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calendar   Monday - June 27, 2005

Hillary Says ‘NO’ To Freedom Of Speech

The Hildabeast doesn’t believe in freedom of speech, according to NewsMax. She and her cohorts have pressured every major network into cancelling appearances of Edward Klein, author of the sizzling new biography ”The Truth About Hillary: What She Knew, When She Knew It and How Far She’ll Go to Become President”. Only Sean Hannity stood up to the immense pressure ....

Hillary Pressures Networks to Cancel Klein
by Carl Limbacher Jr
Monday, June 27, 2005

In what may be an unprecedented act of media censorship, several major TV and cable networks – including NBC, ABC, CBS, MSNBC, Fox and CNN - have cancelled planned appearances of the author of the new, red hot book on Hillary Clinton.

Her aide called the book “full of blatant and vicious fabrications contrived by someone who writes trash for cash.”

Hillary’s top aides and supporters have also launched a major effort to stop any discussion of the book over the TV airwaves. So far, their censorship effort has been a huge success in stopping Klein from appearing on television.

Though the celebrated author was scheduled to appear on more than a half dozen major TV network shows, all have cancelled except one, Fox’s “Hannity & Colmes.”

However, conservative host Sean Hannity did reveal that he was under immense pressure to cancel the program.

“I’ve had more political pressure than I’ve ever had in all my years in radio,” Hannity said to Klein during a radio interview. “Do you know the number of requests I’ve had to cancel you and not have you on this program? I’ve never in the history of this program had more demands to cancel the guest.”

Freedom of speech is fine for me
And sometimes even for thee
But only as long as the two of we
Get it straight and agree, you see?

-- Hitlery Clinton


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 06/27/2005 at 02:02 PM   
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No Ten Commandments

Well, SCOTUS has handed down its decision on display of The Ten Commandments in public places like courthouses, city halls, etc. ....

WASHINGTON - In a narrowly drawn ruling, the Supreme Court struck down Ten Commandments displays in courthouses Monday, holding that two exhibits in Kentucky crossed the line between separation of church and state because they promoted a religious message.

The 5-4 decision, first of two seeking to mediate the bitter culture war over religion’s place in public life, took a case-by-case approach to this vexing issue. In the decision, the court declined to prohibit all displays in court buildings or on government property.

The justices left themselves legal wiggle room on this issue, however, saying that some displays — like their own courtroom frieze — would be permissible if they’re portrayed neutrally in order to honor the nation’s legal history.

But framed copies in two Kentucky courthouses went too far in endorsing religion, the court held.

“The touchstone for our analysis is the principle that the First Amendment mandates government neutrality between religion and religion, and between religion and nonreligion,” Justice David H. Souter wrote for the majority.

“When the government acts with the ostensible and predominant purpose of advancing religion, it violates that central Establishment clause value of official religious neutrality,” he said.

Souter was joined in his opinion by other members of the liberal bloc — Justices John Paul Stevens, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen G. Breyer, as well as Reagan appointee Sandra Day O’Connor, who provided the swing vote.

In a dissent, Justice Antonin Scalia argued that Ten Commandments displays are a legitimate tribute to the nation’s religious and legal history.

“Government officials may have had a religious purpose when they originally posted the Ten Commandments display by itself in 1999. But their efforts to dilute the religious message since then by hanging other historical documents in the courthouses made it constitutionally adequate”, Scalia said.

He was joined in his opinion by Chief William H. Rehnquist, as well as Justice Anthony Kennedy and Clarence Thomas.

“In the court’s view , the impermissible motive was apparent from the initial displays of the Ten Commandments all by themselves: When that occurs: the Court says, a religious object is unmistakable,” he wrote. “Surely that cannot be.”

“The Commandments have a proper place in our civil history,” Scalia wrote.

Once again, the liberals on the court have their way. Justices Kennedy and O’Connor, the two supposed “moderates” on the court flipped their positions from last week’s disastrous land snatch. Scalia is the only one who is willing to hold his ground. I certainly hope President Bush gives him the appointment as next Chief Justice when Rehnquist retires (which may be this week).


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 06/27/2005 at 01:36 PM   
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Greasy Greed And Nukes

You thought oil prices at $50 per barrel were bad? Think again, folks. It’s now over $60 per barrel and the greed continues ....

Oil prices have continued to climb on Monday, surging to a record on concerns that demand will outstrip supply.

US sweet light crude was trading 48 cents higher at $60.32, after earlier hitting $60.64. Brent, the other main contract rose 58 cents to $58.94.

Analysts said that prices are likely to sit close to the $60 mark for some time as demand shows little sign of abating.

“The psychology of the market is that once US$60 is breached, then there is tendency to test how much higher it can go, or how long $60 can be sustained,” said Victor Shum of Purvin & Gertz.

Test higher limits? Yep, sure. Let’s see just how much more we can gouge these suckers. China is swallowing up global oil in its recent industrialization efforts, creating a market that is demand-oriented. The suppliers are more than glad to raise prices to meet this new demand, not that it’s costing them one cent more to drill and pump the oil. In addition, China is attempting to buy US oil companies like UnoCal to feed its energy hunger. Where is all this going? It’s about to get much worse ....

Driving the market is the worry that there is very little surplus supply and that any disruption would produce a sudden and dramatic spike in prices.

Over the weekend, Iran, the second-biggest member of oil production group Opec, voted in hardline Tehran mayor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as President.

Mr Ahmadinejad has said his government will continue the country’s nuclear programme and appeared to rule out improving ties with Washington, saying Iran did not really need the US.

Well, now you have the whole picture. Unrest in the Mideast rises with Iran electing a nuke-monger in Kim Jong Il’s image. Speaking of which, Iran bought most of its nuclear and missile technology from North Korea. Now, we have two soon-to-be nuclear powers in North Korea and Iran. What is the US doing about it? Well, for one thing we’re going to start producing plutonium again for the first time since the Cold War. The game of international poker continues to escalate. I see your four A-Bombs and raise you 3,000 H-Bombs. Whaddya got ....?


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 06/27/2005 at 12:39 PM   
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Land Snatch Tune

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Jeff Stahler, The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 06/27/2005 at 10:28 AM   
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calendar   Sunday - June 26, 2005

Sunday Funnies

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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 06/26/2005 at 04:54 PM   
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The UN Declares OldCatMan Is A Criminal

The UN says even an occasional puff of pot is link in deadly drugs chain ....

VIENNA (AFP) - The United Nations drug agency warned on world anti-drugs day that even occasional use of marijuana is a link in a long and dangerous cycle of crime, degradation and terrorism.

“The links between organized crime, drug trafficking, drug consumption, drug money, arms trafficking and terrorism become clearer every day,” said Antonio Maria Costa, executive director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), on Sunday. “We know that even the occasional marijuana smoker is a link in a much longer and more dangerous chain.”

And in a message to mark an international anti-drug day, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan warned that drugs are “little more than tickets to a dead end.”

Governments marked the day with drug bonfires, and, in the case of China, by executing convicted drug traffickers.

Alright, gang! Here’s the plan: one of you call Koffing Anus right now and we’ll split the reward money for OCM 50-50. OK? Hop to it ....


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 06/26/2005 at 04:28 PM   
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Fasten Your Seat Belts ….

.... and return your seats to the full upright position. SCOTUS is bringing our plane in for a landing tomorrow. Monday ends the court’s current term and there are still two extremely important decisions to be passed down ....

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court ends its work Monday with the highest of drama: an anticipated retirement, a ruling on the constitutionality of government Ten Commandments displays and decisions in other major cases.

Traditionally there is an air of suspense as the justices meet for the final time before breaking for three months. Justices usually wait until then to resolve blockbuster cases.

Added to that is the expectation that Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist is presiding over the court for the last time. Rehnquist has thyroid cancer and many court experts believe his retirement is imminent.

Justices have a few cases left to resolve, including two of the most-watched of the term: the Ten Commandments appeals from Texas and Kentucky and a case that will determine the liability of Internet file-sharing services for clients’ illegal swapping of songs and movies.

Also Monday, justices are expected to announce whether they will hear appeals from two journalists who may face jail time for refusing to reveal sources in the leak of an undercover CIA officer’s identity.

Recent turbulence caused by SCOTUS’s “Land Snatch” ruling have rendered the landing gear inoperable. A crash landing may be imminent. Bend over, place your head between your knees and prepare to kiss your ass goodbye.

Try not to panic when the oxygen masks come down out of the overhead compartments and be sure to strap yours on before you worry about the little liberal brat sitting next to you who has been whining and pitching a fit the whole flight. In fact, it might be best if you just go ahead and cut his oxygen line now. We thank you for flying SCOTUS-Air and we look forward to your next flight in October. 



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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 06/26/2005 at 03:49 PM   
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What Happened To The Media ?

Yesterday ....

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“Them rats! Them dirty, cold-blooded,
sore-headed, stinkin’Huns! Them
atrocity-committin’ skunks ...”
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“Th’ hell this ain’t th’ most important hole
in th’ world.
I’m in it.”


Today ....

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Henry Payne, The Detroit News, Michigan


Note: The two cartoons at top are from Bill Mauldin, who followed the troops across Europe in WWII and covered the war in cartoons, often from the battlefront.


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 06/26/2005 at 03:15 PM   
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Sunday Tidbits

weed  Somebody hold OldCatMan down. This article is going to really get him wound up. It’s his favorite subject about his favorite recreational herb .... and we ain’t talking paprika here, folks.

pacifier  Read this article to see what an ultra-liberal newspaper thinks about Health Savings Accounts (HSA’s). You might be surprised at their synopsis. Then again, you might not.




Posted by Z Woof   United States  on 06/26/2005 at 02:47 PM   
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Take Me Out ….

The Chicago Cubs are playing the best team in baseball this week .... who are also a Chicago team. The Chicago White Sox currently have a record of 50-23, better than anyone else. The Cubbies are only 9.5 games behind the Cardinals in the NL Central. However, the Cubbies got the better of the Sox yesterday with Greg Maddux’s pitching and a Grand Slam by Aramis Ramirez. Speaking of pitching, Mark Prior and Kerry Wood are back in the rotation this week, coming off the disabled list, so the pitching staff is back up to full speed. Prior will be pitching Game 3 of the series with the Sox today. They’re playing at the Sox home field (US Cellular Field - whazzup wid dat funky name), so the most beautiful park in baseball will be empty. Here’s a look at what it normally looks like ....

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imageimageAnd if you’re gonna wear one of those new-fad rubber bracelets to advertise your cause, why not wear one like this? Chicago Cubs “Believe” bracelets are now available in both regular and small sizes for $2.00 apiece.

The bracelets can be purchased by calling 1-800-THE-CUBS (1-800-843-2827). The phone number for those customers outside of Illinois is 866-652-2827. There is a five bracelet, per size, minimum order. Please indicate when you order whether you wish to order five regular or small bracelets. Please allow four to six weeks for delivery.

All proceeds from the sale of these bracelets will benefit Cubs Care. Cubs Care is a fund of the McCormick Tribune Foundation and provides financial support for youth sports programs, children with special needs, victims of domestic violence and the general needs of the Lakeview community.

Note: If by some chance you don’t like baseball then you’re probably an anti-American, bed-wetting, commie, pinko fag. Seek help immediately.


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 06/26/2005 at 08:23 AM   
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Geeks In Love

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Cartoon by Frank Cho of Liberty Meadows fame.


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 06/26/2005 at 08:14 AM   
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calendar   Saturday - June 25, 2005

Photo Du Jour

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The Weather Is Fine, Wish You Were Here

Dedicated to everyone out there
who is sweltering in this 90-100 degree heat today.


WOOF!


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 06/25/2005 at 06:13 PM   
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Useful Web Sites For Homeowners

Join the battle against Supreme Court Radicals Of The United States (SCROTUS) today. Here are some useful web sites to bookmark and keep track of ....



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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 06/25/2005 at 05:02 PM   
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Headline Of The Day

New York City Invokes Eminent Domain
To Acquire New Jersey

Buoyed by the Supreme Court’s decision to expand cities’ power of eminent domain, New York City filed today to acquire the state of New Jersey for commercial development.

“New York has been facing some very difficult economic decisions,” said Mayor Michael Bloomberg. “Building viable economic development strategies for the city has been our number one priority. We think that the Supreme Court decision really opens a door for us, and will allow New York City to finally resolve some of these intractable issues.”

New York will compensate the current residents of New Jersey with “fair market value” for their property, a total amount estimated to be well within Bloomberg’s ability to pay out of his own pocket. After evicting all current residents from New Jersey, New York plans to add a new Olympic stadium, a Trump apartment complex, international airport, and, most critically, a 4,000 square mile landfill.

Mheh-heh ..


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 06/25/2005 at 04:47 PM   
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