Friday, June 09, 2006

Conservative Darling

"Do I have to kill my mother so I can be a victim too?" -- Ann Coulter

Reminds me of the line from a nasty little ditty a friend conjured up years ago ...

"I want to be an orphan, Mommy, Daddy, won't you die."

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Conceal Carry Variation

Another reason why conceal carry is a bad idea. In St. Louis, early Wednesday, a woman whose chihuahua puppy had died ...

"... went to the breeder’s home, pushed her way inside and began fighting with the breeder as she tried to make her way to the basement to get another puppy, police said.

The breeder wrestled the woman out of her house to the front porch, where the woman then hit the breeder over the head numerous times with the dead puppy, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported, citing police.

As the woman drove away, she waved the dead puppy out of the car’s sunroof and
yelled threats at the breeder, police said. She later called the breeder and threatened her and her family, according to court records."

If this can happen with dead chihuahuas, imagine what a gun would do.

For the entire story, click here.

Below is an example of the new semi-automatic chihuahua that is a favorite of neocons in SE Wisconsin.

Captain Clueless

"I was not pleased that Hamas has refused to announce its desire to destroy Israel." -- George W. Bush

D-Day Revisited

A couple of conservative bloggers have offered their revisionist history (via the cowardly Neil Boortz) regarding D-Day, suggesting that liberals would have been worried about offending the mussels with the invasion force.

And one oblivious blogger named Chris even suggested that because he could not find any references to the passing of the anniversary of D-Day on any liberal blogs that we don't care about the sacrifice.

What a pathetic attempt. Let alone the fact that his site was the only one to carry any pictures or commentary that I could find, I guess the bulk of the neocon bloggers are lame asses too.

I would like to suggest to wingnuts who tried to revise history, and to Chris, you are all wet. If I recall from my history, the Dems were in power, which would have made the conservatives the opposition party. Thus, the conservatives would have been in the position of whiner.

Having got that off my chest, the fact is the country was united in its goal to defeat the curses named Hitler and Hirohito. To compare the fiasco in Iraq, as some have, with that noble event is absurd and dishonest.

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Last Word

One last word to Chris regarding defamation of character. You must have character to be defamed.

Quotes for a Wednesday

HH the Dalai Lama:
If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.

Thomas H. Huxley:
Sit down before fact as a little child, be prepared to give up every preconceived notion, follow humbly wherever or whatever abysses nature leads, or you will learn nothing.

Sogyal Rinpoche:
...when we finally know we are dying, and all other sentient beings are dying with us, we start to have a burning, almost heartbreaking sense of the fragility and preciousness of each moment and each being, and from this can grow a deep, clear, limitless compassion for all beings.

Saint Francis de Sales:
You learn to speak by speaking, to study by studying, to run by running, to work by working; and just so, you learn to love by loving. All those who think to learn in any other way deceive themselves.

Albert Einstein:
A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.

Lou Ann Walker:
Theories and goals of education don't matter a whit if you don't consider your students to be human beings.

Gloria Steinem:
The first problem for all of us, men and women, is not to learn, but to unlearn.

Finley Peter Dunne:
Ye can lead a man up to the university, but you can't make him think.

Eric Hoffer:
In times of change, learners inherit the Earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.

Albert Einstein:
It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education. It is, in fact, nothing short of a miracle that the modern methods of instruction have not entirely strangled the holy curiosity of inquiry.

Douglas Adams:
Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so.

Betty Friedan:
Men weren't really the enemy -- they were fellow victims suffering from an outmoded masculine mystique that made them feel unnecessarily inadequate when there were no bears to kill.

Walt Whitman:
In the faces of men and women I see God.

Albert Einstein:
The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed.

Fyodor Dostoyevsky:
Love the animals, love the plants, love everything. If you love everything, you will perceive the divine mystery in things. Once you perceive it, you will begin to comprehend it better every day. And you will come at last to love the whole world with an all-embracing love.

Viktor Frankl:
We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread. They may have been few in number, but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms -- to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Charlie and the Wingnuts

While driving home with Larry from the vet, I turned on WTMJ and listened as Charlie Sykes, in his usual sarcastic lilt, intoned about nine beheaded corpses that had been found in Bagdhad just the other day. He wondered if the deaths of these nine would receive even 1/5,000 the coverage as the alleged killings at Haditha by Marines was receiving.

Out in the cheddarsphere, I imagined I heard all the little neocon bloggers braying in unison, "Uh huh, Uh huh. Uh, huh."

News flash to Charlie and his Wingnuts, the reason the allleged murders of Iraqis by Marines receives more attention is because ... duh, the deaths are alleged to have been caused by US! You and me. The Marines represent us. They're Americans.

The deaths of the other nine are not diminished by the fact their passing receives less coverage. But, we are, in the words of Ronald Reagan, that "shining city on a hill." We should be above this kind of behavior.

Just more stupid commentary by Charlie intended to incite his herd.

Larry the Gerbil

My son Ian's gerbil, Larry, was put to sleep this morning. Larry provided many moments of enjoyment to Ian. He was loved.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Jerry. Larry is survived by his cousins, Harry, Gary and Sompe (my daughter's gerbil).

Rest in peace, Larry.

Monday, June 05, 2006

Dodging the Truth

I usually find Patrick McIlheran too syrupy to read. I just feel really sticky when I’ve finished one of his pieces and am left trying to figure out what he was trying to say while having to clean up.

I just feel used by him. Just a gut feeling that maybe, just maybe, I’ve not been told everything. Often, it’s because of the sources he uses to lend authenticity to his arguments, like WorldNetDaily, and the Heritage Foundation. Nothing unbiased from those two.

The same occurred today while reading his blog piece about civil liberties. Somehow, anything the Bush Administration has done or is alleged to have done regarding the total disdain for our liberties, he claims, is wiped away by the weird case of a former nuclear weapons scientist accused of spying. The government is paying him a truckload of cash because it has been determined that his civil liberties were violated.

The key here that makes all the Bush no-nos go away is this nuclear scientist was accused during the Clinton years (at the tail end of his term).

Those naughty Clintons.

Anyway, Jay Bullock puts McIlheran in his place, once again, and reveals that Paddy-Mac is bending the truth ever so slightly. Did I say bending? I meant dodging.

Conservative Without a Conscience

Rush Limbaugh admits he was duped (doped?), but holds out hope that this guy is for real. Huh?

I’m betting that Limbaugh had this entire thing set up and had to backtrack only when the unexpected happened … the Pentagon and the Air Force said the caller never existed.

Read the account from Media Matters by clicking here.

Mistakes Happen ... A Lot

It's understandable. Mistakes happen. But, really, the frothing from the mouth reaction of many conservative bloggers regarding the shooting deaths of two family members by an "illegal immigrant" was typical.

But JSOnline Daywatch is now reporting that "Octaviano Juarez-Corro is a "legal permanent resident of the United States with a green card," according to Gail Montenegro, spokesperson for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Chicago. I wonder if we will hear any apologies from the righties who indicted an entire group of people because of the alleged actions of this slug.

Probably not, the chance at a cheap shot was too good to pass up. Point in fact, if the shooting had been done by anyone other than a Mexican, the response from the right side of the chedaarsphere would have been relatively muted.


Sunday, June 04, 2006

The New Adventures of Underdog

Coming to theatres near you … the continuing saga of Underdog. Some scenes from the movie …

Common conservative blogger: “Good golly, gee whiz, Shoeshine boy. If only Underdog were here. We sure need him to rid our public facilities of video cameras and unwanted citizens of the district. And why, oh why, didn't any liberal bloggers come to my party? I promised to only wound them."

Shoeshine boy: "You're right common conservative blogger. Oh no, by golly, those kinds of people aren’t welcome and, maybe, it was your deodorant.”

Sweet Polly Purebred struts to the side of Shoeshine boy.

Sweet Polly Purebred: “I know, Shoeshine boy and common conservative blogger, we sorely need him. It’s frustrating and, apparently, he’s nowhere to be found. We so desperately need new Autobahns, illegal questioning of applicants for jobs, and I need a high profile job to help my husband, Simon Barsinister, get elected big bad dog on the block.

A car careens and swerves in front of Sweet Polly Purebred and Shoeshine boy, and stops on top of common conservative blogger. Inside is Simon Barsinister, mad scientist, quirky parliamentarian and husband to Sweet Polly Purebred.

Simon Barsinister: “I know what to do, release the hounds, and look to the sky.”

Heroic music and then …

Underdog: “There’s no need to fear! Underdog is here!”


Underdog: State Sen. Tom Reynolds
Shoeshine boy: Peter DiGaudio
Common Conservative Blogger: Chris
Ace reporter Sweet Polly Purebred: Jessica McBride
Mad scientist Simon Barsinister: Paul Bucher


I saw the video of a May 9 town hall meeting held by State Sen. Tom Reynolds (h/t Spivak and Bice) and the first word that came to mind was creepy.

I cannot place his voice. It’s from a movie. I cannot think of the actor’s name or the name of the movie. Anyone out there who can figure it out let me know (actually might be a cartoon character, which would be fitting).

In the meanwhile, I will be at Tom Terrific’s next town hall meeting armed … with my video camera.