Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Just because I find them amusing

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Fury grows over Denmark cartoons

Aljazeera

Denmark has warned its citizens to avoid Saudi Arabia after Muslim fury mounted over newspaper cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad.

Denmark's Jyllands-Posten newspaper, which published the cartoons, issued an apology late on Monday in a statement to Arab countries, sent to the Jordanian news agency Petra.


Just imagine what the jihad jerks would do if they had to face the kind trashing that Christians in America put up with....like a crucifix in a bottle of urine and calling it "art" and "free speech".


MSM description of Alito after confirmation to SCOTUS

Not that the mainstream media (MSM) has an agenda or anything, but Reuter's choice of adjectives is a bit telling:


Senate confirms Alito to high court

...a second conservative nominated by President George W. Bush in his effort to move the nation's highest court to the right.

....the court's solidly conservative bloc

....fear that Alito would embrace an ideological agenda

Yup, fair and balance. No problem.


Monday, January 30, 2006

Washington Post confirms: Republicans are racist

Let's see, the media has been blatantly labeling Republicans as racist since, well, since forever. Now the ever so even and balanced Washington Post has a "survey" or "study" (often referred to as junk science) that verifies what the leftist moonbats have always believed....
That study found that supporters of President Bush and other conservatives had stronger self-admitted and implicit biases against blacks than liberals did.

......it does show that George W. Bush is appealing as a leader to those Americans who harbor greater anti-black prejudice."

So there you have it, right from the pages of the Washington Post...Republicans are racists and Bush is their racist leader.
Pretty much everyone knows that only the Democrats really, really, care.....well, them and their comrades in arms.

Oh, and one more thing your should know: this was an internet survey, and everyone knows how accurate online surveys are, don't we?

Ouch!

From Say Anything

“What the American people have seen is this incredible disparity in which those people who had cars and money got out and those people who were impoverished died.”
Ted Kennedy on Hurricane Katrina

“Ditto”
Mary Jo Kopechne


Sunday, January 29, 2006

Google / Hamas

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Democrats Seek Medicare Drug Plan Overhaul

Good grief, Dubya introduces a blatantly socialist program, via the prescription drug give-away, and the left just pounds him. The leftist hatred of Bush is literally destroying the Democrat Party. Now they want to "streamline" the drug program. With a little work, they can make it as streamlined and user friendly as, say, their beloved "progressive" income tax....all 40,000 pages of it.

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Medicare prescription drug plan should be overhauled to make it simpler and less expensive, California Rep. Henry Waxman said Saturday in the Democrats' weekly radio address.

Frist: Gov't Unwanted in End-Of-Life Cases

You would think that the leader of the "smaller government" brigade would have known that NOBODY wants the government, particularly the FEDERAL government, intruding in the most personal and private issues involving end of life care. As a Republican, I've never been so frustrated with the party as when they tried to intervene in the Shiavo case. If that wasn't a blatant display of grotesque big government intervention, what is?
WASHINGTON - Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, who took a leading role in the Terry Schiavo case, said Sunday it taught him that Americans do not want the government involved in such end-of-life decisions.

.....Asked on NBC's "Meet the Press" if he had any regrets regarding the Schiavo case, Frist said: "Well, I'll tell you what I learned from it, which is obvious. The American people don't want you involved in these decisions."

And he should have added: "..and we made fools of both ourselves and everything our party is supposed to stand for"

Lou Dobbs sets the standard for leftist nonsense

Lou Dobbs, who never misses an opportunity to display both his complete lack of knowledge regarding capitalism and his blatant hatred of everything "Bush", set a new record for using trivia to verify his partisan tripe.

via Hugh Hewitt:

Enjoy the Artistic Stylings and Segues of Lou Dobbs by Mary Katharine Ham

I watched CNN yesterday evening. I hadn't done that in a while. Sure, I flip over to the Situation Room every now and then just to see if the network has upgraded Wolf's big-honkin'-TV quota to 79 screens yet, but that's about it.

Lou Dobbs was something else last night. Here are two segue lines from Lou-- just a sampling of what he had to offer. The first introduces a segment on the American auto manufacturing industry:

DOBBS: Turning now to the war on the middle class in this country, the 60,000 American auto workers losing their jobs over the next three years don't appear to be a concern for this White House.

Right, because the Constitution very clearly states that the responsibility for ensuring the commercial success of every single American business lies in the Executive Branch. Lordy, I shudder to think how many businesses would be left if we followed Dobbs' plan. Luckily, the President is not with Dobbs.

The second segue moves us from that story to a story on China:

DOBBS: We're taking a closer look tonight at yet another complete U.S. policy failure...

Seriously? Subtle, Lou. According to this highly educated journalist who undoubtedly prides himself on his nuanced thinking, any and all troubles in the auto manufacturing industry or with China are caused entirely by U.S. policy toward them and nothing else. Surely, he could try on more innocuous segues for size.

Dobbs and Cafferty also talked briefly about an incident at Bush's press conference yesterday when a camera fell from its mounting and dangled from the ceiling over the press corps.

Bush was good-humored about the situtation, asking reporters if they were "wearing their helmets." In a truly astounding display of his ability to find fault with Bush at every turn, Dobbs said something along the lines of, "I didn't like the way he handled that. I think he should have waited a few minutes until it was cleared and people were safe."

In an equally astounding display of good humor of his own, Cafferty said he "thought the President handled it pretty well." (I can't find this segment in the transcript; not sure why, but I'll keep looking.)

And, thus, what would be Brit Hume's quick laugh clip at the end of the Special Report on Fox becomes a silly, dour debate about Bush's leadership style in the hands of CNN. No wonder their ratings aren't so hot.

Luckily, Pat Cleary at the NAM Blog watches Dobbs so you don't have to. I think I'll just check in with Pat from now on; I've had enough for a while.



Saturday, January 28, 2006

Why Can't I Own a Canadian?

This one has been floating around the Internet for a couple of years. I've taken the time to confirm the accuracy of the biblical quotes and they are, indeed, correct. It's pretty funny stuff, particularly if you are not a fan of Dr. Laura:


Dr. Laura Schlessinger is a radio personality who dispenses advice to people who call in to her radio show. Recently, she said that, as an observant Orthodox Jew, homosexuality is an abomination according to Leviticus 18:22 and cannot be condoned under any circumstance. The following is an open letter to Dr. Laura penned by a east coast resident, which was posted on the Internet. It's funny, as well as informative:

Dear Dr. Laura:

Thank you for doing so much to educate people regarding God's Law. I have learned a great deal from your show, and try to share that knowledge with as many people as I can. When someone tries to defend the homosexual lifestyle, for example, I simply remind them that Leviticus 18:22 clearly states it to be an abomination. End of debate. I do need some advice from you, however, regarding some of the other specific laws and how to follow them:

When I burn a bull on the altar as a sacrifice, I know it creates a pleasing odor for the Lord - Lev.1:9. The problem is my neighbors. They claim the odor is not pleasing to them. Should I smite them?

I would like to sell my daughter into slavery, as sanctioned in Exodus 21:7. In this day and age, what do you think would be a fair price for her?

I know that I am allowed no contact with a woman while she is in her period of menstrual uncleanliness - Lev.15:19- 24. The problem is, how do I tell? I have tried asking, but most women take offense.

Lev. 25:44 states that I may indeed possess slaves, both male and female, provided they are purchased from neighboring nations. A friend of mine claims that this applies to Mexicans, but not Canadians. Can you clarify? Why can't I own Canadians?

I have a neighbor who insists on working on the Sabbath. Exodus 35:2 clearly states he should be put to death. Am I morally obligated to kill him myself?

A friend of mine feels that even though eating shellfish is an abomination - Lev. 11:10, it is a lesser abomination than homosexuality. I don't agree. Can you settle this?

Lev. 21:20 states that I may not approach the altar of God if I have a defect in my sight. I have to admit that I wear reading glasses. Does my vision have to be 20/20, or is there some wiggle room here?

Most of my male friends get their hair trimmed, including the hair around their temples, even though this is expressly forbidden by Lev. 19:27. How should they die?

I know from Lev. 11:6-8 that touching the skin of a dead pig makes me unclean, but may I still play football if I wear gloves?

My uncle has a farm. He violates Lev. 19:19 by planting two different crops in the same field, as does his wife by wearing garments made of two different kinds of thread (cotton/polyester blend). He also tends to curse and blaspheme a lot. Is it really necessary that we go to all the trouble of getting the whole town together to stone them? - Lev.24:10-16. Couldn't we just burn them to death at a private family affair like we do with people who sleep with their in-laws? (Lev. 20:14)

I know you have studied these things extensively, so I am confident you can help. Thank you again for reminding us that God's word is eternal and unchanging.


Now we know why Sen. Feinstein agreed to filibuster

Apparently Sen. Feinstein was frightened by the threat of non-other than the deep intellect of Cindy Sheehan. We can only hope that Ms. Sheehan changes her mind and runs anyway.

From LGF:
Cindy Sheehan to Dianne Feinstein:
Fillibuster Alito or I’ll Challenge Your Senate Seat

Caracas, Venezuela - Gold star mother Cindy Sheehan has decided to run against California Senator Diane Feinstein if Feinstein does not filibuster the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Samuel Alito. While in Venezuela attending the World Social Forum, Sheehan learned that several Democratic Senators had announced their plans for a filibuster but that Senator Feinstein, who’s up for re-election in November, had stated she would vote against the nomination but not filibuster it. “I’m appalled that Diane Feinstein wouldn’t recognize how dangerous Alito’s nomination is to upholding the values of our constitution and restricting the usurpation of presidential powers, for which I’ve already paid the ultimate price,” Sheehan said.
okaaaay.

"Bush the spy" NY Times poll

As has now become standard fare, the liberals are simply on the wrong side when addressing the War on Terror. This poll sample from WSJ:

In order to reduce the threat of terrorism, would you be willing or not willing to allow government agencies to monitor the telephone calls and e-mails of Americans that the government is suspicious of?

Answer: 68% are willing, just 29% not willing--and by the way, the number who are willing is up, from 63% in 2003 and 56% in 2005. It's possible that by revealing the surveillance program, the Times succeeded in both damaging national security and diminishing public support for "civil liberties."


Alito according to John Kerry

According to OpinionJournal, Sen. John Kerry said on Jan. 26,

"Perhaps Prof. Liu put it best, of the Berkeley law school, when he wrote this: He said, Judge Alito's record envisions an America where ... where federal agents point guns at ordinary citizens during a raid, even after no sign of resistance ... .

Perhaps he meant like this:

Via Winds of Change


Friday, January 27, 2006

GOOGLE taking major flack from China censorship deal



As far as I'm concerned, they deserve the criticism......but then again, our government has given China "favored trading" status. I'm confused....are we for or against Communist regimes????(think Cuba).

Regardless, the blogosphere is taking their shots at Google.

Shamelessly stolen from Michele Malkin:

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Thursday, January 26, 2006

U.S. Military Exceeds Recruiting Goals in December

But didn't we just hear all over the MSM (over 700 Google articles on this propaganda) that our military was in jeopardy and being "stretched thin"? I'm sure I heard that story at least 500 times in the last couple of days. but..but..but..how, then, can this be? Why, the ever so fair and balanced Time Ragazine said this:
Despite what the Pentagon says, there is growing evidence that the military is dangerously stretched in Iraq
Even as the Pentagon claims that the military is making great strides against the insurgency in Iraq, there are growing signs that U.S. forces may be near the breaking point.


And yet:
The Department of Defense (DoD) reports that all active duty branches of the U.S. Military exceeded their recruiting goals during the month of December 2005. In addition, DoD reports that all services met or exceeded their overall retention (reenlistment) goals for December and are projected to meet their retention goals for fiscal year 2006.

Both the U.S. Army and Marine Corps reported recruiting 106 percent of their projected monthly goals, while the Air Force and Navy achieved 101 percent of their recruiting goals for the month.

We certainly wouldn't want actual facts to get in the way of the leftist moonbats!

NYTimes: "Fillibuster Alito"

More leftist bile from the NYTimes today on the Alito confirmation.....how can they actually call themselves a "news"paper?

All Left, all the time. Talk about being out of the mainstream.....

Demanding the liberals fillibuster Alito, their sorry excuses against him are just pathetic, here's a small sample of their charges against the judge:
Senators in Need of a Spine
.....The judge's record strongly suggests that he is an eager lieutenant in the ranks of the conservative theorists who ignore our system of checks and balances, elevating the presidency over everything else.

.....He has expressed little enthusiasm for restrictions on presidential power

.....Judge Alito's refusal to even pretend to sound like a moderate was telling because it would have cost him so little

.....A filibuster is a radical tool. It's easy to see why Democrats are frightened of it. But from our perspective, there are some things far more frightening. One of them is Samuel Alito on the Supreme Court.
No distortions there! They're just being fair and balanced. Yeah, right.

And you can bet this same paper will support Hamas...that peace loving organization that simply want to get rid of the Jews.....and then the infidels of the Western world.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

N.Y. Times Earnings Plunge

The Times couldn't be losing their financial ass because they insult half the American market with their leftist rants, could it? Pretending their biased "news" is real news surely shouldn't hurt their botton line. Nah, millions enjoy having their beliefs ridiculed and dismissed in the front page of the largest US newspaper. Sure.

NEW YORK - The New York Times Co. said Tuesday its fourth-quarter earnings fell 41 percent from the same period a year ago, .........


And you just gotta love the solution to their fiscal woes:
The Times also said it would raise home delivery rates by 4 percent effective Feb. 6, resulting in new revenues of up to $8 million this year. In the fourth quarter of 2005, revenues from circulation fell 2.3 percent.


Isn't this a bit like their regular mantra of raising taxes?? Whether it's the paper in need of more money, or the government, the solution always seems the same for the socialists: just stick their collective hands into someone else's pocket. Sure smells the same.

Monday, January 23, 2006

Hillary, the intellect of the left


Thursday, January 19, 2006

High Winds in Northeast

Certainly the Northeast can understand that their extreme concentration of leftist gas bags and blowhards would result in high winds....it's not rocket science.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

A Name To Remember: Fuk King Kwok

What can I say, it just made me chuckle:

Fuk King Kwok was waiting for his driver's license to be printed when his name was called and a chuckling Illinois secretary of state employee offered some advice.

"She [said] this is a dangerous name," the Chinese immigrant recalled. "She [said] the name translated is not so good, maybe I should change [it]. The word I hear is not so good."

Not so good, indeed.


More here


Do the Al Gore Rap

Even though Gore spoke the rap (as in rap music) there's little doubt the (not so) reeeverend Jackson had a hand in the quaint rhymes.
Stolen from RedState.com

"We say legislate, they say investigate,” he bellowed to the outdoor rally. “We say educate, they say interrogate. We say illuminate, they say instigate. We say unify, they say vilify. We make the tough decisions, they take depositions. We find real solutions, they launch prosecutions. We know our future’s nearing, they want to hold more hearings."

-- Al Gore, October 28, 1998


Monday, January 16, 2006

Gore the bore


Imagine that, Al Gore saying nasty things about Dubya.


Does this pose remind you of anybody in particular? The first person I thought of......









Mussolini




Saturday, January 14, 2006

Man breaks leg while kicking spider

Wouldn't you kick a little extra hard if you were faced w/ this critter?

NRMA CareFlight said the teenager was flown to Liverpool Hospital in a stable condition from a property 25km west of Mittagong after the incident involving a large huntsman spider before 1pm (AEDT) on Thursday.

The force of the man's kick at the spider broke his right leg in two places and also killed the spider.

The Huntsman is listed by the Australian Museum as being a relatively harmless species, although the Badge Huntsman can cause pain, headache, vomiting and an irregular pulse.



If ya really want a larger picture of this guy, click on the image.

How Can We Trust Democrats on Iran?

Stolen from GenerationWhy, this quotation comparison helps bring into focus the larger problem of Iran, their nuclear threats and the Democrat Party:


Again we have a nuclear ambitious, Islamic tyrant playing games with the United Nations. And the Democrats are acting the same way they did towards
Iraq prior to the war.

Senator John Kerry (D-MA)

"Iran has made a dangerous and silly decision of confronting not just the U.S. government but the entire international community."

Tom Lantos (D-CA)

"Iran is hell-bent on developing nuclear weapons"

Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL)

"European governments should make clear to Iran that there can't be business as usual as long as Ahmadinejad, or others who espouse his radical views, hold high office ... the U.S. needs to press for stiff multilateral sanctions aimed at stopping Iran's nuclear program ... there still are measures the U.S. can take alone to increase pressure on Tehran..."

DNC Platform

"Iran has reportedly been working to develop [WMDs]. A nuclear-armed Iran is an unacceptable risk to us and our allies... We must show determined leadership to ... prevent the development of nuclear weapons in places like Iran."

But remember, we were hearing this sort of talk from Democrats with respect to Iraq long before the war.

John Kerry (
Jan. 23, 2003)

"Without question, we need to disarm Saddam Hussein. He is a brutal, murderous dictator, leading an oppressive regime ... He presents a particularly grievous threat because he is so consistently prone to miscalculation ... And now he is miscalculating America's response to his continued deceit and his consistent grasp for weapons of mass destruction ... So the threat of Saddam Hussein with weapons of mass destruction is real..."

Bill Clinton (Feb. 4, 1998)

"One way or the other, we are determined to deny Iraq the capacity to develop weapons of mass destruction and the missiles to deliver them. That is our bottom line."

Madelaine Albright (Feb. 1, 1998)

"We must stop Saddam from ever again jeopardizing the stability and security of his neighbors with weapons of mass destruction."

Sandy Bergler (Feb. 18, 1998)

"He will use those weapons of mass destruction again, as he has ten times since 1983."

Nancy Pelosi (Dec. 16, 1998)

"Saddam Hussein has been engaged in the development of weapons of mass destruction technology which is a threat to countries in the region and he has made a mockery of the weapons inspection process."

Ted Kennedy (Sept. 27, 2002)

"We have known for many years that Saddam Hussein is seeking and developing weapons of mass destruction."

Being the party of opportunist and a coming midterm election, it's all but impossible to know how the Democrats are going to react to the Iran issue, save for whining, bloviating, and bleating for the "international community" to do something and blaming Bush and the Republicans for the problem.


Reality of Socialized healthcare: a Canadian film

The American proponents of socialized medicine like to point to Canada as a beacon of a loving and caring system. Often using examples of happy and healthy patients of the system, the real story is seldom told. Waiting 2 years for a joint replacement is commonplace, and worse. One size fits all doesn't work in healthcare anymore than a "level playing field" works in the real world.

If you really want to see the inside fiasco of the Canadian health system, you simply need to watch this 25 min. documentary on the simple realities of living in a healthcare system where one side fits all.......and keep in mind that the likes of Hillary Clinton and her fellow liberal Democrats are pushing this very agenda.

If you're the slightest bit interested in our healthcare dilemma, watch the documentary Dead Meat. You'll be glad you did.

Members of Congress arrive in Jamaica for five-day trip

Isn't this the same kind of crap that's causing all the uproar in Congress? What are the DEMOCRAT representatives doing in Jamaica, of all places?

MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica Six members of the Congress arrived in Jamaica today to begin a five-day tour of the island.

The delegation includes Democratic representatives from New Jersey, New York, Maryland, North Carolina, Ohio as well as Representative Lynn Woolsey from Petaluma.A spokeswoman for the Jamaican Embassy in Washington D-C says the members will discuss security and trade issues while visiting tourist sites.

They're in Jamaica to discuss "security and trade issues"....hmm. No doubt they'll all come back with a nice tan, and their constituents will really appreciate all the benefits that will befall them from the efforts of their representatives lounging in the islands. yup,yup,yup....it's all about taking care of the little people.

Bunch of hypocrites, they are.

Government efficiency in action

The Left just loves big government, and seem to honestly believe central control of our lives is the way to a "level playing field". One size fits all.

Here's today's example of how government spends our money:

The Associated Press

CHIMACUM, Jeffereson County — Brian Lawson, a self-employed market analyst, and his wife Jackie got both more and less than they expected when they ordered an Internal Revenue Service instruction booklet by telephone.

What the Lawsons wanted was a single copy of the Form 1040 instructions for 2003 to help fix them a numerical error on their returns that has resulted in them having to pay $300 a month in back taxes since they filed their return for that year.

What they got on Wednesday evening, three weeks after their call, was a UPS Inc. delivery of 12 boxes containing 2,000 copies each — 24,000 booklets in all — of the Form 1040 instructions for 2005.

The wrong booklets were sent from Bloomington, Ill., and arrived at the right place despite being addressed to Chimacum, D.C., instead of Chimacum, Wash.

And the liberals what to turn our entire healthcare system over to the federal government. Why? Because it will be less expensive and more efficient than our current healthcare sytsem. Yeah, riiiight.


Friday, January 13, 2006

A real solution to the war on drugs

There is not an iota of difference between drug prohibition (aka the "war on drugs") and alcohol prohibition of yesteryear, yet no lessons have been learned. In both instances, all the prohibition creates is growth of organized crime, corruption at all levels of government, overflowing prisons and, most importantly, the assault on our Bill of Rights.

The idea of prohibition has never worked and never will, yet the real solution is blatantly obvious.....but seems invisible. DEA chief, Karen Tandy actually touched on the core of the problem, and the solution, but without really understanding the implication, in yet another Drug War article that misses the entire point:

USA Today
Drug traffickers and suspected terrorists are using prepaid ATM cards and Internet-based payment systems to help launder billions of dollars each year,
Treasury Department reported Wednesday in what it called the first government-wide analysis of money laundering in the USA.

Levey said it's unclear how much money in the USA is made from criminal enterprises. The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy estimates sales of illicit drugs in the USA produce $65 billion a year for traffickeers United Nations estimates illicit drug revenue in the USA, Canada and Mexico to be $142 billion a year.

....and the money quote:
"The key to ending drug trafficking is to wipe out the money side," Drug Enforcement Administration chief Karen Tandy said. The DEA seized $2 billion in 2005, up from $500 million in 2003, she said.

What's the obvious solution then? How about ending prohibition? Why does it no occur to proponents of prohibition that marijuana, for example, has a street price close to that of gold? It's a weed, for cryin' out loud. This isn't rocket science.

What would happen if we were to actually end prohibition? How about the end of drug dealers, a serious reduction in crime, prison space for violent criminals, the end of the narco-industrial complex, not the mention the hundreds of billions of dollars spent by the feds and states spent on this foolhardy endeavor.

Our drug laws do more harm to our society than the drugs themselves.

The brainbox and the blowhards

A great article in the Economist, which has never been known to lean toward the right, adds a little light on the Kennedy fiasco at the Alito hearings. It's a great read, be sure to read the whole thing.....here's a little taste:

TED KENNEDY is deeply troubled by the ethics of the Supreme Court nominee. Between 2001 and 2006, Samuel Alito, who is currently an appeals court judge, accepted $7,684,423 in “donations” from special interests who perhaps wanted the law tweaked in their favour. That included $28,000 from defence contractors, $42,200 from drug firms and a whopping $745,373 from lawyers and law firms.

No, wait. Those are Senator Kennedy's conflicts of interest—or, rather, a brief excerpt from a long list compiled by the Centre for Responsive Politics. The lapse for which the senator berated Mr Alito was considerably less clear-cut.

........Even a cursory look at his record shows that the sound-bite charges against Judge Alito—that he doesn't think machineguns should be regulated, that he never sides with blacks alleging discrimination—are simply untrue. His record on the bench is one of cautious rulings and scrupulous deference to precedent.


New poll doesn't bode well for the American anti-war crowd

Poll are polls and it's always difficult to give them much credence, but they do seem to reflect trends. On the subject of national security, the numbers don't look good for the Democrats. Trying to sell themselves as "strong on homeland security" in the coming mid term election seems nearly impossible.
24. After the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Congress passed the Patriot Act which, in part, gives federal officials wider authority to use wiretaps and other surveillance techniques. Some people say the Patriot Act is a necessary and effective tool in preventing terrorist attacks, while others say the act goes too far and could violate the civil liberties of average Americans. Which comes closer to your view -- overall, would you say the Patriot Act is a good thing for America or a bad thing for America?

Good: 53%
Bad: 30%
Mixed: 13%

26. Based on what you know, do you support or oppose extending the Patriot Act when it comes up for renewal?

Support: 57%
Oppose: 31%
Not sure: 11%

29. When you hear of government officials anonymously leaking top-secret national security information to the press, are you more inclined to think of the officials as patriots who are blowing the whistle because they think something illegal might be going on, or traitors who are leaking government secrets and possibly causing harm to the country?

Whistle-blowers: 27%
Traitors: 50%
Not sure: 23%

30. Do you think the president should or should not have the power to authorize the National Security Agency to monitor electronic communications of suspected terrorists without getting warrants, even if one end of the communication is in the United States?

Should: 58%
Should not: 36%
Not sure: 6%

31. In an effort to identify terrorist activity, do you think the president should or should not have the power to authorize the National Security Agency to do computer searches of large numbers of international phone calls coming in and out of the United States without getting warrants?

Should: 60%
Should not: 34%
Not sure: 7%


Democrats have mostly always been on the wrong side of issues such as national security, military, and the police, and it seems, at least on those issues, they're digging a deeper hole for themselves.

Read the entire poll here and decide for yourself.


Thursday, January 12, 2006

Airline bans Bibles to avoid offending Muslims

You're just not going to believe this story. Britain's second largest airlines, it's hard to comprehend this kind of insanity.
A few eye popping excerpts

WorldNetDaily.com

A British airline banned its staff from taking Bibles and wearing crucifixes or St. Christopher medals on flights to Saudi Arabia to avoid offending the country's Muslims.

British Midland International also has told female flight attendants they must walk two paces behind male colleagues and cover themselves from head to foot in a headscarf and robe known as an abaya, the Mirror newspaper of London reported.

Teddy bears or other cuddly toys also are not allowed.

Airline officials, who have sparked outrage, the paper says, explain the Islamic kingdom's strict laws – enforced by religious police – prohibit public practice of Christianity and figures of animals.

An airline employee who asked not to be named told the Mirror: "It's outrageous that we must respect their beliefs but they're not prepared to respect ours."

The airline's staff handbook says: "Prior to disembarking the aircraft all female crew will be required to put on their company issued abaya. It will be issued with the headscarf which must be worn."

Do you get the feeling the NY Times doesn't like Judge Alito?

Holy cow!! Even though it's obvious Judge Alito is going to be confirmed, the NYTimes suggests he's just one evil dude. Here's today's pile o' bile:

EVIDENCE OF EXTREMISM

OPPOSITION TO ROE V. WADE

SUPPORT FOR AN IMPERIAL PRESIDENCY

INSENSITIVITY TO ORDINARY AMERICANS' RIGHTS

DOUBTS ABOUT THE NOMINEE'S HONESTY

...and nothing but good things to say about the liberal members of the court. What a bunch of gas bags!

Abramoff Scandal - Details

The accusations that the Abramoff scandal is all about the "culture of corruption" in the Republican party is patently unfair, untrue and a real distortion of reality. Now, I'm not defending the Repubs., but truth is truth...the Dems. are in this up to their eyeballs. In the world of politics, it's money,money,money that makes their world go-'round.

Here is a complete (so far) list of the money that flowed out of Abramoff's pockets to the pockets of the politicians. Pretty amazing stuff....he didn't seem to miss anyone. Take a look, and keep it in mind as you read the daily screed from the media.

Democrats take last jabs at Alito

"Democrat last jabs at Alito..." Jabs, a good description of the leftist approach; punch his lights out. The leftist media can't even write a headline without being leftists.

Have you ever noticed how the media always labels Republicans as "Conservative" and Democrats as, well, Democrats. This Reuters story about the Alito hearings is the norm:

...The conservative Alito headed toward anticipated confirmation,.....

.....President George W. Bush has nominated Alito, a conservative federal appeals judge....

.....
Sen. Edward Kennedy, a Massachusetts Democrat......

And why not describe Kennedy as a liberal Leftie???

U.S. terror attacks foiled, but not worthy of media coverage

It's not really surprising. The media views any good news in the war on terror as not good for their leftist agenda, so they just ignore it. Many examples exist, and this one is typical:

Assyrian International News Agency

The mainstream U.S. media outlets have failed to report a major terrorist plot against the U.S. - because it would tend to support President Bush's use of NSA domestic surveillance, according to media watchdog groups.

News of a planned attack masterminded by three Algerians operating out of Italy was widely reported outside the U.S., but went virtually unreported in the American media.

Italian authorities recently announced that they had used wiretaps to uncover the conspiracy to conduct a series of major attacks inside the U.S.

Curiously, what was deemed worthy of a worldwide media blitz abroad was virtually ignored by the U.S. media, and conservative media watchdog groups are saying that is no accident.

"My impression is that the major media want to use the NSA story to try and impeach the president," says Cliff Kincaid, editor of the Accuracy in Media Report published by the grassroots Accuracy in Media organization.

"If you remind people that terrorists actually are planning to kill us, that tends to support the case made by President Bush. They will ignore any issue that shows that this kind of [wiretapping] tactic can work in the war on terror."

"The mainstream media have framed the story as one of the nefarious President Bush 'spying on U.S. citizens,' where the average American is a victim not a beneficiary," commented Brent Baker, vice president of the Media Research Center, a Washington, D.C.-based organization dedicated to encouraging balanced news coverage, "so journalists have little interest in any evidence that the program has helped save lives by uncovering terrorist plans."


The Associated Press version of the story did not disclose that the men planned to target the U.S. Nor did it report that the evidence against the suspects was gathered via a wiretapping surveillance operation.

Furthermore, only one American newspaper, the Philadelphia Inquirer, is known to have published the story that the AP distributed. It ran on page A-6 under the headline "Italy Charges 3 Algerians." The Inquirer report also made no mention of the plot to target the U.S. - although foreign publications included this information in the headlines and lead sentences of their stories. Nor did it advise readers that domestic wiretaps played a key role in nabbing the suspected terrorists.


Media bias/manipulation of news is the real story of the day. It's an obvious fact: the media sets the agenda and the politicians react accordingly.


Washington Post on Biden....no bias here. What a joke

For some reason the mainstream media seems to really believe the columnist Richard Cohen is one of their token "conservatives", but his writing certainly proves otherwise. His article today on Sen. Biden and his clown act at the Alito hearings discloses Mr. Cohen's actual opinions about the left and the right. Painting Biden and his assoc. lefties as somehow one of the "intellect" of the Senate, he has nothing but ridicule for Bush & Co.:
WashingtonPost
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...The tragedy is that Biden, who is running for president, is a much better man and senator than these accounts would suggest.

....Biden occupies the sensible center of the Democratic Party. He supported Bill Clinton's crime bill (more cops, fewer assault rifles) which helped the Democrats fight the talk-show calumny that they were pro-crime and anti-cop.

.....Even on Iraq, an area where too many Democrats forgot that there was any reason for war, Biden took a decidedly centrist -- and defensible -- position. He voted to authorize the president to go to war but has since characterized that vote as "a mistake."

......But even before that vote, Biden was urging President Bush to seek international support for the Iraq effort, not to move precipitously, and to have a postwar plan. Bush, listening to you-know-who, did what the voices told him.


So, Biden's only real problem is he talks too much, but Bush listens to "you-know-who" and the "voices". Lefties aren't all that subtle, are they?

Monday, January 09, 2006

Former Democratic Governor of New Jersey endorses Alito

Wow, a former New Jersey governor endorsed Judge Alito. Not only endorsed the judge, said some pretty interesting things about him as well. Hard to believe there really are fair minded Democrats, but apparently they do exist:

Via PowerLine

Brendan Byrne, a Democrat and former Governor of New Jersey, had this to say about Judge Alito in a letter to the Newark Star Ledger:

I write to express my support for the nomination of Sam Alito to become an associate justice of the United States Supreme Court.

Judge Alito is from New Jersey, so I have known him and his family for decades. I truly believe that he is by far the best we are going to get from this president and that it would be a grave mistake to turn him down. Those of us who would support a more liberal candidate also lost an election in 2004 and are obliged to think in that context. However, I truly believe that Sam Alito is not an ideologue but has a superb mind and would make a fine addition to the court.


Ted Kennedy....a true village idiot


It seems Mr. Kennedy just can't keep his mouth shut. His verbal vomit is endless and he hasn't had a clear head


since....ah...Chappaquiddic.

Graphic from GrouchyOldCripple

There's only one solution for the Republicans...

Marks for Sharks
The Abramoff scandal may sink congressional Republicans if they don't get serious about spending reforms.
WSJ
If the GOP response to the Abramoff scandal is merely to enact "lobbying reforms," the party will skirt the problem that underlies the corruption: runaway spending. "The 2001-2005 period marks the transformation of the Republican party from its traditional role as a win-or-lose guardian of limited government to that of a majority government party just as comfortable with big government as the Democrats, only with different spending priorities," says Chris DeMuth, president of the American Enterprise Institute.

.....
The federal government is now 250 times as big in real terms as it was a century ago. If Republicans don't use Mr. DeLay's departure to restore their limited-government credentials, they will see their own voters rebel.


I couldn't agree more.


Soros expects U.S. recession in 2007

WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) - Financier George Soros said interest rate over-shooting by Federal Reserve policymakers would push the U.S. economy into a recession in 2007, according to news reports.
Keep in mind this is the same guy that thinks America is a terrorist country, socialism is wonderful, and Bush is, well,.....fill in whatever invective you choose. For a guy worth billions, it certainly proves the adage that just because a person is filthy rich doesn't mean they're smart.

Sunday, January 08, 2006

They do seem to be in the same boat

click to enlarge via Cox&Forkum

Saturday, January 07, 2006

Poll: Most Say U.S. Needs Warrant to Snoop

As usual, Assoc. Press doesn't disclose the wording of the question in the poll. It's pretty easy to guess what kind of verbiage was used.....Something like:
"Do you think the treasonous, lying, ignoramus Bush/Hitler should be able to spy on you and your children without a court order?" Or "Do you think that Idiot Bush should be able to spy on American citizens?".
....same old crap.....

Read the pile of bile here if you're really interested in biased polls.

Newt Gingrich on the Abramoff Scandal

Like him or not, Newt makes some rather stellar points on the subject of campaign finance and the Abramoff story. It's definitley worth reading the whole thing here via newt.org

“Power tends to corrupt, absolute power corrupts absolutely”

Lord Acton



“It will not be denied, that power is of an encroaching nature, and that it ought to be effectually restrained from passing the limits assigned to it.”

Federalist Papers number 48, 1788


The Founding Fathers, having watched the corruption of the British governments of the 18th century, came to believe that power had to be limited, that there was an inherent bias toward corruption among those who had power and that big government was dangerous government.

The Abramoff scandal (and it is a scandal) is only one symptom of the growing profoundly unhealthy nature of power in Washington. Abramoff is the product of the system, not the system is the product of Abramoff. Abramoff did not create the system, but he did use it. It is important to start by stating flatly that this is not a lobbyist scandal. This is a lobbyist-incumbent-staff scandal. Abramoff and every other guilty person should go to jail.


Why is housing so expensive in some areas?

Some area's like California have extremely obscene home prices, and for good reason. How many people know that 55% of all the land in Ca. is owned by either the Feds or the State? Not many, I'm sure. The socialist whine incessantly about "land shortage", which of course is absolute nonsense, but the deceit seems to work well on the uninformed. Of the remaining land not owned by government in Ca., nearly 1/2 of the remaining land is off limits due to.....Thomas Sowell has some interesting comments on the issue:
Why then are there particular places where housing costs have skyrocketed?

In those places, much of the land is prevented by law from being used to build housing. These land use restrictions are seldom called land use restrictions.

They are called by much prettier names, like "open space" laws, laws to "preserve farmland" or prevent "sprawl," "greenbelt" laws -- or whatever else will sell politically.

People who already own their own homes don't worry about whether such laws will drive housing prices sky high. Somebody else will have to pay those prices while existing homeowners see the value of their property rise by leaps and bounds.

To hear environmental zealots tell it, they are just trying to save the last few patches of greenery from being paved over. But in fact the land area of the United States covered by forests is more than three times as large as the land area covered by all the cities and towns across the nation.

Only about 5 percent of the land is urban. In other words, you could double the size of every city and town in America and still nine-tenths of the land would be undeveloped.

Some of the biggest hysteria about "saving" land is found in places where most of the land is already off-limits to building. Some of the biggest crocodile tears about a need to "preserve farmland" come from people who are not farmers, and who know little and care less about farming.


We can thank the federal and state governments for allowing bleeding heart liberals to create such unproductive and destructive policies.


What happened to the Republicans of yesteryear?

Reagan, Gingrich, and a host of other "real conservatives" promised a future of smaller government and the closure of such nonsense as PBS, NPR, Dept. of Commerce, Dept. of Education, and the end of government subsidies, etc. The list was great to dream about but of course virtually none of it happened. Instead, all the promises (except tax cuts) were not only tossed in the trash, the budgets of those to be made extinct mushroomed beyond imagination. The party of small government has instead turned into just another form of big government, only for other issues than those of the left.

Instead of running on their pledge of smaller government, the drug of power seems to have taken over the Republican Party and it appears their pledged policies of yesteryear has truly become more a nightmare than a dream. As Peggy Noonen noted in her latest column, government is like a steamroller and it's simply not going to go away....ever. It seems we are destined to become more and more socialist and less and less free from big government intrusions into every aspect of our personal lives and businesses.

Federalization of crime, education, poverty,and health care are just a few examples of the growth of big government...even with the Republicans at the wheel. Why, even entertainment and sports are in the sights of the bureaucrats, soon to be regulated from Wash. D.C.

The WSJ stated our problems rather succinctly, addressing the Abramoff scandal:

This week's plea agreement by "super-lobbyist" Jack Abramoff has Republicans either rushing to return his campaign contributions in an act of cosmetic distancing, accuse Democrats of being equally corrupt, or embrace some new "lobbying reform" that would further insulate Members of Congress from political accountability.

Here's a better strategy: Banish the Abramoff crowd from polite Republican society, and start remembering why you were elected in the first place.


....
More broadly, however, the Abramoff scandal wouldn't resonate nearly as much with the public if it didn't fit a GOP pattern of becoming cozy with Beltway mores. The party that swept to power on term limits, spending restraint and reform has become the party of incumbency, 6,371 highway-bill "earmarks," and K Street. And it's no defense to say that Democrats would do the same. Of course Democrats would, but then they've always claimed to be the party of government. If that's what voters want, they'll choose the real thing.

....
One danger now is that, rather than change their own behavior, Republicans will think they can hide behind the political cover of "lobbying reform." While this has various guises, most proposals amount to putting further restrictions not on Congress but on "the right of the people . . . to petition the government," as the Constitution puts it explicitly.

....
Republicans won't escape voter anger by writing new rules but only by returning to their self-professed principles. Gradually since 1994 they've decided they want to reform and limit government less than they want to use government to entrench their own power, and in the case of the Abramoffs to get rich doing so. If Speaker Dennis Hastert, interim Majority Leader Roy Blunt and other GOP leaders are too insulated to realize this, then Republicans need new leaders, and right away.

Can I get an AMEN?

Friday, January 06, 2006

Zawahri joins Democrats in declaring US defeat

Saddam is using the words of the democrats in his trial....Bush lied, etc..... and now Zawahri is using the same tactic: mimic what the American Democrats say and do, and it's a certain road to victory for the terrorists. Sad but true:

DUBAI (Reuters) - Al Qaeda's deputy leader Ayman al-Zawahri said in a video aired on Friday that U.S. President George W. Bush's plans to withdraw troops from Iraq meant Washington had been defeated by the Muslims.

"I congratulate the Muslims on Islam's victory in Iraq. I said more than a year ago that the Americans departure from Iraq is only a matter of time," said the bespectacled Zawahri, who wore a white turban and sat next to an assault rifle.

Critics of Bush have demanded a quick withdrawal from Iraq, where about 2,200 American military personnel have been killed since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion, and say the president needs a clear exit strategy.

...and those "critics" are called liberal DEMOCRATS. The left should really be proud of themselves, giving aid and comfort to our enemy...as always.

Thursday, January 05, 2006

Pat Robertson, the conservative the left loves to hate

Whenever the resident moonbat of the Republicans opens his mouth you can bet his absurd comments will be all over the press. Often implying that he somehow not only has a direct line to God, Robertson also apparently has direct conversations with God, as well. He's the perfect person to be used by the anti-God liberals as proof positive "Christians" are all a bunch of dopes, and Robertson is a perfect example. There's no doubt that he's pretty dopey himself, but it's certainly not fair to paint with such a broad brush when it comes to the 80% of Americans that call themselves Christians. Regardless, there will be plenty of press stories about another one of his absurd comments:
Assoc. Press
Christian broadcaster Pat Robertson suggested Thursday that Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's stroke was divine punishment for "dividing God's land."

"God considers this land to be his," Robertson said on his TV program "The 700 Club." "You read the Bible and he says `This is my land,' and for any prime minister of Israel who decides he is going to carve it up and give it away, God says, `No, this is mine.'"
......He also said, however, that in the Bible, the prophet Joel "makes it very clear that God has enmity against those who 'divide my land.'"

There's nothing reverend about Rev. Robertson......no doubt he gives Christians a bad name.

Dems: "Alito not in the mainstream"

Where exactly did the left get the absurd idea that somehow they represent the "mainstream" in America? Delusional thinking seems to be at the heart of the Democrat party....and here's their latest fantasy world, in response to the ABA rating on Judge Alito:

ABA Rating Doesn't Shift Positions on Alito
FoxNews.com

"Leading Senate Democrats have said in the past that the ABA rating is the 'gold standard' for evaluating judicial nominees," White House spokesman Scott McClellan said Wednesday.

Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., also expressed his satisfaction, though Senate Republicans said years ago that they wouldn't consider ABA rankings when evaluating judicial nominees.

"Judge Alito is right on track to become Justice Alito, and today's announcement of the ABA rating demonstrates what an overwhelming majority of Americans already believe that Judge Sam Alito is unquestionably well-qualified to serve on our nation's highest court," Frist said in a statement.

Conversely, Democrats who had previously relied on ABA grades, suggested that the well-qualified ranking doesn't mean so much anymore.

"The ABA ratings do not take into account whether a judge's judicial philosophy and views are in or out of the broad mainstream. That is the $64,000 question with Judge Alito, and we will have to wait for the hearings to get a better answer," said Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee that will begin the confirmation hearing on Monday.

....as if Schumer would actually vote for him. Yeah, right.


NY Times: Mine deaths Bush's fault

Like Katrina, it didn't take long for the NY Times to blame Bush for the 12 mine deaths. Apparently, except their deep seated blatant hatred of Bush, the Times doesn't really have much to say about anything.....other than "liberalism is our salvation".

Here's the short version of the Times' latest distortions:
(shamelessly stolen from BizzyBlog)

NY Times:
Political figures from both parties have long defended and profited from ties to the coal industry. Whether or not that was a factor in the Sago mine’s history, the Bush administration’s cramming of important posts in the Department of the Interior with biased operatives from the coal, oil and gas industry is not reassuring about general safety in the mines. Steven Griles, a mining lobbyist before being appointed deputy secretary of the interior, devoted four years to rolling back mine regulations and then went back to lobbying for the industry.
.....and then, of course, the actual statistics regarding mine safety are 180 degrees from the Times story.....

Click image to enlarge

Contrary to what The Times would have you believe, the trend has been favorable for many years, especially the past four, where there has been a near-50% drop in fatalities. In fact, these results support the contention that staffing Interior with people who actually know their industry has led to greater safety. And where was The Times when coal mine fatalities increased over 40% during the last three years of the previous administration’s arguable responsiblity (1999, 2000, and 2001, given that a new administration’s first budget and full implementation of its priorities typically does not occur until October of its first year in office)?

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Law group gives Alito top rating

Remember when the evil Republicans wanted to dismiss the American Bar Assoc. as a source of judicial nomination qualifications? The Dems. went bananas. Libs described the Bar Assoc. as a bipartisan organization and their grading of nominees was of paramount importance. well,well,well:

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The American Bar Association gave U.S. Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito its top rating on Wednesday as backers and foes of the 55-year-old conservative geared up for next week's Senate confirmation hearing.

The ABA's Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary announced it had unanimously rated Alito as "well qualified" for a seat on the nation's highest court.

In assessing President George W. Bush's nominee, a federal appeals judge since 1990, the lawyer's group considered Alito's qualifications, integrity and judicial temperament.

In ultimately deciding whether to confirm him, the Republican-led Senate will also consider Alito's judicial philosophy and perhaps even his politics.

Backers portray Alito as a "mainstream conservative" who has been a fair-minded judge; critics cast him as a right-wing threat to abortion, civil rights and privacy.

Of course the left of the Left, like Shumer, Pelosi, etc. wouldn't vote to approve any of Dubya's nominees no matter who approves of his qualifications, it's not surprising to hear this kind of bile:

"It's always an uphill battle to defeat a Supreme Court nominee, but this is a fight worth having," Kim Gandy, president of the National Organization for Women, told a news conference.

"Replacing Sandra Day O'Connor with Samuel Alito would set women back decades -- and unravel O'Connor's legacy of moderation on the court," Gandy said.

...pretty much the same thing they've said about every Repub. nominee.



Free booze makes alcoholics healthier

Yup, you read it correctly. Canada has determined that the cure for alcohol addiction is.......ready?.......give the alcoholics free booze! This is the mindset of the liberal left: personal responsibility is a thing of the past. Government is your salvation. No thinking allowed.

Another pretend news story by the propaganda machine: Reuters

Giving homeless alcoholics a regular supply of booze may improve their health and their behaviour, the Canadian Medical Association Journal said in a study published today.

Seventeen homeless adults, all with long and chronic histories of alcohol abuse, were allowed up to 15 glasses of wine or sherry a day - a glass an hour from 7am to 10pm - in the Ottawa-based program, which started in 2002 and is continuing.

After an average of 16 months, the number of times participants got in trouble with the law had fallen 51 per cent from the three years before they joined the program, and hospital emergency room visits were down 36 per cent.

And this is what passes as "science" in Canada??? It's no wonder their little socialist world is unraveling. Good grief!

Following in the footsteps of this, shall we say, flawed thinking, it's no wonder the asshats on the Left, believe that "negotiations" with terrorists is infinitely better than killing the s.o.b.'s It's this kind of delusional thinking that make the left look so foolish and,frankly, scary.

David Letterman vs. O'Reilly

It's a mystery why O'Reilly went on David Letterman's show last night, but the interview certainly confirmed Letterman's brain dead liberal positions. Using the same old tired distortions and a complete lack of actual information, Letterman made a complete ass of himself. The leftist asshats surely loved his style and vacuous assertions, even though it makes Dave the posterboy for the ill informed. While making snide remarks about O'Reilly, he admitted to never having actually watched his show. No doubt Dave gets all of his news from the New York Times, and it's obvious the news organizations like the Times hold nothing but disdain for the like of O'Reilly....or anybody that's not liberal, for that matter.

You can watch the "interview" here via The Political Teen. It lasts about 5 mins. You might also find it entertaining to hear the audience reactions to Letterman...as you would expect from a New York crowd, they applauded every bullshit comment made by Dave.

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

The Predictable Distinction Between Us and Them

Via PowerLine
ABC's Note reports on NY Times reporter Jim Risen's appearance on the Today show:

On NBC's "Today" show this morning, New York Times scribe Jim Risen told Katie Couric that he hopes he will not have to reveal his sources to a grand jury and declared his story to be the exact opposite of the Plame case. Risen claims his sources revealed information for the best possible reasons and he went on to declare those sources "patriots."

This was highly predictable, of course, but the important thing is that the Plame question is being asked. The force of the Plame precedent is irresistible.

There is a sense in which Risen is correct in saying that the leakers in the two cases are exact opposites: Scooter Libby is a Republican, and the anti-Bush bureaucrats who leaked classified national security information to Risen and his colleagues are, in all likelihood, Democrats. But Risen's suggestion that his leakers, unlike Scooter Libby, are "patriots," is risible. As we've said before, nearly all leakers believe that their motives are pure. The Plame leakers were motivated by their admirable desire to counter lies that were being told by administration critics, especially Joe Wilson.

One possibly legitimate distinction between the two groups is that the Plame leakers may not have known that there was anything secret about Valerie Plame's CIA employment--prosecutor Fitzgerald apparently concluded that she was not a covert agent--while there is no doubt that the NSA leakers were well aware that they were compromising highly classified intelligence operations.

In any event, under the governing law, the leakers' motivations are irrelevant. They committed a crime, and should be prosecuted and jailed.

UPDATE: Michelle Malkin has more:

I guess we'll see if and how long Risen is willing to stay in jail for his patriotic illegal leakers.

Teacher Unions are socialist to their core

Teachers' Pets
The NEA gave $65 million in its members' dues to left-liberal groups last year.

If we told you that an organization gave away more than $65 million last year to Jesse Jackson's Rainbow PUSH Coalition, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, Amnesty International, AIDS Walk Washington and dozens of other such advocacy groups, you'd probably assume we were describing a liberal philanthropy. In fact, those expenditures have all turned up on the financial disclosure report of the National Education Association, the country's largest teachers union.

Under new federal rules pushed through by Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao, large unions must now disclose in much more detail how they spend members' dues money. Big Labor fought hard (if unsuccessfully) against the new accountability standards, and even a cursory glance at the NEA's recent filings--the first under the new rules--helps explain why. They expose the union as a honey pot for left-wing political causes that have nothing to do with teachers, much less students.

......We already knew that the NEA's top brass lives large. Reg Weaver, the union's president, makes $439,000 a year. The NEA has a $58 million payroll for just over 600 employees, more than half of whom draw six-figure salaries. Last year the average teacher made only $48,000, so it seems you're better off working as a union rep than in the classroom....


And probably the most interesting aspect of this issue is the fact that not ONE of these organizations, or the people within them, would admit to their political bias. Yet our highschools and universities are completely polluted with leftist propaganda. Unions are nothing short of a festering boil in our Democracy and their goals are nothing short of pure socialism.


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