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Defending the Indefensible…But Wait- There’s More!

Posted by redsatellite on March 9, 2009

If you were with us in our last episode…women in Saudi Arabia are not allowed to drive. Well, this just in, they’re also not allowed to have a man in their house…unless he’s related. No matter how old he is…and no matter how old SHE IS.

A Saudi Arabian court has sentenced a 75-year-old Syrian woman to 40 lashes, four months imprisonment and deportation from the kingdom for having two unrelated men in her house, according to local media reports.

According to the Saudi daily newspaper Al-Watan, troubles for the woman, Khamisa Mohammed Sawadi, began last year when a member of the religious police entered her house in the city of Al-Chamli and found her with two unrelated men, “Fahd” and “Hadian.”

The Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, feared by many Saudis, is made up of several thousand religious policemen charged with duties such as enforcing dress codes, prayer times and segregation of the sexes. Under Saudi law, women face many restrictions, including a strict dress code and a ban on driving. Women also need to have a man’s permission to travel.

40 lashes!…which if applied correctly, will likely KILL HER. No word yet, on whether Annette Bening or Nancy Pelosi have flown to Mecca to visit the 75 year old woman. Hmmmm, I wonder if Annette or Nancy would ask their husbands…for permission.

Somehow…I doubt it.

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Hotel California: Have You Checked Out Yet?

Posted by redsatellite on January 13, 2009

Over the last year and a half, I’ve offered up a few of my reasons for leaving California. Although TOO NUMEROUS to mention, there were several that stood out. Hmmm…it looks like, I’m not alone.

Go East, young man? Californians look for the exit

Mike Reilly spent his lifetime chasing the California dream. This year he’s going to look for it in Colorado. With a house purchase near Denver in the works, the 38-year-old engineering contractor plans to move his family 1,200 miles away from his home state’s lemon groves, sunshine and beaches.

For him, years of rising taxes, dead-end schools, unchecked illegal immigration and clogged traffic have robbed the Golden State of its allure.

The clogged traffic? Um….only because 4 or 5 MILLION illegal immigrants walk the streets. Heck…the sidestreets are worse than the freeways.

The number of people leaving California for another state outstripped the number moving in from another state during the year ending on July 1, 2008. California lost a net total of 144,000 people during that period — more than any other state, according to census estimates. That is about equal to the population of Syracuse, N.Y.

The state with the next-highest net loss through migration between states was New York, which lost just over 126,000 residents.

Wasn’t I just mentioning New York? Uh….by George Stephanopoulos…I certainly was!

Why are so many looking for an exit?

Among other things: California’s unemployment rate hit 8.4 percent in November, the third-highest in the nation, and it is expected to get worse. A record 236,000 foreclosures are projected for 2008, more than the prior nine years combined, according to research firm MDA DataQuick. Personal income was about flat last year.

With state government facing a $41.6 billion budget hole over 18 months, residents are bracing for higher taxes, cuts in education and postponed tax rebates.

You can’t say, I didn’t warn you. I’ve blogged about this debacle, ’til I’m blue in the face. And let’s put it this way…(and in my best Arnold Schwarzenegger voice)I’ll NOT be back.

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Fantasy vs Reality

Posted by redsatellite on January 5, 2009

There are those who have a firm grasp of reality….and then there are those who don’t.

Gaza’s main hospital, already overloaded with Palestinians wounded in the week-long Israeli air assault, has reached critical mass, according to a Norwegian doctor volunteering at Shifa Hospital.

Palestinian medical officials said Israeli forces have killed 37 Palestinians — both civilians and militants — since moving into the territory. With those deaths, at least 507 Palestinians have been killed in the military operation, including about 100 women and children, officials said.

In addition, 2,600 Palestinians have been injured, most of them civilians, officials said.
Now let’s hear from Mr. Ali Larijani, speaker of Iran’s parliament, regarding Israel’s ground assault on Hamas militants:

 

“The Zionists should know that Gaza will become their graveyard.”I guess those cowering ‘Zionists’ missed that memo.

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Be Careful What You Wish For…

Posted by redsatellite on November 21, 2008

Well…poor little liberals…what ARE you going to do? You elected THE ONE. As in …the one and only. He’s now bought and paid for.

Antiwar groups and other liberal activists are increasingly concerned at signs that Barack Obama’s national security team will be dominated by appointees who favored the Iraq invasion and hold hawkish views on other important foreign policy issues.

The activists are uneasy not only about signs that both Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) and Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates could be in the Obama Cabinet, but at reports suggesting that several other short-list candidates for top security posts backed the decision to go to war.

Aww….cry me a Mekong Delta river. It’s horrible to wake up to the real world…..huh? Nothing like a steaming hot cup of REALITY.

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A Nice Hot Cup of Socialism

Posted by redsatellite on October 14, 2008


 

 

 

 

 

  

 

And on and on and on it goes….the loans, the bailouts, the handouts….never stop.

A Democratic leadership aide said the stimulus package Democrats were drafting would include “a heavy emphasis on help to state and local governments.”  
After meeting with the economists, Pelosi, a California Democrat, said the goals of the stimulus package would be “to provide relief for the middle class, to encourage consumer confidence and to have regulatory reform by re-writing the rules for financial institutions.”
Psssst….Nancy. I DON’T WANT YOUR RELIEF. Never have, never will.

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A Secret Recipe

Posted by redsatellite on August 14, 2008

Apparently, Julia Child had one.

Famed chef Julia Child shared a secret with Supreme Court Justice Arthur Goldberg and Chicago White Sox catcher Moe Berg at a time when the Nazis threatened the world.

They served in an international spy ring managed by the Office of Strategic Services, an early version of the CIA created in World War II by President Franklin Roosevelt.

The full secret comes out Thursday, all of the names and previously classified files identifying nearly 24,000 spies who formed the first centralized intelligence effort by the United States. The National Archives, which this week released a list of the names found in the records, will make available for the first time all 750,000 pages identifying the vast spy network of military and civilian operatives.

24,000? That’s a heckuva lot of spies.

The release of the OSS personnel files uncloaks one of the last secrets from the short-lived wartime intelligence agency, which for the most part later was folded into the CIA after President Truman disbanded it in 1945.

The CIA had resisted releasing OSS records for decades. But former CIA Director William Casey, himself an OSS veteran, cleared the way for transfer of millions of OSS documents to the National Archives when he took over the agency in 1981.

63 years later, we finally find out? Good grief, what are they afraid of? Afraid some 91 year old former Nazi will identify which assisted-living home the survivors are living in?

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Does Anyone Read Our Blog in Iran?

Posted by redsatellite on July 8, 2008

NAH. Probably not.

A new law has been passed by the Iranian parliament extending use of the death penalty to online crimes. Previously, only people charged with insulting Islam or drug trafficking had been sentenced to death.

In accordance with the new law, bloggers and website editors can be sentenced to death for crimes such as promoting corruption, prostitution and apostasy, the International Freedom of Expression Exchange (IFEX) reported.

I’ve been insulting Imams and muftis for over 3 years. And I’ve certainly promoted apostasy. I guess my reader base in Iran is pretty thin…huh.

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Memorial Day 2008

Posted by redsatellite on May 26, 2008

NEVER forget why we have a holiday today and why you get to barbeque. And drink. And lay in the pool. And be with friends and family.

Thank you to those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

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