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Saturday, July 31, 2004

Old School
by Lee

Okay gang, I’m off to throw down at Ozzfest, which this year features, among others: Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Slayer, Slipknot, Hatebreed, and Lamb of God.

Boo yah.  See ya later tonight.

Posted by Lee on 07/31/04 at 10:49 AM in Etcetera  • (3) TrackbacksPermalink

Friday, July 30, 2004

Bringing Back the Draft
by Lee

This morning I blogged on Baghdad Jim McDermott and his ties to the oil-for-food bribery scandal.  In the article McDermott is quoted as saying, “Everybody in this room who is 17 years old should know that the likelihood of a draft in a second Bush administration is almost a certainty.” Well, as an astute reader points out, that’s because it is Baghdad Jim himself who is sponsoring legislation to reinstate the draft.  He’s even got it posted on his own website!

A little dishonest, perhaps?  Should we expect anything less from someone who appears prominently in a Michael Moore film?

Posted by Lee on 07/30/04 at 01:31 PM in Michael Mooron  • (2) TrackbacksPermalink

Buddha’s Secret
by Lee

I would love to meet the genius who thought this would be a good idea.

International lingerie maker Victoria’s Secret has withdrawn its Buddha-print bikini and apologised to Buddhists, Sri Lanka’s foreign ministry said.

Victoria’s Secret made a written apology after Sri Lanka, a majority Buddhist nation, protested against the use of the Buddha images for the company’s swimwear.

In a statement, the foreign ministry quoted the company expressing “sincere apologies” and saying it had no intention of showing any disrespect to the Buddha or Buddhism.

Perhaps they thought that the fat little deity would look good with some support in the chestal area, holding up those divine man-boobies.

Posted by Lee on 07/30/04 at 01:24 PM in Decline of Western Civilization  • (1) TrackbacksPermalink

What He Didn’t Tell You
by Lee

Odd, isn’t it, that Michael Moore will summon up every six-degrees-of-separation link between Bush and assorted nefarious characters to try and prove some kind of a grand conspiracy, but somehow manages to neglect to mention this.

Rep. Jim McDermott, who represents the coffee houses of liberal downtown Seattle, was treated like a rock star at the Democratic convention. Everywhere he went, he was recognized as the man whom filmmaker Michael Moore threw Bush Bashing softballs to in “Fahrenheit 9/11.” He was especially popular with a group college Democrats, who sobered up one morning when he told them: “Everybody in this room who is 17 years old should know that the likelihood of a draft in a second Bush administration is almost a certainty.”

Mr. McDermott said he was proud of his appearance in the Moore film because the public’s reaction has “really saved the Constitution and Bill of Rights.” When students told me about Mr. McDermott’s comments here, I suggested his track record of political acumen had included a lot of running off the side of the road. As the Iraq war loomed in September 2002, Rep. McDermott and two other Democratic congressmen accompanied a politically connected Detroit businessman named Shakir al-Khafaji to Baghdad. The trip proved to be something of a propaganda coup for Saddam Hussein, with Mr. McDermott suggesting in a televised interview from Baghdad that President Bush “would mislead the American people” while saying “I think you have to take the Iraqis at face value.”

Mr. al-Khafaji seems to have taken a particular shine to Mr. McDermott, resulting in another contribution—$5,000—to a legal defense fund that had been set up for the congressman in an unrelated case. “He’s a friend and he gives me money,” Mr. McDermott told Roll Call. Apparently, he is no longer a friend. This year, Mr. As-Khafaji’s name appeared on a recently published list of individuals who received oil money from Saddam Hussein. That’s a story you won’t see in Mr. Moore’s film.

What?  You mean Baghdad Jim’s friends were Saddam’s paid whores, being showered in filthy lucre acquired through the UN’s corrupt oil-for-food program?  I’m shocked, I tell you… shocked!

Update: Welcome Instapundit readers!  Please see the follow-up to this story here.

Posted by Lee on 07/30/04 at 10:55 AM in Michael Mooron  • (1) TrackbacksPermalink

Ass Masters
by Lee

A few days ago I made a joke about Kerry cleaning Michael Moore’s colon with a high powered hose and a pair of shears.  Well, some goofy rock station piked my idea.

Mine was funnier.

Posted by Lee on 07/30/04 at 08:34 AM in Etcetera  • (2) TrackbacksPermalink

Black Ahmed Down
by Lee

Here’s the latest sign that Iraq caused us to lose focus on al Qaeda.

A top al Qaeda operative, one of the world’s most wanted men, has been captured in Pakistan and a senior government minister has said that the network supporting Osama bin Laden is crumbling.

The Tanzanian-born Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani had a $5 million (2.75 million pounds) reward on his head, and is wanted by the United States for his role in the 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in East Africa that killed 224 people.

Investigators are scouring a computer and several disks seized when they captured Ghailani and 13 others after a 14-hour gunbattle with security forces last weekend in the city of Gujarat, 175 km (110 miles) southeast of Islamabad, intelligence sources told Reuters on Friday.

Pakistan’s Interior Minister Faisal Saleh Hayat told Reuters he was sure the African would prove a rich source of information on the al Qaeda network that is supporting the fugitive bin Laden and his deputy Ayman al-Zawahri.

Both are believed to be hiding out in rugged mountains along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border.

“Osama bin Laden or al-Zawahri don’t work in isolation,” Hayat said. “They work through these networks.”

I can’t wait to see what the Kerry campaign says.  So much for “unilateralist” Bush; he’s got a Muslim country consistently kicking terrorist ass for us.

Posted by Lee on 07/30/04 at 08:06 AM in War on Terror/Axis of Evil  • (1) TrackbacksPermalink

The Newest Americans
by Lee

My mom has a friend named Maggie.  They were best friends in high school in Australia in the late 50s/early 60s.  My mom happened to meet an American, marry him, and move away from Australia.  Then, 10 years or so later, Maggie met an American and they got married, too.  Eventually, in the mid 1980s, they both ended up living in Houston, Texas.  My mom and Maggie have been best friends for over 40 years, two Aussie girls that fate brought together in Texas.

And today, both of them, Maggie and my mother, are taking the oath to become American citizens.  I really wish I could be there to see it.  I wish my dad could see it, too.  I’m so proud of her.

Update: I just hear from her.  She’s officially an American.

Posted by Lee on 07/30/04 at 07:43 AM in Etcetera  • (2) TrackbacksPermalink

Thursday, July 29, 2004

The Tonight Blow
by Lee

Tubby Riefenstahl is about to be on Jay Leno.  Those of us out here on the Left Coast can leave our comments here.

Update: Oh my God, are you watching this little 9 year old presidential expert?  And he’s a Republican!

Posted by Lee on 07/29/04 at 11:35 PM in Michael Mooron  • (1) TrackbacksPermalink

by Lee

I just got in from work.  Is it just me, or is Kerry sweating like a whore in church?

Let’s liveblog this biatch.  Hit the comments.

Posted by Lee on 07/29/04 at 07:53 PM in Election 2004  • (1) TrackbacksPermalink

by Lee

Plannet Parenthood is selling pro-abortion swag.

Planned Parenthood is proud to offer yet another t-shirt in our new social fashion line: “I Had an Abortion” fitted T-shirts are now available. These soft and comfortable fitted tees assert a powerful message in support of women’s rights.

They should also sell a men’s version, that says, “I Paid For an Abortion.” That way the slut and the irresponsible scumbag who knocked her up can enjoy society’s disdain together.

Seriously, no matter what your opinion on abortion, this is a disgusting t-shirt.

Posted by Lee on 07/29/04 at 05:34 PM in Abortion  • (1) TrackbacksPermalink

¿El Presidente Ha Ido Loco?
by Lee

Has Fidel Castro gone insane?  He’s begun broadcasting patriotic, pro-American propaganda on state TV.

Posted by Lee on 07/29/04 at 01:32 PM in Michael Mooron  • (1) TrackbacksPermalink

The Have-Mores
by Lee

I’m going to do an impression of a liberal blogger.

This is what happens when you have a fascist in the White House who pushes tax cuts for the ultra-rich.

Americans’ overall income shrank for two consecutive years after stocks plunged in 2000, the first time that has effectively happened since the current tax system was put in place during World War II, according to a published report Thursday.

The New York Times, reporting data from the Internal Revenue Service, said gross income reported to the agency fell 5.1 percent to $6.0 trillion in 2002, the most recent year for which data is available, down from $6.35 trillion in 2000. Because of population growth, average income fell even more, by 5.7 percent, and adjusted for inflation the decline was 9.2 percent.

See?  Tax cuts destroy America’s working families!  This is why people are having such a hard time right now, because Bush had to sign a tax cut in to make the filthy rich even more filthy rich!

Okay, back to normal again.  Let’s take a look at the rest of the article.

The paper said the decline was due to a combination of the big fall in the stock market and the loss of jobs and wages in well-paying industries as the recession started in 2001.

Hmmm.  Both of these are directly related to the tech bubble, which grew and burst under Clinton’s watch.  The jobs that people lost were jobs that never should have been created in the first place, and the value in the stock market was lost when the internet companies went belly-up because there was no demand for their services.  (Pets.com, anyone?) But here’s the kicker, placed in the last two paragraphs of the article.

The report said the sharpest drops were in both the number and the earnings of people with the highest incomes. Those with incomes of $10 million or more saw average income fall 22 percent, while the number of returns reporting incomes at that level fell 53 percent during the two year period.

Meanwhile the average income of those filing returns with incomes between $25,000 and $500,000 saw the average income little changed, somewhere between a 0.1 percent decline and a 0.2 percent gain, depending upon the income category, the Times said.

So, who lost the most money?  The super- ultra- mega-rich!  And the vast majority of people, those in the massive income range of $25,000 to half a million, saw virtually no change in income.

In other words, the vast majority of Americans had almost no change, and the filthy rich ended up taking it in the rear end.  Now, could someone please explain to me how Bush’s economic policies benefit the super rich at the expense of the working man?

(Thanks to reader Brian for the link.)

Posted by Lee on 07/29/04 at 01:02 PM in Politics  • (2) TrackbacksPermalink

Score One for the VRWC
by Lee

Behold the power of the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy™!

Pakistan has arrested a senior al Qaeda figure with a bounty of up to $25 million on his head, Interior Minister Makhdoom Faisal Saleh Hayat told CNN television Thursday.

He said the suspect had been captured during a raid in central Pakistan a few days ago. He did not identify the captive but said he was “a person who is most wanted internationally.”

Al Arabiya satellite news channel quoted Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf as saying the suspect was arrested Sunday.

“The Pakistani president said the arrested person is Tanzanian who is married to an Uzbek woman, and who is wanted by the United States,” the station said.

Al Arabiya said the suspect may be Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani, a Tanzanian who is on the FBI’s most wanted “terrorists” list for his alleged role in the 1998 bombings by al Qaeda of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.

I can hear the left-wing asshat conspiracy morons now.  “This happened the night John Kerry is giving his speech!  They’ve actually had him in custody for three months, but they’ve been waiting so they could derail the convention!”

Here’s a newsflash to alll you Kerry suppporters:  nobody gave a shit about his speech, anyway.

Posted by Lee on 07/29/04 at 12:53 PM in War on Terror/Axis of Evil  • (2) TrackbacksPermalink

Government Freebie
by Lee

Apple is making available as a free download the executive summary of the 9-11 Commission as an audiobook.  It’s just over an hour long.  If you’re set up with iTunes, click the link below to grab it.

The 9-11 Commission Final Report - Executive Summary (7/22/04)

Posted by Lee on 07/29/04 at 12:42 PM in Politics  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Get A Whiff
by Lee

This is a brilliant combination of nature, technology, and ingenuity combining to solve a social problem.

Drug users and prostitutes are turning up their noses at the condemned buildings they once frequented in Richland County. Deputies here have begun using a chemical spray that makes the places smell like a skunk has come calling.

Skunk Shot, made in New Zealand, contains synthetic skunk oil in a gel-like substance and was originally intended as a cat and dog repellent.

It’s a stinking solution for a disturbing problem in some neighborhoods. Vagrants’ use of the buildings has taken a nose dive, Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said.

“In the 11 places we’ve used it, it has been very successful,” said Lott, who ordered 10 tubes of gel at $14.95 each in January.

Richland County sheriff’s Cpl. Danny Brown spends part of his time spreading the stink in buildings that owners say they want to stop trespassers from visiting.

Suprred on by the success of this product, the manufacturers are developing an industrial strength version.  Dubbed Skank Gel, it will precisely reproduce the smell of Courtney Love.

Posted by Lee on 07/29/04 at 11:12 AM in Science and Technology  • (2) TrackbacksPermalink
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