Thursday, July 28, 2005

Run, Dick, Run

According to The Drudge Report, curmudgeon, rabid anti-Bushite and ultra-liberal newswoman Helen Thomas has vowed to kill herself if Vice President Dick Cheney announces he'll run for president in 2008.

Hey, Dick, all you have to do is announce. Then you can retract it.

Maybe she'll reinstitute self-immolation like the Buddhist monks used in protest during the Vietnam War, in Vietnam?

But, seriously, Thomas epitomizes how genuinely lost and ridiculous some advocacy-media types and some of the Democrat-liberal-leftist sector really are.

Saturday, July 16, 2005

The hand of God

But for the hand of God, I'd be dead. Couldn't be clearer. His mercies are incredible.

I've been mostly off the air since July 1, as a result of a very severe vehicle accident.

An 18-wheeler leased or owned by the Kroger Company rear-ended me and my former 1998 Dodge Dakota at a stoplight July 1. It was on a four-lane road, on a sunny day, with no impaired vision of the the line of cars in which I was last.

I was knocked unconscious, my truck destroyed and they had to cut me out of the truck. There's a bunch of physical things that have occurred, including some broken ribs.

I've been feeling pretty lousy and haven't had much motivation to post about anything.

It'll be awhile before I post, I believe.

BTW: Dealing with the trucker's insurer is most unpleasant. They want to give me about 60 percent of what my truck's value, even according to nadaguides.com, and they insulted me by floating a total offer of $15,000 for truck and medical bills.

I could chew nails.

I laughed at them, literally, when I heard the offers, particularly the latter. I've probably already got more than $10,000 in medical bills and I'm only two weeks into the post-accident period.

I told the insurance agent a few things. One, her client hit the wrong person. Two, they will give me what I'm asking on my truck or I'll see them in court and provoke them to spend money. And, three, they need to put several times the amount of the total offer in the bank.

Later.

Thursday, July 07, 2005

Up yours, terrorist morons!

Today’s bombings will not weaken in any way our resolve to uphold the most deeply-held principles of our societies and to defeat those who would impose their fanaticism and extremism on all of us. We shall prevail and they shall not. . . .

It is important, however, that those engaged in terrorism realise that our determination to defend our values and our way of life is greater than their determination to cause death and destruction to innocent people in a desire impose extremism on the world.

Whatever they do it is our determination that they will never succeed in destroying what we hold dear in this country and in other civilised nations throughout the world.
Tony Blair
Prime Minister
United Kingdom
July 7, 2005



We will not yield to these people. We will find them, we will bring them to justice and at the same time we will spread an ideology of hope and compassion that will overwhelm their ideology of hate.
George W. Bush
July 7, 2005

Wherever such inhuman crimes occur we must unconditionally condemn them and unite all civilised countries in the struggle against terrorism.
Vladimir Putin
President of the Russian Federation
July 7, 2005

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Grievance mongering, Take #2

More on the hate-crime against Muslims that wasn't.

According to Michele Malkin:
According to the AP, a Muslim Virginia Tech student took responsibility saying he dropped off the burned Koran and other singed materials at the mosque, hoping "it could be given a respectful disposal."

(Blacksburg, Va.) Police Lt. Bruce Bradberry reported that the student, who was not named, apparently contacted police last week, "saying he was going to be traveling abroad and didn't know what to do with the Koran, which had been burned in a 2004 house fire. The student said he placed the book and other fire-damaged materials in a bag and left the bag at the Islamic Center with a note, which apparently blew away."
In "Rash thinking leads to a wrong conclusion," the Roanoke Times today issued its weak mea culpa. My favorite is their punchline:
But reflexively leaping to protect and defend a group targeted ostensibly by hatemongers, as we did, is just as misguided. The lesson to be learned, yet again: Gather facts, not prejudices, before reaching a conclusion.
Note that they did not apologize for their knee-jerk response. And, really, they didn't even get to the heart of the matter: They went into the assignment with bias, which denied the objectivity it required.

Too, if you read their editorial, they also don't mention what a doofus the Egyptian Muslim student is, other than to say--and this is priceless in its hands-off, politically correct way of criticism:
Perhaps the man could have found a better way to communicate with mosque members.
Yes, indeed he could have. To wit: He could've spoken to someone directly. It's what we outside of Virginia Tech's Muslim community call personal communication, not mindreading or divination.

Malkin reports what are now self-condemning statements by Blacksburg's Muslims, which earn the Chicken Little Award:
Muslims in Virginia also expressed their knee-jerk outrage: "It is a shame that people are so ignorant," said Blacksburg mosque member Idris Adjerid.

Ahmed Sidky, a Muslim graduate student at nearby Virginia Tech, told the Roanoake Times that the case "was certainly very symbolic."
Indeed, the Muslim community, local and national, showed its ignorance on this. That is a continued, predictable pattern with national organizations, particularly.

And, yes, it is symbolic, in that it represents yet another fraudulent hate crime that got tagged on the community without any substance to back it up.

Knee-jerk American Islam

Do we laugh, cry or scream about the hypersensitivity and knee-jerk responses of Muslims in America who now translate most anything as a “hate” crime against them?

Close to home, in Blacksburg, Va., last month, at the Islamic Center of Blacksburg, members found a plastic shopping bag in front of the door filled with a charred copy of the Quran and the burnt pages of Arabic books, according to the Washington Post and the Roanoake Times.

Of course, assumptions were made that this was a “hate” crime. The FBI office in Roanoke got involved. And predictably, pro-Muslim groups jerked their knees and pointed fingers.

In June, Ibrahim Hooper, the executive director of the Council for American-Islamic Relations--which has had terrorist-connected officials in it--issued a news release regarding the Blacksburg incident. The news release called on "Americans of all faiths to obtain and read the Quran after burned copies of Islam's revealed text were found outside a Virginia mosque."

In that release, CAIR's Maryland and Virginia chapter (CAIR-MD/VA) Director of Civil Rights Shama Farooq said:
A redoubled commitment to freedom of thought and religious diversity is the best response to the burning of any sacred text. We ask people of good will in Virginia and throughout the nation to help promote interfaith understanding by obtaining and reading a Quran.
Laila al-Qatami, a spokeswoman for the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee in Washington, said, according to the Post:
...she found the Koran incident in Blacksburg “shocking” and urged police and the FBI to determine whether it was motivated by hate.

“If the pages of another holy book were burned and delivered to a place of worship, people would think yes, someone has an agenda,” she said. “pages don’t’ burn themselves and appear in a bag outside a place of worship. Someone willfully did this.”
Well, al-Qatami’s rapier-like intelligence was on the mark on the willfulness and even the agenda.

But it was a Muslim who did this.

According to WorldNetDaily today:
Local police reported yesterday that a Muslim Virginia Tech student said he left the Quran at the local mosque because it had been damaged in a fire and he hoped it could be given a respectful disposal.

The student, whose name was not released, contacted police last week, saying he planned to travel abroad and didn't know what to do with the Quran, which had been burned in a 2004 house fire, the Times reported.

The student said he left an explanatory note with the bag, but it blew away.
Oh, please.

Besides the tongue lashing and ass-kicking that student richly deserves for remaining silent—-plus repayment of all costs for the involvement of the FBI and local police and others, as well as a lesson in how to attached a message plus a short, but intense, course in current events and those things which might be considered incendiary-—al-Qatami and CAIR should immediately issue an apology to the community and nation.

And she, CAIR and other Muslims should reprimand the student and demand that he get his head out of a certain body cavity where it seems to reside.

Perhaps they might even tell him to get off his duff and start communicating with the local mosque?

Finally, perhaps they could get off their pretentious religious horse and end their lecturing of America--that is, once they clean up Islam around the world and how it treats its own holy book and practitioners?

None of this will happen, though.

That would call for them, especially CAIR, to end their hypersensitive, victim-centric relationship with America. Too, they would have to end their exploitation of self-appointed-but-non-elected theologian-in-chief George W. Bush and his administration's kid-glove handling of them and characterization of Islam as a "religion of peace." By the way, Islam does not mean peace, it means submission. Big difference.

al-Qatami's and CAIR's predicatable knee-jerk response demonstrates that if you look for something, you'll most likely find it. This is an example of an a priori assumption being given legs by an all-too-willing press, as well as special interest groups, including Islam itself.

And, lest we forget, if you assume something, you make an ass of you and me--but especially you.

Monday, July 04, 2005


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Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776


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IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,


When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.--Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:

For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences

For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:

For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.


Column 1
Georgia:
Button Gwinnett
Lyman Hall
George Walton

Column 2
North Carolina:
William Hooper
Joseph Hewes
John Penn
South Carolina:
Edward Rutledge
Thomas Heyward, Jr.
Thomas Lynch, Jr.
Arthur Middleton

Column 3
Massachusetts:
John Hancock
Maryland:
Samuel Chase
William Paca
Thomas Stone
Charles Carroll of Carrollton
Virginia:
George Wythe
Richard Henry Lee
Thomas Jefferson
Benjamin Harrison
Thomas Nelson, Jr.
Francis Lightfoot Lee
Carter Braxton

Column 4
Pennsylvania:
Robert Morris
Benjamin Rush
Benjamin Franklin
John Morton
George Clymer
James Smith
George Taylor
James Wilson
George Ross
Delaware:
Caesar Rodney
George Read
Thomas McKean

Column 5
New York:
William Floyd
Philip Livingston
Francis Lewis
Lewis Morris
New Jersey:
Richard Stockton
John Witherspoon
Francis Hopkinson
John Hart
Abraham Clark

Column 6
New Hampshire:
Josiah Bartlett
William Whipple
Massachusetts:
Samuel Adams
John Adams
Robert Treat Paine
Elbridge Gerry
Rhode Island:
Stephen Hopkins
William Ellery
Connecticut:
Roger Sherman
Samuel Huntington
William Williams
Oliver Wolcott
New Hampshire:
Matthew Thornton

You're a Grand Old Flag


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You're a grand old flag,
You're a high flying flag,
And forever in peace may you wave.
You're the emblem of the land I love,
The home of the free and the brave.
Ev'ry heart beats true
'Neath the Red, White and Blue.
Where there's never a boast or a brag.
But should auld acquaintance be forgot,
Keep your eyes on the grand old flag!

There's a feeling comes a-stealing,
And it sets my brain a-reeling,
When I'm listening to the music of a military band.
Any tune like "Yankee Doodle"
Simply sets me off my noodle,
It's that patriotic something that no one can understand.

"Way down South, in the land of cotton",
Melody untiring,
Ain't that inspiring?
Hurrah! Hurrah! We'll join the Jubilee!
And that's going some,
For the Yankees, by gum!
Red, white and blue, I am for you!
Honest, you're a grand old flag!

You're a Grand Old Flag
You're a high flying flag
And forever, in peace, may you wave!
You're the emblem of the land I love,
The home of the free and the brave!

Ev'ry heart beats true 'neath the Red, White, and Blue,
Where there's never a boast or brag.
But should auld acquaintance be forgot
Keep your eye on the Grand Old Flag!

I'm a cranky hanky panky,
I'm a dead square, honest Yankee,
And I'm mighty proud of that old flag
That flies for Uncle Sam.

Though I don't believe in raving
Ev'ry time I see it waving,
There's a chill runs up my back that makes me glad I'm what I am.

Here's a land with a million soldiers,
That's if we should need 'em,
We'll fight for freedom!

Hurrah! Hurrah! For every Yankee tar
And old G.A.R.
Ev'ry stripe, ev'ry star.
Red, white and blue,
Hats off to you
Honest, you're a grand old flag!

You're a Grand Old Flag
You're a High Flying Flag
And forever, in peace, may you wave!
You're the emblem of the land I love,
The home of the free and the brave!

Ev'ry heart beats true 'neath the Red, White, and Blue,
Where there's never a boast or brag.
But should auld acquaintance be forgot
Keep your eye on the Grand Old Flag!

You're a grand old flag,
You're a high flying flag
And forever in peace may you wave.
You're the emblem of
The land I love.
The home of the free and the brave.
Ev'ry heart beats true
'neath the Red, White and Blue,
Where there's never a boast or brag.
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
Keep your eye on the grand old flag.
George M. Cohan

Star Spangled Banner


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Oh, say can you see, by the dawn's early light,
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars, through the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
O say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?


On the shore, dimly seen through the mists of the deep,
Where the foe's haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o'er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning's first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines on the stream:
'Tis the star-spangled banner! O long may it wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.


And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle's confusion
A home and a country should leave us no more?
Their blood has wiped out their foul footstep's pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave:
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.


Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved homes and the war's desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heaven-rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: "In God is our trust."
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!
--Francis Scott Key

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