Friday, July 29, 2005

EXCITING NEWS FROM BERKELEY, CALIFORNIA !!
Today’s vitally important message comes to you from beautiful downtown Berkeley,California.

The images you will see are NOT SAFE FOR WORK !

You may find them OFFENSIVE in the EXTREME !!

Me ? I couldn’t stop laughing !


With no further ado , let me present : "Breasts, Not Bombs !"

http://www.zombietime.com/breasts_not_bombs/


Enjoy !

Or not.

Thursday, July 28, 2005

Crap By the Mob

For the past three nights, NBC (NY) has been running a series called "Tapped by the Mob" – which, I suppose, will win the network all sorts of prizes and awards for "courageous reporting".

Each segment takes up about a quarter of the available news time,but seems to last longer, as NBC’s Jonathan Deinst-all glittery eyed with excitement-guides viewers through brain-numbing audiotapes of "alleged
Gambino Family boss Gregory De Palma" ordering Viagra for his friends,offering to install driveways, perform home improvements,and so forth .

De Palma sounds,quite frankly, as if he were reading from a script – and not too well at that. I’m sure anyone of importance in his "alleged crime family" would wonder ,after listening to the tapes, if he has been "turned" by the FBI, and is being used by them to build cases against a bunch of small fry.

I have absolutely no use for organized crime, and am pleased our Law Enforcement community continues to combat it – but I wonder what odd combination of motives and ambitions would lead the US Attorney’s office to release this dreck to a TV network ?

Is it appropriate to wonder why the NBC people didn’t ask the same question ??

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Possible Terror Arrests in Newark,NJ Stir Little Interest

On Sunday,July 24,2005,agents of the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) arrested 5 Egyptian nationals: one of whom was a fugitive by reason of having jumped ship in 2000.

Four of the men claimed to be unemployed civil and chemical engineers. The wanted man,who admitted police into the apartment at 246 Ferry Street,Newark, NJ, claimed to be a street vendor.

Agents found maps of the NYC subway system,a video of NYC landmarks,a video camera, and $ 8000 in $20 and $ 50 bills.

One suspect said he needed the maps for his street vending business. There was no explanation offered for the landmarks video,or the $ 8000.

All five are being readied for deportation to Egypt.

Oddly, only ABC News (online edition) is carrying the story:

http://abcnews.go.com/US/story?id=978963&CMP=OTC-RSSFeeds0312

Let’s see: We know one man got into the country by jumping ship. How about the other four ??

Why isn’t the media showing any interest in this unsettling story ?
A Very "Special" Kind of Loyalty ?

There are some on the Left who claim to be "patriotic in a different way" ;who bristle angrily at the thought someone might dare to question their loyalty,or their unswerving devotion to our troops.

These are the same folks who pen articles-for international distribution- with titles like :

Let’s Bring Our Troops Home Before They Learn to Love Killing Too Much ;


The delightful:


Don’t Support the Murderous US Imperialist Troops


and the beloved:


We Support Our Troops When They Kill Their Officers.


I have a very special song I’d like to dedicate to these " true patriots" .


ALWAYS LOYAL IN MY PECULIAR FASHION
(With apologies to Cole Porter and his 1948 musical- "Kiss Me Kate")

When I see our Nation’s flag
It just makes me want to gag –
‘Cause I hate that filthy rag
That’s on display –
Oh, I’m always loyal
In my peculiar fashion
To my vision of
A Leftist USA.




Let me wave a banner bold
Scarlet red all trimmed in gold-
With a fist all clenched to strike
The trembling Foe-
Oh, I’m always loyal
In my peculiar fashion
To my vision of
A Leftist USA .

Sunday, July 24, 2005

Packing the Court : A Recipe for Disaster

My dad was a "Roosevelt man" through and through; but, in 1937 ,Franklin Delano Roosevelt tried to make an end run around the checks and balances of the Constitution by "packing" three additional judges-all sympathetic to his goals-into an all-new ,Roosevelt-friendly, 12 judge Supreme Court.

In doing so, he lost the respect of the people like my dad, and came close to being swept out of office by an angry electorate.

The people understood very clearly, FDR already had control of the House and the Senate. If he could secure control of the Court,he would have been in a position to become absolute dictator – accountable to no one ; and the people wanted no part of that !

One would think the lessons of 1937 would be well learned, but it is clear our political parties have forgotten it.

Both parties have worked overtime on a modern-day version of Court Packing: the application of political "litmus tests".

Each party seeks to emplace judges who will hand them the keys to the candy store – somewhere down the road.

Confronted with this charge, they barely blush as they deny it…if they deny it at all.

IT IS LONG SINCE TIME WE STOPPED THIS STUPID NONSENSE !

We need judges who know the law, who respect and abide by the Constitution, and who can be counted on,by virtue of good, ethical character, to apply the law fairly – regardless of who is before the Court.

If we continue these ridiculous attempts to pack the court,we may someday succeed- not beyond our wildest dreams, but beyond our worst nightmares.

Notes: My dad continued to support President Roosevelt,but was much less enthusiastic about him: sometimes voting for him as "the lesser of two evils".

Revisionist scholars have often claimed FDR’s court packing attempt was brought about by his anger at an "obstructionist court" – but the truth is,his Administration began planning a "court re-organization" coup in 1933-some four years earlier.

Marian C. McKenna, Professor Emeritus at Alberta University,has written a stunning book: "Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Great Constitutional War : The Court Packing Crisis of 1937".

Book review link here: http://www.eh.net/bookreviews/library/0625.shtml

Definitely worth a visit to your local library or bookstore !
(Virtual) Cracker Barrel Wisdom

A reluctant glance in the mirror tells me my "pecs" have turned into drecks; my "abs" into flabs.

"Hair today – gone tomorrow" is no longer a joke.

I am - unequivocally and indisputably – an Old Geezer ; and, as such, am entitled to impart Cracker Barrel Wisdom.

I see some of you young whelps are looking a mite puzzled , so I’ll explain.

Back in the olden days,they used to have something called "General Stores",and old-timers would sit around a pot-bellied stove, and dip into a big barrel of crackers while they swapped information,advice, and ideas.

Yes. I know it sounds weird. Just think " Wireless 19 th Century Message Board – What-you-see-is-what-you-get Format ".

Okay: now that we’ve got all that straightened out, I was watching TV last night, and it seems some of our Congress people are getting all hot and bothered over this John Roberts the President nominated for Supreme Court.

All kinds of labels are flying around : right wing, religious right,right wing extremist, and so forth.

I suppose some folks find these labels useful, but it seems odd I almost never hear any mention of "left wing, anti-religious left,or left wing extremist" – even though there are a lot of folks in politics who seem to fit such descriptions.

In today’s political climate,just mentioning this oddity seems to earn you a label: right wing reactionary , neo-con , neo-nazi, or worse.

It is "hurtful", "divisive", "petty", "mean-spirited", and "intolerant" to point out the existence of a powerful ,heavily funded ,radical left wing – even though that radical left wing is openly dedicated to making itself the only voice in American politics.

Humph ! Listen to the old geezer rant !!

Saturday, July 23, 2005

INTERVIEW WITH A "PROGRESSIVE" JOURNALIST

(A one finger salute to Greg Palast, Michael Moore,and Gerald Plessner )

This morning, I’ve decided to do something different in The Morning Paper by interviewing one of the "Progressive" journalists who so enrich our Internet experience.

My guest is Rancid (Rance) De Mento ,whose website – bashdubyadaily.org – I happened to spot while browsing the English language page of Al-Behedder Online – which, as you may surmise,is popular in the Arab-speaking world.

TMP: Mr. De Mento, I could not help but see your featured article in Al-Behedder today:

BUSH PLANS TO NUKE MECCA,SEIZE OILFIELDS !

I must say it seems a bit…

De Mento (Chuckles) Startling ? Did I startle you out of your Neo-Con complacency for a few seconds ? You idiots are all alike !

TMP: Well, it certainly was startling – but was any of it true ?

De Mento : Truth is a relative construct. What is true today may be false tomorrow – depending on the requirements of the people.

TMP: Does this mean your story is a bare-faced lie ?

De Mento : It means those who characterize it as a lie are being mean-spirited and divisive – and are probably homophobic as well.

TMP : Are you even remotely aware of the impact this monstrous fiction of yours will have on the Arab-speaking world ?

De Mento : I’m counting on it,baby ! Listen: Where were you sniveling neo-cons when the 7th Cavalry opened fire on the Lakota at Wounded Knee ?

TMP: I don't know about the neo-cons, but I wasn’t even born yet !

De Mento : So why are you so (expletive deleted) defensive about it ?
See what you get for voting for that (expletive deleted) Shrub ??

TMP: Let me sum up: You’ve lied,you’ve tried to stir up further trouble in the world , and now you’re mis-directing and resorting to ad hominem attacks.


De Mento : Smart-ass ! What did you do to help struggling Pullman porters in the 1930’s ? What ? What’s that look on your face ?

TMP: Did you just do something nasty ,or did Mommy forget to tell you about soap and water ?

( Door slams. Interview ends.)

Friday, July 22, 2005

SNAKE CONTROL - 101

One of our family connections owns a nice home ,overlooking the Arkansas River. The property includes a little island – about twice the size of a tennis court – connected to the homesite by a short,sturdy bridge.

I’ve still got a lot of unpleasant "country boy" memories, and I hesitated a bit as we walked across the bridge.

"Don’t you worry about snakes ?", I asked. " This looks like prime water moccasin territory."

My host chuckled. " It certainly is ! That’s why I keep the grass cut so short."

It was short : golf course short –especially on the island.

Snakes, I learned , are ambush hunters,and favor areas with plenty of hiding places. Take away those hiding places, and you force the snakes to expose themselves to watchful hawks and other hungry predators: a situation snakes would just as soon avoid.

Terrorists are pretty much like those pragmatic river vipers: They like cover and concealment,and they hate it when their intended victims cut away their margin of safety by installing surveillance cameras, and taking other reasonable measures to expose – and prevent – their activities.

That’s why I am a bit nonplused when some of the civil liberties groups voice outrage over the possibility we might "violate the privacy" of criminals and terrorists with those awful cameras !

Whoa ! Where is it written that there should be an expectation of privacy when one is in public ?

Where is it written one should avoid cutting the grass because it interferes with the working plans of dangerous snakes ?


For a more detailed commentary on this odd phenomenon , please visit
Heather Mac Donald here:
http://www.city-journal.org/html/eon_07_18_05hm.html

Thursday, July 21, 2005

It’s That Time Again !

According to the calendar, 49 years ago, a very nervous young Marine met his equally nervous bride at the altar of a small church in Red Bank, NJ – not far from where he was stationed-and exchanged vows.


5 children, 8 grandchildren,and 1 great grandchild later, we are still together: no small miracle, considering the ups and downs of life !


I love you Ruth ! Thanks for putting up with me all these years !




I see by the papers folks are getting all worked up over John Roberts : the latest Supreme Court nominee.


I don’t envy the judge his role in the confirmation hearings : an unmannerly-and-intricate procedure by which high judicial offices are filled.


Roberts will be praised by some;reviled by others. Assorted special interest groups will express their chagrin – or joy – over his selection,and braying pols will elbow a path to the eagerly waiting media cameras.


In the end,Judge Roberts may be tossed aside-in favor of a "compromise candidate"…who the Administration has had in mind all along.


Initial nominees – no matter how qualified – are sometimes like the unfortunate first cow herded into a piranha – infested stream . Quite often, they wind up as an offering : sacrificed so the rest of the group can get across.


The Senators who conduct these bloody inquisitions like to pretend that they
are exerting control on the Supreme Court , and that all of their posturing and pontificating shows High Court nominees who is "boss".


Let me share a deep,dark secret I’ve learned over the years: There is no way to predict what a judge will become : liberal,conservative, or arachibutyrophobic,once the oath has been administered,and the fancy robes have been donned.

The best we can hope for is that all judges will consider the Law of the Land carefully, and apply it fairly – regardless of the angry scowls, and anguished howls from Left or Right.

That’s exactly the role the Founding Fathers had in mind.

WHAT ?

You want to know what that word means ? Go ahead, say it:

Arachibutyrophobic


Believe it or not,it’s a morbid fear peanut butter will stick to the roof of one’s mouth.

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

THE FIRST GRAY PRIDE PARADE

Inspired by our northern neighbors in Toronto – who once banned a visit by Miss Universe because it would be "sexist,demeaning and degrading" , but allowed a Gay Pride parade –


(Warning ! Images on linked site are NOT safe for work , or for children , or for those with weak stomachs !!) –


http://www.pbase.com/mars2002/gay_pride_parade


I have decided to organize the first GRAY PRIDE PARADE !!

Picture this wonderful scene:

Thousands – maybe tens of thousands – of senior citizens : wearing as little clothing as possible , would march,hobble, prance, cavort,or push their walkers along the parade route: their stringy gray hair, and their strategically placed liver spots gleaming in the sun.


Those so inclined would be encouraged to leer at and flirt with the spectators; to engage in geriatric versions of the old "bump and grind"; and to " fool around" with one another anywhere along the parade route the sprit to do so might move them.


There would be sumptuous floats: provided by the manufacturers of Viagra, Cialis, and Depends-

(For you lawyerly types, these are all Registered Tradenames)

and other products of interest :

denture adhesives,bulk laxatives,anti-flatulents,etc.)

and there could be very loud music-provided,perhaps, by some of the famous Mummer’s Day Strutters – complete with banjos and costumes.


We could have a Parade Queen – (Helen Thomas looks like a shoo-in) – who would,of course be topless (except for a feather boa) , and who would wear a really tasteful "thong"…


EH ? What’s that you say, young feller ?

You say it sounds disgusting and obscene ?



Hah !

It sounds to me like you are suffering from THANATOPHOBIA .


In case you’re not up on your Greek, that’s psycho-babble for a morbid fear of those who are ahead of you in Life’s Checkout Lane.


Mind your own business , you prudish thanatophobe !


I’ve got a parade to organize !

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Hillary Clinton for Supreme Court ??

More information has turned up about the swirling rumors surrounding NY Senator Hillary Clinton.

In October, 2004, Newsweek opined – in a pre-election issue – Hillary Clinton might be John Kerry’s choice , if he were elected.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6099351/site/newsweek/


She would seem an unlikely choice for President Bush to select, but:


He doesn’t have to run for re-election, and is thus less restricted in his choices;

Mrs. Bush has voiced the opinion a woman should be chosen –possibly as a discreet "signal" of her husband’s intentions;

Hillary’s removal from the Presidential running field might benefit the Republican nominee in 2008; because the party could be promoted as "more in touch with modern values" than its Democratic opponent.

One big question is : How would the Media react to the prospect of "Justice Hillary ?

Would they swim along in her wake , like eager pilot fish grooming the massive flanks of a Great White Shark – or would they suspect she had "sold out" to Mr. Bush , and swarm her like blood-maddened barracuda ?

It’s an interesting situation !
Say it isn’t so Department : Renewable Fuels and Hillary Clinton


Pro-environment groups have touted the value of ethanol and bio-diesel fuels for at least a generation. (I can remember reading "Gee whiz !" articles about these fuels in" Mother Earth News " way back when Jimmy Carter was President, and we had long lines at gas stations for rationed fuel. )

Over the years, these "infinitely renewable replacements " for fossil fuels have received taxpayer subsidies estimated at 3 Billion dollars : subsidies which have, for the most part, simply masked their true costs.

Now comes a study ,conducted jointly by Cornell University ( New York’s premiere agricultural college) and the University of California – Berkeley , which says – in no uncertain terms – the production of non-fossil fuels consumes more fossil fuel energy than it saves. How much ?
Typically, about 27 to 40 % more.

Sigh …
Details here:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/ethanol_study;_ylt=AhUq4j5HWQfeAiqWB5tG6Fas0NUE;_ylu=X3oDMTA3ODdxdHBhBHNlYwM5NjQ-


Hillary Clinton’s name came up today .

This was in connection to hidden sex and violence in video games. ( As I understand it,there are "adults only" features imbedded in some of the games available to children. If one has the "keys" to unlock these features,a "harmless children’s game" can be turned into something considerably different;and, in some cases, downright nasty.)

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/170/story_17087_1.html



There are some –on the Radical side of the fence- who are opposed to any sort of censorship – even for materials presented to youngsters ;and it is possible they are responsible for a rumor that seems to be afloat on the internet.

The rumor suggests Senator Clinton is positioning herself for a grab at the "gold ring" – no, not the Presidency, but a seat on the Supreme Court !

If, by some strange chance, the rumor were true, would the media pounce on her because she was a Bush nominee – or praise her because she is a Democrat ?

Monday, July 18, 2005

News to Gladden the Heart ??

Or something !

Remember that lonesome Maytag Repairman ?


It looks as if he is going to have company pretty soon.


Whirlpool – a major competitor – has made a whopping big offer , that will likely include a lot of debt exchange between the two giants , a REALLY big payday for shareholders , and a REALLY big boot in the tail for a lot of actual repairmen.


In case that falls through, the People’s Liberation Army of China is also interested,and has made an attractive bid. (That’s not the actual name on the Chinese bid prospectus, but it is who you do business with when you deal with China.)


Can’t you just see the commercials ?


The Maytag Repair Person – now wearing a quilted jacket , and a little cap with a red star on it – brandishes an AK-47 ,to which a bayonet has been clipped , and snarls : " Don’t you DARE bring that washer back for repairs ! "

Sunday, July 17, 2005

THE NEXT 9/11

The next "9/11" is apt to be something most people don’t want to hear about,read about,or even think about.

I’m talking about biowarfare; and, unless I miss my guess,it is being studied-using human guinea pigs-by the People’s Liberation Army of China.

They have succeeded in identifying a strain of "bird flu" , called H5N –RK7,that is extremely lethal to birds and to humans. ( It is just one of 10 strains they have been studying – via "controlled releases" into their own population ; and they are still looking for the "ideal strain".)

The goals seem to be threefold:

Develop a strain that will be lethal to humans and livestock, that can be spread by migratory birds.

Refine this strain so the birds selected can withstand it for 60 days or so: living just long enough to migrate;

Develop vaccines in secret that will protect their population,and that of certain useful "partner" nations ; eg: Cuba,Venezuela, Angola.

( The "discovery" can be announced after the world falls into panic, and an exceptionally high price can be charged – as China will be "in the catbird seat".)


This requires enormous experience in bio-technology: one of the items China "bought" when it signed extensive trade agreements with Cuba in November of 2004.

http://www.plenglish.com.mx/article.asp?ID={CA3DBBE2-4A6A-4628-9988-59744DB0CF46}&language=EN

We may be more familiar with Cuban cigars, but the fact is Cuba is one of the leading nations in the world in biotechnology – especially the arcane world of Recombinant DNA – which happens to be just what is needed when making viral superweapons.

It is,perhaps, not odd this trade agreement calls for the Chinese to furnish teachers-so the Cuban people may learn Chinese .


The next 9/11 might arrive on our shores in the dead of night-carried on the wings of migratory birds we are all accustomed to, and spread slowly,slowly across the land. By the time we grasp the fact there is a killer flu abroad,we will be unable to trace it to its source – and too busy burying our dead to care.

That is the reality of biowarfare.


I have deliberately left out the name of my "link" to this information. He is one of America’s foremost virologists,and is associated with a major teaching facility. Although he has published certain information on this matter,he is certainly more cautious than I in drawing conclusions.

Were I to associate his name with my opinions, there are radicals in the university culture-and elsewhere,who would go out of their way to smear his reputation and standing-though he is a fairly liberal man.

Saturday, July 16, 2005

Welcome to the "Mickey Moore Club "


(With apologies to Walt Disney Studios, whoever wrote the music , etc. )

Let’s hear it, Maestro !


Who’s the leader of the club
That’s hateful as can be ?
Mic-k-e-y M-o-o-r-e !


Now why would I sing a song like that ?


Thought you’d never ask.


Here’s what "Mickey" wrote on September 12,2001 . ( He subsequently deleted it from his website, but one of the "peace" groups made a copy. I assume, since he threw it away, he won’t mind if I show it to you.)

Death, Downtown
by Michael MooreSeptember 12, 2001
...
Well, the pundits are in full diarrhea mode, gushing on about the "terrorist threat" and today's scariest dude on planet earth -- Osama bin Laden. Hey, who knows, maybe he did it. But, something just doesn't add up.
...
What I do know is that all day long I have heard everything about this bin Laden guy except this one fact -- WE created the monster known as Osama bin Laden!

Where did he go to terrorist school? At the CIA!

Don't take my word for it -- I saw a piece on MSNBC last year that laid it all out. When the Soviet Union occupied Afghanistan, the CIA trained him and his buddies in how to commits acts of terrorism against the Soviet forces. It worked! The Soviets turned and ran. Bin Laden was grateful for what we taught him and thought it might be fun to use those same techniques against us.

We abhor terrorism -- unless we're the ones doing the terrorizing.

We paid and trained and armed a group of terrorists in Nicaragua in the 1980s who killed over 30,000 civilians. That was OUR work. You and me. Thirty thousand murdered civilians and who the hell even remembers!

We fund a lot of oppressive regimes that have killed a lot of innocent people, and we never let the human suffering THAT causes to interrupt our day one single bit.

We have orphaned so many children, tens of thousands around the world, with our taxpayer-funded terrorism (in Chile, in Vietnam, in Gaza, in Salvador) that I suppose we shouldn't be too surprised when those orphans grow up and are a little whacked in the head from the horror we have helped cause.

Yet, our recent domestic terrorism bombings have not been conducted by a guy from the desert but rather by our own citizens: a couple of ex-military guys who hated the federal government.

From the first minutes of today's events, I never heard that possibility suggested. Why is that?

Maybe it's because the A-rabs are much better foils. A key ingredient in getting Americans whipped into a frenzy against a new enemy is the all-important race card. It's much easier to get us to hate when the object of our hatred doesn't look like us.

Congressmen and Senators spent the day calling for more money for the military; one Senator on CNN even said he didn't want to hear any more talk about more money for education or health care -- we should have only one priority: our self-defense.

Will we ever get to the point that we realize we will be more secure when the rest of the world isn't living in poverty so we can have nice running shoes?

In just 8 months, Bush gets the whole world back to hating us again. He withdraws from the Kyoto agreement, walks us out of the Durban conference on racism, insists on restarting the arms race -- you name it, and Baby Bush has blown it all.

The Senators and Congressmen tonight broke out in a spontaneous version of "God Bless America." They're not a bad group of singers! Yes, God, please do bless us.


Many families have been devastated tonight. This just is not right. They did not deserve to die. If someone did this to get back at Bush, then they did so by killing thousands of people who DID NOT VOTE for him! Boston, New York, DC, and the planes' destination of California -- these were places that voted AGAINST Bush!


Why kill them? Why kill anyone? Such insanity.


Let's mourn, let's grieve, and when it's appropriate let's examine our contribution to the unsafe world we live in.

It doesn't have to be like this.
Yours,Michael Moore

I’m far from the only one who has "commented adversely" about Michael Moore.

Here is a whole website that is dedicated to exposing this poseur.

(Be sure to add it to your "favorites !)
http://www.moorelies.com/news/archives/display.cfm?newsID=332

Hey there ! Hi there ! Ho there !
He’s as rancid as can be:
Mic-key M-o-o-r-e !!

Mickey Moore….
(Greg Palast !)
Mickey Moore…
(Greg Palast !)
Forever let us set our standards low-Low- LOW !

(Okay, Mr. Disney : Please stop spinning in your grave. I SAID I was sorry !)
Osama WHO ???

I just checked the FBI’s Rewards For Justice page: There is still a $25 million bounty for his arrest-with another $2 million offered by the Airline Pilots’ Association.

(Here’s the reference for those who insist on "citations.")

http://www.fbi.gov/mostwant/topten/fugitives/laden.htm



That’s $27 million dollars-for somebody who isn’t worth two cents to us – dead or alive !

The very existence of this reward has its roots in our "Criminal Rendition" program – and that’s dead wrong.


Osama is a terrorist, not someone who robs banks and Post Offices – and he should be dealt with accordingly.


That 27 million dollar reward tells the Arab world differently.

It makes him a mythic figure-to be cherished,protected, and followed.

It also tells the Arab world we might get desperate enough to up the ante a few extra mil – so why not wait and see what happens ?


I suggest we have a "Going out of Business" sale on Osama and the rest of his Islamist merrymen.


Today’s reward is $ 27 million … but next week, the offer drops to $ 20 million ; $ 13 million the week after that.

Still want to hang on to him ?


Fine ! Wait another week,and we’ll give you $ 6 million.


Zip; Zero; Nada after that.


After that it’s Osama WHO ???

Oh, him. Well, if we run across him,we’ll give him a burst or so, but otherwise,he’s all yours.


Keep him or kill him : It’s all the same to us.

Friday, July 15, 2005

Schumer,Clinton,Biden, Kerry :Never Mind Security - We Want Pork !!


A bill that would have added more Border Patrol agents to help stem the flood of illegal immigrants that nearly engulfs Texas,Arizona,New Mexico,Nevada, and California was defeated today,when Democratic Senators Schumer,Clinton,Biden, and Kerry launched a floor fight against it-and Republicans who favor "open borders" joined them.


The bill would have-among other things-provided additional detention facilities for "OTMs".


OTM stands for illegal aliens who are Other Than Mexican.


Undocumented Mexicans are shipped back to their homeland when caught; but, because of a lack of detention space, and because of the difficulties involved in repatriation to some countries, equally undocumented people from all over the world are being released on personal recognizance.


This means, if you are a member of Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) a murderous Salvadorian gang, or a member of the Russian Mafia,or one of the violent Oriental gangs – or even a member of al-Qaeda, all you have to do is get across the border on a reasonably busy day – and wait for the Patrol to pick you up.


You’ll be transported to the nearest Patrol facility and logged in, fingerprinted,photographed, and handed a summons for a deportation hearing.


If you are not on somebody’s "wanted" list, you will probably be loaded on a bus,and transported to a nearby town , where you will be handed a meal ticket, and reminded about your hearing date.


Most of those so released never come back for their deportation hearings.


This started long before 9/11, and has never stopped-despite everything !


For all we know, the next al-Qaeda "action cells" are already in place: locked and loaded , and waiting to go into action.


Should that happen,of course, the Fearsome Four , and their Republican allies will scream bloody murder about the failure of the Bush administration to secure our borders. (Hillary has already launched her usual shrill pre-emptive strike.)


Why did these Senators oppose the desperately needed Immigration Enforcement funding ?


Chuck and Hillary say it would have taken away money needed for First Responders : nice chunks of vote-getting pork.


Did I mention Schumer, Clinton, and Biden are running for re-election pretty soon ?


You might want to remember their names.

Thursday, July 14, 2005

More Important Than Valerie Plame ?


One would never guess – from the howls of the Radical Left – there was anything going on the world besides the Karl Rove –Valerie Plame matter.


Believe it or not, there ARE more important events in progress !


Novosti, the Russian News Agency doesn’t care about Valerie Plame-
( After all, Aldrich Ames, a CIA traitor, pointed her out to the Russians back in 1994 ) – but they are concerned about a possible dustup between two of their trading partners: Japan and China.


At issue is a small chain of islands in the East China sea. The Japanese call them the Senkaku Islands,and are thinking of drilling for oil and natural gas there.


The Chinese say : Wait a minute ! We call them the Diaoyutai Islands, and, if there are rich hydrocarbon deposits there,we claim them !


Given two very arrogant and aggressive neighbors, with a centuries-long history of armed conflict , the dispute SHOULD cause some concern – but I doubt you will find it mentioned in the newspaper,or watch it being debated by angry adversaries on television.


Hmmm……….. Let’s see.


Here’s something in Reuters AlertNet.


The Democratic Peoples’ Republic of the Congo is having some problems too, according to UN Special Envoy, William Swing.


On Saturday,a group of Hutu "militiamen" – part of a 12,000 –strong remnant of the group that ravaged Rwanda in 1994 (while the UN dithered over the definition of "genocide") attacked the small village of Mtulumamba : burning some 50 men,women, and children alive.


The UN has debated the matter-over tea and crumpets-and has decided to issue a condemnation of the attack. (It was probably Condemnation No. 23,750 , but at least the crumpets were good. )


Special Envoy Swing says the Congolese Army is in dire need of additional funding-although no one can say for sure how many soldiers there are;much less explain why they haven’t been paid in so long.


Translation: The corrupt leadership of the Congo has been padding the Army payroll for quite some time, but, of late, has gotten so greedy, it has simply stolen the whole thing.


Not to worry, says Mr. Swing .The process of electing a new set of corrupt, dictatorial leaders is "on track" –whatever that means.


Just send the Army some more money .


They are always "grateful"-if you get my drift.

( No, that wasn’t part of the Special Envoy’s speech. Honest !)


As you may have noticed, none of this seems to relate to Valerie Plame,or Karl Rove ; so, as far as the Media is concerned, it never happened.


Ah, what the heck :Let’s blame it all on Bush anyway !

Happy Bastille Day !


On July 14,1789,the people of Paris rose up in revolt,and marched on the Bastille: a grim prison, that had long been the symbol of despotic government.


They were armed with little more than gardners’ and farmers’ tools,and should have been easily scattered by the soldiers guarding the prison-but the soldiers threw open the gates,and joined forces with the people.


Within two days,the hereditary monarchy of France – for all its pomp and power – was in ruins ; and, within weeks, the privileged aristocrats were fleeing for their lives.


Today – despite the frictions between France and my country – I raise my coffee cup in salute to the courageous "rabble" who lit the sacred fire of Freedom in France.


Today,also, I look at my own nation ,and wonder at our eagerness to smother that same sacred fire.


Most of us worry about seizure of power by the Federal government – but turn an uninterested and uncomprehending look at outrageous seizures of power by our local governments.


We utter cries of alarm if the Big Boys lay claim to a few acres of salt water swamp – and yawn when the unelected members of a Zoning Commission issue decrees about what species of shade tree we may plant on our land,how they must be trimmed,and what approvals must be obtained to remove one of them after a storm.


We authorize local Magistrates to have people dragged in handcuffs before the court – for unpaid parking tickets; permit County judges to "enforce" child support obligations by locking up delinquent payors; permit Building Inspectors to enter private property, without warrant or permission, to search for evidence of code violations.


The list of what local governments can do, have done, and will continue to do every day is staggering – but, because it doesn’t involve the dreaded "Feds",we shrug it off – until it affects us personally.


Then we cry : " Who gave these people such power over our lives ? "


The answer is no further away than the nearest mirror.


Happy Bastille Day, fellow inmates !

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

BBC, The Mickey Moore Club,and Bill Clinton's Excellent Adventure


There was quite a bit of consternation at BBC yesterday: What on earth does one call chaps who set off bombs on one’s Transport Services – killing , maiming,and terrorizing one’s fellow Britons ?


One can’t very well call them "terrorists". It’s much too…judgmental, and lacks that fine objectivity BBC has always displayed.


"But Sir Nigel : One must call them something !"

"Oh, very well. Let us call them… bombers. No, make that "alleged bombers".

Good show,chaps !


I decided, after perusing BBC,to go from the sublime to the ridiculous (or was it the other way around ?)
In any event, I visited the "Mickey Moore Club".


Michael Moore has his own website: a daily web page on which he can vent his hatred of President Bush,and his contempt for his fellow Americans.( I call it the "Mickey Moore Club".)


Today Michael pronounced a loud " Aha !" over a British Police report indicating the explosives used in the London bombings were of "military grade".


I’m sure he will soon tell us the explosions were really a plot by President Bush to divert attention from criticism of Karl Rove: the President’s outspoken political adviser.


Michael also expressed indignation over a temporary ban our military had placed on visits by military dependents to London .

Michael said the ban didn’t look much as if we were standing by our British allies-no sir !

Does Michael have any plans to visit London ?

(Next question, please !)


Let’s see: What else happened ?


Oh,this was kind of "special" :

Noel Neff,a 46 year old editor for The Weekly Reader- a well-known educational magazine,aimed at youngsters, had a bad experience Saturday in a Connecticut mall parking lot.


He had reportedly put a lot of time and effort ( 2 months worth of email and instant messaging) into meeting a 14 year old boy named Chris-for the purpose of "educating" the lad in alternative sexual activities; but "Chris" turned out to be David George, an FBI agent.


Hey, Noel: Can you say " frog-marched" ?? ( I thought you could ! )


Finally, as if there were not enough trouble in the world, it is learned former President Bill Clinton plans to set up a "private economic summit" for the aid of African nations.


When Mr. Clinton left office, I scoffed at suggestions he would wait a few years,then begin pulling out pulling out some of the foreign aid money squirreled away overseas.


It was said this would be done in the form of "speaking fees" ( at $100,000 a pop), or in some other NGO compensation.


The author (whose name I have long since forgotten) suggested this was a fairly common practice for administration officials from both parties.

A small percentage of all foreign aid monies was being set aside,the author claimed,then "laundered" through "respectable" non-government organizations.

These NGOs would then forward the money – in the form of speaking or consultancy fees – to those who had authorized the original appropriations.


Hmmm….. Was the author on to something – or merely on something ?

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Hillary Clinton Shows Her Usual Class


There’s no getting around the fact.


President Bush DOES have an unfortunate resemblance (big ears,a slightly "goofy" expression) to Alfred E. Neuman : the perennial "cover boy" of Mad Magazine.


Glancing at the Google record, I can see several of the more poisonous and irresponsible left wing commentators –such as the "Smirking Chimp" website -have used this resemblance to launch ad hominem attacks-ad nauseum and ad infinitum.


Still, I wonder how wise it was for Hillary Clinton to call this to the attention of her audience when she addressed a group in Aspen,Colorado Sunday.


"I sometimes wonder if Alfred E. Neuman is in charge in Washington."

In case someone in the audience didn’t get it, she added : "What ? Me worry ?"


It was a cheap shot: altogether unworthy of a United States Senator : and about par for Hillary.

Imagine the Media uproar if Mr.Bush had called attention to Senator Clinton’s less-than-svelte appearance !

The President has a reputation for being pretty easy-going ; but, if I were Hillary Clinton , I would worry–just a little- about payback .


Imagine her pet appropriations bills being defeated .

Imagine long bureaucratic delays in actual
disbursement of appropriated monies.

Imagine very public inquiries into "proper accountability procedures" for some of her pet projects.

Imagine detailed ,potentially embarassing examination of those chosen to administer these projects...


On the other hand, given the former First Frau’s legendary arrogance, the possibility of an unfavorable White House response probably won’t even cross her mind !

Monday, July 11, 2005

Liberals Bare Their Souls


There were two online polls conducted by phxnews.com – a Phoenix,Arizona website, that appeals to a very broad membership.


The first poll asked whether the readers felt our troops were fighting on two fronts : terrorists in Iraq ; liberals at home – or just terrorists.


The result strongly favored the idea our troops were fighting a sort of "two front war".


Evidently,the wording and findings of this poll disturbed some of the Liberal members of the message board. One denounced it as "hate speech".


A second poll was then conducted for anyone self-identifying as an American Liberal .

THIS POLL IS FOR AMERICAN LIBERALS ONLY:

Who do you see as the enemy? I am fighting against...

(64%) said: Republicans who want to harm American society

(36%) said: Islamic terrorists who want to harm American society



Ho………………..kay ! What does this mean ?


Does it mean a high percentage of these liberals hate Republicans, or does it mean they hate any political opposition, and want to eliminate it ?

Is it "hate speech" to ask this question ?


ps: Here's the results of an earlier survey,taken on this same site:

"Osama bin Laden and members of his worldwide terrorist army are...

Evil - 83%

Freedom fighters - 11 %

Neither freedom fighters or evil - 6% "

Saturday, July 09, 2005

Hillary Clinton : M-a-n-i-p-u-l-a-t-i-v-e

I slept in today. When I came down,there was fresh-made coffee….and my wife had custody and control of the morning paper.

My wife is a dear lady: love of my life;mother of our children;treasured grandmother to our numerous grandchildren,and beloved "Grammy" to our Greatgrandson . She does,however, have one tiny flaw .

She likes to read portions of the morning paper out loud !

"Hillary is outraged ."


I sip a generous potion of life-restoring coffee,thinking: "So what’s new ?"


Hillary Clinton is ALWAYS outraged about SOMETHING ;which, when distilled and analyzed ,turns out to be the fact she is not the President of the United States yet; and that the NY Media practically forces her to share the podium with that odious,smarmy Chuck Schumer (instead of simply recognizing her as THE Senator from New York).


Eventually,my wife surrenders the morning paper,and, after reading the IMPORTANT stuff: the hurricane,the London bombings,and the comics,
I glance through the inside pages to see what Hillary is so upset about.


It appears-at a glance-Senator Clinton is upset that ALL Homeland Security monies are not being spent on New York. It appears that certain Congress Persons have thrown their weight around,and money is going to OTHER places that might be at risk !


From what I’ve read, Homeland Security funds are being used all across the nation as a bottomless pork barrel.

Little villages in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch country are buying up urgently-needed SWAT gear – (One can never predict what those Amish folk might do !).

Desert towns in Nevada are outfitting their First Responders with high-ticket ski gear , and providing all-paid ski weekends in Colorado .( Hey: you never know !)


Will all respect to Senator Clinton , the nation’s railway system is about as safe as it’s ever going to get-no matter HOW much money is appropriated and spent.


Spain ,France, and Russia – which have totalitarian security forces –
have never been able to keep their trains safe.


About a year and a half ago,France narrowly avoided a horrendous disaster on one of its high-speed commuter trains: not because of improved security, but because a lowly track worker spotted something amiss on the railbed, and called it in. (The "something amiss" turned out to be a huge bomb, rigged for remote detonation.)


There is no way to screen the millions of passengers who use our trains-
any one of whom could be carrying explosives,or noxious chemicals, or bioweapons .


There is no way to examine the endless miles of track on a 24/7 basis,which is about what would be required. (Hell,most of the time nobody even checks for loose spikes or rotted out ties !)


Senator Clinton,who is nobody’s fool,is well aware of this;but she is equally aware voicing "outrage" over Public Safety (to an eagerly compliant Media) is a splendid way of attracting votes.


( Well, I see my wife has started the crossword puzzle.)

Forty-three down ? That’s "manipulative" , dear.

Friday, July 08, 2005

Anarchists and Bombers : Perfect Together !


The unofficial toll from yesterday’s London bombings is now 51 dead;at least 500 injured-some so seriously they may die.



Before the dust had settled,and while the dying were still being carried out,the Left Wing Extremists in Britain ,and here in the United States had already worked out a “party line”,and had begun chanting it in close harmony:demonstrating yet again their solidarity with Islamic terrorism.



It was,they said,all Britain’s fault : a clear case of chickens coming home to roost.



Britons had supported Tony Blair’s re-election bid-just as Americans had supported that of George Bush: thereby endorsing a cruel policy of violence against the suffering people of Iraq and Afghanistan.



There was even a post on the Democratic Underground website,which suggested President Bush had staged the attack - to distract the world from the ongoing investigation of his political advisor-Karl Rove !



It is worth noting,once the bombings began in London, a strange event transpired in Scotland,where the leaders of the 8 most powerful Western nations were conducting the G8 Summit.



Thousands of wildly violent Left Wing demonstrators - who had mounted a virtual siege of the Summit ; who had tied up 10,000 police officers ; who had caused numerous injuries, wide-spread property damage, and the blockage of major roadways -suddenly melted away-just like that !



“Starving Africans ? Who cares about those bloody Africans ?”



It is almost irresistible to conclude the real purpose of their demonstrations was to create a diversion,so the bombings could be accomplished.


Notable Left Wing Groups Represented at G8 Summit
The Wombles http://www.wombles.org.uk/g8/
Dissent http://www.dissent.org.uk/
The Black Bloc http://flag.blackened.net/global/100nefac.htm
The G8 Alternatives
http://www.g8alternatives.org.uk/admin/test/g8Mambo/component/option,com_weblinks/catid,2/Itemid,137/lang,/
Note: As soon as the bombs began going off in London,these groups-which had tied up 10,000 police officers with days of tumultous rioting,just "faded away".
Does anyone seriously doubt there was a connection ?

Thursday, July 07, 2005

G8: Anarchists,Bombers, and Liberals

The G8 Summit in Britain is off to a “smashing” start :

Screaming protestors blocked roads,smashed car windshields,and injured 8 policemen so badly they required hospitalization – then howled in anger when police closed off part of their line of march.

The police,they shouted, were restricting their freedoms.

What were they protesting ? Well,Africa,you know,and the urgent need for more “dole money” for the protestors.

(The Associated Press rewarded these pathological monsters by giving them a warm,approving write-up !)

Adding to the melee,terrorists set off six bombs in London: attacking bus and underground transit lines crowded with working class people.

As of this writing,at least two people have died from these bombings. There were at least 90 injuries-some quite serious-and the death toll may climb.

No one has “claimed credit” for these outrages,but I have a sneaking hunch they had nothing to do with Islamist extremism; everything to do with the “mangled marxism” of the G8 demonstrators.

Further information has come in:

1. A previously unheard-of al-Qaeda group says it set the explosions;

2. British authorities say the attacks appear to have been coordinated with the G8 protests;

3. The ever-popular GEORGE GALLOWAY ( who "barely knew" Saddam Hussein,despite having been treated to a ride on the elevator-some 20 floors down- to Saddam's personal bunker in Baghdad )was in the midst of the G8 Protests - but I'm sure he will declare he was merely passing through and had nothing to do with events.


Goodness ! I suppose some tinfoil-hatted conspiracy buff will claim there is an actual link between Islamic terrorism and Leftist extremism !

UPDATE: It is now believed 40 PEOPLE have died in these bombings.

(The language used on the website claiming responsibility bears a close resemblance to that of "Abu Hafs al-Masri Martyrs' Brigades" - long suspected to be a Eurotrash group that uses Islamic trappings.)

Further Updates: A survey of those describing themselves as American Liberals was taken today by phx.com - a Phoenix,Arizona website.The survey was taken following today's London terror blasts, and is reproduced here without further ado.

THIS POLL IS FOR AMERICAN LIBERALS ONLY: Who do you see as the enemy? I am fighting against...

(64%)
Republicans who want to harm American society

(36%)
Islamic terrorists who want to harm American society

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Tragedy Strikes: No Olympics in NYC !!

Oh-oh-oh !

The Beautiful People are absolutely DEVASTATED !!

It appears those bounders at the Olympic Committee have voted against making New York City the site of the 2012 Olympics.

Binkey and Muffy had SO counted on Celebrity Box Seats.

Howard had counted on the commissions he would have earned setting up the financing. (Priscilla had counted on the extra alimony she would have been able to gouge out of Howard.)

This is just…..TRAGIC !!

Mayor Bloomberg- a whiny little man who could buy and sell most of the Beautiful People-had counted on BECOMING a Beautiful Person. (Hah!)

He had also counted on getting a lion’s share of the Labor Vote,and some support from the assorted minority pressure groups,because the Olympics would have created temporary-but-visible jobs.

Hillary Clinton was disappointed too. She had,after all,lent her considerable power and prestige to the Olympic bid, had accepted the
Adoration of the Media ,and had offered to talk to like-minded people on the Olympic Committee….but they weren’t having any.

(The coarse-minded might suggest the Committee tossed Hillary a quarter and suggested she call up all her friends; but if so,I would never be so rude as to repeat it.)

Some of the “Un-Beautiful” People were saddened by events.

Tommy (Little Monster) Bentnose was disappointed because he had hoped to dip his beak here and there as the lucrative contracts were dished out.
He was so chagrined at the bad news,he tossed a delinquent debtor into the olive press

His boss on the Council was so distraught over the ruin of a perfectly good olive press,he had Tommy and his car tossed off a bridge into the Raritan River. ( I think they call that a “Chappaquiddick Cruise”.)

The Media were the most disappointed : They would have to send their reporters to Britain to cover the Olympics, and that would cut into the profits .

There were some uncouth people who danced for joy at the “bad news.” .

I’m not sure,but I’ve heard rumors the TAXPAYERS were delighted at not being saddled with monstrous millions of additional debt – like the citizens of every city the Olympics has ever graced with its presence.

THE WORKING PUBLIC ,which has enough trouble getting to and from work now,was happy to learn there would be no utter collapse of transportation for this “worthy cause”.

THE REST OF US were kind of pleased as well. New Yorkers are hard-to-love in the best of times. Hosting the Olympics would have made them downright insufferable !
¶ 3:37 PM

THE MORNING PAPER – July 6,2005


Global Warming is very much in the news and on my mind today.

It appears to me – having read the opinions of several conscientious scientists who are demonstrably NOT in the pay of Big Oil or Evil Neo-Con Think Tanks,
the Global Warming bunch have elevated unprovable hypothesis to the level of
“scientific dogma”,and are teaching it as such in our schools.

Ask any child or young adult,and they will tell you : “Global warming is a proven fact.”

What they mean by this is that the developed Western nations-notably the United States-are consuming so much fuel that we have turned the world into a big greenhouse,where trapped combustion fumes hold the sun’s heat in:causing temperatures to rise.

A decade ago,some of these same climatologists were predicting these same trapped fumes would block the sunlight and trigger a new ice age. This was also taught as “a proven fact” in our classrooms-way back when !

What is of more interest-to me,anyway-is the way the Left Wing Extremists in our society (they prefer to be called Progressives) have latched on to Global Warming as yet another mechanism for political warfare.

More and more,one can see long-winded political diatribes being interwoven with strands of pseudo-science by the Extreme Left ; and more and more it becomes clear they are fashioning a “snare and delusion”- which, if not confronted,may well leave us hogtied and helpless down the road.

Why would any rational group have such a goal ?

I’m inclined to doubt they have any deep,dark,secret conspiracies going on. They seem far too disorganized for that.

What I suspect is that they are like strings on a guitar: strike a note on any one,and the rest will buzz sympathetically…without wondering why. (Saying this infuriates them,but I’ve seen it happen so often, it’s no longer remarkable ! )

Ah, but whose hand is on those guitar strings ?

My guess would be a nation that is notorious as the world’s worst polluter; a nation that would very much like the world to look elsewhere;a nation that is engaged in intense competition for the world’s resources and markets; a nation whose form of government still “resonates” to some degree with the Extreme Left : The “Democratic People’s Republic” of China.
¶ 8:59 AM
Tuesday, July 05, 2005

THE MORNING PAPER – July 5,2005

The New York Media is all aghast and agog over “yet another hate crime in Howard Beach”.

Howard Beach is a neighborhood in Queens,NY.The residents are predominantly White, middle class , hard-working people of Italian descent.

Over the years,they have learned their neighborhood is considered a target of opportunity by some of the young Black people who live nearby.They have also learned the police will not do anything about these marauders-for fear of being accused of “rousting” them.

This has led to a certain spirit of “vigilante” action in Howard Beach – sometimes with tragic results. In the 1980’s,a Black youth,walking through the area,was set upon by some of the locals and beaten to death.

At approximately 3:00 AM,on June 29,2005,three Black youths came into Howard Beach for the purpose of stealing a car,but were discouraged by the presence of potential witnesses.

19 year old Nicholas Minucci says he was accosted by the trio,and that one of them-22 year old Glen Moore threatened him with a screwdriver,in an effort to steal his jewelry.

The police say they doubt this story-but all parties seem to agree that Minucci hooked up with two friends;that the three men got into a car and began looking for the “invaders”; and that,on locating them,they jumped out of the car and gave chase.

One of “the home team” threw an aluminum baseball bat at the fleeing Blacks;supposedly shouting : “This is what you get if you want to rob White boys – Nigger !”

This one angry utterance turned the situation into a “hate crime”.

What followed was certainly no love fest !

Two of the Blacks escaped – and called police. Glen Moore,also fleeing, stumbled,and was allegedly beaten so severely about the head his skull was fractured. Minucci was the alleged assailant,and has reportedly admitted it to police.

What followed was interesting. The Daily News, NY Times,and the NY television stations reported the incident as a probable hate crime-downplaying any role played by the three would-be car thieves.

Glen Moore, who evidently served in the Army at one time,was depicted in uniform: posed in front of a United States flag.
This is a fairly typical Basic Training shot,but the impression created was that White thugs had attacked a Black soldier.

Given Moore’s age (22),and the fact he was apparently out trying to steal cars,it seems doubtful Mr. Moore and the Army have any
present relationship – but nobody is in a hurry to clarify that aspect.

The Howard Beach “scene of the crime” was treated today to a (police escorted) motorcade,starring New York’s premiere race-baiter: the Reverend Al Sharpton.

This being a NYC Mayoral Election year,the whiny Mr. Bloomberg,has been heard from – repeatedly; and every city official who can elbow a path to the network cameras,has done so,or is scheduled to do so.

New York City,we are told, is a very diverse community,with zero tolerance for racial/ethnic/religious/gender hate.

This is,of course, utter and complete horse hockey.

New Yorkers hate one another with a passion that has to be seen to be believed…but they feel guilty about it : so guilty,in fact, they have enacted “hate crime” laws.

Mr. Minucci and his friends-if convicted-actually face more courtroom jeopardy for using racial epithets than they do for causing Glen Moore serious bodily harm.

Aggravated Assault is no laughing matter…but “hate crimes” are a very bad joke.
¶ 8:40 AM
Monday, July 04, 2005

THE MORNING PAPER

July 4,2005

My wife beat me to the paper this morning, so she gets dibs on the good part: the Comics.


Me ? I'm stuck with the Editorial section;so I leaf over to Reader Opinions-(formerly known as Letters to the Editor).


Hey ! Happy Independence Day !


Our "Opining Readers" seem to have demonstrated their talent and dedication to independent thinking by submitting "cut-and-paste" letters


(For anyone unfamiliar with this,certain organizations supply Reader Opinion letters,which they invite you to copy-with a few clicks of the mouse-and e-mail to your local paper.)


Let's see: there's one from MoveOn.org-the true,clear voice of Multi-billionaire George Soros...and here's one fromA.N.S.W.E.R. .-the true,clear voice of Trotsky-style Communism in America (ever so much more fashionable than Stalinism,don't you think ?).


This one seems to have originated at Antiwar.com-a group of "anarchists-in-bowties",that claims to be Libertarian-and here's one from "The Mickey Moore Club" (need I elaborate ?)


Finally,there's one from a woman,who does not seem to be affiliated with any specific group.(She doesn't need to be affiliated,because she is one very nasty piece of work,all by herself !)


She's ticked off because the Armed Forces are getting our attention this holiday weekend. Why,she wonders,should we care whether they get killed or wounded ? They are armed, aren't they ?


We should,she says,be paying attention to Gender Issues,Potty Parity,the high prices charged at beauty salons;tuition hikes at suitable private schools,and Social Problems-such as the cost of refuelling a luxury model SUV.


Sigh.............


Come on, dear ! Are you reading those comics or memorizing them ??
¶ 7:10 AM
Friday, July 01, 2005

IT'S THAT 4th OF JULY TIME AGAIN !


Firecrackers are popping !
Hot dogs ,hamburgers,and chicken are sizzling .
Merchants are offering unbelievable deals on just about anything.
Patriotic bunting has been hung,and marching bands are tuning up.
It's going to be a great Independence Day weekend !


Politicians-you'd-never-buy-a-used-car-from will be making their usual speeches.


Oh well.


Representative Maxine Waters,(D),Los Angeles,who has taken a record 52 lobbyist-paid trips,worth over $132,000,to such destinations as Cuba,Puerto Rico,and Montego Bay,made a speech denouncing the President of the United States as a liar,and the Vice President as "a thief"-according to reports in People's Weekly World Newspaper-a Communist publication.


It is not surprising to find her featured in the Communist media ,as she is a long-term admirer of Fidel Castro:despite the fact he is a brutal dictator,whose regime exploits and abuses Black people routinely.


On September 29,1998 ,she wrote him concerning a "brave revolutionary"-Assata Shakur-better known in New Jersey as Joanne Chesimard: a convicted cop killer,who broke out of prison and fled to Cuba. El Barbudo - The Bearded One ,gave her political asylum, and Rep. Waters approved heartily.

http://www.hartford-hwp.com/archives/45a/089.html



Representative Waters says she believes in political asylum,but wanted no part of it for Elian Gonzales:a young boy who accompanied his mother when she fled Cuba in a desperate bid for freedom.

Only Elian survived the attempt,and loving family members in Florida opened their homes and hearts to him.


That was a no-no to the American Left,and, after lengthy court battles,"Reno's Raiders"-in full SWAT team regalia-seized the child and hustled him onto a plane for Cuba...where he remains to this day.

http://www.nationalcenter.org/P21NVMartinElian500.html


I wonder, as the signers of the Declaration of Independence screwed up their courage and signed their names to a document that could get them hanged as traitors-did they-in their worst nightmares-ever imagine someone like Representative Maxine Waters would be a part of American government ?


I suspect,if they had forseen such an event, we'd all be singing :God Bless the Queen".
¶ 6:33 PM
Wednesday, June 29, 2005

THE MORNING PAPER

I hear a "splat !" on the driveway,and stroll out to retrieve the morning paper.


What have we here ?



Inside the bag,beside the newspaper,there is a plastic extension bar-designed to fit inside one's toilet paper dispenser.It will accomodate the new "Mega rolls" of "squeezably soft" tissue being introduced by the wonderful folks at CharminThere's even a picture of the bear cub that does you-know-what in the woods...but wipes ! Isn't that special ?



Oh,well. Let's see what's in the paper.



"Speech by the President" - open to page A 9.(The front page has been taken up by Gay Weddings in Canada and other important stuff.)
Hmm... At least the paper had two of its reporters actually watch the speech.


The Associated Press published highlights of the speech,and critical reactions by Democrats-plus the reporter's own opinions... hours before the speech was given.( It would have been funny if the President had given an entirely different speech ! )




Let's see: New Jersey's Attorney General -criticized by some as "ethically challenged" -vows he will combat racial profiling by municipal police departments now,and will bankrupt the offending towns with lawsuits if the practice continues.


Translation: The NJ State Police have been bludgeoned and intimidated into giving drug traffickers a free pass , but local departments have been scooping up some of these young entrepreneurs -who tend to be Black or Hispanic-as they detour onto the local roadways; and this obstruction of interstate trade is just....intolerable !




Moving along, I read the rest of the paper: hoping against hope a certain story will finally be printed.


It wasn't,and probably won't be,but here it is:



At a place called Husaybah,in Iraq-up near the Iraqi-Syrian frontier,the Marines of Item Company,3rd Battalion,Regimental Combat Team 2 occupy a bunker-reinforced base camp,which is under more-or-less constant harassing attack. It is early morning.


Suddenly four mortar rounds fly over the base-impacting close together,and,as the alert is sounded,the base comes under heavy fire:mortars,machines guns,and rocket-propelled grenades: three of which hit the Combat Operations Center.The Marines saddle up and man their defensive posts.


A dump truck and a fire truck begin rolling toward the camp entrance.Two men.manning a machine gun in a forward bunker,are knocked down and stunned when an RPG hits their bunker.The resulting dust clouds obstruct their vision of the oncoming trucks,and intense small arms fire forces them to keep their heads down.


Joshua Butler, a young Lance Corporal from Altoona,Pa. sees the oncoming dump truck and opens fire with his Squad Automatic Rifle: causing the truck to veer off and detonate-about 40 yards from his post.




The blast knocks Butler down.One piece of shrapnel breaks the goggles on the front of his helmet-but he gets up again-and sees the red fire truck racing towards his post at about 40 mph.


A fellow Marine,Lance Corporal Charles Young of Oldsmar,Fl. fires grenades at the oncoming truck: slowing it down.



LCpl. Butler can see into the truck by now.There are two men inside:their faces covered by black scarves.He opens fire with his SAW again: forcing the truck to veer aside. It explodes-only 30 yards from his position.


The explosion causes a huge fireball,and its force shatters windows and pulls doors right off their hinges.


Moments later, a third truck explodes-this one further out.


The obviously-well-coordinated attack continues.Cpl. Anthony Fink of Columbus,Ohio,and 1st Sgt. Donald Brazael fire anti-tank missiles at a wall the enemy is using for cover: knocking it down with two direct hits. The fire subsides,permitting the Marines to restock their badly depleted ammunition.



At this point,approximately 100 terrified schoolchildren run out of a school,situated across the street from the base.
The "heroic insurgents" seek cover behind the children-something that has happened time and time again in Iraq-but which is almost never reported by the media.



The Marines -though still under attack - hold their fire until the children are safe.


That,I guess,is what makes this a "non-story": a story I'll never read in my morning paper.




Note: This account is based on a superb article in the July issue of LEATHERNECK Magazine: written and photographed by Lance Corporal Lucian Friel, USMC.