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Archive for 17 January 2008
Dan was a single guy living at home with his father and working in the family business. When he found out he was going to inherit a fortune when his sickly father died, he decided he needed a wife with which to share his fortune.
One evening at an investment meeting he spotted the most beautiful woman he had ever seen. Her natural beauty took his breath away. “I may look like just an ordinary man,” he said to her, “but in just a few years, my father will die, and I’ll inherit 20 million dollars.”
Impressed, the woman obtained his business card and three days later, she became his stepmother.
Women are so much better at estate planning than men.
Courtesy of my sister, the lib.Â
Jay, at Stop the ACLU, has some excellent advice for conservatives:
A simple note to true conservatives that believe in the Reagan revolution, especially in South Carolina. There seems to be a trend. Huckabee was a nobody, then he rose up in Iowa and the national polls followed that surge. New Hamphire answered differntly, choosing McCain. The national polls followed. The trend of the national polls following the popular choice sends out a terrible message. That message is that too many people are stupid and make their choices on the factor of popularity istead of the issues.
I’m begging everyone to please research each candidate through and through and compare them against what they really believe. If you believe in illegal immigrants getting amnesty then vote for McCain. If you believe that raising taxes is the answer to our problems, then vote for Huckabee. If you are anti-gun, vote for Rudy. If you are for smaller government and lower taxes, vote for Fred Thompson.
Seriously, put all your bias aside, because the future of America is at stake. Look at each and every candidate and study their past. Take a look at all of their records and really think before you vote. Ignore the polls completely. This is about more than popularity and electability. Its about the core of conservatism.
I’d rather a democrat get power and screw things up a bit, as long as the blame lands back on that liberal ideology, than to have a RINO get power and screw up the name of conservatism any further. Pleaseâ€¦think before you vote.
Fairly sound advice, if ya ask me!
There’s a pretty nice little museum on the shuttle route, so the Mr and I decided, instead of staying in the warm casino all day, we’d go check it out. I’m rather glad we did, but I wish it had been a nicer day. That damp cold wind goes right thought these old bones. I would have like to have taken a tour on the river boat, but perhaps some day in the future….like when it’s 80 degrees!
The Tunica River Park Museum isn’t really extensive, but it’s got some information about the Mississippi River and how it’s affected the country and the economy. If you are ever in these parts, I’d recommend a visit.
Not a great picture of the Tunica Queen, but like I said, it was cold, and the wind was blowing, and that’s about as close as I was going to get to the water….sheltered by the museum building!
Yep, that so called energy bill is proof that you don’t have to be terribly bright to be in Congress!
Unluckily for McCain, snowstorms in Michigan suppressed the turnout among Democratic “Independents” who planned to screw up the Republican primary by voting for our worst candidate. Democrats are notoriously unreliable voters in bad weather. Instead of putting on galoshes and going to the polls, they sit on their porches waiting for FEMA to rescue them.
In contrast to Michigan’s foul weather, New Hampshire was balmy on primary day, allowing McCain’s base — Democrats — to come out and vote for him.
Assuming any actual Republicans are voting for McCain — or for liberals’ new favorite candidate for us, Mike Huckabee — this column is for you.
I’ve been casually taking swipes at Mitt Romney for the past year based on the assumption that, in the end, Republicans would choose him as our nominee. My thinking was that Romney would be our nominee because he is manifestly the best candidate.
I had no idea that Republican voters in Iowa and New Hampshire planned to do absolutely zero research on the candidates and vote on the basis of random impulses.
Dear Republicans: Please do one-tenth as much research before casting a vote in a presidential election as you do before buying a new car.
The Chicken Business
John the farmer was in the fertilized egg business. He had several hundred young layers (hens), called “pullets”, and ten roosters, whose job it was to fertilize the eggs.
The farmer kept records and any rooster that didn’t perform went into the soup pot and was replaced. That took an awful lot of his time, so he bought a set of tiny bells and attached them to his roosters Each bell had a different tone so John could tell from a distance, which rooster was performing. Now he could sit on the porch and fill out an efficiency report simply by listening to the bells.
The farmer’s favorite rooster was old Butch, a very fine specimen he was, too. But on this particular morning John noticed old Butch’s bell hadn’t rung at all! John went to investigate.
The other roosters were chasing pullets, bells-a-ringing. The pullets, hearing the roosters coming, would run for cover.
But to Farmer John’s amazement, old Butch had his bell in his beak, so it couldn’t ring. He’d sneak up on a pullet, do his job and walk on to the next one. John was so proud of old Butch, he entered him in the Renfrew County Fair and he became an overnight sensation among the judges.
The result…The judges not only awarded old Butch the No Bell Piece Prize but they also awarded him the Pulletsurprise as well.
Clearly old Butch was a politician in the making: who else but a politician could figure out how to win two of the most highly coveted awards on our planet by being the best at sneaking up on the populace and screwing them when they weren’t paying attention.
From Mr. Ol’ Broad via Sarah.Â
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It seems to happen in nearly every church right around election time: pastors and churches tip-toe around talking about politics and social issues that concern Christians, but then retreat in fear of the IRS.
“We don’t want to have our tax-exempt status revoked,” they say, invoking tax laws as reason for not participating in the national political discussion.
Wall of Separation — Twisted
In fear of the Jeffersonian “wall of separation,” pastors are intimidated into silence, not only in the public square, but also in their own churches.
That silence is often accompanied by rumors and misinformation spread by groups threatening to expose the church to the IRS for its “unlawful” participation in the political discussion.
But in reality, the Alliance Defense Fund says, pastors have the right to speak out on candidates and issues during the 2008 elections — and they can do so without jeopardizing their churches’ tax-exempt status.
“Churches and pastors have First Amendment rights just like everybody else,” said ADF Senior Legal Counsel Doug Napier. “The groups trying to intimidate churches and pastors into silence are practicing true intolerance. Our hope is that this letter will help to ensure that these illegitimate tactics of fear, intimidation, and disinformation will not succeed.”
Pastors Can Endorse Candidates — As Individuals
But under IRS regulations, pastors are legally allowed to endorse a political candidate as a private citizen.
“Most pastors have been hoodwinked into thinking that they can’t speak out in favor of candidates or actively campaign,” Napier told CBNNews.com. “They can, they just can’t do it from the pulpit.. They can even identify themselves as the pastor of their church, but they must indicate they are campaigning as a private citizen,” he said.
Napier adds that a pastor must not use any of the church’s resources while campaigning.
During every campaign, this ugly beast rears it’s head, and there are too many who bury theirs! My faith dictates my politics, as it does many others. Compromise can be reached on some issues, NOT on many others.
Australian citizen Benjamin Potts and British citizen Giles Lane, both members of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, jumped on board the Yushin Maru No. 2 Tuesday to deliver a letter saying the vessel was violating international law and Australian law by killing whales.
The anti-whaling group accused the crew of the Japanese vessel of kidnapping the men based on a video that showed Potts and Lane tied to the ship’s railing. In the video, Japanese fishermen pace back and forth in front of them.
How can you be ‘kidnapped’ if you voluntarily ‘jump on board’? How unruly were they to be tied to the railing…IF they were unruly. Wouldn’t that be something like unlawful imprisonment?
The Bush administration jumped into a long-running legal fray in California on Tuesday, exempting the Navy from a law that environmental groups have used to prevent the use of a type of powerful sonar that is believed to harm whales.
They don’t actually KNOW it harms whales…they just THINK it does. Now, while I like whales and all that, I do think the safety of the nation and her citizens come first. The Navy NEEDS sonar to do their job. Now, sit down, and quitcher whinin’! It’s YOUR ass they’re saving too.
Just back from a fact-finding trip to Afghanistan and Iraq, two Tennessee legislators on Wednesday had vastly different impressions of what they saw on the ground.
Where U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., found markets selling “everything from tangerines to cauliflower to meat to Coca-Cola” in Afghanistan and the city lights of a recovering Baghdad, U.S. Rep. Lincoln Davis, D-Tenn., said he saw two failing economies where only the Kurdish north of Iraq seems to be working.
One sees the positive, one sees the negative. The truth is somewhere in between.
A Pakistani security outpost near the border with Afghanistan has reportedly been abandoned by government troops, due to threats from pro-Taliban fighters.
Local residents said the site was abandoned on Thursday, a day after tribal fighters captured a nearby fort.
The army, however, said that all troops had not left the post at Saklatoi in South Waziristan.
“It is incorrect. Frontier Corps personnel are still in that fort, it is with us. Reports that it has been captured are incorrect,” Major General Athar Abbas told the AFP news agency.
Those troops aren’t going to do much good against the Taliban if they aren’t even there!
A suspected suicide attacker detonated a bomb at a Shiite mosque in the northwestern Pakistan city of Peshawar late Thursday, killing at least three people and wounded 20, police said.
The blast comes as minority Shiite Muslims prepare to mark the Ashoura festival, which in previous years has been marred by sectarian violence involving rival Sunnis.
It’s all about who wants to be in charge, and they’re willing to kill for it. “Religion of peace” my ass.
Not even a shredded playoff ticket will stop the Rev. Walter Hermanns from getting to Lambeau Field Sunday to watch the Green Bay Packers.
Hermanns, who has multiple sclerosis and uses a wheelchair, was getting some help from friend Andrew Duncan last Friday when he asked Duncan to take care of the stack of papers left in a bin for shredding.
When Duncan got to four Packers tickets, bundled together with a rubber band, he took off the band, put one in the shredder and then stopped short.
â€œSomething rang a bell and he said â€˜Are you sure you want to shred these?â€™ â€ Hermanns said.
Too late. One ticket was in shreds.
Someone seriously had a bad day!
An Islamic Jihad terror cell planning to wire the tracks of one of Israel’s busiest train lines was arrested in a joint IDF and Shin Bet operation near Bethlehem last month. Their arrest was cleared for publication Thursday afternoon.
The military operation also uncovered an explosives laboratory used by the cell, which had already assembled a functional explosive device.
The four Palestinian cell members confessed in their questioning to planning numerous attacks against Israeli targets, including a plot to detonate explosives along the train tracks leading from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, tracks that pass near the Bethlehem area.
How can anyone take a “peace” plan seriously with these people when they won’t stop their path of death and destruction?
Though the Mexican government has blasted Arizona’s new employer-sanctions law in the past week, Mexico, too, has federal rules specifically barring companies from hiring illegal immigrants.
But Mexico’s law is rarely enforced, partly because Mexico’s tax-evasion problem makes illegal workers harder to detect and partly because illegal immigration is seen as less of a problem as in the United States, experts say. In fact, Mexico has legalized hundreds of undocumented migrants from Central America under an amnesty program launched in December 2006. And although state and local governments in the United States have begun passing laws regarding migrants, Mexican states have mostly left such rulemaking to the federal government.
Mexico can bite my hinder!
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H/T: Stop the ACLU