October 31, 2007
One hundred words for Halloween
“Sweet Jesus, Vic, now we’re lost!”
“Shortcut, my ass.”
They glared at each other over the hood of the car.
“Where the hell is everyone?”
Even the gathering dusk couldn’t hide the griminess of the town.
Vic noticed her first. She stood across the street, as tattered and dirty as her surroundings, cradling a doll. “Hey! Little girl!”
He crossed to her and kneeled, “Can you tell us …?”
She smiled and leaned in, as if to whisper in Vic’s ear.
And Stacy’s screams echoed down the street as the blood appeared and the little girl fed.
October 30, 2007
There are no adults on the Left
I know I've asked where are they? before, but if there's any more evidence to present that the Left is dominated by emotion-driven adolescents, it will be secondary to Koskiddies blaming Bu$Hitler and the ZionistNeoConRethuglicans for their ruined friendships and marriages ... even for gaining weight!
begone: Hmmm, my relationship with myself, mostly.It is harder than ever to parody these children when they are so good at self-parody.
Before my head began exploding a few years ago in response
to Busharama, I'd exercise a lot... I mean, almost daily, joyous-type
exericising. Now I come home with a slight frown on my face and
come here to hear the news & be a mojo-mama even if too
tired to comment, and hang for hours here and on other blogs,
as if the light will shine again and I'll be present to hear the
BREAKING news about that.
Bush, I blame you for my new-ish extra 20 pounds....
delphine: I haven't had a relationship since he took office.
But I can say that I've been trashed by potential online dating partners for stating I couldn't date anyone who thinks bush is a good presznit....
cowgirl: I have two co-irkers who are die hard Bushies. I've known them for years. Although we weren't all that close, I've spent time with them outside of work, spent many breaks and lunches together, and generally liked them a whole lot.
Eventually, their support for Bush got to the point where talking with them simply infuriated me. I'm still polite and cordial with them, but we don't hang out the way we used to. It's just hard to fathom their belief system. How can they not be angry at the war alone? That many deaths makes me sick to many stomach, and they support it? W.T.F.
I'm not a violent person, but the last few times I discussed politics with them, I had the strongest urge to thump them upside their pointy little heads...HARD.
Good riddance to bad rubbish, I guess.
But the insulated, myopic view also includes outright prejudice and bigotry. One can only read with open-mouthed wonder of a liberal's abject hatred of the military and her "struggle" with her shame of her son when he joined the Army.
When I tell people that Evan has joined the Army, their reactions are almost always the same: their faces freeze, they pause way too long, and then they say, "I'm so sorry, I'm so sorry for you." I hang my head and look mournful, accepting their sympathy for the worry that lives in me. But as it dawns on them that Evan wasn't drafted, as Vietnam still clings to my generation, their expressions become quizzical, then disbelieving. I know what they're thinking: Why in the world would any kid in his right mind choose to enlist when we're in the middle of a war? I begin telling them the story, desperate to assure them it wasn't arrogant patriotism or murderous blood lust that convinced him to join. What finally hooked him was a recruiter's comment that if he thought the country's role in Iraq was so screwed up, he should try to fix it.Amazing, isn't it, to see how the offspring of a liberal can actually be the adult one in a relationship.
October 28, 2007
Blood-sucking Democrats - updated
Just in time for Halloween!
With a great many Democrats and Leftists confident of winning the White House and both chambers of Congress in 2008, they have become less reticent in revealing their projects and baseline motives. And there's nothing so dear to their black little hearts as making the case for a bloody round of class warfare, as evidenced by Rangel's Mother of all Tax Reform, aka "F*ck the Rich".
If Rangel's plan seems a might complicated, buried in an ever growing labyrinth of taxcode, we have Robert Reich to nakedly state what such illiberals believe.
What’s fair? I’d say a 50 percent marginal tax rate on the very rich (earning over $500,000 a year). Plus an annual wealth tax of one half of one percent on net worth of people holding more than $5 million in total assets. Can’t be done, you say? Well, the highest marginal tax rate under Republican Dwight Eisenhower was 91 percent. It dropped under JFK to the 70 percent range. You say the rich will leave the country rather than face a marginal tax of 50 percent? Let them, and take away their citizenship.
It's actually refreshing to see such unapologetic covetedness on display. It allows us to confront the actual motivation rather than be bogged down in debates over tax-policy minutia.
Certainly, this isn't about fairness in the tax code. Reich, Rangel, et al have no interest in "fairness". What this is about is property rights and who ultimately gets to control them. What we have here are not "liberals" but statists who cover their envy of others' success with sanctimonious socialism. Reich believes that people have no right to own more than 50% of their earnings and they must pay yearly rental to the government of their property.
"Reich only wants to do this to 'the rich'" you say? I don't buy it. For one he disengenuously cites Eisenhower and JFK tax rates and skips Ronald Reagan. Facts about the tax code and tax rates of those eras and increased federal revenues as they changed and rates fell would belie his jealous hissy-fit. And that's what this boils down to -- envy, jealousy ... the coveting of your neighbors success. It's the excuse offered by the people who shoplift "hey, they're rich, they won't miss it and I wanted it."
Reich has the "morals" of a petty thief.
But that explains most of the illiberal Left anyway.
UPDATE more Reichy-rich-phobia here where he just can't stand that the rich give money to colleges and art museums.
October 27, 2007
A brief conversation between Randi and her more intelligent friend
|You just know wherever there is fire, this administration will be out there doing what it does best and that is fanning the flames, you know. It just spooks me, I can’t explain to you how creepy this whole thing is that you know, you’ve got these fires. Some of them are thought to be the work of arsonists and in the same breath you’ve got a community that’s on fire that just recently protested Blackwater West. Just recently said no to Blackwater and apparently you don’t do that. ... it is all so bizarre that this is America and you have to sort of sit there and wonder … arson, same place Blackwater West wants to be ... *|
|Well, Randi, it's not like arson is really being downplayed. Also consider that both the fires are still burning and police are usually frugal with any details of on-going investigations. That aside, isn't this Bu$HitlerSchwarzeneggerNeoConZionist conspiracy to torch one of the few conservative coastal areas in California run counter to the Bu$HitlerSchwarzeneggerNeoConZionist conspiracy to save those same racist, white Rethuglicans when they let Chocolate City die without warning?|
|... I THOUGHT YOU WERE MY FRIEND!|
(crossposted to Protein Wisdom)
October 25, 2007
Why couldn't the white people just die?
Of course, with the complete non-recognition of the differences in the pre-planning and execution of evacuation plans by a competent local government vs a thoroughly corrupt and imcompetent local government such compassionate leftcultbots only enable the next city run like New Orleans to flounder in the next disaster.
What's a few bodies when you can blame it on the white, rich, racist Rethuglicans, eh?
October 24, 2007
What a difference, eh?
So much smoke and ash yesterday (as I left work the sun was barely visible and my car looked like it was covered in grey snow) I developed the worst of headaches, got home and slept through the night.
Here is a good resource for fire coverage plus a fairly good interactive map.
We've been keeping in touch with the in-laws in San Diego and the stories coming from the unprecedented evaucation are amazing.
Qualcomm Stadium is a major evacuation shelter and it certainly speaks to the competence, intelligence and seriousness of San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders (who directed authorities to put out over 270,000 "reverse 911" calls telling people to evacuate and where) when compared to the fiddle-playing Nagin of New Orleans.
October 21, 2007
Fire season ablaze in So Cal
Malibu is burning.
MALIBU, Calif. - A wildfire driven by powerful Santa Ana wind threatened a university and forced the evacuation of hundreds of homes in the Malibu Hills on Sunday, authorities said. Flames destroyed a church and several homes, one of them a landmark castle.The Santa Anas woke me about 2am last night and are still blowing hard. It's "redflag warning" for all of the So Cal area as the winds tend to bust powerlines and that sparks fires. I don't live in LA county, but even my inland canyon location is under alert.
Heard the sirens from the fire department up the block from me as they left the station. The streets right now are eerily light of traffic.
Winds are forecast for next couple of days. Humidity right now is about 11%.
Here's hoping that forecast is wrong.
Breaking News: Bobby Jindal wins LA Governorship
BATON ROUGE, La. - U.S. Rep. Bobby Jindal became the nation's youngest governor and the first nonwhite to hold post in Louisiana since Reconstruction when he carried more than half the vote to defeat 11 opponents.
Jindal, the Republican 36-year-old son of Indian immigrants, had 53 percent with 625,036 votes with about 92 percent of the vote tallied. It was more than enough to win Saturday's election outright and avoid a Nov. 17 runoff.
"My mom and dad came to this country in pursuit of the American dream. And guess what happened. They found the American Dream to be alive and well right here in Louisiana," he said to cheers and applause at his victory party. ...
The Oxford-educated Jindal had lost the governor's race four years ago to Gov. Kathleen Blanco. He won a congressional seat in conservative suburban New Orleans a year later but was widely believed to have his eye on the governor's mansion.
Blanco opted not to run for re-election after she was widely blamed for the state's slow response to hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005. ...
Political analysts said Jindal built up support as a sort of "buyer's remorse" from people who voted for Blanco last time and had second thoughts about that decision. Blanco was widely criticized for the state's response to Hurricane Katrina and she announced months ago that she would not seek re-election.
October 20, 2007
Democrats learn a lesson
While the expansion of the SCHIP program (aka as nationalized medicine creep) was defeated, Dems are vowing to bring it back.
It seems that the hard-charging Democrats of nine months ago have hit a wall when it comes to Bush's vetoes. Today's vote means they will be forced to make concessions, despite a vow from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid yesterday (subscription) that they would not give in on the $35 billion figure for SCHIP expansion.Just as the also-failed Armenian Genocide bill was a cynical, backdoor attempt to anger Turkey into disallowing the US military to move troop supplies through its territory, so this unconscionable expansion of a program for poor children into a middle-class entitlement is a way for Dems to publicly preen about how they are for teh childrens while the nasty, Simon Legree Rethuglicans ...
"I disagreed with the president's position because he wants to leave out all the children." Dennis Kucinich*.... WANT TO EAT YOUR CHILDREN!! [cue maniacal laughter]
"We're holding these members of Congress accountable for standing with President Bush and against our children." Noah Winer, head of MoveOn.org's health care campaign.*
"You don't have money to fund the war or children. But you're going to spend it to blow up innocent people if we can get enough kids to grow old enough for you to send to Iraq to get their heads blown off for the president's amusement." Pete Stark[raving mad]*
"Why does President Bush hate American kids?" Keith Olbermann [child pimp] *
October 19, 2007
Here's a little thought experiment ... [updated]
... on yesterday's discussion on the sexual exploitation of children under 14.
I've heard and read so much from the supporters of this scheme that it is being done for "health" reasons.
Ok. We know some children will be pressured into experimenting with all sorts of adult activities. What if we were talking about smoking? What if the school district, recognizing that even 11 y/o's might be out there behind the school or over in the vacant lots on their way home are lighting up some Malboros, started offering non-nicotine/low tar cigarettes, or even smokeless cigs so the children could smoker safer?
Think we'd be having the "kids are going to have sex, we just must make 'em safe" discussion?
Or would school districts try to pair with parents promoting programs for immediate intervention and treatment to stop the smoking and getting the kids to healthier place?
[BTW sorry about the interruption yesterday ... my hosting company evidently had some server problems]
UPDATE and you know St Amanda would see any non-leftist who thinks handing Nova BC pills to 11 y/o's like a snack in the trick-or-treat bag is some "wingers hates teh childrens" conspiracy:
Few things are more indicative of our mainstream media’s idiocy than the fact that right wingers have been allowed to wave the “family values” banner for so long despite this rather unseemly hostility to minor children.Marinate in that idiocy for awhile.
More thought, and more snark on the issue from Womenstake. Salient point: The contraception is being handed out to middle schoolers in direct reaction to the alarming pregnancies in the middle schools. Dress it up however you want, but the screaming over this policy is straightforward opposition to direct measures to keep girls from giving birth when they’re in middle school.
October 18, 2007
School Board supports sexual assault
In Maine, middle school girls (usually ages 11-13) can now obtain hormone-based contraceptives without parental consent or knowledge.
Pupils at a city middle school will be able to get birth control pills and patches at their student health center after the local school board approved the proposal Wednesday evening.Note: he's not talking about protecting children from sexual assault, only protecting children from parents who don't want their 11 y/o's having sex.
The plan, offered by city health officials, makes King Middle School the first middle school in Maine to make a full range of contraception available to students in grades 6 through 8, according to the state Department of Health and Human Services. [...]
A supporter, Richard Verrier, said it's not enough to depend on parents to protect their children because there may be students who can't discuss things with their parents. [...]
Students treated at the centers must first get written parental permission, but under state law such treatment is confidential, and students decide for themselves whether to tell their parents about the services they receive.
Five of the 134 students who visited King's health center during the 2006-07 school year reported having sexual intercourse, said Amanda Rowe, lead nurse in Portland's school health centers.
However, in Maine, anyone having sex with someone under the age of 14 is guilty of "gross sexual assault", punishable by up to 40 years imprisonment.
Nothing in the article indicates Ms. Rowe went to the police when she discovered sexual assault victims.
If this isn't an indication of the support and encouragement of the sexual exploitation of minors, then what is?
October 15, 2007
Nationalized medicine in America
The hysteria of those who support the pimping of Graeme Frost, including the outright lying shennigans of Nancy Pelosi on the Sunday shows demonstrate the push of the Left towards nationalization of medicine in America. Whatever the motive, from ill-conceived ideas of medicine as a "right" to naked power-grab, the results won't be just in the degradation of quality of service. What it will also do is move the education of members of the medical professions under those that hold that medicine is not only a "right" but that it is part of a larger picture ... that of one of "social justice." It isn't hard to imagine when the example of the current education of social workers is so readily available.
In 1997, the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) adopted a surreptitious political agenda in the form of a new code of ethics, enjoining social workers to advocate for social justice "from local to global levels." A widely used textbook -- "Direct Social Work Practice: Theory and Skill" -- declares that promoting "social and economic justice" is especially imperative as a response to "the conservative trends of the past three decades." Clearly, in the social work profession's catechism, whatever social and economic justice are, they are the opposite of conservatism.As far as I know, accounting students are not required by their professors to lobby legislators or be disciplined. Engineering students are not required to be pro-abortion or find themselves kicked out of the schools of engineering. Even law students aren't subjected to professors adamently declaring that The Law is a liberal profession.
The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), the national accreditor of social work education programs, encourages -- not that encouragement is required -- the ideological permeation of the curricula, including mandatory student advocacy. The CSWE says students must demonstrate an ability to "understand the forms and mechanisms of oppression and discrimination."
But "social work" has become an American, taxpayer-supported program more in line with old Soviet programs that brook no idea that doesn't follow the correct [left] political faith.
What makes anyone believe, once it is finally nationalized as Pelosi and Reid dream, that the education of "healthcare workers" will be any different?
October 14, 2007
Sunday Funnies - intentional or not
This is a poster, for real, not photoshopped from the "draftgore" pipples.
Hmmmm... Flash Gordon meets Uncle Joe (or Hugo Chavez).
And they say cheesy sci-fi cover art isn't being done anymore.
[snort, giggle, guffaw]
Over at the NYTimes where they finally got their "opinion" writers out from behind the pay wall, one can call Godwin's Law on Frank Rich right at the headline. One click over shows her Dowdiness giving column inches to Stephen Colbert who writes
I’d like to thank Maureen Dowd for permitting/begging me to write her column today. As I type this, she’s watching from an overstuffed divan, petting her prize Abyssinian and sipping a Dirty Cosmotinijito. Which reminds me: Before I get started, I have to take care of one other bit of business:Can we pay to have Rich kept behind the wall and give his space to Colbert?
Bad things are happening in countries you shouldn’t have to think about. It’s all George Bush’s fault, the vice president is Satan, and God is gay.
There. Now I’ve written Frank Rich’s column too.
Amazingly, the "controversy" over Harry Reid's handpicked and pimped Graeme Frost as moppet mouthpiece for nationalized medicine continues. This fun has gotten the attention of another moppet, Ezra Klein, who is a little sensative about his age. No small wonder because once someone wanders off the Left reservation where children are considered equals or better than adults in the 'wisdom' department they are going to be challenged on their creds. Ezra is about the age of my #3 daughter and I suspect she has had more real life experience than the directly-from-home-to-college-to-writing-gig trajectory of sweetfaced Ezra. Heck, if he wants to find out some real life experiences in "free" medicine, he should talk to #1 daughter (only 5 years older than him) who has worked EMS for years and will be taking her RN boards next year. Wouldn't a writer covering fires talk to firefighters? Shouldn't a writer advocating nationalized medicine talk to people who run on 911 calls in poor neighborhoods?
Naw, reality might be inconvenient to the child-like narrative of "I wish, so it shall be."
Back later ... I have Halloween decorations to put up, but don't worry. I don't pretend they are not pretend.
October 12, 2007
Nobel 'Peace' Prize honors a religion
The Church of Anthropogenic Global Warming was honored today with the announcement that Pope Gore won the Nobel
"We face a true planetary emergency," [Pope Gore] said in a statement. "The climate is not a political issue, it is a moral and spiritual challenge to all of humanity.""not a political issue" my ass.
October 10, 2007
Banning the cupcake ...
The twins turned five a week ago and their mom (#2 daughter) wanted to mark the occassion by baking and taking cupcakes to their kindergarten class.
Nein! Verbotten! Sugar is banned from gradeschool classrooms. Bad Mommy! Bad Mommy!
Still, she wanted to take something as a treat.
I don't know about you, but I say nothing says "Happy Birthday" like little cups of sugar-free Jello!
October 09, 2007
Suzy's Law - HR 940
While it is billed as a "suicide prevention" act, that's not exactly what it is. Suzy didn't really commit suicide. Yes, it was her hand, but a hand prodded, coached and directed by others for their own twisted pleasure. These are the unindicted, unrepetant, indecent murderers of Suzy. These are the people HR 940 is aimed at holding accountable for their venal predations.
Please call or email your Congressional Representative to support and pass HR 940.
Barack Obama - teh player's excuse
Any Baby Boomer woman, if she's honest, recognizes this guy. He was the one with the dreamy eyes, the great hands and after months of 'dating' that pretty much consisted of meals made from your fridge in your apartment and sex on your bed, would say, when pressed for more commitment "but baby, true love is free, true love is spontaneous. It's not about a piece of paper or a ring." Or he was the guy that talked you into shacking up with the same line of patter. Or the first husband who wore his wedding ring until you got back from the honeymoon then it lived in his sockdrawer while he said "honey, it's just a symbol. Our love isn't in material objects. Oh, by the way, I'm working late again tonight, no need to wait up."
So here we are again. Same song, different cover by putative Dem candidate Obama
Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama says he doesn't wear an American flag lapel pin because it has become a substitute for "true patriotism" since the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. [...]Ah yes. "True patriotism." I'm sure, yes, that Mrs. Obama wouldn't blink an eye if Barack said "honey, I've decided not to wear that wedding ring on my finger because it has just become a substitute for 'true love.' "
The truth is that right after 9/11 I had a pin," Obama said. "Shortly after 9/11, particularly because as we're talking about the Iraq war, that became a substitute for I think true patriotism, which is speaking out on issues that are of importance to our national security.'
"I decided I won't wear that pin on my chest"
Yeah. Sure. That's the ticket.
The more Obama opens the mouth, the more it makes me wonder about the competency (or cognitive abilities) of the Democrats who think he is a serious, mature candidate.
October 07, 2007
Feminist twit of the Week
Ok, maybe the first two words are redundant, but it's the deja vu all over again that's got me cranky. So let me nominate Kate Mulvey for twit of the week. In an article rife with barely warmed over 70's retro-angst, she comes up with this irony-berift statement:
Having grown up with successful women such as Margaret Thatcher and Madonna as role models, and with popular culture awash with fantasies of all-powerful women, from Lara Croft to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, men are not so uncomfortable with the woman in control. This value system recognises the trend of female supremacy, which while not as yet the norm seems to be pointing the way for future relationships.
Having come of age in the midst of the 70's feminism and seeing the same navel lint-picking continue to this day on ostensible feminist blogs ("oh my, can I wear lipgloss and still be an authentic feminist?"), I see Kate as nothing more than the stereotyped-chauvanist male in drag. How so?
Because a good deal of the 'feminist' movement is about identifying the "male role", co-opting it, then declaring anything outside of it as lesser than -- or beta.
Take Kate's opening lament:
Last week I went to dinner with an eligible doctor. As we were finishing the main course, I struck up conversation with the owner (Marco) in Italian – I speak five languages. My date nearly choked on his linguini and spent the rest of the date mute. I had committed the worst dating faux pas: I had outshone my suitor.
Not once does it occur to obviously superior Kate that maybe her date was less put-off by her shininess than by her rude behavior in carrying on a conversation that deliberately and publicly excluded him.
Yet it would seem I am not the only woman who is wondering whether it is time to hang up her brain and turn into a Stepford Datee. In America research shows successful young women are hiding their accomplishments for fear that their academic achievements and financial kudos will scare off potential suitors.
Ah! Straw-choice .... check. Claim of "studies show" with no sourcing .... check
Kate, like many an older (yet not wiser) feminist before her frames relationships as conflict
Self-help guides exhort us to flatter the male ego; don’t talk too much and let him make all the jokes if you want him to like you. Well I would rather skewer my eyes out than change my personality.
So what is the answer? Someone has to surrender in the sex war.
and then points out what a superior female must do
The second-generation feminists – that is, women in their twenties and thirties – have found a new way to solve the alpha-beta paradox. [...] They map out their life plans early: rise to the top of their chosen career, get the smart house, the cute kids and curl up in bed with a loving beta male. [...]For young women this shift in economic power has given them new choices. But what about the men? While it is true that many older men seem stuck with the “man as success object, woman as sex object” idea and would never contemplate marrying a ball-breaking alpha earner, men in their twenties and thirties seem to be redefining masculinity.
Kate's relationship cluelessness does again reveal what passes for enlightened thinking on the left side of the aisle. These are the people, males and womyn, who write/cajole/lecture us lesser beings on "equality" and "tolerance" yet will immediately use whatever "beta" activities we are engaged in as "proof" of our inferiority.
Kate is the flipside of her feminist sisters who eschew marriage altogether as an institution of The Patriarchy(tm) and celebrate any news of its [longed for] demise. Kate wants a mate, not a partner. She wants to be celebrated as a ball-busting alpha and have a beta pet to serve her needs. What makes for a truly successful relationship eludes her.
But that would take maturity and the wisdom that hopefully accompanies it.
A virtue sorely lacking in the left-feminist movement.
October 03, 2007
October - Pink is in
If you've noticed a sudden blossoming of pink everywhere -- ribbons, pins, cards ... it's Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
One of my attorney's underwent a masectomy last year ... and tough cookie that she is, nagged the rest of us women to have our annual mammograms.
She has organized a Pink Scarf drive; also with various levels of nagging. I picked up the crochet hook about a week ago and have already made two scarves.
I'd show you a picture, but somewhere I've misplaced the USB line that goes with my cheapie digital camera!
Nice side effect. It's been a while since I've communed with yarn and needles and I'm loving it!
October 02, 2007
Silly Season - The Earth Hour
From the LA Times
Following San Francisco's lead, Los Angeles County and city officials are urging people, businesses and government to switch off nonessential lights for one hour next month to save energy.This is proof of the failure of modern parenting and the effects of fatherless homes on society.
Led by Supervisor Yvonne B. Burke and City Councilwoman Wendy Greuel, the proposed effort asks Angelenos to simultaneously go dark between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20, as San Franciscans do the same. Local officials are expected to vote on the plan next week.
Where were these proponents of "The Earth Hour" as children when Dad walked around the house in the evening turning off lights and exclaiming, "Why are these lights on? What? Do I look like the Electric COMPANY??!!!"
October 01, 2007
Not 'anti-war' ... just Anti-America and Anti-Semite
From Age of Hooper
Notice the requisite Che image, the "No justice, No peace" chant from "peaceniks", the Judenhass leveled at the people holding Israeli flags, and the strategy talks along the way with trying to get MSM coverage and figuring out the best way to get arrested.
Pathetic, ungrateful, spoiled little haters.