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July 05, 2010

To Boldly go... to Mecca?

We're so far beyond rationality on everything, it's become meaningless to even comment on the tidal wave of sludge.

For example did you know that NASA's primary mission is now to:

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said in a recent interview that his "foremost" mission as the head of America's space exploration agency is to improve relations with the Muslim world.

Makes perfect sense. Space exploration = Mecca. Got it?

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June 25, 2010

Dear waqar

Our entry in Blog Mohammed Day resulted in this outburst from one 'waqar masood'

waqar wrote:

"why you make the cartoons of my prophet
i ***** you, your mother, and your sisters.
you have no one father.
you father is an ass.
horses are **** your mother and you is a result.
dogs are **** your mother and you is a result.
go to hell

Dear Waqar,

Thank you for the email to our post. We marvel at your lack of manners, poor taste, faulty grammar and a complete and utter lack of anything resembling reason.

Did you even read the the entry posted on May 20th, 2010 for Blog Mohammed Day? Do you even understand what you're getting yourself all worked up about?

1) Why you make cartoons of my prophet?

We didn't. We merely took artwork created BY Muslims, in this case - Imam Ahmad Abu Laban and Akhmad Akkari and showed off their crude attempts at propaganda. These mountebanks have deceived you. They have created offensive images to stir up hate. But I guess it's okay for other Muslims to make offensive pictures of the prophet as long as someone else can be blamed. That's right, our very existence made your imams into evil artists and we're to blame.

By the way, if you're a devout Muslim as you insist you are, I believe the Prophet would like his title capitalized. Lower case indicates he is one of many. Do you infer by the lack of capitalization that he is NOT the Prophet?

Taking offense so easily indicates a deeply rooted lack of security in your own convictions - are you upset because Imam Ahmad Abu Laban and Akhmad Akkari trample upon the faith of their fellow believers in such a cynical and manipulative way?

2) As for the rest of your spittle flecked invective - I'm sorry, we have no asses, horses or dogs, and you simply won't do either.

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September 23, 2009

Green Sycophancy

First it was beef, now it's leafy vegetables kale.

"Let's say you're preparing dinner and you realize with dismay that you don't have any certified organic Tuscan kale. What to do? "

What can you say?

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September 17, 2009

Setting us up for the Glue Factory

Obama's foreign policy is like reading a Charles Atlas ad in reverse.

It won't be any surprise when we get the sand in our face.

"When people see a strong horse and a weak horse, by nature, they will like the strong horse." - Osama bin Laden

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June 02, 2008

Keith Olbermann Owes the Tax Man

More news from the Do as I Say crowd:

Keith Olbermann joins fellow comedian Al Franken on the list of prominent liberals who love to raise YOUR taxes but do everything in the power to avoid paying their own.

According to Olbermann Watch, Keith apparently owes in excess lf $100,000.

Melanie Morgan is really enjoying this, and with good reason. She's been a regular target of this self-proclaimed king of media (his "corporation" is called Olbermann Broadcasting Empire) for some time now.

My friend Bob Parks also has a few words to say, as does Matthew Sheffield.

Liberals are always telling the rest of us that we should be proud to not only pay our taxes, but that we should pay even more than we do! Therefore, that these stories about back taxes from wealthy libs like Olbermann keep coming out would be amusing if it weren't so galling.

Who's the "Worst Person In the World" now?


Is Keith Olbermann's media "empire" hanging in the balance???

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October 01, 2007

F*** Bush Editorial Nonsense Continues

You know it's "big news" if the Times picks up on it. The idjit students over at Colorado State University, who thought it would be "necessary in communicating our opinion" about the current political debate by saying "F*** Bush" in bold letters on the editorial page, have been screaming about their First Amendment rights ever since the paper was printed.

Let's get down to brass tacks. First off, hardly anyone reads college newspapers, least of all the students. The one and only reason this has gotten any notice is because it denigrates the man liberals have demonized like no other president of our time. Calling a sitting president the most vile names, comparing him to the likes of Hitler, and claiming we are living in a fascist state because they can't accept the fact that Bush won in 2000 has become the liberal's new national sport. Whatever will they do when Bush leaves office? Who will they vent their spleen on then?

Secondly, this is NOT about free speech. See, if we didn't have free speech in this country, we would not be debating this editorial. The government would have shut down the newspaper, thrown the editorial board in jail with no trial, and the rest of us, had we even heard about it, would be afraid to say anything about it in public. Look at what's happening in Burma! So let's not confuse the issue.

The issue is really this: responsible speech and good taste. The editorial was tacky and childish. Those students know nothing about "challenging the current political climate." They've been spoonfed leftwing rhetoric day one from their professors, and so rather than write a thoughtful piece about the tasering of a college student in Florida -- which was, believe it or not, what this editorial was supposed to be about -- they take the opportunity to make a potty-mouthed broadside at President Bush who, as far as I know, had nothing to do with the taser incident. (If you'll recall, it happened at a forum with Sen. John Kerry.) I liken it to the young child who says his first swear word in front of an adult to see what kind of reaction he'll get. This is what higher education is buying us today?

As a result, the public became angry and a major advertiser (the school bookstore) pulled its advertising. Anyone in publishing (or any other kind of business) knows that if you offend your customers you will lose them. Now this J. David McSwane has been called on the carpet and may lose his position as editor, and has consulted a lawyer about his rights. Puh-leeze. His decision lost the paper $30,000 in advertising revenue, which meant major cuts in the budget. The possibility of his being fired, in my opinion, is more of a business decision than anything else.

Lesson one: free speech has consequences. If you want to use inflammatory speech, fine. But be prepared for criticism and possible retribution. Just because you can say it doesn't mean you won't get any kind of backlash for it. Lesson two: you'll get more of a thoughtful response to your speech if you use grown-up prose and avoid sounding like Beavis and Butthead hanging out in front of a convenience store. And you might even convert a few people to your way of thinking.

But it's lesson three that will stick in the minds of most people: print something stupid, pitch a fit after you're criticized for it, and have your name and face all over the national news for weeks. Not only is it good for your ego, but in today's "professional" media climate, having the "guts" to defame President Bush in your student newspaper just might be the ticket to your first job after graduation.

Such is the Jerry Springer-ization of our society today.

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September 17, 2007

The U.S. Naval Academy is...gasp...Run by the NAVY!

Can you believe it? Military are academies run by the military and graduates are expected to serve in the military upon gradution? Someone PLEASE tell me this isn't true...

So runs the theme throughout this op-ed piece written by Idris Leppla, a Columbia University student majoring in political sciene. (Pray she doesn't run for office some day.) If this is the calibre of students that Columbia turns out, our nation is in bigger trouble than I thought.

The opening sentence indicates how large an ego this woman must have:

I know why I chose Columbia: the campus is magnificent, the education is top-tier, and my peers are intelligent. I could look at a stranger, tell him or her that I went to Columbia, and hear the predictable, Wow, you must be smart.

Yep. Every time I meet someone who went to one of the self-proclaimed "elite" schools, I think, "Golly, what a brilliant person. I feel humbled to be in his presence, since I only went to a state school." My biggest quandary is whether to bow down and kiss his ring OR turn my face to the wall, a la Barbra Streisand's staff, so as not to offend with my presence...

Unfortunately for her, the next sentence belies this "smartness":

When my brother was getting ready to go to the Naval Academy, everyone ooohed and awed about how brave he was.

Um, that's "oohed and ahhed," not "ooohed and awed." (Doesn't the Columbia Spectator have copy editors?)

But the best part comes as Ms. Leppler and her mother discover that the U.S. Naval Academy is actually a MILITARY institution, and they try to get her brother discharged. Not because he asked, mind you, but because his being there upset them. Amazing that they themselves didn't know what he was up to, but they then decided he somehow was duped into signing up for just a stellar education.

The ending is priceless:

My brother ended up liking Annapolis and he has decided to stay. While it has been difficult for me to accept that I have a brother in the military, I must allow him to pursue whatever path he is drawn toward, and he has admitted to me that he feels called to being there. However, for anyone else out there considering a career in the academy, let it be known: the U.S. Naval Academy is not an elite college; it is first and foremost a branch of the U.S. military and the prestige comes at a big priceit taxes parents, siblings, and participants if they do not understand what they were signing up for.

Be sure to read the comments section; commenters take Ms. Leppler to task for her ignorance in not only how military academies operate, but her mistaken notion of the quality of education cadets/midshipmen receive. I'll bet her brother comes out of his experience with a much firmer grip on reality and a much better education than this gal is receiving at Columbia.

Speaking of embarrassed, Ms. Leppler's brother must be embarrassed that his "smart" sister not only isn't as smart as she thought, but that she would both dare to try to get him discharged against his will AND would write such a self-serving, disrespectful op-ed piece for the entire world to see. As some commenters point out, it might be the cause of some caustic comments from his fellow midshipmen and upperclassmen.

Ms. Leppler, you might want to spend more time in class and less time hanging out in the student union. Wait a minute, scratch that...at Columbia, spending more time in class means you'll come out more of a Leftwing moonbat than if you goof off.

For the record, I appreciate his service, as do so many of us in this nation. Too bad his own family can't accept the choice he made, as an adult, to serve his country with dignity and honor.

*UPDATE: Per the byline, Leppla goes to Barnard College...but she says Columbia in her piece...I'm thoroughly confused. But like I said, I went to a state school...I'm not very smart.

h/t: Right Wing Nation

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July 27, 2007

PETA Wants Lighthouse for 'Fish Empathy' Project

Got a dollar? Penfield Lighthouse, an historic lighthouse in Long Island Sound off of Penfield Beach (my favorite beach) in Fairfield, Connecticut, is up for sale by the federal government. Built in 1874 and on the National Register of Historic Places, it is partially submerged and sits on a jetty. While it is structurally sound, it is in need of extensive refurbishing and repair, and would likely be an expensive building to keep up. PETA would like to buy it. The plan?

PETA says it hopes to convert the lighthouse into the headquarters for its "Fish Empathy Project," devoted to ending fish abuse, complete with a memorial to the millions of fish killed every year and a cafe.

"We could serve faux fish sticks and other foods that don't involve killing fish," said Michael Prescott, PETA's manager of fish empathy campaigns. "For our British guests we could even serve faux fish and chips. They taste pretty good." [Yeah, those Brits will come all the way to the U.S. to eat the fake version of something they can get at home -- ed.]

Prescott said the lighthouse would be an ideal location for the world's first "Fish Empathy Quilt," a 300-square-foot quilt made by PETA volunteers.

"Fish are interesting, quizzical animals with unique personalities," he said.

I'll check with my brother-in-law, who enjoys fishing in the Sound, how many "interesting, quizzical animals with unique personalities" he has come across. Come to think of it, I've enjoyed some of them myself, thanks to his generosity!

Perhaps PETA could create a display with the same tasteful "Holocaust" theme they have used in the past. After all, we know how much more important fish and other animals are to the folks at PETA than, you know, actual folks.

The town of Fairfield is also interested in purchasing the lighthouse, and Fairfield's First Selectman Kenneth Flatto has his doubts as to the viability of PETA's plan:

"I really can't imagine any public way there could ever be a use of the facility by the public on a daily basis," he said. "You pretty much can only reach it by boat. We've had people who tried to walk get stranded out there before and need to be rescued."

But why rescue them? They could become food for the fish, something PETA could get behind with some enthusiasm. Think of it as "giving something back."

PETA, of course, hopes to convert those nasty types who earn an honest living by fishing:

"We hope that any commercial fisherman would try our faux fish and maybe get involved in a line of work that doesn't involve the murder of animals," he said. "I'd invite any fisherman who are worried to see what the fish empathy program is all about." He suggested visiting PETA's anti-fishing Web site, fishinghurts.com. The site features interesting tidbits about the fish, like the fact that they are incapable of closing their eyes.

You know, once a fish is dead, the fact that it can't close its eyes is no longer relevant. And does PETA have a job bank that those enlightened fishermen can utilize once they've seen the error of their ways? Will they provide them with the training they need to start a new career from scratch? Because I can't imagine the skills needed for fishing in the open seas would be much applicable in the corporate sector.

PETA's latest acquisition? (Photo: John Galayda/Connecticut Post)

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July 05, 2007

Some Anti-War Folks Avoid Paying Taxes

Yep...if you can't make your vote at the poll count, then hold back the cash:

War tax resistance, popularized by Henry David Thoreau in the 19th century and by singer Joan Baez and others during the Vietnam War, is gaining renewed interest among peace activists upset over the Iraq war.

"Clearly this year we definitely had more people calling, sending e-mails about how they decided to start resisting," said Ruth Benn, coordinator of the National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee in New York.

Based on the committee's mailing list and reports from numerous groups it works with around the country, Benn estimates 8,000 to 10,000 Americans refuse to pay some or all of their federal taxes over war objections. Internal Revenue Service officials say they don't have figures for that specific category, but earlier this year reported an overall noncompliance rate of 16.3 percent and estimated the annual tax gap at about $345 billion.

Interesting. Does that mean that if I don't like something the government is doing, like giving financial assistance to illegal aliens, that I can avoid paying taxes too?

Why didn't I think of it before?

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June 22, 2007

They Support the Troops...er, Which Ones?

Nancy Pelosi and her staff support the troops. Really! But which troops? Liberty Dog found a photo of a soldier and a doctor on Pelosi's website, accompanying a headline touting better healthcare for our military. Can you see what's wrong with it?

h/t: Two Dogs

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May 29, 2007

Veterans' Graves Desecrated

Many of us spent Memorial Day weekend working around the house, at the lake, or having barbecues with friends and family. Many of us did not stop to give a thought to those whose deaths on the battlefield ensured that we can live the free lives we enjoy today. However, it's better to give them no thought at all than to allow bile and hatred of those same dead patriots spill over in the following manner:

ORCAS ISLAND, Wash. Vandals burned dozens of small American flags that decorated veterans' graves for Memorial Day and replaced many of them with hand-drawn swastikas, authorities said Monday.

Forty-six flag standards were found empty and another 33 flags were in charred tatters Sunday in the cemetery, authorities said. Swastikas drawn on paper appeared where 14 of the flags had been.

Members of the American Legion on this island off Washington's northwest coast replaced the burned flags with new ones Sunday afternoon.

The vandals struck again on Memorial Day after a guard left at dawn, the San Juan County sheriff's office said. This time, the vandals left 33 of the hand-drawn swastikas.

"This is not an act of free speech. This is a crime," Sheriff Bill Cumming said in a statement released Monday afternoon.

Sheriff's department officials declined to comment further on Monday.

Apparently the freedoms our soldiers procure for us at the cost of their lives include the freedom to be vile and offensive toward their memory.

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May 18, 2007

Santa Fe May Hire Mexican Nationals as Police

The Santa Fe Police Department apparently has a few jobs Americans won't do...twenty, to be exact. And, they're considering hiring Mexican nationals to fill the empty slots.

Sgts. Gillian Alessio and Marvin Paulk, who are in charge of the department's recruiting and training, said Tuesday they are considering alternative approaches to fill 20 vacancies on the city's 155-person police force.


"Every day, we get approached by young men and women from Mexico who are in the country legally but are not naturalized," Alessio said.

"There is a huge pool of people who are dedicated, hardworking and trying to become citizens of this country. They would like nothing better than to devote their time to protecting the communities that they live in," she said.

But according to Police Chief Eric Johnson, it's against regulation to hire non-citizens as law-enforcement officers. The article does not say if he plans to see if he can get around the rule. Details, schmetails.

As Van Helsing of Moonbattery says,

Maybe we should just cede the Southwest to Mexico right now and get it over with. Why drag it out for a generation?

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April 21, 2007

Scientologists Move In on Virginia Tech

My, my, it doesn't take the moneygrubbing vultures long...they've set up one of their famous yellow tents about 100 yards from where students are signing memorial boards for those slain.

Radar has the details.

Scientology, founded by second-rate science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard, eschews any kind of medication (especially psychological), dictates totally silent childbirth, and claims that the ills we suffer are caused by the souls of mass murdered aliens.

Just the sort of helpful folks you want milling around vulnerable people in the aftermath of a tragedy.

Xenu expels the aliens before dispatching them in volcanoes

h/t: Kitty

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April 11, 2007

U of Florida To Honor Jeb Bush...Whether They Like It or Not

As Jonah Goldberg says, payback...heh:

TALLAHASSEE - The University of Florida's faculty may have denied former Gov. Jeb Bush an honorary degree, but his political allies in the state House of Representatives have found another way to honor the former governor on the school's Gainesville campus.

The House Schools and Learning Council voted Tuesday to name UF's College of Education the "Jeb Bush College of Education.''

Make that a double "heh."

Previous: U of Florida Says "No" to Jeb Bush Honorary Degree

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April 10, 2007

Imus: A Trip Down Memory Lane

So Imus has finally said something that got him into very hot water. But calling the girls on the Rutgers basketball team "nappy headed ho's" is certainly not the first time Imus has insulted someone. Take a gander at these clips...just a few examples of many of his more boneheaded comments:

Here, Imus calls Bill O'Reilly a "sonofabitch."

Here, Imus recalls the "Jewish management" of CBS as being "money grubbing bastards."

Funny...Imus calls David Gregory a "queer." Just imagine a conservative host getting away with that!

And click here to see Imus fantasizing about what it would be like to see members of the Bush administration being led to the gallows.

Frankly, Imus has been on the shelf way past his sell-by date. It's probably time for him to think about being put out to pasture.

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March 30, 2007

Guess What Item of Dennis Quaid's is on eBay?

Absolutely ridiculous.

Some guy in Winnipeg claims to have a cigarette butt from Dennis Quaid, who apparently is in Winnipeg making a movie.

His proof? "This is a Marlboro Light and you cannot buy these cigarettes here."

It's a good thing this guy wasn't on the woodchipper murder case...otherwise Richard Crafts might still be running loose.

I think eBay is an amazing thing. But some of the stuff that goes up for sale is absolutely ludicrous.

Will someone waste money on this piece of trash?

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March 14, 2007

McGreevey Seeks Custody and Child Support

The gall of this man is simply unbelievable:

ELIZABETH, N.J. Former Gov. James McGreevey, who resigned from office after revealing that he was gay and had an affair with a male staffer, is seeking custody of his 5-year-old daughter and child support from his estranged wife.


McGreevey's wife, Dina Matos, has 35 days to respond to the revised filing.

Matos had to deal with having been married to a duplicitous man who could not come to terms with his homosexuality. She also had to endure the humiliation of being dumped on live television. Now, her ex, who is living with his wealthy Australian partner Mark O'Donnell, is asking not only for custody of their child, but that she give him support! Now I ask you, does this seem fair to you? McGreevey calls this home:


And here is where Matos is now living:


McGreevey's book, which debuted well, quickly fell off the best seller list. I guess he has to find some way to stay in the news that doesn't include the real reason why he resigned as New Jersey's governor: putting his unqualified lover in a high-profile position responsible for the safety of New Jerseyans.

What a maroon.

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Questions to Ponder on a Wednesday

Why is it that:

...it's considered a problem when a non-emasculated man is in the White House?
...the more enlightened and progressive we think we are as a society, the more we focus on sex, one of the most basic of functions?
...the hurt feelings of a small group of people trumps common sense when it comes to public safety?
...it's more important to cater to the self-esteem of convicted criminals than their victims (and potential victims)?
...when leftwingers make offensive comments it is called free speech, but when conservatives make offensive comments it is called hate speech?

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January 17, 2007

Jimmy Carter: Interceded on Behalf of Nazi SS Guard

Jimmy Carter has been in the news so often, I'm beginning to think I need a special category for him in my sidebar. The man is just an embarrassment to our country.

It's been revealed by former U.S. Justice Department official Neil Sher that Jimmy Carter interceded on the behalf of a former Nazi SS guard, who was deported from the U.S. in 1987.

[Martin] Bartesch, who had immigrated to the U.S. and lived in Chicago, admitted to Shers office and the court that he had voluntarily joined the Waffen SS and had served in the notorious SS Deaths Head Division at the Mauthausen concentration camp where, at the hands of Bartesch and his cohorts, many thousands of prisoners were gassed, shot, starved and worked to death. He also confessed to having concealed his service at the infamous camp from U.S. immigration officials.

His adult children and church began lobbying as many officials as they could in order to procure special treatment for him, using as excuse that he had "only" been 17 or 18 at the time he joined the SS. Only Carter took the bait, but by the time he sent in his plea, Bartesch was already gone (as if it would have made a difference). Carter's note said that in cases like this, he wanted "special consideration for the family for humanitarian reasons."

Humanitarian reasons? Those adult kids could go to visit Dad wherever he ended up anytime they wanted to. Unlike the Jews that Bartesch had a direct hand in ruthlessly exterminating, they were living their lives in peace and freedom. Bartesch himself obviously didn't consider Jews worthy of humanitarian consideration, yet Jimmy Carter didn't think he deserved to be deported because his poor family was being left behind. Unbelievable.

Why tell the story now?

Now, following Carters book, Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid, Sher has decided to go public with the hope that a public made aware of Carters support and defense of a Nazi SS man will help illustrate why the arbiter of the Camp David Accords came out with a book defending the Palestinians after the landslide election of the Islamist Hamas terror group.

It always bothered me, but I didnt go public with it until recently, when he wrote this book and let it spill out where his sentiments really lie, Sher said. Here was Jimmy Carter jumping in on behalf of someone who did not deserve in any way, shape or form special consideration. And the things he has now said about the Jewish lobby really exposes where his heart really lies.

Jimmy Carter: Defender of the undeserving.

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January 15, 2007

Tournament Named in Saddam's Honor

The older and more cynical I get, I feel that nothing can surprise me anymore. But today, I discovered that yes, I am still capable of surprise.

Can you imagine entering your children in the following sports leauges/tournaments?

*The Pol Pot Tennis Open
*Little Hitlers Football League
*Stalin's Soccer All-Stars

Well, hold on to your keester, because a Palestinian soccer tournament for children has been named after Saddam Hussein.

This in and of itself is not unusual among the Palestinians:

The PA routinely names youth sporting events after terrorists, including a soccer tournament the PA named for the Passover eve suicide terrorist who killed 31 Israelis, and summer camps for girls were named after Wafa Idris, the first woman suicide terrorist, and Ayaat al Akhras a 17 year old, the youngest girl suicide terrorist. [Al Hayat Al Jadida, Jan. 21, 2003; Al-Ayyam, July 18, 2003; Al Quds, Aug. 14, 2003]

I suppose we shouldn't be surprised. After all, we know that Saddam used to reward the families of Palestinian suicide bombers with $25,000 checks. And it's also well known that Palestinian children are taught early on to glorify jihad (especially against the Jews) and martyrdom.

Despite this knowledge, I still find it disturbing to know that a soccer tournament, where children are supposed to be learning about good sportsmanship and fitness while having fun, is to be named after a murderous despot who killed thousands of his own citizens. A man who was not martyred, but found guilty of terrible crimes against his own people and sentenced accordingly.

Is nothing sacred to these people? To answer my own question, apparently not.

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January 04, 2007

John Kerry's Christmas Card

From Lois Romano at WaPo:

A Complex Greeting

Nothing is ever simple when it comes to John Kerry.

The senator from Massachusetts and his wife, Teresa Heinz Kerry, sent out 75,000 Christmas cards with pictures of trees at each season. The Kerrys gushed over their "gratitude for the beauty of these trees and the life they represent."

But it didn't end there.

The card came in an odd-looking envelope, one of those with a return-mail flap and instructions to send it to . . . well, to a recycling company, so "it can be made into new carpet tile."

Carpet tile?

We want a "world without waste . . . where every product either returns safely to the soil or becomes a new product."

So the card instructs: "1. Remove this panel and insert it along with the card into the envelope. 2. Expose adhesive strip and fold the flap over to seal the envelope. 3. Drop this mailer into any U.S. mailbox."

Who else would send a Christmas card with a to-do list?

I think Romano must have gotten something wrong in her little story. I am sure the Kerrys wouldn't be so crass as to send out Christmas cards, lest they offend someone.

I have a few questions: Where's mine? Did it get lost in the mail? And does this concern for the environment extend to John Kerry's used Botox needles?

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December 10, 2006

Artist Crucifies Santa

Another crunchy-granola wannabe has crucified Santa in hopes of denouncing Christmas consumerism:

A Canadian artist has incurred the wrath of his neighbours with his Christmas decoration a rather fetching display in his garden, in which Santa appears crucified on a cross.


Wright defended his sculpture as making a point about the commercialisation of Christmas: 'Santa represents frivolous consumption. That's all he is. He shot Jesus right out of the saddle. He's the focus of Christmas.'

'I don't know how it came into my mind but I thought I'm going to take Santa Claus and I'm going to crucify him,' he added.

I'll bet I know how it came into his mind: he's probably a little-known artist who was looking for a way to come up with some free publicity for his "avante garde" work. And, at the expense of the cherished fantasies of children everywhere, he has.

Wright's not completely lacking in brains, however he might be lacking in taste:

'It's a funny feeling when I'm sitting in my hot tub, looking out this way, and I'm trying to make a statement to everybody to slow down on what they can consume, and I'm in a 6,400-square-foot home,' he noted.

It's interesting to note that those who are the most dedicated to denouncing consumerism are those who are the most caught up in it. Because they feel some kind of emotional void in their lives, they feel they must dictate to the rest of us how to live. It's the essential essence of leftism.

True artistic statement or publicity stunt?

h/t: Moonbattery

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November 01, 2006

Send In The Clowns...Please!

This is supposed to be funny. Actually, it's so pathetic that it is somewhat amusing...but the kind of laughs it gets probably aren't what the site creator had in mind.

The site is called Joe LieberMEforME, and is styled after those ads you see on TV for Time-Life CD collections. There's also a YouTube video, which I've embedded here:

With "song titles" like Suicidal Gay Teens Don't Need Help and Don't Knock Bush, He's My Daddy, it's easy to see the level of discourse that this site espouses. Wait, scratch that...what discourse?

Nice try guys...but the latest Quinnipiac poll shows Lieberman leading Ned Lamont by 12 points.

It's easy to see the site creator didn't do his homework. If you check here and here, you'll see that Lieberman's voting record leans decidedly to the left. The only major move right he's made is on national security and Afghanistan and Iraq. So much for being a right-wing lapdog...

Thanks to Alex M. for sending me the link!

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September 29, 2006

Stupid Quote of the Day

"Terrorism is a manageable action. It can be lived with." ~ Oliver Stone, movie maker and foreign policy expert, while in Spain to both promote his movie World Trade Center and make his Spanish audience happy by bashing President Bush and the US in general.

Terror can be lived with. I wonder if Stone will still be saying that if his tony Hollywood neighborhood is attacked?

(On a tip from Cookiewrangler)

Doesn't mind having terrorists around

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August 28, 2006

Stupid Publicity Stunts

There's a university in Canada that is so little known, it needs to mock President Bush's intelligence to get people to go to its website.

TORONTO (Reuters) - Posters and a Web site mocking President Bush have put the spotlight on a small Ontario university that thought a bold and edgy recruiting campaign was just the ticket to attract potential students.

The Web site, http://www.yaleshmale.com, has a black and white picture of Bush, with the caption: "Graduating from an Ivy League university doesn't necessarily mean you're smart."

Bush graduated from Yale in 1968.

I must give credit where it's due, however. The school won't be bothering with a meaningless apology.

"You don't undo the damage that has been done, if there's damage, by simply retracting," [Frederick Gilbert] said, adding the school will try to respond individually to people who expressed concerns.

Perhaps Lakehead University's mascot will be a cowboy...

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July 20, 2006

File These Under "Duh"

Due to the non-surprising nature of the stories below, they hardly qualify as news:

Top Stars Donated to Hillary Clinton

What, you thought they would donate to a GOP candidate?

Media Group Says Chavez Silencing Critics

A U.S.-based press freedom group said Wednesday that President Hugo Chavez is using the courts and legal reforms to weaken journalists critical of his leftist government.

Wrapping up a three-day visit to Venezuela, delegates from the Inter American Press Association expressed concern that threats to press freedom under Chavez could increase as Venezuela prepares for presidential elections in December.

Closet commie Chavez silencing his critics in the media? Shocking. Next we'll hear that he denounces President Bush and the United States in general. (Moonbattery weighs in on this one.)

Israel: Spain relations hurt by PM's accusation IDF uses 'abuses force'

Israel's envoy to Spain said on Thursday the two countries' relations had been damaged after the Spanish prime minister accused Israel of using "abusive force" during an event at which he also wore a Palestinian scarf.

What else does one expect from a leftwing socialist? Slamming Israel is a full-contact sport in much of Europe anyway.

Finally, from the NY Times (hat tip Blue Crab Boulevard):

Lieberman Finds Favor Among Donors That Usually Support G.O.P.

Is any explanation necessary?

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May 12, 2006

Condi Induces Lefty Prof Tantrum

Via Michelle Malkin, we learn of a leftwing prof at Boston College who quits in a snit over Condi Rice being this year's commencement speaker. A partial transcript of his letter is below (click on the link to read the whole thing).

An open letter to William P. Leahy, SJ, president of Boston College.

DEAR Father Leahy,

I am writing to resign my post as an adjunct professor of English at Boston College.

I am doing so -- after five years at BC, and with tremendous regret -- as a direct result of your decision to invite Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to be the commencement speaker at this year's graduation.

Many members of the faculty and student body already have voiced their objection to the invitation, arguing that Rice's actions as secretary of state are inconsistent with the broader humanistic values of the university and the Catholic and Jesuit traditions from which those values derive.

But I am not writing this letter simply because of an objection to the war against Iraq. My concern is more fundamental. Simply put, Rice is a liar.


To be clear: I am not questioning her intellectual gifts or academic accomplishments. Nor her potentially inspiring role as a powerful woman of color.

But these are not the factors by which a commencement speaker should be judged. It is the content of one's character that matters here -- the reverence for truth and knowledge that Boston College purports to champion.

Rice does not personify these values; she repudiates them. Whatever inspiring rhetoric she might present to the graduating class, her actions as a citizen and politician tell a different story.

Honestly, Father Leahy, what lessons do you expect her to impart to impressionable seniors?

That hard work in the corporate sector might gain them a spot on the board of Chevron? That they, too, might someday have an oil tanker named after them? That it is acceptable to lie to the American people for political gain?

Given the widespread objection to inviting Rice, I would like to think you will rescind the offer. But that is clearly not going to happen.

Like the administration in Washington, you appear too proud to admit to your mistake. Instead, you will mouth a bunch of platitudes, all of which boil down to: You don't want to lose face.

In this sense, you leave me no choice.

I cannot, in good conscience, exhort my students to pursue truth and knowledge, then collect a paycheck from an institution that displays such flagrant disregard for both.

I would like to apologize to my students and prospective students. I would also urge them to investigate the words and actions of Rice, and to exercise their own First Amendment rights at her speech.

He should be apologizing to his students for not being able to act like an adult and deal more sensibly with a situation he had no control over. He should also be apologizing for his obvious encouragement for students to make asses of themselves during Rice's upcoming speech, instead of sitting quietly and listening -- even if they don't agree -- like the civilized adults they purport to be. What kind of lesson is that to impart on "impressionable seniors?"

It's comforting to know that his trips to the unemployment line will be tempered with the knowledge that, unlike Boston College, he has saved face. Of course, since he is only an adjunct professor, he probably has a second job working at Borders or Starbucks.

What a weenie.


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May 05, 2006

Like Father, Like Son

Not only has Teddy Kennedy's son, Patrick, gone into "public service" like Dad, he has also begun getting preferential treatment from the police regarding traffic incidents. Apparently he crashed his car in Washington D.C., ostensibly on his way to a vote, and was allegedly staggering around afterward.

All of this would have been kept hush-hush had not the union representing Capitol Police written a letter saying superiors prevented the on-the-beat cops from administering sobriety tests.

You know, when our country was formed, it was on the basis that "all men are created equal." Royalty and its trappings and privileges were not to have a part in our brave new world. It seems as though some folks have forgotten that bit, and think that their position entitles them to a pass that the rest of the rabble would not receive.

It's bad enough that celebrities get wrist slaps and winks when they misbehave. We've come to expect that, given the warped sense of reality they live in and the warped way in which many of us worship them. But when elected officials, who are supposed to be serving us and representing our interests (and are the ones making the laws we are all supposed to follow), get special treatment from law enforcement when they should be following the rules, it really cheeses the people off.

Patrick Kennedy says he will now cooperate fully with any investigation. But what's left to investigate? There is no proof. And of course, his father has no comment.

And some people talk about the Bush dynasty?

More: Michelle Malkin, Lifelike Pundits, GOP and the City

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April 28, 2006

Just Say "NO" To a Spanish US Anthem

This is rich:

MIAMI (AP) - British music producer Adam Kidron says that when he came up with the idea of a Spanish-language version of the U.S. national anthem, he saw it as an ode to the millions of immigrants seeking a better life.

So why is he only honoring Spanish-speaking immigrants? (Let's leave the illegal part out of the argument for the moment.) What about Germans? Icelanders? Russians? Peruvians? Brazilians? Swiss? Danes? Poles? People from various African nations?

America is an amalgamation of all of the nationalities listed above and many more. To honor one group over another is just more of the PC nonsense we've come to expect these days, and it's time we put our collective foot down.

This country, as a country, was founded by English-speaking peoples, and those who immigrated here after its founding all learned to speak English. It's not always easy, but as Thomas Jefferson said, "Defend our liberties and fashion into one united people the multitudes brought hither out of many kindred and tongues."

Speak whatever at home. But speak English when dealing with other members of the public.

Those of you interested in finding out more on this subject, visit the U.S. English Foundation.

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April 26, 2006

Spinning: It's More Than Just an Exercise Class!

From Drudge:

Gym Instructor Mocks Bush In Front Of First Daughters
Tue Apr 25 2006 10:32:05 ET

A spinning instructor at Washington, DC's Sports Club/LA mocked President Bush without realizing (believe it or not) that a first daughter was in his class!

ROLL CALL reports: The instructor, Glenn Makl, is said to be horrified to learn after class that the president's daughter Jenna was there to hear his making fun of President Bush and handing out of a video clip compilation of some of the president's more memorable gaffes and malapropisms.

Jenna Bush was working out at the club with her boyfriend, who later complained about the politcal ranting of the trainer, a source tells the DRUDGE REPORT.


What the h*ll is a spinning instructor doing making political statements during class? I doubt that's what the people were there for. I hope he's horrified. And, I hope he is thoroughly embarrassed. While I doubt he'll get fired over the incident, no doubt his employers will be angry about the adverse publicity for the club over this, and will make things quite uncomfortable for him.

What a doofus.

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April 18, 2006

Deport His Sorry A**

Sorry, but this kind of cr@p isn't funny:

A Purdue University graduate student was arrested and charged with threatening to kill President George W. Bush, Laura Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.

Vikram Buddhi allegedly posted the detailed and threatening messages on an online message board.

Buddhi has been studying industrial engineering at the university, having moved temporarily from India to his new home in West Lafayette 10 years ago on a student visa. He was originally hired as a teaching assistant in the math department but was removed from that position and is now a teaching assistant in the industrial engineering department.

Since this is a very busy time for college students, being immersed in studying for their upcoming finals, Buddhi’s attorney John Martin said he hopes his client will be released from jail Wednesday following his detention hearing so he can return to studying.

Buddhi told investigators he posted the message, along with other derogatory messages aimed at the president, but Martin said Buddhi’s actions should be covered by the First Amendment since Buddhi would have never actually carried out his threats.

In the various messages posted, Buddhi urged the Web site’s readers to bomb the United States and for them to rape American and British women and mutilate them, according to court documents. Other messages called for the killing of all Republicans.

“What was allegedly said certainly is derogatory and may be inflammatory,” Martin said. “But there’s no real serious threat more than it was chat on the Web.”

Buddhi allegedly posted his messages on a Yahoo finance board dedicated to Sirius Satellite radio, a site that receives 2 million to 3 million hits a day, Martin said. A concerned citizen contacted the Secret Service office in Dallas to report that a subject was posting threatening messages about Bush, according to the criminal complaint filed in Hammond’s federal court and unsealed Monday.

Buddhi was arrested Friday and told investigators he is not suffering from any mental illnesses nor is he taking any illegal or prescription drugs.

I wonder how his lawyer would feel if it was his name up there instead of President Bush's.

Oh, and I like how his busy study schedule got him out of jail. Like he couldn't read a book in his cell?

How many people would have taken the 9/11 hijackers seriously had they heard any similar comments from them on 9/10/01?


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April 10, 2006

Cheese-Eating Surrender Monkeys Surrender...Again!

This time, the French government (I use that term loosely) hasn't surrendered to a foreign enemy, but to French protesters.

PARIS - President Jacques Chirac, bowing to intense pressure from students and unions, announced plans Monday to replace a contested employment law that set off massive protests and strikes across France.

Chirac's office said a new plan focusing on youths from troubled backgrounds will replace the "first job contract," which would have made it easier for employers to fire any worker aged under 26.

The move comes as a blow to Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin, who championed the law despite weeks of protests across the country.

Acting on a proposal from Villepin, his longtime protege, Chirac "decided to replace" a key provision of the law with a measure aimed at "youths in difficulty," a statement from Chirac's office said.

Changes to the law would have to address the problem of youth unemployment, which stands at 22 percent, quell the protests and also find a way of saving face for Villepin who has championed the law, commentators said.

I actually had some hope that France was trying to turn its stagnant economy around with this small but important step. By allowing businesses to fire new hires if they don't work out, businesses are more likely to give young people a chance, therefore easing some of the unemployment that has crippled the French economy.

By caving in to protesters, Chirac is only hastening the demise of said economy. And, the country's slide into irrelevance continues. But hey, they get six weeks of vacation!

Do you realize that the folks on the American left think that this socialist model is the way of the future? Just take a look at France and think carefully before agreeing.

On the bright side, perhaps the French press can find a way to blame this on President Bush.

Hat tip: Iowa Voice

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March 08, 2006

Obscene Phone Caller Arrested


This story makes me think of these two Einsteins:
Authorities arrested a man accused of making thousands of harassing and obscene calls to random cell phone numbers in at least eight counties.

James R. Hood, 43, was charged with one count of compelling prostitution, or offering money for sex. He posted bond and was released from the Coshocton County jail, the sheriff's office said Wednesday.

Can you imagine what his phone bill was like?

Here's the best part: Hood lives in Licking County, Ohio.

You can't make this stuff up, folks!

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February 07, 2006

Cheap Shots: Politicizing the Funeral of Coretta Scott King

The memorial service of the wife of one of our great civil rights leaders, who was herself a pillar in the civil rights movement, was hijacked by those who have no shame when it comes to shilling for support of their various agendas. From Drudge:

Today's memorial service for civil rights activist Coretta Scott King -- billed as a "celebration" of her life -- turned suddenly political as one former president took a swipe at the current president, who was also lashed by an outspoken black pastor!

The outspoken Rev. Joseph Lowery, co-founder of Southern Christian Leadership Conference, ripped into President Bush during his short speech, ostensibly about the wife of Martin Luther King Jr.

"She extended Martin's message against poverty, racism and war. She deplored the terror inflicted by our smart bombs on missions way afar. We know now that there were no weapons of mass destruction over there," Lowery said.

The mostly black crowd applauded, then rose to its feet and cheered in a two-minute-long standing ovation.

A closed-circuit television in the mega-church outside Atlanta showed the president smiling uncomfortably.

"But Coretta knew, and we know," Lowery continued, "That there are weapons of misdirection right down here," he said, nodding his head toward the row of presidents past and present. "For war, billions more, but no more for the poor!" The crowd again cheered wildly.

Former President Jimmy Carter later swung at Bush as well, not once but twice. As he talked about the Kings, he said: "It was difficult for them then personally with the civil liberties of both husband and wife violated as they became the target of secret government wiretaps." The crowd cheered as Bush, under fire for a secret wiretapping program he ordered after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, again smiled weakly.

Later, Carter said Hurricane Katrina showed that all are not yet equal in America. Some black leaders have blamed Bush for the poor federal response, and rapper Kayne West said that Bush "hates" black people.

Have these people no shame? To use Coretta Scott King's memorial service as a soapbox? And to top it all off, to do it with President Bush sitting right there? He took the time out of his busy schedule to pay his respects to a woman who was respected and admired for her tireless efforts for civil rights. For him to be insulted when he had no chance to rebut their claims is both childish and outrageous. As president, he expects criticism, even harsh criticism. But this was neither the time nor the place.

Lowery and Carter should both be ashamed of themselves...but I doubt they are.

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January 31, 2006

Ski Rage: WTF?

What the [bleep] is wrong with people?

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS - A 52-year-old man assaulted a teenage girl after a collision between the girl and the man's daughter, according to police.

Randal Berg of Littleton was arrested Sunday for the assault in which he reportedly punched the 16-year-old in the back and head.

The teenager told police she ran over Berg's 7-year-old daughter's skis with her snowboard and then the two fell to the ground. Berg saw his daughter on the ground and began attacking the snowboarder, according to Steamboat Springs Police Captain Joel Rae.

The snowboarder told police she was apologizing to the 7-year-old when Berg attacked her.

Police say Berg hit the girl repeatedly in the back of the head. The teen was wearing a helmet.

A group of witnesses intervened and separated Berg from the girl, police said. The witnesses also corroborated the girl's story, according to police.

After being separated from the snowboarder Berg launched into a tirade and threatened "to (expletive) kill" the snowboarder, police said.

The snowboarder was able to descend to the bottom of the mountain and walked away without serious injury.

Berg was taken to Routt County Jail and booked on charges of third-degree assault and disorderly conduct. He was released Monday on $1,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in Routt County Court on Feb. 14.

The accident occurred near the base of the ski mountain, where Steamboat Springs police have jurisdiction.

Rae said he has never heard of such an incident.

"There are fights and misunderstandings, but never have I seen anything with that kind of rage in my law enforcement career," the captain said.

Throw the book at the nimrod.

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January 27, 2006

Al Gore Suffers Diarreha of the Mouth

Get out the plunger; Al Gore is on a rant again.Al Gore.jpg

This time, he's blasting the recent Canadian election that ushered in a Conservative prime minister and government (although the Conservatives do not have a solid majority). He's claiming that oil money paved the way to victory for the Conservatives.

"The election in Canada was partly about the tar sands projects in Alberta," Gore said Wednesday while attending the Sundance Film Festival in Utah.

"And the financial interests behind the tar sands project poured a lot of money and support behind an ultra-conservative leader in order to win the election . . . and to protect their interests."

One: No longer being any kind of leader himself, Al Bore is in no position to comment on Canada's elections with any kind of authority.

Two: Canada's elections are Canada's business. Unlike some of the elections we hear about in African nations, no one was threatened with imminent pain or death if he didn't vote for a particular party or candidate.

Three: Had the Liberals won, I doubt Al Bore would have had anything to say about it except, "Congratulations!"

Four: Look at the venue he chose for his rant. The Sundance Film Festival is to leftists as sewers are to rats. He knew his audience would lap his commentary up (although I can't quite grasp what Canadian politics had to do with independent film debuts).

Al Bore's worry is that the new PM, Stephen Harper, will remove Canada from the Kyoto protocol. However, based on European progress, it's not likely that participating in the Kyoto protocol will do much to cut down greenhouse gases anyway.

Besides, it has not been definitely proven that CO2 emissions from our cars and factories are responsible for the slight warming of Earth. This planet has gone through warm and cool periods before. Does Al Bore blame the dinosaurs for the ice age that followed their demise?

If he keeps up like this, Al might consider signing Kaopectate as his sponsor.

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January 21, 2006

Why Star Jones is a Laughingstock

From the woman who turned her wedding into a circus: Star Jones is now an expert on foreign policy. From the NY Post:

January 20, 2006 -- Size doesn't matter — at least not in the war on terror, according to Star Jones.

Yesterday, the co-host of "The View" told viewers that the war on terror was nothing more than a clash of male egos between President Bush and Osama bin Laden.

"You know what? At some point, one of these men has to put it back in his pants and zip up the zipper," she said during a discussion of bin Laden's latest audio tape.

She then went on to say that President Bush should sit down and have a chat with Osama and see what he has to offer. And this woman was once a prosecuting lawyer? How the heck did she pass the bar? Well, then again, common sense isn't a class you can take at school.

The very idea that this war is about "male egos" is the most preposterous thing I have ever heard. (And I thought the "war for oil" mantra was dumb.) Star: The reason we are fighting al Qaeda is because they want to kill us. And if they could pick and choose, people like you would likely be at the top of the list, because we all know how much Islamists love Hollywood-types--especially the women.

Surprisingly, her co-hosts were intelligent enough to say "you don't negotiate with terrorists."

How they, and the viewing public, puts up with idjits like Star is beyond my ken.


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January 11, 2006

Lamest Excuse Ever

penn-sean.jpgThe Blame Bush syndrome has hit a new low. Sean Penn says the "stress of living under the current administration" is at fault for his inability to quit smoking at an Out of Iraq forum in Sacramento over the weekend. Chalk one up for the current culture of victimhood. Goodness only knows if he contracts lung cancer, he'll name President Bush as a co-defendant with the tobacco companies.

He also made a strangely contradictory comment at the blessed event:

Stating that he "was not a pacifist on the inside", he was moved to be one on the outside for the sake of his children and grandchildren's future. He said we have to fight for everything we have.

A guy who's not a pacifist on the inside who is one on the outside who has to fight for everything we have?



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March 22, 2005

Starving is Painless According to NYT Experts

In a reassuring article today, the New York Times quotes experts who say dying for a lack of food or water can be painless.

Dr. Russell Portnoy, chair of palliative care at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York says, "It's usually quite a peaceful death...The person generally looks as if he or she is drifting off to sleep, and then dies.''

This should be good news for Terri Schiavo's parents, who have brought their daughter's case (with the help of Congress) to federal courts. After all, if their efforts fail they can rest easy, knowing Terri will not suffer as she starves.

Her husband, adulterer Michael Schiavo, should also be relieved. Oh wait, I don't think he felt too badly in the first place...at least, not until the $1 million settlement from the hospital came through.

It's also good news for those of us who feel guilty watching commercials for "Save the Children" which feature hungry children in Third World countries, whose large, teary eyes plead with us via the camera to send donations in their names to the world-renowned charity.

The UN is also off the hook for the Oil for Food scandal. If the people who were supposed to get the food (but didn't) died as a result, what's the big deal? They didn't suffer a bit. They simply went to sleep and didn't wake up. Experts say the world is overpopulated anyway. It's kind of like abortion, but after the fact.

And how about countries who can't (or won't) feed their populations? Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe, for example, has been accused of deliberately causing a food shortage and starving those who oppose him to death. That's a small detail. According to the experts quoted by the Times, starving is not a cruel and unusual death.

Finally, the world can stop blaming the U.S. for being "haves" while there are so many "have nots." If we don't send enough money quickly enough when the next natural disaster strikes, what does it matter? Starving isn't the horror it's been cracked up to be.

I don't know about you, but I sure feel better now and it's all thanks to the newspaper of record, the New York Times. Maybe I'll even start subscribing!

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