "Whatever, you're a white man...the only one in the history of the country that's never been held back." ...But, that being said, having two boys has forced me to look at the other side. One of my sons is being harassed in school by a girl. It's not out of meanness--it's a long-standing crush, but this doesn't lessen his dismay. She pinches, punches, hugs, pulls hair and scratches him. She does it constantly --even if I'm standing right there (the brazen little hussy). I had to write his teacher a note asking for him to be moved because I didn't want her messing with this newly stitched finger. Then I started thinking...what if HE were doing all this to HER. Expulsion AND lawsuit I'm sure. A friend's son went through a similar incident in 6th grade and it culminated to him vented hostilities about the girl online...and ended with FBI involvement for terroristic threats. I get scared because I see that same frustration and hatred building in my guy too... What's a young boy's recourse when people dismiss harassment as "oh, it's cute...she just has a crush"? If a boy did it, it would be inappropriate stalking and sexual harassment...not an innocent crush.

    The Man restores my faith too. I know the cow in Wisconsin that comments here would be loathe to hear it. He also doesn't have AN OUNCE of chauvinism in him...and when it comes right down to it, that's a RARE thing. (Something I've become even more aware of with Hillary running for President) I judge this purely on actions/reactions and NOT by the spoken word. I can only assume in The Man this is the product of being raised by a strong spoken single mother.

    Two good male friends also...one being SoLow. I've watched Solow go from badass high school football star, to badass Marine, to badass biker to badass single dad that has sole custody of his two sons. His dedication to his kids constantly awes me.

    So it is these men, among others, that drag me back from believing that all men are base creatures that function purely with their Id and think in the moment instead of taking 2.5 seconds to ponder a possible consequence...

    Thanks to all of you for that... of course this epiphany leads me to believe that God might have another boy in store for me with this pregnancy -just to seal the deal ;)