Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Aaaargh! There Be Whales Here, Me Hearties

Jack Sparrow this guy's not.
MELBOURNE, Australia--Paul Watson flies the Jolly Roger from his ship and boasts of ramming more boats than any living seafarer, part of an anti-whaling crusade that even Greenpeace calls too radical.

Watson and his group came under withering criticism this season, summer on the Antarctic, for tactics that some say put the lives of whales above the lives of people.

A Japanese whaling ship caught fire after being chased and harassed by Watson's fleet, the ships and volunteers of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, which not only rammed the whaling boats but fired smoke canisters and ropes to entangle the propellers.

Japan announced Wednesday that it was ending its whaling season early because of the fire, which killed a crewman. Although the blaze came a day after Watson's group pulled back for lack of fuel, and there's no alleged connection, Japan calls Watson a terrorist.
Considering what was done to real pirates back in the day, Watson should consider himself lucky. The next time the Japanese might not be so forgiving.

Not With A Bang

You reap what you sow.
The John McCain candidacy, launched amid much hope, fanfare, and high expectations, may be dying before our eyes.

Even worse, it may go out with a whimpher instead of a bang.

It may not end in an Armageddon style primary defeat, but just dry up from lack of support, money, or interest.

Throughout all of 2006, McCain sat atop the polls right next to Rudy Giuliani. In the Fox News survey of December, 2006, he was getting 27 percent of the Republican primary vote to Rudy's 31 percent. But, after Giuliani announced that he was running, the Arizona senator fell to 24 percent while Rudy soared into the stratosphere at 41 percent of the primary voters. But even when McCain was polling well, he wasn't raising the money he needs for this campaign.
Two things are dooming McCain to also-ran status: Rudy, and McCain. Getting bitten by your own campaign finance reform bill is the ultimate irony.

Legos Are Evil

Want to teach your kids the value of Communism? Take away their toys.
Some Seattle school children are being told to be skeptical of private property rights. This lesson is being taught by banning legos.

A ban was initiated at the Hilltop Children's Center in Seattle. According to an article in the winter 2006-07 issue of "Rethinking Schools" magazine, the teachers at the private school wanted their students to learn that private property ownership is evil.

According to the article, the students had been building an elaborate "Legotown," but it was accidentally demolished. The teachers decided its destruction was an opportunity to explore "the inequities of private ownership." According to the theachers, "Our intention was to promote a contrasting set of values: collectivity, collaboration, resource-sharing, and full democratic participation."
Yes, kids, you too can grow up to be good socialists. It's the anti-American way!

Jihad USA

Meet Osama's number one fan.
Yesterday afternoon, I logged on to the "Global War" blog (www.global-war.bloghi.com) of Associate Professor Julio Pino-a Muslim convert who teaches at Kent State University. The heading for the site used to read "The Worldwide Web of Jihad: Daily News from the Most Dangerous Muslim in AMerica." Now it reads "Are You Prepared for Jihad?" IN THE NAME OF OBL. 2007: THE YEAR OF ISLAMIC VICTORY!"

Hardly able to believe what I was reading, I called Pino at his office in Ohio around 4 p.m. According to his secretary, he had not been at work that day (he only has office hours two days of the week). He was drawing a paycheck from the people of the State of Ohio while trying to launch a juhad against people like me. In fact, just five minutes before I called he posted an entry under the title "Crusaders Can't Take Anymore In Afghanistan!"
You'll notice that this bogus prof is posting his one-man war against America from within the comfortable confines of an American college campus. He's not exactly rushing off to join his fellow jihadists in Afghanistan. Maybe he's waiting for an invitation?

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

The Long March Backward

And the Captain Obvious Award of the week goes to:
Russia has taken a step backward in its democratic progress and could be heading toward a controlled succession to President Vladimir Putin, the top U.S. intelligence official said Tuesday.

Retired Navy Admiral Mike McConnell, installed as U.S. director of national intelligence last week, told the Senate Armed Services Committee that Putin has become surrounded by "extremely conservative" advisers who are suspicious of the United States.

"The march to democracy has taken a back step. And now there are more arrangements to control the process and the populace and the parties and so on, to the point of picking the next leader of Russia," McConnell said at a hearing to discuss world threats to the United States.
The Cold War didn't die, it just went into hibernation. The Soviet Union actually did die, but now it's back in zombified form.

Straight From The Heart

If you're not touched by this story, then there's something seriously wrong with you.
NEW HYDE PARK, New York: At about the same time an 11-year-old Iraqi boy was on an operating table having heart surgery on Long Island, New York, last week, the widow of a U.S. Army captain abducted and slain in Iraq was opening a package at her home in California.

It was her husband's personal effects, including a hand-held Sony PlayStation video game that Capt. Brian Freeman played with during down time while on patrol in Iraq.

On Tuesday, Charlotte Freeman fought back tears as she presented the gadget to the smiling, gum-chewing boy named Ali as a token of what she hoped would be a lifelong friendship that began between the boy and her husband in Iraq.

Brian Freeman was killed in Karbala by Iraqi militants on Jan. 20 when insurgents launched a bold sneak attack on the provincial headquarters in the Shiite holy city in which four U.S. servicemen were abducted and killed.
But-but I thought John Kerry said they were kicking down people's doors in the dead of night, and Jack Murtha said they killed innocent civilians in cold blood! Rest in peace, captain Freeman. You've done your time in Hell.

Those Pesky Laws, Again

While the Bush administration continues to stand by its claims that our Constitution is a suggestion and not a rule, the Canucks dare to suggest that little things like rights and due process actually mean something in a democratic society.
TORONTO (AP)- Canada's House of Commons voted Tuesday to not extend provisions in the country's anti-terrorism legislation that allow for preventive arrests and forced testimony.

The ruling conservative government wanted to extend the pieces of legislation that were set to expire on Thursday, but Prime Minister Stephen Harper's motion was defeated 159-124 in the House of Commons.

The two measures are part of the previous Liberal government's response to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States. They empower authorities to arrest and detain suspects for three days without charge and to compel individuals with knowledge of terrorist activity to testify before a judge.
More than once I've complained about the way Canada does things. In this case, however, they're just doing the protection of civil liberties that Bush won't do.

Inmates Like Us

Good riddance.
MAIMI (Reuters)-A Cuban-American couple who worked at a Florida university were sentenced on Tuesday to prison terms for funneling information about Miami's Cuban exiles to the Havana government.

Carlos Alvarez, a psychology professor at Florida International University in Miami, was sentenced to five years in prison.

He admitted that for nearly 30 years he had supplied the Cuban Intelligence Service with information about Miami's exile community, the heart of opposition to Cuban President Fidel Castro and his communist government.
Hmm. I wonder if he'll meet any Tony Montanas who will want to see his "Little friend..."

Belgian Waffle

Herman Munster just can't get over himself.
WASHINGTON-A Senate hearing that began with glowing tributes to a St. Louis business man and his qualifications to become ambassador to Belgium turned bitterly divisive Tuesday after he was criticized for supporting a controversial conservative group.

Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., grilled nominee Sam Fox about why he donated $50,000 to the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth during the 2004 presidential race. the group of Vietnam veterans made unsubstantiated allegations against Kerry-then the Democratic presidential nominee-and charged that Kerry did not deserve the medals he won in the Vietnam War.
Holy jeeze. Well, maybe he can make a fake documentary and win an Oscar. Then he can feel vindicated before he goes back to whining again.

The Panic Ceiling

It's a case of hot air meeting hotheads.
A group of 18 scientists from 11 countries is calling on the international community to act quickly to prevent catastrophic climate change.

In a report requested by the United Nations and partially paid for by the privately funded U.N. Foundation, the panel warns that any delay could lead to a dangerous rise in sea levels, increasingly turbulent weather, droughts and disease.
Well, I'm sure if we're doomed the UN is the first place that will take action. Because they've been so effective in the past, haven't they?

Our Good Friends

Ah, Pakistan, our ally in the War On Terror.
KARACHI: At least two American states have clamped restrictions on a Pakistani bank on terror finance-related suspicions, according to well-placed banking sources.

"Two US states have restricted this bank from dealing in transactions in foreign exchange, transfers of credits to foreign banks and importing and exporting currency or securities," the sources claimed, without naming the bank or the two US states that have subjected the bank to this action.
Enemies and allies. These days it's hard to tell which is which.

The Happy Dictator

Fidel called Fidel Jr. to let him know he's just restin'.
CARACAS, Venezuela-Cuban leader Fidel Castro called in to Venezuealan President Hugo Chavez's radio talk show on Tuesday, declaring he's "more energetic, stronger" and his country is running smoothly without him at the helm.

"I feel good and I'm happy," Castro said in a phone call to Chavez's weekday radio program. "I can't promise that I'll go over there soon, but, yes, I'm gaining ground."
I understand Stalin and General Francisco Franco confirmed this.

The Rocketeer

God how I love technology. Oh hell yes!

Big Bang Boom

Wow. I can't stand him in a lot of ways, but I'm glad he's okay.
BAGRAM, Afghanistan (AP)-A suicide bomber killed 19 people and wounded 11 outside the main U.S. military base in Afghanistan on Tuesday during a visit by Vice President Dick Cheney, officials said. The Taliban claimed responsibility and said Cheney was the target.

The blast happened near the first security gate outside the base at Bagram, killing 19 people, said Khoja Mohammad Qasin Sayedi, chief of the province's public health department. Gov. Abdul Jabar Taqwa said "18 to 20 dead bodies" lay on the ground after the blast.

Maj. William Mitchell said it did not appear the explosion was intended as a threat to the vice president.

"He wasn't near the site of the explosion," Mitchell said. "He was safely within the base at the time of the explosion."
I guess it should come as some comfort to Mr. Cheney that our enemies have worse aim than he does.

Monday, February 26, 2007

Who's Your Slave Daddy?

So is Al going to sue a dead guy?
The Rev. Al Sharpton said he wants a DNA test to determine whether he is related to former segregationist Sen. Strom Thurmond through his great-grandfather, a slave owned by an ancestor of the late senator.

"I can't find out anything more shocking than I've already learned," Sharpton told the Daily News, which on Sunday reported the link based on genealogists' findings.

Sharpton's spokesman, Rachel Noerdlinger, confirmed Monday for The Associated Press that Sharpton plans to pursue DNA testing, but had no further details.
If it's true, does this mean that Al literally got pwned by Thurmond?

You're Bweaking My Bawls

I wondered what had happened to this guy.
Former chief UN weapons inspector Hans Blix said Monday the United States, Europe and the UN Security Council are "humiliating" Iran by demanding that it suspend uranium enrichment before any negotiations and then dictating its rewards.

He saud the package of economic and political incentives put forward in June 2006 by the US and key European countries, which was later endorsed by the council, did not mention the key issue of security guarantees for Iran or adequatlely address the possibility of US diplomatic recognition if Tehran renounced enrichment.

"The first incentive, I think, it to sit down with them in a direct talk rather than saying to them 'you do this, thereafter we will sit down at a table and tell you what you get for it,'" Blix said. "That's getting away from a humiliatung neo-colonial attitude to a more normal (one)."
I guess Hans didn't learn his lesson the last time after Mini-Me fed him to the sharks.

The Non-Lean, Non-Green Machine

Guess who isn't quite as green as he says?
Last night, Al Gore's global-warming documentary, An Inconvenient Truth, collected an Oscar for best documentary feature, but the Tennessee Centere for Policy Research has found that Gore deserves a gold statue for hypocrisy.

Gore's mansion, [20-room, eight-bathroom] located in the posh Belle Meade area of Nashville, consumes more electricity every month than the average American household uses in an entire year, according to the Nashville Electric Service (NES).

In his documentary, the former Vice President calls on Americans to conserve energy by reducing electricity consumption at home.
I'd like to know how "Green" most celebrities who hawk the global warming doctrine really are. Ms. Streisand, how much electricity do you waste during your concerts? Mr. Penn, is your car carbon-neutral? Enquiring minds want to know.

Mothership Connection

Brother Louie is going back to the Mothership.
DETROIT-Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan stressed religious unity Sunday during his final major speech, saying the world is at war because Christians, Muslims and people of other faiths are divided.

The 73-year-old Farrakhan told the thousands at Detroit's Ford Field that Jesus Christ and the Prophet Muhammad would embrace each other with love if they were on the stage behind him.

"Our lips are full of praise, but our hearts are far removed from the prophets we all claim," he said. "That's why the world is in the shape that it's in."
Well, considering that he had much to do with creating those divisions during the last thirty years or so, I guess it's the least he could do.

Saturday, February 24, 2007

Four Score And Endless Apologies Ago

I guess they don't have a whole lot to do in Old Virginny.
RICHMOND, Va.-Meeting on the grounds of the former Confederate Capitol, the Virginia General Assembly voted unanimously Saturday to express "profound regret" for the state's role in slavery.

Sponsors of the resolution say they know of no other state that has apologized for slavery, although Missouri lawmakers are considering such a measyre. The resolution does not carry the weight of law but sends an important symbolic message, supporters said.

"This session will be remembered for a lot of things, but 20 years hence I suspect one of those things will be the fact that we came together and passed this resolution," said Delegate A. Donald McEachin, a Deomcrat who sponsored it in the House of Delegates.
Why don't we just have a National Apology Day. That way nobody will have to feel guilty about stuff that happened hundreds of years ago for the rest of the year, m'kay?

Boys Will Be Old Men

So this is what Michael Jackson will be like twenty years from now.
PHEONIX-On Tuesday afternoon, January 16, an old man walked into the administrative office of a small charter school on the high desert plains north of Prescott. He was skinny, with floppy jowls that made him look like the Bitter Beer Face man of the old Keystone ads. But other than his goofy face and laughable name, the staff at Mingus Springs Charter School thought little of him.

The old man introduced himself as Lonnie Eugene Stiffler. He asked if the school had any slots open for a seventh-grader. Stiffler said he had home-schoold his grandson, but believed it was time the boy was educated in a classroom setting with kids his own age.

Yes, the school did have one opening. Stiffler filled out the necessary paperwork. He was told his grandson, Casey Edwards Price, age 12, could begin school the next day.

The next morning, as Casey entered his first classes, adnimistrator Julie Bradshaw began reviewing the paperwork Stiffler had submitted.

She apparently was the first person at the four schools Casey attended in Arizona (YCFA Achieve Academy in Prescott Valley, Image Middle School in Surprise, Shelby School in Payson, plus Mingus) to actually do her job.
The "Kid" got around. And you thought some of your classmates were weird...

The Devil Inside

Call it an equal opportunity cult.
DORAL, Fla.-surrounded by a mob of news cameras, a group of smiling, well-dressed church members crowded into a South Beach storefront parlor on a recent muggy evening and got matching tattoos of their prophet's symbol: 666.

Members of Growing in Grace, a controversial religious sect headquartered in Doral, said they were following the example of their leader, Jose Luis De Jesus Miranda, who has claimed to be Jesus and recently declared himself the Antichrist.

Critics have called De Jesus a cult leader who manipulates followers. Church members say he has brought them happiness and spiritual fulfillment.
Hey, if even Satan can be saved, who am I to argue? Wott a buncha whackos.

Them Bones

I've never been that big on religion, but even I think this is just a little too weird.
Brace yourself. James Cameron, the man who brought you 'The Titanic' is back with another blockbuster. This time, the ship he's sinking is Christianity.

In a new documentary, Producer Cameron and his director, Simcha Jacobovici, make the startling claim that Jesus wasn't resurrected-the cornerstone of Christian faith-and that his burial cave was discovered near Jerusalem. And, get this, Jesus sired a son with Mary Magdelene.

No, it's not a re-make of 'The Da Vinci Codes.'. It's supposed to be true.
Of course he could just say that Jesus was saved by the Terminator. (Anyone who's ever seen Mad TV should get the reference).

Friday, February 23, 2007

Lost In Space


Whatever happened to just using the Vulcan nerve pinch?

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.-What would happen if an astronaut came unglued in space and, say, destroyed the ship's oxygen system or tried to open the hatch and kill everyone aboard?

That was the question on some minds after the apparent breakdown of Lisa Nowak, arrested in Orlando this month on charges she tried to kidnap and kill a woman she regarded as her rival for another astronaut's affections.

It turns out NASA has a detailed set of written procedures for dealing with a suicidal or psychotic astronaut in space. The documents, obatained this week by The Associated Press, say the astronaut's crewmates should bind his wrists and ankles with duct take, tie him down with a bungee cord and inject him with tranquilizers if necessary.
I guess that's for when the mind meld and the phaser don't work.

The Climate Money Train

Countries that pollute more than we do have figured out how to rip off those countries that are trying their darndest to go green.
Governments in rich nations are spending billions of dollars to buy a clearer conscience over climate change. Are they getting their money's worth?

Enlightened individuals, those who stay awake at nights wondering what they can do to prevent the polar ice caps from melting, at least have a growing menu of choices.

Sydney-based Easy Being Green says it will mitigate your cat's flatulent contribution to global warming for A$8 ($6). The same company could also make your granny "carbon-neutral" at A$10 a year, according to a report in the Australian newspaper last weekend.

(snip) Countries that must purchase emission credits to atone for their higher-than-mandated production of carbon dioxide are paying a tiny group of chemical manufacturers in China and India massive sums to reduce industrial gases and methane, which are rather inexpensive to capture and destroy, Wara says.

The improvement that can be obtained by spending just $31 million on incinerators could cost developed nations as much as 750 million euros ($986 million) through the elaborate trading mechanism of the Kyoto Protocol, and even then only two-thirds of the problem would go away, Wara estimates.
Why, it almost sounds as if Kyoto is being used to punish industrialized countries while making others rich through environmental guilt trips.

Those Pesky Laws

Canada seems to understand what our own government doesn't.
OTTOWA (AP)-One of Canada's most contentious anti-terrorism provisions was struck down friday by the Supreme Court, which declared it unconstitutional to detain foreign terror suspects indefinitely while the cours review their deportation orders.

The 9-0 ruling was a blow to the government's anti-terrorism regulations. Five Arab Muslim men have been held for years under the "security certificate" program, which the Justice Department had insisted is a key tool in the fight against global terrorism and essential to Canada's security.

The court found that the system violates the Charter of Rights and Freedom, Canada's bill of rights. It suspended the judgement from taking effect for a year, to give Parliament time to rewrite the part of the Immigration and rfugee Protection Act that covers the certificates.
You mean that there is actually such a thing as due process, even for terrorism suspects? I am shocked! What will Alberto Gonzalez say?

Psyche-d Out

I hope somebody told these guys that The Dead Zone was just a TV show.
Psychics were recruited by the Ministry of Defence to locate Osama Bin Laden's secret lair, it was claimed yesterday.

Newly declassified documents revealed that the MoD conducted an experiment to see if volunteers could 'see' objects hidden inside an envelope.

It is claimed the ministry hoped positive results would allow it to use psychics to 'remotely view' Bin Laden's base and also to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.

However, after running up a bill of 18,000 of taspayer's money, defence chiefs concluded there was 'little value' in using psychic powers in the defence of the nation and the research was taken no further.
I wonder if these were the same psychics who advised the GOP during the last election...

Happy Birthday Senator Swimmer

What if you had a birthday and nobody cared?
It was a quiet 75th birthday for Ted Kennedy yesterday.

No one drowned or overdosed on drugs. Therer were no arrests for OUI or rape. No girls were crippled in overturned Jeeps, there were no Coast Guard rescues of beached boats.

Not so long ago, when Teddy reached this kind of birthday milestone, he'd be treated to a big smooch-fest in the mainstream media. There'd be front-page stories about how he was "turning his life around"-the sort of nonsense you generally read about wannabe rappers gunned down in drive-by shootings.

But yesterday, there was next to nothing in the media about Teddy, although his old pal, Sen. John Kerry, did issue an endless tribute that he inserted into the Congressional Record.
Poor Ted. I guess the days of wine and roses are over. And now you're staring into the abyss-or Kerry's face. If Ted was the life of the party, Lurch is the hangover.

The British Caliphate

Radical Muslims in the UK want to make darn sure that future generations of Brits are just as miserable as they are.
DEMANDS for a ban on "un-Islamic" activities in schools will be set out by the Muslim Council of Britain today.

Targets include playground games, swimming lessons, school plays, parents' evenings and even vaccinations.

And the calls for all children to be taught in Taliban-style conditions will be launched with the help of a senior Government education adviser.
Great civilizations do not fall from without before they are destroyed from within. So long, Britain, it was nice knowing you.

Secret Weapon

Lieberman has put his colleagues on notice over their shenanigans.
Sen. Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut fired a shot across the bow of the Senate's Democratic majority, warning them he may bolt the party and join the GOP if Congress votes to withhold funding for the war in Iraq.

The move would give Republicans control of the Senate, since Democrats hold the majority by one vote.

Lieberman, who calls himself an "independent Democrat," has been among the strongest supporters of the war on terror and President Bush's plan for a troop surge in Iraq.

"I have no desire to change parties," Lieberman said in an interview published Thursday on politico.com. "If that ever happens, it is because I feel the majority of Democrats have gone in a direction that I don't feel comfortable with."
While it might not matter that much in the long run, a Lieberman leap would be worth it just to see the crack-up it would cause with the Pelosi crowd. Come on over, Joe...we're waiting...

The Truth Won't Set You Free

In the Muslim world, honesty will get you nowhere.
ALEXANDRIA, Egypt-An Egyptian blogger was convicted Thursday and sentenced to four years in prison for insulting Islam, the Propher Muhammad and Egypt's president, sending a chill through fellow Internet writers who fear a government crackdown.

Abdel Kareen Nabil, a 22-year-old former student at Egypt's Al-Azhar University, an Islamic institution, was a vocal secularist and sharp critic of conservative Muslins in his blog. He also lashed out often at Al-Azhar-the most prominent religious center in Sunni Islam-calling it "the university of terrorism" and accusing it of encouraging extremism.

His conviction brought a flood of condemnations from Amnesty International and other international and Egyptian rights groups and stunned fellow bloggers.
Sad to say I'm not stunned. Telling the truth in the Muslim world is a bigger taboo than treating women like human beings.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Welcome To Lesbian Island

It's like Wonder Woman's island, but with burkas.
TEHRAN (Reuters)-Iran plans a female-only island to boost tourism in a northwest province, the Tehran-e Emrouz newspaper on Wednesday quoted a local official as saying.

It will be on the Urumiyeh lake in Western Azerbaijan province, a municipality official identified only as Aghai said.

Under Iran's strict Islamic law, mixing with men in public is forbidden. Strict sex segregation actually protects women rather than restricting their rights, officials argue.
Seriously, what is it with the Muslims' fear of women? It's getting to the point where they'll say women were created as a Zionist plot to confuse chaste Muslim men.

Rhymin' And Whinin'

Je$$e's looking for somebody to sue, er, taking a stand, again.
Just in time for the Academy Awards, Jesse Jackson's renewing a push for greater inclusion of minorities in showbiz.

The civil rights leader asserts that the timing's right to raise the issue, at a time when there's been widespread recognition received by such actors as Forest Whitaker, Eddie Murphey and Jennifer Hudson-all front-runners for Oscars.

"While I feel joy for those outstanding performances, my concern is that people will take these as a substitute for progress," Jackson said in an interview Wednesday with Daily Variety. "We want to keep the light on unfinished business."
I guess I'd better pass the word on to Samuel L. Jackson, Jamie Foxx, Halle Barry, Denzel Washington, Will Smith...

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Ask The Witch Doctor

When all else fails, try hoodoo.
A herbal potion taken with a couple of bananas is being offered as a cure for Aids by the president of Gambia.

Yahya Jammeh has raised health workers' fears by telling his patients to stop taking their anti-retrovial drugs.

This could weaken their immune system leaving them open to infection, the World Health Organisation said.

The free "cure" is backed by Gambia's health ministry and is touted on the country's TV and radio stations.

"Whatever you do there are bound to be sceptics, but I can tell you my method is foolproof," said Mr. Jammeh, 41. "I can cure Aids and I will."
A hundred and fifty years ago this guy would have been selling his swill from a wagon. Today you have to be the leader of some third-world cesspool to get away with this. That's progress, I guess.

Cookie Monsters

For the love of Nabisco, don't these people have anything better to do?
As America's child and acult obesity figures rise, National Action Against Obesity (NAAO), calls for a boycott of the reported $700 million in Girl Scout Cookies sold annually.

"Girl Scout Cookies are high-calorie, high-sugar, high in saturated fat and nearly devoid of nutrition. Using young girls as a front to push millions of cookies onto an already bloated population further exacerbates an alarming crisis, no matter how cute the uniforms are," said NAAO President MeMe Roth. "The Girl Scouts sell up to 200 million boxes yearly-that's about one box for every overweight American."

Girl Scouts of the USA have a flawed business model in direct conflict with their posted mission statement-'Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.' "Profiting off cookies-it's the wrong message, the wrong product and the wrong era. Girl Scouts have an economic, medical and moral imperative to dump junk food as their $700 million fundraising source. NAAO would like the Girl Scouts to commit to a 5-year plan transitioning away from junk food as the organization's primary fundraiser," continued Roth.
From my cold, dead fingers they will take my high-calorie goodness. Some people have no life, so they have to ruin everyone elses'.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Fruitier Than A Nutcake

"Every time I try to get out, they keep pulling me back in!"
Britney Spears has been ridiculed for everything from her 55-hour first marriage to backup-dancer second husband, her pantyless partying escapades, and most recently shaving her head bald. Now that she has entered rehab, though, the joke is over.

This is a new frontier-even for Spears, whose well-documented gaffes and personal traumas have played out in excruciatingly public fashion, including photos published of Spears driving with her son Sean Preston on her lap and another time almost dropping him.

Spears' manager, Larry Rudolph, told People magazine's Web site that Spears had voluntarily checked herself into an undisclosed treatment facility.
Ah, to be a burned-out has-been before you're 30. Yeah, that's the life...

The Breck Nazi

John Edwards, Anti-Semite At Law.
Hillary Spot reader Michael points out this little gem in Peter Bart's coloumn on John Edwards' comments in Hollywood:

There are other emerging fissures, as well. The aggressively photogenic John Edwards was cruising along, detailing his litany of liberal causes last week until, during question time, he invoked the "I" word-Israel. Perhaps the greatest short-term threat to world peace, Edwards remarked, was the possibility that Israel would bomb Iran's nuclear failities. As a chill descended on the gathering, the Edwards event was brought to a polite close.

Really? Israel is the biggest threat? Not ahmedinijad? Not al_Qaeda? Not a coup attempt in Pakistan? Not a complete breakdown in Iraq drawing in the Saudis, Turks, and Iranians?

Or, you know, perhaps not.
First the Catholics, now the Jews. I guess the Bhuddists and Hindus are next. The Muslims, of course, will be safe-unless Edwards is seen eating pork chops in public.

And Then There Was One

Tony's taking his ball and going home.
Prime Minister tony Blair is expected to announce a timetable for the withdrawal of UK troops from Iraq.

Mr Blair is due to make a statement about the 7,000 British troops serving in Iraq at the Commons on Wednesday.

The BBC's James Landale said 1,500 troops were expected to return hime in months, rising to 3,000 by Christmas.

Downing Street has not confirmed the reports but Whitehall sources have told the BBC the process could be slowed down if the situation in Iraq worsens.
Either way, it looks like it will be all ours soon. I hope alienating our allies was worth it, Mr. President.

Worst Care Anywhere?

This administration has been claiming for years that it supports the troops. Now it needs to prove it once and for all.
WASHINGTON-Lawmakers on Tuesday urged Defense Secretary Robert Gates to respond to reports of poor treatment and conditions for injured troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

Sens. Barara Mikulski, D-Md., and Patty Murray, D-Wash., sent a letter to Gates requesting he investigate the conditions for injured soldiers there, as well as at the National Naby Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. Rep. Louise Slaughtere, D-N.Y., also sent a letter to Gates.

"If conditions at Walter Reed, the crown jewel of military health care facilities, have degraded to the point where mouse traps are handed out to patients, how can we feel confident that our troops and veterans truly have the care and transition assistance they have been promised at any facility across the country?" Mikulski and Murray wrote.

The Washington Post recently reported that the 113-acre institution that serves as a surgical hospital and rehab facility for wounded soldiers is deteriorating. Building 18, which houses hundreds of soldiers recovering from battle wounds, reportedly offers poor living conditions.
Soldiers throughout American history, from the Revolution on down, have often gotten a raw deal from the government upon their return. Sadly, that currently seems to be the case with their medical treatment, as well.

Burka Bezerker

The Religion Of Pieces continues to show its respect for women.
A Pakistani minister and women's activist was shot dead Tuesday by an Islamic extremist for refusing to wear the veil.

Zilla Huma Usman, the minister for social welfare in Punjab province and an ally of President Pervez Musharraf, was killed as she was about to deliver a speech to dozens of party activists, by a "fanatic", who believed that she was dressed inappropriately and that women should not be involved in politics, officials said.

Usman, 35, was wearing the shalwar kameez worn by many professional women in Pakistan, but did not cover her head.
I expect the usual amount of outrage over this from American feminists, right, ladies? (Sound of crickets chirping).

Stand Tall

Like Sly Stone once said, "Stand-there's a giant about to fall."
WARSAW-The Czech Republic said on Tuesday it would not be intimidated by Russia over plans to site parts of a U.S. missle defence system on its territory and said attempts at 'blackmail' by Moscow would backfire.

Czech Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg said threats by Russian officials over the plans, which would involve placing a radar system on Czech land and a missile battery in Poland, would only make Czechs more determined to defend themselves.

Russia's strategic forces commander, General Nikolai Solovstov, said on Monday that Russia would be capable of firing missiles at the Czech Republic and Poland if the ex-communist states agreed to host the U.S. defence system.

He said any decision to fire would have to be made by the Kremlin, but that militarily it was possible to hit targets in both countries.

"The Czechs will now think the sjield is even more necessary,' Schwarzenberg told Reuters on the sidelines of a business conference in Warsaw.

"We have quite an experience with Russians. You have to make it clear to them you won't succumb to blackmail. Once you give in to blackmail, there's no going back. We have to be strong."
Putin needs to get it through his thick head that these countries aren't part of the Soviet Empire anymore. Tell Putin to get stuffed.

London Calling

Red Ken is at it again.
LONDON-London's socialist mayor signed an agreement Tuesday with Venezuela's state-owned oil company to provide discounted oil for the city's iconic red buses, praising the idea as the brainstorm of the country's leftist leader, Hugo Chavez.

Ken Livingstone-a committed socialist known locally as "Red Ken"-met with Chavez last yeat at City Hall to discuss the deal to provide cheap oil to London in exchange for advice on urban planning in Caracas, the Venezuealan capital.

Venezuela has signed similar agreements with cities in several other countries, including the United States. Critics call it "oil diplomacy"-and say it is designed to embarrass President Bush, whom Chavez has repeatedly mocked.
Considering they're both just as looney, maybe Kenny and Baby Hugo should just start their own Communist Utopia somewhere, just to show the rest of the world how quickly a society can really be ruined by socialism.

Words Of Warning

I may disagree with McCain on many things, but he is dead on here.
BLUFFTON, S.C.-Republican presidential candidate John McCain said Monday the war in Iraq has been mismanaged for years and former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld will be remembered as one of the worst in history.

"We are paying a very heavy price for the mismanagement-that's the kindest word I can give you-of Donald Rumsfeld, of this war," the Arizona senator told an overflow crowd of more than 800 at a retirement community near Hilton Head Island, S.C. "The price is very, very heavy and I regret it enormously."

McCain, the ranking Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, complained that Rumsfeld never put enough troops on the ground to succeed in Iraq.

"I think that Donald Rumsfeld will go down in history as one of the worst secretaries of defense in history," McCain said to applause.
Competence. It's an idea whose time has come.

Monday, February 19, 2007

Paranoia Will Destroy You

According to the wisdom of Islamowhackos, Jonas Salk hated their children.
The parents of 24,000 children in northern Pakistan refused to allow health workers to administer polio vaccinations last month, mostly due to rumours that the harmless vaccine was an American plot to sterilise innocent Muslim children.

The disinformation-spread by extremist clerics using mosque loudspeakers and illegal radio stations, and by word of mouth-has caused a sharp jump in polio cases in Pakistan and hit global efforts to eradicate the debilating disease.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) recorded 39 cases of polio in Pakistan in 2006, up from 28 in 2005. The disease is concentrated in North-West Frontier Province, where 60% of the refusals were attributed to "religious reasons".
Those who live by the Dark Ages die by them.

Listen What The Man Said

It's President's Day. To honor our former Commanders-In-Chief, here are some quotes which have withstood the test of time:
    • "To be prepared for war is one of the most effectual means of preserving peace."-George Washington
    • "That government is best which governs the least, because its people discipline themselves."-Thomas Jefferson
    • "The truth is that all men having power ought to be mistrusted"-James Madison
    • "You can fool all of the people some of the time, and some of the people all of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time."-Abraham Lincoln
    • "To announce that there must be no criticism of the president, or that we are to stand by the president, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public."-Theodore Roosevelt
    • "A good leader can't get too far ahead of his followers"-Franklin D. Roosevelt
    • "You cannot stop the spread of an idea by passing a law against it."-Harry S. Truman
    • "The American, by nature, is optimistic. He is experimental, an inventor and a builder who builds best when called upon to build greatly."-John F. Kennedy
    • " A president's hardest task is not to do what is right, but to know what is right."-Lyndon Baines Johnson
    • "Always give your best, never get discouraged, never be petty; always remember, others may hate you. Those who hate you don't win unless you hate them. And then you destroy yourself."-Richard Milhouse Nixon
    • "A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have."-Gerald Ford
    • "The most terrifying words in the English language are: 'I'm from the government, and I'm here to help.'"-Ronald Reagan
    • "The United States is still the best and fairest and most decent nation on the face of the earth."-George H.W. Bush
    • "Recognizing and confronting our history is important. Transcending our history is essential. We are not limited by what we have done, or what we have left undone. We are limited only by what we are willing to do."-George W. Bush

Remember, we get the leaders we deserve.

Senator Slick

Could we see Slick Willie filibustering someday?
If Hillary Rodham Clinton wins the presidency, some top Democrats would like to see her husband, former President Bill Clinton, appointed to serve out Hillary's unexpired Senate term.

"As a senator, he'd be a knockout," said Harold Ickes, who was once a top White House aide to Bill Clinton and now gives behind-the-scenes advice to Hillary. "He knows issues, he loves public policy and he's a good politician."

Some Democrats and political analysts say Bill Clinton would thrive in the world's greatest deliberative body, much like Lyndon Johnson did before he became president.
Well at the very least, his ego would be the biggest in the room. John Forbes Who?

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Welcome To Geezerville

I can't believe this is 20 years old. I'm officially a geezer!

Springtime For Soros


Ve are der Master Race, according to this nut.
The New York Post slammed billionaire George Soros on Sunday, saying "the Democrats' favorite financial fat-cat clearly isn;t feeling comfortable unless he's comparing the United States to Nazi Germany."

In an editorial headlined "Soros' Latest Slur," the Post repeated Soros' remarks to a group of reporters in which he stated that the United States needed to admit it had made a mistake in waging war in Iraq and then drum out the responsible individuals.

"America needs to follow the policies it has introduced in Germany," Soros said. "We have to go through a certain de-Nazification process."
Well, we could start by getting rid of Hillary.

A Coward's Final Death

Hell has a new arrival.
Maurice Papon, a former Cabinet minister who was convicted of complicity in crimes against humanity for his role in deporting Jews during World War II and became a symbol of France's collaboration with the Nazis, died Saturday. He was 96.

Papon, who underwent surgery on his pacemaker at a clinic east of Paris last week, died in his sleep on Saturday, said his lawyer, Francis Vuillemin.

Papon was the highest-ranking Frenchman to be convicted for a role in the pro-Nazi Vichy regime.
Considering the direction that France seems to be headed in these days, they might need to dig him back up. May he be roasted over a slow fire for all eternity otherwise.

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Kolob Killed The Video Star

I like Mitt Romney. I just hope he distances himself from stuff like this.
PROVO, Untah-The popular Intenet video-sharing site YouTube has been blocked on campus at Brigham Young University, the Mormon church school where students agree to live a "chaste and virtous life."

BYU's filtering software blocks pornogrophy, adult content and violence. YouTube has its own filters for porn, but BYU decided last fall to add the site to the list of those blocked through the university's Internet service, The Daily Herald newspaper reported Friday.

"We use the filtering process for two reasons," BYU spokeswoman Carri Jenkins said. "First to protect students from inappropriate material. The other is because of our limited bandwidth. That bandwidth is used for academic purposes."
Now that's too bad. What are a grad student's extra wives going to watch?

Friday, February 16, 2007

G Men

Well whaddya know.
Long dismissed by Washington insiders as incapable of receiving the Republican Party's presidential nomination because of his pro-abortion rights, pro-gay rights and pro-gun control views, former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani was lavished with praise Friday by an idon of American conservatism.

"He is much stronger than anyone could have predicted six moths ago," said former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich from Georgia. "New York is four times safer than it used to be. It's one of the greatest achievements of government capability in the 20th century. And Rudy just has to go out and say, 'This is who I am. If you think the world's dangerous, and you need a tough guy...that's me."

Gingrich, who co-wrote a Wall Street Journal op-ed with Giuliani last month, said he is not endorsing the man who led New York City through the terrorist attacks of 9/11. and he noted that he may still jump into the presidential race against him.

But the words of praise from the architect of the GOP's 1994 takeover of Congress capped a big week for Giuliani, which included more encouraging poll numbers, a raucous reception from California Republicans, and the latest round of softball interviews in which he has been able to downplay his liberal social views by espousing his commitment to appointing "strict constructionist" judges.
That sound you hear is the sound of "Real conservatives'" heads exploding.

The God Squad

Don't these guys ever get tired of hearing themselves talk?
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who said Wednesday night he is making a bid for the White House, will not be America's 44th president because he supports abortion rights and gay rights and has been married three times.

At least so says Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist COnvention's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission.

Land is considered an influential evangelical leader, and he has a new book, due out next month, entitled The Divided States of America? What Liberals and Conservatives Are Missing in the God-and-Country Shouting Match-with a forward written by Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-Conn).

Land told The Hill in an interview this week that as it stands now, the top tier of Republican presidential hopefuls lacks a candidate social conservatives can be fully comfortable voting for.

Beginning with Giuliani, Land said "the vast majority" of social conservative voters will not vote for the former mayor even if he gets the nomination and faces off against Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.).

"If he wins, he'll do so without social conservatives," Land said.
Considering that goofballs like this helped cost the GOP the midterms, I'd take anything this guy says with a grain of salt. People are looking for a leader, not a saint. If the social conservatives want to marginalize themselves even further by allowing Hillary or whomever has a D after their name into the White House, that's their problem.

"I'm Beaten On A Jet Plane..."

Now this is how you handle things.
SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE, Canary Islands (AP)-A fast-thinking pilot with passengers in cahoots fooled a hijacker by breaking hard upon landing, then accelerating to knock the man down. When he fell, flight attendants threw boiling water in his face, and about 10 people pounced on him, Spanish officials said Friday.

The Air Mauritania Boeing 737 carrying 71 passengers and a crew of eight was hijacked by a lone gunman brandishing two pistols Thursday evening shortly after it took off from Nouakchott, the capital of Mauritania, for Gran Canaria, one of Spain's Canary Islands, with a planned stopover in Nouadhibou in northern Mauritania.

The hijacking alarmed Spanish officials because a trial of 29 people accused in the Madrid terrorist bombings of 2004 had begun the same day in Madrid. But the man's motives were not terrorism; he wanted the plane to fly to France so he could request political asylum, said Mohamed Ould Mohamed Cheikh, Mauritania's top police official.
Personally, anyone who would hijack an airliner and then demand to be flown to France pretty much gets what he deserves.

The Bear

It sounds like the Bear is coming out of hibernation.
Russia threatened on thursday to pull out of a landmark nuclear arms control treaty unless the US backed away from plans to install its missile defence shield in Eastern Europe.

Yury Baluyevsky, the Russian army chief of staff, said Moscow might unilaterally withdraw from the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces treaty, which forced the US and the Soviet Union to ban nuclear and conventional ground-launched ballistic and cruise missiles with ranges of 500 to 5,500km.

There was "convincing eveidence" for leaving the agreement because "many countries are developing and perfecting medium-range rockets", he said.
Reagan understood that, in order to deal with the Soviets, you had to show them you meant business. For all his faults, I hope Bush understands the same message and tells the Russians what they can go do with themselves.

A Ho For Peace

The Gap-Toothed Slut wants to be remembered for more than being wider than the Grand Canyon.
Madonna says she is not content to be the Queen of Pop-she wants to be like Ghandi.

The singer adds peace campaigners John Lennon and Martin Luther King to her roll call of individuals she emulates.

Madonna, 48, said: "For me the best thing in the world is to see something or hear something and go 'damn, I wish I did that, damn, I wish I could do that. That's inspiring."
Sorry, honey, I think you need actual intelligence to be in their league.

Politically Correct Scalping

The Chief is no more.
URBANA, Ill. (AP)-The University of Illinois will drop its 81-year-old American Indian mascot, Chief Illinewek, following the last men's basketball home game of the season on Wednesday, officials said.

The move makes the school eleigible to host postseason NCAA championship events.

The NCAA in 2005 deemed Illinewek-portrayed by buckskin-clad students who dance at home football and basketball games and other athletic events-an offensive use of American Indian imagery and barred the university from hosting postseason events.
Well, thank goodness the school knew where its priorities were. Now they can get back to the really important business of teaching students how evil the Founding Fathers really were and why they should be ashamed of being Americans.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

It's All Tubes

He's baaaack!
Here's the newest from Sen. Ted Stevens, the man who described the Internet as a series of tubes: It's time for the federal government to ban access to Wikipedia, MySpace, and social networking sites from schools and libraries.

Early in January, Stevens introduced Senate bill 49, which, among other things, would require that any school or library that gets federal Internet subsidies would have to block access to interactive Web sites, including social networking sites, and possibly blogs as well. It appears that the definition of those sites is so vague that it could include sites such as Wikipedia, according to commentators. It would certainly ban MySpace.

The bill is, in part, a rehash of a similar bill introduced last year, the Deleting Online Predators Act, also called DOPA. That bill passed the house, but got bogged down in the Senate.
It sounds like some Republicans still haven't figured out that they're in the minority, and why. I wonder if Al Gore is glad he invented the Internet now?

A Broken Bond?

Meet the latest America-hating librul to turn on our King-In-Chief.
ABC News' Teddy Davis reports: In the forthcoming issue of Texas Monthly, former Bush strategist Matthew Dowd writes that President Bush's "gut-level bond" with the American people "may be lost" and that "wholesale change" is needed in Iraq.

"Sending in a small contingent of troops is likely going to be seen as not helpful," Dowd writes. "He'd be much better off with the public if he said 'This is a mess, we made mistakes and the only way to fix it is a wholesale change.' And that could mean either a serious increase in troop strength or withdrawal."

Dowd opines that Bush's problems stem from his success in the 2002 midterm elections. "...when all the levers of power in Washington became Republican, creating consensus seemed to become unnecessary at the White House."

Of course, others have made these same observations before. But Dowd's comments are sure to get lots of attention in Washington because of the very senior role that he played for Bush's presidential campaigns.

He was Bush's "senior strategist" in 2000 and his "chief strategist" in 2004.
It looks like Bush's earlier statement was right: At this rate, it really will be just Laura and his dog left supporting him.

War Of The Stogies

Sometimes a cigar is just a taboo.
Smoking has become the hot topic on Capitol Hill.

Who is, who isn't, and where the lawmakers puff-closeted or not-are among the whsipers in the hallways and on the presidential campaign trail.

Therre have been at least 35 news reports about Sen. Barack Obama's long battle with a cigarette habit, and how the Illinois Democrat has been chewing Nicorette to kick the habit as he runs for president.

And in the latest installment, staffers for Rep. Keith Ellison tattled to Capitol Police that Rep. Tom Tancredo was smoking a cigar inside his congressional office.

"We already have the biggest air-purifying unit you can get, and I would be happy to try to make sure that it's even less odiferous around here, but I'm not going to stop because we still have the right to do so," Mr. Tancredo, Colorado republican, told The Washington Times.
There are many things I dislike about Tancredo, but his right to huff and puff isn't one of them. As far as I'm concerned, the more these guys smoke, the less air they waste by talking.

Tall Sweaty Men

He's an idiot, but imagine the outcry if a white guy had said this.
The five time All Star was asked how he would deal with a gay teammate.

"First of all I wouldn't want him on my team," said Hardaway. "Second of all, if he was on my team I would really distance myself from him because I don't think that's right and I don't think he should be in the locker room when we're in the locker room."

Le Batard took Hardaway to task, pointing out that his comments were 'flatly homophobic' and bigoted, but that only seemed to stir up the former point guard.

"Well, you know, I hate gay people," Hardaway said in response to Le Batard. "I let it be known I don't like gay people. I don't like to be around gay people. I'm homophobic. It shouldn't be in the world, in the United States, I don't like it."
Now if this was a white actor saying this about Jews or gays, he'd be made to apologize and go into rehab and get counseling. Disproportionate outrage, disproportionate punishment? We'll see.

Thar She Pings

Good for them.
HONOLULU-The Navy says it won't comply with sonar training restrictions that aim to protect marine mammals off the California coast, arguing that the commission that imposed the rules does not have the jurisdiction to do so.

The U.S. Pacific Fleet said in a statement Monday that the California Coastal Commission's rules cannot be applied beyond the scope of state waters, three nautical miles from shore.

"The Navy does not take lightly our responsibility to the environment and marine life," said Vice Adm. Barry Costello, commander of the U.S. 3rd Fleet in San Diego. "And we can be responsible environmental stewards while our sonar operators receive realistic training and experience at sea they need."
If it comes down to saving the whales or our country from a missile attack from a submarine, I know who's side I'm on. Go Navy!

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

From Caracas With Love

It's a Valentine's Day message, Fidel Jr. style!
CARACAS, Venezuela-Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez returned to the national spotlight on Valentine's Day to tell U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice that he misses her verbal attacks.

"It had been many days since she had given me any attention. How are you, Condoleezza?" Chavez asked in a speech Wednesday to pensioners in the capital of Caracas.

It was Chavez's first response to Rice's testimony last week to a U.S. congressional committee that the Venezuelan leader was "destroying his own country" economically and politically-an apparent reference to a centralization of power in Venezuela and moves to nationalize key sectors of the economy.

"My dear friend Condoleezza says I am destroying the Venezuelan economy," said Chavez, a fierce critic of U.S.-style capitalism, in his first public appearance in 10 days.

"Death to the empite!" Chavez said. "We will not be dominated. We have decided to be free!"
Don't worry, Hugo-you still have Fidel....

Senator Stuart Smalley

Frankenweenie is playing Don Quixote-er, running for office.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP)-Al Franken announced Wednesday that he will run for the Senate in 2008, making it clear that the comedian and author of "Rush Limbaugh Is A Big Fat Idiot" wants to be taken seriously as a political figure.

Franken said he would seek the Democratic nomination to challenge Republican incumbent Norm Coleman and immediately acknowledged the doubts voters may have about electing a former "Saturday Night Live" performer.

"Minnesotans have a right to be skeptical about whether I'm ready for this challenge, and to wonder how seriously I would take the responsibility that I'm asking you to give me," Franken said in a video on his Web site.
If his campaign is anything like Air America, I'm sure he'll be raking in votes in no time. Right, Al?

Who's Supporting Whom?

I hope we don't have another intelligence failure in the making.
President George W. Bush said on Wednesday he did not know if the leaders of Iran ordered members of the Quds Force of Iran's Revolutionary Guards to provide improvised explosive devices to militias in Iraq.

"What we do know is that the Quds Force was instrumental in providing these deadly IEDs to networks inside of Iraq," he said. "What we don't know is whether or not the head leaders of Iran ordered the Quds Force to do what they did."

His comments constrasted with comments by U.S. officials in Baghdad who had said earlier that the highest levels of the Iranian government were involved.
I don't think there's any question that the Iranian government is involved. I also think Bush is wise to downplay that involvement if he wants to make a convincing case against Iran that the international community would support. The last thing we need is another "There were no WMDs" fiasco.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

The Foggo Of War

Considering the Bush administration's track record, I'm surprised they didn't get this guy sooner.
The CIA's former No. 3 official and a defense contractor were indicted on Tuesday on charges stemming from a federal contracts investigation that landed former Republican congressman Randy Cunningham in jail.

Kyle "Dusty" Foggo, who had been appointed executive director of the agency in 2004 by former CIA Director Porter Goss, was charged with improper conduct invilving CIA contracts following a wide-ranging investigation that involved five agencies, including the FBI and the CIA's inspector general.

The indictment was handed up on Tuesday by a federal grand jury in San Diego.
Well, it's nice to know that as this administration nears its end, its employees are staying true to form.

Crist's Common Sense

Kudos to at least one Republican who gets it.
TALLAHASSEE--Gov. Charlie Crist said today he'd rather see Republicans talk about property taxes and hurricand insurance rates than getting embroiled in a public debate over gay marriage next year.

At a morning news conference, Crist said the Florida Republican Party should "probably not" put any more money into the petition campaign for a constitutional amendment defining marriage as the legal union of one man and woman.

The state GOP put $300,000 into the campaign over the past two years and the party's new chairman, Jim Greer, said on Monday that he will continue support of the constitutional amendment.
Guys like Greer and his ilk are part of the reason the Republicans lost this last election. If there were more Crists in the GOP and less Bushes, they might be worth voting for again.

Snow Day

Bwa-ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!!!
The Subcommittee on Energy and Air Quality hearing scheduled for Wednesday, February 14, 2007, at 10:00 a.m. in room 2123 Rayburn House Office Building has been postponed due to inclement weather. The hearing is entitled "Climate Change: Are Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Human Activities Contributing to a Warming of the Planet?"

The hearing will be rescheduled to a date and time to be announced later.
Who says God doesn't have a sense of humor!

Getting Out Of Dodge

Al-Sadr has apparently decided that those 72 virgins aren't worth it after all.
While members of the U.S. House of Representatives take turns weighing in on President Bush's planned troop surge in Iraq, the focus in Iraq is not on the arrival of more U.S. troops, but the departure of one of the country's most powerful men, Moqtada al Sadr and members of his army.

According to senior military officials al Sadr left Baghdad two to three weeks ago, and fled to Tehran, Iran, where he has family.
Aw, Mookie doesn't want to play anymore? Don't worry; stay where you are. We'll come and get you soon enough.

Bush Basher No. 2

It must make the moonbats feel good that this guy agrees with them.
Al-Qaida's No. 2 said President Bush was an alchoholic and a lying gambler who wagered on Iraq and lost, according to a new audiotape released Tuesday.

Ayman al-Zawahri said in the tape that Bush has been forced to admit his failure in Iraq after he was "stubborn" and repeated the "lie, which he became addicted to, that he is winning" in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"Bush suffers from an addictive personality, and was an alchoholic. I don't know his present condition...but the one who examines his personality finds that he is addicted to two other faults-lying and gambling," al-Zawahri said in the audiotape.
I think we've just found out who wants to be Barack Obama's presidential press secretary.

Mitt Makes His Move

Number Three has thrown his hat into the ring.
DEARBORN, Mich. (AP)-Mitt Romney officially entered the 2008 presidential race Tuesday, a former one-term republican governor of Massachusetts suggesting that his record of leadership inside and outside government uniquely positions him to tackle the country's challenges.

"I do not believ Washington can be transformed from within by lifetime politicians," Romney said, seeking to turn a potential liability, his limited political experience, into an asset. "There have been too many deals, too many favors, too many entanglements-and too little real world experience managing, guiding, leading."

The comment was a veiled swipe at his top rival for the GOP nomination, four-term Sen. John McCain of Arizona, In elective office only four years, Romney is not nearly as well known nationally as McCain and former two-term New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, political celebrities who consistently lead popularity polls.
Duncan Hunter, Sam Brownback, and Mike Huckabee should start working on their vice presidential resumes while they can. It's better than spinning your wheels against these guys for the next year and a half.

Monday, February 12, 2007

Flower Power

If there's one thing the envirowhackos could do to piss off a whole lot of women, this would be it.
The Valentine's Day bouquet-the gift that every woman in Britain will be waiting for next week-has become the latest bete noire among environmental campaigners.

Latest Government figures show that the flowers that make up the average bunch have flown 33,800 miles to reach Britain.

In the past three years, the amount of flowers imported from the Netherlands has fallen by 47 per cent to 94,000 tons, while those from African have risen 39 per cent to 17,000 tons.

Environmentalists warned that "flower miles" could have serious implications on climate change in terms of carbon dioxice emissions from aeroplanes.
Yet another reason why you don't see any married environmentalists. Good grief.

Czech Mate

Oh how I love Eastern Europeans.
Czech president Vaclav Klaus has criticized the UN panel on global warming, claiming that it was a political authority without any scientific basis.

In an interview with "Hospodarske noviny", a Czech economics daily, Klaus answered a few questions:

Q: IPCC has released its report and you say that global warming is a false myth. How did you get this idea, Mr President?

A: It's not my idea. Global warming is a false myth and every serious person and scientist says so. It is not fair to refer to the U.N. panel. IPCC is not a scientific institution; it's a political body, a sort of non-government organization of green flavor. It's neither a forum of neutral scientists nor a balanced group of scientists. These people are politicized scientists who arrive there with a one-sided opinon and a one-sided assignment. Also, it's an undignified slapstick that people don't wait for the full report in May 2007 but instead respond, in such a serious way, to the summary for policymakers where all the "but's" are scratched, removed, and replaced by oversimplified thesis. This is clearly such an incredible failure of so many people, from journalists to politicians, If the European Commission is instantly going to by such a trick, we have another very good reason to think that the countries themselves, not the Commission, should be deciding about similar issues.
Can this guy move over here and change his citizenship? We desperately need more leaders with a spine.

Don't Drink And Pee

The nannystaters are literally coming for your intoxicated ass.
SANTA FE-New Mexico is taking its fight against drunken driving to men's restrooms around the state.

The state has ordered 500 talking urinal cakes that will deliver a recorded anti-DWI message to bar and restaurant patrons who make one last pit stop before getting behind the wheel.

"Hey there, big guy. Having a few drinks?" a female voice says a few seconds after an approaching male sets off a motion sensor in the device. "It's time to call a cab or ask a sober friend for a ride home."

Transportation Department spokesman S.U. Mahesh said the urinal cakes are a way to reach one group that's a target of state safety campaigns. Men commit about three times as many drunken-driving infractions as women.
Is nothing sacred anymore? What's next-your refrigerator telling you to lose a few pounds?

He Blinded Me With Junk Science

Hopefully this kid is just going through a phase.
A science student in Kentucky says when the Bible records God spoke, and things were created, that's just what happened, and he can support that with scientific experiments.

"If God spoke everything into existence as the Genesis record proposes, then we should be able to scientifically prove that the construction of everything in the universe begins with a) the Holy Spirit (magnetic field); b) Light (an electric field); and c) that Light can be created by a sonic influence or sound," Samuel J. Hunt writes on his website.

"There are several documented and currently taught laboratory experiments that accurately portray the events in Genesis in sequential order, the most important being that of sonoluminescence," he wrote.
Well, he may be on to something. I've yelled at inanimate objects and I'm pretty sure I've instilled the fear of me into them.

Sunday, February 11, 2007

The Evil Empire

Oh, this is good, coming from a former KGB hack.
MUNICH, Germany (Reuters)-Russian President Vladimir Putin, in one of his harshest attacks on the United States in seven years in power, accused Washington on Saturday of attempting to force its will on the world.

The White House said it was "surprised and disappointed" by Putin's accusations but added Washington expected to continue to work with Moscow in areas such as counter-terrorism and reducing the spread and threat of weapons of mass destruction.

In a speech in Germany, which one U.S. senator said smacked of Cold War rhetoric, Putin accused the United States of making the world a more dangerous place by pursuing policies aimed at making it "one single master".
You cannot escape, Putin! Surrender to the Dark Side!

They're Outta There

As John Fogerty once said, they're leaving the sinking ship behind.
Middle-class Venezuelans are queing to leave the country amid fears that its president, Hugo Chavez, is laying the ground for a dictatorship.

Opponents of his "21st century socialism" are so desperate to escape that they have resorted to learning new languages and tracking down long lost European relatives in the hope of securing a visa.

At the US Embassy, visa enquiries have almost doubled in recent weeks, from 400 to about 800 a day. "There are normal spikes toward Christmas or another major holiday, but this increase doesn't fall into that category," said embassy spokesman Brian Penn.
Well, my advice is to fly like the wind while you can, and don't look back. You're better off not waiting to see how Baby Hugo's socialist paradise affects you personally. Good luck to all.

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Official Obamamania

The Breck Girl now has competition.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP)-Barack Obama announced his bid for president Saturday, a black man evoking Abraham Lincoln's ability to unite a nation and a Democrat portraying himself as a fresh face capable of leading a new generation.

"Let us transform this nation," he told thousands shivering in the cold at the campaign's kickoff.

Obama, 45, is the youngest candidate in the Democrats' 2008 primary field dominated by front-runner Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and filled with more experienced lawmakers. In an address from the state capital where he began his elective career 10 years ago, the first-term U.S. senator sought to distinquish himself as a staunch opponent of the Iraq war and a White House hopeful whose lack of political experience is an asset.

"I know I haven't spent a lot of time learning the ways of Washington. But I've been there long enough to know that the ways of Washington must change," Obama said to some of the loudest applause of his 20-minute speech.
So now you have the big lesbian (Hillary) the prom queen (Edwards) and the Black Prince (Obama). One thing's for sure-this will be the gayest primary that the Dummycrats have ever had. Not that there's anything wrong with that!

Leaders Of The Pack

Heh. Medved nails it.
Two days ago, in blogging about the abortion records of the serious GOP Presidential prospects (McCain, Giuliani, Romney), I provoked a great deal of anger by writing off the other current contenders (Huckabee, Brownback, Tancredo, Ron Paul, Gilmore, Thompson, Duncan Hunter) as "lesser" candidates who stand no realistic chance of winning primaries or grabbing the nomination. No matter how much you may admire these people, their candidacies are irrelevant-more a bid for attention, or a preperation for future races, than a realistic bid for power.

Those who believe that any of the little known wannabes could conceivably pull off a huge upset and carry the 2008 convention in Minneapolis need to face one crucial question:

When, in the last 60 years of Presidential politics, did any obscure underdog manage to defy the odds and win the nomination of the Republican Party?

Yes, Democrats have had a few off-brand, odd-ball contenders who came out of nowhere to beat bigger names-including Carter in '76, Clinton in '92, and, arguably, Dukakis in '88. But even Democrats hand nominations reliably to front-runners like Stevenson, Humphrey, Mondale, Gore and, most likely, Hillary.

In the GOP, however, front-runners don't just usually win; they always win.

The last time a genuine underdog grabbed the Republican nomination was 68 years ago, when a celebrity lawyer with no political experience named Wendell Wilkie managed to stampede a divided convention.
The people who would vote for Tancredo, Ron Paul, even Hunter, et all, are supporting them based on their feelings, for the most part, not the facts with regards to the very considerable hurdles these guys face. Democrats go for the McGoverns and Howard Deans because they have traditionally had nothing left to lose by supporting extremist nutbars. Republicans haven't had that problem because they believe in being positive rather than negative and don't need anger to win, mostly because they've been able to win the argument of ideas and ideals. The "Big Three" may not be everybody's cup of tea, but they do reperesent where most of the country is right now-socially moderate and fiscally conservative while remaining patriotic during wartime. That, to my mind, is the recipe for winning elections-not voting (or refusing to vote) out of misplaced anger or a sense of being somehow disenfranchised or excluded. That kind of attitude is for liberals.

Two Nuts For The Price Of One

Tonight, a tale of two cult leaders. First, there's this.
Scores of police have been sent to the jungles of remote Papua New Guinea to hunt for a cult leader known as the Black Jesus, who is said to have sacrificed three young women to the devil and eaten their bodies.

In one case reported by villagers, a mother who had fallen under the cult leader's spell led her 14-year-old daughter to his hideout, offered her to him as a virgin then stabbed her to death.

The Black Jesus, 31-year-old Steven Tari, started his cult last year after he was expelled from a Bible college for stealing from fellow students.
And then there's this.
NORFOLK-One of Hampton Roads' highest-profile Christians stands accused of a not-so-Christian act.

A plaintiff in a federal lawsuit against Pat Robertson says the televangelist threatened his life and that of his family at a legal proceeding Wednesday in the Norfolk federal courthouse.

The accuser, Phillip Busch, is suing Robertson for misappropriation of his image in the promotion of Robertson's protein diet shake.

According to a complaint Busch filed with the Norfolk police, Robertson entered a room in the courthouse Wednesday afternoon to be questioned for a deposition-an out-of-court form of testimony-and told Busch: "I am going to kill you and your family."
Now, to be fair, Robertson hasn't sacrificed gullible tribespeople to his god. He's just been ripping them off for the past few decades and calling on his friend God to smite nonbelievers instead. Maybe he ought to move to the jungle and take up human sacrifices.

When Goons Attack

Mahmoud Ahmadenijad, is this creep a friend of yours?
SAN FRANCISCO-In a bizzare attack, a well-known author and Holocaust scholar was dragged out of a SanFrancisco hotel elevator by an apparent Holocaust denier who reportedly had been trailing him for weeks.

(snip) In a posting Tuesday on the anti-Zionist Web site ZioPedia, a writer using the name Eric Hunt takes credit for the attack: "After ensuring no women would be traumatized by what I had to do (I had been trailing Wiesel for weeks), I stopped the elevator at the sixth floor. I pulled Wiesel out of the elevator. I said I wanted to interview him."

Wiesel grabbed at his chest and yelled for help, according to the posting. "I told him, 'Why don't you want people to know the truth?" His expression changed, and he began screaming again...." the posting reads. Police reported that the suspect tried to force Wiesel into one of the rooms, but ran away when Wiesel started yelling.
Wow, a real tough guy there. I hope he becomes the assmate of a big black guy in jail. On behalf of all decent Americans, I would like to offer Mr. Wiesel my sincerest apologies for this asswipe's behavior.

Friday, February 09, 2007

The Mullah That Roared

Some pipsqueak has a camel spider up his turban.
Tehran-a top Iranian cleric said on Friday the United States was within Iran's "firing range", a day after supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei vowed to hit back at US interests worldwide if attacked.

"Americans have surrounded us but it works to our advantage. They are within our firing range in the east, west and elsewhere," Ayatolla Ahmad Jannati said in his Friday prayer sermon carried live on state radio.

He was referring to the US military presence in neighbouring Iraq and Afghanistan as well as in the Gulf waters off southern Iran.

"Would you dare to violate Iranian borders? See what harm will be done to you then," said Jananti, who heads the hardline electoral watchdog the Guardians Council.
"Fear not, my countrymen! We have them right where they want us! Allah Fubar!"

Cool Change

Now this would be awesome.
Opponents of Poland's former communist regime reportedly want to pay a posthumous homage to US President Ronald Reagan by erecting his statue in the place of a Soviet-era monument.

In an open letter to the mayor of the southwestern city of Katowice, the former anti-regime activists said that the staunchly anti-communist Reagan had been a "symbol of liberty," the Polish news agency PAP reported.

As a result, they said, he deserved to become the centerpiece of the city's Freedom Square, replacing a monument to the Soviet troops who drove out the occupying Nazis in 1945.

They also said that they wanted the site to be rebaptised "Ronald Reagan Freedom Square."
Viva La Revolution...the Reagan Revolution, that is!

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Stoned Cold Dead

So I'm following the Anna Nicole Smith story and the thing that comes to my mind is: This is a great metaphor for the failure of liberalism.

Allow me to explain. Here you have a woman who never really worked for a living, who married a senile rich white guy, got more money than God from him, and still wound up an overweight, doped-up skank.

Why is this comparable to liberalism? Liberals love to have other people dependent on the state because if the poor and downtrodden masses figure out that they can make it on their own, then the liberals' arguments go out the window. They also exploit said masses, holding them up as examples of how unfair Western capitalism is.

Now here you have a woman who was totally dependent on other people who exploited her until they used her up. Now her kid faces the same future at the hands of a sleazy guy who undoubtadly sees continued dollar signs in her, like a welfare Mom who can't get off the fix she gets from the government for having more kids than she can handle.

The liberal mentality is pretty much the same thing. People in bad situations are there to exploit until they're not needed any more. Minorities and other "Oppressed" groups are the Anna Nicole Smiths of the Left.

Do Not Open 'Till Doomsday

Is this going to become Al Gore's new "Lock Box?"
An Arctic "doomsday vault" aimed at providing mankind with food in case of a global catastrophe will be designed to sustain the effects of climate change, the project's builders said as they unveiled the architectural plans.

The top-security repository, carved into the permafrost of a mountain in the remote Svalbard archipelago near the North Pole, will preserve some three million batches of seeds from all known varieties of the planet's crops.

The hope is that the vault will make it possible to re-establish crops obliterated by major disasters.
Yeah, but what about the common sense that is being obliterated by goofballs like these?

Hippie Overboard!

And the dumbass of the day award goes to:
Two anti-whaling activists, one an Australian, were feared missing in Antarctic waters after a clash with a Japanese whaling fleet.

A search for the two men was under way after the anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd confronted Japanese whaling vessels in the Ross Sea.

International director of Sea Shepherd, Jonny Vasic, said anti-whaling activists from two ships had used high speed inflatables to try to disrupt the operations of the whaling fleet.

But a mayday message was issued after radio contact was lost with two activists in an inflatable.
I feel sorry for any whale that happens to swallow these two. The poor critter is going to have indigestion for days...

Making Headway

There's a new sheriff in town, and it looks like the thinking man's General is going to be kicking butt and taking names.
US and Iraqi forces in Baghdad have arrested the deputy health minister during a raid at his offices.

The minister, Hakim al-Zamili, is a key member of the political group led by radical Shia cleric Moqtada Sadr.

He is accused of aiding Shia militiamen and using ambulances to move weapons, a ministry source told the BBC.

The arrest came on the day Gen. David Petraeus arrived in Baghdad to assume command of US forces on Iraq and oversee a push against militants.
More like this, please. Hopefully Sadr's days are numbered and Paetrus can get the job done. Happy hunting, Sir, and godspeed.

It's Not What's For Dinner

Welcome to Venezuela-the lean, mean Socialist machine.
CARACAS, Venezuela-Meat cuts vanished from Venezuelan supermarkets this week, leaving only unsavory bits like chicken feet, while costly artificial sweeteners have increasingly replaced sugar, and many staples sell far above government-fixed prices.

President Hugo Chavez's administration blames the food supply problems on unscrupulous speculators, but industry officials say government price controls that strangle profits are responsible. Authorities on Wednesday raided a warehouse in Caracas and seized seven tons of sugar hoarded by vendors unwilling to market the inventory at the official price.

Major private supermarkets suspended sales of beef earlier this week after one chain was shut down for 48 hours for pricing meat above government-set levels, but an agreement reached with the government on Wednesday night promises to return meat to empty refrigerator shelves.
Well Viva la Revolution is all I can say.

The African Queen

If they want her, they can have her.
BISSAU, Guinea-Bissau-When the government of one of the world's poorest nations learned that Whoopi Goldberg had taken a DNA test showing her ancestors hail from here, the news reverberated through the halls of parliament.

It was, the country's leaders decided, a chance to change the image of this West African nation plagued by coups since wresting independence from Portugal in 1973. If the world could only grasp that a Hollywood celebrity traced her roots to this forsaken corner of the globe, it could bring goodwill from afar-even fame for Guinea-Bissau, they reasoned.

So they decided to write a letter on official stationery embossed with the country's star-shaped seal. It was hand-delivered to the U.S. Embassy, which passed it on to the State Department in Washington with instructions for delivery to the Oscar-winning actress.

It begins, with some uncertainty on the star's name: "Your Excellency Hoppy Goldberg, it is with great euphoria that the government of Guinea-Bissau...learned of your ancestral origins...The news has awoken in each and every one of us a deep sense of fraternity...We simply cannot remain indifferent to the news of your Guinean heritage."
Yeah, I can see her there now: "What the f*ck are you people running here...Wild Kingdom?"

No Nukes Today

"What happened to the kaboom? There was supposed to be an Earth-shattering kaboom!"
The nation's top nuclear weapons agency announced Tuesday that it's planning to field-test devices that could eventually be used by local agencies around the country to disable a terrorist "dirty bomb" or nuclear weapon in the absence of experts trained to defuse nuclear bombs.

The plan is an answer to concerns that, in the event of a terrorist plot on U.S. soil, the Nevada-based Nuclear Emergency Search Team wouldn't be able to get to the scene of an attack soon enough. The team, known as NEST, is the first line of defense against such attacks, which federal authorities say could radioactively contaminate a 30-block section of a city.

The U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration announced that "Render Safe," devices that have been years in the making, will soon be ready for field testing and eventually could be used by FBI agents, police or firefighters or other nonnuclear authorities.
So Jack Bauer could be out of a job? Then what would FOX show on Monday nights?

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Harvard's Hooey

For generations they've produced some of America's most well-known snobs. Now they'll produce multicultural snobs, too.
Harvard University announced on Wednesday its biggest curriculum overhaul in three decades, putting new emphasis on sensitive religious and cultural issues, the sciences and overcoming U.S. "parochialism."

The curriculum at the oldest U.S. university has been criticized as focusing too narrowly on academic topics instead of real-life issues, or for being antagonistic to organized religion. Efforts to revise it have been in the works for three years.

One of the eight new required subject areas-societies of the world-aims to help students overcome U.S. "parochialism" by "acquainting them with the values, customs and institutions that differ from their own," said a 34-page Harvard report on the changes.
Shoot, why don't they just talk to the immigrants who work for their parents?

The Brave And The Bold

The world's only brave Frenchman is continuing to defy his country's conventions.
Nicolas Sarkozy, the centre-Right frontrunner for the French presidency, yesterday earned the ire of Muslim groups when it emerged he backed a satirical magazine's publication of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed.

Lawyers acting for the magazine Charlie Hebdo, which is being sued for defemation by two Muslim groups for reprinting controversial Danish cartoons, read out a letter from Mr Sarkozy, the interior minister, in which he said he preferred "too many caricatures to an absence of caricature."

"I am eager to lend my support to your newspaper, which belongs to an old French tradition, that of sarire," wrote Mr Sarkozy. "Having very often been the main target" of Charlie Hebdo, Mr. Sarkozy added that he backed it "in the name of the freedom to laugh at anything."
He's against the absence of caricature. Sounds like he's also against the traditional French absence of character.