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Beyond the Mall

Posted by Mark on February 9, 2006

Beyond the Mall is a new blog focusing on Washington D.C. Run by the former owner of Devil’s Advocate, Robbie has chosen to focus his considerable writing abilities on the city that defines chaos, our very own Nation’s Capitol. It’s good to have Robbie back in the blogosphere again!

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Lynn Swann is a Serious Candidate for Governor of PA

Posted by Mark on February 9, 2006

Swann is serious about this race. Here’s hoping Rick Santorum can ride Swanny’s coat tails to another term in the Senate.

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Stranger and Stranger

Posted by zaphriel on February 9, 2006

Shall we see how far the rabbit hole goes?

Putin says will invite Hamas leaders to Russia
Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday he would invite Hamas leaders to Moscow, opening a crack in a wall of U.S.-led opposition to dealing with the Palestinian election winner until it recognized Israel.

Hamas Fighter Ismail Haniyeh, a senior Hamas official said in Gaza that leaders of the group, whose charter calls for Israel’s destruction, “would be delighted” to visit Russia if Putin tendered a formal invitation.

When the enemies of freedom, old and new, decide to ally with one another, all those who hold freedom dear should stand up and take notice.

This and Russia’s dealings with Iran are not coincidental. Iran, Syria, Hamas, and any other terrorist organization would be delighted to have Russia as an ally. Russia already has nukes and is the number one exporter of weapons, and weapon designs, world wide. Something stinks about all of this, I don’t like it and neither should you.

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Surprising Heading of the Day

Posted by zaphriel on February 9, 2006

Sen. Reid Linked to Abramoff
Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid wrote at least four letters helpful to Indian tribes represented by Jack Abramoff, and the senator’s staff regularly had contact with the disgraced lobbyist’s team about legislation affecting other clients.

The activities — detailed in billing records and correspondence obtained by The Associated Press — are far more extensive than previously disclosed. They occurred over three years as Reid collected nearly $68,000 in donations from Abramoff’s firm, lobbying partners and clients.

The amazing gall of my Senior Senator to beat the table so hard over this “scandal” that he himself is so entwined in.

Sen. Reid, please, get a clue, stop playing purely partisan politics and start living up to your campaign promise. We need you to be “Independent Like Nevada”. Help move our nation forward and stop the mud slinging. We deserve this from you.

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A Note From My Friend Jay

Posted by Mark on February 9, 2006

I haven’t done one of these in a long time, and today is a special day.
Happy Birthday Jay.

Today I turn 29 years old, and Stop the ACLU turns one. We started out on blogsnot. Here is our first post. Enough about that…on with the blogburst.

Top Ten Myths of the ACLU:

10. The ACLU is non-partisan:

The Truth: Not only were they founded on Communism, they are about as liberal an organization in existence. The public saw first hand in 1988 how the ACLU was involved in politics. “The portrayal of the ACLU as a radical liberal lobby reached its climax in the 1988 presidential campaign when George Bush used ACLU membership as a black mark against his opponent Michael Dukakis. The perception had taken root that the ACLU of 1988 has about as much to do with civil liberties as the AT&T of 1988 has to do with telegraphs.”

“Social reform, in a liberal direction, is the sine qua non of the ACLU. Its record, far from showing a momentary wavering from impartiality, is replete with attempts to reform American society according to the wisdom of liberalism. The truth of the matter is that the ACLU has always been a highly politicized organization.”William Donahue

They may take a token case here and there for the other side to bolster its non-partisan claims, but those cases are far outweighed by their numerous other cases that are clearly intended to further its partisan agenda. They even keep scorecards on Congressmen and Representatives. Their claim of non-partisanship is what gives them their tax-exempt status, and nothing is further from the truth. They have split their organization into two in order to lobby their causes to the legislative branch.

9. The ACLU Cares About Your Privacy Rights:

The Truth: Despite all the rhetoric over the current NSA program, where the ACLU opposes the U.S. listening to traitor’s having conversations with terrorists, the ACLU has no room to talk when it comes to violating privacy.

The American Civil Liberties Union is using sophisticated technology to collect a wide variety of information about its members and donors in a fund-raising effort that has ignited a bitter debate over its leaders’ commitment to privacy rights.

Some board members say the extensive data collection makes a mockery of the organization’s frequent criticism of banks, corporations and government agencies for their practice of accumulating data on people for marketing and other purposes.

Daniel S. Lowman, vice president for analytical services at Grenzebach Glier & Associates, the data firm hired by the A.C.L.U., said the software the organization is using, Prospect Explorer, combs a broad range of publicly available data to compile a file with information like an individual’s wealth, holdings in public corporations, other assets and philanthropic interests.

The issue has attracted the attention of the New York attorney general, who is looking into whether the group violated its promises to protect the privacy of its donors and members. NY Times

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You Think This Will Help the Confirmation Process?

Posted by Mark on February 9, 2006

Look who got nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. Nope, not Jimmy Carter this time. Not even Mother Sheehan. But John Bolton, for bringing Iran’s nuclear program to light. I would have nominated him for saying we could lose the top floors of the United Nations and be better off.

I’m wondering if this will help get Bolton past the Defeatocrats who blocked him last year? Probably not. On second thought, definitely not…

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We need help…

Posted by zaphriel on February 9, 2006

Let me start off by saying… I hate begging for help…

Jay over at Stop the ACLU was nice enough to start off our appeal…

Blogging Man 2007, a conference that both Mark and I are involved in, is in jeopardy…

It’s one of those business things, the sponsor doesn’t want to sponsor a non-event, so they request that we get at least one Big name signed on before they will commit to giving us money…

The big name we have lined up, won’t sign up until we give him the deposit…

No other big names will sign on until we have a sponsor…

I hate sales, but our sales guy is hard at it…

The gap here for all of this to come together is very small, about $1000…

But we really could use your help…

Help Make Blogging Man 2007 a reality.

You can help by buying Blogger sponsorships, Bronze Sponsorships, or just early registration. All of them are good deals and every little bit helps at this stage. For details on all of this goto www.bloggingman.org.

Please help us make this fun and informational event a reality…

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A Note From My Friend Jay

Posted by zaphriel on February 9, 2006

I haven’t done one of these in a long time, and today is a special day.
Happy Birthday Jay.

Today I turn 29 years old, and Stop the ACLU turns one. We started out on blogsnot. Here is our first post. Enough about that…on with the blogburst.

Top Ten Myths of the ACLU:

10. The ACLU is non-partisan:

The Truth: Not only were they founded on Communism, they are about as liberal an organization in existence. The public saw first hand in 1988 how the ACLU was involved in politics. “The portrayal of the ACLU as a radical liberal lobby reached its climax in the 1988 presidential campaign when George Bush used ACLU membership as a black mark against his opponent Michael Dukakis. The perception had taken root that the ACLU of 1988 has about as much to do with civil liberties as the AT&T of 1988 has to do with telegraphs.”

“Social reform, in a liberal direction, is the sine qua non of the ACLU. Its record, far from showing a momentary wavering from impartiality, is replete with attempts to reform American society according to the wisdom of liberalism. The truth of the matter is that the ACLU has always been a highly politicized organization.”William Donahue

They may take a token case here and there for the other side to bolster its non-partisan claims, but those cases are far outweighed by their numerous other cases that are clearly intended to further its partisan agenda. They even keep scorecards on Congressmen and Representatives. Their claim of non-partisanship is what gives them their tax-exempt status, and nothing is further from the truth. They have split their organization into two in order to lobby their causes to the legislative branch.

9. The ACLU Cares About Your Privacy Rights:

The Truth: Despite all the rhetoric over the current NSA program, where the ACLU opposes the U.S. listening to traitor’s having conversations with terrorists, the ACLU has no room to talk when it comes to violating privacy.

The American Civil Liberties Union is using sophisticated technology to collect a wide variety of information about its members and donors in a fund-raising effort that has ignited a bitter debate over its leaders’ commitment to privacy rights.

Some board members say the extensive data collection makes a mockery of the organization’s frequent criticism of banks, corporations and government agencies for their practice of accumulating data on people for marketing and other purposes.

Daniel S. Lowman, vice president for analytical services at Grenzebach Glier & Associates, the data firm hired by the A.C.L.U., said the software the organization is using, Prospect Explorer, combs a broad range of publicly available data to compile a file with information like an individual’s wealth, holdings in public corporations, other assets and philanthropic interests.

The issue has attracted the attention of the New York attorney general, who is looking into whether the group violated its promises to protect the privacy of its donors and members. NY Times

Read the rest of this entry »

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Jim Rose wrote a Joke…

Posted by zaphriel on February 9, 2006

My blogosphere buddy, Jim Rose wrote a joke today that was both funny and very much to the point…

“So I went to a Democratic Party rally the other day and a funeral broke out.”

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