November 29, 2006
You know, LIFE is 'unfair'
A federal judge has ruled that the US Government has discriminated against the blind because US paper currency all feels the same.
Usually, the word "discriminate" implies intent. Somehow I don't think the US Treasury went out of its way to design currency with the intention of pranking the blind.
However, in our current culture of Accomodating the Most Pitiful (or the Most Whiney) regardless of reason or expense, Judge James Robertson has given the Treasury Department ten days to start working on changing all US currency.
I await the Federal Judge to order the US Transportation Department to start working on a way to allow all blind people to "meaningfully access" the nations highways -- maybe ordering car manufacturers to develop cars that the blind can drive.
Hell, what's a government for if not to make life "fair"?
November 26, 2006
LATimes columnist 'Bring Back Saddam'
I read it. I read it more than once to see if I was missing the parody somehow.
Jonathan Chait (also a senior editor at The New Republic) is not kidding.
Maybe, just maybe, our best option is to restore Saddam Hussein to power. [...]I don't know why I should be surprised. Chait defended Kerry's "bungled joke", advocates dumping the electoral college, and continues to deal in the shibboleth of Republicans giving "tax cuts to the rich".
Restoring the expectation of order in Iraq will take some kind of large-scale psychological shock. The Iraqi elections were expected to offer that shock, but they didn't. The return of Saddam Hussein — a man every Iraqi knows, and whom many of them fear — would do the trick.
Chait is a "progressive", with a good job, nice home, money in the bank and a retirement account, who then can advocate for others the need to be ruled by a murderous dictator ...
... because war is messy and stability is the paramount virtue.
Obviously, post-election, Chait feels comfortable in advocating for Iraqi's what he would never advocate for himself.
Tea with Mussolini ... indeed.
Pelosi makes the economy run!
The magical Democrats have saved the economy! As we all know via the always objective, non-agenda-driven Mainstream Media, the American economy was barely hanging by a thread on November 7, and experienced a miraculous recovery on November 8.
Mary Katharine Ham compares "Black Friday"
Democrat propaganda news coverage this year with 2005.
Gone are the "black clouds," the "challenging economy," and "reluctance." Funny, the economy was "challenging" and "cloudy" pre-Nov. 7, according to the press.They were just pining to have Glinda Pelosi running things. Poor babies.
I guess it's been a hell of a three weeks. Three cheers for Democrats and their Black-Friday-Fixin', Reluctance-Banishing, Cure-All Economic Elixir!
It does look as though this holiday season may be better than last, according to early numbers, and that's great. But there was much good news to report last year as well, including the fact that 2005's numbers were significantly higher than 2004's. The press persisted in its gloom-and-doom tone.
November 24, 2006
Retailers get over Christmas-phobia
Amazing what a drop in retail sales can do to prick the "conscience" of the "Happy Holidays" crowd.
Christmas is back at Wal-Mart - not that it really ever left.Heh.
After testing out a generic, yet all-inclusive, "happy holidays" theme last year, the nation's largest retailer announced this month that Christmas will dominate its seasonal marketing in the U.S.
"We've learned our lesson," said Wal-Mart spokeswoman Marisa Bluestone. "This year, we're not afraid to say, 'Merry Christmas.'"
Neither are Walgreens, Target, Macy's, Kmart and Kohl's, among others. In interviews this week, spokesmen from those major retailers said that their stores acknowledge the Christmas holiday, hoping to avoid a repeat of last year's backlash led by conservative Christian groups.
As God as my witness ...
A classic bit of comedy from a 1978 episode of WKRP in Cincinnati
November 23, 2006
I am grateful to be an American
Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor; and Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me to "recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:"
Now, therefore, I do recommend and assign Thursday, the 26th day of November next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favorable interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed; for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enable to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and, in general, for all the great and various favors which He has been pleased to confer upon us.
And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech Him to pardon our national and other transgressions; to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually; to render our National Government a blessing to all the people by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed; to protect and guide all sovereigns and nations (especially such as have shown kindness to us), and to bless them with good governments, peace, and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us; and, generally to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as He alone knows to be best.
Given under my hand, at the city of New York, the 3d day of October, A.D. 1789.
November 22, 2006
Thanksgiving Recipe - open thread [Bumped]
***Posting will be light this week. Work and family activities have been a bit frantic to the leadup to Thanksgiving. More later ***
Talked to the maternal unit today about next week's festivities. Mom does Thanksgiving, I do Christmas (until such time The Daughters are in a situation to take over and the traditions will shift). Thanksgiving at Mom's is a full sit-down affair, with linen on the table, fine china, Waterford crystal, fire in the fireplace
barring 80 degree weather as can happen in So Cal
We end up usually with a very traditional spread, though we varie on sides and desserts, try new tricks with the main event - the turkey.
Over the last few years, friends have sworn by deep-fried turkey. I still haven't been convinced. Mom orders a fresh turkey and it does make a difference.
I want to throw this open (and I may bump it to the top of the page from time to time over the next week) for any one with tips or recipes to share, questions to ask, or traditions to relate.
Thanksgiving ranks as a favorite holiday of mine because it has stayed so family-oriented. It doesn't suffer the commercialization of Christmas, nor the kitchiness of Valentine's Day, nor the sudden popularity for adults of Halloween. It still is a holiday of traditions ... passing some and making new ones. As a "sandwich" generation (elderly parents, young adult children), I feel both comforted by Thanksgiving and a little pressured.
So, dear reader, it's up to you. Cooking your first Thanksgiving? Trying to figure out how to turndown an invitation from in-laws you can barely tolerate? Want to keep the kidlets from having food fights with the whole cranberry sauce?
Want to deepfry Martha Stewart?
Let's hear from you!
November 17, 2006
A short conversation with Grandpa Simpson and Healer Pelosi
Jack, I thanked you for your magnificent contribution. I said I was proud to have supported you. *
Please, Jack. It's time for healing.
And look at these toy soldiers. They'll break the second I step on 'em. Ah! Stupid! Toy! Soldiers! Break, you stupid!*
Alrighty then ...
November 15, 2006
Spotted on a California freeway
Business van emblazoned with Company name:
Sundance Golf Ball Co - El Cajon, CAand directly below the title:
"We buy used balls"
November 14, 2006
My grandparents voted Democrat
(thanks to LindaSoG)
November 13, 2006
Jihadist Appeaser Watch: Shorter Peter Preston
We pretend that withdrawing from Afghanistan or Iraq will do the hearts-and-minds trick. We pretend (with America's triumphant Democrats as the worst offenders, alas) that Israel can somehow be set to one side while the al-Qaida terror debate rages. We kid ourselves that a Middle East solution - permanent, guaranteed and enforced - is separate and optional. It isn't.Of course, Preston, like most of the "Just get rid of
Dr. Tawfik Hamid doesn't tell people where he lives. Not the street, not the city, not even the country. It's safer that way. It's only the letters of testimony from some of the highest intelligence officers in the Western world that enable him to move freely. This medical doctor, author and activist once was a member of Egypt's Al-Gama'a al-Islamiyya (Arabic for "the Islamic Group"), a banned terrorist organization. He was trained under Ayman al-Zawahiri, the bearded jihadi who appears in Bin Laden's videos, telling the world that Islamic violence will stop only once we all become Muslims.Why, indeed.
He's a disarmingly gentle and courteous man. But he's determined to tell a complacent North America what he knows about fundamentalist Muslim imperialism.
"Yes, 'imperialism,' " he tells me. "The deliberate and determined expansion of militant Islam and its attempt to triumph not only in the Islamic world but in Europe and North America. Pure ideology. Muslim terrorists kill and slaughter not because of what they experience but because of what they believe." [...]
"We're not talking about a fringe cult here," he tells me. "Salafist [fundamentalist] Islam is the dominant version of the religion and is taught in almost every Islamic university in the world. It is puritanical, extreme and does, yes, mean that women can be beaten, apostates killed and Jews called pigs and monkeys." [...]
He's exasperated now, visibly angry at what he sees as a willful Western foolishness. "Stop asking what you have done wrong. Stop it! They're slaughtering you like sheep and you still look within. You criticize your history, your institutions, your churches. Why can't you realize that it has nothing to do with what you have done but with what they want."
November 12, 2006
11.6.06 Democrats 'We aren't cut-n-run! How dare you say that!'
Democrats 11.12.06 - Nevermind!
Democrats, who won control of the U.S. Congress, said on Sunday they will push for a phased withdrawal of American troops from Iraq to begin in four to six months, but the White House cautioned against fixing timetables.
Hmmm ... Time to start an official "Yellow Ass Watch".
Technorati: Democrats, Cut-n-run,Iraq, Islamic Fascism
Kofi Annan thinks live Jews are a problem
Kleptocrat Annan feels no need to hide his anti-semitism.
Secretary-General Kofi Annan said that one of the problems in the negotiations for the release of the two kidnapped Israeli soldiers in Lebanon is the demand for Hizballah to return them alive.I wish I could come up with some pithy remark. However, the idea that the demand to return kidnappees alive as "unreasonable" and "a problem" (because, after all, they're just Jews) is so utterly repugnant any flip remark just won't adequately convey the alarm and disgust I feel at Annan's naked depravity.
November 11, 2006
Battlestar Galactica - A Measure of Salvation
And I wasn't disappointed.
We left the last episode, Torn, with Athena(Sharon) and her co-pilot bugging out of the lion's head nebula where they had discovered a Cylon baseship. This episode opens with Athena's return, along with Apollo and a reconnaissance team. In a scene eerily reminiscent of a deep-sea submersible diving on a shipwreck, the Galactica scout ship gingerly picks its way through dark and drifting Cylon raiders to the baseship. The tension as the team moved through the baseship was palatable, ratcheting up as they discovered dead Cylon skinjobs. We, the audience, know what they've walked into and yet the scene of Athena submerging her hand into the now coagulating goo of the baseship interface and discovering plague still was a white-knuckle moment.
Apollo is more command assertive then he was in the first or second seasons. When the team realizes that some of the Cylons are not dead, and panic threatens to overwhelm, he is able to keep them from firing. However, Apollo has lost something along the way. His character was always the one that struggled with the moral conundrums -- from questioning the use of prisoners as "slave" labor in Bastille Day to taking Roslin's side against his own father to even shooting in cold blood a criminal kingpin in Blackmarket. Yet, we see Apollo, in an epiphany accompanied with cruel laughter, propose using the plague virus (which humans are immune to) as a biological weapon to wipeout the Cylons.
The sounding of moral questions has moved to Helo, who argues persuasively with Roslin not to commit wholesale genocide against another sentient race. An argument Roslin rejects. She is particularly angry with any suggestion by Helo that he have any opinion of Cylon behavior vis a vis the New Caprica occupation (a point of view reflected by Starbuck and Tigh in the last episode). Roslin is clear, Cylons are to be made extinct. Adama will not disobey Roslin's order, but he clearly isn't in agreement with it. Adama has no love of Cylons and, as a warrior, has no problems with waging war effectively against an enemy that has proven its own ruthlessness time and again. Adama is more worried what effect such a draconian choice, with no quarter shown for any possible Athenas that may exist within the Cylon race, will have on humanity.
The value of loyality and responsibility of choice play out in the short, but significant scenes, between Helo and Athena.
The parallel story arc finds Baltar learning that Karma is, indeed, a bitch. He can't talk his way out of his lies and he finds out the hard way where Cylon distrust can lead. We almost have a little cathartic thrill as Baltar suffers, finally, for his sins.
We also root for the Six in Baltar's head helping him cope with the pain he's enduring.
Three seasons in, and still the Cylons remain "a mystery wrapped in a riddle wrapped in an enigma."
UPDATE Jeff Harrell points out it was a neat detail that the Galactica writers didn't "make up" a plague, but used a real disease, carried by rodents, that humans are immune to. Which is cool, because it makes the torturing of Baltar because the Cylons think he "created" the plague all the more irrational.
November 10, 2006
Blowing up the White House
Naw, they don't mean it. Not really
DUBAI - Al-Qaeda's Iraq branch has threatened to "blow up the White House" in the course of establishing an Islamic caliphate which has started with the proclamation of an Islamic state in Iraq, in an audio message by its chief posted Friday on the Internet.A worldwide Caliphate? They couldn't be saying that. Not after all the Leftists who keep bleating that Islamists don't really mean it.
"We announce today the end of a phase of the jihad (holy war) and the start of a new one ... to usher in the project of an Islamic caliphate and restore Islam's glory," Abu Hamza al-Muhajer said in the message.
"We swear we will not rest from our jihad ... before blowing up the filthiest house, dubbed the White House," he said.
It has to be wrong. I mean, "Al Qaeda in Iraq"?? But there's no AQ in Iraq!
And it's just a coincidence that this was announced right after Dems took control of Congress.
F*ckwit of the Day Award
While a crowd in Virginia is screaming "Allahu Akbar" in greeting to the terrorist-front organization CAIR's handpicked candidate Keith Ellison, an apparition from the past, George McGovern, is attempting to lead the charge to the rear.
George McGovern, the former senator and Democratic presidential candidate, said Thursday that he will meet with more than 60 members of Congress next week to recommend a strategy to remove U.S. troops from Iraq by June. [...]Wow.
"The best way to reduce this insurgency is to get the American forces out of there," McGovern said. "That's what's driving this insurgency."
McGovern told the audience Thursday that the Iraq and Vietnam wars were equally "foolish enterprises" and that the current threat of terrorism developed because not before the United States went into Iraq.
9/11 didn't happen. The Cole didn't happen. Bin Laden's declaration of war against Jews and Americans is a figment of our imagination. Dead Jews in Israel due to Saddam's bounties? As much a hoax as the Holocaust.
America, especially the American military, is solely responsible for Islamist terrorism. And American surrender will mean peace, love and fluffy bunnies.
...[insert string of creative profanity here] ...
I want names of every fucking Democrat that attends this Surrendercrat McGovern's shitfest. Not one of them deserves their office in Congress and their constituents should know about the yellow ass.
(h/t Wild Thing)
November 09, 2006
Great criminal excuses
This is straight from the police report --
Woman arrested on misdemeanor prostitution charges states to the officer:
"I am not a whore! I just give blowjobs for donations."
November 08, 2006
Another stoopid US military thug stuk in Irak
The children's table is now in charge of the House
and with the heady talk of "timetables" for immediate withdrawal from Iraq, the annoyed voters had better take notice what their emotional vote yesterday may spell for the US military.
The Americans will gather their belongings and leave this region - the entire region. They have no future whatsoever in our region. They will leave the Middle East, and the Arab and Islamic worlds, like they left Vietnam. I advise all those who place their trust in the Americans to learn the lesson of Vietnam, and to learn the lesson of the South Lebanese Army with the Israelis, and to know that when the Americans lose this war – and lose it they will, Allah willing - they will abandon them to their fate, just like they did to all those who placed their trust in them throughout history. ~~ Hizbullah Secretary-General Hassan NasrallahCan Americans be trusted?
Pelosi, Murtha and each and everyone of the Leftists and extreme rightwingers that advocate American cut-n-run agree with the Islamists.
November 07, 2006
November 06, 2006
My personal thoughts on California Propositions - with UPDATES
The voter information guide was again pretty thick with initiatives. Slogging through it over the past couple of weeks and I'll share with you the way I'll be voting. I realize that some of my votes may seem harsh, but I'm coming from the position that at this time I will not vote for any more general obligation bonds. Dress 'em up with faux sob-sister rhetoric of "for the children!" or whatever. This state fields one of the highest of state income tax rates, has high sales tax, gas tax, tobacco tax, corporate taxes and fees ... and they want to have MORE money to drop down huge black holes?
No. Not from me. Increase revenues by enhancing the tax base (be business friendly!). Stop picking pockets.
How I see it:
1A - Yes... it is a return to keeping gas tax revenues only for transportation improvements. This is the way it used to be..but we pay ever increasing gas taxes to have 'em stolen away from fixing roads/freeways/etc and dumped into the general fundOh. And yes, I'm voting straight Republican ticket. From Kerry's condescension towards the US troops to Mr. Clinton's statement today mocking the threat of Islamist terrorists to the lack of any plan from Pelosi/Reid/Schumer et al, except tax and surrender, the Democrats have signaled that they are completely unserious about US security and foreign policy.
1B-E bond measures: No.
83 - Jessica's law - Yes
84 - yet another bond [argh!] - No
85 - Parental notification (note, it is NOT permission and I've explained my reasons why long before, here and here ) Yes
86 - Cig tax - (so full of loopholes it resembles swiss cheese) - No
87 - Tax CA oil production (and hand oodles of $$$ to unaccountable political appointees!) -No, fer crissakes NO!
88 - Property tax increase - No
89 - Tax CA corporations & financial institutions to fund candidates for political office - (oh goody, let's keep making it such an attractive state for businesses!) No
90 - Tightening Eminent Domain Rules - this is CA's response to the Kelo decision. It will (among other things) prohibit from taking private property to promote other private projects - YES!
Ah! Most of Nancy Pelosi has reappeared!
Nancy hit the media on the weekend, calling Republicans a "freak show" and promising to immediately
surrender "redeploy" American troops out of Iraq. She was wearing her new face ...
...making one wonder when compared to this pre-op pic ...
... what motivated her to use the phrase "freak show"?
I just hope Pelosi didn't bury her excised skin somewhere in Sacramento ala Mommy Sheehan.
Battlestar Galactica - Torn
Friday's episode was one of the transitional chapters, rather than a stand-alone story. The story line was advanced only incrementally, but we got more background, and very tantalizing information, on the Cylons.
The human fleet is trying to pull itself together and, via Roslin and Adama, they are again concentrating on finding Earth. Gaeta offers up all of Baltar's abandoned notes and research with the spot-on observation in answer to Roslin's questioning if the research can be trusted. "If there's one thing I learned about Baltar is his capacity to ensure his own survival."
And that is what Baltar is scrambling for as he finds his continued existence among the Cylons is tentative, at best.
For all the advantages the Cylons have engineered into their hybrid race -- resurrection, great strength -- the weaknesses of very limited genetic material, no sexual reproduction -- may prove to be fatal to their species. Thus the desperation in their investment in Hera.
We've met seven of the twelve models of Cylon "skinjobs", and now we know all is not well with the other five ... as the Six fearfully blurted to Baltar "We do not speak of them."
What I wouldn't give to see Ron Moore's bible on Cylon history!
Back on Galactica, Adama has to deal with the poison that Kara and Tigh are eagerly injecting into the Galactica personnel. No coddling, no histronics, Adama brings home to them both exactly what they are doing; and if they want to kill Adama they can do it much quicker by picking up the gun he sets on the table and shooting him.
Kara has just the tiniest core of belief in herself left that when Adama slams her to the deck she realizes that is her bottom and she must dig herself up and out of it. She has been beating herself up over the mind game Leoben played on her, she has pushed away her husband, but the idea of losing even her position on Galactica is just too much.
Tigh is another matter. He doesn't care if he loses everything, as he feels he has lost everything. He continues to address Adama as "Bill" and with mixture of anger, weariness and contempt.
Will Tigh's character last the season?
The episode ends with Galactica's Sharon, new callsign "Athena", and her co-pilot discovering the lion's head nebula where dead and dying Cylons float through space. The set up of the next one or two episodes' moral dilemma is cast ... what will the humans do with the knowledge of a virus fatal to Cylons?
Nice to watch a show made for adults.
November 04, 2006
More 'failed policies' of President Bush
Remember the crass Democrat whining over the North Korean nuclear test?
Howard Dean [said] “First, President Bush aided and abetted the outsourcing of American jobs, and now he’s outsourced our diplomacy as well. This development on the Korean Peninsula is further proof that you can’t trust Republicans to keep America safe. Under the President's watch, North Korea has become more dangerous and Iran continues to threaten its neighbors and America. Democrats remain committed to a foreign policy that is both tough and smart.”Leave aside the fact that Dean, Kerry and the still missing Pelosi never ever actually outline what that "tough and smart" foreign policy actually is, but one wonders if someone will put this LATimes report in front of Dean and see if he'll do more than inarticulately scream.
For three years, the Bush administration has waged a campaign to choke off North Korea's access to the world's financial system, where U.S. officials say the nation launders money from criminal enterprises to fuel its trade in missile technology and its efforts to build a nuclear arsenal.So, just who is really willing to put American national security in the hands of Pelosi and Dean?
That effort has started to pay off. [...]
The cash crunch appears to have played a key role in North Korea's decision Tuesday to return to six-nation talks over its nuclear ambitions. North Korean officials said that as part of the talks, they wanted to raise the issue of lifting financial sanctions.
"They're not coming back because they want to give up nuclear weapons," said David L. Asher, the U.S. State Department's point man on North Korea until last year. "They are feeling the financial pressure and the cutoff from the international financial system, so they are trying to make nice."
November 03, 2006
Islamic terrorist co-conspirators shot
The depth of depravity in the jihad deathcult reaches a new low.
Two Palestinian women were killed by Israeli fire on Friday after hundreds of women answered a call for human shields to protect gunmen [Islamic terrorists] holed up in a Gaza mosque, news agencies reported. [...]Technorati: Israel, Islamic Fascism, Terrorists
Two women died and at least 10 were wounded, while at least two gunmen fled in the guise of veiled women, the Associated Press said in a report from the town of Beit Hanoun.
Ah! The Left's Emily Latilla moment is at hand!
You know it's over for the "Bush Lied, People Died" morons when even the one segment of the Democrat's PR division, the NYTimes, is publishing the fact that Saddam was only one year away from having a nuclear bomb.
Come on, BDS asshats ... where's the "Iraq was based on lies" meme now? The "there is no war on terrorism" mendacities and "Saddam was never a threat" perfidies?
Where are all your Iraqi kites and butterflies under Uncle Saddam now???
If President Bush's policies are so 'failed'
then why are Islamist terrorists so giddy at the thought of a Democrat victory?
November 01, 2006
John Kerry supports the troops and their reaction
Murder by Fire Update - Firefighter dies, person of interest arrested
The fifth firefighter who was injured in the Esperanza fire has died.
Hours after firefighter Pablo Cerda on Tuesday became the fifth and final member of a U.S. Forest Service crew to die after they were overrun by an out-of-control wildfire near Palm Springs, authorities said they arrested a suspect in connection with previous blazes in the San Gorgonio Pass area, and named him a "person of interest" in last week's deadly fire.Technorati: Fire, California, Firefighters
Cerda, 23, fought to survive for six days at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton before succumbing at 5:08 p.m. to burns over 90% of his body. He lived in Fountain Valley, where he cared for his father, and was in his second season with the Forest Service. [...]
Authorities said they had questioned several people about the cause of the deadly Riverside County wildfire, known as the Esperanza fire, and that they had identified at least "two persons of interest."
Authorities disclosed the name of only one: Raymond Lee Oyler, 37, a Beaumont resident, who was arrested at 3 p.m. Tuesday by the Riverside County Sheriff's Department on two counts of arson in connection with wildfires in June in the San Gorgonio Pass area.