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Evening Snack (6/15)

15 June 2007, 5:58 pm. 4 Comments. Filed under General News.

‘Four-eyed’ turtle is born in Chattanooga

“According to records this species of turtle can only be seen at three North American zoos or aquariums, and is listed as an endangered species,” said aquarium herpetologist Enrico Walder in a statement released today.

Well, I can only see two eyes in the picture, but it is itty bitty.

Waupun wins first boys baseball state championship

Waupun shortstop Jake Umentum made some sparkling plays in the field, including one that saved a run in the top of the seventh inning and Jake Larsen and Jake Wojahn knocked in the tying and winning runs, respectively, in the bottom half of the seventh as the Warriors came from behind to beat Platteville, 6-5, earning the school’s first ever boys state title.

That’s pretty cool! Congrats!

Children snatched off the streets to work as slaves

More than 1,000 children may have been kidnapped and sold into slave labour in a brutal human trafficking ring that has shocked and outraged China.

The children, some as young as 8, worked in brick kilns for 16 hours a day with meagre food rations. They were guarded by fierce dogs and thugs who beat their prisoners at will.

Nice folks, those commies, yet there are some in this country who think that’s the answer? I don’t bloody well think so!

Border Patrol arrests Mexican fugitive

A man accused of leading a powerful and brutal Mexican kidnapping ring was handed to Mexican authorities Friday, two years after U.S. officials deported him without realizing he was wanted.

Don’t the U.S. officials have computers? Don’t they bother to actually CHECK finger prints, or such things?

Janitors set to march in Century City

Janitors seeking higher wages and affordable healthcare will march this afternoon in Century City as part of a nationwide observance of Justice for Janitors Day.

There’s a Justice for Janitors Day? I guess pretty soon, folks who work in offices are going to have to start cleaning up after themselves, because they won’t be able to afford to pay the janitors, and there will be all those folks, demanding more, without a job.

Tancredo wins surprise immigration vote

The U.S. House of Representatives this morning voted to withhold federal emergency services funding for “sanctuary cities” that protect illegal immigrants.

Anti-illegal immigration champion Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colo., sponsored the measure, which he says would apply to cities such as Denver and Boulder. He was elated by its passage, which stunned critics and supporters alike.

Brilliant idea! See? It can be done. That wasn’t so hard, now was it?

Man Wins Right To Sue Mueller, Aschcroft

The FBI director, Robert Mueller, and a former attorney general, John Ashcroft, must decide whether to challenge yesterday’s federal appeals court ruling affirming one Muslim man’s right to bring a suit against them alleging that he was abused during his detention following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Javaid Iqbal, a Pakistani immigrant, says Messrs. Ashcroft and Mueller approved the harsh treatment that he says he experienced during his captivity and that they did so based on his religion, race, or national origin.

Our national security trumps your hurt feelings!

Doing Two Things At Once

15 June 2007, 5:32 pm. 1 Comment. Filed under Opinion.

What’s behind the curious battles that Bush picks?
My early diagnosis of the administration: multiple personality disorder
Mark Davis

If you’re keeping a scorecard of battles the Bush White House is choosing to fight, see how yours compares with mine.

Iraq: worth fighting for, even if the country is opposed. I am grateful daily that the president has not given in to the public’s tolerance for surrender.

Attorney General Al Gonzales: worth fighting for, apparently on principle alone, because surely no one believes replacing him would be hard.

“Scooter” Libby: not worth fighting for in the form of a pardon, at least not yet, even though jurors fancied themselves mind-readers.

Joint Chiefs Chairman Peter Pace: not worth fighting for because those mean old Democrats promised to make things tough if his name came up for renomination.

Yep, sounds fairly accurate.

Multiple personality disorder. This is the Sybil of administrations.

One day we get the president who nobly tells us he will not flinch in the face of al-Qaeda. The next day we get his defense secretary quivering at the thought of riling Senate Armed Services Chairman Carl Levin with a “contentious” fight over Gen. Pace.

Mr. Gonzales can melt down before a Senate inquiry, and President Bush tells us it was an inspiring performance that reaffirms his decision to stick with his man. Yet Mr. Libby, who deserves a pardon if any human being ever deserved one, twists in the wind.

Which brings us to the current drama over an immigration reform plan adored by Mr. Bush yet reviled by those who made him president.

I’ve been questioning his choice of battles in recent months myself.

First I heard from White House spokesman Tony Snow, who wanted conservatives to “get together” behind this bill. Then he unleashed Cabinet secretaries.

Homeland Security Chief Michael Chertoff threw down some confounding assertions to the effect that our borders are to stop terrorists, not immigration law violators. He had the air of a man who just can’t be bothered with millions of “economic migrants” while he’s trying to keep the next Osama bin Laden from sneaking across the border at Juárez.

I suggested America wants him to do both.

I guess it is a tad off base to expect the President of the United States to be able to walk and chew gum at the same time.

Mark’s got a simple plan:

1. Secure the borders, with a wall if necessary.

2. Deport the illegals we find, swiftly and without apology.

3. Punish businesses that knowingly hire them.

4. Formulate a tamper-proof ID to end the workplace kabuki dance that got us into this mess in the first place.

Now…what is so difficult about those 4 simple steps? “Anyone? Anyone?”

Nifong

15 June 2007, 3:25 pm. Comments Off. Filed under Feckless Weasels.

Duke DA Mike Nifong Says He’ll Resign

Facing the loss of his law license, a tearful Mike Nifong said Friday he will resign as district attorney, more than a year after he obtained rape indictments against three Duke University lacrosse players who were later declared innocent by state prosecutors.

“My community has suffered enough,” Nifong said from the witness stand at his ethics trial on allegations that he violated rules of professional conduct in his handling of the case.

The North Carolina State Bar said Nifong withheld DNA test results from the players’ defense attorneys, lied to the court and bar investigators, and made misleading and inflammatory comments about the three athletes, who were cleared of charges they raped a stripper at a team party in March 2006.

Nifong said he did not make all the mistakes alleged by the bar, “but they are my mistakes.”

“It has become increasingly apparent, during the course of this week, in some ways that it might not have been before, that my presence as the district attorney in Durham is not furthering the cause of justice,” Nifong said.

Well, DUH!

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Add another one to the “feckless weasle” list!

The Sinking Ship

15 June 2007, 9:16 am. Comments Off. Filed under Opinion.

Going Down With The Ship
By Michael Reagan

The S.S. GOP is sinking fast, and it looks like Skipper Bush is going down with his ship.

That’s only fair — after all, he’s the one who torpedoed his own ship with the immigration-reform-bill warhead. Not fair is the fact that he’s taking his party down with him.

I can understand his stubbornness in sticking with this insane program that doesn’t do a damned thing to plug the leaking borders that are allowing the United States to be flooded with all manner and shapes of illegal aliens, some of them terrorists who want to kill large numbers of Americans — he really has nothing to lose.

In less than 18 months he’ll be history — one of those curiosities who at one moment wielded the vast powers of the presidency and the next found themselves with all the other John Q. Citizens.

That’s not true of the senators who stand on the bridge with him as the water rises up toward the quarter deck where they can either jump into the life boats and survive, or go down with the ship.

I’m amazed at how many of them appear to be choosing a watery grave. After all, it should be more than obvious that standing firm behind this monstrosity of a bill carries with it the death penalty — it’s just plain suicidal.

He might not yet fully realize it, but Sen. John McCain has suddenly gone from being a serious candidate for the presidency to that of being a politician with no political future at all. And I can’t imagine how Senator Lindsay Graham could ever imagine that his strong advocacy of a bill that in the blink of an eye turns lawbreakers, some of the most serious kind, into instant legal immigrants could be helpful to his political future. Ditto John Kyl and the others.

If it weren’t so serious, it would leave us laughing at the spectacle we saw when the president went up to Capitol Hill Tuesday to try to revive the bill.

Read on…

“Feckless Weasles”

15 June 2007, 8:48 am. 2 Comments. Filed under Feckless Weasels.

Obviously, there are many more, but this is a start.

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Runnin’ Reed, who believes everyone is an idiot, or incompetent, but him.  With approval rating of 19%, he’s sure got a lot of room to talk, doesn’t he.

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Trent Lott, who actually believes we are all so stupid, we couldn’t figure out what’s going on without ‘talk radio’, and it should be shut down.

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George W. Bush, who has decided it’s better to appease law breakers and foreign governments that to take care of his own countrymen.

Who Will Flinch?

15 June 2007, 8:21 am. Comments Off. Filed under Borders.

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Morning Coffee 6/15/07

15 June 2007, 8:08 am. 2 Comments. Filed under General News.

Hamas to Grant Amnesty to Fatah Leaders

Victorious Hamas gunmen rounded up senior military leaders of the Fatah movement in the Gaza Strip early Friday, then announced a general amnesty in a sign the Islamic movement is seeking to reconcile with its secular rivals after five days of fierce fighting.

Weren’t they suppose to be working together? So much for ‘peace in the Middle East’. I guess we can all look forward to more homicide bombers in Israel now.

Officials do not pursue testimony on Cooper’s use of campaign funds

Tennessee campaign finance officials Wednesday chose not to act on a federal agent’s trial testimony that state Sen. Jerry Cooper transferred $95,000 from a campaign account to a personal account.

Considering this is against the law, those who tolerate such thievery are just as guilty as the one one who did the stealing.

Mass. vote secures same-sex marriage

Massachusetts lawmakers blocked a proposed constitutional amendment Thursday that would have let voters decide whether to ban gay marriage in the only state that allows it.

We might as well face it. The ‘will of the people’ means absolutely nothing to those we put in power. Perhaps it’s time for another Boston Tea Party? Except this time, we don’t dump tea, we dump the politicians!

McGee anti-crime group implicated in bribery

Investigators say that Ald. Michael McGee used his anti-crime Rapid Response Team to demand bribes from business owners in his district, according to a federal search warrant filed Thursday.

Kind of hard to prevent crime when the head criminal is in charge, don’cha think?

Senators plan to revive immigration bill

Senate leaders announced plans Thursday night to revive the White House-backed measure as early as next week, although neither Majority Leader Harry Reid nor his GOP counterpart, Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, issued any predictions the bill ultimately would pass.

If they shove this ludicrous bill down our throats, how will we be able to reverse the damage? Looks like McConnell is going to be looking for a new job in the not too distant future!

Diversion of tobacco funds illegal

The annual diversion of $20 million of tobacco settlement funds to a smoking cessation program was wrong, the Mississippi Supreme Court ruled Thursday.

I’ve always thought that diverting funds from what it was intended was wrong, but those in power sure do it a lot.

7 Sex Offenders Who Use MySpace Arrested

Seven convicted sex offenders with profiles on MySpace.com have been arrested in what Texas officials said was the country’s first large-scale crackdown of registered offenders who use the social networking Web site.

Well, it’s a start, but there are a LOT more out ther preying on our children.

Hunt for Madeleine: Scrubland search called off

Chief Inspector Olegario Sousa from the PJ said: “The search has been carried out. This clue has been completely checked and the result was negative, so the investigation goes on.

I pray for that beautiful child, and her family.

Clintons Dissolve Nearly $25 Million Blind Trust

Hoping to avoid any possible conflict of interest, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and her husband, the former president, liquidated a blind trust valued at $5 million to $25 million in April after learning that it included such investments as oil and drug companies and military contractors, her presidential campaign confirmed.

“As a presidential candidate, Senator Clinton was required to make her assets public. As a result, she had to dissolve her blind trust,” Howard Wolfson, a senior Clinton adviser, said late Thursday. “Upon its dissolution, she and the president chose to go above and beyond what was required of them and liquidate their assets in order to avoid even the hint of a conflict of interest.”

Shouldn’t she have done this before she even wormed her way into the Senate?

Afghan defense chief waves off US claim on Iranian arms

Afghanistan’s defense minister on Thursday rejected claims by a top US State Department official that there was “irrefutable evidence” that the Iranian government was providing arms to Taliban rebels. “Actually, throughout, we have had good relations with Iran and we believe that the security and stability of Afghanistan are also in the interests of Iran,” Abdul Rahim Wardak told The Associated Press.

Horse hockey!

Schwarzenegger to Immigrants: Avoid Spanish-Language Media

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s remarks that immigrants should avoid Spanish-language media if they want to learn English quickly left some Hispanic journalists shaking their heads.

“You’ve got to turn off the Spanish television set” and stay away from Spanish-language television, books and newspapers, the Republican governor said Wednesday night at the annual convention of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. “You’re just forced to speak English, and that just makes you learn the language faster.”

Plain ol’ common sense!

All Quiet on the Southern Front

15 June 2007, 7:15 am. 2 Comments. Filed under The Peacock War.

I kept expecting the two day truce to be over in The Peacock War.  However, I found no evidence of a sneak attack.  Interesting!  I don’t have any new feathers to add to my growing collection.  This is the only draw back, but I’ll deal with it.  :)