Thursday, June 30, 2005
"Carry the battle to them. Don't let them bring it to you. Put them on the defensive. And don't ever apologize for anything. " — Harry Truman
Actually, Bush is doing that, much to the "faux liberals" dismay.
Harry told me that last one in a dream. Hmmm, he didn't say anything about obstructing yet... but he did once say:
"Men make history, and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better." --Harry Truman
I think Truman would have like George W. and then people would have sneered at him and called him Lieberman-lite or some such...
Wednesday, June 29, 2005
Tuesday, June 28, 2005
Monday, June 27, 2005
I enjoyed it, you will too!
I don't care when Republicans and Democrats mix it up, heck, I usually join the fray. That is why I find this demand of Rove so positively entertaining. Boo hoo, Rove insulted the liberals. I'm going to employ the liberal's tactic here: Ignore the insults, isn't what Rove said true? Isn't it true that Moveon.org submitted a petition imploring the powers that be" to "use moderation and restraint in responding to the… terrorist attacks against the United States." Didn't we constantly hear liberals begging us to understand WHY THEY HATE US?
Rove's only mistake was that he should've said some and not painted all liberals as MoveOn pacifists. Should he apologize?
Absolutely, right after these Dems apologize for these comments and insinuations:
"[Republicans]...have never made an honest living in their lives."
"I hate the Republicans and everything they stand for."
"[ Republicans are ] a pretty monolithic party. They all believe the same. They all look the same. It’s pretty much a white Christian party."
Called Bush a liar. I know almost all the liberals have but it is still worth noting.
Called Greenspan a hack.
Clarence Thomas an "embarrassment," and said that African American woman Janice Rogers Brown wants to take America "back to Civil War days."
On the Iraq War "It's the biggest fraud ever committed on the people of this country," Rangel told WWRL Radio's Steve Malzberg and Karen Hunter. "This is just as bad as six million Jews being killed."
And perhaps, Dick Durbin could offer an apology that admitted wrongdoing. If you don't know why you're apologizing, why bother?
I'm sure there are more yummy quotes out there, feel free to demand your apology in the comments.
Friday, June 24, 2005
Anyhoo, the night before we came out here (Tuesday) my bestfriend's Dad, died of Cancer. I spoke with her at length and she assured me that I should NOT drive the three hours, during the morning rush, just to go to the funeral. That is was too much trouble for a few measly hours. I told her that I would drive 8 hours during the morning rush, in a blizzard, just to be with her at her father's funeral. It isn't a big deal. I told her that it was too late, I already packed a snazzy outfit for the funeral, it was at the bottom of a really full suitcase and I'm not unpacking it.
She laughed. It wasn't a big laugh, it almost sounded like relief. But it was a positive noise.
So, very light blogging today. Mom and Al are watching Draco and Jacob. Jake is pretty self-sufficient and really helpful with both babies. I'll be on the road by 6am and I should make it to Church by 9am unless traffic is really bad, then I spend a few hours as a human crutch/cheerer upper and back on the road by 2pm and back in GR by 5pm. I would never blow off a friend in need because I was on vacation. I may be a raging bitch
What are y'all doing today?
Thursday, June 23, 2005
When is the last time anyone marched on Washington because a prisoner or even a guard was shived in San Quentin?
I'm not saying that I think any prisoner deserves it or that we shouldn't try to do better. We should and we should be ashamed that it happens. But it isn't more shameful that it happens in Gitmo than any other prison. It's all bad. Do I care how it makes us look? Yes. Do I care that it is happening to a human in our custody? Yeah, but I care less that it is happening to someone that thinks I'd look better after my head were sawed off my body. Of course, that is an emotional feeling not a logical one. I feel the same way about child molesters, rapists and murders. I know it is wrong, I know I should demand better more humane treatment but I honestly CARE LESS, MUCH LESS. Kind of an "oh well, shit happens" type of caring.
Am I a bad person because of it? Yeah, I'm not proud of it but I've been desensitized by the inhumanity of the terrorists/insurgents/Islamofacists. I should care because they are my fellow humans and it is wrong to be abusive. I know that but I think about 9/11, Nick Berg, the men that were burned and strung up in Fallujah, the other hostages that were beheaded and put on video tape, the car bombs, the suicide bombers and the clerics that say it is okay to kill innocent men, women and children because they are infidel scum. I am an infidel to them. They'd lop off my head if they could, they'd bomb my kid's school if the opportunity presented itself and they'd celebrate every success in the street with fireworks. It makes it really hard to give a rat's ass.
People keep saying that we, on "the Right", are trying to deflect from the real issue and that we are using the flaming rhetoric from Democrats as a means to ignore the "real" problem.
The problem is that we can'y have the debate YOU want because of idiotic , rhetorical/accusatory statements like Durbin and others have made.
We can't have "Your debate" until people, mostly on the Left, stop acting like whiny crybabies that put our troops at risk by saying things like we are treating our prisoners as bad as Stalin.
Want a real debate? Me too. Ask your Senator to debate the "real" issue and maintain some decorum and respect for our country by not devolving the debate into a rhetorical circle jerk.
I can't allow your smears to go unanswered because if I do, or anyone else does, it will come back later as implied agreement because we didn't address it.
You can't have it both ways. You can't make vicious charges and when we ignore them to debate the "real" issue, tell us that by not answering the initial smear we obviously agreed with it. And you would have done it, we all know that you would have because that is how the partisanship game is played.
So is abuse unAmerican?
No, unfortunately it is very American because it is very human and Americans are human.
We have all kinds of abuse here. Sexual abuse, child abuse, phyisical abuse, spousal abuse, abuse of power, etc...
Is it acceptable?
No, it isn't. We should be better, we should try harder and not because we are Americans but because we are human. Unfortunately, because we are human it makes it harder to treat evil, nasty villians with any care at ll.
Wednesday, June 22, 2005
"I'm certainly not going to be intimidated by the right-wing message machine," he said. "If I'm going to back off every time they decide their unhappy with my statements, then I really won't be doing my job. We're going to continue to follow this (and) demand that the administration be held accountable."
Durbin on June 21, 2005:
"Some may believe that my remarks crossed the line," the Illinois Democrat said. "To them I extend my heartfelt apologies."
His voice quaking and tears welling in his eyes, the No. 2 Democrat in the Senate also apologized to any soldiers who felt insulted by his remarks.
"They're the best. I never, ever intended any disrespect for them," he said.
[...]"I made reference to Nazis, to Soviets, and other repressive regimes. Mr. President, I've come to understand that's a very poor choice of words."
"I'm sorry if anything that I said caused any offense or pain to those who have such bitter memories of the Holocaust, the greatest moral tragedy of our time. Nothing, nothing should ever be said to demean or diminish that moral tragedy."
So, first he says that he won't back off when people are unhappy with his statements, then he apologizes (sort of) complete with tears to those who were offended. Actually, I don't really have a problem with his apology. I like that kind of apology, it allows you to look sincere without admitting any wrongdoing. It's brilliant, really. But if I were one of his defenders, I'd be annoyed with him.
What kind of "attack dog" cries and backs down after getting his wrist slapped? The kind that wants to keep his cushy Senate seat, I guess.
Tuesday, June 21, 2005
"I call on those who question the motives of the president and his national security advisors to join with the rest of America in presenting a united front to our enemies abroad."
Who said it?
When the cantankerous Arnold Harris, resident contrarian of Dean's World is leaving postive comments at Gay Orbit.
Things are looking brighter.
Monday, June 20, 2005
KARABILA, Iraq, Sunday, June 19 - Marines on an operation to eliminate insurgents that began Friday broke through the outside wall of a building in this small rural village to find a torture center equipped with electric wires, a noose, handcuffs, a 574-page jihad manual - and four beaten and shackled Iraqis.
The American military has found torture houses after invading towns heavily populated by insurgents - like Falluja, where the anti-insurgent assault last fall uncovered almost 20 such sites. But rarely have they come across victims who have lived to tell the tale.
The men said they told the marines, from Company K, Third Marines, Second Division, that they had been tortured with shocks and flogged with a strip of rubber for more than two weeks, unseen behind the windows of black glass. One of them, Ahmed Isa Fathil, 19, a former member of the new Iraqi Army, said he had been held and tortured there for 22 days. All the while, he said, his face was almost entirely taped over and his hands were cuffed.
In an interview with an embedded reporter just hours after he was freed, he said he had never seen the faces of his captors, who occasionally whispered at him, "We will kill you." He said they did not question him, and he did not know what they wanted. Nor did he ever expect to be released.
"They kill somebody every day," said Mr. Fathil, whose hands were so swollen he could not open a can of Coke offered to him by a marine. "They've killed a lot of people."
From the house on Saturday, there could be heard sounds of fighting from the large-scale offensive to eliminate strongholds of insurgents, many of whom stream across Iraq's porous border with Syria. [Page 10.]
As the marines walked through the house - a squat one-story building of sand-colored brick - the broken black window glass crunched under their boots. Light poured in, revealing walls and ceiling shredded by shrapnel from the blast they had set off to break in through a wall. Latex gloves were strewn on the floor. A kerosene lantern lay on its side, shattered.
The manual recovered - a fat, well-thumbed Arabic paperback - listed itself as the 2005 First Edition of "The Principles of Jihadist Philosophy," by Abdel Rahman al-Ali. Its chapters included "How to Select the Best Hostage," and "The Legitimacy of Cutting the Infidels' Heads."
Also recovered were several fake passports, a black hood, the painkiller Percoset, handcuffs and an explosives how-to-guide. Three cars loaded with explosives were parked in a garage outside the house. The marines blew them up.
I know that it is crappy that we are responsible for a detainee to sit handcuffed in his own feces for 24 hours but is that torture? Listening to heavy metal music is torture? Not really, if you told me it was Muskrat Love by The Captain and Tennille, maybe edging closer to torture but STILL NOT TORTURE.
I readily admit that we should be better than that but even if all the accusations are true, it's STILL NOT TORTURE.
HT: Mark in Mexico
One of these things is not like the others,
One of these things just doesn't belong,
Can you tell which thing is not like the others
By the time I finish my song?
1) Massive mountains of skulls
2) 18 hours of hard labor on 800 calories of food 7 days a week
3) The US holding facility at Guantanamo Bay
4) Gas chambers and massive ovens for disposing of human remains
Did you guess which thing was not like the others?
Did you guess which thing just doesn't belong?
If you guessed this one (GITMO) is not like the others,
Then you're absolutely...right!
We did that in WWII. Enemy soldiers that weren't in uniform or civilians that took up arms against us weren't imprisoned. They were executed, on the spot with a bullet to the back of their head. POWs were uniformed soldiers, they were imprisoned and they did receive a trial, AFTER THE WAR ENDED.
You decide what is better: a bullet in the brain or three hots and a cot at Gitmo. If it's the latter, then stop bitching about the indefinite imprisoning. They'll get their day in court after the War is over. M'kay?
I never realized how bloodthirsty the Liberals were, it's kind of a turn on...
BTW, making gulag comparisons is demeaning to those that actually survived a gulag. You pansies have no clue, NONE, what a gulag is. Here's a clue, it isn't Gitmo. It isn't not having air conditioning in 100 degree heat either. I'm pretty damn sure most of the detainees didn't even know what air conditioning was till they got to Gitmo, asshats.
Also, the aptly named, Dick Durbin, owes an apology for his careless, and uninformed public opinion. He won't give it and the liberals will defend him till the end. When you guys are wondering how you lost more seats in 2006 and another Presidential election in 2008, think back to this whole Nazi/gulag/Pol Pot episode.
Sunday, June 19, 2005
Your Logical Intelligence is Genius
Your Verbal Intelligence is Genius
Your Mathematical Intelligence is Genius
Your General Knowledge is Genius
Saturday, June 18, 2005
Me and my Godson/nephew Aidan
Here I am with Aidan and Jake. Drake was off getting his diaper changed, I love it when poop happens and I'm busy...
Friday, June 17, 2005
We will never know if Terri's wishes were granted but I hope that is what happened. We will never know what caused her condition and we will never know who truly had Terri's best interests at heart. I'm not going to apologize for wishing that her parents got their way and I'm not going to condemn anyone that believed Michael was in the right. I'm not a strident pro-lifer and that wasn't my position. My basic position was that reasonable doubt existed and when in doubt we should err on the side of life. I feel that way about the death penalty and I feel that way about abortion. I do believe that people should have the right to die, I just don't believe that someone else should make that decision without irrefutable proof that they are following someone's wish.
If I said anything in the heat of the battle that was accusatory or slanderous I was wrong to do so, for that I apologize.
That is all I have to say on the subject.
Wednesday, June 15, 2005
Poor Barbara Walters having to witness such a horror on a crowded plane. The horror being that a woman had the audacity to nurse her selfish little infant in Queen Bab's presence.
Read both of Michelle's pieces and please click the link to Jimmy Kimmel. A worthwhile read and viewing.
I nursed both my boys and let me tell you one thing. It isn't always possible to give a breastfed baby a bottle of milk, some babies reject them outright. Others may freak out and reject one when their little ears are ringing from the pressure changes on an airplane. I'm pretty sure Babs would have been just as put off if the baby had screamed his way to their destination, don't you?
Tuesday, June 14, 2005
I know for certain that on more than one occasion, I've made statements like Bill Clinton regarding my husband.
Friend: "What are you doing later?"
Me: I'm going home to drink a few martinis and then I'll be raping the husband. [snicker, snicker]
I'm pretty sure all of us have said something raunchy to a buddy about our personal life. Drudge and Co. get off on destroying reputations. I hope Bill and Hillary sue the pants off the f**kers!
And I have no doubt that Bill was being lascivious when talking about raping his wife. NONE. Just like I have no doubt that Drudge and Ed Klein are complete a**holes.
Monday, June 13, 2005
I have NEVER had it MY way and I've tried repeatedly. I think I must be some kind of enigma, I actually like the taste of onion on my burger. I appear to be the only person in Michigan that does.
I tried again today, for the thousandth time to order it MY way. Whopper Jr with cheese, no tomato, extra onion. What did I get? Whopper Jr. with cheese extra tomato and NO ONION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The kicker? The receipt had it right and the burger wrapper had it right. The burger was wrong.
Whenever I ask for extra onion, I NEVER GET IT. Never, ever. When I ask for no tomato, I get EXTRA. For me, it is safest to order it as is and pick off the tomato and put my own onion on at home. It shouldn't be that way. I shouldn't have to order it THEIR way, when their friggin' slogan is "Have it your way".
I hate Burger King.
Sunday, June 12, 2005
Saturday, June 11, 2005
Friday, June 10, 2005
Joe Katzman gives good essay on the Zimbabwe problem. Basically, the U.N. is worthless. They either turn their head to murder or they collaborate with the murderers. Best line comes from U.N. doctor Andrew Thomson.
"Thomson, who spent two years pulling bodies out of mass graves in Rwanda and the Bosnian town of Srebrenica - corpses of people who had sought safety with the U.N. - concludes: "If blue-helmeted U.N. peacekeepers show up in your town or village and offer to protect you, run. Or else get weapons. Your lives are worth so much less than theirs."
Thursday, June 9, 2005
It's called Did Today, as in do you know what your kid did today?
I'm getting in on this. I supplement Jake's education at home and I'd love a way to keep track of his progress online.
If you homeschool or supplement your kid, you should check out Did Today.
Yeah, I agree. Israel should be ashamed. [/sarcasm]
2. If you voted FOR Kerry, name one Democrat, a viable candidate for president, that you could never support in 2008.
3. If you voted FOR Bush, name one Republican, a viable candidate for president, that you could never support in 2008.
1. Brian Schweitzer and Hillary Clinton for the Dems. Bill Owens and Condi Rice for the Republicans.
2. N/A (but I'd vote for a Republican corpse before I voted for Kerry)
3. Only one? That's tough, I have a loooooong list of Republicans that I'd spit on. I'll go with John McCain since he's such a media whoring sell out.
Wednesday, June 8, 2005
The transcript shows that Kerry's freshman-year average was 71. He scored a 61 in geology, a 63 and 68 in two history classes, and a 69 in political science. His top score was a 79, in another political science course. Another of his strongest efforts, a 77, came in French class.
Under Yale's grading system in effect at the time, grades between 90 and 100 equaled an A, 80-89 a B, 70-79 a C, 60 to 69 a D, and anything below that was a failing grade. In addition to Kerry's four D's in his freshman year, he received one D in his sophomore year. He did not fail any courses.
''I always told my Dad that D stood for distinction," Kerry said yesterday in a written response to questions, noting that he has previously acknowledged that he spent a lot of time learning to fly instead of focusing on his studies.
4 "D"s and his best grade came from his French class...
Bush had better grades at Yale and elitist lefties called him dumb, wrap your brains around that one. YOUR CHOICE WAS DUMBER THAN BUSH. Just cause he is an elitist snob, don't mean he's smarter.
Bush went to Yale from 1964 to 1968; his highest grades were 88s in anthropology, history, and philosophy, according to The New Yorker article. He received one D in his four years, a 69 in astronomy. Bush has said he was a C student.
Tuesday, June 7, 2005
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.
In a 6-3 decision, the court on Monday said those who smoke marijuana because their doctors recommend it to ease pain can be prosecuted for violating federal drug laws, overriding medical marijuana statutes in 10 states...
...Gonzales and his aides were silent on the ruling Monday, but several Bush administration officials said individual users have little reason to worry. "We have never targeted the sick and dying, but rather criminals engaged in drug trafficking," Drug Enforcement Administration spokesman Bill Grant said.
Whatthefuckever. Scalia is a big, fat, hypocrite. He remembered the 10th Amendment well enough in the Lawrence decision. I guess that State's Right's are more important when it comes to anti-sodomy laws but it gets sketchy when THE PEOPLE vote in use of medical marijuana.
The Bush Administration is full of shite on this one too. "We have never targeted the sick and dying, but rather criminals engaged in drug trafficking," Drug Enforcement Administration spokesman Bill Grant said.
If that were true than you wouldn't have needed to fight this all the way up to the SCOTUS. We already have drug trafficking laws on the books. This law was about sick people, not criminals, you lying douchebag.
Makes me sick. I wish I had a joint.
Oh and don't start equating pot with crack/heroin/cocaine or any other man-made or manipulated drug. Pot isn't the same. If you think it is then you don't know what you are talking about.
If you want more info and a good explaination on what happened go visit our buddy XRLQ. He knows the law better than most of us do.
Monday, June 6, 2005
One, one scary funnel cloud. Two, two scary funnel clouds. Three, three scary funnel clouds. Four, four scary funnel clouds. Five, five scary funnel clouds.
That's five, five scary funnel clouds surrounding my neighborhood. Ah, ah, ah, ah, ah...
Then my neighbor yells, don't forget six and seven over there!!!
You know your screwed when you realize that your house is surrounded by a pearl necklace of funnel clouds.
Wasn't too bad, nothing touched down. It would have been Armageddon otherwise.
Sunday, June 5, 2005
Hate those sites that require registration to read an article? Use bugmenot and save yourself the headache of filling out the forms. Awesome!
"Madam, what is the matter?" the hostess asked. "You obviously do not see it then?" she responded. "You placed me next to a black man. I do not agree to sit next to someone from such a repugnant group. Give me an alternative seat." "Be calm please," the hostess replied. "Almost all the places on this flight are taken. I will go to see if another place is available."
The Hostess went away and then came back a few minutes later. "Madam, just as I
thought, there are no other available seats in economy class. I spoke to the Captain and he informed me that there is also no seat in business class. All the same, we still have one place in first class." Before the woman could say anything, the hostess continued: "It is not usual for our company to permit someone from economy class to sit in first class. However, given the circumstances, the captain feels that it would be scandalous to make someone sit next to someone so disgusting."
She turned to the black man and said, "Therefore, Sir, if you would like to move, please collect your hand luggage, as a seat awaits you in first class." At that moment, the other passengers, who were shocked by what they had just witnessed, stood up and applauded.
Via: My Sister-in-law
Saturday, June 4, 2005
I'm still eating the same food, no diet crap, just less of it and less often. Before I chomp on anything snacky, I examine the red welt across my waist and usually opt out of the bad snack choice. I started exercising again, too. I know it's probably "just water", not fat, that I lost but I don't care. It was making me weigh more and feel really bloated. Either way, I'm glad to rid of it no matter what it was.
Bye, bye 5 nasty feeling pounds and good riddence.
Ugh. Did I mention that, like always, I went to bed around 1:30am? Yeah, it sucks to be me right now. Don't bother cheering me up with the dream of a nap, Jake is due up any time now and he told me last night that he wanted bacon, eggs, pancakes and toast for breakfast.
**Update**: Jake wanted bagels too. Who does this kid think I am Betty friggin' Crocker? Oh, and he ate every bit of it, so I'm slightly less annoyed.
What exactly do you want your kid to know about sex at age 4-5, 7, 10, 13, 15, 18?
Do you think that schools should inform parents of students and get permission before starting sex ed?
Friday, June 3, 2005
God gives us many gifts and he expects us to use them. Juliette, your writing is a gift. God wouldn't want you to be selfish and keep that gift to yourself. He wants you to stand up, be strong and support your brothers/sisters in arms. If you don't who will? They need you and so do we. You keep us honest, my sister, and at this time in our country's history we need that more than anything else.
So you must bother, you must. If it were me, I'd smile at him and then tell him to "eat me". Of course, that's not what you'd do and that is another reason why we need you.
You be the judge, I can't bear reading it again...
Thursday, June 2, 2005
The story of how she came to be in Czestochowa is considered to be a miracle:
St. Ladislaus determined to save the image from the repeated invasions of the Tartars by taking it to the more secure city of Opala, his birthplace. This journey took him through Czestochowa, where he decided to rest for the night. During this brief pause in their journey, the image was taken to Jasna Gora [meaning "Bright Hill"]. There it was placed in a small wooden church named for the Assumption. The following morning, after the portrait was carefully replaced in its wagon, the horses refused to move. Accepting this as a heavenly sign that the portrait was to remain in Czestochowa, St. Ladislaus had the image solemnly returned to the Church of the Assumption.
The legend is that the portrait was painted by St. Luke on a plank of cedar from the table that the Virgin Mary took her meals. There are a lot of stories/miracles attributed to the picture, some have logical explainations but many others don't. That is why it is considered to be most holy by so many, including the our late pontiff, John Paul II.
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Draco is 4 1/2 months old already. He'll be starting rice cereal really soon and then real baby food. I can't wait to introduce the cool foods that Auntie Rhianna sent him from England. He sits with a little support and he can bear his weight on his legs. He is scooting himself a lot and he rolls one way. He's getting stronger everyday. He smiles all the time and he laughs out loud. He's very happy and a little evil. Basically, he is perfect, just like his older brother.
Wednesday, June 1, 2005
Education in Massachusetts allows children in Middle and High school to get pornographic material as a learning tool and sex surveys to help the educators. All this without parental permission.
Don't fret, a little sanity has been discovered. A father successfully sued and won a suit on behalf of non-custodial parents.
Dr. Henry M. Fassler has successfully contested a 1998 Massachusetts law that requires a non-custodial parent to have court certification as a non-batterer on a yearly basis before he (or she) is allowed access to their children's school records. The school system currently views all non-custodial parents as guilty of battery until proven innocent. But all that is going to change.
The specifics of Fassler's case: he wanted to see the academic class list for his 17-year-old daughter Lindsay, who had asked him for help. No charge or complaint had ever been filed against Fassler; he is on good terms with his ex-wife and children.
When the school refused the class list, Fassler not only got angry, he also got active. Last October, he complained to the Family Policy Compliance Office at the U.S. Department of Education, challenging the statute as discriminatory. On May 6, the DOE sent a letter to Massachusetts' Education Commissioner David P. Driscoll, which warned that "the commonwealth and every school district in Massachusetts is in violation of federal law, and has been for years."
Think about that. This man had to sue to overturn a law that assumed all non-custodial parents were abusive. He wasn't able to see his child's school records until he proved he wasn't a monster. No innocent until proven guilty, this guy was on good terms with his ex and he was NEVER so much as accused of jaywalking.
I'm happy for him but it just shows you how completely f**ked things are in Massachusetts. They may have Gay Marriage (and that's a good thing) but they are also a bit draconian when it comes to their "liberal" agenda.
Mississippi ain't got nothing on Massachusetts.