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calendar   Monday - June 25, 2007

Muchos Gracias Senor Graham

From Michelle and Hot Air

Over the weekend, one of Mickey Kaus’s readers proposed that shamnesty opponents use YouTube to deliver a message to open-borders senators up for re-election. Bryan and I whipped up our first one–a quick, straightforward Hot Air negative ad with Lindsey Graham’s name on it:


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 06/25/2007 at 02:03 PM   
Filed Under: • Illegal-Aliens and ImmigrationPolitics •  
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Oh Canada

Via Tam, we get this story:

Christopher Dick, 19, was charged with careless use of a firearm, possession of a dangerous weapon, unauthorized possession of a prohibited weapon and mischief after receiving a complaint of someone discharging.............

A Machine Gun?  An AR-15?  An Eeeeeviiiilllll Sniper Rifle?

......a pellet gun in the 700 block of Sherbourne Avenue.

A frookin pellet gun?  Good gravy.  What have they come to?


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 06/25/2007 at 10:02 AM   
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Shamnesty Action Needed Today

Michelle says it’s too close to call

John Hawkins says:

Folks, tomorrow—TOMORROW—the immigration bill is scheduled to hit the floor of the Senate. Most people seem to agree that this bill is balanced on a knife’s edge and it could go either way. That means one senator who gets one phone call, email, or fax that breaks the camel’s back could be the difference. And the stakes could not be higher.

We need to kill this thing today.  Today.

Get your Senetor’s email and phone numbers here.  Call the Republican National Committee at (202) 863-8500 (option 1) and let them know you will not support any candidate in 2008 who votes for the amnesty bill in the Senate.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 06/25/2007 at 09:42 AM   
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Lacking Class

So Cameron Diaz took a trip to Machu Pichu recently to view the ruins.  She had all of the right accessories:  Good camera, people to show her around and to top off the day, what American Leftist would not be without her Mao Messenger Bag?

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The inscription on the bag reads: “Serve the People”

Had Ms. Diaz actually paid attention in school, she would realize what an absolute insult this would be to the fine Peruvians.  But no, she is being chic.

Rachel Lucas said it best:

THIS is why you should be required to have a higher education if you’re going to be famous. First of all, it’s not cute to glamorize the goddamn red commie Chinese star. It’s neither ironic, interesting, piquant, progressive, nor profound. Remember dear, communism is responsible for over a hundred million deaths in the last century, and Mao Zedong was in charge of about half of those. So frankly, the whole idea of a commie star and a Maoist phrase is fucked up in ANY circumstance. But in Peru? PERU?!?! Absolutely brilliant. They’re not gonna be sensitive about Maoist propaganda or anything, it’s not like 70,000 people died.

Brilliant.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 06/25/2007 at 09:34 AM   
Filed Under: • Democrats-Liberals-Moonbat LeftistsHollywood •  
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At Least We Know What Side He’s On

via LGF

Former Washington Post sportswriter Peter Mehlman spews another vitrolic rant at the Puffington Host, saying that the Bush presidency is the worst of all (of course), but further, that he doesn’t even mean to do good.  That he is virtually evil incarnate.

He Doesn’t Even Mean Well

So now we’re six and a half years into Bush and everyone from Helen Thomas on down is declaring him the worst president ever. What no one is saying is the one overarching reason he’s the worst: the Bush administration is the first that doesn’t even mean well.

With the possible exception of immigration reform—and who knows what grotesque financial incentive underlies that—try to pinpoint even one policy motivated by the desire to lessen human suffering, to improve the life of citizens. Nothing. There is nothing.

As much as Democrats loathed Nixon, there was no denying he had some noble goals. He tried for universal health care and… I’m pretty sure there were other things.

As much as Republicans loathed Clinton, they had to know he cared about people. Amazing how his “I feel your pain” quality became such a disdainful joke. That sounds like a good quality in a president.

Even with the low poll numbers, liberals still feel stymied in conveying just how bad this administration is. It’s been the ultimate frustration to consider the people who don’t see Bush’s malevolence

Oy, what a way to start off a Monday morning.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 06/25/2007 at 09:16 AM   
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calendar   Friday - June 22, 2007

The Weekend

You’ll notice that my posting rate is much lighter on the weekends.  With a wife, four kids, a small farm and an old house to take care of, there is little time to even log onto the computer on the weekend.  confused

This weekend will even be worse for posting.  My boys (9 & 7) and I are heading into the woods with a couple other dad and sons to have a “Men’s Weekend Without Women”.  Fishing, telling stories and generally being loafabouts is the entirety of our plan.

So visit the blogroll, or get outside yourself.  We’ll all be here on Monday, ready to do battle with the bats.

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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 06/22/2007 at 01:34 PM   
Filed Under: • Personal •  
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Beyond Repair?

Via Kim, we find this heartwarming story of a guy who had his wheel gun stolen by a “friend”.

About 11 years ago, in 1996, I saw a friend of mine that I had went to High School with, at a mutual friends get together/BBQ. We hit it off, catching up and hung out quite a bit the days following. He was down on his luck, so I offered for him to stay with me for a bit, until he got back on his feet. Two weeks later, he’s gone, along with some cash and my .38 Rossi revolver, which I kept in my safe at the time. You see, I had a bad habit of not always turning the dial all the way to lock the safe fully. I quickly filed a police report, and that was the last time I saw this “friend”.

The gun:

The gun was given to me by my father a couple days after I moved out of the house. I get a call from him, and tells me he’s coming by. I’m the baby of 5 kids, so obviously my dad always looked especially close after me, some would say I was his favorite. He constantly called me to make sure I had enough food to eat, needed anything for my place, had enough money, etc.

Anyhow, when he gets there, I can tell he’s all business. I can still vividly remember that day as if it was yesterday. He comes inside and sits me down and tells me “You know, you are a man now son. You have to learn to take care of your own self now and your family. No one else will do it for you now.” and then carefully handed me the gun case.

[sniff] Go read the rest. 


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 06/22/2007 at 07:29 AM   
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The Shamnesty Votes

John Hawkins has a good summary of what has to happen for Shamnesty to pass.

Yesterday, a GOP aide, who is one of my sources in the Senate, gave me the rundown on what’s currently happening with the Senate immigration bill (You can see my two previous reports from this source here and here).

To begin with, the key thing to keep in mind about the upcoming vote on the Senate immigration bill is that the pro-amnesty forces have two key cloture votes that they have to win.

The first is the vote on the so-called “clay pigeon” strategy. What this does is take the original bill and all of its amendments and reintroduce it on the Senate floor as a new bill. There are two reasons for doing this. The first is to prevent killer amendments that could upset the “grand compromise” from being voted on. The second reason is procedural, because it keeps conservative Senators who are opposed to the bill from being able to slow up the process.

Go read the rest.  If his source is correct, this may be an uphill battle for them.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 06/22/2007 at 07:19 AM   
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calendar   Thursday - June 21, 2007

Google Reader Rocks

For years, I have used the Newsgator Outlook plugin (no longer available) to get my RSS feeds into Outlook.

Our company recently upgraded to Office 2007, which has a built-in RSS reader, but it is not configured properly for our firewall, so feeds were sporadic at best and completely broken at worst.

So last week, I tried Google Reader.  Now I’ll admit, I’ve not tried a lot of the online news readers, but I am sold on this one already.  I’ve removed almost all of the feeds in Outlook and now have them all in this reader.  Even though its not in my Outlook folders, this is much more manageable in that it shows the newest links first, marks them as read by simply scrolling over them, and parses the XML much better than Outlook does.

Am I missing an even better product out there?  What do you all use?


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 06/21/2007 at 10:19 AM   
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Home Security Addition

FogShield

Ask anybody who’s made money robbing houses, and they’ll tell you straight up: you can get away with a lot of loot in the 10 minutes before the cops come.

But the crooks won’t find their way out of the foyer if you hit ‘em with the FogSHIELD—an add-on to your home security system that releases a blinding blanket of fog to stop thieves in their tracks. When an intruder triggers the alarm, water mixes in the FogSHIELD’s glycol canister to generate enough dry, non-toxic fog to cover 2,000 square feet in less than 15 seconds. It dissipates 45 minutes later, leaving your furniture unsullied and your electronics intact. 

But since the $4,200 system includes a cartridge that can fire off 15 times, you may want to break into your own house once in a while—to distinguish it against real smoke, this fog has what its makers call a “pleasant, minty aroma.”

That’s a pretty cool idea.  If you can’t shoot ‘em, confuse ‘em.

Their website looks legit.

Via Schneier, who calls it silly.  He should know I guess.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 06/21/2007 at 10:01 AM   
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Idiot Parents and Nanny Government

Family Not Allowed To Name Child ‘4real’

WELLINGTON, New Zealand

If your name is 4 real, everybody knows what it means. That’s the reason why a New Zealand couple want to name their son “4real,” with four being a numeral.

However, New Zealand’s Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages doesn’t want to grant the request, on the grounds that numerals are not allowed.

Pat and Sheena Wheaton said they decided on the name after they glimpsed their son for the first time during an ultrasound examination and were struck by the reality of his impending arrival.

The dad said most people have to look up the meaning of their names in baby books, but “with this name, everyone knows what it means.”

I agree with Neal Boortz when he says that parents are idiots for naming thier kids something “unique”.  Names like Shaniqua and Calasaundra do nothing for a person’s ability to be perceived as a bright, intelligent and productive member of society.  Yes, we should not pay attention to things like appearance and names, and everything would be based on ability, but in the real world, first impressions matter.  And your name makes an impression on those who meet you (or see your resume) for the first time.

That being said, I also feel strongly that .gov has no compelling interest in what I name my children.  Why in the world would these folks even need to ask permission from the “Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages” on what they can name their kid? 

Good grief, is everything about their lives managed this closely by the government?


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 06/21/2007 at 07:53 AM   
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Fred Jumps on CAIR

Earlier this week, Fred took on Harry Reid, now he’s moved on to the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR)

Good News about CAIR

I’ve talked before about the Council on American-Islamic Relations—most recently because it filed that lawsuit against Americans who reported suspicious behavior by Muslims on a U.S. Airways flight. Better known just as CAIR, the lobbying group has come under a lot of scrutiny lately for its connections to terror-supporting groups. This time, though, The Washington Times has uncovered some very good news about the group.

For years, CAIR has claimed to represent millions of American Muslims. In fact, they claim to represent more Muslim in American than ... there are in America. This has alarmed Americans in general as the group often seems to be more aligned with our enemies than us—which isn’t surprising as it spun off from a group funded by Hamas. As you know, Hamas has been waging a terrorist war against Israel and calls for its total destruction. It also promises to see America destroyed. Nowadays, Hamas is busy murdering its Palestinian political rivals.

Even with this history, and CAIR’s conspicuous failure to condemn Hamas by name, it has been treated as if represents Muslim Americans by our own government. The good news is that the financial support CAIR claims to have among American Muslims is a myth. We know this because The Washington Times got hold of the group’s IRS tax records.

CAIR’s dues-paying membership has shrunk 90 percent since 9/11—from 29,000 in 2000 to only 1,700 last year. CAIR’s annual income from dues plunged from $733,000 to $59,000. Clearly, America’s Muslims are not supporting this group—and I’m happy to hear about it. [Us too! -ed]

Of course, every silver lining seems to have a cloud; and this cloud is that CAIR’s spending is running about $3 million a year. They’ve opened 25 new chapters in major cities across the country even as their dues shrank to a pittance. The question is; who’s funding CAIR?

CAIR’s not saying. The New York Times earlier this year reported that the backing is from “wealthy Persian Gulf governments” including the UAE and Saudi Arabia. Obviously, we have a bigger problem here than the one with CAIR.

So not even the American Muslim community is supporting this group.

For an even better treat, click on the link on the page to hear the audio.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 06/21/2007 at 04:56 AM   
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calendar   Wednesday - June 20, 2007

Mini Mitt

Found a link to this on Hot Air.

I agree with Allah, just a little disturbing, but at the same time, kinda cool.

http://www.mittromney.com/


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 06/20/2007 at 11:54 AM   
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Sicko-mentory

Kyle Smith of the New York Post delivers a “greatly expanded, much more detailed version of the one-star review I wrote for the print edition of The Post”

Michael Moore’s latest documentary “Sicko” is an urgent bipartisan plea. Democrats and Republicans, liberals and conservatives, Yankees and Red Sox can surely all agree, says Moore, that our health care system ought to be run by Fidel Castro.

I think I’m going to like this review.

Even Moore does not believe what he says, and his films don’t bring about change-—union membership did not skyrocket nor corporate downsizing trickle off after “Roger and Me,” there was no movement towards banning guns after “Bowling for Columbine,” and John Kerry did not have to fill out any change of address forms in 2004. Moore’s documentaries are mere political slapstick that could have been made by a third Farrelly brother or an eighth Stooge. I will pay him the honor of treating him with his own meds. How else can I deal with a film that calls Hillary Clinton “sexy”?

Eghad!

Regardless of whether any particular claim in “Sicko” is true, no one doubts that lots of insured and uninsured Americans face health-care crises. So far, Moore is master of the obvious. We all hate insurance companies and red tape, and we all want to improve the system. Where do we go from here?

To France, Britain and Canada, says Moore, who presents each of them as a health-care paradise. But lots of people in those countries have health-care nightmares of their own. Here’s how easy it is to lie by anecdote: Say I wanted to make a film about gay black Republicans who live in Chelsea. I find ten of them, make a film about them, and you walk out of the theater thinking: Wow, so many gay black Republicans in Chelsea! The six years it took me to find these ten guys will go unnoted.

All three countries are edging away from how Moore portrays them. Moore knows that in France, where he praises not only the health service but limits on working hours, expansive unemployment benefits and the country’s three preferred forms of exercise—street-marching, banner-hoisting and strikes—a new conservative president was just elected by promising to cut back on such nonsense. (According to Moore, if you need a babysitter or help with the laundry, the French government will send a trained professional right over.)

Damn your facts, he has an opinion. 

Moore is outwardly a genial buffoon; inwardly he is an authoritarian buffoon. He lets it show in two long episodes: a straight-faced interview with the UK’s infamous Commie, Tony Benn, whom Moore presents as an expert on the transformative power of socialism, and the famous-before-anyone-saw-it sequence, first reported in The Post, in which Moore takes some 9/11 rescue workers with lingering health problems to Cuba.

Moore, at a Havana hospital, says he requested that his group receive exactly the same care as any Cuban who walked in—"and that’s exactly what they got.” As comedy, this statement is on a par with the sex scene in “Knocked Up,” the chest waxing in “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” and the moment in “An Inconvenient Truth” when Al Gore tells us that the ecology’s no. 1 enemy, China, is in fact “on the cutting edge” of environmentalism.

Ahh yes, the superior health care system of our southern neighbor. 

I can’t bear to quote the whole thing because Kyle does a fantastic job of skewering MM all by himself.  Do yourself a treat and read it all.  I guarantee it will be more worthwhile than actually watching the “film”.

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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 06/20/2007 at 10:00 AM   
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