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Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Say What?

I can only shake my head in disbelief:

UPDATE: Fox news, Republican "bloggers" report non-news
because they need attention

By West Of Shockoe

A few choice Republican "bloggers" are trying to make a story out of a laughable tidbit they heard on Fox news from Jon Gibson. This is what they report:

"Syracuse radio station WFBL reports that Lauren Maggi, 35, of Thurber Street was charged with harassment for spitting in a soldier's face at Hancock Airport.

The incident happened over the Thanksgiving holiday. Maggi approached a soldier from the 10th Mountain Division, who apparently was not in uniform, and asked if he was a soldier. When he said yes, Maggi allegedly spit in his face."

And this is what the majority of them DON'T report, because it makes their non-story a...NON-STORY.

"Jason Jones, 21, told police a woman he did not know ..."

The best part of all of this? No one has any idea whether or not this woman is a Democrat. (emphasis in the original)
The fact that this woman may not be a Democrat could very well be the best part. But what about that worst part?

Have You Forgotten Who We Are?

Power lines, like landfills and regional prisons, are supposed to be built down in Southwest Virginia where all the smelly, diseased people live. Not among the cultured classes in northern Virginia. Everyone knows that.

Well, almost everyone. Hell is raining down on the guy who thought otherwise:
Tour highlights impact of proposed power line on unspoiled land
The Associated Press

WFLS News (AP) - Landowners and preservationists who oppose a proposed high-voltage power lines in northern Virginia are getting some help today.

Congressman Frank Wolf and actor Robert Duvall will speak out against the plan by Dominion Virginia Power to build 15-story towers and lines that will cut through some of Virginia's scenic and historical undeveloped land. Duvall lives in northern Virginia.

The Piedmont Environmental Council is leading a tour this morning of Civil War battle sites that will be affected.

Huge helium balloons will give people on the hike an idea of the height and route of the line, which will run roughly along Interstate 66 and through parts of Loudoun, Fauquier and Prince William counties.

Real estate agents say that the land's value lies in its scenery. Opponents say the picturesque views may be marred by the power lines, which would be built on 150-foot strips of land cleared of trees and buildings and run 240 miles long. (link)
Those folks up in NoVa think electricity comes from a socket in the wall. How it gets there is someone else's concern.

But, by God, there won't be any of those atrocious power lines running through the area. Someone will just have to figure another way to get the lights turned on. That's all there is to it.

Maybe we can take all our illegal Mexicans and have each hold a battery and ...

What Would Emerson Say?

In the golden age of transcendentalism, an era long dead, the glory days of the American cemetery (believe it or not), this set of conditions would never have been allowed:
Man hopes to preserve crumbling cemetery
Shanna Flowers, The Roanoke Times

On one of the coldest afternoons of the year, as cars whizzed along Orange Avenue near the Roanoke Civic Center, Bob Hale stood obscured by trees as he surveyed the final resting places of certain Roanokers. They are gone but, thanks to him, not forgotten.

Although these people who lived and died long ago are strangers to Hale, he's become a volunteer caretaker for their burial places. The Roanoke native has made restoring Old Lick Cemetery his project.

The cemetery is on the north side of Orange Avenue, wedged between the EconoLodge and the northbound entrance ramp to Interstate 581.

Survey documents estimate it contains at least 943 graves.

The property is owned by First Baptist Church in Gainsboro. The church has kept the lawn mowed, but many of the tombstones are in disrepair. Brush and trees had become overgrown until recently.

Squatters have moved into the property's woods ... (link)
We live in the age of MP3's, PS3's, and Wii's. One where our ancestors are all but forgotten as quickly as Apple releases its many versions of iPod.

A pity.

Leaders Of Tomorrow

Besides crooks, deviants, and traitors, the Democratic Party comes to power in January with committee chairmen who couldn't pass high school history:

Queries Vex New Chair of Intelligence

The incoming Democratic chairman of the House intelligence committee could not describe Hezbollah and incorrectly described al-Qaeda's Islamic roots in a recent interview.

Rep. Silvestre Reyes (D-Tex.), whom incoming Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) named earlier this month to chair the panel, formally known as the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, was asked by a reporter from Congressional Quarterly whether al-Qaeda was Sunni or Shiite. "Predominantly -- probably Shiite," Reyes replied.

From Osama bin Laden down, al-Qaeda's leadership is comprehensively Sunni and subscribes to a form of Sunni Islam known for not tolerating theological deviation.

Asked to describe the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, according to a story published online Friday, Reyes responded "Hezbollah. Uh, Hezbollah" and then said, "Why do you ask me these questions at 5 o'clock?"

The Texas congressman later added: "Speaking only for myself, it's hard to keep things in perspective and in the categories." (link)

Lest you missed it, Reyes will be running the intelligence committee.

Speaking only for yourself? Actually, Pancho, you speak volumes about your party; the one assuming control of the government next month.

God have mercy.

Kucinich Is In!

The stars are beginning to align. For those of us who were so entertained by the bizarre nature of the 2004 Democratic presidential primary campaign, the one that featured such weirdos that they made John Kerry seem almost normal, this announcement is music to our ears:
Kucinich Hat Back In Ring

December 12, 2006 -- Cleveland - Rep. Dennis Kucinich, an Ohio Democrat who unsuccessfully ran for president in 2004, said yesterday he is planning to run again because his party isn't pushing hard enough to end the war in Iraq.

Kucinich said he plans to formally announce his candidacy for 2008 tomorrow at Cleveland's City Hall.

The liberal, anti-war congressman said he was inspired to run because he disagrees with how some of his fellow Democrats are handling the war. (link)
This is the loon, you may recall, who wants to replace the Defense Department with a "Department of Peace." And his plan wasn't drug-induced. As far as anyone knows anyway.

We're going to have some fun as we get closer to the 2008 campaign season. Now if only we can get Sharpton to run ... and Kerry... and ... Hillary ... and ...

Sanity Returns To The Courtroom

There has been a good deal of talk in recent years - well, actually since George Bush was first inaugurated in 2001 - that he is, without doubt, the worst president ever (read it here and here and here). But how that conclusion is obtained, it seems, derives mostly from the level of hatred that the person doing the evaluating has had for the man since that awful, terrible day.

Getting past the blind hate, one sees, in fact, a longlasting contribution made by our 43rd president to the greater good of our USA. He's returned, through the appointments he's made to the Supreme Court, a long-overdue level of sanity to the federal court system. Proof:
Justices Overturn Ruling in Case on Buttons in Court
By Linda Greenhouse, The New York Times

Washington, Dec. 11 — The Supreme Court ruled on Monday that the federal appeals court in California overstepped its authority when it granted a new trial to a murder defendant whose victim’s relatives sat at the trial, in the view of the jury, wearing buttons with the victim’s picture on them.

The appeals court, in granting a writ of habeas corpus, found that the buttons were inherently prejudicial and deprived the defendant, Mathew Musladin, of the right to a fair trial.

Voting 9 to 0, the Supreme Court overturned that ruling in an opinion by Justice Clarence Thomas that did not actually decide whether the buttons were prejudicial. (link)
The appeals court involved, known famously as "The Ninth Circus" because of its penchant for creating law where none existed, making a mockery of legal precedent, was told, again, that it overstepped its bounds.

President Bush has created for himself a lasting legacy for having brought the Supreme Court back from the wilderness with the appointments of John Roberts and Samuel Alito. Hopefully he'll have the chance to do the same for the 9th Circuit, if such is possible, before he leaves office.

Why We Fight

Most of you have forgotten why we fight in Iraq. And Afghanistan. Madrid. London. Bali. Amman. Ankara. Rome.

And New York.

"We" being civilization. Fighting those who want our children and grandchildren slaughtered.

The rising tide of Islamist hatred for the West continues unabated:

Iran Opens Conference on Holocaust
By Nazila Fathi, The New York Times

Tehran, Dec. 11 — Iran held a gathering that included Holocaust deniers, discredited scholars and white supremacists from around the world on Monday under the guise of a conference to “debate” the Nazi annihilation of six million Jews.

Robert Faurisson, an academic from France, said in his speech that the Holocaust was a myth created to justify the occupation of Palestine, meaning the creation of Israel.

That is what Iran’s president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has frequently claimed, and it was Mr. Ahmadinejad’s statements that inspired the Foreign Ministry to hold the conference. The ministry said 67 people from 30 countries were participating in the two days of meetings. (link)
You may recall, the Iraq Study Group's report released last week called for Israel to forfeit a portion of its territory and ultimately its sovereignty to the Palestinians and called for the U.S. to begin talks with Ahmadinejad about peace in Iraq. The same Ahmadinejad who looks upon the systematic murder of Europe's Jews as a myth.

You may have forgotten why we fight. Or you may choose to deny there's a fight all together. It's certainly a lot more comforting to deny the truth.

And maybe the Holocaust didn't really happen after all ...

Lo Nishkach v'Lo Nislach.

For The Treasure Hunter In All Of Us

This is kinda cool:
1849 Shipwreck Found in Lake Ontario
By The Associated Press

Rochester, N.Y. (AP) -- After more than 160 years, the twin masts of the Milan still stand erect -- all the more remarkable because the commercial sailing ship sits in the dark depths of Lake Ontario.

Scoville and fellow explorer Jim Kennard located the schooner in the summer of 2005 off the southern shore of the lake. They videotaped the 93-foot-long, square-stern vessel this year using an unmanned submersible built with the help of college students.

The ship sits upright on the lake bed at a depth of more than 200 feet. Its masts extend 70 feet upward in the dark waters.

The Milan sprung a leak and sank in October 1849 while transporting 1,000 barrels of salt from Oswego, a port 80 miles east of Rochester, to Cleveland. (
Lying undisturbed for a century and a half on the lake bottom. Then found! The stuff that dreams are made of.