Sunday, April 30, 2006
I guess this driver feels that we are involved in Iraq over oil and that if you're against our involvement then you should not get any of the benefits, ie. the oil. Anyway, through all the pride and nationalism this fellow was showing, that one little comment let me know more about what kind of American he was than all the other slogans.
Saturday, April 29, 2006
When the movie started, I got the usual anxious feeling of reliving a day that was both horrible and expected. In fact, I challenge anyone to tell me that when they first saw those buildings on fire, they didn't immediatly think of the Middle East. Anywho, the movie sort of plods along in the beginning, but not in a bad way. Just your usual time to get to know the characters. It wasn't until the middle did I start thinking to myself "Get on with it." Once the plane is hijacked, I thought my emotional chip was going to kick in, but it didn't fully. I felt that some of the actors seemed like actors and not ordinary people and the fact that the events were based on speculation didn't help matters. There were a couple of tear jerking moments for me, but overall I found myself uncaring. When the Americans finally rise up, that is when it got good. A rush of patriotism ran over me and I sort of wished the movie went on like that for another 15 minutes, but instead, it lasts for five minutes and then the screen goes black. Overall, it was a made for TV movie.
One can argue that movie puts to rest bogus cosnpiracy theories and that it reminds us who the real enemy is. That is cool, but it sort of left me with the same "What Now" feeling that I had when the actual day of 911 occurred. I like that the movie honors very brave people and I hope that it sets an example for what the media should be doing today. Maybe PBS will start showing the list of service men who have won medals for bravery along with their list of fallen soldiers, but that might be asking too much.
Friday, April 28, 2006
Here's what my President thinks.
Thursday, April 27, 2006
I found this picture over at GatewayPundit. The picture is linked with an article about Iraq's new PM- Al Maliki. I think the picture speaks for itself.
Also, a little off subject, but sorta on point. The chinese woman who was reported to be heckling Chinese President Hu, actually wasn't speaking to Hu exclusively. She was also pleading to Bush. Anybody know that? The coverage I got certainly didn't say anything about that. All I heard was how embarassing it was.
Tuesday, April 25, 2006
But the French guy. Of course his arguments devolve into Bush bashing. I'm telling you, South Park could not write a better skit.
None of the people in this segment seem convinced (as much as me at least) of the benefits of capitalism. They should have had someone in there that gets it.
When you get to this page, click on the icon of the somewhat bald guy and scan back a little to see the beginning of the segment.
Get a haircut and put on some deodorant
Sunday, April 23, 2006
Saturday, April 22, 2006
2. Homeland Security
So why are the Presidents numbers down in the polls?
Looking at where we stand on each one of these issues I can see the callers point. The economy is doing very well, we have not been attacked in 5 years and Iraq is, in many peoples opinion, being won. So what is the problem? That is an easy one to answer. "Hatred."
I have always felt that once this War was over the American people would realize that supporting the mission was the right decision. I know now that this was a fools hope. The people who hate the President will never give credit where credit is due. In fact, they will instead heap credit upon people who have spent the last 3 years undermining our actions. John Kerry will be at the top of their list. Kerry is already showing signs that he will be expecting the Lions share of the accolades.
Kerry reiterated his position that American troops should be withdrawn by theOh my God! What is he talking about? Is he suggesting that all the success Iraq enjoys today had nothing to do with the troops actually being over in the Middly East? Is he suggesting that diplomatic pressure is to blame for the free elections and now a free government? And who is the one giving this pressure? Is he suggesting that "Deadlines", which we all know is Kerry's favorite word, is in fact the reason Iraq has been so successful? That is what it sounds like to me.
end of the year, saying that Iraqi politicians only respond to deadlines.
Also, many people including military officers and President Ford have come forward to denounce the 6 Generals who have called for Rumsfeld resignation.
''Allowing retired generals to dictate our country's policies and its leadershipAmen to that, but how does Kerry feel about people speaking out against the Generals who are trying to dictate policy?
would be a dangerous precedent that would severely undermine our country's long
tradition of civilian control of the military,'' Ford said.
"That is cheap and shameful," he said. "How dare those who never wore theAgain, What? How can he say such a stupid comment? Especially since many of Kerry's supporters do that very thing. Kerry also said
uniform in battle attack those who wore it all their lives."
"We are in the same place as we were when I came home from Vietnam and spoke out against the civilian leaders who were willing to sacrifice America's best in theOh I see, so the military should have a part in determining our countries policies. Would he be happy if we formed a military state?
interest of political self-preservation,"
Thursday, April 20, 2006
Mrs. Clinton proposes the creation of a brand new energy bureaucracy, tellingAnd then I am going to add: Actually, "Ms." Crazy, the question should be "Why do we have the National Institutes of Health?"
her supporters: "We have the National Institutes of Health; why don't we have a
National Institute of Energy?"
Tuesday, April 18, 2006
Saturday, April 15, 2006
"President and Mrs. George W. Bush reported taxable income of $618,694 for the tax year 2005. This resulted in a total of $187,768 in federal income taxes paid by President and Mrs. Bush."
Gee, am I looking at that right? I think the San Diego Padres have benchwarmers that make more than that. How does the Emperor of the world make so little? Where are all the Big Oil Bucks? Anyway, the Bush's donated $75,560.00 of that money to charity.
Now, Lets see how the VP did.
"According to income tax information released by the White House on Friday, the Cheneys' adjusted gross income in 2005 was $8,819,006."
Now that is more like it. We all knew that Cheney was actually the muscle behind this so called administration and the fact that most of his money came from his Halliburton stock options is all the proof we needed. But wait a minute, The Cheney's donated roughly $7,000,000.00 of that money to charity. Let me say that again. SEVEN MILLION DOLLARS TO CHARITY!!! Jesus, this dude pretty much ruled the world for free. Now we can't have a good piece without a little compare and contrast. How about the previous VP?.."Big Fat Al Gorge."
"In 1997 for instance, Al and Tipper Gore contributed just $353 to charity, a sum that raised eyebrows even in friendly media circles.
The Los Angeles Times noted, for instance, that the Gores' slender donation "caused some bewilderment in philanthropic circles because of the vice president's 'good guy' image as an advocate for public service and social causes."
The same year the Gores gave $353 to charity, they reported $197,729 in adjusted gross income."
Man, he is what I call a true giver. $353.00 pays for 3 weeks of my rent. I am not saying that people have to donate, but for a man who pretends to be so socially aware. I find his act disgusting.
On a side note, this book here Do As I Say (Not As I Do) is certainly worth the read. It shows that not only does Michael Moore make more than Bush, but his Non-Profit owned Halliburton stock among other things.
Friday, April 14, 2006
Here is the winner for that Portland Mercury Easter Cover Coloring contest. More clever and funnier than the orginal. It is sorta hard to see, so I will walk you through it.
1. In the background the artist turned the Church into Downtown Portland. Inside people are saying "Spare Change?"
2. The little Jesus' are running to Downtown crying "Gentrify" and "Low Income housing."
3. The jesus with his head sticking out of the egg says he wants to run for president. (or something like that. It is hard for me to read) And the black bird says "he wont win because he is Jewish."
4. The Red White and Blue Evel Knievel says "stunt egg" on it.
5. And you can see the guy coming out of the Rastafarian colored egg.
6. The Red sign Downtown reads Topless Burgers and Massage
Overall pretty funny.
American funnyman Dave Chappelle has cited racial prejudice for his abrupt walk-out from hit comedy series Chappelle's Show last year. The stand-up comedian made headlines in May 2005 when he quit the show on US network Comedy Central during the third season, leaving behind a $50 million contract. He was eventually tracked down in South Africa where he said he had gone to "purify himself," and "do some soul searching" because he was unhappy with the direction in which the show was going. Chappelle tells Esquire magazine, "The bottom line was, white people Own everything, and where can a black person go and be himself or say something that's familiar to him and not have to explain or apologize? I felt like I was really pressured to settle for something that I didn't necessarily feel like I wanted. The thing about show business is that, in a way, it forces dysfunctional relationships in people.">
What can I say about this? Life is hard for everybody. Cry me a freaking river. I'm white, and I barely have $50 million dollars to pay someone to do a show on my network. In fact, it would practically break me.
You can go with the whole "they wouldn't let me express myself creatively" crap, but come on. It's comedy. Not exactly high art. I don't care if you're Dave Chapelle or Howard Stern, you shouldn't be surprised when the people who are paying you millions expect you to somehow tone it down and still be funny for mass consumption. Deal with it.
Thursday, April 13, 2006
Wednesday, April 12, 2006
Just like the founding fathers intended, more taxes
I'm sure Mr. Moore (and I don't mean Roger) is filming this. Let's just sit back and watch the unemployment rate start to climb as businesses flee...
Tuesday, April 11, 2006
The World Is Ending
50% of this film is about world population problems. The points made seem to make sense in the parts of the film that address that. But then the other half fell deep into a Liberal almalgam of over used quips and political opinions, most of which are purely there to outright bash America. During the credits, the host says "I think I'm going to move to France".
Man, there were a TON of "experts" in this film (most of whom surely spent a lot of time in the Haight during the 60s) all discussing how the USA consumes too much. How if you go out to eat, you've already spent more than most people in other countries make in a year. How it was up to the "unelightened" people in our government to solve a list of Liberal causes, a list so long and mentioned all at once that I just started laughing.
When it was over I felt the makers of this film either got side tracked or purposely started a film meant to talk about population growth issues, but then started having too much fun showing how enlightened they were and how stupid everyone in the USA is.
Take a few moments to view the bios of the people involved in the film. That will give you a good idea of what the film is like.
As far as the teenage years being crucial to initial brand selection, I must go on the record as "disagrees." I mean seriously, I smoked Dorals cause that's all I could afford. When I got a job I moved up to Camels and now I smoke Marlboros. Find the rhyme or reason in all of that nonsense.
Oh...uh, right. And Truth damn it!
First off, I've never been to Pittsburgh, but no one I know who has ever mentioned that it was was overrun-nay, infested- with such intense Christian warriors. It seems this poor man is accosted on an alarming basis with the threat of conversion. Thankfully, he is able to deter all but the most rabid practitioners with his oh so indisputable "philosophical counterpoints."
My favorite part of the piece is where he compares what these three little pricks did to putting church leaflets on your car or someone asking you if they can pray for you. Annoying? Sure. The same? Not so much. Try comparing it to walking into the policemen's ball and shouting, "Pigs suck!" That might be a little closer. It's called inciting a crowd, and I sincerely doubt these kids were trying to convert anybody. Just piss them off.
Honestly, overbearing religious zealotry bothers me as well. I feel that the people that stand outside soldiers' funerals with signs saying "God hates fags!" should probably be charged with stalking and harassment as well. But if someone wants to pray for me, I say have at it. It can't hurt.
Monday, April 10, 2006
Part of me just wants it to happen on a grand scale just to see what the rest of the US does. Maybe most of the US would just sit back and watch and laugh as Federal aid does not come due to this town's insistance on being idiotic.
Hell, it would be the best thing to happen that would allow people to buy homes around here.
Here's a stereotypical aritlce. It has everything in a short little package:
Martin Luther King - Of course brought up by Teddy
and so on....
Naw, there's no slant in this article at all...
Sunday, April 09, 2006
1. "Most Experts." I love this one. It kind of gives me the image of a group of really smart guys sitting in a room to discuss an issue. For example: "Most experts agree that the Iraq war is an unmitigated disaster." Don't you feel like these experts took a vote and the only reason why they can't write "all experts" is because of various bathroom breaks or cell phone interruptions during the hand count? What makes this sentence even better is the word "unmitigated." I don't know what this word means, all I know is it turns disaster into a really bad disaster.
2. "Could have." Journalists are suppose to report what did happen, but this little beauty gives them the opportunity to report what they wanted to happen. For example. "The syringe thrown at Barry Bonds could have had a needle on it. Therefore, this was a dangerous situation so anyone who throws anything on the field should be arrested." My question: What about beach balls? How about oppposing hitter home run balls at Wrigley Field? Should all those people be arrested? And the idea that the syringe COULD HAVE had a needle is so lame. It didn't. If someone threw a beach ball at Barry Bonds COULDN'T they HAVE duct tape a Bowie knife to it as well before throwing said object?
Please add any of your favorites to this growing list.
Saturday, April 08, 2006
As I ate, some other girl sat down in the chair on my right and started talking about how wonderful Portland is. Most of the people I have met in the SE part of town are not from Portland. In fact, they are not even from Oregon. New York, Mass., Penn., and other East Coast places plus California are the common areas of transfer. Despite all of that, it is very easy to run into someone who has lived here for a long time. As the girl continued yacking and laughing with a weird nervous little stammer, she complained that California had nothing to offer the world anymore. In fact, she explained that Portland is what San Francisco used to be 35 years ago. I could only imagine what she meant by that statement, especially since I had come to a similar conclusion. I made the mistake of pointing out that California has one of the most productive economies in the world and that the GDP....She stopped me right there. Apparently GDP means nothing. She got up and left.
Some other people arrived shortly after. The girl to my left pulled out a credit card receipt from her pocket. Apparently, Johnny Marr had come into her bar/cafe earlier that day. Finding someone who works in a bar, coffee house, or bakery is not hard to do in SE. Finding someone who loves beer and cigarettes, American Spirits of course, is also very easy. God, I should be doing well in the friends department...oh well. Moving on, the girl kept the receipt with his signature on it and showed the new arrivals what she had. I thought that was pretty cool. I like the Smiths and Johnny Marr is like an Indie Rock icon. So good for her. After that, my company started talking about how interesting it would be if Prince came into her bar. "Would he sign it with that weird Prince symbol?" was the obvious joke that followed. This led to dicussing his new album, as well as, "Diamonds and Pearls."
As the night wore on, I started to feel out of place. The dead give away was that the four of them got up from my table and sat at a table in another room that only had four chairs. To be fair, one of the people said it was OK if I joined them, but I was tired and I needed to get some sleep. I forgot my sweater and went back to my table which was already taken by a group of 3. One of them was the yacker. When I picked up my sweater, the fella asked "is this your stuff?"
"The sweater is mine" I replied.
"What about this beer and the Empty dishes?"
"No" I lied. Actually, they weren't all mine. The others left their empties on the table also. I had this feeling that these people wanted me to bus my table and of course I wasn't going to do that. So I left.
Expose The Left has a good take on this very thing. This is what he wrote:"An audience member at a Bush speech in Charlotte, NC today challenged Bush’s terrorist surveillance program, among other things. It seemed like this guy was given a prepared speech from the DNC.....Of course CNN only shows the guy bashing Bush and not the tremendous response the President gave that hosed this guy down.
Of course this guy is now the “hero of the day” for the left. Apparently, you only have to be able to stand up to the President."
Here is the transcript:
Q You never stop talking about freedom, and I appreciate that. But while I
listen to you talk about freedom, I see you assert your right to tap my
telephone, to arrest me and hold me without charges, to try to preclude me from
breathing clean air and drinking clean water and eating safe food. If I were a
woman, you’d like to restrict my opportunity to make a choice and decision about
whether I can abort a pregnancy on my own behalf. You are—
THE PRESIDENT: I’m not your favorite guy. Go ahead. (Laughter and applause.) Go on, what’s your question?
Q Okay, I don’t have a question. What I wanted to say to you is
that I—in my lifetime, I have never felt more ashamed of, nor more frightened by
my leadership in Washington, including the presidency, by the Senate,
AUDIENCE MEMBERS: Booo!
THE PRESIDENT: No, wait a sec—let him speak.
Q And I would hope—I feel like despite your rhetoric, that compassion and common
sense have been left far behind during your administration, and I would hope
from time to time that you have the humility and the grace to be ashamed of
yourself inside yourself. And I also want to say I really appreciate the
courtesy of allowing me to speak what I’m saying to you right now. That is part
of what this country is about.
THE PRESIDENT: It is, yes. (Applause.)
Q And I know that this doesn’t come welcome to most of the people in this room,
but I do appreciate that.
THE PRESIDENT: Appreciate—
Q I don’t have a question, but I just wanted to make that comment to you.
THE PRESIDENT: I appreciate it, thank you. Let me—
Q Can I ask a question?
THE PRESIDENT: I’m going to start off with what you first said, if you don’t mind, you said that I tap your phones—I think that’s what you said. You tapped your phone—I tapped your phones. Yes. No, that’s right. Yes, no, let me finish.
I’d like to describe that decision I made about protecting this country. You can come to whatever conclusion you want. The conclusion is I’m not going to apologize for
what I did on the terrorist surveillance program, and I’ll tell you why. We were
accused in Washington, D.C. of not connecting the dots, that we didn’t do
everything we could to protect you or others from the attack. And so I called in
the people responsible for helping to protect the American people and the
homeland. I said, is there anything more we could do.
And there—out of this national—NSA came the recommendation that it would make sense for us to listen to a call outside the country, inside the country from al Qaeda or suspected al Qaeda in order to have real-time information from which to possibly prevent an attack. I thought that made sense, so long as it was constitutional. Now, you may not agree with the constitutional assessment given to me by lawyers—and
we’ve got plenty of them in Washington—but they made this assessment that it was
constitutional for me to make that decision.
I then, sir, took that decision to members of the United States Congress from both political parties and briefed them on the decision that was made in order to protect the American people. And so members of both parties, both chambers, were fully aware of a program intended to know whether or not al Qaeda was calling in or calling out of the country. It seems like—to make sense, if we’re at war, we ought to be using tools necessary within the Constitution, on a very limited basis, a program
that’s reviewed constantly to protect us.
Now, you and I have a different—of agreement on what is needed to be protected. But you said, would I apologize for that? The answer—answer is, absolutely not. (Applause.)
Friday, April 07, 2006
Thursday, April 06, 2006
Here's another good thread from the HAMB. Seems the EPA is thinking about making it illegal to paint as a hobby. The reality of what's going on is that bigger body shops are funding EPA regluations that would make the cost of paint skyrocket, among many other things. I'm sure it will all be spun as "Good for the Environment", but the truth of the matter is that yet again a bureaucracy is getting used as a point of control to drive out competition.
Here's the HAMB thread.
Here's my response.
And this response just cracked me up.
Now my response also links to articles about Clark Foam, another EPA masterpiece. This one is totally ironic too in that surfers tend to be environmentally active. In this case the environmentalists just shot themselves in the foot because they were too blind to see what REAL affects their actions were having.
Check it out here.
For the record, I don't really think all NASCAR fans are racist. Only the ones wearing white after Labor Day, if you know what I mean. Wink, wink. Nudge, nudge.
Most recent causes
Wednesday, April 05, 2006
Tuesday, April 04, 2006
Gateway Pundit has a good take regarding this photograph and the Muslim comics.
Monday, April 03, 2006
Look, I can't change anybodies minds about the so called "Overpopulation Crisis." As far as I am concerned, there is no crisis. There is just no evidence that supports it. In fact, countries with positive population growths do better than countries with population in decline. This sort of statement however falls on deaf ears to the converted. So I will leave you with this.
If you took all the people in the world, which is about 7 billion and you grouped them up into families of four, gave them each a 1/4 acre. You could fit every family into a state the size of Texas. After that, turn the rest of the world into a Safari Getaway for all I care.
In Bill's words:
It is clear Sistani has jettisoned support for Jaafari, which all but spells theIf you like this article, then I suggest you should visit this site regularly. This guy has a new update almost everyday. Also, "Iraq The Model", is another good one. The writer is an Iraqi citizen who blogs straight from Iraq, plus he has about 50-60 other Iraqi bloggers which he links to.
end of Jaafari's bid to lead the new government and Sadr's influence with
Jaafari. Sadr has overreached with his threats
against SCIRI's Abd al-Aziz al-Hakim and members of the UIA, as well as the
actions of his Mahdi Army militia, and will pay a harsh political price for his
Sunday, April 02, 2006
Lord Kingly, Baron Von Mike and I were having a discussion a week ago about hollywood conspiracies. It was in regards to how the liberal media was going to spin Moussaoui's testimony. And this is what I wrote.
Here is a conspiracy. Of course I'll be making this up as I go, but try thisWell what do you know, Seth Green and Erica Jong almost said this very thing. Watch it here. Of course, I got Ari Fleischer confused with Andy Card. I think one story was that Ari Fleischer was in the back of the room and flashed Bush a note that read "DON'T SAY ANYTHING YET!" My mistake, I am sorry.
one. Moussaoui was hired by Bush to blow up the White House and that is why Bush
was conveniently on a trip reading "my pet goat" to children. When the planes
hit WTC, Ari Fleischer whispered into Bush's ear "The plan is unfolding, soon we
will have Iraq oil."