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calendar   Wednesday - July 28, 2004

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Quote of the Day

It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong. Voltaire (1694 - 1778)
When they call the roll in the Senate, the Senators do not know whether to answer 'Present' or 'Not guilty.' Theodore Roosevelt (1858 - 1919)


On This Day in History


1540 King Henry VIII of England's chief minister, Thomas Cromwell, was executed (all loyalists supporting Caesar take note!!!) and Henry married his fifth wife, Catherine Howard.
1750 The great baroque composer Johann Sebastian Bach died.
1868 The 14th Amendment to the Constitution, which established the citizenship of African Americans and guaranteed due process of law, was ratified.
1914 Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia, precipitating the start of World War I.
1945 US Army bomber crashes into 79th floor of Empire State Bldg, 14 die

1945 U.S. Senate approves United Nations charter
In a ringing declaration indicating that America's pre-World War II isolation was truly at an end, the U.S. Senate approves the charter establishing the United Nations. In the years to come, the United Nations would be the scene of some of the most memorable Cold War confrontations between the United States and the Soviet Union.
In 1919, following the close of World War I, President Woodrow Wilson implored the U.S. Senate to approve the charter for the League of Nations. Postwar isolationism and partisan politics killed U.S. participation in the League, however. In July 1945, with World War II coming to a close, the U.S. Senate indicated the sea change in American attitudes toward U.S. involvement in world affairs by approving the charter for the United Nations by a vote of 89 to 2. President Harry S. Truman was delighted with the vote, declaring, "The action of the Senate substantially advances the cause of world peace." Acting Secretary of State Joseph Grew also applauded the Senate's action, noting, "Millions of men, women and children have died because nations took to the naked sword instead of the conference table to settle their differences." The U.N. charter would provide the "foundation and cornerstone on which the international organization to keep the peace will be built." Once the charter had been ratified by a majority of the 50 nations that hammered out the charter in June 1945, the U.S. Senate formally approved U.S. participation in the United Nations in December 1945.
Whether the United Nations became a "foundation and cornerstone" of world peace in the years that followed is debatable, but it was certainly the scene of several notable Cold War confrontations between the United States and the Soviet Union. In 1950, with the Russians absent from the U.N. Security Council, the United States pushed through a resolution providing U.N. military assistance to South Korea in the Korean War. And in one memorable moment, during a speech denouncing Western imperialism in 1960, Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev took off one of his shoes and pounded his table with it to make his point.


1976 Worst modern earthquake
At 3:42 a.m., an earthquake measuring between 7.8 and 8.2 magnitude on the Richter scale flattens Tangshan, a Chinese industrial city with a population of about one million people. As almost everyone was asleep in their beds, instead of outside in the relative safety of the streets, the quake was especially costly in terms of human life. An estimated 242,000 people in Tangshan and surrounding areas were killed, making the earthquake one of the deadliest in recorded history, surpassed only by the 300,000 who died in the Calcutta earthquake in 1737, and the 830,000 thought to have perished in China's Shaanxi province in 1556.
Caught between the Indian and Pacific plates, China has been a very active location for earthquakes throughout history. Earthquakes have also played a significant part in China's culture and science, and the Chinese were the first to develop functioning seismometers. The area of northern China hit by the Tangshan earthquake is particularly prone to the westward movement of the Pacific plate.
In the days preceding the earthquake, people began to notice strange phenomena in and around Tangshan. Well-water levels rose and fell. Rats were seen running in panicked packs in broad daylight. Chickens refused to eat. During the evening of July 27 and the early morning hours of July 28, people reported flashes of colored light and roaring fireballs. Still, at 3:42 a.m. most people were sleeping quietly when the earthquake struck. It lasted for 23 seconds and leveled 90 percent of Tangshan's buildings.
The Chinese government was ill-prepared for a disaster of this scale. The day following the quake, helicopters and planes began dropping food and medicine into the city. Some 100,000 soldiers of the People's Liberation Army were ordered to Tangshan, and many had to march on foot from Jinzhou, a distance of more than 180 miles. About 30,000 medical personnel were called in, along with 30,000 construction workers. The Chinese government, boasting self-sufficiency, refused all offers of foreign relief aid. In the crucial first week after the crisis, many died from lack of medical care.
Tangshan was eventually rebuilt with adequate earthquake precautions. Today, nearly two million people live there. There is speculation that the death toll from the 1976 quake was much higher than the official Chinese government figure of 242,000. Some Chinese sources have spoken privately of more than 500,000 deaths.




Today's Birthdays

1964 David Spade (comedian, actor)
1955 Willem Dafoe (actor)
1944 Bobby Sherman (singer)
1934 Louise Fletcher (actress)
1923 Robert Dole (US Senate majority leader)
1890 Rose Kennedy (mother of JFK, Robert, edward)
1866 Beatrix Potter England, children's author (Tale of Peter Rabbit)
1907 Earl S Tupper invented Tupperware
1929 Jacqueline Lee Bouvier Kennedy Onassis 1st lady (1961-63)
1949 Vida Blue major-league pitcher (Cy Young & AL MVP 1971)


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Posted by Ranting Right Wing Howler   United States  on 07/28/2004 at 06:29 AM   
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calendar   Tuesday - July 27, 2004

Leno’s Liners

From Newsmax.


--- And the day after the 9/11 report came out saying we do not have the luxury of time, Congress has left for a 6 week vacation. Great timing, guys! And you wonder what the problem is.


--- Leave it to Congress to make George W. Bush look like a workaholic!


---Sandy Berger hasn’t read it either, but he’s does have a copy in his pants.


---Do you know about this? Sandy Berger who was President Clinton’s National Security Advisor and also an advisor to Senator Kerry is now under criminal investigation for putting classified documents into his pants and sneaking them out of the national archives. Well, thank God his pants never fell into enemy hands.


---In "ESPN” magazine, John Kerry said he’s learned a lot about life from playing sports. He had to fight! Yeah like so many other kids in impoverished areas who turn to polo as a way out.


---The Kerry Campaign said that Kerry will show his "softer” side for the convention. We’ve already seen him and John Edwards fondling each other. How much softer than that can you get? What’s next? The two of them spooning now?


---During the Democratic Convention in Boston next week, Bill Clinton is scheduled to host a policy briefing at the Wang Theater. Oh there's a good idea. The Democrats are putting Clinton in the Wang Theater. Don’t they see where this is leading too? The Democrats are putting Clinton in the Wang Theater! That's like the Republicans putting Arnold Schwarzenegger in a Hooters restaurant.
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Posted by Ranting Right Wing Howler   United States  on 07/27/2004 at 07:14 AM   
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This says it all

Thanks, Laurie!




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Posted by Ranting Right Wing Howler   United States  on 07/27/2004 at 06:54 AM   
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Weird News

Just what we need. A car capable of showing emotion. A car:
"with an antenna that wags, an adjustable body height, headlights that vary in intensity, and hood slits and ornamentation designed to look like eyebrows, eyelids and tears, all of which could glow with colored lights to create moods and physical features."

And to what end? According to the inventors, so that driving can be "more entertaining."

WTF,O?

Entertaining? I thought driving was supposed to be taken seriously? Isn't it bad enough we have to deal with stupid maroons putting on makeup? Or eating breakfast? Or talking on the phone? Or taking their eyes off the road to punch in phone numbers so they can tell their spouses they just left the driveway and are headed down the street? Or reading newspapers? Or managing screaming kids in the backseat? Or all the above simultaneously? Now you're having them fiddle with knobs and switches to wink, blink, display "rolling" teardrops, raise or lower actual car body, etc? What are these assholes thinking?



A dentist has you sit in his chair, prepares you for dental work and then injects his semen into your mouth via a syringe.

You'll love this----a psychiatrist say he DOES NOT have "a psychiatric illness or an interest in deviant sex."

It gets worse. Thus same psychiatrist thinks this moonbat asshole can continue to practice:
"with a reasonable degree of safety to his patients" if he gets psychological counseling about appropriate boundaries "as far as the joking with sexual undertones, being too friendly and familiar with people."

Further, this psychiatrist thinks:
"he should have a mandatory chaperone, that his therapist should make regular reports to the board, that his staff should monitor his behavior and that he should take a lie-detector test every six months."


For what? So that after parole he can continue to do this to unsuspecting patients? What if the SOB is HIV positive? What about his patients then? Or is that what it will take to consider him to be deviant?

I believe it is time his victims, armed with baseball bats, get a chance to meet him behind a barn somewhere. Afterwards they can participate in this study.
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Posted by Ranting Right Wing Howler   United States  on 07/27/2004 at 06:46 AM   
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Quote of the Day

To be conservative at 20 is heartless and to be a liberal at 60 is plain idiocy. Sir Winston Churchill (1874 - 1965)


On This Day in History

1923 Dillinger joins the Navy in an attempt to avoid prosecution
John Herbert Dillinger joins the Navy in order to avoid charges of auto theft in Indiana, marking the beginning of America's most notorious criminal's downfall. Years later, Dillinger's reputation was forged in a single 12-month period, during which he robbed more banks than Jesse James did in 15 years and became the most wanted fugitive in the nation.
Dillinger didn't last in the Navy very long. Within months he had gone AWOL several times-the last time in December 1923. Making his way back to Indiana, he was arrested for armed robbery the following summer. Dillinger pled guilty, thinking that he would receive a light sentence, but instead got 10 to 20 years. His first words to the warden at the prison were, "I won't cause you any trouble except to escape." A man of his word, Dillinger had attempted to escape three times by the end of the year.

Ironically, his eventual arrest was the result of pure luck. While hiding out in Tucson, Arizona, Dillinger was caught in a fire that broke out in his hotel. Firefighters became suspicious when two gang members offered them a large sum of money to save two heavy suitcases. When they found a small arsenal of guns inside, everyone was taken into custody.

Dillinger was extradited to Indiana and held in what was believed to be an escape-proof jail, with extra guards posted to protect against outside attacks. But on March 3, 1934, Dillinger used a fake pistol that he had carved out of wood and painted black to escape. For the next several months, Dillinger and his gang went on a bank-robbing spree with the FBI one step behind at all times. J. Edgar Hoover, the director of the FBI, reportedly put out an order that agents should shoot Dillinger on sight. An illegal immigrant named Anna Sage offered to set the outlaw up if deportation proceedings against her were dropped. On July 22, 1934, detective Martin Zarkovich shot a man identified by the FBI as Dillinger as was leaving the Biograph Theater in Chicago, Illinois.

Some historians believe that the man killed that day was not Dillinger, but Jimmy Lawrence. They think that Dillinger engineered the setup to drop out of sight. If so, he was successful-no further record of Dillinger exists.


1940 Bugs Bunny's debut
On this day in 1940, Bugs Bunny first appears on the silver screen in "A Wild Hare." The wisecracking rabbit had evolved through several earlier short films. As in many future installments of Bugs Bunny cartoons, "A Wild Hare" featured Bugs as the would-be dinner for frustrated hunter Elmer Fudd.

Cartoon animation first appeared in 1908 in France, followed quickly by American cartoons. In 1909, a newspaper cartoon artist named Winsor McCay created Gertie the Dinosaur, the first animated character to appear regularly on the screen. In 1918, McCay produced The Sinking of the Lusitania, the first feature-length cartoon. A variety of recurring cartoons developed by the late teens and early '20s, and these characters became more popular after the development of sound pictures in the late 1920s. Walt Disney introduced the Silly Symphonies cartoons and created Mickey Mouse and his gang. By the mid-1930s, Disney was making feature-length musical cartoons like "Sleeping Beauty."

Under the direction of animation director Tex Avery, Warner Bros. developed its own set of cartoon stars, including Bugs, Elmer, Tweety, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, and many others. Bugs was animated by Chuck Jones, and his famous accent came from legendary voice man Mel Blanc. Blanc started with Warner Bros. in 1937, creating the voices (or sounds) for Bugs, Road Runner, Sylvester, and Tweety Bird, among other characters.



Today's Birthdays

1789 Congress establishes Dept of Foreign Affairs (State dept)
1866 Atlantic telegraph cable successfully laid (1,686 miles long)
1944 1st British jet fighter used in combat (Gloster Meteor)
1948 Peggy Fleming, ice figure skater (Olympic-gold-1968)

1949 Havilland Comet 40-passenger airliner makes maiden flight
1953 Armistice signed ending Korean War
2003 Lance Armstrong won his fifth straight Tour de France, tying Miguel Indurain's record.
2003 Comedian Bob Hope died in his home, at the age of 100.

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Posted by Ranting Right Wing Howler   United States  on 07/27/2004 at 06:13 AM   
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calendar   Monday - July 26, 2004

New Psychiatric Study

A study conducted by the Department of Psychiatry has revealed that the kind of male face a woman finds attractive can differ depending on where she is in her menstrual cycle.

For instance, if she is ovulating she is attracted to men with rugged and masculine features.

However, if she is menstruating, or menopausal, she is more prone to be attracted to a man with scissors lodged in his temple and a bat jammed up his ass while he is on fire.

Further studies are expected.

(not sure why but, thanks, Joanny!)
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Posted by Ranting Right Wing Howler   United States  on 07/26/2004 at 01:37 PM   
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Allan Rejoins the Fold

Damn Yankee Fans! Damn them all to hell! Especially the ones who sneak up behind your back and spout drivel about the suckiest team in baseball. Especially when you're supposed to be enjoying life here by the pool in Cancun.

I think I'll call Juan over and have him bring me another pina colada while I contemplate a suitable punishment for Vilmar after I return and stage the palace coup. Deepest, darkest dungeon sounds like a good start .... hmmmmm .....

Mwah-hah-ha-ha-ha-ha ......


We're sorry for any confusion caused by this posting. Our Minister of Propaganda is on the road pursuing moonbats and other terrorists (to tell you anything else I'd have to imbed deadly code into this post that would kill you as soon as you read it.)

Suffice it to say he was stressed out yesterday. He had a few too many after having bagged a large quantity of moonbats and forgot the heartfelt conversation he had with me prior to his departure and how it saddened him that he left without telling his audience of his deep loathing and disrespect for the Cubcakes baseball team.

As repentance he's asked me to attempt to make amends and begs your forgiveness for his crass conduct. He was so choked up all he could send me to relay to you were these iconographic images:





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Posted by Ranting Right Wing Howler   United States  on 07/26/2004 at 09:45 AM   
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Quote of the Day

France has neither winter nor summer nor morals. Apart from these drawbacks it is a fine country. Mark Twain
France has usually been governed by prostitutes. Mark Twain


On This Day in History


1908 The Office of the Chief Examiner, which in 1935 became the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), was created.

1952 Argentina's first lady, Eva Peron, died in Buenos Aires at age 33.


1947 Truman signs the National Security Act
President Harry S. Truman signs the National Security Act, which becomes one of the most important pieces of Cold War legislation. The act established much of the bureaucratic framework for foreign policymaking for the next 40-plus years of the Cold War.
By July 1947, the Cold War was in full swing. The United States and the Soviet Union, once allies during World War II, now faced off as ideological enemies. In the preceding months, the administration of President Truman had argued for, and secured, military and economic aid to Greece and Turkey to assist in their struggles against communist insurgents. In addition, the Marshall Plan, which called for billions of dollars in U.S. aid to help rebuild war-torn Western Europe and strengthen it against possible communist aggression, had also taken shape. As the magnitude of the Cold War increased, however, so too did the need for a more efficient and manageable foreign policymaking bureaucracy in the United States. The National Security Act was the solution.

The National Security Act had three main parts. First, it streamlined and unified the nation's military establishment by bringing together the Navy Department and War Department under a new Department of Defense. This department would facilitate control and utilization of the nation's growing military. Second, the act established the National Security Council (NSC). Based in the White House, the NSC was supposed to serve as a coordinating agency, sifting through the increasing flow of diplomatic and intelligence information in order to provide the president with brief but detailed reports. Finally, the act set up the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). The CIA replaced the Central Intelligence Group, which had been established in 1946 to coordinate the intelligence-gathering activities of the various military branches and the Department of State. The CIA, however, was to be much more--it was a separate agency, designed not only to gather intelligence but also to carry out covert operations in foreign nations.

The National Security Act formally took effect in September 1947. Since that time, the Department of Defense, NSC, and CIA have grown steadily in terms of size, budgets, and power. The Department of Defense, housed in the Pentagon, controls a budget that many Third World nations would envy. The NSC rapidly became not simply an information organizing agency, but one that was active in the formation of foreign policy. The CIA also grew in power over the course of the Cold War, becoming involved in numerous covert operations. Most notable of these was the failed Bay of Pigs operation of 1961, in which Cuban refugees, trained and armed by the CIA, were unleashed against the communist regime of Fidel Castro. The mission was a disaster, with most of the attackers either killed or captured in a short time. Though it had both successes and failures, the National Security Act indicated just how seriously the U.S. government took the Cold War threat.




Today's Birthdays

1856 George Bernard Shaw (playwright)
1875 Carl Jung (psychiatrist)
1892 Pearl S Buck US, novelist (The Good Earth)
1894 Aldous Huxley (philosopher, satirist, author)
1906 Gracie Allen (vaudeville, radio, TV, stage actress)
1912 Vivian Vance (Jones) (actress)
1928 Stanley Kubrick (director)
1940 Mary Jo Kopechne Ted Kennedy's d(r)iving buddy
1943 Mick Jagger (singer, Rollingstones)
1964 Sandra Bullock (actress)

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Posted by Ranting Right Wing Howler   United States  on 07/26/2004 at 06:23 AM   
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calendar   Sunday - July 25, 2004

The Little Red Hen

Once upon a time, on a farm in Arkansas, there was a little red Republican hen who scratched about the barnyard until she uncovered quite a few grains of wheat. She called all of her Democrat neighbors together and said, "If we plant this wheat, we shall have bread to eat. Who will help me plant it?"

"Not I," said the cow.

"Not I," said the duck.

"Not I," said the pig.

"Not I," said the goose.

"Then I will do it by myself," said the little red hen. And so she did. The wheat grew very tall and ripened into golden grain.

"Who will help me reap my wheat?" asked the little red hen.

"Not I," said the duck; "Out of my classification," said the pig; "I'd lose my seniority," said the cow; "I'd lose my unemployment compensation," said the goose.

"Then I will do it by myself," said the little red hen, and so she did.

At last it came time to bake the bread. "Who will help me bake the bread?" asked the little red hen.

"That would be overtime for me," said the cow. "I'd lose my welfare benefits," said the duck. "I'm a dropout and never learned how," said the pig. "If I'm to be the only helper, that's discrimination," said the goose.

"Then I will do it by myself," said the little red hen. She baked five loaves and held them up for all of her neighbors to see. They wanted some and, in fact, demanded a share. But the little red hen said, "No, I shall eat all five loaves."

"Excess profits!" cried the cow. "Capitalist leech!" screamed the duck. "I demand equal rights!" yelled the goose. The pig just grunted in disdain.

And they all painted "Unfair!" picket signs and marched around and around the little red hen, shouting obscenities.

Then a government agent came, he said to the little red hen, "You must not be so greedy."

"But I earned the bread," said the little red hen.

"Exactly," said the agent. "That is what makes our free enterprise system so wonderful. Anyone in the barnyard can earn as much as he wants.
But under our modern government regulations, the productive workers must divide the fruits of their labor with those who are lazy and idle."

And they all lived happily ever after, including the little red hen, who smiled and clucked, "I am grateful, for now I truly understand."

But her neighbors became quite disappointed in her.

She never again baked bread because she joined the "party" and got her bread free.

And all the Democrats smiled. 'Fairness' had been established. Individual initiative had died but nobody noticed; perhaps no one cared, as long as there was free bread.

(thanks to Ana!)
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Posted by Ranting Right Wing Howler   United States  on 07/25/2004 at 01:12 PM   
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Way To Go LANCE!

Lance Armstrong did it again! Sixth Tour de France victory!

BRAVO, Lance! Six wins! The only person to do it in 101 years!


In what can only be called taking a no "pussy-boy tactics," Lance, knowing he did not need to win yesterday's time trials kicked ass anyway proving to the world we are not to be trifled with in matters cycling. It also sends a message to those girly-men responsible for our kids' athletic programs in our school systems--you know-- those sissified athletic directors who try to teach kids not to beat the shit of their opponents in a competition as it is not "fair" to pick on weaker teams. Yeah!! Those nancy boys! Hopefully some of them will see this and try to instill some of Lance's qualities in our kids--know what you want, work hard for it, and kick everyone's ass in the process of achieving it.<


You gotta love it.

Even more delicious is that he's beaten the French like red-headed step children in this event. The same Frenchy-french coward bastards that wouldn't support us in the war on Iraq. Oh, and even better, guess what? The Germans get left behind, too! Serves those asshats right. How fitting. Both France and Germany get their asses kicked.

Frenchy-french pansy boy Jean-Marie Leblanc nailed it when he said of Lance's win:
``It's an improvement in the method of approaching the Tour de France -- more professional, more rigorous, more methodical. In a word, more American.''

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Posted by Ranting Right Wing Howler   United States  on 07/25/2004 at 01:01 PM   
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EEEWWWW!!!!

The Army has inadvertently developed a way to inspire our combat troops to actively seek out and relish bugs and grubs whenever they are in the field. How? By the introduction of a new MRE-PO.

"HUH?" you say?

Yep, Meal-Ready-To-Eat---Peed On. I shit you not (or is that, I piss you not!)

The meals come with a built in filter so when a trooper is hungry, he just pees into his packet and "voila!" no heating of water required, food ready in minutes!

I can see them lining up for this one already!

P.S. The process by which the water filters down into the food is interesting, though!
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Posted by Ranting Right Wing Howler   United States  on 07/25/2004 at 07:32 AM   
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Liberals Accept Responsiibility for Killers

In response to a letter to the White House complaining about the treatment of a captive taken during the Afghanistan war, the following response was sent:

The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue Washington, D.C. 20016

Dear Concerned Citizen:

Thank you for your recent letter roundly criticizing our treatment of the Taliban and Al Qaeda detainees, currently being held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. My administration takes these matters seriously, and your opinion was heard loud and clear here in Washington.

You'll be pleased to learn that, thanks to the concerns of citizens like you, we are creating a new division of the Terrorist Retraining Program, to be called the "Liberals Accept Responsibility for Killers" program, or LARK for short. In accordance with the guidelines of this new program, we have decided to place one terrorist under your personal care.

Your personal detainee has been selected and is scheduled for transportation under heavily armed guard to your residence next Monday. Ali Mohammed Ahmed bin Mahmud (you can just call him Ahmed) is to be cared for pursuant to the standards you personally demanded in your letter of admonishment. It will likely be necessary for you to hire some assistant caretakers. We will conduct weekly inspections to ensure that your standards of care for Ahmed are commensurate with those you so strongly recommended in your letter.

Ahmed's meal requirements are simple, but we strongly suggest serving meals that do not require utensils, particularly knives and forks. Also, these should be "one-handed" foods; Ahmed will not eat with his left hand since he uses it to wipe himself after purging his bowels (which he will do in your yard) - but look on the bright side.. no increase in the toilet paper bill. He generally bathes quarterly with the change of seasons, assuming that it rains, and he washes his clothes simultaneously. This should help with your water bill.

Also, your new friend has a really bad case of body lice that hasn't been completely remedied. Please heed the large orange notice attached to your detainee's cage: "Does not play well with others." Although Ahmed is a sociopath and extremely violent, we hope that your sensitivity to what you described as his "attitudinal problem" will help him overcome these character flaws.

Perhaps you are correct in describing these problems as mere cultural differences. He will bite you, given the chance, but his rabies test came back negative, so not to worry. We understand that you plan to offer counseling and home schooling.

Your adopted terrorist is extremely proficient in hand-to-hand combat and can extinguish human life with such simple items as a pencil or nail clipper. We do not suggest that you ask him to demonstrate these skills at your next yoga group. He is also expert at making a wide variety of explosive devices from common household products, so you may wish to keep those items locked up, unless (in your opinion) this might offend him.

Ahmed will not wish to interact with your wife or daughters (except sexually) since he views females as a sub-human form of property. However, he will be eager to assist with the education of your sons; have available for their use, several copies of the Q'uran. Oh and rest assured he absolutely loves animals, especially cats and dogs. He prefers them roasted, but raw is fine, too, if they aren't more than 2 or 3 days dead.

Thanks again for your letter. We truly appreciate it when folks like you, who know so much, keep us informed of the proper way to do our job. We think this watching over each other's shoulder is such a good way for people to interact that we will be sending a team of federal officials with expertise in your line of work to your place of business soon, just to help you do your job better. Don't be concerned that they have the power to close your business, seize your property, and arrest you for any violation of the 4,850,206 laws, codes, regulations and rules that apply to your profession. They're really there just to make sure you're doing everything the proper way. That is what you wanted, right?

Well, thank you for this opportunity to interact with such a valued member of the citizenry. You take good care of Ahmed - and remember...we'll be watching.

Cordially...Your Buddy,

George W. Bush


If only this were true!
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Posted by Ranting Right Wing Howler   United States  on 07/25/2004 at 07:29 AM   
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Quote of the Day

"Above all, we must realize that no arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women. It is a weapon our adversaries in today's world do not have.!" Ronald Reagan (1911 - 2004)



On This Day in History


1360 Jews are expelled from Breslau Silesia
1670 Jews are expelled from Vienna Austria
1946 1st bikini is shown at a Paris fashion show
1946 The United States tested the first underwater atomic bomb at Bikini Atoll.
1952 Puerto Rico became a commonwealth of the United States.
1978 The world's first test-tube baby, Louise Joy Brown, was born in Lancashire, England.
1984 Soviet cosmonaut Svetlana Savitskaya became the first woman to walk in space.


1956 Italian liner Andrea Doria sank after colliding with the S.S. Stockholm

At 11:10 p.m., 45 miles south of Nantucket Island, the Italian ocean liner Andrea Doria and the Swedish ocean liner Stockholm collide in a heavy Atlantic fog. Fifty-one passengers and crew were killed in the collision, which ripped a great hole in the broad side of the Italian vessel. Miraculously, all 1,660 survivors on the Andrea Doria were rescued from the severely listing ship before it sunk late the next morning. Both ships were equipped with sophisticated radar systems, and authorities were puzzled as to the cause of the accident.
At 10:45 p.m., the Stockholm showed up on the Doria's radar screens, at a distance of about 17 nautical miles. Soon after, the Italian ship showed up on the Stockholm's radar, about 12 miles away. What happened next has been subject to dispute, but it's likely that the crews of both ships misread their radar sets. Captain Calami then exacerbated a dangerous situation by making a turn to port for an unconventional starboard-to-starboard passing, which he wrongly thought the other ship was attempting. About two miles away from each other, the ship's lights came into view of each other. Third Officer Johan-Ernst Bogislaus Carstens, commanding the bridge of the Stockholm, then made a conventional turn to starboard.

Less than a mile away, Captain Calami realized he was on a collision course with the Stockholm and turned hard to the left, hoping to race past the bow of the Swedish ship. Both ships were too large and moving too fast to make a quick turn. At 11:10 p.m., the Stockholm's sharply angled bow, reinforced for breaking ice, smashed 30 feet into the starboard side of the Andrea Doria. For a moment, the smaller ship was lodged there like a cork in a bottle, but then the opposite momentum of the two ships pulled them apart, and the Stockholm's smashed bow screeched down the side of the Doria, showering sparks into the air.

Five crewmen of the Stockholm were killed in the collision. On the Andrea Doria, the carnage was much worse. The bow of the Swedish ship crashed through passenger cabins, and 46 passengers and crew were killed. One man watched as his wife was dragged away forever by the retreating bow of the Stockholm. Fourteen-year-old Linda Morgan was asleep on the Doria when the impact somehow catapulted her out of bed and onto the Stockholm's crushed bow. She was later dubbed "the miracle girl" by the press.

With seven of its 10 decks open to the Atlantic waters, the Andrea Doria listed more than 20 degrees to port in minutes, and its watertight compartments were compromised. A lifeboat evacuation began on the doomed ship. The evacuation initially went far from smoothly. The port side could not be used because the ship was listing too much, which left 1,044 lifeboat seats for the 1,706 on board. Passengers in the lower cabins fought their way through darkened hallways filling up with ocean water and leaking oil. The first lifeboat was not deployed until an hour after the collision, and it held more crew than passengers.

Fortunately, the Stockholm, which had suffered a nonfatal blow, was able to lend its lifeboats to the evacuation effort. Several ships heard the Doria's mayday and came to assist. At 2:00 a.m. on July 26, the Ile de France, another great ocean liner, arrived and took charge of the rescue effort. It was the greatest civilian maritime rescue in history, and 1,660 lives were saved. The Stockholm limped back to New York.

At 10:09 a.m. on July 26, the Andrea Doria sank into the Atlantic. Almost immediately, the wreck, located at a depth of 240 feet of water, became a popular scuba diving destination. However, because of the extreme depth, the presence of sharks, and unpredictable currents, the Doria is known as the "Mount Everest" of diving locations.




Today's Birthdays

1967 Matt Le Blanc (actor)
1840 Flora Adams Darling founded Daughters of American Revolution
1894 Walter Brennan Swampscott Mass, actress (Real McCoys, At Gun Point)
1954 Walter Payton NFL running back (Chicago Bears)
1955 Iman model/David Bowie's girlfriend/actress (Star Trek VI)


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calendar   Saturday - July 24, 2004

Moonbat of the Week Award

Without a doubt, the "Moonbat of the Week" award goes to Sandy "Burglar" Berger, President Bill "Blow Job" Clinton's National Secutity Advisor.


Here we have an assclown entrusted with some of the highest classification of secrets in the land but allegedly has no rudimentary knowledge of how the system works to protect those documents from enemies foreign and domestic. So he "accidentally" and "inadvertently" takes them home in his pants, in his socks, hell, in his shorts for all we know! (EEEEEWW!)

In this case the domestic enemies were the operatives in the Dummycrap party fearful of something in the archives that could implicate Slick Willie in the 9-11 terrorism investigation.

AWARDED TO: SANDY BURGLAR


Here's to you, asshole! I hope they throw your treasonous ass in jail!




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