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calendar   Friday - September 22, 2006

Through The Looking Glass

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“Rainbow Over Knocknara”
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HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND, EVERYONE!
MAY YOU ALL FIND A POT O’ GOLD AT THE END OF YOUR RAINBOW!


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 09/22/2006 at 08:53 PM   
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Bangkok Breakout

Things are gettin’ weird in Thailand, our strongest ally in Southeast Asia. A military coup by a Muslim General doesn’t sound good. Of course, Thailand’s ousted Prime minister was one more corrupt critter. The last thing we need down there is instability. The next to last thing would be a corrupt government. The next to next to last thing would be another American pervert caught with young boys. Damned if we do and damned if we don’t. Sometimes modern geopolitics really sucks ....

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Patrick Chappatte — Le Temps (Geneva)

Coup Protesters Defy Ban by Thai Military Rulers
BANGKOK, Thailand (FOX NEWS)—Friday, September 22, 2006

Over 100 protesters Friday denounced the military overthrow of Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra as undemocratic, in the first anti-coup rally since the Premier was deposed three days ago. “Don’t call this reform, this is a coup!” said one sign held by protesters who stood scattered in several groups to avoid new military restrictions banning public gatherings of over five people. At one point, protesters staged a sit-in in groups of under five people.

The protest was held outside Bangkok’s poshest shopping mall, Siam Paragon, which closed temporarily during the one-hour gathering. The protesters broke up afterward, and there was no apparent police or military presence. Protest organizers said that seven people were detained but Bangkok police spokesman Pinit Maneerat said no protesters were arrested.

Meanwhile, Thailand’s new military rulers appointed nine people Friday to investigate corruption under Thaksin’s rule and announced plans to write a new constitution to hold future leaders more accountable.Under sharp criticism from the international community for their coup, the military rulers were moving to appoint a civilian interim prime minister. A spokesman, Lt. Gen. Palanggoon Klaharn, said that would take place within two weeks, as promised.

The military leaders reaffirmed their “intention to bring back peace and order,” said Lt. Gen. Palanggoon Klaharn, a spokesman. He also sought to quash rumors circulating in Bangkok of a possible countercoup. “Soldiers must strictly adhere to the orders of their commanders. The rumor about a countercoup is untrue,” Palanggoon said.

Since the Tuesday night takeover, the coup leaders have announced a series of measures to tighten controls until an interim government is installed. Aside from banning public gatherings, there have been restrictions placed on the media. One protester, a 27-year-old student Chutimas Suksai, said she was opposed to the limits on media. She said she had been trying unsuccessfully to access foreign news Web sites. “I think even when you have a coup you should have freedom of expression,” she said.


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 09/22/2006 at 06:13 PM   
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Stop, Thief!

Psssst! Wanna buy a slightly used laptop? Good condition, one owner? No, you don’t have to find a crook or crime syndicate or terrorist to get in on this deal. Just ask any civil service employee or check you local pawn shop in D.C. Stuff disappears from federal employees’ care almost daily. Not that all of them are crooks or stupid. Just a good number of them, as has been my experience.

Over 1,100 laptops disappeared in recent years? Nothing new. I have done contracting work for the government for nearly two decades and every contracting company I have ever worked for from Oracle to Lockheed to Harris to Northrop-Grumman to SAIC has always told us that whenever we are on-site at any federal facility to chain our laptops down to the nearest, heaviest desk we can find. That’s no joke.

So who pays for this? Why, you and me and a dog named Boo, of course. The only scarey part is that some of these laptops contain extremely sensitive, private data on American citizens and other data that should never leave a secured building at any time.

Yet they do and that private and/or classified data is secured by nothing more than a login password. Is that safe enough? Bwah-hah-ha-ha-ha-ha .... Not on your life. Almost every IT professional I know has a disk that allows us to boot up a Windoze computer and change the Administrator password in about ten seconds. We have these disks because stupid end users in our offices are continuously forgetting their passwords. Secure data? Not a chance.

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(WASHINGTON POST) - Friday, September 22, 2006

More than 1,100 laptop computers have vanished from the Department of Commerce since 2001, including nearly 250 from the Census Bureau containing such personal information as names, incomes and Social Security numbers, federal officials said yesterday.

This disclosure by the department came in response to a request by the House Committee on Government Reform, which this summer asked 17 federal departments to detail any loss of computers holding sensitive personal information.

Of the 10 departments that have responded, the losses at Commerce are “by far the most egregious,” said David Marin, staff director for the committee. He added that the silence of the remaining seven departments could reflect their reluctance to reveal problems of similar magnitude.

In a private briefing yesterday for three members of Congress, Commerce Secretary Carlos M. Gutierrez estimated that the disappearance of laptops from the Census Bureau could have compromised the personal information of about 6,200 households, Marin said. He said the department was still trying to determine the extent of the problem.

“We don’t know exactly how many computers were lost or whether personal information was compromised,” said Rep. Thomas M. Davis III (R-Va.), who chairs the House Government Reform Committee and attended the briefing. “The secretary has assured me that getting that information is priority number one, and I’m confident he’ll get his arms around the problem.”

Commerce officials told the congressmen that the inventory of missing laptops had escalated rapidly in recent weeks as the department investigated the disappearances. Marin said the committee was concerned that that number could increase significantly as Commerce officials learn more about missing handheld computers, which are increasingly being used in the Census Bureau.

Commerce officials said in a statement that they knew of no instances in which information from the missing laptops had been improperly accessed, adding that all the equipment contained safeguards that would prevent a breach of personal data. “The amount of missing computers is high, but fortunately, the vulnerability for data misuse is low,” Gutierrez said in the statement.

With its disclosure, Commerce is the latest federal agency to admit in recent months that it had lost laptops with sensitive personal data. In May, an employee of the Department of Veterans Affairs lost a laptop containing unencrypted information on about 26.5 million people. Three months later, Veterans Affairs acknowledged that a second computer, with information on about 38,000 hospital patients in Pennsylvania, was also missing.

The Federal Trade Commission has lost two laptops with files containing people’s financial account numbers, and the Department of Agriculture announced that one of its laptops had disappeared along with personal information on about 350 employees.

Gutierrez and his staff told the congressmen that 1,137 laptops had been stolen, lost or otherwise vanished since 2001, mostly from the Census Bureau and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Of these, 249 contained personally identifiable information, nearly all from the Census Bureau. All were password-protected, a low-level safeguard. Only 107 of the computers were fully encrypted.


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 09/22/2006 at 05:35 PM   
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The Geneva Contention

My idea of torture is having to listen to Liberals talk. There ought to be a law against that. What is a clear violation of the Geneva Convention however, is when RINO’s start talking the same drivel. Thanks to three Republican Senators, the CIA and military may be reduced to using nothing stronger than wet willies and noogies to force terrorists to talk. Fortunately, Ann Coulter (our #1 love interest) is on top of it ....

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Gary Varvel — The Indianapolis Star-News

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by Ann Coulter
(HUMAN EVENTS ONLINE) - Sep 20, 2006

Senator John McCain has been carrying so much water for his friends in the mainstream media that he now has to state for the record to Republican audiences: “I hold no brief for al Qaeda.”

Well, that’s a relief.

It turns out, the only reason McCain is demanding that prisoners like Khalid Sheikh Mohammed—mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, the beheading of journalist Daniel Pearl and other atrocities—be treated like Martha Stewart facing an insider trading charge is this: “It’s all about the United States of America and what is going to happen to Americans who are taken prisoner in future wars.”

McCain, along with Sen. Lindsey Graham and Sen. John Warner—or, as the Times now calls him, the “courtly Virginian”—want terrorists treated like Americans accused of crimes, with full access to classified information against them and a list of the undercover agents involved in their capture. Liberals’ interest in protecting classified information started and ended with Valerie Plame.

As Graham explained, he doesn’t want procedures used against terrorists at Guantanamo “to become clubs to be used against our people.” Actually, clubs would be a step up from videotaped beheadings.

Or as the New York Times wrote in the original weasel talking points earlier this summer: “The Geneva Conventions protect Americans. If this country changes the rules, it’s changing the rules for Americans taken prisoner abroad. That is far too high a price to pay so this administration can hang on to its misbegotten policies.”

There hasn’t been this much railing about the mistreatment of a hostage since Monica Lewinsky was served canapes at the Pentagon City Ritz-Carlton Hotel while being detained by the FBI.

The belief that we can impress the enemy with our magnanimity is an idea that just won’t die. It’s worse than the idea that paying welfare recipients benefits won’t discourage them from working. (Some tiny minority might still seek work.) It’s worse than the idea that taxes can be raised endlessly without reducing tax receipts. (As the Laffer Curve illustrates, at some point—a point this country will never reach—taxes could theoretically be cut so much that tax revenues would decline.)

But being nice to enemies is an idea that has never worked, no matter how many times liberals make us do it. It didn’t work with the Soviet Union, Imperial Japan, Hitler or the North Vietnamese—enemies notable for being more civilized than the Islamic savages we are at war with today.

By the way, how did the Geneva Conventions work out for McCain at the Hanoi Hilton?

It doesn’t even work with the Democrats, whom Bush kept sucking up to his first year in office. No more movie nights at the White House with Teddy Kennedy these days, I’m guessing.

It was this idea (Be nice!) that fueled liberals’ rage at Reagan when he vanquished the Soviet Union with his macho “cowboy diplomacy” that was going to get us all blown up. As the Times editorial page hysterically described Reagan’s first year in office: “Mr. Reagan looked at the world through gun sights.” Yes, he did! And now the Evil Empire is no more.

It was this idiotic idea of being nice to predators that drove liberal crime policies in the ‘60s and ‘70s—leading like night into day to unprecedented crime rates. Now these same liberal ninnies want to extend their tender mercies not just to rapists and murderers, but to Islamic terrorists.

Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Ronald Reagan and Winston Churchill had a different idea: Instead of rewarding bad behavior, punish bad behavior. How many times does punishment have to work and coddling have to fail before we never have to hear again that if we treat terrorists well, the terrorists will treat our prisoners well?

Fortunately, history always begins this morning for liberals, so they can keep flogging the same idiotic idea that has never, ever worked: Be nice to our enemies and they will reward us with good behavior.

Never mind trusting liberals with national security. Never mind trusting them with raising kids. These people shouldn’t even be allowed to own pets.

If the Democrats and the four pathetic Republicans angling to be called “mavericks” by the New York Times really believe we need to treat captured terrorists nicely in order to ensure that the next American they capture will be well-treated, then why stop at 600-thread-count sheets for the Guantanamo detainees? We must adopt Sharia law.

As McCain might put it, I hold no brief for al Qaeda, but what would better protect Americans they take prisoner than if America went whole hog and became an Islamic republic? On the plus side, we can finally put Rosie O’Donnell in a burka.


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 09/22/2006 at 02:11 PM   
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calendar   Thursday - September 21, 2006

Through The Looking Glass

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“Band Of Brothers, The Next Generation”
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September 8, 2006 — Soldiers from Battery B, 3rd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, pause at the end of a patrol near Wynot, Iraq.

Wynot, Iraq? LOL


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 09/21/2006 at 07:52 PM   
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Then … And Now

Everything old is new again ....

“He may be a son of a bitch, but he’s our son of a bitch.”

-- Franklin D. Roosevelt, responding to critics of Anastasio Somoza of Nicaragua, 1939

 

“He may be a Bush-Hitler-Haliburton-Chimp but he’s our Bush-Hitler-Haliburton-Chimp”

-- Nancy Pelosi, responding to Hugo Chavez’ criticism of President Bush at the UN, 2006


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 09/21/2006 at 07:02 PM   
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Democratic Party Dirty Tricks

The Donks are at it again. They almost unanimously voted against requiring some form of identification in order to vote. Why are they so adamant? The State of Georgia recently passed such a law but a Liberal judge struck it down after Democrats argued that it would make it difficult for poor people to vote because most of them don’t have drivers’ licenses or passports .... even though the State of Georgia offered to pass out FREE ID cards to anyone who needed one. Hell, they even offered to go to the people’s houses to deliver the ID cards. Yet the Donks still objected.

Now a similar bill has passed in Congress over the (again) objections of Democrats. You can probably guess why they object. It is because it might stop them from having dead people vote (like happens in Chicago in every election) or it might make it harder for them to go around town in vans picking up homeless people and paying them $5 to vote Democratic (like happened in Miami the last two elections).

The Donks are crooks and liars and if this doesn’t prove it to you then you need a recto-cranial extraction performed. Give me a call to setup an appointment today. I will include a FREE bullshit detector in the deal ....

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Mike Lester - Rome News-Tribune (GA)

House Bill To Require Voter ID Passes
(WASHINGTON TIMES) - September 21, 2006

The House yesterday passed legislation that would require voters to show a valid photo identification in federal elections over the overwhelming objections of Democrats who compared the bill to segregation-era measures aimed at disenfranchising Southern blacks.

The Federal Election Integrity Act was approved on a nearly party-line 228-196 vote. Republicans backed the bill 224-3, with three nonvoters; Democrats opposed it 192-4, with five nonvoters. They were joined in opposition by the House’s one independent member.

The bill, which faces an uncertain future in the Senate, is part of a Republican effort to complete before the November elections a package of proposals aimed at curbing illegal immigration and its effects on ordinary Americans.

The so-called “Voter ID” bill, aimed at stamping out voter fraud, would require voters in federal elections to provide picture identification by 2008 and provide proof of U.S. citizenship by 2010. It was among the recommendations made last year by the bipartisan Commission on Federal Election Reform, headed by former President Jimmy Carter, a Democrat, and former Secretary of State James A. Baker III, a Republican.

“Effective voter registration and voter identification are bedrocks of a modern election system,” they wrote in their final report. But Democrats, siding with groups that work on behalf of minorities and illegal aliens, called the bill a “modern-day poll tax” and said it would place an insurmountable burden on voters and infringe upon their voting rights.

Rep. Brian Bilbray, California Republican, countered that the real infringement upon voting rights would be allowing fraudulent votes by the dead or illegal “to cancel out legitimate votes. That is the violation of the Voters Rights Act that we have not addressed,” he told colleagues before the vote.

Democrats, who have long demanded reforms to the federal voting process, yesterday dismissed Republican concerns about voter fraud. “Show me the examples of the problem you’re trying to solve,” demanded Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer, Maryland Democrat who accused Republicans of trying to appeal to the “fear and—yes, perhaps—the prejudices of people.”

A Republican cited a study by Johns Hopkins University that found 1,500 dead people who had voted in recent elections. Mr. Hoyer belittled the study, saying no criminal convictions for voter fraud had been won in any of those cases. Mr. Bilbray pointed out that such convictions might be obtained if proper identification were required.

- More on the deceitful Democrats at Washington Times...


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 09/21/2006 at 04:25 PM   
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Satanic Verses

par·o·dy (păr’ə-dē), n., pl. -dies. def: Something so bad as to be equivalent to intentional mockery; a travesty. Hugo Chavez is a self-parody. Every time he opens his mouth, he demonstrates a complete lack of rationality and merely succeeds in mocking himself. A clown. No less, no more.

He belongs to a select group of people with the same affliction, most noteably Cindy Sheehan, Howard Dean, Barbara Streisand, Kim Jung Il, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and last but not least Al Gore. These people listen to the voices in their head and shut off all communication with the outside world.

The problem is not that they won’t listen but that they won’t shut up. They are surrounded by sycophants who serve only to reinforce any and every ridiculous thing they say. This is not healthy - either for them or for us. Their minds have wandered off into another dimension and we can laugh at them only for a brief time before our own brains begin to hurt.

Like the 9/11 conspiracy theorists who continue to hammer us with absurd conjecture, these people like Chavez just keep spouting nonsense day after mind-numbing day. Their main delusion seems to be that they think the rest of us will start believing them - eventually.

How much longer must we continue to laugh at them before they wake up and realize what complete fools they have become? Odds are they will continue no matter how much ridicule is heaped on them. Why? Because, to a clown, laughter is the same thing as applause.

ig·no·ra·nus (ig-n&-’rA-n&s), n., pl. -nus·es also ig·no·ra·ni. def: An individual who is not only stupid as hell but is also a colossal asshole. From the latin: ignorare - “do not kow” and anus - “the terminal point of the rectum”. In other words, unable to find their ass using both hands and a road map.

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Calvin
: Do you believe in the devil? You know, a supreme evil being dedicated to the temptation, corruption, and destruction of man?
 
 
Hobbes: I’m not sure that man needs the help.

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Mike Lester - The Rome News-Tribune (GA)

Chavez: Bush ‘Devil;’ U.S. ‘On The Way Down’
UNITED NATIONS (CNN) - 7:40 p.m. EDT, September 20, 2006

“The devil came here yesterday,” Chavez said, referring to Bush, who addressed the world body during its annual meeting Tuesday. “And it smells of sulfur still today.” Chavez accused Bush of having spoken “as if he owned the world” and said a psychiatrist could be called to analyze the statement.

“As the spokesman of imperialism, he came to share his nostrums to try to preserve the current pattern of domination, exploitation and pillage of the peoples of the world. An Alfred Hitchcock movie could use it as a scenario. I would even propose a title: ‘The Devil’s Recipe.’ “

Chavez also blasted the United Nations, calling the General Assembly “merely a deliberative organ” that meets once a year. “We have no power, no power to make any impact on the terrible situation in the world,” he said.

All countries should dispose of their nuclear bombs, he said, but he would like to tap the technology for energy purposes because Venezuela’s oil reserves are nonrenewable and finite. He ended the news conference by saying, “I have a meeting with the axis of evil somewhere around here, so I have to go.”

John Bolton, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, dismissed the speech, saying, “I think that [Chavez’s] rhetoric today shows exactly what kind of man he is. We’re not going to address that sort of comic-strip approach to international affairs. The real issue here is he knows he can exercise freedom of speech on that podium and, as I say, he could exercise it in Central Park, too. He’s not giving the same freedom to the people of Venezuela.”


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 09/21/2006 at 05:35 AM   
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calendar   Wednesday - September 20, 2006

More Pirates?

Yesterday was “Talk Like A Pirate Day”. Today is ”Dress Like A Pirate Day” (NSFW). Mmmmh-hmmmm. I approve. Have her report to the Captain’s Cabin immediately. Arrh!

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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 09/20/2006 at 04:46 PM   
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Chavez, Chomsky & Chutzpah

South American lunatic Hugo Chavez. Holding up a book by Liberal Moonbat Noam Chomsky. Screaming “Bush Is The Devil” to the United Nations General Assembly. Bwah-hah-hah-hah-hah-ha-ha-ha-ha .....

Even the normally sympathetic delegates who hate America burst out laughing. It takes a lot of chutzpah to continue to put on the act that Chavez and Ahmadinejad have been displaying for us lately. This one takes the cake though.

The only intelligent thing El Presidente Chavez said in his rabid diatribe was when he appealed to the UN to move its headquarters to Venezuela. Now that’s an idea I can live with. You bet. Right on! Start packing! Need any help?

imageimageChavez: Bush Is ‘The Devil’
Venezuelan President Lambastes Bush, ‘Imperialist’ U.S. In U.N. Speech
NEW YORK (CBS/AP) - Sept. 20, 2006

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez took his verbal battle with the United States to the floor of the U.N. General Assembly on Wednesday, calling President Bush “the devil.”

“The devil came here yesterday,” Chavez said. “He came here talking as if he were the owner of the world.” The leftist leader, who has joined Iran in opposing U.S. influence, accused Washington of “domination, exploitation and pillage of peoples of the world.”

“We appeal to the people of the United States and the world to halt this threat, which is like a sword hanging over our head,” he said. He also said the U.N. “doesn’t work” in its current system and is “antidemocratic.” He called for reform, saying the U.S. government’s “immoral veto” had allowed recent Israeli bombings of Lebanon to continue unabated for more than a month.

“Venezuela once again proposes today that we reform the United Nations,” he said. He drew tentative giggles at times from the audience, but also some applause when called U.S. “imperialism” a menace.

Chavez lambasted Washington for trying to block Venezuela’s campaign for a rotating seat on the U.N. Security Council. He said if chosen over U.S.-favorite Guatemala in a secret-ballot U.N. vote next month, Venezuela would be “the voice of the Third World.”

He asked the international community to lend it’s support to the movement, even suggesting the U.N. realign itself more closely by relocating to somewhere in the southern hemisphere. “I have suggested Venezuela,” he said.

Chavez several times accused Mr. Bush of have a double standard on dealing with terrorism. He said the U.S. government was “protecting terrorists” who were involved with anti-government actions in Venezuela, including a former CIA operative and militant Castro foe wanted in Venezuela for the bombing of a Cuban airliner that killed 73 people.

Before leaving the podium to applause, Chavez, again inciting the “devil” reference to Mr. Bush, said, “it smells of sulfur here, but God is with us!”

(-- Hat tip to Jay at StopTheACLU for this hilarious lead --)


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 09/20/2006 at 03:53 PM   
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Caption Contest

Another caption contest? WOW! Too much fun! YAY!

Caption this picture of a fun-loving University Of Iowa co-ed offering Senator John “F’ing” Kerry a hit from her beer bong. (DesMoines Register - September 16, 2006)

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(Note: I would tell you I found this at Wonkette’s site but I can’t stand that ignorant twit, so don’t tell anyone I was over there or I’ll have to hunt you down and beat you severely about the ears.)


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 09/20/2006 at 02:14 PM   
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Stupid Criminal Du Jour

How stupid can a person get? Everyone knows the best way to get even with a girlfriend who has a cat is to tie the critter up and launch it from a catapult into into a brick wall. She’ll be catatonic. OK. I’ll quit now.

imageimageIllinois Man Jailed for Decapitating Cat
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. - September 19, 2006, 9:16 PM EDT

A man who admitted in court to tearing off the head of a kitten after a fight with his girlfriend has been sentenced to two years in prison. When it comes to animal abuse cases, “we don’t get prison sentences all the time, so it’s always good when we do,” Stephanee Smith, a spokeswoman for the Madison County state’s attorney’s office, said Tuesday of the case against Jacob Thornton.

Thornton, 21, was to have had a preliminary hearing last Thursday on the felony animal torture charge but instead pleaded guilty, Smith said. A judge ordered Thornton’s sentence to run concurrently to a prison term related to a parole violation on a 2005 aggravated battery conviction.

Authorities say that after a July 28 dispute between Thornton and his live-in girlfriend, the 30-year-old woman left the home before returning to find her kitten’s head and detached body in the front yard.

Four days after he was charged with animal torture, Thornton was also charged with burglarizing a motor vehicle. That case is pending.


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 09/20/2006 at 01:50 PM   
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Quote Of The Day

“If we had women holding all the public offices, the amount of money on the military would be immediately cut way back and more would be spent on healthcare and education. There wouldn’t be lack of family planning or birth control if the women ran things.”


-- Ted Turner, September 19, 2006

Ted, take your medicine, go back to bed and shut the f**k up.


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 09/20/2006 at 01:12 PM   
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Mad Dog

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“Security Breach” -by- Cox & Forkum


Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is Barking Mad™, so who does TIME put on this week’s cover? Did I mention they went all the way to Cuba to get an exclusive interview with this whack job? And who at TIME was thoughtful enough to airbrush the photo of His Craziness to make him look so genuinely loveable and sweet? I was just wonderin’ ...

A Date With a Dangerous Mind
EXCLUSIVE: Face to face with Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the man whose swaggeris stirring fears of war with the U.S.
By Scott Macleod/HAVANA - Monday, Sep. 18, 2006

imageimageMahmoud Ahmadinejad isn’t one for ceremony. We are waiting in a villa outside Havana when Ahmadinejad strides in without notice, taking even his aides by surprise. He is wearing blue-gray trousers, black loafers and the trademark tan jacket that even he calls his “Ahmadinejad jacket.”

He mutters something to himself as he settles into an aging leather chair with bad springs. For a moment, he seems irked by the chair, perhaps because it makes him seem even smaller than his 5 ft. 4 in., but soon he’s smiling, prodding, leaning forward to make his points. “We are living our own lives,” he says, when asked about his differences with the Bush Administration. He jabs the back of my hand for emphasis. “The U.S. government should not interfere in our affairs. They should live their own lives.”

Over the course of the 45-minute interview, he was serious, smiling and cocky--evidence of a self-assurance that borders on arrogance. His brown eyes locked onto mine when he made a point about Iran’s nuclear program. His rhetoric was measured, but he was adamant on the issues that have made him so controversial. He dismissed U.N. demands that Iran suspend its uranium-enrichment program but said, “We are opposed to the development of nuclear weapons. We think it is of no use and that it is against the interests of nations.” He waved a hand dismissively when I couldn’t grasp his logic in questioning the Holocaust. Asked to defend his claim that the Holocaust was a myth, he went on a rambling rant, claiming that those who try to do “independent research” on the Holocaust have been imprisoned. “About historical events,” he says, “there are different views.”

TIME: What were your impressions of New York during your visit to the U.S. last year?

AHMADINEJAD: Unfortunately we didn’t have any contact with the people of the United States. We were not in touch with the people. But my general impression is that the people of the United States are good people. Everywhere in the world, people are good.

TIME: Did you visit the site of the World Trade Center?

AHMADINEJAD: It was not necessary. It was widely covered in the media.

TIME: You recently invited President Bush to a televised debate. If he were sitting where I am sitting, what would you say, man to man?

AHMADINEJAD: The issues which are of interest to us are the international issues and how to manage them. I gave some recommendations to President Bush in my personal letter, and I hope that he will take note of them. I would ask him, Are rationalism, spirituality and humanitarianism and logic--are they bad things for human beings? Why more conflict? Why should we go for hostilities? Why should we develop weapons of mass destruction? Everybody can love one another.

TIME: Do you feel any connection with President Bush, since he is also a religious man, a strong Christian?

AHMADINEJAD: I’ve heard about that. But there are many things which take place and are inconsistent with the teachings of Jesus Christ in this world.

TIME: Why do your supporters chant “Death to America”?

AHMADINEJAD: When they chanted that slogan, it means they hate aggression, and they hate bullying tactics, and they hate violations of the rights of nations and discrimination. I recommended to President Bush that he can change his behavior, then everything will change.

TIME: How do you think the American people feel when they hear Iranians shouting “Death to America” and the President of Iran does not criticize this?

AHMADINEJAD: The nations do not have any problems. What is the role of the American people in what is happening in the world? The people of the United States are also seeking peace, love, friendship and justice.

TIME: But if Americans shouted “Death to Iran,” Iranians would feel insulted.

AHMADINEJAD: If the government of Iran acted in such a way, then [the American people] have this right.

- More of this silliness at TIME ...


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 09/20/2006 at 12:45 PM   
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meaningless marching orders for a thousand travellers ... strife ahead ..
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The Real Stuff
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when rape isn't rape but only sexual assault
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