Tuesday, June 28, 2005

The Jimmy Carter Heavy Sweater Solution

Writes Bob Herbert of the NYT:

The all-volunteer Army is not working...[t]he problem with such an Army is that there are limited numbers of people who will freely choose to participate in an enterprise in which they may well be shot, blown up, burned to death or suffer some other excruciating fate.

But won't liberals refuse a draft on the grounds that it will unfairly target 'the disadvantaged' (ie, the poor and minorities)?

[a]lthough it has been lowering standards, raising bonuses and all but begging on its knees, the Army hasn't reached its recruitment quota in months. There are always plenty of hawks in America. But the hawks want their wars fought with other people's children.

Oh, of course. Not a single 'hawk' anywhere has a fledgling within 500 miles of Iraq, right, Bob? This is the sort of specious, false, inflammatory, and irresponsible comment that can only come from a New York Times columnist. I could ask in reply, "how many doves does it take to lose the country?" "Answer: none, they already flew the coop," but that wouldn't be fair, would it?

Bob's really lathered up - well, about as much as his relatively limp writing style permits - over the fact that the military actually has the gall to try and fill its recruitment gap, so, um, goals and objectives may be met, and, duh, an eventual end to this war might be brought about. Bob, look - at some point every 18 year-old is going to assidously pursued by a military recruitment officer. It. Happens. (Oh, and recruiters are also out on campus handing out "very violent video games," so if you've got a jones on for Call of Duty, run, don't walk, to your nearest educational facility, future soldier-dupe.)

I don't get Bob. It seems like an all-volunteer force would be the solution to a draft: motivated soldiers versus unwilling conscripts. Democracy at work. But guess what? It, like almost all solutions to a problem, isn't perfect. So, by Bob's definition, it's unfair, even though everyone involved is a volunteer, because they're all other non-hawk people's children, so we need a draft, but the draft is the one form of socialism liberals don't subscribe to, either, so, um, er, it's time to craft the old 'exit strategy' as per Bob suggests, which is the polite liberal term for 'cut and run,' or, by way of comparison, applying 'The Jimmy Carter Heavy Sweater Solution' to the energy crisis.

Believe It Or Not, This Guy Used To Be Funny

Filmmaker-nerd Woody Allen recently had this to say about 9/11:

It's too small, history overwhelms it...The history of the world is like: He kills me, I kill him, only with different cosmetics and different castings. So in 2001, some fanatics killed some Americans, and now some Americans are killing some Iraqis.

Hollywood liberal relativism at its best. If it's sex, drugs, or retaliatory killing, everybody's doing it so it means nothing, man. Moral confusion is marketed as sophistication. People who see history (and actually study it, Woody) as more than an endless series of Friday the 13th sequels must be like, squares. Hollywood is slowly discovering that the US military isn't going to Vietnam this one even if Sean Penn is dropped on them, so, like adolescents, they've gone from hysterics to seemingly sullen indifference. And to think I once cracked up at the Woodster as a 19th century Russian conscript in "Love and Death"...

(h/t to The Drudge Report)

Monday, June 27, 2005

Supreme Court Strikes Down 5th Amendment

That's not the headline you are seeing in the MSM, but that is what the ruling amounts to.

Once again, you have been informed that the Constitution means nothing.

After last week's Supreme Court decision, "eminent domain" can now simply be referred to as "government-sanctioned property theft."
Yes, in other words, if you have land that someone wants to develop, and they get some buddies on city council to go along with it, the city, or state can force you off your property (have to use that term lightly now) and give it to the developer.

The ruling stems from a case where the city of New London, Conn forced people off their land via eminent domain, so the land could be sold to a developer to build a hotel.

"Property," a pretty sharp guy named John Adams once said, "is surely a right of mankind as real as liberty."

To drive home the point, we have the Fifth Amendment of the Constitution.

Well we used to have the Fifth Amendment.

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

I guess that is just so much paper. In a day and age where our constitutionally guaranteed rights are being take away by the government body intrusted with protecting them, the time is ripe for an overhaul of the judicial system

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

The Story You Never Hear

According to The American Enterprise, the war in Iraq is already in the bag.

This is what I've been getting at; not so much the fact that we are in the period of reconstruction following the war, but that there is a lot more to this story than terrorist attacks and American casualties. My local paper, The Detroit Free Press, leans particularly toward reporting the latter (KIA of the Week, great for morale, thanks Freep), even though it's currently having the vapors over The Downing Street Memo (starring Angela Lansbury, right?)

Newsweek, meanwhile, all but advocates US surrender to the Terrifying Ten-Foot Tall Super-Terrorists Who Breathe Fire And Cannot Be Appeased By Cringing. Why is it that If you're a liberal, the enemy is always unbeatable, be he the USSR (anyone seen those guys lately?), Iraq, The Taliban, Osama Bin Laden, Karl Rove, or Evil Otto? Better to drop some bombs from 30,000 feet up on unoccupied enemy targets (ala Bosnia) and hope maybe that really loud noises scare the other side
to the negotiating table, right? By any stretch of the imagination, Iraq is a far greater success story than that liberal donnybrook, Bosnia. But if you get your news strictly from the MSM, you'd swear otherwise.

Apology NOT Accepted

Not that he apologized, or that I am the one he should be apologizing to, but good 'ol DICK tried to placate the masses by making a half-assed non-apology.

WASHINGTON A week after comparing interrogation at the Guantanamo Bay prison camp to the methods of Nazis and other repressive regimes, Sen. Dick Durbin apologized on the Senate floor.

That is the official take on it from the MSM, but you have to read his words very carefully. This is no fucking apology! Dick is turning into a cosumate word-smith in the school of Bill "it depends on what is is" Clinton.

"Some may believe that my remarks crossed the line," said the Illinois Democrat, at times holding back tears. "To them I extend my heartfelt apologies."

So, let me translate from word-twisting liberalese. "Some Red-State, meatheads have gotten mad that I equated U.S. soldiers with goose-stepping, genocidal Nazis, and I am sorry I pissed them off."

Most important is what he didn't say. He didn't say that he was wrong. He didn't say that he mis-spoke. He didn't say I'm sorry I equated your sons, daughters, fathers, husbands with Nazis, Communists, and Cambodian murderers.

This is not an apology. This was a carefully crafted statement, that the MSM apologists can then call an apology and try to pass off on the ignorant masses. Well, its not working. This is bullshit. Dick, I still refuse to use his title in conjunction with his name, needs to make a REAL apology, in person, to the people he called Nazis, the troops at Gitmo. He then needs to resign from the Senate in disgrace, and haul his sorry ass back home. In the mean time the Senate, both republicans and democrats, need to censure Dick's ass.

Monday, June 20, 2005

Happiness is a Warm Gun

Gun control is a tight group. Posted by Hello

This is my first perfect (or clean) target after nearly 10 years of bullseye shooting. Now some of you non-shooing yobs might think that is no biggie, well here's the details.

It was shot at about 8:10 pm est with my Ruger .22 mark II with a 6.5" bull barrel at 25 yards, turning target rapid fire (thats 5 rounds in 10 seconds).

Thursday, June 16, 2005

Ar, I Can't Takes No More!

That should be read in the voice of Popeye. This was the point in the cartoon where Popeye would roll up his sleeves, chow on some spinach, and proceed to give Bluto a beat down. That is pretty much how I feel after hearing Dick Durban's comments regarding Gitmo.

On one occasion, the air conditioning had been turned down so far and the temperature was so cold in the room, that the barefooted detainee was shaking with cold. ..... On another occasion, the [air conditioner] had been turned off, making the temperature in the unventilated room well over 100 degrees. The detainee was almost unconscious on the floor, with a pile of hair next to him. He had apparently been literally pulling his hair out throughout the night. On another occasion, not only was the temperature unbearably hot, but extremely loud rap music was being played in the room, and had been since the day before, with the detainee chained hand and foot in the fetal position on the tile floor.

If I read this to you and did not tell you that it was an FBI agent describing what Americans had done to prisoners in their control, you would most certainly believe this must have been done by Nazis, Soviets in their gulags, or some mad regime--Pol Pot or others--that had no concern for human beings. Sadly, that is not the case. This was the action of Americans in the treatment of their prisoners.

WTF?!?!? Turning the Air Conditioning up so that a detainee is too fucking cold is reminiscent of Nazi concentration camps? Was he a fucking Jihadi-cicle? No? BFD! (That's Big Fucking Deal for those of you no fluent in internet vernacular.) The guy my dad shared an office with used to crank the air up. Is that on par with shoving living human beings in ovens? Or telling people they were going to the showers and gassing them to death. Then pulling the fillings from their dead bodies? Hell no!

So Dick (I won't give the respect of addressing DICK by his title) thinks that holding a couple hundred terrorists in Gitmo is the equivalent of the Nazis exterminating 9 million people just because they were from the wrong religious/ethnic background, or the Soviets (heroes of the left) murdering an estimated 50 million of its own citizens because their dared think differently than the state, or the genocidal communist fuck-tard Pol Pot who had millions (exact numbers here are hard to come by) killed just because? Now many jihadists have died at Gitmo. None, you say? How many have been worked to death making weapons to enslave the rest of the world? None. How many have frozen to death in inadequate living conditions? NONE. Let me say that again, fucking NONE!

I am more disturbed by the fact that we treat the terrorist so nicely. Hell, they are treated better than the children in some of our public schools, where you can be expelled for reading the Bible! Yet, we provide the jihadists with bran spanking new copies of the koran, which the infidel guards aren't even allowed to touch. These guys aren't some kid who tried to steal a couple packs of cigarettes from the corner store. They didn't steal a car. They aren't even the drug dealer who sells crack to kids on the school playground. These guys are terrorists. Given the chance, they would be more than happy to die blowing up a grade school and murdering young children. These guys are the embodiment of evil. And we treat them with respect, in air conditioned rooms. I don't even have air conditioning. I have had to sleep in my own fucking bed in temprature approaching 100 degrees with no ventilation. We should be shoving bamboo shoots up their fucking fingernails. I wan these guys to give up their mother, if she is planning on killing any more American civilians (or military for that matter).

Dick needs to get his head out of his fucking ass, resign from the Senate and apologize to every American he has just insulted, in person.

(Sorry for the profanity. I try to stay away from such language, but Dick has really brought out some strong feelings.)

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Thirty-two Days Hate

As noted by aposter at www.freerepublic.com, front page New York Times coverage of the Abu Ghraib prison scandal ran for 32 DAYS STRAIGHT, from April 29, 2004 to June 1, 2004. Scroll down to the bottom and you'll see where front page coverage dutifully resumes again on June 3, 2004.

Granted, this is year-old news, and at first I wasn't entirely sure if it warranted comment. But I loathe the NYT, and besides, Cracka Jack has widened the conventional blogging post gap between us to the point that I might have to go nuclear.

What the NYT is doing doesn't surprise me, though their sheer diligence in beating a dead horse until it is pulp is somewhat astounding. Thirty-two days of the same thing? Boy, how would like that beat? And I thought my job was monotonous. But that's the Times for you, and this is their daily, front-page equivalent of George Orwell's "1984" and its 'Two Minutes Hate':

At this moment the entire group of people broke into a deep, slow, rhythmical chant of "B-B!...B-B!...B-B!" over and over again, very slowly...For perhaps as much as thirty seconds they kept it up. I was a refrain that was often heard in moments of overwhelming emotion. Partly it was a hymn to the wisdom and majesty of Big Brother, but still more it was an act of self-hypnosis, a deliberate drowning of consciousness by means of rhythmic noise.

Not that the NYT's tactics differ substantially; just replace "B-B!" with "P-C!", and, hey, it's "Thirty-Two Days Hate," NYT style. Doubleplusgood!

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Citizen Justice

Residents of Hardin Township in Northwest Ohio opened one hell of a can of whup ass on a neighborhood pedophile.

HARDING TOWNSHIP -- 48-year-old Antonio Gonzalez is charged with raping a five-year-old child. According to the Lucas County Sheriff's Office, Gonzalez sexually assaulted the young girl at a house in Harding Township early Sunday morning.

Gonzalez reportedly jumped out of a window and was then beaten by neighbors and family members. Deputies found Gonzalez on the side of the road with a fractured skull. As of Sunday night, he was listed in serious condition at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center.

Fractured skull, eh. I would say he got off lucky. This case is disturbing on several levels. On the one hand I am concerned that mob justice could and would get out of hand if we as a society were to allow such things happen. On the other hand, I want to shake the hands of those neighbors and family for getting the job done. If a pedophile (ah-hem Jackson) faced a serious smack-down when ever they choose to get their sick freak on, I have this sneaking feeling they would think twice. Personally, I fear that had I been there, Mr. Gonzalez wouldn't have made it as far as the side of the street.

It is sad that our society has devolved to the point where pedophiles can walk the streets feely and stalk our children unmolested. However, taking the law into our own hands is not the road to redemption. Rather, it leads down the slipery slope to anarchy. Rather, we need to strengthen the laws that protect law abiding citizens rather than pedophiles. Sooner rather than later would be nice, before a mob kills the next one.

Contrast that with this story.

Quincy Middlebrooks gets lots of invitations. He just does not answer them.
For years, Middlebrooks and a minority of Lucas County's convicted sex offenders have repeatedly ignored requests from authorities to register their places of residence with the county sheriff's office as required by Ohio's sex offender registration and notification law.

Note, this is one of the laws on the ACLU hit list.

But now it's no more Mrs. Nice Gal for Lucas County Prosecutor Julia Bates. Her invitations these days to local sex offenders such as Middlebrooks will be accompanied by an extra incentive to appear at an appointed court date: handcuffs.

Middlebrooks' case, in part, has prompted a change in policy at the court.

From now on, a warrant - rather than the summons or letters from the court's administrator - will be issued after a grand jury indicts a sex offender who fails to register, Mrs. Bates said.

Moreover, prosecutors will now ask a judge to order scofflaw sex offenders to register as soon as they walk out of a court hearing, Mrs. Bates said.

Though a judge could order Middlebrooks or any other offender to be released at any time, the warrants may shorten an already lengthy process by getting the offender in front of a judge quicker, said Lori Olender, an assistant county prosecutor who handles cases involving sex crimes against children.

Now that is a step in the right direction. I am not a big fan of County Prosecutor Julia Bates, but this action is what our legal system needs to be going to get these sick bastards off the streets.

Monday, June 13, 2005

These Boots Were Made for Walking

Perenial freak, Michael Jackson was acquitted on all counts in criminal court today, just proving once again, that if you have enough money, you can get away with anything.

Flip-flops Are Not Formal Wear

Oy! Ok, I haven't had a chance to mine the news for stuff, but this is bugging the crap out of me.

Since when did flip-flops (or thongs as they were called when I grew up, though that is a whole different issue) become formal attire? Ok, so I don't like flip-flops to begin with. They are alright to wear in one of those communal showers at camp, you know the ones with several inches of primordial ooze on the floor. But to wear them around the mall, or at work, they are just damn uncomfortable and make that stupid flopping noise.

But then, I caught sight of one of my cow-orkers. He was dressed in a sharp, charcoal gray suit, snazzy tie, and you guessed it, black flip-flops. Dressed very nicely in a professional looking suit, but with flip-flops on his feet. What is the deal?

So, I am relating this story to my wife (who works in the bridal industry), and she tells me that it is becoming the fashion for weddings. Twenty-nothing girls are coming in to get fitted for $5,000 wedding dresses and planning to wear some 49 cent plastic flip-flops down the aisle. There once was a time when people dressed in style. Men wore suits. Women wore dresses. And flip-flops didn't exist.

Friday, June 10, 2005

I'm Not a Reporter, but I Play One on TV

You know that the legacy, main stream media are circleing the toilet when they start allowing (or recruiting) actors to play journalists in real life.

TEHRAN (AFP) - Hollywood actor Sean Penn has swapped greasepaint for notebook as he visits Iran to cover the presidential elections next week for a California newspaper.

Well, maybe if he doesn't come back...

But seriously folks, what qualifications does Mr. Penn have? Did he go to journalism school? Has he penned (hehe sorry for the pun) any articles for any kind of news agency? No, but this puts him in the running as a journalist.

His refusenik roots were deep. His father, Leo Penn, was an actor, writer and director during the McCarthy era. Called before the Un-American Activities Committee, he refused to name names, was branded a Communist and blacklisted - forcing him to move into TV.

Ah, dear old dad was a card-carrying commie, so he comes by his anti-American rantings honestly, eh?

So, in the wake of Jason Blair, Dan Rather and Michael Isikoff the MSM has had to resort to recruiting moonbat actors to make-up their news.

Monday, June 06, 2005

Harsh My Buzz, Dude

The Supreme Court bogarted the doob today.

The U.S. Supreme Court dealt a setback to the medical marijuana movement, ruling that federal narcotics laws make it a crime to grow and use the drug even when it never crosses state lines and is used only to relieve pain or nausea.

Aw, bummer man!

Friday, June 03, 2005

Dean Geeks it up Again

I tried to load the complete transcript which is here, but it wouldn't load for me, maybe you will have better luck.

Screaming Meany Howard Dean is geeking it up again with moonbaty comments at the International Moonbat Conference otherwise known as the Take Back America 2005: The Conference for America's Future. This is a AmeriKKKa love fest being thrown by moderates like the moveon.org crowd.

So, naturally, in an attempt to unite the nation under their ideological, rainbow colored umbrella, Howie Dean let loose with some love for the Republicans.

You think people can work all day and then pick up their kids at child care or wherever and get home and still manage to sandwich in an eight-hour vote? Well Republicans, I guess can do that. Because a lot of them have never made an honest living in their lives.

Oh, so most republicans have never made an honest living, eh? So, uhm, being something like a doctor, lawyer, or factory worker isn't an honest living anymore? What, sir, would you call an honest living? A professional politician, maybe?

Let's look at some more nuggets of wisdom from Dr. Dean.

The Republicans are all about suppressing votes.

OK, and what evidence does Dean have to support this?

[Crickets Chirping]

Thank you again Dr. Dean. What are the Democrats all about? Perhaps inventing votes? Oh, and that evidence, you ask? Chicago 1960 comes to mind. The "hanging, pregnant or dimpled" chads from 2002 maybe? Oh, I am sorry. Every vote must count, no matter who's dog casts it.

We've suffered a couple of serious defeats. But we're energized. Because we know that our vision for America is much better than the dark, difficult and dishonest vision of the Republican party offers America.

It's so much better, can we hear some details about it?

[Crickets Chirping]

I thought so.

We, we're in a war because the people that got us there weren't truthful with the American people.

Oh, for the love of Pete! Do we have to go over that nonsense again? Read more of the moonbatery at Ankle Biting Pundits.

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Geeked Over Gitmo

Shut it down. Just shut it down.

That's New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman's solution in regards new details of prisoner abuse at Guantanamo Bay - shut it down.

I occasionally read Tom because he strikes me as being only semi-panicky as far as liberal columnists go, of most for whom Guantanamo Bay is the beginning and end of the War on Terror. But Tom is only just beyond the liberal herd, and, like said herd, he seems to believe winning the war isn't as important as making sure no one's nose anywhere is put out of joint by it:

If you want to appreciate how corrosive Guantanamo Bay has become...Hop over here to London or go online and just read the British press!

Soon as I get past the page 3 girls, Tom. Apparently it doesn't occur to Tom that England's papers are stiff with peevish, myopic, undernourished radical socialists who see a chance to score easy applause by smearing Americans. The Guardian, for all intents, is Pravda on the Thames. Marines turning on the lights and picking up the garbage in Fallujah has not and never will be reported by, say, foreign affairs columnist/weekend commie/liberal 'cool kid' 'Flittington Fiddlesticks' over at The Bolshie. People like 'Flittington' will write about Gitmo up until the moment Britain is finally declared a radical Islamic republic; then he can find out for himself what prison is really like.

As for Tom, he's surprisingly cavalier about what to do with the Gitmo prisoners - try some, convict a few, let the rest go home.

Sure, a few may come back to haunt us. But at last they won't be able to take advantage of Guantanamo as an engine of recruitment to enlist thousands more.

Yeah, let's let that Hitler guy out of Landsberg prison. I mean, come on, get a load of those lederhosen...and who's going to read 'Mein Kampf' anyway? It's not like he's going to come back and haunt us or something - hey, wait a minute, where'd all those panzers and Stukas come from? And why isn't Poland on the map anymore?

If there have been abuses at Gitmo - as in don't pull a Newsweek, Tom - then they should be investigated, and appropriate action taken. I make that a big "if" because liberals, despite their claims of support for the troops, are far too ready and willing to believe any and all accusations, no matter how spurious, made against them.

Why Did I Just Pop for My Wife to Get a Massage?

When I could just have her thrown in this prison.

LAGS at a new prison are to be given MASSAGES to beat stress.

Two “holistic therapists” will each be paid £9,000-a-year for 20-hour weeks pampering the 216 male inmates and 95 female jailbirds.

Prisoners will also have the chance to try out reflexology, aromatherapy, Indian head massage and techniques like reiki and shiatsu.

Uhm, ok.

But the move at privately-run £65million Peterborough Prison, Cambs, sparked fury last night.

Ya think? Wow, people are pissed that prison inmates are getting free massages and aromatherapy? Ok, aromatherapy is BS, but why the heck do I have to shell out my hard earned money to get my wife a massage for Mother's Day, and they are getting them for free? Thank God that is Brittian. I guess crime does pay.

All the News that's Fit to Post

John Hawkins over at Right Wing News has a new site up called Conservative Grapevine. He culls throught 90+ blogs and posts the "must reads." Good stuff, go over and check it out.