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Archive for 23 June 2008
Both major party candidates are southpaws, contributing to a largely unexplained phenomenon that has vexed researchers and historians — and drawn notice from a federal judge destined for the Supreme Court. Though left-handers comprise just 10% of the population, they are dominating presidential politics.
Their recent success transcends ideology. Since 1974, presidents Ford, Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and Clinton have all favored their left hands, while President Carter and the current President Bush are righties. The trait is also not exclusive to winning candidates: Vice President Gore is left-handed, as are past presidential contenders Robert Dole, John Edwards, Bill Bradley, and Ross Perot. A prominent New Yorker who flirted with a White House bid, Mayor Bloomberg, is a lefty.
Not really sure what that all means, other than the Mr could be prez too! He’s a lefty.
For centuries, vodka has been the liquor of choice in Russia, but that isn’t deterring the Jim Beam Party Crew.
A recent fixture on the Moscow bar scene, this band of ambassadors for Jim Beam bourbon tromps from bar to bar persuading patrons to sample the Kentucky-made whiskey. Lately the group has carried hammers, plungers and other tools as part of its shtick — hoping to “fix” Russians’ often-scant knowledge of bourbon, an American drink.
Well, at least we exporting SOMETHING that might help. But I’m curious. The story starts out talking about Jim Beam, yet they have a picture of a bottle of Jack Daniels featured. it’s not until later in the story, my image of JD is totally shattered.
Brown-Forman Corp., the Louisville, Ky., maker of Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey, and Beam Global, a unit of Fortune Brands Inc., Deerfield, Ill., have long exported their whiskeys to developed markets such as the United Kingdom, Germany and Australia. But now they’re trying to capitalize on the ballooning middle classes in emerging markets to complement their steady, but typically slower, growth in the U.S. and conventional international markets.
Are they telling me that Jack Daniels is actually made in Kentucky???? I must have read it wrong, or am totally misunderstanding. Must need more .
One day after leading authorities to the charred bodies of his two children, 27-year-old Randy Sylvester said Sunday night they were killed because he owed someone money.
He says he wasn’t the one to kill the siblings, who were remembered Sunday night in an emotional vigil at the southeast Houston railroad tracks where they were found.
Are there really such people who would murder children because of money? Sadly, I do believe there are. Do I think this POS is blameless? Oh HELL no!
Mexican soldiers captured at least 10 suspected members of a Tijuana-based drug cartel in a raid on a child’s baptism party in this border city, officials said Sunday.
A total of 61 people were arrested in the sweep late Saturday, including the band hired to play the party and three city police officers, Baja California state police spokesman Agustin Perez told The Associated Press.
Authorities had been tracking the movements of suspected members of the Arellano Felix drug cartel for days and acted “at a moment when they were vulnerable,” the spokesman said.
Soldiers also seized various rifles and handguns, police uniforms, 460 grams of methamphetamine and 5,000 rounds of ammunition at the party, held at a rented Tijuana event hall known as the “The Little Rascal.”
Is this going to curb the violence that is invading our borders? Not even a drop in the bucket! But it’s a nice attempt and I congratulate them for their efforts. Let’s see how long it takes for the corrupt Mexican gubmint to spring some, or all, of these guys.
When VeraSun Energy inaugurated a new ethanol processing plant last summer in Charles City, Iowa, some of that industry’s most prominent boosters showed up. Leaders of the National Corn Growers Association and the Renewable Fuels Association, for instance, came to help cut the ribbon — and so did Senator Barack Obama.
So, he’s not just a socialist, he’s a stupid one too? I guess we can add B. Hussein to the list of people to blame for the rising cost of food.
I reiterate here in the clearest manner: As far as France is concerned, a nuclear Iran is totally unacceptable,” Sarkozy declared. “France is determined to continue to lead, along with its partners, a policy that integrates gradually intensifying sanctions with openness, in case Iran chooses to honor its international obligatons.”
France, he said, “is Israel’s friend, and will always stand by her side when her security or existence are threatened. Those who scandalously call for the destruction of Israel will always, always, find France blocking their path.”
But let me ask this: Is France willing to back up it’s words with actions? Will France do what France does? Raise the white flag if the going gets tough? Legitimate question.
In the interview, Mr McGrath was questioned about a claim before the Mayoral election that a Johnson victory would provoke an exodus of older black Londoners to the West Indies.
Mr McGrath was quoted as saying in response: “Well, let them go if they don’t like it here.” After the interview was posted on the-latest.com website, Mr McGrath insisted he did not intend to suggest he agreed with the sentiment.
After reading this article, I have to ask: So what’s the problem? You’ve got people whining, tell ‘em to go home. Simple. Why is it that everyone has to bring color or religion into the issue? And why is it that the Brits have become so lily livered as to give into crap like this?
Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel said Friday he would consider serving as Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama’s running mate if asked, but he doesn’t expect to be on any ticket.
Hagel’s vocal criticism of the Bush administration since the 2003 invasion of Iraq has touched off speculation that if Obama were to pick a Republican running mate, it might be Hagel. Hagel said in an interview with The Associated Press that after devoting much of his life to his country — in the Senate and the U.S. Army — he would have to consider any offer.
If that spineless piece of crap ends up on Dhimmi ticket, he better be prepared for all out war with the Republicans. I don’t know why he hasn’t switched parties before now!
For the last three years, researchers in camouflage and waders have slogged through the east Arkansas woods hoping to spot a rare bird that so far seems unwilling to be seen.
Some scientists still believe the ivory-billed woodpecker exists in the Big Woods, but they haven’t been able to capture a sharp image of its remarkable 30-inch wing span and glossy black and white feathers on film or video camera.
Maybe the bird just isn’t there. Or perhaps, he doesn’t want company and has pulled up the welcome mat?
Reps. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) and Maurice Hinchey (D-N.Y.) have said in recent weeks that U.S. oil refineries should be “socialized” — that is, nationalized and run by the federal government. But Waters apparently is now backing away from those comments.
In speaking to oil company executives at a May 22 hearing of the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Waters tried to hold her tongue but nonetheless said: “This liberal will be all about socializing, uh, uh … would be about basically taking over and the government running all of your companies.”
Large pile of male bovine manure! She meant exactly what she said! However, she obviously doesn’t have the spine to stand by her words, and y’know, that’s almost as bad as the words themselves.
Local croquet players have played a final round on one of the courts next to Germantown’s Johnson Road Water Plant.
A higher demand for water has forced city officials to expand the water plant, which means digging up the croquet court.
I am in complete and utter shock! Do people actually still play croquet?
Police raided the Zimbabwe’s opposition party’s headquarters and took away about 60 people Monday, a spokesman said a day after the party’s presidential candidate withdrew from a runoff against Robert Mugabe.
Party spokesman Nelson Chamisa said most of the people taken away were women and children who had fled state-sponsored political violence and sought refuge at the Movement for Democratic Change offices. He did not immediately have further details.
Stories like this make me wonder….how long before such things happen in this country? We’ve already had attacks on the “opposition party” headquarters. In 2004 there were numerous attacks on various Republican headquarters. Vandalism was at a premium. And other than those cowards in Milwaukee (tire slashing), no one I’m aware of was prosecuted. And THOSE weasels actually got away with it!
George Carlin mourned as a counterculture hero
Acerbic standup comedian and satirist George Carlin, whose staunch defense of free speech in his most famous routine “Seven Words You Can Never Say On Television” led to a key Supreme Court ruling on obscenity, has died.
Carlin, who had a history of heart trouble, went into St. John’s Health Center in Santa Monica on Sunday afternoon complaining of chest pain and died later that evening, said his publicist, Jeff Abraham. He had performed as recently as last weekend at the Orleans Casino and Hotel in Las Vegas. He was 71.
“He was a genius and I will miss him dearly,” Jack Burns, who was the other half of a comedy duo with Carlin in the early 1960s, told The Associated Press.
Carlin’s jokes constantly breached the accepted boundaries of comedy and language, particularly with his routine on the “Seven Words” — all of which are taboo on broadcast TV and radio to this day.
When he uttered all seven at a show in Milwaukee in 1972, he was arrested on charges of disturbing the peace, freed on $150 bail and exonerated when a Wisconsin judge dismissed the case, saying it was indecent but citing free speech and the lack of any disturbance.
The Mr and I saw Mr Carlin a few years ago in Las Vegas. Oh, he was right, he WAS an equal opportunity offender. But totally hilarious. He turned many truths in comedy routines, and there aren’t too many who could do it so well.
He will surely be missed! Rest in peace.
10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.
11 Speak not evil one of another, brethren. He that speaketh evil of his brother, and judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth the law: but if thou judge the law, thou art not a doer of the law, but a judge.
12 There is one lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy: who art thou that judgest another?
The Other War: As Mexico melts down are we next?
100% Preventable! Americans continue to pay the bloody price for open borders. When will the madness end?
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