January 31, 2005

Red States v. Blue States: Iraq style

Barking Moonbat has a new Red State/Blue State map that brings home the importance of this past weekend's elections in Iraq.

Take that, Jabba the Drunk Kennedy...

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NAACP refuses to cooperate with IRS request

The NAACP has formally notified the Internal Revenue Service that it will not be cooperating with an IRS investigation regarding activities that might cost the civil rights organization their tax exempt status. The NAACP insists that the timing of the investigation is politically motivated.

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.

"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.

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.

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.

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January 30, 2005

Freedom rings in Iraq, too...

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January 28, 2005

Put Michael Jackson out of our misery! Please!

The circus that is the Michael Jackson child molestation trial gets underway with jury selection Monday morning. According to published reports, MJ has been ordered to be in court for the trial, which, undoubtedly will go on for months. It should provide plenty of fodder for CourtTV, Entertainment Tonight and the myriad of television analysts out there for the forseeable future.

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.

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.

Child porn. Plain and simple.

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?

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.

Michael Jackson is obviously every bit the scum and predator that everyone is finally starting to see him as.

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!

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Press knocks Cheney over warm dress for Auschwitz ceremony

See! The press WANTS the Vice-President to catch something and keel over!

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.

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."

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.

20 people on The Dead Pool think Cheney will keel over anyway.

(Also posted at The Dead Pool)

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Budweiser's ad deemed too hot for the Super Bowl

Budweiser has pulled a Bud Light ad from their Super Bowl lineup that would have spoofed last year's halftime "wardrobe malfunction" by Janet Jackson.

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.

"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."

Want to see the ad?

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(Courtesy Wizbang)

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NYC actress smarts off at thug, gets killed

Logic dictates that you shouldn't argue -- let alone make a smart-assed crack - to a perp holding a gun on you, lest he shoot you for the hell of it.

Nicole DuFresne, of Brooklyn, had just left a trendy bar with her fiancé and another couple when they were confronted at about 3:15 a.m. by four muggers — two men and two women — at the corner of Clinton and Rivington streets, police said.

One of the thugs, who was carrying a gun, demanded money.

DuFresne's fiancé, 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 fiancé 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.

Sad. Senseless. Stupid.

The perp got away. 28 year-old DuFresne was prounounced dead at Manhattan's Beth Israel Hospital.

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January 27, 2005

Friend of Ronnie's? Yep. But not so "closeted"

Ned Rice at NRO suggests that Republicans and conservatives trying to remain closeted refer to themselves as "Friends of Ronnie," as in former President Ronald Reagan.

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.

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.

Then, again, you can say f--- it, and sport one of my bumper stickers that say "Unapologetically Conservative," or "Black & Unapologetically Conservative."

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.

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Life on the inside as an "Embed"

Houston radio talk show host Edd Hendee (from KSEV/AM 700) is an "embed" with the US Marines in Iraq.

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 – “We have casualties.” was his grim statement.

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. “I’ll meet you up on level 10.” he said as he rushed out of the room.

I threw on my clothes and grabbed my Bible – and began to pray for these fine men.

The hospital is right up on the roof – 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 – this wasn’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.

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.

Go read it. Now. It's that important, and that moving.

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Just the commercials, ma'am...

Don't want to watch the Super Bowl next week, but you're interested in the commercials? Well you're in luck.

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.

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Motion Picture Academy calls grassroots Passion petitioners "Zealots"

Passion for Fairness is the home of a petition that was designed to get the attention of the members of the Motion Picture Academy (AMPAS) and to get them to consider Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ in their Oscar nomination process.

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.

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Somebody took the BK "Chicken Fight" ad seriously?

More proof that state legislators, nationwide, are completely unhinged.

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.

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."

Notice Shurden's party affiliation -- he's a Democrat.

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.

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January 26, 2005

Entire radio morning show staff suspended over tsunami slurs

   
The entire staff of the WQHT Hot 97 Radio morning show in New York City was suspended indefinitely this afternoon, after an ongoing uproar over a bit the show's staff did to the tune of "We Are The World."

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 .

"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."

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.

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.

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Blogger gets attention from MSM on Hallums video

Jawa Report's head jawa, Rusty Shackleford, is getting some attention from the mainstream media behind the release of the Hallums video by terrorists in Iraq early yesterday.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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January 25, 2005

Boxer: "Waaaaa! Rice attacked me!"

 
After going on a temper tantrum against Secretary of State-designee Condoleezza Rice, Senator Barbara Boxer (Drooling Crybaby-CA) is unbelievably claiming that Rice verbally attacked her.
"She turned and attacked me," the California Democrat told CNN's "Late Edition" in describing the confrontation during the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing.

"I gave Dr. Rice many opportunities to address specific issues. Instead, she said I was impugning her integrity," Mrs. Boxer said.

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 personally believe — this is my personal view — 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.

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.

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.

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.

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Backwards, forwards, it still looks like a hooker special

Readers over at Wizbang took a look at the catalog for the dress designer and insist that the NY Post got it backward. Literally.

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...

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"F 9/11" gets ZERO Oscar nominations

Nominations for the Academy Awards were named today, and in a rare moment of clarity, the nominations included a big fat goose egg for Michael "Fathead" Moore's propaganda flick "Fahrenheit 9/11."

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.

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Bad guys release video of US hostage

American contractor Roy Hallums, believed to have been kidnapped in November, was shown on a video released this morning by Islamist terrorists holding him captive in Iraq.

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.

"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."

No demands were released with the tape.

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.

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??

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.

Hallums' family in California has put together a support website, and are asking donations be sent to:

Free Roy Foundation
Hallums Family
PO Box 947
Westminster, Ca. 92684

(Courtesy Michelle Malkin (who still hasn't put me on her blogroll! [sniff!]) and more coverage from Take Back The News, Cranky Neocon, Wizbang & others)

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Four pair of long overalls would better for my daughter

Would you let your daughter wear something like this to the prom?

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.

"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.

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.

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.

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January 24, 2005

"Sheets" Byrd ain't as smart as he tries to be

I suppose Senator Robert Byrd (KKK-WV) might take offense at this. Then again, he seems to be at home pulling the sheets over people's eyes; he just might like it.

(Courtesy Day By Day)

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