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Archive for 12 February 2008
There is so much talk about “change”, especially from B. Hussein. But exactly what kind of change is he talking about? Anything in particular, or just change for the sake of change? Is he referring to his skin color? Yes, that would definitely be a “change”. Contrary to what Bill Clinton might think, he was NOT the first black POTUS.
Thanks to Charlie Sykes, I read one of the funniest things to come along in a very long time!
You have GOT to read this. Seriously! Ya gotta!!
…..Hardin County will close the schools tomorrow? It’s snowing, sleeting, raining, and getting a tad icy. I know cuz I just got home. There was a rather nasty wreck right in front of the hospital. At least I think it was a wreck. Four cop cars, fire engine and what looked to be a tow truck were on hand.
The last time they closed the schools due to weather, it was raining. I mean, other than the tornado, of course.
Ayatollah Mohsen Mussawi Tabrizi says he has been disqualified from standing in Iran’s 14 March parliamentary elections because the electoral commission judged him “not Islamic enough”.
What the heck does that mean? Is he anti murder? Does he not condone hanging of children? Just what does “not Islamic enough” mean?
Tabrizi teaches theology in a technical school in the holy Iranian city of Qom and is a ‘marja’ or cleric who is authorised to issue fatwas (religious edicts).
Is there a city in the Middle East that is NOT ‘holy’? So and so took a crap here, it is a “holy city”. Cheese and crackers!
Tabrizi described the electoral commission’s ruling as “an attempt to divide the nation and destroy Iran’s reputation in the world.”
Ooops! Too late!
Some 2,400 candidates for parliament have been disqualified, including many politicians who were close to the founder of Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. Besides Tabrizi, these include Khomeini’s grandson, Ali Eshraghi.
Well, ain’t that a kick in the pants! A murderous thugs relatives aren’t “Islamic enough”. Is that anything like not being ‘black enough’, or ‘white enough’, or ‘liberal enough’, or ‘conservative enough’??
Hillary Clinton, responding to a question about whether there might be a â€œnew business or personal scandalâ€ involving her husband Bill Clinton, said Monday night that voters should not be worried about the possibility.
“You know, I can assure this reader that that is not going to happen,” she said, in response to a question from a Santa Monica reader of the Web site Politico.com. “You know, none of us can predict the future, no matter who we are and what we are running for, but I am very confident that that will not happen.”
Of course, Democrats are abetted in their delusions by a media establishment that downplays any and all U.S. triumphs against our terrorist foes. Recent news from Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan isn’t all good, by any means. But given an objective reading of events there, it’s tough to conclude anything but that we are winning and the bad guys are losing.
Yet, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, apparently oblivious to what’s going on, opined twice on Sunday (so it’s no accident) that the Iraq War is “a failure.” Nor, she added, has the troop surge ” produced the desired effect.”
Well, if you don’t count as “desired effects” crushing the enemy into the dust, setting up an Iraqi democracy and sharply reducing deaths of U.S. troops and Iraqi civilians, she may have a point.
You’d think they’d think twice before hurling invectives toward the very base of the Republican Party, whose support in the general election is indispensable to McCain.
Not to worry, say the McCainiac lieutenants. “We’re not directing our fire at the base. We’re just criticizing its self-appointed spokesmen: Rush, Sean, Mark, Laura and assorted winger pundits. Those fire-breathing loudmouths don’t represent the base, but only a ‘very conservative’ group, which is statistically insignificant.”
Hmmm. There’s probably something to this, but I wonder if the initial assumption is really correct? According to the boffins at the Carbon Tax Center, a couple of recent polls suggest otherwise: A Field poll in November showed 72% of Californians in favor of a carbon tax (though, amusingly, “this declines to 53% if the tax were to result in Californians’ paying higher prices for goods and services”) and a BBC poll found 74% of Americans in favor of taxing coal and oil as long as the revenues are earmarked for energy research. So Americans may actually be pretty open to the idea of a broad-based carbon tax.
The latest sensational violence has turned the city’s focus – once again – to the idea that we are losing control of our streets. It also becomes an issue of race, at least based on readers who left voicemail and e-mail messages bemoaning the lawlessness of the inner city after the weekend’s mayhem.
(FYI: I submit that if your first instinct after hearing about senseless violence in town is to contact me instead of sending angry messages to the mayor, police chief or your alderman, your priorities are sorely misplaced.)
The most ominous number in the poll for McCain comes on the question, “Would you be satisfied if John McCain ended up the winner in the Republican race, or would you have preferred to see one of the other Republican presidential candidates win?” Right now it’s 51 percent satisfied, 45 percent “would have preferred another.”
The first big rift would involve Iraq. Both Senators Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama have seductively hinted that they would withdraw almost all U.S. troops within 12 to 16 months. But if either of them actually did that, he or she would instantly make Iraq the consuming partisan fight of their presidency.
There would be private but powerful opposition from Arab leaders, who would fear a return to 2006 chaos. There would be irate opposition from important sections of the military, who would feel that the U.S. was squandering the gains of the previous year. A Democratic president with few military credentials would confront outraged and highly photogenic colonels screaming betrayal.
By a “declaration of independence” I don’t mean a third party. I mean a renewed willingness among center-right Americans to criticize Republicans when they are wrong as vigorously as we criticize Democrats when they are wrong.
And I mean a reinvigoration of the grassroots to focus on all 513,000 elected officials in our country, not just those in Washington.
The Anti-Defamation League on Monday condemned a flier circulating in Memphis that says U.S. Rep. “Steve Cohen and the Jews Hate Jesus,” saying it “attempts to incite tension” between African-Americans and Jews.
Now, if I remember my Bible lessons, it wasn’t the Jews, per se, who hated Jesus. It was the ruling class in the Temple who had issues. They feared him because He made it known that they were doing nothing more than paying lip service to the teachings of the Old Testament.
The flier, which provides the name and telephone number of Rev. George Brooks of Murfreesboro, Tenn., has been in circulation since at least last Thursday. On Monday, Brooks took responsibility for the broadside.
He said he sent the flier because the 9th Congressional District is “about 90-something percent black.” According to the latest U.S. Census, in 2000, the district was 59.7 percent black.
So, by that sort of logic (or lack thereof) Barack Obama can’t represent me as President of the United States, because, well, I’m white….mostly. Better tell all those white folks that have voted for him in the primaries!
On Monday, Cohen, a Memphis Democrat, said he doesn’t know who Brooks is or why someone in Murfreesboro — well outside his district — would want to incite discrimination.
My guess is this Brooks character subscribes to the Louis Farrakhan doctrine.
The Anti-Defamation League, which fights anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry, released a statement in Atlanta Monday condemning the flier, saying, it “makes an outrageously false claim about Jews’ attitudes toward Jesus, and it attempts to drive a potentially dangerous wedge and incite tensions between African-Americans and Jews in Memphis.”
I guess the name Michael Schwerner doesn’t ring a bell with some folks anymore.
Last August, the Black Baptist Ministerial Association took Cohen to task for his support of the Hate Crimes bill vote he’d cast months earlier. When he was given an audience before the group, one minister, Robert Poindexter of Mt. Moriah Baptist Church, asserted, “He’s not black and he can’t represent me.”
I’ll remember that when it comes time to vote for anyone who doesn’t have the same color on their exterior as I do.
Danish police said Tuesday they have arrested several people suspected of plotting to kill one of the 12 cartoonists behind the Prophet Muhammad drawings that sparked an uproar in the Muslim world two years ago.
The arrests were made in pre-dawn raids in Aarhus, western Denmark, “to prevent a terror-related murder,” the police intelligence agency said. It did not say how many people were arrested nor did it mention which cartoonist was targeted.
Tell us again how Islam is a ‘religion of peace’? Sorry, didn’t quite catch that the other 10,000+ times.
The anonymous blog, which lists its first post in September 2007, levies several accusations against the Swartzes, who live in Old Hickory Village. The lawsuit details an October post linking the Swartzes to fires set throughout the neighborhood last year.
“I believe in the First Amendment, but there are limits,” said Goodlettsville lawyer Charlie Sizemore, who represents the Swartzes.
Let’s face it, there are some out there using the ‘new’ media to do harm, not to inform, or express an opinion. This is not a good thing.
A partially mummified body was found in a bathtub filled with dirt in an apartment that was stacked to the ceiling with garbage and human waste.
Owners of the small, standalone unit thought it had been abandoned in August, when rent stopped being paid, Phoenix police Sgt. Joel Tranter said Monday.
It took the owners 6 months to do anything? I’m going to take a wild stab and say this place isn’t exactly “on the right side of the tracks”. This is one weird story.
Two employees of Pakistan’s atomic energy agency have been abducted in the country’s restive north-western region abutting the Afghan border, police say.
The technicians went missing on the same day as Pakistan’s ambassador to Afghanistan, Tariq Azizuddin, was reportedly abducted in the same region.
I don’t think the bad guys are wanting to ‘convert’ said abductees. Gee, wonder what they’re after? (insert sarcasm here)
At-risk borrowers with all types of mortgages, not just high-cost subprime loans, could be eligible for help under a new plan involving six big home lenders. The plan, called Project Lifeline, will be announced Tuesday by the Treasury Department and the Department of Housing and Urban Development, said a person familiar with the plan who confirmed earlier news reports about the plan but spoke on condition of anonymity because it had not yet been made public.
“At-risk borrowers”? Wouldn’t that be ANYONE who makes a loan. Let’s face it, we aren’t the most frugal folks, and borrowing money has turned into a way of life. Instead of using common sense, we spend money we don’t have. A vast majority are just one or two paychecks from the streets. Is it really the job of the federal gubmint to bail out those who made these loans? Umm….NO!
In the past few weeks, state lawmakers and the governor have proposed a battery of measures targeting unauthorized workers, from expelling undocumented children from the state’s healthcare system to making English the official language to jailing business owners and landlords who harbor illegal workers.
The increasingly vitriolic debate, playing out in coffee shops, on talk radio, and television, is dividing a state that has long taken pride in its immigrant roots. Lawmakers and angry taxpayers say the state is facing a $550 million budget deficit and cannot afford government services for illegal immigrants.
Wonder which side they consider ‘vitriolic’? The side that is for enforcing the law, or the side who is ok with spending MILLIONS on the lawbreakers.
Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton and her advisers increasingly believe that, after a series of losses, she has been boxed into a must-win position in the Ohio and Texas primaries on March 4, and she has begun reassuring anxious donors and superdelegates that the nomination is not slipping away from her, aides said on Monday.
What happened to the ‘inevitable’ crowning of the queen?