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calendar   Tuesday - May 24, 2005

The Definition Of Hypocricy

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Mike Lester, Rome News-Tribune, Rome, GA


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 05/24/2005 at 07:00 AM   
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Tuesday Morning Coffee Break

Here’s something for you to discuss on coffee break this morning. Try to remain calm. It could be worse .... couldn’t it ....?

Now go enjoy your coffee and get back to work .... unless you work for the BBC, in which case you’re on strike today because the “Beeb” decided to make much-needed job cuts. And the world just keeps on a-turning, don’t it ....?

And the Good News is: Students at a middle school in Tallahassee, FL are bombing Iraq .... with candy ....

(AP)—Students at a middle school in Tallahassee, FL are getting generous with their candy. Students at Fairview Middle School wrapped candy in plastic bags and shipped two cartons to a Rhode Island National Guard helicopter pilot for distribution to Iraqi children.

The candies are being dropped in Baghdad and surrounding areas with messages such as “America Loves You.” Teacher Jennifer Simmons says it’s a friendly hello from Americans.

The project ties in with a school requirement that every student complete three hours of community service.

Brian Trapani, a Rhode Island National Guardsman who has been dropping “candy bombs” donated by others, has e-mailed to say the first box is already empty. His only cautionary note is “No Chocolate.” It melts too easily in transit and in the desert heat.

“Thank you for sending the candy bombs to me,” Trapani wrote. “Love the notes of support from your sixth graders—they are a wonderful tribute to cultures working together to make a better world.”

Sarah Pace liked the feeling of goodwill her class spread. “It really made me feel better because I knew I was helping a lot of people in Iraq who were needy and didn’t have a lot of stuff,” she said. “I thought it would be good to help somebody.”


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 05/24/2005 at 04:24 AM   
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calendar   Monday - May 23, 2005

Reality Check

Joe and Mae, our New Zealand friends at Bohemian Conservative have a little “reality check” for you. Warning: there are graphic images that may cause your “reality check” to bounce. Go look and .... decide for yourself who are the bad guys. I’m sure most of you already know the answer to that question even if John Kerry, Howard Dean, Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton, the entire Democratic Party, Kofi Annan, most of Hollywood, all of the Mainstream Media and 90% of our college professors .... don’t know.

More on this topic at American Daughter. Go read. NOW!


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 05/23/2005 at 05:45 PM   
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The Wrong People Are Teaching Our Children

This is a truly sad story and I am loathe to report it but this is what happens when the wrong people are allowed to teach our children ....

A nine-year-old girl who fell asleep in class woke up with a broken tailbone after an MPS teacher yanked the dozing child’s chair away, according to a police report. Then, according to the report, the teacher called the girl’s mother to complain about the girl’s dozing off.

Nearly 18 months after that January 2004 incident sent the Thurston Woods Campus Elementary School student to a hospital, the girl’s mother is gearing up to sue Milwaukee Public Schools, according to papers filed in Milwaukee County Circuit Court.

You’d think there was more to this story since no reasonable human being would treat a child like that just because they kept nodding off ....

On Jan. 20, 2004, the girl fell asleep several times in class but couldn’t keep her head up, even with other students rousting her at least twice, according to the police report. Then the teacher, whose name does not appear in the police report or in the court filing, walked up and pulled the girl’s chair out, sending the girl to the floor.

The teacher told police that “she tried to wake (the girl) up the first time by shaking her and telling her that she needed to wake up,” the report says. “… “(the girl) woke up the first two times to read her part in the book and then go back to sleep.”

The next time the girl fell asleep, the teacher said she began counting loudly to three and said she would move the chair, but it didn’t work. The teacher told police “she did not realize that the girl was sitting on the edge of the chair” and that “her intentions were to startle (the girl), so she would stay awake and sit up.”

Pardon me folks, but you all know how I feel about child abuse. It’s my number one pet peeve. If this had been my daughter, I’m afraid there would have been more than a lawsuit here. I’d be in jail for attempted murder of this teacher .. if not on trial for actual murder. There are relatively few things that really piss me off, but abusing a child is top of the list. There is no reason whatsoever for an adult to do this to a child. Not a 9-year-old girl who simply couldn’t stay awake. Especially if it was my daughter. Especially. DAMN!


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 05/23/2005 at 03:47 PM   
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Pouring Gasoline On A Wildfire

That’s what it’s like .. giving viagra to sex offenders free of charge, paid for under Medicaid. You’ve got to be kidding me, right?

ALBANY, N.Y.—Scores of convicted rapists and other high-risk sex offenders in New York have been getting Viagra paid by Medicaid for the last five years, the state’s comptroller said Sunday.

Audits by Comptroller Alan Hevesi’s office showed that between January 2000 and March 2005, 198 sex offenders in New York received Medicaid-reimbursed Viagra after their convictions. Those included crimes against children as young as 2 years old, he said.

Hevesi asked Michael Leavitt, secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, in a letter Sunday to “take immediate action to ensure that sex offenders do not receive erectile dysfunction medication paid for by taxpayers.”

A call to Leavitt’s office was not immediately returned Sunday.

According to Hevesi, the problem is an unintended consequence of a 1998 directive from federal officials telling states that Medicaid prescription programs must include Viagra. His office discovered that the state was helping sex offenders pay for Viagra by checking Medicaid pharmacy expenditures against the state’s sex offender registry.

Evidently you’re not kidding me. Of course, this is happening in New York, or at least that’s where it was discovered. The truth is the same rules apply in every state in country. I wonder how many sex offenders and child molesters are taking the little blue pill to keep their sickness going? Actually, I don’t want to know. I just want to cut off their .... medication .... and certain body parts (if you catch my drift). However, since this occurred in New York, the Hildabeast had to have her say ....

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton said in a statement that it was “deeply disturbing and runs contrary to the purpose of Medicaid, which is to provide health care coverage for uninsured, low-income individuals.” Clinton, a Democrat, urged Leavitt to look into the matter, and said she would explore legislative options.

New York’s other senator, Democrat Chuck Schumer, said at a press conference in New York City that he hoped the issue could be resolved without a bill, but he’s prepared to offer one if needed.

“While I believe that HHS did not do this intentionally, when the government pays for Viagra for sex offenders, it could well hurt many innocent people,” he said.

Alas, alas! Poor Hillary is “deeply disturbed”. Of course, it is Congress (where she allegedly works) that passed the laws that allowed this to happen. In a related story, it’s amazing that Chuck Schumer is now “the other Senator from New York” instead of the senior Senator from New Yawk. I guess we know now who wears the pants in that state.

In the meantime, how do you feel knowing that your tax dollars have been keeping perverts’ erections stiff? Personally, I am pissed!


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 05/23/2005 at 03:33 PM   
Filed Under: • CrimeDemocrats-Liberals-Moonbat LeftistsHealth-Medicine •  
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OldCatMan Update

From OldCatDude’s hospital we have another update from his sister ....

He is doing very well. Walking with a walker and without a walker tender. Good but extremely officious OT’s.

He has been working on his walking every few hours. He has very little pain, a little weakness in his left leg, probably a result of all the exercise he had not been getting prior to his surgery.

Once his back surgery heals, he should be walking quite normally.

Evidently the recovery for such intense repair work is reasonably lengthy.Given the edict of no BLT...bending. lifting or twisting.

No Chubby Checker for him.

The back muscles have to heal as well as the repair work itself. (Not to mention the staples holding the incision together.) Ouch.

They removed several disks and did a lot of spur cleaning.

He seems in excellent spirits AND has enjoyed being waited on hand and feet. Sampled almost all of the menu and met some interesting people. For all his hermit like lifestyle he is quite a sociable being.

He is due to be released on Wednesday after an evaluation tomorrow. The animals miss him terribly and I will not mind his presence either.

Thanks for all your good energy. I reported all your emails and I have them printed for him to read.

-- NotSoOldCatMansSister (Karen)


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 05/23/2005 at 12:36 PM   
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The Social Security Problem For Dummies

See the little picture below. It looks like one of your favorite video game characters, doesn’t it? Well, it is. This is Pac-Man, who flits around your video screen chewing up dots and running away from ghosts.

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Imagine for a minute that Pac-Man actually represents the amount government spends on non-discretionary spending (items like social security, medicaid, medicare). This spending takes up 65% of the entire federal budget, kinda like Pac-Man’s ugly little head - see how his round little head is almost a full circle except for his chomping little mouth? That head without the mouth represents 65% of a circle. That is money that has to be spent every year on the sick and elderly.

Also, Imagine the two little dots that Pac-Man is about to gobble up represent spending on (1) military, national defense, and national security and (2) social programs like welfare, housing, highways, the environment and education. Pac-Man is about to chomp down on them both because he has been eating too many power pills in recent years and has grown bigger and bigger and bigger while the little dots have had to grow smaller and smaller and smaller. Pac-Man is getting bigger because health care costs are going up and up and more and more people will be getting old and retiring soon.

Now, we have two options: (1) we can throw more yellow stuff (money) on this video game to make the little dots bigger but Pac-Man will still keep growing or (2) we can figure out a way to get Pac-Man under control by moving some of his hunger over to Ms Pac-Man, also known as Ms. PSA (Personal Savings Accounts).

Oh, and the ghosts ....? Well, they’re Republicans and Democrats in Congress scampering all over the screen, blindly trying to find Pac-Man and bumping into each other in a bizaare chase reminiscent of the Keystone Cops. The ghosts never seem to catch Pac-Man, do they?

Maybe you better help the ghosts a little. Got your joystick handy? If so, you better ram it up your Congress Critter’s “you-know-what” real soon or else ....

This public service message has been brought to you by the BMEWS Atari Division. Have a nice day!


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 05/23/2005 at 10:42 AM   
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The 600 Pound Gorilla

A UN spokesman thinks the US is an “ungainly giant” who doesn’t play nice in the world sandbox ....

NEW YORK (AP) - Secretary General Kofi Annan’s chief of staff called the United States an “ungainly giant” that only plays by its own rules, criticizing the U.N.’s largest donor in unusually strong terms Sunday.

Mark Malloch Brown said the U.S. contributed most to the development of international law in the last century, but was now the country most opposed to international constraints.

“This ungainly giant of a nation that has led the world in advancing freedom, democracy and decency, cannot quite accept membership in the global neighborhood association, and the principle of all neighborhoods - that it must abide by others’ rules as well as its own,” Malloch Brown said at the commencement address to Pace University law students.

Malloch Brown’s comments, provided to The Associated Press by the university, were unusually forceful for an organization whose leaders tend to abide by an unwritten rule of not criticizing member nations.

That “unwritten rule” has never stopped the UN from bashing the US and if Brown is referring to Sudan’s treatment of blacks or Castro’s treatment of dissidents when he speaks of “other’s rules”, then he can kiss my a**. I’ll be damned if I’ll live by Iran’s rules or any other of the member nations who participate in genocide, murder, pillage, world conquest, rape and all the other assorted “rules” most of them live by. No thanks, I’d rather the US remain the “600 pound gorilla” in this jungle. And the UN can remain the “laughing hyena” that it is.


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 05/23/2005 at 06:14 AM   
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Spoiled Brat

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Michael Ramirez, California—The Los Angeles Times.


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 05/23/2005 at 06:10 AM   
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calendar   Sunday - May 22, 2005

Sweet Revenge

This is blindingly obvious: Arabs in the Middle East have been multiplying like rabbits for the last fifty years and the water supply has steadily dropped. (Stop me if you’ve already figured out where this is heading.)

SHUNEH, Jordan (AFP) - The Middle East is faced with the prospect of a serious water crisis that could lead to political tensions and hamper prosperity, experts told a session of a World Economic Forum (WEF).

“We are not secure about water supplies. Supplies are simply not enough ... This is a scary issue,” Hazem Nasser, former Jordanian water and irrigation minister told the session.

He said that with the current population growth rate in the Arab world, the picture looks even more gloomier.

“In 1950, the Arab population was 75 million. In 2,000, it was 300 million, and is expected to grow to 600 million by 2025.”

He said the deficit of water in the region was 30 billion cubic meters (approximately 7.95 trillion imperial gallons) last year and is expected to grow to 175 billion cubic meters (46 trillion gallons) in 2025.

“Most of the countries in the region have exhausted their water resources,” he said, adding the only hope is costly desalination of sea water.

But Hazem, old buddy, we’ll be glad to sell you all the water you want .. for $3.00 per gallon ($3.50 for unleaded).

With new technology advances, desalination costs have dropped to 53 cents per cubic meter from two dollars a few years ago, Naser said. But the cost has now increased again due to skyrocketing oil prices.

Hehehehe .... kinda cutting your own throats aren’t you, asshat?

“You have two options, either you import water or desalinate, and I say desalinate,” he said.

He said water shortages should not be used as a pretext for war because “investment needed for desalination of sea water for 40 years equals spending on defense for one year.”

Yeah, and we know which option your government will probably choose. Don’t worry though .... we have enough nukes to melt all the sand from Casablanca to Islamabad. Go ahead .... make our day. In the meantime, we’ll enjoy a glass of cool, clean, clear ice water. Here’s to you, sheet-heads!


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 05/22/2005 at 07:10 PM   
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Shark Food

Several people made remarks about the seals and sharks in San Fan-Looney bay. Well, here is a shot of the Shark Appetizer du jour. These guys swim into the bay and congregate on the floats at Fishermen’s Wharf to bask in the sunlight for a few hours while the sharks circle underneath. I agree with Stan. I’m getting hungry for sourdough. Culinary tip: one of the restaurants on the wharf serves the most wonderful clam chowder in baked sourdough bread “bowls”. You can eat the chowder and then eat your bowl .. or break it up into pieces and feed the sea gulls that constantly swarm around freeloading off of the tourists. Kinda like the drifters downtown in the Tenderloin district ....

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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 05/22/2005 at 06:32 PM   
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Intellectual Ammo Department

In the never-ending struggle against moonbats, we find ourselves confronting certain questions, time and time again.  Here are some of the most common ones I run into.  What say you about them?

(1):  How do you persuade a person who refuses to accept reasonable or logical demonstration?

(2):  How do you lead a rational life in an irrational society?

(3):  What rights must you have before other rights become possible?

(4):  Can anyone have a right to any thing or service that someone else must provide?

(5):  Can there be such a thing as “group rights” or “collectivized rights?”


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Posted by Tannenberg   United States  on 05/22/2005 at 05:32 PM   
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Photo Du Jour

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The Big House
-by- The Skipper
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Note: Yes, this is Alcatraz Island as viewed from Fishermen’s Wharf, just on the edge of Chinatown (in San Fran-Looneytown). Taken on one of my trips to Oracle corporate headquarters a few years ago. It’s a long swim, ain’t it? Did I mention the seals that swarm to the harbor (and sun themselves on floats at the wharf) and the sharks that follow them? Those sharks made escape from the prison a wee bit diifficult.


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 05/22/2005 at 02:52 PM   
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Crossing Over Jordan

Bill Clinton, Al Gore and George W. Bush died and found themselves standing on the other side of the Jordan River looking across at the Promised Land.

The Archangel Michael was standing on the other side and shouted over to the three surprised Americans, “Contrary to what you have been taught, each of you will have to wade across the Jordan River.”

As Michael saw their perplexed looks, he assured them by saying, “Don’t worry. You will sink only proportionally, according to your sins on earth. The more you have sinned, the more you will sink into the water.”

The three American politicians looked at one another, trying to determine who would be the first brave soul to cross the Jordan River.

Finally, Gore volunteered to go first. Slowly he began to wade out into the river, and slowly the water began to get higher and higher, reaching to his chest. Gore began to sweat, thinking of all his sins that were coming back to haunt him. He was beginning to wonder if he would ever see the other side. Finally, after what seemed like an eternity, he began to emerge on the river’s bank.

As he ascended to the other side, he looked behind him to see which one of the other brave souls was going next. A shock of surprise registered on his face, as he saw Bush almost in the middle of the river, and the water was only up to his ankles.

He turned to Michael and exclaimed, “I know George W. Bush. George W. Bush has sinned much, much more than that!”

Before the Archangel Michael could reply, Bush shouted back, “I’m standing on Clinton’s shoulders!”


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 05/22/2005 at 12:09 PM   
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