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He’s All Grown Up

Posted by Mark on February 27, 2007

A couple of weeks ago, Al Gore took home the inaugural and much COVETED Lipstick on a Pig Award. Well heck….in just a few short weeks, that little pig has grown up. Yah…Al Gore is now a hog! Hey….wait a sec- Richard the Lionhearted, Alexander the Great, Ivan the Terrible……Al the Hog! Hmmm…kind of catchy don’t you think?…I like it.

Al Gore’s Mansion Described As Energy Hog

Former Vice President (and global warming aficionado) Al Gore deserves an award for hypocrisy, says the Tennessee Center for Policy Research. The group, which studied Gore’s electric and natural gas consumption, says his mansion in Belle Meade area of Nashville “consumes more electricity every month than the average American household uses in an entire year.”

In his documentary, An Inconvenient Truth, Gore urges Americans to conserve energy by reducing electricity consumption at home, the group noted. “The average household in America consumes 10,656 kilowatt-hours (kWh) a year, according to the Department of Energy.

In 2006, Gore devoured nearly 221,000 kWh-more than 20 times the national average,” the Tennessee Center for Policy Research said in a news release.

SNORT…snort…snort. You sniveling specious swine.

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Illegal Irony

Posted by Mark on February 26, 2007

Life can be one big irony. No matter….the journey, the event, or the environment. So, you can imagine, the monster problem of ILLEGAL immigration has its share of strange calamities. And in the…’ya gotta be kiddin’ me category:

The women of Tecalpulco, Mexico, want the U.S. government to enforce its immigration laws because they want to force their husbands to come back home from working illegally in the United States.

They have created an English-language Web page where they identify themselves as the “wetback wives” and broadcast their pleas, both to their men and to the U.S. government. “To the United States government – close the border, send our men home to us, even if you must deport them (only treat them in a humane manner – please do not hurt them),” it reads.

In poignant public messages to their husbands, the women talk about their children who feel abandoned, and worry that the men have forsaken their families for other women and for the American lifestyle. “You said you were only going to Arizona to get money for our house, but now you have been away and did not come back when your sister got married,” one woman writes to a man named Pedro.

“Oh how I worry that you have another woman! Don’t you love me? You told me you love me.”

What a hoot!

Hmmm….I wonder if Dr. Laura reaches Mexico? So let me see if I have this straight- you sneak across the border, ostensibly to provide for your family, but instead you shack up with another SENORITA…oh yah…and maybe you send money back- or maybe you don’t.

What a ridiculous mess.

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The Greatest Warriors Ever

Posted by zaphriel on February 25, 2007

300

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Why Defeatism

Posted by zaphriel on February 22, 2007

is not a viable policy.

Via Gribbit

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Experts Surprised? People With Half A Brain- Not Surprised

Posted by Mark on February 22, 2007

Yawn.

Seems Iran is in ‘open defiance’ of the United Nations. Well….isn’t that a shock to the cerebral cortex. I mean…this might induce a myocardial infarction!

In open defiance of the United Nations, Iran is steadily expanding — rather than freezing — its efforts to enrich uranium, the International Atomic Energy Agency reported today. The findings have prompted the Bush Administration to press for more severe sanctions against Iran, at a moment of greatly increased tensions between Washington and Tehran.

In a mild surprise to outside experts, the nuclear agency reported that Iran is now operating, or is about to switch on, roughly 1,000 centrifuges, the high-speed devices that enrich uranium, at its main nuclear facility at Natanz.

So….big deal. And the U.N liberals and the Senate and House demo-bats are going to do what about it?

a) Collectively gnash their teeth?
b) Ask Al Gore if this effects global warming?
c) Call Noam Chomsky and ask him for guidance?
d) Call for Nancy Pelosi to create a sub-committee to study why enriched uranium is not as safe as enriched flour?

Likely all of the above. But tomorrow, you can bet…the NY Times will announce that George Dubya forced Iran to DEFEND ITSELF. And that Iran’s only solution was to build a nuclear bomb. And if it wasn’t for George Bush:

…the earth would be cooler
…Muslim terrorists would all be on Prozac and studying Nietzsche at Harvard
…Hurricane Katrina would have veered off course and hit Belize and
…SUVs would be powered by Green Giant corn.

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Treating A War Like A War – Part Two

Posted by zaphriel on February 21, 2007

Some Answers

A Few Questions from a Commentor:

Alrighty, I have a few questions–
And bear with me here.. they may sound rather “silly” but they are not rhetorical questions but real ones.

Question #1: While I understand that the Geneva Convention rules of detention and trial may not apply herein (because they are not specifically ‘war criminals’ but suspects)Just how long are we allowed to detain a “suspect”? second to this is the matter of “By whom and by when will they be actually tried on evidence and either convicted or acquitted and returned to their homes?”

Question #2: If they cannot challenge their detention to American courts, who pray tell are they allowed to challenge their detentions to? It has always been my understanding that the military tries military, US Court systems try civilians–where do these people fit in?

Question #3: I guess I’m sort of wondering why.. if one cannot buy a Cuban cigar or Cuban products.. are we even AT Gitmo, CUBA? I don’t really understand why we have anything at all in Cuba, if we have no ties to them ?
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Treating A War Like A War

Posted by zaphriel on February 20, 2007

It’s about time.

WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that foreign-born prisoners seized as potential terrorists and held in Guantanamo Bay may not challenge their detention in U.S. courts, a key victory for President Bush’s anti-terrorism plan.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled 2-1 that civilian courts no longer have the authority to consider whether the military is illegally holding the prisoners — a decision that will strip court access for hundreds of detainees with cases currently pending. -more

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The Pile On Begins

Posted by zaphriel on February 20, 2007

BLUFFTON, S.C. — Republican presidential candidate John McCain said Monday the war in Iraq has been mismanaged for years and former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld will be remembered as one of the worst in history.

“We are paying a very heavy price for the mismanagement — that’s the kindest word I can give you — of Donald Rumsfeld, of this war,” the Arizona senator told an overflow crowd of more than 800 at a retirement community near Hilton Head Island, S.C. “The price is very, very heavy and I regret it enormously.” – more

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Interesting – Sudden Jihad Syndrome

Posted by zaphriel on February 20, 2007

An article (sent to me Via E-mail) reportedly from:
INVESTOR’S BUSINESS DAILY

Terror: It looks like the Muslim teen who opened fire on shoppers in a Salt Lake City mall is yet another case of “sudden jihad syndrome,” a condition in which normal-appearing American Muslims abruptly turn violent.

Taken together, this and other cases add up to an invisible jihad inside America. But don’t tell that to the FBI. The politically correct bureau does everything it can to avoid recognizing the obvious Islamic factor in these heinous crimes.

Sulejman Talovic, an 18-year-old Bosnian Muslim immigrant, was loaded with enough ammo to “inexplicably” kill dozens of victims — and he would have, if an alert off-duty cop hadn’t returned fire and stopped him. Talovic still managed to methodically murder five and wound four others with a shotgun.

Witnesses say it was an act of coldblooded violence aimed at random victims — something otherwise known as terrorism. According to the Salt Lake Tribune, Talovic attended Friday prayers at a mosque about a block from the mall.

Yet the FBI saw no religious motive, and quickly ruled out terrorism. Nor could it find anything to indicate terrorism in several other Muslim-tied cases since 9/11, including:

• A 30-year-old Muslim man, Naveed Afzal Haq, who went on a shooting rampage at a Jewish community center in Seattle, announcing “I’m a Muslim-American; I’m angry at Israel.”

• An Egyptian national, Hesham Mohamed Hadayet, who shot two and wounded three at an Israeli airline ticket counter at LAX.

• A bearded 21-year-old student, Joel Hinrichs, who blew himself up with a backpack filled with TATP (the explosive of choice in the Mideast) outside a packed Oklahoma University football stadium not long after he started attending the local mosque.

• A 23-year-old student, Mohammed Ali Alayed, who slashed the throat of his Jewish friend in Houston after apparently undergoing a religious awakening (he went to a local mosque afterward).

• The D.C. snipers — John Muhammad and Lee Malvo, both black Muslim converts — who picked off 13 people in the suburbs around the Beltway as part of what Muhammad described as a “prolonged terror campaign against America” around the first anniversary of 9/11, which he had praised.

• Omeed Aziz Popal of Fremont, Calif., who police said hit and killed a bicyclist there then took his SUV on a hit-and-run spree in San Francisco, mowing down pedestrians at crosswalks and on sidewalks before police caught up with him, whereupon the Muslim called himself a “terrorist.”

• A 22-year-old Muslim, Ismail Yassin Mohamed, who stole a car in Minneapolis and rammed it into other cars before stealing a van and doing the same, injuring drivers and pedestrians, while repeatedly yelling, “Die, die, die, kill, kill, kill” — all, he said, on orders from “Allah.”

• A 22-year-old Iranian honors student, Mohammed Reza Taheri-azar, who deliberately rammed his SUV into a crowd at the University of North Carolina to “punish the government of the United States” for invading Iraq and other Muslim nations.

Described by other students as “kind and gentle,” Taheri-azar was a student council president and a member of the National Honor Society in high school. He told the judge he was “thankful you’re here to learn more about the will of Allah.”

He wrote a letter to a TV station citing Quranic verses justifying his attacks and told a detective that Muslims “all over the world are being killed, and now it is the people in the United States’ turn to be killed.”

This is not terrorism, the FBI said. Just some nutty kid. In all these cases, the feds’ first reaction was to shrug. They said the perps were lone individuals who just went ballistic after having a bad day, as if anyone could have done such crimes.

But they weren’t just anyone. They were all young Muslim men. Of course, the FBI can’t treat all law-abiding young Muslim men as potential killers. But neither should the agency ignore this trend.

We’re likely to see more of these seemingly random domestic attacks. They may seem isolated, but all have radical Islam at their nexus. They’re not “senseless” or “utterly inexplicable” or “impossible to rationalize,” as the media intone. They are purposeful. These men act as conscripts called up for a mission, sick as it is.

Maybe this is related.

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Start Drinking New Orleans

Posted by Mark on February 19, 2007

If you think things would improve after Katrina left town….uh….THINK again. All that money, all those charities….a national spotlight- it’s worse.

New Orleans, the “Big Easy” city famous for its good times and relaxed attitude, has become the Big Uneasy in recent weeks as its murder count has soared and anger grown at local leaders unable to stop the violence.

Annual Mardi Gras celebrations unfolded without incident this weekend, but fear of the rampant blood-spilling and its threat to the city’s recovery from Hurricane Katrina are constant topics of conversation.

The homicide total for a still-young 2007 climbed to 27 on Saturday with the dead of a man shot at a nightclub on Friday.

Murder and mayhem has continued….and they can’t blame Katrina, they can’t blame FEMA….and they certainly can’t blame George Dubya.

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