Friday, August 31, 2007
OK kids, have a safe and enjoyable Labor Day, Ed
Thursday, August 30, 2007
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
(CBS/AP) TARRYTOWN, N.Y. Suicide prevention telephones have been activated on the approaches to one of the country's largest bridges in hopes that people intent on jumping to their deaths can be dissuaded by one last human voice.
More than 25 people have made fatal jumps from the Tappan Zee Bridge into the Hudson River in the past 10 years, the state Thruway Authority said.
The four phones -- two each on the Rockland and Westchester county sides -- provide direct links to the Lifeline suicide prevention hot line, which would connect callers to counselors at LifeNet or Covenant House, the authority said Tuesday. State troopers stationed in Tarrytown would be sent to the phones.
Apparently there are no walkways on the bridge and from what I've read, crazies just drive to the middle, stop their car in traffic and then don't jump, inconveniencing thousands of commuters for hours while they wait for the attention they crave. If one of them does decide to make the phone call, state troopers will have to race out to the scene to baby-sit the nutcases rather than protecting the rest of us by arresting actual criminals like drunk drivers, child molesters, and drug pushers.
Here's one of the taxpayer funded phones. Maybe they should stick cinder blocks and ropes there too so the jumpers who're serious can get on with it and not inconvenience everybody else.
OK--let the hate mailing begin.
I found this picture and others over at Moonbattery.
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Otherwise consider this an open thread and talk about anything you like.
Monday, August 27, 2007
SAPPORO -- Eco-tourists on a whale-watching vessel, looking forward to observing the mighty creatures in their natural habitat, were instead greeted by the sight of a harpooned whale being dragged in by a Japanese whaling vessel on Friday.
Oooh, oooh! We'd better get some grief counselors over there right away so the Birkenstocks and granola crowd can adequately deal with the shock of witnessing the barbarity of whaling.
With a year and a half left, the Bush administration could use a new face but they continue to stick with the good old friends Texas network...most of whom have been less than stellar. Can you say Harriet Meyers?
Here at TRR, we are unapologetic about publishing the cartoons to show that we are not submissive to the ridiculous demands of outraged, third-world, religious zealots.
My question is, why do the editors relish in every opportunity to ridicule Christianity and every other religion, but shamefully bow to the absurd demands of the people who hate us the most? By giving in, they reward the terrorists' insanity and encourage still more demands of our dihimmitude.
If you click on the cartoon, it'll show you the larger version so you can read it.
Friday, August 24, 2007
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Elvira had total control over whether she got separated from her son....don't break the law sister! The second she snuck across the border, she risked separation from her son. I also heard that she has been in the U.S. for many years and has never picked up a word of English. Now try to convince me she wants to be an American. No, she wants to be a Mexican in America, sucking at the generous government social-services teat. She doesn't want to be an American. Most of them don't want to be American. They want to consume goods and services while contributing as little as possible to the kitty.
p.s. This is a photo of Ann during college at Cornell. She looks like she ate a sandwich once in a while back then....cute!
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
More people left the UK last year than in any year since current records began in 1991, statistics show.
Figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) indicate that some 385,000 people left the UK for the long term in the year to mid-2006.
Of course Brits are fleeing in droves. What the article doesn't say is why exactly, but I'll bet dollars to doughnuts it has a little to do with the changing attitudes toward nationalism and patriotism. The leadership in the U.K. regularly change the laws and culture in Britain to appease the radical Muslims. You can't get a piggy-bank in England because pork offends Muslims. School children can't eat pork in schools any more because it might offend a Muslim. Government employees in Scottland cannot eat lunch at their desks during Ramadan because infidels who don't fast offend delicate Muslims' sensibilities. Some schools have separate class rooms, entrances, and bathrooms because Muslims demanded it. The list of ridiculous appeasements goes on and on. No wonder there is a brain-drain happening in the U.K., smart people know that there once great country is becoming a shell of it's former self by denying it's own rich culture and embracing the goofy culture of it's Muslim occupiers.
If my country's leadership pathetically caved in to the demands of aggressive, hostile outsiders the way the U.K. leadership has, I'd want to emigrate to New Zealand too. This is the new face of Europe...get used to it.
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
If this story doesn't tell you what's wrong with government education, I don't know what will...
BOSTON --More than half of black and Hispanic applicants for teaching jobs in Massachusetts have failed a crucial state licensing test.
Since the start of the test nearly a decade ago, 52 percent of Hispanics and 54 percent of blacks failed the writing portion of the test compared to a 23 percent failure rate among white applicants.
Blacks and Hispanics also fall behind white applicants in other test subjects like English, history and math.
Those are basic subjects, not "white subjects", as those failing teachers would have us believe. This shows you how miserably incompetent many teachers are and how the teachers' unions keep them in classrooms "teaching" our kids.
But here's the real issue...
Education officials say the gap is making it harder to bring more diversity to the state's teaching ranks.
Chris Anderson, chairman of the state Board of Education, said he's willing to consider other ways of assessing teachers, as long as standards remain high.
"There's no reason to have any barriers to quality teachers if we don't need them," Anderson told The Boston Sunday Globe.
Sally Diaz, a vice president at Emmanuel College in Boston and a member of the panel, said one test shouldn't make or break a career.
"One of the fallouts which is particularly upsetting in our experience across the colleges is fewer and fewer students of color are even going into teaching because word has gotten out that these tests are very difficult for them," she said.
See? Political correctness trumps everything when it comes to preserving jobs for incompetent teachers, even your childrens' education. The state is thinking of lowering the standards for the test so the dumb teachers can pass it. Preposterously, that's liberals' solution to every problem when the outcome doesn't fit their world-view of diversity and minority representation....don't force the teacher applicants to be competent, simply lower the testing standards so everybody can be a teacher regardless of how lazy, shiftless, or incompetent.
Some deans of education schools are raising questions about whether the lower results among minority applicants shows the tests are culturally biased and whether the quality of education that minority applicants receive is good enough.
Some minority applicants say the tests includes questions that white applicants and those with liberal arts backgrounds can more readily identify with, such as questions about ancient literature or investing in the stock market.
A Cambridge lawyer said he's planning to file a class action lawsuit against the state Department of Education and the testing company on behalf of three minority teachers who failed the test multiple times.
And of course, rather than go get a decent education, it's so much easier to sue somebody because you are too stupid to pass a competency test. After all, you're a minority, the world owes you. Failure can never be your own fault. It's always white society's fault.
Just to be clear, this is not an indictment of minorities...just of the mentality of victimhood that many minorities rely on when things don't turn out as they would like. It's also an indictment of the reflexive tendancy of liberals to dumb down any system that doesn't produce the idiotic diversity goals that aleviate their white guilt and make them feel good about themselves. Instead of demanding that all teachers perform at a high academic level, just make the test so easy that any moron can be a teacher.
Monday, August 20, 2007
I guess the following problems with his career never occurred to him: His movies are carbon copies of each other, toward the end he got irritatingly preachy about the evil oil industry, toxic waste, and bio terror, audiences chose to follow other action stars, he runs like a girl, and his belt size expanded to approximate the combined IQ if the Two Corey's.
Here's a pic of the bloated Seagal singing for spare change in downtown L.A. We can all thank the FBI for ruining his career.
—A container, or membrane, for the cell to keep bad molecules out, allow good ones, and the ability to multiply.
—A genetic system that controls the functions of the cell, enabling it to reproduce and mutate in response to environmental changes.
—A metabolism that extracts raw materials from the environment as food and then changes it into energy.
Oh, is that all? Just an artificial cell membrane (only one of the most complex functioning biological systems known), a genetic system (one of the least understood biological systems), and a metabolic system(actually the mitochondria is believed to have been a seperate cell on it's own). That's like saying, "sure we can visit planets light years away. All we need is a propulsion system that can go the speed of light, a navigation system NOT based on the light of stars that originated hundreds of years earlier, and a water creation system for when we get there...but that's all."
There may be unforseen consequences to creating artificial life in a petri dish. Here's an example of human genetic mutation gone horribly wrong.
Saturday, August 18, 2007
ABC News' Rick Klein Reports: Former Sen. John Edwards on Friday fired the latest round in his ongoing verbal feud with Ann Coulter, calling her a "she-devil" at a public event before quickly adding that he shouldn't engage in name-calling.
Edwards, D-N.C., was railing against the right-wing media -- including Fox News and Rush Limbaugh -- when he reminded a crowd in Burlington, Iowa, that his wife stood up to Coulter in a public spat earlier this summer.
"We know these people. We know their game plan. They're going to attack us personally," Edwards said. "They attacked Elizabeth personally, because she stood up to that she-devil Ann Coulter. … I should not have name-called. But the truth is -- forget the names -- people like Ann Coulter, they engage in hateful language."
I guess the Edward's campaign needs some more cash. Dumb liberals seem to reflexively give money to the delicate flower Edwards whenever he cries about being bullied by meany right wingers.
Friday, August 17, 2007
Don Imus is facing his first lawsuit from a player on the Rutgers Women's Basketball team for derogatory comments that cost him his job as a radio host in April, ABC News has learned.
Kia Vaughn, star center for the Rutgers Women's Basketball team, has filed a lawsuit against Imus for libel, slander and defamation -- the first civil suit to be filed against the former radio host. Vaughn is asking for monetary damages of an unspecified amount.
The suit names Imus individually, but it is also waged against MSNBC, NBC Universal, CBS Radio, CBS Corp., Viacom Inc., Westwood One Radio and Imus producer Bernard McGuirk.
What kind of screwed up legal system do we have in this country that allows, no encourages, people to demand other peoples' cash because they got their feelings hurt? I think she's a stupid, entitlement-minded, professional victim who wants some of what she didn't earn. Does that give her access to the money that I've earned because my statement may have hurt her feelings? Hurt feelings do not grant you rights to money you didn't earn. Of course her sleaze-bag lawyer is naming every deep-pocket company even remotely associated with Imus knowing that they will settle for millions. This a dangerous precedent in terms of it's chilling effect on free speech.
Here's Imus and the "victim" of his comments.
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
DOCTORS and health workers have been banned from eating lunch at their desks - in case it offends their Muslim colleagues.
Health chiefs believe the sight of food will upset Muslim workers when they are celebrating the religious festival Ramadan.
The lunch trolley is also to be wheeled out of bounds as the 30-day fast begins next month.
Seriously, how stupid can an entire, once-great country be? Every time the crazy Muslim terrorists kill a few of them, the Brits offer to capitulate on any terms the radical Islamists demand.
Look if these delicate, hot-house flower Muslims can't stand the sight of food, emigrate to Ethiopia, or The Sudan, or Sierra Leone. There's not any food there. Why should productive Brits go hungry because there might be a Muslim in the next cubicle who is fasting as part of some silly holiday ritual? If the Muslims want to observe Ramadan, then go home, but other ambitious, productive employees who want to eat while they work should be allowed to do so whenever they want.
Muslims are also offended by alcohol consumption, infidel women's skin, pigs, bibles, educated or employed women, and clean nightshirts apparently. When will the U.K. ban those things as well to show how sensitive they are to their Muslim masters? You think these preposterous things can't happen here in the U.S.? Let the liberals take control of the government and see how fast American women are urged to wear the hijab, or pork is removed from school cafeterias, or government workers are told not to eat at work during Ramadan. It's coming people! In a few years, it's coming!
In the United States, the calendar year 1998 ranked as the hottest of them all – until someone checked the math.
After a Toronto skeptic tipped NASA this month to one flaw in its climate calculations, the U.S. agency ordered a full data review.
Days later, it put out a revised list of all-time hottest years. The Dust Bowl year of 1934 now ranks as hottest ever in the U.S. – not 1998.
More significantly, the agency reduced the mean U.S. "temperature anomalies" for the years 2000 to 2006 by 0.15 degrees Celsius.
Remember this picture that the environmental religion zealots used to "prove" that man's activities were destroying animal habitats world-wide? Just as the global warming hysteria has turned out to be a hoax, this picture turns out to have been a hoax as well. It was taken during the summer when ice floe's melt every year. In addition, the scientific name for polar bears is ursus maritimus which means sea bear. These bears aren't stranded and in danger. Polar bears use ice floe's as transportation and they regularly swim as far as 10 miles from floe to floe.
As each piece of "evidence" supporting global warming is shown to be phony, it exposes the shamelessness of huxters like Al Gore who advance the idea.
Monday, August 13, 2007
If as democrats would like, we had a country of needy, degenerate, dependents with their hands out(seriously, this is the core constituency of the democrat party), then even the most obtuse, pot-smoking hippie liberal would have to admit that at some point, there will be too few providers(achievers, earners, republicans) from whom to seize taxes in order to give to the welfare droves. Once that point is reached the whole socialist scheme comes crashing down and the country will be in ruin, much like Russia, and soon France, Norway, and England among other socialist-style countries who have huge numbers of lazy, shiftless, dependents who rely on the government for their every need.
This T-shirt, besides being funny, points out that there are two types of people in this world, the producers and the consumers. Which one do you want to be?
Anyway, we're driving along at like 5mph feeling refreshed, relaxed, and most of all not sweaty, when we come across this girl whose car is stuck in the sand on the side of the road. The stranded girl makes eye-contact with us so my wife makes me stop to help (I would have kept going like I didn't see her....it too hot to be pushing a car out of the sand).
Like a couple of hobos, we grabbed some cardboard from a nearby garbage can to use as traction but that didn't work. Thankfully some guys who'd been drinking beer (at 10:00) saw us and decided to stop laughing and help out. Finally we got the girl's car out, but not after becoming totally sweat-drenched for the ride home.
Then when we get home, the house is literally 95 inside...the air conditioner had broken while we were gone. So we spent another night out, in the Quality Inn near our house.
Seriously, this was not how we wanted to wrap up an otherwise nice vacation.
I have to go meet the AC guy and probably buy a new AC unit....it's going up to 103 today....UGH!!!
UPDATE: Yeeeaaaa!!!! All that was wrong with the AC unit was the fan had somehow cut one of the motor wires. All they had to do was rewire the fan motor....heck, I could have done that. I love good news!
Thursday, August 09, 2007
Well Ann has another article about the war in Iraq on her website today. Today she discusses the "New Republic and an attack, once again on the war efforts. Read and enjoy if you desire.
Sorry for the late posting, but I had to be out of town and have had much difficulty getting access to blog.
Wednesday, August 08, 2007
Tuesday, August 07, 2007
GHAZNI, Afghanistan (AP) -- A group of 75 Taliban militants tried to overrun a U.S.-led coalition base in southern Afghanistan on Tuesday, a rare frontal attack that left more than 20 militants dead, the coalition said in a statement.
The insurgents attacked Firebase Anaconda from three sides, using gunfire, grenades and 107 mm rockets, the coalition said. A joint Afghan-U.S. force repelled the attack with mortars, machine guns and air support.
"Almost two dozen insurgents were confirmed killed in the attack," the statement said. Two girls and two Afghan soldiers were wounded during the fight in Uruzgan province, it said.
A firebase like Anaconda is usually a remote outpost staffed by as few as a dozen soldiers.
"The inability of the insurgent forces to inflict any severe damage on Firebase Anaconda, while being simultaneously decimated in the process, should be a clear indication of the ineffectiveness of their fighters," said Army Capt. Vanessa R. Bowman, a coalition spokeswoman.
Hah!!! 75 taliban "fighters" against maybe 12 unsuspecting guys in a remote outpost. Seriously, a bunch of smelly, starved, nomads wearing dirty nightshirts think they can overrun an outpost manned by the U.S. military? This is just another example of the overall failure of the Muslim world to progress beyond the 17th century.
Here are the fearsome taliban fighters now. I can't tell if they are brandishing their vintage WWII weapons or surrendering...either way they lose.
Monday, August 06, 2007
Don't think this can't happen here in the U.S. It already is happening. Kids in California have been required to dress as Muslims and eat falafels for an Islamic Appreciation Day. Idiotic Islamic dogma is being crammed down the throats of our children even when there are no Muslims around...all in the name of multiculturalism. There were no Muslim kids in that classroom in England nor at the school in California. Even more preposterously, no Muslims demanded that they do it. They did it all by themselves. Somewhere in a cave, some smelly terrorists in dirty nightshirts are laughing their butts off at how easy we are to defeat....because we defeat ourselves.
I don't know what this 11th century chicken-scratch says but that teacher could just as well have had them practice writing in Arabic. It's what they'll have to learn in few years anyway when their Muslim overlords ban English.
When a country denies it's own culture and embraces a hostile culture instead as superior, that civilization is on a pathway to self-destruction.
Wake up people! Political correctness and incremental multiculturalism will destroy this country little by little until it is unrecognizable. And that will be the legacy of our generation...we will have willingly committed national suicide with our eyes wide open every step of the way. It's already happend in most of Europe and we're next.
This an exerpt by an article in the City Journal called The Ugly Truth About Canadian Health Care by David Gratzer.
Socialized medicine has meant rationed care and lack of innovation. Small wonder Canadians are looking to the market.
Mountain-bike enthusiast Suzanne Aucoin had to fight more than her Stage IV colon cancer. Her doctor suggested Erbitux—a proven cancer drug that targets cancer cells exclusively, unlike conventional chemotherapies that more crudely kill all fast-growing cells in the body—and Aucoin went to a clinic to begin treatment. But if Erbitux offered hope, Aucoin’s insurance didn’t: she received one inscrutable form letter after another, rejecting her claim for reimbursement. Yet another example of the callous hand of managed care, depriving someone of needed medical help, right? Guess again. Erbitux is standard treatment, covered by insurance companies—in the United States. Aucoin lives in Ontario, Canada.
Think about it. Do you want the same reprobates who run the Department of Motor Vehicles deciding who and when you can see a doctor? Do you want the same lazy, clock-watching degenerates who run the U.S. Postal Service and the I.R.S. scheduling your doctor's appointments and deciding what medical treatment you may have?
There's a reason America stands as Reagan said, a bright shining city on a hill. It's because we still maintain what resembles a free, competitive market in most areas, including health-care. America isn't the greatest country on Earth because of it's government. It's great because of it's individuals and their achievements. When you take the individual and the competitive market out of health-care, you wind up with a boondoggle of a bureaucracy like the DMV, the Postal Service, or the I.R.S. Is that how you want access to your doctor and the medicines he uses to save your life regulated? If so then vote for Hillary Clinton.
Sunday, August 05, 2007
WASHINGTON (AP) - Declaring a new direction in energy policy, the House on Saturday approved $16 billion in taxes on oil companies, while providing billions of dollars in tax breaks and incentives for renewable energy and conservation efforts.
Nancy Pelosi is a vile, loathsome, wretch who uses our childrens' futures and the global-warming hoax to justify stealing the profits of oil companies...profits that belong to every stock-holder and every American who has a mutual fund.
Unless you are a tin-foil hat wearing, kool-aid guzzeling, liberal kook, you understand that the government already steals from the American consumer, $2 for every $1 of profit the oil companies earn on a gallon of gas. That's right! Thanks to Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, federal gas taxes have increased dramatically. They are the reason gas costs so much. In fact, when the price at the pump goes up, so do the revenues to the government. Tax revenues are tied to price not consumption. But the democrats want to blame the greedy oil companies, because gullible, stupid Americans who resent anybody who earns more money then they do, want to be taken care of by their loving and benevolent government nannies. Well, congratulations Americans, that's exactly what you've gotten. Your government, stealing earnings from stock-holders to use in vote-buying schemes to remain in power.
I'm going to go vomit now.
I saw The Bourne Ultimatum last night. If you're like me and think that there can't be too many fight and car-chase scenes, then this is the movie for you. You really need to watch the first two movies (Identity and Supremacy) because there are a lot of references and flash-backs to them in the current installment of the series.
Seriously, the extended fight scenes are outstanding and the car chases are the best I've seen. It's a lot easier to follow than the Supremacy. I had to watch Supremacy like 4 times to finally figure out all the details.
There is even a hat-tip to the Identity in the dialogue of this movie. A cookie to anybody who can find it.
I give The Bourne Ultimatum 5 rants out of 5.
Thursday, August 02, 2007
"Welcome to Venezuela, Mr. Penn. What drives him is consciousness, the search for new paths," Chavez said Wednesday in a televised speech. "He's one of the greatest opponents of the Iraq invasion."
Chavez read aloud from a recent open letter by Penn to President Bush in which the actor condemned the Iraq war and called for Bush to be impeached, saying the president along with Vice President Dick Cheney and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice are "villainously and criminally obscene people."
I swear!!! If it's not the worst president in American history, Jimmy "the Dihimmi" Carter sucking up to Yassir Arafat, it's Robert Redford and Michael Moore paling around with Fidel Castro. If it's not Madeliene Albright sucking up to Kim Jong Il, it's Sean Penn and Danny Glover licking Hugo Chavez' boots. What is the infatuation liberal democrats have with murdering thug dictators? Why do they always, always side with these psychopathic, blood-thirsty, tyrants against the United States?
Q: Tony, [paraphrased] how can the President claim to be a fiscal conservative by cutting a $22billion program from the budget when the Congressional Budget Office report yesterday said that the war in Iraq is likely to cost over $1 trillion?
MR. SNOW: 9/11
Tony Snow actually makes watching White House press briefings fun. He regularly mixes it up with arrogant liberal shills disguised as reporters like David Gregory. Most presidential press secretaries treat the media with kid gloves thinking it will get them to say nice things in their respective fish-wrappers. Not Tony. He realizes most reporters already know what they're going to write before they ask the question, it's just a matter of getting the briefer to say what they want. And Tony doesn't fall for it.
Wednesday, August 01, 2007
In the chaos that followed the worst natural disaster in American history, a forensic investigation has been taking place to find out what went wrong and why.
The BBC's Horizon programme has spoken to the scientists who are now confronting the real possibility that New Orleans may be the first of many cities worldwide to face extinction.
New Orleans is not, contrary to the fantasies of many deranged alcoholics and socialist utopians, a jewel city of America, rich in culture, brimming with optimism and verve. New Orleans is a cesspool of corruption and human wretchedness and squalor. Sure, you might want to visit for a day and sample the food, but you want to get the heck out as fast as you can when you're done. If Louisianna taxpayers want their tax dollars spent shoring up the disastrous levee system, then let them, but don't burden the rest of tax-paying Americans who were smart enough not to live in The Cereal Bowl by the Sea. New Orleans is not America's town. It belongs to the corrupt politicians, to the stupid voters who keep electing them, and to the shiftless goverment dependents who rely solely on hand-outs from productive Americans for their existance.