August 12, 2006

In the wake of this weeks terror arrests.

Republicans and Democrats came out immediately and tried to take political advantage.

I wish they both had spent as much effort trying to let the people understand the nature of the enemy as they had trying to take political advantage.

You see in the wake of a terrorist plot partisan politicians tried to blame each other rather than the terrorists themselves.

To me that seems like wasted energy, and the primary reason so many Americans hate everything political.

Who Said That?

A. "Those who are willing to sacrifice liberty for security do not deserve either."

B. "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing."

C. "More than an end to war, we want an end to the beginnings of all wars."

D. "Everyone wants to change humanity, but nobody wants to change himself."

E. "We are going to have peace even if we have to fight for it. "

F. "Without victory, there is no survival."

G. "Only the dead have seen the end of war."

H. "Rarely is the question asked: Is our children learning?"

That should keep ya'll busy for a little while.

I wonder if Amy will nail all of these too?"

A picture tells...

The hero of the environment a hypocrite?


Say it ain't so...

Excerpts.
  • Gore's home in Carthage is sitting on a zinc mine. Gore receives $20,000 a year in royalties from Pasminco Zinc, which operates a zinc concession on his property. Tennessee has cited the company for adding large quantities of barium, iron and zinc to the nearby Caney Fork River.
  • For someone who says the sky is falling, he does very little. He says he recycles and drives a hybrid. And he claims he uses renewable energy credits to offset the pollution he produces when using a private jet to promote his film. (In reality, Paramount Classics, the film's distributor, pays this.)
  • In the Washington, D.C., area, utility companies offer wind energy as an alternative to traditional energy. In Nashville, similar programs exist. Utility customers must simply pay a few extra pennies per kilowatt hour, and they can continue living their carbon-neutral lifestyles knowing that they are supporting wind energy. Plenty of businesses and institutions have signed up. Even the Bush administration is using green energy for some federal office buildings, as are thousands of area residents.
    But according to public records, there is no evidence that Gore has signed up to use green energy in either of his large residences. When contacted Wednesday, Gore's office confirmed as much but said the Gores were looking into making the switch at both homes.

Read the whole thing. It would seem Al Gore is all about do as I say, not as I do.

Things you should probably know but don't

There are no clocks in Las Vegas casinos.

Dear God

August 11, 2006

$12 million for winning a card game,


I'm in the wrong business.

In the spirit of posting cool looking cars.


Check out the latest BMW concept.

Is it me?


Or is the new Camaro smiling?

Pettit sale overlooked possible buyers

State didn't make a list of investors before sale of center to non-profit

By DON WALKERdwalker@journalsentinel.com

Posted: Aug. 10, 2006
State officials never followed up when their real estate consultant proposed putting together a list of five investors interested in buying the Pettit National Ice Center.


If they had, the consultant, Equis Corp., likely would have come up with the name of Rink Management Services Corp., which calls itself the nation's largest operator of ice skating facilities in the country.

Tom Hillgrove, president of the company, said Thursday that he would have been interested in bidding on a proposal to operate the Pettit Center, or that he would have put in a bid to buy it outright. The firm operates 22 other ice rinks in the country.

Hillgrove said his company had previously inquired about operating the Pettit Center several years ago, but nothing came of the overture.

But Rink Management was not called. Instead on Wednesday, the state Building Commission voted to sell the financially troubled ice center to the non-profit group that had been running it since it opened in 1992.

Ok, the obvious question is how much did these guys donate to Jim Doyle to get a no-bid deal?

August 10, 2006

Send in the clowns....

Go check out the Kosites if you can stand it. The big theory of the day is the terror plot was staged and timed for political advantage.

These idiots really are devoid in undestanding that not everything is the fault of Bush.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2006/8/10/202316/251

Muslims slam Bush term "Islamic fascists"

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -

U.S. Muslim groups criticized President George W. Bush on Thursday for calling a foiled plot to blow up airplanes part of a "war with Islamic fascists," saying the term could inflame anti-Muslim tensions.

U.S. officials have said the plot, thwarted by Britain, to blow up several aircraft over the Atlantic bore many of the hallmarks of al Qaeda.

"We believe this is an ill-advised term and we believe that it is counter-productive to associate Islam or Muslims with fascism," said Nihad Awad, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations advocacy group.

"We ought to take advantage of these incidents to make sure that we do not start a religious war against Islam and Muslims," he told a news conference in Washington.

"We urge him (Bush) and we urge other public officials to restrain themselves."

I have some advice for these U.S. Muslim groups.

Instead of being critical of the President's language, why don't you direct your outrage towards those who are continuing to plan and atempt to put into place terrorists plots.

The groups are nothing more than apologists for the terrorists. Me thinks they doth protest too little in one area and too much in another.

Frankly I don't care how you feel about language while other Muslims are trying to kill me.

Why do I find this so funny? Because RUSD is a joke.

BREAKING NEWS: Unified's no-soda plans run into a problem -- the soda contract

By Brent KillackeyJournal TimesWhen Racine Unified students head back to school on Sept. 1, vending machines will still be stocked with soda beverages despite School Board approval of a wellness policy that calls solely for water, juice and milk sales before or during the school day.

A new no-soda policy was approved by the board in late July, but everything appears on hold after the district’s new financial consultants identfied contractual and financial implications involving the district’s contract with local bottler Pepsi Americas.

Racine Unified has a 10-year vending contract, signed in July 2000, with Pepsi-Cola General Bottlers. The contract gives Unified the ability to control the mix of beverages within the Pepsi corporate family, which includes Tropicana and Dole juices.

“Yes, we do have some control over the mix, however, there’s a financial consequence to changing that mix,” Alioto said.Pepsi paid an exclusivity fee to Unified that was based on the current mix of beverages — changes to the mix opens up changes in the contract and possible return of some of that fee, Alioto said.

Bucher, Van Hollen Debate

Charlie Sykes is hosting Paul Bucher & JB Van Hollen for a debate right now.

As I'm listening Bucher sounds desperate.

For a long time I have felt momentum was moving towards Van Hollen, this kind of confirms it.

In my opinion both of these guys are light years ahead of the Democratic candidates and I will support whichever comes out of the primary next month.

In tone it sounds like Van Hollen is trying to address issues and Bucher is just trying to attack and bring things down. Everything changed when Van Hollen loaned his campaign a ton of cash (if memory serves around $350K).

The question remains; who has the best chance of winning this thing? Cash seems to be the answer to that question.

I want to support Bucher, I really do. He is more local, I have met and like him, I think he is the areas best DA, and his wife has been very nice to me and my little blog over time.

I still have not made up my mind, but if tone matters Van Hollen is picking up points this morning. Tone matters, especially in a medium without a visual component.

'Airlines terror plot' disrupted

A plot to blow up planes in flight from the UK to the US and commit "mass murder on an unimaginable scale" has been disrupted, Scotland Yard has said.

It is thought the plan was to detonate explosive devices smuggled in hand luggage on to as many as 10 aircraft.

Police are searching premises after 21 people were arrested. Home Secretary John Reid said they believed the "main players" were accounted for.

High security is causing delays at all UK airports.

The threat level to the UK has been raised by MI5 to critical after the arrests in London, High Wycombe and Birmingham.

Critical threat level - the highest - means "an attack is expected imminently and indicates an extremely high level of threat to the UK".

Three US airlines are believed to have been targeted.

Mr Reid said had the attack gone ahead it would have caused a loss of life of "unprecedented scale".

He said they were "confident" the main players were in custody, but neither the police nor government are "in any way complacent".

BBC security correspondent Gordon Corera said the plot was thought to have involved a series of "waves" of simultaneous attacks, targeting three planes each time.

He also said the plan "revolved around liquids of some kind".

"Officials say the explosives would have been sophisticated and extremely effective," our correspondent said.

Is this sinking in yet? We are at war against a bunch of radical cowards who want kill us. They have no issue with targeting innocents.

All the gnashing of teeth on Israel killing some innocents, do you know the difference? Israel tries not to, and when they do they apologize. Terrorists try to kill innocents and when they do, they celebrate.

I call on President Bush to stop acting like a wimp, and pick up the pace on the war on terror. Yes we are at war, and how have we ignored major players like Syria and Iran? Why do we not have troops side by side with the Israelis?

Ned Lamont, and Russ Feingold and John Kerry and John Murtha should all shut the heck up and get with the program. Evil people wish to kill us, you can not negotiate with evil. Either you destroy evil, or it will destroy you.

2 held on terror charges in Ohio

MARIETTA, Ohio - Two men were charged Wednesday with money laundering in support of terrorism after authorities said they found airplane passenger lists and information on airport security checkpoints in their car.

Deputies stopped Osama Sabhi Abulhassan, 20, and Ali Houssaiky, 20, both of Dearborn, Mich., on a traffic violation Tuesday. They found the flight documents along with $11,000 cash and 12 phones in the car, said Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks.

Prosecutor Susan Vessels declined to say how the phones, cash or flight information involved terrorism. (DUH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

Abulhassan and Houssaiky admitted buying about 600 phones in recent months at stores in southeast Ohio, said sheriff's Maj. John Winstanley. The men said they sold the phones to someone in Dearborn, a Detroit suburb.

Investigators going through the car after the pair were pulled over in Marietta, about 90 miles southeast of Columbus, also found a map that showed locations of Wal-Mart stores from Ohio through Kentucky, Tennessee and into North and South Carolina, Vessels said.

FBI spokesman Mike Brooks in Cincinnati said his office was notified about the arrests and an agent was investigating.

A message seeking comment was left Wednesday evening with Ray Smith, a public defender who represents Abulhassan. Houssaiky did not yet have an attorney, Vessels said.

Abulhassan and Houssaiky did not speak at a hearing Wednesday in Marietta Municipal Court in which a judge set their bond at $200,000, Vessels said. Another bond hearing was set for Thursday.

The charges allege the two laundered between $5,000 and $25,000, Vessels said. A conviction carries a maximum 18 months in prison and a $5,000 fine.

Why set bond for these terrorists? These two little bombers in training should be questioned until they give up everything they know. And you know what, if they need to use sleep deprivation or barking dogs or panties on their heads, so be it.

August 9, 2006

SI names top school fight songs.

Sports Illustrated has named the top school fight songs, so what do you think?

1. "The Victors," University of Michigan
2. "Anchors Aweigh," U.S. Naval Academy
3. "Boomer Sooner," University of Oklahoma.
4. "Rocky Top," University of Tennessee
5. "Notre Dame Victory March," Notre Dame

The Optimists View on Joe Liebermann

48% of voters in a Democratic primary voted for a pro-war candidate. Astounding.

The Dems are making a huge mistake in thinking support for Lamont is mainstream, at the same time they say this is making some national point about war support.

They could not be more wrong.

A little more than half of East Coast liberals in one state supported an anti-war candidate. A little less than half of East Coast liberals in one state supported a pro-war candidate.

All this says in reality is that liberals are split on the war, that is nothing new. What is new is that George Soros and Moveon.org have finally won an election. What, 60 million invested or so, and they finally got one. The only thing is they got a Democrat, not a Republican.

What does it say about an organization bent on ridding Republicans from office that their only real victory is knocking out a Democrat?

They said after the last election the Democratic party was theirs, they bought and paid for it with their $40 million bucks.

Really, from a conservatives point of view this is quite funny.

Welcome to the ranks of the Independents Senator Libermann, you are in better company.

Comments

The following comments are from the "tolerant inclusive" left, all taken from a Yahoo news story on Joe Liebermann running as an independent.

  • BLUSTERING JEWS ON YAHOO WORKINGby: israelis_b_gon
    08/09/06 08:48 amMsg: 28904 of 29005 2 recommendations
    for israel
  • Re: Lieberman Truly is a Republicanby: rove_the_dog
    08/09/06 08:48 amMsg: 28900 of 29035
    Running as an independent is not exactly accepting defeat and moving on now is it?
  • WE'RE TAKING AMERICA BACK, YOUby: zbdg419
    08/09/06 08:48 amMsg: 28899 of 29045 11 recommendations
    are the first to get thrown out. The next step is to get our candidate in and throw out all the appointees that want to keep us in a war for israel.
  • LIEBERMAN WANTS REPUBICAN TO WINby: goingpastyou
    08/09/06 08:48 amMsg: 28898 of 29059 1 recommendation
    He knows running as an independent will split the Democratic vote and allow a Republican to win.Its his way of playing the childish-"if I cant have it, no one will" game.Acting like a frikin spoiled brat.
  • Arrogant Power Drunk Jewby: lakeqi (36/M/grand rapids mi)
    08/09/06 08:48 amMsg: 28892 of 29089 5 recommendations
    Zionsit scum actually believes nothing will get done in washington without him. Only he can save the nation from partisan bickering. And how do you intend to do that when your own political party has cast you out into the wilderness? How do you intend to make things right when you wish the defeat of your party's nominee? How nice, he doesnt run as an independent until he loses. Craven dog.
  • Re: MODERATES NEED NOT APPLY!!!!!by: mitavittua2004
    08/09/06 08:48 amMsg: 28890 of 29111 1 recommendation
    to the GOP. The GOP is 100% right wing nut jobs.
  • Re: 911 = ANOTHER PEARL HARBOR TRICKby: wxec88
    08/09/06 08:48 amMsg: 28884 of 29141
    ROOSEVELT WAS A JEW, SO IS LIEBERMAN.NO MORE JEWISH WARS !!!
  • Re: Kook left taking over the partyby: islander8181
    08/09/06 08:48 amMsg: 28883 of 29145 2 recommendations
    Look who's talking! The right has been hijacked by wild-eyed bible carrying rednecks who still think the world is flat....and by neoconservatives who believe it's ok to slaughter anyone who's not a white male from the U.S. - all in the name of peace.

Note the time stamps. These comments were made in a one minute time span, and they are piling up and even more hateful.

This is the angry left. These are the haters they want to put in charge. This is the hate that is fueling the Democratic party.

August 8, 2006

Looks like someone needs a new job.


Already claiming voting day "irregularities" (no one but McKinney had issues), it would seem Cynthia McKinney will loose her House seat again.

She led a negative campaign calling her opponent, Hank Johnson a long time area Democratic Supervisor, too Republican.

In the end it will be her ridiculous assault on a Capitol police officer and her subsequesnt use of the race card that will cost her seat.

The good people of Georgia have just had enough of her.

As of 9:15 p.m., Johnson had 74 percent of the vote, compared with 26 for McKinney

History Lesson, yesterday and today.

The following history lesson was sent to me by CyberDad. He gets the importance of history and studying it in order to gain perspective in today's conflict.

All the left wants to do is talk Viet Nam (did you know John Kerry served in Viet Nam?), Cyber Dad takes us back a few years earlier.

In 1864: "Lincoln's main opponent, George B. McClellan (Note 1) marched to an easy nomination by Democrats . . . The same Democratic convention that had enthusiastically chosen him also adopted a platform plank proposed by the "Copperhead" Vallandigham (Note 2). The "peace" plank called the Union was effort "a failure" and proposed a truce and peach negotiation with the Confederates. Once stopped, of course, the federal (read Northern) war machine could not be restarted. Acceptance of the Vallandigham Plank essentially meant the Democratic Party was calling for the surrender in the Civil War."

Today, August 8, 2006, Joe Lieberman is threatened loss of the Democratic nomination by anti-war proponents. Recently, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs General Pace said "Our enemy knows they cannot defeat us in battle. They do believe, however, that they can wear down our will as a nation."


Senator Hillary Clinton is calling the administration's was policy a failure, and Senator Carl Levin is fixated on timetables for withdrawal instead of defeating those who want to destroy the elected government of Iraq (Note 3).

Add to that the anti-war "cut and run" proponents such as Congressman Murtha and Senator Feingold!

Once again, those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat its mistakes.


(Note 1) - McClellan was one of the Union's generals dismissed by Lincoln not for being pompous (which he was), but for procrastinating in pursuit of the war.

(Note 2) - Clement Vallandigham was an Ohio Democrat who demanded the Union accept a French offer of mediation which assumed Southern independence from the Union. Lincoln saved him from conviction of disloyalty with the statement "Must I shoot a simple soldier boy who deserts while I must not touch a hair of the wily agitator who induces him to desert? Copperheads got their name from the copper pennies with a Liberty head figure. Union advocates added the reference to the poisonous snake.

(Note 3) - From an August 8, 2006 column by Cal Thomas.


Powerful Stuff, Eh?


Absolutely CyberDad, absolutely. He is never done teaching me!

Quote of the day

In a recent interview, General Norman Schwartzkopf was asked if he thought there was room for forgiveness toward Hizbollah

The General said, "I believe that forgiving Hizbollah is God's function. The Israelis' job is to arrange the meeting."

Bigotry and hate from the left.

The following commentary is from Lanny Davis and appeared in today's Wall Street Journal.

I have to take issue with Mr Davis' rhetoric and clue him in that this in not new, he has been blind to this and is just coming to understand the hate coming from the "inclusive and tolerant left".

Liberal McCarthyism Bigotry and hate aren't just for right-wingers anymore.

BY LANNY J. DAVIS Tuesday, August 8, 2006 12:01 a.m. EDT

WASHINGTON--My brief and unhappy experience with the hate and vitriol of bloggers on the liberal side of the aisle comes from the last several months I spent campaigning for a longtime friend, Joe Lieberman.

This kind of scary hatred, my dad used to tell me, comes only from the right wing--in his day from people such as the late Sen. Joseph McCarthy, with his tirades against "communists and their fellow travelers." The word "McCarthyism" became a red flag for liberals, signifying the far right's fascistic tactics of labeling anyone a "communist" or "socialist" who favored an active federal government to help the middle class and the poor, and to level the playing field.

I came to believe that we liberals couldn't possibly be so intolerant and hateful, because our ideology was famous for ACLU-type commitments to free speech, dissent and, especially, tolerance for those who differed with us. And in recent years--with the deadly combination of sanctimony and vitriol displayed by the likes of Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter and Michael Savage--I held on to the view that the left was inherently more tolerant and less hateful than the right.

Now, in the closing days of the Lieberman primary campaign, I have reluctantly concluded that I was wrong. The far right does not have a monopoly on bigotry and hatred and sanctimony. Here are just a few examples (there are many, many more anyone with a search engine can find) of the type of thing the liberal blog sites have been posting about Joe Lieberman:

• "Ned Lamont and his supporters need to get real busy. Ned needs to beat Lieberman to a pulp in the debate and define what it means to be an AMerican who is NOT beholden to the Israeli Lobby" (by "rim," posted on Huffington Post, July 6, 2006).

• "Joe's on the Senate floor now and he's growing a beard. He has about a weeks growth on his face. . . . I hope he dyes his beard Blood red. It would be so appropriate" (by "ctkeith," posted on Daily Kos, July 11 and 12, 2005).

• On "Lieberman vs. Murtha": "as everybody knows, jews ONLY care about the welfare of other jews; thanks ever so much for reminding everyone of this most salient fact, so that we might better ignore all that jewish propaganda [by Lieberman] about participating in the civil rights movement of the 60s and so on" (by "tomjones," posted on Daily Kos, Dec. 7, 2005).

• "Good men, Daniel Webster and Faust would attest, sell their souls to the Devil. Is selling your soul to a god any worse? Leiberman cannot escape the religious bond he represents. Hell, his wife's name is Haggadah or Muffeletta or Diaspora or something you eat at Passover" (by "gerrylong," posted on the Huffington Post, July 8, 2006).

• "Joe Lieberman is a racist and a religious bigot" (by "greenskeeper," posted on Daily Kos, Dec. 7, 2005).

And these are some of the nicer examples.

One Sunday morning on C-Span I debated Nation editor Katrina vanden Heuvel on the Lieberman versus Lamont race. Afterwards I received a series of emails--many of them in ALL CAPS (which often suggests the hyper-frenetic state of these extremist haters)--that were of the same stripe as the blog posts, and filled with the same level of personal hate.

But the issue is not just emotional outbursts by these usually anonymous bloggers. A friend of mine just returned from Connecticut, where he had spoken on several occasions on behalf of Joe Lieberman. He happens to be a liberal antiwar Democrat, just as I am. He is also a lawyer. He told me that within a day of a Lamont event--where he asked the candidate some critical questions--some of his clients were blitzed with emails attacking him and threatening boycotts of their products if they did not drop him as their attorney. He has actually decided not to return to Connecticut for the primary today; he is fearful for his physical safety.

I do not blame Joe Lieberman's political difficulties on the liberal blogosphere. Most Connecticut Democrats voting for Mr. Lamont are genuinely outraged at President Bush for his Iraq War policies. They are entitled to express that outrage by voting for him and against Sen. Lieberman on that basis alone, although Sen. Lieberman's record as a progressive Democrat and his opposition to President Bush not only on most domestic issues but also on the conduct of the war cannot be disputed--despite egregiously distortive ads paid for by Mr. Lamont with $4 million of his own money.

Moreover, the support he gets from these haters should not be attributed to Mr. Lamont--nor should he be blamed for their extremism, bigotry and intolerance. But he ought to denounce them. He hasn't as yet.

Mr. Lamont and all other liberal Democrats should remember the McCarthy era and not fall into the trap of the hypocrisy of the double standard--that it's not OK when Ann Coulter dispenses her venomous hatred, but it is OK when our side's versions of Ann Coulter do.

Mr. Davis, former special counsel to President Clinton between 1996-98, is the author of "Scandal: How 'Gotcha' Politics Is Destroying America," forthcoming from Palgrave.

Meeting Mark Green

Sunday afternoon I had the pleasure of meeting the Republican candidate for Governor, Mark Green.

Green attended the grand opening of the Racine County GOP office on Washington Avenue. On hand were a little less than a hundred party faithful plus a few folks who were curious enough to see what all the fuss was about.

One notable absence was anyone from the Racine Journal Times (a wholly owned subsidiary of Jim Doyle and the Democratic party of Wisconsin) . When 16 people show up to protest the war it is front page news, when a Gubernatorial candidate comes to town and 100 people show up to hear him speak, nada. Funny when Jim Doyle comes to town to have coffee and kringle with his Aunt Martha we get a six-day series.

I did run into Peter, The Texas Hold ‘em Blogger and Kathy from Stepping Right Up, it was good to see Peter again and a pleasure to meet Kathy for the first time.

Some highlights from the speech:

“We’re blessed to live in this state… We don’t have a people problem here, we have a leadership problem. We have a Governor who confuses moving this state forward with moving his friends forward”

Green pointed out the #1 age group of people leaving this state were people aged 20 to 30. That blew me away, I assumed this would be a senior demographic fleeing from Wisconsin’s less than friendly retirement environment.

Green added, “It is my job, our job, to bring them home.”

He also pointed out that the achievement gap between white and African American kids in graduation rates is the worst in the country. That really seemed to trouble Green, but he went short of saying the obvious though, that WEAC and our education leadership is more involved in their own piece of the pie than really trying to do anything about our educational issues, and that our current Governor is so in their pockets he won’t change anything.

Nowhere is that more painfully obvious than Racine where we were actually told last week that our Superintendent was actually underpaid. They showed us comparisons of other district leaders and examples of people making more than SuperNintendo Tom Hicks but what no one pointed out was actual results. I can tell you this every other district did a better job of actually educating that Racine. Yeah, yeah I know I am on a tangent. Let’s give Hicks a million dollar salary, but one loaded with incentive clauses. (Clue, 47.5% is not an acceptable goal of measured success in math proficiency. In order to achieve something of worth one must set a high goal.)

Back to Mark Green. He did indicate they were being battered by negative ads and indicated that people were tired of those ads and they were making Doyle look desperate (I tend to agree).

Green did indicate that they would be on the air soon. Conventional wisdom seems to say that the web ad the Green Team put up last week would provide the tone of the campaign. I like that ad, funny, yet serious and telling. Doyle’s folks could learn something from that. The left seems to have completely lost its sense of humor.

One last thing. When Mark Green shakes your hand and talks to you, he is absolutely focused on you and making eye contact the entire time. I like that. It shows he cares what you have to say and even though he only has a short amount of time with you, he does value that time and genuinely care about what you have to say.

One thing I would like to be an actual campaign issue that no one seems to care about is the business climate in Wisconsin. Yes, there have been small successes but as a whole the climate for attracting new business to Wisconsin is absolutely vacant. And no, luring Manpower from Glendale to Milwaukee is not growth that is a moving van. If not for the Bush tax cuts I shudder to think of how many jobs Wisconsin could have lost under Jim Doyle, Peg Lautenschlager and their general ant-business climate.

Rumor has it Green will also be attending the Kenosha County office opening this coming Saturday.

If you can make the time, go check it out and hear Mark Green share his vision.

August 7, 2006

Amnesty Vigil

Amnesty International held a series of peace vigils across the country tonight, one of the 50 events was right here in Racine.

Held in the shadow of the Civil War Memorial in the heart of downtown Racine 62 people showed up with candles and cease fire signs to protest the Israel Hezbollah conflict.

It was for the most part the same old crew I see at every one of these things in Racine. Early on the median age of the crowd was about 82. However, some late arrivals and a group of kids more interested in talking on their cell phones than anything else that was going on pushed the average age into the 60's.

You know I kind of admire these people. They just want people to lay down arms and stop killing each other.

The only problem with their philosophy is half of the people that they are talking about.

Hezbollah doesn't really care about cease fires, they don't care about the negotiating table, they want to kill Jews for the crime of being Jews. And when they are done killing Jews they want to kill Americans because they are Americans. Go ahead, just reach an agreement with them, it has been done before, they break them every time. Hezbollah is evil, the best way to deal with evil is to destroy it, always has been always will be.

Actually the word Hezbollah was used only once in the AI handout, Lebanon was used multiple times. I have made the point here before Lebanon knowingly allowed Hezbollah to thrive within their borders, in fact Lebanon gave Hezbollah a seat in their government. Lebanon is NOT the innocent victim in this everyone is making them out to be.

Hezbollah is hiding in homes, mosques, schools and hospitals acting like the cowards that they are. Of course there are going to be innocents lost. it is tragic, but it is not the fault of Israel. Lebanon made their deal with the devil, now they are paying the price.

Tell me any of you peace folks how many people should have Israel allowed to be kidnapped? How many rockets should Hezbollah be allowed to fire into Israel without reprisal? How many times can Israel continue to agree and give up territory just to have those agreements ignored and their citizens go under attack?

Israel has a right to defend itself.

War sucks, Amnesty international is right about that.

However, sometimes war is necessary, that is something Amnesty International will likely never get.

One very interesting thing happened. As I was waiting for the event to start I noticed former Democrat of the year John Heckenlively walking up, I stopped him and said you are John right? He said yes shook my hand and kept walking. He didn't care enough to ask who I was, so I didn't offer. Here he was face to face with the most hated man in Racine by some in his party and he didn't even know it.

On the whole I can not call the event apolitical but they were careful not to take pot shots at anyone.

Good luck Joe.


Joe Lieberman will be fighting for his political life tomorrow.

This man just 6 six years ago was his parties nominee to be the Vice President of the United States.

Joe's problem... He gets the war on terror.

He has put that issue above political partisanship.

An unforgivable sin to his party leadership.

This race is everything that is wrong with the Democratic party right now.

There is zero room for varying opinion in the party that likes to tell you how inclusive they are.

Do yourself a favor.

Take an hour and 15 minutes and learn a little bit about the enemy we face.

They do not want to talk.

They want us to die.

Watch Obsession here.

August 6, 2006

Reuters is pulling a Dan Rather

Little Green Footballs is blowing the whistle on Reuters propensity to photoshop images to make them appear worse than they are.

H/T Peter
Girls Gone Wild Baghdad

My order is in.

Big Oil Incentives.

In case you have been in a cave Bill Christofferson (Xoff) with the advent of a whole bunch of cash from Indian gaming interests has been telling us how Mark Green voted to give incentives for big oil.

These incentives as he calls them are incentives to develop and find new sources of energy, a measure widely supported by the folks and most in his own party.

What Xoff will not tell you is that in the Senate this measure only got 14 no votes, and two not there votes. (Yes, Feingold is against new energy)

NAYs ---14
Boxer (D-CA)Cantwell (D-WA)Clinton (D-NY)Feingold (D-WI)Feinstein (D-CA)
Kennedy (D-MA)Kyl (R-AZ)Lautenberg (D-NJ)McCain (R-AZ)Murray (D-WA)
Reed (D-RI)Schumer (D-NY)Sununu (R-NH)Wyden (D-OR)
Not Voting - 2
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Yes I get the fact that Mark Green is not in the Senate. I prefer to look at Senate vote records as these blow hards get more attention and are a better ideological barometer.

Why does Xoff feel he needs to slime and misrepresent Mark Green's voting record? Could it be he does not want people to look at Jim Doyle's actual record.

Look at who is bankrolling Doyle's campaign for all the hypocrisy you need on this issue. Remember how much Jim Doyle talked about Indian gaming in his first campaign? If you can not recall, it is because he did not.

Over his career as AG you could not find a more anti-gambling government official than Jim Doyle if you tried.

Funny after gaming interests dumped a quarter million or so dollars into Doyle's campaign he had an immediate change of heart and the first thing he did as Governor was try and give the casinos a sweet and permanent deal.

People go negative when they are in trouble. Jim Doyle and his personal little minion Xoff have gone negative from the start.

I'll be meeting Mark Green today, and I'm going to ask him when he is going to start answering these baseless and desperate attacks.

Thought of the week.

When the chips are down, the buffalo is empty.