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Saturday, April 03, 2004

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Savannah prepares for G-8 protesters

Residents fear that the looting and rioting that took place during the 1999 World Trade Organization conference in Seattle will be replicated in the southern historical town.

Many residents are pleased with the efforts of police and local officials to prepare for what may happen. But some protest organizers say the city's permit fee of $1.50 per head discriminates against the poor and makes it too expensive to organize large-scale rallies.


"If there's no organized activities, what's going to happen is you're going to have thousands of people milling through this antique city and things can get broken and things can be set afire," warned Bill Pleasant, a G-8 protest organizer.

That sounds like a threat to me. Bill Pleasant must have learned his trade as a union thug.

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One of the four men killed in Fallujah was a Florida boy. Scott Helvenston was a Navy veteran and will be buried with full military honors at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell.

Friday, April 02, 2004

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I love green beans, but I don't think I'd want them for my last meal on earth. This is more like it.

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Audrey Seiler and Kerri Dunn

I've been amusing myself comparing reactions to the hoaxes of Audrey Seiler and Kerri Dunn. Again and again in stories on Dunn I see quotes like this from Pomona College President David Oxtoby:

“The worst possible outcome would be for people to come away saying there is not a problem because we know there are problems, and we need to deal with them,” he said.

So even though the crime was imaginary, it must be dealt with.

In an article on Desmond Tutu's visit to Dunn's campus, the reporter brought up the Dunn hoax and said:

What concerns many students is the climate that even allows hoaxes to happen.

So the imaginary crime is evidence of real crimes lurking.

If I pretended that my arm was broken and walked around with it in a sling, garnering sympathy and concern, when I was found out would anyone wonder about the climate that allowed my hoax to happen? No, I would be just another person with mental health issues.

If I said my arm was broken in a hate crime attack, though, they'd shut down universities for me, and after I'm found to be a fraud, they'd write lengthy editorials about how my action demonstrates real hate crimes bubbling just under the surface. NRO did an interesting and informative article on hate crime hoaxes on campus back in 1998, but it appears that there have been no lessons learned from the past.

Meanwhile, according to TV news reports, the police are planning on sending crazy, lying Audrey Seiler a bill for what her stunt cost them.

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How do you like your new boyfriend, Spain? Don't say your friends didn't warn you about this guy.
What do you think you did wrong now?

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As always, good stuff from Ali of Iraq the Model

This is not between Islamists and the west, not between Saddam loyalists and America this is between good and evil, light and darkness and I can’t sit and watch or explain anymore. You can say, “Nuke Mecca” or “nuke Fallujah” and you can chose the Spanish government’s attitude and submit to terror, or you can join us (Iraqis and coalition) in fighting dictatorship, terrorism and their-no less evil and damaging- propaganda machine. I call for serious measures upon such channels that provoke hatred and celebrate terror and show it as a heroic action. I say, “‘nuke’ Al-Jazeera and Al-Arabia, the terrorists and all dictators in the world. It’s either us or them”. The evil TV channels should be prevented from entering Iraq and spew their poisons into the minds of simple people. They’re more dangerous than the terrorists themselves and no rigid concepts such as ‘freedom of speech’ should stop us here. This is not journalism, its terror propaganda.

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What a shock, Audrey Seiler is full of crap.

She originally told the police she was abducted from her apartment. Too bad for her the surveillance camera in the lobby showed her leaving alone. Now she says she was abducted somewhere else. Whatever, Audrey. I hope the city bills you for all the money you've cost them to hunt for you.

Update: She'd said her abductor had tied her up with duct tape and rope and drugged her with cough syrup. The police went into a local store and found videotape of her buying... duct tape, rope and cough syrup. The whole thing's been called off. She made it all up.
Her family needs to get her to a shrink, pronto.

Thursday, April 01, 2004

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Looks like quite a few other people also think University of Wisconsin student Audrey Seiler's story of abduction stinks.

Update: Woman who called in the 911 yesterday on Seiler said she saw her in the marsh on Monday and Tuesday as well and spoke to her. She said Seiler told her she comes to the marsh "to relax".

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Paul and Michael have convinced me. Time to commence Operation Jimmy Dean against Fallujah.

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Mystery Surrounds Coed's Reported Abduction

There may be inconsistencies in the probe of a University of Wisconsin sophomore's abduction, Madison police announced Thursday, but they are still on the hunt for a suspect.


You bet there're inconsistencies. This one smells like a hoax.

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Firas of Iraq and Iraqis gives his reaction on the Fallujah murders.

I think the town is Sodom and we should rain down on it fire and molten pig fat. But hey, that's why they don't put me in charge of stuff like this.

Wednesday, March 31, 2004

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Laura Elfman, the Florida girl in Canada who hoisted the flag knowing she was going into flak alley, has dropped us a note in the comment box. Welcome, and come back anytime, Laura.

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Come closer, Unreconstructed Medic, and let me whisper in your ear. "Hot grits."

For y'all that don't know, that's Southern women's version of napalm.

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This woman's disappearance and recovery sounds fishy to me.

She was videotaped leaving her apartment building alone and leaving the door open.
She's been gone for four days and gets treated at the hospital for less than six hours.
She was gone for four days and is found in a marsh near her apartment. No exposure. If someone had abducted her, kept her somewhere, and brought her back, she would have been pushed out of a vehicle somewhere.
She says that in February an unknown person hit her in the head and left her unconscious.

It just doesn't add up.

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Is there one righteous man in this town? He better speak up pretty damn quick.

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Never underestimate the longing of the French to be carried through life on a velvet pillow.
Rather than give up being coddled, they'll let their country be destroyed. What a degraded people. They'd drown in a spoonful of water.

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Quote of the day

"It's obvious to me that this country is rapidly dividing itself into two camps - the wimps and the warriors. The ones who want to argue and assess and appease, and the ones who want to carry this fight to our enemies and kill them before they kill us."

-Sen. Zell Miller

(Via Lucianne.)

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Wednesday's Duane Allman pic. Here he is with bassist Berry Oakley.
Berry died the year after Duane, and also in a motorcycle crash.
They needed less drugs and more food. Wail on, Skydog!

Tuesday, March 30, 2004

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Daniel Pearl's widow tries to jump on the 9-11 compensation gravy train.

Not no but HELL, NO, lady. Get. a. job.
Being killed in Pakistan in January, 2002 isn't being killed in the 9-11 attacks in DC, New York City, or Pennsylvania. Some people have zero shame.

Now she's found true love with Eason Jordan, the contemptible sack of dog puke CNN chief news executive who hid Saddam's crimes so he could maintain his access. Let's see who steals the other's silverware first.

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Here's a picture of a freak. This is what happens when you live your life with no brakes. Even brain-fried Ozzy Osbourne had sense enough to know he had to keep someone around who could put on the brakes for him.

Even the never-met-a-black-dictator-they-didn't-like Congressional Black Caucus thinks Michael Jackson's too much of a freakshow to be seen with. Pennsylvania came through for him though in the person of Democratic Rep. Chaka Fattah who called him "one of the leading celebrities in the world who has actually used his celebrity status to help people." Wrong. He used his celebrity to troll for little boys to have sex with, and it's boot-lickers like you Mr. Fattah, that helped him do it.

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So CNN's lost half its audience from a year ago. Good. It lost me back in 1993 when they made the choice to show Sgt Gary Gordon's body being dragged through the streets of Mogadishu before his family had even been notified of his death. Many newspapers refused to run the picture, citing decency and ethics- things that CNN could never comprehend. That they sat on stories of Saddam's atrocities in order to keep in his good graces just further underscores this corporation's bone-deep lack of anything resembling a conscience.

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Here's a nice article on Laura Bush.

For first lady, victory is in the heart.

Amid the din of a political dogfight stands a quietly confident Laura Bush, who prefers a gentle, disarming approach to sell America on the man she knows better than anyone.

Monday, March 29, 2004

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What so proudly she hails

Fourteen-year-old Laura Elfman says she learned a few things about standing up for herself and for her country.

She is the Wagar High School student who was booed when she appeared on stage with the United States flag during the school's recent parade of flags.

"Don't let people mess around," she said, looking confident and determined as she responded to a reporter's questions yesterday.

And if it ever happens to you - that people boo your flag, too - don't let it stop you the next time, the U.S.-born Grade 8 student recommended.

"Try it again, because you will feel better. It makes you feel strong," she said.


Good girl. She says last year she cried, but she got up there again this year and said:

"'Hi, my name is Laura,' and when people were booing, I was talking over them (into the microphone), and I said, 'and I'm very, very proud to be holding the United States of America flag.' "


The school called her mother, asking her to keep Laura from being interviewed, but Laura was determined:

"I wanted to say what I wanted to say. Everybody else had their part. Why don't they want to hear from the person who actually got booed?"

So she showed up for the interview in her new sequined U.S.-flag running shoes.

She'll be moving back to Florida next year from Montreal and we'll be glad to have her back.

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Michael over at Ramblings' Journal reflects on what he calls the "Soul Patrol" who attack blacks who dare to express conservative opinion.

Imagine if most American women were on the "Feminist Patrol".

What a freaking nightmare. There'd be murder, mayhem, and chaos in the streets.

Better be glad they just teach college classes and write newspaper columns.

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Someone else wanting to raise our awareness

Student lied about campus attacks

An international student who claimed he was the victim of two racially-motivated assaults has now admitted that he fabricated the attacks – duping the police and the media into investigating his story.
Rayan Malik, 21, pleaded guilty in Saint John court Thursday afternoon to public mischief and leading police on a false investigation.

Sunday, March 28, 2004

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Damn your eyes, Dead Man Eating!

I was so happy to have scooped him with the Colwell last meal menu, but damned if he doesn't best me by including condiments and pizza toppings. And the coca cola. This guy's just too good.

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One of my all-time favorite videos, "I Wanna Talk about Me", is viewable online. This one always makes me smile.

I see Toby Keith and his wife have donated the max for President Bush. Somebody else, though, never caught on about backing up your beliefs with your wallet.

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Just in case y'all missed it. I don't want this woman's actions to get swept under the rug.

KERRI DUNN'S LETTER TO COLLEAGUES

Following is a letter Professor Kerri Dunn e-mailed to many associates and colleagues just after the vandalism of her car was first reported. This letter was sent before Claremont and federal authorities accused her of staging the vandalism herself, an allegation she has denied.

Dear friend,

I am sorry for the mass-e-mailing, but I have received so many comforting and supporting e-mails that I simply couldn't respond to everyone individually. I truly feel honored to be part of a community that cares so much about its members. The events last week have left me with a storm of emotions, ranging from gratitude to anger to fear.

Thank you so much for taking the time to reach out to me. Many of you made remarks about courage and strength. I am doing the best I can to muster both of those attributes, but the reality is, I am afraid. In addition to being afraid for myself personally, I am afraid simply knowing that people could hate anyone so much. I am also afraid by the fact that in 2004, words in favor of equality and diversity are inflammatory.

Finally, I am afraid that what has happened to me (a white woman) has overshadowed the larger problem. That is, people of color, minority religious groups, women, gays and lesbians are too often targets for hate speech. Please stay with me in the fight against bigotry.

Yours in friendship,

Kerri

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How hungry are you?

Damn, that's hungry.

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Quote of the day

"One just hopes that one is strong enough to remain who one is and become what one is supposed to become.''

-Teresa Heinz Kerry


One is confused.
Gabby Hayes offers clarification.

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