Tuesday, January 31, 2006

The End Of The World Is Near: Altio Confirmed

Justice Samuel Alito was confirmed to the US Supreme Court today.

Lost in all the hysteria surrounding the appointment of Alito is the fact the court still leans left.

With Justices like: John Paul Stevens, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Anthony Kennedy, and David Souter this is far from the apocalypse the Democrats have predicted.

But, oh those liberals sure know how to pander to the useful idiots...rhetoric and fear. Screw the truth.

The USS Iowa In Drag...Or Brokeback Battleship

After deciding not to harbor the Navy battleship, USS Iowa, as a museum last year it seems San Francisco is now reconsidering bringing the Iowa to it's city as a gay tourist attraction. It seems the change of heart is do the desire to be able to tell the story of the gay, lesbian and transgendered troops in the military. And oh, what a story it would be...

Can't you just picture it now...a floating battleship museum with a full vaudevillian style musical revue complete with a lavish peacock style costumes and fancy attire? I can only imagine the interior decorating possibilities of color coordinating with the beautiful shades of gray adorned all over the USS Iowa.

Or wait, I have a better idea...lets just torpedo it now and preserve the grace and dignity of the men who served on the Iowa.

In A Word's State Of The Union Magic 8 Ball

Will President Bush present a positive outlook for America, while outlining the problems (along with offering solutions to the problems) the nation still faces during his State Of The Union address?

[vigorously shakes the Magic 8 Ball]

"As I See It, Yes"

Will Democrats make fools of themselves while completely bashing our economy, the hard work of our soldiers in Iraq and generally providing a dreary outlook on life in America during their rebuttal of The State Of The Union Speech?

[gently shakes the Magic 8 Ball, in a politically correct way, as to not upset the Magic 8 Ball]

"It Is Decidedly So"

Odds And Ends

Barack Obama might want to stop trying to straddle fences with he legs so far apart next time, because he might start walking funny. It seems Obama thinks a filibuster on Judge Alito would have been a good idea, but at the same time he doesn't believe Democrats made a convincing case to the American public they [the senate Democrats] should be able to filibuster Alito's confirmation.


Hell, Ted Kennedy was close to tears yesterday wanting to know why we are in such a hurry to confirm Alito? Why? Because it has been almost two months since Bush announced Alito as a nominee. Believe me, Ted, if you haven't found any dirt that sticks with the American public by now, you aren't going to find any. Pssst...Ted...in case you didn't know...the Supreme Court nomination process isn't suppose to be a political campaign, which is what the Democrats truly want more time for and you know it.

Besides, a Supreme Court shift to the ideological right just puts the high court more in balance with the average American instead of the radical left. It is time to get off the political fringes.

The War Is Always Greener On The Other Side

Although we are currently fighting a war, it seems the American public has a new blood thirsty love affair with Iran. Recently released polls shows American's are in favor of military actions on Iran.

The irony, of course, is the reasoning for military action is because of the possibility of Iran possessing weapons of mass destruction. It is my understanding, because of the tantrums by the Democratic party, that we could not possibly start another war under the pretense of WMDs. Because what happens if we march to Tehran and find no nuclear weapons? I don't think I can handle another round of Democrat hindsight telling me how this is "the wrong war at the wrong time," even though they supported it in the beginning.

Oh yeah, the public is for a war with Iran now, but what about when a sexy North Korean dictator walks by us with his come "hither look" and his perky ICBMs?

Besides, I say we let Israel handle Iran...they won't let a little political correctness stand in their way of completely wiping Iran off the face of the earth with their superior fire power. And if for some reason Israel is unable to stop Iran, it might be time for Germany, France or Russia to own up to some worldwide responsibility...of course they would have to stop doing lucrative business with the Iranians first.

Monday, January 30, 2006

Just The Facts, M'am

Rosanna Arquette, Hollywood mega-star of such blockbusters as Desperately Seeking Susan, is hoping Hillary Clinton will star in a documentary on PMS.

It's it people...that's all I got.

Sometimes I just give you the news and you have to make up the jokes.

The Space Time Continuum Is Starting To Rupture

A new ABC News poll shows that American's believe the country should go in the direction the Democrats want to go. Now if the Democrats could just figure out what what direction they want the country to go...

To be honest, I find this latest ABC poll to be like that scene from Spaceballs where Col. Sanders and Dark Helmet are discussing "when will then be to be now?" after watching a video tape of themselves watching a video of themselves watching a video...

Whatever are the Democrats to do now? Usually the Democrats turn to the polls for their opinions, now the polls are asking them to lead.

"Crap, can someone over at ABC News please do a public opinion poll on what American's believe they believe to be the Democrats' direction for our country?"

Othewise we will be caught in an endless loop of "polls show America wants Dems to lead" and "Dems looks to polls to see what America wants.."

Sunday, January 29, 2006

I Am Conservative, But I Am Not That Conservative

From the world of campaign promises gone a little too far, Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi has made a pledge of sexual abstinence for 2 1/2 months leading up to their April elections.

To quote the rather fidgety and edgy Berlusconi during an exchange with clergyman Rev. Massimiliano Pusceddu:
Pusceddu, praised the premier for what he described as a defense of family values and promised that his followers would support the conservative leader because "if the left wins it will be the moral end for this country."

"Let me give you my blessing," the priest was quoted as saying.

Berlusconi replied, smiling, according to Il Giornale: "Dear Father Massimiliano. I thank you a lot. I will try to meet your expectations, and I promise from now on, 2 1/2 months of absolute sexual abstinence, until April 9."


While I commend Mr. Berlusconi for his attention to core values, however sexual abstinence between a husband and his wife is a tad overboard. The degradation of values in the world is certainly not predicated by strong, loving marriages. In fact, I believe it would be the exact opposite, too few committed, monogamous relationships.

A few parting thoughts:
1. Win or lose, April 9th will be one hell of day in Berlusconi household if he keeps his promise.
2. If sexual abstinence becomes a popular campaign platform, I am here to tell I will never run for office. Period. You can probably count former President Clinton out also [hell, being the President of the United States was his best pick up line], however Hillary would probably still continue to run...[cue rim shot]

To: Joel Stein Or Anyone Else Not Supporting Our Troops

Watch this video clip and try not to get choked up...

Until We Meet Again

...And yes I had tears.

(h/t The Mind of IrishWalsh)

Saturday, January 28, 2006

Fools On Parade

Here is a partial list of Democrat Senators supporting a filibuster on the Alito confirmation: [also known as the 13 most liberal Senators in America]
  1. Barbara Boxer (D- CA)
  2. Dianne Feinstein (D- CA)
  3. Christopher J. Dodd (D- CT)
  4. Richard J. Durbin (D- IL)
  5. John F. Kerry (D- MA)
  6. Edward M. Kennedy (D- MA)
  7. Paul S. Sarbanes (D- MD)
  8. Debbie A. Stabenow (D- MI)
  9. Harry Reid (D- NV)
  10. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D- NY)
  11. Charles Schumer (D- NY)
  12. Ron Wyden (D- OR)
  13. Russell D. Feingold (D- WI)

Massachusetts' Senators Once Again Trying To Force Their Will On The Rest Of The Nation

Say it with me Democrats...the word is minority.

Minority (noun): the lesser number, opposition to majority [the bigger number]

Why do I bring up the word "minority?" Well, it seems a couple ultra liberal senators from Massachusetts have come to the conclusion that they speak for the rest of the nation.
"We can't afford to see the court's swing vote, Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, replaced with a far-right ideologue like Samuel Alito," Sen. John Kerry said in a released statement.

And speaking of out of whack "ideologues"...

"This is a vote of a generation and a test of conscience," Sen Ted Kennedy also said in a statement. "Judge Alito does not share the values of equality and justice that make this country strong. He does not deserve a place on the highest court of the land."
Not that I am questioning Kennedy and Kerry's motives or their ability to see a great legal genius when it place before their eyes but consider this assessment for the American Bar Association:
"Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito has been given the American Bar Association's highest rating for professional stature and integrity, an important political legal barometer"--unanimous vote of the 15-member committee
What the hell are the Democrats looking for? Can someone please explain to me what will appease the Democrats in the way of a Supreme Court justice? Don't forget the American Bar Association's rating was held as the gold standard by Democrats in opposing Supreme Court nominee Robert Bork during the Reagan administration. What changed? Oh, yeah...the fact the America Bar Association supports Alito's appointment and it didn't support Bork. Got it.

Oh, what the hell, since Democrats are married to opinion polls lets just look at the pulse of the nation and see what average Americans have to say [you know, instead of speaking for them]:
"A majority of Americans said the Senate should confirm federal appellate judge Samuel Alito's nomination to the Supreme Court, with just 30 percent opposing his confirmation, according to a poll released Monday." CNN/USA Today/Gallup survey
Of course, as I have said before the only poll I care about is the one where we went into a little booth and voted. The citizens of this country knew what was on the line when we voted in the 2004 Presidential elections, and "majority of Americans" spoke loud and clear that Bush was the person to be trusted with shaping the new look of the Supreme Court. I find the Democrats opposition to Alito's appointment on the Supreme Court to be about two years too late...or basically on par with the way they run their party.

And for the love of God, will someone in Democratic Party please muzzle the failed Presidential candidate and the drunken manslaughterer from Massachusetts? Is it any wonder why Democrats are the minority?

Friday, January 27, 2006

Iowa Road Trip 1.27.2006

I find reading the Iowa Blogs to be very insightful. One reason is because though I am opinionated, I just can't get worked up over some the issues facing Iowa communities. So, being able to read a fellow Iowan's take on current events here in Iowa is always appreciated. Case in point:

Tusk & Talon: "
You Gotta Wonder..."The guys over at Tusk & Talon take issue with Des Moines Register columnist, Mrs. Rekha Basu, over her stance against a new Iowa City Wal-Mart being built on land sold to Wal-Mart by the city:
Iowa City must be stealing people's homes to do this, right. Maybe condemning large tracts of land in a largely minority part of town. Nope. Nothing like that is mentioned.Well, the town council must just be giving it to Wal-Mart. Nope. It's being sold to them.Hmmm...so, it must be some sort of sweetheart deal. Only if you consider a pricetag of $147,000 per acre a sweetheart deal.
The only part of the post I take issue with is the part where he attacks small businesses:
"Wal-Mart doesn't pay well. Well, Grandma's Ice Cream and Soda Fountain doesn't either. Starting jobs are just that: starting jobs. It doesn't matter whether you are working a cash register at Wal-Mart or a strip mall pet store, you'll make bupkus. At least at Wal-Mart, if you hang around for more than six months, you'll probably get a raise. And, if you hang around for a couple of years, you can become a manager in charge of a team of eight or ten people. Try getting that management experience at Ye Olde Small Town Cobbler 'cause you'll have to rub out Ye Olde Cobbler himself to get it."
I am, on the other hand, a small business owner. I make exactly the same money I was making 5 years ago when I opened my business. Why? Because, to me it is more important to try and keep my employees happy so I can grow my business and get out from underneath my debt load. I am a realist. I understand the retail industry isn't going to make all my employees rich. However, I strive to provide a fun, clean and safe environment to work in, while at the same time providing wages on par with my competitors. To that end our turnover rate is basically zero and those that do leave tend to return looking for their jobs back.

Of course, understand when I say "basically zero" I mean we have a very, very very low turnover % and a number which the Wal-Marts and Mc Donald's of the world could only dream of hitting.I have a lot of respect for my employees, and it is my experience that is worth quite a bit to some people. If for no other reason than to be able to say they don't work at a Wal-Mart.

Homercles - Space Monkey:
It is called a "hudna"

Homercles response to the media hype surrounding the new greatest hits tape from Osama Bin Laden?

Is Osama running in '08? He's sure got the Dem talking points down.
Of course, that is funny because it is true.Side note: As a new relatively new blogger and as someone who was not around when Homercles first started, can I get an explanation behind the Homercles: Space Monkey title?

The Mind of Irish Walsh:
A Liberal Rant Worth Reading?!?

While I chose a more direct frontal attack on Joel Stein the LA Times columnist who came out against supporting our troops, Mr. Irish Walsh took a more compassionate approach:
To be honest I kind of appreciate the man’s honesty because I have become sick and tired of people like John Kerry and Howard Dean saying how much the support our troops but...they hate everything they are doing in Iraq. Its like those idiots who comment on Conservative Blogs and start out their liberal rant with “Now, I am a registered Republican but…“I am a Conservative but…” and then proceed to tell us the most anti-conservative views possible.
Of course, Mr."I am the biggest Floggin' Molly fan in Des Moines" can't help himself to at least one jab at Joel:
Thank you for that Joel, and thank you for not being a "but" monkey…now go take a shower and learn to respect those who fight and die to keep you safe ya damned liberal silver spoon sucking hippy!
To be honest, Walsh had me a little worried until that last quote.

So, there you have it folks a brief road trip around Iowa. To be honest the news must have been slow this week, because the blogs seemed a little quiet. Oh well, Kennedy or Kerry is sure to say something stupid during the Alito confirmation vote and of course we live in a state covered by the Des Moines Register, so I am positive the blogs will be a tad more active next week.

Thursday, January 26, 2006

Picture Of The Day: Ebony and Ivory, Livin' Together In Perfect Harmony

As you can see by the expression on Jesse's face, he is clearly unhappy with Cindy's monopoly of the media attention at a rally they were both attending. Poor Jesse, just another example of the white women keepin' the black man down.

Breaking News: New York Times Urges Filibuster For Alito Confirmation. In Other News The World Is Still Found To Be Round

The New York Time's is calling for a filibuster on the nomination of Justice Samuel Alito to a lifetime position on the US Supreme Court. When did the process of choosing a new judge revolve around the single issue of Roe Vs. Wade?

The myopic liberals would have you believe the single most pressing legal issue facing this country is keeping abortion legal. The Time's even whines about Alito supporting the law of the land:
At the Judiciary Committee hearings, the judge followed the well-worn path to confirmation, which has the nominee offer up only the most boring statements and unarguable truisms: the president is not above the law; diversity in college student bodies is a good thing.
Ah yes, the "boring statements" of truth. Why we would want Alito to focus on the truth is beyond my comprehension. Lie, lie, lie...as I always say. Oh, wait, I don't really say that at all. Don't forget this is the same paper that supported Ruth Bader Ginsburg and her prostitution is a consensual act between two adults [or three depanding on how your barn door swings] and how bigamy is constitutional.

In the entire proceedings leading up to the confirmation of Alito, there has been no proof that he will work outside the context of the Constitution. In fact, if anything, Alito believes in a strict interpretation of the Constitution. You know the one where the founding fathers never mentioned abortion. Of course, having a Supreme Court justice that follows the letter of the law is bad...especially if it contradicts your political agenda.

Let me state right now, if the Democrats decide to filibuster Alito and somehow win, Bush should give them an even more conservative judge with his next nominee:

"You don't like Alito, how about this nominee who has shown to be extremely conservative. Oh, and if you don't like that nominee I have gotten about a hundred more judges that are more conservative than him just wanting for the chance at a seat on the Supreme Court. I can keep this up as long as you would like..."

Republicans showed a great ability to compromise on Ruth Vader Ginsburg, it now time for the Democrats to yield to the will of the American people who voted the conservative party into power and approve Alito's seat on the high court.

Oh, yeah and don't throw any public opinion polls at me about how a majority of people surveyed in a Gallop poll say they are for abortion rights. The only poll I care about is the one where we went into a little booth to cast our votes.

May I direct the Democrats to the political scoreboard:

White House: Republican
House of Representatives: Republican
Senate: Republican

Shut up and vote. The country doesn't need another filibuster where Ted Kennedy stands around and talks about nothing for hours on end...I already get that everyday from the DNC.

Howard The Duck

Howard Dean spent the better part of his interview this morning on NBC's The Today Show not answering the questions presented to him by Katie Couric. To be completely fair, Ms. Couric must have been under a trance this morning, because instead of her usual softball questions she lobs to liberal guests she actually attacked and one point cut off Howard because he was ducking too many of her questions.

So, for those of you that don't have the stomach to sit through even a few minutes of The Today Show, In A Word is here for you with a brief synopsis:

Katie Couric's Legs
: Mr. Dean, if it is determined the NSA wiretappings are illegal, what other means of tracking the terrorists do the Democrats have to offer?

Howard the Duck
: Well Katie, we aren't the party currently in power so frankly we don't have to present a position on that.

Katie Couric's Legs: Can you offer America the Democrat's top five priorities?

Howard the Duck: If we regain power I can tell you we will address:
  • 1st: Why there is always about 15 unpopped kernels of microwave popcorn in a bag? This is a huge waste that the Republican government continues to ignore.
  • 2nd: A federal investigation into the canceling of NBC's the West Wing.
  • 3rd: The creation of Hugo Chavez Day as a federal holiday.
  • 4th: And finally helping more old ladies cross the street than ever before!
Katie Couric's Legs: Um, you forgot to list your fifth priority.

Howard the Duck: Democrats did not take one nickel for Jack Abramoff. Not one Nickel! Arrrghhh!

The interview ended with Howard the Duck trying to click his red wing tips together and continuing to chant "Democrats did not take one nickel, Democrats did not take one nickel, Democrats did not take one nickel."

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Harry Belafonte Has Chosen The Sword He Wishes To Die On

Harry Belafonte just doesn't know when to shut up: [quotes taken from a interview between Belafonte and Wolf Blitzer]
BLITZER: The new Gestapo. You know, those are powerful words, calling an agency of the U.S. government, the Department of Homeland Security with, what, about 300,000 federal employees, the new Gestapo. Do you want to take that back?

BELAFONTE: No, not really. I stand by my remarks. I am very much aware of what this has provoked in our national community. And I welcome the opportunity for us to begin to have a dialogue that goes other than where we've been having one up until now. People feel that I talk in extremes. But if you look at what's happening to American citizens, a lot is going on in the extreme.
We've taken citizens from this country without the right to be charged, without being told what they're taken for, we've spirited them out of this country, taken them to far away places and reports come back with some consistency that they are being tortured, that they're not being told what they've done. And even some who have been released have come back and testified to this fact.

BLITZER: But let me interrupt for a second. Are you familiar -- and I'm sure you are, because you're an intelligent man -- what the Gestapo did to the Jews in World War II?

BELAFONTE: Absolutely.
So, let me get this straight, Belafonte "absolutely" understands what the Gestapo did to the Jews in World War II, but yet he still believes the Department of Homeland Security to be the modern day version on it.


And the reason the Department of Homeland Security hasn't made Mr. Belafonte "disappear" the way the Gestapo made Jew citizens just "disappear" is because they are really big fans of the "Banana Boat Song?"

I believe Harry has, in fact, proven himself wrong by still being able to practice freedom of speech while running around our country and other countries openly criticizing America and our current President. Strangely enough, I am don't recall reading very much about those who opposed Hitler and the Gestapo...oh right...that's because they were killed. But, then again, maybe I don't "absolutely" understand the Gestapo quite like Mr. Belafonte.

The Bush Administration's Case On NSA Wiretapping

Here is a transcript of Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales' speech detailing the Bush administrations reasons to wiretap terrorists.

It is a must read if you like to think for yourself and draw your own conclusions.

However, if you like your thoughts spoon feed to you, may I suggest this link.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Worried About Traffic Jams During Parades For Returing GIs, LA Times Columnist Urges America Not To Support Our Troops

The bravest man in America today is Joel Stein [pictured]. He wrote an editorial piece for the Los Angeles Times in which he states he does not support our troops. And while the rage wells up inside me, I am struck by the sheer naivete of such a statement. Joel is enjoying his freedom of speech and expression while at the same time turning his back on the troops who fight to protect his freedom to be an opinionated pacifist.

As I see Joel, he is conflicted. Frayed by the fissures that are expanding in his ideological foundation. He is frustrated and feels powerless. Instead of focusing on his problems internally, he decides to attack everyone else. I have pulled a few quotes from Joel's article to illustrate my point:
"Besides, those little yellow ribbons aren't really for the troops [speaking about how Americans show support by placing magnets on their cars]. The real purpose of those ribbons is to ease some of the guilt we feel for voting to send them to war and then making absolutely no sacrifices other than enduring two Wolf Blitzer shows a day. "
The sarcasm is a nice touch, but a bit out of place. I would like the Joels and Cindy Sheehans of the world to stop speaking for me and the majority of the citizens in America. Don't tell me why I have a ribbon and certainly don't tell why I feel the way I do. As a pacifist, Joel, you could never understand the absolute blind faith and devotion I place on our troops. There is no higher calling, in my belief, than serving your country in the armed forces.

Joel goes on to say:
"I understand the guilt. We know we're sending recruits to do our dirty work, and we want to seem grateful."
It isn't a want to "seem" grateful, Joel. I truly am grateful. However, I am sure you do understand the guilt, Joel. Lets be honest, when you talk about guilt you certainly aren't speaking for me [even though you tired]. You are speaking about yourself. You must have a pretty bloated image of yourself to truly believe you know how the rest of nation feels about the war and the troops. Are you a poll whore, Joel? Are you the type of person who gets up and reads the daily polls and believes that a survey of 500 people actually conveys the true feelings of the 300,000,000 people living in the United States? Just so we are straight on this point, Joel, a poll only represents 0.0000000000000001% of the entire population in America. Not exactly conclusive is it?
But blaming the president is a little too easy. The truth is that people who pull triggers are ultimately responsible, whether they're following orders or not. An army of people making individual moral choices may be inefficient, but an army of people ignoring their morality is horrifying. An army of people ignoring their morality, by the way, is also Jack Abramoff's pet name for the House of Representatives.
Oh, nice dig with the Abramoff reference...way to stay on topic. The question that begs to be answered after a statement like that is: when it war O.K.? Was World War I, World War II, the Civil War, or hell even the American Revolution worth fighting? According to Joel you could add Kosovo to the list. Kosovo? Don't get me wrong here, I was for action in Kosovo, but I am here to tell if it was right to fight in Kosovo then it was sure as hell fine to remove Saddam Hussein from power. Genocide is genocide, Joel, and wrong no matter where is occurs. I guess if you want to judge the war in Iraq merely on the issue of WMDs, then I suppose there is an argument that it is actually the wrong war to be fighting. I, on the other hand, never cared whether we actually found the WMDs, it was completely besides the point for me. In fact, if you take all the political posturing and rhetoric out of the current war debate, the merits of waging war in Iraq actually rank pretty high among the all the wars America has fought.

As the article continues, Joel's position and train of thought begin to unravel as he is unable to make a clear argument. As a defense to his position he starts to add more and more sarcasm.
"But when you volunteer for the U.S. military, you pretty much know you're not going to be fending off invasions from Mexico and Canada. So you're willingly signing up to be a fighting tool of American imperialism, for better or worse.

"I do sympathize with people who joined up to protect our country, especially after 9/11, and were tricked into fighting in Iraq. I get mad when I'm tricked into clicking on a pop-up ad, so I can only imagine how they feel."
Did I miss something? Um, last time I checked our troops were making compassionate pleas to lawmakers to allow them to finish the job in Iraq. We have a very proud armed forces, Joel, and don't for one second believe the lessons of Vietnam are lost on them. If you want to doubt the reasons for being in Iraq; feel free. However, do not take your anti-war stance and project that onto our soldiers. You have absolutely no right to make those assumptions.

As I finish this post, let me say this, I appreciate your candor Mr. Stein. You finally vocalized how the left actually feels, but was too sacred to publicly say it.

Monday, January 23, 2006

What? Can You Explain That In English Next Time?

I grabbed this quote off of the Daily Kos, and I thought maybe we could play a little game? So, without further ado...

In A Word presents the new game "everyone* is talking about:" [* stands for the entire staff of In A Word, minus any contributors]

Say That Again?

Turning The Tables By DarkSyde taken from The Daily Kos

The modern GOP is a precarious alliance between moderate, sane, conservatives, corporate interests understandably focused on short term profits, and a fundamentalist mob whose social policies poll anywhere between unpopular to repugnant among the majority of Americans.

The moderates are the official face set forth in PR efforts, the corporate interests drive the money, and like in any feudal system, the cultish masses provide the votes and do the grassroots work. But there's a glaring weakness: Expose that extremist base for what it is, flip that rock over to illuminate the ugly squatting trolls hiding underneath, and it's game over folks. Here's one way to go about doing that, and in all fairness we should thank the GOP shills on Cable News and all across the blogosphere for bringing it our attention and warming up the soundbite for us so nicely.
In all fairness, that is the entire post. I deleted nothing.

Here is my take, and feel free to post your comments also:

There are trolls; ugly ones. They live under rocks. If you flip the rock over, then it illuminates the trolls who must have some translucent coating. Once you have flipped the rock over then it is time to watch cable TV while laying on your couch eating a snack of warmed up Soundbites. Tasty.

Of course, what goes unexplained by Dark Syde, is what happens to the little pillbugs under the rock with the trolls? You know the cute little insects that roll up into a ball when anyone attacks them? What happens to the libera - I mean pillbugs?

"Time" For A Little Story About Nothing, That May Turn Into A Story About Something At A Later Date When We Have More Information

Time.com is reporting that it has seen photos of President Bush standing near Jack Abramoff. That's right, Bush is seen standing near Abramoff during what looks like a holiday party or staff level meetings. The story even states that President Bush is caught in tens of thousands of these types of photos every year. Why are these particular photos important? Hell, if I know...Time.com doesn't even know. However, in the name of good journalism they wanted you, the American public, to know that they have looked at a couple of snap shots. Real edge of your seat stuff here...

There are several reasons why this story humors me. First, Time.com isn't going to be publishing the photos due to the fact the unknown source [why is it always an unknown source?] has refused to sell them [at least not until a better offer is received]. So, what we have here is a story about a reporter supposedly looking at photos with both Bush and Abramoff in them from an unknown owner of the photos who wishes to remain anonymous.

That reminds me. Have I ever told, you the readers, about the time I took a photo of what appeared to be a flying saucer. I no longer have the photo, however it could have been proof that E.T.s exist. Of course, it could also have been the fading rays of the sun reflecting off a pond on to the underside of a Cessna 185, however to make it relevant to this post, I really believe it was probably a UFO.

In its' incessant race to be the first media source to help the Democrats establish a friendship link between Bush and Abramoff, Time.com has resorted to printing articles talking about one of its' staff members looking pictures that no one else gets to see. It is laughable that we are expected to read a story that describes looking at pictures. I am pretty sure that is why pictures exist, so I don't have to take Time.com's word for it and I can look at the damn picture myself. I get droopy eyed just thinking about political meetings, so an article about looking at pictures from a political get together is almost enough to induce a coma. Add in an unknown source for the photos and you have yourself a bonafide story about nothing.

I smell a Pulitzer for Time.com...

Sunday, January 22, 2006

Holy Over-Reaction, Batman!

The liberal "wingnutosphere is having vapors" over Chris Matthews comparing Michael Moore to Osama Bin Laden.

Why does everyone keep picking on Michael? Stop it! Stop it! Don't make me hold my breathe and stomp my feet.

Ever notice how every time someone on the right puts their foot in their month, the left starts screaming for heads to roll and the need for apologies? However, whenever one of their "people" says something asinine like...I don't know...I am thinking off the top of my head here..."the House of Representatives is being run like a plantation" they label it has healthy political discourse.

The liberal left is so blinded by their hysterical rhetoric that they are unable to see their own...say it with me Democrats...

H - Y - P - O - C - R - A - S - Y

What's My Line?

Lets play a little game of "He said what?!?" See if you can correctly guess the author of this quote:
This man said his life's mission has been this: "If not ending, at least slowing down the American Empire. At least injuring the beast. It's causing so much suffering around the world."
Unless you have been paying attention to the news lately concerning Osama Bin Laden's Book of Month Club, then you have probably have never heard of William Blum. He was referenced by Bin Laden as the must read author of "Rogue State."
"I think bin Laden shares that view [Blum's reasons why terrorist keep picking on America], and that is why I'm not repulsed by his embrace of my book, because that is one of my major themes," Blum said.
How could Blum be repulsed? I mean his book has jumped from 200,000 and something to 26 on Amazon.com order list. He just won the terrorist lottery. Bin Laden likes you, he really likes you. Congratulations.

Ask In A Word

Dear Ask In A Word (as taken from the comments section of the post -- Treachery: A Spiritual Journey To Manhood),

How dare you suggest that fellow Americans of a different political persuasion of your want to bring down the US! I am a registered Conservative and I know many Democrats who have srved with honor! But make exception for the Republicons in power who don't provide adequate body armor for our troops and a president who has lied about everything and let bin Laden get away, and has not done anything to control gas prices because he says he can't but Ford and Carter did! Nor does he protect our borders, because he wants cheap labor!

I am with you, Todd.

It is the Republicans who are depraved, crooked, amoral, incompetent, and treasonous to the ideals of this great country.The Bush Administration has just received Ds and Fs for its dismal handling of security measures. Our ports, bridges, tunnels, chemical and nuclear plants are woefully unprotected against terrorist attacks. Bush has let Bin Laden get away. Instead of focusing the vast resources given him by the taxpayer to get that monster and dismantle Al Qaeda, he embarked on a war with Iraq under false pretense. As someone who is a true conservative, as opposed to a right-wing radical, I am also appalled at the lack of fiscal responsibility of this government. And I am outraged at this government intrusion into our homes and lives

Devil's Adovcate
He will never be released because he witnessed torture and genocide perpetrated by American troops and operatives. He ain't getting out of anywhere.
Resisting the authoritarian impulses of the mouth breathing reactionary right gives life to the dream of seeing some Bircher-Klan types' heads explode. It's not like Reagan and Bush I weren't in bed with these same bad actors, selling them stinger missiles, trading arms for hostages and the timely release of same on inauguration night (quelle coincidence!). Rummy has even shook hands with Saddam, but I bet he doesn't answer his e-mails now, huh?
This is your government on drugs. And booze. And hubris

I will answer each writer in the order I received the comments...

Dear Todd,

Perhaps you misread my post, I was not saying that just because John Walker Lindh has a different political outlook than myself that he was "looking to bring down the US." I said I believe he is a traitor because he held arms against our troops and our country. There is freedom of speech and then there is actually traveling to another country and fighting alongside a terrorist regime "looking to bring down the US." If you are having a hard time with the word "treason," may I direct you here. You also said you were a registered "conservative." Yes, I know you are...you and every other liberal who troll conservative websites to post comments. I, on the other hand, am registered Republican. I don't believe I had the option of choosing liberal, neutral or conservative when I filled out my voter's registration card, but then you would know that too, if you are registered to vote.

Dear Devil's Advocate,

I realize in choosing an annonymous title like "Devil's Advocate" makes it sound that you are going to present some insightful counterpoint to my original post, but you don't. However, as with most liberals [oh, I am sorry you also claim to be conservative, my bad] these days, you get completely off topic. The post was about John Walker Lindh. It was not about Bush's grades on port security or even about letting Bin Laden get away. In fact, you even bring up the war in Iraq. What? I was talking about a single man and his transgressions against our country. This is pretty simple stuff here. My I refer you to the top of my blog. There, at the top, is a "search this blog" button. Find a post of mine relevant to your rant and comment there. Trust me it will make more sense.

Dear Boing!!!!!!!!!,

Mr. Kerry? Is that you, John?

I really hate to make fun of you Mr. Boing!!!!!!, because you waxed so eloquently on my blog:
"Resisting the authoritarian impulses of the mouth breathing reactionary right gives life to the dream of seeing some Bircher-Klan types' heads explode."
That was beautiful, man...please pass me a Kleenex.


I would also like to take this moment to also thank the Dauo Report @ salon.com for listing In A Word on his
site. These last few days have been educational to say the least. I appreciated the traffic and the discourse, however to be honest I just didn't expect to find so many Lindh supporters. Eh, you live you learn...

In A Word's Cordless Power Tool Of The Week:

Harry Belafonte.

"We've come to this dark time in which the new Gestapo of Homeland Security lurks here, where citizens are having their rights suspended," Belafonte said in a speech to the annual meeting of the Arts Presenters Members Conference in New York.

"You can be arrested and not charged. You can be arrested and have no right to counsel," said Belafonte.

Belafonte's remarks on Saturday _ part of a 45-minute speech on the role of the arts in a politically changing world _ were greeted with a roaring standing ovation from an audience which included singer Peter Yarrow of the folk group Peter, Paul and Mary, and members of the arts community from several dozen countries.

This would mark the second time in last few weeks Mr. Belafonte has made anti-Bush comments while traveling in an another country. Huh? You say New York is located in the United States? Oh, right it just seems like another country sometimes, especially when reading the NY Times. My bad...

I just hope no one tells Mr. Belafonte that the average American citizen doesn't even know who the hell Harry Belafonte is (and much less give a damn about what he has to say), because I personally like watching him make an ass of himself. It is just like a car accident, you just can't help but look.

Of course, for those of you that do actually remember who Harry Belafonte is, it begs the question: do you care what he has to say?

I thought not.

Saturday, January 21, 2006

It Is Time For The Prodigal Son To Return Home

Fred Hoiberg, one of Iowa State University's all time greatest basketball players [hell, he was probably the best football player we had at the time too, he just didn't play], is considering returning to the NBA even with a pacemaker. The Mayor all most died last year when, at the last moment, they found he had an aneurysm in his aoritic root. It is a condition that would have been fatal if he had continued to play basketball for the Minnesota Timberwolves.

I know Fred is competitive, having watched practically all of his college games while he was a Cyclone. However, here's hoping common sense prevails. Fred has a wife and twin children. Basketball just isn't important when compared to family, especially not T'wolves basketball.

Besides it's long overdue and it's time for the Mayor to return to Ames and coach his beloved 'Clones. As far as the Cyclones already having a coach in Wayne Morgan...don't kid yourself...the moment Fred says he wants to come home is the same moment Morgan becomes the coach of the Ames High Little Cyclones. Of course, the shock of losing his job would take awhile to register with Morgan just like it takes half the game for him to read an opponent's offense or defense.

The View - Skewed

Once again celebrities like to prove over and over again they really shouldn't be allowed to think for themselves. The whole process of putting ideas together so they form a clear, concise and informed statements is really hard when you have been wallowing in liberal agendas and multi-million dollar contracts for too long.

The View co-host, Star Jones, is the latest in a string of celebrities to compare our President to mass murderer and world public enemy number one, Osama Bin Laden. Obviously, it is no longer required by etiquette to hold the office of the Presidency with respect. In today's world [at least according to celebrities] if you disagree ideologically you have every right to personally attack the sitting President. Of course, what the common sense challenged world of two-bit celebrities with a bloated sense of self importance, doesn't understand is that when you attack someone like President Bush you are also attacking someone like me. So, essentially you are attacking half of the US population. But, I digress...

Consider these asinine statements [my comments in brackets]:

"I won't trust him, but anything that gives me the opportunity to seek peace, I would at least check it out. [Just so we understand her, Star Jones would negotiate with terrorists. Yes, it would seem she really is that stupid]

"People make deals with the devil all the time. We make deals with people we don't like," she said. [For instance, Star's marriage...]

"You don't negotiate with terrorists," said Elisabeth Hasselbeck, the show's youngest host [Youngest and most intelligent].

"You don't negotiate," Jones interrupted, "but I do think you figure out when there is a solution that's diplomatic that doesn't result in [loss of] human life.

"What do we have to lose to check it out?" Star said.

"You know what?" she then added, "At some point, one of these men has to put it back in his pants and zip up the zipper at some point." [Riiiiight, Bush is merely in a pissing contest with a known terrorist. It isn't like Bin Laden killed thousands of people on 9/11 or anything]

"This isn't somebody whipping it out," shot co-host Meredith Vieira.

"You know what, I'm a little tired of posturing back and forth," Jones replied. [I am not entirely sure if she was speaking about Bush and Bin Laden or her cost hosts on the View...]
Star Jones should be fired. Period. Or at the very least issue an apology. However, if it is an apology it must contain the line: "I am a stupid celebrity who's wealth has blinded me to common sense."

Friday, January 20, 2006

NSA Wiretapping Gone Horribly Wrong Part II

If the following conversation between two unaware callers isn't proof the Bush administration has gone too far in its' wiretapping program, then frankly I don't know what it will take to convince some of you wingnuts that the President Bush is out of control.


H. Clinton: Hello, Mrs. and Mr. Hillary Clinton's Residence.
Caller: Heyyyyy, baaaaabbyy
H. Clinton: Denzel is that you?
Caller: No, babe..it's me Al.
H. Clinton: Roker?
Caller: Roker? Hell, no it's me Al Sharpton.
H. Clinton: Oh, right. What is with the forced deep voice? Are you trying to channel Barry White again?
A. Sharpton: Well, actually I was kinda wondering if we could play plantation again, but this time I was hoping you could be the slave.
H. Clinton: This is a booty call? I think you have the wrong Clinton and I sure as hell don't ever play the slave.
A. Sharpton: Don't play me, especially after what we shared.
H. Clinton: I told you to never mention that again, I was clearly on the rebound after that whole Flowers thing. It nearly cost me the Presidency.
A. Sharpton: Come on baby, maybe I could "take you down to the chocolate city where the Al is..."
H. Clinton: Spare me the serenade and present me with one good reason why I should give you a Lewinsky?
A. Sharpton: I am your black knight who came riding to the rescue when you made that the raciss "plantation" remark, remember?
H. Clinton: Oh, haven't you heard? Barack Obama also come to my aid. And no offense Al, but it is better if I associate with him over you, if you know what I am saying. Politically speaking of course.
A. Sharpton: Oh, baby why you gots to be so col-


Treachery: A Spiritual Journey To Manhood

Surprise, surprise. It seems after spending some time in jail, the American Taliban and traitor, John Walker Lindh, would like President Bush to grant him clemency. To that end, his dad has taken to the airwaves and the media looking for support:
"In simple terms, this is the story of a decent and honorable young man embarked on a spiritual quest," said Frank Lindh, swallowing back tears at times during a speech at the Commonwealth Club, a nonprofit organization.
Ah, yes a "spiritual quest." What we have here is just another story of a confused teenager trying to "find himself." Yeah, he was fighting with our enemies, but really is it that much different than going off to college, drinking a ton of beer, smoking a little pot, trying to make it with a sorority chick, changing majors three times before deciding on liberal arts, and joining the campus branch of the young Democrats club? The fact that he took arms against our troops is no different then going to your first pro-abortion rally or attending an Iowa State Cyclone's game with "Huck the Fawkeyes" painted on your chest.

Little Johnny was just expressing himself. What's the harm in a little treachery? [huge doses of sarcasm implied]

Spare me the sob stories, Frank. Your son should hang. Some mistakes can't be undone with the "spiritual journey" defense. Next time try teaching your son to love his country, despite all of our flaws. It really is a great country, regardless of what the Democrats want you to believe. You didn't see me fighting against our troops in Crapistan during the Clinton administration. Why? Because no matter how whacked, stupid, and perverted I think the left has become, being an American is still a hell of a lot better than standing up and being counted with someone like Bin Laden.

Iowa Road Trip 1.20.2006

What were other Iowa Blogs talking about this week?


The GOP wants you to host a State Of The Union party, Laura W. has fun with the idea...
Well, I thought about doing this, but the balloon symmetry on the party collage put me off.And the fact that the GOP is offering a "GOP House Party Planning Packet." What does it have in it, Tom Delay Livestrong bracelets and coupons for non-alcoholic beer from your local Exxon station?
The Mind Of Irish Walsh - The Times is at it again...

Walsh and I both love a liberal portion of irony to go with our daily news. It is becoming a real bitch for the mainstream media; the truth seems to be getting in the way...a lot.

Walsh comments on the pictures that were removed from the NY Times website after it was revealed they were incorrectly labeled:
Once again the bloggers have to be America’’s watchdogs and babysit the media because it was a writer at American Thinker that exposed the fact that the picture shows not the remains of an American missile used to strike the homes but an unexploded artillery shell from way back before American Forces began targeting Taliban and Al Qaeda. Whoopsy!
How many times have you heard a mainstream media outlets attack a blogger's integrity and truth. I wonder if the Times has ever heard the saying: "Those who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones?"

The Mind Of Irish Walsh - "Assumption Assumption what's your function?"

In keeping with the theme of attacking the liberal media, Walsh decides to put the knife in a little deeper and twist. Here is some of the U2/Notre Dame lovin' Irishman's rants:
While we were waiting for DNA tests to be finished in the Pakistan missile strikes against Al-Qaeda the mainstream media told us at every opportunity that the airstrikes had failed. Apparently they are so far ahead of the information curve that they knew the results before the Department of Defense, amazing. /sarcasm
Of course we later learned the attacks were quite successful, so Walsh continues:
"I had to laugh at CBS's Bob Schiefer a few minute ago when he started out his newscast with "It appears last week's missile strike in Pakistan was successful afterall.

"Remember Bob, to assume you make an ass out of you and...er....well just you"
Oh, and Walsh may not be a Fighting Irish and "Zooropa" fan...I was just playing up the stereotype. I hear he does like Guinness and "The Quite Man" though.

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Do As I Say, Not As I Do

The New York Times has reported yet another cover up by the Clinton administration:
After the longest independent counsel investigation in history, the prosecutor in the case of former Housing Secretary Henry G. Cisneros is finally closing his operation with a scathing report accusing Clinton administration officials of thwarting an inquiry into whether Mr. Cisneros evaded paying income taxes.
Why is this important? Hell, if I know, but I do know this...it was Bush's fault.

Of course, when Hillary Clinton called the Bush administration "one of the worst" in history earlier this week, she obviously views the transgressions of her husband's administration the same way she viewed his infidelity--O.K. as long as it doesn't interfere with her ambitions.

Don't worry about Mr. Cisneros though...he was already pardoned by former President Clinton. Whew.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

NSA Wiretapping Gone Horribly Wrong

In A Word has uncovered a disturbing phone conversation caught through the NSA's secret wiretappings. As much as I hate to admit this, if this is the type of calls the NSA is monitoring, then I am with the Democrats; the wire tappings need to stop!


S. Alito: Hello, Alito residence.
Caller: Um...a hi-ya Sammy.
S. Alito: I am sorry, but who I am speaking with?
Caller: Um...come on Sammy don't play coy, it's me, Teddy.
S. Alito: Mr. Senat-
T. Kennedy: Now, now Sam we don't need to use the formalities such as Senator. We are much to close for that.
S. Alito: Uh, Mr. Kenne-
T. Kennedy: No, no, no. Call me Teddy...
S. Alito: O.K., Teddy, is there something I can help you with?
T. Kennedy: Well, I missed talking to you today. I...um...thought maybe we shared something special last week?
S. Alito: Whatever made you think we shared something special?
T.Kennedy: I kinda thought we were playing the hard to get game...
S. Alito: I assume you have been drinking?
T. Kennedy: Of course I have been drinking, but don't be mad at me. If it annoys you I will try and change.
S.Alito: Senator, I believe I should hang up the phone now and let you sleep off the gin induced affection you seem to be experiencing towards me.
T. Kennedy: No, please don't go, I promise to make sure our relationship doesn't get "weird."
S. Alito: ....
T. Kennedy: ....
T. Kennedy: It just got weird, didn't it?


When Politicians Try To Make Jokes...

In A Word Political Insider has made an impassioned plea to lawmakers to enact stiff laws in an attempt to curb the rampant epidemic of politicians trying to make jokes and puns. We simply can not allow our elected officials to continue their assault on all things that are funny.

Consider this quote from New York Rep. Gregory Meeks who on Wednesday defended Hillary Clinton and her asinine "plantation" quote.

"There was no race card played here. If any card was played here it was a joker, because that's who seems to be running the House right now if you look at the leadership," said Meeks, a black Democrat.

"If any card was played here is was a joker." Oh, stop...please...you're killing me.

"If any card was played...a joker;" boy howdy that is a hoot. Oh, wait he was being serious? Holy crap, now it is funny.

Sharpton Defends His Ho

Al Sharpton comes to the rescue of the egg-faced former first lady, Hillary Clinton and her stupid "plantation" quote:

"I absolutely defend her saying it because I said it all through the '04 elections," Sharpton told the New York Daily News on Tuesday.

"Any time you have a situation where, because of seniority and cloakroom politics, the bosses make the decisions - that's tatamount to [a] plantation," he insisted.

Well, I am certainly happy we got Al "the black racist" Sharpton's opinion, because I was on the edge of my seat wondering which side of the fence he was going to be on.

For further clarification, In A Word has issued this public service announcement: please understand neither Blacks or Democrats can be racist, only white, Republicans and their Uncle Tom friends.

**Oh yeah, and ten bucks says I get called a racist due to the "Ho" headline. I can see it now "youza raciss, In A Word, a raciss..."

Families Untied For Our Troops And Their Mission

Yesterday, buried on the second page in the Metro section of the Des Moines Register was a story about Iowa Families United For Our Troops. I bring this up for two reasons. The first of which is to shed some light on this great organization.

About Iowa Families United For Our Troops:
Families United for Our Troops and Their Mission is a not-for-profit 501(c)(4) organization. We are a grassroots coalition of Gold Star families, veterans, families with loved ones in harm's way, and Americans who share a deep appreciation for our men and women in uniform and support them in their efforts to make America safer by winning the War On Terror.

Collectively we will ensure that the sacrifices our courageous warriors have made are not in vain, and that the heroic soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines who have been charged with such a vital mission will be given the support they need to complete their mission. The members of our organization know well why these brave individuals choose to serve. We know that these humble Americans leave their homes and loved ones with the knowledge that they are making the world a safer place. And we know that these dedicated service members are committed, first and foremost, to seeing their mission through to completion.

Families United for Our Troops and Their Mission provides a means for our Gold Star Families, who have lost loved ones in the defense of our nation, to find solace in each other's company, and know that many others share their love, admiration and support for our armed forces. We want all the friends and families of our troops to know that we share their vision of finishing the incredibly vital task at hand and look forward to welcoming them home when the inevitable victory is achieved.

To our heroic military men and women, and their families, we offer a humble and especially sincere, "Thank You."

What We Believe

Families United for Our Troops and Their Mission has four basic principles. They are:

  1. The United States was attacked. On September 11, 2001, our nation was victim to an unprovoked attack by al-Qaeda terrorists. This horrific assault was the capstone of a series of al-Qaeda terrorist attacks on our country: the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Towers, the 1998 bombing of our U.S. Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, and the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole. Our President and government leaders were right to defend our nation by aggressively pursuing the terrorists who took refuge in Afghanistan and Iraq.

  2. Our troops want to finish the job. Our all-volunteer Armed Services are comprised of brave men and women who believe in their mission, trust in their leadership, and strongly want to finish the job in Afghanistan and Iraq before leaving - and that means leaving behind self-governing democracies that can defend themselves.

  3. Democracy abroad is necessary for our security at home. Democracy can and will work in the Middle East. Iraqis and Afghans want to govern themselves and their twin successes will serve as the keystone for a more democratic, more peaceful world.

  4. We will not be safe until the terrorists are defeated. If we do not finish the job in Afghanistan and Iraq, terrorists will be strengthened and will eventually bring the fight to us here in the United States.

What We Do

Families United for Our Troops and Their Mission was founded by Major Chuck Larson in the summer of 2005 after his return from a year's service in Iraq. Families United for Our Troops and Their Mission helped organize 30 events across the country in fall 2005, with our marquee event on September 24 in Washington, DC with 45 Gold Star families participating. We continue to expand our team by reaching out to more Gold Star families, War on Terror veterans, Veteran Service Organizations, and community partners. Our goals:

1. Support the troops. Ensure that the troops will be given the support they need to complete their mission.

2. Act as a network. Provide a means through state chapter organizations and state and national events for our members to find solace in each other's company.

3. Promote our service members' good work. Actively work to get the good news out by participating in media interviews and writing guest opinions; joining others at events to highlight the accomplishments of our soldiers; and sponsoring advertisements to ensure that the public knows everything our military is doing to defend us and to help people abroad.

Although anyone can join Families United who believes in our four principles, our organization expressly seeks to recruit War on Terror veterans, Blue Star and Gold Star families, all Armed Service veterans and Veteran Service Organizations, and community leaders and organizations.

Make sure you also read their blog.

Alright, second reason for this post is to rip on the Des Moines Register. Why was United Families buried inside the second page of the Metro section of Des Moines Rag? Are you guessing there was too much pressing news on the front page to warrant a cover story? Here is a rundown of the grossly important news items of Tuesday, January 17, 2005 as compiled by the editors of the DSM Rag:

  • Metal Thieves Hit Metro Construction Sites: Owww, a real page turner. Guess what? The price of metal is so high right now, thieves are taking to pulling the wires out of homes underconstruction just to harvest them for the copper. Scintillating.
  • American Idol Mania: Hey, didja know Fox has this really popular show called "American Idol" and the Rag's numb-nut columnists Erin "the President still needs to apologize for the hinterlands remark" Crawford and Kyle "the best music CD of the year is some band that you have never heard of because I know more about music than you" Munson will be live blogging it. I nearly wet my pants inanticipation.
  • And finally the news story "everyone is talking about," Taste, safety trump cutting sodium: This was the lead story of the day do to its' location in the upper right hand column of the front page. This news-editorial story is just another example of how the Register keeps earning its' title of "liberal rag" on a daily basis [by leading off everyday with opinion and not the facts]:
    Making food more healthful is a waste of time if people won't eat it.

    That's what the Bush administration essentially decided in scrapping a decade-old plan to tighten limits on the sodium content of foods labeled "healthy."
That right people, the Bush administration hates the American public so much they have resorted to poisoning the population with salt.

So we have come to my problem with the Rag: Cindy Sheehan is schizophrenic, media whore who runs around the country saying vile things about the President and war her son wanted to fight, but the second other Gold Star families want to make their voices heard in the media we regulate them to an afterthought on the second page of the Metro section.

Lets face it folks [according to the Des Moines Register], the story of United Families deserves to be next to articles about drug dealers and wife beaters, because these Gold Star families certainly have something wrong with them if they aren't bashing the President and his illegitimate war. I mean, come on, it was started by a Republican for crying out...

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

As Heard On The Playground Political Theater: "I Am Rubber, You're Glue, Whatever You Say Is..Um...Stupid (er...Something Like That)"

In the world of Daily Kos, two wrongs do make a right:

Apparently, the wingnutosphere has the vapors because Hillary used the word "plantation" to describe the GOP-led congress.

Too bad for them Google exists. Too bad for them Atrios and Aravosis used it:

If Hillary needs to apologize for using the word "plantation" to describe the GOP, I can't wait for the media to now demand apologies from:

To summarize the Daily BS' argument, Hillary is not wrong for using the word plantation, because look, all these other people said it also. Nanny, nanny, boo-boo [sticks tongue out].

According to the Daily BS, a democrat can never make a mistake, because somewhere in the US a Republican is also making a mistake.

Hey, Kos I dare you to defend the Democrats and their transgressions on merit, instead of always whining about what the Republicans are doing.

I triple dog dare ya!

Blah, Blah, Blah, Bush Lied, Blah, Blah, Blah

Yesterday during an event honoring Maritn Luther King, Al Gore made this speech:
"Blah blah blah b-blah blah, blah b-blah blah blah blah. Bush lied blah blah blah blah blab. Blah blab b-b-blah blah blah blah worst President ever blah blah. Blah blah blah blah blah broke the law blah blah blah blah."
And as if he had almost forgotten who the event was honoring after 15 minutes of Bush bashing, Gore added this:
"Blah, blah blah blah Dr. King once said perhaps a new spirit is rising among us blah blah blah Bush lied blah blah blah blah."
Of course, the speech fit perfectly into festivities of honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. However, I am not exactly sure how, but I am confident there was a correlation between how he suppose to be praising a great American and instead was critizing the President. Oh well, the Democrats will tell me what to think later today, I'll just wait for my opinion until then...

A Little Hypocrisy To Go With Your Breakfast This Morning

Ever wonder why Democrats can say or make racial slurs without political fallout? Why Democrats can have a Senator who was once a ranking Klu Klux Klan member, but a Republican gets in trouble for praising a retiring Senator who was once held a pro-segregation stance? Ever wonder why Martin Luther King day has gone from celebrating his amazing achievements in the area of civil rights for America, to a day where Democrats and black leaders rush to microphones to make speeches that further racially divide America?

The answer is hypocrisy, and it allowed to exist by average Americans everyday.

Yesterday New Orleans' bumbling mayor, Ray Nagin, made these comments:
"Surely He [God] doesn't approve of us being in Iraq under false pretenses."
And carpetbagger Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY) followed later in the day with this gem:
"“When you look at the way the House of Representatives has been run, it has been run like a plantation and you know what I'm talking about..."
I would like to know how when Pat Robertson starts talking about the wrath of God, the left goes into a complete tizzy, however an incompetent Democrat mayor, from an embattle part of the nation, can make those type of remarks with little or no backlash? [And believe I am not defending Robertson, I am pointing out the inconsistencies]

I would also like to know how a liberal Senator, of a state she never lived in until she was elected to serve it, can make hateful comments that insinuate the Republican controlled House of Representatives is running the country like pre-Civil War era slave owning plantation?

What the fuck!

Hey, Democrats do Martin Luther King a favor next year, wait one friggin' day and then start in with your hate filled rhetoric. Next year could we please celebrate greatness that surrounded Rev. King, instead of using the day as a political theater to push your myopic agenda? Martin Luther King deserves a day of honor [truth be told, he deserves a lot more than a day], and he certainly deserves day void of Democrat hate filled sound bites.

Hell, even a white,racist Republican such as myself can see that...[sarcasm emphasized]

Monday, January 16, 2006

I Just Couldn't Leave Well Enough Alone...

In A Word recently reported that Senator Ted Kennedy [D-MA] was publishing a children's book entitled: "My Senator and Me: A Dog's-Eye View of Washington, D.C"

In an exclusive announcement by Kennedy's publisher, In A Word has learned of a companion book to be released alongside "My Senator and Me:"

"My Dead and Bloated Corpse and Me: A Bass'-Eye View of a Chappaquiddick Lake" by Mary Jo Kopechne. The protagonist in the book is a drunk bass fish named "Manslaughter."

I know, I know...I said "make your own jokes," but anyone that has been to this blog more than once knows I can't pass up an opportunity to make fun of Teddy.

Dirty Little Secret

I must confess I have been secretly reading the Daily Kos. I was hoping to learn about the positions on the left side of the political spectrum. The Daily Kos is a hugely popular web blog with millions of readers a month, so I figured there must be fairly intelligent discussions on the site. I don't necessarily admit my mistakes, however my take on the Daily Kos was way off.

The Daily Kos is a like an elementary school playground shouting match without all the cleaver wit. I have been scouring the posts from the main author, Markos Moulitsas ZĂșniga, for a sign of intelligence and have found nothing profound. I have, on the other hand, found pages and pages of childish prattle. Is this the best the left has to offer?

Consider this disconnected thought from the Daily Kos [in response to another blog by Andrew Sullivan]:
What idiots like Sullivan don't understand is that institutions like MoveOn and Daily Kos are a reaction to the Right Wing's tactics for the past 20 years. We are a reaction to the politics of personal destruction pioneered by the right's Clinton-hating brigades, the vile and corrosive rhetoric of Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter, and company, and the politics of demonization which the Right practices against blacks, immigrants, and gays.

But when someone on the left fights back, it's the end of the fucking world.

I understand that it was easier for right-wing hacks to ply their trash when liberals unilaterally disarmed and took it with nary a peep. I understand they pine for those days when the best we could offer in rebuttal was Alan Colmes.

But they created the environment we now play in. They wanted a "culture war", an ideological fight, a partisan rumble in which only one side brought guns to the game. Those days are over.

They don't like it, they only have themselves to blame. Andrew Sullivan included.

Huh? So the Daily Kos is "a reaction to the politics of personal destruction" by the right? Hell, I am an institution created by Clinton. I was very much a Democrat in 1992 and even voted for Clinton [obviously a low point in my life...but college does weird things to people]. The main reason I am a conservative today is because of President Clinton. Demagogues like Markos Moulitsas ZĂșniga like to demonize President Bush, however the irony comes when they defend Clinton. If you want to win brownie points with the rest of the nation, try letting Clinton just twist on rope for awhile [figuratively speaking, of course] and stop defending him as a great President. Every post on Daily Kos is a bitch session, with no solutions to any of the problems facing the country. Yeah, I got it, Kos; the left is great at telling us what is wrong, who we should hate, why wiretapping terrorists is a bad idea, etc. Any solutions? [crickets chirping] I didn't think so...

Of course, that is what the Daily Kos exists for isn't it? It is an outlet of hate, masked in "political discourse." The Daily Kos can point and scream about the "politics of demonization" by the right, but the second that argument gets thrown back in their face, they start trying to justify their own hatred and demonizing. However, the joke is on the Daily Kos...he is no different then the people he hates. He just can't see it, because like a bigot, he is blind to his own warped views.

Sunday, January 15, 2006

I Reject Your Reality And Substitute My Own...

Having fun at the expense of liberal blogs is always an entertaining diversion, so I figured why not quote a left leaning blog [and when I say "left leaning,"I mean leaning so far left he has toppled over] and see if their is any humor to be squeezed out.

DrewMiller.net has come to the rescue [such as it is] of Tom Harkin as it relates to the Abramoff scandal:
Guess what though - Harkin didn't take ANY money at all from Abramoff. Not a single Democrat did. Even so, Harkin is giving the money back.
Wow, Tom Harkin is such a great man, that even though he didn't take any money from Abramoff, he is "giving the money back." Ew, so sorry...I guess there was no humor in that quote. Just a sad, sad commentary on how the world works through the eyes of liberal.

Just so Mr. Drew Miller doesn't think I can't back up my sarcasm, here is a link from Capital Eye [the same site Drew uses in his to exonerate Harkin of any wrong doing] detailing some of the money Harkin never received, but is going to be giving back. Of course, we [Miller and I] were looking for two different things weren't we? However, in the end, the truth remains Harkin received money from Abramoff through his connections or his associates. Any argument to the contrary is just spin.

Saturday, January 14, 2006

Iowa Road Trip 1.14.2006

Time for the lazy blogger's favorite type of post...steal quotes from other blogs and present them on my blog. It is a brainless activity that is right up my alley...

Mainstream Iowan: What Is The Abramoff Tom Harkin Connection.
The National Republican Senatorial Committee said Wednesday that 40 of 45 members of the Senate Democrat Caucus have taken money from lobbyist Jack Abramoff, his associates and Indian tribe clients.

Among those named by the NRSC as the worst examples of "Democrat hypocrisy" for taking money from Abramoff and his associates are: Sen. Byron Dorgan, (D-N.D.) who received at least $79,300; Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), who received at least $45,750;
Of course, what the Mainstream Iowan doesn't understand [sarcasm] is that is fine to take money from Abramoff [according to Democrat logic] as long as it is funneled through another source or comes directly from the parties Abramoff represents. The post on Mainstream Iowan also has nice list of other Democrats that have "taken" money from Abramoff.

Tusk & Talon: Blogger Bash

Last summer, we tasked Joe from the Roth CPA Tax Update with hosting the next blogger bash.

And Joe has come through. He's just announced the date, time, and location of the next blogger bash.

Date: Saturday, February 4, 2006
Location: Raccoon River Brewing Company in downtown Des Moines.
Time: Approximately 7:00 PM.

Be there or be square.
It would be fun to put a face to some of the blogs I frequent. However, I feel like I would be the illegitimate stepchild among people that actually know what they are doing. I am on the fence as to whether or not to attend.

Iowa Voice: Liberal Blogs Sayings Alito's Wife Faked Crying
Nothing is genuine to these people....except their "compassion" to the downtrodden, of course.
I wrote a piece about liberal blogs saying Alito's wife faked her crying during some down time at work. The irony is I had no way of knowing whether or not the liberal blogs were actually talking about Alito's wife or not [as I had no access to the internet]. Turns out I was right. The left is so sad and predictable. Someday I hope they share their knowledge on how to know what is "genuine" and what is fake when it comes to people's emotions. Oh wait, I think I got it figured out... it is real if the people are Democrats and fake if they are Republicans.


In a news item that proves that reality is pulling itself apart, Senator Ted Kennedy [shown with his girlfriend] has published a children's book entitled: "My Senator and Me: A Dog's-Eye View of Washington, D.C"

The protagonist in the story? Teddy's Portuguese Water Dog named Splash.

That's it people, I will leave you to fill in all the jokes. And believe me there are a lot of jokes to be made on this one...