24 March 2008

Driving Miss... But Not By Much

A Florida woman was arrested after trying to run over her husband about 20 times with a minivan.  After an argument over $300.00, she chased him around their yard with their child in the vehicle.  Sounds like maybe the kid needs to stay with Grandma and Grandpa until the parents can grow up.

I will say this... if she was able to almost hit him 20 times without hitting something else in the yard, she's a better driver than my wife.  Just sayin'

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McCain Almost Switched Parties... Twice

Depending on who is telling the story, either McCain sought invitations to switch or was approached about switching over to the Democrats.

Still, Democrats were stunned one Saturday in late March when, by their account, John Weaver, Mr. McCain’s longtime political strategist, reached out to Thomas J. Downey, a former Democratic congressman from Long Island who had become a lobbyist with powerful connections on Capitol Hill. In Mr. Downey’s telling, Mr. Weaver posed a question to him over lunch that left him stunned.

“He says, ‘John McCain is wondering why nobody’s ever approached him about switching parties, or becoming an independent and allying himself with the Democrats,’ ” Mr. Downey said in a recent interview. “My reaction was, ‘When I leave this lunch, your boss will be called by anybody you want him to be called by in the United States Senate.’ ”

I've long said that McCain would be more honest to change parties and it would improve the quality of both.

Mr. McCain, who has rarely spoken publicly of his talks with Mr. Kerry, said last month that he had dismissed the vice-presidential offer out of hand. “He is, as he describes himself, a liberal Democrat,” Mr. McCain said of Mr. Kerry when he was asked about the episode by a participant at a public forum in Atlanta. “I am a conservative Republican. So when I was approached, when we had that conversation back in 2004, that’s why I never even considered such a thing.”

Yeah, and I'm an X-man.  He's not a conservative, he's not a Republican except in name only, and nobody has multiple talks about something they're not even considering.  That John McCain can't be trusted on this type of thing has been demonstrated time and time again.  The only thing I trust him completely about is for him to do what he wants... no matter how it impacts others.

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23 March 2008

Let's Not Jump To Conclusions

The media will speculate on anything reflecting poorly towards the United States, the military, the police, the economy, or anything else that progressive deem evil.  Notice how careful they are not to speculate in this story?

The owner of the business told police that he believes he may have shot the suspect in the back.

Shortly afterwards, police responded to a call from a man who said he was shot in the back at an address 1/2 of a mile away from the scene of the robbery. It is unknown whether these two incidents are related.

Idiots.  They must think we're idiots.  There's no other explanation.

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They're At It Again

The "doom-and-gloom" media never tire of beating the same old drums.  There is always disaster just around the corner when they talk about the economy.

To the drumbeat of signs that seemed to foretell a traditional recession, this added a nightmarish specter — an old-style run on the bank, customers clamoring to pull their cash, a stately Wall Street firm brought to its knees.

Of course, that "traditional recession" they speak of has yet to see a single quarter of negative GDP.

As economists and Wall Street types grope for historical perspective — which is another way of saying a road map out of this mess — Americans are nervously wondering about retirement savings, interest rates, jobs that had seemed safe.

I'm glad they clarified that for us... feh.  Because Americans have never worried about retirement savings, interest rates, or jobs that had seemed safe.

They are peering over the edge and asking: How far down?
And the scariest part of all? No one can say for sure.

No fear-mongering here, right?  The same tired rhetoric that they've pumped since Bush was elected, even before September 11th, and we're still supposed to be breathless in anticipation of the coming doom.

more...

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Keating Five Redux? Don't Think So

I am not a fan of John McCain.  Not at all.  I am less a fan of the MSM and hate dishonest smears against anyone., even those I disagree with politically.

McCain wrote two letters in late 1999 to the Federal Communications Commission on behalf of Florida-based Paxson Communications. He urged quick consideration of a proposal to buy a television station license in Pittsburgh, although he did not ask the FCC commissioners to approve the proposal. At the time, one FCC commissioner's formal nomination was pending before McCain's Senate committee, and the FCC chairman complained that McCain's letters were improper.

Why was it improper?  Because the FCC chairman felt pressured to do his job?  I think that's an appropriate use of Senatorial influence.  Telling someone it's time to make a decision is much different than telling them what the decision will/should be.

So who was this FCC Chairman?  According to wiki, it was
William E. Kennard, a Democrat from California who is now a member of the Board of Directors of Sprint Nextel Corporation,  The New York Times Company, Hawaiian Telcom and Insight Communications.  Funny how that "reaching across the aisle" only works one way, isn't it?  Democrats are all about the "bipartisanship" when Republicans do the reaching... the other way, not so much.

I've got to give McCain a pass on this.  The Keating Five scandal is still his to own however.

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Happy Easter!

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I'm soooo disappointed we didn't color eggs this year.  I really meant to and just didn't get around to it.  Need to plan better for next year.

Happy Easter to all!

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22 March 2008

The "Typical" Leftist

The thing I value most about reading Dr. Sanity is that the articles are not based on psychobabble and platitudes, but sound behavioral and psychological principles.  As she usually does, in this article Dr. Pat peels aways the layers of confusion surrounding leftist ideology and motivation.  What happens when a party based on identity politics and always being a victim implodes because one class of victim collides with another?

The only legacy that the candidacy of Barack Obama is going to leave with the American people is one of racial polarization ;divisiveness; and identity politics taken to the nth degree. Amazingly, this could have been predicted at the very start of the campaign as the two Democrat-approved victim groups lined up to do battle for the nomination, each believing they represented the purist victims of the evils of the white male capitalist oppressors.

Read the entire article to get the clearest picture I've seen of how leftist ideas are veiled attempts at grabbing power and always end up hurting the people they claim are most in need of help.  If you read her regularly it becomes much simpler to understand why progressives inevitably make things worse.

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States Balk At Real ID

I can't help but notice that this article mentions some extremely weak objections to State ID Cards meeting a Federal Standard before being accepted at a Federal level.  If someone is entering a Federal Building or boarding a plane, their identity should be established in a reliable manner.

At issue is a law known as Real ID that would require new security measures for state-issued driver's licenses. The Bush administration says the law, passed after the Sept. 11 attacks, will hinder terrorists, con artists and illegal immigrants. Opponents say it will cost too much and weaken privacy protections.

And how much did 9/11 cost?  How about illegal aliens?  Voter fraud?  Identity theft?  Why would any responsible agency be resistant to reliable identification?  The argument about weakened privacy is just as flawed.   If they're talking about that information being accessed inappropriately, that happens now.  There is no reason to think that the information will be less secure and every reason to believe that misuse will be identified quicker than it is now because it can be cross-referenced faster.

What expectation of privacy should there be in boarding a commercial flight or entering a Federal Building?  Even without a Real ID standard identification card, any person can still fly or conduct their business inside a Federal Building once they've undergone a secondary screening.  If they don't like the idea of a secondary screening... get a Real ID compliant identification card or don't try to engage in activities that require reliable identification.

This should have been done a long time ago.  Nobody is being forced to get a particular ID card and it's not a National Registration.  All it's doing is making sure that a state driver's license will provide a reliable identification of that person... a minimum standard.  What good is an ID card that doesn't ID someone reliably?

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21 March 2008

My Invitation Must Have Gotten Lost In The Mail

I'm sure that's it, because no way in the Buffyverse would I not have been invited to this:

The cast of the popular supernatural series, which ran from 1997 to 2003 on The WB and then UPN, were in good spirits Thursday while reuniting for a panel discussion at the William S. Paley Television Festival.  That doesn't mean fans should expect the gang to get back together on screen.

Ok, maybe my occasional rants about Joss Whedon being a totally insane moonbat might have been a factor, even though he's a literary and comic genius (or maybe that's because... must think on this).  Or maybe the temporary permanent restraining order(s) in place regarding my completely innocent interaction(s) with one several of the BtVS cast.  And I'm certain that having all the DVD's and playing them sequentially and repetitively could only be a plus, just like having most of the novels, scripts, philosophical analysis' (yes, there are several), theme-related literature (like "Fray" from Joss Whedon), and assorted "Buffy sayings and definitions" books has got to work in my favor.

Given all the positive factors and the oh-so-few-and-insignificant negative factors, the only reasonable conclusion is that the United States Postal Service is at fault.

Just sayin' 


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Ready For The Olympics?

I still think boycotting the Opening Ceremonies is a good idea, but is even going to China a good idea?  First, you have the situation in Tibet:

The violence in Lhasa — a stunning show of defiance against 57 years of Chinese rule — has sparked sympathy demonstrations in neighboring provinces, prompting Beijing to blanket a huge area with troops and warn tourists and foreign journalists to stay away.

Then, you have the driving:

For the 11th consecutive year, China has topped the list in number of traffic deaths -- 5.1 for every 10,000 motor vehicles. The Xinhua News Agency report Friday says government statistics show nearly 82,000 road deaths in China last year.

And now, natural disasters:

A spokesman for China's Earthquake Administration said it was a 7.3 magnitude quake. There were no immediate reports of injuries, he said, and the area is sparsely populated.

Why would we want to go there anyway?  Their economy is in great shape because they learned from us and have opened up their markets.  Supporting it hurts our own interests.  Do we really want to continue supporting that growth so their government can continue their military buildup and continue their oppressive policies?

China should not have been awarded the Olympics in the first place.  Why reward them, and the idiots who made the decision, by helping the Games go smoothly?  Skip the Opening Ceremonies at least... but it wouldn't bother me if the only ones to show were China, Iran, North Korea, Syria, etc...  When the Games became professionalized, they lost all real meaning anyway.

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