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Archive for 19 March 2008
Vandals scrawled an anti-war message on a Milwaukee Army Recruiting Station Wednesday, the day marking five years since the Iraq war began, WTMJ radio reported.
All the windows of the station were busted out, and graffiti that read â€œWar is Offensiveâ€ was scrawled on the side of the building. A witness told WTMJ that he saw anti-war slogans written on the windows before they were broken.
The recruiting station is no stranger to such vandalism. Exactly one year ago, police arrested 21 people who reportedly attacked the facility with smoke bombs while throwing paint, WTMJ reported.
Yep, remember it well. And what happened to the vandals? Not a damn thing! Odds are, this time won’t be any different. Although they really should throw the book at ‘em!
The immigration reduction group Numbers USA is chastising House Democratic leaders for blocking legislation designed to reduce illegal immigration and its devastating impact on the country.
Supporters of the Secure America with Verification and Enforcement (SAVE) Act (HR 4088) need 218 signatures on a discharge petition to bring the bill to the floor for a vote. The legislation, sponsored by Congressmen Heath Shuler (D-North Carolina) and Brian Bilbray (R-California) would beef up border security, as well as crack down on illegal immigrants and employers who hire them.
Rosemary Jenks, director of government relations for Numbers USA, says Democratic leaders are blocking the bill because they do not want an enforcement-only measure to pass Congress. Those legislators, she argues, realize that the only way to get any form of amnesty or increase in visas for temporary or permanent workers is to attach it to an enforcement measure.
Do they not listen to the people?Â We do NOT want amnesty.Â We want enforcement.
“[T]hey know that the American people want enforcement and will hold them responsible if they pass something that does not look like an enforcement bill,” says Jenks. “So essentially they are trying to negotiate a deal to attach various kinds of visas, including amnesty visas, to this bill.”
Democratic leaders, she contends, are speaking out of both sides of their mouth on the issue of illegal immigration. “The [Congressional] Hispanic Caucus is driving the negotiations to attach an amnesty to the SAVE Act,” she explains. “They want something that they can go home and tell their special-interest constituents that they voted for in terms of amnesty.”
Can we please stop compromising our principles?Â Negotiate all you want, but make sure enforcement and border security is on the top of the list.
At the same time, she notes, Democratic leadership was quick to point out that the recently approved tax rebates would not go to illegal aliens. “[But] in fact, the way the House passed that economic stimulus package, illegal aliens would in fact have been eligible for rebates,” Jenks continues. “It was partially fixed in the Senate with an amendment, but there are still going to be some illegal aliens who get tax rebates.”
And the Democrat leadership would never lie, would they.Â Pfft!
Jenks predicts House Democrats will eventually allow a vote on the bill before enough signatures are collected for the discharge petition — so Republicans will not be given control of the floor. So far, only a handful of Democrats have signed the discharge petition.
I wonder what the first Continental Congress would have thought about how this current Congress handles thing.Â I wouldn’t be surprised if they picked up their muskets, with bayonet attached, and force all of those feckless weasels right out the door.
If you walk into a casino with a 100 dollar bill, and walk out with $107, does that count as a win?Â
This has been a rather productive trip.Â If we had had more time, we could have gotten a lot more done, and possibly even taken a detour to Dallas for a few days.Â But that will have to wait for another trip.
I use to love to travel.Â It didn’t matter where we went, as long as we went.Â New scenery, new things to learn, people to meet, you know how it goes.Â Oddly enough, since we moved to Tennessee, I honestly don’t want to go anywhere.Â sigh…Â Well, maybe I’ll ‘grow out of it’.Â Hmmm….Â I wouldn’t turn down a month’s trip to Israel, but I don’t think that’s going to happen before I go toes up.
So, now we are in Vicksburg again, halfway home.Â Those back roads tend to make it seem a lot longer, and y’know, when they have a lot of construction on the Interstate, and then a major wreck, that only adds to the fun.Â I pray no one was seriously injured cuz it didn’t look too good.Â Two trucks, both with their front ends smashed in, 6 or 8 cop cars, 3 or 4 ambulances, a couple of fire trucks, and traffic on both sides of the freeway limited to one lane.Â Doing the speed limit was not an option for about an hour.
Tomorrow morning, Jr and I must have a mini shopping spree.Â We haven’t bought anything this whole trip, other than disposable razors, and they don’t count in the shopping category.Â Â I think we do some dress shopping, after all Easter is in a few days, right?
After that, moseying home.Â And I’ll sure be glad to be there.Â That is IF my little PT will make it that far.Â I’ve taken it to the shop twice, and they have no clue it’s doing what it’s doing.Â Imagine sitting inside a washing machine, and that’s pretty close to how it acts when the mood strikes it.Â sigh….Â I thought one of the wheels was going to fall off quite a few times.Â Maybe it’ll totally crap out right across the street from a Nissan or Toyota dealer?Â naw….I wouldn’t be that lucky.Â
Obama gave a nice speech, except for everything he said about race. He apparently believes we’re not talking enough about race. This is like hearing Britney Spears say we’re not talking enough about pop-tarts with substance-abuse problems.
By now, the country has spent more time talking about race than John Kerry has talked about Vietnam, John McCain has talked about being a POW, John Edwards has talked about his dead son, and Al Franken has talked about his USO tours.
But the “post-racial candidate” thinks we need to talk yet more about race. How much more? I had had my fill by around 1974. How long must we all marinate in the angry resentment of black people?
As an authentic post-racial American, I will not patronize blacks by pretending Obama’s pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, is anything other than a raving racist loon. If a white pastor had said what Rev. Wright said — not about black people, but literally, the exact same things — I think we’d notice that he’s crazier than Ward Churchill and David Duke’s love child. (Indeed, both Churchill and the Rev. Wright referred to the attacks of 9/11 as the chickens coming “home to roost.”)
No major incidents were reported in Benton, Carroll, Chester, Crockett, Decatur, Dyer, Gibson, Hardeman, Hardin, Haywood, Henderson, Madison, McNairy and Weakley counties this morning.
Ya gotta love a headline like that! Heh.
President Bush says he won’t accept additional troop withdrawals from Iraq beyond those already planned if they would jeopardize recent security gains.
Speaking at the Pentagon five years after the start of the Iraq war, Bush signaled Wednesday that he is unlikely to order new reductions after next month’s report from the top U.S. military officers in Iraq. He says that increasing the pace of drawdowns could unravel the progress spurred by an increase of 30,000 troops over the past year.
The president told an audience of Pentagon brass, soldiers and diplomats that “having come so far and achieved so much, we are not going to let this happen.”
Well, he does have a point there. All the defeatist talk has already emboldened the bad guys. The idea that Americans will quit when things get a little dicey just seriously chaps my hide! Bomb the crap outta the bad guys, and get it over with!
“They are dedicated to the extinction of everything that the US, Israel and the West believe and stand for. So America does have an interest in what happens here, far above and beyond our alliance with the State of Israel.”
McCain, who arrived on Tuesday for a one-day visit accompanied by senators Joe Lieberman of Connecticut and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, said that while he would never tell Israel not to speak with Hamas, he was personally against it.
Hmmm….. Not a terroist appeaser, eh? Interesting. Now, if he’d just stop appeasing the Dhimmis…..
Strip clubs will no longer be able to sell beer or show bare breasts when a Shelby County ordinance goes into effect April 29.
The ordinance will regulate the clubs and other sexually oriented businesses because the Memphis City Council voted Tuesday to delay indefinitely voting on a less restrictive city ordinance.
Ya gotta admit…that’s pretty funny! Strip clubs, no beer, no boobs?
Los Angeles Police Department officials, alarmed by the continued rise in the homicide rate this year, sought Tuesday to debunk the notion that racial animosity has been at the heart of many of the killings.
A detailed analysis of each of the homicides this year leaves little doubt that race is not the prime factor and that “the most likely suspect is one that looks just like their victim,” Deputy Chief Charlie Beck said in a presentation to the department’s civilian Police Commission.
I would put the blame on FDR and LBJ. Creating a welfare state that destroys the family, kids don’t see any way to grow up other than with violence. Of course, the drug culture hasn’t helped either. Ok, it’s not as simple as that, but it’s a possible starting point. Now all we half to do is figure out a way to reverse the effects, and snap out of it!
In the CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll conducted last weekend, 71 percent said they think U.S. spending in Iraq is a reason for the nation’s poor economy. Twenty-eight percent said they didn’t think so.
This just tells me that 28% of those polled are more informed about how things work. The 71% might want to look at how Congress has been dealing with spending, and all the flippin’ bailout nonsense. OPEC has us by the shorts, and we just piddle along and allow the environazis to dictate to the rest of us. No drilling, no new refineries. We run on oil, we should be producing our own.
Mottaki condemned the silence of the Western states about the Zionist regimeâ€™s genocide of Palestinian people in Gaza and criticized the United Nations Security Council for its failure to take proper action to remedy the situation in Palestine.
At times, the Security Council chooses to ignore realities, he stated.
He expressed vehement objection against the recent UN Security Council resolution against Iran, saying it would seriously undermine the International Atomic Energy Agencyâ€™s status.
Obviously, reality in Iran is at a minimum.
Jesse Lee Peterson, founder and president of the Brotherhood Organization of a New Destiny, believes that last statement was a mistake. “Barack Obama has received a lot of support from the white community because many white Americans want to put racism behind them…,” explains Peterson. “[B]ut after his refusal to denounce and walk away from the racist Jeremiah Wright, I believe this is definitely going to impact his chances of being nominated within the Democratic Party.”
I sure hope Peterson is right, and people will start to realize he who will not be middle named is not the great ‘hope’ for ‘change’ his drooling followers believe him to be.
A man who pleaded guilty to murder and later was convicted of heroin trafficking is one of two candidates who have advanced to a runoff for an open City Council seat.
John Boyd will face interim Councilwoman Mamie Mitchell in the April 22 election to replace a councilwoman who stepped down to become the council’s clerk. Mitchell received 477 votes and Boyd 122 in Tuesday’s six-candidate special primary in an east side ward.
The Ohio attorney general’s office says it’s not clear whether he could hold the $70,000-a-year council seat if elected.
I am just baffled!
22Â But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23Â Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.