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Was There Any Question? :-)

25 June 2007, 9:53 pm. 4 Comments. Filed under Just Cuz.
Your Political Profile:

Overall: 100% Conservative, 0% Liberal
Social Issues: 100% Conservative, 0% Liberal

Personal Responsibility: 100% Conservative, 0% Liberal

Fiscal Issues: 100% Conservative, 0% Liberal

Ethics: 100% Conservative, 0% Liberal

Defense and Crime: 100% Conservative, 0% Liberal

How Liberal Or Conservative Are You?

H/T: Texas Fred

Mr. President, Enforce the Damn Law!

25 June 2007, 8:34 pm. Comments Off. Filed under Borders.

How many people would not have died if our law enforcement officers had been able to actually enforce current laws?  If you want to know why illegal aliens should NOT be given blanket amnesty, go here!

H/T: The Cutting Edge

Fred Likes England

25 June 2007, 7:58 pm. Comments Off. Filed under 2008.

The Queen and Free Speech

Last week, I was fortunate enough to spend some time in London. Being there, I couldn’t help but think how much America owes to British culture and traditions. Even our past disagreements, like that “taxation without representation” thing, had their roots in British thought. The American Revolution can, in fact, be traced directly back to ideas set forth by the great British thinkers such as John Locke and Adam Smith.

For our part, I think what happened in the 13 colonies actually helped the British rid themselves of the “divine right of kings.” Perhaps because of the fact that we fought a war to escape undemocratic monarchy, Americans are sometimes puzzled by Britain’s maintenance of royal institutions and traditions.

I’ve got to admit, though, that I’ve seen things in a slightly different light recently. The efforts by the two princes, Harry and William, to fight in Iraq impressed me. I was also impressed by the knighthood of author Salman Rushdie and the British reaction to the predictable outrage that followed.

That’s not to say I’m a big fan of the British-Indian novelist. I don’t agree with a lot of his criticism he’s made of America and the UK in the past. But that’s the point, really. In the West, we can disagree strongly with someone without issuing fatwas and calling for his death. We can even honor someone with whom we disagree.

Read on…

The Passing of a Hero

25 June 2007, 6:39 pm. Comments Off. Filed under History, U.S. Military.

Rest in peace sir, and thank you!

Last survivor of Iwo Jima flag raising dies in Edina

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EDINA — Charles W. Lindberg, the last survivor of the six U.S. Marines who raised the first American flag over Iwo Jima during World War II, has died. He was 86.

Lindberg died Sunday at Fairview Southdale hospital in the Minneapolis suburb of Edina, said John Pose, director of the Morris Nilsen Funderal Home in Richfield, which is handling Lindberg’s funeral.

Lindberg spent decades explaining that it was his patrol, not the one captured in the famous photograph by Joe Rosenthal, that raised the first flag over the island.

In the late morning of Feb. 23, 1945, Lindberg fired his flame-thrower into enemy pillboxes at the base of Mount Suribachi and then joined five other Marines fighting their way to the top. He was awarded the Silver Star for bravery.

“Two of our men found this big, long pipe there,” he said in an interview with The Associated Press in 2003. “We tied the flag to it, took it to the highest spot we could find and we raised it.

“Down below, the troops started to cheer, the ship’s whistles went off, it was just something that you would never forget,” he said. “It didn’t last too long, because the enemy started coming out of the caves.”

Read on…

Evening Snack (6/25)

25 June 2007, 6:27 pm. Comments Off. Filed under General News.

Supreme Court Slaps McCain-Feingold

In what a pro-life group is calling a “tremendous victory for citizens,” the Supreme Court on Monday upheld Americans’ right to engage in grassroots lobbying on television and radio in the period leading up to primary and general elections.

I just love that headline! I’ve been dreaming about a good smack to Feingold for a while now! :)

Johnsonville Brat founder dies

Milwaukee – Ralph F. Stayer, the founder of a Wisconsin sausage company that helped popularize bratwurst in the U.S., died yesterday in his sleep at a Florida nursing home, his family said today. He was 92.

R.I.P. They even have Johnsonville brats in Tennessee, AND what appear to be real brat buns.

24 people from dental office taken to hospital

Paramedics this morning have taken two dozen people from a Northeast Austin dental clinic to the hospital after they possibly suffered from carbon monoxide poisoning, authorities said.

Well, that’ll sure get folks in to see their dentists more often. Hope they’ll be ok.

Fatah al-Islam snipers claim two Lebanese soldiers as fighting rages on

NAHR AL-BARED/TRIPOLI: Sniper fire from Fatah al-Islam militants killed two Lebanese soldiers on Monday at the Nahr al-Bared refugee camp, as sporadic fighting continued in the southern part of the camp, where militants have been cornered by the army. Captain Fadi Ibrahim Abdullah, born in 1968, and Corporal Khaled Ahmed Talib, born in 1983, were killed on Monday, the army said in a statement.

It’s not going to end until the radical types are completely destroyed. They might want to consider expelling the so called refugees who have been there for decades? Just a thought. Personally, after 20 years or so, I wouldn’t call them refugees anymore.

Giuliani Shifts on Campaign-Finance

“I support this Supreme Court decision, which is a welcome victory for free speech and personal liberty.

“The ruling protects freedom to participate in the electoral process and recognizes political free speech is the foundation of our First Amendment rights.”

This is big news, as Mr. Giuliani had been supportive of McCain-Feingold in particular, and campaign-finance reform in general, in the past.

Gosh, a politician shifting gears. What a shocker!

Israel to release Fatah prisoners

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert says he plans to release 250 jailed members of the Fatah movement led by Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas.

He announced the “goodwill gesture” at a summit in Egypt, attended by Mr Abbas and the leaders of Egypt and Jordan.

Excuse me, but when are such ‘goodwill gestures’ going to become a two way street? Seems to me that it’s usually just one way, Israel making the gestures, and getting blown up for their efforts.

Mexico Puts Top Cops to Corruption Test

Mexico temporarily removed all 284 of its top federal police officers from their jobs and is forcing them to undergo psychological reviews to prove they will not be corrupted in the fight against drug trafficking, the government said Monday.

Well, good luck on that one!

Missouri judge revokes bail for dad in family slaying

Vaughn was arrested Saturday at a funeral home in St. Charles just hours before a memorial service for his wife, Kimberly Vaughn, 34, and children Abigayle, 12, Cassandra, 11, and Blake, 8.

At the state of Illinois’ request, St. Charles County Associate Judge William Lohmar ordered Vaughn to remain jailed without bond, revoking a $1 million cash bond set earlier.

What idjit would give this animal bail to begin with?

Professional Wrestler Chris Benoit, Family Found Dead in Georgia Home

Professional wrestler Chris Benoit, his wife Nancy and their young son were found dead in their Georgia home Monday, according to a statement on the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Web site.

Very odd. Prayers with the families.

Man charged with chasing down girlfriend

TOWN OF OAK GROVE — A 24-year-old Burnett man accused of chasing down his ex-girlfriend with his car has been charged in Dodge County.

Andrew R. Owens made his initial court appearance Monday afternoon in Dodge County Circuit court where he was charged with second degree recklessly endangering safety and false imprisonment. If convicted, Owens faces up to 20 years in prison and up to $50,000 in fines.

Young people really need to learn how to deal with rejection!

From a Vet

25 June 2007, 4:04 pm. Comments Off. Filed under Opinion.

Reality Check for the Antiwar Crowd
By Pete Hegseth

As an Iraq war veteran who participated in combat operations and political reconciliation efforts, I take issue with some of the arguments repeatedly being made on Capitol Hill. Most recently I was bothered by statements from Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.), who cited three common antiwar arguments in his June 21 op-ed, ” Lincoln’s Example for Iraq,” all of which run counter to realities on the ground in Iraq.

· A deadline for withdrawal is an incentive for Iraqi political compromise. Levin thinks we ought to pressure Iraq’s government with a warning tantamount to saying: “You better fix the situation before we leave and your country descends into chaos.” He should consider the more likely result: an American exit date crushing any incentive for Iraqi leaders to cooperate and instead prompting rival factions to position themselves to capitalize on the looming power void.

My experience in Iraq bore this out. Only after my unit established a meaningful relationship with the president of the Samarra city council — built on tangible security improvements and a commitment to cooperation — did political progress occur. Our relationship fostered unforeseen political opportunities and encouraged leaders, even ones from rival tribes, to side with American and Iraqi forces against local insurgents and foreign fighters.

· We can bring the war to a “responsible end” but still conduct counterterrorism operations. The problem with this argument is what a “responsible end” would mean. What is “responsible” about the large-scale bloodshed that would surely occur if we left the Iraqis behind with insufficient security forces? What is “responsible” about proving al-Qaeda’s thesis that America can be defeated anywhere with enough suicide bombings?

The senator also seems to believe that America will have success fighting terrorists in Iraq with a minimal troop presence, despite the fact that 150,000 troops have their hands full right now doing precisely that.

· We are “supporting the troops” by demanding an immediate withdrawal from Iraq. Levin says that “our troops should hear an unequivocal message from Congress that we support them.” He explains his vote to fund and “support” the troops while simultaneously trying to legislate the war’s end. But what kind of “support” and “unequivocal message” do the troops hear from leaders in Congress who call their commanders “incompetent” or declare the war “lost”?

Such statements provide nearly instant enemy propaganda to every mud hut with a satellite dish in Iraq and throughout the Arab world. These messages do not spell support, no matter how you spin them. And they could inspire insurgents, making the situation more dangerous for our soldiers and Marines.

Veterans know firsthand that numerous mistakes have been made in the war. But that does not change the unfortunate reality: Iraq today is the front line of a global jihad being waged against America and its allies. Both Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri have said so.

We face an important choice in the coming months: provide Gen. David Petraeus the time and troops he needs to execute his counterinsurgency campaign, or declare defeat and withdraw from Iraq. It seems that Democrats in Congress have already made their decision.

In his op-ed, Sen. Levin invoked the example of Abraham Lincoln, who endured years of challenges before finding the right generals and strategy to win the Civil War. After four years of uncertainty in Iraq, America finally has both the general and the strategy to turn the tide. The question is whether 2007 will unfold like 1865 or 1969.

President Lincoln chose to fight a bloody and unpopular war because he believed the enemy had to be defeated. He was right. And to me, that sounds more than a bit like the situation our country faces today. What path will we choose?

H/T: Alabama Improper

It Rained!

25 June 2007, 3:57 pm. Comments Off. Filed under Opinion.

When we bought this house, we didn’t realize we had rivers…..

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and back!

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Does this mean the drought is over? :) I was feeling guilty about not watering the newly planted grass. Looks like we need to do a bit more yard excavation at some point in the future, before the rest of the yard, aka mud, is washed away.

Naturally, such a down pour made sure I had no satellite for the idjit box, and no satellite for the internet connection. Hey, at least I got some laundry done, and many phone calls made.

Mr. Spot

25 June 2007, 10:30 am. Comments Off. Filed under Opinion.

I have discovered Mr. Spot’s favorite snack!

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That’s Flat Earth Baked Veggie Crisps, Farmland Cheddar, “with 1/2 serving of real vegetables in very ounce”.  All I have to do is open the bag, and that cat is right there, in my face, wanting his share!  Strange cat!

TRASHY!

25 June 2007, 9:38 am. 4 Comments. Filed under Borders, Environment.

Litter choking streets throughout Mexico

Mexicans have become world-class litterbugs.

Soft drink bottles, snack wrappers, used diapers and cigarette butts clog city streets, rural highways and scenic beaches. Mountains of garbage stand sentry-like in empty lots and at the edges of bucolic rural villages. Discarded plastic bags hang in trees and dangle from cactus like bitter industrial fruit.

Classy, really classy. Just what I want to see walking down the street. USED diapers.

Not every Mexican litters, of course. And perhaps no one does so all the time. But enough of them do, enough of the time, that this nation of 105 million people is choking on its refuse.

105 million? I suppose the population of Mexico is so low because a good chunk of them have snuck into the U.S. Health concerns don’t seem to be on the top the priorities list for the Mexican government.

For many environmentalists, litter takes a backseat to fouled water, dirty air, coastline overbuilding, widespread deforestation and severe soil erosion. To many citizens, litter is all but invisible. And in the view of some observers, there is a lack of public responsibility.

Ok, I’m no environmental ‘expert’, but wouldn’t cleaning up the garbage go a long way to help in those other areas? Well, probably not the over building on the coasts, which I agree is out of hand, or soil erosion, which trees could help to curb.

Consider just a few impacts:

• Litter contributes to severe flooding in Mexico City every rainy season, which is beginning now, when discarded bottles and other trash clog storm drains. Each year the city government makes a plea to end the littering. And each year that plea is uniformly ignored.
• “Uncleanliness” — primarily litter — ranks first among the complaints of foreign tourists visiting Mexico, according to studies conducted by the Tourism Ministry.
• Haphazard roadside dumps serve as breeding grounds for mosquitoes, contributing to the outbreak of dengue fever and other diseases in rural southern villages.

Ok, this is going to sound bigoted, or racist, or whatever other label you care to slap on it, but as a person who travels around a bit, I have noticed the biggest trash problems in the U.S. are in areas with large Mexican populations. Whether these areas are full of legal immigrants, or illegal aliens, I have no idea (but do have suspicions).

“They throw trash in the street because that’s why they pay taxes,” Castillo said. “Somebody else picks it up.”

Oh, sure, it’s ALWAYS somebody else’s problem, isn’t it. This translate into a LOT of other areas as well.

Litter has become a global problem, of course. But societies like Mexico’s, whose exploding and still-poor populations crowd into cities and consume packaged food rather than what they produce themselves, suffer the most from it.

Science question: How much air pollution is produced by rotting garbage? Does it create CO2? Seriously, I’m curious.

The Don’t Mess With Texas campaign, run by the state’s Department of Transportation, is considered one of the more successful in the United States.

Sadly, even though the Don’t Mess With Texas Campaign did do wonders for the roadsides of Texas, so many of those who come from a society that doesn’t give a happy crap about their environment have invaded, and the streets of the larger cities have turned into huge trash bins.

Do we really want to import this problem too?

H/T: Steve Gill 

Excellent!

25 June 2007, 9:02 am. Comments Off. Filed under Opinion.

Talk radio hits a nerve
Jim Wooten

Credit or blame for the plight of the immigration bill now before the U.S. Senate is being heaped on talk radio. While I rarely have a chance to listen during the work day, the snatches of talk radio conversation I’ve heard lead me to cheer their efforts to explain the bill’s provisions.

A key test comes tomorrow. The Senate needs 60 votes to resume debate. It’s uncertain whether supporters have the 60, despite efforts over the weekend by President Bush to rally support. Even Sen. Trent Lott, R-Miss., who has become the target of talk radio criticism said Sunday, “I’m not committed to voting for the final product. The wheels may come off. But I am committed to trying.”

Lott drew the wrath of talk radio hosts and listeners for saying last week that “talk radio is running America. We have to deal with that problem.” How “that problem” is dealt with is open to question. It could be by government-mandated “balance” in programming or by more fully using the medium to have a conversation with those who are concerned about a process that would grant amnesty to 12 million illegals.

Lott’s wrath is annoying. As Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) pointed out, “This is a bill that was written behind closed doors by a small group of senators, and now it’s being brought to the floor again without an opportunity to offer, freely offer, amendments and to have the kind of debate that I think this topic deserves.” Frankly, any politician, like Lott, who would complain about talk radio, or any other information system that amplified details of a bill for fuller debate, has grown remote and should go home.

Both of Georgia’s senators, Johnny Isakson and Saxby Chambliss are now opposed to the bill, though presumably that could change. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said his support hinges on amendments that may be debated starting Tuesday.

Whatever the outcome, talk radio has performed a useful public service. Hosts very quickly digested the bill’s provisions and explained or commented on their consequence. Who could possibly find fault with that?

If it weren’t for talk radio, no one would know just how bad this shamnesty bill sucks.  Perhaps that’s the problem?  We know, and they don’t want us to know that the folks in D.C. don’t give a happy crap about the LEGAL citizens of this country.

Morning Coffee 6/25/07

25 June 2007, 8:44 am. Comments Off. Filed under General News.

COLOR-BARRED STUDENT
SHUT OUT BY SCHOOL’S RACE QUOTA

A Brooklyn mother and father got the shock of their lives when school officials informed them their brilliant 11-year-old girl was denied admission to an elite public school – solely because she’s of Indian descent.

What kind of nonsense is this??? It shouldn’t matter what color the kid’s skin is, where her ancestors originated, or anything else. If this is such a ‘great school’, I’d question the folks in charge, and make a few changes! Major changes, at the top!

Hamas releases recording of captured soldier’s voice

In the message, posted on the Web site of Hamas’s military wing, Schalit sent greetings to his family and said his health was deteriorating. He also expressed disappointment in the government’s “lack of interest” in his fate.

The animals need to release the man and worry about their own problems. They can’t feed their people, because, well, murder doesn’t put food on the table, now does it.

Chavez Tells Venezuelan Soldiers to Prepare for War With U.S.

President Hugo Chavez urged soldiers on Sunday to prepare for a guerrilla-style war against the United States, saying that Washington is using psychological and economic warfare as part of an unconventional campaign aimed at derailing his government.

The man is a serious fruit loop! A very dangerous fruit loop! Perhaps some enterprising folks will figure out a way to employ a road side bomb for HIS benefit? How ’bout a cobra in his red beret?

In Texas, Obama says he wants Guantanamo Bay closed

The Democratic presidential hopeful pledged to work side-by-side with the rest of the world on issues like nuclear proliferation, poverty, economic development in Latin America and the violence in Darfur.

“While we’re at it,” he said, “we’re going to close Guantanamo. And we’re going to restore habeas corpus. … We’re going to lead by example – by not just word but by deed. That’s our vision for the future.”

I’d like to know why those guys have been held so long without a MILITARY trial, and then executed? Problem solved! I wonder if Obama is going to provide space in his home for a few of ‘em?

Full access for Mexican trucks hits rough road

A Bush administration plan to proceed with a pilot program to give Mexican truckers full access of U.S. roads has caused a bipartisan uproar on Capitol Hill.

“The cross-border trucking program is bad for America,” said Rep. Duncan Hunter, California Republican and presidential candidate. “It appears, under the current program, that commercial interests are being pushed ahead of the safety and security interests of the American people.

The man is just plain not listening! Perhaps Laura should smack him upside the head a couple of times?

New Ken paddle maker up against national battle

“It’s just appalling to me that people would sell things like that to make money and hurt children,” said Lawrence, director of Stop the Rod, an anti-spanking group. “I don’t think people should hit each other.”

Moonbat alert!

Border patrol races to sign up thousands
But observers inside and outside warn against hastily hiring, training

The U.S. Border Patrol has spent a cool $1 million to advertise on a hot NASCAR racer, part of the biggest recruitment campaign in the agency’s history. But many wonder if it can win an unprecedented race to hire 6,000 agents by fiscal 2009.

Just make sure they can shoot straight!

18-year-old held in rape of woman, 75

Christopher Garrison, 18, broke into the victim’s home Friday and assaulted the woman when she returned around 3:30 p.m., said Memphis police Lt. Joe Scott.

What a sick, perverted, animal! Castration….with a dull butter knife!

State GOP’s finance chief resigns
Top Republicans shocked by Aussie’s immigration troubles

Michael Kamburowski, an Australian immigrant who served as the California Republican Party’s chief operating officer, abruptly resigned Sunday — less than 24 hours after The Chronicle reported he had been ordered deported in 2001, jailed in connection with the order, and now has a $5 million wrongful arrest lawsuit pending against U.S. Department of Homeland Security officials.

Problem? He actually speaks English, and does something productive. We don’t want that kind of immigrant, do we BUSH? (read serious sarcasm)

Man loses suit over missing pants

A judge ruled Monday in favor of a dry cleaner that was sued for $54 million over a missing pair of pants.

The owners of Custom Cleaners did not violate the city’s Consumer Protection Act by failing to live up to Roy L. Pearson’s expectations of the “Satisfaction Guaranteed” sign once displayed in the store window, District of Columbia Superior Court Judge Judith Bartnoff ruled.

Thank goodness! Now, someone might want to look into getting that clown, Pearson, off the bench!