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Archive for 27 June 2008
Yes, I’m on the road again. I thought when I got to the motel, I’d boot up the ol’ laptop, make an observation or two, and all would be well. Pfft! Would I be that lucky?
I specifically didn’t accept a free, or discounted room at the casino in Vicksburg because they don’t have internet connection in the rooms. Sorry, I don’t do jammies and bunny slippers in the lobby. Normally, I would have booked a room at the HI but for some reason, they think more highly of those rooms during the summer months. Same room, same place, twice as much! Horn swaggle. Comfort Inn seemed to be pretty booked, so, what do I do? I used some points at Quality Inn.
Now, I’ve never stayed at a Quality. From the outside, it’s quite appealing. The lobby, again, quite appealing. That’s pretty much where the “appealing” ends. Ok, I’ve gotten a tad spoiled. I admit it.
Anyway, I got here around 6:00, and their computer was being rebooted, so I couldn’t check in right away. To give them credit, they have soft serve ice cream in the lobby, so all was not lost. I have a serious weakness for ice cream.
Twenty minutes later, I get my key, and head for my room. Hmmm… Once you leave the lobby, things aren’t so “upscale”. Ok, I can live with this. I open the door to my room. Huge bald spots in the carpet greet me. sigh… Well, the room is at least clean. I call the Mr, let him know I made it in one piece, and proceed to set up the computer. All turned on, click to connect. Nothing. I try again. Again, no connection. I call down to the desk and ask if there is something I need to do different. Nope. Should be regular ol’ WiFi.
Well, after much irritation, I decide the heck with it. I’m going to go lose some of the Mr’s money. As I’m walking out of the door, I ran into the manager and the maintenance guy. I asked if there was a problem with their internet, and we checked my computer. The look of bafflement was amusing. I didn’t think maintenance folks ever got that baffled. He told me he would go check it out, and hopefully, all would be well when I returned.
Lo, and behold! Here I am! $100 poorer, but at least now, I can babble on. I’m thinking I should save some of my babble for the morning, don’t you?
The main stream media long ago lost any credibility with me. Sadly, there are many today who find their brand of “reporting” right up their ally. And by ally, I do mean all the trash shoved in the dumpsters that stinks to high heaven. Unfortunately, there are many who do not bother to do any “investigating” for themselves, and take whatever the folks at the NY Slimes, etc., as gospel. “Well, gosh, the NYT’s says it, it must be true, right?” Wrong. For those people who never bother to read other sources, watch other news related programing, or drool at the alter of Walter Chronkite, I say……
SNAP OUT OF IT!
Snippets of Mr. Krauthammer’s column, The Ever-Malleable Mr. Obama:
Back then, in the yesteryear of primary season, he thoroughly trashed the North American Free Trade Agreement, pledging to force a renegotiation, take “the hammer” to Canada and Mexico and threaten unilateral abrogation.
Today the hammer is holstered. Obama calls his previous NAFTA rhetoric “overheated” and essentially endorses what one of his senior economic advisers privately told the Canadians: The anti-trade stuff was nothing more than populist posturing.
Normally, flip-flopping presidential candidates have to worry about the press. Not Obama. After all, this is a press corps that heard his grandiloquent Philadelphia speech — designed to rationalize why “I can no more disown [Jeremiah Wright] than I can disown my white grandmother” — then wiped away a tear and hailed him as the second coming of Abraham Lincoln. Three months later, with Wright disowned, grandma embraced and the great “race speech” now inoperative, not a word of reconsideration is heard from his media acolytes.
If you were shown a picture of B. Hussein, what are the first things that come to your mind? Is it “hope”? Perhaps “change”? Not me. What comes to my mind is the damage that could be done to the Constitution. An arrogant man who has neither the skill, or the experience to even run for so high an office.
Worry about the press? His FISA flip-flop elicited a few grumbles from lefty bloggers, but hardly a murmur from the mainstream press. Remember his pledge to stick to public financing? Now flush with cash, he is the first general-election candidate since Watergate to opt out. Some goo-goo clean-government types chided him, but the mainstream editorialists who for years had been railing against private financing as hopelessly corrupt and corrupting evinced only the mildest of disappointment.
Not only is B. Hussein a hypocrite, but his drooling minions are as well.
Indeed, the New York Times expressed a sympathetic understanding of Obama’s about-face by buying his preposterous claim that it was a preemptive attack on McCain’s 527 independent expenditure groups — notwithstanding the fact that (a) as Politico’s Jonathan Martin notes, “there are no serious anti-Obama 527s in existence nor are there any immediate plans to create such a group” and (b) the only independent ad of any consequence now running in the entire country is an AFSCME-MoveOn.org co-production savaging McCain.
If John McCain had decided to forgo public financing, do you really believe the Slimes would have been so “sympathetic”? Here’s your sign!
And just where are the 527′s that are going to “attack” B. Hussein? I’d like to contribute a few bucks in order to “swift boat” him m’self!
The truth about Obama is uncomplicated. He is just a politician (though of unusual skill and ambition). The man who dared say it plainly is the man who knows Obama all too well. “He does what politicians do,” explained Jeremiah Wright.
Well, that’s an interesting insight from the most racist preacher I’ve ever seen, but he’s right. He does do what politicians do…….he lies, he spins, he promises what he can’t deliver. As for the skill? Take away his cue cards and teleprompters, and what do you have? “Uh….ummm…uh…..”! Ambition? Oh yeah, he’s got plenty. For himself. “Elect me and I’ll screw you anyway that is humanly possible!”
Why, the man even tossed his own grandmother overboard back in Philadelphia — only to haul her back on deck now that her services are needed. Yesterday, granny was the moral equivalent of the raving Reverend Wright. Today, she is a featured prop in Obama’s fuzzy-wuzzy get-to-know-me national TV ad.
Not a flinch. Not a flicker. Not a hint of shame. By the time he’s finished, Obama will have made the Clintons look scrupulous.
And THAT, ladies and gentlemen, is the best reason in the world NOT to cast a vote for Barack Hussein Obama.
(need a bigger woodpecker!)
The immediate effect of yesterday’s decision, legal experts say, will be to unleash numerous gun cases before the federal courts, as challenges are brought to establish what, if any, gun rights belong to nonviolent felons, illegal immigrants, and those convicted of misdemeanor domestic abuse.
Gun ownership is widespread in this country, with about 300 million firearms in the hands of some 57 million Americans, according to a 2004 Harvard University survey.
Excuse me, but I take issue with an ILLEGAL “immigrant” having fire arms. No, I don’t think he/she has a Constitutional right to anything! The others? I’d say look at each case individually. Besides, if they didn’t care about the law before, why would they care whether or not they could legally possess? Side note: I got a HUGE chuckle out of D.C.’s mayor yesterday. He said something to the effect that now there will be even more guns in “his” city. I guess since there’s been a ban on guns, D.C. has been the model city. *snicker* And a question for those anti 2nd Amendment yahoos: If there are 57,000,000 people in possession of 300,000,000 firearms, legally, why aren’t those 57,000,000 out there shooting up their neighborhoods?
Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton charged Thursday that a powerful alliance of federal prosecutors, business interests and the news media is engaged in an all-out campaign to drive him from office
Citing recent investigations of one of his appointees and into his business dealings, the city’s first elected African-American mayor cited what he called a dual system of justice manipulated by racially and politically motivated enemies.
“It is abundantly clear to me that there is a very serious effort that is ongoing to remove Willie Herenton as mayor by any means necessary,” said a calm but forceful Herenton during a free-wheeling, hourlong question-and-answer segment with reporters. “You can’t beat Willie Herenton in an election, so let’s use the justice system and ink in the paper.”
The man’s arrogance and ego knows no bounds. He SAID he was going to retire. He wanted to be the school superintendent again, even though, as I understand it, the schools went down hill with him at the helm. He didn’t get the job, no one wanted him. Now, he says he didn’t really mean it when he said he was retiring. Having watched him on the news, I often question the man’s ability to lead.
Barack Obama announced Thursday that he will help pay off Hillary Rodham Clinton’s more than $20 million debt, personally writing a check in a gesture meant to win over her top financial backers.
Yep, that’s gonna put a dent in her debt alright!
Marshals led voters to polling stations and bands of government supporters harassed people in the street Friday as Zimbabwe held an internationally discredited, one-candidate presidential runoff marked by intimidation.
Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai, who withdrew from the runoff citing a campaign of state-sponsored violence, said the results of the election would “reflect only the fear of the people of Zimbabwe.”
If the Useless Numnuts really wanted to do something, they should start by rounding up Mugabe’s thugs, the Mugabe himself. Without his storm troopers, he would be powerless. THEN have an election. A REAL one!
Thursday’s attack prompted Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni to issue an uncharacteristically sharp demand for an immediate military response and Deputy Premier Haim Ramon urged the cabinet to convene once more to discuss the truce agreement.
Reality check! It takes TWO sides sticking to the agreement to have a truce. This is NOT a truce, so they might as well stop calling it that. Hamas agreed to the truce. Yet, it’s not Hamas firing the rockets. Ya think maybe Hamas is pulling some strings with the other terrorists?
A Tennessee legislator who sponsored a measure authorizing the death penalty for child rapists said Thursday he will likely ask for “extremely long prison sentences” now that the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled capital punishment unconstitutional for child rapists.
Efforts to make child rapists eligible for the death penalty failed in the Tennessee legislature last year, largely over cost concerns.
Cost concerns? I’d say a bullet is a WHOLE lot cheaper than room and board for 25 years!
The state is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest of the killer of a black bear.
State wildlife officials say the bear was killed either late Monday or early Tuesday in West Carroll Parish.
Bear hunting is illegal in Louisiana — and the black bear is considered a threatened species. The state estimates that fewer than 500 black bears exist in Louisiana.
The bear was found dead in an area where sightings have been common in recent years.
Now there’s something ya don’t often see. Usually, rewards are offered in the murder of people.
“It’s really not anything we didn’t know,” said Trevor Putnam, vice president of Coal Creek Armory in West Knoxville. “The right to self-defense existed before the Constitution. All this does is reaffirm what we knew 200 years ago. It goes beyond anything written on paper. It goes back to the beginning of time.”
Yep. It reaffirms what we been telling you anti gun fanatics for years. We DO have a right to defend ourselves from the trash of society!
The pair were alleged to have helped an American missile strike that killed 14 people in a border village last month.
Correspondents say that the brazen nature of the killings – one man was decapitated and another shot – show the Taleban’s growing power.
They were kidnapped, their heads covered. How do the the cheering crowds know they were spies? These people are pigs! Hmm….now there’s a thought. How many pigs can be rounded up and sent to their little village to be let lose?
The Phoenix lander’s first taste test of soil near Mars’ north pole reveals a briny environment similar to what can be found in backyards on Earth, scientists said Thursday.
The finding raises hope that the Martian arctic plains could have conditions favorable for primitive life. Phoenix landed a month ago to study the habitability of Mars’ northern latitudes.
“There’s nothing about it that would preclude life. In fact, it seems very friendly,” mission scientist Samuel Kounaves of Tufts University said of the soil. “There’s nothing about it that’s toxic.”
Primitive life? Oh goody. I can think of a few people who should be on that first manned shot to Mars.
As oil prices set yet another record, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi insists that Democrats are doing something to reduce prices at the pump, “here and now.” Republicans scoff at the notion. They say Democrats are offering nothing but sham legislation, blame and excuses.
On Thursday, Pelosi outlined what Democrats have been doing lately:
“First, we put oil speculators on notice,” Pelosi said in a news release. The House on Thursday passed a Democrat-sponsored bill directing the Commodity Futures Trading Commission to use its emergency power to curb speculation in energy markets. The vote was 402-19. The bill now goes to the Senate.
Well the Moon Queen has spoken! Y’know, if the “speculators” KNEW that the U.S. was opening up all the areas that actually have oil, then they wouldn’t be speculating that the U.S. was going to do NOTHING, and perhaps the price would start inching down? Just a thought. Oh, and I was wondering….has anyone done a poll the Moon Queen’s approval ratings? I’d venture a guess that they were lower than a well digger’s ass.
A large majority of Americans think schools are placing too much emphasis on the wrong subjects, and more than half think they’re doing just a fair job in preparing children for the work force or giving them the practical skills they need to survive as adults, according to an Associated Press poll released Friday.
You’d think with all the money that is continuously thrown at the public schools, kids would be prepared for REAL life. How can the richest country in the world produce some of the dumbest kids?
2 Samuel 7:10
10 Moreover I will appoint a place for my people Israel, and will plant them, that they may dwell in a place of their own, and move no more; neither shall the children of wickedness afflict them any more, as beforetime,