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Archive for 9 January 2008
It’s really tough to lose your dad!
The longest baby ever born at the Albany, N.Y., hospital, at least as of May 5, 1926, who grew up to be my strapping father, passed away last Friday morning.
As Mother and I stood at Daddy’s casket Monday morning, Mother repeated his joke to him, which he said on every wedding anniversary until a few years ago when Lewy bodies dementia prevented him from saying much at all: “54 years, married to the wrong woman.” And we laughed.
John Vincent Coulter was of the old school, a man of few words, the un-Oprah, no crying or wearing your heart on your sleeve, and reacting to moments of great sentiment with a joke. Or as we used to call them: men.
When he was moping around the house once, missing my brother who had just gone back to college, he said, “Well, if you had cancer long enough, you’d miss it.” Read on…
Why is it that every time you go to the doctor, they ALWAYS find something that is going to eat into your savings? Today, I was informed I MAY have to have surgery on my neck. Something to do with discs, nerves, whatever. It’s gonna hurt, one way or the other. Perhaps nerve blockers, which involves needles and pain. Physical therapy, which ALWAYS involves pain. Surgery, which involves needles, pain, and KNIVES.
Crap!Â I’m having a bad week!
Jane Hambleton has dubbed herself the “meanest mom on the planet.”
After finding alcohol in her son’s car, she decided to sell the car and share her 19-year-old’s misdeed with everyone â€” by placing an ad in the local newspaper.
The ad reads: “OLDS 1999 Intrigue. Totally uncool parents who obviously don’t love teenage son, selling his car. Only driven for three weeks before snoopy mom who needs to get a life found booze under front seat. $3,700/offer. Call meanest mom on the planet.”
Hambleton has heard from people besides interested buyers since recently placing the ad in The Des Moines Register.
The 48-year-old from Fort Dodge says she has fielded more than 70 telephone calls from emergency room technicians, nurses, school counselors and even a Georgia man who wanted to congratulate her.
“The ad cost a fortune, but you know what? I’m telling people what happened here,” Hambleton says. “I’m not just gonna put the car for resale when there’s nothing wrong with it, except the driver made a dumb decision.
Heh! Now, if MORE parents would take control like this lady, perhaps more teenagers would be responsible and perhaps live to see another day!Â Great lesson for parents EVERYWHERE!
One word – EVIL!
Obama is the Most Pro-Abortion Candidate Ever
by Terence P. Jeffrey
Barack Obama is the most pro-abortion presidential candidate ever.
He is so pro-abortion he refused as an Illinois state senator to support legislation to protect babies who survived late-term abortions because he did not want to concede — as he explained in a cold-blooded speech on the Illinois Senate floor — that these babies, fully outside their mothers’ wombs, with their hearts beating and lungs heaving, were in fact “persons.”
“Persons,” of course, are guaranteed equal protection of the law under the 14th Amendment.
In 2004, U.S. Senate-candidate Obama mischaracterized his opposition to this legislation. Now, as a presidential frontrunner, he should be held accountable for what he actually said and did about the Born Alive Infants Bill.
State and federal versions of this bill became an issue earlier this decade because of “induced labor abortion.” This is usually performed on a baby with Down’s Syndrome or another problem discovered on the cusp of viability. A doctor medicates the mother to cause premature labor. Babies surviving labor are left untreated to die. Read on…
Letter from one “Angry Woman”
“Are we fighting a war on terror or aren’t we? Was it or was it not started by Islamic people who brought it to our shores on September 11, 2001?
Were people from all over the world, mostly Americans, not brutally murdered that day, in downtown Manhattan, across the Potomac from our nation’s capitol and in a field in Pennsylvania?
Did nearly three thousand men, women and children die a horrible, burning or crushing death that day, or didn’t they?
And I’m supposed to care that a copy of the Koran was “desecrated” when an overworked American soldier kicked it or got it wet?…Well, I don’t. I don’t care at all.
I’ll start caring when Osama bin Laden turns himself in and repents for incinerating all those innocent people on 9/11.
I’ll care about the Koran when the fanatics in the Middle East start caring about the Holy Bible, the mere possession of which is a crime in Saudi Arabia I’ll care when these thugs tell the world they are sorry for hacking off Nick Berg’s head while Berg screamed through his gurgling slashed throat.
I’ll care when the cowardly so-called “insurgents” in Iraq come out and fight like men instead of disrespecting their own religion by hiding in mosques.
I’ll care when the mindless zealots who blow themselves up in search of nirvana care about the innocent children within range of their suicide bombs.
I’ll care when the American media stops pretending that their First Amendment liberties are somehow derived from international law instead of the United States Constitution’s Bill of Rights.
In the meantime, when I hear a story about a brave marine roughing up an Iraqi terrorist to obtain information, know this: I don’t care.
When I see a fuzzy photo of a pile of naked Iraqi prisoners who have been humiliated in what amounts to a college-hazing incident, rest assured: I don’t care.
When I see a wounded terrorist get shot in the head when he is told not to move because he might be booby-trapped, you can take it to the bank: I don’t care.
When I hear that a prisoner, who was issued a Koran and a prayer mat, and fed “special” food that is paid for by my tax dollars, is complaining that his holy book is being “mishandled,” you can absolutely believe in your heart of hearts: I don’t care.
And oh, by the way, I’ve noticed that sometimes it’s spelled “Koran” and other times “Quran.” Well, Jimmy Crack Corn and – you guessed it – I don’t care !!
Oil wells are old school today. Just look at Canada selling us oil that they get from oil rich shale just digging up the ground. We have the same kind of shale and oil rich settlement east of the Rockies in America. Today the Canadians are extracting oil for about $30 a barrel and it cost about that also to get it from coal.
With the technology available, we can get clean oil from these outcrops and coal just as the Germans did during WWII. There is enough oil here to last for hundreds of years outside of wells. It is about time we looked for oil in other places than wells and the Middle East.
This will be possible if the EPA lets us do it. Of course, if we donâ€™t want to use our given raw materials with the help of modern science you can freeze in your house and walk to work or bow to the folks in the Middle East five times a day.
Oh, yes, you can learn to eat something else besides corn products, because we are going to be burning it all up in our cars. Forget hydrogen, it is too expensive and hard to transport and store.
George Reynolds, Nashville
And the voters of NH bought into it.Â Go figure.
If I’m not mistaken, that’s exactly what this editorial from the J’Post is saying.
On May 1, 2003, as Saddam’s statues where being toppled all over Iraq, in a speech aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln that became infamous because of the “Mission Accomplished” banner hanging in the background, Bush explained where the war had come and where it was going: “Our war against terror is proceeding according to principles that I have made clear to all: Any person involved in committing or planning terrorist attacks against the American people becomes an enemy of this country, and a target of American justice… Any outlaw regime that has ties to terrorist groups and seeks or possesses weapons of mass destruction is a grave danger to the civilized world – and will be confronted.”
Perhaps without meaning to, the recent US National Intelligence Estimate revealed how dramatically Iran got the message: in 2003 it stopped the part of its secret program dedicated to actually building a nuclear weapon. At about the same time, Libya revealed its secret nuclear program, and pledged to dismantle it and forswear terrorism.
But then came the counterrevolution. While the US was busy trying to help Iraqis recover from Saddam’s brutal rule and build a democracy, Iran was busy sowing terror and mayhem, not only in Iraq, but in Lebanon and Gaza. And instead of working systematically to counter the billions Iran was spending to make Iraq ungovernable, the US did almost nothing to combat Iran’s proxies until much later, when it was almost too late.
Finally, the US figured out how to turn things around in Iraq and has been making progress over the last few months. But as Bush himself taught us, this will be for nought if all the forces the US has been fighting – Hamas, Hizbullah, and al-Qaida – suddenly enjoy the tailwind that a nuclear Iran could provide. The forces of jihad, which were on the run in 2003, could be chasing the US by 2009.
Iran has denounced video and audio recordings released by the United States of the two nations’ confrontation in the Strait of Hormuz as “fabricated,” according to statements carried by state-run television station.
Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman downplayed the incident Wednesday, calling it “normal,” state-run news agency IRNA reported. “The case … was similar to the past ones and it was a regular and natural issue,” Mohammad-Ali Hosseini said, IRNA reported.
I guess Bush wants to steal Ahmabooboo’s leisure suits, so he has the Pentagon come up with a sure fire winner for America’s Funniest Home Videos. Pfft!
They wore dress green uniforms that included metal belt buckles, metal tie clasps, metal shirt stays and ribbons with metal backing, and had “dog tags” around their necks.
Both had to take off parts of their uniforms, and Reed was searched with a metal-detecting wand and patted down, the parents said.
“My son was good-natured about it, but he couldn’t understand why he had to do all of that,” said Rita Reed, Reed’s mother.
No security exceptions are made for military personnel who travel on commercial flights, said Ann Davis, a spokeswoman for the Transportation Security Administration. If items set off an alarm, screeners are allowed to conduct additional screening.
Unless that Marine’s name was Mohamed Achmed Mohamed, he damn sure should have had an exception! A simple wanding should have been sufficient!
Hurricane Katrina’s victims have put a price tag on their suffering and it is staggering â€” including one plaintiff seeking the unlikely sum of $3 quadrillion.
The total number â€” $3,014,170,389,176,410 â€” is the dollar figure so far sought from some 489,000 claims filed against the federal government over damage from the failure of levees and flood walls following the Aug. 29, 2005, hurricane.
Uhhhh….do they actually have the audacity to claim ‘we the people’ owe them money? Here’s a novel thought….get up off your lazy ass and do something for yourselves….for a change! You CHOSE to live in that cesspool. The federal government didn’t squander the money, that was your own locally elected and appointed officials.
As American president George W. Bush landed in Jerusalem on his first visit to Israel, his bid to revive the Middle East peace process was already under attack from the Islamic movement Hamas.
Bush is visiting Israel and the West Bank in a bid to strengthen fragile negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians for a treaty by the end of the year.
They don’t want peace. It’s that simple. They want Israel shoved into the sea, and they want us to help pay for their destruction. Bush might want to be real careful what he ‘promises’ the Palestinians!
But the normally reserved Senator Clinton, who would become the first female president, revealed a more vulnerable, human, side on the eve of the vote when she cracked under the pressure of the campaign and fought back tears.
Asked if that teary moment helped win the women’s vote, her senior adviser, Ann Lewis, said: “I know it, but I can’t prove it.”
What was known last night was that 57 per cent of Democratic voters yesterday were women, and they voted 47 per cent to 34 per cent in favour of Senator Clinton.
And we all know how illogical lefty women can be. I’ll take a kick ass male over a whiny female for POTUS anytime!
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will propose hiking the cost of insurance for millions of California homes and businesses in the budget he unveils Thursday, with the money to be used for firefighting efforts.
The proposal, a copy of which was obtained by The Times, calls for new charges to be tacked onto the insurance bill for every residential and commercial property in the state. Administration officials call the charges fees and defend them as consistent with the governor’s pledge, repeated in his State of the State address Tuesday, to not raise taxes.
That man has truly lost his terminating mind! Here’s a novel concept….how ’bout using a little common sense, and clear out the underbrush that FUELS those fires, eh?
Starting today, it’s Michigan’s turn.
And the state’s presidential primary, at least on the Republican side, apparently has come down to a two-man battle between Arizona Sen. John McCain, fresh off Tuesday’s victory in the New Hampshire primary, and Michigan native son Mitt Romney, trying to avoid a third defeat after losing in Iowa and New Hampshire.
Ya know….Tennessee’s primary is on the 5th. I don’t recall either one of them being down here. They’ve been running, what….a year now?
The director of Christian activist group Repent America will be arraigned today in a Philadelphia courtroom on charges of unlawful preaching.
Michael Marcavage had been preaching to people on a public sidewalk outside the Liberty Bell Center this past October when he was arrested by officers from the National Park Service. The arrest came after he refused to move to a so-called “free-speech zone” across the street from the building housing the Liberty Bell. The incident occurred during Repent America’s annual pro-life evangelism tour, and according to Marcavage, he was just exercising his constitutional right to free speech.
I was under the impression the entire country was a ‘free speech zone’!
U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold will hold a listening session at 7:45 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, at the Iron Ridge Community Center, 205 Park St.
If constituents need special accommodations at the listening session, they should contact Feingold’s Middleton office at (608) 828-1200.
“These listening sessions are an excellent opportunity for me to hear directly from constituents about any issues or concerns they may have, and I appreciate the effort people make to attend these meetings and let their voices be heard,” Feingold said in a press release.
I actually got a letter from Slimegold inviting me to his little ‘session’. I’m afraid I’m going to have to decline his kind invitation. Guess he didn’t get the memo…..I’ve MOVED! Besides, he doesn’t actually listen to anyone but the fawning moonbats. Corker and Alexander may not be perfect, but they are a damn sight better than Feingold and Kohl!
Amid Israeli security concerns and in an apparent effort by US President George W. Bush to go to Riyadh next week bearing gifts, the Bush administration has moved up by a day the date on which it will formally notify Congress of plans for a $20 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia, The Jerusalem Post has learned.
Although the administration had originally planned to inform Congress of the deal on January 15, it will now do so on January 14. Bush, according to officials familiar with the issue, will be in Saudi Arabia on the 15th and wants to be able to tell the Saudis he is pushing the issue and working for its passage.
I think the stress of the job is getting to Bush. He can’t seem to figure out….the Saudis are NOT our ‘friends’!
A proposal that could one day let Tennessee lawmakers place restrictions on abortions overcame its first hurdle in the General Assembly’s first day back to work.
The measure passed the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, an unusually rapid start for lawmakers who have been off since last June.
The measure is hailed by supporters as a vehicle to place “common-sense restrictions” on abortions, such as a waiting period, while opponents call it an election-year ploy and a line of attack to one day place a ban on all legalized abortion in Tennessee.
It’s a start!