Wednesday, April 30, 2008
A LEADING scientist has warned a new species of "humanzee," created from breeding apes with humans, could become a reality unless the government acts to stop scientists experimenting.
In an interview with The Scotsman, Dr Calum MacKellar, director of research at the Scottish Council on Human Bioethics, warned the controversial draft Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill did not prevent human sperm being inseminated into animals.
He said if a female chimpanzee was inseminated with human sperm the two species would be closely enough related that a hybrid could be born.
He said scientists could possibly try to develop the new species to fill the demand for organ donors.
Leading scientists say there is no reason why the two species could not breed, although they question why anyone would want to try such a technique.
I would argue that it's already been successfully attempted.
Hat tip to Reason.com.
Without Googling it, a virtual cookie to the first reader to correctly ID the author of the quote that is the title of this post.
LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles Police Department has spent the past year trying to overcome the bad publicity from an immigration rally last May Day in which officers fired rubber bullets and pummeled some demonstrators with batons.
On Thursday, the department hopes to show what it's learned when officers try to keep the peace at a demonstration expected to draw at least 50,000 protesters.
Look, I don't care if the rioters are unemployed, smelly hippies ironically demonstrating on May Day for labor rights, or illegal aliens preposterously demanding automatic citizenship, if you are disrupting capitalism, the free market, and the generation of wealth by people better than you, you deserve to be whacked a couple of times by a riot cop.
Yeah, whack that smelly, degenerate hippie! He deserves a good flogging for running around the streets in the middle of the day causing trouble when he should be participating in free-market capitalism by holding a job. Whack him again!
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Roads in Saudi Arabia are among the most dangerous in the world, with a high rate of traffic accidents. But one type of victim stands out: female teachers, who are dying at alarming rates because of long commutes through the desert to reach schools in remote locations.
The Saudi government appoints teachers to work in small villages where local staff cannot fill all vacancies. But unlike their male counterparts, female teachers in this conservative Muslim country have difficulty living alone in the villages, forcing them to drive each day; they need permission from a male guardian to live alone and have to find a landlord willing to rent them an apartment.
Thanks to the wonderful and benevolent Religion of Peace, they cannot drive themselves to work and they cannot live without patriarchal supervision....not to mention wearing the hideous, black smocks for a 3 hour commute through the desert. It's no wonder these middle-eastern societies haven't progressed much past the 14th century when they still view women as sub-human possessions. Boy, that's some great world religion that Islam.
Monday, April 28, 2008
Many residents in Seattle's affluent Magnolia neighborhood are fuming over plans to house homeless people near Discovery Park at soon-to-be-closed Fort Lawton.
At one community meeting, some residents wondered whether homeless housing at the fort would attract wife-beaters, sex offenders and crack addicts. They rolled their eyes when city officials asserted that such housing increases property values. They worried about the impact on schools and scoffed at the idea of homeless people shopping at the closest grocery — which sells pheasant-and-rosemary pâté for $9.99 and ground coffee for up to $18 a pound.
"We're the ones who live here, and we want to have a nice, safe neighborhood to live in," Donald Raz, a King County deputy prosecutor and Magnolia resident, said later.
Like most affluent neighborhoods in Seattle, Magnolia doesn't have any housing for homeless people mainly because land is too expensive for social-service agencies to buy.
Well heaven forbid that a stuck-up, white-bread, silver-spoon democrat has to gaze upon a dirty, unwashed homeless dude while she shops for pate' and gormet coffee. It's real simple. These latte liberals up in Seattle want to house homeless criminals in everybody elses neighborhoods, but never in their own. All that rich, white guilt gets manifested as methadone clinics, half-way houses, and city-owned project homes, not to mention pan-handling, degeneracy, and crime in the neighborhoods of us little people...so the rich liberals can feel good about themselves.
I sincerely hope this housing project succeeds. Seattle's rich deserve it.
Seriously? $18 a pound for coffee? People who pay that much for coffee absolutely deserve to have homeless dudes urinating on their front porches or trying to feel up their snooty wives on a regular basis.
OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35, Orlando) -- Osceola county school board member Jay Wheeler isn't making any apology for his email
I told the truth! Wheeler said. We asked, “Did you at all think that might be insulting to some? Wheeler replied, "I thought it might be a wake up call and I think it's something people want to say but were afraid too.'
A little more than a week ago, the Osceola County School District decided to implement school uniforms. Since then, he says parents have complained saying they can’t afford the new clothing. He disagreed with parents and fired off an email to them saying:
"Everyone can afford Wal-Mart and if they cant they need to think about turning of their cable TV or stop buying alcohol or cigarettes and spend their money on their children."
Oh my god! That was the response of Maria Quintana we she saw this letter. She was speechless. At first and then she finally found the words, "it is insulting. I have to go to school, I have a job and sometimes it's really hard you have to struggle and to have them say something like that is really degrading."
Mr. Wheeler is exactly right! If you can't pay for cheap Wal-Mart clothes for your kids, then how dumb were you for having kids you can't afford in the first place? . I mean it's not like these parents aren't already dressing their kids. Just instead of buying jeans that are 8 sizes too big for their thug sons, or micro-mini skirts and tight tops for their daughters who aspire to be strippers, purchase the uniforms at Wal-Mart instead. Or better yet, how about giving up the booze, cigarettes, and HBO and thinking of somebody besides yourself for a change?
BAT YAM, Israel (Reuters) - From pickled cows to elephant dung, the art world is no stranger to offbeat ideas. But a group of lice-infested Germans?
Seven young artists from Berlin are trying to stretch the boundaries of art by living in an Israeli museum for three weeks with lice in their hair.
"Art is no longer just a painting on the wall," Milana Gitzin-Adiram, chief curator of the Museum of Bat Yam near Tel Aviv, told Reuters. "Art is life, life is art."
The exhibition has caused controversy -- unintended, the artists say -- in a country where the mention of lice may revive memories of Nazi propaganda that described Jews as "parasites".
The artists, who sleep, eat and bathe in the gallery, said the exhibition toyed with ideas about hosts and guests in line with a theme set by the museum and aimed to blur the boundaries between art and reality.
"The idea is that we live in the museum as their guests, and at the same time we are hosting lice on our heads," said artist Vincent Grunwald, 23, wearing a plastic shower cap to prevent the lice from spreading.
Seriously, who pays for this crap? No doubt a generous government grant underwrote this vapid drivel. It's no wonder Europe is being overrun by hostile invaders, and without even a whimper. They're too busy wallowing in their demented performance art. I guess it's perversely fitting though, that these parasites on society infest themselves with actual parasites.
Society in general could use a good de-lousing.
Friday, April 25, 2008
Thursday, April 24, 2008
This awful progressive income tax structure under which we toil stifles creativity, punishes achievement, and rewards shiftlessness. Just awful!
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
THE grizzly bear that featured on the big screen supposedly pitted against comedy star Will Ferrell has killed a handler.
The 2.3m, 320kg grizzly known as Rocky featured in the film Semi-Pro, where Ferrell's character wrestled with the animal to promote his basketball team.
Three experienced handlers were working with Rocky today when he fatally bit one on the neck at Randy Miller's Predators in Action, a private US facility for exotic animals, used in movies and television, wireservice AP reports.
When will these people learn? You cannot domesticate wild, carnivorous predators. To them, we are nothing but food. Either we bring it, or we ARE it.
Would you get in a ring with this guy?
The main-stream medie won't acknowledge it but Rush Limaugh's cleverly conceived and masterfully implemented Operation Chaos worked perfectly in Pennsylvania yesterday. For the uninitiated, Operation Chaos, for which Rush is the Supreme Allied Commander, is the act of republican voters registering as democrats and then voting for Hillary in their state's primary. The republican nominee has already been chosen so they mine as well cause some trouble with the democrats, right? But for Operation Chaos, Obama would surely have already locked up the nomination. In Pennsylvania yesterday, 10% of otherwise republican voters crossed over to vote for Hillary handing her a decisive 55%-45% victory.
The idea is to keep the chaos and infighting between Barack and Hillary going as long as possible, and hopefully we can sit back in August and thoroughly enjoy the fireworks at the dem convention in Denver. We conservatives don't care which reprehensible democrat gets the nomination, we just want them to keep slugging each other and spending money while McCain keeps a low profile and the money keeps rolling in.
Congratulations Rush! Another successful campaign battle won. Now on to Indiana.
Monday, April 21, 2008
ACCRA, Ghana (AP) - The U.N. chief warned Sunday that the world must urgently increase food production to ease skyrocketing prices and pledged to set up a task force on a crisis threatening to destabilize developing nations.
The cost of food has increased by around 40 percent since mid-2007 worldwide, and the strain has caused riots and protests in countries like Cameroon, Burkina Faso, Haiti and Egypt.
"We must make no mistake, the problem is big. If we offer the right aid, the solutions will come," Ban said at the opening of a a five-day U.N. conference on trade and development in Ghana's capital, Accra.
"One thing is certain, the world has consumed more than it has produced" over the last three years, he said.
Ban blamed a host of causes for the soaring cost of food, including rising oil prices, the fall of the U.S. dollar and natural disasters.
He said he would put together a special task force to help deal with the problem and called on the international community to help. He said the U.N. World Food Program plans to raise $750 million per year to help feed 73 million people in 80 countries.
The irony is that enviro-kooks' solution to their deranged hallucinations actually IS the cause of more hunger. As Al Gore and his lapdog worshippers absurdly insist that we fill our tanks with food rather than petroleum, the world prices of basic food stuffs rise rapidly, plunging already struggling countries further into misery and despair. The wild-eyed demand for bio-fuels not only increases the price of corn for ethanol, it also increases the prices of other staples because farmers are replanting fields with corn instead of less profitable rice, soybeans, you name it. But global-warming zealots in the US and abroad won't admit that bio-fuels are a complete and utter environmental and economic disaster, they just promise to demand more money from rich nations(the U.S.) to fix the problem of world-wide hunger. A problem that so far no amount of money has even put a dent in.
Actual causes of hunger in Africa:
Rampant governmental corruption, blood-thirsty dictators, tribal warfare, unchecked disease transmission, refusal to use birth control, white farmers killed or kicked off their formerly very productive farms. Do you see what all of those reasons have in common? They all require blame to be placed on Africans themselves. But for liberal boobs, that would be insensitive, so they just blame the easy target, global warming, which by extension is blaming the US.
A well fed Ban Ki Moon plots his next seizure of US wealth to throw down the rat's hole of African hunger.
JERUSALEM - Former President Carter said Monday that Hamas — the Islamic militant group that has called for the destruction of Israel — is prepared to accept the right of the Jewish state to "live as a neighbor next door in peace."
But Carter warned that there would not be peace if Israel and the U.S. continue to shut out Hamas and its main backer, Syria.
Apparently Jemmah isn't satisified with being not only this country's worst President ever and our worst ex-President too, he's competing with Bill Maher and Rosie O'Donnel for the title of Worst Person in the Universe. While in the West Bank, Jemmah laid a wreath at the grave site of his BFF, terrorist Yassir Arafat. He wanted to visit Gaza but Hamas didn't think that was a good idea. How loathsome and dispicable do you have to be that even terrorists don't want you around?
Hamas' pretend accpetance of Israel as their neighbor is standard rhetoric for middle-east terrorists hell-bent on the destruction of the Zionists. They attack Israel, kill and maim civilians, then when the West starts paying attention, or Israel starts looking pissed, like petulant children, they crawl to the negotiating table and ask for a little more land from Israel with the promise of peace. Useful idiots like Carter then insist that Israel fork over it's land and within a month of taking over, the formerly useful, productive land is wrecked and useless and Hamas has resumed attacking Israel in preparation for the next round of "peace talks".
I shudder to think how horrifying it must be to wake up every morning to the knowledge that you are Jemmah.
Sunday, April 20, 2008
As most of you know, I'm a big fan of cycling, both as a spectator and a participant. A friend of mine, PelotonJim, has started two new blogs dedicated to cycling that you should check out. The first one, TRIA Orthopaedic is a training guide for cyclists on which various professionals give training and health advice. It's geared toward cyclists but a lot of the information is applicable to any sporting activity. Just like any blog, you can read the posts in minutes, and ask or answer questions in the comments thread. It's a good resource for any amateur engaging in athletic activity for health or competitive reasons.
The other blog is Pro Cycling Minnesota. This blog has a half dozen or so contributors who talk about their cycling activities, charity partnerships with Nature Valley and Children's Hospitals, and other things of interest. No word yet on whether you can detect that quirky accent in their typing.
If you're a cycling enthusiast or just interested in reading about something other than politics, global warming, or dumb celebrities for a few minutes, check out Jim's sites. He's also got his own personal blog called Endless Cycle, which I have had linked on my sidebar for a long time. You cannot get better analysis of the Floyd Landis saga, doping coverage, the excitement about the US's two new cycling teams, and of course yearly Tour de France discussion out the ying-yang.
So if you're bored with your crap job, and you've read everything I have to say here, head on over to one of these sites and distract yourself for a little while....you might learn something.
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Well, I know you've been sitting in your cramped cubicle, gas-guzzling SUV, or gym-that-plays-Muzak for you soccer moms, and you've been thinking, I need some new notes to listen to. And you've caught yourself wondering a lot lately, I wonder what that Ed has been listening to." Well, I've been listening to an eclectic mix of classic and new. Check it out...
From 1990, GoodBye Jumbo by World Party
From 1996, Songs in the Key of X--the X-Files soundtrack
From 1994, A Different Story by DeadEye Dick
From 1997, A-Sides by Soundgarden
From 2004, Resolution by BoDeans
From 1993, Siamese Dream by Smashing Pumpkins
From 2002, One by One by Foo Fighters
From 1982, The Nightfly by Donald Fagen
From 1989, Rio Momo by David Byrne
So there it is. It's mostly older stuff but there's not a lot of new stuff I'm really into right now.
Leave your own collection listed in the comments thread so the rest of us can make fun of you for it.
Apparently intrepid CNN reporter Richard Quest was found wandering with a companion in Central Park early yesterday morning with a rope tied around his neck and genitals. Observant officers also discovered a sex toy in his boot...(I don't even want to wonder about that). Then the article says, and I'm paraphrasing here...One of the arresting officers cleverly determined that the suspect had some meth in his pocket. His brilliant deductive reasoning, keen observation skills, and decades of experience on the New York drug task force helped him readily identify the drug. The detective was also aided by Quest who stated, ' "I've got some meth in my pocket" '.
I laughed out loud when I read that.
Friday, April 18, 2008
The provost confronted outraged veterans who came to protest the display by saying- "It's just a piece of cloth". First, let me say that while outrageous, it's not so much the trampling of the flag that is the issue for me, it's the hypocricy. As soon as you ban flag-trampling, dumb, hippie students everywhere will be trampling it just to prove they can....same as burning the flag. No, I'd like to know how the University would deal with the mistreatment of symbols they hold dear. I wonder how the provost would react to trampling rainbow flags(adopted symbol for homosexuals), or trampling images of Mohammed? I think it's safe to assume they would not allow it on the grounds that it's patently offensive to those groups. The only conclusion one can draw here is that as long as you are bashing and insulting America or Christianity, you will not only be allowed to, you'll be celebrated and rewarded for it.
What a dispicable, loathsome tramp Susan Crane is! I'll bet her parents are proud. No doubt the taxpayer-funded National Endowment for the Arts has fast-tracked her to the top of their endowment list.
Thursday, April 17, 2008
WASHINGTON - Pope Benedict XVI praised America as a land of opportunity and hope Thursday as he celebrated the first public Mass of his U.S. pilgrimage, but he lamented that the country's promise fell short for American Indians and blacks.
Hope for the future, he said, "is very much a part of the American character."
"Americans have always been a people of hope," he said during his homily. "Your ancestors came to this country with the experience of finding new freedom and opportunity.
"To be sure, this promise was not experienced by all the inhabitants of this land; one thinks of the injustices endured by the native American peoples and by those brought here forcibly from Africa as slaves."
Now why, do you suppose, did the Pope feel the need to remind everybody of the legacy of slavery and our mistreatment of Native Americans hundreds of years ago? What did that have to do with anything? Maybe I'm wrong, but I suspect it was his way of telling us we're not as great a country as we think we are by reminding us of how bad of a country we have been in periods past. I think he wanted to take us down a notch. Make sure we know that we are no better than any other country. Am I wrong? Let's have a poll question on this.....
This morning before leaving home I called my mortgage company to ask a question. After about 5 minutes of trying unsuccessfully to describe my problem to a sickeningly polite, inanimate object, I became so enraged I started yelling my responses into the phone. Of course, my wife was shaking her head like, "yelling at the phone won't help it understand you". I was thinking, "I know, but it makes me feel better and might keep my head from exploding". I finally got the issue resolved but at what cost to my psyche and blood pressure?
I think this mainframe from the seventies is what I was "conversing" with this morning.
It's going to take a lot of "framing" for Democrats to recast Obama's explanation to San Francisco cafe society that gun ownership and a belief in God are the byproducts of a psychological disorder brought on by economic hardship.
Sound familiar? It should, it's exactly what I said yesterday. It's almost as if I know what I'm talking about. You can go over to HumanEvents and read the whole thing. It's basically what I said, only funnier and more sarcastic.
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
President George W. Bush Wednesday called for growth in US greenhouse gas emissions to be capped by 2025, but was attacked for his "grossly deficient" strategy against climate change.
Despite having abandoned the Kyoto treaty on climate change, Bush said the world's biggest polluting nation had shown it was serious about reducing growth in planet-warming gases such as carbon dioxide.
"Today, I am announcing a new national goal: to stop the growth of US greenhouse gas emissions by 2025," he said in prepared remarks from a speech.
As if onerous, environmental regulations don't cripple American undustriousness enough already. Just once I'd like to hear a politician stand up and say, "Are you people idiots? There's no such thing as global warming. And we are not ham-stringing our own economy and plunging our country into third-world poverty to appease environmental nazis like Al Gore who stand to gain billions from it. America stands, as always, for industrialization, progress, innovation, and riches beyond belief, and that's how she shall remain. You can follow us or get out of the way, but you will not stop us with climate-change, carbon-cap insanity." Just once!
I love the smell of CO2 in the morning. It smells like American innovation and wealth.
PARIS (Reuters) - French former film star Brigitte Bardot went on trial on Tuesday for insulting Muslims, the fifth time she has faced the charge of "inciting racial hatred" over her controversial remarks about Islam and its followers.
Since retiring from the film industry in the 1970s, Bardot has become a prominent animal rights activist but she has also courted controversy by denouncing Muslim traditions and immigration from predominantly Muslim countries.
She has been fined four times for inciting racial hatred since 1997, at first 1,500 euros and most recently 5,000.
"I am fed up with being under the thumb of this population which is destroying us, destroying our country and imposing its acts," the star of 'And God created woman' and 'Contempt' said.
Bardot has previously said France is being invaded by sheep-slaughtering Muslims and published a book attacking gays, immigrants and the unemployed, in which she also lamented the "Islamisation of France".
You can say any vile, disgusting, slanderous thing you want about Christians and everybody praises you, but question in the slightest, anything to do with Islam, and you're a criminal. This is where the US is heading if we aren't careful.
If Bridget Bardot needs a place to live she can come to America. We need people who aren't afraid of the submissive dhimmis in our media, courts, and government. She gets a pass on the animal rights thing for speaking out against the treachery of her country's leaders who allow the Muslims to seize control of even their speech and thoughts.
Bonus: a virtual cookie to the first person to ID the reference in the title of this post.
"It's not surprising, then, they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations."
It's as if religion and the second amendment are equal in abhorrence to Obama as protectionism and xenophobia. Clearly, he views religion and guns as symptoms of a working-class psychosis brought on by chronic unemployment and economic depression. I don't think it ever occurred to him that people practice their religion and hunt regardless of their current economic status. To the enlightened class like BHO and his wife Michelle, only the great unwashed, under-educated, commoners practice religion, or own guns. These are the people superior liberals think are too stupid and incompetent to run their own lives and need guidance from the government to survive.
This view of "regular" Americans as pedestrian, unsophisticated, simpletons never gets reported by the MSM because 95% of the MSM think exactly like this too. They think that they too are superior to middle-America. They're bewildered as to why all Americans aren't embracing this great uniter Obama. How dare Americans not support the post-racial candidate! Anybody who doesn't get on the BO bandwagon surely must be a racist, they think.
Stay alert people! If Obama wins the nomination, be prepared for a full-court press from the media in favor of Obama leading up to November. They'll tell you that you're a racist for not supporting him. They already refer to him as the messianic candidate....as in Messiah. Don't be fooled, intimidated, or guilted by this. He's just another politician using whatever tools he can to seize power and control you.
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
A bill that passed the House last month aims to strengthen the crime of visual sexual aggression against children, according to state Rep. Dawn Hill, D-York.
Her involvement started when Ogunquit Police Lt. David Alexander was called to a local beach to deal with a man who appeared to be observing children entering the community bathrooms. Because the state statute prevents arrests for visual sexual aggression of a child in a public place, Alexander said he and his fellow officer could only ask the man to move along.
"There was no violation of law that we could enforce. There was nothing we could charge him with," Alexander said.
He attended a talk with Hill a week later and brought the case to her attention. Hill pledged to do what she could, Alexander said, and the result was a change through the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee in the House, which made the law applicable in both private and public places.
Under the bill, if someone is arrested for viewing children in a public place, it would be a Class D felony if the child is between 12 to 14 years old and a Class C felony if the child is under 12, according to Alexander.
I'm all for protecting children, but regulating the direction of the gaze of an otherwise law-abiding citizen is outrageous! How is it different from the criminalization of thought? The law supposes the person's intent, without evidence other than the direction in which his eyes look. Who will enforce this law out in the community? Will police now be tasked to discern the intent of a person whose eyes he dislikes the looks of? Will panicky soccer-mom, do-gooders run around public parks calling the cops every time they see an unescorted male who is facing the general direction of her toddler(wearing a protective jungle-gym helmet no doubt)?
Quick, somebody call the cops. Russel Crowe is on the loose.
Monday, April 14, 2008
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court this week hears arguments about whether the death penalty can be imposed for child rape, taking up for the first time in more than 30 years whether a crime other than murder can be punished by execution.
The nation's highest court has set arguments on Wednesday on whether the death penalty for the crime of raping a child represents unconstitutionally cruel and unusual punishment.
The case involved an appeal by Patrick Kennedy of Louisiana, who was convicted of raping his 8-year-old stepdaughter and sentenced to death.
The gut reaction of normal people is to think, "yeah, kill the guy. He raped a child", but is that Constitutional?
We know that the framers had Judeo-Christian morals in mind when they wrote the Constitution. So the concept of an-eye-for-an-eye was surely taken into account when they banned cruel and unusual punishment. So de we as a society have the right to impose the death penalty as punishment for a crime that most of us find more reprehensible than even murder, and it not be considered cruel or unusual? Frankly, I'm stunned that a lower court judge gave a jury the death penalty option for a rape, leading to a Supreme Court appeal.
The other, and possibly more important issue is this: if loss of life is no longer the standard for capital crime, then who's to say armed robbery, or simple assault, battery, bank-robbery...whatever, could at some point be grounds for the death penalty?
What do you think?
I don't know about you but I enjoy eating my fortune cookie...with just a hint of lemon, they're delicious! Until now, I've only gotten one fortune that was in any way meaningful to me. It said..."Get help! I'm being held captive in a fortune cookie factory!"
Yeah, I went with that old joke. It's the only fortune cookie joke I know.
My fortune on Saturday said this, "Life is funny to those who think, and tragic to those who feel. Now that's not exactly a fortune but, it resonated with me since that's the fundamental difference between conservatives and liberals. Conservatives, being generally rational and logical, think their way through life, assigning appropriate levels of alarm to the things we encounter, and using our sense of humor to dismiss the rest. Liberals, being irrational, ungrounded, and humorless, feel their way along, constantly being led this way and that by their emotions, always alarmed by the next boogey-man, concluding that there's no hope, the world is going to hell in a handbasket, and all is lost.
Maybe Confucius said that, maybe not. But who ever, he was on to something.
Friday, April 11, 2008
"You go into these small towns in Pennsylvania and, like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing's replaced them...And they fell through the Clinton administration, and the Bush administration, and each successive administration has said that somehow these communities are gonna regenerate and they have not.
And it's not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations."
That's a pretty big list of things to blame on job loss. Clearly he doesn't think people in depressed Pennsylvania are mature enough to deal with job loss like sophisticated adults...like him and Michelle. Alert reader freedom2learn lives in that part of the country and I'd love to hear how his comments are playing with people up there.
ROANOKE, Va. - Most families of victims of the Virginia Tech shootings have agreed to an $11 million state settlement to compensate families who lost loved ones, pay survivors' medical costs and avoid a court battle over whether anyone besides the gunman was to blame.
Gov. Timothy M. Kaine said Thursday a "substantial majority" of families of victims of the Virginia Tech shootings agreed to the settlement.
Peter Grenier and Douglas Fierberg, who represent 21 families, said the settlement was worth more than $11 million, but neither they nor the governor would discuss its terms until final papers are drawn in a few days.
Grenier and Fierberg said seriously injured victims "will be well compensated and have their health care needs taken care of forever," and that families who lost loved ones would be "similarly compensated and cared for."
So, by virtue of the fact that they suffered a very public loss, they have a right to seize some of their fellow tax-payers' earnings? Call me a thoughtless ass if you want but, if something bad happens to a member of my family, do I get to extort fabulous cash and prizes from the taxpayers of my state as obscene compensation for my loss? What burden of responsibility to the taxpayers of Virginia have, that they must provide lifelong health-care? Do these families not have life insurance policies on their kids? Why are the taxpayers of Virginia on the hook for a shooting in a gun-free zone? For that matter, why were the American taxpayers on the hook for compensation($7billion) to the 9/11 families or Katrina families? Why are they owed more than what they provided for themselves with life insurance?
I'm sorry, these lawyers have convinced these families(for a handsome 30% fee no doubt) to extort money from their fellow taxpayers while everybody still feels sorry for them. It's a shakedown operation plain and simple. You either pay us now to go away, or pay us later when we drag weeping parents in front of a jury and blame VaTech, the state, and anybody else with lots of cash on hand for their grief. And the disappointing thing is that I'll bet not one family member stood up and said, wait a minute, this isn't right. They probably genuinely believe the tax-payers owe them something.
What a perverse, distorted world in which one person believes he has the right to the fruits of the labor of another person simply because something bad happend to him.
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Well, you can imagine the outrage on behalf of the post-racial candidate Obama. Rather than give her the benefit of the doubt as any sane, reasonable person would do, he asked her to step down as a delegate because there's the slimmest of chances she could have been referring to them as monkeys because they're black. In effect, she's being punished for something she may or may not have been thinking at the time, because a minority somewhere nuanced a racial insult from an otherwise innocuous statement. Is this what an Obama presidency would do? Usher in a new era of thought-crime legislation in which the term "monkey" is removed from the lexicon because it hurts some peoples' feelings?
Apparently, only white kids can be called monkeys when they climb in trees, eat bananas, and fling their poo.
Wednesday, April 09, 2008
I used to enjoy the Olympics. I watched as athletes from around the world competed in events, albeit obscure or weird, and displayed their prowess. I then turned 7, some 40 years ago. I am now through with the event. My stomach has been turned many times this week by protesters and demonstrations as the "Olympic Torch" has been shuttled around the world. This transportation of the flame was intended to garner interest for the coming event. Alas, it has now been reduced to an item on the "Cindy Shehan" event calendar. The torch was extinguished several times earlier this month in Paris due to protests. Now the torch is passing through California. Many of our nations finest liberals have gathered to upstage this event. We have people protesting China's treatment of its people, control of Tibetand its monastic lifestyle, governmental dealings with Myanamar among others, and nudists wanting the games to return to their pristine origins. A vocal leader present was the above pictured Gigilo - Richard Gere. I have no idea what upset him, but always find him hard to take seriously after the gerbal in the bowels incident. I digress, sorry.
Yes, I'm a bad American! I am the Liberal-Progressives worst nightmare. I am an American. I believe the money I make belongs to me and my family, not some liberal governmental functionary be it Democratic or Republican! I'm in touch with my feelings and I like it that way. I think owning a gun doesn't make you a you a killer, it makes you a smart American.I think being a minority does not make you noble or victimized, and it does entitle you to anything. I believe that if you are selling me a BIG MAC, that you should do it in English.I believe everyone has a right to pray to their God when and where they want. My heroes are John Wayne, Babe Ruth,Roy Rogers and whoever canceled Jerry Springer. (NOW if they can just get rid of the spin/knock offs). I don't hate the rich, and I don't pity the poor - just because. I know wrestling is fake, I don't waste time watching or arguing about it. I've never owned a slave, or was a slave. I haven't burned ant witches or have been persecuted by the Turks and neither have you, so shut up already!! I believe that if you don't like the way it is here, go back to where you came from and change it there. This is America. If you were born here and don't like it you are free to move to any socialist country that will have you. (As an aside, we can probably gather money to help you along). I want to know which church it is exactly where the Reverends Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton preach. Where do they get their money? Why are they always part of the problem and never part of the solution? I think that the police have every right to shoot your sorry rear if you are running from them, I also think they have the right to pull you over if you're violating a law, regardless of your ethnicity. No, I don't mind having my picture on my drivers licence. I think it's okay, and I am also proud that "God" is written on my money. I think that if you can't figure out how a ballot works, then I don't want you helping decide who should run this country. I dislike people standing in the road trying to sell me stuff or trying to guilt me into making a donation. I think it takes to parents to raise a child, not a .75 donation. It takes entire villages like this to make decent civilizations. I believe that illegal is illegal - regardless of a lawyers interpretation. I believe the American flag should be the ONLY FLAG allowed in this country. It should also be dealt with appropriately and by the U.S. Flag code, not some local politicians whim to lower it on odd Tuesdays in some month or for some stupid kid that was drinking and driving that got killed. If all of this makes me a bad American, then I am one. I want my country back and hope you do too!
Tuesday, April 08, 2008
Floor sinks to accommodate prayer requirements for Muslim taxi drivers will be installed at Indianapolis International Airport by fall.
Many of the taxi drivers are Muslims who pray five times a day. The prayer involves many rituals, including washing the feet.
Drivers now use hand sinks at the existing terminal, which has caused safety hazards.
"The result of that is there is standing water on the floor and structural stress on the sink," Dawson said.
That created a sanitation problem and was the main reason the floor sinks were proposed, he said.
Am I understanding that correctly? They actually crawl up into the hand sinks like monkeys to wash their disgusting feet where others wash their hands? My wife sagely pointed out, "Why not make a sign at the bathroom door? NO WASHING FEET IN THE DAMN SINKS!" That should pretty much take care of it. If the taxi drivers can't pray without washing their feet, then go home, or bring baby wipes, or use bottled water and sit on the curb. This is pure insanity!
What do you think will happen when a bunch of non-Muslims try to wash their feet in the floor sinks? What will the airport do to accommodate Christians who wish to conduct baptisms at the airport? Will they install a pool for that? What about Catholics who wish to take communion prior to flying?
See, this isn't about safety or sanitation. It's about an embarrassing display of submission to a hostile religion in the name of multiculturalism. The funny(and by funny I mean stupid) thing, is the cabbies didn't request the floor-sinks...the idiots at the airport volunteered them.
Monday, April 07, 2008
This woman has unquestionably been a huge asset to the current administration. She has excellent relationships with many of our foreign allies. She is well spoken, a minority, from the south, and all of those areas play well where John McCain would be percieved as weak. She provides continuity to the current administration as the torch is passed. She also has worked hard to prove that she is capable of the rigors of the office. I also think that she may be a viable candidate to become the first non-white male to sit in the oval office as the office holder. This kinda stirs up the pot a little, doesn't it? Wonder what Oprah will say? How will Maury and Jay take to this? Seems like a wonderful recipe for 8 more years of having a Republican in office. I will stay on this isssue and keep updating.
"I have a lifetime of experience that I will bring to the White House. I know Senator McCain has a lifetime of experience that he will bring to the White House. And Senator Obama has a speech he gave in 2002." -- Hillary Clinton
Bare-knuckles brawling....it's what makes American politics so much fun.
First of all, I hope you didn't just eat because you'll need a barf-bag after you read Wikipedia's description of Agenda21....
Agenda 21 is a programme run by the United Nations (UN) related to sustainable development. It is a comprehensive blueprint of action to be taken globally, nationally and locally by organisations of the UN, governments, and major groups in every area in which humans impact on the environment. The number 21 refers to the 21st century.
The term sustainable development is UN code for the intent to seize the wealth and restrict the economic activity of wealthy nations, specifically the US. To the UN, it's not a fair world unless all nations are equal in misery, hunger, and despair, and it's using the global warming hoax as a pretext to controlling our economy, industry, and wealth.
Look no further than this quote from their web site to pretty much sum it up.....and to pretty much make you lose your lunch.
"...current lifestyles and consumption patterns of the affluent middle class - involving high meat intake use of fossil fuels, appliances, home and work-place air-conditioning, and suburban housing - are not sustainable. A shift is necessary. which will require a vast strengthening of the multilateral system, including the United Nations..."  Maurice Strong , opening speech at the 1992 UN Conference on Environment and Development
To answer freedom's question specifically about the Great Lakes region, here are the specific goals of Agenda 21...
Agenda 21 sets out environmental strategies for the management of coasts, oceans, and water, the monitoring and reduction of chemical waste, the eradication of radioactive waste, and the conservation of natural vegetation and soils. In addition, there are plans for the development of sustainable farming, and other socio-economic proposals which include measures to improve health care, to reduce poverty, and to develop fair and environmentally friendly trade policies.
The aim is to promote global sustainable development at a more fundamental level than traditional aid programmes, based on common needs and interests, and on collective responsibility.
"develop fair trade policies, common needs and interests, collective responsibility".
This reeks of socialist/marxist dogma, or exactly what you would expect from the most corrupt, detestable collection of thugs and dictators ever assembled. In short, because Canada stupidly signed Agenda21, the government can impose these restrictions on it's side of the Great Lakes without debate. Without a doubt, they will affect life in or around the US side too. In the US, thankfully, the President cannot enter into a binding international agreement unilaterally. Those have to be passed by Congress. Hopefully, our legislators will resist the pressure to submit to the UN's insidious plot to control us.
Go to Crossroad and see the reprehensible UN bureaucrats' ploy to seize control of your lives.
Friday, April 04, 2008
That got me thinking though, even though Obama pretty much has a lock on the nomination, much to my delight and amusement, Hillary isn't giving up as she's mathematically still alive. With that in mind here's the weekend TRR poll question. If you want to debate your answers, leave your reasons for voting the way you did, as always in the comments thread, so that the rest of us can ridicule you for it...
ARLINGTON, Texas — A Texas man was critically injured Thursday night when he tried to "roof surf" atop a car traveling down a highway, police said.
Is there any more spectacular, or funny, way of hurting yourself than roof surfing? They should pull the plug on this guy and give all his organs and parts to people who can take better care of them.
Thursday, April 03, 2008
I know the whole Why-are-gas-prices-so-high question is a very complicated amalgam of economics, politics, culture, and perception. I've tried to explain it in as simple terms as I can but I fear some of you may still be buying the MSM's and democrats' version of eeeeevil oil companies swindling the American consumer. So, you can choose to believe the comfortable lies that you hear in the agenda-driven media and from craven politicians, or you can educate yourself, open your eyes and see the truth, even though it might be discomforting. So here are some quotes from today about oil prices, from other people way smarter than me....
...But it’s a sign of how far down the rabbit hole we’ve gone that an American business is having to justify success. I don’t care if the oil companies’ profits are 6000%. It’s a free market. If you don’t like big corporate profits, stop buying their *$@#*%$@ products. ---Hal @ rightthinking
The political hacks made a big deal about the huge profits these oil companies made over the past few years. All of this posturing was a sham .. and the politicians knew it. They also knew that most of the people who would watch them deliver their big oil smack down on TV wouldn't know a profit from a profit margin if their next six-pack and their big screen TVs depended on it. ---Neal Boortz
There are several factors that explain today's high prices. There has been a huge surge in demand for oil as a result of rapid economic growth in China and India, as well as in the United States. Another factor is the under-exploration. ---Walter E. Williams
Why, it's almost as if I know what I'm talking about.
p.s. A virtual cookie to anybody who gets the reference in the title of this post.
Ed, you may or may not agree on my zeal for border control but this is insanity. The Federal Government has to seek waivers to go around Federal regulations and laws. Am I crazy?
David understandably expressed a few other choice sentiments about his frustrations, but since this is a PG blog, I'll spare you.
No, you're not crazy, and I'm glad Bush is finally taking some action toward the matter of border control. What David's upset about is that the federal government has to navigate lots of onerous legal issues, both privacy and environmental, in each border state, in order to erect the fence. One might reasonably think that since the primary role of government is to among other things...establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, [and] provide for the common defence, it shouldn't need anybody's permission to build a border fence? Apparantly, one would be wrong.
Surely there's an easement like where all private land lies adjacent to state-owned land, like for power-line access, sewer and drain maintenance, service vehicle access, sidewalks, etc. And I thought that the land owners on the border were the first victims of looting, theft, and vandalism at the hands of illegals....you'd think they'd welcome the fence.
You can guess my attitude toward the nutty environmentalists who oppose the fence because it might affect the mating habits of wild cats....."Hey smelly hippie, go take another toke and stop impeding progress." The only part in which I agree with the land owners is that if there is no assumed easement, then the government should have to compensate the owners for the land they are taking, under the Takings Clause of the Fifth Amendment which states clearly that...Private property shall not be taken for a public use, without just compensation.. Other than that, there should be no obsticles to erecting the fence.
Good call on that David. We haven't talked about the fence much lately.
The article to which he is referring is found here.
Ann hits the nail on the head today with a blistering article exposing Barack Obama as the white-hating, racist most thinking people suspect that he is. The media won't tell you what's in his autobiographical book, Dreams From My Father, but Ann will. Go over to HumanEvents and read it. If you were experiencing a momentary lapse of reason and considering voting for him, you won't after reading this.
Wednesday, April 02, 2008
"What about corporate greed? Oil companies get billions in tax breaks while making record profits. That doesn't sound right."
Record profits, yes, but profit margin is the real measure of corporate money making. Let me explain:
Point1: Profit margin is best explained this way; Let's say that you're selling a gallon of gas for $5 and you're making a 10% profit. Your profit is $.50. Your profit margin is 10%. Now let's say that your costs go up by $1 a gallon. What do you do in order to keep making money? You increase the price at the gas station. Now you are selling for $6. Your costs are $5/gallon, so you're making $1.00 on every sale. Your profit has doubled to $1 per gallon, but your profit margin is still 10%. You're still making the same profit on every dollar that you invest in your business, but your profits have doubled! This is the term craven politicians love to demagogue....profit. They know they're lying to you but they also know that after years of "educating" Americans in dreadfully hideous government schools, we won't know the difference between profit and profit margin, and want badly for somebody to blame for prices of everything rising.
Let's take a look at oil company profit margins:
Exxon Mobile: 11.65%
BP makes only 8.09cents for every dollar of sales. The federal government makes 19cents on the dollar in my state and more in others. Who is screwing the people, BP or our own government?
By contrast, here are some companies with high profit margins:
Diana Shipping (dry bulk): 54.28%
US Bank (banking): 36.26%
Why then, do the democrats go after "big oil"? Shouldn't they go after "big banking" or "big shipping" instead? Because oil companies are easy targets to demonize, that's why.
Point 2: Oil company tax-breaks are a myth for the most part. The total taxes paid to the US government by Exxon/Mobile in Q3 of 2007 equalled $26.24 billion. Guess how much they made, net, in the third quarter? $10.49 billion. Which means they paid about 2.5 times more in taxes than they made in profit. So who benefits the most from the high price of gasoline or in other words, who's robbing the average American blind at the pump? The federal government is. And they have the balls to drag oil execs to congressional hearings to explain themselves.....unbelievable! Imagine how cheap gas would be if the federal government suspended the taxes it seizes for one year.
Point 3: Exxon/Mobile paid more in taxes to the federal government last year than the entire bottom 50% of wage earners in the US. That's right. And I can't figure out which is more egregiously unfair, that the bottom 50% pay so little in taxes, or that the federal government seized that much from a single private company.
Point 4: Oil companies have such high revenue because they have such high volume in sales, not high profit margin. If you sold a trillion gumballs each at 1cent profit, you'd have more profit than somebody who sold 1000staplers at 10cents profit.
Finally, not a single company, ever, anywhere on Earth was begun for any reason other than to make as much money as possible for it's stock-holders. Companies don't exist, as democrats want you to believe, to provide jobs, healthcare, or retirement funds for lazy, handout union members. Nor do oil companies exist to provide Americans with cheap fuel any more than Dunkin-Doughnuts exists to provide Americans with hot coffee and delicious frosted pastries. They exist to make money. It is their only responsibility.
If it wasn't for "corporate greed", where would your 401K be? Your mutual fund? The college funds for your kids? Your retirement fund? All these things depend on companies making as much money as they can.