Monday, October 31

Just askin'

You who live in CA...what do you think of our proposition choices and their chances of success?

I so hope the one about union dues passes. I get really miffed that the CTA can take MONEY OUT OF MY PAYCHECK FOR THEIR LEFTY POLITICAL AIMS. And they can do what they want because $80+ comes out of my check every month to pay for whatever they want to do. They can even RAISE MY DUES without my consent or knowledge, etc.

What do you guys/guyettes think?

Happy Halloween!



Party On!

Sunday, October 30

Heroes

Bill Roggio has a new post up on his upcoming trip to Anbar. I marvel at his courage and sacrifice, but most of all I think how hard it must be to leave his family, his young children and his wife, to go into danger to try to do something he believes in. And without pay.
If you look at his equipment list you can see he is not going to be living soft in the Palestine Hotel with other journalists, instead he is going to be living hard, sleeping cold, and wearing kevlar. If you would like to buy eq instead of contributing direct, you can do that also, like some of us chipped in for Michael Yon's NV goggles (thanks to quark!).
I admire people like Bill, Michael Yon, and Michael Totten so much. While other journalists sit safe in their hotel rooms, protected by the same american miltary that they denigrate and demonize, those guys are putting their lives on the line to bring us the truth. And I can't wait to read it.

From No2Liberals


I need to post the following story again, as I posted it really early this a.m. It is a much deeper look at the speech the president of Iran gave the other day, about wiping Zionism away forever. The graphics he used are startling, and have not been reported by the Old-Stream Media. Iran's President Ahmadinejad speaking at the "World Without Zionism" conference where he spoke of wiping "Israel off the map."

Check out the link in the title too.

Exit Strategery

An oldie but a goodie. Blackfive has an Iraq/Afghanistan exit strategy that is more interesting than ever:

PERFECT PORK!

Atlanta City Mayor Shirley Franklin has found the perfect way to endlessly campaign herself at tax-payer expense, and keep herself "clean" of legitimate criticism.


Brand Atlanta reveals logo -- the ATL

Here is the logo

Okay, so far no problem. Sounds like a GREAT IDEA!

Until Shirley pays $200,000 for an "Atlanta Anthem." Remember, this campaign is about attracting tourists and businesses to Atlanta.

The song (Anthem) is called The ATL. LISTEN to this piece. This is the only piece available right now. The "full" version is to be released November 10.

THE ATL- Atlanta Anthem (just click the play button at the top left)

"Atlanta, where the music makes you drop to your knees."

OY!

Some points made by my fellow Atlantans:

Jingles are written in "Major"- this one is in "Minor."
The "Get 'em Up, Get 'em Up" chant is easily changed to "Stick 'em Up, Stick 'em Up"
Why this much money? A contest would have been far better.
We have much better talent in Atlanta, such as Elton John....

Dick WIlliams Chimes In

My take:

My personal opinion is that this was just a business and tax-payed campaign for Shirley.

I understand that this "anthem" was supposed to help boost tourism and bring business to Atlanta. Okay- if THIS is truly the goal- the next step would be- Who is our audience? How do we make Atlanta forefront in their minds and appealing.

Promotion 101 right?

This song just doesn't deliver. It is appealing to a certain group. Great- no problem, but this group seems to be more in line with Shirley's voters than in line with reaching and appealing to the group they claim to be trying to reach. I mean the most rememorable piece is the chant "Get 'em up." This is a disaster. A disgusting display of misusing tax-payer money to further a political career instead of furthering the best interests of those you serve.

The saddest part is that it will not only work, but any criticism of the song, or Shirley will only FURTHER aid her abuse of her position and power......

In essence, this song actually attracts "opportunity" in Atlanta I am not wanting to attract (hip-hop culture), destroys my optimism about Atlanta's future. and literally screams anything BUT openness. The message is clear. We want hip-hop to define us, and if you don't like it, we are not open to you! This just simply fails to acheive ANY of the objectives they claim to be reaching for.


Weren't Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown sober enough to do this song?

Why We're Touring the Clinton Library By Juanita Broaddrick and Kathleen Willey

Saturday, October 29

LGF in WorldNet Daily Article on Churchill

College doctors photograph
of gun-toting Ward Churchill

WND inquiry prompts school to yank image which completely 'erased' rifle


Scroll down and see this!


The case of Churchill's disappearing gun is already getting some reaction on the LittleGreenFootballs blog, with entries such as:
  • "Makes sense. A fraudulent photograph of a fraudulent professor."
  • "Hell, most of what college students 'learn' these days has been doctored.
    It takes a Ph.D. to really doctor things up."
  • "I kind of prefer the doctored photo. On the one hand, you have an
    America-hating loon, on the other you have an armed America-hating loon."

Gotta LOVE IT!

UNBELIEVABLE!

Go to google- images. type in "9/11"

Notice ANYTHING strange?

Not just the #1 picture- but notice no CLEAR pics of the REAL damage- you know the damage that makes Prince Charles say "United States has been too intolerant of the religion since September 11."

WE are intolerant? HUH? Who is TARGET bombing innocents- beheading little girls?

WHO!?!?!?!

YAARG! I can't believe how google has "Sanitized" September 11th.

LINK!

Pumpkin Rage.....

BRAG ALERT!

WARNING: I am about to do some shameless bragging and promoting!

If you have not ever listened to Herman Cain- YOU ARE MISSING OUT! He is a STRONG, NO NONSENSE- BREATH OF FRESH AIR! Herman Cain is a fantastic voice on Economic Matters in America. You may have seen him on FOX News with Neil Cavuto! He is also an ASTOUNDING MAN- GREAT INPSIRATIONAL SPEAKER- AND A ROLE MODEL OF HOW TENNACITY IS THE KEY TO SUCCESS AND OVERCOMING! If you like Condi at all- YOU WILL LOVE HERMAN!



In order to "set the stage" let me share this:


  • I am a NEWS/POLITICS JUNKIE! Like most of us here!
  • I LOVE TALK RADIO- I am OBSESSED!
  • I have been a HUGE fan of Herman Cain for over 18 months now. I met him on the campaign trail last year when I was working as a campaign manager.
  • Herman Cain ran in GA for the US Senate- as a Republican, but lost in the primary to veteran Johnny Isakson.
  • WGKA is the radio home of Herman Cain's talk show The Bottom Line. (Aired live on Saturdays from 3 pm-6 pm (Eastern Time in the U.S.) You can Click on The Bottom Line to listen LIVE!
  • Many of you already know about my passion for Nite of Hope.
  • Many of you also know I LOVE to write.

Herman Cain and WGKA are supporting Nite of Hope! WGKA will be airing "bits" on Nite of Hope- starting on Monday, October 31st! His team wrote a promo piece for Nite of Hope, and a team of us with Nite of Hope worked on a piece until 2:00 am this morning. (Not easy trying to get so much info into a quick radio add!) I talked with Herman's Exective Producer earlier today- and they will be editing the "bit" and tightening it up for broadcasting to begin on Monday. I am not sure which version they will use- or if they will be using both- maybe a mixture of both. I am just thrilled to be part of such an awesome ministry and to have someone I admire so much to chip in to help!

His show starts soon. I hope you all will tune in and check it out. You can even call in!

Toll-Free: (888) 920-2665

Kentucky Meetup

I sent an email out this morning with details for my meetup. However, I don't think I had everyone in my contact list. So, if we have talked about the meetup and you didn't get an email this morning, contact me so I can send you the details.

Hope to see as many Lizards as possible!

I THINK THIS IS AN INTERESTING REVIEW

I read this review this morning (thanks to Power Line). The authors reviewed, Joseph Heath and Andrew Potter, have some scathing criticisms of the Left that I think need to be heard. I will mention a few here from the review.

"[The] only way we are able to go about our business in society is by trusting other people…. One way in which people establish the requisite trust is by demonstrating their willingness to play by the rules in small symbolic ways. This is the core function of courtesy and good manners."

Could this be one reason why fewer and fewer people trust the Left? They do not demonstrate the common courtesy and dignity that people deserve? This is not a primary factor, but one element of orienting yourself politically surely has to do with who you feel comfortable with.

"[We] really need to stop worrying so much about fascism. What our society needs is more rules, not fewer."

I am no fan of rules, but a society can not function as an anarchy. Laws are needed to govern those who will not govern themselves. The debate in my lifetime has been- Laws or legislation should not legislate morality. This is senseless, since this is exactly what laws do. They outlaw such things as killing, stealing, and lying in certain situations to name a few examples. The debate should be what morality does our society want to legislate? We have been successful in legislating certain morality, such as ending slavery (although this is a messy example), and unsuccessful in other areas, such as the Prohibition, which is universally recognized as a colossal failure. If American society needs more rules, it is because people are less well-behaved.

The amount of intellectual energy that has been dedicated to the task of searching for an alternative to the market in the past century is staggering. And yet no matter how you run the numbers, the answer always comes out the same. There are essentially two ways of organizing a modern economy: either a system of centralized, bureaucratic production (such as was found in the former Soviet Union), or else a decentralized system, in which producers coordinate their efforts through market exchange….

We already know which of these systems works. I constantly encounter people who deride capitalism. I counter immediately with the point that it is impossible to be happy without prosperity. You can not have prosperity without capitalism.

The reason the transformative Left is politically ineffectual is not that it leads people to devote time to performance art rather than voter registration. The real problem is that it rejects attainable reforms that would deliver tangible benefits, in favor of either inconsequential countercultural gestures or vast, sweeping projects no one can possibly enact, or even explain.

Ouch. If I were a lefty, that would sting. It also explains the recent presidential campaigns by Gore and Kerry. This should be the new mission statement for the Democratic party.

There is more to read there. I think you would enjoy it.

FIGHT, FIGHT, FIGHT!!!

Hi youse'all - I know I've been away and haven't posted much here (or at LGF, ) for the last several months, mostly because I've been in a fight, literally to the death, with prostate cancer.
With no prior symptoms, I was rushed to a hospital on July 3, where I was diaganosed with an extremely aggressive form of prostate cancer - frankly, the doctors thought I had maybe 9 months to a year to live. My PSA level (PSA is a blood test to check on levels of a cancer protein; a "normal" PSA for someone my age is anywhere from a 1 to a 7; anything more than 7 and they "check you out" for cancer). My PSA on July 3 was more than 1,000 AND it had started to mestasyze (spread to other areas of my body) hence the prognosis of a short time to live.
I told the doc's I'm not ready to go yet so I authorized them to fight the cancer as aggressively as possible, even though that fight would leave me totally physically weak, in a lot of pain and in a "bad" state of mind. I won't go into any details on this post as to the medicines, hormonal, chemical and various medical implementation, but 5 weeks after finding my PSA was over 1,000, they found my PSA had dropped to 13.5! I pushed the doctors to use even more aggessive treament to try to stop any spread of the cancer and so they gave me, AMONG OTHER THINGS, the biggest frickkin injection I've ever seen, in my stomach - took almost two entire minutes to do the injection, but supposeldly would last for three months of a "new" cancer fighting drug which would make all of my bones and muscles ache and would give me hot flashes. Two days after getting the "three month monster shot" my PSA had dropped to 3.0 So some three months after diagnosis, I'd dropped from over 1,000 to 3.0.
My oncologist, who is a reserved and taciturn kind of guy said that was excellent; my regular doctor of over 30 years (an internist and and endriconolist actually said "Yah Whoo" when he heard the news). Then, last Tuesday, after having the chemicals from the three month needle in my body for only one month so far, my PSA was a 0.386!!! Less than one half of ONE!. MY tacticturn and reserved oncologist said "You've beaten this cancer to a pulp! Hooray!!!" My regular doctor said, honest to God, YI HA!!!!
So anyway, what's new with you guys?

Friday, October 28

The Treasonous Opposition

treason--defn.
Violation of allegiance toward one's country or sovereign, especially the betrayal of one's country by waging war against it or by consciously and purposely acting to aid its enemies.
A betrayal of trust or confidence.


In the old days, the party out of power was known as the Loyal Opposition. It was their job to critique the party in power, and to keep them honest, hard-working and thrifty. But, alas, the democratic party has suffered a psychotic break with reality--they no longer feel the need to be loyal, or to convey allegiance to our country. They only care about winning.

A lot of fine writers have written about the Left seeking assiduously to misrepresent the Iraq War, the single event that defines GW's presidency and the voting patterns of the 2004 election, as a collossal misadventure. I like Baldilocks and VDH (both via LGF) especially. But I have a grievance against the Left on other issues. They have betrayed our trust, and abandoned their duties as the Loyal Opposition in abject pursuit of vote-whoring, in their desperate desire to win.

You see, there are things that the Bush adminstration is doing a terrible job on. Like immigration, deficit spending, and porkbusting. But the Left will say nothing because vociferous objection will lose them votes. The classic example is Terri's Law. Congress worked over the weekend to pass a law that all lawyers knew was essentially a no-op, since it did not require admission of new data. Terri's Law was simple cynical pandering to the base. My libertarian blood boiled at the shameless attempt to override states rights. Most democrats cravenly voted with the republicans, and only a very few frail voices were raised in hesitant protest. Because it would have cost them votes.

Right now, for the first time in recorded history, America has fallen behind in a high tech field, in bioengineering. Where previously we were the unquestioned leaders of the world in Science, we have now fallen behind South Korea and China in that domain. Even though Johns Hopkins pioneered the solution to the mouse feeder cell contamination of stem cell lines, other countries have benefitted and advanced their research by using this technique. Why is this not percieved as a point of vulnerability in Republican policy? Because if the democrats support federal funding for new stem cell lines, they will lose red state votes. Listen to the Dean and Clinton rhetoric on abortion...are they saying what they believe or what will garner votes? Their platform drips with cynicism.

So, j'accuse. Not only is the Left waging war against our country's efforts in Iraq, but completely betraying the trust reposed in them by all Americans who believe in the two party system. It should be about doing the right thing for our country. Not winning at any cost.

Friday Night Poetry


Since playa grrl suggested poetry and it's still hallow'een season, here is an offering from yrs truly

The Fairies

Up the airy mountain
Down the rushy glen,
We daren't go a-hunting,
For fear of little men;
Wee folk, good folk,
Trooping all together;
Green jacket, red cap,
And white owl's feather.
Down along the rocky shore
Some make their home,
They live on crispy pancakes
Of yellow tide-foam;
Some in the reeds
Of the black mountain-lake,
With frogs for their watch-dogs,
All night awake.

High on the hill-top
The old King sits;
He is now so old and gray
He's nigh lost his wits.
With a bridge of white mist
Columbkill he crosses,
On his stately journeys
From Slieveleague to Rosses;
Or going up with music,
On cold starry nights,
To sup with the Queen,
Of the gay Northern Lights.

They stole little Bridget
For seven years long;
When she came down again
Her friends were all gone.
They took her lightly back
Between the night and morrow;
They thought she was fast asleep,
But she was dead with sorrow.
They have kept her ever since
Deep within the lake,
On a bed of flag leaves,
Watching till she wake.

By the craggy hill-side,
Through the mosses bare,
They have planted thorn trees
For pleasure here and there.
Is any man so daring
As dig them up in spite?
He shall find the thornies set
In his bed at night.

Up the airy mountain
Down the rushy glen,
We daren't go a-hunting,
For fear of little men;
Wee folk, good folk,
Trooping all together;
Green jacket, red cap,
And white owl's feather.
-- William Allingham

Remember what Terry Pratchett said, "...Elves are fantastic. They create fantasies. Elves are glamorous. They project glamour. Elves are enchanting. They weave enchantment. Elves are terrific. They beget terror..."

Mcgyver, out

Rosa Parks Special, Well-Deserved Honor


"Rosa Parks, the seamstress whose act of defiance on a public bus a half-century ago helped spark the civil rights movement, will join presidents and war heroes who have been honored in death with a public viewing in the Capitol Rotunda.

Parks, who died Monday in Detroit at age 92, also will be the first woman to lie in honor in the Rotunda, the vast circular room under the Capitol dome.

The House on Friday passed by voice vote a resolution allowing Parks to be honored in the Capitol on Sunday and Monday "so that the citizens of the United States may pay their last respects to this great American." The Senate approved the resolution Thursday night.

It will be only the fifth time in the past two decades that a person has either lain in honor or in state in the Rotunda. The last to lie in state was President Reagan after his death in June last year."



A well-deserved honor, indeed.

A Lump of Coal in the Fitzmas Stocking

Leftists all over the country went to bed last night dreaming of a Rolls Royce or at least a Land ROVEr for Fitzmas ... and all they got was a scooter and a big lump of political coal.

Thursday, October 27

Thursday Night Caption Contest


What are you lookin' at? Is my fly open?

The Worst Strategic Blunder in American History

One of the commentators over at Blackfive said the following:


It is less easy to dismiss those who do not call Bush the next Hitler, but do accuse him of committing the worst strategic blunder in American history.

While not as hyperbolic as the Bush == Hitler crap, this is still way over the top.

First I think a little history lesson is in order. The worst blunder in American History was Truman's decision not to go to war with Stalin over the Berlin Blockade. We had atomic weapons, Stalin did not. It is not hard to guess the outcome. Instead, Stalin caved to Truman's threat, and decided to wait until the USSR had nuclear weapons before continuing (this is a presumption on my part. I do know that the Soviet Union didn't have nuclear weapons in 1948).

Fortunately for the world, Stalin died before Soviet Weapons were a reality. Anyone who thinks that Stalin would have hesitated to use them needs to revisit the history of the USSR during Stalin’s Reign of Terror.

This blunder brought us the joys of the Cold War. Fifty years of Nuclear Stalemate that was punctuated by brush-fire wars, and other little things that went bump in the night.

You know, little things like the Cuban Missile Crisis. When we are speaking of blunders let us not forget that if JFK would have won the Bay of Pigs, and taken Cuba, that little bundle of joy would have never been born. I realize that the Left love Castro, and celebrate that as a victory. But failing to secure that strategic asset was a blunder that came perilously close to starting a global nuclear war. Like I said, the joys of Cold War.

As the years roll on, we come to Lyndon Johnson’s widening of the Vietnam War (a war that Kennedy began). I thought that Vietnam was supposed to have defined quagmire for all time.

And I am not quite yet done with this litany of blunders. You see, America’s 444 Days of Shame began on November 4, 1979 and was met with utter incompetence on the part of the Carter Administration. It was this incompetence, followed by failures in the three following Administrations (admittedly, Reagan still had that pesky Cold War that Truman brought us hanging around) that ultimately lead to 9-11, and the deaths of 3,000 innocent American civilians.

But after fighting and winning two wars in two countries while losing less men in both countries combined than the Union lost in three days at Gettysburg, the war in Iraq is “the worst strategic blunder in American history”. The Cold War was right annoying, but since it didn’t end in nuclear Holocaust, I guess in hindsight it wasn’t so bad. After all, you see, Truman was a Democrat.

Kennedy? Also a Democrat. LBJ, Jimmy Carter, why, it seems that they were also Democrats!

George Bush, on the other hand is a Republican.

You see, the blunder isn’t that two countries were liberated from horrible oppression at a surprisingly low cost of American blood. I’ll admit, the cost in treasure was high. State-of-the-art weapons-systems are not cheap. But if it keeps the cost in American blood down; if only 2,000 good men and women wearing our country’s uniform die instead of 20,000, it is worth every penny.

No, liberation wasn’t the blunder, nor is it an accident or a blunder that we now share borders with two principle countries that are terror supporters.

No, the real blunder is that the President who accomplished this (with a lot of help from the finest military machine that the world has ever known) is of the wrong Party. Thus, the L³eft cheer every setback, deride any success (hear much in the mainstream media about the Iraqi Constitution? Me neither), and try to paint a picture of quagmire where none exists. Just as I am willing to spend every penny to keep the cost in soldiers lives down, the anti-American L³eft are willing to squeeze the value out of every drop of American blood in order to try to bring the Bush Administration down. Thus they celebrate the 2,000 deaths. I feel certain that some of them wish it were 20,000.

Help...

I have wasted the last 30 minutes wringing my hands on weather or not to post this. I realize that after the mess with contributions to our friends like --------, etc, that people may be hesitant to lend help right now. I also realize that not everyone here is Christian, so this ministry may not be your cup of tea, since the ultimate message is "Jesus Cares." BUT- (always a but) I finally came to the conclusion that if you don't ask, nothing can happen.

SO I AM ASKING.

I have already posted about Nite of Hope Atlanta. We need to raise $2,300 by tomorrow. Nite of Hope Atlanta is a non-profit organization. We will be feeding 2,010 people an elegant Thanksgiving Dinner and providing a winter coat for each guest. The coats will be BRIGHT ORANGE!! I know- "Who wears bright orange?" (Unless it is Club Gitmo gear......) The words "JESUS CARES" will also be printed on each coat.

There is so much more to this. SO MUCH MORE! The founder, Ron Tripodo visits The Task Force (an Atlanta homeless shelter) every week. He ALWAYS brings food. Heck, a couple of weeks ago he went to McDonalds and filled his car with 300 hamburgers and 300 fries and took it to them. But we want to make Thanksgiving special for them. Dinner is served to them in the Georgia Ballroom on real dishes with linen napkins. These folks don't ever get to eat like this. This is much more than a one-night a year ministry. It is about reaching out and helping in a way that is DIGNIFIED and offers them HOPE.

I honestly feel the coats are the best part of this. Wearing a bright orange coat will make you stand out. The questions will come. "Where did you get the coat?" Imagine the testimonies to follow. Sharing the story of where they got the coat over and over with people will certainly affect them, let alone the people they tell the story too.

Please visit the site (Just click the title of this post). Watch the video. If you can't give, at least spread the word.

Thank you for the opportunity to ask.......

UPDATE:

I edited Sherri's post to remove realwest's name. He was mistakenly identified as having received charitable aid from people in our community. I believe Sherri may have meant RT or BK, or others.

Also, RealWest has never asked for charitable donations, so I know she was'nt talking about him.

Just a little typo, just a mispoken error. Peace all.

Oh Allah, Jihadi Halitosis!

FORT LEE, N.J., Oct. 26 (UPI) -- Terrorist bomb makers beware -- New Jersey scientists have developed a breath tester that might lead to your arrest.

The portable tester -- called Heartsbreath -- can detect traces of chemicals found in explosives when they are exhaled by people who have handled the bombs.

They use Western science against us, we use science to bust them. Heh.

Random thoughts from the NOLA front:

After days without, I've got a net connection today. Yippee!

The people celebrating combat deaths while a World War is in progress are beyond the pale. They are a strong argument for Heinlein's barely-specious thesis that only veterans have earned full citizenship.

I traveled through Plaquemines Parish last night. The devastation is reminiscent of photos of Hiroshima, Stalingrad, or any other locale post-battle. G-d simply swept civilization away in some parts of the Gulf Coast.

CNN is the only TV news I have available. The all-anti-American all the time is getting a bit tiresome. Once again- I and my brothers and sisters have pledged to defend, with our very lives if need be, their right to be utter assholes. That does not mean that Wolf Blitzer has to appear so gleeful as he recounts American military deaths or the latest troubles that others are creating for the President.

Those who were warned; who have witnessed Katrina and other storms; and then found themselves without food, water, or electricity in Miami, Cancun, or Key West; have no place whining for immediate relief or a government bail-out. Wake up, twits.

/cross-posted on LGF & www.herbertsobel.blogspot.com

Breaking News: Harriet Meirs Withdraws as Supreme Court Nominee

Not much more than that right now. Now maybe we can get a real nominee. Janice Rodgers Brown, anyone?

Wednesday, October 26

Great news from jlfintx!!!!!!

Pardon me going OTT, but this is such spectacular news from jflintx, that he asked me to posr, so that I hope everyone who knows about his wife's illness, and what the family has been through will know that their prayers and good wishes have really done wonders!

"Well, I don't know if I mentioned what the docs said, so many things have happened, and you are welcome to pass this along. Just as the doctors said she had little chance for survival, when she was being released (kind of sudden-like we feel anyway), they simply said they have no idea what caused her to ultimately turn for the worse and then to reverse course and get so much better. They even went to the extreme and said she may make a full recovery. This kind of news after what we have been through is simply astounding, even if it is overly hopeful. I attribute this to the prayers of God's people and all the great thoughts and well wishes. Words cannot express, nor can we convey our gratitude to you and the legions of others who we may never meet or even know that have put in petitions to the heavenly realm on our behalf. She is now trying to regain her strength and mind at her mothers and we are indeed hopeful and so very thankful that we have been blessed with our much loved wife, daugher, and mother's continued stay on this good earth. Our best wishes and thoughts to all the community of well wishers of LGF, DL, LCG, and Lifeisforeveryone ( and those we don't even know about). My final hope and prayer is that someday, someday indeed, the things that have seperated us will be forgiven and forgotten and what joins us will prevail. Most sincere regards, family of jlfintx"

Keep the good wishs and prayers coming, please!

BTW, I asked Jeff if Jeanna is able to feed herself yet, and she can ,slowly, but she can!!!!!

We will be driving to Toronto in the AM, for a 2 week vacation.

See you all when we get back.

Avian Flu Panic

I really think this is getting out of hand. While disaster preparedness is a good thing, enacting new laws and regulations on the fly strikes me as a very bad idea. There is scant evidence that the avian flu is easily transferrable to humans, and there is historical evidence that given time our avian friends would build up immunity to the current flu.

Following the imposition of a temporary one-month ban on live bird imports in the European Union, bird fairs, markets and shows will also be banned, except where local risk assessments show they can go ahead safely.

The possibility of instructing poultry farmers to bring free range chickens indoors is being urgently discussed by ministers with the industry and a register of commercial poultry producers will be established, Environment Secretary Margaret Beckett said.


Smells like panic to me.

The Diverse, Tolerant, Inclusive Left

Maryland's Republican Lt. Governor, Michael Steele has announced his candidacy for the US Senate seat being vacated by Paul Sarbanes (D). Steele is also a black man.

Demonrat hack Steve Gilliard at "News Blog" (link in title) apparently finds black Republicans upsetting. Is it because they're black? Or is it because they're Republicans? Take a gander at Little Stevie's artwork, and you tell me.

I's Simple Sambo and I's running
for the Big House


I'm not sure what to call this, other than disgusting. Racist also fits, obviously. I wonder how this image, courtesy of a rabid Democrat, would play among Maryland's voters. This, ladies and gentlemen, is the work of a progressive.

A Really Worthy Cause

Bill Roggio, IMHO one of the best (if not the best) milbloggers on the internet(s), is going to be embedded in Iraq with a Marine unit. His flash video presentations deserve an award for the best use of tech to convey meaning.
So turn out your pockets, ladies and soljahs, and let's help with his expenses.

Snark Delivery

Look for the draft.
backchannel.
i so bad.
;)

Tuesday, October 25

Thought for the Day




Don't ya just love purple fuzzy things?? ;-þ

Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics



Today is the day that the 2000th soldier in Iraq died or was killed. The L³eft say that this proves that Iraq is a quagmire, and that we can never win, etc. I took the raw data for the above from two web sites. One of these was Statistical Summary [of]America's Major Wars by the US Civil War Center. This was all data prior to the Afghan and Iraqi campaigns. The data for those campaigns I took from Iraq Coalition Casualty Count, a site I deem to be "anti-War". First I would note that they chose to conflate the KIAs and those who died of non-combat related causes. I chose to user their stats basically because they are (or at least appear to be) trying to make this war look like it is the most horrible we have ever fought.

As the above chart shows, it is actually one of the most successful wars we have ever fought. The truth is that in terms of combat deaths, we have yet to reach the level of the Mexican War, of course, in overall dead, we are doing far better than they did back in 1846-48. While I do expect that before it is over we will surpass the 1,733 that were killed in the Mexican War, I don't expect us to reach the 13,283 that they did ever. Certainly, at the current rate (2.31 per day) it will take another 13 years to do so.


At the current rate it will take some 128 years to reach the levels of the combat dead that the Union took during the Civil War. Looks like old Bobby Lee whipped them Yankees right fierce.

Somebody please inform President George w. Bush of the USA the President Mack T. Knife of the CSA would appreciate a little of his time, if he would be so kind.

I think you get my point. To be kind, the people claiming that we are losing this war are defeatists eager to snatch defeat from the jaws of Victory. Not being know for my kindness, I'd call them a group of anti-American traitors with a good levening of what Lenin termed "useful idiots", and some extremely cynical politicions who only care about personal power. As I don't move in those circles, I couldn't really say what the ratio of the three camps is.

What I do know is this: we are winning on the battlefield. With first the elections and now the Constitution (so convieniently ignored by the MSM) I believe that we are slowly making progress in the political realm in the Middle East.

I know that there are lies, damned lies, and statistics, and that the MSM and the L³eft are using all three to try and ensure that, for America, Victory is not an option.

I find that offensive.

The Rising Tide

Source: WND.com
Organization: WithdrawMiers.org

I was snooping around this morning and found this website. The list of commentator on both sides of the asile is growing; withdraw Miers' nomination is their call.

I was initially prepared to give this nomination the benefit of doubt, but the more I read about her past, the scandals she's linked to (the Texas Lottery scandal most of all), the more I'm convinced it was shear idiocy to have nominated her.

What as the President thinking? Nominating this woman has opened the door to a re-examination of his past, the past we've rehashed over and over again. I don't believe the President is an idiot, but this was just plain stupid. Or is there a brilliant plan afoot to have this one fall apart so he can get JR Brown's nomination through the process?

I don't know, but I do know this was a very bad idea.

I LOVE God's Creatures......

World Leaders Abusing HTML

As Bill Clinton keeps reminding us (and the ubiquity of kinky Japanese porn attests), the world is growing ever more interconnected thanks to the web. These days every country worth its unpaid UN dues has an official national website. Not surprisingly, the sites of most major powers are slickly produced, easy to navigate comprehensive PR jobs, offering the type of state-sponsored fare you’d expect: links to the major legislative branches, explications of the workings of the government, the jingoistic symbolism of the nation’s flag, how to invest and visit. But a few sites go beyond the call of better-business-bureau duty. On Egypt’s, for example, you can take a virtual tour of the main palace’s eight different front entrances and pay your phone bill, while Azerbaijan’s president, Ilham Aliyev, finds the time to write daily letters to his youth movement about sports (though not a lot about his government’s rampant corruption). Some sites range from comedy to train-wreck in their attempt to spread the good will. Here’s a Radar guide to just a few of the world’s most amusing and bizarre official national websites. (These are, of course, the export versions. Who knows what the people are really reading?)

Iraq
Overview: He may not be the official leader of Mess-o-potamia, but Grand Ayatollah Sistani is clearly the man in charge of this desert meltdown, which is quickly careening toward civil war, and his website attests to his power. With excessive use of flash, there’s a special scrolling column on Ramadan, with recommended acts and supplications. The site includes a simplified guide to Islamic law, a glossary, a biography of Sistani, and a discussion section on current legal issues. Sistani is big on advice edicts, fatwas, whatever, and he offers his opinion on everything from financial issues (what to do if you overdraw?) to the Islamic dress code to painting in three dimensions to leather products to “Jurisprudence made Easy.”
Best Feature: Sistani’s Q & A section is indisputably the highlight of the site. He doles out advice, Dear Abby–style, on everything from anal sex with your wife while she is having her period (“If wife is consenting to it, it is permissible but it would be extremely abominable”) to chess. His holiness’s photo gallery features eight full pages of Sistani headshots from various angles; apparently he’s a hottie.
Traffic ranking according to alexa.com: 44,731
Visit: http://www.sistani.org/html/eng

North Korea
Overview: We were hoping for great things from the DPRK, but this technicolor site went beyond our wildest expectations. The main focus is of course on lovable Dear Leader Kim Jong-Il. A downloadable PDF bio—“A Brief History,” numbering 160 pages—chronicles his life, with gems like this take on the tyrant’s character-molding youth: “Possessed of warm human love and broad-mindedness, he was always generous, unceremonious, and warmhearted among people.” (They fail to mention that North Korea has earned the worst possible score on civil liberties and political rights from Freedom House for 31 years in a row. Just details, we guess.)
Best Feature: The FAQ section leads off with obviously the most important request for anyone thinking about visiting North Korea: “Can I get a signed photograph of Leader Kim Jong-Il?” Other questions include: “I’ve heard that everybody starves in North Korea. How is the food situation?” “Is North Korea a dictatorship?” “Can I join the Korean People’s Army?” (The answer is no.) “I want to know why North Korea has nuclear weapons. Why?” “Has North Korea’s economy really collapsed?” and “What is North Korea’s stance on homosexuality?” The answers go on and on, providing hours of entertainment.
Traffic ranking: 167,245
Visit: http://www.korea-dpr.com/

Botswana
Overview: The landlocked African nation formally known as Bechuanaland isn’t exactly up to speed when it comes to the World Wide Web. To be honest, the only reason we included Botswana is because it features on its homepage a diamond that actually twinkles. Diamond mining accounts for more than a third of Botswana’s GDP and 80 percent of its export earnings. The site boasts of the government’s and the economy’s increasing stability, strength, and infrastructure—compared with Uganda Botswana is doing all right—but the country still has one of the world’s highest rates of AIDS.
Best Feature: The sparkly diamond.
Traffic ranking: 192,677
Visit: http://www.gov.bw/home.html

Jordan
Overview: Jordan’s website is a streamlined green-and-orange pleasure domain. Since joining the WTO in 2000 and holding elections in 2003, King Abdallah II has tried to institute wide-ranging reforms to make his tiny Middle Eastern kingdom appear more progressive and transparent. His website, at least, is modern and easy to use. The homepage takes you through the government’s various branches, and under clever slugs such as “Keys to the Kingdom” you can learn about Jordan’s low crime rate from a chart comparing the country’s yearly total offenses with those in the U.S. and Sweden. Apparently Jordan’s low crime is due to “preventative measures” and “alternative activities for teenagers” (code for martyr training camp, perhaps).
Best Feature: The interactive office of King Hussein I, who ruled from 1953 to his death in 1999, looks like a page out of 1993 computer game Myst. Click on the desk and you can read the father of modern Jordan’s speeches. A wedding picture takes you to a family tree tracing the royal line, and the bookshelves direct you to the national cyberlibrary. Another perk: the national anthem link, where you can pick an instrument (oboe, French horn, or side drum), the score pops up, and hello, fun.
Traffic ranking: 267,894
Visit: http://www.kinghussein.gov.jo/government.html

Denmark
Overview: When you visit the site for this Viking country, which gave us everything from teak to good goey pastry, you are greeted with a family photo of Crown Prince Frederik and his hot Australian wife, Princess Mary. They just had a baby boy last week. With one of the highest standards of living in the world, Denmark doesn’t seem to care too much about official business on its site, which mostly features cultural and historical links. There’s a special section devoted to Hans Christian Andersen, and a “business lounge” where potential investors can find “cool facts” about the Danish economy and an investors kit. But most of the site is devoted to the royal family, which seems to be the norm for Scandinavian websites. Sweden’s 23-year-old Princess Madeleine has her own URL, which features lots of insight into her Spice Girls obsession, skiing trips, and numerous boyfriends.
Best Feature: The kids’ page, where boring content is “strictly forbidden” and which we could get to work only in Spanish. Cartoon Danish kids teach you all about what school is like in Denmark, and a few actual Danish children, like 12-year-old Elizabeth, take you on a tour of their family’s homes.
Traffic ranking: 118,899
Visit: http://www.denmark.dk/

Monday, October 24

Mourning in America

There are reports that Rosa Parks has passed away. A remarkably gutsy woman, she was a true American hero that helped lead us out of a darkness in our history. When someone like this passes on, all people of honor mourn and take a moment of to give respect, whatever their politics.

Rest well, Lady.

DUers Sink Low ... Even For Them

DUers take a poll about a murder ...

Just when you thought that they could sink no lower, they manage to surprise you yet again.

Rat-infested French jails likened to 'dungeons in Middle Ages'

I nominate Dave Ray for a life sentence without parole...too bad he isn't in Fwance! OTOH, what did the rats and cockroaches ever do to deserve that?


FRANCE'S prisons are the worst in Europe and their cells are akin to dungeons in the Middle Ages, according to a watchdog's report yesterday.
Hygiene is "deplorable", with inmates crowded into filthy, rat-infested cells, leading to an explosion in the number of prisoners with infectious diseases, the International Observatory of Prisons (IOP) said.

It described conditions as "catastrophic" and condemned the French government for failing to improve matters. "The situation is totally unworthy of our level of civilisation. Conditions of detention are close to those of the Middle Ages," the Paris-based IOP said.

It blamed the government's tougher sentencing polices for aggravating chronically bad prison conditions without solving the problem of delinquency.
The report said French jails suffered from overcrowding, bad hygiene, rising violence and suicide rates of more than six times the national average - France has Europe's highest suicide rate among prisoners.

The number of suicide attempts rose 10 per cent last year, while incidents of self-wounding and hunger strikes were up 25 per cent.

Violence and revolt against the prison authorities have also increased dramatically - there was a 155 per cent rise in the number of riots last year.
Eight out of ten inmates suffer from psychiatric problems, but access to medical care is limited.

"Fifteen months to treat a toothache - one is less well treated when one is in prison than when one is an animal in the zoo," the main lawyers' union in France said.

Both it and the judges' union described the situation as "detestable".
The IOP also denounced "disproportionate security measures", citing the example of a prisoner who was handcuffed while giving birth at Fleury-Merogis prison, near Paris.

The report placed the blame squarely on policies championed by Nicolas Sarkozy, the interior minister who has stated his intention to run for president in 2007, saying France's conservative government was wrong to fight delinquency with a drive for longer sentences.

Patrick Marest, of the IOP, said: "The deterioration in the condition of the prisons is not due to the inevitable result of incarcerating dangerous people. It is the result of policy choices."

The scandal surrounding the conditions in French jails first broke in 2000 when a doctor at Paris's notorious La Santé prison published a book revealing what life was really like for the country's inmates. Dr Veronique Vasseur said inmates lived in squalor, surrounded by rats and cockroaches, and were subject to brutal rapes and fist fights which were daily occurrences.

"The place remains an inhuman nightmare," she said, "an eternal shame to France."

DUers Argue for Saddam's Reinstatement

Yup ... to them, he's currently the legitimate ruler of Iraq. Here's hoping that they can make this position part of the Democratic party platform.

It's a beautiful day!

First time in a long time that it's not opressively hot, and I'm stuck studying for an exam :( Ya'll can put happy comments on this thread, to cheer me up!

Haloscan is Back

(though the counters seem a bit slow) ... Go ahead and post comments to your little green hearts' content, boys and girls.

Whoops.

Sorry ... Dupe post.

Broadening the Scope

It seems Patrick Fitzgerald was aiming for a much broader investigation into the Plame game than was intended. NewsMax is reporting:

On Friday, the New York Times reported that Fitzgerald had "almost from the start" shifted the focus of his probe to issues that were "peripheral" to the Leakgate investigation.

The February 2004 Comey letter tends to confirm the Times report - suggesting that Fitzgerald sought to broaden his probe after determining that the underlying allegations were baseless.



I wonder what Fitzgerald's real agenda is?

Get Fuzzy, Get's It


This is for Mack, Reaganite, Danny, and all the other minions who like "toys."

Comments Down - It's a Haloscan Problem

We're not the only ones. It seems that Haloscan is down all over. And here I thought that no one was interested in commenting.

Edit:

While haloscan is down, I have re-opened regular blogger comments. Any troll comments will be deleted ... liberally. Moeover, any comments originating from IPs which have been banned for haloscan comments (that is, originating from banned trolls) will be deleted, no matter how innocuous or civil they might be. I hope that this is acceptable to everyone. If not, well, leave a comment and let me know what you think.

It appears comments are broken

I dont understand what has happened. It may be an issue with haloscan being down right now, I dont know. Keep visitng and we'll all see together when and if the comments might start magically workng again. I just dont know what is up....

DU Calls The Psychic Friends Network

We have met the enemy and they are morons.

Mondays suck


Props to L-dot.com

Just seems to fit the last couple of months :-(

Sunday, October 23

Where do we stand?

NZ Bear is askin' where blogs stand on Miers.
I'm against, but if we can get a consensus in the comments, we can be included in the poll.
Lizardoids?

Umm...we can also be neutral. ;-)
I can't actually comment on my post--i seem to be caught in the troll trap.

The Lizard Lounge......



My past attempts at this idea have not faired well, so either I am stubborn or insane..maybe both.

Anyway, Drudge is on soon- 10:00pm- 1:00 am (EDT). Thought we could listen and comment together....Click here to listen...

Hope Danny doesn't mind my playing with his image and creating the one above...

UPDATE: I hope Sherri doesnt mind me playing with the image that she played with that I made :)

Happy to be White....Code for Praising Nazis....

The Nazi Twins!

Template Changes

Don't worry ... this can all be reversed. I made a few adjustments that will allow for posting wider pictures. Also, obviously, the header is different. Unfortunately, you kinda lose the tagline with the colors as they are. I could change the title and tagline to something less green and more visible (red would show up well), but that seems wrong, given the blog name. I can also use a different background image, though the lizards are pretty apropos, IMHO.

Thoughts?

Karl Rove's Garage........

AAAAHAAAAAAAAAA! Busted..........

Waiting on Wilma: Sunday Open Thread

ignorance is hilarious

Layout

Guys and Dolls, I've been working on the layout in the stylesheet to try to give more room for comments and our side bar. It looks good to me and the Mafia Princess, but if you have trouble, please let me know.

I'm using IE 6 with a screen resolution of 1280X1024px. I haven't tested it in other browsers or at other resolutions.

I hope this will make posts less strung out. Again, if you have trouble, please let me know in the comments.

'Night, Guys and Dolls. It's late on my end of the world :-)

The Unreported Massacre

I asked this question on an LGF open thread but I thought I'd ask here as well:

If we can ignore the horrid anti-American spin of this story for a second, I have a question:

Why on earth haven't I heard about four more Americans being murdered and set on fire by an Iraqi mob? Forget about the outrage ... where was the damned story?

Travel Advisory



Compliments of Bob's Kid. Rest well my sister. Heal well.

Saturday, October 22

Mmmmmmmmmmmm



Mmmmmmmmmmmm.........Hot chocolate makes me sleepy.....

To Members

Now that we have changed to Haloscan comments there is the matter of administration of Haloscan controls. Here is the list of people I will be inviting to be admins of the Haloscan account:

Gary
Geepers
Jheka
Mack the Knife
Mafia Princess
McGyver
Pablo
Reaganite
Sarah D
Sherri

(and a couple I'm not naming yet)

The reason why I am not inviting everyone who is an admin at lgc to be an admin at Haloscan is because too many cooks in that kitchen will obviously foul up its operation. The way Haloscan operates we can't afford to have anyone in there that isnt on the "same page" as I am in operating that system.

The admins of Haloscan that I have selected will be getting the login information and a file containing the instructions I would like people to follow while administering there. It should arrive in your email sometime over the next couple of days. If your name is on the list and you do not want admin rights, please email me or leave me a message here.

Your Reluctant lgc Underlord
JustDanny
the danagement

Carry on ...

The Latest Gratuitous Beautiful Woman Thread Is Up

Just FYI ... it's the first country-specific GBWT and it's right here.

Saturday Night Kipling

If


If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you
But make allowance for their doubting too,
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream--and not make dreams your master,
If you can think--and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it all on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breath a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on!"

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings--nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
If all men count with you, but none too much,
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And--which is more--you'll be a Man, my son!

--Rudyard Kipling


If the scales on the back of your neck just stood up, you might be a lizardoid.

What Kind of Mother...??!?!!



The Jerusalem Post is reporting:

Earlier, soldiers from the Haruv battalion staging a routine arrest of wanted Palestinian fugitives nabbed 10 kilograms of explosives in a West Bank village and then made a dramatic discovery.

"The wife of the one of the fugitives held her baby with two hands and held a bag with a hand grenade underneath its shirt to hide it from the soldiers," said Lt.-Col. Arik Chen, commander of the battalion.

The pre-dawn raid in the village of Atzira Shamaliyeh north of Nablus ended peacefully after soldiers quickly separated the live hand grenade from the mother and baby.



I'm not waiting for the moonbat and loony lefties to pitch a fit over this... we all know they are hypocrits anyway, so why bother to point it out.

Good news from JLF in TX!

I got an email from Jeff a few minutes ago, and he gave me permission to post this:

" They are going to move her out of ICU today and leave the shunt out. They think she does not need it anymore. She is still confused, but we rejoice that she is able to communicate. The doctors say she had an intestinal infection that could have been causing her the mental problems. They are going to try and take the NG tube out tonight and see if she can start eating."

Please keep up the prayers for Jeanna, Jeff, their kids and his parents..this has been such a rough road to travel, and there is no telling what is around the corner ,but this is great, and his kids don't know yet, as they are both at work. Can you imagine their faces when he tells them, and they see their Mum?

Thought of Mack


I saw this and thought of Mack......and reaganite......and Sarah D....and.........awwwww heck, I thought of ya'll.....

I Love Dilbert!

Mack... this one's for you!!

And the Winner Is.............

Can we PLEASE give this guy the MOONBAT of the day award? Maybe even the week, month, year? (psssssst, he's a professor! SHOCK! GASP!)





Kambon's words of wisdom!

A visiting professor at North Carolina State University says the solution to the problems faced by many blacks is the extermination of "white people off the face of the planet."

{snip}

...this action must be taken "because white people want to kill us,"
{snip}

White people, he said, had set up an "international plantation" for blacks, which made "every white person on earth a plantation master."

"You're either supporting white people in their process of death, or you're for African liberation," Kambon said, according to the Journal.....


Enjoy!

Artillery Support Base R45

We're a Slithering Reptile ... Now That's More Like It

Who ever heard of a Lizard being a crawly amphibian? We are now slithering reptiles in the TTLB Ecosystem, as we should be. Of course, this won't last. Soon we'll be flappy birds, then adorable rodents and then, who knows ...

Evolution is rough that way ... but we'll always be lizards in our little green hearts.

P.S. Thanks to everyone on troll patrol who have apparently deleted the comments from my stalker. Please see the draft posts for more on this.

Friday, October 21

Maintenance & Upgrades

Minions,
We'll be making a few more changes/upgrades to Haloscan this evening. Your comments may go away for a bit, but they aren't deleted. After I get things tweeked the right way, I'll be moving them over.

Sorry for the inconvenience, but we're still figuring this thing out.

Changes to occur around 11pm pst

UPDATE: The changes were made early because all was quiet on LGC.
Some comments were lost but they were mostly danny's and mine.

Some comments may have gotten copied twice or into the wrong thread (on the haloscan threads); it was hard to remember which went where.

I'm trying to get the popup comment window box to turn off. I'm still working on that.

More news to follow.

UPDATE #2: The republishing worked, the popup comment window is gone now.

Ok, Poetry it is


'Warlocks and witches in a dance;
Nae cotillion brent new frae France,
But hornpipes, jigs, strathspeys, and reels,
Put life and mettle in their heels.
A winnock-bunker in the east,
There sat auld Nick, in shape o' beast;
A towzie tyke, black, grim and large,
To gie them music was his charge:
He screw'd the pipes and gart them skirl,
Till roof and rafters a' did dirl.'

One of my favorite poets - who is't?

Mcgyver, out

Something Snarky

Heyah, ladies and soljahs, i put something really snarky in our unpublished queue.
You can read it there.
Ahhh...the priviledge of membership.
;-)

Nothing More.....Nothing Less......

GOD BLESS AMERICA!



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I'm alive!

Still not feeling quite myself, but alive, thank God, and in one piece and all that good stuff. Thanks for all the prayers and I am sure you'll be hearing more from me next week when I am feeling better (pain drugs make me kinda loony...even more so than usual!) and can construct a sentence without help.

Bob's Kid sends lots of love to all you guys who care!

Little Green Poetics

I always attend the Friday Poetry Reading at the Daily Blitz.
When it's there. ;)
But that is not enough poetry for me.
So I propose a weekly Poetry Reading here at LGC.
In honour of Halloween (i lovelovelove Halloween!), here's a snippet from one of my favorites--
Now the hungry lion roars,
And the wolf behowls the moon;
Whilst the heavy ploughman snores,
All with weary task fordone.
Now the wasted brands do glow,
Whilst the screech-owl, screeching loud,
Puts the wretch that lies in woe
In remembrance of a shroud.
Now it is the time of night
That the graves all gaping wide,
Every one lets forth his sprite,
In the church-way paths to glide:
And we fairies, that do run
By the triple Hecate's team,
From the presence of the sun,
Following darkness like a dream....
Extra credit if anyone can tell me the author!
Happy Halloween!

You Want Good News? Look to DU

No, really. I find the posts that have the most indignant responses and they are often about something good that is happening in the world. A few recent examples:

Powell: U.S. Not Doing Bad at All

Du: AAARRGGH! War Criminal! Liar! Token! Moron!

Saddam May Be Executed Soon

DU: AAAARRRGGH! We're monsters! Bush is just as bad! His poor, poor sons!

Murder Rate at 40 Year Low

DU: Lies! Bush is killing the poor! Bush will cause more murders! It's Bush's fault that people can't afford bullets!

Peace Is Breaking Out All Over

DU: Bushit Propoganda! But for the U.S., we'd have world peace! Bush will kill us all!

Like I said ... DU, the source for good news and lefty laughs.

Open Thread

Thursday, October 20

Good News, Bad News

Bad news first.

The process to add your Blogger comments to Haloscan sucks a mighty wind and I can only say that if you want you comments moved, then we'll tell you how to do it, but neither I nor Danny are likely to do this for you.

Your comments won't be deleted, just unseen after we "turn off" blogger comments. Those comments can be turned back on at any time.

Now for the Good news.

Haloscan is providing more protection than blogger from the trolls who come in and crap on our carpets and generally harass us. That alone makes it worth it to keep Haloscan for the time being. Oh, and if we decide to move LGC to another blog hosting site, we can export our haloscan threads to that site.

So, that's the general news on where we are with this. I'm still working on adding a poll and emoticons. We are going to test that on the test site first.

What Happened?

Ladies and gentlemen, if you would take a look to the right side of the blog, you will notice the LGC blogroll. While it is a nice blogroll as it currently stands, until very recently it was a huge listing of websites and could take you almost anywhere with one click of a mouse. (And you thought that ruby slippers were impressive.) It seems that some sort of natural or man made disaster has cut into our lovely blogroll, and only a limited number of links are still surviving.

We can rebuild the blogroll! In the spirit of being an administrator instead of justbasking in the glow of justdanny's labor, I reconnected a couple of the links and have taken the opportunity to add my own feeble attempt at a blog. You can probably guess which one is mine by Sherlocking what type of environment a tankdemon would be comfortable in.(Why do I suddenly feel the need to sport a green felt fedora?) If everybody takes a couple of minutes to re-attach their favorite links, our blogroll can once again be the envy of the neighborhood.

We realize that you have many options in your choice to blog, and thank you for lurking at Little Green Colloquium.

UPDATE: Okay, I give up. I don't know what happened to the blogroll now. I am also not exactly an expert in the art of HTML-fu, but I guess once we get haloscan up and running, we can expect to see the blogroll returned to its former glory.

Troll Memo

IMPORTANT

I am about to uninstall Haloscan from LGC. We will be reinstalling it again soon. I am sorry about the loss of some of your comments but untill we iron out the comments issues we are going to have to try some things.

UPDATE: All Haloscan all the time. Blogger comments are gone but not forgotten.

Sorry, I Broke It

But it's fixed now.

Danny, we need to put Lizzy back up top.
Mack, we need to put the "Never Forget" thing back too.

Sorry, I moved the wrong thing when I was trying to fix the location of the haloscan comments. I think that is fixed now.

I'll go sit in the corner with the dunce cap on my head.

[shuffles off dejected and remorseful]

OH, and Danny, we need to turn off blogger comments too.

Man, when I mess up, I really mess up.

The Politics of CP

I ran across this weblog while doing some browsing, and it contains some very good information
about Jematt ul-fuqra locations in the U.S.
Go take a look, maybe bookmark for further reading as the blogger is building up a database
on this group.

Oh, and you New Yorkers that live in city might be interested in knowing you've got lots of rural
residents locked and loaded. :)

UPDATE:
Linked from CP is the fine blog Gates of Vienna, with more on Jumaat ul-Fuqra.
Let's give these folks some more attention and bolster their traffic. JF needs to
be exposed to the sunlight. Of course it's always fun to force the cockroaches out and
watch them run from the light!

Here's more no News on the Judith Miller non-story

Radio Blogger has an interesting interview with Victoria Toensing on the Plame affair.
A covert action by the CIA against the president?

Letting Go

I saw this on that blog, but it is so beautifully written and Jeff and his family really need our prayers, so I am taking the liberty of posting it here:

"Letting Go

Guest Author: jlfintx

When I found out in late 2004 that my father had terminal cancer, I thought this would be the hardest thing I would ever face. That is because my Dad and I lost each other somewhere along the way. When I was about 12, my brother developed a mental illness; he is 5 years older and is the first born of us four kids while I am the baby of the family.
Now I find out that my wife is dying and all that stuff has taken a back seat. I did write my Dad a letter telling him that I loved him and thanking him for instilling in me a good work ethic and a strong will, but he has not responded. Even at this time I cannot find a way to reach him, and my mother is kind of the same way. It would be nice to have parents that could help me get through the imminent death of my bride of 24 years, but it is pretty much me and the two kids to shoulder this alone, our daughter who is married and 23, and a son who lives with us and will be 21 on Halloween.
My wife has been sick for 19 years, but she has never complained or felt sorry for herself. There have been several times when we thought it was the end of the road, but she pulled through. She has never been this bad though; as she slips in and out of consciousness and is very confused and seems to not realize that she is dying. She did have a moment with her mother where she lit up with radiance and told her mother that she was dying, the night before she lapsed into a light coma, so we think God was telling her that her time is short.
The week before she took a turn, we had gone down to Houston to help evacuate nursing home residents for our company. When we got back, she was not feeling well and was complaining of being confused. After she proceeded to deteriorate, I took her to the ER in our city and the neurosurgeon said it was her disease and not the shunt in her head. After a couple of days, she was back in the hospital and eventually was transferred to a hospital in Dallas. They gave her some chemo and tried to stem the progress of her disease. They told us at that time that she could no longer take care of herself, so we were planning to have her live with her mother, 150 miles away. She would have to be fed, bathed, clothed, etc., and when we said goodbye, my son and I cried. The next morning, my mother-in-law called and said she had lost consciousness, and wanted to take her to the ER in her hometown. I told her to go and got my son out of work at his new job. When we got there the doctors were trying to get Dallas to accept her as they thought her shunt was stopped up as her pupils were fixed and dilated. Dallas refused, so the doctor there said he would just operate on her himself. He took the shunt out and left an external catheter for the CSF to freely flow. He finally got in touch with the chief of neurosurgery at Zale Lipshy in Dallas that agreed to take her, so she was care-flighted to Dallas. She is now in ICU and not expected to recover. We don’t know how long she will linger, but we trust God to get us through this heartache of losing our much-loved wife, mother, daughter, and precious child of God.
It is really hard for our kids as she has been the rock and the anchor of this family. I have never known a woman with such grace and kindness, and it was her that helped me understand the unconditional love of God. For that I thank her the most, but it is still very hard to let her go."

Please pray for Jeff and his family. He has been a mensch throughout this, and now has to face something I hope none of us ever has to. His parents live about 150 miles away.

I have Jeff's email address if anyone wants to contact him, to let him know that we care.

Thanks.

Hello there TEST

This is a test post of the emergency comments system. This is just a test.

UPDATE: I figured out the managing comments thing, and I've deleted the trolls comments, banned it, and blocked its ip address. For now, we have it locked out. I don't believe it will give up, but it's going to have to work harder to get back in.

I'll have more info in a bit. Time to do a bit of cyber-sleuthing.

Need some enhanced Maps?

Got an update from these folks today. They are now offering enhanced maps as another tool
in the research of terrorism.

HaloScan Is: ON

Okay, lets give this a good test drive.

Those who are familiar with the features and who may have tips for using this to our full advantage, please speak up.

Today's Funnies










Please ignore my clumsy blogging

Deleted dupe post.

Crawly Amphibian, My Little Green Ass!

I have just added LGC to my blogroll at TDB. I encourage all of us (contributors and readers) to do the same. There is a remarkable collection of talent here. Let's get the word out.

Wednesday, October 19

Greatest American Poll

If ya have'nt gone over to Jheka's blog lately, then maybe you just have'nt seen the poll he has up. Because if you have seen it then I know you've voted. But if you have'nt been to The Daily Blitz and you have'nt seen the poll, whats keeping you ...?

Great looking blog btw there Jheka. Great job!

Thank the Soldiers

This is a letter to the editor in the local paper today written by a friend of mine who's son is in Iraq.

I read with interest the letter from Beth Rosdatter thanking a man for bringing his flag to the candlelight vigil calling for an end to the war in Iraq. She pointed out that it is not unpatriotic to demonstrate for peace.

I agree wholeheartedly.

However, too often these demonstrations against a war turn into a demonstration against the only tangible evidence of that war: the men and women who have to fight it.

My son, a Marine, is on his third tour of duty in the war zone. To those who console me about my fears for my child in harm's way, I can only reply, "Someone's child has to do it."

I am scared to death for my son, but I am immensely proud of the job he is doing.

I have always gone out of my way to thank those who fought in Vietnam. I didn't agree with the war then and I don't agree with it now, but I am grateful for those who fought there.

Disagree with the war and protest against it; I respect your position whether I agree or not and encourage your efforts.

Just be thankful for men and women like my son who are covering your back.

Clueless

Compliments of Freedom Fan:

Dear Abby,

My husband is a liar and a cheat. He cheated on me from the beginning, and when I confront him, he denies everything. What's worse, everyone knows he cheats on me. It is so humiliating.

Also, since he lost his job four years ago he hasn't even looked for a new one. All he does is buy cigars, play golf, cruise around, and shoot the breeze with his pals, while I have to work to pay the bills.

Since our daughter graduated from college he doesn't even pretend to like me and hints that I am a lesbian. What should I do?

Signed,

Clueless



Dear Clueless,

Grow up and dump him. For Pete's sake, you don't need him anymore. You're a United States Senator from New York, act like it.

Maybe they can share a Gallows


Iraq Arrests Saddam's Nephew in Baghdad

Wednesday October 19, 2005 11:01 PM


By SALAH NASRAWI

CAIRO, Egypt (AP) - Iraqi police arrested a nephew of Saddam Hussein in Baghdad Wednesday, charging that he served as a top financier of Iraq's insurgency, senior Iraqi security officials said.

Watch the Quagmire L³eft whine about this as well. We're going after Saddam's family! Wah! That's just wrong.

:-P

Nothing at DU yet, but I will monitor the situation.

The Status of Entergy

If any of you are interested in what is happening to Entergy in one area alone, read the above link.
The company has been dealt a nearly fatal blow by the two hurricanes.

Here's more on their site updates.
Entergy Completes More Than 95 Percent of Hurricane Rita Restoration.

Rumor Mill: Cheney To Resign?

Could it be that this is the door opening for Condi Rice to become VP and be launched into the bid for '08?

Or are there too many people with too much time on their hands?

Christheprofessor

Our very own lfger minion, leader of higher education has struck!

For the best medicine for what ails us all, he has offered the cure.
Go and read.

Oh, and Spew Alert!

Beldar responds to the Puppy Blender

Our own Texican lawyer, Beldar has a very respectful refutation of the puppy blenders published
piece on the wisdom in chosing a White House counsel as a nominee for SCOTUS.
"Beldar response to my WSJ column on the Miers nomination."

Accountability comes to the Arab world

"It is not April, as T.S. Eliot would have it, but October that is turning into the cruelest month for the old men who have long ruled the Arab world. And it is accountability - in the Middle East, the most elusive of concepts - that troubles them the most.

With the start of Saddam Hussein's trial on Wednesday and a UN investigator due to report to the Security Council by Oct. 25 on the assassination of the former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri, October could be the start of an Arab Autumn, in which we shed the old and prepare for the new.

We are so unused to seeing our leaders held accountable that the sight of Saddam answering charges of premeditated murder, torture and forced expulsion and disappearances when he goes on trial for a 1982 massacre of Shiites may prove cathartic for people across the entire Arab world, not just in Iraq.

While ordinary Arabs might be wishing the same fate on their leaders, our dictators will no doubt be squirming. They will either remain as quiet as they have been over the bloodbath in Iraq - which they have been all too willing to ignore as long as it means humiliation and potential defeat for the United States - or there will be calls for a fair trial from the very leaders in whose countries such a thing is a luxury. ..."

Tuesday, October 18

Why does Ann have a better Driver than I do?


Now that Ann is out driving me from the red Tees, why does she now have a better driver than I do?

Priorities and Politicians

This is, I'm afraid, more of a rant than a post. As many of you know I live and work in NYC. I LOVE New York City. I HATE the frickin' politicians.
We all know about the attempted perversion of the 9/11 memorial, but I knew us New Yorkers (with help from our countymen and women who's memorial it is also rightly theirs). But what I read today in the Daily News or the Post really got my blood prssure way higher than it should have been, especially cause tomorrow I've got to go to Bellevue Hospital for an "important procedure" according to my oncologist. I may be home tomorrow or Thursday and I was SUPPOSED to take my med's and relax today.
So what do, I read in the News or the Post that of the three most important municipal services ANY town or city can provide, I don't think there's an argument to be made that those services are Fire, Police and Emergency Services ("EMS"). I'll agree that, especially here in NYC, sanitation pick up and disposal are probably fourth. Today the paper said that because of some new technology, the Mayor has convinced the Sanitation Workers Union to now use one-person trucks, down from two per truck 8 years ago, and down from 3 per truck 14 years ago. So far so good, right? The article goes on to say that new hire Sanitation Workers will be making more money than new hire cops. That's right, new hire sanitation workers will make more than new hire cops. And I'm not talking about police academy cops, or cops who patrol with a more experienced partner. I'm talking about brand new, stand alone cops, who will be making, are you ready for this, $21,600 per year. Out of which they must pay for their uniforms, guns and sundry equipment. TWENTY-ONE THOUSAND SIX HUNDRED DOLLARS. Folks, you can't find a tiny studio apartment in Manhattan for less than $2,000 per month (if you want a doorman - still considered a MAJOR deterent to crime) even in a crappy, dirty and DANGEROUS neighborhood. You can't find a tiny STUDIO apartment in Queens or Brooklyn for that amount and the Bronx and Saten Island are running close behind. NYC law says NYC cops MUST live in Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens or Staten Island. Those folks rushing into the WTC on 9/11 were firefighters and COPS. Hundreds of them died that day. And we reard them with this bupkus starting salary?!! Would YOU risk your life for $21,000 per year or even 27,000 per year. I'm so digusted I'm going to take my meds and get ready for tomorrow. BUT THIS IS AN OUTRAGE whether you live here, work here or visit here.

Open Thread

Peace ya'll

Illegal Go Home


US security chief strives to expel all illegal immigrants
Oct 18 11:47 AM US/Eastern
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Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said his department aims without exception to expel all those who enter the United States illegally.

"Our goal at DHS (Homeland Security) is to completely eliminate the 'catch and release' enforcement problem, and return every single illegal entrant, no exceptions.

'Bout damn time. The Administration is at least making noises that it is going to get serious about the problem of Illegal Immigration. And let's start by calling it what it is, illegal immigration. Under the NFA, there aren't documented and undocumented automatic weapons.

I somehow doubt that the BATF would buy it if you said "That's just my undocumented machinegun". Go to Jail, go directly to jail, do not collect two hundred dollars.

So why are "undocumented", i.e. illegal immigrants given a pass? Because they are cheap labor for the wealthy. Do you really believe the party of John Kerry and Ted Kennedy are against the wealthy? Dude, pass me the bong, 'cause that's some powerful shit you are smoking. The Democrats are the anti-Middle Class Party. Anti-Bourgeoisie, more precisely. The goal of the L³eft (i.e. Socialism/Communism) is to destroy the Middle Class, divide the population into the haves and the have nots, and use Class Warfare to overthrow the State, and, thus, take Power.

The current L³eft are more imaginative in that they like to toss race, gender, and sexual-orientation (as well as anything else they can come up with) into the mix. Divide et impera, divide and conquer. So the more factions they can get into the mix, the more they like it.

And, thanks to the Democrats fighting any meaningful voter reforms, Illegals are now a voting block to be courted.

We should make voting reform part of this. Any illegal attempting to vote should face immediate deportation. This in not anti-Immigrant. It would be absurd for me to insist I had a right to vote for the President of Mexico just because I happened to be in Cancun during the election, even if I was 100% legal.

Time to get serious. The laws are on the books. Either enforce them or get rid of them. If I were caught in possession of an Undocumented machinegun, I would be facing about 5 years in Club Fed, barring (I believe correct :-) intervention by the Supreme Court.

Given that automatic weapons don't crash planes into buildings, I think it safe to say we should take Illegal Aliens at least as seriously.

BummerDietz

Does it again.
The archeological branch of the internet needs to start digging in earnest. Most likely Judith
Miller is hiding something very important which would cause her a great deal more jail time if
it were exposed. I bet she's wishing she had never made notes of the name of Valerie Phlame.

Update:

Just went back and checked the comments section. Very interesting tidbit posted
by Dave K. Go read!

Good News!

Bob's kid's surgery went well, and she is resting comfortably.

Militant Groups Reach Quake-Hit Areas

Some extremist Islamic groups have reportedly moved into Pakistan's earthquake-hit areas in the absence of the military, winning the victims' gratitude.

"They (the extremists) helped us when everyone else had forgotten us," said one woman in the Pakistan-occupied part of Kashmir, which took the brunt of the 7.7 quake's wrath.

After waiting in vain for five days for the Pakistan military to rescue her, the woman was helped by a member of the Jamaat ul-Dawa, The Times of London reported.

Dawa is the parent of Lashkar-e-Taiba, which has been linked by the United States to al-Qaida. There are similar militant groups operating in the area, said The Times.

The soldiers of Dawa sprang into action while government and relief agencies dragged their feet in helping the victims, the report said.

In Muzaffarabad, the shattered capital of the province, Dawa members set up a field hospital within 36 hours of the catastrophe, run by Amer Aziz, a British-trained orthopedic surgeon who had once been Osama bin Laden's doctor, the report said.
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