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Archive for 27 December 2007
“The Security Council underlines the need to bring perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of this reprehensible act of terrorism to justice and urges all states in accordance with their obligations under international law to cooperate actively with the Pakistani authorities in this regard,” Spatafora said. “The Security Council reaffirms that terrorism in all of its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security and that any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable regardless of their motivation wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed.”
The statement also calls on Pakistanis to exercise restraint and maintain stability.
Yep!Â That’ll have ‘em quakin’ in their caves.
U.S. Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee, who met with Benazir Bhutto in Pakistan in November, says Pakistan needs free and fair elections in the aftermath of her assassination.
He said he feels Pakistan’s citizens will stand together to reject extremist ideology and demand freedom and the rule of law.
Corker, a Chattanooga Republican, acknowledged that democracy will not come easily to the country.
As a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, he met with Bhutto in her home in Pakistan on Nov. 30 during a Congressional delegation trip to Asia.
Corker said the U.S. must do everything possible to support the efforts of those who pursue the growth of democracy.
Bob Corker has a “DUH” moment.Â However, what he isn’t saying….WE will be paying for them to do ‘everything possible’.Â He also isn’t saying that Pakistan is being overrun by Islamonazis, thanks in great part to Musharef’s failure to deal with his own border.Â We’ve spent BILLIONS propping up a military dictator with nothing to show for it but more bloodshed.Â Sorry Bob, I just don’t see it.
Leaders from around the world have condemned the assassination of former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. VOA Senior Correspondent AndrÃ© de Nesnera has more in this report from Washington.
U.S. President George Bush described Benazir Bhutto’s assassination as a cowardly act by murderous extremists who are trying to undermine Pakistan’s democracy. And he urged the Pakistanis to keep the country on a democratic path.
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said the subcontinent has lost an outstanding leader who worked for democracy and reconciliation in her country.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai, who held talks with Ms. Bhutto just hours before she was killed, said he was shocked by the development.
“I met with her this morning. I found her to be a very, very brave woman with a clear vision for her country, for Afghanistan and for the region – a vision of democracy and prosperity and peace,” he said.
Ms. Bhutto was killed in a suicide attack as she left an election rally of her Pakistan’s People’s Party in the city of Rawalpindi.
French President Nicholas Sarkozy called the attack an odious act. And British Foreign Secretary David Milliband urged the Pakistanis to exercise restraint and work for unity.
Karl Inderfurth, former Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia Affairs in the Clinton administration, described Ms. Bhutto as a courageous woman.
“I attended a small dinner for her in Washington just prior to her return to Pakistan in October and a good part of the conversation that we had then was about her personal safety,” he said. “And she was just absolutely determined to go back, even though she knew that there were great risks involved.”
Ok, here’s a question: Does anyone really think that the bad guys are going to say, “Oh gee, so sorry. We didn’t realize our murderous actions were going to upset world leaders. We won’t do it anymore.”?
Swiped from Ick!
The yearâ€™s most memorable quote is a fitting epitaph for this most forgettable 2007.
â€œDonâ€™t tase me broâ€¦â€
We should be so lucky.
This was a year dominated by the transgressions of Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, and Britney Spears who at one point shaved her head, but still has higher approval ratings than Nancy Pelosi
A scorned love-sick astronaut wearing diapers drove cross country to stalk her lover; Miss Teen South Carolina shared her views on the absence of maps in American education; and we got tips on bathroom etiquette from Larry Craig ( â€œI have a wide stanceâ€) and Sheryl Crow, who suggested we should all limit ourselves to one-square of toilet paper a visit. She still canâ€™t figure out why people wonâ€™t shake her hand.
Al Gore won an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, a Nobel and everything else except Dancing with the Stars. There was some brief embarrassment when it was reported that his house uses 20 times as energy as the average American home. Environmentalists explained this away by resurrecting the medieval churchâ€™s practice of selling indulgences, which they renamed â€œoffsetting carbon credits.
Hillary Clintonâ€™s presidential campaign stumbled after she tried out several personalities, including a southern accent, but focus groups found that voters didnâ€™t find her credible as a middle aged black woman. Oprah endorsed Barack Obama.
Democrats took control of Congress and did nothing, except introduce the concept of the â€œnon-binding resolutionâ€ to a new generation. Jack Murtha talked about a â€œslow bleedâ€ of the military to stop the war in ; Harry Reid declared the war lost; Russ Feingold demanded immediate surrender; Tammy Baldwin proposed impeaching Dick Cheney. Despite their best effort, however, the â€œsurgeâ€ succeeded. No joy in Surrenderville.
Does anyone else get numerous ‘gimme monies’ from the RNC? Oddly enough, since I quit giving anything to them, they have slowed down a bit. It might also have something to do with the fact I have told them, repeatedly, until they stop acting like Dhimmicrats, they won’t see of dime of my money! Ok, Mr Ol’ Broad’s money, but still.
Instead, I decided after the 2006 elections to give money directly to the candidate instead. The ONLY candidate I have donated money to, is Fred Thompson. Why? Glad you asked. In my opinion, he is the one candidate who stands on many of the same values and principles that made this country great: life, low taxes, national security, immigration, conservative judges, 2nd Amendment, plus many more.
While I can’t be 100% behind any candidate, I AM closer to 90% behind this one.
Fred might not be as charismatic as a few of the other candidates, but I have to ask myself this question: Do I want a leader, or do I want someone who knocks my socks off? The answer is simple. I want a leader. A REAL one. A leader who will stand up for his principles. One who won’t cave into to our enemies, or liberals (one in the same IMHO). A leader who isn’t afraid to do the right things, not necessarily the popular ones. I don’t not want a president who sticks his, or her, finger in the wind every time he, or she, has to make a decision. I want strength of character, courage, and old fashioned common sense!
Let’s not allow the liberal press decide for us who our next president will be. Let’s punch ‘em in the eye and let ‘em know, “We’re mad as hell, and we aren’t gonna take it anymore!”
How ’bout we burst the blogs for Thompson?
Rudy Giuliani invokes the 2001 terrorist attacks â€” the tragedy that made him the face of U.S. resolve and put him on the national political map â€” in a new ad campaign launched as the Republican tries to overcome a rough patch in his presidential candidacy.
â€œDuring the day of September 11, living through the things that I saw and observed. Immediately, when I saw people helping each other. I saw the picture of the firefighters putting the flag up at ground zero,â€ the former New York mayor says in a TV commercial. â€œI said these are the children or grandchildren or great-grandchildren of the greatest generation. They have the same resolve. The same understanding.â€
Giulianiâ€™s emphasis on the 2001 attacks marks a strategy shift as he faces a series of likely defeats in Iowa, New Hampshire and other early contest states â€” and as he seeks to stay relevant with his unconventional game plan of favoring big states that come later in the primary season and offer more delegates.
Is it just me, or is anyone else getting tired of Guiliani beating the 9/11 drum? Now while this attack on our nation is still fresh in our minds, well, most of us anyway, and he seemed to have handled himself quite well, I do not believe climbing the bodies of the dead to the presidency is such a great thing. He’s got a lot of other issues going against him, abortion, 2nd Amendment, gay marriage, and he needs to deal with those if he wants conservatives to even consider voting for him.
Redneck Book of Etiquette
1. Never take a beer to a job interview.
2. Always identify people in your yard before shooting at them.
3. Its considered poor taste to take a cooler to church.
4. If you have to vacuum the bed, it’s time to change the sheets.
5. Even if you’re certain that you are included in the will, it is still considered tacky to drive a U-Haul to the funeral home.
*** DINING OUT ***
1. When drinking directly from the bottle, always hold it with your fingers covering the label.
2. Avoid throwing bones and food scraps on the floor as the restaurant may not have dogs.
*** ENTERTAINING IN YOUR HOME ***
1. A centerpiece for the table should never be anything prepared by a taxidermist.
2. Do not allow the dog to eat at the table, no matter how good his manners are.
*** PERSONAL HYGIENE ***
1. While ears need to be cleaned regularly, this is a job that should be done in private using one’s OWN truck keys.
2. Proper use of toiletries can forestall bathing for several days; however, if you live alone, deodorant is a waste of good money.
3. Dirt and grease under the fingernails is a social no-no, as they tend to detract from a woman’s jewelry and alter the taste of finger foods.
*** DATING (Outside the Family) ***
1. Always offer to bait your date’s hook, especially on the first date.
2. Be aggressive. Let her know you’re interested: “I’ve been wanting to go out with you since I read that stuff on the bathroom wall two years ago.”
3. Establish with her parents what time she is expected back. Some will say 10:00 PM; others might say “Monday.” If the latter is the answer, it is the man’s responsibility to get her to school on time.
4. Always have a positive comment about your date ‘s appearance, such as, “Ya sure don’t sweat much for a fat chick.”
*** WEDDINGS ***
1. Livestock, usually, is a poor choice for a wedding gift.
2. Kissing the bride for more than 5 seconds may get you shot.
3. For the groom, at least, rent a tux. A leisure suit with cummerbund and a clean bowling shirt can create too sporty an appearance.
4. Though uncomfortable, say “yes” to socks and shoes for this special occasion.
*** DRIVING ETIQUETTE ***
1. Dim your headlights for approaching vehicles; even if the gun is loaded, and the deer is in sight.
2. When approaching a four-way stop, the vehicle with the largest tires always has the right of way.
3. Never tow another car using panty hose and duct tape.
4. When sending your wife down the road with a gas can, it is impolite to ask her to bring back beer.
5. Never relieve yourself from a moving vehicle, especially when driving.
6. Do not lay rubber while traveling in a funeral procession.
*** TWO REASONS IT IS HARD TO SOLVE A REDNECK MURDER ***
1. All the DNA is the same.
2. There are no dental records
Courtesy of Mr. Ol’ Broad.
The Kwanzaa celebration that spurred a lawsuit took place in the Shelby County Commission chambers Wednesday night as planned.
A Chancery Court judge dismissed a case Wednesday morning to block the Kwanzaa celebration from being held in the county’s main administration building at 160 N. Main, ruling that it was not a religious event.
Not religious? Did the judge read the ‘seven principles’, one of which, clearly states “a time of special reverence for the creator and creation in thanks and respect for the blessings, bountifulness and beauty of creation”. When you speak of a creator, doesn’t religion come into play?
The complaint was filed last Friday by Probate Court Clerk Chris Thomas against Shelby County Government and County Commissioner Henri Brooks, who hosted the celebration.
Thomas said he was not opposed to Kwanzaa, but opposed this celebration on the grounds that other faiths were denied the right to host their own religious events. Religious symbols, such as the Nativity scene, are not allowed on county property.
I have no problem with Kwanzaa, other than it was made up by a radical dude back in the 60′s. I’m all for a peaceful celebration. However, it seems to me that this judge is favoring one culture over all others. After all, Christianity is as much part of the culture in the U.S., if not more so, as is some celebration of ‘first fruits’. I don’t know about you, but if they are going to have such a celebration, wouldn’t it make more sense to have it after the harvest season. I don’t see a lot of fruit on the trees right now. I see a lot of brown leaves on the ground though.
Kwanzaa is a seven-day cultural event honoring black and African heritage. Evans said that based on the evidence presented, “it has not been shown to be a religious celebration.”
Again, I disagree.
Bailey also noted that for the judge to block the Kwanzaa event, Thomas would have to show how this celebration causes injury.
How does a Nativity ’cause injury’? Yet, it is banned.
Thomas, in a demure black suit, told the court that physically he would not be injured, but being prevented from celebrating Christmas while others celebrate Kwanzaa “does offend me and it injures me…
“As a taxpayer, I’m injured because (county government is) using taxpayers’ money to fund this event after hours.”
Taxpayers funding? The judge made a major mistake, and opened a door to many more suits.
Because this case dealt specifically with Kwanzaa, she does not believe it sets a precedent about who and for what reasons the commission’s chambers could be used.
She’s pleased that the issue has been put to rest.
“We can always remember that truth always triumphs over evil,” she said.
Yes, truth does triumph, but they should either ban all, which I don’t approve, or embrace all, which is a much more sensible approach.
A jet carrying Sen. John McCain of Arizona touched down Wednesday evening on Iowa’s western border, marking a remarkable comeback for the veteran politician and opening another intriguing narrative in the wide-open Republican field.
McCain had been left for dead politically this summer, and now his decision to return to a state he skipped altogether in his 2000 bid for the White House is one of the many signs that the GOP contest for president is still in search of a front-runner.
I don’t buy into anything the press says anymore. They are pushing the candidates they think the Dhimmis can beat, instead of giving REAL coverage of REAL conservatives.
The father of a teen who was killed by a tiger at the San Francisco Zoo questioned the facility’s safety on Thursday, as police reportedly considered whether one of the victims taunted the deadly jungle cat.
Sources close to the investigation told the San Francisco Chronicle that police are probing whether one of the Siberian tiger’s three victims climbed over a fence Christmas Day and then dangled a leg or other body part over the moat.
Police said Carlos Sousa, 17, of San Jose was killed just outside the tiger’s enclosure. The two others, who were injured, were about 300 yards away by a cafe.
How stupid can one person be? I can see small children dumb things, right before a parent smacks them upside the head, “He’ll rip your eyes out!” But a 17 year old should have known better! These aren’t house cats! They are very LARGE felines who view you as food, or an annoyance, to be dealt with accordingly.
Ron DeLord of the Peace Officers Memorial Foundation, an organization that honors fallen Texas officers at a memorial on the Capitol grounds in Austin, said it’s not clear why there was such an increase in fatalities this year or whether the increase is a spike or an omen.
“I wish I knew, because I’m not sure there’s a pattern,” Mr. DeLord said. “We lost three officers in Odessa called out on a family disturbance and two Henderson County deputies on a disturbance. Some of these others are just random.
“I think it’s always been violent. Why it’s spiked, I don’t know the answer.”
I can think of a few answers! None of which are ‘politically correct’. Let’s see, increased number of illegals, running drugs, bringing in gang members, a total lack of respect for the law, parents not giving a happy crap where their kids are….the list is long. And it IS society’s problem, and it’s all intertwined. My prayers are with the families of all those lost. My wishes for a fiery pit for those who caused the losses.
The Palestinian News Agency Maan reported Thursday that a breakthrough has been accomplished in regards to kidnapped IDF soldier Gilad Shalit.
According to the report, Egypt has been able to convince Israel to accept some of Hamas’ demands, including the release of 200 Palestinian prisoners â€“ some of them militant cell leaders â€“ who Israel considers to be “extremely dangerous”.
I don’t understand why Israel would ‘sell it’s soul’ to a bunch of murdering thugs.
It was just what American soldiers had been longing for — a patrol vehicle designed to withstand the powerful roadside bombs that have killed more service members than any other insurgent weapon in the Iraq war.
But as the Defense Department hits its year-end goal of delivering 1,500 heavily armored, V-hulled “mine-resistant ambush-protected” trucks to Iraq, the feeling in the Pentagon is far from elation. Instead, an intense debate has broken out over whether the vehicle that is saving lives also could undermine one of the most important lessons of the whole war: how to counter an insurgency.
If this is a military decision, that’s one thing. But if it’s a political one? You counter an ‘insurgency’ by wiping ‘em out! Yes, there will be collateral damage, but there is in every war.
One week after a severe headache forced Rudy Giuliani to spend a night in the hospital, his doctor declared the Republican presidential candidate to be “in very good health.”
Glad he’s ok. Still not voting for him in the primaries.
Investigators will continue poring over a grisly scene east of Seattle today to try and figure out why six people â€” possibly three generations of a family â€” were shot and killed on Christmas Eve.
One of two suspects arrested Wednesday is a woman in her 20s who is related to the victims, King County sheriff’s Sgt. John Urquhart said. The other is a man in his 20s.
A law enforcement official, who spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity, said the property owner’s daughter, Michele Anderson, 29, and her boyfriend, Joseph McEnroe, were arrested. The official was not authorized to release the suspects’ names.
What kind of worthless POS would shoot a 3 year old and a 6 year old!
All I want for Christmas is for Christians to listen to what Mike Huckabee says, rather than what the media say about him. The mainstream media keep flogging Huckabee for being a Christian, apparently unaware that this “God” fellow is testing through the roof in focus groups.
Huckabee is a “compassionate conservative” only in the sense that calling him a conservative is being compassionate.
He responded to my column last week — pointing out that he is on record supporting the Supreme Court’s sodomy-is-a-constitutional-right decision — by saying that he was relying on the word of a caller to his radio show and didn’t know the details of the case. Ironically, that’s how most people feel about sodomy: They support it until they hear the details.
First, I’d pay a lot of money to hear how a court opinion finding that sodomy is a constitutional right could be made to sound reasonable. But the caller had the right response when Huckabee asked him, “What’s your favorite radio station?” So he seemed like a reliable source.
Second, Huckabee’s statement that he agreed with the court’s sodomy ruling was made one week after the decision. According to Nexis, in that one week, the sodomy decision had been the cover story on every newspaper in the country, including The New York Times. It was the talk of all the Sunday news programs. It had been denounced by every conservative and Christian group in America — as well as other random groups of sane individuals having no conservative inclinations whatsoever.
The highest court in the land had found sodomy was a constitutional right! That sort of thing tends to make news. (I was going to say the sodomy ruling got publicity up the wazoo, but this is, after all, Christmas week.)
RAWALPINDI, Pakistan â€” Pakistani opposition leader Benazir Bhutto was assassinated Thursday in a homicide attack that also killed at least 20 others at a campaign rally.
The former prime minister died in Rawalpindi General Hospital, where she had been rushed to surgery after she was wounded in the attack.
There were reports that Bhutto had been shot in the neck as she was leaving the scene of the bombing.
“At 6:16 p.m. she expired,” said Wasif Ali Khan, a member of Bhutto’s party who was at the hospital.
Her supporters at the hospital began chanting “Dog, Musharraf, dog,” referring to Pakistan’s president, Pervez Musharraf.
Some of them smashed the glass door at the main entrance of the emergency unit, others burst into tears. Top party leaders were outside the hospital, crying.
I wonder if her murder was as much because she was a woman who spoke out, as political opposition?