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Saturday, March 06, 2004

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I've written to two different people at the Miami Herald suggesting that they entitle all future photos of President Bush as "BUSH, YOU BASTARD", in reflection of their great subtlety of opinion towards him. They'll not be writing back, though.

A few years ago, my carrier almost killed me and my dog with her car. We had to dive off the road. I screamed "Slow down!" and she screamed "F*** you!" Then she delivered my Miami Herald. I called down to the Herald office four different times explaining what happened and wrote Cesar Mendoza, the head of circulation, and never did hear back from them. They're not real responsive.

Mr. Cracker said "That carrier gets no tip."

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Now get off his back

Sept. 11 families release letter supporting Bush

More than a dozen families who lost relatives in the Sept. 11 attacks released an "Open Letter to America" Saturday declaring their support for President Bush and his use of images of the destroyed World Trade Center in campaign ads.

"There is no better testament to the leadership of President Bush than Sept. 11," the letter states. "In choosing our next leader we must not forget that day if we are to have a meaningful conversation."

"In the November election we will have a clear choice laid before the American people," the letter reads. "President Bush is rightly offering us that choice and the images of Sept. 11, although painful, are fundamental to that choice. The images in President Bush's campaign television ads are respectful of the memories of Sept. 11."

Jimmy Boyle, former president of the Uniformed Firefighters Association, spearheaded the letter, signed by 22 people who lost loved ones _ mostly firefighters _ in the Trade Center attacks.

Boyle, who said he will be voting for a Republican president for the first time in November, said he decided to ask other families to sign the letter after hearing that the president was being criticized for using Sept. 11 images in campaign ads.

"I don't think he's taking advantage of Sept. 11 and I feel that he's given us the leadership that we need," Boyle said.

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When Bad Things Happen to Bad People

Dumb Palestinian terrorists botch a blow up job.

Friday, March 05, 2004

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An Evil Wind

18 years after Chernobyl, a girl takes a motorcycle trip through the abandonned town of Pripyat and creates this photo essay.

(Many thanks to Say Anything for the link. I really love stuff like this.)

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I wasn't blogging during the last big ceremonial delinking brouhaha. It reminds me of elementary school when the cry of "Cooties!" would go up and we'd all be scrambling around giving each other cootie shots.
Too damn funny. Ah, good times.

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Kerry gets crucial Communist dictator endorsement

North Korea's state-controlled media is known for its reverential reporting on Mr Kim Jong-il.

But the Dear Leader is not the only one getting deferential treatment: Mr John Kerry, the presumptive Democratic candidate in the United States, is also getting good play in Pyongyang.

His speeches are being broadcast on Radio Pyongyang and reported in glowing terms by the Korea Central News Agency (KCNA).

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In the March 3rd Miami Herald, this picture, unconnected to any story other than the AP caption, was titled "SECURE IN THEIR JOBS".
What is the Herald saying and why? I'll send them a little note.

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I've decided who I'm going to vote for next week.

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"Some" 9-11 families need to remember it was an attack on America and not their family member personally.

On this page is a list of people whose families did not receive $1.6 million in compensation.

Here's a place that so far nobody has has claimed as anybody's holy and off-limits grave.

The more the newspapers quote people who think 9-11 was all about them and not this country, the more I wonder why I was in a state of shock that day.

Thursday, March 04, 2004

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No, You go, Hugo

Venezuela's ambassador to the UN quits

Venezuelan ambassador to the United Nations announced his resignation today, saying he could no longer support a government he accused of violating democratic principles and human rights.

Milos Alcalay's announcement in New York energized opponents of President Hugo Chávez, who have launched protests and called for international pressure after electoral authorities sidelined a recall referendum on the president's rule.

The opposition accuses National Guard troops of beating and detaining demonstrators who have violently protested the National Electoral Council's ruling Tuesday that the opposition had not collected enough signatures to trigger a recall referendum on Mr. Chávez's tumultuous rule. Seven people have been killed since Friday, the latest today in the western town of Machiques.

"Today, human rights in my country, I consider, are being violated," Mr. Alcalay told reporters at the United Nations.

The Organization of American States and Atlanta-based Carter Center, monitors of the signature collection, have criticized the council's decision. The opposition needs 2.4 million signatures to permit a recall but only 1.8 million were validated.

Electoral authorities have offered a two-day "repair period" in which 1.1 million citizens can confirm signatures that were disqualified - a proposal so far rejected by government adversaries.

Mr. Alcalay said the disqualification of hundreds of thousands of signatures "violates the spirit and purpose" of Venezuela's constitution and "robs Venezuelans of the right to affect change through the democratic process."

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Oh, Ann, you're too much.

In the dozens and dozens of panic-stricken articles the New York Times has run on Mel Gibson's movie, "The Passion of the Christ," the unavoidable conclusion is that liberals haven't the vaguest idea what Christianity is. The Times may have loopy ideas about a lot of things, but at least when they write about gay bathhouses and abortion clinics, you get the sense they know what they're talking about.

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9-11 Anniversary, Shanksville, PA

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What's these guys's stake in Aristide? Why would they support him instead of their own government? Inquiring, non-dictator-loving minds want to know.

Congressional Black Caucus's ties to Aristide questioned

A conservative black pastor says the White House and the State Department should investigate the Congressional Black Caucus's relationship with exiled Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.

What do Congressional Black Caucus members have to gain by keeping Aristide in power? asked the Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson. Do CBC members, their family, or friends have business interests in Haiti, he wondered.

"These questions must be answered. We need to get to the truth about what has been going on," said Peterson, who heads a group called Brotherhood Organization of a New Destiny. (Peterson, who supports various conservative causes, is out with a new book called SCAM: How the Black Leadership Exploits Black America.)

Peterson said he finds it "disturbing" that the Congressional Black Caucus is backing "a corrupt and brutal man like Aristide."

For example, he notes, the CBC is demanding that the Bush administration offer proof that Aristide was not forced out of office or kidnapped by U.S. forces -- a claim the White House has called "absurd."

According to Peterson, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) has called the assistant secretary of state a "Haiti hater." "She also said she trusted Aristide more than she trusted her own government," Peterson said.

He said Rep. Major Owens (D-N.Y.) characterized Aristide's ouster as 'a terrorist takeover,' while Rep. Corrine Brown (D-Fla.) complained last week that the Bush administration had a "bunch of white men" running its Haiti policy.

Peterson noted that over the past decade, the U.S. has sent nearly $1 billion in aid to Haiti, which remains the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. About 65 percent of Haitians cannot read, Peterson said. And Aristide made voodoo an officially recognized religion.

"So why are black lawmakers and Jesse Jackson up in arms over the removal of this dictator?" he asked.


(Thanks to Lucianne)

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God speed to my old Army buddy Mike St. Jacques and all the other soldiers of the Virginia Nasty Guard.


Spc. Dustin Miller, a member of the 3rd Battalion of the 116th Infantry Virginia National Guard, gives a good-bye kiss to his daughter Hannah 4, in Winchester, Va. Hannah, dressed in her own uniform, was on the shoulders of Miller's brother, Brooks. The Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry was ordered into active duty for 18 months beginning March 1, 2004. The National Guard soldiers left the Winchester Armory Thursday for Ft. Bragg, N.C.

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Coming up on a year later, flag-burning anti-American Rachel Corrie is still flat as a pancake. The Jerusalem Post has a moving tribute to the 'dozered darling.



March 16 is the first anniversary of Rachel Corrie's death. I want to thank Corrie for the explosives that flow freely from Egypt to Gaza, via the smuggling tunnels under the Gaza homes that she died defending.

Perhaps it was these explosives that in the year since her martyrdom – oops, death – have been strapped around suicide bombers to blow up city buses and restaurants in Israeli cities, particularly in Jerusalem, killing men, women, and schoolchildren (two of them classmates of my daughter and her friend in the February 22, 2004 bombing), and leaving hundreds more widows, orphans, and bereaved parents.

On the first anniversary of her death, I want to thank Rachel Corrie for showing Palestinian children how to despise America as she snarled, burned an American flag, and led them in chanting slogans, and as she gave "evidence" at a Young Palestinian Parliament mock trial finding President Bush guilty of crimes against humanity.

Perhaps her help in fanning the flames of violent anti-American sentiment led to the October 2003 bombing of the Fulbright delegation to Gaza to interview scholarship candidates, killing three. There will be no new crop of Palestinian Fulbright scholars this fall.

Wednesday, March 03, 2004

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Afghanistan: "Send more fruitcake!"

Fruitcake becomes a big hit in Afghanistan. Hey y'all, have at it. You can have mine too.

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Sam of Hammorabi has a not very lovely photo essay of the carnage of the recent terrorist bombings in Karbala and Baghdad. Warning, warning, warning: it is gruesome.

Sam wants us to use our might and send rockets to destroy the people who did this. It's not just our fight, though. It's the Iraqis' fight too.

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Here's a lovely photo essay of the 1915 journey of the Liberty Bell from Philadelphia to San Francisco. 500,000 school children signed a petition addressed to the people of Philiadelphia to let the Bell come out to California for the Panama-Pacific International Exposition. It travelled by train, and crowds lined up at every stop. It went on a different route back so as many people as possible could see it.

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It's that time of the week when all our thoughts turn to Duane Allman.
Wail on, Skydog!

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There's a party for Vanessa Kerry going on over at Country Store. Cotton candy and pony rides for everyone!

Tuesday, March 02, 2004

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What do Shirley "Hazel" Booth and Mohammed Atta have in common?



Nothing, but I'll be damned if someone didn't just google their names together.
This one's gonna keep me up tonight.

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With Ohio being the dealbreaker, Edwards is out of the race. Too bad, as he was nice to look at.
Kucinich, Sharpton, and Kerry- could there be a homelier bunch?

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Now Aristide's gone and done it

Not only does he say we're kidnappers, but also that the Central African Republic is holding him prisoner.
So The CAR told him to shut up and go somewhere else.

Where shall he go? What shall he do?
France! France! France!
That's it! He can go to France. Him and Baby Doc can have a nice long visit.

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Sistani's an idiot. They also set off explosions in Pakistan. Is that our fault too?

Ayatollah al-Sistani said in a statement on his Web site that "words are insufficient to condemn these hideous crimes." He held coalition forces responsible, saying they have been too slow to control Iraq's borders against infiltrators and have not given Iraqi security forces the necessary equipment.

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Baby Doc wants to go back to Haiti

"This is my country," Duvalier told WFOR-TV on Monday in an interview in Paris. "I'm ready to put myself at the disposal of the Haitian people."

Disposal's about right. They might not have garbage disposals, but I bet they could mince him up nice and fine with machetes.

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I gave St J from 1st MI a 10 at ratemypix.com. (Site's banners NSFW)
He was always directly behind me in formations and kept me laughing during all those long at-eases.
He also used to plug into my headphone during missions and say strange and unusual things...
Good thing I'm not Naomi Wolf.

I don't know. How would I like being captain of a Roman galley?

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Sam of Hammorabi gives his reaction to the terrorist attacks on Kerbala and Baghdad.
My sympathy to the families of those killed by these monsters.

Monday, March 01, 2004

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Vietnam Veterans against Kerry has a link to a video of the recent anti-Kerry demonstration outside his headquarters.

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Now the POW/MIA families have a website against Kerry. He sure has made a lot of enemies. The family comments section is chilling.

"Amidst the uncertainties of war, every soldier is entitled to one certainty...that he will not be forgotten or abandoned."

(Via Jennifer Martinez)

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Iraq gets an interim constitution

The discussions were at times spirited, but one member said the council members had learned the craft of compromise. In the end, the interim constitution was unanimously approved. Delegates cheered and applauded each of the speakers who wanted to make a final statement endorsing Iraq's first step toward a democratic future.

Yay! I'm so glad for them!

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The Marines are in Haiti and Aristide's in Africa. The rebel leader says they're ready to cooperate fully with international forces.

You watching this, Hugo?

Sunday, February 29, 2004

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Christopher Hitchens bags on Mel Gibson in Slate. Since he hates Christianity, I guess Gibson's the Fascist of Malibu now.
He says it's important to read the Reader's Digest article, then he puts words in Gibson's (and Peggy Noonan's) mouth, while leaving out others. And he just lies like a dog in general. For a brilliant guy, he made a poor factual argument and instead tried to sway by emotion (the word "Fascist" in the title is a big clue).

Anyways, here's a link I found to the Digest article and also to the Diane Sawyer interview.

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Hugo Chavez needs a nap

"Let's bet on who will last longer, George W. Bush, you in the White House or me in Miraflores Palace."

Mugabe-lovin', dictatorin' POS. The Venezuelans will have your head on a stick some day.

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Uh-oh. I wouldn't do that if I were you, buddy

Mad about the articles she wrote on Max Cleland, Joseph Galloway, Knight Ridder's senior military correspondent (who never served) has taken a swing at Ann Coulter in the paper. The fur is gonna fly and I want ringside seats.

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Study finds not much blogging going on

That's more room for the Cracker, then!

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Kerry goes all unilateral on Haiti:

"He's late, as usual," Kerry said of Bush. "I never would have allowed it to get out of control the way it did."

He would have motored his swift boat on over and solved the whole deal. Yesterday. With both hands tied behind his back and standing on one leg.

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We got you covered, Dubya.

Florida leans toward Bush

Despite constant Democratic attacks and drooping nationwide ratings, President Bush fares well in Florida, the pivotal state that just barely put him in the White House three years ago.

Lots of good pie charts in this one. I love me a good pie chart.

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Aristide fled to avoid bloodshed, alright. His own. They were going to have his head on a pointy stick. He had his chance and he blew it. He became just another power junkie. Now there'll be an interim government per the constitution while things calm down. We'll get some troops in there, get the food going again, and hopefully there are some decent men left in Haiti to run the government.

Within hours, Haitian Chief Justice Boniface Alexandre was named as his replacement as laid out in the constitution. But turmoil continued in the streets, with armed gangs looting the capital and rebels poised to advance from other towns.

Prime Minister Yvon Neptune read a statement by Aristide in which he said he resigned "to avoid bloodshed." With the rebels closing in on the sprawling capital, Port-au-Prince, many had feared a bloody battle for control between them and Aristide's militant supporters.

Speaking at a ceremony at Neptune's home, U.S. Ambassador James Foley said international military forces would "rapidly be in Haiti" and urged the rebels to lay down their arms.

Foley said Aristide departed at 6:15 a.m.. The Haitian consul in neighboring Dominican Republic said Aristide was probably traveling to Morocco, but Morocco said it would not grant him political asylum.

Unconfirmed media reports from Haiti said Aristide had been escorted to a private plane by U.S. military personnel. Some said he may be taken to Panama.

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Robert Mugabe was feted by Hugo Chavez down in Venezuela the other day. Calling him a "true warrior of freedom", Chavez presented Mugabe with a replica of the sword of Simon Bolivar. Bolivar must have turned in his grave.
Country Store has more.

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There's a good article on UNC-Chapel Hill and how conservative students are speaking out.

Student activists are working to expose examples of professors, students and a campus atmosphere that they say is intolerant of conservative thought. Increasingly, the conservatives' message is getting through.

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Don't let the door hit ya where the Good Lord split ya.

Aristide flees

The crisis has been brewing since Aristide's party swept flawed legislative elections in 2000 and international donors froze millions of dollars in aid.

Opponents also accused him of breaking promises to help the poor, allowing corruption fueled by drug-trafficking and masterminding attacks on opponents by armed gangs - charges the president denied.

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