Thursday, May 29, 2008

British man prevented from unlawfully detaining John Bolton

Yes, I know that was not the headline of the actual article but it appears from reading the article that it would be closer to the true of the matter than the actual headline is.

Shame that George Monbiot could not be arrested for attempted kidnapping.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Global warming undeniable!

You just need to be sure to ask which globe...

Thursday, May 22, 2008

eMail Joke: Oil Shortage

A lot of folks can't understand how we came to have an oil shortage here in our country.

Well, there's a very simple answer. Nobody bothered to check the oil.

We just didn't know we were getting low. The reason for that is purely geographical. Our OIL is located in: Alaska, California, Coastal Florida, Coastal Louisiana, Kansas, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Texas.

Our DIPSTICKS are located in Washington , DC!!!

Any Questions??? NO? Didn't think So.

eMail Joke:$50 is $50

Morris and his wife Esther went to the state fair every year, and every year Morris would say, 'Esther,I'd like to ride in that helicopter.'

Esther always replied, 'I know Morris, but that helicopter ride is fifty dollars, and fifty dollars is fifty dollars.'

One year Esther and Morris went to the fair, and Morris said, 'Esther, I'm 85 years old. If I don't ride that helicopter, I might never get another chance.'

To this, Esther replied, 'Morris that helicopter ride is fifty dollars, and fifty dollars is fifty dollars.'

The pilot overheard the couple and said, 'Folks I'll make you a deal. I'll take the both of you for a ride. If you can stay quiet for the entire ride and don't say a word I won't charge you a penny! But if you say one word it's fifty dollars.'

Morris and Esther agreed and up they went.

The pilot did all kinds of fancy maneuvers, but not a word was heard. He did his daredevil tricks over and over again, but still not a word. When they landed, the pilot turned to Morris and said, 'By golly, I did everything I could to get you to yell out, but you didn't. I'm impressed!'

Morris replied, 'Well, to tell you the truth, I almost said something when Esther fell out, but you know, fifty dollars is fifty dollars!'

Have Fun Storming The Castle!

Completely unbelievable that a) these people have such short and/or selective memories or b) that they think the rest of the country does.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Thanks for NOTHING, Sen. Feinstein

Now, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) has attached the perennial AgJOBS amnesty to the must-pass Iraq War appropriations bill. This was part of the “comprehensive” amnesty bill. She is carrying water for those in the agriculture sector who wantonly hire illegal aliens.

Illegals receive immunity for any Social Security fraud if they worked under a fake or stolen Social Security number. They’d get their own SSN. They don’t have to pay any back taxes owed on illegal employment.

Feinstein prohibits Homeland Security from using any information illegals provide on their legalization application for law enforcement. So, AgJOBS gives lawbreakers (illegal aliens and agricultural employers) immunity from past lawbreaking.

With friends like these, who needs enemies!

One small win for the good guys

Now it is time for France 2 to acknowledge that it created and is continuing to perpetuate the worst anti-Semitic libel of our era.

Though I would not hold my breath if I were you...

Man bites dog, hard!

About time too! The MSM has been getting away with playing their own version of the truth for too long. It has been a very long time since any of the major news outlets reported "just the facts" and it is refreshing to see the White House hit back once in a while.

We deserve a "fair and balanced" media and we just don't have even close to that in this day and age.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Shame on Google!

So much for "do no evil" eh?

So what was this horrible thing that caused Google to feel compelled to rat the man out to authorities? It seems he posted "content in vulgar language about Sonia Gandhi".

And for this heinous crime (thank the stars that Google was able to help in his apprehension) he could be "imprisoned for up to five years and may have to pay a fine up to Rs one lakh."

Thank you Google, thank you for protecting us all from such a vial and disgusting person! Thanks for making the world a safer place!

Harvard and the Military

Good article and worth the read. I am afraid though that its sentiments will fall on deaf ears. The left is all for respecting diversity as long as it is their diversity that you are respecting. Just like the left is all for free speech as long as it is their free speech. The left is all for inalienable rights as long as it is the ones they approve of.

Harvard is all about making a "statement" and kicking ROTC off of campus but they still seem fairly eager to continue to accept take Federal funds.

Typical lefty hypocrites.

I expect that Drew Faust won't take the offered advice and will choose to use this event as a political platform and I also expect that any media coverage will gush about her courage "speaking truth to power" and I unfortunately, I don't expect to be disappointed...

MythBusters: Electric vs. Gas Go-Karts

Very interesting but as some of the posters noted, I can re-fill my go-kart gas tank in under a minute and be back on the track racing whereas I need hours to fully charge my electric model.

I fly electric RC helicopters that utilize LiPo batteries and always have at least 2 sets so one can charge while the other is in use. That is currently expensive enough when talking 18v but would be prohibitive when talking 110v and high amps.

Electric will still only be marginally better than gas until we can get more nuclear power plants constructed. When we covert the grid over to non-fossil fuels then swapping EVs in place of ICEs make sense. Until then, even with the economy of scale, you are producing a lot of "residue" for each kilowatt.

I would rather just have one of these in my basement...

Its all about tolerance

The money line is: If she had written a story about a charter school illegally giving instructions in the Catholic or Mormon faith, these same journalists would have nominated her for an award.

This is so true. Not only would she get an award but the ACLU would be suing and the school would be swamped with reporters. Instead she is being attacked by both the school, local politicians and her peers. I guess her crime is being intolerant of their intolerance.

Just say NO to the U.N.

These folks did and you can too!

Monday, May 19, 2008

Speeding for me but not for thee...

Of those citations, 76 were dismissed after supervisors determined that officers were responding to calls or had other valid reasons to exceed the speed limit.

Pardon me but I would like a list of what those "other valid reasons" to exceed the posted limit are. You are either on a call or you are not. If not, than you should follow all of the rules of the road just like everyone else has to.

I also love this part:

The officers are following the advice of their union, which says the citations are issued not to the driver but to the vehicle's owner -- in this case, the county.

These are the very same people that rightly criticize defense lawyers for using legal maneuverings to help their clients escape justice and here they are doing the same thing.

Human Statue of Liberty

This is a human Statue of Liberty made up of ~18,000 soldiers. This picture was taken in 1918 at Camp Dodge in Iowa.

What big thing is wrong with news in America?

Why the AP of course!

Bush attacked by Democrats for "not" attacking Democrats!

Barack Obama said: "It is sad that President Bush would use a speech to the Knesset on the 60th anniversary of Israel's independence to launch a false political attack," [Obama] said in a statement. "Instead of tough talk and no action, we need to do what Kennedy, Nixon and Reagan did and use all elements of American power--including tough, principled, and direct diplomacy--to pressure countries like Iran and Syria." Obama added that Bush was aware that the candidate had never supported talking to terrorists, "and the president's extraordinary politicization of foreign policy and the politics of fear do nothing to secure the American people or our stalwart ally Israel."

Hillary Clinton said: "President Bush's comparison of any Democrat to Nazi appeasers is both offensive and outrageous, on the face of it and especially in light of his failures in foreign policy," she said. "This is the kind of statement that has no place in any presidential address and certainly to use an important moment like the 60th anniversary celebration of Israel to make a political point seems terribly misplaced."

Sen. Joe Biden said: "This is bullshit, this is malarkey. This is outrageous, for the president of the United States to go to a foreign country, to sit in the Knesset . . . and make this kind of ridiculous statement."

And what pray tell did President Bush say against these political actors and the esteemed Democratic party? Let us see, shall we?

There are good and decent people who cannot fathom the darkness in these men and try to explain away their words. It's natural, but it is deadly wrong. As witnesses to evil in the past, we carry a solemn responsibility to take these words seriously. Jews and Americans have seen the consequences of disregarding the words of leaders who espouse hatred. And that is a mistake the world must not repeat in the 21st century.

Some seem to believe that we should negotiate with the terrorists and radicals, as if some ingenious argument will persuade them they have been wrong all along. We have heard this foolish delusion before. As Nazi tanks crossed into Poland in 1939, an American senator declared: "Lord, if I could only have talked to Hitler, all this might have been avoided." We have an obligation to call this what it is--the false comfort of appeasement, which has been repeatedly discredited by history.

Some people suggest if the United States would just break ties with Israel, all our problems in the Middle East would go away. This is a tired argument that buys into the propaganda of the enemies of peace, and America utterly rejects it.

Interesting, I don't see any mention of Obama, Clinton, Biden or any other Democrat or even any mention of anyone specific at all. This could just as easily be about those at the NYTs, Code Pink, or any of the others that have advocated capitulation instead of resistance. I think that this is a demonstration of mass guilt. They all feel this way so they assume that when anyone talks of appeasement they just assume that they are the ones being referred to regardless of if the reference is direct, indirect or non-existent.

This is the politics of change we can believe in?

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Medical Organ Adoption Solution

This is unbelievable! To adopt a child for the sole purpose of harvesting their organs is unbelievable. So, consenting adults can't legally sell their own organs but it is perfectly legal to adopt and then steal the organs of a child?

We are a domestic and international adoption agency where parents are free to adopt a child who is a perfect match (up to 18 yrs) for the transplant of one or -more “non-essential” organs to be donated to one of the adopting parents or your own children. Your new son or daughter would give you their heart, if it was possible, but a lung, eye or three feet of intestine might be enough to prove that love.

They also have a very nice price chart that allows you to pick the organ(s) you need and the age of the donor, to meet any budget. They can even assist with an adoption loan. Just a full service site, they are.

Sorry but this is just sick...

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

No good deed ever goes unpunished

Read the link and article first...

And let us not forget the child rapists! You can't have the U.N. involved in anything without some children being sexually exploited. I think it is in their training films or something.

I can't believe he says this sort of thing with a straight face!

Mr. McCain exhibited (as the press usually does) a complete lack of consciousness of the fact that evidence of warming is not evidence of what causes warming. Yet policy must be a matter of costs and benefits, adjusted for the uncertainties involved. Which brings us to today's irony: He who finds a six-figure earmark an affront to humanity is prepared to wave through a trillion-dollar climate bill without, as far as anyone can tell, a single systematic thought about costs and benefits.

As is noted in the article, you can believe that the Earth is warmer without believing that it is man's fault. Mars has recently had warmer temperatures for goodness sake! Is man's impact on the world so great that we have had an effect on Mars too? Get over your selves already!

Between this and things like his recent comments related to immunizations, he is in serious jeopardy of drifting into the "community based reality".

More illegal thoughts...

I agree with the general theme of the article and this is not just restricted to Navarrette Jr. It is a ploy used by nearly everyone on the "pro" immigration side of this debate. Most of the people championing rights and amnesty for illegals continuously, purposefully confuse the issue by mixing legal and illegal immigrants into the same pot thereby hoping to gain points for the poor, poor, pitiful immigrant that everyone is picking on. No one is picking on immigrants because as has been pointed out time and time again, nearly everyone has immigrants in their family tree.

What we are picking on and yelling about are illegal aliens and illegal aliens with an attitude of entitlement in that because they are here they should be treated at least as well as U.S. citizens are. It helps not one bit when our elected officials basically tell us, in response to our raising legitimate concerns, to just "get over it".

"Card check," unionization, an idea whose time should never come

In this day and age, in this country, unions are a dinosaur that should have long ago died away. That sadly has not happened and is not likely to happen any time soon. In fact the aged beast that is unions is trying to make an end run around extinction by attempting to get the legal right to not hold secret voting for unionization.

The current rules are basically that in order to unionize, 51% of the employees affected by the unionization have to sign a petition in favor of a union. Then a secret vote is held and if the majority vote in favor of a union, so be it.

In a number of cases, for a number of reasons, a petition for a union does not always result in a union. There can be a number of reasons for this but the one that seems most plausible is that people can easily be strong-armed into signing a petition as most of the signature collection efforts take place in the open where employees congregate and so there can be a bit of social pressure to sign up. But once you are in the voting booth, behind closed doors with no one strong arming you, many vote against the union that they may have felt pressure to publicly endorse. This is called democracy. This is not good enough for unions. They want this public, potentially (likely) coerced collection of signatures to be the same as a secret vote and once 51% have signed, allow unionization.

What would be the result of proposing that general elections be held this way? If it is not good for general elections (for obvious reasons) then why is it good for unionization votes?

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

The audacity of hopeyness and changitude

And this gem from the comments section concerning the Israel conflict and the root of Arab anger at Israel is fairly spot on:

Humiliation is at the root of their current genocidal rage. Those filthy Jews took a spot of godforsaken wilderness and made it blossom as a rose. Israel thrives–without petroleum–while its oil-rich neighbors live in self-inflicted squalor.

Remember when they said Bush would destroy democracy?

We shall see if the Democrats are held to the same standard the media and government hold the Republicans to. This story was originally covered here. I am glad to see that they are finally making some headway but I don't hold out much hope for a fair and honest outcome, this being a Democrat controlled congress and all...

Monday, May 12, 2008

When the inmates run the asylum

What an utter, preventable tragedy! That this could happen in a modern society is a shame. That the politics and laws of the land made this tragedy inevitable is both unmistakable and a travesty.

Then for the homeless shelter that forced the hand of the city counsel, to absolve its self of any responsibility or culpability in all of this is yet another crime:

the homeless shelter denies any responsibility.

Here is their theory:

The decisions on where to place Clark and who to house next to him were taken by Leeds city council.

Questions need to be asked as to why this young girl and her family were housed next to a known sex offender.

So, currently in the UK it is perfectly acceptable for a repeat sex offender to draw benefits and live anywhere he wishes without any warning to any of his neighbours in part at the urging of a local homeless shelter which then puts the responsibility of keeping the rest of the community "out of harms way" on the local government without them having the ability to tell the community why, and when the inevitable happened, the shelter has the hubris to question the actions of the counsel. The inmates have indeed taking over management of the asylum!

But there is no need for voter ID laws!

In Arizona, the only state that requires proof of citizenship to register to vote, more than 38,000 voter registration applications have been thrown out since the state adopted its measure in 2004. . . . More than 70 percent of those registrations came from people who stated under oath that they were born in the United States, the data showed.

Yep, no problems here, just keep moving along folks...

Friday, May 9, 2008

Space is the place!

This is just too cool! The first private space station is still operational after over 660 days in orbit and over (by now) 10,000 orbits of the Earth. It was launched on July 12, 2006 and has been operational ever since. A private manned space station is nearing a reality and it can't come too soon. I am grateful to the U.S. government for getting us into space in the first place but they just can not do space as quickly and cheaply as private enterprises.

Hard rock luck hotel

The USA Today (maybe not a great paper but certainly a big paper, ran a story on how hard hit folks are in the current economic down turn. This particular story would have been ideal to run April 1st but alas this story is no joke. This is how USA Today chooses to express how hard hit the “little” guy is thanks to the current economy:

Carlos Bueno and his wife, Mayra, drove three times last year from their home in Houston to a casino in Lake Charles, La., but they won't be making the two-hour drive this summer.

"Gas prices are the main reason," says the 32-year-old father of three children who works for a utility company and also is canceling the family's annual vacation to the Dominican Republic. . . .

To save money on casino trips, Al Katz sold his SUV last month and bought a more fuel-efficient Toyota Camry.

Katz, a 55-year-old comedian, drives with his wife, Colleen, about 70 miles every week or two from his home in Kissimmee, Fla., to the Hard Rock Casino in Tampa. They also drive more than nine hours a few times each year to gamble in Biloxi, Miss.

"We may have to eliminate a trip or two" if the economic downturn continues, says Katz, who entertains on cruise ships. "Every time I get off a cruise ship, gas is a quarter more expensive."

Marie Braun, 45, of Olathe, Kan., has already made the decision to cut back, from five casino visits a year to two or three visits. Gas is too expensive for a 60-mile round trip to Missouri, says Braun, who works for a telecommunications company.

"It's pretty tough to justify spending money on any kind of entertainment when it costs so much just to get to work each day," she says.

Oh so sad! These people are on the verge of loosing EVERYTHING due to the economy! They have no food, no home, no cars… no wait, they do have those things and in fact they have much more. They actually seem to have so much disposable income (even in this devastating economy) that they can still afford to take multiple trips a year to give their excess money to casinos.

This is similar to the old story of the cold war in the former USSR. There they used to show news clips from the 60s and 70s of war protesters and riots to demonstrate how bad things were in America and what the viewers took away was “they all have new shoes”.

The news is so worked up over pushing the story of a bad US economy that they will latch onto anything to help make their point, not realizing how ridicules their examples come across.

It is almost the punch line of a joke “the economy is SO bad… How bad it is? It is so bad, this year I can only afford 2 trips to Vegas to gamble!”

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

John McCain will attend the La Raza Annual Convention

Not a good way to show your base that you care about illegal immigration or that you will do right by the legal American people during your (possible) presidency.

eMail Joke: The Lawn Mower

When our lawn mower broke and wouldn't run, my wife kept hinting to me that I should get it fixed. But, somehow I always had something else to take care of first, the truck, the car, playing golf - always something more important to me.

Finally she thought of a clever way to make her point. When I arrived home one day, I found her seated in the tall grass, busily snipping away with a tiny pair of sewing scissors.

I watched silently for a short time and then went into the house. I was gone only a minute, and when I came out again I handed her a toothbrush.

I said, "When you finish cutting the grass, you might as well sweep the driveway."

The doctors say I will walk again, but I will always have a limp.

Moral to this story: Marriage is a relationship in which one person is always right, and the other is the husband.

Monday, May 5, 2008

Stupid-ous crime

Man accused of trying to cash check for $360,000,000,000. That's right, a man walked into the Chase bank in Fort Worth and tried to cash a personal check for $360 billion that was not even made out to him!

When arrested, he had pot and a weapon on him.

So this genius walks into a bank and tries to cash a third-party personal check for $360 billion. Wow.

Friday, May 2, 2008

eMail Joke: Barbershop

Somehow George W. Bush and Bill Clinton ended up at the same barbershop.

As they sat there, each attended by a different barber, not a word was spoken. The barbers were afraid to start a conversation, fearing it would turn to politics.

As they finished their shaves, Clinton's barber reached for the after shave.

Clinton was quick to stop him saying, "No thanks, my wife Hillary will smell that and think I've been in a whorehouse."

The second barber turned to Bush and said, "How about you?"

Bush replied, "Go ahead, my wife doesn't know what the inside of a whorehouse smells like."

Who laughs last

Seems all is not funny for funny man Al Franken. Apparently there is (at least implied) a cover-up related to his financials.

We've covered the tax and legal compliance problems of Minnesota Democratic Senatorial candidate Al Franken over the past few weeks. First came the revelation of his failure to pay workers' compensation insurance in New York. Then came the revelation of his failure to file corporate tax returns in California. This week it was revealed that Franken owes $70,000 in back taxes in 17 states.

It could all be Innocent but it also seems to fit the "good enough for thee but not for me" attitude and mentality of so many at the upper levels of liberal politics that it is hard not to give it some weight. It does not improve the situation any that Al blames this all on his accountant but then his accountant is instructed not to discuss the issues with anyone, resulting in him not being able to explain the situation or defend himself from Al's excuses.

I also have to agree with this statement from Scott at Power Line "It is perhaps the most damning development yet in the continuing saga of the comedian who hasn't been deliberately funny since the expiration of the Al Franken Decade in 1990."

Gutter politics

I am not a huge fan of McCain and he is not my first (or second) choice for president but this sort of hit-man politics that we are seeing from democrats (and have seen in the past, in other elections) is the sort of antics that will drive more and more "reasonable" people into the McCain camp. This sort of thing will only back fire on the democrats and show them to be nothing but petty, mean-spirited, power at any cost, children. I expect that the "community based reality" is pulling all sorts of muscles patting them selves on the back over this stunt not realizing how the rest of us see them and this sort of gutter attack. It does not improve the situation at all that the folks behind this "stunt" have ties to other politicians. Do I think this was "authorized" by any of the other current or former candidates? No, but this goes to the quality of the people you associate with and the types of conduct you condone or inspire.

What is actually funny about this sort of thing is that if and when there is any MSM notice and the subsequent public backlash, the democrats will simply exclaim (with a straight face no less) that this is just their "swift boating" of McCain "just like the republicans did to Edwards" completely missing the point that what the SBVFT did "to" Edwards was simply tell the truth that the MSM did not bother to look for. As with the Plame incident, this was an attempt to "set the record straight" as opposed to making up a story. That is what makes this so funny, that democrats caught in a lie "mis-speak" if the MSM even bothers to take notice of the lies. When a conservative group dares to stand up and say "you are wrong, here is what really happened" they are accused of attack ads and of being part of the "vast right wing conspiracy". This blatant double standard has never made sense to me nor I believe to anyone in the real world but unfortunately for those of us that do still live here, a large majority of the political class, education establishment and MSM all have permanent addresses in the "community based reality" and it looks like they are having a housing boom.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Oh the suffering from this collapsing economy!

The last thing Marti Tracy wants to do on a Saturday is clip coupons. But last month the 34-year-old Bowie resident felt she no longer had a choice. She'd already given up organic meat and decided to buy organic milk only for her 2-year-old son, not for the whole family.

Tracy and her partner also stopped buying the cereals they like in favor of whatever was on sale; stopped picking up convenient single-size packs of juice, water or crackers; and, in order to save gas, stopped going to multiple stores. "I find the whole thing a huge hassle, but I've reached a tipping point," said Tracy, a government human resources specialist who is pregnant with her second child. "Clearly, I'm not unable to feed my family. But I just can't feed my family the way I'd like to feed them."

If things are so hard on Marti and her partner, why is she pregnant with her second child? You have the children you can afford not the children you want, if you love them and want the best for them. Here is a person that is stating that she sees the writing on the wall and that her finances are getting squeezed. So what does she do? Why have another child of course!

Also I would love to add up the money she has wasted over the years by buying "convenient single-size packs of juice, water and crackers". Had she been buying in bulk she would have been both saving the environment and money.

Some common sense can still be found

Now the gun manufacturers should counter sue for malicious prosecution. How does the mayor expect to make any progress in the battle against illegal guns (in his own words): “Regardless of this ruling, we will continue our fight against illegal guns full bore — in the courtrooms, on the streets and in the Congress.” when he spends so much time and energy going after legal guns and gun manufactures?

But I guess that was never really the point. In his eyes (and those of many gun opponents) there is no such thing as a "legal" gun unless it is owned by the government. Any gun in citizen hands is illegal by definition. Or was this just another money grab attempt like the states did with the tobacco companies. Was he really just looking for a way to offset his budget shortfall without further raising taxes?

If he was really serious about saving lives he would be pushing for stiffer sentencing. It is amazing how much the crime rates go down the more you lock up criminals...


It would be impossible to guess what we will be building in 10 years if this is as close to reality as the paper seems to imply.