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
The road of Providence is uneven and unpredictable -- yet we know where it leads: It leads to freedom.
Musings from Me and My Trusty Spreadsheet Expert
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.
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).
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.
Inside the Beltway-Nation/Politics-The Washington Times, America's Newspaper
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."
Arutz Sheva - Israel National News
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.Link from Lucianne.
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).
Learn About The Scandal
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.
Freestar Media, LLC
For Release Tuesday, June 28 to all other media(My bolding)
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.
"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. http://www.pledgebank.com/LostLibHotel
France, Brazil, Chile and Germany Call for Tax on Airline Tickets to Help Fight Poverty - from TBO.com
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.
BLACKFIVE: Sergeant Bozik - Update 15
Link from Lance in Iraq.
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.
boots in baghdad: nation of dreams
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.
John Kline: Gitmo patriots deserve our respect
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.
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.
AMERICAN - Last Stretch in North Carolina SOLDIER
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.
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.
TEN THINGS YOU SHOULD DO IF YOU ENCOUNTER A UFO
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'.
Dimitri Vassilaros- PittsburghLIVE.com
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.
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.
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!
The American Spectator: Kiss Your House Goodbye
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."
Irish Pennants: Soros and UN
<......>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." <......>
European and Pacific Stars & Stripes
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.Cameron Magee / Courtesy of U.S. Army
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.
“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.
COUNTERCOLUMN: Dem congressman moves to strangle Roth 401(k)
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.
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.
Captain's Quarters:All In The Family, Part Two
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
PM: Back From Iraq
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.
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 popularmechanics.com.
A liberal's defense of Fox News csmonitor.com
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 <.....>and:
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.
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?
Bill Murchison: That old black government magic
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.
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.
A preoccupation with foreign policy rounds out the picture:FrontPage magazine.com :: A Madrassah in Bridgeview, Illinois by Daniel Pipes
·“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.”
Irish Pennants: Torture in the War on Terror
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.
HUMAN EVENTS ONLINE :: Defund Public Broadcasting by Tim Graham
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 MoveOn.org 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 Moveon.org people go into panic.
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!
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.
Instead of doing the Self Portrait Friday (sorry Katy), I decided to focus on Father's Day.
Durbin 'regrets' Gitmo remarks-Nation/Politics-The Washington Times
"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."
"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.
The events this week has elevated the true face of the Left of America.
Marine Corps Moms: A tale of two widows
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,
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 parlorWhich one do you think deserves our gratefulness and honor?
Newsday.com: Limousine liberals and crime on the rise
<....>"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.
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.
fredschoeneman.com: Ass-less Chaps
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.
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).
Women don't mind a man losing hair
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.
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.
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.
FrontPage magazine.com :: Saudis Import Slaves to America by Daniel Pipes
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.”
Today in Investor's Business Daily stock analysis and business news
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.
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.
HUMAN EVENTS ONLINE :: Unilateral Self-Flagellation: Media Makes U.S. Look Like the Bad Guys by Oliver North
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.
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.
Illegals as trespassers - The Washington Times: Editorials/OP-ED - June 13, 2005
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.
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."
From My Position... On the way!: Retrofemales
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!
FOXNews.com - FNS w/ Chris Wallace - Transcript: Bestselling Author David McCullough
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.
Lance in Iraq
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?Thanks Lance.
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.
Socialism, not republicanism, is the real extremism - PittsburghLIVE.com
"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."
"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.
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.
It's Friday - so here's my the Friday Photo.
E u p h o r i c R e a l i t y Blog - EXCLUSIVE: Interview With Hiawatha Bray
Powerline has title: Amnesty Shows It's Colors.
HUMAN EVENTS ONLINE :: The Scandal of American Imperfection by Mac Johnson
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.
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.
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.
WNDU-TV: Story: Bulletproof windshield could soon be added to Humvee - June 06, 2005
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.
jonjivan's Xanga Site - 5/31/2005 4:44:48 AM
+++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.
The best Chicago dog story ever
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.
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.
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.
Mexican mom gives birth in BP helicopter The Arizona Daily Star
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.
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.Here's what Johnson says that disturbs me:
When the child turns 21, he can petition to legally bring his parents and siblings to the United States.
"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?
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.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?
"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.