Monday, December 29, 2008

Barack the Magic Negro

To the issues that divide the Republican Party, there comes one more. Some Republicans find humor in the song “Barack the Magic Negro.” Some most definitely do not.

The parody is sung to the tune of “Puff the Magic Dragon” by a character meant to be the Rev. Al Sharpton, the civil rights advocate and sometime political candidate. The character laments that white liberals vote for Mr. Obama while shunning his brand of more confrontational racial politics.

“Barack the Magic Negro,” the character says, “made guilty whites feel good/They’ll vote for him and not for me/Cause he’s not from the ’hood.”

- NY Times (link here)

I see some humor here.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Evil at Stone Mountain

In Stone Mountain, Baby Jesus has no place to lay his head.

That’s because vandals destroyed the manger and seven other scenes the members of Mount Carmel Christian Church built for their drive-through living Nativity.

“It’s a real shock that they would do something like that to the manger scene and the wise man scenes and everything,” he [church intern Carlos Guerra] said.

- Atlanta Journal-Constitution (link here)

Not shocking to me. It is what one would expect from certain kinds of people.

Liberals or Muslims?

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Stupider than average

Wholly apart from the outrageous inconsistency of deciding that some election night tallies trump the hand recount and some don't, Franken's miraculous acquisition of more than 500 votes from heavily Democratic precincts in post-election "corrections" wasn't believable on its face -- and that's even accounting for the fact that Franken voters tend to be stupider than average and therefore more likely to fill out their ballots incorrectly.

- Ann Coulter (link here)

Another dead center hit on the target.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Moose hunting

(Thanks to Dad for this one.)

Kiss and Make-up!

The rest of the world cannot understand how, after
bitter election campaigns, American politicians can
return to reality. For Instance Sarah Palin has invited
to her great state of Alaska the men who defeated her,
Barack Obama and Joe Biden.

She has provided a moose hunting trip for their
enjoyment and has hired two other prominent men to
assist them. Dick Cheney will instruct them in safe gun
handling and Ted Kennedy will drive them back to their
cabins in the evening after a few drinks.

What a gal!

That Sarah is such a good sport!

Blagojevich

Federal prosecutors charged Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D) yesterday with engaging in a series of illegal schemes intended to enrich himself, including an attempt to sell the Senate seat recently vacated by President-elect Barack Obama.

- Washington Post (link here)

You can be outraged but you cannot be surprised.

This is typical Illinois Democratic Machine politics.

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Larry Craig remains guilty

The right to privacy and to be left alone is "very strong" in a public restroom stall, the state Court of Appeals said Tuesday in rejecting U.S. Sen. Larry Craig's attempt to withdraw his 2007 guilty plea to disorderly conduct

- Star Tribune (link here)

But he will continue to try to lie his way out of it.

Friday, December 05, 2008

Thwarting the will of the people

Franken has already resorted to litigation over rejected absentee ballots and threatened further litigation over the rejection of certain absentee ballots. He has met with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on the subject and won Reid's expression of concern, implicitly raising the threat that the Senate Democratic majority may overturn the result reached in Minnesota if the rejected absentee ballots in issue aren't counted. Al Franken hasn't been funny in a very long time, but that is really unfunny.

- PowerLine (link here)

Nothing new here.

Democrats have a long history of thwarting the will of the people.

Thursday, December 04, 2008

On the analysis of newly discovered votes

Just this week, liberal Ramsey County "discovered" 171 new votes from a single voting machine in a single precinct. An analysis by John Lott shows that these newly "discovered" votes represent yet another statistical improbability that favors Franken: Despite the fact that Maplewood precinct No. 6 gave Franken only 45.4 percent of the original, untampered-with vote, the newly "discovered" votes gave Franken 53.2 percent of the vote.

- Ann Coulter (link here)

Liberals cheat better than anyone.

The end is near

Ali ibn Abi-Talib, the seventh-century figure central to Shiite Islam, is said to have predicted when the world will end, columnist Amir Taheri points out. A "tall black man" commanding "the strongest army on earth" will take power "in the west." He will carry "a clear sign" from the third imam, Hussein. Ali says of the tall black man: "Shiites should have no doubt that he is with us."

Barack Hussein in Arabic means "the blessing of Hussein." In Persian, Obama translates as "He [is] with us." Thus does the name of the presumptive American president-elect, when combined with his physical attributes and geography, suggest that the End of Times is nigh – precisely what Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been predicting.

- Daniel Pipes, acuf.org (link here)

Flip a coin

Luckily, Minnesota’s electoral law has a provision for ties. After all the counting and recounting, if the vote is statistically tied, the state should invoke the section of the law that requires the victor to be chosen by lot. It’s hard to swallow, but the right way to end the senatorial race between Mr. Coleman and Mr. Franken will be to flip a coin.

- Charles Seife, NY Time Op-Ed (link here)

Interesting idea, but liberals are only going to go for this if Franken loses the recount.

If Franken wins the recount, even if it is only by one vote, then liberals will declare that he won by a mandate.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Mark your calendar

In central Alabama's Perry County, government workers already get a day off for President's Day, Martin Luther King Day, and Veteran's Day. In 2009, they'll get one more: "Barack Obama Day."

The rural county, which overwhelmingly supported Obama in last month's presidential election, has approved the second Monday in November as "The Barack Obama Day." Commissioners passed a measure that would close county offices for the new annual holiday and its roughly 40 workers will get a paid day off.

- AP/azcentral (link here)

Ballots mysteriously appear out of thin air

Franken unexpectedly picked up 37 votes due to a combined machine malfunction and human error on Election Day that left 171 Maplewood ballots safe, secure but uncounted until Tuesday's final day of recounting in Ramsey County. Secretary of State Mark Ritchie's office immediately asked county officials to explain what had happened, and U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman's campaign said it sent its own experts to Ramsey County to review the situation and said it was "skeptical about [the ballots'] sudden appearance."

- Star Tribune (link here)

Stuff like this is why liberals love Minnesota.

Victory in Georgia

Relieved Republicans celebrated a resounding win in Georgia's hard-fought U.S. Senate runoff, a victory that denied Democrats a filibuster-proof majority and cemented the state's reputation as a GOP bastion.

Sen. Saxby Chambliss trounced Democrat Jim Martin Tuesday night, winning his second term by a margin of more than 10 percentage points. The race dashed Democrats' hopes of a 60-seat majority immune to Senate filibusters, which would have given President-elect Barack Obama a stronger hand moving his agenda.

- AP/Las Vegas Review-Journal (link here)

A much-needed win for truth, justice, and The American Way.

Maybe the tide is starting to turn against The Audacity of Deceit.

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Cocktail of mediocrity

Consorting with anti-immigrant enforcers, indulging rank opportunism, and adhering to failed policies seem an unlikely recipe for change we can believe in. And yet this very cocktail of mediocrity — stirred by an early endorsement of Barack Obama — has thrust Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano into the heady midst of Washington's inaugural speculation.

- Michael Lacey, Phoenix New Times (link here)

The far left can be entertaining at times.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Chinese justice

China has executed a businessman convicted of bilking thousands of investors out of $416 million in a bogus ant-breeding scheme, state media reported Thursday.

- AP/azcentral (link here)

What would happen if we did this in the US?

Islamic extremists vs. Obama

This is a devastating assault on India, its democracy, its way of life and its brilliant economy, all of which excite envy and hatred from Islamic extremists.

But it is also a message from Terror Central to US president-elect Barack Obama.

During the US presidential campaign, Joe Biden said that the US's enemies would challenge Obama in the first months of his presidency. Biden's prediction has come true sooner than even he expected.

- Greg Sheridan, The Australian (link here)

Did Obama get the message?

Black Friday

But the worst is "Black Friday"--which, because of the huge bargains and doorbuster items between 4:00 a.m. and noon at a lot of retailers, implies that only Black people want a bargain.

- Debbie Schlussel (link here)

Humorous.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Ann Coulter strikes again

If we're not careful, multitudes of Muslims will be going to fight Americans in Afghanistan just so they can go to Guantanamo and get proper treatment for attention deficit disorder and erectile dysfunction.

- Ann Coulter (link here)

Another dead center hit on the target.

And humorous too.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Democrats weak on defense

But it also stirred a debate inside Mr. Obama’s circles, where some advisers worried that the decision to turn to a Republican appointee — something President Bill Clinton did in naming William S. Cohen to the defense post in 1997 — would reinforce the notion that Democrats could not manage the military. “It makes them look like they’re too wimpy to be trusted to run the building,” said one adviser who asked not to be named.

- NY Times (link here)

Good quote and an accurate assessment.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Sounds fair to me

(Thanks to Mark for this one)

As the CFO of a business that employees 140 people, I have resigned myself to the fact that Barrack Obama is our next President, and that our taxes and government fees will increase in a BIG way. To compensate for these increases, I figure that our customers will have to see an increase in our prices of about 8%. However, since we cannot increase prices right now due to the dismal state of our economy, we will have to lay off six of our employees instead. This has really been eating at me, as we believe we are family here and I didn't know how to choose who will have to go. So, this is what I did. I walked through our parking lot and found 6 Obama bumper stickers on our employees' cars and have decided these folks will be the first to be laid off. I can't think of a more fair way to approach this problem. These folks wanted change; I gave it to them.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Ann Coulter

"John McCain is Bob Dole minus the charm, conservatism and youth."

- Ann Coulter (link here)

Excellent quote.

Would make a good t-shirt.

Obama bin Lyin

Did President-elect Barack Hussein Obama commit a federal crime in September of this year? Or did he never actually register and, instead, did friends of his in the Chicago federal records center, which maintains the official copy of his alleged Selective Service registration commit the crime for him?

- Debbie Schlussel (link here)

Disturbing questions.

Obama's Gestapo

Georgia Congressman Paul Broun Wednesday stood by warnings that President-elect Barack Obama might set up a Gestapo-like civilian security force.

- Atlanta Journal Constitution (link here)

Never underestimate the ability of liberals to perpetrate evil.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Blacks endorse discrimination?

Last week, you see, California voters passed an initiative denying recognition to same-sex marriages. This overturned an earlier ruling from the state Supreme Court legalizing those unions. The vote was hardly a surprise; surely there is nothing in politics easier than to rouse a majority of voters against the ''threat'' of gay people being treated like people.

But African Americans were crucial to the passage of the bill, supporting it by a margin of better than two to one. To anyone familiar with the deep strain of social conservatism that runs through the black electorate, this is not surprising either. It is, however, starkly disappointing. Moreover, it leaves me wondering for the umpteenth time how people who have known so much of oppression can turn around and oppress.

- Leonard Pitts, Jr./Miami Herald (link here)

Apples and oranges?

Monday, November 10, 2008

German Jews and liberal Jews

It was a loud disruption to the cocooned view of German Jews that they were cultured and mostly assimilated and, many of them, wealthy, and that their fellow Germans would never harm them. On that night, they finally realized that, in fact, they were not the equals in society they'd believed for centuries that they were. As many of my readers and friends have noted this week, these German Jews have their contemporaries in the liberal Jews who voted for Barack Obama and the party dominated by anti-Semitism and anti-Israel sentiment, the Democrats.

- Debbie Schlussel (link here)

Painful comparison.

Saturday, November 08, 2008

Palin vs. McCain campaign aides

“And that’s cruel and it’s mean-spirited, it’s immature, it’s unprofessional, and those guys are jerks, if they came away with it taking things out of context and then tried to spread something on national news. It is not fair and not right.”

- Gov. Palin, referring to McCain campaign aides, quoted by the NY Times (link here)

I agree with Gov. Palin 100%.

Those aides should be identified and excluded from any future Republican campaign.

Thursday, November 06, 2008

The most liberal ever

It’s a very good bet that Barack Obama will be a one-term president if Republicans recover from this awful campaign. The challenges of the war, our economic crisis and the realities of Washington politics won’t permit him to do all he wants to do. When America sees who he really is -- the most liberal candidate ever elected -- we will resist.

- Jed Babbin, Human Events (link here)

A somewhat optimistic view.

Obama's Clinton insiders

In turning to Mr. Emanuel and Mr. Podesta, Mr. Obama sought out two of the hardest-hitting veterans of President Bill Clinton’s administration, known for their deep Washington experience, savvy and no-holds-barred approach to politics. Neither is considered a practitioner of the “new politics” that Mr. Obama promised on the campaign trail to bring Republicans and Democrats together, suggesting that the cool and conciliatory new president is determined to demonstrate toughness from the beginning.

- NY Times (link here)

This might lead cynics to question whether Obama was ever serious about "new politics" in the first place.

Just say "No!"

Even as the nation shattered one barrier of intolerance, we were disappointed that voters in four states chose to reinforce another. Ballot measures were approved in Arkansas, Arizona, Florida and California that discriminate against couples of the same sex.

- NY Times editorial (link here)

Too much democracy for the far-left newspaper.

Al Franken is a loser

Sen. Norm Coleman's narrow lead over DFL challenger Al Franken in the U.S. Senate race narrowed even more, guaranteeing a recount that would be the state's biggest ever and could stretch well into next month.

- Star Tribune (link here)

Franken lost fair and square.

What makes the recount any more accurate than the original count?

And I would never underestimate the ability of the Franken campaign to engage in chicanery during the recount.

First black Supreme Court justice

(Thanks to the person who passed this along to me. That person wishes to remain anonymous, for obvious reasons)

Clarence Thomas was the first black Supreme Court justice.

Thurgood Marshall was a liberal, so he does not count.

We want higher taxes?

The people of Minnesota and the people of Milwaukee County (WI) voted to raise their own sales taxes.

I guess they figured they were not paying enough taxes already.

Ann Coulter

"...I am now liberated to announce that all I care about is hunting down and punishing every Republican who voted for McCain in the primaries."

- Ann Coulter (link here)

Amen.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Drink beer unselfishly

Sometimes when I reflect on all the beer I drink I feel ashamed. Then I look into the glass and think about the workers in the brewery and all of their hopes and dreams. If I didn't drink this beer, they might be out of work and their dreams would be shattered. I think, 'it is better to drink this beer and let their dreams come true, than to be selfish and worry about my liver.

- Babe Ruth, quoted on The Manbottle Library (
link here)

Obama bin Lyin

Obama has never run an organization, a business, or a state, yet he wants to run the country. He is not driven by the entrepreneurial spirit that has built America, but rather by a socialist agenda that seeks to make America less free and more reliant on government.

- Bobby Eberle, GOPUSA (link here)

Of course. No surprise here. This is why liberals love Obama.

Vote early

We were at the poll fifteen minutes before it opened at 7am and there was already a long line.

We have lived here and voted for 24 years, and it was the longest line I have waited in so far.

Maybe it was the "sales tax increase" and "leaf burning ban" referendums that caused the heavy turnout.

Humor, or lack thereof

Indeed, the conservatives did rate the traditional golf and marriage jokes as significantly funnier than the liberals did. But they also gave higher ratings to the absurdist “Deep Thoughts.” In fact, they enjoyed all kinds of humor more.

- NY Times (link here)

I am surprised that the s0-called experts are surprised by this.

Anyone with an IQ over 30 knows that liberals are sour-faced grinchy people who always see the glass as half-empty.

Monday, November 03, 2008

Beer and taxes

(My Mom sent me this one)

Suppose that every day, ten men go out for beer and the bill for all ten comes to $100. If they paid their bill the way we pay our taxes, it would go something like this:
The first four men (the poorest) would pay nothing.
The fifth would pay $1.
The sixth would pay $3.
The seventh would pay $7.
The eighth would pay $12.
The ninth would pay $18.
The tenth man (the richest) would pay $59.
So, that's what they decided to do. The ten men drank in the bar every day and seemed quite happy with the arrangement, until one day, the owner threw them a curve. 'Since you are all such good customers, he said, 'I'm going to reduce the cost of your daily beer by $20. Drinks for the ten now cost just $80.
The group still wanted to pay their bill the way we pay our taxes so the first four men were unaffected. They would still drink for free. But what about the other six men - the paying customers? How could they divide the $20 windfall so that everyone would get his 'fair share?' They realized that $20 divided by six is $3.33. But if they subtracted that from everybody's share, then the fifth man and the sixth man would each end up being paid to drink his beer. So, the bar owner suggested that it would be fair to reduce each man's bill by roughly the same amount, and he proceeded to work out the amounts each should pay.
And so:
The fifth man, like the first four, now paid nothing (100% savings).
The sixth now paid $2 instead of $3 (33%savings).
The seventh now paid $5 instead of $7 (28%savings).
The eighth now paid $9 instead of $12 (25% savings).
The ninth now paid $14 instead of $18 (22% savings).
The tenth now paid $49 instead of $59 (16% savings).
Each of the six was better off than before. And the first four continued to drink for free. But once outside the restaurant, the men began to compare their savings.
'I only got a dollar out of the $20', declared the sixth man. He pointed to the tenth man,' but he got $10!'
'Yeah, that's right', exclaimed the fifth man. 'I only saved a dollar, too. It's unfair that he got ten times more than I!'
'That's true!!' shouted the seventh man. 'Why should he get $10 back when I got only two? The wealthy get all the breaks!'
'Wait a minute,' yelled the first four men in unison. 'We didn't get anything at all. The system exploits the poor!'
The nine men surrounded the tenth and beat him up.
The next night the tenth man didn't show up for drinks, so the nine sat down and had beers without him. But when it came time to pay the bill, they discovered something important. They didn't have enough money between all of them for even half of the bill!
And that, boys and girls, journalists and college professors, is how our tax system works. The people who pay the highest taxes get the most benefit from a tax reduction. Tax them too much, attack them for being wealthy, and they just may not show up anymore. In fact, they might start drinking overseas where the atmosphere is somewhat friendlier.
David R. Kamerschen, Ph.D.
Professor of Economics, University of Georgia
For those who understand, no explanation is needed.
For those who do not understand, no explanation is possible.

Post turtle

(My brother and father sent me this one)

While suturing a cut on the hand of a 75 year old rancher, who's hand was caught in the gate while working cattle, the doctor struck up a conversation with the old man. Eventually the topic got around to Obama and his bid to be our president.

The old rancher said, 'Well, ya know, Obama is a 'Post Turtle''.
Not being familiar with the term, the doctor asked him what a 'post turtle' was.
The old rancher said, 'When you're driving down a country road and you come across a fence post with a turtle balanced on top, that's a 'post turtle'.

The old rancher saw the puzzled look on the doctor's face so he continued to explain. 'You know he didn't get up there by himself, he doesn't belong up there, and he doesn't know what to do while he's up there, and you just wonder what kind of dumb ass put him up there to begin with'.

Liberals on campus

No one disputes that American academia is decidedly more liberal than the rest of the population, or that there is a detectable shift to the left among students during their college years.

- NY Times (link here)

A remarkable understatement.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Norm Coleman

The Duluth News Tribune endorses U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman for re-election over his Democratic challenger, Al Franken.

- Duluth News Tribune (link here)

I am shocked.

The people in Duluth must be drinking bottled water.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

W's judges

And, as I tell most people who cite the Bush Justices, most important decisions never even get to the Supreme Court. They're decided at the Federal District Court and Appeals levels. Remember, the Supreme Court accepts very few cases for consideration.

That takes us to the very liberal, very objectionable District Court judges Bush has appointed. Some of them are virtually indistinguishable from likely Kerry appointees.

- Debbie Schlussel (link here)

Ouch.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Colon Powell

As I've always noted, Colin Powell was a liberal and has been a fan of skin-color-based affirmative action, from which he's benefited his entire life. Skin color, in no short measure is why he became a General, why he got promoted to the top of America's military, why he was chosen for a key role in both Bush, father and son, administrations, and why he was given a coveted position on AOL's board, which made him an instant gazillionaire, once his son (also benefitting from Bush-based affirmative action) approved the deal as head of the FCC. It certainly wasn't his foreign policy, which was anti-Israel, pan-Arabist, and liberal, liberal, liberal. As I've always noted, as Secretary of State, Colin Powell was "Madeleine Albright Minus the Skirt" . . . and lipstick . . . and ugly brooches.

- Debbie Schlussel (link here)

Another bullseye from Debbie Schlussel.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Mahoney

A senior federal law enforcement official says the FBI is investigating whether federal money was misused when Democratic Congressman Tim Mahoney hired a mistress to work in his office.

- AP/ajc (link here)

If it were a Republican, it would be headline news for three weeks.

And since, according to liberals, Foley's misbehavior reflected on the entire Republican party, then why doesn't Mahoney's misbehavior reflect on the entire Democratic party?

Odd coincidence that Foley and Mahoney held the same seat.

Obama for President

Yet it is without ambivalence that we endorse Sen. Barack Obama for president. The choice is made easy in part by Mr. McCain's disappointing campaign, above all his irresponsible selection of a running mate who is not ready to be president.

- Washington Post (link here)

Here is a shock. A liberal paper endorses a liberal.

And since Palin has more executive experience than Obama, if she is not ready to be president, then neither is he.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Joe the Plumber

And there it was: the crucial distinction between those (Democrats) who believe that the wealth created by individuals should be compulsorily redistributed, even if that means limiting the possibilities of creating more of it, and those (Republicans) who feel that it would be better left to the small businesses which will use it to grow and proffer more employment. If that distinction were to permeate the consciousness of the US electorate with real force and clarity, McCain would win the election.

- Janet Daley, Telegraph (link here)

So, why does that distinction not permeate?

Monday, October 13, 2008

On the Politics of the Nobel prize

Paul Krugman, the Princeton University scholar and New York Times columnist, won the Nobel prize in economics Monday for his analysis of how economies of scale can affect trade patterns and the location of economic activity.

- AP/Las Vegas Review-Journal (link here)

Proving once again that politics trumps science in the awarding of Nobel prizes.

Monday, October 06, 2008

Non-partisan joke

(Thanks to my brother Brian for sending me this one)


While walking down the street one day a US senator is tragically hit by a truck and dies. His soul arrives in heaven and is met by St. Peter at the entrance.

'Welcome to heaven,' says St. Peter. 'Before you settle in, it seems there is a problem. We seldom see a high official around these parts, you see, so we're not sure what to do with you.'

'No problem, just let me in,' says the man.

'Well, I'd like to, but I have orders from higher up. What we'll do is have you spend one day in hell and one in heaven. Then you can choose where to spend eternity.'

'Really, I've made up my mind. I want to be in heaven,' says the senator.

'I'm sorry, but we have our rules.'

And with that, St. Peter escorts him to the elevator and he goes down, down, down to hell. The doors open and he finds himself in the middle of a green golf course. In the distance is a clubhouse and standing in front of it are all his friends and other politicians who had worked with him.

Everyone is very happy and in evening dress. They run to greet him, shake his hand, and reminisce about the good times they had while getting rich at the expense of the people. They play a friendly game of golf and then dine on lobster, caviar and champagne. Also present is the devil, who really is a very friendly guy who has a good time dancing and telling jokes. They are having such a good time that before he realizes it, it is time to go.

Everyone gives him a hearty farewell and waves while the elevator rises... The elevator goes up, up, up and the door reopens on heaven where St. Peter is waiting for him.

'Now it's time to visit heaven.'


So, 24 hours pass with the senator joining a group of contented souls moving from cloud to cloud, playing the harp and singing. They have a good time and, before he realizes it, the 24 hours have gone by and St. Peter returns.

'Well, then, you've spent a day in hell and another in heaven. Now choose your eternity.'

The senator reflects for a minute, then he answers: 'Well, I would never have said it before, I mean heaven has been delightful, but I think I would be better off in hell.'

So St. Peter escorts him to the elevator and he goes down, down, down to hell.

Now the doors of the elevator open and he's in the middle of a barren land covered with waste and garbage. He sees all his friends, dressed in rags, picking up the trash and putting it in black bags as more trash falls from above.

The devil comes over to him and puts his arm around his shoulder.


'I don't understand,' stammers the senator. 'Yesterday I was here and there was a golf course and clubhouse, and we ate lobster and caviar, drank champagne, and danced and had a great time. Now there's just a wasteland full of garbage and my friends look miserable. What happened?'

The devil looks at him, smiles and says, 'Yesterday we were campaigning. Today you voted.'

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Political correctness

Political correctness had already ruined education, sports, science and entertainment. But it took a Democratic president with a Democratic congress for political correctness to wreck the financial industry.

- Ann Coulter (link here)

Another bullseye from Ann Coulter.

Passing gas

A West Virginia man who police said passed gas and fanned it toward a patrolman has been charged with battery on a police officer.

- AP/azcentral (link here)

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Colorado diamonds

http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_10514238?source=rss

Interesting article on a potential diamond mine in Colorado.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Saudi justice

A senior Saudi official said Sunday that owners of satellite TV networks that show "immoral" content should be brought to trial and sentenced to death if other penalties don't deter them from airing such broadcasts.

- AP/azcentral (link here)

A preview of what will happen when Muslims take over America?

Sunday, September 14, 2008

The Waffler

Activists at a conservative political forum snapped up boxes of waffle mix depicting Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama as a racial stereotype on its front and wearing a Arablike headdress on a flap.

- Denver Post (link here)

I thought it was humorous.

Would make a good gift for the pass around game.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Osama Obama

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama on Wednesday accused Republican John McCain's campaign of using "lies and phony outrage and Swift-boat politics" in claiming he used a sexist comment against vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.

- AP/ajc (link here)

It is similar to the Swift Boat campaign in the sense that Obama is trying to lie his way out of the comments he made, just like John Kerry did.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Volatility in the stock market

A six-year-old article mistakenly seen by Bloomberg financial news users yesterday reported the bankruptcy of United Airlines and triggered a massive sell-off that nearly obliterated the company's stock in a matter of minutes.

- Washington Post (link here)

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Friday, September 05, 2008

Obama's "Community Organizer" Days

What deserves derision is "community organizing" that relies on a community of homeless people and ex-cons to organize for the purpose of registering dead people to vote, shaking down corporations and using the race card as a bludgeon.

- Michelle Malkin, GOPUSA (link here)

Correct.

America's Worst Generation

"This is the baby-boomer generation," said John Walters, director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy.

Millions of boomers who developed a dependency on marijuana, cocaine, heroin, hallucinogens or other drugs as teenagers, he said, are now living with the disease of substance addiction.

- Cox News Service/Denver Post (link here)



Thursday, September 04, 2008

Talking to Jesus

The White Man goes into his church and talks about Jesus. The Indian goes into his Tipi and talks with Jesus.

- Quanah Parker (link here)

Executive experience

The media hysterically denounced Palin as "inexperienced." But then people started to notice that she has more executive experience than B. Hussein Obama -- the guy at the top of the Democrats' ticket.

- Ann Coulter (link here)

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Who vetted Obama?

Obama has a 30 year history of associating with unsavory characters, beginning with communist Frank Marshall Davis and continuing with Jeremiah Wright and communist terrorists Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn, which should disqualify him from getting a security clearance in the government that he wants to run.

- Cliff Kincaid, GOPUSA (link here)

Excellent point.

Sarah Palin

Besides, those who know Palin best -- her Alaska constituents -- tell reporters they like her, trust her and find her easy to relate to, which happen to be the same personal qualities that many Americans say they find lacking in the Democratic nominee.

- Ruben Navarrette, Real Clear Politics (link here)

This explains the petty, small-minded response of liberals to the selection.

Life in the foodchain

After meeting with animal rights activists, the British military said Tuesday that it will study alternative materials to replace the bearskin hats worn by the soldiers who guard Buckingham Palace.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, supported by some members of Parliament, says killing Canadian black bears to make the headgear is cruel.

- AP/ajc (link here)

They never give up.

Friday, August 29, 2008

Deck of Weasels

http://shop.newsmax.com/shop/index.cfm?page=products&productid=19

This would make a good gift for the Christmas pass around game.

Sarah Palin

Republican presidential candidate John McCain announced Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate Friday morning – a move as historic as it is unexpected.

She is a former beauty pageant contestant and avid hunter. She opposes abortion and supports gun rights.

- Dallas Morning News (link here)

Lifetime NRA member.

She gets my vote.

Obamanation

Over the past month, left-wing partisans and Democratic lawyers have waged a brass-knuckled intimidation campaign against GOP donors, TV and radio stations, and even an investigative journalist because they have all dared to question the radical cult of Barack Obama.

- Michelle Malkin ( link here)

The only free speech allowed in an Obamanation is far left speech.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Obama 08


http://www.tshirthell.com/funny-shirts/antichrist-08-barack-obama/

Where's the party?

But this year at the Democratic National Convention, there is a new complaint being whispered by disgruntled guests: partying in Denver is a downer.

- NY Times (link here)

IT matters

The Federal Aviation Administration said new computer equipment should be in place by early next year to help mitigate flight delays such as the ones caused Tuesday by a software glitch at the agency’s facility near Hampton, just south of Atlanta.

- Atlanta Journal Constitution (link here)

Pathetic.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Ann Coulter

No wonder the platform of the Democratic Party is to destroy capitalism: It allows people to get ahead on their talents and not their names.

- Ann Coulter (link here)

Another bullseye from Ann Coulter.

Wind turbines kill bats

(Thanks to Elizabeth for calling my attention to this one.)

For decades, researchers have noticed that mangled birds litter the ground surrounding the machines, and recently they've found that dead bats actually outnumber the birds, by as many as four times in some places.

- sciencenow.sciencemag.org (link here)

Every source of energy has some drawback.

Perpetuating the lie

The 42nd president's campaign performance this year was erratic: He helped drive voters his wife's way, but his occasional outbursts at critics and reporters tarnished his image as a statesman.

- Scott Lindlaw, AP/news.findlaw.com (link here)

Perpetuating the lie that Bill Clinton was ever a statesman in the first place.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Why the South Lost

Generations of students have been taught that the South lost the Civil War because of the North’s superior industry and population. A new book suggests another reason: Southerners were largely responsible for defeating the Confederacy.

- Atlanta Journal Constitution (link here)

Interesting Q & A with historian David Williams.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Tapeworm

A man who contends he got a 9-foot tapeworm after eating undercooked fish has sued a Chicago restaurant.

- AP/ajc (link here)

Maybe I should stop eating undercooked fish.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Wanted: Ugly Women

Life can get a little lonely for bachelors in the Australian Outback mining town of Mount Isa. So the mayor has offered up a solution: recruit ugly women.

And several local women said there aren't a lot of gems to be found among Mount Isa's men, either.

"We've got a saying up here that the odds are good, but the goods are odd," 27-year-old Anna Warrick told The Brisbane Times.

- AP/Miami Herald (link here)

Australian Prime Minister John Howard

Muslims who want to live under Islamic Sharia law were told on Wednesday to get out of Australia, as the government targeted radicals in a bid to head off potential terror attacks.

Separately, Howard angered some Australian Muslims on Wednesday by saying he supported spy agencies monitoring the nation's mosques.

Quote:

'IMMIGRANTS, NOT AUSTRALIANS, MUST ADAPT. Take It Or Leave It. I am tired of this nation worrying about whether we are offending some individual or their culture. Since the terrorist attacks on Bali , we have experienced a surge in patriotism by the majority of Australians.'

'This culture has been developed over two centuries of struggles, trials and victories by millions of men and women who have sought freedom'

'We speak mainly ENGLISH, not Spanish, Lebanese, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, or any other language. Therefore, if you wish to become part of our society , Learn the language!'

'Most Australians believe in God. This is not some Christian, right wing, political push, but a fact, because Christian men and women, on Christian principles, founded this nation, and this is clearly documented.

'It is certainly appropriate to display it on the walls of our schools. If God offends you, then I suggest you consider another part of the world as your new home, because God is part of our culture.'

'We will accept your beliefs, and will not question why. All we ask is that you accept ours, and live in harmony and peaceful enjoyment with us.'

'This is OUR COUNTRY, OUR LAND, and OUR LIFESTYLE, and we will allow you every opportunity to enjoy all this. But once you are done complaining, whining, and griping about Our Flag, Our Pledge, Our Christian beliefs, or Our Way of Life, I highly encourage you take advantage of one other great Australian freedom, 'THE RIGHT TO LEAVE'.'

'If you aren't happy here then LEAVE. We didn't force you to come here. You asked to be here. So accept the country YOU accepted.'

Friday, August 08, 2008

Bus rage

Greyhound has scrapped an ad campaign that extolled the relaxing upside of bus travel after one of its passengers was accused of beheading and cannibalizing another traveler.

The ad's tag line was "There's a reason you've never heard of 'bus rage.'"

- AP/USA Today (link here)

Sunday, August 03, 2008

50 Female Bloggers

The fifty most influential female bloggers according to North x East (link here).

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Nice pair


http://blog.washingtonpost.com/sleuth/2008/07/obama_hearts_larry_craig_chang.html

For those of you who not recognize him, that is Larry "The Foot Tapper" Craig with Obama.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

No more Murtha?

A jaw-dropping political miracle may be on the horizon. No, I'm not talking about the second coming of the Obamessiah. I'm talking about the long-deserved comeuppance of troop-smearing, pork-feasting, scandal-tainted Democratic Rep. Jack Murtha of Pennsylvania.

- Michelle Malkin, GOPUSA (link here)

Excellent.

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Obamacons

A number of friends of mine have commented on an odd phenomenon that they have observed-- conservative Republicans they know who are saying that they are going to vote for Barack Obama. It seemed at first to be an isolated fluke, perhaps signifying only that my friends know some strange conservatives. But apparently columnist Robert Novak has encountered the same phenomenon and has coined the term "Obamacons" to describe the conservatives for Senator Obama.

- Thomas Sowell, GOPUSA (link here)

Conservatives for Obama!

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

The Swift Boat Corral

The group of Swift boat veterans who served alongside Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) in Vietnam are steaming mad at oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens for reneging on his $1 million offer.

- Mary Ann Akers, Washington Post (link here)

Since they did not disprove the assertions of the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, why should he pay them?

Monday, June 30, 2008

Bakken shale formation

A second well has begun producing on their property and another is being drilled - all aimed at the Bakken shale formation, a rich deposit that the U.S. Geological Survey calls the largest continuous oil accumulation it has ever assessed.

- AP/Miami Herald (link here)

It is interesting to note that there is a deeper formation that also produces in that same area.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Second Amendment Rights

The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that Americans have a right to own guns for self-defense and hunting, the justices' first major pronouncement on gun rights in U.S. history.

- AP/Las Vegas Review-Journal (link here)

Excellent.

Neopaganism

Neopaganism, whether a careful reconstruction of ancient practice or a completely modern interpretation of ancient lore, is now among the country's fastest-growing religions.

- Denver Post (link here)

Friday, May 30, 2008

Geraldine Ferraro

They don't identify with someone who has gone to Columbia and Harvard Law School and is married to a Princeton-Harvard Law graduate.

- Geraldine Ferraro, Boston Globe (link here)

But they have no problem identifying with graduates of Yale Law School?

Another asinine opinion from Ferraro.

Perceived insults

A U.S. Marine handed out coins promoting Christianity to Muslims in the former insurgent stronghold of Fallujah, outraged Sunni officials said Friday. The U.S. military responded quickly, removing a trooper from duty pending an investigation.

The distribution of the coins was the second perceived insult to Islam by American service members this month. A U.S. sniper was sent out of the country after using a Quran, Islam's holy book, for target practice.

- AP/Star Tribune (link here)

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Larry Craig bobblefoot

Sunday's giveaway is a miniature bathroom stall with a couple of lower legs and feet - a spoof on the airport episode involving Idaho Sen. Larry Craig at the Twin Cities airport last summer.

- Star Tribune (link here)

Maybe I can buy one on e-bay.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Squishy Science

Longtime WCCO TV meteorologist Mike Fairbourne says that the environmental movement is practicing "squishy science" when it ties human activity to global warming.

- Star Tribune (link here)

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Curious George 2008

Marietta bar owner Mike Norman says the T-shirts he's peddling, featuring a look-a-like of cartoon chimp Curious George peeling a banana, with "Obama in '08" underneath, are not meant to offend.

Not that's he's bowing to pressure. The Tennessee native figures he's providing a public service of sorts, reminding people they have a right to offend.

- Atlanta Journal Constitution (link here)

Odd combined use of the word "offend" in those two sentences.

The extraterrestrial is my brother

Believing that the universe may contain alien life does not contradict a faith in God, the Vatican's chief astronomer said in an interview published Tuesday.

- AP/ajc (link here)

The article contains a number of interesting quotes.

Obama & McCain vs. 527s

The meeting was only the most overt effort by Obama or Sen. John McCain (Ariz.), the presumptive Republican nominee, to freeze out "527" groups -- named after a provision in the tax code -- which are not allowed to openly support a candidate but have helped define recent elections through negative advertising.

- Washington Post (link here)

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Libertarian for President

Former Republican Congressman Bob Barr of Georgia, dismissing the major party candidates for failing to offer dramatic change, announced Monday he is seeking the Libertarian Party nomination for president.

He insisted he will not be a "spoiler" but said Republicans have urged him not to run out of concern that he will draw votes from Sen. John McCain, the presumed GOP nominee.

- Atlanta Journal Constitution (link here)

McCain has a lot of problems, but Bob Barr is not one of them.

Thursday, May 08, 2008

Sarah Palin

http://palinforvp.blogspot.com/

Governor of Alaska and lifetime NRA member.

If she were the VP nominee, I might be able to vote for McCain.

Sunday, May 04, 2008

Hypocrites

“The great divide in this country is not by race or even income, it’s by those who think they are better than everyone else and think they should play by a different set of rules,” the former president said. “In West Virginia and Arkansas, we know that when we see it.”

- Bill Clinton, quoted by Maureen Dowd, NY Times (link here)

Proving once again that the Clintons are the biggest hypocrites in the history of the world.

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

What if?

Paleontologist Meave Leakey, a Genographic adviser, commented: "Who would have thought that as recently as 70,000 years ago, extremes of climate had reduced our population to such small numbers that we were on the very edge of extinction."

- AP/Star Tribune (link here)

Showing, once again, that climate change is nothing new.

Prisons filled with Muslims

This prison is majority Muslim -- as is virtually every house of incarceration in France. About 60 to 70 percent of all inmates in the country's prison system are Muslim, according to Muslim leaders, sociologists and researchers, though Muslims make up only about 12 percent of the country's population.

- Washington Post (link here)

Maybe the Muslims should stop their criminal behavior.

Al Franken

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Al Franken, front-runner in the race to challenge Republican U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman, said on Tuesday that he has paid $70,000 in back taxes and penalties owed in 17 states, going back to 2003.

- Star Tribune (link here)

If he cannot even competently control his own finances, how is he going to handle the duties of a senator?

If he cannot manage one accountant, how is he going to manage a staff?

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Democracy wins another one

Democracy was the big loser in the Supreme Court on Monday. The court upheld Indiana’s voter identification law, which solves a nearly nonexistent problem by putting major barriers between voters — particularly minorities — and the ballot box.

- New York Timed editorial (link here)

Yet another disingenuous rant while liberals desperately try to maintain their ability to win elections through voter fraud.

Prairie dog fishing

The Colorado Wildlife Commission will meet to discuss a complete ban on prairie dog hunting in the state of Colorado April 30-May 1. While radical anti-hunting/animal rights groups are targeting prairie dog hunting as cruel, it is a traditional sporting activity and necessary management tool, especially for ranching interests in the state.

- NRA-ILA (link here)

Would this also ban the popular new sport of prairie dog fishing?

Global warming hits Minnesota

Should flurries fall in the Twin Cities today as expected, it will mark the first time in nearly a century that there has been snow four consecutive days this late in the spring season.

- Star Tribune (link here)

Friday, April 18, 2008

Franken vs. The Little Guy

It has been said with some regularity that Republicans hate unions, but love individual workers. Conversely, Democrats love unions, they just hate actual workers. While one may disagree, at least as far as Democrats go, Al Franken is giving some truth to the statement.

- Erick Erickson (link here)

Yet another reason that liberals love Al Franken.

Carter

But blinded by an unfounded faith in the moral superiority of his insipid political beliefs, Jimmy Carter is chronically incapable of coming to grips with his own incompetence and moral confusion, or the damage they inflict on America. As a result, he has remained active since leaving office, which has only meant continuing harm to the country.

- Christopher G. Adamo (link here)

Accurate.

Going out like Carter

Yesterday, President Bush announced the nomination of U.S. Attorney Stephen Murphy III a/k/a "Abu Porno" to a Federal Judgeship in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.

I've repeatedly detailed on this site how Murphy allowed Hezbollah financiers from the Hammoud and Chahine families to leave the country, then indicted them once they were conveniently out of reach. I've written about how Murphy has the worst record of prosecuting terrorists of any U.S. Attorney in the country. I told you how his tight friendship with Islamic terrorism financiers is so tight that, last month, he had to recuse himself and his entire office from the prosecution of Saddam spy Muthanna Al-Hanooti of HAMAS/Al-Qaeda charity, LIFE for Relief and Development, with whose officers Murphy is close.

- Debbie Schlussel (link here)

Pathetic. Bush came in like Reagan and is going out like Carter.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Trust, or lack thereof

Lost in the Hillary Rodham Clinton campaign's aggressive attacks on Barack Obama in recent days is a deep and enduring problem that threatens to undercut any inroads Clinton has made in her struggle to overtake him in the Democratic presidential race: She has lost trust among voters, a majority of whom now view her as dishonest.

- Washington Post (link here)

Who are these people who, until recently, thought she was honest?

Friday, April 11, 2008

Women and their guns


The Atlanta Journal-Constitution had an interesting article on women and guns.

http://projects.ajc.com/gallery/view/living/gunphotos0411/?cxntnid=amn041108e

This is a serious sniper rifle.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Osama Obama


Thanks to Mark for forwarding this picture to me.

Pinocchiobama

But if you were to take an objective look at Obama, you could reasonably conclude that Obama transcends politics by making the typical politician appear more honest. With each passing day, a new lie springs forth from Obama’s mouth causing university professors and ivy league graduates to faint at the non-truth that affirms their world view.

- Erick Erickson, Human Events (link here)

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Minnesota's Muslim public school

Charter schools are public schools and by law must not endorse or promote religion.

Evidence suggests, however, that TIZA is an Islamic school, funded by Minnesota taxpayers.

TIZA's operation as a public, taxpayer-funded school is troubling on several fronts. TIZA is skirting the law by operating what is essentially an Islamic school at taxpayer expense. The Department of Education has failed to provide the oversight necessary to catch these illegalities, and appears to lack the tools to do so. In addition, there's a double standard at work here -- if TIZA were a Christian school, it would likely be gone in a heartbeat.

- Katherine Kersten, Star Tribune (link here)

It comes as no surprise that Minnesota liberals favor Muslims over Christians.

The Return of Durga

Rural India is deeply superstitious, and the little girl is being hailed as a return of the Hindu goddess of valor, Durga, a fiery deity traditionally depicted with three eyes and many arms.

- AP/Denver Post (link here)

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Dr. Death

Jack Kevorkian, the assisted-suicide advocate who served eight years in prison for second-degree murder, announced Monday he's running for Congress as an independent.

If elected, he said his main priority will be promoting the little-known Ninth Amendment, which protects rights not explicitly specified elsewhere in the U.S. Constitution. Kevorkian said he interprets it as protecting a person's choice to die through assisted suicide or to avoid wearing a seat belt.

- AP/Miami Herald (link here)

Monday, March 24, 2008

Clinton gutter politics

Bill Richardson came out swinging Easter Sunday, slamming the "gutter" politics which he says is "typical of many of the people around Senator Clinton."

- NewsMax (link here)

Gutter politics have always been the Clinton norm.

Richardson should have known that if you cross the Clintons, you will be subjected to the politics of personal destruction.

He can be outraged, but he cannot be surprised.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Messes


Thanks to Mark for this one.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Cartoons


Osama bin Laden warned in a new audiotape of a "severe" reaction for Europeans' publication of cartoons of Islam's Prophet Muhammad in what experts saw as a direct threat of a new attack in Europe.

- AP/Star Tribune (link here)

The guy obviously has no sense of humor.

Humorous toilet paper


www.prankplace.com

Protohumans

As early as six million years ago, apparently close to the beginning of the human lineage, an ancestral species had already developed the transforming ability for upright walking, scientists reported on Thursday.

- NY Times (link here)

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Rays kill again

A 55-year-old woman from Michigan died Thursday in a freak accident in which she was struck by a 75-pound spotted eagle ray that jumped out of the Atlantic Ocean just off the shore of Key Colony Beach near Marathon, said Bobby Dube, spokesperson for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

- Miami Herald (link here)

NObama


http://www.badgrafix.com/cgi-bin/store/bgStore.pl/1155987206/badgrafix/4541457

Orlando airport

At least two dozen rodents died in hidden nooks and crannies of a gate area at Orlando International Airport, creating a stench so foul it forced authorities to shut down a customs checkpoint last weekend and divert arriving international passengers to the opposite side of the airport, authorities said.

- Orlando Sentinel/azcentral (link here)

Hell Kitten AR-15



www.riflegear.com

God works in mysterious ways

The young Muslim assailants grabbed rabbi Ohana's yarmulke (skullcap), and when he went to them to get it back, they beat him and shouted, "Allahu Akbar." One of the Muslim attackers ran away into the street and was hit by a car (G-d works in mysterious ways). He was arrested by police. But three to four other Muslim assailants--whom you can bet will attack other Jews--escaped and are free.

- Debbie Schlussel (link here)

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Russian SU-30

Thanks to Brian for calling my attention to this.

http://bobandsylvia.com/FIGHTER.htm

Very impressive video of the new Russian jet fighter.

Cheesy ethics

With the Clintons, we expect them to be cheesy on ethics, so no one is ever surprised when they are.

- Maureen Dowd, NY Times (link here)

Yet another excellent quote.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Drink beer

"... a decade's worth of health research shows that regular, moderate beer intake--one to two 12 ounce glasses per day for men and one for women--can be good for you, especially if you're facing some of the most common diseases related to aging."

- Allison Van Dusen, Forbes.com (link here)

Biblical duty

In a major shift, a group of Southern Baptist leaders said their denomination has been "too timid" on environmental issues and has a biblical duty to stop global warming.

- AP/Las Vegas Review-Journal (link here)

The Price of Victory

If -- and it's still an if -- the numbers just don't add up for U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton to be the Democratic presidential nominee, but the party, through its arcane rules and superdelegates process, gives it to her anyway, Democrats will pay dearly, for a generation or more.

- Ron Dzwonkowski, Free Press Columnist (link here)

The Clintons would gladly pay this or any other price.

Friday, March 07, 2008

The Goracle

Former Vice President and global warming crusader Al Gore stands to make close to $50 million when the TV channel he co-founded goes public with an Initial Public Offering.

But it currently is available in only about 19 million U.S. homes, and has lost $31.5 million over the last three years, Ron Grover discloses in BusinessWeek.

“Something about this deal just doesn’t sit right with me,” Grover observes.

“What really sticks out to me,” Grover writes, is that Gore and Hyatt, “who jumpstarted the company with a broken-down Newsworld International channel they bought for $70.9 million, will have the kind of hammer-lock control over the company decried by shareholder rights activists and many of the same unions that supported Gore for years.”

- NewsMax (no link provided, will continue to look for one)

Of course. The classic Gore double standard. One set of rules for himself, and a completely different set of rules for everyone else.

Minnesota road rage, or lack thereof

Woman's road rage story takes a U-turn

The Prior Lake woman admits she wasn't thrown onto Hwy. 169 by the man in the road rage incident last week, nor did he smash her cell phone.

- StarTribune (link here)

Maybe she could get a job as a stripper somewhere near Duke University.

Athol

A cable sports network says it no longer will make Athol the butt of its jokes.

Comcast SportsNet said Thursday it would pull a newspaper ad that leaders of the small central Massachusetts town called insulting and offensive.

Selectman Susannah Whipps was the lone selectmen of the five to vote against sending the letter to the network. She told the Telegram and Gazette newspaper of Worcester that she was not offended by the ad, and predicted the publicity would help Comcast.

She was more concerned, she said, about vandals who add an "r" and an "e" to town signs to change the name to "rathole."

- AP/azcentral (link here)

The problems of small-town life.

Buy European?

The Air Force’s selection of a European supplier over Boeing for its next generation of tanker aircraft has sparked a frenzy of predictable bipartisan complaints: How could the military outsource these patriotic jobs?

For Congress to reverse the decision on “Buy America” grounds would be bad for taxpayers: requiring them to pay for aircraft that provide less value for the money. It would also be bad diplomacy and bad business. And that can’t be good for the country.

- NY Times editorial (link here)

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Rush helps Hillary

Republican crossover voters apparently helped win the Democratic primary in Texas for Hillary Clinton with one in every 10 Democratic votes came from Republicans.

And they could have been heeding the call of top-rated radio host Rush Limbaugh, who had been urging Republican listeners to vote for Hillary to prevent the Democrats from unifying around Obama and to keep the two candidates battling each other.

- NewsMax (link here)

ICE & tax dollars

Readers of this site will remember my multiple columns and postings on John Torres, ICE's own version of "Seinfeld"'s George Costanze (with apologies to Costanza). He's the guy who wasted $50,000 in your tax money--meant for rounding up, jailing, and deporting illegal aliens--to pay baseball's Tommy Lasorda to speak at a weeklong party Torres hosted. The party--whose purpose was solely to promote Torres (and hey, it worked!)--cost taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars in salaries of ICE personnel, travel costs, food, and hotel bills. You paid for that, too, even though you and your Congressmen and Senators allocated the money for illegal alien deportation, NOT John Torres' partying.

- Debbie Schlussel (link here)

She continues to land a lot of good punches.

Aiding terrorists

Over the weekend, both Detroit papers (the Free Press and the Newsistan) gushed that Detroit will soon have an emergency passport office. The federal government calls it a "Gateway" passport office. I call it a GETAWAY passport office. (At least they have the letters right.) The only thing Detroit is a "Gateway" city for is Hezbollah. And that's why this new office is nothing to cheer about.

The feds say that the Detroit Getaway Passport office will employ 40-60 employees. That's a lot of employees for, apparently, a heckuva a lot of quickie-Hezbo and HAMAS passports.

- Debbie Schlussel (link here)

Pathetic.

Harpy for President

We're surging, Hillary! If you want to be even more likable, you should go on "The View." Next to those four harpies, you seem almost agreeable.

- Ann Coulter (link here)

Literally dozens of excellent quotes in this column.

Al Franken

The state of New York fined the personal corporation of Democratic Senate candidate Al Franken $25,000 for not carrying workers' compensation insurance for almost three years.

- jsonline/wire reports (link here)

Franken wants to tell the rest of us how to live our lives, but cannot keep his own house in order. Typical liberal double standard.

Microsoft thinking green

Microsoft cited a study by the U.K.'s PC Pro Labs, which found that for a company with 200 PCs, running Windows Vista on the machines produced 45 tons less of carbon per year than running XP.

- zdnet.com (link here)

More pandering from Microsoft.

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Do-over in Michigan and Florida?

Officials in Michigan and Florida are showing renewed interest in holding repeat presidential nominating contests so that their votes will count in the epic Democratic campaign.

The governors of both states, along with top officials in Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign, are now saying they would consider holding a sort of do-over contest by June. That's a change from their previous insistence that the primaries their states held in January should determine how the states' delegates are allocated.

- AP/columbiatribune (link here)

Suing Al Gore

(thanks to Caroline for calling my attention to this one)

John Coleman wants to sue Al Gore for fraud. Coleman, who founded the Weather Channel in 1982, thinks taking legal action against Al Gore would be a great "vehicle to finally put some light on the fraud of global warming." Coleman rejects the notion that people must take drastic actions to reduce their energy use.

- citizensugar (link here)

Excellent idea.

American Congress for Truth

War has been declared on Christians, Jews, non-Muslims and secularists worldwide by Islamic extremists...simply because we are infidels according to their belief. As Islamic fundamentalism spreads its tentacles worldwide, it is crucial for the people of the Western world to understand the danger, know what to expect, and know what to do about it.

Threats and realities of forced conversions to Islam, beheadings, torture and murder are quickly becoming commonplace. They’re rarely mentioned in the news and when they are, it’s with a disclaimer…the word “insurgent” has replaced the truth of “terrorists.”

Political correctness is killing us.

- Brigitte Gabriel, American Congress for Truth (link here)

Huckabee in the future

He walked away with a big consolation prize: Huckabee is considered by many to be the face of a new, nicer Republicanism.

"His good-natured approach to politics - `I'm a conservative; I'm just not mad about it,' as he likes to say - is quite appealing after years of scorched-earth tactics from both parties," The Dallas Morning News, which endorsed him, wrote in an editorial on Monday.

"True, a Huckabee vote today won't do much to determine the 2008 GOP presidential candidate. But it's a good investment in the Republican Party's future."

- AP/Forbes (link here)

Redneck Girls

(Thanks to Dad for this one)

Drinking with a Redneck Girl

A Mexican, an Arab, and a redneck girl are in the same bar.

When the Mexican finishes his beer, he throws his glass in the air, pulls out his pistol, and shoots the glass to pieces. He says, "In Mexico, our glasses are so cheap we don't need to drink with the same one twice."

The Arab, obviously impressed by this, drinks his beer, throws it into the air, pulls out his AK-47, and shoots the glass to pieces. He says, "In the Arab World, we have so much sand to make glasses that we don't need to drink with the same one twice either."

The redneck girl, cool as a cucumber, picks up her beer, downs it in one gulp, throws the glass into the air, whips out her 45, and shoots the Mexican and the Arab.
Catching her glass, setting it on the bar, and calling for a refill, she says, "In America we have so many illegal Mexicans and Arabs that we don't have to drink with the same ones twice."

Guns on campus

Ms. Johnson, a Republican from Mesa [Arizona], said she believed that the recent carnage at Northern Illinois University could have been prevented or limited if an armed student or professor had intercepted the gunman. The police, she said, respond too slowly to such incidents and, besides, who better than the people staring down the barrel to take action?

- NY Times (link here)

I agree with Ms. Johnson.

Except for Monica

Watching Bill Clinton greet but not address — the Big Dog has been muzzled — an excited group of students at Texas State University in San Marcos on Tuesday, 19-year-old Allison Krolczyk said she was leaning toward Obama and felt no gender guilt about voting for him. “Not at all,” she said. “I think they’re both pretty amazing.”

The crowd held up their camera phones to capture the former president, in his bright orange tie and orange-brown ostrich cowboy boots.

“We love you, Bill!” yelled one boy. “You did a good job, except for Monica.”

Maureen Dowd, NY Times (link here)

Great quote.

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Dearbornistan

For the last two years, representatives from Walmart's corporate headquarters met with and pandered to the most extremist, Islamofascist leaders in Dearborn's Islamic community, including FBI award revokee and "former" Islamic terrorist Imad Hamad, so that they could plan the new so-called "Arab American" Walmart in Dearbornistan. But there's nothing "Arabic" about it. Walmart didn't meet with Chaldeans (Catholic Iraqis) or Maronite Christians from Lebanon or even the Druze community. They met only with Muslims.

And, to make matters worse, Walmart hired Suehaila Amen, an openly anti-Semitic, anti-Israel, pro-Hezbollah Shi'ite Muslim to give ethnic sensitivity training to Walmart employees.

Disgusting. I WILL NEVER SHOP AT WALMART AGAIN! And neither should you.

- Debbie Schlussel (link here)

Throwing a lot of good punches as usual.

Spotted hyenas

For the past two decades, Kay E. Holekamp has been chronicling the lives of spotted hyenas on the savannas of southern Kenya. She has watched cubs emerge from their dens and take their place in the hyena hierarchy; she has seen alliances form and collapse. She has observed clan wars, in which dozens of hyenas have joined together to defend their hunting grounds against invaders.

“It’s like following a soap opera,” said Dr. Holekamp, a professor at Michigan State University.

- NY Times (link here)

Fascinating research.

Monday, March 03, 2008

Not liberal enough?

The liberal watchdog group Media Matters for America has gone on the attack against longtime "Meet the Press" host Tim Russert, saying he has "regularly smeared" Democrats on a variety of issues.

- NewsMax (link here)

Pathetic.

The far-left is not as far-left as it could be?

Muhammad Cartoon Gallery


http://www.humanevents.com/

Very entertaining.

Catholics

Endorsed by an influential Texas televangelist, Republican John McCain endeared himself to one group of voters but risked alienating another with the pastor's anti-Catholic views.

The televangelist, San Antonio megachurch leader John Hagee, has referred to the Roman Catholic Church as "the great whore" and called it a "false cult system" and "the apostate church"; the word "apostate" means someone who has forsaken his religion.

- AP/Forbes (link here)

Nigerian dog scam

English bulldogs, especially those from "champion bloodlines" and recognized by the American Kennel Club, are worth a pretty penny: upwards of $3,000 for some puppies.

So when 29-year-old Justin Gariott saw a classified ad in the Feb. 23 edition of the Review-Journal purporting to offer them free for adoption, he jumped at the chance.

What Gariott had stumbled upon was one of the latest schemes out of Nigeria to defraud Americans. The "puppy scam," as it's known, has become so notorious it prompted a joint press release by the AKC and the Better Business Bureau last year to warn consumers about it.

- Las Vegas Review-Journal (link here)

I would rather have a beagle.

Arborglyphs

Etched into the bark of aging aspens across Colorado, thousands of notes from lonely shepherds from afar linger on a fading canvas. They are lonely narratives carved carefully and passionately a century ago by Mexican, Peruvian and Basque sheepherders, delivering a blunt glimpse into their hard lives.

Known as arborglyphs or dendroglyphs, the impressions divulge the raw isolation of men far from the warmth of family and home.

- Denver Post (link here)

Sunday, March 02, 2008

The liberal Republican

As goofs go, John McCain's slip at a town hall forum Friday was a small one. Contrasting himself with his likely Democratic opponent, he said, "I'm a proud, conservative, liberal Repub —" And then he caught himself, as the audience started laughing.

- Washington Post/Denver Post (link here)

Global warming

The world has seen some extraordinary winter conditions in both hemispheres over the past year: snow in Johannesburg last June and in Baghdad in January, Arctic sea ice returning with a vengeance after a record retreat last summer, paralyzing blizzards in China, and a sharp drop in the globe’s average temperature.

- Andrew Revkin, NY Times (link here)

Saturday, March 01, 2008

Bias

Walter Shorenstein, a prominent San Francisco-based real estate developer, Democratic fundraiser and longtime supporter of Hillary Rodham Clinton, penned a memo to Democratic party "superdelegates" and other activists criticizing media coverage of the presidential campaign.

- AP/Forbes (link here)

Translation = His candidate is not doing well, and he needs to find a scapegoat.

Evolution

Why Darwin Matters: The Case Against Intelligent Design (2006)

by Michael Shermer

The author is a former creationist.

Just as some ex-smokers become rabid anti-smokers, the author had become quite the anti-creationist.

The author points out that intelligent design is just creationism in another guise.

Raises an interesting question: who designed the designer?

A good overview in less than 200 pages.

Pandering

The Democratic candidates understand that trade with the developing world has both costs and benefits, which are not evenly distributed across the United States. Two days before this week's debate, Mr. Obama said, "I don't think it's realistic for us to repeal NAFTA," because that "would actually result in more job loss . . . than job gains." Ms. Clinton awkwardly pleaded that NAFTA has benefited some parts of the country -- such as Texas. Yet the urge to win Ohio trumped, and both Democrats made a threat that, if taken seriously, can be described only as reckless. In other words, we have to hope that they were only pandering.

- Washington Post (link here)

Pandering was always been a core tactic of Democrats.

Friday, February 29, 2008

Clinton fearmongering

A stark new Hillary Rodham Clinton ad portrays her as the leader voters want on the phone when crisis occurs in the middle of the night, "while your children are safely asleep."

- AP/Forbes (link here)

The Clintons have always excelled at fearmongering.

Fort Benning

Maj. Bobby Toon is known as the Pig Czar at the huge army post on Georgia's western edge.

He has been assigned to help rid Fort Benning of its unwanted guests: an estimated 6,000 feral pigs that roam the 184,000-acre installation.

- AP/azcentral (link here)

Fauxbama

When Barack Obama announced his candidacy for president last year, some observers questioned whether the senator from Illinois was "black enough" to embody the hopes and aspirations of African Americans.

Now a variation on that theme has emerged: Is Fred Armisen, who is not African American, "black enough" to embody Obama on "Saturday Night Live"?

- Washington Post (link here)

Wisconsin ribeye

A restaurant cook is out of a job and facing a felony charge after being accused of hiding hairs in a ribeye because a customer complained the first steak served to him was overcooked.

- AP/ajc (link here)

Thursday, February 28, 2008

John Lewis abandons the Clintons

After months of personal soul-searching and political pressure, Rep. John Lewis on Wednesday formally announced that he's switching his influential support from Sen. Hillary Clinton to Sen. Barack Obama, whom Lewis now sees as the heir apparent to the racial progress Lewis himself has spent his life fighting for.

- Atlanta Journal-Constitution (link here)

I guess John Lewis did not read Geraldine Ferraro's op-ed piece.

But, it is always good to see the Clintons get stabbed in the back.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

ESPN vs. Jesus

Providing further proof that America's elites are delighted when people of low mental ability use Christians and Christianity as punching bags, ESPN has suspended sports-show anchor Dana Jacobson for one week after she indulged in a drunken, foul-mouthed public tirade that included an astonishingly vulgar curse directed at Jesus Christ.

- S.T. Karnick, acuf.org (link here)

The author's point is that she should have been fired.

AA-12

Thanks to Mark for calling my attention to this video of the AA-12.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p4ebtj1jR7c

Bill Cunningham vs. Obama & McCain

"Now we have a hack, Chicago-style Daley politician who is picturing himself as change. When he gets done with you, all you're going to have in your pocket is change."

- WLW-AM talk show host Bill Cunningham, referring to Barack Obama (AP/Forbes, link here)

Later, on Cunningham's show, after McCain apologized for Cunningham's remarks (several more than quoted above), Cunningham said:

"Did John McCain repudiate me? ... He just threw me under the bus to the national media. I've had it with McCain. I'm going to endorse Hillary Clinton. I'm going to throw my support behind Hillary Clinton."

This last quote appeared in the print edition of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (with AP attribution), but not in the jsonline version, and not in the AP/Forbes online version.

Australian Sports: Python 1, Dog 0

A 16-foot python stalked a family dog for days before swallowing the pet whole in front of horrified children in the Australian tropics, animal experts said Wednesday.

- AP/ajc (link here)

Cheney Satan 08


This would still be a better ticket than one with a Clinton on it.

Dead people for Clinton

The two sons of Ann Richards, the late former Texas governor, are objecting to an Internet video published by Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential campaign that suggests their mother would have supported Clinton.

- Denver Post (link here)

There is a long tradition of dead people not only supporting Democratic candidates, but also voting for them.

Europe vs. Microsoft

The European Union fined Microsoft Corp. a record $1.3 billion Wednesday for the amount it charges rivals for software information.

EU regulators said the company charged "unreasonable prices" until last October to software developers who wanted to make products compatible with the Windows desktop operating system.

- AP/ajc (link here)

A billion here, and a billion there, and pretty soon you are talking about real money. [with apologies to Everett Dirksen]

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Flooding the Grand Canyon

For the third time since 1996, officials plan to unleash a manmade flood in the Grand Canyon next month in an effort to restore an ecosystem that was altered by a dam constructed on the Colorado River decades ago.

- AP/Denver Post (link here)

No easy answers on this one.

Monday, February 25, 2008

John Kerry

Four years ago, his [John Kerry's] bid to topple President Bush fell short, damaged by a series of Texas broadsides that became known as the Swift boat attacks. His demise spawned a term that came to signify a political low blow.

- Washington Post (link here)

The far-left continues to misrepresent what Swift Boating means.

Swift Boating is telling the truth about someone when that person is lying, which is exactly what happened in John Kerry's case.

Killing elephants

South Africa said it will allow elephants to be killed to control their population, reversing a 1994 ban and immediately drawing criticism from animal rights activists.

- AP/azcentral (link here)