Friday, March 31, 2006
It used to be Malotte, but I believe the "e" was dropped during the Great Ink Shortage of 1839, which also gave rise to the word "OK," a brief ban on Polish immigrants, and the phrase "brevity is the soul of wit." It was a tough time for pen pals and even prompted a government study involving a bodily function and snow, which manners preclude me from describing here.
You can always tell when it's a slow news week, or when the news is just too depressing to keep knocking around amongst your friends. Finding something interesting to write about is hard, (arduous, as we say in Greentown) especially for a lazy descendant of French immigrants who would rather be rioting or surrendering to someone. By the way, my first American ancestor came over with Lafayette to bravely fight in our Great Revolution. (I know this for a fact because my family hired an ancestry tracing company whose motto was, We'll tell you anything to get your money!)
My heart turns to gardening this time of year. I've already got plenty-o-peas in the ground and just completed the arduous task of planting my potato sets last evening. Am I tired? Oui! But hard work in the garden always causes me to drop a few pounds, which is important after a winter of eating all those crepes in heavy cream sauces.
But I tip my beret to Janice, AICS, Bryan, Peter, Christina, and of course the beloved SkyePuppy, just to mention a few of my haunts, who never seem to be at a loss for an issue and a well-turned phrase. And I must not forget Andrew, whose comments are always much longer than the post he is commenting on, but is always interesting, and a pleasure to read... and read... and read. Andrew displays amazing insight, for an uneducated and unemployed loom technician from Terre Haute.
With spring, I will do less blogging, more gardening, and more reading outside in my hammock. Perhaps I'll watch a Maurice Chevalier film. (pronounced feelm) On humid summer nights I will play my accordion on the patio. And as the sweet haunting melodies fill the night, and I hear the unmistakable sound of windows slamming shut all over the neighborhood... I will smile.
I am French. My name is Malott(e). And obviously, I'll post most anything.
Thursday, March 30, 2006
FAIRFIELD, Conn. (AP) - Residents of the neighborhood of Sunset Circle say they have been terrorized by a crazy cat named Lewis. Lewis for his part has been uniquely cited, personally issued a restraining order by the town's animal control officer.
"He looks like Felix the Cat and has six toes on each foot, each with a long claw," Janet Kettman, a neighbor said Monday. "They are formidable weapons."
The neighbors said those weapons, along with catlike stealth, have allowed Lewis to attack at least a half dozen people and ambush the Avon lady as she was getting out of her car.
Some of those who were bitten and scratched ended up seeking treatment at area hospitals.
Animal Control Officer Rachel Solveira placed a restraining order on him. It was the first time such an action was taken against a cat in Fairfield.
In effect, Lewis is under house arrest, forbidden to leave his home.
Solveira also arrested the cat's owner, Ruth Cisero, charging her with failing to comply with the restraining order and reckless endangerment.
Only pure evil would attack the Avon lady.
Tuesday, March 28, 2006
OK, it's unscientific... but here it is:
Would you support a temporary worker program?
Would you support erecting a fence along the Mexican border?
Should those who sneak across the border be treated as felons?
Should those already in the country have a path to citizenship?
How big of an issue is illegal immigration?
Not at all 4%
Monday, March 27, 2006
A Problem Illustrated
Sometimes one picture speaks louder than a thousand stories and news reports.
When the American Heartland witnesses a sea of 500,000 illegals and their supporters marching in the streets of Los Angeles and talking about their rights... many waving not the American flag, but the flag of Mexico... the American Heartland starts wondering about it's own rights and how much longer our culture can survive the invasion. They wonder if we are still a nation of laws when illegal aliens have supposedly done nothing illegal by coming here illegally. They also start looking for political candidates that are willing to stand up to the rhetoric while legal Americans still have the majority vote...
It's time to put up the fence. It's time to establish our culture, our language, and our laws. It's time to stop talking and start doing everything we can to halt this insanity.
My feeling is, if you want to hire a person who speaks no English, or poor English, they better have their immigration paperwork in hand. They better be registered with the INS, picture, fingerprints and all. If they don't and you hire them anyway... you lose your business and you go to jail. That's where we start.
Am I alone?
Wall Street Journal/NBC News, December 1998
72% feel "immigration should not increase because it will cost U.S. jobs and increase unemployment."
Horatio Alger Association, August 1996
67% of teens feel legal immigration to the U.S. should be reduced.
NPG/Roper Poll, February 1996
83% of Americans favor a lower level of immigration.
70% want immigration reduced to 300,000 annually.
20% want to halt all immigration.
...respondents who support immigration of less than 300,000 per year¨
70% of All Respondents¨
73% of Blacks¨
52% of Hispanics¨
72% of Conservatives¨
71% of Moderates¨
66% of Liberals¨
72% of Democrats¨
70% of Republicans
CBS News/New York Times, September 1995
63% of Americans think immigration levels were too high.
66% of Republicans want less immigration.
60% of Democrats want less immigration.
Time/CNN, September 1993
80% consider it important for the federal government to track down illegal aliens living the United States.
73% feel the U.S. should "strictly limit" immigration.
50% favor requiring all U.S. citizens to carry a national identification card.
Newsweek, July 1993
59% feel that immigration was a good thing for this country in the past.
60% feel that immigration is a bad thing for this country now.
CNN/USA Today/Gallup, July 1993
76% feel that immigration should be stopped or reduced until the economy improves.
65% believe immigration should be decreased generally.
Hispanic USA Research Group survey of Hispanic Americans, June 1993
89% of Hispanic Americans strongly support an immediate moratorium on immigration.
74% feel fewer immigrants should be allowed and stronger restrictions should be enforced.
I guess I'm not alone.
It's time to elect politicians who listen to the American people. The legal, American citizens.
Often in the heat of battle, things are said and actions are taken that are so removed from the gentler nature that we nurture in calmer times. Looking back on what many are simply referring to as The Two Days in March , I wonder that reasoning souls could allow events to deteriorate and cascade to such depths of pain and degredation.
In my defense I will say that it was only with much introspection and hand wringing that I called Christina cat trash. So conflicted was I, that I repeatedly throughout the day checked the internet and my email for her reaction... or perhaps a more threatening reaction from her brutish husband.
Though our emotions and disagreements run deep, perhaps the whole world can pray that the Two-Day Cat Conflict of 2006 has forged a new understanding between peoples and pets of every race, species, and creed... that even with wounds yet healing, we might struggle up from the morass that so recently consumed us... and beat our swords into leashes and our spears into litter boxes... and study blogwar no more.
Sunday, March 26, 2006
Actor Charlie Sheen has joined a growing army of other highly credible public figures in questioning the official story of 9/11 and calling for a new independent investigation of the attack and the circumstances surrounding it.
Over the past two years, scores of highly regarded individuals have gone public to express their serious doubts about 9/11.
Speaking to The Alex Jones Show on the GCN Radio Network, the star of current hit comedy show Two and a Half Men and dozens of movies including Platoon and Young Guns, Sheen elaborated on why he had problems believing the government's version of events:
"I was watching the news and the north tower was burning. I saw the south tower hit live, that famous wide shot where it disappears behind the building and then we see the tremendous fireball."
"There was a feeling, it just didn't look any commercial jetliner I've flown on any time in my life and then when the buildings came down later on that day I said to my brother 'call me insane, (emphasis added) but did it sort of look like those buildings came down in a controlled demolition'?"
Sheen said that most people's gut instinct, that the buildings had been deliberately imploded, was washed away by the incessant flood of the official version of events from day one.
What an idiot.
Yesterday I posted a reasonable, objective, and thoughtful piece about how cats were demonic, and that perhaps their owners were also possessed. On her blog page, The Right Perspective, Christina launched an innappropriate and particularly vicious personal attack on me, my spelling (see * below), and most egregiously, on dogs everywhere.
Such unwarranted rancor, of course, only further supports my points and leaves my readers with but one nagging question: Just how many times did Christina's head spin around while she wrote her noxious diatribe?
Blog wars are costly, burdensome things. And I, a kind man, a gentle man, ...a Godly man, refuse to be lured into a war of words with cat trash.
The cat, also called the domestic cat or house cat, is a small feline carnivorous mammal of the subspecies Felis silvestris catus. Its most immediate pre-domestication ancestor is believed to be the African wild cat, Felis silvestris lybica.
felis, from the latin vulgate; felis, meaning Satan's cupbearer (this line not found in Wikipedia, but was probably left out due to carelessness, or purposely deleted by a cat lover.)
Note to Christina: Perhaps in the future you might search for a better source that cartoon animals from the 50's.
Saturday, March 25, 2006
I normally try to avoid this issue because so many people that I respect have an unexplainable love for cats (Felis domesticus, as we say in Greentown) and I have never been one to be insensitive or controversial even when people make moronic decisions as to what pets to maintain. It's just not my way.
I'm allergic to cats. They make my skin itch and my eyes swell but that's not the reason I despise them.
It's like this. If a person breaks into your home and attempts to beat you to death with a baseball bat, your dog will die trying to defend you... even the little yippee dogs and French poodles (which, of course, in a perfect world would all be euthanized).
A cat, on the other hand would just sit there and watch... and perhaps purr.
I have this theory that the reason why we no longer see demonic possession like we saw in the New Testament is because at some point Jesus sent all the demons into cats. It's a theory of mine. Now does this mean that we can make a huge leap and wrecklessly assume that people who love and own cats are a little possessed, too? Probably. But it's not my place to say.
So there you have it. Cats are demonic.
Dogs on the other hand...
See Any Illegals?
"They're here for the American Dream," said Malissa Greer, 29, who joined a crowd estimated by police to be at least 10,000 strong. "God created all of us. He's not a God of the United States, he's a God of the world."
Thank you Malissa. And God instructed us to obey our leaders and respect our laws.
But I just have one question: All of these freedom-loving people crossing our borders illegally... They're just here for the American dream, right? They don't want hand-outs like free education, free healthcare... stuff like that? I mean, they don't want to steal money out of my pocket by grabbing some of the income tax I pay, right? I trust not, Malissa. Otherwise I might have something to say about it.
With the poor (and rapidly deteriorating) condition of our Congressmen's and Senator's spines, I figure the immigration problem will be fixed just as soon as America is as poor as the rest of the world... And that should make all those liberal egalitarians happy.
Friday, March 24, 2006
Someone needs to inform the High School in Roseville Minnesota that we are not yet governed by Sharia Law... although if we keep bending over to kiss the derriere of the Muslim community, that day may come sooner than later.
Check out Jancan's post:
Don't miss the comment section. It features a post by Peter Heck.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations web site featured this:
Evangelical Protestants tend to view Islam much more unfavourably than do mainline U.S. Protestants and Catholics, according to a new analysis of recent public opinion surveys published here Wednesday by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life.
The analysis, much of which is based on findings of a major poll carried out last summer by the Pew Research Centre for the People & the Press, found that a strong plurality of 50 percent of white evangelical Protestants believe that Islam "is more likely than others to encourage violence among its believers", while only about a third of mainline Protestants and Catholics accepted that view.
Really. Let me guess, mainline Protestants are liberals, right?
Anti-Cair, another web site, features some quotes that might explain why conservative Christians should be suspicious of Muslims, and CAIR in particular:
"If you choose to live here, you have a responsibility to deliver the message of Islam ... Islam isn't in America to be equal to any other faiths, but to become dominant. The Koran, the Muslim book of scripture, should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on Earth."
-Omar Ahmad, co-founder of CAIR
"I am in support of the Hamas movement."
-Nihad Awad, Executive Director of CAIR
"I wouldn't want to create the impression that I wouldn't like the government of the United States to be Islamic sometime in the future..."
-Ibrahim Hooper, spokesperson for CAIR
On the subject of suicide bombers:
"Fighting for freedom, fighting for Islam-that is not suicide. They kill themselves for Islam,..."
-Omar Ahmad, co-founder of CAIR
These guys are here. These guys are organized. These guys have an agenda, and that agenda is not to blend in and embrace American culture.
Conservative Christians are perhaps foible-rich when it comes self-preservation and our religious freedom. Show us a group that identifies itself with movements and governments that desire the destruction of the United States and its culture... and we are going to be suspicious. We are funny that way.
Thursday, March 23, 2006
American soldiers risked their lives today rescuing three members of the Chicago-based Christian Peacemaker Teams who had been kidnapped in Iraq where they had been seeking to draw attention to themselves and their left-wing movement.
A fourth member, AmericanTom Fox, was found murdered earlier this month. He had apparently been tortured by his Muslim-terrorist captors before being shot multiple times in the head by his Muslim terrorist captors and dumped on a trash heap next to a railway line in western Baghdad by his Muslim terrorist captors.
A spokesman for the Peacemaker Teams reacted, "We believe that the illegal occupation of Iraq by Multinational Forces is the root cause of the insecurity which led to this kidnapping and so much pain and suffering in Iraq. The occupation must end.
The spokesman did not express gratitude to the young soldiers that put their lives on the line to save the three left-wing activists.
In order to rescue the three left-wing activists, the soldiers were called away from their important work to engage in the more dangerous duty of rescue.
Reached at his home, Jesus expressed frustration that his name was being associated with the left-wing kook organization based in Chicago.
Chris Rice sings a song that calls us to "Come to Jesus and live," but for Abdul Rahman the promise in these lyrics may hold true only for the next life. Rahman, a former Muslim, converted to Christianity 16 years ago and is now facing the possibility of execution for this unforgivable act. His fate lies in the hands of an Afghan Court. Yes, the same Afghan people who owe their freedom to a Christian American President and his army of soldiers, mostly Christian, may kill one of their own for becoming a Christian.
But don't feel bad for his family... because they are the ones who turned him in. (Thanks a bunch, Uncle Omar, Cousin Mahmoud.)
The Islamic death penalty for apostasy is as old as the Muslim Prophet Muhammad’s command that “if somebody (a Muslim somebody) discards his religion, kill him” (Bukhari, vol. 4, bk. 52, no. 260). It is deeply ingrained in Islamic culture, and that's not going to change anytime soon.
Hey, wait a second...maybe people who have religious intolerance and murder deeply ingrained in them shouldn't be allowed to immigrate into this country! But don't bother introducing that bill in Congress because the Democrats would wisely and immediately perceive it as being much too pro-American-security, pro-conservative, pro-Christian, pro-common-sense... and would kill it... just as they are focused presently on killing a bill sponsored by Rep. James Sensenbrenner that would make illegally entering the U.S. a felony.
Anyway, our prayers are with Abdul Rahman. He probably hasn't heard Chris Rice's song... and the part that says, "Fly to Jesus, and live."
Tuesday, March 21, 2006
Hopegivers International, a religious charitable group based in Georgia, cares for more than 20,000 orphaned and abandoned children throughout India and Africa. One of the group's officials, Samuel Thomas, was arrested near New Delhi by a dozen men claiming to be police officers from the provincial capital of Kota, Rajasthan. His current status is unknown.
This situation seems to be a Hindu version of what is going on in much of the Middle East. A group of religious zealots wants to end India’s secular government and make it a Hindu state. Sound familiar? Evidently part of their plan is to remove all Christian influence in the area, including the Emmanuel Hope Home for Orphans in Kota. Rajasthan newspapers have repeatedly quoted terrorist leaders offering a reward of $26,000 to paramilitary groups who will capture and behead the Christian leaders.
And when asked what should happen to the 2,500 children at the Christian orphanage, Rajasthan’s government along with other militant groups have taken the position to simply let them go back to the streets they where they came from. Hopegivers has offered to bus the orphans to some of their other 86 orphanages throughout India, but local government and police have refused to provide security.
I don't understand a religion that places anything above the welfare of innocent children. This is definitely a matter for prayer... prayer for the kids, for Samuel Thomas and his associates, and for the country that is letting this happen.
While President Bush promotes new ties and a closer relationship to India, maybe he should encourage the government to stand up to the religious radicals and protect the lives of American missionaries. And if the mainstream media weren't so preoccupied counting the American dead in Iraq, maybe they could cover this story.
Monday, March 20, 2006
Oh sure, it just looks like dirt to you, but soon the miracle of birth and growth will pervade this tiny plot. Soon the earth's warm, moist, and fertile loins will cause seeds to swell and tubers to venture out seeking the earth's soft, supple, and nourishing breast.
I've lost my train of thought.
Soon pinpoints of bright green will form rows in the dark rich soil. Hearty young onion plants will follow. But then the weeds will come, and the backbreaking bending over to pull them. And the hoe. Oh, the hoe. The rabbits will come and chew off the tops of tomato plants. The rabbits must die! Then the neighbors will come and scoff at my crooked rows. They will laugh behind my back at my skinny legs as I sweat in the sun. The neighbors must die!
But the sun and the rain will bless the garden and its harvest will be abundant. Too abundant. Too much food to deal with. Wasting, rotten vegetables. Guilt! Must can! Must freeze! No time!
Don Feder writes for Front Page Mag:
"V for Vendetta," which opened on Friday, combines all of the celluloid left’s paranoid fantasies – Christian conservatives in charge of a brutal regime, the war-on-terrorism as an excuse for the suppression of civil liberties, homosexuals harassed and killed by conservative Christians, a pedophile priest (who works miter-in-had with the regime) and an attack blamed on terrorists that’s really a right-wing conspiracy.
And the DaVinci Code comes out in May? I think I see a pattern here. I think a blind man could see a pattern here.
"V for Vendetta" is distinguished by envelope-pushing, combined with an unapologetic glorification of terrorism.
Perfect. But I guess the fact that Liberals would make a movie that glorifies terrorism should surprise no one. They have been encouraging terrorists for three years now.
The bloodless Civil War in this country continues... good against evil.
Saturday, March 18, 2006
(Thanks once again Jancan. You are my favorite anti-jihad blogger.)
So what is a cool guy (like me) to do when he finds himself agreeing with Pat Robertson? On the 700 Club Robertson said that radical Islamists were demonic and bent on world domination.
World domination? What? Just because they say so? ...Demonic? Just because they cut off heads and blow up children?
Reverend Barry Lynn, spokesman for Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, said: “At a time when inter-religious tensions around the world are at an all-time high, Robertson seems determined to throw gasoline on the fire. His comments are grossly irresponsible. Robertson seems to be wrestling with demons of his own, namely intolerance and bigotry."
Thanks Barry. We can always count on you to come out with your guns pointed at Christians.
So who has a better grasp of reality? Barry Lynn, who I suspect is a direct descendant of Neville Chamberlain, or Pat Robertson, foot-in-mouth bungler extraordinaire?
If our freedom's enemy was a government, everything would be so much simpler. But unfortunately the enemy is ubiquitous in its geography, fanatical in its reasoning, and based on a Holy Book whose verses lend themselves to an interpretation that justifies any means that leads to its ends.
Whether or not the rioters and terrorists that Robertson sees on his TV screen are dominated by actual demons is not the issue. The issue is that they are as lethal and as much our enemy as were the Nazis of World War II. And peaceful Muslims living among them will pay the same price that was paid by German civilians who sat back and let the Third Reich happen.
Here I insert a question:
A madman charges you with a knife and you shoot him. His brother holds a knife, threatens you, and slowly approaches. At what point do you act? You can argue with yourself and wring your hands, but he is coming. You can look the other way and hope for the best, but he is coming. You can try to understand his rage and debate your best response, but he is still coming.
Barry, you limp-wristed liberal, you can rail against the people you hate, but sooner or later you'll have to deal with the terrorists that hate you.
And Barry, a tip from your Uncle Chris: Go light on your next "Americans United" stationary order from Staples. If you and your ilk win the day, you may be changing your header to read: Americans United for the Separation of Mosque and State.
He is coming, Barry.
Right-Wing Nut has a great post about Condoleeza Rice and her chances if she decided to run.
I wish she would run. There are so many of us conservatives that are just itching to show that we would vote for a black, and a woman... one who shares our values and deserves our support.
It would be devastating for Democrats because Black America would see the glaring discrepancy between past meager white-Democrat support for Jesse Jackson, and the overwhelming support that Rice would garner from all us supposed conservative white racists.
Friday, March 17, 2006
I'm at work blogging on the company's time. I don't know how they feel about that and neither do I care. I'm a much too important tooth in the cog in the wheel that runs this place for them to raise it as an issue... (he said, right before he was shown the door).
Back at home I could not get connected to the internet. So once at work, I went to AOL.com and began exchanging messages with a technical support person named Shelly. Shelly is a demure, leggy little beauty (I could just tell) who was very helpful.
According to Shelly, my AOL isn't getting along with my Norton. But if Shelly's instructions work, I'll be back online by tonight. If not... any suggestions on replacing my AOL?
Thursday, March 16, 2006
The amazingly insightful SkyePuppy left a link that explores the attitudes among mainstream Christians concerning the Mormon faith. Evidently the post is written by a Mormon who is amazed that anyone would hold Mitt Romney's religious beliefs against him.
I personally am leery of criticizing or belittling anyone who claims to be a follower of Jesus. I don't think that's my job here. In fact, when you get beyond merely stating what you believe (and why) and go so far as to judge others, or maybe... call their religion a cult?... I think you put on the pharisee's robes. And I think that is very dangerous.
A person's religion can be a reason not to vote for someone. I wouldn't vote for a Muslim. But if Mitt Romney convinces me that he will lead and govern in a way that I approve, I'll have no problem voting for the man.
Anyway, here is the link to the post:
Wednesday, March 15, 2006
What if you threw a party and no one came?
"Democrats run and hide" when the administration invokes the war on terrorism, Feingold told reporters. "I'm amazed at Democrats ... cowering with this president's numbers so low,"
Don't cry for Senator Russ Feingold. His resolution to censure President Bush over the terrorist wiretaps may not have the support of fellow senators, but his stunt is getting plenty of positive play among the lunatic-lefties.
My Favorite Mormon
Lunging to the right on two red hot social issues, Gov. Mitt Romney said he would sign a bill outlawing abortion, even in cases of rape or incest, and agreed to meet with the state’s Roman Catholic bishops to discuss their bid to exempt Catholic Charities from gay adoptions.
On abortion, Romney spokeswoman Julie Teer said the governor would back a state ban on abortion if, as occurred in South Dakota, lawmakers passed such a measure.
“If Gov. Romney were the governor of South Dakota he would sign it,” Teer told political newsletter The Hotline yesterday. “The governor believes that states should have the right to be pro-life if that is the will of the people.”
This is happening in Massachusetts? It's one thing to put the welfare of children above the supposed rights of gay couples, but to actually say that you would sign a bill outlawing abortion... in the land of the Kennedys?
Mulling a run for the presidency, the governor previously supported legalized abortion. He has said on several recent occasions that his position has “evolved” and that he now opposes legal abortion.
The simple fact that this Republican, a Mormon for crying out loud, was elected as governor of the most liberal state in the union suggests that he has the political talent and gravitas to be a serious candidate for president. And after his second place showing in the Tennessee straw poll, I'm thinking this could be the guy. So it's time for conservatives to start nailing his feet to the floor on the issues of Supreme Court nominations, preemptive defense, government spending... conservative stuff like that.
Tuesday, March 14, 2006
Russ Feingold stood in front of the Senate yesterday stating his case for the censuring of President Bush over the wiretapping of foreign terrorists and their sympathizers in this country. Hearing him speak one would have thought that there simply was no argument over whether or not this was legal or illegal, and that everyone in the Senate, the House of Representatives, the White House, and the Supreme Court were simply biding their time until the president's punishment or means of execution had been determined.
Following Feingold's "one-man-show" Senator Lieberman stood before the cameras and said he didn't know of anyone in the Senate who wasn't in favor of this wiretapping, saying that it was necessary for our security. Even Harry Reid chose not to get on board with Feingold expressing only his admiration for the man.
In fact, none of the Senate Democrats seem to want this to come to a vote. How odd. They have been talking about this for weeks and now when they have the chance to publicly and officially express their outrage... they cave. So maybe it's easy to daily lob criticism at the president, but when it comes to putting their names down as being against a security program that a majority of Americans feel is keeping them safe... they back down. Hmm, maybe it's just politics?
But let's cut to the chase where Russ Feingold is concerned. He is running for president and yesterday was his moment in the sun. He wants to run to the Left of Hillary Clinton (He was the only U.S. Senator to vote against the Patriot Act) and pick up the Howard Dean left-wing America-last maniacs. He is a calmer Dean and a smoother version of John Kerry and he may be successful. But to get the nomination he will have to travel so far left that he will be unpalatable to mainstream America. And to overcome that will take more than a political stunt ...like the one he delivered yesterday.
Sunday, March 12, 2006
The war goes well. The war goes badly. Oddly, the defenders of America struggle simply to establish that the war "is." Oddly, in the midst of beheadings, murder, misogynistic atrocities, riots, and the threat of nuclear proliferation among madmen, the defenders of America must waste their energy arguing that we really are the good guys. And this argument is with fellow Americans.
With some of the most visible and vocal among us championing the Palestinians over Israel, we are left wondering if this country no longer has the ability to discern good from evil. Values and allegiances once taken for granted are suddenly open for debate. If the national discussion is still deliberating on the atrocities in the middle east and in, what has become, Eurabia, then perhaps no outrageous event or set of circumstances can unite us.
Sen. Russ Feingold said Sunday that Congress needs to censure President Bush as a possible first step towards impeachment for authorizing the wiretapping of terrorists based in America, adding that Bush's alleged lawbreaking was "much more serious, clearly, than anything Bill Clinton ever did."
He is flat wrong. He is dead wrong," (Senator Bill) Frist fumed on ABC's "This Week," minutes after Feingold announced his censure plan on the same show.
The top Republican complained: "As I was listening to it, I was hoping deep inside that the leadership in Iran and other people who really have the U.S. not in their best interests, were not listening because of the terrible, terrible signal it sends."
This is Bizzaro America. This is a respected Senator suggesting that America is best served by censuring and possibly impeaching its president in a time of war... over a legal argument. Feingold's motivation is revealed when he compares the wiretaps to Clinton's misdeeds. The Senator from Wisconsin fails to realize that payback time in a time of war is bad timing.
When the so-called loyal opposition places politics above the war effort and national security, and when they have an excellent chance of gaining control of Congress this fall... our nation faces extraordinary danger.
The same political philosophy, this same liberal ideology that rules the Democrat Party, orchestrated and facilitated the formation of Eurabia. Hopefully America will wake up before this fall... before we begin our descent to Amerabia.
Saturday, March 11, 2006
(CBS) CHICAGO Crowds marched through the city on Friday to rally against HR 4437 – The Border Protection, Antiterrorism, and Illegal Immigration Control Act of 2005.
Supporters of the bill before Congress say it beefs up border protection. But thousands of people in Chicago's Latino community call the pending bill a blatant violation of rights.
I just hope the FBI, Homeland Security, and the INS had the sense to be out taking pictures.
Friday, March 10, 2006
Peter Heck brought up a fascinating story about a lawsuit involving women's and men's so-called reproductive rights. A man named Matt Dubay fathered a child with a woman who claimed she was unable to conceive, and now he really doesn't want to be financially destroyed (who would?) just because the mother "chose" to give birth and raise the child. I suppose his legal argument will be that if abortion and adoption are legitimate options, why should her choice ruin his future?
The short version of the law in this country is that a woman can invite any man to her bed, become pregnant, give birth, and then extract an exorbitant quantity of money from the man's paycheck, and the man has no "choice" in the matter... beyond not having sex in the first place, of course.
In this country the woman has two choices that will solve the man's problem: 1) have an abortion 2) give up the child for adoption. But again, these are strictly the woman's options. If after conception men had the options of marriage or adoption... women would be more chaste or much more careful.
Men's "rights" are not much better when the child is born in wedlock. In the distant past it was the man who was much more likely to be unfaithful to his vows, but today... how many married women find someone else, or simply decide they don't love their husband anymore and want out?
And that's not all they want. They want the house. They want the child. They want the money. The man must then pay for an apartment and pay child support... basically be financially ruined, and is expected to be a "stand-up-guy" as another man comes along and raises his child and sleeps in his bed... all because his wife was unhappy and didn't want to keep her promise.
In many cases men get exactly what they deserve... But my point is, in some cases they don't.
For men there are no good answers to these problems... at least not after the fact. The lifeboat, that is our law, protects the weakest of us and the old adage "women and children first" is the guiding principle. And it's the best principle for a bad situation.
So my advice for a young man would be:
1) Show a great deal of caution when you choose a mate. She may be the weaker sex, but the law gives her a great deal of power over your future.
2) Women in bars are looking for easy, quick fulfillment, and a good time. After they are married and have kids, they will be looking for easy, quick fulfillment, and a good time.
3) Do yourself a big favor and find a woman that prays... not just one that goes to church... but a woman that prays and has a stubborn faith... a woman that is going to pray for you, your children, and your marriage... even when you're clueless clumsy, and stupid... which you will be.
4) And remember, if you're not in love with a woman's character, you're not in love.
And take heart young man, because if you choose wisely... after the birth of a couple kids, after 20 years, after 20 pounds... respect and admiration are powerful aphrodisiacs.
Thursday, March 09, 2006
Yes, I've decided that as a public service I will give one tip to young bachelors each month. (Who better than I?) After all I've been on my own for a long long time and I've learned the ropes, mostly through trial and error. So here is my tip for March, sure to improve a bachelor's life and chances for survival into old age:
Install Funeral Lighting
Question: Is there anything more vain than a woman?
Answer: No, there is not.
Have you ever noticed how wonderful people look at a funeral home? Even the corpse looks like he is having a good day. This is done with lighting.
And here's the tip: Change all the light bulbs in your bathrooms (and any other room that has a mirror) with Sylvania Soft Pink bulbs. Women will love coming to your home... and not even realize why. They will go to the bathroom more often, too. These bulbs will take ten years off any face so they are even more effective on mature women.
And remember, you'll look better to her, too!
Test the tip: Place a new mirror in your living room along with the funeral lighting and see if you don't catch your girlfriend checking her hair more often and stealing looks at herself.
Benefit: You'll save money. Note this typical conversation...
You say, "Honey, would you like to go out for dinner and maybe a movie?"
She says, "Oh, why don't we just rent a movie and watch it at your place, and maybe order in pizza?"
Trust me. It really really works.
Will the funeral lighting make my date more confident and more likely to wear skimpy outfits when she visits me at my home?
Yes. Oh yes. But you must remember to use this bachelor tip only for good!
Bonus tip: If you have a swimsuit calendar (or worse) in your home, remove it before your lady-friend visits. This is also important if you have young boys, because you don't want them growing up thinking that women are objects. They need to find that out on their own.
Washington D.C. College students, having given up on the FDA directly, are pressuring the American Red Cross, which collects most of the nation's blood, to change it's policy banning gay men from being donors. Activists say that if they can get the Red Cross to change its stance, the FDA will follow.
Why? Why are they doing this? If I participated in acts that made my blood suspect, the last thing I would want to do is endanger the inventory that people depend upon. The last thing I would want to do is effect healthcare decisions or effect the confidence or treatment of sick people. People have to be very ill before they get blood, and they have enough worries without adding the fear of bloodborne disease.
Because of AIDS and hepatitis patients now receive blood only as a last resort. Because of all the deaths and infections produced in hemophiliacs and others, the confidence in our blood supply is still in a state of recovery. The tests we use to screen donor units are better than they used to be, but the tests and the system aren't perfect.
Is there anything more selfish and self-centered than the action of these activists? Couldn't they for a moment just poke their heads outside their self-absorbed, sick little world and think of the men, women, and children they are effecting?
Wednesday, March 08, 2006
Both well-connected GOP'er, Bill Kristol, and New York Times in-house-conservative, David Brooks, predicted on Sunday's talk shows that Democrats would pick up enough seats to control the House.
That would put flame thrower and general nut-job John Conyers of Michigan running the House Judiciary Committee. Hearings would begin immediately and with enough pressure from Move-On.Org (And there is always enough pressure there...) an impeachment vote would eventually follow.
A high school social studies teacher who was put on leave after comparing President Bush's State of the Union address to speeches made by Adolf Hitler defended his lecture on Tuesday, saying he was trying to encourage students to think.
"My job as a teacher is to challenge students to think critically about issues that are affecting our world and our society," Jay Bennish said on NBC's "Today" show.
I am not a teacher, but after graduating college I went back to take a semester of teacher's training... for two reasons: 1) I had absolutely no idea what to do next... and, 2) there was a girl that was still at my college who had become a habit of mine. She was a lovely girl from Wheaton, Maryland who claimed to have had the highest kick on her high school pom pom squad... which she demonstrated and I can tell you it was amazing. Her legs and that kick were the things stalkers are made of, but I digress.
After having studied Chemistry and Biology, the Education classes that I took were a complete joke... and every useful thing I learned that semester could have been related to me over a lunch at Burger King. The worst teachers I ever had were the ones who taught me how to teach.
As I recall, the goal of the classes was to train me how to take a group of kids and educate them in a particular subject. Thinking back on that semester I'm almost positive that Political Indoctrination 101 was not on my class schedule.
His politics aside, Mr Bennish was caught wasting everyone's time and money.
Public Schools have a great many problems, not the least of which is the fact that the extracurricular has become the curriculum. What Bennish was spewing is a kind of extracurricular activity because very few of his sudents will go on to make a living at being left-wing activists and Marxists. It's like the teaching of young men to be football players... Only a few of the very best will make a career of it in the NFL. Same with pom pom girls... Only a few of the very best will become strippers and showgirls.
I'm sure teachers get bored and prefer to talk about things that interest them, voice their opinions about these matters, and pontificate in general. But that's not what we taxpayers have hired them to do. One hundred years ago when the public schools produced a better product, the emphasis was on the three R's. Today public education is more sophisticated and much less effective.
Monday, March 06, 2006
I remember back in the 60's when even I, ...a kid, watched the Oscars and had favorites. How things have changed. But Hollywood is so self-absorbed and narcissistic that I'm sure they are quite comfortable fading into their own little microcosm.
Judge Napolitano's Hair
This just isn't right.
It's the kind of thing that keeps me up at night.
Andrew Napolitano (right) only has half a forehead. Does this bother anyone else besides me? Is there a medical condition associated with having only half a forehead? Did he have half of his forehead surgically removed? Would bangs make his picture look better? What if he wore caps? He definitely had more forehead as a child actor when he played on the Munsters, but since then his hair seems to be taking over his forehead.
They never talk about this on Fox and Friends. Judge Napolitano's hair is the elephant in the living room at Fox and Friends and yet they never discuss it. Maybe E.D. and Steve and Brian are just too polite to mention it.
It bothers me.
Sunday, March 05, 2006
Jancan has an interesting take (link at bottom) on the Muslim cartoons and I agree. I'm just not comfortable in a country where I can't express myself, even if that means being a complete jerk. It's just my way. It's always been my way. Eggshells were made to be stomped on.
This is America. It's not Amerika. It's not the Estados Unidos de América... not on my street. In my town we have no colonies of people who hate this country. We don't want them. I know a Chinese family that we've embraced... their English is getting better... sort of. There is a family from India that's trying hard to fit in, though the parents are concerned that their children are becoming a little too American. We have a lady who has been here a long long time, though she is originally from Mexico (pronounced me'-hee-ko). Her English abilities peaked long ago but her grandson (the one who is fighting for his country) speaks quite well and can help her. My favorite is a Philippina, although she is a bit prejudiced... against people who don't want to work.
I had a point here somewhere.
Maybe we need more cartoons. Maybe our national personality should express itself as an irritant to all who are humorless. Maybe we should make this country into a place that is uncomfortable for all those who don't wish to embrace our culture and become patriotic, flag waving Americans. This land and its freedoms are not for everyone, so it follows that everyone should not be setting up shop here. It's being a little more exclusive than we're used to, but I don't think any other policy for immigration works.
I don't tip-toe. I stomp on eggshells. While inside our borders I personally reserve the right to be politically incorrect, loud, and offensive. I'm an American.
Saturday, March 04, 2006
Mohammed Reza Taheri-azar, a University of North Carolina student from Iran is being charged with nine counts of attempted murder after he drove through a popular campus gathering spot in an attempt to avenge Muslim deaths.
I'll have to remember to ask if this kind of thing happened during World War II. Maybe the Japanese and German students who attended our colleges and universities back then were screened more strictly or watched more closely. We also might benefit from studying how our country handled immigration from Japan and Germany during that war. Retrieving clues from our past can sometimes be helpful.
Logic Lifeline has a great story about cable news ratings. You've got to see this. It demonstrates beautifully how people are hungry for fairness and common sense.
You'll find it here:
Friday, March 03, 2006
There is an organization based in Washington called Americans United for the Separation of Church and State which is made up mostly of atheists and people who call themselves Christians because they believe Jesus was a nice man. Reverend Barry Lynn, a United Church of Christ Minister and ACLU Attorney, is Americans United's chief spokesperson. Don't let the "minister" part fool you... it doesn't take much investigation to learn that Lynn's so-called "ministry" is nothing about salvation through Jesus. Lynn, like his liberal (and dying) Church, is about nothing but liberal social issues including anti-war, anti-Church, anti-military, anti-God... anti-anything good causes.
Anyway, when the confirmation of Justice Sam Alito turned particularly ugly, James Dobson organized a letter writing campaign to encourage and show support for the embattled nominee. Recently Alito wrote to Dobson and thanked him for the support and the letters:
“This is just a short note to express my heartfelt thanks to you and the entire staff of Focus on the Family for your help and support during the past few challenging months. I would also greatly appreciate it if you would convey my appreciation to the good people from all parts of the country who wrote to tell me that they were praying for me and for my family during this period.”
Wasn't that nice... and an indication of good manners? Well, not according to Barry Lynn who wrote:
“Justice Alito should follow the commands of the Constitution, not the orders of Dobson and the Religious Right. This note strongly suggests that Alito is carrying out a right-wing agenda instead of being a justice for all."
Yes. Barry Lynn is confused.
The very definition of a Strict Constructionist, which Alito appears to be, is a justice who follows the Constitution... which is exactly the opposite of what Barry Lynn really wants. Lynn wants justices who will follow the commands of Americans United, and other left-wing organizations. He wants justices who will discover things in the constitution that aren't really there... justices who will legislate from the bench and circumvent the will of the people.
Truth be told, what bothers me most about Lynn is the "Reverend" in front of his name. When Barry Lynn writes, he speaks of the religious right as if it was his enemy... as if we were an evil bunch of wild-eyed fanatics. And attacking a man of faith, such as James Dobson, pinpoints exactly where Lynn's heart lies.
When a man of the cloth loses his faith and no longer believes, he usually clings to his own little sense of good and justice, no longer seeking the will of his Creator. This is what I call "Vestigial Christianity." It always ends up embracing Humanism and in no way resembles worship. People like Barry Lynn love the "idea" of Jesus but just can't bring themselves to believe in the Christ.
Liberal clergy tend to create God in their own image, and once you've reduced the life of Jesus to a morality play, absolute truth is just any man's opinion.
Ted Still Paying
Senator Kennedy was probably just sitting down with a scotch and soda back on February 12th. He was probably just minding his own business, wondering how he might stick-it to some conservative or some Republican sometime, somewhere... and then Cheney goes and has a hunting accident.
Ted's liberal pals do what liberals do when they think there is Republican blood in the water... they pounce on the Vice President. Ted smiles. Ted feels good.
But hold on Ted. As Roy Hobbs said in The Natural, "I guess there's some mistakes that we never stop paying for."
When the press and the Dems started questioning how long it took Cheney to report the accident, Ted surely lost his smile. Surely at that point Ted saw it coming.
It has to be that way, Ted. You get drunk and drive a young woman off a bridge... You step on her, freeing yourself from the sedan... you know you're too drunk to get her out... but instead of going to the nearby house (the one with the porch light on) to get a sober person to help you, you think of yourself (as you've done all your life) and you start walking the other way... you go back to your room and start trying to figure out how in the world you're going to get out of this one.
The next day you're cleaned up, sobered up, and in your sailing outfit... having a conversation with some of the locals... and you still haven't called the police.
In the meantime, the car has been found. The young woman is found with her head arched upwards into a pocket of air in one of the sedan's footwells. How long did it take her to suffocate, Ted? If you had gone to the house for help would she have survived?
Well... You didn't go to jail. You didn't even lose your Senate seat. But you'll be paying as long as you have breath. It has to be that way, Ted.
Daniel Henninger comments in the WSJ Opinion Journal:
"CIA leak prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald argued . . . that as far as the perjury charges against former Cheney chief of staff Lewis Libby are concerned, it does not matter whether or not Valerie Wilson was a covert CIA agent. . . . 'We're trying a perjury case', Fitzgerald told Judge Reggie Walton. Even if Plame had never worked for the CIA at all, Fitzgerald continued--even if she had been simply mistaken for a CIA agent--the charges against Libby would still stand. In addition, Fitzgerald said, he does not intend to offer 'any proof of actual damage' caused by the disclosure of Wilson's identity." No damage?
This is, of course, outrageous. This is a special prosecutor going after a crime that wasn't... and justifying his pay by producing a crime based only on his investigation.
But my outrage is based upon my value system. I value this White House because they are protecting my way of life in a time of war. Why go after the people I respect over something that is meaningless?
So here comes my apology: Democrats, I am humbly sorry for being so angry and vindictive over the Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky mess. I now understand a little how you must have felt when Bill Clinton was impeached. Based on your value system, what you worship, what was the big deal?
I value decency and a country where children can respect the moral values of its leaders. You Dems consider decency to be the welfare state, giving my money to poor people and... well all that other liberal stuff that I despise.
But Bill's impeachment must have seemed outrageous to you. It must have hurt you very much.
By my values, a good man would have accepted responsibility and resigned. But we will never agree because we've based our lives on different things.
As one of your fellow travellers, Bill Mahr, said recently on Scarborough Country, "Well, you can never reason with any religious people. And that‘s any religion. That‘s our religions, too, Joe, because religion isn‘t reasonable."
So, Democrats, I won't try to reason with your (and Bill Mahr's) religion. (...and that would be Humanism) It's pointless. But I will apologize for not being more understanding when your hero fell.
Wednesday, March 01, 2006
Peter Heck, whose web site I highly recommend you bookmark, has a great post that points to the true mission of the ACLU... and it's not the defending of civil liberties. It's great reading and you can find it here:
I heard this morning on Moody Radio that the ACLU is now going after the Gideons for giving Bibles to fifth graders. (As Mr Heck writes, "No good program goes unsued.") Condoms would be OK, but Bibles...
I keep telling you folks, everything in this world comes down to good and evil... and choosing your side. It's as simple as that.
I found this through Right-Wing Nut:
The world has long looked upon the Dutch as the very model of a modern, multicultural society.
How different things look today. Dutch borders have been virtually shut. New immigration is down to a trickle. The great cosmopolitan port city of Rotterdam just published a code of conduct requiring Dutch be spoken in public. Parliament recently legislated a countrywide ban on wearing the burqa in public. And listen to a prominent Dutch establishment figure describe the new Dutch Way with immigrants. "We demand a new social contract," says Jan Wolter Wabeke, High Court Judge in The Hague. "We no longer accept that people don't learn our language, we require that they send their daughters to school, and we demand they stop bringing in young brides from the desert and locking them up in third-floor apartments."
...the Dutch are once again at the forefront of changes in Europe. This time, the Dutch model for Europe is one of multiculturalism besieged, if not plain defunct.
Well it's a good start. If they can bind and gag the bleeding heart liberals maybe Europe still has a chance.
UPDATE: Skyepuppy in discussing the same article asks:
What I want to know is how long it's going to take the multicultural elites in America to catch on and follow the lead of their beloved Europe. How long before we hear "Mr. UN" John Kerry calling for English-only education? How long before we hear about college professors teaching the benefits and necessity of a unified American culture?
Answer: It would take riots on American streets to nudge moderates into action on these issues. And liberals would quietly bide their time looking for another opportunity to inject their never-changing worldview into the mix.
Jancan has this story from the heart of Islam:
This moving human interest story, airing on palestinian authority TV, highlighted one mothers sadness at her daughters FAILED suicide bombing. The 21 year old girl was en-route to Be'er Sheva's Soroka Hospital outpatient clinic were she had been receiving treatment for burns to 40% of her body. This pathetic wretch was arrested at a border crossing wearing a 20 pound bomb under her clothes. She later told Israeli television she hoped to kill 30 to 50 Israelis including children. Had she succeeded, she may have murdered the very doctor that saved her live. If that's not bad enough, her mother was upset because she was caught and couldn't complete her martyrdom attack. Is there any doubt that this is a sick and twisted set of beliefs? Do you think they want to live in peace and harmony with Israel? I think not........
Oh hey... it sounds like the civilized world may be at war!
We may have an enemy and we may have to kill them before they kill us.
Somebody alert the media!
Thanks for the story, Jancan. Sad to say there are some mental pathologies that can't be cured or rehabilitated. There are simply no pretty solutions.
There is bad news and then there is really bad news. Today I heard some terrible news on Moody Radio. A man was commenting that people who were outside the Church and that had read The DaVinci Code were now less open to the Gospel. He said a Muslim friend who had read the book told him, "It affirmed my worst suspicions about Christianity."
I think its effect on lukewarm Christians and those weak in their faith may prove to be a lifelong impediment that leads to destruction. And... its coming out in a more effective form soon... when it reaches theaters. "The Passover Plot" and "The Last Temptation of Christ" were just blips on the radar screen, but Hollywood may have really "split the atom" with this one.
Having lead people astray is a particularly damning epitaph. It's an evil that ventures beyond the realm of suicide bombers and riots and plants itself right next to child molestors and torture. Eternal damage is damage indeed.
To the author of the DaVinci Code I say, "Dan, you're in a bad spot, boy. And Opie, Tom... what were you thinking?" Mel Gibson and James Caviezel will be known through eternity as makers of a movie that quickened faith. Ron Howard and Tom Hanks will be known as spiritual pornographers.