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Saturday
Apr192008

So the French DON'T Stink After All?

Well, there goes another opportunity to make French jokes.  Le Stink apparently isn't theirs. 

Ah, well. 

http://abcnews.go.com/International/story?id=4681902&page=1

Friday
Apr182008

Breaking: War Erupts in Foreign Territory

 

Not only is it bad, it's worse than you think. If you thought the cold war was frightening, then you'd best see the Distortion Section for the latest BL RAG scoop. Prepare to be...hmm...prepared for the worst.

Friday
Apr182008

"Thousands of Angry Comments Pouring into ABC”

http://www.philly.com/philly/hp/news_update/20080418_ABC_gets_an_earful_after_debate.html

”By last evening, more than 17,000 messages had been posted on ABC's Web site.

"What a sham. That was the worst journalism I have ever witnessed [one wrote]" . . .

. . . If Gibson was embarrassed by this, it didn't show . . . .”

Thursday
Apr172008

Ed Koch Looks at Jimmy Carter:

Carter will no doubt shrug and ignore this, as well as all the other criticism of his Hamas-cuddling trip.  It's that way when dealing with a hopeless zealot, and Carter is just such a man.  He's firmly convinced that everyone else in the parade is out of step.

Anyway, it's hard to beat the satisfaction of reading another Democrat saying this about Carter.  No love lost here.

"I came to know Carter well.  When he ran for reelection, he asked me to campaign for him in 1980 - I was by then Mayor of New York City -- and I said that I would vote for him, but not campaign for him because he was then engaging in hostile acts towards Israel. I was popular with the Jewish community and when I would not campaign for him unless he changed his position, he called me to his hotel in New York when attending a fundraiser and said, "You have done me more damage than any man in America." I felt proud then, and even more today, since we now know what a miserable president he was then and the miserable human being he is now as he prepares to meet with Hamas."

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2008/04/looking_back_at_life.html

Thursday
Apr172008

A Little Light Diversion: Missing Rush Limbaugh

Thursday
Apr172008

Obama Picks up the Coveted Terrorist Endorsement

Here's the Hamas mouthpiece, explaining that Obama would "change" America, and "hoping" he wins. 

But then, this Hamas leader also thinks Jimmy Carter was "noble" and a grand success as president.  Given that bit of mental instability, perhaps we shouldn't take his notions too seriously. 

But coming at this from the other direction, we should take it seriously that Obama is the preferred candidate of Hamas.  We must ask why this is, and how this reflects Obama's agenda.  And taken in combination with all of Obama's other questionable associations, from William Ayers to Jeremiah Wright, it must give us pause.   

  http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives2/2008/04/020315.php

Wednesday
Apr162008

The Super Duper Elite Democrats

Well, looks like the Dem elite, led by such wildly successful luminaries as Mike Dukakis and George McGovern, are going to try to short circuit the Democratic convention process.  The people's vote?  Nah.  Forget that.  What we need is a bunch of Super Duper Elitists deciding things in advance.  Keep the Great Unwashed from having too great an impact on the nomination process.  We'll tell those common folk what to think later on.

If this weren't such serious business, it would be a real hoot.  But it is, so it's not. 

http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2008/04/16/the_june_solution/

Tuesday
Apr152008

Dr. Thomas Sowell is Pulling No Punches Here.

I certainly can't add much to this article, other than to say I agree wholeheartedly. 

http://jewishworldreview.com/cols/sowell041508.php3

Tuesday
Apr152008

Warning Placard - Should be Required by Law on all Campaign websites

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Tuesday
Apr152008

Huge

Whether or not it gets the play it deserves—and front-page screaming black headlines wouldn’t be over the top--this story

http://abcnews.go.com/print?id=4635175

is huge news. 

It certainly puts talk about “defiling the White House" with extramarital affairs or fundraising coffees into a fresh perspective that makes them melt into relative insignificance.

The nation’s highest officials openly acknowledge they directly participated in the greasy criminal details of violating treaty obligations and decided to what level of extreme temperatures a particular prisoner would be exposed and for how many hours or days, how relentlessly he could be drowned, and how many times he was going to be punched in the face.

“Why are we talking about this in the White House?” the Attorney General objected. “History will not judge this kindly.”

I'll say.

Friday
Apr112008

Jamiel's Law.

I'd like to see McCain, Obama and Clinton address this issue head on. Tell the voters why they oppose securing our borders and enforcing the law against illegals. But they won't.
Well, at least one politician has come down on the side of sanity:
The article below details how one simple change in state policy can have a huge positive effect on the problem.  If all jurisdictions would adopt such measures, the attrition rate for illegals would skyrocket.  Combine this initiative with proper border control and federal enforcement, and we might be getting somewhere. 
Jamiel must be remembered, and the best way to do that is to start eliminating illegal alien sanctuaries.
Thursday
Apr102008

How Long Is It Going To Take . . . .

for anyone to start bellyaching that McCentury won't release his tax returns?   

 

Any guesses?

Thursday
Apr102008

Oh My Goodness Gracious!

Apparently it's Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week.

 

I've not done a thing to prepare . . . .

Wednesday
Apr092008

Gandhi Takes On the Pope

Once again, Arun Gandhi (grandson of the late Mohandas Gandhi) relies on his sophomoric wisdom to criticize Pope Benedict XVI for baptizing the prominent Egyptian-born Italian writer, Magdi Allam, during the Easter holiday. 

Allam, seen by many as a moderate Muslim, has frequently criticized fellow members of the Islamic faith for the violent acts committed in its name. He is also an ardent supporter of Israel. On Easter, Allam converted to the Holy Roman Catholic faith.
 
It doesn't seem to occur to Gandhi that Allam converted of his own free will. But then, Gandhi never mentions the convert by name, leaving one with a nagging suspicion that Gandhi doesn't actually know much about what transpired, nor have any idea who was baptized. 
 
Allam now faces the prospect of being murdered because he is an apostate to Islam, and the punishment for apostasy is death.  But then, he was already facing death for his previous criticisms of the Muslim faith.


Gandhi doesn't mention that, of course. Instead he speaks of climbing metaphorical mountains...
 
...all in the name of Peace.
 
http://newsweek.washingtonpost.com/onfaith/arun_gandhi/2008/04/bridges_with_islam.html
 
Background: below is a random news article regarding the baptism.
http://www.suntimes.com/news/world/856866,CST-NWS-vat23.article
And here are Allam’s own thoughts on his conversion and baptism:
http://www.zenit.org/rssenglish-22151

 

 

Wednesday
Apr092008

Yes, Men and Women are Different

Men are lazy slobs. But, hey, most guys know that already, so one may wonder why researchers keep doing studies on this attribute of the male half of the species. A recent report from the University of Michigan is a case in point.  Based on the recent research, it was learned that husbands, on average, create seven extra hours of housework for the wife. Again, I'm not sure why such a study was needed (Don't most men already know this?), but since the effort was made, I suppose we should applaud it, and recognize that there are indeed innate differences between the sexes.

 

Source:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/04/080403191009.htm