November 25, 2006

New M&M Flavors.

This will make my boss very happy...

Aside from a few limited edition flavors, such as the mint chocolate that is released around Christmas, M&M'S aren't candies that get too exotic. They stick to milk, dark and white chocolate, with the occasional nut or other filling thrown in. But now, on their website, M&M'S is launching eight new flavors of the popular candies. The new flavors, which are sold in a "premium collectible" tin, include:

All That Razz - Creamy white chocolate + milk chocolate + raspberry-flavored candy shell

Eat, Drink and Be Cherry - Creamy white chocolate + milk chocolate + black cherry-flavored candy shell

A Day at the Peach - Creamy white chocolate + milk chocolate + peach-flavored candy shell

Orange-U Glad - Creamy white chocolate + milk chocolate + orange-flavored candy shell

AlmonDee-licious - Almond + creamy white chocolate + candy shell

Mint Condition - Creamy white chocolate + milk chocolate + mint-flavored candy shell

Nut What You Think - Peanut + creamy white chocolate + candy shell

Cookie Mintster - Crispy center + dark chocolate + speckled mint-flavored candy shell

Unfortunately, there is no indication that these flavors will be available offline, so if you want to try them, you'll have to purchase the whole $49.95 package. Alternatively, you could get the tin as a gift for an M&M-loving family member and just "share" with them.
[via candyaddict]

Coulter Comfort.

by Ann Coulter
November 22, 2006

Six imams removed from a US Airways flight from Minneapolis to Phoenix are calling on Muslims to boycott the airline. If only we could get Muslims to boycott all airlines, we could dispense with airport security altogether.

Witnesses said the imams stood to do their evening prayers in the terminal before boarding, chanting "Allah, Allah, Allah" — coincidentally, the last words heard by hundreds of airline passengers on 9/11 before they died.

Witnesses also said that the imams were talking about Saddam Hussein, and denouncing America and the war in Iraq. About the only scary preflight ritual the imams didn't perform was the signing of last wills and testaments.

After boarding, the imams did not sit together and some asked for seat belt extensions, although none were morbidly obese. Three of the men had one-way tickets and no checked baggage. Also they were Muslims.

The idea that a Muslim boycott against US Airways would hurt the airline proves that Arabs are utterly tone-deaf. This is roughly the equivalent of Cindy Sheehan taking a vow of silence. How can we hope to deal with people with no sense of irony?

The next thing you know, New York City cab drivers will be threatening to bathe.

Come to think of it, the whole affair may have been a madcap advertising scheme cooked up by US Airways. It worked with me. US Airways is my official airline now. Northwest, which eventually flew the Allah-spouting Muslims to their destinations, is off my list.

You want to really hurt a U.S. air carrier's business? Have Muslims announce that it's their favorite airline.

The clerics had been attending an imam conference in Minneapolis (imam conference slogan: "What Happens in Minneapolis — Actually, Nothing Happened in Minneapolis").

But instead of investigating the conference, the government is now investigating my favorite airline.

What threat could Muslims flying from Minnesota to Arizona be? Three of the 19 hijackers on 9/11 received their flight training in Arizona. Long before the attacks, an FBI agent in Phoenix found it curious that so many Arabs were enrolled in flight school. But the FBI rebuffed his request for an investigation on the grounds that his suspicions were based on the same invidious racial profiling that has brought US Airways under investigation and into my good graces.

Lynne Stewart's client, the Blind Sheik, Omar Abdel-Rahman, is serving life in prison in a maximum security lock-up in Minnesota. One of the six imams removed from the US Airways plane was blind, so Lynne Stewart was the one missing clue that would have sent all the passengers screaming from the plane.

Wholly apart from the issue of terrorism, don't we have a seller's market for new immigrants? How does a blind Muslim get to the top of the visa list? Is there a shortage of blind, fanatical clerics in this country that I haven't noticed? Couldn't we get some Burmese with leprosy instead? A 4-year-old could do a better job choosing visa applicants than the U.S. Department of Immigration.

One of the stunt-imams in US Airways' advertising scheme, Omar Shahin, complained about being removed from the plane, saying: "Six scholars in handcuffs. It's terrible." Yes, especially when there was a whole conference of them! Six out of 150 is called "poor law enforcement." How did the other 144 "scholars" get off so easy?

Shahin's own "scholarship" consisted of continuing to deny Muslims were behind 9/11 nearly two months after the attacks. On Nov. 4, 2001, The Arizona Republic cited Shahin's "skepticism that Muslims or bin Laden carried out attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon." Shahin complained that the government was "focusing on the Arabs, the Muslims. And all the evidence shows that the Muslims are not involved in this terrorist act."

In case your memory of that time is hazy, within three days of the attack, the Justice Department had released the names of all 19 hijackers — names like Majed Moqed, Ahmed Alghamdi, Mohand Alshehri, Ahmed Ibrahim A. Al Haznawi and Ahmed Alnami. The government had excluded all but 19 passengers as possible hijackers based on extensive interviews with friends and family of nearly every passenger on all four flights. Some of the hijackers' seat numbers had been called in by flight attendants on the planes. By early October, bin Laden had produced a videotape claiming credit for the attacks. And by Nov. 4, 2001, The New York Times had run well over 100 articles on the connections between bin Laden and the hijackers — even more detailed and sinister than the Times' flowcharts on neoconservatives!

Also, if I remember correctly, al-Qaida had taken out full-page ads in Variety and the Hollywood Reporter thanking their agents for the attacks.

But now, on the eve of the busiest travel day in America, these "scholars" have ginned up America's PC victim machinery to intimidate airlines and passengers from noticing six imams chanting "Allah" before boarding a commercial jet.

At the liquor store.

I visited our local liquor store this morning as my Dad is coming in for a short visit and I wanted to have a nice bottle of fermented grapes in the house...

As I was contemplating this vineyard and that a woman slipped in without my seeing her.

All of a sudden from behind me I hear in a rather loud, drawn out nasal voice...

"Do you have any of that Boones Farm wine?" The clerk seemed unphased and said no, "How 'bout some of 'dat MD 20/20?"

You had to be there, she had on a house coat and rollers and looked like every stereotype you have ever heard of someone who crept out of the trailer park because they were out of wine.

Life rocks.

News Briefs...

Nasty... Deathbed spy accuses Putin.

DINERS at a sushi bar where a former Russian spy was possibly poisoned have been offered medical help.

Urine tests will be offered to clients at the Itsu restaurant in Piccadilly, central London, who fear they came into contact with ex-Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko.

Friend or Foe? Russian rocket deliveries to Iran started

Russia has begun deliveries of the Tor-M1 air defence rocket system to Iran, Russian news agencies quoted military industry sources as saying, in the latest sign of a Russian-US rift over Iran.

"Deliveries of the Tor-M1 have begun. The first systems have already been delivered to Tehran," ITAR-TASS quoted an unnamed, high-ranking source as saying Friday.

A fresh approach to a ridiculous attack on a nativity scene... PETA Mistakenly Targets Alaska Church.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- The pastor at Anchorage First Free Methodist Church was mystified. Why was the activist group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals chastising him? No animals are harmed in the church's holiday nativity display. In fact, animals aren't used at all.

People, however, do dress the parts - Mary, Joseph, the wise men, etc. The volunteers stand shivering at a manger on the church lawn in a silent tribute to Christmas.

The Rev. Jason Armstrong was confused by an e-mail this week from PETA, which admonished him for subjecting animals "to cruel treatment and danger," by forcing them into roles in the church's annual manger scene.

"We've never had live animals, so I just figured this was some spam thing," Armstrong said. "It's rough enough on us people standing out there in the cold. So we're definitely not using animals."

Jackie Vergerio, PETA's captive animals in entertainment specialist, said her organization tracks churches nationwide that use real animals in "living nativity scenes."

Seems the confusion started with the church's choice of phrase. PETA flagged Free Methodist's display as a "living nativity," and indeed, that's how the church describes it on its Web site.

To PETA, that means animals.

Idiotic, these people will NEVER give up.... New route for commuter rail

As soon as next month, regional leaders could start discussing whether to get aboard a $237 million plan to link Milwaukee, Racine, Kenosha and the southern suburbs with commuter trains.

If only he didn't play for Satan's team... No time for media, but meteoric NFL superstar Tony Romo makes time to chat with his hometown paper (Thanks, Tony!!)

In one five-week meteoric flash, Tony Romo has burst upon the national scene before our very eyes, shedding the anonymity of a clipboard-toting reserve free-agent quarterback and stepping on to center stage under the blinding lights of the National Football League.

He’s been lauded on national television by the likes of John Madden, Phil Simms and Troy Aikman. He has been embraced by the ever-controversial Terrell Owens. He has been romantically linked to Jessica Simpson. He has Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who publicly all but wrote off a foundering season when Romo replaced Drew Bledsoe in late October, practically dancing a celebration jig on the Texas Stadium turf.

Liberal love and tolerance on display... HuffPo: A Thanksgiving Prayer for Dick Cheney’s Heart

I give thanks O Lord for Dick Cheney’s Heart, that brave organ which has done its darn-tootin’ best on four separate occasions to do what we can only dream about.

O Lord, give Dick Cheney’s Heart, Our Sacred Secret Weapon, the strength to try one more time! For greater love hath no heart than that it lay down its life to rid the planet of its Number One Human Tumor.

November 24, 2006

Zamboni Joy Rides...

This is too funny.

Idaho Zamboni Joy-Riders Fired.

Two employees have been fired from the city's ice skating rink after making a midnight fast-food run -- in a pair of Zambonis.

The ice-groomer jockeys, both temporary city employees whose names and ages weren't released by Boise Parks and Recreation, had to negotiate at least one intersection with a traffic light on their late-night creep from Idaho Ice World.

An anonymous caller who alerted a telephone hot line set up by Boise Mayor Dave Bieter was gassing up his car at a nearby service station at about 12:30 a.m. on Nov. 10 when he saw the Zambonis roll through a Burger King drive-through, order food, and then return to the skating rink. The rubber-tired vehicles, whose top speed is about 5 mph, drove about 1 1/2 miles in all, said Parks Department Director Jim Hall.

"They were fired immediately," Hall said. "We're pretty sure it was just the one time. When we interviewed them, they didn't seem to be too concerned about it. I don't think they understood the seriousness of it. Even if they had felt bad about it, they're not going to be employed here."

The incident was reported on a Web log,, whose author, David Frazier, has fought City Hall over such issues as whether the city must ask voters before going into debt to build an airport parking garage.

Mike Moore gets one right.

I spend a lot of time complaining about the Journal Times, frankly they deserve it.

However, sometimes Mike Moore nails one.

This is one of those times...

Outsiders to the, uh, rescue on nativity

Dear Madison,

Thank you once again for taking time out of your busy schedule to set us straight.

Here, we in Racine figured we could make the call on our own whether to allow a nativity scene on Monument Square for this Christmas season. Silly little city, aren’t we?

The Freedom From Religion Foundation in your city made sure our local officials got spanked for approving the nativity scene. Or at least given a lengthy time out.

You’ve shown us repeatedly that, at 158 years old, our city is simply not yet mature enough to make such important decisions. Especially when an organization just 110 miles up the road has our best interests in mind.

We see evidence of your parental instincts every year at budget time. The clever state officials up there are constantly thinking up new services for us to provide our residents.

Critics will say the state should pass along the money to pay for those programs. Don’t let it get you down. We know there’s a good reason you allow us to pay for your ideas. It must be some kind of tough love.

To illustrate just how goofy we’ve become down here, we actually thought we had this issue of the manger settled. Much has happened since our leaders turned back the initial request for the display last year and another out-of-town group came in promising a lawsuit if we continued to misbehave. Important to say promised, not threatened, because it’s just more tough love, right?

It appeared our City Council members finally hashed out a fair compromise so every religion would be on equal footing, with a chance to put up its own display in the square. Somebody might even learn something about another culture, and we saw that as a good thing.

As a bonus, since the church groups would pay for the display themselves, we reasoned we were plenty far enough from that hazy line between church and state.

Imagine our shame when the Madison group stepped in to admonish us. It’s embarrassing that representatives from your fair city have to stop and correct us every time we stray from the path they chose for us.

While the selfish part in us wishes you’d pay more attention when we do the kinds of things you approve of, we understand your city is very busy posing for pictures as the state capital.

That makes it all the more amazing that your people can monitor things here closely enough to know how to run our city. Presumably you have some very powerful binoculars.

We can only hope someday you’ll consider little ol’ Racine worthy enough to return the favor.

From what we read and hear, you could probably use the help. But what do we know?


The Belle City

A Black Friday thought of the week.

Yes, the early bird does get the worm.

However, the second mouse gets the cheese.

A question to ponder....

For the last several years we have heard time and time again how this country is the most divided and polarized from a political standpoint it has ever been.

If you accepted that statement to be true, is our country still divided now that the Democrats have gained power in both houses of Congress?

November 22, 2006

Giving Thanks.

Mrs. RealDebate & I will be travelling on Thanksgiving to spend a day with my Dad & Grandmother in Peoria. I might post early or late on Thanksgiving day, I might not.

That being said, consider this an open thread for giving thanks. Do this without being nasty, nasty posts will be deleted. (hint someone elses misery is not something to thankful for)

November 21, 2006

Frogger 3-D

For those of you that wasted how many unknown hours on Frogger, I apologize for this link.

So Syria wants us out of Iraq....

Who cares.

State Budget $1.6 Billion Short.

Umm yeah... Why didn't Diamond Jim tell us this in the election?

Well, seriously like anyone is surprised. Isn't this about the amount he raided from the transportation fund that we now hear is short requiring a $104 million a year "fee" increase?!?

I feel a Bill Clinton line coming on... "I worked, I worked as hard as I have ever worked before, but there is just no alternative other than to increase taxes..."

Madison liberals are not happy with being one of the highest taxed states, it is apparent they will not stop until we are THE highest taxed state.

Jim Doyle ran all over the state handing out money in his election mode. He stopped by Racine and dropped a check for $750,000 for a real estate venture (a place catering to the rich who want lakefront condos). If you added up all the monies Doyle dropped across the state in all the cities how much would we come up with? How much less would this $1.6 billion be?

My guess is cutting funind will never come up in this process. We are going to hear more rhetoric on how increases are cuts and crap like that. Remember Doyle all through the election talking about how he saved education in Wisconsin be stopping a Republican cut? That cut was an 8.9% increase... Of course I'm the only one who called him on his lie, and Wisconsin sent the wrong man back to the big chair.

Hold on to your wallets Wisconsin it is going to be a VERY expensive couple of years.

November 20, 2006

And so it begins.

From Paul Sloth at the JT.

Madison-based group calls proposed nativity scene at Monument Square unconstitutional

Racine – The city granted a Wind Point man’s wish to put a nativity scene on Monument Square. Now a Madison-based group is calling Racine’s approval misguided and unconstitutional.

The Freedom from Religion Foundation bills itself as the nation’s largest association of atheists and agnostics working to promote free thought and to keep state and church separate.In a letter to Mayor Gary Becker, one of the organization’s co-presidents, Annie Laurie Gaylor, said, “It is inappropriate for the City of Racine to maintain, erect or host a nativity scene, thus singling out, showing preference for and endorsing on religion, and commemorating its most holy day.”

It wouldn’t be the first group to enter the debate over Robert Wortock’s yearlong effort to return Christian symbols to Racine’s public square during the Christmas season. Wortock sought legal advice from Florida-based Liberty Counsel, a nonprofit litigation, education and policy organization dedicated to advancing religious freedom, the sanctity of human life and the traditional family.

In October, the Liberty Counsel launched its fourth annual “Friend or Foe Christmas Campaign” in anticipation of another active season defending attacks on Christmas celebrations, according to the group’s Web site.

A group of area churches joined Wortock’s cause, backing his request for the display and raising money to help pay for it. The churches started a Christmas Coalition fund at the Bank of Elmwood. Wortock said volunteers would install the display on Monument Square and work to secure the display. The local fund will help pay for the display.

So we can start the debate again and all you God haters can tell us how there is no attack on Christmas again.

Update... There is a firery debate going on at the Journal Times on this as well.

The future?????

Brett Favre - 251 straight starts.

Aaron Rodgers - played one half, out for the season.

Caption Contest

What does this picture say to you?

November 19, 2006

MRQ, Five words or less edition.

My wife likes the taste... Owen.

I’m officially engaged! Joey.

Um, AP, she already failed. Jessica.

She certainly isn’t Ms. Brainiac. Sean.

Sarcasm is great, isn't it? Peter.

its urban hipster enough. Nick.

Shut Your Pie Hole. Aaron.

pull the plug. Kevin.

Airport Friendly. Cantankerous.

At least they are inconsistent. Elliot

don’t cheat by reading. Steve.

allegedly from Camp Ramadi. Dad29.

Ya der hey. Jib.

God made idiots. Prof McA.

do shoot each other. Okay! Kathy

Nobody got shot or robbed. Scott.

Lots of sanuk. The Asian Badger.

Why here is Fred now. Dean.

Nine bottles of Mountain Dew. York.

Book 'em, Dan-O! Tom Mc.

Why oh why. Patrick.

I wanted to have a politics free weekend.

But then Charlie Rangel just had to blow it from me.

Senior Democrat renews call for military draft

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An influential Democratic lawmaker on Sunday called for reinstatement of the draft as a way to boost U.S. troop levels and draw a broader section of the population into the military or public service.

U.S. Rep. Charles Rangel (news, bio, voting record), the incoming chairman of the House of Representatives' tax-writing committee, said he would introduce legislation to reinstate the draft as soon as the new, Democratic-controlled Congress convenes in January.

Asked on CBS' "Face the Nation" if he was still serious about the proposal for a universal draft he raised a couple of years ago, he said, "You bet your life. Underscore serious."

"If we're going to challenge Iran and challenge North Korea and then, as some people have asked, to send more troops to Iraq, we can't do that without a draft," he said.

Rangel, who opposed the 2003 invasion of Iraq, also said he did not think the United States would have invaded Iraq if the children of members of Congress were sent to fight. He has said the U.S. fighting force is comprised disproportionately of people from low-income families and minorities.

"I don't see how anyone can support the war and not support the draft. I think to do so is hypocritical," he said.

How is not supporting the war and supporting a draft not hypocritical Charlie? This guy is an idiot. Our recruiting has been meeting and exceeding goals, a fact that Rangel ignores.

How to Stay Married

A man and a woman had been married for more than 60 years. They had shared everything. They had kept no secrets from each other except that the little old woman had a shoe box in the top of her closet that she had cautioned her husband never to open or ask her about.

For all of these years, he had never thought about the box, but one day the little old woman got very sick and the doctor said she would not recover. In trying to sort out their affairs, the little old man took down the shoe box and took it to his wife's bedside.

She agreed that it was time that he should know what was in the box. When he opened it, he found two crocheted dolls and a stack of money totaling $95,000. He asked her about the contents.

"When we were to be married," she said, "my grandmother told me the secret of a happy marriage was to never argue. She told me that if I ever got angry with you, I should just keep quiet and crochet a doll."

The little old man was so moved; he had to fight back tears. Only two precious dolls were in the box. She had only been angry with him two times in all those years of living and loving. He almost burst with happiness.

"Honey," he said "that explains the doll, but what about all of this money? Where did it come from?"

"Oh, that?" she said. "That's the money I made from selling the dolls."

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