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Archive for 8 August 2007
It truly is sad when there are those in this country so dead set on defeat, they will lie and bring shame to the greatest fighting force on the planet. To be perfectly crude, I wouldn’t whiz on any of them if they were on fire!
In their latest demonstration of how much they love the troops, liberals have produced yet another anti-war hoax.
The New Republic has been running “true war” stories from a brave, anonymous liberal penning dispatches from Iraq. The famed “Baghdad Diarist” described his comrades joyfully using Bradley fighting vehicles to crush stray dogs, mocking a female whose face had been blown off by an IED, and defacing Iraqi corpses by wearing skull parts on their own heads.
Various conservatives began questioning the plausibility of the anonymous diarist’s account — noting, for example, that Bradley vehicles don’t “swerve,” as the diarist claimed. The editor of The New Republic responded by attacking the skeptics’ motives, complaining that some conservatives make “a living denying any bad news that emanates from Iraq.”
But when that clever retort failed to quiet rumblings from the right wing, The New Republic finally revealed the “Baghdad Diarist” to be … John Kerry! Actually it was Pvt. Scott Thomas Beauchamp, Democratic candidate for president circa 2028. (That gives him 20 years to learn to pronounce “Genghis.”)
In revealing himself two weeks ago, Beauchamp lashed out at “people who have never served in Iraq.” He said he was too busy fighting “an actual war” to participate in “an ideological battle that I never wanted to join.”
He had tried to stay out of ideological battles by writing made-up articles in a national magazine claiming soldiers in Iraq had become callous beasts because of George Bush’s war, killing to “secure the riches of the empire.” Alas, this proved an ineffective method of keeping his head low. Beauchamp’s next bid for privacy will be an attempt to host “The Price Is Right.”
In response to Beauchamp’s revelation that he was the “Baghdad Diarist,” the military opened an investigation into his allegations. There was no corroboration for his stories, and Beauchamp promptly signed an affidavit admitting that every single thing he wrote in The New Republic was a lie.
G-d speed Endeavour!!
After all the expense and aggravation, I can now sit in front of the idjit box, in my recliner, in the living room.Â I can even go outside in the 100 – ‘feels like 105′ – degree heat with my laptop….if I was really that stupid.Â HUSH!
So, if I had the energy, I’d be doin’ the Snoopy Dance.
I’m also getting new monitor, for when I get my comfy chair for the ‘office’.Â A big ol’ honkin thing!Â
A Michigan man scrubbed a monument to U.S. troops with a toothbrush Tuesday while wearing a T-shirt that read “I Stole From Veterans” as part of a punishment for a scam to solicit scrap yards for metal, the Saginaw News reports.
A judge ordered Philip Kolinski, 73, of Carrollton Township, Mich., to wash the veterans monument outside the Saginaw County Governmental Center after he was found guilty of soliciting metal donations for a sculpture dedicated to Iraq War veterans that was never built, the Saginaw News said.
Instead of using the metal for a monument, he sold it and kept the money, the paper reports.
Click here to read the Saginaw News report.
Saginaw County District Judge A.T. Frank also ordered Kolinski to to pay $9,000 in restitution and $2,095 in fees and fines.
A second man, James M. Arnst, 45, is awaiting trial for his alleged role in the scam.
I’m sure I could come up with a few choice four lettered words for this sleeze, but I’ll refrain. I think he and his partner, and any others who would use vets as a scam, should start on Arlington Cemetery next!
Newsweek magazine is being compared to “editorial screed that violates basic standards of journalism” over a cover story that refers to global warming skeptics as “deniers.”
The cover story, titled “The Truth About Denial,” claims so-called global warming “deniers” are a “well-funded machine.” According to the article, “Since the late 1980s, this well-coordinated, well-funded campaign by contrarian scientists, free-market think tanks, and industry has created a paralyzing fog of doubt around climate change.”
Marc Morano, a spokesman for Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Oklahoma), says to the contrary, climate alarmism is itself the “well-coordinated, well-funded campaign” being backed by universities, think tanks, world governments, and the worldwide media.
“The problem that is completely ignored is, number one, we’re having a report with hundreds of scientists coming out who have just spoken up since January against the so-called ‘consensus.’ Number two, the money on the side promoting climate alarmism is, I believe someone estimated, 2,500-to-1, [or about] $50 billion to about $19 million and then some change on top of that,” explains Morano.
Morano points out that even The New York Times concedes that current weather patterns are within natural climate variability. He states that the only thing “global warming” skeptics are denying is the uncertainty of computer models of the future predicting doom.
“That’s it. And the U.N. itself is now on record saying the models don’t account for half the climate variability and aren’t very reliable,” he says.
As for Newsweek’s use of the term “global warming deniers,” Morano says it is designed to equate skepticism of manmade global warming to questioning of the Holocaust.
“To achieve lasting peace, sooner or later, one way or another, Hizbullah must be disarmed and its patron in Damascus confronted,” according to US Presidential hopeful John McCain, who wrote to The Jerusalem Post as part of the latest installment to the ‘Road to the White House’ blog on JPost.com, which addressed the issue of how the US should deal with Syria.
“Lasting peace and security in Lebanon”, he stressed, “must include a democratic government that has a monopoly on authority within Lebanon’s borders. That means no independent militias, no Hizbullah fighters, no weapons and equipment flowing to Hizbullah across Lebanon’s borders. So long as that is not the case, Hizbullah is likely to further regroup, reconstitute, and rearm.”
Sounds like common sense, IMHO.
Another presidential hopeful – Barack Obama – on the other hand, was of the opinion that a path of confrontation would not be constructive. Despite the fact that “so far, the Syrian regime has given all the wrong answers,” the Illinois Senator said he “would engage Syria in direct bilateral talks while insisting on our core demands.”
According to Obama, “The Democrat hopeful accused the Bush administration of issuing “empty threats” against Assad. “[The Administration] has eschewed bilateral talks on the full range of issues and failed to present a convincing roadmap to a different kind of relationship.”
I don’t see sitting down to have a chat, with tea and crumpets, is going to accomplish much. Lying to “infidels” is par for the course, and is evidently encouraged. Barack has a LOT to learn. It’s obvious, at least to me, that he is no where near ready to be Commander in Chief.
A long way from the splendor of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone â€” the Vatican’s highest ranking official after the pope â€” celebrated Mass Tuesday in the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center’s Presidential Ballroom.
Bertone is in Nashville for the 125th annual convention of the Knights of Columbus, one of the world’s largest Catholic service organizations.The Vatican’s secretary of state, he delivered the homily at the convention’s opening Mass. In it, he praised the work of Knights of Columbus founder Father Michael J. McGivney and endorsed making him a saint.
Not being Catholic, I don’t know how they go through the process of sainthood, but I did think there had to be a certain number of proven miracles? I’m sure this guy was a really good man who put the needs of others at the forefront, but a saint?
Experts say burn centers are expensive to maintain and often lose money because they are staffed with highly specialized surgeons and nurses and stocked with sophisticated equipment designed to ease patients’ excruciating pain, fend off deadly complications and promote healing.
The number of burn centers in the U.S. has dropped from 132 in 2004 to 127, and burn beds have fallen from 1,897 to 1,820, according to American Burn Association records compiled from voluntary reporting by hospitals.
I’m baffled. Yes, expense is a big consideration, but what about need? Where will firefighters go if injured fighting a fire? How about a child who pulls a pot of boiling water over? What will happen to them? Not to mention the possibility of another 9/11 type attack?
This was where it had to happen, in his haven at China Basin, among the true believers. Barry Bonds launched a ball into history Tuesday night, sending the only 756th home run ever hit by a major-leaguer into the center-field bleachers and setting off a celebration more rapturous than anyone could have expected.
Pelosi is set to square off against Rep. Neil Abercrombie (D-Hawaii), the power-lifting chairman of the House gym committee.
Abercrombie is touting his efforts to secure funding in the legislative branch spending bill to begin an estimated $8 million renovation of the House gym. The project is personally important to Abercrombie, who sets a yearly goal to bench-press 200 pounds more than his age, now 69.
Pelosi and other Democratic leaders are not eager for a multimillion-dollar renovation of the congressional members-only gym to be one of the first accomplishments of the Democratic majority. They worry that freshman Democrats could be attacked on the campaign trail next year for approving a fancy new gym for themselves after winning office.
Are they flippin’ kidding???? They can go to Bally’s, or whatever, like the rest of the country! EIGHT MILLION DOLLARS? I don’t bleepin’ think so! The arrogance of the congress critters becomes more apparent daily.
NASA’s shuttle Endeavour is poised to rocket into space this evening carrying six spaceflyers and teacher-turned-astronaut Barbara Morgan towards the International Space Station (ISS).
The space shuttle and its STS-118 crew are set to launch spaceward at 6:36 p.m. EDT (2236 GMT), with weather forecasts promising an 80 percent chance of favorable liftoff conditions.
Ok, it’s time to start establishing bases on the moon and such. I know a lot of new science has come from these ‘trips’, but come on. Let’s move forward!
A judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by former Milwaukee County Parks Director Sue Baldwin and one of her top managers alleging that County Executive Scott Walker reneged on a promise that they would be allowed to get higher pensions.
Baldwin retired at 55 in 2003 after 19 years with the county and got a $50,377 pension. She lost $17,000 by being forced out early.
Scott saved the taxpayers 17 grand. Is that annually, or a one time thing?