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Archive for 3 May 2008
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Your Personality at 35,000 Says…
Deep down, you vastly prefer being with others to being alone. You love to engage people in conversation.You are good with your place in the world. You are confident and comfortable with who you are.
Your gift is having a way with words. You know how to express yourself well.
You are inspired by what is unknown. You are drawn to the exotic.
You are happy as long as you are given some personal space. It’s important for you to have your own private life.
If you’ve come around here for a while, you might have figured out I am a Christian. I am also a conservative. Therefore, I am a conservative Christian. So, when I read nonsense like this, I tend to get a tad annoyed. Ok, MORE than a tad…..an awful LOT annoyed.
On May 2, the Associated Press uncritically reported that an effort to clarify where “evangelicals” stand in the culture/political war in America is soon to be released. It is to be called “An Evangelical Manifesto” and is touted by the AP as a statement by “evangelicals” that “faith is now too political.” That isn’t all. The AP is claiming that it isn’t just Christian leaders in general that are saying this but that it is “conservative Christian leaders” who are standing up and denouncing politics in religion. But a little investigation proves that “conservative leaders” is not a very good description of those who have signed onto this “manifesto.” In fact, many of the most well-known conservative Christian leaders in the country have decided not to sign onto the “manifesto” and many more weren’t even consulted or included in the creation of this highly political document that pretends it stands against politics.
Sadly, this “manifesto” that is claiming to want to take religion back from its political involvement is itself a political statement, one that was created by people that refused to include Christian leaders from the right side of the political spectrum. This so-called “manifesto” seems to be just another attempt by the political left to undermine the devotion of Christians to the political right.
Read the rest here.
I’m fairly sure the majority of the conservative Christians would be mighty surprised that their faith is being questioned and that they shouldn’t be concerned about the continuous erosion of society.
Jr had to take a picture of the rose blooms. Ain’t they purdy?
THE YEAR’S BEST [actual] HEADLINES OF 2007:
Crack Found on Governor’s Daughter
Something Went Wrong in Jet Crash, Expert Says
Police Begin Campaign to Run Down Jaywalkers
[Now that's taking things a bit far!]
Is There a Ring of Debris around Uranus?
[Not if I wipe thoroughly!]
Panda Mating Fails; Veterinarian Takes Over
[What a guy!]
Miners Refuse to Work after Death
[No-good-for-nothing' lazy so-and-so!]
Juvenile Court to Try Shooting Defendant
[See if that works any better than a fair trial!]
War Dims Hope for Peace
[I can see where it might have that effect!]
If Strike Isn’t Settled Quickly, It May Last Awhile
Cold Wave Linked to Temperatures
[Who would have thought!]
Enfield (London) Couple Slain; Police Suspect Homicide
[They may be on to something!]
Red Tape Holds Up New Bridges
[You mean there's something stronger than duct tape?]
Man Struck By Lightning: Faces Battery Charge
[he probably IS the battery charge!]
New Study of Obesity Looks for Larger Test Group
[Weren't they fat enough?!]
Astronaut Takes Blame for Gas in Spacecraft
[That's what he gets for eating those beans!]
Kids Make Nutritious Snacks
[do they taste like chicken?]
Local High School Dropouts Cut in Half
[Chainsaw Massacre all over again!]
Hospitals are Sued by 7 Foot Doctors
[Boy, are they tall!]
And the winner is….
Typhoon Rips Through Cemetery; Hundreds Dead
Courtesy of Ken the Cop. I wonder if he swiped these from Leno? Hmmm….
Ok, I shamelessly swiped this from silent E speaks.
The US Navy announced that it released a senior Al Qaeda terrorist after questioning him extensively for 27 days while being held prisoner aboard a US aircraft carrier in the Arabian Sea in 2003.
In a humanitarian gesture, the terrorist was given $50 US and a white 1962 Ford Fairlane automobile upon being released from custody.
The attached photo shows the terrorist on his way home just after being released by the Navy.
Honestly, people have GOT to stop making me laugh when I am drinking something!
I want a refund!!
H/T: Miss Jenn
I bloomin’ forgot all about the Kentucky Derby!
Kent Desormeaux rides Big Brown to a victory in the 134th Kentucky Derby.
Well, we’ve got a new sink and fixtures coming in the not too distant future, so I guess it was ok to miss it….just this once.
(Yes, honey, it was expensive. Oh, and I found a new stove ya just gotta look at! )
Glad Bush Is Still Around
I don’t regard George W. Bush as a lame-duck president. Between now and next January all sorts of challenging and unexpected events may take place. We can rely on President Bush to react promptly and decisively to them.
We saw this on Sept. 11. The President was as surprised as everyone else, as we grasped from the dramatic photograph of him taken as he was given the dreadful news at an elementary school. But he buckled down quickly to this unprecedented attack on America, determined that such a treacherous outrage should never occur again.
Nor has it. It is worth inquiring why. There is no doubt that attacking the American homeland remains the prime objective of Muslim fundamentalist leaders. Yet they have not done so. One reason for this is the success of Mr. Bush’s team in learning the lessons of Sept. 11 and building a security system of impressive strength and sensitivity. It has yet to be breached. Also, the suicide bombers fear being sent to Guantánamo more than they fear death itself. It is right that the prime defender of democracy and freedom should strike terror into the hearts of terrorists.
Question: Is it at all possible for a teenage girl to wear something for more than 15 minutes before she decides she doesn’t want to wear it and it ends up in the dirt clothes hamper?
Lip Gloss Linked To Cancer – David Drake
If McDonald’s offered a Polar Bear Burger… – From Where I Sit
Sisters of Fallujah break barriers, build security – Fearless 1st Marines’ blog
Mother Of The Year – Badger Blogger
Unemployment ratchets down – Taxing Tennessee
Supremes Vote, Dems Whine on Photo I.D. – Lance Burri
Obama Shot Down By “Friendly” Fire……… – ChristmasGhost
National Party Kibitzing Grows in Mississippi Special House Race – Yall Politics
Uh-oh, here we go again: Meet Obama’s new pastor – Texas Fred’s
Australian Backpacker Calls USA “Most Underrated Country In the World” – Spring City Chronicle
Dallas CBS Affiliate Buries Negative Jeremiah Wright News – Maggie’s Notebook
Eco-Photo of the Day – Isn’t It Rich
Uriel Gomez Won’t be Prom Queen – Freedom Eden
Canada is setting a dangerous precedent – Smooth Stone
THE TEACHER FRINGE BENEFIT BOOM – Charlie Sykes
David Warren returns to “reclaim his country” – Right Wing News
How Did He Miss This Story? – Whallah!
He’s Got A Point… – silent E speaks
I Recall Idiots In Fall – Write on the Right
On the 3rd day of May, mai kitteh brought 2 me – Southern Sass on Crime
McCain Says It’s Important To Not Vote For Republicans In General And Him Specifically – The Happy Circumstance
JIMMY CARTER’S UPCOMING ITINERARY – Mick Wright
Re: We Hold These Truths to be Self Evident - No Runny Eggs
Kane Was Right About McGee – The Daily Scoff
Is Obama Bringing Down Oprah? – Milwaukeean Rhapsody
Activist Judge Now Blocking A Bill Before A Vote! – Bear Creek Ledger
Why not Obama? – American and Proud
Astarte and Amaterasu – The Diverging Destinies of Europe and Japan. — Part 2 – The Brussels Journal
Sadr City: Armed Militias Command & Control Center Bombed – The Jawa Report
Stop $200 Million Bush Wants For Fatah/Abbas – Amerisrael
Wright on BoT of Virginia Union University – Leslie Carbone
Storm Track Intimidation: Muslim Shame – Urfi Marriages – The Gathering Storm
Two men are beginning five-year jail sentences today after being found guilty of trying to blackmail a member of the Royal Family over claims that he took drugs and performed a gay sex act on his aide.
Ian Strachan, 31, and Sean McGuigan, 41, demanded £50,000 from the royal after secretly filming a member of his staff making lurid claims about his boss and “slagging off” other members of the Royal Household.
Is that all? Less than a hundred grand? Jeez, I would think if you were going to come up with such a scheme, you’d at least go for a million or two.
Cinco De Mayo festivities continue today at two Jackson venues after a concert kicked off the celebration Friday night.
The nightclub Tequila Joe’s, in the Hamilton Hills Shopping Center, and El Chico Mexican Restaurant, at 565 Carriage House, will host concerts.
Tequila Joe’s outdoor jam begins at 2 p.m. and features groups The Amen, Deliah Way, Ten56, Live Bait and the AC/DC tribute band Hells Bells.
When towns in Mexico start having 4th of July celebrations, I’ll be just peachy with this. Until then, KNOCK IT OFF! This ain’t Mexico, and I don’t give a happy crap.
Zimbabwe’s opposition on Saturday held out the possibility its leader would face President Robert Mugabe in a presidential runoff, but called on the nation’s neighbors to verify the vote count from the first round.
Thokozani Khupe, vice president of the Movement for Democratic Change, said the group still believed a runoff was unnecessary, maintaining opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai won the first round outright on March 29.
If the opposition won, why is there a need for a runoff? I thought the votes had been verified? I’m getting seriously confused.
“I did not create an atmosphere in my public and personal life that is consistent with the important mission of the Office of Attorney General,” the Democrat said Friday after the three aides were fired or forced out in the harassment investigation. “I am heartbroken by my failure to recognize the problems being created and by my failure to stop them.”
Dann had punted the probe to a well-respected lieutenant, state Sen. Ben Espy. The investigation uncovered a seedy underside to the office rife with booze, profanity, inappropriate sexual activity, misuse of state vehicles and on-the-job threats involving the Mafia.
Ervin was named Thursday in a criminal complaint filed in federal court. The same day, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission filed lawsuits against Ervin and his company, Safevest LLC, and obtained federal orders freezing their assets.
According to the criminal complaint, Ervin used Safevest to persuade victims to invest in a fake commodity futures trading program. Investors were told Safevest would use no more than 13 percent of their deposit in hundreds of commodity trades a day on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, with a guarantee of up to 1 percent in returns each day.
Investors could check their returns on a password-protected Web site that was run exclusively by Ervin. The program attracted about 550 investors, officials said.
It sounds a bit like a “pyramid” scheme. Word of advice: Never, EVER, give money to someone you don’t know, haven’t thoroughly investigated, and isn’t known for his/her forthrightness.
As part of the case, prosecutors claim to have identified the girl in the videotape. This alleged victim is now in her 20s. Kelly’s lawyers plan to argue — and the alleged victim will reportedly testify — that she is not the girl in the tape.
But the prosecution’s new witness could undermine that defense, since she will identify the girl, sources with knowledge of the matter told the Chicago Sun-Times. In addition, the witness is expected to say the girl was underage at the time of their encounter.
“She was involved in a threesome with [the girl] and R. Kelly,” one source said.
I would have thought that slime ball would be in jail by now.
As international donors met in London to provide aid to the cash-strapped Palestinian Authority, US President George W. Bush included $200 million in funding for the PA as part of a supplemental budget request sent to Congress Friday.
Included in Bush’s request for money for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, he asked for $50 million to “train, equip, and garrison Palestinian Authority Security Forces,” as well as another $150 million for “urgent budget support” for the PA as part of America’s general economic assistance.
Such funds would come on top of some $100 million already requested for the PA under the 2009 budget submitted in January, which is meant to strengthen government reforms, improve health and education and spur economic growth among other efforts. In that budget, Israel is due to receive $2.55 billion in military assistance.
Isn’t he the guy who said “if you’re not with us, you’re against us”? Or something to that effect? Isn’t aiding and abetting terrorists one of those “against us” thing?
Pacman has one for sell. Only a cool mil plus. Heh.
President Bush will never live down “Mission Accomplished” — and should not. When the White House’s spinners spun that claim five years ago (remember the aircraft carrier?), it seemed cocky and premature. As Mr. Bush continues his $526 billion war-without-end in Iraq, it seems stunningly deceitful.
I don’t understand why there are some people who don’t understand the context of that “Mission Accomplished” banner. And WHO exactly put it up. Bush didn’t put it up there, although he did say it was ok. The crew of the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln put it up, because it was true….THEIR mission WAS ACCOMPLISHED! Jiminy Crickets, are the editors at the Slimes so engulfed of their hatred of Bush they can’t see past the crap on their own shoes?
The only mission that needs to be accomplished is an orderly exit from Iraq, and Mr. Bush is no closer to acknowledging that reality. Neither is Senator John McCain. All Congress seems capable of is hand-wringing.
I wonder if the Times of the 40s would even recognize the Slimes of the 00s? Probably not. I reckons losers want everyone to be losers right along with them, and will do, and say, and publish anything to achieve that goal…..at the bottom of the dung heap.
Honestly, I’d love to see our brave men and women home with their families. I would love that not one of them was ever in harms way. They’ve been stretched to the limit, yet still are proud of who they are and what they do. Evidently, the reality of today’s world hasn’t hit a lot of folks. Claim defeat and that’s what you have….defeat. Over and over. No one will ever take use seriously, no one will respect us, no one will ever notice the “big stick” because it’s turned into a flimsy twig.
So it is up to Senators Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton to revive the national debate on Iraq — and up the pressure on the White House. While it is clear that Mr. Bush has no intention of coming up with an exit strategy, there are things he could do to give his successor a better chance at containing the chaos after American troops leave.
I don’t suppose it has ever occurred to the Slimes that there are a few folks in D.C. that actually have more information about what’s going on over there than they do? Naw. In their arrogance, they have decided it’s ok for terrorists to take over the entire region, and it won’t do any harm over here. Well, it’s already doing harm here. We are being invaded, but they haven’t noticed, so focused on their hatred of the Bush administration as they are.
Do they actually believe that either B. or Shrilldebeast will lead us to a “dignified retreat”? Ain’t no such thing. Odds are, the Slimes will be taxed out of existence, or shut down due to the repeal of the 1st Amendment. (And yes, I do think the infringements are coming if there is a Dhimmi in the White House.)
A rational debate must first recognize that Iraq is still a very dangerous place. An increase in American forces last year initially produced a steep decline in insurgent attacks. But attacks in April killed more than 50 United States troops — the highest death toll for a single month since last September.
For there to be a “rational” debate, you’d have to be rational. I’m afraid the Slime doesn’t fall into that category.
Every death is a tragedy. Every loss of life is mourned by the nation. At least by those who don’t have their heads stuck so far up the MoveOn.org types hind end, they can play with their tonsils. It’s not the loss of life that the Slimes, and their ilk care about, it’s their irrational hatred of Bush because he beat their boy, the Boracle. Get over it already! As a nation, we should pull together, yet there are so many who are falling into the trap of defeatism.
We are encouraged that Mr. Maliki chose to talk to Tehran about its role in arming and financing militias. It is long past time for Iranian leaders to hear directly — and firmly — from their Shiite brethren in Baghdad that such destabilizing behavior must stop. The United States also needs to engage Iran, Syria and all of Iraq’s neighbors. They need to understand that more chaos in Iraq is not in their interest.
I find it amazing that a U.S. paper would be so joyful that a budding ally would talk to an enemy of the Western world. Creepy. Although, I suppose if they are in favor of Sha’ria, then it would make sense. You know, that set of Islamic laws that would cut the hand off a child for stealing a piece of bread? Yeah, that one.
Chaos in Iraq IS in the best interest of their neighbors. Don’t these people pay attention? Do they really think that a country who has threatened to “wipe Israel off the map”, or one that will not let another one create their own democratic government gives a happy crap about stability in the region?
SNAP OUT OF IT! Like it or not, we are going to be at war for a VERY long time. We are fighting a radicalism we have never had to deal with before, and the rules have changed. I don’t like it. Hell, no body with an ounce of sense likes it, but it’s a new reality we are going to have to deal with and everyone should arm themselves against defeat.
Both Iraq and the United States must take responsibility. Baghdad, awash in oil profits, must provide more aid to its own people. Washington must provide more aid and allow in many more than the 12,000 refugees it has pledged to accept for this year. We fear that it is unlikely to meet even that meager target.
I agree. The governments of both countries are responsible. We didn’t take out Sadr when we had the chance. Maliki caved to the extremist. As a result, there is more bloodshed in the streets. But let me ask….how are they going to get aid to those in need if foreign (Iran) fighters won’t let them? They can draw up all kinds of plans to share oil profits, for jobs and aid, but if they can’t implement those plans……?? I guess the Slimes forgot about those who are being kidnapped and killed for their part in trying to make their own country safe for their families. No. Until the Iranians, the Syrians, and whoever else is aiding the extremists, there can be no withdrawal. To claim defeat would not only be a loss for the U.S., it would also be a loss for Iraq.
Saddam should have been taken out long before 2003. We failed to follow through in 1992. A major mistake that has cost us dearly. Do we really want to make the mistake of abandoning the fight now?
Until the Islamonazis are defeated, there will be war. Perhaps if we showed a united front, we could actually accomplish that mission. The strategies of being too nice, politically correct, or kowtowing to the socialists in Europe haven’t worked. I don’t care if they don’t like us, what bothers me is that we’ve lost the respect of those who we have aided in times of need. And seriously, why should they respect us? We don’t follow through. Our news organizations whine and lament, showing a weakness of character that will soon lead to our defeat as a nation….. from within.
12 Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;