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Friday, December 23, 2005

Holy Day
by Lee

I got an email from the chairman of the GOP.

As we celebrate the holidays, I wish you a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukah, and Happy New Year from all of us at the Republican National Committee. We hope the spirit of Christmas remains with all of us throughout 2006.

The title of the email was “Merry Christmas.” And thankfully they mentioned the only other really legitimate holidays of this season, Hanukah and New Year’s.  If they’d paid any lip service whatsoever to that ridiculous false-holiday Kwanzaa I would have been disgusted.

Posted by Lee on 12/23/05 at 10:29 PM in Politics  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Dead Homiez
by Lee

There’s sad news from Denver.  The number of dead bums has gone up.  A group which provides legal advocacy for the bum lifestyle read out a list of names of the 122 bums who died in 2005.

Deborah Cameron, communications and advocacy specialist for the homeless coalition, pointed out that the fatalities covered a variety of causes, including natural, accidental and homicide. They also included men and women who used to be homeless, but eventually were discovered deceased in a home setting.

In other words, some of the dead homeless were people who had homes.  You can’t make this shit up, folks.

Posted by Lee on 12/23/05 at 10:21 PM in Left Wing Idiocy  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

The Home Front
by Lee

Well, I made it alive, and I’ve spent the day visiting with my brother and his fiancee.  Ah, it’s good to get out of Los Angeles for a while and be in a place where the streets are full of roadkill and people still wish you a Merry Christmas, rather than an Enjoyable Non-Denominational Winter Solstice Festival.

Posted by Lee on 12/23/05 at 09:17 PM in Etcetera  • (1) TrackbacksPermalink

Blue State Santa
by Lee

It’s time for the annual posting of this Christmas classic, which has become itself sort of a tradition around here.

Why God is a Republican and Santa Claus is a Democrat
by P.J. O’Rourke

I have only one firm belief about the American political system, and that is this: God is a Republican and Santa Claus is a Democrat.

God is an elderly or, at any rate, middle aged male, a stern fellow, patriarchal rather than paternal and a great believer in rules and regulations. He holds men accountable for their actions. He has little apparent concern for the material well being of the disadvantaged. He is politically connected, socially powerful and holds the mortgage on literally everything in the world. God is difficult. God is unsentimental. It is very hard to get into God’s heavenly country club.

Santa Claus is another matter. He’s cute. He’s nonthreatening. He’s always cheerful. And he loves animals. He may know who’s been naughty and who’s been nice, but he never does anything about it. He gives everyone everything they want without the thought of quid pro quo. He works hard for charities, and he’s famously generous to the poor. Santa Claus is preferable to God in every way but one: There is no such thing as Santa Claus.

Oh so true.

Posted by Lee on 12/23/05 at 08:22 AM in Life & Culture  • (1) TrackbacksPermalink

Thursday, December 22, 2005

Lock Up Your Sheep
by Lee

Q: A gay couple and a straight couple are going away on vacation.  Who is ready to go first in the morning?

A: The gay couple.  They had their shit packed the night before.

Right now I’m packing my shit for my annual Christmas sojourn to Texas.  Tomorrow morning I’ll be on a Continental flight back to the Lone Star State.

Posted by Lee on 12/22/05 at 11:30 PM in Etcetera  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Coffee, Tea, or Blood
by Lee

After 9/11 the government imposed draconian restrictions on what people could bring onboard planes, including harmless items like nail clippers.  That’s all about to change.

In a series of briefings this week, TSA Director Edmund S. “Kip” Hawley told aviation industry leaders that he plans to announce changes at airport security checkpoints that would allow scissors less than four inches long and tools, such as screwdrivers, less than seven inches long, according to people familiar with the TSA’s plans. … Faced with a tighter budget and morale problems among its workforce, the TSA says its new policy changes are aimed at making the best use of limited resources. Homeland Security Department officials are increasingly concerned about airports’ vulnerability to suicide bomb attacks. TSA officials now want airport screeners to spend more of their time looking for improvised explosive devices rather than sharp objects.

The TSA’s internal studies show that carry-on-item screeners spend half of their screening time searching for cigarette lighters, a recently banned item, and that they open 1 out of every 4 bags to remove a pair of scissors, according to sources briefed by the agency. Officials believe that other security measures now in place, such as hardened cockpit doors, would prevent a terrorist from commandeering an aircraft with box cutters or scissors.

Seems pretty reasonable, right?  In the pantheon of threats, nail clippers and small scissors seem pretty minor.  I mean, can you imagine a situation post 9/11 where the rest of the passengers would sit there like sheep while some Arab hijacked a plane with a pair of scissors?  Well, not everyone is happy.

“TSA needs to take a moment to reflect on why they were created in the first place—after the world had seen how ordinary household items could create such devastation,” said Corey Caldwell, spokeswoman for the Association of Flight Attendants, which has more than 46,000 members. “When weapons are allowed back on board an aircraft, the pilots will be able to land the plane safety but the aisles will be running with blood.”

How’s that for hyperbole?  I mean, were the aisles running with blood prior to 9/11?  Amazing, isn’t it, that somehow the airline industry managed to function prior to 2001 when the aisles were routinely running with blood.

Posted by Lee on 12/22/05 at 06:08 PM in Life & Culture  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Dirty Old Kitty
by Lee

Imagine a 42 year old man with HIV forced a 13 year old girl to perform oral sex on him.  He’d rightly go to prison for a long time.  Well, we’re about to see if the inverse is also true.

Authorities said a 13-year-old Arkansas boy was exposed to HIV when he was allegedly raped by a 42-year-old woman in his own home.

Deputies thought they were headed to a domestic disturbance call at the teen’s home near Avoca, Ark., at about 2 a.m. Monday.

When they arrived they found two men arguing with a woman named Donna Sue Mars. However, during subsequent interviews, police said one of the men said Mars had sex with his 13-year-old son, Fort Smith, Ark., television station KHBS reported.

Officers confirmed that the boy said Mars forced him to have oral sex.

They later discovered she is infected with HIV, and it’s a crime for somebody infected with the virus to expose someone else knowingly.

Mars’ relationship to the boy is unknown. However, police said the age difference between her and the alleged victim is enough to charge her with rape.

“The woman was indicating that the juvenile was a consenting member, and the juvenile was indicating he was not—that she somewhat forced herself on him,” said Benton County deputy Doug Gay.

Police said the woman was charged with rape and with exposing another person to HIV, which is also a felony. If convicted, she could face a life sentence. Mars is out of jail on $25,000 bond.

Somehow I don’t think the sentences will be the same.  They never are.

Posted by Lee on 12/22/05 at 08:18 AM in Decline of Western Civilization  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

When Kofis Attack!
by Lee

This is what it sounds like when doves cry.

U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan lost his diplomatic cool with a reporter on Wednesday, calling him an “overgrown schoolboy” in a show of anger at questions over his part in the Iraq oil-for-food scandal. …

His frustration showed when a British journalist, James Bone of the London Times, began questioning him about reports that Annan’s son, Kojo, imported a Mercedes-Benz car into Ghana using his father’s diplomatic status to avoid taxes.

Annan interrupted the reporter when Bone said, “Your own version of events don’t really make sense.”

“I think you’re being very cheeky,” Annan said. “Listen James Bone, you’ve been behaving like an overgrown schoolboy in this room for many, many months and years.

“You are an embarrassment to your colleagues and to your profession. Please stop misbehaving and please let’s move on to a serious subject,” Annan added.

The president of the U.N. Correspondents Association said that Bone had a right to ask a question. Annan said he agreed with that “but I think we also have to understand that we have to treat each other with respect.”

Note that he didn’t actually deny the claim, did he?  The frustration Kofi feels is understandable, considering the way his legacy has been tarnished.  Rather than riding off into the sunset as one of the world’s greatest statesmen, he’s going to be primarily remembered as a corrupt scumbag whose son made millions selling Saddam Hussein’s oil.

Earlier in the news conference, Annan, whose second five-year term ends in December 2006, had some advice for the man or woman who will succeed him.

“They need a thick skin. They need a sense of humor, and they should laugh a lot inside and outside and at themselves ... and be able to reach out and work effectively with leaders across the world,” Annan said.

“And they should make sure that when they use their diplomatic status to line their pockets they should cover their tracks better.”

Posted by Lee on 12/22/05 at 08:04 AM in Left Wing Idiocy  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Pork Frog
by Lee

I have to admit, in terms of staging a protest against societal norms, this one is both creative and legal.

An extreme-right French group has found a way to distribute Christmas cheer only to a chosen few by offering homeless people free hot soup containing pork, which observant Jews and Muslims do not eat.

The soup kitchen, set up at the harbour of this Riviera town, draws about as many protesters as poor people. Police stand guard between it and a Catholic charity group distributing vegetable soup outside their church.

Dominique Lescure, head of the small ultra-nationalist group distributing the soup, disputed charges by angry protesters on Wednesday evening that what he called his “patriots’ soup” was meant to exclude Jews and Muslims.

“I don’t see why I should not be able to put pork, which has always played a major role in my country’s cuisine, into a traditional soup that I want to distribute, admittedly, to my compatriots and European homeless people,” he argued.

“I’m not excluding anyone,” he shouted in a heated exchange with a handful of jeering protesters. “We’re tired of being treated like little Nazis. If a Muslim comes, I’ll serve him, but the real poor these days are our people.”

Standing nearby under bright Christmas lighting, a city official said he could do nothing about the controversial soup kitchen. “Serving soup with pork is not a crime,” said deputy mayor Noel Ayraud.

Hey, compared to the lefties, who riot and throw molotov cocktails, this guy is a saint.

Posted by Lee on 12/22/05 at 07:49 AM in Europe and the UK  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Blow Hole
by Lee

I’m sure the liberal blogs are going to be all over the cocaine conspiracy aspect of this.

A Denver lawyer was pardoned Tuesday by President Bush for drug-related crimes she committed more than two decades ago.
Wendy St. Charles, now 49, was among 11 people who received presidential pardons.

In 1984, she was sentenced to four years in prison in Illinois for conspiracy to conduct a narcotics enterprise and distribution of cocaine, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

She was also put on four years of special parole and four years of probation, which were to run consecutively with her sentence.

“It is wonderful news, and I’m grateful to the president,” said St. Charles, who was told Tuesday morning about the pardon by a justice department official.

“Bush pardons coke whore!” I can see the DU headlines now.  But what I found really interesting was this little nugget.

Since 2003, President Bush has pardoned 61 people, including the 11 granted Tuesday.

Jones said that all those who received pardons shared a common characteristic:

“Each demonstrated full acceptance and responsibility and remorse for their offense, and each has repaid his debt to society,” he said.

Note that Tookie Williams was seeking clemency without having accepted responsibility nor remorse for his four grizzly murders, and was seeking to get out paying his debt to society.  But hey, he ghost-wrote a few children’s books.  That should count for something, right?

Posted by Lee on 12/21/05 at 10:47 PM in Life & Culture  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Big Black Joke
by Lee

Al Sharpton has taken a pass on the one job he’s actually qualified for.

African-American leader AL SHARPTON has decided against starring in a sitcom based on his life.

The human rights activist and politician is no longer in talks with US network CBS to make AL IN THE FAMILY.

Note how Al is now referred to as an “African-American leader”, “human rights activist”, and “politician”, when a much more accurate description would be “self-aggrandizing racist loudmouth scumbag.”

Instead, Reverend Sharpton wants to concentrate on his dream of becoming the first black American president, instead of following in the footsteps of 1970s ALL IN THE FAMILY star ARCHIE BUNKER.

He tells the New York Post, “I haven’t done the things I’ve done to be in a sitcom. I’m not interested in being Archie Bunker, I’m looking forward to becoming GEORGE BUSH.”

It is truly my dream that Al Sharpton will one day be the Democratic nominee for president.  That would be the funniest sitcom in the history of television.

Posted by Lee on 12/21/05 at 08:01 PM in Left Wing Idiocy  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Big Black Jammin’ Willie
by Lee

There’s a growing trend in American radio markets where older rock stations are being phased out in favor of stations playing Latino music.  I can think of two long-running stations, KSJO in the Bay Area and KLOL in Houston, which switched to the new format.  Why?  Because demand for classic rock and metal is declining, whereas Latinos are the fastest growing demographic in the country.  It’s all about money.  But apparently, when it goes the other way, it’s racism.

A Denver radio station’s switch from R&B to country is drawing criticism from a Denver city councilwoman.

KDJM’s “Jammin” made the switch this week. The station fired its 7-member on-air staff and management.

On Tuesday afternoon, city councilwoman Elbra Wedgeworth went to CBS Radio of Denver to voice concerns.

“I’m not really comfortable (with the situation), but I think that the bigger picture is how we move forward and how we work with this station in the future,” said Wedgeworth, who said she’s concerned about the “constituencies that have lost their station.”

Don Howe of CBS Radio of Denver told Wedgeworth was ratings and not race that prompted the move away from the urban format.

“In the last few reports, (when consulting) Arbitron rating reports, it became even more clear that the format was really never gonna crack ... the barriers that we needed it too,” Howe said. “The audience simply wasn’t there.”

The station said it started the now-discarded format 6 years ago. The new country format is called “Willie.”

That’s right, folks.  The people who run this radio station are so racist that they’re going to switch formats when the station was making money.  I mean, where does this woman come up with this shit?  On the one hand the left complains that corporations are all about the bottom line, that the culture of greed breaks everything down to the dollar, all other considerations be damned.  Then they’ll immediately turn around and claim that this business was so committed to racism and black cultural genocide that they were apparently willing to disregard the bottom line and abandon a black music format simply to put in a country station.  Of course, this racism charge would be ludicrous if the station had gone to a Latino format.  It’s because they went from “black” music to “white” music that this bloviating loudmouth can charge the station with racial bias.  (Click on the link and look at the picture of this woman, you can just hear this bitch running her mouth about this racist radio station.)

Black people are the most racist people in America, without question.

Posted by Lee on 12/21/05 at 02:59 PM in Left Wing Idiocy  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Gutless Bastards
by Lee

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, a party this totally fucking inept does not deserve to be in power.

The Senate blocked oil drilling in an Alaska wildlife refuge Wednesday, rejecting a must-pass defense spending bill where supporters positioned the quarter-century-old environmental issue to garner broader support.

It was a stinging defeat for Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, one of the Senate’s most powerful members, who had given senators a choice to support the Alaska drilling measure, or risk the political fallout of voting against money for American troops and for victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Democrats accused Stevens, the senior Republican in the Senate, of holding the defense bill hostage to drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

“It took a lot of guts for a lot of people to stand up,” Sen. Joe Lieberman, D-Connecticut, said after the vote.

Republican leaders fell four votes short of getting the required 60 votes to avoid a threatened filibuster of the defense measure over the oil drilling issue. The vote prompted GOP leaders to huddle in private over their next move.

The vote that was 56-44.

Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist for procedural reasons cast a vote with ANWR opponents, so that he might be able to resurrect the issue for another try. But Democrats said they expected the defense bill to be withdrawn and reworked without the Arctic refuge provision.

The 43 senators who voted against refuge drilling—all but four Democrats as well as GOP Sens. Mike DeWine of Ohio and Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island—“are intent and unyielding” and not expected to budge should Frist try for another vote, said Lieberman.

Someone, tell me again why I should vote for the GOP?

Posted by Lee on 12/21/05 at 11:46 AM in Politics  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

by Lee

It seems that they’ve found a cause for that Miami plane crash.

The deadly crash off a seaplane shortly after takeoff was apparently caused by the right wing breaking off the fuselage, investigators said Tuesday. It was unclear why the wing detached during flight.

Salvage crews raised the right wing out of the channel where the plane crashed Monday within sight of horrified beachgoers. All 20 people on board were killed.

Which just goes to show us once again that the left wing is useless.

Posted by Lee on 12/21/05 at 08:11 AM in Etcetera  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Delusions of Grandeur
by Lee

Oh this is priceless.  It now seems that an activist judge is anyone who happens to disagree with the lunatics who favor ID.

A Seattle-based think tank which promotes the teaching of intelligent design, the Discovery Institute, said Judge Jones overstepped his bounds. “The Dover decision is an attempt by an activist federal judge to stop the spread of a scientific idea and even to prevent criticism of Darwinian evolution through government-imposed censorship and it won’t work,” an official with the institute, John West, said in a written statement. “Judge Jones got on his soapbox to offer his own views of science, religion and evolution. He makes it clear that he wants his place in history ...This is an activist judge who has delusions of grandeur.“‘’

In his opinion, Judge Jones predicted, accurately, that his decision would be denounced by some as judicial activism. However, the judge, a Republican appointed by President Bush, said the true troublemakers were the school board members and attorneys from a Michigan-based legal group devoted to defending the religious freedom of Christians, the Thomas More Law Center.

“This case came to us as the result of the activism of an ill-informed faction on a school board, aided by a national public interest law firm eager to find a constitutional test case on ID, who in combination drove the board to adopt an imprudent and ultimately unconstitutional policy,” the judge wrote. “The students, parents, and teachers of the Dover Area School District deserved better than to be dragged into this legal maelstrom, with its resulting utter waste of monetary and personal resources.”

The charge of judicial activism has become so commonplace recently that it’s lost all meaning, and that does a real disservice to those of us who oppose judicial activism in its true form.  This wasn’t judicial activism in any sense of the word.  The judge didn’t invent rights where none existed before, nor did he ignore established case law to implement a radical agenda.  The group with the radical agenda were the crazed fundamentalists who tried to use the Dover school board to ram this idiocy down the throats of the students in their care, and the fact that the majority of the school board was immediately voted out of office shows just how much the local population actually wanted this drivel taught in their schools.

Remember, this is Bush’s America.  Anything that doesn’t go the religious right’s way is obviously the result of a plot by those durn libruls, even if the durn librul in questions happens to be a Bush-appointed Republican.

Posted by Lee on 12/21/05 at 07:48 AM in Politics  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink
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