Thursday, June 30, 2005

Brawler Puppy

In finding this site (sorry, I don't remember who linked it) I found some pictures I really liked. This was one of them. I did contact the site owners to get permission to post the pictures.

Faces from the Front: American Marines in Iraq

Another Kofi Plan to Extort US Taxpayer Dollars

If you thought the plan by the UN to tax airline travel which I discussed here. This next one talked about by Claudia Rosett (she's the super reporter who dogged the UN Oil for Food Scandal).

Turtle Bay Tea Party Kofi Annan wants to "reform" the U.N. again. Watch out for your wallet.


But if there is one item in all Mr. Annan's talk of reform that should provoke distinct horror, cold sweats, and mighty fears over the trajectory of the U.N., it is a small cipher embedded in Mr. Annan's tastefully printed and expensively bound proposal for U.N. reform, "In Larger Freedom," Annex item No. 5(d). That would be the proposal that developed countries contribute 0.7% of their gross domestic income to the cause of "official development assistance."

For the U.S. alone, where gross national income now totals about $11 trillion, that would add up to more than $82 billion per year--by itself more than 10 times what the U.N. has already failed miserably to manage well.

Be sure to read this because Claudia has not been wrong yet on the UN!

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Anecdotal Story - GI's to First Class

Inside the Beltway-Nation/Politics-The Washington Times, America's Newspaper

John McCaslin has a cool little bit in his June 28th column:

First-class trio Michael Helfrich is president of Blueforce Development Corp., which develops distributed command-and-control applications for the Pentagon, the Department of Homeland Security and first-responders. And when he's not busy with that, he keeps a blog on the Internet.

"As I mentioned in the previous post, I am at the 4th Annual Government Symposium on Information Sharing and Homeland Security in New Orleans," read yesterday's posting. "Quite an apropos trip to be taking, given an opportunity to witness a rare moment on the outbound flight from Boston earlier this morning ...

"I noticed several GIs waiting to board the flight at Logan [International Airport]," he continues. "These folks were surrounded by family members in the departure lounge; hence, it was clear that these guys were headed into harm's way. "Shortly after the doors were closed on the flight, I noticed a great
deal of movement in the first-class cabin. Three men were standing up and collecting their belongings. They headed into coach class, where they offered the GIs their seats up front. "It was a rare moment. These GIs were enlisted men, all clearly destined to be thrown into the thick of things. Yet, people who had probably paid handsomely for seats in 'first' were happily exchanging places. Save for the two characters sitting next to me, the entire coach cabin erupted in cheers."

Let The Insanity Stop

Arutz Sheva - Israel National News

USAID Subsidizes Arab Terror in Judea and Samaria

US law prevents using taxpayers' money to fund institutions that support terrorism. Yet that hasn't deterred USAID from spending millions on projects that glorify terror and facilitate recruitment.

Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) reports that U.S. aid to the Palestinian Authority is being spent on institutions that support and glorify terrorism and promote hatred of Israel and the United States.

Money authorized by Congress to improve economic conditions in the PA has been used indirectly to subsidize terrorist activity. Much of the money was distributed by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
Link from Lucianne.

Scandal In Freeport - affected already by Kelo Decision

Learn About The Scandal

I heard about this on an internet radio program (Righttalkradio). Western Seafood Company is one of a number of businesses in Freeport, TX. whose property is being 'taken' by the city for a private developer. Western Seafood has been a multigeneration family business. You can read more about the developer at the link above - Learn about the Scandal. Within a day of the Kelo decision the city moved to take all the properties. I didn't exactly catch what the owner said in terms of the court lawsuit which was cancelled by the city but apparently the city decided this was no longer needed due to the SCOTUS Kelo decision.

As with the Best Buy and Richfield, MN "taking", I don't understand the public good or "purpose" (as redefined now by SCOTUS) since there's tax abatements given to the private developers. How does city tax revenue generation apply to public purpose when taxes have been abated for the new property owners but tax revenue has been eliminated from the original property owners?

Petition to Stop Judicial Tyranny

Here's a petition if you are concerned about the continuing rewriting of the US Constitution by activist judges. You know those who believe that the Constitution is a "living, breathing document" like Al Gore and all the other socialists pushing their government control of all things in our lives.

Petition to Stop Judicial Tyranny

Just so you know this is a Christian organization called Center for Reclaiming America for Christ. Even though I'm not very religious (meaning I'm not an Evangelical, just kinda of a fallen away Catholic) there's not a whole lot I disagree with regarding this fight against the ACLU.

One note: I'd use your junk email addy if you sign up for this petition just in case.

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Bwahahahaha - This is too funny!

Freestar Media, LLC

I think this news release will speak for itself!

For Release Tuesday, June 28 to all other media

Weare, New Hampshire
(PRWEB) Could a hotel be built on the land owned by Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter? A new ruling by the Supreme Court which was supported by Justice Souter himself itself might allow it. A private developer is seeking to use this very law to build a hotel on Souter's land.

Justice Souter's vote in the "Kelo vs. City of New London" decision allows city governments to take land from one private owner and give it to another if the government will generate greater tax revenue or other economic benefits when the land is developed by the new owner.

On Monday June 27, Logan Darrow Clements, faxed a request to Chip Meany the code enforcement officer of the Towne of Weare, New Hampshire seeking to start the application process to build a hotel on 34 Cilley Hill Road. This is the present location of Mr. Souter's home.

Clements, CEO of Freestar Media, LLC, points out that the City of Weare will certainly gain greater tax revenue and economic benefits with a hotel on 34 Cilley Hill Road than allowing Mr. Souter to own the land.

The proposed development, called "The Lost Liberty Hotel" will feature the "Just Desserts Café" and include a museum, open to the public, featuring a permanent exhibit on the loss of freedom in America. Instead of a Gideon's Bible each guest will receive a free copy of Ayn Rand's novel "Atlas Shrugged."

Clements indicated that the hotel must be built on this particular piece of land because it is a unique site being the home of someone largely responsible for destroying property rights for all Americans.

"This is not a prank" said Clements, "The Towne of Weare has five people on the Board of Selectmen. If three of them vote to use the power of eminent domain to take this land from Mr. Souter we can begin our hotel development."

Clements' plan is to raise investment capital from wealthy pro-liberty investors and draw up architectural plans. These plans would then be used to raise investment capital for the project. Clements hopes that regular customers of the hotel might include supporters of the Institute For Justice and participants in the Free State Project among others.

(My bolding)

The Ayn Rand copy of Atlas Shrugged instead of a Bible is a very nice touch. Touche΄
I'm guessing this is satire but have no clue if it is true. Whichever - it's still humorous.

Link from Lucianne.

Update 7/09/05: I know this is a little late for an update but SgtMgr posted this comment with a link in case anyone would be interested:
"I will pay to spend 7 nights in a hotel built on property seized from David H. Souter but only if 10 other people will too."So far 848 people have signed up.

UN Wants Tax on Air Travel to Fund Fight Against Poverty

France, Brazil, Chile and Germany Call for Tax on Airline Tickets to Help Fight Poverty - from

This is The UN has been pushing for global taxes for years now and finally they see a wedge to get a "small" tax on a global basis. Of course, the UN would manage the funds from this tax I would guess. I wonder what the UN take would be on the tax, you know, a management fee like the UN had with the Iraq Oil For Food Program. This makes total sense to me after all the UN managed that program so well. And of course, France and Germany made out like bandits on the program too. What an opportunity and all in the name of poverty. How altruistic can you get? Who could possibly be against this program? I suppose those evil rightwing Conservative capitalistic Americans?

Anyone who believes this hoax deserves to be robbed. I'm sure there will be Democrats promoting for the US to join this effort regardless of the UN robbing the Oil for Food program blind.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) - France, Germany, Brazil and Chile have called for a tax on airline tickets to help finance the global fight against poverty. Such a tax makes sense because airlines benefit from globalization and pay low tax rates, and airline passengers "are rarely among the poorest citizens," Thierry Breton, France's economic minister, told a U.N. ministerial meeting on Monday.

He said the tax could be different for domestic and international travel and for economy and business seats, and it could also vary depending on a country's wealth. The proceeds would go through existing institutions "to avoid needless bureaucracy" and could be used to finance urgent programs such as vaccination campaigns or AIDS treatment.

For example, Breton said, a tax of about $6 per passenger, with a $24 surcharge for business class, would generate about $12 billion a year. That's about one-fourth the estimated annual funding shortfall for meeting U.N. development goals.

Come on now - it's ONLY $6 per passenger with a $24 surcharge for business class. $12 Billion a year for the UN to manage. Wow. Imagine how many UN bureaucrats could get rich on that! Imagine the front companies supplying aid to the UN where the funds could be siphoned to private bank accounts. All of this for an organization where there is no public transparency or public audits. But it's for Poverty!

Let's just slip this in under the radar screen while everyone is screaming about US abuses and torture at Guantanamo.

Link from Lucianne.

Sergeant Bozik - Update 15

BLACKFIVE: Sergeant Bozik - Update 15

If you weren't aware MTV is showing Joey Bozik's documentary Thursday, June 30th at 10PM EST.

Blackfive has all the links on the background of Sgt Bozik.

Durbin Apologizes Again to Vets - He Does??

Link from Lance in Iraq.

Here's the story from Fox.
PEORIA, Ill. — U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (search) apologized to war veterans Saturday for his
remarks earlier this month comparing interrogators at an American-run prison camp in Cuba to Nazis and other historically infamous regimes.

"I think when you've done something hurtful to people you have to stand up and say I'm sorry," Durbin said at a Veterans of Foreign Wars convention in Peoria, five days after he apologized for the comments on the Senate floor.
Durbin received a standing ovation from most of the crowd after his speech Saturday. Charlie Brimm, 55, said Durbin's comments upset veterans, but most think his apologies are sincere.

"It took a pretty big man to come up in front of a veterans group after the comments he made just a week or so before," said Brimm, a former state VFW commander and Army veteran of the Vietnam War.

Does anyone know this Charlie Brimm? Is Charlie incapable of understanding what Durbin apologized for? He apologized for people misunderstanding his words and for that Durbin is sorry. Durbin never apologized for his likening the US Military to Nazi's, Pol Pot or the Gulag. Charlie needs someone to play the audio of Durbin's speech, his apology and his second apology. Then, someone needs to explain to Charlie the difference between apologizing for smearing the US Military and apologizing for hurting people's 'feelings' by his words. What is with people like Brimm? Is this because they are lazy and never look beyond what is told to them? This is how politicians get let off the hook for their disgusting and asinine behavior.

Monday, June 27, 2005

Iraqi's Cheering Their Iraqi Forces

boots in baghdad: nation of dreams

Boots in Baghdad has some great news that I wish someone out in the MSM would report.

This evening again we were called out on an emergency mission that wasn’t scheduled. We raided several key targets with the Iraqi Army. Rolling through the city afterwards on the way back to the base we were in a convoy with about ten Iraqi Army trucks. The Iraqi soldiers were in the beds of the trucks. The locals of all ages lined the streets cheering on their new Army. Progress is certainly becoming less and less subtle.

He's also got some news about a radio program.

Col. John Kline (ret. USMC) responds to Star Tribune Editorial

John Kline: Gitmo patriots deserve our respect

John Kline is also a House Rep for the 2nd District in Minnesota. I have referenced John Kline here also.

Excerpt from the linked article about Rep John Kline:
Rep. John Kline, a Minnesota Republican in his second term, isn't a household name. But he's the rare lawmaker who has looked through the intelligence lens from both ends and knows a lot about "unconventional threats." He served 25 years in the Marine Corps, including as a helicopter pilot in Vietnam, and he commanded Marine aviation in terror hot-spot Somalia in the 1990s. He knows the need for good, actionable intelligence. In the 1980s the Marines assigned him to the White House, where he carried the briefcase full of missile launch codes--the nuclear "football"--for President Reagan.

Since this is John's letter to the Star Tribune I'm reprinting the whole letter:

On Tuesday, Sen. Dick Durbin finally apologized on the floor of the U.S. Senate for his odious mischaracterization of our U.S. military personnel serving at Guantanamo Bay. His apology came in response to the wake-up call from a chorus of critics who highlighted the offense and disgrace of his remarks. Unfortunately, the Star Tribune remains asleep.

In a recent editorial, the Star Tribune characterized as "spot on" Durbin's comparison of U.S. military personnel conduct toward detainees at Guantanamo Bay to the genocide and atrocities committed by Nazis, Soviets in their gulags, and Pol Pot.

Your commendation of statements which so clearly dishonor our servicemen and women and diminish the true suffering of the millions of victims of those regimes of terror is shocking. Your description of organizations and individuals such as the Anti-Defamation League and Democratic Chicago Major Richard Daley as an "orchestrated right-wing smear effort" is equally surprising.

I agree our focus should be on the "truth Americans need to hear."

Let us consider just a few notable truths.

Truth: Since Sept. 11, 2001, more than 70,000 detainees have been captured in Afghanistan and Iraq. The vast majority have been released. Of those individuals who remain, approximately 800 suspected Al-Qaida or Taliban terrorist trainers, bombmakers, terrorist financiers and would-be suicide bombers have been sent to Guantanamo Bay. Already 235 of these individuals have been released or transferred, and an additional 61 await release or transfer.

Truth: The detainees at Guantanamo Bay are not being held arbitrarily. Each of the detainees has received a tribunal review consistent with Supreme Court rulings. At least once per year, the detainees receive an additional review by an administrative review board, based on threat, for possible release.

Truth: Officials at Guantanamo have provided unprecedented access and transparency since 2002. The International Committee of the Red Cross has been granted 24/7 access to the facility. More than 1,000 national and international journalists have made over 400 visits to Guantanamo.

Truth: A captured Al-Qaida training manual (the Manchester Document) instructs members to allege abuse and torture if captured.

Truth: Intelligence gained at Guantanamo Bay has prevented terrorist attacks and saved American lives. Through questioning at Guantatamo bay, U.S. military personnel have learned a great deal about the organizational structure of Al-Qaida and other terrorist groups; the extent of terrorist presence in the United States, Europe and the Middle East; methods of terrorist recruitment; and how legitimate financial activities have been used to hide terrorist operations.

In light of these truths, it is curious that allegations of abuse by well-trained enemy combatants should be more readily accepted than the word of our men and women in uniform who serve -- and have previously served -- our country at Guantanamo.

These patriots deserve our respect and gratitude. They are doing an excellent job of uncovering truths which will help keep America safe -- and this is the truth Americans need to hear.

John Kline, a Republican, represents Minnesota's Second Congressional District.

The Outer Banks

AMERICAN - Last Stretch in North Carolina SOLDIER

AS has a nice story as he comes to the end of his journey before having his surgery.

There is one last story about North Carolina that I thought was wonderful. I had stopped to get some fuel and was feeling a bit hungry. There was a sub shop cross the street. I parked and went in to eat. I ordered up and sat down. Not long after I ordered I got my food and ate. The waitress came by and asked me how I was doing. I told her that I was great and this food was a lot better than what I was use to. She asked me why and I went on to tell her that for the last 6 months I have been away from home, deployed. I told her that I was taking my time before I finally got home and the reason for it. She must have said thank you like 3 times. It made me smile and I told her that it was humbling to hear those words. She went back to help a woman at the register who was waiting.

Go read all of AS's postings of his journey.

Sunday, June 26, 2005

Here's Where The Slippery Slope Starts: ACLU defends polygamy

WorldNetDaily: ACLU defends polygamy

The president of the American Civil Liberties Union says polygamy is among the "fundamental rights" that her organization will continue to defend. During a question-and-answer session after a speech at Yale University, ACLU president Nadine Strossen stated that her organization has "defended the right of individuals to engage in polygamy," reported AgapePress, noting that the comments cited by the Yale Daily News received little attention.

This is going to be the offshoot of Gay Marriage. Once the US starts down this path where does it end? It's no different than the Abortion issue. It's almost impossible to go back once the path is taken.

Just In Case You Didn't Know-10 Things You Should Do If You See A UFO


I actually think I'm on News Overload. I'm sure it'll go away quickly, something will catch my eye. But in the meantime, I thought this would be an important piece of information for all. You know - for just in case!

1. The No. 1 thing to remember is REMAIN CALM!
2. Be objective. Not every UFO is extraterrestrial.
3. Use a camcorder or camera to record the event.
4. If you have a tape recorder, record your description of the event as it happens.
5. If other witnesses are present, ask them to write or record their observations.
6. If the UFO left some trace of its presence behind, do not disturb the area around it, and restrict access to the site (it's not a crime anymore; it's now a crime scene).
7. If the sighting is from a distance, at an arms length, what would it take to cover up the object?
8. Try to judge the distance from you to the object, the object's altitude and its speed.
9. Should you encounter some type of extraterrestrial being associated with the craft, be prepared to take evasive action to protect yourself.
10. Immediately report the event to a UFO research organization for investigation.

Oh and be sure to call Art Bell immediately!!

Link from Lucianne.

DoD-Funded Device May Be Useful in Breast Cancer Fight

This device sounds great but I'm a bit confused as to why the Department of Defense would be funding a medical research study like this. But I'm guessing this might be the answer:

The device, a pager-sized handheld unit known as "iFind," has been in the development process since 1993, and a prototype is now being tested, said Col. Janet R. Harris, director of congressionally directed medical research programs at Fort Detrick, Md.
Who was running the country in 1993? Oh - I forgot, Hillary was only the 'First Lady'.

DefenseLINK News: DoD-Funded Device May Be Useful in Breast Cancer Fight

Let's Start Counting Citizens

Dimitri Vassilaros-

With many discussing a Flag Amendment (it's been tried before - forgettaboutit) I saw this and wish this was in front and center instead.

Rep. Candice Miller, R-Mich., wants to change one word in the U.S. Constitution.
Replacing "persons" with "citizens" in the 14th Amendment would force the Census Bureau to discount foreigners -- legals and illegals -- to ensure that every American finally would be properly represented in the House.

Michigan would gain a seat, as would Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Indiana, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Montana and Utah, according to Ms. Miller.

"It is almost ridiculously simple" she said.

Since the 14th Amendment uses the word 'persons' to to count the population vs citizen to count the population California districts along some other border states have a disproportionate census for the number of Representatives for the House of Representative. But if the House attempts to go along with this then they may as well go all the way and change the word 'persons' in the Section 1. also to eliminate the anchor baby lure for illegal aliens from Mexico, Central and South America.

The only thing more ridiculous is that Miller does not think ratification of her proposed constitutional amendment will be a slam-dunk.

"The degree of difficulty is great," she said of the amendment process. Two-thirds of the House and Senate must approve any amendment, as well as three-fourths of the states.

This should be approved by acclamation in Congress and then by virtually every state. But Miller does not talk as if it will.

"It is not a partisan move," Miller said, hoping to neutralize potential objections.

It isn't, if one presumes that championing constitutional integrity is
not considered partisanship in these politically correct times.

Depending on which party is in power in each of those states, Democrats and Republicans could gain extra seats, while the Left Coast, once known as California, would lose six. Texas, New York and Florida each would lose one, says Miller. The only thing more ridiculous is that Miller does not think ratification of her proposed constitutional amendment will be a slam-dunk.

The biggest loser, of course, would be Mexico.

Friday, June 24, 2005

Self-Portrait Friday

Yaaaaay! It's Friday, aside from taking the day off I've got some really important 'bidness' to take care of today. It'll be life altering or is that mind altering? There will be more in the weeks to come. Found another milblogger from MN via Katy. It's Erik Holtan who's in Iraq. Stop by and give him a hiya Erik!

Here's my Friday Photo for Katy's Self Portrait Friday posting:Free Image Hosting at
This is "Monk" - he's now my main squeeze! **grin**

The Dishonesty of the Left

The American Spectator: Kiss Your House Goodbye

As much as I shouldn't be surprised by the decision of the Supremes, I was! Disgusted is more like it because this will now open the flood gates for cities to have a field day on private property. I've seen it happen too often. There's been 2 major incidences in the Twin Cities where tax revenue drove the takings of private property for private use. I saw this occur (although for public use) around 10 yrs ago with a local family who owned quite a few acres on Lake Minnetonka. The land had been in their family for 100 years, the family residence and business were on the property. It started out with Verne Gagne "donating" his adjacent land to the county but the land didn't have lake access. The county decided they wanted to create a Regional Park but they would need lake access. Hence the takings of the other family's property. This was in litigation for almost 10 years and the family of course lost. The County boasted there would be at least 400,000 park visitors per year - that of course was a crock. I would be surprised if there are even 100,000 visitors per year there. One thing I neglected to mention is there are 5 other Regional Parks around the Twin Cities along with a multitude of State and local parks. The reason I bring this up in conjunction with the decision yesterday?

From the Spectator:

In his majority opinion Justice Stevens wrote, "Because [New London Development Corporation's] plan unquestionably serves a public purpose, the takings challenged here satisfy the Fifth Amendment....Promoting economic development is a traditional and long accepted governmental function, and there is no principled way of distinguishing it from the other public purposes the Court has recognized."

Socialists believe the government knows best and the activist left side of the court demonstrated this yesterday. So, just like what the county did to create an unneeded regional park the Supremes have stamped their approval on local government entities to do what they want with any private property.

I was talking with my neighbor last night, we are on opposite sides of the political fence. He hates Bush, Rice and Thomas. His automatic response with any issue or problem is it's Bush's fault. I told him about the Supremes decision and asked him just who he thought had voted for the decision. Of course his response was Thomas, Scalia and Renquist! When I told him he would be wrong, he didn't believe me. His comment was this was just the type of decision Thomas would make. A few weeks ago his wife and I went out to lunch and got to talking about Condoleeza Rice. I was just commenting on how petite Rice was, and the wife made a negative comment about Rice. I looked at her and said, ignoring politics she had to admit what an accomplished person Condi was - you know achieving a Doctorate in her low 20's, concert pianist and all of this coming out of Birmingham at a time when Civil Rights was an explosive situation. The wife did a grimace and finally in a disparaging way said yes that may be true. BTW - my neighbors are Black. They are in their late 60's. They always say they were Republicans at the time of Reagan (they lived in California up until last year). Do I believe this, no. It may be they voted for Reagan but I even find that difficult to believe. The only possible conservative opinion they hold is they are anti-abortion. That's it. All politics aside, my neighbors are enjoyable and nice people. I do enjoy their company but I never bring up politics around them. Usually, the husband brings the topic up. In fact, last night after he got smacked down about the Supremes he did the typical Democrat thing, changed the subject and said well look at the problem Bush has now with that "Memo". I told him this was not conclusive and there were questions about the Memo. Of course this had no effect. Finally, I told him there was a Black Helicopter flying behind him. lol. I said from now on whenever I see him I'm just going to say hello by saying - woop woop woop!

All of this is a long way around to say, this is why judges are so important. Do I trust local government to do the "right thing" when it comes to emminent domain. Not on your life or my life for that matter. Do I trust the Democrats to select judges who would follow the Constitution - nope.

Thursday, June 23, 2005

Got My Own Button & I'm Copying Stemily

Goldfalcon Image Hosted by from Jump Blog made buttons for some female bloggers and he made me one! Katy gave me the idea to post about this cause she got one too.

Yippy Skippy? Image Hosted by He even got the 'Spreadsheet Expert' in the button.

Anan's UN Deputy Renting From Soros!

Irish Pennants: Soros and UN

Mark Malloch Brown is renting a townhouse from George Soros. Yes, this is the George Soros who's the money behind, the man who wanted to spend whatever it takes to get George W. Bush out of the White House. Brown's UN salary is $125k/yr and the rent is $120k/yr. Brown says he's paying the rent out of his 'savings'! Ummmmm......oKAY.

From the NY Sun:
<......>If that's the case, Mr. Malloch Brown, who is probably the United Nations' most promising official, might want to provide some cancelled rent checks to the House Committee on International Relations, just for safekeeping. And probably get a copy to the Senate as well. Over the weekend, the online London Sunday Times quoted Mr. Malloch Brown as saying that although American right-wingers might disapprove of his association with Mr. Soros, "I hope in America you are still allowed to choose your own friends." Well, in America, yes. But on U.N. soil, we'll see. The London Sunday Times also quoted Mr. Malloch Brown as saying the atmosphere at the United Nations has become "entirely like revolutionary France, where the level of backstabbing and betrayal would make Shakespeare wince." <......>

I find this so comforting to know that Kofi's right hand man is linked to the man who hates all things Conservative or Republican. That's a good way to promote the UN with all of stooooopid cretins in flyover land.

Food Can Be Dangerous

European and Pacific Stars & Stripes

Couple of interesting anecdotes with this story about Troops in Baghdad.

U.S. soldiers who patrol Iraqi streets have learned, bit by bit, where some of the city’s tastiest snacks are served. Their samplings go well beyond the sweetened tea and flat bread that women and children in Baghdad so often share with passing convoys.

Some seek out whole roasted chickens and vegetables. Some choose ice cream. Some meals, however, prove a little more treacherous.

“Last time we were out here, we ate falafels,” said Spc. Eugene Dolan, 23, of Albertson, N.Y., who is with New York National Guard. “We all got sick.”

One soldier got a little more than that. Sgt. Jason Glasscock, 27, of Shreveport, La., went out on patrol a little after 2 p.m. in an M1A1 tank with 1st Battalion, 156th Armor.

Glasscock didn’t have time to eat before leaving and after about an hour of duty, he decided it was time for lunch. Glasscock popped up his hatch and reached for an MRE.

The next thing he knew, Glasscock felt like someone had struck him with an iron pipe. He was hit by a sniper, and his friends rushed over to see how badly he was hurt. They started ripping off his clothes to find out where he was bleeding.

Turns out that he wasn’t. The bullet hit his body armor, not him. He has a bruise the size of a grapefruit on his stomach, but otherwise, is doing fine.
Image Hosted by Cameron Magee / Courtesy of U.S. Army
“They shot me when I was trying to eat my roast beef MRE,” the sergeant said. Apparently, it’s his favorite kind. “I was already soaking wet with sweat so it took a minute to find out I wasn’t bleeding too.”
You just never know what can happen when you go to eat I guess.

Did You Know There's A Roth 401K Bill In The Works?

COUNTERCOLUMN: Dem congressman moves to strangle Roth 401(k)

Until I read Jason's posting I didn't even know this was in the works. This would be great if they could get it approved. Just think, you'd pay your taxes today and when you're set to retire --- no taxes on the Roth 401k contributions. This would be good especially for those of an age just starting out in the work force. Your tax rate is lower since you're earning power has not reached it's potential.

Alas, there's some Democrats who want to nix this in the bud (Aren't we shocked now!). Jason mentions some excellent points about Democrats and the influence of the Unions on retirement plans. Essentially, all retirement plans outside of a union -- VERY BAD. The unions would prefer to bankrupt all American Corporations instead of foregoing a corporate paid pension plan agreed to by the union thugs in charge. See, that's what is now happening to the different American airline companies and also to GM and probably soon to be Ford Motor. The pension plans forced on the companies through negociation (read: threat of strike) have burdened American companies for price competition globally. It's no different than Social Security and what will happen to younger workers who will have to support all the Baby Boomers when they retire. Social Security taxes will have to be raised or Social Security payouts or qualifiers will have to be lowered (or maybe both of these options will happen).

Something I never caught onto from the 90's that Jason mentions is President Clinton's refusal to increase 401k caps and also IRA Caps.

Go check out Jason's posting.

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Heroes Carved in Stone

ROFASix: GEN Schoomaker Sends

NOTR posted a photo and a story/prose written by a young lady about the Vietnam War Memorial War. This young woman captured the essence of that wall in her story. She did a fine job.

Durbin's "Apology" (aka non-retraction)

Senator Durbin took another stab at pretending to apologize yesterday. He is not apologizing for comparing treatment of unlawful combatant prisoners by the US Military to treatment by the Nazi's, Pol Pot or the Gulag. What he's apologizing to is what he calls 'crossing the line'. How about an apology for feeding propaganda to Al Jazeera and every other anti-American media outlet on the planet. What is really irritating me now is that all of the media ninny's out there are headlining this as Durbin's apology, well that should be the end of it then. Right? He apologized, but No.He.Didn't! Aside from the theatrics and political pandering of Durbin you would think this man could muster up a shred of respect and decency for our US Military members currently deployed to war zones that he's sorry to have possibly caused a danger to them with his careless and inflamatory words.

Here's the transcript from The Political Teen who also has the video of the "apology":

Some may believe my remarks crossed the line. To them I extend my heartfelt apologies. There’s usually a quote by Abraham Lincoln that you can turn to in moments like this. Maybe this is the right one. Lincoln said “If the end brings me out right what is set against me won’t amount to anything. If the end brings me out wrong ten thousand angels swarming at his right won’t make any difference.” In the end I don’t want anything in my public career to detract from my love of this country, my respect for those who serve it, and this great Senate. I offer my apologies for those who were offended by my words, I promise you that I will continue to speak out on the issues I think are important to the people of Illinois and to the Nation. Mr. President I yield to the floor.

This is just a ruse to get those gullible enough to believe Durbin really cares about our fighting forces (well at least maybe for those in his state who might vote for him?). This is just another regurgitation of his other non-apology.

For those interested be sure to go read Hugh Hewitt's post today. There's quotes from Nancy Pelosi, The Internation Herald Tribune (saying The United States is a criminal state), Al Jazeera quoting lawyers for innocent detainees....proclaiming savage abuse. Durbin's foul mouth has opened the floodgates for the anti-American screeds. The Democrats just keep sinking lower into the morass as time goes on.

Another Father - Son Scandal with the UN

Captain's Quarters:All In The Family, Part Two

CQ is reporting on another UN Scam involving over a Billion Dollars and what did Volcker's Audit do? Volcker gave the Father a clean slate of integrity.

From CQ:

Another UN scam has come to light, according to a Fox News report I missed yesterday, one in which a father-son pair may have combined to ensure access to plenty of cash through the UN's auspices. This time, the Annans are not directly involved, but a Russian involved in the UN's Procurement Department with access to over a billion dollars in funding that he directed to a firm which hired his son as a requirement for the contract:

The staffer in question is Alexander Yakovlev ....... possibly the longest tenured member of the U.N. procurement department — which last ear alone spent more than $1.3 billion buying supplies and services for the United Nations....

The Congressional probes into the Oil-For-Food scam wondered why Stephanides got thrown under the bus so abruptly by Kofi Annan. It looks like Stephanides could testify to these unusual Bring Your Son To Work And Set Him Up As Bagman Days at Turtle Bay, and they wanted to discredit him before he could talk by claiming his involvement in OFF

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Spc. Kevin Pannell - Someone You Should Know About

PM: Back From Iraq

This is not only an interesting story about Spc. Pannell whose endurance and spirit appear indeflatable but there's a good explanation on exactly how artificial limbs operate.

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Guardsman Kevin Pannell was on a routine foot patrol in Baghdad when an insurgent's grenade tore apart his world. After enduring 13 operations the young soldier from Arkansas now begins his next epic battle: learning to walk all over again.

I just recently came across Popular Mechanics again. I'd forgotten about the online magazine. It's a great place to find all sorts of interesting information across a multitude of subjects.
There's also an interesting blog:
PM Contributing Editor Leslie Sabbagh is currently on assignment in Iraq. During her three-week tour of military medical facilities, she will file blog entries for

Wow - Susan Estrich in Defense Of Fox News

A liberal's defense of Fox News

You know Susan, she's the blond lawyer with the gravelly noxious voice who's the left side of the debate. You saw her alot during the election cycle (for 2 years at least!!).

Here's some of what she has to say:
I also work there because of my respect for Roger Ailes, the man who created it, and hired me, and to whom I am extremely loyal for reasons having nothing to do with ideology and everything to do with integrity. The jabs have gotten stronger with success. No surprise there. When you get to No. 1 as fast and as impressively as Fox News has, it's a bull's-eye, and Mr. Ailes would be the last person in the world to expect his competitors to go gently.

Mr. Cavuto, a Fox News anchor, sat down to do an interview with George Bush last week on his business show. <.....>Instead, he asked him questions he didn't know the answer to, where he might get an answer he hadn't already heard. For this, he's been summarily beaten up by the press corps <.....>
Then there's Brian Wilson's great sin. In his case, the problem wasn't not asking a question, but trying too hard to ask tough ones of the Senate minority leader and the party chairman<....>Sen. Harry Reid was trying to put a perennial good face on a bad situation, while Brian Wilson was trying to puncture it. And that's what the press is supposed to do.
There's more on the Fox News commentators.

But here's the best part I think:
Three times as many people watch Fox every day as watch CNN. There were certainly times during the last campaign where I disagreed with decisions made by young Fox producers. But without exception, every time I raised an issue, I won.
I wonder if that would work with a Conservative commentator on CNN, NBC, ABC or CBS?

Monday, June 20, 2005

What 65 Yrs of Brain Washing Will Do

Bill Murchison: That old black government magic

I like what Bill Murchison has to say not only about the polls of which you see a bold headline plastered across a newspage but about what Americans expect and it all boils down to:

Two generally competing philosophies -- individualism and dependency -- are fighting it out for our attention. For the nonce, dependency seems to claim the larger share of attention. That would be from habit as much as anything else.

It all comes down to a basic proposition: Government can't solve basic human problems. We only think it can, having been led to think so by decades of academic and journalistic propaganda. No government can know what's best for nearly 300 million people; only the people themselves have the slightest intuition.

For those of you who think it is governments duty to take care of you or make you happy, how is that supposed to happen? Is it by robbing from Peter to pay Paul? Do you think (or as most people would say 'feel') you are entitled to be cared for by the government? Social Security was a scam perpetrated on the gullible American public by FDR along with The New Deal. The New Deal probably extended the depression of the 1930's by at least 5 years along with creating an entitlement (read: Socialist) mentality. Take from the rich (who exactly is the "rich") and give to the poor (who exactly is the "poor").

Conservatives always talk about the degradation of our culture but in reality that degradation comes from the entitlement culture. Yes, Carter and Johnson furthered this mentality with the welfare system which plunged the state of the family for the lower income levels into a serfdom dependent on the largesse of government. This was further addled by programs in the public school systems to take care of the feeding, education and "moral" direction of children. Just what was needed, a group of union hacks deciding what was good or bad for children. So, what did we get but children learning about the religion of the environment and multiculturalism instead of reading, math, spelling, grammar and American history. So, now the union hacks are proposing to extend high school by 2 years. I'm sure that will be the answer!

Where Do You Think This Picture Was Taken?

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Well, it's in Bridgeview, IL. That in itself isn't a problem. From Daniel Pipes on the Times Magazine article:
I finished Marguerite Michaels’s article doubly dismayed. First, that a veteran Time journalist cannot see an American madrassah before her very eyes, replete with the alienation, resentment, supremacism, and isolation that feed the Islamist temperament. Secondly, that this “model school” quietly and openly churns out graduates hoping they will create an Islamic States of America.

Another snippet from the article:
A preoccupation with foreign policy rounds out the picture:

·“They are obsessed with foreign politics,” says Steve Landek, the mayor of Bridgeview. “I come to talk to them about better sidewalks. They want to know how to run for Congress so they can change America’s Israeli policy.”

·Assigned in English class to write about his American Dream, a 15-year-old wrote that the territories under Israeli control should be returned to the Palestinians and "the Jews should be left to suffer.”

FrontPage :: A Madrassah in Bridgeview, Illinois by Daniel Pipes

And my point in focusing on this article? The melting pot concept is missing with the Islamic/Muslim culture in America. This is why there are Muslim's who are either Naturalized Americans or by birth Americans who do not act or think as Americans. They think as Muslims.

It's ALL George W. Bush's Fault - What Durbin Said

Irish Pennants: Torture in the War on Terror

Jack Kelly nails it.
Lynn Sweet, bureau chief for the Chicago Sun Times, thinks Turban Durbin is being picked on:

Durbin's analogy, as clumsy as it was, is not where the focus should stay. How the U.S. treats prisoners, how the U.S. is conducting the Iraq war, how the U.S. wins more allies, how the U.S. improves relations with Muslim countries -- yes, and why the U.S. has trouble providing armored plates for Jeeps in combat -- one of Durbin's crusades -- that's what is important.

"Everyone who knows Dick Durbin knows how much he cares about the troops and their families," Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) told me Friday.

Said Obama, "This administration has made a habit of diverting attention of its failures by criticizing the messenger."

It is, you see, all really Bush's fault.

So according to Obama (he's the next big thing supposedly for the Democrat Party remember) everything boils down to Bush's failures which force all politicians on the Left to say stupid things. Oh and by the way - the Socialist Democrat Party Members all support the troops. I just wanted to reiterate that since from what they say it's kinda hard to tell. And they are also very Patriotic, this needs to be pointed out too since much of what they say trends towards political gamesmenship at the expense of the country and troops in war.

I also was pretty much correct here. If you saw McCain on Meet The Press he had a lame Durbin must apologize and can't we all just get along meme. He did not suggest anything other than Durbin should apoligize. Darn, now why didn't I make a wager with someone on that!

Sunday, June 19, 2005

About Time: Defunding Public Broadcasting

HUMAN EVENTS ONLINE :: Defund Public Broadcasting by Tim Graham

Public Broadcasting is going into a meltdown over the potential defunding of tax dollars to Public Broadcasting. It's music to my ears. I'm very tired of funding a biased organization who has no respect for my opinions or views on the right side of the aisle.

Liberal groups such as Free Press, Common Cause and Media Matters for America leaped into action to preserve the liberal-dominated status quo. The left-wing Internet activists at told its supporters straight out that conservatives were trying to shut down anti-Bush media outlets: “The lawmakers who proposed the cuts aren’t just trying to save money in the budget—they’re trying to decimate any news outlets who question those in power. This is an ideological attack on our free press."
What the left doesn't understand is the free press is the press who are not funded by the government. Think about all the times you've heard from left wing groups that PBS or NPR is centrist or even right of center yet when push comes to shove the people go into panic.

Or here's an example of Mara Liasson who's the other side of balance for Fox News Sunday.
On June 3, NPR touted its first interview with Democratic Party chairman Howard Dean, even though its reporter, Mara Liasson, had helpfully described Dean in February as a “staunch centrist” and “deficit hawk.”
You got that? According to Mara, Dean is a centrist and deficit hawk!

This commentary is full of fun little facts, bits and anecdotes about Public Broadcasting.

Alternate Universe

I sometimes think I'm a bit too plugged into the news, politics and the war. I was visiting my Parents for Father's Day. Three of my brothers were there also and then one of my sisters arrived late this morning.

I try really, really hard not to mention anything about the economy, the war or politics in general. To be honest my Dad does watch Fox News and likes Neil Cavuto. But he also primarily reads the Mpls. Star Tribune (aka The Red Star). Inevitably Dad brings up something. One of my brothers watches very little news on tv (none on cable), reads very little news but if he does it's the Mpls Star and does no internet at all. One brother is a true conservative and does read some on the internet. He's usually the only one who will pipe up to help out. It's always Bush's fault for the economy and of course Dad always brings up something with Bush's policies that I actually don't agree with but not for the same reason my Dad doesn't agree. See, I don't think the government should be in the business of Social Security, al. The uninformed brother is a former union guy who believes that corporations are always evil, thus, anything wrong with anything is the fault of "big business". You name it. The war, illegal immigration, economy, price of gas and Bush is in the pocket of "big business". Oh and he also is not a fan of the military, all of this is a big waste of money in his mind. There's not much connection in seeing how the freeing of Iraqi's will do anything for the USA except spend USDollars. I don't mind these discussions when it's just Dad and myself but add the other components to the mix and I would rather poke a sharp stick in my eye. There's no benefit and there's no serious discussion really. I'm just beating my head against a brick wall and since I'm in the finance area it's all just self interest.

Other than that, it was a fun visit. **grin**

My Dad

Instead of doing the Self Portrait Friday (sorry Katy), I decided to focus on Father's Day.

I love this picture of my Dad. He's on his riding lawn mower so he's happy. He passed the rider on to me so whenever they come to stay with me during the summer I have him mow the lawn cause he just loves riding around on the rider. I don't even use it (ahem...I use the walk behind cause I need the exercise). Dad is one of those unique individuals who although blunt and in your face attracts people like flies. He will literally talk to anyone, anyplace. If I ever run into anyone from the area of my home town they always ask about 'Doc'. As much as they probably feared him they were drawn to him.

What he and Mom did for their brood is truly a testament to devotion to family. Their only vacation every year was to load up the station wagon with however many kids there were at that point in time and hook up the Airstream Trailer and drive to a destination in the U.S. One year we went to Boston and Montreal. Another we went to Yellowstone Park. Another we went to Dallas. Oh - the various adventures and mishaps along the way were unreal. From one of my brothers when he was five putting the car in drive and taking a cruise down a hill. To one of my sisters getting pink eye in Montreal and ending up in the hospital. Someone was always getting car sick and not making it out of the car to throw up. When we went to Yellowstone Park I got lost and they had the Park Rangers out looking for me. Course I had my cowboy boots and hat on but was so little I couldn't even see into the car window. Then when we were in Boston and Montreal they had all of us wearing burnt orange bermuda shorts....oh the horror. It was easier to spot us in a crowd. Yeah!

This is the brood he was always trying to herd (minus one). See if you can pick out the family members from the in-laws, BF's (and one ex-BF) and grandchildren.


As much as I am lucky to be able to celebrate Father's Day with my Dad I know there are many Father's who are deployed and will not be able to share the joy of this day with their spouses and children. To all of you I thank you and your family for your service and sacrifice.

Saturday, June 18, 2005

Durbin's Latest - He Regrets He Didn't Regret or Something To That Effect!

Durbin 'regrets' Gitmo remarks-Nation/Politics-The Washington Times

I love these quotes for their absolute stupidity:
"I have learned from my statement that historical parallels can be misused and misunderstood," said the Illinois senator. "I sincerely regret if what I said caused anyone to misunderstand my true feelings: our soldiers around the world and their families at home deserve our respect, admiration and total support."

Hear that Troops and Vets - he's not sorry for what he said just sorry for the fact that you know he said it! He wants you to think he supports you while at the same time likening you to have done the things that happened with the Nazi's or at a Gulag or at the hands of Pol Pot. Slick, except that it isn't working for him. So sad.

Here's another interesting quote:
"Senator. Durbin's remarks could very well make him the 'Hanoi Jane' of this conflict," said American Legion National Commander Thomas P. Cadmus. His reference was to actress Jane Fonda, who visited North Vietnam during the war and posed for photographs in an anti-aircraft battery.
"I am totally outraged by his hideous slight of those he should be honoring for their selfless devotion to this nation," said Mr. Cadmus, who leads the 2.7-million-member, nonpartisan group.

Ha - would that be the kicker. Although there has to be a better moniker than Turban Durbin. That just doesn't have sticking power.

Has anyone heard anything from Hillary Clinton or Nancy Pelosi or Evan Bye or Barbara Boxer or Mark Dayton or Joe Biden et al. I suppose the Sunday talking heads will have all the usual suspects on......McCain, Lehey, Biden with McCain playing the pseudo Republican. Course McCain will have Super Power Credibility because of his POW background. I'll be interested to see how McCain spins this one. I'm guessing he will do a lamo runaround. He'll say that Durbin should apologize for saying what he said but will also tell us all we're overreacting. I don't think he will condemn Durbin for his statements.

Link from Lucianne.

Friday, June 17, 2005

The True Depravity of the American Left

The events this week has elevated the true face of the Left of America.

Mustang at Social Sense has group of quotes from prominent members of the Democrat Party exposing their lies. Keep it as a bookmark since it will come in handy in the future. Thank you to Mustang for accumulating them.

CQ has a posting on The Ring of Familiarity which ties the radical left of yesterday trying to recreate yesterday today. Then CQ talks about a possible detainment center closer to home that could be seen as more problamatic than Gitmo for it's abuses.

Andi's World has an interview with George C. Landrith who's recent op/ed, "Deep Throat, Watergate and the Media" caught my attention. Not because of its theme, the inherit left-wing bias of the mainstream media, but because you devote two healthy paragraphs to the recent pronouncements of Linda Foley, President of the Newspaper Guild, who recently charged that our troops are deliberately targeting and killing journalists. This is good, Andi is keeping the Linda Foley and Eason Jordon lying about the military from fading.

Dadmanly has a posting written by his wife about her ordeal this past week due to someone breaking OpSec and emailing about the deaths of 2 officers by an NCO.

Hugh Hewitt is all over the Dick Durbin lynching of our military and the Democrat Party going along with Durbin and his treasonous rantings. Yes, I think Durbin has crossed the line and is now in league with aiding and abetting our enemy. He's the new darling of Al Jazeera. Radioblogger has the transcripts and I think does or will be getting the audio.

Mark at Schadenfreude has put together a posting on the atrocities committed by Pol Pot, Nazi's and by the Soviet Gulags. It's really a gruesome collection of horrors. Equating Gitmo is ludicrous and ignorant. It is also minimizing the true nature of the abject depravity of these regimes. Don't miss this posting and I highly suggest bookmarking it for future reference.

Thursday, June 16, 2005

Here's Someone to Honor for Strength and Perseverence.

Marine Corps Moms: A tale of two widows

Just amazing story here from Marine Corps Moms.

Kathy Trent, a Jersey Girl whose husband died at the WTC on September 11, 2001. She collected over five million from the Federal Victim Compensation Fund and from family and friends. She's now down to her last half million,

and then there is:
Amanda Ries, whose husband was killed last year in Iraq battling the same forces that were responsible for the death of Trant's husband. <....>Mandy should have been welcoming her husband home. Instead, she set aside her grief to help with the dinner, helping to coordinate a heroes welcome for those who made it back. A few weeks later, she arranged a get-together at a local pizza parlor
Which one do you think deserves our gratefulness and honor? Limousine liberals and crime on the rise Limousine liberals and crime on the rise

Jim Pinkerton has an interesting article on NYC and it's return to days of old (pre-Rudy Guliani that is).

Do you miss the good old days of rising crime in New York City? If so, don't worry: they're coming back - courtesy, once again, of liberal judges and limousine politicians.

<....>"Police Charged Panhandlers Under Unconstitutional Law." So in The Times' view of the world, which is the view from the back seat of a limousine, this court ruling is a victory for the Constitution, pure and simple. And what of the commonsense right of people to walk the streets unmolested? The lead plaintiff-panhandler, for example, is currently facing felony raps for crack cocaine. So best get a limo, because the judge, Shira Scheindlin, ordered the immediate release of anyone who might be in custody under the old rule.

Gee - do you think this has some of the same insufferable stupidity that's happening today about Gitmo? The same type of people pleading the case for those poor, poor Islamic Terrorists?

He goes on:
By the way, one might note that the judge who liberated the panhandlers was appointed by Bill Clinton. And back then there was a prominent female lawyer in the White House, one who wielded disproportionate influence over government proceedings. That would be, of course, Hillary Rodham Clinton. Surely her role in her husband's judicial picks, and her overall jurisprudential thinking, should be explored as she seeks re-election to the Senate and perhaps higher office in 2008.

But the real issue isn't political party, it's overall philosophy. Mayor Michael Bloomberg is nominally a Republican, but he has inherited the thinking of two New York leaders of the 1960s - former Mayor John Lindsay and former Gov. Nelson Rockefeller - who were liberals first and Republicans second.

What a shame that NYC is reverting. Murderapolis (oops I mean Minneapolis) has turned into the same mentality. There are pan handlers everywhere who know there's nothing an average citizen can do to them.

A Different Perspective on Recruiting Obstacles Ass-less Chaps

Fred has an interesting post on what he sees as the genesis for the recruiting issues facing the military today.
Increasingly I believe this generation of young men feels lied to. They -- we -- were told that military service is for saps. That only losers join the military. That the right thing to do is neuter ourselves by going to college and getting jobs and listening to lactating liberal college professors talk about the world through pink-tinted sunglasses. Today's young men don't get a chance to be men, to be warriors, to define themselves. Women can be CEO's, lawyers, firefighters, police officers and so on, but women can still have babies, something that's uniquely, biologically, theirs. Men have no roles left that are uniquely male except, perhaps, for one: Military service in the combat arms. And for a long time there was no case being made that military service was noble.
Here's the rest of the posting.

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Video of Someone With The Moron Chip!

This short video is hysterical. (You'll need Windows Media 10 to view though, I know cause I had to upgrade from 9 to 10).

Here's the link: Copier Video.

Survey on What Women Think About Men's Looks

Women don't mind a man losing hair

There's just so much drek out there in the news that sometimes I think I'll implode. I watch the Sunday Talking Head programs and listen to these politicians (both sides) and wouldn't give a 2 second thought to just bee_ach slapping them on the back of the head.

So here's some fluff that someone might be interested in.
Forty-eight percent of the women in the online poll for Cargo magazine say men shouldn't even worry about hair loss, while 32 recommend going with the flow and cutting all hair off. But only 1 percent suggest hiding a balding head under a cap or a comb-over.
Just a note to the guys out there - comb over, VERY BAD IDEA. You look ridiculous! Personally, I don't like a man with hair over the ears. The shorter the better. I have the long hair, not you.

Fifty-eight percent of the women say men look sexiest in jeans and a t-shirt, but they hate men in anything too trendy: 92 percent hated leather pants, 91 percent hated chest-hair-baring shirts and 76 percent hated pleats in pants.

Chest hair baring shirts - went out in the '80's ok. It's over, nobody thinks you look cool.

About 40 percent preferred a clean-shaven man, while 31 percent prefer a man with a five o'clock shadow. Only 1 percent favored a mustache.

Guess I don't have any real strong reaction to this. I'm ambivalent here although I'm not wild about a mustache and definitely don't go for the beards.

For summer, more than half of the woman prefer to see a man in nothing skimpier than bathing trunks and 58 percent say they'd rather not see men wearing sandals.
Speedos - very bad. If you have a gut or love handles definitely very bad. I don't think there's anything wrong with sandals like the Merrill's you see or even flip flops especially if you're at the beach or lake.

Saudi's in America With Slaves - Here's An Eye-Opener

FrontPage :: Saudis Import Slaves to America by Daniel Pipes

I wish more American Blacks would open their eyes to history, such as there's more Black on Black slavery in Africa (which continues today) than there ever was in the US, Islamic/Muslim culture continues to enslave people and also slavery continues in many Asian countries.

But to have immigrants importing slaves to the US is truly disgusting.

Homaidan Ali Al-Turki, 36, and his wife, Sarah Khonaizan, 35, appear to be a model immigrant couple. Having arrived in the United States in 2000, they live with their four children in an upscale Denver suburb. Al-Turki is a graduate student in linguistics at the University of Colorado, specializing in Arabic intonation and focus prosody. He donates money to the Linguistic Society of America and is CEO of Al-Basheer Publications and Translations, a bookstore specializing in titles about Islam.

Last week, however, the FBI accused the couple of enslaving an Indonesian woman in her early 20s. For four years, reads the indictment, they created “a climate of fear and intimidation through rape and other means.” The slave woman cooked, cleaned, took care of children, and more for little or no pay, fearing that if she did not obey, “she would suffer serious harm.”

Read the article, it's informative and interesting.

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Here's A Different Poll On American Views On Iraq

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Thanks for the link from Bob in the comments from Mudville Gazette. Read what Greyhawk has to say about the current MSM reporting about Iraq.

Conducted June 6-10 among 913 adults

60% found America's foray into Iraq has helped sow the seeds of democracy in the Middle East (Among Republicans the number is 87%, Democrats - 44% and Independents - 53%).

70% believe it's important for the US & Coalition forces to stay in Iraq

When asked about the role the US should take in Iraq:
79% think it's important to provide economic aid
74% think it's important to rebuild the infrastructure

When asked on effect the war has had on terrorism:
57% think it's dealt a significant blow to terror networks worldwide (Republicans - 87%, Democrats - 39%).

Go check out the article with additional poll results to counteract the negative sounding Gallup Poll reported in USA Today.

Flag Day

Excerpt from US
Inspired by these three decades of state and local celebrations, Flag Day - the anniversary of the Flag Resolution of 1777 - was officially established by the Proclamation of President Woodrow Wilson on May 30th, 1916. While Flag Day was celebrated in various communities for years after Wilson's proclamation, it was not until August 3rd, 1949, that President Truman signed an Act of Congress designating June 14th of each year as National Flag Day.

Tagged for Books

Dadmanly tagged me for books. I won't be tagging anyone though, I think everyone and their brother has been tagged for something or other.

Total number of books I've owned - ever: I have absolutely no clue. I have a tendency to buy books, read them and pass them on or trade them in. I recently purged easily 200 books. But I have a tendency to buy paperbacks since I don't like to haul around heavy bound books.

Last Book I Bought: I got the Federalist Papers and John Adams by David McCullough.

Five Books that mean alot to me: Let's see.... C. S. Lewis's The Chronicles of Narnia, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings by Tolkien, Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead, then I have this old atlas which shows the transgression of ancient countries to modern boundries.

Monday, June 13, 2005

Unilateral Self-Flagellation From Ollie North

HUMAN EVENTS ONLINE :: Unilateral Self-Flagellation: Media Makes U.S. Look Like the Bad Guys by Oliver North

I obviously like what Ollie North has to say. Strangley enough, when he had his radio program I wasn't a fan. But I do like his commentaries. It seems to me that the rhetoric has again heated up from all sides about oh lets see: Guantanamo, Abu Ghraib, we're being told most Americans don't support the war in Iraq, we're being told most Americans don't approve of President Bush's job performance, we're being told the US is baaadddd, all the left wing organizations are out their trying to protect Islamo-fascists and their "rights", we're being told the economy is baaddd.........I don't believe any of this. I had heard one of the polls taken by the Washington Post was overweighted with Democrats so the numbers themselves are very deceptive. I would like to see a smidgeon of duty and patriotism to our country and fighting soldiers from the MSM. How about trying to show the positive for a just one week on the progress in Iraq and some of the wonderful things our soldiers are doing while in a war zone. The hyper spin has been spiraling out of control for the last week or so what with Amnesty International, International Red Cross and all of the other left wing NGO's out there.

Here's what Ollie has to say:
The "Blame America First" crowd is wielding the whip. The target: Camp Delta, the U.S. Military detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Spurred by a false story in Newsweek and then Amnesty International's unsupported charge that it is the "gulag of our times," Guantanamo and the people it houses have become the left's latest "cause celeb." Kofi Annan, Old Europe's old leaders, Jimmy Carter, Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi and most of the so-called mainstream media have now declared that the facility must be closed.
<......>The second challenge, responding to those like Jacques Chirac, Joe Biden and Fidel Castro who want to "release the detainees," should be even easier. Gen. Dick Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said this week: "If you release them or let them go back to their home countries, they would turn around and try to slit our throats, our children's throats. These are the people who took four airplanes and flew them into three buildings on Sept. 11."

Though some in the media immediately charged the general with hyperbole, he's right. Of the 247 detainees who have been released thus far, 25, more than 10 percent, are believed to have returned to the jihad.

and finally:
This is an enemy that refuses to observe any conventions, treaties or rules of warfare. They lie, cheat and violate agreements. They slice off heads like raw meat. They murder women and children. They fly airplanes into buildings.

But we're the bad guys.

Yup Ollie, that's exactly how it is being presented. Seems kinda treasonous in my view. There's got to be a fine line between freedom of speech and treason.

Illegals as trespassers

Illegals as trespassers - The Washington Times: Editorials/OP-ED - June 13, 2005

I liked this story if for nothing else the ridiculous justification used by the pro-illegal immigrant groups on why the use of this is "not legal".

Here's the gist of the story:
It all started in April when a police officer in New Ipswich, N.H., approached Jorge Mora Ramirez, a Mexican national, as Mr. Ramirez was having car trouble. In questioning, Mr. Ramirez admitted he was an illegal alien. Per protocol, New Ipswich police alerted federal authorities to the presence of an illegal. The Department of Homeland Security's Immigration and Customs Enforcement refused to take Mr. Ramirez into custody. So Chief of Police W. Garrett Chamberlain did something out of the ordinary: He charged the illegal alien with trespassing.

Now here's an example of twisted logic, verbal ping pong and downright deceptive words used by these pro-illegal immigration groups:
All this has the usual suspects up in arms, including the New Hampshire chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, the AFL-CIO, a gaggle of activist groups, the Mexican consulate and at least one liberal state legislator. The Mexican consulate has hired a lawyer for Mr. Ramirez and plans to battle trespassing charges lest a precedent be created. The charges are the usual ones: unequal treatment, discrimination and xenophobia. There's nothing like accusations of racism to trump a question of law. As the ACLU defended the Mexican consulate's move:
"They worry about vigilante police chiefs who will round up people based on the color of their skin."

I think we should all start to use some of these adjectives to describe the Mexican goverment and the ACLU. Yeah - that vigilante group - the ACLU ..... or the xenophobic Mexican government....... All I can say is I sure am glad that Congress consolidated all the agencies into the Department of Homeland Security so the US could protect it's borders. Whew - all those taxpayer dollars sure have made a difference.

Retrofemales - Do Not Have Liquid In Your Mouth When Reading!

From My Position... On the way!: Retrofemales

This will send many females screaming bloody murder. I thought it was amusing and somewhat true although a bit over the top and one sided. Personally, I get pretty disgusted with women who marry into the military or National Guard and then are angry when their mate is deployed. Huh? Were they awake when they married someone in soldiering?

This was written by TC's Sarah :
If you are a stay at home mom, that’s what you chose to do. Take care of the house, take care of the kids like you are their slave, and have dinner ready when your husband gets home. (It’s your job!)

Know your role and shut up!

If you are married to someone in the military don’t try to get pity because they are overseas. I have great compassion for those wives, husbands, and families. It’s sad that war happens, but that is their job. (You chose to marry the guy.)

Know your role and shut up!

Sunday, June 12, 2005

'1776' - Character Counts! - FNS w/ Chris Wallace - Transcript: Bestselling Author David McCullough
If you didn't see Fox News Sunday here's the transcript of Chris Wallace's interview with David McCollough on his new book '1776'.


WALLACE: What lessons do you hope Americans take away from the events of 1776?

MCCULLOUGH: That character counts; that courage is contagious, infectious; that we do truly have rights, freedoms, noble ideals and ideas, worth fighting for; that democracy doesn't come easy, never has; that the war with the longest struggle in our whole history, except for Vietnam; that it was bloody, and people suffered, hardships were terrible, but they didn't give up.

The bolding is by me since I think his words are very significant to today.

Harold Ford Jr. Offends All in Views on Iraq

Lance in Iraq

I think Lance could add Senator Joe Biden in the mix here also. Lance strips Ford down to bare-assed in his posting.

If you dropped a feather and Harold Ford Jr. Galileo-style from the Leaning Tower of Pisa, which would land first? Or as Aristotle would say, which is more Lightweight?

When it comes to the greatest foreign policy issue of the day, Congressman Ford is obtuse. He extended his streak of ignorant and counterproductive remarks about the War in Iraq Friday in Knoxville.

In visiting Iraq, Ford said Bush has overstated the progress of the military forces. "Restoration of basic services, such as electricity and water, are slow moving," he said.

Here Ford manages to both offend the people working on basic services and be factually incorrect at the same time.
Thanks Lance.

Extremist - According to Democrats!

Socialism, not republicanism, is the real extremism -

Here is an example of what the Democrats cited as positioning Janice Rogers Brown as an extremist:
"If we can invoke no ultimate limits on the power of government, a democracy is inevitably transformed into a kleptocracy -- a license to steal, a warrant for oppression."

To the Democrats that's extreme because Democrats do believe they have a license to have their hands in our pockets at all times. Your assets are not really yours, they are the government's assets. Translated you are talking socialism or with many in the Democrat Party communism. What really happens in a socialist or communist government is the power of the government is in the hands of a few instead of many.

Colin McNickle has more great quotes from Brown. I already like her just based on a few of her quotes from this article.

Ok - here's another one:
"Some things are apparent. Where government moves in, community retreats, civil society disintegrates and our ability to control our own destiny atrophies. The result is: families under siege; war in the streets; unapologetic expropriation of property; the precipitous decline of the rule of law; the rapid rise of corruption; the loss of civility and the triumph of deceit."
Can you imagine Brown as a Supreme vs. Ginsberg or O'Connor? What a difference and impact on our lives these judges have.

Saturday, June 11, 2005

Ahhhh...I'm Back.

I took a few days to run down to Franklin, Tennessee to visit with friends. Since I don't have a laptop I'm left to the library which gives you 15 minutes as a guest. I did use my friends computer a bit but I'm not real comfortable using someone else's computer for any length of time. Driving in Wisconsin this afternoon was insane. People don't seem to understand the concept of moving to the right lane especially when you've got a caravan trailing behind you! I tend to get just a wee bit intense when I'm doing a long haul drive. I drive a 1,000 miles and pretty much stop for gas (that's when I get my potty break). So, about every 350 miles I get to stop. I'm flyin' though. This afternoon there were the left lane bogarts and then the thunderstorms really hampered my time.

But I'm home, got my glass of wine, the Spreadsheet Expert is on my lap, so now I can OD on catching up on everything in the blogosphere.

Friday, June 10, 2005

The 'Girls' in Hats!

It's Friday - so here's my the Friday Photo.

Mom likes hats. She picked these up in Texas and thought they'd look really nice on her girls! The lament of my Mother throughout my teens, twenties and well beyond (LOL) was always "Where are my Ladies?". She's telling this to maybe me who would rather clean out a horse stall than put on a dress when I was younger. I was always the one who cleaned up the yard or garage to get out of doing chores inside. Think my nature was just (and probably still is today) contrary.

This was from Mother's Day in May. That's one of my sisters with my Mom in the middle. She's a keeper my Mom.

MD - that's Lake Minnewaska in the background.

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

One Journalist Going Up Against Linda Foley of Newspaper Guild

E u p h o r i c R e a l i t y Blog - EXCLUSIVE: Interview With Hiawatha Bray

Kit has a good interview with Hiawatha Bray, he's one of two or maybe three journalists who have spoken out about Linda Foley's outrageous statements relating to US Troops deliberately targeting journalists in Iraq. She is the head of the local Boston Newpaper Guild union. The MSM has of course been almost completely silent on this and continues to allow unabated these types of inflamatory statements to be made against our Troops.

It's like there is an all out assault taking place on our military by MSM and their ilk of the left. Yes, there are a few journo's out there who have some sense of integrity and honor but they are the exception rather than the rule.

Another posting by Kit relates a posting by Hurl on seeing a CNN segment with the focus on the terrorists are winning. Read what both Kit and Hurl have to say to see just what CNN is missing and usually does miss.

Amnesty International Banner says: USA Betraying Human Rights

Powerline has title: Amnesty Shows It's Colors.

Amnesty has now driven itself into irrelevance just like the UN. To berate the US as the violator of human rights of all times is beyond the pale and this organization needs to hear the resonance of disapproval from the American Citizen. We cannot allow this stupid pathetic drivel to continue especially when there are US Troops overseas not only in Iraq and Afghanistan but many other countries where harm can befall them from this reckless and irresponsible propaganda. There just is no excuse. NONE. Personally, I am appalled that there is an American branch of this organization operating in our country.

If I could spit on these people I would. I am beyond disgust with this anti American vitriol.

If you follow the link on the banner, Powerline tells us it takes you to a video of Noam Chomsky. Sick.

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

"Guantanamo Project" Funded by National Endowment for The Arts?

HUMAN EVENTS ONLINE :: The Scandal of American Imperfection by Mac Johnson

Mac Johnson presents a satire reading like something from Scott Ott on the recent made up scandals around the Koran.

All criticism of the military over alleged “mishandling” of the Koran ended this week, when it was revealed that the Guantanamo Bay guards accused of the acts were actually being funded by the National Endowment for the Arts. The New York Times gave rave reviews to “The Guantanamo Project” as the guards call their art co-operative, citing the powerful message that “acts of artistic juxtaposition” can send about religious absolutism, patriarchy, and the tyranny of unquestioned symbols. “The best show since Piss Christ!” raved Newsweek.

In reality, none of what he says is out of the realm of reality since defaming Christian religious figures and objects in "The Arts" is considered avantgarde and popular. Of course that is only relevant if the art is directed towards Christianity, not Islam!

Johnson is spot on with this statement:
The real reason the mainstream media and left-wing political activists are riticizing the military over these allegations is that they so want America to be guilty of something –anything-- that can justify their pre-existing animosity that they are even willing to feign a newfound respect for religious symbols just to have something to be offended about.

And further:
This statistical approach to propaganda is a form of bias in reporting, designed to ensure that America will be afflicted by a constant stream of scandals, atrocities, and missteps, so long as its policy is out of favor with those doing the reporting.

Johnson's got a good take on this whole kerfluffle in the propaganda war perpetuated by the Left or Democrat Socialists in the U.S. today.

Anti-Ballistic Windshield Armor

WNDU-TV: Story: Bulletproof windshield could soon be added to Humvee - June 06, 2005

American ingenuity and entreprenurial skills have come up with a new product for Humvees to protect troops.
The device basically consists of two mirrors, set at 45-degree angles. The reflection allows the driver of the Humvee to see out, but the design, does not allow gunfire to get in. Bullets heading for a soldier's head are stopped by armor plating. Those fired over the head, are allowed to safely pass through.

Link from Lucianne.

Monday, June 06, 2005

Jivans list of Peculiaritys - "For Your Information"

jonjivan's Xanga Site - 5/31/2005 4:44:48 AM

You can't help but chuckle and burst out laughing at some of the contradictions in residing at a camp/base/fob (etal) while deployed in Iraq.

Here are a few examples:

+++Between the two rooms in my platoon’s barracks, we have 15 laptops, a dozen PS2’s and X-boxes, 8 TV’s (one a 30 inch flat panel), a theater with a projector, and no indoor plumbing.
+++The Army pays an extra $700 a month to cover my $180 rent back home
+++It takes 10 minutes to do a 180-day inspection on a pair of night vision oggles.
+++It takes 15 minutes to do the paperwork.

Side note: Jivan has a different sort of setup here regarding comments and all so I have no clue how to leave a comment or leave a tb. But he is a pretty funny guy so I still visit him to see what goofy tidbits he tells about. I did notice though he does have a significant fan base of young and good looking females. :)

What a Cool Dog!

The best Chicago dog story ever

Greyhawk at Mudville Gazette posted this story. It's just a really neat story about an incredible Black Lab named Maya.

As soon as their front door opened, Maya blew by, knocking the Montiels over "like bowling pins," she said. Montiel went down and Michael hit a wall.

Maya bounded down all eight stairs of her front porch in one leap, aimed for the pit bull and bit.

India let go of the boy, and as he fled with his sister, the two dogs began circling each other, Montiel said. Soon, India got the best of the smaller Maya and locked onto her neck. Then, in a move police called "bizarre," India dragged Maya up the Montiels' stairs and into the home, Montiel said.

This is my protector. That's Miss Emma, she's actually belongs next door but she's adopted me and the Spreadsheet Expert. Woe to any stranger walking around on my property if Miss Emma is out and about. She's actually very gentle. Isn't Miss Emma just a beautiful baby?

From One Blithering Senator to another Dithering Senator

Specter to Push for Congress to Establish Foreign Detainee Regulations
On the heels of Amnesty International calling the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, "the gulag of our time," Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Arlen Specter, R-Pa., will hold hearings this month on the treatment of foreign terrorism suspects there.

H/T Andi's World.

Then we have the LOSER of the 2004 Election:
Kerry Touts Bush Impeachment Memo
Failed presidential candidate John Kerry said Thursday that he intends to confront Congress with a document touted by critics of President Bush as evidence that he committed impeachable crimes by falsifying evidence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.

Yep folks, this is what we've got for Senators in Washington D.C. They've got nothing better to do than look out for the interests of terrorists who are trying to kill us and dredge up nonsensical gibberish to look for another way to blither and dither away their time in the U.S. Senate.

Sunday, June 05, 2005

Mexican mom gives birth in BP helicopter

Mexican mom gives birth in BP helicopter The Arizona Daily Star
This story and others I've read recently continue to anger me. There's the story about OTM's (other than Mexicans) where it's catch and release so the number of illegals from South America and Central America are emboldened by the policy of not detaining these illegals. This was in a story from Harlingen, TX. Then of course there's the smuggling of Iranians into the US.

Note from this story:

Elva Hernández said she and her family arrived first at Nogales, Sonora, where they hooked up with a smuggler whom they paid $4,500, the first half of the fee he charged to take them to Chicago.

Over five weeks they made six failed attempts to cross at Nogales, Naco, Agua Prieta and San Luis, before their seventh attempt near Sasabe, Sonora, the morning of May 28.

The Illegals know if they just keep trying they will finally make it. Course this time things worked out a bit different, but the result is still the same. There's now another "anchor" baby.

Then we hear from DOHS official:

William N. Johnston, who heads the Department of Homeland Security's Office of Citizenship and Immigration Services in Tucson, said Christian's birth on U.S. soil makes him a U.S. citizen under the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

When the child turns 21, he can petition to legally bring his parents and siblings to the United States.

Here's what Johnson says that disturbs me:

"It's an unfortunate part of U.S. policies," said Johnston. "If the law would permit her to stay and work she would pay her hospital fees and the taxpayers wouldn't have anything to complain about. But instead she will be deported with the newborn."
Johnson has no business in this job when he makes statements such as this. I would conclude that Johnson believes there should be no borders. Just open them up. Why would someone with this belief work in border patrol?

Course there's the problem with who pays for the hospital costs:

She and the premature baby, Christian, a new U.S. citizen, were taken to Tucson's University Medical Center. The infant is stable, but remains in intensive care. Hernández left the hospital Tuesday.

"It's a miracle that we're alive," said Hernández, a native of Jalapa, Veracruz. Her husband, Primitivo Bautista, 32, and their two older sons, Alejandro, 14, and Daniel, 12, along with their niece, Luz María Hernández, 12, were staying at the Ronald
McDonald House last week awaiting Christian's release.

The Mexican consul in Tucson arranged their stay at the house, which provides no-cost temporary shelter to families of children with special medical needs.

The cost of Christian's medical care is still unknown, said UMC spokeswoman Katie Riley. But with neonatal emergency-room care costs of up to $3,000 a day, the total can mount quickly.

If the family can't pay the bill, it will be absorbed by the hospital and passed on to consumers and taxpayers.

So now The Ronald McDonald House is used by Illegal Mexicans. I just wonder if there were any Legal US Citizens who were denied the use of the RM House because of illegal Mexicans?

There was a story I saw on the local news yesterday which talked about a Fort Worth School District looking at requiring ALL principles to be fluent in Spanish. The reporter spoke with parents from the school district all of whom were talking about Spanish as the primary language with English as the secondary (none of the Mother's interviewed spoke ANY English) language. This is not the United States of the Melting Pot this is a multicultural approach which will dilute the culture into a Balkan type culture and it looks to me like that is already the situation along the Mexican/U.S. Border.

Guess these thoughts and opinions of mine would be considered "racist" and bigoted by those of the left. I still never get the "racist" accusation when talking about Mexicans since Mexican isn't considered a race. I know many people would read this story and think, oh but these are just the kind of "immigrants" we want. No, they are law-breakers and I don't want a law-breaker as a neighbor. The MSM always refers to illegals as immigrants instead of illegal aliens because it sounds better. Then there's the argument, but they take jobs nobody else will take. Illegals depress wages thus furthering the fallacy of jobs nobody else wants.

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