January 31, 2005
Take that, Jabba the Drunk Kennedy...
In a letter to the IRS dated this past Thursday, the NAACP attorneys said they would not hand over documents the IRS has requested, and countered with charges that the IRS had not followed proper procedure by launching their investigation prior to the filing of the organization's 2004 tax return.
The letter said the tax examiners aimed to influence the group's activities just before the November presidential election.The IRS has indicated that they are looking at 60 different non-profit organizations and churches to determine if they had violated federal rules prohibiting them from political campaign activity.
"We must conclude that the intention was to chill appropriate voter registration and get-out-the-vote efforts, whether conducted by the NAACP or by other organizations that are targeted by similar examinations in the program," they wrote.
The NAACP said the IRS challenged as improper campaign intervention a Bond speech this summer because it condemned the president's policies on education, the economy and the war in Iraq.
Bond had made speeches (including a major speech before the NAACP's National Convention last summer) that implied an endorsement of Democratic candidates over the Bush Administration. Bond has also made speeches denouncing the President and the Administration.
I made the statement nearly two years ago on MSNBC that Bond's statements and speeches had opened the door, and that it could potentially be bad for the organization. I'll repeat that here and now -- Bond's foot-in-mouth disease is what brought this on, and may cause the downfall of the entire organization. Unfortunately, if that does happen, I'll look for Bond and the rest of the Soul Patrol to immediately cry racism and try to blame conservatives in general and the Bush Administration in particular for this series of events.
January 30, 2005
January 28, 2005
CourtTV's Diane Dimond has found out some of the details regarding items confiscated from Jackson's Neverland Ranch during warranted searches.
One of the books confiscated from Jackson's home in 1993 is entitled "The Boy: A Photographic Essay." According to child erotica connoisseurs on the Internet, this rare book is considered to be "a homoerotic classic." The book, published in 1964, contains dozens of photographs of nude prepubescent boys, many in suggestive poses. There are nude boys captured outdoors, nude boys who appear to be posing for the camera, and boys displaying full frontal nudity.In addition to the book, CTV's I-Unit can confirm that investigators from the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department also confiscated loads of pornographic material from various locations in Jackson's home.Child porn. Plain and simple.
Porn movies with titles like "Barely Legal" and "Pimp Up, Ho's Down" were taken from the entertainer's master bedroom. Pornographic materials were found in Jackson's master bathroom, his den and in a second-floor closet, as well.
I have to echo my blog-sister Ambra.
For the love of the Lord crying out in the night...CONVICT Michael Jackson! Does God need to come down from the heavenlies in a burning bush and write it in neon letters for us all?Michael Jackson is obviously every bit the scum and predator that everyone is finally starting to see him as.
They found child erotica? CHILD EROTICA?! It still amazes me that despite mounting evidence to the contrary, researchers in this country refuse to draw any type of correlation between pornography and child molestation.
The thousands of screaming, crying fans are insisting that there is a gigantic conspiracy against him, but for what!?
Michael Jackson is an eccentric on the order of Howard Hughes, which means he's got more money than the rest of us. That should not exempt him from the law, and especially if his actions endanger children in any way, shape or form.
What do we need, a heavenly bolt of lightning to strike him down in the middle of our television screens? For the love of God, put this man away where he won't see the light of day!
Vice President Dick Cheney's utilitarian hooded parka and boots stood out amid the solemn formality of a ceremony commemorating the liberation of Nazi death camps, raising eyebrows among the fashion-conscious.I don't know about you, but I'd rather be warm and healthy in awful weather than look good and be 'bout ready to keel over.
Washington Post fashion writer Robin Givhan described Cheney's look at the deeply moving 60th anniversary service as "the kind of attire one typically wears to operate a snow blower."
20 people on The Dead Pool think Cheney will keel over anyway.
The ad featured a technician backstage who [spoiler deleted].
Anheuser-Busch (Research) pulled the ad after consultation with both the National Football League, which denounced last year's halftime show, and Fox, which is broadcasting this year's game Feb. 6.Want to see the ad?
"Why take the risk? All you need is one person to be offended," Bob Lachky, an Anheuser-Busch vice president, told the newspaper. "Some people don't want to be reminded of the incident."
Still, Budweiser hasn't stepped away from the commercial altogether. It has it posted on its Web site, under the heading "Exclusive, watch the ad you won't see during the big game."
Take a look here:
Nicole DuFresne, of Brooklyn, had just left a trendy bar with her fiancÃƒÂ© and another couple when they were confronted at about 3:15 a.m. by four muggers Â— two men and two women Â— at the corner of Clinton and Rivington streets, police said.Sad. Senseless. Stupid.
One of the thugs, who was carrying a gun, demanded money.
DuFresne's fiancÃƒÂ©, Jeffrey Sparks, 28, not seeing the mugger had a gun and not taking the request seriously, tried to push past the man.
"At that point, using both hands, he hit me in the face with the gun," Sparks said.
The grieving fiancÃƒÂ© said he and his friend, Scott Nath, started walking away, thinking the trouble would pass.
But as they did, the man tried to grab the purse of DuFresne's friend, actress and playwright Mary Jane Gibson. That's when DuFresne protested, telling the thug, "What are you trying to do? What are you going to do, shoot us?"
Ten seconds later, a shot rang out.
The perp got away. 28 year-old DuFresne was prounounced dead at Manhattan's Beth Israel Hospital.
January 27, 2005
It occurs to me that we Hollywood Republicans could save ourselves a lot of trouble by agreeing on some term with which to discreetly identify ourselves in public, much the same way gay men describe themselves as "Friends of Dorothy," or AA members call themselves "Friends of Bill W." I hereby propose that closeted conservatives, whether in Los Angeles or elsewhere, agree to refer to one another whenever discretion is necessary as "Friends of Ronnie," in honor of our 40th president.Then, again, you can say f--- it, and sport one of my bumper stickers that say "Unapologetically Conservative," or "Black & Unapologetically Conservative."
Imagine the wasted time and bad bean dip we could spare ourselves with a simple "Friend of Ronnie?" in place of the usual 45-minute dance around the buffet table trying to work "Milton Friedman" or "trust, but verify" into a remark about the weather. Not to mention the countless looks of horror from those who take our political beliefs to be not simply misguided, but actual evidence that we're evil. You know, the tolerant crowd.
And if you want one, you can go to my online shop (yes, this is a shameless plug).
I've got coffee mugs & t-shirts there as well. I'm looking at some other products over the next week or two to add to the shop, so if there's something you would like to see, let me know.
His tales are being chronicled on the excellent (and new member of my blogroll) Lone Star Times.
At 4:14 am my friend Baraka shook me awake Â– Â“We have casualties.Â” was his grim statement.Edd's journey continues at Lone Star Times. It will show you what the MSM refuses to show you: the courage and true sacrifice of the men and women on the front lines.
Baraka is a reporter for WABC-7 New York. We met a week ago in Al Asad the first day in country and had become friends pretty fast. Â“IÂ’ll meet you up on level 10.Â” he said as he rushed out of the room.
I threw on my clothes and grabbed my Bible Â– and began to pray for these fine men.
The hospital is right up on the roof Â– about 100 yds. from the helo pad. The area outside the doors was filled with quiet Marines listening to the Navy Corpsmen inside shouting instructions as they prepared the wounded for transport. One look at their faces told the story Â– this wasnÂ’t routine.
I knelt to pray outside the door for these guys and their families. The thump-thump-thump of the inbound Blackhawk Med Evac helo was a comfort and promise of the best medical support in the world. But it was also a signal to immediately get ready to transport.
Tuesday had been an amazing day. We did 3 hours of broadcast beginning with a 6am Texas time (1500 Iraq) broadcast to KMSR in Dallas and then 2 hours back to Houston. We lined up Marines from their respective cities and hooked up phone calls to their loved ones at home. Sons talked to moms and dads, husbands to wives and their children. They were at ease in these responses yet they all stated again and again their conviction to be here and the importance of their mission. They make you so proud to be an American.
Go read it. Now. It's that important, and that moving.
NFL Network has announced Super Bowl XXXIX Commercials, which will air immediately after the game concludes next Sunday night (2/6), roughly around 10P ET/9P CT.
The special will also air the next night (Monday 2/7) at 6:30P ET/5:30P CT, and twice on that Tuesday (2/8, times to be announced).
The half-hour long NFL Network special will present all the commercials that aired during the Super Bowl XXXIX telecast on Fox.
NFL Network is available on DirecTV and on many digital cable systems.
Patrick Hynes from AnkleBitingPundits.com received a particularly nasty reply from one Stephen Norris representing the Academy though.
I am utterly delighted that our Academy of Motion Picture Art and Sciences has chosen not to yeild to the Bullying of you Christian Zealots to award this mediocre film just because it deals with your particular religious beliefs.Rather snippy, ain't he?
Perhaps Stephen would like to deal with his own zealous beliefs, as opposed to condemning others.
A state legislator in Oklahoma wants to revive the state's cockfighting industry by (get this) putting tiny, poultry-sized boxing gloves onto roosters.
You heard me -- and wait, it gets better. State Senator Frank Shurden wants to add chicken-sized vests to the roosters, in order to track punches in order to score the bouts.
The Oklahoma legislature outlawed the blood sport in 2002 because of its cruelty to the roosters, which are slashed and pecked to death while human spectators bet on the outcome.Notice Shurden's party affiliation -- he's a Democrat.
But State Sen. Frank Shurden, a Democrat from Henryetta and a long-time defender of cockfighting, said the ban had wiped out a $100-million business.
To try to revive it, he has proposed that roosters wear little boxing gloves attached to their spurs, as well as lightweight, chicken-sized vests configured with electronic sensors to record hits and help keep score.
"It's like the fencing that you see on the Olympics, you know, where they have little balls on the ends of the swords and the fencers wear vests," said Shurden. "That's the same application that would be applied to the roosters."
Sounds like a career in national politics might be in the offing for him, once he's done in Oklahoma. After all, "idea men" like him are where US Congresscritters and Senators come from -- at least for the moonbats.
January 26, 2005
The bit ridiculed victims of last month's Indian Ocean tsunami disaster in the most vile terms, including racial slurs and with crass jokes about children watching their parents die.
"What happened is morally and socially indefensible," said Rick Cummings, president of Emmis Radio. The station is owned by Emmis Communications Corp .The station declined to say when host Tarsha Nicole Jones, known on the air as "Miss Jones," would return to the air, or even if she would at all.
"All involved, myself included, are ashamed and deeply sorry. I know the members of the morning show are truly contrite. They know their actions here are inexcusable," Cummings said in a statement.
The piece used racial slurs to describe people swept away in the disaster, made jokes about child slavery and people watching their mothers die.
"You can hear God laughing, 'Swim you bitches swim,'" was one line in the song, sung by staff of the show to the melody of the 1985 famine relief song "We Are the World."
Here's hoping that she doesn't. What they did shouldn't pass for humor, but unfortunately, in today's society, there are those who would find their song funny.
In the past 24 hours I've gotten e-mails from producers at Fox News, CNN, NBC's Today Show, and several regional newspapers. Why me? Google.Bloggers have become the vanguard of the new media. Many talk show hosts have embraced the format. Many newspeople publicly disdain the pajamahadeen (though, I suspect that they secretly read as many of our pages as they can get their grubby little paws on). The executives try to ignore us and hope we'll get tired and go away.
Has Google become the foundation for MSM research? I certainly hope not.
That's how I do research.
So, tell me again why the MSM is superior to blogs?
They do so at their peril.
Our presence continues to grow, and we become the "go-to" guys as time moves forward. Even though some of us might wear bathrobes and fuzzy slippers as we blog.
January 25, 2005
"She turned and attacked me," the California Democrat told CNN's "Late Edition" in describing the confrontation during the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing.According to the transcript and the aired video as shown on all the news networks and C-Span, Boxer was the one on the attack. Rice simply wouldn't stand still and play "punching bag" to Boxer's lazy attempts to verbally assault her.
"I gave Dr. Rice many opportunities to address specific issues. Instead, she said I was impugning her integrity," Mrs. Boxer said.
"I personally believe Â— this is my personal view Â— that your loyalty to the mission you were given, to sell this war, overwhelmed your respect for the truth," Mrs. Boxer told Miss Rice, who has been President Bush's national security adviser since 2001.Like I said the other day, Boxer got caught in her own lie, and is trying to backpedal and make certain that her lies stick in the media.
Miss Rice responded that she "never, ever lost respect for the truth in the service of anything. It is not my nature. It is not my character."
"And I would hope that we can have this conversation and discuss what happened before and what went on before and what I said without impugning my credibility or my integrity," Miss Rice said.
It won't work, Senator. And you continue to look more and more like a raving lunatic, and less an honorable statesman, the more you keep munching on your shoes.
The full Senate is taking up the Rice confirmation today.
The claim is that the dress was worn backward by the model, and that it should have been worn the other way.
But upon further investigation, the dress catalog also has the prom dress shown as worn by the model in the Post article to begin with -- except in black.
Either way, it still looks like it belongs on a hooker, as opposed to my 16 year-old daughter.
Maybe if I have her wear a burlap sack that goes from the neck to the ankles.
Or perhaps a convent. I wonder if I can get a shotgun from Wal-Mart on short notice...
Fathead claimed that he'd get a nomination for the film, which did it's level best to slander the Bush Administration during the 2004 Presidential Campaign.
And like most of America, the Motion Picture Academy didn't buy it.
The Oscars will be handed out February 27 on ABC. The show will be hosted by Chris Rock.
On the tape, Hallums pleads for his life.
"I have been arrested by a resistance group in Iraq," 56-year-old Hallums, dressed in civilian clothes and his beard flecked with white, says on the tape.No demands were released with the tape.
"I'm asking for help because my life is in danger because it's been proved that I work for American forces."
As he speaks, the barrel of an assault rifle is held inches from his head. Unlike other tapes made by militants of hostages seized in Iraq, no flags or banners of an organization appear in the picture and no demands are made.
"I'm not asking for any help from President Bush because I know of his selfishness and unconcern to those who've been pushed into this hell-hole," Hallums says.
"I am asking for help from Arab rulers ... so that I can be released as quickly as possible from this definite death."
CNN's Christiane Amanpour says that there is no indication as to when this tape was produced. Hallums and four co-workers were kidnapped last November 1.
Hallams is from Westminster, CA, and according to Rusty Shackleford at The Jawa Report,
Bad words against Bush?? This does not sound like the Roy Hallums as described to me by his family and friends. I'm sure the rifle pointed at his head had something to do with his pleas.Rusty has been on top of this and other kidnappings as they have taken place. He initially posted word of the Hallums kidnapping in November.
Further, the intervention on the part of Ghaddafi may be a hidden plea for money. Robert Tarongoy, the Fillipino abducted with Roy, was released reportedly after ransom was paid. How else could Ghaddafi help??
Hallums' family in California has put together a support website, and are asking donations be sent to:
Free Roy Foundation
PO Box 947
Westminster, Ca. 92684
This dress, advertised in Seventeen Prom, YM Prom and Teen Prom magazines is a hot seller this year, according to an article in this morning's New York Post.
"I was shocked when I first saw it, but now it's one of our top 20 dresses nationwide," says Nick Yeh, the CEO of Xcite, the Stafford, Texas, company that designed the dress and some 200 other styles this season.You got that right, and I'll be damned if'n my 16 year-old daughter would even get to think about wearing something like this.
"I have a 15-year-old daughter and, no, I would not recommend she wear this dress.
"As a businessman," he adds, "I'm not judging what a teenager should wear or not wear. It's up to the parents to decide for their own children."
In fact, some shops in smaller cities require girls to bring in parental permission slips to buy the dress, Yeh told The Post.
The dress runs $495, and comes in red and black.
Beware, parents. Beware.
I've got an even better suggestion that will be even better: Put her in four pair of long overalls. Until she's 30.
January 24, 2005
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