June 29, 2006

Good News! I will take your money so you will feel good.

I read weird things at times, so excuse me for wandering over to RealClimate, where I found a link to a site that will ease your conscience over global warming. If you send $99 to Carbonfund, you will be absolved of all personal guilt about global warming--and, you get a pen! People are actually taking this seriously. So, this has spurred me on to offer something to ease your conscience over personal attacks--for a fee, of course.

Here's what it does. You read a comment by a leftist and you want to tell him that he's an idiot--in so many words. Maybe you're a leftist and you want to tell conservatives that they are &%^$^@ crazy (conservatives use better language.) Well, go ahead and do it with no guilt whatsoever--as long as I'm paid, again. Send me $1 every time that you call someone else a bad name and I will reduce by one the bad names that I call others. Therefore, your name-calling will be off-set and will have zero effect on the civil discourse of the internet. What a great deal!

It's the least that I can do. But, don't expect a pen for only a dollar. And, if liberals read this post and take advantage of my offer, I'll be rich! ...But, wait, there could be a flaw here. What if liberals don't feel guilty about calling conservatives bad names? Hmmm. I think this needs more work.

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CAIR Holds Forth: Nobody Listens!

From CNS News:

A former Muslim chaplain at the Guantanamo Bay prison camp who was accused of espionage and aiding the enemy before being cleared in 2004, said the prison remains a "potent symbol" for questioning the U.S. commitment to human rights and should be closed.

"If we close Guantanamo it would be a great first step," James Yee said at a Capitol Hill news conference Tuesday sponsored by the Council for American Islamic Relations."

Gee, you think Yee might have an ulterior motive such as a CAIR push? Nah, CAIR wouldn't do that would they? I mean, after all, their title comes from AMERICAN-ISLAMIC Relations... Equally American, right?

Full Disclosure: I think CAIR is far more concerned with Islamic superiority than ever it was about relationships with America or Americans. But, that is just my opinion. What is yours?

A tip 'O The GM Derby to Espella Humanzee

UPDATE: For a more thourough Fisking of these idjits (CAIR that is) go here Jihad Watch has done a search on the condemnation of killing Israeli civilians by CAIR... The results will not surprise you in the least!

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For Your Information

Just as an aside, I thought you might be interested where our hits came from over the last 5 or 6 months. This data is from our Web Server Statistics and is copied for your information. Note there is a difference between a site listed with the prefix www such as http://www.instapundit.com and not stated such as http://instapundit.com. Is this kinda like the NYTimes publishing it's circulation numbers? Discuss!

# of Hits...........Source
30080 http://www.instapundit.com/
27417 http://www.google.com/
15609 http://blog.mu.nu/
15193 http://gmroper.com/
13667 http://instapundit.com/
11798 http://profile.myspace.com/
7571 http://drsanity.blogspot.com/
6438 http://images.google.com/
4546 http://www.haloscan.com/
3062 http://bidinotto.journalspace.com/
2872 http://marccooper.com/
2645 http://search.yahoo.com/
2484 http://www.google.ca/
2269 http://andrightlyso.com/
1738 http://www.rightwingnews.com/
1661 http://shrinkwrapped.blogs.com/
1652 http://bornavol.blogspot.com/
1613 http://blo.gs/
1594 http://www.bloglines.com/
1594 http://www.windsofchange.net/
1396 http://mypetjawa.mu.nu/
1330 http://www.technorati.com/
1248 http://www.mudvillegazette.com/
53332 [not listed: 797 sites]
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Joke of the Week!

I cheerfully stole this joke from Ric Ottaiano who blogs at Release the Hounds. Thanks Rick, you have permission to steal any of my jokes too.

Abu al-Zarqawi died.

George Washington met him at the Pearly Gates. He slapped him across the face and yelled, "How dare you try to destroy the nation I helped conceive and fought so hard for!"

Patrick Henry approached, punched him in the nose and shouted, "You wanted to end our liberties but you failed!"

James Madison followed, kicked him in the groin and said, "This is why I allowed our government to provide for the common defense!"

Thomas Jefferson was next, beat al-Zarqawi with a long cane and snarled, "It was Evil men like you who inspired me to write the Declaration of Independence."

The beatings and thrashings continued as George Mason, James Monroe, and 66 other early Americans unleashed their anger on the terrorist leader.

As al-Zarqawi lay bleeding and in pain, an Angel appeared.

Al-Zarqawi wept and said, "This is not what you promised me."

The Angel replied, "I told you there would be 72 Virginians waiting for you in Heaven. What did you think I said?"

Ric has a great blog by the way, drop by often, add him to your bookmarks. You won't regret it.

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June 28, 2006

"A Convenient Untruth" About "An Inconvenient Truth"

When I read the Associated Press article titled "Scientists OK Gore's Movie for Accuracy," I went to see the substance of that claim and realized that it was more leftist fluff than fact. Well, someone else has done a little more research and spilled the inconvenient beans on the crusade with "AP INCORRECTLY CLAIMS SCIENTISTS PRAISE GORE’S MOVIE", which adds additional information, like: "The AP article quotes Robert Correll, the chairman of the Arctic Climate Impact Assessment group. It appears from the article that Correll has a personal relationship with Gore, having viewed the film at a private screening at the invitation of the former Vice President." Maybe he got free popcorn along with some grants, too.

I've noticed how in every interview that I've seen of Al Gore lately that, when questioned about scientists who have doubts about human induced global warming, Al Gore quickly shuts the questioner down with the same phrase, "The debate is over." That's it. Period. It reminds me of a congregational saying: "The Bible says it. I believe it. That settles it." Well, correct me if I'm wrong, but I am not aware of anyone who died and made Al Gore God. So, excuse me if I still express doubts on his claims and respect debate on the issue.

Fire Breathing Preacher Adds Hot Air to Global Warming

Just the other day, I was reading "Discover" magazine (which I'm not renewing) and came across an article by one of Al Gore's disciples, who had this praise of Al Gore in a feature titled "FILM: Idlers on climate change, watch out! Al Gore is on the warpath." (bottom of page.) In that article, the writer said this (emphasis mine), "While much of this movie may be old hat to savvy Discover readers, it is most definitely worth watching by skeptics...."

Okay, if I accept Al Gore and global warming hysteria without further debate, then I'm savvy; but, if I'm a skeptic then I'm not savvy. Maybe the truth is that a "savvy person" keeps an open mind, listens to all points of view, and comes to logical, rather than emotional and false, conclusions.

Count me as a savvy skeptic.

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TRUA Interviews Mort Kondrake

My friend and blogson The Real Ugly American has an interview posted with none other than Mort Kondrake. Great read, great interview. Drop by and tell him GM sent you.

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June 27, 2006

Why I Don't Want to be More Like Europe: Now, Rights for Apes

Only the left could consider apes their equals. I, of course, don't see it that way. Apes are much more intelligent. But, apes are not human and do not rank being given the same rights...at least, in my opinion. Nevertheless, the Spanish government has joined the growing class of wackos and is ready to grant new rights to these animals.

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Here's the gist of the story:

"Spain could soon become the first country in the world to give chimpanzees, gorillas, orangutans and other great apes some of the fundamental rights granted to human beings under a law being proposed by members of the ruling Socialist coalition."

Well, there are plenty who see this as progress and the next important step, since we've conquered cancer and have world peace. Here is a group supporting this act: GRASP: Great Ape Standing & Personhood No, you read their site yourself. I can't do them justice.

On a more sane level, this group sees things in a different light: The Center for Consumer Freedom.

I guess that Charlton Heston's statement, "...you damned dirty ape!" will no longer be politically correct. But, if we give the apes an inch then they'll take a mile. How long do you think it will be before Democrats want to give them the right to vote? Finally, here's what you might expect if we encourage the apes to seek more rights and power:

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What Took So Long?

...but, appeals still exist.

Follow the history of leftist professor Ward Churchill from The Denver Channel in its story (excerpts below) through chronolgical links under that which start in January, 2005.

The University of Colorado announced Monday that it will dismiss controversial professor Ward Churchill.

"Today, I issued to Professor Churchill a notice of intent to dismiss him from his faculty position at the University of Colorado Boulder," CU Interim Chancellor Phil DiStefano said Monday afternoon.

Churchill, who ignited a firestorm by calling some of the World Trade Center victims "little Eichmanns" in an essay he wrote after Sept. 11, 2001, has vowed to sue the school if he was fired.

How many chances of lying and insubordination would your employer give you? It's about time that he got kicked off of the reservation.

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GW Redux

My good friend Espella Humanzee has a post on Global Warming up. Go and read it and tell him GM sent you.

Espella, you rock bud!

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June 26, 2006

The Lack of Palpable Outrage Defines The MSM


I've not posted on this topic, the brutal murders of Pvts. Menchaca of Texas and Tucker of Oregon. Mostly because I've been outraged, yes, outraged. Not at the islamofascists, I have come to expect this kind of inhuman, ungodly behavior from these dogs. But, I expected more from the MSM. Really, I really did, and I'm outraged that I'm not getting it.

In fact, doing just a cursory search of recent "headlines" by Reuters (spokesmen for Al Qaeda) and other papers reveils plenty of "outrage" but none for the wanton slaughter, yes, slaughter of two soldiers. The outrage over Gitmo was palpable, the outrage over Abu Ghraib was palpable, the outrage over the "massacre" at Haditha was palpable; in fact, the MSM is frequently outraged over the actions of our government and our troops even though in each case the military justice system was already in place and functioning before the press was aware of the situation. Indeed, the Haditha incident may not be anything else except Marines functioning under the current rules of engagement according to some of those participating in that action.

Reuters headline for June 20th?

Iraq Qaeda leader killed two US soldiers

" And for the 24th?

US raid in Iraq sparks outrage

Only the second headline was about "Outrage" over the arrest of a suspected terrorist leader:
U.S. forces hunting al Qaeda insurgents raided the home of a senior Sunni Arab religious leader in Iraq on Saturday, seizing him and four suspected terrorists, the U.S. military said.

The arrest of Sheikh Jamal Abdel Karim al-Dabaan sparked outrage among Iraq's Sunnis. The Iraqi Islamic Party, whose leader is one of the country's vice-presidents, condemned it and many government officials in predominantly Sunni Salahaddin province suspended work in protest, the deputy governor said.

The U.S. military said it had been acting on intelligence gathered following the killing of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the leader of al Qaeda in Iraq, in a U.S. air strike on June 7."

Well, excuuuuusssseeeee me! The Islamists are free to express outrage over the arrest of a person who very well may have had lots to do with the wanton murder of hundreds of Iraqis but those dogs cannot express any outrage over the ongoing butchering and wanton murder of US Soldiers and Iraqi non-combatants?

I have ceased to expect that the MSM will ever get it through their thick skulls that we are at war, that the islamofascists are figuratively sub-human animals that slaughter in what they believe to be God's name. That the islamofascists would just as soon behead folk from the LA Times, the NY Times, Reuters etc as a soldier. Does the name Daniel Pearl ring a bell? His beheading is still available on the internet and no, I won't provide a link for this travesty of propaganda.

Perhaps Robert Fisk would care to be "re-interviewed" by the Al Qaeda folk? After all according to this:

"They started by shaking hands. We said "Salaam aleikum" – peace be upon you – then the first pebbles flew past my face. A small boy tried to grab my bag. Then another. Then someone punched me in the back. Then young men broke my glasses, began smashing stones into my face and head. I couldn't see for the blood pouring down my forehead and swamping my eyes. And even then, I understood. I couldn't blame them for what they were doing. In fact, if I were the Afghan refugees of Kila Abdullah, close to the Afghan-Pakistan border, I would have done just the same to Robert Fisk. Or any other Westerner I could find." he understands
To be honest however, I don't. I don't understand at all how any western newsman, any civilized newsman who expresses so much "outrage" at Gitmo, Abu Ghraib, Falluja or Haditha isn't equally outraged at the senseless slaughter perpetrated by the islamofascists and report on it in the same tone. Shame, shame on you all!

End Rant!

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June 25, 2006


Put your cursor on Mo-Ham-Add and he will oink with pleasure, keep tickling him and he will get muddy... then, click on the "more" box in the right hand corner and clean him up with a spray bottle, then feed him an apple. Mo loves this kind of treatment.

adopt your own virtual pet!

A tip 'O The GM Derby to Mikes America

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Don't Buy The New York Times or The LA Times

There is a new movement to re-issue World War II posters with a War On Terrorism theme via Photoshop. Here is my contribution, especially given the way the New York has opted to expose national security secrets which even it agrees are legal. I can only believe that the Gray Lady is now openly siding with the islamofascists by giving them details about how we protect the US and the rest of the free world. Be Ashamed NY Times, be VERY ASHAMED!

A tip 'O The GM Derby to Michele Malkin

And my favorite from her collection? Easy:

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June 24, 2006

June 24, 1948: The Berlin Airlift

In January, 1948 England and America decided to combine their two sectors in Berlin creating a business zone called Bizonia. The purpose was to assist the Germans in reconstruction, and it was decided that if the German's had a bigger hand in the process, the process would proceed faster.

The Soviets however, were staunchly against the merger, seeing the embryo of a new German state, which they both feared, and which would, given the freedom of the west, soon outclass the Russian efforts in the east. Russian opposition however may have created the German state sooner than anticipated. France, England and America decided in June of '48 that a new German Federal Republic would be established by 1949 at the latest. Stalin was incensed.

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June 23, 2006

Kelo Revisited; At Least On The Federal Level

My good friend Robert Bidinotto who writes the extremely readable Bidinotto Blog has alerted us to a new Executive Order overturning, at least at the Federal Level, Federal taking of property for commercial uses. As Robert noted: "Just when I give up and start ranting against George W. Bush for all his betrayals of limited-government principles, he redeems himself with something like this:"

Way to go President Bush, and way to go Robert for finding this.

UPDATE: Ilya Somin at the Volokh Conspiracy has some thoughts that this might not be what it appears to be:

Read carefully, the order does not in fact bar condemnations that transfer property to other private parties for economic development. Instead, it permits them to continue so long as they are "for the purpose of benefiting the general public and not merely for the purpose of advancing the economic interest of private parties to be given ownership or use of the property taken."

Unfortunately, this language validates virtually any economic development condemnation that the feds might want to pursue. Officials can (and do) always claim that the goal of a taking is to benefit "the general public" and not "merely" the new owners. This is not a new pattern, but one that bedeviled takings litigation long before Kelo. Indeed, the New London authorities made such claims in Kelo itself and they were accepted by all nine Supreme Court justices, including the four dissenters, as well as by the Connecticut Supreme Court (including its three dissenters)."

OK, maybe back down a rung or two?

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Ain't That The Truth!

When a party's leadership is unable to unite behind a clear position on the No. 1 national security issue facing America, it is not ready to govern. And that is the situation in which the Democrats now find themselves. Last week Democratic leaders produced an election year agenda that said nothing about fighting the war on terror. House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi blurted out the reason: 'We don't even have a party position on the war,' she told reporters" -- Washington Times political columnist Donald Lambro.

A tip 'O The GM Derby to Opinionjournal's Political Diary
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June 22, 2006

Be Careful Who You Bump!

Some Things Are Better Left Alone - Literally! (click on the picture for the full story)

A tip 'O The GM Derby to my friend Raven of And Rightly So

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June 21, 2006

Global Warming - Can ABC Make It More Stupid? [Updated]

Man, is this ever going to bring the global warming loonies out of the woodwork. Since global warming has been "proved" by Al Gore's movie, now the next thing that the left wants are personal observations of the global warming crisis(?) for the rest of the unwashed masses. ABC asks for your personal examples--such as ice cubes melting in your favorite beverage faster than they used to or how it was really, really hot last Saturday and it must be George Bush's fault. That ought to be good for them, even though it does a disservice to science.

Here's ABC's article and request:

ABC News 06/21/2006
Global Warming Affecting Your Life? E-Mail Us
Send Us Your Stories and Video...Extend the Reach of ABC News' Reporting by Sharing Your Observations

Witnessing the impact of global warming in your life?

ABC News wants to hear from you. We're currently producing a report on the increasing changes in our physical environment, and are looking for interesting examples of people coping with the differences in their daily lives. Has your life been directly affected by global warming?

We want to hear and see your stories. Have you noticed changes in your own backyard or hometown? The differences can be large or small — altered blooming schedules, unusual animals that have arrived in your community, higher water levels encroaching on your property.

Show us what you've seen. You can include video material of the environmental change, or simply tell your story via webcam. Please fill out the form below, and be sure to include captions or other descriptive information if you're sending video. We hope to hear from you. Thank you.

Of course, none of this is really science and none of it approaches proving that man-induced global warming is a problem, but don't let that spoil their fun. Maybe they can incorporate these personal examples into phony climate models, make a documentary, and tell us that we have to start watering the golf courses only twice a week--which is going too far.

I had a television weatherman eat dinner with me and he told me that the Atlantic Ocean would be within twenty miles of Atlanta within ten years. I said that was great, because we wouldn't have to drive as far to go to the beach. Hey, I take this seriously. He never even caught what I said. Oh, that was a several years ago, so something better happen fast or he's going to have to explain the delay--like global warming turned into a global freeze. Some have actually done that. There are no limites to their rationalizations to take the spotlight and to use issues of nature for political purposes.

Well, back to ABC's request, we don't want only nut cases to share personal examples and observations of global warming to be used as propaganda. Let's share our observations with them, too! In fact, throw in examples that counter global warming, like how you hurt your back shoveling five feet of snow off of your driveway last winter...and you live in Houston. Or, in supprt, come up with something more silly than the left, if that's possible--like seeing that armadillos are now migrating futher north and that you're pretty sure that you saw one outside of Chattanooga, but it could have been a possum on the half shell. I'm sure that you can come up with some great examples for them--and, they deserve it.

Don't let rational global warming skeptics down. Come up with your examples, be sure to post them on ABC's site, and then tell us what you said. It should be a lot of fun and will let them know how ridiculous many of us view their completely off-the-wall attempt to further drive the global warming hysteria with tales of gloom by everyday people who are not scientists but who want to feel important as activists. I can hardly wait to read their stories.

Get started and go to this site and do your duty.

***** Update *****

Oh, I found another site just as stupid as ABC's: TargetGlobalWarming

Here's what the site says about its organization, which claims to be for hunters and fishermen: (You decide if it's accurate, or if it just represents liberal hunters and fishermen.)

National Wildlife Action advocates for the conservation interests.... Like our sister organization, the National Wildlife Federation, NWA is committed to inspiring Americans to protect wildlife for our children's future.

Targetglobalwarming.org is an exciting new project of National Wildlife Action. The website was created to engage sportsmen and women across the country on the issue of global warming. It is a place for hunters and anglers to voice their concerns about the impacts of a changing climate on America’s outdoor heritage.

I knew this had to be a liberal site when they said that they are doing this "for the childrennnn." Everything liberal is "for the childrennnn." When you google the organization's name you find nothing but activist support for liberal causes. I think that they are really hunting for Republicans and angling for fish stories.

Okay, here's their recap on their brilliant poll and where they give you a chance to add your own personal global warming tales.

When it comes to observing wildlife and wild places, America's 40 million hunters and anglers have long had a front row seat. What have they witnessed in the past few years in the woods and on the waters where they hunt and fish? According to the National Wildlife Federation's Opinion Survey of Hunters and Anglers, a majority are already seeing changes in climate and attributing it to global warming.

Note that they mention 40 million outdoor enthusists as if they actually represented them and as if the opinions of those people are accurately portrayed on the site. That's like me saying that I represent accountants and that there are ten million of us and they all agree with me. They just might not know that I represent them and many might not accept my positions.

Then, these guys go on to display the poll evidence evidence of climate change with observations like these: Warmer or Shorter Winters, Less Snow, Earlier Bloom Times, .... Go to their site and see these yourself.

But, then they follow up with this brilliant question: Do you believe that the weather condition(s) that you observed is/are related to global warming?

Great! What does that prove? They first ask for subjective conclusions on weather conditions for the last year or two and then follow that up with a subjective question as to whether or not global warming is the cause--from people who have no idea. It's all about polls and perception--not truth.

Of course, such changes can be measured objectively and scientifically and such tests should be carried out over a much longer period of time. Then, if the data suggests that changes have occured, doesn't it make more sense for science to determine why rather than get the opinions of some hunters and anglers--and activists?

But, guess what. They'll fool a lot of people and just hope that they get their unproven, economy destroying legislation passed before everyone catches on--which is the normal plan for the left. The Democrats always have a hard time during campaigns because they have to hide their true agenda and historical records and hope for enough time to get elected before anyone uncovers them. Thank goodness the majority of Americans aren't as stupid or gullible as this organzation and Al Gore would hope--and as John Kerry found out.

Save us from the idiots of the left.

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Wild Eyed Liberal Alert

Who is this "Wild Eyed" Fellow? Why does he imagine that we on the right side of center are not on to him? Well, if you guessed that he is Markos Moulitsas of "The Daily Kos" give yourself two brownie points and the secure knowledge that you know the enemy. This portrait is courtesy of the indomitable Tim Blair who picked up on MM's stint on CNN's Reliable Sources as reported by Ian at Expose The Left.

I remember the uproar caused by Kos's remarks "Screw Them" when referring to the four security people murdered by the islamo-fascists, their bodies burned beyond recognition, and hoisted on a bridge upright. He was insensitive then (oh yes, boys and girls, the left is far more insensitive then almost anyone on the right) and more so now. Read his blather when questioned by Howard Kurtz:

KURTZ: Now as you know, “National Review’s” Byron York resurrected a quote from you, this was after four American contractors were killed in Iraq in 2004. The quote was, I feel nothing over the death of mercenaries. They are there to wage war for profits, screw them. You dealt with this at the time and you expressed regret. My question is, are you prepared for the extra scrutiny that comes with this higher profile you have, whether you particularly want to be out there as the symbol of the blogging movement or not?

MOULITSAS: Absolutely. To me in a way it’s funny that they have not updated their talking points in two years. And so they want to keep resurrecting an old quote, there’s nothing I can do about it. What I can do is I can say the fact is the reason; the context for that quote was solidarity with my brothers and sisters in arms, Marines and soldiers. I wore combat boots. I served during the first Gulf war and people are making a choice between private armies and mercenaries. I make my choice. I stand behind our men and women in uniform and I’m not going to apologize for that. But they’re going to keep resurrecting that and that’s fine. That’s what they do. They smear, they attack, they don’t like the fact that people are getting engaged in politics, that people are getting involved. There are too many turf to protect so they’ll keep doing that and that’s fine. I can fight back. [Emphasis provided in the original at Expose The Left]

Well, let us take a look at Kos's "claim" that he served during Gulf War I (and don't you think that he sounds like he had boots on the ground in the middle east?), but I digress, here is his statement:

...the context for that quote was solidarity with my brothers and sisters in arms, Marines and soldiers. I wore combat boots. I served during the first Gulf war and people are making a choice between private armies and mercenaries."
The reality is:
And this little gem from his bio: Immediately after high school, at the age of 17, I enrolled in the US Army, and served in Lawton, Oklahoma and Bamberg, Germany. I was a 13P—an MLRS/Lance Fire Direction Specialist (artillery), and served between 1989-92.

1st off private, you ENLIST in the Army, not ENROLL. This ain’t charm school, Cupcake. Secondly, you were TRAINED at Fort Sill (Lawton) you didn’t SERVE there.

And since you were stationed in Bamberg, Germany, you fired the weapon system approximately ZERO times during your entire “career” as a soldier. Thanks for serving your country in Germany during the Gulf War and keeping the German economy going by patriotically guzzling gallons of Hefe Weizen.

Imagine the guy in the picture coordinating the fire of a system designed to flatten an entire square kilometer. Be afraid, be very afraid.

This little gem was provided by a comment from "Texas Bob" on Tim's post. Delightful if you ask me, and of course, it had to come from a Texan.

Again, I digress. It seems that Kos thinks that the right is upset because “they” are getting engaged in politics. Wrong-O Kos, totally wrong! We are upset because you think you have a lock on truth, you think you own the Democratic Party and we think you are leading the left in entirely the wrong direction from what is best for America. Get real Kos, get real!

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You Might Be a Liberal If....

Here's a take-off on Jeff Foxworthy's skit, but renamed "You might be a liberal if...."

If you thought the Stars and Stripes was the enemy flag... ...you might be a liberal.

If you have more than five bumper stickers on your car... ...you might be a liberal.

If you think that hatred is inexcusable ? unless it's directed at President Bush... ...you might be a liberal.

If you have mistaken a government agency for your bank... ...you might be a liberal.

If you think you're better than everyone else but that no one should ever be allowed to win at anything... ...you might be a liberal.

If you think that everyone should be allowed to express themselves ? but only as long as they agree with you... ...you might be a liberal.

If you have mistaken the professional arts for a political platform... ...you might be a liberal.

Pretty funny, and that's only part of the list. You can find the complete list in an article titled "You Might Be A Liberal If... What liberals look like through one conservative's sense of humor" at Democracy Means You, which, interestingly, is a liberal site. At least one liberal has a sense of humor...but, oh, wait. The writer turned out to be a conservative friend of a liberal on the site. I knew it was too good to be true.

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June 20, 2006

A Lexicon For The Left

I absolutely LOVE liberals. If it weren't for liberals those of us who can think rationally would have nothing to laugh at. For example, I was reading about the Governor of Maryland today and the words used for him was "Moderate." Now, the Governor of Maryland is a Republican, he is also conservative and has beaten back many of the really stupid, anti-business, anti-citizen, anti-just about everything except taxes, and that he has beaten back many pro-tax initiatives of the heavily Democratic legislature. So, to tick off the conservatives, who are somewhat upset with some of the Governor's actions, they call him a "Moderate." As if that will keep the conservatives from voting for the only Republican Governor elected in a very blue state for some time. So, let us begin:

Abortion: Does not exist, in its place is an action of a woman exercising her right to privacy and full control over her body. Full control over her body does not apply to the concept that unprotected sex may lead to pregnancy and if it does, it’s the damn guys fault anyway.

Cold Blooded Murder: Prejudging any action by a soldier in a combat zone if and only if done before an investigation is concluded, charges have been filed or guilt (if any) ascribed to a specific individual. If a Republican administration initiates an investigation before anyone else knows about a suspected illegal action but charges are not filed against the President, Vice President, Karl Rove or a high ranking General, then it is called a Cover-up.

Cover-up: See Cold Blooded Murder immediately above.

Culture of Corruption: Any Republican for any reason or for no reason at all. This opprobrium does NOT apply to Congressman Jefferson (D., La.) or Congressman Jim Moran (D., Va.) or any other individual at the local, state or national level if they have a D behind their name.

Free Speech: Any thing uttered in any circumstances by a Democrat. Given the same circumstances when uttered by a Republican it is called Hate Speech.

Hate Speech: An utterance by a Republican that points out the error of thinking as applied to “affirmative action,” “abortion,” or “the marriage amendment/laws,” or anything else the Democrats dislike.

Indictment: Any legal action that should have been taken against Karl Rove but wasn't (See also Culture of Corruption above).

Democratic Moderate: A Democrat who toes the Democratic Party line and adopts the Democratic Party Talking Points regardless of that individuals voting pattern (Republicans use the term Liberal). This applies to everyone except Joe Lieberman (D, Conn.) who is according to the Kossacks and DUers a turncoat. It does not apply to Senator Zell Miller (D., Ga.) who gave a fine address at the Republican Convention in 2004, he is also a turncoat.

Lied us into war: This applies to any mention of WMDs or any other reason mentioned by Bush, Cheney, Rove, any neo-con or any member of either Bush Administration. Of course, they cannot pin down any specific lie, the fact that not only the United States intelligence had them in Iraq, German Intelligence had them in Iraq, French intelligence (yes, that is an oxymoron) had them in Iraq, Russian intelligence had them in Iraq and British intelligence had them in Iraq. That doesn't matter, nor does it matter that Saddam Hussein (pieces be on him like his protégé Zarqawi) tried really hard to convince everybody that he had them.

Moderate: A conservative Democrat who they don't want to use, or a liberal Republican they want to stay put. Sometimes it also means a conservative Republican who has some "moderate" bits to his record so the other Republicans won't vote for him. (and yes, him as used here, is the inclusive pronoun - PC language be damned)

Pro-choice: Any action taken to insure that the prospective mother does not give a live birth. (See also Abortion)

Tax cuts for the rich: Oh, this is a goody. Of course the Democrats cannot explain why the amount of taxes paid by the rich has increased, nor can they explain why tax revenues have substantially increased to the point where the deficit may be halved 3 years earlier than forecast. According to the Democrats, if you make more than the poverty level, you are rich and all of your income should be turned over to them for them to decide how it should be spent. If you are Paul Krugman, you are just clueless anyway.

Speaking Truth to Power: A term that originally meant telling someone in power something they didn’t want to hear and that could get the speaker tossed in jail, or executed or loss of something significant. For Democrats, it is applied to scoundrels such as Jack Murtha (D., Pa.) who mouth off at the administration about anything that the Democrats think will elect them in the fall or give them back the White House in 2008.

Whistle blowing: An act by a Democrat or Democrat sympathizer that exposes anything a Republican administration does, up to and including exposing national security information that would land anyone else in jail. This specifically does not apply to anything a Republican does, that is called illegal outing of a covert operator (read spy) in order to get even with a former ambassador who lied about his actions anyway and has been exposed by numerous bodies as a liar. When legal charges are applied to members of the media it is called “suppression of free speech.”

This concludes today’s lesson, I’ve talked about these things in the past and this message/lesson has been brought to you as a public service. If you have additional words to add please add them in the comments section. That’s all of my time and I thank you for yours.

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CBS: Rather Not Here

I'm not gloating. Are you? We have more class than that, don't we? Well, we should.

Final Day at CBS

Here's the story of Dan Rather's final farewell with CBS:

Dan Rather Signs Off
Veteran Newsman Exits CBS After 44 Years With Tiffany Network
New York, June 20, 2006

Like Nixon was to Dan Rather, Dan Rather is to us. We won't have him to kick around anymore. We'll miss his legacy, his Ratherisms, and his "fake but accurate" memos. But, CBS will give us a new line of liberals to take up his cause and provide us with new material.

So, as a last sign off to Dan Rather: Courage...and, don't forget that frequency.

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June 19, 2006


I got this from Abbagav and I shamelessly copied all of it. This is important folks, if you are a blogger, you too are needed.

D.C. Roe wants to honor the fallen of 9/11 and needs your help and mine:
I have a project and I need the help of a few bloggers to make it work.

2,995 bloggers.

September 11, 2006 will mark the 5-year anniversary of the attacks that killed 2,996 innocent people on American soil. A few months ago I started wondering what, if anything, I would write in my blog that day. A remembrance? A tribute? Anything I came up with seemed shallow, cliché, not enough.

What has he decided to do? What does he need from us?

I’d like 2,995 blogging volunteers to help me with a tribute to the victims of 9/11. If you’d like to participate, you’ll be assigned the name of someone who was murdered on September 11, 2001. Then on September 11, 2006 you’ll post your own tribute to that person. It can be anything you want it to be: a photo tribute, an essay, a remembrance, a poem…it’s up to you. Then link back to a page I will create which will give the names of all 2,996 victims and links to the blogs that will remember them that day.

But, and this is critical, I don’t want any of us to remember the murderers. Do not refer to the terrorists. Or their organization. Or their goals. Let them fade into nothing. Let them be forgotten. Remember those worth remembering.

As Abbagav says:

I'm going to participate and I hope you'll consider it too. The project is just getting started and can still use our help.

If you want to participate, signups are being accepted through comments on either of two blogs: D.C. Roe or 2996. You can also sign up by email to dcroe05-at-yahoo-dot-com. D.C. is making the assignments; although, if you have a name you'd really like to honor, it probably wouldn't hurt to request it. A list of names and participants assigned so far is available here.

When we say "never forget" we have to start by remembering.

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Real Problem Story Book Lesson [LINK UPDATE]

Do you see this unstable dictator.....and his ICBM?


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The Limits Of Tolerance

If you know anything about me, you know that I am intolerant. I wear that as a badge of honor and see it as the ultimate in human intelligence, intellect and education. "Roper, are you out of your mind?" I can hear you saying. No, I'm not, and if you read on you will discover what I mean.

Tolerance, as foisted on the denizens of western civilization is an outgrowth of the '60s and '70s growth of "self esteemism" and psychobabble such as "I'm O.K., You're OK." Having participated in some of that dreck, I know whereof I speak, but it didn't take me long to figure out that "When everything is tolerated, then nothing is sacred and evil is unrestrained."

Tolerance: tol•er•ance pronunciation – tol-er-ens:

The capacity for or the practice of recognizing and respecting the beliefs or practices of others."
Recognizing and respecting the beliefs or practices of others - nothing is sacred and evil is unrestrained. Yes, these two concepts are greatly connected and should be, I repeat, should be a strong hint to the rational individual that tolerance is not the way to practice human relationships. Yet, there is room for tolerance, and that too should be obvious to the rational among us. For example, I am more than willing to tolerate the religious beliefs of others when those other's beliefs also tolerate the religious beliefs of others. As a Christian, I tolerate the beliefs of Hinduists, Confucionists, animists, Jewish folk etc. I'm intolerant to a large degree, though I accept their freedom to worship as they choose, of those who believe that their faith is the only "allowable" faith. I do not believe, for example, that as a Methodist, all Baptists are doomed to hellfire and brimstone. Nor do I accept that only the Roman Catholic faith is the only way to heaven. Nor do I accept that Mohammad is the ONLY prophet of Allah or even that Islam is the "one true faith."

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Red Sox vs. Braves - Complete Sunday Recap

That game made me want to throw up. But, there is good news. No, it's not that I saved money on my car insurance. The good news is that I couldn't go as originally planned and didn't have to sit through the disgusting performance of the Braves' relievers. My youngest son became sick before the game and I wanted to do the right "dad" thing by staying home with him on Father's Day. The other good news is that I sold my tickets to some Red Sox fans for four times what I paid. Suckers!

There will be no more "complete recaps" this baseball season. It's over for me, and I'm already looking ahead to football. Heck, I'll even take professional wrestling over what the Braves put on the field. Professional wrestling isn't as fake as this bunch of guys pretending to be professional baseball players.

That reminds me of the days when the Braves had to have a lot of promotions to fill the stands. (They may need to go back to that.) They actually scheduled to have a professional wrestling match before one game to bring in fans. Hey, they're not choosy about the class of fans who come. Then without consulting the calendar, the promotion director also advertised that the Braves would hold a special wedding ceremony extravaganza in the infield before the game. After putting it out over the radio and after about thirty couples had accepted the deal, the Braves realized the conflict with the wrestling match. The wrestling contract and date could not be changed, and the Braves couldn't tell the excited couples to forget it. So, they decided to hold both events on the same night. The couples would get married before the game, and the professional wrestlers would fight after the game. So, what did the Braves name this dual promotion? Yep. It was "Wedlock and Head Lock Night."

My daughter gets married next weekend, but it won't be at Turner Field. It will take weeks to clean up the stink that they made there tonight, and it wasn't rice that they were throwing around.

Does anyone need tickets for the rest of the season? I'll make them available for a really good price and, while our wedding list is full, maybe I'll throw in some wrestling tickets at the same time.

Now, where's that aspirin bottle?

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June 18, 2006

The Democrat's Same Ole, Same Ole.

From Nancy Pelosi (Moonbat, California) who is really, when you come right down to it expected to be elected Minority Leader when the next congress meets, is issuing large pieces of "Pie In The Sky (TM)" as is the wont of the Democratic Party. From the Washington Times:

Congressional Democrats announced "a new direction for America" yesterday, outlining a litany of promises to raise the minimum wage and lower gas prices, college tuition and the cost of health care.

"Democrats are united in presenting a new direction for America, one that will make our nation as strong as the American people," House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said.

The new Democratic agenda does not contain suggestions, however, for fighting the war against terrorism or dealing with illegal aliens, two issues that are of top concern to many Americans. Instead, it focuses entirely on domestic and economic issues.

If Democrats take control of the House in November, Mrs. Pelosi promised they will on the first day of Congress "give America a raise by increasing the minimum wage."

Oh yeah, nothing has changed, "Vote For Democrats and get the same ole crap you have gotten for decades." Yeah, like I'm convinced!

A tip 'O The GM Derby to Dr. Sanity

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June 17, 2006

Rice in 2008?

Coni Rice:

America will lead…America will lead the cause of freedom in our world, not because we think ourselves perfect. To the contrary, we cherish democracy and champion its ideals because we know ourselves to be imperfect. "
The rest of her speech and videos is here.

I wonder if I can manage to attend her inauguration as the next President on January 20, 2009?

A tip 'O The GM Derby to Mike's America

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Subway Attack Foiled... By Al Qaeda

According to the latest issue of Time online a terrorist plot (in 2003) was foiled 45 days short of execution time by a direct order of OBL's number two man:

Al-Qaeda terrorists came within 45 days of attacking the New York subway system with a lethal gas similar to that used in Nazi death camps. They were stopped not by any intelligence breakthrough, but by an order from Osama bin Laden's deputy, Ayman Zawahiri. And the U.S. learned of the plot from a CIA mole inside al-Qaeda. These are some of the more startling revelations by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ron Suskind, whose new book The One Percent Doctrine is excerpted in the forthcoming issue of TIME. It will appear on Time.com early Sunday morning.
Read the whole thing.

Hydrogen Cyanide is a fatal gas. The discovery of plans for a device to distribute the gas was discovered on a computer in Saudi Arabia that belonged to a "Bahraini jihadist captured in Saudi Arabia early in 2003." The Times also makes mention of a CIA Mole in al Qaeda (thanks Times for revealing so damned much information) codenamed Ali (hmm, if it's a CIA undercover operative, isn't the Times guilty of Outing?).

I'm getting really sick of all the leftoids in this world who continue to believe that there is no war on islamofascism/terrorism. Had this attack been launched, would the lefties be demanding retribution, or would they wonder "...why they hate us so?" I suspect the latter. Damn them, damn them all.

A tip 'O The GM Derby to Jihad Watch

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What's Wrong With the Headline?

Check the complete headline from an editorial in today's LA Times, which discusses the fraudulent uses of FEMA debit cards for Katrina victims. See anything in the headline that might bother normal people?

A hurricane of fraud?

FEMA did mismanage Katrina relief, but it's wrong to blame victims for spending irresponsibly.

If you cannot spot anything strange, here's another hint, which is the last sentence in the editorial: But obsessing about the spending habits of refugees comes perilously close to blaming the victim.

I guess we owe apologies to the people who misused these emergency funds for titillating videos, expensive champagne, lavish vacations, and diamonds. We certainly don't want to blame these "victims." It's our fault for not stopping them. Yeah, that's it. If I get caught for speeding I'll tell the judge that it wasn't my fault because no one stopped me in time. Think it will work?!

It must be nice to be a liberal and always trying to blame someone else for your misdeeds and problems that you bring on yourself.

Via NewsBusters

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Red Sox vs. Braves - Complete Saturday Recap

It was hot. There were a lot of Red Sox fans and they were obnoxious--realllll obnoxious.

A friend whose seat is with mine caught a foul ball. He went six straight years without missing a Braves game--costing him several jobs and a marriage in the process. (His streak ended last season for a high school reunion.) It's nice to know that he has priorities right. I gave him a ride back last night. Maybe he will give me the ball...yeah.

I'll be at the game on Sunday and will give another complete recap. The pitching matchup will be Schilling v. Smoltz--two greats. It will be Father's Day, so my gift will be to watch the Braves beat the Red Sox. I recently tore my rotator cuff, so I won't be able to help the Braves in relief, but I almost could. Happy Father's Day in advance to the rest of you.

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New York Times Weighs in on Haditha

and surprise surprise they can't resist portraying the story in the most negative light possible. The article headline reads Contradictions Cloud Inquiry Into 24 Iraqi Deaths. Six journalists contributed to the report John M. Broder, David S. Could, John Kifner, Carolyn Marshall, Eric Schmitt, and Thom Shanker. Mr. Broder write the article.

The piece lays out what it calls several contradictions. I will point out several facts they have left out, and several facts they have misrepresented.

Lets start with paragrpah 3:

Investigators and townspeople have said that marines overreacted to a fatal roadside bombing and shot the civilians, only one of whom was armed, in cold blood.

Which investigators? Marine investigators or the Iraqi human rights group who's founder is connected to the insurgency?

Paragraph 6:

The 24 Iraqis killed included 5 men in a taxi and 19 other civilians in several houses, where, marines have contended, their use of grenades and blind fire was permitted under their combat guidelines when they believed their lives were threatened.

and the beginning of paragraph 7:

However, investigators have found evidence that the men in the taxi were not fleeing the bombing scene

The Marines contend there were no markings on what the NYT and several other news organizations are reporting to be a taxi. It was just a car with a bunch of guys standing around it who then tried to run away from the scene after a road side bome exploded. Here is an excerpt from a June 11th Washington Post article where Staff Sargeant Frank D. Wutterich who led a squad of Marines that day was qouted:

Puckett said that while Wuterich was evaluating the scene, Marines noticed a white, unmarked car full of "military-aged men" lingering near the bomb site. When Marines ordered the men to stop, they ran; Puckett said it was standard procedure at the time for the Marines to shoot suspicious people fleeing a bombing, and the Marines opened fire, killing four or five men.

In Paragraph 13 the NYT article gets around to acknowledging that the car was unmarked but only in passing and for someone paying attention admits they and other news organizations have been incorrectly describing the vehicle in question:

Wuterich, the leader of the squad, told his lawyer, Neal A. Puckett, that he had quickly set up a defensive perimeter around the convoy and called in the casualty report. He said he had seen a white car, now usually referred to as a taxi, containing a driver and four young men. The marines suspected that those men were spotters for the bomb.

Do you call un marked white cars taxis? I don't. Why are the NYT, TIME, and other media organizations calling it a taxi?

and then there is this from the Washington Post article from Iraqis who claimed to witness the events:

Iraqis in the Haditha neighborhood interviewed in recent weeks said the vehicle was a taxi carrying a group of students to their homes and that the driver tried to back away from the site, fleeing in fear.

So the un named investigators have concluded that both the Marines and the Iraqis were lying and that these men were not attempting to flee the scene?

Let's move on to the rest of Paragraph 7 of the NYT article:

However, investigators have found evidence that the men in the taxi were not fleeing the bombing scene, as the marines have told military officials. Investigators have also concluded that most of the victims in three houses died from well-aimed rifle shots, not shrapnel or random fire, according to military officials familiar with the initial findings.

How did they make this determination? the bodies were buried long before any investigation started. The families of the dead have refused to allow the bodies to be exhumed. How can they determine the cause of death, let alone if they claim the victims were killed by rifle fire what type of rifle was used. Couldn't insurgents have killed them with AK-47s as some have speculated?

Or even fired "well aimed" shots to the head after the victims were already killed by Fragmentation grenades to stage a masacre?

The NYT admits as much in the next paragraph:

The bodies have not yet been exhumed for autopsies, and defense lawyers can be expected to challenge the narrow use of photographic evidence on these points.

Next Paragraph:

The houses where the killings took place show no evidence of the violent room-clearing assault described by the marines and their lawyers, the officials said.

Again the investigation did not begin until months after the incident. Either this conclusion was based on photographs or by inspecting these houses several months after the fact. Why would anyone leave the houses un repaired for that long?

On the second page of the article the NYT reports the conflicting Iraqi accounts:

Some described the men as students on their way to a technical college in Baghdad, and said they had been shot while still sitting in the car. Others said they had been pulled from the car, ordered to lie on the ground and then executed.

Obviously some of these Iraqi eyewitnesses if not all are lying. Now its just a matter of degree.

The article then goes on to give some uncontested background about Haditha being a hot bed of insurgent activity, and hostile to US forces.

The next serious error comes in paragraph 36:

The wounds of the dead Iraqis, as seen in photographs and viewed by the morgue director, were not consistent with attacks by fragmentation grenades and indiscriminate rifle fire, Colonel Watt found. The civilian survivors said the victims were shot at close range, some while trying to protect their children or praying for their lives. The death certificates Colonel Watt examined were chillingly succinct: well-aimed shots to the head and chest.

Photographic evidence is inconclusive and the Iraqi morgue director cited has been connected to the insurgency.

In Paragraph 37 near the end of the article the NYT admits what I concluded from the start:

if the marines had violently cleared the houses using automatic weapons and fragmentation grenades, there would be lots of damage and bullet marks in the walls.Early investigators said they found no such evidence, although the walls may have been patched before they arrived.

Well What do you know.

Near the end of the article the Times offers this summary:

About a dozen enlisted marines, including Sergeant Wuterich and Sergeant Wolf, who engaged in or witnessed the shootings are under investigation for possible charges ranging from dereliction of duty to murder. A number of their superiors, up to the division level, are also under scrutiny for failing to report the events accurately and respond appropriately.

Two mid-level officers, including Captain McConnell, have already been relieved, for reasons not yet made public.

No mention of the possibility of the entire event being staged. The story never mentions that no Iraqi came forward until months after the shooting. No mention that an incriminating video that has been offered as evidence was taken at least a day if not several days after the events occured, or that the man supplying the video was connected to the insurgency. No mention that an un named Reuters cameraman was cited in a report they filed the day after the attack saying:

A cameraman working for Reuters in Haditha says bodies had been left lying in the street for hours after the attack.

He says the town has been virtually shut down for the past two days as US and Iraqi forces try to impose order.

No mention that as of today Reuters has failed to name the mystery cameraman or make him availble for interviews to determine what he eyewitnessed that day. I have spoken to both the Iraq Bureau Chief and Media Relations people with Reuters about this. They have told me they will ask if he is willing to come forward but as a policy they do not publicize the names of employees who are not sourced in the original story for safety reasons.

I have Iraqi journalist friends in Baghdad. I understand the danger any Iraqi who cooperates with western media or reports negatively about the insurgency faces, but several Marines careers and lives are on the line here. This reporter needs to come forward and speak to US investigators if not to the press.

Related posts:

Haditha a Hoax?

Headlines 6.10.06

More on Haditha

Marines Tell Their Side of the Story

What Does Reuters Know About Haditha?

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June 16, 2006

Red Sox vs. Braves - Complete Friday Recap

The Braves faced an unfamiliar pitcher. The fireworks after the game were good.

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Texas Rainmaker has a delightful expose of the connection between the desires of al Qaeda and Jack Murtha (Moonbat, Pa.). TR notes a communique from al Q that notes:

The situation and conditions of the resistance in Iraq have reached a point that requires a review of the events and of the work being done inside Iraq. Such a study is needed in order to show the best means to accomplish the required goals, especially that the forces of the National Guard have succeeded in forming an enormous shield protecting the American forces and have reduced substantially the losses that were solely suffered by the American forces. This is in addition to the role, played by the Shi’a (the leadership and masses) by supporting the occupation, working to defeat the resistance and by informing on its elements.

As an overall picture, time has been an element in affecting negatively the forces of the occupying countries, due to the losses they sustain economically in human lives, which are increasing with time. However, here in Iraq, time is now beginning to be of service to the American forces and harmful to the resistance for the following reasons:

1. By allowing the American forces to form the forces of the National Guard, to reinforce them and enable them to undertake military operations against the resistance.

2. By undertaking massive arrest operations, invading regions that have an impact on the resistance, and hence causing the resistance to lose many of its elements.

3. By undertaking a media campaign against the resistance resulting in weakening its influence inside the country and presenting its work as harmful to the population rather than being beneficial to the population.

4. By tightening the resistance’s financial outlets, restricting its moral options and by confiscating its ammunition and weapons.

5. By creating a big division among the ranks of the resistance and jeopardizing its attack operations, it has weakened its influence and internal support of its elements, thus resulting in a decline of the resistance’s assaults.

6. By allowing an increase in the number of countries and elements supporting the occupation or at least allowing to become neutral in their stand toward us in contrast to their previous stand or refusal of the occupation.

7. By taking advantage of the resistance’s mistakes and magnifying them in order to misinform.

According to Texas Rainmaker, Murtha's comment:
“We’re not making progress,” said Rep. John P. Murtha (D-Pa.), a Marine Corps veteran who has emerged as his party’s leading opponent of the war.

I don't know about you, but in THIS case, I'll take al-Q's word over Murtha's!

Oh, and read some of the comments at Texas Rainmaker's post too. Already some are "questioning" the authenticity of the documents. Heh, and double heh! They are so damnably predictable.

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Gateway Pundit has some disturbing news. Disturbing for Jack Murtha that is. As the Instapundit would say: Heh!

A teaser:

The primaries for the 12th District were held on the 16th of May. Most of Murtha's public words and appearances about Haditha occurred afterwards. His allegations are since proving to be less than accurate.

In a portion of the state of Pennsylvania where people have ancestors and family members who've fought in every war from Phillip's War to Iraq, such words and public statements by Mr. Murtha will not be well received. (Think: Patriotic "Zell Miller" Democrats.) Mrs. Irey is quite properly bringing that issue to the voter's attention.

Now go read the whole thing. You won't regret it.

Hey Jack, feeling a little discombobulated? Good!

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June 15, 2006

Watch This Now

First of all thank you to my friend George for asking me to contribute. I am sincerely flattered.

I wanted to come up with something witty for my first post but My friend David at Third World County just sent me a link to this video and I can't stop watching it. If you enjoy watching this as much as I do we are going to get along just fine.

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Ahhh, Murtha! You Scallawag

I'm hesitant to write anything more about Murtha (D. - Pa) but he really is a scallawag (also called a scallywag and yes, I like to show my erudition ~ insert big grin here). So, I will post only this brief jot and tittle. Can there be any doubt what-so-ever in the mind of any rational person (this of course presumes we are not talking about the lefties who like to come here to read and bewail their fate of being skewered by a thinking individual), can there be any doubt that his very first utterance regarding getting out of Vietnam Iraq was designed by Murtha to bolster his image, get him in front of the cameras and listened to the oh so very leftish MSM? When the Republicans took him at his word that out meant out, they said "Sure, lets put it up for a vote." Of course that is not what Murtha wanted and he voted against that resolution.

Well, now ole Mutha has said that when if the Dimocrats take power in November and Pelosi (Moonbat, California) is enthroned in the Speaker's Chair he (yes ole septuagenarian Murtha himself) will run for (and no doubt expects to get elevated) to the Leader of the Majority Party of the U.S. House of representatives; and Democrats say Republicans are delusional.

Murtha has zero, zip, zilch chance of having his fellow Dimocrats Democrats elect him to high office. Whom does he think he is kidding?

Murtha, a tittle in the body politic!

More here showing how truly dispicable Murtha really is.

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In June of last year, my beloved and I were about to embark on a much needed vacation and I would be out of touch with the blog for at least two weeks. I reached out to a good friend of mine who I had become familiar with via Marc Cooper who thought as I did (well, not all the time, we conservatives aren't part of the hive mind of the Democratic Borg) who could argue with liberals without getting angry and who could and would be willing to expose himself to the vicissitudes of having to blog fairly regularly. I have not once regretted that decision, and when I returned from vacation, I asked Woody to stay on. Thank you Woody.

Now, I am about to introduce another author. The Real Ugly American who blogs at the same name and will post as Real Ugly American. My good friend RUA (or as I call him occasionally TRUA) is a rarity in the blogosphere, a conservative democrat (small d this time) who, fed up with the shenannigans of the national Democrats decided to blog his frustrations. Shortly after RUA started blogging, he contacted me asking for suggestions for his blog and I was more than delighted to help out. Subsequently he calls me his blogfather, though I'm really not, I'm very, very proud to call him friend. He has taken his blog to new heights and has done exceptionally well.

So, in the next few days (as RUA becomes adjusted to the publishing system of GM's Corner) you will see articles posted by Real Ugly American. Be sure and comment, and be sure to add his site to your favorites.

Oh, and by the way, neither Woody nor I are going anywhere, we'll still be posting articles lambasting the left, center and the right when necessary and proper (of course, that will be about a 90%-8%-2% split) and posting humor, politics and mental health (mine and yours, not democrats, they don't have any).

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June 14, 2006

If the Bush - Kerry Election Was Re-Held

I want to ask a simple question. But, I'm not going to provide links, polls, blue-red maps, opinions, ...nothing. You've read them and so have I. Knowing what you know NOW and if we could hold another election between President Bush and Senator Kerry for the Office of the President, who would get your vote today? I'm not thrilled with the performance of Bush, but I would still have to vote for him over Kerry. I just wondered how some of you would vote and why.

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Happy 231st Birthday U.S.Army

Wild Thing, writing at Theodore's World has a great happy birthday message to the United States Army. Go and read and tell her thanks. As WT says:

We will never be able to tell you enough how very proud we are of you. Thank you for your service, for your sacrifices, and for your abiding devotion to something greater than self. God bless each and every one of you and your families, God bless our magnificent Army, and God bless America.

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June 13, 2006

When The Frogs Go Marching In...

You know the tune, so sing along with Mitch... (I know, I just dated myself)!

Oh when the Frogs....
Oh when the Frogs,
Oh when the Frogs go marchin innnn.....

You won't find Rove in their number,
When the Frogs go marching in."

On June 12, 2006, special counsel Patrick Fitzgerald formally advised us that he does not anticipate seeking charges against Karl Rove," Rove's lawyer, Robert Luskin, said in a statement."

A tip 'O the GM Derby to Parttime Pundit

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Candian Terror

John Vinocur writes in Time Select (Subscription required):

Here's the skirmish line: establishment forces against renegades drawing the conclusion that when it comes to Muslim extremism and homegrown groups of Muslims engaged in anti-Western violence, Canada's self-definition as Not The United States (or France or the Netherlands — hey, the Canadians would never force assimilation on an immigrant!) is a conceit that shields this country neither from hatred or reality.

The establishment's all-is-well reflexes can be extraordinary. After arresting 17 alleged Islamic extremists, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police insisted they "represented a broad strata of our community. It's hard to find a common denominator." Toronto's police chief, Bill Blair, even said, "I would remind you that there was not one single reference made by law enforcement to Muslims."

What does it take for some folk to understand that this is a war between civilization and the forces of darkness and islamofascism?

A tip 'O the GM Derby to No Pasaran

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June 12, 2006

For Those Of Us Nearing Senior Citizen Status

Elvis, had he lived would be 70 this year. All of us who actually remember "The Pelvis" are getting up there too. In fact, none of us are getting younger and in that light:

ARE YOU LONESOME TONIGHT? (Senior Citizen Version)

Are you lonesome tonight?
Does your tummy feel tight?
Did you bring your mylanta and tums?

Does your memory stray,
To that bright sunny day,
When you had all your teeth and your gums?

Is your hairline receding?
Your eyes growing dim?
Hysterectomy for her,
And its prostate for him.

Does your back give you pain?
Do your knees predict rain?
Tell me dear, are you lonesome tonight?

Is your blood pressure up?
Good cholesterol down?
Are you eating your low fat cuisine?

All that oat bran and fruit,
Metamucil to boot.
Helps you run like
A well oiled machine.

If it's football or baseball,
He sure knows the score.
Yes, he knows where it's at
But forgets what it's for.

So your gallbladder's gone,
But your gout lingers on,
Tell me dear, are you lonesome tonight?

When you're hungry, he's not,
When you're cold, he is hot,
Then you start that old thermostat war.

When you turn out the light,
He goes left and you go right,
Then you get his great symphonic snore.

He was once so romantic,
So witty and smart;
How did he turn out to be such
A cranky old fart?

So don't take any bets,

It's as good as it gets,

Tell me dear, are you lonesome tonight?

Ladies and gentlemen, Elvis has left the building.

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June 10, 2006

Global Warming and Other Fearmongering? Nah!

Greenpeace's fill-in-the-blank public relations meltdown

Before President Bush touched down in Pennsylvania Wednesday to promote his nuclear energy policy, the environmental group Greenpeace was mobilizing.

"This volatile and dangerous source of energy" is no answer to the country's energy needs, shouted a Greenpeace fact sheet decrying the "threat" posed by the Limerick reactors Bush visited.

But a factoid or two later, the Greenpeace authors were stumped while searching for the ideal menacing metaphor.

We present it here exactly as it was written, capital letters and all: "In the twenty years since the Chernobyl tragedy, the world's worst nuclear accident, there have been nearly [FILL IN ALARMIST AND ARMAGEDDONIST FACTOID HERE]."

Had Greenpeace been hacked by a nuke-loving Bush fan? Or was this proof of Greenpeace fear-mongering?

The aghast Greenpeace spokesman who issued the memo, Steve Smith, said a colleague was making a joke by inserting the language in a draft that was then mistakenly released.

"Given the seriousness of the issue at hand, I don't even think it's funny," Smith said.

The final version did not mention Armageddon. It just warned of plane crashes and reactor meltdowns."

Don't let anyone tell you that the GW and other sundry environmentalists are ABOVE the use of Fear Mongering... nah, it's just "ALARMIST AND ARMAGEDDONIST FACTOID[S]." Yeah, that's their story and they're sticking to it, no matter what.

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A Haditha Coverup? Not what you would expect.

QandO tipped me off to a possible hoax in Haditha. I have no idea what happened in Haditha, nor do any "bloggers" who weren't there. The Marines that were there know, the investigators possibly know, but much of the media and bloggers, especially those that are bent on fostering a new "My Lai" for Iraq are blowing smoke.

A good example is the "coverup" of the initial reporting. Sweetness and Light has a GREAT post on some of the bs from our MSM. Go read it all. A teaser:

In fact, Time had originally reported that it was Human Rights Watch who had provided the tape. They then retracted that and claimed that it came from Hammurabi which works with Human Rights Watch. And now they have backed off even that.

Note that even now Time still does not correct the intentionally false portrayal of the source of the videotape that they gave in all of their original stories and interviews."

American Thinker has also done a good job of questioning if there is a MSM "coverup." A teaser:

Evidence accumulates of a hoax in Haditha. The weblog Sweetness & Light has done an estimable service gathering together the articles which cast substantial doubt on the charge of a massacre of civilians at Haditha . Because the blog is too busy gathering and fisking the news, I offered and the publisher accepted my offer to put what he has uncovered in a narrative form.

Having done so, I can tell you that the story has a whiff of yet another mediagenic scandal like the TANG memos or the Plame “outing.” While the Marines quite correctly will not comment on the case pending the outcome of their investigation, I am not bound by those rules, and I will sum up the story for you.

Go read it too, then come back and tell me what you think.

A tip 'O the GM Derby to QandO

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June 09, 2006

Dumb, dumber, dumbest

Oyster, my very good friend and frequent commenter here runs the EXCELLENT blog Soy Como Soy! In a HUGE public service, she waded through blogs and blogs and crap and crap and ... well, you get the idea ... to find one of the stupidest if not the stupidist comments on the death of al Zarqawi. She found a really masterful example. A teaser, but go read the whole thing:

Edited on Thu Jun-08-06 07:52 AM by wizdum
...anyway and this convenient web site is most likely run by the CIA. Now they'll have to invent a new "terrarist" to chase all over Iraq, while continuing to look for weapons of mass destruction. I wonder what fancy name they'll come up with for a "Al Qeada in Iraq" leader?
Besides, if you like this blog, you will LOVE hers.

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June 08, 2006

Satan and Zarqawi: An Initial Interview!

By now, almost anyone with access to the news has heard that Zarqawi has been killed by two 500 lb Mk-82 bombs. No doubt, there are many who welcome this news, just as there are some who are quite angry. But none, I suspect are as angry as Zarqawi after his death when he met someone he did not expect to meet.

"Well, hello there my young fiend, welcome to the inprocessing center."

"Processing center? Who are you and what is that ungodly smell?"

"Why, you are in hell, and that is the delighful smell of brimstone and sulpher. Oh, I love the smell of brimstone in the morning. As I said, welcome!"

"I think I'm in the wrong place, I'm a martyr and have been promised 72 virgins"

Oh no my young fiend, you are in the right place all right. Did you not behead unbelievers who came to Iraq to "help?" Did you not conspire against the Americans and Brits and Iraqi government (such as it is) and others? Are you not the one who promised more bloodshed, mayhem, murder and death to many who did not believe as you do?"

"Well, yes, but that is my mission, given me by Osama, I am in a war, at least I was and I want what was promised."

Zarqawi my young zealot, do you not know that even your faith acknowledges Moses as a prophet? You know, Moses, the old guy with the 10 commandments? Did you not know that it is forbidden to murder, to wantonly kill innocents? Were you not aware that the vast majority of those you murdered or ordered murdered were non-combatants and even your own Wahabbi faith forbids killing Muslims?"

Well, yes, but ... but ... but"

"No buts my young fiend, you are here because you violated the law." You did not think this through did you?"

"Uhh, look, can we make a deal? I know a couple of good ways to make IED's, ways to use children and women and places of worship as shields!"

"Silly, silly boy, where do you think those ideas came from? Allah? Mohammad? Ahhh, I see it's beginning to dawn on you."

"No, it's not fair!"
"Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!! I want my virgins, I want my virgins. I want...."

With a tip of the GM Derby to WuzzaDem for the concept.

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Zarkawi is DEAD!

Zarkawi has been killed!


From Fox News:
BAGHDAD, Iraq — Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the Al Qaeda-linked militant who led a bloody campaign of suicide bombings, kidnappings and hostage beheadings in Iraq, has been killed in a U.S. air raid north of Baghdad, Iraq’s prime minister said Thursday.

Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said al-Zarqawi was killed along with seven aides Wednesday evening in a house 30 miles northeast of Baghdad in the volatile province of Diyala.

“Today, al-Zarqawi was eliminated,” al-Maliki told a news conference, drawing loud applause from reporters as he was flanked by U.S. Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad and U.S. Gen. George Casey, the top U.S. commander in Iraq.

Al-Maliki said the air strike was the result of intelligence reports provided to Iraqi security forces by residents in the area, and U.S. forces acted on the information.

“Those who disrupt the course of life, like Al-Zarqawi, will have a tragic end,” he said.

Khalilzad added “the death of Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi is a huge success for Iraq and the international war on terror.”

The Jordanian-born militant, who is believed to have personally beheaded at least two American hostages, became Iraq’s most wanted militant, as notorious as Usama bin Laden, to whom he swore allegiance in 2004. The United States put a $25 million bounty on his head, the same as bin Laden.

Those who live by the sword, shall die by the sword!

A tip of the GM Derby to Gribbit's Word

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June 07, 2006

And The Winner Is

The race to replace the disgraced Randy Cunningham in California's 50th district has been decided by the voters of that district:

A former Republican congressman narrowly beat his Democratic rival early Wednesday to fill the House seat once held by jailed Randy "Duke" Cunningham, one of several contests in eight states closely watched as a possible early barometer of next fall's vote.

Republican Brian Bilbray emerged victorious after a costly and contentious special election race against Democrat Francine Busby, a local school board member.

"I think that we're going back to Washington," Bilbray told cheering supporters. He will serve out the remaining seven months of Cunningham's term and get a boost for the November election.

With 90 percent of precincts reporting, Bilbray had 56,130 votes, or 50 percent. Busby trailed with 51,292 votes, or 45 percent."

It is being called a "close" finish, but a 5 percent difference is not all that close, other important elections have been decided by much less a margin. To our loosing friends on the Democratic side, our condolences. To the winning Republican in a district that is safely in Republican hands as before, you should have done better had you pushed a more conservative agenda. To the pundits that say that the Dems didn't really have much of a chance? Yeah! Woulda-shoulda-coulda. I fully expect the Dems to say it wasn't much, didn't count for much, didn't have much of a chance and generally down play the loss that they invested so much time and big bucks in. I can see it all now.

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June 06, 2006

"Hijacking Haditha"

Just go and read, then come back and say what is on your mind: Putting It In Perspective!

Thanks Michael, for your guts, for your eloquence and for your courage and your honest reporting of the facts.

Of course, my opinion is that the MSM couldn't wait to make this into My Lai II, because that is all that fits into their world view.

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What Is With The Beheading With These People?

Fifteen of the seventeen Islamic radicals arrested in Canada appeared in Court today. According to a Canadian website:

Terror suspect accused of wanting to behead prime minister: lawyer

BRAMPTON, Ont. (CP) - One of the suspects in a Toronto terror plot is accused of wanting to behead Canada's prime minister, his lawyer said Tuesday.

Lawyer Gary Batasar says the allegations against his client are very serious and include his personal threat against the prime minister.

Steven Chand is also accused of plotting to storm and bomb various buildings, he says.

Chand is among 17 people accused of plotting to stage a massive terrorist attack in southern Ontario.

Fifteen of the 17 people facing charges are in court today.

Family members who arrived to support them were met by a horde of media from across Canada and the U.S.

"The allegations... are quite serious, including storming and bombing of various buildings," Batasar told a crowd of reporters outside the Brampton, Ont., courthouse.

"There's an allegation that my client personally indicated that he wanted to behead the prime minister of Canada."

Canadians have been oh-so-very "tolerant" of their Muslim citizens, and yet, this is their payback. I'd like to be able to say I'm surprised, but I'm not. When will the rest of the world, including the Moslem world wake up to the terrorists and their mentality? If you have an answer, please leave it in a post. As Dymphna at Gates of Vienna says:

At the siege of Vienna in 1683 Islam seemed poised to overrun Christian Europe. We are in a new phase of a very old war."

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June 05, 2006

W.A.R. Is Coming: Wide Awakes Radio

If You Ain't Outraged, You Ain't Paying Attention: GM's Corner Will Be On The AIR - Wide Awakes Radio Premiers July 4, 1776 2006

WAR, Wide Awakes Radio premiers July 4, 2006 beginning at 6:00 AM PST. Wide Awakes Radio will bring you the best of conservative blogging by conservative bloggers. This is not your ordinary radio, it's not "talk radio" it's not Air America for sure. In fact, it's like nothing you've ever seen or heard. Be sure to tune in on your computer. My own show will premier July 6th at 6PM Central Standard Time. 5PM Mountain Time and 4PM Pacific Standard Time (AKA Left Coast Time) which of course leaves 5PM East Coast Time.

My show will be a mixture of humor, politics, mental health (Mine, not yours) and of course poking fun at the inconsistent nature of the feel-good left. I mean, what else is there? You can catch our eye-popping network promo here.

Don't miss this exciting new aspect of GM's Corner and the rest of The Wide Awakes. If you are interested in advertising on my show, let me know by emailing me at the link on my sidebar (and no, the spambots and pickers can't pick that up.)

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Quotable Quotations Quoted

Quotable Quotations Quoted For Your Pleasure (supplied by my good friend Mustang)

When I die, I want to die like my grandfather--who died
peacefully in his sleep. Not screaming like all the
passengers in his car."
--Author Unknown

Advice for the day: If you have a lot of tension and you
get a headache, do what it says on the aspirin bottle:
"Take two aspirin" and "Keep away from children."
--Author Unknown

"Oh, you hate your job? Why didn't you say so? There's a
support group for that. It's called EVERYBODY, and they
meet at the bar."
--Drew Carey

"The problem with the designated driver program, it's
not a desirable job, but if you ever get sucked into
doing it, have fun with it. At the end of the night,
drop them off at the wrong house."
--Jeff Foxworthy

"If a woman has to choose between catching a fly ball
and saving an infant's life, she will choose to save the
infant's life without even considering if there is a man on

"My Mom said she learned how to swim when someone took
her out in the lake and threw her off the boat. I said, 'Mom,
they weren't trying to teach you how to swim.'"
--Paula Poundstone

"A study in the Washington Post says that women have
better verbal skills than men. I just want to say to the
authors of that study: "Duh."
--Conan O'Brien

"Why does Sea World have a seafood restaurant?? I'm
halfway through my fish burger and I realize, Oh my God....
I could be eating a slow learner."
--Lynda Montgomery

"If life were fair, Elvis would be alive and all the
impersonators would be dead."
--Johnny Carson

"Sometimes I think war is God's way of teaching us
--Paul Rodriguez

"My parents didn't want to move to Florida, but they
turned sixty and that's the law."
--Jerry Seinfeld

"Suppose you were an idiot ... And suppose you were a
member of Congress... But I repeat myself."
--Mark Twain

"Our bombs are smarter than the average high school
student. At least they can find Afghanistan."
--A. Whitney Brown

"You can say any foolish thing to a dog, and the dog
will give you a look that says, 'My God, you're right!
I never would've thought of that!'"
--Dave Barry

Do you know why they call it "PMS"? Because "Mad Cow
Disease" was taken.
--Unknown, presumed deceased

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June 03, 2006

Server Problems

I apologize to all my readers for problems getting the site. Our server at munuviana was attacked and the head honcho pulled it off the internet before it crashed entirely. Moving everything over to another server almost caused a different kind of problem.

Too, some of you have posted comments (or at least tried to do so) and gotten really weird messages... that was part of the problem also, at least as the server blacklist was concerned.

Again, I apologize, back to "normal" now I think.

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June 02, 2006

Ace is the Place!

Ace who blogs at Ace of Spades wonders why the Left is so INCENSED about Jeff Goldstein. I wondered too of course because at mu.nu Ace is a legend and I'm a legend in waiting at mu.nu (and yes, this is another GREAT MU.NU BLOG) then I read Ace's post and got the answer. A sample:

This conceit, usually wholly undeserved, of practically every leftist in the world is what makes leftism so intoxicating for the intellectually insecure, and what makes leftists so easily led and manipulated. It's an attractive doctrine for those who wish to conceive of themselves as intellectual and brilliant, for it provides an instant short-cut to the equivalent of an MIT education. If you simply believe these things we tell you to believe, you are one of Us, one of the Intellectually Elite, one of the Cultural Vanguard. Just as giving oneself to Christ, and believing in His power, and accepting the need for and gift of His redemption, instantly makes one "saved" and enters one's name in the Book of the Heaven, so too does accepting leftist tropes and core beliefs make one one of the Secular Elect.

Now, the things the left wants you to believe are not easy to believe. It's hard to believe that, for example, taxing work and investment will not reduce work and investment (especially when one simultaneously believes that taxing the use of gasoline or other energy will reduce the use of gasoline or other energy). Nevertheless, while it may be difficult to believe these things, it's certainly easier to simply give in and believe these things than to, say, earn a Ph. D. in literary theory or semiotics or even something stupid like science or engineering. "

Now, go read the whole thing, and the comments and come back here and comment. And leave a comment at the Ace of Spades too while you are at it.

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In the Navy: Steaks and a Life of Ease

A recent commenter on this site, who had been in Iraq, said that those who served in the Navy had it pretty easy, including steaks at night. I did some checking and found out that we can duplicate their easy lives just by following certain steps at home. I didn't see steaks on the list, but I can correct that.

Ways to simulate being in the Navy when you're at home: from LaughNet

Surround yourself with 200 people that you don't really know or like: people who smoke, snore like Mack trucks going uphill,and use foul language like a child uses sugar on cereal.

Do not flush the toilet for five days to simulate the smell of 40 people using the same commode.

Wear only military uniforms. Even though nobody cares, clean and press one dress uniform and wear it for 20 minutes.

Work in 19-hour cycles, sleeping only four hours at a time, to ensure that your body does not know or even care if it is day or night.

Cut a twin mattress in half and enclose three sides of your bed. Add a roof that prevents you from sitting up (about 10 inches is a good distance) then place it on a platform that is four feet off the floor. Place a small dead animal under the bed to simulate the smell of your bunkmate's socks.

Periodically, shut off all power at the main circuit breaker and run around shouting "fire, fire, fire" and then restore power.

Study the owner's manual for all household appliances. Routinely take an appliance apart and put it back together.

Every 10 weeks, simulate a visit to another port. Go directly to the city slums wearing your best clothes. Find the worst looking place, and ask for the most expensive beer that they carry. Drink as many as you can in four hours. Take a cab home taking the longest possible route. Tip the cabby after he charges you double because you dress funny and don't speak right.

Repaint the interior of your home every month, whether it needs it or not.

Stand outside at attention at dawn and have the poorest reader you know read the morning paper outloud. Be sure to have him skip over anything pertinent.

Paint your house grey (exterior) include windows except for rooms you do not frequent, paint your car grey, paint your driveway a different shade of grey.

I suspect that those from other branches of the military never had to go through anything like this. But, if you believe differently, you can help us add to this list or make one for your own branch of service so that all Americans can experience the joys of military life. (Keep it light, which means no rantings about killing civilians and such by lefties, who could learn to enjoy humor and life once in a while.)

The listing above was only a partial list. For the full list, go to this link: LaughNet

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If Barbie is so popular, why do you have to buy her friends?

Planck's Constant, a delightful blog, has a series of serious questions that seriously need a serious answer. A sample, then go read the whole thing:

Why does Superman stop bullets with his chest, but ducks when you throw a revolver at him? [Moreover, why does he wear his underwear on the outside of his tights and what kind of man wears a cape anyway?]

Why do Kamikaze pilots wear helmets? [Actually, it's cold up there. To push the question to its logical conclusion, why do they bother wearing any clothes at all?]

Whose idea was it to put an "S" in the word "lisp"? [To tell the difference from people who do not have a lithp]

If people evolved from apes, why are there still apes? [Who said ALL the apes evolved? - More importantly, who said ALL humans are evolved?]

Why is the time of day with the slowest traffic called rush hour?

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June 01, 2006

Fire Them All

Here's what happened:

Washington Post (AP) – About 70 reporters, editors, photographers and newsroom administrators have taken early retirement offers from The Washington Post Co. amid declining circulation at its flagship newspaper. About 100 employees outside the newsroom, such as those in The Washington Post's pressrooms or on the advertising staff, also took the offer, The Post announced in Thursday's editions.

That's 170 jobs. Oh, if you want to know how truthful the paper has been and how they earlier manipulated perceptions, here's what the Washington Post's Executive Editor announced as recently as March: "The Washington Post is planning to cut about 80 jobs, or about 9 percent of its newsroom, over the next year.... Leonard Downie Jr., the Post's executive editor, said in an interview that the goal of the latest cuts was to operate more efficiently." That's a difference of 90 jobs--only a 113% error. Now, compare his stated reason of efficiency to the more current reasons that they claim:

Circulation at The Washington Post and most daily newspapers has decreased in recent years as readers turn to television and the Internet for news.

We didn't turn to alternative types of media...we turned to media that offered us better reporting less tainted by liberal bias. I don't care if the media is television, print, or intenet. I'll take whichever one is best and honest in its reporting--and, the Washington Post couldn't shake its liberal tag enough to be trusted. If alternate media is preferred, then why is liberal Air America dying on the vine? It's the content, not the format.

In other good, related news from the same article:

The New York Times Co. is cutting 700 company-wide jobs. Tribune Co., which publishes 11 newspapers including the Los Angeles Times, said last week that it would use layoffs to cut costs. Last year, Tribune newspapers eliminated 185 positions through buyouts and layoffs.

Of course, liberal media continues to deny that people change because of content in favor of believing that they change soley because of convenience and cost. Before, liberals controlled the news. Now, they have to compete (a terrible word to them) and react like businessmen (another terrible term to them.) But, as long as they deny the real reasons and don't learn, they will have to continue cutting staff and losing business. In any event, they act like Ken Lay when it comes to their stock values.

Hey, don't the papers owe people a living? Shouldn't they keep their staffs and hire a bunch of illegal immigrants on top of that? No? I guess they think that only other businesses have moral obligations to labor.

You'll hear cries of distress from liberals over this sad news. I say that it's good. Maybe it will send a message to the mainstream media to clean up its act and make the changes that they really need rather than the ones that they believe and announce.

Posted by Woody M. at 09:40 PM | Comments (4)

All In The Mind

The VERY FIRST edition of the Psychbloggers is up at OK, so I'm not really an Indian. This was a brain child of IndianCowboy a relatively new blogger new to the fold. IndianCowboy is studying to be a child and adolescent psychiatrist specializing in THERAPY (Wow, are you gonna catch it from a lot of psychiatrists, but, a great friend of mine, Theodore Pearlman, M.D. would approve.)

There are some really good posts available here, I hope you will read them all ((especially mine) and especially IndianCowboys. I think this is going to be fun!

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