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Cuz I Can!

8 December 2008, 9:10 pm. 7 Comments. Filed under Just Cuz.

Hell Done Froze!

8 December 2008, 8:22 pm. Comments Off. Filed under Feckless Weasels.

I’m agreeing with Runnin’ Reid?

Reid Slams Merrill Lynch Executive for Requesting $10M in Bonus Pay

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid slammed Merrill Lynch CEO John Thain on Monday for requesting a $10 million bonus — subsidized by taxpayers — just two months after receiving $10 billion in bailout money from the federal government.

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“While American families struggle to keep their jobs and their homes, I question the chutzpah of asking for a $10 million taxpayer-subsidized bonus. Americans deciding which bills to pay this month just to make ends meet do not want their hard-earned money even indirectly spent rewarding executives from banks that are largely responsible for the economic crisis,” he said.

Uh….talk about your LARGE ones! This clown has a set that I can’t even imagine!  Don’t think I want to!

Dumb and Dumbest?

8 December 2008, 4:24 pm. 2 Comments. Filed under Feckless Weasels.

OBAMA TO MEET WITH GORE TOMORROW

From NBC’s Savannah Guthrie
President-elect Obama will meet with Al Gore tomorrow in Chicago. We’ll update with details as we get them…

*** UPDATE *** Obama and Gore will discuss energy and climate change issues. Biden is expected to be there as well.

*** UPDATE 2 *** The transition team has put out the official word now: “Tomorrow, President-elect Barack Obama and Vice President-elect Joe Biden will be meeting with former Vice-President Al Gore in Chicago to discuss energy and climate change and how policies in this area can stimulate the economy and create jobs.”

Just one of the many reasons “The ONE” is unable to suck me in.

H/T: Nashville 21

Clarification Please?

8 December 2008, 2:16 pm. Comments Off. Filed under Religion of Pieces.

Typically, in some areas, I’m a fairly open minded person. Not so open minded that my brain fall out, but I’m at least willing to listen to other ideas, contrary to my own. As humans, we tend to put things into our own perspective, and totally miss the point of the speaker/writer. I think perhaps I’m having such a problem with this editorial from yesterday’s Jackson Sun.

Divorce courts should weigh religious matters
By OMAR AHMAD, M.D.

Generally, the way the Chancery Court views divorce laws is without acknowledging the perspectives of the religion of Muslims. While we follow the secular law in many regards, our personal law is governed by the religion we practice.

When two people cohabit in the form of a religious bond of marriage, it appears counterintuitive that a court would interfere with their other laws like the divorce decree, where the decisions are governed by the religion of the couple. It would thus appear to observers that the religion of the couple is inadequate to resolve the dispute involved in the marriage.

In the courts, when the cut of a marriage tie is made, it is done so with the division of assets as well as assigning custody of the children.

I looked up Chancery Court:

Chancery Court is a court of equity that hears such matters as constitutional issues, contract disputes, real property matters including sales, guardianships, conservatorships, workers compensation, emancipation of minors, and name changes. In addition, the Davidson County Chancery Court is the court of appeals for a number of administrative courts, such as the Department of Safety, Department of Labor, and others.

The site also states the court Clerk and Master (whatever the “master” part means) is in compliance with ADA:

The Office of the Clerk and Master does not discriminate on the basis of age, religion, race, sex, color, national origin or disability in admission to, access to, or operations of its programs, services, or activities.

Perhaps I’m just dense.  There’s always that possibility.  What is it exactly that Dr. Ahmad is having a problem with in the courts?

On one side, we have people screaming about ‘separation of church and state’, which is NO where in the Constitution.  On the other, we have a religion who wants to impose their laws on our courts.  In the middle, we have folks like me….a LOT of folks like me, that wishes that both sides would just shut up!

Dr. Ahmad states further down:

Under the current setup in the courts, there is no consideration of the family religious creed, whether it be Catholic, Muslim, Methodist or any other religion. In the long run, this may be an injustice to the family.

Uh, yeah. That’s what courts are suppose to do. Well, at least courts here in the U.S. of A.  Granted, there should be some religious consideration in certain cases, concerning parenting your children.  But I’m a bit confused at what exactly he is asking them do.  Does he want Sha’ria imposed?  Is he upset that the courts are granting custody to the mothers?  What is he saying?  I’m quite confused, and am hoping someone can read through the double speak, and clarify for me.  I’ve read through his entire column 3 times, and I’m no closer to understanding.

Tennessee

8 December 2008, 12:25 pm. Comments Off. Filed under General News, Politics, Tennessee.

Folks behind the scenes have been working long and hard to start a new website, Tennessee News Platoon.

Since I’m still fairly new to the state, such a site will do wonders to help me inform myself on the doin’s around here. Out here in Podunk, we don’t get a lot of real news, so any help at all, is greatly appreciated!

A bit of the Press Release:

“#dontgo Launches First State Movement”
Tennessee News Platoon is Launched!

On Monday, December 8th www.dontgomovement.com will unveil the Tennessee News Platoon. The website, www.Tennessee.NewsPlatoon.com, will work to promote local government transparency and accountability, provide a news platform for local activism networks, and aggregate the top news stories happening across the state.

State Representative Stacey Campfield (TN-18) states, “I look forward to #dontgo getting together; we’ll be able to finally get out our clear concise message that will push for open government and good conservative values. Now more than ever we need people out there rallying conservatives to get more involved and to spread our message. I strongly feel that #dontgo will be able to help in making this happen.”

#dontgo originally began as a simple Twitter tag that the founders used to track the energy debate by the US Congress on August 1st.  Hundreds of activists, including members of Congress, began using the tag not just to track the energy bill, but to energize supporters and champion fiscal conservative values. Soon thereafter the site www.dontgomovement.com was created and to date has over 30,000 opt-in email subscribers.

The #dontgo Revolution uses web-based strategies and tactics to advance free-market values. Its mission is to develop a fifty state strategy of blogs and internet social networks that would activate more free market conservatives in their communities leading into the 2010 elections.

One of the biggest problems I saw in this last election ‘season’ was the lack of message.  Those who were running, weren’t getting OURS!  And those we did support seemed to have a tough time getting theirs out to those who really needed it.

I’m hoping, as I’m sure those who worked so hard on this are hoping, sites like these will rectify that problem when it comes to 2010, and beyond.

While you’re at it, you might also want to check out Social Media Platoon!

May Santy Claws Leave ‘Em…..

8 December 2008, 12:14 pm. Comments Off. Filed under Feckless Weasels.

…..a large pile of steaming male bovine excrement!

It’s Monday Alright!

8 December 2008, 12:09 pm. Comments Off. Filed under Blog Stuff.

Do you ever have days that you feel it would have been best if you had not gotten out from underneath the covers?  Well, this has been one of those days for me, and it started Saturday.  I’ve had printer problems, computer kaflooyies, and general all around bad time with machines.

After having to reboot 7 times this morning, I think this contraption is functional….at least for a while.  I even got a notice that my site had been suspended, after it told me “you don’t have permission to do that” when I tried to ‘save’.

The printer?  Well, it might take another week before I get the pictures printed out that I wanted to take to church yesterday.  What part of ‘print all’ is so difficult?  Must be a female machine, cuz it sure is acting ‘hormonal’.

If all that’s not bad enough, I bougt new water filters for my BrewStation, and they don’t fit.  The box says that’s the machine they are intended, so why won’t they work?  Well, probably because I’m the one that bought them.  It’s a conspicuousy, as Jr always says.

Obamarama

8 December 2008, 11:48 am. Comments Off. Filed under Cartoon.

Morning Coffee – 12/08/08

8 December 2008, 11:35 am. Comments Off. Filed under General News.

Rights group: US making Somalia crisis worse

Somalia has been in chaos for nearly two decades, and the country’s Western-backed transitional government has failed to assert any real control since it was formed in 2004. It relies on troops from Ethiopia for protection, and has lost most of the country to Islamic fighters.

Human Rights Watch, a New York-based rights group, said the U.S. has been so focused on fighting terrorism that it has overlooked the shortcomings of Somalia’s government.

“The United States, treating Somalia primarily as a battlefield in the ‘global war on terror,’ has pursued a policy of uncritical support for transitional government and Ethiopian actions, and the resulting lack of accountability has fueled the worst abuses,” Human Rights Watch said in a report Monday.

I often wonder on what planet these ‘human rights’ bunch live.  Not everything that is wrong with the world is the fault of the “Western world”.  They might want to take a good hard look at all those animals they are defending, look at what they’ve done to their people, and then do a little comparison.

Area Obama supporters take next step

They are calling themselves the Mid-South Community Organizers, and if that name sounds a touch triumphant, the people formerly known as Shelby County’s Obama-Biden ’08 volunteers just want folks to know they are serious about this whole “change” thing.

Nika Jackson, who served as the Obama camp’s lone Shelby County campaign staffer for much of the general election campaign, got together with about 50 local campaign volunteers over the weekend to reflect on what was accomplished and to begin plotting a way forward.

Well now, if these folks really want ‘change’, they might look at their own crime ridden community! Push education, start ‘snitching’, clean up their own streets. In other words, clean up your own house before you come in an start complaining about the mess in mine!

9/11 suspects ask to make ‘confessions’ in Gitmo trial

Five men charged with plotting the Sept. 11 attacks told a military judge Monday that they want to immediately confess at their war-crimes tribunal at Guantanamo Bay.

In a letter the judge read aloud in court, the five defendants — who could be executed if convicted — said they “request an immediate hearing session to announce our confessions.”

The letter implies they want to plead guilty, but does not specify whether they will admit to any specific charges. It also says they wish to drop all previous defense motions.

Y’know, if they had just shot these animals to begin with, a lot of time and expense could have been saved.

Report: Hamas cooperating with Muslim Brothers

Hamas and the radical Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood movement have been holding talks in a bid to organize protests against the Gaza Strip blockade outside Egyptian embassies in European and Arab countries, the London-based Arabic-language al-Hayat newspaper reported on Monday.

The paper quoted an Egyptian source as saying the talks were aimed at pressuring Egypt into using its influence in order “to break the siege off the Gaza Strip”.

The source slammed Hamas, saying “the masks have been removed, particularly of the face of Hamas, which claims to be operating in the name of Islam and its supporters. The Muslim Brotherhood movement has been exposed trying to jump on the Palestinian Authority issue without any consideration for the Palestinians people’s interests.”

I don’t suppose it has occurred to these yahoos that if they weren’t so busy trying to destroy and murder, there wouldn’t be a problem? Naw…..too logical.

GM Executive, UAW Chief Defend GM Management

A top General Motors executive and the head of the United Auto Workers defended GM’s management this morning, saying that the near collapse of the company can’t be blamed on chairman and chief executive G. Richard Wagoner, Jr. and that his departure should not be made a condition of federal assistance.

As work continued on legislation that would give the teetering Detroit automakers at least $15 billion in emergency loans early next week, top Democratic officials have said that the aid may require a change in leadership at GM, Ford and Chrysler — with GM cited in particular.

(looking in mirror) Nope, I don’t seem to have “stoopid” stamped on my forehead today.  Although, if those two took a peak, they might see it on theirs!

Republican Governors Refuse to Rule Out Seeking Federal Bailouts for States

Republican Govs. Rick Perry of Texas and Mark Sanford of South Carolina will not pledge to refuse federal bailout money, their spokesmen told CNSNews.com Friday – just three days after the two governors denounced federal bailouts in The Wall Street Journal.

“We’re crossing the Rubicon with regard to debt,” Sanford and Perry wrote in Tuesday’s Journal, a reference to Julius Caesar’s crossing of the Rubicon river in 49 B.C. – meaning that a point of no return has been reached.

Psst! knock knock knock Just WHO do you think the Federal Government is, and just who do you think foots the bill???  I’ve never been a big fan of Perry’s.  So, who is going to be running against him?  Might just have to send the opposition a few bucks.

Media taking mug shots — foreign, familiar — to bank

One needs look no further than the existence of horror flicks to see the phenomenon in action, he said, and the fact that mug shots are of real people make them more appealing than werewolves and masked men with chainsaws.

“These are pictures of monsters who actually exist, and we can look at them from the safety of wherever we are, and they disappear when we close the book,” said Watson, an expert on journalism ethics.

“Journalism ethics”. Now there’s an oxymoron if ever there was one! I don’t get the fascination of people for such things. Isn’t there enough heartbreak without drooling over it?  I don’t suppose these people bother to think about the pain of the victims.

New York Times Co. to borrow against HQ

he New York Times Co. plans to borrow as much as $225 million against its Manhattan headquarters building in the latest signal that the credit crisis and diminishing advertising revenues are casting an ominous shadow over the newspaper industry.

The New York Times reported Monday that its parent company, which owns 58% of the Midtown tower, has hired real estate firm Cushman & Wakefield to help it obtain financing, as either a mortgage or a sale-leaseback agreement.

They might not have found themselves in this mess, which has been coming for quite a while, IF they had been a “news” organization, instead of pushing their opinions and wants. I’m one of those folks who just wants facts. I’m capable of forming my own opinion from those facts. Wouldn’t it be nice if news would return to the ‘who, what, when, where’ reporting? sigh….  Hmmm…. if they default, wouldn’t whoever owned the other 38% be liable too?

S.S. D.D.

Verse of the Day

8 December 2008, 9:02 am. Comments Off. Filed under Faith.

Ezekiel 38:3-8

3 And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal:

4 And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords:

5 Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet:

6 Gomer, and all his bands; the house of Togarmah of the north quarters, and all his bands: and many people with thee.

7 Be thou prepared, and prepare for thyself, thou, and all thy company that are assembled unto thee, and be thou a guard unto them.

8 After many days thou shalt be visited: in the latter years thou shalt come into the land that is brought back from the sword, and is gathered out of many people, against the mountains of Israel, which have been always waste: but it is brought forth out of the nations, and they shall dwell safely all of them.