Jousting at the windmills of hypocrisy, scammers, and other stuff that irritates me.
Tuesday, May 31, 2005
Not only an idiot, but a RACIST idiot
Oh, and no, I'm not going to provide the links to any of his stupidity, as it's easy enough to find if you search, and I'm not going to provide a link to his sites either. If you want to know how much of an ignoramus this guy is, check my post about his forsakethetroops.com site and you'll understand.
But, I'm sure I have some friends that wouldn't mind paying a pencil-necked, racist, dumbass a visit. Especially in the beautiful outstate NY area.
Freedom of Speech
People in this country need to remember the facts when they consider the cost of freedom. We didn't just walk into this country free. We earned our freedom. And it wasn't the newspaper reporter that earned it. It wasn't the tree-hugging environmentalist that earned it. It wasn't the soccer mom, or the sign carrying protester. It wasn't the politician who complained about whatever the opposition does, no matter whether it was good or bad for the country, solely because they weren't getting credit for it.
It was the Marine, soldier, sailor, and airman who fought for our freedom who earned those people the right to protest, to speak out, and to whine, bitch, and complain about everything the American government and military does. It was the blood of those brave men and women that earned the right of the protester to carry that sign. It was the courage of those fighters who earned the right for that politician to critize them. It was those brave souls who protect our soccer moms (and dads) every single day. It's their sacrifice on the battlefield that brings about the plentiful life we all have today.
So, next time you think about complaining about the military operations, or the cost of the military, or the actions of the government against people who'd rather we weren't free, remember that pile of smoldering rubble where the Trade Centers used to be and think of what life would be like if it weren't for those troops. We'd see a lot more attacks like that on American soil.
God Bless our Troops
Monday, May 30, 2005
Schadenfreude re: Chirac
Most French viewed this as a referendum on keeping their protectionist mentality, 35 hour work week, 8 weeks of vacation a year (or more, not sure), and completely socialistic economy, OR opening their markets up to competition with the rest of the EU, including much of the former Eastern Bloc (Bulgaria, Hungary, et al), who would eat their lunch, economically speaking. And rather than cleaning up their act and getting more competitive, the French would rather continue their protectionist ways.
Let's just watch as they continue down that path toward third world country status. Hell, the only good thing to ever come out of that country was Grey Goose vodka, and I can live without that. There's so many other good vodkas out there that it's easily replaced.
Friday, May 27, 2005
Illegals interfering with military training
Well, I get my monthly American Legion magazine, and what should I find? Some hard numbers:
500- Minimum number of times the presence of illegal aliens* shut down the training range at the Marine Corps Air Station near Yuma AZ between July 2005 and April 2005
1100- approximate number of training hours lost due to illegal aliens* at the training area, which spans about 20 miles along the US-Mexico border where testing of laser weapons, bombs, machine guns, and 209 mm cannons is conducted.
1500- minimum number of illegal aliens* detained on the range in 2004
1100- minimum number of illegal aliens* detained on the training range in only the first three months of 2005.
(* They use the term illegal immigrants, or undocumented immigrants. I believe that lowers the outrage level by not reminding you consistently that these people are breaking the law, thus I changed the word. My blog, my perogative)
Just wondering what's going to happen when a laser guided bomb lands on a nice family from Guadalajara. Is Vicente Fox going to lodge a formal complaint at the UN? Will we have to stop training altogether?
There was at least one fatality that I know of where we were doing a night-fire (with tracers and everything) and an idiot illegal walked right through the range. Not sure how many of us hit him, but we didn't know he was there until the next day when they found his body found at the range. A huge investigation ensued, but no negligence was found. But that was about 15 years ago. Bet all of the pro-immigration folks would be up in arms now.
Illegal Alien Myths
Immigration-A Republican splitting point
Mexico=Not our friendly neighbors
Thursday, May 26, 2005
KERRY SIGNS SF-180 FORM....Maybe....
This is the form that all the SwiftBoat Vets were calling on him to sign, that he refused to sign. Of course, he never refused publicly, in fact, he usually said "Sure, I'll sign it", and then moved on to the next photo op.
The only drawback right now though is typically Kerry-esque. According to Kerry, his "staff is still going through it, and very, very shortly, you will have a chance to see it".
I'm not sure what exactly needs to be gone over, it's a pretty straight forward form, having seen it myself. So, I'm sure this will be one of those things that he spins and then acts as if we're all too stupid to understand what he really meant:
"I signed it, right before I didn't sign it"
Ward Churchill is an idiot
While you'd expect some sort of stupidity from someone as liberal-minded as Churchill, this takes the cake. Apparently Mr. Churchill has threatened 'academic misconduct' charges against a Lamar University professor who accuses Churchill of misrepresenting historical facts in an essay about the smallpox epidemic amongst Mandan Indians in 1837.
Apparently Mr. Churchill doesn't believe that anything he does should be questioned or even examined with a critical eye. If you look at his reaction to an investigation into an art piece that Churchill claims as his own, you'd have to agree. Apparently, he 'created' a piece that he represented as his own, but it certainly looks a lot like another artists, who created his a long time ago. You be the judge:
The one on the top(or left, depending on your resolution) is the original, the one on the right is the colorized version of Mr. Churchill's 'creation'.
His reactions when pressed by a reporter from Channel 4 Denver?
Sounds like the chickens are finally coming home to roost Ward. You ready?
"Get that camera out of my face"
Ward Churchill Update
Ward Churchill Rides again
Another 'Blame America' idiot
Defending the Defenders
Illegal Alien Myths
not according to or authorized by law : UNLAWFUL, ILLICIT; also : not
sanctioned by official rules (as of a game)
Now, maybe some of you STILL don't get it and believe in the myths perpetuated by those in favor of a liberal immigration policy. Let's look at a few just to get a taste(thanks to grassfire.net for this list):
1. Illegals still pay taxes that benefit our economy. This is so stupid as to be laughable. IF they paid taxes, many of us who believe they should be shipped out would moderate our views a tad. But most are day laborers paid in cash. They don't have social security numbers/tax id's and thus couldn't pay taxes if they wanted to. And even the ones who have a number that they give to their employers, those numbers are fake about 95% of the time, and at day laborer wages, they still don't pay enough taxes to cover the cost of having them here. Take a look at any LA/San Diego maternity ward to see thousands upon thousands of brand new American citizens being born to illegals every year, free of charge. Well, free to them anyway. Expensive to you and I.
2. Illegals don't affect politics because they can't vote. Completely not true. Look in Wisconsin and Washington for your proof. At least a thousand illegal aliens voted in the last election just in those two states each. And the only reason they were examined so closely was due to close elections, or perceived irregularities. I'd be willing to bet that if you examined the vote in Arizona, Texas, California, New Mexico, and Florida, you'd see thousands of illegals voting. Of course, it's illegal for them to vote, but usually they're rounded up by some low-level DemoncRat staffer who promises them cigarettes or protection to get them to vote.
3. Illegals do the work that Americans won't do. Again, are you kidding me? Yes, there are some LAZY Americans. Heck, the welfare system allows many of them to be so. However, when people want to work, they will work, no matter what the job is. The problem here, economically, is that the employers are willing to accept illegals because their penalties are so miniscule that it's worth the risk. Standard risk management strategy applies. The penalties for employers who give illegals jobs need to be increased 10-fold. Profits for these companies increase exponentially, while costs to taxpayers increase even more. Janet Jackson shows a nipple on TV and penalties for 'obscenity' go through the roof. Why can't Congress do something that actually PROTECTS Americans, and follow suit?
4. Illegal immigration doesn't affect me. Look around. See the changes that are happening in our politics thanks to illegal immigration. Note the domination of the states in the Southwest thanks to population shifts. Those are also the states most likely to be affected by illegals. However, as those of you who have been paying attention may know, non-border states are also victim of the costs of illegal aliens living there. Connecticut, Georgia, and New Jersey recently were reported as havens for illegals, sporting some of the largest populations of illegals, who are living on these states benefit systems. When the problem becomes severe enough, these benefits dry up for everyone.
We need to close our borders to the illegal flood of people coming into the country. We can do that one of two ways. Post a National Guardsman every 50 feet, with orders to shoot to kill. I figure that'll take about a week before word gets back to the smugglers that it's not such a good idea to try to bring folks over the border. That's my favorite, but would probably be an issue with all the troops we have in Iraq.
Or we could make the supply of jobs and benefits dry up so that it's not worth the risk in the sweltering desert to come to the US, because they'll be just as unemployed here as they are there.
California voters passed Proposition 187 (that was struck down by some idiot judge), that didn't allow aliens to participate in their benefit system. That needs to be revisited on a federal level, and the enforcement from the employer side needs to be addressed(which wasn't in Prop 187. Stop chasing the aliens, start chasing the employers. Guarantee when you start hitting them in their wallet, they'll stop hiring illegals.
One more point: The mis-wired carbon unit/animal in Florida, who is accused of (and has admitted to) raping and burying alive an 8 year old girl in Lake Worth Florida, is an illegal alien. Several of the 9/11 hijackers were here illegally. If you're not outraged, you're not paying attention.
Immigration-A Republican splitting point
Mexico=Not our friendly neighbors
Tuesday, May 24, 2005
RINO's need to be surgically removed
John McCain(AZ)- War hero or not, he still did everything he could to help John Kerry despite the evidence that he was lying about his actions in Vietnam. In addition, his consistent positions against any common sense approach to immigration and tax cuts puts him on this list
Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe(ME)- The twins. They voted to throw out the impeachment of President Clinton, despite the overwhelming evidence. They consistently side with DemoncRats in nearly every public position they take. They're the lowest ranking Republican Senators in the American Conservative Union's (ACU) Conservative Index, other than KING RINO, Lincoln Chafee (RI).
And of course, Lincoln Chafee. This guy is finally not running for re-election so at least the Republican party can know that the senator from Rhode Island truly IS a DemoncRat, rather than a DemoncRat that is funded by the Republican Party.
Reviewing ACU's list, I was rather surprised to find John Warner(VA) near the bottom, but judging from his joining of this 'coalition' of the middle-grounders, I guess my assumption that he was a strong conservative is way off base. I'll include him in my future rants about gutless, cowardly pansies who are afraid of how they may be written about in the New York Times editorial section.
Guess we're all wrong once in a while. Of course, these clowns are wrong more often than not.
Isn't it great that despite the desires of the American people, electing 55 Senators, their will is stomped on by 14 rogue Senators?
Monday, May 23, 2005
BYOB – Bring Your Own Brains
“The representative from California will now have the floor.”
‘Sieg heil to the president gas man. Bombs away is your punishment.’”
Why do bands ruin perfectly good songs (and even more often, horrible songs) with back-assward, incoherent political statements?
The first song we’ll look at is the “punk rock” band Green Day’s song entitled “Holiday.” First off, let’s get one thing straight; Green Day is as punk rock as Michael Jackson is a good father. I’m sure Johnny Rotten is rolling over in his grave hearing that the title of punk rock band is being bestowed upon “heroin-sheik-makeup-wearing,” MTV-appearing, $45 minimum ticket-charging posers. (For those of you who don’t know how the music industry works, the majority of money a band keeps comes from concerts, with only nominal income coming from record sales.) Now don’t get me wrong, back when they released “Dookie,” they might have been able to claim punk, but when their “Time of your Life” ditty is heard at graduation and prom…? C’mon, I’ve never heard of anyone receiving their diploma to the Pistol’s “God Save the Queen.”
During the usual ramblings of “war for oil,” “people dying needlessly,” etc., etc., Green Day’s lead singer, Billy Joe Armstrong, has decided to put an interlude into the song. During this time, the following words are spoken:
"The representative from California has the floor"
Sieg Heil to the president gasman
Bombs away is your punishment
Pulverize the Eiffel towers
Who criticize your government
Bang bang goes the broken glass and
Kill all the fags that don't agree
Trials by fire, setting fire
Is not a way that's meant for me
Just cause, just cause, because we're outlaws yeah!
Now obviously, this is a very clever stab at the Governator, Arnold Schwarzenegger. Let’s break this down a little bit and look at what Green Day is implying.
First, Arnold is not a representative. He is the “chief executive of the state.” Second, and here is where things start to get real ignorant and border-line prejudicial, the first two lines that Arnold speaks are definitely implying a Nazi-like view of Arnold. Looking at Arnold’s background, we find that he was born in Thal, Austria; a country which just happens to be Germany’s first country that they invaded and occupied during World War II. I’m sure that the Governator appreciates those Nazi implications after his home was terrorized by them. In addition, it is obvious that Green Day fails to watch any present-day news (even CNN reports it), and thus, would fail to notice that it was in fact Saddam Hussein who has used gas and chemical weapons, and not W. or Arnold. Of course, a song that deals with the “Anfal” (spoils) operations that Saddam perpetrated wouldn’t be as catchy to an MTV audience. If by “gasman” they are referring to “oil and gas,” obviously they’ve not heard about (or selectively forget about) the Chirac-led improprieties and scandals involving Saddam and “Oil for Food.”
Second, we have never “pulverized the Eiffel towers,” let alone a single tower of Eiffel. In fact, if I remember correctly, we kind of saved their toad-sucking arses during a small conflict called World War II. Just as they have the right to criticize our government and overlook their own involvement in the “Oil for Food” scandal, we should be allotted the same ability to rename our fries to “Freedom Fries.”
Green Day continues to move on and discuss national politics by talking about “killing fags who don’t agree.” I’m sure that they are just using “fag” for shock value, but why would they then perpetuate the very prejudices that they are obviously thinking they’re eradicating? While gay marriage is currently being debated, besides Germany’s inclusion of homosexuals during the “Final Solution,” I’ve never heard of Arnold or W. killing anybody based upon their sexual preference. Denying a marriage license is a little less severe than murder.
Finally, the greatest line “…because we’re outlaws. Yeah!” Wow, that’s some hard-hitting crap right there. Unless you count pot-smoking or excessive talk about masturbation in song lyrics, I doubt you can count Green Day as outlaws.
Maybe Green Day should just hold a meeting with Carson Dailey and begin to embrace their pop status and MTV audience. Maybe then we won’t have to deal with them trying to hold on to their punk ethos by writing crap songs.
The second group that just sucks the life out of any decent music appreciation is System of a Down. Don’t get me wrong, when I head to the gym and want to hear some fast, hard music, one or two of their songs might make the mp3 player, but it’s only ‘cause I don’t have to listen to their lyrics.
System of a Down has recently released a new album with a song called “B.Y.O.B.” I’m not sure if this stands for anything really clever, but I’m doubting it and didn’t want to waste minutes of my life looking it up. BYOB is full of imagery about “blowing up the sunshine,” “hypocritic and hypnotic computers,” and “dancing in the dessert,” but they have several lines that are particularly idiotic and just plain wrong.
Blast off, it’s party time
And we all live in a fascist nation
Blast off, it’s party time
And where the f### are you, where the f### are you, where the f### are you?
Why don’t the presidents fight the war?
Why do they always send the poor? [repeated about 6 times]
The definition of fascism is: “a totalitarian political system led by a single dictator who allows no opposition, promoting an aggressive nationalism and often racism.” The last I checked, we still have are three-pronged government system of checks and balances and while yes, national pride has increased since 9/11, I don’t see how flying an American flag or eating “Freedom Fries” could be construed as racist. I have the full right to hate Muslim extremists who wish us harm just as I do to hate pedophile Catholic priests or Christian extremists who blow up abortion clinics. That doesn’t mean that I’m racist or hate all Muslims, Catholic priests, and Christians or even that I have any preconceived notions about any of those groups.
As someone who grew up in a military family, the last two lines are absolutely insane and ludicrous. I’m sure that W. would rather get a pair of boxing gloves and head over to Iraq, have “The Rumble in Babble,” and lay a Texas-sized whooping on Saddam than send our brave troops over there and take care of it. One question though: Do you think though that after W. settled the score that that crazy-f who was Saddam’s Information Officer would’ve given up and gone home? What about his crazy, murderous sons? Doubt it.
“Why do we always send the poor?” I was wondering that myself. Then I did a little research into our military recruiting and found that we don’t. In fact, we don’t even force people to go into the military and in an even bigger conspiracy, we PAY our soldiers. Now granted, I know that military pay is not on par with that of a C-level employee at BankOne, but I also know that we’re not just rounding up everyone who makes less than $40,000 a year, giving them rifles, a pat on the butt, and telling them “Shoot that way.”
Amazingly, people even volunteer for military service. Look at the late Pat Tillman. That man, the truest hero of our day, was a millionaire and selflessly gave up a multi-million dollar contract because of his love for this country. According to System of a Down, before being shipped off, Rumsfeld would’ve gone to Pat and said, “Listen Pat, unfortunately, you have a lucrative pro football contract and are a millionaire. At this time, though, we’re only sending poor people.” Yeah, right.
As a side note, the United States has a volunteer military. That means that whether you’re rich, poor, white, black, whatever, you can volunteer for military service and if you don’t volunteer, you won’t have to worry about getting drafted in the foreseeable future. In fact, the draft ended in 1973 and the selective service was placed in “deep standby” for a number of years until reactivated by President Carter in 1980. http://www.sss.gov/wmbkgr.htm gives a pretty full explanation on its history.
I have a great love for music and a great respect for those that can do it well, but loose accusations based on ignorance or rhyme schemes is appearing to get out of hand. Obviously, with these bands making millions of dollars on record sales and concerts, they don’t have that much to rebel against. Creating false accusations such as Nazi-governors and fascist agendas obviously helps their creative process.
Why are these idiots the only ones who get to sling mud and spew forth arguments based in crap? Why can’t decent Americans call these bands and actors racist, prejudiced, and slanderous idiots? Since when has been being “PC” given you the right to create false accusations? These idiots need to stick to what they’re good at until they can start speaking and singing intelligently.
Friday, May 20, 2005
A man without a home
He's got a pretty good blog too.
The asinine thing about this whole argument is that for the DemoncRats to say that Frist is 'changing the rules', takes a set of cojones the size of their egos.
When Ruth Bader Ginsberg was appointed to the Supreme Court, DemoncRats were the majority in the Senate. While Republicans would have loved to filibuser her nomination, as a former head of the ACLU, and arguably one of the most liberal judges ever appointed to the Supreme Court, they did not do it, because of the tradition and history of allowing every appointee an up or down vote.
DemoncRats are in a power grab. They say that the majority of America agrees with them. But if that's the case, why is it that a majority of Americans voted for Republican Senators? Why is it that a majority of Americans voted for Republican Representatives? Why is it that a majority of Americans voted for President Bush? Oh, perhaps it's because they're deluded and are under the impression that the American people can't COUNT. Either that or they're hoping that when they went to public schools, those same schools that DemoncRats have been in charge of for 50 years, they didn't teach the people how to tell 'greater than'.
Hey Chuckie Schumer, back off. We won, you lost, get over it. Let Priscilla Owen and the rest get their day in the Senate.
And don't get me started on Dirty Harry Reid and his slimeball move against appointee Henry Saad. For him to go on the floor of the Senate, and refer to Saad's confidential FBI file derogatorily, after having NOT read it, shows how desperate the Rats are.
Let 'em sweat. We'll win. Justice will prevail.
Wednesday, May 18, 2005
Ward Churchill Update
The United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians have released a statement that says that Ward Churchill's claim of membership is fraudulent.
"The United Keetoowah Band would like to make it clear that Mr. Churchill IS NOT
a member of the Keetoowah Band and was only given an honorary 'associate
membership' in the early 1990s because he could not prove any Cherokee
That should clear the way for the review board that is examining Mr. Churchill's position at University of Colorado to fire him. Of course, being that he's a liberal snot, he'll claim that it's all biased, or some other such nonsense and then turn around and sue the university. Or his ouster will prompt protests from ignorant students with skulls full of mush claiming that his firing violated his freedom of speech. Apparently that would be his freedom to speak lies about his own history, resume, and life in order to get a position. But that's ok in their eyes. If you're a liberal.
Tuesday, May 17, 2005
Kilpatrick's expenses exposed
-Suite at the Luxor in Las Vegas
-$850 steakhouse dinner
-$836 charged to the city's credit card for his sisters stay in New Orleans
-$3,837 for chauffered cars over a four day period
-$11,644 for Super Bowl hotel rooms
Apparently Kilpatrick doesn't like the Detroit Free Press looking into his expenses as he has refused to provide the bills and receipts, despite the fact that it's a violation of the Freedom of Information Act.
If Detroit needs anything right now, it's NOT another free-spending mayor. For a city that is hurting so badly economically, to have someone in charge who isn't willing be open and transparent about things like this. Of course, he has offered to pay in full for everything that has shown up on that card.
One wonders how much he'd be willing to cut a check for had he not been caught. I'd be willing to bet that it wouldn't be much.
Ward Churchill rides again
While the former would probably get me arrested, as attractive as it sounds, I'm not really into modelling sundresses for Bubba at the local county lockup.
If you remember, Mr. Churchill is the same idiot who called the people who worked in the World Trade Center "Little Eichmanns" comparing them to the Nazi, and said that the terrorists who attacked the US were actually a military team, as opposed to murderous little losers from the 3rd century-based society in response to the US killing a half million children in muslim countries. Obviously Mr. Churchill had no proof of these numbers, no corroboration of the numbers, no nothing.
Apparently, there is an investigation into whether Mr. Churchill (no, he's not a PhD, which one would think would be required for a tenure-track position at a major university) is truly an Indian (or native american for you PC sensitive weenies).
He says yes, and says that he's a member of the Keetoowah Cherokee Indian tribe. Now, in my opinion, no self-respecting tribe should really want this moron in their tribe, but with all the research that had been done, it's pretty obvious that this is a CYA (cover your assets) move that Churchill is making to make sure and continue his 6 figure income at taxpayer expense which allows him to criticize and belittle said taxpayers.
Good news from the Mideast
Kuwaiti women have won the right to vote and run for political office in Kuwait. While this may seem like common sense, in the Middle East, this is a MAJOR victory. Typical of the major news outlets (other than Fox News) it was relegated to a secondary story with a mention of perhaps 15 seconds. Not even perky little feminist, Katie Couric made a big deal out of an otherwise paternalistic society, allowing their women citizens to vote.
Where are the feminists celebrating in the streets? Where is Gloria Steinem? Where is Hillary? Why are they not screaming this from the mountaintops?
Oh yeah, that's right, that'd be because they'd have to give George W. Bush credit for pressuring various governments in the Middle East into giving their citizens additional freedoms. Can't have that.
Monday, May 16, 2005
Newsweek lied- People died
Newsweek posts a story about American interrogators abusing and desecrating the Koran (quran, qoran, whatever) and people in predominantly islamic countries go insane. Riots in Uzbekistan, Yemen, Afghanistan, and your standard flag-burning protests complaining about the US being evil, demons, devils, whatever.
At the end of the weekend, there are at least 15 dead, and approximately 60 injured as a result.
Now, as an American, I don't quite understand the uproar, but again, I live in the 21st century, not the 3rd like many of these idiots do. But, I certainly would not blame the US military, considering the Newsweek article by Mike Isikoff was based on facts that he could not corroborate with ANY other source, other than his one, off the record, source. During the ONE journalism class I took, we learned that if you have to have an unnamed source, you MUST corroborate their story with at least one other source, preferably two others. Apparently Mr. Isikoff and his editors failed that class.
But with a toilet paper of a magazine like Newsweek, I'd expect as much.
Thanks idiots for the people who protect your right to publish your smarmy crap of a magazine at risk, while you have YET to admit that the article is based upon a lie.
Kerry likes 'em young
Saturday, May 14, 2005
Can I see your ID?
While others complain about the process, I tend to stand there and mock them in my mind as amateurs and feel superior because I'm so used to the process that it doesn't bother me any longer. Not only that, but if it stops one potential terrorist from getting on board a plane, I figure it's worth the sacrifice.
Well, not so much. While I've noticed the ID screening process isn't as robust as it should be, at least two, sometimes three or four people will check your ID prior to you getting on your flight, so you'd think at least ONE of them would catch a potential problem. But what happens when you have a perfectly acceptable ID, but you're STILL a terrorist. A perfectly acceptable, internationally recognized ID. We all acknowledge that there are people with the ability to forge ID's, everything from a passport to a drivers license, we still expect these to be few and far between, because of the technology required to reproduce such an item is a bit expensive, and for it to be a good fake, it requires some materials that aren't easily acquired. Much like money is printed on special paper, which is traceable.
The Mexican matricula consular cards are supposed to indicate the holder is a citizen of Mexico, living legally in the United States, issued by the Mexican consulate. However, the sister of the pilot of the plane that crashed into the Pentagon on 9/11 recently presented members of the House Homeland Security committee with their own matricula consular cards. With their pictures and addresses. She also had one made for the known terrorist, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. These are the same ID's that allow people to board planes, and are accepted as ID to open accounts at banks within the United States. In addition, the Mexican government has recently lobbied several states with large hispanic populations to accept these ID's for getting access to services.
So, an ID that is easily faked is perfectly acceptable to use to board a plane, open a bank account, whatever. Sounds like a system ripe for fraud and terrorist use to me.
Makes me feel much safer sitting next to that sweaty guy in the row right in front of the toilets on that next American flight I take.
Friday, May 13, 2005
Well, it looks like Lt. Ilario Patano is the latest example of the brotherhood that is the Marines, and how when a good Marine looks like they may be in trouble, the rest of us come to his aid. As you may remember in a previous post, he was on trial for murder of two Iraqi insurgents. The prosecutions main witness, Sgt. Daniel Coburn (who will go down in the history of the Marine Corps as a traitor to his own), accused Lt. Patano of murdering these insurgents in cold blood. However, Sgt Coburn told the story in so many versions, he couldn't quite get it straight. And the court martial looks like it will be agreeing with that assessment and finding Lt Patano innocent of all charges except "administration punishment for firing too many rounds at the two men".
Apparently Coburn was a disgruntled employee. According to an article in the Washington Times, he had an axe to grind as Patano had just fired him earlier in the week as squad leader for gross incompetence. During a patrol, instead of clearing buildings as he was ordered to, Coburn sat his squad down and started to make Gatoraid. Patano apparently fired him on the spot.
This case obviously offended the sensibilities of some of our media and our civilian world. But as a genius of an author, George Orwell once said "Good people sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf." Marines are those rough men. Fight the good fight LT. We'll be here for you.
Minuteman after affects
Well, a report in the Washington Times has come in that in an attempt to minimize the affect of the Minuteman patrols, the Border Patrol agents in that area have been told not to arrest illegals along the stretch of the border of Arizona where they patrolled because "an increase in apprehensions there would prove the effectiveness of Minuteman volunteers".
Obviously this is being denied by the chiefs in Washington, but Tom Tancredo (R-CO) has been quoted saying that 'credible sources' had told him that supervisors in the Naco Border Patrol office have made the decision to keep arrests to the minimum.
Whether this is true or not, the mere thought that someone within the US government agency responsible for securing our borders would purposely neglect their duties, ONLY to discredit a citizens movement to help them, is amazingly stupid and short-sighted. This is obviously something that needs to be investigated further and if it's found that someone has actually ordered a reduction in apprehensions, they should be relieved from duty and fired.
Wednesday, May 11, 2005
Voter fraud- WI and WA
No, this fraud was committed by Democratic supporters. Go figure. The people who whined the most about the potential for fraud building up to the election were the ones that were shown to be the ones that committed the most fraud. Maybe they were preparing their defense prior to the election and this was all a big plan.
Nah, they're not that smart.
Wisconsin: An FBI task force investigating the election in Milwaukee, at least 200 felons voted that weren't eligible to and more than 100 instances of people voting twice or using fake names or addresses. They found evidence of voters using names of dead people to vote, apparently taking the cue from their neighbors a couple hours down I-94. Wisconsin is one of only a few states that have same day registration, a process that just invites fraud. Over 1300 of the same day registrations were unable to be processed after the election due to various mistakes such as fake names, bad addresses, or other issues. However, they anticipate that no charges will be filed because the recordkeeping at the cityhall is so poor that they couldn't provide the evidence required to prove any charges.
Washington: Dino Rossi lost the election for governor in Washington by 129 votes to Christine Gregoire. There were 660 'provisional' ballots that were counted without the required verification of voter eligibility. Those were in King county, which is primarily Democratic, and probably gave Gregoire the victory. There was also at least 99 known felons that were ineligible to participate in the election, but did anyway, along with another list that is being reviewed by county prosecutors that could pust that number up around 900. Again, felons are known to favor Democrats by about a 90-10 ratio. Again, that would push the election into Gregoire's favor.
It took three counts to get the Democrat the victory, the first two resulted in a Rossi victory.
Senator Hillary Clinton is pushing for the "Count Every Vote Act" where ex-cons will be allowed to vote, a holiday will be created for election day, and that paper receipts will be kept for all votes, and up to $500 million authorized to help the states pay for
She says that we donate more readily to disasters in Europe and Asia than to disasters in Africa, where the aid is usually much more critical to survival.
How about the fact that we've been giving and giving and giving and giving for at least forty years to Africa and we're not seeing any improvement? Maybe we're tired of giving and we expect some better use of our money, like we see in the areas we're more likely to give to.
Mr. Egeland needs to get a life.
Tuesday, May 10, 2005
John Kerry is a liar
The following is the transcript from the conversation from MSNBC:
MR. RUSSERT: Many people who've been criticizing you have said: Senator, if you would just do one thing and that is sign Form 180, which would allow historians and journalists complete access to all your military records. Thus far, you have gotten the records, released them through your campaign. They say you should not be the filter. Sign Form 180 and let the historians...Think it'll happen?
SEN. KERRY: I'd be happy to put the records out. We put all the records out that I had been sent by the military. Then at the last moment, they sent some more stuff, which had some things that weren't even relevant to the record. So when we get--I'm going to sit down with them and make sure that they are clear and I am clear as to what is in the record and what isn't in the record and we'll put it out. I have no problem with that.
MR. RUSSERT: Would you sign Form 180?
SEN. KERRY: But everything, Tim...
MR. RUSSERT: Would you sign Form 180?
SEN. KERRY: Yes, I will. But everything that we put in it, Tim--everything we put in--I mean, everything that was out was a full documentation of all of the medical records, all of the fitness reports. And I'd call on those who have challenged me, let's see their records. I want to see the records of each of those people who have put up a challenge, because some of them have some serious questions in them, and it hasn't been appropriate...
MR. RUSSERT: So they should sign Form 180s for themselves as well?
SEN. KERRY: You bet.
I don't. He's a liar, he always has been a liar.
Bill Maher is an idiot
But his show on HBO is just amazingly bad. When the 'token voice of reason' is Andrew Sullivan , there's obviously no concern about balance or even any interest in an intelligent discourse.
Maher rails against the dominance and 'one-sidedness' of media such as Fox News and Rush Limbaugh, and then turns around and does the exact same thing, with a liberal bent.
So, as of today, I'm cancelling my HBO. I can't stand the thought of another penny going to that moron. I know that my cancellation isn't exactly a groundswell of complaint, but I figure that if everyone who gets sick of hearing Maher's idiot voice cancels their HBO, they'll eventually get the picture. And if I have to pirate it to get my Soprano's fix, so be it.
Monday, May 09, 2005
Worst Mayor in the US
Kwame Kilpatrick, fresh off the honor of being named one of the worst mayors in the US by Time Magazine, has proposed to address the city's $300 million budget shortcoming through a multitude of budget cuts and fee increases. Now, he's proposing a new tax: A fast food tax.
The Mayor will ask voters to approve a 2% tax on all fast food sales, on top of the 6% state sales tax already tacked onto restaurant sales.
Detroit was already dubbed the fattest city in America by Mens Health Magazine in 2004 (dropped to 3rd fattest in 2005), and since Detroit IS the primary DemoncRAT outpost in the state of Michigan, this shouldn't be a surprise that this is getting play in the MSM as a 'fat tax' and being all about the better health of the citizens.
But, even Kilpatrick's potential opponents in this year's mayor race have been saying that the only health he's looking out for is the financial health of the city.
Not since the administration of Coleman Young has the leadership of the city of Detroit been so out of control and has the city been overrun by so many controversies, ranging from the lease of a $25,000 Navigator for the mayor's wife to the use of a city paid credit card to pay for trips to Atlanta and Chicago and hundreds of dollars worth of alcohol and food in each city.
I lived in the Detroit area some time ago, during the last few years of the Young administration and the first several years of the Archer administration. I was optimistic of the city's turnaround under Dennis Archer, and despite the fact that he was a Democrat, he had common sense, and knew that the only way that Detroit could turn around is to get rid of the corruption and rivalry that had been a trademark of the Young administration. He did it, got the Tigers to stay in the city, got the Lions to move downtown, got many companies to invest money in Detroit. For a while, it looked like the city was going to turn it around. But now, it's more business as usual.
Where have you gone, Dennis Archer?
Sunday, May 08, 2005
Dirty little jobs secret
But, as your outlet for inside information, I'm going to let you in on the secret: 274,000 new jobs were created last month. There you have it. A quarter of a million people are working that weren't working before. Not only that, but the February and March numbers were revised up another 93,000 jobs.
So, over the last three months, the economy has added approximately 367,000 jobs. Not bad for an economy that was supposed to be in a 'soft patch'.
And if you take into consideration higher energy prices, it's even more impressive.. Just think what the numbers would be if companies didn't have to pay so much for fuel, heating, etc.
Saturday, May 07, 2005
Food for Bureaucrats scandal take a turn
Paul Volcker, the head of the U.N.-appointed panel probing the oil-for-food scandal, yesterday asked Congress to drop its efforts to force an investigator who resigned from the panel to testify about any top-level corruption at the world body.Mr. Parton and one other investigator had quit the panel last month in protest of what they felt was the panel's kid-glove treatment of Annan.
Mr. Volcker, the former Federal Reserve chairman, warned the integrity of his investigation and the safety of witnesses interviewed by the committee both could be at stake if U.S. lawmakers follow through on subpoenas for Robert Parton's appearance(Washington Times).
One of the most interesting twists in this story is that Parton's lawyer is Lanny Davis. The same Lanny Davis that is so famous for being a Clinton apologist/puppet during those awful eight years.
Despite the fact that I KNOW that the MSM isn't going to spend any time going after this story, because it's only their JOB to do so, it just amazes me that this doesn't get more press. I mean it has all the pieces that they normally like. Nepotism, large amounts of money, international players, cover-ups, obscene profits made on oil. Oh yeah, I forgot the one thing it doesn't include. George W. Bush or anyone on the right being blamed. Silly me.
Et tu, Georgia?
A high school junior has been suspended for the rest of the school year for refusing to end a cell phone call to his mother who is a soldier in Iraq. Kevin Francois, a 17-year-old at Spencer High School, was suspended for disorderly conduct Wednesday after a confrontation that began when he was told to give up his cell phone at lunch during the call, he said.Now, I'm all for discipline in the schools, but this is just ridiculous. What's their argument? Is it "If we let one student talk to their mom in Iraq, pretty soon we'll have to let ALL the students who's moms are in Iraq talk to them" ?
I say, let them. If their moms are brave and self-sacrificing enough to go to Iraq instead of these lazy principal-types, I have no problem with that.
According to the assistant principal at Spencer High School, Alfred Parham the suspension was based upon his reaction to being told to give up his cell phone. Hmm, my mom is in Iraq and you tell me I can't talk to her DURING MY LUNCH HOUR, outside the building. Yes, I think I'd get disorderly too.
I've already linked to Mr. Parham's email, but here are a few other emails that you may want in order to support this kid:
Friday, May 06, 2005
Update-Town Hall meeting
Probably for the best though, as I doubt I could have stood his idiocy without vomiting on him, which while it may have made headlines in the blogosphere, probably wouldn't have gotten half the print that the attacks on conservatives get.
Maybe next time.
Clean air causes global warming
Reductions in industrial emissions and use of particulate filters in automobiles and smokestacks have reduced the amount of dirt in the atmosphere and made the sky more transparent. That allows more solar energy to get to the earth, thus warming it up.
So, let me get this straight. Some people have worked since the 70's to STOP pollution (Al Gore, et al), only to find out that now, all that pollution was saving us from global warming?
Apparently there had been a downward trend in sunlight reaching the surface since the 50's (when measurements started).
Two different studies have shown that overall, the earth is increasing in brightness, except in a few heavily polluted spots in Africa, Australia, South America, and India.
I think I'll go get in my truck and drive around in the sunshine.
Thursday, May 05, 2005
Freedom of Speech
However, then there are idiots like this guy. Now, again, I'm for freedom of speech. But there's a line that you need to be careful around. And he's stomping all over it.
Now, in order to have a civilized discussion about this, I used the same figures he uses when he says that our military is overcompensated. Let's look at base pay. An E-3 after two years makes $1384 a month. That's $16608 a year. That's $7.98/hour based upon a 40 hour work week. Anyone who has been in the military KNOWS that there's no 40 hour work week. Not bad, but you certainly couldn't raise a family on it, or get rich on it. Add in Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH), and it goes up a tad. The most it will be a month is $420, and that's if you're stationed in the New York City area and live on Staten Island. That's the 14% BAH rate, at the standard $30/point rate. So, let's look at that E-3 again, his salary of $1384 a month turns into $1804/month. (All taxable, by the way, as opposed to what this idiot is saying, unless you are out of the country, then it's taxed just like all the other expatriots who work outside the country). That's still only $21648/year. And I can guarantee that the $420 doesn't cover much in the way of rent in Staten Island. Just looking around, I saw rent between $750-1450/month. And you only get BAH if you live off base. If you stay on base, you don't.
Yes, there are some additional allowances, hazardous duty pay, combat pay, etc. But truly it's a pittance. Yes they get free medical care. Ever been to a VA hospital? Imagine that, but worse. Basically, the doctors that work at military hospitals are either the ones who are paying back their obligation to the military and can't wait to get out, or the doctors who couldn't get hired anywhere else and like the 9-3 hours. Ask anyone who's been to a military hospital (other than Walter Reed which is an outstanding hospital). They'll tell you.
Free uniforms? OOO...now THERE'S a reason to complain. Those fashionable browns and greens really go with our eyes. Idiot....
He also uses salary numbers that are just idiotic. An E-5 in two years? Yeah, right. If someone DOES make E-5 in 2 years, they DESERVE that $1877/month because they're a hard charger. If they were in the civilian world they'd make a helluva lot more.
Example- I have two friends who do the exact same thing. One in the civilian world, one in the military. They both run warehouses. One makes $2647/month ($31k/year), one makes $45k a year (plus overtime). The one that makes more, his warehouse handles such important things as Fritos, Lays potato chips, and the like. The one that makes less handles such insignifcant things as body armor, kevlar helmets, boots, etc.
So, instead of bitching about how the military is place where all your money is going to waste, perhaps you should be complimenting them on their ability to be thrifty. Just think how much this moron would complain if they paid the going market rate.
And don't get me started comparing the computer guys. The average security guy in the AirForce. E-4, with eight years in: $2329/month ($27948/year). Average computer security guy in industry with TWO years experience? $70,000/year. Do the math.
Another example: 0-8 (Major General) with 20 years experience gets $10742/month. That's $128k a year. Not a bad chunk of change. But when you consider that the average Major General has thousands of people working for him, putting him about the same position as a Senior VP or even a President of a midsized organization in the civilian world, perhaps you'll reconsider that this is such a large amount of money. The CEO of Cisco, John Chambers made $350,000 base salary last year, even though the company performance was not so great. That's not counting bonuses, options, etc. The CEO of FifthThird Bank, a large midwest bank with 20,000 employees, makes $990k.
So, bottom line, if this jackass wants to complain about our military blowing up ancient relics from the Babylonian times, go ahead. If he wants to complain about the occasional civilian getting whacked in the process of us taking out hundreds of bad guys, feel free. But if you're going to complain about the pay in the military, get your head out of your ASS, and get a clue.
By the way, this guys info:
201 E. Jefferson Street
Syracuse, NY 13202
Yahoo Messenger: fttcattdesk
He's pretty much what I expected. Bad haircut, dark circles under the eyes from watching pr0n on his 'puter until the wee hours, bitter because he can't hold down a job, as witnessed by his multitude of 'experiences'.
Tuesday, May 03, 2005
Social Security Town Hall meeting
However, I thought about it yesterday and decided I was going to take the time out of my workday and go. I did this because more than likely the only people represented at such a town hall meeting would be retirees, unemployed people, and students. None of which are currently PAYING social security (ok, students pay a pittance if they have a job), and who would represent constituencies that support the complete opposite ideas for social security as I do (at best), and would present Commie Carl with the best photo-op town hall meeting, with no one playing the adversary. Well, we can't have that, can we?
Well, unfortunately, I can't seem to find the article. I check Commie Carl's web site, there's no publicity about it. Hmm...Search the newspaper website, nothing. Search through the newspapers in the recycle bin, no joy(yes, even us hard core conservatives recycle, so bite me, you tree-hugging losers). Then I remember that the event is sponsored by the AFL-CIO, so I go to their web page...nothing.
I was really looking forward to going there with my video camera and recording his answers for posterity (and my readers) and trying to have everyone remember me as the person who asked the most obnoxious question. But alas, it's not to be.
Hopefully, I'll find it and get back on track to be the biggest pain in the ass at the town hall meeting, but for now, it's just wishful thinking.