TurningWheels

Sunday, August 31, 2003
 
My first interview!
Mad Mikey was the subject of an interview by Brent at The Ville. The price for participation was that Mikey would have to interview three more bloggers, which would be me, Cait and Scroff/Ruthie. Now I have to find three bloggers to interview (do three people even read my blog???), so volunteer if you dare. This part of the chain just might end here, but in the meantime, here are my answers:
1. If you did not have to work to support yourself or your immediate family, what would you do with all of your free time?
I'd travel the world with a clue bat in tow. Lord knows that many people need a good whack on the head with one. And I'd learn how to play the piano.

2. Speed Limit - Over, Under, or Dead-on and Why?
Over. I'm late!!!

3. Briefly describe three events in your life that helped make the person that you are today (not including having children or finding religion).
1. College. Woke me up to the world outside of my little bubble-- found out that not everybody thinks like me! It also gave me a self-confidence I'd never had.
2. My upbringing, of course. It's great to be the child of immigrants who lavish unending praise on the greatest country on earth. It's where I got my American Pride.
3. Two years of relative unemployment. Gave me a grip on what's really important in life. Also will make me think twice about complaining about a job-- if I don't like my job, I should quit and stop bitching!!!
(Note: Would have included getting married, but doesn't that fall under the same kind of event as having kids?)

4. If you could organize a parade honoring the contributions that Mad Mikey has bestowed upon the world, who would you ask to participate?
My Israeli family, so they could see the awesome American friends that Israel has. Down with the protesters! Oh, and this parade will take place on the deck of the USS Ronald Reagan, in beautiful San Diego.

5. If you could talk to anyone in the history of the world for 30 minutes, would you serve snacks?
If Thomas Jefferson and Winston Churchill want snacks, booze, cigars-- whatever-- then I'll serve 'em.

Any volunteers? Anybody? Bueller?

Bueller?




Friday, August 29, 2003
 
Allah has entered the building

Allah has a new blog, and he is already taking names. If it weren't so funny I'd be shaking in my boots. Whoever is behind this blog has quite a sense of humor, and it would be even more hilarious to see the reactions of the crazy Islamists-- isn't mimicking Allah punishable by death by limb-by-limb amputation or something similar? I might have to add him to my blogroll...




 
RoP

The Religion of Peace has struck again, but this time they are killing each other. Last week they bombed the UN, today it was a holy Mosque. Who would like to debate that these barbarians subscribe to a "peaceful" religion? Come on, I dare you.

Car Bomb Kills 85 at Iraqi Shiite Mosque

While I agree that there are many Muslims who are peaceful people, the fact remains that the leadership figures within the religion are a bunch of hateful, murderous, inciteful tyrants hell-bent on world domination. Why would any Muslim cleric want to be seen as moderate when it will only result in their death and the destruction of their Mosque? Maybe if they keep attacking their own there will finally be a "civil war" of sorts within the religion that might (we can hope) finally crush the violent forces within. Again, we can only hope.




 
Bisou Bisou

Is anything shocking anymore? Not when Madonna's involved. But, really, what's the point of this?

[Could no longer stand the sight of those pictures on my blog, so I removed them...]

SHOCKING! Nah, not really.

One observation-- many thought Madonna was a skank 20 years ago. Compared to the skanks she's kissing, that was nothing. Never understood the desire to fit the skank image, but Britney and Christina are doing a great job, regardless of what their intentions may be.




Wednesday, August 27, 2003
 
The Religion of Female Oppression

The Religion of Peace stones women to death for adultery-- TWO YEARS after getting a divorce. She's a single mother who just wants to get married and move on in her life. But in a place where Shari'a law is embraced by a bunch of tyrannical men who are more concerned about power than spirituality, what do you expect? Amputate the hands of thieves, stone women who have ~gasp!~ sex, make a child an orphan, destroy infidel holy sites, keep your property women locked up and oppressed...

Nigerian mother Amina Lawal appeals Sharia stoning sentence

Lawal's case has become an embarrassment for Nigeria's secular federal government and for President Olusegun Obasanjo, who has tried to reassure foreign protesters without offending Nigerian Muslims.

No one has yet been stoned since 12 mainly Muslim northern states seized upon the end of military rule in 1999 to begin invoking Islamic law for the first time since the west African country won independence in 1960.

But some thieves have had their hands amputated, and several others have been sentenced to be stoned for various "sex crimes".

Lawal's appeal has come to be seen by many as a test case, as Nigerian federal officials have said that they can not challenge Sharia unless an individual appeals to the Supreme Court.

Once again, the "civilized" world stands up to the barbarians of the Religion of Peace. I mean, Allah forbid we offend the Muslims! A life just ain't worth offending the RoP. Way to go!




 
Solidarity

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg kisses the Western Wall during a visit to Jerusalem's Old City August 26, 2003. Bloomberg is on a solidarity visit to Israel this week, a week after a Palestinian suicide bombing on a Jerusalem bus, and urged it not to talk peace until such violence stopped. 'You can see that America is not letting the terrorists win. We are striking back and that's I think what Israel has always done and what I would urge you to continue to do,' Bloomberg said during a visit to Jerusalem's Hadassah hospital, where wounded from the attack that killed 21 people are being treated. (Flash 90/Reuters)
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg kisses the Western Wall during a
visit to Jerusalem's Old City August 26, 2003. Bloomberg is on a solidarity
visit to Israel this week, a week after a Palestinian suicide bombing on a
Jerusalem bus, and urged it not to talk peace until such violence stopped.
'You can see that America is not letting the terrorists win. We are striking
back and that's I think what Israel has always done and what I would
urge you to continue to do,' Bloomberg said during a visit to Jerusalem's
Hadassah hospital, where wounded from the attack that killed 21 people
are being treated. (Flash 90/Reuters)



 
Pipes follow up

Almost forgot to mention my total delight at Bush's recess appointment of Daniel Pipes to the US Institute of Peace. Even more satisfying is the the seething and whining from the losers in our esteemed government (Ted Kennedy), and from the terrorist-apologizing Islamist CAIR:

The Council on American-Islamic Relations, a Washington-based civil rights group, said Pipes is "known for his hostility to Muslims," and called the appointment "a backdoor move" that is "an affront to all those who seek peace."

Actually, I find Islamist terrorism an affront to those of us who simply want to live in peace and freedom from tyranny that an Islamist state would guarantee. And, truthfully, he's just rightfully hostile towards Islamist fundamentalism that has an incredibly rich history of slaughtering innocent human beings. But that's another story...

Kudo's to the President for standing up and doing what is right in the face of politically correct, pacifist, hippy terrorist appeasers. They wouldn't be seething if he wasn't a threat to their agenda. But Pipes is smart, and so is Dubya. Hopefully we have more people like Pipes in positions of influence in our government-- if anything, to counter the political lobby efforts of the boneheads at CAIR and the pacifists who seem to have their heads firmly planted up their asses (pardon my french).

We'll see if the President will stand up to the forces of the politically correct, pacifist, hippy, terrorist appeasing lobby in Washington. You know, the ones who have been engaged in an all-out smear campaign against Pipes? They're going to complain loudly and fight to make sure that Pipes is not appointed to that post again. My smirk will be quite large as he unapologetically exposes the evil force of Islamism for what it is. Maybe we'll start calling a terrorist a terrorist, instead of whitewashing them with terms like "militant" or "radical" (as they proudly display the fresh blood of innocents on their hands.)

It looks like he has more than a few enemies. It's rather interesting that they refer to him as "extreme." In contrast to those he speaks of, he's quite the dove. At least he doesn't plant bombs in Mosques to kill the "infidels." I'd like to know how a person who rejects politically correct double-speak, who predicted that we were due for a disaster such as 9/11, who clearly defines what he considers to be a danger to the free world can be considered "extreme." Honest, sure. Extreme? Hardly.

On Being Borked - How foes distorted my record
by Daniel Pipes

Bush appoints anti-Muslim to peace role (Al Guardian)




Tuesday, August 26, 2003
 
New logic

I can't seem to find a pair of earrings I swore I had.

Must mean they never existed, and the entire time I've been looking for them I've been lying about their existence.

Hopefully the smoking gun will show up soon, and I won't be accused of planting the evidence just to restore my integrity.

Seriously, I can't find my earrings!




 
Truth about Bay Area football

Stolen from Chinpokomon:

An elementary teacher starts a new job at a school in San Diego, and trying to make a good impression on her first day, explains to her class that she's a Chargers fan. She asks the class to raise their hands if they too are Charger fans.

Everyone in the class raises their hand except one little girl.

The teacher looks at the girl with surprise and says: "Jessica, why didn't you raise your hand?"

"Because I'm not a Chargers fan," she replied.

The teacher, still shocked, asked, "Well, if you're not a Chargers fan, then whom do you support?"

"I'm a 49ers fan, and proud of it," Jessica replied.

The teacher could not believe her ears. "Jessica, why are you a 49ers fan?"

"Because my Mom and Dad are from the bay area and my Mom is a 49ers fan and my dad is a 49ers fan, so I'm a 49ers fan too."

"Well," said the teacher in an obviously annoyed tone, "that's no reason for you to be a 49ers fan. You don't have to be just like your parents all of the time. What if your Mom was a prostitute and your Dad was a drug addict and a car thief, what would you be then?"

Jessica said, "I'd be a Raiders fan."

Amen!




 
Welcome home, L.T. Smash

L.T. Smash is back from the Sandbox. His posts from Kuwait were insightful, educational and often entertaining. While I'll miss his reports from the Middle East, I'm glad his unit is home.Read his homecoming post, it's well worth it.

While many of our troops come home, there are still many who are overseas and at risk. I, for one, appreciate their service and am always mindful of their sacrifice that keeps us free.

Welcome home, L.T., and God bless.




 
Bustamante = Bad for California

When will I learn my lesson? After spending quite a bit of time on a post, I hit something on the keyboard that refreshed my blogger post window and wiped out my post. Ugh.

Anyway, in a nutshell, there is a lot of press surrounding Schwarzenegger's run for Governor. Many in the media have made a big stink about his father's membership in the Nazi party, as if it's a revelation that nobody heard of before two weeks ago. (Arnold has quite a record of distancing himself from his father's views, working closely with the Simon Wiesenthal Center to fight racism, among other things.) Many Californians also criticize his support for Proposition 187, the anti-illegal immigration prop (never mind that he himself came to the United States with no money and no knowledge of our language. That would be English.)

But what about Cruz Bustamante, the sole candidate from the Party of Tolerance™? Bustamante belonged to the Chicano separatist group MEChA, and refuses to distance himself from the group's radical agenda and views to this day. MEChA is dedicated to "re-conquering" the Southwestern United States for Mexico. If he refuses to separate himself from this group, what does that say about his agenda? Will he adopt policies for the betterment of all Californians, or just the Latin population? Will he set us back on our immigration laws at a time when we need to be closing our borders, not making them more porous for the sake of security? Will he push to pass legislation that will allow illegals to enjoy many of the same benefits that we Americans, by either birthright or legal immigration, receive? Will he undermine the INS in their efforts to curb illegal immigration?

Bottom line is that I don't trust him in the least. The Latin community has him in their back pockets, and it seems like he will put their interests ahead of the interests of the state as a whole. He supports legislation that is bad for business (such as increased taxes on commercial properties) and holds the belief that it's the responsiblity of the wealthy to dig this state out of its budget crisis-- apparently the wealthy are not as deserving of their earnings as the rest of the population (the "they don't need the money" argument is so sickening and old-- and the lefty socialist drones continue to use that stoopid argument. Lame). Overall, his ideas will continue to drive business out of the state, taking with them thousands of jobs and billions in tax revenues. But no worries, illegal immigrants will be allowed to get driver's licenses, so we're all in good shape, right?

Indian Gaming seems to like him quite a bit, also. He wants to continue to allow them near-exemption from taxes on their $5 billion in annual gaming revenues, as well as easing restrictions on the types and amount of gambling allowed on a reservation. Again, putting the state's interests ahead of a group's. Not.

It's all very interesting. The latin media are virtually ignoring other candidates, dedicating most of their headlines to Bustamante's campaign. So much for equal time. You'd think they would take at least a little interest in Arnold's campaign, as he came to the US with no money and no knowledge of English. He came here legally and made a life for himself, cashing in on the American Dream. If I were an immigrant, I'd relate more to Arnold than Cruz. But that's just me.

On a final note about the lefty socialist drones/sheep/tinfoil hat brigade, I find it interesting that nobody is raking him over the coals for his "slip" during a speech two years ago to the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists where he used a racial epithet while talking about the history of black unions. You know that if Arnold or McClintock or Ueberoth had a recorded slip such as Bustamante's, the Dems would be all over them for their lack of "racial sensitivity." But since Bustamante is a member of the club, he gets a free pass. Especially interesting considering how many observed that it seemed to slip out quite naturally. Honestly, you'd have to be comfortable with a term such as that for it to come out smoothly, dontcha think? It's just another example of how certain groups simply won't call out the racism and insensitivity of their brothers in arms. Not that I support witch hunts, but it would be great to see the end of the hypocrisy.

The point of this never ending rant is just that Bustamante is probably not the best choice for Californians, and the media are pretty much steering clear of any negativity surrounding him. If there was no alternative to Davis and Bustamante, I'd choose Davis (cringe!). Thankfully, that's not the case.

From FrontPageMag.com: The Racist in the Race?




Friday, August 22, 2003
 
Al Guardian

There is no doubt where Al Guardian's loyalties lie:

Killing of Hamas leader ends truce

Five Israeli missiles incinerated Ismail Abu Shanab in Gaza City yesterday, killing one of the most powerful voices for peace in Hamas and destroying the ceasefire that Palestinian leaders believed would avert civil war.

Israeli helicopters struck the car carrying the third most senior Hamas leader in retaliation for Tuesday's suicide bombing of a Jerusalem bus on Tuesday, killing 20 mostly orthodox Jews, including six children.

The missiles also buried a seven-week ceasefire already strained by Israeli killings of Islamic militants and retaliatory suicide bombings, and threw the US-led road map to peace deeper into crisis. [emphasis added]

Nope, it wasn't the death of 20 people, including 6 children and a pregnant woman, that destroyed a sham cease-fire and "threatens" the "road map"-- it was Israel's response. After all, aren't they supposed to just bend over and take it? Amazing that the media are declaring that Israel's reponse ended the cease-fire, and NOT THE SUICIDAL MURDER BY THOSE WHO UNILATERALLY "DECLARED" IT. Will somebody please explain how you can declare a cease-fire, yet continue to murder?

This entire article is a disgusting Palestinian terrorist propaganda piece.

Update: It looks like the LA Times is taking the same line: Airstrike by Israel Ends Truce

I'm sure there are more....




Thursday, August 21, 2003
 
The news: never ending source of shocking information

I find myself dropping my jaw quite often these days when I read the news. Really, nothing should come as a surprise any more, but being the trusting person that I am, it's just amazing what journalists consider to be legitimate news.

Take for instance the AP headline today on the front page of sites such as Yahoo:

Hamas Abandons Truce After Israeli Strike

For the love of humanity, don't people realize that Hamas abandoned the "truce" when they continued to murder innocent Israelis? You know, it's one thing to battle against the IDF, it's an entirely different beast to take it to the civilians. Then again, when you have incompetent leadership who keeps the boot on your neck in horrible living conditions, and historically cannot win a war against GI Joe dolls, I wouldn't expect them to understand or respect the rules of war. For that these animals need to be eliminated. Completely. If Abu Mazen won't do it, then move on over, here come the tanks.

So, in the mean time, we get these journalistic gems from the battlefield of Israel:

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Israel killed a senior Hamas political leader in a missile strike Thursday, retaliating for a suicide bombing of a bus that killed 20 people, including six children. Hamas vowed revenge and, along with Islamic Jihad, formally called off a truce declared eight weeks ago. [emphasis added: after all, there never really was a " formal truce." It was a bunch of words designed to rally everybody against Israel for "doing nothing." If there was a truce, they informally called it off time and time again with the murder of innocent Israelis.]

...

Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas warned that the assassination of Hamas leader Ismail Abu Shanab would make it harder to crack down on militant groups, and a Palestinian official said the campaign was on hold. [ed. note: On hold from what? Nothing? It's quite a statement to put on hold something that was never in motion.]

Under pressure from Washington and Israel, the Palestinian leadership had decided on a clampdown just hours before his death — a move Washington insisted must still go ahead. The latest escalation places the U.S.-backed "road map" peace plan in serious jeopardy.

...

Dozens of Hamas supporters at the scene dunked their fists in blood, raised their hands and vowed revenge, chanting "God is great." [ed. note: What a great bunch of civilized folks they are! I'd want them as neighbors, too. Really.]

...

"We consider ourselves no longer bound by this cease-fire," said a Hamas leader, Ismail Hanieh, after identifying Abu Shanab's decapitated body at a Gaza City morgue. [ed. note: Hmm, were you ever really bound anyway? It was unilateral, you freak. Israel was never party to an agreement with terrorists.]

Hamas founder Sheik Ahmed Yassin vowed revenge. [ed. note: Revenge for what?]

"This crosses all red lines," Yassin said of the missile strike. [ed. note: OH! Revenge for THAT! A targeted strike against a terrorist thug. One who is responsible for the murder of numerous innocent Israelis... got it. By the way, what exactly is a "red line"?]

Addressing the Israelis, he said: "You will pay the price for these crimes." [ed. note: They're already paying the price, but for your fanaticism and hatred, not for anything their government does. Keep it up, and eventually YOU'LL pay the price for YOUR crimes against humanity. Bring it on, asshole.]

...

Several weeks into the truce, though, Hamas changed the terms, saying it would respond violently to any Israeli killings of activists but then return to observing the cease-fire. [ed. note: More creative journalism: Israel is killing "activists." Activists? Respond "violently", then return to the "cease-fire"??? Do civilized people actuall buy this crap?]

Hamas carried out two suicide bombings under the umbrella of the cease-fire, including Tuesday's Jerusalem bus attack that killed 20 people, including five Americans, and wounded more than 100. It was the deadliest attack since the U.S.-backed "road map" peace plan was launched three months ago. [ed. note: Pardon me for my ignorance, but how can you commit acts of murder under the "umbrella of the cease-fire"? Doesn't that mean that there, in fact, is no cease-fire? From Merriam-Webster, the definition of cease-fire: "1 : a military order to cease firing 2 : a suspension of active hostilities". So what, exactly, would you consider a suicide bombing, if it's not considered an active hostility? These people truly are stupid animals.]

...

However, Palestinian commanders "had lists of names, places to raid, of institutions to shut down," said Elias Zananiri, a spokesman for Palestinian security chief Mohammed Dahlan. "Now this has all been put on hold because the whole thing has changed after the stupid assassination." [ed. note: Yep, it's the stupid assassination that put this on hold, not the bloody murder of 20 innocent people. These people are also delusional.]

He said the raids would have begun Thursday night, but declined to say whether Israeli authorities were informed. [ed. note: Of course Israeli authorities weren't informed, because it wasn't gonna happen. Words come easy, don't they?]

Is anybody else seeing the pattern here? Negotiations start, the PA claims they are going to clamp down, boom, another suicide bomber kills more Israeli women and children, the PA talks about what they're going to do, takes no action, Israel responds to the terrorists, then the PA whines and moans that they can't do what they had intended (wink, wink) because Israel made a "stupid" move in self-defense. It's aaaaaaaall Israel's fault.

Well, PA, welcome to civilization. Take notes: any government's first and foremost role is to protect its citizens from threats. It would be utterly irresponsible and laughable if Israel did not respond to the constant terror attacks on its citizens. This "truce" was nothing of the sort. It was a ruse that much of the world bought into, because the Palis are the poor, victimized ones. Israel is big, bad and mean.

There is NO REASON whatsoever that the PA cannot move forward with its so-called crackdown on the terrorists among them. But we all know that their words are never, EVER, followed up with meaningful actions. Their actions usually consist of making hoopla arrests, then shooing them out the back door when nobody is watching. All they do is deflect attention to the other side, hoping that people won't notice their total lack of commitment to living in peace with their Jewish neighbors. The past few weeks have been nothing but a whine-fest about prisoner releases, which have nothing to do with the "road map" and are totally at odds with Israels security obligations...

I can't go on. Why do I bother????




Wednesday, August 20, 2003
 
Countdown to recall

This governor of ours... what a character. His speech yesterday was nothing short of pathetic. No matter how hard he tries, he just can't seem to take responsibility for his failures and dishonesty. What I believed before this recall became reality and what I still believe today is that he would have much more credibility if he had been a bit more honest about the state of the state during last year's election. It was quite shocking to hear, only weeks after his second inauguration, that our state was in financial shambles.

Whoever is advising him and writing his speeches should be fired. His weak attempt at contrition fell flat yesterday under his constant finger-pointing at the VRWC. The Democrats have become a pathetic bunch, almost wishing for failure so they can find ways to blame Republicans for all things wrong (even the blackout was somehow tied to beltway Republicans.) It's about time to face the music and start admitting failure, and to come up with some ideas so solve our problems, instead of constantly whining about the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy. It amazes me that anybody would support Davis or align themselves with that party, much less admit it. I mean, how can you applaud this speech?

Now, let's talk about the recall. This recall is bigger than California. What's happening here is part of an ongoing national effort to steal elections Republicans cannot win.

Thank you. Thank you.

It started with the impeachment of President Clinton when the Republicans could not beat him in 1996. It continued in Florida where they stopped the vote count, depriving thousands of Americans of the right to vote. [ed note: the impeachment didn't happen until two years after his election, and only after he lied, lied, and lied again, and asked us to explain to him what "is is". And enough about Florida! This stolen election crap is getting very old. Recount after recount has given the win to Bush. Nobody's voting rights were denied, though Gore would have denied the votes of our servicemen and women overseas if he'd had his way.]

This year, they're trying to steal additional congressional seats in Colorado and Texas, overturning legal redistricting plans. Here in California, the Republicans lost the governor's race last November. Now they're trying to use this recall to seize control of California just before the next presidential election. [ed. note: Winning an election with less than 50% of the vote and a scant 8 million voters turning up is hardly gloating material. Fact is, the majority of Californians didn't like him in November, and more than 70% of Californians now despise him. But he likes to think that the Republicans are just a bunch of thiefs. Apparently the legal, democratic process means not a thing to him. Nor does popular public opinion.]

They spent $3 million to put this recall on the ballot.

But you're going to have to spend $65 million of your hard-earned tax dollars to conduct that election. [ed. note: Money well spent. How much more will it cost us to keep Davis around for another 3.5 years?]

I'm sure you'll agree with me that money would be better spent educating our children.

Call me old-fashioned, and I am.

Call me old-fashioned, but I believe when an election is over, the people have spoken and it's time to get to work and do the public's business. [ed. note: Not when you win an election based on half-truths. The people are speaking up again. It's MY government, after all, not yours, Mr. Davis.]

There are many reasons to be against this recall. It's expensive, it's undemocratic, it's a bad precedent, and it almost certainly will breed more recalls. The end result will be more campaigning not less, more politics not less and less time to do the public's business.

The Republicans behind this recall say they want you to oust me for past mistakes. My friends, they don't give a rip about past mistakes. [ed. note: Ding ding ding ding! Yep! I don't give a rip about past mistakes, I do give a rip about your future mistakes.]

This is all about control in the future, seizing back the governor's chair and believing with so many candidates running for office they can do it with just a handful of California voters. [ed. note: kinda like Mr. Davis, no?] That's what this is about.

For the next seven weeks, my highest priority will be doing the job you elected me to do.

But make no mistake, I am going to fight this recall and the right-wing forces behind it. You can take that to the bank. [ed. note: Right-wing forces, and pissed off Democrats, too. You can't have a 22% approval rating with the full love of the Donkey party]

This morning on the radio, the SF Chronicle's Washington Bureau Chief, Marc Sandalow, observed that watching Gray Davis trying to be likable is like watching Wayne Newton trying hip-hop. Can't argue with that.




 
A day in the life

     

            

     


"Let's Roll"



 
The Road Map

This "road map" is full of bombs with nails and shrapnel, as well as body parts and broken families. How many more of these stories do we need to read before people wake up and confront reality? (via AP)

At a Jerusalem hospital, infant Shira Cohen lay alone in a hospital bed Wednesday, looking tiny among blankets and machines, her face red and sliced by shrapnel. Doctors would have operated to try to save her left eye, but will probably have to remove it because it took hours to find her parents — injured at another hospital — to get permission.



Tuesday, August 19, 2003
 

AP Photo/APTN

AP Photo/APTN




 
Just another day for the "Religion of Peace"

So the Palestinians have exacted revenge for the killing of one of their murderous thugs. How? By dressing like an Orthodox Jew, strapping on an explosives belt and boarding a bus in Jerusalem. Who'd they get? Elderly and children. Well, good for them! After all, it's all relative, right?

Once again, words are escaping me. I'm just waiting for the disturbing pictures, because those will speak like I cannot. Sad, sad day in Israel. Sad because the rest of the world continues to deny truth, and Israelis continue to lose their lives for it.

In other news, the UN headquarters in Iraq has been attacked by a suicide bomber, killing the UN envoy. It wouldn't surprise me one bit if the perpetrator came from another RoP country, like the Kingdom of Fraud or Syria. It's like making the US look bad and creating resentment against us is a favorite pastime for Arabs. It's getting to the point where I'd just like to nuke 'em.




Monday, August 18, 2003
 
Public Service Announcement

You've stuck your arm through closing elevator doors before, right? Well, perhaps practicing some patience could save your life.

Malfunctioning elevator at Houston hospital kills surgical resident; man trapped in door, decapitated [SF Gate]

So the guy was killed by a machine in a FREAK accident. Scary stuff. Even scarier is the woman who was trapped in the elevator with him. Yikes! She'll never be the same....

[End PSA]




Thursday, August 14, 2003
 
No media bias

"Journalism" courtesy of Haitham Tamimi at Reuters:

A surge of violence, including an army raid last week that killed two Hamas militants and prompted two retaliatory Palestinian suicide bombings, has overshadowed diplomatic efforts to stop the U.S.-led "road map" plan from unravelling.

Read that. Now read it again.

Israel actions: violence. Bad for the "road map".

Pal actions: retaliatory. No effect on the "road map".

Got it? Good.

The only thing spot-on in that statement are the sneer quotes around "road map." I just can't rant about this any more. It's too damned depressing.




 
Support Daniel Pipes

Yesterday, radical Islamist apologizers and supporters mounted a campaign to block the appointment of Daniel Pipes to the United States Institute of Peace. Send in your support to the President NOW. Those in the vocal minority need to be smacked down by those of us who are interested in truth, security and peace. President Bush has the guts to go around a politically correct Congress to do the right thing. Support him and show him what the country really thinks.

President Bush
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20500
Comments: 202-456-1111
Switchboard: 202-456-1414
FAX: 202-456-2461
Email: president@whitehouse.gov

I sent an email yesterday when I heard about the smear campaign of the radical Islamist supporters. I'll probably send another. They may not read every note, but they certainly tally supporters and dissenters, so put it in the subject line ("In support of Daniel Pipes' appointment to the USIP").

I, for one, am sick and tired of groups like CAIR and ANSWER "speaking for America's interests." And remember, when you read their representatives criticizing men like Pipes, they are the ones who want an Islamic USA. They are the ones who have called for the destruction of Israel, Jews, and "non-believers" in general. Do a news search on "Daniel Pipes," and you will find article after article smearing his character, calling him an Islamophobe or an enemy to Muslims. If you have read anything he has written, you would know that he makes a clear distinction between Islam as a whole and Islamist radicals. His venom is aimed at the Islamists.

But that's irrelevant, because these days, if you disagree with something, you are painted as a bigot. How many times have I been told that Islam is a religion of peace? Why? Because I point out the death and destruction that is so ingrained in the religion. I can back up my position with an encyclopedia of examples. Ask the RoP preachers for examples of their peaceful demeanor, and they cannot come up with one. Not a one. Not ONE high-ranking Imam or Sheik has come out and completely condemned terrorism. But CAIR seems to think that Pipes' words, not the actions of their representatives (i.e. Muslims around the world) are shaping the opinions of the average American. Dancing Palestinians on 9/11 is all I need to see. The words in the Arab press are all I need to read. And murder after murder after murder of innocent "infidels" is all I need to know. Pipes couldn't sway my opinion any more than it has already been swayed by radical Muslims themselves, and the non-radicals who refuse to condemn them.

And one more note: Pipes called out the threat of Islamist radicals well before 9/11. He predicted that the threat will come to our shores. So-called "scholars" condemned his warning as anti-Muslim and racist. They shrieked about his intolerance and incitement. Our government did not take him seriously. Bush realizes the value he will bring to this post. So do the terrorist apologist groups, and that has them quite worried.

Don't let them win. It's time to start taking America back.




Friday, August 08, 2003
 
Visual aid

I NEED a digital camera. I want to blog about my tomatoes, but it just won't be the same without the visual evidence. These tomatoes are on steroids. Really. They are growing like a weed, and there are lots of tomatoes coming out, at all stages-- from flower buds to flowers to dying flowers to tiny pellet-sized tomatoes to BIG green tomatoes. YUMMY!

And let's not leave out the lemons, which apparently are happy in their new, larger pot with the new, steroid-infused soil. Lots of new growth and tons of new flowers (all of them had died off about a month ago, which bummed us out.) Same with the orange tree. Oh, and my mint??? Total weed. It's unbelievable. I don't know what I'm going to do with all that mint. Then there's the basil. It smells so good, and is growing so nicely. If only the friendly digger wasp would stop digging under it's planter, it would be perfect.

So that's the container garden synopsis for today. Back to other world news....




Thursday, August 07, 2003
 
"America's Flagship" bids adieu

"Connie" has been decommissioned, and her berth will soon be occupied by the USS Ronald Reagan. Fitting.




 
Bay Area Blech, pt. II

Amazing what motivates some people, and how a pet issue can cloud one's judgement.

Exhibit A: A caller to a radio station (dang those radio listeners!) decided to put in her $.02 about Ah-nuld's run for Governor. She enlightened me beyond my expectations. She wanted to make sure that everybody knows that he is a pro-lifer, and a dyed-in-the-wool right-winger (hey, it's all relative when you live in SF!). How does she know that? Uh, through sound bites.... okay, then.

First, given the sorry condition of this state, is abortion even on the issues radar? How about education, the economy, the extortionist taxes, the fact that nobody wants to/can do business here, illegal immigration, security, etc? How about the fact that our future is being mortgaged by a bunch of slick politicians with spending diarrhea? These are the issues that affect me every day, and the issues that I want to hear about. Abortion? Sorry, don't care. All the feminazis can shove it on that one. It's not like abortion can even be banned at the state level anyway, but in a state where everybody is whining that their pot-smoking freedoms are being crushed by the feds, well.... nothing really surprises me any more.

Second, what does anybody really know about Arnold? I don't know much about him, but from what I've heard, he's only just right-of-center. Hardly a right-winger. Again, it's all relative in CA, and when you have that despicable "R" behind your name, you MUST be a right-wing, war-mongering, homophobe pro-lifer. Hell, I'm a right-wing war-monger according to some who think they know me. The only thing he's said that I agree with is that the state needs to do something about the mass exodus of business. The socialist Dems like to bash big business and accuse the Republicans of catering to them, but where does this country get most of its tax revenues? This state will have a revenue problem if businesses continue to run away. The net result will be more taxes on you and me, as if we don't pay enough as it is. Gotta keep those social programs funded, right?

So before I go an endorse him or toss him, I'd first like to find out what he's all about politically. I can't wait to see how he handles Davis' imminent mud-slinging and ad-hominem attacks. At this point it would be very difficult to do any worse than Davis, but that doesn't make me feel any better. Talking to my mom tonight, we discussed how it might be best for another DemocRat to win and inherit this mess. Who wants it? I wouldn't.

Regardless, it seems like the pompous Governor's days are very numbered. He thought this day would never come, and it did. He thought he was made of teflon, and he's not (though his hair might be). There is one thing that gives me a little bit of hope, and that is that this state is a lot more conservative than most think. How do you think this recall came about? Remove LA and SF and their suburbs, and you have a big "R" majority. In a state of ~35 million, that's not bad. And they just might be motivated to come out and clean house at the voting booth, because enough is finally enough.

[Disclaimer: I think that this recall is a bad idea. The guy won by a hair on false pretenses and a dirty campaign, but this can't possibly set a good precedent.]




 
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