Sunday, December 31, 2006

Troll

As some of you may have noticed, we have picked up a troll. KEvron was stirring stuff on Amy's blog and I called him on some comments that read very much like what you see paedophile apologists use. KEvron has now opened a parody of blog which basically says I'm either a beastial-peadophile or a paedophiliac beastiality freak. I am neither, but those of you that know me already knew that.
By the way, KEv, Gregory James Malone whom you libeled (or would have were it not for the fact that there is a common law doctrine that holds a dead person cannot be libeled) was killed by your alQuada buddies on 9/11.
You are pathetic.

Monday, December 25, 2006

I've Gotta get me One of These

But Seriously, Folks...

Here's wishing you and yours all the joy and blessings of the day. Sure it's fun to have a few laughs like the Red Green bit below, but take time today to to reflect on who's birthday we are celebrating and share His love with those around you the other 364.

Merry Christmas

Here's Red Green to shgow us how to handle Christmas dinner when you have to travel:

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

They Never Learn

ZUCKER TAKES ON THE IRAQ STUDY GROUP AND JAMES BAKER speaks for itself. We apparently have not learned the lessons of Neville Chamberlain.

Mr. Kinkaid Connor, Danny Partridge here. You are Owned.

Usually if you are posting videos in support of a stupid idea you usually don't post the ones that make you look like a moron. Apparently John Conner had not heard this when he posted this:



Maybe Mr. Conner needs to be like the Hardly Boys and get a clue:

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Impeach Mike NIfong...

...now! From the Assocoated[with terrorists] Press viaSister Toldjah the case against the Duke Lacross players continues to unravel and Mike Nifong still has his job. Amazing. Unfortunately, living in SC writing the appropriate people in NC government is useless so we're counting on you NC people.
NIfong started trying this case in the press and when it started going south he cried, "foul".
He said there was DNA evidence...aaaaccckkkk...Wrong
He said the victim claimed no condom was used, but fails to explain the lack of DNA.
His "witness" was shopping her story around before coming forward.
Again, why does this poor excuse for a prosecutor still have his job?

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

RockStartup.com :: The Reality Show about PayPerPost

A PayPerPost.com post


I love capitalism. I love entraprenuers. You know, the guys who see a market and go for it. People like the folks at PayPerPost.com. Well, they have captured the trials and tribulations of their growth in the popular reality tv format.
RockStartup.com :: The Reality Show about PayPerPost:Episode 3 shows the gang's move to larger diggs. Anybody who has ever self-moved, either home or business, can readily identify with the contractor frustration , etc you will see in here. It is well worth the few minutes it takes to watch this. Whether you have been through this or are thinking about starting a business.
You will also see negotiations with radio advertising people. I plan to go back to watch episodes one and two later. Here, for your enjoyment is Episode 3:



remember to check out PayPerPost yourself. You might find something in it for you.

Monday, December 04, 2006

Finally, Someone Calls Him on it

Thanks to MY Vast Right Wing Conspiracy I am missing having cable and C-SPAN. If I still had it I would have been able to see this as it unfolded.
Here's the set-up: Grinnin' Jimmy is on Book Notes hawking his latest travesty book and is taking calls:



Of course the host comes to his rescue.

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Let's See what Kind of Play This Gets

Remember back in October how all we heard about how a certain congressman from Florida was evil incarnate, and how nobody's children were safe around Republicans? Remember the "bent-over page" jokes? Most importantly, remember how Republicans by-and-large shunned the guy when it came to light? I remember it all ad nauseum along with the Democrats' claim of moral superiority when it comes to their lack of toleration for sexual misconduct with children.

It seems their intolerance works only one way (big surprise). according to WorldNetDaily: Court shocker: 10 months for kiddie porn producer They not only tolerated, but actively lobbied for a light sentence for a child pornography producer named Andrew Reed. While Foley's conduct was reprehensible, at least it involved people over the age of consent in DC. This guy was using children as young as six. Reed was facing a possible 81 years, he got 10 months! 10 months! That is no typo.

It gets better, some of his supporters think that was too much!

And Oralene Graves-Simmons, a Democrat [emphasis added] who leads the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Association of Asheville, wrote a page and a half extolling Reed's virtues.

"When the decision was made in 2001 to incorporate the Association as an independent non-profit organization, Andy was instrumental in making it happen. He wrote the new organization's by-laws, revised and edited its incorporation papers, and, with me, determined the makeup of its founding board of directors," Graves-Simmons wrote.

"It was for his ten years of dedicated service that last January the MLK Association honored Andy with the 2005 Community Humanitarian Award," she wrote.

She noted he's also served on governing or advisory boards to the Montford Park Players, a theater company that operates each summer.

"Andy has spent all the years that I've known him bringing people together regardless of race, creed, color, or other differences, gladly working with anyone and everyone, and doing whatever needs to be done, to accomplish our mutual goals," she wrote.


Nice to know Dems only support child pornographers who are active in local political/cultural issues. At least he won't be permitted around children when he gets out. Unfortunately the ones who are children when he went in will still be children when they should be well past retiremant age when he should get out. The next time a Democrat mentions Mark Foley, just mention Andrew Reed and how they rallied behind him to get a light sentence. This is worse than their standing ovation for Gerry Studds.

By the way, the prosecutor responsible for this travesty is a Democrat (another shocker there).

HT:Absolute Zero

Also covered by LostinLimaOhio
Sister Toldjah
HotAir
Blonde Sagacity

Thursday, November 23, 2006

While I'm At it...

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No Way I can just let This go.

When Free Times ditches frames so I can give a proper link I'll continue to post Michael Graham's "The Usual Suspects" here. Between Michael and Amy Proctor, and several others, I just can't let this go by. with all the talk of "ethics reform" coming from the Dems one almost has to laugh at the almost complete lack of ethics either engaged in or supported by house leadership on the Democrat side of the isle. It's so bad they are inadverdantly making Murtha out to be the teller of truth when he said the talk of ethics reform was "a lot of crap".


The Usual Suspects
by Michael Graham

Democrats ‹ It's in Their Nature

Perhaps I'm getting sentimental in my old age, but I was giving the Democrats until St. Patrick's Day to royally screw things up.

Now it looks like they won't make it that long.

The largely ignored story of the midterm election is the Democrats' mediocre performance at the ballot box. This election should have been the Gamecocks vs. Middle Tennessee State ‹ a blowout.

Instead it was Ohio State vs. Michigan, despite President Bush's poll ratings being in the toilet, public approval of the GOP Congress lurking in the septic tank, and the media broadcasting a nonstop pro-Democrat barrage of "objective" news specials like Cheney's Children: He Eats Them Boiled, Not Fried.

Give the Democrats credit for winning, but don't overlook the fact that the American people still don't trust them to govern. As Bill Clinton told a Democratic gathering after the election, "The voters haven't given us a mandate. They've given us a chance."

He's right. That's why post-election polls show that Iraq was the top issue in this election that handed power to the Democrats, and that 60 percent of Americans don't believe the Democrats have any idea what to do about Iraq.

This is the challenge facing the Democratic Party, to prove to the American people that they aren't a bunch of wild-eyed liberals pushing loony big-government programs.

Unfortunately for the former president, two days after his speech his wife announced that "Hillarycare" ‹ a wild-eyed, loony big-government takeover of the medical industry ‹ is back.

The Democrats haven't even taken over yet, and already Hillary Clinton wants socialized medicine; Dennis Kucinich wants to immediately cut funding for the military while its still in Iraq (you can buy ammo on your Amex, right?); and incoming House Judiciary Chairman Charlie Rangel, one of the most powerful members of the next Congress, can't decide which discredited 1970s policy to bring back first ‹ high taxes or the draft.

Every group of 200-plus politicians has its kooks, crooks and fringe activists. That's just a part of life. What's needed is a leader who can herd these cats, set high standards for ethics and performance and pull the party's center of gravity away from the extremes.

Instead, the Democrats chose House Speaker-to-be Nancy Pelosi, who is to middle America what Newt Gingrich was to the blue state West Coast: political kryptonite. Pelosi radiates the kind of San Francisco self-righteousness one would expect from a congresswoman whose city just threw the Junior ROTC out of every public school.

One of my rules to live by is that the problem with people who just don't get it is that they just don't get it. Watching Pelosi fighting to make corrupt and cranky John Murtha, D-Anywhere But Iraq, the new House majority leader (she lost), I wondered if it was possible for the Democrats to truly be this tone deaf.

Then word leaked that Pelosi might put a crook in charge of America's most sensitive intelligence information.

By the time you read this, we should know if Pelosi appointed Alcee Hastings, D-Where's the Cash?, to head the House Intelligence Committee. Yes, this is the same former Judge Hastings Pelosi voted to impeach for trying to take a $150,000 bribe from a couple of mobsters. (The vote by the Democrat-controlled Congress, by the way, was 413-3 to impeach.)

Pelosi is not dumb. She's not ignorant or uninformed. Neither are Rangel, Hillary Clinton or any of the other prominent Democrats already tilting their party to the left. So why are they doing it?

Because it's who they are. It's in their nature. The days of the Democrats as the "people's party" are long gone. They're the Left Coast's Party, the Aggrieved Interest Group's Party, the Internet Activist's Party.

Pundits asking if Pelosi can pull her party away from the loony left should start by asking the more fundamental question: Does she want to?



Justice for the GOP

What should pain Republicans most, and President Bush most of all, is that they deserved everything they got in the Nov. 7 midterm elections ... and more.

As I have written before, Bush lost his claim on conservative voters more than a year ago when he put open borders and runaway spending ahead of limited government and the rule of law. In 2004, I begged Bush to prove to the troops that failure in Iraq was not an option by firing the now former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. And I've repeatedly complained to anyone who will listen that this president has committed the most unforgivable sin of all: sending American soldiers into battle without a complete commitment to their victory.

From keeping former CIA director George Tenet in his job too long to keeping the disastrous military leadership that repeatedly got Iraq wrong, Bush has proven that something other than victory (loyalty? politics?) was his highest priority.And now, Mr. president, that's exactly what you've got, at the ballot box and in the streets of Iraq: something other than victory.

Watching Bush fire Rumsfeld the day after his party lost control of Congress was a nauseating mix of bad timing and missed opportunity. If the president were as committed to military victory as he is to political victory, Rummy would have been tossed long ago. Now both battles have been lost.For despite U.S. House Speaker-in-waiting Nancy Pelosi's claims that this election was about health care, tax cuts, Mark Foley's hard drive, blah, blah, blah ‹ it was all about Iraq.

The American people made their point and they made it clearly and unambiguously: If you go to war, you better win. If you don't, the American people are going to punish you for it. It's called "justice."

Some congressional Republicans are whining about being unfairly held responsible for Bush's mistakes in Iraq. Sorry, guys, but you deserve everything you're getting, too. For too long, you've confused "congressman" with "cheerleader." [emphasis added] You don't work for the president, my GOP legislative friends. You work for we, the people.

Or at least you did until Nov. 7.

Imagine if, after the second invasion of Fallujah, 100 GOP congressmen had lined up on the steps of the Capitol and demanded Rumsfeld's head. Imagine a Republican Congress that threatened Defense Department funding unless the White House presented a new plan for victory. Imagine how many House and Senate seats those Republicans would hold today.

And while we're imagining, what if President Bush had spent the past three years following Lincoln's example, littering the White House lawn with the heads of unsuccessful generals? Republicans would have won the midterm election and, more importantly, America might be winning in Iraq today.

That's the real tragedy here. Our defeat in Iraq might be a great victory for the Democrats, but it's a far more significant victory for the Islamists. Iraq was an opportunity to carve out a home in the heart of the Middle East for a modern, moderate vision of Islam. Instead, it's an opportunity being lost.

Iraq is going so badly that American and British officials are openly discussing making a deal with the Iranians. You know , the world's largest exporter of Islamo-fascism?

A deal with Iran would be like a deal with Hitler's Germany, and (as the Polish discovered in 1939) just as reliable.

So forgive me if I don't shed even one tear for the lost careers of a few big-spending congressional hacks. Pardon me if I don't cry over the defeat of a president who has understood the Islamist threat so well, yet handled the response so very, very poorly.

I'm not a "values voter" or a social moderate/fiscal conservative or a member of the Log Cabin Republicans. I'm a "results Republican." I want America to win. Period.

In war, there is no substitute for victory. Not even Karl Rove's amazing GOP turnout machine.


Thanks, Michael, I could not have said better myself.

Friday, November 17, 2006

Impeachment by the Numbers

The giddy talk about impeachment from the Left has not subsided, Nancy Pelosi's assurances that will not happen not withstanding.blonde sagacity: Impeachment Papers...? has more on this.

Realisticly, can they impeach? Well, yes and no. The resolution of impeachment only requires a simple majority to pass the House. A simple party-line vote would give them that. When it gets to the Senate where the actual trial takes place it will become more difficult. Removal from office requires a two thirds majority or 66.6666 ad infinitum which translates into 67. A party-line vote in the Senate would be an embarrassment for the Dems as they only have 50 votes. 52 if you count the "Independents". They still need almost a third of the GOP to cross over. I have yet to see a "crime" in any of the whining currently being done by the Dems. If perjury wasn't enough of a crime to remove Clinton, I doubt 15 Republicans will support this nonsense.

Sunday, November 12, 2006

They Want the US to Bow to the Dictates of These people?

I have long held that "Anti-Zionism" is nothing but a semanticism created to make Jew-hating respectable. InAnnan updates Beilin on soldiers in Lebanon Kofi Annan proves my point. Now that the Dems control both houses (narrowly) he now is emboldened to drop any pretense that he is nothing but a Jew hater.

Secretary-General Kofi Annan said that one of the problems in the negotiations for the release of the two kidnapped Israeli soldiers in Lebanon is the demand for Hizballah to return them alive.


I hope he said that because he fancies himself a comedian. Personally, I still think that on 9/11/01, upon learning what happened at the WTC he locked his office and began dancing in celebration. It's time to withdraw from the UN and expell every last one of them from US soil.

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Thank you, Veterans

My father was a Marine. He joined during Korea and that "police action" (makes it sound like we were over giving parking tickets) ended as he was on the ship over there. They were called back before he ever saw combat (for which I am eternally grateful as my existance was kind of hanging in the balance since this was well before I was a twinkle in his eye).
My youngest son is enlisted in the Army on delayed entry pending his graduation. To Dad, all those on the boat with him, those who preceeded them who made it back and those who didn't: to Andy and those going in with him, who may or may not come back I say this; and all those who served in between Dad and Andy: Thank You.
It takes people like yourselves who recognize that there is something greater than self that needs to be defended. Thank you for your service, your courage and possible sacrifice.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

This is something you Should Hear

Even if this was not a PayPerPost entry I would be recommending downloading Greener's Christmas Song. Aside from the great upbeat sound and vocals, any proceeds from their program will be going to charity. HIV/Aids prevention is the bands main focus. The song is in electric and accoustic formats so you have a choice how you want to listen to it (the website plays sampling of both versions automaticly)
You can use the link above or click the picture below.

Do What You will with it. It's Worth the Read.

RECONQUISTA: Have you a daughter? is a lengthy peice on the correlation between Muslim population and sex crimes in the UK. One note of caution, it is lonnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnng.
He also uses other religious populations as control groups. To bad the people in Minnesota didn't read it before voting.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Woulda, Shoulda, Coulda

Captain's Quarters has one of the better post mortems of last night's debacle. As hard as that was to take on the chin, things are not irredemable. They do not have a veto-proof majority in either huse. All their talk about impeachment should just bring chortles of laughter as they have nowhere near the two-thirds majority required for removal from office. This brings up another bright spot, Lincoln Chaffee's defeat took away one more cross-over vote from the Dems.
Sure it was not pretty last night. But let's treat it like a trip to the woodshed and see what we can learn from it (by "we" I am referring to party leadership. I know that is the wrong pronoun but I'm feeling tired and lazy right now). Simple things like not looking the other way when members transgressions are brought to our attention, rather than wait until they are brought to light. Leaning on miscreants to resign early on rather than seeing things like Ney resigning two days before the election. A little better vetting of candidates BEFORE nominating them. I might have had the pleasure of writing about "Former Congressman John Spratt" today if we had done a better job of anticipating possible issues.

Sure last night was bad. There is much that could be learned so it does not happen again. In the mean time, let's entertain ourselves with their little impeachment charade.

Sorry, Groucho. I just had to do it.

I have been a fan of the Marx brothers for as long as I have known of them. The beginning of Duck Soup has a number sung by Groucho (as Rufus T. Firefly) which best describes my thoughts on a House of Representatives with Nancy Pelosi as speaker (include Harry Reid as Senate Majority leader if that comes about as well):

The last guy nearly wrecked this place
He didn't know what to do with it
If you think this place is bad off now
Just wait til I get through with it



dr. Rusty Shackleford in The Jawa Report: Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House could not have said it for me better. I can only add, all you "conservative core Republicans" who aided and abetted this by staying home to "teach them a lesson" Didn't we do that in the 90's with Clinton when some voted for Perot...TWICE?
I cannot agree with Michelle Malkin (aty least not unqualified agreement) that conservatism did not lose. While a number of conservative referenda passed the legislators who will be working to overturn them now hold the majority. Their majority is not veto-proof (at least not without help from RINOs like the ones who stayed home yesterday) Let's face it, is the loss of Lincoln Chafee a sad thing for the GOP? Maybe congressional Republicans will reexamine the way they choose leaders and choose some with spines made of something more substantial than a chocolate eclaire. Heck, maybe a number will grow spines of any kind. They made a grievous tactical error early on by trying to "play nice" with the dams. Maybe they will wake up now.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

I've always Enjoyed his Writing, This is no Exception

I have always enjoyed Orson Scott Card's writing. I've never let the fact Mr. Card is a democrat stand in the way of that enjoyment.

After John Kerry's recent insulting comments regarding US military personnel I was convinced that Democrats were without redemption. Make no mistake, some of them are, just visit Kos and DU if you don't believe me. Civilization Watch - October 29, 2006 - The Only Issue This Election Day - The Ornery American Is an excellant piece by Mr. Card and deserves to be read by a large number of people.

By the way, Mr. Kerry, my youngest came home a couple of months ago and announced that he wanted to enlist. I asked him why and expressed a desire to serve his country. After he graduates high school he reports to Ft. Benning for basic training. We are proud of him. Too bad that Mr. Kerry et al can only view him as lazy and stupid. Of course, being from Massachusetts, Mr. Kerry's seat is safe. The only way it could be safer is to have an on-going affair with an under-18 year-old page. That would get him a standing ovation from his party as well.

HT: Riehl World View and Michelle Malkin

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Taking the "Trust" out of Trustees

Save Yourselves From This Corrupt Generation � Asbury President Resigns contains news of the resignation of classmate Dr. Jeff Greenway as president of my alma mater, Asbury Theological Seminary. Now presidents of institutes of higher learning resign from time to time, but only two years from the time you took over?
Something is not smelling right and fellow alumnus Peter kerr ('06) agrees. He did a lot of leg work and digging and unearthed a few things not reported (see his comment in the Corrupt Generation post linked above for the full text).

For starters we have this:

For the
second year in a row the executive committee chose to do a “formal”
evaluation, bringing in an outside consultant and polling subordinates,
instead of the standard yearly “informal” review. This is highly
irregular, with one source even claiming that in the 22 years prior to
Greenway there was only a single formal presidential review at ATS.


and

...according to ATS bylaws article VII section B, “The President
shall be evaluated annually by the Executive Committee” but it goes on to
say “The President shall be formally evaluated triennially by the full
Board.” Thus the incorrect type of review (formal) was conducted, and
that type of review should only be conducted by the full board. Notes
from the Board of Trustees meeting do not indicate their approval was
given for a formal review


Wait, it gets better:

the task force that conducted the
formal review hired an “outside consultant” that had a serious conflict of
interest, being a friend of a runner-up rival for Greenway’s position two
years ago.
[emphasis added]

Now, Prof. Kerr goes on to tell how the facts did not mesh with the outside consultant's report. Agreed upon goals were substantially met. The claim was also made that Jeff was a "polarizing force" :

Among other allegations, the report claims the President
“polarized” the seminary community into half people who dislike him and
half people who support him. The faculty were “distressed and bewildered”
after the meeting with the board, and suspecting flawed data, they held a
plenary faculty meeting on September 5th. According to the minutes of the
“plenary faculty of Asbury Theological Seminary” dated September 5th, the
faculty voted on five resolutions. First, they affirmed “full confidence
in the Presidency of Dr. Jeffery Greenway” by an 85% majority. Second,
84% of faculty called for the executive committee to immediately “restore
Dr. Greenway to his full presidential responsibilities.” More than 90%
requested an emergency meeting of the full board to resolve the crisis,
and a majority resolved to postpone convocation “until Dr. Greenway is
reinstated to his presidential office.” Only one resolution did not pass,
gaining a 50-50 vote, and that requested the removal of the executive
committee chair due to his “inappropriate handling of the evaluation of
President Greenway and because of the faculty’s lack of trust in his
ability to resolve the profound impasse that these events have cast upon
the Seminary.” These votes of faculty in plenary session indicate that
the only “polarization” is not with regards to the President, but is with
regards to the Chairman of the Board. The executive committee has not
taken any action that indicates it values or respects this input from the
faculty, despite the seminary’s expressed commitment to shared governance
between the faculty and the Board.


This task farce (deliberate use of "farce" instead of "force") had no valid reason to dismiss Jeff. NONE!

Jeff resigned for the good of the school, while I am saddened by this I applaude him for it. I only wish the members of this task farce had the same integrity and would go and do likewise. If they do not, they should be removed and named persona non gratis. The most likely occurance is these people will aattempt to do that to myself and Prof. Kerr.

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Test

TRying to see why blogger is refusing connection of posts

Give me Rugby

I remember a bumper sticker that read "Real Thinking men play football Soccer". In my experience it has been whiney men who talk in platitudes play soccer, well over here in the US. In England, soccer players, of "footballers" as they are referred to (derisively) in the UK are regarded as louts. Soccer vs Rugby shows a side by side contrast (sort of) of soccer and rugby. The clips are from the two sports' last World Cups. Enjoy.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

The Standing O Continues

My one complaint during the Mark Foley flap was not that the GOP may lose Foley's seat, rather it was listening to the Democrats' constant bleating about "morality" and "shameful behavior" when that party has ABSOLUTELY NO moral standing to say a $#@& thing. They gave Gerry Studds a standing ovation when he showed his contempt for the censure of the house. They still treat Ted Kennedy like some kind of icon.
Well, judging from PJM News - Reaction to Death of Former Rep. Studds, they are still in standing ovation mode while shamelessly castigating Foley while revearing the name of Gerry Studds.

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Anoder Worfress UN Action

One of my guilty pleasures is that I like South Park. I'd like it more if I could watch while smoking my pipe or a cigar but I promised to not smoke in the house. Anyway when Matt Stone and Trey Parker came out with Team America I went to see it. After the UN resolution against North Korea this week, this scene looked more and more prescient:

warning:contains colorful language:

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Ralph, I'm Waiting!

LOCAL ISSUE:John Spratt and his campaigne is giddily reporting that the GOP is pulling all the ad buys for Ralph Norman. Apparently somebody in the party agrees with me that Ralph has some explaining to do. ever since the news broke about illegal aliens being on Norman's payroll I have been awaiting a response from him. This is was the best chance of unseating Spratt that we have had in as long as I can remember. It appears to be going by the boards. The longer this goes without response the more traction it gets. Way to go, Ralph!
I am sorry, Ralph, but an email asking for donations to buy advertising is NOT the response I was looking for. Was it sloppy, less-than-dilligent HR practices? Or was it (even worse) that you were just hoping that nobody would find out about it despite there being a public record of your having been caught in the past? Is there anything else you have held back?
Well? I'm waiting.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

The Horse is gone. Let's get that Gate Closed!

According to BREITBART.COM The House is going to look into Sandy Berger's little escapade at the National Archives.

Maybe it's just me, but shouldn't this have been done at the time t was discovered? Shouldn't it have been done before he was tried and convicted of a misdemeanor. There is no way to know what he took as there were only the originals. We are left with only conjecture as to what was in them. I have no doubt as to the answers to those questions. Unfortunately I have no evidence to back it up.

Sorry, but the time for this investigation was in 2004, not on the eve of the 2006 mid-term elections. Sorry guys, but in this case you deserve to be accused of having a political dog-and-pony-show. This should have been vigorously persued at the time.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

If the GOP Does not use This...

I don't know if the GOP commissioned this but they darn well should use it.:



By the way, much to no one's surprise it has been flagged.

Sunday, October 08, 2006

...When they aren't trying to throw out Their Ballots

Michelle Malkin brings our attention to part of the Democrats website. The page titled Vetrans and Military Families This looks good in theory until you realize that they couldn't even be bothered to find a picture of an American soldier. That is a Canadian soldier.
This is nothing but election year support for our people in uniform designed to appeal to the collective short memory of many Americans. Am I the only one who remembers how they tried to disqualify the absentee ballots of active duty personnel in 2000?


Let's see, don't know their own country's uniform. Wants to disqualify military votes. Looks like support to me.

UPDATE:Surprise, surprise! The Dems have changed the picture.

Friday, October 06, 2006

House Inquiry to go Beyond Foley

According to WaPo the House Ethics Committee investigation is going to focus on the way the information was handled. We might actually get an answer to the question, "If you were so concerned about improper conduct with pages why did you sit on the information until now?"
There is also the issue of the parade of "heroic whistleblowers" who pop up just as the previous one is discredited (one of the pages turned out to be 18 at the time and one is claiming it was a prank gone bad). There is also the matter of the StopSexualPredators blog that even some at Kos think is a little too convenient.

Thursday, October 05, 2006

A Prank?

DRUDGE REPORT FLASH 2006� I'm going to let this speak for itself"

XXXXX DRUDGE REPORT XXXXX THU OCT 5 2006 2:53:48 ET XXXXX

CLAIM: FILTHY FOLEY ONLINE MESSAGES WERE PAGE PRANK GONE AWRY
**World Exclusive**
**Must Credit the DRUDGE REPORT**

According to two people close to former congressional page Jordan Edmund, the now famous lurid AOL Instant Message exchanges that led to the resignation of Mark Foley were part of an online prank that by mistake got into the hands of enemy political operatives, the DRUDGE REPORT can reveal.

According to one Oklahoma source who knows the former page very well, Edmund, a conservative Republican, goaded an unwitting Foley to type embarrassing comments that were then shared with a small group of young Hill politicos. The prank went awry when the saved IM sessions got into the hands of political operatives favorable to Democrats.

The primary source, an ally of Edmund, adamantly proclaims that the former page is not a homosexual. The prank scenario was confirmed by a second associate of Edmund. Both are fearful that their political careers will be affected if they are publicly brought into the investigation.

The prank scenario only applies to the Edmund IM sessions and does not necessarily apply to any other exchanges between the former congressman and others.

The news come on the heels that Edmund has hired former Timothy McVeigh attorney, Stephen Jones.

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Sorry, but this goes beyond a prank.

Don't get me wrong, this does not absolve Foley in the least. He should have never put himself into the position for this to have happened. The people of his disrtict are better served by his being replaced.

Now, In My best Emily Litella voice...

The DRUDGE REPORT seems to have added a new wrinkle to the Mark Foley mess. It seems that his "underaged victim" was really eighteed at the time the IMs were exchanged. Unless there is evidence (Nancy Pelosi's speculations do not count as evidence) that he did in fact engage in sexually explicit communication with a minor then the criminal matter should be dropped.
That said, there is, however, the issue of unethical behavior regarding such communication with a subordinate. Such sexual misconduct must be addressed. It is obvious that Mr. Foley lacks the judgement and scruples that should be necessary to sit in the Congress...in a perfect world. Given the current make up of the political class in Washington, he seems to fit right in.

HT: Sister Toldja

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

YouTube? No, It's Me Tube

Michelle Malkin's video, "First They Came" has been banned by You Tube for the catch-all dodge of a reason "terms of use violation". Let's see, jihadists can post stuff with impunity, Kieth Olberman can likewise insult Holocost victims and survivors with his cry-wolf Nazi-baiting. Just don't question jihadists. Michelle is not the only one. It kind of lends a bit of irony to their ban of "First They Came" You might recognize it from the famous Martin Niehemohller bit.
Here is Michelle's video letter to You Tube (her emails asking for explanation have gone unanswered)

Monday, October 02, 2006

He Should have been Arrested

Even when he was in college, Albert Haynesworth was a cheapshot artist. His fans would turn a blind eye to it. "That's [art of the game" was and continues to be the stock defense.Yesterday he took his "game" to the next level by stomping on the head of the Dallas Cowboys' center. "I did it and it's wrong. That's not the game of football that's not how it's supposed to be played.", said Haynesworth after the game. They why did you do it, Albert. The man was down and his helmet was off! I agree with Chris Collinsworth. The police should have come in the field and taken him off in handcuffs.
There is no place for that in football or any other sport for that matter.
Even more aggrivating to me was the fact he did it against the Cowboys, a team I have actively despised for as long as I can remember. I had to be sympathetic toward them. $%@#

Sunday, October 01, 2006

I have no Use for...

... pederasts. Especially those who operate from under cover of authority. It was dispicable when Gerry Studds did it then turned his back on the House of Representatives as he was being censured. Yeah, the people of his district re-elected him repeatedly. All I can say is they get what they deserve if they voted him back in.
The same is true of anybody calling themselves "conservative" or "Republican" calling for continuing support of Mark Foley. Yes, Michael Savage, I'm talking to you. While he did start the second look at the awful Dubai ports mess, that does not give him a pass. What he has been accused of and practically admitted to, is nothing short of pederasty. I don't care if he is gay. I do care that that he was doing this under the cover of authority. Sorry, but after that any good he may have done goes straight by the boards.
At least Foley has done the honorable thing and resigned (as oppsoed to the aforementioned Studds). The usual quasi-sincere apology (sorry he got caught) accompanied. I only hope he didn't resign with the expectation that he will get light treatment. I am tired of the Jimmy Swaggart-esque tearful plea for forgiveness.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

I just couldn't Let this Pass

Okay mabe I could. I've never subscribed to the "prosperity gospel" or been a fan of the preachers who propogate it. It has always just rumbled me. Okay let's just cut to the chase. I thought I would pass this along from one of the cheesiest of the propserity preachers. This is really powerful stuff:

That Pesky old First Ammendment

One of the problems with coming to the dance late is you often miss some good stuff like DUmmie FUnnies: "Should religion be outlawed?". I came across this from a link on DUmmie FUnnies on a related topic. The point that the fine people at DU seem to miss is that the First Ammendment protects more than their right to dissent even to the point of exposing themselves as fools. The ammendment opens with, "Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion, or prohibiting [emphasis added] the free exercise thereof".

Of course the reality-based community proceeds as if those words never existed to describe their utopis with all the silliness found in John Lennon's "Imagine". My favorite bit is this proposal:

1. no minor should be allowed to possess a religious text, participate in a religious ritual or enter a church

2. no adult should be allowed to possess a religious text without taking a course in comparative world religion at the first year university level, and all such courses should be taught by Unitarians or Atheists.


Congrats! You have managed to both establish a religion (Unitarianism) and prohibit the free exercise. Of course that is to be expected from a group that produces this little tid bit:

"It should not be outlawed but should be eliminated from politics as the Constitution mandates."

Wrong again. The Constitution prohibits the U.S. government from administering a religious test. It does NOT prohibit the electorate from applying the tennats of their religious beliefs in deciding for whom to vote. Then again, this is only their wish list and as long as the Democrat Party insists on gravitating toward the Ned Lamonts and Howard Deans that is all it shall remain. They are the tail that wags the dog. And this dog is the mutt that never leaves the pound.

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Missed my own Blogoversary!

Ain't that like me all over. On the eve of my second blogoversary I went up to Greer, SC for the funeral of a friend. On the way I made a stop and the fuel pump decided to die. Having replaced fuel pumps in cars before I figured a couple hundred bucks max. Boy was I wrong! $525 to replace the water pump (the pump itself was $300). My blogoversary is also my wife's birthday. By the time I got home not much was left of either so we did what we could for the birthday.
I mean I love you readers of mine (both of you), but I'm the marriage thing for the long haul.

Friday, September 22, 2006

Even a Broken Clock...

I am no fan of Charlie Rangel or Nancy Pelosi. By the same token I have to applaud their comments to Hugo Chavez after his insulting remarks regarding President Bush. While it is the right of every US citizen to be critical of members of the country's government, it is nothing short of diplomatic thuggery to go on foreign soil and insult the leader the country you are visiting. Bismark started the Franco-Prussian war over less.
Like Michelle Malkin, I would feel better about Rangel and Pelosi's defense of the president were it not for Rangel's "Bull Connor" analogy and some of Pelosi's own personal attacks. That said I was very critical of Bill Clinton during his administration. I even made more than a few personal comments about his character (or lack thereof), the same is true of Jimmy Carter. When either of them did anything I agreed with I complimented them on it. (The fact that such instances were rare not withstanding). That is my right as a US citizen. That right does not extend to visiting heads of state.


Likewise, (on a somewhat tangential note) nor does any church have a right to engage in blatantly partisan attacks like the church in Harlem that invited Chavez and others to continue the bash fest. Now the left is always wanting to pull a given church's tax-exempt status for handing out information on candidates positions and voting records on various issues. What happened on Thursday with Chavez and Samuel L. Jackson goes well beyond dissemination and that church should be looked at as well.

Monday, September 18, 2006

I got Tagged...finally

After almost 2 years of blogging (my blogoversary is Wednesday), ALa over atblonde sagacity has hit me with a book meme:
Book that changed my life: Bible
Plain Account of Christian PerfectionJohn Wesley

Book I've read more than once:
Mere Christianity by CS Lewis

Book I'd take to a desert island:
the Harry Potter series

Book that made me laugh:
Bimbos of the Death Sun by Sharyn McCrumb

Book that made me cry:
Green Mansions not because of anything in it, I couldn't stay awake while reading and was graded on content.

Book I wish I had written:
DaVinci Code ($$$)

Book that never should have been written:
I don't like saying that a given book should not have been written, but I can think of a few that I find a shame that trees had to die for them to be published.

Currently Reading:
Dark Shadows: The Salem Branch by Lara Parker (yes, the one who played Angelique)

Planning to read:
Christ the Lord Anne Rice
The Sleeping Beauty Trilogy Anne Rice
Of the Imitation of Christ Thomas A' Kempis

I'm still contemplating who else to tag with this

Sunday, September 17, 2006

The Rescue of Elizabeth Shoaf: or Amber Alerts only work if You issue Them

On September 6, Elizabeth Shoaf disappeared while walking home. She was rescued on September 16 after text messaging her mother while her kidnapper left the bunker where he was holding her. No surprise that her was a registered sex offender. There were the usual quotes from local law enforcement like:

“It’s an answer to a prayer,” he [Sheriff Steve McCaskill] said. “We have been working so hard and so diligently hoping for this outcome.


Over 100 volunteers helped in the search over the last week and a half. This is where one would normaly have the obligatory praise of the Amber Alert System. Unfortunately I cannot do that here. You see, the Amber Alert commissioner refused to issue the Amber Alert! His response was:

"If you pull it too often,I'm afraid that it appears you're crying wolf too often, and people will ignore it."

It was apparent from his attitude that he regarded this as a case of a runaway. Either that or he privately thinks it should only be used in the case of pretty blonde damsels in distress. But this was not the case of a runaway. She was allegedly abducted by a registered sex offender posing as a law enforcement officer. At least they caught the guy.
Thanks Amber Alert Commission for a job well done...NOT!!!

Saturday, September 09, 2006

C-A-R-O-L-I-N-A....GO-O-O-O--O COCKS!!!

It's the Gamecocks home opener tonight against 12th ranked Georgia. The video is from 2001, and the jerseys are black now, but it's a great opening. About all that is left of Joe Morrison's legacy.




UPDATE:Looks like our record of futility with UGA will continue. After intercepting with :50 in the 1st half we get tackled for a safety to make the score 12-0.

Friday, September 08, 2006

I'm still Scratching my Head

The Kennedy school at Harvard has found an interesting way to comemorate the fifth anniversary of of the attacks of 9/11. They are having one of the most virulent Jew-haters, second only to his successor to give an address on the subject, "ethics of tolerance in the age of violence". I am talking about former Iranian president Mohammad Khatami. In his latest installment of The Usual Suspects, Michael Graham takes a whack at Harvard. Since Free Times changes the column as Michael submits new ones, I am going to reproduce it in its entirety:

Remembering 9/11 the Harvard Way
by Michael Graham

On the evening of Sept. 10 ‹ on the cusp of the fifth anniversary of the worst terror attack in American history ‹ many Americans are going to be angry, but for very different reasons.

Americans who don't get it ‹ liberal activists and unreconstructed Clintonistas ‹ will be upset over the Sept. 10 premiere of ABC's miniseries The Path to 9/11. This six-hour docudrama based on the 9/11 Commission report allegedly suggests that the guy who'd been president for the eight years leading up to Sept. 11 might be slightly more culpable for the massive intelligence failure than the guy who'd been in office a mere eight months.

No wonder Democrats are outraged.

The film points out that President Clinton refused to give the order to kill Osama bin Laden when we had him in our sights in 1998. It shows the impact of the disastrous and legally unnecessary "wall" between the FBI and CIA dreamed up by Jamie Gorelick that allowed the 9/11 hijackers to slip into the United States unmolested.

But everyone made mistakes before 9/11. Clinton, Bush, Sandy Berger, George Tenant ‹ as a nation, we just didn't get the danger we faced from Islamist terror. Don't get mad about people who didn't get it five years ago. Instead, get mad at the Americans among us who still don't get it today. You'll find them at Harvard University.

On the same evening ABC unveils its docudrama, the folks at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government usher in the fifth anniversary of 9/11 with a speech by an anti-Semitic, Islamist terror sponsor.

Harvard's special guest Sept. 10 is none other than former Iranian President Mohammad Khatami. He's been invited to speak on the topic "ethics of tolerance in the age of violence." It's an interesting choice for a man who was the president of Iran at a time when it was rounding up pro-democracy college students and throwing them in jail (I suppose that's the "tolerance" part) to be tortured and sometimes killed (that would be the "violence" portion of the program).

Every year President Khatami served in office, Iran was listed by the State Department, and acknowledged by the United Nations, as the world's leading terror sponsor. It remains so today.

Khatami's Iran poured money into Hezbollah ‹ a group founded under Khatami's watchful eye in the 1980s while he served as minister of culture and Islamic propagation. Iran still supports Hezbollah.

President Khatami's Iran was secretly developing nuclear weapons and lying to the United Nations about it the entire time. Why is Iran so desperate for nuclear weapons? Perhaps it's because President Khatami called for the total destruction of Israel ‹ a position both he and the nation of Iran still hold today.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations, which organized Khatami's trip, considers him a "moderate," reminding us yet again that, in CAIR's opinion, a "moderate" Muslim is one who only wants to kill Jews.

Does Harvard share that opinion? Who knows? What we do know is that Harvard now has an official open-door policy to anti-Semites.

Can you imagine a family member of a 9/11 victim sitting in that audience listening to this terrorist talk about รพ well, anything? Can you imagine a family who lost an American soldier in Iraq to a roadside bomb funded by the Iranians sitting through this Islamo-fascist's sermon on terror and tolerance?

The prospect is too terrible and intolerable to consider. So why is it happening? Why isn't the Angry Left angry about this, about a real member of a real fascist regime that really does terrorize its neighbors and endanger the world?

Oh, that's right. They're too busy defending Bill Clinton from the insults of an "unfair ABC docudrama" to focus on a real terrorist.

It's like the 1990s all over again.

Says it Better than I can

Do yourself a favor and mosey over to J. D. Pendry: On Your Hands. There is nothing I can add to this to make it better.

No Matter how you Slice it...

Captain Ed is calling a spade a spade. Dems in congress sent a letter to ABC protesting the upcoming 9/11 miniseries. The letter contains what some are considering (and I tend to agree with them) a thinly veiled threat to ABC regarding their license.

Of course the Dem apologists are pointing to the reaction to CBS' planning to air Barbara Streisand's hamartography of Ronald Reagan. CBS thought better of it and changed the venue to a cable outlet. However, AT NO TIME did anybody in the GOP with any governmental policy authority threaten to pull CBS' license.

What was ABC's offense? The program points out the Clinton admin's failure to bring in, dead or alive, Osama Bin Ladin. That they had the opportunity on more than one occasion is well known. What they seem to be objecting to is that now the Clinton legacy is in the hands of historians and not faring well. Without the coercive power of government they have no way of controlling its portrayal for posterity. Sorry, Bill. Your record is what it is. Maybe if you had not sent Sandy Berger (one of the Clinton people screaming loudest) on that little search and destroy mission to the National Archives people would not view you with such suspicion. Between that and the recent actions of your buddies in congress we now have cause for alarm at what might happen should the Democrats regain the majority of either house this year.

Also check out: Stephen Spruiell
Hot Air
Michelle Malkin

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

It's ______ Time!

Michelle Malkin: Brew your own beer continues her coverage of Miller Brewing's support, and continued denial of illegal alien demonstrations. Now I cannot really call for a boycot of Miller, or Anhauser-Busch since I do not like their products. In my opinion their brewing process involves good beer, a trough, a goat and a bucket. I'll leave it to the reader to work out the process.
Now there are very few domestic beers I like, but the embedded Monty Python sketch has line that represents my opinion of Miller (and a number of other domestic beers):

sits back with a McEwans to watch

Friday, July 14, 2006

Just Bring it!

About the only reason I ever watched the WWE were the antics of one Dewayne Johnson AKA The Rock. One of my favorites was his default challenge to any opponent, "The Rock says, 'just bring it' " This brings me to the lawsuit filed by Valerie Plame and her husband, former ambassador Joe Wilson (not to be confused with SC's Second District Congressman of the same name).

In an excellant piece inCaptain's Quarters, Capt. Ed looks at the filing itself and the suit. Even before I read the Captain's assesment I already had sugar plums dancing in my head at the thought of getting Joe Wilson under oath. What I would love to see is Cheeney, Rove and Libby adopt a Br'er Rabbit "please don't throw me in that briar patch" posture at this point. But if they do not, then I will settle for, "Just bring it!"

Because when they do, the defense is going to take that law suit, polish it up nice and shiney and shove it straight up their candy a**es!

IF YA SMELLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL WHAT THE ROCK IS COOKIN'

Monday, July 10, 2006

And Now for Something... Well, you get the Picture

I first read about the Row between Jeff Goldstein and Debbie FrischMichelle Malkin. Much has been written about this row so I probably don't need to rehash it for you. What I will do however, is give you my take on it, figuratively speaking lest I be accused on advocating violence against Dr. Frisch.

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

In Congress, July 4, 1776

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. --That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. —Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain [George III] is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the consent of our legislatures.

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

For depriving us, in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:

For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:

For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:

For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty and perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by the Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

The signers of the Declaration represented the new states as follows:
New Hampshire

Josiah Bartlett, William Whipple, Matthew Thornton
Massachusetts

John Hancock, Samuel Adams, John Adams, Robert Treat Paine, Elbridge Gerry
Rhode Island

Stephen Hopkins, William Ellery
Connecticut

Roger Sherman, Samuel Huntington, William Williams, Oliver Wolcott
New York

William Floyd, Philip Livingston, Francis Lewis, Lewis Morris
New Jersey

Richard Stockton, John Witherspoon, Francis Hopkinson, John Hart, Abraham Clark
Pennsylvania

Robert Morris, Benjamin Rush, Benjamin Franklin, John Morton, George Clymer, James Smith, George Taylor, James Wilson, George Ross
Delaware

Caesar Rodney, George Read, Thomas McKean
Maryland

Samuel Chase, William Paca, Thomas Stone, Charles Carroll of Carrollton
Virginia

George Wythe, Richard Henry Lee, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Harrison, Thomas Nelson, Jr., Francis Lightfoot Lee, Carter Braxton
North Carolina

William Hooper, Joseph Hewes, John Penn
South Carolina

Edward Rutledge, Thomas Heyward, Jr., Thomas Lynch, Jr., Arthur Middleton
Georgia

Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, George Walton

Friday, June 30, 2006

The Quest for Legitimacy

Lost In Lima Ohio describes an underhanded attempt by the odious Lindsey Ashford and Todd Nickerson to use a legitimate children's charity to give him and his fellow pedophiles a veneer of respectability. It seems that he sent his Alice Day collection, totalling in excess of $1000(the figure keeps changing with each retelling), to Save the Children. Now StC accepted the donation without reading the letter (this according to StC). Using the form letter informing him of the acceptance of the donation he issued a press release where it boasts that StC's acceptance of the money conferred some kind of recognition that they really aren't such bad people after all (not his exact words but clearly the impression he wished to leave).

Now if Nickerson et al wish to make donations to legitimate charities, fine. But do not turn it into a PR stunt like he did. Lilo of Lost in Lima Ohio and another blogger made sure that Save The Children was aware of Mr. Nickerson's activities. When StC learned of the nature of Nickerson's website, they returned the donation. Ever since then Nickerson and his cohorts have been having a hissy fit. After i post this I fu7lly expect "Gary" to return and "enlighten" us on how we are too stupid to understand that they mean no harm. His posts, this time, will be deleted as soon as I can get to them. This is one opinion which is not open to debate here. I guess that is how they deal with being exposed as the opportunists they are. They wouldn't hesitate to have their way with a child, so why should we expect them not to turn what should have been a charitible contribution into public relations stunt.

This, however, is not the worst thing they have done. It seems that Lindsey Ashford has a voting guide. He is handing out political endorsements based on the attractiveness of a candidate's children or grandchildren. They even include pictures. Currently their endorsement is for Senator Barak Obama. I wonder what his reaction to this is. Lilo has the link, I don't have the stomach to put it here this morning, maybe later.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Let's Give Him the Same Presumption

It leems that the left's latest military darling is like their previous one (John Kerry)a decorated war hero whos decorations are now called into question.

Col. Cut-n-run seems to be a prime example of what Ann Coulter was talking about. Somebody who they think their opponents cannot question. If they do the opposition is met with, "How dare you! S/He is a decorated vetran/grieving widow". Now there are allegations that the only thing Murtha did to earn his Purple Heart was to beg for it according to allegations made by WWII vetran, Harry M. Fox (USN).

Now, Murtha apologists will (rightly) point out that these are only allegations. It will also be further pointed out that he is entitled to the presumption of innocence. I agree. Therefore I will extend to Col. Cut-n-run the same presumption of innocence that he has extended to the Marines accused in the Haditha incident. Don't forget, he has already tried and convicted them even though the investigation is incomplete and no Courts Martial has even been conviened.

HT:ALa at Blonde Sagacity

Saturday, June 03, 2006

We Really Should Wait

I have been quiet of a couple of issues. Namely, Haditha and the Duke lacross team. It is not that I have no opinion on either. I think the process should take its course in both cases. In my younger days I was very vocal about my support of the troops after My Lai. Blindly so. I want to see ALL appropriate and relevent investigations and legal proceedings.
These things should not be tried by the public in either the press, Halls of congress or even the blogosphere. My opinions are my own and are right until proven otherwise, but I also do not like the taste of my words either.
Unfortunately, all coverage seems to be on either one side of the other with no one seeming to want to mediate between the two. The truth is going to be somewhere between the extremes of the coverage.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

I Promise to not Liveblog the Event

As some of you know, I have diverticulosis. Which is pretty benign in and of itself. If, however, one of the diverticulae becomes inflamed or infected it becomes diverticulitis which can develope into peritinitis. About a month back I had what seemed to be the onset of a diverticulitis attack. It passed, sort of. I noticed when I went back to rugby practice the pain in the lower left persisted but no other symptoms.

I visited the doctor last week who referred me to a gastrointerologist. Yesterday the gi ordered me to have a colonoscopy. All I can say at this point is that there will definately be no posts here on June 7 except maybe to report results.
I will spare you a blow-by-blow of the event, though. I am hoping this rules out the necessity for surgery and more time lost from work.

Donations will be appreciated though as I've already lost time and income due to whatever is causing this incessant pain.

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Impeach Judge Kirk

Accorsing to Lost In Lima Ohio ,Circuit Judge Philip Kirk seems to think girls who, BY LAW, cannot consent are able to have to have consentual sex. After refusing to impose sentence on the felony, the prosecutor went "over the head" of Hizzoner and the full sentence (including placement on the sex offender registry) was imposed. Then Kirk stayed the sentence for 100 years.
In all likelyhood, the perp will be back in front of a judge on similar charges. We can only hope it is not Judge Kirk. We can only hope that the Judge Kirks of the world are impeached if they refuse to follow the law.

NBC Strikes Again

Some Loser is a guy who made a date with a 13 year-old. His I-didn't-take-a-shower defense is almost good for a few laughs. Wonder if the DA got a few snickers from it. At least he has a real crime to prosecute rather than trying to pin a non-existant crime on Rush Limbaugh (assuming this is the same county in FL).
HT:Raven at "And Rightly So"

Monday, May 08, 2006

This is GREAT News...That you won't see on the 6:00 Oclock News

According to Captain Ed, CENTCOM has captured Al Queda correspondence discussing the state of AQ all over Iraq. They are not happy about the state of affairs either. The AQ folk acknowledge that they can only pose an annoyance to the government. Sure they are going to take people out via car bombs, etc. but they seem to lack the strength to seriously threaten the long term stability of the government.

Captain's Quarters has more in-depth (and better) coverage and analysis than I can provide.Follow the above link over there.

My guess is the MSM won't cover this except to ask, "Why aren't we out of there?"

Even if it is a Hoax...

...it does not make our enemies any more human. According to Rusty Shackleford'sThe Jawa Report: Atwar Bahjat Beheading Video a Hoax (Images / Video) it turns out the video purporting to be the murder of Atwar Bahjat was a hoax, sort of.
It was only a hoax in that is does not show the murder of Ms. Bahjat. It does show a murder though. They are still yelling, "Allahu Akbar!" in the background. They are still our enemy and the enemy of all freedom-loving humanity. Like I said earlier, it still is not for the faint of heart. Rusty has the link to the vid.

No, That is Not Our National Anthem

Unless you have been living in a cave, you have either heard or heard of Nuestro Himno. It purports to be the US national anthem in Spanish. Likewise, we have also heard how we are racists if we do not like the national anthem in Spanish. I probably would have no problem with it if it was the Star Spangled Banner simply sung in Spanish.Cao’s Blog here is the translation of Nuestro Himno:

It’s sunrise. Do you see by the light of the dawn
What we proudly hailed last nightfall?
Its stars, its stripes
yesterday streamed
above fierce combat
a symbol of victory
the glory of battle, the march toward liberty.
Throughout the night, they proclaimed: “We will defend it!”

Chorus

Tell me! Does its starry beauty still wave
above the land of the free,
the sacred flag?

Chant:

It’s time to make a difference the kids, men and the women
Let’s stand for our beliefs, let’s stand for our vision/What about the children, los ninos ?

These kids have no parents, cause all of these mean laws.
See this can’t happen, not only about the Latins.
Asians, blacks and whites and all they do is adding
more and more, let’s not start a war
with all these hard workers,
they can’t help where they were born.

Verse 2

Its stars, its stripes,
Liberty, we are the same.
We are brothers in our anthem.
In fierce combat, a symbol of victory
the glory of battle,
(My people fight on)
the march toward liberty.
(The time has come to break the chains.)
Throughout the night they proclaimed: “We will defend it!”
Tell me! Does its starry beauty still wave
above the land of the free,
the sacred flag?


Here are the words to "The Star Spangled Banner", originally titled, "The Defense of Fort McHenry"

Oh, say can you see, by the dawn’s early light,
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars, through the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
O say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?


On the shore, dimly seen through the mists of the deep,
Where the foe’s haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o’er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, now conceals, now discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning’s first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines on the stream:
‘Tis the star-spangled banner! O long may it wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion
A home and a country should leave us no more?
Their blood has wiped out their foul footstep’s pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave:
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.


Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved homes and the war’s desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heaven-rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
Then conquer we must, for our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: “In God is our trust.”
And the star-spangled banner forever shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!


Now some could argue that the translation was idiomatic. Sorry, that does not wash. A true translation does not seek to alter the meaning of the original, but to convey the message so it can be understood in another language. This is not a translation, but a dishonest rewriting into another language.

Errr, Pastor, God would like to have a Word with You

It is one thing for churches to support the rights of immigrants. It is also one thing for the church to show Christian love and charity to those people who have entered a country illegally. I have no problems with either of those. However, when it comes to pastors allowing their churches to become mosques, then we have a problem.
This is not one denomination allowing the fledgling congregation of another church to use their abandoned old sanctuary. This is allowing the desecration of a place consecrated for Christian worship. Moving altars, covering icons so the Muslims can have their prayer services. They are desecrating the churches and doing so with the apparent blessing of the priests/pastors of the churches involved. These "defenders of the faith" must be removed from their positions and defrocked.
There are mosques in Belgium so there is no need for Christian churches to be handing themselves over for desecration to become more mosques.
HT:Michelle Malkin
cross posted at My Lewisian Pipe Blog

Sunday, May 07, 2006

Remind me exactly why We are sopposed to Seek understanding with these People

Part of me died when I saw this cruel killing - Sunday Times - Times Online is not for the faint of heart. Nor does it need anything I can add to it. Thank you (I think) Michelle Malkin

UPDATE: Yes I know I misspelled "supposed" in the title. Unfortunately if I correct it now it will kill the trackbacks

Gee, but Life is so Unfair

According to "ehticists", the catch-a-perv-in-the-act movement we see regarding online predators "crosses the line" WHAT LINE? Mosey on over to Raven's And Rightly So! � Citizen Pedophile Seekers and give it a read.

It seems that these ethicists are afraid that, “We may get a whole raft of people who are entrapped into committing crimes that they otherwise wouldn’t normally do". Somebody needs to tell these people that the contact is most often initiated by the predator. I would agree that if, and ONLY IF, the decoy makes the first move they would have a point.

What I would like to know is where the Boston Herald's "ethicists" are on the subject of adults having sexually oriented conversations with children in the first place. They are overly concerned with entrapment. These are supposedly adults. Adults who have an experiential advantage over these children and think nothing of exploiting it. Just because they think Humbert Humbert is a role model does not make it right.

If a pervert is looking for a "sweet young thing" and initiates the transaction and gets busted by a decoy.... Well in the words of Loki, "Dry tears shall I cry"

Friday, May 05, 2006

Why let a Pre-Planned Speech go to Waste

Zacarias Moussaoui's mother was apparently prepared to see her little darling get the death sentence and didn't want to waste the statement she was ready to release for the occasion. According toFOXNews.com , Aicha El Wafi said,"My son will be buried alive because France didn't dare contradict the Americans". Her son brags about what he did, is spared the death penalty and she's unhappy? I don't know why, apparently she's been itching to to play the race card all along. It's just that now she sounds even more ridiculous doing it.

HT:Lady Heather

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Very Interesting

It seems that Pedophiles' Pal Planned Parenthood has the same problem with email based rumors as Christians. Writing for The Dawn Patrol, The Raving Atheist tells of what may become PP's counterpart to the persistant rumor that Madelyn Murray O'Hare is still trying to end religious broadcasting (apparently from the grave as the wording of this letter has not changed one iota since it first surfaced).

There is an email being circulated among abortion supporters claiming that Crisis Pregnancy Center that shares a parking lot with a local branch of Margret Sanger's organization. According to the email :

An Indiana mother recently accompanied her daughter and her daughter's boyfriend to one of Indiana's Planned Parenthood clinics, but they unwittingly walked into a "crisis pregnancy center" run by an anti-abortion group -- one that shared a parking lot with the real Planned Parenthood clinic, and was designed expressly to lure Planned Parenthood patients and deceive them.

The group took down the girl's confidential personal information and told her to come back for her appointment, which they said would be in their "other office" (the real Planned Parenthood office nearby). When she arrived for her appointment, not only did the Planned Parenthood staff have no record of her, but the police were there -- the "crisis pregnancy center" had called them, claiming that a minor was being forced to have an abortion against her will.

The "crisis pregnancy center" staff then proceeded to wage a campaign of intimidation and harassment over the following days, showing up at the girl's home and calling her father's workplace. Our clinic director reports that she was "scared to death to leave her house." They even went to her school and urged classmates to pressure her not to have an abortion.


If this is true, and I have my doubts, then the staff at that CPC needs to be fired abd prosecuted for fraud. As much as I abhor abortion, the deliberate use of falsehood must never be in our arsenal.

Why do I doubt the story? For one thing, given PP's history of fear mongering this story would have been all over the news. I don't buy the explanation that they were protecting the girl's privacy. A news release could leave out that information. Fortunately there are ways to check the veracity with a little leg work. Which is what commenters at Dawn Patrol did. One found the locations of the PP offices in Indiana. Another found the CPC locations in Indiana. A third cited Generations for Life which pointed out this:
It occurred to me today that if, in fact, the Indianapolis Police had shown up at the Planned Parenthood acting on a tip that a girl was being forced to have an abortion, they obviously would have filed a police report.

Since police reports are matters of public record[emphasis added here], I called the Indianapolis Police Department to find out if there was any police report that would corroborate Planned Parenthood’s version of events.

The woman I spoke with at IPD did a search and came up with: nothing.

I also asked her to do a search on the crisis pregnancy center. Again: nothing.

If the CPC really did engage in “a campaign of intimidation and harassment,” it’s rather hard to believe that the police were never contacted. If Planned Parenthood cares so much about women, wouldn’t their first move have been to call the police on the girl’s behalf before telling the public?


I can only conclude that this is most likely a slanderous hoax. If, however, it proves to be true I hope that those responsible are held accountable to the fullest extent of the law. Likewise if it proves to be a hoax.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

To Catch a Predator Post Mortem

Before I get started, be sure to checkLost In Lima Ohio's live blog of the episode.

This was a veritable smorgasbord. A married:with children son of a prosecutor; a guy who looks more like a kid than some of the decoys; a couple of fortysomethings, one convict who was to report to start serving his sentence on a similar charge and there was one guy who never made it there but was already wnated on a similar charge. One was incredibly smug, until his arrest and he tried (half-heartedly) to stab himself with a pen. I really have no sympathy for any of these guys.

In all likelihood Lilo and will be getting return visits from "Gary" and "Todd" defending themselves and their fellow travellers from this "hatemongering". Save your finger muscles for writing on your own blogs. I will not entertain anymore debates on this.

There are more of these forthcoming from Dateline. Please watch them and thank NBC for this public service.

Don't Forget

Tonight Dateline: NBC will be doing another internet predator sting.Lost In Lima Ohio might be live-blogging it. As of this writing nothing is etched in stone. I will have a post mortem later on.

I would Join this Boycott, but...

...I never celebrate Cinco de Mayo anyway. In May 1st Boycott Back On, Let’s Boycott ‘Cinco de Mayo’, the Uncooperative Blogger suggests boycotting the usuall May 5th celebration.I don't celebrate Cinco de Mayo because I am not of Hispanic extraction. That and I think that Corona is brewed by putting good beer in a trough and a bucket under a goat. Likewise, I do not observe St. Patrick's Day because I am not an Irish Catholic. I do, however observe Robert Burns day since I am of Scotish extraction. I do not, however, use the day as an excuse to go drinking. This is a round about way of saying, me boycotting Cinco de Mayo would prove nothing.

To me the bigger question is why are there enough US citizens celebrating May 5 that a boycott would send a palpable message?

Oh to have been There

Cigar Intelligence Agency has what must be the greatest response to a smug defense attorney in the history of jurisprudence:
If you ever testify in court, you might wish you could have been as
sharp as this policeman. He was being cross-examined by a defense attorney during a felony trial. The lawyer was trying to undermine the policeman’s credibility…
Q: Officer — did you see my client fleeing the scene?
A: No sir. But I subsequently observed a person matching the
description of the offender, running several blocks away.
Q: Officer — who provided this description?
A: The officer who responded to the scene.
Q: A fellow officer provided the description of this so-called offender. Do you trust your fellow officers?
A: Yes, sir. With my life.
Q: With your life? Let me ask you this then officer. Do you have a room where you change your clothes in preparation for your daily duties?
A: Yes sir, we do!
Q: And do you have a locker in the room?
A: Yes sir, I do.
Q: And do you have a lock on your locker?
A: Yes sir.
Q: Now why is it, officer, if you trust your fellow officers with your life, you find it necessary to lock your locker in a room you share with these same officers?
A: You see, sir — we share the building with the court complex, and sometimes lawyers have been known to walk through that room.

The courtroom erupted in laughter, and a prompt recess was called.

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Closing the Barn after the Horse is Out

More than half a year after Katrina, Ray Nagin comes up with an evacuation plan for New Orleans. At least he is doing something, but why didn't he do this sooner rather than during a run off election?
No further plans have been made public for his "chocolate city".

As Much as I'm Glad to see This...

Columbia, SC is going to get a professional basketball team. It seems there is a new American Basketball Association (ABA). Well this brings us to theColumbia Rottweilers. They will be holding open tryouts, I rather like this feature. You are not as likely to see the pampered superstar types you have in the NBA.

I only have one problem, the name "Rotweilers". I have nothing against the breed, but when the team name gets shortened (like it is at the top of its website) it looks like the opinions held by people in Charleston, Greenville or Spartanburg (or just about any part of the state outside Columbia). That's right, "Columbia Rotts". Now they have a team that proudly proclaims it.

A Day without Immigrants Illegal Aliens: The Aftermath

1)The sun rose on the next day.
2)People continued to engage in commerce just like the day before.
3)Some will join the ranks of the unemployed and hopefully deported
4)Some businesses will find their customers were unimpressed by their support of the illegals. At least not impressed in a way that will be positive for their long term solvency

Monday, May 01, 2006

Just a Reminder

No, I haven't forgot about the pedophiles and others who wish to exploit children for thier own gratification.
There will be another entertaining evening of pedophile perp walks Wednesday on Dateline: NBC. There is one particularly smug SOB in the promo I will especially enjoy watching go to the klink.

What Effect?

Captain Ed has an excellant analysis of the mixed feelings in the Hispanic community, especially those involved with the illegal immigration debate, about today's planned national walk out. Some are actually thinking about the possible backlash in public opinion from the walk out.

He also has a question for ANSWER:
"Mexicans Without Borders supports many of the same leftist agenda items as ANSWER -- anti-war, opposed to national sovereignty, and anti-globalization.

Speaking of which, has anyone ever asked these dolts how they can oppose national sovereignty in the same breath as globalization?"