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Archive for 27 August 2008
Vice presidential candidate Joe Biden’s speech at the Democratic National Convention was great. As I write, he hasn’t given it yet, but these are my favorite parts:
“General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization: Come here to this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!”
“Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth, upon this continent, a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.”
After this year’s primary (2008), it became apparent that GOP voters are no longer in control of who represents the party. Discouragement sets in when a candidate who doesn’t do well in a seemingly insignificant state drop out before another state’s primary occurs.
The purpose of this petition is to encourage the RNC to create a one day National Presidential primary that will allow every registered Republican the opportunity to vote for the GOP candidate that best represents their beliefs before the candidate chooses to drop out of the race.
Not only were those of us on the right slapped down, the Democrats didn’t really get to choose their candidate either. Perhaps someone on that side should start a similar petition?
If you believe that the process has been taken away from “WE, the People”, go sign the petition. Let’s send THEM a message! Because if you get right down to it, has become an “us against them”, hasn’t it.
I can’t believe I watched that! My eyeballs fell out, so I had to crawl around on the floor to find them. Then the nausea started.
I think I’ve recovered sufficiently now.
What am I talking about? Why, that dog and pony show put on by the DNC and the Shrilldebeast, of course!
Suspending the roll call. Check. Seconded. Check. All in favor. Check… All opposed….
Whoa! What’s that Queen Moonbat? No heartbeat between the ‘all in favor’ and a ’2/3 in favor, passed’!
I got the impression she was afraid there would be some dissent over this circus. It should be interesting to see if anyone comes forward later on to shout out they were ROBBED!
Oh, and what was with that ‘Love Train‘ stuff?
Swiped from Charlie Sykes.
H/T: Pastor John
Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama’s big speech on Thursday night will be delivered from an elaborate columned stage resembling a miniature Greek temple.
The stage, similar to structures used for rock concerts, has been set up at the 50-yard-line, the midpoint of Invesco Field, the stadium where the Denver Broncos’ National Football League team plays.
Some 80,000 supporters will see Obama appear from between plywood columns painted off-white, reminiscent of Washington’s Capitol building or even the White House, to accept the party’s nomination for president.
He will stride out to a raised platform to a podium that can be raised from beneath the floor.
The show should provide a striking image for the millions of Americans watching on television as Obama delivers a speech accepting the Democratic presidential nomination.
Marsha Williams had always hesitated when mail arrived from the government.
After Hurricane Katrina, she began to fear the letters.
One warned that her apartment building could be shut down because of unrepaired storm damage. There were legal notices and forms. What did they all mean?
At age 51, Williams was embarrassed she could not read much more than her own name and address.
Three years after Katrina, residents of New Orleans are still buried in a blizzard of government paperwork. And thousands of storm victims seeking federal aid cannot apply because they can’t read the forms.
I beg your pardon???????? I will not demean this woman. I will demean the system that has allowed a 51 year old woman, living in the GREATEST nation in the world, to make it this age without the ability to read or write! No, you left wing moonbats, it is NOT George W. Bush’s fault she, and many like her, cannot read! It’s the corrupt system that has been in place long before Huey P. Long ever came into play.
It is estimated that more than 40 percent of the city’s adults lack basic literacy skills. Recovery programs have done little to ease the burden.
40%? FORTY FREAKIN’ PERCENT? Does the “Chocolate City” mayor have an explanation of why those he supposedly represents can’t bloomin’ read the language they speak? How many high school graduates are coming out of that area with the same problem?
Rachel Nicolosi, program director for the Literacy Alliance of Greater New Orleans, estimates that as many as 100,000 people from New Orleans may have had assistance delayed, or they never applied for help at all, because they could not read the documents.
“It’s a paramount issue. The rules are almost indecipherable for everyone,” said Davida Finger, a staff attorney for Loyola University’s New Orleans College of Law, which has helped 1,000 people seek rebuilding aid, nearly all of whom had trouble understanding the forms.
Billions upon billions of taxpayer dollars have gone into a public education system that is, quite obviously, a major failure. Yes, there are some areas of the country that do well with the public system, but Katrina brought to light many things about the New Orleans area, just one being the education, or lack there of!
“I concede the point that those who are functionally illiterate, they would have challenges with any form,” said Brian Sullivan, a spokesman for the Department of Housing and Urban Development. He said the agency has trained all of its 37 staff members in New Orleans to help “those with literacy disabilities.”
Gee. Y’think? With the many volunteers, from around the country, that are still going into NOLA, you’d think they could find a few folks who would helps those most in need to fill out papers….THREE YEARS AFTER THE FACT!
The National Adult Literacy Survey indicates that 25 percent of U.S. adults read at the lowest functional level, meaning, for example, that they can locate an expiration date on a driver’s license but cannot fill out most motor-vehicle forms.
There is NO excuse for these numbers. NONE! Education if a vital part of any nation’s future. To have such a high number of illiterate citizens is inexcusable!
The cornerstone of neighborhood rebuilding efforts is the $10.3 billion Road Home program, which asks participants to review dozens of documents and sign 18 final legal papers before aid is approved.
Billions being poured into that sinkhole? NO! No more!
A lack of public support for the Hadley Bend Connector led the Tennessee Department of Transportation to cross it off the list of possible toll projects to present to the General Assembly in January. What started as eight proposals is down to three.
The 6.4-mile road could have cost as much as $400 million, crossing the Cumberland River three times and linking Vietnam Veterans Boulevard and Gallatin Road in Hendersonville and Briley Parkway in the Music Valley area.
A 2007 state law requires the Tennessee Department of Transportation to propose one new roadway and one new bridge to be built as pilot projects in the state’s proposed tolling system.
One of the more ridiculous ideas anyone could come up with is toll roads! They do NOT prevent congestion, they create it. They don’t save gas, they cost more because you have to sit and idle while waiting to pay your ridiculous toll. Tax dollars already pay for roads. Please remove thy heads from they hinders! Y’all wanna build some roads? How about finishing the ones already started….like say….U.S. 64!
Less than two months after North Korea blew up the cooling tower of its main nuclear plant in a televised spectacle, the government yesterday announced it had suspended the dismantling of its nuclear program.
North Korea’s Foreign Ministry said it was responding to American delays in removing it from a list of “terror-sponsoring” states. The ministry said the suspension began August 14 and that the regime would next consider restoring some of what had been dismantled already at the main nuclear compound in Yongbyon.
President Bush asked Congress on June 27 to remove North Korea from the terror list, but the administration also has said that the measure wouldn’t go through until America could verify a 60-page inventory North Korea had submitted of its nuclear program.
Take it apart, get removed from list. Seems rather simple to me. Honestly, I’d think long and hard before removing them from that list. It’s not exactly like the Chia DICtator is all that stable.
An electronic communication failure Tuesday at a Federal Aviation Administration facility that processes flight plans for the eastern half of the U.S. caused mass delays around the country. The Northeast was hardest hit.
But by early evening, the FAA said that the situation around the country was returning to normal, with delays remaining in Atlanta and Chicago.
They damn sure better get all the bugs worked out by 29 October! We’re going on a BIG trip, and have to go through Atlanta! They can have delays on the return trip, but I wanna get there! In one piece, and sane!
Dias has asked Gov. David Paterson to appoint at least one councilman so the board has a quorum and can conduct business until replacements are chosen by voters in the fall.
Ancram is a rural Hudson Valley town of 1,500 people once known for its lead mines. Located 90 miles north of New York City, it and other Columbia County towns are experiencing gentrification that is causing friction between families who have lived there for generations and Manhattanites buying weekend and vacation homes.
Don’t ya just love the arrogance of the ‘city folk’…coming in, turning everyone’s life upside down? Seriously, if people moving in to the town are moving there because they liked the small town flavor, why are they trying to change it to what they left behind in the big city? I’ll never understand that! Other than essential services, why does any place need a gubmint?
More than 100 terror victims and their relatives charged in a Los Angeles court last week that the Bank of China “knowingly assisted Hamas and the Islamic Jihad” between 2004 and 2007 and that the money was used to finance attacks.
The alleged bank transfers were initiated in the Middle East, sent to American branches and then transferred to terrorist organizations’ accounts in China. From there, the money was wired to Hamas and Islamic Jihad leaders in Israel, including Judea, Samaria and Gaza, according to the lawsuit.
Israeli counterterrorist personnel met with Chinese officials in 2005 to demand it cease from transferring more money, but the bank, with the approval of the Chinese government, continued to wire the money, said attorneys for the terror victims.
Whoa. A government bank, any government, whose financial institutions knowingly supports terrorism? Not a real good idea.
Much of the speech was about Clinton herself — the “privilege” of meeting voters on the campaign trail and hearing their stories: “You taught me so much, you made me laugh, and — you even made me cry. You allowed me to become part of your lives. And you became part of mine,” she said, according to the text of her speech.
Clinton talked about the people she will “always remember,” and the people to whom she will “always be grateful.”
“To my supporters, my champions — my sisterhood of the traveling pantsuits – from the bottom of my heart: Thank you,” she said, as a beaming Bill and Chelsea Clinton looked on.
And she ran over into our local news. Long winded woman who says little of substance…..just like most Democrats!
At least seven people were killed and 20 others injured in a suspected bomb attack late Tuesday on the outskirts of the Pakistani capital, Islamabad.
Police initially thought the blast occurred when a gas cylinder accidentally exploded outside a street cafe where about two dozen people were eating. They later said the blast was caused by explosives.
The attack came hours after a US diplomat narrowly-escaped an ambush in the country’s volatile north-west.
Psst! I don’t care what Bush says….these are NOT our allies! Until they get their act together, and start stomping down the terrorists, I don’t wanna hear jack about how they aid us in the war on terror. They are PART of that war!
“It’s academic immersion,” explained Col. Jeffrey Sanderson, chief of staff at Fort Jackson, home of the Army’s largest basic training school. “Our studies show that with only three out of every 10 people of military age being capable of joining the Army, we are going to have to do something different.”
That includes turning six World War II-era buildings at the base into a mini-campus of spartan classrooms and barracks. Under the yearlong pilot project, classes of about 60 soldiers will enter the monthlong program every week.
This is actually a pretty good idea. There are a lot of reasons that kids end up dropping out of school, and not all of them are lazy, druggies, or some such thing. To give such kids a chance at a future, is a terrific idea. If they took 16 year olds, I can think of one particular person who would gain a great deal from such a program. Education and discipline. Great combination.
UK Foreign Secretary David Miliband has called on the EU and Nato to initiate “hard-headed engagement” with Russia in response to its actions in Georgia.
In a speech in Ukraine’s capital, Kiev, he urged them to bolster their allies, re-balance the energy relationship with Russia and defend international law.
Turning on the snark here: What are the Brits gonna do, suggest that the Georgians disarm? Take away their knives so the Russian won’t shoot them? /snark off Sorry! My respect for the Brits has dropped quite a bit recently. I still like ‘em, generally, but honestly….I’m starting to see them as English speaking French. The gubmint, not the real folks! There are still some REAL “men” in Britain.
Whether they are raised conventionally or organically, one thing cows have in common is that they burp and fart to their hearts’ content. Like all ruminants, cows are constantly emitting methane — a greenhouse gas that is 23 times more powerful than carbon dioxide — from both ends. As malodorous as pigs may be, it is the gaseous emissions of billions of cattle, goats and sheep that are contributing to global warming.
Cows have been doing what cows do…..for a VERY long time. And these people think that because a cow farts, the temperature will rise. I wonder how that worked during the “little ice age“? There were all kinds of bovines, all over the world, even if they weren’t aware that so many buffalo roamed in the New World!
Mrs. Pelosi’s contention that it does not brought down the wrath of the 433-member U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) on her head. On Tuesday morning, they chided the California Democrat on Tuesday morning for “misrepresenting” the Catholic Church’s views on abortion when she told NBC’s “Meet the Press” two days earlier that “over the centuries, the doctors of the church have not been able to make that definition” of when life begins.
When reminded by anchor Tom Brokaw that church doctrine states human life begins at conception, the speaker replied the church had only arrived at that conclusion in the past 50 years.
Classifying herself as “an ardent, practicing Catholic,” she added that St. Augustine guessed around the year 400 the fetus received a soul at three months’ gestation but, “We don’t know. The point is, is that it shouldn’t have an impact on the woman’s right to choose.”
It’s becoming more and more apparent that “Catholics” holding public office are totally clueless about their own church doctrine! I’d like to point out that even before the beginnings of the ‘church’ 2000 years ago, that life began at conception: Jeremiah 1:5 – Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.
Pelosi is an idiot!
15 And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.
16 The law and the prophets were until John: since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presseth into it.
17 And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass, than one tittle of the law to fail.