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November 30, 2006

How to End to Airline Profiling

It's highly entertaining to read the comments that Town Hall readers post to various columnists' daily entries. Here's an amusing one that was posted to Ann Coulter's column today (entitled Airport Security Should Be Profiling Arabs):

troglodyte writes: Thursday, November, 30, 2006 3:23 AM

An end to profiling, please!
All profiling at airports would be unnecessary if we adopted a few simple measures:

1) All airlines must upgrade their upholstery to have pigskin trim, like on the arm rests and such.
2) The ink used to print airline tickets should contain a percentage of lard practicable for printing.
3) All lubricants in and around all airports, and on doors and seats in aircraft cabins should contain 10% lard with signs to this effect.
4) Airports should abandon those high tech hand held explosive sniffers handled by imbeciles in favor of dogs and pigs. Yes, pigs! Very good sense of smell, smart and packed with Muslim repelling power!
5) Passengers will be issued a Chihuahua to hold on their lap during the flight.
6) For those allergic to dogs, a Vietnamese pot bellied pig will be offered as an alternative.
7) Pork rinds will replace peanuts for in-flight snacks.
8) Kosher meals and snack will be available to passengers showing proof of being Jewish.
9) VegetarianshmmmSorry,better luck next time.

Crude, rude, non-PC? Yep. Amusing? Yep!

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Ahmadinjad's Letter: Let's Talk

Oh, to get that dialogue flowing. If we could just talk about our problems, they'll all just go away and everyone will be happy. Right?

That's what Mahmoud Ahmadinejad wants you to think. He's written such a reasonable letter that lets us know what's on his mind. He really does care! The full text is here. Let's look at some of the passages:

Noble Americans,

Such courtesy and respect!

Were we not faced with the activities of the US administration in this part of the world and the negative ramifications of those activities on the daily lives of our peoples, coupled with the many wars and calamities caused by the US administration as well as the tragic consequences of US interference in other countries;

Were the American people not God-fearing, truth-loving, and justice-seeking, while the US administration actively conceals the truth and impedes any objective portrayal of current realities;

And if we did not share a common responsibility to promote and protect freedom and human dignity and integrity;

Then, there would have been little urgency to have a dialogue with you.

Were Americans not attacked by Islamic extremists from your part of the world; were we not dealing with the consequences of the previous adminstration's failure to act upon similar attacks; if we didn't have to worry about Iran's support of Islamic terrorist groups in the Middle East and around the world; and as Iran has yet to show responsibility to promote and protect freedom and human dignity and integrity...there really isn't much to talk about, is there?


We all deplore injustice, the trampling of peoples' rights and the intimidation and humiliation of human beings.

Except when they are women, Jews, Christians, and other infidels.

Palestine is brought into the mix:

Palestinian mothers, just like Iranian and American mothers, love their children, and are painfully bereaved by the imprisonment, wounding and murder of their children. What mother wouldn't?

Jewish mothers do, but they don't count.

For 60 years, the Zionist regime has driven millions of the inhabitants of Palestine out of their homes. Many of these refugees have died in the Diaspora and in refugee camps. Their children have spent their youth in these camps and are aging while still in the hope of returning to homeland.

The Palestinians continue to support leaders who refuse to comporomise despite many generous offers made by the Israeli government. The Palestinians' and their supporters' main objective is to drive the Israelis into the sea or blow them off the face of the Earth, whichever method proves most expedient.

Let's take a look at Iraq. Since the commencement of the US military presence in Iraq, hundreds of thousands of Iraqis have been killed, maimed or displaced. Terrorism in Iraq has grown exponentially. With the presence of the US military in Iraq, nothing has been done to rebuild the ruins, to restore the infrastructure or to alleviate poverty. The US Government used the pretext of the existence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, but later it became clear that that was just a lie and a deception.

A "deception" that the rest of the world believed as well, and proof is being produced that it wasn't such a deception after all. And the numbers of Iraqis who are killed or maimed would be much lower if terrorists bent on undermining this fledgling democracy did not exist.

Although Saddam was overthrown and people are happy about his departure, the pain and suffering of the Iraqi people has persisted and has even been aggravated.

The likelihood that Iran has been supporting militants (read: terrorists) financially and logistically need not concern you.

There is much, much more...more than I can cover here. Let's skip to the end:

We should all heed the Divine Word of the Holy Qur'an:

"But those who repent, have faith and do good may receive Salvation. Your Lord, alone, creates and chooses as He will, and others have no part in His choice; Glorified is God and Exalted above any partners they ascribe to Him." (28:67-68)

I pray to the Almighty to bless the Iranian and American nations and indeed all nations of the world with dignity and success.

Yes, we should all heed the Qur'an, as conversion to Islam is our only hope of salvation in Ahmadinijad's eyes, before Armageddon.

Michelle Malkin has a wrapup of other reviews of this extraordinary piece of rubbish. Gary at Ex-Donkey also responds.

Previous: Oh Boy, A Letter!

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November 29, 2006

More YouTube Video Madness!

I first heard this song while driving through Pennsylvania on my way to Virginia for Thanksgiving last week. It's by a goth band called My Chemical Romance, a band that one of my older daughter's friends is a fan of. I actually like the song, and find the video entertaining! See what you think:

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Life is a Cabaret

This is a must-read post over at Kitty Litter. Go there now!

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Oh Boy, a Letter!

Have you been wondering what Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is thinking and planning?

Wonder no more. He's written a five-page letter to the American people, and his U.N. representative will be unveiling it today.

"Many American people asked me to talk to them in order to explain the views of the Iranian people," Ahmadinejad told reporters, referring to his visit to New York to attend the U.N. General Assembly session in September 2005.

I'd just like to know about a couple of little things: when he plans to wipe Israel off the map and when he plans to convert the rest of the world to Islam.

The mailman is bringing something special from this guy!

h/t: Cookiewrangler

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Prof: English-Speaking Parasites

Do you hate it when you have to press "1" to hear English options when calling to find out how much you owe on your credit card, etcetera?

If so, you may be a parasite.

At least, that's what Paul Campos, law professor at the University of Colorado, thinks. (You know, the University of Colorado...the exemplary educational system that brought us Ward Churchill.) In an op ed piece in the Rocky Mountain News, Campos gently implies that we should consider being more humble when pressing "1":

Yet the most significant fact to keep in mind about people who speak Spanish in the United States is this: such people are invariably performing useful labor. In fact, it isn't too much of an exaggeration to say that the odds a person does the kind of work that simply has to get done in order to keep civilization afloat go up in direct proportion to the probability that this person speaks Spanish.

Those among us who build the buildings, and cook the food, and clean the bathrooms, and trim the trees, and care for the children - in short, the people who, in Orwell's phrase, "make the wheels go round" - are increasingly the people who press "2" in order to hear their options in Spanish.

Meanwhile, the immense mass of well-paid parasites who infest our fabulously wealthy nation - the financial analysts, the political consultants, the managers of human resources, the vice presidents for West Coast promotion, the producers of television commercials designed to increase the consumption of certain breakfast cereals, and, needless to say, the syndicated newspaper columnists - will continue to become annoyed at the need to press "1."

I wasn't aware that only Spanish-speaking people do the hard work. I'll have to speak to my neighbors, who came here from Brazil and have their own painting business. Perhaps they might appreciate having a number to push for Portuguese. Or the mother of one of my good friends, who came over from Germany many years ago and worked as an aide in a nursing home before retiring. I'm sure she wouldn't mind a German phone menu option. Another good friend of mine came over from India when she was a child. I'll bet her parents would like a chance to press "1" for Hindustani when negotiating modern communications.

As for myself, I certainly wouldn't mind being one of the well-paid parasites that Campos mentions in his piece. (Anyone want to hire me as a political consultant? My prices are very reasonable.) Alas, I'm just your average, middle-class, English-speaking white American who struggles to pay the bills every month, and whose great-grandparents came over from Germany and had to make it without bilingual services.

So when Mr. Campos thinks about those poor workers who have difficulty learning English, perhaps he'll think about the fine people I mentioned above. They seem to be getting along just fine, despite the lack of coddling from the nanny staters.

And yes, it annoys me when I have to press "1". Excuse me while I go glom on to the nearest hardworking Spanish-speaking person I see so I can be that parasite I've always dreamed of being.

(Speaking of well-paid parasites, it would be interesting to find out what Campos makes for working September through May, with a month off at Christmas, a week off in March, all federal holidays, and sabbatical every few years.)

h/t: Moonbattery

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November 28, 2006

This Is Reuters-Speak

On the escalating violence toward police in France:

The head of the French crime statistics body told Reuters the rise in attacks on police was partly due to Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozys 2002 decision to order police back into tough areas, to disrupt the black economy that fuels crime.

Some residents complain the move spawned constant police harassment which has only exacerbated tensions with local youths, many of whom come from ethnic minorities.

Which minorities would those be?

h/t: LGF

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How Dangerous Are Illegal Immigrants?

From WorldNetDaily:

Though no federal statistics are kept on murders or any other crimes committed by illegal aliens, a number of groups have produced estimates based on data collected from prisons, news reports and independent research.

Twelve Americans are murdered every day by illegal aliens, according to statistics released by Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa. If those numbers are correct, it translates to 4,380 Americans murdered annually by illegal aliens. That's 21,900 since Sept. 11, 2001.

Guess which death tolls are getting more press?

Total U.S. troop deaths in Iraq as of last week were reported at 2,863. Total U.S. troop deaths in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Uzbekistan during the five years of the Afghan campaign are currently at 289, according to the Department of Defense.

Other crime tolls linked to illegal aliens in the article include deaths from drunk drivers and the sexual molestation of children.

As stated in the linked article, these numbers are not official statistics. (Besides, we all know how statistics can be debated.) But shouldn't we be taking a closer look at the veracity of the claims? Or is the topic considered off-limits by the PC police? No, not all illegal aliens come here to commit crimes. And one cannot predict with any certainty that individuals who come here legally will never commit a crime. But those who break laws simply by being here should not be beyond extra scrutiny of their other activities.

Peter Wagner, author of a new report called "The Dark Side of Illegal Immigration," asks the following question:

"That is part of the dark side of illegal immigration and when we allow the 'good' in we get the 'bad' along with them. The question is, how much 'bad' is acceptable and at what price?"

What price indeed?

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November 27, 2006

If Teddy Drove a Volkswagen

...he'd be President today.

Find out why over at the Conservative UAW Guy.

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Man Immolates Self to Protest War

UPDATE (3:18 pm): Warner Todd Huston over at NewsBusters has more on this topic. And Moonbattery reported on it a couple of weeks ago.

Malachi Ritscher doused himself in gasoline and set himself ablaze near a Chicago highway off-ramp in protest of war in Iraq. (It took days for him to be identified, and it took longer for people to figure out what he did and why.) He left behind this statement:

"Here is the statement I want to make: if I am required to pay for your barbaric war, I choose not to live in your world. I refuse to finance the mass murder of innocent civilians, who did nothing to threaten our country," he wrote in his suicide note. "... If one death can atone for anything, in any small way, to say to the world: I apologize for what we have done to you, I am ashamed for the mayhem and turmoil caused by my country."

Apology accepted. Now that we have that out of the way, let's win in Iraq.

In all seriousness, this man was described as one who dealt with bouts of depression by friends and family. That he chose to burn himself to death with the excuse that it might help stop the war is sad, but it should not be seen as anything other than one person's tragic inability to cope with life.

Some, however, took the bait:

"This man killed himself in such a painful way, specifically to get our attention on these things," said Jennifer Diaz, a 28-year-old graduate student who never met him but has been researching his life. Now, she is organizing protests and vigils in his name. "I'm not going to sit by and I can't sit by and let this go unheard."

One wonders if Miss Diaz would hold a vigil in the name of a soldier who sacrificed himself in battle in the service of our country? A soldier whose presence assures us that we will be able to hold such protests and vigils? A soldier who did not enter the military to end his own life, but to protect ours?

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It's Not Your Grandomother's Soap Anymore...

Can you imagine this storyline 30 years ago?

In a story unusual even for a soap opera and believed to be a television first, ABC's "All My Children" this week will introduce a transgender character who is beginning to make the transition from a man into a woman.

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November 25, 2006

More YouTube Fun!

Remember that song Fish Heads that played on the Dr. Demento show back in the '80s? Remember the short video movie that was made to go along with it? (My daughter found it weird, but as she enjoys a video called the Pancake Song, what right does she have to criticize?)

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November 24, 2006

Meeting Up With Aaron and Other Doings

So I'm in Virginia, near Washington D.C., visiting my father. While we were in the city today, I had the chance to meet up with Aaron, who lets me blog on his site Lifelike Pundits. We spent an hour in a Starbucks in Chinatown, and then he walked me down to the mall, where the rest of my family was milling around in the Museum of Natural History.

It was so great to meet him face to face...we spent our time talking about politics and our pets. And, as any good mom will do, I made him look at photos of my kids.

Aaron paid me the great compliment of saying I'm gorgeous, but I think he's just trying to make me feel good. He's got a great voice, and it was nice knowing that someone under 30 has more on his mind than sports or what's on TV. I hope we can see each other again some time!

So let's see...while here, we went to the recently opened National Museum of the Marine Corps, which I highly recommend! Not only do you learn more about the Corps' history, but what recruits go through to become a Marine. There's a special exhibit on 9/11 and our presence in Afghanistan and Iraq. One thing irritated me: there's a Children's Corner, where kids are invited to draw a picture about their visit to the museum. Tacked up among the various flag and soldier drawings was a paper that said "Fight AIDS, Not Iraq." The writing looked more like an adult's...give me a break. I bought a baseball cap that has the Marine Corps symbol and says USMC on it...I'll be sure to wear it in front of my pacifist friends!

We also went to the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and made the obligatory trip to Ford's Theater and the boarding house across the street where Lincoln was brought to die. I hadn't been there since I was very young, so I really enjoyed seeing it again. There's so much to see and do in Washington D.C.; you really need to be able to spend at least a week here.

Tomorrow we're going to Mt. Vernon, which I'm really looking forward to!

Hope you're all having a great holiday weekend!

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November 22, 2006

Have a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving

My family and I are heading down to Virginia tonight to visit my father, and will be returning on Sunday. Posting will be spotty at best, so if you don't hear from me, don't say I didn't warn you! The only thing I am not looking forward to is the drive...

We'll be doing some touristy things in addition to feasting, like going to Mt. Vernon (my first time since childhood), and I'll be getting together with Aaron on Friday. (I am most definitely looking forward to meeting him face to face!)

Best wishes to you and yours on this unique American holiday. Please take a moment, while giving thanks for your own blessings, to remember those who make our freedoms possible: our military.

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

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Sure it's legal, but tactless as all get-out:

A church that wanted to do something special for Hurricane Katrina victims gave a $75,000 house, free and clear, to a couple who said they were left homeless by the storm. But the couple turned around and sold the place without ever moving in, and went back to New Orleans.

"Take it up with God," an unrepentant Joshua Thompson told a TV reporter after it was learned that he and the woman he identified as his wife had flipped the home for $88,000.

Church members said they feel their generosity was abused by scam artists. They are no longer even sure that the couple were left homeless by Katrina or that they were a couple at all.

"They came in humble like they really needed a new start, and our hearts went out to them," said Jean Phillips, a real estate agent and member of the Temple of Deliverance Church of God in Christ. "They actually begged for the home."

The church was also shocked by an ungrateful interview the couple gave with WHBQ-TV in Memphis.

"I really don't like this area," said Delores Thompson. "I really didn't, and I didn't know anybody, so that's why I didn't move in and I sold it."

More on Katrina scam artists here and here.

I'm sure this congregation will consider their next charitable act a lot more carefully. I'd like to think our government will do the same thing, but I'm doubtful.

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Dutch Await Election Results

As the Dutch await the results of today's parliamentary election, it will be interesting (and possibly instructive) for the rest of us to see who ends up in power: current Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende, who is looking to make immigration more restrictive, or his challenger Wouter Bos, who would grant citizenship to thousands of asylum seekers who have been living in the Netherlands illegally.

Balkenende has made cuts in welfare and brought the Dutch jobless rate to only 4% (the lowest in Europe), and he wants to integrate immigrants more fully into the culture.

I find it interesting, though, that some put the onus on the country for immigrants to integrate:

...Ismael Dirie, a Somali-born Dutch citizen, said that little positive was being done to help immigrants integrate.

"For me, most doors are closed in the Netherlands," he said. "Nobody is happy, but it is still better than Somalia."

Makes me wonder how much people like him want to integrate.

This is one to watch.

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November 21, 2006

Six Imams Removed From Plane

From Breitbart:

Six Muslim imams were removed from a US Airways flight at Minneapolis- St. Paul International Airport on Monday and questioned by police for several hours before being released, a leader of the group said.

The six were among passengers who boarded Flight 300, bound for Phoenix, around 6:30 p.m., airport spokesman Pat Hogan said.

A passenger initially raised concerns about the group through a note passed to a flight attendant, according to Andrea Rader, a spokeswoman for US Airways. She said police were called after the captain and airport security workers asked the men to leave the plane and the men refused.

Apparently the imams were saying their prayers while waiting. One of them expressed dismay that Americans know so little about Islam...but not for want of trying on the part of Muslim leaders.

CAIR is on the case:

Ibrahim Hooper, spokesman for the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations, expressed anger at the detentions.

"CAIR will be filing a complaint with relevant authorities in the morning over the treatment of the imams to determine whether the incident was caused by anti-Muslim hysteria by the passengers and/or the airline crew," Hooper said. "Because, unfortunately, this is a growing problem of singling out Muslims or people perceived to be Muslims at airports, and it's one that we've been addressing for some time."

I don't know why anyone might get nervous around a group of Muslims on a plane. Could it be because of this? Or this? Until we see more active condemnation of atrocities perpetrated in the name of Islam, don't expect the majority of "uninformed" Americans to embrace the religion of peace.

UPDATE (11:41 am): In a (somewhat) related piece, Michelle Malkin tells us how Nonie Darwish was disinvited to speak at Brown University because she's too controversial in the eyes of Muslim students. Once again, open debate is squelched in the name of political correctness.

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November 20, 2006

Who's a Privileged American?

Nancy Pelosi would have you believe it's just Republicans:

"We want to take the country in a new direction, not just for privileged America," Pelosi said in a jab at Bush and his fellow Republicans who had been in control of Congress.

Does Nancy live up to her rhetoric? Peter Schweizer, author of Do As I Say (Not As I Do): Profiles in Liberal Hypocrisy, thinks not. From an article he wrote for Front Page Magazine, based upon his book:

Read More "Who's a Privileged American?"

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Is That a President In Your Pocket?

The Man over at GOP and The City has the inside track on new presidential coins being minted by the US Mint. Head on over to see how our presidents will be commemorated!

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I Need A Drink...

to help me get rid of the image that was implanted in my brain after reading this (h/t: Brainster):

Two peace activists have planned a massive anti-war demonstration for the first day of winter.

But they don't want you marching in the streets. They'd much rather you just stay home.

The Global Orgasm for Peace was conceived by Donna Sheehan, 76, and Paul Reffell, 55, whose immodest goal is for everyone in the world to have an orgasm Dec. 22 while focusing on world peace.

"The orgasm gives out an incredible feeling of peace during it and after it," Reffell said Sunday. "Your mind is like a blank. It's like a meditative state. And mass meditations have been shown to make a change."

The couple are no strangers to sex and social activism. Sheehan, no relation to anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan, brought together nearly 50 women in 2002 who stripped naked and spelled out the word "Peace."

Have these people not mentally advanced beyond adolescence? The thought of these aged "activists" lying at home and doing the nasty in the name of peace makes me want to puke. Perhaps, if they want to add some celebrity sparkle to their movement, they might consider asking Hugh Hefner to be their spokesman.

And you thought Breasts Not Bombs was bad...

Crossposted to Lifelike Pundits

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Revising a Line from the Dixie Chicks

Just so you know, I'm embarrassed that San Francisco is part of the United States.

Jeff Jacoby writes about the latest reason why.

Will I get plaudits for my bravery? Will left-leaning media fawn over me and put me on the cover of their magazines? Will there be a documentary made about me?

I'm not giving up the day job...

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Charlie Rangel's Draft Replay

UPDATE: Nancy Pelosi says no.

From the Washington Times:

The incoming Democratic chairman of the House Ways and Means panel says he will introduce a bill to reinstitute a military draft in order to provide the U.S. with more troops, while Sen. John McCain continued his call for increase of troop levels in Iraq.

Rep. Charles B. Rangel of New York first called for a draft in January 2003, when Democrats were the minority party in both houses of Congress. Now that his party controls Capitol Hill, he was asked yesterday on CBS' "Face the Nation" if he was still serious about the proposal.

"You bet your life. Underscore 'serious,' " he said.

"I don't see how anyone can support the [Iraq] war and not support the draft," said Mr. Rangel, alluding to Mr. McCain's call for increased troop levels in Iraq and to the need to combat threats elsewhere in the world. "If we're going to challenge Iran and challenge North Korea and then, as some people have asked, to send more troops to Iraq, we can't do that without a draft."

Of course it's possible to support the war and not support a draft. A draft should be a last-ditch effort, and to my knowledge, we haven't reached that point.

Gone are the days when you could push a guy through six weeks of basic training, shove a gun in his hands and say, "Fight!" The Pentagon opposes a draft for that very reason. Today's complicated weapons systems need soldiers who are specially trained to use them. In other words, it's not your grandfather's Army anymore. The only way it would work would be to require draftees to stay in the military longer than a couple of years, and in that case, Canada's population will see a sudden upsurge in its population.

What's hypocritical is to say you support the troops but don't happen to support what they're doing right now, which is fighting in Iraq. It's also hypocritical to have voted for the war and then say it was a mistake, which is what many Democrats have done. (Rangel, at least, is not hypocritial in this instance.)

In my opinion, this whole thing is meant to make our presence in the Middle East even more divisive than it is now. It's got nothing to do with sharing the sacrifice, and everything to do with giving aging hippies and their protgs more ammunition for something to which they are already opposed.

Michelle Malkin weighs in.

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November 17, 2006

Dutch To Ban Burqa

This is big news:

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - The Dutch government agreed on Friday a total ban on the wearing of burqas and other Muslim face veils in public, justifying the move on security grounds.

Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk will now draw up legislation which will result in the Netherlands, once one of Europe's most easy-going nations, imposing some of the continent's toughest laws against concealing the face.

"The cabinet finds it undesirable that garments covering the face -- including the burqa -- should be worn in public in view of public order, (and) the security and protection of fellow citizens," the Dutch Justice Ministry said in a statement.

Don't expect a calm acceptance of this from the Religion of Peace. Remember, a Moroccan immigrant killed filmmaker Theo van Gogh in 2004 because of a movie he made that was considered offensive to Muslims.

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Quote of the Day

Boy, it's amazing what crack investigative work these liberals can produce when it's not going to result in a Republican beating a Democrat! ~ Pat at Brainster, regarding the MSM's "sudden shock" at Jack Murtha's ethic problems.

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Agenda for the Democratic National Convention for 2008

This has been going around the Gorenet...I mean Internet. For those of you who haven't seen it, I thought you might enjoy a Friday funny!

7:00 P.M. Opening flag burning.
7:15 P.M. Pledge of allegiance to UN.
7:30 P.M. Ted Kennedy proposes a toast.
7:30 - 8:00 P.M. Nonreligious prayer and worship with Jessie Jackson and Al Sharpton.
8:00 P.M. Ted Kennedy proposes a toast.
8:05 P.M. Ceremonial tree hugging.
8:15 - 8:30 P.M. Gay Wedding: Barney Frank presiding.
8:30 P.M. Ted Kennedy proposes a toast.
8:35 P.M. Free Saddam Rally: Cindy Sheehan and Susan Sarandon.
9:00 P.M. Keynote speech: The proper etiquette for surrender? French President Jacques Chirac.
9:15 P.M. Ted Kennedy proposes a toast.
9:20 P.M. Collection to benefit Osama bin Ladin kidney transplant fund.
9:30 P.M. Unveiling of plan to free freedom fighters from Guantanamo Bay: Sean Penn.
9:40 P.M. Why I hate the Military: a short talk by William Jefferson Clinton.
9:45 P.M. Ted Kennedy proposes a toast.
9:50 P.M. Dan Rather presented Truth in Broadcasting award by Michael Moore.
9:55 P.M. Ted Kennedy proposes a toast.
10:00 P.M. How George Bush and Donald Rumsfeld brought down the World Trade Center Towers: Howard Dean.
10:30 P.M. Nomination of Hillary Rodham Clinton by Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
11:00 P.M. Ted Kennedy proposes a toast.
11:05 P.M. Al Gore reinvents the Internet.
11:15 P.M. Our Troops are War Criminals: John Kerry.
11:30 P.M. Coronation Of Mrs. Rodham Clinton.
12:00 A.M. Ted Kennedy proposes a toast.
12:05 A.M. Bill asks Ted to drive Hillary home.

Queen Hillary.jpg
Picture from Strange Politics

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November 16, 2006

Nevada Town Bars Foreign Flags Flying Alone

Pahrump, Nevada's main claim to fame has been being home to the Bonnie and Clyde death car, ensconced at Whiskey Pete's. (As a kid, I saw the car at the Silver Dollar Saloon in Virginia City. Blood stains and everything!)

Now, the town has passed a law banning the flying of foreign flags alone:

The elected town board in the remote Mojave Desert community voted 3-2 on Tuesday to enact an ordinance making it illegal to fly a foreign nation's flag by itself.

Flying another country's flag, whether it is a British Union Jack or the flag of Mexico, is punishable by a $50 fine and 30 hours' community service, unless it is flown below an American flag.

"Old Glory is sovereign," says Paul Willis, a retired carpenter and board member. "You can't fly any other nation's flag higher than the American flag."

Of course, the ACLU is already bleating:

The American Civil Liberties Union says the flag restriction violates the First Amendment's guarantee of free speech.

"There's no doubt about it," says Lisa Rasmussen, a board member of the Nevada ACLU. "People have a right, as much as we don't like it, to fly ... any flag they wish."

No one's banning the flying of other flags...just saying that they must fly with and below the American flag. But to tell that to the "anyone but America first" ACLU is like spitting into the wind. Rasmussen has also said to expect the ACLU to "take action."

And that's not all:

The law passed as part of a package of measures that also declared English the official language of Pahrump and denies town benefits to illegal immigrants.

French is the official language of France. (I thought it was Weaselese.) German is the official language of Germany. Italian is the official language of Italy. Spanish is the official language of Mexico and Spain. I could go on. Why is it so many people get their knickers in a twist when Americans propose making English the official language of America? And what's wrong with expecting that the flag that represents our country be given priority over the flags of other countries? Plus, barring benefits from those not legally eligible to receive them is responsible on two fronts: it relieves the economic burden on the town and its taxpayers, and discourages illegals from showing up to begin with.

Pahrump is joining in with towns like Hazleton, PA and Farmers Branch, TX, in taking a stance against illegal immigration. Other towns should follow suit. Will our federal government finally take note?

h/t: Jeanette

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Not An Auspicious Start for Pelosi

From Breitbart:

House Democrats on Thursday chose Maryland Rep. Steny Hoyer to be House majority leader over Rep. John Murtha, the choice of Rep. Nancy Pelosi, in line to become speaker.
Hoyer was elected on a vote of 149-86.

The balloting marked a personal triumph for him, but also a snub to Pelosi, moments after the rank and file selected her unanimously to become speaker when the House convenes in January.


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Double Standards 101

Don't you just love it?

In his first interview since reportedly calling a Democratic bill on lobbying and ethics "total crap," Rep. John Murtha told "Hardball" host Chris Matthews he meant it was "crap" to deal with ethics problems when there are more serious issues facing the nation such as the war in Iraq.

"It is total crap that we have to deal with an issue like this when weve got a war going on and we got all these other issues," Murtha said.

Oh what a difference an election can make. What was Murtha saying about ethics just six weeks ago during the Mark Foley debacle?

Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa., faulted the House GOP leadership for not acting sooner. "It's outrageous," he said, citing reports indicating they were told months ago. "We have an obligation to protect these young pages. ... It really makes me nervous that they might have tried to cover this up."

He called for a quick investigation before the November elections to "hold people accountable," but said there was no need for an outside investigation. "I think it's something the ethics committee can handle. ... It's something that can be handled internally."

It's always different when one's own political future is at stake. Today is the vote for House Majority Leader, and Murtha hopes to be victorious.

Captain Ed and Hot Air have more.

Meanwhile, Robert Novak has a spot-on column on Nancy Pelosi's first misstep before she even takes the gavel.

h/t: Cookiewrangler

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November 15, 2006

Conyers: Don't Go Dissin' Islam

UPDATE: I erroneously said this would "criminalize" disrespect of Islam, and Paul (always so kind in his criticisms) pointed out my error. However, I still want to know when such a resolution is coming for other religions.

In what might be a warmup to impeachment hearings, John Conyers is sponsoring House Resolution 288, which would, for all intents and purposes, criminalize disrespect of (read: criticism of) Islam. (h/t: LGF)

Read it for yourself:

Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives condemning bigotry and religious intolerance, and recognizing that holy books of every religion should be treated with dignity and respect.

Whereas believers of all religions, including the Abrahamic faiths of Christianity, Judaism and Islam, should be treated with respect and dignity;

Whereas the word Islam comes from the Arabic root word meaning peace and submission;

Whereas there are an estimated 7,000,000 Muslims in America, from a wide variety of ethnic backgrounds, forming an integral part of the social fabric of America;

Whereas the Quran is the holy book for Muslims who recite passages from it in prayer and learn valuable lessons about peace, humanity and spirituality;
Whereas it should never be official policy of the United States Government to disparage the Quran, Islam, or any religion in any way, shape, or form;

Whereas mistreatment of prisoners and disrespect toward the holy book of any religion is unacceptable and against civilized humanity;

Whereas the infringement of an individuals right to freedom of religion violates the Constitution and laws of the United States: Now, therefore, be it

1 Resolved, That the House of Representatives

(1) condemns bigotry, acts of violence, and intolerance against any religious group, including our friends, neighbors, and citizens of the Islamic faith;

(2) declares that the civil rights and civil liberties of all individuals, including those of the Islamic faith, should be protected;

(3) recognizes that the Quran, the holy book of Islam, as any other holy book of any religion, should be treated with dignity and respect; and

(4) calls upon local, State, and Federal authorities to work to prevent bias-motivated crimes and acts against all individuals, including those of the Islamic faith.

Notice that Conyers went with an "estimated 7,000,000 Muslims in America." That number is hotly debated, but giving the higher number gives the bill more credence.

Of course, he didn't mention the intolerance displayed by those Muslims who believe in restoring Shari'a law toward women, homosexuals, and non-Muslims in general (you know, us infidels).

Be sure to click on the first link above to read some of the groan-inducing comments left by Conyers' sycophants.

I'm waiting for a law that forbids the disrespect of Judaism and Christianity:



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Scraping the Bottom of the Barrel

It's not enough for some to hate Rick Santorum and revel in his Senatorial defeat. Some must also make crude jokes at the expense of his family.

Moonbattery has all of the sad details.

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Bye Bye Border Fence?

Just brilliant:

WASHINGTON, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- The incoming U.S. Congress will review the law mandating 700 miles of fence along the U.S.-Mexico border, and may seek to scrap the plan altogether.

Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., told reporters this week that he expected to "re-visit" the issue when he becomes chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee in the 110th Congress, which has a Democratic Party majority.

Goody...more waffling on an issue that is important to citizens. Just what we can expect from the Democrats. Nice going!

Would you like syrup or jam with your waffles?

h/t: Cookiewrangler

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Dem Prevails in Connecticut's District 2 Recount

Democratic challenger Joe Courtney won the recount in Connecticut's District 2 House race, although his lead narrowed from 167 to 91 votes.

That means the only Republican Connecticut has in Congress is Christopher Shays.


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November 14, 2006

Video Of the Day!

In keeping with my current obsession with watching music videos on YouTube, I give you this by Annie Lennox, Walking on Broken Glass. It's a winner in more ways than one: Annie Lennox, of course, is a fabulous singer and songwriter. The video is like a movie, set during the days of Louix XI, with beautiful period costumes. (I'm a sucker for anything before 1920.) And, it features John Malkovich (who is no stranger to period pieces) and Hugh Laurie. Many of you know Hugh from his current gig on the medical drama House, but he's been in many things in his native England...including playing the foppish Prince Regent on the third installment of that British classic Black Adder.


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