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Archive for 17 December 2008
….isn’t the design used by Time on it’s cover the same design originally used by The People’s Cube?
Or has this chronic fever boiled a few too many gray cells. Hmmm….
An Egyptian man said on Wednesday he was offering his 20-year-old daughter in marriage to Iraqi journalist Muntazer al-Zaidi, who threw his shoes at U.S. President George W. Bush in Baghdad on Sunday,
The daughter, Amal Saad Gumaa, said she agreed with the idea. “This is something that would honor me. I would like to live in Iraq, especially if I were attached to this hero,” she told Reuters by telephone.
Her father, Saad Gumaa, said he had called Dergham, Zaidi’s brother, to tell him of the offer. “I find nothing more valuable than my daughter to offer to him, and I am prepared to provide her with everything needed for marriage,” he added.
Honor? I’m afraid that I see no honor in being offered, as a prize, especially to such a juvenile little boy.
First off, this is a human being, not a bloomin’ Kewpie doll to be won at the arcade.
Second, the asshat did himself no favor by behaving in such an unprofessional manner. Anything he writes in the future will be suspect. At least in my personal opinion.
I know there are many who are just having a field day with the whole shoe incident, but I’d like to remind them that, no matter how you feel about the current POTUS, he is STILL the president of OUR country, and as such, deserves to be treated with respect. Not only did this weasel show a total disreguard for him, but for the U.S. of A as well. And THAT, dear friends, is NOT acceptable. It’s not acceptable with Bush, nor will it be acceptable with Obama.
Everyone sees those express lanes at the stores.
Every once in a while, you’ll see someone with one or two items over. No big deal. Unless there are a LOT of people waiting, and even then, it’s not major. Of course, if the check out person is slower than molasses in January, it might become a problem. I’m a patient person, and very rarely get bent out of shape about such things. It’s not like I’m going to fall to pieces if checking out at the store is going to take a couple of extra minutes.
But then…you get the idjit. You knew there had to be one coming, didn’t ya?
There I am, after a frustrating stroll through Wally World, not finding what I was looking for, after checking two other stores, standing with my TWO items, all ready to check out in the ‘express lane’. The eldery man in front of me had about 15 items, and was starting to make a few noises expressing some disgust. Being the snoopy person I am, I had to peek to see what was getting this gentleman in a snit.
And there he was. The idjit!
I’d like to point out to other idjits, when it says 20 items or less, it means just that! It does NOT mean 2 gallons of milk, a couple of loaves of bread, 3 boxes of frozen vegetables and 20 boxes of flippin’ condoms!
I’m quite serious! Yes, it was only four DIFFERENT items….. milk, bread, veggies and those personal ‘gloves’ but if I’m not mistaken, that isn’t exactly the intent. From the look on the check out girl’s face, I’d say she wasn’t too thrilled either. I guess it would have been a bit different if the condoms had all been the same brand, but the guy had quite a variety, and they all had to be checked seperately.
The Mr and I are heading to Texas tomorrow to spend Christmas with Ick, Brat and SP. One cool present that they got us….a trip to the last Cowboy game at Texas Stadium. Now, personally, I do not like traffic, so a brilliant idea I came up with….take a limo. It’s not like we’re going to be doing this kind of stuff on a regular basis, right? Well, right!
Somehow, in the course of things, more people were added, and the stretch just won’t accomodate us larger than life folks comfortably. What to do. Hmmm…. Of course, Ick had the answer. Get something bigger. Well….duh….but what?
How ’bout a “party bus”. Hmmm… Ok, I’ll bite. Sorry I did. Heh. Now, it makes perfect sense when you’re talking more than 10 people, cuz that’s pretty much the max a regular stretch will take. The “party bus” will seat 16 to 18 right nicely. But seriously….is the pole really necessary???
And where’s the potty??? I don’t see the potty! If you gonna have a pole in the middle, they least they can do is provide the necessary comforts for the OLD folks, don’cha know!
Full warning….anyone starts stripping, it’s OUT the window for ‘em! Got that Frank? And NO S.P., you can NOT slide on it!
Is this thing on?
Well, that’s the grade I’m going to give him. Contrary to those who would give him an “F”, he actually has done a couple of good things during the last 8 years. There was that embyonic stem cell thingy, which I whole heartedly approved of. There were the tax cuts, which did quite a bit to help the economy after it started sliding towards recession towards the end of Clinton’s term. 9/11 made things fairly difficult, and he did stand strong after that. Matter of fact, he has done quite a too keep us safer than we would have been. Ok, we should have finished with Afghanistan before Iraq, although getting rid of Saddam Hussein was a good thing. Things went downhill there though because of handling by weasels in D.C. Hey FOOLS! Ya don’t run a war from thousands of miles away. But that’s just me.
Then comes his second term, and everything goes to hell in a hand basket. Not right away mind you, but kind of a like that cartoon snowball heading down the mountain. We’re almost to the bottom, and that sucker is HUGE!
So, now, what does he want to do? He wants to circumvent the U.S. Constitution, and bailout an industry that has been dying for years, they just didn’t know it.
I never would have called the President a conservative, but I at least thought he had a little bit of sense. If he isn’t listening to us ol’ peons out here, you’d think members of both Houses would, right? WRONG!
Now, what led me up to my little rant, is this column I found in a Canadian paper.
But there were 10 RINO’s (Republicans In Name Only) who voted with the liberals for passage of the motion for cloture in order to presumably vote also for the passage of the unfair method of providing bailout relief to the auto industry in contradiction to the wishes of over 70 percent of the American taxpayers.
70%. Got that? SEVENTY PERCENT of the American taxpayers do NOT want this large pile of stinking male bovine excrement to go forward! Yet, what do we continuously hear on the evening news? Well, the POTUS and the rest of the weasels just CAN’T let such an industry fail.
Uh…..why the hell not? Well, yes, there will be some blow back. People will lose their jobs, at least for a while. Some smart person will buy the tooling and such to make the parts for those cars already in existence, and voila. Jobs! Obviously, I’ve given the simplistic version of my idea, and no I’m not a business person, nor do I have the money to buy all the equipment needed, but hey, someone does, right? Oh, and those patent things? We’re talking about a bunch of yahoos who are going to need the money. Sell ‘em to the highest bidder. Problem solved on that front.
Now, the Mr tells me sometimes I think too logically, and I don’t put enough emotion into my reasoning. Reckon I’d never be a good lib, eh?
Myths Of The Assembly Line
by Bill Murchison
A famous news photo from the late ’30s shows toughs employed by the Ford Motor Co. beating up Richard Frankensteen, a United Auto Workers official, during the so-called Battle of the Overpass at Ford’s Rouge River plant in Dearborn.
UAW chief Walter Reuther, walking with Frankensteen, got the same treatment. “Seven times they raised me off the concrete and slammed me down on it,” he later wrote. ” I was punched and kicked and dragged by my feet to the stairways, thrown the first flight of steps and kicked down the second flight.”
The UAW, whose sit-down strikes had already overwhelmed General Motors’ and Chrysler’s resistance to unionization, wanted Henry Ford on the dotted line. Three years later they got him. The plight of the car companies wasn’t born at the precise moment Walter Reuther fell down the steps, but you could see the mythology shaping up.
Even Americans whose knowledge of the legislative process is limited to the “I’m Just a Bill” episode of Schoolhouse Rock know about the veto: If Congress approves legislation the president doesn’t like, he can refuse to sign it, in which case the law can be enacted only by a two-thirds vote of each chamber. President Bush’s plan to aid the auto industry relies on a more obscure maneuver: If Congress rejects a bill the president likes, he can act as if the vote went the other way.
This maneuver, unlike the veto, is illegal by definition, not to mention unconstitutional, violating the separation of powers and the rule of law. But it is business as usual for Bush, who has shown no compunction about ignoring the law when it prohibits him from doing what he considers necessary in response to what he considers an emergency.
Quite an enlightening column.
(Oh, I dunno ’bout that. Seems it was pretty dinged to begin with, but no one seemed to want to notice. )
After ShopRite refused the request for the cake as inappropriate, the Campbells got a cake decorated at a Wal-Mart in Pennsylvania, Deborah Campbell said.
About 12 people attended the birthday party on Sunday, according to Heath Campbell.
The Campbells’ other two children also have unusual names: JoyceLynn Aryan Nation Campbell turns 2 in a few months and Honszlynn Hinler Jeannie Campbell will be 1 in April.
I can’t imagine what kind of parent would ‘brand’ their kids with such names? Oh, wait a minute….maybe I can. Parents who are about as ignorant as they are clueless.
Pirates have hijacked four more ships off the coast of Somalia, maritime officials say, bringing the number of ships now being held to 19.
Andrew Mwangura of the Kenyan Seafarers Association told CNN Wednesday that gunmen had hijacked an Indonesian tug boat, a Chinese fishing vessel, the cargo ship MV Bosphorus Prodigy and a yacht.
And just what are the countries of these ships doing? Sitting on their thumbs while having tea and crumpets? Blow the sorry garbage pit off the map….send a message….a real LOUD message.
More Nashville teenagers are facing adult sentences for violent crimes this year than ever, and that number is likely to go up.
Sixty juvenile offenders are expected to be sent through the adult criminal justice system by year’s end for violent offenses like homicide and armed robbery. Prosecutor Kathy Morante says her office has made no strategic change since last year, when 39 juveniles were sent to be tried as adults, but they’ve just seen more offenders.
Oh, absolutely! Somehow, thanks to do gooders, kids seem to believe that just because they are below a certain age, it’s ok to kill someone, etc., and get light time. Personally, I’m pretty fed up. If he/she does an adult crime, he/she damn sure better be doing adult time. Kids are being USED as tools for the criminal element just for this very reason.
Students went home for a snow day, stranded travelers waited at airports and drivers slid across icy roads in the second day of a bitter cold wave that blanketed much of the nation Tuesday.
There was little relief in sight. Temperatures were forecast to drop below zero Wednesday in at least 12 states in the Midwest and West. A band of snow and sleet fell Tuesday from Minnesota to New Hampshire.
Dozens of schools closed in Kentucky, Arkansas and Tennessee, and some school districts in Illinois sent students home early Tuesday. Up to a half-foot of snow had fallen in parts of Kentucky.
“It’s pretty treacherous,” said Jodi Shacklette, a Kentucky State Police dispatcher in Elizabethtown. “We’re working wrecks just left and right.”
Oh Great Boracle…..whatever shall we do???? Pfft! It’s called winter! It happens. Sometimes, it gets REAL cold all over the country. My first piece of advice…..SLOW YOUR SORRY SELF DOWN! Your meeting, or whatever is not so bloomin’ important that you have to get there at the expense of lives….including your own! Sheesh!
Gaza terrorists escalated their attacks on the western Negev Wednesday, launching a barrage of Kassam rockets at the coastal city of Ashkelon shortly before 11:00 a.m. A number of strategic installations are located in the area, including an electric power plant. The attacks continued throughout the day, with another barrage hitting the western Negev just before 4:00 p.m.
On Tuesday, the number of rockets that have struck the western Negev in the past eight years topped the 10,000 mark.
Defense Minister Ehud Barak has ordered the Gaza Crossings to remain closed for a second day in response to the attacks. Barak decided to close the crossings on Tuesday in retaliation for the rocket fire, cancelling a delivery of foodstuffs and other humanitarian aid to the region as a result.
I do believe the Good Lord was guiding us when we canceled out trip to Ashkelon! The Gazans have no one to blame but themselves if people are getting hungry. Perhaps if their hatred didn’t guide them, they might actually thrive. But I don’t see that happening any time soon. It’s so much easier to blame someone else than to actually DO something constructive.
Road, levee, school and housing construction projects throughout California are on the verge of being halted or delayed, as state officials prepare to shut off their financing in the most drastic fallout yet from California’s cash crisis.
Officials plan to meet today to freeze financing on these projects and about 2,000 others, including park improvements, environmental restoration and repairs to state prisons.
Psst! Send Mexico a bill for all the money spent on supporting THEIR citizens. Then stop paying for their education and health care, etc. After so many years of dishing it out, I’m sure it’ll come to quite a tidy sum and the problem could very well be avoided. Just a thought.
Thirty-six of the 50 states – or 72 percent – are now facing budget deficits in fiscal 2009, according to a mid-year report released Monday by the National Governors Association and the National Association of State Budget Officers.
At the same time, 22 of these states facing deficits have adopted budgets that call for increased spending in fiscal year 2009.
Seriously, how utterly stupid, AND incompetent do you have to be to hold public office these days?????
A husband and wife are suing United Airlines for “negligently” overserving alcohol during a flight from Osaka, Japan, to San Francisco, saying the carrier’s drinks fueled the domestic violence involving the two shortly after their plane landed.
Fortified with Burgundy wine allegedly supplied at 20-minute intervals by United crew members during the December 2006 trip, Yoichi Shimamoto became so inebriated “that he could not manage himself,” according to a lawsuit filed Dec. 5 in U.S. District Court in Tampa.
Shimamoto was arrested, accused of disorderly conduct and battery after he struck his wife, Ayisha, six times, injuring her face and upper lip as they were heading through U.S. Customs in San Francisco, the complaint said.
Oh HELL no! NO one forced wine down his throat. NO one made him an asshole wife beater. This kind of crap just seriously chaps my hide!
Time magazine named U.S. President-elect Barack Obama the Person of the Year in 2008 after he became the first African-American to win the White House, but the real contest may have been for the runners up.
The other finalists were U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, French President Nicolas Sarkozy, Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin and Chinese director Zhang Yimou, Time said on Wednesday.
“In one of the craziest elections in American history, he overcame a lack of experience, a funny name, two candidates who are political institutions and the racial divide to become the 44th president of the United States,” the magazine said.
Once upon a time, Time’s Person of the Year actually meant something. Now, IMHO, it’s just a suck up job. Oh, granted, he did do something no one else has done, but if the media had been doing it’s job, there’s no way he could have, and it’s has NOTHING to do with his skin tone.
1 Timothy 4:1-5
1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;
2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;
3 Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.
4 For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving:
5 For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.