Friday, March 31, 2006

No Comprendo Enforcement

It's so nice to know that Bush wasted his time for nothing.
CANCUN, Mexico-Mexican President Vincente Fox said his government was preparing to extradite at least 24 drug traffickers to the United States, but he ruled out using police to stop migrants on Mexico's side of the border.

Speaking to reporters in Cancun, where he was meeting with President Bush and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Fox said Thursday he couldn't release the names of the traffickers facing extradition, and warned they might react violently to the prospect of being sent abroad.

(Snip) While Fox's statements on the extraditions were likely to please the United States, he flatly ruled out any possibility that Mexico would try to prevent its migrants from crossing the border illegally.

(snip) "We can't infringe upon the right of people to move freely within our territory," Fox said."
It's not your territory they're moving freely in, numbnuts. It's ours.

Listen To The Music

The music is the message.
SEOUL-Pianist Kim Cheol-Weong said he decided to defect to South Korea after hearing decadent Western music in a coffee shop in Moscow.

"I listened to Richard Clayderman's music such as 'A Comme Amour' and 'Love Story,'" he told an interviewer. Returning to North Korea, he said he was forced to write a 10-page apology when a security official heard him playing a Clayderman piece while alone.

It was then, he said that "I decided to defect to South Korea."

Kim, who teaches piano here, rebelled against the notion that Western music was "barbaric" while being forced to play pieces that venerated either kim Il-Sung, the long-time leader of North Korea who died in 1994, or his son, kim jong-Il.
Now, instead of shillin' for Il, he's chillin' in Seoul. Welcome to freedom, Mr. Weong. May you live long and prosper.

The Snake Speaks

Guess who decided to craw out from under his rock to wiegh in on the impending attempt to impeach Bush?
WASHINGTON-Nixon White House counselor John Dean asserted Friday that President Bush's domestic spying exceeds the wrongdoing that toppled his former boss from power, and a veteran Republican snapped that Democrats were trying to "score political points" with motion to censure Bush.

"Had the Senate or House, or both, censured or somehow warned Richard Nixon, the tragedy of Watergate might have been prevented," Dean told the Senate Judiciary Committee. "Hopefully the Senate will not sit by while even more serious abuses unfold before it."
Sorry, John Boy. This isn't Watergate and you're about as relevant as a pet rock. Go back to sleep.

Thursday, March 30, 2006

Big Bang Boom

This would definitely leave a mark.
The US military plans to detonate a 700 tonne explosive charge in a test called "Divine Strike" that will send a mushroom cloud over Las Vegas, a senior defense official said.

"I don't want to sound glib here but it is the first time in Nevada that you'll see a mushroom cloud over Las Vegas since we stopped testing nuclear weapons," said James Tegnelia, head of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency.

Tegnelia said the test was part of a US effort to develop weapons capable of destroying deeply buried bunkers housing nuclear, chemical, or biological weapons.

"We have several very large penetrators we're developing," he told defense reporters.

"We also have-are you ready for this-a 700-tonne explosively formed charge that we're going to be putting in a tunnel in Nevada," he said.
The mullahs in Iran are currently writing farewell letters to their kiesters in response.

Jihad FM

WKRP it ain't.
BADSHAHKILI, Pakistan-A battle for the airwaves between two Islamic clerics with their own FM radio stations in Pakistan has escalated into fighting that's killed at least 24 people.

The violence in Pakistan's northwestern frontier with Afghanistan raises new doubts about the government's grip over the lawless region, where Islamic radicals wield growing influence.

The fighting broke out late Minday and continued into Tuesday as the rival Islamic factions traded fire with mortars, rocket-propelled grenades, assault rifles and hand grenades.
But the good news is, their request lines are still open.

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

End Of The Line

It's a sad day for flying the friendly skies.
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C.-Hooters Air, which featured scantily clad women in orange shorts and tight T-shirts on flights, will stop flying next month except for private charters out of Winston-Salen, N.C.

Bob Brooks, the airlines founder, and president Mark Peterson said Hooters Air told The (Myrtle Beach) Sun News for a story Wednesday that the company will focus on charters for large groups such as sports teams and tour groups.

Hooters Air has been suspending and cenceling flights since the Christmas holidays. Airline industry analysts have said problems for the Myrtle Beach-based airline range from a highly competitive low-fare airline industry to rising fuel prices.
Highly competitive? The people running the airline must be boobs if they have trouble getting passengers.

Viva Italia

Italy, ya done good.
ROME-Italy granted asylum Wednesday to an Afghan who faced the death penalty for converting from Islam to Christianity, and Premier Silvio Berlusconi said the man was in the care of the Interior Ministry after arriving in Italy earlier in the day.

Abdul Rahman "is already in Italy. I think he arrived overnight," Berlusconi said, declining to release more details.
And if you Islamics are smart, you'll leave him alone. You do not want to get the Italians mad at you.

Saving the Best Hit For Last

Oh, how the mighty have fallen.
Whitney Houston is hooked on crack cocaine and living in squalor at the mansion she shares with Bobby Brown, according to reports.

The allegations were made by Bobby's sister, Tina, a former addict who claims she used to use crack with the star.

Tina told America's National Enquirer magazine: "The truth needs to come out. Whitney won't stay off drugs. It's every single day. It's so ugly.

"Everyone is so scared she is going to overdose."
Well, it's one explanation for why she married Bobby Brown.

Jack Gets Jacked

He's goin' to the slammer.
Disgraced former lobbyist Jack Abramoff was sentenced to five years and 10 months in prison in a Florida fraud case, the minimum sentence allowed.

Abramoff and former partner Adam Kidan pleaded guilty to conspiracy and wire fraud stemming from the ill-fated purchase in 2000 of the SunCruz Casinos gambling fleet.

The sentence won;t start immediately so the pair can continue cooperating in a Washington corruption investigation and a Florida probe into the murder of former SunCruz owner Konstantinos "Gus" Boulis.

Before the hearing, more than 260 people_including rabbis, military officers and even a professional hockey referee_wrote letters on the men's behalf asking the federal judge for leniency.
Well, it's a start, but I won't be satisfied until the crooks Abramoff gave money to are sharing cell space (and soap) with him.

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

A Warrior Goes Home

One of the truly great men of our time has left us.
WASHINGTON-Caspar Weinberger, the former Secretary of Defense for Ronald Reagan, has died after a brief illness. He was 88.

Forbes magazine confirmed Weinberger's death on Tuesday, saying he died at a hospital in Bangor, Maine, surrounded by his wife, Jane, of 63 years, and two children. Weinberger served as publisher and chairman of Forbes and was a coloumnist there since 1988.

"Cap was a most remarkable man. He was one of the key architects in winning the Cold War...He had access to leaders around the world and was immensely knowledgeable about everything that went on in the world," said Forbes CEO and Editor-in-Chief Steve Forbes. "We loved picking his brains. On a personal level, he was unfailingly decent and always thoughtful-a true gentleman. We will miss him dearly."
The world is a better place because of the work he did, and poorer for him having left it. Godspeed, Sir.

Don't Pay The Ferryman

Everybody's favorite Commie mayor is at it again.
LONDON (Reuters)-London's rambunctious mayor, already fighting suspension for comparing a Jewish journalist to a concentration camp guard, landed in fresh hot water on Tuesday for likening the U.S. ambassador to a "chiseling little crook."

Mayor Ken Livingstone has been quarrelling with the U.S. embassy since last year, when it announced it would not pay the "congestion charge" fee imposed on cars entering the city center.

The embassy says the charge is a tax and that diplomats are immune under treaty. Livingstone says the charge, one of his flagship policies, is a road toll which diplomats have to pay.

"It would actually be quite nice if the American ambassador in Britain could pay the charge like everybody else and not skive out of it like some chiseling little crook," the mayor told a television reporter.
Hizzoner is looking in the wrong place if he wants to see a crook. He should look in a mirror instead.

The Bamboo Firewall

Yahoo's reasoning here is just plain inscrutable.
Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang defended the Internet search engine's cooperation with Chinese censhorship of the Web, saying it was necessary to reach out to new users.

US lawmakers have accused tech giants Yahoo, Google and Microsoft of helping sustain the so-called Great Firewall of China, which blocks searches of terms considered to be sensitive, such as "free speech" and "human rights.

But Yang said it was better to be in China than out.

"We have to think of a way in which the Internet phenomenon can continue to grow and reach more users and at the same time comply with local laws.

"In places like China and other places that have different political regimes I think you'll see them trying to react and potentially regulate these kinds of activities.

"But our observation is that it is inevitable that things will become more open and free flowing," Yang told reporters here ahead of the 10th anniversary of the search engine's Japanese site on April 1.

Yahoo came under fire last year for supplying information to the Chinese government which led to the arrest of Chinese journalist Shi Tao.
So much for free flowing. But hey, think of all the potential users that the Chinese government will now be able to keep track of!

The Spin Stops Here

And, to show once again that lunacy isn't confined to Islamics, we have this whackjob.
The Earth is at the center of Robert Sungenis' universe. Literally.

Yours too, he says.

Sungenis is a geocentrist. He contends the sun orbits the Earth instead of vice versa. He says physics and the Bible show that the vastness of space revolves around us; that we're at the center of everything, on a planet that does not rotate.

He has just completed a 1,000-page tome, "Galileo Was Wrong," the first in a pair of books he hopes will persuade readers to "give Scripture its due place, and show that science is not all it's cracked up to be."
Aren't the creationists glad they have such experts on their side?

Smelly Smelly Fish Heads

So does this mean they can't have fish sticks anymore?
A pair of fish which appear to bear the words Allah and Mohammed were hailed as a "message from God" today.

The Oscar fish were spotted in a pet shop in Speke, Liverpool, by 23-year-old Ali Al-Waqedi.

He noticed that the markings on one fish appeared to spell Allah, the Islamic term for God, in Arabic.

He then saw that another fish in the same tank appeared to bear the word Mohommed, the name of the last Islamic prophet, also in Arabic.
That's funny. I have a pig that has the words "The Koran Is My Toilet Paper" on its side.

Monday, March 27, 2006

The F.A.G. Way

Alec Baldwin doesn't like being called out.
Hollywood liberal Alec Baldwin stormed out of an in-studio radio interview Sunday night after he was confronted on the phone by radio hosts Sean Hannity and Mark Levin.

Baldwin was 30 minutes into a planned two-hour-plus sitdown with WABC Radio's Brian Whitman when Hannity called in.

The fireworks commenced almost immediately.
Poor Alec. No brains, no career, and, apparently, no baws, as his friend Kim Jong Il would say.

Viva La Invasion

It has begun.
At least 14,000 mostly Hispanic students stormed out of school classes across Los Angeles in a snowballing protest against Washington's plans for a draconian crackdown on illegal immigration.

Local news reports said that "tens of thousands of students" were taking part in the protest that was spreading through schools across the country's second largest city ahead of a US Senate debate on a divisive immigration reform bill.

"At least 14,000 students are protesting in the streets in Los Angeles city alone," Monica Carazo, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Unified School District told AFP.
The invasion began long ago; this is the first shot in the final takeover. Welcome to your future, Californians.

Professor Conartisti

Yet another reason why kids and large amounts of money don't mix.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters)-A business professor at the university of Southern California was arrested on Friday by the FBI on charges of swindling students and others in a real estate fraud, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

Barry Landreth, who had taught real estate finance and development at the university, stole at least $1.5 million in the first 10 months of 2005, telling students and other investors he would buy land in Chicago and Las Vegas and then sell it for large profits, an FBI affidavit said.

Instead, he transferred all the money into his personal account without buying the land, the FBI said.
Universities have been conning their students with left-wing propaganda for years; I guess this was just the next logical step.

Braniac

You will be assimilated!
The line between living organisms and machines has just become a whole lot blurrier. European researchers have developed "neuro-chips" in which living brain cells and silicon circuits are coupled together.

The achievement could one day enable the creation of sophisticated neural prostheses to treat neurological disorders or the development or organis computers that crunch numbers using neurons.

To create the neuro-chip, researchers squeezed more than 16,000 electronic transistors and hundreds of capacitors onto a silicon chip of just 1 millimeter square in size.
Paging Skynet...please pick up the white courtesy phone...

Sunday, March 26, 2006

Voodoo Child

Sean Penn, Pinhead Puppetmaster.
March 26, 2006-IT's a good thing for Ann Coulter that Sean Penn doesn't know woodoo. Penn has a plastic Barbie-like doll of the right-wing pundit that he likes to torture on occasion. "We violate her," the ornery actor tells The New Yorker about his mini-Coulter. "There are cigarette burns in some funny places. She's a pure snake-oil salesman. She doesn't believe a word she says." Coulter mentioned Penn's father, blacklisted director Leo Penn, in her book, "Treason."
I guess Penny got bored with his blow-up doll.

Ye Gods

Ares, Apollo, Poseidon...you guys can come out of retirement now.
Worship of the 12 gods of Mount Olympus associated with ancient Greece could, thanks to a decision by a first-instance court in Athens, become part of the country's contemporary culture.

In a ruling made public yesterday, the court allowed the formation of an association whose members claim to worship Zeus and the other 11 gods.

"I support everybody's right to practice their faith, whichever it may be, without hinderance," said Apostolos Vrachiolidis, a journalist and one of the founding members of the association. Members of the group deny that they engage in idolatry. "We simply want to worship the gods of our ancestors freely," a member who preferred to remain anonymous told Kathimerini.

The Church of Greech takes a dim view of this type of worship, linking it to New Age practices.
Hey, it's better than being forced to succumb to the will of Allah, which seems to be all the rage in so many other parts of the world. All hail Aphrodite!

Nanny State Nurses

Socialist health care, coming soon to a school near you.
In a move that has outraged parents, the UK yesterday unveiled a plan to place nurses in every school in England with the authority to help students arrange for pregnancy test, morning-after pills and abortions-without alerting their parents-in order to improve "sexual health."

While the plan does nothing to change minors' access to birth control service-under-16s already have the right to contraception without parental consent-the attempt to place nurses in all schools with the authority and mandate to promote access to such services has drawn parents' ire.

Sue Axom, a mother-of-five who recently lost her court battle to change the law allowing girls under 16 to have abortions without their parents' knowledge, told the London Daily Mail, "This is undermining the role of parents. I believe this will encourage children to have under-age sex. It will put even more pressure on young girls as boys can say, 'It doesn't matter, you can get the morning-after pill.' I do believe it's beyond the pale if these services go to primary schools. I imagine we will see the abortion age going down and down."
Yes, but the welfare rolls will go up and up, providing leftists with another generation to use as an excuse to keep the welfare state going.

Stand Tall (And Fat)

Your feet may be sore, but your waistline will thank you.
Chair-free classrooms where pupils stant for hours a day are being introduced to Britain after a study found that they could lead to substantial weight loss.

Children burnt so many extra calories that the long-term effect on their waistlines would be "significant", researchers found.

The revolutionary approach has been spearheaded by a British expert on obesity, Dr. James Levine, a medical consultant at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, in the United States.

He is convinced that stand-up lessons can provide an answer to childhood obesity problems.
So could taking the junk food out of their diets. But that would require too much common sense.

Little Green Russians

Would-be Russian UFO hunters can now go to school.
A flying saucer school teaching UFO spotters how to react if they meet an alien has opened in Russia.

The opening of the new UFO and Paranormal College, run by the Ufology Commission in Togliatti follows a spate of crop circles in the region.

According to Tatiana Markova, chairwoman of the Commission, the school was opened in response to renewed local interest in the paranormal.

"We teach people how to spot a flying saucer, where you should go to see one and how to react if you meet an extraterrestrial."
No word yet on whether anatomy classes will be offered so Russian UFO abductees can explain exactly how they got probed by the aliens.

Saturday, March 25, 2006

Saddam And Company

A lot of people are going to be eating serious crow.
A bombshell Iraqi intelligence document detailing a 1995 pact between Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden to conduct "joint operations" against the U.S. proves that Saddam Hussein "would collaborate with people who would do our country harm," former 9/11 Commission member, Bob Kerry said Friday.

"This is a very significant set of facts," Kerry told the New York Sun.

"I personally and strongly believe you don't have to prove that Iraq was collaborating against Osama bin Laden on the September 11 attacks to prove he was an enemy [of the U.S.] and that he would collaborate with people who would do our country harm," the Nebraska Democrat explained.

While Kerrey cautioned that the 1995 pact doesn;t implicate Saddam directly in the 9/11 attacks, he contended, "It does tie him into a circle that meant to damage the United States."
Bush's critics, from Michael Moore on down, weren't available for comment because their heads were too busy exploding.

Lame Man

You suck, Tom. No, you really suck.
Could actor Tom Cruise be even less popular than a mass murderer?

Respondents in a poll said they'd rather spend the night with deposed Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein than the "Mission Impossible" star.

Stuff Magazine asked readers who among four personalities they would least like to share a camping tent with overnight. Cruise took the prize with 41 percent, with Saddam trailing at 39 percent. Sportscaster/celebrity reporter Pat O'Brien got 15 percent and actress/comedienne Kathy Griffin, 15 percent.
That's because in Tom's tent you'd be brainwashed into joining the Super Adventure Club.

Tools For Terror

The Iraqis aren't afraid to call 'em as they see 'em.
TORONTO-Iraq's embassy to Canada lashed out at the Christian Peacemaker Teams Friday, calling them "phony pacifists" and "dupes" after the antiwar group responded to the rescue of three of its kidnapped activists by condemning the U.S.-led military intervention in Iraq.

The Iraqi embassy called CPT "willfully ignorant" and "outrageous," and accused the Chicago-based group of being on the side of anti-democratic forces in Iraq.

"The Christian Peacemaker Teams practises the kind of politics that automatically nominate them as dupes for jihadism and fascism," the embassy's statement said.
Useful idiots are happy idiots. Look at Michael Moore.

Friday, March 24, 2006

The Domenech Effect

This guy should form a partnership with Jayson Blair.
In his first public comments since resignung earlier today as a blogger for washingtonpost.com, Ben Domenech says his editors there were "fools: for not expecting an onslaught of attacks from the left.

"While I appreciated the opportunity to go and join the Washington Post," Domenech said, "if they didn't expect the leftists were going to come after me with their sharpened knives, then they were fools."

Domenech has been under a steady stream of criticism since washingtonpost.com launched the new blog, "Red America," on Tuesday. Domenech, an editor at Regnery Publishing (a sister company to HUMAN EVENTS), was accused of plagiarism by several left-wing blogs.
Cheer up, Dom. I understand the New York Times is looking for a few good liars...

Feingold's Rubber Tree Plant

Some people just don't know when to quit.
Mar 24, 2006-WASHINGTON (Reuters)-The Republican-led U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee announced on Friday it would hold a hearing next week on a call by a Democratic lawmaker to censure President George W. Bush for his domestic spy program.

In a one-sentence notice, the panel said the hearing would be held next Friday by the order of its chairman, Republican Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, who has opposed censure.
Russ Feingold is turning into the Don Quixote of politics. No, that's not right. Don Quixote was at least an honorable man.

Soylent Makeup Is People!

Well, this gives new meaning to the phrase "Beauty is only skin deep."
A Chinese cosmetics company has been using skin taken from the bodies of executed convicts to develop beauty products for sale in Europe, a London newspaper reported.

An agent for the company informed customers it is developing collagen for lip and wrinkle treatments from skin taken from prisoners after they had been shot.

The agent said some of the company's products have been exported to britain, and that the use of skin from condemned convicts was "traditional" and nothing to "make such a big fuss about," the Guardian reported.
Remember, girls-you are who you inject.

I Wish I Could Sue You

It looks like he's quitting them after all.
(Mar. 23)-Randy Quaid has filed a lawsuit claiming he was done in by producers of 'Brokeback Mountain.'

TMZ obtained a copy of the lawsuit, filed Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court, claiming producers falsely represented the movie to him as "a low-budget, art house film, with no prospect of making any money." Quaid claims the representations were a ruse from the beginning. 'Brokeback' has grossed around $160 million worldwide.
Well, it looks like the affair is over. And they made such a cute couple, too...

The Spy Who Jihaded Me

Once a foe, always a foe.
WASHINGTON (Reuters)-Russia provided intelligence to Iraq's government on U.S. military movements in the opening days of the U.S.-led invasion in 2003, a Pentagon report released Friday said.

The report said an April 2, 2003, document from the Iraqi minister of foreign affairs to President Saddam Hussein stated that Russian intelligence had reported information on American troop plans to the Iraqis through the Russian ambassador.

The intelligence, the document stated, was that the American forces were moving to cut off Baghdad from the south, east, and north, that U.S. bombing would concentrate on Baghdad and that the assault on Baghdad would not begin before around April 15. In fact, Baghdad fell about a week before that date.
Well, that's nice. Will Bush still "See into Putin's soul" the next time they meet when he asks him about this?

Buzz On, Buzz Off

Thanks to political correctness, the kids aren't all right, but they've won this round.
A high-tech alarm audible only to youngsters which has dramatically cut loutish behaviour outside a British shop must be witched off over fears it infringes human rights, police said.

The Mosquito emits an irritating high-pitched pulse that most people under aged 20 can hear but almost nobody over 30 can.

The Spar grocery shop on Caerlon Road in Newport, south Wales said anti-social behaviour had plunged by 84 percent outside the premises since it was installed earlier this year.

However, human right concerns have swatted The Mosquito-and stung the shop's furious managers in the process.

"It's absolutely disgusting," a spokesman for the shop said.
Personally I think Mel Torme or Barry Manilo would have worked just as well, but that might be considered cruel or unusual punishment.

Hate Comes To Harvard

Welcome to the world of Ivy League Nazis.
WASHINGTON-A prominent Harvard law professor, Alan Dershowitz, is alleging that the authors of a Harvard Kennedy School paper about the "Israel lobby," one of which is the Kennedy School's academic dean, culled sections of the paper from neo-Nazi and other anti-Israel Web sites.

"What we're discovering first of all is that the quotes they use are not only wrenched out of context, but they are the common quotes that appear on hate sites," Mr. Dershowitz, who is identified in the paper as part of the "lobby," told The New York Sun yesterday.

"The wrenching out of context is done by the hate sites, and then [the authors] cite them to the original sources, in order to disguise the fact that they've gotten them from hate sites."
Welcome to the wonderful world of higher education, where any Fascist can earn a degree.

Everybody Must Get Stoned

According to these people, all you need is Chronic.
WHILE the main parties compete over who can best handle the Palestinian issue and the economy, Israel's Green Leaf Party is seeking entry into the KNesset on a legalise cannibis platform.

Polls show that young voters, disillusioned with the main parties, may give Green Leaf its first foothold in parliament during the elections on Tuesday.

(snip) Green Leaf's mastermind is the party chairman Boaz Wachtel, 47, a grass afficiando, inventor and satellite television operator.

He views cannabis as "a vitamin for the soul, a companion, a way to relax, a natural aphrodisiac, a pain reducer, an inspiration and a creativity booster". Mr. Watchel would like the extimated 16 per cent of the Israeli population who admit to having smiked it to be able to get the drug openly, without worrying about the police.
He's lucky he's trying this in Israel. In any of Israel's neighbors he'd be getting anal pleasure from a prison guard.

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Salt In The Wound

It looks like the People's Republic of California has lost another one.
VALENCIA-It's easward ho for the 20-mule team.

Borax, one of the world's prime suppliers and refiners of borate ore, is slated to close its Valencia headquarters and relocate to Denver, where its parent company will establish its world headquarters, officials said Tuesday.

Based in Valencia since 1993, the local office employs 120 to 150. It was not known how many of the jobs will make the transition, which will take about a year, spokeswoman Susan Keefe said.

(snip) Jack Kyser, chief economist for the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp., said Borax's departure is a loss for the area in both white-collar jobs and in service work dependent on corporate employers.

(Snip) Kyser believes the move is indicative of the state's difficult climate for businesses-from high cost-of-living to higher taxes and benefit costs mandated by Sacramento.
California, the Golden State-with those businesses willing to stay providing the legislature with a Golden Egg in taxes. But the goose won't be able to lay forever, and when it quits, you can thank the politicians for making California totally unaffordable except for a few movie stars and their friends.

The Senile Grey Lady

OK, now this is getting ridiculous, even for them.
NEW YORK For the second time in less than a week, The New York Times today admitted to a serious error in a story. On Saturday it said it had misidentified a man featured in the iconic "hooded inmate" photograph from Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. Today it discloses that a woman it profiled on March 8 is not, in fact, a victim of Hurricane Katrina-and was arrested for fraud and grand larceny yesterday.

As it did in the Abu Ghraib mistake, the Times ran an editors' note on page 2 of its front section, along with a lengthy news article (this time on the front page of Section B). Again mirroring the Abu Ghraib episode, the newspaper revealed a surprising and inexplicable lapse in fact-checking on the part of a reporter and/or editor.

The original article, more than 1000 words in length, was written by Nicholas Confessore. He also wrote the news article about the error today. Without saying that he wrote the first story, he wrote today: "The Times did not verify many aspects of Ms. Fenton's claims, never interviewed her children, and did not confirm the identity of the man she described as her husband."
At this rate, maybe they can give Jayson Blair his old job back. Nobody would know the difference.

The Cure For What Ails You

Bush must be doing something right if he can turn David Gregory into a drunk, and make news executives lose their lunch.
A top producer at ABC NEWS declared "Bush makes me sick" in an email obtained by the DRUDGE REPORT.

John Green, currently executive producer of the weekend edition of GOOD MORNING AMERICA, unloaded on the president in an ABC company email obtained by the DRUDGE REPORT.

"If he uses the 'mixed messages' line one more time, I'm going to puke," Green explained.
That's funny. I've felt the same way about liberal Democrats and the media for years.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

One Burbon, One Scotch, One Cell

I guess you can't get blind in Texas anymore.
SAN ANTONIO, Texas (Reuters)-Texas has begun sending undercover agents into bars to arrest drinkers for being drunk, a spokeswoman for the Texas Alchoholic Beverage Commission said on Wednesday.

The first sting operation was conducted recently in a Dallas suburb where agents infiltrated 36 bars and arrested 30 people for public intoxication, said the commission's Carolyn Beck.

Being in a bar does not exempt one from the state laws against public drunkeness, Beck said.
Being a beureaucrat does not exempt one from petty nitpicking, either. Just ask the IRS.

Associated Propaganda

It seems the AP has been caught in an about-face.
The Associated Press is now reporting that tape recordings of Saddam Hussein chairing his Revolutionary Command Council show that the Iraqi dictator was telling the truth all along when he claimed he had no weapons of mass destruction.

But only last month the wire service reported that other recordings show a top Saddam aide boasting about how he concealed Iraq's WMD's from U.N. weapons inspectors.

In its latest version of the Saddam tapes, the AP claims:

"Exasperated, besieged by global pressure, Saddam Hussein and his top aides searched for ways in the 1990s to prove to the world they'd given up banned weapons.

"We don't have anything hidden!" the frustrated Iraqi president interjected at one point.

(snip) However, Saddam didn't sound nearly so exasperated in another meeting taped the year before, as his son-in-law, Hussein Kamel, explained how he'd hidden Iraq's WMD stockpiles from inspectors.

In quotes reported by the AP on Feb. 16, Kamel told the Iraqi dictator:

"We did not reveal all that we have. We did not reveal the volume of chemical weapons we had produced."
The Associated Press. They report, they decide.

Zen And The Art Of Shady Deals

Uncle Putin wants to be friends.
Russian President Vladimir Putin was due to turn his attention to business and Zen Budhissim as he wrapped up a two-day visit to China dominated by pledges to broaden energy ties.

Putin and Chinese President Hu Jintao were scheduled to inaugurate the Sino-Russian Industrial and Commercial Forum, a new club for captains of industry and key officials in each country aimed at invigorating bilateral business relations.
"When you can take the can of caviar from my hand and given us the capitol we need to finance our invasion of Taiwan, my son, you will have achieved enlightenment."

Beer Fear, Eh?

This is why when most people think of Canada, they snicker.
FIRST it was "bloody", then it was "hell" and now it's "beer" itself that's tripping up an Australian tourism advertising campaign.

The recently launched and now controversial advertisement which concludes with the tagline "where the bloody hell are you?" has now run afoul of the Canadian regulator.

But it's not the tagline that's the trouble this time as much as the opener: "I've brought you a beer."

Tourism Minister Fran Bailey said she had been told by Canadian authorities they could not accept that line.

"We now have the Canadian authorities not wanting us to use the opening segment of "I've brought you a beer," Ms. Bailey said in Melbourne.

"The Canadian regulator says that this implies consumtion of unbranded alcholol.

"I have to say I find this quite astonishing."
And Canadians wonder why nobody else will take them seriously.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Queen Of Her Domain

Well, I think we've always known this.
Ex-president Bill Clinton has agreed that when it comes to speaking out on controversial issues, his wife, Sen. hillary Clinton, will have the last word from here on out.

Mr. Clinton has promised to clear all future pronouncements with his wife after he embarrassed her by lobbying for the Dubai Ports World Deal, which she publicly opposed.

"He knows it's Hillary's time now," an advisor close to both Clintons told the New York daily News, which said Mrs. Clinton invoked her veto power out of fear that her husband's wayward comments might hurt her 2008 presidential bid.
As we all know, her tampon's comments haven't been the only thing that have been wayward...but the message is clear: Thou shalt not disobey the Hillary. The Hillary is thy Lord and Master. Something Bubba's always known from day one.

So Long, Suckers

Oh, how it must suck to be them.
The GALLUP polling company has dropped CNN as its outlet for eclectronic distrubution.

GALLUP, CNN and USA TODAY have been polling partners since 1992.

"CNN has far fewer viewers than it did in the past, and we feel our brand was getting lost and diluted," GALLUP claimed in an internal memo, obtained by the Drudge Report.
And the slow, painful death of the Lamestream Media continues...

Rabbis For Allah

Now I've seen everything.
A group of anti-Zionist rabbis has visited the Palestinian parliament to pledge their support for the prospective Hamas-led government.

The rabbis from the small ultra-Orthodox movement Neturei Karta, which this month sent a delegation to Iran, travelled to the West Bank town of Ram Allah to express their support for the Islamic group.

The group rejects the existence of the state of Israel as contrary to Jewish law and believes the land should be returned to Palestinians.
If these nuts want to stay in Palestine, let 'em. At the very least they would give the Palestinians someone to shoot besides each other.

Oprah Is As Oprah Does

Does Doctor Phil have a cure for this?
NEW YORK (Reuters Health)-Older women who say talk shows and soap operas are their favorite TV programs tend to score more poorly on tests of memory, attention and other cognitive skills, researchers reported Monday.

That doesn't mean that daytime television is a brain drain, they say, since it's not clear that there's a direct relationship between the two.

But the findings do point to some association between TV choices and intellectual function, and that could prove useful in evaluating older people for cognitive decline, according to lead investigator Dr. Joshua Fogel of Brooklyn College of the City University of New York.
I think this is true. It's a fact that Jerry Springer alone has been known to cause viewers' IQs to drop to the level of his guests'.

Monday, March 20, 2006

The Name Remains The Same

This is what I call a heck of a coincidence.
CARACAS, Venezuela-Opponents of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez are demanding further investigation of what they call gross irregularities in the voter registry, pointing to a western state where 1,921 people by the name of Gonzalez are listed with an identical birthday.

The electoral council, which is independent but faces accusations that it is pro-government, insists the lists are sound, and prepares to release an external audit Tuesday as it prepares for December presidential elections.

The case of the many Gonzalezes in Zulia state was reported by Roberto Ansuini, an opposition-aligned researcher and former member of the National Electoral Council who analyzed a database of more than 2 million new voters registered since 2003.
It seems Baby Hugo learned well from his friends in the Democratic Party in El Norte'. He may have even found some extra votes for John Kerry.

The Doctor Is In-Competent

Let's hear it for socialized medicine!
A baby boy died after an untrained doctor pressed the wrong button on his bypass machine because it was a less "horrid" colour than the other, an inquest heard yesterday.

Four-month-old Thomas Smith was on a heart and lung bypass amchine when Simon McGuirk, a cardiac surgical registrar, accidentally turned it off.

Mr. McGuirk said that he did not know whether to press the orange or blue buttons to restart the machine, so he opted for the blue. It sent the machine into reverse, sucking blood from Thomas's body. He died a short time later.
Well, now I understand why those Hollyweird idiots who champion the wonders of Europe's medical system would still rather take their chances in American hospitals with their evil HMOs. If having to wait for an operation doesn't kill you, their hospitals will.

All You Need Is Breath

Take a deep breath, and sing kumbayah.
A peaceful co-existence between the peoples of the Middle East is but a breath away, Hollywood star Sharon Stone said after a highly publicized visit to Israel.

"It feels to me that we have an opportunity...to choose understanding in a new way," she told a press conference in Paris when asked about her trip.

"And it really is just a breath. It's just an agreement that's just a breath. We are not far apart. We can choose to have this alternative kind of growth that is a collective nuance of understanding.

"We are just a breath away from a peaceful co-existence," she added after her visit to Israel as a guest of the Peres Center for Peace, a foundation run by Nobel laurate and former Israeli prime minister Shimon Peres.
Well, Sharon does know about heavy breathing. Too bad not enough oxygen seems to have reached her brain.

Allah's Kangaroo Court

The Religion of Peace shows its respect for non-Muslims once again.
KABUL, Afghanistan-An Afghan man who allegedly converted from Islam to Christianity is being prosecuted in a Kabul court and could be sentenced to death, a judge said Sunday.

The defendant, Abdul Rashman, was arrested last month after his family went to the police and accused him of being a Christian, Judge Ansarullah Mawlavezada told the Associated Press in an interview. Such a conversion would violate the country's Islamic laws.

Rahman, who is believed to be 41, was charged with rejecting Islam when his trial started last week, the judge said.
We helped free them from the Taliban. I'd hate to think it was just so they could continue to wallow in the Dark Ages.

Mo' Money Mo' Lawsuits

I have been waiting for this to happen for years.
NASHVILLE, TN, United States (UPI)--A federal judge's order halting all sales of a 1994 breakout rap album because of copyright violations could have a widespread effect on the hip-hop genre.

U.S. District Judge Todd Campbell Friday put an immediate stop to all sales of 'Ready to Die,' by the late Notorious B.I.G. after a Nashville jury ruled the title track illegally sampled 'Singing in the Morning' by the Ohio Players, the Nashville Tennessean reported Saturday.

Bad Boy Entertainment, Universal Records and executive producer Sean 'Diddy' Combs were ordered to pay $3.5 million in punitive damages and at least $733,000 in direct damages plus interest to Armen Boladian, owner of Bridgeport Music and Westbound Records.
They ought to hang Vanilla Ice for what he did to Queen alone, but it's a start.

Easy Prey

Dick Cheney fires with both barrels at a massive target that deserves it.
Sen. Ted Kennedy is the last person to listen to in matters of national security, Vice President Dick Cheney said Sunday.

Appearing on CBS's "Face the Nation," Cheney responded to host Bob Schieffer's remark that Kennedy, D-Mass., had said on the third anniversary of the Iraq war: "It is clearer than ever that Iraq was a war that never we should have fought. The administration has been dangerously incompetent and its Iraq policy is not worthy of the sacrifice of our men and women in uniform. President Bush continues to see the war through the same rose colored glasses he's always used. He assures the American people we are winning while the lives of our troops hang so perilously on the precipice of a new disaster."

Said Cheney: "I would not listen to Ted Kennedy for guidance and leadership on how we ought to manage national security. I think what Senator Kennedy reflects is sort of the pre-9/11 mentality about how we ought to deal with that part of the world. We used to operate on the assumption before 9/11 that a terrorist attack, a criminal act, was a law enforcement problem. We were hit repeatedly in the '90's and never responded effectively. When the terrorists came to believe not only could they strike us with impunity but if they hit us hard enough that we'd change our policy."
Fat, drunk, and stupid is no way to go through life, Ted.

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Law And Order: Stupid Actors Unit

Munch has issues.
[Be advised that this item includes accurate quotations of vulgarities.] When Congresswoman Ileanna Ros-Lehtinan contended Friday night, on HBO's Real Time With Bill Maher, that servicemen she's met in Iraq are "saying 'we're proud of our mission, we know what we're doing over here. We don't want you guys in Washington to lose it over there," actor/comedian Richard Belzer condescendingly fired back, claiming that to "ask them" is "bullshit" since, apparently unlike him, "they don't read twenty newspapers a day." Ros-Lehtinen cited the knowledge of her Marine officer stepson, but Belzer, who plays "Detective John Munch" on NBC's Law & Order: SVU, retorted: "Doesn't mean he's a brilliant scholar of the war because he's there." A quite agitated Ros-Lehitnen sputtered: "Oh, you are though! You are though? Okay. To which Belzer affirmed, "Well I have more time..." Host Bill Maher interjected that Belzer's point was that a 19-year-old is in the army "because he probably couldn't find other employment." The Republican Congresswoman from Florida countered that her stepson is a college graduate, leading Belzer to snidely denigrate the military: "You think everyone over there is a college graduate? They're 19 and 20-year old kids who couldn't get a job."

Ros-Lehtinen mocked him: "Yeah, you know because you've been there." Belzer rudely lashed back: "What, I don't fucking read!? Don't do that!" He went on to argue: "It's this patronizing thing that people have about if you're against the war everyone's lumped together. You know, the soldiers are not scholars, they're not war experts." That was too much for host Bill Maher: "You're going to lose even me..."
Hollyweird. They love our troops, except when they call them idiots.

The Truth Is Out There

Well whaddya know. Bush may have been right after all.
Captured Iraqi intelligence documents ordered released last week by President Bush hint at a link between Saddam Hussein's regime and the 9/11 attacks.

The most intruguing document, dated four days after the 9/11 attacks, is titled "Osama bin Laden and the Taliban."

According to an ABC News translation, an Afghani informant told Saddam's Mukhabarrat intelligence service that Afghani Counsel Ahmed Dahastani claimed the following in front of him:

That OBL and the Taliban are in contact with Iraq and that a group of Taliban and bin Laden group members visited Iraq.

That the U.S. has proof the Iraqi government and "bin Laden's group" agreed to cooperate to attack targets inside America.

That in case the Taliban and bin Laden's group turn out to be involved in "these destructive operations," the U.S. may strike Iraq and Afghanistan.

That the Afghani consul heard about the issue of Iraq's relationship with "bin Laden's group" while he was in Iran.
If this turns out to be true, it will torpedo everything that the Dimocrats have been saying about the war. Let's hope this is circulated far and wide.

Saturday, March 18, 2006

Three Years On

Three years after the fact, a lot of people still don't get it.
NEW YORK (AP)-Thousands of anti-war protesters took to the streets around the world Saturday, marking the third anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq with demands that coalition troops leave immediately.

Wael Musfar of the Arab Muslin American Federation addressed more than 1,000 people who gathered in Times Square near a recruiting station, which was guarded by police.

"We say enough hypocrisy, enough lies, our soldiers must come home now," Musfar said from a parked flatbed truck. Participants chanted, "Stop the U.S. war machine, from Iraq to Korea to the Philippines."
On the one hand, it sounds like the same usual crowd of moonbats. On the other, their ranks seem to be getting smaller despite their claims:
Protests were also held in Australia, Asia and Europe, but many events were far smaller than organizers had hoped. In London, police said 15,000 people joined a march from Parliament and Big Ben to a rally in Trafalgar Square. The anniversary last year attracted 45,000 protesters to the city.
But wait! There's more!
In Concord, N.H., nearly 300 peace activists marched a bout a mile from a National Guard armory to the Statehouse.

"I feel such a huge sense of betrayal that I went and risked my life for a lie," said Joseph Turcott, 26, a former Marine who served in the invasion.

At Dudley Square in Boston, a few hundred college-age protesters and baby boomers waved placards that read "Impeach Bush" and "Stop the War."
So at most we're talking about 2-3,000 people in the largest overseas rallies, and a couple hundred at most in the most liberal areas of the country. Yep, they've got real momentum going on there.

Rich Man, Poor Man

Leftists talk all the time about how they love the poor. So what's this guy's problem?
So the Lord High Executioner of Wall Street, Eliot Spitzer, now wants to make it "fraud" to help a poor person save for retirement. That's the message of the complaint filed this week in New York State court in Manhattan in The People of the State of New York against H&R Block. Those who have been following Mr. Spitzer for years now thought they'd pretty much seen it all, but for an example of leftist ideology run amok, this lawsuit sets a new standard of cynicism, denying those of modest means a first step up into the system of capitalism and savings that is enjoyed with impunity by wealthy leftists such as Mr. Spitzer himself.

Mr. Spitzer complains that fees for the Individual Retirement Accounts offered by H&R Block ate up much of the potential savings. but as the complaint notes, "The median initial deposit to an Express IRA account is approximately $300." Most of the biggest low-fee IRA operators won't even let you in the door at that amount. The Web site for Vanguard, one of the largest mutual fund firms and one that markets itself on the basis of its low fees, says its minimum investment for someone wanting to start a new IRA is $3,000, 10 times the median account that H&R Block was starting.

(snip) Meanwhile, Mr. Spitzer doesn;t make it clear in his complaint why he, rather than the free market, should be setting H&R Block's fees. Or why, even if government intervention were necessary, fee-setting for those accounts should be his responsibility rather than that of the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Treasury Department's Office of Thrift Supervision, or the federal Comptroller of the Currency. Maybe Mr. Spitzer wants to set the fees so low that no one will offer IRAs to poor people. That'd be the consequence of his lawsuit making it "fraud" to help poor people save for retirement.
"Let them eat checking accounts! Now where's my back rub? And somebody get me another martini! Keeping the masses away from the likes of us is hard work, you know!"

Friday, March 17, 2006

The Dictator's Disgrace

Slobbo has come home.
BELGRADE, Serbia-Montenegro (AP)-His arriving coffin was left in the rain while airport officials signed paperwork. Its muted public display has drawn a fraction of the huge crowds he commanded in his heyday.

Slobodan Milosevic's memory and legacy are being unceremoniosuly snubbed by countrymen who blame the late Serbian leader for ruining the republic.

"Thank you for all the deceits and thefts," read a bitterly worded newspaper death notice published Friday, the eve of his burial, amid several pages of tributes in the pro-government daily Politika.

It also "thanked" Milosevic, who died of a heart attack March 11 while on trial for genocide and crimes against humanity before a U.N. tribunal, "for every drop of blood spilled for you by thousands, for the fear and uncertainties, wasted lives and generations, for dreams we never realized, for the horrors and the wars which you-without asking our permission-led in our name, for all the burdens you placed on our shoulders."

"We remember the tanks on the streets of Belgrade, the blood on its pavement," it said. "We remember those killed, wounded, bereaved, the refugees. We remember our destroyed lives."
Unfortunately Slobby wasn't there to read it. He's too busy being used as a pinata in Hell.

This Means War

The Scientologists are coming! The Scientologists are coming!
New York-South Park has declared war on Scientology.

Matt Stone and Trey Parker, creators of the animated satire, are digging in against the celebrity-endorsed religion after a controversial episode mocking outspoken Scientologist Tom Cruise was yanked abrptly from the schedule Wednesday-with Internet rumours it was covert warfare by Cruise that led to its departure.

"So, Scientology, you may have won THIS battle, but the million-year war for earth has just begun!" the South Park creators said in a statement Friday in Daily Variety. "Temporarily anozinizing (sic) our episode will NOT stop us from keeping Thetans forefer trapped in your pitiful man-bodies...You have obstructed us for now, but your feeble bid to save humanity will fail!"

Internet bloggers accused Cruise of threatening to not promote "Mission Impossible 3," a surefire summer blockbuster, if the offending episode ran. Comedy Central is owned by Viacom, as is Paramount, which is putting out "MI:3."

But Cruise's representative, Arnold Robinson, said that the mega-star made no such demands.

"Not true," Robinson said. "I can tell you that he never said that."

A call to a Paramount representative was not returned Friday.
Ooh, this is gonna be good. Bring it on, you Scientology cult dweebs.

E's Just Restin'

Only Elvis knows for sure if this is true.
Rep. Curt Weldon, who broke the Able Danger story last year revealing that military intelligence had identified lead hijacker Mohamed Atta as a terrorist threat before the 9/11 attacks, now says that Osama bin Laden has died.

Weldon made the stunning claim during an interview Wednesday with the Philadelpha Inquirer, which reported: "Weldon is making explosive new allegations. He says a high-level source has told him that terrorist leader Osama bin Laden has died in Iran, where he has been in hiding."

Weldon cited as his source an Iranian exile code-named Ali, telling the paper: "Ali's told me that Osama bin Laden is dead. He died in Iran."
Now this could be bogus. It could be misinformation to allow bin Laden to think that he's escaped justice and give him a false sense of complacency. But I wouldn't be at all surprised to learn that Binny and President Dear Abby are sharing a goat together. We'll find out soon enough.

Setting Them Up The Bomb

It's so nice to know how well Homeland Insecurity is working nearly five years after 9-11, isn't it?
Security screeners at 21 airports across the United States failed to detect materials that could be used to make bombs in recent tests by government agents, US legislators said.

"The fact that government investigators were able to pass through TSA's (Transportation Security Administration) screening at 21 major airports with bomb-making material is frightening," representative Bennie Thompson, a member of the Committee on Homeland Security, said in a statement.

"It's the story of the Trojan Horse," he added. "TSA has spent so much time telling people to take off their shoses and belts, that they have missed the bomb-making materials."
But it's good to know they've made the country safe from 75-year-old grandmothers from Ohio, isn't it?

No More Jesus Juice

The party's over.
Michael Jackson has shut down his Neverland Ranch for good. Employees were summoned to the ranch this afternoon in staggered groups, given back pay for 12 weeks through today, and were told the ranch had been shit down by the California Department of Labor.

In fact, Jackson made the decision to lay off more than 60 loyal staffers after making them wait through three months with no pay. their health insurance ran out on February 28. Last week, the State closed the ranch because Jackson carried no workmen's compensation.

(snip) Sources tell me Jackson, who may be in London tonight, has been living very well in the Middle East country of Bahrain. Prince Abdullah has supplied him with a driver, a Bentley GT and a Rolls Royce Phantom. "He is not returning to the US," says a source who spoke with Jackson last weekend. In this country, Jackson faces several lawsuits as well as the foreclosure on $270 million of loans.
Jacko ought to do well in a Muslim country. He can be the second pedophile they worship there.

Team Bolton

It looks like even the U.N. is finally losing patience.
UNITED NATIONS-U.S. Ambassador John Bolton said thursday the U.N. Security Council appears determined to send a "strong and clear signal" to Tehran about its suspect nuclear program, after a meeting of the powerful U.N. body that he described as the best so far.

In an informal gathering of the 15 council members, diplomats agreed to hold the first formal Security Council consultations on Friday-a sign that a split between Britain, France and the United States on the one hand, and China and Russia on the other, may have closed somewhat.
Sheriff Bolton is gathering his posse. The Iranian Shrimp Bandit's days are numbered.

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Precious Bodily Fluids

Shades of Jack D. Ripper.

MOUNT HOREB-Rinse and sit. Spit really, really well.

On Wednesday night, village resident Susan Michetti spoke about possible adverse health effects of flouridated drinking water, a topic she has been researching since January.

Jim Walters, a naturopath practicing in Mount Horeb, attented Michetti's presentation, which was hosted by the Southwest Wisconsin Area Progressives, because he has been concerned about the effects of flouride for many years.

"After 20 years, flouride is one thing that will push my hot button," said Walters. "I feel that flouride is a toxic drug, and that if we want to put it in our body, we should be able to choose to go to the dentist and have it put in our teeth. We should not have it put in our drinking water."

And by all means, you should not deny women your life essence.

Neo-Nazis For Gore

Gore already has the support of anti-Semites overseas; he must be pleased to learn they're supporting him at home, too.
Al Gore got an endorsement for a second presidential bid in 2008-from a Virginia congressman who blamed the Iraq war on American Jews.

Questioned about the contest, Democratic Rep. Jim Moran said: "I'd like to see him get into the race."

"He won the popular vote in 2000, and I think he's even stronger and more committed," Moran said yesterday on C-SPAN'S Washington Journal. "But you know, he's got his own life and it's his decision to make."

A spokesman for Gore had no immediate reaction to Moran's comments.

Moran is not known as one of the most thoughtful members of Congress. He last made news in May when he blasted President Bush as someone who surrounds himself with yes men, labeling Vice President Dick Cheney "the biggest a--kisser of all."

(snip) But the biggest faux pas came in 2003, when Moran, then a regional whip in the House of Representatives, was punished by Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi after he suggested Jews were responsible for the push for war against Iraq.

At a question-and-answer session with anti-war activists, Moran said, "If it were not for the strong support of the Jewish community for this war with Iraq we would not be doing this...The leaders of the Jewish community are influential enough that they could change the direction of where this is going and I think they should."
The Democratic Party and its consitiuency-the gift that keeps on giving.

F.U. Fonda

I'm glad somebody was paying attention.
The sponsor of an effort to honor Jane Fonda in the Georgia state Senate withdrew her resolution Thursday, after a rocky reception from some colleagues and a phone call from the actress' office.

Sen. Steen Miles, D-Decatur, said a representative for Fonda, who is out of the country, asked that she avoid the controversy the effort had stirred.

"This, ladies and gentlemen, should not be occupying our time," said Miles.
There's no denying that Ms. Fonda has talent. There's also no denying that what she did was nothing short of treason. There are a lot of people out there who will never forget.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Ac-Centuate The Positive

I believe this. I mean, have you ever heard of a happy liberal?
The Pew Research Center recently updated a question about happiness that the National Opinion Research Center at the university of chicago has been asking since 1972.

In every asking of the question, ROLL CALL reports, Republicans have been happier than Democrats.

Republicans tend to be better off than Democrats, and that is one explanation for the happiness gap. But when the researchers controlled for household income, Republicans at all income levels were happier than Democrats at those same income levels.

As for ideology, conservative Republicans were happier than conservative Democrats, and moderate to liberal Republicans were happier than comparable Democrats.
Laugh, and the world laughs with you. Frown, and you vote Democrat on your own.

Comrade Conspiracy Kook

Ah, this reminds me of the good old days, when it was their leaders that used to say crap like this.
MOSCOW, March 14 (Interfax)-Russian Communist party leader Gennady Zyuganov has blamed the United States for the spread of avian influenza, or bird flu, in a number of European countries, including Russia.

"The forms of warfare are changing. It's strange that not a single duck has yet died in Amereica-they are all dying in Russia and European countries. This makes one seriously wonder why," Zyuganov said at a press conference at the Interfax main office on Tuesday.

Zyuganov said that he has good knowledge of war gases as he has dealt with them through his army service.

"I tested all kinds of war gases at a range myself," he said.
Next time, don't inhale, dude.

The Fire Festival This Time

While the French are protesting for the right to continue to live in an entitlement society, the Iranian kids are protesting for something a bit more important, like freedom.
Following the call by the Iranian Resistance Network to mark Chaharsharibehsouri (Festival of Fire), people and youths across the nation turned the festival into a confrontation with the Revolutionary Guards, Bassijis, plain clothed agents and other suppressive forces.

Reports received until 9:00 p.m. local time indicated that the security forces attacked young people in the capital's Shariati Street and attempted to beat them up. The protesters fended off their attacks and neutralized the security forces.

In many regions of Tehran, including Mirdamad Street, young people set Khomeini and Khamenei's posters ablaze. In other regions in the capital, including Khak-Sefid and Tehran Pars' 4th Square, they thwarted the security forces' attacks and set their centers on fire.
Let Freedom Reign...

Le Entitlement

The French kids are protesting for their God-given right to be spoiled brats.
Thousands of students marched through Paris and blockaded universities across France yesterday as their revolt against the government over a controversial new youth employment law intensified.

Donimique de Villepin, the prime minister, has staked his reputation, and possibly his job, on a measure that aims to cut rampant youth unemployment with two-year contracts that enable employers to sidestep rigid French labour laws and fire them without reason.

It has provoked violent protests and yesterday riot police were on stand-by in the capital as marchers blocked boulevards and junctions.

"This is not 1968 all over again," said a protesting student of Sorbonne University, referring to the tumultuous Paris Spring.

Elodie, 21, a sociology student, said: "The issues are different from those our parents were protesting about. We are marching for the right to proper jobs."
Sorry, mademoiselle. Only so many people can be allowed to carry the white flag for their country, and there are thousands of applicants each year.

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Aftereshock

On the Day After, the Dims still don't know what hit them.
Democratic senators, filing in for their weekly caucus lunch yesterday, looked as if they'd seen a ghost.

"I haven't read it," demurred Barack Obama (Ill).

"I just don't have enough information," protested Ben Nelson (Neb). "I really can't right now," John Kerry (Mass). said as he hurried past a knot of reporters--an excuse that fell apart when Kerry was forced into an awkward wait as Capitol Police stopped an aide at the magnetometer.

Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) brushed past the press pack, shaking her head and waving her hand over her shoulder. When an errant food cart vlocked her entrance to the meeting room, she tried to hide from reporters behind the 4-foot-11 Barbara Mikulski (Md.).

"Ask her after lunch," offered Clinton's spokesman, Philippe Reines. But Clinton, with most of her colleagues, fled the llunch out a back door as if escaping a fire.
You have to hand it to Feingold. He has gotten them to do what no commentator or critic has yet done-get them to shut up!

Say You Want A Revolution

Power to the people, right on!
Iranian young people staged anti-government protests in Tehran and other cities across the country today, using the annual Persian "fire festival" celebration to burn effigies and pictures of the country's leaders and set cars ablaze belonging to the State Security Forces, according to the London-based independent news agency Iran Focus.

In the southwestern city of Ahwaz protestors set fire to an effigy of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Similar demonstrations were reported in Garmsar, southeast of Tehran, and in the southern city of Rafsanjan.
The bitter legacy of Jimmy Carter's failed foreign policy will soon come full circle one way or another. Viva la Revolution!

"I Can't Do This To Me!"

Would you like some cheese with that whine, sir?
WASHINGTON- Sen. Russel Feingold on Tuesday blamed fellow Democrats for inaction on his satalled resolution to censure President Bush for his authorizing the National Security Agency's electronic terrorist surveillance program.

"I'm amazed at Democrats...cowering with this president's numbers so low," said Feingold, D-Wis. "The administration...just has to raise the specter of the War on Terror, and Democrats run and hide."
Feh. You got a smackdown and you deserved it. Grow up and take it like a man.

Feingold's Flop

Frist may have a reputation as a milquetoast, but he played Russ Feingold like a tin drum.
Far left Dems want President George W. Bush impeached. Their hero-Senator Russ Feingold (D-WI) wanted to at least censure him. It was a total flop. And now Sen. Bill Frist wants more, as he tries to capitalize on the blunder.

Radio talk show host Neal Boortz nailed it on his Monday radio show:

"The reaction to Wisconson Senator Russ Feingold's call for George W. Bush's censure has officially gone nowhere. Not only has it been rejected by the Republican majority, but Democrats are running away from it as fast as they can. Feingold is out there swinging slowly in the wind.

You gotta love Senate Majority Bill Frist's move yesterday. He schedules a vote on the matter, just to see how many Democrats would publicly go on the record for the censure. The Democrats refused to even allow the vote to take place, evidently for fear of being embarrassed.
When push comes to shove, Russ is left looking like the idiot he is. Guys like him are the gift that keeps on giving.

No More Salty Balls?

Say it ain't so!
LOS ANGELES, California (Reuters)--Soul singer Isaac Hayes said Monday he was quitting his job as the voice of the lusty character "Chef" on the satiric cable TV cartoon "South Park," citing the show's "inappropriate ridicule" of religion.

But series co-creator Matt Stone said the veteran recording artist was upset the show had recently lanpooned the Church of Scientology, of which Hayes is an outspoken follower.

"In ten years and over 150 episodes of 'South Park,' Isaac never had a problem with the show making fun of Christians, Muslims, Mormons, or Jews," Stone said in a statement issued by the Comedy Central network.

"He got a sudden case of religious sensativity when it was his religion featured on the show."
So does this mean that Isaac will call on the spirit of L. Ron Hubbard to strike them down?

Bite Me

Apparently there are vampires in our schools now.
A middle school teacher was fired Tuesday after being accused of biting one of her students. Caroline Kolb also is facing an aggravated assault charge in Jefferson District Court, The Courier-Journal of Louisville reported Tuesday.

Kolb has pleaded not guilty to biting 14-year-old Garrick Hudson on the back during a classroom altercation at Stuart Middle School in January.

Jefferson County Public Schools fired Kolb for insubordination and conduct unbecoming a teacher, following a district investigation, according to a copy of her termination letter.

The letter said that Kolb at one point denied intentionally biting Garrick.

Kolb could not be reached for comment.
And to top it all off, the kid probably didn't taste like chicken.

Monday, March 13, 2006

Devil's Work

Even a broken clock can be right once a day.
Television evangelist Pat Robertson said Monday on his live news-and-talk program "The 700 Club" that Islam is not a religion of peace, and that radical Muslims are "satanic."

Robertson's comments came after he watched a news story on his Christian Broadcasting Network about Muslim protests in Europe over the cartoon drawings of the Prophet Muhammad.

He remarked that the outpouring of rage elicited by cartoons "just shows the kind of people we're dealing with. These people are crazed fanatics, and I want to say it now: I believe it's motivated by demonic power. It is satanic and it's time we recognize what we're dealing with."
He may be a nut most of the time, but this time he's hit the nail on the head.

The 'Rat That Roared

What if you tried to start an impeachment and nobody came?
Democrats distanced themselves Monday from Wisconsin Sen. Russel Feingold's effort to censure President Bush over domestic spying.

The White House hit back at the same time, Vice President Cheney telling a findraiser in Feingold's home state that the resolution was an "outrageous proposition."

As the crowd in De Pere, Wis., booed Feingold's effort, Cheney said, "Don't hold back."

Feingold's fellow Democrats did just that Monday, with several saying they wanted first to see the Senate Intelligence Committee finish an investigation of the warrantless wiretapping program that Bush aurhorized as part of his war on terrorism.
Sorry, Russ. Looks like nobody wanted to come out and play.

Open To All Idiots

The Iranians have a place where Neo-Nazis the world over can show their artistic ability.
An Iranian newspaper's contest for the Holocaust-related cartoons has drawn entries from 200 people, with some drawings mocking the World War II slaughter. One entry shows Jews going into a gas pipeline.

Most contest entrants are Iranian, but six are Americans, and a few cartoons have been submitted from as far away as Indonesia and Brazil, according to the Hamsharhri newspaper. A few of the drawings have been posted online.
Don't worry, Iran. We're not going to burn down embassies and threaten Muslims with death. When the time comes, we'll just turn Teheran into a parking lot and take over the oil. Then we'll run our own cartoon constest asking people to show us what it's like for the Mullahs and Mr. Abedinijad in hell.

By George

George Clooney is an Actor. He was on ER, and then he won an Oscar. Obviously that makes him an expert on foreign policy.
Actor and recent Oscar winner George Clooney-who says he's proud of being a liberal-used the F-word in a coloumn today to blast Democrats who were reticent to criticize President Bush and question his reasons for invading Iraq in the early days of the operation.

Writing on The Huffington Post, Clooney declared: "I am a liberal. And I make no apologies for it. Hell, I'm proud of it. Too many people run away from the label. They whisper it like you'd whisper 'I'm a Nazi.' Like it's a dirty word."

Taking aim at leading Democrats, Clooney writes, "The fear of being criticized can be paralyzing. Just look at the way so many Democrats caved in the run up to the war. In 2003, a lot of us were saying, where is the link between Saddam and bin Laden? What does Iraq have to do with 9-11? We knew it was bulls---. Which is why it drives me crazy to hear all these Democrats saying, 'We were misled.' It makes me want to shout, 'F--- you, you weren't misled. You were afraid of being called unpatriotic."
No, George, it's not that liberals are necessarily unpatriotic. Just misinformed and naive. Especially those with money, like you and your Hollyweird friends.

Evolve Or Die

Mr. Murdoch lays it out for the dinosaurs.
LONDON (AFP)-The newspaper industry needs to embrace the technological revolution of the Internet, MP3 players, laptops and mobile phones or face extinction, media tycoon Rupert Murdoch said.

"Societues or companies that expect a glorious past to shield them from the forces of change driven by advancing technology will fail and faill," he said in a speech to the Worshipful Company of Stationers andNewspaper Makers.

"That applies as much to my own, the media industry, as to every other business on the planet. Power is moving away from the old elite in our industry-the editors, the chief executives and, let's face it, the proprietors.
The truth hurts. But sometimes the best medicine is the kind that's hardest to swallow.

Ivy League Losers

It looks like Yale is experiencing a meltdown behind the scenes over their admission of a former Taliban man into their hallowed halls.
The two most dysfunctional management cultures I know of right now are the Bush White House and Yale University. From Katrina to Harriet Miers to Dubai, Team Bush is showing signs of being insular, burnt out, and desperately in need of new talent. The White House is also beset by an increasing number of leaks, the clear result of people frustrated that the higher-ups don't seem to be listening.

The president's alma mater is also experiencing a similar flood of leaks, as the community there reacts to omerta the university has practiced in refusing meaningful comment on its admission of a former top Taliban official, Sayed Rahmatullah Hashemi. Beyond a single vague 144-word statement (later expanded to 281 words, including a defense of Yale's not hosting an ROTC program), Yale won't let anyone comment officially, citing student privacy issues and hoping they can keep silent and last out the storm. But unnoficially, some Yale administrators are privately trashing critics. One even anonymously sent scathing emails to two critics calling them "retarded" and "disgusting."
Yet more proof that you don't necessarily need brains to attend an Ivy League school-or work there, either.

Sunday, March 12, 2006

The Bitter Pill Of Politics

Well, the Democrats are nothing if not consistent as Russ Feingold seeks to continue their impressive losing streak.
March 12, 2006-In an exclusive interview on "This Week with George Stephanopoulos," Democratic Sen. Russ Feingold called on the Senate to publicly adminish President Bush for approving domestic wiretaps on American citizens without first seeking a legally required court order.

"This conduct is right in the strike zone of the concept of high crimes and misdemeanors," said Feingold, D-Wis., a three-term senator and potential presidential contender.
Well, at least he wasn't calling for outright impeachement. That would only happen if they win the midterm elections.

Looking For Mr. Buddha

Buddha has apparently booked.
The weekend disappeareance of a Nepalese boy whom supports hail as a reincarnation of the Buddha has sparked a nationwide search.

Supporters have showered 16-year-old Ram Bahudar Bomjam with money and gifts for allegedly sitting in motionless meditation in the foots of a pipal tree without taking food or water, or using the toilet, since May 16 last year.

The youth, dubbed "Buddha Boy" by the media, left the site in southern Nepal because the thousands of devotees who flocked there had disturbed his meditation, media reported yesterday.
Or maybe it's because he hasn't gone to the can for nearly a year...

Straightjackets R Us

Fred Phelps and his merry band of lunatics are back.
Five women sang and danced as they held up signs saying "thank God for dead soldiers" at the fineral of an army sergeant who was killed by an Iraqi bomb.

For the, it was the perfect way to spread God's word: America was being punished for tolerating homosexuality.

For the hundreds of flag waving bikers who came to this small town in Michigan Saturday to shield the sodler's family, it was disgusting.

"That could be me in that church," said Jackie Sandler whose son Keith is currently serving his second tour of duty in Iraq.

The fringe group of fire and brimstone Baptists from Kansas has been courting controversy for more than 15 years, traveling the country with their heateful signs and slogans.
Phony Phelps is due for a major butt-whippin' one of these days. I'll be there with popcorn when it happens.

Saturday, March 11, 2006

Hell No We Won't Go

Somebody tell Charlie the Sixties are over.
Some Democratic Party lawmakers claim the volunteer military may become dangerously stretched thin by evenst in Iran, North Korea and Syria. They believe the answer to acquiring more troops is to reinstate the draft.

Last month, Congressman Charles Rangle reintroduced new legislation to reinstate the military draft that will include draftees up to 42 years of age.

"Everyday that the military option is on the table, as declared by the President in his State of the Union address, in Iran, North Korea, and Syria, reinstatement of the military draft is an option that must also be considered, whether we like it or not," Congressman Rangle said in a statement.
Sorry, Charlie. You and your cronies tried to pull this B.S. during the election. This is an idea that is going nowhere fast.

This Is An Ex-Tyrant

A former thug has bitten the dust.
THE HAGUE, Netherlands-Former Serb leader Slobodan Milosevic was found dead in his prison cell Saturday, abruptly ending his four-year U.N. war crimes trial for orchestrating a decade of conflict that killed 250,000 people and tore the Yugoslav federation asunder. He was 64.

A leader of beguiling charm and cunning ruthlesness, the man reviled by the United States as "the butcher of the Balkans" was a hero to many Serbs despite losing four wars and impoverishing his people in the 1990s while trying to create a "Greater Serbia" linking Serbia with Serb-dominated areas of Croatia and Bosnia.
Here's hoping this slug is now Stalin's bitch in Hell.

Herman Munster, Round Two?

The Charlie Brown of Presidential politics is thinking of trying again.
WASHINGTON-As Senator John F. Kerry prepared to make a return to presidential-style politics with a classic day of New Hampshire campaigning, he said that the 2004 run left him tougher and more eager to fight.

"When you get knocked on your ass and lose a race, you've got to stop and reflect on what you're doing, why you're doing it, what matters, and what's important. And I did," Kerry said in an interview in his Senate office on Thursday. "There's a very different John Kerry now who is absolutely crystal clear about how I communicate what I need to communicate....People are going to be looking for leadership."
And this time he's gonna kick that football clear to the Moon!

Friday, March 10, 2006

By The Numbers

It looks like the Ice Queen might not be so invincible after all.
ALBANY-Six in 10 New York voters believe that Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton is planning to run for president in 2008, but only about a third of her home-state voters say they would back her if she did so, according to a new statewide poll.

The Siena findings mirror those reported by Marist College's Institute for Public Opinion in a January poll that found 59 percent of New York voters said they expect Clinton to run for president, but 62 percent said it was unlikely she could win.
So Her Hillariness may be out of the running? Don't worry, guys-you'll have plenty of other losers to pick from.

Running On Faith

The Catholics in Boston are taking a stand.
The Boston Archdiocese's Catholic Charities said Friday it would stop providing adoption services because of a state law allowing gays and lesbians to adopt children.

The social services arm of the Roman Cathloic archdiocese, which has provided adoption services for the state for about two decades, said the law runs counter to church teachings on homosexuality.

"The world was very different when Charities began this ministry at the threshold of the 20th century," the Rev. J. Bryan Hehir, president of Catholic Charities, said in a joint statment with trustees chairman Jeffrey Kaneb. "The world changed often and we adapted the ministry to meet changing times and needs. At all times we sought to place the welfare of children at the heart of our work.

"But now, we have encountered a dilemma we cannot resolve," they said.
I personally don't have a problem with gay adoption-as far as I'm concerned, a good parent is a good parent. But this is about the gay agenda versus an institution's right to its beliefs, and that's where you have to draw the line.

What Would Jesus Smoke?

Somehow, I don't think Jesus ever had to worry about the Apostles getting the munchies.
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters)-An Alaska high school violated a student's free speech rights by suspending him after he unfurled a benner reading "Bong Hits 4 Jesus" across the street from the school, a federal court ruled on Friday.

Joseph Fredeerick, a student at Juneau-Douglas High School in Alaska, displayed the banner-which refers to smoking marijuana-in January 2002 to try to get on television as the Olympic torch relay was passing the school.

Principal Deborah Morse seized the banner and suspended the 18-year-old for 10 days, saying he had undermined the school's educational mission and anti-drug stance.

Friday's ruling by the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco overturned a decision by a federal court in Alaska that backed Frederick's suspension and said his rights were not violated.
Since the pothead loser is probably still in high school, I'll bet he celebrated with his friends in "High" style.

The Evil Empire

Witness the latest round of anti-Wal-Mart paranoia.
WASHINGTON (Reuters)-A group of lawmakers on Friday said an industrial bank owned by Wal-Mart, the world's largest retalier, could threaten the stability of the U.S. banking system and drive community banks out of business.

In a highly critical letter to the acting chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., obtained by Reuters, a group of more than 30 Congress members asked the bank regulator to reject Wal-Mart's application to open a bank in Utah.
"Wal-Mart's plan, to have its bank process hundreds of billions in transactions for its own stores, could threaten the stability of the nation's payments system," the lawmakers wrote.
You heard right-Wal-Mart is apparently out to destroy banking as we know it. Guess I'd better get my mattress ready, then...

Thursday, March 09, 2006

That Old Sci-Fi-Time Religion

San Francisco actually does something right for a change.
San Francisco (AP)-The Church of Scientology and other religious groups would be banned from buying a historic San Francisco building in the heart of the city's bohemian North Beach neighborhood under a proposed city ordinance.

Legislation introduced this week would set temporary restrictions on the use of the Colombo Building, designated as a city landmark in 2002, as a way of preserving the neighborhood's character, said Board of Supervisors President Aaron Peskin.
I say good for them. San Francisco already has enough whackjobs as it is.

Bye Bye Dubai

It looks like the bigots and their enablers in the Democratic Party have won.

WASHINGTON (CNN)-United Arab Emirites-owned DP World said Thursday it would transfer its operations of American ports to a U.S. "entity" after congressional leaders reportedly told President Bush that the firm's takeover deal was essentially dead on Capitol Hill.

"Because of the strong relationship between the United Arab Emirites and the United States and to preserve that relationship...DP World will transfer fully the U.S. operations of P&O Operations North America to a United States entity," Edward H. Bilkey, DP World's chief operating officer, said in a statement.

Hmmm...Halliburton!

Get A Rope

It seems to me a guillotine or firing squad would solve this problem.
The American Civil Liberties Union claimed in a federal lawsuit Wednesday that California's lethal injection protocol violates the First Amendment rights of execution witnesses by not allowing them to see if the inmate is experiencing pain before death.

The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco, says the only reason San Quentin State Prison officials inject a paralyzing agent is to sanitize the execution and prevent witnesses from perhaps seeing convulsions.

The paralyzing drug, according to the lawsuit, "makes it impossible for witnesses to determine whether death row inmates in California are heing subjected to substantial and unecessary pain before dying."
Because God knows we wouldn't want the poor SOBs to suffer before they went to endure eternal punishment now, would we? Good grief.

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Kim Daddy

"Now put your hands in air, and wave rike you just don't care!"
NORTH Korean dictator Kim Jong-il may launch a sneak attack on the world's pop charts-with the love-song I am a front-line soldier's wife.

In recent years a moribund economy and several recent severe famines have had a terrible effect on the North Korean people, destroying morale and causing unrest.

Kim Jong-il's latest attempt to consolidate power has been to authorise a swathe of new love songs to re-invigorate the population and entrench his control of one of the world's last communist states, according to local reports.

Many North Koreans are now singing songs glorifying the women revolutionaries helping to build the nation, official media has reported.
"Okay, now everybody sing or you get shot! 'Me so ronery...so very ronery...'"

Hotter Than Hell

Now this is what I call a serious microwave oven.
Scientists have produced superheated gas exceeding temperatures of 2 billion degrees Kelvin, or 3.6 billion degrees Farenheit.

This is hotter than the interior of our Sun, which is about 15 million degrees Kelvin, and hotter than any previous temperature ever achieved on Earth, they say.

They don't know how they did it.

The feat was accomplished in the Z machine at Sandia National Laboratories.
Hmmm. I wonder if we could send one of these to the Iranian president...

The Ohio Option

Hey, potential parents-want to get rid of your unwanted, defective children? Ohio has a place for you.
COLUMBUS, Ohio-Parents can sue a doctor if a genetic screening misses a severe or fatal condition that would have caused them to seek an abortion, a divided state Supreme Court ruled Friday.

The 4-3 decision limited such lawsuits to costs associated with a pregnancy and birth, saying such parents could not sue for pain-and-suffering damages or repayment of the costs of raising a disabled child.

The decision was a partial victory for a Kentucky couple who sued a Cincinnati obsterics practice and hospital that provided genetic counseling and told them their fetus did not have a genetic disorfer that the mother carried. But the 8-year-old boy has the disorder and can't speak or crawl.
He's eight and they just noticed this now? On the other hand, this couple is from a state where some people still crawl when they're thirty...

Queer Eye For The Final Solution Guy

This idiot and the Democrats make a perfect fit.
A Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate in Ohio wants to make homosexual behavior a capitol crime punishable by the death penalty.

Merrill Keiser Jr. is a trucker with no political experience, but he hopes to beat fellow Democratic Re. Sherrod Brown in the May primary. The winner will try to unseat Republican incumbent Sen. Mike DeWine, assuming he wins the GOP primary.

"Just like we have laws against murder, we have laws against stealing, we have laws against taking drugs-we should have laws against immoral conduct," Keiser told WTOL-TV in Toledo.

Keiser, 61, says he's running as a Democrat because that's how he was registered the last time he voted.
Maybe this can be the guy to help the Democrats get back to their roots-they used to be against blacks and whites going to the same schools and marrying, too...