February 28, 2005
(Courtesy Day By Day)
February 27, 2005
Idiot Rall then invited those of us on the right to send proof otherwise to him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Several folks have taken the moonbat supreme up on his challenge, but have found that e-mails to that address bounce higher than SuperBalls.
Moonbat Rall claims that no one has sent him anything, but the bounces belie that notion; sounds like he is full of used food. As usual.
This is what you get for drugging kids instead of beating the hell out of them when they act up, America.I love Bill Cosby's description of "The Belt" that his father used to keep him and his brother Russell at bay.
"We had never seen The Belt.Sounds like a lot of ritalin-downing children in America would do better with a private consultation from "The Belt."
But we had heard about it.
The Belt was nine feet long. Eight feet wide. And it had hooks on it that would rip the meat right off of you if it ever hit you.
February 25, 2005
Seems Omarosa wanted to show Linda up with her knowledge of the "television business," based on her Bachelor's, Master's and Doctoral degrees all being in Radio/Television.
Then again, Omarosa's only practical experience in television was as the "queen/bitch/goddess" of the first season of Donald Trump's "The Apprentice."
Johnny Dollar has the video for your edification.
February 23, 2005
"Song of the South." The Academy Award winning film that former Disney Feature Animation head Thomas Schumacher once told Roger Ebert was on "permanent moratorium" has reportedly been greenlit for release late next year. A special 60th anniversary edition that -- thanks to a plethora of extra features -- will try & put this somewhat controversial motion picture in historial context."Song of the South" never made it out on video in the United States in past years, primarily due to the potential backlash among Civil Rights groups.
"Why -- after all these years -- did Disney finally give in?," you query. It's simple, really. "Song of the South" 's 60th anniversary was simply too good a promotional hook for the Mouse's marketing staff to pass up. More to the point, Buena Vista Home Entertainment could really use a hit right about now.
Given that Disneyana fans have been clamoring for a "Song of the South" DVD for nearly a decade now, BVHE execs are hoping that all of this pent-up demand will eventually translate in really big sales for this disc. Disney is hoping to sell at least 10-12 million units of this particular motion picture.
"But aren't Disney Company execs concerned about how the African American community may response to 'Song of the South' 's release of DVD?," you continue. Yep. I won't lie to you folks. There's a lot of people in the Team Disney Burbank building who are very concerned that -- by releasing this much maligned motion picture on home video & DVD -- that the Mouse House is potentially opening itself up to a ton of bad publicity.
With the hope of avoiding that, BVHE reportedly plans to really pile on the extra features with "Song of the South." Among the ideas currently being knocked around is producing a special documentary that -- through use of clips from that TV movie version of Rodgers & Hammerstein's "Cinderella" that Disney produced back in 1997 as well as sequences from "The Proud Family" & "That's So Raven" -- would demonstrate that a person's color really doesn't matter at the modern Walt Disney Company. There's also talk of including Walt Disney Feature Animation's seldom-seen short, "John Henry," as one of the disc's special features.
Fans of all races have begged and cajoled but Disney has stood their ground...until now.
So you can stop bidding on those overpriced black and gray-market videos on eBay, provided you can hang on for about a year and a half or so.
Notoriously and hopelessly moronic moonbat cartoonist (and I use the term "cartoonist" loosely) Ted Rall has now taken aim at bloggers in general, and Captain Ed of Captain's Quarters in particular.
Bloggers want you to know that there's a new sheriff in town. Edward Morrissey, writer of the right-wing blog Captain's Quarters, boasts to the New York Times: "The media can't just cover up the truth and expect to get away with it--and journalists can't just toss around allegations without substantiation and expect people to believe them anymore." And what are Morrissey's qualifications to police the media? When he's not harassing old-school journos like Dan Rather and CNN's Eason Jordan out of their jobs, Morrissey manages a call center near Minneapolis.Rall continues to excoriate bloggers -- of course sticking to those of us who are ideologically on the right, and admonishes us for death threats against him (without providing any supporting links or references), and calling us a new McCarthy-ite lynch mob.
Bloggers are ordinary people, many of them uneducated and with nothing interesting to say. They're sitting in their rec rooms, regurgitating and spinning what real journalists have dug up through hard work. They don't have sources, they don't report, and no one holds them accountable when they make mistakes or flat out lie. Yeah, there's a new sheriff in town. Unfortunately he's drunk, he's mean, and he works for the bad guys.
I hope you'll excuse me if Rall's credibility is not among the highest in the world.
Captain Ed takes Rall the moonbat to the woodshed and gives him an intellectual beating to try to pound some sense into his head.
He draws cartoons -- badly -- and expresses opinions similarly. I don't pay much attention to him as a rule, as he generally makes almost no sense whatsoever, and this column is a perfect example.Go, Captain Ed, go! I couldn't have said it better myself.
(Rall) expected bloggers to exist only to agree with his radical beliefs. Of course, that's Rall's idea of free speech. He can criticize anyone he likes, including me, but when people criticize Eason Jordan for making unsubtantiated allegations of assassination strategies about our military, all of a sudden it's McCarthyism.
Rall doesn't really even have enough of a connection to reality to enrage; he just provides amusement, like a crazy old uncle locked in his rec room, typing and muttering about all of the people out to get him. Too bad he's not important enough for it, and that he doesn't even know it.
February 22, 2005
(Rangel said,) "To call it Islamic terror is discriminating, it's bigoted, it is not the right thing to say."Unbelievable.
Rangel even questioned whether, in fact, a worldwide Islamic terrorist movement even existed, saying, "We just take for granted that there is an Islamic terror movement because we do have some fanatic people who come from Islamic countries."
The Harlem Democrat complained: "When we had the Ku Klux Klan we didn't call them Baptist terrorists. When Hitler was killing Jews, we didn't call it Christian terrorists."
What the hell are we supposed to call the terrorists (for lack of a better term), then?
Bayer trademarked "heroin" in 1898 as a non-addictive substitute for morphine, and marketed it alongside it's other trademarked product, "aspirin," as a remedy to be used in the home by consumers. Heroin was actually accepted as a safe remedy for children as a cough suppressant.
Bayer quit making heroin (as you can imagine, in a very pure form for public consumption) in 1910, after they determined the addictive properties of the narcotic were more than they had originally determined.
The US government outlawed the production of heroin in 1924.
We know now that, thanks to the news media consortium that recounted ballots in every Florida county, recounting under any method and any criterion they tested would not have overturned Bush's exceedingly thin plurality (in 2000)."We know now?"
Uh, Jesse, we knew that four years ago. You and your cronies refused to accept the truth, and continued to peddle your lies and obfuscations as absolute and unquestionable truth from 2000 forward. You expect me to believe that you've had a monumental epiphany now? So does this mean we will have to wait four and a half years for you to accept the Ohio results of 2004?
Democrats hoped that anger over Florida would produce a huge turnout in 2004. John Kerry did win 16 percent more popular votes than Al Gore, but George W. Bush won 23 percent more popular votes than he did in 2000.Ah. I see now. It's AlGore's fault.
What might have hurt the Democrats even more is if Gore's strategy had been successful, and he had been installed as president by the partial hand count sanctioned by the Democratic-appointed Florida Supreme Court.
So are we supposed to smile and let bygones be bygones now? I don't think so.
I don't trust you, Jesse. You've never let the truth get in the way of your own agenda, no matter what that was.
And now, with raving moonbats from Hillary Clinton on down working to present themselves as more moderate in order to woo those of us on the right, none of you have shown that you are still anything but stark, raving, slobbering moonbats. When the moon goes full, you'll sprout wings and rejoin Howard Dean screeching at the top of your collective lungs about how "eeeevil" those of us on the right are, and working to stab us in our collective backs.
No, Jesse, I'll pass on the "Kumbaya" singing today.
February 20, 2005
Pitkin County Sheriff Bob Braudis, who is a close personal friend of Thompson, confirmed the death. His son, Juan, found him Sunday evening.
"On Feb. 20, Dr. Hunter S. Thompson took his life with a gunshot to the head at his fortified compound in Woody Creek, Colorado. The family will shortly provide more information about memorial service and media contacts. Hunter prized his privacy and we ask that his friends and admirers respect that privacy as well as that of his family," Juan Thompson said in a statement released to the Aspen Daily News.
Thompson's first person narrative style, laced with action verbs and exploiting any story he wrote about to absurd levels became known as "Gonzo journalism."
He was also the originator of the phrase, "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro."
Thompson's final Hey Rube piece for ESPN.com, "Shotgun Golf with Bill Murray" is dated February 15.
Thompson's final column ended on a strangely appropriate note.
So long and Mahalo.Though it won't be on his headstone, that final sentence certainly places a notable coda on his life.
Farewell, Uncle Duke.
Hunter S. Thompson was 67.
The FBI has opened an investigation into the hack. Not that they'd open one if most of us "great unwashed" got hacked or anything.
Rouson entered the Purple Haze Tobacco & Accessories Shop in St. Petersburg and wouldn't leave, despite admonishments and requests to the contrary by store managers and personnel. Rouson claims he didn't leave because he was afraid of pit bull terriers on the premesis.
Rouson contends that the glass pipes sold by Purple Haze and other shops are used to smoke drugs like crack cocaine.
"The law allows them to operate behind a curtain that says tobacco accessories," Rouson said. "Everybody and their cousin knows that these pipes are rarely used for smoking tobacco."Some might call this admirable, but I have to question the motive. After all, this gets him some face time, and does nothing to address the personal responsibility issue of those who use said paraphenalia.
Earlier this month, state Sen. Stephen Wise, a Republican from Jacksonville, filed a bill for the new legislative session that begins next month to create a yearlong Drug Paraphernalia Abatement Task Force. It would recommend "strategies and actions for abating access to and the use and proliferation of drug paraphernalia," according to the bill.
Even before Rouson first visited the Capitol on the issue in December, Wise said his constituents in Jacksonville had been showing up with glass tubes containing roses to complain at his office.
"It's not something you give your girlfriend for Valentine's Day," he said. "I would suspect people on the street know exactly what it's used for. People who are selling it have a pretty good clue what it's for, too."
Rouson pointed out that Purple Haze is four blocks from Gibbs High School.
Leo Calzadilla, the store's owner, said he was not worried about the legislation.
"It's not going to affect my business because I don't sell drug paraphernalia. I sell tobacco products," Calzadilla said. He said he also sells cigarettes, cigars and 1-pound bags of tobacco bought increasingly by former cigarette smokers fed up with rising costs.
Young Drake was in hospital this week with pneumonia, but thankfully is doing better. He still needs to be monitored, but thank God he's resting at home.
February 17, 2005
Many on FR who responded to the on-air diatribe pointed out that Hannity appeared to be drumming up support and potential posters to the recently-established message board on his own site, Hannity.com.
"Free Republic is childish. Come to MY board instead".Some agree with Hannity's assessment of FR as a "fringe element."
OK, I concur. The freepers are freakin nuts. There are over 2,500 comments on this post now. It's getting seriously kooky over there.While others (myself included) find FR and a majority of the posters there to have significant merit.
Radio host Kevin McCullough also points out that Hannity seems to have confused the concept of a message forum (like FR) with what a blog is.
If he took some time, backed up a bit, he would discover that Freepers and Bloggers both would be quite generous to his new site and the new "messageboard" feature that he was pumping in the audio bite. That's part of what bloggers do, generously link and share traffic - based on the idea that the more people who distribute information - the more the public is armed to make informed choices. Blogs are not about crowing over how "BIG" your site is. Bloggers know who is big, and they know better than you do...And in terms of full disclosure, I am a regular poster at Free Republic, and have been so for several years.
Much like many other message forums across the internet, there are good points and bad ones; good posters and bad ones. Free Republic does not have a monopoly on "bad guys" as many (including apparently Hannity) would have you believe. There is certainly merit there as there is in much across the web.
I've met Sean once, and have found him to be polite and gracious and a true gentleman. I'm truly surprised that he would take this "bite the hand that feeds him" tactic in regard to FReepers. If I had the opportunity to talk to him directly, I'd advise him to reconsider his words from yesterday. There is plenty of room for the forum on his site among the others on the web; he might find that there are a fair number of folks who post on his site that also post on FR.
Yet black conservatives get constantly painted by blacks and liberals as "sell-outs" and "spooks who sit by the door."
February 16, 2005
Tonight's subject has to do with a local Atlanta case where a mother killed her own five-week old baby by shaking her to death in December of 1998.
34 year-old Carissa Ashe pleaded guilty to a charge of voluntary manslaughter last week in Fulton County Superior Court, bringing to an end her murder trial.
Superior Court Judge Rowland Barnes sentenced Ashe to five years probation and to have a sterilization procedure performed in order to prevent her from having any more children. Ashe has had two more children since the death of her baby daughter Destiny Ashe in 1998.
The premature infant had been hospitalized for weeks and was killed two days after going home to her mother. Ashe told police the child simply stopped breathing.Local media reports that there are multiple fathers of the seven children, but conflicting reports as to how many. There is no indication that the father is present in the home with Ashe currently.
Ashe, who has no prior criminal history or complaints of abuse, could have been sentenced to 20 years in prison on pleading guilty to voluntary manslaughter Â— defined as a killing committed with a sudden, violent irresistible passion after the assailant has been provoked.
Instead, Superior Court Judge Rowland Barnes ordered Ashe to serve five years on probation and to have the tubal ligation within three months. If she doesn't comply, prosecutors can try her on the initial murder charge.
The judge questioned Ashe to make sure she was voluntarily agreeing to the procedure.
"It was her choice to go forward," said Jan Hankins, director of the Fulton County conflict defender's office, which represented the mother.
Two of Ashe's children are living with her mother, while four are in state custody, Howard said. Her oldest child ran away from home, he said.
I'm set to be on around the bottom of the hour (Fox News Channel - 8P ET/5P PT), in what the producer describes as the longest segment of the program.
O'Reilly tapes during the 6P hour, so I ought to be back home in time to watch and live-blog it here.
My "blog-sister" LaShawn got wind of it from the local newscast on WMAL radio in Washington.
I just got off the telephone with WMAL anchor Michelle Basch, who confirms that Jackson is staying on the same floor as the Pediatrics Unit. HeÂ’s supposedly there because itÂ’s the most isolated area at Marian Medical Center. Oh, the irony is disgusting!Much like most of the rest of us, she was incredulous, and had to double-check.
I called Michelle Basch to reconfirm. She said the report is an ABC Exclusive paraphrased this way: Â“ABC has learned that Michael Jackson is staying on the same floor as the Pediatrics wardÂ…Â”For those of you under a rock, Jackson is on trial for child molestation.
You simply can't make this stuff up.
February 15, 2005
Published reports indicate that Jackson was suffering from the flu, leading Judge Rodney Melville to postpone jury selection until next week.
February 14, 2005
Unfortunately, the newspaper in question, the Columbus (GA) Ledger-Enquirer, demands you pay a buck or three for stories more than a week old. But thanks to the wonders of modern technology (and Google's cache), we've got the entire original story from the Columbus paper, and lo and behold if'n it ain't completely true!
On January 15, there was a Civil Rights march in commemoration of Martin Luther King's birthday. As you would expect, there were members of the local constabulary present to maintain the decorum of the crowds -- not unlike any other march or parade.
Enter one unidentified black woman who came to town for the march. She was shocked and appalled at what she found, and wrote a scathing letter to the mayor about the conduct of one particular police officer.
Did the officer say anything untoward? Nope. Didn't utter a word.
Did he brutalize anyone? Nope. Didn't touch a soul.
Not only that, Columbus Mayor Bob Poydasheff received glowing remarks about the helpfulness of the local constabulary during the march.
So what, pray tell, did this member of Columbus' Finest do to tick off the letter-writer?
He ate a banana.
And no, before you go there, he wasn't doing an imitation of the Spice Channel or the Playboy Channel, he was eating the banana the way anyone would: Peel it, take a bite, chew, swallow. Lather, rinse and repeat.
So what ticked her off about a banana-eating cop?
Well, it seems that in the context of the march, she took the officer's banana eating to imply an analogous racial slur relating black people to apes.The mayor looked into it, and sure enough found that the police officers had been given snacks from a snack van sent around by the department as refreshment for the officers. Sounds reasonable enough -- a banana would be a good choice; after all, bananas are an excellent source of postassium and quick energy. That's one reason that you will see bananas being handed out to distance runners and riders to eat during races.
Such a comparison would not be uncommon in the parlance of racist propaganda, particularly in the old days. But these days that kind of talk is pretty rare -- and pretty obvious, too, when someone really means it.
So as racial slurs go, simply eating a banana now has to be considered rather subtle, for this particular area.
So the mayor reported back to the letter-writer that simple fact. And then he did something that I wouldn't have done to someone as idiotic as that.
The screeching lunatic demanded the apology in writing. So the mayor did.
Dated Jan. 22, it says: "As I said in our telephone conversation, I am sorry you found Columbus police officers eating bananas on the street when you arrived in Columbus for the protest. Let me assure you there was no intent to offend. The officers needed some nutrition after standing long hours on the street and they particularly needed the potassium available in bananas and some other fruits."Did that placate the screeching idiot?
Later the mayor writes: "There was no thought of insulting or offending anyone and perhaps this was thoughtless on our part. In any case, let me offer my sincere apology for anything our officers may have done that gave offense to you or anyone else."
No one knows. She hasn't seen fit to contact anyone back who has inquired.
But between you, me and the gatepost? Go ahead. Enjoy your banana. And if you catch me at home on the right day, I might even treat you to some bananas from our fruit basket. Or maybe even, at the risk of earning her ire, eat one myself.
Seems that as she was en route to work that someone tagged a car in the lane next to her, then sailed into her, sending her careening off of the roadway.
She's OK (thank God), but bumped, banged up, battered, and bruised six ways to Sunday. She gets to see a doctor tomorrow.
And that's only the middle of my journey through the gauntlet of last week. Earlier in the week, I had to put a water pump on MY car, and just before I received the phone call about Rachel's accident, I got the e-mail receipt for the bike rack I just bought for the back of her car.
Then, to add insult to injury, while running errands Friday (taking photos of the damaged car, going to the pharmacy to get her more drugs, going to the bank, paying the sitter, ad nauseum), I hopped out of the car for a quick stop. Three minutes later, I hopped back into the car, put the key in the ignition, and.....nothing.
The key wouldn't even turn.
I looked around to make sure I hadn't jumped into the wrong car by mistake, but no such luck.
I had to have it towed home (I wasn't about to leave it where it was), then Saturday morning, towed to the friendly, neighborhood Chrysler dealer. I'm still waiting for word on how bad the damage to my wallet will be.
When it rains, it pours. I guess. It's enough to make you shake your head and say, "Just damn."
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