Posted by Owen at 1655 hrs
Saddam Hussein?s fugitive sons Odai and Qusai were killed Tuesday during a raid on a mansion in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, the commander of allied forces in Iraq said. Gunfire and explosions erupted in Baghdad as Iraqis celebrated the news.
We reject your ?black vs. white? politics that were long ago discarded to the ash heap of history. Your brand of divisive racial politics has no place in Michigan, or in our society. So Mr. Connerly, take your message of hate and fear, division and destruction and leave. Go home and stay there, you?re not welcome here.
They called those who disagreed with them and merely wanted to exercise their right to assemble ?carpetbaggers? and ?non-resident troublemakers? who were ?stirring up trouble where none exists??and so do you.
They were arrogant and intolerant bullies?and so are you.
I agree with Daryl that Connerly got the better end of this argument. Good reading.Posted by Owen at 1345 hrs
This is perhaps one of the most worthwhile charities I’ve seen in a while:
There are plenty of organizations that will provide food, clothing, education, even shelter to the homeless. But every one of them refuses to treat their “clients” as mature adults and the vast majority of them even have rules that forbid the legal consumption of alcohol.
The gallery is priceless.Posted by Owen at 1314 hrs
In a now familiar story, Democrats in California put party priorities over their obligation to their constituents. The L.A. Times story requires an annoying registration, so I put the whole story at the bottom of this entry.
Some “progressives” (read: “socialists”) were discussing strategy, but left a microphone on that broadcast their conversation to everyone in the building.
“Since this is going to be a crisis, the crisis could be this year,” Goldberg said, according to a transcript. “No one’s running [for reelection]. And maybe you end up better off than you would have, and maybe you don’t. But what you do is you show people that you can’t get to this without a 55% vote.”
Fabian Nunez, also of Los Angeles, agreed. “If you don’t have a budget, it helps Democrats,” he said.
Remember that California is the largest state economy in the U.S. Their $38,000,000,000 budget shortfall affects all of us. Yet these Dems are plotting to exacerbate the problem so they can possibly gain a political edge.
I’m all for rough and tumble politics, but not at this high a cost. There is far too much at stake for stupid games like this. I sure hope all of you folks in California are paying attention.
Here?s how the Dems are spinning:
“It meant whether or not we do the things this year or next year that let the public understand how serious the situation is,” Goldberg said. “They think if we skate by, it was all hyperbole up here.
“We’re in a crisis,” said Goldberg. “You don’t have to precipitate one. The question is whether we should make that crisis happen now when it’s really happening…. When you wait a year, you double the amount you have to cut…. Is it better to do it now or next year?”
The ?party of the people? has absolutely no respect for the taxpayers of California. They consider them too stupid to be told the facts and make a choice. Goldberg?s spin is an absolute lie. They got caught with their fangs showing and there?s no way out of it. I suspect that Davis will pay the price for it.Posted by Owen at 1236 hrs
Would you be offended if I called you a “fruitcake” or a “cocksucker”? Do you consider those terms to be a gay slur? Here’s the story:
Not [sic] in dispute over the events that led up to the House debate that ensued are the heated remarks by Stark, D-Calif., who was left in the committee room to hold down the fort while Democrats strategized on their game plan.
While no cameras recorded the event, a stenographer took down every word Stark uttered. Republican Rep. Kenny Hulshof recited them back on the House floor.
“‘You little fruitcake, you little fruitcake, I said you are a fruitcake,’” Hulshof, R-Mo., read from the unofficial transcript.
Stark directed the word ? considered by some to be a gay slur ?- at Republican Rep. Scott McInnis, who is married and by all accounts not gay.
Republican sources also claim that during the chaotic scene in the committee, Stark fired another gay slur in the direction of Chairman Thomas. The word is too vulgar to print in full, but the last half of it is “sucker.”
According to the Human Rights Campaign, “fruitcake” is acceptable, but they didn’t comment on the other slur.
Now, I’m all for derogatory slurs and insults, but there are two issues here.
The first issue is that it is unbecoming for a member of Congress to behave this way while on the job. Though it is certainly not unprecedented behavior (there has been far worse), Stark’s constituents should demand better. Even Stark admits he was out of line, but I didn’t see any reference to an apology to the Republicans he was railing against.
The second issue is the issue of fairness. It’s almost clich? to say, but if Stark were a Republican, this would be headline news. He would be denounced as a homophobe and a misogynist (for calling a woman a “whore” in Congress) by all of the appropriate outrage groups. His resignation would be demanded and endless news stories would be run saying things like, “I wonder how Stark’s comments will affect the upcoming Presidential elections?”
But Stark gets a pass. He’s a Democrat.Posted by Owen at 1210 hrs
Did we get them?
“We are reasonably certain they could have met their maker,” one U.S. official told CNN. “We didn’t just stumble across them.”
This could be another false alarm, but it looks like it may be the real thing. “U.S. officials” are actually commenting this time and not denying.
Stay tuned…Posted by Owen at 1133 hrs
Eric, at Viking Pundit, fisks an interview with John Kerry. Poor Eric. Kerry is his *ahem* representative *ahem* in the Senate so Eric is one of the few people that Kerry can energize. Unfortunately for Kerry, he energizes Eric in the wrong direction.Posted by Owen at 0859 hrs
Lance Armstrong is a total badass. What an outstanding person.Posted by Owen at 0849 hrs
FoxNews’ Tongue Tied feature contains a link to this New York Times story about residents of Goliad, Texas, attempting to rewrite Texas history. As a history major and native Texian, this story was particularly interesting to me.
The history of the Texas Revolution has been overwhelmingly Texas-centric since the day the revolution ended. I think this has both its good points and bad points. It’s bad because it, obviously, ignores half of the story behind the conflict. On the other hand, I think it’s only natural for Texans and Americans to focus on history which is familiar to us and to which we can relate much more closely. You would be hard pressed to find a military conflict in which that was not the case.
I understand where the “Mexican-American” residents of Goliad are coming from with regard to who writes the history. Any Southerner who has studied the Civil War almost certainly can. That being said, I find this particular argument pretty stupid. There’s a difference between attempting to correct inaccuracies in the historical record, and attempting to change history because you’re uncomfortable with the way “your side” conducted itself.
massacre - The act or an instance of killing a large number of humans indiscriminately and cruelly
Killing more than 300 men who surrendered in battle + burning the bodies + leaving them for the vultures = massacre
This is just another sign of the demise of Texas history. Texas history revovles almost entirely around the Texas Revolution. With the influx of Hispanics into the state, there is a movement afoot with the PC crowd to rewite Texas history so as to not offend the “Mexican-Americans.”
There’s a big hubub in Texas right now over the new Alamo movie. The writers and directors of the movie are not making an attempt to present a historically accurate depiction of the battle. Rather, their primary goal is to show the “human” side of the men. They are doing this by portraying Travis as a self-absorbed publicity hound, Bowie as a drunkard, and Crockett as a coward, while potraying the Mexicans as a noble group who merely sought to prevent slavery in Texas.
God forbid we offend a politically protected class.Posted by Jed at 1823 hrs
Den Beste has outdone himself with his breakdown of the “Bush lied” mantra and our reasons for going to war.
Why would I write about these issues when people like Den Beste do it far better that I ever could?Posted by Owen at 0958 hrs
[Barbra Streisand’s] husband, actor James Brolin (search), has been cast as Ronald Reagan (search) in a four-hour CBS miniseries titled The Reagans, set to air during the November sweeps period.
Given that the people most likely to watch a miniseries on Reagan are people who like Reagan, is James Brolin really the best choice? Unless, of course, the miniseries will be built around the Left’s image of Reagan.Posted by Owen at 0921 hrs
Sorry for the lack of blogging. It’s been a busy day.
BTW - Does anyone know anything about Isaac Ashley (born c. 1660, owned Ashley’s Lott in Maryland) or Joseph Owens (born c. 1802 in S.C.)?
UPDATE: Isaac Ashley is the son of John Ashley (b. 1625 in Gloucester, England) and Lady Jane Cooper who both emigrated in 1650ish. Anyone got anything on them?Posted by Owen at 1816 hrs
Dean rants before heading to a party. Caution: vulgar language.Posted by Owen at 1428 hrs
One final down, three to go.
Let’s celebrate by drooling…
Taurus’ Raging Bull in .454 Casull
This is just what every homeowner needs. Not only will it stop unwelcome late-night visitors, it also works on your average charging herd of elephants.Posted by Jed at 1255 hrs