Thursday, March 31, 2005

Baggy Pants Berger Back in News...Finally

Former national security adviser Sandy Berger will plead guilty to taking classified material from the National Archives, a misdemeanor, the Justice Department said Thursday.

Why hasn't this been an ongoing focus of the media?

Berger is expected to appear in federal court in Washington on Friday, said Justice spokesman Bryan Sierra.

The charge of unauthorized removal and retention of classified material is a misdemeanor that carries a maximum sentence of a year in prison and up to a $100,000 fine.

He should get the max but I bet he won't.

The former Clinton administration official previously acknowledged he removed from the National Archives copies of documents about the government's anti-terror efforts and notes that he took on those documents.

He said he was reviewing the materials to help determine which Clinton administration documents to provide to the independent commission investigating the September 11, 2001, terror attacks.

He called the episode "an honest mistake," and denied criminal wrongdoing.

So he's pleading guilty to what? Unless he's totally senile, how does he explain this as a mistake? This is just more of that Clinton denial and deceit that has spread like a rampant cancer.

Berger and his lawyer, Lanny Breuer, have said Berger knowingly removed the handwritten notes by placing them in his jacket and pants and inadvertently took copies of actual classified documents in a leather portfolio. He returned most of the documents, but some still are missing.

Why are some still missing? Is that a continuation of honest mistakes? This prevaricating piece of crap should be put in a cell to rot until he remembers what he did with the still missing documents and his release should depend on their full restoration.

Why do Americans think this behavior on the part of public servants is acceptable? If you cannot serve your term of office with integrity then you should serve a prison sentence of longevity.

Goodbye Terri, Rest in Peace

Terri Schiavo Dies. We are shamed as a nation. All we can do now is make sure she did not die in vain.

Ramblings' Journal Has It Right

One of my favorite blogs has this post, '6 Iraqis arrested in Mexico near CA border' from Ramblings' Journal.

Like Mike says, "it's high time to close the border and be done with it".

Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Nothing Will Stifle Thy Free Speech Like Me

A pie in the face didn't silence conservative pundit William Kristol during a speech at Earlham College.
A man who later was identified as a student at the private Quaker college jumped onto the stage and splattered Kristol with the pie Tuesday night about 30 minutes into a speech about U.S. foreign policy.
Members of the audience jeered the student as he walked off the stage, then applauded as Kristol wiped the goo off his face with a paper towel and said, "Just let me finish this point," the Palladium-Item reported.
The student was suspended and could face expulsion following a disciplinary review, Earlham Provost Len Clark said today.

Why do these looney lefties think free speech only applies to them? And what kind of peace activist assaults people? Can't we lock these idiots up before they hurt someone?

The Courts Just Hate the Good Book

DENVER, Colorado (AP) -- Ruling that juries cannot turn to the Bible for advice during deliberations, a divided Colorado Supreme Court threw out the death penalty for a convicted murderer because jurors discussed Bible verses.
In a 3-2 vote on Monday, justices ordered Robert Harlan to serve life without parole for kidnapping Rhonda Maloney and raping her at gunpoint for two hours before fatally shooting her.
Defense attorney Kathleen Lord, arguing before the state Supreme Court last month, said the jurors had gone outside the law. "They went to the Bible to find out God's position on capital punishment," she said.
Who needs a bible to know this guy should be put to sleep? When will we have a justice system where the truth is actually sought by all parties and justice meted out accordingly?
Guess what folks, when the real judgement comes there will be no appeal and justice will be served.

Tuesday, March 29, 2005

No Smarts

I just had to share this column by Earl McRae in The Ottawa Sun.

Compassion lacking in Schiavo case

By -- For the Ottawa Sun

On this Easter Sunday, Terri Schiavo is dying. But, I'm not smart. I want Terri Schiavo kept alive. I'm not as smart as the judges and doctors and her husband who've decided they won't do what has to be done to let Terry Schiavo continue living, so they're going to let her starve to death.

This is called compassion. Starving her to death. She murdered nobody. Had she murdered somebody, she'd be taken to a nice, bright room and placed on a gurney and given a lethal injection so that she would just go nicely to sleep and not wake up.

I'm not smart. I don't understand what they're doing to Terri Schiavo. There are people who would. The Nazis. The Nazis of the concentration camps. Those who don't want Terri Schiavo alive anymore say it's because she's a "vegetable" and she is always going to be a vegetable and the vegetable Terri Schiavo will feel no pain as they starve her to death.

I'm not smart because I don't think these are any good reasons to let Terri Schiavo die. I think of Joe Bonham. Joe Bonham in Dalton Trumbo's novel Johnny Got His Gun. The most powerful anti-war novel of the 20th century. Joe Bonham, the young American soldier who was blown up by a landmine in World War I.

Joe Bonham with no legs. No arms. No nose. No mouth. No tongue. No speech. No sight. No hearing. No taste. No face. Joe Bonham, brain damaged. Joe Bonham, torso. Joe Bonham, vegetable.

Kept breathing

Joe Bonham, who, for "experimental" purposes, was kept breathing in a military hospital for years, who was considered a useless living dead, who some wanted to kill, Joe Bonham who could think, who could remember, who could dream, who could feel the change in temperature, the welcoming smooth, clean sheets against what was left of him, the vibrations of footsteps approaching his bed, the gentle breezes from his window.

Joe Bonham who wanted to live, Joe Bonham, "vegetable," Joe Bonham who feared they'd end his life, Joe Bonham, "experiment," who lay in that hospital bed for years, who tried to communicate through Morse Code by tapping his head against his pillow, whose signals were misconstrued as seizures, whose signals finally broke through to a nurse only to have a doctor decide it was not worth Joe Bonham living anymore and put him to sleep eternally.

Terri Schiavo does not know Morse Code. Terri Schiavo, whose parents insist they've recognized awareness to their touches, their words. Terri Schiavo's parents who have committed their lives to caring for her, loving her, and will do so as long as they live, and she lives, and if her parents die, her brother and her sister, "vegetable" or not, because she is their little girl, their flesh and blood, and the flesh and blood of her brother and sister, and nothing should trump that fact in the decision-making over the life or death of Terri Schiavo.

But, I'm not smart. I'm not smart because I don't believe her husband, who is not her flesh and blood, her husband who has moved on in a new life for himself, should have the final say, which is to have her die because she's a "vegetable" and wouldn't want to be a "vegetable," this man, and these doctors, and these judges, who take their cues from textbooks and charts and graphs and machinery and are not inside the head and body of Terri Schiavo.

These people who are absolutely unable to say that there will be no major breakthrough in neurology from medical scientists working in laboratories around the world that would one day bring Terri Schiavo out of her long coma, and to a life she'd find worth the living.

These people who, this week, dismissed the court-document medical view of Dr. William Cheshire, a neurologist with the renowned Mayo Clinic, that Terri Schiavo is not in a vegetative state, but a "minimally conscious state."

I'm not smart, but I do know it is Easter Sunday and down in Florida, they're starving Terri Schiavo to death.

What a great piece and fortunately for the weak of the world many of us are not"smart".

Monday, March 28, 2005

Houston, We Have A Problem

An odd one from Fox News:

Two Houston cops seem to have gone gaga over an attractive drunk-driving suspect.
Patrolman Christopher Green stands accused of downloading nude photos of the woman and showing them off in the county courthouse.
His partner, Patrolman George Miller, allegedly called the woman to ask her out on a date, reports the Houston Chronicle.
The 25-year-old woman, a student from China who speaks little English, was pulled over Nov. 24.
Assisting in her arrest were Miller and Green, who found the nude pictures on her cell phone.

Why make stuff up when you have people like this dynamic duo running around loose....and we gave them badges and guns???

Sunday, March 27, 2005

LA Times, Feces Fondling Aficionados

Please see 'UGLINESS ON EASTER SUNDAY MORN' from Michelle Malkin. on the dung heap called the LA Times and those who wallow in it.
These are the lowest of the low, unfit to coexist with humans. Muckraking is too generous of a word to describe these maggots.

A Thousand Curses

How about this Muslim opinion? Translated from Arabic:

I say to America: beware. Now your fingers are immersed in boiling oil; there is no safety. Even a journey of a thousand nights cannot shake our religious determination.

America can poke its nose at the entire world. She can stick its fingers into the affairs of other countries in general, and into the affairs of Middle Eastern countries in particular!!

And America can speak about freedom and democracy, as it sees it, and it loves to speak about change - but the spread of globalization obliterates our identity, takes away our privacy, and will lead to the imposition of domination.

She can press politicians and rulers. She threatens nations and spreads war … She can works to undermine countries and tears them apart, limb from limb. And she provokes ethnic fanaticism and sectarian violence!!

America can change the curriculum. She can remove the religious curriculum from the books ... But the one thing that America cannot do is remove Islam from the souls of its followers and believers.

Since the events September 11, 2001, America has conducted fierce campaigns against Muslims under the pretext that Islam is the cause of terrorism. And therefore, she spared no effort in throwing some of its believers into prison, while at the same time holding conferences in various places to show how close our cultures are. She imposes at these conferences ideas and suggestions that contradict our religion. She concentrates in particular on woman's rights and their equality with man, even in regard to inheritances!!

America does not know that the Islam honors women and their situation in the loftiest way possible. And it gives them rights and advantages that American and European woman have yet to achieve.

As part of its policy of violating our religious doctrines, America and her media machine have been encouraging a new phenomenon: A woman leading men in Friday Prayer!!

America surprised us and challenged Muslim feelings by finding a woman in New York [Amina Wadud] to lead men in Friday Prayer. The woman tried to find a mosque that would permit this new innovation, but all of the mosques closed their doors to her. Initially, the churches did the same, but one of the cathedrals permitted a group of women and men to pray with them on a Friday, in an ironic scene that caused laughter and raised anger and disgust. It was literally a farcical scene!!

And yesterday America surprised us again, when another foolish woman, Asra Nomani, said she would lead Muslims in Friday Prayer in Boston. And after that, in San Francisco, and then Washington, and then several other states!!

The American Mass Media is preparing to increase its campaign of distorting Islam by showing this ugly image [of a woman leading Friday prayer] and trumpeting it all over the world, assuming that in this way it will defeat our religion!!

The attempts of America and its followers to deform and defeat Islam will come to nothing. Everything is easy to destroy compared to the deeply rooted religion of the soul, which is as immovable as a mountain on the land. Nations may often become silent about injustice until the storm passes. But when one tries to defeat a nation's religion, the uprising will come quickly and will not abate.

Beware America! Use caution and retreat from this policy, and stop playing with fire. No matter how many thousands like Amina [Wadud] and Asra [the two woman who are leading Friday prayers] America recruits, Islam will remain an impregnable force in the face of its attempts. By sticking its fingers into Islam, America is immersing them in boiling oil.

Where do the get these guys...they should be writing Aladdin skits for Disney.

May you lose all your fingers and get a bowling ball for Christmas. May the fleas of a thousand camels etc. etc. etc. It's like something out of an old foreign legion film.

C'est la Google

This from Spiegel:

Maybe it's revenge for the fact that the Internet sent Minitel, an early French network service, the way of the Betamax tape -- into the technology graveyard. Or possibly, it has something to do with that inflammatory Google parody showing a faux-search for "French military victories" that came up with zero results ("Did you mean: French military defeats?"). Whatever the reason, Google, the world's largest search engine, has been taking a beating lately in France, legally and culturally. Between a series of lawsuits and recent French furor over Google's plans to digitize some of the world's largest library collections, things are looking tres mauvais for the company in France. A recent phrase born in the French press, "omnigooglization," has even come to be shorthand for America's digital-culture imperialism, stirring old fears of waning French influence reminiscent of recent political struggles. Is Google the new Iraq -- or just the new Disney?

Amid all the hubbub, one thing is certain: Google has managed to create a knee-jerk reaction among the French. When it first announced the digital library project last December, Jeanneney immediately wrote a blistering attack in the daily newspaper Le Monde, calling it "confirmation of the risk of crushing American domination in the way future generations conceive the world."

Google spokeswoman Myriam Boublil says, "French law is just very protective of trademarks." It's true that the French legal code does much more to protect brands than does US law (or German: similar suits have been dismissed within the last year). But that doesn't explain the built up cultural tension over Google's library plans. France has a long history of protecting its culture from American influence, and where there was once Disney to fight against, there is now Google. The French press is slowly turning Google into a yet another American monster -- a headline in the left-leaning Liberation over the weekend dubbed Google "the new ogre of literature."

As for the tension over digital libraries, Boublil says that "Europe must ultimately do the same thing, and we are really very supportive. We don't view it as if it's a war." Google may not, but it's clear the French may see it that way.

Well, if it's a war, the French will find some way to lose it.

Kofi, Kid and Cotecna

From the Telegraph:

Kofi Annan, the United Nations secretary-general, will face fresh calls for his resignation from American opponents this week after being criticised by the commission he set up to investigate the Iraqi oil-for-food scandal.

In a report due out on Tuesday, Mr Annan will come under fire for failing to recognise potential conflicts of interest relating to his son, Kojo, who worked for a Swiss company awarded contracts under the controversial scheme.

The criticism is expected to focus on three previously undisclosed meetings that Kofi Annan attended with executives from the company, Cotecna, between 1997 and 1999. The commission, headed by Paul Volcker, the former chairman of the Federal Reserve, will also report that Mr Annan failed to identify serious administrative problems within the UN. Congressional investigators in Washington are pursuing six different inquiries into the oil-for-food scandal.

Norm Coleman, a Republican senator who heads the Senate governmental affairs investigations sub-committee and called for Mr Annan to step down last year, said: "The organisation [UN] has to ask the question: 'Can you achieve the type of massive reform needed if the guy who was in charge during all these mistakes is still running the show?' "

UN officials are still hoping to switch the focus from Mr Annan to his son. Kojo Annan will be criticised for trying to trade on his family name and misleading his father about the extent of his business links to Cotecna, which had lucrative contracts to inspect goods going into Iraq under the oil-for-food programme. In all, he is believed to have been paid more than $300,000 by the company.

Officials who have seen the report told The Wall Street Journal that Mr Volcker will clear Kofi Annan of any suggestion that he rigged the programme or received any financial benefit from it.

Yet the report will cast fresh doubt over whether Mr Annan, whose term is due to end next year, can survive to implement the far-reaching UN reforms announced last week.

The secretary-general's critics have latched on to Mr Annan's failure to mention his meetings with Cotecna executives, even after he publicly criticised his son for not telling him that he had remained on the company's payroll for five years longer than previously believed.

Both Cotecna and Mr Annan told the Volcker commission that the meetings, one of which took place at Mr Annan's office at the UN in New York, were unrelated to the oil-for-food scheme.

"Why did Kofi not say before that he had met with Cotecna, especially if they really did have nothing to do with oil-for-food?" a congressional investigator asked The Telegraph. "It just looks like another attempt to keep things hidden. These sins of omission keep adding up."

This guy should hook up with Jimmy Carter. They can put their heads together and make an ass of themselves. It's way past time to hang it up Kofi, it's over, finished, finito! Say goodnight, Kofi.

Saturday, March 26, 2005

If I Don't Come Out I'm Coming In After Myself

From ABC News:

Kyrgyzstan's triumphant opposition scrambled Friday to restore order in a capital described as "gone mad" with looting and vandalism, and named a leader of the rebellion acting president after driving President Askar Akayev from power.

Kurmanbek Bakiyev emerged from the Parliament building and said he had been named acting prime minister and president.

Bakiyev's appointment as acting president was endorsed in a late-night session by a newly restored parliament of lawmakers who held seats before this year's disputed elections, which fueled protests against Akayev and his government.

Akayev, whose whereabouts were unknown after fleeing the Central Asian country with his family, denied he had resigned, according to Russia's ITAR-Tass news agency.

"My current stay outside the country is temporary," said Akayev, who ruled Kyrgyzstan for 15 years. "Rumors of my resignation are deliberate, malicious lies."

Felix Kulov, an opposition leader now heading Kyrgyzstan's law enforcement agencies, said Akayev had fled to a foreign country after being turned away by Russia. The Interfax news agency said Akayev and his family were in neighboring Kazakhstan.

"He had a chance to resign, but he fled," said Kulov, a longtime Akayev opponent who was released from prison during Thursday's turmoil. "He wanted to go to Russia, but the Russians didn't accept him."

Russian President Vladimir Putin said, however, that the Kremlin wouldn't object if Akayev wants to go to Russia. Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Yakovenko said Moscow doesn't know where Akayev is.

So who's in charge in Kyrazystan and for how long?

A Sub and Coke

From Colombia:

Authorities have discovered a submarine-like vessel still under construction by drug traffickers who planned to use it to smuggle cocaine, the head of Colombia's secret police said.

He said the vessel would have been used to carry cocaine to speed boats offshore, which would then take the drugs to Central America or Mexico, for eventual delivery to the United States.

They know all they have to do is use the Mexican backyard. Drugs, terrorists, illegals, it's all coming through like flys through a torn screen door.

No Safer Today Than Yesterday

From the Boston Herald
n what amounts to the largest security breach at Logan International Airport since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, more than a dozen illegal immigrants with unfettered access to the terminal - and possibly beyond - were arrested at the airport yesterday, according to a source and federal officials.
Relatives and loved ones of victims killed in 9/11 called the security lapse a ``disgrace.''
``They're putting everybody at risk,'' said Mary Bavis, the mother of Mark Bavis, who was on United Flight 175, one of two planes hijacked out of Logan and crashed into the World Trade Center towers in New York. ``I just can't understand how that can happen. We're supposed to have so much more security.''
The 14 Brazilian nationals - 12 men and women, and two juveniles - worked as airport janitors for Hurley of America, a company with offices in Stoneham, officials said. One of the men was wanted on a fugitive warrant for evading deportation.
State police and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents arrested the aliens in a sweep early yesterday morning as part of an ongoing investigation by Homeland Security into an illegal worker scheme at Logan International Airport, said Jane Zuieback, spokeswoman for ICE.

So, are you safer today? Is the government doing its job? When will we demand that our borders be fixed?
Not only don't I feel any safer, it's as if we've made no progress. When are we going to secure our nation? When will we crack down, not just on illegals, but on the traitors who employ them?

Refried Bologna

The House International Affairs Committee meets with Fox:

Members of the U.S. Congress told President Vicente Fox of the importance Washington views the issue of border security, and asked him to do more to guarantee security on his side of the border, and to be more forceful in combating drug trafficking.

For his part, Fox exhorted the American legislators, who were accompanied by U.S. Ambassador Tony Garza, to push through reforms of the U.S. immigration system, and take measures to clamp down on xenophobic and anti-immigrant groups.

Will someone explain to this guy, Fox, the issue is not fear of the foreign, it is anger at the law breaking. We are not anti-immigrant (and if we were what business is it of his) we are anti-illegal trespassing.

Obey the laws, Fox, and nobody gets hurt.

Friday, March 25, 2005

Save the Dinosaurs

Scientists could turn Jurassic Park fiction into fact after extracting what look like blood vessels and cells from a Tyrannosaurus rex, it was disclosed yesterday.
They have not ruled out the possibility of obtaining dinosaur DNA from the 70-million-year-old samples.
We can't save the life of a handicapped human or an unwanted baby but we will consider reaching back millions of years to attempt to resurrect a pea brained killer reptile. We have become the futuristic nightmares of science fiction. But then I fantasize about these famous last words from Judge Greer as he meets T-rex, "Don't kill it, I think it's trying to communicate." CRUNCH!

English Folklore

Folklore says that bad luck looms when Good Friday falls on the Feast of the Annunciation, as it does this year.

It is the first time the dates have coincided for 73 years. The clash is the result of the early Easter.

Christian theologians have noted that it encapsulates the beginning of Christ's life on Earth - the moment that the Angel Gabriel tells Mary that she is with child - and His death on the Cross. Some doomsayers predicted that the world would end on such a date in AD 970 and others said there would be bad luck if Easter fell on Lady Day.

An early English saying ran: "If Our Lord falls in Our Lady's lap, England will meet with a great mishap."

Fortunately the nation has survived the last three such dates, in 1910, 1921 and 1932. If we survive this one, the next will fall in 2016.

Because of the clash, the Churches move the celebration of the Feast of the Annunciation to the next free Sunday, which this year is April 4. In the West, Easter occurs on the first Sunday after the full moon on or after the spring equinox. It always falls between March 22 and April 25.

The perennial debate about whether it should be on a fixed date was refuelled last week by the biblical scholar Geza Vermes, professor emeritus of Jewish Studies at Oxford University.

In a new book, he has calculated the date of the death of Jesus Christ as April 7, on the eve of the Passover, in AD 30.

Tip of the stetson to the Telegraph.

Thursday, March 24, 2005

Grim Reaper Greer Sharpens Scythe

Thursday, Judge George Greer denied a petition of the state Department of Children and Families and Gov. Jeb Bush to take Schiavo into state custody.

He also denied a petition from the DCF to investigate allegations that Terri Schiavo's husband, Michael, abused her. Such allegations have been considered and dismissed several times in the past, most recently last week in the Florida Supreme Court.

Greer also rejected an affidavit, submitted by Florida authorities, from a Florida doctor who argued that the brain-damaged woman was not in a persistent vegetative state.

How appropriate that this man should resign his church membership. Remember, George Greer, there is a higher judge than any here on earth and in a very short time you shall stand before Him seeking mercy.

Supreme Court Decides in Favor of Death

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a plea from the parents of a brain-damaged Florida woman to order her feeding tube reconnected, dealing a sharp blow to their seven-year legal fight to prolong their daughter's life.
The highest U.S. court denied without comment a request made late on Wednesday by Bob and Mary Schindler for an emergency order to restart nutrition for Terri Schiavo, whose feeding tube was removed six days ago.
With the parents' hopes of prolonging Schiavo's life now all but closed, a Florida court was considering a petition from a state government agency to take custody of Schiavo.

What have we become? Compromise by compromise, step by step we have moved from a nation, valuing human life as sacred, to the promotion of death for those who have become inconvenient. Then, we wonder why children take guns to school and execute their fellow students. Why not, we've taught them human life has little value and can be ended on a whim.

Conflict Of Interest

From the Detroit Free Press:

State Rep. Joel Sheltrown thinks adulterous husbands or wives shouldn't be allowed to keep food or medical treatment from a spouse who's unable to make those decisions.
Sheltrown is drafting legislation to address an issue surrounding brain-damaged Terri Schiavo in Florida. Schiavo's parents say her husband, Michael Schiavo, wants to disconnect her feeding tube and hasten her death so he can marry his girlfriend with whom he has two children.
What a grasp of the obvious! Do you think Michael might have an ulterior motive? What are the odds?

Do Your Job Mr. President

President Bush promised leaders of Mexico and Canada on Wednesday that he would continue pressing for changes in U.S. immigration policy. At the same time, he sought to lower expectations that a guest worker program would gain momentum on Capitol Hill, where it has faced resistance for years.
"Mr. President, you've got my pledge, I'll continue working on it," Bush said to Mexican President Vicente Fox. Bush, Fox and Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin appeared together at a news conference at Baylor University here.
With immigration at the forefront of their talks, Bush voiced criticism of U.S. citizens along the border who have taken it upon themselves to enforce security. "I'm against vigilantes," he said.
Well, Mr. President, do your job and there will be no need for vigilantes. Enforce our laws as the chief executive should instead of fawning all over Fox. Embrace the will of the American people instead of worrying what the neighbors will say. Be the president of the United Staes of America and let the rest of North America take care of itself.

My Fellow Idiots

The Palestinian Authority has demanded an apology from Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi for sayingPalestinians were "idiots" in seeking their own state alongside Israel.Gaddafi made the remarks during a fiery speech at an Arab summit on Wednesday that ended by relaunching an offerto Israel of normal relations if it withdrew from all occupied Arab land and permitted a Palestinian state."I cannot recognise either the Palestinian state or the Israeli state. Don't be angry, Abu Mazen, but the Palestinians are idiots and the Israelis are idiots," Gaddafi said, addressing Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. "The solution I think is to have a single state. We cannot have two states."
You've got to hand it to Gaddafi, he knows idiocy.

Would You Like Fingers With That?

In San Jose California, a customer at Wendy's found a finger in the chili.
"This individual apparently did take a spoonful, did have a finger in their mouth and then, you know, spit it out and recognized it," said Ben Gale, director of the department of environmental health for Santa Clara County. "Then they had some kind of emotional reaction and vomited."
I don't know if this is better or worse than finding vermin or bugs but I certainly understand the reaction.

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Why Our Kids Can't Read or Write

This from the NY Daily News:
A Bronx teacher who repeatedly flunked his state certification exam paid a formerly homeless man with a developmental disorder $2 to take the test for him, authorities said yesterday.

The illegal stand-in - who looks nothing like teacher Wayne Brightly - not only passed the high-stakes test, he scored so much better than the teacher had previously that the state knew something was wrong, officials said.

"I was pressured into it. He threatened me," the bogus test-taker Rubin Leitner told the Daily News yesterday after Special Schools Investigator Richard Condon revealed the scam.

"I gave him my all," said Leitner, 58, who suffers from Asperger's syndrome, a disorder similar to autism. "He gave me what he thought I was worth."

Brightly, 38, a teacher at one of the city's worst schools, Middle School 142, allegedly concocted the plot to swap identities with Leitner last summer. If he failed the state exam again, Brightly risked losing his $59,000-a-year job.

"I'm tired of taking this test and failing," Brightly told Leitner, according to Condon's probe. "I want you to help me."

Along with being much smarter than Brightly, Leitner is 20 years older. He also is white and overweight while Brightly is black and thin. Yet none of those glaring differences apparently worried Brightly.

"He said no one would ever know," Leitner said outside the Brownsville, Brooklyn, building he has called home since briefly living on the streets.

The two men met years ago at Brooklyn College where Leitner earned bachelor's and master's degrees in history in the late 1970s, and Brightly got a bachelor's degree in 1992. After meeting in the alumni office, Leitner began tutoring the teacher as he struggled to pass the state exam, officials said.

But the relationship took a bizarre turn just weeks before the test last July, authorities said.

"He got tired of flunking it," said Leitner. "That was the thing that sparked this desperate act."

Brightly allegedly helped Leitner obtain a counterfeit state identification card that showed Leitner's photo with Brightly's name. Using the bogus ID, the pair conned city educrats into issuing Leitner a school ID card to use on test day, authorities said.

On July 17, Brightly allegedly picked up Leitner at his home and drove him to Edward R. Murrow High School in Brooklyn, where the test was given. The teacher allegedly came back after the test was over and drove Leitner back home, officials said.

After the exam, the state began investigating Brightly's passing score. He sent Leitner to meet with officials, and Leitner claimed to be Brightly - but the ruse failed, authorities said.

Why do we expect anything from our children when this is the kind of garbage we expose them to in school?

Vatican Criticizes Terri's Execution

This from the Tallahassee Democrat:

The Vatican pressed its campaign to keep Terri Schiavo alive Tuesday, saying that pulling the plug on the brain-damaged Florida woman amounted to capital punishment for someone who has committed no crimes.

In a front-page editorial, the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano criticized a U.S. federal judge's refusal to order the reinsertion of Schiavo's feeding tube.

"She has no possibility of being 'restored' to a 'normal' life. Therefore Terri Schiavo must die," the editorial began. "This is ... the absurd and terrifying reason" for the judge's decision, it added.

U.S. District Judge James Whittemore said the 41-year-old woman's parents had not established a "substantial likelihood of success" at trial on the merits of their arguments that Schiavo's rights had been violated.

The decision came after feverish action by President Bush and Congress on legislation allowing the brain-damaged woman's contentious case to be reviewed by federal courts.

The tube was disconnected Friday on the orders of a state judge, prompting an extraordinary weekend effort by congressional Republicans to push through unprecedented emergency legislation Monday aimed at keeping her alive.

A top Vatican official, Monsignor Elio Sgreccia, also criticized the ruling, saying it legitimized a "cruel" death by hunger and thirst for Schiavo. Sgreccia, who heads the Pontifical Academy for Life, told Vatican Radio that he hoped the ruling wouldn't be repeated in other cases.

"It's not euthanasia in the literal sense of the word," Sgreccia said. "It's not a good death, it's a death provoked by a cruel act. It's not a medical act," Sgreccia said.

"I confirm the moral judgment doesn't change, because it remains an illicit and serious act - even more serious since it appears the decision over who lives and who dies has become a question for a court," Sgreccia said.

In its editorial, L'Osservatore Romano said Whittemore had condemned Schiavo to an "atrocious death: death from hunger and thirst."

"After all, Terri's destiny appears not unlike that of many men and women who in the United States get capital punishment for their crimes," said the paper.

"But Terri has committed no crimes, if not that of being 'useless' to the eyes of a society incapable of appreciating and defending the gift of life. Of any life," said the paper.

The Holy See is opposed to the death penalty.

Schiavo suffered severe brain damage 15 years ago. Her husband says Schiavo told him that she wouldn't want to be kept alive in a vegetative state. Her parents say she needs treatment and another opportunity for life.

The Vatican paper's remarks reflected earlier comments from several Vatican prelates over the case. For the Catholic Church, euthanasia can never be allowed as only God has the power to decide over the life and death of a human being.

Pope John Paul II has strongly condemned euthanasia throughout his 26-year pontificate.

I don't agree with the Vatican on many things but here we are on common ground.

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

You Lost, Remember?

This on the news today:

Arab leaders gathered for a summit in the Algerian capital rejected a Jordanian proposal that they offer Israel diplomatic ties without Israel's first returning occupied lands -- a proposal that would be a dramatic change in the Arabs' peace strategy.
Arab League Secretary-General Amr Moussa said Israel expects "the Arabs will make concessions and even normalize without anything real in return."
Let's see didn't the Arabs try to push the Jews into the sea? Didn't the Arabs attack Israel? Didn't the Arabs lose? When you win the war isn't there this thing called the spoils of war? What the hell is wrong with these people? When you lose you don't get to make demands, demands are made on you.

Government Continues to Fail Us

The population of undocumented residents in the United States increased by about 23 percent from 8.4 million in the four-year period ending last March, according to the analysis of government data by the Pew Hispanic Center, a private research group.

This is unacceptable to the vast majority of the American people. So, why do our elected officials ignore the problem? The voters need to make this an issue in every election. We must make sure in every race that there is a candidate with a strong stand on illegal immigration and willing to increase and enforce the penalties for hiring illegals.

Monday, March 21, 2005

To Have and to Hold

I love this quote from Michael Schiavo: "This is about Terri Schiavo, not the government, not President Bush and Gov. Bush," he said. "They should be ashamed of themselves."

If their is shame here Michael it is yours. You have broken your vows, cast aside your commitment and abandoned your bride. There are no words to describe the shameful way you have acted and continue to act. This woman who depended on you for protection and security is now at your mercy and you have chosen to renege on that duty you swore to uphold.

I pray that my daughters will never encounter a scoundrel such as you, let alone marry one. When a father gives the hand of his daughter in marriage it is with the understanding that the protection and care he has afforded her will continue under the care of her husband. How Terri's father must rue the day he entrusted her care to you. You were unworthy of that trust, you vile excuse for a man.

Day Number Fifty

It is 50 days today since John Kerry promised to sign form SF-180 thereby releasing all of his military records for public perusal. Why has he failed to keep his word? We're waiting John and we're not going to let it go.

Sunday, March 20, 2005

Al-Qaida, Castro, and the Chinese Canal

Panamanian security chief Javier Martinez, speaking at a U.S.-organized seminar in his country earlier this month, said al-Qaida also is planning an attack on the Panama Canal.

U.S. intelligence believes the terror group is using Panama as either a base or a transit point and may be making use of Panama's banks.

Panama's recently installed president, Martin Torrijos, is seeking closer ties to Cuba's Fidel Castro and a Chinese company still runs the canal that America built.

Al Qaida, Castro and the Chinese, what else do we need to warn us? The threat from the south keeps looming larger.

Democrats Rally to Deliver Death and Despair

As I write this, the denizens of the democratic netherworld beckon death to approach Terri Schiavo. Barely guised in the cloak of procedural issues, they trip over themselves to announce why they shun the sanctity of life and eagerly await the starvation of a woman unable to plead for herself.

See them now as they are, ghoulish figures who have long ago abandoned hope for the dogma of despair. Remember them when it comes time to vote and cast them back into the pit from whence they came.

Can Canine Conjugal Ok Be Far Away?

Be advised, this is rather bizarre.

A Belgian man on trial for having sex with dogs claims he did it out of compassion for man's best friend, a Belgian paper said on Friday.

Daily Gazet Van Antwerpen said the 36-year old in the eastern Belgian town of Genk told the court he had sex with dogs "out of love for animals," since a lot of them can't have sex, especially those locked up in refuges.

The man, only identified by his initials, could face six months in jail if convicted.

He had worked in an animal refuge before and had also posted thousands of pictures on the Internet of himself having
sex with dogs, the paper said.

How long before people like this are requesting a license and religious blessing to legitimize their perversion? After all, shouldn't Spot be covered by my health insurance and what about those apartments and hotels that don't allow animals?

Lord, have mercy.

Look to Your Women, the UN is Here

This is going to make us all so much safer, perhaps Michael Jackson should be given a post.

The security of America and other wealthy countries will for the first time be declared a key priority for the United Nations under reforms designed to restore confidence in the crisis-ridden international body.

The UN Secretariat promises a "real re-launch … a fundamental manifesto" after criticism of its performance since the September 11 terrorist attacks and the Iraq oil-for-food scandal.

Mark Malloch Brown, the Briton newly appointed as the UN's chief of staff, said: "Reform really has to align the UN behind an agenda that includes a security system which can fully meet US concerns on terrorism."

Chidyan Siku, Zimbabwe's ambassador to the UN, gave the proposals a cool reception. "My feeling, and the feeling of colleagues from developing countries, is that the Secretariat is trying to please America by slanting towards the strategic agenda of the North. That will not find favour with us," he said.

And everyone knows how important the opinion of Zimbabwe and Robert Mugabe, it's economic mastermind leader, is to the wealthy nations of the world. Here's a short quote from someone close to the scene in Zimbabwe:"There is nothing as evil as to starve people of information," says one high-ranking education official. "It's like living in the old Soviet Union. We know nothing about the opposition; all information is government-controlled."

Then of course, we have our usual suspects and groupies from Chirac and pack.

An official at the French mission said: "They may be going too far in trying to please Washington. The UN is not only about the US."

This is so absurd, I can't even begin to poke fun at it. No wonder these guys like Jerry lewis.

Tip of the stetson to the Telegraph.

Fidel Castro Number Two

This from Senor Chavez of Venezuela: “I am the second Fidel Castro of Latin America” Just what the world was waiting for, another self-indulgent communist cockroach. I hope for the sake of his country he is not as long-lived.

Selling Out Americans

Fox News has a piece on illegals and the economy.

Speaking about nannies in LA: Women from the poorest corners of the world come to work in the city as nannies and housemaids. Nannies and other laborers work hard at a wage that has many businesses openly employing illegal immigrants including contractor Charlie D'Agostino.

"People aren't going to pay more for an American than a Mexican, just because they're American. I pay on ability," D'Agostino said. "All my workers get paid fair wage for their ability. I'm not going to pay $25 an hour to build a ditch. I'll get a $10 an hour guy to do that. So you pick your skilled labor and unskilled."

He added: "Other people that can better themselves by coming here and I think they deserve a chance too. We're all immigrants. Everybody is an immigrant."

Is that so Charlie? I was born here, so I'm not an immigrant. Do not redefine terms and words to pose an arguement that makes your business more profitable and makes you feel good about yourself. If you are employing illegals you are the kind of scum that we need to root out and prosecute. Twisting word definitions and spurious arguments do not apply a veneer of respectability to what you really are and how you are helping to destroy our nation.

"I'm not opposed to bringing people into this country for the 'jobs no American will take,' but you have they have to prove to me that there are really those jobs that exist," said Rep. Tom Tancredo, R - Colo.

Unemployed Americans are numbered at 7.7 million; if illegal immigration ended tomorrow, it's questionable whether the unemployed will rush out to pick lettuce and, if they do, what the cost will be at the market.

"I just don't see that and I think using agricultural workers is a pretty good example of an industry or a whole classification of jobs that American workers aren't lining up to take," said Farrell Quinlan of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce.

Well, I didn't know there were a lot of choices when you're unemployed. We can fix that.

Obstruction Once Again?

Congress is to meet today on a bipartisan bill.

"It seems to me that we are at a point where we have no choice other than to ensure these parents, who are desperately seeking an opportunity to care for their daughter, have a chance to be heard in federal court," Republican Rep. David Dreier of California said, referring to Mary and Bob Schindler, Schiavo's parents.

The legislation -- which must be voted on by the House and the Senate -- would allow Schiavo's parents, who have been waging their legal battles in state court, to take their case to a federal court in Florida.

There is no language ordering that the tube be reinserted, because Congress has no authority to do that.

There are those in Congress who would like to prevent Congress from intervening.

The Senate met briefly Saturday for a procedural move and will reconvene Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m., about one hour after the House begins meeting.

However, because most House Democrats object to intervening in the Schiavo matter, few are likely to show up for Sunday's special House session to vote, a House Democratic leadership aide said Saturday.

Only one Democrat is needed to object when Republicans try to pass the bill by unanimous consent. Therefore, Republican leaders plan to call lawmakers back at midnight -- the first moment parliamentary rules allow them to act on the legislation -- and pass it with mostly GOP votes, the aide said.

Many Democrats believe Congress is "meddling in a private matter" and is "overreaching" its authority by acting on the bill, the aide said.

Here they go again, I wonder if that old fool Byrd may show up to filibuster?

Saturday, March 19, 2005

The Bribery Business Must Be Slow in Mexico

There is a terrorist threat in Mexico against Americans only it is from Mexican police. Two weeks ago (March 4th) a senior US Government official with the Transportation Security Administration was brutally attacked. This official, who is in charge of surveying and assessing Mexican airports to ensure that they meet the U.S. Government security requirements, left his hotel room in Tijuana, Mexico on Friday evening and crossed the street to buy his daughter a gift. While returning from the gift shop he was accosted by two Mexican police officers. They pulled the U.S. Federal agent into an alley and beat him while demanding $1,000.
So, Mr. Fox, protector of border crossers, will you be looking into this? Perhaps you need minutemen of your own to keep an eye on those wonderful policemen of yours. We could lend you our ACLU monitors, I'd love for them to follow your "law enforcement" personnel around for a few weeks.

TB or not TB

World Net Daily has some frightening news for us.

The CDC released a report today portraying a serious TB threat worldwide and a declining disease rate within the U.S. But the CDC, say insiders, is not coming clean on the increasing domestic threat, largely posed by dramatic population increases in recent years by illegal immigrants.

The CDC report emphasized the latest national surveillance data show a significant, but slowing, decline in the case rate of TB. In 2004, a total of 14,511 TB cases were reported in the U.S. The overall TB case rate – 4.9 per 100,000 persons – was the lowest rate ever recorded since reporting began in 1953. However, the decline in the case rate from 2003 to 2004 was one of the smallest in more than a decade (3.3 percent compared with an average of 6.8 percent per year), the CDC acknowledged.

The agency also said that "despite the nationwide downward trend, TB continues to exact a severe toll on many U.S. communities. Seven states now bear more than half the total burden of TB disease in the U.S. California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, and Texas account for 59.9 percent of the national case total. The toll continues to be greatest among minority and foreign-born individuals, who consistently have higher rates of TB disease.

But CDC sources say the report is a reflection of "political correctness" inside the agency – a political effort to whitewash what some health officials see as an alarming new threat of TB's spread largely by illegal foreign immigrants.

"When you acknowledge, as the CDC has, that one-third of the world's population is carrying this bacterium and you admit that we have some 20 million foreigners inside this country largely unaccounted for, you begin to understand the threat," said one G2 Bulletin source. "It's serious. And the facts are being withheld from the American people because of political correctness toward the question of illegal immigration."

Last week, a report in the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons blew the whistle on the way illegal immigration is threatening to destroy America's prized health-care system.

"The influx of illegal aliens has serious hidden medical consequences," writes Madeleine Pelner Cosman, author of the report. "We judge reality primarily by what we see. But what we do not see can be more dangerous, more expensive, and more deadly than what is seen."

According to her study, 84 California hospitals are closing their doors as a direct result of the rising number of illegal aliens and their non-reimbursed tax on the system.

In addition, the report says, "many illegal aliens harbor fatal diseases that American medicine fought and vanquished long ago, such as drug-resistant tuberculosis, malaria, leprosy, plague, polio, dengue, and Chagas disease."

One more reason why only legal immigration is acceptable so diseases can be screened out along with criminals.

But of course, the problems are downplayed because of political correctness and the irrational agenda of the liberal looneys.

Castro's Care Comes With Cockroaches

Go over to where Val shows some of the wonders that fatherly Fidel has brought to the Cuban people. Another Communist triumph.

Strange Bedfellows

One baby step.
Arizona Republican Sens. Jon Kyl and John McCain are bucking the Bush administration's budget and pushing for more border agents.
The Arizona senators are joining GOP colleagues from Texas, Nevada and California Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein in backing a budget amendment that would add 2,000 Border Patrol agents.The bumped-up border agent allocation was approved by the U.S. Senate on Thursday.
Bush's budget only allocated funds for 210 new agents.
Finally, some of our elected officials from both parties doing what is best for the nation.

Friday, March 18, 2005

They Stay, We Pay

More from Fox News:

Many police officials in states along the U.S.-Mexican border say they are fed up with the number of illegal aliens populating American prisons, many of them incarcerated for violent crimes such as murder, rape and robbery.
Almost one in six inmates in Arizona, for example, is a Mexican citizen.

In Los Angeles, 95 percent of all outstanding homicide warrants and 60 percent of outstanding felony warrants are for illegal aliens.
American taxpayers are paying for the crimes of the 8,000 convicted aliens not yet caught and the incarceration costs of those who have been.
That adds up to more than $1 billion a year — in just the states that border Mexico.

Why are we tolerating this? These statistics are outrageous and our government is worried about some overpaid millionaires taking steroids. For pity's sake we need to kick out these senile fools and find some responsible adults to elect.

Idol Worship

I happened to be home yesterday and caught a great deal of news. It was pretty well filled up with the baseball steroid hearings, Scott Peterson's trip to death row, Martha Stewart and her new ankle bracelet and Michael Jackson and his version of boy's town.

I cannot believe that with issues such as terrorism, illegal immigration, anthrax scares, Social Security, Iraq, Iran, North Korea, Syria, China/Taiwan etc., the items being addressed by the news and congress are the most important of the day.

I watched as representatives gleefully participated with these overpaid buffoons we call superstars as if they were at some autograph fest.

Baseball began to die for me the day they had their first strike. The game lives by statistics and you cannot have continuity in shortened seasons and try to pass it off to the fans. I stopped attending baseball and football games back in the eighties and haven't been to one since. Now, I certainly believe my decision was the correct one.

If these guys want to poison themselves why are we more concerned about protecting them than Terri Schiavo?

Anyone who is allowing their children to idolize today's sports heros and use them for role models needs to be in a rubber room at the funny farm.

Watching a group of adult congressmen who supposedly represent us grandstanding on this relatively unimportant issue is frightening and the fact that media reports it with a straight face is depressing.

Charge it to America

This from Fox News:

Public health care in Los Angeles is on life support.

Sixty percent of the county's uninsured patients are not U.S. citizens. More than half are here illegally. About 2 million undocumented aliens in Los Angeles County alone are crowding emergency rooms because they can't afford to see a doctor.

Here's a sad state of affairs eloquently stated by an American citizen.

"We're citizens here. Why should somebody from another country that's here illegally get anything that we can't get? I mean that's dumb, that's not right," said Don Schenck, whose son, Bill, is mentally disabled.

Though the Schencks are uninsured, and considered poor by county standards, his father had to find a way to pay for his Bill's care while thousands of others, in the country illegally, get it for free.

"It makes you feel pretty bad when you're born in that country and you're handicapped and you've got a learning disability and you can't get medical," Schenck said.

It also makes me feel bad that a large portion of our elected officials refuse to take up the cause of the citizenry they have sworn to protect.

Thursday, March 17, 2005

In or Out

The Fox is at it again:

Mexican President Vicente Fox has denounced border walls the United States is building to stem illegal immigrants, the Washington Post reports.

"No country that is proud of itself should build walls ... it doesn't make any sense," Fox told a Mexico City news conference. "We are convinced that walls don't work."

So, Mr. Fox, are you proud of the fact that people have to leave your country by the millions in order to have the basic necessities of life?

Do you understand the difference in building a wall to keep people out rather than in?

Are you not embarassed by the fact that graft and bribery runs rampant throughout your political system while children sift through garbage in order to eat?

Is it not humiliating to you that you must point fingers at another country because your own cannot stand the least amount of scrutiny?

Hypocrite, heal thyself.

Happy St. Patrick's Day

A special thanks to my Irish ancestors who had the good sense to leave the old sod and resettle in the USA. For all you went through, for doing it legally, for renouncing the old and embracing the new, thanks from me and my children. We are proud to be Americans.

Regularize ?

How about this editorial from the newspaper El Mundo in El Salvador:

"At one time they had territorial questions, at another they were at war, most recently they have disagreed over the fight against drugs, and of course Mexican immigration to the United States.

Whatever the reason, the one certain thing is that relations between the two countries have had their ups and downs. They are two old neighbors that need one another, and sometimes there is love, at other times there is hatred.

In this context, it is not strange to us that Condoleezza Rice decided to visit Mexico in her first trip to Latin America as U.S. secretary of state.

Although it is true that the visit lasted only a few hours, and only after she traveled on several occasions to Middle East and Europe, the American Secretary of State is preparing the way for a meeting in two weeks between Presidents Vicente Fox and George W. Bush, that will take place at Bush's ranch in Crawford Texas.

The visit is also for the purpose of reducing friction between the two governments over the issue of border security; surely, after some calm discussions, this question will soon be forgotten.

But what will not be forgotten by Mexico, is that agreement between the two, arrived at before the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington in 2001, to 'regularize' the millions of illegal Mexican residents in the United States.

Washington seems to have either forgotten this plan or have put it aside; meanwhile, the Americans are building walls and creating laws of economic repression that, far from seeking a rational and permanent solution to the problem of immigration, only worsen the problem."

Do you get the feeling that Washington and Mexico are on a different planet than most of America? If you wish to speak of laws of economic repression begin in Mexico and ask why your government cannot provide jobs, healthcare etc.

If anyone has a right to be impatient, it is the American people, maligned and abused by both the American and Mexican governments.

Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Here They Come Again and Again and Again

From the Sierra Vista Herald:

A Mexican national with an extensive criminal history in the United States, who said he is a member of a Mexican gang, was taken into custody Sunday by agents from the U.S. Border Patrol's Naco Station.

Arrested was Eulogio Soriano-Vasquez, 30, who was apprehended after crawling under the border fence west of Naco. He was taken into custody with a small group of illegal immigrants who tried to enter the United States around 6 a.m.

During his processing, it was discovered Soriano had been arrested for the possession and sale of cocaine in Palm Beach, Fla., in March 1996.

In January 2001, he was arrested again for illegal entry in Grand Rapids, Mich., which led to a four year sentence and three years supervised release. In August 2001, Soriano was again arrested in Lake County, Ill., on aggravated battery and sentenced to two years in prison.

During the processing at the Naco Station, it was noted that Soriano had a number of gang tattoos.

Monday, Michael J. Garcia, Department of Homeland Security Assistant Secretary for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced the arrest of 103 members of Mara Salvatrucha 13, or MS-13.

Those arrested include 30 taken into custody in New York City, 25 in Washington, D.C., 17 in Los Angeles, 10 each in Baltimore, Newark, N.J. and Miami. One was arrested in Dallas, Texas.

The MS-13 gang members were arrested on federal charges of re-entering the United States illegally after being prosecuted and deported for attempted murder, sodomy, assault, arson, weapons possession and narcotics violations.

Isn't this ridiculous? Don't we have enough of our own criminal element without importing?

Seriously, when are we going to close the borders?

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

And Now for Something Completely Different

Webster's New World College Dictionary said "wedgie" was among its new additions to its latest edition.

The new edition will carry this listing: "wedgie: noun. a prank in which the victim's undershorts are jerked upward so as to become wedged between the buttocks."

All I can say is, what took so long?

Other additions include "Al Qaeda," "blog," "cargo pants," "irritable bowel syndrome" and "partial-birth abortion."

What about moonbat, or is that covered under irritable bowel syndrome?

Same Sex Marriage the San Francisco Treat

In the eagerly awaited opinion likely to be appealed to the state's highest court, San Francisco County Superior Court Judge Richard Kramer said that withholding marriage licenses from gays and lesbians is unconstitutional.

"It appears that no rational purpose exists for limiting marriage in this state to opposite-sex partners," Kramer wrote.

If Kramer's reason and understanding does not equip him to resist marriage for homosexuals then neither will it find anything wrong with marrying a pet or that attractive head of lettuce in the back of the crisper.

Monday, March 14, 2005

Snow Use

I have nothing to add to this. It stands pathetic all on its own. Comments?

Immigration Snow Job.

Tip of the stetson to American Patrol Report.

American Citizen or Not ?

Good article at the Washington Times regarding citizenship. Here's part of it.
Every person who becomes a U.S. citizen must take our standard oath of allegiance. This requirement is ancient, going back to the very beginnings of our country. Its antique language is redolent of old verities. It is intended to be a solemn act, a rebirth as awesome as childbirth.
The oath begins: "I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state or sovereignty, of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen;" and ends: "I take this obligation freely without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; so help me God."

This negates dual citizenship in my book and it's about time we took it to heart.

Chinese Chess, Taiwan's Turn

China makes its move on Taiwan. Read this at CNN.

The commies in China are just about done screwing over Hong Kong, so now the Taiwanese get to enjoy the full pressure of the "people's republic".

Despite protests, by those paragons of truth in Beijing, that this is not a "war bill", we all know this is meant to intimidate and allow China to crush little Taiwan into submission. I love those cutsey commie phrases like 'peaceful reunification" (just like Viet Nam and Korea).

And that makes the treachery of Philip Bennett even more significant.

Sunday, March 13, 2005

Who Is He Speaking For ?

I don't Think US should be the Leader of the World.
Washington Post Editor Philip Bennett.
Read it there for yourself.
Will someone silence this moron? Who the hell is he to give an interview to the potentially greatest adversary the USA has ever known that allows them to believe we are not united and encourages them to confront us? Bennett, you piece of left wing, psuedo intellectual garbage. You belong in the Benedict Arnold hall of shame. If I had my way you would be a man without a country because you obviously do not belong in this one. May your name become synonymous with betrayal of the worst kind.

Mexican Legal System in Action

A state police officer has been killed by a crowd of vigilantes in Mexico City. Checkout the story on CNN. Remember this is the country that's concerned about the Mexican murderers on our death row. Maybe we should put them in police uniforms and turn them loose in Mexico City.

This is the part I found significant:

The killing came amid heightened concerns about vigilante justice in Mexico, where police are seen as inept or corrupt and people say they must take security into their own hands.

The attack in Oaxaca resembled a November incident in Mexico City in which an angry crowd beat and burned alive two plainclothes federal agents and severely injured a third.

These are the Mexican authorities that are supposed to help us watch the border for terrorists. Their own people see them as inept and corrupt, Houston, we have a problem.

And this: President Vicente Fox responded by firing Mexico City's police chief and the head of the Federal Preventative Police, blaming Mexico City's government for tolerating vigilantism. Dozens of people accused of participating in that attack have been arrested.

I'm sure he'll be firing people after a bridge or school or sports arena is blown up by some muslim martyr maniac in this country. Because, if they come in through Mexico we need to hold Mexico liable and we should start with Senor Fox.

Will We Close the Border Before or After?

Time Magazine has an article stating that one of Zarqawi's captured henchmen has indicated they may try to attack us by way of Central America and then across the Mexican border. Why this is news is beyond me, they will come either by way of Canada or Mexico and it will happen soon. One doesn't have to be a super sleuth to figure this out all one has to do is look for opportunities and odds for success which would be pretty high if done with even a modicum of planning.
This part of the article is very disturbing: According to a restricted bulletin that circulated among U.S. security agencies last week, the interrogated aide said al-Zarqawi has talked about hitting "soft targets" in the U.S., which could include "movie theaters, restaurants and schools."
If these lunatics manage to do this I hope we have a plan of retaliation in place already, like destroying, and I mean obliterating, one of their shrines. Further, we should let Iran and Syria both know that we will hold them culpable and as the Bard said, "Cry havoc, and let slip the dogs of war: that this foul deed shall smell above the earth, with carrion men groaning for burial."

Iranians Skating on Thin Ice

In response to recent remarks by U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi said on Saturday that compensating for "some mistakes" and lifting "some sanctions," that were imposed on the Islamic Republic of Iran for "no reason," would not convince his nation to stop seeking its rights in the area of nuclear technology.

Some sanctions, he said, including the prohibition on the sales of spare parts for civilian aircraft, should never have been imposed on Iran in the first place, and that the lifting such a sanction is "no incentive at all."

And he added that [for sovereign states, admission to the World Trade Organization is one of the most undeniable rights.

Asefi stated that by disseminating lies and inaccurate theories, and claiming that Iran has a nuclear weapons program, the United States has deceived the European Union, while Iran's nuclear activities have always been transparent, and that the International Atomic Energy Agency has also acknowledged the civilian nature of Iran's nuclear program.

"Hypocrisy and duplicity constitute the core of U.S. foreign policy, and this has caused a global distrust of the United States. While Ms. Condoleezza Rice speaks of lifting some sanctions, George W. Bush extends economic sanctions on Iran," he noted.

Asefi said that the Islamic Republic of Iran is determined to make use of civilian nuclear technology, and that no type of pressure or threat could force Iran to stop seeking its rights.

But Sirus Nasseri, a senior Iranian negotiator taking part in nuclear talks with the European Union, dismissed the U.S. move, saying "it is too ridiculous to be called an offer," and calling it," a mere gesture."

We've got an even more interesting gesture for you, down with Iran and up US. These guys will have to be dealt with very, very soon.

Next Stop Armageddon ?

Israel has drawn up secret plans for a combined air and ground attack on targets in Iran if diplomacy fails to halt the Iranian nuclear program, according to a published report.

The inner Cabinet of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon gave "initial authorization" for an attack at a private meeting last month at his Negev Desert ranch, the Sunday Times of London reported today.

Israeli forces have used a mock-up of Iran's Natanz uranium-enrichment plant in the desert to practice destroying it, according to the Times, which cited no sources.

Their tactics include raids by Israel's elite Shaldag commando unit and airstrikes by F-15 jets, using bunker-busting bombs to penetrate underground facilities, the paper says.

The plans have been discussed with American officials who are said to have indicated provisionally that they would not stand in Israel's way if all international efforts to halt Iranian nuclear projects failed, reports the Times.

If this happens, and perhaps it must, the middle east will explode. Are we ready?

Saturday, March 12, 2005

Have some Heroin, Eh?

Just over the United States northwest border, addicts will soon be able to get their fix from the Canadian government in the form of free heroin given by nurses and doctors and paid for by the taxpayer.

The Vancouver Police Chief is among supporters who say the heroin giveaway will let junkies shoot up without having to resort to theft or prostitution to buy their drugs. Breaking that cycle of crime, they argue, is the first step toward turning an addict's life around.

“I’m not a medical expert, this is not my field. I'm an expert in public safety," Graham said. "And if this will help reduce the crime rate — I'm all for it."

I suppose it's in the public interest and safety to have a bunch of stoned, unproductive junkies stumbling around all the time. I suppose it is in the national interest of Canada to say, if you choose not to take responsibility for your life and become a productive, functioning member of society don't worry about it. We will force the rest of society to worry about you and we will enable you to continue down your path of destruction.
Here we go folks, the end justifies the means. Don't attack the problem just control the symptoms. No wonder so many of our lefties want to move there.

Recovered addict Chuck Swesey - who's been clean 20 years - says the program smacks of government drug pushing. He says he knows how he would've ended under a program like this: "I'd be dead ... or I'd be in a jail or an institution."

Listen to this man, the recovered voice of reason. This is government drug pushing and by using taxpayers money it forces people morally opposed to participate. Oh wait, we do that here with abortion.

Sell Our Souls for Sovereignty ?

If we want to halt the invasion of our country we may have to sleep with the enemy. Get a load of this.
New York Sen. Hillary Clinton is triangulating the immigration issue in the manner of the master, Bill Clinton, for the 2008 presidential election. With her ear closer to the ground than the GOP leadership, the hard-core leftist senator has taken a stand against illegal immigration that is far to the right of the GOP. If it does not pay closer attention to its constituency, the Republican Party might soon find itself with a base that has wandered away.
How can the Republicans, for the most part, refuse to represent the American people on this vital issue?

Mistreatment Only Allowed in Mexico

Mexican dignitaries are expressing concerns about violence or human rights violations possibly occurring when a bunch of civilians begin assembling along the border.
I got a real laugh out of this. Where are these guys and their hand wringing when innocent US citizens have their property destroyed or soiled by illegals? Where are they when crimes like rape and assault are committed against innocent American citizens? The answer of course is nowhere.
I find it absurd that the only time these "dignitaries" are expressing concern is if an American might mistreat a Mexican trespasser. Why don't they express their outrage at the mistreatment of the people while they're in Mexico? It's that mistreatment that causes them to come here in the first place. I'll bet if they shouted concern about that down in old Mexico they'd wind up on meathooks in a packing plant somewhere.

Could Condi Be a Candidate?

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice yesterday pointedly declined to rule out running for president in 2008, and gave her most detailed explanation of a "mildly pro-choice" stance on abortion.
In an interview with editors and reporters in the office of the editor in chief at The Washington Times, she said she would not want the government "forcing its views" on abortion.
She seemed bemused by speculation that a Rice candidacy could set up an unprecedented all-woman matchup with Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, New York Democrat, who is widely expected to seek the presidency.

Other Republicans have questioned whether evangelical Christians, a crucial component of the Republican base, would turn out to vote for a pro-choice candidate. Miss Rice, a Presbyterian's preacher's daughter who twice in the interview spoke of her "deep religious faith," suggested it's a moot point. "I'm not trying to be elected."
Miss Rice said abortion should be "as rare a circumstance as possible," although without excessive government intervention. "We should not have the federal government in a position where it is forcing its views on one side or the other.
"So, for instance, I've tended to agree with those who do not favor federal funding for abortion, because I believe that those who hold a strong moral view on the other side should not be forced to fund it."

Interesting, how Ms. Rice performs over the next few years will have a lot to do with her chances but if she, herself, is not ruling out the possibility then she must be considered a viable candidate.
The next question is, can she beat Hillary who is almost assured the democratic nomination as far as I'm concerned.
I must admit, I am beginning to think of Condoleezza as a strong runner for the Republican ticket and the idea of seeing the first female president is certainly exciting as long as it's not Hillary.

Friday, March 11, 2005

Churchill Should Be Ward of the State.

This piece of human rubbish, Ward Churchill continues to amaze. Just when you think we've seen it all another piece of poop bobs to the surface. Read this:

University of Colorado officials investigating embattled professor Ward Churchill received documents this week purporting to show that he plagiarized another professor's work.Officials at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia sent CU an internal 1997 report detailing allegations about an article Churchill wrote.

"The article . . . is, in the opinion of our legal counsel, plagiarism," Dalhousie spokesman Charles Crosby said in summarizing the report's findings.

Churchill did not return calls to his home or office Thursday seeking comment.

Dalhousie began an investigation after professor Fay G. Cohen complained that Churchill used her research and writing in an essay without her permission and without giving her credit. Although the investigation substantiated her allegations, Cohen didn't pursue the matter because she felt threatened by Churchill, Crosby said.

Crosby said Cohen told Dalhousie officials in 1997 that Churchill had called her in the middle of the night and said, "I'll get you for this."

Cohen still declines to talk publicly about her experience with Churchill, but she agreed the Dalhousie report could be shared with CU officials, Crosby said, because "whatever concerns she may have about her safety are outweighed by the importance she attaches to this information getting out there."

Crosby declined a request for a copy of the report but said it does not contain information about the alleged threat from Churchill.

It is not clear if CU officials are aware of the alleged threat. A CU spokeswoman said officials there would not comment on any matter related to an ongoing review of Churchill's work.

A three-person panel is reviewing that to determine if he meets the standards of professional integrity set by CU.

The CU Board of Regents ordered the review after the public outcry over an essay Churchill wrote comparing victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks to notorious Nazi bureaucrat Adolf Eichmann. Since then, Churchill has come under fire for some of his other writings and speeches, his scholarship, his claim of American Indian ancestry, and even his artwork.

The review panel, led by Interim Chancellor Phil DiStefano, originally was expected to issue its report this week but said it likely won't be released before Monday and perhaps later.

In 1991, Churchill edited a book of essays published in Copenhagen, Denmark, which included a piece by Cohen on Indian treaty fishing rights in the Northwest and Wisconsin. When publishers wanted to reprint the essay in the United States, Cohen declined to allow her essay to appear, Crosby said.

So, Churchill penned an essay on the same topic under the name of the Institute for Natural Progress, a research organization he founded with Winona LaDuke. In the contributors section of the book, Churchill said he took the lead role in preparing the essay.

Beaver, there's something wrong with the Ward!

Special Delivery

Here is a letter from 32 of our representatives to the Secretary of State calling on her to address the invasion of the US by Mexico during her meeting with Mexican officials. The text of the letter follows:

March 2, 2005

The Honorable Condoleeza Rice
Secretary of State
2201 C St., N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20520

Dear Secretary Rice:

The recent state-sponsored publication of explicit travel guides and instructions for Mexicans on how to enter the United States illegally is the latest example of a hostile, anti-American position adopted by the government of Mexico.

In an effort to preserve and strengthen the strong ties and mutually beneficial relationship between our two countries, we urge during the course of your meetings later this week with Mexican officials that you call on the government of Mexico to cease and desist from its flagrant campaign to encourage its citizens to violate the immigration laws and sovereign borders of the United States of America.

The following statistics covering only the Arizona-Mexico border quantify the enormity of the problem. In FY 2004 the U.S. Border Patrol apprehended 1,139,282 people - 3,121 each day - trying to cross the southwest border, up from 905,065 in FY 2003. If the Border Patrol is catching 1 in every 4, then approximately 9,364 illegal immigrants are crossing the southwest border every day!

Mexico's long-standing invasion of America - of the estimated 10 million illegal aliens in the U.S., seventy percent are Mexicans undermines U.S. workers, creates a permanent underclass of employees in this country, and burdens local, state and federal taxpayers with the enormous costs associated with providing services such as education, emergency health care, and law enforcement. And as you are well aware, this invasion of illegal immigrants provides a diversionary cover for both drug smugglers and terrorists to enter the United States.

Most recently, the state of Yucatan has published an 80-page "travel guide" (copy enclosed) with detailed information on how to enter the U.S. illegally, including descriptions of various routes to be used or avoided. The Mexican government has also published its own advisory to illegal immigrants. The booklet, entitled "Guide to the Mexican Migrant," offers similar advice, including how to evade immigration officers once in the U.S.

America has been a generous and good neighbor to Mexico. We urge you to make it clear to the Mexican government that our relationship cannot continue to deteriorate into a one-way affair. Not content with the opportunities for economic advancement that were promised by the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Mexico has sponsored an illicit economic scheme by encouraging Mexicans to work illegally in the U.S. and bolster the Mexican economy with remittances to their families back home. This scheme is expected to yield an estimated $17 billion, which represents the second largest revenue stream for that country behind only the state-owned oil industry.

Mexico should be made to understand that its aggressive encouragement of illegal immigration is quickly eroding the support this Congress has for our good neighbor policies and is a daunting if not insurmountable - barrier to consideration of a guest-worker plan.

We hope you will make it clear that if Mexico is to be considered a good neighbor and eligible to reap the benefits of that status, it must work with the United States to develop economic and immigration policies that would be mutually beneficial, rather than seek to undermine our laws, public safety, economy and culture, to say nothing of our long-standing relationship and generosity.

We look forward to your positive response and timely action.


List of Signatures:
Representative J.D. Hayworth (AZ), Representative John Duncan Jr. (TN), Representative Ginny Brown-Waite (FL), Representative Walter B. Jones (NC), Representative Tom Tancredo (CO), Representative Trent Franks (AZ), Representative Mike Simpson (ID), Representative Randy "Duke" Cunningham (CA), Representative Charlie Norwood (GA), Representative Rick Renzi (AZ), Representative Virginia Foxx (NC), Representative Gil Gutknecht (MN), Representative Phil Gingrey (GA), Representative Darrell Issa (CA), Representative Sam Johnson (TX), Representative Steve King (IA), Representative Bill Shuster (PA), Representative Roscoe Bartlett (MD), Representative K. Michael Conaway (TX), Representative Lynn Westmoreland (GA), Representative Virgil Goode (VA), Representative Ed Royce (CA), Representative Nancy Johnson (CT), Representative Wally Herger (CA), Representative Dana Rohrabacher (CA), Representative Sue Kelly (NY), Representative Jack Kingston (GA), Representative Ron Lewis (KY), Representative Mark Foley (FL), Representative Bob Beauprez (CO), Representative Dave Camp (MI), Representative Jo Ann Davis (VA).

Is your representative listed and if not, why not?

Thursday, March 10, 2005

Alien Civil Liberties Union

While hundreds of Americans plan to take part in volunteer patrols of the U.S.-Mexican border next month, they'll apparently have some company from the American Civil Liberties Union.
According to the Tucson Citizen, the Arizona chapter of the ACLU wants to monitor the activities of those on patrol. And I thought it was too early in the year for rattlesnakes to be appearing.
How about protecting the property rights of American citizens?

Wednesday, March 09, 2005

If You're Not Part of the Solution, Guess What

"It's not a matter of if we reform Social Security, it's a matter of when and how we reform Social Security," said Republican Senator Chuck Hagel of Nebraska.
Hagel introduced his plan Monday. It contains personal accounts similar to President Bush's proposal, but also includes a fix for the long-term solvency of the system.
On Tuesday, Hagel asked where the Democratic plans are.
"I hope the Democrats will be introducing some Social Security reform legislation. I have not heard them talk about their alternatives other than raising taxes," he said.
The Social Security System is a problem for all Americans to deal with. Let's hear everyone's ideas and then pick something that the majority of Americans can live with. If you don't have any ideas then admit to the fact that you lack imagination and creativity and probably have no business representing the American people. Do not, however, sit in the peanut gallery (a good spot for Jimmy Carter) finding fault with everyone else's plan. The mere act of gainsaying does not make you a part of the solution. Bring something useful to the table or stay home.

Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Harridan Heinz Kerry Speaks Ex Cathedra

Teresa now speaks for the Catholic Church.

"You cannot have bishops in the pulpit -- long before or the Sunday before the election -- as they did in Catholic churches, saying it was a mortal sin to vote for John Kerry," she said.

Heinz Kerry gave no examples. Last year, a few prelates said they would not allow the Democratic nominee to receive communion in their dioceses. The bishop of Colorado Springs declared that Catholics voting for pro-choice candidates were not welcome at the communion rail.

"The church has a right and obligation to teach values," Heinz Kerry declared. "They don't have a right to restrict freedom of expression, which they did."

Obedience is a virtue. You cannot pick and choose which tenets of a religion you will follow. The hierarchy of the Catholic Church is well defined and the last time I looked Catholics in good standing were subordinate to it.

The unmitigated gall of this woman to condemn the leaders of Catholicism for standing firm in the beliefs of the church.

And so the self ordained sages continue, professing their faith not in God, but in themselves, and wondering why those of us who stand on the Word reject them.

"I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, And bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent."

Peace, Peace But There is No Peace

In late January, PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) toured PA Television studios, instructing the director to tone down incitement as well as programs heaping praise upon him. Just this past Friday, a sermon was aired on PA TV outlining the planned destruction of the Jewish State.
Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) has translated the sermon into English and publicized it.

PMW Director Itamar Marcus explained: “The Palestinian Authority, in its Arabic messages to its people, has always denied Israel's right to exist and has often presented the peace process as a tactic leading to Israel's destruction. This goal was repeated Friday, on the Palestinian Authority television, in the official sermon.”
"We do not love any land more than the land of Palestine. Had the Jews not expelled us from it with their planes, their tanks, their weapons, their treachery around us, we would never leave you, O Palestine. (Quotes Muhammad, who promised he would return to Mecca as a conqueror).
“We tell you Palestine, we shall return to you, by Allah’s will. We shall return to every village, every town, and every grain of earth which was quenched by the blood of our grandparents and the sweat of our fathers and mothers. We shall return, we shall return. Our willingness to return to the 1967 borders does not mean that we have given up on the land of Palestine. No!

“We ask you: Do we have the right to the 1967 borders? We have the right. Therefore, we shall realize this right with any mean it takes. We might be able to use diplomacy in order to return to the 1967 borders, but we shall not be able to use diplomacy in order to return to the 1948 borders.

“No one on this earth recognizes [our right to] the 1948 borders [before Israel’s existence]. Therefore, we shall return to the 1967 borders, but it does not mean that we have given up on Jerusalem and Haifa, Jaffa, Lod, Ramla, Natanyah [Al-Zuhour] and Tel Aviv [Tel Al-Rabia]. Never.

“We shall return to every village we had been expelled from, by Allah’s will. Why? All the international laws deny the Palestinians their real borders. We might agree, but in the name of Allah, our grandfathers’ blood demands that we return to them [the borders]. Your fathers' blood was shed there, at the villages, at Ashqelon, at Ashdod, at Hirbia [a village between Gaza and Ashqelon, where Kibbutz Zikim is located today] and at others places, hundreds of villages and towns. [Their blood] demands it from us, and it shall curse anyone who will concede a grain of earth of those villages.

“Our approval to return to the 1967 borders is not a concession for our other rights. No!... this generation might not achieve this stage, but generations will come, and the land of Palestine... will demand that the Palestinians will return the way Muhammad returned there - as a conqueror.”

These are some more of the peace loving people our looney left would like to engage in dialogue. You can see how they are open to compromise .