TurningWheels

Wednesday, July 30, 2003
 
Gay marriage?

Nope, shouldn't be put on the same level as hetero marriage. I agree with our President on this one. For sure.




 
Beware of guard dog

How sad is this?

Guard Dog Chases Medics from Dying Owner

The pooch wouldn't let medics get to his owner to save his life. Don't dogs have a good sense for when their masters are in trouble? Yet another reason to NOT train your dog to be a hard-core guard dog.




 
Bay Area Blech!

There is a San Francisco radio morning show that I used to listen to on a daily basis. They play good music, and they usually only talked about pop culture, music news, sports news.... generally light local events.

Then they got a Euro-weenie producer who hails from Ireland, and it all went down hill. He is such a leftie, socialist moonbat it's not even funny, and he doesn't even try to hide it. So now the show has turned into a leftie-socialist love fest, complete with lovie-dovie interviews with Michael Moore and unbridled Bush bashing, all led by the leftie-socialist producer. They try to feign balance with an occasoinal segment, "Equal Time with Ben Stein", but while interviews with the likes of Michael Moore are friendly and open-ended, Ben Stein's interviews are recorded several days in advance and chopped down to about five minutes. Equal time, my ass.

So today they were talking about our upcoming Governor's recall election, and took an informal poll: would you vote to recall Davis, and who would you vote for? Most people said they wouldn't vote to recall Davis, and said they'd vote for the DJ for Governor.

Then a listener declared that she'd like to have Tim Robbins become Governor, and Susan Sarandon as Lieutenant Governor. She said "we really need to have a liberal voice in California government." Huh?! Where the heck has she been living? This state officially became a Socialist hell hole in November. If anything, we need a Conservative voice in our government-- a Governor who practices more fiscal responsibility and less political correctness. It never ceases to amaze me that all the liberals and leftie socialists think that our state isn't liberal/socialist enough.

Well, the producer loved the Robbins/Sarandon idea, as did two of the morning show personalities. The news guy, who doesn't advertise his left-leanings, said it would be great to have a true liberal become governor, but that those two just freak him out. That's putting it mildly. What's even freakier is that the lefties in this area won't be satisfied until California adopts the Socialist system from top to bottom.

Get me out of here.




Tuesday, July 29, 2003
 
Pipes strikes back

Daniel Pipes, in his latest column, has struck back at the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). CAIR, apologists and supporters of militant Islam, have campaigned furiously to block Pipes' nomination to the US Institute of Peace-- a post that he is probably most qualified to fill. CAIR does not like Pipes because he speaks the truth about fanatical Islam, and he's not intimidated by their scare tactics and smear campaigns. He clearly distinguishes between Islam as a whole and the fanatical Islamists, but CAIR paints him as an "Islamophobe", most likely because CAIR is America's biggest supporter of the fanatics.

This column is right on. CAIR needs to be invalidated, pushed aside. They, like Michael Moore to the left and Michael Savage to the right, do more harm to their cause than good. And they pose a tremendous threat to the balance in this country with their agenda and aspirations of a Muslim United States.

From Pipes' column, Islam's Image Problem:

What explains this increasingly worried attitude? Clearly, much of it follows on the on-going reality of terrorism, hate-filled statements and other problems tied to militant Islam around the globe. But some of it also results from the problems concerning militant Islam's control of the institutions of American Muslim life.

Whether it be the imam at the local mosque, the principal of the Islamic school, the Muslim chaplain in a prison or the armed forces, the editor of an Islamic publishing house or the spokesman for a national group, the American Muslim scene presents an almost uniform picture of apologetics for terrorism, conspiracy theories about Jews and demands for Muslim privilege.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations, with 17 offices across North America, has emerged as the powerhouse of Muslim groups and best exemplifies this problem. Consider the sentiments of its leadership:

* Omar M. Ahmad (chairman) says suicide bombers "kill themselves for Islam" and so are not terrorists.

* Nihad Awad (executive director) proclaims his "support" for Hamas, the Palestinian terrorist group.

* Ibrahim Hooper (spokesman) declares, "I wouldn't want to create the impression that I wouldn't like the government of the United States to be Islamic sometime in the future."

Nor does CAIR just excuse violence. Two of its former employees, Bassem Khafagi and Ismail Royer, have recently been arrested on charges related to terrorism. And a member of CAIR's advisory board, Siraj Wahhaj, was named by the U.S. attorney as one of the "unindicted persons who may be alleged as co-conspirators" in an attempted terrorist assault.

Despite this ugly record, the U.S. government widely accepts CAIR as representing Islam. The White House invites it to functions, the State Department links to its Web page and Democratic senators rely on its research. In New York City, the mayor appoints its general counsel to the Human Rights Commission and the police department hosts its "sensitivity training" seminar. In Florida, public schools invite it to teach "diversity awareness."

The national media broadcasts its views. Which Muslim, for example, did the Los Angeles Times quote responding to the Pew report? Why, Ibrahim Hooper, of course.

CAIR, in brief, has established itself as the voice of American Islam, thereby battering Islam's noble reputation among Americans.

So Americans, and our government, need to do two things:

1. Support Daniel Pipes' nomination to the US Institute of Peace. Write a letter to your Representative and Senator. He is qualified like no other for this position, and he refuses to sugar-coat the ugly reality of fanatical Islam.

2. Reject CAIR as a legitimate voice in this country. They are terrorist-supporting, apologetic group bent on smearing those who vocally oppose them and the fanatics that they support. They want Muslims to have a superior place in this country, and push an agenda where their religion would be the driving force of our culture.

Pipes speaks the truth, CAIR seeks to suppress it. Americans need to be educated and fight the PC urge, before CAIR's influence becomes too great.




Monday, July 28, 2003
 
Thanks for the memory

1903 - 2003



Sunday, July 27, 2003
 
#1 x 5
AP Photo/Christophe Ena

Champion



Saturday, July 12, 2003
 
Progress?

Israelis May Consider Deporting Arafat

Iran president offers to quit

I'll continue to breath...




Thursday, July 10, 2003
 
Ah, the schtoopidity

Sometimes the sheer stoopidity of people is mind-boggling. And follow that up with stoopid people who are surprised that those of us with common sense find them stoopid.

Exhibit A:

An instructor at Santa Rosa Junior College gave his students a brilliant homework assignment: write an email to an elected official which states, "kill the President." Most students did not take him seriously, however one student actually sent this email to their Representative in Washington. His office immediately turned the email over to Capitol police. The Secret Service is now investigating.

Michael Ballou, a part-time lecturer who teaches an "Introduction to U.S. Government" course at the college's Petaluma campus, intended the assignment to be an "experiential exercise that would instill a sense of fear so they would have a better sense of why more people don't participate in the political process," said Doug Garrison, the vice president and executive dean of the Petaluma campus.

The instructor was not available for an interview for this article, however he has been interviewed on local radio. He claims that this is an exercise he has used before to demonstrate the fear of government we have here in America. Yes, you read that correctly. Never mind that the President of the United States is probably the biggest target for assasins in the world, and for this the Secret Service takes threats very seriously. All threats. He wanted to prove that (paraphrasing) "our fear should not be of terrorists or foreign invaders, but our own government." He wanted his students to feel fear of their government, and apparently felt that this method was a-okay.

These are the freakazoids that are teaching our future generations. I hope he remembers to always keep one eye on the sky. You never know when those black helicopters will show up to take you away.

Update:
Just found this article about the incident.

Ballou said the goal of the exercise was to get students to think about what could happen if they did send the e-mail or make such a statement.

"Just the act of saying that and knowing your e-mail could be tapped and your phone listened to, you get a wave of fear over you and you realize we're actually afraid of our own government," he said.

Yep, the same way that a wave of fear would come over me if I joked that I had a bomb in my suitcase as I boarded a plane. Fear that I'm going to be arrested. Dude, making a threat to the President is a felony. Any normal human being will be overcome by fear when partaking in an illegal activity. I am overcome with fear when I run through an "orange" light... it has nothing to do with fear of government, per se. It's fear of getting caught doing something wrong. What a dumb-ass.

"The point of the assignment was to experience fear of the government," said Andrea Joy of Windsor, adding that she didn't send an e-mail. "Everybody did by just suggesting the assignment. At no point was Michael advocating any violence.

"The reaction really validated his point," Joy said.

The only point this exercise validated is consequences. Every action has a reaction (and that reaction, Missy, is that of a group that is charged with protecting our President from threats). When you break the law, expect to pay the price. A college instructor certainly should not be assigning an illegal activity to his students. Only in the Bay Area.




Wednesday, July 09, 2003
 
Sweet!

After crashing in last years team time trial, the USPS team pulled it off this year and creamed the competion. This is huge, as it puts Armstrong ahead of his main rivals by at least 30 seconds. This stage had make or break potential, and they made. What's crazy is that the victory put the USPS team members in nine of the top 11 places overall, plus it gave the yellow jersey to a Colombian for the first time in Tour history:

1. Victor Hugo Pena (Colombia) USPS 13 hours, 44 minutes
2. Lance Armstrong (USA) USPS 1 second behind
3. Viatcheslav Ekimov (Russia) USPS 00:05
4. George Hincapie (USA) USPS 00:05
5. Jose Luis Rubiera (Spain) USPS 00:23
6. Roberto Heras (Spain) USPS 00:27
7. Pavel Padrnos (Czech Republic) USPS     00:27
8. Floyd Landis (USA) USPS 00:28
9. Joseba Beloki (Spain) ONCE 00:33
10. Jorg Jaksche (Germany) ONCE 00:38
11. Manuel Beltran (Spain) USPS 00:39




 
Mon dieu!

Gerolsteiner team rider Rene Haselbacher of Austria rides to the finish line after he crashed in the finish of the third stage of the Tour de France cycling race between Charleville-Mezieres and Saint Dizier July 8, 2003. Alessandro Petacchi of Italy won the stage and Frenchman Jean-Patrick Nazon took over the race leader's yellow jersey. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard



 
2010 Olympics

I forgot to bring this up last week. Awarding the 2010 Winter Olympics to Vancouver has to be the best choice the IOC has made in decades. What a beautiful place for an Olympics, with probably the best skiing in North America. Just might have to make the trip....




 
Will he ever shut up?!

Is it me, or is Michael Moore a completely delusional wack-job? His open letters to Bush are hilarious, if he wasn't actually being somewhat serious. This guy should be committed.




Tuesday, July 08, 2003
 
Need more proof?

How many more times will it need to be proven that Palestinians do not want to live in peace with Israel? The bottom line is simple: if they can't push Israel and the Jews into the sea, then there will never be peace. One side is going to have suffer to move forward, and I'm not referring to the Israeli side. If Abu Mazen had any cojones (or genuine intentions) at all, he would break the backs of the terrorist organizations. Negotiations do not work. Fanfare arrests followed by the quiet releases of would-be terrorists do not work (apparently they don't have locks on prison cells in "Palestine"). And pressuring Israel to accept terms set forth by terrorist organizations is just asinine.

It's time to move on. No matter what Israel does, she'll never be portrayed in a positive light. Never. The violence on the Palestinian side has not stopped, but it is Israel that is responsible for threatening the fragile "road map". Why? Because Israel has a little problem releasing Palestinian prisoners who are responsible for murdering hundreds of Israelis. So Islamic Jihad sends a homicide bomber to "protest" Israel's refusal to release blood-soaked prisoners. Guess where the bomber came from? Jenin. You remember Jenin, right? Site of the horrific massacre last year following the little "incident" in Netanya that killed 29 Israelis on the first night of Passover. There are no terrorists in Jenin, so just move on. Let's talk about that sham of a "truce" again....

Now, about that "road map" to hell. Where on this piece of paper does it say anything about Israel releasing criminals? Where on this document does it say that Hamas, Islamic Jihad, the PFLP, etc. are party to this futile process? It doesn't-- to the contrary, it calls for the PA to dismantle these groups. Israel does not have any obligation to anybody to release prisoners, and the fact that they have released and continue to release prisoners is mind-boggling. No sovereign nation with any security interests would do such a thing, especially at the behest of a bunch of terrorist organizations.

According to this useless road map, those organizations that continue their terrorist ways are supposed to be dismantled by the PA. Mazen has said time and time again that he will not forcefully disarm them, instead taking the negotiation route. So Israel releases prisoners, as demanded by the murderous Palestinian groups, and Mazen refuses to use force on them, or even keep them imprisoned for more than a day. Israel continues to make generous concessions in the face of constant terrorism.

What does all of this mean? It means that the terrorists are chalking up little victories. They are being rewarded, they are avoiding punishment. Terrorism is working, millimeter by millimeter. The poor, disenfranchised Palestinians will never be forced to make concessions or tough decisions by the international community. Because Israel is the strong one, any failures on the Palestinian side are acceptable. Any moves on the Israeli side that any other nation would make in the name of security are harshly criticized.

This all leads me to believe that a couple of things will have to happen if Israel will ever enjoy a peaceful existence. First of all, Arafat has got to go. The thug does not want peace. He wants to be a martyr. He cannot wait to be a martyr. He wants to be the hero who delivers all of Israel to his people. Now that he has been deemed irrelevant by the US, he can do what he wants in the background. Nobody is watching him. Nobody is keeping him to a standard.

Second, the PA must crack down forcefully on the organizations that continue to incite, arm, recruit murderers, and kill Israelis. This IS part of the road map, and something that the PA was supposed to start over a month ago. They still haven't, and they continue to refuse to do it. This is critical. Most free, prosperous nations have gone through civil wars and revolutions, losing countless people, to get to where they are. As long as the Palestinians refuse to settle the internal conflict among their people, they will not be able to move on. Given the relationship among the Arab nations, I won't count on it. The Palestinian's true fellow countrymen in Jordan won't even accept them onto their land, and other neighboring Arab nations who have expressed so much sympathy for the Palestinian cause refuse to offer them a place to call home. After all, if the Palestinians aren't the Jew-killing soldiers for the Arab world, who will be?

Contrast that with Israel's open border policy to oppressed Jews in Arab lands (as well as non-Arab lands) and it's easy to see why the living standards are so night-and-day. Israel, as a country and a people, has a heart of gold and a palpable love of life. The Palestinians only have emptiness and a culture of death. Those in power would like to keep it that way, as it gives them a vast population from which to recruit their "freedom fighters".

Part of the road map calls for the PA to remove inciteful Jew hatred from the official grade-school curiculum (schools being part of official PA institutions). One has to wonder why this has not yet been done. Would the removal of hatred taught in schools meet opposition among the people? Who would it hurt? Simply put, it would be a harmless, easy move on the part of the PA that would show an iota of good intention. But again, doing so will threaten the future of the "armed struggle against occupation", because all of Israel proper belongs to the Palestinians in their twisted world and they will need all the fighters they can muster to take it away.

Most of this rant is besides the point. What really gets me is the attitude towards Israel among governments and in the media. Nations around the world, including the USA, are quick to condemn Israel's security operations. The fruitcakes in Europe scream about war crimes and human rights violations as if their hands are clean. No free, western country is facing what Israel faces every day. No free country sees its citizens slaughtered on a daily basis by terrorists. And no free country gets the kind of criticism Israel endures in matters of self-defense and national security. The US was not heavily criticized for taking out the Taliban or openly going after OBL when we were attacked. How is that any different than Israel targeting Hamas or Islamic Jihad and their leadership?

The media are relentless in their total misrepresentation of this situation. I've ranted about this before, but for the past week I want to vomit every time they mention the "truce" or "cease fire" between the parties. Get it through your heads: there is no truce!!! The terrorist organizations are trying to make themselves relevant to this "process" by unilaterally declaring a "truce" that comes with some delusional obligations on the Israeli side to release murderers to kill again. How big of the terrorists to say they're going to stop terrorizing! Think about it for a minute. Got it? Good.

The hypocrisy of the world is astounding, and the ignorance of the masses is hauntingly familiar. Cal Thomas wrote an Op/Ed about the useful idiots in the Middle East issue:

The German philosopher Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel said, "What experience and history teach is this — that people and governments never have learned anything from history, or acted on principles deduced from it." Useful idiots continue to accept new promises built on a foundation of previously broken promises. This is what makes them useful. It is also what makes them idiots.

Israel has waited in vain for Palestinian deeds to live up to their words, agreements, covenants, promises and pledges. At what point should it be concluded that the Palestinian leadership and so many of their people have a definition of peace that begins and ends with the annihilation and elimination of Israel?

We hear about "enemies of peace" who would destroy the "peace process." Peace, like happiness, is not an objective to be pursued. Peace and happiness are byproducts of nations deciding they will study war no more and lay down their arms and hostile intentions.

History will repeat itself over and over again. Israel and her people might have hope if their hands are unbound so they can release an as yet unseen fury on those who would annihilate her. It's time to unmuzzle the lion so she can defend herself as she should. It's time to let Israel protect her citizens as they deserve to be protected-- as I would want my government to protect me. And those who would criticize can take a long walk off a short pier. If the past 33 months of broken promises hasn't been proof enough, I don't know what will be.




Saturday, July 05, 2003
 
Bonne chance, Lance!

Graham Watson

These days, there is something very satisfying about an American going over to France to show them how to do things right. For years the French press have tried, in vain, to discredit his unparalleled strength, speed and endurance with accusations of doping. The "fans" have tried to get in his way. Race organizers have designed the course to be more "competitive". Fact is, nobody has been able to stop him, or even slow him down. For four years running, he has given his one-man bicycle racing clinic over three weeks in July, and he shows no sign of giving up the maillot jaune any time soon. He is, quite possibly, the greatest cyclist in history. All this, and he wasn't even supposed to live past the age of 26.

"Regardless of one victory, two victories, four victories, there's never been a victory by a cancer survivor. That's a fact that hopefully I'll be remembered for." - Lance Armstrong

Despite the fact that we don't get OLN in these parts, I'll be watching this year's Tour de France once again with much anticipation, hoping he wins #5. He is an American icon, and more important, a beacon of human spirit and strength.




Friday, July 04, 2003
 
Happy Birthday

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.--Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:

For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences

For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:

For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.


Signed:

New Hampshire:
Josiah Bartlett, William Whipple, Matthew Thornton

Massachusetts:
John Hancock, Samual Adams, John Adams, Robert Treat Paine, Elbridge Gerry

Rhode Island:
Stephen Hopkins, William Ellery

Connecticut:
Roger Sherman, Samuel Huntington, William Williams, Oliver Wolcott

New York:
William Floyd, Philip Livingston, Francis Lewis, Lewis Morris

New Jersey:
Richard Stockton, John Witherspoon, Francis Hopkinson, John Hart, Abraham Clark

Pennsylvania:
Robert Morris, Benjamin Rush, Benjamin Franklin, John Morton, George Clymer, James Smith, George Taylor, James Wilson, George Ross

Delaware:
Caesar Rodney, George Read, Thomas McKean

Maryland:
Samuel Chase, William Paca, Thomas Stone, Charles Carroll of Carrollton

Virginia:
George Wythe, Richard Henry Lee, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Harrison, Thomas Nelson, Jr., Francis Lightfoot Lee, Carter Braxton

North Carolina:
William Hooper, Joseph Hewes, John Penn

South Carolina:
Edward Rutledge, Thomas Heyward, Jr., Thomas Lynch, Jr., Arthur Middleton

Georgia:
Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, George Walton




 
Independence Day 2003

227 years ago, a group of men recognized the inherent rights of humankind, demanded more of their government and gave birth to the greatest nation on earth.

Have a safe, healthy and fun holiday. Take a moment, look around, and think about what it means to live in the United States of America.

The President's 2003 Independence Day message.




 
One.More.Day.

five?




Thursday, July 03, 2003
 
When punishment doesn't fit the crime

In this country, how does a man get life in prison for spitting on a cop? Anybody with an ounce of common sense would not spit on a cop, but to give a guy life in prison??? The prosecution asked for 25 years, the defense 4 years. The judge apparently thought he deserved the maximum sentence. The funny thing:

In addition to the life term, Marquez received one year in jail and a $3,000 fine for his conviction for domestic assault and a $500 fine for resisting a peace officer.

He got one year for beating up a woman (and breaking her arm), and a small fine for resisting arrest. Doesn't this seem a bit backwards? This is going to be thrown out. It has to be.




 
TWO TWO TWO TWO TWO



Wednesday, July 02, 2003
 
Any similiarity?

My brother has created a new logo for the PLO. I think it's appropriate.




 
First?

If Spike TV is "the first network for men", then what the heck was ESPN? Fox Sports Net? Speed Channel?

Just wondering.




 
THREE DAYS



Tuesday, July 01, 2003
 
Greed greed greed

Al Davis is still bitching and moaning that he was duped into returning the Raiders to Oakland. What an ass!

First of all, this guy is so greedy it's beyond comprehension. He is a control freak who won't allow his coaches to coach. He has totally disregarded the fans time and time again, first by taking the team to "greener" pastures, then teasing a return in 1989 (one reason many fans are still bitter), and finally putting money ahead of the game. He then expects the city to guarantee weekly sellout crowds and gets peeved when the games go half empty, suing an already broke city and screwing over the taxpayers.

Now tell me, Al, why the hell should I spend my hard-earned dollars on YOUR team? You don't care about the fans, and the fans don't care to show up and line your pockets. Even your winning teams haven't guaranteed that the fans will show up, because the fans can't stand the head of the Raider organization or the attitude that he exudes. Look across the bay to the 49ers organization-- a team that has sold out just about every game for 20 years. They even had a couple of losing seasons, but the fans still showed up. Why? Because people like the organization and their focus is WINNING. Not making money, but WINNING. Because when you win football games, the fans usually show up.

The Niners have made mistakes. But ultimately it's almost impossible to dislike that team and the folks who run it. Al Davis, on the other hand, shouldn't let the door hit him on the way out. Go back to LA. We don't want your team and the gangsta, newbie "fans" that you brought back from LA. We have enough good football here without you, and it's time that the city of Oakland cuts its losses.




 
Tax cuts for the rich

People have been crying foul about Bush's tax cuts because they favor the rich. Well, when the top 1% of wage earners in America pay 40% of the country's income taxes, how can the government consider a tax cut that excludes them? For those people who think that the tax cuts are for the rich, behold (via Fox News):

The wealthy will receive the biggest dollar return for the income tax cut. But as a percentage of income tax liability, low- and middle-income taxpayers fare better. The tax cut returns 96 percent of the taxes a family of four earning $40,000 would have paid this year. It gives back 28 percent of the taxes the same family earning $75,000 would have paid. It gives back 9 percent to families earning $200,000.

Forget about hard dollars for a moment, and think in terms of percentages. The income tax cuts clearly give a larger break to lower- to middle-income taxpayers. Honestly, can anybody argue this?

You'll never find me complaining about a tax cut. It's my money. However, the government really needs to try a bit harder to curb spending. Our elected officials seem to have an incurable spending addiction, bankrolled by you and me.




 
Meow

After battling the lame powers of Blogger, Cait is back online. When will Blogger ever get their act together? Any other company with their support record would be out of business. No wonder so many people are abandoning that ship.




 
Will they protest?

West African leaders are asking the U.S. to come in and solve the problems in Liberia. All the usual suspects want us to intervene, too.

France, Britain, U.N. diplomats and both sides in Liberia's fighting have pushed for an American role in a peace force for the country, which was founded by freed American slaves in the 19th century and a longtime regional U.S. ally and trade partner.

Funny, weren't we the big, bad bullies for going into Iraq just a few months ago? Weren't these same folks referring to us as bullies in the build up to Iraq, accusing us of throwing our power around to the detriment of every other nation? Didn't these people want to keep Saddam in power, allowing him to continue his tyrannical ways while slaughtering his population?

Oh, but this particular mission would be a good demonstration of our power:

U.N. Ambassador Martin Chungong Ayafor of Cameroon, a Security Council member, suggested a U.S.-backed mission could win goodwill for the United States.

"This could be a good face-saving measure for them, and show that they intervene for the sake of peace and security," Ayafor said.

U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan has also suggested the United States take a leadership role in a peacekeeping force. "Of course that is a sovereign decision for them to take — but all eyes are on them," Annan said in Geneva.

Face-saving? What face do we have to save, and for whom? They act as though the US is ashamed of what we've done in Iraq-- but they've focused on the oil and ignored the peace and security aspect of it, so they can be considered a little delusional. Little do they know.... the UN, France, et al, are the ones who need a little face-saving right now.

And of course they want us to sacrifice OUR troops for the peacekeeping mission. They see what's happening in Iraq, and all those other brave countries wouldn't think of having their soldiers take the risk. Let the big, bad, bully US make up for making France look like the cheese-eating-surrender-monkeys that they are.

If the UN wants to send in a peacekeeping force, I'm all for it. Just don't start the ball rolling, get the US in there, then abandon ship when the heat turns up so we're left to clean up their mess, as they've done time and time again. And they think that they can get us to do what they want by employing the old guilt-trip method... they really are sad.

I wonder if the protesters will come out for this one.




 
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