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29 February 2008, 6:50 pm. 2 Comments. Filed under Opinion.

A Japanese doctor says, “Medicine in my country is so advanced that we can take a kidney out of one man, put it in another, and have him out looking for work in six weeks.”

A German doctor says, “That is nothing. We can take a lung out of one person, put it in another, and have him out looking for work in four weeks.”

A British doctor says,”In my country medicine is so advanced that we can take half a heart out of one person, put it in another, and have both of them out looking for work in two weeks.”

The American doctor, not to be outdone, interjected, “You guys are way behind. We are about to take a woman with no brains, put her in the White House, and half the country will be out looking for work.

Courtesy of Mr Ol’ Broad.

One Bright Note

29 February 2008, 10:22 am. Comments Off. Filed under Blog Stuff.

I’ve learned how to play Spider solitaire while waiting for pages to load.  I don’t think dial up was EVER this slow.  Well, maybe it was (300bps anyone?), but that was a VERY long time ago.

The Do Nothings

29 February 2008, 10:04 am. Comments Off. Filed under Congress, Feckless Weasels.

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Kowtowing

29 February 2008, 9:45 am. 4 Comments. Filed under 2008.

State GOP’s Obama name use changes

The Tennessee Republican Party reversed course and removed Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama’s middle name from a press release on its Web site.

The party said in a clarification at the bottom of the release Wednesday night that it removed Obama’s middle name Hussein “to diffuse attempts by Democrats and the Left to divert attention from the main point of this release.”

Pfft! Wusses!

Barack Hussein Obama.

John Sidney McCain.

Hillary Diane Clinton.

Michael D. Huckabee.  Ok, what’s the D stand for??

Morning Coffee 02-29-08 – Leap Year …….

29 February 2008, 9:23 am. 2 Comments. Filed under General News.

…….and WildBlue still sucks edition!

Chemical Ali’ to Be Executed Within 30 Days in Iraq

Iraq’s Presidential Council endorsed the death sentence for Ali Hassan al-Majid, known as “Chemical Ali” for his role in the gassing of thousands of Iraqi Kurds during a 1988 campaign of genocide.

Al-Majid, a cousin of former President Saddam Hussein, will be executed within 30 days, President Jalal Talabani’s Patriotic Union of Kurdistan said today on the party’s Web site. Talabani, a Kurd, is joined on the council by vice presidents Adel Abdul al-Mahdi, a Shiite Muslim, and Tareq al-Hashemi, a Sunni Muslim.

Dang! And here I thought he had already done his “swing dance”.

Vallejo Strikes Deal to Avoid Bankruptcy

A last-minute deal between city leaders and labor unions could allow this cash-strapped Bay Area suburb to avoid becoming the first city in the state to declare bankruptcy over a budget shortfall.

The two sides reached the tentative agreement Thursday to cut labor costs just before the City Council was set to vote on whether to seek bankruptcy protection. Vallejo has grappled with spiraling employee expenses, a slowing economy and a rash of home foreclosures.

And yet, people still don’t get the connect between unions and financial woes. Go figure. “Spiraling employee expenses”? That translates to benefits the average Joe doesn’t get, at the taxpayers expense.

Nader announces his running mate

Beginning a climb as steep as some of the streets in his hometown, former San Francisco Supervisor Matt Gonzalez signed on Thursday as running mate in Independent Ralph Nader’s mid-stream – and many say, quixotic – bid for the White House.

Gonzalez defended Nader, now a five-time presidential wannabe whose reputation as a spoiler was set in cement after Al Gore’s narrow loss to George W. Bush in 2000.

“Everyone wants to blame him for running,” said Gonzalez, a 42-year-old consumer activist who will take a leave from his law practice to focus on the campaign. “But he has to run, because the other parties don’t want to fix the problems with election reform. They’ve put us in an awkward position – either we never run for office, and the problems never get fixed; or run, try to win votes on substance and get criticized for it.”

Never heard of the guy, but I guess they’ll get a lot of the moonbat vote. :)

Highly Poisonous Ricin Possibly Found At Las Vegas Motel

Police were called to the Extended Stay America Motel on Thursday and retrieved a package from the motel manager that was determined to be a chemical or controlled substance, Officer Ramone Denby said.

Two preliminary tests indicate it contained ricin, he said. Results from further tests by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and a second local lab are expected Friday, police said.

“Ricin has no medical uses other than cancer research,” police Captain Joseph Lombardo said at a news conference Thursday night. “An individual citizen other than being involved in cancer research or cancer prevention would not have any legal means or proper means of having that.

And they’re saying this isn’t a terror related incident? Wonder what they were going to use it for? Starting their own cancer research facility? Hmmm….

Prince Harry to Return Home After Combat

Prince Harry will be immediately brought home from Afghanistan, where he has spent the last 10 weeks fighting on the front lines, the British Defense Ministry said Friday.

Harry, 23, third in line to the British throne, deployed to Afghanistan on Dec. 14 and has been fighting Taliban forces from a forward combat base in southern Helmand province.

Why didn’t they just put a bulls-eye on the boy’s back? Asshats! Obviously, the “story” outweighed his safety.

Israel warns of Gaza ‘holocaust’

Israeli leaders are warning of an imminent conflagration in Gaza after Palestinian militants aimed rockets at the southern city of Ashkelon.

The deputy defence minister said the stepped-up rocket fire would trigger what he called a “bigger holocaust” in the Hamas-controlled coastal strip.

Israeli air strikes have killed about 30 Palestinians, including six children in the past two days.

The Gazans don’t much care about their children. If they did, they’d do their utmost to stop the trash from bombing Israel, and make an effort to live peacefully.

Italy: Human rights court sides with terror suspect in deportation dispute

The European Court of Human Rights ruled on Thursday that Italy would violate its obligations under the European Convention of Human Rights if it deported Tunisian terror suspect Nassim Saadi from Italy as he ran a real risk of torture and ill treatment in his home country.

I don’t suppose it’s occurred to these so called ‘human rights’ types that is exactly what he would do to others, if given half a chance?

McCain: Citizenship issue settled

Republican presidential hopeful John McCain said Thursday that the question of whether he can run for president, despite being born in the Panama Canal Zone, was put to rest 44 years ago during Barry Goldwater’s run for the White House.

McCain added that he does not know why his campaign sought a legal opinion on whether his birth outside the continental United States might disqualify him from the presidency.

Why indeed. Perhaps prompted by some left wing loon fringe group trying to derail? Who knows. If the kid of an illegal immigrant is born in El Paso (aka anchor baby), he/she could run, so what’s the problem?

MAJOR Server Issues

28 February 2008, 1:34 pm. 2 Comments. Filed under Blog Stuff.

Welp, we’re gonna kiss WildBlue g’bye!  It turns out they don’t much care for folks who actually use their computers….A LOT!  Since there are 3 people using the internet on a regular basis (one of them listening to the ‘radio’) and they only allow us just so much broadband usage per 30 days, no matter how ridiculous the price the charge, we’re going to switch to DSL.
Odds are, posting will be on a very limited basis for the next few days.  I honestly don’t think a page should take 10 minutes to load, even on dial-up.  GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR

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Morning Coffee 02/28/08

28 February 2008, 9:08 am. 3 Comments. Filed under General News.

U.S. border “virtual fence” to be delayed: report

Technical problems have forced the Bush administration to retool a high-tech “virtual fence” along the U.S.-Mexico border and will delay the first phase for at least three years, the Washington Post reported on Thursday.

There are an estimated 12 million illegal immigrants in the United States, many from Mexico. Immigration is a highly charged topic and a major issue in the campaign for November’s presidential election.

Department of Homeland Security officials and congressional auditors told lawmakers on Wednesday that problems found in the 28-mile pilot project built near Nogales, Arizona, by Boeing Co. will require a change in plans, the Post reported.

High tech is nice, but nothing will ever replace real people, with real guns and a REAL high fence. Moat….gators…..piranhas.

8 Wounded in Los Angeles Street Shooting

Police are searching for a gunman who wounded eight people at a busy South Los Angeles bus stop and trying to figure out why he opened fire into a crowd of children and adults.

Armed with a semiautomatic handgun, the man apparently was aiming at somebody but missed his target and shot others at the bus stop just after schools let out Wednesday, Lt. Ruben De La Torre said.

Are they sure he wasn’t just shooting people at random?

Nude runner arrested near Aurora

Authorities are still trying to figure out what prompted 28-year-old Kevin Lininger to run naked up and down South Shawnee Street near Aurora today.

“He didn’t demonstrate any signs of alcohol or drug use,” said Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson.

Isn’t it COLD in Colorado this time of year? Nutty!

‘We should wipe out Hamas leaders’

Israel, he said, must rather go the way of upping targeted killings among the full gamut of Hamas leadership.

“We must not let anyone involved in the shooting stay alive,” Sheetrit, who is also a member of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, said. “I am opposed to hesitation and in favor of wiping out anyone who is in Hamas; from the military and political echelons, no matter who.”

I’m not so sure just taking out the ‘heads’ is going to do the trick. They seem to regrow them in short order, so it would be a never ending battle.

Race a wild-card factor

As the possibility grows that voters may bestow the nation’s highest public office on an African American, serial public apologies — largely by Democrats — show just how sensitive race remains. What is less clear is how race could help or hinder Obama, who has struggled to keep it in the background.

J. Sidney McCain lost points with me when he delivered that useless apology. He didn’t have a whole lot of point to begin with, so losing a few puts him back on the bottom of the heap. B. Hussein is an empty suit with pretty platitudes.

Gov wants Cole Hall demolished

As a frigid wind swept across campus, student Laura Wayman silently took in the memorial of snow-crusted teddy bears and dying red roses lying outside Northern Illinois University’s Cole Hall Wednesday afternoon.

Wayman, 21, had not heard the big news delivered earlier in the day by Gov. Blagojevich and NIU President John G. Peters: The site of the Valentine’s Day massacre was to be torn down and replaced, nearby, with a new “state-of-the-art” facility — Memorial Hall.

Other than the obvious, is something wrong with the building? Is it full of asbestos? Are the walls crumbling?

Investigation of Clemens Is Sought

In a letter sent to Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform said it could not definitively say if Clemens had lied under oath during its investigation into his challenge of accusations contained in the report on baseball and drugs prepared by George J. Mitchell. But the committee said it believed that the Justice Department should pursue the matter.

I wonder if Congress has a clue of how ridiculous they are making themselves appear to the public?

Children held hostage in Cameroon

John Fru Ndi of the opposition Social Democratic Front, denied being behind the unrest but he said he could understand the frustrations felt by Cameroonians because of the high cost of living.

“It’s a miserable situation and the government has not addressed this,” he told the BBC’s Network Africa programme.

“The people have no other alternative than to express themselves by marching on the streets to draw government’s attention to issues affecting their everyday lives.”

And by using children as shields, this will help their cause…….how?

Ford seeks further prison delay

Six months after being sentenced to prison for bribery, John Ford is proving harder to incarcerate than to convict.

U.S. Dist. Court Judge J. Daniel Breen, who has twice delayed Ford’s prison report date, listened Wednesday as the former state senator said he feared his children would be “put out on the street” if he is not there to provide food and shelter.

That judge needs to be removed from the bench. Ford isn’t the only person who has been sentenced to jail time with children. If this weasel hadn’t broken the law, this wouldn’t be an issue. Why should he be given special treatment? Just because his name if Ford? I don’t think so!

Sen. Bond: House finds time for steroids while FISA sits

Senator Bond (R-Missouri) contends Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California) are “getting their marching orders from the MoveOn.org and CODEPINK constituency” of their party. Bond is denouncing Reid for arranging another vote on a resolution that would cut funding to U.S. troops and order a military withdrawal from Iraq.

According to Bond, the work in the House is “even more ridiculous.” He believes its top priority should be to vote on the bipartisan terrorist surveillance bill (the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, or FISA) that overwhelmingly passed the Senate.

Feckless weasels bowing to moonbats. Our so called representatives have sunk to a new low.

Ann On Buckley

28 February 2008, 7:55 am. Comments Off. Filed under Opinion.

William F. Buckley: R.I.P., Enfant Terrible
by Ann Coulter

William F. Buckley was the original enfant terrible.

As with Ronald Reagan, everyone prefers to remember great men when they weren’t being great, but later, when they were being admired. Having changed the world, there came a point when Buckley no longer needed to shock it.

But to call Buckley an “enfant terrible” and then to recall only his days as a grandee is like calling a liberal actress “courageous.” Back in the day, Buckley truly was courageous. I prefer to remember the Buckley who scandalized to the bien-pensant.

Other tributes will contain the obvious quotes about demanding a recount if he won the New York mayoral election and trusting the first 100 names in the Boston telephone book more than the Harvard faculty. I shall revel in the “terrible” aspects of the enfant terrible.

Read on…

WildBlue

27 February 2008, 11:06 pm. Comments Off. Filed under Opinion.

Hey WildBlue lady!

Just in case ya decided to stop by, don’cha know!  :)  Thanks for your help, and your service to our country!  Honestly, I will try very hard to behave, and not go over my usage (which is weird).

And for anyone who noticed, we were having computer/connectivity issues.

Knock? Knock?

27 February 2008, 5:00 pm. 2 Comments. Filed under Feckless Weasels, Moonbats & Other Animals, Pond Scum.

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Temperature Monitors Report Widescale Global Cooling
Twelve-month long drop in world temperatures wipes out a century of warming

Over the past year, anecdotal evidence for a cooling planet has exploded. China has its coldest winter in 100 years. Baghdad sees its first snow in all recorded history. North America has the most snowcover in 50 years, with places like Wisconsin the highest since record-keeping began. Record levels of Antarctic sea ice, record cold in Minnesota, Texas, Florida, Mexico, Australia, Iran, Greece, South Africa, Greenland, Argentina, Chile — the list goes on and on.

I think we should start a movement to get the Boracle to return not only his Oscar, but his share of the Nobel Peace Prize!

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Since actual science proves that he is nothing more than a con-man and odds are he’s bilked many out of their hard earned bucks, maybe he should see the world from a different perspective for a while?

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A Travesty

27 February 2008, 2:00 pm. Comments Off. Filed under Crime, Pond Scum.

Jury Recommends Life in Prison for Bobby Cutts Jr.

CANTON, Ohio — A jury has recommended that an former Canton, Ohio, police officer serve life in prison for the murder of his girlfriend and their unborn fetus.

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It was an unborn BABY!  A child!  A child that will never be able to grow up!  She was a beautiful young woman who will never see her child graduate from high school, college, get married, have children.

He was a police officer, sworn to uphold the law, to protect.  He’s a murderous piece of shit who does not deserve the mercy shown him by the jury.

(Sorry, sometimes anger gets the better of me, but I do not apologize for believe he more than deserves the death penalty!)

R.I.P.

27 February 2008, 11:46 am. Comments Off. Filed under Opinion.

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William F. Buckley Jr. dies at 82

Author and conservative commentator William F. Buckley Jr. has died at age 82.

His assistant Linda Bridges says Buckley died Wednesday morning at his home in Stamford, Conn.

Buckley became famous for his intellectual political writings in his magazine, the National Review.

TN Snowbank

27 February 2008, 10:46 am. 4 Comments. Filed under Opinion.

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Heh.

Morning Coffee 02/27/08

27 February 2008, 10:41 am. Comments Off. Filed under General News.

Heathrow protesters scale British parliament roof

Protesters scaled the roof of Britain’s parliament in a major security breach on Wednesday and threatened further direct action against government plans to expand London’s Heathrow airport.

Environmental protesters from the “Plane Stupid” group scaled the Houses of Parliament to mark the end of a public consultation period on a third runway and sixth terminal at what is already the world’s busiest international airport.

First, how did they get past what would normally be fairly tight security? Second, Heathrow only has two runways?

Iran: We’re Smart Too

Iran’s launch of a rocket in early February provoked unease in an international community already suspicious over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program, since the technology involved can also be used to deliver warheads.

“Iranian space engineers built the research rocket in nine months,” said Ahmadinejad, according to the IRNA, the state news agency. “The rocket was not a reproduction of a foreign one.”

Oh puhleeeeeze! Yes, there are some pretty smart Iranians, I won’t deny that. Mostly educated in ferin countries. If that wasn’t a reproduction of others, why does it look the same? Huh?

Proposal to limit abortion rejected

A proposed constitutional amendment that could have allowed new limits on abortions in Tennessee was killed on Tuesday by a state House subcommittee, the fourth time the Republican-backed proposal has been defeated in the legislature.

The 6-3 vote was along party lines and came amid open partisan sniping. Opponents of the bill claimed victory.

The Party of Death is nothing, if not consistent.

Polygamist sect leader pleads not guilty

Polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs has pleaded not guilty to sex charges stemming from arranged marriages between teen girls and older men.

Jeffs made his first court appearance Wednesday in Arizona. He was convicted in Utah last year of rape as an accomplice for his role in the arranged marriage of a 14-year-old girl and her cousin.

He should have saved everyone time and money, including himself, and just pleaded guilty. Seems to me they have way too much evidence. But hey, that’s just me.

Kassam hit kills student at Sapir College, wounds another

A student at Sapir College in Sderot was killed and one other person wounded by shrapnel after a Kassam rocket fired from the Gaza Strip hit a parking lot on the western Negev campus.

At least five other people were reported in shock. Army Radio reported that everyone present on the college campus was being shepherded into sheltered areas. Classes were cancelled for the rest of the day, and college officials planned to meet Wednesday evening to decide whether studies would continue as usual for the rest of the week.

If the palestinians want peace, they might consider not firing rockets into schools, or anywhere else, for that matter.

Bredesen, Pelosi discuss TennCare

Gov. Phil Bredesen has met with U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in Washington to express concern about proposed Medicaid rule changes that could cost Tennessee up to $400 million a year in federal money for TennCare.

I’ll grant you, I don’t know a lot about TennCare, but I do know that they are extremely inefficient, the left hand doesn’t know what the right hand is doing, and they seem inclined NOT to communicate with each other. If they weren’t such a bloated bureaucracy, perhaps there would be no need to cut funding for care, just cut out the people who haven’t a clue how to work a fax machine!

At drugs hearing, committee vows different atmosphere

The leaders of a congressional hearing on drugs in sports said Wednesday they will not take a partisan tone during the broadly-focused hearing looking at the future of drugs in sports.

“This is not going to be political theatre,” said chairman Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., before the hearing in front of the House Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection. “There won’t be any histrionics.”

Doesn’t Congress have anything actually IMPORTANT to do?

Woman gets probation for shooting husband

A Madison County woman who was charged with shooting her husband in the back of the head last May will spend the next five years on probation, according to court officials.

Wanda Sue Ross, who was 58 at the time of the charge, pleaded guilty Monday to the aggravated assault of her husband, Dennis W. Ross, who was 61 when he was shot.

I’m getting the impression that it’s just peachy for women to shoot their husbands in Tennessee. I find this rather odd.

A REAL Baby Killer

27 February 2008, 9:45 am. Comments Off. Filed under 2008, Feckless Weasels.

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