Thursday, May 31, 2007

Ognunu Deve Ottenere Lapidato

What do you do when your entire city is literally stoned?
An Italian scientific study has found particles of cocaine in Rome's air, Italy's national research council (CNR) said Thursday.

The study by the council's atompsheric pollution institute called the discovery of cocaine traces "a first" for a city.

It also found traces of cannabinol, a component of marijuana and hashish, as well as nicotine and caffeine, a statement from the council said.
Now you'll know why those ancient statues are smiling if you ever go there...

Paging Doctor Death

Jack's back.
Assisted-suicide advocate Jack Kevorkian, whose controversial tactics earned him the nickname Doctor Death, will be released from prison on Friday after serving more than eight years for murder.

Kevorkian, who served time for the case of a man whose videotaped suicide was aired on national television, claims he actively helped 130 people die.

He had also said he will continue to lobby for the legalization of assisted suicide but has no desire to go back to jail.
Now, personally I feel that if someone is terminally ill and beyond the point of no return, they should be allowed to expire in the manner in which they choose. I suppose history will judge whether Kevorkian is a hero or a villain.

Match Game R.I.P.

Now this is sad news.
LOS ANGELES-Charles Nelson Reilly, the Tony Award winner tho later became known for his ribald appearances on the "Tonight SHow" and various game shows, has died. He was 76.

Reilly died Friday in Los Angeles of complications from pneumonia, his partner, Patrick Hughes, told the New York Times.

Reilly began his career in New York City, taking acting classes at a studio with Steve McQueen, Geraldine Page and Hal Holbrook. In 1962, he appeared in Broadway as Bud Frump in the original Broadway production of "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying." The role won Reilly a Tony award.
This guy represented a big chunk of my childhood, from H.R. Puffnstuff to Match Game. I also enjoyed him on The X-Files. R.I.P., Jose Chung.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Fat Eurotrash

The European intellectuals always like to brag about how they're nothing like their knuckle-dgragging American counterparts. Well, guess again.
BRUSSELS, Belgium-A majority of adults are obese or overweight in most European Union nations and kids increasingly contributing to make Europe a fat continent, the EU's top public health official said Wednesday.

"The numbers are frightening," said EU Health Commisioner Markos Kyprianou.

Bad diets based on fatty and sweet ingredients combined with physical laziness by now account for six of the seven top factors leading to bad health, Kyprianou said.

The EU Commission has warned governments for years to do something about the culture of flab, but the situation is getting worse. "Everybody has to be blamed-including the authorities, including the industry, including the consumers."
Well, I'm sure that a massive dose of nannystating and government health care will solve the problem. Because creating dependency upon the government has worked so well over there in the past, hasn't it?

The Pot Police State

I don't know if I should be alarmed by this or not.
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (AP)-Coffee shops licensed to sell marijauna in the southern Dutch city of Masstricht will begin fingerprinting customers and scanning their IDS this summer to help prove they're following rules governing such sales.

In particular, the measures are expected to help stores show they are not selling to underage customers and that they haven't sold more than the maximum permitted to a customer on a given day.

"This is not something that we are doing willingly, but with pain in our hearts," Marc Josemans, chairman of the Union of Masstricht's Coffee Shops, said Wednesday. He said shops in Rotterdam and several Dutch border cities were considering following suit.

"We're very afraid we're going to lose customers over this, and to be honest we're even a little ashamed we're doing it, but the city of Masstricht has such harsh punishments that we don't feel we have any choice," Josemans told The Associated Press.
Maybe they need to form a National Marijuana Association to protect their God-given right to keep and toke joints. "From my cold dead hands you'll take my bong!"

Gangbangers? Yeah, We Got That

The violent office culture is rearing its ugly head.
PETALUMA, Calif. (AP)-Petaluma police say two Staples office supply store employees and a shopping center customer were beaten recently by gang members, apparently for wearing red clothing.

The attacks happened Friday near the Staples office supply store in Petaluma, where two workers and another person were assaulted.

Two 17-year-olds, a boy and a girl, were later arrested.
Maybe it was rivals from Office Max trying to represent?

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

On The Moonbat Trail

What's the difference between right-wing whackjobs and these numbskulls? They didn't call Rudy a cross-dressin' librul what wants yer guns.
NEW YORK-A radical group at a Bronx fundraiser confronted Rudolph Giuliani on Tuesday morning, accusing him of being one of the "criminals of 9/11."

The Republican candidate for president was outside City Island's Sea Shore restaurant in the Bronx, speaking with WNBC.com's Adam Shaprio about his fundraising in New York.

Afterward, a young woman claiming to be the relative of a Sept. 11, 2001 firefighter who died with the towers collapsed, asked Giuliani why he allegedly told Peter Jennings the towers would fall that day, but did not stop the rescue efforts of firefighters and police officers.

The woman claims Giuliani knew the towers would fall, and allowed rexcuers to go to their deaths. She asked him, "How do you sleep at night?"

Giuliani was extremely polite, telling the young woman she was wrong and that he never said what she claimed. At that point, another proterster from her group, a young man, interrupted Giuliani with the same allegations.
Now this isn't fair. The rabid third-party social conservatives who hate Rudy just as much aren't finished with him yet. No cutting in line!

All Together Now

While the Republicans may be corrupt doucebags, the Dummycrats are staying true to their own classic idiocy.
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP)-Presidential hopeful Hullary Rodham Clinton outlined a broad economic vision Tuesday, saying it's time to replace an "on your own" society with one based on shared responsibility and prosperity.

The Democratic senaror said what the Bush administration touts as an ownership society really is an "on your own" society that has widened the gap between rich and poor.

"I prefer a 'we're all in it together' society," she said. "I believe our government can once again work for all Americans. It can promote the great American tradition of opportunity for all and special privelages for none."
Sorry, Hillary, but the great American tradition is one of personal responsibility and hard work-not a repeat of worn-out socialism.

Faded Glory

Lest we need a reminder, it's not just them durned libruls who think this administration has hit rock bottom.
Dissolusionment with the Administration has become widespread among the conservatives who once were Bush's strongest supporters. Mickey Edwards, a former Republican congressman from Oklahoma, said recently, "The Republican Administration has shown itself to be completely incompetent to the point that, of Republicans in Iowa, fifty-two per cent thought we should be out of Iraq in six months." Edwards, who left Congress in 1993 and now teaches at Princeton, is helping to lead an effort among some conservatives to curtail the President's power in such areas as warrantless wiretapping. "This Administration is beyond the pale in terms of arrogance and incompetence," he said. "This guy thinks he's a monarch, and that's scary as hell." The grievances against the Administration seem limitless. Many congressional Republicans, for instance, were upset that Bush waited to fire Defense Secretary Rumsfeld until after the midterm elections.

(snip) And now Karl Rove, the man Bush has called his "boy genius," is among those being blamed by conservatives for the Party's problems-blame that he shares with others who have attempted to transform the party. One is Newt Gingrich, the strategist behind the 1994 Republican takeover of Congress, who could not hold together his coalition, and resigned. (Gingrich also faced ethics problems-he was accused of using tax-deductable donations for political purposes). Another is Tom DeLay, who served as House whip under Gingrich and became Majority Leader under Gingrich's successor, Dennis Hastert, and who left facing charges relating to campaign fi-nance. Perhaps most of all, conservatives blame Rove's boss, George W. Bush.
As Bush limps towards the end of his second term. he has become a Decider of One, trapped in a bubble along with his few remaining sycophants where reality dares not enter. And we've still got a year and a half of this nonsense left.

Monday, May 28, 2007

Take My Organs, Please

Well, I guess it's faster than waiting for a winning bid on Ebay.
A Dutch reality television show in which a terminally ill woman is to select one of three contestants to receive her kidneys when she dies is to air this week despite criticism that it pushes the boundaries of the format too far.

The government has called for De Grote Donorshow (The Big Donor Show) to be dropped because it is "unethical" and "wretched" but the broadcaster BNN said it would go ahead to highlight the difficulties of searching for kidney donors.

In the show, due to be broadcast on Friday, a woman identified only as Lisa, 37, will select a recipient based on their history, profile and conversations with their families and friends. Throughout the 80-minute show, viewers will be invited to send Lisa text messages to advise her.
I can see it now: "Patient Idol! Help choose the winning heart transplant candidate!"

Bonin' In The Graveyard

Oh, my.
RAMALLAH-Israel today arrested a longtime wanted terror leader here in the West Bank city of Ramallah.

According to Israeli security officials and Palestinian sources in Ramallah speaking to WND, the terrorist was arrested while having car sex just a few hundred feet from late PLO leader Yasser Arafat's gravesite.

Khaled Shawish, an officer in Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbes' Force 17 presidential guards, was captured by undercover Israeli police forces following scores of shooting attacks he is suspected of carrying out. Shawish, who doubles as the Ramallah chief of the Al Aqsa Matryrs Brigades terror group, previously boasted of involvement in a West Bank shooting attack in December 2000 that killed Israeli ultranationalist leader Benjamin Kahane and Kahane's wife, Talya.
What was his pickup line? "I'm gonna screw you like Arafat screwed his own people?"

How Can You Expect To Be Taken Seriously?

An Eighties pop icon opines on Being Boring.
Pet Shop Boys singer Neil Tennant has spoken out against this summer's Live Earth concerts.

Tennant has also hit out against Bono for his politically active role.

He said: "The Princess Diana concert is fair enough, but I feel more uneasy about the Al Gore thing.

"I've always been against the idea of rock stars lecturing people as if they know something the rest of us don't-it looks arrogant.
Well, if it wasn't arrogant, Al wouldn't be involved then, would he?

He Lives

The spirit of America's uberfundamentalist lives on.
WARSAW (Reuters)-Poland's conservative government took its drive to curb what it sees as homosexual propaganda to the small screen on Monday, taking aim at Tinky Winky and the other Teletubbies.

Ewa Sowinska, government-appointed children rights watchdog, told a local magazine published on Monday she was conderned the popular BBC children's show promoted homosexuality.

She said she would ask psychologists to advise if this was the case.

In comments reminiscent of criticism by the late U.S. evangelist Jerry Falwell, she was quoted as saying: "I noticed (Tinky Winky) has a lady's purse, but I didn't realize he's a boy."
They're just doing the obsessive nannystating that American fundamentalists won't do...

Sunday, May 27, 2007

It's Incompetent At The Top

Guess which durn Amurca hatin' lefty wrote this.
A few writings ago, I got full of myself (again) and wrote that we, as a nation, have forgotten how to fight. It seemed to make some sense to some of you; it sure did to me. Here are a few more thoughts on this fighting stuff.

For me, and many like me, this war is about real people out dying and getting blown apart because of a few incompetents. Our generals, the most senior of the military, are to blame for this. They are the very root of our demise, our malaise and our inability to win.

In the Army, Air Force and Marine Corps, almost all of the daily decisions are made by those in the senior level; the Navy is the only one that's not totally corrupted...yet. The soldiers are simply the recipients of the many bone-headed things that come down the pipeline. When discussing Irag and Afghanistan, even the most ardent supporter of this administration starts the conversation with the non-combat word "chaos," and ends with the least non-combat word, "hope." Many are content to gloss over why things are so bad. The truth is, that the conduct of the war, the daily fight, the loss of life, the failures, the piss poor planning, and the incompetence lies completely at the feet of our generals.
I would also add and at the feet of our Commander In Chief. But on this Memorial Day weekend, please remember that we honor those who died for their country-not the clueless leaders who sent them there.

Coke Adds Death

And now it's the cola.
A common preservative found in drinks such as Coca-Cola, Sprite, Dr. Pepper, Fanta and Diet Pepsi may cause serious cell damage, according to a report in Britain's The Independent.

Sodium benzoate has the ability to switch off vital parts of a person's DNA, according to research from a British university.

The problem is usually associated with aging and alchohol abuse, but new findings show that drinking soda with the preservative can eventually lead to cirrhosis of the liver and degenerative diseases such as Parkinson's.
Well, since everything is supposed to be fatal for you these days anyway, a little more bodily harm probably wouldn't make much difference. Down the hatch!

Saturday, May 26, 2007

No Nonsense Is Good Nonsense

If triviality is so bad, why is the Lorax of politics screaming for attention?
Former US vice president Al Gore on Friday criticized the "trivialities and nonsense" of celebrity gossip in the media and called on people to focus instead on issues like Iraq and climate change.

Gore, who is promoting his new book "The Assault on Reason," made the comments at a book signing in New York, where he was treated to a rock star reception by more than 1,300 cheering and screaming fans.

"What is it about our collective decision-making process that has led us to this state of affairs where we spend much more time in the public forum talking about-or receiving information about-Britney Spears shaving her head or Paris Hilton going to jail?" Gore asked.
I think, Al, it's because even psychotic celebrities are more interesting than a guy who keeps saying we're doomed all the time.

TV Or Not TV

Let's see Danny Glover and Harry Belafonte explain this the next time they're down in Hugoland.
CARACAS (Reuters)-Tens of thousands of Venezuelan protersters marched on Saturday to the Caracas headquarters of an anti-government television station, which is being forced off the air after President Hugo Chavez's administration refused to renew its broadcasting license.

Waving flags with the logo of RCTB, demonstrators packed the streets of the capital where news anchors and soap opera stars slammed the imminent closure of the opposition channel.

"What is happening here is simply the silencing of a television station," shouted soap opera actress Gledys Ibarra.
Well, I'm sure Michael Moore and the rest of his Hollweird cronies will get right on this and condemn this crushing of dissent any minute now.

Friday, May 25, 2007

We Told You So

Well, they can't say they weren't warned.
(AP)-U.S. intelligence agencies warned senior members of the Bush administration in early 2003 that invading Iraq could create instability that would give Iran and al Qaeuda new opportunities to expand their influence, according to an upcoming Senate report.

Officials familiar with the Senate Intelligence Committee investigation also say analysts warned against U.S. domination in the region, which could increase extremist recruiting. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because the report's declassification is not yet finished. It could be made public as soon as next week.

The committee also found that the warnings predicting what would happen after the U.S.-led invasion were circulated widely in government, including to the Pentagon and the Office of the Vice President. It wasn't clear whether President Bush was briefed.
The line for the Bushbots to apologize to Colin Powell, John McCain, William F. Buckley and all those other durn unpatriotic libruls starts right here.

Whole Lotta Less Rosie

The fat lady has sung.
The saga is over.

Rosie O'Donnell wll not be returning to "The View."

In a statement today, Brian Frons, the president of Disney-ABC's Daytime Television Group, said, "We had hoped that Rosie would be with us until the end of her contract three weeks from now, but Rosie has informed us that she would like an early leave. Therefore, we part ways, thank her for her tremendous contribution to 'The View' and wish her well."
I guess being a loudmouthed leftwing lardass does have its drawbacks after all.

He May Be Crazy, But He's Not Dumb

Now this is the side of McCain I'd like to see more of.
McCain responds to Obama in tough enough, if predictable, language:

"While Senator Obama's two years in the U.S. Senate certainly entitle him to vote against funding our troops, my service and experience combined with conversations with military leaders on the ground in Iraq lead me to believe that we must give this new strategy a chance to succeed because the consequences of failure would be catastrophic to our nation's security."

But, McCain being McCain, he can't help himself and goes tht next step in the statement's kicker:

"By the way, Senator Obama, it;s a 'flal' jacket, not a 'flack' jacket."

Which is to say, "there is only one of us in this argument who has ever worn the uniform." (my words)

And if you still don't get it, a McCain aide blows away the anthill with, well, a rocket.

"Obama wouldn't know the difference between an RPG and a bong."
It's moments like these that make me wish McCain had won the nomination and the presidency back in 2000. When it comes to a Republican candidate versus a Democrat, I'll take a little crazy over a lot of stupidity any day.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

That Old-Fashioned Saudi Hospitality

Our "Good friends" once again show their respect for tolerance.
Saudi officials have arrested a man in Mecca for being a Christian, saying that the city, which Muslims consider to be holy, is off-limits to non-Muslims.
Nirosh Kamanda, a Sri Lankan Christian, was detained by the Saudi Expatriates Monitoring Committee last week after he started to sell goods outside Mecca's Great Mosque.

After running his fingerprints through a new security system, Saudi police discovered that he was a Christian who had arrived in the country six months earlier to take a job as a truck driver in the city of Dammam. Kamanda had subsequently left his place of work and moved to Mecca.

"The Grand Mosque and the holy city are forbidden to non-Muslims," Col. Suhail Matrafi, head of the department of Expatriates Affairs in Mecca, told the Saudi daily Arab News. "The new fingerprints system is very helpful and will help us a lot to discover the identity of a lot of criminals," he said.
Well, by all means lock him up and throw away the key. Beheading's too good for him!

The Minuteman Massacre

Something's rotten in the state of Minutemanland.
The top leaders of the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps have been terminated by the group's president, Chris Simcox, for requesting a meeting to discuss a lack of financial accountability by the organization's leadership.

The purge was ordered by Mr. Simcox, who came under fire last year over questions about how much money the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps (MCDC) had raised and where it had gone, and included several top lieutenants, most of whom have been with the organization since its April 2005 founding.

Those fired include Bob Wright, deputy executive director; Bill Irwin, national operations officer; Greg Thompson, national training coordinator; and Stacey O'Connell, Arizona state chapter director.
Another good idea ruined by corruption at the top. You'd think this was created by the Bush Administration.

The Reading Room

Say what you will about Ron Paul, he's not going away without a fight.
WASHINGTON, May 24 (Reuters)-Longshot republican presidential candidate Ron Paul on Thursday gave front-runner Rudy Giuliani a list of foreign-policy books to back up his contention that the attacks by Islamic militants are fueled by the U.S. presence in the Middle East.

"I'm giving Mr. Giuliani a reading assignment," the nine-term Texas congressman said as he stood behind a stack of books that included the report by the commission that examined the attacks on the United States on Sept. 11th, 2001.

(snip) Among the books on Paul's reading list were: "Dying to Win," which argues that suicide bombers only mobilize against an occupying force; "Blowback," which examines the unintended consequences of U.S. foreign policy; and the 9/11 Commissions Report, which says that Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was angered by the presence of U.S. troops in Saudi Arabia.

Another book on the list was "Imperial Hubris," whose author appeared at the press conference to offer support for Paul.

"Foreign policy is about protecting America," said author Michael Scheur, who used to head the CIA's bin Laden unit. "Our foreign policy is doing the opposite."
Bearing in mind that I definitely DON'T believe that the 9-11 attacks were our fault, the rest of Paul's argument has some valid points. Under Team Bush our foriegn policy has been one of arrogance and alienation of our allies, and that hasn't helped us in trying to prove to the rest of the world that we're still the good guys.

Tied To The Whipping Post

Oh, jeeze. Where's Abraham Lincoln when you need him?
GARDEN CITY, N.Y. (AP)-A millionaire couple accused of keeping two Indonesian women as slaves in their luxurious Long Island home and abusing them for years have been indicted on federeal slavery charges.

Vasha Mahender Sabhnani, 35, and her husband, Mahender Murlidhar Sabhnani, 51, operate a worldwide perfume business out of their home, contracting with overseas factories to manufacture the fragrances.

The two were arrested last week after one of their servants was found wandering outside a doughnut shop on Long Island, wearing only pants and a towel. The woman was believed to have fled the home in Muttontown, a tony community on Long Island's north shore, when she took the trash out the night before.
But...but...diversity!

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Saving For A Rainy Day

Man, this would buy a lot of cheese.
LONG-STANDING rumours that the former French president Jacques Chirac holds a secret multi-million-euro bank account in Japan appear to have been confirmed by files seized from the home of a senior spy.

Papers seized by two investigating magistrates from General Phillipe Rondot, a former head of the DGSE, France's intelligence service, show Mr Chirac opened an account in the mid-1990s at Tokyo Sowa Bank, credited with the equivalent of 30 million. It is not known where the money came from, nor whether it is connected to various kick-back scandals to which Mr Chirac's name has been linked over the past decade.

Last year, Mr Chirac "categorically denied" having a bank account in Japan.
Next he'll deny that he's French, and try to prove it by not surrendering to the authorities and going on the run.

Dear George: Help!

Oh, isn't this ironic.
CAIRO, Egypt-Iran has detained an Iranian-American consultant working for George Soros' Open Society Institute, the latest U.S. citizen connected to a non-governmental organization to be seized in the country, the institute said Wednesday.

The detention of Kian Tajbakhsh comes amid a crackdown on NGOs at a time when Iranian authorities accuse the United States of using critics and dissidents to overthrow the country's hard-line government.

Tajbakhsh, an urban planning consultant to has also worked for the World Bank, was detained on or about May 11, the Open Society Institute-a private foundation that encourages democracy-building-said in a statement.
George Soros is one of the most left-wing guys out there, and he has deep pockets. Let's see how he reacts to having his anti-Americanism thrown right back in his face.

Jaws, Our Savior

I'd love to see the fundamentalists explain this.
DUBLIN, Ireland-Female sharks can fertilize their own eggs and give birth without sperm from males, according to a new study of the asexual reproduction of a hammerhead in a U.S. zoo.

The joint Northern Ireland-U.S. research, being published Wednesday in the Royal Society's peer-reviewed Biology Letters journal, analyzed the DNA of a shark born in 2001 in the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha, Neb.

The shark was born in a tank with three potential mothers, none of whom had contact with a male hammerhead for at least three years.
Does this mean that the shark messiah has been born? Will shark creationists be arguing that this is proof that God made sharks in His own image and that there's no connection with those prehistoric critters? Will future shark presidential candidates be pandering to this group?

Highway Patrol

Ah, the price of infamy.
NASHVILLE, Tenn.-A porn star claims a state trooper who stopped her on a highway let drug charges slide in exchange for oral sex. And she says she's got proof-the troopers own video images of the roadside tryst.

The allegations have led to a Tennessee Highway Patrol investigation and the trooper's suspension.

The trooper, James Randy Moss, declined to comment Tuesdau. Highway Patrol spokesman Mike Browning confirmed investigators have interviewed the porn star, who is identified on a citation by her real name, Justis Richert.
Well, it appears Justis has been served. It must make Officer Moss feel good to know that he has a lower IQ than a blonde.

Don't Ask, Don't Translate

Who's more of a threat-terrorists or them durn queers who know how to speak the language?
WASHINGTON-Lawmakers who say the military has kicked out 58 Arabic linguists because they were gay want the Pentagon to explain how it can afford to let the valuable language specialists go.

Seizing on the latest discharges, involving three specialists, members of the House of Representatives wrote the House Armed Services Committee chairman that the contunued loss of such "capable, highly skilled Arabid linguists continues to compromise our national security during time of war."

(snip) Democratic Rep. Marty Meehan, who has pushed for repeal of the law, organized the letter sent to Skelton requesting a hearing into the Arab linguist issue.

"At a time when our military is stretched to the limit and our cultural knowledge of the Middle East is dangerously deficient, I just can't believe that kicking out able, competent Arabic linguists is making our country any safer," Meehan said.
Yeah, but it keeps the fundamentalists happy, 'cause it shows this administration still cares about the things that really matter to "Real conservatives."

It Takes A Thief

"Argh, me hearties. That be my gold down there."
The question of the day: Just how much of the $500 million sunken treasure found in the Atlantic last weekend belongs to Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards?

I put in a call to Edwards' campaign yesterday morning to find out, but I haven't heard back yet.

The reality? The populist one-term senator will get an undisclosed piece of the action from the sunken 17th-century galleon.

The ship, laden with gold and silver, was found at the bottom of the Atlantic by a little-known exploration company, Florida-based Odyssey Marine Reseach

Even less well known is who owns OMR.

Biggest shareholder: New York-based Fortress Investments, a private equity and hedge fund manager. Senior adviser and major investor: John Edwards.

Edwards' personal financial disclosures show he's an investor in the exclusive Drawbridge Global Macro Fund, which owns the 9.9% stake in OMR.

Ten percent of $500 million. After costs, of course.
From piracy on the high seas to greedy lawyers running for President. We've made a lot of progress in 300 years...

Grandaddy Dick

I guess this means Dick Cheney is going straight to Hell.
Mary Cheney, the vice president's lesbian daughter, had her first child this morning at Sibley Hospital in Washington, D.C.

Samuel David Cheney was born at 9:46 a.m., weighing 8 lbs., 6 oz.

His parents are Mary and her partner, Heather Poe.
Well, I expect an immediate round of concemnation from the fundamentalist crowd over this unholy birth. Oh, wait-this is the vice president's daughter, and only those evil queers who want to get hitched are damned? Never mind!

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Loose Lips Sink Careers

Memo to the staff: Keep it to yourself, or get canned.
What happened in the town of Hooksett, N.H., is no rumor.

Four town employees with 46 years of service between them were fired, in part for gossiping and discussing rmors of an improper relationship between the town administrator and another employee that Hooksett residents now agree were not true.

The administrator complained, and after an investigation the town council fired the women, finding, "Gossip, whsipering, and an unfriendly environment are causing poor morale and interfering with the efficient performance of town business."
Gossip can be vicious, and rumor mills don't do anybody any good. Firing them may have been a bit extreme, but since said rumor turned out not to be true, maybe these chatterboxes will get the message next time.

Show Them The Money

Maybe it got under the sofa cushions?
Members of Congress demanded on Tuesday that the Bush administration explain how billions of dollars of US taspayers' money had gone missing in Iraq in what they called a disastrous effort to rebuild the country.

Responding to the latest report by Stuart Bowen, the special inspector-general for Iraq reconstruction, members of the House foreign relations committee also directed much of their criticism at the Iraqi coalition government, venting their frustration with corruption.

"It is simply outrageous that we are mired in the same mud of incompetence that we got stuck in last year and the year before that. But knowing the administration's abysmal track record on Iraq reconstruction planning, this is no surprise," Tom Lantos, the committee's Democratic chairman, said.
This is what gets me the most about Team Bush. They force me to agree with the Dummycrats too much of the time.

Soul Food Mate

Even people eaters need a little lovin'.
NEW YORK, May 20 A convicted killer known for eating some of his victims' body parts is actively searching for love from his cell in a New York prison, a report said.

The New York Post Sunday said since Arthur Shawcross divorced his wife in February, the man convicted in 1991 of killing 11 prostitutes has been on the hunt for a sixth wife.

While the 61-year-old convict may not be in the ideal dating situation, he told the newspaper that he has a few specifics in mind in regards to his ideal mate.

"I do prefer blondes, redheads and platinum women over the rest, but will accept someone from any race who might be smart, have a good job and is not destitute," Shawcross said. The Sullivan Correctional Facility inmate said the woman should live within visiting distance of the prison and be somewhere between 24 and 100-years-old.
And they must go good with a nice bottle of Chiante.

Bargains Are For Poor People

Babs has broken the first rule of international stardom: Don't make the Italians mad at you.
Barbra Streisand may still be remembered for her Oscar winning role in the 1968 film "Funny Girl" but Italy's big consumer groups have found nothing funny about the prices of tickets to her condert in rome next month.

The Codacons and Adusbef groups have asked Rome's city government and Italy's Olympic Committee to deny permission for the singer to use the Flaminio Stadium on June 16 because they say the tickets to her condert are wildly exorbiant.

In a toughly worded statement, the consumer groups said the prices of the tickets, which range from 150 euros ($295.40) to 900 euros ($1,210) were "absurd and shameful."
Now they understand how the rest of us feel about her politics...

Monday, May 21, 2007

When Candidates Attack

It's The McCainanator versus Romneycop!
WASHINGTON (AP)-Republican John McCain accused presidential rival Mitt Romney of flip-flopping on immigration Monday and said with sarcasm: "Maybe his solution will be to get out his small varmint gun and drive those Guatemalans off his lawn."

McCain also said he was disappointed in potential candidate Fred Thompson for opposing immigration legislation the Arizona senator is co-sponsoring.

The immigration spat comes as the GOP race turns increasingly contentious and as Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, shows signs of gaining steam in Iowa and New Hampshire while Thompson lays the groundwork for what increasingly appears to be his own White House bid.
"What are your directives, Romneycop?"

"Run as far to the right as possible. Project the image that I appeal the most to religious fundamentalists. Uphold the flip-flopping."

Thou Shalt Not Hug

Islam's morality police have scored another victory in their battle against sanity, er, evil Western-style immorality.
Pakistan's woman tourism minister tendered her resignation today after hardline Islamic clerics accused her of obscenity for hugging her instructor after a charity parachute jump.

Nilofar Bakhtiar, the Federal Minister for Tourism, was pictured wearing a brightly coloured jumpsuit and hugging her instructor after a tandem jump to raise money for child victims of the earthquake that struck Pakistan in October 2005.

The images provoked the wrath of clerics in Islamabad, who accused Bakhtiar of posing in an obscene manner and violating the Islamic moral norms.
She'll get off lightly under their version of Muslim law-a stoning, a new burka and intense therapy under Taliban counselors, and she'll be an upstanding citizen in no time.

Underwear To The Rescue

Now you can have something to go with your tinfoil hat.
The press is all over the growing fears about WiFi and mobile phone radiation, with newspapers and cheap ITV mini-series' hyping it all up beyond reason. Still, if you're one of the cautious, wealthy few who still loves to look good beneath your clothes then salvation may be at hand.

Developed by Swiss designers, the Slipways underwear range is made with threads of silver to help fend off harmful radiation from devices such as mobile phones.

The Slipways briefs are so effective that any phone calls made in the confines of the underwar will completely fail to connect, though why anybody would try to make a phone call from within a pair of Swiss briefs is beyond us.
Ah, those clever Swiss. They gave the world pocket knives, fine watches, good chocolate, and now impenetrable undies.

Alms For The Campaign

Poverty is bad-especially when you're a presidential candidate.
Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards, who as a Democratic presidential candidate recently proposed an educational policy that urged "every financial barrier" be removed for American kids who want to go to college, has been going to college himself-as a high paid speaker, his financial records show.

The candidate charged a whopping $55,000 to speak to a crowd of 1,787 at the taxpayer-finded University of California at Davis on Jan. 9, 2006 last year, Joe Martin, the public relations officer for the campus' Mondavi Center confirmed Monday.

That amount-which comes to about $31 a person in the audience-included Edwards' travel and airfare, and was the highest speaking fee in the nine appearances he made before colleges and universities last year, according to his financial records.
Well, when you're an ex-lawyer running for President, you need to cover your expenses. After all, lying on the road alone doesn't put bread on the table.

Le Immigration Rationale'

I never thought I'd see the day when France was smarter than we were.
France's minister of immigration and national identity, a new ministry created by President Nicolas Sarkozy, has ruled out legalizing undocumented immigrants en masse.

The new ministry said today that government policy would be dictated by firmness and pragmatism.

"We have to put asside massive legalization. It doesn't work and it penalizes, even immigrants," Brice Hortefeux said on Europe 1 radio.
Meanwhile, Republicans were too busy hiding under their desks to respond.

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Raise The Titanic

It's baaaack.
(AP)-Air America is scheduling a high-profile lineup of presidential candidates, political players and celebrities for next week as part of the liberal talk network's "relaunch" after suffering financial woes.

Democratic candidates Hillary Rodham Clinton, Barack Obama and John Edwards, along with luminaries like Robert Redford, Paul Newman and Gloria Steinem, are among the more than 30 guests scheduled, the network announced Thursday.

New shows are also being added to the schedule, featuring famous correspondents and hosts, including Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Arianna Hiffington and Bob Kerrey. The network also redesigned its Web site, where hosts will regularly blog along with a newly-hired blogger, Nancy Scola.
Top of the line fertilizer is still reprocessed manure no matter how you look at it. I hope they're all happy when the good ship Frankenweenie is torpedoed by low ratings once again.

Sick a' Sicko

Maybe there's some hope for Hosers after all, eh?
Michael Moore is handing out fake bandages to promote his new film Sicko, an expose' of the failings of the U.S. health care system.

But he may feel like applying a couple to himself after the mauling he received yesterday from several Canadian journalists-present company included-following the film's first viewing at the Cannes Film Festival.

"You Canadians! You used to be so funny!" an exapserated Moore said at a press conference in the Palais des Festivals.

"You gave us all our best comedians. When did you turn so dark?"
Maybe having to suffer in the shadow of Mikey's enormous ego had something to do with it...

A Phony Of One

With the Iraq war as screwed up as it is, we don't need fakers making things worse.
SEATTLE-A man who tried to position himself as a leader of the anti-war movement by claiming to have participated in war crimes while serving in Iraq is facing federal charges of falsifying his record.

Jesse Adam MacBeth, 23, formerly of Phoenix, garnered attention on blogs and in some altermative media after he began claiming in 2005 to have been awarded a Purple Heart for his service, which he said included slaughtering innocents in a Fallujah mosque. His story was contradicted by his discharge form, showing that he was kicked out of the Army after six weeks at Fort Benning, Ga., in 2003 because of his "entry level performance and conduct."

A complaint unsealed Friday in U.S. District Court in Seattle charged him with one count of using or possessing a forged or altered military discharge certificate, and one count of making false statements in seeking benefits from the Veterans Administration.
Well that's too bad. He was so well on his way to becoming the next John Kerry...

Leaving It All Behind

Will the last one to leave Iraq please turn out the lights.
Gordon Brown is prepared to risk the future of the "special relationship" with the United States by reversing Tony Blair's support for the Iraq war, President George W Bush has been warned.

He has been briefed by White House officials to expect an announcement on British troop withdrawals from Mr Brown during his first 100 days in power. It would be designed to boost the new prime minister's popularity in the opinion polls.

The President recently discussed with a senior White House adviser how to handle the fallout from the expected loss of Washington's main ally in Iraq, The Sunday Telegraph has learned.
Well, I applaud the Brits for sticking with us for as long as they did. It's not their fault that Bush has alienated our biggest ally. It's going to be awfully lonely being a coalition of one...

Saturday, May 19, 2007

Talkin' 'Bout G-g-g-global Warming

He won't get fooled again.
JUST when it looked like every rock star on the planet was jumping aboard AL GORE'S green bandwagon, there's a backlash already undereway.

THE WHO'S ROGER DALTRY has blasted the big Wembley gig Gore is organising to raise awareness of global warming.

(snip) Speaking exclusively to Bizzare, Roger said: "B***cks to that! The last thing the planet needs is a rock concert.

"I can't believe it. Let's burn even more fuel.

"We have problems with global warming, but the questions and the answers are so huge I don't know what a rock concert's ever going to do to help.

"Everybody on this planet at the moment, unless they are living in the deepest rainforest in Brazil, knows about climate change."
But not everybody knows that Al Gore may be running for President again. And what better way to gain publicity than hype your own hypocracy?

Blind Vs. Stupid

History's Worst Monster doesn't like Tony Blair.
Former US president Jimmy Carter on Saturday attacked outgoing Prime Minister Tony Blair for his "blind" support of the Iraq war, describing it as a "major tragedy for the world."

In an interview with BBC radio, Carter was asked how he would describe Blair's attitude to US President George W. Bush. He replied: "Abominable. Loyal, blind, apparently subservient.

"I think that the almost undeviating support by Great Britain for the ill-advised policies of President Bush in Iraq have been a major tragedy for the world."
While I may have serious problems with the way this war has been bungled, Carter is the last person to criticize when it comes to foreign policy. Why can't this guy just go back to building houses?

Friday, May 18, 2007

My Mother The Con Artist

Somehow, I don't think it was the kids who were really retarded here.
TACOMA, Wash.-A woman who coached her children to fake mental retardation to collect disability benefits was sentenced to three years in prison Thursday.

Rosie Costello, 46, must also pay nearly $288,000 in restitution after pleading guilty in U.S. District Court to conspiracy to defraud the government and Social Security fraud. Last week, a judge sentenced her son, Pete Costello, to 13 months in prison.

The scheme was discovered after Pete Costello, now 28, was caught on surveillance video contesting a traffic ticket in a Vancouver, Wash., courtroom. Since he was 8, his mother had represented to state and federal officials that he was so severely retarded he could not perform simple tasks.

Earlier, she had used the same scheme with her daughter, Marie, beginning when the girl was 4. Investigators have been unable to find the daughter.
I'm guessing the daughter is now off somewhere applying what she learned from Mom while Mommy's in the slammer.

National Hari Kari

What the hell is going on over there?
TOKYO (AP)-A mother beheaded by her son. A baby who suffocated after being stuffed by his parents in the baggage compartment of a motorbike while they went gambling. A murderous shooting spree during a hostage standoff.

An outbreak of violent crime this week has triggered soul-searching and outrage in Japan, a country that has long prided itself on its safe streets and tight communal bonds.

The "appalling destruction" of traditional values--as one lawmaker put it--climaxed Friday, when a former gangster killed a policeman and wounded his son and daughter during a shooting rampage at his home, where he had held his ex-wife hostage for 24 hours. It was the first time an on-duty policeman was shot to death since 2001.

The standoff capped a week of mayhem and mistreatment.
The Japanese have long prided themselves on being more civilized than others. It must come as quite a shock for them to realize they're not.

Russian Roulette

Things are getting nasty between the EU and Uncle Putin.
The leaders of the European Union and Russia have traded sharp criticism over human rights, at a summit that exposed the divisions between the two sides.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed alarm at the detention of activists intending to protest against the Russian government.

Vladimir Putin retorted that Estonia's ethnic Russians were being persecuted.

Correspondents said the exchanges just illustrated the souring mood between the EU and its eastern neighbour.

There are a number of prickly issues between the two, including trade, energy supplies and Kosovo.

(snip) If the atmosphere at the post-summit news conference was anything to go by, the relationship has reached a new low, says the BBC's Rupert Wingfield-Hayes in Moscow.
I take it this means that the days of peering into Putin's soul are long gone. I suspect Putin's concerns about ethnic Russians in Estonia are roughly on a par with Hitler's over Austria back in the day.

Short Stuff

"Fat, short, and without a lawyer is no way to go through life, son."
BOSTON-Ellen Frankel stands just 4-foot-8 inches tall, a size that allowed larger co-workers to playfully scoop her up at the office and make remarks about her height. Some even patted her on the head.

Lawmakers are considering complaints such as hers as they review a bill that would make Massachusetts just the second state to bar discrimination based on height or weight.

"People in authority will very easily make comments about height that they wouldn't make about race or gender," said Frankel, a Marblehead author.

Jeanne Toombs understands the frustration. She says overweight people routinely are discriminated against because of their size.

"It's not fair. No mattere what you think of fat people, they deserve to be treated like human beings," said Toombs, 59, a piano teacher who weighs 300 pounds.
Why stop there? What about ugly people, or people with BO, or just about anybody who is miserable? Life is unfair! I want to sue life!

Two Legs, Not Four, That Is The Law

Shades of Doctor Mureau.
The government has overturned its proposed ban on the creation of human-animal embryos and now wants to allow them to be used to develop new treatments for incurable diseases such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's.

The proposal, in a new draft fertility bill published today, would allow scientists to create three different types of hybrid embryos.

Scientists would be allowed to grow the embryos in a lab for no more than two weeks, and it would be illegal to implant them in a human.
Well, if somebody gets their Alzheimer's cured but also develops a sudden urge to chase cars, we'll know why.

Awesome, Swimmer, Totally Awesome!

Want to know why this administration sucks eggs? Because of idiots like these.
"He's awesome," gushed Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, as he left a news conference announcing the biparisan agreement. "I'd say he was one of the critical leaders in putting together this deal."

Commerce Secretary Carlos M. Gutierrez called it "a real privelage" to work with Kennedy, a Massachuestts Democrat and liberal stalwart who spends much of his time trying to thwart or undo Bush administration policies.

"It's obvious we're in different parties. We don't always agree," Gutierrez said. But, he added, Kennedy "is focused. He's very determined."
And the Republican Party seems determined to commit suicide.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

MLRK

With an ego like this, it's a wonder he's not in politics.
CHICAGO, May 17 (UPI)-Chicago rapper R. Kelly, facing charges of having sex with an underage girl, compared himself in an interview with Muhummad Ali and Martin Luther King Jr.

The singer-songwriter, born Robert Kelly, made the comparisions during a Hip-Hop Soul magazine interview, the Chicago Sun-Times reported Thursday.

Kelly said: "I'm the Ali of today. I'm the Marvin Gaye of today. I'm the Bob Marley of today. I'm the Martin Luther King, or all the other greats that have come before us. And a lot of people are starting to realize that now."
"I have a dream. I have a dream that one day all underage girls, black girls and white girls, Catholic and Protestent, Jew and Gentile, will be able to give me a rise up and make me say, 'Free at last, free at last, thank God and my lawyer, I am free at last.'"

Bubba Will Be Pleased

Why am I not surprised?
Jenna Jameson, probably the most recognizeable porn star in the history of porn, has picked her favorite candidate in the 2008 presidential elections.

"I love Hillary. I think that in some ways she's pretty conservative for a democrat, but I would love to have a woman in office. I think that it would be a step in the right direction for our country, and there would be less focus on war and more focus on bettering society," said Jameson in an interview with PR.com.
Sorry, Jenna, but if the Clintons come back you'll have to compete for Bill's affections just like every other skank.

Behind The Times

And you thought your grandparents were out of touch when it came to the online age.
LONDON (Reuters)-A British judge admitted on Wednesday he was struggling to cope with basic terms like "Web site" in the trial of three men accused of inciting terrorism via the Internet.

Judge Peter Openshaw broke into the questioning of a witness about a Web forum used by alleged Islamist radicals.

"The trouble is I don't understand the language. I don't really know what a Web site is," he told a London court during the trial of three men charged under anti-terrorism laws.

Prosecutor Mark Ellison briefly set aside his questioning to explain the terms "Web site" and "forum." An exchange followed in which the 59-year-old judge acknowledged: "I haven't quite grasped the concepts."
Thank God this wasn't an Internet porn case. That would have really thrown him for a loop...

How Will The Wolf Survive?

The Wolfman is out.
World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz has resigned his post, effective June 30.

An internal panel tasked with investigating the lucrative pay and promotion package Wolfowitz arranged in 2005 for girlfriend Shaha Riza found him guilty of breaking bank rules.

The committee also found that he tried to hide the salary and promotion package from top ethics and legal officials within the bank. The report added that there is a "crisis in the leadership" at the World Bank.

Wolfowitz is the first World Bank president to ever leave the bank under a cloud of scandal.
Boy, that Bush legacy sure gets around, doesn't it? Good riddance.

D'ohpe!

Don't you just hate it when this happens?
SKIEN, Norway, May 17 (UPI)--Police in Norway lost a list of drug suspects' names during a raid and the list is now for sale in drug circles.

"It is deeply regrettable that this intelligence information has become known. We must now have a closer look at what has happened in this matter," Deputy Telemark County Police Commissioner Runar Karlsen told the Telemarksavisa newspaper.

The lost list includes 48 suspects' social security numbers, addresses and the crime they are suspected of, Aftenposten reported.
I wonder if Chief Wiggums has any relatives in the Netherlands...

Nothing Better To Do

I guess there aren't a lot of pressing issues to deal with in the Motor City.
DETROIT-The Detroit City Council called for the impeachment of President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney, unanimously passing a resolution sponsored by a Democratic congressman's wife.

The nonbinding resolution, approved Wednesday, says Bush and Cheney conspired to defraud the United States by "intentionally misleading Congress and the public regarding the threat from Iraq in order to justify the war."

It was sponsored by Councilwoman Monica Conyers. Her husband, U.S. Rep. John Conyers, is chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, where any impeachment proceedings would start. He has said he does not intend to move forward with any impeachment effort.
Of course he won't. These votes are pure stunts and if even Nancy Pelosi won't call for Bush's impeachment, it's just another waste of time that will go nowhere fast. But it helps divert attention from the fact that these city councils aren't doing the jobs they were elected to do.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

"Should I Stay Or Should I Go"

It will be very interesting to see how this plays out.
Some key Republican supporters of President Bush's Iraq war policy said this week that if the Iraqi parliament calls for the withdrawal of U.S. troops, their position could change dramatically.

"I suspect we would respect their wishes," said Florida Rep. Adam Putnam, the third-ranking Republican in the House.

"I think it would reflect a successful, healthy and well-running parliamentary organization that was delivered to that nation by the sacrifices of our fighting men and women." Putnam was responding to a bill a majority of Iraqi lawmakers signed on to earlier this month supporting a timetable for withdrawal of U.S. forces.

(snip) On Sunday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said on CNN that he was fed up with the Iraqi government and called it a "huge disappointment," citing the parliament's failure to pass an oil revenue bill, hold local elections or meet other benchmarks set by the U.S.

Asked about a possible vote on a bill asking U.S. forces to leave, McConnell said: "I want to assure you, if they vote to ask us to leave, we'll be glad to comply with their request."
Well, we'll see. Given this administration's track record of actually listening to people, I would be greatly surprised if this time he had no choice.

Sanity Klaus

Leave it to a guy who actually lived under socialism to take on leftist greenies.
PRAGUE, Czech Republic: Czech President Vaclav Klaus on Wednesday called for a rational debate on global warming, rejecting what he called "hysteria" driven by environmentalists.

"Let's bring the debate to whether the 0.6 (degree Celsius warming over the last century) is much or little, how much Man has contributed to the warming and...if there is anything at all Man can do about it," Klaus said when presenting his book "Blue, Not a Green Planet."

He charged that groups other than scientists have now seized on the topic and ambitious environmentalists are fueling a global warming hysteria that has no solid ground in fact and allows manipulation of people.

"It is about a key topic of our time, and that is the topic of human freedom and its curtailment," Klaus said.
Reason and rationality? That's a lot to expect from envirowhackos.

King Missile Part II

Mini-Me is at it again.
TOKYO: North Korea is developing a new long-range ballistic missle that may be capable of hitting the U.S. territory of Guam, a Japanese official said Wednesday.

The new missile, believed to have been displayed at a recent North Korean military parade, may be able to cruise up to 5,000 kilometers (3,100 miles) at medium altitudes, a defense ministry official said on condition of anonymity, citing protocol.

Local media reports have dubbed the missile the Musudan and say it is an advance over North Korea's current arsenal of Rodon and Taepodong 1 missiles, which have shorter ranges. It is reportedly based on a Russian submarine-launched missle.
Well, let's see how long this one lasts before it goes limp. Maybe Dear Leader needs missile Viagra...

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Better Lute Than Never

Bush has finally found somebody dumb enough, er, tough enough, to take the blame-er, run this here war thingy.
WASHINGTON-President Bush has chosen Lt. Gen. Douglas Lute, the Pentagon's director of operations, to oversee the fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan as a "war czar" after a long search for new leadership, administration officials said Tuesday.

In the newly created position, Lute would serve as an assistant to the president and deputy national security adviser, and would also maintain his military status and rank as a three-star general, according to a Pentagon official.

the officials spoke on condition of anonymity because Bush has not yet made an announcement.
A "War czar?" Whatever happened to "Commander In Chief?" You know, the guy who's supposed to accept responsibility for sending our troops into harm's way in the first place? You cannot make this stuff up.

Fred Smokes Mikey

This is just brilliant.

Monday, May 14, 2007

The Newt Nation?

Is it Gingrich Time?
Newt Gingrich for president? It could happen.

In an interview with Diane Sawyer on "Good Morning America," the former Republican speaker of the House said there was a "great possibility" that he would run for president.

He will make that decision sometime in the fall. Sawyer noted that previously Gingrich had only said he was "thinking about" a run for president.

"You said you'll make a decision at the end of September, {is it} more likely, less likely this morning?" Sawyer asked Ginvrich.

"I think right now, it is a great possibility," Gingrich said.
I wish him luck. Don't get me wrong; I think he's a smart guy and would probably make a good president. But my money's still on somebody who can get the nomination without alienating a whole lot of people in the process. I wouldn't mind seeing him in an active role in the next Republican administration, however. Secretary of State Gingrich has a nice ring to it.

Will The Real Conservatives Please Stand Up

I don't often talk about what's going on at other sites, but considering the importance of this election I thought it was time once again to provide another example of what has gone wrong with "Movement conservatives." Hat tip: Classical Values.
Jim Robinson has been going on a tear demonizing Rudy Giuliani, because Rudy (agreeing with the vast majority of most Americans), is personally opposed to abortions on a moral level, but does not think that decent people who disagree and have or provide an abortion, should be criminals and sent to prison.

Anyone who posts any support for Giuliani at the site, if it's at all forceful, will be banned.

There is a LOT of energy wasted on this issue. On a practical and a logistics level, seemingly all for naught.

First, Roberts and Alito said at their confirmation hearings Roe was settled law. If even the most conservative jurists ate forced by the confirmation process to make that pledge, how will Rode ever be overturned?

(Incidentally, Giuliani said Jusices like Scalia, Roberts and Alito are his idea of the justices he'd appoint as President. In the Reagan administration, Giuliani was the 3rd ranking person in Ed Meese's Justice Department.)

Secondly, even if Roe was overturned, what states would make abortion a criminal felony? In 2006, South Dakota voted on a referendum passed by its legislature to criminalize abortions and it was defeated 56% to 44%. If it can't win in socially conservative South Dakota, where can it win? Utah?

How far is it from Salt Lake City to Las Vegas?
If iI were conspiracy-minded, I might tend to believe that these one-issue third-party ranters want a Dummycrat in the White House just to advance their cause and give them somebody to rail against. But is that true conservatism? Conservatism is supposed to be about doing what's best for the country, and advocating a time-honored philosophy-not hyping your own agenda at the expense of all else.

Some Things Never Change

When in doubt, fall back on the classic scapegoats.
Many Europeans believe the Jews dictate US policy in the Middle East, wield disproportionate global economic influence and talk too much about the Holocaust, according to a report released Monday by the Anti-Defamation League.

The report's findings found that significant numbers of people in five European countries continue to hold anti-Jewish stereotypes, said Abraham Foxman, national director of the US group.

"A large number of Europeans continue to be infected with anti-Jewish attitudes, holding on to classical anti-Jewish canards and conspiracy theories," Foxman said at a news conference where he presented the report.
Hitler must be kicking himself down in Hell for having been born sixty years too early...

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Terrorism Elementary

In the Middle East this would be considered a normal field trip.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn.-Staff members of an elementary school staged a fictitious gin attack on students during a class trip, telling them it was not a drill as the children cried and hid under tables.

The mock attack Thursday night was intended as a learning experience and lasted five minutes during the weeklong trip to a state park, said Scales Elementary School Assistant Principal Don Bartch, who led the trip.

"We got together and discussed what we would have done in a real situation," he said.

But parents of the sixth-grade students were outraged.

"The children were in that room in the dark, begging for their lives, because they thought there was someone with a gun after them," said Brandy Cole, whose son went on the trip.
I suggest giving the teachers new jobs-say, as fake hostages for police training excercizes. But let them think it's the real thing instead.

Saturday, May 12, 2007

M-I-C-K-E-Y P-A-S-S-P-O-R-T P-L-E-A-S-E

The Mouse is going to customs charm school.
America's surly immigration officers are about to get charm offensive lessons from Disney to lour back tourists put off by their intimidating 'welcome'.

They will be given tips from the creators of Mickey Mouse following falling visitor numbers-and a survey that revealed 70 per cent of those who have dropped the US as a destination cite an aggressive reception as the reason.

Since security was stepped up after 9/11, British visitors have complained of mistreatment at airport immigration, exceptionally long queues and excessive interrogations.
I think Donald Duck should handle the interrogation part. Even foreigners who speak English wouldn't understand him and still feel intimidated.

The Breck Girl Brigade

I guess Potsie Webber figured just being a lawyer didn't make him vile enough.
Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards is calling on his supporters to turn this year's Memorial Day into a day of antiwar activism, saying that the best way to honor the troops is to demand an end to the Iraq war.

"Each of us has a responsibility as Americans, a duty to our troops and to each other, to do all we can to support the troops and end this war," the former senator from North Carolina said yesterday during a commencement address at New England College in Henniker, N.H.

"This Memorial Day weekend, that means more than just getting in your car, driving to the beach, or a parade, or a picnic and saying the words, 'We support our troops,'" Edwards said.
Yeah, it also means helping boost the creep's presidential campaign. I'll pass, thanks.

We Support Our Wallets

Let's hear it for supporting the troops, Bush administration style!
WASHINGTON, May 11-The Pentagon is looking into complaints that Defense Department officials charged with building public support for troops in Iraq and Afghanistan might have engaged in improper fund-raising and unauthorized spending, officials said Friday.

The inspector general is examining whether officials who run "America Supports You," a three-year-old Pentagon program lauded by Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, helped arrange a fund-raiser for a private foundation set up last December by former Bush administration appointees. The foundation raises money to help troops and their families.

The inquiry is also looking into whether money used for "America Supports You" and other public outreach programs has been shifted improperly from pentagon accounts intended for other purposes.
Corruption involving former Bush appointees? I am shocked.

Dissapearing Act

This guy wants to go to Vegas. He's off to a great start.
Swedish magician Joe Labero has provoked a strong reaction with suggestions that Las Vegas is controlled by "Jewish business syndicates, American dollar millionaires and homosexual booking agents."

The magic master's comments were made in an interview with rail company SJ's on-board magazine Kupe'.

As a prelude to his controversial thesis, Labero explained that he has long been close to getting his own show in Las Vegas.

"But at the end of the day it seems to be impossible-unless you are a homosexual, a Jew or an American.

"I don't mean to sound presjudiced of course, I'm just cynical. A blond Swedish Viking will have a hard time breaking through the heirarchies that control Vegas, where power rests in the hands of Jewish business syndicates, American dollar millionaires and homosexual booking agents.

"But I will get there, sooner or later," Labero told the magazine.

Joe Labero is the state name of Lars Bengt Roland Johansson.
Well, Lars, you may not get to Vegas now, but I understand the neo-Nazi crowd could always use some cheap entertainment.

Friday, May 11, 2007

The Great Green Alarmist Machine

Oh, come on. What do these guys know?
While basking in the afterglow of having his movie, An Inconvenient Truth, awarded an Oscar, former vice president Al Gore is finding his rhetorical flourishes on the subject of global warming aren't always welcome, even among his supporters in the scientific community.

Scientists Cite Innacuracies

"I don't want to pick on Al Gore," Don J. Easterbrook, an emeritus professor of geology at Western Washington University, told an audience at the annual meeting of the Geological Society of America, "but there are a lot of inaccuracies in the statements we are seeing, and we have to temper that with real data."

Easterbrook is one of several scientists quoted in the March 13 issue of the New York Times as being uncomfortable with some of Gore's statements on global warming. Gore-whose movie and other statements on global warming invariably depict a planet heading toward catastrophe unless emissions of greenhouse gases are substantially reduced-is provoking a backlash among scientists who see his alarmism as harmful to public discourse.
Well, they may be experts, but Gore invented global warming, so he obviously knows what he's talking about.

Same As The Old Boss

How many ways can you say "Suckers!"
House Democrats are suddenly balking at the tough lobbying reforms they touted to voters last fall as a reason for putting them in charge of Congress.

Now that they are running things, many Democrats want to keep the big campaign donations and lavish parties that lobbyists put together for them. They're also having second thought about having to wait an extra year before they can become high-paid lobbyists themselves should they retire or be defeated at the polls.

The growing resistance to several prpopsed reforms now threatens passage of a bill that once seemed on track to fulfull Democrats' campaign promise of cleaner fundraising and lobbying practices.

"The longer we wait, the weaker the bill seems to get," said Craig Holman of Public Citizen, which has pushed for the changes. "The sense of urgency is fading," he said, in part because scandals such as those involving disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff and former Rep. Duke Cunningham, R-Calif., have given way to other news.

The situation concerns some Democrats, who note their party campaigned against a "culture of corruption" in 2006, when voters ended a long run of Republican control of Congress. Several high-profile issues remained in doubt Friday, five days before the House Judiciary Committee is to take up the legislation.
Money makes the world go 'round. And it doesn't matter which party is in charge-they both want as much as they can get.

You Are Them

Shades of Men In Black.
HARRISBURG, Pa.-A Mexican doctor surgically removed drug traffickers' fingerprints, subsituting skin from the soles of their feet, to help the traffickers avoid arrest, authorities said Friday.

The doctor, Jose L. Covarrubias, was arrested at the border as he tried to enter the U.S. on Wednesday, the same day he was indicted in connection with a marijuana-dealing ring based in Harrisburg.

The indictment says Covarrubias surgically removed the fingerprints of Marc George, a co-defendant named in the drug indictment. The doctor is believed to have performed the surgery for about four other people, Assistant U.S. Attorney William Behe said.
Not a bad job there, Doc-now think about how much you'll know about American prisons tomorrow.

Grand Old Crooks

And the GOP wonders why it's in such deep doo-doo.
The editor of a popular conservative blog declared "war" on the GOP House leadership following the decision of Republican members to appoint Rep. Ken Calvert (R-Calif.) temporarily to a powerful House panel.

"The House Republican Leadership just does not get it nd they will not take us seriously until we flex our muscle against them," wrote Erick Erickson, editor of www.redstate.com. "We must fight the House GOP and we must fight today.

"Today, I declare war on the Republican Leadership of the United States House of Representatives....We must scalp one member. That member's name is Ken Calvert."

Erickson said in an e-mail to The Hill, "There were plenty of other Republicans who would have been eligible and good. Instead, they made a lateral move from [Rep. John] Doolittle (R-Calif.) to Calvert, who has not only had several questionable land deals, but also an arrest."
With allegations like that, the guy should be running for Speaker of the House, or at least be a Bush cronie.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

We Thank You For Your Support

One of the good guys is leaving the world stage and headed into private life.
LONDON--Tony Blair announced his resignation Thursday in a poignant--almost apologetic--speech to the nation, thanking his compatriots for his successes during more than a decade as prime minister, and seeking understanding for leading Britain into an unpopular war in Iraq.

Blair's June 27 departure means the mantle will likely pass to Gordon Brown, the rumpled architect of Britain's economic prosperity. Pilloried for everything from his dandruff to his alleged ruthlessness, Brown has long waited for the chance to emege from Blair's shadow.

Blair won three straight terms as prime minister by banking on his common touch--a style that served him well as he returned to the northern England political club where he announced his campaign for Labour Party leader 13 years ago.
In many ways he was a typical Labour politician, but he was also a steadfast ally and one of our strongest and most reliable friends. I wish him well.

The Loneliest Number

The socons and few remaining Bushbots won't like hearing this, but it happens to be true.
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-Republican presidential candidate John McCain said Thursday he believes President Bush's low approval ratings are hurting the GOP yet won't affect the party's 2008 nominee.

"I don't think there's any doubt that when the president's polling numbers are low that it harms the Republican Party in general, but I think that when it comes election time that the overwhelming majority of Americans will choose their candidate on the basis of that individual candidate's qualifications, vision and record," McCain said in an interview with The Associated Press.

The president's numbers have fallen largely because of his stewardship of the Iraq war. On Tuesday, 11 moderate House Republicans met with Bush at the White House and bluntly told him that the war was unsustainable without public support and that it was damaging GOP political fortunes.
Bush's low ratings shouldn't hurt the Republican nominee because the nominee will most likely be someone who is the least like Bush-that is, an actual conservative Republican who won't alienate eighty percent of the electorate.

Of Politics And Popes

Now see, this is why I'm glad we have seperation of church and state in this country.
SAO PAULO, Brazil-Pope Benedict XVI kicked off a historic five-day visit to Brazil on Wednesday by sending a tough anti-abortion message that sparked a hemisphere-wide debate over the roman Catholic Church's efforts to influence politicians.

In answer to a question about Mexico City's recent legalization of abortion, Benedict indicated that he would support Mexican bishops if they were to decide to excommunicate lawmakers who voted for the law.

"It is part of the code," Benedict said, according to reporters aboard the plane. "It is based simply on the principal that the killing of an innocent human child is incompatible with going in communion with the body of Christ."
Now, if he'd just said that he was against abortion on principal because that was what the Church dictated, I would have been fine with that. But here he is saying that the Church has the right to interfere with politicians who were elected by the people-not placed there by the clergy. This is the sort of thing we fought against. Sorry, Your Holiness-the Inquisition is long gone.

No Retreat, Sort Of

So, does this mean Bush is joining the "Cut and run" crowd?
President George W. Bush on Thursday agreed to negotiate war-funding legislation that would set targets for progress in Iraq, amid mounting pressure from Democrats and Republicans over the war.

Mr Bush said it "makes sense" to establish benchmarks against which to measure efforts to bring stability to the strife-torn country.

The comments increased the chances of compromise with the Democratic-controlled Congress over continued funding for a war that is fast losing support on Capitol Hill.
Translation-President Bush: "My party's gettin' its ass kicked over the war, I wanna stay the course but if I wanna have any credibility left by the time I go back to Crawford, I gotta give the 70 percent who are now against me somethin'. Dang. This leadership stuff is hard."

Mikey Vs. The Feds

It couldn't happen to a nicer guy.
LOS ANGELES (AP)-Academy Award-winning filmmaker Michael Moore is under investigation by the U.S. Treasury Department for taking ailing Sept. 11 rescue workers to Cuba for a segment in his upcoming health-care documentary "Sicko," The Associated Press has learned.

The investigation provdes another contentious lead-in for a provocative fim by Moore, a fierce critic of President Bush. In the past, Moore's adversaries have fanned publicity that helped the filmmaker create a new brand of opinionated blockbuster documentary.

(snip) The Treasury department's Office of Foreign Assets Control notified Moore in a letter dated May 2 that it was conducting a civil investigation for possible violations of the U.S. trade embargo restricting travel to Cuba. A copy of the letter was obtained Wednesday by the AP.

"This office has no record that a specific license was issued authorizing you to engage in travel-related transactions involving Cuba, Dale Thompson, OFAC chief of general investigations and field operations, wrote in the letter to Moore.
Well, you know Moore. Rules for normal people don't apply to him.

Rated S For Stupidity

The Health Nazis are going after the movies now.
The MPAA says that for the first time film depictions of cigarette smoking will number among criteria used by its ratings board to determine how a movie is rated.

Anti-tobacco lobbyists have been pressing for an automatic "R" rating for films with smoking scenes, but MPAA chairman-CEO Dan Glickman on Thursday rejected that propsal and said a more nuanced policy will be implemented.

"The MPAA film rating system has existed for nearly 40 years as an educational tool for parents to assist them in making decisions about what movies are appropriate for their children," Glickman said. "It is a system that is designed to evolve alongside modern parental concerns. I am pleased that this system continues to receive overwhelming approval from parents, and is consistently described as a valuable tool they rely upon in making movie-going decisions for their families.

"With that in mind, the rating board chaired by Joan Graves will now consider smoking as a factor-among many other factors, including violence, sexual situations and language-in the rating of films," he continued. "Clearly, smoking is increasingly an unacceptable behavior in our society. There is broad awareness of smoking as a unique public health concern due to nicotine's highly addictive nature, and no parent wants their child to take up the habit. The appropriate response of the rating system is to give more information to parents on this issue."
The way things are going, I wouldn't be surprised if junk food and meat were next. "No, you can't go see Spiderman VI. Peter Parker eats a hamburger in one scene. You don't want to wind up like him, do you?"

Remembering The Bums

Now we have a movement afoot to pay homage to the stinky ones among us.
From the back of the cafeteria at the Pike Market Senior Center, out of a crowd of about 50 people--many of them weary-looking, some resting their heads on the table--came a voice from a man with a scruffy beard and a weather-lined face.

"In the middle of the Louvre, there's a giant crystal."

The group, made up of many homeless or formerly homeless people, was being asked on Wednesday to picture a place where it could remember the homeless who have died on the streets in King County.

Some of the other ideas for a Place of Remembrance planned for Victor Steinbrueck Park, near the Pike Place Market, were less grandiose.

Lawrence Clayton, who said he's been homeless for 40 of his 60 years, wanted to make a political statement.

"We don't have to have homeless people, much less have them die."
I can see it now: A statue of a panhandler, complete with authentic smell...

No Hable El Pedo

He was just doing the pedophelia that Americans won't do.
CHESAPEAKE-A 19-year-old who police said is in the country illegally was detained after a store clerk who processed film he dropped off suspected an undressed girl on the film could be underage.

Carlos Ramos of the 3700 block of S. Military Hwy. is charged with producing sexually explicit materials, said Christi Golden, a police spokeswoman. Ramos is being held without bond in the Chesapeake jail. Other charges are pending.

A clerk at the Wal-Mart on Grassfield Parkway called police Tuesday after processing the pictures, which included a 13-year-old girl, Golden said. The girl is nude in at least one of the pictures.
I can hear the libs now: "Wal-Mart hates illegals and their notions of romance! We need to respect cultural diversity!"

"Can We Leave The Titanic Now, Cap'n Bush?"

Some Republicans aren't happy that Bush's war is taking them down with it.
WASHINGTON, May 9-Moderate Republicans gave President Bush a blunt warning on his Iraq policy at a private White House meeting this week, telling the president that conditions needed to improve markedly by fall or more Republicans would desert him on the war.

The White House session demonstrated the grave unease many Republicans are feeling about the war, even as they continue to stand with the president against Democratic efforts to force a withdrawal of forces through a spending measure that has been a flash point for weeks.

Participants in the Tuesday meeting between Mr. Bush, senior administration officials and 11 members of a moderate bloc of House Republicans said the lawmakers were unusually candid with the president, telling him that public support for the war was crumbling in their swing districts.
Whatever their motives might be, they have one thing right-the war has become the GOP's albatross around their necks. And, barring some sort of a miracle, that albatross might well turn into a hangman's noose.

"It's Our Mess-You Fix It!"

Don't make Dick angry. You wouldn't like him when he's angry.
BAGHDAD (AP)-Vice President Dick Cheney said Wednesday that "we've got a long way to go" in reducing violence in Iraq in a trip punctuated by an explosion that shook windows at the U.S. Embassy, where Cheney was visiting.

The vice president urged that Iraq's parliament abandon plans for a two-month summer vacation while U.S. forces are fighting. With important issues pending, including how to share Iraq's oil wealth, "any undue delay would be difficult to explain," Cheney said.

As Democrats clamor for an end to the four-year-old war and President Bush sags in the polls, the White House is under intense political pressure to show that Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's government is making progress. Cheney urged Iraq's leaders to do more to reduce violence and promote political reconciliation.
Why is it that whenever this guy goes overseas something always blows up wherever he is? And you thought he had bad aim.

Veggie Horror Tales

Meet the winners of the Parents of the Year Award.
ATLANTA (AP)-A vegan couple were sentenced Wednesday to life in prison for the death of their malnourished 6-week-old baby boy, who was fed a diet largely consisting of soy milk and apple juice.

Superior Court Judge L.A. McConnell imposed the mandatory sentences on Jade Sanders, 27, and Lamont Thomas, 31. Their son, Crown Shakur, weighed just 3 1/2 pounds when he died of starvation on April 25, 2004.

The couple were found guilty May 2 of malice murder, felony murder, involuntary manslaughter and cruelty to children. A jury deliberated about seven hours before returning the guilty verdicts.
Dying from your own stupidity is one thing. Taking somebody with you who can't do anything about it is another matter entirely. They got off easy. They're going to find out what "Tossed salad" is all about.

Whose Defeatism Is This, Anyway?

It seems that one man's cutting and running is another's call for change-at least when your party is on the opposing side.
Boehner portrays himself and his colleagues as brave patriots who would never accept anything less than victory in war. But in 1993, when things got tough in Somalia, he voted for withdrawal. John McCain likewise favored "defeat" in that conflict. He opposed a timetable for withdrawal not because he wanted U.S. forces to stay but because it would take too long. Our soldiers, he insisted, should leave "as rapidly and safely as possible." Or, you could say, cut and run.

At the same time, Democrats were warning of the dangers of retreat. Among them was a senator from Massachusetts named John Kerry.

Both times, the Republicans favoring withdrawal had the right idea. In neither case was our intervention justified, and nothing at stake in Lebanon or Somalis was worth the cost in American lives.

They also favored an outcome short of victory in the Ksovo war of 1999, when the GOP-controlled House voted down a resolution supporting the president's air campaign. Most House Republicans also supported a measure calling for the withdrawal of American troops from the Balkans.

Back then, House republican Leader Tom DeLay saud, "The bombing was a mistake," and urged Clinton to "admit it, and come to some sort of negotiated end." Can you guess the title of DeLay's new book? "No Retreat, No Surrender."

The truth is, Republican presidents are not known for staying the course in the face of adversity. Dwight Eisenhower ran on a promise to end the Korean war, which he did-on terms that allowed the communist aggressors to remain in power in the North. Richard Nixon negotiated a peace agreement with the North Vietnamese government, which provided for a U.S. pullout. Gerald Ford presided over the fall of Saignon and the final, humiliating American evacuation.

In those instances, the presidents came to grips with the unpleasant truth that sometimes, you can't achieve the desired outcome without an excessive sacrifice, it at all. But when it comes to Iraq, Republicans insist we should be ready to pay any price in pursuit of a victory that has eluded us for so long. In their view, weighing the costs against the benefits, or acknowledging that we don't have a formula for success, is tantamount to appeasement.

What Republicans stood for in the past was a sober realism about the limits of our power and our good intentions. That spirit is absent today. They act as though slogans are a substitute for strategy. What they claim as steadfast resolve looks more like blind obstinancy.
While I may not agree entirely with the writer's POV-it could be argued that we faced a legitimate threat in Saddam Hussein and now face one in Iran's ambitions if we pull out too soon-the rest of his argument is dead on. Asking for a pragmatic solution is not a call to surrender, and asking for an actual plan to win this thing is not asking to abandon the mission. But if the GOP can't see that, and won't remember their own history, then they deserve to suffer the kind of overwhelming defeat they keep telling us that listening to their critics would bring.

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Echo Chamber

If you want to know why social conservatives could cost the GOP the White House, this is it.

It's odd, isn't it, that the "Overturn Roe Like Yesterday" crowd conveniently ignores that this has not been an issue in any Presidential election. Strange how Rudy's position pretty much matches Bush's, Reagan's, and Bush Senior's, yet he has become the antichrist in their narrow little world.

Stranger still that they think "Their guy" would actually win in the general election. It's almost as if they want the Dummycrats back in the White House-wonder why that is?

Temple Of Doom

Hell has a new arrival.
MIAMI-Yahweh Ben Yahweh, a preacher's kid from Oklahoma who grew up to lead a black supremacist group that terrorized South florida in the 1980s-demanding that his followers kill "white devils" and return with a body part as proof of the kill-died quietly in his sleep Monday, his lawyers said. He was 71.

"Yahweh will be remembered and mourned by the millions of people that he touched through prayer and teachings," his lawyers, Jayne Weintraub and Steven Potolsky, said in a statement issued Tuesday.

Yahweh Ben Yahweh, born Hulon Mitchell Jr. in Oklahoma, also will be remembered for creating the Temple of Love, a cult enterprise housed in Liberty City bunker that marketed everything from Yahweh beer, soda and wine to hair-care products.

(snip) A few months later, a federal grand jury charged Yahweh and 15 disciples-members of a secret group of deadly enforcers knwon as "The Brotherhood"-with 14 murders, extortion and racketeering.

Federal prosecutors branded him the most notorious criminal in South Florida, charging he used the temple of Love as a front for a cult that enslaved its followers, controlling what they ate, who they matted, even when and how they had sex.

If anyone defied his authority, prosecutors charged, Yahweh would order "The Brotherhood" to administer justice, often in the form of murder and dismemberment.
Ah, nothing says Love like losing a few limbs. Rot in Hell, you POS.