Friday, September 30, 2005

Want Genocide with that?

What is freaking wrong with some people? I mean I have heard of some stupid ideas for a restaurant (one where you eat locked in a cage and handcuffed, another where you sit on a toilet while you eat though I guess that cuts down on time...), but this takes the cake.

PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - A new Cambodian cafe is offering diners a slice of life under the Khmer Rouge, with a menu featuring rice-water and leaves, and waitresses dressed in the black fatigues worn by Pol Pot's ultra-Maoist guerrillas.

Newly opened across the road from Phnom Penh's notorious Tuol Sleng "S-21" Khmer Rouge interrogation and torture center, the cafe is meant to remind Cambodians of the 1975-1979 genocide in which an estimated 1.7 million people died.

What the hell? For your dining pleasure, we are going to make a tourist experience out of the deaths of over a million people. Come drop some money and marginalize another communist dictator's crimes against humanity.

But the set "theme menu" of salted rice-water, followed by corn mixed with water and leaves, and dove eggs and tea at $6 a time is proving too much to swallow for many visitors.

"Our grandfather and other relatives lost their lives under Pol Pot's regime," said 17-year-old manager Hakpry Agnchealy, whose brother owns the business. "This is more than just a restaurant. It is to remind us of those who died."

"We opened two weeks ago, but have only had two Europeans coming here to eat. We don't know how much longer we can go," she said.

Gee, ya think? What, for the love of Pete, gave you the idea that basing a theme restaurant on the murder of thousands of people would every work out? What's your next big idea, open a restaurant at Dachau with a holocaust theme? The patrons can get gassed, literally, at the bar while they wait for a seat in a cattle car. What a couple of numbskulls.

Thursday, September 29, 2005

Going Aaron Burr

And here I thought dueling went out with hoop skirts and cotton gins...

From the Detroit Free Press:

Two Mt. Clemens men who tried to settle a debt dispute with knives will face charges under a 19th-century antidueling law, the Macomb County Prosecutor's Office said.

The dispute was over $30, by the way. Each man - a 19-year-old and his 32-year-old uncle - faces 10 years in prison or a $5,000 fine. The 19-year-old was stabbed in the abdomen during the duel but is in stable condition at the hospital. I personally have no idea as to why they decided to go Aaron Burr on each other; aren't disputes between aggrieved idiots usually resolved on daytime court TV?

Very Interesting Article

The blog Zombietime has a MUST READ for anyone who is interested in media and media bias in the U.S. The artile deconstructs a photograph of the anti-America protest that took place late last week in San Francisco. The San Francisco Chronicle ran the photo as an lead into a story on the "anti-war" rally as they billed it. Looking at the photo series, there were more than anti-war protesters there. Go and check it out for yourself. Similar protests took place around the world. Makes you wonder what other things the media is keeping from us.

H/T to ACE.

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Kermit the Frog 50

Its hard to believe that an Icon of my childhood, Kermit the Frog, is fifty years old. While I am not quite that old, I have very fond memories of Muppet News Flashes where Kermit would dispense the latest news about the Big Bad Wolf, or some other event of interest to toddlers. Rock on green dude!

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

And In Some Good News

From bad news to good, U.S. forces in Iraq capped Al Qaeda's number two man yesterday.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - U.S. and Iraqi forces have shot dead the second-in-command of al Qaeda in Iraq, dealing what a U.S. commander called on Tuesday a serious blow to the militant group at the heart of Iraq's insurgency.

Yeah, it's just a quagmire and we are losing the war. Gotcha.

Its The Old Secret Agent Passes Away Trick...

Actor Don Adams who was best known for his role as Agent 86 in the 1960's TV program Get Smart and his voice work for the cartoon Inspector Gadget died yesterday.

Hollywood, California (AHN) - Smart Agent 86 has passed away after a battle with lymphoma. Don Adams who is best remembered for his role as Maxwell Smart on the 1960s hit TV show "Get Smart", was 82.

It's time to hang up your shoe phone, Max. God speed.

Monday, September 26, 2005

Gays Bash Boy Scouts

The left's attitudes toward the Boy Scouts at times seems very schizophrenic (yes, I know schizophrenic is not the correct term, what most people think of as "multiple personalities" is more properly known as disassociation, most people don't know that and thus schizophrenic while technically incorrect, conveys the correct sentiment). One minute the left sees the Scouts as a private religious organization which in their eyes can't receive any official, public, political recognition, and at other times is a public organization subject to their zaniest whims. After forcing the military and other government agencies to distance themselves from the private religious scouts, they have swung (pun intended) back the other direction in an attempt to force liberal values on scouting.

A coalition of homosexual activists and atheists plan to march on a Boy Scout camp in San Diego next month demanding the organization open its membership and leadership to them.

Oh yes, lets let a bunch of village people, wanna-bes hike out into the woods to protest the Boy Scouts. Lets see how far they get in their leather vests and high-healed, jack boots. I can see that working out very well.

Beside demanding the Boy Scouts open their ranks to practicing homosexuals and atheists, the group also apparently seeks the admission of girls to the organization.

Ok, so what part of BOY scouts do they not understand? Isn't that why there is a separate organization called the GIRL scouts? Of course if you are gender confused, that might make it difficult to see the difference in the two organizations.

In previous protests, the group has equated the Boy Scouts with the Ku Klux Klan. The group has attracted celebrities in its cause.

Yes, that's why we don our khaki robes and burn a flure de lys on gay couple's front lawns. Just vitriolic hyperbole from the left. Does it really serve any purpose to equate an organization whose goal is to make young men better people with an organization whose sole goal is to eliminate certain races from the American continent?

But this brings me to a question that I have been wondering about for a while. If you are an atheist lesbian teen, why in the world would you want to join a group who's values include a healthy spiritual life (and it doesn't matter which spirits you choose) and traditional American values? You wouldn't. Rather, you would seek to weaken such a group. You would want to dilute their moral values, and subvert their goals in order to make your own values and goals more palatable to the general public. And that is what this is about. Not trying to get the boy scouts to allow gays and girls to go camping in the woods (sounds like a recipe for disaster to me, how many of the female sailors come back pregnant when a ship returns from patrol?). Rather it is to make their extremist liberal views more "mainstream" by weakening institutions who reinforce traditional values.

H/T Kathy Shaidle via Rightwing News

Thursday, September 22, 2005

Roberts Approved by Judiciary Comittee

Supreme Court nominee John Roberts was approved by the senate judiciary comittee today by a vote of 13 to 5.

Roberts won the support of all 10 Republicans on the committee and three Democrats — Ranking Minority Member Patrick Leahy of Vermont, Herb Kohl and Russ Feingold, both of Wisconsin.

He was oposed by Senators Biden, Feinstein, Chapaquittic Ted Kennidy, Schumer and terrorist lovin' Dick Turban. Of Judge Roberts, Senator Feinstein said,

"I knew as little about what Judge Roberts really thought about issues after the hearings as I did before the hearing. This makes it very hard for me,"

That is pretty hard to belive considering that your cadre of commie loving buddies grilled Judge Roberts for 17 hours and had access to over 70,000 pages of documents. I guess it rubs Senator Feinstein the wrong way when a judge wants to uphold the consitution rather than rubber stamp abortion from the bench.

When the Strippers Return to the Big Easy

Well, it might not be quite on the same level as this tradition of the swallows returning to Capistrano, but I guess it is a sign that things are getting back to what is normal for New Orleans.

Erotic dancers and strippers are entertaining crowds of police, firefighters and military personnel instead of the usual audiences of drunken conventionally and tourists in Bourbon Street's Deja Vu club, which reopened this week.

It's the first strip joint to resume business, three weeks after Hurricane Katrina struck in the worst natural disaster ever to hit the United States.

G-strings for freedom? Pasties for perserverance? I don't know. But in a city only second to Vegas for its debauchery, its back to the good old days.

Someone's Finally Come Up With a Fitting Legacy

A condom producer in China has begun making prophylactics with the brand names Clinton and Lewinsky.

"The Clinton condom will be the top of our line," he said. "The Lewinsky condom is not quite as good."

I personally can't think of a better way to memorialize President Bubba than by getting some with a "slick willy" on.

Friday, September 16, 2005

Couldn't Buy a Good Interview

ABC news ran a special edition of Nightline after the President's speech from Jackson Square, New Orleans on Thursday night. The intent appears to have been to find people who had been displaced by Katrina to offer a viserial, poor-man's criticism of the President's speech. However, the plan backfired on ABC when the people they interviewed, outside the Astro Dome in Houstin Tx. failed to take the bait and blame Bush.

Reynolds elicited reaction from the group sitting in chairs: “I'd like to get the reaction of Connie London who spent several horrible hours at the Superdome. You heard the President say retpeaedly that you are not alone, that the country stands beside you. Do you believe him?”

Connie London: “Yeah, I believe him, because here in Texas, they have truly been good to us. I mean-”

Reynolds: “Did you get a sense of hope that you could return to your home one day in New Orleans?”

London: “Yes, I did. I did.”

Reynolds: “Did you harbor any anger toward the President because of the slow federal response?”

London: “No, none whatsoever, because I feel like our city and our state government should have been there before the federal government was called in. They should have been on their jobs.”

Reynolds: “And they weren't?”

London: “No, no, no, no. Lord, they wasn't. I mean, they had RTA buses, Greyhound buses, school buses, that was just sitting there going under water when they could have been evacuating people.”

You can almost feel the desperation as Reynolds keeps trying to get Ms. London to blame the President for her prediciment. But there's no bias in Main Stream Journalism now is there? Here's another example where Reynolds doesn't get the answer he wants and he goes fishing again.

Reynolds: “Now, Brenda, you were, spent, what, several days at the Superdome, correct?”

Marshall: “Yes, I did.”

Reynolds: “What did you think of what the President told you tonight?”

Marshall: “Well, I think -- I think the speech was wonderful, you know, him specifying that we will return back and that we will have like mobile homes, you know, rent or whatever. I was listening to that pretty good. But I think it was a well fine speech.”

Reynolds: “Was there any particular part of it that stood out in your mind? I mean, I saw you all nod when he said the Crescent City is going to come back one day.”

Marshall: “Well, I think I was more excited about what he said. That's probably why I nodded.”

Reynolds: “Was there anything that you found hard to believe that he said, that you thought, well, that's nice rhetoric, but, you know, the proof is in the pudding?”

Marshall: “No, I didn't.”

Reynolds isn't trying to lead his interviewee in any particular direction now is he? Nah, no responsable or respectable journalist would ever do that. This final quote seems to seal it.

Reynolds thinks he has lead Ms. London down to a conclusion that would put the blame on President Bush, but Ms. London turns the tables on him

London: “And really it wasn't Hurricane Katrina that really tore up the city. It was when they opened the floodgates. It was not the hurricane itself. It was the floodgates, when they opened the floodgates, that's where all the water came.”

Reynolds: “Do you blame anybody for this?”

London: “Yes. I mean, they've been allocated federal funds to fix the levee system, and it never got done. I fault the mayor of our city personally. I really do.”

She faults the MAYOR for not doing his job, not the President for not doing the mayor's job. Reynold's decides to cut his losses and ends his interview at this point. This has to be one of the most obvious attempts to lead and direct an interviewee I have seen in the very long time. It is refreshing, however, that the MSM were denied their pound of flesh on this one.

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Have They Lost Their Minds, or are They Just Plain Stupid?

Doing a little blog reading and I ran across this from Daily KOS, not a blog I read on a regular basis, for good reason.

This from boingboing

10:57 Raw transcript of comments by NOLA evacuee Clara Barthelemy: "The 17th street levee was bombed by the Army Corps of Engineers to save the more valuable real estate in the city... to keep the French Quarter protected, the ninth ward was sacrificed... people are afraid to speak out... everyone who was near there heard the bombings... they bombed seven times. That's why they didn't fix the levees... 20 feet of water. Gators. People dying in water. They let the parishes go, not the city center. Tourist trap was saved over human life. A six year old girl was raped in here.. 9 year old boy killed. A man in the shower beaten. No hot food. No help for elderly."
Okey, dokey. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers demolished the levees to protect more valueable parts of the city. Right. And JFK orderd the bombing of Pearl Harbor to cover up the faked moon landings. Got it. Now I remember why I don't read Daily KOS.

Hat Tip to Carin.

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Toledo Gets What it Deserves

Yesterday, the voters of Toledo spoke with a resounding "meh!"

In primary elections held on Tuesday Sep 13, Toledo voters selected former mayor Carty "wild man" Finkbiner and incumbent Jack "who?" Ford to face off head to head in a winner take all death match in November. For a city that is wallowing in its own failure, it is very disappointing to see the voters of Toledo electing to continue the august tradition of mediocrity. Wild man Carty was best known for telling the deaf population of Toledo to move out to the airport and for a grotesque budget deficit. Jack Ford on the other hand is know for, well, not much of anything. His biggest claim to fame is blaming all of Toledo's woes on President Bush (despite the fact that every other major city in Ohio is prospering) and taking credit for economic development that hasn't happened yet (the three, or are we up to four, announcements at Southwyck Mall).

So, rather than vote for new blood and ideas in the form of Keith Wilkowski, or God forbid someone other than a democrat, Ron Ludeman, the people of Toledo have sided with the same failed politicians who have driven this city into the ground.

SHTURMGRUPPA: You can almost see Beavis and Butthead doing "Atlantic City": DAH, DAH-DAH-DAH, DAH-DAH-DAH, DAH-DAH-DAH-DAH!

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Ben Stein's Can of Whup-ass

Bob Frantz has posted an article from Ben Stein defending the president from the unwarranted criticism he has been taking. Rather than repost it, go over to Frantz Rantz and read it yourself.

You go Ben!

President Pleaded for mandatory Evacuation

The water hasn't receded in a few areas of New Orleans and yet the various political pundits are out and about finger pointing. Naturally, at lot of the fingers are pointed at President Bush. Some for "not caring about blacks" some for not responding quickly enough, and even some for causing the hurricane in the first place. Now, before I start, I know people are going to accuse me of being an apologist for the President. Fair enough. However, I don't think President Bush is completely blameless. That being said, lets look at this little tid bit.

Gov. Kathleen Blanco, standing beside the mayor at a news conference, said President Bush called and personally appealed for a mandatory evacuation for the low-lying city, which is prone to flooding.

Ok, that MUST have been after the Hurricane, right? Wednesday or Thursday. Nope, it was on Aug 28, two days before Katrina hit. Thus, President Bush was soooo uncaring about the people (black and poor according to some) that he actually asked Gov. Blanco to order a mandatory evacuation.

Then there is this little tid bit.

The storm surge most likely could topple the city's levee system, which protect it from surrounding waters of Lake Pontchartrain, the Mississippi River and marshes, the mayor said. The bowl-shaped city must pump water out during normal times, and the hurricane threatened pump power.

Previous hurricanes evacuations in New Orleans were always voluntary, because so many people don't have the means of getting out. Some are too poor and there is always a French Quarter full of tourists who get caught.

Uhm, I thought the hurricane took the local and state officials by surprise? Why then is the mayor of New Orleans predicting exactly what happens two days before the hurricane? And to top that off, if he knew that a lot of people wouldn't be able to make it out of the flood zone, why did he leave 600 busses to sit idle and get flooded?

Again, I think there is enough blame to go around. I expect there will be several investigations, including a Katrina Commission in the congress. I also expect that, those who are found at fault should get what is coming to them (even if, in the end, President Bush has to take some lumps). Rather than using this as a political stepping stone, lets hope that this becomes a learning opportunity so that the next big disaster to hit, won't be as bad as Katrina has been.

Hat Tips to Ace and Vodkapundit

Sunday, September 04, 2005

Justice Rehnquist Dead at 80

Last night Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist died at the age of 80. His conservativism and his staunch belief in states rights set Justice Rehnquist apart from his judicial peers. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Justice Rehnquist's family.

Saturday, September 03, 2005

What a Freakin Moron

It is times like these that show what people are really made of. People in New Orleans out using what little they have left to rescue their neighbors. People from around the country and the world sending support to the victims of hurricane Katrina. But then there are those who would us this catastrophe to further their own twisted political agenda. People like Kanye West.

Mr. West agreed to participate in a "telethon" style fund raiser sponsored by NBC. In the fund raiser several musicians and other celebrities played music and made impassioned pleas for viewers to donate money to the American Red Cross' hurricane relief fund.

When it came time for Mr. West to make his plea, rather than a call for people to send money, Mr. West maid false and racist political claims. First the false claim. After complaining how "his people" are being portrayed in the media (a point which may have merit) he claimed that "we're being shot!" False. The governor of Louisiana gave a "shoot to kill" order for anyone causing harm to another person. This came in the aftermath of several rapes, murders and even some idiots firing on rescue workers. They are not, Mr. West, shooting your people, unless your people are murderers, and rapists.

Then Mr. West ended his little diatribe with a racist shot at President Bush, which forced the producers of the program to cut to Chris Tucker in the green room to finish what Mr. West should have been saying.

So, having the rare opportunity to make something better of himself, by helping his fellow man, Mr. West choose to spout his political agenda to the world. Mr. West, the hurricane isn't a black or white issue. It isn't because President Bush "doesn't like blacks" that the governor of Louisiana waited for nearly a week to get the relief effort rolling. Crawl back under the rock you came from.

KKKannibalism in AmeriKKKa!

This is what happens when liberals get hold of a keyboard.

KKKannibalism in AmeriKKKa!

Note that Randall Robinson doesn't offer any quotes to back up these 'reports.' Not ONE reliable source is cited. Not ONE eyewitness is interviewed. He just takes a wild rumor at face value and then proceeds in the usual liberal way straight into raw, self-righteous, unchecked emotion.

Doesn't it seem just a BIT unlikely that it only takes 3-4 days following a natural disaster for the situation to descend into Donner Party II? And with the omnipresent 24-7 media coverage of the event doesn't it seem as if any single documented case of cannibalism had emerged (technically necrophagia, in this case) it would be blared non-stop, 24-7 into American homes everywhere and worldwide?

What's worse are the reader comments concerning Randall's post; many are completely credulous. Liberals are so utterly convinced of the unremitting evil of America that they're willing to believe anything bad - no matter how preposterous - they hear about it. Anything. No eyebrows raised, no questions asked. So here's a suggestion to the folks at The Huffington Post before you pound the keyboards with your fists: try some KKKritical ThinKKKing once in a while.

Friday, September 02, 2005

Just What Were They Thinking?

Now normally, I am pretty skeptical of weather prediction. It ranks close to Ouiji boards and horoscopes in my book. However, when the weather oracles started saying that Katrina was going to be a doozie and hit fairly close to New Orleans, I perked up. Hell, look at the radar for the two or three days prior to Katrina making landfall and just take a guess where she was headed.

Thus, the "powers that be" in New Orleans ordered an evacuation. Good idea. But for the people who couldn't make it out of town, they put them up in the Superdome. Ok, who is the rocket surgeon who thought it would be a good idea to put 20 to 25 thousand people in a big open sporting field with a large suspended roof, in the middle of a flood zone?

Now I know I am being a Monday morning Quarter back to some extent, but it seems like the roof blows off any of these super sport domes when the wind picks up to hurricane force, let alone a category 4 or 5 hurricane. And that isn't mentioning the water and food supply. I figured it would be a giant cereal bowl full of water and corpses after Katrina got done. Thank God it's not, but what has happened is nearly as bad.


Sorry for a lack of activity on such an active week. Caught one of those "end of Summer" colds. It is moving down into my chest so I sound kinda like Berry White. Would be cool if I weren't coughing every 30 seconds.

Thursday, September 01, 2005

Ook-Ook, Me Vote Conservative

Are personality tests making a comeback in the world of job-seeking? Looks like it, according to the Detroit Free Press. Most popular among these tests is "The Big Five", which sounds like a war-movie sequel starring Lee Marvin but which actually breaks the human personality down into five broad categories. This allows interviewers to decide if they a future Steve Jobs or mall sniper is applying for the job. Note that this test was developed in the 1970s, which, among other things, gave us pet rocks, mood rings, polyester, and deep-pile shag carpeting. Magic 8-Ball says: take with grain of salt.

The categories are: Extroversion (Not EXTRAversion, Free Press), Agreeability ("Agreeableness"? Guys...), Conscientiousness, Emotional Stability, and Openness to New Experience. Scores per category are totaled. High Scorers in a category like conscientiousness "get chores done right away"; low scorers do "just enough work to get by." High-scoring Extroverts "captivate people." Low scorers keep "in the background."

Openness to New Experience is described as, "wide interests, imaginative, insightful, creative, broadminded. High scorer believes in the importance of art."

"Low scorer tends to vote for conservative political candidates." (My italics.)

Oh. Come. On. Why not just say, "high scorer supports NPR and uses eating utensils, low scorer likely hunter-gatherer who voted for Reagan," or "high scorer speaks in iambic pentameter, low scorer mostly goes 'ook-ook' while grooming other low scorers."

Anyway, the test is here. That is, assuming you aren't a conservative-voting low scorer who uses a keyboard primarily to break the marrow out of the bones of prey-animals, ook-ook.

A Little Help Might be Nice

Now that Hurricane Katrina has subsided, it seems that the UN is offering help. And Canada. Some other nations are supposedly on board, but my suspicion is that their help will mostly be in the form of pale, underfed undersecretary-undergeneral-types sent to lecture the US on global warming.

On the annoying side, we have boneheads like Venezuela's Hugo "Noriega after Clearasil" Chavez criticizing Bush for basically, well, not doing enough to prepare Americans for Katrina. This, coming from a guy who is so ad-hoc he doesn't even have an official party.

So far I don't know of any celebrities beyond Stephen King and his wife Tabitha offering help to the hurricane victims. Would it be possible to give Cindy Sheehan a rest for a moment, Hollywood? Or give her a break at least until she finally decides whether or not Bush must or must not or must must not or must not must not meet with her?