Friday, September 30, 2005

Ancient Statues Found On Crete

Archaeologists have discovered two life size statues of Hera and Athena in the city of Gortyn on Crete. The statues date from the Roman Period.
It appears that the statues fell over during an earthquake in the fourth century when the city was destroyed. The excavation team hopes to find more artifacts when they resume their work, Lack of funds has bedeviled the research for most of the last century.
The site has had a long history. "Gortyn, the Roman capital of Crete, was first inhabited around 3000 B.C., and was a flourishing Minoan town between 1600-1100 B.C. It prospered during classical and Roman times, and was destroyed by an Arab invasion (really?) in A.D. 824." Maybe that was just retaliation for Zeus abducting Europa from Lebanon. "Greek mythology has it that the town witnessed one of Zeus' many affairs - with the princess Europa whom the god, disguised as a bull, abducted from Lebanon. Europe was named after Europa, who conceived her first son with Zeus under a plane tree in Gortyn." I guess that settles it, it's all Zeus' fault then.
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All Rich People Are Evil Republicans

Oh wait, no they're not. Peter Jennings died a multimillionaire. I guess he made up for it though, he gave one million dollars to the Peter Jennings Foundation. Out of an estate of over $50 million. Wow! He was more giving than me. Let's see, one out of fifty is two percent. Ah the generous liberal. Much more giving than those ten percenters....

Thursday, September 29, 2005

America Must Control The Internet

The Enemy Press AP reports that international criminals based at the UN want to have the United States turn over control of the internet to the Turtle Bay Tyranny Society.

"'We will not agree to the U.N. taking over the management of the Internet,' said Ambassador David Gross, the U.S. coordinator for international communications and information policy at the State Department. 'Some countries want that. We think that's unacceptable.'" Damn right. This group of thugs and murderers have no rights to have any control over anything free people use. We invented it, sorry Algore, and we should control it. We are the only nation with the true moral authority to oversee it.

Admittedly some countries late to log on have found there are fewer addresses left. Unfortunate, but not our problem, besides, it appears that the addition of more .suffixes would solve that problem.

Here's another good reason America must control the internet. "They (certain other countries) also want greater assurance that as they come to rely on the Internet more for governmental and other services, their plans won't get derailed by some future U.S. policy." What plans, like numbering and locating "subversives" and shipping them off to reeducation camps? Sure, let's give repressive regimes free rein to use the internet for such things. We just don't understand, that repression stuff is part of their culture, we must respect it.

There is no doubt that America must retain its control of the internet. We can't trust thug governments or the UN to keep access free and unfettered. The Commerce Department must have that control. Even private companies aren't trustworthy when it comes to internet access.
No, we invented it, we control it, and we're gonna keep it.
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More Naked Pics For Your Viewing Pleasure

An America hating federal judge has ruled that all the infamous Abu Ghraib photos must be released even though they may help terrorist recruitment, according to Fox News.
"The American Civil Liberties Union sought the release of 87 photographs and four videotapes as part of an October 2003 lawsuit demanding information on the treatment of detainees in U.S. custody and the transfer of prisoners to countries known to use torture. The ACLU contends that prisoner abuse is systemic." See here the helping hand of the Anti-American left in action. Blaming America for evildoing when their actions are helping the cause of terrorists. These brave patriots are latecomers to the party. If you remember, when the abuse news broke, the Army had already completed an investigation and had started to prosecute the perpetrators. According to Fox, "the lawsuit covers additional photos not yet seen by the public." Why does the public need to see these photos? To incite anti-Bush derangement? To insult the armed forces? To demonize America? All of the above no doubt.
To be sure we can't see the 911 photos, or various beheading videos, or the charred remains of the contractors who were brutally murdered outside of Fallujah, but we can, indeed must, see the naked bodies of men piled on top of each other. Maybe someone in the ACLU gets some type of pleasure viewing these pictures and wants others to share in it.
The Chief America Hater, "ACLU Executive Director Anthony Romero called it historic. 'While no one wants to see what's on the photos or videos, (yes you do) they will play an essential role in holding our government leaders accountable for the torture that's happened on their watch,' he said." Liars and shills for terrorists. President Bush is responsible as CinC for the actions of the Armed Forces, no doubt, however, we know he would never, nor would anyone in the Administration order or condone the actions that took place in Abu Ghraib. These things were not planned and ordered by the White House no matter how much the enemy ACLU wishes to make it so. The Enemy Within seeks to sap the morale of the public and the government to stop the war on terror. Why? Do they love terrorists so much, or do they hate the president so much more? What is their rationale for doing such things? Does the American way of life disgust them? Move! Does the thought that people believe in God make them ill? Move! Are they upset that President Bush was re-elected? Move! Move, move, move! Get out. Leave, go somewhere that has no pretence of liberty, then maybe you'll understand how good life is here. But perhaps you'll only recognize it too late, the epiphany will strike you...at the same time the totalitarian's bullet strikes the back of your head.
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Political Thoughts

Guy at Just Charming links to a post from RightWingRocker about the New Federalist Party. Interesting idea from RWR, but I don't think anything like that will ever happen. I personally would love to see the Democrat Party dissolved, just for the joy of seeing the likes of Kennedy, Schumer, Boxer, Pelosi, Feinstein, Reid and other extreme leftists cut loose from power. But, I guess we'll never see that. Eventually someone will come to their senses and start dumping extremist like those above from the leadership. You would hope so anyway.
Guy doesn't believe it will happen either. At least not now. I really haven't created my own ideas for what exactly we must do to change the current course of government. Just because Guy or RWR or I think we're going the wrong way, many more think all's well and others want to continue the pace and speed up the direction we're going. I can support many people's ideas, I don't believe that I must necessarily come up with my own ideas from scratch.
I'm basically a Reaganite. The best president of the last century, he and the good Roosevelt. I'm not a political theoretician, I can take the best political thought and agree with it and support it, but I'm not ready to spend large amounts of time trying to articulate a new political theory. I'm not running for office, nor am I likely to either.
I do agree however that we need to control spending, the government doesn't own the money, it just prints it, it's our money. Drunken sailors and porkbarrellers need to be removed from office. Government shouldn't be providing the money to rebuild completely in places such as New Orleans, it should only provide incentives for private companies to do the work. Let's stop demonizing Halliburton and Brown and Root. Free spending liberals like you to think these companies are evil, what they really want is the patronage that results from being the hand holding the handouts. So-called conservatives are starting to do that now too. Perhaps our culture has discovered the secret we should never discover, that we can vote money for ourselves from the public treasury. Nothing good can come from this.
What do you think?

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

WTC Memorial Site Freed From Fake Freedom Center

Enemy Press Network ABC affiliate WABC in New York reports that Governor Pataki has ordered the International Freedom Center to be removed from the World Trade Center Memorial at Ground Zero.
"The decision follows months of acrimony over the Freedom Center, with furious families and politicians saying that the museum would dishonor the memory of the 2,749 people who died at the World Trade Center." See earlier post concerning the IFC here.
The Governor stated, "'Since June, we have offered the International Freedom Center (IFC) the time they needed to clarify their intentions and work with stakeholders to reach a consensus. Today there remains too much opposition, too much controversy over the programming of the IFC and we must move forward with our first priority, the creation of an inspiring memorial to pay tribute to our lost loved ones and tell their stories to the world.'
'Therefore, the IFC cannot be located on the Memorial quadrant. I have asked the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation (LMDC) to work with the IFC to explore other locations for the Center. In addition, I am directing the LMDC to continue its efforts to identify programming for the Memorial quadrant that will tell the story of September 11th.'"
Good. The proposed International Freedom Center was always planned to take away from the significance of what happened on September 11. Far left extremists have tried to dilute the rage felt at the perpetrators by including unrelated events at their proposed museum. Fortunately Governor Pataki listened to those people who showed what the IFC was really meant to do and wisely barred them from placing their propaganda at Ground Zero.

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Iron Age Find In Denmark

From Azstarnet.com: Archeologists report finding a well preserved woman's body in an area outside Copenhagen, Denmark. It appears the woman died around 400 AD.

"'What we find interesting is her bones are well-preserved and she had jewelry - glass pearls and a metal chain - which could indicate that she was wealthy,' said (Tom) Giersing, who headed the excavation."
She was wealthy? And only had glass pearls and a metal chain? Wow, I guess our poor today should consider themselves lucky. Our poor have more than nearly everyone who was rich had in ancient times.

Senators Complain: We're Not Taking Enough Taxpayer Money For Hurricane Aid

The Enemy Press AP reports that some Senators are complaining that money they wanted to take from taxpayers for state reconstruction is being blocked by President Bush. "Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, chairman of the committee, said four or five senators have been blocking action on the bill after the Bush administration raised objections to provisions that would extend Medicaid coverage to thousands upon thousands of adults who otherwise would be uninsured, including those whose applications have been rejected in Louisiana. 'We can work with everybody, including the administration, or against them, and I'm prepared to go either way,' said Sen. Trent Lott, R-Miss. 'But I'm going to look after our people first.'" And looking after your people means the Federal Treasury must be raided? Sorry, but taxpayer monies aren't needed for that because the AP story says the administration has already set up a fund for those uncovered by insurance or Medicaid. The Senators moaned that the president hasn't indicated how much money was in the fund or if the president has the authority to create it. Well, the correct answer is for the lazy Senators to quit having hearings about steroids and get back to the business of governing the country. In fact someone needs to remind them that the House initiates all spending bills. Talk to them about it.
But of course it's all grandstanding for the limelight hogs. Governor Blanco of Louisiana came to the committee to ask for money too. She was egged on by Senator Conrad to avoid blame and try to shift it back to former FEMA Director Brown. She didn't do it however, because she said, "'We are looking forward, not backward.'" Not really, it's just that she knows the criticism of her inactivity is valid, and she and mayor Nagin are the first line responsible for the city and state, and they failed. She also appeared to ask for job creation.
Meanwhile, back at the House, a panel was asking government agencies to carefully audit who was getting rebuilding contracts. It appears that the House is so concerned that no one who even knows President Bush is able to get any of the work. The House panel was "hearing pledges from government auditors that they will closely examine millions of dollars in contracts the Bush administration awarded to politically connected companies for Hurricane Katrina relief." Really, do you have any proof that "politically connected companies" were the ones to benefit? Doubtful, or else the Enemy Press would have indicated names. "The inspectors general from half a dozen agencies, as well as officials from the Government Accountability Office, on Wednesday were addressing a House subcommittee on the Katrina cleanup and announcing several new audits to combat waste and fraud." Sounds like a good idea, first stop spending money until the scope of the needs are tallied. Instead of awarding government contracts, let the private sector take over the rebuilding of devastated areas. Government corruption can be blocked that way. "'When so much money is available, it draws people of less than perfect character,' H. Walker Feaster, inspector general of the Federal Communications Commission, said." Like Senators and Congressmen? Oh, you mean businessmen. No , can't let any of them make money. Continuing in that vein, the story concludes, "In the weeks after the Aug. 29 storm, more than 80 percent of the $1.5 billion in contracts awarded by FEMA for Katrina work were handed out with little or no competition or had open-ended or vague terms that previous audits have cited as being highly prone to abuse." And how many of these contracts were awarded to companies that are the only ones big enough or have the expertise to do the job? We don't know, but if Congress thinks they need to personally pick every company awarded a contract, they will mess it up for sure. Every little interest group will demand a piece of the action, whether they can do the job or not. If the Enemy Press AP thinks the contracts are prone to abuse now, wait till Congress gets involved.
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Monday, September 26, 2005

Would You Believe...

Don Adams died Sunday in Los Angeles. I loved Get Smart, it's still one of my favorite shows. Man, the older I get the more of my history disappears and dies. I'm not that old either but I have memories back to the late 60s. All those things I recall starting to watch in reruns in the early 70s are falling by the wayside. Soon all that's going to be left is the crap culture that exists today. I can see why some people become curmudgeons. Well, screw you, purveyors of ghetto crap culture, I'm not going to become one of those, and this is why: I bought a Henry today! So now I'm putting my talents toward "niceness instead of evil." Sorry about that, chief.

Tin-Eared Hollywood Tries To Woo Christians

Apparently the Walt Disney Company thinks if they set up a promo screening for church groups, they might get a break on criticism. Currently they are "marketing 'The Greatest Game Ever Played' to faith-based groups even though the film, about Francis Ouimet's improbable win in the 1913 U.S. Open, isn't overtly religious. 'Its themes are about family, about not giving up on your dreams, courage,' said Dennis Rice, head of publicity at the Walt Disney Studios. 'They are very secular virtues, but they also could potentially be Christian virtues.'"
Let's be charitable and say this man is obviously not a churchgoer. All of these "virtues" are seen in the Bible, so they in fact are Christian virtues, the movie just isn't a "Christian movie."
Other studios are joining the trend. "The approach reflects the next step in Hollywood's attempt to capitalize on the business lessons of 'The Passion of the Christ,' (which they still misunderstand) a surprising blockbuster last year thanks to unprecedented marketing and mobilization in churches. With Congress cracking down on indecency in television, video games and films, there's a political dimension as well." Of course. Hollywood wants to continue to sell "edgy" crap, which they think brings out the moviegoers, and they think that tactics such as these will keep Congress off their backs. Not only that, although many blockbusters do well, Hollywood reports that ticket sales are constantly going down.
Money being the root of all actions, the studios have decided to market to audiences they no longer reach. "Targeted marketing of this kind happens only if a studio expects to add $25 million to $50 million to the box office gross and sell perhaps an extra 5 million DVDs, according to Harold Vogel, who heads the New York investment firm Vogel Capital Management." They are using the model of "The Passion of The Christ," because "success was largely attributed to intensive marketing within churches, which reserved entire theaters for opening day while congregants invited neighbors who skip church to watch the movie." The studios now have put efforts into reaching these previously ignored audiences. "Twentieth Century Fox, which distributed the video of 'The Passion,' recently launched a Web site (http://www.foxfaith.com/) to target Christian and family-based films directly to a religious audience. The site includes a 'church resources' link, which lists several movies and includes written guidance suggesting Bible verses to discuss in conjunction with scenes from the films.
Now that the falling ticket sales have spurred Hollywood to do something, they typically go at it heavy handed. Rather arrogant to assume Fox knows what Bible verses are appropriate for discussion. However it appears that another organization prepares the study guides. Their website is under construction so there is no way to tell what standing they have to produce the guides. What is their doctrinal understanding? What tradition do they come from? These are important questions that need to be answered before using any of the resources they offer. Still, the film industry has finally recognized that there is an audience for good, family oriented fare and. although they are trying to market to it out of a desire for money, at least it's now getting some attention. More attention than their precious young adult market deserves.

Courts Fear Bloggers, Attempt To Muzzle Free Speech

Here's one thing that all bloggers can agree on. "Amid the explosion of political activity on the Internet, a federal court has instructed the six-member Federal Election Commission to draw up regulations that would extend the nation's campaign finance and spending limits to the Web." No matter who you are or what side of the aisle you inhabit, all political bloggers argue that free speech rights will be violated by this unconstitutional court order. Originally the internet was not covered by such abominations as the McCain-Feingold Incumbent Self Employment Act. Now some court wants to impose limits on what bloggers say and do by making the opinions and support for candidates limited by such campaign laws.
Amazingly, during a hearing in front of the US House Committee on House Administration, even the FEC vice chairman doesn't agree with the courts action. "'I strongly believe that the online political speech of all Americans should remain free of government review and regulations,' said Michael E. Toner. Toner argued that political activity on the Internet fails to meet the campaign finance law's threshold to stop corruption or the appearance of corruption. Toner urged Congress to pass a law that pre-empts the court's action and ensures that the Internet remains exempt from campaign finance rules." Pretty clear thinking on the part of a government bureaucrat. Also, completely correct. The courts have no business regulating web speech. Where are all those "penumbras and emanations" people when blog speech is attacked? One claim is that the web isn't covered by the first amendment, because it isn't mentioned there. How can the courts find all these other "rights" in the constitution, yet think that the internet must be regulated in matters of political speech? Unfriendliness to real free speech by anonymous bloggers? Hatred of ridicule aimed at them from those who aren't part of the accepted political punditocracy? Hatred of the unwashed daring to make their opinions known? Perhaps, and probably, all three.
What will happen if the court has its way and forces the dead hand of government regulation on blogs? Listen to Michael Krempasky of RedState, "'the reaction will be completely predictable: rather than deal with the red tape of regulation and the risk of legal problems, they will fall silent on all issues of politics.'" Yes, bloggers will stop speaking on political issues. Their plan indeed? As usual, some bureaucrats seem to agree that political speech must be regulated. The FEC Commissioner said, "his agency's original exemption for the Internet was a mistake and the FEC should come up with rules for Internet campaign ads in light of the $14 million spent on Internet ads in the 2004 campaign." A measly $14 million dollars and this man wants political speech muzzled? According to a Washington Post article, the average cost of a Senate seat was $3,765,000 and the price of a House seat was $675,000, and this was for 1996! There are 34 Senate seats up each campaign cycle and all 435 House seats, that makes the total spent $421,635,000 for 1996, imagine the cost today! And yet, some bureaucrat and some rogue judges want to shut you down for accepting $14 million in political advertising.
This is clearly a danger to the internet and free speech. What would happen if Congress actually did something about it? No one since the days of Andrew Jackson has anyone stood up to the courts and told them they will not comply with a ruling. If the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia rules bloggers must be muzzled, where will the next hero come from? It will have to be the bloggers themselves. Bloggers must make themselves heard and stop this unconstitutional attack on real first amendment rights.
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Poll Numbers About Hurricane Katrina

The Enemy Press AP posted results of a poll about attitudes towards Katrina and its aftermath. From the Salem Oregon StatesmanJournal:
"Demographics and details from the AP-Ipsos poll on Hurricane Katrina and the storm recovery. The results are taken from a poll of 1,000 adults conducted Sept. 16-18 by Ipsos, an international polling firm. The survey has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points, larger for subgroups."
For the question of preparedness, the typical "we need government control" crowd was more likely to think the federal government didn't do a good job to prepare for the storm: "women, 74 percent; non-whites, 83 percent; Northeasterners 77 percent; and Democrats, 86 percent."
Concerning the refugees, most people aren't afraid that crime will increase where refugees have been relocated. It appears that the living conditions in the shelters was the most important idea in the "feel, not think" crowd: "Women more concerned than men about living conditions and cost. Non-whites, 58 percent, were much more concerned about living conditions at shelters than whites, 30 percent."
Now the explosive race issue. The poll by the Enemy Press is skewed towards trying to blame the administration of causing an increase in poor race relations. Surprisingly, it didn't work: "there was no difference between the response of whites and blacks to this question. Democrats, Northeasterners and those who live in cities were most likely to think race relations would be harmed." To be sure, the city dwellers were most likely to think relations would be harmed as they are constantly bombarded by the hate filled words of people like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton. Everything bad that happens in a city harms race relations.
Try as they might by constant bad press for the president, the Enemy Press has apparently not completely succeeded in demonizing Mr Bush. There must be some sane people still out there in America.

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Friday, September 23, 2005

Carnival of Cordite!

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Roman Villa Found Near Parma

A man playing around with Google Earth was surprised to find that his property had remains of an Roman villa under it. Good and bad news. Good news is that we have a new excavation site available for study. Bad news is that if Italy has extreme environuts like America, this man will probably be forced off of his property to "protect" his site. And, he'll be accused of trying to exploit the natives by profiting from sale of artifacts. He'll be hounded by these groups for years until he finally dies from harassment.

Clark County Sport Shooting Park Needs Your Help!

One week left to send in letters to the BLM to support full funding for the Clark County Sport Shooting Park. Public comment ends on September 28. Send in those cards and letters.
Original Post: Here

Admiral Thomas Collins For Transportation Secretary!

US Coast Guard Admiral Thomas Collins says that America's recreational boaters hamper "its ability to safeguard thousands of miles of coastline against terrorist attack," according to Fox News.
Listen to this, "'How do we include recreational boats - some 58 million in this country - into our security regime without infringing upon the liberty of boaters?' Admiral Thomas Collins, commandant of the Coast Guard, said Tuesday." The Admiral has it exactly correct. How do you protect America without infringing on our rights? Although we are at war, the Constitution still applies. We didn't give up any rights in the prosecution of this war. The story continues, "The Coast Guard has identified 50 areas in which the maritime system is vulnerable to a terrorist attack, Collins said. It is working on solutions to blend everyone's needs: to close the gaps and mitigate the risks while not impinging on boaters' rights or interfering with the flow of commerce." He understands the whole problem. What insight! He actually wants to solve the problem without strangling freedom! Where has this man been? Why haven't we heard more about him?
The Admiral made these comments at the U.S. Maritime Security Expo. The group will present President Bush with a list of ideas to help solve the problem. Here are some more gems from Admiral Collins. "'How do we screen for explosive devices on a ferry system that moves millions of people, particularly commuters, without constipating the whole system?' Collins asked. Better technology for detection of explosives on ferries and cargo ships is needed, he said. 'Right now the most capable technology we have,' Collins said, 'is dogs.'" Wow, not very encouraging is it?
And what does he suggest? "At least 95 percent of the goods coming into the country arrive on ships, according to Collins, and cargo security is crucial. But Collins said he believes it is 'illogical' to screen each cargo container, and inspecting millions of containers would be impossible. 'The issue is inspecting the right one,' he said. That goal can be reached by targeting those ships that have been identified through intelligence reports as having anomalies in the crews, cargo or containers, he said. 'You want to inspect the highest risk,' he said, 'not every ship that comes into our port.'"
Are you listening Secretary Mineta? Have you ever thought of implementing any of this? Sadly, the answer appears to be No. You believe we should do this. We should follow the Admiral's advice instead and "inspect the highest risk." How in good conscience Secretary Mineta can remain at his post is mind boggling. His policies endanger us for foolish political reasons. We need Admiral Collins in this post. To paraphrase President Lincoln, Mr Bush, we can't spare this man, he thinks! I urge you to ask Secretary Mineta to resign and nominate Admiral Thomas Collins as the new Transportation Secretary. Write you Congressmen and Senators and let's support Admiral Collins.
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Vatican vs UN: Who Do You Trust?

Fox News reports that Carla del Ponte, the chief prosecutor for the UN War Crimes Tribunal, slammed the Vatican for allegedly protecting an accused war criminal, Croatian general Ante Gotovina, by passing him among monasteries in the Balkans.
"If church leaders 'would give orders not to harbor war crimes suspects, if they would assist justice, fugitives wouldn't find protection in monasteries,' Del Ponte's spokeswoman, Florence Hartmann, said." Of course it's always laughable when the UN talks about justice. It's not clear whether that organization even knows what the word means.
Unfortunately for the Vatican, a charge like this may ring true to many readers. The Vatican has many times appeared to stonewall any questioning of the actions of it's hierarchy. Cardinal Law presided over a diocese that was wracked by sex scandals, and he apparently transferred accused priests to other parishes to avoid trouble instead of turning them over to the authorities for investigation. Now he's in Rome in a high profile job. The Vatican has traditionally wanted to deal with rogue churchmen in their own courts. That was fine in premodern times, but because the Vatican doesn't imprison violators, they really can't maintain this position today. They can punish spiritually, but not physically like secular courts.
To be sure, all of this is lost on people in the UN. Here's a funny bit from del Ponte's spokeswoman, "Catholic, Christian Orthodox and Muslim leaders 'have a responsibility in the end to protect the weak, the victims. Glorifying killers is contrary to all religious teaching, as far as I remember, Hartmann said." Guess she hasn't read the Koran lately. Better not let your overlords hear that.
Apparently it doesn't really matter as "Croatian Prime Minister Ivo Sanader said that 'based on all the information we're getting, Gotovina is not in Croatia.' An Interior Ministry spokesman, Zlatko Mehun, said tips last year that the fugitive was hiding at a monastery had been unfounded."
OK, so why the attacks on the Vatican? Anti-Catholic bias? Perhaps to cover up the inability of the UN find the accused? Who can tell? These trials are dragging on. In fact, Slobodan Milosevic's trial still hasn't finished. He completely runs rings around the UN tribunal and makes them look like fools. Accusations hurled by incompetents generally don't hold water. It seems that the Vatican isn't doing anything to protect the accused war criminal, the prosecutors are just unable to get the job done and they need to fault someone other than themselves.
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Nagin Becomes A Conservative

Conservative UAW Guy posts about NOLA Mayor Nagin. He wanted to reopen New Orleans, then apparently thought better of it. Go and read.
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Springfield Armory Mil-Spec

I took a little trip to Bass Pro to price out a couple of 22s, and I stopped by the bigger bore section. Sure, they had a long row of Plastiguns, but they just don't do much for me. I had a friend offer one for sale, but I just wasn't interested. Maybe it was the name. It sounds so German, and they aren't the best of allies at the moment. Besides, I don't like the looks of "square guns."
S'wanyway, I looked up and down the racks and saw this thing. The Springfield Armory Mil-Spec. I asked to see it and held it in my hands. I once had a bb pistol that looked exactly like this. That was years ago, but it felt the same, like a friend. Unfortunately for me, the bb pistol doesn't work like the actual thing. I noticed that the safeties were on the left side of the gun. I'm left handed, so it was a bit awkward to use. The salesman assured me that it would get easier with use. Maybe, but it's still in a bad position for a lefthander. Also, it wasn't very easy to rack the slide either. Of course, because I believe in gun control, I'm sure I'll be using two hands anyway. I suppose I could learn to shoot wrong handed. Nice looking gun, nice feeling gun. Perhaps I should get one someday. Or the GI Issue. Does green make me look fat?

Mauser*Girl Shoots Down Anti-War Traveling Freak Show Liars

Do you recall the Anti-War Traveling Freak Show that closed recently in Crawford Texas? Of course you do. In fact this way, way, way off Broadway show is touring around the country. One of the little skits includes a passage where some way out there freak thinks that New Orleans is occupied territory. Well, here's Mauser*Girl with a different take. Go and read.
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Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Kofi Annan = Dismal Failure

Professor Glenn Reynolds, Instapundit, penned a column in October 2002 which he references today. "The Next International Human Right" is the title of his column from Fox News. He recalled it today in response to this action in the UN: "Annan has paid his dues" a story from the British "newspaper" The Guardian.
"By the time John Bolton had hacked large parts out of the UN's 60th anniversary draft declaration, and then had to agree to much of it going back in after Condoleezza Rice told him to be nice to US allies, it was no surprise that some observers saw the result as a smack in the face for Kofi Annan. In fact, Annan scored a major triumph, a positive answer to the question he posed at the millennium summit five years ago: 'If humanitarian intervention is indeed an unacceptable assault on sovereignty, how should we respond to a Rwanda, to a Srebrenica - to gross and systematic violations of human rights that affect every precept of our common humanity?'"
What? A major triumph? Are the editors at the "newspaper" delusional? Do they think people have forgotten exactly what was done by the UN and Kofi Annan in Rwanda? The answer is: nothing.
Is that his victory, the statement that nothing is to be done? Kofi Annan = dismal failure. Here's an excerpt from a friendly biography. "During Annan's tenure as head of UN peacekeeping, many problems and tragedies arose, as international crises like Bosnia and Rwanda overwhelmed the UN's capacity and demonstrated the insufficiency of support from major member states. While Annan shared some responsibility, and characteristically apologized for his judgment errors, the main crises resulted not from Secretariat or secretary-general failures, but from the refusal of the major Security Council members to adequately respond and back the UN efforts." See, even his friends can't hide the truth about his actions. Despite the casting of aspersions on the member states, it's clear he had sole responsibility for the area and was a dismal failure. Kofi Annan = dismal failure.
The Guardian (of what? leftist drivel?) seems to think that this little declaration from the UN is upsetting to President Bush. Too bad they don't understand that the president has already passed them on this issue because he has taken action already to remove oppressive thug governments from power. Remember Afghanistan and Iraq? Apparently the Guardian doesn't. Oh, wait, they do, they just think what they praised from the UN is not what the Coalition is doing. They say that the "...spurious - invocation of the principle of humanitarian intervention to justify the invasion of Iraq..." Uh huh, it's OK for the International Organization of Evil, or the UN, to do such things, but those who would really do the job, such as the Coalition, can't, according to their bizarre reasoning.
These criminal enablers at the "newspaper" try to link American beliefs with people such as Hitler and North Korea. Failing of course. They then try to trumpet the ideas from a Canadian (snicker) commission to clearly state what criteria must be met to justify an intervention. Sorry Canucks, the Christians have already promulgated a Just War Theory. You're a bit late. They list the usual blah, blah, blah. Then comes the most laughable statement of all. "The report also invoked 'right authority' - authorisation by the UN." After you've stopped laughing, consider the statement and consider the organization. We've seen inaction and active criminality from the UN. No matter how many times they try to claim any authority, moral or otherwise, those who actively combat evil ignore them and go about the work.
In the end, the Guardian is forced to admit that as of now, nothing will change. "So what will this mean in Darfur? Very little immediately..." Very little indeed. In fact the whole purpose of the modest proposal is to try to rehabilitate the reputation of Kofi Annan. It won't work. As much as they might try to by putting out lies like "Annan, self-indicted as a UN bureaucrat for inaction over Srebrenica and Rwanda, has paid his dues to humanity with this declaration," no one will believe it. He hasn't paid his dues. Not even close. Your lies may satisfy those unwilling to see and those who actively support rogue governments, but it's clear to those who do see and do care about what governments do to their people aren't fooled by your pronouncements of expiated sins. We know that Kofi Annan = dismal failure.
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Sunday, September 18, 2005

Communist Chavez Cracks Up, Accuses US Of Planning Invasion

Fox News reported that the Venezuelan Dictator Hugo Chavez said that "he has documentary evidence that the United States plans to invade his country."
This information came out during an interview with Enemy Press Network ABC under the Nightline label. Let's listen in shall we?
The lede on the transcript states, "In his first American broadcast interview since the Rev. Pat Robertson called for his assassination last month...." Oooh, no bias there is there? What, has this man ever been interviewed on an American broadcast? I guess ABC figured it was important to remind you that a noted Christian Leader made remarks against him. Anyway...
First thing Enemy Press Reporter Ted Koppel tries to do is allow Chavez to humanize himself.
Enemy Press Reporter: "Tell me a little bit about your youth, when you were a young man."
Dictator: "I was a farm kid from the plains of South Venezuela, from a very poor family. I grew up in a palm tree house with an earthen floor." Good ol Honest Hugo, the railsplitter. "Later, I was a young athlete. I was telling this friend here from San Francisco so that one of my greatest dreams was to be a pitcher for the San Francisco Giants. I played a lot of baseball. It was a passion of mine." No, wait, he's Castro.... He later talks about a grandfather who was a murderer, but then says he decides he wasn't a murderer but a revolutionary, "He was one of the last men on horseback." What is it about leftists and their love of "the man on horseback?" Oh, wait, the man on horseback usually becomes a dictator.
Enemy Press Reporter: "You're a man who loves language. You're a man of many words. I'm going to put you to a test now." I doubt it, but give it a try. "Give me three words that describe you."
Dictator: "A soldier-esque man. I would add the word 'patriot.' I would add the word 'revolutionary.'" Right, same qualities all leftist thugs give themselves. He then describes himself as Christ-like and that all people are equal and blah, blah, blah. As the Enemy Press reporter continues...
Enemy Press Reporter: "I appreciate what you say and I think I understand that you don't feel that same way; you don't have that same love for the government of the United States." Just what do you appreciate about what the dictator said? You believe him and his lies? You do of course, because you're a member of the Enemy Press. Well remind yourself that the people are the government here. You cannot say you love the American People but hate the American Government.
Dictator: "We have been subjected, Venezuela has been subjected to permanent aggression against us and against me personally." Really, when and where? Examples please, not just accusations. "There has been no respect for the sovereignty of Venezuelans, for the chief of state (inaudible) Venezuela." No, we pretty much have no respect for dictators anymore. "On the other hand, I remind you that last night I gathered here with some Democrats and Republicans. Tomorrow, I'm going to be with some others." That's interesting, who are these people you've been meeting with? Well, he names no politician's names, but brings up his old friend Jesse Jackson and also talks about meeting with Danny Glover. There's two names right there that should set off alarm bells for those who don't support sucking up to dictators. "And I said to them, and I say to everyone, that it was different with Clinton." Of course it was. That was a different time. Clinton was probably just chasing skirt there, and not taking care of business.
Listen to this bit: "Now, this administration has truly broken with all protocols of democracy and respect for people." Sorry bub, we don't respect thug governments anymore, get used to it. "The coup d'etat against Venezuela was manufactured in Washington. My death was ordered. And it was ordered recently." Oh, yeah, then why did the government not support the coup? Explain that. You can't, because you are lying. "Reverend Pat Robertson, who is very close to the president, asked for me to be physically eliminated, for me to be killed." Right, he said that foolishness, however, it hardly is the policy of the government to kill anyone anymore. And Pat Robertson doesn't have any effect on US policy. Then he blathers on about being Christ-like again and wanting to be friendly to the people of America, but not the government. Been there, told you before, we are the government.
So now, the Enemy Press Reporter wants to join in on the Bush bashing. Here's what he said:
Enemy Press Reporter: "I'm going to perhaps shock you a little, but these are your words. You called President Bush an asshole." Yeah, just reportin' the facts ma'am. You see, there wasn't any need to even say anything about this except for the fact that this man is the enemy, he is compelled by hatred to try to denigrate the president at all opportunities. Yes, Ted Koppel, I'm saying you are the enemy.
More blather follows, not worth reading except for the clue to his delusions and hatreds. Now we come to the fun part.
Dictator: "Now, there's the matter of oil. Look, let me clarify. And I would like to clarify this for the people of the United States.... The only time that I have said where Venezuela would not supply oil to the United States, it was no threat. It's rather to respond to a threat, the threat of invasion. We have obtained evidence of something which would be absolutely foolhardy, the invasion of Venezuela. That's where we said that under those circumstances."
Enemy Press Reporter: "Are you saying you have discovered evidence of an invasion plan against Venezuela or are you saying 'if' you discovered a plan?"
Dictator: "I'm telling you that I have evidence that there are plans to invade Venezuela. Furthermore, we have documentation...The plan is called Balboa, where Venezuela is indicated as an objective." It is well known that the Pentagon plans for war with everyone. They said so themselves. Just because there's a plan doesn't mean that it is going to happen.
Enemy Press Reporter: "If I may, Mr. President, you say you have documentation of this plan. Can I ask you now, on camera, will you make that documentation available to me?" He thought, Hee hee, I'm gonna scoop Dan this time!
Dictator: "I can send it to you." All you have to do is go to the Kinko's in Plano Texas and....
Here's a shocka:
Enemy Press Reporter: "Can you understand why people think that you are unfriendly toward the government of the United States? Among your closest friends: Cuba, Syria, Iran, Libya. These are all countries that the United States regards as unfriendly, if not terrorist countries themselves." Ooops, musta picked up the wrong script. Kinda off point there.
Dictator: "Well, Cuba is much more than a friend. The people of Cuba and its leader, Fidel Castro, are much more than friends." Please, don't ask, don't tell! "The only country, the only administration with whom we don't have good relations on the face of the earth is the administration of Mr. Bush. That's the only example (inaudible). We are friends of the king of Spain. As we say in Venezuela, he is a good guy. The king of Malaysia (inaudible). The emir of Qatar is my brother. I have friends throughout the entire world, kings, princes, presidents, prime ministers. Only with Washington is where the relationship doesn't work." Maybe because most of your "friends" are evildoers themselves?
And it ends with the Dictator making flowery announcements: "...we offer the United States every guarantee for oil supply for 150 (ph) years more, when both of us will be pushing up daisies."
Enemy Press Reporter: "Mr. President, on that happy note, let me thank you." Yeah, that would be a happy note!
So we've just seen the rantings of a thug dictator and his enabler, the Enemy Press Network ABC. Nothing new here. Just accusations without proof, baseless insinuations and lies we've heard parroted by the leftist America Haters since President Bush was elected to office. Too bad the people of Venezuela are saddled with this lunatic. Maybe he won't damage the country too badly before his misrule ends. Hopefully soon.
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PETA Terrorists Strike At Fashion Show

The rag trade in England celebrates "London Fashion Week" two times each year. This year one of the designers apparently angered the local branch of the terror group PETA.
"Two activists from pressure (terror) group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals climbed on stage halfway through the show holding signs that read 'Fur kills,' before security guards led them away." That wasn't all they had up their sleeves however. Later, at the end of the show, "a third protester got onto the runway with a sign describing the designer as 'fur scum.'"
Apparently someone wanted an interview with the terrorists, but, "None of the PETA activists could be found for comment after the show." Hm, I wonder why? Could it be that on their way out they might have run into some "Cockney Barrow Boy Spivs" and had a little "accident?"
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Afghans Vote In Free Election, Enemy Press Dejected

In a major blow to the hopes of the supporters of the ousted Taliban criminal junta and the anti-Bush "mainstream" press, Afghans braved threats of violence to vote in free, democratic elections, Fox News reported today.
"Sunday's vote was considered the last formal step toward democracy on a path set out after a U.S.-led force drove the Taliban from power in 2001, when they refused to hand over Al Qaeda leader Usama bin Laden following the Sept. 11 attacks." This action should quiet the yelping of those who don't believe that non Europeans can understand or want to live in a democracy.
"'We are making history,' President Hamid Karzai said while casting his ballot. 'It's the day of self-determination for the Afghan people. After 30 years of wars, interventions, occupations and misery, today Afghanistan is moving forward, making an economy, making political institutions.'"
"Chief electoral officer Peter Erben said voting started slowly, but 'after the morning, it has seriously picked up all over Afghanistan.'"
"'Today is a magnificent day for Afghanistan,' said Ali Safar, 62, standing in line to vote in Kabul. 'We want dignity, we want stability and peace.'"
Do you hear that Enemy Press, Europe, Democrats? The people of Afghanistan want what they have, they aren't compelled by American force to accept it. Strange as it is to believe, people want what America has. Why do you think people will risk everything to make their way here? It's something that the enemy within doesn't understand. Because they have everything they want and have ever wanted handed to them they cannot fathom the meaning of freedom. From birth, they don't value it. They have a guilt that they feel can only be assuaged by destroying the system that allowed their ancestors to give them what they have. They make no effort to achieve, all is given to them. Those who would ruin this country because of feelings of self hatred need to learn somehow that the fruits of revolution that we enjoy now didn't come from the hands of some ruler or potentate. The fruits are raised by hard work, dirty, sweaty, blood-stained work by people determined to give the best they could to the generations to come.
We see that seed beginning to grow in Iraq and Afghanistan. It will not happen overnight, be prepared for setbacks. The enemies of freedom won't rest just because some people have taken a stand. When freedom marches, hatred reacts, often violently. Iraqis are taking over their country once again, but many are killed daily in attacks by those who hate freedom. Now is not the time to backtrack, now is the time to rejoice. Rejoice in what is beginning in lands that have known little freedom and much oppression. Rejoice, but still be vigilant, evildoers cannot and will not let their power be taken from them easily. Freedom belongs to everyone, but it must be tended to by everyone to remain healthy, viable and living.
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Party Is Over For Schroeder, Germany Comes To Senses

The Enemy Press AP reports that exit polls indicate Gerhard Schroeder couldn't convince enough Germans that his anti-American platforms were able to govern the country, resulting in his party losing control of Parliament.
"The vote centered on different visions of Germany's role in the world and how to fix its sputtering economy. Schroeder touted the country's role as a European leader and counterbalance to America, while Merkel pledged to reform the moribund economy and repair ties with Washington."
Too bad for Schroeder, but delusions of grandeur didn't play this time. Perhaps the Germans remembered the last time a Chancellor tried to make their country a counterbalance to America. It didn't turn out well. Recall that the Democrat Party in America used "It's the economy, stupid" as their mantra. Apparently the Deutsche considered the line before lining up at the voting booth.
Merkel wants to improve relations with the US. That sounds like a good idea. First send some workers to Iraq to help the people rebuild their country. German efficiency should be put to good use repairing the infrastructure. Second, dump the French, allying with them will get you nowhere. Third, send more beer.

Saturday, September 17, 2005

Carnival of Cordite

Friday, September 16, 2005

Another Stupid Celebrities Moment For The Environment

The Enemy Press AP reports: "Several leaders attending a U.N. summit joined international celebrities to support programs to preserve the environment as a means to help end poverty." Right, stop using the environment to live in and we'll all be rich. Don't know how, maybe we'll all just print money backed by nothing and call ourselves rich. But we can't use paper, because we'd have to cut down trees. Maybe we'll use tree bark that has fallen on the ground. If we find some charcoal we can write on the bark and make our own million billion dollar bills. And we'd be rich.
Here's one clueless statement by a so-called celebrity, "'Undermining and not understanding the environment is the problem,' said Angelique Kidjo, who was born in the African country of Benin." And this means what, exactly? And who the heck are you? Do you think the environment would provide a living for the people of the planet if we just left it alone? Sorry, that hasn't happened since Adam and Eve were still in the Garden.
"As guests dined, (on caviar and foie gras no doubt) Swedish Foreign Minister Laila Freivalds announced that her country will invest $150 million in environmental protection for the poor. The solution is not new for Scandinavian countries 'who were conducting research in the early 1960s' on how poverty is affected by the environment, said Freivalds." Yet amazingly, there's still poverty in Sweden. Apparently anyway, they won't tell you what the poverty rate is. Even the CIA doesn't know.
The elegant dinner attracted the usual group of haters like Ted Turner and Algore. Some has been singer said, "'Sometimes you don't have to wait for government to change before you make the change yourself,' said (Wyclef) Jean, who performed after dinner." Hyuk, regime change. Yeah, that'll show President Bush!
Blah, blah, blah, typical celebrity asshattery. As has been and always will be....
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Authoritarian States Want Greater UN Role In GWOT

The Enemy Press AP reports that the Russians and Chinese governments called "for the United Nations to take the lead in the global fight against terrorism...." Hmm, it doesn't appear that that would really work, "house divided" and all that.
"'There is a need to adjust this organization to the new historical reality,' Russian President Vladimir Putin said." Like the reality of the Oil for Palaces program? Putin continued, saying 'Who else will take the role of coordinating and organizing this work but the United Nations?'" Who else? Why not the Coalition of the Willing? They are already leading the fight against terror groups and their activities.
He was echoed by Chinese President Hu Jintao, who called for a new global security concept that puts the United Nations at "the core" of efforts to fight terrorism and settle disputes and conflicts. A new global concept? Let's see, that means that with the UN in charge, this wouldn't happen, or this,or this? Unfortunately for the people involved in these incidents, the UN was cowardly, unable to do anything, and also actively engaged in criminal acts themselves.
Laughably during this UN lovefest, "...a U.N. treaty to fight global corruption got its 30th ratification, triggering its entry into force in 90 days. The convention empowers countries to prosecute officials accused of stealing public funds." Whose officials and whose public funds? Just certain countries or any country? If that's the case, then the secretary-general could find himself in the dock in a New York Minute. Or is this going to be like the International Criminal Court, an anti-American and anti-Western Star Chamber? Bet on the latter, if this turns out as most undertakings of the UN do.
Meanwhile, Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez wants the UN headquarters moved to Jerusalem. Sounds like a good idea. Let's move all these corrupt and petty hoodlums out of America. Too bad that Jerusalem is the target location. Because Chavez is corrupt thug who reportedly gave Al Qaida one million dollars after 911, his choice of Jerusalem as the new UN HQ is only to curry favor with radical Islamists. Also, with the UN located there, it would be harder for Israel to claim it as their capital.
"A near constant refrain was that the United Nations should play a larger role in world affairs." Gee, they want to make things worse everywhere? They feel the need to stick their noses into everything, and the result is hardly ever good.
More blather from the participants: the president of the Philippines, Gloria Arroyo wants to see the "United Nations take the lead in easing the effects of high oil prices. She said it should study oil rationing and conservation, as well as consider initiatives to fuel engines with coconut oil and convert cane sugar to ethanol." What? How can they do anything about oil prices? Ah, but she said the magic words "rationing" and "conservation." What authority do they have to ration a product that they do not produce or control? As usual, none. Do they really think they have any way to enforce this? Maybe their vaunted "moral authority" will do it? Not likely. It takes guns, lots of guns, and the willingness to use them. As long as private ownership of arms exists the UN will never be able to control anyone. As to conservation, how will this be achieved through this organization? Can they offer tax breaks? No. Can they pass laws to increase fuel efficiency? No. Can they subsidize a coconut oil vehicle? No, of course not. Foolish words meant to make themselves look good to the world, although the world knows there's a lack of ability behind these words.
We can't leave the self congratulatory party without some screeching of freedom haters. "Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko, accused of widespread human rights abuses in his country, also criticized the Americans for the war in Iraq. 'Saddam Hussein was abandoned to the winners' mercy, like in barbarian times,' Lukashenko said. 'There is nobody to defend their rights except the U.N.'" Nobody to defend their rights? Who is this man talking about? Saddam Hussein? He's certainly not talking about the people who Saddam violated in this manner.
Yes, all we see is the same old, "give us power and all will be well" line we've heard for the last sixty years. The UN has done precious little good since protecting Korea and will continue to do nothing good as long as it remains a nest of vipers who demean and oppress their own countries. Plundering the riches and stifling the human spirit of those people unfortunate enough to live in those unlucky lands.
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Human Artifacts Found In Idaho

The headline read "A Spectacular Find in the Mountains of Idaho. What was it? A non-interbred family? Well, no. It was a spear point. "But this isn't just any old spear point. Believed to be 11,000 years old, the carved obsidian spear point may be the oldest human artifact ever discovered in the state."
It was found by a Denise Stark, who works as an environmental planner and archaeological tech. "It's believed to date to the late Pleistocene period when it would have been used to hunt big game, including bison, elephants, camels, horses, mountain sheep, elk and deer. (Yes, elephants and camels in Idaho.)"
If you want to see something like that, the spear point "will be sent to the Idaho Museum of Natural History on the campus of Idaho State University in Pocatello."
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Thursday, September 15, 2005

Flight 93 Memorial Designer Embraces Change

Paul Murdoch, the designer of the controversial Flight 93 Memorial, has apparently had a change of mind regarding the plans. Through no fault of his own, he has designed the memorial in the shape of a crescent and the trees he uses to achieve that shape are all red leaved trees. Also, he includes some buildings in the corner of said crescent, which in a coincidental way en masse can be taken as the shape of a star. Unfortunately our noble architect has been notified that his "Crescent of Embrace" fairly resembles an Islamic crescent.
Oh, yes, you can imagine what happened to our friendly memorial designer. His office was inundated with angry missives complaining about his clear and elegant design. In fact, a well known Congressman wrote a letter to the National Park Service to request a review of the chosen design. As a result of these criticisms, Paul Murdoch issued this statement, "'It's a disappointment there is a misinterpretation and a simplistic distortion of this, but if that is a public concern, then that is something we will look to resolve in a way that keeps the essential qualities,' Murdoch , 48, of Los Angeles, said in a telephone interview."
Oh, No! Not another patented non-apology apology!!! Yes, it's not the designer's fault that you ill-educated rubes misunderstood the meaning of the "Crescent of Embrace." How can you benighted masses ever understand the thought processes of elite opinion makers? How embarrassing that the educated must bow to the will of those they hold in contempt. The shame of having to alter such a fitting tribute to those who willingly gave their lives for their beliefs...oh, and the passengers too. Pat their heads and offer to make it better, but try to retain the "spirit of the design." Perhaps we'll make the memorial point towards Mecca...wait, it already does!
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Garrison Keillor Tries To Stifle Blogger

Garrison Keillor, the owner and creator and writer and watchdog of all things Lake Woebegon apparently doesn't like bloggers using any of his material for parody. Now, you'd think that a big name would understand what parody means. In fact courts many times have dismissed cases of infringement because of the legitimate use of copyrighted and trademarked material for comedic purposes to entertain and ridicule.

Because Keillor is a flaming Bush-hating liberal he apparently believes he is exempt from being the butt of any jokes. As any liberal does. He's bullying a blogger into taking a parody t-shirt off of his website. Read and see.
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Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Why Do You Blog?

Sure, it's been asked before. Here's what Guy at Just Charming says....

Confirm Judge Roberts, Help Rid America Of Carter Appointed Idiocy

Judge John Roberts is going through the trials of a confirmation hearing. Predictably buffoons like Sen Joe "The Plagiarist" Biden and Sen Swimmer from MA tried to ask inflammatory questions, but these members of the "hate-filled community" were completely outclassed by the erudite jurist.
It appears he'll get confirmed even after this attack by the leftists in Congress. Now if he does turn out to be someone who is a Constitutionalist perhaps he can have a role in striking down such clearly wrongheaded thinking as ruled today in San Francisco by Federal District Judge Lawrence Karlton. Justice Karlton, who was appointed by "history's greatest monster," failed president Jimmy Carter, misruled that the pledge of allegiance is unconstitutional. "Karlton said he was bound by precedent of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which in 2002 ruled in favor of Sacramento atheist Michael Newdow that the pledge is unconstitutional when recited in public schools." Huh? Wait a minute, didn't this case go to the Supreme Court? Yes, indeed it did. "The Supreme Court dismissed the case last year, saying Newdow lacked standing because he did not have custody of his elementary school daughter he sued on behalf of." So how does a dismissed case set a precedent? I'm sure, that in the fevered thought processes of a Carter appointed jurist, as long as it makes it into some law book, it must be eternally followed without any questioning of the ruling permitted. You know, just like Dred Scott and Plessy vs Ferguson.
Here's something strange. "The decisions by Karlton and the 9th Circuit conflict with an August opinion by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va. That court upheld a Virginia law requiring public schools lead daily Pledge of Allegiance recitation, which is similar to the requirement in California. A three-judge panel of that circuit ruled that the pledge is a patriotic exercise, not a religious affirmation similar to a prayer. 'Undoubtedly, the pledge contains a religious phrase, and it is demeaning to persons of any faith to assert that the words 'under God' contain no religious significance,' Judge Karen Williams wrote for the 4th Circuit. 'The inclusion of those two words, however, does not alter the nature of the pledge as a patriotic activity.' So do these dueling rulings mean anything? It appears so. The Supreme Court will have to make a decision regarding which ruling will stand.
One other ruling made by Karlton shows how backwards a Carter appointee can reason. "Karlton dismissed claims that the 1954 Congressional legislation inserting the words 'under God' was unconstitutional. If his ruling stands, he reasoned that the school children and their parents in the case would not be harmed by the phrase because they would no longer have to recite it at school." So in other words this Justice thinks it's not unconstitutional to add some words to something that's unconstitutional. If that's the way he reasons, the Supreme Court should easily rule for the Fourth Circuit's decision that the Pledge is constitutional.
There's no doubt that John Roberts should quickly be confirmed as the new Chief Justice. And just as quickly President Bush should nominate someone else who understands how the Constitution works. Hugh Hewitt believes someone such as Appeals Judge Michael McConnell would make an excellent choice. The President has a clear duty to nominate someone such as Judge McConnell to replace Justice O'Connor, who has unfortunately shown a willingness to misunderstand the Constitution. Although she was correct in the Kelo case, America needs someone who won't be a "swinger" but someone who will protect the Founders' meaning of the Constitution. A dangerous Justice like Ginsburg, who believes that foreign dominions have a say in our sovereign land, must be blocked and marginalized as quickly as possible. Justices Roberts and McConnell appear to be just the bulwark America needs to protect herself from leftist activist jurists.
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Tuesday, September 13, 2005

A Passage To India?

Here's another interesting test.

What Leader are you? Ghandi?!

No, I own guns.

Nora Desmond I Ain't

Here's another interesting test.

What movie are you? Sunset Boulevard?!

Umm, ain't that a little...gay?

How Yankee Are You?

Here's an interesting test.

I scored 45% Yankee. Does that mean I'm 55% Rebel?

Family is all from non-Yankee states.

How'd this happen?

Monday, September 12, 2005

Algiers Militia Preserves Neighborhood After Katrina

Via Instapundit from the Austin American-Statesman: "NEW ORLEANS -- The Algiers Point militia put away its weapons Friday as Army soldiers patrolled the historic neighborhood across the Mississippi River from the French Quarter." Wow! Someone who understands what the militia really is!
"'Pit Bull Will Attack. We Are Here and Have Gun and Will Shoot,' said the sign on Alexandra Boza's front porch. Actually, said the woman behind the sign, 'I have two pistols.' I'm a part of the militia,' Boza said. 'We were taking the law into our own hands, but I didn't kill anyone.'" Yes, she was armed for self protection in a time of disaster. And she didn't kill anyone! She didn't go off searching for people to blast away at. She did what all Americans are entitled to do under the Constitution. I'm sure that makes some people very angry. It sure bothered those who were intent on evildoing in the neighborhood.
"The militia rigged car headlights and a car battery on porches of nearby houses. Then they put empty cans beneath trees that had fallen across both ends of the block. When someone approached in the darkness, 'you could hear the cans rattle. Then we would hit the switch at the battery and light up the street,' (Vinnie) Pervel said. 'We would yell, 'We're going to count three, and if you don't identify yourself, we're going to start shooting.' They could hear people fleeing and never fired a shot." The militia in action! Defending his neighborhood from predators, "' I was packing,' Robert Johns said. 'A .22 magnum with hollow points and an 8 mm Mauser from World War II with armor-piercing shells.'" Gotta love it.
The story goes on to say that the police and army eventually reached the neighborhood. The neighborhood militia did its job and now can put away its guns...until the next time. Criminals beware.
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UN Confiscates American's Registered Web Domain

Some distasteful fellow apparently registered the website fatalbert.org and used it to direct people to a commercial site that sells sex toys and such. As you would expect, Bill Cosby made a ruckus.

Bill Cosby has a right to keep his creations free from association with possibly immoral products. Unfortunately, Mr Cosby complained to the World Intellectual Property Organization. This WIPO is an arm of the UN. Who, may I ask, gave the International Organization of Evil any rights to arbitrate anything related to the American invented internet and web? No one, of course. Did these Turtle Bay Tyrants self-appoint WIPO as the law on who owns what? What does American law say? I believe that those who register first own the name.

As a result of the distasteful registrant's lack of response to the complaint, this tin-pot group ruled that he had no right to the fatalbert.org site and awarded the domain name to Bill Cosby.

The story goes on to say that, "Anyone can register a domain name for as little as a few dollars. The arbitration system, which started in 1999, allows those who think they have the right to a domain to claim it without a costly court battle or payment of large fees to buy the name. Critics say the system favors trademark holders and not individuals who also may have legitimate rights to the names for parody, criticism and other purposes."

Indeed, a person can't really copyright a name can they? Who started this arbitration system? Who assents to their rulings? How do they enforce their decrees? Is this scheme just a way for the powerful and famous to bully a domain name from some lone blogger or sole proprietor who has the same name as some internationally known half=witted actress or hack writer? I certainly hope not, but with UN involvement, I fear the tendencies of that group towards evildoing means this group does exactly that.

Perhaps a follow up post is called for.


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Dems Cry And Moan And Blame Bush

Senator Landrieu of Louisiana shriekingly attacked President Bush with charges that he blamed "state and local officials for the initial sluggish rescue effort," according to Fox News.

Typical response from those who have no plans of their own. Sorry to disabuse you of your stupidity Sen Landrieu, but the local and state officials are the first responders in any emergency. The Federal system makes local authority primary in dealing with their areas. Or would you like President Bush to have supreme power over the states? Well, the America Hating Left already accuses him of being a dictator, maybe he should become one. Unfortunately for people like you, dictators have a habit of making their critics disappear. Are you still breathing? Well, I guess that scotches that meme.
Her hate filled reaction was based "in part on comments by the Homeland Security chief, Michael Chertoff, and by administration allies on Capitol Hill, who cited the responsibility of state and local officials in planning for and responding to disasters. She also cited several news stories about a White House campaign to deflect criticism." So, she screamed because local authorities didn't do their job and it was pointed out that they did little or nothing? Yup, sounds like a Democrat. Of course, the local authorities are Dems, so she couldn't blame them. Her other point is laughable. The Enemy Press constantly tries to denigrate the president so of course there will be statements putting out the administration's views. Because the press is hostile, any statement refuting the accepted anti-Bush storyline is seen by the haters as trying to deflect criticism.
Into this hissy fit by Sen Landrieu steps Sen Obama from Illinois. He strew these pearls of wisdom "'Whoever was in charge of planning was so detached from the realities of inner city life in New Orleans ... that they couldn't conceive of the notion that they couldn't load up their SUV's, put $100 worth of gas in there, put (sic) some sparkling water and drive off to a hotel and check in with a credit card,' Obama said." Oh, Sen Obama, these "whoever" were local and state Democrats! Not President Bush. You're talking off point, didn't you get the memo?
Yes, this doesn't stop yet. The rather buffoonish Representative from the weird part of California, Nancy Pelosi, wants a commission to probe for contractor scams. "'Already we have seen despicable stories of those trying to profit off desperate Gulf Coast residents,' she said." You mean yourself and other hate filled leftists? Oh... you mean you don't want people to be paid for rebuilding the ravaged area. You're afraid someone might make a buck out of the reconstruction. Well, let's make a deal...you and Fat Teddy, and "Sheets" Byrd and Jean Kerry and Feinstein, and Boxer and Hater Harry and the captain of the good ship lollipop Sean Penn all sell everything you've got and donate the proceeds to rebuilding efforts and we'll make sure no one profits from the construction. But, sadly, we know you won't do anything because you are all talk and no action. Just a typical socialist. So that leaves us no option except to hereby award all construction and repair contracts to...Halliburton! A ha ha ha ha!!!

Whoops! Bible Proved Correct Again

Story from Pittsburgh Post-Gazette by Enemy Press LA Times: "Workers repairing a sewage pipe in the old city of Jerusalem have discovered the biblical Pool of Siloam, a freshwater reservoir that was a major gathering place for ancient Jews making religious pilgrimages to the city and the reputed site where Jesus cured a man blind from birth, according to the Gospel of John."
Apparently many religious and other scholars believe that the pool never existed and thought John used the episode as an illustrative point to advance the Gospel and the event didn't really happen. If you don't believe it as a religious text, at least be open to the idea that it isn't worthless as a guide to historical Judea.
If you have an interest in ancient Biblical sites log on to Biblical Archeology Society.

Atlantis Found!!...Oh, Wait....

The fabled lost City of Atlantis has apparently been found, according to Discovery Channel News. "Lying 60 meters beneath the surface in the Gulf of Cadiz, the island is right "in front of the Pillars of Hercules," or the Straits of Gibraltar, as stated by Plato."
Here's the gist of the ancient story: "The philosopher claimed that two centuries earlier, Egyptian priests had told the Greek statesman Solon of a flourishing civilization outside 'the pillars of Hercules.' When the people of Atlantis became wicked and decadent, the gods punished them by sending 'violent earthquakes and floods. The power came forth out the Atlantic Ocean ... In a single day and night of misfortune ... the island of Atlantis disappeared in the depths of the sea,' wrote Plato."
Well, we know it's just a myth, the Atlanteans were supposed to have very advanced skills which weren't available to the ancients. No evidence at any supposed Atlantis site has turned up which supports the idea of a super society. Many stories about superior people exist in various cultures. Witness the Nazca Lines in Peru. It's believed that many of the gods and heroes from Greek culture were indeed real people, their exploits were just embellished through time and they evolved into the stories we know today.
Cultural memory can explain the loss of Atlantis by earthquake and cataclysmic destruction. See Hurricane Katrina. What will be said about it two hundred years from now? We as a culture remember things such as this. The Atlantic region near Gibraltar has a history of destructive earthquakes and floods. "...the type of destruction described by Plato is a very accurate description of a 'sudden, catastrophic destruction associated with a great earthquake,' like the famous Great Lisbon earthquake which ravaged the southern Iberian region in 1755, with associated tsunami heights reaching 10 meters (30 feet)." Such devastation doesn't leave the cultural memory.
There are some criteria needed to be able to attain the level of Atlantean culture. "'Atlantis is a myth,' Christos Doumas, Director of Akrotiri Excavations in Santorini, summarized at the conference on Atlantis on Milos Island, Greece, last month. The conference highlighted 24 criteria that a geographical area must satisfy in order to qualify as a site where Atlantis could have existed. Among several other oddities, the island must have sheltered a literate population with metallurgical and navigational skills, hot springs, northerly winds, elephants, enough people for an army of 10,000 chariots and 1,200 ships, and a ritual of bull sacrifice." Unfortunately, no place ever claimed for Atlantis has these attributes.
Do we stop searching? No. Will we ever find Atlantis? Not the mythical Atlantis, it never existed. There may have been a island with people who were destroyed by an earthquake and flood, but they would never have been so advanced as to be a race of superior beings. They would have been the same people as everyone else. We love comparing ourselves and the ancients. They seem just like us, but so different too. We look for Atlantis because it's fun and it fills a psychological need to be connected to our past, perhaps because we fear our present and future.