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Archive for 10 June 2007

Just for you Kate!

10 June 2007, 8:42 pm. 5 Comments. Filed under Opinion.

Test

10 June 2007, 8:32 pm. Comments Off. Filed under Opinion.

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Evening Snack (6/10)

10 June 2007, 6:05 pm. 2 Comments. Filed under General News.

Hillary Names Impeached Judge as Co-Chair

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton has appointed two national co-chairs for her presidential campaign — including a former U.S. District Court judge who was impeached.

Old saying: When you lie down with dogs, you get up with fleas. I think they’ll be sharing ‘em.

Lieberman: U.S. should weigh Iran attack

“I think we’ve got to be prepared to take aggressive military action against the Iranians to stop them from killing Americans in Iraq,” Lieberman said. “And to me, that would include a strike over the border into Iran, where we have good evidence that they have a base at which they are training these people coming back into Iraq to kill our soldiers.”

Smart man, that Lieberman.

Authorities in U.S. border cities say May shootout shows danger of drug wars crossing over

Cochise County Sheriff Larry Dever said law enforcement officials share a belief that the violence spawned among drug cartels operating south of the border inevitably will end up here.

I think my idea of gun turrets every 100 feet or so on that border fence is a GREAT idea.

Iraq bridge collapse traps U.S. soldiers

With a thunderous rumble and cloud of dust and smoke, an apparent suicide vehicle bomb brought down a section of highway bridge south of Baghdad on Sunday, wounding several U.S. soldiers guarding the crossing and blocking traffic on Iraq’s main north-south artery.

How much of the bomb and it’s workings were transported from Iraq?

Ethiopia determined to pull troops from Somalia – UN Envoy

The United Nations envoy to Somalia said Sunday that Ethiopia is determined to withdraw all of its troops deployed in the neighboring country to help the Somali government oust a radical Islamist militia, Egypt’s state-run news agency reported.

Well, good luck with that.

US immigration bill alive and well, White House insists

The White House insisted Sunday that radical plans to overhaul the US immigration system were not dead, amid calls for Republicans and Democrats to work hard to save a controversial bill.

The sweeping reform drive, backed by US President George W. Bush, to bring 12 million illegal immigrants out of the shadows, collapsed late Thursday after a night of high drama in the Democratic-controlled Congress.

No disrespect sir…but BITE ME! Kill that amnesty sham while you still can. Otherwise, you might hear conservative Republicans calling for your impeachment!

China appears to confront U.S. defense of Taiwan

“The plans that China has to develop a submarine force, to develop long-range strike capability in its air force and deploy better ballistic missiles means it will be increasingly more difficult for the U.S. to guarantee the security of Taiwan,” said Allan Behm, a Canberra-based security analyst and former senior Australian Defense Department strategic planner.

China has never stopped being a danger.

Musharraf relents on new media law

After widespread condemnation and protests by journalists, Mr Musharraf told broadcasters he would withdraw a decree strengthening the hands of regulators to sanction the media. In turn, the broadcasters agreed to adopt a new code of conduct to avoid “the abuse of media freedom”.

Giving up freedoms, of any kind, but especially speech, is not a real good idea.

The 7,000 Word Essay

10 June 2007, 4:53 pm. 1 Comment. Filed under Borders.



From Texas Fred’s

Umm……NOPE!

10 June 2007, 4:38 pm. 3 Comments. Filed under Opinion.

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Kill It Before It Breeds…..Again

10 June 2007, 2:29 pm. 6 Comments. Filed under Borders, Congress.

Sadly, it seems I can’t embed video on the paid site like I could on the free.  I’ll find out how eventually.  But in the meantime, go on over to Maggie’s Notebook and see what I couldn’t get posted.

It is NOT Racism!

10 June 2007, 11:38 am. Comments Off. Filed under Opinion.

What is racism is to constantly use the color of one’s skin as an excuse…for anything! “Whitey held me down!”  No, in today’s world, the only person who can hold you down is YOU!

Acting as if one’s genes trump all
Patrick McIlheran

Did Sen. Glenn Grothman really want the government checking bloodlines?

He’s proposed that those seeking a racial preference show that their ancestry’s at least 25% of the favored minority or that they show some knowledge of the culture they’re said to be diversifying a university with.

Does he mean this? The West Bend Republican wouldn’t say directly. But everything else he said suggests he’s really calling the race charlatans’ bluff: “If we don’t stop this thing, it’ll ruin America,” he says.

This “thing” is the last socially accepted way in which we classify our fellow Americans by race: affirmative action. He feels it harmfully makes people see their first loyalty as being to an ethnic group, not their country. If it seems overreaching or dangerous for governments to check one’s family tree or folk knowledge – and it seems so to me – Grothman’s simply playing out the logic of affirmative action: that governments should prefer some people over others on account of race or ancestry.

This came up because Grothman formed a committee to examine such preferences. One committee member, a Milwaukee assemblywoman, compared Grothman to a Klansman. The panel spiked even sensible ideas such as telling the state it can’t discriminate on the basis of race, sex or ethnicity.

Comparing Senator Grothman to a Klansman WAS racist, IMHO.

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He Got One Right

10 June 2007, 11:19 am. Comments Off. Filed under Opinion.

I’m not a big fan of Nick Anderson (of the Houston Pravda), but this time, he pretty much nailed it.  Although I do think the people featured should be media types, instead of just ordinary folks.

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Morning Coffee 6/10/07

10 June 2007, 8:55 am. 11 Comments. Filed under General News.

Fred Thompson survey said: “I do not believe abortion should be criminalized”
Former senator has voting record opposed to federal funding and partial-birth, but 1990s issue answers addressed life issues more directly

Documents The Tennessean located last week in Thompson’s Senate archive at the University of Tennessee show:

• On a 1996 Christian Coalition survey, he checked “opposed” to an amendment to the U.S. Constitution “protecting the sanctity of human life.”

• He included a handwritten clarification: “I do not believe abortion should be criminalized. This battle will be won in the hearts and souls of the American people.”

I don’t have a problem with this. For one thing, he’s right. It will be a battle won in hearts, not courts. We shouldn’t need an amendment to protect life, it should be a given.

S. Wis. shooting kills 6, wounds toddler

The wounded child, a 2-year-old girl, was taken to a hospital in Rockford, Ill., where she was reported in critical condition late Saturday, hospital officials said. Rockford Memorial Hospital officials said she was flown to the University of Wisconsin Hospital in Madison, where officials did not immediately give her condition Sunday morning.
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One of the spectators was next-door neighbor Jesus Valadez, 27, who said he was outside in spite of police telling him to stay indoors and keep his doors locked.

“It’s kind of scary,” Valadez said. “Exciting, don’t get me wrong. Better than watching TV.”

What kind of mentality does it take to find a child getting shot ‘exciting’? Wisconsin again, made international news, but not for anything good.

States urged to act on illegal aliens

An Ohio sheriff who billed the federal government for the cost of jailing criminal aliens and asked Mexico to reimburse him in his fight against Mexican-based drug rings says the Senate’s failure to pass an immigration-reform bill is reason enough for states to target illegal aliens themselves.

If the federal gubmint won’t uphold the law, why shouldn’t states be able to?

Albanians Warmly Greet President Bush

President Bush, getting a hero’s welcome as the first American president to visit Albania, said Sunday that there cannot be endless dialogue about achieving independence for neighboring Kosovo.

“Sooner rather than later you’ve got to say `Enough’s enough. Kosovo’s independent,’” Bush said during a news conference with the prime minister of this tiny impoverished European nation.

Well, that’s just peachy! When do we get to declare OUR independence from a government run amok? “Enough is enough!”

Ohio charter school serves gin to 6th-grade graduates

An Ohio charter school that emphasizes African history and culture served gin to sixth graders at a graduation ceremony and state education officials said they plan to investigate.

Four students were given a teaspoon of gin mixed with water in a ceremony modeled on a Ghanian rite of passage event, said Kwa David Whitaker, a Phoenix Village Academy official.

Since this isn’t Ghana, and we don’t typically spoon feed our kids gin, I’d say that was very much out of line! And since when did moving from elementary school to the higher grades become such a big deal? You graduate from high school and college….NOT elementary school fer petes sake!

Report: UK firm tried to sell uranium to Iran

A newspaper reported Sunday that a British company was closed after being caught in an apparent attempt to sell black-market weapons-grade uranium to Iran and Sudan.

But The Observer said it could not identify the company for legal reasons, and Britain’s Foreign Office declined to discuss the report, saying it never comments on intelligence and security matters.

Why on earth would any western company want to see Iran with nukes? That just doesn’t make sense.

Herd of cows set loose

Someone has been intentionally letting a herd of cows loose from a town of Hubbard farm, according to Dodge County Sheriff’s Department dispatch logs.

The owner of the County Trunk S farm called police at 1:48 a.m. Sunday and said someone opened seven gates inside his barn, freeing 120 cows, according to the report.

The same thing happened Friday night, between 11:30 p.m. and 1 a.m., according to the report.

How much ya wanna bet there are teenagers and alcoholic beverages are involved? :) Ok, no smile. I NEVER did anything stupid as a teenager! (snicker)

Peacocks 7 – Ol’ Broad 2

10 June 2007, 7:49 am. 2 Comments. Filed under The Peacock War.

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, put one in the score column for the ol’ broad!  Leaving the hose, with cannon attachment, was a brilliant idea on my part.  No foul fowl injured in the process.  Just how long they’ll be in retreat?  Probably not long, but it’s a start.  Tomorrow, I talk to the professionals, aka police.  I want to know just what the law is on marauding peacocks.  Can they be considered invaders to be shot on sight?  I’ll be ordering my 163052_thumb.jpg in a couple of days, so I want to make sure I’m within my rights to bring home dinner.  :)

Ok, odds are, I won’t actually shoot the feathered fiends, but the Mr. just might!