March 30, 2005
Unlimited Abortions Upon Demand
Apparently the courts in the United States are going to do their best to make all children wards of the state, stripping parents of their rights to supervise and care for their children.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down an Idaho law requiring girls under the age of 18 to get parental consent before obtaining an abortion, and the Supreme Court in its ultimate wisdom decided on Monday, March 28, 2005, to reject an appeal which would have reinstated the Idaho law. By letting the lower court ruling stand, doctors can now perform abortions on young women of any age. The case before the Supreme Court was Wasden v. Planned Parenthood of Idaho, 04-703.
Was there any thought given to the potential complications that might arise from said abortions? Who is going to deal with the physical and psychological complications that might arise from the abortions? Who is going to deal with the damage done to the families resulting from such secret abortions? Perhaps Planned Parenthood should become responsible for feeding, clothing and providing shelter for these young women after they take it upon themselves to perform said abortions.
Unfortunately the only thing Planned Parenthood will have to say after performing a secret abortion on a 13 year old girl is 'Next.'
March 28, 2005
Michael Jackson's Golf Game With O.J. May Be Postponed Indefinitely
Today the judge in Michael Jackson's child molestation trial decided to admit testimony from other accusers even though no charges were ever brought in those cases. I wrote on 3/22/2005 that I thought Michael would soon be playing golf with O.J. Simpson because the evidence was so weak and witnesses were so unbelievable, but testimony of this type, albeit unsubstantiated, will probably convict Michael thus postponing his golf game with O.J. indefinitely.
March 27, 2005
We're skiing in Brian Head, Utah. There's not enough oxygen up here to do much more than play in the snow and rest. Hopefully I will post some pictures later today. We have been coming up here for many years, but I don't remember ever being blessed with this much snow.
March 24, 2005
Michael Schiavo - Evil Personified?
Michael Schiavo was interviewed by Chris Bury on ABC's Nightline March 16, 2005. I thought Michael's response during this exchange was interesting (my emphasis):
BURY: Your wife's family and their supporters have been arguing in the most graphic terms that what you are going to allow happen on Friday, in their words, is in effect condemning your wife to a cruel death by starvation.
I'd like you to address that charge from them.
SCHIAVO: That's one of their soapboxes they've been on for a long time.
Terri will not be starved to death. Her nutrition and hydration will be taken away. This happens across this country every day.
Death through removing somebody's nutrition is very painless. That has been brought to the courts many of times. Doctors have come in and testified. It is a very painless procedure.
You can read the entire interview here.
Former caregivers have come forward to testify about Terri's condition. You can read the affidavit given in September, 2003, by one of Terri Schiavo's former nurses, Carla Sauer Iyer, here.
Rumor has it that Michael, against the wishes of Terri's parents, will have her cremated. The family filed a petition on January 10, 2005, to remove Michael as guardian noting his cohabitation with another woman with whom he has two children, and his plans to have his beloved wife cremated after she dies (remember Michael says she is not being starved to death). The petition was obviously denied since Michael is still calling all the shots.
Thankfully, once he carries out the cremation there won't be much more he can do to the Schindler family.
I have a couple final questions for Mikey:
What are you going to do with your beloved wife's ashes?
How much are you going to charge for the book advance and movie rights?
March 23, 2005
We've Come A Long Way Since Tang
We've come a long way since Tang was one of the first products made famous by its use during space travel.
Now, a water purification system that has been developed for the space station will aid people in war-torn Iraq and areas where the tsunami left virtually all water unsafe for human consumption.
The truck mounted unit's initial cost of $29,000 is somewhat pricey for many of the affected areas but the $.03 per gallon it will cost to transform undrinkable water into potable water isn't bad at all.
March 22, 2005
Michael Jackson's Accuser Is So Full Of It
I have refrained from commenting on the Michael Jackson trial in my blog, but, after seeing a news story about today's proceedings, I just can't help myself.
Comedienne Louise Palanker, a witness for the prosecution, testified today that she received a call from the mother of the accuser during which the mother claimed that she and her family were being held against their will at Jackson's Neverland ranch.
Now I know that if I were being held against my will somewhere and could get to a phone, the first person I would call is a comedienne. I wouldn't dial 911 - what could the police possibly do to free me? Nope, I would call the local comedy club in the hope that a posse of Roseanne, Carrot Top, Pauly Shore and Dana 'The Church Lady' Carvey would come rescue me.
This trial is funnier than any comedy club, and whether he did what he has been accused of or not, Michael Jackson is going be playing golf with O.J. Simpson soon.
Another Reason To Boycott The French
Who do they think they are?
Agence France-Presse has sued Google News, a subsidiary of the web search engine Google for $17,500,000. AFP is alleging copyright infringement because Google News dared use AFP news summaries, headlines, and photographs without permission. I'm guessing Google News was linking to the articles because that's what they do, and in the process credited AFP. The harm must come from the fact that too many people were reading AFP articles.
It will be interesting to see how many readers AFP gets once Google News, its search engine, and the other search engines pull all references to AFP pieces. Don't you just hate it when you shoot yourself in the head?
Just another example of French arrogance, and another great reason to boycott France.
Sick To My Stomach
Terri Schiavo is alive!
From an article posted March 5, 2005, on WorldNetDaily.com came this:
Yesterday, Nobel prize nominee Dr. William Hammesfahr issued a statement saying he had examined Terri Schiavo and believes her injury, hypoxic encephalopathy, is a type of stroke that he treats every day with success.
Yet, Terri, a disabled woman who is unable to speak for herself, is being tortured to death. Terri's husband, Michael Schiavo, with the blessing of the Florida judicial system, has decided she should die and is starving her to death. Not only are they starving her, they are withholding all fluids. This is as sick as it gets!!
Dr. Jack Kevorkian, a retired pathologist and currently prisoner #284797, is serving a 10-25 year sentence and a seven year sentence (sentences to run concurrently) in a Michigan prison. His crime? Kevorkian, aka 'Dr. Death,' helped long suffering and/or terminally ill people die. All of the people 'Dr. Death' aided were able to speak for themselves and had requested his assistance. The deaths of the people Kevorkian helped were quick and painless, their suffering was over in a matter of seconds. Yet a Michigan court decided that 70 year old Kevorkian had committed a crime so terrible that he should be punished severely.
In Florida, the courts have decided that it was Terri Schiavo's wish to die should she ever be unable to care for herself, and Michael Schiavo, with the aid of numerous Florida judges and appellate judges, is doing his best to carry out his helpless wife's wishes. Really no more than that which Jack Kevorkian was convicted of. There are, however, important differences. Kevorkian helped people die humanely, with dignity, and with the full knowledge of the suffering individuals. I seriously doubt Terri ever said she would like to be tortured to death to end her suffering, yet, courtesy of Michael Schiavo and the the state of Florida, Terri is suffering a slow, gruesome and painful death.
The courts protect terrorists, mass murderers, rapists, kidnappers, child molesters, jaywalkers, dogs, cows, horses and even cats from treatment far less egregious than the treatment being meted out to Terri Schiavo. Incomprehensibly, the courts won't protect her.
I am not against euthanasia. I am against barbarism, and Terri’s starvation and dehydration is exactly that.
This makes me sick - sick to my stomach.
Note: I liked Ann Coulter's latest column (3/24/2005) entitled Starved For Justice suggesting Florida Governor Jeb Bush ignore Judge Greer and intercede on Terri Schiavo's behalf.
March 19, 2005
Baseball Hall Of Fame.. Shame.. Infamy
Mark McGuire had a 16 year career in major league baseball during which he hit 583 home runs and had a barely respectable .263 batting average. McGuire was a home run hitter who was not noted for his fielding or base running. McGuire was never the most valuable player of the league in which he played. It is well documented that McGuire used some form of drugs during his career in an effort to increase his strength. He will be eligible for induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2007.
Pete Rose had a 24 year career in major league baseball during which he hit 160 home runs and had a super .303 batting average. More importantly, Rose is the career hit leader with 4256 career hits. Rose was the National League's most valuable player in 1973 and was an all-star 17 years while playing 4 different positions (second base, third base, outfield, and first base). Although Rose has been eligible for the Baseball Hall of Fame since 1992, the The Baseball Writers of America Association has declined to elect him into the Hall of Fame because he has admitted betting on baseball while a manager.
Roger Maris had a 12 year career in major league baseball during which he hit 275 home runs and had a barely respectable .260 batting average. Although his career was hindered many years because of injuries, he had 2 spectacular back-to-back seasons and was named the American League's most valuable player both years. In 1961, Maris hit 61 home runs and broke Babe Ruth's single season home run record of sixty home runs that had been established in 1927. He was also noted as a fine fielder and excellent base runner. Maris has been eligible for the Baseball Hall of Fame since 1974, but to date has the distinction of being perhaps the finest baseball player not elected to the baseball shrine.
So here are the questions...
Should Mark McGuire be elected to the Baseball Hall Of Fame by the Baseball Writers because he was able to hit 583 home runs, albeit with the aid of some form of chemical enhancements?
Should Pete Rose, who had one of the longest, most distinguished playing careers ever, but broke the rules by betting on the game as a manager, be elected to the Hall Of Fame?
Should Roger Maris, who had a short but distinguished playing career with two spectacular MVP years, be enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame?
March 18, 2005
Terri Schiavo - Cruel And Unusual
The situation in Florida with the woman, Terri Schiavo, who is brain damaged and is scheduled to have her feeding tubes removed so she can die of dehydration and lack of nutrition is sad.
I do not know what amount of brain activity there is, and I do not know if there is any hope for improvement with therapy and/or future advances in medical technology. I do know that it is cruel and unusual to let this woman die like this. We treat mass murderers better than this when we execute them. I treat my sick pets better than this when there is no hope.
If there is no hope, give her a lethal injection and let her die with some dignity, without pain, without suffering any more than she has already.
March 17, 2005
Crybaby Harry Reid - Arrogant Abuse Of A Little Power
It currently takes 60 votes in the Senate to stop debate. Therefore, if any one of forty-one senators wants to filibuster, he can prevent a vote. Democrats hold 45 seats and can prevent a vote on virtually anything they desire. These days the senators don't really have to stand up and talk 'till they drop. Being the sophisticated lot they portend to be, a senator need merely say he will filibuster, and it effectively becomes a filibuster. And for the last few years, the Democrats have been using this ploy to waylay a number of President Bush's judicial nominees.
The Republicans are considering changing the rules so that a majority vote will be able to stop debate, thereby reducing the power of the minority and restoring the Senate to one man, one vote. (There are seven instances listed in the Constitution when a super majority is necessary for an item to pass in the Senate - 'advise and consent' on Presidential nominees is not one of them.)
The prospect of losing more power has the Senate Democrats throwing a hissy fit. In a news conference on the steps of the Capitol, Senate minority leader Harry Reid (D-NV) called the Republican plan an “arrogant abuse of power.” Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) said enacting the plan would be “beginning a huge, partisan, cataclysmic event, the implications of which are so profound that none of us really know the answer to it.” Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY) before MoveOn.org said changing the rule would "undermine the fundamental tenets of democracy." Chuckie Schumer (D-NY) also before MoveON.org said this would be the "rubber stamp of dictatorship." Oh My God! This may be the end of civilization as we know it...the end of the world, and to my great disappointment, nary a Nazi reference in all this overheated, self-important rhetoric. Where is Senator Robert 'KKK' Byrd (D-WV) when you need him? (My personal suggestion would be to anoint President Bush king. Just kidding...although King George does have a nice ring to it.)
In reality, believing that 41 senators should be able to dictate the agenda to the other 59 senators is the true arrogance here. This almost takes us back to the time when a black man was only 3/5's of a person. Predictably, the Democrats take this arrogant position, and then accuse the Republicans of arrogance. Can you say chutzpah, audacity and temerity real fast three times?
Senate minority leader Harry Reid (D-NV) is truly showing how arrogant the Democrats in the Senate have become, by threatening to shut down the Senate and therefore the government if the rule is changed. In a letter to Senate majority leader Bill Frist (R-TN), Senator Reid threatens:
The Senate conducts most of its business by cooperation and consent. The minority provides that consent with the expectation that the courtesies it extends to the majority will be met with respect for minority rights. And no Senate right is more fundamental than the right to debate. Should the majority choose to break the rules that give us that right, the majority should not expect to receive cooperation from the minority in the conduct of Senate business.
Of course Democrats would never block legislation vital to our troops or other national security interests, and we will help ensure that critical government services continue to function for the American people. Beyond that very limited scope, however, we will be reluctant to enter into any consent agreement that facilitates Senate activities, even on routine matters.
Frankly, if Senator Reid were to enact such a limited government policy permanently, it may be, as that noted felon Martha Stewart often says, "a good thing."
Note to Harry: Eventually even the blue-staters are going to get wise to your tired little games. Harry, soon it won't matter if it takes 41 votes to stop a filibuster, 'cause you'll only have 35 Democratic senators. So, Harry, go ahead, make the Republicans day.
You can read more about the news conference here. Be forewarned, it might be best to take an anti-gag pill first.
March 15, 2005
Modern Day Robber Barron Gets His Due - Ebbers Is Guilty As Sin
In an article written by Washington Post staff writer Brooke A. Masters in the Washington Post entitled Bernard Ebbers Guilty On All Counts it is reported that:
Former WorldCom Inc. chief executive Bernard J. Ebbers was found guilty on all counts against him -- conspiracy, securities fraud and making false filings with regulators -- for his role in a massive accounting fraud that led to the downfall of the nation's second largest telecommunications firm, costing millions of investors billions of dollars.
Former billionaire Bernie testified that he knew nothing of the accounting irregularities that forced WorldCom into bankruptcy. Even if it is true that he didn't know anything of the irregularities, he should have, and, in addition to the other charges that he has been found guilty of, he should be tried and convicted of defrauding the stockholders by collecting a multi-million dollar salary and not doing his job.
Running publicly traded companies bankrolled by stockholders hard earned money demands that the company officers protect the shareholders investments. That means they have to show up, ask questions, review the work of the staff they are hired to supervise, and make sound decisions. Whether he knew or didn't know, Bernie cost "millions of investors billions of dollars." Bernie is a crook and deserves every minute he spends in jail.
March 14, 2005
Here Come The Islamofascists
While Americans continue to promote cultural diversity and religious tolerance as society's highest values, radical Muslims masquerading as "moderates" have insinuated themselves into the very fabric of American society, to the nation's extreme peril, says a startling new book by veteran investigative journalist Paul Sperry.
You can click here to purchase the book at a big discount.
March 13, 2005
Why They Want To Destroy Us - The Underlying Causes
Anyone who thought that the message Ward Churchill has been espousing for the last few years is a new one has not watched Teacher's Pet, a movie dating back to 1958 starring Doris Day and Clark Gable. The movie is a comedy/love story with some typical Hollywood social commentary as a backdrop.
Without getting into all the movie's soporific details, at one point during the film a teenage urban thug kills a grocery store proprietor. Clark Gable's character, a gruff newspaper editor, suggests that the teenager 'pulled the trigger, but society loaded the gun.' Gable then goes on to suggest that the underlying causes of the killing were "poverty, prejudice, bitterness, and despair." The message is clear: violent attacks against the citizens of the United States are inevitable and deserved because of something we have done or failed to do. Ward Churchhill is merely regurgitating said message, using a Nazi reference in an effort to bring additional attention to the theory.
The Hollywood establishment, and now Churchhill, along with other bleeding hearts here in America and throughout the rest of the world would have us believe that the United States is the world's nursemaid, responsible for coddling every two-bit thug or hoodlum who thinks the world owes him something. If someone is hungry anywhere in the world they believe Americans should feed them; if someone is cold, Americans should clothe and house them; if someone is sick Americans should heal them; if someone is oppressed, Americans should shed our blood and spend our gold to free them. And because we can't or won't fix all the ills of the world, Americans should die. We failed in our duty to recognize the world's problems and did not subsequently fix all the underlying causations.
Professor Churchhill also makes the argument that everyone should go back where they came from and leave America to the native American Indians. But why should the Indians get to stay? They came from Asia, so, to be fair, the Indians may need to scoot back across the Beringia Land Bridge to Asia and America can be once again ruled by the buffalo and coyotes, the wolves and the eagles. Churchhill is only 1/16th Indian so only his head could go with the Indians and the rest of his body would have to go back to Europe.
These arguments are ridiculous on their face. The fact is that the Islamofascists are trying to kill us because we are free. We are free to: worship, travel, work, study, vote, dress, speak, disagree, and believe or not believe as we wish. The "poverty, prejudice, bitterness, and despair" argument made by the hug-a-tree liberals is merely an attempt to make us feel bad, but it is not why we have a bullseye on our back.
Make no mistake about it, we are involved in a religious war, the Crusades if you will, and the Saracens will not be happy until we are all nuts like them. They would like us all to hate non-believers, oppress women, accomplish nothing, study nothing but the Koran, and live as Muhammad did in the 7th century.
Forget the Ten Commandments in the public square, if the war on terror fails, the
mutts nuts will have a Koran (also known as the Qur`an) in every home, in every school (only boys allowed), and every courtroom. The irony here is that, because of their ideology or lack thereof, the liberals will be the first ones beheaded by the Islamofascists. The Constitution and the Bill of Rights will be re-written. The Anti-American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) will be a footnote in history. The National Organization For Women (NOW) will be outlawed. Christians, Jews and atheists will be exterminated in a blood bath that will make the holocaust look like a tea party.
Go ahead...tell me I'm wrong!!!
March 9, 2005
Democratic Think Tank - Running On Empty
The Democratic party, bereft of ideas since the beginning of W's first term, had an opportunity to receive partial credit for the reform of the Social Security program. With Bill Clinton's admonition in 1998 that there was a looming crisis, the big guns in the Democratic party all chimed in with their concerns, but now, because they blinded by their hatred of Bush, and/or because they are just stuck on obstructionism, they are painting themselves into a corner from which they will be hard pressed to extricate themselves.
Without any new ideas, the Social Security tax must be raised, benefits must be reduced, the retirement age must be increased, or some combination thereof. At this rate, we will begin to receive benefits at age 70, pay a 20% Social Security tax in addition to our already exorbitant income taxes, and receive 40% less benefits. Why don't we just give our entire paycheck to the government?
The Congress has a privatized retirement plan for its members. If it's good enough for them, it must be good enough for the peons.
Homage To Dan Rather Reinstated
In an article entitled Dan Rather Set To Leave 'CBS Evening News' written today by Associated Press writer David Bauder and published at AOL News, it is reported that at least one CBS affiliate, WWTV in Cadillac, Michigan, was asking its viewers whether or not it should run a prime-time homage to departing CBS news anchor Dan Rather:
WWTV in Cadillac, Mich., said it decided to let viewers vote on whether it should air Wednesday's prime-time tribute, "Dan Rather: A Reporter Remembers," after being inundated with "negative feedback" about Rather.
The CBS affiliate will air something else - it wouldn't say what - if a majority of voters turn thumbs down on Rather. As of Tuesday afternoon, more than 1,000 people had cast ballots with 63 percent voting against Rather, station spokeswoman Tessia Klix said.
Apparently, CBS took offense at the poll and the powers that be at WWTV have issued a mea culpa and WWTV will now air the tribute.
March 8, 2005
Dan Rather Will Be Going Out In A Baze Of Denial
CBS news anchorman Dan Rather, who is stepping down this week after 24 long years, is still unwilling to admit the documents purporting to indicate President Bush had received preferential treatment when applying for the Texas Air National Guard were forgeries. In an appearance on CBS' Late Night with David Leterman, Dan indicated that given a little more time, he believed that he would have been able to authenticate the documents.
"We were not able to authenticate the documents as thoroughly as I think we should have, given a little more time perhaps we could have."
March 6, 2005
Giuliana Sgrena - Consider The Source
It is always sad when innocent parties in a war zone are injured or killed. However, in the case of Giuliana Sgrena, the Itallian journalist who was kidnapped in Iraq and released after a purported $1 million dollar ransom was paid, it may be very important to consider the source when reviewing her version of the events that led to the death of one of the agents who helped free her when the vehicle she was headed to the airport in was shot at by US troops.
In an article run by ABC News, Maria Sanminiatelli of the Associated Press points out that Ms. Sgrena works for the communist daily Il Manifesto, which "fiercely opposed the war in Iraq." When translated this means that they are staunch supporters of the insurgents and the former Sadam loyalists who continue to attack US and coalition forces, and will do anything to discredit the United States in our attempt to bring democracy to Iraq.
I hope the kidnappers asked for a million Italian lire (about $684 US) and weren't smart enough to ask for the ransom in US dollars, because, considering the incredible claims Ms. Sgrena has made since the incident about being targeted by US troops, that is all the 'journalist' is worth.
March 3, 2005
Las Vegas Mayor May Not Fare Well On 'Survivor'
Las Vegas mayor Oscar Goodman, when asked this past Monday during a question and answer session with a group of fourth graders what one thing he would bring if he knew he would be stranded on a deserted island, indicated he would bring a bottle of gin. For the city where 'what happens in Las Vegas, stays in Las Vegas,' Goodman is obviously the right man for the job. It should be noted that Goodman, known for being fond of a very dry gin martini, has been a spokesman for Bombay Sapphire gin since 2002. Of course the PC police, who thought the remarks were inappropriate for young, impressionable minds, were caterwauling to the media everywhere. You can read more about it here.
March 1, 2005
ACLU Sues Rumsfeld For 'Torturing' Detainees
The Anti-American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is at it again. They have filed a lawsuit against Secretary Of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld for abuses allegedly meted out to detainees in Iraq during interrogations. Some of the allegations actually accuse Secretary Rumsfeld of humiliating the detainees - Oh! The Horror. The lawsuit merely reinforces the perception that the ACLU will do everything in its power to bring an end to life and civilization in America as we know it. They would like us to huddle in caves, eat bread and water, and live in constant fear for our lives. Heaven forbid we make any attempt to extract information from these animals who will behead any infidel who does not believe in the 'great' Muhammad. (I ask you, is there any more pathetic religion than Islam in its present day context? The Nazis (since everyone from Ward Churchhill to Senator Robert 'KKK' Byrd are making Nazi references) were pikers next to these losers. The Nazis were prepared to only destroy the Jews, the gypsies, the homosexuals and the disabled. The Islamofascists want to kill everyone who is a non-believer, not to mention the repressive conditions they force upon their women. They have their work cut out for themselves.
The ACLU will represent NAMBLA, and then sue the Boy Scouts; the government over the Patriot Act; and now the Secretary Of Defense. What a proud organization they have become. Why doesn't the ACLU sue the cretins who took away the civil rights of Daniel Pearl, Nick Berg, and Paul Johnson Jr. by beheading them instead of wasting taxpayer dollars by forcing us to defend the Secretary Of Defense.
You can read all about the lawsuit in an AP article entitled Suit Blames Rumsfeld for Abuse by Troops written by Pauline Jelinek, Associated Press Writer.