I LIKE BUSH
Not, I still like Bush,
because that implies
that I may not at some point,
which is bull.
I like Bush.
I don't say it enough.
I used to qualify my statement
by saying that
I don't always agree with him,
which is true.
But then I don't agree
with any person 100%.
So, from now on,
I like Bush.
LoanCat sent me this link: My Heros Have Always Been Cowboys
THERE'S NO LAW AGAINST BEING STOOPID
Texas Songbird has posted some hilarious stories about Moron Criminal Masterminds: It has been another hard week for the shady side of the street, as criminal masterminds around the world have learned much to their chagrin.
Afer reading them, I hauled out my file called OOPS! in which I had saved clippings detailing stupidity. Here are a few.
8 Measure twice, or you'll only jump once: Fatal Bungee Leap
8 Another use for sauerkraut: Woman, 80, drowns in freak accident
8 What moron authorized a $98,000 refund check for laxatives?: Ex-Lax Bandit faces stretch in can
8 Pot calling the kettle black: Man busted after reporting marijuana theft
No list of stupidity would be complete without The Darwin Awards
As in Sandra Bullock's husband.
Sandra Bullocks husband makes trip to Iraq: The impressive Mr. Jesse James, creator of the popular West Coast Choppers, made a memorable trip to Balad Iraq last December. … Imagine an unabashed American Custom Bike Builder, travelling to Iraq to display a deep appreciation for the US Armed Services, by building a custom Hot Rod out of one US Military Humvee.
Is Sandra B pregnant?
Actress Bullock Wins Restraining Order Against Stalker
WINONA RYDER’S “TEEN-ANGST BULLSHIT”*
In the movie Heathers*, Ryder's character, Veronica Sawyer, says, "I say we just grow up, be adults and die." Well, honey, you're 35; practice what you preach.
Ryder Still Traumatized by Shoplifting Conviction: Winona Ryder boycotted this month's Cannes Film Festival because she hasn't yet recovered from her shoplifting conviction four years ago, according to her co-star Keanu Reeves.
Which reminds me of a hilarious short story by Rodger Jacobs. I still think it's the funniest title I've ever read.
Winona Ryder Suffers For Your Sins: [T]he first rule of five-finger discount shopping is to keep a low profile. Don’t let anyone remember your face.
HOW CAN I MISS YOU IF YOU WON'T LEAVE?
8 Katie Couric Goodbye Seen As 'Ridiculously Over the Top': [T]he early reviews for the looong Katie Couric goodbye on Wednesday were negative. … Perhaps the most off-putting idea in this whole spectacle of hoary huzzahs and hosannas was that Katie was remarkable in changing and even saving people's lives.
8 The Queen Mother of looooong goodbyes is the uber-wealthy-stingy Streisand. ENOUGH ALREADY WITH THIS FAREWELL FARCE: She'll do 20 nights, 10 cities. They're talking about tickets being - ready? - $750 per seat. That's more than most humans would pay to see The Man From Galilee if he came back. She's expecting to pocket - are you ready, gullible America who thinks this is the last time they'll get to see her? Ready??? She figures she might walk away with $80 million.
Will the Clintons ever leave?
8 Romancing the votes: With people still speculating about their marriage, Hillary Clinton said the former president "remains an inspiration and a mentor, a friend and a partner."
Speaking of looong goodbyes ...
8 Up the hazy river: [Kerry] has hired a researcher to prove from naval archives that he was in Cambodia three decades ago for a few hours when the Nixon Administration said he was not supposed to be there.
8 Pat recounts more Kerry stories like Kerry's Rosie Ruiz run in the Boston Marathon: As broken by our buddy John Ruberry (an authentic marathoner) Kerry claimed to have run in the Boston Marathon, apparently unaware that records are kept of all runners.
Does this mean a long goodbye for The Big Easy?
8 Radar satellite maps the sinking of New Orleans: Among the fastest sinking areas are parts of the Orleans and St Bernard Parishes – hard hit by Hurricane Katrina – which are subsiding faster than 20 mm per year. Amelung also believes the sinking could explain some of the breaching of the levee system along the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet canal that occurred during the storm.
DC, YOU HAVE A PROBLEM
There is a big disconnect between Washington DC -- both parties -- and the rest of the country. I am not the first to notice this ...
8 AJ Strata on The Imperial Congress: Tom thinks most in Congress are hard working good people. Well good people would be outraged by all this smearing of their reputations.
8 Mac Ranger says Say Goodnight Hastert: In playing the Prima-Dona, Rep. Hastert has commited political suicide. In fact he ought to quit now.
Nor will I be the last.
8 In fact Peggy Noonan thinks America may be ready for a new political party: There is an increasing and profound distance between the rulers of both parties and the people--between the elites and the grunts, between those in power and those who put them there. … Right now the Republicans and Democrats in Washington seem, from the outside, to be an elite colluding against the voter.
Maybe it's the weather that's affecting me. The last week of May was a swelter pit here with temps in the mid-90s, pushing 100* one day, coupled with tropical humidity levels. Yesterday threatened severe storms and today it's raining. Ever since our roof leaked recently into our living room and our dining room -- the water ran right down through the chandelier -- I begin to panic whenever it rains. We need a new roof badly, and we were thinking of one until we received a notice from the bank last week that our "fixed rate" mortgage has been increased by 22% mostly due to the increase in taxes. Goodbye new roof. Not to mention that yesterday I received notice that I've overdrawn my checking account -- when and how, I dunno -- which means I'm already starting out this month "behind." So y'might say I wasn't in the most charitable of moods when I read that NYC is outraged that the Federal Dept. of Homeland Security has cut their portion of the pie by 40%.
8 THE FEDS' FOUL: How many national monuments - or, as the feds put it, "icons" - are to be found in New York City?
Well, either one or two fewer than existed on Sept. 10, 2001 - depending on how you count the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center.
This is important, insofar as the Department of Homeland Security has decreed New York City deficient in national "icons," and thus subject to a breathtaking 40 percent cut in federal anti-terrorism aid.
Rep. Peter King (R-Nassau), chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, has vowed to make the feds "very sorry they made this decision."
We believe him.
And we expect that New York's entire congressional delegation - and its extraordinarily powerful business community - won't sit still for this outrageous pork-barreling.
8 D.C.'S STUPID SCROOGES SLASH NYC TERROR AID AND SPLURGE ON THE STICKS: The Homeland Security Department announced it was hacking funds distributed to the city by 40 percent compared with last year, while pouring hundreds of millions into unlikely terror targets like Kentucky and Wyoming.
The shocking stinginess from Washington comes just one week after a Pakistani national was convicted of a plot to blow up the Herald Square subway station.
New York City will get its vital anti-terror funding chain-sawed from $208 million this year to $124 million next year - even though security experts agree it is vastly more threatened than any other city in the country.
8 KNIFING NYC: The DHS tries to justify the cut by saying there were funding reductions across the board. True, the overall budget was lowered by 20 percent. But why cut New York City's funding by twice that level? And why give big hikes to cities like Chicago and Los Angeles, while drastically funding for the two major cities previously hit by terror attacks - New York and Washington, D.C.?
"FOUL." "SCROOGES." "SLASH." "KNIFING." Call me a cold heartless f'n b, but before I do an OMG! kneejerk reaction, I'd like to know just how the money is being spent. After all, that money did NOT come from DC or altruistic elected officials (they pork-barrel for us, y'know;). That money came from all of us taxpayers. So while I sit here amidst the leaks in my taxed-to-death humble 6 rooms and bath, I want to know why NYC will not be safe without that extra $84 million.
It's very possible that they do need it, but it's also possible that the shortfall can be found elsewhere, too, either at the federal level or local or both. I honestly don't know.
What I do know is that both parties never say, "We can economize. We can do with less." Instead, they treat us like ATMs (Automatic Tax Machines), then waltz into town with our money in their pockets -- the return on our dollar is pathetic -- expecting us to be grateful. That's offensive.
MICHAEL MOORE IS BEING SUED
It should come as no surprise that the wealthy Michael Moore would use a soldier to further his own ends.
GI'S BIG FAT SUIT VS. MOORE: A double-amputee Iraq-war vet is suing Michael Moore for $85 million, claiming the portly peacenik recycled an old interview and used it out of context to make him appear anti-war in "Fahrenheit 9/11." Sgt. Peter Damon, 33, who strongly supports America's invasion of Iraq, said he never agreed to be in the 2004 movie, which trashes President Bush.
Particularly outrageous to Damon is the fact that Moore never interviewed him or asked his permission to use the old clip.
STANDING IN THE SHADOW OF ALGORE
It's difficult to gauge all of the Algore-beats-Hillary articles lately. The MSM, in full lemming mode, has been giving Mr. Green Jeans the full court press, even though he claims he's not running. Why? Is it because Hillary's poll numbers aren't all that great? If polls are to be believed, she's a shoo-in for re-election here in NYS, and she must be re-elected in order to increase her chances of becoming president in '08.
Hillary has been working her entire adult life on becoming president, more specifically the first woman president. I personally believe that that goal was her primary reason for choosing Bill Clinton for a husband, in essence, hitching her political wagon to his. I believe that she believed it was to her political advantage to remain with him throughout her public humiliation with his philandering and all of the other scandals. I imagine her thinking went something like this: If the country is balking at voting for a married woman for president, what chance would a single woman have? So she stayed with her cheating husband and endured all sorts of shame and degradation -- standin' by her man on TV, being photographed in a swimsuit, listening to all the women come forward with their lurid tales as everyone snickered -- because she calculated that staying with him would be a greater asset than divorcing him. Everything she has done, she has done with her eye on the prize.
After a lifetime of planning and pretense, it must grate on her that suddenly Algore is the MSM's chosen one. Lately the press has been rife with pro-Algore prose and anti-Hillary hit pieces.
8 Is Al Gore Ready for His Close-Up?: [H]is greatest attraction for liberals seems to be that in addition to not being John Kerry, he is also not Hillary Rodham Clinton. Mrs. Clinton has, as do most potential presidential hopefuls, tacked somewhat to the political center and is now improbably regarded by the left as a war hawk, and worse.
8 Secretary-General Bill Clinton: THE BEST THING HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON could do for humanity is not run for president. Nothing against her personally, mind you; it's just that her aspirations could get in the way of her husband's worthier ones.
8 Hillary Clinton's character gap: A recent straw poll in the liberal blog Daily Kos gave Gore an astonishing 68% of the vote, beating his closest challenger by more than 50 points. Clinton's result? Zero percent. (Actually, she pulled down 77 votes, or 1/100th of Gore's total, but it rounded down to zero.)
8 The Trouble With Hillary: Hillary’s huge fund-raising advantage and the stature gap between her and her Democratic opponents make her a prohibitive early favorite in the primaries. But polls show that, as a national candidate, her support tops out somewhere in the mid-forties. Worse, because she is so well known, there are almost no undecideds. “There is real concern among certain Democrats that she simply can’t win the general election,”
However, there is some hope: Estrich, for one, thinks the right should be concerned. “I was followed around on my book tour by people who’d hold up signs and scream at me, ‘What about Juanita Broaddrick?’ And all the younger people would look at me and say, ‘Who’s that?’ That’s part of the problem with dredging up all that old Clinton stuff. More and more people have no idea what you’re talking about.”
8 Although she will most likely win re-election, there are some NY Dems who are backing an opponent. Hillary pays a price: “She is not in Arkansas anymore," said Yayoi Tsuchitani, campaign chairwoman of the Village Independent Democrats, which voted this month to back Jonathan Tasini, Clinton's little-known Democratic challenger for her Senate seat.
"Some people wanted to send a message," said Sylvia Feinman, president of the Gramercy club, which has backed Clinton in the past. "I think there is still support for her, but there were also some feelings expressed that she was moving away from the views of her base." In recent months, as Clinton has geared up for what most believe will be a run for President, she has staked out new, moderate stances on several key issues — alarming some liberals in the process.
It strikes me that the MSM rarely treated Bill Clinton like this. They coddled him and protected and guided him through his maze of "mishaps." They wanted him to win. I remember when Paula Jones had her first press conference to explain why she was suing Bill Clinton. She wanted to clear her name publicly, to let it be known that she wasn't that type of girl. The press conference wasn't televised on TV, but it was reported that the reporters in attendance snickered with amongst themselves -- nudge nudge, wink wink -- and exchanged good-ol'-Slick high fives. While they publicly ridiculed her and cast doubt upon her story, they knew that Bill Clinton was as guilty as Paula Jones had claimed.
Maybe there is some sort of method behind this supposed madness of the MSM. Possibly to reframe HRC as the underdog? Or maybe they think she'll pull the party down.
Whatever is going on, this latest twist has got to hurt HRC as she sees her goal being so close and yet so far. After all that work only to find herself standing in Algore's shadow.
THIS NOVEMBER, VOTE LIKE IT'S 1994
These are the front pages dated 11/9/94 and 11/22/94. They've been on my refrigerator ever since. Click HERE to enlarge. (It's worth it.)
Do you believe this Democrats Eye November Landslide or this Democratic takeover of House, Senate not likely ?
It all depends upon the voters. Keep the faith!
SO WHAT IF IT'S CEREMONIAL
Shaq must make a big first impression on criminals, considering he stands 7'1" and weighs 325 pounds. We need more like him in law inforcement. Picture him standing on the border waiting for those illegals to cross :)
Shaq Attack: While NBA superstar Shaquille O'Neal is proud to be an honorary U.S. marshall, he admitted to my New York correspondent Baird Jones his role is pretty much ceremonial. ... Shaq said the criminals he ''apprehends'' are ''really already under arrest,'' by the time he shows up. The basketball great said his main concern is to be ''a crusader against child pornographers,'' and claims he's made ''around 30 arrests.'' But don't call him a hero. ''My father was my hero growing up. He was an army drill sergeant and a FBI agent.''
THE IMPORTANCE OF LOOKING EARNEST
Like John L'Fraude Kerry, taking Algore seriously is too much of a challenge.
8 I am GREEN, I am I am: [Algore] said he was "carbon neutral" himself and he tried to offset any plane flight or car journey by "purchasing verifiable reductions in CO2 elsewhere".
8 AP on CO2: I've often read that plants grow better when exposed to higher concentrations of carbon dioxide.Yet, when the Associated Press mentions the subject, what it says is: Global warming boosts poison ivy.
8 Hillary Falls Out Of Favor Among Those On The Left, While Gore Begins To Soar
We all have had at least one Howard Beale moment. I've personally had many.
8 Things I'm Sick of Hearing By Doug Patton: I'm sick of hearing Ted Kennedy tell me how unfair it is that the rich have more than the poor. When he redistributes his portfolio among the less fortunate, then I might have a modicum of respect for the old windbag. Until then, he can just shut up and keep his greedy hands off my modest income.
8 Gayle has her Howard Beale moment: DO POLITICIANS (both sides of the aisle) THINK BEFORE THEY OPERATE THEIR MOUTHS?: I have to admit, I’m quickly reaching the point where I want to say “a pox on both their houses.”
8 This could turn into a Howard Beale moment for Chris: 'All-American' NASCAR soon a thing of past
I've tried to cut Cindy Sheehan some slack when it concerns just her son, Casey. However, I did find it egregious that she did not put a headstone on Casey's grave. She claimed she was too busy, but she wasn't too busy to camp out in a ditch in Crawford, TX, or to travel the globe verbally attacking our president, or to even get a tattoo.
ACE reports that Casey Sheehan finally has a gravestone
And last but not least ...
One final thought to consider: The Democrats Worst Nightmare
RESCUE ME ... TONIGHT!
What timing! Now that "24" has left Jack in the clutches of the Chi-Coms, and The Sopranos will wrap up this Sunday, who should come to rescue me but that naughty boy, Denis Leary. Tonight :-)
"Rescue Me": 3rd season of 5-alarm storytelling: The third-season premiere, at 10 tonight on FX, delivers a jaw-dropping fadeout. Episode 2 builds to a furious emotional payoff. Episode 3 reveals a firefighter's surprising life away from work. … The show has lined up three Oscar-winners. Tatum O'Neal returns as Tommy's impossible sister. Susan Sarandon comes aboard as an affluent woman attracted to Franco. Marisa Tomei appears later as Tommy's former sister-in-law.
Fans angry about 'Rescue Me' death: Despite the anger the decision caused, Tolan and Leary insist they don't regret killing Connor off, since it served the show and its characters.
'Rescue Me' gets bold: [T]onight's "Rescue Me," written by series creators Leary and Peter Tolan, rescues itself from the brink of the despairing note it ended on last year. Tommy remains as self-destructive as ever, but the writers pepper the series with enough comedic moments that it never becomes overly bleak. Even Uncle Teddy's incarceration is played for laughs, as the old coot comes to love prison.
"This Murder One is the best diet I've ever been on!" Uncle Teddy says, crowing over his 83-pound weight loss.
MAY WE NEVER FORGET
Back in the late 90s, Nurse G and I visited Gettysburg. It was June and it seemed so humid that I would not have been surprised to have seen small flying insects suspended in mid-air. Up until that visit, I honestly could not have cared less about history in general and the Civil War in particular. As we toured the battlegrounds in an air-conditioned car, I made jokes about the weather as though I were one of the soldiers.
Sarge, I think I'll stay in bed today. My allergies are kicking up.
Can't make it today, Sarge. I washed my socks last night and they're still damp.
Sarge, can we move the battle closer to that shop? I want to buy some postcards.
However, in doing so, I began to really think of what it must have been like to actually have fought hand-to-hand combat, often in wretched conditions. I recalled that famous scene from Gone With The Wind in which you see nothing but acres of the wounded, the dying and the dead soldiers all laid out on the ground in rows waiting for the only doctor in Atlanta to attend to them. It was that trip to Gettysburg which made me truly appreciate what war is all about.
Historians Hunt for Purple Heart Stories: Cpl. Robert Frink was captured in Germany during the final months of World War II. He and two comrades were forced to swap uniforms with their Waffen SS captors, lined up and shot in the back of the head. Miraculously, the bullet entered Frink's neck and exited his cheek without shearing his spine or jugular vein. He even felt a German kick him as he lay bleeding. "Believe me, I played dead!" After his captors left, Frink fled, found some Canadian troops, and was saved. The wound earned him a Purple Heart.
Sixty-one years later, it is earning him an entry on the "Roll of Honor," a database being compiled for a museum honoring Purple Heart recipients. When the museum, the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor, opens in November, visitors will be able to search out facts and stories about soldiers wounded or killed. New York officials heading the project think _ though no one knows for sure _ there are up to 1.7 million soldiers who belong on the list.
So they're putting out a call: If you or a family member has been awarded the Purple Heart, they want you.
More precisely, they want your information for the most comprehensive list of American military sacrifice.
That article reminded me of John Kerry's three Purple Hearts, which he acquired within 101 days in Vietnam (the bulk of his stay). Back in 2004, his site was loaded with info on his military record. However, when I checked today, it appears that Kerry stripped his own site of its previously posted links to his military records, leaving only a brief synopsis.
These sites still have the info:
8 Kerry's Purple Hearts, with quotes from the Boston Globe.
8 Sen. Kerry's Vietnam Medals Evaluation Report, which was compiled by someone who goes by the name of The Bandit.
8 ACE on John Kerry's medals (Sunday, 25 January 2004): How did John Kerry earn his medals in Vietnam?
I have a feeling that the particulars of Kerry's three Purple Hearts will be argued for years to come. But one thing is certain: his wounds were minor. Nothing like that of Cpl. Frink's experience (above).
I wouldn't bring this up if it weren't for L'Fraude himself resurrecting his glory days in Vietnam.
I don't mind talking about his military experiences, like his lie about his Excellent Christmas Eve Cambodian Adventure.
Ooops! JANUARY -- NOT CHRISTMAS -- KERRY IN CAMBODIA
To which Pat replied: This is a little odd, because Brinkley, of course, did not include the Christmas in Cambodia story in Tour of Duty. Indeed, the thing that clued [Pat at KerryHaters] into the fact that there was something odd going on here was the fact that Brinkley did not mention the Cambodian incursion.
And let's not forget his story of THE HAT!: A close associate hints: There's a secret compartment in Kerry's briefcase. He carries the black attaché everywhere. Asked about it on several occasions, Kerry brushed it aside. Finally, trapped in an interview, he exhaled and clicked open his case.
"Who told you?" he demanded as he reached inside. "My friends don't know about this."
The hat was a little mildewy. The green camouflage was fading, the seams fraying.
"My good luck hat," Kerry said, happy to see it. "Given to me by a CIA guy as we went in for a special mission in Cambodia."
Kerry put on the hat, pulling the brim over his forehead. His blue button-down shirt and tie clashed with the camouflage. He pointed his finger and raised his thumb, creating an imaginary gun. He looked silly, yet suddenly his campaign message was clear: Citizen-soldier. Linking patriotism to public service. It wasn't complex after all; it was Kerry.
He smiled and aimed his finger: "Pow."
While we're on the subject of fiction ...
8 My KERRY FICTION: Gnat Grudge here, reporting for the Stars and Stripes. I’m here at the 44th Medical Unit Hospital in Sa Dec talking with Majors Margaret Houlihan and Frank Burns who treated Lt. Kerry on Christmas Eve.
8 Pat's John F. Kerry Fan Fiction: It was a dark and stormy Christmas Eve on the Mekong. We had left Sa Dec a few hours earlier, and were still exhilarated over the adventure of the drawbridge. As we came out of the town we realized that even with the drawbridge up all the way, we'd have very little clearance. But we decided to gun it rather than wait for low tide and made it through with about an inch to spare. The villagers who had come to watch us smash up applauded politely.
I've gotten the distinct impression from him that the military is generally beneath him, a stepping stone on a career path, something to use for votes. His post-Vietnam War actions have become well known: Kerry, in his own words. No wonder that Kerry is a war hero to the Communists.
Now here's a worthwhile documentary about Vietnam.
Veteran hopes movie will paint true picture of Vietnam: Roush found out that, like himself, many other Vietnam veterans were proud of their service. They came away from the war with a clear conscience, no worse for the wear than veterans of any other war.
"What unfortunately happened, we've been betrayed by the news media and Hollywood. It painted the wrong picture in society about us. We've had to live with that for 30 years," he said.
Roush said many of the veterans interviewed for "In the Shadow of the Blade," those who had flown into or out of the jungle in the helicopter, felt a huge burden was lifted by the documentary experience.
They thought the documentary validated their service.
"It doesn't show Vietnam veterans as victims. It shows some sad stories but it accurately displays who we are, what we were and what we became," he said.
RETURN OF THE HAT!
Pat must think it's Christmas in May ever since John L'Fraude Kerry once again dragged that moldy old hat of his back into the news.
Kerry Steps Into Cambodia Landmine!
Sheesh, have I been waiting on this story! John Kerry today came forward with a ridiculous explanation for Christmas in Cambodia. It's almost as if he's daring people to check the record, which will prove him wrong.
8 Almost a year ago, on 7 June 2005, Pat posted lots of links to info on Moron Kerry's Form 180—Updates
8 Moron Kerry: John Kerry wrote his Review for "Apocalypse Now" on Oct 14, 1979 in the Boston Herald. "Coppola's fim is devoid of reality and feeling."
HA HA HA !!! If only Coppola had consulted Kerry before he made his movie.
Merry Christmas, Pat!
DEMOCRATS IN THE CROSS HAIRS
Mac Ranger is keeping us updated on The Coming Storm: There is MUCH MORE to this than just Jefferson's involvement. Put it this way: This is the LAST thing those involved in the "plan" thought would happen. Jefferson screwed up everything by drawing attention to himself after Katrina by commandeering National Guard resources to "clear his house" of evidence that points to the more than just the subject himself. It will interesting to see if to save himself Jefferson turns on his comrades.
8 NewsBusters discovers that CBS News… identifies Mr. Jefferson as "the Louisiana Republican."
Here's an interesting piece from AJ Strata, which seems very plausible to me.
Did CIA Ally With Al Qaeda During Clinton Years?: In what will be, if this gets media attention and the reporting is accurate (I have no idea), a shocking revelation it seems that the CIA under Clinton (Berger, Clarke, Grossman, Beers, Wilson, et al) maintained alliances with Al Qaeda in Afghanistan up until 1995 ... We know the Clinton Adminstration attempted and blew some wild and dangerous intel activities. For one, they inadvertantly provided Iran with nuclear triggers, the most technically challenging element of a nuclear weapon. So I would not be surprised if Clinton naively authorized all sorts of risky schemes which backfired.
8 Don Surber agrees that NSA should monitor international calls: It is not as if foreign governments do not already monitor their citizens' communications with those of us in the United States.