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Sunday, December 19, 2004
Wednesday, April 28, 2004
Here he is when he was working at Muscle Shoals. Wail on, Skydog!
Tuesday, April 27, 2004
Hey, DME! What was on the menu for South Carolina murderer Jerry McWee?
Steak, jumbo fried shrimp, broccoli with cheese, french fries, lemon meringue pie and iced tea.
John Kerry Must Go
Note to Democrats: it's not too late to draft someone—anyone—else
WASHINGTON, D.C.— With the air gushing out of John Kerry's balloon, it may be only a matter of time until political insiders in Washington face the dread reality that the junior senator from Massachusetts doesn't have what it takes to win and has got to go. As arrogant and out of it as the Democratic political establishment is, even these pols know the party's got to have someone to run against George Bush. They can't exactly expect the president to self-destruct into thin air.
With growing issues over his wealth (which makes fellow plutocrat Bush seem a charity case by comparison), the miasma over his medals and ribbons (or ribbons and medals), his uninspiring record in the Senate (yes war, no war), and wishy-washy efforts to mimic Bill Clinton's triangulation gimmickry (the protractor factor), Kerry sinks day by day. The pros all know that the candidate who starts each morning by having to explain himself is a goner.
What to do? Look for the Dem biggies, whoever they are these days, to sit down with the rich and arrogant presumptive nominee and try to persuade him to take a hike. Then they can return to business as usual—resurrecting John Edwards, who is still hanging around, or staging an open convention in Boston, or both.
If things proceed as they are, the dim-bulb Dem leaders are going to be very sorry they screwed Howard Dean.
Ooh, staging an open convention. That means this.
Well, this does it for me. I just cannot abide a cheap man.
Fellas, reaching for your wallet quickly and often makes you look handsome!
Judge Rapkin, who was so darned kind to killer Joseph Smith, has decided not to run for re-election. No way was this guy going to be voted back into office.
Professor charged in hate-crime hoax
A visiting psychology professor at Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, Calif., was formally charged by prosecutors Monday in connection with a hoax hate crime that triggered protests and a one-day shutdown of the Claremont College campuses last month.
The Los Angeles County district attorney's office charged Kerri Dunn, 39, with one misdemeanor count of filing a false police report and two felony counts of insurance fraud.
Prosecutors alleged that Dunn falsely reported that an unknown vandal spray-painted her car with racist and anti-Semitic slurs on March 9, as she was speaking at a campus forum on racism. Officials said Dunn also submitted a false insurance claim, never paid, for items supposedly taken from her 1990 Honda Civic and for damage to the car, which had its windows smashed and tires slashed.
Dunn is scheduled to surrender to authorities at Los Angeles County Superior Court in Pomona, Calif., on May 19, the date of her arraignment.
If convicted, Dunn could face up to three years in state prison, prosecutors said.
In a prepared statement, District Attorney Steve Cooley said, "False accusations that imply hate crimes prey on the legitimate concerns of the public who truly abhor violence based on race, ethnicity or sexual orientation. And those who make false claims should realize there is a penalty for doing so."
Reached by phone Monday at her home in Redlands, Calif., Dunn declined to comment.
Her lawyer, Gary S. Lincenberg, declined to be interviewed. He issued a news release saying Dunn "maintains her innocence and hopes that this case will not divert attention from the racism problems on the Claremont College campuses."
FBI spokeswoman Laura Bosley said that federal authorities were investigating the case and that Dunn could face federal charges of making false statements to FBI investigators.
When the damage to Dunn's car originally was reported, she and student activists linked the incident to a string of racially charged episodes on the Claremont campuses.
Monday, April 26, 2004
Trappers on Wednesday night haul away the 9-foot, 7-inch alligator that attacked a 74-year-old Sanibel woman and pulled her into a canal.
-young George Washington
Tony, in a comment at Tim Blair's, gives an update that the "hostages" were asked to pretend to be scared in the video. It was all an act.
There are three re-enactment videos but the audiotape of this encounter is especially gripping. Two State Troopers go to investigate a man sitting in his car. The man is lucid and coherent. He's half-paralysed though and doesn't respond quickly enough. He gets pepper-sprayed. Less than ten seconds after that he gets shot four times.
The entire encounter takes 58 seconds.
Oh, and it was ruled justifiable. Scary.
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Sunday, April 25, 2004
Carol Johnson of Portland, Ore., left, Rev. Bill Ingraham of Ann Arbor, Mich., Joyce Georgiff of Santa Anna, Calif., sitting, and Katherine Humphrey of Grand Rapids, Mich., sing during an interfaith prayer service on the Mall in Washington, Sunday, April 25, 2004, as tens of thousands of women gathered for an abortion-rights rally.
I understand "The Enviro-Friendly Man of the People (who, btw served in Vietnam)" has SUVs, foreign cars, mansions, an iffy service record and a gazillionaire wife who's now put in for an extension on her taxes rather than make them public. Does that about cover it? Oh yeah, and he tends to vacillate in his opinions and is brittle when it comes to criticism. The mainstream press seems to be falling out of love with him.
It's because he doesn't have a plan. He's just an average politico with deep pockets.
Being anti, anti, anti is no way to live. People want someone to step up with a positive plan and move them forward. It's no surprise to me that President Bush is doing so well in the polls.
Saturday, April 24, 2004
The Nork coverage has been interesting. Maybe, like the Chernobyl disaster, this will help open up a secretive society.
Next thing they'll be asking the FBI to help them catch a serial killer.
Bashur the Iraqi dog gets a ticket to the good life.
I see other people read the book "Animals You Will Never Forget" when they were kids and remember the stories as vividly as I do. What a great book. Bashur's warning of incoming reminded me of the story "The Dog from No Man's Land".
Friday, April 23, 2004
For now, I'll make do with giving y'all a link to a nice and fitting song by John Michael Montgomery called "Letters from Home".
If any of you MT'ers have a bit of advice that you wish someone had told you when you were starting up your new MT blog, please let me hear it.
Military Phone Card Donation Program Goes Public
The Department of Defense announced today that any American can now help troops in contingency operations call home. The Defense Department has authorized the Armed Services Exchanges to sell prepaid calling cards to any individual or organization that wishes to purchase cards for troops who are deployed. The “Help Our Troops Call Home” program is designed to help servicemembers call home from Operations Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.
For those wishing to donate a prepaid calling card to a military member may log on to any of the three Armed Services Exchange web sites: the Army and Air Force Exchange Service, the Navy Exchange Service Command, and the Marine Corps Exchange. Click the “Help Our Troops Call Home” link. From there, a prepaid calling card may be purchased for an individual at his or her deployed address or to “any service member” deployed or hospitalized. The Armed Services Exchanges will distribute cards donated to “any service member” through the American Red Cross, Air Force Aid Society and the Fisher House Foundation.
I thought this APF article was a bit fanciful:
Bush lands in a crocodile swamp to promote conservation
NAPLES, United States (AFP) - President George W. Bush landed in a tree-lined mangrove swamp as part of an election campaign tour to push his record as a protector of the environment
In front of about 250 people, amid crocodile-infested swamps on the western edge of the Florida Everglades, Bush said his administration was expanding the nation's wetlands and had moved to stop oil and gas drilling
Vietnam combat records posted on John F. Kerry's campaign website for the month of January 1969 as evidence of his service aboard swift boat No. 94 describe action that occurred before Kerry was skipper of that craft, according to the officer who said he commanded the boat at the time.