Tuesday, August 30, 2005

"It's Bush's Fault!"

Well, it didn't take long for the media elites to try and find some way to tie Iraq in with an act of God:
LARRY KING: Do you have adequate National Guard members? Because I know that you have a lot of National Guard forces in Iraq.

PAULA ZAHN: With so many National Guard troops involved in Iraq, thousands of civilian volunteers are now stepping up to the plate.

WENDELL GOLER: Critics have warned the National Guard deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan have left states with too few troops to respond to emergencies.

LESTER HOLT: Interesting to note that of the 11,000 National Guard members in Louisiana, about 3,000 are currently deployed in Iraq.
Now that Cindy Sheehan has been upstaged by Mother Nature, they need something to keep the spirit of her anti-Bush agenda alive. I'm just surprised they haven't blamed Katrina on Karl Rove yet.

Monday, August 29, 2005

"I Can't Drive 55"

As they would say on The Simpsons: "Ha Ha!"
FOX News: CRAWFORD, Texas-A driver for the Rev. Al Sharpton led Ellis County Sheriff's Deputies on a nine-mile chase at speeds up to 110 mph before state troopers stopped the car, authorities said.

The driver was rushing Sharpton to the airport after his visit with anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan on Sunday at her camp outside President Bush's ranch in Crawford.
He might have gotten away, too-but the dead weight in the back seat slowed him down.

Sunday, August 28, 2005

Party On, Dudes

Neither hurricanes, nor egos trips, nor shootings shall keep these partygoers from their appointed rounds.
MIAMI BEACH-The MTV Video Music Awards escaped the drama and damage of Hurricane Katrina. Now they face being overshadowed by another dangerous name-Suge Knight.

The Death Row Records founder, who has been at the center of some of hip-hop's most violent moments, was shot in the leg early Sunday morning at a party thrown by Kayne west and attended by stars including Jessica Alba, Eddie Murphey, Paris Hilton, the Game and the Black Eyed Peas.

As far as I'm concerned this guy is nothing but a thug, but expect weepy-eyed pleas for his recovery at the VMA's all night long.

Friday, August 26, 2005

Law And Order: Crooked Scientific Incompetence

You'd never catch Agent Scully doing something like this.
FOX News: WASHINGTON-The Army is investigating allegations that a civilian forensic examiner at the Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory at Fort Gillem, Ga., falsified DNA test results.

The allegations, if true, would throw into doubt hundreds of criminal cases dating back at least a decade.

The examiner on June 2 admitted to making a false entry on a control sample used during one DNA examination, and the laboratory is now reviewing 479 or more cases the accused examiner has been working on since he began in 1995, according to an announcement Friday by the Army Criminal Investigation Command, or CID.

The examiner was suspended from duty in May after the allegations surfaced. His name was not released.
Let me guess: His medical degree came with the secret decoder ring and cracker jacks.

Scamming For The Lord

A hundred years ago, guys like Pat Robertson would have been hawking phony cures to backwoods rubes. Today they're selling health food.
NORFOLK, Va.-religious broadcaster Pat Robertson's "age-defying" diet shake is causing quite a stir.

The shake isn't new; Robertson has been touting its benefits on his nonprofit Christian Broadcasting Network and giving away the recipe free for years. But Robertson recently teamed up with General Nutrition Corp., a Pittsburgh-based health-food chain, to distribute the shake nationally.

That's caused at least one evangelical watchdog group to claim Robertson is abusing his nonprofit status and a scorned bodybuilder who used the shake to help lose nearly 200 pounds to threaten legal action.
Robertson tried conning people by running for President back in 1988, and when that didn't work he went back to basics. I suspect a used-car dealership to be next.

Thursday, August 25, 2005

One Less Mouth To Feed

If Europe is serious about wanting to committ demographic suicide, they should take a cue from the Russians.
Aug. 23 (Bloomberg)--Russians are having more abortions than births to avoid the cost of raising children, according to the country's highest-ranking obstetrician.

About 1.6 million women had a termination last year, a fifth of them under the age of 18, while about 1.5 million gave birth, said Vladimir Kulakov, vice president of the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences in Moscow. "Many more" abortions weren't reported, Kulakov said in the government's official newspaper.

"The appearance of a first child pushes many families into poverty," Kulakov said today. "Potential parents first try to start a career, stand on their feet and so forth."
Russia's problems are those of Western Europe compounded by the ongoing hangover from decades of Communist rule. In the end, the Russians have turned out to be their own worst enemy.

Poodles Vs. Puppies

I didn't know this was going on, but I'm not surprised it's the French who are doing it.
Yahoo! News-Brigitte Bardot, the 1950s and 1960s film star turned animal rights campaigner, has called on the French government to halt the reported use by fishermen on the island of Reuinion of live puppies and kittens as shark bait.

"It is imperative that the government do something to end this practice," she said in a letter to the minister for French overseas terriritories, Francois Bairoin, a copy of which was given to the AFP Thursday.
The fishermen were originally going to use live Frenchmen, but even a shark has standards.

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Junking Junk Science

Meet a modern-day heretic.

NEW YORK TIMES-A scientist who has long disagreed with the dominent view that global warming stems primarily from human activity has resigned from a panel that is completing a report for the Bush administration on temperature trends in the atmosphere.

The scientist, Roger A. Pielke Sr., a climatologist at Colorado State University, said most of the other scientists working on the report were too deeply wedded to particular views and were discounting minority opinions on the quality of climate records and possible causes of warming.

"When you appoint people to a committee who are experts in an area but evaluating their own work," he said in an interview, "it's very difficult for them to think outside the box of their research."


The fact is that the Earth has had periods of warming and cooling throughout its history. Whether or not the current climate changes are man-made can and should be up for debate-if only the experts would allow it.

Hugo the Hunted

There are times when I disagree heavily with Pat Robertson. this isn't one of them.
FOX News: CARACAS, Venezuela-Pat Robertson's call for American agents to assassinate President Hugo Chavez is a "terrorist" statement that needs to be investigated by U.S. authorities, Venezuela said Tuesday. The Bush administration quickly distanced itself from the religious boradcaster.

Robertson's suggestion Monday that the United States "take out" Chavez to stop Venezuela from becoming a "launching pad for communist influence and Muslim extremism" appeared likely to aggravate tensions between the United States and the world's fifth-largest oil exporting country.
Personally, I don't think Venezuela needs any help from Robertson in aggravating tensions with the U.S. Hugo seems perfectly capable of doing that on his own.

Saturday, August 20, 2005

Not In Our Backyard

Is there any city more vile in its politics than San Francisco?
SAN FRANCISCO (AP)-The USS Iowa joined in battles from World War II to Korea to the Persian Gulf. It carried President Franklin Roosevelt home from the Teheran conference of allied leaders, and four decades later, suffered one of the nation's most deadly military accidents.

Veterans groups and history buffs had hoped that tourists in San Francisco could walk the same teak decks where sailors dodged Japanese machine-gun fire and fired 16-inch guns that helped win battles across the Pacific.

Instead, it appears that the retired battleship is headed about 80 miles inland, to Stockton, a gritty agricultural port town on the San Joaquin River and home of California's annual asparagus festival.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., a former San Francisco mayor, helped secure $3 million to tow the Iowa from Rhode Island to the Bay Area in 2001 in hopes of making touristy Fisherman's Warf its new home.

But city supervisors voted 8-3 last month to oppose taking in the ship, citing local opposition to the Iraq war and the military's stance on gays, among other things.

"If I was going to commit any kind of money in recognition of war, then it should be toward peace, given what our war is in Iraq right now," Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi said.

Feinstein called it a "very petty decision."
If even Feinstein gets it, then SF is even more hopelessly screwed up than I thought possible. Let them rot in their own cesspoool-they don't deserve the honor of hosting the Iowa.

"Stop Picking On Me!"

The truth hurts.
NEW YORK In what must be a first, the editor of the New York Times has written a letter to the editor ripping a recent book review in his own paper.

The lengthy broadside by Bill Keller, executive editor, appears in tomorrow's edition of The New York Times Book Review. Others, including Bill Moyers and Eric Alterman, join Keller in protesting the review of several recent books on the media. The review, by conservative legal scholar Richard A. Posner, appeared on July 31.
The Old Media are running scared, and they're losing it. And the only ones they have to blame are themselves.

Friday, August 19, 2005

Hasta La Vista, Illegals?


It'll be interesting to see if Arnold has the stones to go through with something like this.
Schwarzenegger urged to declare border emergency

The state assembly leader Thursday called on Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to declare a state of emergency along California's border with Mexico, saying more federal patrols are needed.

New Mexico drew national attention last week when its governor made a similar declaration, citing the lawlessness, drug smuggling and human trafficking along the border. The governor of Arizona did the same this week.
Arnold has been a success in some areas and disappointing in others. I'd like to think this is the one area where he, as an immigrant himself, could make a statement that would make the Bush Administration take notice. Illegal immigration is the one area where Bush has not led, to put it mildly. Here's hoping that Arnold is willing to do what his Republican colleagues in Washington are not: Actually do something about illegal immigration.

Thursday, August 18, 2005

Without Me

Marshall's calling it quits.
EMINEM has bowed out of public life completely-after suddenly cancelling a string of UK dates.

He is giving up his solo career to concentrate on being a dad to Hallie, eight.

The hip-hop star, 32, yesterday axed his European Anger Management Tour, claiming "exhaustion."
No one personified the white rapper wanna-be more than this guy. If he really wants to act black, he should give up the millions he's made, go on welfare, and then teach his daughter to complain about how white society is keeping her down.

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Divided We Fall

And the Balkanazation of America continues.
E Pluribus Unum?

The Senate is poised to sanction the creation of a racially exclusive government by and for Native Hawaiians who satisfy a blood test. the new race-based sovereign that would be summoned into being by the so-called Akaka Bill would operate outside the U.S. Constitution and the nation's most cherished civil-rights statutes. Indeed, the champions of the proposed legislation boast that the new Native Hawaiian entity could secede from the Union like the Confederacy, but without the necessity of shelling Fort Sumter.
Pardon me if I think this is a really bad idea. If this thing passes, it would open the door for every group to claim independence from those evil, racist Americans. The Civil War would look like a schoolyard fight compared to what this would unleash.

Viva Rush!

Score one for the good guys!
PALM BEACH, Fla., Aug. 17 (UPI)-Attorneys for radio host Rush Limbaugh have won a last-minute court ruling in Palm Beach County, Fla., that could effectively end the drug probe against him.

Limbaugh, 54, has been under investigation for "doctor shopping," obtaining nearly 2,000 pain killing pills in a short period of time.

On Tuesday, Circuit Court Judge Kenneth Stern ruled investigators cannot question any of Limbaugh's doxtors without first getting his permission, the Palm Beach Post reported Wednesday.

Neither side had any comment, but the Post said the ruling could effectively end the investigation.
This "Investigation" was politically motivated. Rush is a huge target and a conviction against him would have been quite a coup for a DA. I'm not defending what Rush did, but he had a legitimate medical need that turned into a problem, and he has been dealing with it. It's not something worth sending him to prison over. Looks like there's some common sense left in Florida, after all.

Seeing The Light

How bad is the illegal immigration problem? It's so bad that two Democratic Governors are doing what the Bush administration seems to think is politically unthinkable: Making Mexico mad at them.
Yahoo! News-Arizona ignored pleas for greater cooperation from Mexican President Vincente Fox to become the second US state to declare a state of emergency on its border due to rising illegal immigration, violence and smuggling.

Four days after New Mexico declared a 90 day state of emergency for border areas, Arizona did the same thing for its four counties along the Mexican frontier, citing uncontrolled illegal immigration.

"The federal government has to secure our border, and the health and safety of all Arizonians is threatened daily by violent gangs, coyotes (human traffickers) and other dangerous criminals," said Arizona governor Janet Napolitano in a statement.
Considering that Mexico is a country where the cops are getting arrested for running drug and kidnapping rings, and killing each other on the border, I'd politely tell President Fox where he can put his calls for increased cooperation. Then I'd deputize the Minutemen and tell him to take it up with them.

What Bubba Knew

Sorry, Sir. You had your chance, and you blew it.
NewsMax-Ex-President Bill Clinton now says he would have taken out Osama bin Laden before the 9/11 attacks-if only the FBI and CIA had been able to prove the al-Qaida mastermind was behind the attack on the U.S.S. Cole.

"I desperately wish I had been president when the FBI and CIA finally confirmed, officially, that bin Laden was responsible for the attack on the U.S.S. Cole," Clinto tells New York magazine this week. "Then we could have launched an attack on Afghanistan early."
Well, Bubba, you were president for EIGHT YEARS when Al Qaida was recognized as a threat; the Sudanese offered you him on a silver platter and you turned them down; you had a shot at getting him in 1998 but decided to bomb an aspirin factory instead. So don't stand there and say you never had a chance to get him. You were just too busy playing "Find the cigar" with the chubby intern to pay attention.

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

The Rising Waters

It could get ugly in the Holy Land.
FOX NEWS: NIEVE DEKALIM, Gaza Strip-The deadline for Jewish settlers to evacuate the Gaza Strip on their own passed at the stroke of midnight Tuesday, and Israeli troops prepared to begin forcibly removing those who refused to leave.

It was believed that the Israeli Army wouldn't begin physically evicting settlers until 6 a.m. local time on Wednesday (11 p.m. EDT Tuesday), though soldiers could be forced to confront illegal infiltrators in the region overnight, FOX News has learned.
So, now it's Jew against Jew. I know what the diplomatic reasons for this are, but the road to Hell is paved with failed diplomacy. Remember, Germany only wanted the Rhineland at first, too. In the long run, I don't think this will do anything except give Arabs an excuse to continue to push for complete control of Jerusalem. And who knows what price the world will have to pay then.

Monday, August 15, 2005

Hold the Gravy, Pass The Potatos

Now this sounds like a win-win situation.

A research team is proposing a new technique that would allow meat to be grown in a laboratory for mass consumption, according to a report.

Researchers in the U.S. say the technique now exists now to produce processed meats such as burgers and sausages, starting with cells taken from cows, chickens, pigs, fish, or other animals.

Growing meat without the animal would not only reduce the need for the animals--which often are kept in less than ideal conditions--but may also address a number of environmental ills blamed on meat production.

So, science comes up with a way to both save animals and feed people at the same time, which means PETA could pretty much be put out of business. Plus, it could finally give fast-food restaraunts actual meat for their hamburgers.

Question Authority

It's not really anything new, and granted he's preaching to the choir here, but it's still good to see somebody this influential not afraid to kick some tail and name names.

NASHVILLE, TENN.-House Majority Leader tom DeLay charged Sunday night in a rally at an evangelical church that the "out-of-touch" political left has dangerously and unduly influenced the U.S. Supreme Court.

De Lay was among the dozen speakers at "Justice SundayII: God Save the United States and this Honourable Court," organized by the Family Research Council and its leader, Tony Perkins. The event was broadcast nationwide by a Christian satellite service.

There have been times when the GOP leadership has gone too far in appealing to the religious right (the Terri Schiavo case comes to mind) but when it comes to SCOTUS DeLay is dead on target. The greatest threat to freedom comes from those who seek to be activists instead of jurists, and from groups that seek to silence their critics in the name of "Diversity."

Sunday, August 14, 2005

Two Nuts In A Sack

Oh, my. Take a look at who's on Cindy Sheehan's side.
Cindy Sheehan, a mother who lost a son in the Iraq War, is determined to prevent other mothers and their sons from experiencing the same loss.

Courageously she has gone to Texas near the ranch of President Bush and braved the elements and a hostile Jewish supremacist media to demand a meeting with him and a good explanation of why hers and other sons and daughters must die and be disfigured in a war for Israel rather than America.
I'd say her fifteen minutes are just about done, but she, Michael Moore, Pat Buchanan and David DuKKKe can spend as much time together as they like. They'll all be ignored just the same.

Saturday, August 13, 2005

"Why Can't You Just Die?!?"

The Energizer Bunny of dictators had a birthday today.

Cuba honored President Fidel Castro's 79th birthday Saturday, revisiting his nearly five decades in power on the communist island with tributes in state-run newspapers and documentaries.

Dozens of Cuban children danced and cut an enormous blue-and-white cake for Castro-the world's longest-ruling head of government-while front pages bore his face and loving words.

Considering the fact that this guy has outlasted at least eight or nine U.S. administrations, I guess this is some sort of an accomplishment. When asked to comment on Fidel's birthday, Kim Jong Il said, "Hah! That's nothing! I've been twice as repressive and literarry kept my people in the dark twice as much as he ever will!"

Thursday, August 11, 2005

Not In Our Name

As reported on Moorewatch, Drudge and elsewhere, the family of supposedly grieving widow Cindy Sheenan, who's story is being milked by the Lamestream Media for all it's worth, isn't too happy with her.
DRUDGE FLASH-The family of American soldier Casey Sheenan, who was killed in Iraq on April 4, 2004, has broken its silence and spoken out against his mother Cindy Sheenan's anti-war vigil against George Bush held outside the president's Crawford, Texas ranch.

The following email was received by the DRUDGE REPORT from Casey's aunt and godmother:

Our family has been so distressed by the recent activities of Cindy we are breaking our silence and we have collectively written a statement for release. Feel free to distribute it as you wish. Thanks D Cherie

In response to questions regarding the Cindy Sheenan/Crawford Texas issue: Sheenan Family Statement:

The Sheenan Family lost our beloved Casey in the Iraq War and we have bee silently, respectfully grieving. We do not agree with the political motivations and publicity tactics of Cindy Sheenan. She now appears to be promoting her own personal agenda and notoriety at the expense of her son's good name and reputation. The rest of the Sheenan Family supports the troops, our country, and our President, silently, with prayer and respect.

Sincerely, Casey Sheenan's grandparents, aunts, uncles and numerous cousins.
Let's see if CNN covers this side of the story. I'm not holding my breath.

(Don't Fear) The Room Rates

What, no suicide booths?
HONG KONG-A HONG Kong official said one of the territory's tiny islands could make a killing with a novel theme park based on its unsavory reputation as a suicide spot, a media report said.

The morbid suggestion to create a ghost-town attraction where guests were dared to spend the night in "haunted flats" came at a meeting of local leaders on little Cheung Chau island.
I can see where this might take off. If they're ever invaded by China, they could see a huge boom in business for a "Total experience" package. But there wouldn't be any refunds...

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

The Spineless Armada

Somehow, I find this oddly appropriate for a country that turned tail and ran from Iraq as fast as they did.

MADRID, Aug. 10 (Reuters)-Unusually high concentrations of jellyfish have appeared along Spain's Mediterranean coast this summer, to the discomfort of thousands of tourists, officials said on Wednesday.

The Red Cross said its lifeguards had treated almost 11,000 people for stings on the beaches so far this season in the northeastern region of Catalonia alone, twice the number from the same period last year, when the jellyfish count had already begun to rise.

In response, the French said, "It was not us, Mon Ami. We ah even more spineless zen zey ah!"

Happy Anniversary

It doesn't seem that long ago:
Belfast Telegraph: Just a decade ago this week, the $3bn flotation of Netscape signalled the start of the mass internet age. Danny Bradbury explores how the web conquered the world-and changed our lives.

1995: BROWSERS AND PORTABLES

On 9 August Netscape floats, ushering in a five-year dot-com boom. The $3bn flotation is the most spectacular in a series of commercial landmarks that includes the launch of Amazon.com (in July) and direct internet service from Compuserve (April) and AOL (October) which allow subscribers to the different services to exchange e-mails. But it is the mass availability of Netscape's user-friendly browser (launched in 1994) that brings the internet to ordinary people with PCs and Macs rather than specialists with Unix terminals.
There is no greater power on Earth to promote technological growth than the free market. The Internet is a perfect example of that. Because nobody owns it, the Internet remains the ultimate example of commercial Darwinism and freedom of expression. Is it any wonder that people on both the far left and far right can't stand it?

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

The 51st State

Oh, how I would love for this to happen, if only to see Michael Moore's head explode.
CALGARY (CP)-More than one-third of western Canadians surveyed this summer thought it was time to consider seperation from Canada, a poll suggests.

In the survey, 35.6 per cent of respondents from Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia agreed with the statement: Western Canadians should begin to explore the idea of forming their own country.

Albertans, at 42 per cent, were most apt to consider independence, followed by Saksatchewan at 31.9 per cent. Residents of B.C. and Manitoba were the least likely to consider seperation, at 30.8 and 27.5 per cent, respectively.
Too bad, Mikey, It seems not all Canadians consider the Great White North to be one big, happy socialist Utopia. But don't worry-you'll always have New France, AKA Quebec.

Cruisin' For A Bruisin'

Well, looky here!
FOX NEWS: WASHINGTON-Some weapons entering Iraq are coming from Iran, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said Tuesday, though he indicated it was unclear whether they were coming from elements of the Iranian government or from other parties.

"Weapons clearly, unambigously from Iran have been found in Iraq," he told a Pentagon briefing. "It's a big border. It's notably unhelpful for the Iranians to allow weapons of those types to cross the border." He did not provide further specifics.
Translation: We know what you're up to, Mr. Mullah, and if you don't stop it we'll send you a few weapons of our own.

Idiots Of The World, Unite!

If somebody farts in a room full of B.S., does it make a smell?
ATLANTA-A featured speaker at Saturday's civil rights march in Atlanta said the Bush administration and the Republican Party leaders are "thieves" who "need to be locked up" for stealing the past two presidential elections and presiding over federal budget deficits and the war in Iraq.

"They all need to be locked up because they are all criminals and and they are all thieves," said Judge Greg Mathis, the star of the syndicated television program "The Judge Mathis Show."

Mathis made his remarks to an enthusiastic crowd assembled in Atlanta to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Participants are launching a two-year campaign to extend and strengthen key aspects of the act when it expires in 2007.

"It is indeed criminal to steal an election and within two years run up a federal deficit of half-a-trillion dollars, send our young people over to Iraq to die for an unjust war. What they are doing is criminal," Mathis said to loud cheers.
But wait! There's more!
Entertainer/activist Harry Belafonte also used charged rhetoric during the march when he referred to black members of the Bush administration as "black tyrants."

Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California appeared at the march and noted that minorities may not have had full voting rights in the last two presidential elections.

"Some changes have to be made so we don't have a repeat of 2000 and 2004 when there was intimidation and discrepancies in the polls," Pelosi told Cybercast News Service during the voting rights march.

U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) echoed the accusation of many at the march that Bush was an illegitimate president.

"The last two elections were stolen. They were stolen and so we will not rest until we reclaim our democracy and that is what today is all about," Lee told the crowd gathered.
Well, at least they were all gathered in one place. Now if only there was a way to keep them there so that we could build an asylum around these fruitcakes...

Heil Hip-Hop, Hooray!

I don't know whether this is scary, or just stupid.

BERLIN, Aug. 8-Germany's most controversial rapper has five tattoos, stomach-churning lyrics, impressive record sales and, somehwat improbably, admirers among both immigrants and the neo-Nazi skinheads who rail against them.

He is also exceedingly polite and quick to refill a guest's glass of water, and he occasionally goes grocery shopping for his mom, with whom he shared an apartment until three months ago.

"In reality, I'm a relaxed guy who likes to chill, who's funny and who's seen some stuff," said Bushido, 26, the son of a German woman and a Tunisian man, whose real name is Anis Ferchichi. "But these people make me out to be the Devil."

In the past half year, Bushido and other gangsta rappers, largely from Germany's immigrant communities, have landed on a media watch list normally populated by right-wing neo-Nazi bands. They have attracted the wrath of politicians along with a following of hundreds of thousands of German youths mesmerized by their rhymes about dangerous neighborhoods, stab wounds and groupie sex.

Seventy years ago, another generation of German youths were also mesmerized by a guy who spoke gibberish and who turned his entire country into a dangerous neighborhood while he had groupie sex. Some things never change...

Monday, August 08, 2005

Fall Guy

It should be Kofi Annan, but it's a start.
Former U.N. Official pleads guilty, prosecutors say

UNITED NATIONS (CNN)-A former U.N. procurement officer pleaded guilty to money laundering, wire fraud and conspiracy charges MOnday after the United Nations stripped him of his diplomatic immunity, federal prsecutors said.

U.N. officials lifted Alexander Yakovlev's diplomatic immunity at the request of a U.S. prosecutor in New York, an aide to Secretary-General Kofi Anan said earlier Monday.

Yakovlev, a senior procurment officer for the United Nations, resigned in June amid allegations that he helped get his son a job with a firm doing business with the world body.
Personally I think this guy is a small fish in a very big and dirty barrel, one that needs a thourough cleaning from top to bottom, beginning with the biggest fish of them all. Don't stop sweating just yet, Sir.

Farewell

This just in, via Drudge and Fox News: Peter Jennings has died.
Peter Jennings, the suave, Canadian-born broadcaster who delivered the news to Americans each night in five seperate decades, died Sunday. He was 67.
May God rest his soul, whatever his politics might have been.

Saturday, August 06, 2005

Anniversary of the End

Sixty years ago today, World War Two came to an end.
Ceremonies were held around the world to mark the 60th anniversary of the atom bomb being dropped on Hiroshima.

Crowds gathered in London and Birmingham to remember the thousands who lost their lives while more than 55,000 people gathered in Hiroshima itself.
And while they bemoan the fact that the bomb was used, we remember why it was used:
Truman's supporters countered that, in fact, a blockade and negotiations had not forced the Japanese generals to surrender unconditionally. In their view, a million American casualties and countless Japanese dead were averted by not storming the Japanese mainland over the next year in the planned two-pronged assault on the mainland, dubbed Operation Coronet and Olympic.

...As it was, after Hiroshima and Nagasaki, General Tojo's followers capitulated only through the intervention of the emperor. And it was not altogether clear even then that Japanese fanatics would not attack the Americans as they steamed into Tokyo Bay for the surrender ceremonies.

These are the debates that matured in the relative peace of the postwar era. But in August 1945 most Americans had a much different take on Hiroshima, a decision that cannot be fathomed without the appreciation of the recently concluded Okinawa campaign (April 1-July 2) that had cost 50,000 American casualties and 200,000 Japanese and Okinawa dead. Okinawa saw the worst losses in the history of the U.S. Navy. Over 300 ships were damaged, more than 30 sunk, as about 5,000 sailors pereished under a barrage of some 2,000 Kamikaze attacks.
Hiroshima, then, was not the worst loss of life in the war. 150,000 civilians were killed during the firebombing of Tokyo on the night of March 9/10 earlier that year. The Japanese themselves killed millions of Chinese and butchered civilians across Asia. If anything, the bomb spared more lives because, if Curtis LeMay had had his way, the entire country of Japan would have been burned to the ground by his fleet of B-29's.

But science had outpaced him, and the bomb was dropped. As we face a radical ideology today, we must continue to remember the lessons that fighting such ideology in the past taught us. In such a conflict, there can be no substitute for absolute victory.

Friday, August 05, 2005

How Now Purple Cow

Frankly, I'd rather see one than be one.
SARASOTA COUNTY, Fla.-Some colorful cows are taking the place of big, bulky roadside advertisements in one Florida county.

The bovine billboards are dyed bright pink and purple and are stenciled with ads for GoldenPalace.com.

The online casino also paid thousands for the "Virgin Mary grilled cheese" sandwich and to stencil its logo on a pregnant woman's body.
How dumb are cows? They make the rest of Florida look smart.

Thursday, August 04, 2005

He's As Mad As Hell

Robert Novak is fed up!
NEW YORK-CNN suspended commentator Robert Novak indefinitely after he swore and walked off the set Thursday during a debate with Democratic operative James Carville.

The exchange during CNN's "Inside Politics" came during a discussion of Florida's Senate campaign. CNN correspondent Ed Henry noted when it was through that he had been about to ask Novak about his role in the ivestigation of a leak of a CIA officer's identity.

A CNN spokeswoman, Edie Emery, called Novak's behavior "inexcusable and unacceptable." Novak had apologized to CNN, and CNN was apologizing to viewers, she said.

"We've asked Mr. Novak to take some time off," she said.

If I'd had to sit besides James Carville, I might have lost it, too. The man is just too creepy for words. Of course, I probably wouldn't have stopped at walking off the set...

The Threat From Within

Can you imagine any American politician having the guts to say something like this?
Muslims opposed to the British way of life should leave the country, even if they are UK citizens, a senior Conservative said today.

Shadow defence minister Gerald Howarth said that extremists who saw the Iraq war as a conflict against Islam should be considered as treacherous as Soviet sympathizers during the Cold War.

Mr. Howarth also criticised remarks by Foreign Secretary Jack Straw and his own Tory colleague, Dominic Grieve, the Shadow Attorney General.

Mr. Howarth said the majority of Muslims adhered to British values and he described how the Union Flag had been flown at a meeting he had with Muslims over the weekend.

But the Aldershot MP compared those who despised the British way of life with the traitors who spied for the USSR.

"If they don't like our way of life, there is a simple remedy-go to another country, get out," Mr. Howarth told The Scotsman newspaper.
The Communist sympathizers may have been replaced with Muslim ones, but the message is just as relevant. Here's hoping the extremists get the hint.

How Low Can You Go?

Just when you think they couldn't get any lower, the mainstream media does it again.
DRUDGE REPORT EXCLUSIVE-The NEW YORK TIMES is looking into the adoption records of the children of Supreme Court Nominee John G. Roberts, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned.

The TIMES has investigative reporter Glen Justice hot on the case to investigate the status of adoption records of Judge Roberts' two young children, Josie age 5 and Jack age 4, a top source reveals.

Judge Roberts and his wife Jane adopted the children when they were each infants.

Both children were adopted from Latin America.

A TIMES insider claims the look into the adoption papers are part of the paper's "standard background check."

This is a load of BS. And it only shows how desperate they are to smear anyone connected with the Bush administration. They couldn't get Karl Rove, they can't touch Bush himself, so they've stooped to this. Is it any wonder more people consider the NY Slimes as birdcage liner than as a source for news?

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

The Sausage Nazi Strikes

No lemonade for this guy.
AP: SALEM, Mass>-A sausage vendor has given two Salem boys trying to make a buck selling lemonade a lesson in cutthroat business techniques.

Police shut down the lemonade stand on Salem Common after the sausage man complained that the boys didn't have a permit and were taking customers away from him.

Lt. Scott Engleheart said police had no choice but to enforce the rules. But he said it's "ridiculous that little kids can't sell lemonade."
This sounds like a good opportunity for the kids to learn another lesson: How to take advantage of the Supreme Court's ruling regarding property rights...

Attack of the Snoopys

Welcome to Jurassic Petting Zoo.
BBC News: Scientists in South Korea have produced the first dog clones, they report in Nature magazine this week.

One of the puppies died soon after birth but the other, an Afghan hound named Snuppy, is still doing well after 16 weeks, the researchers say.

Snuppy joins a host of other cloned animals including Dolly the sheep, CC the cat and Ralph the rat.

The next step will be to create cloned mailmen for it to chase.

Fit As A Fiddle

In their ongoing downward spiral, the Democrats have apparently decided that the best way to attack President Bush is to accuse him of being too healthy.
www.worldnetdaily.com: In the wake of President Bush's latest physical exam declaring him "fit for duty" and in "superior" health for a man of his age, the Democratic Party is attacking Bush for his health-related policies.

"President Bush has dropped the ball when it comes to fully funding physical education in public schools and women's athletic programs at the college level," said DNC spokesman Josh Earnest.
This is what they've been reduced to. President Bush is too physically fit. As Rush Limbaugh said on his show:
"When Bill Clinton was in the White House, Bill Clinton [was] eating his Big Macs, his weight was fluctuating up and down, he finally had open-heart surgery. Does anybody recall the Republicans using those incidents to attack Clinton's policies? Of course not."

"It is outrageous and it's hilarious and it once again shows the absolute nothingness that these people have. They're just throwing things up against the wall hoping that they will stick...When are they going to learn that this is not getting them anywhere? I hope they don't but at some point you've got to think that somebody will figure it out eventually."
Well, if they could do that, they wouldn't be Democrats.

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

It's For The Children!

Liberals love children-especially those with money.
NY Post-A top staffer at the Gloria Wise Boys & Girls Club in The Bronx "conned" the organization into lending nearly $500,000 to the left-wing radio network Air America-a move that eventually doomed the youth group, a board member charged yesterday.

The accused staffer, Evan Montvel-Cohen, wore two hats, as development director at Gloria Wise and as founder of Air America, a start-up national radio network based in Manhattan, where he was trying to raise $30 million.

"I say he's a con man," fumed Hillel Valentine, a longtime member of the Gloria Wise Boys & Girls Club's executive committee and a former assistant chief in the New York Transit Police Department.

Cohen never raised the $30 million-and the company he formed to start up Air America, home to Al Franken's radio show, never paid back the money to Gloria Wise, which serves 20,000 kids.
It may take a village to raise a child-but it only takes one village idiot to steal from them.

Tofu Toast

The verdict is in, and the health nazis are learning what the fast-food industry already knew: Americans are not a grass-eating people.
www.suntimes.com: NEW ORLEANS-Healthy-eating campaigns at fast-food restaurants are fast fizzling, company executives say.

Consumers aren't interested in health options and aren't reading nutritional information even when it's printed on napkins, they say.

"This isn't a rosy picture," said Marilyn Schorin, chief nutritional officer for Yum! Brands, which owns chains including Taco Bell, Kentucky Fried Chicken and Pizza Hut.

Schorin said Taco Bell changed its sauces and offered an eight-item alternative called Border Lights that had half the fat. The new items won praise from the Center for Science in the Public Interest, a longtime scold of the excess of artery-clogging food.

"It was a disaster," Schorin told the annual convention of the Institute of Food Technologists.

The moral? The Free Market trumps any and all attempts at social engineering.

Saddam TV

Here's hoping the execution will also be live.
www.telegraph.co.uk: The trial of Saddam Hussein will be shown on live television, Iraq's national security advisor said yesterday.

The trial will show the Arab and Muslim world, "that this is going to be a fair, just trial with a defence counsel in there, with a proper prosecuting counsel as well in there," Iraqi national security advisor Muwaffaq Rubaie told CNN. "And everybody will watch this trial live on television."
Saddam's apologists, from Michael Moore on down, will no doubt have their kleenex ready when the verdict is announced. I plan on buying extra popcorn.

Monday, August 01, 2005

She Who Awaits

The Democratic Convention is three years away and there's still no absolute guarantee she'll get the nomination, but the Hildebeast's supporters are hitting the ground running.
www.worldnetdaily.com: Even though no formal announcement has been made regarding a bid for the White House, Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., is starring in an animated commercial pushing for her to be the next president.

The 30-second spot, sponsored by HillaryNow.com, shows the former first lady dressed up as a sanitation worker dumping what appears to be loads of dung labeled as Bush's mess.
Well, you have to admit-after having been married to Bubba, no one knows more about moving manure than her.

Straight Shooter

There's a new sheriff in town.
FOX NEWS: WASHINGTON-President Bush bypassed Congress Monday and appointed John Bolton to be the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

"This post is too important to leave vacant any longer, especially during a war and a vital debate about U.N. reform. So today I've used my constitutional authority to appoint John Bolton to serve as America's ambassador to the United Nations," Bush said, with Bolton at his side, during an announcement in the Roosevelt Room of the White House.
And here's the clincher, as Bush isn't afraid to call a spade a spade:
In naming Bolton to the post, Bush specifically commented on moves by some lawmakers to prevent a vote on Bolton.

"Because of partisan delaying tactics by a handful of senators, John was denied the up or down vote that he deserves," Bush said Monday.
As expected, there was immediate wailing, gnashing of teeth, and heads exploding on the Dark Side:
"The abuse of power and the cloak of secrecy from the White House continues," Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., said of the Bolton appointment. "It's bad enough that the administration stonewalled the Senate by refusing to disclose documents highly relevant to the Bolton nomination. It's even worse for the administration to abuse the recess appointment power by making the appointment while Congress is in its five-week recess. It's a devious maneuver that evades the constitutional requirement of Senate consent and only further darkens the cloud over Mr. Bolton's credibility at the UN."
So, by using his constituional authority, the President abused his power? Stay in the bar, Senator Swimmer. We'll call if we think you're still relevant. As for credibility problems, Kofi Annan doesn't seem to see it that way:
"It is the president's perogative and the president has decided to appoint him through this process for him to come and represent him. And from where I stand, we will work with him as the ambassador and representative of the president and the government," Annan said in a morning press conference.
So there you have it. Let the meltdown of the Left continue!

The King Is Dead

This is an Ex-King.

FOX NEWS: RIYADH, Saudi Arabia-Saudi Arabia's King Fahd, who moved his country closer to the United States but ruled in name only since suffering a stroke in 1995, has died, the Saudi royal court said. He was believed to be 82.

The king's brother, Crown Prince Abdullah, has been appointed the country's new monarch.

"With all sorrow and sadness, the royal court in the name of his highness Crown Prince Abdullah bin Abdel Aziz and all members of the family announces the death of the servant of the two shrines, King Fahd bin Abdel Aziz," according to a statement read out on state-run Saudi TV.

This guy was an important ally of the United States, but he also walked both sides of the street in order to appease Islamic hardliners. It will be interesting to see how things turn out over there now that he's gone.