Friday, December 30, 2005
The Legacy of the NY Times
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THE energy policy of the Democrats
This says it all
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Thanks to R Shultz
Thursday, December 29, 2005
"Bush the Spy" Democrats on the outside looking in
December 28, 2005--Sixty-four percent (64%) of Americans believe the National Security Agency (NSA) should be allowed to intercept telephone conversations between terrorism suspects in other countries and people living in the United States. A Rasmussen Reports survey found that just 23% disagree.
Sixty-eight percent (68%) of Americans say they are following the NSA story somewhat or very closely.
Just 26% believe President Bush is the first to authorize a program like the one currently in the news.
Forty-eight percent (48%) say he is not while 26% are not sure.
Eighty-one percent (81%) of Republicans believe the NSA should be allowed to listen in on conversations between terror suspects and people living in the United States. That view is shared by 51% of Democrats and 57% of those not affiliated with either major political party.
Sometimes you're the bug and sometimes you're the windshield
Would-be suicide bombers blown up in Afghan blastPersonally, I would prefer to call them murdering ignorant thugs rather than "suicide bombers", but that's just me.
SPIN BOLDAK, Afghanistan (Reuters) - Two would-be suicide bombers blew themselves up while strapping on explosives in an Afghan town bordering Pakistan on Thursday, police said.
"They were hiding explosives under their clothes when they went off," he said, adding that police suspected the bombers had intended to target troops from the U.S.-led force in Afghanistan.
Al Sharpton looks like a genius compared to this guy
Lost, then Stuck in Mud--It Gets Worse
Leroy Township (NEWS 3) -
December 28, 2005 - 8:12PM A Paw Paw man who became lost in the Calhoun County countryside Wednesday morning attempted something new after his car became stuck in the mud of a field driveway.
Sheriff's Lt. James McDonagh reports that the man tried to push his car out of the mud along Half Mile Road near J Drive South, but realized he couldn't be in two places at once. So he weighted the accelerator down with a metal tool box and then proceeded to push on the back of his rear-wheel-drive car.
This apparently worked too well, for the car then sped off at speeds of up to 100 miles per hour across a muddy cut bean field. But, of course, no one was at the wheel.
With the man giving chase, the car became airborne at a couple of places as it sped a half mile across the field, eventually coming to a stop after running into a tree.
No one had been hurt, and deputies decided not to issue the 29-year-old man a ticket.
What you DON'T Know about the Green Party
....a few examples....
Take a gander:
Platform of the Green Party of America
For the Greens fights against racism, sexism, class exploitation, bureaucratic domination, war, and all other forms of social domination and violence are central to the movement for an ecologically sustainable society. In order to harmonize society with nature, we must harmonize human with human.
Living Wages: A family-supporting minimum wage. Start at $12.50 per hour in 2000 and index to the cost of living.
30-Hour Work Week: A 6-hour day with no cut in pay for the bottom 80% of the pay scale.
Universal Health Care: A single-payer National Health Program
Free Child Care: Available voluntarily and free for all who need it
Eliminate Corporate Personhood: Legislation or constitutional amendment to end the legal fiction of corporate personhood.
Democratic Production: Establish the right of citizens to vote on the expansion or phasing out of products and industries, especially in areas of dangerous or toxic production.
Workplace Democracy: Establish the right of workers at every enterprise over 10 employees to elect supervisors and managers and to determine how to organize work.
Democratic Conversion of Big Business: Mandatory break-up and conversion to democratic worker, consumer, and/or public ownership on a human scale of the largest 500 US industrial and commercial corporations that account for about 10% of employees, 50% of profits, 70% of sales, and 90% of manufacturing assets
Eliminate Regressive Payroll Taxes: Fund Social Security, Health Care, Unemployment Insurance, and Workers Compensation out of progressive income and wealth taxes.
Guaranteed Adequate Income: Build taxable Basic Income Grants into the progressive income tax structure to create a Universal Social Security system that ensures everyone has income for at least a modest standard of living above the poverty line.
Maximum Income: Build into the progressive income tax a 100% tax on all income over ten times the minimum wage.
There's much more, of course, but you probably get the gist of it by now. Essentially, they're all about "give according to your ability and take according to your need, comrade" ....by the way, I need a new RollsRoyce
Fresh Air in the Political Honey Pot
The Governor Strikes Backread the whole thing here
By Debra Saunders
This month, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger gave Our Betters in Europe a taste of their own bitter medicine. Angry at the governor's refusal to stop the Dec. 13 execution of convicted four-time murderer Stanley "Tookie" Williams, city leaders of Graz, Austria, mobilized to remove Austria's most famous son's name from a stadium. Schwarzenegger responded with a "Dear Johan" letter. In it, he revoked the city's permission to use his name on the stadium and to promote Graz as a tourist destination. Schwarzenegger also returned a "ring of honor" bestowed by his hometown in 1999. "It is already in the mail," the governor wrote in German.
It apparently takes a European-born American to see what the Euro-elites are -- so desperate to promote themselves as better than Americans that they kowtow to thugs.
One "human rights" group, the Association of Christianity and Social Democracy, proposed that the stadium be named after Williams. That makes sense: Flaunt how your opposition to capital punishment makes you superior by honoring a felon who shot an unarmed man in the back, then later shot a father, a mother and their adult daughter and left them to die slow, painful deaths.
Meanwhile, the European press had canonized Williams -- regurgitating the Tookie propaganda about his "redemption." Agence France Presse called Williams a "repentant gang leader." London's The Independent gushed about "the widely expressed sense that if Mr. Williams were not regarded as an embodiment of rehabilitation and redemption, then the terms had no meaning in the U.S. criminal justice system." You'd never know that Williams never apologized for killing four innocent people.
Wednesday, December 28, 2005
U.N. Official: Iraqi Elections Credible
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - A United Nations official said Wednesday that Iraq's recent elections were credible and there was no justification for a rerun of the vote that gave a strong lead to the Shiite religious bloc dominating the current government.The only real question is: who in their right mind would believe a single word coming from the U.N.? Well, there are the liberals, but how are they going to reconcile what could be construed a good news in Iraq and their beliefs in the war being unwinable? A conundrum wrapped in an enigma.
49 Accused of Defrauding Hurricane Fund
FRESNO, Calif. - Forty-nine people have been indicted in a scheme that bilked thousands of dollars from a Red Cross fund designated for Hurricane Katrina victims, federal authorities said.Oh PLEEEEZE. Thanks to our friends on the left, who deftly made Katrina into racist issue, and their associates in the media, there's no doubt that fake clames will be in the hundreds of millions of dollars and corruption up the whazoo. Good grief, who does the AP think their kidding?
The fake claims drained at least $200,000 from the fund, with an average payout of about $1,000, Red Cross spokeswoman Devorah Goldburg said. The total could rise as the investigation continues.
Saddam-Era Mass Grave Found in Karbala
BAGHDAD, Iraq — Municipal workers in the Shiite holy city of Karbala found remains believed to be from a mass grave dating to 1991, when Saddam Hussein's regime put down a Shiite uprising in the south.
Human rights organizations estimate that more than 300,000 people, mainly Kurds and Shiite Muslims, were killed and buried in mass graves during Saddam's 23-year rule, which ended when U.S.-led forces toppled his regime in 2003. Saddam and seven co-defendants are now on trial for the deaths of more than 140 Shiites after a 1982 attempt on Saddam's life in the town of Dujail, north of Baghdad.
....and then there's the insane leading the insane at Saddam's trial, including a resident American moonbat:
Bizarrely, his legal team address Saddam as "Mr President" -- despite the fact he tortured, gassed and butchered an estimated 300,000 of his own people during a 24-year reign of terror...
Mr Clark added: "Before Saddam's capture he was moving every day to a different location, organising the insurgents.
"But every few days he came back to this escape area. Now he knows it was a mistake. Probably American soldiers did not discover the hole. They were told about it..."
Saddam is not paying his legal team during the trial.
General Ramsey Clark said: "Saddam doesn't have any money and even if he had, I wouldn't accept it."
(....Ramsey the dipstick, a representative of the Left in America, giving America another black eye. (ooohh, it just occurred to me that using the term "black eye" could be construed as racist..uh oh))
Proof product labeling is a necessity for some
TAMPA, Fla. -- A firecracker mistake cost a Tampa woman four of her fingers.
Fire officials say the 48-year-old woman was trying to light her home when the power was out and reached for what she thought was a candle. But once she lit it, fire officials say she blew off four fingers because it was a firecracker and not a candle. The unidentified woman was taken to the hospital.
Consumers Won't Buy Car From Bankrupt Co.
Assoc. Press had to do a survey to figure out that folks don't want to make the second largest expense in their lives (right after housing) from a company headed for bankruptcy??? Can ya tell Congress is out of session and the asshat press doesn't have much to report about .....except the evil Bush/Hitler/Stalin....so they do what they always do; bash the capitalists. Too bad the media just can't bring themselves to address the real problem in corp. America: UNIONS!Nearly three-quarters of Americans wouldn't buy a car from a bankrupt company, according to a recent survey.
In a nationwide survey by the Cincinnati-based research firm Directions Research Inc. published Friday, only 26 percent of respondents said they would purchase or lease a new car from a manufacturer that had declared bankruptcy.Duh!
McDonald’s to put nutrition facts on packaging
The only reason McDonald's is adding the nutrition info on their packaging is because of their deep fear of the trial lawyers and the fat police (those would be the liberal Democrats). They could save themselves from confusing the loons if they simply lableled all of their menu items: " consuming excess quantities of this item will make your sorry ass FAT".......maybe that's a wee bit acerbic....nah.
CHICAGO - McDonald's Corp. announced Tuesday that it will display nutrition information on the packaging for most of its menu items next year.And where exatly did the "magnet of complaints" originate? You guessed it, THE FAT POLICE. Certainly this is a big win for the Democrats! No doubt the libs are all atwitter with the exciting news.
The world's largest restaurant company, like other fast-food chains, already has detailed nutrition information posted on its Web site, and a list of menu items and their content was available at many outlets when consumers requested it.
But the chain had resisted calls to post calories and fat content prominently in its restaurants or on its packaging.
McDonald's has been a magnet for complaints that fast food is unhealthy. It was targeted by the 2003 documentary "Supersize Me," which focused on the health risks of an all fast-food diet, and hit with a lawsuit blaming the company for the obesity of teenage customers, although that suit was dismissed.
Tuesday, December 27, 2005
Maybe this process will help liberals think more clearly
Surfer punches shark
A US surfer reacted on instinct when he punched a great white shark that grabbed his leg.
Brian Anderson, 31, who was at a popular surfing spot near Tillamook Head in Oregon when he felt something grab his leg on Saturday, expects to make a full recovery from the lacerations he suffered on his ankle and calf. And the attack will not stop him from surfing.
Mr Anderson, who learned from television shows that a shark's nose is its most sensitive area, said: "I saw the nose of it and I just punched it in the nose, right by the eye, as quickly as I could. That's all I could think to do. After I did that, it let go."
Sunday, December 25, 2005
NYTimes Christmas Card to Bush
This from MichelleMalkin
Twas the day before Christmas
And all through the Times
Hysteria reigned over
Bush's "impeachable crimes"...
Saturday, December 24, 2005
Friday, December 23, 2005
2005 Roundup of the Evil America
(RealClearPolitics)Consider how the year started: by the time the ball dropped in Times Square ringing in the first minutes of 2005, the death toll from the tsunami in Southeast Asia stood at 140,000 Â a number that would eventually climb by some estimates to an unimaginable 275,000 dead.
In the first 45 days of 2005 (plus the last four days of 2004) the United States military flew 3,617 recon and relief missions delivering more than 24 million pounds of food, medicine and supplies to Thailand, Sri Lanka and Indonesia. Military medics also treated more than 2,200 injured survivors.
Now consider how the year ended: on December 15, more than 10 million Iraqis went to the polls to elect a new government. This represented the most free, most fair election ever held in the region, conducted with little to no violence amid an ongoing terrorist insurgency.
In between these two events there were two other elections in Iraq (January 31 and October 15), an election in Afghanistan (September 18), domestic relief efforts in the aftermath of Katrina (late August, early September) , and international relief efforts in northern Pakistan after a 7.6 magnitude earthquake ripped through the region on October 8 killing more than 80,000 and leaving 3 million without shelter. All of these accomplishments were facilitated almost exclusively by the might and the effort of the U.S. military.
While the leftist world throws scorn on America, this country continues to spend more in helping not only our poor but the poor of the world. We spend more on anti-pollution controls than any other country in the world , while simultaneously producing more goods and sevices than any other country in the world. In short, the blatant jealousy, around the world, of American prosperity and generosity continues, while the U.S. goes about it's business of being the most powerful, productive, and free country in history.
Santa Worm Hits Messaging Networks
Don't open attachments sent by friends without first running a virus checker on it.
Keep your system up to date, particularly virus and spam programs.
Don't click on links in email, instead, type the URL manually, which will keep you safer from phishing.
When online, always be suspicious......remember the old adage: just because you're paranoid doesn't mean that someone's not watching you.
The IM.GiftCom.All worm has made an appearance on several messaging networks, including America Online, Microsoft MSN, and Yahoo.
Thursday, December 22, 2005
Time magazine: Honoring the Fallen
Not expected from the likes of Time Mag., this pictoral will surely put a tear in your eye. It's a not so subtle photo essay that reminds us all about the real price our troops and their families are paying.
Watch it here. Via TimeMagazine
Does Mexico get its playbook from American Liberals?
- The Mexican government, angered by a MEXICO CITY proposal to extend a wall along the border to keep out migrants, pledged Tuesday to block the plan and organize an international campaign against it. U.S.
...and the part that has to make you laugh out loud:
Facing a growing tide of anti-immigrant sentiment north of the border, the Mexican government has taken out ads urging Mexican workers to denounce rights violations in the United States.
Just like the U.S. Democrats sniping about how Republicans, and about 75% of Americans, are all a bunch of racists and are anti immigrant. In the land of the tiny-brained, there's simply no distinction between legal and illegal. And as stupid as that concept is, the Democrats actually think it's good popular policy. Yeah, right....give illegal's free health care, free education, in-state college tuition, housing subsidies, in fact, give them benefits that actual AMERICAN citizens are denied. Oh, and don't give a thought to national security, we can secure our safety by talking nice-nice w/ the terrorsts.
....and the Dems actually believe this thinking will get them back in power. Dim bulbs, they are.
Union thugs don't like to be called thugs...third day of NY strike
Now the NY transit union bosses are going to face a judge who's threatening to put the union leaders in the slammer for violating the state law which prohibits city/state workers to strike. IMHO, not only should the 'bosses' be thrown in the slammer, the union should be disbanded and the workers should be give 12hrs.notice to be back on the job or be fired. It's not complicated.....Pres. Reagan did it, no problem. They are involved in illegal activities and should be treated accordingly.....BUT, being the bastion of liberalism, NY laws are apparently just suggestions, without consequences.....wouldn't want to hurt anybody's feelings, now would we.
As previously noted, unions are simply an adjunct of the Democrat party and this type of action is typical of the unions and liberals, while demonizing capitalism and Republicans equally, millions of NYorkers are experiencing the thuggery of the union mentality w/ such homilies as:
At the same news conference, Toussaint (the union head thug) said the mayor had recently used offensive language to characterize union members when he said the union "thuggishly" turned its back on
. New York
"We are not thugs," Toussaint said. "It points to the problem at the MTA that is shared by the city fathers and the state fathers. ... We find it extremely regrettable."
No, the problem is not the MTA, the problem is UNIONS! who benefit only themselves at the expense of others.....kinda like our tax code. Geez, what a bunch of morons.
Wednesday, December 21, 2005
A Recovering Liberal
just read it here at the American Thinker.....it's terrific
The President Is Not the Enemy
By Ed Koch via Real Clear Politicsread the whole story here
I wish The Times and members of Congress were not so eager to demean the President of the U.S. and his advisers, holding them up to scathing denunciation when we are at war. They should realize that the President feels very strongly his obligation to protect us from terrorists overseas and their supporters in this country -- in World War II, such supporters were called Quislings. The critics have short memories. In the 1993 and 9/11 (2001) attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, the U.S. suffered nearly 3,000 deaths and more than 1,000 injured.
.......Now the press and some of those members of Congress by their public revelations have alerted the enemy to the surveillance program. And the media and some members of Congress have forgotten or don’t care that we are at war and their disclosures may have prevented the administration from obtaining information otherwise available that would help military and law enforcement authorities to deter acts of terrorism here and abroad.....
......The lesson is this: the survival of our country is paramount, but that survival must be achieved without destroying our core values as a society. Our Founding Fathers started a revolution in order to achieve “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” These are not just words. They are our fundamental beliefs and must be protected. To see on the other hand the President as the enemy -- which the savage and unfair attacks upon him convey to the world-- is harmful to the security of our country and, therefore, injures us all.....
NY Transit workers can't see how tech's going to make them unemployed
The unions are making a big mistake in NY:
Hostage For the HolidaysEvery three years, New Yorkers are held hostage during the holidays by the transit workers of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. It is a time-honored negotiation technique but a dangerous game that brings our city to the brink of functional shutdown. And the simple fact is that New Yorkers are getting fed up with it.
The benefits of 38,000 transit workers do not outweigh the rights of 8 million New Yorkers. And yet the old school left-wing Transport Workers Union sees only its own interests in these negotiations. Judges have continuously determined that this strike is illegal because it is a strike against public safety. As Calvin Coolidge famously said dealing with a Boston police strike (and which Giuliani administration Deputy Mayor Joe Lhota posted on a sign outside his office during transit negotiations six years ago), “There is no right to strike against the public safety by anybody, anywhere, any time.”
The average annual salary for a transit worker is well over $50,000. Bus maintenance workers receive an average salary of $68,000 a year; train operators make $62,000 a year; station agents over $50,000 a year and conductors over $53,000 a year. Add to this generous public subsidy the fact that transit workers take an average of 13 days sick leave a year and you have a picture of a classic overfed, me-first, feather-bedding local union of the past.
But before transit workers get too arrogant even as they look at their next prospective strike three years down the line, they should realize that technology already exists that would make them irrelevant. Already, trains in Paris, Cairo, and Calcutta operate with computerized or automated systems. In Paris, the Meteor Project was launched in 1998, with an automatic piloting system that controls the train line’s traffic, regulates speed, manages alarm devices, and allows for traffic of automatic and traditional conductor trains on the same line.There have been no serious accidents reported since this system deployed in the late 1990s, and more than a billion people have been transported. Computers make the trains run on time and they don’t threaten to walk off the job. All of us are replaceable, but some are more quickly replaceable than others.
Was there really an election in Iraq recently?
I saw one story that briefly mentioned a recent Iraq election, but it's apparently not worthy of heavy coverage.....not when there's a Republican to fry. Anyway, my favorite political cartoonists at Fox&Forkum come through again....
Spying criticism different for Democrats vs. Republicans
And then there are these little pearls from the past:
23 May 1979 (Jimmy Carter)By the authority vested in me as President by Sections 102 and
104 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 (50 U.S.C.
1802 and 1804), in order to provide as set forth in that Act (this
chapter) for the authorization of electronic surveillance for
foreign intelligence purposes, it is hereby ordered as follows:
1-101. Pursuant to Section 102(a)(1) of the Foreign Intelligence
Surveillance Act of 1978 (50 U.S.C. 1802(a)), the Attorney General
is authorized to approve electronic surveillance to acquire foreign
intelligence information without a court order, but only if the
Attorney General makes the certifications required by that Section.
EXECUTIVE ORDER 12949 (Clinton)
Section 1. Pursuant to section 302(a)(1) of the Act, the
Attorney General is authorized to approve physical searches, without a
court order, to acquire foreign intelligence information for periods of
up to one year, if the Attorney General makes the certifications
required by that section.
There are other examples, of course, but the point is really about disclosure, bias, politics,and insider Washington perpetual maneuvering. As far as the NYTimes and the Democrat party are concerned, it's apparently more important to "get" Bush than win the war. This is easily politics at its absolute worse.
More on this subject at NRO.com:
"The Department of Justice believes, and the case law supports, that the president has inherent authority to conduct warrantless physical searches for foreign intelligence purposes," Deputy Attorney General Jamie Gorelick testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee on July 14, 1994, "and that the President may, as has been done, delegate this authority to the Attorney General."
"It is important to understand," Gorelick continued, "that the rules and methodology for criminal searches are inconsistent with the collection of foreign intelligence and would unduly frustrate the president in carrying out his foreign intelligence responsibilities."
More here via Cato Institute:
The Clinton administration has repeatedly attempted to play down the significance of the warrant clause. In fact, President Clinton has asserted the power to conduct warrantless searches, warrantless drug testing of public school students, and warrantless wiretapping.
Tuesday, December 20, 2005
NY near gridlock thanks to "working families" aka Unions
So the few million New Yorkers that are having a horrible time getting around all the congestion today can take solace in the fact that those "working class /working families" unions are putting you through this nightmare for a good reason:
The union called the strike after a late round of negotiations broke down Monday night. "This is a fight over dignity and respect on the job, a concept that is very alien to the MTA," union President Roger Toussaint said in announcing the strike. "Transit workers are tired of being underappreciated and disrespected."Ain't that just great??? .....oh, and they also want a 24% pay increase over the next 3yrs. AND lifetime free healthcare. Can't you just feel the love?
A real world look at socialized medicine
There are three additional wait-time benchmarks for cardiac bypass patients that will provide treatment within two weeks to 26 weeks, depending on the severity of the case.
- Radiation therapy to treat cancer within four weeks of patients being ready to treat.
- Hip fracture treatment within 48 hours.
- Hip replacements within 26 weeks.
- Knee replacements within 26 weeks.
- Surgery to remove cataracts within 16 weeks for patients who are at high risk.
- Breast cancer screening for women aged 50 to 69 every two years.
- Cervical cancer screening for women aged 18 to 69 every three years after two normal tests.
How would you like to have to wait 6 months for a cardiac bypass?? Ah yes, the joys of free healthcare!
Monday, December 19, 2005
Dubya, the most evil person on earth
Once again Cox & Forkum hits the nail on the head.
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Sunday, December 18, 2005
Bush Goes Off on the New York Times
It appears that President Bush has finally had his fill of intelligence agency "leakers" and their allies in the press who gleefully sabotage the Administration's efforts to combat terrorism in an effort to discredit Bush himself for political reasons.
As the Associated Press put it:
- President Bush said Saturday he personally has authorized a secret eavesdropping program in the U.S. more than 30 times since the Sept. 11 attacks and he lashed out at those involved in publicly revealing the program. "This is a highly classified program that is crucial to our national security," he said in a radio address delivered live from the White House's Roosevelt Room.
Well, that was overdue. Last time out, the New York Times blew the cover off the CIA's secret front airline. This time they've alerted the Bad Guys to a secret NSA program that spies on their phone calls.
- Appearing angry at times during his eight-minute address, Bush left no doubt that he will continue authorizing the program.
As to the New York Times' "angry members of Congress" who have demanded an explanation of the program, it seems they just aren't as important as they think they are. "Without identifying specific lawmakers, Bush said congressional leaders have been briefed more than a dozen times on the program's activities."
NY Times "Bush is Evil"
From the DrudgeReport, a little piece of information that the media simply ignored.....no matter, they hate Bush and that's all that matters:
NYT 'SPYING' SPLASH TIED TO BOOK RELEASE
Fri Dec 16 200 11:27:16 ET
Newspaper fails to inform readers "news break" is tied to book publication
On the front page of today's NEW YORK TIMES, national security reporter James Risen claims that "months after the September 11 attacks, President Bush secretly authorized the National Security Agency to eavesdrop on Americans and others inside the United States... without the court approved warrants ordinarily required for domestic spying, according to government officials."
Risen claims the White House asked the paper not to publish the article, saying that it could jeopardize continuing investigations and alert would-be terrorists that they might be under scrutiny.
Risen claims the TIMES delayed publication of the article for a year to conduct additional reporting.
But now comes word James Risen's article is only one of many "explosive newsbreaking" stories that can be found -- in his upcoming book -- which he turned in 3 months ago!
The paper failed to reveal the urgent story was tied to a book release and sale.
"STATE OF WAR: The Secret History of the CIA and the Bush Administration" is to be published by FREE PRESS in the coming weeks, sources tell the DRUDGE REPORT.
Carisa Hays, VP, Director of Publicity FREE PRESS, confirms the book is being published.
The book editor of Bush critic Richard Clarke [AGAINST ALL ENEMIES] signed Risen to FREE PRESS.
Shouldn't the author be charged with treason and sent to the slammer? This makes the Valerie Plame "scandal" seem rather insignificant in comparison. Oh well, what really matters to the media is getting Bush the hell out of the Whitehouse.
"I've got to the age when I need my false teeth and my hearing aid before I can ask where I've left my glasses."
Saturday, December 17, 2005
CBS & NPR find NO good news in Iraq voter turnout
(CBS) In the run-up to the voting in Iraq this week, an interviewer on National Public Radio asked George Packer, author of "The Assassins Gate: America in Iraq, if this round of elections meant we were turning the corner there, to which Packer replied"there are no corners in Iraq "He went on to say "what Americans need to realize is that the war in Iraq is just one long haul with many problems ahead. doesn't really matter how many benchmarks we pass because there is always another challenge (read: pitfall) ahead, which could be the fatal blow to the administration's goal of seeing Iraq become a vibrant democratic state in the Middle East.
While it is a good thing millions of Iraqis voted this week , and an especially good sign is that Sunnis in large numbers were among those who went to the polls, it does not follow that the U.S. has "turned the corner" in Iraq and that we're on a smooth glide path from this point on.
There's more of this puke here if you're interested. It's no surprise the "unbiased" likes of CBS and NPR just can't bring themselves to say ONE SINGLE positive thing about the voting in Iraq......it's all bad, bad,bad, just like Bush lied,lied,lied.
Oh Boy, more Bush bashing by the media
President Bush said Saturday he has no intention of stopping his personal authorizations of a post-Sept. 11 secret eavesdropping program in the U.S., lashing out at those involved in revealing it while defending it as crucial to preventing future attacks.
Bush said the program was narrowly designed and used "consistent with U.S. law and the Constitution." He said it is used only to intercept the international communications of people inside the United States who have been determined to have "a clear link" to Al Qaeda or related terrorist organizations.
The program is reviewed every 45 days, using fresh threat assessments, legal reviews by the Justice Department, White House counsel and others, and information from previous activities under the program, the president said.
Appearing angry at points during his eight-minute address, Bush said he had reauthorized the program more than 30 times since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and plans to continue doing so.
He said it is designed in part to fix problems raised by the Sept. 11 commission, which found that two of the suicide hijackers were communicating from San Diego with Al Qaeda operatives overseas.
"The activities I have authorized make it more likely that killers like these 9-11 hijackers will be identified and located in time," he said.Without identifying specific lawmakers, Bush said congressional leaders have been briefed more than a dozen times on the program's activities.
.....and yet his critics, mostly Dems. of course, continue to charge Dubya with "not doing enough on the war on terror" and "America is not any safer under his watch".....oh yeah, and he lies all the time about everything. While at the same time the Left continues to obstruct Bush at every turn and give our enemy every reason to believe they're going to win this battle....all they have to do is broadcast the words that the liberal left spews most every day about Bush and the war. Why it almost looks like the Democrats really want the U.S. to lose......so they can win an election???? Ah, what patriots!
More here from FoxNews
Myths About Drilling in ANWR
Drilling for oil in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge makes so much sense, it’s no wonder opponents have to twist the facts to turn it into a controversy.
We’re talking about 10 billion barrels of domestic oil located in an area with a proven track record for environmentally responsible drilling. Yet a host of tall tales from environmental activists and like-minded journalists has made it a tough fight in Washington.
ANWR Drilling Would Harm Alaska’s Environment.
Some perspective is helpful to understand the ecological insignificance of ANWR drilling. ANWR comprises 19 million acres in Northeast Alaska, 17.5 million of which are totally off-limits to drilling or any other kind of economic activity. This is why the news footage showing beautiful snowcapped mountains is misleading, because the drilling would not be allowed anywhere near those areas.
Only the flat and featureless coastal plain would be affected, and even there only a small portion of its 1.5 million acres. The current version of the bill limits the surface disturbance to 2,000 acres, a small piece of a big coastal plain in a very big wildlife refuge in the biggest state in the Union.
The Caribou Herds Will be Devastated.
Environmentalists have been particularly excessive in predicting dire harm to the herd of migrating caribou that passes through ANWR. But the caribou herd that migrates through Prudhoe Bay has increased from 3,000 to 23,000 since drilling commenced there in 1977.
There's much more in the article...none of which you will EVER read or hear from the mainstream media.
There's much more in the article...none of which you will EVER read or hear from the mainstream media.
Civil Rights Groups, AFL-CIO Oppose Alito
"It's clear that his judicial philosophy is at odds with the interests of America's working families," AFL-CIO President John Sweeney said in a statement.
(keep in mind that the term "working families" only applies to union members....they couldn't care less about non-union workers)
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund and the AFL-CIO all opposed President Bush's first Supreme Court nominee, now-Chief Justice John Roberts.
(not to mention the fact that these groups have opposed virtually every policy, person, or legislation efforts, proposed by Dubya. They're nothing but a subsidiary of the Democrat Party. If you like paying more for goods and services, ya gotta love the union concept)
....we'll pretend this is actual news.
Just another day of distorted misinformation from the press.
Thursday, December 15, 2005
11 Million Adults Illiterate, Study Shows
An estimated in one in 20 U.S. adults is not literate in English, which means 11 million people lack the skills to perform everyday tasks, a federal study shows.
(Boy, that's pretty big news...1 in 20 adults are illiterate......but, but wait a second, the last paragraph in the pile of crap article discloses the reality of the situation):
The results are based on a sample of more than 19,000 adults, age 16 or older, in homes, college housing or prisons. It is representative of a population of 222 million adults.
The 11 million adults who are not literate in English include people who may be fluent in another language, such as Spanish, but are unable to comprehend text in English.
And this is the kind of crap that passes as "news" today.
I wonder if the some 10 million illegals (or as the leftist like to call them "undocumented workers") has anything to do with this issue....nah, it's just racist America that's the problem.
Huge voter turnout in Iraq...media determined to find bad news
Up to the minute news on the election turnout here. Surely the Democrats can't be happy....good news is bad news for them.
Bush Admits He’s Trapped in Bubble
President George Bush today, confirmed a recent Newsweek magazine cover story, admitting that he’s “living in a bubble” — isolated and aloof.
“I confess that I don’t wake up each day on the same planet as Newsweek’s editors,” said Mr. Bush. “So, I guess I’m isolated from the world where the U.S. is always wrong, terrorists have legitimate rights, Cindy Sheehan formulates sound foreign policy, record employment figures and falling gas prices signal imminent economic doom, civil rights are endangerd by preserving heterosexual marriage, abortion is the most valued freedom for women and the federal government fulfills the role of the father, the mother, the church and the local government.”
Mr. Bush said he agreed with the Newsweek assertion that he “may be the most isolated president in modern history.”
“I admit,” said Mr. Bush, “that I’m almost completely isolated from public opinion pollsters and journalists who start with answers and craft questions to elicit them. I’m virtually cut off from believing the non-stop barrage of negative news about an emerging democratic nation that will have three legitimate elections this year after decades of dictatorship. I’m aloof from the world in which bitter critics with no vision are treated as diplomats and sages.”
Mr. Bush added, “When you see a shimmering, transparent bubble wall, you gotta ask yourself: which side of it am I on?”
Satire By Scott Ott of Scrappleface.
Wednesday, December 14, 2005
Truth around the world: some people have too much time on their hands
Another World Record for New Zealand
-Cricket world record one day - the world's largest tape ball the next-
Two young Kiwis have put New Zealand on the world map by gaining a Guinness World Record for the world's largest tape ball.
The record tape ball weighs a staggering 53kgs and has a circumference of more than 2.5 metres.
Alexis Fletcher and Ben Naylor, both Massey University students, have spent the last two months trying to beat the record previously held by an American whose tape ball weighed only 45.65kg - about seven kilograms lighter than the New Zealand tape ball.
Is food addiction the same as drug addiction?
Investigators said George Jolicoeur, 33, would visit fast-food businesses and order food.
Jolicoeur would then call or visit the restaurants posing as a police officer or a firefighter and ask for a refund because there was a hair in his food, according to the report."He would come back and say, 'Oh, there is something wrong with it,'" Seminole County Sheriff's spokesman Steve Olson said. "There was a hair in my shake or there was a hair in my tacos. And, then he wants his money back."
Tuesday, December 13, 2005
Tookie takes the big dirt nap
Regardless of one's views of the death penalty, Tookie got exactly what he deserved. Even with the pathetic bleating of the "powerful Hollywood" moonbats, Tookie couldn't be saved.....poor guy. The brutal murder of 4 people seemed to carry more weight with California Gov. Ahhrnold than the few books Tookie c0-wrote with some flaming leftist asshat.
If you want to read about his disgusting murders, you can read all the salient details here
The Political Arcade
Presidents frustrate the sale of political rhetoric.
by Victor Davis Hanson
Tribune Media Services
Bill Clinton frustrated Republican critics. He passed welfare reform, waged a preemptive war against Slobodan Milosevic without either the approval of the Congress or the United Nations, and reined in federal spending. And so anguished conservatives had a hard time proving that, despite these accomplishments, he was a tax-and-spend bleeding heart.
Instead, they finally charged him with being a lothario who lied about his sexual antics. But he ended up with higher approval ratings than the Republicans who impeached him.
In the same sort of way, a detested-by-the-left George Bush has driven Democrats even crazier.
Take the economy. In Bush's first term, the president ballooned the federal deficit. But that red ink wasn't because of too little money coming in. In fact, the ensuing growth of the economy produced more annual adjusted revenue for the Treasury than had been produced before the Bush tax cuts. This year there has been a whopping 14.6 percent increase in federal income over last.
So how does a big-government Democrat score points against a president who outpaced Bill Clinton 3 to 1 in increasing the rate of federal spending?
Democrats have tried the "tax cuts for the wealthy" approach. But, then, how is it that almost every American got some tax relief Â and that most in the upper brackets still pay over 50 percent of their salaries when federal, state, local and payroll taxes are considered altogether? Furthermore, unemployment and interest rates remain low, while consumer spending and the gross domestic product soar.
The Democrats face the same sort of dilemma in regard to Iraq, even though the war is currently unpopular. They are not traditional Lindberg isolationists who want to stay home. To their credit, most aren't grim realists who believe we should worry only how thugs abroad treat us, rather than how they treat their own.
So, privately, Democrats concede that, while going to war may have been naive or widely idealistic, it was not done simply out of self-interest.
Read the whole thing at VDH Private Papers
Thomas Sowell on the Media War
The media seem to have come up with a formula that would make any war in history unwinnable and unbearable: They simply emphasize the enemy's victories and our losses.Read the whole thing at RealClearPolitics.....it's worth your time.
Losses suffered by the enemy are not news, no matter how large, how persistent, or how clearly they indicate the enemy's declining strength.
What are the enemy's victories in Iraq? The killing of Americans and the killing of Iraqi civilians. Both are big news in the mainstream media, day in and day out, around the clock.
Has anyone ever believed that any war could be fought without deaths on both sides? Every death is a tragedy to the individual killed and to his loved ones. But is there anything about American casualty rates in Iraq that makes them more severe than casualty rates in any other war we have fought?
The two-thousandth death was similarly anticipated almost impatiently in the media and then made another big splash. But does media hype make 2,000 wartime fatalities in more than two years unusual?
The Marines lost more than 5,000 men taking one island in the Pacific during a three-month period in World War II. In the Civil War, the Confederates lost 5,000 men in one battle in one day.
Yet there was Jim Lehrer on the "News Hour" last week earnestly asking Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld about the ten Americans killed that day. It is hard to imagine anybody in any previous war asking any such question of anyone responsible for fighting a war.
"Piece of Elephant' T-shirt challenged
In an effort to be fair and balanced, here's another view of which political party has the best looking women. A previous post depicted a Bill Clinton fan wearing a T-shirt w/ verbiage implying that Democrats have the sexiest women. The following is submitted for your comparison and opinion......you decide
Click image to enlarge
H/T to Denny
Monday, December 12, 2005
Just one of many Leftist propaganda shows: Face the Nation
Why, it's so simple...withdraw, hmm....why didn't anybody else think of this plan? .....probably because it's too damn STUPID. Good grief!
From RedState.org with terrific reports on Sunday's political talk shows.
The 40 Most Obnoxious Quotes For 2005
A few choice samples:
"I hate the Republicans and everything they stand for..." -- Howard Dean
"George W. Bush is evil. He is a terrorist. He is evil. He is arrogant. And he is out of control." -- Julianne Malveaux
"The day Dick Cheney is going to run for president, I'll kill myself. All we need is one more liar." -- Helen Thomas
"The last two elections were stolen. They were stolen and so we will not rest until we reclaim our democracy and this is what today is all about." -- U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.)
"Well I would say that in the year 2000, the country failed abysmally in the presidential election process. There's no doubt in my mind that Al Gore was elected president." -- Jimmy Carter
"We are a nation that is unenlightened because of religion. I do believe that. I think that religion stops people from thinking. I think it justifies crazies. I think flying planes into a building was a faith-based initiative. I think religion is a neurological disorder. If you look at it logically, it's something that was drilled into your head when you were a small child. It certainly was drilled into mine at that age. And you really can't be responsible when you are a kid for what adults put into your head." -- Bill Maher
"Do our government's poorly paid contract killers deserve our "support" for blindly following orders?" -- Ted Rall
"Real freedom will come when [U.S.] soldiers in Iraq turn their guns on their superiors." -- Warren County Community College adjunct English professor, John Daly
Also see The 40 Most Obnoxious Quotes Of 2004.
There are plenty more....if you're in the mood to be really irritated!
Good News at "Better all the time" blog
20 Reported Killed as Chinese Unrest Escalates
Isn't it true that Communism is Communism no matter what where in the world it exists? How is it the U.S. gives China "favored trading status" and at the same time have a virtual blockade against Cuba? The "wet foot, dry foot" policy with Cuba is a joke, if not embarrassing, ranking right up there with the military "don't ask, don't tell". It's often easy to view our government as being run by a bunch of children with no discipline. Who the hell thinks up this stuff?
In the interim, China has once again murdered an unknown number of protesters, as communist governments typically do to anyone bold enough to criticize the government, yet the country continues the charade of somehow being an ally of America. All the while Cuba is roundly criticized for it's Communist ways. As much as I hate to say it, this sure smells like capitalism gone amuck, with bipartisan horsepucky.
Pictures, video and many links to the story may be found at GatewayPundit.
Sunday, December 11, 2005
The Democrats Haul Out Another Vet
Today, Senator Daniel Inouye, the Ranking Member of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee and a recipient of the Medal of Honor for his service in World War II, released the following statement:Simply replaying statements from the likes of Ms.Pelosi, Kerry,Howard Dean, Ted Kennedy, etc. it's playing "politics" according to the liberals. Is showing a video of the usual suspects distorting the facts? Hardly.
"As a Veteran of World War II, I know what it's like to fight a war and put your life on the line every day. I also know what it takes to win a war, and I know that politics and an attack machine like the President's plays no part in it.
"The Republican Party's latest ad is a shameful and disgusting attempt to distract the American people from the problems in Iraq. It may improve the President's political fortunes, but the American people and our troops will pay the price. I hope that President Bush realizes how shameful it is to play politics when what we really need is leadership, and that he will direct his Party to take down this ad immediately."
....and the "plan to win the war" according to Senator Daniel Inouye? Surrender and go home. What a terrific plan! What are those people smoking?
Genghis John rides again
An excellent piece on Mr. Kerry in today's TribuneReview has an interesting observation on his convoluted logic (the whole article here):
Sen. John Kerry's appearance last Sunday on "Face the Nation" suggests he's mastered the nuanced finesse of betraying his contempt for American soldiers without accusing them of behaving in a fashion reminiscent of Genghis Khan.
The Massachusetts Democrat has come a long way since 1971.
Back then, Mr. Kerry had the starring role as the principled and decorated Vietnam War veteran testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee about supposed war atrocities committed not by the Viet Cong but by his fellow vets.
Kerry earnestly testified that other American soldiers said they had raped, cut off ears and heads, randomly shot at civilians and razed villages in a fashion reminiscent of the marauding mass murderer of Mongolia. They must have been remarkably discreet; Kerry never actually saw any of it.
Speaking with host Bob Schieffer about Iraq, Kerry said, "There is no reason ... that young American soldiers need to be going into the homes of Iraqis in the dead of night, terrorizing kids and children, you know, women, breaking sort of the customs of the ... of ... the historical customs, religious customs."
Kerry has not come such a long way from 1971 after all.
The Times wrote that "The American military ... has decided to limit the scope of its raids in Iraq after receiving warnings from Iraqi leaders that the raids were alienating the public." That was just a few months after the invasion.
The Post article "is the story of how the U.S. military made an enemy of one man during a 20-minute encounter" -- a man who hates Jews and felt so violated when his stash of girlie magazines was discovered that he started to slap his own mother.
And Genghis Khan thought he knew how to terrorize kids and children, and, you know, women, in the dead of night.
If Kerry is carrying the torch for the Dems. , they're in deep trouble....again.
Media bias denial once again by, who else, NY Times
Today's leftist rant on the subject simply makes the bias point obvious to anyone with any semblance of intellect. On the subject of blogs and their impact in the political sphere:
Conservative Blogs are More EffectiveApparently Mr. Crowley hasn't taken the time to actually read leftist blogs, like DailyKos for example, that are rife with hostility, distortions and unconditional leftist bile against anything remotely near Republican philosophy. Yet Mr. Crowley, as most liberal media do, rolls out the familiar refrain:
By MICHAEL CROWLEY NY Times
Liberals use the Web to air ideas and vent grievances with one another, often ripping into Democratic leaders. (Hillary Clinton, for instance, is routinely vilified on liberal Web sites for supporting the Iraq war.) Conservatives, by contrast, skillfully use the Web to provide maximum benefit for their issues and candidates. They are generally less interested in examining every side of every issue and more focused on eliciting strong emotional responses from their supporters.
But what really makes conservatives effective is their pre-existing media infrastructure, composed of local and national talk-radio hosts like Rush Limbaugh, the Fox News Channel and sensationalist say-anything outlets like the Drudge Report - all of which are quick to pass on the latest tidbit from the blogosphere. "One blogger on the Republican side can have a real impact on a race because he can just plug right into the right-wing infrastructure that the Republicans have built," Stoller says.Apparently the socialists not only hate Rush and Fox News, they appear to be absolutely petrified of the "overwhelming power" they appear to have over the populace. It's simply impossible to understand how they can have all the most powerful media outlets on the left's side, yet they cower at the thought of opposing views being aired by relatively small sources. A complete lack of ideas and insecurity seem to be the appropriate answer to the question; what media bias?
Thanks for making the point Mr. Crowley
Saturday, December 10, 2005
You can stay single and be miserable,
or get married and wish you were dead.
1) At a cocktail party, one woman said to another,
"Aren't you wearing your wedding ring on the wrong finger?"
"Yes, I am. I married the wrong man."
2) A lady inserted an ad in the classifieds:
Next day she received a hundred letters.
They all said the same thing:
"You can have mine."
3) When a woman steals your husband,
there is no better revenge than to let her keep him.
4) A woman is incomplete until she is married. Then she is
5) A little boy asked his father,
"Daddy, how much does it cost to get married?"
Father replied, "I don't know, son, I'm still paying."
6) A young son asked,
"Is it true, Dad, that in some parts of Africa
a man doesn't know his wife until he marries her?"
Dad replied, "That happens in every country, son."
7) Then there was a woman who said,
"I never knew what real happiness was until I got married,
and by then, it was too late."
8) Marriage is the triumph of imagination over intelligence.
9) If you want your spouse to listen and
pay strict attention to every word you say -- talk in your sleep.
10) Just think, if it wasn't for marriage, men would go through
life thinking they had no faults at all.
11) First guy says, "My wife's an angel!"
Second guy remarks, "You're lucky. Mine's still alive."
12) A Woman's Prayer
Dear Lord, I pray for Wisdom, to understand a man , to love and to
forgive him, and for Patience, for his moods. Because, Lord, if I
pray for Strength, I'll just beat him to death
Shamelessly stolen from GrouchyOldCripple
but it appears that
Secretary of State Rice
may have slept with ex-president
Will send details
when they become available;
all I have now
is this attached photo.
Bill Clinton on Global Warming: Bush is Bad
As previously noted, when there are no new ideas, just make crap like this up. NO THINKING ALLOWED!!
The money quote from the man with no moral compass:
MONTREAL (AFP) (with over 2ft. of global warming on the ground):
"There's no longer any serious doubt that climate change is real, accelerating, and caused by human activities," Clinton said.....not be be confused with actual science.
For another view, see this story: Global Warming Blues
This photo fits like a glove for the party of "anything goes"
Bush's "Tax Cuts for the Rich" and the horrible consequence
If the only news is obtained from the mainstream media, it would be easy to conclude that not only was Bush's tax cuts for the 'rich' unfair, and bad for the economy, but also is taking food right out of the mouths of the poor.....proving you just can't believe the media. Too bad the Dems. just can't face the real world:
Treasury Secretary John Snow released this chart today, showing the growth in federal tax revenues since the 2003 Tax Act.
In just the last week, we've learned that GDP growth was a robust 4.3 percent in the third quarter. That's strong growth for any time, and it happened when the country faced devastating natural disasters.
We also learned on Friday that 215,000 jobs were added to the payrolls in November. Job creation is the reward of strong economic growth, and November's employment report brings the total of jobs created since May of 2003 to four and a half million -- with 1.8 million new jobs created this year alone.
More details on the report here.
GOP Responds to Dems. Defeat and Retreat "Plan"
With daily stories of gloom and doom, how have we survived?
*First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they carried us.
*They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can, and didn't get tested for diabetes.
*Then after that trauma, our baby cribs were covered with bright colored lead-based paints. *
We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets
and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets, not to mention, the risks we took hitchhiking.
*As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags.
*Riding in the back of a pick up on a warm day was always a special treat.
*We drank water from the garden hose and NOT from a bottle. *
*We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and NO ONE actually died from this.
*We ate cupcakes, white bread and real butter and drank soda pop with sugar in it, but we weren't overweight because
WE WERE ALWAYS OUTSIDE PLAYING!
*We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on.
*No one was able to reach us all day And we were O.K. *
*We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then ride down **the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem***
**We did not have Playstations, Nintendo's, X-boxes, no video games at all, no 99 channels on cable, no video tape movies, no surround sound, no cell** *phones, no personal computers, no Internet or Internet chat rooms..........WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found them!
We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no lawsuits from these accidents.
We ate worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever.
*We were given BB guns for our 10th birthdays,
made up games with sticks and tennis balls and although we were told it would happen, we did not put out very many eyes.
*We rode bikes or walked to a friend's house and knocked on the door or rang **the bell, or just walked in and talked to them!***
Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that!!
The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law!
This generation has produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers and inventors ever!
The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas.
*We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we