Monday, February 28, 2005

Doesn't It Ever Get Old?

I'm generally not one for Hollywood, or parties, or the Oscars. Or dope. If as much of it is smoked on a regular basis as was at said bash, then I finally have a solid explanation for many of the movies that come out of Hollywood: "Blow Nine Bucks Now," "Explosion: The Bruckenheimering," and "Another Adam Sandler Movie Comes to Raze Your Town," just to name a few.

Dime-store decadence like this feels, frankly, quaint to me now. There's a Roaring Twenties vibe to it; the rough beast is slouching toward Gomorrah, but he's gonna get down with P. Diddy and Warren Beatty first. And nobody really cares, except for gossip columnists. Times are different. These people seem trapped in amber; they make me think of Hunter Thompson, that way. They don't adapt and they never really change. It's always the '70s: Vietnam, drugs, hot tubs, Nixon giving the double-V, casual sex, one or two or three divorces, nerf religions, fad diets, designer morals. But the whole thing is sepia-toned and flickering. Haven't we been over this ground before? Doesn't this ever get old?

I Won't Talk About The Academy Awards

I won't do it. Everyone is abuz about the Oscar's. I didn't watch. I'm not talking about it. You can't make me. Nope, not happening. Wouldn't be prudent, not at this juncture. I won't even comment on Chris Rock's un-funny and mean spirited jabs at the President, even after saying he wouldn't take shots at him. Won't do it. Hun-un. Not happening.

Miss HIV Pageant?

Well at least it's Botswana and not Hollywood but...

GABORONE (Reuters) - There is a catwalk banquet, hordes of journalists, traditional dancing and time-consuming hair styling -- but at Botswana's beauty pageant every competitor must be HIV positive.

What is up with that? I thought the idea of a beauty pageant (depending on your attitudes) was to showcase beautiful, talented women and give them an opportunity to win a scholarship. Instead this pageant celebrates women who are dying from HIV, and I doubt they got it from a blood transfusion. Well, here's their rationale.

The government is using its mineral wealth to provide life prolonging anti-retroviral drugs -- but many do not know their HIV status or are unwilling to come forward for treatment. Organizers say the pageant aims to tackle that stigma.

Hey, I got a goofy idea! Why not try to attack the CAUSE of the problem, namely unprotected pomiscuous sex! Rather than just dumping more and more money into helping the victims, why not try to prevent the creation of more victims. HIV is a horrible disease, but it is relatively easy to avoid as well. By educating these people and providing the means, they could go a long way in reducing the new cases of HIV.

Friday, February 25, 2005

Watch Your Backs Guys, the French are Here

After nearly two years of grousing about the way we choose to handle Iraq, our allies in Europe have finally put up (thought they still won't shut up). Our good friends in Europe have agreed to help train the Iraqi army. While I appreciate the support (late though it is) I have to wonder about the wisdom of asking the French training any army. What are they going to teach the Iraqis? Better ways to surrender? How to retreat with the fewest casualties?

Lets be brutally truthful here. The agreement made by NATO is symbolic at best. It is three years too late, woefully undersupported (some countries are sending only one advisor) and virtually meaningless. President Bush has to complement our allies on their gracious help in his attempt to soothe the European heads of state. Sadly, we need these countries to promote freedom throughout the world. We need to be the "big man" swallow our pride and extend our hand in friendship, after the crap the Europeans have given us, despite the fact we are right (11 years of economic sanctions failed to do what 5 divisions have done in two years). And all they can do is send some teachers.

It really shows you who your friends are when you see who stands by your side when the chips are down, and you are in a brawl. Great Britain, Australia, Poland and Italy (among many others) as compared to France, Germany, Russia and Belgium. I will take the former over the latter any day.

Wednesday, February 23, 2005

What Do You Get When You Mix Three Irishmen and Beer?

This (last story).

Three men were arrested after attacking a bus and breaking the windshield. Here's the fun part.

Police think they were armed with a catapult, which they fired at least twice - shattering the windscreen.

I guess when they said they were going to get mediaeval on the bus, they meant it.

God to Korn, It's Over Dude

Ok, this one is kind of odd.

Brian Welch of Korn has found God, and thus, the band has called it quits.

"I had it in my heart to come here and explain to you," Welch said. "I'm good friends with Korn. I love those guys, and they love me, and they're very happy for me."

Ok, not to rain on your parade, but if you love them and they love you, why can't you play music any more?

Addressing the aggressive tone of the music he made with Korn, Welch said, "Anger is a good thing, and if kids want to listen to Korn, good, but there's happiness after the anger. I'm going to show it through my actions how much I love my fans."

Wha...?

Cruel Hoax

Now who would be so callous and cruel to do this?

SAVANNAH, Georgia (AP) -- Military police are investigating a cruel hoax in which a man wearing an Army dress uniform falsely told the wife of a soldier that her husband had been killed in Iraq.
How sick is that? Is this the case of some sick S.O.B. who decided to play a "joke" on some unsuspecting army wife? Or was it a cruel war protest? I don't know, but in either case, this in-duh-vidual deserves a serious ass whupin. Fortunately, the army wife new her stuff better than this asshat.

"Right off the bat, she noticed some things were not right," Whetstone said. "The individual's uniform wasn't correct -- there were no markings or name tags. Plus, the person was alone, and she knew one person does not make (death) notifications."

Hat tip to RTG.

Let the Bad Guys Vote

This is one issue where I just don't get the democrats. Former Co-President Hillary Clinton among other democrats has come out publicly in support of measures which allow convicted felons and illegal aliens the right to vote.

So, who do the Democrats hope will show up at the polls? Rapists, Murderers, Child Molesters, Check Kiters, Illegal Aliens, Thieves, Crack Heads, Illiterates, the Confused, the Unprepared, and those who for "some" reason are afraid to show photo ID. I'll let you decide what that says about the identity and values of the Democrat's base. What evidence do I make this shocking and impolite assertion upon, you ask? Why, the "Count Every Vote Act of 2005," a bill proudly introduced into the Senate last week by Senators Hillary Clinton (N.Y.), Barbara Boxer (Calif.), John Kerry (Mass.), Frank Lautenberg (N.J.) and Barbara Mikulski (Md.) -- all Democrats.

Wha...? I thought the idea was that when a person chose to commit a crime, they were, in essence, forfeiting their rights. We have a right to freedom. Yet we hold convicted felons in prison for a period of time. We (as society through our agents in the form the criminal justice and prison systems) remove their freedom by dictating when the felons can get up, where they can go and what they can do. But now the democrats are going to argue that they are still entitled to the "right" to vote?

Then there is the issue of the illegal alien. Setting aside the fact that the illegal alien is in violation of the law (see above argument). As an alien, this person is not a citizen of the United States. How can anyone logically argue that a person who is not a citizen of a particular country should have voting privilege in that country. I don't care if the person lives there, if they want that "right" then they should become a citizen. Where do we draw the line. If our policies affect other people in other countries, shouldn't they have a right to have a voice in our government? Should we allow the French to vote for president? Should the Iraqi people be given a voice in selecting our senators? If another country's policies affect the U.S. shouldn't we be given a voice in their government? I would love to see a democrat argue that U.S. citizens should have a vote in French or German elections.

Has the democrat's intentions to "retake" power from the republicans become so transparent that they can support such untenable policies?

Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Talk About a Bad Do

Watch out, the terrorists have targeted another high profile group, hairdressers.

In another neighborhood, gunmen fire wildly into a busy barbershop, killing the owner and three teenage boys waiting for haircuts.

Yes, Iraq has become such a lawless society, not even barbers are safe.

At yet another shop, a masked visitor presses a note into the palm of a horrified haircutter. The message: "Our swords are thriving for the neck of barbers."

Ok, you are such a wuss that you have to put on a mask to pass a note to the stylist? Yes, these mighty warriors of Allah's True Faith are striking fear into the hearts of hairdressers the world over. What, did you run out of school crossing guards to menace? If these guys get any more foolish, even the left won't be able to take them seriously. I say we send in Nick Arrojo and the Pink Trimmer Battalion.

News You Won't See on See-BS

Gee, I wonder why we haven't heard more about this story?

One of the Taliban's most senior and charismatic commanders has become a key negotiator as more and more members of the Islamic militia in Afghanistan give up the fight against the Americans.

While we are having to twist arms and push Europe back into helping control the Afghan government control the country side, the Taliban are starting to smell the coffee. Even if it is four years too late.

The commander, Abdul Salam, earned the nickname Mullah Rockety because he was so accurate with rocket propelled grenades against Russian troops. He later joined the Taliban as a corps commander in Jalalabad before being captured by the Americans after September 11. Now he is a supporter of President Hamid Karzai and is tempting diehard Taliban fighters to accept an amnesty offer and reconcile themselves to Afghanistan's first directly elected leader.

So he's gone from fighting the U.S. to supporting the Karzai government. Liberals, are you taking notes?

Zalmay Khalilzad, the US ambassador to Afghanistan, said yesterday that a group of Taliban militia including senior officials will soon join the Afghan government's peace initiative.

"They are in Kabul seeking peace and to boost the reconciliation process," he said, adding that he was hopeful that the Taliban surrender would take place before the parliamentary elections, expected in the summer.

So, in the U.S. we are getting stories about the Taliban regrouping in Pakistan, when in reality many of the fighters are to the point of working with, rather than against, the elected Afghan government.

This is the war the liberals supported, unlike the war in Iraq. However, many on the left still groused that Afghanistan would become another Vietnam and a quagmire. The reality is that the Bush doctrine in Asia so far has been wildly successful. How long till the left sees the successes in Iraq for what they are? Probably not any time soon.

Hat tip to Ace and Captain's Quarters.

Speaking of Countries The Size of Urinal Stickers...

This is how Belgium fights the war on terror.

Belgium, as John Gibson writes in Hating America: The New World Sport, "is a nation of 10 million people...a motorist would have to drive no more than two hundred and fifty miles to cover the distance between its most distant points. It is a dark and dreary place. Of the nearly nine thousand hours in a year, Belgium gets only about 16 percent - just under fourteen hundred hours - in sunshine. Belgians live through a lot of rain. As a nation, it is gloomy, pessimistic, introspective, highly traumatized by war, and deeply suspicious of everyone, including its own people."

And I might add:

Belgium's chief exports are pralines and bitty little chocolates. Its main ethnic groups are the Flemish, the Walloons, and the Anklebiters. Its 'army' consists largely of easily-winded 40 year-old reservists, who, with luck, occasionally prove able to storm a flight of stairs. NATO headquarters is located in Belgium: hopefully it's on the first floor.

In the past, Belgium was periodically invaded when the Germans were in the mood for pralines or when France needed yet another smack upside the croissant. To its credit, Belgium fought; it doesn't fight anymore. Now, mostly, it tries to drag other, much larger countries into court over "war crimes." Or it used to, anyway, until someone yelled at it.

Belgium is what Tolkien's Shire might be like if the Hobbits had Kyoto fever. Belgium is condensed Canada. Just add moose and medicinal marijuana. Or urinal stickers. Because as long as they're pissing the future of their country and that of Europe away in a post 9/11 world, the Belgians might as well have some fun.

Posting Problems

I just wanted to toss out a warning. I am having internet connectivity problems at home. Thus, my blogging time has been severely limited. So, to my couple of regular readers, my apologies. I will post something witty and thought provoking, (or just bad as the case may be...) as I can.

Monday, February 21, 2005

Newt for President?

According to Ace, Newt Gingrich is going to run for the Presidency in '08. He is reporting a conversation with John Fund from the WSJ. Story is supposed to be out on Tuesday. Keep your eyes on this one.

Hunter S. Thompson 0, Shotgun 1

Hunter S. Thompson blew his brains out with a shotgun last night. I guess the Fear and Loathing weren't limited to Vegas.

Friday, February 18, 2005

I Don't Like You, So You're a Terrorist

This is another local story here in liberal land (Lucas county is one of the few "blue" counties in Ohio) but is indicative of the behavior of liberals at the national level as well.

First, some context. One of our local businesses 5/3ed Bank has made a request of our city government. Like a nice, business friendly and cooperative partner in economic development, the city council has been sitting on the idea neither rejecting or accepting the proposal. While the city council is behaving like a bunch of 3-year-olds, 5/3ed has upped the anti by vowing to leave the city (for a suburb) if the counsel doesn't vote on the proposal.

Now for the rest of the story. (BTW, couldn't find the story on the local liber rag either.) One of our left leaning, tolerant, open-minded council-people (gotta be PC, can't call him a councilman) has equated 5/3ed with terrorists.

Council President Louis Escobar, who opposes the bank's request, said Fifth Third's warning that it might have to transfer jobs to a different location is the equivalent of terrorism. The president (George Bush) doesn't deal with terrorists and neither should I," Mr. Escobar said last week. "If they want to threaten us, that tells me they're not a good corporate citizen."

(shturmgruppa: Does the bad drama ever end with Toledo City Council? It's like the Lifetime Channel over there.) (CJ: Cue corny soap opera music.)

Ok, I agree the idea of tossing out a threat like that isn't nice, especially in light of the fact that this is the second local business to threaten to leave the city if they don't get their way. However, resorting to name-calling is certainly not the way to encourage a discussion, or cooperation. This is just a symptom of a larger problem. The tendency of the left to act childish when they don't get their way. If you don't agree with me, you're Hitler, or a terrorist. If I don't like what you do, I equate your behavior with the holocaust, or slavery.

This kind of histrionic hyperbole has two effects. First, it degrades the other party. Part of surviving in our culture is the ability to come to a compromise. Our government was founded on it. Unlike other forms of government, democracy requires the citizens to come together, set aside differences and find a common ground. In a dictatorship the dictator makes the rules and screw everyone else. The liberals don't seem to really want a compromise. They want it their way or the highway. And if you don't like it, screw you Hitler-terrorist.

The second thing this name calling does, is it demeans the victims of these tragedies. If cutting down a tree is equated with the holocaust you take away from the horror of the sacrifice of 6 million Jews. If building a stripmall is equated with September 11, you are saying the 3,000 people who lost their lives are equal with a bunch of plants. Wanting to build a parking lot is not morally equivalent to blowing up a school bus full of children.

(shturmgruppa: And 5/3ed is not Al-Qaeda.)

WMD Saddam: Bringin Da Noize

First, let me explain that I had no idea that Muslim and Buddhist rappers like Capital D and Maxi Jazz even existed (Newsweek sidebar, recent issue.)

I don't like rap: too cracka, not to mention that my pants actually fit, so I'm out of the running already. But I couldn't help but notice that Capital D and Maxi Jazz rap against the war in Iraq. Guess it's Baathists over ballots when you're streetwise, boyyyy...

Hmm. Saddam isn't doing much these days. Neither are his sons. I'm sure they were against the war in Iraq, too. Granted, Uday and Qusay (or Couscous or whatever) are stiffs, but factor in the Tupac Shakur Capped Ass Theorem of Post Mortem Gangsta Popularity and you have...WMD Saddam and Da Prone Posse. There's our third leg! And for the purposes of old school, we'll throw in Flavor Flav because he really needs something to do.

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

OK, You Get Syria...

Some fuss has been made over the recent pact between Iran and Syria. I don't know - to me, it looks more like an act of desperation than one of calculation. Iran is a country beset by severe internal problems resulting from the failure of the Khomeini revolution. Syria is also a basket case lacking even the advantages of Iranian oil wealth. Some genius over at Daily Kos opined that a regional war would result in the Syrian Army ("not the best in the world") rolling into Iraq against "demoralized" US forces.

Good lord, but where do liberals get their ideas on military affairs? Stratego? Old episodes of M*A*S*H*? The Syrian Army is barely capable of keeping its boot on the throat of Lebanon. It reminds me of my old dodgeball days when all the good kids have already been picked and you're stuck sorting painfully through the duds. Syria is a dud; even Russia's reputed recent efforts to provide advanced SAMs to it won't help much.

Or, look at it this way: there was a Three Stoogian quality to the (former) Axis of Evil, meaning Iran (Moe, definitely), North Korea (Larry), and Iraq (Curly). Well, with Curly rendered hors de combat, another third stooge must be found, and Iran came up with...Syria. The Curly Joe deRita of the Middle East. What, was Shemp busy?

Marine on to be Charged for Killing Terrorists?

This is a very disturbing story that I just caught wind of.

Back home at Camp Lejeune, N.C., Lt. Pantano, 33, found out the Corps has filed two premeditated murder charges for shooting two Iraqi insurgents in a dusty, terrorist-infested town near Baghdad. If convicted at a court-martial, he would face the death penalty.

Ok, you are on patrol in Iraq. You have seen this scenario many times. A booby trapped terrorist, dressed in civilian clothing approaches a checkpoint. He detonates his explosives within feet of Iraqi soldiers, or U.S. Marines, injuring and killing many. Now, two men are walking toward, you. You tell them to stop, in their native language, yet they continue. What do you do? You make the call. Do you wait till you can see the explosives clearly enough to know you and your men are toast? Or do you open fire to protect your command?

To Lt. Pantano, the two Iraqis who came toward him despite his order in Arabic to stop were mortal enemies. Booby-trapped suicide bombers are killing Iraqis by the score and some have even feigned surrender in order to get close to U.S. soldiers. But the Corps views it as murder and filed charges against him Feb. 1.

Right call IMHO. I have never had to face combat. I will not second guess the decision of a combat tested officer under combat conditions. This is not the case of an officer ordering civilians shot, who have been searched, or ordering a village burned after finding no evidence of Viet Cong collaboration. This is an officer who shot two men who could have had weapons, who were approaching his position, who failed to stop in response to an order to stop. The military cannot send this message to its officer corps. Once the officers in combat begin second guessing themselves, we will have a real blood bath, as the jihadists use this tactic to inflict real damage on U.S. troops.

There are several other websites covering this.

Michelle Malkin is following the story (this is where I picked it up).
Lt. Pantano's mom has a web site here, but it isn't working ATM.
Rosemary.
Soldier's Angels.
And Opinion Bug.

It's the American Way, Sue the Tsunami

You knew it had to happen sooner or later.
VIENNA (AFX) - A group of Austrian and German victims of the Asian tsunami disaster are to file a lawsuit demanding that Thailand, French hotel chain Accor and US forecasters prove they reacted adequately to the disaster, their lawyers said.

Ok, so you loose someone or property in a natural disaster, sue the U.S. Hurricane trash your house? Sue the U.S. Weather Service. Earthquake brought down your appartment complex? Sue the USGS. Yeah, can't sue the Tsunami, so we will sue the next best thing, the U.S. government. Now, the litigants aren't seeking damages, yet.
They said the suit was not, at present, designed to demand compensation but to uncover evidence that would prove negligence.
To uncover evidence that would prove negligence? That is code for we are looking for a scape-goat. We can't sue for damages yet because this is an act of God. However, if you can find the U.S. et al. negligent, you can then sue them because they didn't predict the tsunami last year, issue international warnings, and use the U.S. Marines and Navy to evacuate the entire population of the Indian Ocean basin. Considering the lesser standards of evidence in civil court, I can only hope that they don't get some lib judge who wants to stick it to the U.S. government (or Bushco). Seeing that the lawsuit was filed in NY, I am not holding my breath.

Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Dean Has Dirty Hands Too

I am not going to comment on this one myself, however, I encourage you go to Musings of a Fat Kid to see what dirt there is on Howard "Yeowman" Dean.

Rangle Doesn't See Clinton as a Big Hero

A few weeks ago, Strumgruppa posted this comment on how revisionists were trying to make President Bubba look like some kind of great peacemaker. Well, according to Charlie Rangle, Bubba wasn't a peacemaker, but is, rather, a redneck.
Asked on Tuesday morning if he really thought Clinton was a redneck, Rangel told WWRL Radio's Steve Malzberg and Karen Hunter: "Of course he is. He's from Arkansas."
I guess Bubba didn't pull the wool over all the democrats' eyes.

Royal Mess

Oops, looks like someone forgot to check with the lawyers before announcing Chuck's wedding with his polo horse, er Camilla. According to this story, there is a 714 year old law in England forbidding the royal family from entering into civil marriages.
But in a BBC Panorama television special last night, family law experts said there were "serious doubts" over the couple's wedding plans, arguing that the 1836 Marriage Act barred the royal family from civil marriages.

I guess it isn't "Happily Ever After" for Chuck.

You're Damned if You Do and Damned if You Don't

Thinking about buying a hybrid car to cut costs and save the environment? Well read this before you do. The People's Republic of California is mulling the idea of taxing drivers for the number of miles they drive. Apparently, they are worried that people switching over to more fuel efficient cars are depriving them of tax money. So, in order to screw the public more efficiently, they are installing GPS devices in cars to monitor the driver's mileage and then assigning taxes based on how much you drive.

Am I missing something here? Isn't the government (especially in Blue states like PR of California) supposed to be encouraging people to use less fuel?

Monday, February 14, 2005

Another Tsunami Theory

If you have been following the various moon-bat theories about the cause of the Asian tsunami, you will like this. So far, we have Islamofascists claiming that Allah was punishing the faithful for not killing enough infidels, Wall Street using magnetic waves to cause the eathquake, the U.S. detonating a nuke underwater and I am sure others.

Now, Rev John MacLeod has figured it out. God caused the tsunami to punish those who violate the Sabbath.
A Christian minister claims the tsunami of Sunday, Dec. 26, killing at least 160,000 people, was direct result of "pleasure seekers" breaking God's Sabbath.

Ok...
He continued: "Some of the places most affected by the tsunami
attracted pleasure-seekers from all over the world. It has to be noted that the
wave arrived on the Lord's day, the day God set apart to be observed the world
over as a holy resting from all employments and recreations that are lawful on
other days."


So, God didn't like the "sun worshipers" horning in on his Holy Day? But what about this?
The tsunami, a series of tidal waves sparked by a subsea earthquake off Sumatra, arrived on Sunday morning, the day after Christmas, in countries including Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India and Thailand.

Emphasis added by this cracka. His theory is nice and all, but I think someone needs to remind the good Reverend, that the Sabbath is on SATURDAY not Sunday. According to Jewish and Christian Scripture, God rested on the seventh day, not the first. I think, maybe, he should take some refresher courses.

Saturday, February 12, 2005

Lynne Stewart, Meet Martha

Looks like Ward Churchill isn't the only leftie in hot water these days...

I'd actually forgotten all about this particular specimen of the lumpen intelligentsia until this story cropped up. Now, it's coming back...

Lynne Stewart is the lawyer for creepy critter Shiek Omar Abdel-Rahman, who is suspected of masterminding the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. Remember that one? Anyone? Bueller?

Anyway, as the story above says, Lynne Stewart, like many leftie lawyers, seems to be under the impression that the law does not apply to her. The United States can't lock up lawyers, Lynne? Au contraire, my collapsed souffle look-alike. Lawyers, no matter how prominent, wealthy, or annoying, are subject to the same laws as Tammy Punchclock and Joe Paycheck.

Speed, and you get a ticket. Aid terrorists, and you go to jail. Like the late night infomercials say, it's just that simple.

Lefties, look...I know you get a certain delicious frission from sticking it to AmeriKKKa whenever you can and by whatever means available. You can be Mort Kunstler and defend clients who are basically mollusks. You can be Michael Moore and make semi-bogus documentaries. Or you can be Janeane Garofalo, appear on TV to make your plodding political 'points', and leave people wondering if you ever had a career of any sort to begin with. Granted, you'll get your crap back with a side order of fries (and yes, they're French, so don't get hissy), but by and large you'll be left alone to do whatever: claim your thirteen-forty-sevenths Cherokee Indian, pester the local city commission into reclassing 'manholes' as 'personholes', or discover an actual mollusk in your family tree. But when you actually aid America's enemies, it gets problematic.

For the Coin Collecting Geeks

In this day of computerization and automazation, the occurance of a rare "mis-strike" is cause for celebration. Several irregular Wisconsin quarters have been found by a man in Arizona. The flaws are very small and involve the addition of an extra leaf on a plant. However, the discovery has sent shockwaves through coin collecting circles. Oh, and if you want to know what to get me for Valentines day, the three coin set of irregulars is going for $1,100.

Bloggers 3, MSM 0

Yesterday CNN chief news executive Eason Jordan resigned amid stories circulating about him in the blogosphere. If you haven't heard, Mr. Jordan made some wild accusations last week while in Switzerland. He claimed to know of twelve cases where reporters, who had been killed in Iraq, were specifically targeted by the U.S. military. After sticking his foot in his mouth, Jordan refused to provide any evidence to support his accusations.

During a panel discussion at the World Economic Forum last month, Jordan said he believed that several journalists who were killed by coalition forces in Iraq had been targeted.


The most telling thing about this whole episode is the fact that this was completely ignored by the main stream media (MSM). As has happened with Memogate, it was the bloggers like Michelle Malkin, Hugh Hewitt and Ace, who broke this story and kept hounding it until something happened. This has become a monumental demonstration of the hubris of the MSM. If Mr. Jordan were correct, the U.S. military has committed war crimes by deliberately targeting reporters, which should be investigated. Or else, Mr. Jordan, a major excutive with a major news network is spreading bald faced lies about the U.S. military. Either way, this should be a big story. Yet the MSM has let the whole thing slide, either not noticing it (which I think is unlikely considering the blog time this has had), or actively ignoring it.

Now Mr. Jordan has resigned his position with CNN to spare the company any "tarnish."

Jordan said he was quitting to avoid CNN being "unfairly tarnished" by the controversy.


Don't expect this story to die just yet. Just because Jordan has quit his job, I expect there are still a lot of people (my self included) who still want to get to the bottom of this story. Why would Jordan have made such a claim and then backtrack faster than Bill Clinton on a Friday night? What has happened to the tape and transcripts of the event, and why haven't they been published?
"I never meant to imply U.S. forces acted with ill intent when U.S. forces accidentally killed journalists, and I apologize to anyone who thought I said or believed otherwise," Jordan said in a memo to fellow staff members at CNN.

Friday, February 11, 2005

Girls Gone Really Wild

I can't stop cringing after reading this story. It just speaks for itself.

A British woman was sentenced to two and a half years in jail Thursday for ripping off her ex-lover's testicle with her bare hands during a drunken
brawl after he refused her sex.

WITH HER BARE HANDS! Not with a knife, not with a pair of scissors. WITH HER BARE HANDS! What else can I say? WITH HER BARE HANDS! And what is worse than having your wife rip your testicle off WITH HER BARE HANDS?

She grabbed him by the genitals, tearing off his left testicle, then hid it in her mouth before a friend of Jones handed it back to him saying
"that's yours."

Senator Voinovich Opposes Bush Budget

Republican Senator George Voinovich has come out against President Bush's federal budget. Now, I can understand the democrats fighting the President's budget. The President's plan is to hold spending down on some government programs and eliminate one's he feels aren't working. The democrats are going to howl because they have a vested interest in a number of social programs whether they work or not. But a republican senator?

Less than 24 hours later, Mr. Voinovich said he has told the White House he will do whatever he can to block the President on tax cuts, include voting against the entire budget. He also delivered a shot across the White House bow by saying the President is wrong to push for Social Security changes this year and denounced some of the President's spending cuts as ill-advised.

Ok, Senator, then how did you balance the budget in Ohio? How did you create the budget surplus in Ohio? I have a lot of respect for the Senator. He and his administration did some great things for the state of Ohio. Under his management, the state was able to generate a "rainy day fund" fund public education, all without raising taxes. But now he is standing in the way of President Bush's attempt to get federal spending under control. Why? His opposition seems to be tied to the president's tax cuts. (Boy, that sounds awful democratic to me.)

Mr. Voinovich said yesterday that because of the cost of the war in Iraq, the $1.8 trillion in deficits Mr. Bush projects to 2010 (including a record $427 billion this year), and the costly expansion of the prescription drug package under Medicare next year, the economic picture is too uncertain to make the tax cuts permanent. The cost of the tax cuts would total $1.1 trillion but is not included in the President's budgeting that extends to 2010

But, Senator Voinovich, does that include projected increases in revenues generated by an increased tax base? As we have seen in the past two years, and during the Reagan years, tax cuts stimulate the economy, which increases tax revenues without raising taxes. This plan can work.

I guess the Senator isn't a lost cause.

Mr. Voinovich, who approves the idea of partially privatizing Social Security through personal savings accounts, nonetheless also parts from the administration when he says it is too soon to act and that the American people first need a year of education.

I can't say I disagree with that considering the mis-information being passed around by the left.

Thursday, February 10, 2005

Football Fans Against Chairman Yeow

Here's a great list of Howard Dean quotes from Football Fans and Beyond (formerly Football Fans for Truth?) Could they make it any easier?

Prince Charles to Marry His Polo Horse

Oh, I'm sorry, that's Camilla? Anyhow, it seems that the MSM has its new fascination of the hour. Which for me, begs the question, WHO FREAKING CARES!?!

We are talking about an adulterous guy who's claim to fame is that his mommy is the Queen. He doesn't make movies. He doesn't sell real estate. He spends his time living off the British tax payer's dime all the while bagging what has to be one of the ugliest women in England. And the media is all jacked about it. Maybe if I lived in England, I could scrounge up a care. But this is the U.S.A. former colony of the aforementioned country. Why should we care what "the royals" are up to.

Oh well, I guess I can just skip the news for the next couple months while this plays itself out.

Holy Buttered Popcorn Batman

A little light hearted news here.

Cub Scout Ryan Cenk of Richland Township in Pennsylvania sold an astounding 10 tons of pop corn in the Scouts Annual Popcorn sales drive. That comes to over $25k in sales.

An I was proud my son sold $200 worth and one of the scouts in my den sold $400 worth. Pishaw, we have a new goal for next year.

Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Liberal Media: The Second Front

Liberal media outlets seem determined to lose the war against terror.

Newsweek ran yet ANOTHER ABU GRAIB STORY immediately after their coverage of the Iraqi election. I guess Newsweek plans on beating this dead horse until it's really, really dead. Really, really, really dead. Or shoe leather.

The BBC, meanwhile, plans on running a "reality show" centered upon Gitmo. I use the term 'reality' loosely. What they will film is this:

GITMO PRISONER: They are bad men! The guards are bad men! But we will beat them! They will not defeat us! On to Paradise! Death to America!

MARINE GUARD: We're guarding them because they're dangerous. We're not going to let them go, who knows who they'd kill. So, yep, that's why we've got 'em.

What the BBC runs will be like this:

GITMO PRISONER: ...The guards...beat...us...to...Death...

MARINE GUARD: ...We're...going to...kill...'em...

COOLLY CONSIDERING BBC CORRESPONDENT: Beat. Kill. Death. Three words. Three words that hang over Guantanamo Bay much like the three words that hung over a similarily infamous place: Auschwitz. Arbeit Mach Frei.

MARINE GUARD'S MOM, BACK HOME WATCHING: Why is Billy talking so funny?

MARINE GUARD'S DAD: Ah, he always gets choppy in front of a camera...

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Color Me Surprised!

Well, well, well... Ohio Supreme Court Justice Alice (party hardy) Reznick took the moral high road and plead guilty to the DUI charges.


In a Bowling Green Municipal courtroom filled with media from across the state, Justice Resnick, 65, of Ottawa Hills was found guilty of drunken driving and driving outside marked lanes by Judge Mark Reddin.

He sentenced her to three days in the Wood County jail or in the alcohol treatment program offered at Nazareth Hall. Judge Reddin also ordered her to pay a $500 fine for the DUI and a $100 fine for the marked lane violation.


Aside from the fleeing prosecution and obstruction charges, she is getting the "Joe Sixpack" treatment. Kudos to Judge Reznick for doing the right thing. (Now, if she had just done that a week ago...)

More Bad News from Iraq

If you're a liberal. Here's a story from the Washington Post (requires registration).

Again, it seems that these Iraqis who the liberals claim can't appreciate freedom, liberty or democracy, and who long for the return of the Baathests are at it again.

With a hero who gave his life for the elections, a revived national anthem blaring from car stereos and a greater willingness to help police, the public mood appears to be moving more clearly against the insurgency in Iraq, political and security officials said.

Despite the mocking from the left in the U.S., the Iraqis are taking their blue index finger seriously. Now that they have a visible indicator of like-minded Iraqis, the people have begun turning in their insurgent neighbors. They are turning over insurgents and radical Islamists at a dizzying rate.

In the week since national elections, police officers and Iraqi National Guardsmen said they have received more tips from the public, resulting in more arrests and greater effectiveness in their efforts to weaken the violent insurgency rocking the country.

We (the conservatives) have been saying that once the Iraqi people become truly empowered, and feel a sense of ownership in their own government, they would begin to fight back against the Islamofascists who have infested their country since the fall of Sadam (or before).

The insurgency began to emerge soon after the toppling of Saddam Hussein, on a tide of anger over the U.S. occupation. But in interviews over the past week, officials and Baghdad residents cited what they called a renewed nationalist pride since the elections that they said may be dampening anti-American sentiment, and may be starting to dispel Iraqi tolerance and support for the insurgents.

Now I am not expecting to see our soldiers home by the end of the year, or a complete end to the violence. I do believe that we have turned the corner. We are seeing the beginning of the end to the insurgency in Iraq. As the Iraqi people write their constitution and become even more invested in their own government, expect more of this.

I hate to say we told you so but, we told you so.

Monday, February 07, 2005

A New Recruiting Campaign or Mud Wrestling Night at the 160th.

Ok, uhm, don't really know what to say to this story. The 160th MP battalion held a mud wrestling party to celebrate the end of their tour in Iraq. God bless the US of A.

Did Something Happen This Weekend?

Was there some kind of big show, or game this weekend? Did I miss something. I may be the only guy (OK, one of the few guys) who doesn't care for football, but the whole Super Bowl thing boors me. College football (aside from the issues of unqualified students being passed through fluff classes so they can play) is much more entertaining to me. Hockey is my game, but we won't go there this season (what season...). Here is what I don't get. You would think that, with such a big ratings draw on the lucky network to air the Super Bowl, the other networks would compete for those of us who couldn't care less. Instead, we are bombarded with crappy programming like the history of marshmallows, or the lousy sit-com from last year that was canceled after two episodes. Animal Planet actually aired the "Puppy Bowl." Hours of puppies playing in a box. WTF was that!?!? Who in the world would watch that nauseating exhibition of cuteness? Why not show a good movie, or an enlightening documentary. I understand the network wonks not showing their hit programs until after the Super Bowl, but why must we endure their visual garbage?

I Guess Justice isn't Blind

Some more events have transpired since Justice Reznick's alcohol doused traffic romp last week. Today, party-gal, Justice Resnick is going to change her plea. She originally entered a plea of "not guilty" last week during her arraignment. However, Justice Reznick is now poised to show true character by taking responsibility for her actions. I'm not holding my breath. I expect she will plea "no contest" to dodge responsibility.

Yet, something smells decidedly funky about this whole thing. Bowling Green City Prosecutor Matt Reger has decided not to file charges for fleeing the scene of a crime, or hindering prosecution in regards to Justice Reznick's case. Justice Reznick, after being told she wasn't "free to leave" drove off, forcing officers to follow her for seven minute on I-75. Despite having video of Justice Reznick being told not to leave, Mr. Reger says there isn't enough evidence to file the charges. This smells of political favoritism.

What would have happened if I had driven off after being stopped under suspicion of DUI? What would have happened if I had taken off, leaving my license and registration in the hands of a police officer? I would have been face down on the pavement with TASER barbs in my chest and a cop kneeling on my head.

Sunday, February 06, 2005

Payback is a B**ch.

For those who still question the Iraqi elections, this story will give you fits.

We understand that last night the insurgents came back to punish the people of al-Mudhariya, but instead of metering out that punishment the villagers fought back and they killed five of the insurgents and wounded eight. They then burnt the insurgents' car. So the people of that village have certainly had enough of the insurgents.

Ah, so the Iraqi people, who can't grasp the idea of freedom, pwnd the insurgents who came to "teach them a lesson?" For the (Chapaquittic) Ted Kennedys out there who feel they have to tell us ad nausium that Iraq is a Vietnam style quagmire, this is pretty damning evidence that they don't know what they are talking about. Good for them!

H/T to Six Meat Buffet and The Unpopulist.

Do The Marines Tell You How To Do Your Job?

Granted, it is 'politically incorrect'...

Yeah, there's a little bit of Colonel Kilgore (Apocalypse Now) to his words, and Lt. Gen. James Mattis is probably in for some heavy-duty 'sensitivity' training ("you think Guadalcanal was bad, jarhead?"), but what exactly is the fuss about? He likes to shoot bad guys. And, believe it or not, the Taliban, Al-Qaeda, Baathist insurgents, and foreign jihadists are 'bad guys'. Among the things the Taliban advocated were stuffing women into burkas, outlawing kites, pulling walls down on homosexuals, and using soccer stadiums for public executions instead of soccer. So why not shoot them? This is why we send Marines into places such as Afghanistan, folks, and not the Emotive Talk Show Host Rapid Deployment Force.

Additional Comments from Cracka Jack... (Date Changed to Keep it up on the board.)

My first exposure to this story was a lead-in on Fox News. The announcer said something to the effect of "Marine General makes politically incorrect statement to the press..." which was followed by this sound bite.

"You go into Afghanistan, you got guys who slap women around for five years because they didn't wear a veil. You know, guys like that ain't got no manhood left anyway. So it's a hell of a lot of fun to shoot them."

My first reaction? Ooooh Rah!

Ok, what was the politically incorrect statement? I waited for the General to say something stupid, but they cut away. C'mon people this is a Marine General here. He's not some Sunday School teacher. His job is to kill the enemies of this country. Yeah, the fact he takes some joy in it is a little creepy, but I want it that way. I want a Marine who is Gung Ho to go out and cap the bad guys. I can sleep better at night knowing there are Marines like General Mattis out there defending our boarders and my family. My hat's off to General Mattis. Next time general, don't go to a press conference in Communist Occupied California. To quote the fictional Col. Jessup from A Few Good Men:

Son, we live in a world that has walls, and those walls have to be guarded by men with guns. Who's gonna do it? You? You, Lieutenant Weinberg? I have a greater responsibility than you can possibly fathom. You weep for Santiago and you curse the marines. You have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what I know: that Santiago's death, while tragic, probably saved lives. And my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves lives. You don't want the truth because, deep down in places you don't talk about at parties, you want me on that wall, you need me on that wall. We use words like honor, code, loyalty. We use these words as the backbone of a life spent defending something. You use them as a punchline. I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom that I provide and then questions the manner in which I provide it. I would rather you just said "thank you" and went on your way. Otherwise I suggest you pick up a weapon and stand at post. Either way, I don't give a damn what you think you are entitled to.

Oooh Rah!

Thursday, February 03, 2005

Love This Link

Here is a great link that will crank off some people.

Hat tip to SandraK.

Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Chairman Yeow!

I don't like linking to the New York Times (aka Pravda on the Hudson) but if I must...

I really didn't see this coming. I honestly thought that after the demise of his bizarre campaign and the dispersal of his orange-beanie wearing Ben and Jerry commandos, that we would no longer be hearing the "barbaric yawp" of Howard Dean. Guess I was wrong. Guess the Dems can do worse than Nancy Pelosi, Barbara Boxer, and Ted Kennedy.

Wasn't failing to put past the American public a windsurfing, weatherbeaten gigolo and his bossy, hypochondriacal meal ticket enough of a black eye for the Order of the Stain? Do they really feel the need to take it on the nose or the chin? And do they really think GodHilla and Co are going to stand long for Screamin' Demon Dean's antics, especially as 2008 closes in?

Hillary is trying hard now to appear as a 'centrist,' (as in, "Oh, yeah, I pray, I pray all the time," or "Oh, sure, I'm a big fan of those New York Yankee Sox. I always try to get a seat by the goal line.") and cannot afford to have Dean escaping his tie-dyed hamster cage. That's because he'll do bad things, like gnaw through any remaining liberal credibility, or get hopelessly trapped in yet another dark and narrow Widely Televised Social Blunder, asphyxiate, die, and start to stink up the Democratic political house.

I mean, hey, if Dems want Chairman Yeow, they can have him. Was it Napoleon who said that one should never interrupt one's enemies when they are busy destroying themselves?

Here Comes Da' Judge

Ohio Supreme Court Judge Nancy Robie Resnick was busted for DUI yesterday. After numerous 911 calls reporting a drunk driver, the Ohio State Highway Patrol pulled Judge Resnick over. After handing over her ID and Registration, she drove off. Yes, without waiting for the officer to check on her, write her up or release her, she just drove off. The officer pulled Judge Resnick over, again, and awaited the arrival of a supervisor. Video provided by the OSHP shows Judge Resnick driving erratically, and then asking the officer to let her off the hook. Judge Resnick failed a field sobriety test and smelled of alcohol.

Well, what can I say? It is obvious that Judge Resnick's judgment was impaired. She shouldn't have been driving, but more importantly, she should have known better. What upsets me about this is that while the judge's car (a state car BTW) was impounded, Judge Resnick wasn't taken into custody. If Joe Q. Public (in other words you or me) drove off after being pulled over by the OSHP and then failed a field sobriety test, he (or we) would have been cuffed, and tossed in the hoosegow to dry out. But, because this woman is a judge she gets to skate on the avoiding prosecution charge. Where is the justice in that?

War Protestors are Jack-a**es

I have been shying away from local news issues in hopes of generating some national traffic. But this story just pisses me off. A group apparently calling themselves "War is Shit" protesting the war in Iraq vandalized an Army recruiting office. They tossed a bucket filled with excrement and labeled with their catchy slogan into the office's front window. In addition to that, the "protesters" defaced a number of billboards and buildings in town, again with that catchy slogan.

Ok, you oppose the war. Got it. You have every right to oppose the president's policies. Want to protest it? Grow a pair, grab a sign and turn out in person to protest. Attacking businesses, defenseless signs and a recruiting office in the middle of the night is shit, to use your own slogan. I guess you are too cowardly to protest in daylight. You realize that the majority of the people don't share your opinion. So you make your "statement" under the cloak of darkness. You are garbage yourself.

I may not agree with them, but I can respect a person who can openly express their opinion by protesting the war. The actions of these people is sheer cowardice.

On Your Back or On Your Feet, We Don't Care

Earlier in the week, this story broke about a twenty-five year old German woman who was being denied her unemployment benefits because she turned down a job as a prostitute, a "celebrated Berlin prostitute" has come out in support of the policy.

"Why shouldn't they send the unemployed to work in the sex industry? Before it was a gray zone, but now employees are insured and receive benefits," Luft told Reuters. "People would no longer be unemployed and could earn themselves a living."

Uhm, is it me, or is there something wrong with this. How far as the culture in Germany declined that the idea of forcing a woman into the sex industry is hunky dory? Ok, if a woman wants to earn a living as a human sex doll, well that's her choice. I can't make a value call for her. But to force women into having sex or loose their benefits, that is a completely different issue. In my mind this is pretty much the same as rape. I guess we can see where the U.N. got the idea for the forced sex rings in Somalia.

"One can't expect everyone to be prepared to work in the sex industry," Luft said. "Plus if people aren't very attractive they aren't going to make much money," she added.

Ok, so the only excuse NOT to work as a hooker is that you are too ugly?!? I might also add that some people might not want to sell their genitals. But apparently, that is beyond Ms. Luft's comprehension.

Speculation has grown over recent weeks that Germany's new welfare reforms, obliging the long-term unemployed to take any available job or risk losing their benefits, could lead to women being offered jobs in the sex industry

More disturbing to me is the lack of noise coming from the left. Some feminist idealogues have tried to argue that consentual sex is more or less a form of rape (see a discussion of one such weird book here). Yet, this obvious case of forced sexual activity hasn't drawn a firestorm of criticism from them. Why aren't groups like NOW or the U.N. Human Rights guardians screaming bloody murder? Is it because I am not nuanced enough to see this as a good thing? Is it their blind adoration of the European culture keeps them from seeing the inherent evil?

No Sex? No Pizza? What Is This, a Prison?

I didn't even have to make that headline up. This story from Reuters tells a tale of woe for the poor mistreated drug lords in Mexican prisons. That mean man, President Fox, sent the military into the countries prisons to take away all their cell phones. He also ordered an end to their conjugal visits. Oh the horror! Oh the humanity!

Get a life.

These guys are hardened criminals. They are multi-millionaire drug lords who exploit drug addicts in the U.S. and Mexico. They don't deserve any sympathy. To plead their case in the court of public opinion, the inmates have taken out a full page add in the Mexican news paper highlighting the "inhumane" treatment.

Now among their complaints they are claiming that they are randomly beaten and fed only one cold meal at 1 a.m. If those claims are true, I would agree that that is inhumane. However, they are in Mexico and they are not covered by the U.S. Constitution. But the idea that their treatment is inhumane because they can't talk on their cell phones or get laid is insane.

Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Farking Hilarious!

Today the AP was reporting on the capture of a U.S. Soldier. The terrorists released an announcement stating that if their comrades weren't released from prison, the soldier would loose his head. Well, I have removed the heads from a few of these guys myself. The soldier is a G.I. Joe doll complete with plastic M-16 pointed at his head. It looks like the legacy media was duped again. So quick to jump on any perceived failure of the president or his policy in Iraq, they jump without first doing the basics in research. First, the uniform doesn't look quite right, the face is plastic and expressionless (literally).

First, See-BS news gets raked over the coals for going to air with obviously faked and certainly unsupported MS Word documents. Now, the AP jumping on the hostage soldier story. When will the MSM or legacy media get the idea that it isn't business as usual? That they have to be twice as careful before they take a story to press.

You can see the doll and the AP photos on A Small Victory and Wizbang.

Hat tip to Ace and Drudge for the follow up on this story.