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Friday, September 30, 2005

56% See Judicial Activism As A "Crisis"

Very, very interesting survey results.

What Do You Know?

Who does Robert Byrd describe in his recent book as "a fraternal group of elites – doctors, lawyers, clergy, judges and other 'upstanding' people" ? A) The U.S. Senate B) The West Virginia Rotary Club Association C) The Democratic National Committee D) The KKK

Baseball And Terrorism

I'm reproducing this image [Hat tip: LGF] not because it is an example of what I consider to be the utter depravity exhibited by many Palestinians by indoctrinating their children into violence as early as possible. This is not news. It is because of the desecration of the New York Yankees logo.

Just A Thought

I was listening to Laura Ingraham for a bit this morning. She runs a recorded intro montage that has some liberal politician screaming out "Power to the people!" It got me to thinking about the 1960's left-wing genesis of that phrase based upon the alleged unresponsiveness of government to the wants and needs of the average person. Fast forward to 21st century California. The people overwhelmingly voted that marriage should be defined as between a man and a women. Nevertheless, a Republican governor has to veto legislation that, if passed, would completely abrogate the will of the people. I guess the mantra should be modified to "Power to the people...unless they happen to be conservative."

The Cindy Sheehan Effect

"I try not to take it personally. The reason I'm a Marine is to ensure this is a free country. But I don't think the protesters know the effect they're having on the soldiers. You're always tired, cold or hot, homesick. The last thing you need is a sense that people back home say your mission is doomed, when you see good things happening all the time." Take a few minutes and read the entire piece by Katerine Kersten.

Legalization Of Polygamy

As part of the debate over same sex marriage, many argued (quite logically) that if the only test to be applied was "love and commitment", such as, if two people love each other and want to have their commitment recognized through marriage, society has no compelling reason to prevent them from doing so, on what basis could you prevent adult siblings, parents and children or three of more persons from "marrying" each other. Well, it starts. A Dutch (where else) "triple" has formed a recognized civil union. By the way, the ACLU considers polygamy a "fundamental right."

Thursday, September 29, 2005

Question?

I was talking to a friend who just had a friend sell her eggs..you know the ones she stores in her ovaries...for $5,000 each. With that money she furnished her new apartment. The money for the second egg she is going to use as down payment on a car!...What a great country of opportunity we live in... I started to think...I could sell my eggs...pay off my school loans with them and do it for no other reason than money...not to help out my brother or childless couple out of the goodness of my heart, but for purely capitalistic reasons. But if I wanted sell my kidney or my spleen or bone marrow like they do in South American countries I couldn't do it. But I could sell the whole half of a human person to the highest bidder. How can that be? What is the difference? Someone explain the gap in medical ethics I cannot see.

Yes..But Why?

The ACLU has successfully forced the release of additional Abu Ghraib photos. I do agree with one comment by the judge who ordered the release when he said the terrorists "do not need pretexts for their barbarism." However, the larger and more troubling issue is the "WHY". Why does the ACLU fight to have such photos released? Why does the ACLU champion such causes? Why does the ACLU expend money and resources to engage in these battles? The answer should be obvious. It is to embarrass this country and this Administration. The investigation into the alleged torture of prisoners has been completed. Punishment has been meted out. The world-wide uproar and fanned hysteria has subsided. All this will do is start that cycle up again and allow this now dead issue to be resurrected to be used against America and President Bush. Oh, and if these new photos do inspire a new warped-minded jihadist or two to hack off the head of another innocent person, more's the pity I guess. [This was a production of Stop The ACLU. Over 100 blogs are already on board. If you want to join us, just register through our portal. We will add you to our mailing list, and send you the info on how to get aboard and fight the ACLU.]

What's Wrong With These People (Domestic Edition)

In 1965 in Montgomery Alabama, "the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King was attacked by state troopers, beaten and jailed ... This overt violation of human and civil rights, took place live on national television in front of the entire world, as did the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina. Who knows what [effect more African American] votes could have brought about in both of those instances" What idiotic, race-mongering black politician made this reprehensible remark? A) Charles Rangel B) Sheila Jackson-Lee C) Al Sharpton D) Cynthia McKinney

It's A Girl!

...for Jennifer Garner and her political astute boyfriend, Ben. ...and by the way, the Yankees now have a one game lead on the BoSox. This weekend will be excruciating for me. [Note: Slow news day]

The Results Of The Pathology Of Not Criticizing Your Own

It seems that Mayor Ray Nagin was the source of the levee being blown up story fed to "Mother Wheel" Farrakhan. Either Nagin is more infected than I first believed, or he simply can't or won't be critical of Farrakhan for fear of blowback in the form of being termed a "sellout" or "traitor."

But Then They Come Here Expecting Tolerance

Muslims in Indonesia are trying to destroy a Christian school under construction for fear of proselytizing. [Hat tip: Dhimmi Watch]

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Interesting Conundrum

It appears that 135 women receive bachelor's degrees for every 100 men. Will there be any effort made by the leftist academics to analyze and study this phenomenon and then devise some method to increase the number of men in the freshman classes of our universities? Obviously there is some form of discrimination taking place. Yes?

The Rise Of "Honor Killings"

Read this post at No Oil For Pacifists regarding an honor killing in Pakistan caught on video and the implications of this practice which has spread into western Europe's by its Muslim communities.

Truly Inspiring

Bobby Martin was born without legs but nevertheless plays football for Colonel White High School in Dayton, Ohio. He was told by game officials at halftime of a game a week ago (the fourth game of the season) that he could no longer participate. Why? Because he was violating the rule that requires players to wear shoes, thigh pads and knee pads. I kid you not.

Fifty Cent And Snoop At Their Best

Yo, evy now and den ya jus gotta chill...an nuthin betta fo chillin den keepin it real wit some Fiddy Cent: [From his ballad "Fuck You"] Pain In Da Ass "Fuck You" [3x] Styles "I don't give a fuck" [3x] Styles "I don't give a fuck who you are" Pain In The Ass " Fuck You" Nas "Niggaz is this and that" Big Pun "I'm even, even better than before" Styles "I don't give a fuck who you are" Pain In Da Ass "Fuck you" Nas "Niggaz is this and that, I'm just, I'm just, I'm just the best" Styles "I don't give a fuck who you are" Pain In Da Ass "Fuck you" Nas "Niggaz is this and that" Big Pun "I'm even, even better than before" Styles "I don't give a fuck who you are" Nas "Niggaz is this and that, I'm just, I'm just, I'm just the best" And den, we gon get down wit Snoop an his tenderer side, cuz: [From the classic love song "I Miss That Bitch"] I miss that bitch She was a pot of gold Her body was cold I don't know where you went Where did you go (I miss that bitch) Shopping around looking around I'm try to see Where could you be How could you do this to me (I miss that bitch) (chorus) Ohhhhh Mary, mary, mary Quite contrary Ohhhhh Every time I think about that girl Make a nigga wanna have a wet dream Release some steam ohhhhhh, ohhhhhhh, ohhhhhh I miss that bitch

Thesis: The Discovery Of Beer And Its Effect Upon Societal Self-Segregation And The Development Of Political Parties

Recent study released by a "major" university: Humans existed as members of small bands of nomadic hunter/gatherers. They lived on deer in the mountains during the summer & would go to the coast and live on fish and lobster in winter. The 2 most important events in all of history were the invention of beer and the invention of the wheel. The wheel was invented to get man to the beer. These were the foundation of modern civilization and together were the catalyst for the splitting of humanity into 2 distinct subgroups: Liberals and Conservatives. Once beer was discovered it required grain and that was the beginning of agriculture. Neither the glass bottle nor aluminum can were invented yet, so while our early human ancestors were sitting around waiting for them to be invented, they just stayed close to the brewery. That's how villages were formed. Some men spent their days tracking and killing animals to B-B-Q at night while they were drinking beer. This was the beginning of what is known as "the Conservative movement." Other men who were weaker and less skilled at hunting learned to live off the conservatives by showing up for the nightly B-B-Q's and doing the sewing, fetching and hair dressing. This was the beginning of the Liberal movement. Some of these liberal men eventually evolved into women. The rest became known as 'girliemen.' Some noteworthy liberal achievements include the domestication of cats, the invention of group therapy and group hugs and the concept of Democratic voting to decide how to divide the meat and beer that conservatives provided. Over the years conservatives came to be symbolized by the largest, most powerful land animal on earth, the elephant. Liberals are symbolized by the jackass. Modern liberals like imported beer (with lime added), but most prefer white wine or imported bottled water. They eat raw fish but like their beef well done. Sushi, tofu, and French food are standard liberal fare. Another interesting revolutionary side note: most of their women have higher testosterone levels than their men. Most social workers, personal injury attorneys, journalists, dreamers in Hollywood and group therapists are liberals. Liberals invented the designated hitter rule because it wasn't "fair" to make the pitcher also bat. Conservatives drink domestic beer. They eat red meat and still provide for their women. Conservatives are big-game hunters, rodeo cowboys, lumberjacks, construction workers, firemen, medical doctors, police officers, corporate executives, Marines, athletes and generally anyone who works productively outside government. Conservatives who own companies hire other conservatives who want to work for a living. Liberals produce little or nothing. They like to "govern" the producers and decide what to do with the production. Liberals believe Europeans are more enlightened than Americans. That is why most of the liberals remained in Europe when conservatives were coming to America. They crept in after the Wild West was tame and created a business of trying to get MORE for nothing. To Be Continued...

Today's Photos

These are both from the Bay Area demonstration. Anyone who is taken with the politics and leadership of Stalin, Lenin and Mao has at least a few loose screws rattling around up there. I don't know about the "future without war", but I can see the future without spell-check.

Unfortunately, Most In The Audience Thought Bull Connor Was A Retired Football Player

Charlie Rangel, speaking to a largely African-American audience, referred to President Bush as "our Bull Connor." For those without knowledge of the history of political figures from the deep South, "Bull Connor" was a City Commissioner for Birmingham, Alabama in the 1950s and 1960s best known for being a staunch advocate of racial segregation and for turning attack dogs and fire hoses on non-violent civil rights demonstrators. Do you now see the obvious parallel? Just out of curiosity, if a white politician had referred to Rangel as "our Idi Amin" would we be having a tad more coverage of the statement?

Air America Now Passing The Hat

It certainly had a good run challenging Rush and Sean and Laura, et. al. (at least for a day or three) but now Air America is soliciting contributions from its listeners.

Can't Anyone Ask A Decent Question?

Interviewee: I don't think the Afghan people did anything to America. You know, they weren't responsible for flying the planes into the buildings. It was al-Qaeda and we should have gone after al-Qaeda and not the people of Afghanistan. MATTHEWS: Where should we have pursued them? Interviewee: In Afghanistan but not against the people of Afghanistan. There were a lot of innocent Afghani people were killed. MATTHEWS: How would we have dealt with the problem that the government of Afghanistan was in bed with the Taliban government and they were supporting al-Qaeda? How could we have gotten to al-Qaeda if the government was standing in our way? Interviewee: Well, the government was but not the people. Take a guess with whom Chris Matthews was playing nerfball. Then, realize that the answers are no more considered, no more relflective than those of my eight grader's friends, and wonder two things. First, how can adult thinking persons be so shallow and, second, why can't a supposed journalist follow-up on a non-answer and push a bit rather than give the appearance of having received a satisfactory answer? Maybe something like this: "Well, I appreciate your position, but my question was how could we have gotten to al- Qaeda? Do you have an alternative to having invaded and overthrown the Taliban?" I try to teach younger attorneys that the only way you will learn what someone is thinking and why is to politely push until your question is answered. Otherwise you will have left yourself with a series of non-answers that provide no insight or facts. Or, you can use William Wallace's compatriot Kevin's approach and just yell "Answer the fockin' question!"

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

I Can See The Future Of The Democratic Party

This is absolutely priceless, funny, sad, depressing and disappointing all at the same time. First let me get a major hat tip out of the way to Nickie Goomba from whom I am pirating this photo and the lead to this link to a site called Jesse Goes To College [Note: anyone remember FGTH ?]

So Jesse, this as you will see poor, dumb, uniformed nascent liberal college boy suffering from the early stages of BDS goes off on a rant against the President for having lacking the compassion and good sense to, when faced with a "mother who has lost everything" do nothing else but "trying to entertain" her. THE DUMB SHITTAKE BELIEVES THIS IS A LEGITIMATE PHOTO AND IS OUTRAGED!! I quote from the writings of one of our future Democrats:

"I mean, we have out cowboy president himself strumming his 6-string, trying to entertain a mother who just lost everything. It looks like a fucking joke, I mean the man is fucking smiling and pretending like he is doing his part to make everything better. Now it just might be me, but my first reaction to show my support for the people who were affected by this tragedy wouldn't be to dust off the ol' guitar and play a few melodies to make them all cheery. Sure, maybe if it was entire group of people sitting in some arena but a personal performance by G.W. my god! I love the look on his face too! I mean, I'm pretty sure he thinks he's the shit and is doing his part."

He Should Maybe Help Farrakhan Prove The Existence Of The Mother Wheel

Dan Rather stands behind his National Guard story despite the fact that one of the "albeit []important" pillars of the story (i.e. the documents shown to be forgeries) "was brought into question." That's a bit like saying that one of the pillars supporting the story about the Earth being flat was brought into question by the satellite photos, but he nevertheless stands by the story. Rather should commiserate with Louis Farrakhan, another delusional old fool.

To The Faint Of Heart, Avert Your Eyes

Protestors in front of the White House expose themselves in the quest for peace...and in an all out, last ditch, self-absorbed, narcissistic effort to be noticed by men. (click to enlarge, if you dare) [Hat tip: LGF]

Guess The Context

“It is forbidden in Islamic law to see a man’s private parts, even when he is dead.” If you're at all interested in the context of this quote, you must read through to the end of this article.

Monday, September 26, 2005

Farrakhan Is Unhinged...But You Already Knew That, Right?

Louis Farrakhan who, if he were white we would be saying has obviously lost his mind, has expanded on his conspiracy theory noted here a few days back. Information has now come to him that divers working to repair a levee breach in New Orleans have found evidence of explosives. All part of a plot to rebuild New Orleans as "a white city." But then again, this is the guy who believes that Elijah Muhammed is not dead but instead resides on the "Mother Wheel" floating above the Earth. He explained it all in a speech given in 1996. I kid you not: "The Honorable Elijah Muhammad told us of a giant Motherplane that is made like the universe, spheres within spheres. White people call them unidentified flying objects (UFOs). Ezekial, in the Old Testament, saw a wheel that looked like a cloud by day but a pillar of fire by night. The Hon. Elijah Muhammad said that that wheel was built on the island of Nippon, which is now called Japan, by some of the original scientists. It took 15 billion dollars in gold at that time to build it. It is made of the toughest steel. America does not yet know the composition of the steel used to make an instrument like it. It is a circular plane, and the Bible says that it never makes turns. Because of its circular nature it can stop and travel in all directions at speeds of thousands of miles per hour. He said there are 1,500 small wheels in this mother wheel which is a half mile by a half mile. This Mother Wheel is like a small human built planet. Each one of these small planes carry three bombs." Yeah, I know. But he also preaches self-reliance...as did the Unabomber, but not many are devoted to him these days. [Linked to: Stop The ACLU]

Agent 86 Passes Away

Don Adams passed away today at the age of 82.

Niggaz, Iraq and New Orleans

Forget the stupidity of the "niggaz" comment. I'm not sure I'm getting the conflating of Iraq and New Orleans. Can someone explain?

What's Next? Commemoration of Santeria?

Why the heck would we do this? [Hat tip: Dhimmi Watch]

New Triptych Addition

Meant to add No Oil For Pacifists a while back but didn't get around to it. Please pay a visit.

Insurance Games

The Attorney General for the state of Mississippi is suing various homeowner insurance providers to provide coverage for damage caused by the "storm surge" despite the fact that the policies all contain exclusions for damage caused by "flood" and these exclusions were authorized by the state insurance department. Subsidized flood insurance can be purchased through a federal program. Much like in California where earthquake insurance is available from the state and is excluded from all homeowners policies, I'm fairly certain that insurers of property in flood plain areas either exclude flood damage or require the purchase of a special "rider" at additional cost. This is done to keep premiums affordable for standard homeowners coverage (e.g. fire, wind, accident). The creative lawyering (and I'm not intending that phrase as necessarily an endorsement) involved will likely be to try to characterize the damage as the result of "hurricane" rather than "flood," get a court to order that this dispute over insurance policy interpretation proceed to a trial of some sort and then try to cut a deal with the insurance carriers who will be rightfully concerned over the risk if they were to lose. The homeowners (who didn't choose to buy flood insurance) may get something and the lawyers will do quite well. Of course, a number of the carriers will subsequently stop writing any homeowners policies in Mississippi and then guess who ends up ultimately footing the bill. The taxpayer.

What A Croc!

A twenty-one foot, 4500 pound, perhaps eighty year old crocodile recently found swimming around New Orleans and slain yesterday.

The Bill Of Non-Rights

This is attributed to a state lawmaker from Georgia: "We the sensible people of the United States, in an attempt to help everyone get along, restore some semblance of justice, avoid more riots, keep our nation safe, promote positive behavior, and secure the blessings of debt free liberty to ourselves and our great-great-great-grandchildren, hereby try one more time to ordain and establish some common sense guidelines for the terminally whiny, guilt ridden, delusional, and other liberal bed-wetters. We hold these truths to be self evident: that a whole lot of people are confused by the Bill of Rights and are so dim they require a Bill of NON-Rights." ARTICLE I: You do not have the right to a new car, big screen TV, or any other form of wealth. More power to you if you can legally acquire them, but no one is guaranteeing anything. ARTICLE II: You do not have the right to never be offended. This country is based on freedom, and that means freedom for everyone -- not just you! You may leave the room, turn the channel, express a different opinion, etc.; but the world is full of idiots, and probably always will be. ARTICLE III: You do not have the right to be free from harm. If you stick a screwdriver in your eye, learn to be more careful, do not expect the tool manufacturer to make you and all your relatives independently wealthy. ARTICLE IV: You do not have the right to free food and housing. Americans are the most charitable people to be found and will gladly help anyone in need, but we are quickly growing weary of subsidizing generation after generation of professional couch potatoes who achieve nothing more than the creation of another generation of professional couch potatoes. ARTICLE V: You do not have the right to free health care. That would be nice, but from the looks of public housing, we're just not interested in public health care. ARTICLE VI: You do not have the right to physically harm other people. If you kidnap, rape, intentionally maim, or kill someone, don't be surprised if the rest of us want to see you fry in the electric chair. ARTICLE VII: You do not have the right to the possessions of others. If you rob, cheat, or coerce away the goods or services of other citizens, don't be surprised if the rest of us get together and lock you away in a place where you still won't have the right to a big screen color TV or a life of leisure. ARTICLE VIII: You do not have the right to a job. All of us sure want you to have a job, and will gladly help you along in hard times, but we expect you to take advantage of the opportunities of education and vocational training laid before you to make yourself useful. ARTICLE IX: You do not have the right to happiness. Being an American means that you have the right to PURSUE happiness which, by the way, is a lot easier if you are unencumbered by an over abundance of idiotic laws created by those of you who were confused by the Bill of Rights. ARTICLE X: This is an English speaking country. We don't care where you are from, English is our language. Learn it or go back to wherever you came from! ARTICLE XI: You do not have the right to change our country's history or heritage. This country was founded on the belief in one true God. And yet, you are given the freedom to believe in any religion, any faith, or no faith at all; with no fear of persecution. The phrase IN GOD WE TRUST is part of our heritage and history and if you are uncomfortable with it, TOUGH!!!! [Hat tip: Mrs RTH!]

The Time Has Come For A Bit Of Shame

Since much of the talk is now about the rebuilding of the Gulf Coast and the lives of those affected, take a moment to read John Leo and Star Parker. I dearly hope that sooner or later we will come to the realization that, if we truly want to do something about the intransigent poverty that exists in our inner cities, we will address directly the two biggest causes of the same: Lack of education and lack of families. The former can be addressed by some form of voucher program that would provide parents of kids trapped in these poor-performing baby-sitting services a way out. Even if you could improve these schools by infusing more money and aid into them, the changes would not take place over night. That means those against vouchers are sentencing the kids who are there now, and the kids who will be there until the time that the problem is fixed, to a life without a decent start. But that seems not to matter. The latter...I'm not sure how we fix. Let's be honest about it. It is no coincidence that the group that is most mired in the cycle of poverty (African-Americans) has by far the highest rate of out-of-wedlock births. There is no question, at least if you care to pay attention to the results of pretty much every study on the subject, that kids raised in fatherless homes (irrespective of ethnicity) do more poorly in school and spend more time visiting with the criminal justice system than those raised with both mother and father figures. And before you start up, a couple can be divorced but still both provide the role-modeling and mentoring necessary for their children. Unfortunately, our taboo against "blaming the victim" (if they belong to a minority group) prevents clarity in the debate. Let me suggest, however, that if a single woman without an education or a decent job decides to have several out of wedlock kids, she's not a victim except perhaps of her own poor decision-making. One way to maybe make a dent in this sort of self-destructive behavior is to stop glorifying single moms without the means to support the children they are producing, and beginning criticizing them for their choices.

People...People Who Need People...(to tell them to shut up)

No sooner did I post data from the National Hurricane Center showing that hurricane activity has not increased and decrying the insistence of the uninformed to the contrary, Babs Streisand makes my point.

Sunday, September 25, 2005

Dumba#@ takes on the 'Terminator'

Warren Beatty calls Arnold Schwarzenegger a fascist governor. Who knew that "fascists" would make such a comeback and disguised as Republicans? And...like Tom Cruise knows the history of psychiatry after reading Dianetics, Beatty knows fascist dictators...after all he did star in the movie "Reds."

Reasoned Debate Descends Upon D.C.

Visit Michelle Malkin for more photos.

Hurricane Blowhards

As I have said before, it is always amazing to me the number of people who will adopt a position without any facts whatsoever to support it only because it fits their agenda (political or otherwise). Let's put to rest for the time being the global warming has increased the number and/or severity of hurricanes canard. Take a look at the data at the National Hurricane Center's website. For example, from 1851 to 1900 (49 years), there were an average of 19.4 hurricanes per year of any category. During that same period, there were a total of 27 "major" hurricanes (i.e. categories 3, 4 and 5). From 1961 to 2004 (43 years), there were an average of 12.8 hurricanes per year of any category. During that same period, there were a total of 23 major hurricanes. The three most active decades for total hurricane activity were 1941-1950, 1881-1890 and 1891-1900 (tied with 1911-1920). The three consecutive decades with the most major hurricane activity were from 1931-1960.

Saturday, September 24, 2005

The Debate Should Be Interesting

Gov. Arnold said what most fathers would say if asked: "I wouldn't want to have someone take my daughter to a hospital for an abortion or something and not tell me. I would kill him if they do that." Proposition 73, which will appear on the California special election ballot on 11/3/05, would require 48 hours notice to a parent or legal guardian of a minor before an abortion can be performed.

Friday, September 23, 2005

What A Wonderful Society They Will Have...If They Can Survive Their Own Stupidity

Well, what happens when you mix a parade, Hamas "militants", children and homemade weaponry together? An explosion that kills at least ten people, including children, and injures perhaps 80 others. You also get the knee-jerk reaction that Israel was in some way responsible, but even a spokesman for the Palestinian's interior ministry says it was the result of "makeshift" explosives. Question: why the penchant to parade around with live ammo and explosives? As I've asked before, what the heck is wrong with these people?

All You Can Do Is Laugh And Shake Your Head

In a perfect example of BDS ("Bush Derangement Syndrome") I quote in full a letter to the editor from my local paper regarding the Jet Blue emergency landing at LAX yesterday: I watched on TV with millions of others as the JetBlue aircraft with faulty landing gear made an emergency landing Wednesday at LAX. I saw the front landing gear catch on fire and wondered why George W. Bush did not have a fire truck running parallel with the plane so it could have responded and instantly doused the flames. I watched the plane come to a halt and sit there unattended for what seemed like an eternity before I saw a firetruck on the scene. Just another example of Bush's inept ability to govern. Dennis Burkman Mission Viejo It has become so bad in some quarters that now the President is responsible not only for calling out the LAX fire trucks and rescue teams, but micro-managing their deployment as well.

Thursday, September 22, 2005

Friends Forever!

The new Palestinian Authority stamp. Hints: (1) Chirac and his recently passed good buddy (no, not Gilligan). (2) Just as telling as the pictures of John Kerry in the war museum in Hanoi. [Hat tip: Dhimmi Watch] By he way, Hamas is converting a former Gaza synagogue into a museum displaying the weapons used against Israeli civilians. Will the media run with this as it did with the Qu'ran-in-the-toilet "desecration"?

And Also Because We'd Rather The Muslims Remain A Minority

France has adopted a policy to encourage French families to have more children. For how long have those with sense decried the zero population growth myth, and predicted the problems a decreasing birthrate would cause to any society, especially one that embraces the welfare state (i.e. most of western Europe), not to mention the eroding of the culture when there is no one left to carry it on.

But She Was So-o-o-o Talented A Filmmaker

I've been struggling with flu-like symptoms (hopefully not of the avian variety) the last few days so the posting has been minimal. However, I did come across another example of how Hollywood doesn't get it. Jodie Foster is spearheading a project to get the life of Leni Reifenstahl, Hitler's propagandist, on film. She intends to play the lead. Inasmuch as Ms. Foster believes Reifenstahl has been "libeled" many times and that her life is a "complex morality tale" I'm sure we can expect a rather positive treatment of a person who was instrumental to Hitler's quest to subjugate western Europe and exterminate all of its Jews.

Lawyer Follies

These are supposedly real life exchanges that have occurred in courtrooms or depostitions: ATTORNEY: Are you sexually active? WITNESS: No, I just lie there. ATTORNEY: What is your date of birth? WITNESS: July 18th. ATTORNEY: What year? WITNESS: Every year. ATTORNEY: What gear were you in at the moment of the impact? WITNESS: Gucci sweats and Reeboks. ATTORNEY: This myasthenia gravis, does it affect your memory at all? WITNESS: Yes. ATTORNEY: And in what ways does it affect your memory? WITNESS: I forget. ATTORNEY: You forget? Can you give us an example of something you forgot? ATTORNEY: How old is your son, the one living with you? WITNESS: Thirty-eight or thirty-five, I can't remember which. ATTORNEY: How long has he lived with you? WITNESS: Forty-five years. ATTORNEY: What was the first thing your husband said to you that morning? WITNESS: He said, "Where am I, Cathy?" ATTORNEY: And why did that upset you? WITNESS: My name is Susan. ATTORNEY: Do you know if your daughter has ever been involved in voodoo? WITNESS: We both do. ATTORNEY: Voodoo? WITNESS: We do. ATTORNEY: You do? WITNESS: Yes, voodoo. ATTORNEY: Now doctor, isn't it true that when a person dies in his sleep, he doesn't know about it until the next morning? WITNESS: Did you actually pass the bar exam? ATTORNEY: The youngest son, the twenty-year-old, how old is he? WITNESS: Uh, he's twenty-one. ATTORNEY: Were you present when your picture was taken? WITNESS: Would you repeat the question? ATTORNEY: So the date of conception (of the baby) was May 8? WITNESS: Yes. ATTORNEY: And what were you doing at that time? WITNESS: Uh.... ATTORNEY: She had three children, right? WITNESS: Yes.ATTORNEY: How many were boys? WITNESS: None. ATTORNEY: Were there any girls? ATTORNEY: How was your first marriage terminated? WITNESS: By death. ATTORNEY: And by whose death was it terminated? ATTORNEY: Can you describe the individual? WITNESS: He was about medium height and had a beard. ATTORNEY: Was this a male or a female? ATTORNEY: Is your appearance here this morning pursuant to a deposition notice which I sent to your attorney? WITNESS: No, this is how I dress when I go to work. ATTORNEY: Doctor, how many of your autopsies have you performed on dead people?WITNESS: All my autopsies are performed on dead people. ATTORNEY: ALL your responses MUST be oral, OK? What school did you go to? WITNESS: Oral. ATTORNEY: Do you recall the time that you examined the body? WITNESS: The autopsy started around 8:30 p. m. ATTORNEY: And Mr. Denton was dead at the time? WITNESS: No, he was sitting on the table wondering why I was doing an autopsy on him! ATTORNEY: Are you qualified to give a urine sample? WITNESS: Huh? ATTORNEY: Doctor, before you performed the autopsy, did you check for a pulse? WITNESS: No. ATTORNEY: Did you check for blood pressure? WITNESS: No. ATTORNEY Did you check for breathing? WITNESS: No. ATTORNEY: So, then it is possible that the patient was alivewhen you began the autopsy?WITNESS: No. ATTORNEY: How can you be so sure, Doctor? WITNESS: Because his brain was sitting on my desk in a jar. ATTORNEY: But could the patient have still been alive anyway? WITNESS: Yes, it is possible that he could have been alive and practicing law. [Hat tip: Mrs RTH!]

Ms. Sheehan (and 30 friends) Goes To Washington

Oh Bias, thy name is Mainstream Media. I'm not going to link to them, but pretty much every story about Cindy Sheehan's "march" on Washington D.C. omits one terribly relevant fact: She and her group were vastly outnumbered by the reporters there to witness this little piece of history. Including Mother Sheehan, about 30 protestors marched to the White House. You wouldn't know that by reading the stories or looking at the cropped accompanying photos.

Galveston, Corpus Christi, Parts of Houston Being Evacuated

Hurricane Rita may be the strongest to ever hit Texas. It is expected to make landfall on Saturday and over 1.3 million people are evacuating from its anticipated path. How is that possible? How can the governor of Texas and the officials of the affected cities accomplish such a Herculean task without the help of the federal government and FEMA? Actually, it's pretty simple. Follow your evacuation plan and show decisive leadership by making the necessary orders sufficiently in advance so that they can be carried out before the storm hits.

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Can The Dems Be That Self-Immolating?

Senate minority leader Harry Reid has announced he will vote against John Roberts. Quite frankly, I hope the rest of his party follows suite because that will make it quite obvious that no conservative nominee will pass muster with the Democrats. That would give the President the ability to nominate a Scalia-like nominee and for the GOP to rightly point out that, since the Democrats will oppose any conservative nominee, what's the point of trying to compromise. I have to believe that if the Democrats come out in force against Roberts, it will do more harm than good with all except the Michael Moore wing of the party. It will be contrasted with the treatment Ruth Bader Ginsburg, clearly a liberal jurist, received by Republicans who basically said "we may not agree with her, but she's certainly qualified." She was confirmed by a vote of 96 to 3.

Louisiana vs. Florida

The Florida Keys have been ordered evacuated (by Governor Jeb Bush) as hurricane Rita approaches (approximately 40,000 people) and voluntary evacuation orders have been issued for 134,000 Miami-Dade residents. I am curious to see how many people are "left behind." Of course, if that happens, since the governor is the President's brother there will be no reluctance to blame him as well.

Monday, September 19, 2005

"News" Break

(RTHPress, 9/19/05) The Pentagon announced today the formation of a new 500 man elite fighting unit called the US REDNECK SPECIAL FORCES (USRSF). These North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, West Virginia, Mississippi, Missouri, Arkansas, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Texas, Virginia and Tennessee boys will be dropped into Iraq. They have been given the following facts about terrorists: 1. The season opened today. 2. There is no limit. 3. They taste just like chicken. 4. They don't like beer, pickups, country music, or Jesus. 5. They are DIRECTLY RESPONSIBLE for the death of Dale Earnhardt. ................This mess in Iraq should be over IN A WEEK. [Hat tip: Mrs RTH!]

New Addition To The Triptych

Pay a visit to NY Girl, our most recent addition to "The Good..."

Double Standard? Of Course

In 1995. a heat wave struck Chicago and the Midwest killing over 700 of Chicago's poor, black and elderly. After eight days of over 100 degree temperatures, President Clinton finally responded with federal assistance.

Today's Photos

[click to enlarge] A uniquely Palestinian celebration at Gaza. "Art" at the University of Wisconsin (see post below).

Quick Hits For A Monday

The language of an agreement has apparently been worked out with North Korea. Of course, like Clinton's Jimmy-Carter-negotiated Agreed Framework, it's only words at this point, but those who hailed Clinton for the "breakthrough" best be applauding this step as well... In another "failure" of the Bush Administration, elections in Afghanistan are deemed a complete success... Let me get this straight, being prevented on a college campus from displaying a sheet of fake stamps depicting President Bush with a gun to his head over the caption "Patriot Act" is censorship, but a speech code prohibiting "inappropriate staring and laughing" is not... It never ceases to amaze me how spot on Alexis deTocqueville was in his observations of America and Americans back in 1831...Jennifer Morse's column makes the point... The Finnish publisher of Ayaan Hirsi Ali's book of essays critical of Islam does not identify its translator "for safety reasons." I wonder who they may be fearful of...enraged Somali Methodists?

Saturday, September 17, 2005

It took a few weeks...but somebody actually has something nice to say about the President

Finally a New Orleanite speaks the truth...and she's not white!!! You can click on the video clip inside the link and hear it for yourself. Despite the reporter's best efforts to the contrary, she put the critcism where it belonged.

Another Installment of "What's Wrong With These People?"

Burger King (U.K.) has had to redesign the lid of its ice cream cones because the graphic that appears upon it supposedly resembles the word "Allah" in Arabic. Now, maybe it does, maybe it doesn't. But the interesting and disturbing thing is not so much that Burger King is doing the redesign. These things happen. It's the always over the top reaction by what could only be described as mainstream Muslims to even the slightest perceived affront. In this case, a 27 year old business development manager is calling for a boycott and describes this quest as his "jihad." [Hat tip: LGF]

Donna Brazile Supports The President

Every once in a blue moon there is seen a glimmer of hope that we can put aside at least the more ridiculous partisan attacks and pull together in a time of tragedy and need. Donna Brazile, Al Gore's former campaign manager has very kind words for the President after his speech from New Orleans.

Friday, September 16, 2005

Waaah! My Government Just Doesn't Care About Me!

Overall, six in 10 said the initially sluggish government response has made them feel that "government doesn't care" about people like them, according to the poll. Some very interesting polling results like the one quoted above appear in the Washington Post. Think about it for a minute. Did you ever stop to contemplate whether the government "cared" about you? Not whether your spouse, kids, family or friends did, but the federal government. That's like becoming upset thinking that General Motors really doesn't worry about what you're up to today and if things are going smoothly. I suspect this is the great divide between red and blue, with the former being the type that assume responsiblity for themselves and their families without concern for whether a bloated political bureaucracy will give them a hug. But then again, perhaps this result should be expected in light of the fact that "eight in 10 said they have no one that they can stay with until they get back on their feet." Give that a bit of thought. I'd say it is rather quite difficult to get through life without having literally anyone, zero, nada, zilch, that you could call to put you up for a bit. No friends. No immediate family. No extended family. No poker buddy. No former co-worker. I'm not an enthusiastic gatherer of friends, but criminy, even I could think of at least a handful of persons who could help me out. So you have to ask yourself, how can it be that 80% have no one else they can rely upon, and what does that say about them. There is something very wrong and dysfunctional here (that probably began with the lack of even a semi-intact family). Finally, in the "there must be something wrong" department, 56% of those who did not evacuate New Orleans said they could have, but apparently chose not to. Remind me again of how this is the federal government's fault.

Guess Who's Talking

I'm beginning to really like the "guess-the-name-of-the-idiot" game I've started playing, so here's another: "George Bush needs to stop talking, admit the mistakes of his all around failed administration, pull our troops out of occupied New Orleans and Iraq, and excuse his self from power." Do you think it was: 1) George Galloway 2) Howard Dean 3) Ken Livingstone 4) Jesse Jackson 5) Cindy Sheehan

Red Cross To Change It's Insignia

"I have heard no reports of Christian or Jewish combatants firing on Red Crescent vehicles. Our loathing of whatever enemy we are up against, it seems to me, is less visceral and far less rooted in notions of certainty. We are rather less inclined, these days, to wish hell upon an entire people. The totalitarian flavour of Islam — the unshakeable belief in its own rectitude and a terrible paranoia directed towards serried ranks of enemies, real and imagined — makes the thought of firing on an ambulance carrying wounded infidel soldiers at least permissible and quite possibly, according to Islam’s more rigorous disciples, a beholden duty." Take the time to read the entire piece by Rod Liddle

College For My Daughter Is Fast Becoming Out-Of-The-Question

“If you read him in his own words, he sounds like somebody who would be a very high-minded and welcome voice in global politics” Of whom does this professor at Duke University speak? Click here to find out.

But You Can Trust Them On The Important Things

This is too funny. Robert Spencer at Jihad Watch has found an interesting case of doctoring of photos at the CAIR website. [Hint: I went to the rally and all I got was this hijab] It's amusing, but also should trouble those who are interested in the truth when a "mainstream" organization so much needs to manipulate reality in order to achieve its ends.

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Is It A Trout Lure?

The traditional RTH! door prize (same as last time...only bigger) for the first person who can identify the invention being displayed in the picture at left.

And They Used The Super-Secret Ray Gun To Do It

Deep thinker Louis Farrakhan says that the levees in New Orleans had been "blown up" in order to kill the city's black population. This would be comical if it wasn't so illustrative of one of the major problems standing in the way of positive race relations. Now, I will choose my words carefully here. If a raving lunatic, or a calculating demagogue, makes an utterly stupid comment like that, well, it's a free country. The problem lies in the fact that there are, I believe, a substantial number of African-Americans (and liberal whites, although much less so as a percentage) that truly do believe crap such as that spewed by Farrakhan. The very troubling thing is that a significant percentage of African-Americans (20% ? 30% ?) will probably say if asked that it certainly is possible that what Farrakhan has said could be true. Farrakhan is a race-baiting liar who knows he has not heard this story from a "reliable source." He also knows, however, that a large percentage of his constituency will believe him without reservation. Why? What is it in the black community that creates a pathology that would allow for such, quite frankly, immature and shallow thought processes to arise in so many?

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Embryo Deemed Human Being By Court

Oh, boy! The shittake has hit the proverbial constitutional-right-to-privacy-fan. A Chicago judge has ruled that an embryo mistakenly discarded by a fertility clinic was "human" for the purposes of a wrongful death lawsuit. The applicable Illinois statue allows for such a lawsuit if a women's unborn child is killed in an accident or an attack. From the news report, it seems that this was a ruling by a trial court judge allowing a civil suit to proceed forward. The fertility clinic has the option of appealing this ruling to a higher court. However, my guess is the last thing NARAL and the pro-choicers would want here is for this issue to get to an appellate court because, whatever happens there, it could become a test case that makes it's way to a U.S. Supreme Court with a Chief Justice John Roberts and an Associate Justice Janice Rogers-Brown. [Hat Tip: Freedom Of...]

Just The Timing Of It Bespeaks A Deity

A federal judge in Sacramento has ruled that the Pledge of Allegiance is unconstitutional, setting up another trip to the Ninth Circuit and then the U.S. Supreme Court. The intestines of the Senate Dems must be churning as they try to place a dent in Judge Robert's impressive intellectual armor and have this reminder to the American people of the consequence of poor judicial appointments come front and center.

Must Have Been The Result Of Wind Shear

As expected, CAIR has issued a press release "condemning" (this overused word is fast replacing the overused "outraged" in the victimhood lexicon) the controversy over the design of the Flight 93 memorial. Of interest is the description of Flight 93 as the "plane that crashed in Pennsylvania on 9/11..." [Hat tip: LGF] Michelle Malkin addresses the controversy.

Well On Their Way To Statehood

"The greenhouses are a centerpiece of Palestinian plans for rebuilding Gaza after 38 years of Israeli occupation. The Palestinian Authority hopes the high-tech greenhouses will provide jobs and income from exports." Not any more. Ironically, American Jews raised $14 million to buy the highly successful greenhouses and turn them over to the Palestinians. [Note: It was reported that Palestinian Authority police were involved in the looting. Inasmuch as I strive for intellectual honesty, I must conclude that parts of Louisiana are also not ready for statehood.] UPDATE: Here begins the civil war that those who could put aside their predilections had predicted. Please note that the intent is not to "recover" the West Bank or the 1967 borders, but to destroy the State of Israel...and if the Palestinian Authority stands in the way, it will become a victim as well. So the Palestinians are finally embarking on the civil war which will most likely result in their self-destruction, hastened along by Israel's legitimate and violent response once the inevitable attacks upon Israeli targets come out of Gaza, and ironically perhaps with the assistance of Egypt once that country realizes the problems it will have now that Israel is not controlling the Egypt-Gaza border. There is something innately dysfunctional about Arab society, at least in its present 21st century incarnation.

Gitmo Hunger Strike

The hunger strike at Gitmo gathers momentum. The prisoners have stated they will continue to refuse food until put on trial or released. They left out the third, more preferable, alternative.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Sir Charles Weighs In (No Pun Intended)

I've pretty much always liked Charles Barkley for his candor and fearlessness when it comes to the politically correct. I remember an interview where he spoke of a conversation he had had with a "brother" who had chastised him for possibly being a Republican by saying that Republicans were only "for the rich people." Barkley responded, "Well, you dumb motherf######, I AM rich." He recently said regarding the hurricane Katrina relief efforts: "You know what's amazing to me? America. There have been so many people who have stepped up, and I'm proud to be an American. Yeah, there were some mistakes made, but I don't play the blame game. Let's move forward and rebuild New Orleans." As well as: "It's a really tough situation - sad and unfortunate, but hopefully, it's a wake-up call for people who are less fortunate. I stress a lot you have to get your education, especially black kids, poor white kids and Hispanic kids." Will this get as much play as the comments by Kanye West?

The Crescent Of Embrac[ing] Islamofascists

The proposed memorial to the victims of Flight 93 is eerily similar to an Islamic crescent. Read what Mark Steyn has to say about it and then ponder the fact that the people who chose this design were aware of the obvious similarity. I'm not that exercised over this issue. However, I must say that had the situation been reversed, and had members of the Muslim community (or any other minority group du jour) expressed offense over the design of a public monument, the back-pedaling by the officials would cause you whiplash.

Watch The Fever Swamp Turn On Him Now

New Orleans Mayor C. Ray Nagin yesterday said President Bush "made things happen" in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, but offered no praise for Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco, who remains in control of the National Guard and refuses to order a mandatory evacuation of the devastated city. Probably some Karl Rove inspired plot involving the Impossible Mission Force and one of those peel off masks.

Nation of Islam Calls For "Jihad" Against LAPD

The Nation of Islam in Los Angeles has called for the Crips and the Bloods to stop fighting each other and join in jihad against the LAPD.

The Feminization Of America

Very provocative piece by Dennis Prager.

UPDATE: Tony Blair Stands Up To PC Pressure

Tony Blair will not cave to political pressure and rename "Holocaust Memorial Day". For those of us with short or nonexistent memories of the history of that period, in 1941 the Mufti of Jerusalem (Muslim leader empowered to issue rulings on religious law) met with Adolph Hitler to encourage him to extend the Nazi's "anti-Jewish program" to the Arab world "by the same method, that the question is now being settled in the Axis countries."

Maybe She Shoulda Worn The Fake Nose And Glasses

Democratic California State Senator Carole Migden, in an effort to get the necessary votes to pass one of her bills, decided to punch the electronic "yes" button on the desk of Assemblyman Guy Houston, Republican and an opponent of the bill.

Monday, September 12, 2005

Adults and Children

Jack Kelly has a great piece on Katrina relief efforts. What makes it "great" is that it actually includes facts and allow the reader to obtain a perspective. Here are some excerpts: "The federal government pretty much met its standard time lines, but the volume of support provided during the 72-96 hour was unprecedented. The federal response here was faster than Hugo, faster than Andrew, faster than Iniki, faster than Francine and Jeanne." More than 32,000 people have been rescued, many plucked from rooftops by Coast Guard helicopters. The Army Corps of Engineers has all but repaired the breaches and begun pumping water out of New Orleans. Shelter, food and medical care have been provided to more than 180,000 refugees. And then a great quote from a former Air Force logisitics officer: "We do not yet have teleporter or replicator technology like you saw on 'Star Trek' in college between hookah hits and waiting to pick up your worthless communications degree while the grown-ups actually engaged in the recovery effort were studying engineering. "The United States military can wipe out the Taliban and the Iraqi Republican Guard far more swiftly than they can bring 3 million Swanson dinners to an underwater city through an area the size of Great Britain which has no power, no working ports or airports, and a devastated and impassable road network.

Yeah, But Bush Should Have Anticipated The Utter Incompetence Of The Local Officials

Officials in Lafayette, Louisiana report "scores" of New Orleans police vehicles in their city one week after the hurricane and it is confirmed that police from outlying areas prevented evacuees from leaving New Orleans by sealing a bridge over the Mississippi River. Mayor Ray Nagin explains to Tim Russert that, sure he did have the buses to evacuate those who were unable to leave New Orleans, but he didn't have the drivers. Maybe he could have asked his police officers who had high-tailed it to Lafayette. Seriously, is there any doubt that had there been even a marginally competent first response by local officials the situation would have been vastly better? Again, Tim Russert doesn't ask the crucial question: Who were the designated drivers for the school buses. I'm assuming, perhaps incorrectly, that proper planning would have called for not only identifying the assets to be used but the personnel to use them. I wouldn't be surprised if there had been no provision made for securing drivers for those school buses. Remember New Orleans Regional Transit Authority (NORTA) operates over 300 buses, and the now infamous photo shows at least 200 buses sitting in a flooded parking lot. A school bus holds about 70 persons, so 200 buses could transport 14,000 persons per trip. Add in another hundred and fifty NORTA buses and you can move about 25,000 persons per trip. There were supposedly 100,000 persons who were unable to evacuate the city. Do the math. [Partial Hat Tip: Bill Hobbs.com]

Take the "Are You A Liberal" Test?

Here is a test Dennis Prager came up with to ask yourself if you are a liberal after all? There are 23 questions which ask you about all the liberal positions. You're a liberal if you answer "yes." I answered "yes" six times...I am 26% liberal...74% conservative...I guess.

The best of the anti-liberal bumper stickers...

Here are some of my favorite anti-liberal bumper stickers which I love to collect. They can all be purchased at cafepress.com. Whether or not you agree with them, they are funny! 1.If Islam is a religion of peace, than sticks of dynamite are only candles. 2. Even on drugs, Rush is right. 3. Bigot: a conservative winning an argument with a liberal. 4. Ted Kennedy's car has killed more people than my gun. 5. Liberal: a person so open minded their brains have fallen out. 6.Liberalism: the horrifying fear someone, somewhere can help themselves. 7. My dog was a student of the month at a local public school. 8. Political Correctness means always having to say "you're sorry." 9. My SUV loves Iraqi Oil. 10. Love Vegetables...don't eat them. 11. Save the Seals Club a Liberal. 12. Hollywood...All that's Left. 13. WACO - How liberals separate church and state. 14. Bush..."Doer" Clinton..."Do Me" 15.Florida: Come for the sun...Stay for the euthanasia. Aren't they a hoot?

Sunday, September 11, 2005

It Was Probably Bush Imitating A City Official

"Amtrak had decided to run a "dead-head" train that evening to move equipment out of the city. It was headed for high ground in Macomb, Miss., and it had room for several hundred passengers. "We offered the city the opportunity to take evacuees out of harm's way," said Amtrak spokesman Cliff Black. "The city declined."" Another little piece of largely ignored news that adds to the overwhelming indictment of the competency of New Orleans city government. Of course, if this dereliction of duty could be even remotely connected to FEMA, it would be on the front page and leading off the evening newscasts. [Hat tip: LGF]

Today Is The Fourth Anniversary Of 9/11

I cannot understand why images such as these are not appearing on the front page of every major newspaper in this country. Actually I do. It would serve to graphically remind us of the most lethal attack on American soil and the response of President Bush in the days, weeks, months and years that followed. Of course, if they thought the publishing of such photographic reminders might hurt the President, you would have started seeing them last week. Anyway, remember those whose lives were prematurely taken on 9/11 (and those who risked and gave theirs to save others) by a preternatural evil that we must either recognize as such or risk defeat at its hands.

And We Should Celebrate Independence Throughout The Globe on the Fourth Of July

Tony Blair urged to dump "Holocaust Memorial Day" because it is offensive to Muslims: The committees argue that the special status of Holocaust Memorial Day fuels extremists’ sense of alienation because it “excludes” Muslims. [Question: Presumably then they would become less "extreme" if the name of the day was changed? And what then when their sense of alienation is fueled by the existence of, for example, Boxing Day?] The very name Holocaust Memorial Day sounds too exclusive to many young Muslims. It sends out the wrong signals: that the lives of one people are to be remembered more than others. It’s a grievance that extremists are able to exploit.” [Question: Inasmuch as "Mother's Day" is also exclusive, can this be exploited as well?]

Saturday, September 10, 2005

Maybe It's Offensive To Muslims In Some Indirect And Subtle Way

The following six Dems voted against this resolution regarding the fourth anniversary of 9/11: John Conyers (Mich.) Barbara Lee (Calif.) Jim McDermott (Wash.) Cynthia McKinney (Ga.) Pete Stark (Calif.) Lynn Woolsey (Calif.) Please read the resolution and decide what could possibly be the objection to the language therein. I am really beginning to believe that people that think this way are truly suffering from some mental impairment. I am not joking or trying to be glib. If you don't agree, please explain what is objectionable about the language of the resolution.

With Any Luck They'll All Kill Each Other

As quite a few had predicted, if the Palestinians didn't have the Israelis to fight, they would erupt into civil war. Well, that certainly seems to be the case in Gaza.

Be Careful When You Play (Enemy) Soldier

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that Jose Padilla can in fact be held indefinitely as an enemy combatant. The way I see it, the only citizens of this country who should be fearful of "being stripped of their constitutional rights" are those who decide to take up arms against it. But if you desire the destruction of our country, society and way of life, then don't seek refuge behind it when things don't pan out. Simple, yes?

They Couldn't Have Done It Without A Lawyer

The couple that perpetrated the severed finger in the Wendy's chili hoax have been sentenced after pleading guilty. [I'm desperately trying to come up with a clever "middle finger" joke but to no avail. ] These low lives should be made to pay at least some restitution inasmuch as Wendy's lost about $2.5 million in sales as a result of the bad publicity. There is no way that the lawyer who represented these frauds could not have had any idea that the claim was bogus. Trust me. I know of what I speak and any ethical plaintiff's personal injury guy (or gal) spending even a few minutes on due diligence would have seen through this thing. This was another incident which served to discredit the legal profession and, unfortunately, rightfully so.

Rap Music As An Aid To Literacy

I stumbled upon this story I'm not sure how, but it's only making me worry even more about my daughter's college education....and how I will be able to undo the damage. Note: not sure how lyrics such as these from DMX will assist in anyone's educational development: Once again it's the darker nigga Hit or spark a nigga, break apart a nigga But the dog is bigger, under stress So unless you're wanting to bless to the chest These slugs from his liver rest REST! Or the pump'll put a hurt on a nigga DUMB SEX, motherfucker feeding dirt on a nigga My hands stay dirty, cause I play dirty the mob way You don't know? fuck it find out the hard A nigga's job is never done On the other hand, perhaps the good professor should go back to the early 70's and sample a bit from, oh, let's say Ray Davies: You can see all the stars as you walk down Hollywood Boulevard, Some that you recognise, some that you've hardly even heard of, People who worked and suffered and struggled for fame, Some who succeeded and some who suffered in vain. Rudolph Valentino, looks very much alive, And he looks up ladies' dresses as they sadly pass him by. Avoid stepping on Bela Lugosi 'Cos he's liable to turn and bite, But stand close by Bette Davis Because hers was such a lonely life. If you covered him with garbage, George Sanders would still have style, And if you stamped on Mickey Rooney He would still turn round and smile, But please don't tread on dearest Marilyn 'Cos she's not very tough, She should have been made of iron or steel, But she was only made of flesh and blood. Sounds a bit more literate to me. It's like comparing Shakespeare to Sponge Bob...but at least Bob has a constructive message.

Friday, September 09, 2005

Great Picture

[Courtesy: LGF] (click to enlarge)

More On Katrina

(click to enlarge) Great photo from Hugh Hewitt's site showing the evacuation ability available on 8/31... Read about the politics of dancing around the obvious enmity between New Orleans Mayor Nagin and Governor Blanco courtesy of Mudville Gazette... Great column by Charles Krauthammer in his usual clear and direct style. He notes: "[The mayor] knows that during Hurricane Georges in 1998, the use of the Superdome was a disaster and fully two-thirds of residents never got out of the city. Nothing was done. He declared a mandatory evacuation only 24 hours before Hurricane Katrina hit. He did not even declare a voluntary evacuation until the day before that, at 5 p.m. At that time, he explained that he needed to study his legal authority to call a mandatory evacuation and was hesitating to do so lest the city be sued by hotels and other businesses." This simultaneously saddens and infuriates me. Sixty-six percent of blacks believe that the response would have been faster and greater if most of the victims had been white. The fact that anyone could (not would) reach that conclusion when there has obviously been no benchmark established for comparison is a testament to the effect of years and years of racial politics. Maybe it's because of what I do for a living (although I'd like to believe that thinking clearly does not require special training) but why would you reach a conclusion knowing that you have absolutely no facts or information to back it up, other than your tainted and biased "feelings"? I'm required to at least take a stab at determining the truth. I understand that we may never have every single salient fact. I also understand that when you consider yourself an advocate for a certain point of view, by definition you will minimize or ignore facts that don't fit into your world view. However, I need to at least privately determine what appears more likely than not. Applying a bit of courtroom standard, if I want to convince someone that the response to hurricane Katrina was not as fast as it could have been because the victims were black, I would need to establish that in prior SIMILAR situations where the victims were predominantly white, the response was much faster. Otherwise, my assertion is just that...my personal opinion unsupported by any facts. Like an a--hole, everyone has one. So I would look to find data on prior category 4/5 hurricanes that made landfall in areas populated primarily by non-African Americans, and start comparing. If there hadn't been any to compare, I'd look for the next best thing; maybe a few category 3/4s which I'm sure south Florida has experienced. The point is, find SOMETHING similar to compare your situation to so there's a support for a particular conclusion. That would form the basis for a real debate since there would then be facts to consider, not just impressions and feelings. Polls are polls, and by their nature do not involve testing of hypotheses. However, it would be nice if even one of the MSM's crack reporters or pundits would ask some of these questions when an elected official makes such an incendiary assertion.

Thursday, September 08, 2005

He Could Have Gone Door-To-Door In The Hours Before Katrina Made Land Fall

"Katrina makes it clear this government has failed. We must find out why immediately to make sure the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina never happens again." --Harry Reid, Senate Minority Leader OK, ass-wipe (can you tell I'm a bit upset?). Since I'm fairly certain that you don't mean the government could have prevented the hurricane itself, although to hear it I can't be 100% confident of that, please explain how "this government"...i.e. George Bush and the GOP...could have prevented this from happening. When local public and private facilities, and citizens, and their elected officials, fail to carry out designed evacuation plans and procedures, how in holy hell is that the fault of the federal government?! [Hat tip: LGF]

Wear Make-up, Go To Jail (And Be Flogged)

Changing the subject just a bit...why is it that even though when an entire sovereign nation governed by Islam/Sharia interprets the Qu'ran to allow for this, such interpretations are described as "extremist"? The definition of "extremism" is "one who advocates or resorts to measures beyond the norm." Unfortunately, what may be beyond Western "norms" is not so in other cultures. And it is from the latter perspective that we must view what is going on.

What! He Didn't Have His Cell Phone On?!

Senate Dems are complaining that President Bush did not adequately deal with the devastation of hurricane Katrina because he was on vacation.

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Oil-For-Food Report Released

"The inescapable conclusion from the committee's work is that the United Nations organization needs thorough reform — and it needs it urgently," The report regarding the United Nations oil-for-food scandal has been released.

Newsbreak: Red Cross Relief Turned Away By State Of Louisiana

An American Red Cross representative tells Fox News that the Louisiana State Homeland Security Department refused the relief organization permission to take food and water to the Superdome because they did not want to "encourage people to go there." Fox News is reporting that the State of Louisiana did not want to turn the Superdome into a "magnet" for its displaced citizens. This is a developing story so stay tuned.

Follow The (Embezzled) Money From Louisiana Flood Mitigation Funds

I read about this at Fetching Jen and found a link at Hugh Hewitt. On November 29, 2004 "A federal grand jury has returned two separate indictments charging three members of the State Military Department with offenses related to the obstruction of an audit of the use of federal funds for flood mitigation activities throughout Louisiana..." "The Hazardous Mitigation Grant Program is administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and is designed to fund mitigation projects to prevent future flood losses or flood claims made upon the National Flood Insurance Program. " What a surprise. Corruption in Huey Long's home state.

Lance Armstrong Questioned By French Police

Subject: Lance Armstrong Drug Use 11:00 PM PARIS, France -- Lance Armstrong's record setting seventh Tour de France victory, along with his entire Tour de France legacy, may be tarnished by what could turn out to be one of the greatest sports scandals of all time. Armstrong is being quizzed by French police after three banned substances were found in his South France hotel room while on vacation after winning the 2005 Tour de France. The three substances found were toothpaste, deodorant, and soap which have been banned by French authorities for over 75 years. Armstrong's girlfriend and American rocker Sheryl Crowe is quoted as saying "we use them every day in America, so we naturally thought they'd be ok throughout Europe." Along with these three banned substances, French authorities also physically searched Armstrong himself and found several other interesting items that they have never seen before, including a backbone and guts. [Hat tip: Mrs RTH!]

The People Have Spoken...And Been Ignored

On March 7. 2000, California voters overwhelmingly passed "Proposition 22" with 61.4% of the electorate in favor. What was Proposition 22? Very simply, it read as follows: “Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.” Today, however, the California legislature passed by a one vote margin a bill allowing same-sex marriages. It will now go to the governor who will likely veto it. It will then end up in the state courts. By the way, California already has a civil unions law which gives same-sex couples all the rights of married couples once they register as domestic partners.

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

World Comes To An End...

All the incendiary race-baiting regarding hurricane Katrina reminded me of the old joke about God advising all the major news outlets that the end of the world was at hand. New York Times headline: "World Comes To An End: Women and Minorities Hardest Hit"

StopTheACLU Blogburst

Please visit StopTheACLU as well as the sites that appear at the blogburst added to our right margin. Some really good stuff to be found.

Marines, Gays, and Korean Men

What do Marines, Gays, and Korean men all have in common?

Gilligan Passes Away

Bob Denver of "Gilligan's Island" and "Dobie Gillis" fame passed away today at age 70. Out of curiosity, I decided to look up the rest of the cast: The Professor Mary Ann Thurston Howell III Lovey Howell Ginger Grant Skipper Jonas Grumby

Word Verification Activiated

I have had to activate word verification due to an ever increasing number of spam comments being received.

Capitalism At Work

It didn't take long for the ignorant and ridiculous comment made by Kanye West to make its way to a silk screener.

Are You Surprised?

What's a little water when it comes to a good, old gay celebration in the French Quarter? Nothing will stand in the way of "Southern Decadence" day. I wonder if the gay community will come in for the same type of criticism leveled at Condoleeza Rice for attending a Broadway play while rescue efforts were ongoing? Not. And in another example of well-placed priorities, atheists are complaining that urging by public officials to pray for the hurricane victims violates the Constitution. [Hat tips: Mr Minority]

Condoleeza Rice: Insensitive Theater-Goer

Interesting comment by Terry Neal of the Washington Post in his latest blame the white conservative folks diatribe: Why was Condoleezza Rice, the administration's highest ranking black official, grinning and guffawing at the Broadway show "Spamalot" and shopping for expensive shoes at Salvatore Ferragamo on Fifth Avenue days after the hurricane ravaged the Gulf Coast and left tens of thousands of poor black folks hungry, desperate and dying? While the whole tenor of his piece is the clear implication that this administration cares not much for blacks and therefore purposefully put the brakes on rescue services...an excrable, politically motivated and fact-less assertion...the group think and tribalism evident in the quoted paragraph intrigues me. Neal seems to be criticizing the Secretary of State, who has absolutely no connection to federal disaster relief efforts, for...what? Not being suitably subdued at all moments because she is black and, coincidentally, so were many of those in need of help? Is he saying that if the Secretary of State were white, he/she would be free to enjoy a Broadway show while "poor black folks" suffered? But not if the disaster occurred in a predominantly white area? The intellectually honest, and morally defensible position (with which I do not agree) would be that Condoleeza Rice should not be seen enjoying some of the finer things in life while people are suffering...not just because "her people" are suffering.

What's A Little Prayer Among Friends?

Muslim prayer in public school is apparently not a problem for the ACLU. However, I can't imagine the same reaction if a Christian kid had asked for the same consideration.

Relief Effort Data

Here is yesterday's press release from DHS: September 5, 2005 HIGHLIGHTS OF UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT RESPONSE TO THE AFTERMATH OF HURRICANE KATRINA The federal effort to save lives, sustain life, and support recovery and law enforcement operations in areas affected by Hurricane Katrina continues around the clock. The following facts highlight some of the important activities as of 1 p.m.: Lives Saved 22,800 Shelters 679 People housed in shelters 229,000 National Guard personnel 38,000 U.S. Coast Guard personnel 4,000 FEMA responders 6,000 MREs provided (meals) 8.5 million Water provided (liters) 15 million § U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) trucks will arrive at the Houston Astrodome tomorrow at approximately 2 p.m. CST to distribute roughly 100,000 counterfeit articles of clothing seized by CBP officers for violations of U.S. copyright laws. The shipment includes men's, women's and children's slacks, blouses, jeans, shorts, and jackets. § The U.S. Postal Service is reconnecting displaced and evacuated Hurricane Katrina victims with their mail. Hurricane victims in areas without telephone service or internet access should go to the nearest post office, complete a change-of-address form, and submit it to a postal retail associate at the counter or mail it. For more information visit http://www.usps.com/ or call 1-800-ASK-USPS (1-800-275-8777). § Two cruise ships will begin boarding evacuees today. The ships have a capacity of about 2,600 passengers each and are based in Galveston, Texas. Evacuees are chosen by state and local authorities with priority given to the elderly and people with special needs. No one should self-report to any ships, but work with local emergency officials if shelter is needed. [Hat tip: RTH! readers]

Katrina Collection

A compendium of commentary on Katrina: FEMA is not a first responder... James Taranto weighs in... Inconvenient fact: the Senate, while Clinton was President rejects Kyoto Accords by a vote of 99-0...looters stealing big screens are only doing so to barter them for food... Some positive stories about the efforts...and mention of the city disaster management plan to use buses to evacuate (note AP photo above of the city of New Orleans' buses sitting floorboards deep in flood waters...oops!)...and that 200 New Orleans cops simply walked off the job... Mark Steyn writes: "For some reason, I failed to consider the possibility that the panickers would include Hizzoner the Mayor and the looters would include significant numbers of the police department..." Thomas Sowell writes of the breach of our moral levees...

George Romero, Please Pass The Hot Sauce

Well, just when you thought the statements could not get any more ridiculous concerning the aftermath of hurricane Katrina...civil rights gadfly and America hater Randall Robinson (who?) comes to the rescue with his post at Huffington's site: "Black hurricane victims have begun eating corpses..."

Monday, September 05, 2005

When The Going Gets Tough, The Supposedly Tough Go To Vegas

Is this a joke? The mayor of New Orleans has given 60% of his police force five day vacations effective immediately in order to "jump start" the healing process. I hate to use an over-used word, but this is truly outrageous. Compare the bozos running NO to those who were running NYC on 9/11. Nagin could not hold Giuliani's jockstrap and the NOPD is Walmart security compared to the NYPD. It looks like Louisiana's governor is no better: Behind the scenes, a power struggle emerged, as federal officials tried to wrest authority from Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco (D). Shortly before midnight Friday, the Bush administration sent her a proposed legal memorandum asking her to request a federal takeover of the evacuation of New Orleans, a source within the state's emergency operations center said Saturday. Louisiana did not reach out to a multi-state mutual aid compact for assistance until Wednesday, three state and federal officials said. As of Saturday, Blanco still had not declared a state of emergency, the senior Bush official said. And while I'm at it, at least one of Louisiana's Senators has lost it, threatening President Bush with physical harm. A couple of points. First, I am not a Michael Savage fan by any means, but he may be on to something with his new book "Liberalism is a Mental Disorder". I haven't read it but the title certainly seems to ring true these days. I have said that conservatives generally consider liberals simply to be wrong-headed, naive and pollyanish sorts who for whatever reason wholeheartedly believe in policies that have been proven failures wherever they have actually been put into practice, but clinging to the completely unrealistic belief that somehow they can tweak the concept just rightly so and create Utopia. Their ideas are dangerous because they are misguided. On the other hand, liberals don't simply believe that conservatives are barking up the wrong tree. They truly believe with every fiber of their being (at least the far left) that conservatives are evil and loathsome creatures motivated by a desire to inflict pain, discomfort and, yes, death (remember the campaign assertions that Republicans wanted to deny health care to the elderly and didn't care if children went hungry), on the poor, on women, on minorities...All for the benefit of their corporate puppetmasters. Second, I predict that there will be a reluctance to criticize the local and state response to hurricane Katrina not because of any sense of propriety but because New Orleans, like many major urban areas, is heavily Democratic and is run by African-Americans.

Katrina: Response Timeline

As the recriminations begin while rescue efforts are still underway, it's probably a good idea to have your facts straight. Take a minute to review Katrina: Response Timeline to understand what occurred and when.

Art Imitates Life...Artists Imitate Stupid People

You can always count on Hollywood to come to the rescue. Here's Sean Penn bailing water out of his boat the result of forgetting to close up the drain plug. Too bad. He was planning on a little PR mission to rescue the stranded in New Orleans...good thing he brought his personal photographer with him to record his good deeds...who along with his entourage took up pretty much all of the space in the boat not leaving much room for the less fortunate. (Notice he's wearing a flak jacket rather than a personal flotation device) Celine Dion show how firmly planted in reality she can be(and does a credible Marie Antoinette) when she explains looters stealing jeans and TV sets as follows: "Maybe those people are so poor, some of the people who do that they're so poor they've never touched anything in their lives. Let them touch those things for once." Mental giant and clear-thinking rapper Kanye West says: "George Bush doesn't care about black people!" What a bunch of disconnected idiots.

Sheep, Sheepdogs and Wolves

Read TRIBES by Bill Whittle at Eject! Eject! Eject! You will be inspired.

Friday, September 02, 2005

My Brain Hurts!

There are some days that the news and commentary is so depressing that I just need to take a break and recharge. What with the unhinged left actually elevating President Bush to deity status (who else can affect the weather?), elected officials like Charles Rangel adding a racial element to the disaster caused by hurricane Katrina, people shooting at helicopters trying to deliver disaster relief, sometimes it gets to be too much. So I'll be off to San Diego later today for a soccer tournament and, maybe after a few beers, I'll dig right back in. But for now, here's an example of what has caused my cup to runneth over: "The Terrorist Katrina Is One Of The Soldiers Of Allah..." When your average Joe (or Muhammed) says something like that you just shake your head and think "poor dumb bastard." However, when it is a high ranking Kuwaiti official you wonder if we'll ever be able to reach an equilibrium with adherents of Islam. ***** Have a great holiday weekend, drive safely and remember those of us in need...and then write a check!

Thursday, September 01, 2005

I've Got My Tinfoil Hat On...Do You?

Here are what rationale people would take for the rantings of a singular lunatic completely divorced from reality and tormented by his own demons: "No-one in the blue states (where the money is) should give one dime of aid to the victims of this hurricane, which devastated Bush-friendly regions." "...it should be obvious to all that this tragedy was not just an act of God. Dubya and his diety conspired to transform mere disaster into an unprecedented mega-catastrophe." "The National Guard was off in Iraq stealing oil -- and everything else in that nation -- all to benefit Haliburton and the oil companies. They could have been in N.O. earlier, building levies, overseeing evacuation." "Because these are red states. They voted for Bush. These ninnies obviously wanted these policies, and they deserve to live with the consequences of their votes." Unfortunately, these are not the rantings a deranged and mind-hobbled hermit but pretty much what passes for mainstream liberal commentary these days. Although I truly have to say that explaining all the world's ills as the work of one man, and totally disregarding any and all evidence to the contrary, does verily border on the insane. It's a bit like believing in the earthly existence of the devil as puppetmaster. How can anyone say that people whose minds work like this are anything but pathological in some way?