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calendar   Monday - May 21, 2007

Motivational Poster Of The Day

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Commandancy of the Alamo
Bejar, Feby. 24, 1836

To the People of Texas & All Americans in the World

Fellow citizens & compatriots

I am besieged, by a thousand or more of the Mexicans under Santa Anna--I have sustained a continual Bombardment & cannonade for 4 hours & have not lost a man--The enemy has demanded a surrender at discretion, otherwise, the garrison are to be put to the sword, if the fort is taken--I have answered the demand with a cannon shot, & our flag still waves proudly from the walls--I shall never surrender or retreat--Then, I call on you in the name of Liberty, of patriotism & everything dear to the American character, to come to our aid, with all dispatch-- The enemy is receiving reinforcements daily & will no doubt increase to three or four thousand in four or five days--If this call is neglected, I am determined to sustain myself as long as possible & die like a soldier who never forgets what is due to his own honor & that of his country--VICTORY OR DEATH.

William Barret Travis,
Lt. Col. Comdt.


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 05/21/2007 at 05:36 PM   
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The Senate Sucks, Part II

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Bob Gorrell - National/Syndicated

Around and around we go, where it stops ... nobody knows. Now, the business people who helped push this lame excuse for an immigration bill through the Senate are balking. Evidently they looked a little closer at the bill and decided, “Hey! WTF!” The Chamber of Commerce just discovered the bill would make employers check a nationwide database for employee eligibility for all employees and they’ve got their knickers in a wad. Large businesses (like my old friend Oracle) think it sucks because they can’t pick and choose what skills they need.

DID ANYONE BOTHER TO READ THIS FREAKING BILL BEFORE SIGNING OFF ON IT OR IS EVERYONE COMPLETELY CLUELESS?

After Aiding Bill on Immigration, Employers Balk
(NEW YORK TIMES) - May 21, 2007

Employers, who helped shape a major immigration bill over the last three months, said on Sunday that they were unhappy with the result because it would not cure the severe labor shortages they foresee in the coming decade.

In addition, employers expressed alarm as they learned that the Senate bill would require them to check a government database to verify that all current and former employees — aliens and citizens alike — were eligible to work in the United States.

The Senate begins debating the bill on Monday. Supporters, including the White House, had hoped that senators would finish work on it this week, before the Memorial Day recess. But leading members of Congress said Sunday that the bill would take more time and could face significant hurdles.

The Senate Republican leader, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, said that the immigration bill “can’t possibly be completed before Memorial Day.” On the ABC News program “This Week,” Mr. McConnell said the Senate would need at least two weeks to digest and amend the bill, which he described as “a big, complicated piece of legislation.”

A delay over Memorial Day would give the public an opportunity to weigh the issue, while lawmakers are home, and would give critics more time to hone their arguments.

The speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, expressed concern on Sunday about a central element of the bill, under which the government would establish a point system to evaluate would-be immigrants, giving more weight to job skills and education and less to family ties.

“I have serious objection to the point system that is in the bill now, but perhaps that can be improved,” said Ms. Pelosi, a California Democrat. She asserted that this part of the bill, ardently sought by the White House and Republican senators, could undermine “family unification principles which have been fundamental to American immigration.”

Besides revamping visa preferences, the bill would also offer legal status to most of the nation’s 12 million illegal immigrants and would increase the penalties for businesses that employ them.

In the last few years, employers have become a potent force in the debate on immigration, pleading with Congress to authorize more visas for both high- and low-skill workers.

Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, a bill co-author, said the point system was devised so America “can compete for the best minds that exist in the world.”

Robert P. Hoffman, a vice president of Oracle, the business software company, endorsed that goal but said the bill would not achieve it.

“A merit-based system for allocating green cards may sound good for business,” said Mr. Hoffman, who is co-chairman of Compete America, a coalition of high-tech companies. “But after reviewing the proposal, we have concluded that it is the wrong approach and will not solve the talent crisis facing many U.S. businesses. In fact, in some ways, it could leave American employers in a worse position.

“Under the current system,” Mr. Hoffman said, “you need an employer to sponsor you for a green card. Under the point system, you would not need an employer as a sponsor. An individual would get points for special skills, but those skills may not match the demand. You can’t hire a chemical engineer to do the work of a software engineer.”

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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 05/21/2007 at 03:19 PM   
Filed Under: • Illegal-Aliens and Immigration •  
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The Immigration Bill: You Decide

OK, gang! It’s your turn again. You have probably read the Senate’s Immigration Bill by now. If not, here is a summary below and a chance for you to express your opinion on the bill. Cast your vote and let ‘em know how you feel. I’ve already cast my vote and you can probably guess how I feel. I’ll leave this poll up all through the weekend so you can give the asshats in Washington a piece of your mind ....

(WASHINGTON POST) - S. 2611 As Amended; Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2006

It is now official! The poll is closed and the Senate sucks! End of story!

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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 05/21/2007 at 02:30 PM   
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calendar   Sunday - May 20, 2007

Sundy Funnies

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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 05/20/2007 at 05:16 AM   
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calendar   Saturday - May 19, 2007

Barking Moonbat Of The Week

I’m a few weeks late on this one because I wanted to make sure Kookcinich hadn’t been kidnapped by space aliens again and forced to make insane statements - again. Unfortuntately, it seems as if “The Kook” is serious, or at least as serious as any babbling idiot can be. I really can’t understand why the good folks in Ohio keep sending this asshat to Washington unles it’s (a) to get him out of Ohio, or (b) to provide the rest of us with comic relief. Which is it, Ohio?

Articles of Impeachment To Be Filed On Cheney
(WASHINGTON POST)

imageimageLooks like he’s reached his boiling point. Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio), the most liberal of the Democratic presidential candidates in the primary field, declared in a letter sent to his Democratic House colleagues this morning that he plans to file articles of impeachment against Vice President Dick Cheney.

Kucinich has made ending the war in Iraq the central theme of his campaign. He has even taken aim at the leading Democratic presidential candidates in the field for their votes on authorizing the war. Article II, Section 4 of the Constitution gives Congress the authority to impeach the president, vice president and “all civil Officers of the United States” for “treason, bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.”

Sources tell the Sleuth that in light of the mass killings at Virginia Tech Monday, Kucinich’s impeachment plans have been put on hold. There will be no action this week, they say. Kucinich’s office had no comment on the Congressman’s “Dear Colleague” letter—which apparently was drafted over the weekend, before the school massacre—or on what the focus of articles of impeachment against Cheney would be.

But Kucinich shouldn’t hold his breath on getting anywhere with his impeachment plan. “We’ll see a Kucinich Administration before we’ll see a Cheney impeachment,” quipped one Democratic aide.

Here is the text of his letter ....


April 17, 2007

Dear Colleague:

This week I intend to introduce Articles of Impeachment with respect to the conduct of Vice President Cheney. Please have your staff contact my office . . . if you would like to receive a confidential copy of the document prior to its introduction in the House.

Sincerely,
Dennis J. Kucinich
Member of Congress


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 05/19/2007 at 07:51 PM   
Filed Under: • Democrats-Liberals-Moonbat LeftistsInsanity •  
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Weekly Poll Results

As you can see below, we have two horse races and two doping scandals to contend with this week. From the Treason Stables of the west coast, things are heating up but the cantankerous mare Hildabeast leads the pack by one length over newcomer Obama-Lama-Ding-Dong and both have a comfortable lead over the gelding Edwards and the dark horse, Gorebot. It’s still any body’s race at this point.

From the Stupid Stables of the Midwest, we see Rudy’s Abortion still in the lead, in spite of an earlier stumble, just ahead of Manchurian McCain but both have at least two lengths over Law And Order and Massachusetts Mormon. The odds on these four keep shifting back and forth and it’s too early to tell.

They have just rounded the first turn and the pack is bunched up. So far, no one horse has dared to take the lead yet. Will one of these eight make it to the finish line or will some outsider surge forward at the last minute to take the prize? Stay tuned. There is a lot of race to go.

In other racing news, there is a big doping scandal going on at the paddocks in Washington as the public seems to have decided that there are nothing but dopes in the White House and Congress, both being considered equally stupid at this point. The current odds of President Bush being re-elected are 0:1, due to an earlier disqualification, but Congress’s odds of being re-elected are only slightly higher 0:1.000000000000001.

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(Poll Source: Real Clear Politics)


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 05/19/2007 at 07:17 PM   
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Weekend Eye Candy

imageimageBig, Bold And Beautiful

Yep, that’s the way The Skipper likes ‘em and since he’s down in his back this week, I figure I better give him a little something to cheer him up.

I’ve been out partying with The Skipper (man, is that dude insane?!) and one thing I’ve noticed is his choice in womenfolk. He does love the ones with a fair amount of meat on their bones, tall, gorgeous, lots of curves, confident in themselves and not about to take any crap off any man (or woman).

His only exception is Ann Coulter who could probably stand to toss down a few hundred biscuits with red-eye gravy to fill out a little - but I’m not about to tell Ms. Coulter that. I’d probably end up with a black eye.

So today’s babes are dedicated to The Skipper in the hope that they will cheer him up and give him some incentive to get off his dead ass and help me hunt down a few more of these “healthy” gals. Click the delicious picture of Katie above to start your tour. (Warning: NSFW)


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Posted by Hugh Hefner   United States  on 05/19/2007 at 06:58 PM   
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Once Upon A Time …

ATTENTION, PLEASE! The following is a wildly exaggerated fairy tale.
It could never happen in real life. No way, no how. Nunh-uhh.

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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 05/19/2007 at 01:31 PM   
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calendar   Friday - May 18, 2007

This Is Spinal Tap

Bad news, gang. Posting will have to drop off somewhat over the next few weeks. Yours truly is falling apart. Over the course of the last 2-3 weeks I have gradually been losing touch with my lower back and left leg. I know they’re there but communications lines between them and my brain are fading in and out. I finally got the bad news today. Surgery. Next week.

The sheer agony is off the scale and even Oxycontin isn’t helping much. I have managed to make it this far but I’m afraid it’s as far as I can go. I have alerted Mr. Christian and he is going to try to fill in the gaps and I am sure the Recon Group will also have lots to say. I’ll be around, just not as prolific as usual. In the meantime, if you ever wondered what a totally FUBAR’ed lower back looks like, gaze upon the mess below.

(As for sympathy, forget it. I know where to find it. It’s in the dictionary between “shit” snd “syphilis”.)

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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 05/18/2007 at 05:06 PM   
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Body Art

I’m not much for tattoos. Some look OK, but most (IMHO) do not.

Here’s an example of the latter:

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Good grief man, what were you thinking?

(Via Ride Fast and Shoot Straight)


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 05/18/2007 at 12:47 PM   
Filed Under: • Art-PhotographyOdd-Strange •  
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The Bloomberg Gun Givaway

If your a gun owner and live in Virginia, you are probably aware of Phillip Van Cleave and the Virginia Citizens Defense League (www.vcdl.org)

This organization has been fighting for gun rights in Virginia for years, successfully helping to change laws to restore gun ownership to its rightful place.  New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg does not Virginia and its gun laws.  He feels no one should have a gun.  So he started his own effort to shut down gun sales in Virginia by hiring private individuals to conduct “straw purchases” in Virginia gun stores.  That is, he conspired to commit federal felonies so that he could “prove” Virginia gun dealers were flooding New York with illegal guns.  Let me be perfectly clear, he was not acting in any capacity as a law enforcement officer, but rather as a citizen of another state, making illegal purchases of guns in Virginia.  He and his hired cronies committed federal firearms violations.

He then sued a number of these gun shops, saying he would drop all charges if they submitted to him and allowed squads of his men to come in and have free access to their records at any point to make sure they were complying with the law. (as an aside, they already were complying with the law)

VCDL got involved to help out two of the shops that would not cave to Bloomberg’s blackmail.  Anyone who bought more than $100 worth of merchandise in one of these stores got a ticket to a drawing for a new firearm.  This was a way to bring business to these two stores to help them fight the lawsuit as well as draw public attention to Bloomberg’s blackmail scheme.  At the last minute, the Virginia authorities stated that the givaway may be illegal since entrants had to purchase something to be entered.  Van Cleave was not phased, he simply got two more guns and vowed to give them away at last night’s meeting, giving tickets to anyone who showed up (except Bloomberg and his family)

A buddy and I drove the three hours to DC to attend the meeting, but arrived too late to get into the room.  The fire marshal was enforcing a strict limit of 150 in the meeting room.  So here’s a picture through the window of Mr. Van Cleave talking to the crowd (and assembled media):

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The crowd outside was enthusiastic, watching through the windows of the meeting hall.

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Of course, you can’t have a gun rights event in DC without the loons showing up.

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Since we were driving back after the event, I did not get to see any of the coverage, but here is the Washington Post article about it.

‘Bloomberg Gun Giveaway’ Draws Hundreds

By MATTHEW BARAKAT
The Associated Press
Friday, May 18, 2007; 7:40 AM

ANNANDALE, Va.—Openly armed firearms enthusiasts packed a normally sedate government building, hoping to win a pistol or rifle and at the same time send a defiant message to gun-control advocates, especially New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

The Virginia Citizens Defense League, a gun-rights group, organized Thursday night’s “Bloomberg Gun Giveaway” in large part to thumb its nose at Bloomberg, who accuses some shops of allowing illegal purchases of firearms that later were used in crimes in his city.

The city has filed federal lawsuits against more than two dozen shops, including six in Virginia.

Two guns were awarded Thursday, a Para-Ordnance pistol and a Varmint Stalker rifle, each worth about $900. The winners did not immediately receive the weapons _ they will still be required to undergo federal and state background checks.

The first winner, Jay Minsky, responded with an obscene hand gesture when asked what message he hoped to send to Bloomberg.

“If he doesn’t like people in New York having guns, he should deal with New York,” said Minsky, who grew up in Brooklyn. “Just keep out of Virginia.”


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 05/18/2007 at 11:52 AM   
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calendar   Thursday - May 17, 2007

Through The Looking Glass

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(BBC) - Thursday, 17 May 2007, 10:24 GMT 11:24 UK

A pair of passenger trains have crossed the heavily fortified border between North and South Korea for the first time in more than 50 years. The two trains - one travelling from the North and one from the South - each carried 150 invited passengers.

South Korea hailed it as a landmark in relations between the two countries. But Thursday’s crossing remains largely symbolic, the BBC’s Charles Scanlon says. North Korea has so far only agreed to a one-off test-run.

For that, our correspondent adds, Pyongyang has demanded a high price. South Korea has agreed to supply it with $80 million (£41m) worth of economic aid for the development of light industry.


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 05/17/2007 at 09:29 PM   
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Lost!

Where are we? Oh .... just wandering around over Europistan again. It sure is pretty country below and that is a huge USAF base down there at the foot of those mountains. This base was actually built by France at a cost of $27 million dollars. Pretty cheap. Of course, in today’s dollars that would be ZERO because the Frogs would never think of building or doing anything for us nowadays. C’est la guerre. Today, this base is a key component of NATO and is a fantastic place to be stationed at - for many reasons.

The picture below is of the main fighter that used to fly out of this base during the 1960’s. 10 points extra credit if you can name this airplane. Pontotoc Bill is not allowed to compete in this question/answer quiz for extra points. He knows why ....

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(Photo from Google Earth Desktop)


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 05/17/2007 at 08:05 PM   
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Fair And Balanced?

How honest is the media? Let’s see. Below are the reports from six different international news sources ... but first let’s look at the actual events as they occurred ...

1 - In Gaza, rival Palestinian groups Hamas and Fatah start a civil war in a struggle for power and and hundreds of Palestinians are killed or wounded and civilians are caught in the crossfire.

2 - Hamas starts losing the battles and looks around for something to distract Fatah and everyone else to give them time to regroup.

3 - Hamas begins firing rockets into Israel, killing innocent Israeli civilians in an attempt to drag Israel into the Palestinian infighting and thereby unite the warring factions against a “common enemy”.

4 - Israel tolerates the incoming rockets for 24 hours then begins firing back with air attacks at rocket sites purely in self defense.

Now, go read these stories and come back here and let us know how many honest reporters there are out there. Or do the headlines alone answer your question?


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 05/17/2007 at 06:43 PM   
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