June 30, 2005

More Humor..

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Poor Max, He HATES golf, but what can he do when the Boss wants to go to the links??

How would YOU caption this?

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Joke of the Day

Just to lighten things up a little, just a little humor.

Are They Male Or Female?

ZIPLOC BAGS - male, because they hold everything in, but you can always
see right through them.

SHOE - male, because it is usually unpolished, with its tongue hanging

COPIER - female, because once turned off, it takes a while to warm up.

TIRE - male, because it goes bald and often is over inflated.

HOT AIR BALLOON - male, because to get it to go anywhere you have to
light a fire under it ... and, of course, there's the hot air part.

SPONGES - female, because they are soft and squeezable and retain

SUBWAY - male, because it uses the same old lines to pick people up.

HOURGLASS - female, because over time, the weight shifts to the bottom.

HAMMER - male, because it hasn't evolved much over the last 5,000
years, but it's handy to have around.

REMOTE CONTROL - female! Ha! You thought we'd say male. But consider,
it gives men pleasure, he'd be lost without it, and while he doesn't
always know the right buttons to push, he keeps trying.

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Must Read

RWR sent me this link to an excellant op-ed piece by Mark Alexander on the Town Hall site.

Mr. Alexander layed it all out, no need for me to comment on it, other than to say, more and more of the triggers are being pulled, how long before blood is the only way to get back on the course layed out by our Progenitors?

Posted by Delftsman3 at 09:02 PM | Comments (0)


The Left side was quite outraged that President Bush cited 9/11 five times in his speech on why we need to stay the course in Iraq.

Maybe Senator Rockefeller should take note of his OWN words before he complains too loudly?

Yes, Chosa, there I go, throwing stones again, just can't help it when the Left makes it so damned easy!

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Ward Churchill...

Ward Churchill is at it again... making statements like

"...Conscientious objection removes a given piece of cannon fodder from the fray. Fragging an officer has a much more impactful effect."

I'm having too much of a RCOB moment to make a coherent response, but luckily for me, my Better Half has no such problem....guess I give her enough RCOB moments to enable her to function through them LOL.

Sir George does an admirable job over at the Rott too. Sometimes, less IS more.

Blackfive has a good suggestion too, write the Chancellor of CU and put in your .02 worth about such a person being allowed to teach our youth.

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Jay Tea over at Whizbang has a great post up demolishing the "chickenhawk" strawman that the Moonbat Minions of the Left love to use as an "argument" as to why any of us who support the war effort in Iraq should be discounted in our opinions as cowards not willing to back up our rhetoric.

Jay Tea is right on the mark when he says:

"I've always believed that one should limit one's arguments to the issues, not the individuals. I always try to refrain from gratuitous personal attacks when discussing matters of grave import... [snip]

"That belief stands in stark contrast with the "chickenhawk" argument, which tries to shift the discussion from the message to the messenger. It tries to move the topic from "is this a good idea?" to "who the hell are you to say anything?" It is an attempt to silence the opposition by assailing them personally, by punishing them for daring to have a dissenting opinion."

And one of the commenters in the thread had the perfect comeback by fighting fire with fire:

"But as far as the chicken hawk thing goes, I like to respond by offering a similar question in return. For example, I might ask:"

“Do you support universal access to healthcare for all?”

"If so, then I follow up with:"

“Have you volunteered to be a no-cost medical doctor, or nurse, or nurse’s assistant? Or maybe a crisis counselor, or dental assistant, or vision tester, etc. Surely, there is somewhere in the health care environment where you can contribute. Maybe you’re better with computers. Have you offered your time to help set up a data base at the free clinic? Maybe you don’t have the time or special skills to contribute. Are you at least providing monetary support?”

As Jay Tea first stated, the whole chickenhawk argument is just a vacuous attempt to take the argument from dicussing the issue to attacking the individual.

Update: Oleg Dulin made some comments in Whizbangs thread, and put up his own post where he asks: "What made Iraq unique enough to be attacked"?. I tried to respond in his comments and only got a "I know what your doing, your trying to spam my comments" message. In fairness, it is stated that there would be a confirmation message sent to my e-mail to post a reply, but that has not been forthcoming as of yet. I can see wanting to do anything to keep spam away, but making it so difficult to get through to opine makes it seem to me that Oleg really doesn't want to hear any opposing opinions...maybe he'll come here and try to engage?

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June 29, 2005


I just wanted to share a moment of self-satisfaction. I passed the 20,000 visitor mark yesterday, and I attained the level of Large Mammal in the TTLB (if only for a day, as is likely, but I still was there! :)

I may just have a blog going...and it's all due to YOU, the readers of my inane scribblings.

I can't say it enough:

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F.E.C. and the Internet

The F.E.C. met to discuss the possible regulation of political speech on the internet.

In a personal sense, don't give a damn what regulations they put into place, I really don't believe that they will affect me in any manner, as I am not connected to any candidate or party, and if it comes to the point where the opinion of a private citizen becomes regulated, I'm afraid that it would be one of the "revolutionary triggers" I discussed in an earlier post, and the regulations will have become moot.

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1st Qtr GDP up 3.8%

Whenever you read through any web site on the Left side of the aisle, one of the constant complaints is "how bad the economy is" and lament the High Times of the Clinton administration. They forget that by the second year of the second Clinton administration, there was growing evidence of a quickly looming recession.

Well, despite all their doom and gloom, the economy is actually doing quite well, thank you. The 1st Q report is in, and the growth rate of the GDP came in at 3.8%... .1% better than projections, and the third quarter in a row where growth was 3.8% or HIGHER. It's true that the deficits we're running are a matter of concern too, but if you look into it, you'll note that base revenues coming IN to the government are higher than ever. The Left tries to put the blame on these deficits on the WoT in Iraq and Afghanistan, but there again, gross costs are deceiving; the total costs of military expenditures in the last two years represent only 6 DAYS worth of the total tax revenue coming in to government in the same time period.

And for those that say "thats all well and good, but what about the lack of employment for the "little guy"?" Well cast your eyes on the chart below and tell me that growrh in the GDP doesn't translate into a better situation as far as employment goes. Read this as well to get a little better perspective.

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As it ever has been, the problem is NOT that we're not paying enough taxes, it's that the government continues to raise their spending far above any increases in revenue. The Republicans are as guilty of this profligate spending as the Democrats are, although the largest expenditure requests are coming from the Left side of the aisle, no matter, in the end, ten small projects cost as much as one large one. in terms of the total outlays, so the blame is more than enough to paint both sides of the aisle.

WE THE PEOPLE need to start becoming more informed as to just what the govt. is spending revenues on, and start holding our representatives accountable for it.

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The Muslim Mind?

Well we now have a deeper insight into the Muslim mind...seems that Condi Rice is being so tough with Iran because of having a had an affair gone wrong with an Irani in college. Doesn't seem to occur to these guys that our relations haven't been...well, EXISTANT, since the takeover of our Embassy in Teheran 25 years ago...

Seems that Muslims have a problem with sex in all facets of their thought. They can't have a woman go by them lest they forget the task at hand. In fact, I saw one site where a Muslim cleric described women as being nothing but "temptation and pudenda". Yeah, I want THAT guy trying to tell me what a healthy relationship is!

This isn't the first time that Irani officials have accused romance of interfering with geopolitics...It was rumoured last year that German foreign minister Joschka Fischer hardened his tone towards Iran after acquiring a girlfriend who supports the exiled opposition. Couldn't have been because Iran wanted to get a better deal on nuclear "power plant" equipment and the Germans wanted top price, it HAD to be because the Foreign Minister was getting some non-radical Muslim nooky...

F.E.A.T.E. Let's just solve the problem for good; turn the sands of the ME into a glass paved parking lot for the vehicles of the Haz-Mat suited roughnecks we send in to recover the oil.

Or better yet, lets take my fathers advice and arrange a world wide boycott of oil for a month. Let them drink their oil and see how long it takes for them to change regimes.

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Well, there you Gogh!

Jack, one of my favorite readers sent me this e-mail...and having been born near Van Gogh's old environs, I got a good laugh out of it, hope you found it as amusing as I did.

Van Gogh's Family Tree:

Just in case you do not know who Van Gogh was, he was a very well-known
and famous artist - did many valuable paintings. I found this very
delightful and entertaining. Hope you do, too.
His dizzy aunt ------------------------------------------Verti Gogh

The brother who ate prunes -------------------------Gotta Gogh

The brother who worked at a convenience store ------Stop n Gogh

The grandfather from Yugoslavia --------------------------U Gogh

The cousin from Illinois ------------------------------- Chica Gogh

His magician uncle -----------------------------Where-diddy Gogh

His Mexican cousin ---------------------------------- A mee Gogh

The Mexican cousin's American half-brother ---------- Gring Gogh

The nephew who drove a stage coach--------------Wells-far Gogh

The constipated uncle --------------------------------- Cant Gogh

The ballroom dancing aunt ----------------------------- Tang Gogh

The bird lover uncle ----------------------------------Flamin Gogh

His nephew psychoanalyst -------------------------------- E Gogh

The fruit loving cousin ----------------------------------Man Gogh

An aunt who taught positive thinking ---------------- Way-to Gogh

The little bouncy nephew ------------------------------- Poe Gogh

A sister who loved disco -------------------------------- Go Gogh

And his niece who travels the country in a van ---Winnie Bay Gogh

Posted by Delftsman3 at 08:21 PM | Comments (0)

Stay the Course

President Bush reiterated that "we will stay the course" in Iraq in his speech last night. I'm glad that he shows stern resolve in the face of repeated calls for "timelines,goal markers, and exit stragedies".

The Left is constantly trying to compare Iraq to Viet Nam as a "quagmire" without having learned the OTHER lessons of Viet Nam, namely, that you don't tell your enemy your limits; and that a military conflict can be won in the press if you can't beat your opponent by force of arms.

We can not tell the insurgents that if only they can hold on until _put date here_, they will have succeeeded in defeating the best army in the world. That is exactly what a timetable for withdrawal does. The one-sided reporting occurring at the moment in terms of only showing body counts of Coallition troops and Iraqi civilians without showing the real progress that has been made in terms of reconstruction and implementation of a new independant government is exactly what turned the people against the troops in Viet Nam and cost us the war after we had decimated the NVA to the point of almost non-existance.

Another thing that the doom and gloomers always attempt to say is that "Irag has nothing to do with the WoT". Well, if not, who are these "insurgents" that we're fighting in Iraq? MOST of the leadership of the "rebels" are NOT Iraqi, and if the reports are accurate, more and more of the fighters aren't either.

So WHERE would you rather fight them, in Iraq or here? And make no mistake, we will be fighting these people for longer than just in Iraq, but the fact is that they are fighting us in OUR choice of location, and they are obliging by coming to us to fight, and not staging more attacks on our own soil. This is a somewhat "cruel and heartless" way of looking at the situation, at least for the Iraqi nation; but then again, I am an AMERICAN , not an Iraqi, and prefer not to fight on my home soil. The Islamofacists declared this war over 20 years ago; for the most part, we weren't even aware that this war was declared untill 9/11. I thank god that we had a president that had the resolve to engage the enemy with real force rather than just trying to engage warriors with diplomats and cash bribes in the form of "aid".
It's a shame that the Iraqi people have to suffer the ravages of war, but the Islamofacists have to be fought somewhere, and it's the bad luck of the draw for the Iraqi's that the battlefield is centered there for the moment.

update: Sir George explains the folly of trying to fight a long term war on a timetable basis better than I could. As he said there is only one term for the side that tries to do so....The LOSER.

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This Story is full of S**T!

Gary Moody must be one desperate guy.....Arrested after a teenaged girl found him peering up at her from an outhouse seat...WHEW! Talk about a stinking pervert!

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Quote of the day

“Caring is irrelevant. Desire to do good is irrelevant. All that counts is knowledge and results”
~Michael Crichton~

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June 28, 2005


Lt.Col. Gordon Cucullu was part of a Department of Defense trip to the Joint Task Force - Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. And he maintains that there IS indeed a great amount of abuse occurring there. Actions are being taken against human beings that just shouldn't be countenanced under any circumstances.

Here's what he had to say:"Our group went to GITMO to check out tales that the military was being too tough on these terrorist detainees. We left convinced that America is being extraordinarily lenient – far too lenient."

"After speaking with soldiers, sailors, and civilians who collectively staff Gitmo, I left convinced that abuse definitely exists at the detention facilities, and it typically fails to receive the press attention it deserves: it’s the relentless, merciless attacks on American servicemen and women by these terrorist thugs."

"We dined with the soldiers, toured several of the individual holding camps, observed interrogations, and inspected cells. We were impressed by the universally high quality of the cadre and the facilities. While it may not be exactly “Club GITMO,” as Rush Limbaugh uses to tweak the hard-Left critics who haven’t a clue about reality here, GITMO is a far cry from the harshness experienced even by maximum security prisoners in the U.S."

Col. Cucullu concludes with: "You are right to worry about inhumane treatment taking place at GITMO. But your concern should be for the dedicated, well-trained, highly professional American men and women who are subjected to a daily barrage of feces, urine, semen, and spit hurled at them along with vile invective as they implement a humane, enlightened system of confinement on men who want nothing more than to kill Americans. These quiet professional Americans, who live under the motto “Honor Bound for Defense of Freedom,” deserve our utmost respect and concern. Shame on anyone who slanders or disrespects them for short-term and short-sighted political advantage."

I suggest that Sen's. Durbin and Pelosi take a prisoner or two into their own custody and see how THEY would handle them. Given the type of people these detainees are, I think we'd soon be two moonbat Senators short.

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People in Glass Houses Should STFU!

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Yeah Senator Kennedy...And just WHEN are you going to stand trial for Manslaughter? Actually, under current law it would be TWO charges...any idea who the father of MayJo's unborn fetus floating bit of protoplasm baby was?

Not to mention that when there was an opportunity to show support for an alternative energy producing project, you fought it with the "not in MY backyard" argument.

Thanks to TNS for putting up the pic for me to steal borrow

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A Little Partisian Rant

I stole borrowed this cartoon from Neal's Nuze. Sure does seem to hit the nail pretty much on the head.
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Go to any "Progressive" site...TRY to find any solid, step by step, proposals, backed with logical reasoning, on how to change policies for the better, and whats more, try to make such a proposal in the comments, and note the reaction you get.

95% of the time, the only proposal that a Progressive can come up with is that:

A. We need to raise taxes on "the Rich".

B. We need to have a government study/ further legislation to control the problem.

C. We need to do this "For the Children".

And the reaction you'll receive on a proposal?

A. "Your an uncaring slave of corporate America".

B. "Why are you so greedy"? "You should be happy to pay your taxes, so that you can enjoy the benefits of X, Y, or Z."

C. "Your a Republican, ergo you are a Nazi/Facist/Religious Right Wing Wacko".
And don't forget the classic "vicious gun lover that: wants to turn us back to the Wild West days/ let the blood run freely in the streets".

I will admit that Conservative sites aren't innocent in speading the lables "Communist" and "Socialist" around a little too freely too...there is one slight difference though, they usually back that tagging up with factual data.

But as the cartoon exemplifies; show me an instance where the Democratic party has made any proposals of their own, it seems that all they have done in the last three years is to do their best to block anything the Republicans come up with....whats even worse, it seems that some Rhinos are starting to do the same, in an effort to seemingly become more "bipartisan" before the next election. The art of politics is all about compremise, THAT is bipartisonship..negotiating a bill that, while it doesn't give either party everything they would desire, does become acceptable for the moment to both points of view. Just saying NO is far from that concept.

Posted by Delftsman3 at 09:03 PM | Comments (0)

Gitmo part 2

Must be tough to be Senator Durbin or Pelosi right now...especially when people from your own party are refuting your contentions that "Gitmo is a Gulag".

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Well, the Supremes seem to be on a roll; first they essentially negate private property rights, and now they've ruled that the police don't really HAVEto do their jobs in protecting the people as individuals, even whenthere is a court ordered restraining order.....

And to all those GFW's out there that say "YOU don't need a weapon; that's the job of the Police":

In the final analysis, we are all responsible for our own protection; and for the protection of those we hold dear. And with this most recent ruling, this fact of life even more evident to anyone with more than three firing neurons left. If you aren't willing to protect yourself/family; then you are nothing more than a parasite on the body of society.

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As you Sow...

Justice Souter may soon learn a valuable lesson in the law of unintended consequences. Don't you just LOVE the smell of irony in the morning?

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June 27, 2005

Quote of the Day

Courage is the complement of fear. A man who is fearless cannot be courageous. (He is also a fool.)
-Lazarus Long, Time Enough For Love (Robert Heinlein)

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Mmm mmm! Good!

Now THAT"S what call a "Blow"pop!

And a real DEEP throat!.

And some day's it just doesn't pay to get out of bed....

WHY we fight....(okay,...You KNOW how political I can get! LOL)

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June 26, 2005


It's too bad that the Constitution prohibits Naturalized citizens from running for President. I wonder if we could make a one time exemption and draft Kim du Toit?
After reading his essay on compremise, part 1, it's clear to me that he is a person that could bring sanity back to the political discourse of the country.

Kim is a natural teacher of plain common sense pertaining to the human condition. Here's just a taste:

"Politics, as the old saying goes, is the art of the compromise, and it’s absolutely true, even though that compromise sometimes sticks in the craw.

Socialistic statism is horrible; so is unfettered capitalism. The first political system suppresses human nature; the second exacerbates it.

Somewhere between the two lies peace and prosperity."

As most of my readers know, I'm of the far right side of the abortion issue, I guess you could have termed me an "absolutist", in Kim's terms, yet I still have grave reservations about what the struggle over abortion is doing to our society.

Kim has proposed a compremise in principle on both sides of the issue that could end a great deal of the struggle. It's one that, as an absolutist, does stick in my craw, yet the acknowledgement of the realities involved make it a fair compremise for both sides.

Go read it all. I can hardly wait for Part 2.

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Range Time

Yesterday was the 11th anniversary of the blessed union between Mamamontezz and I....so how did I spend it? Why I went to the range with Alex; our friend from the People's Monarchy of Britain, OF COURSE!
And before all you readers of the feminine persuasion excoriate me, Mama had to work anyway, and I went with her full blessing....well, went to see Alex, anyway, the range time is another story :(

Image hosted by Photobucket.com Here's Alex holding some much-desired toys....as he said, WHAT a COUNTRY!

Image hosted by Photobucket.com And here he is right before killing the green invader from IhateUstan.....

Image hosted by Photobucket.com And I think he did a pretty thourough job of it too! LOL That one head shot was my turn at the AR-15 varient he tried out.....The shop owner and I TOLD him not to rent it...sure enough, his little fling with it lit a fervent desire to own one of his very own....impossible for a poor college student....especially one here only on a limited student visa.
But at least it gave him yet another reason to want to emigrate! LOL

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I was happy trying out a brand I've never seen before, a Para Ordance LDA, in my favorite .45ACP caliber.

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And I found it to be a true pleasure to shoot. note the head shots...quick fire at roughly 20 feet. Not too bad, considering my lack of range time in the last two months and with an unfamiliar weapon.

Got some vid of our playtime too, but since I don't have a host that will let me download it, I guess it will have to remain locked in my files as a private pleasure.....

Mamamontezz was a little disconcerted about the amount of money I spent.....disconcerted, HELL, she was PISSED! I guess I'll have to find a way to appease her rage...any suggestions ladies? I would take HER to the range ASAP, a little shooting always calms her down.... but that would only add to the money woes....

At least if I suddenly disappear, you'll know the reason why.....

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June 25, 2005

How to tell if your at a gay party

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Revolution triggers?

Continuing a theme from an earlier post....We now have lost some of our rights under the 1st Amendment and 5th Amendment...and now I read about forfeiture of "suspected" illegal gains cash by Federal Law Enforcement officials (DEA).....

So lets recap shall we? We are being restricted in political free speech sixty days before an election by McCain-Feingold; the SCOTUS has said that any government entitity can seize your property under Emminent Domain, if they believe that they can increase revenues to the government by doing so; and law enforcement can seize your money from your person as being SUSPECTED of being obtained by illegal means. No PROOF of illegality is required....just the fact that people don't normally carry large amounts of cash serves as prima facia evidence of illegality; and you have to sue and prove that it's not illegally obtained to recover your funds.

As I said in my earlier post, there is a monster on the loose...how long do we allow it to roam free before we do something to cage it?

"For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury" (WHAT would YOU call it when a law enforcement official can seize your assets on "a hunch" that your engaged in illegal activity?)

"In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people."

"For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies"

Hmmm seems that allowing Emminent Domain for the purpose of raising revenue to the State and restricting free political speech prior to an election is "enlarging it's boundries" and "introducing (the same) absolute rule".

There you have three "triggers" that were part of what made the FF's rebel reoccurring in our time by our own government.

As the FF's said:
"That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness."

Are we made of the same stuff as our Forefathers?

Do we have the courage to stand up and be counted in asserting our rights granted to us by God? Remember that our Constitution is predicated on that assumption, no matter WHAT the anti-religionists say.

We need to redouble, nay, treble, our efforts to reassert those rights within the framework of the law, and yet, prepare ourselves for the possibility that it may be too late for the system to be changed by anything less than an armed resistance.

We owe our Progenitors nothing less than to show the same courage and sacrifice that they did, to continue the brave experiment they handed down to us for safekeeping. That those that would contaminate that experiment come from within and not from an external source, makes it no less necessary to demonstrate the same courage and willingness to defend our rights and liberties. At the ballot box and in the public forum for the present, but also on the battlefield, should it come to that point.

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June 24, 2005

Things aren't always as they seem

A man standing in line at a check out counter of a
grocery store was very surprised when a very attractive woman
behind him said, "Hello!" Her face was beaming.

He gave her that "who are you look," and couldn't
remember ever having seen her before.

Then, noticing his look, she figured she had made mistake and apologized. "Look," she said "I'm really sorry but when I
first saw you, I thought you were the father of one of my children,"
and walked out of the store.

The guy was dumbfounded and thought to himself,
"What the hell is the world coming to? Here is an attractive woman who can't
keep track of who fathers her children! "

Then he got a little panicky. "I don't remember her," he thought but, MAYBE....during one of the wild parties he had been to when he was in college, perhaps he did father her child!

He ran from the store and caught her in the parking lot and asked, "Are you the girl I met at a party in college and then we got really drunk and had wild crazy sex on the pool table in front of everyone?"

"No", she said with a horrified look on her face.

"I'm your son's second grade teacher!"

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Check your Arms and Ammo Supplies

Just the other day I was engaged in an IM disussion with one of my friends that was prompted by my post on why I hold the 2nd Amendment so dear, and my feelings that the time for a second American Revolution may just be closer than we would wish. My friend is of the staunch opinion that "working within the system" will forstall any such need for open rebellion; and he asked me a very cogent question: Just WHEN will we know that the time for taking up arms has come?; what will be the trigger to let us know that it is no longer possible to redress our complaints against government through the law, and go on to take up arms?

I told him that there probably wouldn't be just one major trigger, but a series of seemingly minor incursions on our individual liberties, to the point where it becomes obvious that our government no longer deserved to be in power; AND that the ballot box was no longer effective in effecting peaceful changes in the course of policies.

Our 2nd Amendment rights have been under fire for a great many years now, a battle that ebbs and flows, but one that has been leading ever closer to the loss of those rights.

The SCOTUS upholding the McCain-Feingold act has already curtailed our 1st Amendment rights of free political speech. The urging of the FCC to regulate the Blogosphere in regards to the M-F Act only furthur imperils that freedom of speech, although it's too early just yet to know to just what extent that curtailment shall be.

However, with the latest SCOTUS decision, I fear that a major trigger has been pulled, and the time has been drastically shortened to when an armed revolt just may need to occur. This decisions strikes deeply into our 5th Amendment rights

In case you don't realize the effect of that decision just yet; it is, simply put, that no longer are private property rights held to be inviolable.
Government at any level can now decide that YOUR property can be better utilyzed by another for the betterment of "the People" as a whole. Read that to mean that when government can get more money from someone else by transfering your property to them via "condemnation for public use," they are not completely free to do so.

Yes, there is the fiction of "just compensation" for the property involved. But think about it. If the developer in question would be willing to pay you fair market value for your property, there wouldn't be any need for the government to be involved at all, would there?

And regardless of price, If you don't wish to sell for any reason, WHY should the government have the power to force you off your land just because they can garner higher tax revenues from the petitioner for your property?

This isn't a minor little disagreement, this is the end of true private property rights for good and all, and the removal of one of the prime pillars of our liberty.

For all intents and purposes, the concept of private property ownership ended when government started assessing property taxes, but at least we could maintain the fiction that we still were the lords of our manors. The taxes weren't unduly burdonsome in the majority of cases, and after all, that money went toward the needed infrastructures to make our property more valuable, so there was some equity in the exchange. This decision will strip the wool from the eyes of many people that heretofor were content in the delusion that they were more than mere lessors of their property, and will lead to an ever growing awareness that there is a monster on the loose, and that monster is our own government.

"The moment the idea is admitted into society that property is not as sacred as the laws of God, and that there is not a force of law and public justice to protect it, anarchy and tyranny commence."
~John Adams~

Lay in your supplies, weapons, and ammunition NOW.

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June 23, 2005

Sugar Cookies

An elderly man lay dying in his bed. In death's agony, he suddenly
smelled the aroma of his favourite sugar cookies wafting up the stairs.

He gathered enough strength to get out of bed. Leaning against the
wall, he slowly made his way out of the bedroom.

With even greater effort, he forced his bony fingers to grab the
handrail and he went down the stairs, one stumbling step at a time.

With laboured breath, he leaned against the doorframe, gazing into
the kitchen. Were it not for death's agony, he would have thought
himself already in heaven.

There, on the kitchen table, spread out in rows upon wax paper,
were literally hundreds of his favourite sugar cookies.
Was it heaven? Or, was it one final act of heroic love from his
devoted wife of 60 years, seeing to it that he left this world a happy man?

Mustering one great final effort, he lunged toward the table,
landing on his knees in a rumpled posture.
His parched lips were slightly parted. The wondrous taste of the
cookie was already in his mouth; seemingly bringing him back to life.

The aged and withered hand, driven by one last gritty effort, shakingly
made its way toward a cookie at the edge of the table, when it was
suddenly smacked with a spatula by his wife.

"Stay out of those," she said, "They're for the funeral!"

As Acidman says: WIMMIN!

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Update- Paloswinian Martyr

Here's an update and expansion on my post about a Palistinian Misplaced Arab trying to martyr herself in an Israeli hospital, from a story at
Arutz Sheva Here's the story. I link, YOU decide.


Despite the distribution of a video of the Arab suicide bomber who
intended to blow up a hospital by the IDF, nearly all foreign news agencies
chose to boycott the story altogether.
An outraged former undersecretary to US President Ronald Reagan and
candidate for Republican Presidential nominee, Gary Bauer wrote a scathing
critique of the world media’s decision to avoid the story.

Excerpts from Bauer’s letter:

”If you don't get the Fox News Channel then you didn't see any of the
dramatic footage of the Israeli army's arrest yesterday of a 21-year old, female Palestinian homicide-bomber, strapped with 25 pounds of high-explosives, just moments before she was to commit mass-murder by detonating herself inside an Israeli hospital. No other television network featured the story.

”Utterly ignoring the extraordinary video of the homicide-bomber's
arrest, both the BBC and CNN focused extensively on how much ‘damage’
Israel's early morning arrest - for which there was no video - of 55 Fatah
and Islamic Jihad terrorists, described by CNN as ‘Palestinian
activists,’ would cause to today's scheduled ‘summit meeting’ between Israeli
Prime Minister Sharon and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

That only one network would air incredible footage of the seizure of a
ticking human-bomb, just moments before she tried to murder hospital
patients, means this story was not simply ignored by the mainstream media
- it was boycotted by the mainstream media. Since nearly every aspect
of this remarkable story contradicts everything the mainstream media has
been trying to tell us about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, they
just opted for the easiest way to handle it - denying it ever happened.


Ignoring the story meant the networks didn't need to tell viewers that
yesterday's homicide-bomber was not dispatched by terrorists of Islamic
Jihad or Hamas, groups opposed to President Abbas, but was in fact
working for the Al Aksa Martyrs Brigade, which is controlled by the
political party Fatah, whose chairman is none other than President Abbas

Ignoring the story meant not having to reveal that the
would-be-murderer had been traveling regularly to Israel for years on a valid medical pass, which granted the woman free treatment for burns she received in a home cooking accident, and was thus ruthlessly exploited by depraved
terrorists whose shameless capacity to cynically manipulate goodness,
in their pursuit of murder and death, knows no bounds.


Ignoring the story meant not having to cover comments the
female-terrorist made in a rare army supervised press conference in which she
revealed what her mission was and who sent her. "I believe in death," she
said on Israeli TV. "All my life I have been preparing to be a martyr.
Mother, please forgive me for failing in [my] mission." Sentiments not
exactly consistent with the line long peddled by the liberal media, and
more recently even by the Bush administration, that Israel is the
obstacle to "peace."

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June 22, 2005

Malkin Puts On the Smackdown

Michelle Malkin delivers a much deserved smackdown on those that keep asking for Trials/Hearings for Gitmo detainees. They HAVE had a hearing...


Due to the supposed "non-existant" hearings, over 200 detainees have been released...and 12 of those released were picked up BACK ON THE BATTLEFIELD. How many are back, but not recaptured?!?

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20% Anti Guantanamo

With all the contoversy over Guantanamo lately, I found This Poll interesting. AND also this post over at PowerLine. I would agree with John that if all the Democrats can come up with is a 37% support rate, when they have made an all-out push on this issue, they are indeed in trouble.

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Woods Apology

In the "You won't see this in the MSM" section, Douglas Wood, the Australian engineer that was rescued last week in a combined US/Iraqi "cordon sweep" apololgized to both President Bush and Australian Prime Minister John Howard for his "statements made under duress". Mr. Wood had been held hostage for nearly seven weeks by members of the Iraqi Insurgency Islamofacist movement. During the course of that captivity, Mr. Wood had made a televised plea for coallition troops to withdraw from Iraq.

"I actually believe that I am proof positive that the current policy of training the Iraqi army ... works because it was Iraqis that got me out," he said."

I would tell Mr. Woods that we understood that he was under duress, and hold no fault with him for saying what he had to, to survive. The fact that his first act on arriving home was to make a public apology shows that he is a class act.

Too bad some of our own people in leadership positions don't have the same class.

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Etiquette Class

During a good manners and etiquette class, the teacher says to her
students :

"If you were courting a well educated young girl from a prominent
family and during a dinner for two you needed to go to the toilet, what
would you say to her?"

Mike replies : "Wait a minute, I'm going for a p***."

The teacher says : "That would be very rude and improper on your

Charlie replies: "I'm sorry I need to go to the toilet, I'll be back in a minute."

The teacher says : "That's much better but to mention the word ''toilet'' during a meal, is unpleasant."

And Billy says: "My dear, please excuse me for a moment. I have to
go shake hands with a personal friend, whom, I hope, to be able to
introduce to you after dinner. "

The teacher passed out..

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The Birds & the Bees...V2.0

Little boy goes to his father and asks "Daddy, how was I born?" The
father answers: "Well, son, I guess one day you will need to find out anyway!

Your Mom and I first got together in a chat room on Yahoo. Then I set
up a date via e-mail with your Mom and we met at a cyber-cafe. We sneaked into a secluded room, where your mother agreed to a download from my hard drive.

As soon as I was ready to upload, we discovered that neither one of us
had used a firewall, and since it was too late to hit the delete button,
nine months later a blessed little Pop-Up appeared and said: You've Got

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June 21, 2005

Quotes of the Day

Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But then I repeat myself.
~Mark Twain~

A liberal is someone who feels a great debt to his fellow man, which debt he proposes to pay off with your money.
~G. Gordon Liddy~

Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.
~Ronald Reagan (1986)~

The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of the blessings. The inherent blessing of socialism is the equal sharing of misery.
~Winston Churchill~

There is no distinctly native American criminal class...save Congress.
~Mark Twain~

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Another "Martyr" Halted

Any pretense at making believe that the Palestinians Misplaced Arabs are a civilized people should be shattered by a story like this, in fact that pretense is belied by her own words:
"My dream was to be a martyr," she said, adding that she was recruited by the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, a violent offshoot of Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah movement. "I believe in death."

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I TOLD you so!

One of my reasons to be such a vehement supporter of the 2nd Amendment is that it puts the means of self protection into our hands. The GFW's say that "that is what we have police for", disregarding the fact that that personal protection really isn't in their jub description. In fact, they can't even protect themselves from the ragages of crime. When the head of the police department in our nations capitol can't be assurred that his official vehicle can remain untouched, just what hope do us lowly peons have?

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Yeah....I want to depend on THESE guys when it's life or death in the next two minutes!

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Steyn Slams Durbin

Back in the Campaign, Democrats were protesting that we couldn't queastion their patriotism, even though such allusions were never made against them.

Mark Steyn has a great post questioning Dick "the Turbin" Durbin on his patriotism, and makes a great case showing it's non-existance.

Paraphrased from the article:

As Sen. As Leahy implicitly acknowledges, Guantanamo is about "image" and "perception" -- about how others see America. Around the planet, folks naturally figure that, if only 100 people out of nearly 300 million get to be senators, the position must be a big deal. Hence, headlines in the Arab world like "U.S. Senator Stands By Nazi Remark." That's al-Jazeera, where the senator from al-Inois is now a big hero -- for slandering his own country, for confirming the lurid propaganda of his country's enemies. Yes, folks, American soldiers are Nazis and American prison camps are gulags: don't take our word for it, Senator Bigshot says so. This isn't a Republican vs Democrat thing; it's about senior Democrats who are so over-invested in their hatred of a passing administration that they've signed on to the nuttiest slurs of the lunatic fringe, and providing our enemies in a time of war with the juciest propaganda coup that they could have ever wished for.

I don't question the good Senator from Illinois's patriotism, he's already settled that question in my mind.
There is are words for such as "the Turbin" Quisling Or to be even more blunt, Traitor, come to mind...

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June 20, 2005

Internet Logs

I found the link to this story via Kim du Toit> Go there and read how he feels about it, he said it better than I ever could.

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We are swamped in the MSM with stories of how the war in Iraq has inflamed the Arab Street, and that our standing in the world has sunk to an all time low.

So how come when there is evedince that President Bush's policy of Democratization DO show signs of bearing fruit, there is a deafening silence from the MSM and those pundits declaring that our detention center at Gitmo "a Gulag"?

This protest march, which I found out about from the Florida Cracker, should be a sign that President Bush just may not be the war-mongering idiot the Left portrays him:

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BAKU, Azerbaijan - Thousands of demonstrators chanting "Freedom" and carrying portraits of President Bush marched across Azerbaijan's capital Saturday, demanding the resignation of the government and free parliamentary elections — in the biggest protest in years.

Note the man whose picture appears in the cry for freedom...sure isn't Dick "the Turbin" Durbin, is it? Maybe the "Arab Street" really does know just WHO has the best hopes and wishes for them in his heart?

Posted by Delftsman3 at 09:26 PM | Comments (1)

It's a Gulag, I Tell You!

With all the breast beating by the MSM, Amnesty International, and some members of the Dimwit™ Party over the supposed "brutality" of the conditions at Gitmo, I thought that it might be interesting to see how the "Minutemen" of Iraq (as the Moron from Michigan has described them) treat those that they consider as enemies.

Just an excerpt :

"But he still had been hurt badly. Marks from beatings criss-crossed his back, and deep pocks, apparently from electric shock burns, were gouged in his skin."

"The shocks, he said, felt "like my soul is being ripped out of my body." But when he would start to scream, and his body would pull up from the shock, they would begin to beat him, he said."

"In an interview with an embedded reporter just hours after he was freed, he said he had never seen the faces of his captors, who occasionally whispered at him, "We will kill you." He said they did not question him, and he did not know what they wanted. Nor did he ever expect to be released."

"They kill somebody every day," said Mr. Fathil, whose hands were so swollen he could not open a can of Coke offered to him by a marine. "They've killed a lot of people."

But at least they didn't play Christine Agulara tapes! Note that the prisoners didn't have to worry about the Queran being desecrated, they weren't provided any. Nor were they allowed to make their required prayers in the manner prescribed....kinda hard to do when your chained up on a wall.

Another excerpt:

His town has always been a good place, he said, but the militants have made it hell.

"These few are destroying it," he said, his face streaked with tears. "Everybody they take, they kill. It's on a daily basis pretty much."

Mmmm and just how many fatalities at Gitmo?.....

Lets see: Insurgants Islamofacists treatment of prisoners:

1 chained to the walls.
2 beaten on a daily basis.
3 fed once a day.
4 Subjected to electric shock.
5 kept in a darkened house.
6 Prevented from practicing their religious duties.

Treatment of detainees at Gitmo:

1 Kept in cells equivelent to any modern prison
2 May be subjected to uncomfortable heat or cold, to break down resistance for questioning--DONE with close medical supervision to ensure no physical damage.
3 Fed three meals a day, of religiously appropiate food, including chicken ala'orange, peas and dates (average weight gain of detainees is 20-30 lbs since arrival)
4 Allowed access to Queran, arrows to indicate East, prayer rugs furnished, and a bell rung to indicate the proper times to pray.
5 Allowed access to a fenced yard to excersize and be in the fresh air.

So YOU tell me, WHICH side is running a Gulag?

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"We's Sgt.'s Now"

Two boys from the mountains, Leroy and Jasper have been promoted from privates to sergeants. Not long after, they're out for a walk and Leroys says, "Hey, Jasper, there's the NCO Club. Let's you and me stop in."

"But we's privates," protests Jasper. "We's sergeants now," says Leroy, pulling him inside.

"Now, Jasper, I'm a-gonna sit down and have me a drink."

"But we's privates," says Jasper.

"You blind, boy?" asks Leroy, pointing at his stripes. "We's sergeants now."

So they have their drink, and pretty soon a hooker comes up to Leroy. "You're cute," she says, "and I'd like to date you, but I've got a bad case of gonorrea."

Leroy pulls his friend to the side and whispers, "Jasper, go look in the dictionary and see what gonorrhoea means. If it's okay, give me the okay sign."

So Jasper goes to look it up, comes back, and gives Leroy the big okay sign.

Three weeks later Leroy is laid up in the infirmary with a terrible case of gonorrhoea.

"Jasper," he says, "what fo' you give me the okay?"

"Well, Leroy, in the dictionary, it say gonorrea affects only the privates." He points to his stripes. "But we's sergeants now!"

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June 19, 2005

First Female Thunderbird Pilot

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In another example of excellence performance of women in the military,The Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron announced on Thursday the selection of Capt. Nicole Malachowski as the team’s No. 3 right wing pilot, making the 1996 Air Force Academy graduate the first female demonstration pilot in the Thunderbirds’ 52 year history.

CONGRATULATIONS on your new Assignment, Capt. Malachowski!

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Siver Star

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Sgt. Leigh Ann Hester of the 617th Military Police Company/Kentucky Nat. Guard is the first woman to receive a Silver Star for heroism in combat since WW11, for her actions in an ambush on her patrol on March 20. 27 Insurgents Islamofacists were killed, 7 others wounded/captured, with no loss of life of any American soldiers.

CONGRATULATIONS Sgt. Hester! Job well done.

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Canadian Health Care

I once got engaged in a dicussion with some members of the other side of the aisle on the topic of health care, and inevitably, they came up with the old argument: "they have it("universal" healthcare) in Canada, we need to do it here too". All my statistics and facts could not dissuade them from their contention that Canada's system was far superior to ours.

Too bad that the Canadian Supreme Court disagrees with them. I'm sure that will still not dissuade the lemmings of the Left from trying to convert our health care system to the Socialist model, but just maybe it will wake up the "Great Undecideds" to the situation, and help to get them to support REAL health care reform instead of sound/feel good socialist pap.

The NHS in Britain is in the same boat, but at least they DO allow "private pay" to decrease waiting times. But think about it, for the women in the story, there was STILL a two week wait for an MRI; IF she payed for it herself...In any American hospital, she would have received one as a matter of normal emergency room trauma treatment. She may have been deep in debt afterwards it's true, but she would have received treatment that may have precluded two years of suffering. I find it enlighteniong that the hospital where my wife works hase more MRI units that there are in ALL of Canada, and it's only one of seven hospitals in the metropolitan area that have such units.

Getting government out of health care would be a first good step. All too often medical personell spend more time on mandated paperwork than real patient care.
Secondly,setting reasonable caps on malpractice awards would help lower costs in far higher ratios than the awards themselves, just by lessening the incidents of doctors ordering non essential cya tests just to protect themselves from law suits.

And I know I've harped on this subject, but implementing the Fair Tax would increase the amount of money availible for the poorer members of our society to afford at least basic health care coverage.

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June 18, 2005

Must Read!

Jim, of Smoke on the Water, has been a little lax on posting of as late, but you have to admit after reading his latest, it was well worth the wait.

I concur with Jim, we are at that "awkward" stage where it just might be too late for the present system to last, but too early for the final defense against the coming collapse.

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Who is the greatest American?

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Nikola Tesla
1856 - 1943

"Science is but a perversion of itself unless it has
as its ultimate goal the betterment of humanity."

—Nikola Tesla

While looking through my referal logs at Site Meter, I noticed a visit from Annika of Annika's Journal. I went over to check her out and found a post about "who is the greatest American". Annika nominated Willis H. Carrier for his invention of air conditioning. I can see her reasoning and I agree that Mr. Carrier did, indeed, make a contribution to the world that is taken for too much for granted.

HOWEVER, I believe I have say that there is a man who made an even greater contribution, and who is all but forgotten. That man is Nikola Tesla. WHO, you say? Well, you would not be reading this without the contribution that Mr Tesla made to the benefit of the entire world, and Mr. Carriers air conditioning would be useless without Mr. Tesla. Edisons light bulb would still be a limited curiosity without it. In fact, most of the modern convienences that we take so for granted depend on it

Mr Tesla invented the first practical, safe, system to generate and transmit alternating current. Without alternating current, the modern world would not be possible.
Thomas Edison always fought the idea of alternating current as "too dangerous", despite the fact that direct current severly limited the distances that power could be carried, making it impractical for widespread use.

Mr. Tesla also developed in rapid succession the induction motor, new types of generators and transformers, fluorescent lights, and a new type of steam turbine. He also became intrigued with wireless transmission of power. Had his financial backer not deserted him, we may have had broadcast power now, without need for transmission line cluttering up the landscape. Engineers today are exploring the possibility of using microwaves for just that purpose. With Tesla's genius, I wonder if we wouldn't already have had it. Imagine the impact that THAT would have had. Totally electric cars would have been practical within the first decade of the twentyth century, forstalling many of the pollution problems we have now.

At the time of his death on January 7, 1943, he held over 700 patents.
Tesla was well known in his time, hundreds of admirers attended his funeral, but as with so many, he's all but forgotten today, eclipsed by another great genius of the time, Thomas Edison. Tesla was a loner, not interested in anything but his own work; Mr. Edison had not a little of the showman in him, with the result being that he is remembered and Tesla has faded into obscurity, despite his great contributions to the modern world.

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How to Destroy America

One of my oldest readers, Jack, sent me this disturbing e-mail. It was a transcript of a speech given by Richard Lamm, former Governor of Colorado to an Immigration conferance meeting in Washington D.C.

As an emigre myself, I have always been sensative to immigration issues, and I feel that this country has fallen from the correct path in many of these issues with the advent of PC multiculturalism, bilingual education, deference to foreign cultures in governmental services, and not too long ago, referance to foriegn laws by our Supreme Court in making a judgement. We are giving up our national identity on the alter of a false ideal; that all cultures are equal and should be held to without expectation of assimilation into the American culture.

Don't get me wrong, I am proud of my heritage, and I never wnat to forget where I came from, BUT I came here to be an AMERICAN, had I wanted to hold to my native culture, I would have stayed where I was. Remembering and respecting a heritage is a good thing to do, but trying to live that heritage to the exclusion of becoming a part of the new culture you find yourself in is destructive.

Without further blathering on my part, listen to what Governor Lamm has to say on the effects of uncontrolled immigration , and low expectations of newcomers top our shores:

We all know Dick Lamm as the former Governor of Colorado. In that
context his thoughts are particularly poignant. Last week there was an
immigration-overpopulation conference in Washington, DC, filled to
capacity by many of American's finest minds and leaders. A brilliant
college professor named Victor Hansen Davis talked about his latest
book, "Mexifornia," explaining how immigration - both legal and illegal
was destroying the entire state of California. He said it would march
across the country until it destroyed all vestiges of The American

Moments later, former Colorado Governor Richard D. Lamm stood up and
gave a stunning speech on how to destroy America. The audience sat
spellbound as he described eight methods for the destruction of the
United States. He said, "If you believe that America is too smug, too
self-satisfied, too rich, then let's destroy America. It is not that
hard to do. No nation in history has survived the ravages of time.
Arnold Toynbee observed that all great civilizations rise and fall and
that 'An autopsy of history would show that all great nations commit

1. "Here is how they do it," Lamm said: "Turn America into a bilingual
or multi-lingual and bicultural country. History shows that no nation
can survive the tension, conflict, and antagonism of two or more
competing languages and cultures. It is a blessing for an individual to
be bilingual; however, it is a curse for a society to be bilingual.

"The historical scholar Seymour Lipset put it this way: 'The histories
of bilingual and bicultural societies that do not assimilate are
histories of turmoil, tension, and tragedy.' Canada, Belgium, Malaysia,
Lebanon all face crises of national existence in which minorities press
for autonomy, if not independence. Pakistan and Cyprus have divided.
Nigeria suppressed an ethnic rebellion. France faces difficulties with
Basques, Bretons, and Corsicans."

2. Lamm went on: "Invent 'multiculturalism' and encourage immigrants to
maintain their culture. I would make it an article of belief that all
cultures are equal. That there are no cultural differences. I would
make it an article of faith that the Black and Hispanic dropout rates are
due to prejudice and discrimination by the majority. Every other
explanation is out of bounds.

3. "We could make the United States an 'Hispanic Quebec' without much
effort. The key is to celebrate diversity rather than unity. As
Benjamin Schwarz said in the Atlantic Monthly recently: 'The apparent success of our own multiethnic and multicultural experiment might have been
achieved not by tolerance but by hegemony. Without the dominance that
once dictated ethnocentrically and what it meant to be an American, we
are left with only tolerance and pluralism to hold us together.'"

4. Lamm said, "I would encourage all immigrants to keep their own
language and culture. I would replace the melting pot metaphor with the
salad bowl metaphor. It is important to ensure that we have various
cultural subgroups living in America reinforcing their differences
rather than as Americans, emphasizing their similarities."

5. "Fourth, I would make our fastest growing demographic group the
least educated. I would add a second underclass, unassimilated,
undereducated, and antagonistic to our population. I would have this second underclass have a 50% dropout rate from high school."

6. "My fifth point for destroying America would be to get big
foundations and business to give these efforts lots of money. I would
invest in ethnic identity, and I would establish the cult of
'Victimology.' I would get all minorities to think their lack of
success was the fault of the majority. I would start a grievance industry
blaming all minority failure on the majority population."

7. "My sixth plan for America's downfall would include dual citizenship
and promote divided loyalties. I would celebrate diversity over unity.
I would stress differences rather than similarities. Diverse people
worldwide are mostly engaged in hating each other - that is, when they
are not killing each other."

"A diverse, peaceful, or stable society is against most historical
precedent. People undervalue the unity it takes to keep a nation
together. Look at the ancient Greeks. The Greeks believed that they
belonged to the same race; they possessed a common language and
literature; and they worshipped the same gods. All Greece took part in
the Olympic games. A common enemy Persia threatened their liberty. Yet
all these bonds were not strong enough to over come two factors: local
patriotism and geographical conditions that nurtured political
divisions. Greece fell. "E. Pluribus Unum" -- >From many, one. In that
historical reality, if we put the emphasis on the 'pluribus' instead of
the 'unum,' we can balkanize America as surely as Kosovo."

8. "Next to last, I would place all subjects off limits ~ make it taboo
to talk about anything against the cult of 'diversity.' I would find a
word similar to 'heretic' in the 16th century - that stopped discussion
and paralyzed thinking. Words like 'racist' or 'xenophobe' halt
discussion and debate."

"Having made America a bilingual/bicultural country, having established
multi-culturist, having the large foundations fund the doctrine of
'Victimology,' I would next make it impossible to enforce our
immigration laws. I would develop a mantra: That because immigration
has been good for America, it must always be good. I would make every
individual immigrant symmetric and ignore the cumulative impact of
millions of them."

9. In the last minute of his speech, Governor Lamm wiped his brow.
Profound silence followed. Finally he said, "Lastly, I would censor
Victor Hanson Davis's book Mexifornia. His book is dangerous. It
exposes the plan to destroy America. If you feel America deserves to be
destroyed, don't read that book."

There was no applause. A chilling fear quietly rose like an ominous
cloud above every attendee at the conference. Every American in that
room knew that everything Lamm enumerated was proceeding methodically,
quietly, darkly, yet pervasively across the United States today. Every
discussion is being suppressed. Over 100 languages are ripping the
foundation of our educational system and national cohesiveness.
Barbaric cultures that practice female genital mutilation are growing as we
celebrate 'diversity.'

American jobs are vanishing into the Third World as corporations create
a Third World in America - take note of California and other states -
to date, ten million illegal aliens and growing fast. It is reminiscent of
George Orwell's book "1984." In that story, three slogans are engraved
in the Ministry of Truth building: "War is peace," "Freedom is
slavery,"and "Ignorance is strength."

Governor Lamm, walked back to his seat. It dawned on everyone at the
conference that our nation and the future of this great democracy is
deeply in trouble and worsening fast. If we don't get this immigration
monster stopped within three years, it will rage like a California
wildfire and destroy everything in its path, especially The American

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June 17, 2005


Now Sen. Durbin (D-Il) is blaming the media for "taking his comments (likening our military to Nazi's, the Soviet gulags, and Pol Pot) out of context".

Sen. Durbin, You are a flaming idiot if you think that you can play that game. Yes, the purported conditions that you were citing came from an e-mail, but your remarks prefacing the "information" were all yours.

YOU were the one likening our military to some of the most heinious human events in history, and in so doing were giving a signal to our enemies that they were succeeding in causing a division of will and purpose in our political ranks while we're in a state of war.

In my mind, that was not mere disagreement with policy, but sedition. I firmly believe that not only should you be stripped from your Seat, but you should be prosecuted, convicted by the words out of your own mouth, and incarcerated.

No citizen should blindly follow ANY administration, it is the duty of every citizen to protest when they feel that our government is acting in a manner that is not in keeping with our traditions,laws and Constitution, but having said that, there is a right way and a wrong way to disagree. You,sir, most certainly followed the wrong way, and you should suffer the consequences of your actions.

As a Senator,you should be capable of judging the effect of your public statements can have on our country, the blatent disregard for those effects
you demonstrated can only lead one to conclude that you are not fit to be in the position that you hold.

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Can YOU say "irony"?

The article states that the animals were "picked up from the shelter for euthanization at PETA's headquarters" WTF?!?

Posted by Delftsman3 at 04:14 PM | Comments (1)

Shoe Bomber

I received this in an e-mail, and no I didn't Snopes it, so I can't guarentee it's accuracy, but it's a response that Should have been made, if it wasn't.

Shoe Bomber

Remember the guy who got on a plane with a bomb built into his shoe
and tried to light it?

Did you know his trial is over?
Did you know he was sentenced?
Did you see/hear any of the judge's comments on TV/Radio?
Didn't think so.

Everyone should hear what the judge had to say.
Ruling by Judge William Young, US District Court.

Prior to sentencing, the Judge asked the defendant if he had
anything to say.

His response: After admitting his guilt to the court for the record,
Reid also admitted his "allegiance to Osama bin Laden, to Islam, and to
the religion of Allah," defiantly stated "I think I will not apologize
for my actions," and told the court "I am at war with your country."

Judge Young then delivered the statement quoted below:

January 30, 2003, United States vs. Reid. Judge Young: "Mr.
Richard C. Reid, hearken now to the sentence the Court imposes upon you.

On counts 1, 5 and 6 the Court sentences you to life in prison in the
custody of the United States Attorney General. On counts 2, 3, 4 and
7, the Court sentences you to 20 years in prison on each count, the
sentence on each count to run consecutive with the other.
That's 80 years. On count 8 the Court sentences you to the
mandatory 30 years consecutive to the 80 years just imposed. The Court
imposes upon you each of the eight counts a fine of $250,000 for the
aggregate fine of $2 million. The Court accepts the government's
recommendation with respect to restitution and orders restitution in the
amount of $298.17 to Andre Bousquet and $5,784 to American Airlines. The
Court imposes upon you the $800 special assessment.

The Court imposes upon you five years supervised release
simply because the law requires it. But the life sentences are real life
sentences so I need go no further. This is the sentence that is
provided for by our statutes. It is a fair and just sentence. It is a
righteous sentence.

Let me explain this to you. We are not afraid of you or any
of your terrorist co-conspirators, Mr. Reid. We are Americans. We
have been through the fire before. There is all too much war talk here
and I say that to everyone with the utmost respect. Here in this court,
we deal with individuals as individuals and care for individuals as
individuals. As human beings, we reach out for justice.

You are not an enemy combatant. You are a terrorist. You are
not a soldier in any war. You are a terrorist. To give you that
reference, to call you a soldier, gives you far too much stature. Whether
it is the officers of government who do it or your attorney who does it,
or if you think you are a soldier. You are not----- you are a
terrorist. And we do not negotiate with terrorists. We do not meet with
terrorists. We do not sign documents with terrorists. We hunt them down
one by one and bring them to justice.

So war talk is way out of line in this court. You are a big
fellow. But you are not that big. You're no warrior. I've known
warriors. You are a terrorist. A species of criminal that is guilty of
multiple attempted murders. In a very real sense, State Trooper Santiago
had it right when you first were taken off that plane and into custody
and you wondered where the press and where the TV crews were, and he
said: "You're no big deal."

You are no big deal.

What your able counsel and what the equally able United
States attorneys have grappled with and what I have as honestly as I know
how tried to grapple with, is why you did something so horrific. What
was it that led you here to this courtroom today?

I have listened respectfully to what you have to say. And I
ask you to search your heart and ask yourself what sort of unfathomable
hate led you to do what you are guilty and admit you are guilty of
doing. And I have an answer for you. It may not satisfy you, but as I
search this entire record, it comes as close to understanding as I know.

It seems to me you hate the one thing that to us is most
precious. You hate our freedom. Our individual freedom. Our individual
freedom to live as we choose, to come and go as we choose, to believe or
not believe as we individually choose. Here, in this society, the very
wind carries freedom. It carries it everywhere from sea to shining
sea. It is because we prize individual freedom so much that you are here
in this beautiful courtroom. So that everyone can see, truly see, that
justice is administered fairly, individually, and discretely. It is
for freedom's sake that your lawyers are striving so vigorously on your
behalf and have filed appeals, will go on in their representation of you
before other judges.

We Americans are all about freedom. Because we all know that
the way we treat you, Mr. Reid, is the measure of our own liberties.
Make no mistake though. It is yet true that we will bare any burden;
pay any price, to preserve our freedoms. Look around this courtroom.
Mark it well. The world is not going to long remember what you or I say
here. Day after tomorrow, it will be forgotten, but this, however,
will long endure. Here in this courtroom and courtrooms all across
America, the American people will gather to see that justice, individual
justice, justice, not war, individual justice is in fact being done. The
very President of the United States through his officers will have to
come into courtrooms and lay out evidence on which specific matters can
be judged and juries of citizens will gather to sit and judge that
evidence democratically, to mold and shape and refine our sense of justice.

See that flag, Mr. Reid? That's the flag of the United
States of America. That flag will fly there long after this is all
forgotten. That flag stands for freedom. And it always will.

Mr. Custody Officer. Stand him down.

So, how much of this Judge's comments did we hear on our TV
We need more judges like Judge Young, but that's another subject.
Pass this around. Everyone should and needs to hear what this fine judge
had to say. Powerful words that strike home.

God bless America.

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My "nephew" and Blog-brother SlagleRock has just received word that he was being promoted to Technical Sargeant (E-6) in the Air Force.

Go on over there and give him a well deserved Congratulations!

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June 16, 2005

UN; Communist Tool?

This story is one that should receive far more coverage than it will. Ion Hihal Pacep, a former National Security advisor to Rumania's Nicolae Ceausescu and an agent of the KGB for over twenty years, has revealed that the Communist Bloc had, and HAVE an ongoing operation to turn the U.N. into a kind of international socialist republic, inimical to the U.S.

He also states that John Bolton is the best choice that could have been made to represent the United States in the U.N. As he stated: "John Bolton not only acts forcefully, he also gets results."

Mr. Pacep also reveals that much of the Anti-American, anti-Capitalist rhetoric coming out of the European Left, and parroted by our own "Progressives" was also carefully formulated and backed by planners in Moscow:

This is a familiar theme. For 27 years of my other life I was involved in creating various Antonio Negris throughout Western Europe and using them to spread the seductive theory of economic determinism that still defines the mindset of Europe’s Left. I helped write the lyrics to the siren song according to which America, symbolizing the world’s rich, is to blame for all the evils of the world. I was steeped in its rhetoric. To me today, these Cold War agitators revived by Kofi Annan’s U.N. are even more disturbing than the terrorists’ Kalashnikovs now aimed at us.

And for those people of the Kum-Ba-Ya persuasion that claim that "war never solved anything", this is what a former member of the opposition has to say:

Nazism, the Holocaust, and Communism were not defeated by international organizations or by blue-ribbon commissions. They were defeated by the military actions of the United States, which is now working on crushing the evil of terrorism. The U.S., not the U.N., initiated freedom’s current domino effect in the Middle East, a movement that now is even reaching into Ukraine, Georgia, and other former Soviet republics, while the U.N. is busy encouraging the growing anti-American barrage.

We need to invite the U.N. to move their headquarters to a more suitable area in keeping with their idiology...Darfur perhaps? They are so excited by the prospect of "saving Africa", they should jump-start the effort by putting their bodies where their mouths are. They are always going to be inimical to the U.S., we don't need to add injury to insult by providing them with comfy quarters from which to spew their acrid venom.

WHY are we providing the majority share of financial support for an organization that is predicated to destroying everything that America believes in?

Posted by Delftsman3 at 11:19 PM | Comments (2)

Ft.Wayne Governmental thievery

The Fifth Amendment guarentees that the government cannot seize private property without "just" compensation; but what is a homeowner to do when that government only offers a fourth of what a property is worth? The Kruses are disputing the condemnation of 3/4 of an acre of their property when they disagreed that $5,000. was "just" compensation. The problem is, even if they do win their case, the deed has already been done and that land is forever lost to them, along with their faith in their right of private ownership.

Posted by Delftsman3 at 10:22 PM | Comments (0)

Ward Churchill

Ward Churchill is back in the news as CU is investigating allegations of research misconduct by Professor Churchhill.

It's an ironic twist to think of an Ethics Professor to be charged with plagerism, copyright infringement, and misrepresentation of his lineage....couldn't be happening to a more deserving guy IMHO.

Those that defend him say that Professor Churchill's First Amendment rights are being attacked, but I don't see that plagerism, fraudulent information dissemination, and fraudulent scholorship in academic papers are covered in any way by the First Amendment.

Posted by Delftsman3 at 10:08 PM | Comments (3)

Black Activists and Ignorance

In a show of what ignorance that revisionist history engengenders, Black protesters are picketing the King Tut exhibit in L.A.

They are protesting that a recreation bust made from cat scans of the Phaeroh's mummy depict him as "white". Regardless of what the Black Historical revisionists have tried to claim over the last ten years or so, the Egyptions DIDN'T have airplanes, DIDN'T have some form of mysterious power sources capable of levitation, and they were NOT a Negroid race. They certainly weren't lily white either, they were a Semetic people along the lines of Arabs and Hebrews.

Black history is something that is important to be taught, just as all history is, but some of the current revisionist views of that history does a disservice to the truth, and sets back support for teaching that history.

Mr Cleggs contention that the Egyptions were descended from the Nubians is a blatent demonstration of ignorance. The Nubians were enslaved by the Egyptions, and were a co-inhabiting race of the period. That is from the written records of the ancient Egyptions themselves, and from the tomb paintings in the Valley of Kings; and from the Roman Empire that conquered the region in a later era. The Romans were very specific in their historical records, and they made the distinction between Nubian and Egyption.

The Nubian Empire in itself is a thing to be proud of in Black history; it was the richest kingdom ever seen prior to the rise of the Egyption Empire. There is no need to usurp the Egyption history except from those that feel some sort of inadequacy because they have been led astray by revisionists trying to make a name for themselves with un-founded CRAP trying to pass for history.

Posted by Delftsman3 at 09:46 PM | Comments (3)

ANOTHER Damned Quiz

From Practical Penumbra I took this quiz....pretty close to my belief, I'd say.

You scored as Cultural Creative. Cultural Creatives are probably the newest group to enter this realm. You are a modern thinker who tends to shy away from organized religion but still feels as if there is something greater than ourselves. You are very spiritual, even if you are not religious. Life has a meaning outside of the rational.

Cultural Creative
















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While searching some images from Google, I came across this picture from a custom/restoration motorcycle company's website when I came across this little beauty. It's almost a dead ringer for the bike I learned to ride on with the exception that mine was Candy Apple Blue instead of Red, and had a suicide clutch. It sure brought back a lot of happy memories, and at the same time, deepened my sadness at not currently having a "steel stallion" to get some wind in my hair. Maybe next year......

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June 15, 2005

Moonbat Alert

Eugene Girin has an article outlining a group calling itself the Peace and Justice Studies Association (PJSA).

I wouldn't be surprised to see Moonbats using links to PJSA items in attempting to bolster their arguments against the war in Iraq and Afghanistan. If they do, so just remind them of the background of a couple of the major players in the group (from the article):

The leader of the PJSA is the vehemently anti-Israel activist Simona Sharoni. A native of Israel and the daughter of a Holocaust survivor from Romania. Sharoni has devoted her adult life to anti-Israel and anti-American activism.
Sharoni is a founding member of the "Women In Black,” a group of Israeli women who sided with the Palestinian terrorists during the first Intifada. “Women in Black” were nicknamed "the black witches" by Israeli soldiers for their disruption of counter-terrorism activities and for their harassment of Israeli security personnel at roadblocks and checkpoints.

PJSA includes peaceniks who dwell in a transparently delusional world. A perfect example is Howard Richards, a professor in the Peace and Global Justice Studies department at Earlham College. What is Professor Richards solution to achieving World Peace?

"Reduce, reuse, and recycle";
"Cultivate an organic garden";
"Use less fossil fuel"; and
"Process inner anger by following a spiritual path or getting some form of therapy."

"Plant flowers, see a psychotherapist—this, according to Richards, is the way to defeat al-Qaeda and Zarqawi's butchers in Iraq."

As Mr Girin concludes his article:

"While the PJSA might be seen as an obscure leftist group with insane or repugnant views, the sobering reality is that most PJSA is an association of educators who have authority over hundreds if not thousands of young Americans yearly. American parents should be aware that the teachers of their children could be PJSA-supporting pedagogues. Far from being a peace organizaton the Peace and Justice Studies Association is a division in the fifth column army that is at war with America and the West."

I agree, we as parents MUST become more aware just WHO is teaching indoctrinating our young skulls full of mush, to borrow a phrase from El Rushbo. It is a disservice not only to our children, but our country not to become educated on the state of Higher Education today.

Posted by Delftsman3 at 11:12 PM | Comments (4)

Senatorial Stupidity

What are we to make of Senators that liken our troops to Nazi's? I think that Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) spoke in a manner sure to lower morale of our troops....can you say "aid and comfort to the enemy" boys and girls? I'm sure you can.

And Senators Babs Boxer (D-Ca) and Russ Feingold(D-Wi) want to try to force the White House and the Pentagon to come up with a time table for the withdrawal of forces in Iraq, supported on the House side by Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi(D-Ca). Sometimes it seems that some members of the party of the "little guy" could be better characterized as being agent for Al Quaida, at least by their proposals, if not their religion.

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Joke of the Day

I saw this over at Curmudgeonisms and just HAD to steal borrow it.

The power mower was broken and wouldn't run, so Geri kept hinting to her husband, Bob, that he should get it fixed. But, somehow, the message never sank in.

Finally Geri thought of a clever way to make her point. When Bob arrived home one day, he found her seated in the tall grass, busily snipping away with a tiny pair of sewing scissors. He watched silently for a short time and then went into the house. He was gone only a few moments.

When he came out again, he handed her a toothbrush. "When you finish cutting the grass," he said, "you might as well sweep the sidewalks."

The doctors say Bob will probably walk again, but he will always limp.

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I'm probably going to get called a racist/hatemonger/Nazi for stirring this pot, but when the facts show the truth, what else can you go with?

According to the latest HIV statistics released by the CDC, Blacks constitute 47% of the population infected with the HIV/AIDS virus. Pretty damning of "black culture", when you consider that Blacks constitute only 13% of the general population.

The PC crowd would have us embrace all cultures for the uniqueness and flavor that they bring to the culture as a whole. But what do you do when that sub-sub-culture can lead you to an increased risk of contracting a fatal didease?
No I am NOT saying that Blacks are responsible for HIV/AIDS, but it does seem that segments of the sub-culture are responsible for a growth in the number of cases. These are the sub-sub cultures of the black intraveineous drug user and the sub-sub culture of the Black gay/bi communities, NOT the Black sub-culture as a whole. So save the "racist" accusations.

HIV/AIDS is a lifestyle disease in the vast majority of cases, (barring the few that contracted it from blood products/natal infection) and the studies show that the high risk behaviour occurs more often in the Black community. Unprotected sex, intravenous drug use, multiple sex partners in a short time span....these are things that the Black community needs to address if these numbers are to ever go down. They can't blame it on "The Man". They will have to look closer to home and try to do something to educate the young to the dangers they face.

I believe that people such as Bill Cosby are trying to show the way, too bad that so much of the "Black Leadership" castigate the messenger and his message. Dr. Cosby has a lot of common sense to impart. But it's not too surprising, after all, his message is one of responsibility and accountability, and where is the profit/power for race issue whores in that?

I do find some measure of blame in the Political arena in this....As I noted in an earlier post, "you get more of what you subsedize" and polititions have created a whole sub-class of people that have never learned that they are responsible for their own well being. Whites are greater in number in this sub-class, but I am sure that if the numbers were screened, a large number of Black HIV/AIDS victims would also be members of this sub-class that have come to depend on the government for direction in every facet of their life.

We need to bring back the concepts of real self pride (not the vacuous "race" pride and "entitlement attitude" the the Race Whores have tried to forward as their agenda) and self reliance that made this country great. It needs to be done for ALL races, but the cancer has eaten farther in Black community with the help of the race whores and limosine Liberals, and is more urgent to correct, if the next generation of Blacks is to have a decent chance of making themselves and their community the great assets to the country that they have every right to be.

Posted by Delftsman3 at 07:14 PM | Comments (2)

PA Media' America Bashing

President Bush has contiually put pressure on Isreal to cooperate with the PA over establishment of an autonomous Palistinian Misplaced Arab State.
Just how does the PA return the favor? Just a cursory check through what the PA controlled media puts out to the people reveals that the PA is interested in what it has always been interested in, their own power, and the elimination of Israel and the Jewish people.

Palestinian Media Watch has all the examples you'll ever need to realize that the PA is not a "partner in finding peace" in the Israeli/Palastinian conflict, but a fomenter of that conflict.

The silence in our own media about what is being disemminated in the ME only further confirms the impression of their Liberal bias.

Posted by Delftsman3 at 06:11 PM | Comments (0)

$5. Hospital surcharge.

Having a wife that works in a hospital, i'm somewhat familiar with how hospitals are trying to cut costs and raise revenues in every manner possible, but I think that the United Hospital in St. Paul, MN. had stepped over the line into minor extortion with a new policy that adds a $5.00 charge on flowers delivered by florists to paitients in the hospital. They say it's to cover the expense of supervision of the hospital volunteers that deliver the flowers to the patients room. I call BS on that. The fact is that those volunteers are there in any case, and would require the supervision if there were never another bouqet delivered. The purpose of a volunteer program is to free medical personell from non medical tasks in seeing to the comfort of patients and their families, and bringing flowers up to a patients room would certainly qualify in that area.
Is the hospital next going to charge for every little service that a volunteer might provide? Want a magazine from the gift shop to help through the boredom/anxiety between tests and blood draws? Sure, that will be a $3.00 delivery charge, please. Want a special snack from the cafeteria? $4.00 is the tarriff.

These people give of their time and energy to have a sense of helping their fellow man in a time of stress and pain; for a hospital to try to turn their altruistic service into another profit generating center is nothing short of despicable. Yes, it does take some amount of capital to administer such a program, but it should be covered within the cost of what a patient already pays for his room, the average being around $300.-500. a day in the average hospital these days.

Let's hope the hospital adminstration rethinks this proposal, for the benefit of their public relations, if nothing else.

Update:It seems that the United Hospital felt the pressure almost as soon as they announced their new flower delivery surcharge scam. You can try to register for the original story, but here's the meat of it:

United Hospital officials announced this morning that they have postponed their plan to charge $5 for all flowers and plants delivered to patients by florists. Following a story in today's edition of the Star Tribune, many people called the hospital to protest the change and by mid-morning the policy was rescinded.

The calls came from more than the metro area, so it may be an example of the power of the Internet to effect change.

Posted by Delftsman3 at 05:44 PM | Comments (1)

Welfare Ethic

The Progressive side of the aisle is constantly referring to us of the conservative persuasion as being cold and heartless because we don't wholeheartedly support a robust wefare system and believe Social Security isn't the best idea since sliced bread. I think we hold to these beliefs because we are realists and realize that "if you want more of something, you subsidize it."
Progressives seem to believe that the "the poor" as a group are that way because the "society has treated them unfairly" and "held them back from succeeding", despite multitudinous examples of people achieving great success despite having had their starts in some pretty appalling squalor.

I came across this story at Tech Central Station of an Irani-Swedish emmigrant that proves the contentions of the conservatives point of view. The author describes just how an overgenerous welfare system leads to the dependancy of it's constituants on government largesse, not a helping hand on the ladder of success. (note- Social Security is the Swedish term for Welfare here)

Some telling little snippets:

"The strong work ethic that we had brought from our home countries simpered away and we became used to the idea that social security was responsible for our lives."

Social security secretaries assumed that the people that they supported had no sense of responsibility.

One thing that my up growing has shown me is that there is little incentive to work and educate yourself in the Swedish welfare system. According to the Institute for Labour Policies the average salary of a person who has studied at a university for three years is only five percent higher of somebody who is uneducated. Most Swedish families would have higher income if they lived off government and made some money working in the black market.
Note that word incentive, it's the major difference between the Conservative and Progressive view. Conservatives want to help those in need just as much as Progressives do, the difference is we want to give a boost up to survive in hard times, and Progressives seem to think that any restrictions placed on the public largess is "discriminatory" and "demeaning" to the poor.

The author in the story also has fears for the future of her adopted country as a whole, as she has seen first hand the corrosive effects of government handouts. She makes the point that such a system cannot be sustained for the long term because of those corrosive effects on the population as a whole:

For a long time the strong work ethics in Sweden has prevented people from exploiting the system. But this seems to be changing. The work ethic has dramatically fallen in Sweden. More and more people are finding ways of living off government as an alternative to working. Between 20 and 25 percent of the working age population does not work. Between 1997 and 2003 the number of people who were on sick leave increased by more than 200,000, a dramatic number for a small country such as Sweden.

There hasn't been a great epidemic sweeping the country during this period, but rather a change in attitude. Today 62 percent of the employees in Sweden believe that it might be OK to take a sick leave even though illness doesn't stop you from working. This attitude is probably simply an adjusting of ethics to the Swedish system. What can you expect in a country where 9 out of 10 females who are living off sick leave would have less money in their pockets if they went back to their jobs?

The European welfare systems have functioned because of strong work ethics that made people reluctant to exploit them. But these work ethics are the product of a society where you had to work in order to provide for yourself and your family. As people adjust to the political systems we have today the ideas of individual responsibility diminishes. This is exactly what has happened among the large number of emigrants who are dependent on social security. What happens when the rest of the population adjusts to the system?

Welfare, and to a lesser extent Social Security, erodes the work ethic, and in the end leads to a permanent subclass of people that live as parasites of the society that has too much false compassion. Why would I include Social Security in that statement? Think about it...SS gives people the false impression that they need not plan for their future income when the time comes they can no longer work. It's true that they are paying into the system for that purpose, but the fact is that the lower income earners get back benefits in excess of their contributions, even though those benefits are really not high enough to really provide for a comfortable living on their own...so in effect the low income earners are actually being cheated twice.

If they invested the same amount in private accounts, they would receive a much higher rate of return, so they are not getting the full benefit of their hard earned money, yet they have no choice, and the mandatory nature of the system precludes them from making their own investments; the money for that has already been taken by SS. Once in the system, they are bound to it with no chance for improvement other than voting in vote pandering polititions promising to raise their slice of the pie on the backs of the taxpayers. And the cycle continues untill it's inevitable collapse.

Individual Progressives support the system because they have this strange idea that it is the "governments money" that is involved. They have forgotten the basic fact that the government HAS no money other than what they can squeeze out of population through taxes, tarriffs, and licensing fees. The more generous the government largess, the larger the bite they take out of YOUR wallet to pay for it.

Some progressive may point to some of those individuals that rose out of a welfare family background to make great success for themselves, and those individuals do indeed deserve to be lauded for their achievments, but the facts show that for a large percentage of such families; it becomes a multi-generational way of life where the sons and daughters only learn how to "game the system" to receive the maximum amount possible. This is an attitude that is a cancer on any society, and can only lead to an ever increasing sickness in that society's economy to the point of collapse.

Posted by Delftsman3 at 05:07 PM | Comments (1)

Reality Check

I may have posted this before, If so, I don't care, I think it gives everyone a perspective on what a reality check is all about.

Try driving around as a Gringo in Mexico with no liability insurance and have an accident.

Enter Mexico illegally...Never mind immigration quotas, visas, international law or any of that nonsense.

Once there, demand that the local government provide free medical care for you and your entire family.

Demand bilingual nurses and doctors.

Demand free bilingual local government forms, bulletins, etc.

Procreate abundantly.

Deflect any criticism of this allegedly irresponsible reproductive behavior with, "It is a cultural United States thing... You wouldn't understand, pal."

Keep your American identity strong. Fly Old Glory from your rooftop or proudly display it in your front window or on your car bumper.

Speak only English at home and in public, then insist that your children do likewise.

Demand classes on American culture in the Mexican school system.

Demand to be eligible for Mexican retirement funds into which you never contributed.

Demand a local Mexican driver license. This will afford other legal rights and will go far to legitimize your unauthorized, illegal presence in Mexico.

Insist that local Mexican law enforcement teach English to all its officers.

Good luck! Because it will never happen. It will not happen in Mexico or any other country in the world..except right here in the United States...Land of the naive! If you agree, pass it on. If you don't, move to Mexico...or Iraq...or France.

Oh... And one more thing... don't drink the water.

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June 14, 2005

2nd Amendment - When do we Defend it?

While going through my daily rounds in the Blogosphere, I found a link at Kim du Toits that discusses something that doesn't get the attention it merits.

I often post my feelings about the Second Amendment and it's purpose as envisioned by the founding fathers,namely that it was intended as a last defense against tyranny from our own government. But I have always left out what just may be the most important part: Just WHEN is it time to invoke that defense and let the bullets start to fly? this essay addresses that issue in the most thoughtful manner I've seen.

We've all seen the bumper stickers that say "They can have my gun when they pry it from my cold dead fingers", and while it evokes a certain sense of bravado and spirit, I don't think that anyone can regard an individual incident in that vein as an effective way of defending the 2nd Amendment; the public merely sees it as "oh, another gun nut/fanatic/insert meme here pulled off an idiotic stunt and got arrested/shot by the police, good for them".

Go get a cup of coffee, get a note pad to make notes and jot down questions, settle in and really READ and absorb the wisdom contained in the words there.

I am not a religious man as Ron S. is, but I do agree with him that the wisdom contained in the Bible dealing with the secular and intrapersonal relationships within a society were one of the twin pillars in the founding of this country. You don't have to suscribe to a particular tenant to see where he's coming from, if you translate the meanings of the religious wisdom into the secular terms of "how do we form a society that truly works to the betterment of all".

I find myself in complete agreement with Ron on his premise/conclusions/strategy. Go there, read it, ponder it, and put your own two cents in. Start to really think about it, and begin planning Your course of action when TSHTF. It will, inevitably, sooner or later, and Ron has a thoughtful
outline of a good course of action. Remember that it is your DUTY as a citizen of a free Republic to become informed, and to defend the freedoms that Republic affords you, for if not you, who? "The tree of Liberty requires refreshment with the blood of patriots" are not idle words, they are a fact borne out time and again in history. As Ron also notes, our forfathers expected tyrany from government:

The founding fathers of our country had no such illusions of trust: they understood the depravity of human nature. They understood that absolute power corrupts absolutely. They understood that government must be restrained with the chains of the Constitution. They did not incorporate the system of checks and balances because they had faith in the government. Having faith in the government is a complete reversal of the founders' original theory of eternal distrust and vigilance.

Why is this discussion so important? I think that Ron said it best:

All this discussion of armed resistance may beg the question: What's the big deal about gun control? Why should we hazard our lives to stop it? And, where is this tyranny? To answer briefly: the Second Amendment is the guarantor of the rest of the Constitution, including the Bill of Rights. Therefore, an attack on the Second Amendment is an attack on the entire Constitution. Without the Second Amendment, we have no means to physically retain our other rights; they become dusty words on an old piece of paper that can be ignored. If we lose the Second Amendment, we lose all the other rights at the same time.
First, our rights came into existence because of the principles in the Second Amendment--arms and militias. They had no rights, no Constitution, no liberty, and would never have had any without the Second Amendment.
This point can be easily demonstrated by examining the justifications given for the American revolution in 1776 in the Declaration of Independence: "In every stage of these Suppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms. Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury." The colonists exhausted every available means of appeal over a long period of time, but the oppressive conditions only worsened, and they had no peaceful means left to use. The only recourse is elegantly stated by Patrick Henry: "An appeal to arms and to the God of hosts is all that is left us!". All our rights were literally born from the Second Amendment, and, I might add, God is equally a part of Patrick Henry's equation.

Where will you stand when the bullets start to fly? You'd be wise to ponder the question before the need to make a decision arises. If your on the side of patriots, you need to become prepared, if not, prepare for living as a subject, not a citizen.

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June 13, 2005

MJ Beat It

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The verdict is in. Michael Jackson was found NOT GUILTY on all ten counts

The people have made their decision through the offices of 12 members of the electorate. At least now, we may not have to hear more jackson news 24/7

Now that Mikey was found "innocent", I guess can't show you his proposed "new look" for prison.

I trust the jury made the right decision on the facts of the case as they heard them. Let Jackson go back to Neverland and, hopefully, fade from public sight.

Posted by Delftsman3 at 10:28 PM | Comments (2)

One Man's Account

Michael Fumento is one reporter who put his body where his mouth is and took the trek to Iraq to get a first hand picture of the events there.
He almost paid the final price in doing so.

I think that his first hand account really does show that the MSM isn't getting it right the majority of the time. Maybe if the pool reporters would get out of the hotel bar more often the picture would change. Seems the only time they DO get out is when they report what the Islamofacists Insurgents want to get out on the media.

Posted by Delftsman3 at 09:41 PM | Comments (0)

June 12, 2005

Dilithium Crystals ?

Seems that Gene Roddenberry may have been a forcaster of future science in almost as amazing a way as Jules Verne was over a hundred years ago..

Cold Fusion just may be closer than we believed.

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T."Splash" Kennedy

A certain Progressive aquaintence of mine once said in a discusion with me that "at Least Ted Kennedy is working for the little guy", and that "we have to do something about the greedy rich.

Wish I had had this item then. I have no problem with making money on an investment, but to pontificate about the evil side of capitalism engaged in by the rich, while your engaged in what your railing against just once again shows the hypocracy of the swimmer from Massachussetts, and by taint of association, of his supporters.

Posted by Delftsman3 at 10:57 PM | Comments (3)

Nixon Set up?

HERE'S an interesting take on Watergate. It doesn't change the fact that Nixon was forced to resign (deservedly) due to his participation in a post event cover-up, but if true, it does change the whole background of the event, and should lessen Nixon's iconic stature as the symbol of evil by the Left, were they intellectually honest.

Posted by Delftsman3 at 10:44 PM | Comments (1)

Royal Navy Idiots?

The Royal Navy has egg on it's face...
I'm very pro-military :), but when your stupid enough to deny ownership of expensive equipment, when it's got your id stencilled on the side of it, and then refuse to follow well established salvage rights, you deserve a modicum of public mockery and approbation.

Posted by Delftsman3 at 10:30 PM | Comments (0)

Iraq,WMD's, and the UN

The Progressive meme is that "Bush Lied-People Died", and that meem has been a large part of a lot of reporting by the unbiased LSM.
The charge is that there were no WMD's found (untrue). They further tout the UN as being the body to believe, and the condemnation coming from that august body about the actions the coallition took in Iraq...

So I have to find THIS STORY as particularly amusing as it is telling. It doesn't go into enough detail (surprie,surprise) but the mere fact that the UN now has evidence of the means of WMD's being removed from 109 sites in Iraq should be a big frog sticking in the craw of the LSM's throat...won't be of course, they will do as they always do, ignore it; and continue portraying the US as an evvviiill empire in the making.

MY meme would be "Saddam LIED- People Fried,shredded,hung,shot,stoned..."
guess it's too unwieldy and unpoetic to catch on though.

Posted by Delftsman3 at 10:13 PM | Comments (1)

Patriot Act Rebellion

I'm gratified to see that some Republicans are standing up against President Bush's attempt to expand the powers of the Patriot Act.

The initial act was a hastely concocted response to terrorism after 9/11, and with all such law, it was ill conceived. There are sections of the law that were things that should have been done long ago, such as information sharing between law enforcement agencies, but these could have been accomplished in a manner that was not as great a danger to our individual civil liberties.

The original act should be allowed to die, not be expanded upon.

Posted by Delftsman3 at 09:44 PM | Comments (3)

SAVE the Children

As all the GFW's out there know, I'm rabidly pro-2nd Amendment; in fact I am on the far fringe of that belief, because I believe that it's every adults right (barring criminal history/insanity) to carry a firearm, and licenses/permits be damned. I believe that basic gun safety/marksmanship should be a required course in high school.

That being said, there is a danger out there, and it's killed far too many of our innocent children out there. And it's caused by adults that have no valid reason for possessing these instruments of death. They are mostly just status symbols of the power that wealth can bring. A substitute for a small penis perhaps?

In 2002, 1095 children between the ages of one and nineteen were victims of this pernicious atrocity. That same year, 166 children were the victims of firearms-related incidents...and 7,550 died in MVA related incidents. Yet the only outcry you hear of are against firearms.

I am thinking about starting my own lobbying group (ala Handgun Control Inc.) , legislating against this dangerous possession of irresponsible adults.
And considering there isn't an enumerated right to own one of these child killers in the Constitution, I should have an easier time of it than Sarah Brady has with guns.

I'll have to ponder it a bit more.....I have come up with an acronym for it already though: P.A.P. And I promise that the literature will be full of just that, much the same as in HGC Inc.'s

What is this deadly killer in our midst? Why do we allow these to be owned by people when they pose such a hazard, and they're totally needless,expensive, and mainly owned by the rich; you know, those people that cheat and rob from you to live their life of luxury? The acronym says it all: P.arents A.gainst P.ools.

And it's not just the fatalities we have to be concerned about, for every death there are near fatalities that have lifelong health consequences. They have used supposed "public health care costs" to attempt to ban smoking, yet the costs involved with near drownings far outweigh those.
Health care costs per near-drowning victim typically range from $75,000 for initial emergency room treatment to $180,000 a year for long-term care.
The annual economic costs of residential pool drownings and near-drownings of young children are estimated to be $450 million to $650 million.
Orange County Fire Dept

If Progressive are truly concerned for the welfare of our children,as they claim in the case of firearms, I hope they join me in this fight to stamp out these even more dangerous symbles of wealth and machismo. After all a gun can be used in protection, but a pool is just a tragedy waiting to happen.

Posted by Delftsman3 at 09:22 PM | Comments (1)

9/11 Memorial Hijacked

Once again Sir George at the Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiller has sent the ball out of the park with this post on the ideas contemplated by the 9/11 Memorial Committee. Follow the link at the end of the post and add your voice to those who want to see the correct thing done, and refuse to let what should be a monument to the 3,000 Americans lost turned into a PC tribute to the Hate-America First crowd.

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Military High Spirits

From the crazy guys at Pass the Ammo, WHO said the Brits have no sense of humor?

And welcome to the Blogroll, Chad, Krunk, and JJ! (who knows, someday, maybe may actually be an honor! LOL)

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Religion in Europe

Europe is the most secular place in the world today, but even there, they have the concepts of a Heavan and a Hell:

Euro-heaven has British cops, French cooks, and German politicians

Euro Hell has German cops, Brit cooks, and French politicians

Hat Tip to Alex

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June 11, 2005

New Discoveries

Seems that civilization in Europe is much older than previously thought, with Paleolithic structures that rival the pyramids and Stonehenge, but predate them by at least two millenia.

It might be argued that civilization hasn't returned to the area since the collapse of that Neolothic culture, but thats just one snide POV....

Posted by Delftsman3 at 10:37 PM | Comments (0)

Liberal Elites and the Poor

It's Thomas Sowell, need I say more? Hie ye there and further your education in clear thinking.

Update: And here's PART TWO.

Posted by Delftsman3 at 10:23 PM | Comments (1)

A Democrats Advice

Democrats have been losing a lot of elections lately for one major reason: they have only tried to court what they believe to be their core base, the Progressive Urban Yuppy,Sectarian Elite. They have for all practical purposes given up and ceded the Republicans the "religious" heartland and the rural South. If you don't believe it, just take note of the fact that in most of the states where they won, they only garnered the major population centers...IE, in Penn., they won Philly and Pittsburg, and lost every where else. Here in Ind. they only took something like four or five counties in the state (My home county being one of them btw). This, after the Democrats having held control in the statehouse the last two elections.

From a partisan standpoint, I for one am elated about this, as it means that I can look forward to my choice of candidates to be the winners. That said, there are a Democrats that could be excellant leaders, if they would run with what is really in their hearts, and not with the party's Elitetist heirarchy's packaged meme's.

There are Democrats that know this fact and have tried to clue the Party decision makers in, but those leaders have turned a deaf ear, preferring to listen to marketing and one issue lobbyists instead.

I found THIS PROFILE of one such Democrat that really does have a handle on how to win in America. After listening to him talk, even I would take a long, hard, second look at a candidate he would back, if it was a personal choice of his, and not just a campaign job.

I hope that "Mudcat" remains an outsider in the Democratic stratedgy councils; should they ever become wise enough to really listen to him, and heed his advice, the GOP would be in for big trouble.

Fair warning, the piece is a really long one, but assure you, that if you take the time to really absorb it, you'll be pleased with the insights it can give you, and it's well worth the time.

Raisinettes ?....hmmmm

Posted by Delftsman3 at 10:13 PM | Comments (2)

Hiring Cajuns

A Cajun man wants a job, but the foreman won't hire him until he passes a
little math test.

"Here's your first question, the foreman said.
"Without using numbers, represent the number 9." "Without numbers?" the
Cajun says, "Dat is easy." and proceeds to draw three trees. "What's
this?" the boss asks.

"Ave you got no brain? Tree and tree and tree make nine," says the Cajun.

"Fair enough," says the boss. "Here's your second
question. Use the same rules, but this time the number is 99." The Cajun
stares into space for awhile, then picks up the picture that he has just
drawn and makes a smudge on each tree. "Ere you go." The boss scratches
his head and says, "How on earth do you get that to represent 99?"

"Each of da trees is dirty now. So, it's dirty tree, and dirty tree, and dirty
tree. Dat is 99."

The boss is getting worried that he's going to
actually have to hire this Cajun, so he says, "all right, last question.
Same rules again, but represent the number 100." The Cajun stares into
space some more, then he picks up the picture again and makes a little
mark at the base of e ach tree and says, "Ere you go. One hundred." The
boss looks at the attempt. "You must be nuts if you think that
represents a hundred!"

The Cajun leans forward and points to the marks at the base of each tree
and says, "A little dog came along and crap by each tree.
So now you got dirty tree and a turd, dirty tree and a turd,
and dirty tree and a turd, which makes one hundred.

....So, when I start?!"

H/T to Bob

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Lawyer Too smart for his own good


A Charlotte, NC lawyer purchased a box of very rare and expensive cigars,
then insured them against fire among other things.

Within a month, having smoked his entire stockpile of these great cigars
and without yet having made even his first premium payment on the
policy, the lawyer filed claim against the insurance company.

In his claim, the lawyer stated the cigars were lost "in a series of
small fires."

The insurance company refused to pay, citing the obvious reason that
the man had consumed the cigars in the normal fashion.

The lawyer sued... and WON! (Stay with me.)

In delivering the ruling the judge agreed with the insurance company
that the claim was frivolous. The judge stated nevertheless, that
the lawyer "held a policy from the company in which it had warranted that
the cigars were insurable and also guaranteed that i would insure them
against fire, without defining what is considered to be unacceptable
"fire" and was obligated to pay the claim.

Rather than endure lengthy and costly appeal process, the insurance
company accepted the ruling and paid $15,000 to the lawyer for his
loss of the rare cigars lost in the "fires."


After the lawyer cashed the check, the insurance company had him
arrested on 24 counts of ARSON!!!

With his own insurance claim and testimony from the previous
case being used against him, the lawyer was convicted of intentionally
burning his insured property and was sentenced to 24 months in jail
and a $24,000 fine.

This is a true story and was the First place winner in the recent
Criminal Lawyers Award Contest.


H/T to Bob for the tale

Posted by Delftsman3 at 07:04 PM | Comments (2)

Respect; or Submission?

Diana West of the Washington Times points out something that we should all take note of the in the aftermath of the "Koran flushing" fiasco of a story that Newsweek disseminated, then retracted.

Take heed of her point, and heed it well, it may mean our survival. The attitude of submission is not one to take with a hungry wolf.

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June 10, 2005

Nasty Drug Habit

On the lighter side, Boortz also has a link to the latest drug habit to come down the pike..

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Flat Vs Fair Tax

In the ongoing debate on tax reform, there are three basic proposals...

A. More of the same. (just tweaking rates and adjusting loopholes.)

B. Flat Tax (everyone pays the same flat rate, no loopholes)(and if you believe THAT, I have this bridge...)

C Fair Tax (moving to a consumption tax, rebates issued for basic necessities of life, no taxes on business, death, etc)

As far as A goes, thats what got us in the horrendous mess we're in now, and all the tweaking that can be done will only further sink us in it's stinking morass.

Option B would be better than we have now, but there are some problems from an economic growth standpoint.

Option C would be my choice, were I in the position to take the decision.

I wanted to compare B and C to show why I favor the Fair Tax Plan, but I found that Neal Boortz had already done the job for me, better than I ever could, so here it is:


Yes, I know. Some of the people that we would love to have supporting the FairTax have weighed in in support of a flat tax instead. So ... here's some flat tax vs. FairTax issues some of you may want to consider.

1) In 1986 the Congress reformed our tax code to essentially give us a flat tax ... a flat tax with two rates. Fifteen and twenty-eight percent. Most deductions were eliminated. Today's tax code is the result of that effort.

2) A flat tax leaves the IRS in place. You'll still have to report your income to the IRS every year, and you'll still be subject to audits.

3) Social Security and Medicare payroll taxes? Still there.

4) Do you get 100% of your paycheck? No. Withholding will still be there.

5) Business taxes? Still there .. and they'll remain embedded in the price of every good and service you buy, so you'll be paying them.

6) Corporate board meetings? They'll still spend an inordinate amount of time working on the tax implications of business decisions, rather than just basing their business moves on what's best for their customers and shareholders.

7) K Street lobbyists? They're still there too. They'll still be drawing their six-figure incomes while they game the new flat-tax for the benefit of their clients.

8) Bring American businesses back home? Nope. Business taxes are still there, so American businesses will still locate their operations overseas in order to escape our punishing business income taxes.

9) Death Tax? Gift Tax? Still there in all the flat tax proposals I've seen.

10) Will the flat tax bring American wealth back home? The latest estimates put $10 trillion of American wealth in offshore financial corporations. There is only one reason that money isn't back here working ... and that's our income tax structure. Will the flat tax bring that money back home? Nope. The FairTax? Yup.

11) What about the poor? They're not paying income taxes now ... will they pay the flat tax? No way! But politicians will still be looking for a way to raise taxes on the rich so that they can relieve the poor, poor pitiful poor of the responsibility for paying for their own Social Security and Medicare.

12) Will all Americans be able to buy the basic necessities of life without any federal tax consequences under the flat tax? No. The FairTax? Yes.

13) Will foreign visitors to our shores contribute to our Social Security and Medicare programs under the flat tax? No. The FairTax? Yes.

There's just a few points. If you have some good counterpoints, let me know! From my point of view, the flat tax pales in any comparison to The FairTax.


There you have it. Your opinion?

Posted by Delftsman3 at 11:07 PM | Comments (3)

When East meets West

What happens when German and Arab technologies combine?

CLICK HERE for the answer.

Posted by Delftsman3 at 10:24 PM | Comments (2)

NHS: Beginning of the End?

On June 9, the Canadian Supreme Court paved the way to allow individuals to obtain private health insurance. This may be the first break that destroys the Socialist dam.

I have had an ongoing dicussion with a number of individuals of the opposite political spectrum on the topic of Socialized Medicine, and Canada was often offered up as the example that we should follow. I tried to inform them that such a system invariably resulted in a lessoning of quality, and as noted in the story, the CSC AGREES with me, to wit: "Despite this, governments are unable to provide timely tests and treatment to many patients, resulting in suffering and death"

Whenever you get Government involved in what are essentially private sector areas, service always suffers. The more they become involved, the greater the loss. The Candians have finally come to realize that this is just a fact of life.
The ultimate direction they will take still remains to be seen, but I feel that this ruling is my opportunity to indulge in a minor gloat and say "I TOLD you so".
This would have occurred much sooner, had the NHS not had the neighbor to the south providing a safety valve for their system. But eventually, as it always happens, the chickens have come home to roost and they must be attended to.

We certainly have many problems with health care here in the US too, that can't be denied, BUT, we still have the highest level of service for the greatest number of people any health care system in the world.

Government intervention in health care is one reason for high costs...have you EVER seen a bureucratic system that didn't generate inordinate amounts of red tape paperwork, adding to costs and diverting personell from their primary task to (mostly) needless paperwork?

The largest problem with our health care system has nothing to do directly with medical care at all, but the need to "CYA" in an ultra-litiginous society. Tort reform would do more to lower the cost of health care than any other action. Reform in the way Insurance companies assess premiums should be examined and evaluated as well, all to often the insurred pay for projects the companies engage in that have nothing to do with health care.

Some streamlining in the area of medical research and bringing the products of same to the market would help also. Yes, testing need to be done to ensure safety and efficacy, but the present system is rife with built in cost ineffencies, leading to multiple increases in costs above where it is possible for them to be.

Last, but not least, reforming our tax system can help free up large amounts of private and public funds that could help drive down costs through competition. FAIR TAX NOW!

Posted by Delftsman3 at 08:56 PM | Comments (0)

Those Whacky French!

THIS explains a lot about the latest concern about mens fashions in France....

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R.I.P. Sydney Goldberg

Sydney Goldberg, husband of the Blogosphere's premier newsblogger, Lucianne Goldberg, has passed away. I wish to extend my heartfelt condolences to the Goldberg family on their loss.

She felt that this tribute to Sydney written by NRO's John Podhoretz was the most fitting for her site, and who am I to argue?


Kind, friendly, amusing, amused, thoughtful, loving, clever, dapper,
jaunty, principled, intellectually engaged, politically astute, wise.

Sid was the ultimate mensch.

I loved him, my wife loved him, our baby daughter loved him, everybody loved him, and the world is a smaller and colder and meaner place today without him.

What finer tribute could a man ask for than that he was truly loved and will be sorely missed?

All that we can know about those we have loved and lost is that they
would wish us to remember them with a more intensified realization of
their own reality. What is essential does not die but clarifies.
The highest tribute to the dead is not grief but gratitude.
-Thornton Wilder

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Another one of Those Dumb Quizzes

I know how stupid these quizzes are, but in this case, with the little flame skirmish thats going on, I thought the results were very apre po(sic):

You Are a Rottweiler Puppy
Powerful, smart, and protective. You're eager to growl at anyone you hate - but you're a big sweetheart inside.
What Breed of Puppy Are You?

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June 09, 2005

Links Added

I have been Remiss! in the changover from Mblog (that Emigre refuses to acknowledge) I was remiss in not including one of my old blogging friends, Kiril, the Mad Macadonian, and a new friend, a fellow Hoosier that I've been meaning to get around to adding to the blogroll.

Sometimes the law of unintended consequences truly works in mysterious ways, had it not been for a silly little bird in Australia, it may have been months longer before I noticed and corrected such a grave oversight.

Posted by Delftsman3 at 08:31 PM | Comments (1)

Customer Service Call

This has got to be one of the funniest things I've heard of in a Long time. I think this guy should have been promoted, not fired. This is a True phone call from the Word Perfect Help line which was transcribed from a Recording monitoring the customer care department. Needless to say the HelpDesk employee was fired; however, he/she is currently suing the WordPerfect organization for "Termination without Cause." This is actual Dialogue of a former WordPerfect Customer Support employee. Now I know why they record these conversations!

"Ridge Hall computer assistance; may I help you?"

"Yes, well, I'm having trouble with WordPerfect."

"What sort of trouble?"

"Well, I was just typing along, and all of a sudden the words went away."

"Went away?" "They disappeared."

"Hmm. So what does your screen look like now?"



"It's blank, it won't accept anything when I type."

"Are you still in WordPerfect, or did you get out?"

"How do I tell?"

"Can you see the C: prompt on the screen?"

"What's a sea-prompt?"

"Never mind, can you move your cursor around the screen?"

"There isn't any cursor: I told you, it won't accept anything I type."

"Does your monitor have a power indicator?"

"What's a monitor?"

"It's the thing with the screen on it that looks like a TV. Does it have a little light that tells you when it's on?"

"I don't know."

"Well, then look on the back of the monitor and find where the power cord goes into it. Can you see that?"

"Yes, I think so."

"Great. Follow the cord to the plug, and tell me if it's plugged into the wall! ." "Yes, it is."

"When you were behind the monitor, did you notice that there were two cables plugged into the back of it, not just one?"


"Well, there are. I need you to look back there again and find the other cable."

"Okay, here it is."

"Follow it for me, and tell me if it's plugged securely into the back of your computer."

"I can't reach."

"Uh huh. Well, can you see if it is?"


"Even if you maybe put your knee on something and lean way over?"

"Oh, it's not because I don't have the right angle -- it's because it's dark."


"Yes, the office light is off, and the only light I have is coming in from the window."

"Well, turn on the office light then."

"I can't."

"No? Why not?"

"Because there's a power failure."

"A power... A power failure? Aha, Okay, we've got it licked now. Do you still have the boxes and manuals and packing stuff your computer came in?"

"Well, yes, I keep them in the closet."

"Good. Go get them, and unplug your system and pack it up just like it was when you got it. Then take it back to the store you bought it from."

"Really? Is it that bad?"

"Yes, I'm afraid it is."

"Well, all right then, I suppose. What do I tell them?"

"Tell them you're too f---ing stupid to own a computer."

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Redneck Scrapbook

Thanks to Neal Boortz for putting this link up. Just some down home humor to brighten up the day.

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Holy Claymation,Batman! Will we soon have avatars to stand in for us at those pesky physicals? And you thought those "liquid robots" in Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) were merely the feverish imagination of a wild-eyed script writer! Seems that life can follow art....maybe.

Posted by Delftsman3 at 04:25 PM | Comments (1)

Gulag Revisited

Here's an update on the "Koran abuse" that, should you believe the MSM, is an almost hourly event at Gitmo. Seems that the Muslim extremists don't have all that much respect for their own Holy Scriptures, as compared to the soldiers guarding them.

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Apples and Grapes

Women are like apples on trees. The best ones are at
the top of the tree.

Most men don't want to reach for the good ones
because they are afraid of falling and getting hurt.

Instead, they sometimes take the apples from the ground that aren't as good,
but easy.

The apples at the top think something is wrong withthem, when in reality, they're amazing. They just have to wait forthe right man to come along, the one who is brave enough to climb all the way to the top of the tree.

Share this with women who are good apples, even those who have already been picked!

Now Men.... Men are like a fine wine.

They begin as grapes, and it's up to women to stomp the shit out of them until they turn into something acceptable to have dinner with.

Posted by Delftsman3 at 03:36 PM | Comments (2)

Enviroweenies Proved Wrong...AGAIN

Enviromentalists are always touting wind power, solar power, etc etc, but when a viable wind power farm is set up, they yell that "the birds will die".

Well, Writing in the Royal Society's journal Biology Letters, researchers say previous estimates of collision risk have been "over-inflated". Seems the birds are smarter than the enviromentalists and just bypass the wind farms. And the "experts" are forecasting the demise of caribou herds if Anwar is drilled for oil....these are the same "experts" that predicted the same thing when the Alaska Pipeline was being built...guess what? the herds have almost doubled in size around the pipeline area, because the pipeline heats the area and provides extra food and shelter....

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Copyright Infringement?

Seems that some in the blogosphere believe that they are the one and only blogger that can use a certain name in their header. He also implied that I used the term Emigre to impugn his reputation. He states that my writing is dishonest and jingoistic. I consider the source and ignore the jibe as inconsequential.
Mamamontezz is much more incensed, as she built this blog, and considers it a slur against both of us.

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June 08, 2005

Relativism VS Religion

I was just talking to a friend when the topic of morality came up. This is something that is at the heart of our current political polarities today IMHO.

It's a difficult subject to try to tackle, to say the least. Religion is personal to all of us, even when we belong to the same basic faith, and the terms of religion tend to get in the way of a basic discussion of morality.

Most of the Progessive Left hasn't even tried to count religious faith in their terms, and have fallen back into relatavism, which furthur polarizes any public discussion on what is "right" and "wrong". In the Progressive worldview, there IS no absolute WRONG, there is only "cultural norms that may be in conflict".

We on the right have the problem of not wanting to impose a rigid religous view, but intuitively knowing that there ARE some things that are wrong, just because they ARE WRONG. And that intuative sense comes from a faith of one type or another. Logic doesn't have the language to explain it, all the public debates can't come to a total agreement on it. Religion and faith lay it out in a way that people can somewhat digest, even though, even there, our own contrary nature leads to even more confusion on just what the norms should be.

Human nature is to continually push the boundries. Moral boundries come strongest in the form of religious doctrine; with an outside source laying down the rules. We call that source God. The trouble lies in our imperfect, and differing, conceptions of that source and it's rules (morality).

But without some type of moral sense of right and wrong, we are no better than any other beast in the jungle. I want to believe that we are better, but everything around me tells me that we really aren't EXCEPT faith that we are.

(yeah, that last paragraph confuses me too; see what I mean about it being an impossible subject to tackle? I know what I MEAN to say, but my writing skills just don't bring it out)

In a nutshell, Man is the only animal that is more than just being what it is. Man has aspirations to a higher plane, indeed, is the only animal that can conceive of a higher state of existance. It is our highest achievement, and the souce of our greatest problems.

I sincerely believe that relatavism only leads us, ultimately, back into the darkness of the jungle, where only strength and speed ensures survival. And only survival of the individual, not a society.

Posted by Delftsman3 at 11:48 PM | Comments (1)

R.I.P. Mike

Mike Reed, of Bunker Mulligan passed away Friday. It's sad news for those of us that enjoyed his common sense and wit. But we can be comforted to know that he has gone home and that he will have been welcomed with loving arms, and would forever after never worry about a reserved tee time, the greens are always open and the sky is always blue.


For some unknown reason, my "posted by" and comments line have just disappeared. Comments show "open" on my posting page. Other Mu.nu sites seem to be ok, so I don't think it is a server problem. I haven't been into my templates, so I don't see how I could have changed anything there.

Any of you savvy folk have any suggestions? Pop them into an e-mail to me.


Any help would be most appreciated.

update: And wouldn't you know it, the byline came back on for this post. Still won't go up on the others on rebuild though...

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A Dog and Cat Story

A wealthy old lady decides to go on a photo
safari in Africa, taking herfaithful aged poodle named Cuddles
along for the company.

One day the poodle starts chasing butterflies and before
long, Cuddles discovers that she's lost.

Wandering about, she notices a leopard heading rapidly in her direction
with the intention of having lunch.

The old poodle thinks, "Oh, oh! I'm in deep
doo-doo now!" Noticing some bones on the ground close by, she immediately
settles down to chew on the bones with her back to the approaching cat.

Just as the leopard is about to leap, the old poodle exclaims loudly, "Boy,
that was one delicious leopard!
I wonder if there are any more around here?"

Hearing this, the young leopard halts his attack in mid-strike, a look
of terror comes over him and he slinks away into the trees.

"Whew!", says the leopard, "That was close! That old poodle
nearly had me!"

Meanwhile, a monkey who had been watching the whole scene from a nearby
tree figures he can put this knowledge to good use and trade it for
protection from the leopard So off he goes, but the old poodle sees him heading
after the leopard with great speed, and figures that something must be up.

The monkey soon catches up with the leopard, spills the beans and strikes a deal for himself with the leopard.

The young leopard is furious at being made a
fool of and says, Here, monkey, hop on my back and see what's
going to happen to that conniving canine!"

Now, the old poodle sees the leopard coming with the monkey on his back
and thinks, "What am I going to do now?", but instead of running,
the dog sits down with her back to her attackers,
pretending she hasn't seen them yet, and just when they get close enough to hear, the old poodle says: "Where's that damn monkey? I sent him off an hour ago to bring me another leopard!"

Moral of this story.. Don't mess with old
farts...age and treachery will always overcome youth and skill! Bullshit and brilliance only come with age and experience!


One hot July day we found an old straggly cat at our door. She was a
sorry sight. Starving, dirty, smelled terrible, skinny and hair all matted

We felt sorry for her, put her in a carrier and took her to the vet.
We didn't know what to call her, so we named her "Pussycat."

The vet decided to keep her for a day or so. He said he would let us
know when we could come and get her. My husband (the complainer) said,
"OK, but don't forget to wash her, she stinks."

He reminded the vet that it was his WIFE that wanted the dirty cat, not him.

My husband and my Vet don't see eye to eye. He calls my husband
"El-Cheap-O," my husband calls him "El-Take-O." They love to hate
each other and constantly "snipe" at each other, with my husband getting
in the last word on this occasion.

The next day my husband had an appointment with his doctor, who is
located next door to the vet. The doctor's office was full of people
waiting to see him.

A side door opened and in leaned the vet; he had obviously seen my husband arrive. He looked straight at my husband and in a loud voice
said, "Your wife's pussy is finally clean and shaved and she now smells
like a rose. Oh, and, by the way, I think she's pregnant. God knows who the father is!" And he closed the door.

Now that, my friends, is getting even...

June 06, 2005

Government School Indoctrination

David Horowitz has yet another example of the indoctrination into Leftist idiology being conducted in one of our high schools, by their PC teachers.

School vouchers NOW.

Israeli Racism

Yes, the Israelis are racist towards Arabs...So much so, Arabs now comprise the largest single constituant group of the Israeli Labor Party. Maybe Amnesty International will have to cite them for cruelty, having so many Arabs in a Socialist government faction, after all, where is the diversity in that? Arabs serving in a Jewish countries government...I thought that Jews treated Arabs as slaves and/or victoms of genocidal actions.

I'm sure that all the Arabic countries in the ME would have a more egalitarian view. SURELY they would like to have jews participating in every facet of their political stewardships....Funny thing that; seems they have this view that only Arabs, and MUSLIM Arabs at that, have any chance of entering government service. In most of them, you also have to be the CORRECT kind of Muslim. Woe to you if your a Sunni in a Shia controlled area, or vice versa. If you happen to Arab and Christian...well you ARE considered one step up from a Jew in the pecking order...realistically, that means that you'll be tortured second in any pogrom, gives you a little time to observe just what is in store for you.

Yep! The Jews are the racists, for sure!

Gitmo The OTHER side of the story

Amnesty International has received widespread coverage with it's "Gulag" statements about our detention facility at Gitmo...wonder just how much coverage the OTHER side of the story will get?

Note some of the details in the story:"...the prisoner was temporarily in another part of the prison for a bath..." (Yep, sounds like a really HARSH Gulag...They actually expect the prisoners to BATHE!)

"...The entire incident was videotaped, as are all cell-extraction procedures under the tight protocol with which military officials have been running the Guantanamo prison..." (yes, we are SO proud of our Gulag, that we want video evidence on just how brutal we can be.)

"Last week, the Pentagon also acknowledged several incidents of Koran mishandling, although most were inadvertent and all were punished." You have to consider the source of the Koran abuse charges...to some of these fanatics, the mere touch of an "unbeliever" constitutes "Koran abuse". Note that even the inadvertant mishandling of the RoP's Holy scriptures were punished...yeah, sure sounds like a gulag situation to me....

"The military is spending about $2.8 million to construct a psychiatric ward for mentally ill detainees."

"We have an ethical responsibility to provide treatment they need regardless of what they've done or what they're accused of," he said, denying the new psychiatric ward was a response to criticism by human rights groups."(Navy Capt. Steve Edmonson, the head doctor for detainees.)
Um...I thought the purpose of a gulag was the total dehumanization (and ultimately death) of it's subjects? I guess we just don't have the experience to run a gulag the right way....maybe we should ask the Russians? or North Koreans?....I Know! We have a number of VERY experienced contacts in Iraq that we can use for their techhnical expertise in sub-human treatment of prisoners...course we would have to release them from prison to allow them to educate us in the proper methods. And Saddam just might protest that he should have the right to oversee them in their efforts; he WAS the architech(sic) of their program, after all.

Am I cherry picking the article for items that support my contentions? You bet your ass I am! Works for the Left/Socialist/Progressive coallition in THEIR "discussions" of issues, turn about is fair play.

Charles Krauthammer has, as always, an excellent opinion piece on the subject. Would that more pundits would have his clear and logical insights.

Quote of the Day

"If I could have gotten 51 votes in the Senate of the United States for an outright ban, picking up every one of them… ‘Mr. and Mrs. America, turn ‘em all in,’ I would have done it. I could not do that. The votes weren’t here"
.—Senator Dianne Feinstein: CBS-TV’s “60 Minutes”, February 5, 1995

STILL think that total confiscation ISN'T the ultimate goal of the GFW crowd?

"And the final problem is to make the possession of all handguns and all handgun ammunition - except for the military, policemen, licensed security guards, licensed sporting clubs, and licensed gun collectors totally illegal."
--Pete Shields, Chairman, Handgun Control Inc.
DANIEL PATRICK MOYNIHAN (U.S. Senator)”…we could tax them [firearms] out of existence.” (Washington Post 4 Nov 93)
MEL REYNOLDS (U.S. Congressman) “If it were up to me we’d ban them all [firearms].” (CNN Crossfire 9 Dec 93)

As a matter of fact they have tried to totally ban ALL handguns allready:

“Mr. Speaker, I rise to introduce the Public Health and Safety Act of 1993 on behalf of myself and nine of my colleagues: Mel Reynolds, Bill Clay, Jerry Nadler, Eleanor Holmes Norton, John Lewis, Nydia Velazquez, Ron Dellums, Carrie Meek, and Alcee Hastings. This legislation, first introduced in the Senate by Senator John Chafee, would prohibit the transfer or possession of handguns and handgun ammunition, except in limited circumstances. It would go a long way toward protecting our citizens from violent crime. The need for a ban on handguns cannot be overstated. Unlike rifles and shotguns, handguns are easily concealable. Consequently, they are the weapons of choice in most murders, accounting for the deaths of 25,000 Americans in 1991......"
Rep. Stephen J. Solarz, New York (August 12, 1992, The Congressional Record, 102nd Congress, 1992-1993, Daily Edition E2492-2493.)

Too bad for these GFW's that there is that pesky little thing called the 2nd Amendment in the Bill of Rights, and enough (barely) people that still understand the concept of individual rights to block them from their ultimate goal....so far.

WE THE PEOPLE must remain ever vigilant and protective of these rights, or all too soon the concept of a free republic wherein the government derives its power FROM the PEOPLE will disappear, and the vision of the founding fathers but a distant memory.

June 05, 2005

Flight Humor

"TWA 2341, for noise abatement turn right 45 Degrees."

"Centre, we are at 35,000 feet. How much noise can we make up here?"

"Sir, have you ever heard the noise a 747 makes when it hits a 727?"

A Pan Am 727 flight waiting for start clearance in Munich overheard the following:

Lufthansa (in German): "Ground, what is our start clearance time?"

Ground (in English): "If you want an answer you must speak in English."

Lufthansa (in English): "I am a German, flying a German airplane, in

Germany. Why must I speak English?"

Unknown voice from another plane (in a beautiful British accent): "Because you lost the bloody war."


One day the pilot of a Cherokee 180 was told by the tower to hold short of the active runway while a DC-8 landed. The DC-8 landed, rolled out, turned around, and taxied back past the Cherokee.

Some quick-witted comedian in the DC-8 crew got on the radio and said, "What a cute little plane. Did you make it all by yourself?"

The Cherokee pilot, not about to let the insult go by, came back with a real zinger: "I made it out of DC-8 parts. Another landing like yours and I'll have enough parts for another one."


The German air controllers at Frankfurt Airport are renowned as a short-tempered lot. They not only expect one to know one's gate parking location, but how to get there without any assistance from them.

So it was with some amusement that we (a Pan Am 747) listened to the following exchange between Frankfurt ground control and a British Airways 747, call sign Speedbird 206.

Speedbird 206: "Frankfurt, Speedbird 206 clear of active runway."

Ground: "Speedbird 206 Taxi to gate Alpha One-Seven."

The BA 747 pulled onto the main taxiway and slowed to a stop.

Ground: "Speedbird, do you not know where you are going?"

Speedbird 206: "Stand by, Ground, I'm looking up our gate location now."

Ground (with quite arrogant impatience): "Speedbird 206, have you not been to Frankfurt before?"

Speedbird 206 (coolly): "Yes, twice in 1944, but it was dark, -- And I didn't land."


An F-15 pulled up alongside a C-141 up in the flight levels and managed to contact the cargo plane on the radio. After chatting a while, the fighter pilot said, "Hey, watch this!", and proceeded to do a barrel roll around the C-141.

The C-141 pilot was duly impressed, and called back, "That's nothing. Watch this..."

After two minutes of stright and level flight, the fighter pilot couldn't stand it, and said, "OK, what did you do?".

The C-141 pilot said, "I just got up, walked back to the restroom and took a piss, stretched my legs for a while, then got a cup of coffee."

On some air bases the Air Force is on one side of the field and civilian aircraft use the other side of the field, with the control tower in the middle.

One day the tower received a call from an aircraft asking, "What time is it?"
The tower responded, "Who is calling?"
The aircraft replied, "What difference does it make?"
The tower replied "It makes a lot of difference:

If it is an American Airlines flight, its 3PM.
If it is Air Force, its 1500 hours.
If it is a Navy aircraft, its 6 bells.
If it is an Army aircraft, Mickey's big hand is on the 12 and Mickey's little hand is on the 3.
If it is a Marine Corps aircraft, its Thursday afternoon."


I have a friend that used to fly out of PDK near Atlanta in the "olden days".

He knew the tower contoller personally, and one night he called him up on approach and said, "Charlie, this is N_____. Clear the field, I'm coming in on one engine."

On final approach, the tower said, "Damn you Clarence, you've only got one engine!".


Tower: "Eastern 702, cleared for takeoff, contact Departure on frequency 124.7"

Eastern 702: "Tower, Eastern 702 switching to Departure. By the way, after we lifted off we saw some kind of dead animal on the far end of the runway."

Tower: "Continental 635, cleared for takeoff behind Eastern 702, contact

Departure on frequency 124.7. Did you copy that report from Eastern 702?"

Continental 635: "Continental 635, cleared for takeoff, roger; and yes, we copied Eastern... we've already notified our caterers."


Posted by Delftsman3 at 08:02 PM | Comments (1)

Official Announcement

The government today announced that it is changing its emblem from an eagle to a condom because it more accurately reflects the government's political stance.

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The new costume for the well dressed Politico

A condom allows for inflation, halts production, destroys the next generation, protects a bunch of pricks, and gives you a sense of
security while you're actually being screwed.

Damn, it just doesn't get more accurate than that

Posted by Delftsman3 at 05:14 AM | Comments (0)

June 04, 2005

The REAL Gulag in Cuba

Vel Prieto of Babalu Blog has put into words what any correct thinking person would think of Amnesty International's statements about Gitmo being a THE "gulag" of our times.

AND as one commenter suggested, lest you think that this is just a RightWingNut type propaganda, Google: "Amnesty International"Cuba(526,000results) and then "Amnesty International" /guantanamo -guantánamo.(303,000 results): in other words, Amnesty international has over 1/2 as many current referrals to reports/"informative alerts" for ONE facility that has been operating for less than five years as it does for HUNDREDS of prisons that have been in operation for more than 40 years. And I challenge you to peruse all 526,000 of those results about the Castro prisons and find ONE of them referred to as a "gulag"....

Lets see...we have a facility with color tv. microwave ovens, flush toilets, shower facilities, three "hots" and a cot for every prisoner. Where a prisoner is "tortured" by losing a little sleep when he has been recalterent...and yes, don't forget, they may have to listen to some of that evil western rock music when the guards want to hear something from home. And its a Gulag, I tell you!

Contrast that to a multileval prison, where the excrement from the upper levels descend down through slits in the floor to accumulate in the lowermost cells; where the prisoners lie on the bare concrete, are never certain as to when they may receive food, but are assured that when they do, it will be of the variety that a farmer here would be embarrassed to slop his hogs with. Where REAL torture is utilyzed on a daily, and for some prisoners on a 24 hr basis. Where a common form of "punishment" is to attach the jumper cables to a prisoner's gonads....NOT to extract military information vital to protecting soldiers in an active war zone, mind you, or even to obtain a confession of a crime. It's done because the guards are bored, and they can. This has been occurring for over 40 years.

And when making their speeches on the heinious activities in countries around the world, AI is strangley silent when it comes to Cuba...as they were with the Gulags in Siberia, or the trading in human misery in North Korea....but they sure can trumpet it loud when there is an incident of fraternity type hazing in a US facility. AI is morally bankrupt. I suggest that you don't support them in any of their endevors, although I do feel sorry for that; AI COULD have been a great force for good in the world, until idiology triumphed over their mission of highlighting state-sponsered atrocities.

Posted by Delftsman3 at 10:27 PM | Comments (1)

Fear? I certainly HOPE so!

Here is the Story.

Here is Mamamotezz's take on it:

This is so much crap.
IF he was involved in a traffic incident,
IF a group of irate individuals had surrounded his vehicle,
IF he felt his safety and his child's safety were compromised,
IF he believed that the rock eluded to in this sniveler's piece was
only the trigger item to what could have been an escalating situation,
IF he felt he had no recourse but to pull the gun,
then he did exactly the right thing.

He pulled it before the other person was able to throw the rock and hit
the car, potentially entering it and hurting his child, also
potentially inciting the rest of this angry group into joining in.

Given the limited information in this editorial piece, common actually,
since no one wants the facts to get in the way of an opinion, I still
find no fault in the actions of this driver. Had I angered a group of
unknown people and felt threatened by their bahaviors, I would have done
exactly the same. '

Tell Reginald Denny it was only a rock and only meant to damage his
I can only say that I agree with Mama. The editorialist tried the GFW tactic of saying it "wasn't politeness engendered by the weapon, it was fear" Well Exxxxcuuuuuse me! Obviousman is apparently a newspaper editor in Salt Lake City. use of a weapon in self defense is SUPPOSED to engender fear in the possible recipients of lethal action, and to stop escalation to the point where that force is required; thats the non-lethal purpose of a weapon.

I suppose that Mr. Schanze could have just waited until the crowd got really ugly before doing anything....but by his actions, he forstalled any escalation in the incident, and no one was hurt or any further property damaged.

The last sentence in the opinion is particularly telling:
"Some people, who carry large sums of money or have specific reasons to feel endangered, may be safer if they are armed.
The rest of us are not. "

Just HOW in HELL does this man presume to inform us that "we'd be safer if we didn't have the means to defend ourselves when we feel threatened"?!?
It's hard to tell if Mr. Schanze was legally justified from the meager facts in the story, but the fact remains that, in HIS mind at least, HE felt threatened enough to warrent exposing his weapon, AND he didn't USE deadly force, he merely showed himself capable of doing so, should the situation come to justify it, and in the process, defused the situation. I say give the guy a slap on the back and a "well done".

Posted by Delftsman3 at 12:29 AM | Comments (2)

June 02, 2005


You know you need a new lawyer WHEN....

During your initial consultation, he tries to sell you Amway.

He tells you his last good case was a "Budweiser"

When the prosecutors see who your lawyer is, they high-five each other.

He picks the jury by playing "Duck-duck-goose"

During the trial, you catch him playing his Gameboy.

A prison guard is shaving your head..

Every couple of minutes, he yells "I call Jack Daniels to the stand!"
and downs a shot.

He frequently gives juror number 4 the finger.

He places a large "NO REFUNDS" sign on the defense table.

He begins his closing with "As Ally McBeal once said..."

Just before he says "Your Honor", he makes little quotation marks in
the air with his fingers.

The sign in front of his office reads "Practicing law since 2:30pm".

Whenever his objection is overruled, he tells the judge "Whatever."

He giggles every time he hears the word "briefs".

Posted by Delftsman3 at 10:53 PM | Comments (0)

A Must Read

Kim du Toit is one of the best proponants of conservative/libertarian thought I have ever read. Whenever I falter in ability to express my own reasoning on any particular issue why I think as I do, I can usually find that he has done so with a laser like clarity.

Such is the case with his essay Traitors Within Our Walls. Karlo got me to thinking about those "soldiers of a different stripe". His heroes, my traitors. This essay refutes karlo's basic philosophy in a way that I never could.

Kim showed by historical example of the grave danger these people pose to the Republic, by applying those examples to the present day. He said it far better than I ever could. Do yourself a favor and read it. Savor it. Make it part of your continuing education.

Posted by Delftsman3 at 12:25 AM | Comments (3)

June 01, 2005

Response to a Moonbat

One of my favorite Moonbats responded to my "quote of the day" post with the following insightful historical/political reasoning:

What a quote! If this were the case, the Nazi's should have been the free-est people in the world. Apart from the oft-mentioned Nazis, I don't know of anywhere in the world where this has been true. Burma is full of soldiers and it's hardly free. South Korea obtained elections only after numerous occasions in which soldiers (supported by U.S. complicity) massacred student protesters. What could you possibly be thinking when you wrote this, Deftsman? The people you constantly vilify are also "soldiers" (albeit, of a different stripe.)

Riiiight Karlo...just tell me ANY progress that have been engendered by those "soldiers of a different stripe" you put up as your heroes...Lets see...

Affirmative Action? nope, those programs have arguably set back race relations 20 years by creating a divisive atmosphere, where even those that succeed by their own merits are seen to have benefitted by a condescending attitude of "you made it because we let you".

Progressive Education? What a joke! we have the highest drop-out rates in history, with the lowest academic achievment ever,even among those that do graduate. Oh, they can spout memes of "evil conservative" and "power to the poor"...too bad that they can't read the diploma that says that they're "educated". They do have great self-esteem..about WHAT, I have no idea. These are the same graduates that look on no increase in funding of their pet social projects as a CUT in funding.

Social Progessivism...there is an old saying that "you get what you pay for(subsedize)" The social welfare programs have certainly proved that. Progressives blame evil corporations and brutal government...yet, since the "Great Society" programs of Lyndon Johnson, we as a society have spent ever increasing amounts of money to support the poor, with the result of having MORE poor.

Protest Immoral War....Lets see...they have "die ins" tying up the normal conduct of business of the inhabitants of the cities where they occur; they have puke fests on city hall steps and wonder why no one is listening to them (after all they DO have such high self-esteem!) Meanwhile, all their protests serve to do is encourage those working against us, and prolonging the war itself.

On to the gist of your contention that soldiers don't guarantee our rights by exemplifying instances of a conjunction of large groups of soldiers and tyrrany:

The fact is that armies in and of themselves are only tools of the governing regime. A tyrranical regime uses the army to bolster its own sick hold on power. In a free society, that same army guarantees that it remains free.

The freedoms we enjoy were wrested by dint of force of arms. Or I suppose you believe all we really needed to have done was puke on the steps of the Governors Residence, and the British crown would have seen the error of it's ways?

All we need have done was protest how racist we were against the indigenous peoples of Hawaii, and the Japanese would never have bombed Pearl Harbor?
I'm SURE that Hitler was amenable to calm and rational protests against his actions, and WW11 could have been avoided if only those with calmer heads had just said "we'll talk to Chancellor Hitler"

The REALITY is that we live in a world where, in the end, force can and does prevail. The basic moral attitude and sensibilities backing those forces make the difference whether they are used for good or ill.

Posted by Delftsman3 at 10:38 PM | Comments (4)

A Little Humor

A husband and wife are waiting at the bus stop
with their nine children.
A blind man joins them after a few minutes.
When the bus arrives,
they find it overloaded and
only the wife and the nine kids are able to fit onto the bus.
So the husband and the blind man decide to walk.
After a while,
the husband gets irritated by the
ticking of the stick of the blind man as he taps it on the sidewalk,
and says to him,
"Why don't you put a piece of rubber at the end of your stick?
That ticking sound is driving me crazy."
The blind man replies,
"If you would've put a rubber at the end of YOUR stick,
we'd be riding the bus, so shut the hell up."


A devoted wife had spent her lifetime taking care of her husband. Now he had been slipping in and out of a coma for several months, yet she stayed by his bedside every single day.

When he came to senses, he motioned for her to come near him. As she sat by him, he said, "You know what? You have been with me all through the bad times. When I got fired, you were there to support me. When my business failed, you were there. When I got shot, you were by my side. When we lost the house, you gave me support. When my health started failing, you were still by my side. You know what?"

"What dear?" She asks gently.

"I think you bring me bad luck."


Energy Efficiency -- While driving in Pennsylvania, a family caught up to an Amish carriage. The owner of the carriage obviously had a sense of humor. Attached to the back of the carriage was a hand printed sign... "Energy efficient vehicle. Runs on oats and grass. Caution: Do not step on exhaust."


A minister in Florida lamented that it was difficult to get his message across to his congregation: "It's so beautiful here in the winter," he said, "that heaven doesn't interest them."

"And it's so hot here in the summer that hell doesn't scare them."


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