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Friday, October 27, 2006

The Only Real Embarrassment is for Mexico

Mexican President Vicente Fox has told reporters that the bill President Bush signed Thursday to build 700 miles of additional fencing along the U.S. - Mexican boarder is "an embarrassment for the United States."

Mexican President-elect Felipe Calderon compared the new fence to the Berlin Wall:

The decision made by Congress and the U.S. government is deplorable. Humanity committed a grave error by constructing the Berlin Wall and I am sure that today the United States is committing a grave error in constructing a wall along our northern border.
Here's a news flash for Mr. Calderon: The Berlin Wall was built by the Soviet Union and East Germany in order to keep their citizens in their country. The United States is building this fence to keep illegal aliens out of our country. I've never heard of a U.S. citizen sneaking across the boarder trying to get to Mexico.

As for Mr. Fox's comment, the real embarrassment is for the Mexican government, which is so corrupt that an oil-rich country full of hard-working people is so poor that its citizens want to sneak into another country to find a decent job.

Friday, October 20, 2006


It their attempt to "present the unvarnished truth as best we can," CNN felt it necessary to air video Wednesday night on Anderson Cooper 360 of terrorists' sniper attacks on U.S. troops in Iraq.

According to an AP report, the tape is believed to have been filmed by the terrorists and was sent to CNN by Ibrahim al-Shammari, leader of the terrorist group Islamic Army.

Would al-Shammari have sent this tape to CNN unless he felt that it would help the terrorists' in their propaganda war?
Probably Not
Why would CNN be willing to accomodate the wishes of al-Shammari?
I'll let you figure out that one.

No Tag

Tag, touch football, and all other "chasing" games are now against the rules at Willett Elementary School in Attleboro, Massachusetts. Willett principal Gaylene Heepe commented that recess is a "time when accidents can happen."

Playing tag has also been banned this year at elementary schools in Wyoming, Washington, and South Carolina. According to a report in The Sun Chronicle, the reason for the bans is that "kids would get too rough or run into each other, giving rise to parent complaints and threats of lawsuits."

While most of the Willett parents thought the ban at their school was silly, some felt that it was a good idea for student safety. Celeste D'Elia, whose son is a Willett student, supports the ban saying, "I've witnessed enough near collisions."

Oh, no! Near collisions? Well, we can't have that.

The Sun Chronicle report stated that dodgeball is also banned in some schools in the area because it is "exclusionary and dangerous." In place of dodgeball, "modified versions now include softer balls and ways for children to re-enter the action."

Well, of course. We can't have anyone being put out of the game and feeling excluded. Someone might have his self-esteem destroyed.

Come to think of it, I really don't know how I survived childhood. We played tackle football at recess (not touch); if we were feeling excluded, we were told to "toughen up"; and we never heard of self-esteem.

Oh, for the "good 'ol days."

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Karl Rove listens to The Peter Heck Show

A couple weeks ago, I had the honor of guest-hosting The Peter Heck Show, a local Christian conservative talk radio show. On the broadcast, I made the prediction that, in spite of what we are all hearing in the media, democrats will not take control of either the House or the Senate in next month's election. I agreed that democrats would almost certainly gain some seats, but stated that it will not be enough to gain a majority in either chamber.

Today, The Washington Times reports, "White House political strategist Karl Rove yesterday confidently predicted that the Republican Party would hold the House and the Senate in next month's elections..."

Obviously, Karl Rove listens to The Peter Heck Show, was listening the day I made that prediction, and agrees with me. Of course, we'll both have to wait until November 7th to be proven right or wrong, but I'm pretty confident.

So there it is. It's in writing. That's my prediction, and I'll stick with it.

Monday, October 16, 2006

Want to Increase Taxes and Slow the Economy? Vote Democrat

Did you happen to see this story about the federal deficit that came out last week? The story starts out like this:

The federal budget deficit, helped by a gusher of tax revenues, fell to $247.7 billion in 2006, the smallest amount of red ink in four years.
What's that? A "gusher of tax revenues"? How can that be? Didn't Bush give tax cuts to the rich?

Yep, he sure did, and those tax cuts have spurred the economy, created more jobs, and created more income. Now, even though the rich (and the not-so-rich as well) are being taxed at a lower rate, there is more money to be taxed, and federal revenues are increasing! Amazing, isn't it.

The bad news is that these tax cuts are due to expire by the end of 2010. President Bush is, of course, continuing to urge Congress to make these cuts permanent; however, if Democrats were to take control of the House next month, that will never happen. If Democrats take control of the House, you can bet that at least some of the tax cuts will be rolled back, resulting in a slowing economy, and eventually in job cuts.

If that sounds good to you, vote Democrat.

Friday, October 13, 2006

Democracy vs. Communism

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. That being true, this satellite photo of the Korean peninsula speaks volumes about the comparative successes of communism and democracy.

As the photo shows, because of a shortage of electricity, with the exception of Pyongyang, where dictator Kim Jong-il lives, the communist North is in the dark after 9 p.m. The South, however, has plenty of electricity to power the modern conveniences of life.

These are the same people, but the different results of their respective systems of government are readily apparent.

Global Warming

8.3 inches of snow on Thusday set the record for the snowiest October day in Buffalo in the 137-year history of the National Weather Service, breaking the previous record of 6 inches, which was set on October 31, 1917.

Also on Thursday, Detroit set a record for its earliest measured snow, breaking the old record of October 13, set in 1909.

Monday, October 09, 2006

Sex Scandal is a Human Problem

What Representative Mark Foley did is disgusting; it’s reprehensible; it’s sleazy, and it’s immoral. It should not have happened, and his resignation was the right thing. He has no business representing the people of Florida’s Sixteenth Congressional District. If he is found to have broken the law, then he should also be prosecuted.

Having made that clear, let me make this clear as well: the democrats’ attempt to exploit the Foley scandal for political gain is also disgusting.

News of Foley’s e-mails and text messages became public barely over a month before an important mid-term election, even though the e-mails and text messages were written three years ago. Within hours, leading democrats were already accusing republicans of knowing about the messages and participating in a cover-up. They were almost immediately demanding the resignation of House Speaker Dennis Hastert.

Even if Republicans were complicit in a cover-up, how would democrats know about that within hours of the story breaking? They wouldn’t unless, well before the story broke, they also knew about the Foley messages and cover-up, which would mean that they, too, were guilty of keeping quiet.

Furthermore, the hypocrisy of democrats condemning Republicans for a sex scandal is astounding. The democrats have had more than their share of sex scandals.

1978 - Democrat Rep. Fred Richmond was arrested for soliciting sex from a 16-year-old. He remained in Congress and won re-election before eventually resigning in 1982 after pleading guilty to tax evasion and drug possession.

1983 -Democrat Rep. Gerry Studds had sex with a 17-year-old male page. He was censured by the House, but when the censure was read, Studds turned his back on the Speaker and ignored him. He was subsequently re-elected for five more terms.

1989 -Democrat Rep. Barney Frank admitted that he had lived with male prostitute Steve Gobie who ran a gay sex-for-hire ring out of Frank's apartment. It was later discovered that Frank had used his position to fix 33 parking tickets for Gobie. Frank is still a Democrat member of Congress today.

1994 -Democrat Rep. Mel Reynolds was indicted for sexual relations with a 16-year-old campaign volunteer. He denied the charges, claiming they were racially motivated; continued his campaign; and was re-elected in November of 1994. In August of 1995, he was convicted on 12 counts of sexual assault and was sentenced to five years in prison. Reynolds was later convicted on 15 counts of bank fraud and sentenced to an additional 6 ½ years in federal prison. However, after Reynolds had served 42 months on the bank fraud conviction, President Clinton commuted the remainder of his sentence.

1995-1998 –Two names: Clinton - Lewinsky.
Understand, the point is not to dismiss what Foley did as OK just because democrats do it too; the point is that democrats are trying to paint this as a republican problem, which it is not. It's also not a democrat problem. It’s a human problem. And for democrats to try to paint it as anything else is outrageous.

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