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Archive for 11 April 2008
I knew it would happen someday! She finally crowned herself! Heh.
(I don’t know who did the photoshopping, but this is great! )
Swiped from YID with LID.
An upcoming joint US-Israel report on the September 6 IAF strike on a Syrian facility will claim that former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein transferred weapons of mass destruction to the country, Channel 2 stated Monday.
Furthermore, according to a report leaked to the TV channel, Syria has arrested 10 intelligence officials following the assassination of Hizbullah terror chief Imad Mughniyeh.
Well, if this is true, there sure will be a lot of crow pie that’ll need to be baked.
H/T: Sultan Knish
The Monument Fund
I have the distinguished honor of being on the Committee to raise $5,000,000 for a monument of Hillary R. Clinton. We originally wanted to put her on Mt. Rushmore until we discovered there was not enough room for two more faces.
We then decided to erect a statue of Hillary in the Washington, D.C. Hall Of Fame. We were in a quandary as to where the statue should be placed. It was not proper to place it beside the statue of George Washington, who never told a lie, or beside her husband William J. Clinton, who never told the truth, since Hillary could never tell the difference.
We finally decided to place it beside Christopher Columbus, the greatest Democrat of them all. He left not knowing where he was going, and when he got there he did not know where he was. He returned not knowing where he had been, and did it all on someone else’s money.
Hillary R. Clinton Monument Committee
P. S. The Committee has raised $1.35 so far.
Contributed by Sharon.
Following a link back, that oddly enough, doesn’t actually link back to me…. I came across an item that is just to stupid to be real. I came across this one, stating:
THE HAGUE, 12/04/08 – The municipality of Maastricht has pressurised unemployed people to follow reincarnation therapy. Uncooperative welfare recipients were told that their attitude could have consequences for their allowance, local newspaper De Limburger reported Friday.
The Social Services, which grants allowances and attempts to get recipients back to work, urged at least one unemployed resident of Maastricht to accept the guidance of a reincarnation therapist. Returning’ to a previous life, would supposedly help them regain their balance and enhance their chances of finding work.
The local newspaper was tipped off by local councillor John Steijns. As leader of a local party, the politician came across documents revealing the alleged spiritual tendencies of the Maastricht government apparatus.
The responsible alderman Luc Winants (Social Affairs) did not wish to dismiss the initiative for now. “It might very well be true that reincarnation therapy is a means to get people back to work”, said his spokesman Joep Delsing.
Winants is a member of the Christian democrats (CDA). Delsing said the case is to be inquired into “with the highest possible priority and at the highest possible level”.
Psychotherapist Marcus Huibers, who is senior lecturer in clinical psychology at Maastricht University, is baffled. “We are speaking here of an entirely obscure therapy that does not even merit the term therapy”.
According to councillor John Steijns, “the therapy would involve ten sessions of 90 euros each. In total we are thus speaking of 900 euros in tax payers’ money”.
Unfortunately I can’t do an actual link to the story. It’s like a pop up screen thing, so had to do a search for another source. I found one.
The site has two links, which are in, I’m assuming here, Dutch.
Now, I don’t know if this guy who is proposing such a thing is actually a sane human being, but I do question it. A taxpayer funded program such as this, is…..how can I put it politely……. MALE BOVINE MANURE!
Well, I took this contraption to our friendly neighborhood (five miles away) computer tech folks. The guy took it back into the hospital area, took out the battery, plugged it in, pushed the power button…..and BOOM! Instantly, said evil computer comes right on. No problem. He puts the battery back in….still, no problem.
I’m finding that computers are whole lot like cars. It won’t make that rattle, or shake your brains out when the mechanic is in the car!
I seem to be back in business on the laptop now. I kind of prefer sitting at my kitchen table, looking out the window, watching the tops of semis go by, to sitting in the office, looking at a wall.
Yesterday, they added another memory card, which is what they told me was slowing everything down. Actually, they said that McAfee was taking up too much memory, and it was slowing everything down. Well, ok, if you say so. I don’t notice it being all that much faster, but then I expect instant gratification now and then, so maybe it’s just me? They also installed a spybot thingamajig. Now, I find this odd, since I already have anti virus and anti sypware programs. Why do I need another one? Don’t I have enough nonsense on here? That stupid Windows Defender thing locks the whole contraption up and I have to unplug everything to get it going again. Very annoying, to say the least.
So, here I am, with windows wide up, hoping it doesn’t rain again and I’ll have to close them, playing with my favorite toy.
I had to swipe this from Stew just cuz I thought it was cute.
While some might be a tad surprised I have added a certain blog “from the left” to my roll. I have to admit, I’ve had some interesting conversations with the administrator of said blog. We’ve seen a glimmer of common ground on the rare occasion, and this is a good thing. However, there are some areas we will probably never see eye to eye. That’s ok. I can live with that. Civility is a good way to come to a better understanding, and I’m all for that.
I will also admit, I find many ….. ok, the majority, of the posts to be personal attacks of certain individuals in the media, and I can’t for the life of me figure out why. (Discuss the issue, not the person who brings it up! Although, I think we’re all guilty of that from time to time.) I added him anyway, just because….. well,I can. Perhaps more civility will bring us all to a better understanding, if not agreement.
I was snooping, which I’m prone to do, and came across this story about a lake, melting glaciers, etc. What really struck me is this:
“This is a phenomenon that occurs periodically during the summer season, caused by the melting of large masses of ice that swell some lakes,” he said. “The basic cause is global warming.”
Something that occurs periodically tells me it’s not uncommon. Then he blames it on the fallacy of global warming? Sorry, you can’t have it both ways. Either it is a natural occurrence, or it’s not.
Does it strike anyone as odd that folks work longer to pay the gubmint’s bill than to pay their own? Yet there are many who actually believe we don’t pay enough. I find that a bit disturbing that anyone would SERIOUSLY want to pay more to those who do nothing to improve their personal lives. Oh wait a minute…I forgot about those who believe the gubmint (aka US, the taxpayers) should support them.
Tax Freedom Day will arrive on April 23 this year, the 113th day of 2008 (ignoring Leap Day). That means Americans will work nearly four months of the year, from January 1 to April 23, before they have earned enough money to pay this year’s tax obligations at the federal, state and local levels.
Americans, as a whole, work a significant number of days each year to pay for things other than government, but nothing else is so expensive. Americans will work longer to pay for government (113 days) than they will for food, clothing and housing combined (108 days). In fact, Americans will work longer to afford federal taxes alone (74 days) than they will to afford housing (60 days). As a group, Americans will also work longer to pay state and local taxes than they will to pay for food.
Tax Freedom Day had arrived later for the four previous years, but due to an expected slowdown in the nation’s economy and a massive one-time fiscal stimulus tax cut passed earlier this year, Tax Freedom Day is projected to arrive three days earlier this year compared to last year.
H/T: Kay Brooks
Charles Krauthammer has an excellent column today. I found it on the Washington Post’s website, and told the Mr about it. He asked if it was on Townhall, which is where his columns can usually be found. Yes, it is posted there. What I found odd was the title of the column.
On the Washington Post:
I’m curious. Who titles the column? I would think the author would have that privilege/option. But with the two different title, I’m wondering if that’s true.
Oh, and go read the column. It’s pretty good. (I suggest going to the Townhall version, mainly because well….the Washington Post is….the Washington Post.)
I was going to post something on the most recent asinine comment coming out of the presidential campaign, but it seems The Jawa Report did a much better job than I could ever do.
Elton John is officially recognized as disliking women and, therefore, the last guy to be speaking out against misogyny.
What a putz!
20 Questions for Barack Obama
By John Hawkins
So far, because the mainstream media is smitten with him, Barack Obama has been able to get by running a campaign based on hope, change, unity, love, and rainbows made of cuddly kittens.
However, before we get around to coronating Barack as our new President/Cult of Unity Leader, there are a few questions he should have to answer before America starts drinking his Kool-Aid.
Granted, many members of our esteemed press seem to consider it crass to expect Obama to actually answer questions about unimportant things like his agenda, his character, and what he actually wants to do when he becomes the leader of the free world. That’s why he would probably get away with doing what slick politicians like him always do when they’re asked tough questions: lie, misdirect, and dodge.
But still, wouldn’t it be great if there were some members of the mainstream media that at least had enough integrity to ask him the tough questions in the first place? Ok, you can stop laughing now. Let me put it another way: if there are any Hillary Clinton fans in the press who’d like to help derail Obama so that your preferred liberal candidate can win, start putting questions like these to him:
Two of Sen. John McCain’s top advisers and fundraisers are among several Republican and Democratic presidential campaign officials whose lobbying firms have been paid more than $15 million by foreign governments since 2005.
The firms of McCain senior adviser Charlie Black, who until recently was the chairman of Washington-based BKSH & Associates, and campaign co-chairman Thomas G. Loeffler, who heads the Loeffler Group in San Antonio, received millions of dollars lobbying the White House, Congress and others as agents of nearly a dozen foreign clients in recent years.
Is there anyone in this 2008 race who is NOT connected to some foreign shenanigans? Fer cryin’ out loud!
For hundreds of thousands of American Airlines passengers left in the lurch by canceled flights this week, the transportation chaos might seem like an arbitrary act of the air travel gods.
But American Airlines’ decision to cancel more than 3,000 flights this week is part of a larger political drama playing out over airline safety and regulation.
I’d honestly like to know why these planes haven’t been inspected on a routine basis. Why, all of a sudden, they have to do it all at once is mind boggling. And irresponsible. They are losing current and future customers…in droves! I’m just glad we have no plans to fly anywhere for a really long time. Perhaps by the time we decide to take a major trip, they’ll have gotten their act together. Otherwise, we’ll be driving anywhere we have to go….which is no where.
A strong storm system moving through West Tennessee on Thursday produced at least one funnel cloud near U.S. 412 West and downed several trees at Spring Creek and Law Road in northeast Madison County, according to emergency management officials.
The downed trees damaged utility poles for Southwest Tennessee Electric Membership Corporation and caused an outage affecting about 300 customers, according to Trent Scott, vice president of marketing and energy services.
It was a bit windy when I went to bed last night. It was wet when I woke up. Didn’t hear a thing. Of course, we’re not in Jackson, so that might be why?
A Christian law firm will appeal a ruling by the New Mexico Human Rights Commission fining a photographer who refused to take photos of a homosexual commitment ceremony.
Elaine Huguenin and her husband Jon, who co-own Elane Photography in Albuquerque, New Mexico, are both Christians. So when a lesbian couple asked them to photograph their “commitment ceremony” in Taos, the Huguenins politely refused. In response, Vanessa Willock filed a complaint with the New Mexico Human Rights Commission claiming the Huguenins discriminated against her because of her “sexual orientation.” On Wednesday, the Commission found the Christian couple guilty of discrimination under state anti-discrimination laws and ordered them to pay more than $6,000 in costs.
I’d really like to know the exact moment when any government body decided they had the right to FORCE private businesses to do ANYTHING! All the “happy couple” had to do was ask another company, who, no doubt would be more than happy to take their money. Filing a law suit? Totally absurd! Winning that law suit, even MORE absurd. The Huguenins’ right have been violated, not the….ummm….ladies’.
Sabeel Ahmed, 26, told the Old Bailey today he was guilty of withholding information about the terrorist campaign.
He is the brother of Kafeel Ahmed, who drove a flaming Jeep Cherokee into the Scottish airport’s main terminal building.
IMO, he is just as guilty of terrorism as his brother, and should be prosecuted as such.
Larger cities would get more time to respond to public records requests and people would have to pay for any search that takes longer than an hour under changes made to an open records bill in a House subcommittee on Wednesday.
The House State Government Subcommittee agreed on voice votes to the changes, most of which were suggested by Rep. Ulysses Jones, a Memphis Democrat, and advanced the measure to the full House State and Local Government Committee.
The panel also agreed to revise the legislation sponsored by Rep. Steve McDaniel, a Parkers Crossroads Republican, to require that only Tennesseans may request records in writing and that elected and appointed officials be notified about any records requests made about them. Well, unless it’s a matter of national security.
I’m not sure I understand what this is all about. If you work for the government, on any level, you are a “public servant”. As said public servant, you are employed by “We The People”. Anything you do is available to scrutiny. Searching public records by the public should be a given. Charging them for the search? I don’t think that’s such a great idea, although if it’s a minimal fee, ok. Notifying? Every elected and appointed official should know before they ever take the job, their records can, and will be perused. I don’t see the need for legislation to give people what is theirs to begin with.
The Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority has voluntarily pulled a promotional video from YouTube after the Archdiocese of Washington complained about the star – a Pope Benedict XVI bobblehead doll.
The video was intended to encourage people to use public transportation to next week’s papal Mass at Nationals Park, but the archdiocese says the bobblehead pontiff was not wearing authentic attire. Archdiocese spokeswoman Susan Gibbs adds that many people would not have been comfortable with the video.
I don’t like those goofy bobbleheads. Never have. I’ve always thought they were annoying. That being said, I find that the Metro thought this was a good idea to be more than a bit odd. I’m not Catholic. Never have been. And what the Pope says or does, has very little affect on my life. However, I do have respect for the man, and his “office” and for a public transportation company to promote use of their line with something so absurd, I don’t get it? What? Did they think people would believe that annoying toy would get people to use the Metro like it was a command from the Pope? Whatever moron came up with idea, and the yahoos who approved it, should be canned.
A senior aide of radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr was assassinated Friday in the holy city of Najaf, officials said. Authorities immediately announced a citywide curfew and security forces were seen deploying on the streets.
The killing threatened to raise tensions amid a violent standoff between al-Sadr’s Mahdi Army militia and the U.S.-backed Iraqi government.
I have to ask….again….is there a mud hole, anywhere over there, that the Muslims don’t consider holy? Criminy. I’m afraid I can’t come up with any tears for this guy.
Yesterday, my laptop spend the afternoon in the hospital. I was having some major problem with, so it seemed like a good time for it to get a once over. I had a few problems when it come home, but did a reboot, and all was fine. I get up this morning, reach over to turn it on, go about my business, make coffee, notice the light isn’t on. Perhaps I didn’t really hit the button? I turned it on again, fed the cats. Go to sit, and notice the light indicating it’s on….isn’t on. I try again…..again…..again. Deader’n the proverbial doornail. Toast!
I am NOT a happy camper. Since this is the second laptop to do this to me, I must be doing something wrong, right? Uh….I don’t think so, but ya never know. Last time, it was the power source, and I took it to the hospital. They didn’t have a cord that would fit. It was an odd shape….well, that’s what they said. The Mr took it to Wisconsin with him to “consult” with the guy I bought it from, who said he had to contact the factory. Welp, it’s been months and months….no word from him. Don’t take your stuff to Jack at the Radio Shack in Waupun. You might never see it again!
So, now what do I do with this one? Well, I can’t take it back to where it was purchased! The Mr bought it from same said person, Jack, in Waupun. sigh… I wonder if there’s a connection there?
I have EVERYTHING on that computer. Yes, I have a flash drive, and I was due to do a little saving, but I hadn’t yet.
Well, I guess after I get a couple of gallons of coffee in my gullet, I’ll have to take the thing back to them. After spending a hundred bucks, the least they can do is fix it, right? Or maybe we should take another trip to Jackson, or Corinth…check out the Best Buy merchandise?