Wednesday, October 31, 2007

It's a UFO sighting in your clean bill of mental health

Kucinich questions Bush's mental stability.
"I seriously believe we have to start asking questions about his mental health," Kucinich, a quirky, long-shot candidate in the race for his party's presidential nomination in the November, 2008 election. "There's something wrong. He does not seem to understand his words have real impact."
One day later...

Kucinich confirms UFO sighting and "commuication."
"I did...You have to keep in mind, Jimmy Carter saw a UFO."
Huh. Isn't it Ironic?

Monday, October 29, 2007

Honoring a soldier

This story from Madison should remind us that saying "we support the troops" is as empty as "end the war now."

22-year old Joshua Brennan was killed Friday after being shot in the chest. His farther, Michael says,
"I learned that Josh was killed after their unit was ambushed. He initially was shot and the Taliban were trying to take him away. A brave medic stood up and threw hand grenades at the Taliban to keep them from taking Josh and the medic was killed in the process. Josh later died of his wounds.

"As I said in my interview Josh has always felt like he and the guys over there have been forgotten. I want to give him a hero's welcome home that he so deserves and make sure that he is never forgotten."
Watch the video. We can never forget our troops, or the sacrifices they are making. In our moments of forgetting, they are fighting, ambushed, fired upon, dying... they can not feel forgotten.

An echo to my previous Patriots statement

The Patriots crushed Washington like small bugs scoring 7 touchdowns on Sunday. Who does that?!

Randall Godfrey expressed extreme displeasure to Patriots coach Bill Belichick after the game.
"I said something to (Belichick) after the game," Godfrey said to "I told him, 'You need to show some respect for the game.' You just don't do that. I don't care how bad it is. You're up 35 points and you're still throwing deep? That's no respect....

Most teams, you get up like that you sit on the ball and try to run the time out. They're up 30-some points and they're throwing deep. That was blatant disrespect....This isn't like college going for power rankings. This is the pros you show some respect, show some class."

Godfrey,(though I'm not so sure about the Joe Gibbs reference) I concur.

Hello Kitty

Girly-girl Childhood, meet Adult Dreams.

(Insert your own caption here.)

Friday, October 26, 2007

Let them keep it

The NCAA and UND settled today the dispute over the university's nickname, "Fighting Sioux." They have three years to get tribal approval or retire it.

Fighting Sioux, referring to the Indian Tribe, has been a divisve issue at UND.
Critics say it is a racist stereotype, while supporters maintain it is inoffensive and a source of pride.

It was initially chosen (changed from "the Flickertails") to rival NDSU's Bison mascot- something strong, warlike, and bearing. While the tribe itself may prefer Lakota, I see nothing wrong with the Indian mascots at universities today. Shall we attack the Washington Redskins? The Cleveland Indians?

I will admit that I have not heard the actual Indains' position on this matter (my own fault, I concur). But still, I see a bunch of white kids fighting the mascot fight. Can they honestly claim they take offense? Does it help them sleep at night?

If you don't like the mascot, go to school somewhere else. Keep fighting, UND Sioux!

I will now take responses...

Thursday, October 25, 2007

I'm feeling very opinionated today

This = DUMB.

Just throw that stuff away and get over it.

Someone finds a way....

I was wondering how long it would take before someone or some group blamed President Bush for the California fires or found a way to blaspheme him for their environmental/anti-global warming agenda.

Shriver disses the news

Maria Shriver has cited the Anna Nicole Smith media storm as one of the reasons she won't return to tv news. It actually sounds like something a more conservative anchor would say. Is Kindergarten Cop getting to her?
Shriver, speaking Tuesday at a women's conference, noted the media circus surrounding Smith's accidental drug overdose death in February.

Shriver told the audience at a Long Beach conference that Smith's death provided her with a moment of career clarity: "It was then that I knew that the TV news business had changed and so had I. I called NBC News and told them I'm not coming back."

I like it. (And while I'm loving on a member of the Kennedy clan, for young women- I also like her books.)

It's too bad that when Mika Brzezinski of MSNBC wouldn't talk about Paris Hilton in jail, she was dissed for actually wanting to cover relevant NEWS.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Condi could have made their blood real

Do they really think they are accomplishing something, screaming like patients from the state hospital?


Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Yo dawg, pull 'em up

Hilarious. We're used to seeing Froot of the Loom billboards advocating for tighty-whities, but this? Bill boards with a message of anti-underwear- it's the new thing.

Even more interesting is the force behind this campaign:

Hit their website and you'll see a poll for "who would be the better Democratic candidate," a call to non-registered voters and people of the 'Hip-Hop' generation to become vocal as voters, and a slogan: One Team, One Dream, One Vote!!!!!!!!!!

My question: What exactly is the dream, and who's on the team?

Monday, October 22, 2007

To the lone lunchtime protester

Dear Sir~

I couldn't help but notice you on my way to lunch, standing outside the hospital with a sign, protesting abortion. While I applaud that you stand up for what you believe in and will subdue my thoughts on abortion protests, I was a bit irritated and therefore do have one suggestion:

Get a new sign.

"Abortion hurts women," may be true- but it's not for you to parade around with. I believe a much more appropriate sign for a man of your 50-60 year old age bracket might be something like "Abortion hurts men too" or "Save life, it's valuable."

Just a thought.

Patriots at 7-0, actually boring

The Patriots are sucking all fun out of the sport of football. They face no level of competition, and Tom Brady plays as if he were up against a PeeWee defensive line.

Now if the Packers were 7-0, of course my mindset would be absolutely different. We're talking an underdog, young team that no one thought would be this good in week 7, but they are (even at 5-1)!

But as for stone-face Bill Belichick and suit-wearing Tom Brady, they've already won the division and are probably Super Bowl bound, but do we really want New England to have another Lombardi trophy?


Thursday, October 18, 2007

Birth control is not the answer

There is only one response to this article: Children that young should not be having sex. Period.
Pupils at a city middle school will be able to get birth control pills and patches at their student health center after the local school board approved the proposal Wednesday evening.

The plan, offered by city health officials, makes King Middle School the first middle school in Maine to make a full range of contraception available to students in grades 6 through 8, according to the state Department of Health and Human Services.
It is disappointing that our society has become so focused on "treatment," and the easy fix- rather than a deeper consideration of the root of a problem and prevention.
Those who favored the plan said it isn't about encouraging premature sex, but protecting kids who don't have strong support from their parents.

"Unfortunately, not every child is getting the kind of parental involvement that is going to help keep them safe," said Richard Verrier.

"If my daughter were not able to talk with me about something, if she couldn't reach me for whatever reason, to keep her safe and healthy, I would want to make sure she had access to those resources from trusted adults," Verrier said.
Handing out birth control like it's candy does and will encourage premature sex. When there's no fear of consequences, it sure is a lot easier to find trouble.

These "trusted adults" are forgetting the risks! Premature sex can lead to increased risk of sexually transmitted diseases, infection, pregnancy, and greater risk of getting cervical cancer. They are opening the door- in middle school?!

If a child doesn't have parental involvement in their life, OK-ing their sexually deviant behavior at age 11 won't take the place of the disciplinary role they need! Perhaps this decision by the Portland School Committee was made in an effort to cut admin costs and save on hiring School Counselors. I sure don't see a need for them now.

Monday, October 15, 2007

A cold check on Gore's warm truth

After pigs flew last week and the Nobel Peace Prize lost all credibility...

some real food for thought:
ONE of the world's foremost meteorologists has called the theory that helped Al Gore share the Nobel Peace Prize "ridiculous" and the product of "people who don't understand how the atmosphere works."

Dr William Gray, a pioneer in the science of seasonal hurricane forecasts, told a packed lecture hall at the University of North Carolina that humans were not responsible for the warming of the earth.

His comments came on the same day that the Nobel committee honoured Mr Gore for his work in support of the link between humans and global warming.

"We're brainwashing our children," said Dr Gray, 78, a long-time professor at Colorado State University. "They're going to the Gore movie [An Inconvenient Truth] and being fed all this. It's ridiculous."
When I thought everyone was starting to buy into this crap, it's refreshing to see someone scolding Mr. Gore.
During his speech to a crowd of about 300 that included meteorology students and a host of professional meteorologists, Dr Gray also said those who had linked global warming to the increased number of hurricanes in recent years were in error.

He cited statistics showing there were 101 hurricanes from 1900 to 1949, in a period of cooler global temperatures, compared to 83 from 1957 to 2006 when the earth warmed.

"The human impact on the atmosphere is simply too small to have a major effect on global temperatures," Dr Gray said.
Looks like Hell hasn't frozen over and is warming up just a tad.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Quote of the day

"As a friend of mine said, 'When you get to be our age, having all these men obsessed by you is not all that bad." - Hillary Clinton


Atheists act like picky children at dinner

This weekend, atheists and agnostics are having a convention of sorts in Madison, the 'City of acceptance'.
Members of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, the nation's largest group of atheists and agnostics, will gather for a weekend of nonprayer breakfasts and raffles for God-free currency at the group's 30th annual convention.
As they gather for their moments of loudness, take white-out to dollar bills, and preach about poisonous religion (yes, pun intended), I can't help but wonder: Why are Atheists so "anti"? Do they honestly think believers (not just Christians, but any person with a religious belief) are out to get them?
"It's kind of a celebration, a celebration of free thought," said Annie Laurie Gaylor, the foundation's co-president. "It's also a chance to recharge your batteries for separation of church/state activism."
Perhaps this is too philosophical, but why can we not have free thought and still believe in a higher power? As to the separation of church and state- please see my earlier posts on Newt.

There's another telling quote in this article:
Instead of a prayer or a moment of silence, Saturday's nonprayer breakfast will include the foundation's traditional "Moment of Bedlam." That's when those sitting down to eat can make as much noise as they want by pounding their silverware, reading their favorite poem or simply yelling.

"It's our chance to fight back," Barker said. "How many events have you gone to and you've been told to bow your head in prayer?"
Fight back? Who are you fighting? Have people ever come around and physically forced your head down to the ground? Usually during an invocation, the leader says something like "Let us," "shall we," or "please bow your heads with me." These are not commands, you are not shackled to a post that yanks your neck uncomfortably downward.

I don't even pray with my eyes closed sometimes. Talk about fighting the system!

It seems awfully trivial in practice. I hope they feel stupid during their bedlam. It is one thing to gather and celebrate believing in nothing. It is quite another MOCK believers while doing so. Let's elevate the discourse, shall we?

Let's play: Blame Bush

Even lipstick with lead is the President's fault...
ATLANTA (Oct. 11) - Lipsticks tested by a U.S. consumer rights group found that more than half contained lead and some popular brands including Cover Girl, L'Oreal and Christian Dior had more lead than others, the group said on Thursday.

The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics said tests on 33 brand-name red lipsticks by the Bodycote Testing Group in Santa Fe Spring, California, found that 61 percent had detectable lead levels of 0.03 to 0.65 parts per million (ppm).

Favorite Comment: c1coop 10:20:25 AM Oct 12 2007 : Report This! It's obviously Bush's fault!

Poor W can't get a break. First he's responsible for weather catastophes like Katrina, and now Cover Girl!

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Before it's too late...

I'd like to comment on the budget debacle and how Governor Doyle and our Democratic Senate is now a laughing stock. While other bloggers may tackle it more in-depth, my analysis is pretty basic, but one I feel needs a voice.

As many of you know, Governor Doyle called a special session to hammer out a budget earlier this week. Speaker Huebsch says they are still about a billion dollars apart. (Thought: YIKES!) When the Dems decide to drop something, they raise another. It's all about increasing spending and taxes to them. Giving away more freebies on your dime!

Let's hammer the hypocrisy! This, from Doyle's 2003 State of the State Address:
"Going forward, my mind will be open to every solution -- except one. We should not -- we must not -- and I will not -- raise taxes."

"Wisconsin's problem is not that we tax too little. It is that we spend too much."

After finally agreeing to remove death-trap-idea Healthy Wisconsin, (Thank God), Wisconsin taxpayers face an $18 billion dollar tax increase (HA!) including:
1. A looming $600 million property tax hike
2. Gross receipts tax
3. Cigarette Tax
4. Hospital Tax
...and the list goes on.

The lack of shame in this man's large bald head an is absolutely bewildering.

Can we get a replay of his soundbite from '03?
"we must not -- and I will not -- raise taxes."
The record must have skipped. I swear he said "I will not raise taxes." Hmm...that's one for the 'George H W Bush read my lips' book!

It's a brazen willingness to say one thing and do another- Pinnochio style! The taxpayers are all supposed to just sit on his nose shaking their heads while he bats his eyes and shrugs his shoulders.

"But, but, but I'm for the taxpayers..." he says.

No wonder people have lost faith in their government.

Who asked for this guy's opinion?

Why do former Presidents feel the need to comment?

Is it because, Mr. Carter, you were not selected by President Bush to help with Katrina or Tsunami aid as his father and former President Clinton were? Is it that you were not asked for your opinion on the Iraq war and how we will treat prisoners that makes you feel the need to offer it up?

The Nobel Peace Prize image sure appears tarnished when statements like these arise. I would think after one has experienced decades of criticism for actions in the same seat, one would decline to throw stones and offer support where one could. It is immature and simply irresponsible to use a position of perceived clout -such as the Former President of the United States- to insult members of the current administration as a scorned bully with an adolescent vocabulary. If you want to call someone a disaster, you better have the bullet points to back it up.

Finally, it is even more apparent here that while Mr. Carter elects to childishly slander, others will take the high road:
In an interview that aired Wednesday on BBC, Carter ripped Vice President Dick Cheney as "a militant who avoided any service of his own in the military."

Carter went on to say Cheney has been "a disaster for our country. I think he's been overly persuasive on President George Bush."

Cheney spokeswoman Megan Mitchell declined to speak to Carter 's allegations.

"We're not going to engage in this kind of rhetoric," she said.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

You're missing the point, city folks

Alexandria, VA is rolling out the welcome mat. They better learn to say "Welcome" in a few more languages than English. A message to the Alexandria City Council: YOU ARE NOT HELPING!

Evidently, the City of Alexandria, Virginia wants to shell out taxpayer dollars to illegals. I understand that our first settlers came to Virginia and the founding fathers made their homes there and promoted an escape from unfriendly regimes in favor of religious freedom, the pursuit of happiness, etc., but I highly doubt this is what they meant.
The city of Alexandria, Va., is expected to pass a resolution tonight renewing its commitment to extend public services to illegal aliens.

"We are reaffirming and recommitting our services and outreach to international citizens," Mayor William D. Euille, a Democrat, said yesterday.

The seven-member City Council will vote on a two-page resolution that outlines Alexandria's intent to comply with state and federal immigration laws but not question the immigration status of people seeking public services.
The catch is they won't really be complying with the immigration laws, they'll be avoiding the discussion of what to do about illegal immigrants abusing the system. They'll be handing out freebies to those that have lied, cheated, and stolen their way into this country.
"Mr. Euille said that the resolution should pass unanimously but that Alexandria has no figures on the cost of providing services to illegal aliens.

"We haven't calculated that, and we probably won't calculate that," he said. "We have money designated for human services, but it's not broken down by race."
It truly never fails that someone likens the discussion of illegal immigration to racial politics. If you're an illegal from Asia, Europe, Mexico -wherever- we need to send a consistent message. City Councils that are afraid to "Say No" to illegal immigrants are only fostering an attitude that breaking the law is acceptible.

Oh yeah - lucky for all you Northern Virginia illegals, the resolution passed...

A follow up to my first post on First Lady Laura Bush

Her thought-provoking piece today in the WSJ Opinion Journal.

She's so bad ass

I can not see any of the current panelists' wives taking the stage and calling for Democracy the way Mrs. Bush has.

"Gen. Than Shwe and his deputies are a friendless regime," Bush said. "They should step aside to make way for a unified Burma [Myanmar] governed by legitimate leaders.

"The rest of the armed forces should not fear this transition -- there is room for a professional military in a democratic Burma," Bush said, in keeping with the U.S. policy of still using Myanmar's former name.

In Wednesday's commentary, Bush called on Myanmar's military leaders to release Suu Kyi and other opposition leaders so they can meet with and plan for a transition to democracy.

"Meanwhile, the world watches -- and waits," Bush warns.

"We know that Gen. Than Shwe and his deputies have the advantage of violent force. But Ms. Suu Kyi and other opposition leaders have moral legitimacy, the support of the Burmese people and the support of the world.

"The regime's position grows weaker by the day. The generals' choice is clear: The time for a free Burma is now."
Despite all the nasty comments on this article, there are some pleasing ones. (If you answer the poll, I think you'll be surprised about what some Americans really think.)

Monday, October 8, 2007

He's back!

"Sandy Berger, who stole highly classified terrorism documents from the National Archives, destroyed them and lied to investigators, is now an adviser to presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton. Berger, who was fired from John Kerry’s presidential campaign when the scandal broke in 2004, has assumed a similar role in Clinton’s campaign, even though his security clearance has been suspended until September 2008. This is raising eyebrows even among Clinton’s admirers.

“It shows poor judgment and a lack of regard for Berger’s serious misdeeds,” said law professor Jonathan Adler of Case Western Reserve University, who nonetheless called Clinton “by far the most impressive candidate in the Democratic field.”

"Adler told The Examiner that it is “simply incomprehensible to me that a serious contender for the presidency would rely upon him as a key foreign policy advisor.”

"He added: “If Senator Clinton becomes the Democratic nominee, at some point she will begin to receive national security briefings that will include sensitive information. At such a point, continuing to keep Berger on board as a key advisor, where he might have access to sensitive material, would be beyond incomprehensible.”
At that point...but why not NOW?! Clinton should be under extreme scrutiny from the public; Democrats and Republicans alike who should be denouncing scandal and angry that one of their own is rewarding such bad behavior.
"Berger has admitted stealing documents from the National Archives in advance of the 9/11 Commission hearings in 2003. The documents, written by White House counterterrorism czar Richard Clarke, were a “tough review” of the Clinton administration’s shortcomings in dealing with terrorism, Clarke’s lawyer told the Washington Post.

"On several occasions, Berger stuffed highly classified documents into his pants and socks before spiriting them out of the Archives building in Washington, according to investigators. On one occasion, upon reaching the street, he hid documents under a construction trailer after checking the windows of the Archives and Justice Department buildings to make sure he was not being watched."
Are you kidding? This is like watching a movie! It's like a child stealing cookies and then hiding his dirty fingers behind his back when his mother questions his chocolate-covered face!
Berger also lied to the public, telling reporters he made an “honest mistake” by “inadvertently” taking the documents, which he blamed on his own “sloppiness.” Bill Clinton vouched for the explanation for Berger, who served as his national security adviser.

At his sentencing in September 2005, Berger was fined $50,000, placed on probation for two years and stripped of his security clearance for three years.
Well, he sure seems like a guy I'd want on my campaign!

Did we not learn anything from Clinton's administration, or from Congressional office holders rocked by financial and personal scandals in the past few years? Where are the political wolves crying out in opposition?


An open letter to Coach McCarthy

Dear Coach McCarthy~

I am highly disappointed in our team's performance this week against Chicago. As most Packer fans surely are, I am questioning some key mistakes from Sunday night's game.

Would you please explain to me:
1. Why are we challenging plays we know we're going to lose and forfeiting time-outs?
2. Are 11 penalties acceptable to you?
3. Grrrr....fumbles....grrrr

That is all for now. Frankly I'm too upset to say anything more at this time.


Thursday, October 4, 2007

Nickelodeon plays parent

Way to go, Nick TV. It appears that in an effort to promote healthy attitudes among children, a television network has taken the initiative and actually turned kids away from tv programming.

It's interesting to see Nickelodeon encouraging kids to turn it off. It's something parents should do more of- and not just for their kids. If you don't like what you're seeing on TV, or it's having adverse affects on your health...

Turn It Off. Even if the kids aren't playing outside, maybe they'll read, play an instrument, play a game with the family. The possibilities are endless!!

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

The plight of a Barbie Doll, I mean "trophy wife"...

Jeri Thompson had to know this was coming:
"It's hard not to be defensive," she told People magazine in her first solo interview. "To think back on how hard you've worked, and all anybody thinks about is that you're a trophy wife."

In a story for Monday's issue, Thompson said: "I almost think they had to fabricate that trophy-wife stuff because there's nothing interesting to say."

.... she tells People: "I was never an older-man-dater kind of girl before."
Uh huh. If you don't want to be the trophy wife, start by knocking down the level of highlights in your hair or something.

In all honesty, that's the label and you've got to combat it with something more than a reputation for being a catty bitch to your husband's campaign staff. Or take your own advice and say something interesting.

I find it hard to cock my head and say "oh poor thing, so rich and beautiful, she has it so rough, poor little trophy wife."

Oh woe is she.

Who doesn't love the Onion?

2 funny:
Cheney in Love
How Black is D. McNabb?

Now, if only I could my political commentary into sarcasm....

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Rosie, tuck it back in

Is anyone actually going to read this disaster of a "book"?
Rosie's Memoir Lets It All Hang Out:

Reading Celebrity Detox is like having a patient on the couch without the necessary medical degree to sort through what's insightful and what's just nutty.

This is a train wreck of a book — part self-help psychobabble, part searing memoir — by a grown woman who lost her mother as a child. (Oh Boo hoo-we all have issues.)

Score one for Rosie: She's the rare star willing to reveal her own insecurities and hubris. She writes openly about her ambivalence toward fame and money. She says she felt like an outsider on The View ("I was hugely threatening"), which she left after an on-air spat with Elisabeth Hasselbeck.

Like her or not, O'Donnell in Detox provides a big blast of fresh air in an industry that enshrines shallowness.
I'm sorry but Rosie epitomizes shallow. This is no score for anyone but her and the publishers' bank accounts. Her children will suffer the consequences of her actions, believe you me. The woman is a nut job and it's disappointing that consumers will actually read this garbage when there is so much quality literature out there worth experiencing.

Hey, wait a minute, I'm loud and obnoxious- can I get a book deal?


U.S. Military Casualties in Iraq Fall to Lowest Since July '06

It's about time they reported some good news for a change.

Monday, October 1, 2007

Children as political pawns

When you see a few dozen children holding signs and marching holding their teachers' hands outside the White House, you expect them to be on a fun-filled educational field trip to the great city of Washington, D.C.

You would not expect the Service Employees International Union to be using them as political pawns, filling their vocabulary with chants they don't understand but robotically repeat, and dumping petitions on the drive of the White House in symbolic statement for SCHIP, a program they likely have no idea about. I can only assume they expected a juice box and some cookies after their excursion.

This is by no means a cutesy story- and the images on Fox News tonight were sad. Kudos to Senator Kennedy for pointing out these children were not in school, when they should have been learning their ABCs and 123s- not "protesting" something they don't yet understood.

It is disgusting to see such young impressional minds under the wrong impression.