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"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free....... ~Ronald Reagan~

Saturday, December 31, 2005

Attic Quote of The Year!

"Liberalism is the philosophy of the stupid."
~General Russel Honore

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Friday, December 30, 2005

Attic Knaves of 2005!!!

A sinister list follows with Knaves of 2005, people with political agendas that don't serve the American public well. Theses individuals do well promoting themselves, making false statements, without common sense or actual intellect. Their quotes say it all.

  • Howard Dean (Chairman DNC) "I hate the Republicans and everything they stand for." Hell, Dr. Dean, we're not so crazy about you either.
  • Harry Reid (Senate Minority Leader, D-NV) On February 3, 2005, speaking with Brit Hume, Senate minority leader HARRY REID likened the president’s proposal to allow Americans to divert a portion of payroll taxes into personal security investment accounts to "gambling." But in 1999, the Nevada Democrat proposed something very similar on "FOX News Sunday" saying, "Most of us have no problem with taking a small amount of the Social Security proceeds and putting it into the private sector." Senator Reid has made a career out of double talk, hypocisy and lying on camera.
  • Ted Kennedy (Senator, D-MA) "We have lost the respect of other nations in the world. Where do we go to get our respect back? How do we re-establish the working relationships we need with other countries to win the war on terrorism and advance the ideals we share? How can we possibly expect President Bush to do that? He's the problem, not the solution. Iraq is George Bush's Vietnam, and this country needs anew President." Mary Jo Kopechne was not available for comment.
  • Nancy Pelosi (House Minority Leader, D-CA) "In the last Congress, House Republicans became the most arrogant, unethical and corrupt majority in modern congressional history." And all the while Nancy and her husband get rich hiring cheap labor in their multi-million dollar businesses.
  • Patrick Leahy (Senator, D-VT) "Guantanamo Bay is an international embarrassment to our nation, to our ideals and remains a festering threat to our security." Speaking of international embarrassments, has Senator Leahy peered into a mirror lately?
  • Dick Durbin (Senator, D-IL) "If I read this to you and did not tell you that it was an FBI agent describing what Americans had done to prisoners in their control, you would most certainly believe this must have been done by Nazis, Soviets in their gulags, or some mad regime—Pol Pot or others —that had no concern for human beings." Tell us what you really think about our troops Mr. Durbin.
  • Joe Wilson (Former Ambassador) "My wife was not a clandestine officer the day that Bob Novak blew her identity." Oh and we thought it was George Bush.
  • Jay Rockefeller (Senator, D-VA) " As you know, I am neither a technician nor an attorney. Given the security restrictions with this program, and my inability to consult staff or counsel of my own, I feel unable to fully evaluate, much less endorse, these activities." We feel much the same about you Senator Rockefeller.
  • John Kerry (Senator, D-MA) The haughty, French-looking Massachusetts Democrat, who by the way claimed that U.S. servicemen "personally raped, cut off ears, cut off heads, taped wires from portable telephones to human genitals and turned on the power, cut off limbs, [blew] up bodies, randomly shot at civilians, razed villages in fashion reminiscent of Genghis Khan, shot cattle and dogs for fun, poisoned food stocks, and generally ravaged the countryside" in Vietnam. The pathetic Senator has now brought similar claims about our troops in Iraq.
  • John Murtha (House Rep., D-PA) "Our military is suffering, the future of our country is at risk. We cannot continue on the present course. It is evident that continued military action in Iraq is not in the best interests of the United States of America, the Iraqi people or the Persian Gulf region." 37 years in the Marine Reserves does not make one an expert on military issues.
  • Ray Nagin (Mayor, New Orleans, D) "Don't tell me 40,000 people are coming here. They're not here. It's too doggone late. Now get off your asses and do something, and let's fix the biggest goddamn crisis in the history of this country." Find your police and buses yet Mr. Nagin?
  • Kathleen Blanco (Governor, Louisiana, D) "They wanted to take over my National Guard. A governor has to have the final say on what's going to happen." Ms. Blanco, why are you blaming everyone else for your troubles?
  • Mary Landrieu (Senator, D-LA) "If one person criticizes [our sheriffs], or says one more thing, including the president of the United States, he will hear from me - one more word about it after this show airs and I - I might likely have to punch him - literally." Put up your dukes Ms. Landrieu, and we don't mean David Duke.
  • David Vitter (Senator, R-LA) "Operational effectiveness is an 'F' or a grade lower, if there is such a grade." Similar to politicians in Louisiana Mr. Vitter!
  • John McCain (Senator, R-AZ) "I have no doubt that Senator Clinton would make a good president." And we have no doubt Senator McCain really believes our troops torture people.
  • Charles Schumer (Senator, D-NY) Antonin Scalia and Clarance Thomas hate the government so much that they would use their position on the bench to override the legislature, to override the will of the people with their decisions." Actually we could quote Mr. Schumer all day, nothing he says has any legitimacy.
  • Michael Moore (Anti-American "Movie" Producer) "The Iraqis who have risen up against the occupation are not 'insurgents' or 'terrorists' or 'The Enemy.' They are the REVOLUTION, the Minutemen, and their numbers will grow -- and they will win." It's too bad Mr. Moore occupies so much space.
  • Cindi Sheehan (Anti-War Protestor, CA) "The biggest terrorist is George W. Bush." Poor Ms. Sheehan, she lost a son and eventually her mind.
  • Jane Fonda (Actress, Author, Activist) "I would think that if you understood what Communism was, you would hope, you would pray on your knees, that we would someday become communists." And she really believes this.
  • Main Stream Media (MSM) New York Times, Washington Post, L.A. Times, Newsweek, Time and a myriad of others who are liberal shills who fail to print the facts, and avoid printing the good.
  • Barbra Streisand (Singer) "If there was ever a time in history to impeach a President of the United States, it would be now. In my opinion, it is two years too late. We were clearly deceived by this administration and now we find ourselves fighting a war under false pretenses.” Ms. Streisand represents the Hollywood left, while being unhinged and out of touch with reality.
  • Alec Baldwin (Actor) "The leadership of the Republican Party are a bunch of sociopathic maniacs who have their lips super-glued to the ass of the conservative right." Hasn't Mr. Baldwin moved out of the country yet?
  • Pierce Brosnan (Actor) "This man called President Bush has a lot to answer for. I don't know if this man is really taking care of America. This government has been shameful." Shake not stir, Mr. Brosnan??

Honorable Mention:

  • Al Gore
  • Maureen Dowd
  • Al Franken
  • Senator Robert Byrd (D-WV)
  • Jacques Chirac
  • Ward Churchill
  • Bill Moyers
  • Bill Maher
  • Senate Democrats
  • House Democrats
  • Senator George Voinovich (R-OH)
  • Ted Rall
  • George Galloway
  • Mahmoud Ahmadinejad(President, Iran)
  • Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME)
  • Juan Williams (NPR)

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Attic Triangulation Award for 2005

Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY) for her unique ability to side step issues, moving right center, left center, left, right, circlling the center and ...........well it's difficult to keep up. Hopefully she assumes the earth is flat and decides to fall off.

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December "Porker of the Month"

Citizens Against Government Waste have named Senate Minority Leader (D-NV) as their "Porker of the Month. for earmarking almost $36 million in the fiscal 2006 Energy and Water Appropriations bill for 17 energy-related projects in his home state. As ranking member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, Sen. Reid diverted about one-fifth of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s budget to projects in his home state.

Sen. Reid’s actions weaken the effectiveness of basic energy research while giving the illusion of contributing to it. The earmarks divert funds from peer-reviewed, agency-requested scientific research to his own pet projects. For example, Sen. Reid’s earmarks include $3.5 million to create a new National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Nevada.

As a result, the Department of Energy (DOE) will cut funding for research already taking place at other labs. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado will lay off as many as 100 scientists, or 11 percent of its total staff, mostly as a consequence of congressional earmarking.

It's nice to know Senator Reid has time to screw the whole country when he isn't holding press conferences to slander President Bush and lie about the war on terror.

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Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Kofi Annan Receives Some Payback

Last week Kofi Annan verbally attacked a reporter, James Bone, of The London Times when he inquired about a Mercedes Benz purchased by son, Kojo Annan. It seems the vehicle was purchased under Kofi's name to save $20,000 in diplomatic discounts and tax exemptions.
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Mr. Annan's "undiplomatic" display was discussed here but not much was made of it in the MSM or on most blogs. The problem with a verbal assault on a reporter is payback based on the facts may come back to bite you. This payback has arrived in the form of commentary in the Wall Street Journal by Mr. Bone himself.
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Bone reviews some cover-up details over the years by the U.N. but gets into more detail about the Mercedez incident Mr. Annan didn't wish to discuss. Here reporter Bone writes:
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The Mercedes was purchased by Kojo Annan in his father's name four days before the Hotel de Crillon meeting [Nov 1998] -- and about two weeks before Cotecna won the U.N. contract [Oil-for-Food}. The use of the U.N. chief's diplomatic status qualified the car for a $6,541 discount on the purchase price and a $14,103 tax exemption when it was imported to his native Ghana. Mr. Volcker's investigators found a memo on the computer of Mr. Annan's personal assistant asking him to authorize a letter to Mercedes.
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"Sir, Kojo asked me to send the attached letter re: the car he is trying to purchase under your name. The company is requesting a letter be sent from the U.N. Kojo said it could be signed by anyone from your office. May I ask Lamin to sign it?" the assistant wrote.
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Neither Kofi Annan, his aide Lamin Sise, nor his assistant, Wagaye Assebe, can recall what happened, and the original documents have disappeared -- but somehow the Mercedes was purchased with the diplomatic discount anyway. Abdoulie Janneh, the U.N. official who arranged the tax exemption in Ghana was recently promoted to U.N. under-secretary-general, in charge of the Economic Commission for Africa.
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Mr. Bone retorts although Mr. Annan wants him to "shut up", he clearly can't oblige. Although we can only hope this story gains more traction, historically the U.N. honchos have the ability to discount investigations and avoid prosecution. Unfortunately they feel diplomatic immunity covers corruption as well as Mercedes Benz purchases. Up to now they are correct!

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Monday, December 26, 2005

Pathetic U.N. Wasting Tsunami Relief Funds

Up to about a third of the $590 million U.N. fund spent for the Indian Ocean tsunami relief may have gone to pay for overhead.
xxx The Financial Times says its two-month investigation showed the money appears to have been spent on administration, staff and related costs. The $590 million was part of the United Nation's $1.1 billion disaster flash appeal.
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The newspaper also found several U.N. agencies continue to refuse to disclose details of their relief expenditure in spite of earlier pledges of transparency by senior officials. The flash appeal covered the money donated by governments to the world body in the first weeks after the disaster to fund the early aid work, the Times reported.
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Other agencies suggest non-profit aid organizations should claim no more than 10 percent of project funds for administration costs. The U.N. is a disaster and can't keep it's hands off donations despite congressional bluster and oil-for-food corruption.
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We have suggested time and again Kofi Annan should be dispelled from the U.N. and, if possible, indicted on charges of corruption. Paul Volcker gave Annan a free pass in his oil-for-food report despite explicit allegations by Volcker's own investigator on the commission.
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Something continues to smell at Turtle Bay and it's time, once and for all, we receive complete oversite by congress or cut off the funds and kill the corruption. The so-called "World Body" is nothing more then a "World Piggy Bank."

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Sunday, December 25, 2005

No Political Correctness Here....Just the Facts!

Merry Christmas!!!
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Happy Hanukkah!!!

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Friday, December 23, 2005

Old St. Hillary........A "Christmas" Poem

'Twas the night before Christmas, as in days of yore; Not a liberal was stirring, not even Al Gore; Our prospects were sinking, we pined in despair, And prayed that St. Hillary soon would appear. We Democrats waited, while snug in our beds, Impeachable articles danced in our heads! But with Bush in the White House and Cheney as veep, I'd just settled down to a paranoid sleep. xxx When out on the Beltway arose such a clatter, I headed for Hardball to check out the chatter. I reached for my clicker with partisan glee, But only to gape at a blacked-out TV. The moon through the window cast light all about And showed me quite clearly the plug had come out. When what did I see on the former dark screen But the visage of DNC chair Howard Dean! xxx He introduced someone, with looks that could kill; I cheered when I realized it must be St. Hill! More rapid than eagles her myrmidons came, When she whistled, and shouted, and called them by name; "Now, Daschle! Now, Durbin! Now, Eliot Spitzer! On, Matthews! On, Russert! On, Woodruff and Blitzer! To the Sunday news shows! To the National Mall! Now bash away! Bash away! Bash away all!" xxx As big bucks before dirty congressmen fly, When they meet with flush lobbyists, eager to buy; So out to the hustings the Democrats flew, With a slate full of programs for states colored blue. And then in a twinkling, I saw on TV, As stunning a change as you're likely to see; As I grabbed for my clicker to turn up the sound, Through my Sony, St. Hillary came with a bound! xxx She was dressed all in white from her head to her toe, All except for a pink blouse that set her aglow; An American flag pin she wore with great pride, And she looked to my eyes like a blushing new bride. Her eyes -- how they sparkled! Her cheeks were so rosy! Her little pug nose just like Nancy Pelosi! Her sweet smiling lips bore no hint of complaint And her overall bearing was that of a saint. xxx A worn-out old bible she clutched in her hand And declared that upon it our nation should stand: "The war in Iraq is just part of God's willing, Like permanent tax-cuts and ANWR oil drilling. "She was clearly possessed by some right-wingish soul, And she spoke with the drawl of Elizabeth Dole! A shy sheepish grin and a toss of her hair, Soon gave me a feeling of awful despair. xxx She spoke of the heartland with tears in her eyes; And grand fruited plains and of God's spacious skies. When praising Rush Limbaugh and Tammy Wynette, She caused me to wake from my sleep in a sweat! My screen was now dark but I wasn't alone; St. Hill had a message that chilled to the bone; With a voice that resembled sharp nails on a slate, She exclaimed, "HAPPY CHRISTMAS! At least till '08!" xxx Source: Lisa Fabrizio at The American Spectator

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Kofi Annan Undiplomatic Under Fire

Kofi Annan, the United Nations secretary-general, lashed out at the media after a year of unrelenting attacks on the UN and strong criticism of his management of the oil-for-food program in Iraq.
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An 18-month investigation, led by former US Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker, cleared Mr. Annan of influencing an oil-for-food contract that went to a company which employed his son, Kojo, but was strongly critical of his management of the program. This in itself is a joke, CEO's lose their jobs for much less.
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At Mr. Annan's year-end press conference, one reporter mentioned a Mercedes-Benz which Kojo Annan imported into Ghana using his father's diplomatic immunity to avoid taxes and customs duty and said some of the secretary-general's version of oil-for-food related events "don't really make sense".
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Here is Annan's undignified response. "I think you're being very cheek. Listen James Bone [of The London Times], you've been behaving like an overgrown schoolboy in this room for many,manyy months and years. You are an embarrassment to your colleagues and to your profession. Please stop misbehaving and please let's move on to a serious journalist."
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Move on to a serious journalist? A question on oil-for-food and son Kojo in relation to nepotism is not serious? "I'm not afraid of criticism," Annan said. "Some criticisms have been constructive and helpful and I accept that. Some have been out of place and have really gone beyond the zone of all reasonableness, and you wouldn't expect me or anybody in this house to accept that," Annan explained. The heat rises at a press conference, Annan demeans a reporter because he doesn't like the question and he claims to accept criticism?
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Mr. Bone walked out of the news conference after Mr. Annan refused to let him ask his question and said later: "The Volcker report raises many serious questions about the integrity of the UN and it's important that public officials paid with taxpayer's money answer these questions fully and without accusing the press."
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We concur and wonder why Volcker and the Bush Administration have given Mr. Annan a free pass. He should be gone, in disgrace. Instead he continues to commandeer a sinking ship.
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Source: The Scotsman

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Thursday, December 22, 2005

Breaking News for Al Gore

Or maybe "heart-breaking" news for the anger prone ex-Vice President, who believes he is "Father of the Internet." (That claim is so laughable.) xxx World Wide Web creator Tim Berners-Lee has started a blog just in time for the 15th anniversary of his invention. Berners-Lee first proposed the Web in 1989 while developing ways to control computers remotely at CERN, the Geneva-based European Organization for Nuclear Research. He never got the project formally approved, but quietly tinkered with it anyway, making the first browser available at CERN by Christmas Day 1990. sss Sorry Al, we thought you'd like to know.

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Saddam Schtick

Wikipedia explains a schtick (or shtick) is an expression which refers to a comic theme or gimmick. "Schtick" is derived from the Yiddish word "שטיק", meaning "piece". The English word "piece" itself is also sometimes used in a similar context. Another variant is "bits of business" or just "bits", mannerisms such as Laurel and Hardy's fiddling with their ties, or one of them looking into the camera shaking his head while the other one would ramble on; or the countless little slapstick and nonsense routines perfected by The Three Stooges, especially by Curly.
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This definition, and examples pretty much describes the current antics of deposed tyrant Saddam Hussein who insisted again today he had been beaten by his American captors, denouncing Washington's denials as "lies" and mocking President Bush's claim that Baghdad had chemical weapons.
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In fact, the whole trial has become schtick. In courtroom turmoil, an assistant prosecutor asked to resign and the defense team threatened to leave court unless a guard was removed. The judge ordered the guard out. He also admonished Saddam's half brother, once head of Iraqi intelligence, to speed up his answers.
xxx When the court gave the former leader an opportunity to cross-examine witnesses, Saddam instead used the time to expand on earlier assertions that he had been abused in custody. He claimed that the wounds he suffered from the alleged beatings had been documented by at least two American teams.
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The trial's chief prosecutor, Jaafar al-Mousawi, said if authorities found evidence of abuse Saddam could be transferred to the physical custody of Iraqi troops. Saddam, in the hands of Iraqi's, may find out first hand what abuse is really like.
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In the mean time we'll enjoy the antics and mockery of Saddam while he acts like a shande or person of disgrace and one who brings embarrassment through mere association. Isn't is amusing how Yiddish phrases fit Saddam so well?
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With that said, in all seriousness, the more fitting Yiddish term for Saddam is "Karsew" or Butcher!
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Source: Associated Press

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Big Brother Across the Pond...Shake not Stir

Britain is to become the first country in the world where the movements of all vehicles on the roads are recorded. A new national surveillance system will hold the records for at least two years.
xxx Using a network of cameras that can automatically read every passing number plate, the plan is to build a huge database of vehicle movements so that the police and security services can analyse any journey a driver has made over several years.
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Senior police officers have described the surveillance network as possibly the biggest advance in the technology of crime detection and prevention since the introduction of DNA fingerprinting.
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"Every time you make a car journey already, you'll be on CCTV somewhere. The difference is that, in future, the car's index plates will be read as well," said Frank Whiteley, Chief Constable of Hertfordshire and chairman of the Acpo steering committee on automatic number plate recognition (ANPR).
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"This development forms the basis of a 24/7 vehicle movement database that will revolutionise arrest, intelligence and crime investigation opportunities on a national basis," the Acpo strategy says.
Mr. Whiteley said MI5 will also use the database. "Clearly there are values for this in counter-terrorism," he said. "The security services will use it for purposes that I frankly don't have access to. It's part of public protection. If the security services did not have access to this, we'd be negligent."
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Wonder what the Democrats would say about civil liberties in this case? Teddy Kennedy would retreat to the liquor cabinet. Shake not stir Teddy? Mary Jo Kopechne was not available for comment.
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Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Harvard Business Students want a "Free Pass"

A British MBA student at Harvard Business School wrote in the Wall Street Journal about a disturbing development concerning grade disclosure in the "hallowed halls" of HBS higher learning. Apparently students voted to disallow prospective employers from inquiry to their grades.
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Until 1998, students could discuss their grades and potential employers could ask for them. Students were graded, as they are now, on a forced curve with the top 15% to 20% getting a "1," the middle 70% a "2," the bottom 10% a "3." In 1998, however, each MBA class was divided in two and the grading system was felt to confer advantage on one over the other depending where you stood (or something like that).
xxx On a student vote, it was decided that grades could no longer be disclosed and companies who recruited at HBS could not ask for them. Only the Baker Scholars, the top 5% of the class, and the next 15% who received honors were permitted to advertise their achievement.
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Were the letters "HBS" all the gilding an MBA now needed, with no reference to classroom performance? Could you imagine running a horse in the Kentucky Derby simply on the basis of its bloodline, regardless of its record?
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In a final vote, 87% of students opposed grade disclosure, 6% were for it and 7% declared themselves indifferent. But when was leadership ever about listening to a bunch of 27-year-old grad students?
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So much for sweat-equity in and outside the classroom. Maybe they should simply print the diplomas in a basement, distribute them based on attendance and rest on their laurels. xxx As a graduate of Kellogg at Northwestern University it's always gratifying to see NU rankings exceed that of HBS. Possibly, because methodology to higher business learning at HBS has become "rank". Go Wildcats!

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Friday, December 16, 2005

No Speak English????....Ningún hable inglés¿????

About one in 20 adults in the U.S. is not literate in English, meaning 11 million people lack the skills to handle many everyday tasks, a federal study shows. xxx From 1992 to 2003, adults made no progress in their ability to read sentences and paragraphs or understand other printed material such as bus schedules or prescription labels. Even as more people get a formal education, the literacy rate is not rising. xxx Some 30 million adults have "below basic" skills in prose. Their ability is so limited that they may not be able to make sense of a simple pamphlet. Hispanics showed sharp declines in their ability to handle prose and documents.
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One solution would be to quit offering language choices at ATM's and on phone banks. If you feed the problem with alternatives to learning the basic language of a country, you prevent acclimation to the culture of that society.
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English speaking taxpayers in the U.S. should stand up and protest this burden on our society and strain on our system. We shouldn't have to sit through help messages asking us if we want to hear the menu in English or Spanish nor should we have to waste our time with an extra step at the ATM. English is the language so get on board! If you don't understand we've put it in Spanish for you below!
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Cerca de uno en 20 adultos en los ESTADOS UNIDOS no es que sabe leer y escribir en inglés, significando 11 millones de personas de carencias las habilidades para manejar muchas tareas diarias, demostraciones federales de un estudio.
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A partir la 1992 a 2003, adultos hechos ningún progreso en su capacidad de leer oraciones y párrafos o de entender el otro material impreso tal como horario del autobús o etiquetas de la prescripción. Incluso mientras que más gente consigue una enseñanza convencional, la tarifa de la instrucción no se está levantando.
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Unos 30 millones de adultos tienen "debajo" de habilidades básicas en prosa. Su capacidad es tan limitada que pueden no poder tener sentido de un folleto simple. Los hispanos demostraron declinaciones agudas en su capacidad de manejar prosa y documentos.
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Una solución sería parar el ofrecer de opciones de la lengua en las atmósferas y en los bancos del teléfono. Si usted alimenta el problema con alternativas a aprender la lengua básica de un país, usted previene la aclimatación a la cultura de esa sociedad.
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Los contribuyentes de discurso ingleses en los ESTADOS UNIDOS deben estar parada para arriba y protestar esta carga en nuestra sociedad y tensión en el sistema. ¡No debemos tener que sentarnos a través de mensajes de la ayuda que preguntan que si deseamos oír el menú en inglés o el español ni debe nosotros tener que perder nuestro tiempo con un paso adicional en la ATM. english es la lengua así que consiga a bordo!

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Thursday, December 15, 2005

Bailing Out Automakers....Or Not!

Ford Motor Co. Chairman and Chief Executive William Clay Ford Jr. proposed a basket of tax breaks to help the auto industry build hybrids and other alternative-fuel vehicles, as Detroit tries to loosen its dependence on gas-guzzling trucks and sport-utility vehicles. We wrote in length about this here.
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Fledgling GM and their CEO John Wagner are asking for taxpayer help as part of it's "restructuring" plan to avoid bankruptcy. The Wall Street Journal reports on GM's "Job Bank", and this is not a place to file for employment.
GM's "jobs bank," which is the company's euphemism for a post-employment limbo in which GM pays laid off members of the United Auto Workers not to work. If you want to know why GM's costs are too high for the number of cars it sells, here's one explanation.
xxx GM doesn't like to talk about the "jobs bank," to the point that it won't disclose how many idled workers are in the bank or even how much it costs the company. However, the Detroit Free Press has dug around and reported that the "bank" holds some 5,000-6,000 employees, at an annual cost of as much as $800 million a year. And that's just the beginning of the damage it does.
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The jobs bank was created in 1984 at a time when it became fashionable to worry that automation would cause robots to replace workers on factory floors. So in exchange for the right to introduce productivity improvements in factories, GM, Ford and Chrysler all consented to jobs banks. The idea was that in exchange for educating themselves, doing community service or in some cases just sitting around a factory, workers would continue to collect pay and benefits until the automaker could find another job for them. Nice work if you can get it.
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In one recent Reuters story, a worker in the jobs bank by the name of Dean Braid was quoted as saying that he hoped the bank wasn't eliminated when the United Auto Workers' contract with GM runs out in 2007 because by then he'll be two years from retirement with full benefits. If Mr. Braid is still in the jobs bank when retirement rolls around in 2009, he will have spent a decade, or one-third of his career with GM, "in the bank."
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We don't wish ill will on automaker employees or their families but when they sit around and collect "welfare" in the guise of employment for failing companies, it's not the responsibility of the U.S. taxpayer to pay their freight.
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Apparantly Adam Smith's "no free lunch" dictum has been thoroughly tested at GM where a whole lifestyle has become free. One solution is to stop more good money chasing bad. Heads should roll starting at the top with John Wagner and William Clay Ford. They have mismanaged these companies into welfare states not productivity machines of American business.

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Wednesday, December 14, 2005

An Iraqi Voter Speaks Out

Here is an interesting and profound quote from a female Iraqi voter I heard on the radio today: cc We appreciate what the American people and American soldiers have done for us, and for those who criticize President Bush, let them all go to hell!

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Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Say Goodnight Tookie!

All the hoopla about "saving" Tookie Williams, founder of the ultra-violent gang "The Crypts" and mutiple murder is over, we hope. So many "fans" were out protesting his long overdue execution.
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It takes extensive "googling" to find names of the innocent victims and how they were executed but it's easy to find the liberals, gang members, hollywood elite, the Vatican and others who wished to spare "Tookie."
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Did the Vatican have a prayer service for the victims while they were bashing the American judicial system? Did Jesse Jackson stop for a moment of silence for the victims with his entourage on the Golden Gate Bridge on his way to San Quentin Prison? Are they planning another Nobel Peace Prize nomination in Tookie's name?
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Williams was convicted of murdering four innocent bystanders with a sawed-off shotgun in 1979. There was nothing peaceful or compassionate about the way Alvin Owen, Thsai-Shai Yang, Yen-I Yang and Yee Chen Lin died.
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Owen was a white teen-age clerk at a 7-11 convenience store, shot twice in the back of the head -- execution-style -- as he lay unarmed on the floor during a hold-up. A witness testified that Williams mocked the gurgling sounds Owen made as he lay dying. "You should have heard the way he sounded when I shot him," the witness quoted Williams.
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The Yangs were Taiwanese immigrants who, along with their daughter Yee Chen Lin, were gunned down during a motel robbery two weeks after Owen died. Half of the daughter's face was blown off by the shotgun blasts. Williams called them "Buddhaheads" and robbed them of petty cash.
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Why was this person allowed the freedom to write books, help run his gang from prison and stay alive for over 20 years after he was judged guilty and sentenced to death? Why did his speedy right to a trial turn into so many additional years for closure on the deaths of his innocent victims? Let us take a look at this murderer for what he really was. The system didn't work for the victims.
  • In 1971, Stanley 'Tookie' Williams, along with Raymond Lee Washington, founded one of the most violent and predatory street gangs ever known, the Crips. As a result of Williams' actions, this gang is now active throughout the United States, as well as other countries across the globe,
  • On February 28, 1979, Stanley Williams murdered Albert Lewis Owens during a robbery of a 7-Eleven convenience store in Whittier, California.
  • On March 11, 1979, Stanley 'Tookie' Williams murdered three members of the Yang family at their motel in Los Angeles.
  • In April, 1979, George Oglesby and Stanley Williams were housed together at the Los Angeles County Jail. Handwritten Notes Outline Escapee Plot.
  • On March 13, 1981, the jury reached guilty verdicts on all counts, and found all the special allegations true. After the verdicts were read in open court, Williams spoke out to the jury, calling them "sons of bitches."

After being convicted of the four murders and sentenced to death in 1981, Stanley Williams was sent to San Quentin State Prison. Upon arriving at San Quentin, Williams quickly demonstrated violent behavior consistent with a hardened murderer.

  • On June 30, 1981, just two months after being sentenced, Williams was involved in a violent fight with another inmate. Williams was observed kneeling over the other inmate and striking him in the head with his closed fists. When Williams was ordered to cease fighting, he ignored the order. Only after repeated orders to stop, did Williams stop his violence.
  • On January 26, 1982, Williams was ordered to lineup for his return to his cell. Williams refused the order and became hostile. The guard then explained the line-up procedure to Williams. Williams responded by saying "you'll get yours boy, I can do anything now because I know what the gunmen will do…one of these days I'll trick you boy."
  • On January 28, 1982, Williams had two separate instances where he threw chemical substances at guards. In one of these instances, Williams threw a chemical substance in the eyes and on the face of a guard. As a result of that assault, the guard suffered from chemical burns to these areas and had to be taken to the hospital where he received emergency care.
  • On January 29, 1982, Williams again attacked a guard by throwing a chemical substance on him.
  • On February 16, 1984, a guard saw Williams bending over another inmate and striking him with his closed fists. In an effort to stop the attack, the guard blew his whistle and drew his weapon. Williams, however, continued to fight. Only after a guard fired a warning shot, did Williams stop fighting.
  • On June 8, 1984, Williams was observed participating in inappropriate behavior with a female visitor. When the guard advised the female of the prison policies, Williams became verbally hostile and stated, "you are looking around too much and that's not your job. I have dusted many officers on the street, one more would not make any difference."
  • On July 4, 1986, Williams stepped between a guard and another inmate and began to beat up the inmate. The guard ordered Williams to stop but Williams continued with the assault. Eventually, after gun officers responded, Williams stopped the attack.
  • On October 10, 1988, Williams was involved in a fight that led to him being stabbed. Prison officials subsequently learned that this stabbing was done in retaliation for a September 22, 1988, stabbing of another inmate ordered by Crips leader Stanley Williams.
  • On October 19, 1988, Williams was placed in Administrative Segregation based on his association with the Crips street gang.
  • On December 24, 1991, Williams was involved in another fight with an inmate. Once again, despite being ordered to stop, Williams continued with the assault. Eventually, gun officers responded by firing a round near Williams. After the shot was fired, guards gained control over Williams.
  • On July 6, 1993, a large fight broke out in the shower area. Williams was one of the combatants. A guard ordered the inmates to stop, but the fight continued. After a warning shot was fired, the fighting stopped. Subsequently, a stabbing instrument ("shank") made of sharpened plastic was recovered from where the fight had occurred.

While Tookie Williams finds his place burning in Hell, we pay our tribute to the victims and their families who missed the last 25 years celebrating their lives.

Alvin Owen

Thsai-Shai Yang

Yen-I Yang

Yee Chen Lin

May You Rest in Peace

Source: Charles Montaldo, Private Detective: Full Williams History Here

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Washington State Dem's Making Friends, Influencing People

The Democratic Party of Washington state last week was offering for sale car magnets showing the familiar Christian fish symbol--only inside the fish appears the word HYPOCRITE and a cross against a background of red-orange flames.

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Let's Go Waterboarding!

The debate on interrogation techniques and so-called "torture" is forcing critiques to come clean. Using the term torture, as allowed debate on the subject to ask people opposed to torture to explain exactly what they mean, to describe what torture is.
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It is coming to light the key word here is "waterboarding." Here is how waterboarding is defined at Wikipedia:
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The current practice of waterboarding was known previously as "the water cure." It involves tying the victim to a board with the head lower than the feet so that he or she is unable to move. A piece of cloth is held tightly over the face, and water is poured onto the cloth. Breathing is extremely difficult and the victim will be in fear of imminent death by asphyxiation. However, it is relatively difficult to aspirate a large amount of water since the lungs are higher than the mouth, and the victim is unlikely actually to die if this is done by skilled practitioners. Waterboarding may be used by captors who wish to impose anguish without leaving marks on their victims as evidence.
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Waterboarding is a technique used by our military for training purposes. Are we torturing our own service men and women? The main stream media and John McCain aren't complaining about this, they only want the world to know we aren't harming terrorist with a training method used to prepare our soldiers in event of capture.
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ABC News reported that 11 of 12 captured al Qaeda kingpins who have talked only did so after being waterboarded. Imagine that? The critics claim waterboarding doesn't work.
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CIA pressure methods also include sleep deprivation, exposure to hot and cold, stress techniques such as kneeling for a long time, good cop-bad cop interrogation of the kind practiced in the average American police precinct. This is the liberal view of "degrading" and "cruel" if you interpret those words in the most expansive manner. Anyone who has been in the military has certainly experienced being under these circumstances. Taking children in Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts on long hikes or participating in summer and winter events would subject adults to accusations of inflicting "torture" on our children if we relied on the above methods.
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Should we stop sending missiles into suspected al Qaeda hideouts since the end result is blowing "human beings" to tiny bits? Senator McCain is opening pandora's box, there would be no end to what would be considered warfare versus torture versus interrogation. Mr. McCain is providing political fodder for critiques of the Bush Administration who have no interest in fighting terrorism, only destroying a presidency.
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In the real world the ticking bomb exists. In the beltway and liberal closets hypocrisy is the prime reason to ignore ideas that would prevent American soil to become the staging ground for terrorists who want only one thing, our demise.

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Monday, December 12, 2005

Gen. Wesley Clark Taking Advice from Muslim Academia

General Wesley Clark, retired and former Presidential candidate is busy giving unsolicited advice on succeeding in Iraq and the Middle East. First, his advice during wartime is misguided and politically motivated without sound military strategy. Clark was a Republican before the Chameleon became a Democrat. He was for the war before it was self-serving to become a Democrat. In fact, Wesley Clark flip-flops as much as John Kerry and we wonder how FoxNews can invite this guy onto the air waves for his opinions and as a "military analyst."
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"The American approach shows little sense of Middle Eastern history and politics. As one prominent Kuwaiti academic explained to me, in the Muslim world the best way to deal with your enemies has always been to assimilate them - you never succeed in killing them all, and by trying to do so you just make more enemies. Instead, you must woo them to rejoin society and the government. Military pressure should be used in a calibrated way, to help in the wooing" Clark recently wrote in the N.Y. Times.
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Clark states it's difficult to argue with this critique. The retired General criticizes President Bush's tactics knowing the war strategy is developed at the highest levels of the U.S. Military. What many have forgot is the Clinton administration removed Clark from the Balkans because they didn't agree with his military strategy. Maybe it was because he traded military hats with a Serbian General and now war criminal, Ratko Mladic for a photo opportunity.
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Clark mimics the strategies now in place on how to fight insurgents as if it's his own. However, he runs off the road by suggesting on the one hand the current strategy is working, but then suggests we should negotiate with Iraqi insurgents. He spends his free time second guessing Iraqi's who are writing the new constitution and how the military is staging the current war on terrorism
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The Wall Street Journal states, "former NATO Commander and once-and-future Democratic Presidential hopeful Wesley Clark, whose recent counsel was for Mr. Bush to invite Syria and Iran to help us in Iraq. Just how the U.S. is supposed to win over Tehran's mullahs without conceding them a nuclear weapon, or Syria's Assad clique without letting it return to dominate Lebanon, Mr. Clark doesn't say."
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Wesley Clark is retired, he served his country, we could only hope he continues to serve by staying silent and stop second guessing the current U.S. Military experts. If he wishes to play Monday morning quarterback, it would be safer to join a fantasy football forum and leave fighting the war on terror to the real experts, not Presidential wannabes. Clark has now become an embarrassment, a dangerous one at that.

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Sunday, December 11, 2005

Retreat and Defeat Is Not An Option

The Democrats believe we need to "cut and run" from Iraq, in the fashion of the Vietnam War, where Democrat, Lyndon B. Johnson sent 500,000 ground troops and attempted to operate a war plan from the White House. His miserable failure was apparent and the disaster moved into the Nixon Administration.
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Democrats did a fantastic job of making Vietnam, "Nixon's War", taking virtually no blame for starting the war itself, mismanaging it into complete chaos and then siding with the SDS, Weatherman and Haight/Ashbury Hippies, only to leave in disgrace and dishonor the fallen soldiers and airmen as well as returning troops.
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The prominent theme in the streets was that fighting men and women were the disgrace, with the likes of John Kerry and Jane Fonda sympathetic to the Viet Cong and Communist regime of North Vietnam.
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Now Howard Dean and the pathetic left of Kennedy, Boxer, Pelosi, Reid, Kerry et al are waging another campaign to leave Iraq, quit the war on terror and call the progress in the Middle East a failure. The biggest single issue is the effect this is having on troop morale and their ability to have the courage to fight the enemy when they have diminishing support at home. When support is lacking on the home front the resolve to fight disappears and we do begin to fail. This is what our enemy is counting on, lack of American resolve. Our military deserves better and politically motivated politicians need to tread lightly.
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The Republicans have a response via video advertising depicting a waving white flag and Howard Dean, Barbara Boxer and John Kerry all making infamous speeches, which they are now denying as being misquoted.
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It's difficult to determine who the biggest disgrace is, Howard Dean or John Kerry. They are both over the top in their suggestions that America is wrong and our troops are "terrorizing" innocent civilians. John Kerry is demonstrating why he was guilty of treason, anti-military and certainly no war hero. Ultimately, Kerry is a complete disgrace to anyone wearing the uniform representing the United States of America. Howard Dean is a psychopath with a huge anger problem, all based on disseminating false information and harmful rhetoric.
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It's politics, irresponsible, and dangerous. During these public diatribes the left has a common response, "But we support the troops." They want it both ways, screaming for complete withdrawal and abandoning the mission while claiming to support the troops. The left is anti-military and gutless, their speeches aren't being misquoted, liberals are suffering denial while they continue as a constant reminder they are liars who will go to any lengths in an attempt to strengthen themselves politically, even at the peril of our military.
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Our soldiers are watching, our enemies are too!
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Watch the Video...Retreat and Defeat

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Thursday, December 08, 2005

A Very Beazley Christmas Is Here!

It Christmas time and Barney Productions has produced another Holiday Classic!

Watch the newest Barney Cam! Barney learns to share the spotlight with his sister, Miss Beazley, during her first Christmas at the White House.

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Iran President Changes His Mind on Israel

A few weeks ago Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called for Israel to be wiped off the face of the earth. He repeated his view and said the Jewish state is a "tumor." Well we're making progress, Ahmadinejad recognizes Israel as a state.
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"Now that you believe the Jews were oppressed, why should the Palestinian Muslims have to pay the price?" the hardline president asked in an interview with Iran's Arabic-language satellite channel, Al-Alam.
xxx "Why did you come to give a piece of Islamic land and the territory of the Palestinian people to them?
xxx "You oppressed them, so give a part of Europe to the Zionist regime so they can establish any government they want. We would support it," he said, according to a transcript of his original Farsi-language comments given to AFP.
xxx "So, Germany and Austria, come and give one, two or any number of your provinces to the Zionist regime so they can create a country there which all of Europe will support and the problem will be solved at its root," he said.
xxx "Why do they insist on imposing themselves on other powers and creating a tumour so there is always tension and conflict?"
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"Is it not true that European countries insist that they committed a Jewish genocide? They say that Hitler burned millions of Jews in furnaces ... and exiled them," Ahmadinejad told Al-Alam.
xxx "Then because the Jews have been oppressed during the Second World War, therefore they (the Europeans) have to support the occupying regime of Qods (Jerusalem). We do not accept this," he said.
xxx He also noted that European countries "believe in this so much and are so determined that any researcher who denies it (the Holocaust) with historical evidence is dealt with in a most harsh way and sent to prison."
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Official Iranian media frequently carry sympathetic interviews with Holocaust revisionist historians -- who attempt to establish that the number of Jews killed by the Nazis was wildly exaggerated. Iran refuses to recognise Israel.
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Brought to you with the help of the Jimmy Carter foreign policy.

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Attic Knave of The Day!

Senator Russ Feingold (D-WI)
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House and Senate negotiators reached an agreement Thursday to extend the USA Patriot Act, the government's premier anti-terrorism law, before it expires at the end of the month. But a Democratic senator threatened a filibuster to block the compromise.
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Let's not skip Mr. Feingolds colleagues from both sides of the aisle. Other senators are Republicans Larry Craig of Idaho, John Sununu of New Hampshire and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Democrats Dick Durbin of Illinois and Ken Salazar of Colorado.
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Anyone in agreement with Dick Durbin (D-IL), who claims our troops are Nazi's and Abu Grabib is the standard of our military, the other's sanity becomes highly questionable.
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Source: Associate Press

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U.Conn Liberal Students are Typical

Conservative writer and columnist Ann Coulter had to cut her speech short at the University of Connecticut because of abrasive and unruly students who claim her speeches are hate filled. Apparantly these people don't pay much attention to current events and the hated filled rhetoric coming from the left in the U.S. Senate and House.
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In her speech at UConn, Coulter called Bill Clinton an "executive buffoon" who won the presidency only because Ross Perot took 19 percent of the vote. She called California Sen. Barbara Boxer a good candidate for the Democrats because "she is a woman and she's learning disabled."
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Is this hate, political satire or a mix combining Coulter's conservative opinion? When liberals don't like something they lay on the floor, kick and scream like spoiled brats. It's typical of comments I receive on this blog, insults based on misrepresented information and ignoring facts. When I respond to these left-wing nuts they finally go away because they lack the intellect to responsibly debate using the truth without their constant whining. They disengage themselves because they can't discuss topics based on material facts.
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One protestor at U. Conn has a major in journalism and social welfare. Wasn't welfare reform accomplished in the "Contract with America" and the new Republican congress in the 90's? How could anyone benefit majoring in that? Mix it in with journalism and we have the main stream media.
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Protesting is a right, so is civil disobedience. Being uninformed while making accusations that are false is irresponsible. It's a Liberal thing!
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Free Speech Run Amuck!

A large blindfolded Santa hanging from a noose in a high tree in a man's yard has angered homeowners in a Florida neighborhood. Homeowner Ron Stroia at his home located on 555 West 50th Street in Miami Beach put up the Santa doll, which neighborhood children can easily see. The Santa also has his hands and legs bound by some type of wire. One can only wonder what makes a person like Mr. Stroia tick. No question if he is naughty or nice!

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U.S. Economy In House of Representatives Grip

Today the House of Representatives votes for a two-year extension to the tax cuts of capital gains and dividend taxes, keeping them at a mere 15%. If they vote nay, the cuts end in 2008 and the bustling economy may start to sink. The process may start immediately. The Senate passed a tax bill but lacked the intestinal fortitude and vision to include capital gains and dividend tax extensions within in it.
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The original tax cuts provided the following to the U.S. economy:
  • Stock market has risen by about $4 trillion in value, and an estimated 40% of that gain is directly attributable to increases in the after-tax return on equities. Household net wealth has climbed by $10 trillion.
  • Business investment is up nearly 25% in the last 30 months.
  • Dividend payments to shareholders has doubled in two years. The cumulative impact of the tax cuts and the higher dividend payments has put $100 billion into the pockets of America's investor class.
  • Employment is up 4.4 million and real GDP growth has averaged 4% since 2003. Today's unemployment rate of 5% means there are now roughly one million more Americans working than were projected before the tax cut.
  • There was a $120 billion reduction in the budget deficit in 2005. Receipts were up by $55 billion above projections in 2004; $122 billion above projections in 2005; and are already running well ahead of projections so far in fiscal 2006 (which began in October).
  • States and localities are now running hefty budget surpluses, reversing years of red ink and service cutbacks.

It is predicted that all 218 Republican votes are needed or the Democrats and the new tax and spend GOP representatives will aid in sinking the Bush economy, which grew from the ashes of the Clinton/Gore recession. We'll bring the update later and can only hope House Republicans have the leadership needed to get the necessary work of congress done to ensure a healthy and vibrant U.S. economic engine.

Data Source: Wall Street Journal

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Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Attic Quote of The Day!

"By bringing the fight to a Muslim land, by making that land the central front of the war on Islamic terrorism, the United States has effectively forced Muslim terrorists to kill Muslim civilians.
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That is why the so-called Arab street is rising--not against us but against the terrorists, as we saw in Jordan after Zarqawi's disastrous hotel bombing. The population of the Islamic world is choosing sides not between jihadists and Westerners, but between jihadists and people just like themselves.
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We are, slowly but surely, converting bin Laden's war into a civil war--and that is a war bin Laden and his followers cannot hope to win."
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~ William Stunzt
Harvard Law Professor

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Religious Zealots Should Backoff!

This month, as in every December since he took office, President Bush sent out cards with a generic end-of-the-year message, wishing 1.4 million of his close friends and supporters a happy "holiday season."
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"This clearly demonstrates that the Bush administration has suffered a loss of will and that they have capitulated to the worst elements in our culture," said William A. Donohue, president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights.
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Mr. Donahue should pay more attention to pedophilia in the high ranks of his church, and their failure to properly conduct themselves. While children were violated and the "church" went into hundreds of years of cover-up and denial, Donahue worries about the White House's generic, holiday greeting cards.
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Bush "claims to be a born-again, evangelical Christian. But he sure doesn't act like one," said Joseph Farah, editor of the conservative Web site WorldNetDaily.com. "I threw out my White House card as soon as I got it." He should have gone out a window with the card, he's obviously disturbed!
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We understand Christmas is about the birth of Christ, but in American culture it means spirit, gift giving, family and believing. We suggest these off beat zealots get a copy of the "Polar Express", get back into the spirit of the holiday, get out of politics and get into the total spirit of the holiday's which includes everyone.
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Source: MSNBC.com

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Christmas Day Church Closings

This Christmas, no prayers will be said in several megachurches around the country. Even though the holiday falls this year on a Sunday, when churches normally host thousands for worship, pastors are canceling services, anticipating low attendance on what they call a family day.
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It's our opinion these supermarkets of "religion" under the guise of big bucks should simply close down altogether. Along with the TV evangelicals in their Armani suits prancing like Santa's reindeer across the stage exploiting thousands for their last dollar, these megachurches serve one purpose, riches under the unbrella of non-profit organizations. If a church doesn't have services on a Sunday, including Christmas day, they are a fraud!
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Source: FoxNews

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Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Today's Athlete

I don't watch much televised sports anymore and here is a quote that says it all: ccc

"I'm not sure that an athlete is prepared to be a role model. He has a lot of attention paid to him that he shouldn't have, and then the athletes tend to think of themselves as better than they are."
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~ Coach Bob Knight
November 1988

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Scooter Libby Scandal That Never Happened

While main stream media and liberals everywhere were busy indicting Scooter Libby for more than "possibly" lying or perjury, they insisted a cover-up existed that threatened national security.
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It was bunk then and bunk now. Dow Jones and Co. filed suit to have federal prosecuter Patrick Fitzgerald requesting that a federal appeals court unseal eight pages of redacted information used to justify throwing Judith Miller of the New York Times into jail last summer.
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The Wall Street Journal reports "Mr. Fitzgerald's filing is revealing about the limited nature of his prosecution. Most notably, he more or less concedes that the information in the eight redacted pages is all related to contradictory testimony (hence the charges of perjury and obstruction of justice), not to any deep government secrets. He even notes that none of the redacted material is still classified. So much for the media and partisan speculations that this scandal was about a great national security cover-up."
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The conclusion is no crime was committed in leaking Valerie Plame's name, or any other classified information, to the media. This didn't stop Reid, Pelosi, Kennedy, Durbin et al from making false accusations and attempting to incriminate the whole Bush administration and demanding Karl Rove's head on a plate.
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Partisan bickering and disagreement on policy is one thing, but questioning a well investigated 9/11 and Iraq War, which the left-wing politicians voted to support, the real liars are front and center at the podium in congress making false accusations based on much less then hearsay. The liberal rhetoric is based on hate mongering and their own alienation from the Constitutional right to protect American soil from terrorism.

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Monday, December 05, 2005

Free Advice for Louisiana Dunces

Milton Friedman, the 1976 Nobel Laureate in economics, and senior research fellow at the Hoover Institution, has some sound and free advice for Louisiana in their post-Katrina opportunity:
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New Orleans schools were failing for the same reason that schools are failing in other large cities, because the schools are owned and operated by the government. Government decides what is to be produced and who is to consume its products, generally assigning students to schools by their residence. The only recourse of dissatisfied parents is to change their residence or give up the government subsidy and pay for their children's schooling twice, once in taxes and once in tuition. This top-down organization works no better in the U.S. than it did in the Soviet Union or East Germany.
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Rather than simply rebuild the destroyed schools, Louisiana, which has taken over the New Orleans school system, should take this opportunity to empower the consumers, i.e., the students, by providing parents with vouchers of substantial size, say three-quarters of per-pupil spending in government schools, usable only for educational expenses. Parents would then be free to choose the schooling they considered best for their children. This would introduce competition, which is missing from the present system. It would be a move to a bottom-up organization, which has proved so successful in the rest of our society.
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Unions to the contrary, the reform would achieve the purposes of Louisiana far better than the present system. The state's objective is the education of its children, not the construction of buildings or the running of schools. Those are means not ends. The state's objective would be better served by a competitive educational market than by a government monopoly. Producers of educational services would compete to attract students. Parents, empowered by the voucher, would have a wide range to choose from. As in other industries, such a competitive free market would lead to improvements in quality and reductions in cost.
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If, by a political miracle, Louisiana could overcome the opposition of the unions and enact universal vouchers, it would not only serve itself, it would also render a service to the rest of the country by providing a large scale example of what the market can do for education when permitted to operate.
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We doubt the politicians have the intellect to understand this nor the intestinal fortitude to get it done.
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Kudos to New York Judge

NEW YORK----The New York Civil Liberties Union plans an immediate appeal of federal Judge Richard Berman's decision Friday declaring the NYPD's subway bag search policy constitutional.
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The NYCLU challenged the program as a violation of Fourth Amendment rights. Police officers have searched the personal belongings of hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers since instituting the policy July 21 with plans to continue the policy indefinitely. The NYCLU contends that this unprecedented invasion of the privacy rights of New Yorkers cannot be justified by the program's questionable security benefits.
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"Because the threat of terrorism is great, and the consequences of unpreparedness may be catastrophic, it would seem foolish not to rely upon those qualified persons in the best position to know," declared Judge Berman.
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Thank goodness for common sense on the part of Judge Berman. We can only hope the appeals courts will demonstrate the same and shun the ACLU and NYCLU in their effort to ignore the realities of today's terrorist society.
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A little bit of rationale may go a long way to preventing innocent blood being spattered all over the NY subway system.
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