Monday, October 31, 2005

Trick or Treat!

In a most spooky (at least to liberals) announcement, President Bush has made a new nomination for Justice O'Connor's seat on the Supreme Court. Rather than pick an old frat buddy, President Bush actually found a qualified nominee in Federal Appeals Court Judge Samuel Alito.

Drawing an unspoken contrast to failed nominee Harriet Miers, Bush declared that Alito "has more prior judicial experience than any Supreme Court nominee in more than 70 years."

Wow, do you think that having some kind of experience in interpreting the constitution might be a good thing for a Supreme Court Justice? I really hope so. Judge Alito is almost a mirror image of Harriet Miers. He is a Yale Law graduate, he has argued cases before the Supreme Court. He has served as an appleals court judge.

Unfortunately for the liberals, he is also a man, and a conservative. Rather than the wishy-washy semi-conservative or blatantly liberal "swing vote" justice that they want. Now its time for the liberal and democrat hatchet men to get out and start pulling up Judge Alito's 5th grade book report on Puddin Head Wilson to make unsubstantiated claims of racism. Chuck Schumer is already putting his foot in his mouth and the MSM are already preparing the nation for a filibuster. Ah, you gotta love politics on Halloween!

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Miers is Out, Who's In?

This morning, the Whitehouse announced that Supreme Court nominee, Harriet Miers has chosen to remove herself from consideration.

White House counsel Harriet Miers, abruptly withdrew from consideration on Thursday after mounting criticism from the right and the left about her credentials for the lifetime job.

What I have seen of the main stream media, they are painting this as the Bush administration falling back on the nomination. That might be. Last week, republican senators made a request for private documents. The senators cited the fact that no one knows anything about Ms. Mier's position on anything. So the question is, what I right when I wrote this;

1) She is a sacrificial lamb. The president knows that the democratic party is going to raise holy hell over whoever he nominates to the job. So, President Bush appeases the blood lust of the left by offering up a nominee who while technically qualified has no judicial experience. As the left tries to rip apart a straw woman, they look more hypocritical with each passing day.

What happened is that the conservatives ripped apart the "straw woman" but the situation is still similar to what seems to be happening in Washington.

The question remains, who's next on the short list. Scruffy the janitor? Word on the street is that the Bush administration approached several, much more qualified female jurists who turned the president down. Is the president going to continue down the list of women candidates? Will the president buck the trend and pick another qualified candidate regardless of their sex? We shall see. While I am not please for the reasoning (and the timing) I am in general pleased with the outcome.

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Jeepers Creepers

Nice peepers there, Condi.

Michelle Malkin and other bloggers have landed on this one with both feet. This cracka just got over a bad sinus infection and is late getting to the stomp. As for that other one, Cracka Jack, well, who knows. Probably got into the anti-freeze again. Or he's treed a possum. Either or.

What kills me is the hilariously BAD job that was done in regards 'modifying' Condi's eyes...I mean, come on, guys, I have and use Photoshop, and this is NOT some filtering or effects mistake. This is a deliberate, though clumsy, attempt to demonize visually Condoleeza Rice. The sclera of her eyes are paper-white. The irises and pupils, meanwhile, are pitch-black, and, to top it off, reptilian in shape, or like those of a cat.

This is not responsible photojournalism. This is album cover art for Black Sabbath.

Anyway, here's USA TODAY'S lame apology/correction/evasion/they're on to us, dive, dive, dive:

Editor's note: The photo of Condoleezza Rice that originally accompanied this story was altered in a manner that did not meet USA TODAY's editorial standards. The photo has been replaced by a properly adjusted copy. Photos published online are routinely cropped for size and adjusted for brightness and sharpness to optimize their appearance. In this case, after sharpening the photo for clarity, the editor brightened a portion of Rice's face, giving her eyes an unnatural appearance. This resulted in a distortion of the original not in keeping with our editorial standards.

OK, but sharpening and brightening in Photoshop do not automatically give people "Exorcist" eyes, Chief, not matter how wildly you slide the little bar left or right. Why not just give Condi horns and put flames in the background?

So fess up, USA TODAY, because I assume - at least hope - someone over there is checking the photos as well as the copy, and if they let this one get past them, they should be bashed over the head with their Mac for incompetence - or, as I suspect, deliberate malfeasance.

Saturday, October 15, 2005

For a Counterpoint

As a counter point to the fun day we are having in that distant country Toledo, Ohio, the Iraqi people have turned out in droves to vote on their very own constitution.  Despite threats to disrupt the referendum and the negativity of nay-sayers in the U.S. the voting is going off without much difficulty.  I wonder if the liberals will challenge the elections in Iraq like they did the ones here in Ohio?

A Bunch of Lame-Ass Creeps

A Bunch of Lame-Ass Creeps

Well the Nazis were in town today. As much as it pained me not to be their to see them in all their wimpitude, I stayed close to home and spent time with the wife and kids. Which as it turned out was a good thing.

The Nazis didn’t get to goose-step through North Toledo as they originally planned. Instead, their little shin-dig was canceled when “counter-protesters” started pelting them with stones. Mind you, pitching a rock at a neo-Nazi isn’t on my list of bad things to do. My grandfather spent a couple years putting his ass on the line to stop them from taking over the world in the 1940s. So I have no sympathy for these losers.

However, as you might guess, not all the so called “counter-protesters” showed up with peaceful plans. The International Socialist Organization (i.e. Commies with an attitude) riled the locals up into a frenzy and then split town. In the wake of their fun, the crowd which was estimated at 600 before all was said and done stoned the police and fire units (including an EMS responding to the area) set a business on fire and caused general havoc.

Now in response to the actions of a handful of out of town losers, the city is under a curfew starting at 8 PM, and several local schools had to cancel homecoming events. And these people wonder why no one supports their idiotic pet causes?

Friday, October 07, 2005

Don't Bogart the Hookah, Mahmoud

Sounds to me that Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas has been taking too many hits on that hookah of his.

'President Bush said to all of us: 'I'm driven with a mission from God,'' Shaath said. ''God would tell me, 'George, go and fight those terrorists in Afghanistan.' And I did, and then God would tell me, 'George, go and end the tyranny in Iraq ...' And I did. And now, again, I feel God's words coming to me, 'Go get the Palestinians their state and get the Israelis their security, and get peace in the Middle East.' And by God I'm gonna do it,'

Aw, right dude! Right before he turned into a bunch of butterflies and flew out the window, man!

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

The Nazis are Coming, the Nazis are Coming!

According to a press release from the national socialist party (I won't stoop to link to the creeps) the Nazi party is going to hold a rally/march in Toledo on October 15. The genocidal maniacs are coming to Toledo to confront (antagonize) local gangs. In particular, neighborhoods in North Toledo have been plagued by a rash of gang activity. The neighbors have taken to video taping the gang members in the commission of various crimes and turning those tapes over to the authorities, which does not please the gangs. So to help the situation, a bunch of racist, white supremacist are going to march through the neighborhood. Sounds like a great plan guys.

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

President Bush Nominates Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court

Who?

Yesterday in a jaw dropping, stunning announcement, President Bush nominated his good friend and, well, good friend Harriet Miers to take Justice O'Connor's position on SCOTUS. Ms. Miers just squeaked past Phil, the night custodian of the Whitehouse basement and Torrie an executive office intern who were also on the president's short list.

Ms. Miers list of accomplishments include taking third in her sixth grade spelling bee, being nominated the "most likely to be nominated to the supreme court" in her high school senior class and reading every John Grisham novel ever published.

All joking aside. Most conservatives are either completely confused or totally pissed off at the president's choice. Yes, you don't have to be a judge to be on the supreme court, but it sure as hell helps. Yes, she is technically qualified to be on the court, but she has never written an opinion, she has never even tried a case before the supreme court. Her lack of experience in constitutional law appears to be astounding. I have three possible explanations for Ms. Miers nomination, in no particular order.

1) She is a sacrificial lamb. The president knows that the democratic party is going to raise holy hell over whoever he nominates to the job. So, President Bush appeases the blood lust of the left by offering up a nominee who while technically qualified has no judicial experience. As the left tries to rip apart a straw woman, they look more hypocritical with each passing day.

2) She is a "stealth" nominee in a much more broad way than Roberts was. In this case we have no idea how she might rule on anything, much less the key issues of abortion, gay marriage, eminent domain, the pledge of allegiance etc. This way there is nothing the left can latch on to in attacking her credentials. This assumes that President Bush really knows how Ms. Miers feels on these issues.

3) She was nominated because she is a woman. Many have argued that since Justice O'Connor is stepping down, President Bush MUST nominate a woman in order to maintain the gender balance on the court. This reasoning is specious to say the least. There is nothing in the constitution that says that the court must have a particular makeup. Rather this is the judicial equivalent of affirmative action.

Now a potential fourth option would be that President Bush really does feel that Ms. Miers is fully qualified to do the job of a supreme court justice, and that her interpretation of the constitution falls in line with the promises he made. That is possible.

But be that as it may, I still want a ruthlessly conservative nominee. I want a judge who has a guillotine on his or her bench. I want a judge who has the constitution printed on his or her bed sheets. I want a judicial nomination that will send Senator Kennedy into apoplectic fits. I helped get this president elected. I voted for conservative values in the office of the president and the senate and house of representatives. I, as a voter, citizen and constituent deserve an openly conservative supreme court nominee.