US Oil Consumpter Per Day

12 07 2007

This is why they hate us, I think:

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Poll Numbers on Impeachment

7 07 2007

From Politicalwire.com:

July 06, 2007

Public Split on Impeachment

From a new American Research Group poll:
45% of Americans favor the House of Representatives beginning impeachment proceedings against President Bush, while 46% are opposed.

54% of Americans favor the House of Representatives beginning impeachment proceedings against Vice President Cheney, while 40% are opposed.





Idiot President Does Something Right

13 06 2007

Idiot-in-chief George W. Bush dedicated a memorial to the victims of Communist atrocity today.  Of course, he couldn’t help but link the horrors of Communism to that of Islamic terrorism. I don’t know if it’s an apt comparison or not, but whatever. The victims of the most murderous ideology ever created by man do indeed deserve a memorial, and I am happy to hear that Congress created one.

From •Breitbart•:

Bush ties Cold War to war on terrorism

US President George W. Bush paid tribute to the estimated tens of millions killed under communism at a new memorial to their suffering and linked the Cold War to the struggle against terrorism.

Twenty years after then-US president Ronald Reagan stood at the infamous barrier dividing Berlin and urged the Soviet Union to “tear down this wall,” Bush said Islamic extremists, like Communists, were “doomed to fail.”

His remarks came at the dedication ceremony of a new memorial to the “more than 100 million people” who have died under communism since Russia’s Bolshevik Revolution of 1917.

“And like the Communists, the followers of violent Islamic radicalism are doomed to fail,” said Bush, who has often compared Islamist extremists to Germany’s Nazis or Soviet Communists.

“By remaining steadfast in freedom’s cause, we will ensure that a future American President does not have to stand in a place like this and dedicate a memorial to the millions killed by the radicals and extremists of the 21st century,” he said.

The memorial evokes the papier-mache statue raised by pro-democracy demonstrators on Beijing’s Tiananmen Square before they were brutally silenced by Chinese troops in 1989.

Accusing the West of having a “moral blind spot” to communism, backers of the Washington memorial said: “We cannot allow the atrocities of Lenin, Stalin, Mao and Castro to fade into the background of history.”

The non-profit Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation was created by an act of Congress in 1993 with the aim of emulating memorials to victims of Nazi totalitarian rule.





A Triumph of Justice

8 06 2007

Superior Court Judge Michael T. Sauer has ordered Paris Hilton back to prison, to serve out her entire sentence. This is a fantastic ruling by a man who clearly understood the blatantly inequitable treatment accorded to Hilton by the county sheriff. Hilton broke the law, and her fame, celebrity, and wealth almost spared her from her just punishment. I do not believe that she was actually “suicidal,” as some reports indicated. This was a blatant deception by a pampered celebutant to escape her legal responsibility, and anyone who bought into such a ridiculous scam ought to be ashamed of themselves.

Socialitelife.com has an excellent (if crudely worded) opinion piece on this matter, with which I entirely agree!

An excerpt from Breitbart.com:

Screaming Paris Hilton Sent Back to Jail
Jun 8 03:21 PM US/Eastern

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Paris Hilton was taken from a courtroom screaming and crying Friday seconds after a judge ordered her returned to jail to serve out her entire 45-day sentence for a parole violation in a reckless driving case.

“It’s not right!” shouted the weeping Hilton. “Mom!” she called out to her mother in the audience.

Hilton, who was brought to court in handcuffs in a sheriff’s car, came into the courtroom disheveled and weeping. Her hair was askew and she wore a gray fuzzy sweatshirt over slacks. She wore no makeup and she cried throughout the hearing.

Her body also shook constantly as she dabbed at her eyes. Several times she turned to her parents, seated behind her in the courtroom, and mouthed, “I love you.”

She had been brought to court in sheriff’s custody today for a court hearing on her early release from jail after back-and-forth decisions on whether she could participate by telephone from her home.

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I wonder how many tears this “woman” has shed for the thousands of truly innocent prisoners railroaded by an arbitrary and unjust legal system?





Congress Thinks You Are Stupid

16 04 2007

Surprise, surprise. As glad as I am to have the Democrats in charge on Congress, not much has changed. Congressmen and women and STILL running around the globe on “junkets,” usually to vacation spots, on your dime. What a bunch of crooks.

You can find this full article •HERE•.

Here are the relevent parts, which should give you a good laugh!

Congressional junkets picking up steam

Apr 15, 2007 10:13 PM (2 hrs 8 mins ago)
by Charles Hurt, The Examiner

WASHINGTON – Congress is keeping Andrews Air Force base plenty busy this year ferrying lawmakers all over the globe at taxpayers’ expense. Rep. Bennie Thompson of Mississippi took his wife, nine Democrats and two Republicans – Reps. Dan Lungren of California and Mike Rogers of Alabama – on a whirlwind tour of the Caribbean last week. After stops in Honduras and Mexico, they stopped in the U.S. Virgin Islands, where the delegation stayed at the five-star Caneel Bay resort.

[Note: this is my favorite bit!]

Thompson’s office said he toured the Caribbean because he now chairs the Homeland Security Committee and wanted to see vacation hot spots to “examine border security and port security.” Three other members of the delegation also brought along their spouses.

“They are going from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. everyday,” a committee spokeswoman told The Examiner. “They do not have down time.”

At the Caneel Bay resort, where room rates reach $1,100 per night, the spokeswoman said Thompson and his wife paid the “government rate.” But, according to the reservations department, Caneel Bay doesn’t “offer any government rates.”

After Caneel Bay, the group headed to Key West, Fla., for a “classified briefing on inter-jurisdictional agency task forces,” a Thompson spokeswoman said.

The Caribbean trip led by Engel, who is chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, explored the “best practices for emergency disaster relief” and energy policy, according to his office.

Traveling with Engel and his wife were Reps. Yvette Clarke, D-N.Y., Sheila Jackson-Lee, D-Tex., and Barbara Lee, D-Calif. Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., who went to Belgium in a delegation led by Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., earlier in the week, also joined Engel’s Caribbean trip. She brought her husband with her.

Frank’s trip to Belgium and London was related to his work as chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, according to his office. The trip, which also included Rep. Gwen Moore, D-Wis., was designed “to further understand the interrelationship between various issues related to the financial services regulatory structures” of the United States, the United Kingdom and the European Union, according to Frank’s office.

Rep. Jim Oberstar, D-Minn., also led a trip to Belgium over the two-week Easter recess. In February, Sen. Bob Bennett, R-Utah, took a delegation there.

“We’re at war with Iraq and Afghanistan, but apparently our members see Belgium as our most urgent international destination,” scoffed one Republican member of Congress.

What a bunch of scumbag liars! These people really are incredible. Not only do they mismanage everything they touch — and I writing of both major parties here — the come up with such incredible lies to score a free vacation. Bring the revolution!





God Makes It Easier to Kill

28 03 2007

According to new research, belief that “God” is on one’s side makes it easier for people (or nations) to engage in war. Take a moment and read the article •at ABCNews.com•, it’s well worth the read!

This is, of course, no surprise to me at all.

An excerpt:

March 27, 2007 — Does believing that “God is on our side” make it easier for us to inflict pain and suffering on those perceived to be our enemies? If we think God sanctions violence, are we more likely to engage in violent acts?

The answer to both those questions, according to new research, is a resounding “yes,” even among those who do not consider themselves believers.

Social psychologist Brad Bushman of the University of Michigan led an international research effort to find answers to these questions, and said he is very “disturbed” by the results, though he found what he had expected. Bushman has spent 20 years studying aggression and violence, especially the impact on human behavior of violence in the media, but most previous research has focused on television and movie violence, not such things as scriptures and texts held sacred by many.

He wanted to take it a step further and see if simply exposing someone to a text that implies God sanctions violence would increase their level of aggression.

Fought in the Name of God

“I think many people use God as their justification for violent and aggressive actions,” Bushman said. “Take the current conflict in Iraq as an example. Bush claims that God is on his side. Osama bin Laden claims that God, or Allah, is on his side.”

History is replete with other examples of wars fought in the name of God, involving nearly every religion on the planet.





Restoring the Constitution Act

25 03 2007

Senator Leahy does it again! He has introduced the “Restoring the Constitution Act of 2007” to right the wrongs of the Bush Administration and the Republican Congress.

You can read about it •at Senator Leahy’s website.•

An excerpt:

WASHINGTON (Monday, Feb. 12) — Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT) today reintroduced his bill making important changes to the Military Commissions Act of 2006, which in its current form, does not provide a credible process for bringing suspected terrorists to justice. Sen. Dodd first introduced his bill last Congress and after working with human rights groups and experts in military law, Sen. Dodd was joined by Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Russ Feingold (D-WI) introducing the measure again in the 110th Congress.

The “Restoring the Constitution Act of 2007” restores Habeas Corpus rights, bars evidence gained through torture or coercion and reinstates U.S. adherence to the Geneva Conventions in order to protect the nation’s military personnel abroad.

Naturally we all should support this act!