Wednesday, January 30, 2008

McLame

Republicans who vote for McCain are trying to be cute, like the Democrats were four years ago by voting for the "pragmatic" candidate, Vietnam vet John Kerry. This will turn out to be precisely as clever a gambit as nominating Kerry was, the brilliance of which was revealed on Election Day 2004.

- Ann Coulter (link here)

NY Post Endorses Obama

Obama represents a fresh start.

His opponent, and her husband, stand for déjà vu all over again - a return to the opportunistic, scandal-scarred, morally muddled years of the almost infinitely self-indulgent Clinton co-presidency.

- NY Post (link here)

Accurately describes the Clantons.

Rudy McLame

Rudy Giuliani, who sought to make the leap from New York mayor to the White House, bowed out of the Republican presidential contest Wednesday and endorsed front-runner and longtime friend John McCain.

"John McCain is the most qualified candidate to be the next commander in chief of the United States," Giuliani said. "He's an American hero."

- AP/ajc (link here)

Hill Billy

McLame

John McCain solidified his status as the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination with a Florida triumph, his candidacy coming full circle in little more than a year.

"It shows one thing. I'm the conservative leader who can unite the party," the Arizona senator said in a brief interview with The Associated Press.

- AP/Forbes (link here)

We need a conservative leader who can unite the party, but I am not convinced that McCain is that guy.

The Breck Girl

John Edwards will end his presidential campaign today, a source close to the Edwards campaign confirmed today.

- Washington Post (link here)

When the going gets tough, The Breck Girl quits.

The Great Betrayer

The New York chapter of The National Organization for Women accused Sen. Edward Kennedy of betraying women with his endorsement of Barack Obama.

- AP/Denver Post (link here)

Pathetic.

Republican Rudy

As Mr. Giuliani ponders his political mortality, many advisers and political observers point to the hubris and strategic miscalculations that plagued his campaign.

- NY Times (link here)

I think hubris and strategic miscalculations describe it pretty well.

Spineless taxers

"They range from the outright crazy to the absolutely insane," said Nate Bailey, of the nonpartisan Tax Foundation based in Washington. "People at the local level already feel overtaxed and politicians, in a somewhat spineless way, look for a hidden way to increase revenue without raising taxes."

- AP/Miami Herald (link here)

McLame

John McCain won Florida's Republican primary with the help of the state's wildly popular governor, his own war-hero biography and some crafty campaigning.

- Miami Herald (link here)

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Taliban

A large group of taliban soldiers are moving down the road when they hear a voice call from a sand dune. "One US Soldier is better than 10 taliban." The taliban commander quickly sends 10 of his best soldiers over the sand dune. A gun battle breaks out and lasts for several minutes. Then there is silence. Furious, the taliban commander sends his next best 100 soldiers over the sand dune, and a gun battle commences. After 10 minutes of battle, again there is silence. The same voice calls out, "One US Soldier is better than 1000 taliban." The enraged taliban commander musters 1000 fighters and sends them across the dune. Cannon, rockets and machinegun fire rings out as a huge battle is fought. Then silence. Eventually,one wounded taliban soldier crawls back over the dune and with his dying words tells his commander, "Don't send anymore men. Its a trap. There's two of them."

Pakistan

A man was feeling suicidal, so he called the emergency help center. The call was answered by a man in Pakistan. The caller said that he was feeling suicidal. The man in Pakistan got excited and asked "Can you drive a Truck?"

Complaint Department Grenade


https://www.vetfriends.com/catalog/catalog_detail.cfm?itemNum=419

Very clever.

Repudiation

Sen. Edward Kennedy says his endorsement of Barack Obama for president wasn't intended as a repudiation of Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign or of her husband, the former president.

- AP/Forbes (link here)

Too bad.

The Clintons deserve repudiation.

Monica Lewinsky's X-Boyfriend's Wife for President

A sweet aroma of irony fills the air as the Clintons' loathsome, sinister tactics, being used against fellow Democrats for the first time in a big way since Bill's first presidential primary contest, are coming back to bite them.

- David Limbaugh (link here)

Being loathsome has always been an integral part of the Clinton strategy.

Global warming strikes China

In many areas, where snow has continued falling for several days, the accumulation has been described as the heaviest in as many as five decades.

- NY Times (link here)

Very interesting how global warming causes the worst winter weather in 50 years.

Monday, January 28, 2008

McCainabee

Barak Obama is not the only candidate running against a two-some. I think it's pretty clear now that the McCain-Huckabee campaigns are working pretty closely against Romney. And I continue to suspect that Huckabee is playing the role of spoiler for McCain in hopes of getting the second spot on the ticket, or something, as Huckabee will not be the nominee (and has no intention of dropping out).

- Mark Levin (link here)

John McLame

John McCain heads into Tuesday's Florida primary facing resistance from not only his fellow candidates, but also from the leaders of conservative talk radio, who some suggest have put their reputations on the line, as well.

Mark Levin calls the senator "John McLame."

- AP/Forbes (link here)

Liberal Republicans

Mitt Romney and John McCain accused each other Monday of harboring liberal tendencies, a charge bordering on blasphemy in the increasingly caustic campaign for the Republican presidential nomination.

- AP/Forbes (link here)

Maybe they are both right.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Evolution

Give a mouse embryo a stretch of bat DNA, and its limbs grow a little longer, a new genetic study shows. The change, though small, may illustrate one evolutionary step on the path to wings.

Charles Darwin suggested that a series of such minor changes would be key to building new body features, like wings, from old ones. "If you have lots of these changes over time—and with natural selection—ultimately you'll end up with some structure like a bat wing," says study leader Richard Behringer, a developmental biologist at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.

- Ewen Callaway, Science News, January 19, 2008 (subscriber-only story, no link provided)

Interesting idea.

Ted Kennedy stabs the Clintons in the back

Kennedy's endorsement of Obama will follow that of his niece, Caroline, who backed the Illinois senator on Saturday. In an editorial in The New York Times, she said Obama could inspire Americans in the same way her father, President Kennedy, did.

- NewsMax (link here)

Excellent.

More Billary

Writing on his own blog, Clinton's former Labor Secretary, Robert Reich accused Clinton of spearheading a "smear campaign against Obama."

- Vaughn Ververs, CBS News (link here)

Smear campaigns have always been part of the Clinton strategy.

Billary

Do Bill Clinton’s red-faced eruptions and fact-challenged rants enhance or diminish his wife as a woman and a candidate?

- Frank Rich, NY Times (link here)

Is this a rhetorical question?

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Caroline Kennedy

"I have never had a president who inspired me the way people tell me that my father inspired them," Caroline Kennedy wrote in an op-ed posted Saturday on the Web site of The New York Times. "But for the first time, I believe I have found the man [Barack Obama] who could be that president - not just for me, but for a new generation of Americans."

- AP/Forbes (link here)

Is this a valuable endorsement?

Manchurian candidate for Muslims

Yet how the Clintons, by deftly playing the race and gender cards, turned back the greatest single challenge to a Clinton Restoration will be studied for a long time to come.

In three weeks, Barack has been ghettoized. The crossover candidate, the great liberal hope, has become a Jesse Jackson, who is ceded the black vote and a few states, then given a speaking role at the convention, as the party moves on to the serious business of electing a president.

- Pat Buchanan (link here)

Dead-center bullseye.

The Real Fairy Tale

Once upon a time, there was a Mythical First Black President who held court with his white Wife. They lorded over the land, until he was impeached and she bolted for the world's greatest deliberative body.

Today, the Mythical First Black President is trying to help the Wife beat the Candidate who could be the Actual First Black President.

- Monica Crowley (link here)

Clever.

Huma Abedin

Hillary Clinton's campaign team are furious that an unsubstantiated rumour of a lesbian affair with her exotic aide de camp Huma Abedin, which has been doing the rounds of 'underground' blogs and websites in recent weeks, appears to have gone mainstream after reports in foreign papers addressed the subject of dirty tricks on the US presidential campaign trail.

- First Post (link here)

Odd rumors.

McCain

McCain is not only not conservative enough; he has also has built a reputation as a maverick by stabbing his party in the back -- not in furtherance of conservative principles but by betraying them. McCain delights in sticking it to his colleagues while winning accolades from the mainstream liberal media.

- David Limbaugh (link here)

Ouch.

Lesson of the day

A young woman was about to finish her first year of college. Like so many others her age, she considered herself to be a very liberal Democrat, and among other liberal ideals, was very much in favor of higher taxes to support more government programs, in other words redistribution of wealth.

She was deeply ashamed that her father was a rather staunch Republican, a feeling she openly expressed. Based on the lectures that she had participated in, and the occasional chat with a professor, she felt that her father had for years harbored an evil, selfish desire to keep what he thought should be his.

One day she was challenging her father on his opposition to higher taxes on the rich and the need for more government programs. The self-professed objectivity proclaim ed by her professors had to be the truth and she indicated s o to her father. He responded by asking how she was doing in school.

Taken aback, she answered rather haughtily that she had a 4.0 GPA, and let him know that it was tough to maintain, insisting that she was taking a very difficult course load and was constantly studying, which left her no time to go out and party like other people she knew. She didn't even have time for a boyfriend, and didn't really have many college friends because she spent all her time studying

Her father listened and then asked, "How is your friend Audrey doing?"

She replied, "Audrey is barely getting by. All she takes are easy classes, she never studies, and she barely has a 2.0 GPA. She is so popular on campus; college for her is a blast. She's always invited to all the parties, and lots of times she doesn't even show up for classes because she's too hung over."

Her wise father asked his daughter, "Why don't you go to the Dean's office and ask him to deduct a 1.0 off your GPA and give it to your friend who only has a 2.0. That way you will both have a 3.0 GPA and certainly that would be a fair and equal distribution of GPA."

The daughter, visibly shocked by her father's suggestion, angrily fired back, "That's a crazy idea, how would that be fair! I've worked really hard for my grades! I've invested a lot of time, and a lot of hard work! Audrey has done next to nothing toward her degree. She played while I worked my tail off!"

The father slowly smiled, winked and said gently, "Welcome to the Republican party."

Monica Lewinsky's X-Boyfriend's Wife for President

Bill Clinton, in his over-the-top advocacy of his wife’s candidacy, has at times sounded like a man who’s gone off his medication. And some of the Clinton surrogates have been flat-out reprehensible.

- Bob Herbert, NY Times (link here)

Reprehensible has always been an integral part of the Clintons.

McCain

“Americans don’t dislike wealthy people; they want to be wealthy people.”

- John McCain, quoted by NY Times (link here)

Not a bad little quote.

Manchurian candidate for Muslims vs. Monica Lewinsky's X-Boyfriend's Wife

Barack Obama routed Hillary Rodham Clinton in the racially-charged South Carolina primary Saturday night....

- AP/Forbes (link here)

Excellent.

Space Junk

Government officials have said that a U.S. spy satellite has lost power and propulsion and could hit the Earth in late February or March.

- Star Tribune (link here)

Wasn't there a Devo song about this?

Friday, January 25, 2008

Republican Rudy

Rudy Giuliani splurged on Florida, lavishing time and money on a high-risk gamble that the state would vault him to the Republican presidential nomination.

- AP/Forbes (link here)

It looks like the Hail Mary is going to be intercepted.

Monica Lewinsky's X-Boyfriend's Wife for President

Republican presidential contenders depicted Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton as weak on Iraq and certain to raise taxes Thursday night, setting aside their own campaign debate squabbles long enough to agree that she is unworthy of the White House.

- AP/Forbes (link here)

Raising taxes and unworthiness have always been features of the Clintons.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Wisconsin road conditions

http://www.dot.wisconsin.gov/travel/road/winter-roads.htm

Monica Lewinsky's X-Boyfriend's Wife for President

"As long as he [Bill Clinton] is careful with the truth, I don't think any of us in any way resent his campaigning. But the fact that he has shaded things and he has tried to manipulate the facts in a way that is patently unfair, I think that is frankly flat wrong and I think it's demeaning." - Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., who has endorsed Obama.

- AP/Forbes (link here)

The Clintons have always been unfair and demeaning. For them, it is a way of life.

Mr. Irrelevant quits

Democrat Dennis Kucinich is abandoning his second, long-shot bid for the White House as he faces a tough fight to hold onto his other job - U.S. congressman.

- AP/Forbes (link here)

He was never a factor in the race.

Pepsi silent Super Bowl ad

The pre-game advertisement features a joke that originates from the deaf community and will play out on screen over 60 seconds of total silence, a veritable eternity when it comes to the noisiness of Super Bowl ads.

- AP/Dallas Morning News (link here)

Who said it?

Who said it?

1) "We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good."

A. Karl Marx
B. Adolph Hitler
C. Joseph Stalin
D. None of the above

2) "It's time for a new beginning, for an end to government of the few, by the few, and for the few... and to replace it with shared responsibility for shared prosperity."

A. Lenin
B. Mussolini
C. Idi Amin
D. None of the Above

3) "(We)...can't just let business as usual go on, and that means something has to be taken away from some people."

A. Nikita Khrushev
B. Josef Goebbels
C. Boris Yeltsin
D. None of the above

4) "We have to build a political consensus and that requires people to give up a little bit of their own...in order to create this common ground."

A. Mao Tse Dung
B. Hugo Chavez
C. Kim Jong Il
D. None of the above

5) "I certainly think the free-market has failed."

A. Karl Marx
B... Lenin
C. Molotov
D. None of the above

6) "I think it's time to send a clear message to what has become the most profitable sector in (the) entire economy that they are being watched."

A Pinochet
B. Milosevic
C. Saddam Hussein
D. None of the above

Answers:

(1) D. None of the above. Statement was made by Hillary Clinton 6/29/2004
(2) D. None of the above. Statement was made by Hillary Clinton 5/29/2007
(3) D. None of the above. Statement was made by Hillary Clinton 6/4/2007
(4) D. None of the above. Statement was made by Hillary Clinton 6/4/2007
(5) D. None of the above Statement was made by Hillary Clinton 6/4/2007
(6) D. None of the above. Statement was made by Hillary Clinton 9/2/2005

The third blog

http://gamesandfiction.blogspot.com/

I have started a third blog.

All games and fiction related items will be on the new blog.

Monica Lewinsky's X-Boyfriend's Wife for President

"Shame on you!" he [Bill Clinton] scolded a reporter who asked about the racial dynamics of the campaign in South Carolina. Clinton himself has repeatedly discussed the racial issue.

- AP/Forbes (link here)

The classic Clinton double standard.

Hunter & Huckabee

"Along with these issues of national security, border enforcement and protecting the U.S. industrial base, I see another quality of Mike Huckabee’s candidacy that compels my endorsement. Mike Huckabee is a man of outstanding character and integrity.

- Duncan Hunter, quoted by CNN (link here)

Hunter was my guy, so maybe now Huckabee should be my guy?

Monica Lewinsky's X-Boyfriend's Girlfriend

http://www.thefirstpost.co.uk/?menuID=2&subID=578&p=2

Old article about Bill Clinton's new girlfriend.

Nice of them to advertise on my blog.

Harpootlian

The former president also reacted angrily upon being told that Dick Harpootlian, a former South Carolina Democratic chairman and Obama supporter, had called the Clinton campaign "reprehensible" ....

- AP/Forbes (link here)

The Clintons have always been reprehensible.

Virginia vs. sangria

It's illegal to serve sangria in Virginia.

The fruity cocktail of wine and brandy that is a must-have at Spanish restaurants violates a law that forbids mixing wine or beer with spirits. If convicted, a bartender could go to jail for a year.

- Washington Post (link here)

Unbelievable.

Monica Lewinsky's X-Boyfriend's Wife for President

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential campaign aired a new radio ad here Wednesday that repeated a discredited charge against Sen. Barack Obama, in what some Democrats said is part of an increasing pattern of hardball politics by her and former president Bill Clinton.

- Washington Post (link here)

Underhanded tactics have always been trademarks of the Clintons.

Monica Lewinsky's X-Boyfriend's Wife for President

Now, Bill’s role as Chief Attack Dog undermines all that. If he’s all over her campaign, he’s going to be all over her administration. Instead of the original promise of the thoroughly educated Hillary, we’re being offered the worst-case scenario — that the pair of them are going to return to Pennsylvania Avenue and recreate the old Clinton chaos.

- Gail Collins, NY Times (link here)

It is, and always has been, a worst case scenario.

Giuliani vs. global warming

"Climate change is real. It's happening. I believe human beings are contributing to it," former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani said during a debate in Iowa when pressed on the issue.

But Giuliani has no taste for mandates on carbon emissions, saying they make no sense.

"The best way to deal with it is through energy independence," he argues, calling for building more nuclear power plants, promoting conservation and alternative fuels and more research into capturing carbon dioxide from coal plants.

- AP/Forbes (link here)

Plumbers break-in?

Republican Mitt Romney's presidential campaign headquarters was broken into for the second time in four months early Thursday, but campaign officials said there was no indication the alleged theft was politically motivated.

- AP/Forbes (link here)

Was G. Gordon Liddy involved?

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Monica Lewinsky's X-Boyfriend's Wife for President

Earlier Wednesday, during a heated exchange with a CNN reporter, Clinton said his wife's rival, Barack Obama, and the media had stirred up tensions over race.

- AP/Forbes (link here)

The Clintons always portray themselves as victims.

McCain vs. Swift Boat Veterans for Truth

Republican Sen. John McCain, a former prisoner of war in Vietnam, called an ad criticizing John Kerry's military service "dishonest and dishonorable" and urged the White House on Thursday to condemn it as well.

- USA Today, August, 2004 (link here)

It is stuff like this that really grinds my valves, not McCain's age.

McCain

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

- Ann Coulter (link here)

Ouch.

Hillary Nutcracker


http://www.stupid.com/stat/HNCK.html

This would have made a great Christmas gift for someone.

Bloomberg

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg castigated the White House and Congress on Wednesday for what he said was a shortsighted economic stimulus package and years of lousy financial management.

- AP/Forbes (link here)

I agree with the part about lousy financial management.

Manchurian candidate for Muslims vs. Monica Lewinsky's X-Boyfriend's Wife

Barack Obama's presidential campaign complained in a letter to the Nevada Democratic Party Wednesday that rival Hillary Rodham Clinton benefited from numerous violations of party rules during the state's caucuses on Saturday.

- AP/Forbes (link here)

The Clintons have a long history of benefiting from irregularities.

UFO clarification

The U.S. military has owned up to having F-16 fighters in the air near Stephenville the night that several residents reported unusual lights in the sky.

Military officials had repeatedly denied they had any flights in the area that night.

- Dallas Morning News (link here)

The Real Meaning of "Swift Boat"

As a veteran, it disgusts me that the Swift Boats we loved while we were in uniform on the Mekong Delta have been rendered, in Karl Rove's twisted politics, an ugly verb meaning to lie about someone's character just to win an election.

- John Kerry, quoted by NewsMax (link here)

Kerry continues to lie about the true meaning of Swiftboating.

Rush Limbaugh

Conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh stunned his listeners by announcing that he might not support the Republican presidential nominee in this year's election.

- NewsMax (link here)

Any of the Republican candidates are better than Obama or Clinton.

Ouch

A man rescued his colleague from the jaws of a crocodile in northern Australia but accidentally shot the unlucky co-worker in the process, police said Wednesday.

- AP/azcentral (link here)

Getting shot is still better than getting eaten.

Obama vs. Clinton

Democrat Barack Obama resumed his criticisms of rival Hillary Rodham Clinton's candor and trustworthiness Wednesday, saying she has indulged in double-talk on bankruptcy laws, trade and other issues.

- AP/Forbes (link here)

Manchurian Candidate for Muslims vs. Monica Lewinsky's X-Boyfriend's Wife for President.

Untrustworthiness and lack of candor have always been trademarks of the Clintons.

Green Bay bikini girls


Jen and her sister, Ashley, 20, and cousin Liz, 21, caused a sensation by stripping to their matching yellow bikini tops in the stands at Sunday's otherwise depressing championship game. TV captured the moment, prompting bundled-up announcer Troy Aikman to remark, "It makes me feel like a sissy."

- Jim Stingl, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (link here)

Global warming threatens hurricanes

Intensifying one of the hottest debates in science, a new report concludes that global warming actually is diminishing the number of hurricanes that strike Florida and the rest of the United States -- and the phenomenon is likely to continue.

- Miami Herald (link here)

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

No more Fredheads

Former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson quit the Republican presidential race on Tuesday, after a string of poor finishes in early primary and caucus states.

- AP/Star Tribune (link here)

It appears that the Human Events endorsement was insufficient.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Huckabee gets support

Huckabee's strong opposition to abortion and gay marriage matches the "high moral values" of many black Americans, said William Owens, founder of a group called the Coalition of African American Pastors.

- AP/Forbes (link here)

Interesting endorsement.

Manchurian candidate for Muslims

Barack Obama is stepping up his effort to correct the misconception that he's a Muslim now that the presidential campaign has hit the Bible Belt.

- AP/Forbes (link here)

In some parts of the world, Obama is considered a Muslim because his father was a Muslim.

Chuck Norris vs. McCain

Campaigning for Mike Huckabee, actor Chuck Norris said Sunday that Sen. John McCain is too old to handle the pressures of being president.

- AP/Forbes (link here)

I have several objections to McCain, but his age is not one of them.

Obama vs. The Clantons

The former president "has taken his advocacy on behalf of his wife to a level that I think is pretty troubling" by making statement that are not supported by facts, Obama said in an interview broadcast Monday on ABC's "Good Morning America."

- AP/Forbes (link here)

The Clantons have a long history of making statements not supported by facts.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Magic Johnson

"Whether it's winning championships or a president who can lead us back to greatness, I'll always want the most prepared and experienced person leading my team. That's why I'm asking you to join me in voting for Hillary Clinton for President.

- Magic Johnson, quoted by AP/Forbes (link here)

Pathetic.

Freedom's Watch

For too long, conservatives have lacked a permanent political presence to do battle with the radical special interest groups and their left-wing allies in government. Freedom’s Watch was formed to be the conservative voice fighting for mainstream conservative principles – today, tomorrow, and for generations to come. We engage in grassroots lobbying, education and information campaigns, and issue advocacy to further our goals and objectives. We create coalitions and collaborate with like-minded groups and individuals to further our common goals. Freedom’s Watch provides bold conservative solutions to pressing domestic and international issues to keep America strong, safe, and prosperous.

- Freedom's Watch (link here)

Mitt happens in Nevada

Romney, a former Massachusetts governor, won 17 delegates in Nevada's caucuses, extending his overall lead in the race for delegates to the GOP convention this summer.

- AP/Forbes (link here)

Which was more important?

Winning Nevada or losing South Carolina?

McCain is reconstituted

John McCain claimed a sweet South Carolina victory that eluded him in 2000 - and, if history is a guide, may have set himself on course to become the GOP presidential nominee.

No Republican since 1980 has won the party's nod without a triumph in the first-in-the-South primary.

- AP/Forbes (link here)

Does he control his own destiny?

Duncan Hunter bites the big one

Rep. Duncan Hunter is dropping out of the race for the Republican presidential nomination after a poor showing in the Nevada caucus.

"The media has a 'vote someone off the island' mentality and Duncan Hunter was a casualty of that," said [Hunter campaign spokesman] Bevill.

- AP/Forbes (link here)

What a bitter disappointment.

On the issues, he was my guy.

Global warming threatens Barry Manilow

Barry Manilow concert. The show, set for 8 p.m. Saturday at Philips Arena, has been postponed to a future date. "The reschedule date has not been determined but fans should stay tuned for the announcement of a rescedule date in the very near future," said Trey Feazell, Philips' senior vice president for bookings.

- Atlanta Journal Constitution (link here)

Brutal winter weather in Atlanta?

You know that global warming is out of control when a Barry Manilow concert is canceled.

Friday, January 18, 2008

Wisconsin injustice

Under current law, if someone aids a felon by destroying or altering evidence or placing false evidence, that is a crime unless that person is related to the felon.

At a hearing on Assembly Bill 338 last June, prosecutors detailed many cases in which a relative helped get rid of a murder weapon, or destroy blood-stained clothes, etc., in order to help the murderer literally get away with murder. AB 338 removes the exception that allows relatives to intentionally alter, damage, or hide evidence, or place false evidence in order to assist someone with getting away with a crime.

This bill, authored by Representative Gundrum, passed the Judiciary and Ethics Committee unanimously in June, and passed the full Assembly on a bi-partisan vote earlier this week. The bill now moves on to the Senate.

- Rep. Mark Gundrum (link here)

How did this vehicle for injustice ever get established in the first place?

Why has it not been addressed before?

Trust no one

If Mark Siljander was helping Islamic terrorists against America, then no-one is immune from succumbing to these forces of evil.

- Debbie Schlussel (read her full column here)

Fredheads

But as I've stated before, I believe Fred Thompson is a reliable, consistent conservative. There are others in the field I could support, but not without some reservations. The more I learn about Fred and observe him in action, the more convinced I become that he's the right choice.

Supporters have asked Fred to step up, and he has -- he has shone brilliantly in the last month, setting himself head and shoulders above the pack in many cases. Now it's time for conservative voters to step up and quit placing artificial limitations on Fred, and on themselves.

Fred has answered the conservatives' call. Shouldn't we answer his?

- David Limbaugh (read full column here)

Fred is coming to save us?

Sort of like The Great White Buffalo?

Bloomberg

Mayor Michael Bloomberg keeps saying he's not a presidential candidate, but analysts are calling his new plan to extend a $1 billion property tax cut a shrewd political move if he does make a bid for the Oval Office.

- AP/Forbes (read full story here)

I am in favor of lower taxes.

Mexican injustice

Mexico refuses to send anyone back to the United States unless the U.S. gives assurances it won't seek the death penalty - a 30-year-old policy that rankles some American prosecutors and enrages victims' families.

- AP/Las Vegas Review-Journal (read full story here)

The Breck Girl

While Hillary Clinton believes the country needs a president "who knows how to shuffle the papers around," and Barack Obama thinks the country needs someone "who knows how to give a great speech," Edwards said he's the candidate most likely to actually get things done.

"What we need in the next president of the United States is somebody with some guts and fight and determination," he said to cheers.

- Las Vegas Review-Journal (read full story here)

I agree with what he says, but he is not that person he is describing.

Dinosaurs walked among us

According to Evolutionary theory, the dinosaurs died out over 70 million years before the current era. But according to the Bible, man and dinosaurs did walk together. (Ge 6:4, Job 40:15, 41:1) These stones were produced by the ancient people of ICA, Peru long before the modern discovery of dinosaur fossils. The ICA Stones provide demonstrable evidence, an eye witness account, that men and dinosaurs did indeed walk together and dinosaurs did not die out millions of years ago.

- Mt. Blanco (link here)

Creationism museum

A Texas museum that teaches creationism is counting on the auction of a mastodon skull to stave off extinction.

- AP/Denver Post (read full story here)

I hope he finds some funding. It sounds like an interesting museum.

For more information on the museum, use this link:

http://www.mtblanco.com/

Green obstructionism

The anti-capitalist, green extremists are waging a legal war against affordable energy and economic growth from coast to coast.

Coal, meanwhile, is the country's cheapest, most plentiful and most efficient energy resource. To insist that coal no longer be a part of our energy portfolio is beyond unreasonable -- it's suicidal.

- Las Vegas Review-Journal (read full editorial here)

The editorial lands some solid punches.

America's Power

http://www.americaspower.org/

Web site dedicated to countering the lies of greens, environmentalists, the Church of Global Warming, etc.

Informative and very well done.

Bobby Fischer bites the big one

Bobby Fischer, the reclusive American chess master who became a Cold War icon when he dethroned the Soviet Union's Boris Spassky as world champion in 1972, has died.

Over the years, Fischer gave occasional interviews with a radio station in the Philippines, often digressing into anti-Semitic rants and accusing American officials of hounding him.

He praised the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, saying America should be "wiped out," and described Jews as "thieving, lying bastards."

"The United States is evil. There's this axis of evil. What about the allies of evil _ the United States, England, Japan, Australia? These are the evildoers," Fischer said.

- AP/Star Tribune (read full story here)

As a confirmed conspiracy buff, I would say that the Soviets poisoned Fischer, inducing a permanent psychosis.

Or maybe he drank too much absinthe.

Or maybe he played too much solo chess.

Americans for Balanced Energy Choices

A group backed by the coal industry and its utility allies is waging a $35 million campaign in primary and caucus states to rally public support for coal-fired electricity and to fuel opposition to legislation that Congress is crafting to slow climate change.

- Washington Post (read full story here)

They have my support.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Corpulent drunk

Romney's first race was against Sen. Teddy Kennedy -- whom he came closer to beating than any Republican ever had. If Romney needed to quote "The Communist Manifesto" to take out that corpulent drunk, all men of good will would owe him a debt of gratitude.

- Ann Coulter (read her full column here)

Excellent point.

Dr. Death

Dr. Jack Kevorkian, a physician who claims to have assisted in 130 suicides, defended his actions Tuesday at the University of Florida, saying he didn't cause death, but ended suffering.

Kevorkian, who was paid $50,000 for his speech, said assisted suicide was a medical procedure -- something the law shouldn't be concerned with it.

- AP/Miami Herald (read full story here)

Why isn't he in prison?

Mormons

Founder Joseph Smith said God told him none of the existing churches were practicing Christianity as it was intended.

- AP/Forbes (read full story here)

There was a time when Catholics burned people at the stake for saying stuff like this.

Annoying Clintons get annoyed

During a campaign stop for his wife in Oakland a day earlier, Clinton became visibly annoyed when KGO-TV reporter Mark Mathews asked him whether Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign should take a stronger stand against a union's lawsuit to keep casino workers from caucusing at special precincts in Nevada.

- AP/Forbes (read full story here)

The annoying Clintons always become quickly annoyed whenever anyone dares to question them on their underhanded dealings.

Bob "Clinton" Johnson

Bob Johnson, the founder of Black Entertainment Television, apologized for comments he made at a Clinton campaign rally in South Carolina on Sunday that hinted at Obama's use of drugs as a teenager.

- AP/Forbes (read full story here)

Like a true Clinton, first he tried to lie his way out of it, then he apologized.

Young voters look for excuses

Confusing absentee ballots and a lack of faith in the system also may turn young voters into no-shows at the polls.

- AP/Forbes (read full story here)

If young liberals choose not to vote, I would consider that a positive.

Hucklebee!

"In fact, if somebody came to Arkansas and told us what to do with our flag, we'd tell 'em what to do with the pole, that's what we'd do," Huckabee said.

- AP/Forbes (read full story here)

Huck had some good lines. His writers must not be on strike.

Leahy & Obama

"We need a president who can reintroduce America to the world and actually reintroduce America to ourselves," Leahy, D-Vt., said in a conference call with reporters. "I believe Barack Obama is the best person to do that."

- AP/Forbes (read full story here)

Interesting sound bite, but no reintroduction required.

Giant rodent

Uruguayan scientists say they have uncovered fossil evidence of the biggest species of rodent ever found, one that scurried across wooded areas of South America about 4 million years ago, when the continent was not connected to North America.

- AP/azcentral (read full story here)

Global warming threatens Duluth

By Saturday morning, low temperatures will plummet to near 25 below in Duluth, and more than 30 below north of the Iron Range, with northwest winds gusting to 30 mph spurring wind chill values close to 60 below zero.

At that level exposed flesh can become frozen with frostbite in as little as five minutes.

- Duluth News Tribune (read full story here)

Kick Down 47


http://mmabuzz.com/index.php/Kick-Down-47-Rage-Jan-26th.html

I sure wish I could attend, especially since my nephew is on the fight card.

Global warming threatens Minnesota

An Alberta clipper charging south out of Canada will bring snow to portions of Minnesota today and the coldest air of the season to the entire state, the National Weather Service said.

The Weather Service said below-normal temperatures are expected for the next 10 days and possibly until the end of January.

- Star Tribune (read full story here)

Global warming, as predicted, continues to cause lower than normal temperatures.

Global warming threatens Gunnison deer

The memories of dead and starving deer haunted the people of Gunnison on Wednesday as bitter cold and snow continued to grip this valley town.

- Denver Post (read full story here)

Global warming threatens Denver

A surge of Arctic air has the city of Denver under a cold weather warning, meaning shelters have ramped up their services and police are on the streets looking to help the at-risk homeless.

- Denver Post (read full story here)

Monica Lewinsky's X-Boyfriend's Wife for President


Thanks to Mark for this one.

ACLU hangs out in public restrooms

In an effort to help Sen. Larry Craig, the American Civil Liberties Union is arguing that people who have sex in public bathrooms have an expectation of privacy.

- NewsMax (read full story here)

Lou Dobbs for President

With illegal immigration as a top issue in the 2008 campaigns and the possibility of a pro-Amnesty candidate such as John McCain, Rudy Giuliani, or Mike Huckabee winning the GOP primary, forcing American voters to choose between two pro-Amnesty candidates, a Draft Lou Dobbs for President campaign is being launched today by Americans for Legal Immigration Political Action Committee (ALIPAC) found at www.LouDobbsforPresident.org.

- NewsMax (read full story here)

These are desperate times?

Domain name theft

http://blog.domaintools.com/2007/03/stealing-domain-name-research/

Interesting article on domain name theft.

I learned that ISPs sell NXD data.

Reason prevails

The White House has exempted the Navy from two major environmental laws in an effort to free the service from a federal court's decision limiting the Navy's use of sonar in training exercises.

- Washington Post (read full story here)

Excellent.

Funding terror

A former congressman and delegate to the United Nations was indicted Wednesday as part of a terrorist fundraising ring that allegedly sent more than $130,000 to an al-Qaida and Taliban supporter who has threatened U.S. and international troops in Afghanistan.

- AP/ajc (read full story here)

Shocking and bizarre.

But he was from Michigan.

Harpy for President

Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton welcomed her traveling press corps aboard her campaign plane Wednesday with a humorous riff on the standard flight attendant speech familiar to commercial air travelers.

- Beth Fouhy, AP/Forbes (read full story here)

Beth Fouhy has a problem distinguishing humorous from amateurish and stupid.

Maybe Clinton's writers are on strike.

McCain

McCain’s not my choice for president. He’s too conservative across a range of social questions, and his temperament and age raise concerns.

- Roger Conehead, NY Times (read full op-ed here)

I have several objections to McCain, but being too conservative is not one of them.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Polar Bears

A September report from the U.S. Geological Survey revealed that a melting of Arctic ice caused by global warming would wipe out two-thirds of the world's polar bear population, estimated at 20,000 to 25,000, and all of Alaska's estimated 4,700 polar bears, by 2050.

- Washington Post (read full editorial here)

I am amazed bordering on stupification that experts cannot even predict next week's weather, but they can predict other events decades into the future.

France gets tough

President Nicolas Sarkozy announced Tuesday that France would establish a military base in the United Arab Emirates, making it the only Western power other than the United States to have a permanent defense installation in the strategic Persian Gulf region.

- Washington Post (read full story here)

Why Mitt happened in Michigan

Say what you want about far leftist blogger Markos Moulitsas, but he is THE most influential blogger on the other side of the aisle. His over-the-weekend urging of Democrats to vote for Romney in Michigan (reasoning that Romney will be the weakest viable GOP candidate) worked to some degree, helping Romney over the top.

- Debbie Schlussel (read her full column here)

Ouch.

Blackwater

Justice Department officials have told Congress that they face serious legal difficulties in pursuing criminal prosecutions of Blackwater security guards involved in a September shooting that left at least 17 Iraqis dead.

- NY Times (read full story here)

I continue to support Blackwater.

Clintons perpetually short on facts

The New York senator [Clinton] told a national TV audience Tuesday night that the administration has shown negligence in its treatment of veterans and gave as a leading example a policy that doesn't exist.

- AP/Forbes (read full story here)

The Clintons never let the facts get in the way of their own personal agendas.

President for animals, too

Democrat Barack Obama says he won't just be a president for the American people, but the animals too.

- AP/Forbes (read full story here)

Not just for goats, but for all animals.

Gerty Cori


In spite of a small error in a chemical formula, the Postal Service is going ahead with a commemorative stamp honoring biochemist Gerty Cori.

- AP/Denver Post (read full story here)

Incompetence or a conspiracy?

Mitt happens in Michigan

Mitt Romney scored his first major primary victory Tuesday, a desperately needed win in his native Michigan that gave his weakened presidential candidacy new life.

"It's a victory of optimism over Washington-style pessimism," Romney said in an Associated Press telephone interview from Southfield, Mich., echoing his campaign speeches and taking a poke at McCain, the four-term senator he beat.

- AP/Forbes (read full story here)

Mitt does seem to be an optimistic type of a guy.

Kerry vs. Clinton

Sen. John Kerry blasted the presidential campaign of fellow Democrat Hillary Clinton on Monday, saying remarks by a Clinton surrogate hinting at Barack Obama's past drug use were "negative in the worst, petty way."

- NewsMax (read full story here)

Worst and petty are always going to be words associated with the Clintons.

Trailer hitches


Interesting article on trailer hitches in Virginia.

Heated sidewalks

After the second snowiest December on record in the state capital - and with temperatures hovering around 20 degrees Tuesday - the Legislature abolished a statewide ban on heated sidewalks, stairs, entrances and pedestrian walkways.

Wisconsin is the only state that had such a prohibition in the books.

- azcentral (read full story here)

An asinine Wisconsin law is finally overturned.

There are many more remaining.

Michigan GOP congratulates McCain

The Michigan Republican Party mistakenly sent out a news release Tuesday night congratulating John McCain for winning the state's GOP primary.

- AP/Forbes (read full story here)

I expect this kind of incompetence from the Michigan Republican Party.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Boltzmann brain problem

Welcome to what physicists call the Boltzmann brain problem, named after the 19th-century Austrian physicist Ludwig Boltzmann, who suggested the mechanism by which such fluctuations could happen in a gas or in the universe.

The Boltzmann brain problem arises from a string of logical conclusions that all spring from another deep and old question, namely why time seems to go in only one direction.

- NY Times (read full story here)

If I had taken several classes in cosmology at Michigan State University, then maybe I would have the background to understand this.

UFO in Texas

"People wonder what in the world it is because this is the Bible Belt, and everyone is afraid it's the end of times," said Steve Allen, a freight company owner and pilot who said the object he saw last week was a mile long and half a mile wide. "It was positively, absolutely nothing from these parts."

- AP/ajc (read full story here)

A UFO signals the end of times?

Maybe I should have taken Eschatology 101 at Michigan State University.

Clueless in Miami

"...there simply is no good reason to have a weapon handy while visiting a [national] park."

- Miami Herald (read full editorial here)

Another clueless liberal/socialist editorial from the far-left.

Keillor the Grinch

Keillor and his wife, Jenny Lind Nilsson, are suing their next-door neighbor, Lori Anderson, to stop her from building a two-story addition to her home that would include a three-stall garage and studio.

- Star Tribune (read full story here)

This story confirms my already low opinion of Keillor.

National Geographic vs. North Dakota

North Dakota's governor, not to mention scores of the state's 600,000 citizens, are fuming about an article published this month in one of the world's most prestigious magazines.

- Star Tribune (read full story here)

Another example of liberal media not letting the facts get in the way of their own agenda.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Huck

"It isn't real sensible to me that the toughest reason to keep jobs is not that somebody across the world is competing against your business, but it's that your own government won't get off your back," Huckabee said.

- AP/Forbes (read full story here)

Good quote.

NBC opposes fairness

NBC News said Monday it will appeal a judge's ruling rather than include Democratic presidential hopeful Dennis Kucinich in a candidates' debate in Nevada.

- AP/Forbes (read full story here)

Excellent.

NewsBusters

http://newsbusters.org/

Exposing and Combating Liberal Media Bias.

And there is a lot of it to expose and combat.

Conservative shirts



http://www.thoseshirts.com/

Lots of cool shirts.

Media ruin hunting

Imagine that you’ve saved money, hired a guide, and traveled to Alaska for the hunt of a lifetime. Your prey is a big, burly brown bear, and you’ve settled into a remote hunting camp with your guide. And then on the eve of the bear hunting season’s opener, a TV camera crew, reporter and anti-hunter bent on distorting the facts buzzes your camp with a very low-flying plane. To make matters worse, the plane lands nearby, the antis set up a base camp, and then their cameras start rolling. You suddenly find yourself the center of a “documentary” on bear hunting.

- Michael D. Faw, nrahuntersrights.org (read full story here)

Shameful. The DA who refuses to prosecute should be replaced.

Solo (the bear) goes to Oswald's Bear Ranch

A formerly hibernating bear and its two cubs were moved today to a bear sanctuary in northern Michigan by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, apparently ending a life-and-death saga.

- Duluth News Tribune (read full story here)

Additional incentive to visit Oswald's Bear Ranch.

Minnesota lead, or lack thereof

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is considering a plan to ban lead shotgun pellets for small game hunting in some parts of the state, requiring hunters to use nontoxic alternatives such as polymer, steel or tungsten.

- Duluth News Tribune (read full story here)

I still would not drink the water in Minnesota, even if they banned lead shot.

Potential slate wiper

The only time life arose from nonlife, biologists believe, was almost 4 billion years ago, when simple living cells first appeared on Earth.

Scientists are on the verge of creating living cells by piecing together small molecules that are themselves not alive. The result would be the world's first human-made life forms, synthetic cells made more or less from scratch.

- Patrick Barry, Science News (read full story here)

I think I read too many science fiction stories where this went totally and horribly wrong.

It has negatively affected my psychology.

Bad change

Earlier Monday, Giuliani ridiculed the Democratic candidates for touting a message of change, saying their policies amount to "bad change."

- AP/Forbes (read full story here)

Republican Rudy turns a nice phrase.

How to Recognize a Good Programmer

http://www.inter-sections.net/2007/11/13/how-to-recognise-a-good-programmer/

Interesting essay on how to recognize a good programmer.

Fredheads

"Friends, we're in a fight for our conservative values. I'm a conservative. Always have been. Always will be. I'll fight against amnesty and benefits for illegals. I'll work to keep your taxes low and keep a prosperous economy. I'm 100 percent pro-life, that's why South Carolina Citizens for Life endorsed me. And you can trust me to protect our security against Islamic radicals."

- Fred Thompson ad, quoted by AP/Forbes (read full story here)

Sounds good to me.

Life cycle of a democracy

(Thanks to Mark for this one)

About the time our original thirteen states adopted their new constitution in 1787, Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor at the University of Edinburgh, had this to say about the fall of the Athenian Republic some 2,000 years earlier:

'A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government.'

'A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury.'

'From that moment on, the majority always vote for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship.'

'The average age of the world's greatest civilizations from the beginning of history, has been about 200 years'

'During those 200 years, those nations always progressed through the following sequence:

1. From bondage to spiritual faith;

2. From spiritual faith to great courage;

3. From courage to liberty;

4. From liberty to abundance;

5. From abundance to complacency;

6. From complacency to apathy;

7. From apathy to dependence;

8. From dependence back into bondage'

Professor Joseph Olson of Hemline University School of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota, points out some interesting facts concerning the 2000 Presidential election:

Number of States won by:
Gore: 19
Bush: 29

Square miles of land won by:
Gore: 580,000
Bush: 2,427,000

Population of counties won by:
Gore: 127 million
Bush: 143 million

Murder rate per 100,000 residents in counties won by:
Gore: 13.2
Bush: 2.1

Professor Olson adds: 'In aggregate, the map of the territory Bush won was mostly the land owned by the taxpaying citizens of this great country.
Gore's territory mostly encompassed those citizens living in government-owned tenements and living off various forms of government welfare...' Olson believes the United States is now somewhere between the 'complacency and apathy' phase of Professor Tyler's definition of democracy, with some forty percent of the nation's population already having reached the 'governmental dependency' phase.

If Congress grants amnesty and citizenship to twenty million criminal invaders called illegal and they vote, then we can say goodbye to the USA in fewer than five years.

Bill Clinton's Military Career


(Thanks to Mark for this one)

BILL CLINTON's MILITARY CAREER

Bill Clinton registers for the draft on September 08, 1964, accepting all contractual conditions of registering for the draft. Selective Service Number is 326 46 228.

Bill Clinton classified 2-S on November 17, 1964.

Bill Clinton reclassified 1-A on March 20, 1968.

Bill Clinton ordered to report for induction on July 28, 1969.

Bill Clinton refuses to report and is not inducted into the military.

Bill Clinton reclassified 1-D after enlisting in the United States Army Reserves on August 07, 1969, under authority of COL. E. Holmes.

Clinton signs enlistment papers and takes oath of enlistment.

Bill Clinton fails to report to his duty station at the University of Arkansas ROTC, September 1969.

Bill Clinton reclassified 1-A on October 30, 1969, as enlistment with Army Reserves is revoked by Colonel E. Holmes and Clinton now AWOL and subject to arrest under Public Law 90-40 (2) (a) registrant who has failed to report...remain liable for induction.

Bill Clinton's birth date lottery number is 311, drawn December 1, 1969, but anyone who has already been ordered to report for induction is INELIGIBLE!

Bill Clinton runs for Congress (1974), while a fugitive from justice under Public Law 90-40.

Bill Clinton runs for Arkansas Attorney General (1976), while a
fugitive from justice.

Bill Clinton receives pardon on January 21, 1977, from President Carter.

Bill Clinton becomes the FIRST PARDONED FEDERAL FELON ever to serve as President of the United States.

All these facts come from Freedom of Information requests, public laws, and various books that have been published, and have not been refuted by Clinton.

After the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, President Clinton promised that those responsible would be hunted down and punished.

After the 1995 bombing in Saudi Arabia, which killed five U.S.
military personnel, Clinton promised that those responsible would be hunted down and punished.

After the 1996 Khobar Towers bombing in Saudi Arabia, which killed 19 and injured 200 U.S. military personnel, Clinton promised that those responsible would be hunted down and punished.

After the 1998 bombing of U.S. embassies in Africa, which killed 224 and injured 5,000, Clinton promised that those responsible would be hunted down and punished.

After the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole, which killed 17 and injured 39 U.S. sailors, Clinton promised that those responsible be hunted down and punished.
Maybe if Clinton had kept those promises, an estimated 3,000 people in New York and Washington, DC. who are now dead would be alive today.

THINK ABOUT IT! It is a strange turn of events. Hillary gets $8 Million for her forthcoming memoir. Bill gets about $12 Million for his memoir yet to be written. This from two people who spent 8 years being unable to recall anything about past events while under oath.

Sincerely, Cdr. Hamilton McWhorter USN (ret)

P.S. Please forward this to as many people as you can! We don't want this woman who has never even run a country store, a business or any thing that requires management skills to even THINK of running for President is insane!

Obama promises billions

Democrat Barack Obama on Sunday unveiled an economic stimulus package costing up to $120 billion that his campaign said would put money in the hands of workers and seniors, stem the foreclosure crisis and cover state budget shortfalls.

- AP/Forbes (read full story here)

No mention of how to pay for it.

Fredheads

The issue for us -- and for the conservative community -- boils down to which of the candidates is most representative of the fundamental conservative principles we believe in. The answer is Fred Thompson.

- Human Events (read full story here)

This is an important endorsement.

Gator attack

Authorities say an alligator attack on three dogs in Delray Beach on Sunday left one canine presumed dead.

- AP/Miami Herald (read full story here)

Top predators in action.

Shockingly easy

American voters know no greater responsibility to their country and to the world than to select their president wisely. While we do not yet know who the Democrat and Republican nominees will be, any combination of the leading candidates from either party will make for the most obvious choice put to American voters in a generation. To wit, none of the Democrats has any business being president.

- Theo Caldwell, National Post (read full story here)

Thanks to Mark for calling my attention to this one.

Canary in the coal mine

The plight of the pika has grown so dire, conservationists are seeking endangered- species protection for the critters and demanding that federal officials target global warming as a threat to their existence.

- Denver Post (read full story here)

I never knew that a hamster-like rodent was so important.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Obama's charisma

Clinton complained that journalists beguiled by Obama's charisma had failed to question his claim to have been the only Democratic presidential candidate consistently opposed to the war.

- AP/Forbes (read full story here)

"Journalists beguiled by Obama's charisma" is one of the great lines of the campaign so far.

Weasels

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton on Saturday faulted chief rival Barack Obama's campaign for twisting her comments about slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

- AP/Forbes (read full story here)

Politics as usual from the Clinton campaign. Always painting themselves as the victims.

Obama the Murtadd

“All this matters, for if Obama once was a Muslim, he is now what Islamic law calls a murtadd (apostate), an ex-Muslim converted to another religion who must be executed. Were he elected president of the Untied States, this status, clearly, would have large potential implications for his relationship with the Muslim world.”

- Daniel Pipes, NewsMax (read full story here)

Interesting analysis.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Another oddity

If you use Google to search for the exact phrase "Harpy for President" the only hits you get are from this blog.

Billions of web pages, and the only hits are from this blog?

Odd

If you search on Google for "goatherdersfortruth.com" the only hits you get are from this blog.

Isn't that odd?

Union vs. Union

Nevada teachers have filed a legal challenge that could curb the influence of the state's largest union in its Democratic caucus later this month.

- AP/Forbes (read full story here)

Interesting clash between Democratic unions.

Harpy for President

"Let's not forget, and I'll be brutal, the reason she's a U.S. senator, the reason she's a candidate for president, the reason she may be a frontrunner, is that her husband messed around."

- Chris Matthews, MSNBC "Hardball" host, referring to Hillary Clinton (read full story here)

Odd comment from an ultra-liberal. A Machiavellian attempt to generate sympathy for Clinton?

Manchurian candidate for Muslims

"...he [Obama] might well be fashioning a positive change in the very character of the nation...."

- Bob Herbert, NY Times (read full story here)

Wow. It brings tears to one's eyes.

Democrats in downtimes

They [Republican candidates] tried to sound in touch but their collective hesitance for government involvement explains why voters tend to want Democrats in economic down times; that's when folks look to government.

- Chuck Todd, NBC Political Director (read full editorial here)

Interesting editorial comment.

One wonders if Chuck Todd was alive during the Carter administration?

Harpy for President

Hillary Rodham Clinton on Friday called for Congress to pass an economic stimulus package that could cost as much as $110 billion to help low-income families keep their homes, to subsidize heating costs this winter and perhaps refund some taxes.

Advisers said they would not raise taxes or cut other programs, likely meaning it would be added on to the national debt.

- AP/Forbes (read full story here)

Liberals habitually use the national debt as a tool in partisan politics, but do not mind adding to it themselves.

Anti-Obama

Thanks to Mark for this link.

http://www.hillaryis44.com/

Interesting site with plenty of anti-Obama material.

Napolitano

Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano endorsed Democrat Barack Obama for president on Friday, citing his message of hope in supporting his candidacy over rivals Hillary Rodham Clinton and John Edwards.

- AP/Forbes (read full story here)

Napolitano for Vice-President?

Friday, January 11, 2008

Alternatives

http://www.osalt.com/

Open source software alternatives.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

NRA wins

The California State Court of Appeals announced today their decision to overturn one of the most restrictive gun bans in the country, following a legal battle by attorneys for the National Rifle Association (NRA) and a previous court order against the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.

- NRA-ILA (read full story here)

Excellent.

Hucklebee!

"I'm Mike Huckabee, and I approved this message, because I believe most Americans want their next president to remind them of the guy they work with - not the guy who laid them off."

- Huckabee ad, quoted by AP/Forbes (read full story here)

Good line.

Bloomberg

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has quietly been polling and conducting a highly sophisticated voter analysis in all 50 states as he decides whether to launch an independent presidential bid, associates said Wednesday.

Next comes organization, and Bloomberg operatives believe they could recruit a million volunteers within a month of launching a campaign, aided by information gleaned from the voter database.

- AP/Forbes (read full story here)

A million volunteers? That sounds like a lot of volunteers.

10 things about Obama

Ten facts about Obama that might come as a surprise:

- AP/Forbes (read full story here)

I am very much looking forward to reading more intensely interesting items on goatherdersfortruth.com at some point in the future.

Blackwater

“You run into this issue time and again with Blackwater, where the rules that apply to the U.S. military don’t seem to apply to Blackwater,” said Scott L. Silliman, the executive director of the Center on Law, Ethics and National Security at the Duke University School of Law.

- NY Times (read full story here)

I still support Blackwater.

And I certainly trust Blackwater a lot more than I trust the NY Times.

And I trust Blackwater more than I trust most Duke professors.

John Kerry

John Kerry, the 2004 Democratic presidential nominee, gave Barack Obama a timely endorsement Thursday, snubbing Hillary Rodham Clinton as well as his own vice presidential running mate.

- AP/Forbes (read full story here)

A valuable endorsement or the kiss of death?

Credible rumors

Democrat Dennis Kucinich, who won less than 2 percent of the vote in the New Hampshire primary, said Thursday he wants a recount to ensure that all ballots in his party's contest were counted. The Ohio congressman cited "serious and credible reports, allegations and rumors" about the integrity of Tuesday results.

- AP/Forbes (read full story here)

I would be more shocked if there were no irregularities than I would be if there were.

Stone Crabs

http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/story/373474.html

Interesting article on catching stone crabs. While there is some danger, it sounds a lot safer than trying to pull snapping turtles out from under cut banks along rivers.

John Vincent Coulter, RIP

http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=24379

Ann Coulter's tribute to her father.

Well worth reading.

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Harpy for President

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton powered to victory in New Hampshire's Democratic primary Tuesday night in a startling upset, defeating Sen. Barack Obama and resurrecting her bid for the White House.

- AP/Forbes (read full story here)

Amazing how the same pundits that told us that Clinton's election was inevitable are now describing her NH victory as an upset.

Evolution

Debate in Florida echoes that in Texas, which is preparing a similar revision of its science-education standards. And it also reflects a nationwide split: A Gallup Poll in June showed that 53 percent of Americans questioned believe in evolution, while 44 percent do not.

- Miami Herald (read full story here)

Interesting numbers.

Harpy for President

Women returned solidly to Hillary Rodham Clinton's side, helping her overcome Barack Obama's advantage among the large independent bloc in New Hampshire's Democratic primary, an exit poll found.

- AP/Forbes (read full story here)

Obama led among women voters until Clinton, in a calculated and cynical manipulation, cried her way to victory.

Harpy for President

Her argument against Obama now boils down to an argument against idealism, which is probably the lowest and most unlikely point to which any Clinton could sink. The people from Hope are arguing against hope.

- Maureen Dowd, New York Times (read her full column here)

The Clintons can, and will, go a lot lower than that.

Extreme Beers

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/09/dining/09beer.html?ex=1200546000&en=7badebc4af22b9d3&ei=5070&emc=eta1

Fascinating article on extreme beers.

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

George "Macaca" Allen

George Allen, a former U.S. senator and governor of Virginia, will not run to lead the state again in 2009, he said Tuesday.

- AP/Miami Herald (read full story here)

I would vote for George Allen, especially if the choice was between Allen and a liberal.

McCain

John McCain rode the Straight Talk Express straight into first place in New Hampshire, and back into the thick of the race for the Republican presidential nomination.

- AP/Forbes (read full story here)

After all those pundits pronounced his campaign dead.

Reverse shoplifting

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/12/24/us/24shopdrop.html?th&emc=th

Fascinating article on reverse shoplifting.

Sodom and Gomorrah

Ironically, that's how most people feel about sodomy: They support it until they hear the details.

- Ann Coulter

Excellent quote.

Mitt happens

http://www.debbieschlussel.com/archives/2007/02/mitt_happens_al.html

I borrowed the "Mitt happens" from Debbie Schlussel long ago.

The above link is where I first read "Mitt happens" and documents why Debbie Schlussel will never vote for Romney.

Gold vs. Salmon

The gold mine proposed for this stunning open country might be the largest in North America. It would involve building the biggest dam in the world at the headwaters of the world's largest sockeye salmon fishery, which it would risk obliterating.

- Washington Post (read full story here)

Tough choices have to be made.

10 questions on global warming

http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=24090

Ten excellent questions regarding global warming.

The bottom line, of course, is that global warming is a vehicle to raise taxes and exert more government control over peoples' lives in order to promote liberalism/socialism.

Islam vs. Free Speech

Under assault by Muslims and multiculturalists, free speech and freedom of the press are dead in Britain. The same sorts of people who killed them in Britain are killing them in Canada. They and their allies are using the British and Canadian courts and tribunals to bury our First Amendment rights in America.

- Jed Babbin (read his full column here)

Exposes the insidious Islam-liberal axis of evil.

Youth/Mentor Hunting

State Representative Scott Gunderson (R-83) has introduced legislation to establish a Youth/Mentored hunting program in Wisconsin.

This legislation is similar to last year’s Youth/ Mentored hunting bill in that it will provide first time hunters a “try before you buy” opportunity to get the full experience of hunting before committing to a hunter education course. The bill requires a new hunter to be accompanied by a licensed hunter who is at least 18 years of age, and who is always within arms reach, with only one gun allowed between the two of them. This bill will also lower the hunting age in Wisconsin from 12 to 10.

Statistics show that states that allow hunters to start at earlier ages have a better safety record than states with higher minimum ages. States with lower age minimums also have a higher rate of hunter participation and retention, which helps the state in wildlife conservation efforts.

- NRA-ILA (read full story here)

Unplug

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/2254

UnPlug is an extension which lets you save video and audio which is embedded on a webpage - it's a video download tool.

Slobbering over Obama

"You're almost not an American if you don't feel stirred by what his victory would represent symbolically."

- National Review Editor Rich Lowry, quoted by Washington Post (read full story here)

Nauseating.

The Great Manipulator

So there were no tears rolling down Clinton's cheeks, and there was no messy sniffling. As displays of emotion go, this one was tasteful and reserved -- and ever so brief. It was like one of those perfect flickers of sadness that won Helen Mirren an Oscar for "The Queen."

- Washington Post (read full story here)

Telling comparison.

A cynical, calculated performance by Clinton.

Punditocracy

Until very recently, "experts" have proclaimed that only Rudy and Romney had a realistic path to the GOP nomination and that Hillary was inevitable on the Democrat side. Now, many tell us Romney is dead unless he wins in New Hampshire, Rudy is already toast and Hillary is almost toast. The common denominator is that the punditocracy has been consistently wrong, which will not deter them from continuing their pseudo-omniscient, mostly erroneous analysis.

- David Limbaugh (read his full column here)

Bullseye.

Monday, January 07, 2008

Miss Congeniality

"People have stopped working together, government is dysfunctional, there's no collaborating and congeniality," Bloomberg said to applause from the crowd.

- AP/Forbes (read full story here)

I have zero confidence that the congeniality situation would be any better under Bloomberg.

Former Clinton Donor

A one-time Clinton donor and Hollywood entrepreneur has filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission asking it to reopen an investigation into a 2000 fundraiser that he helped organize for Hillary Rodham Clinton's Senate campaign.

- AP/Forbes (read full story here)

Clinton politics as usual.

Cynical manipulation

Hillary Rodham Clinton's eyes welled up and her voice broke repeatedly Monday as she talked with voters in a restaurant about her campaign for the presidency.

- AP/Forbes (read full story here)

More cynical manipulation by the Clinton campaign.

Iron my shirt!

Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign stop was interrupted on Monday when two men stood in the crowd and began screaming, "Iron my shirt!" during one the New York senator's final appearances before New Hampshire voters cast primary ballots Tuesday.

- AP/Forbes (read full story here)

They were probably plants by the Clinton campaign in a cynical attempt to manufacture sympathy.

New blog

http://orthoclase-fromthegarden.blogspot.com/

I started a new blog today. All the gardening stuff will be on the new blog.

2nd Amendment Rights

http://www.nravalues.org/

Offers a summary of where some of the candidates stand on Second Amendment Rights.

Lack of integrity

As we plod through the third decade of the threadbare “assault weapons” debate, one would reasonably expect that the media and a police mouthpiece would, by now, know the difference between a semi-automatic firearm and a machine gun, and that they would have the integrity to report objectively and honestly on all firearms issues.

Well, they either still do not know the difference, or worse, they know but are trying to deceive the public, and advance their anti-gun agenda. In either case, that’s outrageous.

- NRA-ILA (read full article here)

They are trying to deceive the public, of course.

Harpy for President

10 billion acres

http://10ba.org/?gclid=CJqVqIPD5JACFQwsOAodOUvxYw

Interesting web site about reforestation.

They claim that Al Gore is dead wrong!

Unintended consequences

As the Hollywood writers strike drags on, the video-game industry is hoping a lack of fresh episodes in prime-time could motivate more people to pick up video-game controllers instead of remotes -- especially with the millions of Wiis and copies of Call of Duty 4 that were found under Christmas trees.

- AP/Miami Herald (read full story here)

It is an ill wind indeed that blows no good at all.

Hucklebee!

Some Democrats are licking their chops at the prospect of a Huckabee nomination. They shouldn’t be. For one thing, Michael Bloomberg would be tempted to run in the event of an Obama-Huckabee race — and he would most likely take votes primarily from Obama. But whatever Bloomberg does, the fact is that the Republican establishment spent 2007 underestimating Mike Huckabee. If Huckabee does win the nomination, it would be amusing if Democrats made the same mistake in 2008.

- William Kristol, NY Times (read his full column here)

A 3-way Obama-Huckabee-Bloomberg race?

Sunday, January 06, 2008

Hucklebee!

Focus on the Family founder James Dobson ... said that GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee's victory in the Iowa caucuses shows that Christian conservatives still have considerable influence.

- AP/Denver Post (read full story here)

Never underestimate the power of Christian conservatives.

Gary Hart loves Obama

Senator Obama is a man of principle. He is committed to restoring a sense of national community to America. He believes in restoring our security alliances through active diplomacy and engaging those who disagree with us in constructive dialogue. He restates the requirement that we all give something back to America, to become engaged in the public arena, in the national interest. And, most important, he is the walking embodiment of equality and justice.

- Gary Hart (read his full comments here)

I did not even know that Gary Hart was alive until I read this.

Is he hanging out with Donna Rice?

Manchurian candidate for Muslims

"Barack Obama is building a broad new coalition that brings together Democrats, independents and Republicans by once again making idealism a central focus of our politics," Bradley said in a statement released by Obama's campaign. "Because of his enormous appeal to Americans of all ages and backgrounds, Obama is the candidate best positioned to win in November. ... His movement for change could create a new era of American politics - truly a new American story."

- AP/Forbes (read full story here)

Idealism?

Censorship by Fox

The Fox debate is excluding Texas Congressman Ron Paul, even though he polls higher in New Hampshire, has raised significantly more money, and is campaigning more in New Hampshire than Fred Thompson -- who is invited.

- Newsmax (read full story here)

Secret greenhouses

Who’s the quiet, new neighbor? It could be a big-time marijuana grower. Across the country, large suburban homes are increasingly being revamped for use as secret greenhouses.

- Star Tribune (read full story here)

Saturday, January 05, 2008

new evolution book

The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) and Institute of Medicine (IOM) today released SCIENCE, EVOLUTION, AND CREATIONISM, a book designed to give the public a comprehensive and up-to-date picture of the current scientific understanding of evolution and its importance in the science classroom. Recent advances in science and medicine, along with an abundance of observations and experiments over the past 150 years, have reinforced evolution's role as the central organizing principle of modern biology, said the committee that wrote the book.

- http://www8.nationalacademies.org/onpinews/newsitem.aspx?RecordID=11876

MP3 player

http://www.teuthis.com/html/daisy_mp3.html

Instructions for making your own MP3 player.

Salt-roasting

http://www.miamiherald.com/tropical_life/story/363817.html

Interesting article on salt-roasting.

I would be willing to try it, but sounds weird.

Trends

http://www.google.com/trends

Google thoughtfully provides information on search trends.

The gunfighter


Thanks to Dad for the picture.

If I had been at the OK Corral, maybe I could have gunned down some of those unarmed Clantons.

More hounds


Thanks to Dad for the pictures.

Those were some of the best days of my life.

Raccoon hunters


These were the good old days. I have to admit that I do miss this.

More brook trout from Ontario


Thanks to Dad for the pictures. It was 1980, not 1977.

Hucklebee

Huckabee is an extraordinary communicator--by far the best speaker in the Republican field--and his rhetorical skill helped Iowa voters see him as a plausible president.

- Terry Eastland, Weekly Standard (read full column here)

A serious contender?

Mitt happens

Mitt Romney's attention to Wyoming paid off Saturday as he won most of the 12 presidential delegates at stake in the state's Republican county conventions.

- AP/Forbes (read full story here)

My first deer


Thanks to Dad for this picture. I was 10 years old.