Thursday, June 30, 2005

Athens news today

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Couple of quick local news notes for you kids today. Sorry they're late. Unlike paT, I've been working all weekend, and not on destroying my liver function... ;D

First up, I hope you kids liked Little Italy. On the positive side, we will probably have a new IRS pizza location real soon. Frankie's gonna get it(indabutt)...

Next up, the clarification of what fireworks can now be sold in this state. Ooooo...pretty

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

The morning smackdown

Lots of fun stuff today kids. Good day yesterday too. President Bush made a good speech last night. John Kerry and the rest of the face-time Dems reacted as I predicted.

First up, lifted from Boortz's Webpage, a bit about some more 'objective journalism'.

THIS IS AN OBJECTIVE INTERVIEW?

I heard a TV news anchor this morning questioning a Republican Congressman Robin Hayes about the president's speech and our efforts in Iraq. Here are some of the questions the anchor asked Hayes:

"One of our listeners wrote to say that Bush should really be making this speech at Arlington National Cemetery, Not at Fort Bragg. Was it appropriate for President Bush to speak there?"

What? Did a journalist actually ask a politician whether or not it was appropriate for the President of the United States to make a speech about a war before the very people who are fighting that war? The very people who are expected to put their lives on the line in that war? Did I really hear that?

"Isn't he in part using Ft. Bragg as an appropriate backdrop to cheerlead the war in Iraq?"

Oh ... Arlington National Cemetery wouldn't be a backdrop? And stating the reasons we're at war is "cheerleading?" "Gimme a W! Gimme an A! Gimme an R!" Gimme a break.

"President Bush in his speech said that we're there to fight terrorists, but he failed to explain how a war to remove a dictator who was bent on using nuclear weapons has turned into a fight against Muslim militants. Doesn't he owe us an explanation?"

It's been explained, over and over again. That dictator was, himself, a Muslim militant with access to massive destructive power. Doesn't a news anchor owe us a little more intellectual diligence?

"But there is no evidence that Saddam Hussein was connected in any way to Al Qaeda."

Sorry ... factually wrong. That evidence does exist. The 911 Commission itself reported on efforts by Saddam Hussein to make contact with Al Qaeda for the purpose of providing support and training. At least Congressman Hayes had the guts to say "Ma'am, I'm sorry, but you're mistaken."

"I know of no evidence connecting Saddam Hussein to Osama bin Laden or Al Qaeda, and also there were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq."

Wrong, Wrong. Wrong. How can she say that there were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. What in the hell did Saddam use to gas hundreds of thousands of his own people? Cheese Whiz? What about those implements used in the creation of nuclear weapons that were found buried in the back yard of one of Saddam's nuclear scientists? That's not evidence found in Iraq? What about the artillery shells containing sarin gas? That's not evidence? What about the documents detailing Saddam's weapons program? Not evidence? What about the statements from Saddam's scientists that they were ready to reinstitute their weapons program the very moment that UN sanctions were lifted and the inspectors were gone. Not evidence?

It was an amazing segment. Both a Republican and Democratic congressman were interviewed in this segment, but the argumentative interview style was saved for the Republican. The Democrats was not challenged .. not once. Remember, though ... there is no bias in the media.


Not much else to say there kids, other than, yeah, that passes for 'journalism' these days...

Next, the beginning of the backlash against the Supreme Court's recent decision regarding Eminent Domain.

Folks, this is what this boils down to. The Supreme Court has basically handed your property rights over to your local government, to do with as they please. You no longer own your home, you're basically renting it until the government comes along and decides that your land is not generating enough tax revenue. Don't like it? Don't want to move/sell? Too bad. If the local government decides that they want your land to be sold at whatever price they decide to give you, so that a developer can place something more revenue-friendly there, it's going to happen.

Let's hope Justice Souter can find new digs. And let's hope that the rest of the Justices that voted for this travesty of a decision get their homes razed too.

Next, more home-related news, but this time it's good.

Unbelieveably, to this pundit at least, the City of Atlanta government has decided to evict tenants of public housing who are not working or in school.

Now, before you get your little liberal panties in a bunch, it only applies to those persons between the ages of 18 and 61, who are not disabled, who are not in a work training program, scholastic program, or actually employed. And yes, they've known about this since October of last year.

Not surprisingly, the housing/homeless advocates have come out of the woodwork:

"This is going to mean that you will have so many people on the streets homeless because the job market is so bad," said Louise Watley, 72, the former longtime president of the Carver Homes Tenant Association and a public housing advocate.


Uh-huh...riiight...

The job market is so bad, that the most recent unemployment figures have national unemployment at 5.1%. Historically, under 6% means 'full employment'. But don't let statistics get in the way of a good story by any means.

On the other side of this, we have one Verna Mobley:

But across town at University Homes, 76-year-old Verna Mobley has little sympathy.

"I think it is the greatest thing that ever happened," Mobley said of the CATALYST program. "This new generation can wear hairdos and walk around smoking dope, but can't pay their rent. I am glad, and all the older people think it is great."

Mobley has lived in Atlanta public housing for 45 years and in University Homes since 1965.

Although she is well above the targeted age that CATALYST requires for working, she still works regularly and on her off days, patrols University Homes' laundry room, keeping outsiders away.

"I still get up everyday and go to work. I like to work. Why should I not work?" Mobley said. "But it is quite a few up there who are not working. Sure, they can go to work. If you are the head of your household, you should be working."


Ahhh...old people...cranky ones at that...I love em. We need more people like Mrs. Mobley around.

Links:

Boortz
Hotel Lost Liberty
Eminent Domain Ruling
Evictions NOTE: you will need login info to see the AJC stuff. If you don't feel like registering, go to BugMeNot.com and get a fake login.
Bureau of Labor Statistics

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Hi there. My name is John Kerry...

...and since I lost the election last November, I've had trouble filling the hours in the day. No longer!

Yes, apparrently John Kerry knows all of what needs to be done in Iraq. So much so, that he feels the need to tell the President what he should say in his speech tonight. This is pre-spin kids. If President Bush comes out and says things in line with Kerry's editorial, the Dems can come out and say "See, John Kerry is teh smurt! Him tell big dum GWB what to say. GWB is a puppet! HAHAHAHAHAHAhahahAhaha!!!!1111!!!1111!eleventyoneoneone~!"

However, if President Bush's remarks don't cover what John Kerry has written in his editorial, then the Dems can come out and say; "GWB IS SO TOTALLY WRONG! HE IS TEH STUPID! JOHN KERRY IS TEH RIGHT! GWB STOLED THE ELECTUN! SUXXORZ!!!"

Either way, much of the press will cover how 'right' John Kerry was/is on the handling of Iraq.

link - John Kerry, meet foot.

Coming up: a diatribe on the revolting eminent-domain decision by the supreme court.

Friday, June 24, 2005

Tonight we're gonna party....

....like its 1854.

Luckily, this time around we have the blogosphere to whoop up on the MainStreamMedia's 30 second soundbyte mentality. What I'm talking about the fact that the really real issues all get boiled down to name calling.

Have we been listening to what our leaders, in both parties, have been saying lately? They are truly bordering on the maniacal. I'm sure it can be tracked back further, but I started paying attention the day Senator Cornyn of Texas pretty much threatened the Judicial Branch of government with violence (or at least excused the violence with his statement) from the floor of the United States Senate. The Senate! That's supposed to be the upper house, the place where everyone is cool and collected. (It is also, historically, the only place two legislators got in a fight, which is why I refrenced 1854 earlier).

But that was just the beginning. Recently, we have had an escalating rhetoric in which the august members of the United States Senate feel that instead of speaking to one another and legislating, it would be better to start running around calling other Americans Nazis. Sens. Byrd and Santorum got into it early with some small scale stuff, but then we had Senator Durbin of Illinois pretty much compare US troops to Nazis. He did. I read the quote. (You can find it below) and then went out and refused to apologise. Then offered a tearful sort-of-but-not-really-an-apology apology you can read about here.

Now, not only am I an American who finds all of this quite disconcerting, I also find the actual comparisons historically inaccurate. Nazis killed uncounted millions. You have to kill uncounted millions to qualify for comparison. This is all about the little Senator who cried wolf. This is all about the littel international human rights organization that can't read a dictionary and draw an accurate comparison.

The other day, thanks to "Clicked" over at MSNBC (link in the links section) I was pointed to this very fine roundup of the Durbin situation. Though the premise of the article is that Durbin didn't actually say anything wrong, (and I think he did, indeed) the journalism and opinion included in the article is amazing. Better than anything I've seen on MSM. As a matter of fact, had Durbin put his case like this, we may not be having this discussion.

But we are. Not only did Durbin make a fool of himself, insult American soldiers (whether he meant to or not) and make a fool of his party, he gives the folks who are guilty of wrongdoing a ridiculous smokescreen and scapegoat to hide behind. (And for the record, when you make allegations, back them up with facts and subpoenas like these guys are doing). Durbin actually has made it more difficult for us to identify wrongdoing coming from the administration or the very few and non-representative wayward individuals in the armed forces who may get their jollies dressing up Iraqi prisoners in bedsheets. And he did all of this just so he could get his ugly face on television. For that reason, like Keith Olbermann I have called for Durbin's resignation. I have seen nothing yet that would convince me, as a liberal Southern Democrat, to retract that call.

Now, not to be outdone or left out of all this ridiculousness, babyface in chief Karl Rove decided to get in on the banter. Karly said that liberals wanted to understand and give therapy to the terrorists. The White House backed him up on this. He also said we wanted to indict them. [As a matter of fact, that last one is correct, Karly boy. Think about the terrorists we have indicted: Timothy McVeigh, the Unabomber, the first WTC (1993) bombers, the Nicholses, Eric Rudolph...we got them, indicted them and they are now being served justice behind bars or in the grave. Osama Bin Laden is still out there.] Now, the Democrats going after him are sounding really dumb. (Somebody should let the left know that this is what you get when you let numbskull coffee shop philosophers like Chomsky & Vidal speak for your side unopposed.) But ol' Karly went to New York and said it. Deomocrats should keep that in mind. They just have to follow the leads of New Yorkers on this one. A juicy excerpt:

If he hung out here a while longer, I would challenge Rove to find one advocate of "therapy and understanding" among my neighbors. I bet he would find a whole lot of families with sons and daughters serving in our military overseas, a noble choice that was apparently beneath him and his boss (not to mention his boss's unemployed daughters).


Those are the folks Karly Boy ticked off. Durbin called US troops Nazis, Karly called New Yorkers pansies when it comes to terrorism. I hope folks are paying attention to that, too. I joing Olbermann again, in his opinions and his call that Red Rover get out.

This country is going to be just fine, the sky is not falling. But the Center Must Hold. We have got to take all these wackos to task, for there are far better people out there who could hold those posiitons and do some good stuff for everyone in this country.

Thursday, June 23, 2005

One for the hippies...

This popped up the other day, and then got buried pretty quick. I thought i'd bring it back into the light. Yes kids, it's true. PETA kills animals. And apparrently, some animal shelters are sort of pissed that PETA is killing the animals they gave them.

Let's get one thing straight here kids. PETA is in no way about the 'ethical treatment of animals'. PETA is about advancing their vegan lifestyle on everyone on the planet. Like your pet dog, cat, fish, wildebeast? Too bad. According to PETA, you shouldn't have pets. All animals should roam free and happy. PETA is despicable, and their means to an end recently has been all that much more disgusting. Go look up what PETA does to try and traumatize kids into not eating meat. But don't take my word for it, take theirs.

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Crocodiles cry too...

And for some reason, I find both sets of tears less than compelling. It only took Senator Dick Durbin a week to be told that calling our own troops Nazis is generally a no-no. So, did he man up and say, "Hey, i'm sorry, i'm a gigantic dumbass who hath put his foot in his mouth."? No, of course not. Tears get press. Ask Jim Bakker. Or Jimmy Swaggart.

Something tells me that Senator Dick got pressure from most, if not all of the power-wielding Democrats to make a big, public apology. Otherwise, this clown would likely still be standing by his remarks.

Link - Dick cries, I laugh.

Monday, June 20, 2005

Interesting Exchange

Y'know, there has been a lack of good rhetoric lately. I'm speaking about those pundits and politicians who wish to hear their own voice more than call on us to be more than the sum of our parts. In essence, we hear a lot of poo from the left (I think SAWB has this topic covered a few posts down...) and we hear a lot of stuff like this from the right.

Name: Justin LeBlanc
Hometown: Seoul, Korea
That's it, I've had it. I'm tired of going on line and reading about all these people who attack Bush and his administration's policies for going to war with Iraq. I'm a soldier and I think that we did the right thing and still think we are. I challenge you (Dr. Alterman) and any other liberal who cares more about Europe's opinion than our own country's safety to reply to this email. Yes, we are in a war and people die. I'll certainly be heading over to fight in the sandbox soon enough when I complete my tour here in Korea. We took out one of the most hostile individuals of my generation. We took out a ruthless dictator who got his kicks off raping his neighbors and killing his own citizens. People want to characterize Gitmo as the "gulag" of our times; well, Hussein was the "Stalin" of our times. I really don't care whether we found weapons of mass destruction. Whether he had them or not is no concern of mine. What's of more concern to me is my family's safety years from now. What's of more concern to me is the shape of the Middle East decades from now. Iraq is a democracy and lets begin to celebrate that. I'm certain we'll be seeing sweeping changes, all for the better, in that region over the next 20 years that we previously thought we wouldn't see in our lifetime. I hope, when it is all said and done, you congratulate the President on taking measures he thought were necessary to keep our country and our planet safe. One day, a few decades from now, you and your "progressives" (if you can honestly call yourselves that) are going to have to own up to the fact that what the President did, however difficult, was good for Iraq, good for the Middle East, good for us, and good for the planet. Oh, answer me this Dr. Alterman, how many people did Saddam kill? Oh, that's right, you can't answer that - THEY'RE STILL COUNTING!


Now, that sounds real good rah-rah and all that, and some of y'all may be shaking your head in agreement. Hell, he's wearing the green and guns right now, and I am (to date) not, so keep in mind where he's coming from. Lord knows, the left sure hasn't come up with much coherent thought to counter those arguments, have we?

Lucky for us, this cat from the Air Force is all over it...


Name: Mike Wright
Hometown: Nellis AFB, NV

Dr. Alterman,
In response to the e-mail you published from Mr. LeBlanc, I would like to offer the following response: Mr. LeBlanc, you may be a soldier in the U.S. military; I am glad that you are not a disgrace to my own branch of the service. My experiences since I have worn the uniform have led me to believe that we are the best and most professional military force in the world, however your apparent doctrine of the ends justifying the means is doing as much to challenge my beliefs as the idiots at Abu Ghraib. We are supposed to hold ourselves to the highest standards. We receive annual training in military standards, the Law of Armed Conflict amongst others, and at all times are supposed to live up to the core values of our profession. We are not supposed to use the moral character of our opponents as an excuse for behavior that falls outside of those standards. Your statement trivializing the comments on Guantanamo Bay simply because "Hussein was the 'Stalin' of our times" shows that you have paid little attention to the training and the core values of the U.S. Army. There is no honor in mistreating prisoners. There is no integrity in breaking the law, simply because you want information or rationalize it as applying the enemies' rules against them. There is no courage or selfless service displayed, no duty or loyalty to anything other than the egos of those doing wrong. Any respect that we might have had in the areas surrounding the prison has been severely, if not irreparably, damaged. The same flaw runs through the rest of your argument. If you truly believe that the ends justify the means, then you yourself are no better than Stalin or any other despot that figures he can do no wrong. I have served in Iraq. I know the good that we can and have done in the lives of the Iraqi population. I also know that any good that we do is enhanced or ruined by HOW we accomplish that good.


Big fat hat tip to Eric Alterman for publishing that one. Oh, and if you wanted to read some more (and maybe take a few notes, my fellows in the Patriotic Opposition) there's the link.

Big fat Update as of June 21

LeBlanc Responds! Quite eloquently, I might add. Apparently, when one takes away the standard party line quotes of those on the right, they come through with their actual reasons for believing things the way that they do. This is extremetly important for all of us to be aware of, that there are real people with opinions to either side of the issue, and to look deeply and respectfully at why they have those opinions.

Correspondence Corner:

Name: Justin LeBlanc
Hometown: Seoul, Korea

To all who provided their feedback: Thank You. I respect those dissenting opinions and I would submit to you that there are many of those out there, soldiers and civilians alike, that share my point of view and I hope Dr. Alterman affords me one last opportunity to respond in kind. However, I do take issue with those who would imply I am a disgrace or question my morals and values. I love my country and I love my Army. I have a firm commitment to my God and I respect all others who have different beliefs from my own. I am a Christian who grew up in Lackawanna, NY. I had many Muslim friends; three of which, Nabeal, Ahmed and Rasheed, I consider my best. We found ourselves discussing our religious differences openly and honestly and by doing so we grew in our understanding and respect for each other. In college, I took Judaism at a small Jesuit Institution, Canisius, in order to better understand others of this faith as well.

So, do I condone the actions of soldiers mistreating Arab prisoners? Of course not. However, I do know that there is a huge difference between Abu Ghraib and the gulag. I do know that we investigate and prosecute these actions. I do know that we use Abu Ghraib to protect Americans and not use it as a killing machine for political dissidents. This, however misconstrued, was the point I was trying to get at. In addition, what I do know is that not enough is said about the positive actions of our soldiers and not enough is said about the Iraqis who want us over there. Too much is said about those that are killed and not enough about those that are saved. Unfortunately, because of this, will our soldiers be perceived as heroes? Or, as I fear, will they be spit on by our fellow citizens or discriminated against at our jobs or in our colleges like what took place after Vietnam? Or, will they all be grouped together as "idiots", in Mr. Wright's words, because of so much bad publicity and none of the good?

It is my moral beliefs and values, not bestowed upon me by the Army, but bestowed upon me by my God, family, and friends that led me to be thankful that Saddam Hussein is no longer in power. What if Japan didn't bomb Pearl Harbor? What if we didn't consider Germany a threat? What if Germany didn't go to war with other countries and instead only decided to kill all the Jews in its own borders? Mr. Wright, would you have allowed the genocide to continue if you knew it was happening and could do something about it? Where are the articles on what Saddam has done to his people? This was the other point I was trying to make. It seems like more and more people every day are using casual words like "Nazis" to describe our soldiers. What impression does that leave on the minds of our citizens and families (especially the families who have soldiers stationed at these locations)?

My reference to Saddam being the Stalin of our times was an attempt to highlight the atrocities he committed even days out from the war. I've heard first hand accounts from people about Saddam and his sons' grotesque acts and the thought of what they did makes my stomach turn even now as I write this. I do not have to read about it in letters or books. As far as sounding callous about our casualties, I'm sorry if it came off that way. I was only trying to be realistic about the nature of war and the expectations that coincide with it. As a Christian, I pray everyday for the families of those that have lost loved ones. I cannot help but be proud of our actions and think removing Saddam was a good thing and still is. I don't think their deaths were in vain. I don't think they died for no cause. I refuse to believe that.

As far as my education goes, I understand military manuals and the doctrine for war. I also understand that our President, the Commander-in-Chief, decides that these requirements have been met and makes that decision to go to war. Nevertheless, as a soldier and a Christian, I believe it is our job to protect those who can't protect themselves. We do not have the ability to be the world's police officer, but if our policies and our soldiers save the future lives of hundreds of thousands, even millions, of people, can I not be proud of that? If my defending the Iraq war, President Bush, or my fellow soldiers is wrong or unpopular then I'll accept that.

Finally, as a side note, I know Mr. Stebley asked why I wasn't over in Afghanistan or Iraq. Unfortunately, I'm not going to discuss my personal reasons for this or air them publicly to the world. He can imply about me anything he likes. I fully expected a response like that when I mentioned I was in Korea and did not hide this fact, intentionally. Thank you Mr. Alterman for airing my previous feelings. I hope you do me the same service by airing this response. Thanks to all, once again, for sharing your thoughts.

Eric replies: I think the discussion with Mr. LeBlanc speaks for itself, but I should like to clarify two points. I don’t think anyone who wrote to this site expressed anything but gratitude or admiration for his sacrifices. No one, as far as I could tell, implied that he was a disgrace to anything. I would not have printed any of them if I thought they had. Second, according to The Spitting Image: Myth, Memory, and the Legacy of Vietnam, a careful study by Jerry Lembcke, here, offers a compelling argument that the “spitting image” myth is a creation of a revisionist right-wing seeking to discredit the anti-war movement, including those veterans who made up a key part of it.


Altercation has been flooded with correspondence in the past days concerning mostly this topic, and it has a lot to do with the battle for the soul of the Armed Forces. What is interesting is how many of our men and women in arms have actually contributed to this debate on the national stage. It really undercuts the pundits when really real folks have the ability to stand and be counted.

Sunday, June 19, 2005

More From Iran

Today, among other things, is Juneteenth. This is a very important American holiday that is neither heard of nor celebrated by many Americans. On this day in 1865 or 1866, the last Americans held in legal bondage (slavery) were freed. This was the end result of an argument that, over the course of time, took almost 700,000 American lives in 4 years. Now, it can be argued that this particular argument ended there, or another started there, but the end result is thus: No American today can legally be considered the property of another American within the borders of this country. That was a really big step for our civilization, and the great Democratic experiment that we are. It also sealed a blood oath between the states that we are one nation, individsible, whether God has anything to sat about it or not. We did start out with more humble roots in American soil than any of us can imagine today. We have come an awful long way since July of 1776, and we have a long way to go. But where we are today has not come free of charge. Keep that in mind as you read the rest of this.

Iran.

So the elections took place, and the two frontrunners for President, who will face a runoff next week are the conservative former President of Iran and the conservative Mayor of Tehran. Let me get my shocked face on. There, you see it? Let's move on.

Iran is a Theocratic Democracy. (This should not be confused with Representative Republic, which is what we have here.) From how I understand it, in Iran they can vote on stuff as long as that stuff is first agreed upon by the Council of Ayatollahs (powerful Muslim clerics) who see if the stuff that folks want to vote on is OK with their particular version of Islamic law. That same group can also veto anything the President enacts that they find too permissive. I'm not sure where their Parliament or Prime Minister factor into all that, but we know they are there.

Now, before any of you to my left start saying that we should respect other cultures and their laws; and before any of you to the right of me say that they are all terrorists (happy Father's Day, by the way), let me...

..."Speak American" about what is going on. What they have in Iran would be like running every American Presidential candidate through John Hagee, Pat Robertson, Jerry Falwell and James Dobson before we can vote on them. That's like giving the Southern Baptist convention veto power over economic policies and referendums. Imagine if everything your children learned in school had to first be given the green light by the American Council of Catholic Bishops. Can you imagine that? Even SAWB would be considered a left winger!

That's how Iran operates. That's what the Iranian people live with every day.

So that's the Iranian election wierdness. They have Democratic institutions, but not a Democracy. A lot of folks were trying to bring the vote total down, therefore exposing the elections for the faux-democratic fiascoes that they are, but Iranian sources claim 60% of the vote came out. This fact is disputed, as is most news coming out of Iran. But then again, the 'election supervisors' back in Tehran are controlled by the same Ayatollahs who choose who can run for President, and they can pretty much say whatever they want because they control their own oversight. I remember reading something about absolute power and what it does to the best of intentions...

Publius has his eye on the ball, and you should all check it out.

Saturday, June 18, 2005

Wow...

Just freaking wow...

A couple of highlights from the latest Democrat love-in.

Quote - The session took an awkward turn when witness Ray McGovern, a former intelligence analyst, declared that the United States went to war in Iraq for oil, Israel and military bases craved by administration "neocons" so "the United States and Israel could dominate that part of the world." He said that Israel should not be considered an ally and that Bush was doing the bidding of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.

and

Quote - At Democratic headquarters, where an overflow crowd watched the hearing on television, activists handed out documents repeating two accusations -- that an Israeli company had warning of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and that there was an "insider trading scam" on 9/11 -- that previously has been used to suggest Israel was behind the attacks.

Folks, this is your NATIONAL PARTY. The more of this sort of stuff that gets press, the less I worry about the Democrats taking over anytime in my lifetime.

Link The straight dope.

Thursday, June 16, 2005

Elections June 17th

Clerics say that participating in Iranian sham elections tomorrow, and through that sham continuing to perpetuate the Ayatollas' hold on the nation is against Islam. Thousands are planning on getting into the streets to protest the election. Keep your eyes on the news tomorrow, and remember to tell one other person that we - all Americans - stand in solidarity with the people of Iran in their journey to seek self determination; remember all the things you take for granted as the people there turn out fight for theirs.

Republican Kool Aid

Debate heats up over at the Glynn County Democrats Page.

James Taranto wrote this for me...

I've got nothing else to say on this one. Just remember, when you can't get enough press on your own, call someone a Nazi.

Der Linkenschnaussen

NOTE - pasting text, since this may disappear tomorrow:

BY JAMES TARANTO
Wednesday, June 15, 2005 4:11 p.m. EDT

Durbin Supports the Troops

Sen. Dick Durbin, an Illinois Democrat, took the Senate floor yesterday and likened American servicemen to Nazis (link in PDF):

When you read some of the graphic descriptions of what has occurred here [at Guantanamo Bay]--I almost hesitate to put them in the [Congressional] Record, and yet they have to be added to this debate. Let me read to you what one FBI agent saw. And I quote from his report:


On a couple of occasions, I entered interview rooms to find a detainee chained hand and foot in a fetal position to the floor, with no chair, food or water. Most times they urinated or defecated on themselves, and had been left there for 18-24 hours or more. On one occasion, the air conditioning had been turned down so far and the temperature was so cold in the room, that the barefooted detainee was shaking with cold. . . . On another occasion, the [air conditioner] had been turned off, making the temperature in the unventilated room well over 100 degrees. The detainee was almost unconscious on the floor, with a pile of hair next to him. He had apparently been literally pulling his hair out throughout the night. On another occasion, not only was the temperature unbearably hot, but extremely loud rap music was being played in the room, and had been since the day before, with the detainee chained hand and foot in the fetal position on the tile floor.


If I read this to you and did not tell you that it was an FBI agent describing what Americans had done to prisoners in their control, you would most certainly believe this must have been done by Nazis, Soviets in their gulags, or some mad regime--Pol Pot or others--that had no concern for human beings. Sadly, that is not the case. This was the action of Americans in the treatment of their prisoners.


We are fighting an enemy that murdered 3,000 innocent people on American soil 3 1/2 years ago and would murder millions more if given the chance--and according to Dick Durbin, our soldiers are the Nazis.

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Because it irritates paT...

I keep reminding paT that nobody watches MSNBC, which is a frequent source of his ramblings. Here are the hard numbers. Yes kids, it's true. Nobody is watching MSNBC, not even liberals, not even a little, not even at all...

lifted from Drudgereport.com

ONLY 231,000 VIEWERS WATCH NEW MSNBC PRIMETIME OFFERING**...

CABLE NEWS RACE
TUES NITE 6/14/05
[VIEWERS]

FOXNEWS O'REILLY 2,722,000
FOXNEWS HANNITY/COLMES 2,016,000
FOXNEWS GRETA 1,864,000
FOXNEWS SHEP SMITH 1,563,000
CNN LARRY KING 1,277,000
CNN AARON BROWN 751,000
CNN ZAHN 718,000
CNN COOPER 618,000
CNNHN NANCY GRACE 583,000
MSNBC OLBERMANN 459,000
MSNBC HARDBALL 330,000
MSNBC SCARBOROUGH 325,000
MSNBC TUCKER CARLSON** 231,000

June 15 Roundup

Upcoming Events

The Glynn County Democratic Party is having our regular monthly meeting (open to the public) on Monday, June 20th at 7:30pm at the St Williams Catholic Church's Parish Hall Map

I am planning on introducing resolutions to: 1. Propose collecting a pettition so that two School Board members may be recalled. 2. Condemning the Legislature for passage of House Bill 59, and 3) Inviting Democratic Party Chair Howard Dean to South Georgia. Resolution Text will be coming soon to this site.

The Glynn County Democratic Party will also be hosting a State Party Training & Organization meeting focusing on grassroots organzing on Saturday, June 25th 10am - 3pm at the Local 177 Pipe Fitters Union, 6148 New Jesup Hwy, Brunswick, GA 31520 Map

My band Rough House will be playing the SandTrap Bar and Grille in the St Simons Village on Saturday June 25th at approximately 9pm. Corner of Mallery & Lord Map Bring earplugs.

Headlines

An Iranian opposition group has said that the Islamic Theocracy ends tomorrow. Cheer for them if this does go on. This blog supports real Democracy in Iran.

The Bonehead Brigade wants Illegals in California. I guess they have nothing better to do out west other than acquit celebrities and protest non-violent groups that uphold American law.

Liberals are destroying the world with loose morals and pornography. (What does he want for adhering to his own code of ethics, a cookie? Buddy, I'm still waitin' for mine.) But all the while, the Republican leadership is contributing cash to the political campaigns of Porn Stars. Where else? California! (I think it is really funny that both of those came across the wire on the same day!)

Speaking of folks who only show morality when an election year rolls around, the Terri Schiavo autopsy results were reported today. Link. I still say shame on everyone who turned that very personal tragedy into a circus.

And to wrap things up, an editorial on why we should rebuild the World Trade Center.

The Funny

These are kind of off topic, but can squeeze in on my commentary site because they are social commentary of a different sort. Hat tip to Clicked over at MSNBC (check blogroll for link) for both of these links:

Rolling on the floor laughing,

and,

Rolling on the floor laughing so hard I couldn't breathe. That last one is awful long, but soooo worth the time. I suggest going back again and again until all has been read!

Apparrently he moonlights as a mechanical engineer...

...as well as a physicist.

Folks, there really is no debate on this one. It's simple physics and engineering. Jet propellant,(henceforth known as JP) burns at a significantly higher temperature than gasoline, kerosene, etc. When I say significantly higher, I mean something on the order of 500-600 degrees F higher. A well-loaded 747 slammed into a 100 story building at, oh, say, 500mph is going to weaken the structural integrity enough on the initial blow, that when combined with several minutes of high heat burn, will cause the supports in the area to collapse.

If you'll recall, when the towers began to drop, there was a big collapse at the top, then sort of a domino effect as they compressed. This is not the result of detonated charges by the government to finance GWBs war for his daddy's oil stocks in Halliburton. This is a result of what happens when you stress materials under weight.

Think of the building as a layer cake. particularly, a many tiered wedding cake. The top layer can hold lots of decorations and things, but nothing of any substantial weight, especially if you drop something on it. Now, imagine if you were to drop a bowling ball on the top layer of the cake. Even if you dropped it from 1/4" above the top layer, the bowling ball would bring the top layer down, which would continue to the next layer, and so on, keeping in mind that the bowling ball isn't plunging through the layers, it's pressing them down. So, every layer that the bowling ball hits, is being added to the total mass of the bowling ball.

Sooner or later, gravity and inertia take over, and the bowling ball/cake mass take exponentially less time to go through the succeding layers, until it hits solid ground.

Kids, I hate to spoil your conspiracy theories, but the government didn't bring down the towers. Terrorists did. They flew two fuel-air bombs into the towers, and they collapsed. Building 7 went down because of it's proximity to the 'blast area' of the two towers. It got shaken like a martini, and didn't stand a chance.

But what do I know, i'm not a mechanical engineer, or a physicist, or even an economist...

The link. First bit down...rest of the bits are interesting reading too...

UPDATE - Dr. Robert Gates - President of Texas A&M University, responds to the allegations by Dr. Morgan Reynolds that the WTC attack was actually a government conspiracy

Dr. Reynolds' foot, meet Dr. Reynolds' mouth.

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Enough Rope

For Democrats to Hang Themselves

Georgia Republicans sure are smart. Watch how this works:
Georgia House Resolution 59
states that local governments can't regulate contracts based on what a contractor pays his employees. First of all, and I'm going to find out, that's against the Georgia Constitution. But the Republicans KNOW this law will get repealed by the courts. Why then, would they do it?

Because Democrats all over Georgia are howling about how this makes "living wage" illegal in Georgia. Pick up the memo, guys, there is no "living wage" law in Georgia. Or the United States for that matter. So Democrats begin howling about $10 and hour just as a mid-term election year starts. Can you see where this is going?

The issue is really about Cities, Counties and Local Governments being told what they can and cannot do with their own money by Atlanta bureaucrats. And nobody likes to be told what to do with their own money by Atlanta bureaucrats. Especially when those Atlanta bureaucrats are Republicans who got into office by promising their constituents that they wouldn't tell folks what to do with money that wasn't theirs. That's the Taxpayer's money, Atlanta bureaucrat! The taxpayer knows how to spend his money better than Atlanta bureaucrats.

But, back to the NON ISSUE we were goaded into talking about:

Cluephone: Republicans LOVE it when Democrats start talking about "living wage" and all that because it is a LOSER. We start talking about it, and every small business owner and worker who wants to become a business owner starts thinking about how they'll have to pay high school dishwashers $10 and hour. I plan to own my own business one day, and I am scared to death that I'll have to pay high school dishwashers $10 an hour. As a matter of fact, if anywhere in your argument there could be a high school dishwasher making $10 an hour, you should put whatever it is you are smoking down, and come back to the really real world. And we on the left just take that bait and run with it untill we get caught, cleaned and cooked. All by our own hand.

Gotta hand it to the righty tighties on this one.

Monday, June 13, 2005

Good News, Bad News Roundup

Bad News First

Over 1,700 of our Brother and Sister Americans have died in this war. Many thousands more are injured. These men and women are heroes and heroines. They have thrown themselves into their work and held a terrible situation together with the military equivalent of bailing wire and duct tape. We can argue about why they are there, but we must never forget that every good thing that comes out of this trial is due to them and them alone. We can argue about why they are there, but let us never forget - they are there and we are not.

As for what is going on back home:

Apparently, St Simons was nothing before we had the G8 down here. But we do have a bunch of new restaurants in the area. I still can't figure out what one has to do with the other.

Sometimes, when there is a particularly brutal crime, I will send that news forward with a little attachment that says "This is why we keep the Death Penalty around." This isn't that kind of post. This is the kind of post that says "This is why Texas shouldn't be allowed to use the Death Penalty."

Good News Roundup

The Counterrevolution Continues Remember, this site supports Real Democracy in Iran! Spread the news to all your friends.

I have discovered a new storybook place to visit concerning the land of make believe! Come with me on a magical journey to OllyWorld, the Neoconservative Kingdom!

And you can all send your South Georgia friends to visit us at Democracy For America: Georgia's Coastal Empire as we actually have a group of progressive hellraisers 'round here!

Sunday, June 12, 2005

Temper tantrum

No matter which side of the fence I was on, I hope I would decry it just as loudly.

Friday, June 10, 2005

Religion, Intellectuals and Border Security

The Christian Progressive

The Christian Progressive 2

Christian Progressives 3: The Jacksonville Declaration

A little Creationism in the Classroom:

Boy, would it be too much for us to act like really real grown ups, and get some English, Science, Religion and History teachers together for a class somewhere in High School called Creation Mythologies? You could teach the whole history of where the world comes from as believed by different societies (Norse, Greek, Roman, Japanese, Judeo-Christian-Islam, Native American et al), demonstrate the very literary elements of all of them, a little history about the societies and when they were, and then touch on the enlightenment, why Darwinism and Evolution came about and why about 99% of science believes this to be true today. That way, we can compare and contrast all of them and demonstrate the why of thinking rather than absolutism. Link

A little about why intellectuals (or those who think they are) might be seen in a less than favorable light. It just has something to do with the idea, one that I subscribe to, that a place is sacred for a reason and should thus remain true to that reason. This is in fact, exactly like putting up a museum of tolerance over the USS Arizona. Tolerance is a very good thing, but people don’t go visit the USS Arizona for that reason. A grave site is not a place to scold people. A grave is not a place for “I told you so’s.” It is not a neighborly thing to do to inject ideology and universalism in a place known for a specific reason. This rationale is something I find patronizing and counterproductive. The place for that kind of universalism is in a university.

And for a little fun,

And here’s a university that takes all the fun out of college. As a Southern Hellraiser I must protest on many levels, the first being that class can never, ever be codified. Also, a cultural intolerance to the likes of Skynrd, Elvis, the Black Crowes, Led Zepplin and Metallica is just unacceptable. I’m not even going to get into how offensive the acronym for Bob Jones University can be either. However, I do support their right to not have fun, if that is their choice. More fun for me!

And here's something I noticed. MSNBC is moving to blog format in their regular news articles. That is, linking specific in text words to their source websites through HTML code. I find that a very interesting development, as far as Main Stream Media (or MSM) is concerned. Because of this useful tool, I came across a very interesting website. The Minutemen of Southwestern fame. Kinda neat and scary at the same time. Enjoy!

Not So Evil J

Not So Evil J (that's what we called him back in Creswell Hall at UGA) sends this into the mailbag. Please address any comments to him. -The Management

Start Message

John Kerry's back, and he just sent me this link (while groveling for funds):

Ah, a little Beating Heart Liberal legislation is trying to squeeze
its way in past all of our bitching about our right of privacy,
freedom of speech, and protection from self-incrimination being flushed
down the toilet faster than a Qu'ran at Gitmo. It seems to be a good
(albeit expensive) idea that would help out millions of kids who are
currently struggling like hell in our already expensive medical
insurance system. Of course, in comparison to a military invasion,
it's a scant couple of drops of oil in the bucket pricewise.
Then again, I can't wait to see conservatives who spend millions
lobbying against abortion denounce this legislation as too expensive
(I guess children just aren't as cute once you let them out of the
womb). Personally, I think it would have must better odds of getting
bipartisan support if they showed more white children in the ad. Let
me know what y'all think about it!

J

End Message

Disclaimer: message has been edited for grammar and spelling, not content.

Thursday, June 09, 2005

Tragic Brutality

Warning: this is not a story for the weak of heart.

I think this is probably the most disturbing story I’ve ever heard about in my life. I felt sick after reading about it. Now, to start this out, I must announce that I’m an advocate of Legal Choice though my heart says Choose Life. But the brutality on all sides in this situation should be a wake up call to all sides: we have got to find some consistency on this issue lest we be faced with more events like this. There has got to be a better way to do things than this: Link. It vindicates neither side, rather it points out the tragic flaws when each is carried to the extreme.

I’ve disabled comments for this post because I think it is far more important that you roll this one around in your head and let all the implications sink in before anyone can come back with something to say. Props to Clicked at MSNBC for being man enough to bring it up.

Update 06/10/05

Slate gives us this take on a related topic here, something that may be a hopeful sign. Then again, it could also backfire pretty badly. My mind is still reeling from the first one, wondering how we got to this spot and how we can come away from it.

The older I get, the easier this gets.

Looks like the Democrats version of the little baby Jesus is taking Dr. Dean to task now for his comments about the Republican party. Barack-a-meck-a-hi-meck-a-heidi-heidi-ho.

And what's this? More dissension in the ranks? Say it ain't so Nancy Pelosi.

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Stay On Target

Disclaimer, I love Howard Dean as Chairman of the Democratic Party.

That being said, Foot in mouth award for the week: Doogie Howard. The most organized Democrat in the country also says some of the dumbest things. I think we ought to invite him down South to meet some of the white, Christian Democrats that live down here and all the socially liberal Republicans (who can’t stand Tommy Boy DeLay and the Christianeers) who have really real jobs like the rest of us in overworked underpaid America. Some Republicans trying to get elected have to fire up their base by saying stupid things on TV, but most folks who vote Republican nowadays are just average folks like us who want reasonable things. Keep that in mind. I’d rather have a battle of hearts and minds, and talk about really real issues. Compare, for instance, all those crazy things Doc is saying to this episode of softball.

This is something a lot of us on the left have been talking about for a long, long time. Democrats have a problem with message. They don’t even know how to talk about how to find a better message. Check this out: I don’t know what I find more horrifying, the fact that a conservative of National Review wrote such an insightful piece or that National Democrats actually had to have a panel meeting on how to speak American. Before we really move the debate any further, maybe we need to clarify – Democrats ARE Americans. Spread the good word.

And I don’t know which tagline will backfire worse: “Clean out the stables” or “Family Stress Relief.” My money is on the latter. Somewhere Karl Rove is laughing so hard he just wet himself.

Lucky for us on the left side of the aisle, there are still plenty of dumb righties to keep us relevant. Like this group of bozos that have finally admitted their message strategy: Balance is more important than Truth.

And another excellent opinion piece by Eric Alterman, and pretty much a summary or why I fight back against right wing media:

And a big win for media transparency.

Off the Wall Topics

In the spirit of Hurricane Radio and my crazy fascination with weather phenomena, I forward you this link, to view the inside of a tornado. Hat tip to Clicked, over at MSNBC.

Also, something us hellraisers have known for a while: Tests suck and homework is pretty much useless.

Dumb and Dumber...

Sometimes this stuff just writes itself folks.

Like this here article about how closing Fts. Gillem and McPherson would make Atlanta 'less safe' and 'more vulnerable to a military attack'. Right. I've got it on pretty solid authority that both Forts are little more than a place to hang one's hat. Basically, they exist to give active duty personnel a place to settle and shop in the Atlanta area. Hi, my name is David Scott, and i'm a moran.

Next up, our old friend, Screamin' Howard Dean!!! This is a good one kids. Apparrently, the Republican party is nothing more than, 'The White, Christian party.' That's a direct quote there kids. Do you see why it's going to be so easy to keep the Democrats out of power for the next 10 years or so unless you guys do something very, VERY drastic, like get rid of Screamin' Howard and that entire section of the party? Seriously. Read the article. It's stellar. My name is Howard Dean, and I like to hear myself talk.

Here we go...now that the link is un-fuggled...

another PSA for our 'activist' friends. Might want to check your information before you go off to wave clever placards and shout clever slogans. What's this, oh, this is the link to use to see what happens when you don't bother to research anything before you go out and make a jackassed-fool of yourself. Don't you people have jobs?

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Glynn County School Board Fiasco

Boy, are we in some trouble down here! Six more months of SACS probation. My take on the matter here.

Sports Section Up and Running

Hurricane Radio Sports is now up and running. Big Hat Tip to our own conservopundit SAWB for hosting. 'Cause without sports, we'd have nothing to waste our time on but politics and music! Tell all yo' frens!

Abercrombie & Fitch practice 'goth-scrimination'.

In other news, sky still blue, water wet, liberals whiny.

BLAH! BLAH! I'M A WAMPIRE! BLAH!

Hip Hop Huah

And some other stuff I've heard about.

Ain't no party like a Desert Storm Party 'cause the party in the desert don't stop! Everybody say ‘Hip Hop!’ (crowd chants) “HIP HOP!” Say ‘Hip-Hop!’ (crowd chants) “HIP HOP!!”

Heh heh heh. I'll be putitng up a link in the music section soon. The band that started the blogstorm is called 4th25, apparently pronounced "4th Quarter." (Strong Language & Image Warning) This has been travelling about the blogosphere for several days now, and everyone's gotten a review or two in. Here is Wonkette's take. (Again, Language & Images.)

While we're talking about Iraq, check this out: Chopping up time in Iraq is Maj. Bob Bateman, followed by more butt whoopin commentary from Eric Alterman. Apparenly I wasn’t the only one to think Ben Stein had done lost his mind!

Other News

Georgia schools just don't get it. Don't mess with the drama department, and don't feed the Journalism Students! The Revolution won’t need to be televised!

Props to the Catholic Church (of which I am a part) for walking the walk on this one.

A shoe on the other foot still smells the same. (Refrence butchered intentionally.)

Who would Jesus boycott? You can boycott whomever you want to in America, that's your right. Its also my right to point out how dumb y'all look. What I really like is how this group claims responsibility for destroying Walt Disney Corp.

Domino theory revisited.

And we need our Sprotsblog soon: Title IX & the US Supreme Court.

Why yes, I AM dredging up the past

Looks like they're both dummies.

Monday, June 06, 2005

OH NOS!!!!111!11!1!!!1!

TEH SKY IS FALLUNG!!! TEHSKY IS FALLUNING!!! LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL!!!!111!111111111!!! OMGWTFBBQ!~

Yes kids, apparrently, Lou-sana and Texas are both about to just disappear beneath the waves. Somehow, President Bush is to be blamed in this.

OH NOS!!!

Space, the final frontier

Be warned: These are not political links (well, almost all of them aren't) . One of the things that I'm really encouraged by is government subsidies to further the development of science. As anyone who's ever played those "develop your civilization" strategy games will tell you, exploration and technology is an all important factor. Even if there's no immediate payoff, knowing more about how stuff works isn't a bad thing.

Okay, okay. The next one is a very tenuous link, I know. But satellites being used to monitor a "pay as you go" driving plan for roads and such has some interesting components. To say the least, it' a definite push for public transportation. Is this policy crazy talk? If you're an American Politician, definitely. A bad way to go? I'm not so sure.

Sunday, June 05, 2005

One more thing about Amnesty International...

Just a reminder here kids, if you're going to call Gitmo a 'gulag', make sure you know what a gulag is first, and that you have evidence that there is, in fact, wrongdoing. Hi, i'm with the international group of peoeple who run their mouths about things we have no factual basis of.

The quick summation - AI 'does not know' if there has been any wrongdoing/gulag conditions in Gitmo. But apparrently, it's ok to label the Secretary of Defense as an 'apparrent high-level architect of torture'. It's also ok to make sweeping, baseless statements such as:
"... But there are some similarities. The United States is maintaining an archipelago of prisons around the world, many of them secret prisons into which people are being literally disappeared ... And in some cases, at least, we know that they are being mistreated, abused, tortured and even killed."


But remember kids, it's all about 'feeeeeeeelings':
"And whether the Americans like it or not, it does reflect how the more than 2 million Amnesty members in a hundred countries around the world and indeed the vast majority of those countries feel about the United States' detention policy," he added.


Damn, now i'm all cranky. I'ma go light a styrofoam bonfire...maybe discharge some aerosol cans for no reason.

Friday, June 03, 2005

Amnesty International

Hiding Behind Human Rights

Amnesty International wants to take on the United States of America. Why do we always take the bait? To be perfectly honest, western democracies should not get a free pass when it comes to human rights violations. When we break the rules, it looks the worst and leaves an awful taste in the mouth because we know better. But you know what? We don't get that free pass, we self regulate. Not perfeclty, I understand, but we strive for the machinations of justice; due process of law and the right (and responsibility) to seek redress of grievances from our government. That is why we have organizations like the American Civil Liberties Union, the Southern Poverty Law Center and the American Center for Law and Justice. That's what they do. You want American human rights violations, go to those three pages and start the tally.

The good folks over at Amnesty International should be doing, in my opinion, is focusing on human rights violations in the places that redress of grievance is called blood debt. But what they are doing is kicking up a stink about the United States, because going after the big target is the easy way to raise money from folks who hate Ol' Dubya and his ilk, or are angry at anything American and want to put us on a guilt trip.

Publius Pundit makes an excellent point of this disparity here, and follows it up with just about the most eloquent words on the matter I've read in a long time.

When researching human rights and their violations, one really has to keep their eye on the ball. This should not be a political issue that red and blue teams spend time scoring points off one another with. Words like genocide and gulag deserve far more weight than a 30 second soundbite can give them.

There are, of course, ways powerful western democracies (like the United States of America) can and should take an active role in encouraging allies and enemies to reform. Our biggest crime against human rights is that we don't use more of our economic, social and diplomatic leverage where it can be applied the easiest and where it can be the most effective.

And while we are on this particular subject, hurricane_radio is now part of the blogosphere that supports Real Democracy in Iran. No more theocracy, no more western-style juntas, just homegrown self determination style democracy - growing pains and all. Iran for Iranians, let freedom ring.

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There ya' go, Sparky

When I was in college, a friend of mine once revealed that he had tazered himself just to see what it was like. His description was of time comming to a standstill and his vision going blue for a few seconds as he lost all motor control.

All that being said, Click on the title of this post, watch the video, and form your opinion of the issue.

Naturally, I think I would like Police officers to try and use a little diplomacy before pointing weapons at me, but I'm also not a beat cop. I don't walk into unknown and potentially dangerous situations every day. Sadly, the days of Andy Griffith and Don Knots keeping the town safe with good natured grins and fatherly advice have been replaced with a far less forgiving world.

Call me a fence sitter on this issue.

Thursday, June 02, 2005

Nixon Primer

How to Dismantle a Historical Revision

So, because the most unfortunate named anonymous source in American History decided to tag his name to his deeds, we have to rehash the whole Watergate/Nixon Scandal again. This is what right wing punditry (including our very own SAWB) have been getting ready for for decades. They just can't stand the fact that their boy got caught with his hand in the cookie jar. Now, it ain't time for folks on the left side of the aisle to be running victory laps,

"Pat Buchanan, Bob Novak and Watergate burglar G. Gordon Liddy don't like Mark Felt. Mark Felt is truly a great man." --The great Jon Stewart.


(though I do perk my ears up when those three get pissed off at something) 'cause now ol' Mark Felt has to stand up to public scrutiny. He's not all justice personified himself, as he did break really real laws and was a Hooverite reactionary. Scrutiny is a good thing, but let's face it, when this guy's credibility issues come up, it gives punditry the chance to whitewash Nixon's legacy.

It really is genius the way they do it. First off, they have folks like Ben Stein publish outrageous comments with nothing close to a factual citation. I guess the fact that ol' Ben's a pretty smart guy relieves him of the obligation to base his opinions in solid fact. He transmits the party line: Nixon wasn't such a bad guy, he didn't actually do anything bad...and even if he did, he did more good than bad so we should overlook his shortcomings. (Strangely enough, which is exactly how most Democrats defend Bill Clinton) Then Stein's opinion article gets quoted by more reasonable sounding pundits in their opinion articles. I'm not even going to get into this historical revisionism about Kennedy on drugs, LBJ starting the Vietnam war, or how Cambodia was a verifiable utopia before the US pulled out of South Asia. I'm especially not going to get into the contention that Nixon's having to obey American law somehow cost us in the long run against the Soviet Union (I was alive in '89). What I will say is there is no such thing as a slippery slope if you are actively jumping down the hill.

This stuff is tricky, but quote Stein enough times and his entire argument (which is an opinion) takes on an air of factuality, and can be used as such by right wing punditry everywhere. You can view the results of this kind of make believe land when you revisit the Terri Schiavo case now that the public has its eyes turned elsewhere.

In order to fire my broadside into this Watergate whitewash, I thought I might transmit some actual history that is based in fact, and show the left how to sink this punditstorm from fantasyland. All you have to do is bring up those pesky little details called facts. First of all, it does not matter what a toolbox Mr. Felt is or isn't, Richard Milhous Nixon was served with really real Articles of Impeachment by a real world United States Congress for breaking really real American laws. But you don't actually have to take my word for it, after all, I am only a bloody nose liberal, bloviating on my own blog into the ether. Perhaps you would be more convinced by reading the words of a really real Republican President of the United States of America.

Have fun!

okay, but i hope you don't like salad

The right of individuals to organize is, thankfully, protected by the first amendment. Whatever their motives, the Minutemen have a right to stand at our borders. Provided that they do not physically assault anyone, or trespass, or devalue anyone's property in the process, then they can't be shut down just because they are inconvenient. (And they are inconvenient -- bad as coyotes for setting off ground sensors and other alarms.)

However, an incompletely closed border can cause unexpected consequences, often merely routing traffic to other unobserved areas. And a firmly closed one would noticeably reduce US productivity (sorry for linked page's ugliness, but unless you have a WSJ subscription google cache is the best i could do.)

The current system protects neither our borders, nor our economy, nor the many thousands of workers passing to and fro. Kennedy and McCain are backing a bill for immigration reform that i can't find the text for. (If anyone gets a look at the bill itself, post a link?) Folks seem split on it, claiming alternately that it piggybacks Pres. Bush's ideas or that it is merely more lipstick on the pig. Whatever side of the fence you are on, it seems pretty obvious we need a better solution than Jim on his day off.

Minutemen in Texas

A couple of gems in this article, including U.S. Rep Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas, 18th district) getting her name in the news for wasting paper and ink with her 'amendment'. Block federal funding to a volunteer group that is already receiving none, huh? Great idea Sheila. You truly are one of the deep thinkers of the world.

Not wanting to be outdone, Democratic Texas State Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa lead the charge to outlaw the part of the First Amendment dealing with free assembly. Thankfully, Texas Governor Rick Perry told Hinojosa, and the eleven other state senators that signed Hinojosa's resolution to ban the Minutemen from the state that "he can't ban people from legal activity."

Quote from Hinojosa: "I don't think that there's any doubt that there's a tinge of racism beneath the surface in their attempt to try to stop immigrants from Mexico," Hinojosa said. "Why don't they do that in Canada?" Hey, Chuy, perhaps it has something to do with the dearth of illegal immigrants coming down from the North.

Keep an eye on this one kids, strangely enough, paT and I are on the same page with this one.

Linky-dinky-doo

The Thursday Conjumbulation

Lots to cover today kids, and not much time to do it in. Here we go, rapido-style:

First up - Mike Adams again, with more fun from academia. Remember kids, your tax dollars at work here.

Next - Ben Stein has the biggest call out of Mark Felt, aka "Deep Throat", to date, possibly ever. Yes, Ben Stein is smarter than all of us, and it shows. linky goodness - Just damn...

Next - Ever wonder why I hate the French so much? This goes a long way to prove that. How about they just hand them the button while they're at it. Stupid Frogs

Finally - Ah, Amensty International, that fine, fine, non-partisan group. Oh wait, their executives donated heavily, and solely, to Democratic campaigns in the last election cycle? Yeah, they're about as non-partisan as i'm a small black woman. Oh, and their Secretary-General is named Khan. Shatner wouldn't trust them, and neither do I. KHAAAAAAAAAANNNNNNNN!!!

Questions? Comments? Verbal Abuse?

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

The Newsweek Fiasco

Just so y'all know, I did a little roundup of both the Newsweek fiasco and the Tom DeLay vs Law & Order scandal over on FlorenceDems. Go check it out!

Worthless Wednesday

Wow. This piece is truly awesome. "Why smart people defend bad ideas." Required reading if you know me, my parents, my brother, any single one of my friends, anyone who posts on this blog, anyone who lived in Creswell Hall at the University of Georgia between 1996 and 1999, any liberal or conservative and all Georgia Tech fans. Hah! It pretty much explains everything.

Star Wars will simply not leave the news. These guys say that their list is not "exhaustive" by any means. Of course, that comes after three pages of links to Star Wars stuff I've never even started to hear about, and I am one of the biggest nerds you'll ever meet!

Even sports writers, determined by the Jerzey for Georgia Coalition (Website coming soon) to be the most accurate, fact checking and balanced members of the media, are getting into this Church vs State debate.

This just in, fellow vacation planners: Georgia plays Colorado in '06 & '10! Add this to the Arizona State away and home series in '08 and '09 , this is gonna make for some good traveling to see the west again! And it means the Dawgs are serious about scheduling really real opponents! Sweet.

Memorial Daze

Sorry y'all. I have a lot of stuff to throw out 'cause I have been recovering from the Island weekend for quite a while. You see, Roughhouse, played at the Sand Trap Saturday night two blocks from the beach. It was the best rock show I have personally ever played. Not only that, but you have never played true barroom rock until you have beautiful women A) using your microphone stand as a pole dance prop; B) crawling on the floor on all fours; C) belly dancing at the bar; D) hanging from the second floor balcony to holler along with the words to the songs you are singing; or E) all of the above. Now, I'm a liberal and (I try to be) a gentleman most of the time, but sometimes the Rock and Roll in my Southern boy veins must come out to play. We raised some hell when we played some Bearfoot Hookers' songs. We almost started a riot when we played some Drive By Truckers. If we had played some old Skillet songs, I'd probably be in jail right now.

The score is now Overnight Low - 7, RoughHouse - 38.

Here's the stuff I would have sent out if I had been able to type accurately.

The coming Republican Civil War: Really Real Conservatives VS Wingnuts here.

Really Real Conservatives VS Wingnuts Part 2.

Big Momma Government & the Fun Police make us all pay the price for idiots who don't know how to handle themselves. I always hated it when, in grade school, the whole class would be punished for the actions of the few.

More on those wacky French.

Define irony: a low emissions cargo ship to carry high emission automobiles.
Brilliant!

Finally, some real marketing for my blue people.

Barbecue is Tasty Good

And other things we can all agree on.

Food and American politics.

We all love barbecue down here in the South. (Even vegans can have barbecued eggplant & tofu nowadays, there are some things one just can’t give up…) But all that love just makes it more divisive, and that's a shame. It also makes for some real funny stories.

I remember fondly the most outrageous thing one of my most liberal professors at UGA ever said to the overwhelmingly conservative class she was teaching was something like this: “You see, I am from Texas, and I just don’t understand this ‘sweet’ barbecue in this part of the South. How can you eat that stuff?” You’d a thought she had dog cussed Reagan’s legacy in a Church on a Sunday. Whooeeee! Where was the Barbecue Bill of Rights when you need it!?! Anyway, this is tasty journalism right here.

Scroll through the days of the week and look at his adventures. Especially
read about his run in with airport security on Friday. Absolutely
hilarious. Fair and balanced? As long as you can hold the plate in one hand and your sweet tea in the other. Tofu gets no equal time on my blog.

And speaking of food and what not, I never heard of barbecued crow before, but I'm sure that's how this knucklehead is gonna ask to have his. And we all know what side dish he got with the entree!

Speaking of sides, my side note for today is thus: this should be a rule for anyone in school Administration everywhere. You can do everything right at your school, but for Heaven's sake don’t ever mess with the drama department! They will get you every single time!

What magic bullet...

The Kennedy Conspriacy, as disproven by Teller of Penn&Teller fame - The proof?

If only...

Why is it that I wish that students here would throw a protest like this one. Ah, who am I kidding, It would never happen here. I mean, with the high moral standards of today's youth...we'd end up with a protest full of unshaven hippie land-whales, angry feminists, and dudes.

EDIT: Apparrently, I need to clarify my position on this. I'm in favor of hot chicks getting nekkid to protest whatever they feel the need to protest. What I am certain would happen in such a scenario round these parts, is that the protest would have no hot nekkid chicks, rather, it would be unshaven hippie land-whales, angry feminists, and dudes. I am not in favor of unshaven hippie land-whales, angry feminists, and dudes getting nekkid to protest anything within that which I survey.

S.A.W.B.'s First Post

Hi there. My name is S.A.W.B. and i am the Anti-paT. I'm here to give commentary to defend the right, or wrong to some of you, side of the aisle. For those that aren't familiar, S.A.W.B. stands for Smart Assed White Boy. Now, on to the fun.

First - Professor Mike Adams of the University of North Carolina-Wilmington takes the student newspaper, the Seahawk, to task for some outlandishly bad legal advice. Here's a hint for all you other 'legal expert journalists' out there. If your school has neither a school of Law, nor a school of Journalism, then you should probably not write in a public forum of which you know nothing about on a subject that you know nothing about. Linky goodness - Stupid Children

Next - Ralph Nader and Kevin Zeese(of DemocracryRising.US 'fame') think that President Bush can be impeached for being a not nice person. Listen kids, this is the last time we're going to go over this. It wasn't about oil, it wasn't because he needed to finish it for his daddy, and it wasn't about WMDs. The war started because we were attacked. The WMD evidence turned out to be bad, yes, but that's not his fault. He was given bad information, and had to make the call based on it. And yes, we were justified in removing Saddam. We even have the UNs permission(not that it matters). Check out resolutions 660, 678, and 1441. Read more about those here State Department links - linky goodness Nader and Zeese whining

Finally - Michelle Malkin...mmmm...want to touch...sooooo nice...

but I digress. Here's her writeup on the 'gulag' down at Gitmo. Sounds like those guys have it pretty bad for prisoners... Good times at Gitmo

More fun later. Flame away now.

ruby's first post

hello everybody.
i'm, if anything, more verbose than paT, but this pretty much speaks for itself.

President Bush in a press conference discussing Amnesty International's report saying he has established "a new gulag" of prisons around the world:

"...It seemed like to me they based some of their decisions on the word of -- and the allegations -- by people who were held in detention, people who hate America, people that had been trained in some instances to disassemble -- that means not tell the truth. And so it was an absurd report. It just is. ..."

To recap: "disassemble -- that means not tell the truth"

Gable's first post

I'm not quite as verbose as paTrick, but I found this link as I was meandering through the ether. It's a list of the 10 most harmful books of the 19th & 20th century according to Human Events online. After looking through the article, please post a reply telling me what you think of it.

(:<-=Gable=->:)

p.s. to access the link, just click on the title of this post