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Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Stone and Kidney Pie
by Lee

Posting will be light today, since I’m going in to have my kidney stone removed.  So consider this an open post, go crazy. 

Update: I’ll leave you with this email my mom forwarded to me.  The story is probably not true (none of these forwarded emails are) but I think it’s got a good message.

One of my sons serves in the military, he is stationed in Ontario, Canada. He called me yesterday To let me know how warm and welcoming people were to Him and his troops everywhere they go. Telling me how people shake their hands and thank them For being willing to serve and fight, not only our own Freedoms but so that others may have them too.

Then he told me about an incident in the grocery store He stopped at yesterday, on his way home from the Base. He said that several people were in the line Ahead of him, including a woman dressed in a Burkha.

He said when she got to the cashier, she made a loud Remark about the Canadian Flag, lapel pin, the cashier Wore on her smock. The cashier reached up and touched The pin and said, “Yes, I always wear it proudly, Because I’m a Canadian.”

The woman in the burkha then asked the cashier when She was going to stop bombing her countrymen, Explaining that she was Iraqi.

Then, a Gentleman standing behind my son stepped Forward, putting his arm around my son’s shoulders and Nodding towards my son, said in a calm and gentle Voice to the Iraqi woman: Lady, hundreds of thousands Of men and women like this young man have fought and Died so that YOU could stand here, in MY country and Accuse a check-out cashier of bombing YOUR countrymen. It is my belief that had you been this outspoken in YOUR own country, we wouldn’t need to be there today. But, hey, if you have now learned how to speak out so Loudly and clearly, I’ll gladly buy you A ticket and pay your way back to Iraq , so you can Straighten out the Mess in YOUR country, that you are Obviously here in MY country to avoid.”

Everyone within hearing distance cheered!

How sad that this story rings so true.

Posted by Lee on 07/31/07 at 09:30 AM in Etcetera  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Monday, July 30, 2007

And That’s the Way Muhammad Says It Is
by Lee

Okay, so as if this story wasn’t weird enough on its own…

Iran has launched its own 24-hour news channel in English.

The satellite channel, called Press TV, is sponsored by Iran’s state-run television operation, Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) and is aiming “to break the stranglehold of the West over the world’s media.”

The channel plans to compete with other 24-hour English-language satellite channels like the BBC, CNN and Al Jazeera International, which is based in Qatar.

“Press TV plans to present a new perspective to its viewers around the world,” said Muhammad Sarafraz, the deputy director for international affairs, the Mehr News Agency reported.

“Iran and Shiite Muslims in particular have become a focal point of world propaganda. From a media point of view, we are trying to give a second eye to Western audiences,” Sarafraz said.

Okay, so it’s clearly the pro-jihad network.  But then comes this.

Press TV’s Web site says the channel has 400 staff and 26 reporters worldwide. Some of its correspondents are based in Washington, New York, London, Beirut and Damascus, it says.

Among them is Yvonne Ridley, who broadcasts out of Press TV’s London bureau.

A former journalist for Britain’s Sunday Express, Ridley converted to Islam after being captured by the Taliban, whilst reporting in Afghanistan.

Kidnapped in Afghanistan, converts to Islam, and now works as a propagandist for Iran.  How proud her parents must be.

Posted by Lee on 07/30/07 at 11:19 PM in The Religion of Peace™  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Bob Roberts
by Lee

So you’ve undoubtedly heard by now that Chief Justice Roberts had a siezure.  Man, I bet Chuck Schumer was diddling himself behind his desk.

Posted by Lee on 07/30/07 at 10:31 PM in Politics  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Alaska If Her Dad Is In Trouble
by Lee

Gee, a corrupt politician.  Whod’a thunk it?

Agents from the FBI and Internal Revenue Service on Monday searched the home of U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens, an official said.

Investigators arrived at the Republican senator’s home in Girdwood shortly before 2:30 p.m. Alaska time, said Dave Heller, FBI assistant special agent.

Heller said he could not comment on the nature of the investigation.

The Justice Department has been looking into the seven-term senator’s relationship with a wealthy contractor as part of a public corruption investigation.

Stevens’ house was easy to find.  They just followed the connected series of intertubes right to his front door.  When he’s in prison, he’ll learn all about tubes, and exactly what can and cannot fit inside them.

Posted by Lee on 07/30/07 at 06:17 PM in Politics  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Texas Has A Whorehouse In It
by Lee

A Houston institution has croaked.

Marvin Zindler, the flamboyant television consumer reporter whose crusade against a rural brothel inspired the play and movie “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas,” died Sunday. He was 85.

Zindler died of complications from pancreatic cancer, said officials at KTRK-TV, the station he worked for.

“For nearly 35 years he was welcomed into the hearts and homes of millions of local viewers,” said Henry Florsheim, president and general manager of KTRK. “This is a deep loss for me, both personally and professionally.”

Doctors said that his death was caused by slime in the ice machine.

Posted by Lee on 07/30/07 at 05:55 PM in Life & Culture  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

The Truth About Pat
by Lee

Sullivan has a link-rich post up on the possible Tillman murder.  The Delta theory postulated there seems plausible to me, but I’d be interested in hearing what certain other people on this blog (and you know who you are) have to say about this.

Update: A couple of people have asked me to elaborate on what the “certain other people” comment means.  Without going into any specific detail, there are participants on this blog (more than one) who have specific knowledge of these types of activities, or at the very least have knowledge which would be germane to the discussion, knowledge which can only be learned by doing, if you catch my drift.

Posted by Lee on 07/30/07 at 11:18 AM in War on Terror/Axis of Evil  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Bedtime for Gonzo
by Lee

For all of you who think there’s nothing to this Gonzo business, that it’s just Demmycrats trying to destroy Amurka, I present this.

Later in the show, host Chris Wallace revealed that no conservative would willingly defend Gonzales on Fox. “By the way, we invited White House officials and Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee to defend Attorney General Gonzales,” said Wallace. “We had no takers.”

I’m sure they were just too busy to be bothered defending Gonzo against such ridiculous accusations.  But there’s always Jonah Goldberg, right?

National Review Online’s Jonah Goldberg, a reliable partisan defender of the Bush administration, admitted on Thursday that the evidence against Gonzales is compelling. “I think Gonzales has long, long, long outserved whatever usefulness he might once have had,” wrote Goldberg. “And — hey — maybe he actually did perjure himself.”

First one to point out that these quotes come from a left-wing blog is an idiot.  They’re quotes.  Impeach the quotes if you like, the source in this case is immaterial.

Posted by Lee on 07/30/07 at 11:09 AM in Politics  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Enriching Their Lives
by Lee

You know that Iranian nuclear development, which is being used solely to generate electricity?  Oddly enough, they haven’t built any power stations.

With global tensions rising over Iran’s nuclear intentions, the doors of the Isfahan plant were opened last week to a small group of journalists from Europe and America in a rare bid for transparency by the embattled but determined government in Tehran.
Ten miles south-east of the tiled mosques of Isfahan, Persia’s old capital, the conversion plant is a cluster of squat yellow-brick buildings at the foot of some weathered sandstone crags, and ringed by anti-aircraft batteries dug into the surrounding semi-desert.

Inside the plant, a dense network of shining vats, pipes and gauges perform the alchemy of turning processed uranium ore, “yellow cake”, into uranium hexafluoride (UF6), an elusive gas which is a halfway house to making both nuclear fuel and nuclear bombs.

Iranian officials insist they just want to make fuel, and presented the Isfahan plant as a display of scientific prowess and peaceful endeavour. “You’ll be able to see for yourselves the purity of our work, and you’ll be able to tell the outside world the good news,” Hossein Simorg, the spokesman for Iran’s nuclear industry, promised before a guided tour of the facility.

And here’s the kicker.

But there is another huge question mark hanging over Isfahan and Natanz: why is the government in such a rush to enrich fuel, when it has no nuclear power plants in which to use it?

Gee, I wonder.

Posted by Lee on 07/30/07 at 09:49 AM in War on Terror/Axis of Evil  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

And the Iranians Object
by Lee

Now that’s the pot calling the kettle destabilizing.

Iran’s foreign ministry spokesman on Monday criticized a U.S. plan to sell state-of-the-art weapons to Saudi Arabia, saying it would undermine security in the Middle East, the state broadcasting company reported.

Mohammad Ali Hosseini’s comments followed reports last week that the U.S. planned to sell Saudi Arabia an estimated $20 billion of sophisticated weaponry, including advanced air systems that would greatly enhance the striking ability of Saudi warplanes.

“What the Persian Gulf region needs is stability and security,” Hosseini was quoted as saying on the Web site of the state broadcasting company. “Americans have been trying to disturb it by selling weapons to the region.”

“And now, if you will excuse us, we need to get back to developing our nuclear weapons so we can destabilize the region.”

Update: And the plot thickens.

Israel is looking into reports that Russia plans to sell 250 advanced long-range Sukhoi-30 fighter jets to Iran in an unprecedented billion-dollar deal.

According to reports, in addition to the fighter jets, Teheran also plans to purchase a number of aerial fuel tankers that are compatible with the Sukhoi and capable of extending its range by thousands of kilometers. Defense officials said the Sukhoi sale would grant Iran long-range offensive capabilities.

Government officials voiced concern over the reports. They said Russia could be trying to compete with the United States, which announced over the weekend a billion-dollar arms sale to Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states.

Oh yeah, this is going to work out fine.

Posted by Lee on 07/30/07 at 09:36 AM in War on Terror/Axis of Evil  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Sunday, July 29, 2007

Wicked As Sin
by Lee

Last night I took the girlfriend to see Wicked.  I’d never been to musical theater before, but I have to admit I really enjoyed the hell out of it.  If it’s playing in your area, or the touring company comes through, I highly recommend it.

Posted by Lee on 07/29/07 at 11:51 PM in Life & Culture  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Signing Stuff
by Lee

So I’ve been having yet another useless discussion with the usual group of morons.  In this case it’s regarding Bush’s signing statements.  Rather than write something this long over there, where only eight people will read it, I thought I’d write a post here.

The problem is not with the idea of signing statements.  The problem is not with a president stating how he intends to execute ("executive") the laws passed by the legislature ("legislative").  The problem is that Bush is using the Constitution as a shield for unconstitutional behavior.

Posted by Lee on 07/29/07 at 11:11 PM in Politics  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Straight Stories
by Lee

The administration’s shock troops have their talking points.

At the urging of top conservative bloggers, the White House set up a Friday morning conference call to promote its message on the subject of executive privilege, RAW STORY has found.

“The White House hosted a blogger conference call to discuss the issues surrounding the Bush administration’s use of executive privilege in the probe of the firings of eight federal prosecutors,” wrote Ed Morrissey, who produces the blog Captains Quarters. “The White House arranged the call based on a recommendation by this blog, in order to familiarize the blogosphere with the legal and political arguments on which the administration will rely to prevail in the upcoming fight regarding the contempt citations Congress seems likely to approve.”

The White House did not immediately respond to queries about the conference call from RAW STORY.

Morrisey did not name any other participants in the call or identify the administration official who spoke to the assembled bloggers. But he showed that the message being delivered by the White House was short and to the point.

“The power to hire and fire federal prosecutors belongs exclusively to the executive branch,” Morrissey wrote. “Congress has no particular oversight in these matters, and so the executive privilege claim is very compelling in this instance.”

Translation:  “This is all bullshit, and nobody’s going to believe it unless we’re all spewing exactly the same bullshit.”

Posted by Lee on 07/28/07 at 12:07 PM in Politics  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Conservatives Acting Like Conservatives
by Lee

What a fucking douchebag.

U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts and Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito “duped” the U.S. Senate into confirming them, a top Democratic lawmaker charged on Friday, days after a key Republican questioned if they had lived up to their promises.

Sen. Charles Schumer of New York, a member of the Judiciary Committee that held hearings on the two, said they staked out moderate positions in congressional testimony but became part of a conservative bloc that issued restrictive rulings on issues from free speech to civil rights.

Schumer, in a speech to the American Constitution Society, talked about the confirmation of Roberts and Alito in 2005 and 2006, respectively.

“Were we duped?” he asked.

“Were we too easily impressed by the charm of nominee Roberts and the erudition of nominee Alito?” Schumer asked. “Did we mistakenly vote our hopes when our fears were more than justified by the ultraconservative records of these two men?”

“Yes,” he said.

Ultraconservative?  Christ, what a fucking twit that guy is.  And speaking of twits, here’s Arlen Specter.

His comments came days after Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, a moderate Republican, said he intended to review the congressional testimony of Roberts and Alito.

The Politico, a Washington-based newspaper, quoted Specter as saying he wanted to see if Roberts and Alito had “lived up” to their promises to respect legal precedents.

In a series of 5-4 rulings in the past year on topics such as abortion and racial integration, the court’s conservative majority, bolstered by Roberts and Alito, unsettled established law and riled liberals.

(Gasp!) My God, these two jurists are helping undo some of the left-wing stupidity the court has handed down over the last few decades?  Bestill my heart.

Posted by Lee on 07/28/07 at 11:52 AM in Politics  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

To Keep and Sell Arms
by Lee

Let’s play spot the bullshit.

The Bush administration will be asking Congress to approve a $20 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia and neighboring Gulf states despite the concerns of some U.S. officials that the Saudis have been hampering U.S. efforts in Iraq, the New York Times reported Saturday.

The size of the proposed package, which would include advanced weaponry, has made Israel and its supporters in Congress “nervous,” the Times reported. The administration is expecting Israeli supporters and Saudi critics in Congress to oppose the deal when it is formally presented to Congress this fall.

To resolve these concerns, the administration has promised Israel $30.4 billion in military aid over the next decade, and is asking the Saudis to accept restrictions on the “range, size and location of the satellite-guided bombs” and to agree not to store the weapons near Israeli territory, a U.S. official told the Times.

Okay, no bullshit so far… Oh, wait, here it comes!

The administration has not asked Saudi Arabia to pledge greater support to the U.S. effort in Iraq as a condition of the deal, the official told the Times.

I can’t think of any other reason for doing it EXCEPT to bribe the Saudis into doing more with respect to Iraq.

Posted by Lee on 07/28/07 at 11:46 AM in War on Terror/Axis of Evil  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Friday, July 27, 2007

Virtual Brewski
by Lee

Today is SysAdmin Day.  Take a moment to say thanks to the tireless JimK, who somehow manages to keep Right-Thinking, Right Thoughts, MOOREWATCH, and a few other sites up and running day in and day out.

If it wasn’t for Jim, you’d be stuck reading Power Line.

Posted by Lee on 07/27/07 at 04:54 PM in Etcetera  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink
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