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calendar   Thursday - July 29, 2004

Meet the Enemy

I found this in James Taranto's Best of the Web today. If you click on the link later on it will not be there so here it is in its entirety. But really, make the The Best of the Web a "must read" every day.

This one should give you a very good indication of the stupid assholes we have in this country who can't quite seem to grasp the reality of certain situations. They swallow the party line and have no ability to see beyond the blinders of their hatred for all things American.

Yes, Virginia, these people are proof positive that there IS brainwashing in America.

Here it is:

The Agony of the Feet

The next day, the pantomime Gongsters are gone from Copley Square. In their place are shoes--thousands and thousands of shoes. Multitudes of boots are arranged carefully on the lawn, with a sign explaining, "These 907 pairs of boots represent the U.S. soldiers killed in the Iraq war." Then there's a sloppy pile of shoes with another sign: "These 1,000 pairs of shoes represent a small fraction of the estimated 16,000 Iraqis killed in the war."

There are no million shoes for Saddam Hussein's Iraqi, Iranian and Kuwaiti victims; only his American victims seem to matter, and only those Iraqis killed in connection with a U.S. military intervention. Come to think of it, there also are no 3,000 pairs of shoes for those who died at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon--even though the group sponsoring this display styles itself Sept. 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows.

We approach a middle-aged man of ample girth, who seems to be in charge. "How many shoes do you have for Saddam Hussein's victims?" we ask.

He stands silent, facing us. He seems to be staring us down, but we have no way of knowing for sure, as he's wearing sunglasses, even though the day is overcast. Finally, after perhaps 15 seconds, he breaks the silence:

"Shame on you," he says.

He explains that his group has simply chosen--arbitrarily, if we understand him correctly--to highlight the U.S. soldiers and Iraqi civilians killed in the liberation. He offers an analogy: "There are books that are written about one thing, there are books that are written about other things."

We persist: Saddam's victims don't count unless they're American?

"Somebody else is dealing with that."

We point to the shoes representing the fallen soldiers: "Yeah, these guys are dealing with that."

Whereupon he says: "It saddens me deeply to see the anger in your face." And we suppose he has a point. We are ticked off at just that moment. There's something especially despicable about those who exploit the memories of American soldiers to further the false claim that they died for an unjust cause.

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Posted by Ranting Right Wing Howler   United States  on 07/29/2004 at 11:01 AM   
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Muslims and Illegal Aliens

How many thousands (possibly millions) of Americans have to die in terrorsit attacks before the government gets serious about these shitbirds popping over our borders illegally and just start shooting them on sight or wherever they are caught?

First we have a South African women arrested who may be a higher up on the Al Qaeda chain.

Then we have an engineer working for the city of Dallas arrested for funding Hamas.

It's bad enough we have to deal with illegal Mexicans coming across. Now we have Muslims, trying to look like Mexicans, doing the same thing.

And the pity? Well, it's that we have no harsh rules in effect for when we DO capture these fucktards.

It is time to shut down the borders. Hell, give me a gun and liberal rules of engagement and I'll work on the borders for free. I'd kill every asshole that tried to sneak over regardless of age, sex, religion, etc. I AM an equal opportunity "illegals" eliminator.

Believe me, once word got out that Americans were empowered to protest their own borders, you'd see a big decline in this sort of crap.
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Posted by Ranting Right Wing Howler   United States  on 07/29/2004 at 10:44 AM   
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From the “Who Gives A F**k” Department

Looks like Saddam's ass-sucking lawyer is worried that he may die from a stroke before the trial. The only stroke I want this asshole to have is the stroke a bullet gives his brain.

Better yet, they should turn him over to the victims' families so they have a chance to get a couple of "strokes" in before that piece of shit does die.
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Posted by Ranting Right Wing Howler   United States  on 07/29/2004 at 10:36 AM   
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John Kerry For President!

I would have missed this if not for Bob. Thanks!


Yep, that's right. I think the time has come for John Kerry to be President.....of France.
At least that's the premise behind the article by Burt Prelutsky.

A couple of gems:
It always kills me when some cluck – usually a Democrat – pushes through a trillion-dollar entitlement program in Congress, and then takes bows as if he's just written a personal check.


Kerry, if he really cared about the working stiff, would ask Teresa to liquidate her holdings in Heinz, a company that has most of its bottling plants outside the U.S., and, with the billion dollar proceeds, start up a company that could employ thousands of Americans.

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Posted by Ranting Right Wing Howler   United States  on 07/29/2004 at 10:33 AM   
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Late Night Humor

Courtesy of Newsmax


From Jay Leno

Did you all see Hillary Clinton introduce Bill last night in Boston? It was like the party faithful introducing the party unfaithful.

There was one awkward moment when Hillary turned to Bill slapped him and said, "Which of your little whores gave you that tie!”

As I’m sure you know, former President Clinton spoke last night but he did not give the keynote address. Although I do understand he did give a key, a note, and his address to a waitress who was working the concessions stand.

I’m sure you saw this on the news last night the convention center was surrounded by police, FBI, they had sharpshooters on every roof top, security was tighter than John Kerry’s face after a Botox injection.

At the convention last night, Democrats were mad about all the good jobs lost because of Bush…..Whoopi Goldberg’s, Linda Ronstadt’s, Al Gore…. A lot of jobs….lot of jobs…

Did you see Kerry trying to throw out the first pitch at the Red Sox – Yankees game the other night. It didn’t even make it all the way to the plate. In fact, his pitch was so weak, today he was offered a contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

I tell you...(Lance Armstrong) really is a hero because they treated him terribly over there. They booed at him, they called him names, they threw drinks at him as he went by. He said he felt like Linda Rondstadt.

Coming out in a few minutes, we have the Governor of Kentucky Ernie Fletcher on the show. You know the difference between California and Kentucky? In Kentucky, when three-year olds are running fast, it’s called the Kentucky Derby. In California, when three-year olds are running fast, it’s called the Neverland Ranch.


From Letterman

It’s was cold here in New York City for this time of year. But not as chilly as that hug between Bill and Hillary last night.

Michael Moore is at the convention – which explains the tight security around the buffet.

John Kerry’s theme for the convention is "a lifetime of strength and service”. Is it really a good idea to run on an old Maytag slogan?

Did you see Bill Clinton speak at the convention last night? Did you see Bubba? Wooo! He had to stop 23 times for applause and 3 times for sex.
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Posted by Ranting Right Wing Howler   United States  on 07/29/2004 at 10:20 AM   
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Quote of the Day

When we are born, we cry, that we are come to this great stage of fools. William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616)


On This Day in History

1958 President Eisenhower signed the congressional act that created the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) was authorized by Congress.
1890 Artist Vincent van Gogh died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in Auvers, France.
1936 RCA shows the 1st real TV program (dancing, film on locomotives, Bonwit Teller fashion show & monologue from Tobacco Road & comedy)
1952 1st nonstop transpacific flight by a jet
1974 St Louis Card Lou Brock steals his 700th base

1967 Fire ravages U.S. carrier off Vietnam
Fire sweeps the U.S. aircraft carrier Forrestal off the coast of North Vietnam in the Gulf of Tonkin. It was the worst U.S. naval disaster in a combat zone since World War II. The accident took the lives of 134 crewmen and injured 62 more. Of the carrier's 80 planes, 21 were destroyed and 42 were damaged.

1976 The Son of Sam terrorizes New York
The so-called "Son of Sam" pulls a gun from a paper bag and fires five shots at Donna Lauria and Jody Valenti of the Bronx while they are sitting in a car, talking. Lauria died and Valenti was seriously wounded in the first in a series of shootings by the serial killer, who terrorized New York City over the course of the next year.
Once dubbed the ".44 Caliber Killer," the Son of Sam eventually got his name from letters he sent to both the police and famed newspaper writer Jimmy Breslin that said, "I am a monster. I am the Son of Sam. I love to hunt, prowling the streets looking for fair game. The weman are prettyist of all [sic]."

The second attack came on October 23, 1976, when a couple was shot as they sat in a car in Queens. A month later, two girls were talking on a stoop outside a home when the serial killer approached, asked for directions, and then suddenly pulled a gun out and fired several shots. Joanne Lomino was paralyzed from a bullet that struck her spine, but her friend was not seriously injured.

Following up on a parking ticket that had been given out that night, police discovered a machine gun in a car belonging to David Berkowitz of Yonkers, New York.

When questioned, Berkowitz explained that "Sam" was his neighbor Sam Carr-an agent of the devil. Sam transmitted his orders through his pet black Labrador. Years earlier, Berkowitz had shot the dog, complaining that its barking was keeping him from sleeping. After the dog recovered, Berkowitz claimed that it began speaking to him and demanding that he kill people.

In an unusual sequence of events, Berkowitz was allowed to plead guilty before claiming insanity and was sentenced to over 300 years in prison. In prison, he later claimed to be a born-again Christian.




Today's Birthdays

1805 Alexis de Tocqueville France, statesman/writer (Democracy in America)
1871 [Gregory Efimovich] Rasputin the mad Russian monk
1883 Benito Mussolini [Il Duce], Fascist Italian dictator (1922-43)
1905 Dag Hammarskjold 2nd UN Secretary-General (1953-61) (Nobel 1961)
1936 Elizabeth Dole US Secretary of Transportation (1983-87)



Thanks to The Quotations Page Famous Birthdays Snopes
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Posted by Ranting Right Wing Howler   United States  on 07/29/2004 at 10:08 AM   
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calendar   Wednesday - July 28, 2004

One More For The Road

Almost out the door when this came in (thanks to Don R. - keep your powder dry, guy!). Caesar sincerely appreciates all the support and help from all our readers out there who have worked to help our Imperial presence through this crisis in spying out the enemy. All loyal troops will be rewarded. And for those who feared I might be swayed by "The Dark Side" (Vilmar), have no fear. I have met the enemy and he are full of shit ....

God Bless America and God Bless All Of You ....


FIREARMS REFRESHER COURSE ----- From A to Z.

a. An armed man is a citizen. An unarmed man is a subject.
b. A gun in the hand is better than a cop on the phone.
c. Smith & Wesson: The original point and click interface.
d. Gun control is not about guns; it's about control.
e. If guns are outlawed, can we use swords?
f. If guns cause crime, then pencils cause misspelled words.
g. Free men do not ask permission to bear arms.
h. If you don't know your rights you don't have any.
i. Those who trade liberty for security have neither.
j. The United States Constitution © 1791 by "We, The People". All Rights Reserved.
k. What part of "shall not be infringed" do you not understand ?
l. The Second Amendment is in place in case they ignore the others.
m. 64,999,987 firearms owners killed no one yesterday.
n. Guns only have two enemies: Rust and Politicians.
o. Know guns, know peace and safety. No guns, no peace nor safety.
p. You don't shoot to kill; you shoot to stay alive.
q. 911 - government sponsored Dial a Prayer.
r. Assault is a behavior, not a device.
s. Criminals love gun control - it makes their jobs safer.
t. If Guns cause Crime, then Matches cause Arson.
u. Only a government that is afraid of it's citizens tries to control them.
v. You only have the rights you are willing to fight for.
w. Enforce the "gun control laws" we have, don't make more.
x. When you remove the people's right to bear arms, you create slaves.
y. The American Revolution would never have happened with Gun Control.
z. "...a government by the people, for the people..."
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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 07/28/2004 at 08:44 PM   
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Proclamation From Caesar: So Be It ….

Before I head off to Fleet Center for another evening of agonizing bullshit (which I am enduring only for the sake of you, our dear readers), I would like to pass along something I just received (from David H. - thanks, dude!):


MUST READ! - This is a reality check for the government and for us. After all, THE LAW IS THE LAW.
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If the US government determines that it is against the law for the words "under God" to be on our money, then, so be it.
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And if that same government decides that the "Ten Commandments" are not to be used in or on a government installation, then, so be it.
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And since they already have prohibited any prayer in the schools, of which they deem their authority, then so be it.
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I say, "so be it," because I would like to be a law abiding US citizen.
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I say, "so be it," because I would like to think that smarter people than I are in positions to make good decisions. I would like to think that those people have my best interest at heart.
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BUT, YOU KNOW WHAT ELSE I'D LIKE?
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I'd like my mail delivered on Christmas, Good Friday & Easter & Sundays.
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I'd like the US Supreme Court to be in session on Christmas, Good Friday & Easter as well as Sundays. Why should these be holidays for them if they don't believe in the reason we have them?
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I'd like the Senate and the House of representatives to not have to worry about getting home for the "Christmas Break." What is Christmas without Christ?
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I'm thinking that a lot of my taxpayer dollars could be saved, if all government offices & services would work on Christmas, Good Friday, Easter & Sundays. It shouldn't cost any overtime since those would be just like any other day of the week to a government that is trying to be "politically correct".
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This would not affect any "non-governmental" business since everyone else still has the freedom of religion, we could all still enjoy our holidays.
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So I guess if they continue to bow to the wishes of the few, & if this gets out to the right people, maybe they would bow to the wishes of the many.
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So be it...........


Caesar will have more from the Belly Of The Beast later tonight ....
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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 07/28/2004 at 08:36 PM   
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Sperm Boy gets a Colonic

Sure looks like The Poodle is trying to remake his image. First, a Vietnam vet. Then a "regular schmoe" like everyone else. Then a moderate. Then a gun buff. Now, he's the "The Impreganator." (but it looks like he's getting a Katie Couric-style colonic first!)



(Or eyes could be deceiving me and he is trying to be one of the Tele-Tubbies?)

Update from Caesar:

Actually Vilmar, sKerry has joined the Oompa-Loompas from Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory.


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Posted by Ranting Right Wing Howler   United States  on 07/28/2004 at 08:10 PM   
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Facts for you

I got this from a friend and hopefully you will benefit from the data provided. Print it out. Rub it in a liberal's face if you have to.

It comes from the Bush/Cheney '04 campaign and talks to the real numbers behind the economy. For the table which displays much of the data discussed below, please click here.


John Kerry is traveling the nation on his misery tour, inundating voters with his pessimism about America's economy. What voters may not realize, however, is that the growing economy that Kerry continues to talk down is remarkably similar to the economy Bill Clinton touted during his 1996 reelection campaign and that Kerry speaks of in glowing terms. Unemployment was 5.6 percent in May 1996, the exact same level as it is now. The average monthly payroll growth from January to May 1996 was 233,000 jobs, and from January to May 2004 the economy created an average of 238,000 jobs each month. Many key economic indicators are stronger today than in 1996, including GDP growth and homeownership.

President Bush's leadership has helped America overcome great challenges, including 9/11, war and recession. As a result of the President's pro-growth policies, America's economy today is strong and getting stronger-even stronger than Bill Clinton's 1996 economy.

Analysis

Job growth is as robust as it was in the mid-1990s. Average monthly payroll job growth for the last five months is stronger than during the same period in 1996. And contrary to Kerry's claim, the gross job growth is occurring in high-paying industries including manufacturing. On average, more Americans were in part-time jobs during President Clinton's first term than President Bush's first term. Kerry says that today's job growth is occurring only in part-time work and food service jobs, yet ignores Clinton's eight year record:

Three times more temporary jobs (1.3 million) than manufacturing jobs were created (385,000).

Four times more food service jobs (1.53 million) were created than manufacturing jobs (385,000).

More food service jobs (1.53 million) were created than Internet and telecommunications jobs (1 million).

More temporary jobs (1.3 million) were created than Internet and telecommunications jobs (1 million).


Unemployment

The unemployment rate is lower than the average of the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. The unemployment rates match President Clinton's during the exact same time periods.

Growth

Production has soared during President Bush's stewardship. Real GDP increased at an average 5.6% over the last three quarter, more than two percentage points faster than the comparable period of the Clinton Administration. Propelled by low inflation and middle class tax relief real after tax workers' pay has increased at more than twice the rate experienced at this point in the Clinton Administration, $1,900 under President Bush versus just $980 under President Clinton. Despite the stock-bubble bursting and mutual fund scandals, more American households own stock and mutual funds than in 1996. Where Kerry sees misery, consumers see progress and opportunity. Consumer sentiment is as high as it was in the mid-1990s and consumer expectations are strong as well.

Homeownership

Homeownership is at record levels and for the first time in our nation's history, more than half of all minorities own their own home. The National Realtors Association's Housing Affordability Index reveals that during the first quarter of 2004, the nation's typical household had 144.1% of the income needed to purchase a home at the median existing-home price, which was $170,800. In the first quarter, a median-income household ($54,517) could afford a home costing $246,100, which is well above the national median price of $170,800. In contrast, a median-income household could only afford a home with a median price of $145,000 in 1996.

Middle-income families are not only able to afford a home, but they're buying much larger homes. More than 57% of new home construction in 2003 were housing units larger than 2,000 square feet of floor area - up from only 48% in 1996. And today, despite Kerry's claims that middle-income families are more squeezed, families are spending more dining out, giving more to charity, and even going on more cruises - a vacation option once thought only available to the wealthy.

More To Be Done

President Bush has said that he will not rest until every American who wants a job can find one. He understands the difficulty of workers transitioning from old economy jobs to Innovation economy jobs which is why he has increased job training funding by 12% to $23 billion and raised support for Trade Adjustment Assistance by 150%. President Bush is determined, even with today's record homeownership levels, to close the gap between minority and non-minority homeownership. He has proposed the No Down Payment Mortgage and enacted the American Dream Downpayment Act to help thousands of families own their own home. The President's policies are working to strengthen our growing economy, train workers for high-paying jobs, and help Americans achieve their dreams.

Sources:

Jobs and Unemployment: BLS

Economy: Richard Rahn, "Tallying Presidential Economic Success," Washington Times, 6/18/2004; Equity Ownership in America, SIA and Investment Company Institute, 2002; Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, 5/21/2004; U.S. Census Bureau, "Statistical Abstract of the United States," 1996 and 2003; BLS

Homeownership: Census/HUD; National Realtors Association

Quality of Life: US. Census Bureau Current Population Survey; Food and Drug Administration; National Restaurant Association; Cruise Line International Association; "The 'personalities' of cruise ships," MSNBC, 12/12/2003; Giving USA 1996, 2003
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Posted by Ranting Right Wing Howler   United States  on 07/28/2004 at 01:01 PM   
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Counter-punch

Thanks to Barb I was turned on to this issue which, as I read into it, really rankles me.

It concerns Andrew Sullivan, the openly homosexual journalist and commentary writer who professes to be Republican but is now equally openly considering the possibility of voting for Kerry. (Can you tell it will be for one issue only regardless of what he may be saying?)

It all started with this site, The Spoons Experience criticizing Sullivan for his blatant "donations" icon after every post. Sullivan claims to need to money to run his blog. Spoons disagrees.

So the effort is this: rather than contribute to Sullivan, how about donating to other "more conservative" sites: like ours? hehehe

Really, though, what Sullivan is doing is blatant pandering. I am not sure if he is serious about voting for Kerry or if it is just a ruse to dupe liberals to give him money. A part of me says that if he engages in the latter and actually gets donations, so much the better as those liberals now have less to give to other liberals.

A bigger part of me says it is unethical and does not reflect well on other conservative bloggers for we will be seen as nothing but a bunch of money grubbers. Worse yet we will be likened to politicians who will say anything to get you to support them.

OK, I've said/made my piece/peace on this issue.
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Posted by Ranting Right Wing Howler   United States  on 07/28/2004 at 11:32 AM   
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What to Watch For

When The Poodle gives his acceptance speech on Thursday night, see if he answers these 4 questions:

1. If Kerry were president, would he be willing to use force? (he voted for this before he voted against it)

2. If Kerry had been president the past four years, would Saddam still be in power? ( see #1 above)

3. If Kerry were president, would we pull out of Iraq? (witness what he did in Vietnam)

4. If Kerry were president, would marriage be redefined? (witness how he did not vote on this resolution last week)

According to William Kristol the answers to these questions will help sKerry define himself and show how he is different from other Dems. Of course, those of us on the other side of the aisle know this is a hopeless case but it will be an interesting exercise nevertheless.

The Master of the FLIP-FLOP might be very entertaining Thursday.
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Posted by Ranting Right Wing Howler   United States  on 07/28/2004 at 11:06 AM   
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Leno’s Liners

John Kerry decided on the new party slogan, "The Democratic Party - love it or shove it”.

John Kerry threw out the first ball before last night’s Yankees-Red Sox game in Boston. You probably saw that. In fact, Kerry asked "Where do you want me on the field? I can take any position.”

Actually, Boston is the perfect city for the Democrats. The Democrats are just like the Red Sox. They’re optimistic in the spring, concerned in the summer and ready to choke in the fall.

CNN announced that Bush’s missing National Guard records have been found! Here’s the amazing thing - you know where they found ‘em? Inside former National Security Adviser Sandy Berger’s pants!

This has not been a good year for political quotes. When I was a kid, I remember John F. Kennedy, "Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” And those were great quotes. What do we have this year? We had "Shove it”, "girlie men”, and Dick Cheney saying "go f yourself.”

Congratulations to Lance Armstrong! Won his 6th Tour de France! President Bush phoned lance immediately after his win. Which was a surprise. Not that Bush called him. That he was able to get past the French operator without hanging up on him. "This is President Bush. Click. Hello, hello…it’s President Bush.”
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Posted by Ranting Right Wing Howler   United States  on 07/28/2004 at 10:40 AM   
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Quote of the Day

It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong. Voltaire (1694 - 1778)
When they call the roll in the Senate, the Senators do not know whether to answer 'Present' or 'Not guilty.' Theodore Roosevelt (1858 - 1919)


On This Day in History


1540 King Henry VIII of England's chief minister, Thomas Cromwell, was executed (all loyalists supporting Caesar take note!!!) and Henry married his fifth wife, Catherine Howard.
1750 The great baroque composer Johann Sebastian Bach died.
1868 The 14th Amendment to the Constitution, which established the citizenship of African Americans and guaranteed due process of law, was ratified.
1914 Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia, precipitating the start of World War I.
1945 US Army bomber crashes into 79th floor of Empire State Bldg, 14 die

1945 U.S. Senate approves United Nations charter
In a ringing declaration indicating that America's pre-World War II isolation was truly at an end, the U.S. Senate approves the charter establishing the United Nations. In the years to come, the United Nations would be the scene of some of the most memorable Cold War confrontations between the United States and the Soviet Union.
In 1919, following the close of World War I, President Woodrow Wilson implored the U.S. Senate to approve the charter for the League of Nations. Postwar isolationism and partisan politics killed U.S. participation in the League, however. In July 1945, with World War II coming to a close, the U.S. Senate indicated the sea change in American attitudes toward U.S. involvement in world affairs by approving the charter for the United Nations by a vote of 89 to 2. President Harry S. Truman was delighted with the vote, declaring, "The action of the Senate substantially advances the cause of world peace." Acting Secretary of State Joseph Grew also applauded the Senate's action, noting, "Millions of men, women and children have died because nations took to the naked sword instead of the conference table to settle their differences." The U.N. charter would provide the "foundation and cornerstone on which the international organization to keep the peace will be built." Once the charter had been ratified by a majority of the 50 nations that hammered out the charter in June 1945, the U.S. Senate formally approved U.S. participation in the United Nations in December 1945.
Whether the United Nations became a "foundation and cornerstone" of world peace in the years that followed is debatable, but it was certainly the scene of several notable Cold War confrontations between the United States and the Soviet Union. In 1950, with the Russians absent from the U.N. Security Council, the United States pushed through a resolution providing U.N. military assistance to South Korea in the Korean War. And in one memorable moment, during a speech denouncing Western imperialism in 1960, Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev took off one of his shoes and pounded his table with it to make his point.


1976 Worst modern earthquake
At 3:42 a.m., an earthquake measuring between 7.8 and 8.2 magnitude on the Richter scale flattens Tangshan, a Chinese industrial city with a population of about one million people. As almost everyone was asleep in their beds, instead of outside in the relative safety of the streets, the quake was especially costly in terms of human life. An estimated 242,000 people in Tangshan and surrounding areas were killed, making the earthquake one of the deadliest in recorded history, surpassed only by the 300,000 who died in the Calcutta earthquake in 1737, and the 830,000 thought to have perished in China's Shaanxi province in 1556.
Caught between the Indian and Pacific plates, China has been a very active location for earthquakes throughout history. Earthquakes have also played a significant part in China's culture and science, and the Chinese were the first to develop functioning seismometers. The area of northern China hit by the Tangshan earthquake is particularly prone to the westward movement of the Pacific plate.
In the days preceding the earthquake, people began to notice strange phenomena in and around Tangshan. Well-water levels rose and fell. Rats were seen running in panicked packs in broad daylight. Chickens refused to eat. During the evening of July 27 and the early morning hours of July 28, people reported flashes of colored light and roaring fireballs. Still, at 3:42 a.m. most people were sleeping quietly when the earthquake struck. It lasted for 23 seconds and leveled 90 percent of Tangshan's buildings.
The Chinese government was ill-prepared for a disaster of this scale. The day following the quake, helicopters and planes began dropping food and medicine into the city. Some 100,000 soldiers of the People's Liberation Army were ordered to Tangshan, and many had to march on foot from Jinzhou, a distance of more than 180 miles. About 30,000 medical personnel were called in, along with 30,000 construction workers. The Chinese government, boasting self-sufficiency, refused all offers of foreign relief aid. In the crucial first week after the crisis, many died from lack of medical care.
Tangshan was eventually rebuilt with adequate earthquake precautions. Today, nearly two million people live there. There is speculation that the death toll from the 1976 quake was much higher than the official Chinese government figure of 242,000. Some Chinese sources have spoken privately of more than 500,000 deaths.




Today's Birthdays

1964 David Spade (comedian, actor)
1955 Willem Dafoe (actor)
1944 Bobby Sherman (singer)
1934 Louise Fletcher (actress)
1923 Robert Dole (US Senate majority leader)
1890 Rose Kennedy (mother of JFK, Robert, edward)
1866 Beatrix Potter England, children's author (Tale of Peter Rabbit)
1907 Earl S Tupper invented Tupperware
1929 Jacqueline Lee Bouvier Kennedy Onassis 1st lady (1961-63)
1949 Vida Blue major-league pitcher (Cy Young & AL MVP 1971)


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Posted by Ranting Right Wing Howler   United States  on 07/28/2004 at 10:29 AM   
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The Brownshirts: Partie Deux; These aare the Muscle We've Been Waiting For
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On: 03/21/18 04:12

meaningless marching orders for a thousand travellers ... strife ahead ..
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On: 07/17/17 08:28

a small explanation
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On: 07/09/17 07:07

The Real Stuff
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On: 06/11/17 10:40

when rape isn't rape but only sexual assault
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Tracked at Trouser Blog
[...] took another century of Inquisition and repression to completely eradicate the [...]
On: 06/07/17 03:37



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Oh, and here's some kind of visitor flag counter thingy. Hey, all the cool blogs have one, so I should too. The Visitors Online thingy up at the top doesn't count anything, but it looks neat. It had better, since I paid actual money for it.
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