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calendar   Thursday - March 29, 2007

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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 03/29/2007 at 07:27 PM   
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Hot For Teacher, Part LIX

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1. She is a 28-year-old teacher in Australia

2. The boy was 15 years old.

3. She is an alcoholic.

4. The boy was not a student of hers.

5. The boy called her up one morning and invited her over to his house.

6. She was still drunk after a party the night before and accepted.

7. They were caught nekkid by a friend of the boys who walked in on them.

8. Aforementioned “friend” then called the police.

9. She confessed to police and is on trial.

10. Crikey!

- The Rest Of The Story ...


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 03/29/2007 at 04:59 PM   
Filed Under: • EducationSex •  
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An Army Of One

In the latest move to counter Muslim insurgents and win the hearts and minds of Iraqis, the US Army is deploying Kermit The Frog to Iraq. General Petraeus tells us, “Hey! He’s already in BDU green even without clothes and most importantly his girlfriend is a pig who he has been known to be quite .. ahem .. “intimate” with. This means no Muslim can touch our little Green Warrior. Not to mention the whole warts thing. OOH-RAH!

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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 03/29/2007 at 04:43 PM   
Filed Under: • Humor •  
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The Difference

Via Cold Fury, we find a study in how the Left and Right approach the same topic.

First: The Right, when it heard about Elizabeth Edwards’ cancer returning:

News is expected at noon about the health of the better half of the Edwards team. As all of us who have had loved ones who have fought tough battles with terminal illness, I wish her the best.

As for the candidate, I’m not sure he’ll completely withdraw, as many are speculating.

Rick Moran mulls over the possibilities and expresses my thoughts:

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But we can certainly feel for Edwards as a husband and father. And I can speak from experience that when cancer visits a household – no matter how poor or how rich – the emotional impact on the entire family is absolutely devastating. Edwards and his three surviving children (he lost a son, Wade, in a tragic car accident) may have some rough times ahead. Let us pray that they all get through this trial and emerge healthy and happy.

Second: The Left, when it heard about Tony Snow’s Cancer returning:

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Doesn’t get much clearer to me.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 03/29/2007 at 02:02 PM   
Filed Under: • Democrats-Liberals-Moonbat Leftists •  
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Quote Of The Day

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“I have to admit we really blew the way we let those attorneys go. You know you’ve lost it when people sympathize with lawyers.”

- President George W. Bush, March 28, 2007


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 03/29/2007 at 07:50 AM   
Filed Under: • HumorJudges-Courts-Lawyers •  
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The Clinton Legacy

“You go to war with the Army you have, not the Army you might want or wish to have.”

-- Donald Rumsfeld, December 8, 2004

Bill Clinton Weakened America
-- by Michael Reagan

image imageOn Friday night, Rep. Duncan Hunter, former chairman of the House Armed Services Committee and now its ranking Republican member, appeared on the Hannity and Colmes show on Fox, and I was astonished to hear him castigated for failing to see that our troops in Iraq needed equipment.

He was specifically challenged on matter of the alleged lack of body armor for our troops in Iraq, and the administration’s alleged failure to ensure that our troops had the protection the armor affords them.

Ignored were certain inconvenient facts such as the amount of body armor that was available under Bill Clinton, which was zero. Today under President Bush and thanks to Duncan Hunter’s work in the Armed Services Committee, which authorized the funds to purchase the body armor, the armed services have one million sets of body armor. That’s one million!

It’s puzzling to see the media ignore the disastrous cutbacks in our armed services that took place under Bill Clinton, and the extraordinary efforts of the Bush administration and Hunter’s committee to beef up our military.

Under Clinton, for example, the number of armored Humvees available to the military was a pitiful 1,300. Under President Bush it’s over 26,000.

And it was not just Clinton who sapped our strength – Congress under the Democrats has just turned thumbs down on the Pentagon’s request for $4.75 billion for the mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicles that can safeguard our troops from the IED explosions which are responsible for a large part of the deaths and wounding of our soldiers and Marines.

Instead of funding that vital request in the $124 billion supplemental bill passed this week, the Democrats were able to find billions for such things as subsidies for spinach farmers and the shrimp industry, but not a dime for a vehicle that could save the lives of thousands of our troops in Iraq.

It’s instructive to look at what happened to the 1st Cavalry Division under Bill Clinton and what its strength is today under George Bush.

In 2000, the division had three brigades, – M1A2 (base-design Abrams tanks, Bradley A2 (base-design tanks), the situational awareness of the battlefield was provided solely by soldiers on the ground calling in spot reports, communications were by line-of-sight radio, there was no armor protection for Humvees, there was no connectivity between services, and the brigades had a mere 1,600 radios.

In 2006, however, the division had four brigades with more maneuver-capable companies. They had the M1A2 System Enhancement Package including improved armor, independent thermal sights, and embedded digital command systems. Their Bradley A3 tanks had improved armor, and embedded digital command systems. Battlefield situational awareness was enhanced by unmanned aerial reconnaissance vehicles (UAVs) integrated by Army Battle Command Systems (Network Centric Warfare). Communications were by a digital command-and-control network, including satellites. All Tactical Wheeled Vehicles off the forward operating bases were to be armored and radios in a Brigade numbered 2,500.

The facts is that this president, along with Duncan Hunter and others, sought to give the military all the equipment they need because when they came in there was no equipment thanks to the skeltonizing of our armed forces under Bill Clinton.

Under Bill Clinton we heard such horror stories as our soldiers and sailors going without essential training because equipment was broken and there were no parts to fix it. There were reports of maintenance crews “cannibalizing” other pieces of equipment to make Band-Aid repairs on equipment that has worn out.

One observer warned that because no new tanks were purchased in 1995, there was a clear danger that by 2005 the tanks available would be older than the soldiers driving them. Thanks to President Bush and Duncan Hunter that was not allowed to happen.

Under President Clinton our military was drastically downsized. Under the new Democratic leadership in Congress our troops are now being denied the funding they need to prevail in Iraq.

Once again I have to ask why they want us to lose another war. Wasn’t losing in Vietnam enough?


Mike Reagan, the eldest son of the late President Ronald Reagan, is heard on more than 200 talk radio stations nationally as part of the Radio America Network. Look for Mike’s newest book, “Twice Adopted.” E-mail comments to Reagan@caglecartoons.com. ©2007 Mike Reagan.


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 03/29/2007 at 07:14 AM   
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Confession

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Mike Lester - Rome News-Tribune (GA)

Al Gore defends his extraordinary personal energy usage by telling critics he maintains a “carbon neutral” lifestyle by buying “carbon offsets,” but the company that receives his payments turns out to be partly owned and chaired by the former vice president himself.

Gore has built a green money-making machine capable of eventually generating billions of dollars for investors, including himself, but he set it up so that the average Joe can’t afford to play on Gore’s terms.

Gore has described the lifestyle he and his wife Tipper live as “carbon neutral,” meaning he tries to offset any energy usage, including plane flights and car trips, by “purchasing verifiable reductions in CO2 elsewhere.”

But it turns out he pays for his extra-large carbon footprint through Generation Investment Management, a London-based company with offices in Washington, D.C., for which he serves as chairman. The company was established to take financial advantage of new technologies and solutions related to combating “global warming,”.

Generation Investment Management’s U.S. branch is headed by a former Gore staffer and fund-raiser, Peter S. Knight, who once was the target of probes by the Federal Election Commission and the Department of Justice.

-- WORLDNET DAILY, March 2, 2007


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 03/29/2007 at 06:49 AM   
Filed Under: • Climate-WeatherStoopid-People •  
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Mooooo!

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Gary Varvel - The Indianapolis Star-News

HR 1591 RH - 110th Congress, 1st Session

TITLE I--SUPPLEMENTAL APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE GLOBAL WAR ON TERROR

SEC. 3107. MILK INCOME LOSS CONTRACT PROGRAM.

Notwithstanding subsections (c)(3), (f), and (g) of section 1502 of the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 (7 U.S.C. 7982), there is hereby appropriated $283,000,000, to remain available until expended, for payments under such section, using the payment rate specified in subsection (c)(3)(B) of such section, from September 1, 2007, through September 30, 2008. Of such amount, $252,000,000 shall be available only on or after September 30, 2007, and only so long as an Act to provide for the continuation of agricultural programs for fiscal years after 2007, including such section 1502, is not enacted.

Did you really think I was kidding about the pork in this bill?


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 03/29/2007 at 06:38 AM   
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Ann Unloads

Dear Ann,

Please marry me. We could make some really good-looking, smart (and dangerous) kids.

Signed,
The Skipper

‘Sorry’ Doesn’t Seem to Be the Hardest Word
-- by Ann Coulter

image imageWhen will Republicans learn to stop apologizing?

The Bush administration is embroiled in the most ridiculous non-scandal scandal in human history—set off when the administration stupidly apologized for firing its own employees.

U.S. attorneys are political appointees who serve at the pleasure of the president. The president may fire them for any reason at all. That includes not implementing the president’s policy about criminal prosecutions. It also includes being in the way of someone else whom the president wants to appoint for patronage reasons.

Why wasn’t a fuss made when Bush fired Donald Rumsfeld? He is every bit as much a political appointee as the U.S. attorneys are.

Democrats have the breathtaking audacity to claim that Bush’s replacing his own political appointees is “politicizing prosecutions.”

They say this as Sandy Berger walks free after stealing and destroying top-secret national security documents—but Lewis “Scooter” Libby faces decades in prison for not outing a covert agent. (Let’s hope he’s learned his lesson!)

They say this as Rep. William “The Refrigerator” Jefferson sits on the Homeland Security Committee while waiting for the $100,000 found in his freezer to thaw—but Tom DeLay remains under an indictment by some hick prosecutor in Texas for an alleged accounting violation.

They say this as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid draws interest on the sale of a property he sold in a complicated land swindle—but American hero Randy “Duke” Cunningham rots in prison.

They say this while Sen. Chuck Schumer pays no price whatsoever for his Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee having illegally obtained a copy of Republican Lt. Gov. Michael Steele’s credit report, for which one employee, Lauren Weiner, pleaded guilty, but served no prison time.

They say this while Sen. Teddy Kennedy is still at large (and getting larger).

Democrats have created a world in which a DNC card is a “get out of jail free” card, and “guilt beyond a reasonable doubt” means “no doubt the defendant is Republican.” (If Democrats keep this up, they’ll have to rethink their push to give inmates the right to vote.)

Then they turn around and say Republicans are “politicizing prosecutions” by firing their own employees. And all Republicans can do is apologize.

I refuse to parse the inane allegations the Democrats are making, to point out that Clinton’s wholesale firing of Republican U.S. attorneys was worse, or to mention that some of these U.S. attorneys should have been fired a long time ago (Carol Lam).

Bush should say: “We did it, it was political, and there’s nothing you can do about it.”

Then he should start holding hearings on Congress’ obstruction of the war effort. Members of Congress should be asked to come before the administration’s hearings and testify under oath about their commitment to victory. If they are not traitors, what do they have to hide? Surely they will be willing to state under oath that they are not undermining the war effort for partisan political gain.

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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 03/29/2007 at 06:13 AM   
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Hump Day Funny

An elderly gentleman went to the local drug store and asked the pharmacist for the little blue “Viagra” pill.

The pharmacist asked “How many?”

The man replied, “Just a few, maybe a half dozen. I cut each one into four pieces.”

The pharmacist said, “That’s too small a dose. That won’t get you through intimacy.

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The old fellow said, “Oh, I’m past eighty years old and I don’t even think about intimacy much anymore. I just want it to stick out far enough so I don’t pee on my new golf shoes.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 03/29/2007 at 12:58 AM   
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calendar   Wednesday - March 28, 2007

England Expects ….

This one is for all of our British readers (and friends). Sooner or later Iran is going to have to pay a heavy price for their arrogance and petty acts of international blackmail. That day is coming sooner than the Mad Mullahs think. Until then, here is something from us to you ...

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(-- Thanks to Robert Tracinski at TIA Daily for uncovering this great poem --)


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 03/28/2007 at 10:53 PM   
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Flashback

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We stand on a lonely, windswept point on the northern shore of France. The air is soft, but 40 years ago at this moment, the air was dense with smoke and the cries of men, and the air was filled with the crack of rifle fire and the roar of cannon. At dawn, on the morning of the 6th of June, 1944, 225 Rangers jumped off the British landing craft and ran to the bottom of these cliffs. Their mission was one of the most difficult and daring of the invasion: to climb these sheer and desolate cliffs and take out the enemy guns. The Allies had been told that some of the mightiest of these guns were here and they would be trained on the beaches to stop the Allied advance.

The Rangers looked up and saw the enemy soldiers--the edge of the cliffs shooting down at them with machine guns and throwing grenades. And the American Rangers began to climb. They shot rope ladders over the face of these cliffs and began to pull themselves up. When one Ranger fell, another would take his place. When one rope was cut, a Ranger would grab another and begin his climb again. They climbed, shot back, and held their footing. Soon, one by one, the Rangers pulled themselves over the top, and in seizing the firm land at the top of these cliffs, they began to seize back the continent of Europe. Two hundred and twenty-five came here. After two days of fighting, only 90 could still bear arms.

Behind me is a memorial that symbolizes the Ranger daggers that were thrust into the top of these cliffs. And before me are the men who put them there. These are the boys of Pointe du Hoc. These are the men who took the cliffs. These are the champions who helped free a continent. These are the heroes who helped end a war.

Forty summers have passed since the battle that you fought here. You were young the day you took these cliffs; some of you were hardly more than boys, with the deepest joys of life before you. Yet, you risked everything here. Why? Why did you do it? What impelled you to put aside the instinct for self-preservation and risk your lives to take these cliffs? What inspired all the men of the armies that met here? We look at you, and somehow we know the answer. It was faith and belief; it was loyalty and love.

The men of Normandy had faith that what they were doing was right, faith that they fought for all humanity, faith that a just God would grant them mercy on this beachhead or on the next. It was the deep knowledge--and pray God we have not lost it--that there is a profound, moral difference between the use of force for liberation and the use of force for conquest. You were here to liberate, not to conquer, and so you and those others did not doubt your cause. And you were right not to doubt.

You all knew that some things are worth dying for. One’s country is worth dying for, and democracy is worth dying for, because it’s the most deeply honorable form of government ever devised by man. All of you loved liberty. All of you were willing to fight tyranny, and you knew the people of your countries were behind you.

-- President Ronald Reagan


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 03/28/2007 at 09:11 PM   
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Lost!

OK, Zoomies! You guessed it! Lost again. As promised we’re a lot further South today but still over CONUS. We have a low ceiling and the tower tells me it is 65 degrees down there on the ground. This base hosts the largest F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter wing in the US with four groups, 27 squadrons, including eight fighter squadrons. Here’s your trivia hint: this base was named after the first US Aviator to win be awarded the Congressional Medal Of Honor ....

He met his fate in the Battle of Meuse-Argonne on September 29, 1918. Under threat of arrest for going AWOL, he took off in a SPAD XIII fighter without authorization and flew to the front. He shot down three observation balloons but was wounded by antiaircraft fire. Short on fuel, he had no choice but to land in enemy territory. Surrounded, he is said to have pulled out a pistol and fired at several Germans before they killed him. He was awarded a posthumous Medal of Honor.

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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 03/28/2007 at 08:39 PM   
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No Balls

SO they kidnap British sailors and marines in international waters, one of the sailors a female. They dress her up in a Muslim headscarf and parade her on Iranian TV and broadcast a “confession”.

According to my official count, the total number of politicians with a real set of balls in Washington and London is pretty much ... zero.

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Iran Shows Video of Captured Britons
Mar 28 01:05 PM US/Eastern

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iranian state TV showed video Wednesday of the 15 British sailors and marines who were seized last week, including a female captive who wore a white tunic and a black head scarf and said the British boats “had trespassed” in Iranian waters.

The British government, which described Iran’s broadcast of the captured crew as “completely unacceptable,” had earlier released what it called proof that its boats were in the territorial waters of Iraq—not Iran—when they were seized.

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Russian Intelligence Sees U.S. Military Buildup On Iran Border
MOSCOW, March 27 (RIA Novosti)

Russian military intelligence services are reporting a flurry of activity by U.S. Armed Forces near Iran’s borders, a high-ranking security source said Tuesday. “The latest military intelligence data point to heightened U.S. military preparations for both an air and ground operation against Iran,” the official said, adding that the Pentagon has probably not yet made a final decision as to when an attack will be launched.

He said the Pentagon is looking for a way to deliver a strike against Iran “that would enable the Americans to bring the country to its knees at minimal cost.” He also said the U.S. Naval presence in the Persian Gulf has for the first time in the past four years reached the level that existed shortly before the invasion of Iraq in March 2003.

Col.-Gen. Leonid Ivashov, vice president of the Academy of Geopolitical Sciences, said last week that the Pentagon is planning to deliver a massive air strike on Iran’s military infrastructure in the near future. A new U.S. carrier battle group has been dispatched to the Gulf.

The USS John C. Stennis, with a crew of 3,200 and around 80 fixed-wing aircraft, including F/A-18 Hornet and Superhornet fighter-bombers, eight support ships and four nuclear submarines are heading for the Gulf, where a similar group led by the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower has been deployed since December 2006. The U.S. is also sending Patriot anti-missile systems to the region.


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 03/28/2007 at 05:45 PM   
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