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Archive for 6 August 2008
The Mr knows, if there is one thing that will contort my face into expressions that most faces aren’t meant to make, it’s having to lick an envelope to seal it. Ever had to drink Barocat? If you have, you’ll understand why I’d rather lick glue.
Well, here is an op-ed from the Shelbyville Times-Gazette. Does the name Shelbyville sound familiar? It should. That’s where the Tyson plant is located that has decided to cancel Labor Day in favor of the Muslim holiday, Eid al-Fitr.
Where does the time travel come into play? The op-ed is from 29 December 2007.
Somalians respond poorly to local hospitality
Over the past few years, this community has given a helping hand and opened their arms to the new arrivals from Somalia.
In return, many of these refugees have given Shelbyville the finger.
When I began researching this story about the Somalis, I knew it would be controversial. We were aware that many in Shelbyville were having serious concerns about hundreds of Sunni Muslims moving here.
But as I began to talk with officials and others about our new neighbors, I was stunned by the reaction. Practically every person I spoke with locally said they had done everything possible to help out the refugees in adjusting to their new home and were treated very badly in return.
On the other hand, some I contacted for background on this story seemed to be so blinded by political correctness that they would excuse any behavior, no matter how upsetting or disruptive, as “part of their culture.”
Did anyone involved in integrating these folks into American society stop to think that many in the heartland of America might not share this overly optimistic and myopic view of cultural diversity?
A U.S. Border Patrol agent was held at gunpoint Sunday night by members of the Mexican military who had crossed the border into Arizona, but the soldiers returned to Mexico without incident when backup agents responded to assist.
Agents assigned to the Border Patrol station at Ajo, Ariz., said the Mexican soldiers crossed the international border in an isolated area about 100 miles southwest of Tucson and pointed rifles at the agent, who was not identified.
Isn’t this an ‘act of war’?
It was unclear what the soldiers were doing in the United States, but U.S. law enforcement authorities have long said that current and former Mexican military personnel have been hired to protect drug and migrant smugglers.
Unclear? What difference does it make what they were doing, they were INVADING the sovereign territory of the US of A!
“Unfortunately, this sort of behavior by Mexican military personnel has been going on for years,” union Local 2544 of the National Border Patrol Council (NBPC) said on its Web page. “They are never held accountable, and the United States government will undoubtedly brush this off as another case of ‘Oh well, they didn’t know they were in the United States.’
For years? YEARS? I’m pretty sure if we had that damn fence, with gun turrets, and a moat filled with man eating reptiles, they’d damn sure learn which side of the border they were on, REAL quick!
“It is fortunate that this incident didn’t end in a very ugly gunfight,” said the local’s posting.
Yeah, fortunate that the agent got some back up. What would have happened if other agents hadn’t shown up? Perhaps there needs to be a little gunfight to snap D.C. out of it’s somnambulant state.
State Department spokeswoman Nicole Thompson said Tuesday that the department had no information on the incident, and referred further questions to the Border Patrol. “It is not an incident that we are aware of,” she said.
Well, why AREN’T they aware? Why haven’t they been paying attention? We have two agents sitting in prison right now for doing their job, yet NOTHING is ever done to those who actually BREAK the law!
Since 1996, there have been more than 200 confirmed incursions by the Mexican military into the United States.
You’d think, after the first ….oh, say 100 or so, they’d figure out how to read a MAP!
The incident occurred in the same area where heavily armed Mexican soldiers riding in a Humvee shot at a Border Patrol agent in 2002. A .50-caliber bullet ripped through the agent’s rear window as he sped away.
And the gubmint is ok with this? I guess so. They haven’t done a damn thing to stop it!
There is more, but my blood pressure is already going through the roof as is.
H/T: My Pet Jawa
“There is a key element in the left’s irrational hatred of oil: the stupid, ignorant belief that it is contributing to the planet’s destruction. It’s organic! Oil is a more natural substance than ethanol. The earth doesn’t make ethanol.”
A recent study found that the average American walks about 900 miles in a year.
Another study found Americans drink, on average, 22 gallons of alcohol a year.
That means, on average, Americans get about 41 miles to the gallon.
Makes you proud to be American.
In Thailand, on his way to China to attend the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games, President Bush will predict that China will eventually become a free country because of the free trade of goods and because of the Internet.
“Young people who grow up with the freedom to trade goods will ultimately demand the freedom to trade ideas, especially on an unrestricted Internet,” Bush says in the prepared text of a speech released by the White House today.
“Change in China will arrive on its own terms and in keeping with its own history and traditions,” Bush says in the prepared text. “Yet change will arrive. And it will be clear for all to see that those who aspire to speak their conscience and worship their God are no threat to the future of China. They are the people who will make China a great nation in the 21st century.”
I’m sorry, but is the POTUS drinking again? Perhaps he’s smoked a little crack? No disrespect intended, but if you have a country who controls every aspect of your life, odds are, you are NOT going to get access to a venue that gives you ‘ideas’. Dangerous ideas at that! You know, like FREEDOM from governmental constraints on speech, religion, dissent, etc. Ain’t gonna happen.
I’d really like to know why Bush is sucking up to the Chinese? It’s not like they give a happy crap about the happiness and well being of it’s citizens.
Seriously, if China is limiting access to the internet for the press covering the Olympics, what on earth makes Bush think that they’ll ever allow access for it’s citizens?
Perhaps you have seen this video before, but it is well worth your time to watch again. If you haven’t, stop to remember those who have served. It’s long, but trust me, you’ll be glad you did. There are no words, but words aren’t needed.
Thanks to Ken the cop for sharing.
Growing doubts among white working-class and independent voters blunted the momentum of Sen. Barack Obama’s presidential run in recent days, leaving him in a tight contest with Republican candidate Sen. John McCain, pollsters say.
“His bubble hasn’t burst, but it’s leaking a little bit,” said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. “It is not massive. It is incremental, but we’ve seen it across the board in all of these states, that [Mr. McCain] is doing better among white voters, especially white voters without college educations.”
There is much to doubt about this guy! Hopefully, that slow leak will soon become an all out bust. I guess this just proves that you don’t have to have letters behind your name to be intelligent.
Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff announced the nation’s largest-ever hacking and identity-theft case on Tuesday when, coincidentally, he was in San Jose to talk to Silicon Valley business leaders about the need for improved network security.
Federal indictments unsealed Tuesday in Boston and San Diego against 11 individuals outlined an extraordinary global scheme that siphoned 40 million customer credit and debit card numbers out of the networks of nine major U.S. retailers and placed them – for a price – in the hands of individuals around the world, who in turn used them to make purchases or withdraw cash from ATMs.
I sometimes wonder, if I could pay cash for everything, would I? The convenience of credit/debit cards has put us in danger of losing everything we work for thanks to scum who believe it’s better to steal than put in a day’s work to EARN what they want.
“We want them to discuss human rights, and not only focus on Israel and turning this into an anti-Semitic event,” he said in an interview with The Associated Press. “We will attend the meeting only if there is a radical, substantive change.”
The World Conference Against Racism ended three days before the September 11 attacks, with a declaration and program of action that divided countries even as they agreed to it.
Dominated by clashes over the Middle East and the legacy of slavery, the US and Israel walked out midway through the eight-day meeting over a draft resolution that singled out Israel for criticism and likened Zionism to racism.
Those references were removed from the final declaration, though it did cite “the plight of the Palestinians” as an issue without singling out Israel.
Perhaps it would ‘send a message’ if other Western countries, including the US and GB, ‘boycott’ such a meeting. The Useless Numnuts are the most racist, bigoted, anti Semetic organization imaginable, and why we are even still a part of them, or allow their reps to even step foot on our shores is mind boggling.
Davis says he was speaking as a private citizen when he endorsed the three candidates in a July 25 interview on WLAC’s Steve Gill radio program. On the show, Davis discussed a variety of topics, but eventually he turned to politics.
“Before you cut me off … the Sumner County school board race. I’ve got three great guys that I want to recommend: Robby McGee, Tony Davis and Charlie Taylor,” Davis said on the radio.
This past Sunday, Davis mentioned his radio appearance and said that the IRS does not allow pastors to endorse candidates from the pulpit. He said he did endorse the candidates on the radio, and mentioned all three by name.
So, what’s the problem? My pastor and I have spoken of politics on a private level, as he has done with others, no doubt. That doesn’t mean if he went on the radio and spoke of particular candidates, he was endorsing from the pulpit. Are pastors not allowed to have opinions now? What a crock! Someone better check out that pesky Constitution.
“Hey America, I’m Paris Hilton and I’m a celebrity, too. Only I’m not from the olden days and I’m not promising change like that other guy. I’m just hot,” Hilton said, speaking as she reclined in a pool chair in a revealing bathing suit and a pair of pumps. “But then that wrinkly, white-haired guy used me in his campaign ad, which I guess means I’m running for president. So thanks for the endorsement white-haired dude.”
“I want America to know that I’m, like, totally ready to lead,” she said.
She then discusses energy policy, and suggests a hybrid of McCain’s offshore oil drilling plan and Obama’s incentives for new energy technology.
“Energy crisis solved! I’ll see you at the debates,” she said.
The ad is actually pretty funny. Wonder how many people are going to ‘write-in’ Paris Hilton come November? Heh.
Medellin, a Mexican national who spent most of his life in the United States, was condemned for the June 1993 murders of Jennifer Ertman, 14, and Elizabeth Peña, 16.
The girls were raped and strangled with a belt and shoelace after they stumbled into a drunken gang initiation rite while cutting through the park to get home before their curfew.
Four days after the crime, a tip from a gang member’s brother led authorities to the bodies, then to the suspects.
Within three hours of his arrest, Medellin admitted his role in the gruesome murders, appalling authorities with his boastful, callous description of the night’s events.
Justice. Finally! The length of time the families had to wait is ridiculous. 15 years? The process, and delays need to be addressed. Two years, max. Not the 15, 18, 20 years that taxpayers are providing room and board for this type of human excrement.
Military jurors found Osama bin Laden’s former driver Salim Hamdan not guilty Wednesday on terrorist conspiracy charges but convicted him on the lesser charge of providing material support to terrorism.
This makes no sense. If you are ‘providing material support to terrorism’, I would think you are part of the ‘conspiracy’. Should have been guilty on BOTH charges.
Managing Director of Iran Customs Administration Ardeshir Mohammadi held talks on Tuesday with his Iraqi counterpart Jasem Mohammad Attieh on issues of mutual interests.
At the meeting, the two sides inked an agreement on increasing the working hours of border customs offices, holding monthly joint meetings, increasing the two countries customs transportation and establishing a joint free trade zone.
Mohammadi also voiced the Islamic Republic’s willingness to conduct joint economic activities.
“There is no obstacle to increasing economic and transit activities to Iraq,” he declared.
Oh looky! Iraq signed it’s own death warrant. Well, at least for some of it’s citizens.
The show, which began taping in Memphis in 2005, spotlighted 38 homicide investigations here. Godwin, who hears comments about the show wherever he goes, said it brought international attention to the efficiency of the Memphis Police Department’s homicide division.
Several local officials objected to the show documenting violent crimes and non-adjudicated cases in Memphis. City Councilman Wanda Halbert told Godwin earlier this year that the show exposes the worst aspects of the city to the world.
Seems to me, it’s put a spotlight on the violence in Memphis. I wonder how many people canceled a planned trip to visit the city after seeing the show? The homicide division might well be quite efficient, but the fact there are so many murders puts a whole different spin on the city. After all, how many other cities can boast of being the ‘murder capital’?
A Discovery Channel documentary will feature segments about Union University and interviews with students who survived the Feb. 5 tornado that hit Union’s campus, according to a press release.
“Tornado Rampage” will air at 8 p.m. Monday. It will be repeated at 12 a.m. Tuesday, 8 p.m. Aug. 16 and 12 a.m. Aug. 17.
Union will be featured in the documentary’s first segment, the release said.
Perhaps those in New Orleans can learn a little something on how to recover after a disaster. Union was reopened for classes just a short time after the destruction.
The Iraqi government could end the year with as much as a $79 billion budget surplus as ever-increasing oil revenues pile on top of leftover income the Iraqis still haven’t spent on their national rebuilding effort, congressional auditors say.
A report by the Government Accountability Office made public Tuesday prompted renewed calls from senators that Baghdad pay more of the bill for its own reconstruction, which has been heavily supported with U.S. funds.
Knock knock! Anyone at home in D.C.? Don’cha think it’s about time for the Iraqi’s to start paying their own way? Wasn’t that the whole idea? It’s not bad enough we have too many in this country sucking the national teat, we have them doing it too?
Brokaw is current host of NBC’s “Meet the Press” and spent 21 years as anchor and managing editor of “NBC Nightly News.”
The debate will be a town hall format, allowing the invited participants to ask the candidates questions.
Welp! There goes any possibility of that particular debate being unbiased!
“The United States believes the people of China deserve the fundamental liberty that is the natural right of all human beings,” Bush says in the speech. “So America stands in firm opposition to China’s detention of political dissidents, human rights advocates and religious activists.”
Bush has undertaken a balancing act in recent days toward China and its human rights record, meeting with a prominent dissident in Washington but brushing aside calls for him to boycott the Olympics’ opening ceremonies on Friday, as some other world leaders are doing.
The idea of giving a Reaganesque “tear down this wall” speech on human rights in China – as members of Congress and others have called for Bush to do – has been abandoned as potentially insulting to the president’s hosts.
So, explain to me again just WHY Bush is even going to this joke called the Olympics again? Something about insulting the Chinese I think. And? It’s ok to insult the America citizens, just not the Chinese? Something is a tad wacky here.
Forensics specialist Techdude, who has been chipping away at the Obama Birth Certificate mystery for some time, has confirmed that the name on the original Certificate of Live Birth (COLB) which was used to forge the document presented by Barack Obama as his valid Birth Certificate IS:
Maya Kassandra Soetoro.
The document presented by Obama as the “truth about his birth certificate” can be seen on his official campaign web page, “FightTheSmears,” here.
Obviously, I’m not going to copy and paste the whole post….it’s a LONG one, with more than 200 hundred comments. Go, read it for yourself, then come back, and discuss it. Please.
Now, the interesting questions arise. Does the guy have an original piece of paper he is working with? How has he dug into the layers? Well, evidently, there’s a link to instruction on how he did it, and another person has followed step by step, and come up with the same results. Not being a tech type person, I don’t understand all the ins and outs of such procedures. Perhaps later this afternoon, I’ll do some ‘investigating’ of my own.
Texas Darlin’ raises some really interesting questions on this issue of who exactly is this guy…THE One?
If this proves to be true, and B. Hussein has produced a phoney BC, why? What’s to hide? Will the drooling acolytes, the MSM start their long road to recovery?
I dunno, but if it is true, a bit of advice for the DNC……get another candidate!
(She’s got some other interesting posts on the subject over there. You can go back and peruse AFTER ya come back here to discuss, ok? heh)
3 For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another.
4 But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared,
5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;
6 Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;
7 That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
8 This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men.