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The Government is merely a servant -- merely a temporary servant; it cannot be its prerogative to determine what is right and what is wrong, and decide who is a patriot and who isn't. Its function is to obey orders, not originate them. - Mark Twain

Saturday, May 31, 2003

Class Warfare and Taxes
by Lee

This story just shows how morally and intellectually bankrupt the Democrats are going in to the 2004 election.

Sen. Blanche Lincoln, Democrat from Arkansas, said Saturday she will introduce legislation next week to restore child tax credits to low-income families that were stripped out of President Bush’s tax cuts at the last minute.

Delivering her party’s weekly radio address, Lincoln said low-income families were unfairly squeezed out of the $350 billion tax-cut package that Bush signed Wednesday, which will provide child tax credits for wealthier Americans.

Republicans have touted the landmark tax package as much-needed relief for working families. Under the increased tax credit, which ranges from $600 to $1,000, most families this summer will receive a $400 check in the mail for each child.

But a provision that would have extended that benefit to families with annual incomes between $10,500 and $26,000 was quietly scratched from the final bill by GOP negotiators “to make room for the dividend tax cut and other measures that only benefit the wealthiest taxpayers,” Lincoln said.

Class warfare, the linchpin of Democrat Party politics.  The fact is that these people don’t pay any taxes, therefore it is a statistical impossibility to extend a tax cut to a group of people who don’t pay any taxes in the first place.  But the Democrats are counting on two things—most people don’t have even a cursory understanding of taxation and economics, and that they won’t grasp the distinction between a tax cut bill and an income redistribution bill. 

Lincoln said she will introduce legislation to restore the tax credit for lower-income families next week, with Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, as a co-sponsor.

“This isn’t about partisanship,” Lincoln said. “It’s about doing what’s right for families who may need a little extra help. We should fix this problem immediately.”

It’s all about partisanship.  If you want to make the case that these families should get the tax credit extended to them that’s one thing—it’s a morally and intellectually defensible position.  But don’t do it under the rubric of a tax cut bill, and don’t blame the tax reduction on dividends as the reason that people who pay no taxes are not getting a tax cut.  This is all about politics, and it’s all about stirring up the poorest segments of American society over a total non-issue to try and increase votes for the Democrats in 2004.  And shame on Olympia Snowe for going along with this farce.  (I know she’s a RINO, but she’s still a Republican.) As I said, extending the child credit to poor families is one thing, but don’t help the Democrats use it as a bludgeon to attack the tax cut.

Posted by Lee on 05/31/03 at 09:23 PM in Election 2004  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Blair on WMD
by Lee

Tony Blair spoke out today on WMD evidence and the lack thereof.

Prime Minister Tony Blair last night insisted he had secret proof that weapons of mass destruction will be found in Iraq in his strongest signal yet that coalition forces believe they may have begun to uncover leads to Iraq’s alleged deadly arms cache.

Stung by claims that the Government exaggerated the threat from Saddam, Blair said he was waiting to publish a ‘complete picture’ of both intelligence gained before the war and ‘what we’ve actually found’. 

Asked if he knew things he could not yet reveal, he said: ‘I certainly do know some of the stuff that has been already accumulated as a result of interviews and others… which is not yet public, but what we are going to do is assemble that evidence and present it properly.’

As I’ve said before, I don’t think that the lack of WMD is an issue as far as the justification of the war goes.  Iraq was told to do two things, disarm and prove that it had disarmed.  By offering no such proof they opened themselves up to the subsequent invasion.  However, it goes without saying that finding “the smoking gun” is hugely important.  Tony Blair is no fool, and I simply don’t see him making a claim like this without a sincere belief that he’s going to be able to deliver on it.  Time will tell.

Posted by Lee on 05/31/03 at 08:27 PM in War on Terror/Axis of Evil  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Phun with Photos
by Lee

And the award for Unfortunate Camera Angle of the Week goes to…

Posted by Lee on 05/31/03 at 07:54 PM in Fun and Humor  • (1) TrackbacksPermalink

The Difference Between Right and Thong II
by Lee

A few days ago I blogged on pre-teen girls being banned from wearing thong underwear to school.  Well, following up on that theme, it seems that, at least in Massachusetts, being a grown man and exposing your hairy thong-wearing ass to teenage girls isn’t a crime.

Revealing your thong underwear in Massachusetts is not a crime, according to the state’s highest court, which is recommending the dismissal of a charge of open and gross lewdness against a Boston man.

Prosecutors said Patrick Quinn pulled down his pants and exposed his “thong-clad buttocks” to a group of 13-year-old girls walking behind their parochial school.

Quinn was arrested but claimed in court that state laws against indecent exposure or public lewdness should not apply in his case. He pointed to the number of people seen wearing thongs on public beaches.

The Supreme Judicial Court agreed, saying in its ruling that the defendant did not have fair notice that exposure of thong-clad buttocks was a prosecutable offense.

If I’m reading this correctly the Supreme Judicial Court doesn’t see a distinction between wearing a thong on the beach and a man deliberately exposing his thong-clad ass to a group of teenage girls behind a parochial school.  No wonder this same state has re-elected Ted Kennedy 146 times.

Posted by Lee on 05/31/03 at 11:56 AM in Decline of Western Civilization  • (4) TrackbacksPermalink

Another One for the Ladies
by Lee

Holy crap.

The average adult penis, according to the Kinsey Institute, measures just under six inches when erect. Most men—about eighty-seven percent—are between five and seven inches. Dr. Alfred Kinsey found that the largest reported penis was a bit more than nine inches erect.

Jonah Falcon’s penis is 9.5 inches flaccid, 13.5 inches erect. Tense your forearm. Now wrap your hand around the middle of the muscle. That is the girth of Falcon’s erection. Those who have witnessed it describe it as “grotesque,” “gorgeous,” “hideous” and “stunning.” Falcon, who stands five foot nine, thinks his penis is perfectly formed, with a fifteen-degree downward curvature at the six-inch mark and absent the blotching, lumpiness and sudden bends that mark some oversize sex organs. A penis this size functions, physiologically, like any other, according to urologists, a claim substantiated by Falcon. His balls are proportionately huge, each the size of a grade-A jumbo egg. When erect, Falcon’s penis generates enough heat to warm hands—campfire style—from a distance of six inches.

There’s a picture on the site.  This guy looks like he should be disinfecting bowling shoes for a living.

Posted by Lee on 05/31/03 at 02:43 AM in Life & Culture  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Fisking Spicoli
by Lee

Sean Penn takes out a full page ad in the New York Times.  Five hours of effort later, I present the Mother of All Fiskings.  Never let it be said I do not suffer for my art. 

As Sean Penn’s character said in the film The Game, “They won’t leave me alone! I’m a goddam human piata!”

Yes, Sean, you are.

Update: Courtesy of Solomonia I have discovered that Sean Penn has his own website which contains PDF links to both his full-page ads.

Sean Penn just doesn’t know when the hell to shut up.  And neither do I.

In early October of 2002—when the radio sputtered and whined with accusations by the Bush Administration declaring a direct link between the terrorist activity of Al Qaeda and the brutal dictator Saddam Hussein, I was sitting beside my 11-year old daughter in a car.

In late May, 2003—when the internet became abuzz with news of yet another full-age ad packed with whining accusations by Sean Penn about the Bush Administration, I was sitting on the couch in my living room, wearing nothing but boxer shorts, drinking a beer.

It continued, with charges that Hussein’s Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction in violation of U.N. resolutions.

Actually, Sean, the UN made that charge itself.  The third paragraph of Resolution 1441 “[recognized] the threat Iraq’s noncompliance with Council resolutions and proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and long-range missiles poses to international peace and security.”

“It’s a sunny afternoon in Northern California,” the weatherman interrupted. “Puffy white clouds resting upon a beautiful blue sky.” We sat in the car eating FRENCH fries in the parking lot of our local burger joint. President George W. Bush had just rebuffed the United Nations’ push to re-introduce weapons inspection teams into an Iraq where even a deservedly humiliated Saddam Hussein had expressed willingness to accept them.

In October of 2002 a “deservedly humiliated” Saddan Hussein won 100% of his country’s vote.  If you’re gullible enough to believe that Hussein was honestly willing to accept weapons inspectors then you’re gullible enough to believe those election results. 

At any rate, a quick check of the weapons inspections timeline shows exactly what prompted Hussein’s “willingness” to accept weapons inspectors.  The timeline starts on February 28, 1991—the end of the Gulf War, when Iraq agreed to be “subject to UN sanctions and arms inspections.” We fart around and fart around for almost 12 years, during which time Iraq has done nothing but delay, obsctruct, and lie to UN weapons inspectors, and eventually and up at September 18, 2002.  On that day “President Bush [addressed] the UN General Assembly and warns Iraq that military action will be unavoidable if it does not comply with UN resolutions on disarmament.” Guess what happened next, Sean?  “UN Secretary General Kofi Annan says he has received a letter from the Iraqi Government offering to allow the unconditional return of weapons inspectors.” And guess how long it took to happen?

Four days.

Twelve years of diplomatic pussy-foooting and UN weakness produced nothing.  President Bush makes his speech to the UN, and four days later Iraq is all of a suddden ready to play nice with inspectors. 

So, Sean, what exactly happened in October?  “Hans Blix and Iraq agree practical arrangements for the return of weapons inspectors. US Secretary of State Colin Powell rejects it and says the US wants a tough new UN Security Council resolution. “ So, far from Bush “rebuffing” UN efforts to re-introduce weapons inspectors, the US was rebuffing UN efforts to weaken US efforts to get weapons inspectors into Iraq.  If it was not for Bush’s bellicose talk and firm stand UN inspectors would never have gotten back into Iraq in the first place.

Posted by Lee on 05/31/03 at 01:22 AM in Celebrity Idiots  • (4) TrackbacksPermalink

Friday, May 30, 2003

Spicoli, Again
by Lee

Doucbebag leftie asshat Sean Penn has taken out another full page ad bashing the Bush administration.  I’d really love to fisk the whole thing, but all I can find is the above-linked WaPo article.  Does anyone know if the text of the ad is available online anywhere?  Please leave links in the comments.  Thanks!

Posted by Lee on 05/30/03 at 06:11 PM in Celebrity Idiots  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

The Awful Truth
by Lee

Someone sent me this tasteless Michael Moore image.  Never being one to let taste stand in my way, I’ve decided to post it.

Posted by Lee on 05/30/03 at 01:25 PM in Michael Mooron  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

by Lee

The nation breahed a huge sigh of relief earlier today as the national threat level was lowered from orange to yellow.  I’m so happy that I can be 1/5 less vigilant and 1/5 less worried than I was yesterday.

Posted by Lee on 05/30/03 at 01:11 PM in War on Terror/Axis of Evil  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Marine Professionalism
by Lee

I love this comment from the commander of U.S. Marines in Iraq.

“What we tell the Iraqis is that we are here to do a job,” he said.  “Don’t get in our way, and nobody will get hurt; indeed, you will like the results.  Interfere with our efforts, or threaten our forces in any way, and there will be consequences.”

Marine Corps Rules for Gunfighting, #21:  Be polite. Be professional. But, have a plan to kill everyone you meet.

Posted by Lee on 05/30/03 at 01:04 PM in War on Terror/Axis of Evil  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Radio Ga Ga
by Lee

A radio show host who was fired from his job on Public Radio for making pro-war and pro-Bush commentary during his show has been hired by another station.  Here’s the best part.

The radio executive who snapped Hughes up is Ray Nelson, general manager for Clear Channel’s Ann Arbor stations.

Ironically, a station owned by the largest radio chain in the United States is giving Hughes what he couldn’t get from a Public Radio station: complete creative control.

“It was Public Radio that tried to shut the show down, control it and homogenize it,” Hughes charged.

You mean government-run Public Radio would (gasp!) try to control someone’s speech or opinions, while a private, capitalist corporation would (horror!) allow someone to give the public what it wants?  Perish the thought.

Just one more way capitalism is better than socialism.

Posted by Lee on 05/30/03 at 12:55 PM in Left Wing Idiocy  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Taking the Plunge
by Lee

See?  This is why everyone should smoke when they’re a teenager.

A TEENAGE girl plunged to her death from the 15th floor of a block of flats during a party, it emerged last night.

Jenna O’Keefe, 17, climbed up on a window ledge so she could get away from cigarette smoke. However, as she sat with her legs over the edge, she lost her balance and fell more than 150ft to a courtyard.

Medical science can deal with second-hand smoke.  What it can’t deal with is falling 150 feet onto concrete.

Update: There’s more smoking fun over at Jim’s site.

Posted by Lee on 05/30/03 at 08:48 AM in Life & Culture  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Thursday, May 29, 2003

Whither WMD?
by Lee

The “lack of WMD” subject is being dissected over at Power Line.

As of 1998, there was an inventory of substantial quantities of chemical and biological weapons that Iraq admitted possessing.  For years, the U.N. tried to get Saddam to prove that he had destroyed those inventories, but he was unable to supply such evidence.  Why would Saddam destroy his weapons and then perversely refuse to provide documentation, when his failure to do so kept the U.N. sanctions in place?  And what about the chemical suits that U.S. forces discovered in several abandoned Iraqi military positions, along with written instructions for the use of chemical weapons?  Do the liberals really believe that Saddam trained and equipped his soldiers to use weapons that he didn’t possess?

Read all of it.  And read Power Line every day, it’s one of the best blogs out there.

Posted by Lee on 05/29/03 at 11:05 PM in War on Terror/Axis of Evil  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Give ‘Em The Finger
by Lee

Oh how I love the Japanese, and their video games.

The object of the game appears simple, you have to jam a big plastic finger up someone’s rear end. Why? I have no idea.  Built into the cabinet is a bent over backside, and on the screen in front of you appears the expression of the person as you shove the finger inside. The harder you shove the finger inside, the more points you score.

The brochure describes the game thus:

This is a fun game of spanking the people that make your life miserable. When you spank the character that you choose to punish, the face expression of the character will change as they scream and twitch in pain. The funny face expressions will make people laugh and relieve stress.

Characters include: Ex Girlfriend, Ex Boyfriend, Gangster, Mother-In-Law, Gold Digger, Prostitute, Child Molester, Con Artist.

They need to do a version for the American market called Celebrity Assjam.  Characters include:  Michael Moore, Noam Chomsky, Hillary Clinton, Jacques Chirac, Danny Glover, Sean Penn, and Susan Sarandon.  Bonus points if you can tell which of these folks would enjoy having your finger jammed up their ass.

Posted by Lee on 05/29/03 at 10:07 PM in Life & Culture  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Nice Vette
by Lee

And the Dumbass of the Year award goes to…

Authorities say an armored car company guard admitted stealing more than $400,000 from the firm after company officials questioned him about an expensive new sports car he drove to work just days after the theft occurred. 

Thirty-two-year-old Perry Vedder of Philadelphia is charged with theft in the May 10th robbery at Dunbar Armored’s office in Cinnaminson, New Jersey. He had worked there for seven years.

Authorities say Vedder was seen on video entering and leaving the vault around the time of the theft, but the robbery itself was not captured on tape because office security cameras were briefly disabled.

Dunbar officials confronted Vedder when he drove to work May 14th in a $53,000 Chevrolet Corvette. He was arrested May 16th and was released on $20,000 bail.

I hear there are openings for baggage screeners at the Transportation Security Agency.  I think this guy has all the qualities that our government is looking for.

Posted by Lee on 05/29/03 at 09:56 PM in Decline of Western Civilization  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink
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