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August 30, 2007

Fred Thompson to Announce Candidacy TODAY?

According to Jeff Emanuel over at Red State:

It's official: Fred Thompson will formally enter the Presidential race today, with an announcement to be made at 4:30pm.

For all who have waited for this for months -- here you go.

He's finally putting his money where his mouth is. Word is that he is making phone calls to supporters as we speak.

If it's true...IT'S ABOUT TIME! If it's not, I'll be royally annoyed.

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Hillary's Dirty Laundry

Yesterday, hubby sent me info on Hillary with the hopes I'd do a post about her latest donation scandal, but I didn't have time to get to it. However, Pamela at Atlas Shrugs did a great job on the topic, and so I send you to her place to read all about it.

I will say one thing, however: Hillary talks on and on about how her "experience" makes her the best choice for the White House. Experience doing what? Heading a health care reform team that was probably the most secretive group in the White House since the days of Richard Nixon? We all know how that turned out. Her other experience seems to be helping hubby Bill attain the absolute worst presidential legacy as far as various scandals within his administration...many including the two of them personally.

When Bill campaigned in 1992, he said voters had the chance to "buy one, get one free." But nothing in life is free. We got out of it not only one of the most scandal-ridden administrations in the history of this nation, but we get the "chance" for eight more years of the same.


What voters will need if Hillary is elected in 2008

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Sanctuary Cities: Flipping the Bird to Federal Law and American Citizens

My FamilySecurityMatters.Org column this week. Here's an excerpt:

The idea that coming and going across the border as you please is a right is also being bandied about. Kirsten Powers, a Democrat political analyst who is a regular guest on Fox News, recently claimed on The OReilly Factor that it is indeed a human right. This assertion is patently ridiculous. As a sovereign nation, the U.S. has the right to decide who may share in, and contribute to, our collective experience. Like a home, there is a front door. Immigrants who seek entrance must knock, and our laws determine which knocks are answered.

Be sure to read it all.

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August 29, 2007

Arellano: Wants to be Peace Ambassador

The gall of this woman grows by leaps and bounds. If this volume of stories keeps up, I might have to give her her own category in my sidebar:

The recently deported illegal migrant and activist who took refuge in a Chicago church for a year, has asked the Mexico's president to appoint her "peace and justice" ambassador so she can return to the United States.

Elvira Arellano, 32, who sought refuge to avoid being separated from her U.S.-born, 8-year-old son, was arrested and sent back to Mexico on Aug. 19 after traveling to Los Angeles to attend a rally for the overhaul of U.S. immigration laws. Her son stayed in the United States.

"What I'm asking for is a diplomatic visa so that I can be an ambassador for peace and justice because I'm not a terrorist and the United States can't continue treating undocumented migrants as terrorists," Arellano told reporters after meeting with President Felipe Calderon at the presidential residence, Los Pinos.

No, but we can continue to treat you like the interlopers and lawbreakers you are. Oh, and it's illegal alien, not undocumented migrant.


The Hindenburg? Or Elvira Arellano's head?

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Wednesday Morning Humor

We all need a bit of funny to get us going once in a while. Here are a couple of items to start your Wednesday off. First, a joke (thanks to Nightrider for reminding me of it):

A United States Marine was attending some college courses between assignments. He had completed missions in Iraq and Afghanistan . One of the courses had a professor who was a vowed atheist and a member of the ACLU.

One day the professor shocked the class when he came in. He looked to the ceiling and flatly stated, "God, if you are real, then I want you to knock me off this platform. I'll give you exactly 15 minutes." The lecture room fell silent. You could hear a pin drop.

Ten minutes went by and the professor proclaimed, "Here I am God. I'm still waiting." It got down to the last couple of minutes when the Marine got out of his chair, went up to the professor, and cold-cocked him; knocking him off the platform.

The professor was out cold. The Marine went back to his seat and sat there, silently. The other students were shocked and stunned and sat there looking on in silence. The professor eventually came to, noticeably shaken, looked at the Marine and asked, "What the hell is the matter with you? Why did you do that?"

The Marine calmly replied, "God was too busy today protecting America 's soldiers who are protecting your right to say stupid shit and act like an ass. So, He sent me."


And now, a gift for that special someone who seems to have everything:

The Hillary Nutcracker! It's a real product. The official description:

Love her or hate... you'll have nonstop fun cracking nuts with Hillary. Regardless of your affiliation (Republican or Democrat) you've just found your new favorite kitchen tool!

Work those thighs back into the White House. This might be the reason why Bill never strayed too far. Quite possibly THE toy of the 2008 election -- A must for anyone on any side of politics! Her stainless steel thigh teeth will pulverize any nut that stands in her way to the White House.

Not recommended for people without a sense of humor, Bill, or children under 12 years of age.

Plastic and stainless steel. 9" tall.


(Thanks, Kitty!)

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August 28, 2007

To the EU From Texas, With Love

Heh...this was posted about a week ago, but if you haven't seen it, you should. It's a statement from Governor Rick Perry of Texas, regarding the EU's appeal that Texas put a stop to the death penalty:

230 years ago, our forefathers fought a war to throw off the yoke of a European monarch and gain the freedom of self-determination. Texans long ago decided that the death penalty is a just and appropriate punishment for the most horrible crimes committed against our citizens. While we respect our friends in Europe, welcome their investment in our state and appreciate their interest in our laws, Texans are doing just fine governing Texas.

Just awesome. It's times like this I wish I lived in Texas!

h/t: Moonbattery

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August 27, 2007

Chris Wallace vs. Bill Moyers: Smackdown!

LOVE it! Chris Wallace is fast becoming one of my favorite journalists.

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Gonzalez Resigns

That's the word today:

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales has resigned, ending a months-long standoff with Republican and Democratic critics who called for his ouster over the Justice Department's botched handling of FBI terror investigations and the firing of U.S. attorneys, officials said Monday.

Finally, a "victory" Democrats can get behind! Who's next on their hit parade?

UPDATE: From an e-mail I sent to Cookiewrangler on the subject:

You know, I dont know enough about Gonzalez to judge whether he was a good choice for AG or not. However, the witch hunt by the Dems that ended with him resigning will only embolden them to ratchet up the pressure on the Bush administration over what amounts to piddly nonsense when we have real problems to worry about: illegal immigration and Islamist terrorism, to name the top two on my list. And all of this gotcha cr@p simply takes important time and resources away from those struggles. Its time the American people put their foot down and told our politicians, Enough already!

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August 25, 2007

Three Things

It's a little dated (the second item is the clue). It still rings true, though. Enjoy! (Sent to me by my dad.)


1. Cows
2. The Constitution
3. The Ten Commandments

Isn't it simply amazing that our government can track a single cow born in Canada almost three years ago, right to the stall where she sleeps in the state of Washington? And they tracked her calves to their stalls. But they are unable to locate 11 million illegal aliens wandering around our country. Maybe we should give each of them a cow.

The Constitution:
They keep talking about drafting a Constitution for Iraq. Why don't we just give them ours? It was written by a lot of really smart guys, it's worked for over 200 years, and we're not using it anymore.

The Ten Commandments:
The real reason that we can't have the Ten Commandments posted in a courthouse is this: You cannot post "Thou Shall Not Steal, "Thou Shall Not Commit Adultery", and "Thou Shall Not Lie" in a building full of lawyers, judges and politicians. It creates a hostile work environment.

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August 24, 2007

Zzz...Chris Dodd to March in New Hampshire on Labor Day

Connecticut's Sen. Chris Dodd, who is campaigning for the Democrat presidential nomination (yes, still), will be spending Labor Day marching in a parade in New Hampshire and having a tasty BBQ afterward. Below is the text of an e-mail I received:


Dear Pam,

On Labor Day, September 3rd, we are going to New Hampshire to join Senator Chris Dodd in the Milford, NH Labor Day parade. This is going to be an important day to rally support for Chris Dodd in New Hampshire, and it will mean a great deal to the Senator to have enthusiastic, energetic, and committed volunteers from his home state showing their support and picthing in to help him win in New Hampshire.

After a great day of showing New Hampshire the energy and excitement behind Senator Dodd's campaign we will join the New Hampshire for Dodd staff for a BBQ before heading back to Connecticut. We will arrive back to Connecticut by 8:00pm.

We will be leaving North Haven from the commuter lot off route 40 Devine Street at 7:30am. Exit 10 off I-91 North. Take a left off the exit and the lot of on your left.

From Manchester we will be leaving from the Spencer Street commuter lot at 8:30am. From the I-84 East take the I-384 exit. Take exit 1 Spencer Street off I-384. Take a left off the exit. At the first light take a left and the lot is on the left.

You can also check this event out at:

Please RSVP to this event right away!

For more information or to reserve your spot ont he bus please call the office at 860-244-2008 or email us at mscully@chrisdodd.com.

Thank you.

Melissa Scully


You know what I'd like? I'd like for Chris Dodd to actually do the job he pledged to do the last time he ran for re-election as one of Connecticut's senators. I'm sick and tired of hearing about how he's running around the country, running for president when he hasn't a snowball's chance in Hades, instead of doing what he's paid for.

And another thing: how about campaigning for prez right here at home? He's not my choice, but it seems rather insulting that he ignores his own state. Yes I know that it's necessary to woo certain states prior to the first primaries, but geez! Throw us a teeny little bone, would ya?

It's not just Dodd. All those senators, etc., who continue to hold their office while running for president really cheese me off. "We the People" pay them to legislate, but they're too busy campaigning for higher office to do so. And we wonder why nothing of substance gets done in Congress!

I think a rule should be in place that stipulates the following: anyone holding public office who wants to run for a different office should have to resign the current office. This is especially true now, since it looks like these early presidential election cycles are here to stay.

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Help for Youssif

Earlier this week, a CNN story appeared about 5-year-old Youssif, who lives in central Baghdad with his family. Youssif was brutally attacked in January while playing outside of his home. Masked men grabbed him, doused him with gasoline, and lit him on fire. The unidentified men, whose motive is unknown, remain at large.

Youssif went from being a happy, smiling child to a sullen one whose face is unrecongnizable and who has trouble performing even basic tasks like feeding himself.


Such cruelty is unfathomable when it happens to anyone, but moreso when it happens to a child who has no way of defending himself. I was in tears when reading it.

My friend Jeanette now passes on the good news that this MSM story has a happy ending. (As she says, it's "a shame they do not use their power for good more often!") There was an outpouring of support for Youssif from CNN viewers/readers. Plus, an offer was made by the non-profit Children's Burn Foundation (click here to make a donation to the foundation) to fly Youssif and his family to the U.S., perform all necessary surgeries and provide aftercare, as well as provide any counseling he will need. All expenses for the trip, medical care, and the family's stay stateside will be covered by the foundation.

His family is thrilled by the news.

It's heartwarming indeed when some of life's tragedies can turn into power for good.

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August 23, 2007

Surprise -- Not: Mexican Senate Sides with Illegal Arellano

From (the highly liberal) USA Today:

A Mexican Senate committee passed a measure Wednesday urging President Felipe Calderon to send a diplomatic note to the United States protesting the deportation of an illegal migrant who took refuge in a Chicago church for a year.

The committee also approved a scholarship to help her 8-year-old U.S.-born son, Saul, who is an American citizen and stayed in the United States. [Will they set up scholarships for other poverty-stricken children in their own country? --ed.]


"We cannot remain quiet in view of this injustice and must ask for firm action from our authorities," Mexican Sen. Humberto Zazue said.

He accused the United States of violating international deportation accords by denying her access to the Mexican Consulate in Los Angeles.

Oh please. This woman violated our nation's sovereignty and its immigration laws, and after a decade, finally gets tossed out on her can -- and good riddance.

It doesn't surprise me that the Mexican Senate would make a big deal about this and blame the U.S. After all, it's much easier for them overall if their poor keep making the northern border run...it means the Mexican legislators don't have to deal with their atrocious economic concerns and their corrupt government and business practices.

I'd tell them to buy a clue, but the peso doesn't stretch very far these days.

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Staying Informed -- Making a Difference

That's the title of my Family Security Matters piece this week. A smidgen:

What would Jefferson, or any other of those brilliant men who created our country out of whole cloth, think of a citizenry that meanders blithely on with more thought for pop culture than the serious issues of the day? What would they think of our education system, which concentrates its efforts on multicultural pursuits that divide, not unite, and devalues the contributions of a bunch of dead white men, preferring to focus on the missteps of our people rather than our triumphs? What would they think of their heirs, todays politicians, who put party politics before national security and other important matters?

Read the whole thing here!

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August 22, 2007

"Killer Nixon" Movie...Sheesh!

From the NY Post's Page Six (h/t Kitty):

RICHARD Nixon will be rolling in his grave over actor Norman Reedus' new project. Reedus - best known as the father of supermodel Helena Christensen's 7-year-old son, Mingus - was at the Plumm the other night discussing his short film "The Rub," in which Nixon sleeps with a hooker and then brutally kills her. "It's a hoot, and we're now going to expand it into a feature," said Reedus, who also has a part in the upcoming movie "American Gangster."

Har-dee-har, what a hoot. Have these people no respect? Nixon may have resigned in disgrace, but he was a president, after all...and he certainly didn't murder anyone! Would they make such a movie about JFK? Bill Clinton (who was known to sleep with hookers)? I doubt it. Nor should they. That sort of thing should really be off-limits...I'm sick of "artistic license" taking over where good taste leaves off.

And coming from a second-rate actor who's best known for knocking up a supermodel, I am even less impressed.

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Al-Maliki May Not Be First Choice, But He Was Elected!

This may seem a little off-putting, to be sure:

Iraq's prime minister lashed out at American criticism, saying Wednesday that no one has a right to put timetables on his elected government.

Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki blamed the U.S. presidential campaign for the recent tough words from the Bush administration and from other American politicians.

"No one has the right to place timetables on the Iraq government. It was elected by its people," he said at a news conference in Damascus at the end of a three-day visit to Syria.

"Those who make such statements are bothered by our visit to Syria. We will pay no attention. We care for our people and our constitution and can find friends elsewhere," al-Maliki said.

And now Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) is spouting off that al-Maliki should be ousted. Way to make friends, there, Carl.

Am I happy that al-Maliki made gestures to Syria and is now planning on doing so to Iran? Of course not! But our making ultimatums and threats isn't going to help matters any. In fact, it may drive the Iraqi government into the arms of the enemy. And we can't have that.

Look, we wanted for the Iraqis to hold free elections to choose their own leaders. They did that. Now we have to work with the leaders the Iraqis elected. After George W. Bush was elected (twice), there was a lot of grousing by people around the world who really should have kept their mouths shut...after all, Bush was elected by a majority of the American people. Our elections are up to us, not the rest of the world. And so it is with Iraq: they made their choice, and it's not up to us to moan and carp on about it.

And as for the criticism that the Iraqi government took the month of August off and calls for them to come back now to work on important issues, I say this: our Congress traditionally takes the month of August off. We have many critical issues on the table right now, yet I don't see any of al-Maliki's congressional critics rushing back to Washington in order to get to work before September.

So cool your jets, everyone. We need to forge a working relationship with al-Maliki and his government. Otherwise, the blood, sweat and tears we've shed in Iraq may have been for naught after all.

On a tip from: Cookiewrangler

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August 21, 2007

Coming to the U.S. is NOT a "Human Right"

Kirsten Powers, a Democrat who is a regular guest on Fox's "O'Reilly Factor" each Monday evening (in a segment with Michelle Malkin), responded to the Elvira Arelleno case last night by, as Bryan Preston explains, constantly repeating that coming to the United States is a "'human right' in the context that freedom of movement is a human right." (Video included at the previous Hot Air link.)

Let's get something straight, for Ms. Powers and the other leftists who are constantly bleating that everyone has a right to come on down to America and set up shop: The United States is a sovereign nation. That is, we have our own (elected) government that is supposed to monitor the borders that delineate our nation from the countries around it. Our citizens (and anyone who is legally permitted to live here) pay taxes to said local, state, and federal governments so that they will be afforded certain services, such as a military to protect us from foreign invasion, as well as police protection, road maintenance, yada yada yada. (We'll leave the superfluous programs that are near and dear to leftists' hearts aside for the moment.)

And as a sovereign nation, we therefore (through our elected leaders) have the right to decide who gets to come share in, and contribute to, our collective experience. You may not agree with some of the things that happened along the way of making the United States the greatest nation in the world, but come on, get over it already! What's done is done. There has been the sort of thing lefties cry about ("stealing" the land of others, slavery, war, etc.) for as long as mankind could first pick up a rock or create a spear and throw it at someone else. Just about all of the modern countries in Europe, the leftist's utopia, were built on war, conquest, and even genocide. So stop pointing fingers at the U.S. as though we invented these concepts...we're simply the last one to arrive at the party, and so the less favorable events that happened here are fresher in history than, say, the War of the Roses.

If Powers believes that going to and fro with no restrictions is a "human right," I wonder what she would say to a squatter who decided that her home was a nice place to move in to, or a burglar who decided that her nice big television would look nice in his living room. What better way to demonstrate her devotion to the cause? And why stop there? If there is to be no law as to maintaining our borders and managing the immigrant flow, why not go the next step? Why not suspend all law and give the anarchists the gift they've always wanted? Get rid of our government, get rid of all public civil institutions, and let each and every individual get on with life as he sees fit to live it, protecting his "rights" and to hell with everyone else. Sound extreme? It's meant to. Because by disregarding one set of laws, we open the door to disregarding the next set, and the next, and the next...

Bryan Preston comments that by Powers' logic, "the entire world ought to be made U.S. citizens by fiat." But isn't that the idea? Isn't it the ulitmate wet dream for leftists to have one, and only one, government ruling the entire world? The U.N. in charge of all? Just like in Star Trek, where all Earthlings live peacefully under one government and there are no pesky borders to muck up the "free right" to go wherever. Good luck with that.

But it's exactly what the left wants. And dismantling our borders and immigration policies is just the first step.

If you shudder at the above scenario, then get in touch with your congressional representatives and make your concerns about immigration and border security known. To use the analogy of the song "It's My Party," "it's our country and we'll let in who we want to." Period.

Don't like it? Utilize that "human right" to move freely somewhere else. See how another country likes it when you decide to invite yourself into its sovereign territory.

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August 20, 2007

Who's REALLY Running America?

Rush's secret is out! Video over at Ian Schwartz's place.

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"Immigrant Activist" Deported

Via Hot Air, I discovered that Elvira Arellano, the illegal Mexican immigrant who sought "sanctuary" in a Chicago church for a year, has been deported to Mexico:

An immigration activist who took refuge in a Chicago church for a year to avoid being separated from her son has been deported to Mexico, the church's pastor said.

Elvira Arellano was arrested Sunday afternoon outside Our Lady Queen of Angels church in Los Angeles. She was deported several hours later, said the Rev. Walter Coleman, pastor of Adalberto United Methodist Church in Chicago, where Arellano had taken refuge.

"She has been deported. She is free and in Tijuana," said Coleman, who said he spoke to her on the phone. "She is in good spirits. She is ready to continue the struggle against the separation of families from the other side of the border."


Arellano, 32, became a symbol of the struggles of illegal immigrant parents when she took refuge in the church to avoid being separated from her 8-year-old son Saul, who was born in the U.S. and is thus a citizen.

You know, there's no reason why little Saul couldn't go back to Mexico with Mommy. This whole notion that anchor babies must stay here while their parents are sent back home is ludicrous. Remember, it's the parents who put the children in this situation -- not our government. And it's why children born to those who do not reside legally within our borders should NOT be granted citizenship. It's a law that was designed to right some of the wrongs against former slaves, who weren't really considered citizens even when they were freed, and it's now being abused beyond belief.

Notice she was arrested in Los Angeles, not Chicago? She wasn't holed up in that church 24/7, as Hot Air's AllahPundit points out:

She left the building a few days ago for the coast, ostensibly to attend an immigration rally there (which she ended up not attending), and the feds evidently just let her go, without interfering. As it turns out, shed already lined up a new church to give her sanctuary in L.A. (sanctuary being an archaic common law concept that doesnt exist under American law and would be grossly unconstitutional if it did, of course). I wonder if the feds got caught flat-footed on her new plans and swooped in when they did to avoid having to arrest her inside the church.

It's so nice to know the government only enforces the law when under scrutiny -- I mean, takes our laws seriously.

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Ahmadinejad to Visit Iraq

This morning, Cookiewrangler sent me the link to this story:

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is planning to make his first visit to Iraq, the highest level trip by an Iranian leader since the fall of Saddam Hussein.

Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki invited Ahmadinejad after he visited Tehran earlier this month, the ISNA student news agency reported.

"This invitation has been accepted and the preparation is underway. When the trip becomes definite we will make an announcement," Mottaki said in Iran's holy second city of Mashhad late on Sunday.

She asks: "WHY, WHY -- Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki invited Ahmadinejad -- here we are losing people and these two are getting friendly???"

While I'm certainly not thrilled that Ahmadinejad is being welcomed with what seems to be open arms by Prime Minister al-Maliki, I can, I think, understand why he is. You see, al-Maliki is in a very precarious position. With American Democrats and RINOs clamoring to pull out of Iraq as quickly as possible, he's likely very worried about the aftermath of such a situation. Iraq is not yet capable of fending off a serious advance by Iran or any other sizable and unfriendly Middle Eastern nation. So what to do? Make a friendly overture to the biggest bully in the sandbox and hope that, if the occasion arises, that the bully will remember the suck-up gesture and not be too cruel as a result.

Al-Maliki is buttering both sides of the bread. And we have the political pandering of the Democrats and RINOs to thank for it.

Any other thoughts on this situation? Comments, please!

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August 19, 2007

Free Republic's Kristinn Taylor on the Andrea Shea-King Show Tonight

This is a big show tonight, and you won't want to miss it. The Free Republic's Kristinn Tayor will be talking with Andrea about a lawsuit that FR might be filing against Bill O'Reilly and a Fox affiliate.

Why? According to Andrea's blog, Radio Patriot:

According to a press release, defamatory statements by Bill OReilly were broadcast on the Fox News Channels The OReilly Factor on or about July 31st when he compared Free Republic to DAILY KOS, a left wing website.

Be sure to tune in to Andrea's show tonight on 580 WDBO, Orlando. Live streaming begins at 9 pm Eastern. You are also invited to join in the live chat room (upper right) here.

On a tip from ThirdWaveDave.

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August 18, 2007

Three Cheers for Wyatt Earp!

I'd like to thank Wyatt for doing such a great job guestblogging for me while I recharged my batteries down in Northern Virginia. He got so many people to comment that I'm thinking of making him a permanent addition to the blog...heck, maybe he should even take over!

Now, all of you who enjoyed his posts here, please be sure to visit him at his blog, Support Your Local Gunfighter! Since I can't actually pay him, I can at least direct some traffic his way.

Thanks, Wyatt...you're the best!!!

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August 17, 2007

My God, Al Gore Was Right!

Well, at least according to this article.

WASHINGTON - There was less sea ice in the Arctic on Friday than ever before on record, and the melting is continuing, the National Snow and Ice Data Center reported.

Satellite measurements showed 2.02 million square miles of ice in the Arctic, falling below the Sept. 21, 2005, record minimum of 2.05 million square miles, the agency said.

This rare footage shows Gore's reaction to the news:

Wyatt Earp

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Hurricane Dean

If and when Dean makes landfall in the U.S., you just know who will be blamed for it!

CASTRIES, St. Lucia - Hurricane Dean strengthened into a Category 3 storm and tore through the eastern Caribbean on Friday, ripping the roofs from a hospital and homes, and flooding buildings with rain and seawater. A 62-year-old man drowned the storm's first death.

In a related story, thousands of people trapped in the storm's path have all heard the same sound: "YAAAAAHHHHH!"


Wyatt Earp

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August 16, 2007

More Problems At The Utah Mine

I'm afraid the mine tragedy is getting worse:

HUNTINGTON, Utah - A disastrous cave-in Thursday night killed a rescue worker and injured at least eight others who were trying to tunnel through rubble to reach six trapped miners, authorities said.

"All rescue workers have been evacuated from the mine. Nine rescue workers were injured in the accident. One of those suffered fatal injuries," said Dirk Fillpot, a spokesman for the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration.

I am about to make a lot of you folks angry, but this has to be said: the six trapped miners are probably dead. Is it really worth sacrificing more lives for people who have been buried for 11 days?

Wyatt Earp

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Pimpin' Ain't Easy!

Tomorrow is my last day subbing for Pam - cue cheering, applause, and calls of "It's about time. You suck!" - but before I go, I wanted to bring a little of my blog over here. Besides, Blogmeister USA has a classy audience that wouldn't be caught dead at my slum. This is a little thing I like to call "Link Pimping." Enjoy!

Reverse Vampyr also delves into the Padilla case . . . and gets a troll for his efforts.

Aaron at Lifelike Pundits has the funniest Michael Vick story . . . ever! If half of it is true, then it's worth your attention.

Third Wave Dave remembers The King. Um, it's Elvis, not Richard Petty.

Brainster explains why all is not sunshine and lollipops for Ron Paul. Was it ever?

And, finally, my friend Captain America remembers one of the worst days in the history of the Philadelphia Fire Department.

Wyatt Earp

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Padilla Buster

After a 13-year (and counting) career in law enforcement, I don't have much faith in the criminal justice system. And after reading this story, I still don't:

MIAMI - Jose Padilla, a U.S. citizen held for 3 1/2 years as an enemy combatant, was convicted Thursday of helping Islamic extremists and plotting overseas attacks in a case that came to symbolize the Bush administration's zeal to clamp down on terrorism.

Padilla was convicted of "supporting terrorism." This is a charge now? Cripes, while we're at it, can we charge people with supporting the Cleveland Indians, Tony Stewart, or Ron Paul?

Wyatt Earp

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August 15, 2007

The "Invisible" Woman

God, I wish. Why can't Hillary Clinton just disappear? I mean, if she did, we wouldn't have to suffer comments like these:

"If you're a family that is struggling and you don't have health care, you are invisible to this president," the New York senator says in the ad. "If you're a single mom trying to find affordable child care so you can go to work, you're invisible too.

The ad also argued that U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan are "invisible" to Bush.

The first thought that came to mind when I heard this comment was repeated by a caller on Rush Limbaugh's show this afternoon: For eight years, Mrs. Clinton and her husband literally ignored the Marines at the foot of Air Force One and Marine One on an almost daily basis. And she is claiming that Bush is ignoring the troops? Who is going to swallow that tripe?

Not me, lady. Not me.

Wyatt Earp

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August 14, 2007

Holy Cow!

New York Yankees fans the world over are mourning the loss of a legend:

NEW YORK (AP) -- His speed and spunk made him a Hall of Famer.

"Holy cow!" made Phil Rizzuto famous.

Popular as a player and beloved as a broadcaster, the New York Yankees shortstop during their dynasty years of the 1940s and 1950s died Monday night. "The Scooter" was 89.

Although born and bred in Philadelphia, I have always been a Yankees fan. And, as such, I was a fan of Phil Rizzuto. The Hall of Fame shortstop was a terrific player - no, I'm not old enough to have seen him play in person - an interesting, likable announcer, and an all-around nice guy. Hell, the voice of The Money Store was also a plot line in a Seinfeld episode! (Remember when George lost his talking Rizzuto key chain in the pothole?)

Friends and fans alike are mourning his passing today. Godspeed, Phil!

Wyatt Earp

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U.S. To Russia: We're Bringing Back Reagan!

After reading this article, I think it's time to remind Russia who won the Cold War:

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (Reuters) - Russian bombers are flying more missions than normal near U.S. territory, including Alaska, demonstrating their long-range strike capability, U.S. and Canadian officials said on Monday.

Russian aircraft carrying cruise missiles ran an aviation exercise near Alaska two weeks ago, according to Canadian Col. Andre Dupuis, an officer at the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), a U.S.-Canadian operation responsible for protecting both countries' airspace.

Some analysts and defense officials say the flights likely reflect Moscow's desire to display its military muscle to remind Washington of Russia's capabilities and express dismay over U.S. plans to build a missile shield in Eastern Europe.

One defense official called the Russian flights "a little bit of chest pounding, trying to let people know Russia's back in the game."

To quote Fred Dalton Thompson from The Hunt for Red October: "The average Rooskie, son, doesn't take a dump without a plan." Something else is going on here, and I think Washington needs to get to the bottom of it, post haste!

Forget their chest pounding. Make it clear to them that if they keep up their tomfoolery, we're going to do some pounding of our own . . . with bunker busters.

Wyatt Earp

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August 13, 2007

U.S. Pullout = Bad

"Heh, heh, I wrote, 'Pullout.'"

Does anyone think John Murtha, my home state's biggest disgrace, read this story?

WASHINGTON U.S. troops could withdraw from Iraq within months, but if Iraq's government remains politically deadlocked, it probably would collapse and the nation would descend into chaos, a war game organized by the U.S. Army concluded earlier this month.

No Shiite. The war game also concluded that an American withdraw would result in human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together - mass hysteria.

Wyatt Earp

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Rovin' Down The River

Everyone and their mother is talking - and blogging - about the "Big Story" of the day: Bush strategist Karl Rove's decision to resign at the end of this month. Since I can barely put a sentence together, I figured I would mention it in my own unique way . . .

The Top Ten Reactions to Karl Rove's Resignation
10. The Chicago Cubs will win the World Series.
9. Matt Lauer shaved Katie Couric's head on live TV.
8. Philly's homicide rate actually stalled.
7. Rosie O'Donnell kissed a man . . . and liked it!
6. The one person who watches "Lil' Bush" shot his television.
5. Dick Cheney became Google's top search for "Evil Conservative."
4. Pam's vacation is effectively ruined.
3. The New York Times printed today's edition in "Celebration Blue."
2. Satan is waiting by the phone for Bush's call.

And the number reaction to Karl Rove's resignation is . . .

1. Michael Moore laughed so hard that he choked to death on a chicken bone.

Wyatt Earp

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August 12, 2007

Virginia Is For Speeders

File this story in the "Idiot State Laws" file.

The labor pains were coming, so Jessica Hodges got going. The 26-year-old bank teller from Burke sped toward Inova Fairfax Hospital, but before she got there, the law got her -- 57 mph in a 35 zone. Reckless driving.

Hodges's labor pains subsided -- they turned out to be a false alarm -- but the agony from her ticket is mounting. She was found guilty of the July 3 offense and given a $1,050 civil fee on top of a judge-imposed $100 fine and court costs, making her one of the first to be hit with Virginia's new "abusive driver fees," which have been greeted by widespread public outrage.

"It's crazy," said an unregretful Hodges. "Having a baby's more important. Of course I'm going to speed."

At this point, someone should his Virginia with an Abusive State Fee. Morons.

Wyatt Earp

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August 11, 2007

Paging Liberal Moonbats . . .

Maybe you should be reading this. After all, it was broadcast on the libtard Mother Ship:

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The Supreme Court refused to block the pending transfer of an accused terrorist held by the U.S. military, despite his fears of being tortured if he is sent back to his home country of Algeria.

Ahmed Belbacha has been incarcerated at the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for five years. He has tried to keep himself detained because he said he fears being tortured by the Algerian government if he goes home.

The justices, in a one-sentence order, denied his emergency request for a stay to any pending release. (H/T - RT)

But, wait a minute. I thought we were torturing the detainees at Guantanamo? I thought we were violating their civil rights on a daily basis? I thought we were sending them to bed without their supper? So, why would any detainee volunteer to stay there under these barbaric conditions? Mr. Reid, Ms. Pelosi, would you care to enlighten us?

I guess Rush was right: Club Gitmo is the terrorists' break from the stress of jihad.

Wyatt Earp

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Eye Of The Tiger

This may be the first-ever post here about golf. Pam is going to kill me. Oh well, at least I'll die with a smile on my face. Why? Because Tiger Woods is making history again.

And, unlike Barry Bonds, Tiger's achievement won't have an asterisk beside it.

TULSA, Okla. (AP) -- Tiger Woods matched the major championship record with a 63 in the PGA Championship on Friday, turning away in disbelief when a 15-foot birdie putt on the final hole spun 270 degrees around the cup but didn't drop to give him the record alone.

Of greater interest is adding to his collection of majors, and Woods took a big step on a steamy afternoon with eight birdies and one key par save that carried him to a two-shot lead over Scott Verplank.

Because Tiger is such a gentleman, he would never do this, but just once I would like to see him turn to the camera, and pull a White Goodman: "We're better than you, and we know it!"


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August 10, 2007

Hail To The Chief (Idiot)

If you don't laugh after reading this, then you do not have a sense of humor:

President Hopeful Lanakila Washington has created the EXIT PLAN needed to bring the troops home from the Middle East!

The plan is called "Operation Exit Plan" and he will put it into action during his first day in office as your President.

Operation Exit Plan. To quote the Guinness guys: "BRILLIANT!" And people think Ron Paul is a yutz. (H/T - The Man)

Wyatt Earp

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Iraq's Troubles Are Finally Over!

Why? Because the United Nations will be undertaking a much larger role there. Read on:

UNITED NATIONS - The Security Council voted Friday to expand the United Nations' role in Iraq in a move aimed at promoting talks among ethnic and religious rivals and winning support from the country's neighbors.

The resolution, approved unanimously, authorizes the U.N., at the request of the Iraqi government, to promote political talks among Iraqis and a regional dialogue on issues including border security, energy and refugees.

Okay boys, pack it up. We're not needed anymore. The U.N. has everything under control. I mean, they did such a bang-up job in Bosnia, Somalia, and IRAQ, right?

Anyone with three brain cells knows this already, but I'll write it anyway: the U.N.'s next successful mission will be its first.

Wyatt Earp

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Hello World

Good morning, everyone! My name is Wyatt Earp from Support Your Local Gunfighter, and it is truly an honor to be filling in for Pam while she embarks on a much-needed vacation. Please bear with me, since the totality of my blogging experience has been with Blogger. They're idiot-proof over there, and well, to be honest, I am an idiot.

Blog.mu.nu is a different kind of sexy beast. Actually, it is downright intimidating - especially after Pam sent me no less than three e-mails explaining how to post here. Apparently, you must work for NASA to understand this system, but since I have never been sloppy drunk at work, and have never driven cross-country in a diaper to murder a romantic rival, I think I'm screwed. We'll see.

Also, it may help to inform you that Pam couldn't (or wouldn't) just add me to her contributors list, so I reckon I should sign every post for clarity. The last thing she needs is to see a post about the delicious Angie Everhart - complete with a photo - and a caption of "Yummy!" which states "Posted by Pam Meister." Not that there's anything wrong with that . . .

Although Pam put zero pressure on me, I still feel a tinge of the butterflies writing for a much larger audience. I will post at least once a day, and I promise to not pimp out my own blog after today. Well, unless it is absolutely necessary. I hope that I can live up to her (and your) expectations.

Wyatt Earp

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August 09, 2007

I'm Off...

on vacation as Friday the 10th, and Wyatt Earp from Support Your Local Gunfighter has graciously agreed to lend his wit and charm to my humble blog while I'm visiting family further down the Eastern seaboard.

I'll be back at the end of next week. Thanks again, Wyatt...and ya'll be sure to stop by his blog too!

Welcome to the neighborhood!

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Screw Loose Change's Pat Curley Featured in Phoenix New Times

Hooray for Pat! Check out this article at the Phoenix New Times, which chronicles his work for Screw Loose Change, the site dedicated to tossing the 9/11 Truthers to the curb. Not only do we discover Pat's philosophy behind his blogging about the Truthers, but we get a glimpse into his personal life AND there are a lot of fun photos!

Thanks, Kitty, for spreading the word!

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Fewer Mexicans Sending Dollars Back Home

Today's "cry me a river" story:

This year a smaller percentage of Mexican immigrants in the United States sent money back to their homeland than in 2006, according to a report released yesterday by the Inter-American Development Bank. The bank said the reduction had left at least two million people in Mexico without the same financial help they had once received.

Bank officials, pointing to a survey of Mexican immigrants in the report, said the decline reflected a rising sense of insecurity and uncertainty about whether they would stay in the United States. Anticipating a possible move back to Mexico, these immigrants appear to be saving more.

They have decided because of the uncertainty of the future that they need to step back and save a bit, said Donald F. Terry, general manager of the Multilateral Investment Fund at the bank.

Mr. Terry said the slowdown would affect about 500,000 Mexican homes. For those families in Mexico, there is going to be economic and social dislocation, he said.

Well, perhaps it would behoove members of the Mexican government to get off their sorry rear ends and do something about their economy. This is a country that is rich in natural resources, but also rich in corruption from the top down. I know their new president, Felipe Calderon, has his heart in the right place, but he has a tremendous job ahead of him.

It's pathetic that Mexicans have to rely on family members who sneak over our border in order to provide for loved ones back home. What's even more pathetic is we're expected to continue to be their benefactors. Maybe this decrease in the flow of funds will spur some people to more positive action.

Isn't wishful thinking grand?

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Waiting for the Other Shoe to Drop

That's the title of my weekly piece at Family Security Matters today. Here's an excerpt:

So yes, with things going so well at home, its easy to become irritated at the constant barrage of news from the Middle East. The cry resonates: Pull the troops out! Sure, pull them out. If the aftermath of a precipitous pullout is worse than that of Vietnam, it wont be our problem...or will it? I hear it all the time: We need to take care of our own people before we worry about the rest of the world. Ah, but the rest of the world isnt concerned with waiting for us to declare that were finally ready to face them. Osama bin Laden took full advantage of our desire to keep the status quo. Unfortunately, we seem to be ready to go back to that warm, comfy place we inhabited before being shocked beyond all belief on 9/11.

Read it all here.

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August 07, 2007

John Edwards: Should He Win an Oscar?

John Edwards: man of the people or giant con artist? In this editorial by Brad Warthen, Edwards comes off less as the caring, compassionate guy he claims to be and more like a cynical player who will do anything to win the presidency.

Here's a snippet:

Isnt he [Howard Dean] a nice man? said our copy editor (the fan). I agreed. Then came the revelation: Unlike John Edwards, observed the administrative assistant. Whats that? It seems that when she alone had met then-Sen. Edwards at the reception desk, she had been struck by the way he utterly ignored the folks in our customer service department and others who had hoped for a handshake or a word from the Great Man. He had saved all his amiability, all his professionally entertaining energy and talent, for the folks upstairs who would have a say in the papers endorsement.

The old wisdom is that the man who sucks up to his superiors but treats the waiter like crap says a lot about his character. In this light, John Edwards ain't comin' off too good.

Sure, every politician has a bit of actor in him. It's part and parcel of the gig. But if you can't even bring yourself to be cordial to the people you want to lead, then you have a really big problem. And no matter how much you comb your hair, it's what's inside that really counts. I get the feeling there isn't much behind that Gorgeous George facade.

Check out which bit Aaron found most amusing!

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A Note to My Friends on Blogger

I enjoy reading a number of blogs that are hosted by Blogger, including Brainster, Reverse Vampyr, Support Your Local Gunfighter, Marathon Pundit, Mean Ol' Meany and others...you know who you are. Anyway, the reason you're seeing fewer of my comments these days is that my company has begun blocking Blogger blogs on our Internet service...first it was just a few, but now pretty much EVERY blog whose URL ends in .blogspot.com is on the verboten list. And as I obviuosly spend much of my week sitting at this desk, it means that I have less opportunity to view your work on a daily basis.

I do my best to check out your blogs in the evenings and on weekends, and I do get around to them...just not on the near-daily basis of before. Just wanted to let you know I'm not forgetting you!!!

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Tuesday Funny

Get Fuzzy...


On a tip from Tim B.!

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Obama, Clinton on Outs

Newt Gingrich made the prediction that there would be some combination of an Obama/Clinton presidential ticket in 2008. Could he have been wrong?

The tension between the two Democratic presidential hopefuls, which has spilled into public view in the last three weeks, has been intensifying since January. It is clear that the genteel decorum of the Senate has given way to the go-for-the-jugular instinct of the campaign trail.

As the Senate held late sessions of back-to-back votes before its summer break, the two rivals kept a careful eye on each other as they moved across the Senate floor. For more than two hours one night, often while standing only a few feet apart, Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Obama never approached each other or exchanged so much as a pleasantry.

The scene repeated itself the next evening, a departure from the clubby confines of the Senate, where even the fiercest adversaries are apt to engage in the legislative equivalent of cocktail party chitchat.

When the cameras are on them, they can make a point of showing good sportsmanship. At a Democratic forum Saturday in Chicago, Mrs. Clinton smiled and moved her hands as though she was conducting a choir when an audience of liberal bloggers sang Happy Birthday to Mr. Obama, who was turning 46.

By the end of the event, Mr. Obama had called her Hillary in a sharp tone, criticizing her for accepting contributions from lobbyists.

Darn...and I've already ordered the monogrammed cocktail napkins!

So while we might have our first woman or black presidential candidate, we likely won't have our first minority dream team candidacy...unless cooler heads prevail "for the good of the party." Not for the good of the country, but for the good of the party. You know how it is! ;-)

On a tip from Cookiewrangler!

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August 03, 2007

Dodd Makes Fool of Himself on O'Reilly

Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT) was supposed to appear on "The O'Reilly Factor" Wednesday night, but the entire show was pre-empted due to the bridge that collapsed in Minneapolis.

However, he appeared last night (in a pre-taped segment) to "discuss" Daily Kos and his pending appearance at their convention this weekend. I first wrote about it here. Well, I saw the segment last night and I have to tell you, Dodd came off looking like the stiff I know him to be. He also came off looking like a complete tool. Hot Air has the video of what ended up being a shout fest between him and O'Reilly. Hot Air also shows Dennis Miller's reaction to the segment, which needless to say didn't do Dodd any favors.

It comes down to this: Dodd has probably never seen Daily Kos, and he likely doesn't watch O'Reilly's show. As Bernard Goldberg pointed out in one of the show's later segments, Dodd's presidential polling number is an asterisk, and that he would use this appearance on the otherwise verboten Fox News in order to add funds to his tiny campaign coffers. (He was right, of course; check out Dodd's campaign website.)

Dodd kept yammering about how the only reason O'Reilly was picking on DailyKos was because of its ideology. He kept calling it a "community" of people -- as though that excuses some of the vile rhetoric the site is responsible for. In fact, he barely acknowledged the photo of Rove, Bush and Joe Lieberman in flagrante delicto that appears on DailyKos, except to say something like, "Of course it's unacceptable, but that's not the point..." Um, yes, Mr. Dodd, that is the point.

In the end, he may end up getting a few extra donations, but that's all this appearance will do for Dodd. O'Reilly's regular viewers aren't likely to vote for him anyway, and he showed his obvious disdain for them by going on not to civilly discuss the issue, but to behave like the proverbial bull in a china shop.

Fortunately for Dodd, he'll have his cushy seat in the Senate to keep him busy when his presidential aspirations go the way of the dodo. Connecticut's libs are more than happy to keep re-electing him.

UPDATE: John Hawkins discusses the legacy of Daily Kos on his column at Town Hall today.


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History's Best-Behaved Military

That's the title of Ralph Peters' column in today's NY Post. Not that you'd know it, the way our press savages them as a matter of course. Peters points out that our soldiers are far more law-abiding than the general population. Read it and see if you don't agree.

On a tip from Kitty!

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August 02, 2007

Chavez Has New 'Penn' Pal

Sean Penn certainly lives up to his credentials as a blathering leftwing radical...he is now big time buddies with Hugo Chavez, Venezuela's dictator-in-waiting.

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has praised Sean Penn for his critical stance against the war in Iraq, saying the two chatted by phone and soon plan to meet in person.

Chavez said Penn traveled to Venezuela this week wanting to learn more about the situation in the country and walked around some of Caracas' poor barrios on his own.

"Welcome to Venezuela, Mr. Penn. What drives him is consciousness, the search for new paths," Chavez said Wednesday in a televised speech. "He's one of the greatest opponents of the Iraq invasion."

Chavez read aloud from a recent open letter by Penn to President Bush in which the actor condemned the Iraq war and called for Bush to be impeached, saying the president along with Vice President Dick Cheney and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice are "villainously and criminally obscene people."

Oh, and he also gushed over Penn's acting abilities. They plan to meet "in person" today. I hope they both have their autograph albums ready!

It's a natural relationship, I suppose. Penn calls President Bush and his advisors "villainously and criminally obscene people," while Chavez calls President Bush "the Devil" while visiting the United States. I'd normally caution Penn about Chavez's new policy of deporting anyone who has unflattering comments about him while visiting Venezuela, but considering Penn's credentials, he likely has little to worry about.

As Jeff Spicoli would say: "Duuude!"

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Hillary's Thesis Now Available Online

Hillary Clinton's senior thesis, written at Wellesley Collge while she was still Hillary Rodham in 1969, has been kept under wraps since her early days as First Lady back in the 1990s. There have been lots of rumors about it, seeing as she wrote about "successful" radical organizer Saul Alinsky (and received an A).

Well, forget those rumors. You can read the whole thing online at GoPublius.com. Here's a link to the document (copy and past into your browser): http://www.gopublius.com/HCT/HillaryClintonThesis.html
(hat tip: my husband). Looks authentic to me, right down to the uneven text and hand-inserted punctuation and slashes to provide missed spacing between words...obviously produced on a typewriter of the era. (NOTE: It has yet to be officially authenticated.)

You might say, "Who cares? This is a college thesis written nearly 40 years ago when she was just 22 years old!" Well, had Mrs. Clinton not made a big stink about wanting it kept in the dark, then likely no one would care much at all. I mean, I don't see anyone scrambling after my boring senior thesis on media bias. But who am I in the scheme of things? I'm not running for president.

And there you have it. Mrs. Clinton wants to be president. So it behooves us, the voters, to know more about her and how she views the world. Seeing as she wrote about Saul Alinsky, the man who redefined radical protest, this will prove to be most illuminating.

I'm reading it now, and would like to pass on a few of Mrs. Clinton's own words to whet your appetite:

One of the strongest strains in modern radicalism is the eighteenth century Enlightenment's faith in human reason and the possible perfectibility of man. This faith in the continuing improvement of man was and is dominated by values derived from the French and American Revolutions and profoundly influenced by the Industrial Revolution. The Industrial Revolution shifted the emphasis of radicalism to an urban orientation. Alinsky holds to the basic radical tenets of equality and to the urban orientation, but he does not advocate immediage change. He is too much in the world-right-now to allow himelf the luxury of symbolic suicide. He realizes that radical goals have to be achieved by non-radical, even "anti-radical" means. For Alinsky, the non-radical means involve the traditional quest for power to change existing situations. To further understand Alinsky's radicalism one must examine his attitude toward the use of power.

Frankly, I don't think she's changed much, especially when it comes to harnessing power for radical ends. Read it, and see if you don't agree with me.

On a more humorous note, hubby notes in the e-mail in which he sent the thesis link:

Some irony, since Alinsky was so fond of theatrical agitation - such as loading up opera patrons with beans so they could gas out the wealthy during the performace - it should be noted that Hillary got publicly breasted by Code Pink activists in California. What comes around goes around.

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How To Defame America for Fun and Profit -- Hollywood Style

My column today over at Family Security Matters.

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August 01, 2007

Chris Dodd to Appear on O'Reilly Tonight


So I get my usual e-mail from the Dodd campaign (or is that non-campaign?):

Dear Pam,

This Saturday, Senator Dodd will join other Democratic primary candidates at the Yearly Kos Presidential Forum -- an event being broadcast on CNN and DTV. [DTV stands for Dodd TV -- ed.]

A Presidential forum put together wholly by grassroots activists; you would think that is an encouraging sign for our Party, and our democracy.

It is, of course, unless you work at Fox News and your name is Bill O'Reilly.

O'Reilly has gone on a tirade against the netroots for the past two weeks, essentially declaring war on Yearly Kos, its sponsors, and participants ... and that includes Senator Dodd.

He tried to get our campaign to distance itself from the event -- we pushed back. I don't think he expected that.

He invited us on the show -- we accepted. I don't think he expected that either.

Will you stand with Senator Dodd as he faces Bill O'Reilly tonight on "The O'Reilly Factor" at 8 P.M. Eastern?

Bill O'Reilly's weapon of choice in this battle is to pick a handful of the millions of comments posted on DailyKos and attempt to pass them off as representative of the community.

This is not a new trick for him, and we called him out on it.

Will you stand with Senator Dodd tonight as he goes face to face with Bill O'Reilly?

Bill O'Reilly is not used to people standing up to him and his unfair attacks.

Will you stand with Senator Dodd as he faces Bill O'Reilly tonight on "The O'Reilly Factor" at 8 P.M. Eastern?

You won't want to miss this,

Tim Tagaris
Internet Director, Chris Dodd for President

First of all, I don't think Bill O'Reilly is too worried about getting smacked down by Chris Dodd. And as for the assertion that he's "not used to people standing up to him and his unfair attacks," that in and of itself is a joke. If you've ever watched his show, you know he thrives on controversy and opposition. I'm sure he's going to enjoy having Dodd on his program to argue with.

Now, I've seen some of Bill O'Reilly's taking down of Daily Kos, and while I agree with him that the site spews quite a bit of hateful rhetoric, I think he's going about it the wrong way, as Michelle Malkin has said on some of her guest appearances.

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