Saturday, September 29, 2007
Courtesy the People's Cube.com
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
The following is excerpted from Richard Stengel at Time.com. Even though both Williams and Amanpour and the rest are nowhere near the league of say, Ernie Pyle, Michael Yon or Michael Totten, if you have to put in in context. Would any of the aforementioned real journalists (not williams or amanpour) attend a dinner with Hitler, Mussolini, Tojo, Osama bin Laden or Al Zarqawi? Somehow I think not. You can read the whole piece here which is a link to Time.com's story.
The plaintiffs, represented by Yale University law students, claim the U.S. Constitution protects the civil rights of all people in the United States. The attorneys would not discuss their clients' immigration status or their countries of origin.
Boughton, a Republican, is a well-known crusader against illegal immigration. Two years ago, he wanted Connecticut State Police find illegal workers and turn them over to the U.S. immigration agency for deportation. Connecticut Gov. Jodi Rell rejected the request.
You are subject to American law however. If you break the law in America, you are subject to due process of the American legal system. So, if you went to Mexico, illegally and broke the law, does that mean that 1) you have the rights of a Mexican citizen? and 2) Are you tried under American law or Mexican? well, Alex, you do not have Mexican rights simply by virtue of traveling to Mexico. However, if you break the law in Mexico, you are subject to Mexican jurisprudence. Get it? Once more I smell the idiocy of some twit that seems to think (ACLU anyone?) that anyone is entitled to "rights" under American law.
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
It took me just under an hour to drive 46 miles, round trip, to the vet, through downtown Phoenix on the 405 ( my name for the I-10/202/101 highway system here, it's very reminiscent of LA's 405 anymore). I got back to the house, checked my email and computer, I have been working on solving a problem with a new processor, anyway, picked up the paper and headed out once again 2 miles to the local post office.
I got there and as usual, it was packed with people doing the same thing as me, picking up, dropping off, etc. I walked in and there was a line almost out the door with only 1 employee working behind the desk. There are 6 stations to serve people there. So, I took up my space in line and listened to people complaining about how only 1 person was serving anyone. A little while later, employee #2 came out and opened up a 2nd window and I figured that maybe the line would move a little faster. They have a business window too, but that was closed, even though I noticed obvious patrons who were there for business reasons. I just watched all the activity (or lack thereof, at this point I now there 15 minutes) and listened to more complaining from patrons. I saw at different times, 3 different employees walk out doing different things, and yet, not one of them went to help out or open another window. So, I wasn't annoyed or anything, I expect long waits at the post office. After a half an hour at this point, I notice employees #6 and 7, different people yet, wearing USPS shirts, walk out and do various things.
At this point, I have been there for almost 45 minutes, yet another employee walks out and opens window #3. Now, at present count, there have been 7 people who work there make themselves visible. #8 came out of nowhere and opened window #3 so the line is starting to move a bit faster. At this point, I have been there 55 minutes.
I finally got my turn and walked up to the counter and handed over the paper and the employee looked at it and asked, "did you get this yesterday?". I said, "no, it was in the mail today" as I had gotten the mail and brought it in. I didn't notice at the time, but he correctly pointed out that it had yesterday's date on it. So, he went into the back and came out with a letter, addressed to my mom, and said, "30 cents, please."
30 cents. I now have been there at the post office for an hour and it was over 30 cents for a letter from a clinic for my mom. All that time, I have been wondering what it possibly could be.
Now, you have to figure, the USPS is government run, although I guess you can call it a franchise of the US government. It is under the executive branch but overseen by the US government and is under protection of the US federal government. And then you factor in the fact, that with all the independent mail or freight shippers out there, it is still by far the only real mail service in the US. So, people are somewhat forced to mail letters through the USPS. There has been a debate over the years about the mail monopoly of the USPS. Wikipedia has a fascinating read on the USPS. US Postal Service.
You are probably asking yourself, "what does this have to do with Healthcare?". Well, think about it. You have a government run or sanctioned entity handling our mail. You have employees that are part of a union, yes, the postal union, serving you. They follow the labor rules set down by the postal union and are followed. With the fact that USPS is still the biggest carrier of the mail, you have really no other choice to mail letters, bills, advertisements and other such things except through the mail. Given the bureaucracy of the US government and it by far a bureaucracy of enormous size, you are at their mercy. I had to stand in line for something as insignificant as a .30 cent postage due letter.
Ask yourself this. Why do people in other countries come to the US for Healthcare? Many would say, "well, they can afford to". That's not the question though. Why do they choose to spend their money here, for healthcare instead of going through their own nationalized system? Could it possibly be that our system provides a wider range of care with many more specialists that are educated in areas of medicine that many in Socialised countries are not?
What you have to understand is, People are not alike. You can't say that one diagnosis fits all. People are not like cars that can be put on a computer and have codes come up that tell the technician what is wrong. If you combine the inefficiency of the Federal Government with the "one diagnosis fits all" you are going to have problems. Imagine walking into your local government run healthcare facility for something as simple as a flu shot. Chances are, like the USPS and DMV, you will have to wait in line, then fill out all kinds of forms, Get asked all kinds of questions and then sit and wait as there will be Government employees, who by law, have to take a break, etc. All you have to do is substitute USPS with USHS and you can get an idea of what people will be dealing with under Government Healthcare.
I was talking to my mom about Socialised healthcare. She mentioned that my uncle Bill, who lives in Edmonton, Alberta, needed to see a cardiologist. Well, she said that he has an appointment, in 5 months! 5 months to see a Cardiologist!??? Another story out of England I read a couple of weeks ago and wished I had saved, was one of an auto mechanic who had some problem regarding a broken arm. Seems, that he needed to see a specialist to attend to his arm for whatever reason and the story was about the fact that now, as a result of the wait, he will probably have to have the arm amputated. And to add insult to injury, he had to make an appointment that will take another 3 months unless it's life threatening. Then and only then will they see him and to amputate his arm. He said, if he could afford to fly to the US, he was sure that he could have gotten the arm fixed and not have to have it amputated. But since he didn't have the money, he was at the mercy of the NHS in Britain.
So anytime you think that maybe "Universal" healthcare might be a good idea, notice the lines at the post office, notice the lines at the DMV and other Government run services and think about it. What savings you might think you gain in money, you will probably end up spending in Time, frustration and even perhaps, your life.
Friday, September 21, 2007
So they ran an editorial as all colleges do, but somehow I don't make the connection. I have copied the "editorial" and posted it below. It deals with the Tasering of the Florida Student at the John (did you know he fought in Vietnam) "Lurch" Kerry. Now, they lead off with "Taser This", ok, so when you click on the link, you get the following;
Now you can click on the picture, sorry it's not real clear, but you can obviously see where their editorial just says "F*** Bush". Hmmm. Am I missing something here? What does President Bush have to do with the Tasering of a self-seeking attention whore? He only acted out for the cameras. The President had nothing to do with him getting Tasered. But I suppose the Students at CSU must belong to the Moveon.org Democrats and therefore, anything bad that happens anywhere must be a result of President Bush. It's a wonder what these twits do anymore and then again, it's interesting what university's and colleges will let go. I mean with Columbia inviting Mahmoud "I'm a whack job" Ahmadinejad. And then the president of Columbia says "we'd invite Hitler to speak". Huh? Well, while you're at it, let's get Osama, Ayman al-Zawahiri, Kim Jung Il, Bashar al-Assad and who else to speak?
I heard Victor Davis Hanson, the noted and well respected Historian on Hugh's show the other day and I always stop. Hanson is the best. Here is an excerpt to put things into context;
HH: Professor Hanson, the…Columbia was once led by Ike, Dwight Eisenhower.
VDH: Yes, he was. He was president.
HH: And when Eisenhower confronted Holocaust deniers, and those who turned their eyes away, he marched them through the camp of Buchenwald. Columbia’s fallen pretty far since then. How would Eisenhower deal with this, do you suspect?
VDH: He would be appalled. I mean, remember what the subtext of this, I don’t know if it’s very sub, is that if you’re an anti-American, that gives you a cache. You know and I know, Hugh, that they wouldn’t ask David Duke, and give a lecture and say we want to air all views, no matter how reprehensible. They just wouldn’t do that. Remember what the status of academia is. This last week, we had UC Davis refuse a platform for Larry Summers on the grounds that he was sexist. This is a man who gave $50 million dollars to women’s studies programs at Harvard, and yet at a similar rank university, will ask a man to speak whose done all sorts of atrocious things to women in Iran. We know that. He just imprisoned a U.S.-Iranian woman scholar. And women are fourth class citizens. But why he gets that cache is because he’s rubbing the West’s nose in the dirt, and for a lot of people in this 9 to 5 boutique world the campus, that’s sort of neat and interesting and curious, and so he gets a platform that where a Larry Summers wouldn’t.
HH: Is there any difference from the perspective of you having studied both Afghanistan and the Iraq War between Ahmadinejad and, say, a Zawahiri or bin Laden?
VDH: No, I mean, there’s…the only difference is that he has more material support at his fingertips, because he’s in control of a nation state. What he says about destroying Israel is much more explicit than what bin Laden or Zarqawi or Zawahiri said. But the difference is neither one of them have 3,000 centrifuges at work. There’s a difference.
HH: Is there…this is really kind of the crucial question. Does Lee Bollinger, the president of Columbia University, not know that he is arming the insurgents, and directing them and trading them, who are killing American soldiers and Marines? Or does he not care?
VDH: You know, I don’t know, but I see this as endemic right now of the left. I’m bewildered when a Dennis Kucinich or a Nancy Pelosi goes over to Syria, that engages in serial assassination of reformers, democrats in Lebanon, or when we, as you say, Ahmadinejad is killing people inside Iran who want free speech. He’s killing people in Iraq who want free speech. He’s killing people in Lebanon. He’s killing people, trying to in Israel, and it seems to me that a democratic institution would not want to give that man a platform.
HH: But it also occurs to me, he shuts down Tehran University.
VDH: He just did. More than Tehran, I think it was fifteen universities he shut down. So he would destroy everything that Columbia is, had he the chance. And so it’s mystifying to people why they would do this, except there’s this very fuzzy attitude about the world’s rogues, the Hugo Chavez, or an Ahmadinejad, or any of these people who pose as sort of peasant anti-Americans. As simpletons, they have a sort of nostalgic attraction toward the boutique left in this country. I don’t understand it. It’s frightening.
HH: Do you see any of the traditional democratic left, the Harry Truman left, raising their voices against this?
VDH: I don’t think they exist anymore. Joe Lieberman? Who is he anymore? He has a constituency of one. The Democratic Party sold its soul to the Daily Kos, the MoveOn.org, and the Hollywood base that has a lot of money, and is sort of…let’s be candid, they’re sort of an elite, white, affluent, professional class that really doesn’t understand what this country’s about, but has a lot of money, they’re very articulate, they’re highly educated, and that’s the engine that drives the Democratic Party.
HH: You’re right, and it’s a sad statement. I hope someone wakes up at Columbia. Victor Davis Hanson, always a pleasure, thanks for joining us on short notice to bring some clarity to this. It’s not hard to understand. I just want to make sure that our audience understands.
Thursday, September 20, 2007
So, I was paying attention to the vote in the Senate where the Moveon.org Democrats were trying to tie the Defense Appropriations bill to the Webb amendment, to further the goal of defeat, which incidentally went down in flames. For some reason, congress seems to think that they have a hand in the war, when the CIC is the one who directs the military. I am glad that they lost 72-25. But of course, the usual suspects were the ones that didn't vote to condemn the despicable ad placed in the NYT, the infamous "General Be-tray us" ad that infuriated many Americans and showed once and for all to see, how the democrats have become beholden to that organization and show their contempt for the US Military. Early results show the surge is working and yet the very thing the Moveon.org democrats were decrying a year ago has happened and now they claim it isn't. We have the finest military in the world, and you really have to wonder how those brave folks feel knowing that there is a faction back home that show such contempt for their mission. I mean, I always thought is was stupid to hear them say " we support the troops, but we don't support the mission". Well, isn't that a bit like saying, "we support the police, but we don't like them arresting bad guys?"
I have to repost this from Hugh's Blog, written by Generalissimo Duane Patterson, so that you can see who did and didn't vote to condemn the ad.
SEC. 1070. SENSE OF SENATE ON GENERAL DAVID PETRAEUS.
(a) Findings.–The Senate makes the following findings:
(1) The Senate unanimously confirmed General David H. Petraeus as Commanding General, Multi-National Force-Iraq, by a vote of 81-0 on January 26, 2007.
(2) General Petraeus graduated first in his class at the United States Army Command and General Staff College.
(3) General Petraeus earned Masters of Public Administration and Doctoral degrees in international relations from Princeton University.
(4) General Petraeus has served multiple combat tours in Iraq, including command of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) during combat operations throughout the first year of Operation Iraqi Freedom, which tours included both major combat operations and subsequent stability and support operations.
(5) General Petraeus supervised the development and crafting of the United States Army and Marine Corps counterinsurgency manual based in large measure on his combat experience in Iraq, scholarly study, and other professional experiences.
(6) General Petraeus has taken a solemn oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States of America.
(7) During his 35-year career, General Petraeus has amassed a distinguished and unvarnished record of military service to the United States as recognized by his receipt of a Defense Distinguished Service Medal, two Distinguished Service Medals, two Defense Superior Service Medals, four Legions of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal for valor, the State Department Superior Honor Award, the NATO Meritorious Service Medal, and other awards and medals.
(8) A recent attack through a full-page advertisement in the New York Times by the liberal activist group, Moveon.org, impugns the honor and integrity of General Petraeus and all the members of the United States Armed Forces.
(b) Sense of Senate.–It is the sense of the Senate–
(1) to reaffirm its support for all the men and women of the United States Armed Forces, including General David H. Petraeus, Commanding General, Multi-National Force-Iraq;
(2) to strongly condemn any effort to attack the honor and integrity of General Petraeus and all the members of the United States Armed Forces; and
(3) to specifically repudiate the unwarranted personal attack on General Petraeus by the liberal activist group Moveon.org.
72-25, with three not voting. There are many interesting things about
this vote, such as the fact that Jon Tester, the MoveOn.org candidate from
Montana, voted against this bill before he voted for it, as did fellow Montanan,
Max Baucus, who voted against it before he changed his vote and voted for
it. Chris Dodd of Connecticut, presidential candidate, voted against
supporting Petraeus and for MoveOn.org.
Joe Biden, presidential candidate, didn't bother to vote. If any of
you have any inkling of what kind of presidential timber Illinois Senate Barack
Obama possesses, all you have to do is look at this vote. The Cornyn vote
was called, Obama came to the floor, and when he discovered what the vote was
for, he left the floor and didn't cast a vote. He literally ran away from
merely casting a vote to support our top military general in the field.
But that's not even the most telling moment of the vote. Hillary Rodham
Clinton, the next president of the United States, unless Republicans decide to
run like Republicans again in 2008 and keep the White House in responsible
hands, did cast a vote today, and voted against Petraeus, and for MoveOn.org, a
watershed moment in her campaign. If she ever wanted her public image to
be that of a moderate, it's gone now with this vote. Hillary is one of three or
four people that will be the next president of the United States, and she just
tipped her hand that she shows more respect to the radical fringe of her base
than she does to the country's top general prosecuting a war that she originally
Everything else that comes out of Hillary's mouth from here to the
election, whether it be smoke and mirrors about health care, education, whatever
her polling tells her to say, keep in mind that when you hear Hillary Clinton
speak, you are hearing her channel what MoveOn.org has approved her to
say. If Republicans are smart, they'll remind people of this vote from now
until the election.
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Posted by: Patrick Ruffini at 3:11 PM There's a special election coming up in Massachusetts' 5th district -- and make sure you're sitting down -- we have a chance at an upset. The GOP candidate is Lt. Col. Jim Ogonowski (Ret.) and a SurveyUSA/WBZ poll out last week had him within 10 points of entrenched Democrat Niki Tsongas, widow of the late Senator and presidential candidate.
That's remarkable against someone with 100% name ID... in the current political environment... in Massachusetts! If Jim's name sounds familiar it's probably because his brother John Ogonowski was the pilot of American Airlines Flight 11 on September 11th. Jim is a 28 year veteran of the Air Force and Air National Guard. Through Rightroots, we're kicking off a blogosphere-wide fundraising effort for Jim Ogonowski. Joining us will be two of the leaders of the Bay State's Republican blogosphere, Hub Politics and Red Mass Group.
We have an embeddable widget with YouTube videos you can use to learn more. Anyone embedding this widget or otherwise participating will be listed in my posts about this at HughHewitt.com and PatrickRuffini.com. Please leave a trackback either at my site or at Hugh's to tell us if you're in. (Obviously the sooner you do this, the better the chance you have of getting in the post while it's high on the page.) What better way to kick off 2008 than with a stunning upset in the land of Kennedy & Kerry? Please chip in what you can.
Please remember this when Hillary runs for president
REMEMBER THIS FOREVER --
It is worse than you thought and remembered and well worth reading. P.S. This was written by a Democrat.
Dear Mr. Ex-President Clinton:
I recently saw a bumper sticker that said, "Thank
me, I voted for Clinton-Gore." So, I sat down and
reflected on that, and I am sending my "Thank you"
for what you have done, specifically:
1. Thank you for introducing us to Jennifer
Flowers, Paula Jones, Monica Lewinsky, Dolly Kyle
Browning, Kathleen Willey, and Juanita Broderick.
Did I leave anyone out?
2. Thank you for teaching my 8-year old about oral
sex. I had really planned to wait until he was a
little older to discuss it with him, but now he
knows more about it than I did as a senior in college.
3. Thank you for showing us that sexual harassment
in the work place (especially the White House) and
on the job is okay, and all you have to know is what
the meaning of "it" is. It really is great to know
that certain sexual acts are not sex, and one person
may have sex while the other one does NOT have sex.
4. Thank you for re-introducing the concept of
impeachment to a new generation and demonstrating
that the ridiculous plot of the movie "Wag the Dog"
could be plausible after all.
5. Thanks for making Jimmy Carter look competent,
Gerald Ford look graceful, Richard Nixon look
honest, Lyndon Johnson look truthful, and John
Kennedy look moral.
6. Thank you for the 73 House and Senate witnesses
who have pled the 5th Amendment and 17 witnesses who
have fled the country to avoid testifying about
Democratic campaign fund raising.
7. Thank you, for the 19 charges, 8 convictions,
and 4 imprisonment's from the Whitewater "mess" and
the 55 criminal charges and 32 criminal convictions
(so far) in the other "Clinton" scandals.
8. Thanks also for reducing our military by half,
"gutting" much of our foreign policy, and flying all
over the world on "vacations" carefully disguised as necessary trips.
9 Thank you, also, for "finding" millions of
dollars (I really didn't need it in the first place,
and I can't think of a more deserving group of
recipients for my hard-earned tax dollars)
for all of your globe-trotting. I understand you,
the family and your cronies have logged in more time
aboard Air Force One than any other administration.
10. Now that you've left the White House, thanks
for the 140 pardons of convicted felons and indicted
felons-in-exile. We will love to have them rejoin
(Not to mention the scores you pardoned while Governor of Arkansas)
11. Thanks also for removing the White Hous e
silverware. I'm sure that Laura Bush didn't like the
pattern anyway. Also, enjoy the housewarming gifts
you've received from your "friends."
12. Thanks to you and your staff in the West Wing
of the White House for vandalizing and destroying
government property on the way out. I also
appreciate removing all of that excess weight
(China, silverware, linen, towels, ash trays, soap,
pens, magnetic compass, flight manuals, etc.) out of Air Force 1.
The weight savings means burning less
fuel, thus less tax dollars spent on jet fuel.
13. Please ensure that Hillary enjoys
the $8 million dollar advance for her "tell-all"
book and you, Bill, the $10 million advance for your
memoirs. Who says crime doesn't pay!
14. The last and most important point - thank you
for forcing Israel to let Mohammed Atta go free.
Terrorist pilot Mohammed Atta blew up a bus in Israel
in 1986. The Israelis captured, tried and
imprisoned him. As part of the Oslo agreement with
the Palestinians in 1993, Israel had to agree to
release so-called "political prisoners." However,
the Israelis would not release any with blood on
their hands. The American President at the time,
Bill Clinton, and his Secretary of State, Warren
Christopher, "insisted" that all prisoners be
released. Thu, Mohammed Atta was freed and
eventually thanked the U.S. by flying an airplane into
Tower One of the World Trade Center. This was
reported by many of the American TV networks at the
time that the terrorists were first identified. It
was censored in the U.S. from all later reports. Why
shouldn't Americans know the real truth?
What a guy!!
If you agree that the American public must be made
aware of these facts, please pass this on. God bless
America and THANK YOU (once again) for spending my
taxes so wisely and frugally.
A U.S. Citizen
PS. Please pass along a special thank you to Al Gore
for "inventing" the Internet, without which I would
not be able to send this wonderful, factual e-mail.
AND THE REST OF THE STORY Hillary Rodham Clinton,
a s a New York State Senator, now comes under the
"Congressional Retirement and Staffing Plan," which
means that even if she never gets reelected, she
STILL receives her Congressional salary until she
dies. (Would it not be nice if all Americans were
pension eligible after only 4 years?)
If Bill outlives her, he then inherits HER salary
until HE dies. He is already getting his
Presidential salary until he dies. If Hillary
outlives Bill, she also gets HIS salary until she
dies. Guess who pays for that?
It's common knowledge that in order for her to
establish NY residency, they purchased a million
dollar-plus house in upscale Chappaqua, New York.
Makes sense. They are entitled to Secret Service
protection for life. Still makes sense.
Here is where it becomes interesting. Their
mortgage paym ents hover at around $10,000 per month.
BUT, an extra residence HAD to be built within the
acreage to house the Secret Service agents.
The Clintons charge the Federal government $10,000
monthly rent for the use of that extra residence,
which is just about equal to their mortgage payment.
This means that we, the taxpayers, are paying the
Clinton's salary, mortgage, transportation, safety
and security, as well as the salaries for their 12
man staff -- and, this is all perfectly legal!
When she runs for President, will you vote for her?
WAKE UP AMERICA
|JPost.com Staff , THE JERUSALEM POST||Sep. 18, 2007|
Proof of cooperation between Iran and Syria in the proliferation and development of weapons of mass destruction was brought to light Monday in a Jane's Defence Weekly report that dozens of Iranian engineers and 15 Syrian officers were killed in a July 23 accident in Syria.
According to the report, cited by Channel 10, the joint Syrian-Iranian team was attempting to mount a chemical warhead on a Scud missile when the explosion occurred, spreading lethal chemical agents, including sarin nerve gas.
Reports of the accident were circulated at the time; however, no details were released by the Syrian government, and there were no hints of an Iranian connection.
The report comes on the heels of criticism leveled by the Syrians at the United States, accusing it of spreading "false" claims of Syrian nuclear activity and cooperation with North Korea to excuse an alleged Israeli air incursion over the country this month.
According to globalsecurity.org, Syria is not a signatory of either the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), - an international agreement banning the production, stockpiling or use of chemical weapons - or the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT).
Syria began developing chemical weapons in 1973, just before the Yom Kipper War. Globalsecurity.org cites the country as having one of the most advanced chemical weapons programs in the Middle East.
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
I listened to Hugh Hewitt (with total fascination) reading the latest dispatch from Michael Totten in Iraq, talking about the surge. I am posting the link below and you should go read it and see the pictures from Ramadi in the Anbar province. Of course you won't see or hear anything from the MSM or the democrats about this, but that is to be expected. This is a fascinating and compelling piece that everyone should read. I will post either a link or the audio from Hugh's show where he reads it.
But here is an excerpt;
Ramadi has changed so drastically from the terrorist-infested pit that it was as recently as April 2007 that I could hardly believe what I saw was real. The sheer joy on the faces of these Iraqis was unmistakable. They weren’t sullen in the least, and it was pretty obvious that they were not just pretending to be friendly or going through the hospitality motions.
“AQ will try to re-take the city,” Colonel Charlton said. “I am certain of it. They’ve already tried. They came in from Samarra, swung around, and approached from the south through the desert.” They did the same thing again even more recently. “It was an attack planned at the AQ national level and it erupted in a day-long fire fight. The whole province is a major failure and defeat for Al Qaeda. They need to ‘fix’ this, so to speak.”
"The city, and the rest of Anbar Province will continue to suffer the tragic consequences of its geography even if it manages to repair its politics and its culture. Will another insurgency erupt? Will the Sunnis of Anbar declare war on the Shias in Baghdad? Well I don’t know, this is Iraq. But whatever happens, and whether it’s good news or bad, never again will Al Qaeda find a warm home here."
Monday, September 17, 2007
Barry to Elisabeth; Your "View" is Dangerous
Posted Sep 17th 2007 1:16PM by TMZ Staff
TMZ has learned that legendary singer Barry Manilow has pulled out of his scheduled appearance on "The View" tomorrow -- because he strongly disagrees with host Elisabeth Hasselbeck's conservative view! Paging Rosie O'Donnell!
In an exclusive statement to TMZ, Barry says, "I strongly disagree with her views. I think she's dangerous and offensive. I will not be on the same stage as her." Barry, taking a stand!
Manilow is currently on a press tour promoting the release of his new album, "Greatest Songs of the Seventies."
A network spokesman had no comment.
Ft. Lupton Judge Punishes Violators With Manilow
Unusual Sentence Results In Few Repeat Offenders
In a courtroom with mostly young adult offenders, Dolly Parton's "I Will Always Love You" played loudly on a boombox.
During the full hour of punishment, they were not allowed to chew gum, eat, drink, read or even sleep.
Most violators found the first few minutes funny. As time wore on with Karen Carpenter, Barry Manilow and Barney songs, they weren't laughing anymore.
"At about 20 minutes into it, I was trying not to fall a sleep," said violator Luis Cano.
Judge Paul Sacco carries out the punishment about four times per year. He said he believes the sentence fits the crime.
"When you have a person playing rap at extreme volumes all over the city, and they have to sit down and listen for an hour to Barry Manilow, its horrible punishment," he said.
Sacco said his love for music and helping youth inspired the unusual sentence.
"It's a punishment but it doesn't hurt as bad as jail or (paying) a lot of money," he said.
The judge also said there have been only a few repeat offenders of the noise ordinance law. This type of punishment for the city has been around since the 1990s.
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Sunday, September 9, 2007
Is a stunning announcement, Osama bin Laden has decided to give up terrorism and start the OBL Book of the Month Club, a book mail order service featuring his favorite authors at discount prices. In an interview with Progressive Book Monthly, Osama said:
I realized that I didn't have to kill babies to be relevant. I might put my name on a couple of bombings just for some terrorist cred at Yale; kids dig that stuff during teach-ins, but I can reach more people with the written word. Besides, caves are cold and the cell reception is awful.
OBL Book Club members will receive four books for $1.99 and "you just have to promise to buy one more book at regular price," said bin Laden, "and if you affix this sticker you get a telephone shaped like a stick of dynamite. Makes a great gift"
Bin Laden plans an extensive e-mail campaign, "We have this great opening line, 'George Bush's Crusade against people of color, the exploited, the "long-hairs" and others who dare to be different are threatening America: You can fight the Neocon menace by arming yourself with the truth. Four doses of truth for just $1.99 blah blah' I told you the rest. In exchange for his endorsement, bin Laden receives a 2.5% royalty (the maximum allowed according to him) and invites to all campus parties.
Asked why he targeted progressives, Osama bin Laden replied, I was surfing the web for those outdoor speakers that look like rocks and found out that progressives read more books. Bigger market."
Bin Laden says most books will be political in nature, but "we'll include some cook books, maybe a few thrillers...children books and some Jihad-Environmentalist fusions like Taliban- How Stone Age thinking can Stop Global Warming and Geo-Holocaust: Why Worry About Jews When We're Already Killing 50,000 Species a Year. Authors already recommended by bin Laden include:
William Blum's Rogue State: A Guide to the World's Only Superpower, Michael Scheuer's Imperial Hubris, and "everything by Chomsky. He's a genius who revolutionized linguistics- you can't be stupid and think that stuff up -plus, he knows the truth about America and Zionism."
Bin Laden next book signing will be in independent progressive book store Truth to Power. Bree and grape juice at 9:00. "Whatever you do, don't BYOB but bring some friends."
Rogue State: A Guide to the Worlds Only Superpower by William Blum
Hegemony or Survival: America's Quest for Global Dominance (American Empire Project)
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8/25/2007, 6:19 pm
Nouri al-Maliki offers Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi a last chance.
(BAGHDAD) Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki cautioned yesterday that the United States could face civil war if disunity continues among differing factions in the United States Congress. "If we can trust CNN and the Arabic edition of The New York Times, it's only a matter of time before a civil war breaks out between the red states and the blue states," Maliki said to a hushed audience of Iraqi veterans and their families, suggesting that the fanatical leaders of Congress "be ousted as swiftly as a convicted thief's left hand is separated from his arm in Saudi Arabia."
Maliki: "Effective legislation requires diplomacy. The Legislative Branch can't just keep issuing nonsensical subpoenas to Executive Branch as if there were no separation of powers, and then blow a gasket in front of the media in order to manipulate the American people."
The first national convention of the Veterans of the Iraqi War of Independence was held in Baghdad's newest Holiday Inn. The V.I.W.I. is Iraq's newest organization of combat veterans.
"We here in Iraq know a show trial when we see one," Maliki said, referring specifically to the Senate's repeated attempts to take down Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez for the purpose of having the Democratically controlled Senate appoint a new attorney general so that impeachment proceedings against President Bush could begin. "Civil wars have started for lesser reasons," he added.
In what Maliki termed a polite and well-meaning push, he has put the US Congress to a timetable, saying that he expects resolution to several important domestic issues before the first Presidential primary in 2008.
"It is Harry Reid's and Nancy Pelosi's 'last chance'," Maliki stated, making quotation marks in the air with his fingers. "For if the divisive rhetoric doesn't stop, these extremists should voluntarily step down, or members of their party should oust them in the interest of unity."
Maliki urged Congress to come back immediately from its vacation to deal with many unresolved issues. "Permanent tax cuts are a must," he said, "but the issues of immigration and social security, as well as domestic oil extraction and building new refineries are also crucial in preventing the otherwise inevitable slip into anarchy."
Maliki apologized in advance for comments that might appear "discourteous," but added, "It's about time someone said them."
Saturday, September 8, 2007
Wednesday, 4 July 2007
A Lesson In History
Topic: Global Warming
The Weather is changing, not in living memory have we witnessed such extreme events.
Sound familiar? That is the Litany given to us by the High Priest of the Climactic Neo-Inquisition Al Gore and his adherents.
They insist that the World faces an Ecodisaster of Cosmic proportions, unless we return to the atmospheric state that existed before the Industrial Revolution of the 19th Century.
Now they seem strangely silent on the subject of what exactly Global Climate was like then.
I want you to view the following video and then ask yourself is THAT the Global Climate you wish the world to return to?
For those who for some reason were not able to view the video, let me give one of the examples it contains.
On May the 24, 1626 a Hail Storm hit central Europe it left a METER of ice on the ground. Two days later an Arctic front fell on Central Europe, rivers froze, grape vines exploded, the rye and barley crops were destroyed, tree leaves blackened and fell to the ground.
This was so unusual it HAD to be unnatural, So the Great Witch Hunt of the 17th Century ensued.
We are now witnessing the 21st Century version of those events.
I have to to say Hua! to Dan for his observations. You can check his blog out at;
Committees of Correspondence
And then, so at one time, Greenland was a tropical rainforest, they do have proof of that, but yet, given it's location, how far did the tropical area extend? After all, it didn't start at greenland right? So, that means that Polar Bears didn't just catch the latest alien spaceship and land way up north when it got cold. So, I don't think we are really going to see Polar Bears go extinct anytime soon. Polar Bears adapt to their situation like many species on earth do and I am sure they will migrate to another place to live. Who says that Polar Bears have to live at the North Pole anyway? I mean, they have them in Zoo's in the lower climes and they are surviving quite nicely thank you. Chances are they probably get a little tired of Ice and Snow anyway, and nasty Inuit indians chasing them around trying to lop off their heads and fur to dress up the ole' igloo floor. I mean really, are all you that believe this tripe going to be happy to know that you're doing nothing more than scaring children?
So I was tooling around the net and found this from a year ago. It's called "Global Warming for Dummies" and I think should be required reading for all the chicken littles out there.
This is from a site called Committees of Correspondence
Topic: Global Warming
The other day I was listening to one of the more rabid global disaster warming advocates.
He was almost foaming at the mouth about the impending total destruction of the world's forests for one thing.
I started thinking about the whole issue and for the Life of me the Logic escapes me.
Someone help me out here and point just exactly what I am missing?
I will try a little thought debate,
You look upset.
Upset? Of course I am upset! We are facing a GLOBAL CATASTROPHE!
That sounds serious. What's happening?
The Trees, the Forests are facing TOTAL DESTRUCTION!
Really? How is that going to happen?
Global WARMING! Where have you been?
I see, Global Warming is going to destroy the World's Forests?
How? What makes Global Warming?
Carbon Dioxide! We are putting too much Carbon Dioxide into the Atmosphere!
I see. We are putting too much Carbon Dioxide into the Atmosphere, creating Global Warming which will Destroy the World's Forests?
How are we putting the Carbon Dioxide into the Atmosphere?
Fossil Fuels! We are burning Fossil Fuels!
OK, We are burning Fossil Fuels, which puts more Carbon Dioxide into the Atmosphere, causing Global Warming, which will Destroy the World's Forests?
Where did the Fossil Fuels come from?
You Moron! They are the remains of plants from hundreds of millions of years ago!
Wow, the Coal and Oil deposits are immense where did all the plants come from?
You IDIOT it took Millions of Years for the Fossil Fuel Beds to be laid down!
OK where did the Carbon in the Fossil Fuels come from?
From the AIR you IGNORAMUS!
I see, now if I have every thing correct,
Hundreds of Millions of Years ago, for Hundreds of Millions of Years, plants took Carbon Dioxide from the Atmosphere, locking the Carbon away in the ground into what would become Fossil Fuels, which we are now burning, putting the Carbon Dioxide BACK into the Atmosphere, causing Global Warming, which is going to Destroy the World's Forests?
Yes Dummy do you understand the Danger NOW?
Not really, I am trying to figure out why all that Carbon Dioxide, didn't destroy the World's Forests all those Millions of Years ago BEFORE the Carbon got locked in the ground in Fossil Fuels.
I GIVE UP! You are too STUPID to UNDERSTAND the DANGER!
Somehow I thought you would say that.
Waring do NOT try this at home, this was only a thought experiment, Global Warming Advocates in the Wild have been known to become Violent when their Illusions are challenged!