Saturday, December 16, 2006

Da Boyz

Well the boys won tonite at Atlanta 38-28, the most amazing thing about this is I found out I have the NFL network hehTM
No Reason


ex-President Carter and 'Apartheid':

Carter explains his use of 'apartheid'

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Facing controversy over his new book on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, former President Jimmy Carter issued a letter to American Jews explaining his use of the term "apartheid" and sympathizing with Israelis who fear terrorism.

Former US President Jimmy Carter holds a copy of his book "Palestine: Peace, Not Apartheid."
Photo: AP

Carter wrote the letter following his meeting Tuesday with a group of rabbis in Arizona. The rabbis said they would not call for a boycott of Carter's book, "Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid," but they also would not suggest that anyone read it.

  • Carter defends 'Peace Not Apartheid'
  • Opinion: Carter's compromised statesmanship
  • Opinion: Jimmy Carter, go back to your peanut farm

    Carter's book follows the peace negotiations between the Israelis and Palestinians during his presidency in 1977-1980. He is critical of all players in not reaching a better accord, but he is especially critical of the Israelis. He previously told The Associated Press that Americans are rarely exposed to anything other than pro-Israeli views in the news media.(link)

  • Jimmah defends his use of the term, states that Jews are not responsible for the 'Israeli lobby' but Christians are. He says that Christians "like him" are taught to believe and defend G-d's chosen people whom Jesus Christ came from. I believe those things also, but I wouldn't call me or anyone I know a 'Christian like him'. He defends what he wrote while at the same time saying he wasn't talking about inside Israel or 'most jews' just the few that want Palestinian land and who's protests include violence.

    Has this dimweed ever seen a protest in the middle east? The 'violent' protest tend to heavily come from the anti-Israeli crowd, not the other way around. What about the 'palestinian' people? Whence did this group of people come from? History will not show their origins, since they didn't exist until someone named them that. They speak longingly of the 'right of return' yet they refuse that right to the Jewish people whom it has been proven lived there thousands of years before the Palestinians received the nomenclature that has made this fight possible.

    Mr. Carter is afraid of the backlash his book has brought against him, thinking it may taint his place in 'history', yet fails to realize that he can't possibly taint a legacy that includes his presidency. Mr. Carter is quite possibly (with exception to murderous despots such as Hussein, Stalin, Hitler, et. al.) the worst leader of any civilized nation in the history of man.
    Reason amongst the dhimmikrauts


    Seems the President and Congress both want to do something about earmarks getting inserted into bills they vote on (and sign). You would think if the people that propose earmarks (congress) and the guy that signs the bills (W) both want to change it, it would be easy.

    Yet in all the years that people have wanted to stop the earmark process (publicly) they haven't been able to figure it out yet. The simplest solution would be a line-item veto. The President would then have the authority to pass a bill, yet veto parts out. This would have to be tweaked so as parts of a bill couldn't be vetoed out instead of simply vetoing earmarks, but with the political minds on capitol hill [hehTM] it should be easy.

    I truly hope the Democratic (incoming) Congress is serious about eliminating the 'pork' projects from bills, history says they are not, but history doesn't rule today. If nothing else came of this 'revolution' by the voters, at least something good would come out of it.

    This is the most recent version of this article. View article history.
    Bush Seeks to Halt Congress Pet Projects
    37 mins ago Bush Seeks to Halt Congress Pet Projects
    WASHINGTON - President Bush said Saturday that his administration will outline a series of changes that would clamp down on the common Capitol Hill practice of slipping pet projects into spending bills.

    These projects, called earmarks, are spending provisions that often are put into bills at the last minute, so they never get debated or discussed, Bush said in his weekly radio address.

    "It is not surprising that this often leads to unnecessary federal spending, such as a swimming pool or a teapot museum tucked into a big spending bill," he said.

    The president said his administration's proposal would make earmarks more transparent, make lawmakers more accountable for the earmarks they propose, and help reduce the overall number of earmarks. (link)

    After reading the article, it seems maybe the congressmen quoted are more interested in playing politics than joining the President's proposal. But if the politics get to the same ends, maybe it will be ok.
    Reason amongst the pork

    Friday, December 15, 2006

    1k visits

    Since November 9th, I hit 1000 visits. Thanks to a link from TomDelay and (a link I posted at) HotAir for putting me over the top.

    I'd like to thank the people that have visited here daily to actually get me there. I know that 1k visits isn't that much in blogland, but it's a significant achievement to me.

    I'd especially like to thank James Shott from Observations and Buffalo from Buffalo's Path for the visits (even if Buff thinks I'm crazy and 'closed minded') :).

    The 1000th visit was from a link from Tom Delay and they read the post Kofi Whines.

    Reason to fear the Y1K bug

    Taxes and Poverty

    Just read a very interesting piece over at the QandO blog. Basically it dissects a study that shows poverty grows in relation to government spending and taxation (what every fiscal conservative know/believes).

    Poverty, taxation, government and the economy
    Posted by: McQ on Friday, December 15, 2006

    The Goldwater Institute just did a very interesting study (pdf) concerning poverty, taxes and government spending. It's conclusions seem to validate classical liberal economic theory concerning the best way to address poverty.

    It measured overall poverty and childhood poverty in all 50 states and any reduction or gains within those two categories when compared to the national average between 1990 and 2000. Their findings:
    Follow the link and read the whole post (and the comments). It is a very good post (and you need to see the study itself too) and points out things that seem very obvious to some and extremely far away to others. To me it seems simple, but I'll let you judge it on your own and make your own opinion of it.
    Reason to think

    Update on Senator Johnson | New Democrat born

    Doctor: Senator's Progress 'Encouraging'
    Associated Press Writer

    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sen. Tim Johnson was experiencing post-surgery swelling in his brain Friday, but his doctors said his recovery was still encouraging. They said he would remain hospitalized until the swelling went down.

    The South Dakota Democrat, who suffered a brain hemorrhage Wednesday, remained in critical but stable condition Friday, just short of three weeks before the new Senate is to convene with his party holding control by a single vote.

    The timing of his return is uncertain, but Democrats would still be in control of the Senate if his recovery period extends into the new session.

    The surgery has been described as successful, relieving pressure on the 59-year-old senator's brain and stopping the bleeding.

    "Considering his initial presentation, his progress is encouraging," Dr. Anthony Caputy, chairman of the George Washington University Hospital department of neurosurgery, said in a statement released by Johnson's office.(link)
    Good news from the watch on Johnson, everyone is still praying for his recovery (even if they people are speculating on political matters) and praying for his family in this trying time.

    Medical marvel? or just a liberal?

    Man with no pulse considered a medical breakthrough

    Canadian Press

    MONTREAL — A 65-year-old Quebec man who received a new long-term mechanical heart last month is being described as the only living Canadian without a pulse.

    Dr. Renzo Cecere implanted the “Heartmate II” mechanical heart into Gerard Langevin in an three-hour operation Nov. 23.

    Officials at the McGill University Health Centre say the device, which is about the size of a flashlight battery, could last up to 10 years.

    That is longer than other models which are thought to be good for only two or three years.

    The new mechanical heart, which is powered by batteries located in pouches on Mr. Langevin's body, provides a continuous flow of blood so the patient has no pulse.

    “Mr. Langevin happens to be the only individual currently living in Canada without a pulse and without a measurable blood pressure,” Dr. Cecere said Wednesday.

    Mr. Langevin admitted to reporters that, before the operation, he felt his time was up after he suffered his second heart attack in July.

    He had the other in 2002.

    “I was finished. I had no time left. I probably had only a few months left to live,” Mr. Langevin said.(link)

    Ok so it was a lame joke, but this really looks cool. Imagine going for a physical and not telling the nurse about it :)
    Reason to pray

    The Death Penalty & the 'Village' (idiot)

    Seems the officials in Florida executed a man ... wrong o.O
    Official Says Fla. Execution Was Botched
    OCALA, Fla. - The execution of a convicted killer took 34 minutes - twice as long as normal - because officials botched the insertion of the needles that delivered the lethal chemicals, a medical examiner said Friday.

    Dr. William Hamilton, who performed the autopsy, said the needles pierced Angel Nieves Diaz's veins and then went into soft tissue in his arms. The lethal chemicals are supposed to go directly into the veins.

    Hamilton refused to say whether he thought Diaz died a painful death. (link)
    One of the things wrong with the death penalty is the fact that after a society has decided that it is acceptable to make someone pay the ultimate price for their crimes, we still worry that they may have a moment of pain before they die. Considering people aren't executed for political dissent (or even treason now-a-days), these people have taken someone's life. Usually without any regard to feelings of pain or personal sacrifice. They made the decision to take a life and are paying for it according to our laws. If they feel any pain at all, it is a fast and fleeting pain, usually not the same as their victims or the life-long pain of the victims families and (I feel) justifiable to carry out the sentence.

    If you must execute someone, worry more about the end result and not so much the 'pain' they may or may not suffer.

    It takes a villageTM (idiot):
    Clinton to Tout Re-Release of 'Village'
    Associated Press Writer

    NEW YORK (AP) -- It will be a daytime gabfest with Barbara, Rosie - and Hillary.

    New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton will be making the rounds of the morning shows

    next week, promoting the rerelease of her book, "It Takes a Village," while getting some major television exposure as she weighs a likely 2008 presidential bid.

    The Democrat will be interviewed Monday on NBC's "The Today Show," and will join Rosie O'Donnell and Barbara Walters on ABC's "The View" on Wednesday. She'll also do several book signings around New York.(link)

    Since this went over so well the last time she said it, why not trot it out again for the Presidential run. Of course she has to come up with something to put her past BHO in the primaries. The U.N. could tell you exactly how well the village raising your children concept runs. Hopefully one of these days, she and others like her will understand exactly what personal responsibility is all about. But I wouldn't count on it, she is after all Mrs. 'IS' Clinton.

    Open trackback weekend at StoptheACLU. Visit them and click the pretty links :)
    Reason amongst the dhimmikrauts

    Kofi whines, people still die

    Annan 'very sad' he couldn't resolve ME conflict

    Outgoing United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan expressed great sadness on Friday that he couldn't help resolve the Israel-Palestinian conflict during his term of office.

    "It is with great personal sadness that I leave office with the (Israeli) occupation now in its 40th year," he said in a message to a UN-backed conference on Palestine on Friday.

    Annan called on all parties involved in the conflict as well as the international community to redouble their efforts to put the Middle East peace process back on track. (link)

    Poor Kofi. One of the reasons might be the way he describes the situation "...I leave office with the (Israeli) occupation...". This type of rhetoric might actually be harmful to the peace process as it indicates that you have already taken sides and aren't interested in a 'fair' deal.

    Of course, this is the same idiot that allowed Dafur to rage on his watch, took part in the oil-for-food scandal and cashed in to the tune of millions of dollars in pension. Sad isn't something I expect Kofi to feel more than a week out. After that, he'll feel like any other criminal who got away with it. Of all the people in the world, this one man probably set back the poor and disenfranchised the most in history.

    So forgive me if I have no pity for Kofi and his sadness, if he wants real sadness, he should take a trip to some of the places that his U.N. tried to 'save'.
    Reason amongst the swindlers

    Thursday, December 14, 2006


    I got accepted to PayPerPost today and am already assured of $4.00 (woot). Blah Blah Blog got me onto this promotion awhile back (I was rejected as too new, but now I'm old enough [heh]) and I thought I would write about it.

    Basically you sign up at their website, then after the approval process, they will allow you to take 'pay' opportunities. These opportunities come from businesses and websites that want to generate buzz about themselves or their products. Some ads must be positive, while others can be positive or negative.

    Basically you have to write a post of X words about the product/website and then hope they approve it. If they do, then you get paid. I'm looking forward to making a little side money with this blog :) and PayPerPost seemed like a good way to do it. I will try not to promote anything that disagrees with my viewpoint of the world in general (I will visit the websites and if possible actually try out any products I review). I'm not entirely sure how many of these I will do (most are agreeable with my platform, style or whatever) but I'll categorize all of them as paid to posts so anyone looking for them will know where they are.

    All the bloggers that come here, I would recommend this to you also. It's a good way to make a little extra cash doing what you already do, blogging.

    Also, I would like to thank all the people that have stopped by and commented (or just looked) and ask you guys to give me (and Thai) any suggestions to what you would want to see. Content or how the site itself can be better (also any errors you see [thanks GoodRichard] and feel need corrected).
    Reason to get paid

    On DVD now (watching)

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    -- EVENTS -- World War II in the Pacific --

    Battle of Midway, 4-7 June 1942 --
    Overview and Special Image Selection

    The Battle of Midway, fought over and near the tiny U.S. mid-Pacific base at Midway atoll, represents the strategic high water mark of Japan's Pacific Ocean war. Prior to this action, Japan possessed general naval superiority over the United States and could usually choose where and when to attack. After Midway, the two opposing fleets were essentially equals, and the United States soon took the offensive.

    Japanese Combined Fleet commander Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto moved on Midway in an effort to draw out and destroy the U.S. Pacific Fleet's aircraft carrier striking forces, which had embarassed the Japanese Navy in the mid-April Doolittle Raid on Japan's home islands and at the Battle of Coral Sea in early May. He planned to quickly knock down Midway's defenses, follow up with an invasion of the atoll's two small islands and establish a Japanese air base there. He expected the U.S. carriers to come out and fight, but to arrive too late to save Midway and in insufficient strength to avoid defeat by his own well-tested carrier air power.

    Yamamoto's intended surprise was thwarted by superior American communications intelligence, which deduced his scheme well before battle was joined. This allowed Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, the U.S. Pacific Fleet commander, to establish an ambush by having his carriers ready and waiting for the Japanese. On 4 June 1942, in the second of the Pacific War's great carrier battles, the trap was sprung. The perserverance, sacrifice and skill of U.S. Navy aviators, plus a great deal of good luck on the American side, cost Japan four irreplaceable fleet carriers, while only one of the three U.S. carriers present was lost. The base at Midway, though damaged by Japanese air attack, remained operational and later became a vital component in the American trans-Pacific offensive.

    I'm currently watching The Battle of Midway from the National Geographic archives. Some war footage, but mostly to do with salvage of sunken ships around the Midway war zone.

    This movie/documentary isn't what I was looking for, but it is a good watch. The mix of documentary and 'today' scavenging operations is pretty good and informative. Most of the film is in color (colorized) and the voice-over is well done.

    Since this is a week for remembering the great war (Pear Harbor), I thought I would post on what I'm watching now. I have D-day and Pearl Harbor left to watch.
    Reason not to watch cable

    Get Aid for school from FAFSA on the Web

    Looking to go back to school? Starting School? If so, maybe you could use some financial aid from the government. (yes everyone can use aid) This website (FAFSA on the Web) is a quick and easy way to apply for the aid you require.

    The website has tutorials, faq's, secret guides and much more information to help you in selecting the aid program to apply to. Visit FAFSA and look around, nothing ventured nothing gained.

    The tutorial is in form (FAFSA Form)and goes through the step-by-step process for applying for financial aid.

    Again, if you are looking to goto school (or currently in school) and need financial aid, visit FAFSA online for the help you need.
    Reason to get paid

    Johnson Update / Miss America / Rafah / UN

    Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD) is recovering after surgery. Lots of people talking about this. DKos, The News-Press, the Examiner, WashingtonMonthly, the WSJ, Michelle Malkin (with video from the ViewTM talking conspiracy), InstaPundit (with a link to PajamasMedia), WaPo, PowerLine, Captain's Quarters, TNR and JS over at Observations.

    As you can see, people from both sides of the aisle and even those on the fence are writing about the Senator. Some people do indeed write about the outcome if he doesn't get better, but on the most part it's all about support. Everyone continue to pray for Mr. Johnson and his family.
    TMZ reports on the Miss America situation:

    Miss USA Dethroned?

    Miss USATMZ has learned that officials from the Miss USA pageant will make a "major announcement" today and may strip reigning Miss USA Tara Conner of her title due to inappropriate behavior.

    Sources tell TMZ that executives from the Miss USA organization and NBC (which broadcasts the pageant) met Tuesday to discuss Conner and alleged incidents of her inappropriate behavior, including her conduct at New York City bars. While no one from the pageant would comment on the rumored troubles, several sources tell TMZ that a big announcement is expected some time Thursday. According to these sources, officials are extremely unhappy with the current Miss USA's conduct in public. (link)

    Later in the article they have updates where 'the Don' states that Miss America is not being dethroned and they will work with her to fix her behavioral situations. This would be the 2nd Miss America dethroned that I can remember, so slightly big news (if you follow M.A. at all).
    Meanwhile in Rafah:

    18 wounded as Hamas, Fatah, Egyptians clash at Rafah

    Talkbacks for this article: 32

    Eighteen people were wounded on Thursday night in renewed clashes at the Rafah border crossing, hours after Hamas gunmen tried to seize control of the terminal, on the Egypt-Gaza border.

    Witnesses said Hamas gunmen were firing at the Egyptian side of the border, drawing return fire from the Egyptians and presidential guards from Fatah.

    During the battle, masked gunmen in three cars and a bulldozer stormed the terminal, witnesses said. The gunmen went on a rampage inside the building, destroying computers and furniture inside and plunging the area into darkness, the witnesses said.

    Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh was still being held back from returning to the Gaza Strip just a couple of hours after Israel had given him permission to embark. (link)

    Palestinians try to throw their luggage over a barrier as they wait to cross the border into Egypt at the Rafah crossing in the southern Gaza Strip on Wednesday.
    Photo: AP
    Palestinians vs Jews, Palestinians vs Palestinians, now Palestinians vs Egyptians & Palestinians. Seems to me that Israel isn't really the trouble spot in this region.
    The U.N. gets a new chief:

    New U.N. leader Ban Ki-moon vows to restore trust

    Thu Dec 14, 2006 3:17pm ET
    By Irwin Arieff

    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - South Korea's Ban Ki-moon was sworn in as the eighth U.N. secretary-general on Thursday and vowed to restore trust in an institution tainted by scandal and a growing divide between rich and poor nations.

    The former South Korean foreign minister, 62, takes over on January 1, succeeding Ghanaian Kofi Annan, 68, who steps down at the end of the month after 10 years as U.N. leader.

    "You could say that I am a man on a mission. And my mission could be dubbed 'Operation Restore Trust': Trust in the organization and trust between member-states and the secretariat," Ban said. (link)

    Let's all hope he is much better than Kofi was at EVERYTHING. The U.N. is at the point where the easiest way to save it would be to dismantle the apparatus and start over. It couldn't be any worse than the things that go on there now. While the U.N. spent years condemning Israel in the M.E. and the U.S. for not saving the world, they let the tragedy in Dafur rage, they stole money from various countries/people (oil-for-food) and they continue to allow their 'peace' workers to rape young women all over the world.

    There is not much that can be said that is good about the U.N. so I won't even try.
    Reason amongst the wild