Shepherd's Pie, Web Edition™

Slices of opinion, commentary, weird news, etc. Mostly political, but I also post non-political stuff, including my shout outs about nice restaurants in the DC area or my thoughts on pop culture, maybe even a poem or two. This blog is free but I always welcome donations. Questions, comments, possible guest posts? Contact me at shepherdspie[at]gmail[dot]com.

Wednesday, December 31, 2003

Happy New Year

Some words that should be banned in 2004.

And the winner of the dumbest political stunt of 2003 was c) the "human shields." Thanks for voting, everyone, and Happy New Year.


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Monday, December 29, 2003

Worst movie you've seen this year

Mine was League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. I was spared the crap which was Matrix Revolutions by the horrible reviews I got from friends of mine. The Hulk never interested me. Gigli of course looked like a disaster from the previews.

But I actually went to see LXG with friends because it looked so bad it'd be funny. There were amusing things, at least to my perspective (Captain Nemo looked ridiculous and the dialog was crap), but it was soooo bad it surpassed the bad-but-funny-in-a-campy-B-movie way and just devolved to just plain bad.

Sunday, December 28, 2003

Suggestions for Howard Dean's campaign theme song?

So you guys have any suggestions?

Right now, considering the heretofore secular Yankee has had his come-to-Jesus moment on the campaign trail, I recommend Dishwalla's "Counting Blue Cars." You know the song, it has a couplet in the chorus that goes:

Tell me all your thoughts on God
'Cause I would really like to meet her.


Post your suggestions in the comments field.

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So I started a second blog...

...this one will deal with spiritual and theological issues. I don't know how often I'll post to it.

It's called Our Dwelling Place, a reference to the opening line of the prayer of Moses in Psalm 90: "Lord you have been our dwelling place in all generations..."

In the first post, I criticize the Episcopal Bishop of Washington for his Christmas sermon, which is wanting in the sound doctrine of Scripture department.

So check it out, if it's your cup of tea. And even if you aren't a very religious person, it's an object lesson in how PC drivel can turn one of the most beautiful of religious holidays into a soapbox for moronic liberal blathering.


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What to do for New Years?

So I'm at a loss so far as what to do for New Years Eve this year.

Those of you living in the greater Washington, DC area who would like to issue suggestions, please do so in your blog. Or if you're within say a six-to-eight hour drive from DC and have a nice getaway sorta place to recommend, that'd be cool too.

Coming soon: my New Year's Resolution list. And no, I won't revisit last years and keep score.

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Saturday, December 27, 2003

It just wouldn't be Christmas...

... without the nude-man-stuck-in-a-chimney story.


In addition, I'm sure a lot of emergency rooms saw embarrassing cases involving some risque holiday cheer. But those never seem to make the news. Aside from medical privacy concerns, don't they know this a large country with a need for entertaining stories of holiday idiocy resulting in embarrassing trips to the ER?

Just station a reporter here or there in the highest trafficked ERs in the largest metro areas and you're sure to have some interesting "holiday mishap" stories to file.


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Friday, December 26, 2003

Send money if you like this blog

Serious inquiries only.

I work at a conservative non-profit and don't get paid much. Don't get me wrong, I love my work but the pay is slightly inadequate. Part of this is due to a slacking off in donations when the market tanked. Part of it is the naturally lower payscale of non-profits over the private sector. So anyone out there wanting to send me $5 checks (sacrifice just one latte for your favorite blogger) or whatever, that would be greatly appreciated.

[audience of crickets singing]

Okay, that's what I thought.

But that being said, do check out my workplace's website: www.mrc.org, and consider sending them money by Pay Pal. It'll help fight liberal media bias and indirectly help yours truly, a po' boy living in the ghetto in Maryland (LIBERAL Maryland) fighting liberal bias everyday.


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Thursday, December 25, 2003

Secession: the Framers thought it was constitutionally A-OK?

I can't refute economist Walter Williams's arguments in this piece. I think he's right on this one. (Of course, I think he's right on most things he writes about, but he hasn't completely converted me to libertarianism yet).

I assume the constitutional text's silence on secession is simply because it undermines the hopes of the Framers for a perpetual, indissolvable union should they explicitly grant a right to unilateral secession.

And certainly as the Supreme Court has maintained since Texas v. White that unilateral secession is out of the question (a state leaving the Union without the Congress's blessing). It would seem, theoretically, that a bilateral (federal-state) consensus on withdrawal could be reached, much as must be done should a state be divided into two states or a territory be admitted into the Union.

[Hmm, maybe we can get rid of Vermont after all...]


Thanks to my friend Aisha for passing the Williams column along.

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Support our troops and beef up your tax refund

At the end of the year a lot of folks like to write out extra charitable donations to increase tax-writeoffs for the year's tax return filing. I'm sure some of you might be in that category.

So if you're looking for a way to do that while also showing support for our troops, send some $ to the USO.

And for those of you who give regularly to your church, try giving that last tithe check of the year this Sunday, even if your paycheck doesn't come in til the 1st of next month, which is the case with my paycheck schedule. Can't hurt come tax time when you're tallying up your tax-deductible donations.

Oh, and Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night.

Wednesday, December 24, 2003

Dumbest/most pointless political stunt in 2003

Cast your votes:

a) Republicans renaming French fries "freedom fries"
b) NOW endorsing Carol Moseley-Braun, a Democratic primary poll cellar dweller, for President
c) The Republican Senate debate marathon about filibustered judicial nominees
d) The "human shield" morons who traveled to Iraq to volunteer to be human shields against US and coalition bombing targets.
e) Democrats in Texas fleeing to Oklahoma and New Mexico to block redistricting votes


Voting ends at 12:01 a.m. on 31 December 2003.

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John Kerry: Boy has he f***ed up his campaign

Okay, that was a cheap shot. But he said in a Rolling Stone interview recently that Bush f***ed up the war in Iraq, so I'm sure he doesn't mind salty language in political discourse.

That's a bit harsh, but so is this, only it's true: Kerry has royally f-d his campaign for president. I mean, he's so strapped for cash (read: no one donates to a sinking presidential candidate) that he had to mortgage his house.


Merry Christmas, Howard Dean, the Democratic nomination is yours for the taking. It's only a matter of time.

Let's face it, the only way to stop Dean would be to have a consensus anti-Dean center-left Democrat who could consolidate the un-Dean vote among the Democrats. But everyone running among the Dems is too egotistical to bite the bullet and drop out.

Clearly Edwards, Kerry, Kucinich, Braun, Sharpton, and Lieberman are toast. Clark is not trusted as too new of a Democrat and too shifty an SOB even for Bill Clinton (he was essentially fired as NATO commander after Kosovo). Gephardt is/could be a consensus anti-Dean candidate. Only other Democrats running are sucking away support that could go to him.

Gephardt is in strong contention with Dean in Iowa and could win or place a strong standing in second there. Gephardt is toast in NH (especially with 8 other candidates, including heavy favorite Dean), but if the field was thinner, he could beef up his support from the ranks of supporters of other Dems. Gephardt could be strong in the Midwest and South, especially among labor union workers and other working class Democrats concerned about the real and/or perceived economic detriment of free trade and other Bush economic policies.

Gephardt also could unite pro-war-in-Iraq Dems with anti-war Dems who have, unlike Dean, gotten over the fact the war was waged and now want a well-executed occupation that doesn't result in heavy US troop casualties. Gephardt has been harsh on Bush's occupation policies and said he can do a better job. Plus Gephardt isn't as grating and egotistical on the stump as Dean when he makes these charges b/c Gephardt was himself for military action against Saddam.

But let's face it, Kerry and Kompany are too egotistical to fold even when they have a really bad hand and all their chips are on the table. What's more, many Democratic insiders despise Gephardt for failing to win back the House and failing to provide an effective opposition to Bush's legislative prerogatives. They certainly think he is and has been a has been for years and aren't willing to risk another shot of him going for the biggest prize in American electoral politics.

Besides, if the Dems are going to lose, might as well offer up an appropriate far left sacrificial lamb for good measure. And that's what Howard Dean's for if all hope of beating Bush is lost in light of a good economy and an improving situation in Iraq.

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Tuesday, December 23, 2003

PAH-so ROO-buls?!

That's how Aaron Brown pronounced it last night on NewsNight on CNN and that's how he says they in Paso Robles insists on saying it.

ROO-buls, like rubles, the Russian currency?!

Whaaa???!!!!

I'm sorry, if you can't correctly pronounce the name of your own friggin town correctly, maybe you deserve an earthquake eradicating it. (kidding, maybe)

Robles. ROW-blays. As in the Spanish word for oak trees.

Stupid farking Californians.

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Ten years from now 2003 will be remembered for...

... which of the following in terms of non-Iraq news pop culture stuff. Reply in the comments field.

a) Kobe Bryant's arrest on rape charges
b) Paris Hilton's sex video
c) Rush Limbaugh's drug charges
d) Ben Affleck and J Lo going up in flames in the wake of their box office dud, Gigli
Warning to my brother David

Don't you DARE regift what I got you last Christmas and give it back to me.

Thank you.

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I can't take it anymore!!!!!

Memo to TV journalists: the correct pronunciation of Paso Robles, where most of the damage from yesterday's earthquake occurred, is PAH-so ROW-blays, not PAH-so ROW-buhls.

Buncha dumb gringos.

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Monday, December 22, 2003

How will Libya's dictator Col. Qaddafi reward himself...

... for deciding to be a good boy and destroy his WMD under international supervision?

Prediction: He'll finally promote himself to general in 2004.

Your heard it here first folks.

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When will this guy get a life?

Richard Regan, a radical American Indian "activist" whose mission in life is to combat real or perceived (mostly perceived) affronts against Native Americans.

Usually he tries to get rid of nicknames and mascots like "chiefs" "braves" "indians" or "redskins" from high school, college, and pro athletic teams.

His latest crusade is to litigate a name change on a Maryland road. (see story)

As the story clearly explains, the name's history is most likely quite innocuous.

Someone should give Regan a good smack upside the head for Christmas. Any volunteers?

The Blue Letter Bible

For your spiritual edification:

www.blueletterbible.org

It's a pretty cool site and easy to search. Also goes into the original Greek and Hebrew behind the Scriptures.

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All my Christmas shopping is done

Hooray.

On the down side, I never got around to sending out Christmas cards to everyone and their Aunt Suzie.

Oh well.

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Friday, December 19, 2003

Today is the office Christmas party

Oh yeah. Lunch and open bar on the office and the traditional white elephant which is always a hoot.

Most offices have lame parties after hours. We take half a day off and eat and drink and open up gifts.

Won't say anything nasty about the boss today!

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Wednesday, December 17, 2003

Was Gen. Ulysses S. Grant an anti-Semite?

I don't know that I'd go that far on the basis of this alone, but Gen. US Grant on this day in 1862 issued Order Number 11. This order prohibited Jews from trading with the Union Army of Tennessee.

Fortunately President Lincoln nipped it in the bud when he got wind of it and Order Number 11 was only in effect all of a few weeks.

The things you learn from a day-by-day Civil War calendar.

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"It is as it was"

That's what the Pope had to say about Mel Gibson's Passion of Christ movie.

(see column)

The film will debut on Ash Wednesday of 2004 (25 February). It will be in Latin and Aramaic, but with English subtitles, a concession Gibson conceded to after lobbying from supporters who wanted the film's message to me more accessible to the great unwashed.

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Time to see if my family reads my blog...

... by posting what I'm getting them for Christmas and waiting for the angry reaction:

My brother Dave: A DVD copy of Gigli
My sister Sarah: An Andy Griffith Christmas
My dad: Ozzy Osbourne's greatest hits
My mom: A new toaster.
My dog: An MP3 player. Clearly since you have no use for it, it will revert to yours truly.

You all can get together after Christmas to swap.

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Wright Flight Reenactment Failure

D'oh. Just watched this on CNN.

They just tried a reenactment of the historic first flight of Orville Wright. It didn't go.

Of course, the Wright Brothers had these problems when they originally tried flying 100 years ago. And seeing as they were using similar material and a similar crappy low-horsepower engine and that they didn't have the wind with em, it shouldn't be all that embarrassing.

Besides, think about it, a mere 100 years of flight and look at all the advancements we have in air transport and travel, not to mention manned space flight, etc.

Even with commercial setbacks like the non-profitability of the Concorde (which folded a month or two ago), modern aviation surges forward in technological leaps and bounds.

Something to think about on this 100th anniversary of that historic flight on 17 December at Kitty Hawk in 1903.
Memo to Dean: liberals need to be meaner

That's the advice of liberal cartoonist Aaron Magruder (a fellow alumnus of mine from the Univ. of Maryland) as reported in the Washington Post.
Perhaps he thinks Howard Dean needs to start calling Bush Administration officials "murderers"?

"I've met Condoleezza Rice and called her a murderer to her face...This is what I do. I am always going to speak honestly. I'm always winging it, and that's one of the things that gets me in trouble," said Magruder at the 138th anniversary dinner for liberal magazine The Nation.

Now, I read Magruder's Boondocks comic strip occasionally and I found his recent series of strips about Condi Rice's love life funny.
I also find a lot of his strips funny insofar as I've always seen him poking fun at himself and radical liberals like his protagonist Huey who are forever sulking about the political misfortunes of the Left and never able to live life with any semblence of happiness due to their fixation on politics 24/7/365.

At least I'm hoping Magruder is intentionally poking fun at his main protagonist along the way as he pokes fun at the right wing. But then again I could be just a dumb cracker who doesn't get his very serious left-wing diatribes.

After reading about his assertion that liberals haven't been mean enough in attacking President Bush, maybe it's just me being the dumb conservative cracker after all.

But I'll still read Boondocks. I'm just a renegade conservative like that. Or a dumb cracker. But renegade sounds so much cooler.

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Tuesday, December 16, 2003

From the "I conveniently forgot to mention" file


For addition to said file: Correspondent John Vause's report on CNN's NewsNight last night about Palestinians mourning the capture of Saddam Hussein.

As we all know, news stories attempt to answer the 5 W's and the how. But Vause IGNORES the most important WHY in the story.

So why, really, do Palestinians give a flying flip about Saddam Hussein? Because the bastard gave money to families of suicide bombers as incentives for continued terrorist attacks on Israel during the current so-called intifadah.

This has been widely reported in the past few months yet Vause couldn't take five seconds to reiterate it.

As a matter of fact, this is even mentioned in a CNN.com website piece summarizing the reaction of different Arab nations, and the Palestinian Authority, to Saddam's capture. Why is it good enough for the CNN.com website but not for an on-air report in the marquee evening program for the network?


Here's the transcript:

CNN
NewsNight
15 December 2003

Aaron Brown: Now to a place where that outsized image of Saddam Hussein has fallen harder and farther than perhaps anywhere else, another corner of the Middle East, a different conflict, the same pictures though of a meek and haggard Saddam Hussein on their television screens. Reporting the story, CNN's John Vause.

John Vause: This is one of the few places in the world where the capture of Saddam Hussein is being openly mourned, a small number of Palestinians in Gaza for the second day showing their support for the fallen dictator. "With our blood and our soul we'll sacrifice our life for you, Saddam" they chant. To many Palestinians he was a hero, a potential leader of the Arab world. Saddam likened himself to Egypt's Jamal Abdul Nasser as the father of Arab nationalism. Even to Saladin who united the Muslims against the Crusaders but this is how his defiance ended: with a whimper. For some Palestinians on the streets of East Jerusalem it is a painful and bitter reality.

[Unidentified man through translator: Saddam Hussein was a brave Arab leader. I don't know what happened with all those other Arab traitor leaders.]

[Mahdi Abdul Hadi, Palestinian Academic Society : Is it a conspiracy? Is he the real Saddam? People don't want to believe it, don't want to accept the reality as it stands.]

Vause: The Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qorei says the capture of Saddam is a matter solely for the Iraqi people. Some Palestinians say they just can't watch any more TV coverage of Saddam's humiliation and the editorials in two out of the three Palestinian newspapers here lament that the myth of the great and powerful Arab leader appears to be just that.

Vause: But for Israelis the news is only good.

[Israeli man: I think it's pretty good, pretty good indeed. Next in line should be Yasser Arafat.]

Vause: For now one less enemy and a warning they say to many others.

[Unidentified man: It's good for other dictators to know that one day they also can come into justice.]

Vause: Saddam, Israelis say, is now a problem of the past.

[Avi Pazner, Israeli government spokesman: We hope that there will be a deepening realization within the Palestinian, not only Authority, but within the Palestinian people that the ways of Saddam Hussein are wrong.]

Vause: For both Israelis and Palestinians the world is now a different place but for very different reasons. John Vause, CNN, Jerusalem.


One political side benefit of Saddam's capture...

...is loony leftist Democrats going batty and saying the dumbest things in reaction.

(see story)

Monday, December 15, 2003

Who deserves flu shots more?

Little kids or old geezers?

I mean really, if the shortage is that bad, shouldn't we tell the geezers to stay at home and not show up being the greedy bastards they are?

I mean, we signed the darn prescription drug bill for you, what else do you want?
Dean doesn't oppose all war...

...just the one in Iraq.

That's the gist of the Dean policy speech given today, or at least how CNN seems to be portraying it.

But isn't that going to be a problem with Dean's base? C'mon, Deans loyal hordes of voters are not for ol' Howie because he's a smarter general than Bush but because they see him as a peacenik Greenie who is labeled with a (D) and hence can encompass all the good they saw in Nader within the two-party system.

After all, you can't vote for Bush by drawing away leftist votes for the Democrats, now can you? And almost all the Bush-hating former Naderites from 2000 know that.

But these former Naderites and fringe lefties that love Dean ACTUALLY think he is as liberal as Nader. When they find out that's not exactly the case, can they stay on board the train long enough to eek out a win theoretically?

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Kinda sounds like my place...




ADWAR, Iraq (AP) - The yard was a mess, the laundry wasn't done, the pantry was bare and the only art on the wall was a poster of Noah's Ark.
Saddam Hussein's hideaway on a farmhouse in northern Iraq looked more like a derelict property abandoned by squatters than the lavish palaces he had lived in for years.





Saddam's last hideout.

Sunday, December 14, 2003

Joy to the World, Saddam Is Caught

Pretty sweet huh. My parents told me about this this morning waking me up to inform me we'd have no church because of the snow. At first I didn't believe it.

In an unrelated note, Howard Dean, get your head out of the gas stove. Life is still worth living.

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Friday, December 12, 2003

Another reason Tony Blair ain't all that bad:

Sir Mick Jagger. Basically since the Queen just knighted whomever the Prime Minister recommends, you know it had to be his idea. Although I don't think the younger royals (particularly Princes William and Harry) find it in poor taste.


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Monday, December 08, 2003

Been sick the past few days

That's why I haven't been blogging. Hopefully I'll be up to par for work tomorrow and can sneak in a few posts during work.

Three major political headlines occurred today:

- President Bush signed the Medicare reform package
- The House of Reps. passed an omnibus spending package
- Howard Dean received the endorsement of 2000 Democratic presidential nominee Al Gore, who will be officially endorsing him tomorrow on the stump in Iowa.

The third one should be the most interesting to watch play out. Clearly Gore is seen by and large as a tired shrill has-been politician. More so, of course, by Republicans and Independents, but I'm sure some Democrats don't care much for his sorry self. Gore's endorsement could conceivably help Dean although I don't think the material effect will be discernible. It will help the Dean buzz in the news cycle, especially heading into the holiday season when voters tune out politics and tune in 24/7 marathons of Christmas music on Lite-FM stations in between shuttling from the house to work to the mall.

I'm beginning to think, however, that a Dean candidacy in inevitable. So, Holly, congrats, I think your man has it sewn up. To the rest of my liberal Democratic friends: you're royally screwed.

Friday, December 05, 2003

Idiot "babe" Bush haters

Check out www.babesagainstbush.com and read their 99 Reasons Why Bush Sucks

Some of the reasons listed are legitimate policy critiques. Many of them however are juvenile including:

23. Fox News.

I mean whaaa? Fox has been around since 1996. It leans right but it's not an organ of the Administration

14. Four dollar social services budget.

Excuse me? What they hell do you call the Medicare prescription drug benefit Bush just pushed through Congress. Hardly a paltry expenditure and definitely in the category of social spending.

26. Son of George Bush, Sr.
27. Brother of Jeb

So the man's blood relations are a political mark against him? Adding to the ad hominem attacks now are the ad paternam and ad fratrem attacks

29. "Operation Iron Hammer"

Which is a military operation to kill foreign terrorists and Baathists who are attacking and killing our troops in Iraq and pushing for the return of a Baathist dictatorship. This is a reason Bush sucks: he wants to kill people dead set on instituting a Hussein-like dictatorship?

48. Lied about Jessica Lynch's "heroism."
49. Ignored the heroism of less-photogenic/non-white combat personnel who perished in action.

This is complete bullshit. The White House nor the Pentagon "lied" about Lynch's heroism. It was simply a case of an inaccurate first draft of the story as confused by the din of battle being inaccurately reported in the press and spun out of proportion in a 24-hour news cycle before being able to be accurately reported. In fact, the Pentagon has been clear to get the true facts of the matter reported for the record as all facts came to light. And what gives with slamming Jessica Lynch as part and parcel of slamming the President?

55. Tony Blair/George Dubya: best pals.

Yeah, dumbasses, just like Blair and Clinton were best buddies during the time their tenures in office were concurrent with each other. But I'm sure these "babes" weren't bitching about Clinton "sucking" because he was buddy-buddy with the premier of our longest-standing ally in modern foreign relations.

And lastly:

80. Republican filibuster for Bush judicial nominees.

F***ing morons. I can't suffer this much longer. The DEMOCRATS have been filibustering your nincompoops. It was the Republicans who insisted on a marathon of debate to raise awareness about how the Democrats are blocking the filling of judicial seats.

These gals may or may not look good scantily clad. I dunno, I don't plan on buying the calendar. But I do know they don't have much going on upstairs.

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My apologies

I didn't double check my cut and pasted URL link on the China/Taiwan post. It went to a link on the Sears S'mores maker. I've corrected that.

Thanks to Lauren for the heads up.

Thursday, December 04, 2003

Sure enough, Paul Begala bitches about the turkey

Yeah, few moments ago on CNN's Crossfire, Begala had to bitch about the President holding up a centerpiece turkey during his trip to Baghdad on Thanksgiving.

What a jackass.

Why can't I get a CNN gig paying megabucks to whine about every cotton picking stupid thing real or alleged Democrats do?

Crossfire has descended into the pit of Hades with its political discourse. It's absolutely asinine sometimes. Doesn't help that allegedly conservative counterpart Tucker Carlson is a ninny who makes Alan Colmes look like a battle-tested commando.

This should serve to remind us...

... that China is still a thuggish, brutal regime cavalierly considering the mass murder of civilians to exert its will.

(see story)
Cool Christmas gift idea of the day

A S'mores maker available at Sears.
Interesting thoughts on gay marriage from a fellow blogger

Marc Nelson of We Three Jerks from 24 Nov 2003 post, The Ol' Ball and Chain

Nelson is married to a colleague of mine from an organization that I'm kinda chained to like a ball and chain (it's a love/hate thing): the Maryland Student Legislature Alumni Association. It was so much more fun being Speaker of the Assembly back in my days as a student member. [Sigh]

On Locke v. Davey

So basically there's a case before the Supreme Court called Locke v. Davey originating from the 9th Circuit in Washington State. The Locke is Democratic Governor Gary Locke, a liberal prick who decided to abridge the privileges and rights of Joshua Davey, a young student who was awarded a state scholarship. Davey decided to attend a Christian college and double major in religious studies and in business administration, using the scholarship to pay part of the tuition.

Locke (or perhaps some slimey bureaucratic underling) decided to be a jackass and block Mr. Davey from using his scholarship to study theology. Davey sued the Governor and did indeed win in the usually quite liberal 9th Circuit (same doofuses who took "under God" out of the Pledge), but the Gov couldn't let it rest there and appealed to the Supremes.

Now, the language in play is from Section 11 of Article I of the Washington state consitution. I quote it below in full, and in bold is the section in controversy:


SECTION 11 RELIGIOUS FREEDOM.
Absolute freedom of conscience in all matters of religious sentiment, belief and worship, shall be guaranteed to every individual, and no one shall be molested or disturbed in person or property on account of religion; but the liberty of conscience hereby secured shall not be so construed as to excuse acts of licentiousness or justify practices inconsistent with the peace and safety of the state. No public money or property shall be appropriated for or applied to any religious worship, exercise or instruction, or the support of any religious establishment: PROVIDED, HOWEVER, That this article shall not be so construed as to forbid the employment by the state of a chaplain for such of the state custodial, correctional, and mental institutions, or by a county's or public hospital district's hospital, health care facility, or hospice, as in the discretion of the legislature may seem justified. No religious qualification shall be required for any public office or employment, nor shall any person be incompetent as a witness or juror, in consequence of his opinion on matters of religion, nor be questioned in any court of justice touching his religious belief to affect the weight of his testimony.


But here's the thing, the public money is NOT being directly appropriated to a religious institution but rather to Mr. Davey in the form of a scholarship. As such, it would seem to be along the lines of last years Supreme Court ruling which OK'd school vouchers on First Amendment grounds. In that case, the Supremes said because parents control the school receiving the voucher and not the government, the government was not endorsing a particular religion and was definitely not "establishing" one over the children involved in the voucher cases.

At any rate, there are federalism issues in play here as well as the original voucher ruling. I'm not sure how the Court will rule and I'm by no means a Court expert.

But it does seem to me this case didn't have to happen and ONLY did because liberal pricks like Gov. Locke can't be content to let a poor Christian kid like Davey just take the state scholarship and go to Bible school.

Hopefully Washington state will have the foresight to not elect a jackass like Locke the next time they choose a governor. In the meantime let's hope Justice O'Connor doesn't buy the specious arguments of the liberal wing of the court and severely curtail last year's voucher ruling.

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So why exactly is this in big headlines on Drudge right now?

The turkey the President held up for a photo during his visit on Thanksgiving was NOT a dinner turkey but a centerpiece. Who the fark cares? I'm sure some Democrats will find some way to bitch about how this "phony photo op" highlights the "phony" policy in Iraq and blah blah blah Bush sucks blah blah, Dean rules, blah blah.

It's getting old, guys. Get over the fact Bush is going to kick your ass to the curb next year.

Smell earthy fresh out of the shower...

.... with Knight and Hale's Ultimate Body Wash and Shampoo!

Also available, Knight and Hale's laundry detergent to make your hunting garb smell nice and earthy. Makes it so much easier to sneak up and kill Bambi.

Bambi? More like Ka-BLAM-bi, you're venison burger now, deer!

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Wednesday, December 03, 2003

Even if Zimbabwean politics aren't your cup of tea...

... this is an interesting article nonetheless. And yes, for full disclosure, CNSNews.com is owned by the parent company of this blogger. Or well, you know what I mean, they are a sister company of the place where I work.

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Tuesday, December 02, 2003

Gitmo detainee to chat with a lawyer

Check out the Pentagon release below:




No. 908-03
IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Dec 02, 2003
(703)697-5131(media)
(703)428-0711(public/industry)

DoD Announces Detainee Allowed Access to Lawyer

The Department of Defense announced today that Yaser Esam Hamdi, an
enemy combatant detained at the Charleston Consolidated Naval Brig in Charleston,
S.C., will be allowed access to a lawyer subject to appropriate security
restrictions. Arrangements for that access will be developed over the next few days.



DoD is allowing Hamdi access to counsel as a matter of discretion and
military policy; such access is not required by domestic or international law and
should not be treated as a precedent.



DoD decided to allow Hamdi access to counsel because Hamdi is a U.S.
citizen detained by DoD in the United States, because DoD has completed its
intelligence collection with Hamdi, and because DoD has determined that the access
will not compromise the national security of the United States.



Hamdi is not eligible for trial by military commission under the
President's military order of Nov. 13, 2001, and has not been criminally charged in
any court. Detention as an enemy combatant is not criminal in nature but is
permitted under the law of war to prevent an enemy combatant from continuing to
fight against the United States. Under the law of war, enemy combatants may be
detained until the end of hostilities.



DoD policy is that it will permit access to counsel by an enemy
combatant who is a U. S. citizen and who is detained by DoD in the United States
after DoD has determined that such access will not compromise the national security
of the U. S.; and after DoD has completed intelligence collection from that enemy
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Silly godless goon, sermons are for saints

The "Reverend" Michael Newdow's first sermon. You remember him, of the Pledge of Allegiance lawsuit fame.
Another reason why Howard Dean would be a horrible President...

...he would hamhandedly handle foreign crises a la North Korea. (see story) Unless of course, he's only criticizing Bush on North Korea to score political points. But naaaaah, he couldn't be doing that, could he?

Dean: "the president is about to let North Korea become a nuclear power."

Dean on Bush: The President has been "petulant" on North Korea. Oh really. Let's look at this in depth.

In 1994, Bill Clinton backed off from the threat of force against North Korea in exchange for bilateral talks with the reclusive dictatorship culminating in a bilateral pact. This pact basically gave away the nuclear store to North Korea as we freely gave them not only food and economic aid but started building them light water nuclear reactors. Clinton made good ol Kim Jong Il PROMISE not to use the nuclear materials to build weapons or weapons components, and Kim agreed without any intention to keep said promises. Some nine years after agreeing to this sweetheart deal, Kim revealed all along what our CIA suspected: the North Koreans used this deal to beef up their military capabilities (with our food and economic aid) while stealing technology and fissile material from the nuclear reactors to make nuclear weapons. Obviously the Clinton policy was a complete and utter failure and only postponed the 1994 crisis until the Bush era. Clearly bilateral appeasement didn't work, despite it being completely non-petulant in diplomatic tone.

Now fast forward to the 2004 election cycle. Democrats are hitting Bush left and right for "unilateralism" and "preemptive action" and "going it alone." Yet when Bush follows a strictly multilateral course, when Bush urges the full cooperation and involvement of the UN through the IAEA, when Bush refuses to give in to some tinpot dictator's demand to be seen as equal to the United States by the dignity of bilateral talks (read blackmail talks), and Bush's approach is seen as "petulant."

So I suppose Dean would advocate another round of caving in to the negotiation terms of yet another despot? Of course. That's Democratic geopolitics at its worst as exemplified by the McGovern/Mondale/Carter/Clinton vision of foreign policy.

Do we really need this shortsighted, wrongheaded, failed-every-time-it's-been-tried diplomacy by appeasement?

I prefer a "petulant" president who is tough enough to face down the security threats in a petulant post-Cold War world facing down international radical Islamist terrorism over a whiney New England partisan Democrat who either believes in really stupid weak diplomacy or who spouts beliefs counter to his to score political points with his base. I trust that most Americans who will go to the polls next November will as well.

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Monday, December 01, 2003

Later on tonight...
... if I get around to it I'll blog something about Howard Dean's latest carping on Bush's visit to the troops on Thanksgiving and how HE can teach Bush a thing or two on defense.

Figuring out which idiotic assertion of his to deconstruct first will take some time.

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