If, when you discuss politics, you find yourself unable to proceed without using the words "dipshit" and "fuckwit", perhaps you should refrain. *.
Wednesday, November 30, 2005
Can you believe this BS?:
It is a war between 27 million and 10,000; 27 million Iraqis who want to live lives of freedom, opportunity and prosperity and roughly 10,000 terrorists who are either Saddam revanchists, Iraqi Islamic extremists or al Qaeda foreign fighters who know their wretched causes will be set back if Iraq becomes free and modern. The terrorists are intent on stopping this by instigating a civil war to produce the chaos that will allow Iraq to replace Afghanistan as the base for their fanatical war-making. We are fighting on the side of the 27 million because the outcome of this war is critically important to the security and freedom of America. If the terrorists win, they will be emboldened to strike us directly again and to further undermine the growing stability and progress in the Middle East, which has long been a major American national and economic security priority.
I am disappointed by Democrats who are more focused on how President Bush took America into the war in Iraq almost three years ago, and by Republicans who are more worried about whether the war will bring them down in next November's elections, than they are concerned about how we continue the progress in Iraq in the months and years ahead.
Here is an ironic finding I brought back from Iraq. While U.S. public opinion polls show serious declines in support for the war and increasing pessimism about how it will end, polls conducted by Iraqis for Iraqi universities show increasing optimism. Two-thirds say they are better off than they were under Saddam, and a resounding 82% are confident their lives in Iraq will be better a year from now than they are today. What a colossal mistake it would be for America's bipartisan political leadership to choose this moment in history to lose its will and, in the famous phrase, to seize defeat from the jaws of the coming victory.
Don't believe the LIES. Obviously, Bushchenyhalliburton have managed to do a "Manchurian candidate" trick on Lieberman. And, imagine - he should have been vice-president in '00!
Posted by Carin at 12:54 PM
John Derbyshire isn't one of the most beloved conservatives, but he goes to far when he writes this in NRO :
t is, in fact, a sad truth about human life that beyond our salad days, very few of us are interesting to look at in the buff. Added to that sadness is the very unfair truth that a woman's salad days are shorter than a man's — really, in this precise context, only from about 15 to 20. The Nautilus and the treadmill can add a half decade or so, but by 36 the bloom is definitely off the rose. Very few of us, however, can face up to this fact honestly, and I am sure this diary item will generate more angry e-mails of protest than everything else I have written this month.
It is not merely due to the fact that I am beyond the 36th year of my life that I disagree with him. A woman's "salad days" are from 15 to 20?? WTF is he talking about? Many women in those "salad days" - especially in the 15 year-old range are definitely not in full womanly plumage. I was barely half-a-head of lettuce back then.
When I was in my teens, I longed for a woman's body; in my mind, that was someone in their twenties.
Now, I'm not speaking for myself, but to say that no woman past the age of 36 is worth looking at is just blaspheme. It shows an immaturity of the mind. I hope his wife doesn't put out for a month.
Posted by Carin at 12:39 PM
Tuesday, November 29, 2005
From Rasmussen :
Tuesday November 29, 2005--Forty-five percent (45%) of American adults approve of the way George W. Bush is performing his role as President.
Fifty-four percent (54%) of Americans Disapprove of the President's performance.
Seventy-six percent (76%) of Republicans give the President's performance their Approval. That view is shared by 21% of Democrats and 36% of those not affiliated with either major political party.
To break down that 45%, 24% STRONGLY approve and 21% somewhat approve. See, aren't statistics a funny thing? Quoted in comments is a 29% approval number, giving the impression that the rest of the nation is against Bush.
To look at the "disapproval" number - 35% strongly disapprove, and the remaining 15% only somewhat disapprove.
But, honestly, I don't really care that much about poll numbers - since I think most people are idiots and thus how they "feel" about a president is irrelevant. *
*oops, did I say that out loud?
Posted by Carin at 10:11 AM
Monday, November 28, 2005
Since I home school, I can be sure that my children will never see questions such as the following on a vocabulary quiz:
I wish Bush would be (coherent, eschewed) for once during a speech, but there are theories that his everyday diction charms the below-average mind, hence insuring him Republican votes."
Posted by Carin at 11:18 AM
Sunday, November 27, 2005
Calories consumed: Not too bad, and I managed to exercise everyday 'cept Turkey day itself (although I did go for a short walk.) Sorry, Leo. I know how disappointed you must be to find that I don't really fit into the stereotype you've fallen so in love with of Americans. Head-to-neck ratio is just as it should be, and my Cholesterol, blood pressure, etc, are all just perfection.
TV watched: avoided all football games. Ditto any and all parades, although I DID see the Detroit Santa Float on the 94/Woodward overpass on my way South to see the inlaws. "LOOK KIDS, THERE'S SANTA!" All the fun, none of the zero degree cold.
And, I finally watched the first DVD of Firefly and I have to say it rocked! Anyone know how many episodes in total there are? I want to prepare myself ... pace myself, if you will. I'm Netflixing them, but I really really like what I've seen so far. I might have to ask for them from Santa.
Posted by Carin at 1:55 PM
Wednesday, November 23, 2005
Tuesday, November 22, 2005
Monday, November 21, 2005
While visiting his niece, an elderly man had what was apparently a stroke. The woman drove wildly to get him to the emergency room. After what seemed like a very long wait, the E.R. doctor appeared, wearing his scrubs and a long face. Sadly, he said, "I'm afraid that your uncle's brain is dead, but his heart is still beating."
"Oh, dear," cried the woman, her hands clasped against her cheeks with shock.
"We've never had a Democrat in the family before!"
Posted by Carin at 1:38 PM
Saturday, November 19, 2005
Friday, November 18, 2005
My oven isn't working. The stove top is fine, and the broiler goes on, but the oven just sits there. Good thing I don't have anything going on this weekend. OH YEA, I do. It's Ian and Erin's birthday. Guess I won't be baking a cake.
And, it's not as if the entire stove wasn't working, and I'm relieved of cooking.
Posted by Carin at 4:26 PM
A bit down in comments, Leo mentions two incidents of Christian terror in recent history (one is 20 years old). I couldn't find it at the time, but here is the running total of Deadly terror attacks carried out by Islamic crazies since 9/11. That was, in case you forgot, only 4 years ago.
If numbers and charts aren't your thing,here (graphic warning) is an illustrative picture of what Islamic terrorists do to innocent Christians.
Posted by Carin at 1:31 PM
The following is an email reply from Warren Community College English professor John Daly, to student Rebecca Beach who had asked the faculty to announce the appearance of a decorated Iraqi War Hero (Lt. Col. Scott Rutter.)
Remember, as you read the following, that those opposed to the war are supportive of the military.
November 13, 2005
I am asking my students to boycott your event. I am also going to ask others to boycott it. Your literature and signs in the entrance lobby look like fascist propaganda and is extremely offensive. Your main poster "Communism killed 100,000,000" is not only untrue, but ignores the fact that CAPITALISM has killed many more and the evidence for that can be seen in the daily news papers. The U.S. government can fly to dominate the people of Iraq in 12 hours, yet it took them five days to assist the people devastated by huricane Katrina. Racism and profits were key to their priorities. Exxon, by the way, made $9 Billion in profits this last quarter--their highest proft margin ever. Thanks to the students of WCCC and other poor and working class people who are recruited to fight and die for EXXON and other corporations who earning megaprofits from their imperialist plunders. If you want to count the number of deaths based on political systems, you can begin with the more than a million children who have died in Iraq from U.S.-imposed sanctions and war. Or the million African American people who died from lack of access to healthcare in the US over the last 10 years.
I will continue to expose your right-wing, anti-people politics until groups like your won't dare show their face on a college campus. Real freedom will come when soldiers in Iraq turn their guns on their superiors and fight for just causes and for people's needs--such freedom fighters can be counted throughout American history and they certainly will be counted again.
Prof. John Daly
Ah, the mind-expanding experience of college.
Posted by Carin at 11:00 AM
For Michael Moore's minutemen:
Two suicide bombers strapped with explosives killed at least 74 people and reduced two crowded Shi'ite mosques to rubble during Friday prayers in the northeast Iraqi town of Khanaqin.
More bodies were trapped, said Ibrahim Ahmed Bajalan, a member of the Diyala provincial council. "I think there are more than 100 people dead," he said. Another lesser blast was reported near a bank in the town, police said.
Kamaran Ahmed, the director of Khanaqin hospital, said 74 people had been confirmed killed and 150 wounded. He said many bodies were too badly mutilated to identify.
So, lemme get this straight. Last week, muslims burned down two Christian churches over a rumor that a Koran was defaced, yet here in Iraq you have Arabs blowing up Mosques filled with other Arabs? It's a mad, mad, mad, mad world. Religion of beauty, guys, remember that.
Posted by Carin at 10:41 AM
Wednesday, November 16, 2005
Apparently, the relative obscurity to which Cindy! has been regulated to in the last few months doesn't sit well. In an attempt to relive her glory days, Cindy! is returning to Crawford:
The fallen soldier’s mother who drew thousands to her 26-day war protest near President Bush’s ranch this summer plans to return for Thanksgiving next week, despite new county ordinances banning roadside camping.
Cindy Sheehan and at least a dozen supporters are prepared to be arrested as they return to the makeshift campsite along the road leading to Bush’s ranch, where he is expected to spend the holiday.
“It is critical for our democracy that we continue to ask the same questions that Cindy Sheehan asked this summer: What is the noble cause for the war with Iraq, and at what point do we say enough bloodshed has happened?” said Hadi Jawad, co-founder of the Crawford Peace House.
This is like Groundhog Day isn't it? It doesn't matter how many times the question gets asked, and answered - the next day it gets asked all over again.
But, you know, my kids do this. They ask me if they can buy candy when we are at the grocery store. I never say yes. The answer is always the same. Yet, every time we go shopping, they ask again, as if THIS time they are going to get the answer they want. The answer Cindy! wants, of course, is that it was a folly to go to war, and that all our men should return home immediately. Consequences be damned.
Posted by Carin at 3:35 PM
I guess I can't read Shape of Days for a while. The problem must lie in my older version of Safari -which just refuses to reveal his posts. I looked into updating it, but the only new version I could find was one that goes with the brand-spanking new OS X 10.4 (actually, I found one that goes with 10.3, but am using a 10.2 version.) So, until I feel like plunking down another $130 bucks for a new OS, guess I'll have to content myself with other bloggers.
I sure hope none of my other links decide to go all high-tech on me. I might have to return to reading books.
Posted by Carin at 1:55 PM
Right there on the top of my link list-------> see it? I got an email from my bil in Baghdad, and he informed me it was his commander's blog. So, up it goes. Last word I heard was that he would be leaving Iraq right around New Year's day.
I deleted a couple- ASV is gone, as are a few more that looked like they had been abandoned by their Author (so sad, poor abandoned blogs.) I would like to know what's the deal with Shape of Days which doesn't appear to have an actual POST, just a new appearance.
Posted by Carin at 8:15 AM
Tuesday, November 15, 2005
Jawa Report highlights this:
The LA Times’ Dennis Prager asks five simple questions of law abiding Muslims.
(1) Why are you so quiet?
(2) Why are none of the Palestinian terrorists Christian?
(3) Why is only one of the 47 Muslim-majority countries a free country?
(4) Why are so many atrocities committed and threatened by Muslims in the name of Islam?
(5) Why do countries governed by religious Muslims persecute other religions?
The Dennis Prager article can be found here.
Usually, when these types of questions are asked, the peanut gallery points out that Christians have a spotty history themselves. Granted. But that is HISTORY. Let's try to live in the present.
Posted by Carin at 10:31 AM
Monday, November 14, 2005
From Jayne, in comments:
Little late to comment on this, but, I heard on 3 local radio shows that Kwame is being seriously looked at as a future big contender for the Democrats nationally. Bad for the country and the democrats, but good for Detroit as they could get rid of him. Also, has anyone mentioned the fact that Kwame, Jesse, and Farrakan used the Rosa Parks ceremony for a campaign event for Kwame? And how Detroit chuches seem immune to losing their tax exempt status in spite of holding campaign speeches regularly? Detroit is corrupt, and everyone has heard about it with the exception of the two Levins, Conyers, and Granholm.
One more thing. Pictures of Detroit would be great. You should do that. Have you ever been to the site Detroit Funk? He has pictures of Detroit decay at his site.
Kwame would be a horrible choice. All image, absolutely NO substance. He went to a nothing college, and never existed outside of politics (someone PLEASE tell me, but I think he got his first political job by taking his mother's place.) Really, I'm a Republican to the bone, but I wouldn't wish Kwame on them.
I was ON the Rosa Parks bus yesterday (it is housed at a wonderful museum called "The Henry Ford" - a local treasure, and national gem.) As I mentioned before, I question the timing of Parks death - it certainly provided a wonderful platform for Kwame to politic and pander. I get pretty sick of hearing out awful and racist all whites are, as I sat on that bus, filled with white people listening to the details of Rosa's bus ride. It was a Sunday afternoon, and there wasn't a black person in the entire museum. WHY is that? In a city that is 85% black, why wasn't there any black people there at all?
I think I will do the Detroit pictures, but I will have to figure out a better method than using Flickr. Once I tackle that ...
Posted by Carin at 8:47 AM
Friday, November 11, 2005
Wednesday, November 09, 2005
Detroit reelected it's corrupt, hip-hop mayor. You can always count on those dem voters to give a guy another chance. Especially one who uses race politics to convince the people that he is blacker than his challenger.
Coleman Young served for five consecutive terms in Detroit; driving the city into the cesspool it became, while enriching his friends. This is the tradition young Kwame hopes to follow.
Kwame Kilpatrick! Not good news for the city, but a good time to be one of his friends!
(how's that for a slogan?)
Posted by Carin at 9:15 AM
Tuesday, November 08, 2005
At least I couldn't find a single reference to them. Not ONE of the HuffPo blow-hards could squeeze out a few lines regarding the riots in France? I mean, there are acceptable angles to the story from a liberal standpoint (poverty, racism), but that would mean the French would be the perpetrators- not Bushitler, Rove, and right-wing Republicans. Upon making this discovery, evidently Huffpo bloggers get a bad case of writers block.
Posted by Carin at 1:32 PM
I'm hoping NRO's John J Miller is right- this from The Corner:
And in a city close to my own heart, I'm anticipating a small piece of good news: In the mayoral race, Freman Hendrix (D) will oust incumbent Kwame Kilpatrick (D), a man with a wonderfully alliterative melting-pot name but also a fellow who has cared more about taxpayer-funded private parties than improving a city that still needs a lot of help.
Posted by Carin at 10:28 AM
I find this curious:
The nightly protests against racism and unemployment dropped markedly in the greater Paris region, where violence had increased to the point of shooting at police, but continued unabated in other cities
What better means to eliminate people's racist opinions of you than to burn, loot, and create violent mayhem? "You know, I used to have ill-thoughts about Mohammad, but ever since he burned down my store, and torched my car I've seen the light. I think I'll hire him!"
Also, what does it mean that the protests are down, but violence has increased? I think I'd prefer the protests to violence, but that's just me.
The renewed violence followed a warning by Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin that he would take a firm line against lawbreakers.
I hear Villepin is considering making it illegal to burn and loot. I don't know if he's considering the ultimate sentence - actual JAILING- but I'm hoping it's being considered. Nice to hear they are getting serious about this.
In the early days of the riots, I saw a report (most likely on Foxnews) that the French were proud that no one had been hurt, because the French police have non-lethal methods of dealing with the rioters. And - I'm thinking- perhaps if they had a FEW semi-lethal methods, the riots wouldn't be spreading across Europe like wildfire.
Posted by Carin at 9:47 AM
Monday, November 07, 2005
Goes to "Steve Reifman", lawyer to Detroit City Clerk Jackie Currie :
"We feel all this is a violation of civil rights and the ability of black people to vote," Steve Reifman told The Detroit News.
What is the violation? Well, since a ruling has been made that Currie has been breaking state law in her handling (stress on the word handling) of absentee ballots, and supervision of "ambassadors" who aid the elder and disabled while voting, the State Bureau of Elections wants to "oversee" the absentee voting practices in tomorrow's election.
Can someone explain to me exactly WHERE the violation of civil rights of blacks is occurring. Black people can't vote because ....?? The funniest thing, is that the city of Detroit is 80% black. They have been in power in Detroit for as longs as I can remember. Besides, absentee ballots are not a "black thing" (as far as I know)- so by "disenfranchising" them would be equalized across race lines. Overseeing the handling of absentee ballots sure is a far cry from disenfranchisement anyhoo. This woman is just beyond corrupt, and willing to do just about anything to retain her position (and salary.)
Posted by Carin at 1:37 PM
That is the claim made by advocates for same-sex marriage; that concerns that it will degrade traditional marriage are unsubstantiated, ridiculous, and (of course) homophobic. But then there is thisgoing on in the Great White North, where same-sex marriage was legalized in June:
When male-female marriage and same-sex marriage become equal in the eyes of the law, treating them differently becomes discrimination. In Canada, "privileging" male-female marriage in any way is now a violation of human rights. According to Henry, "Canadians who believe in the historic definition of marriage, who believe that children need a mother and father, are now the legal equivalent of racists."
Today, Canada is combing through its laws and institutions to remove evidence of heterosexist discrimination. Terms such as husband and wife are now forbidden across the spectrum of Canadian law and government programs. The legal meaning of parenthood is being transformed, with consequences no one can predict.
Henry says Canadian schools are becoming battlegrounds. "Children will have to be taught about homosexual acts in health class, as they now are about heterosexual acts. Books that promote same-sex marriage are being introduced in some elementary schools. In one action, complainants have demanded 'positive queer role models' across the whole curriculum. If parents complain, they'll be branded as homophobes." Sound farfetched? People who disagree with same-sex marriage risk charges of hate speech. In British Columbia, teacher Chris Kempling has been found guilty -- and disciplined -- for defending male-female marriage in newspaper opinion pieces. Henry himself has been hauled before the Alberta Human Rights Tribunal for promoting traditional marriage in his pastoral letters. "The human rights tribunals have become like thought police," he says. "In Canada, you can now use the coercive powers of the state to silence opposition."
What begins as an argument for "equal rights for all", opens the door for an entire cultural revolution. The merits of gay marriage aside, this issue isn't just about equal rights. There should be a bit more honesty in the debate.
Posted by Carin at 11:22 AM
From Mister Snitch
Accused of changing the rationale for 'his' war, and hounded for mismanaging it. Derided as an uninspiring public speaker. Belittled as an idiot. Blamed for dividing the nation. Charged with incompetence in his administration. Accused of trampling on the Constitution. Engaged in censorship and manipulation of the press. Mockingly compared with lower primates. Pressured for a key Cabinet Advisor's resignation. Of course, we're referring to Lincoln.
I guess with his low approval numbers, old Abe really sucked as a president too?
Posted by Carin at 8:19 AM
Friday, November 04, 2005
From The New York Sun via Instapundit
Back in the 1990s, the French sneered at America for the Los Angeles riots. As the Chicago Sun-Times reported in 1992: "the consensus of French pundits is that something on the scale of the Los Angeles riots could not happen here, mainly because France is a more humane, less racist place with a much stronger commitment to social welfare programs." President Mitterrand, the Washington Post reported in 1992, blamed the riots on the "conservative society" that Presidents Reagan and Bush had created and said France is different because it "is the country where the level of social protection is the highest in the world."
Posted by Carin at 3:01 PM
According to the AP thousands are protesting Bush's visit to Latin America:
The protesters' voice inside the summit meeting room will be Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, the leftist leader who opposes Bush's economic model. He arrived early Friday vowing to stop the stalled Free Trade Area of the Americas or FTAA.
"I think we came here to bury FTAA. I brought my shovel," Chavez told reporters.
Chavez is due to speak at an alternative Peoples' Summit at midday before the two-day meeting of leaders begins in the afternoon.
Yea - Good luck with that. Chavez is a fan of "Bolivarianism":
Thus Chávez proclaimed that "a new type of socialism, a humanist one, which puts humans and not machines or the state ahead of everything."[ He later reiterated this in a February 26 speech at the 4th Summit on the Social Debt held in Caracas. To charges from business leaders that Chávez is eroding private property rights, and from the Roman Catholic cardinal that he was becoming a dictator, he said that Venezuelans must choose between "capitalism, which is the road to hell, or socialism, for those who want to build the kingdom of God here on earth."
Yes, all those socialist paradises I read so often about. Give me Hell.
Posted by Carin at 10:53 AM
Thursday, November 03, 2005
Miniter on the Civilian Iraqi body count:
When I investigated the 100,000 dead-civilians claim, I was surprised at how quickly it fell apart. The 100,000 figure is based on a single study in a British medical journal published just days before the 2004 elections. The authors were open about their anti-Bush bias. They got the 100,000 by knocking on doors in 33 neighborhoods across Iraq. They simply asked Iraqis how many civilian deaths they knew about. They did not take any steps to avoid double counting. They didn't demand any proof, such as a funeral notice or a newspaper clipping. Instead they decided to just trust Iraqis to give them straight dope. So if you interview Baghdad Bob you know what kind of answers you're going to get. In that chapter, I also uncovered four other major technical flaws with that study. The 100,000 dead civilians claim is provably false.
Even Iraq Body Count puts the number between 26,797 and (max) 30,163. To end-run the objections to that number, have a look at the profiles of the "Contacts and Team Members" who run the site: it is filled with self-proclaimed Peace Activists and the like.
One lie at a time.
Posted by Carin at 10:54 AM
There are actually two books on my "must have" list. The first is one by Peter Schweizer called Do As I Say (Not as I do). It profiles 11 prominent liberals and exposes them as hypocrites (not living they life they so strongly advocate for us "little people".) I found the Publisher's Weekly review rather humorous:
many of his charges are egregiously hyperbolic, as when he suggests that Cornel West is a "segregationist" because he bought a home in a largely Caucasian suburb. Schweizer clearly knows the limitations of his argument, since he backpedals from many of his most damning statements in his closing remarks. For all its revelations, in the end, this volume reads less like a critique of liberal philosophy than a catalogue of ammunition for ad hominem bloggers.
I think I know the way THAT reviewer voted in '04. Anyway, onto the fun stuff! Here is some of the funny revealed in the book:
Michael Moore owns 2000 shares of Halliburton stock! SAY IT ISN'T SO, oh champion of the little people, and slayer of Halliburton
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who proclaims her support for unions, yet the luxury resort, the vineyard and the restaurants she partly owns are strictly non-union. While she advocates tough new laws enforcing environmental regulations on the private sector, the exclusive country club she partly owns failed to comply with existing environmental regulations for the past eight years – including a failure to protect endangered species.
Noam Chomsky has made a reputation for calling America a police state and branding the Pentagon "the most hideous institution on earth," yet his entire academic career, writes Schweizer, has been subsidized by the U.S. military.
Barbra Streisand is another proponent of environmentalism, yet she drives an SUV, lives in a mansion and has a $22,000 annual water bill. In the past, she has driven to appointments in Beverly Hills in a motor home because of her aversion to using public bathrooms.
Ralph Nader plays the role of the citizen avenger – the populist uninterested in wealth and materialism, pretending to live in a modest apartment. In fact, he lives in fancy homes registered in the names of his siblings.
Thanks to the Mayor, who directed me to this article which had highlights from the book.
The other book I really really really want (and will probably get first) is Richard Miniter's Disinformation: 22 Media Myths that Undermine the War on Terror. He's been interviewed just about everywhere in the last week or so, so I've been totally pumped and primed to get my hands on the book. Maybe I need to take a little trip out today?
Posted by Carin at 8:26 AM
Wednesday, November 02, 2005
Posted by Carin at 11:07 AM