TurningWheels

Tuesday, September 30, 2003
  And they're off!
 
The MLB playoffs are off to a great start.

The Yanks and Braves lost (can you say "term limits?), and the Cubs won!

A good day in baseball, indeed.

Now it's up to my A's to keep this up.

LET'S-GO-OAK-LAND!




  Raise your hand
 
who Who WHO is going to actually vote for Cruz Bustamante?

WHO?!

Now, if anybody who is planning to vote for him would like to step forward, please explain what the thought process is behind voting for this freak guy (Latino immigrants need not answwer).

As an aside, his commercials are like fingernails on a chalkboard. What a lifeless, characterless zombie.




Thursday, September 25, 2003
  So true...
 
Cox & Forkum always seem to crank out the greatest commentary in the cartoon world. Couldn't resist posting this one here:




  What they said
 
The debate last night was typical of the circus that is the California Recall Election. Why they invite Arianna Huffington, with her 1 - 2% in the polls is beyond me. The "moderator" was a joke. He really seemed to like the attention.

Anyway, they all said their schpeels. A lot of the same ol' same ol'. Here is a summary of what I heard:

Bustamante: California is raiding the working class! The working class are the only ones who pay taxes and work hard for a living! The illegal immigrants are working class, too! Give them drivers licenses, give them healthcare, disband the INS! Who needs 'em? Do you think those INS bandits have ever picked cotton?? DO YOU? Well, I have! I've picked cotton and peaches and everything else you eat and clean your ears with!! I KNOW! It's a MECHA thang, you wouldn't understand. Honky. Vaya a Disneylandia, yanqui!

Comejo: The rich are under-taxed! Tax the rich! The rich need to pay their fair share! Tax business! They're getting off cheap! Oh, and no blood for oil!

Huffington: What California needs is a governor who is not beholden to special interests. That's me! Cruz, you are a highway bandit!! Arnold, you treat women BAD! Tom, I like you ~smooch~. Peter? Peter who?

McClintock: California can cut spending without raising taxes. The people of this fine state have been punished enough with mismanagement. You guys are missing the point here... (goes on making clear points with solid ideas... hard to mock this guy)

Schwarzenegger: Arianna. Arianna... I'm going to drive my hummer through your tax loophole! Arianna. Arianna...

And there you have it. The California Recall election debate in a nutshell. October 7 couldn't come soon enough.




Wednesday, September 24, 2003
  Calling all Republicans, and other free-thinking smart people
 
Whadya say we all band together and vow to vote for Tom McClintock? This guy is smart, honest, confident in his stance on issues.

Sure, Arnold might be nice, but McClintock is just inspiring. Even the lefty loonies have been singing his praises.

I so, so, so want to vote for him. I will vote for him if I know that a vote for McClintock will, in the end, not be a vote for Bustamante. Arnold needs to drop out. Now. Please, for the sake of California!!

MCCLINTOCK FOR GOVERNOR!!




  AL West CHAMPS!
 

In typical Oakland A's fashion, they have clinched their division again. They have one of the smallest payrolls in MLB, trailed the division most of the season, and have a roster of relative no-names. They even had to come back and win in extra innings last night. But they have the best pitching in the league and a youthful energy and desire to win, which makes this team the most exciting to watch.

Last night's win couldn't have been more appropriate: the back up catcher, who has spent most of his career in the minors, entered the game when the starter was taken out for a pinch runner. At the top of the tenth inning, he made the perfect throw to second to catch a guy stealing. In the bottom of the tenth, he hit the game-winning single past bazillion dollar shortstop Alex Rodriguez with the bases loaded. Nobody even knows who the heck this guy is....

Lets-Go-Oak-Land!




Tuesday, September 23, 2003
  The Case for Israel
 
Alan Dershowitz, in his latest OpEd, writes about the lack of constructive criticism toward Israel. It seems logical to me, but so many people criticize Israel without any context for their criticism. It's high time that the people who jump to the defense of the "beleaguered" Palestinian "president" take a hard look at the situation in its entirety-- historically and currently. There is no equating Israel with her Arab neighbors. Period.
[Of the Or Commission] No other country in the Middle East, and few countries in the world, would permit this kind of public self-criticism of its actions. Israel is a vibrant democracy with freedom of the press and a long tradition of self-criticism. Indeed, most of the books published by Israeli writers are deeply critical of Israeli policies and actions. That is why I decided to write The Case for Israel, since few Israelis ever bother to make the case for the embattled democracy. Most Israelis take for granted the basic arguments justifying Israel's right to exist and to defend its population against terrorist attack. But outside of Israel -- particularly in Europe, Canada, Asia and even on some U.S. university campuses -- this case is being increasingly challenged. One-sided critics of Israel see only the bad and not the good.

They see that Israeli-Arabs are often treated as second-class Israeli citizens, without also seeing that the average Israeli-Arab is treated far better by the Israeli government than the average non-Israeli-Arab is treated by Arab and Islamic government. Israeli-Arabs have the longest life expectancy, the best health care, the lowest infant mortality, the most freedom of expression, the best educational opportunities and the most freedom of religion of any Arabs or Muslims in the Middle East. The only court in the entire Middle East from which an Arab can expect justice is the Supreme Court of Israel, which frequently rules against the Israeli government and military in lawsuits brought by aggrieved Arabs.

Israeli-Arabs suffer by comparison only with Israeli Jews. That is not good enough for a democracy, committed to equality of all citizens, as the Or Commission correctly concluded. But nor can the comparisons with other countries be ignored by outside critics of Israel. Inside critics are always entitled to demand more of their own government and need not look to other countries for comparison, but outside critics may not properly impose a non-comparative double standard on one country without comparative criticism of others.

In making comparative criticism, it must also be remembered why Israel has more than a million Arab citizens, while Jordan does not have a single Jewish citizen, and Egypt, Iraq and other Arab nations which had large Jewish populations for millennia, now are essentially Judenrein. The majority of Arabs who lived in what became Israel after the UN partition of 1947 remained in Israel, where they were accorded citizenship, whereas Jordan enacted a law expressly prohibiting Jews from becoming citizens; and Iraq, Egypt and other Arab states essentially expelled their Jewish populations. Moreover, during the massive Arab attack that greeted the establishment of Israel, Arab and Palestinian armed forces systematically murdered the Jewish residents of captured towns after they had surrendered. The object of the war was genocide, not the creation of Jewish refugees or a Jewish minority in a Palestinian state against the Jewish residents of Israel. Even if Israel can be faulted for contributing to the Palestinian refugee problem, it is far better to be a live Palestinian refugee than a dead Israeli prisoner. Even today, the Palestinian Authority contemplates an eventual Palestinian state with no Jewish citizens or residents and an established Islamic religion.

I would say the same about those who incessantly criticize the United States, with no acknowledgement of the good done by this great country. Criticism is vital in a true democracy, no doubt. It would be nice if people would just be a little more thoughtful in their criticism. Jimmy "Israel-is-the-root-cause" Carter would do well to heed this advice. [Links to Jimmy Carter's latest WaPo OpEd where he makes his case that all will be well when Israel make the choice to pull out completely from the disputed territories, including total dismantling of the settlements. While I think the settlements are a bad idea, I wholly believe that this action by Israelis will not solve the problem. It's all or nothing. When will people start to realized this?]




Sunday, September 21, 2003
  It was aaaaaaaaaall Bush's fault!!!
 
It never would have happened under BJ's clock, 'cause they really, really hate Bush and that's why they did it! They came up with the idea in late January, 2001! I swear, I swear!!! They hate us because of Bush!!!!

AP: Terrorist Says 9/11 Plot Began in '96

Will these people ever get their heads out of their asses? It's only a matter of time before they blame hurricanes and floods on the almighty Bush. Damn, they already blamed him for the blackout (that includes the one in London.)




Thursday, September 18, 2003
 
So which is it?

Am I quiet and reserved, or brash and gregarious? I probably sleep in the yearner position when I'm not looking...




Wednesday, September 17, 2003
 
Clinched

The SF Giants have just clinched thier division, after leading the NL the entire season. Is a Bay Bridge Series on the horizon?

For the record, the A's are my team, always have been, always will. But it's great to see any of our teams win (with the obvious exception of those stoopid Raiders...)




 
Reason #5,273 to boycott Berkeley

Apparently their city council, once again sticking their noses in issues where they have no business, finds that Rachel Corrie's life is more valuable than the countless Americans who have been killed by suicide bombers. Including Marla Bennet, a Cal student who was murdered by a Palestinian suicide bomber at Hebrew University last year.

These people disgust me, especially those in the crowd who found it appropriate to shout down the supporters of the counter-measure. These are the same people whose dissent was crushed, their voices silenced, in the run-up to the war with Iraq.

I wonder why they would be against a broader investigation? Could it be because Jewish blood is less valuable than that of a pro-Palestinian? Is the death of a person who knowingly took a risk by entering a war zone more tragic than that of a person who was just taking the bus home? These people are the hateful ones, and they cannot even see it.

The Berkeley City Council continues to pander to them. Tonight the backers of the broader counter measure will try to re-introduce it for a vote. In a perfect world, they would just stick to local issues, and stop getting into national and foreign policy. But I'll bet that they vote down the counter measure, and stick with the Corrie-only measure.

Scumbags.


American "peace" activist, Rachel Corrie, teaching "peace" to Palestinian children



 
The circle jerk continues

This morning Sandra Bernhard was interviewed on the radio (again, local radio giving me the warm fuzzies.) Over the past few years, I have come to some conclusions about lefty, socialist moonbats such as Ms. Bernhard and her long lost cousin, Michael Moore (among many, many others) and their views on the world:

1. Dissent is being stifled, our 1st Amendment rights crushed, unless somebody who doesn't agree with your position is talking-- they need to keep their mouths shut 'cause they don't know what they are talking about. Example: nobody stopped the war protests, even though they created a mess of city streets and also resulted in vandalism and all-out lawlessness-- dissent stifled. Dixie Chicks open their big mouths and Americans choose to NOT purchase their album-- their first amendment rights crushed. Suddenly Americans are obligated to purchase their album because it's our patriotic duty to support dissent. Wha???

2. Democrats are truthful, Republicans only know how to lie. Example: Bill Clinton lied to my face in a prime-time, take over the networks, finger-wagging, ostentatious display, not to mention his behavior before and after. But Bush is a LIAR. I've asked a million times: show me where he has lied. SHOW ME!!! The silence is deafening. Taking action on the word of our intelligence folks (not to mention the intelligence that came from the ne'er-do-wrong previous administration), where intelligence is clearly not a science and can be less than accurate, is not akin to lying. So save your "Clinton lied, Hillary cried..." and VRWC crap....

3. War can be good or bad, depending on which letter follows our CIC's name. Example: Bosnia? Good war!!! Iraq? Bad war!!! Where were these lefty, loony, socialist moonbats during our campaign in Kosovo, where we completely shirked the UN and went about it even more "unilaterally" than Iraq? TELL ME!!! Where the hell were you? Where were you when we tossed a couple of cruise missiles over to Sudan in "response" to our embassy bombings? Where were your cries of protest when Billy spoke about the long road ahead in combatting terrorism in 1998 while said cruise missiles were happily on their way to their stated targets? Where were your accusations of fear-mongering then, HUH?

4. The rest of the world hates us when we have a Republican in office, and they love us when a Democrat is there. I have one answer to that: a President (D) is sure to allow political correctness get in the way of what is right. A President (D) cares more about the mood on the Paris and Arab "streets" than the good of his own nation. God forbid we rile up them Parisians! On the other hand, a President (R) will back up the bark with a good bite. A President (R) tends to look past the stinky, hippy protesters at the big picture, in full context, considering the consequences of action vs. the consequences of trying to make everybody feel good with inaction.

5. Bad things happen to America only when a Republican is in office, while all is hunky-dory when the likes of a BJ Clinton are in office. Clinton made us all rich. Bush is killing our economy and putting people on the streets. What these narrow-minded idiots seem to forget is that policy doesn't show its effects for years. Not months, not weeks, YEARS. That house of cards of an economy we built up in the 90's was going to come crashing down no matter who was in office. Sure, these folks would feel warm and fuzzy inside, with the self-esteem they always longed for, if their hero BJ was still in office. But guess what? The economy would still be a mess, we'd likely all be paying MORE taxes, and America would be LESS safe because we would not be following through on annihilating the threat against us. But, hell, at least the short-term gratification of self-love would be in full force for our hairy, smelly hippy friends.

Which brings me to this point, and the thing that Ms. Bernhard said that really chapped my hide. She believes, as many like herself do, that 9/11/01 would NOT have happened under Clinton's watch.

BREATHE....

This is such utterly ignorant, vile tripe, it's hard for me to even understand why any human with half a brain would believe, much less say, such thing. At the heart of this statement is the belief that 9/11 was Bush's fault, or his doing. Honestly, now. Does this idiot believe that those guys planned those attacks over the course of eight months? The idea sprung into their heads at the end of January? They picked their targets, learned how to fly jumbo jets, and organized the near-simultaneous attacks in MONTHS? Not only that, but this also implies that they had no desire to attack America before Bush was sworn in.

We were, in fact, attacked on Clinton's watch. Problem was he did not do enough about it. Case(s) in point: 1993 World Trade Center attack (6 Americans killed); 1993 attack on our troops in Somalia (19 dead); 1995 Riyhad bombing (5 Americans killed); 1996 Dharhan bombing (19 American servicemen killed); 1998 Embassy bombings, Tanzania and Nigeria (12 Americans, 200+ others killed); 2000 bombing of USS Cole in Yemen (17 American sailors killed). If this proves anything, it's that pacifism is a sign of weakness to our enemies-- and those who protest strong action are, indeed, "useful idiots." Ms. Bernhard and her ilk believe that 9/11 would not have happened under Clinton's watch? Who is she kidding? Our enemies were everything BUT afraid of the U.S. under his watch. They knew that they could continue to kick us, they mistook us for Tibet.

Ms. Bernhard is of the opinion that this administration is engaged in fear mongering. Hate to break it to ya, but the sights and sounds of 9/11, plus the attacks listed above, plus the attacks by the same enemies that don't happen to target Americans, have me plenty afraid for the security of this country and democracy in general. If we don't take care of them, we'll lose much more than our beloved servicemen and women and a few bucks. I demand that my government take a stand and do something about it. Bush did not instill this in me. Our complacency did it to me. These enemies of ours want only for us to be afraid-- very afraid. You can go to your little happy, Zen-topia place if you wish, I won't.

If she had half a brain, and any sort of memory, she would recall that Clinton engaged in the same f'ing rhetoric (or, as she calls it, "fear mongering") as our current administration-- he threatened terrorists around the world, he threatened-- and attacked-- Iraq, and he went on about the threat of OBL and his network. The difference? He just talked. He never acted in any meaningful way.

I don't fully blame Clinton for what happened to us, or him or Bush for the state of affairs today. I do, however, think that Bush is doing what is best for our long term future, and he doesn't seem to mind that he might lose popularity points in the process. I didn't even vote for him, much less like him in 2000. Now I have the utmost respect for him. Unlike his predecessor, he doesn't lead according to the latest poll.

It's hard to understand this mentality that is so often on display in these parts, and among the "elite" in Hollywood and academia. Those who complained about "incessant" bashing of Clinton are doing the same, only much worse, to Bush (I don't ever recall pictures of Clinton with a Hitler mustache or swastika on his forehead, just BJ jokes). The same people that whine about crushed dissent shout down those who disagree with them, as if they know some grand truth that the rest of us are completely missing (Sandra's answer to everything? "read Fast Food Nation", as if it's the bible of truth). And the truly ironic thing is that these people who would prefer to sit in a circle and sing kumbaya to make our enemies love us, and tell me I need to seek out spirituality to understand, bash our Christian President for being a "bible-thumper" because he believes in morality, and that there is such a thing as good and evil. I'll take a moral, Christian President over an immoral, laissez-faire cheater any day.

One more thing that I find amazing as far as ignorance and hypocrisy go: Clinton was desperately involved in the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. He wanted more than anything to have "peace" between them as his legacy. He was a staunch supporter of Israel. Many would argue that the Islamists hate us because we support Israel-- we are a Zionist tool. Many criticized Bush for not being involved enough in the Middle East issue, or even in foreign affairs in general, before 9/11. So these enemies of ours wouldn't have attacked under Clinton's watch? Clinton may have been adored by our socialist Euroweenie friends, but the Islamists who are our enemy hated him as much as they hate Bush. It doesn't matter who is in office, they hate all things America, not just our leaders. Difference was that they were not afraid of Clinton at all.

The hypocrisy is astounding. The stupidity is annoying. When will these people grow up? They simply want to sweep reality under the rug so we can all go to that shiny happy place in our drug-induced la-la land. I know what my truth is: my country is good, others want to destroy us. I give the benefit of the doubt to my President, not the tyrannical dictators who would like nothing more than to see us fail. I don't see my country as a threat to world peace, but a beacon of peace, freedom and equality. American might is GOOD for the humankind around the world. Peace through strength is the only true kind of peace (ask nuke-totin' Israel about that...)

I'm glad I have this blog, this has been therapeutic. This morning I wanted to beat the crap out of a hippy. I feel much better now.




Tuesday, September 16, 2003
 
Eight is the magic number....

It's looking more and more likely that my favorite team among teams will return to the playoffs, despite a payroll that would surely make the Yankees fail.

LET'S-GO-OAK-LAND!




 
The snivelling media, part deux

I am laughing my ass off.

The WaPo article I mentioned below, that took VP Cheney's words WAY out of context, was picked up by (none other than) the barking moonbat, Michael Moore! ~gasp!~

Question of the day: If Dick Cheney says that Sept. 11 is "over with now, it's done, it's history and we can put it behind us," then why is Bush citing 9/11 in everything he does?

As usual, he will never allow facts to get the way of his sickening agenda. Who would like to take bets that the stupid, fat, white man will NOT clarify the context of that quote?

I can't understand why people look up to this guy. The only thing I can think of is that so many people are so dang lazy, they just take the word of a raging lunatic as fact, without fact-checking anything themselves. I mean, the Meet the Press transcript is even published in the same paper! Sometimes I wonder.




 
Could it be?

This morning on the Yahoo! home page, there was NOT ONE headline regarding Iraq, Bush, or the Middle East. When was the last time this happened?!




 
The snivelling media

The Washington Post printed an article yesterday regarding Vice President Dick Cheney's interview on Meet the Press. The entire article has a completely whiney tone to it, but it also took something Cheney said totally out of context:

Cheney was less forthcoming when asked about Saudi Arabia's ties to al Qaeda and the Sept. 11 hijackers. "I don't want to speculate," he said, adding that Sept. 11 is "over with now, it's done, it's history and we can put it behind us."

What did he really say?

RUSSERT: There are reports that the investigation Congress did does show a link between the Saudi government and the hijackers, but that it will not be released to the public.

CHENEY: I don't want to speculate on that, Tim, partly because I was involved in reviewing those pages. It was the judgment of our senior intelligence officials, both CIA and FBI, that that material needed to remain classified.

At some point we may be able to declassify it, but there are ongoing investigations that might be affected by that release, and for that reason we kept it classified.

The committee knows what's in there. They helped to prepare it. So it hasn't been kept secret from the Congress, but from the standpoint of our ongoing investigations we needed to do that.

One of the things this points up, that's important for us to understand, there's this great temptation to look at these events as discrete events. We got hit on 9/11, so we can go investigate it. It's over with now. It's done, it's history, and we can put it behind us.

From our perspective, trying to deal with this continuing campaign of terror, if you will, the war on terror that we're engaged in, this is a continuing enterprise. The people that were involved in some of those activities before 9/11 are still out there. We learn more and more as we capture people, detain people, get access to records and so forth that this is a continuing enterprise.

And therefore, we do need to be careful, when we look at things like 9/11, the commission report from 9/11, not to jeopardize our capacity to deal with this threat going forward in the interest of putting out information that's interesting that relates to the period of time before that. These are continuing requirements on our part, and we have to be sensitive to that. [emphasis added]

Sure, they've put forth a "correction", but who the heck reads those? When will journalists start to be at least a little more careful? Did they not have the transcript or video tape of this interview? From the tone of the article, it's quite obvious that they watched the interview with a constant eye-roll.

I'm really tired of the press, to say the least. That's why I read so many blogs. The truth is out there, it's just not coming from our media.




Monday, September 15, 2003
 
Jimmy Cottah -- sit down and shut up!

When will former Presidents learn to just sit down and stay out of current policy issues? Jimmy Carter is proving to be incredibly delusional, and I long for the years when he just kept his mouth shut and built houses. I actually respected him back then.

Apparently the United States is not be "even handed" enough in the Middle East "peace" process, and Israel has "violated" the "road map" with their latest stance on the terrorist Arafat. (How many sneer quotes can we fit in a sentence, you ask? Never enough when talking about this issue.)

Carter Prods Bush on Mideast Peace Plan

In an Associated Press interview 25 years after the Camp David accords, Carter said Israel and the Palestinians had not only abandoned the U.S.-backed road map for peace but had violated it — Israel by threatening the "removal" of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. He suggested the Bush administration was tilted toward Israel.

Funny how he leaves out how the Palis have violently violated the pathetic "road map."

I would argue that it would be morally wrong for us NOT to tilt towards Israel. They are a true friend and the sole democracy in a region that is a terrorist cesspool. The Palestinians, on the other hand, continue to blow up innocent women and children on busses, in cafes, pubs and discos. They preach hate, teach hate to their children, and have done nothing but spit on the so-called Oslo "accords." We now have children born after the Oslo "accords" stating that they want to kill Jews. Could have sworn that those famed accords included something about eliminating the Jew-hatred from the grade school curriculum, but I guess that's just not very important when we're talking about making peace with a neighbor.

I suppose Mr. Carter hasn't been watching much of the news lately, or even paid attention to the rantings of the Palis. He actually refers to the Oslo agreement as "successful and permanent." The coke came out of my nose on that little gem... Is he really that clueless?

Is it me, or are there just too many stoopid people to count lately???




 
Grasping at chads straws

Do the lefty loons of this world really take us all for dimwits? Do they really believe that I cannot figure out how to punch a hole in a card at the polls?

Given their logic and the argument that they are using, perhaps we need to recount the votes from the November 2002 election. After all, we used the outdated punch cards, right? Oh, wait. My polling place used the "fill-in-the-arrow" black marker ballots. I wonder if I was too stupid to use that type, too. After all, I didn't vote for Davis, so that must mean I didn't know how to use the ballot. The correct way to use any ballot is to vote DemocRat. I'm feeling a little disenfranchised -- perhaps my November vote didn't count because I'm too dumb to figure out a friggin' ballot!!!

One question-- if the punch cards have been used for so long, and counties are not mandated to change until March, then why do we have to put off this election? Why is it that what worked in November won't work in October?

Thank goodness we have the ACLU and the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals (once again living up to their reputation as the most overturned federal appeals court in the country!) looking out for me and my total stoopidity. What would I do without them? Oh yes, vote Republican.




 
Fox vs. CNN: Round 1

USA Today has a write up about the Christiane Amanpour/Al Franken/Victoria Clarke interview on CNBC . Read it to see Ms. Amanpour's whining verbatim.

But the best part of it is Fox's answer to her accusations:

Fox News spokeswoman Irena Briganti said of Amanpour's comments: "Given the choice, it's better to be viewed as a foot soldier for Bush than a spokeswoman for al-Qaeda."

Doh! At this time, CNN has no comment. ~cough~




 
Yes on Recall, No on Cruz

What an idiot:

He gave a major speech announcing that he will spearhead the campaign against Proposition 54, the racial-identity initiative. Its a way for him to spend millions he has just raised from Indian casinos in violation of state campaign-contribution limits while continuing to promote himself.

Bustamante will star in the commercials. Its yet another gambit, of course, but arguably legal and what we expect from a career politician handled by Richie Ross, one of the slickest political consultants around. What we dont expect is that Bustamante, a former Assembly speaker, does not know what caused the states record budget crisis. In his speech, he claimed that the power crisis caused the budget crisis.

We had a $10 billion budget surplus and they [power generators] stole it from us, Bustamante declared. Now 50,000 kids cant afford the higher college tuition we have to charge. That is simply flat wrong. The budget crisis was caused by the state spending more money than it was taking in, not by money being stolen from the states general fund by power generators. Thanks to the deregulation scheme that Bustamante co-authored, the generators made off with a lot of money from consumers. But not from the state budget.

After his speech, the Weekly asked Bustamante if he really believed the power crisis caused the budget crisis. He launched into an off-point ramble about the generators manipulating Californias electric-power market. Reminded that that was not the question, Bustamante at first asked the Weekly if we were from California (weve met dozens of times), then offered this: We had to pay substantial amounts of money out of our coffers, in order to be able to pay those electric bills. We had to pay for that. That money came out of the taxpayers.

They gouged us, he said, referring to the generators. They took our money. No matter what you say or how you couch it, those folks took our money. As a result, thats put us in the deficit situation we are in today.

Nope. Wrong answer, Cruz. Not to put too fine a point on it, but the lite guv either is dissembling or just does not know what he is talking about. The power crisis did not cause the budget crisis, as anyone who bothered to read the newspapers during the power crisis knows.

With the utilities essentially insolvent, for a time the state took over the role of buying electric power on the spot market. Fortunately, Gray Davis and other elected officials who do things, such as Treasurer Phil Angelides, realized that the power purchases could create a state budget problem, so they pushed through a plan to sell power bonds, which more than covered the states power purchases, leaving the states general fund intact. Despite what Bustamante quite insistently said, the states power purchases had no effect on the states budget.

It is obvious that Bustamante does not know what caused the state budget crisis, which precipitated the recall election in which he is now participating. He also does not understand the dynamics of the power crisis, merely the seminal event in the unraveling of Gray Davis political standing.

He's pompous and stupid. Asshole.




 
Let's-Go-Oak-Land

I love my A's.

Ten is a magic number...




Sunday, September 14, 2003
 
As if it's not easy enough

So my beloved Governor signed the bill that will make it possible for illegal immigrants to get valid drivers licenses. The supporters of this bill argued that since they drive anyway, we oughta make it legal so they can get insurance. Considering that an estimated 30% of legally licensed California residents drive without insurance, what makes anybody think that illegals will turn around and get insured?

So what this comes down to is a pathetic attempt for Mr. Davis to get the votes of the Latino community in his desperate bid to keep his seat as CA Governor. To hell with all of us legal Californians. Apparently our security and safety matter not. This will not result in insured illegal residents. It will, however, completely turn our driver's license into a useless piece of plastic. This is the document I use for financial transactions, employment, identification at airports (you know, the launching pad for the attacks on 9/11?), and numerous other things that require proof of identity. So now illegals will be able to get on an airplane, open bank accounts, rent cars.... I'm sorry, but how does this help the greater good of California?

Apparently it's already fairly easy to get licenses using phony identities, and then use them to do unsavory things, such as purchase firearms. Why must we make it any easier for people to get one? Specifically illegals? These are people who are obviously not beholden to the law of the land by virtue of being in a country illegally, so what makes anybody think they will obey our laws once they get a license?

Davis signed the bill before hundreds of cheering supporters in Los Angeles. The predominantly Hispanic crowd waved flags, mostly U.S. but also those of Mexico and various Central American countries. Hispanics account for about 16 percent of California's registered voters.

"If you are going to contribute to our economy, you have the right to drive to work," Davis said afterward. "Everyone benefits by having drivers on the road who know the rules of the road and presumably be a safer driver."

"I think we have to be honest about our dependency on people to do jobs Americans will not," Davis said earlier.

To that I say: kiss my grits, Gray. This is not a step we should be taking while we are fighting violent foreign elements that want to kill us. Why is the obvious so lost on people?

Then we have the Democrat's sole candidate to replace Gray Davis. This guy annoys me to no end, and scares me even more. Somehow he cannot make the distinction between immigration and illegal immigration. Ask him anything about policy regarding illegal immigrants and he responds with a snarky question (paraphrase): "Have YOU ever picked oranges in the fields? I have. I've picked cotton and peaches." Uh, what the hell does that have to do with anything? He comes off as a total ass with these snappy answers, as if fruit pickers somehow work harder than anybody else in California. What a pompous asshole.

He also wants to grant amnesty to the millions of illegal immigrants in this state. Lovely. What kind of message does that send to the folks who came here legally and work with the system, not against it, to stay? What does it say about our immigration laws? That they are garbage? They don't matter? He says he represents the little guy. The only one he represents is the Latino. He sits there in his ivory tower and says that an immigrant who came with nothing but the shirt on his back, learned the language, and cashed in on the American dream doesn't understand the plight of immigrants. Arnold knows more about it than Cruz could ever hope, but apparently immigrants only matter when they are here illegally from Mexico. He doesn't care about immigrants. He cares about the Latino vote, even if it means selling the rest of us down the river. Again, he's a pompous asshole. I cannot express how much this guy annoys me and gives me the heebie-jeebies. I'm not kidding-- he turns my stomach.

Like I said before, these idiots just want to legitimize the illegitimate. It's disgusting and it's scary as hell. God help us if Cruz becomes our next Governor.




 
That's entertainment

CNBC is airing a program right now with Christiane Amanpour, Al Franken, and Victoria Clarke. They are talking about Iraq. Oy vey.

Christiane Amanpour is a loon. She has just revealed that she was intimidated by the administration and its "foot soldiers" at Fox News (?!) into basically scrubbing her reports from Iraq during the war. Interesting that a veteran reporter who seems to be pretty well respected would be "intdimidated" into reporting something in a way she doesn't want to. Usually reporters of her "caliber" have a semi-free pass. Not to mention that this alleged intimidation doesn't seem to stop the rest of her network from reporting the news as they seem fit. What a sissy.

Al Franken is just a freak. Since when is he considered a political guru? Holy cow. The only thing he seems to spew is his hatred of Fox News and Bill O'Reilly. He has revealed that Brit Hume inaccurately informed us that more people were killed in California over the past 5 months than Iraq-- so Californians are more likely to be killed than our soldiers in Iraq. Oh, and Al is going to take that tidbit from Brit Hume to the soldiers on his next USO tour, because apparently the soldiers will find that funny (suppose he's too stupid to realize that our armed forces actually like Bush and Fox News. Strange how that works). Take that, Brit!

Victoria Clarke was her same self. She seems out of place with these people, speaking of facts and keeping emotion out of her points. It was pretty comical to see her sandwiched between these two loons. She must have been asking God what she did to land herself in that lovely position...

I wonder why people are so annoyed by Fox... could it be because they report the news a little differently than other networks on the air? Sheesh, I can't stand CNN, therefore I don't tune it. Isn't that the way it's supposed to work? If only Al realized that he is just giving them more free press. And if Christiane only realized that she just sounded like sour grapes... Rupert Murdoch is certainly smiling somewhere tonight.




Friday, September 12, 2003
 
Thoughts

Yesterday was an eye-opener. When I put my flag out in the morning, I became much more emotional than I ever thought I would. The memories of two years ago are so fresh and vivid, it feels like yesterday. The fire station down the street had flowers, a candle, flags left on the front lawn by neighbors who wanted to acknowledge their fallen brothers-in-arms. Their flag was at half-staff. The flag at work was at half-staff.

Then everything seemed "normal". What exactly is normal, anyway? My co-workers were going about their business, doing their jobs, preparing for a big conference next week. Nobody talked about it. For me, there was a big pink elephant in the room, and I couldn't ignore it.

So I went online. There were some wonderful tributes to the day, by people who still feel connected to it. Some were simple, some were the most eloquent expressions I've ever seen. The news covered the memorial services at the three sites of carnage. The children had me in tears. I took in as much as possible. I stared at the pictures, tried to find the most disturbing so I could remember. I looked for the jumpers and the towers exploding. Every time I see a jumper, I face my own mortality. What would I have done? What happens in the mind when you are faced with death by fire or jumping 1000+ feet to your death? At what point would I want to just get it over with?

I wanted to remember, and found out that I have never forgotten. Every day, 9/11/01 enters my mind. Every day. Every day I watch the news and see our brave soldiers fighting the barbarians who brought this to us and it reminds me. Every time I see a firefighter or police officer, it reminds me. Every single time my brethren are viciously attacked overseas, it reminds me. Everything reminds me. My world was rocked off its axis two years ago yesterday, and I'll never be the same. It changed me in so many ways, ways I can't even describe.

And then I saw how so many Americans dealt with the day yesterday. I am not one to criticize how people react to devastation and tragedy. I do, however, question those who took yesterday as an opportunity to politick. Among the articles about the memorials and victims were articles about how America has "squandered" the sympathy we garnered that day. You know what? I don't give a flying f-ck who sympathizes and who doesn't. It didn't happen on France's shores, or in Australia's sovereign territory. It happened HERE. When it happens on your shores, you are more than welcome to appease the murderers. You are more than welcome to continue to host their Magnificent 19 celebrations. You are more than welcome to excuse their hatred and look inward for the reasons they hate you. I won't do that. America should not do that. I also won't take the day to reflect on the mistakes that America has made-- it's not the time. 9/11 belongs to those who died two years ago.

Every day since the tragic day, I have thanked God we have a leader who is willing to punch back and engage in aggressive rhetoric against our enemies. This isn't just a ground war, it is a PR war. Yet so many among us accuse our leader of politicking on the day our nation mourns. They criticize him for speaking about the war against terrorists on the anniversary of the day the war was declared on us. Is it inappropriate to speak of the course we are taking to ensure it never happens again? I think not. The President of the United States, whoever he is at any given moment, is the figurehead of this nation. He is our Prime Minister. Yesterday, he was our Prime Minister. Today he is our Commander in Chief. We have an enemy, the likes of which we've never seen before. I pray every day that we stay the course, undaunted by political correctness and the threats of dead terrorists (OBL is DEAD), unaffected by the pacifists who have smoked too much weed and somehow believe that Peace on Earth is possible among humankind.

There will never be such thing as Peace on Earth as long as humans exists. We'll have days of relative calm, but never true and lasting peace. That's why we need to remain vigilant. The only way to achieve peace is through unrelenting strength of will. When the pacifists win, we'll all lose. If we let petty partisanship get in the way of business, that will be the end of us. They knew we were sleeping on that day two years ago. We can never go to sleep again. Those who deny that we have an enemy are denying that big elephant in the room.

I believe in America more than those murderous bastards believed in Islam. I hold my constitution closer to my heart than those religious fanatics hold their Koran to theirs. I love life more than they embrace death. They will never defeat me, even if they kill me. As long as I live, I will hold my government responsible for protecting me and my family-- that is their job. As long as I live, I'm ready to fight for what is right and good. To hell with those who want to see us fail for their gain. And to hell with those who would rather fly the world flag in unity with our enemies instead of the flag of our land. I will never be ashamed to be American, and nobody can make me ashamed.

My flag will always be the Stars and Stripes, through the good and the bad, our mistakes, tragedies and triumphs. We will win this war-- we MUST win this war. And we can never, ever forget. I'll never forget, and I'll never get over it. I'm still as sad today as I was two years ago, only now I'm much more angry. I won't be satisfied until justice is done for every one of those victims. It's going to take time, and I'm more than patient.

God bless the victims of 9/11/01, and God bless America.




Thursday, September 11, 2003
 
NEVER FORGET

9/11/01



Tuesday, September 09, 2003
 
AGAIN

Two Killed in Blast at Jerusalem Cafe

And in typical disgusting journalistic fashion, the Palestinian terrorist attack earlier today is still being reported in the passive voice, with no attribution to those responsible:

Explosion in Central Israel Kills 8




 
Not much to say

Every time this happens, I have fewer and fewer words.

So I'll just let one of our great poets do the talking. Written in 1983, the words still ring true in 2003.

Well, the neighborhood bully, he's just one man,
His enemies say he's on their land.
They got him outnumbered about a million to one,
He got no place to escape to, no place to run.
He's the neighborhood bully.

The neighborhood bully just lives to survive,
He's criticized and condemned for being alive.
He's not supposed to fight back, he's supposed to have thick skin,
He's supposed to lay down and die when his door is kicked in.
He's the neighborhood bully.

The neighborhood bully been driven out of every land,
He's wandered the earth an exiled man.
Seen his family scattered, his people hounded and torn,
He's always on trial for just being born.
He's the neighborhood bully.

Well, he knocked out a lynch mob, he was criticized,
Old women condemned him, said he should apologize.
Then he destroyed a bomb factory, nobody was glad.
The bombs were meant for him.
He was supposed to feel bad.
He's the neighborhood bully.

Well, the chances are against it and the odds are slim
That he'll live by the rules that the world makes for him,
'Cause there's a noose at his neck and a gun at his back
And a license to kill him is given out to every maniac.
He's the neighborhood bully.

He got no allies to really speak of.
What he gets he must pay for, he don't get it out of love.
He buys obsolete weapons and he won't be denied
But no one sends flesh and blood to fight by his side.
He's the neighborhood bully.

Well, he's surrounded by pacifists who all want peace,
They pray for it nightly that the bloodshed must cease.
Now, they wouldn't hurt a fly.
To hurt one they would weep.
They lay and they wait for this bully to fall asleep.
He's the neighborhood bully.

Every empire that's enslaved him is gone,
Egypt and Rome, even the great Babylon.
He's made a garden of paradise in the desert sand,
In bed with nobody, under no one's command.
He's the neighborhood bully.

Now his holiest books have been trampled upon,
No contract he signed was worth what it was written on.
He took the crumbs of the world and he turned it into wealth,
Took sickness and disease and he turned it into health.
He's the neighborhood bully.

What's anybody indebted to him for?
Nothin', they say.
He just likes to cause war.
Pride and prejudice and superstition indeed,
They wait for this bully like a dog waits to feed.
He's the neighborhood bully.

What has he done to wear so many scars?
Does he change the course of rivers?
Does he pollute the moon and stars?
Neighborhood bully, standing on the hill,
Running out the clock, time standing still,
Neighborhood bully.

- Bob Dylan




Monday, September 08, 2003
 
R.I.P.

Last of Fallen 9/11 Firefighters Mourned




 
click click click

Last night, my husband woke me up when he got up and left our room with the big mag-lite I keep between the bed and night stand (used to have a wood bat, but changed to the dual-use bludgeoning tool instead). He said he heard something. For some reason, that didn't bother me.

A couple hours later (it's now sometime after 3:00am, I think) I wake up to clicking noises, almost sounds like somebody is messing with a door or a window, or tapping on our skylight. This also wakes Jim up. We get up to figure out where the sound is coming from. It's definitely coming from above. It sounds like something is digging at a wood beam, and at one point it sounded like it was messing with something metallic. Very strange. We concluded that there is probably a rat in our attic. Blech!

Not long after, a similar noise traveled across our ceiling, got to the edge and stopped (did it jump? did it go to sleep in the gutter? or did it fly away?) Now we think there may be a bird nesting under the roof tiles.

When we get home this evening, we're going to have to investigate the roof tile theory. Otherwise, I'm calling the exterminator-- I will NOT go into the attic to meet a filthy, diseased rat. But Jim can. :-)

Also on the domestic front: the tomatoes are RED!!! I'm so excited, I thought it would never happen. Hopefully when we pick them, the others will grow a little faster. The first ones that emerged are very large, and the subsequent ones are medium to small. Seems like the elders are hogging all the resources. The basil is still getting bigger (it's beautiful purple and green), the mint is quite the weed, and the lemons are turning yellow. The oranges are very tiny and green ~sigh~.

And now back to our regular opinionated broadcast....




Sunday, September 07, 2003
 
Amen
For a generation leading up to September the 11th, 2001, terrorists and their radical allies attacked innocent people in the Middle East and beyond, without facing a sustained and serious response. The terrorists became convinced that free nations were decadent and weak. And they grew bolder, believing that history was on their side. Since America put out the fires of September the 11th, and mourned our dead, and went to war, history has taken a different turn. We have carried the fight to the enemy. We are rolling back the terrorist threat to civilization, not on the fringes of its influence, but at the heart of its power.

...

And for America, there will be no going back to the era before September the 11th, 2001 -- to false comfort in a dangerous world. We have learned that terrorist attacks are not caused by the use of strength; they are invited by the perception of weakness. And the surest way to avoid attacks on our own people is to engage the enemy where he lives and plans. We are fighting that enemy in Iraq and Afghanistan today so that we do not meet him again on our own streets, in our own cities.

Transcript




 
NFL Thuggery, part 5,438

The NFL really is a pit for a bunch of obnoxious thugs who are held up as role models to kids-- role models for murder, domestic violence, drug use, and all-around bad behavior.

I have to ask-- why the hell is Bill Romanowski playing football tonight? Just two weeks ago, he seriously injured a teammate in a brawl during practice. This injury has put this player's career in jeopardy, and the incident is just the latest in a long string of bad behavior on Romanowski's part.

This is the kind of thing that turns me off to the NFL lately. For some reason, discipline does not exist, and winning counts for more than holding players accountable for their atrocious behavior. The sad part is that the total lack of a "punishment that fits the crime" shows which player the Raiders find more valuable. The injured was expendable.

After the incident, the coach said the following:

"It doesn't matter who it is," Callahan said. "When it gets to that severity, I'm going to level a discipline. It goes beyond the game. Once it's beyond the respect and dignity of a player, it's a tragedy."

He was suspended for ONE PRACTICE. So tell me, coach, why is Romanowski playing tonight?




 
Embarrassment to the uniform

This guy irked me before, when this story first made the news. Now he has been tried and convicted in a court martial. For some reason, he's been found innocent of the desertion charge, and guilty of the unauthorized absence charge.

What angers me so much is that we now have people voluntarily joining the military for totally misguided reasons, expecting a free ride for four years, then shrieking their anti-war stance when ~gasp~ they are asked-- no, ordered-- to fulfill the duties for which they enlisted. This guy is pathetic, should have been convicted of desertion, and should get more time in jail for wasting everybody's time and taxpayer dollars. He should also return all of his military pay, as he did absolutely NOTHING to earn it.

The term "conscientious objector" should be removed the American military lexicon, until serving in the U.S. armed forces becomes compulsory. When one volunteers for service, it's a well known fact that you might be called to fight a war that you do not agree with. That's part of the deal. If he was truly a "conscientious objector," he never would have enlisted-- especially in the USMC. He should have gotten a clue during boot camp. It's kind of indicative of his intelligence level...

Conscientious Objector Found Guilty of Unauthorized Absence

Supporters of Funk claim the military court wanted to make example of him because he's been vocal about his opposition to the war in Iraq.

Jeff Patterson is a former Marine and supporter and was in the courtroom for the verdict.

"Well these people felt that they needed to send a message, espcially at a time when our president has declared a war without end that reservists should think twice about following their conscience, objecting to any upcoming wars and they should do what the military tells them to do," Patterson told KCBS. [emphasis added]

This guy and his little supporter are an embarrassment to the US Armed Forces. Where do they get off thinking that they can join the military, NOT do their jobs, and then NOT pay the consequences? Where did they get the crazy idea that by joining the military, they'd get to pick and choose the conflicts in which they'd get to fight, or not fight?

I just have to say "ugh".




Friday, September 05, 2003
 
Interview update

Wow, Vinny and Chet are star students, finishing their interviews in record time.

Gotta say, their answers were mighty fine-- be sure to check them out. As far as softballs go, you don't throw softballs to big-leaguers! Thanks again for playing-- you guys rock!

And on that note, I'm off to Tucson for the weekend. Y'all have a good one, ya hear?




Thursday, September 04, 2003
 
The interview

Last week Mad Mikey blog-interviewed Cait, Scroff/Ruthie and me. For our participation, we agreed to interview two or three additional bloggers. Vinny and Chet have graciously volunteered to play the game (Raphy, feel free to humor me!)

So, gentlemen, here are your interview questions. The deal is that you have to answer these questions on your blog, then recruit two or three (or four) more victims for whom you will write five new questions. Then they'll have to do the same, and the chain lives on. Ready?

1. A perfect day in the life of [fill in your name here] would go like this:"

2. In five words or less, describe the United States. You can use 5 adjectives/nouns/verbs or a sentence of up to 5 words.

3. You have the power to appoint our President. Who will you choose and why?

4. The greatest leader to ever grace planet Earth was....

5. What is your favorite cartoon of all time?

Looking forward to seeing your answers. And thanks for playing!




 
La grande bouche! (or is it bouche grande?)

Johnny Depp. I can't believe I'm writing this post.... He had to open his mouth. It's too bad he was blessed with good looks and a little talent for pretending to be who he is not.

BERLIN - Actor Johnny Depp likened the United States to a "dumb puppy that has big teeth" in an interview published Wednesday, ridiculing Washington's confrontation with France, where he lives, over the war in Iraq.

The "Pirates of the Caribbean" star — who spends much of his time in the south of France with his companion, Vanessa Paradis, and their two children — told the German magazine Stern he couldn't see himself paying more than short visits to his Los Angeles residence in the present political climate.

"America is dumb, is something like a dumb puppy that has big teeth — that can bite and hurt you, aggressive," Depp was quoted as saying.

...

[Regarding "Freedom Fries"] "Nothing made me happier than when I read that — grown men and grown women in positions of power in the United States government," Depp said. "I was ecstatic because they revealed themselves as idiots."

Depp said he wanted his two children, ages 1 and 4, to experience the United States "like it's a kind a toy — a broken toy maybe. Investigate a little bit, check it out, get this feeling and then get out."

There's nothing like an "American" going overseas and lavishing praise on his birth country. I suppose he has forgotten that his bastard children would be speaking German if not for the aggressions of the United States. I suppose that he is unaware that France can continue to pour billions of dollars into their revered social programs because they don't have a defense budget to think of-- because the doggy US has got their backs. And I suppose that by bashing the whole of America due to his hatred of one man and his desire to be adored by Euroweenies, he's being totally honest? How sad for his kids that he is taking away what could have been a great gift.

If he wants to live in a country that is something like a dumb puppy that keeps sniffing the bigger dog's butts, then go right ahead. And the dumb pups here will continue to line his wallet with millions of dollars so he can sit under his parasol in southern France and think about how broken the US is. As long as he can stay on the American gravy train, maybe he'll stay in France. They probably adore him there.

Woof!




 
Big news!

Poll: European Support for U.S. Fading

BRUSSELS, Belgium - After the Iraq war, support for U.S. global leadership has faded badly in European nations, most dramatically in Germany and France which strenuously opposed the war, according to a survey released Thursday.

And in our other top stories, scientists have discovered that water is wet.




 
The VRWC

When will the Dems stop blaming their miserable performance on those dirty little Republicans? It's really sad, and Davis should have stopped at "I UNDERSTAND I'M THE BRUNT OF THEIR CONCERN":

Dan Borenstein: GOVERNOR YOU RECENTLY SAID "WHAT IS HAPPENING HERE IS PART OF AN ONGOING NATIONAL EFFORT TO STEAL ELECTIONS REPUBLICANS CANNOT WIN." BUT LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR BUSTAMANTE SAYS THAT VOTERS WHO SIGNED THE RECALL PETITION WERE "SENDING A REAL STRONG MESSAGE TO THE PEOPLE IN THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA, ESPECIALLY ITS LEADERSHIP IN SACRAMENTO."

GOVERNOR, WAS THERE A MESSAGE AND, IF SO, WHAT WAS IT?

Davis: THERE IS NO QUESTION THERE WAS A MESSAGE AND THE MESSAGE WAS THAT PEOPLE ARE ANGRY. I UNDERSTAND THEIR LIVES ARE NOT GOING AS WELL AS THEY WERE A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO AND I UNDERSTAND I'M THE BRUNT OF THEIR CONCERN.

BUT I DO BELIEVE THAT AT THE HEART OF THIS, IN THE BEGINNING, WERE A GROUP OF REPUBLICANS THAT WERE UPSET THEY COULD NOT WIN LAST NOVEMBER'S ELECTION. THEY DID TRY TO DO WHAT THEY'VE DONE TO PRESIDENT CLINTON, TO TRY TO IMPEACH HIM IN 1998 AFTER THEY COULD NOT DEFEAT HIM IN '96.

THEY DID IT IN FLORIDA WHERE AL GORE GOT MORE VOTES ANYWAY, IT LOOKED LIKE HE MIGHT WIN THE PRESIDENCY, THEY STOPPED THE VOTE COUNT THERE. [uh, independent recount after independent recount of ALL votes in Florida, including the absentee votes from our armed forces overseas that Gore wanted to throw out, show that the man sitting in the White House is the one who won the election. When will they get over that???]

NOW WE WON IN NOVEMBER AND THEY WANTED TO HAVE A DO-OVER, BE LIKE THE OAKLAND RAIDERS SAYING TO TAMPA BAY, WE KNOW THAT YOU BEAT US THE FIRST TIME, BUT WE WANT TO PLAY THE SUPER BOWL AGAIN.

SO THAT EFFORT BY REPUBLICANS GOT THE BALL ROLLING. BUT THEY DID TAP IN TO SOME GENUINE ANGER THAT I RECOGNIZE. THAT IS WHY I'M FIGHTING HARD TO REFORM THE WORKERS' COMPENSATION, IMPROVE STEM CELL RESEARCH AND EXPAND HMO REFORM. [emphasis and note added]

And then there was this gem:

THE REPUBLICANS TOOK THIS POSITION: THEY WOULD NOT RAISE TAXES AT ALL COST. THEY WOULD RATHER SHOOT THEIR MOTHER THAN INCREASE ANY TAXES.

I SAY THAT FIGURATIVELY. BUT THERE WAS NO CIRCUMSTANCES UNDER WHICH THEY WOULD RAISE TAXES, EVEN THOUGH THEY DID IT, $7 BILLION FOR GOVERNOR WILSON.

Well, now that we got that cleared up.... there is one thing that I have to bring up with my favorite Democrat candidate. I always love it when people say "I would have done XYZ if I was governor." Hindsight-- it's great, no? Well, apparently he would have beaten down the energy companies in 1999/2000:

Asked how he would distinguish himself from Davis, Bustamante cited a point in the electricity crisis of 2001 when the state's major utilities said they would turn off the lights if Sacramento would not approve rate increases. "I think I'd have called their bluff," he said.

Asked after the debate about Bustamante's comment, Davis said: "Let me tell you why I didn't — because we have about 500,000 people in this state that are hooked up to some life-saving machine at home — an iron lung, a dialysis machine — and we don't have their addresses. So if you call their bluff and the lights go out you're going to find some dead people on your hands.

"I'm not going to play Russian roulette with the people of this state," he said.

Wouldn't it have been amusing if Bustamante was the governor at the time and "called their bluff"? Those evil energy companies (at least they're close to evil) probably would have made the situation even worse than it already was, creating more blackouts and problems for our state. At the time, they were in the driver's seat-- Enron was flying high, and the energy companies were the darlings of Wall Street. It's easy to look back and say you would have called them on it, but were they really bluffing? I don't think it's that simple, and for once I agree with Davis: the Governor should not be playing Russian Roulette with Californians. I'd rather pay higher rates (gag) than deal with the consequences of even more blackouts and the possibility of arriving to a point where all negotiating leverage is gone.

Another reason to not vote for Bustamante.

Transcripts from yesterday's debate can be found here.




Wednesday, September 03, 2003
 
Gray Davis wisdom

At the debate today, Gray Davis got the first 1/2 hour to answer questions and do his political schpeel. Of course, he blamed all his problems on those vicious Republicans who have a habit of "stealing" elections and booting elected officials. His rant was so pathetic and old, I only became more annoyed with him than I already was. When the quotes end up on the web, I'll post them here. We all need a good laugh, right?




 
Come on in! Everybody is welcome in the PRK

Words cannot describe how I feel about the misguided decision of my state's legislature to allow illegals to get CA drivers licenses. This makes no sense-- it simply legitimizes the illegitimate. And, as Tom McClintock said today, it seriously undermines any efforts to enforce our immigration laws. These legistators are a bunch of buffoons, and we need to remember this come election time. Don't forget the deeds of the Democratic party, under serious scrutiny due to the recall election. They will forever rely on "minorities" and "racism" to get their votes. Pathetic. This isn't about racism-- it's about obeying our immigration laws, and keeping our population safe. This is especially significant in light of terrorist aspirations these days. I guess political aspirations will make one blind to cold-hard reality.

I feel the same way about this as I did when a certain "Muslim" wanted to have her license picture taken with her face covered. The point of a driver's license, besides determining your ability to drive, is that it's a very important form of identification. If you can't meet the minimum requirements, then you don't get one. Establishing identity is one requirement. Legitimate residency is another. Don't got 'em? Then you don't get the priviledge to drive. Simple as that. Coming to this country is a priviledge, not a right. Illegal status in this country does not allow for the same rights that we legals get. I'm sick and tired of the old argument, "but what about their rights???" My constitution does not protect Mexicans. Sorry, write your own freakin' constitution!

The worst part of this debacle is that this bill is more extreme than previous bills that have been debated in the state Congress, and vetoed by Davis. For some CRAZY reason, they've removed all requirements for fingerprints (hello!). The funny thing is that certain Assembly-folk believe that fingerprinting has a "big brother" quality to it. So why do I have give up my fingerprint? Why are the sensitivities of an illegal minority taken into consideration when doling out undeserved priviledges to them? There is a common-sense reason behind fingerprints-- it's called identity confirmation. Apparently the identity of illegals needn't be confirmed. Come on over, terrorists! You can get a bona-fide piece of identification, and you don't have to be identified! Way to go, dumb, dumb, dummies.

Cleary, this is a stunt to get the Latin vote on October 7. Gray Davis had turned 180 degrees in no time flat. He is a pathetic human being.

Mad Mikey covers the bases on this issue, and I agree with everything he says. Especially the importance of getting out to vote and telling your "representative" how you feel about their stupidity. The drivers license graphic on the post is especially .... telling.

By the way, at the bottom of the article linked above is the voting roll call (you can log into the LA Times using "anonymous" as your user name and password. sshh! Don't tell anyone). You can also find out how your legislator voted at the California Legislative Information website.




 
What about all the others?

With all due respect, what is the big freakin' deal about Jessica Lynch? Here you have somebody who joined the military for misguided reasons, supposedly cannot remember much about what happened, and is party to an incident around which there are many unanswered questions.

Why, then, is she of such interest that a book will be written about her life (in SIX weeks!), which comes with a fat paycheck? Won't people question author Rick Bragg's tendency to embellish stories? I'd rather hear about the lives of those who made the ultimate sacrifice, or the soldiers of the 507th who were POWs until after the war ended, freed only when we had Saddam's cronies on the run. What about the rest of the soldiers who were injured in combat, the soldiers who joined the military for the sole purpose of serving their country? I'd like to hear more about the servicemen who fought and died with a green card, and were buried, with honors, as Americans.

I don't understand, I don't think it's right, and I won't buy the book. I have no interest in her life and her story. I'm grateful for her service, as I'm grateful to the hundreds of thousands of Americans who dedicate their lives every day to this country. I'll just leave it at that. With all due respect.




 
The circus that is my state

Lord help us if Cruz Bustamante is elected governor. This guy is really scary.

Five of the top six candidates participated in a debate today. One of the people in the audience asked Bustamante if he believes whether there are any programs in California that illegals should NOT be eligible for-- after the state Senate voted to allow illegalimmigrants to get CA drivers licenses. He did a pathetic song and dance-- "immigrants work hard, they are part of our families, they do the jobs Americans don't want to do, I used to pick cotton...." the moderator had to ask him to answer the question. He simply said that clearly there are programs that illegals shouldn't be eligible for, and gave no specifics. And it seemed like he wanted to call the guy who asked the question a racist. He'll truly work for a few special interests (Mexican immigrants, Indian tribes) and his political-speak sounds all too familiar.

Tom McClintock and Peter Ueberroth seemed to be the most consistent and made the most sense. McClintock spoke with ease and confidence, and he came off as man who knew what he was talking about and is firm in his beliefs. I don't think he would be one to be swayed by polls (he even expressed his support for Prop 215, which legalized medicinal marijuana. Doh!) He is a true conservative. Peter Ueberroth also seemed confident, didn't speak politi-speak, and is the most "independent" of the bunch. His focus is on the financial crisis this state is facing. His goal is to fix it-- no more, no less.

I wish Schwarzenegger would drop out. Seriously. His absence at this debate spoke volumes about his qualifications, and he honestly would have completely fumbled. He needs to move aside. He never should have entered, and his presence could result in Bustamante ending up in the Governor's mansion. Speak on issues, Arnie.

Arianna Huffington is just a clown. She came out swinging at Bustamante, as they are fighting for the same group of voters. She is a Democrat in "independent" clothes. She was actually comical. It's hard to take her seriously. Comejo is a freak. There's just no way in hell this guy should hold any high office, he's way too extreme, imho.

At this point, I have no idea who I'll vote for. I said before, I'd rather keep Davis in office than have Bustamante take over. The Repblicans need to unify behind one candidate, and Arnold will probably lose in poll numbers after his no-show. I hope his ego will allow him to move aside for the sake of all of us. If we're lucky, McClintock or Ueberroth will be our next Governor. I won't hold my breath, and I'm envisioning three more years of pathetic leadership and deepening crisis. But, hey, this is California. We're used to being the laughing stock of the country.




 
I throw softballs

Is Vinny the only one brave enough to answer my wimpy questions?

C'MON, PEOPLE! Don't make me beg....

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