Tuesday, May 30, 2006

a letter i wrote to the editor of AR DemGaz but they said it was too long

Subject: Editorial ''Thanks, Professor''
Comment: The editorial criticizing Paul Krugman Saturday seemed like
it contained a little misguided bias. Your optimistic cheerleading is
just the type of delusional rhetoric Mr. Krugman often cites out of
the Bush White House. Let me offer your readers some additional facts
about our economy that you failed to mention.

The value of the U.S. dollar has declined by over 30% since Bush took
office. The Bush economic experiment which is rooted in supply-side
economic theory has taken our $200 billion government surplus and run
it into a $400 billion deficit. That government surplus was an anchor
for the value of our dollar and provided some much needed cushion for
our baby boomer's entitlement liabilities. Now why does does this
matter if I am not traveling to Europe?

Inflation: 1. undue expansion or increase of the currency of a
country esp. by the issuing of paper money not redeemed in specie. 2.
a substantial rise of prices caused by an undue expansion in paper
money or bank credit.

I think that speaks for itself. Contrary to what Vice President
Cheney says, deficits do matter. This is the dirty little secret
behind the Bush economic policy. The foreign exchange market, the
largest in the world, has adjusted the purchasing power of our dollar
to acount for this massive expansion of money to cover the cost of the
war in Iraq, the tax cuts, the increase in the size of government
through the creation of a Homeland Security Department.

When you have to borrow money to cover the cost of a tax cut you are
creating money that wouldn't otherwise be in the economy. The foreign
exchange market discounts and adjusts the dollar lower to compensate
for the increased supply. This inturn drives up the prices of
commodities like food and energy. We all know how the rising costs of
food and energy are affecting our own monthly budget, but remember
inflation hits some peoples's discretionary income much differently
than others. The middle class is in effect subsadizing the tax cut
for the wealthy through the weak dollar and subsequent inflation that
occurs because it hits their budget so much harder. This is one
reason why real wages have been declining in the Bush economy.

The Bush Administration will point to increased tax receipts as proof
his policies are working but just like your 401k, adjusted for
inflation those extra tax receipts and rate of return don't compensate
for what you lost in purchasing power. Sure the Dow is at 11,000 but
priced against euros, pounds, gold or a basket of commodities it's
more like 8000. Still 30% below where it was 6 years ago. This year
the Dow is up about 5% after this correction, which by the by was
triggered by a sell-off in the dollar the very day Congress voted to
extend the tax cuts, and the dollar is down 7%. If you earn a nominal
return of 5% but lose 7% in purchasing power your real return is
negative.

I am not against tax cuts per se, but they are not without a cost.
There is no free lunch. Ponder this; Warren Buffet, one of the
richest men in the country and the greatest investor of all time, is
against the tax cuts and short the dollar.

Bullshit Flag Has Been Thrown...

Robertson Says He Leg-Pressed 2,000 Pounds

(AP) Religious broadcaster Pat Robertson says he has leg-pressed 2,000 pounds, but some say he'd be in a pretty tough spot if he tried.

The "700 Club" host's feat of strength is recounted on the Web site of his Christian Broadcasting Network, in a posting headlined "How Pat Robertson Leg Pressed 2,000 Pounds."

According to the CBN Web site, Robertson worked his way up to lifting a ton with the help of his physician, who is not named. The posting does not say when the lift occurred, but a CBN spokeswoman released photos to The Associated Press that she said showed Robertson lifting 2,000 pounds in 2003, when Robertson was 73. He is now 76.

The Web posting said two men loaded the leg-press machine with 2,000 pounds "and then let it down on Mr. Robertson, who pushed it up one rep and let it go back down again." The Web site said several people witnessed the event, and shows video of Robertson leg-pressing what appears to be 1,000 pounds.

Clay Travis of CBS SportsLine.com called the 2,000-pound assertion impossible in a column this week, writing that the leg-press record for football players at Florida State University is 665 pounds less."Where in the world did Robertson even find a machine that could hold 2,000 pounds at one time?" Travis asked.

Andy Zucker, a strength-training coach at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, said leg presses of more than 1,000 pounds represent "a Herculean effort, and 2,000 pounds is a whole other story.""If he was able to lift that much weight, I take my hat off to him, but the numbers suggest that people who lift that much weight are few and far between," Zucker said. "One would have to see what type of leg press it was on and under what parameters it was done."

CBN spokeswoman Angell Vasko said Friday that Robertson was not available for comment because he was "out of pocket" for the long holiday weekend.Vasko said she has not seen Robertson leg-press 2,000 pounds but that it's not "a huge shocker" that he could."Pat is so healthy," she said. "This is something he trained for over an extended period of time. He lives a very healthy, regimented life."One of the photos Vasko released had a digital date stamp of 1994, although she said Robertson performed the leg press in 2003. Vasko said that perhaps the date was not set properly on the camera.

The CBN Web site attributes Robertson's energy in part to "his age-defying protein shake." The site offers a recipe for the shake, which contains ingredients such as soy protein isolate, whey protein isolate, flaxseed oil and apple cider vinegar.

uhhhhhh....BULLSHIT!!!!!

U.S. Moving 1,500 Reserve Troops to Iraq

WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. military commanders are moving about 1,500 troops from a reserve force in Kuwait into the volatile Anbar province in western Iraq to help local authorities establish order there.

The deployment comes at a time when the Bush administration is under heavy election-year pressure to begin drawing down the roughly 130,000 American troops in Iraq.

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_IRAQ?SITE=DCUSN&SECTION=TOP_STORIES&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

"Mr. President, would you please explain why we are sending more troops into harm's way?"

"Trying to stop suiciders — which we're doing a pretty good job of on occasion — is difficult to do. And what the Iraqis are going to have to eventually do is convince those who are conducting suiciders who are not inspired by Al Qaeda, for example, to realize there's a peaceful tomorrow." —George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., May 24, 2006

"Mr. President, you declared an end to major combat operations some time ago."

"You never know what your history is going to be like until long after you're gone." —George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., May 5, 2006

"Okay...would you comment on your view of separation of powers of the three branches of government?"

"Another example would be the Dred Scott case, which is where judges, years ago, said that the Constitution allowed slavery because of personal property rights. That's a personal opinion. That's not what the constitution says. The constitution of the United States says we're all — you know, it doesn't say that. It doesn't speak to the equality of America." —George W. Bush, second presidential debate, St. Louis, Mo., Oct. 8, 2004

"Nevermind..."

Senate's top Democrat took free boxing tickets

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid, who has criticized Republican ethics, accepted free ringside tickets to three professional boxing matches from Nevada officials who were trying to influence his federal legislation regulating the sport.

http://www.cnn.com/2006/POLITICS/05/30/reid.ethics.ap/index.html

way to go, asshole...i am so sick of this bullshit from politicians...screw 'em all.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Bush orders documents seized in Capitol Hill search sealed


WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush stepped into the Justice Department's constitutional confrontation with Congress on Thursday and ordered that documents seized in an FBI raid on a congressman's office be sealed for 45 days.

"This period will provide both parties more time to resolve the issues in a way that ensures that materials relevant to the ongoing criminal investigation are made available to prosecutors in a manner that respects the interests of a coequal branch of government," Bush said.

"Excuse me, Mr. President? Would you mind elaborating on 'coequal' branch of government?"

"Sometimes when I sleep at night I think of (Dr. Seuss's) 'Hop on Pop.'" —George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., April 2, 2002

"Okay...do you believe Rep. Jefferson is guilty?"

"The senator has got to understand if he's going to have — he can't have it both ways. He can't take the high horse and then claim the low road." —George W. Bush, Florence, S.C., Feb. 17, 2000

"Mr. President, do you have a working knowledge of how Congress works?!"

"If this were a dictatorship, it'd be a heck of a lot easier, just so long as I'm the dictator." —Washington, D.C., Dec. 19, 2000

"Nevermind..."
http://www.cnn.com/2006/POLITICS/05/25/raid.on.congress.ap

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Mayor's Decree

Hear ye, hear ye, hear ye! The Mayor of D-town hearby instates an ordinance requiring all citizens to log in to www.climatecrisis.net (Al Gore's page). Check out the book review, the upcoming film, and sign the pledge to see the film when it gets here on June 30. It's only going to be shown at Market Street Cinema. I will be checking with all of you, in yer face style, until you crack. This will not go away, it will not lose its relevance but rather will GROW LARGER AND LARGER.

Italian atheist sues priest over Jesus' existence

By Eric J. Lyman, Special for USA TODAY

ROME — An Italian atheist is suing a parish priest for saying Jesus Christ existed.

The hearing in a court in Viterbo, a city located in a valley 25 miles northwest of Rome, opened Friday and could take weeks to decide. Luigi Cascioli, 72, a lifelong atheist, is suing the Rev. Enrico Righi, 75, a local parish priest.

The case has opened debate here over whether it's appropriate for a civil court to decide matters of religious faith.

http://www.usatoday.com/news/religion/2006-01-30-italy-atheist_x.htm

"Excuse me, Mr. President. Do you have a comment on the pending lawsuit in Rome regarding the existence of Jesus Christ?"

"Wow! Brazil is big." —George W. Bush, Nov. 6, 2005

"Uhhh, Mr. President, Brazil is in South America."

"Do you have blacks, too?" —George W. Bush, Nov. 8, 2001

"Mr. President!"

Mock Lottery Picks

First prediction on the late Sportscenter had him at 12 to the NO/OK Hornets.

Chad Ford's Big Board

NAME

HT

POS

FROM

STOCK

1. Tyrus Thomas

6-9

PF

LSU

If Noah decides to stay in school, the majority of scouts have Thomas penciled in at No. 1. He's got the length, athleticism and potential that scouts dream about.

2. LaMarcus Aldridge

6-10

PF

Texas

He had an up and down tournament, but scouts feel that Aldridge is one of the few players in this draft that could be a star. His overall skill set, combined with size still make him a contender for No. 1.

3. Andrea Bargnani

7-0

PF

Italy

GMs starting to back up international scouts opinions that Bargnani might be the best player in the draft. But who has the guts to pull the trigger with the No. 1 pick?

4. Adam Morrison

6-8

SF

Gonzaga

Didn't have the dominating tournament he'd hoped for, but Morrison's stock is still in great shape. A few teams (read Seattle and Orlando) would still take him No. 1.

5. Brandon Roy

6-5

SG

Washington

Roy's stellar play for Washington in the tournament is icing on an incredible season. He might be the most complete guard in the draft.

6. Rudy Gay

6-9

SF

UConn

Gay was solid for UConn in the tournament, but you expected more than solid from a potential No. 1 pick. The tournament hurt more than helped his stock .

7. Randy Foye

6-4

PG/SG

Villanova

Great tournament for Foye. He's tough, smart, can shoot and proved that he can run a team when Kyle Lowry wasn't on the floor. Wasn't Foye's fault Villanova didn't make it to the Final Four.

8. Ronnie Brewer

6-7

PG/SG

Arkansas

Scouts are quick to point out the Brewer isn't a great shooter, but given all of the other tools he has on both ends of the floor, he's got a chance to go this high.

9. Shelden Williams

6-9

PF

Duke

Meat and potatoes big man won't be a star. But he can rebound and block shots in large volume and likes to play with his back to the basket. Given the lack of star potential in the draft, that will be enough.

10. Marcus Williams

6-3

PG

UConn

Williams may not be the most athletic or quickest point guard in the world, but he's got great court vision and he's a floor leader. Someone in the lottery is going to want a point guard.

Top 100

More on ESPN.com

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

House of Flavors offers safety updates following ammonia leak

Following a January ammonia leak that caused an evacuation of the neighborhood surrounding the House of Flavors ice cream plant, the company is offering a community update on its safety efforts, at the city council’s request.

http://www.ludingtondailynews.com/news.php?story_id=31501

New Low...

You got it...new Fox/OD favorability at their all-time low: 40% favorable with 55% unfavorable.

"I think the American people — I hope the American — I don't think, let me — I hope the American people trust me." —George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., Dec. 18, 2002

Lloyd Bentsen, former senator and treasury secretary, dies at 85

HOUSTON, Texas (AP) -- Lloyd Bentsen, a courtly Texan who represented the state in Congress for 28 years and served as President Clinton's first treasury secretary, died Tuesday morning, his family said. He was 85.

Bentsen, also the Democratic 1988 vice presidential nominee, died at his home in Houston.

It was during that campaign that he told rival Dan Quayle in a debate, "You're no Jack Kennedy."

...to which Mr. Quayle replied...
"I am not part of the problem. I am a Republican."

Monday, May 22, 2006

U.S. Predicts Busy Hurricane Season

MIAMI (Reuters) - The 2006 Atlantic hurricane season will be very active, with up to 10 hurricanes, although not as busy as record-breaking 2005, when Hurricane Katrina and several monster storms slammed into the United States, the U.S. government's top climate agency said Monday.

"For the 2006 North Atlantic hurricane season, NOAA is predicting 13 to 16 named storms, with eight to 10 becoming hurricanes, of which four to six could become 'major' hurricanes of Category 3 strength or higher," said retired Navy Vice Adm. Conrad C. Lautenbacher, administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/05/22/AR2006052200499.html

"So Mr. President, what do you say to critics regarding the federal government's response to Katrina and Rita?"

"We've got a lot of rebuilding to do. First, we're going to save lives and stabilize the situation. And then we're going to help these communities rebuild. The good news is -- and it's hard for some to see it now -- that out of this chaos is going to come a fantastic Gulf Coast, like it was before. Out of the rubbles of Trent Lott's house -- he's lost his entire house -- there's going to be a fantastic house. And I'm looking forward to sitting on the porch." (Laughter) --George W. Bush, touring hurricane damage, Mobile, Ala., Sept. 2, 2005

"Seriously, Mr. President, there are still people displaced from last year's hurricane season. What is the administration's plan if there is another disaster?"

"Mom?"

"What I'm hearing which is sort of scary is that they all want to stay in Texas. Everybody is so overwhelmed by the hospitality. And so many of the people in the arena here, you know, were underprivileged anyway so this (chuckle) – this is working very well for them." –Former First Lady Barbara Bush, on the hurricane evacuees at the Astrodome in Houston, Sept. 5, 2005

"Uhhhhhh...okay."

Saturday, May 20, 2006

The Boy Genius

"That's George Washington, the first president, of course. The interesting thing about him is that I read three — three or four books about him last year. Isn't that interesting?" —George W. Bush, while showing German newspaper reporter Kai Diekmann the Oval Office, Washington, D.C., May 5, 2006

"He he he...do you want to see my electric train set now? It's really interesting...with all the little trees and lights and stuff..."

"Uhhhhh, sure Mr. President...when can we talk about pulling troops out of Iraq?"

"I can only speak to myself." —George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., April 28, 2005

"Okay, Mr. President. Do you have a comment on social security?"

"I repeat, personal accounts do not permanently fix the solution." —George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., March 16, 2005

"Right...well, I guess we can wrap this thing up...can I see Vice President Cheney now? Maybe he can answer some questions..."

"I speak plainly sometimes, but you've got to be mindful of the consequences of the words. So put that down. I don't know if you'd call that a confession, a regret, something." —George W. Bush, speaking to reporters, Washington, D.C., Jan. 14, 2005

"He he he...do you want to see my new bike? It's red! Vrooom vrooom!!"

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Robertson: God Says Tsunami Possible For U.S.

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. -- The Rev. Pat Robertson says God has told him that storms and possibly a tsunami will hit America's coastline this year.
The founder of the Christian Broadcasting Network has told viewers of "The 700 Club" that the revelations came to him during his annual personal prayer retreat in January.
"If I heard the Lord right about 2006, the coasts of America will be lashed by storms," Robertson said May 8.
He added specifics in Wednesday's show.
"There well may be something as bad as a tsunami in the Pacific Northwest," he said.


those West Coast liberals will perish!!!!!

Lawmaker: Marines killed Iraqis ‘in cold blood’

Navy conducting war crimes probe into November violence in Haditha

By Jim Miklaszewskiand Mike Viqueira
NBC News
Updated: 8:27 p.m. CT May 17, 2006

WASHINGTON - A Pentagon probe into the death of Iraqi civilians last November in the Iraqi city of Haditha will show that U.S. Marines "killed innocent civilians in cold blood," a U.S. lawmaker said Wednesday.

From the beginning, Iraqis in the town of Haditha said U.S. Marines deliberately killed 15 unarmed Iraqi civilians, including seven women and three children.

One young Iraqi girl said the Marines killed six members of her family, including her parents. “The Americans came into the room where my father was praying,” she said, “and shot him.”

On Wednesday, Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa., said the accounts are true.

Military officials told NBC News that the Marine Corps' own evidence appears to show Murtha is right.

A videotape taken by an Iraqi showed the aftermath of the alleged attack: a blood-smeared bedroom floor and bits of what appear to be human flesh and bullet holes on the walls.

The video, obtained by Time magazine, was broadcast a day after town residents told The Associated Press that American troops entered homes on Nov. 19 and shot dead 15 members of two families, including a 3-year-old girl, after a roadside bomb killed a U.S. Marine.

On Nov. 20, U.S. Marines spokesman Capt. Jeffrey Pool issued a statement saying that on the previous day a roadside bomb had killed 15 civilians and a Marine. In a later gunbattle, U.S. and Iraqi troops killed eight insurgents, he said.

U.S. military officials later confirmed that the version of events was wrong.

Murtha, a vocal opponent of the war in Iraq, said at a news conference Wednesday that sources within the military have told him that an internal investigation will show that "there was no firefight, there was no IED (improvised explosive device) that killed these innocent people. Our troops overreacted because of the pressure on them, and they killed innocent civilians in cold blood."

Military officials say Marine Corp photos taken immediately after the incident show many of the victims were shot at close range, in the head and chest, execution-style. One photo shows a mother and young child bent over on the floor as if in prayer, shot dead, said the officials, who spoke to NBC News on condition of anonymity because the investigation hasn't been completed.
One military official says it appears the civilians were deliberately killed by the Marines, who were outraged at the death of their fellow Marine.

“This one is ugly," one official told NBC News.

Three Marine officers — commanders in Haditha — have been relieved of duty, and at least 12 Marines in all are under investigation for what would be the worst single incident involving the deliberate killing of civilians by U.S. military in Iraq.

The Marine Corps issued a statement in response to Murtha's remarks:
"There is an ongoing investigation; therefore, any comment at this time would be inappropriate and could undermine the investigatory and possible legal process. As soon as the facts are known and decisions on future actions are made, we will make that information available to the public to the fullest extent allowable."

Murtha held the news conference to mark six months since his initial call for "redeployment" of U.S. forces from Iraq.

He said U.S. forces were under undue pressure in Iraq because of poor planning and allocation of resources by the Bush administration.

....keep on 'em Rep. Murtha...this speaks volumes...

FBI Searches Mich. Farm for Clues on Hoffa

MILFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. - For years, there has been a rumor in the neighborhood surrounding a horse farm outside Detroit where organized crime figures used to meet. Deb Koskovich heard it two decades ago from a neighbor when she moved next door: Jimmy Hoffa was buried there.
FBI agents investigating the Teamsters leader's 1975 disappearance from a restaurant in Oakland County's Bloomfield Township, about 20 miles away, were at the farm for a second day Thursday.
Asked if they were looking for Hoffa's remains, FBI Agent Dawn Clenney said, "Could be," and declined to comment further on the agents' presence.
A law enforcement official in Washington said the search was based on information developed several years ago and verified more recently.
The information indicated there was a high level of suspicious activity on the farm the day Hoffa vanished, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the investigation is continuing. A backhoe appeared near a barn that organized crime members had used for meetings, but that location was never used again after Hoffa disappeared, the official said.


I thought he was buried under the turf at Giants Stadium..... that would be crazy if they found him

Prodi: War in Iraq Was 'Grave' Mistake

ROME - Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi said Thursday the war in Iraq was a "grave" mistake, but said Italy would remain on the front lines in the war against terror.
"We consider the war and occupation in Iraq a grave error that hasn't solved — but has complicated — the problem of security," Prodi said in his first address to the Senate as prime minister. "Terrorism has found a new base and new excuses for internal and external terrorist action."

Sir, could you please come run our country?

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

He must be related to Yogi Berra

"I believe we are on an irreversble trend toward more freedom and democracy.But that could change." Dan Quayle

"Now hear this..."


"Fair citizens of Dookieville, I hereby impose a mandatory boycott of all Wendy's fast food restaurants! Time and time again, they have failed to fulfill my order correctly, and I have to check my tea for lemon EVERY TIME!!!"

Bush Signs $70 Billion Tax Cut Extensions

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060517/ap_on_go_pr_wh/bush

Meanwhile...the DOW is puking...

Consumer Prices Rose Higher Than Expected in April

By JOHN HOLUSHA
Higher energy costs pushed consumer prices up an unexpected 0.6 percent in April, leading to fears of rising inflation and possible action by the Federal Reserve to boost interest rates.

The stock market reacted negatively to the news, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average down 140.16points, or 1.23 percent, in midday trading to 11,279.73..

...this is more along the lines of the cynic's expertise, but i just couldn't resist...

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/05/17/business/17cnd-econ.html?hp&ex=1147924800&en=059afcea9fc2e5ae&ei=5094&partner=homepage

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Golfer Not Liable for Errant Golf Ball

HONOLULU - A golfer may not be held liable for mistakenly hitting another golfer with an errant golf ball, the Hawaii Supreme Court ruled.

It is "common knowledge that not every shot played by a golfer goes exactly where he intends it to go," the ruling said, adding there wouldn't be much "sport" in the "sport of golf," if golf balls went exactly where the player wanted.

The court considered whether golfers should have to shout "fore" or other warnings to protect other players. The justices concluded, however, that doing so was golf etiquette, not a requirement recognized by law.

Bushism of the day...

Hot off the wire on immigration...

"Part of my job is to lead, and I did last night."

uhhhh...what?!

Names of the Dead-New York Times

The Department of Defense has identified 2,433 American service members who have died since the start of the Iraq war. It confirmed the deaths of the following Americans yesterday:

BURKART, Armer N., 26, Specialist, Army; Rockville, Md.; 10th Mountain Division.

BURNETT, Jason K., 20, Lance Cpl., Marines; St. Cloud, Fla.; Second Marine Division.

CLARK, Eric D., 22, Pfc., Army; Pleasant Prairie, Wis.; 10th Mountain Division.

CONBOY, Adam C., 21, Lance Cpl., Marines; Philadelphia; Third Marine Division.

GEBUR, Ronald W., 23, Specialist, Army; Delavan, Ill.; Fourth Infantry Division.

GRAMESSANCHEZ, David J., 22, Lance Cpl., Marines; Fort Wayne, Ind.; Second Marine
Division.

JAMES, Richard Z., 20, Lance Cpl., Marines; Seaford, Del.; Second Marine Division.

LEGASPI, Emmanuel L., 38, Staff Sgt., Army; Las Vegas; First Armored Division.

LICALZI, Michael L., 24, Second Lt., Marines; Garden City, N.Y.; Second Marine Division.

MARINDOMINGUEZ, Jose S. Jr., 22, Lance Cpl., Marines; Liberal, Kan.; Third Marine Division.

SNOWBERGER, Stephen P. III, 18, Pfc., Army; Lopez, Pa.; 10th Mountain Division.

VAHAVIOLOS, Steve, 21, Cpl., Marines; Airmont, N.Y.; Second Marine Division.

YEARBY, Hatak Yuka Keyu M., 21, Lance Cpl., Marines; Overbrook, Okla.; Third Marine Division.

Weird News Of The Day-Bears eat monkey, visitors shocked

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) -- Bears killed and devoured a monkey in front of horrified visitors at a Dutch zoo, officials and witnesses said.
Visitors reported that the grisly scene began as several bears chased the monkey, a macaque, onto a wooden structure at Beekse Bergen Safari Park.
They said a bear tried unsuccessfully to shake the monkey loose, ignoring attempts by keepers to distract it. The bear then climbed up and grabbed the monkey, mauling it to death and bringing it to its concrete den, where three bears ate it.

munchies?

Sand Bar to change name, more

Ludington Daily News

The Sand Bar, 203 S. James St., may have a new name and many changes in store in the near future.
The Ludington City Council recently recommended the establishment’s liquor license be transferred to Warren Smith.
Smith, who has a degree in criminal justice from Michigan State University, once owned the Wayside Bar and Grill, along with a variety of other careers.

http://www.ludingtondailynews.com/news.php?story_id=31370

Monday, May 15, 2006

Rove blames Bush's low approval on Iraq


WASHINGTON (AP) -- Presidential adviser Karl Rove blamed the war in Iraq on Monday for dragging down President Bush's job approval ratings in public opinion polls. "People like this president," Rove said. "They're just sour right now on the war."

On the economy, Rove credited the president's fiscal policies, particularly a series of first-term tax cuts, for a recovery that has gone on since late 2001. "The reality is, the tax cuts have helped make the U.S. economy the strongest in the world," Rove said.

Rove accused the news media of being too fixated on polls.
"I love this mania which has swept through American media today which substitutes polls for coverage of substance," he said.
"There's, I'm sure, going to be a special Betty Ford addiction for those that are addicted to regular poll numbers, but you'll work your way through it," he said, referring to the former first lady's clinic for treating substance abuse.

uhhhhh...what?

http://www.cnn.com/2006/POLITICS/05/15/rove.ap/index.html

Friday, May 12, 2006

Enough is enough...

Senator Pryor,
I have read your press release from 5/11/06 regarding your position on extending tax cuts and have carefully considered your position.
My family and I have supported you in the past, although your record reflects your voting with the fiscally irresponsible majority most of the time.
With the passage of the tax relief package, your argument that middle and lower income Americans will be encouraged to invest and save is flawed. In my opinion, you have at the very least, lost touch with ordinary Arkansans. Granted, gasoline prices have increased, and that is a consideration, but not the end of the world. It is certainly not why most Americans can't save or invest enough to secure their family's future. I hope your ecomonic adviser understands that our dependence on oil could be reduced with higher prices at the pump and encouraging higher fuel standards, among other things.
My position has always been left of center, and I understand that you are right of center, like most Arkansans. But this is inexcusable. With the deficit spiraling out of control, no plan to withdraw our brave people in uniform from Iraq, the confirmation of two extremely conservative justices to the Supreme Court, warrantless wiretapping and stepping on my civil liberties all occuring under your watch and mostly with your consent, I regret to inform you I will be looking forward to the Democratic Primaries in 2008 with great interest in any other qualified candidate, and will work tirelessly to see that person elected.

Your constituent,

The Kid...

Thursday, May 11, 2006

His Excellency's Economy

"I can't wait to join you in the joy of welcoming neighbors back into neighborhoods, and small businesses up and running, and cutting those ribbons that somebody is creating new jobs." —George W. Bush, Poplarville, Miss., Sept. 5, 2005

uhhh....Mr., I mean, Your Excellency, can I get somethin' to eat now?

other Quayle-isms

'I love California.I practically grew up in Pheonix." and "Americans understand the importance of bondage between a mother and child." and to the United Negro College Fund"What a waste it is to lose ones mind--or not to have a mind.How true that is."and "I stand by all my misstatements.'

True quote from his excellency , George Bush

' I hope I stand for anti-bigotry,anti-Semitism, anti-racism"

Dan quayle explains difference between the House and Senate

"There are lots more people in the House. I don't know exactly--I never counted, but at least a couple hundred."

REPUBLICANS HAVE NEVER BEEN CONCERNED ABOUT THE DEFICIT

"I am not worried about the deficit.It is big enough to take care of itself" Ronald Reagan

NSA has massive database of Americans' phone calls

The National Security Agency has been secretly collecting the phone call records of tens of millions of Americans, using data provided by AT&T, Verizon and BellSouth, people with direct knowledge of the arrangement told USA TODAY.
The NSA program reaches into homes and businesses across the nation by amassing information about the calls of ordinary Americans - most of whom aren't suspected of any crime. This program does not involve the NSA listening to or recording conversations. But the spy agency is using the data to analyze calling patterns in an effort to detect terrorist activity, sources said in separate interviews.
"It's the largest database ever assembled in the world," said one person, who, like the others who agreed to talk about the NSA's activities, declined to be identified by name or affiliation. The agency's goal is "to create a database of every call ever made" within the nation's borders, this person added.
For the customers of these companies, it means that the government has detailed records of calls they made - across town or across the country - to family members, co-workers, business contacts and others.
The three telecommunications companies are working under contract with the NSA, which launched the program in 2001 shortly after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the sources said. The program is aimed at identifying and tracking suspected terrorists, they said.
The sources would talk only under a guarantee of anonymity because the NSA program is secret.
Air Force Gen. Michael Hayden, nominated Monday by President Bush
to become the director of the
CIA
, headed the NSA from March 1999 to April 2005. In that post, Hayden would have overseen the agency's domestic call-tracking program. Hayden declined to comment about the program.
The NSA's domestic program, as described by sources, is far more expansive than what the White House has acknowledged. Last year, Bush said he had authorized the NSA to eavesdrop - without warrants - on international calls and international e-mails of people suspected of having links to terrorists when one party to the communication is in the USA. Warrants have also not been used in the NSA's efforts to create a national call database.
In defending the previously disclosed program, Bush insisted that the NSA was focused exclusively on international calls. "In other words," Bush explained, "one end of the communication must be outside the United States."
As a result, domestic call records - those of calls that originate and terminate within U.S. borders - were believed to be private.
Sources, however, say that is not the case. With access to records of billions of domestic calls, the NSA has gained a secret window into the communications habits of millions of Americans. Customers' names, street addresses and other personal information are not being handed over as part of NSA's domestic program, the sources said. But the phone numbers the NSA collects can easily be cross-checked with other databases to obtain that information.


Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Weird News Of The Day-Presidential Papers Found In Trash

(CBS) A public sanitation worker in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday found a thick stack of papers with nearly every detail of President Bush's trip to Florida on the floor next to a big trash truck.

"See, one of the interesting things in the Oval Office — I love to bring people into the Oval Office — right around the corner from here — and say, this is where I office, but I want you to know the office is always bigger than the person." —George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., Jan. 29, 2004

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/

Bush says brother Jeb would make "great president"


WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush said on Wednesday he thought his younger brother Jeb would make "a great president" but the two-term governor of Florida had given no hint about his intentions.

"I like the idea of people running for office. There's a positive effect when you run for office. Maybe some will run for office and say, vote for me, I look forward to blowing up America. I don't know, I don't know if that will be their platform or not. But it's -- I don't think so. I think people who generally run for office say, vote for me, I'm looking forward to fixing your potholes, or making sure you got bread on the table."
—George W. Bush


http://today.reuters.com/news/newsArticle.aspx?type=domesticNews&storyID=2006-05-10T163009Z_01_N10179503_RTRUKOC_0_US-BUSH-JEB.xml&archived=False

TRICKY RICKY CAN S#$% MY TINKY WINKY

http://www.trickyrickysantorum.com/wp-content/files/ad.wmv BY Daniel Webster

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Sensible Republicans getting pissed.. one blogger's take

http://angrybear.blogspot.com/2006/05/gop-talking-point.html

U.S. has second worst newborn death rate in modern world, report says

Research: 2 million babies die in first 24 hours each year worldwide

(CNN) -- An estimated 2 million babies die within their first 24 hours each year worldwide and the United States has the second worst newborn mortality rate in the developed world, according to a new report.

"Uh, Mr. President? I thought you said we have the best health care in the world?"

"We need to apply 21st-century information technology to the health care field. We need to have our medical records put on the I.T."—Collinsville, Ill., Jan. 5, 2005

Monday, May 08, 2006

Latest USA Today/Gallup...


Okay people...here you have it: an all-time low of 31% approval...
oh, and a disapproval of 65%...

Bush's best moment in office? Reeling in big perch

BERLIN (Reuters) - U.S. President George W. Bush told a German newspaper his best moment in more than five years in office was catching a big perch in his own lake.
"You know, I've experienced many great moments and it's hard to name the best," Bush told weekly Bild am Sonntag when asked about his high point since becoming president in January 2001.
"I would say the best moment of all was when I caught a 7.5 pound (3.402 kilos) perch in my lake," he told the newspaper in an interview published on Sunday.
Bush said the worst moment was September 11 when hijacked planes crashed into the World Trade Centre in New York and the Pentagon in Washington.
"In such a situation it takes a while before one understands what is happening," Bush said. "I would say that this was the hardest moment, once I had the real picture before my eyes."
Because Bild could not immediately furnish English quotes, Bush's comments were translated from the German. The paper said the White House planned to release an authorised English version of the interview on Monday.

"hehehe...it was thiiiiiis big...."
pssst....uh, Mr. President, the largest perch on record is 4.2 lbs.....
"shut up, Karl! it's a secret fish..."

"I know the human being and fish can coexist peacefully."
—Saginaw, Mich., Sept. 29, 2000

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Cheney Rebukes Russia on Rights

ohhhh...this is rich, Mr. Cheney...

MOSCOW, May 4 - Vice President Dick Cheney today delivered the Bush administration's strongest rebuke of Russia to date, saying the Russian government "unfairly and improperly restricted" people's rights and suggesting that it sought to use the country's vast oil and gas resources as "tools of intimidation or blackmail."

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/05/05/world/europe/04cnd-cheney.html?hp&ex=1146801600&en=2fa1c1c196179bed&ei=5094&partner=homepage

"I said 'a fuck yo' mama!!!!!"

Pardon Unlikely for Civil Rights Advocate

This is a quick read. Our neighbors in the great state of Mississippi are just about the most ignorant people on the planet. I especially like what the fella that testified untruthfully says on Gov. Barbour's re-election chances...as it may cost him some votes...

"There are some people around here still," Mr. Lucas said, "who think we should be separate as races and who refuse to see the errors of our past. But I can't imagine it would be a factor in his re-election."

What?!?!?!

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/05/04/us/04pardon.html

Republican Leaders Blame High Gas Prices on President Clinton


Congressional leaders attempting to pass the buck to anyone else but themselves now are blaming high oil and gas prices on Clinton's veto of the drilling program in Alaska's ANWR national refuge. Of course high oil prices have nothing to do with an invasion of Iraq or a nuclear standoff with Iran two oil producers. Suicide bombers blowing up pipelines in the Middle East probably don't drive prices higher either. That doesn't even begin to get into the value of the dollar which has been in free fall since Bush was elected and Congress turned our budget into a credit card.
Sen Frist on NBC's Today show says, "President Clinton vetoed it. Unbelievable. Passed the House. Pass the Senate. And if President Clinton had not vetoed that, we would have more than a million barrels of oil coming here every single day. That’s more oil than we import from Saudi Arabia right now. It’s a matter supply and demand. Right now we would have increase supply if it had not been vetoed by President Clinton."

That's total bullshit.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Mr. Mayor Declares May 4th National Day of Prayer, May 5th Cinco de Mayo


http://www.ndptf.org/home/index.cfm?flash=1

"Now Hear This!!! I hereby declare May 4th to be National Day of Prayer. I ask that you all pray for our troops, our razorbacks and my re-election.

I also hereby declare May 5th to be Cinco de Mayo. I ask you to drink a Pacifico and eat a bean burrito..."

uh......
Mr. Mayor, there is no god, but we'll take you up on the burrito

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Iran threatens Israel if US acts "evil"

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran threatened on Tuesday to attack Israel in response to any "evil" act by the United States and said it had enriched uranium to a level close to the maximum compatible with civilian use in power stations.
The defiant statements were issued shortly before world powers meet in Paris to discuss the next steps after Tehran rejected a U.N. call to halt uranium enrichment.
"We have announced that wherever America does something evil, the first place that we target will be Israel," ISNA quoted a senior Revolutionary Guards commander, Rear Admiral Mohammad-Ebrahim Dehqani, as saying on Tuesday.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has called for the Jewish state to be "wiped off the map."
Iran's deputy oil minister said there was "some possibility" of a U.S. attack on his country over its nuclear program.


Nice... Blackmail with nukes

Monday, May 01, 2006

Dopehead-itis...


Random drug tests, no guns for Limbaugh

MIAMI, Florida (CNN) -- Rush Limbaugh must pass random drug tests for the next 18 months to satisfy an agreement filed Monday that will lead to dismissal of a prescription fraud charge if he stays out of trouble.

http://www.cnn.com/2006/LAW/05/01/limbaugh.deal/index.html

asshole!!!!