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Archive for 1 October 2007
I was on the phone with the Mr when Jr came in from the other room to watch CSI: Miami. She got all excited, looking out the window, for reasons that were not immediately apparent. I glanced over, and thought “oh great, another feral cat”. Nope. Wasn’t a cool colored cat. It was something completely new visiting the outdoor cat’s bowl.
Ya know, I kept wondering how those two small kitties managed to pack away all that food overnight. Now, I know!
NO, Jr, you can NOT keep it!
Number 13?Â Cool!
PROVIDENCE â€” The federal government has granted Edgar VelÃ¡squez, a Mexican illegal immigrant, a two-week extension of his five-day humanitarian visa, to pursue his workersâ€™ compensation claim against William J. Gorman Jr., owner of Billy Gâ€™s Tree Care in Warwick.
Immigration lawyer Roberto Gonzalez said Saturday that Immigration and Customs Enforcement authorities have extended VelÃ¡squezâ€™s humanitarian parole, allowing him to remain in Rhode Island while the case moves forward. VelÃ¡squez had been scheduled to return to Mexico yesterday.
â€œThis is really an exception,â€ Gonzales, who is working pro bono in VelÃ¡squezâ€™s behalf, said on Saturday.
He attributed the governmentâ€™s granting of a humanitarian visa and its subsequent extension, to international pressure brought by the Mexican-American Association of Rhode Island and other local immigrant advocacy groups; the Mexican consulate in Boston; and Sen. Jack Reedâ€™s office.
Without that pressure, Gonzalez said, â€œthis never would have happened.â€
Couple of things here. First, I would make sure the jackass who hired this guy was prosecuted. Second, he, PERSONALLY, should be required to pay any and all medical bills out of his own pocket, plus any comp that would be granted naturally….for being such a jackass for hiring an illegal to begin with.
Neoconservative guru Norman Podhoretz met secretly with President Bush and urged him to attack Iran before it can acquire nuclear weapons.
The meeting last spring in New York was not logged on the presidentâ€™s schedule. But Podhoretz, whose new book is â€œWorld War IV: The Long Struggle Against Islamofascism,â€ disclosed details of the meeting in an interview with Britainâ€™s Sunday Times.
â€œI urged Bush to take action against the Iranian nuclear facilities and explained why I thought there was no alternative,â€ he said. â€œI laid out the worst-case scenario â€“ bombing Iran â€“ versus the worse-case consequences of allowing the Iranians to get the bomb.
â€œHe gave not the slightest indication of whether he agreed with me, but he listened very intently.â€
The threat of Iran producing nuclear weapons became even more urgent last week when President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said at the United Nations that the dispute over Iranâ€™s nuclear program is now â€œclosed.â€
At his meeting with the president, Podhoretz said, he told Bush that he has â€œthe awesome responsibilityâ€ of averting another holocaust.
Podhoretz told the Times he is convinced Bush wonâ€™t leave office with Iran having acquired nuclear weapons or the capability of producing them, and added that the president â€œbelieves that if we wait for threats to fully materialize, weâ€™ll have waited too long â€“ something I agree with 100 percent.â€
Podhoretz, 77, has joined Rudy Giulianiâ€™s presidential campaign as a senior foreign policy adviser.
Giuliani said recently that he would not tolerate a nuclear-armed Iran.
Secret – definition:
Main Entry: seÂ·cret
Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French secrÃ©, secret, from Latin secretus, from past participle of secernere to separate, distinguish, from se- apart + cernere to sift — more at SECEDE, CERTAIN
1 a : kept from knowledge or view : HIDDEN b : marked by the habit of discretion : CLOSEMOUTHED c : working with hidden aims or methods : UNDERCOVER d : not acknowledged : UNAVOWED e : conducted in secret
2 : remote from human frequentation or notice : SECLUDED
3 : revealed only to the initiated : ESOTERIC
4 : designed to elude observation or detection
5 : containing information whose unauthorized disclosure could endanger national security — compare CONFIDENTIAL, TOP SECRET
Not much of a ‘secret’ if something is blabbed about, and made known worldwide, now is it.
A large group of Al-Qaeda fighters are moving down a road when they hear a voice call from behind a sand dune:
â€œOne MARINE is better than ten Al-Qaeda fighters â€œ.
The Al-Qaeda commander quickly orders 10 of his best men over the dune where upon a gun-battle breaks out and continues for a few minutes, then silence.
The voice once again calls out:
â€œOne MARINE is better than one-hundred Al-Qaeda fighters.â€
Furious, the Al-Qaeda commander sends his next best 100 troops over the dune and instantly a huge gun fight commences. After 10 minutes of battle, again Silence.
The MARINEâ€™S voice calls out again:
â€œOne MARINE is better than one-thousand Al-Qaeda fighters.â€
The enraged Al-Qaeda commander musters 1000 fighters and sends them to the other side of the dune. Rifle fire, machine guns, grenades, rockets and Cannon fire ring out as a terrible battle is fought â€¦. Then silence.
Eventually one badly wounded Al-Qaeda fighter crawls back over the dune and with his dying words tells his commander â€¦â€¦.
â€œDonâ€™t send any more men â€¦â€¦ itâ€™s a trap. There are two of them.â€
Swiped from Blue Star Chronicles.
“He says his critics â€” the people who question whether he is smart or qualified to be on the Court or who suggest he merely does what a white Supreme Court colleague dictates â€” are as also as bigoted as the whites of his childhood in the deep South.
“People feel free to say about me what they think about lots of blacks,” Thomas said in an interview in his chambers at the Supreme Court. “Because of the heterodox views I’ve taken, they have license to say it about me with impunity.”
…Thomas’s life and experiences â€” growing up in the Jim Crow South, integrating all-white public schools as the only black student, confronting more latent racism after he fled to what he hoped would be “utopia” in the North â€” clearly have influenced how he views the law and social policies like affirmative action. His brutal 1991 confirmation battle only reinforced those deeply held views. He says he believes every discussion of race in America is fundamentally dishonest.
“It’s even more dishonest than the ’60s,” he says.
He is adamantly opposed to affirmative action, but for entirely different reasons than white conservatives who drive the debate by arguing it’s unfair to white people. Thomas says affirmative action instead has hurt blacks. It not only sends them into environments in which they are doomed to struggle instead of soar, but it also perpetuates negative stereotypes that whites hold today that all blacks are inferior to them and don’t belong â€” just as whites in the South assumed 50 years ago.
Wouldn’t it be nice if the libs went ahead and admit they are bigots? That they don’t believe a black man, or woman, can achieve success without help?
A burqa-clad woman blew herself up and killed at least 15 people Monday at a crowded police checkpoint in northwestern Pakistan, police said. It was believed to be the first time a female suicide bomber has struck inside the country.
It’s not bad enough they turn their children into weapons? Now they are convincing the only means of replacing those children to murder and die as well?
A volcanic explosion rocked a tiny Yemeni island in the Red Sea, spewing lava and ash hundreds of feet into the air and forcing Yemeni authorities to evacuate a military base. NATO and Yemeni ships Monday were searching for eight missing soldiers.
I wonder if they’ve figured out a way to tax volcanoes for polluting the air? Prayers for the missing and their families!
Mayor Bloomberg used an international stage to repudiate fiscal conservatives in America, saying their British counterparts were far better at practicing what they preach.
“Too many of them want to run up enormous deficits,” he told the annual Conservative Party Conference in this northern seaside town. “That’s not conservatism â€” that’s alchemy, or, if you like, lunacy.”
Ok, I’ll grant you the last bunch of so called Republicans that held the reins, got seriously spend happy. I’d say the best way to solve that problem would be to put a bunch of conservative accountants in office. No one seems to know how to set a budget, then actually live within said budget. The whole bloomin’ country has a major problem with living beyond their means. But it seriously chaps my hide when American politicians go to foreign soil to bad mouth the country!
Nichols, who was freed from prison in 2002 after serving time for burglary, claims the killing was in self-defense. Prosecutors contend Nichols started the confrontation, at least in part because he disliked Hmong hunters.
Nichols is charged with first-degree intentional homicide, hiding a corpse and being a felon in possession of a firearm. If convicted of murder, the mandatory punishment is life in prison.
That boy screwed himself from every direction.
The state Legislature agreed early Monday to raise the income tax and expand the sales tax to services in a deal with the governor that quickly ended a partial state government shutdown.
For a little more than four hours, fewer state police patrolled Michigan highways, campgrounds were closed and road construction projects and lottery sales were stopped.
Applause broke out in Democratic Gov. Jennifer Granholm’s office when the final vote was announced at 4:18 a.m.
Only Dhimmis could find a reason to cheer when taxes are raised. Pathetic!
Tom McClusky of the Family Research Council says Senator Byrd let the protestors take over the hearing. “And then to top it all off, Senator Harkin starts attacking General Pace on his belief that homosexuals should not be serving in the military. Something that has been part of the military conduct for a very long time and something General Pace personally believes in, yet he was mocked and ridiculed by Senator Harkin,” says McClusky. “And congratulations to Senator Judd Gregg for standing up to Senator Harkin and telling him he should be ashamed for his actions.”
He says Harkin (D-Iowa) and Byrd were pandering to the more radical elements of their party. “I think it was a play to the radical Democratic base, the anti-war base, groups like Code Pink and MoveOn.org,” he stated. “It was definitely a play to them, and I’m sure that if we went to their websites right now we’d probably see alerts telling them to thank Senator Harkin and to thank Senator Byrd for their mistreatment of a respected general.”
A once well respected body is now nothing more than an over bloated kindergarten class, vying for Teacher’s attention.
First Vice-President Parviz Davoudi said on Monday that the statement presented by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in University of Columbia displayed logic of Islam and weakness of infidelity.
Sixty-three U.S. military deaths were reported in September, the lowest monthly toll since July 2006, according to U.S. forces and a preliminary count by The Associated Press.
Ya know, this obsession with ‘body count’ is extremely morbid. Every life is precious. I just wish they cared as much about the preborn.
Through August 2007, those figures show, 18,832 suspected insurgents had been reported killed, 5,196 injured and 119,752 arrested by U.S. and coalition forces.
Now, if the MSM wants to obsess with afore mentioned counts, why don’t they report THESE numbers?
On Sunday – the deadline set by church leaders for the Episcopal Church to roll back support for same-sex unions – the U.S. church’s presiding bishop said unequivocally at San Francisco’s Grace Cathedral that there would be no retreat.
“All people – including gay and lesbian Christians and non-Christians – are deserving of the fullest regard of the church,” the Most Rev. Katherine Jefferts Schori declared during an hourlong discussion before services. “We’re not going backward.”
I hear hell is quite unpleasant. Not ‘going backward’ eh? Guess the story of Sodom and Gomorrah were left out of his particular Book.
Monday classes at the main campus of the University of Memphis have been canceled after a man was shot and killed Sunday night, according to campus police.
Around 10:15 p.m. a man was shot near the Carpenter Complex, student housing across the street from campus. He drove off after the shooting and struck a tree on Zach Curlin near Central.
The man was taken to the Regional Medical Center in extremely critical condition but later died.
Memphis police have not established a motive and have no suspects in custody. They have not yet released the name or age of the victim.
The Daily Helmsman, the U of M campus newspaper, is reporting that the victim is 21-year-old Taylor Bradford, a defensive lineman for the Tigers football team.
Anyone with information that could help investigators is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 528-CASH.