A little treasure I found at George Washington: A National Treasure
"George Washington stands before you in a full-length portrait by Gilbert Stuart. The painting, done in 1796, is known as the Lansdowne portrait because it was a gift to the Marquis of Lansdowne, an English supporter of American independence, from Senator and Mrs. William Bingham of Pennsylvania.
This interactive portait allows you to to explore the portrait in detail, from three very different vantage points: the symbolic, the biographic, and the artistic. Each filter highlights an element in the portrait and provides unique information and a distinct interpretation. What does an element symbolize? How does it relate to Washington? And, what techniques did the artist use to render it?"
George Washington(Lansdowne portrait)
by Gilbert Stuart, oil on canvas, 1796
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian
Institution. Acquired as a gift to the
nation through the generosity of the
Donald W. Reynolds Foundation.
While I'm partial to art, I find this portrait appealing for many other reasons. One does not need to be a fan of art, in my opinion, to appreciate the interactive aspect that it offers. The symbolic, biographic, and artistic interpretations are not only very telling of George Washington "the man" and Gilbert Stuart "the artist", but the popular attitude of Americans of this time in general.
So, Launch the Interactive Portrait and learn something.
Or you'll be like her. :)
Wednesday, August 31, 2005
A little treasure I found at George Washington: A National Treasure
Monday, August 29, 2005
Florida elementary school teacher Jan Hall has been suspended for exercising her constitutional right to freedom of speech. She wrote to her representative out of concern that our government is allowing illegal aliens to burden law- abiding Americans, and the school board (a government institution) suspended her for that.
A sample of this Florida teacher's letter to her representative-
Dear Honorable Congressman,
Please consider my views when you are voting and representing voters.
I believe we must close the doors to all foreigners for awhile (sic) until we get this economy and the schools back on their feet. As a classroom teacher in Florida for 28 years, I know that foreigners are the largest users of our taxpayers’ money. Foreigners are taking all of the jobs that poor and little-educated Americans could have. Many people are being paid under the table, and therefore they are not paying their fair share of taxes. Schools are dealing with too many problems with language differences, and time is lost to our American children who have parents who pay taxes. I’m seeing money going to local charities going to Mexican, Haitian, and Mid-Eastern immigrants instead of to the poorer people of American descent.
It doesn't really matter if we agree or disagree with the Florida teacher's assessment, the fact remains that the school board is in clear violation of the First Ammendment, which prohibits the government from suppressing protected (criticizing the government) speech.
Please click here to locate the individual contact info of every member of this school board to voice your thoughts on this issue (and hopefully urge them to reinstate this teacher immediately as well).
Update: Teacher who wrote controversial letter resigns
"The district had offered her several options, including teaching homebound students, if she apologized and met with a psychiatrist.
Hall said she rejected the offers because officials did not address her key issue - looking into how a principal at Englewood Elementary handled her complaints when a student battered her in 2002, causing her to undergo reconstructive surgery."
Hall went on to make the following statement-
"They still failed to do anything about the battery to my leg," Hall said in a phone interview this morning. "I'm tired of fooling with them. I'm sure I can go to work in a private school in another county."
Can't say that I blame her. In the private sector good teachers are normally met with either children who are well disciplined and eager to learn or administrative support in dealing with such issues. I wish her well.
Posted by Uber at 10:18 PM
Friday, August 26, 2005
When comparing this-
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The state attorney general wants the country singer who made the song "Redneck Woman" a hit to stop "glamorizing" the use of smokeless tobacco at her concerts.
State officials said Gretchen Wilson can be seen on concert jumbo screens pulling a can of Skoal from her pocket while performing her new song, "Skoal Ring."
An older woman smokes a marijuana joint at Hempfest in Seattle, Washington. More than 150,000 people were expected to attend Hempfest at Seattle's Myrtle Edwards Park on Seattle's waterfront 21-22 August 2004. The event is billed as the world's largest drug-policy reform rally.
Posted by Uber at 2:14 AM
Wednesday, August 24, 2005
Michael Graham, the ABC talk-show host who was fired for linking terrorism and Islam, will be back on the radio via Rightalk.com.
Statement from Michael Graham on his website-
"Finally! I'm going to be back on the radio again--and the best part is, they'll be able to hear it in Washington, DC!
Starting this Monday [August 29th], I'll be on Rightalk.com every weekday at noon for a one-hour edition of a new radio show, "Michael Graham, Unleashed!" No liberal network execs, no advertisers, not even the FCC. You'll be able to listen live, or the show will be available for podcasting or downloading every hour, on the hour. And that includes INSIDE The beltway, too."
I must admit that I was not a listener of Michael Graham's program before ABC chose to bow to terrorist organizations but I will be now. I'll listen to his new show every chance I get just to show my support. What could be better for him than to see his fan base grow despite attempts to silence him? Please remember to give Michael a listen at noon Monday, August 29th.
Posted by Uber at 6:27 PM
Monday, August 22, 2005
Last Thursday I posted on the subject of the the public's distrust of the media and why. Today, thanks to WorldNetDaily - A Free Press for a Free People, we learn of a sickening example in ABC's reaction to one of their own who dared to utter the truth.
WorldNetDaily's Joseph Farah, apparently in a move uncontrolled by terrorists, reports that an ABC talk-show host has now been fired for linking Islam and terrorism.
Michael Graham, the Washington, D.C.,ABC talk-show host suspended for linking Islam and terrorism, has been fired by ABC Radio following weeks of pressure applied by the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a group with its own well-documented connections to terrorism.
Graham was the popular mid-morning host on WMAL in the nation's capital until three weeks ago when CAIR demanded he be punished for his on-air statements about Islam. After initially backing the host, WMAL suspended him without pay July 28.
"CAIR immediately announced that my punishment was insufficient and demanded I be fired," Graham said in a statement to WND. "ABC Radio and 630 WMAL have now complied. I have now been fired for making the specific comments CAIR deemed 'offensive,' and for refusing to retract those statements in a management-mandated, on-air apology. ABC Radio further demanded that I agree to perform what they described as 'additional outreach efforts' to those people or groups who felt offended. I refused. And for that refusal, I have been fired."
Posted by Uber at 1:17 PM
Sunday, August 21, 2005
I made yet another trip to Pilot Mountain State Park yesterday. That's "Mount Pilot" for all you die-hard Andy Griffith fans out there.
I've already photographed everything from every possible angle in this area but I've not yet made it to the very top of the mountain so I'll keep climbing and photographing until I do.
Yeah, yeah, I know. Your site meters say I'm located in South Carolina. Your site meter is crazy, pay no mind to it.
Anywho. I have photos! Yay!
Taken at daybreak. It's been said that the mountain resembles a breast. Stop looking at that photo sideways! heh
Close-up. See the scavenger in flight, just waiting for me to reach the top? Yeah, I fooled him.
Taken from an overlook. One of my favorites.
Another taken from an overlook, only from a little further out than is allowed, and another favorite. I think the reason I like these most would be the fact that I'm petite and always having to look up.
I made a new friend!
Now don't you have this incredible urge to visit NC and spend all your vacations (read: money) here? :)
Posted by Uber at 11:16 AM
Saturday, August 20, 2005
Hugh Hewitt asks who benefits the most from the decline of traditional media. I like the answer a whole lot.
The Information Reformation
DEAN BARNETT of Soxblog has penned a couple of crucial essays on the effects of lefty blogs on the Democratic party that remain must-reads (here and here). Barnett is expanding on a theme sounded by Michael Barone in a February column in U.S. News & World Report where Barone asked and answered his own question: "So what hath the blogosphere wrought? The left blogosphere has moved the Democrats off to the left, and the right blogosphere has undermined the credibility of the Republicans' adversaries in Old Media. Both changes help Bush and the Republicans."
While the lefty blogs are helping to push the Democrats over the cliff, the center-right blogs continue to grow in influence and to innovate. Two examples deserve widespread attention.
To find out more about why conservatives rule and liberals drool, click here. ;)
Posted by Uber at 5:12 AM
Thursday, August 18, 2005
This is absurd.
A decorated Marine enrolling in college was surprised to learn his Texas driver's license, car registration and bank records weren't enough to qualify him for the lower-priced state resident tuition.
Carl Basham said officials at Austin Community College told him that his two tours of duty in Iraq kept him out of the state too long to qualify for Texas resident tuition.
Privacy laws prevent college officials from specifically discussing Basham's case, but Austin Community College spokesman Dwayne Cox said it's not Basham's military tours that keep him from meeting in-state residence requirements.
Under Texas law, members of the military are presumed to maintain the same residence as when they enlisted in the service. Although he grew up throughout Texas, mostly in Waco, Basham graduated from high school and enlisted in the Marine Corps in Monroe, La.
The school's response surprised Basham, 27, who was born in Beeville, is registered to vote in Travis County and does his banking in Austin.
Not having the in-state designation would mean paying about $2,600 instead of about $500 a semester in tuition.
It's unclear how many returning service members face the same problem as Basham, said Ray Grasshoff, a spokesman for the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. But officials at the agency are looking into Basham's case.
In a letter to the board, state Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn wrote "Mr. Basham has gone to war for us, and I intend to go to war for him! We owe it to our returning service men and women to make it as easy and uncomplicated as possible for them to resume their normal lives."
For now, Basham has to pay about $3,000 for tuition and books. Although he expects the federal government to pay for his studies, Basham said he won't receive GI benefits for several more months.
Clearly Mr. Basham is indeed a resident of Texas as he was permitted to register to vote, a registration process requiring identification including: a driver’s license, bank statement, utility bill, pay check, or other government document that shows name and address.
Who may vote in Texas?
Any United States citizen residing in Texas (emphasis mine).
Furthermore, illegal aliens in Texas are afforded in-state tuition. Perhaps this Marine should have returned home by way of slipping over the fence on the Mexican border (ad nauseum).
Want to do something?
Email contact information of Stephen B. Kinslow, President of ACC for those who wish to let ACC know what they think.
Update: Mr. Basham is expected to get in-state tuition after all at ACC.
"Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson late today announced Carl Basham, 27, of Austin, qualifies for a waiver.
"It's been a pretty good day to help one Marine," said Patterson, himself a retired Marine.
Patterson, who also chairs the Veterans Land Board, is preparing a letter for Basham to take to the school on Friday to further prove he is a Texas resident."
Good! Don't ya just love it when these things are resolved without dragging on and on? :)
Posted by Uber at 6:38 PM
65% of Americans disagree that "overall, the news media tries to report the news without bias."
Trustworthiness of the media fell another 6% since last year's poll.
65% of Americans agreed that "falsifying or making up stories in the media is a widespread problem."
So many Americans think the press makes stuff up and is biased. Big surprise there.
Yet this is significant in light of the fact that the press plays, at least in theory, the essential role of "government watchdog". The Freedom Forum's poll results should make the press uneasy. One wonders if they are listening to the American people or even care that the vital role of "government watchdog" is now being filled by ordinary citizens such as bloggers.
Posted by Uber at 12:59 PM
Tuesday, August 16, 2005
Or is that "mind-numbing"?
We have a name! Please meet...
Thanks be to the superior intellect of Insolublog, as reported by the distinguished Dr. Phat Tony, little Magellan finally has the name which he's so desperately been searching for in smelly tennis shoes n stuff.
Close runners up were-
Buzz, submitted by Damian G. of Conservathink. Cute indeed, but not a good idea to give those crazy cat haters an excuse to "launch" my cat!
Spot, submitted by JimmyB, The Conservative UAW Guy. Not a famous explorer but still...very original! Thought of by no one else save JimmyB and my 83 yr old grams (who then laughed insanely for a full minute).
Damnit, submitted by Dr. Phat Tony. Intriguing theory on that Doc, just not so sure about how to go about yelling for him at night in an area where people love guns, sleep, and Jesus above all else. Perhaps this would serve better as a pet pet name to be muttered under one's breath between yelling Magellan. I'm sure it'll be put to good use, thanks. ;)
Casper, submitted by GunnNutt. That's such a witty name, that was submitted at the last moment after the decision was made, that I almost had to either rethink the whole thing or get another cat. But since I am kinda sold on the whole "famous explorer" theme I will instead etch the name Casper into the still blank headstone (read: big flat rock) located at Magellan's sister's place of eternal rest. Befitting, no? :)
(Stop laughing, I'm not joking here.)
Posted by Uber at 9:17 PM
Saturday, August 13, 2005
Hooray for cat blogging!
As I've mentioned before, my cat recently had two kittens two days apart. Here are the proud parents by the way-
While one of the kittens (the first born female) didn't make it, the other (male) did make it and this is what I woke to this morning.
Apparently he passed out after chewing on my favorite pillow. No matter how many times I put that kitten safely back in his box beside the bed and no matter how deep a box I provide, that lil rascal somehow manages to find a way out. I've found him under the bed, on the bed, in shoes beside the bed, and under covers or pillows on the bed. He climbs and wanders around the headboard falling asleep in candle holders and potpourri containers, under folded and yet to be folded laundry alike. He's been escaping and exploring since only 2 weeks old, which really is not normal at all.
I cannot contain this 10 ounce kitten.
So now I'm thinking I should name him after a famous explorer since I'm not so crazy about the name "Houdini". Columbus is the first that comes to mind but that name doesn't roll off the tongue very well and can't be shortened in any cute fashion that I can think of.
Let's make it a contest!
A liberal contest, everyone's a winner and winners get more cat photos, yay! ;)
I'm out, fun stuff Saturday, hope everyone has a great weekend.
Posted by Uber at 4:17 PM
No, this isn't kinky. It could be. But, no.
I've always wondered why it is that so many men seem to have such an obsession with duct tape. From family members to friends, from romantic interests to neighbors, it seems that many men that I personally know feel that not only are most of life's problems solved through suitable applications of duct tape, but they hope...no... they pray that any given problem might give them an excuse to break out that roll of duct tape.
No matter if the problem calls for a specialist, total replacement, or even a surgeon. Duct tape is the ultimate answer. It is with anomalous glee that men will pull duct tape from their tool boxes and work benches. From behind or under vehicle seats, out of kitchen drawers, and sock drawers. They get that excited gleam in their eye and caress the rough edge of the roll with the thumb, breathing deep the scent of their duct tape as they prepare to perform a silver cylindrical miracle through divine agglutination.
Ok, so I've never seen a man actually breath deep the scent of duct tape. But I can totally tell they want to because they always tear the tape with their teeth, even though it tears easily if ripped in the correct direction, just so they can fill their senses with the taste and smell of the duct tape at the same time.
To further prove that men have deep-seeded obsessions with duct tape, I present 10 problems I've personally seen 10 different men solve (or at least attempt to solve) with multiple applications of duct tape.
10. Used to fix leaks in pool pump hoses.
(though plastic glue AND new hoses were an option)
9. Used to baby-proof electric outlets
(though unlimited free outlet covers were available)
8. Used to child-proof important CDs by taping CD cases closed.
(Hide CDs with important stuff like duct tape maybe?)
7. Used to repair a hole in a window screen.
(just what we all want to see when looking out- the big gray duct taped X)
6. Used to repair an infant's no longer sticky diaper tab.
(poor child had to be cut from that diaper)
5. Used to repair girlfriend's accidentally broken (and expensive) porcelain flower pot
(at least turn the tape to the back guys)
4. Used to cover obsenities on a beer can cozy.
(obsenities still spoken by mouth)
3. Used to tape a stubborn birthday card.
(card had to be cut during extraction)
2. Used to tape a gaping stitch-worthy wound received while removing patches from uniform with a survival knife instead of a seam ripper.
(continued to use survival knife for this task once bleeding subsided slightly)
Duct tape used to keep a broken truck bed closed while hauling a new washer and dryer as well as to keep the set from moving about instead of the common "tie it down with rope already" method (duct tape was wrapped around the entire frame of the truck...from back to front).
Now in all fairness, Wikipedia reports that duct tape (originally known as duck tape) has always had (and continues to have) many significant purposes, intended or otherwise. One such purpose has been in saving lives-
NASA engineers' faith in duct tape as an emergency tool was rewarded in 1970, when the square carbon dioxide filters from Apollo 13's failed command module had to be modified to fit round receptacles in the lunar module, which was being used as a lifeboat after an explosion en route to the moon. Engineers designed a workaround using duct tape and other items on board Apollo 13, relaying directions to the spacecraft's crew. The lunar module CO2 scrubbers started working again, saving the lives of the three astronauts onboard.
Ed Smylie, one of the NASA mission control engineers who designed the scrubber modification in just two days, said later that he knew the problem was solvable when it was confirmed that duct tape was on the spacecraft: "I felt like we were home free," he said in 2005. "One thing a Southern boy will never say is 'I don't think duct tape will fix it.' "
I'm certain that Duct Tape Guys everywhere will agree, Ed.
Posted by Uber at 12:36 AM
Friday, August 12, 2005
"They were sent into a hellish city to hunt down terrorists house-to-house. The fight for Fallujah made them heroes, and this Saturday FOX News Channel tells their story. From graphic battle footage to interviews with the families they left behind, join a Marine company in the thick of the war on terror."
(includes a sneak peek video)
Definitely worth a watch. I don't care what is said of FNC, whether they lean a little right or not, it is relieving to read about a news special featuring service members and not feel dread while wondering if (more like how these days) it will be spun to prove that war is worse than appeasement.
Update I: Not what I expected. I expected more focus on the successes of these Marines- more focus on the Marines themselves. Not exactly what I'd call spin but I did feel the urge to yell STFU when reporter Greg Palkot asked some incredibly stupid and insensitive questions of a Company Commander concerning fellow fallen Marines. Since I'm a lady of course I resisted. Ladies never yell.
I'd definitely be interested to hear what the Marines themselves thought of this FNC Special.
Update II: Apparently I'm not alone. GunnNutt offers a telling critique of this FNC Special.
Update III: I received an email from Brian Gaffney, Executive Producer of the FNC "Company of Heroes" documentary. In all fairness to him, and to FNC (whose coverage we all know I normally adore), I'll post the email here.
I am the executive producer of the "Company of Heroes" program that ran last week on Fox News Channel.
For your thoughtful comments about our documentary.
We actually received an overwhelmingly favorable response from viewers who watched. Many asked us to repeat it. So we're re-running the program on Sunday, September 4 at 8p eastern.
Thought you would like to know.
Executive Producer - Documentaries
Fox News Channel
Sent from my BlackBerry Wireless Handheld
So it would seem that although I am not completely alone, I am in the minority in being a bit disappointed in the afore mentioned documentary. Perhaps I'm just overly sensitive. In any case, if you enjoyed the Special or didn't get a chance to watch for yourself and would like to watch it, there will be another opportunity to do so September 4th at 8pm eastern. :)
Posted by Uber at 7:37 PM
Thursday, August 11, 2005
A telling summary by John Podhoretz over at The Corner on NRO-
"It behaved disgracefully and in a nakedly partisan fashion, with former officials of the Clinton administration attempting to use the platform to damage the president's reelection chances. Then, after months of ludicrous conduct, out of nowhere came the brilliantly conceived and written report that set a new standard of eloquence and coherence for government documents, became a major bestseller and redeemed the commission's reputation.
Well, that didn't last long.
In a story filed at 7:10 PM, the Associated Press is now confirming all the particulars of what will now forever be called the Able Danger disaster. The 9/11 Commission staff did hear about intelligence-gathering efforts that hit pay dirt on the whereabouts of Mohammed Atta -- in 1999 -- and deliberately chose to omit word of those efforts.
And why? Because to do so might upset the timeline the Commission had established on Atta.
And why is that significant? Because the Mohammed Atta timeline established by the Commission pointedly insisted Atta did not meet with an Iraqi intelligence agent in Prague.
And why is that significant? Because debunking the Atta-Iraq connection was of vital importance to Democrats, who had become focused almost obsessively on the preposterous notion that there was no relation whatever between Al Qaeda and Iraq -- that Al Qaeda and Iraq might even have been enemies.
I was very skeptical of this Able Danger stuff about Atta, thought it was just sme way Rep. Curt Weldon was trying to sell a book. No longer. This is clearly becoming the biggest story of the summer -- the fact that, as Andy McCarthy alluded to, the "intelligence wall" set up by 9/11 Commissioner Jamie Gorelick when she was in the Justice Department did, in fact, cause the linchpin of the 9/11 attacks to evade capture by American law enforcement.
So was the staff a) protecting the Atta timeline or b) Jamie Gorelick or c) the Clinton administration or d) itself, because it got hold of the information relatively late and the staff was lazy?
More important, what will co-chairmen Tom (pound his fist on the table) Kean and Lee (look sorrowful) Hamilton do and say in the next 36 hours about this calamity?"
I imagine there will be many attempts to minimize the importance of this information in any case. What do you think?
Posted by Uber at 11:04 PM
"After a week of protests by conservatives, an abortion rights group said Thursday night it is withdrawing a television advertisement linking Supreme Court nominee John Roberts to violent anti-abortion activists.
“We regret that many people have misconstrued our recent advertisement about Mr. Roberts’ record,” said Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America."
So let me see. After a week of blatantly lying to the American people about Roberts' record they regret that many people have misconstrued the lie? Alrighty then.
How disingenuous is that?
Posted by Uber at 10:20 PM
The 9/11 Commission was told about the Able Danger report identifying Mohammed Atta and not only rejected the report on early identification of the chief hijacker on at least two occasions but apparently lied about even knowing anything about it. Unless of course you'll believe that the Commission simply "forgot" about it.
9/11Commission co-chairman Lee Hamilton’s earlier statement alludes to a cover-up:
"The Sept. 11 commission (search) did not learn of any U.S. government knowledge prior to 9/11 of surveillance of Mohammed Atta or of his cell,“ said Hamilton, a former Democratic congressman from Indiana. "Had we learned of it obviously it would’ve been a major focus of our investigation.""
Dr. Sanity explores a possible connection between this and Sandy "Hotpants" Berger. See her timeline in "Motive For Berger's Bizarre Behavior".
Posted by Uber at 12:40 PM
Wednesday, August 10, 2005
As I've something very important to do today I've decided you should all just visit each other's blogs through mine so I still get the hits. If I missed anyone I'm sorry. Did I mention I've something terribly important on my agenda today? Anyhow, good stuff in the blogosphere this week...enjoy!
InsoluBlog gives us a very eloquently written essay on the insanity of appeasement and self-flagellation in the battle to preserve and cultivate freedom-
*Sick of The Culture Argument
45-Caliber Justice submits further proof of the impotency of the U.N. (though I think another excellent idea for the post title would've been "Same B.S. Different Day")-
Harvey of Bad Example, who remains true to his bad name by rarely if ever visiting much less linking to me, gives us *Today's Love Note which isn't really for us as much as his lovely wife, TNT of Smiling Dynamite.
Conservathink presents all sorts of interesting news links (welcome back, we missed ya!)-
*Random News Stuff
Dr. Phat Tony gives us a peek into his past-
*How It All Started
The Conservative UAW Guy dishes up an awesome sight to behold-
And last but certainly not least, the great Frank J. of I.M.A.O helps answer the question, "What is wrong with Democrats these days?"-
*Maybe Howard Dean Just Isn't Screaming Loud Enough
Now I'm going swimming...eerr...to get on that important "thing" on my agenda.
Enjoy the rest of hump day, see ya tomorrow!
Posted by Uber at 4:18 PM
Yup. It's a test.
To find out how much Southern blood your speech shows, simply choose the words you use below, then press "Compute My Score!" at the end. The Alpha Dictionary will compute your score and tell you where you're coming from: are you (all) speaking Bubbaese or are you(se) a Yankee Doodle Dandy? The higher your score, the deeper from the South you are coming.
<*Insert best Scarlotte O'Hara Imitation here*>
Whah, I dew believe someone is attemptin' tew question mah suthuness!
"92% (Dixie). Is General Lee your grandfather?"
My reputation remains in tact!
Thanks heaps for the link Mister P.B. Yankee. :)
Posted by Uber at 12:00 PM
Tuesday, August 09, 2005
Be it racism, gay-baiting, or Christian-bashing, the left offers a little something for bigots of many stripes.
*A Senate Democratic memo revealed that Judiciary Committee Democrats targeted Miguel Estrada's judicial nomination for defeat because "he is Latino."
*Harry Belafonte used a Hitler analogy when asked about what impact prominent blacks such as former Secretary of State Powell and current Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice had on the Bush administration's relations with minorities.
*A leading Holocaust Studies institute asks entertainers Harry Belafonte, Dick Gregory, and Woody Allen to retract their recent statements comparing the Bush administration, Israelis, and black conservatives to Nazis.
*Civil rights activist Dick Gregory mocked the existence of African-American conservatives in America.
Gregory also trashed the United States, calling it "the most dishonest, ungodly, unspiritual nation that ever existed in the history of the planet."
Organizers said an estimated 15,000 people attended the rally, which also included the president of the NAACP and several congressional leaders, such as Rep. John Conyers (D-MI); Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY); Rep. John Lewis (D-GA); Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Maxine Waters (D-CA).
*The Angry Left speculates that John Roberts's 4-year-old son is gay. It turns out other Kos posters are speculating that Roberts himself is gay.
But that's nothing new, let's not forget-
*Edwards obvious attempt to appeal to antigay sentiment by proclaiming that Vice President Cheney has a gay daughter.
*As The Weekly Standard's David Skinner remembers, innuendoes about David Souter's sexuality flew in 1990, when then-President Bush appointed him to the Supreme Court.
And as noted yesterday-
*Manuel Miranda lists Bush-appointed judges, Catholic and Protestant, who've been subject to Democratic inquisitions for supposed excessive devoutness to Christianity.
Which comes as no surprise considering-
*Sen. Howell Heflin of Alabama explained in 1987 that he voted against Robert Bork's confirmation in part because he was "disturbed by his [Bork's] refusal to discuss his belief in God--or the lack thereof."
And with no repercussions (except more bigotry) although requiring a nominee to discuss their religious belief is clearly unconstitutional according to the religious test clause of Article VI (prohibiting inquiry into a nominee's religious views).
Posted by Uber at 1:55 AM
Monday, August 08, 2005
Interesting read over at the Opinion Journal.
Judging While Catholic--II
Democrats attack Christian judges, defeat themselves.
BY MANUEL MIRANDA
Monday, August 8, 2005 12:01 a.m. EDT
As the debate heated up in April over ending Democrats' use of the filibuster to block votes on judicial nominees, the secular left worked itself into a frenzy when religious leaders organized a multichurch telecast to focus attention on the fact that the president's blocked appellate court nominees all happened to be "people of faith."
Their indignation focused principally on Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist's apparent endorsement of this neuralgic observation. Liberal editorialists, organizations and senators tried to get Mr. Frist to pull out of the event, but he stood his ground.
In 2003, Sen. Frist had reminded a thousand pastors at the National Hispanic Prayer Breakfast that the U.S. Constitution contained three religion clauses, not just the First Amendment's well-known two protecting the free exercise of religion and prohibiting a state-sponsored church. Mr. Frist used scriptural reference to an audience that understood. The religious test clause of Article VI, prohibiting inquiry into a nominee's religious views, he said, was the "rock" upon which the "house" of America's thriving religious liberty was founded.
Despite liberals' attempt to taint Justice Sunday, and perhaps because of it, the event was an enormous success, which is why this Sunday at 7 p.m. EDT, Americans can log on to JusticeSunday.com for a live Webcast of Justice Sunday II--an event that will introduce Judge John G. Roberts Jr. to millions of Christians.
The liberal reaction to Justice Sunday's shining a light on them, when not in total denial that is, looks something like this-
Posted by Uber at 1:47 PM
Sunday, August 07, 2005
A country preacher decided to skip services one Sunday and head to the hills to do some bear hunting. As he rounded the corner on a perilous twist in the trail, he and a bear collided, sending him and his rifle tumbling down the mountainside. Before he knew it, his rifle went one way and he went the other, landing on a rock and breaking both legs.
And that was the good news. The bad news was the ferocious bear charging at him from a distance, and he couldn't move.
"Oh, Lord," the preacher prayed, "I'm so sorry for skipping services today to come out here and hunt. Please forgive me and grant me just one wish .. please make a Christian out of that bear that's coming at me. Please, Lord!"
That very instant, the bear skidded to a halt, fell to its knees, clasped its paws together and began to pray aloud right at the preacher's feet. "Dear God, bless this food which I am about to receive..."
Heh. Now stop skipping church!
Posted by Uber at 12:39 PM
Saturday, August 06, 2005
A psychiatrist is a fellow who asks you a lot of expensive questions your wife asks for nothing.
Nice guys finish last, but we get to sleep in.
Love is an irresistable desire to be irresistably desired.
When you are eight years old, nothing is any of your business.
Communism is like one big phone company.
How do you tell a communist? Well, it's someone who reads Marx and Lenin. And how do you tell an anti-Communist? It's someone who understands Marx and Lenin.
A friend is someone who will help you move. A real friend is someone who will help you move a body.
Neurotics build castles in the air, psychotics live in them. My mother cleans them.
When we ask for advice, we are usually looking for an accomplice.
~Marquis de la Grange
A diplomat... is a person who can tell you to go to hell in such a way that you actually look forward to the trip.
Never eat more than you can lift.
At my lemonade stand I used to give the first glass away free and charge five dollars for the second glass. The refill contained the antidote.
Ya'll have a great weekend! :)
Posted by Uber at 1:46 PM
Wednesday, August 03, 2005
How do you tell the difference between Democrats, Republicans and Southern Republicans? The answer can be found by posing the following question:
You're walking down a deserted street with your wife and two small children. Suddenly, a dangerous looking man with a huge knife comes around the corner, locks eyes with you, screams obscenities, raises the knife, and charges. You are carrying a Glock .40, and you are an expert shot. You have mere seconds before he reaches you and your family. What do you do?
Well, that's not enough information to answer the question! Does the man look poor or oppressed? Have I ever done anything to him that would inspire him to attack? Could we run away? What does my wife think? What about the kids? Could I possibly swing the gun like a club and knock the knife out of his hand? What does the law say about this situation? Does the Glock have appropriate safety built into it? Why am I carrying a loaded gun anyway, and what kind of message does this send to society and to my children? Is it possible he'd be happy with killing just me, and not my family? Does he definitely want to kill me, or would he be content just to wound me? If I were to grab his knees and hold on, could my family get away while he was stabbing me? Should I call 9-1-1? Why is this street so deserted? We need to raise taxes, have a paint-and-weed day and make this a happier, healthier street that would discourage such behavior. This is all so confusing! I need to debate this with some friends for a few days and try to come to a consensus.
Southern Republican's Answer:
BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG!...click....(sounds of reloading).
BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG!...click Child: "Nice grouping, Daddy! Were those the Winchester Silver Tips I gave you for your birthday??"
Any more questions? :)
Posted by Uber at 11:20 PM
I think not.
I know this just isn't so.
Although Fred Phelps (it pains me to use the title Rev for this bozo so I'm just not going to) is constantly labeled "extreme right-winged" or "fundamentalist Christian" by the mainstream media and those on the left (oh wait, they're one and the same) who would like very much to align him with the right and Christians in general, nothing is further from the truth. Phelps seems to spend almost as much time protesting Conservatives, Christians, and combinations of the two as he does homosexuals.
Take Dr. James Dobson's Conservative Christian organization Focus On The Family for example. Focus On The Family held a "Love Won Out" conference in 2003 in which former homosexuals talked about how they had been liberated from their sin, and were now living happy lives as heterosexuals and how some homosexuals have successfully changed not just their behavior, but their orientation (therapies both secular and religious have proven successful for some). Wacko Phelps and Company showed up to protest Focus On The Family because they teach that it is possible for homosexuals to become straight and Phelps believes that homosexuals are so evil that they should be left to die in sin and depravity, instead of becoming straight and Christian. Conservatives and Christians hardly claim Phelps as one of their own, they distance themselves from him and his message.
Fred Phelps is not a far right-wing Christian nut job, he's just a plain old nut job. One who promotes hatred, outbursts of wrath, contention, jealousy, vengefulness, misery, harshness, and selfish ambition, even according to his own son. I'd like to add spousal and child abuse to that list and I'm sure there's so much more. And all in the name of God, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. But let's back up just a moment, I should elaborate some more on what the son's thoughts on the man are as this is more telling than my own thoughts and opinions.
The eloquently perceptive description and ending of this letter from Phelps' son, even after what he has endured at the hands of his own father, serves as further proof that there is (so obviously lost on Phelps himself), forgiveness, love, and hope left in this world.
Here's a letter by one of Phelps' sons describing his father.
"What is he like? Well, it's been 19 years since I left home, but his behavior still appears to be the same. He considers his environment to be against him without admitting, acknowledging or taking responsibility for how he contributes to that. He likes to show himself as being moral, pro-family, pro-Bible, but his actions just don't add up to that. I believe in God and the Bible, and my father's behavior doesn't fit the description of behavior that would show in the life of one who loves God; behavior characteristics such as Love, Joy, Peace, Longsuffering, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, Self-control. Instead, my father's behavior characterizes, I believe, Hate, Outbursts of Wrath, Contention, Jealousy, Vengefulness, Misery, Harshness, and Selfish ambition. He mis-states the truth about his own behavior, about others, about the Bible, with apparent ease and regularity. He behaves with a viciousness the likes of which I have never seen. He accepts no genuine accountability in his life and is subject to no one. His lifestyle betrays the sacred trust of what a pastor, husband, father and grandfather should be. I suppose if a comparison were made between the life of Jesus Christ and my father, there would not be much to compare.
I also realize that my father is a very unstable person who is determined to hurt people. And because he is so bound to be hateful and hurtful, and because he's so untrustworthy, I believe it's a good idea to respond to him with caution much like the caution used when dealing with a rattlesnake or a mad dog. You see, the causes that he crusades for, including the Bible, are not the issue here. He simply wants to hate and to have a forum for his hate. If the causes he focuses on were the issue, that is, if they really meant something to him in his heart and he meant for the things he does to be for the good, his behavior would not be what it is. He would not betray his message with his behavior. But, when he needs to, to vent his hate, he readily goes outside the bounds of any previously stated 'value' or 'cause' he may have supported. He experiences no moral dilemma when it comes to doing what he wants to do. If it weren't the homosexuals, it would be something else."
And yes, as Dr. Phat Tony correctly reports, it is something else, only madman Phelps has managed to weave his anti-homosexual theme around anti-American troop-bashing, at least in his own perverted and disturbed mind.
I simply want to be counted in the 'he needs an a**-kicking' school of thought, as many conservatives, even though it's not a very forgiving thought. I also solemnly promise to donate, as well as gather donations from others, for the legal defense of anyone who might give in to temptation and give Phelps a sound beating because wrong as that might be, I clearly understand the urge.
Or Alabamians could just take the high road finding legal ways to subvert the loon's protests as was reported by BlackFive concerning other Fallen Heros Funerals Protested by Phelps.
"On the corner of a narrow street lined with Colonial-era buildings, the Kansas contingent tried shouting its anti-homosexual message at mourners who overflowed from the church. But every time demonstrators spoke out, the 14-man Boston Police Department bagpipe band broke into thunderous sound..."
Yeah, that works too.
Posted by Uber at 5:43 PM
Tuesday, August 02, 2005
We French are pathetic losers, says ad chief
The President of one of the world's biggest advertising agencies has issued a damning state-of-the-nation assessment that describes France as being in steep decline and his countrymen as "narrowed and stunted".
China to send pig sperm to space
Scientists hope to study the effect of cosmic rays on the pig sperm
China is planning to study the effects of space on sperm, by sending the semen from pedigree pigs into orbit.
My lips are sealed...
A jailed businessman who is accused of bribing some of Mexico City's most powerful politicians sewed his lips shut Monday to protest the criminal charges against him.
Craziest news I've read all week. Except the first link, which is just way over due.
Posted by Uber at 11:06 PM
"In an appearance before the Democratic [sic] Leadership Council this week, Sen. Hillary Clinton called for an ideological cease-fire between liberals and moderate Democrats, noting that the only way Demos have a shot in 2008 is to adopt a hard line on national security and offer centrist alternatives to Republican policies. While the moderates at the DLC ate it up, liberals spit it back out. MoveOn.org, Markos Moulitsas on his Daily Kos blog, and corporate shakedown artist Je17865e Jack were among those who sounded off against the idea of camaraderie with the DLC. They seem shocked that their liberal poster girl would actually suggest such a strategy, which suggests just how "genuine" Hillary really is when it comes to her stance on the issues. What Hillary Clinton is truly genuine about, we surmise, is making Bill the First Lady in 2008."
This post found over at The Patriot Post Blog got me to wondering what having Bill as First Lady might actually look like because that at least gives me a laugh where as imagining Hillary as President sends me into epileptic fits which aren't a bit pretty.
Yay for a good laugh!
Boo for epileptic fits which aren't a bit pretty.
Anyhow, I've got a good idea what ole Bill as First Lady might look like...
Posted by Uber at 4:43 PM
Monday, August 01, 2005
No idea from where or whom this "Love Letter" originated, all I know for certain is that it arrived in my email box this morning lending a much needed laugh! I hate Mondays which normally offer nothing but spilled coffee and headaches (until the creation of the weekly Monday IMAO Podcast anyhow, so go listen now if you haven't already)!
Anywho, thanks for Love Letter and the laugh Papa Bear. :)
I lie awake waiting for you. As I lie on my bed, thinking about you, I
feel this strong urge to grab you and squeeze you, because I can't
forget last night. You came to me unexpectedly during the balmy and calm night, and what happened in my bed still leaves a tingling sensation in me.
You appeared from nowhere and shamelessly, without any
reservations, you lay on my naked body...
You sensed my indifference, so you applied your hungry mouth to
me without any guilt or humiliation, and you nearly drove me crazy while you drained me. Finally I went to sleep.
Today when I woke up, you were gone. I searched for you but to
no avail, only the sheets bore witness to last night's events.
My body still bears faint marks of your enthusiastic ravishings,
making it harder to forget you.
Tonight I will remain awake waiting for you...
....you effing mosquito.
Posted by Uber at 1:12 PM