"The chinaman is not the issue here, Dude. I'm talking about drawing a line in the sand, Dude. Across this line, you DO NOT... Also, Dude, chinaman is not the preferred nomenclature."So let us step, for a moment, across this "line." What if I dare to not mindlessly wish each vapid passer-by a "Merry Christmas" this Holiday Season? Will I be cast into the abyss with a dump- truck load of salt atop me? I can't imagine I would. Let's face it, kiddies, commercialism is what drives the stake into Christmas, not "PC Liberals," who hilariously have become the scapegoats for most far-right dwelling pudits and their quest to assess blame for this degradation of Christmas.
BAGHDAD, Iraq - Followers of the militant Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr took over state-run television Saturday to denounce the Iraqi government, label Sunnis "terrorists" and issue what appeared to many viewers as a call to arms.
The two-hour broadcast from a community gathering in the heart of the Shiite militia stronghold of Sadr City included three members of al-Sadr's parliamentary bloc, who took questions from outraged residents demanding revenge for a series of car bombings that killed some 200 people Thursday.
With Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki relegated to the sidelines, brazen Sunni-Shiite attacks continue unchecked despite a 24-hour curfew over Baghdad. Al-Sadr's Mahdi Army militia now controls wide swaths of the capital, his politicians are the backbone of the Cabinet, and his followers deeply entrenched in the Iraqi security forces. Sectarian violence has spun so rapidly out of control since the Sadr City blasts, however, that it's not clear whether even al-Sadr has the authority - or the will - to stop the cycle of bloodshed.
Al-Maliki's administration acknowledged it was powerless to interrupt the pro-Sadr program on the official Iraqiya channel, during which Sadr City residents shouted, "There is no government! There is no state!" Several speakers described neighborhoods and well-known Sunni politicians as "terrorists" and threatened them with reprisal.
"We'll obviously try to control them as much as we can, but when they (kill) more than 150 people in bombings, they have the right to speak," said Bassam al Husseini, one of Maliki's top advisers. "What are we going to do? We can't stop this. It's too hot right now."
|You Are a "Don't Tread On Me" Libertarian|
You distrust the government, are fiercely independent, and don't belong in either party.
Religion and politics should never mix, in your opinion... and you feel opressed by both.
You don't want the government to cramp your self made style. Or anyone else's for that matter.
You're proud to say that you're pro-choice on absolutely everything!
DeKalb County Prosecuting Attorney ClaraMary Winebrenner checks the sighting system on a new .45-caliber submachine gun. Her department bought six of the
guns for the Auburn Emergency Response Team. Auburn Police Cpl. Chris Pongratz, showing her the gun, commands the Auburn ERT.
Six new .45 caliber submachine guns also will keep ERT officers safer,
Pongratz said.The DeKalb County Prosecutor's Office gave the ERT nearly $15,000 to buy the crime-fighting tools.
The new guns are replacing M4 rifles as entry weapons for the response team. Pongratz said the rifles can penetrate police body armor. The new submachine guns use the same ammunition as police handguns, and it will not go through protective vests.Most SWAT officers who are killed in action are shot by
members of their own teams, Pongratz said.
The submachine guns can fire more accurately than police handguns because of
their longer barrels, Pongratz said. Officers' semi-automatic pistols fire one
shot at a time.
The submachine guns allow controlled automatic fire of two or three rounds
with one squeeze of the trigger. They are not true machine guns, however,
Pongratz said.The submachine guns include lighting and sighting systems.
Woof. For that price, the guns had better aim themselves (especially considering I cannot think of one instance where a community police officer would need to fill the night sky with .45 cal slugs from a submachine gun).
The prosecutor's office paid for six gun sets at $1,500 apiece.
Winebrenner said no tax dollars were used.In other words, the taxpayers had absolutely no say in whether or not these fucking things were necessary.
The money came from fees paid by minor criminal and traffic offenders who
enter the county's pre-trial diversion program. The diversion fees also pay the
entire salary of one deputy prosecuting attorney, she said.
I guess those polls were more accurate than the impotent GOP leadership
Perhaps the GOP has learned that it’s hard to rally your conservative
base when you make sweet love to them during the election season, then screw
them for the next several years. Surely you don’t expect the base
to keep opening its legs time and time again, do you? I guess the GOP base got
tired of going to the battered-voters shelter every few years.
The way that Frist and the boys have bent over and grabbed their ankles
for the past six years, I don’t anticipate a potential GOP Senate suddenly
growing a backbone and giving us blessed gridlock for two years.
Maybe getting their teeth kicked in yesterday will remind them that the
reason their base stayed home was the way they’ve governed. Dare to dream, I
“Very few of us will vote Democrat. A lot of us will stay home,” he said.This statement speaks volumes of the sadness of the situation. According to the article, 13-15% of the electorate are either Libertarian, or hold Libertarian views. These people have no representation at the Federal level. Year after year they are forced to vote for one of the brand name parties, who repeatedly pander to narrow special interests and ignore common sense. What kind of choices does that offer them? It's like a "lesser of two evils" scenario, only the evils in question are equals, so no lesser exists. Mitch Harper looked at this paradox yesterday on FWOb.
While Republicans have recently been courting wary social and religious
conservatives with a media blitz that concentrates on border protection and gay
marriage, those who consider themselves libertarian-conservatives say they feel
they have been given the shaft for the last six years.
“In our area, in northern Kentucky, I saw how voters have become...and evidently he has plenty of money and doesn't mind his reputation being dragged across the floor of the cattle barn.
disillusioned and disappointed with our system,” he said. “I saw Republicans,
who through the 1980s and '90s were trying to be fiscally conservative and
trying to limit government and its power, not doing that anymore. They’re trying
to make government bigger than even the Democrats before them.”
Hmmm, kinda like the Republicans have already done. Ooooh, I'm quaking in my boots now. Those scary, limp-wristed, inept Democrats are gonna show us how beauracracy is really done! Fat chance. The Republicans are proving to be all-to-willing as accomplices, and even instigators when it comes to governmental bloat.
Ed Patru, spokesman for the National Republican Congressional Committee, said
libertarians certainly aren’t going to find solace with the Democrats, who he
says have made it “crystal clear in unambiguous terms that they want to repeal
the tax cuts and tax relief as we know it.
“Along with that, they’ve promised billions of dollars in new spending … and bloat the size of government beyond what anybody can imagine,” Patru said.
That is huge. This is basically what Mitch (and the Fox article) is saying, in simple mathematical terms. Out of 100 eligible voters (in our area), only about 35 of them will vote. Out of those 35, a little over 5 of those who will vote have their views poorly (or simply not at all) represented on the ballot. The other 29 to 30 voters will split their votes almost evenly between the two major name brands. Let's just say for the sake of argument that 16 of the 29 or 30 remaining voters chose to vote for Democrats. This means that 16 people, voting as they believe, just chose the leaders for the entire hundred. That is a crock of shit. I personally don't think our leaders represent our country very well at all, and this is just one of many MANY reasons. We'll scrutinize more as the months roll on.
Each decline in turnout raises concern about the very legitimacy of
Whether you love her or hate her, do yourself a favor and read her column this week. It is hysterical.
One sample I find particularly accurate:
"Democrats can't not be crazy. They will instantly set to work enacting a national gay marriage law, impeachment hearings, slavery reparations and a series of new federal felonies for abortion clinic protesters. The only way to get Democrats to focus on terrorists would be to convince them that the terrorists are interfering with a woman's right to choose or that commercial jetliners exploding in midair are a threat to America's wetlands."
Now that's funny!
A lot of us think about "the lesser of two evils" aspect of elections....and we
should. Seems these days, most EVERY politician has at least ONE skeleton in
their closet. Our choice is whether or not we can live with that.