I'm still getting entries.
I'll announce the winner of
The George W. Bush "Noble Cause" Contest
Have scissors. Will hire someone to use them.
New Orleans levee breaks
Katrina's death toll at 54
Tuesday, August 30, 2005; Posted: 6:22 a.m. EDT (10:22 GMT)
NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (CNN) -- As the death toll from Hurricane Katrina reached at least 54, a levee holding back the waters of Lake Pontchartrain sustained a breach two blocks long overnight in the Lakefront area of New Orleans.
The breach triggered rapidly rising floodwaters in the city's downtown and prompted at least one hospital to evacuate patients by air.
The death toll was expected to climb from one of the most powerful hurricanes to hit the U.S. Gulf Coast in half a century. Fifty of the deaths occurred in one county in Mississippi, CNN confirmed. LINK
Police reject woman's Azaria claims
August 26, 2005
NORTHERN Territory police have rejected a woman's claim that she is Azaria Chamberlain.
The woman walked into Alice Springs police station this week claiming to be the baby girl who disappeared from near Uluru 25 years ago.
Nine-week-old Azaria disappeared from a tent while her family was on a camping holiday at Uluru on August 17, 1980.
Her family have never wavered from their claim that a dingo took the baby.
Alice Springs police today confirmed they were investigating the woman's claim.
"The woman came into the police station on Wednesday and made a number of extraordinary claims, including that she was Azaria Chamberlain," a police spokeswoman said. LINK
In what Fox News officials concede was a mistake, John Loftus, a former U.S. prosecutor, gave out the address Aug. 7, saying it was the home of a Middle Eastern man, Iyad K. Hilal, who was the leader of a terrorist group with ties to those responsible for the July 7 bombings in London.
Hilal, whom Loftus identified by name during the broadcast, moved out of the house about three years ago. But the consequences were immediate for the Voricks.
Satellite photos of the house and directions to the residence were posted online. The Voricks told police, who arranged for the content to be taken down. Someone even removed the street sign where the Voricks live to provide some protection. LINK
The Voricks said they had made several unsuccessful attempts to contact Fox News and Loftus by telephone and e-mail. They want a public apology and correction.
Both have issued apologies — Fox in a one-line statement to the Los Angeles Times and Loftus in an e-mail to the family — after being contacted by the newspaper. The Voricks say they have yet to see or hear a correction.
"John Loftus has been reprimanded for his careless error, and we sincerely apologize to the family," said Fox spokeswoman Irena Brigante.
Loftus also apologized and told The Times last week that "mistakes happen."
"I'm terribly sorry about that. I had no idea. That was the best information we had at the time," he said.
When the MAF (Move America Forward) website first went up this (sic) take a look at who is was registered to:
The .com address was first registered using this information:
Russo Marsh & Rogers
770 L Street, #950
Sacramento, CA 95814
That’s right, this genuine act of patriotism is brought to you by the Republican public relations firm Russo Marsh and Rogers. The Move America Forward organization isn’t just based in the Bay Area, it’s based in the same offices as the Russo PR firm. Same receptionist answers calls for both organizations. Website was registered to the firm until they figured out that it wouldn’t look good if people knew that a PR firm was behind this ‘patriotic grassroots activist group.’ --snip--
Aside from bad politics, that’s just disgustingly loathsome behavior.
(1) the term “international terrorism” means activities that—
(B) appear to be intended—
(ii) to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion; or
(iii) to affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination, or kidnapping; and
(C) occur primarily outside the territorial jurisdiction of the United States, or transcend national boundaries in terms of the means by which they are accomplished, the persons they appear intended to intimidate or coerce, or the locale in which their perpetrators operate or seek asylum;
Main Entry: pa·tri·ot·ic
Pronunciation: "pA-trE-'ä-tik, chiefly British "pa-
1 : inspired by patriotism
2 : befitting or characteristic of a patriot
- pa·tri·ot·i·cal·ly /-ti-k(&-)lE/ adverb
Main Entry: pa·tri·ot·ism
Pronunciation: 'pA-trE-&-"ti-z&m, chiefly British 'pa-
: love for or devotion to one's country
Patriotic Camp Springs Up to Counter Peace Mom's Anti-War Demonstration Near President's Ranch
By Angela K. Brown Associated Press Writer
Published: Aug 20, 2005
CRAWFORD, Texas (AP) - A patriotic camp with a "God Bless Our President!" banner sprung up downtown Saturday, countering the anti-war demonstration started by a fallen soldier's mother two weeks ago near President Bush's ranch.
1. Jesus said "Love thy neighbor." Elvis said "Don't be cruel."
2. Jesus is the Lord's shepherd. Elvis dated Cybill Shepherd.
3. Jesus was part of the Trinity. Elvis' first band was a trio.
4. Jesus walked on water. Elvis surfed (Blue Hawaii, 1965).
5. Jesus' entourage, the Apostles, had 12 members. Elvis' entourage, the Memphis Mafia, had 12 members.
6. Jesus was resurrected. Elvis had the famous 1968 "Comeback" TV special and many posthumous mall sightings.
7. Jesus said "If a man thirst, let him come to me, and drink." (John 7:37). Elvis said "Drinks on me(Jail House Rock, 1957)."
8. Jesus fasted for 40 days and nights. Elvis also had irregular eating habits (eg, 5 banana split breakfast).
9. Jesus is a Capricorn (Dec 25). Elvis is a Capricorn (Jan8).
10. Matthew was a biographer of Jesus. Neil Matthews was a biographer of Elvis (A Golden Tribute).
11. "Jesus countenance...like lightning...raiment snow white." (Matthew 28:3) Elvis wore snow white jumpsuits with lightning bolts.
12. Jesus lived in a state of grace in a near-eastern land. Elvis lived in Graceland in a nearly eastern state.
13. Jesus' mother Mary was the immaculate conception. Elvis' wife Priscilla went to Immaculate Conception H.S.
14. People called Jesus a "...glutton and a drunk." (Luke 7:34) People called Elvis "...an overweight druggie..."
15. Jesus died for us. Young girls would 'die for' Elvis.
16. Jesus was born in humble surroundings. Elvis was born in Mississippi.
17. Even today Jesus has a cult following. Even today Elvis has a cult following.
18. Jesus was called "King of Israel.." (John 12:13) Elvis was called "King of Rock n' Roll." LINK
"Noble Cause" Contest Rules:
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I'm repeating, again and again:
I WILL be strong.
I will be honest.
I will NOT steal the name "George W. Vacation Boy" from this blog.
Very, very good! My congratulations to you for thinking that one up. Highly apt.
(I'm also trying very hard to resist stealing the Poor Man's name for Bush's vacation paradise: the "Neverland Ranch.")
You gotta be down with the Chickster. True, it's scary as hell that a man could devote so much of his life to scrawling hundreds of hateful mini-comics and distributing them worldwide.
But I like to think that Chick-tracts (or Chicktrocities, as they're sometimes known) have done a great job of turning people away from that blood-thirsty old-time religion. I suspect Jack has converted more people to atheism than Christism.
For decades, JC (hey, check the initials!) has been covering the hard topics that the godless media won't touch - the 6000 year-old earth; how to intellectually beat down your liberal/satanist/evolutionist school teachers with easy questions that blow Darwin out of the water; how virtually everyone is going to hell, especially those who seem to live a virtuous (but Jebus-free) life - every nutjob topic that's creeping out from under rocks and into the mainstream right now has been the subject of a Chick-tract (or a dozen).
I think my favourite has to be the near-wordless (the only text consists of "Pssst", "Noooo!" and "It's AIDS") big-panel strip about the 12 year-old kid skipping to school who is accosted by a joint-wielding satanist in an alley ("Pssst!"). Within a few panels, he's shooting up, then arrested, then sodomised in jail ("Noooo!"), then diagnosed with AIDS (you get the picture), and finally expiring on his death bed. I can't remember if he manages to accept Jack Chick as his personal lordnsaviour before the end. He may have ended up roasting for all eternity as well, I'm not sure.
Now I have to look it up. I'll try to post a link.
Thanks for a stonking blog (and Blogbox), incidentally.
LIMBAUGH: I mean, Cindy Sheehan is just Bill Burkett. Her story is nothing more than forged documents. There's nothing about it that's real, including the mainstream media's glomming onto it. It's not real. It's nothing more than an attempt. It's the latest effort made by the coordinated left.
LIMBAUGH: Let me take a brief time out here to address something. I have been the recipient of a pretty decent amount of hate mail, far, far, far more hate mail than I usually get. Just this morning -- and I don't really get a whole lot of hate mail. And most of it's funny as it can be. But apparently there is something that is out there misreporting what I have said. And of course, these people are reading that rather than listening to this program and choosing to believe it.
Apparently, what's out there is that I said that Cindy Sheehan is no different than Bill Burkett, that Bill Burkett lied and Cindy Sheehan lied. They're actually out there, people saying that I am accusing Cindy Sheehan of making up the fact that she had a son and making up the fact that her son died in Iraq. And of course, I've never said this. That I, early on in this, if you wanna go back -- and we'll post the archives on my website tonight just to illustrate this. I'm the one that actually expressed a little compassion for her. And I said I don't really wanna talk too much about her, particularly because she's lost a son here. And that can never be easy. And I don't care -- there are all kinds of different people that have all kinds of different reactions to this. But losing a child is the absolute worst thing that can happen to an adult. There's nothing that rivals it, in my estimation.
So the idea that I think that she's making it all up is just another sign of the desperation of the people on the left who love to take us all out of context to try to get their side riled up. What I said was that the media looks at her the same way they look at Bill Burkett, as an opportunity. It didn't matter whether Burkett was telling the truth or not, and it doesn't matter what the specifics of Cindy Sheehan's case are. She is protesting Bush, Burkett hated Bush. That's why they're attractive to the media, and that's why the media is willing to exploit her.
There is no doubt that the neo-conservative leadership is in crisis:
1. The war in Iraq is all but lost and falling into Iranian hands
2. The economy's housing bubble is ready to pop
3. Oil is at an all-time high, with winter approaching
4. A grand jury appears poised to zero in on the White House
5. The president's approval rating is at historic lows
6. The Downing Street memos, as well as myriad other sources of evidence are slowly revealing the awful truth behind the lies and high crimes of this administration
And while it appears that this administration is politically ill, we must all force ourselves to consider the possibility that another "catalyzing event" might be just the medicine that the neo-conservative doctors are ordering up.
From early childhood, it was obvious that Jack Chick had an ability to draw. He even failed the first grade because he was so busy drawing airplanes in battle. As he grew, Jack was constantly drawing, and honing skills that God would later use in a great way.
While in high school, none of the Christians would have anything to do with him because of his bad language. They all agreed not to witness to him, convinced that he was the last guy on earth who would ever accept Jesus Christ.
FAA Admits Close Call For Presidential Helicopters
Wrong Turn Put Choppers In commercial Jetliner's Path
(CBS) CHICAGO A CBS 2 exclusive has lead to an admission from the FAA that two presidential helicopters were in the wrong place at the wrong time during President Bush's visit to Chicago earlier this week.
The close call put the presidential helicopters in the path of American Airlines Flight 730 from Salt Lake City, set to land at O'Hare Airport Wednesday afternoon with a full load of 136 passengers. --snip--
The FAA says since there was no legal loss of separation, this incident is not likely to be investigated. LINK
t r u t h o u t | One Mother's Stand
By Scott Galindez
Friday 12 August 2005
Bush's motorcade went directly past us at 11:15, the crowd chanted peacefully.
In his June 22 and July 15 shows of "The Situation with Tucker Carlson," the bow-tied conservative praised French agents' July 10, 1985 attack on Greenpeace's "Rainbow Warrior," in New Zealand's Auckland Harbor, according to transcripts on MSNBC's Web site.
Carlson said he was "objectively pro-France. You know, France blew up the Rainbow Warrior, that Greenpeace ship in Auckland Harbor in the '80s. ... It won me over." At another point, Carlson called the mining of the ship "a bold and good thing to do."
MSNBC spokesman Jeremy Gaines said Carlson's opinions are not those of the cable channel. Carlson could not be reached to comment directly.
"Terrorists do not need any further encouragement to commit their horrific acts," John Passacantando, Greenpeace USA's executive director, wrote to the FCC. "This violent act against the Rainbow Warrior did not just destroy property. It took the life of Fernando Pereira, the ship's photographer, who drowned below deck, leaving behind two young children." LINK
Army Sacks Senior General for Misconduct
By ROBERT BURNS, AP Military Writer Tue Aug 9,10:55 PM ET
WASHINGTON - In an extraordinary move, the Army sacked a four-star general who was the subject of a Defense Department investigation into alleged sexual misconduct, officials said Tuesday.
Gen. Kevin P. Byrnes, commander of Army Training and Doctrine Command, was approaching retirement when the decision to relieve him of duty was made by the Army chief of staff, Gen. Peter Schoomaker.
The Army announced no specific allegation against Byrnes, but a senior official said it involved unspecified sexual misconduct. The official spoke only on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the allegation.
Disciplinary action against officers is not rare, but it is extremely unusual in the case of a four-star Army general. LINK
Rumsfeld's New Man
The latest move to radically remake the Army.
By Fred Kaplan
Updated Tuesday, June 10, 2003, at 4:04 PM PT
Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld's reputed choice to be the new Army chief of staffÂretired Gen. Peter J. SchoomakerÂmay be his most intriguing appointment to date, and confirms beyond any doubt Rummy's determination to foment a radical restructuring of the Army.
The first unusual thing about SchoomakerÂand I should caution here that it has not yet been confirmed whether he'll take the jobÂis that he is a retired general. He left the military three years ago. Usually, chiefs of staff are named from the ranks of active-duty generals. LINK
FROST: But there was no comparison was there, between the situation you faced and the situation Lincoln faced, for instance?
NIXON: This nation was torn apart in an ideological way by the war in Vietnam, as much as the Civil War tore apart the nation when Lincoln was president. Now it's true that we didn't have the North and the South?
FROST: But when you said, as you said when we were talking about the Huston Plan, you know, "If the president orders it, that makes it legal", as it were: Is the president in that sense? is there anything in the Constitution or the Bill of Rights that suggests the president is that far of a sovereign, that far above the law?
NIXON: No, there isn't. There's nothing specific that the Constitution contemplates in that respect. I haven't read every word, every jot and every title, but I do know this: That it has been, however, argued that as far as a president is concerned, that in war time, a president does have certain extraordinary powers which would make acts that would otherwise be unlawful, lawful if undertaken for the purpose of preserving the nation and the Constitution, which is essential for the rights we're all talking about. LINK
NIXON: Yes, and the dividing line and, just so that one does not get the impression, that a president can run amok in this country and get away with it, we have to have in mind that a president has to come up before the electorate.
Bush Says Election Ratified Iraq Policy
No U.S. Troop Withdrawal Date Is Set
By Jim VandeHei and Michael A. Fletcher
Washington Post Staff Writers
Sunday, January 16, 2005; Page A01
President Bush said the public's decision to reelect him was a ratification of his approach toward Iraq and that there was no reason to hold any administration officials accountable for mistakes or misjudgments in prewar planning or managing the violent aftermath.
"We had an accountability moment, and that's called the 2004 elections," Bush said in an interview with The Washington Post. "The American people listened to different assessments made about what was taking place in Iraq, and they looked at the two candidates, and chose me." LINK
Martial rule can never exist where the courts are open, and in the proper and unobstructed exercise of their jurisdiction. It is also confined to the locality of actual war. The suspension of the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus does not suspend the writ itself. The writ issues as a matter of course; and on return made to it the court decides whether the party applying is denied the right of proceeding any further with it." LINK