December 16, 2006

Interesting column by A. Colon.

The Mendacity Of the Liberal Press
BY ALICIA COLONDecember 15, 2006URL: http://www.nysun.com/article/45266

The first time I heard the word "mendacity" was in the film "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof." I loved the way Burl Ives's character spits out the word as something vile and unacceptable.

Unfortunately, we live in a society where untruthfulness is routinely accepted and even mandated by politicians, union leaders, and members of the press. New York is the headquarters of the biggest producer of mendacity, the New York Times. Fortunately, it's also the home of the antidote, Lucianne.com.

I pity the Americans who do not have the computer expertise to access the exposés of lies of corrupt politicians and gullible television anchors, biased newspaper headlines, and anything from the Associated Press. If it were not for the Internet and Lucianne Goldberg's Web news forum, I would never learn the truth behind the Times headlines as pitched by the Drudge Report.

Matt Drudge, who may or may not be a willing accomplice to the distortion of news reporting, must be held responsible for the dissemination of the bias in the liberal press. Studies have shown that the readership of the Times is down — as it is in other liberal publications — and so are the television ratings of the alphabet networks and CNN and MSNBC, while Fox News is up.
Nevertheless, the propaganda of the enemedia — an excellent descriptive term coined by one poster to Lucianne.com — continues to sully news coverage, thanks to Mr. Drudge. A study of press bias by a professor of political science at the University of California-Los Angeles, Tim Groseclose, listed the Drudge Report as one of the most liberal sites on the Web because it consistently posts articles from left-of-center sources.

My patience with the Drudge Report ended when I saw a photo of Frank Rich of the Times posted on the site along with his words: "We are losing in Iraq." It isn't too encouraging to the morale of the nation, but posts like this are common on Drudge.

The site gives top billing to every possible negative statement about the Iraq war and the Bush administration, and it gets about 13 million hits a day. Is it any wonder that President Bush has record low approval ratings?

The week before, Mr. Drudge posted a quote from the new secretary of defense, Robert Gates: "We are not winning in Iraq." Did he really say those words? No. At Mr. Gates's confirmation hearing, Senator Levin, a Democrat of Michigan, asked him if we were winning in Iraq, and he answered, "No."

Lucianne, of course, pointed out that Mr. Gates went on to say we're not losing, either. His exact words were: "Our military forces win the battles that they fight; our soldiers have done an incredible job in Iraq. And I'm not aware of a single battle that they have lost. And I didn't want my comments to be interpreted as suggesting that they weren't being successful in their endeavors."

Mr. Gates, you can be 100% certain that everything you say from now on as secretary of defense will be misinterpreted by a certain New York publication headed by Arthur "Pinch" Sulzberger.

This is the man who in the 1960s, according to author Harry Stein, when asked by his father whom he'd rather see shot when an American soldier runs into a North Vietnamese soldier, replied: "I would want to see the American get shot. It's the other guy's country."

That statement is something Mr. Sulzberger appears to be proud of, as he repeats it from time to time. Maybe he actually believes that this lack of nationalistic empathy is necessary for good journalism. I think the truth would be a better measure of it, but the Times is continuing to put out news that is completely mendacious, even when it's not about Mr. Bush or Iraq.

I was certain Pope Benedict XVI had given in to Muslim pressure. Why? Because the New York Times reported this in a headline: "In Reversal, Pope Backs Turkey's Bid to Join European Union." Of course it was posted on the Drudge Report. Was it true? Not according to Richard Neuhaus, the editor and founder of First Things, a distinguished religious publication. On December 1, he wrote, "Even by today's standards, this is a breathtaking instance of journalistic shoddiness, if not downright dishonesty."

But mendacity pays in this town, whose residents survived the worst attack on this country in history, yet they still can't recognize the danger of lies in wartime if reported in the Old Gray Lady.

My name, Alicia, means truth, so here it is. We are at war. Our military is the best in the world and the smartest we've ever had. Our enemies are barbaric beheaders who want us dead — period. You cannot negotiate with them. They exist on mendacity.

You have been warned.

Im speechless on this...

Ukraine babies in stem cell probe
By Matthew Hill BBC Health Correspondent

Healthy new-born babies may have been killed in Ukraine to feed a flourishing international trade in stem cells, evidence obtained by the BBC suggests.

Disturbing video footage of post-mortem examinations on dismembered tiny bodies raises serious questions about what happened to them.

Ukraine has become the self-styled stem cell capital of the world.

There is a trade in stem cells from aborted foetuses, amid unproven claims they can help fight many diseases.

But now there are claims that stem cells are also being harvested from live babies.

Wall of silence

The BBC has spoken to mothers from the city of Kharkiv who say they gave birth to healthy babies, only to have them taken by maternity staff.

In 2003 the authorities agreed to exhume around 30 bodies of foetuses and full-term babies from a cemetery used by maternity hospital number six.

One campaigner was allowed into the autopsy to gather video evidence. She has given that footage to the BBC and Council of Europe.

In its report, the Council describes a general culture of trafficking of children snatched at birth, and a wall of silence from hospital staff upwards over their fate.

The pictures show organs, including brains, have been stripped - and some bodies dismembered.

A senior British forensic pathologist says he is very concerned to see bodies in pieces - as that is not standard post-mortem practice.

It could possibly be a result of harvesting stem cells from bone marrow.

Hospital number six denies the allegations.

H/T Amy.

Seriously? How obvious could your bias be?


Check this out..

Do to aggregious personal attacks, comments on this post have been deleted and suspended. Comments must be limited to a discussion of the issues. Personal attacks will be deleted. Anyone who makes an offensive or inappropriate comments will be banned from further posting. -Journal Times editors 12/15/2006 11:02:50

(By the way guys I usually do not pick on spelling as I suck at it but seeing you are professionals and all, it is egregious not aggregious)

This on a discussion board about a state of the schools speech given by Racine schools Supernintendo Tom Hicks. I'll not comment on the talk as Randy has a post on that beneath this one except to say he sure seems to have to take statistical stretches to try and point to anything positive.

I saw a few of these posts before they were erased, their authors banned and they were sent on their merry way, I can sum them up for you.

Hicks sucks he needs to go.

That was about it.

For this the Journal Times is banning people. The paper generally treats the schools with kid gloves hardly ever writing a critical word. I have in the past called their education reporter Brent Killackey Unified's Cheermaster. This cements it. I sent Killackey a question asking why discussion was banned, he indicated to me that he did not know and he didn't do it.

The Journal Times has a rabid and vocal group of lefties who throw insults and personal attacks with noting to back them up. Their favorite targets, County Executive Bill McReynolds, President Bush, Robin Vos and me.

I rarely post there under my name any more as I just grew tired of the ad homonym attacks on me personally claiming I was just trying to draw traffic here and I was on someone's payroll and that kind of crap.

Oh there are the right wing attackers there as well, but they are a much more polite crowd in general.

My point, all those personal attacks are allowed, even encouraged by the editors there. Hot topics draw hits and big hit numbers equal ad revenue. And if you don't think that website is about ad revenue just pay a visit, they have some of the most aggressive popups on the net!

But not Supernintendo Hicks... It is verboten to say anything bad about him. I absolutely guarantee you that he called and complained and they just turned a dutiful eye and did his bidding as usual.

You, banned! You, banned!

When will Racine's paper finally come out and admit they care nothing about critical reporting or a free exchange of ideas? They claim to be objective; I have a continuing battle with them over that. I wish they would be like the Capital Times and admit their bias. At least the Madison paper is honest enough to say they are not objective in any way proudly proclaiming themselves to be Wisconsin's Progressive Newspaper.

In concept and practice their web forums are a good thing, in how the staff of the Racine Journal Times polices those forums their bias is readily apparent. There is only one faster way to get banned there than writing critical words of Supernintendo Hicks, that is to write a critical word of a Journal Times reporter.

December 15, 2006

The State of the District Address

Thursday night, Superintendent Thomas Hicks, PhD, delivered his first state of the district address at the Golden Rondelle. I did not have the opportunity to attend said address, but I gleaned a few thoughts from excerpts available on Youtube.

-?Hicks points out a significant increase of reading test scores over one year at Julian Thomas Elementary. What he fails to mention is that is he comparing two different classes of children or the same group. A group of 4th graders at Julian Thomas scored 29% proficient or advanced in the 2004-2005 school year. In 2005-2006 it was 47% at advanced or proficient. Is that the same group as 5th graders or the new batch of 4th graders? That is significant to the validity of the results.

-?He also states that the increase is due to the implementation of the continuous progress model. There is no evidence of that because the continuous progress model has been utilized in all RUSD elementary schools since the fall of 2003. So therefore the model was used on both the low performing and high performing groups of students.

A series of carefully worded and spun success stories does not progress make. Every school will have up and down years. In Hicks' five years there has been no significant sign of student progress. For some reason no one in the community calls him on it.

Note: This story and video was also available on the Journal Times blog site. They chose to close the blog down as many posters did not give a ringing endorsement of Hicks. Typical JT spin.

Diabetes breakthrough

In a discovery that has stunned even those behind it, scientists at a Toronto hospital say they have proof the body's nervous system helps trigger diabetes, opening the door to a potential near-cure of the disease that affects millions of Canadians.

Diabetic mice became healthy virtually overnight after researchers injected a substance to counteract the effect of malfunctioning pain neurons in the pancreas.

"I couldn't believe it," said Dr. Michael Salter, a pain expert at the Hospital for Sick Children and one of the scientists. "Mice with diabetes suddenly didn't have diabetes any more."

The researchers caution they have yet to confirm their findings in people, but say they expect results from human studies within a year or so. Any treatment that may emerge to help at least some patients would likely be years away from hitting the market.

But the excitement of the team from Sick Kids, whose work is being published today in the journal Cell, is almost palpable.

"I've never seen anything like it," said Dr. Hans Michael Dosch, an immunologist at the hospital and a leader of the studies. "In my career, this is unique."

The rest.

As someone who was recently diagnosed with diabetes, this is very exciting.

How is it that this stunning break through had nothing to do with embryonic stem cells?

Penguin Launching...

Go ahead and click it....

But Air Tran will keep everything the same...

India has killed 10 million girls in 20 years


Shocking....



NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Ten million girls have been killed by their parents in India in the past 20 years, either before they were born or immediately after, a government minister said on Thursday, describing it as a "national crisis".

A UNICEF report released this week said 7,000 fewer girls are born in the country every day than the global average would suggest, largely because female foetuses are aborted after sex determination tests but also through murder of new borns.

"It's shocking figures and we are in a national crisis if you ask me," Minister for Women and Child Development Renuka Chowdhury told Reuters.

Girls are seen as liabilities by many Indians, especially because of the banned but rampant practice of dowry, where the bride's parents pay cash and goods to the groom's family.

Men are also seen as bread-winners while social prejudices deny women opportunities for education and jobs.

"Today, we have the odd distinction of having lost 10 million girl children in the past 20 years," Chowdhury told a seminar in Delhi University.

"Who has killed these girl children? Their own parents."

December 14, 2006

Amazing

Off with your head...
Another Awesome Christmas Display

Some people have waaaaaaaaaaaaaay too much time on their hands.

Obamania

And so it begins.






George Wills latest...

Now is Obama's chance to grab the brass ring

NEW HAMPSHIRE was recently brightened by the presence of Barack Obama, 45, who, calling the fuss about him "baffling," made his first trip in 45 years to that state, and not under duress. Because he is young, is just two years distant from a brief career as a state legislator and has negligible national security experience, an Obama Presidential candidacy could have a porcelain brittleness. But if he wants to be President -- it will not be a moral failing if he decides that he does not, at least not now -- this is the time for him to reach for the brass ring. There are four reasons why.

First, one can only be an intriguing novelty once. If he waits to run, the last half-century suggests that the wait could be for eight years (see reason four, below). In 2016, he will be only 55, but there will be many fresher faces.

Second, if you get the girl up on her tiptoes, you should kiss her. The electorate is on its tiptoes because Obama has collaborated with the creation of a tsunami of excitement about him. He is nearing the point when a decision against running would brand him as a tease who ungallantly toyed with the electorate's affections.

Third, he has, in Hillary Clinton, the optimal opponent. The contrast is stark: He is soothing; she is not. Many Democrats who are desperate to win are queasy about depending on her. For a nation with jangled nerves, and repelled by political snarling, he offers a tone of sweet reasonableness.

What people see in him reveals more about them than about him. Some of his public utterances have the spunginess of Polonius' bromides for Laertes ("neither a borrower nor a lender be . . . to thine own self be true"). In 2005, the liberal Americans for Democratic Action and the AFL-CIO rated his voting record a perfect 100. The nonpartisan National Journal gave him an 82.5 liberalism rating, making him more liberal than Clinton (79.8). He dutifully decries "ideological" politics, but just as dutifully conforms to most of liberalism's catechism, from "universal" health care, whatever that might mean, to combating global warming, whatever that might involve, and including the sacred injunction Thou Shalt Execrate Wal-Mart -- an obligatory genuflection to organized labor.

The nation, which so far is oblivious to his orthodoxy, might not mind it if it is dispensed by someone with Obama's "Can't we all just get along?" manner. Ronald Reagan, after all, demonstrated the importance of congeniality to the selling of conservatism.
Fourth, the odds favor the Democratic nominee in 2008 because for 50 years it has been rare for a Presidential nominee to extend his party's hold on the Presidency beyond eight years.

Nixon in 1960 came agonizingly close to doing so (he lost the popular vote by 118,574 -- less than a vote per precinct -- and a switch of 4,430 votes in Illinois and 24,129 in Texas would have elected him), but failed. As did Hubert Humphrey in 1968 (he lost by 510,314 out of 73,211,875 votes cast), Gerald Ford in 1976 (if 5,559 votes had switched in Ohio and 7,232 votes had switched in Mississippi, he would have won) and Al Gore in 2000 (537 Florida votes). Only the first President Bush, in 1988, succeeded, perhaps because the country desired a third term for the incumbent, which will not be the case in 2008. So the odds favor a Democrat winning in 2008 and, if he or she is re-elected, the Democrat nominated in 2016 losing.

Furthermore, remember the metrics of success that just two years ago caused conservatives to think the future was unfolding in their favor: Bush carried 97 of the 100 most rapidly growing counties; the center of the nation's population, now southwest of St. Louis, is moving south and west at a rate of two feet an hour; only two Democratic Presidents have been elected in the last 38 years; in the 15 elections since World War II, only twice has a Democrat received 50 percent of the vote. Two years later, these facts do not seem so impressive.

In 2000 and 2004, Bush twice carried 29 states that now have 274 electoral votes; Gore and Kerry carried 18 that now have 248. Not much needs to change in politics in order for a lot to change in governance. And Obama, like the rest of us, has been warned, by William Butler

Yeats: All life is a preparation for something that probably will never happen.

Unless you make it happen.

If they can't make it there.....


This article slays me...

Madison liberals hold a rally to save Air America and their reasoning on why it should be kept on the air.... pointing to the stations relatively healthy ratings in the market, particularly when compared to progressive-format broadcasters elsewhere in the nation.

So the station does well when you compare it to other stations using the same format elsewhere... Who cares. The ONLY metric that matters is how the station is doing in Madison! (badly)

Radio is a business. It matters not what ratings are elsewhere, it matters what ratings are in Madison. Ratings = revenue. And even in Madison revenue matters.

Look, if Air America is not on the air in Madison will there be any serious decline in the availability of liberal thought there? Seriously, every time I go to Madison liberal thought is so prevalent I feel like I am in a foreign land.

If someone, anyone, thought they could be profitable running liberal talk in Madison they would put it on the air! This is free market, not NPR...

Oh yeah, they do have NPR don't they?

Former CNN News Chief To Launch 'IraqSlogger' Site

By Greg Mitchell Published: December 13, 2006 3:05 PM ET

NEW YORK For the past four years there has been no shortage of news and views on Iraq and the long-running war there. What’s been missing: a one-stop-shopping clearinghouse for nonpartisan information, including material coming out of Iraq itself from natives of that country, not from foreign correspondents.

Now that need is finally being addressed in the form of IraqSlogger, in Beta at www.iraqslogger.com, but due to be officially launched next week. Its director is the former CNN news division chief, Eason Jordan, who quit that post suddenly in 2005 after 23 years with the company. The name of his new venture, he says, was inspired by a Donald Rumsfeld reference to this war being a “long, hard slog.”

The concept, Jordan tells E&P, “grew out of the feeling that I think many people shared that there was no one place to go. Individual news organizations do terrific work but you can spend the better part of a day going from one site to another and one TV outlet to another,” searching for a full picture.

“Iraq is the story of our time,” he declares. His goal for the site is for it to become nothing less than “the world's premier Iraq-focused information source” -- and with no “political slant.”

First, Eason Jordan would not know non-partisan if ti bit him in the keaster.

Second, I thought we already had an all Iraq, all the time network in CNN.

December 13, 2006

Balancing Act.

So, Democratic Senator Tim Johnson has been hospitalized sending pundits across the nation into a complete and total tizzy.

You see if Johnson needs a replacement that person will be picked by Republican Governor Mike Rounds of South Dakota. Routinely when doing these sorts of appointments Governors appoint persons of their own party.

This would throw control of the Senate back to the Republicans.

I have a problem with this practice.

If a Republican is replacing a Democrat they should replace them with another Democrat.

The same should be true in reverse. Getting the parties to agree on that would be exceedingly difficult, but it just seems right.

Oh games would still be played, Democrat governors would put RINOS into play and I would expect Republican Governors to place centrist Dems (are there any left?).

However, balance should not change due to a medical condition or the unfortunate death of someone.

How old is too old?

There have been two articles in the Racine paper in recent days concerning older drivers getting into accidents.

One highlighted a 77 year old man in Oshkosh who drove into a restaurant injuring four, the other an 84 year old man in Caledonia who had an encounter with a freight train yet somehow escaped injury.

The State of Wisconsin places no restrictions on drivers licensing due to age, none. If you are 82 and need your license renewed you get it for another 8 years! The same goes for your 90 year old renewal, the DMV will give you a new license until you are 98 assuming you can pass the vision test.

My Grandmother is 89 years old, she lives in Chillicothe, Illinois. She has to take a road test every year to keep her license. Even at that she only drives to the grocery store and even then she cuts through a cemetery to avoid the main road in her town for that three block trip.

Why does Wisconsin continue to ignore this problem? I'll tell you why, it is because seniors vote and legislators of both parties are more worried about grey haired retribution than keeping seniors and the rest of us safe from some seniors who should not be on the road.

So how old is too old, or what should licensing and testing requirements look like?

I'm also curious why in two articles in two days on this issue the Racine paper did not ask this basic question?

December 12, 2006

A note from Alderman Karas.

I just got this from Racine Alderman Pete Karas, he is recovering from neck surgery.

We wish him well.

I thought it would be timely to provide an update on my medical condition and return timetable.

First, at this point, the surgery appears to be a success, although I will know more after the next neurologist appointment next week. The neck surgery pain level and recovery time is certainly much less than the lower back surgery which I had performed earlier in the year. If all goes well, I should be able to reassume aldermanic duties (including starting to attend most meetings) sometime in January. Some of my attendance may ultimately depend on when I get the go-ahead to drive. I’ve been advised that the most likely date for me to be full speed again is in early February. For now, my voice has mostly returned (to the dismay of some, I’m sure J ) and if anyone needs to contact me about a City matter, I may be reached at either 633-2540 or 498-5021 (or via email.) Please feel free to leave a message if you receive voice mail on either line. If there is a citizen item that needs personal attention and, Ald. Ray DeHahn may be contacted as he has been doing a fine job helping my constituents during my absences.

Hope all is well with everyone else!

Ald. Pete Karas

Ps: This should be it. With both the back and neck ‘repaired,’ I don’t expect to be laid off for any more extended periods of time.

Destroying the liberal argument

I wrote a long brilliant response yesterday that got electro-blipped out of existence.

I was writing in response to a post on my Baker-Hamilton piece, I thought I would reconstruct it piece by piece.

In response to this... "it bears repeating that invading Iraq had no rational place as a response to the terrorist attacks of 9/11. None at all. Is it a factor now? Yeah. Only insofar as our invasion and occupation has boosted al Qaeda recruitment, radicalized previously moderate Muslims against us, and given non-Iraqi terrorists a prime venue in which to attack us at will. "

This is the basis of the liberal response to the war in Iraq. Hussien didn't have anything to with 9-11. That is only relevant if you think we went to war over 9-11.

9-11 was the straw that broke the camel's back so to speak. We had been attacked multiple times by Islamic terrorists. 9-11 made it clear that if we continued to not respond they weren't going to stop. To the terrorists this is not a conventional war declared by this government against that this a jihad against the infidels.

We went into Iraq for a number of reasons, one of them being Hussien's Iraq was a safe haven for terrorists, he paid ransoms for suicide bombers, he let terrorists train on his soil, etc. Again, this was a war on terror, NOT a war in retribution for 9-11. To attempt to make that case is to ignore all of the other attacks and Hussien's history in being buddy buddy with terrorism. To make that point is to make a reactionary political point and ignore all of the other attacks against this country.

I am also tired of this recruitment point. Gee the 9-11 attacks also fueled US military recruitment, you never see liberals making that point. Instead we get Charlie Rangle pushing a draft for a political point. They made huge noise over a couple of months when US military recruitment numbers did not make goals even though over-all year to date recruitment was on target. Why the disparity? Political reasons, power.

If we had not gone after Al-Qaeda and terrorisms in general would terrorist have not been recruiting? Please.

For once I wish these people would offer something constructive instead of stupid small points designed for political benefit rather than any honest political discourse.

Find a small point say it often enough and the people will eventually start to believe you.

To follow the liberal line through to its logical conclusion makes no sense. So if we had not been to Iraq, terrorist recruitment would be less and then what... Would they be less likely to attack us again?

No.

They need to recruit because we are killing them, we are killing them where they are instead of where we are.

I like that.

The war on terror is a big picture concept. Liberals out of power ignored the big picture and made a strategic decision to find a number of small points and pound them home.

It worked, they got their power back.

The enemy is happy about that.

I'm not.

Some us, believe it or not, still support the war on terror. In fact we have not been anywhere near aggressive enough (again for political purposes) in fighting it.

We see the big picture.

There is an enemy out there, one that waits and trains and plans and destroys innocents. They are hard to find, they are hard to fight, they want to kill us because they think it is their holy destiny to rule the world.

You can't negotiate with evil and evil never changes.

You can either destroy it, or ignore it and wait for it to destroy you.

December 11, 2006

Incoming House intelligence chief botches easy intel quiz

Why does this not surprise me?

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Rep. Silvestre Reyes of Texas, who incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has tapped to head the Intelligence Committee when the Democrats take over in January, failed a quiz of basic questions about al Qaeda and Hezbollah, two of the key terrorist organizations the intelligence community has focused on since the September 11, 2001 attacks.

When asked by CQ National Security Editor Jeff Stein whether al Qaeda is one or the other of the two major branches of Islam -- Sunni or Shiite -- Reyes answered "they are probably both," then ventured "Predominantly -- probably Shiite."

That is wrong. Al Qaeda was founded by Osama bin Laden as a Sunni organization and views Shiites as heretics.

Reyes could also not answer questions put by Stein about Hezbollah, a Shiite group on the U.S. list of terrorist organizations that is based in Southern Lebanon.

Stein's column about Reyes' answers was published on CQ's Web site Friday evening.

In an interview with CNN, Stein said he was "amazed" by Reyes' lack of what he considers basic information about two of the major terrorists organizations.

"If you're the baseball commissioner and you don't know the difference between the Yankees and the Red Sox, you don't know baseball," Stein said. "You're not going to have the respect of the people you work with."

While Stein said Reyes is "not a stupid guy," his lack of knowledge said it could hamper Reyes' ability to provide effective oversight of the intelligence community, Stein believes."If you don't have the basics, how do you effectively question the administration?" he asked. "You don't know who is on first."

A picture tells...

Clinton Administration spied on Diana without permission from Brits...

American intelligence agencies were bugging Princess Diana's telephone over her relationship with a US billionaire, the Mail's sister paper has learned.

Evening Standard reports that she was even forced to abandon a planned holiday with her sons in the US with tycoon Teddy Forstmann on advice from secret services, who passed on their concerns to their British counterparts.

Both US and British intelligence then forced Diana to change her plans to stay with Mr Forstmann in the summer of 1997, saying it was too "dangerous" to take her sons there.
Instead the princess took the fateful decision to take a summer break with Harrods owner Mohamed Fayed. This ultimately led to her going to Paris with his son Dodi, where they died in a car crash.

The rest...

Monday Random Quotes.

Showing of the privates for the paparazzi. Ramon'

I hear that the McJackson’s have a problem with Barack Obama. Patrick.

As usual… tasteless. Owen.

A little too far? I’ll tell you who went too far, her mother and father… Chris.

Bart nails one of life’s truths Chris. (No a different Chris)

Jimmy Carter can add a new title: plagiarist. Peter.

they can use mine, for a nominal fee, of course. Asian Badger.

Sounds racist to me! Kathy.

he can be a bus driver for a charter school. The Game.

Butt-Head Driver Award Billiam.

We will never achieve a colorblind society by focusing on people’s color. Elliot. (Preach it!)

Us normal people will be good Americans and watch football. Sean.

There's not even any nudity. Jenna.

I do have a kissing ball. Phoenix.

His parents named him Lucius. Not bad you say? Pair it with his (birth) last name... Nicole.

Heaux Heaux Heaux. Kate.

the world is ready for a new Christmas Carol. Grumps.

These are Carol's. Clint.

December 10, 2006

Cow 'emissions' more damaging to planet than CO2 from cars

I didn't do it...

Meet the world's top destroyer of the environment. It is not the car, or the plane,or even George Bush: it is the cow.

A United Nations report has identified the world's rapidly growing herds of cattle as the greatest threat to the climate, forests and wildlife. And they are blamed for a host of other environmental crimes, from acid rain to the introduction of alien species, from producing deserts to creating dead zones in the oceans, from poisoning rivers and drinking water to destroying coral reefs.

The 400-page report by the Food and Agricultural Organisation, entitled Livestock's Long Shadow, also surveys the damage done by sheep, chickens, pigs and goats. But in almost every case, the world's 1.5 billion cattle are most to blame. Livestock are responsible for 18 per cent of the greenhouse gases that cause global warming, more than cars, planes and all other forms of transport put together.

7 Wonders of Wisconsin

Some online idiot has put together a list of the 7 wonders of each state in our nation.

I thought the Wisconsin list could not have been more wrong.

My question is, what would you have on your list?

This is the published list:

Sugar River State Trail

"The Sugar River State Trail is a 23-mile long, 265-acre, recreation rail trail in Wisconsin. This trail connects four communities: New Glarus, Monticello, Albany and Brodhead.

National Railroad Museum

"The National Railroad Museum, located in Ashwaubenon, Wisconsin (a suburb of Green Bay), is one of the oldest museums dedicated to railroad history. It was founded in 1956 by community volunteers in Green Bay who contributed time and resources. Throughout its history, patron contributions have continued to create one of the largest railroad preservation institutions in the United States. "

House on the Rock

"The House on the Rock is a complex of architecturally unique rooms, streets, gardens and shops built mostly by Alex Jordan, Jr. The "house" itself was begun in the 1940s atop Deer Shelter Rock, a column of rock 450 feet tall, 70 feet by 200 feet on the top, that stands in a field in Spring Green, Wisconsin. "

Racine Zoological Gardens

"The mission of the Racine Zoological Society is to foster an enlightening and affordable wildlife experience that improves the bond between people and nature. The Society will provide for the recreation and education of the people, the conservation of wildlife and wild places, and the advancement of science. "

Dells of the Wisconsin River

"The Dells of the Wisconsin River (used in the singular, and also called the Wisconsin Dells) is a 5 mile (8 km) gorge on the Wisconsin River in southern Wisconsin in the United States noted for its particular scenic beauty, in particular for its unique sandstone rock formations and tributary canyons. "

Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

"It is known for its collection of historic lighthouses (called "the nation's finest"), sandstone sea caves, a few old growth remnant forests, and natural animal habitats among many other things. "

Noah's Ark Water Park

"Noah's Ark is America's largest water park, with over 40 water slides and dozens of other various attractions. Located in the city of Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin (the "Water Park Capital of the World," with 18 indoor water parks), "

Time Warner Cable Sues DirecTV

Maybe if you were not spending so much money filing frivolous lawsuits you could afford to put the NFL network on my ^&@*!^&@*!() cable.

NEW YORK (AP) - Time Warner Cable has sued DirecTV Group Inc., accusing the satellite television broadcaster of deceptive trade practices and false advertising regarding the NFL Network.

The lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Manhattan claims DirecTV lied about the accessibility of professional football broadcasts in an attempt to pry away customers from Time Warner Cable.

This should make lilerals heads explode.

UN downgrades man's impact on the climate

Mankind has had less effect on global warming than previously supposed, a United Nations report on climate change will claim next year.

The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says there can be little doubt that humans are responsible for warming the planet, but the organisation has reduced its overall estimate of this effect by 25 per cent.

DEFEND GLOBAL WARMING HYPE OR THE UN? NOW THIS IS WHAT YOU CALL A LIBERAL CONUNDRUM.

How Democrats really feel about ethics?


They love their own thieves...

Rep. Jefferson Re-elected in Louisiana

U.S. Rep. William Jefferson easily defeated his fellow Democratic opponent in a runoff election Saturday, despite an ongoing federal bribery investigation.

In complete but unofficial returns, Jefferson, Louisiana's first black congressman since Reconstruction, received 57 percent of the vote over state Rep. Karen Carter, who had 43 percent.

Carter was unable to capitalize on a scandal that included allegations the FBI found $90,000 in bribe money in Jefferson's freezer.

Yes, the same William Jefferson who diverted rescue efforts in the Katrina aftermath to retrieve his ill gotten $90,000. For all the liberal sniping about Katrina they ignored their own crooked Congressman.

When it comes time to put up or shut up why do Democrats keep sending their very worst back to office again and again?

Dear God

Thought of the week.

Never answer an anonymous letter.

US bugged Diana's phone on night of death crash

The American secret service was bugging Princess Diana's telephone conversations without the approval of the British security services on the night she died, according to the most comprehensive report on her death, to be published this week.

Among extraordinary details due to emerge in the report by former Metropolitan police commissioner Lord Stevens is the revelation that the US security service was bugging her calls in the hours before she was killed in a car crash in Paris.

The rest.

Who was President when we bugged her?