Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Voter fraud rates slap on wrist

Three defendants in the biggest voter-registration fraud scheme in Washington history get a slap on the wrist. Does the light sentences have anything to do with the fact that these were ACORN employees and not members of the "vast right wing conspiracy"? Where is Al S., Jessie and Al Gore with their complaints about disenfranchised voters and the need to set an example and the integrity of the voting processes and all that? Oh yeah, I forgot, this was Democratic voter fraud, not Republican voter fraud. In that case, it is all right because they meant well and were just trying to save us all from the evil right wing conspiracy and all that.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Is It Good News Or Bad News...

Basically, Republicans can run a stuffed animal against Hillary and still get 48% of the vote.

Well isn't that good news? Though one should not get too cocky about it as even the cutest "stuffed animal" can develop a tear or two and loose a little luster.

What this does mean (at least to me) is that there is a large core of people that have not bought into Hillary and her "vast number" of ideas for making the country and world a "much better place" for us all to live. Between her and her husband, they have a mountain of baggage that is ripe for exploitation by whom ever winds up being the Republican front-runner and I would normally say, "if we could survive 8 years of her husband, we can surely survive 4 years of her" but this time we have a Democrat majority in congress to contend with. I much prefer governmental grid-lock to the damage that a one party government can do, especially when that one party is the Democrats.

As much as the Republicans have shown them selves to be money whores that can out spend and out party the best that frat-boys can dream up, they generally look like nuns compared to the Democrats. At least Republicans mostly remember where the milk comes from and try to protect the cow whereas Democrats want the milk and a nice porterhouse at the same time and only after the fact notice that they have killed the cow. Dems seem to think that the only answer to every problem is more taxes and more/larger government programs. Give me a red pen and a weekend and I am sure I can fine much to trim out of the government while still leaving it whole enough to function and fill its original role.


The first survey of Britons opting for treatment overseas shows that fears of hospital infections and frustration of often waiting months for operations are fuelling the increasing trend.

Almost all of those who had received treatment abroad said they would do the same again, with patients pointing out that some hospitals in India had screening policies for the superbug MRSA that have yet to be introduced in this country.

Of course, none of this will stop the push for socialized medicine in the US, because if there’s one thing progressives excel at it is convincing themselves that any failure of ideology is attributable to the failure of the person or persons leading it — and that all that is required for Utopian policy to prove truly viable is the right kind of leaders: confident and brilliant (by their own lights) elitist bureaucrats who will resist the corrupting influences that “free market types” are always arguing are inherent to such systems.

Besides: it is better to have tried and failed — and in the process, kill or endanger the health and wellbeing of millions — than never to have tried and failed at all.

We don't need no thought control*

Well, the The University of Delaware thinks that your kids do, in fact need thought control. Read the reference link above. This is bordering on the re-education camps used by the old USSR and China to ensure that everyone was "right" thinking.

*Pink Floyd, Another Brick In The Wall

Fred, Guns and the U.N.

My own feeling is that the U.N. would screw up the recipe for ice water. The U.N. could not break up a fight between a couple of girl scouts.

I agree 100%. The U.N. is the largest waste of resources, potential and hope that has ever existed. It promises solutions and salvation and only brings corruption and misery. Just ask anyone in Rwanda, Bosnia, or Darfur.

eMail Joke: Why I hate Fridays

One day a guy dies and finds himself in hell. As he is wallowing in despair, he has his first meeting with the devil...

Satan: "Why so glum?"

Guy: "What do you think? I'm in hell!"

Satan: "Hell's not so bad. We actually have a lot of fun down here. You a drinking man?"

Guy: "Sure, I love to drink."

Satan: "Well, you're gonna love Mondays then. On Mondays, that's all we do is drink. Whiskey, tequila, Guinness, wine coolers, Tab, and Fresca . We drink 'til we throw up, and then we drink some more! And you don't have to worry about getting a hangover, because you're dead anyway."

Guy: "Gee that sounds great!"

Satan: "You a smoker?"

Guy: "You better believe it!"

Satan: "All right! You're gonna love Tuesdays We get the finest cigars from all over the world, and smoke our lungs out. If you get cancer - no biggie, you're already dead, remember?"

Guy: "Wow...that's awesome!"

Satan: "I bet you like to gamble."

Guy: "Why, yes, as a matter of fact I do."

Satan: "Good, 'cause Wednesdays you can gamble all you want. Craps, blackjack, roulette, poker, slots, whatever. If you go bankrupt, it doesn't matter, you're dead anyhow."

Guy: "Cool!"

Satan: "What about drugs?"

Guy: "Are you kidding? Love drugs! You don't mean...?"

Satan: "That's right! Thursday is drug day. Help yourself to a great big bowl of crack or smack. Smoke a doobie the size of a submarine. You can do all the drugs you want. You're dead so who cares."

Guy: "Wow! I never realized Hell was such a cool place!"

Satan: "You gay?"

Guy: "No..."

Satan: "Oooo , Fridays are gonna be tough..."

Happy Halloween!

Papercraft Skull (with Articulated Jaw)

Thursday, October 25, 2007


Try it out and see how the candidates match up to you...

The Shy Millionaires

This is the sort of thing that sets my teeth on edge. This general perception that it is not only fair but just to forcibly take from one group of people to give to another group. As this one commenter said:

I'm not ideologically opposed to taxing wealth, mainly because I know a lot of fat cats that aren't working. But it seems to me that there's no pragmatic way (or at least, not one we've discovered yet) to penalize them without also hitting a lot of people who are working.

Not ideologically opposed to taxing the wealthy cause he knows a "lot of fat cats that aren't working". So what? This commenter feels that they should be penalized for having wealth and not working. I believe that is what most people in this country or even the world would like to be able to do and that is the nut of it. Jealousy and envy and the sense that most of the rich must not have worked for their wealth or don't deserve it and so we MUST make it right by taking it away from them. Grow up already. You "generally" have the life you deserve and earn. If you are not happy with your lot in life, do something about it. Get off of your butt and make the changes necessary to improve your future. If you look hard enough, you can find DAILY stories about people that started with NOTHING and now have their own business and are making a fair, honest and successful life for themselves and their families. Anyone can do it if they want to and are willing to put in the effort and take the chance. Will it be easy? No of course not but most of the things in life that are worthwhile take effort. So, do me and the rest of us a favor, stop your petty whining about the evil rich and either get off your butt, work hard and become one of the evil rich too or just sit down and shut up.

Code "how rude and disruptive can we be" Pink

While watching the video I was just starting to wonder where the tasers were, then there they were! Why is it that you only see lefties protesting in this manner? This "in your face", "my way or the highway" type of activities (though to be honest some of those pro-choice protesters can get pretty fired up too)? This is just more of that "the ends justifies the means" for the "community based reality" folks.

And John at PowerLine makes a VERY good point, where was security when these people were filing into the meeting room? Folks that get ejected from meetings like this for being disruptive should face some sort of penalty. Yes they have a right to be heard but that was not the point of this meeting. They could have protested outside of the meeting or waited for a Q&A portion of the meeting. Instead, because their opinion is more important and the only "right one", no one else matters. It is all about their rights to the exclusion of everyone else's. Why debate when they can just shout you down, get in your face and make a big scene because you know, they care.

Media myths about the Jena 6

Read this article and then see if it sounds vaguely familiar. It certainly reminded me of another recent incident involving a racially charged episode involving young people that was jumped on by the media and held up as a prime example of the racism that "still" exists in this country until that is, the dust settled and the true facts of the case came out, to include DNA evidence (or the lack there of) and other witnesses and video that placed key defendants in other locations, etc.

As with the Duke Lacrosse case, the truth about Jena will eventually be known. But the town of Jena isn't expecting any apologies from the media. They will probably never admit their error and have already moved on to the next "big" story.

Yeah, that is the one I was thinking of and he is right, I do not remember reading/hearing a lot of apologizing by all of the media and pundits that jumped on the bandwagon cause you know, they were white and she was black and so they HAD to be guilty. Now with this case, they are black and he is white and well they were provoked and all so it was JUSTIFIED!


Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Not Their Fault

This is quite the amusing piece of literature and has a number of quotables to include:

Legend has it that, when he was a young boy, Richard Mellon Scaife's father would take him for ice cream cones, but before he handed a cone to young Richard he would take a large bite out of it. "That," he would exclaim, "is what taxes are!" No wonder the young Scaife grew up hating taxes. His boyhood experiences with ice cream cones taught him that taxes were stealing something from him, without returning any benefits.

and this one is a hoot:

This may come as shocking news for those of you in the upper 5 percent, but many middle class families can no longer afford health insurance, nor can they afford to pay their medical bills out of their own pockets. And this is NOT THEIR FAULT.

The first passage is fairly true. Now a days, taxes are what the government takes out of my pay without returning equivalent benefits. The current level of government spending is out of control with no end in sight. Government programs are breeding like rabbits and their budgets are growing. You would be hard pressed to find any government programs that have been disbanded. It don't happen. They just continue to grow and spread.

The second passage is telling as well. I would wager that this glut of middle class families that can't afford health insurance have plenty of color TVs, cars, homes, pools, boats, vacations, X-Boxes, computers, cable boxes, etc. Hell, look at the published standard of living for the "official poor" in America. Most of them live better than I did when I was a kid and we were considered middle-class (lower but still in there). This is just more of the "no consequences" attitude that permeates much of society today. Give me what I want, now and I should not have to give up anything to get it.

They don't want to give anyone, no matter how needy, a bite of their ice cream cone.

There is a big difference between offering someone a bite and having someone take it at knife point which is what taxes are, generosity at the point of a gun. It is one thing to help support the basic functioning of society and quite another to in affect reward poor planing and poor life choices with handouts and bailouts. This all goes back to life choices. You generally get the life you earn. If you can not afford health insurance, what are you willing to personally give up to get it, fewer nights out at the movies, cable TV, delivered pizza, what? It seems that for a lot of people, the answer is nothing.

The Global-Warming Debate Isn't Over Until It's Over

This article is a bit of a retread of this post but it is a good summary and has some good lines like:

"If you must declare a debate over, then maybe it's not."

That certainly seems like what is happening here. Gore and Co. have claimed that there is a crisis and that there is a consensus, end of story. What they don't tell you is that a) science is not driven by consensus, it is driven by facts and 2) there are a large number of scientists that absolutely do have a problem with man-made global warming and that they are not getting a chance to be heard because of Gore and Co.

Sharp Drop Seen in US Deaths in Iraq

Will wonders never cease? A positive story about Iraq by the AP? But don't worry, they were still able to find some less than positive news to include, to you know, keep it "fair and balanced".

"While U.S. death figures appear to be in sharp decline, the number of Iraqi civilians and security forces show a less dramatic drop. And any significant attack — by insurgents or civilians caught in the crossfire — could quickly wipe out the downward trend."

Funny thing is, I just don't recall any prior AP stories that discussed the rising death toll including a similar caveat that "any significant offensive operations by US forces -- could quickly wipe out the upward trend". I must have just missed those...

Volunteer radar gunslingers nail speeders

Not sure how I feel about this cause a neighbor with an ax to grind could cause a lot of trouble. I'll tell you though, I would sure like to have a ticket book! I could go through that thing in no time. I am not as concerned with general speeding as I am with obeying all of the other rules of the road. My biggest two beefs are with drivers that don't use their signals when turning or changing lanes and with drivers that don't turn on their lights in the rain. The first is to help inform the other drivers of your intentions and the second is a BIG safety issue. You don't turn your lights on in the rain for you as much as you turn them on for everyone else. Rain cuts down on the general visibility and by turning your lights on, it is easier for everyone else to see you.

Reid reviving 'amnesty' for illegals

"reviving and fast-tracking plans to grant amnesty to millions of illegal aliens"

Will they NEVER learn? Are they just hoping that we are all to stupid or easily distracted to notice when they try to pull this kind of garbage?

Just a few months after intense pressure from U.S. citizens triggered the rejection of President Bush's comprehensive immigration plan, a compromise supported by Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass. – the DREAM Act proposal by Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill. – is being rushed through the Senate.

Call your Senator and let them know that this is wrong for the country and wrong for our future!


“I was reading an article in the NY Times and thought to myself, ‘imagine if that were actually true?’”

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Go Thompson GO!

He just makes sense. Most notably the following:

End Sanctuary Cities by cutting off discretionary federal grant funds as appropriate to any community...directs its public officials not to comply...regarding the immigration status, lawful or unlawful, of an alien in the United States.

About time! Cut off municipalities and public institutions at the knees for violating U.S. law. Follow that up with strong penalties against businesses that hire illegals. Turn off the benefits and the monies and most illegals will go home to their own countries.

If they want to be in the U.S., let them come legally with a vested interest in making it here and assimilating into American society.

Yes, I know that this next bit is phobic but SO WHAT!

English as Official Language: Make English the official language of the U.S. to promote assimilation and legal immigrants’ success, and require English proficiency in order for any foreign person to be granted lawful permanent resident status.

If I go to France I am expected to speak French, well this is America where we speak and read and write in English. Learn it, live it, love it. Voting, driving, employment, etc. should all be in English and ONLY English. If you can not speak, read and write English, you can not intelligently function in this country. If you can not speak, read or write English you should not be living here. I don't mean visiting, I mean living. Spending years in this country and working at a job and STILL not able to speak English with any proficiency.

When disagreement becomes infringement

Interesting article by someone trying to oppose this inane infatuation today's young people have with the brutal murdering Che Guevara with some fascinating spillage into related areas.

Defending Islamofascism

This pretty much covers it...

Hillary's latest strawman

At this rate one has to seriously wonder who's administration will be more scandal wracked, the first President Clinton's or the second.

The first put in a effort with TravelGate, White Water, Monica Lewinsky, etc. (here is a link to the entire hit parade) but it looks like Hillary is planning on showing that she is no slouch and plans to making a good showing...

Pork seems to be all that congress eats...

This is not a partisan problem any more. The Republicans are as bad as the Democrats and they all act like it is "free" money. I do not believe in term limits, I believe that we deserve the government that we get. If you are willing to continue to vote for the same liars and cheaters that you voted for before, than shame on you but this is getting ridicules. It is time to throw them all out and start over. The government could run so much more lean and mean than it is now and return so much more money to the people that earned it but that would get in the way of the designs of these grandstanding buffoons in Washington. The Republicans lost big in the last election, in part for their free spending ways and it looks like the new Democratic majority is no better. I say vote for no incumbents and lets send a completely fresh generation to Washington.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Initial justice

The perp still has a long way to go to pay for his crime but at least this was a start and based on the current state of justice in America, this may be all the family ever gets in the way of justice.

Had the home owner NOT been armed, this could have turned out to be a far more tragic story as in "Husband and father killed after surprising a burglar in the act".

They wish to be safe in their castles.

It’s not the score of a Hawkeye football game. It’s the number of Democrats versus the number of Republicans in the University of Iowa history department...

'Gun-free' school zones?

Since the 1970s, on school campuses in Israel, policy requires teachers and parent aides to arm themselves with semi-automatic weapons. The result? School shootings have plummeted to zero.

Update: 10/22/07 4:55PM Additional, relevant reading is available here.

IMF protesters in DC stick'in it to the man!

This is an ongoing theme with many on the liberal left. Anarchy rains. Don't worry though, it will be excused like all of the prior breakouts of vandalism and assault because, you know, it was for a good cause and they "meant" well but just "got out of hand". Justice for the people and all that. Also, she was probably just a Republican or a corporate oppressor of the underclass.

Collages, opening your mind to all the "right" ideas

whether you want to hear them or not, which is a valid roll for schools of higher education. Part of the point is to present a broad range of ideas with the pros and cons of each so that students can build reasoning and evaluation skills to be used once they leave school and enter the real world. It seems though, as of late, only the "right" ideas are given any air time at today's schools.

Stossel "gores" Gore

Friday, October 19, 2007

Enviro-hypocrites celebrating

Ain't that always the way "do as I say not as I do" cause you know, they are just better than the rest of us and they CARE...

Peace prize committee disbands!

"I truly don't believe they realized how frivolous and absurd they had become, how ridiculous, vapid, self-centered and dim-witted they appeared to intelligent people all over the world, how silly, provincial and uninformed they made the people of Norway look, how bizarre, counter-productive and downright dangerous some of their choices had been and how hackneyed and self-righteous their announcements sounded."

About time! Now if only we could get the UN to do the same!

Randi's Inconsistent Explanation Defies Credibility

She said she was mugged but it is everyone else' fault that they believed her!

Where is Hillary's money coming from?

The Last March Of The Dinosaurs

"Worst of all, they lost their collective news judgment years ago, and still haven't figured out how to get it back."

HEH, Krauthammer's razor

"In explaining any puzzling Washington phenomenon, always choose stupidity over conspiracy, incompetence over cunning. Anything else gives them too much credit."

Rush for the Marines

Nice move Rush...

Thursday, October 18, 2007

KDFW Suspends Rebecca Aguilar After Controversial "Ambush"

"It makes me proud to read these stories about my home state and know that the laws back up women and 70 year old senior citizens over potential murderers and rapists. It also makes me proud to know Texans will stand up to nitwits like her. "

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

More Gore

See there is just NO good news in Iraq, anywhere...

It don't run if it can't be spun, as bad news. The headline is "As violence falls in Iraq, cemetery workers feel the pinch ". The MSM just has to find the cloud in every silver lining. This sort of thing is getting so past the point of being ridicules that it is actually getting to be funny. What is next? An article about how as violence in Iraq drops and the status of living rises, stores can't stock enough merchandise causing critical X Box shortages?

But there is not left bias in higher ed...

So far, President Knapp has been less than enthusiastic about taking any type of disciplinary action now that liberals have been revealed to be the culprits.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Peace Prize part II

"We're brainwashing our children," said Dr Gray, 78, a long-time professor at Colorado State University. "They're going to the Gore movie [An Inconvenient Truth] and being fed all this. It's ridiculous."

"It bothers me that my fellow scientists are not speaking out against something they know is wrong," he said. "But they also know that they'd never get any grants if they spoke out. I don't care about grants."


“Truth about Bush’s SCHIP veto doesn’t match harsh rhetoric”

Jeez, what a shocker...

Monday, October 15, 2007

General Sanchez speaks truth to power.

The truth is of little to no value if it does not fit your own preconceived notions, biases and agendas

All the news that fit to print?

Every major daily paper in New York took note of President Bush's deci sion to bestow the first Medal of Honor of Operation Enduring Freedom on Navy SEAL Lt. Michael Murphy - a Long Islander who gave his life for his country and his fellow SEALs.

Every paper but one, that is.

And it shouldn't be particularly hard to guess which one.

Just a sample of those that did NOT win a Nobel Peace prize

Read this article and then make ANY case that this award means anything at all today. Take all the time you need and write in when (if) you can come up with an answer.

Monday, October 8, 2007

A rebuttal to the rebuttal over Bush's SCHIP veto...

The 12 year old (and his family) that was used to rebut Bush's veto of SCHIP has some explaining to do...

Mommy and daddy can't afford private heath insurance for their two kids but they can afford $40K per year per child for private school tuition and though their combined incomes are listed as $45K per year, daddy has owned his own company "Frostworks" since at least 1992 and as such CHOOSES to not have health insurance. His company is run from a building that he purchased in 1999 for $160K and homes like the one they live in is estimated to be worth ~$485K.

It is all about responsibility and priorities. The Frost's did not have heath insurance as a priority. Fine, this is America and that is their right but to then use the [foreseeable] consequences of that decision used as a partisan tool to beat up on the administration is both dishonest and misleading but I would suspect that the dems knew that and just did not care.

Friday, October 5, 2007

Al Franken, where does he stand?

Well apparently he stands for universal health care, bringing the troops home NOW and 100% federally funded elections.

So Franken wants to further drive up the cost and expense of health care and further inflate the budget and increase the national debt while reducing the quality of our current care.

Franken also wants to plunge the middle east into another regional war that will result in more civilian deaths and more terrorists with his cut and run immediately strategy.

He also wants to 100% subsidize the politicians campaigns. I would hate to see that bill. If there is no cap on spending, they will spend everything. If there is a cap on spending, how do you determine what that cap is and how will you stop people or 527s from spending over that amount? Who qualifies for the free campaign? Anyone or just someone from one of the major parties? Look at how well politicians manage to spend our money today, imagine if they are able to spend it on their own campaigns directly.

Al Franken, just FULL of good ideas?

Thursday, October 4, 2007

PETA kills animals...

and gets away with it.

More information can be found here, or any Google search.

Carter meets the real world

Guess what happens when someone without a gun tells someone with a gun:

"We're going to anyway!" Carter angrily retorted. "You don't have the power to stop me."

That someone (without the gun) is proved wrong. Oh, and just in case the irony was lost on former President Carter I would like to ensure that he understands that this sort of thing HAPPENS EVERY DAY all over the world. People with guns get to tell people without guns what they can and can not do. They also get to take what ever they want up to and including your life. That is why it is better to have at least the option to have a gun of your own. It sort of, you know levels the playing field somewhat. It gives the all kinds of physically weaker individuals a fighting chance in the "real world".

Stossel on Health Care

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Fair Tax information

This is a presentation on the Fair Tax that is well worth watching.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

President Fred Thompson?

Update: 10/2/09: I am more disappointed every day that he is not the nominee. Don't get me wrong, McCain is so much a better pick than Obama but Fred would have been so much a better pick than McCain...

Monday, October 1, 2007

Are all suicide bombers gay?

Maybe a gay rights group could adopt a few suicide bombers, post their martyrdom videos and celebrate their presumed gayness posthumously. I suppose people who want to become suicide bombers for other reasons could object that this will tarnish their sacrifice, but they are either bigots or, more likely, protesting a bit too much, don't you think?