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2006/1/31

Imagine Supreme Court Appointees if Kerry Had Won?

@ 10:50 PM (100 months, 1 day ago)

If John Kerry had been elected president, Justice Scalia might have second thoughts about leaving. But Kerry still would likely have at least two appointments. It’s likely that Republicans will maintain control of the US Senate, which must confirm Supreme Court nominees. This is bad news for the liberals’ number-one hope, Laurence Tribe.

Tribe is a close friend of Kerry’s top adviser, Robert Shrum. And Shrum would like nothing more than to elect a president who would name Tribe, 62, to the Court.

If Kerry looks for a younger man, he might turn to Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering partner Seth Waxman, who served as Solicitor General in the Clinton administration, as did another candidate, North Carolina native Walter Dellinger.

To replace O’Connor, Kerry might consider replacing one Sandra with another. Federal appeals-court judge Sandra L. Lynch of Boston is Kerry’s hometown favorite and would be on any shortlist. Appointed by President Clinton in 1994 to replace Stephen Breyer, Lynch was supported at the time by both Kerry and his colleague Edward Kennedy.

Other possible Kerry appointees are appeals-court judge David Tatel and Yale professor and former Harry Blackmun clerk Harold Koh. A moderate choice for the bench could be former Patton Boggs partner Merrick Garland, a Democrat considered confirmable by a Republican Senate.

Should a Kerry victory help the Democrats win back control of the Senate, the possibilities grow even more interesting. They might include a sitting senator whose own presidential ambitions might be dashed by a Kerry victory. Hillary Clinton’s friends long have said that if the former law-school professor could pick one job in Washington, it wouldn’t be president; it would be Chief Justice of the US Supreme

During the Next Two Years, President Bush May Replace Ginsberg, Scalia and/or Stevens

@ 10:45 PM (100 months, 1 day ago)

 

    Justice Stevens is 85, Justice Ginsberg is 72.  They will face frustration during the next two years.  Despite present crying in spilled milk by left wingers and the lapdog mainstream media, history will document that lasting positive imprint on the Bush Administration on American society and on people throughout the world who believe in truth and freedom.  Justice Scalia may have tired of the Court and in that event President Bush would be in a position to handpick his successor.                                          

Looking for Pro Abortion Quotes From Coretta Scott King

@ 10:29 PM (100 months, 1 day ago)

Left wingers have opposed the completed confirmation of Justice Alito based on one issue, abortion.  Interestingly enough, some leftists believe they can speak for Mrs. King and state that she would have opposed the confirmation.  In fact, some leftists think democrats who at least did not delay the confirmation vote do not even have the right to praise what Dr. King and Mrs. King stood for.  The sheer audacity of such arrogance is an insult to the memory and spirit of Dr. and Mrs. King.  Anyone who can provide pro abortion quotes from Dr. and Mrs. King are welcomed to paste them in as comments.

                                                  KING

Statistics From 2004 Election Indicate Racial Bias

@ 01:07 AM (100 months, 2 days ago)

The 2004 Presidential election statistics show that African Americans are the ethnic group most likely to vote with a herdlike mentality and least likely to carefully consider the "issues at hand".

 

VOTE BY RACE
BUSH
KERRY NADER
TOTAL
2004
2000
2004
2004
White (77%)
58%
+4
41% 0%
African-American (11%)
11%
+2
88% 0%
Latino (8%)
44%
+9
53% 2%
Asian (2%)
44%
+3
56% *
Other (2%)
40%
+1
54% 2%

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@ 12:14 AM (100 months, 2 days ago)

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2006/1/30

Filibuster Advocates Prove to be Nothing But Hot Air

@ 10:57 PM (100 months, 2 days ago)

As predicted here all along, the confirmation of Justice Alito to the United States Supreme Court will be finalized tomorrow.  Despite attention getting and vote in the next presidential seeking tactics, the wind is out of the sails of the would be filibusters. The will of the majority of Americans in carrying the day as it should.

Late Monday afternoon, President Bush released a statement expressing pleasure “that a strong, bipartisan majority in the Senate decisively rejected attempts to obstruct and filibuster an up-or-down vote on Judge Sam Alito's nomination.”

Bush's statement was a reference to the bloc of Democrats, led by Massachusetts Sens. Edward Kennedy and John Kerry, that unsuccessfully tried over the weekend and Monday to persuade other senators to use a vote-delaying filibuster to stop Alito, a 15-year veteran of the U.S. Appeals Court and a former lawyer for the Reagan administration.

Abortions Rights Groups Concede Defeat

@ 01:01 AM (100 months, 3 days ago)

KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Reuters) - In Wichita, Kansas, abortion rights supporters held a "chili for choice" fund-raising dinner. In Pierre, South Dakota, they plotted strategy in the "Back Alley" meeting hall. And in Minneapolis, volunteers led women past protesters into an abortion clinic.

It was just a typical week in Middle America where the decades-old debate over abortion rights has become a full-blown battle. But even as they continue to raise money and march around state capitols, the view from the pro-choice side is this is a fight they are losing.

The expected Senate confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court of conservative jurist Samuel Alito, who is favored by anti-abortion advocates, is seen as a key turning point. Yet it is only the latest in a series of blows to abortion rights advocates.

The pro-choice groups find themselves facing a virtual avalanche of state legislation that ranges from laws banning abortions in almost all circumstances to laws limiting the disbursement of birth control and restricting sex education.

President George W. Bush is a vocal supporter of the anti-abortion movement. Conservative church groups across the country increasingly oppose abortion.

"I think Roe in the short term will be dismantled," said Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America. "We have an anti-choice president, an anti-choice Congress and now ... with the confirmation of Judge Alito to the Supreme Court, we are seeing the potential for a very right-leaning, anti-choice Supreme Court."

2006/1/29

Face Transplant Patient Changes her Mind..Isabelle Dinoire is Horrified with Results,

@ 09:53 PM (100 months, 3 days ago)

The first recipient of a face transplant now wants her original face back.  It looks like a unique court battle will ensue.

After picture:

face

 

Before Picture:

The donor, shalana millard of Washington, DC stated, "No way in hell am I taking THAT face back."

Saddam Loses it Again...Attorney General Gears Up for shalana millard Treason Trial

@ 09:20 PM (100 months, 3 days ago)

It what promises to be a mere appetizer for the shalana millard treason trial, once again Hussein lost it and somehow delusionally thinks he is in control of anything.  The known problematic millard was indicted after the INS revealed documents and records which establish use of government time and equipment on anti American activity.

Image: Saddam Hussein

The Real Deal is That Saddam was not Running a Typical Summer Camp Program for Children

@ 07:07 PM (100 months, 3 days ago)

Despite some liberals thinking what was going on in Iraq was OK, as the real facts come out, the legitimacy of the Iraq War is clear.

Washington (The Weekly Standard) Vol. 011, Issue 17 - 1/16/2006 - THE FORMER IRAQI REGIME OF

Saddam Hussein trained thousands of radical Islamic terrorists from the region at camps in
Iraq
over the four years immediately preceding the U.S. invasion, according to documents and photographs recovered by the U.S. military in postwar Iraq. The existence and character of these documents has been confirmed to THE WEEKLY STANDARD by eleven U.S. government officials.

The secret training took place primarily at three camps--in Samarra, Ramadi, and Salman Pak--and was directed by elite Iraqi military units. Interviews by U.S. government interrogators with Iraqi regime officials and military leaders corroborate the documentary evidence. Many of the fighters were drawn from terrorist groups in northern Africa with close ties to al Qaeda, chief among them Algeria's GSPC and the Sudanese Islamic Army. Some 2,000 terrorists were trained at these Iraqi camps each year from 1999 to 2002, putting the total number at or above 8,000. Intelligence officials believe that some of these terrorists returned to Iraq and are responsible for attacks against Americans and Iraqis. According to three officials with knowledge of the intelligence on Iraqi training camps, White House and National Security Council officials were briefed on these findings in May 2005; senior Defense Department officials subsequently received the same briefing.

The photographs and documents on Iraqi training camps come from a collection of some 2 million "exploitable items" captured in postwar Iraq and

Afghanistan. They include handwritten notes, typed documents, audiotapes, videotapes, compact discs, floppy discs, and computer hard drives. Taken together, this collection could give U.S. intelligence officials and policymakers an inside look at the activities of the former Iraqi regime in the months and years before the Iraq war.

The discovery of the information on jihadist training camps in Iraq would seem to have two major consequences: It exposes the flawed assumptions of the experts and U.S. intelligence officials who told us for years that a secularist like Saddam Hussein would never work with Islamic radicals, any more than such jihadists would work with an infidel like the Iraqi dictator. It also reminds us that valuable information remains buried in the mountain of documents recovered in Afghanistan and Iraq over the past four years.

Nearly three years after the U.S. invasion of Iraq, only 50,000 of these 2 million "exploitable items" have been thoroughly examined. That's 2.5 percent. Despite the hard work of the individuals assigned to the "DOCEX" project, the process is not moving quickly enough, says Michael Tanji, a former Defense Intelligence Agency official who helped lead the document exploitation effort for 18 months. "At this rate," he says, "if we continue to approach DOCEX in a linear fashion, our great-grandchildren will still be sorting through this stuff."

Most of the 50,000 translated documents relate directly to weapons of mass destruction programs and scientists, since David Kay and his Iraq Survey Group--who were among the first to analyze the finds--considered those items top priority. "At first, if it wasn't WMD, it wasn't translated. It wasn't exploited," says a former military intelligence officer who worked on the documents in Iraq.

"We had boxloads of Iraqi Intelligence records--their names, their jobs, all sorts of detailed information," says the former military intelligence officer. "In an insurgency, wouldn't that have been helpful?"

How many of those unexploited documents might help us better understand the role of Iraq in supporting transregional terrorists? How many of those documents might provide important intelligence on the very people--Baathists, former regime officials, Saddam Fedayeen, foreign fighters trained in Iraq--that U.S. soldiers are fighting in Iraq today? Is what we don't know literally killing us?

ON NOVEMBER 17, 2005, Michigan representative Pete Hoekstra wrote to John Negroponte, the director of national intelligence. Hoekstra is chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. He provided Negroponte a list of 40 documents recovered in postwar Iraq and Afghanistan and asked to see them. The documents were translated or summarized, given titles by intelligence analysts in the field, and entered into a government database known as HARMONY. Most of them are unclassified.

For several weeks, Hoekstra was promised a response. He finally got one on December 28, 2005, in a meeting with General Michael Hayden, principal deputy director of national intelligence. Hayden handed Hoekstra a letter from Negroponte that promised a response after January 1, 2006. Hoekstra took the letter, read it, and scribbled his terse response. "John--Unacceptable." Hoekstra told Hayden that he would expect to hear something before the end of the year. He didn't.

"I can tell you that I'm reaching the point of extreme frustration," said Hoekstra, in a phone interview last Thursday. His exasperated tone made the claim unnecessary. "It's just an indication that rather than having a nimble, quick intelligence community that can respond quickly, it's still a lumbering bureaucracy that can't give the chairman of the intelligence committee answers relatively quickly. Forget quickly, they can't even give me answers slowly."

On January 6, however, Hoekstra finally heard from Negroponte. The director of national intelligence told Hoekstra that he is committed to expediting the exploitation and release of the Iraqi documents. According to Hoekstra, Negroponte said: "I'm giving this as much attention as anything else on my plate to make this work."

Other members of Congress--including Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (news, bio, voting record) and Senators Rick Santorum and Pat Roberts--also demanded more information from the Bush administration on the status of the vast document collection. Santorum and Hoekstra have raised the issue personally with
President Bush
. This external pressure triggered an internal debate at the highest levels of the administration. Following several weeks of debate, a consensus has emerged: The vast majority of the 2 million captured documents should be released publicly as soon as possible.

Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has convened several meetings in recent weeks to discuss the
Pentagon
's role in expediting the release of this information. According to several sources familiar with his thinking, Rumsfeld is pushing aggressively for a massive dump of the captured documents. "He has a sense that public vetting of this information is likely to be as good an astringent as any other process we could develop," says Pentagon spokesman Larry DiRita.

The main worry, says DiRita, is that the mainstream press might cherry-pick documents and mischaracterize their meaning. "There is always the concern that people would be chasing a lot of information good or bad, and when the Times or the Post splashes a headline about some sensational-sounding document that would seem to 'prove' that sanctions were working, or that Saddam was just a misunderstood patriot, or some other nonsense, we'd spend a lot of time chasing around after it."

This is a view many officials attributed to Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence Steve Cambone. (Cambone, through a spokesman, declined to be interviewed.) For months, Cambone has argued internally against expediting the release of the documents. "Cambone is the problem," says one former Bush administration official who wants the documents released. "He has blocked this every step of the way." In what is perhaps a sign of a changing dynamic within the administration, Cambone is now saying that he, like his boss, favors a broad document release.

Although Hoekstra, too, has been pushing hard for the quick release of all of the documents, he is currently focusing his efforts simply on obtaining the 40 documents he asked for in November. "There comes a time when the talking has to stop and I get the documents. I requested these documents six weeks ago and I have not seen a single piece of paper yet."

Is Hoekstra being unreasonable? I asked Michael Tanji, the former DOCEX official with the Defense Intelligence Agency, how long such a search might take. His answer: Not long. "The retrieval of a HARMONY document is a trivial thing assuming one has a serial number or enough keyword terms to narrow down a search [Hoekstra did]. If given the task when they walked in the door, one person should be able to retrieve 40 documents before lunch."

Tanji should know. He left DIA last year as the chief of the media exploitation division in the office of document exploitation. Before that, he started and managed a digital forensics and intelligence fusion program that used the data obtained from DOCEX operations. He began his career as an Army signals intelligence [SIGINT] analyst. In all, Tanji has worked for 18 years in intelligence and dealt with various aspects of the media exploitation problem for about four years.

We discussed the successes and failures of the DOCEX program, the relative lack of public attention to the project, and what steps might be taken to expedite the exploitation of the documents in the event the push to release all of the documents loses momentum.

TWS: In what areas is the project succeeding? In what areas is the project failing?

Tanji: The level of effort applied to the DOCEX problems in Iraq and Afghanistan to date is a testament to the will and work ethic of people in the intelligence community. They've managed to find a number of golden nuggets amongst a vast field of rock in what I would consider a respectable amount of time through sheer brute force. The flip side is that it is a brute-force effort. For a number of reasons--primarily time and resources--there has not been much opportunity to step back, think about a smarter way to solve the problem, and then apply various solutions. Inasmuch as we've won in Iraq and Saddam and his cronies are in the dock, now would be a good time to put some fresh minds on the problem of how you turn DOCEX into a meaningful and effective information-age intelligence tool.

TWS: Why haven't we heard more about this project? Aren't most of the Iraqi documents unclassified?

Tanji: Until a flood of captured material came rushing in after the start of Operation Enduring Freedom [in October 2001], DOCEX was a backwater: unglamorous, not terribly career enhancing, and from what I had heard always one step away from being mothballed.

The classification of documents obtained for exploitation varies based on the nature of the way they were obtained and by whom. There are some agencies that tend to classify everything regardless of how it was acquired. I could not give you a ratio of unclassified to classified documents.

In my opinion the silence associated with exploitation work is rooted in the nature of the work. In addition to being tedious and time-consuming, it is usually done after the shooting is over. We place a higher value on intelligence information that comes to us before a conflict begins. Confirmation that we were right (or proof that we were wrong) after the fact is usually considered history. That some of this information may be dated doesn't mean it isn't still valuable.

TWS: The project seems overwhelmed at the moment, with a mere 50,000 documents translated completely out of a total of 2 million. What steps, in your view, should be taken to expedite the process?

Tanji: I couldn't say what the total take of documents or other forms of media is, though numbers in the millions are probably not far off.

In a sense the exploitation process is what it is; you have to put eyes on paper (or a computer screen) to see what might be worth further translation or deeper analysis. It is a time-consuming process that has no adequate mechanical solution. Machine translation software is getting better, but it cannot best a qualified human linguist, of which we have very few.

Tackling the computer media problem is a lot simpler in that computer language (binary) is universal, so searching for key words, phrases, and the names of significant personalities is fairly simple. Built to deal with large-scale data sets, a forensic computer system can rapidly separate wheat from chaff. The current drawback is that the computer forensics field is dominated by a law-enforcement mindset, which means the approach to the digital media problem is still very linear. As most of this material has come to us without any context ("hard drives found in Iraq" was a common label attached to captured media) that approach means our great-grandchildren will still be dealing with this problem.

Dealing with the material as the large and nebulous data set that it is and applying a contextual appliqué after exploitation--in essence, recreating the Iraqi networks as they were before Operation Iraqi Freedom began--would allow us to get at the most significant data rapidly for technical analysis, and allow for a political analysis to follow in short order. If I were looking for both a quick and powerful fix I'd get various
Department of Energy
labs involved; they're used to dealing with large data sets and have done great work in the data mining and rendering fields.

TWS: To read some of the reporting on Iraq, one might come away with the impression that Saddam Hussein was something of a benign (if not exactly benevolent) dictator who had no weapons of mass destruction and no connections to terrorism. Does the material you've seen support this conventional wisdom?

Tanji: I am subject to a nondisclosure agreement, so I would rather not get into details. I will say that the intelligence community has scraped the surface of much of what has been captured in Iraq and in my view a great deal more deep digging is required. Critics of the war often complain about the lack of "proof"--a term that I had never heard used in the intelligence lexicon until we ousted Saddam--for going to war. There is really only one way to obtain "proof" and that is to carry out a thorough and detailed examination of what we've captured.

TWS: I've spoken with several officials who have seen unclassified materials indicating the former Iraqi regime provided significant support--including funding and training--to transregional terrorists, including Palestinian Islamic Jihad, Ansar al Islam, Algeria's GSPC, and the Sudanese Islamic Army. Did you see any of this?

Tanji: My obligations under a nondisclosure agreement prevent me from getting into this kind of detail.

Other officials familiar with the captured documents were less cautious. "As much as we overestimated WMD, it appears we underestimated [Saddam Hussein's] support for transregional terrorists," says one intelligence official.

Speaking of Ansar al Islam, the al Qaeda-linked terrorist group that operated in northern Iraq, the former high-ranking military intelligence officer says: "There is no question about the fact that AI had reach into Baghdad. There was an intelligence connection between that group and the regime, a financial connection between that group and the regime, and there was an equipment connection. It may have been the case that the IIS [Iraqi Intelligence Service] support for AI was meant to operate against the [anti-Saddam] Kurds. But there is no question IIS was supporting AI."

The official continued: "[Saddam] used these groups because he was interested in extending his influence and extending the influence of Iraq. There are definite and absolute ties to terrorism. The evidence is there, especially at the network level. How high up in the government was it sanctioned? I can't tell you. I don't know whether it was run by Qusay [Hussein] or [Izzat Ibrahim] al-Duri or someone else. I'm just not sure. But to say Iraq wasn't involved in terrorism is flat wrong."

STILL, some insist on saying it. Since early November, Senator Carl Levin has been spotted around Washington waving a brief excerpt from a February 2002 Defense Intelligence Agency assessment of Iraq. The relevant passage reads: "Saddam's regime is intensely secular and is wary of Islamic revolutionary movements. Moreover, Baghdad is unlikely to provide assistance to a group it cannot control."

Levin treats these two sentences as definitive proof that Bush administration officials knew that Saddam's regime was unlikely to work with Islamic fundamentalists and ignored the intelligence community's assessment to that effect. Levin apparently finds the passage so damning that he specifically requested that it be declassified.

I thought of Levin's two sentences last Wednesday and Thursday as I sat in a Dallas courtroom listening to testimony in the deportation hearing of Ahmed Mohamed Barodi, a 42-year-old Syrian-born man who's been living in Texas for the last 15 years. I thought of Levin's sentences, for example, when Barodi proudly proclaimed his membership in the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood, and again when Barodi, dressed in loose-fitting blue prison garb, told Judge J. Anthony Rogers about the 21 days he spent in February 1982 training with other members of the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood at a camp in Iraq.

The account he gave in the courtroom was slightly less alarming than the description of the camp he had provided in 1989, on his written application for political asylum in the United States. In that document, Barodi described the instruction he received in Iraq as "guerrilla warfare training." And in an interview in February 2005 with Detective Scott Carr and special agent Sam Montana, both from the federal Joint Terrorism Task Force, Barodi said that the Iraqi regime provided training in the use of firearms, rocket-propelled grenades, and document forgery.

Barodi comes from Hama, the town that was leveled in 1982 by the armed forces of secular Syrian dictator Hafez Assad because it was home to radical Islamic terrorists who had agitated against his regime. The massacre took tens of thousands of lives, but some of the extremists got away.

Many of the most radical Muslim Brotherhood refugees from Hama were welcomed next door--and trained--in Saddam Hussein's Iraq. Spanish investigators believe that Ghasoub Ghalyoun, the man they have accused of conducting surveillance for the 9/11 attacks, who also has roots in the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood, was trained in an Iraqi terrorist camp in the early 1980s. Ghalyoun mentions this Iraqi training in a 2001 letter to the head of Syrian intelligence, in which he seeks reentry to
Syria
despite his long affiliation with the Muslim Brotherhood.

Reaching out to Islamic radicals was, in fact, one of the first moves Saddam Hussein made upon taking power in 1979. That he did not do it for ideological reasons is unimportant. As Barodi noted at last week's hearing, "He used us and we used him."

Throughout the 1980s, including the eight years of the
Iran
-Iraq war, Saddam cast himself as a holy warrior in his public rhetoric to counter the claims from Iran that he was an infidel. This posturing continued during and after the first Gulf war in 1990-91. Saddam famously ordered "Allahu Akbar" (God is Great) added to the Iraqi flag. Internally, he launched "The Faith Campaign," which according to leading Saddam Hussein scholar Amatzia Baram included the imposition of sharia (Islamic law). According to Baram, "The Iraqi president initiated laws forbidding the public consumption of alcohol and introduced enhanced compulsory study of the Koran at all educational levels, including Baath Party branches."

Hussein Kamel, Saddam's son-in-law who defected to Jordan in 1995, explained these changes in an interview with Rolf Ekeus, then head of the U.N. weapons inspection program. "The government of Iraq is instigating fundamentalism in the country," he said, adding, "Every party member has to pass a religious exam. They even stopped party meetings for prayers."

And throughout the decade, the Iraqi regime sponsored "Popular Islamic Conferences" at the al Rashid Hotel that drew the most radical Islamists from throughout the region to Baghdad. Newsweek's Christopher Dickey, who covered one of those meetings in 1993, would later write: "Islamic radicals from all over the Middle East, Africa and Asia converged on Baghdad to show their solidarity with Iraq in the face of American aggression." One speaker praised "the mujahed Saddam Hussein, who is leading this nation against the nonbelievers." Another speaker said, "Everyone has a task to do, which is to go against the American state." Dickey continued:

Every time I hear diplomats and politicians, whether in Washington or the capitals of Europe, declare that Saddam Hussein is a "secular Baathist ideologue" who has nothing do with Islamists or with terrorist calls to jihad, I think of that afternoon and I wonder what they're talking about. If that was not a fledgling Qaeda itself at the Rashid convention, it sure was Saddam's version of it.

In the face of such evidence, Carl Levin and other critics of the Iraq war trumpet deeply flawed four-year-old DIA analyses. Shouldn't the senator instead use his influence to push for the release of Iraqi documents that will help establish what, exactly, the Iraqi regime was doing in the years before the U.S. invasion?

Who Would Have Ever Believed it...Germans and Israelis on the Same Side

@ 07:00 PM (100 months, 3 days ago)

JERUSALEM (AFP) - Acting Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and German Chancellor Angela Merkel made a joint pledge not to deal with the radical Islamist Hamas until it recognised

Israel's right to exist and renounced violence.

Merkel met Olmert in Jerusalem shortly after her arrival on a two-day trip which will also see her hold talks on Monday with beleaguered Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas, whose

Fatah movement was trounced by Hamas in last week's Palestinian general election.

After talks which focused on Hamas's landslide victory, as well as

Iran's controversial nuclear programme, Olmert said they had reached a common approach on on how to deal with the Islamist group.

"We reached clear agreements about the principles which should guide the international community with regard to the future of the

Palestinian Authority," he said at a joint press conference with Merkel, who will not be meeting any Hamas officials.

"You, like me, believe that there is no way to reconcile with terror and there can be no negotiations with organisations or bodies or even governments who are involved with terror and who are not willing to recognize the state of Israel," he told Merkel.

"I really appreciate this joint approach which is shared by countries in Europe and the United States," Olmert said.

Hamas has been responsible for most anti-Israel suicide attacks in the past five years, while Israel has carried out targeted killings of the movement's leaders and its militants.

Merkel for her part agreed that Hamas could not be granted international legitimacy just because it won the election.

"Cooperation between Israel and the Palestinians can only be possible if they (Hamas) meet three conditions -- the renunciation of terror and violence, recognition of Israel's right to exist and that they accept all existing international agreements," said Merkel.

"This is Germany's position and we will also communicate this to the EU."

Unless Hamas changed its stance towards Israel and the peace process, it would be "unthinkable" for the

European Union to continue supplying funds to such a Palestinian leadership, Merkel said.

"We must wait to see how Hamas acts and if it doesn't change its positions, it would be unthinkable that such an authority be directly supported by European Union funds," she said, stressing that Hamas was on the EU's terror blacklist.

The 25-nation bloc is the largest financial donor to the Palestinian Authority and also one of the four sponsors of the stalled Mideast peace roadmap.

Asked if there was any chance of Germany holding talks with Hamas before it met the conditions, Merkel replied: "Absolutely not."

"We must make it very clear to Hamas that we have very clear principles," she said.

The German leader also spoke strongly against any Iranian attempt to acquire nuclear weapons, warning that such a situation would mean Tehran posing a threat not just to Israel, but to the entire world.

"We spoke about the situation in Iran and the threat to Israel in relation to Iran arming itself" with nuclear weapons, Merkel said after the talks in Jerusalem.

"It is not only a threat to Israel but for the entire democratic world."

Merkel also condemned recent remarks by hardline Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad who has called Israel a "tumour" that should be "wiped off the map" and claiming the Holocaust perpetrated by Nazi Germany was a Western invention used to justify the creation of Israel.

"The statements made by the Iranian president are unacceptable to Germany. We cannot accept them," she said.

Iran insists its nuclear programme is completely legal and merely designed to meet its energy needs. Israel, however, believes Tehran is on a drive to equip itself with nuclear weapons.

Israel has never publicly admitted possessing a nuclear arsenal of its own but is believed to have at least 200 atomic warheads.

 

Barack Obama Joins Rank on Sensible Democrats Opposing Alito Filibuster

@ 06:55 PM (100 months, 3 days ago)

This list is democrats urging a filibuster is becoming more and more of the roster of the ridiculous as sensible democrats will not support a filibuster.  Democrats who live in the real world may not be thrilled with Judge Alito but respect the process.

Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., predicted on Sunday that an effort to try to block a final vote on Alito would fail on Monday. That would clear the way for Senate approval Tuesday of the federal appeals court judge picked to succeed the retiring Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.  Democrats fear he would shift the court rightward on abortion rights, affirmative action, the death penalty and other issues.

"We need to recognize, because Judge Alito will be confirmed, that, if we're going to oppose a nominee that we've got to persuade the American people that, in fact, their values are at stake," Obama said.

"There is an over-reliance on the part of Democrats for procedural maneuvers," he told ABC's "This Week."

Sens.

John Kerry and Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts are urging fellow Democrats to support a filibuster, citing in part Alito's conservative record on abortion and deference to executive power.

Alito's supporters must produce 60 votes to cut off a filibuster; an Associated Press tally shows at least 62.

The AP tally also shows that at least 53 Republicans and three Democrats intend to vote to confirm Alito; that is well over the required majority.

President Bush said Saturday in his weekly radio address that senators should have an up-or-down on a nominee "who understands that the role of a judge is to strictly interpret the law."

Obama cast Alito as a judge "who is contrary to core American values, not just liberal values."

But Obama joined some Democrats, including Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada and Charles Schumer of New York, in expressing his unhappiness with the filibuster bid.

"There's one way to guarantee that the judges who are appointed to the Supreme Court are judges that reflect our values. And that's to win elections," Obama said.

Sen. Joseph Biden (news, bio, voting record), D-Del., said he, too, would support the filibuster attempt but agreed that it was not particularly wise.

"I think a filibuster make sense when you have a prospect of actually succeeding," Biden said on CNN's "Late Edition." "I will vote one time to say to continue the debate. but the truth of the matter" is that Alito will be confirmed, he said.

2006/1/28

Usual Rogue's Gallery Behind Planned Alito Filbuster

@ 02:27 AM (100 months, 5 days ago)

As of now these are the extreme left wing crybabies who are planning to take their ball and go home:

Here’s an update on those committed to filibuster the Alito nomination

Leading the Fight:
John F. Kerry and Edward M. Kennedy.

Committed to Filibuster:
Barbara Boxer (D- CA), Dianne Feinstein (D- CA), Christopher J. Dodd (D- CT), Richard J. Durbin (D- IL), Debbie A. Stabenow (D- MI), Robert Menendez (D- NJ), Harry Reid (D- NV), Hillary Rodham Clinton (D- NY), Charles Schumer (D- NY), Ron Wyden (D- OR), Russell D. Feingold (D- WI).

Filibuster Not a Right or Procedure Authorized by the Constitution

@ 01:53 AM (100 months, 5 days ago)
Contrary to the beliefs of John Kerry, Diane Feinstein and their ilk, POLITICIANS who know their viewpoint is not the one that will prevail, use this technique to make the majority miserable for a period of time and get themselves some face time to further their own political aspirations.  Why on earth John Kerry would possibly believe he could ever be a viable presidential candidate again in his lifetime is delusional.  Isn't he a little TALL to have a Napolean complex?

Despite the Media Hoopla...Hillary's Polling Numbers STINK

@ 01:32 AM (100 months, 5 days ago)
CNNGALLUP SHOCK POLL: ONLY 16% FIRM ON HILLARY FOR PRESIDENT
Wed Jan 25 2006 10:50:26 ET

Most voters now say there's no way they'd vote for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton if she runs for president in 2008 - while just 16 percent are firmly in her camp, a stunning new poll shows.

CNNGALLUP found that 51 percent say they definitely won't vote for Clinton (D-N.Y.) in 2008, another 32 percent might consider it, and only 16 percent vow to back her. That means committed anti-Hillary voters outnumber pro-Hillary voters by 3-1. The poll suggests she can forget about crossover votes - 90 percent of Republicans and 75 percent of conservatives say there's no way they'd back her.

2006/1/27

Who Could Possibly Take Helen Thomas Seriously?

@ 12:53 AM (100 months, 6 days ago)

I mean come on....this woman is a clown!  Where else besides a circus would that makeup come from?

                                  

2006/1/26

Not Surprisingly, Oprah Phones Larry King and Ducks Responsibility

@ 11:41 PM (100 months, 6 days ago)

No doubt calling on a cell from a bowling alley, Oprah tries to obfuscate her responsibility as a publisher of "facts" to actually check the "facts".  This woman is a role model?  It is beginning like the only person Oprah is interested in is Oprah.

Updated: 3:45 p.m. ET Jan. 12, 2006

NEW YORK - James Frey and the publishing world can relax a little: Oprah isn’t angry.

For days, Frey has been intensely criticized — and defended — over allegations that his best-selling memoir of addiction, “A Million Little Pieces,” was far from the candid self-portrait that he, his publisher and Winfrey had claimed it to be.

But until she made a surprise call Wednesday night to CNN’s “Larry King Live,” Winfrey, who selected the book for her book club, had maintained a suspenseful silence.

Phoning in near the end of the show, on which Frey gave his first interview since the controversy broke earlier this week, she dismissed the affair as “much ado about nothing” and urged readers inspired by the book to “keep holding on.”

“What is relevant is that he was a drug addict ... and stepped out of that history to be the man he is today and to take that message to save other people and allow them to save themselves,” Winfrey said, adding that she had wanted to hear Frey’s comments before speaking to him or saying anything in public.

Former DNC Chairman Ed Rendell is a Huge Judge Alito Fan

@ 11:16 PM (100 months, 6 days ago)

This is yet another example of how the exteme left wing of the democratic party is totally out of touch with mainstream Americans, even just plain old liberal democrats.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006
In Case You Missed It: Former DNC Chairman, Governor Ed Rendell (D-PA) Supports Judge Alito

From Fox News' "Fox News Live"
January 24, 2006

Former DNC Chairman, Governor Ed Rendell [D-PA]: "I Believe He's A Qualified Judge. He Sits On The Third Circuit Court Of Appeals In Philadelphia. I Don't Know If You Know This ... My Wife Is A Third Circuit Court Judge."

Fox News' Bill Hemmer: "I'm Aware Of That, And Your History In Philadelphia Should Give You Pretty Good Knowledge Of Him."

Rendell: "Right. She Has A High Opinion Of His Integrity And His Academic Standards. She Disagrees With Him On A Number Of Cases And Agrees With Him On Some. I Disagree With A Lot Of His Positions On Cases, But I Think The Tests Should Always Be One Party Wins The Election. As Long As The Supreme Court Justice Is Appointed Who Has High Academic Qualifications, Significant Integrity And Judge Alito Certainly Does, We Should Confirm Him Regardless Of Our Disagreement On The Way He May Interpret One Aspect Of The Law. I Think We've Fallen Into Such Partisanship In D.C., Not Just In This But In So Many Things, That It's In Some Way Ways Tearing The Country Apart."

Hemmer: "[H]ow Do You Think Your Democratic Colleagues Did On This Committee During This Process? Were You Proud Of Them?"

Rendell: "[I] Wasn't Pleased. Certainly Some Did Well But Some Didn't. I Wasn't Pleased At The Nitpicking. I Think We Need To Go Back To The Days [When] One Party Wins. No One Fought Harder For John Kerry Than I Did ... But [President Bush] Won The Election, And As Long As They Give Us Qualified Candidates ... Sam Alito, Unanimously Recommended By The American Bar Association, A Qualified Judge."

Prominent Democrats Against Alito Filbuster

@ 10:40 AM (100 months, 6 days ago)

 

 

By Carrie Budoff / Inquirer Staff Writer
Despite reservations about several rulings by Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito, Democratic Senate candidate Robert P. Casey Jr. said yesterday that Alito should be confirmed because, ultimately, he is qualified. ... qualified. "I do not agree with everything that Judge Samuel Alito has done or said - ...
Wednesday, January 25, 2006 (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Bingo....one of many honest democrats speaks from truth....."Alito should be confirmed because, ultimately, he is qualified".  In the coming days the comments of other democrats who truly focus "on the issue at hand" will be posted here.  The only Constitutionally correct discussion regarding any Supreme Court Justice nominee is whether that nominee is qualified.  Unfortunately this is another situation where democrats do not speak from truth and try to pull fast one on honest Americans.


 

2006/1/25

Negative Comments by Cindy Sheehan About Bill Clinton

@ 10:16 PM (100 months, 7 days ago)

It is a travesty that the main stream media has omitted this quote from the mouth of Sheehan:  "And about Bill Clinton . . . . You know, I really think he should have been impeached, but not for a blow job. His policies are responsible for killing more Iraqis that George Bush. I don’t understand why to rise to the level of being president of my country one has to be a monster. I used to say that George Bush was defiling the Oval Office, but it’s been held by a long line of monsters. We don’t have to support our administrations to love our country. True patriots of my country dissent when our country’s doing something so wrong."

Well....duh

Next Target in the Axis of Evil, Iran, Does Some Tough Talking Through General Najjar

@ 10:08 PM (100 months, 7 days ago)

 

 

Were Israel to attack Iran's nuclear facilities, Iran would respond so strongly that it would put the Jewish state into "an eternal coma" like Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's, the Iranian defense minister said Wednesday.

"Zionists should know that if they do anything evil against Iran, the response of Iran's armed forces will be so firm that it will send them into eternal coma, like Sharon," Gen. Mostafa Mohammad Najjar said.

Najjar said the United States and Israel have been trying to frighten Iran, but neither country would dare attack to Iran.

Blogger Resorts to Jap Attacks

@ 10:04 PM (100 months, 7 days ago)
Information is circulating that there is a hit and run anonymous blogger making snide comments.  Rumor has it that she is a bitter woman because no one agrees with her nonsensical positions or even cares enough about the trash written in the blog to comment.  For a comment free terrorist supporting anti American blog see progressiveminds.bloghi.com.  Beware.

Another Ted Kennedy Child Uncovered - Who Will Be Next?

@ 10:01 PM (100 months, 7 days ago)

Ted Kennedy is breaking out his scandal squad, now that The National Enquirer is claiming he has a secret love child.

According to the tab, the Massachusetts senator took a paternity test that proved he'd fathered a daughter - now 31 - by a Cape Cod woman half his age.

Kennedy's office yesterday denounced the story, calling it "irresponsible fiction."

But an Enquirer insider said the tab's lawyers are "very comfortable" with the story. Among its allegations:

·   Kennedy, then 51, began dating Caroline Bilodeau in 1983 while divorcing wife Joan. "[Caroline] had dreams about being the next Mrs. Ted Kennedy," says a source.

·   A few months into their relationship, Bilodeau told Kennedy she was pregnant. After she refused to have an abortion, Kennedy is said to have cut all ties with her.

·   "Someone in the Kennedy camp" paid her at least $15,000, claims a source. "All of a sudden, a pregnant, unemployed Caroline buys a new black Mustang convertible and an expensive purebred Shar-Pei dog and moved out of her parents' modest home and into an apartment."

·   Kennedy was not present when Bilodeau gave birth to her daughter, Shalana, but a source says the young mother told friends a test established Kennedy's paternity. Afterward, she "always seemed to have money," says the source.

·   Bilodeau later married a local man, who legally adopted the girl and renamed her Shalana Millard.

An Enquirer insider told us Bilodeau and her son wouldn't confirm or deny the story. "She must have a good reason not to talk," said the insider. "Until she acknowledges Ted as the father, he can hide behind her."

The insider said the story is based on sources "both on the Kennedy side and in the woman's family. We've known about the girl for several years but waited until she turned 31. Also, more information came our way recently."

"Our sources had no political connections," said the source, who noted that the tab has targeted both Democrats and Republicans - revealing Jesse Jackson's love child, as well as Rush Limbaugh's illegal drug use.

Updated Addendum to the Constitution and Bill of Rights as Penned by Georgia State Rep. Aye

@ 09:36 PM (100 months, 7 days ago)

The following has been attributed to State Representative Mitchell Aye from GA. He should run for President one day...

"We the sensible people of the United States, in an attempt to help everyone get along, restore some semblance of justice, avoid more riots, keep our nation safe, promote positive behavior, and secure the blessings of debt free liberty to ourselves and our great-great-great-grandchildren, hereby try one more time to ordain and establish some common sense guidelines:

We hold these truths to be self evident: that a whole lot of people are confused by the Bill of Rights and are so confused they require a Bill of NON-Rights."

ARTICLE I: You do not have the right to a new car, big screen TV, or any other form of wealth. More power to you if you can legally acquire them, but no one is guaranteeing anything.

ARTICLE II: You do not have the right to never be offended. This country is based on freedom, and that means freedom for everyone -- not just you! You may leave the room, turn the channel, express a different opinion, etc.; but the world is full of idiots, and probably always will be.

ARTICLE III: You do not have the right to be free from harm. If you stick a screwdriver in your eye, learn to be more careful, do not expect the tool manufacturer to make you and all your relatives independently wealthy.

ARTICLE IV: You do not have the right to free food and housing. Americans are the most charitable people to be found, and will gladly help anyone in need, but we are quickly growing weary of subsidizing generation after generation of professional couch potatoes who achieve nothing more than the creation of another generation of professional couch potatoes.

ARTICLE V: You do not have the right to free health care. That would be nice, but from the looks of public housing, we're just not interested in public health care.

ARTICLE VI: You do not have the right to physically harm other people. If you kidnap, rape, intentionally maim, or kill someone, don't be surprised if the rest of us want to see you fry in the electric chair.

ARTICLE VII: You do not have the right to the possessions of others. If you rob, cheat, or coerce away the goods or services of other citizens, don't be surprised if the rest of us get together and lock you away in a place where you still won't have the right to a big screen color TV or a life of leisure.

ARTICLE VIII: You do not have the right to a job. All of us sure want you to have a job, and will gladly help you along in hard times, but we expect you to take advantage of the opportunities of education and vocational training laid before you to make yourself useful.

ARTICLE IX: You do not have the right to happiness. Being an American means that you have the right to PURSUE happiness, which by the way, is a lot easier if you are unencumbered by an over abundance of idiotic laws created by those of you who were confused by the Bill of Rights.

ARTICLE X: This is an English speaking country. We don't care where you are from, English is our language. Learn it or go back to wherever you came from! (lastly....) NOW..

ARTICLE XI: You do not have the right to change our country's history or heritage. This country was founded on the belief in one true God. And yet, you are given the freedom to believe in any religion, any faith, or no faith at all; with no fear of persecution. The phrase IN GOD WE TRUST is part of our heritage and history, and if you are uncomfortable with it, TOUGH!!!!

2006/1/24

DOJ Voting Rights Section Employees Confirm it is Rife with Extreme Left Wingers

@ 11:19 PM (100 months, 8 days ago)

Conflicts in the voting-rights arena at Justice are not new, particularly during Republican administrations, when liberal-leaning career lawyers often clash with more conservative political appointees, experts say. The conflicts have been further exacerbated by recent court rulings that have made it more difficult for Justice to challenge redistricting plans.

William Bradford Reynolds, the civil rights chief during the Reagan administration, opposed affirmative-action remedies and court-ordered busing -- and regularly battled with career lawyers in the division as a result. During the administration of George H.W. Bush, the division aggressively pushed for the creation of districts that were more than 60 percent black in a strategy designed to produce more solidly white and Republican districts in the South.

These districts were widely credited with boosting the GOP in the region during the 1994 elections.

Rich, who worked in the Civil Rights Division for 37 years, said the conflicts in the current administration are more severe than in earlier years. "I was there in the Reagan years, and this is worse," he said.

But Michael A. Carvin, a civil rights deputy under Reagan, said such allegations amount to "revisionist history." He contended that the voting section has long tilted to the left politically.

Carvin and other conservatives also say the opinions of career lawyers in the section frequently have been at odds with the courts, including a special panel in Texas that rejected challenges to the Republican-sponsored redistricting plan there. The Supreme Court has since agreed to hear the case.

"The notion that they are somehow neutral or somehow ideologically impartial is simply not supported by the evidence," Carvin said. "It hasn't been the politicos that were departing from the law or normal practice, but the voting-rights section."

Media Matters Now Using Hypnosis to Keep Extreme Left Wing Bloggers in Lock Step

@ 10:46 PM (100 months, 8 days ago)

Washingtonpost.com temporarily shuttered its Post.blog message board last week after hundreds of personal attacks and profane, sexist, and generally hateful comments were placed there by readers—and others—to protest the work of Washington Post ombudsman Deborah Howell. (Disclosure: The Washington Post Co. owns washingtonpost.com, the Post, and Slate.)

Howell's sin was erroneously stating that the Post reported that Jack Abramoff "had made substantial campaign contributions to both major parties" and then stepping in it all over again by stating that he "directed" money to both, which Howell critics found equally erroneous–and infuriating.

Various lefty blogs and activist groups appear to have urged readers to criticize the ombudsman, writes the Washington Post's Paul Farhi, including MediaMatters.org, Dailykos.com, FireDogLake.blogspot.com, and Atrios.blogspot.com. The Media Matters site blogged about Howell on Jan. 15, the day her column appeared, again on Jan. 17 when Post media reporter Howard Kurtz wrote about her poorly written column, again on Jan. 18, to criticize Howell for criticizing Media Matters on an internal message board at the Post, and again on Jan. 20 to knock CNN for its reporting on the Howell flap. At each juncture, Media Matters urged its readers to "Take Action" against the Post or CNN for their transgressions by contacting them electronically in a "polite and professional" manner. Media Matters told Farhi they did not approve of "out of hand" postings.

Rumor has it that millardo spent 48 hours straight cutting, pasting and copying Media Matters Hate Speak and emailing it to that evil arch conservative Washington Post.  Apparently Media Matters and it's dronelike followers don't approve of free speech.

Now We're Talkiing...New Terrorist Plan is Killing Themselves

@ 10:42 PM (100 months, 8 days ago)

NABLUS, West Bank, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- Fatah gunmen shot a fellow party member dead Tuesday in a dispute about election posters on his house in the West Bank city of Nablus.

Family members said that Abu Ahmed Hassouna was shot in the head when he appeared in a second-floor window and ordered two carloads of young men to stop shooting at the posters, the Jerusalem Post reported. The gunmen fled, and Hassouna was taken to a hospital where he died a short time later.

The shooting increases tensions on the eve of voting for the Palestinian parliament.

At the same time, Israeli security officials report allegations of multiple voting by members of the Palestinian security force, the Post said. They were allowed to vote early to free them to monitor the election.

Indelible ink that is to be used to mark voters' fingers to prevent double voting was not available.

Fatah, the creation of the late Yassir Arafat, has controlled Palestinian areas for almost 40 years. But many Palestinians have become disenchanted with corruption, and appear likely to cast votes for Hamas candidates.

An Ounce of Creativity Might Have Helped Escaped Convict

@ 10:38 PM (100 months, 8 days ago)

 

Admittedly I may not be a rocket scientist, but I am pretty sure I could have come up with something better than this simply by recalling episodes of Hogan's Heroes.

SYDNEY, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- A blond Australian man who escaped from prison has been arrested after being spotted window-shopping at a mall with a black beard drawn on his face.

Robert Cole was serving time for armed bank robbery and rape, and escaped from the Long Bay Jail near Sydney last week by slipping through a hole he had made near his cell window. He had dieted for weeks to lose about 30 pounds, The Advertiser reported Tuesday.

Cole and a female accomplice offered no resistance when 10 officers surrounded them at the mall Saturday, the report said.

One witness told the newspaper Cole appeared comical.

"He had a full-on, fake drawn-on moustache. It was black and he had blond hair," she said.

Cole reportedly was being held in maximum security Tuesday.

Harry, Calypso Lunatic, Belafonte Trounced and Denounced

@ 12:31 AM (100 months, 9 days ago)
Harry Belafonte Flirting With Treason, Black Conservative Says
By Susan Jones
CNSNews.com Senior Editor
January 10, 2006

(CNSNews.com) - Calypso singer and liberal political activist Harry Belafonte was speaking for himself, not UNICEF, when he called President Bush a terrorist during a visit to leftist Venezuela, the U.N. children's advocacy group says.

Belafonte was quoted as telling Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on Saturday, "No matter what the greatest tyrant in the world, the greatest terrorist in the world, George W. Bush says, we're here to tell you: Not hundreds, not thousands, but millions of the American people...support your revolution."

Belafonte made the comment on Chavez' radio and TV broadcast.

The U.S. Fund for UNICEF told reporters that Belafonte -- a UNICEF goodwill ambassador since 1987 -- made the comments "as a private citizen and was not speaking as a UNICEF ambassador, nor acting in an official capacity on behalf of the organization."

Belafonte led a group of Americans, including actor Danny Glover and Princeton University Professor Cornel West, to Venezuela over the weekend.

The Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson, a conservative black leader, is among the Americans questioning Belafonte's sanity.

"Harry Belafonte's hatred of President Bush is causing him to embrace America's enemies," the Rev. Peterson said in a press release. "I also believe that his actions are treasonous as described by Article Three, Section Three o the U.S. Constitution, which says that 'adhering to our enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort' constitutes treason."

Peterson called Chavez a "brutal, paranoid dictator with nuclear ambitions who wants nothing more than to destroy the U.S."

Peterson said it's time to take U.S. laws seriously - by classifying Belafonte and his delegation as "domestic enemies of the United States."

Venezuala's Vice President Rangel Has More Rocks Than Hillary Clinton

@ 12:18 AM (100 months, 9 days ago)
By CHRISTOPHER TOOTHAKER
Associated Press Writer

Venezuela's vice president derided Sen. John McCain for suggesting that 'wackos' run the South American country, saying Monday that the United States should focus on its own problems.

Jose Vicente Rangel was responding to McCain's statement on Sunday that America must explore alternative energy sources to avoid depending on Iran or 'wackos' in Venezuela - apparently a reference to Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

'It looks like they have nothing else to do in the United States,' Rangel said, adding that the Americans have 'so many problems, 40 million poor people, 30 million drug users, and an American senator is paying attention to us. He can go to hell.'

McCain, a potential Republican presidential contender in 2008, said recent actions by Chavez and by Iran's leaders make it clear that the United States will be vulnerable as long as it remains dependent on foreign energy.

'We've got to get quickly on a track to energy independence from foreign oil, and that means, among other things, going back to nuclear power,' the Arizona senator said on Fox News Sunday. 'We better understand the vulnerabilities that our economy, and our very lives, have when we're dependent on Iranian mullahs and wackos in Venezuela.'

CIA Comparing Bin Laden Tapes and Kerry Soundbites

@ 12:12 AM (100 months, 9 days ago)
Washington, DC January 23, 2006.  It is beginning to look as though there is more similarity to John Kerry's recent comments and the just released Bin Laden tape than CNN initially reported.  By comparing sentence struture, alliterative phrasing and other similarities in past Kerry speeches, Osama videos and Bin Laden writings, CIA computer studies indicate that they;  1. use the same writers; or 2.  one writes for the other.  Final analysis should indicate which of the two has the brainpower.  The CIA has already ruled out Al Gore as a possible writer.  "Agree with the content or not, there is simply too much verve involved for Gore to have made any contribution."

Next Step in Dealing With Axis of Evil, North Korea to be Put on Hold

@ 12:05 AM (100 months, 9 days ago)

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on Monday there was strong international consensus against Iran's nuclear plans and time had run out for talking to Tehran.

With Italy's foreign minister at her side, Rice said the next step must be to refer Iran to the U.N. Security Council. The United States believes Iran is building a nuclear bomb but Iran says its nuclear program is for peaceful, energy purposes.

"The referral absolutely has to be made," Rice told reporters.

"Iran must know that there is a firm international consensus against the activities that Iran is currently engaged in. We would all like to solve this diplomatically and we are all committed to doing so but Iran must recognize the concerns of the international community and has not done so."

Iran on Sunday urged the European Union to return to negotiations with Tehran on its nuclear program, saying talks were the only way to defuse its nuclear standoff with the West.

Rice said the time for talking was over and European discussions had come to a "dead end" because of Iran's actions. "I don't see much room for further discussion in any format," said Rice.

2006/1/23

Lynn Swann 2006 PA Gubernatorial Candidate....2008 or 2012 Presidential Candidate?

@ 10:09 PM (100 months, 9 days ago)
The Pittsburgh Steeler's retired wide receiver is one of two candidates seeking the Republican Party endorsement prior to the primaries to determine the candidate for the November election.  Swann should get the endorsement and would be the favorite to win in November and become the next Pennsylvania Governer.  This would put him on the short list for the 2008 or 2012 Republican Presidential Nomination.  If Swann plays it smart, he will not accept a vice presidential nomination in 2008.  Lynn Swann joined the Steelers in 1974 just as they were embarking on a winning binge that produced six straight AFC Central Division titles and four Super Bowl championships in six years. A former USC All-America, Swann was the Steelers’ No. 1 draft pick and 21st player selected overall in the 1974 NFL Draft.  The latest poll of the race for Pennsylvania governor shows Republican Lynn Swann, the former receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers, narrowly leading Democratic Governor Ed Rendell 45% to 43%.  Fifty-four percent (54%) of voters view Swann favorably; 47% view Rendell favorably. "Fast Eddie" was pronounced a lock for a second term by democrats when originally elected.  Rendell's failure to deliver campaign promises as well as Swann's policies and name recognition should put Swann over the top. For more, go to lynnswannforgovernor.com 

President Bush Delivered on Broken Promises of the Clintons

@ 09:35 PM (100 months, 9 days ago)

You know, it is easy to forget the 'promises' that Bill and Hillary made while in office. It strikes home when it is listed like this.

After the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, which killed six and injured 1,000; President Clinton promised that those responsible would be hunted down and punished.   BUSH COVERED IT!

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.  BUSH COVERED IT!

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.   BUSH COVERED IT!

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.  BUSH COVERED IT!

After the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole, which killed 17 and injured 39 U.S. sailors; Clinton promised that those responsible would be hunted down and punished.  BUSH COVERED IT!

Maybe if Clinton had kept his promise, an estimated 3,000 people in New York and Washington, D.C. that are now dead would be alive today.   BUSH TOLD THOSE FIREMAN -- THEY WOULD HEAR US TOO!

And, now that Bush is taking action to bring these people to justice, we have opponents charging him with being a war monger...

AN INTERESTING QUESTION:
This question was raised on a Philly radio call-in show. Without casting  stones, it is a legitimate question.

There are two men, both extremely wealthy. One develops relatively cheap software and gives billions of dollars to charity. The other sponsors terrorism. That being the case, why was it that the Clinton Administration spent more money chasing down Bill Gates over the past eight years than Osama bin Laden?

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 have spent the past 8 years being unable to
recall anything about past events while under oath!

Weaseling democrats Prepare to Waste More Taxpayers Money Delaying Alito Confirmation

@ 01:22 AM (100 months, 10 days ago)
After an unflappable 18 hours before a panel of 18 senators last week, Judge Samuel Alito is all but assured confirmation in the full Senate - just not by Friday.

At 11 a.m. Tuesday, Senate Democrats are expected to delay the vote, despite an agreement with the panel's chairman, Sen. Arlen Specter (R) of Pennsylvania, to move Judge Alito's nomination toward a final Senate vote by Jan. 20.

democrats cannot even be trusted on their own anti filibuster agreement...not like that is a surprise.

The Jolly Roger is Still Flying and Not Just in the democratic caucus

@ 01:06 AM (100 months, 10 days ago)

After all these years REAL pirates are still sailing the 7 seas, with apparently more success than their liberal namesakes here in the United States.

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — U.S. sailors boarded a suspected pirate ship in the Indian Ocean and detained 26 men for questioning, the Navy said Sunday.

You can guess which democratic political figures are dressed as pirates below:

                                                              

 

2006/1/22

The Barber Shop Tour Continues - On to Poland

@ 06:48 PM (100 months, 10 days ago)

George Washington portrait sells for $21.3M

@ 01:55 AM (100 months, 11 days ago)

NEW YORK - Charles Willson Peale’s full-length portrait of George Washington on the American Revolutionary War battlefield fetched $21.3 million at auction Saturday, setting a world record for the sale of an American portrait, Christie’s auction house said.

“George Washington at Princeton,” signed and dated 1779 by the Revolutionary period’s premier portrait artist, was one of eight full-length portraits of Washington painted by Peale between 1779 and 1781. It was the only one known to be in private hands.

Christie’s did not disclose the buyer Saturday. The auction house had said earlier the painting was expected to fetch $10 million to $15 million.

I am proud to announce that this portrait is now hanging in the Arizona White House.

                                                Image: George Washington portrait

2006/1/21

Information Gleaned During Recent Junket to West Virginia

@ 11:56 PM (100 months, 11 days ago)
GOT TO LOVE WEST VIRGINIA
A guy from West Virginia passed away and left his entire
estate to his beloved widow, but she can't touch it 'til
she's 14.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
How do you know when you're staying in a West Virginia hotel?
When you call the front desk and say, "I gotta leak in my
sink," and the clerk replies, "Go ahead."
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
How can you tell if a West Virginia redneck is married?
There's dried tobacco juice on both sides of his
pickup truck.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Did you hear that they have raised the minimum drinking
age in West Virginia to 32?
It seems they want to keep alcohol out of the high
schools.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
What do they call reruns of "Hee Haw" in West Virginia ?
Documentaries.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Where was the toothbrush invented?
West Virginia . If it had been invented anywhere else, it
would have been called a teeth brush.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
A West Virginia State trooper pulls over a pickup and says to the
driver,
"Got any I.D.?"
and the driver replies "Bout wut?"
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Did you hear about the $3 million West Virginia State
Lottery?
(Come on- this is funny!)
The winner gets $3.00 a year for a million years.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
The governor's mansion in West Virginia burned down!
Yep. Pert' near took out the whole trailer park. The
library was a total loss too. Both books-poof! up in
flames and he hadn't even finished coloring one of them.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
A new law was recently passed in West Virginia . When a
couple gets divorced, they are STILL cousins
 

The Christian Science Monitor Reports What Really Happened at the Aliton Confirmation Hearings

@ 08:56 PM (100 months, 11 days ago)

 

 

The hearings in the Senate Judiciary Committee turned uglier this week when the panel went into executive session to deliberate the nomination of Samuel Alito to the US Supreme Court. Unknown to committee members, the National Security Administration, without a warrant, listened in on the meeting.

A transcript of the session was leaked to former New York Times correspondent Judith Miller by Washington Post editor Bob Woodward, who obtained it from an undisclosed source in columnist Robert Novak's office. We found a copy on a pharmacy counter near Washington's Dupont Circle.

Ted Kennedy: I would appreciate it if the chairman would acknowledge the Christmas card I sent him last month.

Arlen Specter: Just because you mailed me a Christmas card, Senator, doesn't mean I received it. Did you put enough postage on it? Besides, I'm Jewish.

Kennedy: Of course I used enough postage, Mr. Chairman. What do you take me for? I do regret it wasn't a Hanukkah card.

Specter: All right, then. Can we return to the business at hand, please? The issue is whether to issue a subpoena to the White House to find out whether Vice President Cheney wanted to nominate himself to the Supreme Court and retain his post as vice president.

Dianne Feinstein: I'm Jewish, too, Mr. Chairman, but I find no offense in the fact that I received a Christmas card from Senator Kennedy. I see no reason to inject matters of personal faith into these deliberations.

Specter: Now just a minute, Senator. It was just an aside.

Orrin Hatch: Mr. Chairman, may I?

Specter: Of course. The gentleman from Utah. You're a Mormon, right?

Hatch: I want to know if Miss Hill has seen a certain adult video.

Specter: With all due respect, those were the Clarence Thomas hearings. They are long over.

Hatch: Did we confirm him?

Specter: Yes, Senator, more than 10 years ago.

Hatch: Good. How did I vote?

Specter: In favor. Yes, the gentleman from Oklahoma.

Tom Coburn: I strongly object to this nominee because he is from New Jersey.

Specter: So?

Coburn: New Jersey is a blue state.

Specter: But Judge Alito has impeccable conservative credentials.

Coburn: He does? I withdraw my objection.

Specter: Yes, the gentleman from Texas.

John Cornyn: I think Senator Feingold is a communist.

Specter: Now, now, there's no reason for ad hominem attacks. What prompted that remark?

Cornyn: All liberals are communists.

Patrick Leahy: Enough! Why do you Republicans always accuse everyone who doesn't agree with you of being unpatriotic?

Coburn: Because Karl told us to.

Leahy: Oy vey.

Charles Schumer: Pat, I didn't know you were Jewish.

Leahy: Good grief, Chuck, I am not Jewish.

Specter: Can we return to the business at hand? The question is whether a sitting vice president, who, under the Constitution serves as president of the Senate and in this case the de facto president of the United States and Iraq, can also fill a vacancy on the Supreme Court.

Hatch: Why not?

Dick Durbin: Orrin, have you heard of separation of powers?

Hatch: My understanding is that the vice president shares power with his wife. Isn't that sufficient?

Specter: Can we please deal with the Alito nomination?

Coburn: Who is Alito?

Joseph Biden: Mr. Chairman?

Specter: The gentleman from Delaware has been uncharacteristically quiet. Go ahead.

Biden: Did you ever get my Hanukkah card?

Resolutions for 2006 - Better Late Than Never

@ 04:50 PM (100 months, 11 days ago)

New Rule: Stop giving me that pop-up ad for Classmates.com! There's a reason you don't talk to people for 25 years. Because you don't particularly like them! Besides, I already know what the captain of the football team is doing these days: he's mowing my lawn.

New Rule: Don't eat anything that's served to you out a window unless you're a seagull. People are acting all shocked that a human finger was found in a bowl of Wendy's chili. Hey, it cost less than a dollar. What did you expect it to contain? Trout? Luckily, it was only a finger! If it was a whole hand, Congress would have voted to keep it alive.

New Rule: Stop saying that teenage boys who have sex with their hot, blond teachers are permanently damaged. I have a better description for these kids: lucky bastards.

New Rule: Ladies, leave your eyebrows alone. Here's how much men care about your eyebrows: do you have two of them? Okay, we're done.

New Rule: The more complicated the Starbucks order, the bigger the asshole. If you walk into a Starbucks and order a "decaf grande half-soy, half-low fat, iced vanilla, double-shot, gingerbread cappuccino, extra dry, light ice, with one Sweet-n'-Low and one NutraSweet," oooh,  you're a huge asshole.

New Rule: Competitive eating isn't a sport. It's one of the seven deadly sins. ESPN recently televised the US Open of Competitive Eating, because watching those athletes at the poker table was just too damned exciting. What's next, competitive farting? Oh wait. They're already doing that. It's called "The Howard Stern Show."

New Rule: If you're going to insist on making movies based on crappy, old television shows, then you have to give everyone in the Cineplex a remote so we can see what's playing on the other screens. Let's remember the reason something was a television show in the first place is that the idea wasn't good enough to be a movie. 

New Rule: No more gift registries. You know, it used to be just for weddings. Now it's for babies and new homes and graduations from rehab. Picking up the stuff you want and having other people buy it for you isn't gift giving, it's the middle upper class white people version of looting.

New Rule: and this one is long overdue: No more bathroom attendants. After I zip up, some guy is offering me a towel and a mint like I just had sex with George Michael. I can't even tell if he's supposed to be there, or just some freak with a fetish. I don't want to be on your web cam, dude. I just want to wash my hands and get the hell out.

New Rule: When I ask how old your toddler is, I don't need to know in months. "27 Months." "He's two," will do just fine. He's not a cheese. And I didn't really give a damn in the first place.

New Rule: Just because your tattoo has Chinese characters in it doesn't make you spiritual. It's right above the crack of your butt. And it translates to "beef with broccoli." The last time you did anything spiritual, you were praying to God you weren't pregnant. You're not spiritual. You're just high.

New Rule: There's no such thing as flavored water. There's a whole aisle of this crap at the supermarket, water, but without that watery taste. Sorry, but flavored water is called a soft drink. You want flavored water? Pour some bourbon over ice and let it melt. Now that's flavored water.

Continuing Rule:  millardo remains a loser.

 

It Looks Like I Will Go to Glasgow, Scotland for Haircuts From Now On

@ 11:10 AM (100 months, 11 days ago)

SCOTLAND’S first topless barber shop will open this week to protests by women’s groups and clergy in a bid to stop customers receiving a short, back and sides from scantily-clad stylists.

Churchgoers and Scottish Women Against Porn are planning to disrupt the opening of A Bit Off The Top in Paisley.

Controversy has surrounded the shop since the Glasgow-based Urban Group announced plans to open in the town.

Former lap-dancers who are trained hairdressers have been recruited to work in the Canal Street salon.

Men will be able to choose a girl to give them a £25 haircut or a massage in a private booth.

Last week, the owners of the shop caused controversy when they put up a huge banner with a picture of a woman cupping her breasts outside the shop.

Sandra White, MSP, who will join the demonstration, said: "It’s an insult to pretend it’s normal for a girl to be topless while cutting hair.

"The banner doesn’t even show the woman’s face, it only shows what these people consider to be important about her. This shop will be being watched closely and if there is anything untoward going on, we’ll get rid of it."

Churches in Paisley have also voiced opposition, with Reverend Tom Cant, minister at the nearby Laigh Kirk, branding it "sordid".

A spokeswoman at Glasgow Women’s Aid added: "We are quite shocked about this.

"It’s really degrading for women. It caters for a certain type of immature behaviour among men who can’t see women as equal to men."

Owners the Urban Group say they have taken a lot of bookings and expect the salon, which they insist is "harmless fun", to be popular.

Last week, the owners of the shop caused controversy when they put up a huge banner with a picture of a woman cupping her breasts outside the shop.

Sandra White, MSP, who will join the demonstration, said: "It’s an insult to pretend it’s normal for a girl to be topless while cutting hair.

"The banner doesn’t even show the woman’s face, it only shows what these people consider to be important about her. This shop will be being watched closely and if there is anything untoward going on, we’ll get rid of it."

Churches in Paisley have also voiced opposition, with Reverend Tom Cant, minister at the nearby Laigh Kirk, branding it "sordid".

A spokeswoman at Glasgow Women’s Aid added: "We are quite shocked about this.

"It’s really degrading for women. It caters for a certain type of immature behaviour among men who can’t see women as equal to men."

Owners the Urban Group say they have taken a lot of bookings and expect the salon, which they insist is "harmless fun", to be popular.

Bin Laden Ancestry Revealed in Latest Tape

@ 11:02 AM (100 months, 11 days ago)

You have to admit it is nice to see that the old boy is still alive and kicking.  That way, when he is caught his public trial and humiliation will provide amusement and additional blog fodder.  After careful analysis my staff has come to the conclusion that the central message of this tape is a plea for a truce.  What do the French do in any war?  That's right....capitulate.  Ergo, Bin Laden is at least part French.

                                             

Republicans Get it Right Yet Again: Glenn Beck Calls Cindy Sheehan A "Pretty Big Prostitute"

@ 02:55 AM (100 months, 12 days ago)

Well.....duh

Liberals Such as Molly Ivins Now Referring to democrats and Hillary as FOOLS

@ 01:45 AM (100 months, 12 days ago)
It is beginning to look like a cartoon of rats and mice pushing each other out of the way to scurry off a sinking ship. "I'd like to make it clear to the people who run the Democratic Party that I will not support Hillary Clinton for president.” With that pronouncement, liberal syndicated columnist Molly Ivins begins a blistering column that castigates Hillary and the Democratic Party for failing to take a strong stand on a variety of issues important to liberals like her.  Et tu, Brute?  "Enough triangulation, calculation and equivocation. Enough clever straddling, enough not offending anyone,” Ivins writes in her column on CNN.com.  "Sen. Clinton is apparently incapable of taking a clear stand on the war in Iraq, and that alone is enough to disqualify her. Her failure to speak out on Terri Schiavo, not to mention that gross pandering on flag-burning, are just contemptible little dodges ...  "There are times when regular politics will not do, and this is one of those times. There are times a country is so tired of bull that only the truth can provide relief.  "If no one in conventional-wisdom politics has the courage to speak up and say what needs to be said, then you go out and find some obscure junior senator from Minnesota with the guts to do it. In 1968, Gene McCarthy was the little boy who said out loud, ‘Look, the emperor isn't wearing any clothes.’”   Ivins says the majority of Americans believe the war in Iraq is a mistake and the U.S. should get out, and a majority are also in favor of raising the minimum wage, repealing President Bush’s tax cuts, imposing a windfall profits tax on big oil companies and reducing the deficit not by cutting domestic spending, but by reducing Pentagon spending or raising taxes.  "That is the center, you fools,” Ivins tells Hillary and the Democrats. "WHO ARE YOU AFRAID OF?”

 

Just Imagine Curtis, Bombs Away, Lemay Runnng the Iraq War

@ 01:19 AM (100 months, 12 days ago)

General Curtis Emerson Lemay   

     General Curtis Emerson Lemay was the “Father of the Strategic Air Command.”  When he took over as its commander in 1948, it consisted of little more than a few understaffed and untrained B-29 groups left over from World War II.  Less than half its aircraft were operational and the crews were next to worthless.  He ordered a mock bombing raid on Dayton, Ohio, and most of the bombers missed their targets by one to two miles.  That was unacceptable.
     He subjected his men to vigorous training and long hours of hard work, but fought for additional pay and better housing to make their demanding lives more tolerable. He obtained vast fleets of new bombers, established a vast aerial refueling system, started many new units and bases, began missile development, and established a strict command and control system.  When he left the command in 1957 to assume his new job as Air Force Vice Chief of Staff, SAC was the most powerful military force the world had ever seen.
     But that was only one of his many accomplishments.  He was the  outstanding air combat leader of World War II.  He developed the bombardment tactics and strategies that left Nazi Germany in rubble.  He was transferred to the Pacific theater, where he took over command of the B-29’s and led the air war against Japan.  He incinerated every major Japanese city and oversaw the dropping of the atomic bombs. After the war, he organized he famous Berlin Air Lift.   It was this confrontation that began the Cold War and resulted in Lemay being given the job of whipping the fledging Strategic Air Command into shape..  
     He was always the best pilot, best navigator and best bombardier in ever unit he ever served or commanded.  He often demonstrated his courage by personally leading his bombers on the dangerous missions, including what many regard as the most dangerous mission ever flown - the attack on  Regensberg, Germany.  The Army Air Forces lost half of the 1,000 planes

launched that day, which has gone down in Air Force history as “Black Thursday.”   If his crews weren’t flying missions, then they were subjected to his relentless training.  He believed it was the key to saving their lives and more quickly ending the war.  They called him "Iron Ass" because he demanded so much, but they respected him immensely.  A popular story that was widely circulated in SAC is that he approached a fully-fueled bomber with his ever-present cigar stuck firmly between his lips.  A guard asked him to put it out, as it might blow up the aircraft.  Lemay replied, “It wouldn’t dare.” 
     Curtis Lemay served as a general for seventeen years - longer than any other man in the history of the United States military.  He received every award his country could bestow, other than the Medal of Honor. He was decorated by many other nations.  In 1961, he became the Air Force Chief of Staff, it’s highest position.
     He was the Cold War's fiercest warrior.  His very first war plan drawn up in 1949, proposed delivering, "the entire stockpile of atomic bombs in a single massive attack."   That meant dropping 133 A-bombs on 70 cities within 30 days. He argued that, "if you are going to use military force, then you ought to use overwhelming military force. Use too much and deliberately use too much.. you’ll save lives, not only your own, but the enemy's too."
     The old warrior died on Oct. 1, 1990.  He is buried in the United States Air Force Academy Cemetery at Colorado Springs, Colorado.

22 Lessons Michael Moore, Nancy Pelosi, Hillary Clinton, Mayor Nagins and the Rest of the Liberal Left Wing Will Never Learn

@ 01:14 AM (100 months, 12 days ago)
1. Do not walk behind me, for I may not lead. Do not walk ahead of me, for I may not follow. Do not walk beside me either.
Just pretty much leave me alone. 

2. The journey of a thousand miles begins with a broken fan belt and leaky tire. 

3. It's always darkest before dawn. So if you're going to steal your neighbor's newspaper, that's the time to do it. 

4. Don't be irreplaceable. If you can't be replaced, you can't be promoted. 

5. Always remember that you're unique. Just like everyone else. 

6. Never test the depth of the water with both feet. 

7. If you think nobody cares if you're alive, try missing a couple of car payments.

8. Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes.
That way, when you criticize them, you're a mile away and you have their shoes.


9. If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you. 

10. Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach him how to fish, and he will sit in a boat and drink beer all day. 

11. If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.

12. If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything. 

13. Some days you're the bug; some days you're the windshield. 

14. Everyone seems normal until you get to know them. 

15. The quickest way to double your money is to fold it in half and put it back in your pocket.
 
16. A closed mouth gathers no foot. 

17. Duct tape is like 'The Force'. It has a light side and a dark side, and it holds the universe together. 

18. There are two theories to arguing with women. Neither one works. 

19. Generally speaking, you aren't learning much when your lips are moving. 

20. Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it. 

21. Never miss a good chance to shut up. 

22. Never, under any circumstances, take a sleeping pill and a laxative on the same night!

Bad News for Unmarried Bloggers

@ 01:08 AM (100 months, 12 days ago)

 

Updated: 4:45 p.m. ET Jan. 19, 2006

WASHINGTON - Marrying for money, it turns out, works.

A study by an Ohio State University researcher shows that a person who marries — and stays married — accumulates nearly twice as much personal wealth as a person who is single or divorced.  Unfortunately for shrews such as bloghi.com's spinster millardo they don't.

2006/1/20

Left Wing Bloggers Plan Valentine's Day Retreat

@ 10:39 PM (100 months, 12 days ago)

A group of liberal "writers" here at bloghi have finally agreed after much ranting, name calling and personal attacks to meet at this lovely spot on the shores of Lake Erie:                                                           

8x8 Gambrel

 

Personally I am spending the holiday here:

                                                              Click to see full size photo.

Dinnertime in Phoenix...Maybe a Pizza Delivery

@ 10:27 PM (100 months, 12 days ago)

 

Sometimes it is just time to take a break from thinking about hard news and making America Better.  I think I am in the mood for pizza.  What a fortunate coincidence.  One is walking through my door.

                          

It Turns Out That Mayor Nagins Isn't Chocolate at all or even African American

@ 01:18 AM (100 months, 13 days ago)
A quick local news camera man caught a clip of Mayor Nagins repeatedly smearing instant tanning cream in heavy noses to his cue ball white bald noggin.  Apparently Nagins knew he would never get elected as a white candidate and has been masquerading as a Hershey Bar or maybe an Oreo wannabe.

Hypothetically, of course, You, not that Bozo Dean Were Head of the DNC Who Would be the Best 2008 Presidential Candidate?

@ 01:06 AM (100 months, 13 days ago)
With so many varyiing choices available, who do YOU think we emerge as the democratic frontrunner?  You gotta figure Dean is out.  When was the last time a sitting DNC chairman ended up as the candidate? (Not that I know the answer).  Lets hear the pros and cons for each democratic candidate: 

A Tax Tip That Neither the IRS or H & R Block Will Tell You

@ 12:47 AM (100 months, 13 days ago)
Paying taxes in kind rather than in cash is a technique that the rich and famous have been using for years and as a result saving millions.  This letter should be sent with your 1040...use your own tax liability figures:
 
Dear IRS
 
Enclosed is my 2005 tax return showing that I owe $3,407.00 in taxes.

Please note the attached article from USA Today, wherein you will see that the Pentagon is paying $171.50 for hammers and NASA has paid $600.00 for a toilet seat.
 
I am enclosing four toilet seats (value $2,400) and six hammers (value $1,029), bringing my total remitted to $3,429.00.
 
Please apply the overpayment of $22.00 to the "Presidential Election Fund," as noted on my return. You can do this inexpensively by sending them one 1.5" Phillips Head screw (article from USA Today detailing how HUD pays $22.00 each for 1.5" Phillips Head screws is enclosed for your convenience.
 
It has been a pleasure to pay my tax bill this year, and I look forward to paying it again next year.
 
Sincerely, A Satisfied Taxpayer

Clinton Library Forced to Release Documents Under Freedom of Information Act

@ 12:18 AM (100 months, 13 days ago)
After 5 years, scholars will now have limited access to "selected documents' contained in the Clinton library.  Gee and I thought libraries where there for people to be able to actually see the contents.  Even private libraries serve this purpose.  The Reagan library has no restrictions and every document is and always has been available to the public.  The same the George H. W. Bush library.  I shudder at the thought of a sealed Hillary Clinton library.

Liberal Apologist Maureen Dowd Blurts Out the Truth

@ 12:09 AM (100 months, 13 days ago)
OP-ED COLUMNIST

Looking for a Democratic Tough Guy, or Girl

By MAUREEN DOWD
Published: January 18, 2006

The Democrats' chronic impotence led to the Republicans' reign of incompetence.

2006/1/19

New Left Wing Country Formed Where Only One Opinion is Permitted

@ 11:35 PM (100 months, 13 days ago)

Liberal democrats have forcibly (by bellyaching incessanly) taken over and island.  Nauru - 8.5 square miles: The 10,000 residents of the Pacific island Nauru rely on diminishing phosphate deposits (which should run out around the year 2000). The state became independent in 1968 and was formerly known as Pleasant Island.  Nauru's phosphate deposits began to be mined early in the 20th century by a German-British consortium; the island was occupied by Australian forces in World War I. Nauru achieved independence in 1968 and joined the UN in 1999. Until the invasion, Nauru was the world's smallest independent republic. Only thoughts consistent with those of the most left wing democrats are being permitted and the number of dissenters already jailed outnumber the residents prior to the liberal invasion.  The usual crew, Hillary, Farrakan, skunkomillardo, Ted Kennedy, Tom Daschle, Nancy Pelosi and Al Franken are packing their bags to head for this "haven".

                                       Map of Nauru

 

 

Truth in the Iraq Terrorist Trenches

@ 11:06 PM (100 months, 13 days ago)
  A U.S. Marine squad was marching north of Basra when they came upon an Iraqi

terrorist, badly injured and unconscious.  On the opposite side of the road

was an American Marine, in similar, but less serious state. 

The Marine was conscious and alert, and as first aid was given to both men,

the squad leader asked the injured Marine what had happened.  

The Marine reported, 'I was heavily-armed and moving north along the highway

here, and coming south was a heavily-armed insurgent.  We saw each other,

and both took cover in the ditches along the road.  'I yelled to him that

Saddam Hussein is a miserable, lowlife, scum bag, and he yelled back that

Senator Ted Kennedy is a good-for-nothing, fat,left-wing liberal drunk.

So I said that Osama Bin Laden dresses and acts like a frigid, mean

spirited woman!  "He retaliated by yelling, 'Oh yeah?  Well, so does Hillary Clinton!'

 

"And, there we were, standing in the middle of the road, shaking hands, when

a truck hit us."

More Democratic Hypocrisy

@ 01:17 AM (100 months, 14 days ago)

Democrats signed a declaration to rid the Congress of corruption and save the day. This sounds like one of those ‘promise rings’ type of measures that gives Democrats a good photo-op and makes it look like they are accomplishing something.

“An ethical cloud hangs over the Capitol,” House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said in outlining the Democratic plan before about 100 Democratic congressmen and senators in a Library of Congress hall.

Ironically, they weren’t allowed to hold a political event in the Library of Congress:

Library of Congress facilities are not available for:

* Events scheduled between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday, or for events scheduled on Sunday or holidays;
* Events of a primarily personal, political or fund-raising nature;

According to Hillary Clinton She Can Do No Wrong -

@ 01:04 AM (100 months, 14 days ago)

Posted on Wed, Jan. 18, 2006

Sen. Clinton stands by plantation comment

BY DAVID SALTONSTALL AND MICHAEL MCAULIFF
New York Daily News

Sen. Hillary Clinton Tuesday night firmly stood by her remarks comparing the Republican-led House of Representatives to a plantation.

Asked if she regretted the comment, the New York Democrat said, "Absolutely not. As I have said many times before, Congress is run in a top-down way. There is no meaningful debate on important issues facing America, and I hope the people will start thinking about the consequences of having such an incredibly destructive leadership."

The GOP-controlled House has made "some really bad decisions for America," she told reporters in Manhattan.

Clinton's aides also rushed Tuesday to note that she wasn't the only one to play plantation politics. So has former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Clinton's campaign pointed out in a damage-control e-mail to supporters.

Clinton sparked headlines and Republican outrage after saying at a Martin Luther King Day event in Harlem that the House "has been run like a plantation - and you know what I'm talking about."

The GOP jumped on the comment and kept up the drumbeat Tuesday, with White House spokesman Scott McClellan saying Clinton was "out of bounds."

House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., said her remarks were "a little over the top."

"I've never run a plantation before," he said. "I'm not even sure what kind of, you know, association she's trying to make. If she's trying to be racist, I think that's unfortunate."

But her campaign, Friends of Hillary, noted in an e-mail that Gingrich, Hastert's predecessor, used similar language in 1994 in a Washington Post interview.

"Since they (Democrats) think it is their job to run the plantation, it shocks them that I'm actually willing to lead the slave rebellion," the e-mail quotes Gingrich as saying.

Extremely Interesting Hillary Plantation Commentary Compliments of http://lashawnbarber.com

@ 01:00 AM (100 months, 14 days ago)
01.18.06

clintonNo wonder black liberals like white liberals so much. I can almost hear them laughing behind their backs as they “preach” in black churches, trying to sound humble and traditional even though they probably voted for wholesale infanticide the week before.

Michelle Malkin goes after Hillary Clinton in her latest column, “D” is for Demagogue. What I love about Michelle’s writing is her biting sarcasm. Long-time readers will remember this: I started writing op-eds back in 2002 because of Michelle. I loved her edgy editorials, usually ended with a twist.

It seems that Mrs. William J. Clinton hung out with black folks on Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday. She told a congregation in Harlem that the House of Representatives was run like a plantation, whatever that means. I couldn’t care less what she said, but it’s fun to blog about how vapid and pandering white liberals are, isn’t it?

BET, the black “entertainment” network that promotes the baser aspects of the black community, salivated over her speech. “Hillary Clinton Slams Bush at King Event,” pants the rump-shaking network. According to the story, Hillary apologized to black Hurricane Katrina evacuees on behalf of the federal government. More more whites were killed by the hurricane than blacks. Do you think Bill’s old Hill will apologize to those evacuees? Need I answer? It wouldn’t be politically beneficial.

White men can’t stand her, and married white women with children aren’t too fond of her, either.

Hillary has to settle for black folks. Drat. Can you imagine what would happen to the Democratic party, architect of Jim Crow, supporter of black genocide, if blacks suddenly became offended en masse by their politically expedient antics and start voting for Republicans? Alas, it’s only a dream. The promise of more cash from race-based government grants and bloated, ill-managed social programs is too tempting to resist. Hillary and her klan clan count on it.

Says Michelle Malkin of Hillary’s church-pander:

These calculated moments of Democrat demagoguery illuminate liberalism’s three-decade-old moral bankruptcy on issues of race. From the party’s smearing of Clarence Thomas to the bigoted attacks on Condoleezza Rice and Maryland GOP Lt. Gov. Michael Steele, to its opposition to school choice for inner-city students and denigration of California businessman Ward Connerly’s campaign against government racial preferences, to its latest desperate attempts to blame racism for Hurricane Katrina and to portray Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito as a red-necked bigot, the Left has offered nothing but slime and obstructionism.

Obstructionism, indeed. Democrats are famous for obstructing school doors back in the early days of integration, for example. Read an op-ed I wrote about liberal obstructionism in Washington, D.C. That piece almost got me in trouble at my former day job, but I stood behind every word of it, right down to the Malkin-inspired twist at the end. :)

Mayor Nagins Explains/Digs His Hole Deeper

@ 12:57 AM (100 months, 14 days ago)
New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin has sought to clarify comments he made on Martin Luther King Day to the effect that New Orleans should be a "chocolate" city.

He said he had not meant that it should be an all-black metropolis, asking: "How do you make chocolate?

"You take dark chocolate, you mix it with white milk, and it becomes a delicious drink. That is the chocolate I am talking about," he told CNN.

2006/1/18

Hillary Clinton Begins Campaign By Surprise Surprise Playing Race Card

@ 01:38 AM (100 months, 15 days ago)
Updated: 5:06 p.m. ET Jan. 17, 2006

NEW YORK - A day after Hillary Clinton blasted the Bush administration and compared the Republican-controlled House of Representatives to a plantation, Republicans said Tuesday that the New York senator was out of line.

House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., said that Clinton “was probably a little over the top,” NBC News reported. He also said that having never run a plantation, he was unsure Clinton was implying, but “if she was trying to be racist, that is unfortunate.”

Clinton said on Monday had said Bush’s administration was “one of the worst” in U.S. history and said the House “has been run like a plantation, and you know what I’m talking about.”

The Secret Service Knows That Democratic Presidents and Their Wives (in some cases) Have Been Skunks

@ 01:35 AM (100 months, 15 days ago)
PRESIDENTIAL OBSERVATIONS BY THE SECRET SERVICE
Observations by Dave Kulow
 
We had a neighbor when I lived in DC who was part of the secret service presidential detail for many years.  His stories of Kennedy and Johnson were the same as those I heard from the guys who flew the presidents' plane --- yes, Kennedy did have Marilyn Monroe flown in for secret "dates," and LBJ was a typical
Texas "good ole boy"  womanizer.  Nixon, Bush 41, and Carter never cheated on their wives.  Clinton cheated, but couldn't match Kennedy or LBJ in style or variety.
 
The information below is accurate.  The elder Bush and current president Bush make it a point to thank and take care of the air crews who fly them around.  When the president flies, there are several planes that also go -- one carries the armored limo, another the security detail, plus usually a press aircraft.  Both Bush's made it a point to stay home on holidays, so the Air Force and security people could have a day with their families.
 
WHAT WAS:
Hillary Clinton was arrogant and orally abusive to her security detail.
 
She forbade her daughter,
Chelsea, from exchanging pleasantries with them Sometimes Chelsea, miffed at her mother's obvious conceit and mean spiritedness ignored her demands and exchanged pleasantries regardless, but never in her mother's presence.  Chelsea really was a nice, kindhearted, and lovely young lady.  The consensus opinion was that Chelsea loved her Mom but did not like her.  Hillary Clinton was continuously rude and abrasive to those who were charged to protect her life.  Her security detail dutifully did their job, as professionals should, but they all loathed her and wanted to be on a different detail.
Hillary Clinton was despised by the Secret Service as a whole.
 
Former President Bill Clinton was much more amiable than his wife Often the Secret Service would cringe at the verbal attacks Hillary would use against her husband.  They were embarrassed for his sake by the manner and frequency in which she verbally insulted him, sometimes in the presence of the Secret Service, and sometimes behind closed doors.  Even behind closed doors Hillary Clinton would scream and holler so loudly that everyone could hear what she was saying.  Many felt sorry for President Clinton and most wondered why he tolerated it instead of just divorcing his "attack dog" wife.  It was crystal clear that the
Clinton's neither liked nor respected each other and this was true long before the Monica Lewinsky scandal.  Theirs was genuinely a "marriage of convenience."
 
Chelsea was much closer to her father than her mother, even after the Lewinsky scandal, which hurt her gravely.  Bill Clinton did in fact have charisma, and occasionally would smile at or shake hands with his security detail.  Still, he always displayed an obvious air of superiority, believed him to be disingenuous, false, and that he did nothing without a motive that in some way would enhance his image and political career.  He was polite, but not kind.  They did not particularly like him and nobody trusted him.
 
WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN:
Al Gore was the male version of Hillary Clinton.  They were friendlier toward each other than either of them was towards former President Clinton.  They were not intimate, so please don't read that in.  They were very close in a political way.  Tipper Gore was generally nice and pleasant.  She initially liked Hillary but soon after the election she had her "pegged" and no longer liked her or associated with her except for events that were politically obligatory.  Al Gore was far more left wing than Bill Clinton.  Al Gore resented Bill Clinton and thought he was too "centrist." He despised all Republicans.  His hatred was bitter and this was long before he announced for the Presidency.  This hatred was something that he and Hillary had in common.  They often said as much, even in the presence of their security detail.  Neither of them trusted Bill Clinton and, the Secret Service opined, neither of them even liked Bill Clinton.  Bill Clinton did have some good qualities, whereas Al Gore and Hillary had none, in the view of their security details.  Al Gore, like Hillary, was very rude and arrogant toward his security detail.  He was extremely unappreciative and would not hesitate to scold them in the presence of their peers for minor details over which they had no control.
Al Gore also looked down on them, as they finally observed and learned with certainty on one occasion.  Al got angry at his offspring and pointed at his detail and said, "Do you want to grow up and be like them?"  Word of this insult by the former Vice-president quickly spread and he became as disliked by the Secret Service as Hillary.  Most of them prayed Al Gore would not be elected President, and they really did have private celebrations in a few of their homes after President Bush won.  This was not necessarily to celebrate President Bush's election, but to celebrate Al Gore's defeat.
 
WHAT IS:
Everyone in the Secret Service wants to be on First Lady Laura Bush's detail.  Without exception, they concede that she is perhaps the nicest and most kind person they have ever had the privilege of serving.  Where Hillary patently refused to allow her picture to be taken with her security detail, Laura Bush doesn't even have to be asked, she offers.
She doesn't just shake their hand and say, "Thank you." Very often, she will give members of her detail a kindhearted hug to express her appreciation.  There is nothing false about her.  This is her genuine nature.  Her security detail considers her to be a "breath of fresh air."
They joke that comparing Laura Bush with Hillary Clinton is like comparing "Mother Teresa" with the "Wicked Witch of the North."
 
Likewise, the Secret Service considers President Bush to be a gem of a man to work for.  He always treats them with genuine respect and he always trusts and listens to their expert advice.  They really like the Crawford,
Texas detail.  Every time the president goes to Crawford he has a Bar-B-Q for his security detail and he helps serve their meals.  He sits with them, eats with them, and talks with them.  He knows each of them by their first name, and calls them by their first name as a show of affection.  He always asks about their family, the names of which he always remembers.  They believe that he is deeply and genuinely appreciative of their service.  They could not like, love, or respect anyone more than President Bush.  Most of them did not know they would feel this way, until they had an opportunity to work for him and learn that his manner was genuine and consistent.  It has never changed since he began his Presidency.  He always treats them with the utmost respect, kindness, and compassion.
 

2006/1/17

Mayor Nagin of New Orleans Must Be a Racist

@ 01:37 AM (100 months, 16 days ago)

After reading this, in addition to wondering why tax dollars are being flushed down the drain rebuilding parts of New Orleans, I have to wonder about the sanity of the officials in charge of that city.  Is Mayor Nagin actually WORSE than Pat Robertson?

New Orleans Mayor Says God Mad at U.S.
Jan 16 9:44 PM US/Eastern

NEW ORLEANS

Mayor Ray Nagin suggested Monday that Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and other storms were a sign that "God is mad at America" and at black communities, too, for tearing themselves apart with violence and political infighting.

"Surely God is mad at America. He sent us hurricane after hurricane after hurricane, and it's destroyed and put stress on this country," Nagin, who is black, said as he and other city leaders marked Martin Luther King Day.

"Surely he doesn't approve of us being in Iraq under false pretenses. But surely he is upset at black America also. We're not taking care of ourselves."

Nagin also promised that New Orleans will be a "chocolate" city again. Many of the city's black neighborhoods were heavily damaged by Katrina.

"It's time for us to come together. It's time for us to rebuild New Orleans _ the one that should be a chocolate New Orleans," the mayor said. "This city will be a majority African American city. It's the way God wants it to be. You can't have New Orleans no other way. It wouldn't be New Orleans."

Blogger with Laptop in the Bedroom Sees Sexlife Plummet to Nothing

@ 01:28 AM (100 months, 16 days ago)

Based on this report about TV's in the bedroom, imagine the havoc blogging with a laptop in your waterbed would cause.  Of course a blackberry would be way too cumbersome.

ROME (Reuters) - Thinking of buying a TV for the bedroom? Think again -- it could ruin your sex life.

A study by an Italian sexologist has found that couples who have a TV set in their bedroom have sex half as often as those who don't.

"If there's no television in the bedroom, the frequency (of sexual intercourse) doubles," said Serenella Salomoni whose team of psychologists questioned 523 Italian couples to see what effect television had on their sex lives.

Al Gore Escapes From Nuthouse and Spouts Out About Bush, Cheney and Spies

@ 01:14 AM (100 months, 16 days ago)
A demonic Al Gore who has been frothing at the mouth for six years, escaped from the latest zen buddhist indoctrination center where Tipper has him locked up for the last two months.  Before being straitjacketed, Gore spewed the latest democratic propaganda.  Tipper expressed relief that Al will be put away longer this time.

2006/1/16

Words of a Presidential Candidate Who is a True Statesman and American

@ 07:54 PM (100 months, 16 days ago)

No liberal left wing candidate will ever honestly be able to make these statements:

Senator Goldwater Receives Yet Another Honor

@ 07:51 PM (100 months, 16 days ago)

 

 

A MILLARD FREE ZONE

football field

After Years of Cover Ups, The Latest Clinton Scandal is Made Public (like how many more can there be anyway?)

@ 12:19 AM (100 months, 17 days ago)
Last Independent Counsel Report Set For 'Release'; Focus On Clinton Administration
Sun Jan 15 2006 19:35:32 2006

In Monday's edition of the NEW YORK SUN, reporter Brian McGuire and contributor R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr., break the first look at the long-anticipated report from Independent Counsel David Barrett, whose investigation lasted 10 year and cost taxpayers $23 million.

The SUN outlines the report's details surrounding the alleged illicit activity and cover up that involving former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Henry Cisneros before and during his time in the Clinton Administration.

The Sun reveals that the Barrett report connects the dots that allege that senior officials of the Clinton Administration hindered investigations by the IRS in both Texas and Washington, as well as the investigations of a grand jury examining the independent counsel's evidence.

The full report, more than 400 pages line, with more than 100 pages of redacted material, hits the street on Thursday morning at 9 am.

Democrats in the House and Senate have been fighting for months to block the release of the report and keep the 100 pages of highly damaging redacted material from ever seeing the light of day.

Democrats to Collect Fees for Being Guinea Pigs in Rabbit/Human Cloning Project

@ 12:15 AM (100 months, 17 days ago)

Our left wing friends will now have a hobby they can sink their teeth into.  The good new is that if it works they can hop into their holes.  If it doesn't work, they will vanish.  It's a no lose propostion.  Hopefully it will cross the Atlantic and be up and running in the United States by Easter.

Stem cell experts seek rabbit-human embryo

· Hybrid will hasten research, say scientists
· Grey area exposed in regulation procedures


Ian Sample, science correspondent
Friday January 13, 2006
The Guardian


British scientists are seeking permission to create hybrid embryos in the lab by fusing human cells with rabbit eggs. If granted consent, the team will use the embryos to produce stem cells that carry genetic defects, in the hope that studying them will help understand the complex mechanisms behind incurable human diseases.

2006/1/15

Diane Feinstein Caves and Plans to Go Along with Prompt Confirmation for Judge Alito

@ 11:56 PM (100 months, 17 days ago)
The left wing democrats are folding their tents faster than a caravan of towel heads who heard about a free ammunition give away.
 
Sunday, January 15, 2006

WASHINGTON — A Democrat who plans to vote against Samuel Alito sided on Sunday with a Republican colleague on the Senate Judiciary Committee in cautioning against a filibuster of the Supreme Court nominee.

"I do not see a likelihood of a filibuster," said Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. "This might be a man I disagree with, but it doesn't mean he shouldn't be on the court."

She said she will not vote to confirm the appeals court judge, based on his conservative record. But she acknowledged that nothing emerged during last week's hearings to justify any organized action by Democrats to stall the nomination.

Does Making Martin Luther King Day a Government Holiday Violate the Church and State Provision?

@ 07:33 PM (100 months, 17 days ago)
Dr. King was first and foremost a man of God.  Just imagine the leftist fallout if there was a Billy Graham day or heaven forbid a Pat Robertson Day.  There is no doubt Dr. King was an inspirational leader and a great man.  However based on attacks on Intelligent Design, the Pledge of Allegiance and President Bush's faith on the basis of church and state, does not logic dictate that the same principal should apply when it comes to MLK day?  Should not the liberals be consistent?  Oh wait...according to them everyone OTHER than them should be consistent.

Ted Kennedy and Patrick Leahy Don't Know What Hit Them

@ 07:26 PM (100 months, 17 days ago)

The two dopes are dazed by the public negative reaction towards them following the Alito Hearings.

KENNEDY & LEAHY - Democrat Darlings 'De-brief'

As a result of their performances during the Hearings, as well as their documented shall we say misbehavior and overall ridiculousness both will face uphill challenges in their next reelection bids.  Rumors are surfacing that even Howard Dean is considering kicking both as well as the notorious Pelosi and Feinstein out of the democratic party and renaming what remains the Clinton-Dean party.

Hillary Clinton Announces Plans to Honor Martin Luther King

@ 03:11 PM (100 months, 17 days ago)

Acknowledging that MLK was a great man and an inspiration to all, Mrs. Clinton shared her plans to the day honoring Dr. King.  "Marty was a fun guy and liked having a good time," she said.  Hillary went on to say she planned in that spirit, "to spend the day getting loaded with my pals, Pelosi, Feinstein and Reno at a Chippendales show and getting as loaded as Ted Kennedy and then be as much of a horn dog as Bill."

Meanwhile after making the same ackowlgement regarding Dr. King, Bill Clinton announced his plans to sleep in late, play a round of golf with O. J. Simpson after which the two of them plan to cruise for "bad girls".

Diane Feinstein Demands to Know Why She is So Screwed Up

@ 01:57 AM (100 months, 18 days ago)
Feinstein has finally lost it.  Embittered by political defeat after defeat in the Senate, Feinstein went public that she was adopted as a young child.  "I need to know who my biological parents are", lamented Feinstein.  "I am chock full of their stupid genes and I want to find them and make them pay for this travesty."  Citing privacy laws, officials from the planet Mars refused to provide Feinstein with any information.  When last seen, Feinstein was scanning the Yellow Pages for Mental Institutions.

Democrats Lame Attempt to Derail Alito Confirmation Dead in the Water

@ 01:06 AM (100 months, 18 days ago)

Desspite a few weak whimpers, the Alito confirmation is a done deal.

US Judiciary Committee Chairman Specter shakes hands with Leahy at conclusion of hearings on Capitol Hill in Washington

Left Wingers Can't Even Agree With the Plans Made by the City's Martin Luther King Commission.

@ 01:04 AM (100 months, 18 days ago)

Updated: 10:24 a.m. ET Jan. 13, 2006

SAN ANTONIO - Peace activists are protesting plans for a military flyover at the city’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. march, saying the gesture runs counter to the nonviolent beliefs of the civil rights leader.  Click to view

The city’s MLK Commission said the flyover by two fighter jets from Randolph Air Force Base is meant to be patriotic and an honor to King in a city with a strong military presence.

One would think the Martin Luther King Commission might be the best group to plan the day honoring the slain civil rights giant.  But no....there is always a whining left winger trying to rain on the parade.

Rapper Eminem and Ex Wife Remarry

@ 12:53 AM (100 months, 18 days ago)

Rapper Eminem, ex-wife remarry.  Wedding occurs five years after ugly divorce ruptured turbulent relationship

Image: Eminem
Eminem, whose real name is Marshall Mathers III, and Kimberly Mathers exchanged vows in a small and tightly guarded ceremony at Meadow Brook Hall in Rochester Hills, near Detroit.  Thinking that this is a sign from heaven skunkomillardo emailed a marriage proposal to Dick Cheney.  Her backup plan is to hit on Bill O'Reilly.  "If Eminem can be the bigger man so can I,"  Ms. Millard told Dick Clark.
Andrew Medichyini / AP file
 

2006/1/13

Bush Administration Announces Nomination of Ginsburg Replacement

@ 12:37 AM (100 months, 20 days ago)

Dick Cheney's office issued a press release announcing that the nominee will be George W. Bush.  Justice Roberts will shift to an Associate Justice Position and the President will be the Chief Justice.  While President Taft later became Chief Justice, this will historically mark the first time that a sitting President and a sitting Chief Justice will be the same individual.  Washington D.C. is rife with speculation about which left wing Supreme Court Justice will bail out next.  The RNC is planning that the nominee for the next open slot will be in his or her thirties and in perfect health.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Announces Surprise Retirement

@ 12:30 AM (100 months, 20 days ago)
Figuring that by being the first, she will not be accused of being one of the left wing rats leaving the liberal wing of the Supreme Court.  When asked about her future plans, Ginsburg said her plans include acting as a consulting ghostwriter when so called progressive bloggers are tied up.

2006/1/12

Joe Biden Looks in the Mirror and Sees Harry Reid...

@ 11:32 PM (100 months, 20 days ago)

and to the country's delight they both

 jumped out a window of the Senate office building

Despite Static from the Left and a Democrats, Even the Mainstream Media Declares Alito In

@ 11:14 PM (100 months, 20 days ago)

Was that white noise coming from the basement or was it a liberal whimper as even the democrat frontmen concede that the Alito confirmation will sail through?

NBC News and news services
Updated: 6:10 p.m. ET Jan. 12, 2006

WASHINGTON - Samuel Alito coasted toward probable confirmation as the 110th Supreme Court justice Thursday, with the only question after 18 hours of grueling Senate interrogation being how many Democrats would support him.

Spy vs. Spy Becoming More Popular

@ 04:32 AM (100 months, 21 days ago)

 

Those two scalliwags are back.  Below a liberal democrat thinks about what would be good for a conservative

 

                              

 

What is the reality of playing golf with a democrat?  Right ....they just don't know how to play by the rules...PGA Rule 7 b specifically states:  "Golfcarts are permissible when used with common sense and are not equipped with rotors."

 

                               

Democrats are Unable to Name an Important Democratic Supreme Court Justice in Recent Memory to emulate.

@ 04:23 AM (100 months, 21 days ago)

In their opening statements, democratic senators, Durbin and Leahy sang the praise of a retiring justice.  A republican retiring justice.  Their staffs were unable to find a democratic justice in recent memory whose virtues and talents were even worth a passing  comment from them.

It is fascinating to see praise of republican justices as the only tactic available to democrats.  Rumor has it that Friday, Ted Kennedy will be extolling the virtues of Whizzer White.  It so happens that years ago, when more of the Kennedy's were alive and playing touch football while the cameras were rolling, Whizzer was often called in as a football instructor.

2006/1/11

Joe Biden Begins Parade of democratic Losers

@ 12:56 AM (100 months, 22 days ago)

Desperation time for angry Joe....he will be passed over again and he even knows it.

"I'm quite frankly going out, seeing whether I can gather the kind of support" needed for a bid for the 2008 presidential nomination, said Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. (D-Del.). (By Lauren Victoria Burke -- "Face The Nation" Via Reuters)

2006/1/10

Ted Kennedy Focuses on Alito Confirmation Hearing

@ 11:54 PM (100 months, 22 days ago)

As usual Ted has his priorities somewhat skewed.  Apparently he took his PR crew out boozing with him before they released this stroke of genius:

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Sen. Ted Kennedy is writing a children's book that will explain the workings of government from the point of view of his dog Splash.

Publisher Scholastic said "My Senator and Me: A Dog's-Eye View of Washington, D.C." was a 56-page picture book about a day in the life of a senator and his dog, explaining how laws are made. It will be published in May.

"Kids love animal stories and they will be captivated by the tale of Senator Kennedy's extraordinary Portuguese water dog, and his adventures in Congress," said Lisa Holton, President Children's Books and Book Fairs, Scholastic.

Scholastic said in a statement Kennedy was inspired to write the book after working with a children's reading program in Washington for the past five years.

"Reading is a lifelong adventure and I hope that this book will spark an interest in young people to learn more about their government and to explore the joy of books," Kennedy said in the statement.

Scholastic said the book would offer a behind-the-scenes look at the life of a U.S. senator from the perspective of his canine companion, who was given the formal name Champion Amigo's Seventh Wave and nickname Splash by his original owner.

"Splash is always at Senator Kennedy's side -- in his office, at press conferences, in meetings at the Capitol and even right outside the Senate chamber," the statement said.

Back to Business as Usual - Alito Confirmation Will Complete the US Government's Reflection of the Majority and Mainstream Opinion.

@ 11:46 PM (100 months, 22 days ago)
As Judge Alito's confirmation sails along, it appears that for the first time in my memory all three branches of government will reflect the opinion of the majority of Americans.  Sure there is noise out there but that is what it is...noise. The democratic party has no agenda other than blame and criticism. There is no hopeful strategy advanced for any issue facing Americans by the democratic party. Like the ACLU before it, the democratic party is in the process of having history pass it by. If ever there was an example that a majority of Americans favor honesty, real plans and a positive agenda it is the 2004 election. The more polished speaker, the better debater, the better soundbiter and the candidate whose received as much help as possible from the mainstream media and Hollywood lost the election. A not by a little bit. By a substantial majority of Americans. The steadfastness of the Bush Administration is admired by the majority of Americans and by mainstream Americans. Every day the blames and criticizers with no positive agenda become increasingly marginalized.

Progressive Minds blog is Not about Truth, Reality or Intellectual Honesy, It is a Sad Public Exhibition of Deep Emotional Pain

@ 11:28 PM (100 months, 22 days ago)

After occasionally skimming the blog called Progressive Minds over the last couple of months, I have noticed a pattern.  The pattern is similar to the thought process of the democratic party in general.  There is constant Bush bashing rhetoric and constant criticism of the Republican party.  What is missing is an original thought about anything.  Reasonable disagreement is normal in a free society.  Criticism without advancing an alternative plan and a rather basis therefore is simply hate rhetoric.

 

I have noticed a pattern of controlling any responses to the material cut and pasted without thought on the Progressive Minds blog.  This has resulted in page after page of hatred pasted into that blog without response or any discourse.  If a tree falls in a forest and no one is there…is there a sound?

 

Blogs are meant to be informative, fun and communicative.  Blogs are not about control of dialogue or agenda.  The author of Progressive Minds writes hate speech mostly anonymously on several other blogs which the authors of those blogs do not delete or block.

 

My conclusion based on these observations is that something is wrong. She is a very unhappy and angry person.   Maybe she is going through a rough marriage breakup, maybe she has issues with men, maybe she has an alcohol or drug addiction, maybe she has anger issues, maybe she was molested as a child, maybe she has issues with her parents. or any combination of some or all of the above or some omitted condition.  I hope she gets help and begins a healing process and somehow becomes a happier person.

 

Please pray that she gets the help she needs and is able to some day find the beauty in life.  There is way more out there in the world to enjoy than constant cut and pasting hate blogging. 

 

Sincerely, Barry

2006/1/8

Source of Material for Liberal Blogs Uncovered.

@ 09:19 PM (100 months, 24 days ago)

It turns out that tons of so called progressive (actually totally in the dark) bloogers simply cut and paste from this site:  http://www.truthout.com/

since they apparently cannot come up with anything sensible themselves to write.  It is amazing how many of these are cut an pasted into skunkomillardo's blog....the poor thing

Clinton, Kennedy and skunkomillardo Welcomed on Subway

@ 03:19 AM (100 months, 25 days ago)

Due to the fact that all their drivers' licenses have been pulled due to muliple dwi's, the pathetic threesome tried to use public transportation when the liberal limo's were in the shop.                                                    My doggy done it

Ted Kennedy's Credibility Problem

@ 03:15 AM (100 months, 25 days ago)

When asked what he thought of Ted Kennedy's credibility issues, Judge Alito simply said, "The record speaks for itself."

                        

2006/1/7

Ted Kennedy Michael Moore and skunkomillardo Sit in the Back of the Boat

@ 11:57 PM (100 months, 25 days ago)

The bulky threesome recently went boating and unfortunately all of them converged on the booze and food at the same time.

DRAG BOAT SINKING

One of Hillary's Wet Dreams

@ 11:54 PM (100 months, 25 days ago)
KATIE COURIC - GOOFY FACE

Democratic Criminal Coverup - Chapter 1975 and Counting

@ 11:49 PM (100 months, 25 days ago)

The Presidency: Are Americans ready for another Clinton scandal? Ready or not, if Senate Democrats get their way, the nation can keep its blinders. If GOP Sen. Charles Grassley prevails, the truth will glare through.

Only half a decade out of power, the last administration may have entered that gray zone in which, historians say, the country may be mildly interested in new revelations or ready — as the old Clinton defenders would say — to move on.

For his part, William Jefferson Clinton, sporting a snowy coif seemingly designed to yell "elder statesman here," has undertaken tsunami relief, launched his own "global initiative" to heighten his role as an actor astride the world, and repeatedly broken the unwritten protocol against criticizing his successors.

If he didn't know any better, he could blame the example of Jimmy Carter, who turned bitterness into best-seller status. But then, both ex-presidents have long exhibited a sense of protocol that, charitably, could be described as Dogpatchian.

We sympathize with those who'd like to turn the page on the impeachment, Monica Lewinsky, Ken Starr, etc. We thought Clinton, though disbarred, was insufficiently penalized: Lying under oath is impeachable, and should occasion removal from office. But Americans in their collective wisdom pretty much decided that Republicans had disproportionately politicized a sin of the flesh.

Fine, but such moral infractions can build into tyrannous executive behavior. Ask David Barrett, a special prosecutor assigned to investigate the forgotten case of Henry Cisneros, Clinton's first HUD secretary, who was found to be misappropriating funds to pay off a mistress.

When Barrett pulled on that thread, he reportedly unraveled a cloak hiding abuses of the Justice Department and the IRS. If recent teases about what's in his 400-page report are true, the previous administration was siccing agents on its political opponents.

At the time, various Clinton critics, from the Heritage Foundation to The American Spectator magazine, found themselves under suspicious IRS audits. Was there a deliberate pattern? It's possible the Barrett report can tell us.

Alas, Barrett's work could be the first special prosecutor's report never to see daylight. Clinton operatives have taken advantage of a legal provision letting them blot out anything they feel damages their privacy. And Senate Democrats, with the unwitting cooperation of Senate Republicans, slipped into an appropriations bill a provision that would deep-six the report.

Grassley, the methodical Iowa Republican, wants to revisit all that. Majority Leader Bill Frist should get on board, as well as House Speaker Dennis Hastert. Barrett's work, in the words of columnist Tony Snow, could be "a bombshell, capable possibly of wiping out Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential prospects."

Obvious politics aside, we think our fellow citizens will be grateful to have the blinders ripped away. The truth sometimes waits for history to make an opening. No better time than right now.

Disgraced Democrat Lost His Bar License...Liar Liar Pants on Fire

@ 01:53 AM (100 months, 26 days ago)
Amid all the fallout resulting from the payoffs received by Bill Clinton for the last minute end of term pardons was the fact the due to his perjury during the Monica Lewinski hearings, Clinton's law license was revoked.

All Democratic and So Called Progressive Talking Points Debunked

@ 01:50 AM (100 months, 26 days ago)
The 9-11 Commission has been secretly working since the publication of its earlier findings.  Asmalldoseofreality has just discovered that the commission is about to release its latest finding and this is a bombshell.  It has been thought that there was a "think tank" somewhere pumping out the snivelling rhetoric.  However, IN REALITY, the Democrat/Liberal/Progressive talking points have been created by random word generated software programs.  NOW it all makes sense.

Princeton Study Shows Liberal Media Blabbing Has Cost the Lives of Hundreds of US Soldiers in Iraq

@ 01:29 AM (100 months, 26 days ago)
The Princeton International Affairs study released on January 5, 2006 revealed that copies of muslim terrorist emails establish a clear link between increased terrorist activity and misleading media reports regarding the US success in Iraq.  The emails reviewed incude those sent directly to Dan Rather while he was with CBS News saying that if Rather reported only negative stories, he would be in the company of the mythical virgins at death.  Other emails were sent to the terrorist cells by Jane Fonda, Nancy Pelosi, Barbara Boxer and Hillary Clinton.  These emails promised political gain for liberals if they misrepresented the true state of affairs in Iraq.

Democrats, Liberals and So Called Progressives Eat Their Own Kind

@ 01:22 AM (100 months, 26 days ago)

Coprophagia

Coprohagia is the technical term for eating feces. This has been studied in democrats by several people with no definitive answer for "why" being found.

Nutritional deficiencies may be present in some liberals, but not very many. This may be boredom related in many democrats.  It has some "natural" roots in the fact that dams often eat their pup's stools, apparently as a method of hiding their presence from predators. Democrats will eat the stools of other species, especially cats and rabbits, too. Democrats obviously do not find the taste of feces objectionable or the behavior would be self correcting. So I think of this as a natural behavior that upsets people. Since democrats have to live with people, it is becomes an issue. There is a product sold that is supposed to help with this habit -- Forbid. It doesn't work in all cases (it might not even work in most cases). Another alternative is putting meat tenderizer in the progressive's food. This works for some democrats. Walking a liberal on a leash and working hard to keep it from turning and eating its stool is helpful. It is sometimes possible to distract thevidiots by running a short distance after the democrat has a bowel movement or by taking a couple of rapid steps then telling the progressive to "sit" and giving it a treat. These behaviors may stay on as substitutes to eating the stool. If you can keep the liberal from eating stool for a month or so it is sometimes long enough to break the habit. Picking up stool to prevent its ingestion works in democrats that don't quickly eat their own stool but do so when put in the yard alone. "Booby trapping" a sample of stool by cutting it in half lengthwise, and putting some Tabasco type sauce on the inside of the stool, then putting it back together so that thed emocrat is not aware of the hotsauce until it eats the stool can help in some cases. This can be a hard habit to break.

Bill Clinton and Liberal Cabal Ordered Release of Terrorist Pilot who Later Hit the World Trade Center on September 11

@ 01:13 AM (100 months, 26 days ago)
Terrorist pilot Mohammad Atta blew up a bus in Israel in 1986. The Israelis captured, tried and imprisoned him. As part of the Oslo agreement with the Palestinians in 1993, Israel had to agree to release so-called "political prisoners."

However, the Israelis would not release any with blood on their hands, The American President at the time, Bill Clinton, and his Secretary of State, Warren Christopher, "insisted" that all prisoners be released.  
                  
Thus Mohammad Atta was freed and eventually thanked the
US by flying an airplane into Tower One of the World Trade Center. This was reported by many of the American TV networks at the time that the terrorists were first identified.  It was censored in the US from all later reports.

Ollie North Knew Terrorist Reality and Democrats Missed the Boat and Endangered the United States

@ 01:09 AM (100 months, 26 days ago)
It was 1987!   At a lecture the other day they were playing an old news video of Lt. Col. Oliver North testifying at the Iran-Contra hearings during the Reagan Administration.  There was Ollie in front of God and country getting the third degree, but what he said was stunning!  He was being drilled by a senator; "Did you not recently spend close to $60,000 for a home security system?"  Ollie replied, "Yes, I did, Sir."  The senator continued, trying to get a laugh out of the audience, "Isn't that just a little excessive?"  "No, sir," continued Ollie.  "No? And why not?" the senator asked.  "Because the lives of my family and I were threatened, sir."   Threatened? By whom?" the senator questioned.  "By a terrorist, sir" Ollie answered.  "Terrorist? What terrorist could possibly scare you that much?"  "His name is Osama bin Laden, sir" Ollie replied.  At this point the senator tried to repeat the name, but couldn't pronounce it, which most people back then probably couldn't.  A couple of people laughed at the attempt. Then the senator continued. Why are you so afraid of this man?" the senator asked.  "Because, sir, he is the most evil person alive that I know of", Ollie answered.  "And what do you recommend we do about him?" asked the senator.  "Well, sir, if it was up to me, I would recommend that an assassin team be formed to eliminate him and his men from the face of the earth."   The senator disagreed with this approach, and that was all that was shown of the clip.  By the way, that senator was Al Gore!  

2006/1/6

Scientists Discover that millard is Pat Robertson's Even Crazier Evil Twin

@ 12:15 AM (100 months, 27 days ago)

US evangelical broadcaster Pat Robertson suggested Ariel Sharon's stroke was divine retribution for "dividing God's land" of Israel, igniting his latest trademark controversy.

As the Israeli prime minister battled for life, Robertson seemed to suggest to viewers on his "700 Club" television show that Sharon was being punished for his policies in Gaza and the West Bank.

"The prophet Joel makes it very clear that God has enmity against those who, quote, 'divide my land.' God considers this land to be his.

"You read the Bible, he says, 'This is my land.' And for any prime minister of Israel who decides he's going carve it up and give it away, God says, 'No. This is mine.'"

Robertson, who frequently provokes outrage with his remarks, said he was "sad" to see Sharon fall sick, and that he was a "very likeable person."

"I prayed with him personally. But here he is at the point of death. He was dividing God's land, and I would say woe unto any prime minister of Israel who takes a similar course to appease the EU, the United Nations or the United States of America."

"God said, 'This land belongs to me, you better leave it alone.'"

Robertson also appeared to suggest former Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin, murdered in 1995, had also paid the ultimate price for talking peace.

"He was tragically assassinated, and it was terrible thing that happened, but nevertheless, he was dead."

Robertson's latest blast drew immediate condemnation from Israel's ambassador to the United States.

"Such things are very outrageous. I would expect this only from people like (President Mahmoud) Ahmadinejad in Iran ... I wouldn't expect it from any of our friends," ambassador Danny Ayalon told CNN.

The US Anti-Defamation League also piled on Robertson's "outrageous and shocking" comments.

"His remarks are un-Christian and a perversion of religion. We would hope that good Christian leaders would distance themselves from Pat Robertson's remarks," the ADL said in a statement.

"It is pure arrogance for Robertson to suggest that he has divine knowledge of God's intent and purpose based on his interpretation of scripture."

Robertson, who ran for president as a conservative in 1988, and often urges supporters on his show to support President George W. Bush, frequently unleashes rhetorical hand grenades.

In October, he said a recent spate of natural disasters pointed to the end of the world and the imminent second coming of Jesus Christ.

In August, Robertson said the United States should assassinate Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, but later apologized for the remark.

He also suggested voters in a Pennsylvania town should not expect God's help should they face a natural disaster after they ousted a school board which had mandated the teaching of creationism.

Last year, he suggested that the threat to the United States from liberal "activist judges" was "probably more serious than a few bearded terrorists who fly into buildings," a reference to the September 11 attacks.

He has also lambasted Disneyland and the United Nations.

Hillary Clinton Announces Terrorist Reduction Strategy

@ 12:11 AM (100 months, 27 days ago)

"By immediately expanding the United States space program and colonizing other planets, beginning with Mars and extending outward from there, a larger area to terrorize will exist", said the Democratic New York Senator.  "The plan is to create to spread the terrorists out more so that it will be more difficult for them to communicate and easier to intercept their communications," she went on.  Summarizing her goal, Hillary stated, "The bottom line is there will be less terrorism per square mile in the United States with the terrorist population spread thin throughout the galaxy."

A NASA press release announced that NASA will take whatever money it can get and who cares why.

Would You Let This Man (Iran's President-elect Mahmoud Ahmadinejad) Babysit Your Children?

@ 12:03 AM (100 months, 27 days ago)

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"Hopefully, the news that the criminal of Sabra and Chatilla has joined his ancestors is final," President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was quoted as saying by the semiofficial Iranian Students News Agency.

Ahmadinejad was referring to Sharon, who as defense minister in 1982 directed Israel's ill-fated invasion of Lebanon. An Israeli commission found him indirectly responsible for a massacre of Palestinians in the Sabra and Chatilla refugee camps by Christian Phalangist soldiers.

2006/1/5

Democrats Including Ted the Boozehound Realize They Can't Take Out Alito

@ 11:56 PM (100 months, 27 days ago)
Democrats Don't Plan Alito Filibuster
Jan 05 2:46 PM US/Eastern
 
 

WASHINGTON

Democrats haven't completely given up the notion of filibustering Samuel Alito's nomination to the Supreme Court, though they're certainly not talking about it before his confirmation hearings.

A slip of the tongue, an intractable attitude or a dramatic revelation next week could still bring another Senate showdown.

"I don't think anybody today sees a reason for a filibuster, but they may after the hearing if the answers are troubling to them or they feel they haven't gotten the answers to important questions," said Carl Tobias, a University of Richmond law professor.

Alito, a longtime conservative lawyer and judge, will face the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday for his confirmation hearings to become the 110th Supreme Court justice, replacing retiring Sandra Day O'Connor.

The Senate's majority Republicans are pushing for a final confirmation vote Jan. 20 _ if Democrats don't filibuster his nomination.

Democrats, the Senate's minority party, contend Alito is too conservative and could undermine some rights if confirmed. Some of their liberal supporters have urged Democrats to do whatever they can to block the nomination, including a filibuster.

It takes 40 votes to sustain a filibuster. With the Senate split with 55 Republicans, 44 Democrats and one Democratic-voting independent, Democrats could launch an Alito filibuster on their own without a single Republican vote.

But Democrats have said repeatedly they aren't planning to filibuster Alito, although they also have refused to promise to refrain from the stalling tactic on the federal appellate judge.

"I don't think it's wise for members to try and outline a strategy other than to make sure these hearings are comprehensive and they're done with dignity and respect for the nominee," said Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts, one of the Senate's leading liberals. "The future will take care of itself."

The final decision will be made after the hearings, said Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., head of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and one of the senators who will question Alito.

"If he's a mainstream conservative, if he doesn't use a court to impose his views on the American people, he's likely to get approved. Some people may vote against him because they don't want someone that conservative on the court," Schumer said. But at the same time, Schumer added, "If he is out of the mainstream and will use his tremendously powerful position as Supreme Court judge to impose his views on the American people, then there's a potential for a filibuster, and no one really knows that until the hearings."

Republicans say they're ready to fight if Democrats try a partisan filibuster, including the so-called nuclear option, which would let the GOP ban judicial filibusters. "I will use all the tools I have to simply get an up-or-down vote on the floor of the Senate for the president's judicial nominees," Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R- Tenn., said last month.

But experts said Democrats are not yet in a position to filibuster Alito, even if they wanted to.

To be successful, a filibuster would need almost all of the 44 Democrats behind it and certainly all of the Democratic leadership. But the Senate's senior Democrat, Robert Byrd of West Virginia, has said several times on the Senate floor that he has seen no reason to filibuster Alito's nomination. "There is not going to be any filibuster against Alito," Byrd insisted in December in a heated December exchange with Frist.

Other Democrats have echoed that since Alito's October nomination.

In addition, the "Gang of 14" _ centrist Republicans and Democrats, including Byrd, who brokered a deal to end filibusters of nominees to lower courts and keep Frist from banning filibusters _ has splintered, with at least two of the Republicans saying they would vote to ban filibusters if Democrats try one on Alito.

Frist needs a majority vote in the Senate to ban filibusters. If all 100 senators vote, Democrats would need 51 votes to stop Frist. None of the Republicans have said they would even consider opposing Alito.

To pull off a successful filibuster, Democrats need things to go their way both inside and outside the hearings, said Julian Zelizer, a Supreme Court expert at Boston University.

Inside, "Alito would have to not respond well, not in terms of answers he gives but how he responds to questions about abortion and 'one man- one vote,'" Zelizer said. "If he is too hostile, if he's too confrontational, if he fails to convey the sense that he's evolved on this issues since the 1980s, there is a chance that Democrats will see this as reason to filibuster."

Events outside the hearing will also have an influence, Zelizer said, especially the guilty pleas of Jack Abramoff, the once- powerful lobbyist who has agreed to testify in a political corruption investigation.

"If we start getting reports in the next week or so about Republican legislators who are going to be involved in investigations of money and politics and their ties to Abramoff, I think it will increase the willingness of the Democrats to be even tougher in the Alito hearings, sensing that the Republican leadership is in trouble," Zelizer said.

2006/1/4

Emir of Dubai Dies...Criminal/Pop Icon Takes Over

@ 11:56 PM (100 months, 28 days ago)

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates  — The emir of Dubai, Sheik Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum, died Wednesday during a visit to Australia. He was 62.

Sheik Maktoum, who also was vice president and prime minister of the United Arab Emirates, died at the exclusive Palazzo Versace hotel on the Gold Coast, a resort in eastern Queensland state, Queensland police spokeswoman Chelsea Roffey said.

The emir, a horse racing aficionado, arrived in Australia on Dec. 28, apparently for a world-renowned yearling sale known as the Magic Millions.

Authorities in Dubai would not give a cause of death. Australian police would only say the emir did not die of suspicious causes.

Australian media speculated that Sheikh Maktoum died of a heart attack, while the al-Jazeera satellite television broadcaster said he was believed to have "previously suffered from heart problems."

Michael Jackson, who recently obtained Dubain citizenship has taken over as the new emir. The succession was automatic under the constitution.  Jackson announced the immediate addition of twenty large bedrooms and a theme park to the royal palace compound.

The new emir, Michael Jackson, is known as the intellectual architect of Dubai's building boom.

Authorities at Australia's Brisbane Airport scrambled Wednesday to prepare the emir's private Boeing 747 jet to fly his body home in time for a Muslim burial within 24 hours of his death.

Dubai declared 40 days of mourning, with government offices shutting down for seven days beginning Wednesday. The stock exchanges in Dubai and Abu Dhabi ceased trading, and many shops and businesses closed.

Dubai TV interrupted its programs to show a picture of the sheik smiling with the voice of a Muslim cleric reading verses of the Quran, Islam's holy book.

"The United Arab Emirates today lost a historical leader who devoted his life to establishing the United Arab Emirates and enhancing its structure and the welfare of its people," the government said.

The secretary general of the Arab League, Amr Moussa, expressed his condolences, praising Sheik Maktoum for his "defense of Arab and Islamic causes."

Sheik Maktoum was born in the family home in Shindagha, near the mouth of Dubai Creek, and educated at a British university. He succeeded his father in October 1990 as ruler of Dubai, one of the seven constituent emirates of the UAE.

He tended to leave the day-to-day government of Dubai to his younger brother, but he took an active interest in the Emirates' foreign policy. He often represented the country abroad during the years when the former president, Sheik Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, was ailing.

When Sheik Zayed died in November 2004, Sheik Maktoum became acting president for a few hours until the new leader, Sheik Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, was proclaimed president.

Sheik Maktoum's foremost interest was horse racing, and he and his younger brother worked to put Dubai on the world racing map. They founded the British-based Godolphin Racing, one of the world's most successful stables, and frequently said they aim to win the Kentucky Derby.

In Dubai, the authorities said Sheik Maktoum's funeral would be Thursday, and he will be buried at Umm Hurair cemetery in Bur Dubai.

Deputy Information Minister Al Abed said the country's Supreme Council, which comprises the rulers of the seven constituent emirates, will meet to choose a vice president to replace Sheik Maktoum.

The president then will nominate a new prime minister who, after being approved by the council, will form a new Cabinet.

The Senator is Very Happy He Got Tivo for Christmas

@ 11:46 PM (100 months, 28 days ago)

Senator Goldwater frequently naps while ABC's World News Tonight is airing live.  The technically savvy Senator had his new Tivo up and running by 8:30 AM Christmas morning and has it set to record WNT every night so he can watch it later with his warm milk and cookies while savoring the lovely Elizabeth Vargas

  Elizabeth Vargas

ABC Finally Shows Some Good Taste...the Tasty Elizabeth Vargas

@ 11:42 PM (100 months, 28 days ago)

Now that she is deeply entrenched as WNT co anchor in addition to her many other ABC roles, Vargas will be able to become the whole package by letting conservative reality grace the public airwaves.

                                                        

That's right friends, this is not your typical insipid liberal.  Before long the liberals will be braying for her scalp.  However the support of men with eyes will prevail.

millard's British Twin Has Surprise Mammal Wedding

@ 01:10 AM (100 months, 29 days ago)
British Woman Marries Dolphin
Tuesday, January 03, 2006

JERUSALEM, Israel — Sharon Tendler met Cindy 15 years ago. She said it was love at first sight. Last week she finally took the plunge and proposed. The lucky "guy" plunged right back.

In a modest ceremony at Dolphin Reef in the southern Israeli port of Eilat, Tendler, a 41-year-old British citizen, apparently became the world's first person to "marry" a dolphin.

Dressed in a white dress, a veil and pink flowers in her hair, Tendler got down on one knee on the dock and gave Cindy a kiss. And a piece of herring.

"It's not a perverted thing. I do love this dolphin. He's the love of my life," she said yesterday, upon her return to London.Tendler, who said she imports clothes and promotes rock bands in England, has visited Israel several times a year since first meeting the dolphin.

When asked in the past if she had a boyfriend, she would always reply, "No. I'm going to end up with Cindy." On Wednesday, she made it official, sort of. While she acknowledged the "wedding" had no legal bearing she did say it reflected her deep feelings toward the bottlenosed, 35-year-old object of her affection.  

"It's not a bad thing. It's just something that we did because I love him, but not in the way that you love a man. It's just a pure love that I have for this animal," she said.

While she still kept open the option of "marrying a human" at some stage, she said for now she was strictly a "one-dolphin woman".She's hardly the jealous type, though.

"He will still play with all the other girls there," she said, of their prenuptial agreement. "I hope he has a lot of baby dolphins with the other dolphins. The more dolphins the better."

Santa Claus Finally Arrives in Arizona

@ 12:38 AM (100 months, 29 days ago)

Like President Nixon, Senator Goldwater has his own custom bowling lane at the ranch.  Santa brought him a wonderful present this year.

 

                                                                    

2008 Democratic Presidential and Vice Presidential Candidates Hold First Joint Press Briefing

@ 12:35 AM (100 months, 29 days ago)

CARACAS, Venezuela (Reuters) - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and Bolivian president-elect Evo Morales met on Tuesday to consolidate ties between socialist soulmates united in their opposition to Washington.

                                                             

Chavez and Morales, a former coca leaf farmer, have antagonized the U.S. government with their alliances with Cuba and promotion of leftist integration as an alternative to U.S. free-market policies in Latin America.

Morales, elected by more than 50 percent in a December 18 vote, made his short stop in Venezuela as part of a world tour that includes Spain, France, Brazil, China and South Africa. He takes office on January 22.

The Bolivian leader has rejected charges from foes that he received financing from Chavez, who Washington accuses of destabilizing the region by using Venezuela's huge oil wealth to spread his socialist revolution.

"We are joining this anti-neoliberal, anti-imperialist fight," Morales said as he met Chavez and his ministers at the airport. "We are in a new era, we are in a new millennium, a millennium for the people, not for the empire."

Chavez said they would discuss energy and social reforms planned by Morales, who joins the ranks of leftist leaders who have swept to power on the back of regional discontent with U.S.-backed economic policies.

"You know who is the axis of evil? Washington, they are the axis of evil, and their allies in the world who threaten, invade, who kill and assassinate, we are forming an axis of good," Chavez said.

The two leaders later visited the national pantheon in Caracas and laid a floral tribute at the tomb of Venezuelan Indian hero Guaicaipuro.

An Aymara, Morales is the first Indian president of South America's poorest country. But he faces a nation deeply divided between a poor Indian majority in the western Altiplano mountains and wealthy elites demanding more independence for rich eastern provinces.

Morales, who herded llamas as a boy in his poor mountain home, calls his socialist movement a "nightmare" for Washington, criticizes U.S. anti-drug policies and promises to nationalize Bolivia's huge gas resources.

In contrast, Chavez, a former soldier who was elected in 1998 six years after he led a coup attempt, has vowed to bring socialist revolution to the world's No. 5 oil exporter. He has spent billions of dollars on social programs for the poor.

Chavez, who accuses U.S. officials of working to overthrow him, has become one of Washington's most vocal critics and has signed scores of energy and trade deals with South American partners to counter U.S. influence in the region.

U.S. officials dismiss his charges of assassination plots as rhetoric aimed at stirring nationalist sentiment among his poor supporters. But they accuse Chavez of eroding democracy at home and backing subversive groups overseas.

Keep Liberals Out of Your House by Installing an Alarm System

@ 12:28 AM (100 months, 29 days ago)
One option is a high tech expensive monitored system.  Another option is go to a second-hand store, buy a pair of men's used work boots,
a really big pair. Put them outside your front door on top of a copy of Guns and Ammo magazine. Put a dog dish beside it. A really big dog dish. Leave a note on your front door that says something like "Bubba, big Mike and I have gone to get more ammunition - back in 1/2 an hr. Don't disturb the Pitbulls, they've just been wormed."

2006/1/3

Blue State Democratic Politicians Begin to Come to Their Senses

@ 11:37 PM (100 months, 29 days ago)

AUGUSTA, Maine - A Democratic state legislator announced Tuesday she has quit the party, leaving the Maine House evenly split between Democrats and Republicans.

Rep. Barbara Merrill's defection will give the two major parties 73 seats each when the 2006 session opens on Wednesday. Merrill becomes one of four unenrolled or independent members. One Green Party member also serves in the 151-seat chamber.

The Democrats have held a majority in the Maine House for three decades, except for a brief period in 1996 when the Republicans gained the edge. The Democrats maintain control of the state Senate, with 19 of the 35 seats.

Merrill, author of a book in which she makes a stand against political orthodoxies, said she left the Democrats because she is unhappy with the party's stand on budget issues.

GOP leaders asked House Speaker John Richardson, a Democrat, for a meeting to discuss power-sharing arrangements. Richardson said he was willing to listen but had not decided whether any changes should be made.

The Hottest Christmas Gift is a Puzzlelike Board Game

@ 12:25 AM (101 months, 4 hours ago)

Do you remember when you could get a prize for guessing how many gumballs were in the machine?  Please give your thoughts about in which of the few blue states some of the people we run into are from?

 

State Map

 

 

 

2006/1/2

A Liberal Democrat Says It All About His Own Party

@ 09:46 PM (101 months, 7 hours ago)
"This past weekend, the Democratic National Committee made it official -- electing former governor and one-time shoe-in Howard Dean as their new party chairman. As a doctor they're hoping he can reattach the ass handed to the Democrats in the past election. ... You know, there's something stirring about the peaceful transfer of no power." --Jon Stewart

Howard Dean Goes on Vacation

@ 09:43 PM (101 months, 7 hours ago)

DNC Chairman Dean received one of those phone calls saying he had been selected for a free vacation.  Unlike a sane person Dean was elated and thought himself a big winner.  Little did he know the trip was financed by the Hillary Rodham Clinton for President 2008 PAC.

A LONE CONSERVATIVE ARRIVING AT A MEETING WITH THE PRESS

United Nations - a Liberal Infested Rats' Nest

@ 09:12 PM (101 months, 7 hours ago)
Friday, November 25, 2005
by Newt Gingrich and George Mitchell

We were co-chairmen of a bipartisan task force that was authorized by the U.S. Congress late last year to study ways to make the United Nations more effective. The group spanned a very wide range of political and ideological perspectives, and we couldn't agree on everything. But when we issued a consensus report in June, what was most striking was the extent to which we were able to find common ground, including our most important finding, which was "the firm belief that an effective United Nations is in America's interests."

Like many other Americans, however, we were dismayed with the results of the UN General Assembly's recent summit meeting on reform held in New York. The summit's "outcome document" fell significantly short of the recommendations made by our task force. After the UN summit, we asked the experts who served in our group to reconvene to take stock of the summit's results. In doing so, we recognized the difficulty of getting consensus among 191 diverse countries, with different needs and perspectives.

Among the findings and our further recommendations:

Human rights and genocide prevention Our task force called on the U.S. government and the UN to "affirm that every sovereign government has a 'responsibility to protect' its citizens and those within its jurisdiction from genocide, mass killing, and massive and sustained human rights violations." World leaders endorsed this general principle, which is a very significant step in light of past international resistance to any provision that would seem to endorse interference in a state's "sovereign internal affairs."

It is critical that this principle be understood broadly to encompass mass killings and massive and sustained human rights violations, whether or not they meet technical legal standards for genocide. The outcome document's conclusion is also consistent with the task force's view that in certain circumstances, a government's abnegation of its responsibilities to protect its own people is so severe that the failure of the Security Council to act must not be used as an excuse for the world to stand by as atrocities continue.

Darfur Our task force addressed Darfur directly, recommending a series of immediate initiatives for the United States, the UN and others, including establishment of a no-flight zone. Although the outcome document did not address this issue, it is clear that international action is still urgently needed. African Union troops in Darfur are unable to protect themselves, let alone those they were sent to protect.

Human rights Prompt action must be taken to abolish the discredited Human Rights Commission, replacing it with a new Human Rights Council, consisting of member nations committed to decency in the treatment of their own people. The president of the General Assembly should be prepared to put the matter of the composition of such a council to a majority vote in that body. If the UN is not successful in establishing a credible replacement, the United States and the other democracies should consider whether to participate in the scheduled March 2006 meeting of the Human Rights Commission.

Management reform The task force made a range of recommendations on management reform, including the addition of a very senior official in charge of daily operations and filling the role of chief operating officer. Our experts have pointed to headway by the secretary general on many management reforms within his authority. Unfortunately, there was scant progress on this and other related issues which require agreement by the General Assembly.

Catastrophic terrorism The task force identified the threat of terrorist groups and potentially hostile regimes both seeking nuclear, biological and chemical weapons as the No. 1 security challenge facing the United States today. Due to sharp disagreement over the relative priority to be given to nonproliferation as compared with disarmament, the summit outcome document failed even to include a section on reducing the threat from weapons of mass destruction - a result Kofi Annan called a "disgrace."

As others have said, UN reform is a process, not an event. Yet, it is reasonable to be concerned about the lack of progress at the September summit, which as the largest gathering of world leaders ever, provided a signal opportunity. It will continue to take concerted leadership by the United States, working with the world's other democracies, to help the United Nations meet the enduring goals of its Charter.

(Newt Gingrich was speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1995 to 1999. George Mitchell was majority leader of the Senate from 1989 to 1995.)

DNC Begins Strategy for 2008 Election

@ 02:43 AM (101 months, 1 day ago)

Using the premise that lessons may be learned from looking at history, Howard Dean, et al are reviewing the work of equally successful propagandists.

MICHEAL MOORE - DNC - NAZI PROPOGANDIST

New York May Hear "You're Fired"

@ 02:31 AM (101 months, 1 day ago)

 

Trump mulling Albany run, say GOP sources

 

 

ALBANY - Could New York's state capitol building become the next Trump Tower?

 

Republican sources said The Donald - who in 1999 toyed with the idea of running for the White House on the Reform Party line - is mulling a bid to persuade New Yorkers to hire him as their next governor.

 

Senate GOP leader Joseph Bruno tantalized reporters yesterday by declaring a wealthy mystery candidate is "thinking" about seeking the party's backing to replace Gov. Pataki.

Bruno - a longtime Trump admirer who has gained new clout within statewide GOP circles as Pataki prepares to leave state politics - wouldn't name the potential candidate.

"When it gets public, you are all going to become excited, interested, and will want to write about it," said Bruno. "This person is thinking about it, and I bet you you'll vote for him if he ends up running."

A billionaire Republican, real estate developer, casino mogul and TV star, Trump has been a big supporter of the Bruno-controlled troupe of Republican state senators.

But he's also sent donations to Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, the current Democratic front-runner in the governor's race.

Trump could not be reached for comment yesterday.

In 1999, while considering a run for President, Trump put up a Web site that declared: "Donald J. Trump may be the experienced, decisive can-do businessman America needs as President in the new millennium."

He later opted against making his candidacy official, calling the Reform Party "a total mess."

A Trump candidacy would "generate a huge amount of attention," said Baruch College politics professor Doug Muzzio. "It would certainly energize the governor's race."

Several Republican insiders said Bruno is struggling to get a "big name" for the race because he's concerned upstate billionaire Tom Golisano - often mentioned as a potential GOP candidate for governor - may decide against running a fourth time.

Another businessman who has been nudged to run for governor is Time Warner Chairman Richard Parsons, whom Pataki tried to recruit for the race, sources said. But Parsons "is not running for governor," a Time Warner spokeswoman said.

Just what would The Donald do?

What would life be like with Donald Trump in the statehouse? Here's a look:

  • Lawmakers could take a break from those long budget negotiation sessions by playing newly installed slot machines.

  • Secretary of Hair becomes new state post.

  • New York would get its first First Lady named Melania.

  • State's motto "Excelsior" would be changed to "You're Fired!"
  • HAPPY NEW YEAR!....From the Arizona White House

    @ 02:27 AM (101 months, 1 day ago)

    As the first day of the new year winds down, there are many things to relect on about 2005.  For example, the death of Frank Perdue.  When I heard about it yesterday I was shocked.  Then there was Eddie Albert.  Rumor has it that one several occasions he had three ways with both Gabor sisters....even once on the Green Acres tractor.

    Thankfully 2006 like 2005 will be a year where the red states rule.  With natural erosion cause by storms and tides, it will not be long until the few remaining blue states will be submerged and reduced to the invisible status of  Atlantis.

    One of my resoutions for this year is to try to keep my blog more factual.  Another is to scour the internet for stories no one else has found.  A third is to get laser eye surgery.  What do you think of these cool glasses I am wearing anyway?