Tuesday, November 22, 2005

BUCKHEAD REFUTES MARY MAPES ON RATHERGATE DOCS:I'm resurfacing briefly to post this one. It's worth the price of admission.

I would have loved to be blogging "France burning", but I would not have been sufficiently consistent. Soon, perhaps.


Friday, October 07, 2005

Something to believe in: Star-studded 'Gospel' building on a new Hollywood theme
Hollywood's new theme... if you can't beat 'em, by golly, make money off of 'em.


Such a tragedy, that their years of attempting to destroy Judeo-Christian culture so failed.

My fave line: "Hollywood has a tendency of following trends and not creating them," Hill says. "I don't think there was this epiphany of 'Wow, we need to spread this great thing.' It was 'Wow, it makes a lot of money.' They realized that there was money there and they wanted to make that happen."

Friday, September 23, 2005

:: rogerebert.com :: Dirty Love
Review of the day. (LOL)
Professor Questions Accuracy of Famed Slave Narrative | theledger.com

"It may lessen the claims to historical veracity," he said. "But it does not lessen its persuasive power."

Ah, yes, of course... the new "I, Rigoberta Menchu". The new "fake, but accurate".

Discussion here.

Monday, September 12, 2005

I still am pc-free, but I had to avail myself of a friend's computer to bring you this Original-AP-Headline-Alert.

Katrina Leaves La. Budget in Worser Shape

FR thread here

*shakes head*

It's one of their bestest ever.

Monday, August 22, 2005

I haven't been able to post much (at all) because I'm still computer-free and, therefore, one-click-blogging bereft as well.

However, I took pains to make sure I kept this ludicrous quote alive.

Shooters seek handgun law change (UK)

The government has been urged to relax gun laws which make it illegal for Britain's top pistol shooters to train in England, Scotland and Wales.


A Home Office spokesperson said the laws had been voted in by an "overwhelming majority" of MPs.

"The banning of handguns wasn't a matter of eroding personal freedoms, it was a matter of ensuring that what had been shown to be a terrible, if statistically small, risk was removed," she said.

Oh, it hurts.

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Statesman -- Letters

Well, in less than a week here in Austin I managed to get a mini-rant published in the "American" Satesman.

Here's the text (in case it disappears off of the site):

Refuting anti-gun letter

Re: Aug. 4 letter to the editor, "Protecting gun makers":

The letter was full of the usual (well-refuted) obfuscation.

The writer said, "Do Americans really believe the slogan of the National Rifle Association, 'Guns don't kill people, people do?' "

Well, reasonably educated Americans do. The letter writer has perhaps been deprived of a thesaurus — one that includes other words for "kill" such as "bludgeon," "strangle" and "stab."

She then, although quoting the full Second Amendment, states that it refers solely to militias. I'm impressed that she managed to type the words "the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed" without actually reading them.




I'm such a troublemaker.

I've already received a reply. I'll paste it, and my response, here as well.


Who's guilty of obfuscation here? I might gently redirect your attention to the Second Amendment – all of it: A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed. Sorry, there’s no way of getting around it; the right to keep and bear arms is inextricably linked to the militia. And it’s not without a bit of irony that I noted YOU were unable to include that introductory phrase.



What the 2nd is stating is that (among a plethora of other reasons), an armed people (stated James Madison - "A well-regulated militia, composed of the body of the people , trained in arms, is the best and most natural defense of a free country. ""; and George Mason - "What is the Militia? It consists of the whole people." ) was the best, perhaps only, defense of a free people. And, in fact, the true difference between the free and the slave.

The history of gun control in this nation stems from attempts to disallow newly freed blacks access to weapons -- gun control is racist, and elitist.

The 2nd could easily have stated: "God made man and woman, Colt made them equal, the right of the People to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed". Or "When guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns, the right of the People to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed."

You get the idea.

Thank you so much for taking the time to engage. Hope this helps.
All the best,

*evil grin*

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

I've been, and for a bit will continue to be, slackin' online.

I'm in the midst of moving...

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

These Soldiers Say 'Over There' Is 'Bogus':
"'People don't act like that when an i.e.d. (improvised explosive device) goes off. They make us look like idiots. We're not idiots!' said a first lieutenant previewing 'Over There,' the new TV series from Steven Bochco ('NYPD Blue,' 'Hill Street Blues') that debuts tomorrow night on FX cable network. "


Sunday, July 24, 2005

Cigarettes, Taxes and Thin French Women
Mugged by Reality? (Steyn):
"Atta's meetings with Bryant are emblematic: He wasn't a genius, a master of disguise in deep cover; indeed, he was barely covered at all, he was the Leslie Nielsen of terrorist masterminds - but the more he stuck out, the more Bryant was trained not to notice, or to put it all down to his vibrant cultural tradition."

There's that word "vibrant" again, and Steyn, the freakin' GENIUS, puts it exactly in its place.
Anita Hill slams choice of Roberts:
"Hill admits not much is known about Roberts' political ideology, but notes 'his career has been built on membership in increasingly elitist institutions that include few women and Latinos or other ethnic minorities.'

'With O'Connor on the bench, the Supreme Court was the most diverse in its history,' Hill continued. 'If confirmability through the Roberts 'primer' becomes the rule, it is not hard to imagine a return to an all-white-male Supreme Court.

'The nomination process may have become so politicized that the only secure nomination is someone who is an ultimate Washington insider, liked by both sides. If so, it misses a chance to reflect the experiences of the vast majority of Americans. Moreover, a gold standard for judicial selection based on exclusivity appears to contradict the values of ever-expanding opportunities we espouse.'"

Personally I have no opinion on Roberts formed as of yet, but Anita Hill is out of her mind, so much so that she has also torpedoed any shred of credibility she may have once had.
Bomb detonates in man's bag (Cairo):
"Cairo - An explosive detonated as it was being carried by a man several kilometres from a tourist bazaar next to the Pyramids of Giza on Sunday, police said. The man was severely injured, but the blast caused no other casualties."

Premature eruption.

Investigators were trying to determine whether the man, identified as Sami Gamal Ahmad, 33, was taking the explosive to the nearby tourist area of Kerdassa, a bazaar of souvenir shops near the Pyramids, a senior security official involved in the investigation said.

They're beyond the pale where their targets are concerned. Hope you like Hell, Sami. Your choice.

Saturday, July 23, 2005

Hiring illegals instead of teens
I'm always taken slightly aback when the lamestream media, in this case Newsday, edges near one of their own third rails.

The uncomfortable reality, as Andrew Sum sees it, is that there's a direct link between the steep national decline in teen employment rates and the growing practice of businesses hiring illegal immigrants and paying them off the books.

The "uncomfortable reality". LOL.

When I'm uncomfortable I actually do something about it. Wonder what it'll take for The Powers That Be to switch positioning...
Oregon House votes to require a prescription to buy common cold medicine
These types of things really hurt my brain.

Mo. Rons.


Black-market Sudafed, here we come.
(At Least) 1 in 4 British Muslims sympathize with terrorists' motives:
"YouGov asked respondents how they feel about Western society and how, if at all, they feel Muslims should adapt to it. A majority, 56 per cent, believe 'Western society may not be perfect but Muslims should live with it and not seek to bring it to an end'.

However, nearly a third of British Muslims, 32 per cent, are far more censorious, believing that 'Western society is decadent and immoral and that Muslims should seek to bring it to an end'."

Kentucky Boy, 7, Charged With Murder
My guess... he did it to defend his 4-year-old brother. Sad all around.
Eerie Underwater Recording of Deadly Indonesian Earthquake

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Canadian National Public Radio Broadcasts Call for State Control of Religion:
"The former professor pitched his idea as a boon to religious freedom. 'We could also help the general cause of religious freedom by introducing a code of moral practice for religions,' he said. 'They will never achieve unity so why not try for compatibility? Can't religious leaders agree to adjust doctrine so all religions can operate within the code?'"
Unfrickinbelievable. Almost.

I'll be an American this Friday. Not a moment too soon.
Tommy Thompson to have RFID tag implanted in his skin
Proving, yet again, that morons exist on both sides of the aisle...
Howard Dean: 'Bible Says Nothing About Gay Marriage'
Ahhh... Howard Dean and his interpretation of the Bible... always good for a chuckle.
Some in GOP Hope Rice Runs for President
CONDI '08!
The Very Bad News in the Pew Report on Muslim Attitudes (Wash Post's Kurtz)
So Howie Kurtz opened his eyes. The only news here is for him.

Monday, July 18, 2005

Mark Steyn: A victory for multiculti over common sense
He's da man.

Conservatives are told it will not be Gonzales:
"The message has filtered out to conservative activists that Gonzales, whom many activists believe would be too liberal on abortion and racial preference issues, is no longer a threat to their cause. That could portend a fierce battle in the Senate in September, as Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid (Nev.) has said Gonzales would be a qualified nominee, suggesting that his selection could have achieved bipartisan consensus."

Oh, now Gonzales is good, but he was bad, earler, for AG.

As always, on the Dim side, it's Happy Hopping Moron Day.
On Planned Parenthood website, "abortion" appears 21,800 times, but "diaper" only appears 9 times.
With Google and a FReeper, the sky's the limit on stats of interest. (LOL)

Sunday, July 17, 2005

Mark Steyn -- Plame Security Breach: It Just Ain't So, Joe
Absolutely, freaking brilliant. Must be read in its entirety.
A soldier's view: The public isn't getting the whole story
It really kills me that the number one complaint of today's serving military is our media. Unbelievable. (Not, I guess.)

Arms blown off, sitting in hospitals, being sent back out -- and their number one complaint is our media.

This makes me boil.

Saturday, July 16, 2005

Plague of locusts invades France
New York Post Online Edition: IRAQI MONSTER BLOWS UP KIDS
The following photograph accompanied the print, as well as the online, edition -- but it was black-and-white and blown up large. It pierced me.

It's like a "Guernica" to me, I must paint it -- unless someone else more talented (not difficult) does so. I think I'll start with small detailed studies though...

Other photographs as well lately have cut through the 9-11/Beslan numbness I'd been experiencing -- young soldiers with their loved ones before the good-bye, the sorrow of a courageous SEAL's widow, a woman's whose only son simply boarded a doomed train. Got me all inspired, poetic-like...


Some look at me
Mostly still (tho' sometimes moving)
In black-and-white
And sometimes color
(Usually it's the shot before, not the picture after

A smiling man
Lean, sharp, strong, tan
Or timid, humble
Aw, thank you, ma'am)

All eyes hold equal promise

The others, the after snaps
Go well with Taps
Or Amazing Grace on bagpipe played
Harder to see the eyes through tears
Both mine and theirs jointly displayed
Their realities
My fears

Was one to know such grief thus shared?
Before the camera were we spared?
And were we better
Or were we worse
In an infinitely larger universe

When more died and less cared

One death is a tragedy
But a million's a statistic
In a heart gone numb from madness done
This is sad yet realistic

But as a single face
Stares from the paper's page
And one feels the anguish
And feels the rage
And Vengeance seems not rough but sage

Where would we be if no one dared

I've wept as a child, I've cried as a wife
I've sobbed as a mother destroyed by the theft of young life
When for a moment they're mine
And I can no longer be shielded by the brutal impersonality of large numbers
Prosecute Plame: More Treachery in the War at Home
Mourners Remember James Stockdale, Vietnam POW and Perot Running Mate
When an Explanation Doesn't Explain Enough (Explaining the military op-ed piece they altered)

Thursday, July 14, 2005

Rove Reportedly Held Phone Talk on C.I.A. Officer
The New York Times have lost what shred of credibility they may have still had.
Hitler Doodles for Sale (Sparking Outrage)
I wouldn't call this stuff "doodling"...


Some interesting comments, and the pix, on the thread.
Quebec: 'Racist' candy leaves sour taste for blacks:

"The packaging for strawberry-flavoured gummy spiders sold at Couche-Tard convenience stores features a cartoon of a young black man with a gold tooth, earrings and a scowl. On his head is a giant spider whose legs resemble dreadlocks.

'It reinforces stereotypes of black men as aggressive,' said Laurraine Leblanc of Montreal, who is spearheading the campaign with Black Youth in Action and the Black Coalition of Quebec to halt sales of the product. 'And he's linked to a spider, an animal that people don't like very much.'"

Saturday, July 09, 2005

A Mystery as Deep as the Ocean
Evidence of covert prison network mounting: floating prison makes Club Gitmo look "small-time"
64-Year-Old Central Fla. Woman Fatally Shoots Home Intruder:

"A 64-year-old Central Florida woman killed an intruder in her home over the weekend with a single shot from her .38-caliber revolver, according to police."

Nice shootin', sister!
79-Year-Old Shoots Two Intruders, Police Say (KY):

"'He's old school,' Lisa Garner said of her neighbor. 'My grandfather would have done the same thing."

Be inspired, Lisa, make it "new school". Shouldn't we all, when threatened, be doing the same thing.
Bush book incites controversy
Accused Pakistani woman has feet chopped off
The religion of pieces strikes again.
ABC vs. the tastemasters [Liberal lobbying groups kill TV show]
Designed for Sex: What We Lose When We Forget What Sex Is For

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Valerie Plame, Nude! [Was today's Slate article inspired by a FR poster?]
An old article which mentions Judith Miller.

A FReeper's take on it:

"Well New York Times, which is it going to be?

The term Fourth Estate refers to the press, both in its explicit capacity of advocacy and in its implicit ability to frame political issues. The term goes back at least to Thomas Carlyle.

Fifth Column refers to any clandestine group of people which works covertly inside a nation to undermine its strength (psychological warfare) while the nation is simultaneously suffering an overt attack by a foreign power or another faction in a civil war.

The term was coined by General Emilio Mola in a radio address during the Spanish Civil War (1936–1939). As a Nationalist general, he sent four army columns to capture Madrid, which was being defended at that time by the Republican forces. The general referred to his hidden supporters inside the capital as his fifth column. The term caught on after the address was widely reported by international media.
206 posted on 07/06/2005 5:56:47 PM PDT by Plutarch"

Really Cool Invention Brings Teens Awards (Amazing Kids-Invented What GM Couldn't)
What a neat story! I hope it works.
"For God's Sake, Please Stop the Aid!"
"Sealed for Your Protection" (you gotta see this video!) - DiscussAnything.com -
Bernard Goldberg Interview for his book (100 People Who Are Screwing Up America (FR Mentioned!)

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Watch AnnaZ’s NEW video! "Sealed for Your Protection" [about L.A. seal/cross, ACLU=Taliban/Dracula]
RonDog's thread.

(Love his titles. LOL)
New video, "Sealed For Your Protection", is UP!
U.S. Won't Concede Control of Internet Root Servers
Whoever thought they might has got to be retarded.
U.S. Won't Concede Control of Internet Root Servers
Novak: 'I will reveal all'
FT tops list of world's best newspapers - survey (NYT drops from #1 to #6)
Schadenfest redux.
Why Newspapers Are Betting on Audience Participation [Losing readers & revenue, newspapers copy FR]
Protest Warrior Hacker Caught
Texas Man Arrested After Heroic Rescue

Monday, July 04, 2005

Iranian Women's Dress Code Is Modest but Golf Friendly (photo of women playing golf)
Uzbekistan Christians Detained and Tortured for Their Faith
War protester sets flag on fire:
"The protester's mother, Barbara Vollick, said her son was trying to make a statement against the war in Iraq, not against the United States.

'He's just a college student being crazy,' she said.

Murrieta police Sgt. Dennis Vrooman said, 'He was basically a one-man demonstration.'

He was trying to get others to join him, Vrooman said, 'but he wasn't getting any cooperation.'

Vollick said her son was upset about President Bush's speech on Iraq last week.

'He's very angry that our young men are dying,' Vollick said.

'He didn't even get to say anything,' she said, alleging that about a half-dozen people attacked him and pulled the flag away. One man punched him in the face, she said.

Vollick said Sunday her son wasn't in any condition to speak with the press. "
Rag-tag army of 1776 should never be forgotten:
"John Adams wrote to his wife, Abigail, '...1776, will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival.'

He suggested that it be commemorated, as the 'Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty.'

Furthermore, he said it ought to be celebrated with 'Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward for evermore.'"

Iraq: July 4th Pool-side Scenes At Camp Victory, Baghdad(photos)
Hilarious. Love it.

They deserve it.

Friday, July 01, 2005

Jackson Calls for Black-Hispanic Coalition:
"'Most of the people in the world today are young, brown, black, poor, female, don't speak English,' Jackson said."

'Nuff said.
Property Ruling Strikes Nerve in House
Great Pelosi quotes herein. She's Dim all right. Whew!

Q Could you talk about this decision? What you think of it?

Ms. Pelosi. It is a decision of the Supreme Court. If Congress wants to change it, it will require legislation of a level of a constitutional amendment. So this is almost as if God has spoken. It's an elementary discussion now. They have made the decision.

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Unhappy Love Affair Explains Rice Stance On Iran
Yahoo now publishes Iranian via AFP unsourced insanity as news.

My head reallyreallyreally hurts.
Narcissus schoolboy who killed his parents is cleared of murder
A gifted schoolboy who butchered his elderly parents was not guilty of murder because he suffered from a syndrome that gave him a grandiose sense of self-importance, a judge decided yesterday. Mr Justice Royce accepted that Brian Blackwell, 19, who took his girlfriend on a £30,000 international spending spree after the killings, had acute narcissistic personality disorder. He ordered that a double murder charge be dropped, allowing Blackwell to admit manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

This one reallyreally hurt my head.

Monday, June 27, 2005

(Sac)Bee's Griego Erwin Case May Dwarf the Jayson Blair Scandal
CA: Appreciation Slows as Home Prices Hit New Highs
...with great links to great properties in Compton!
24 people shot – Time to pull out of Chicago
KLEIN'S "TRUTH" IS SIMPLY SORDID (LATimes writer urges black-out on 'Truth about Hillary' book)
Court Allows 10 Commandments on Seized Land - Scrappleface:
"The 5-4 decision comes on the heels of this week's court declaration that so-called 'private' property is actually government land temporarily under private management until its eventual seizure."

Ouch. Not satirical enough.
BTK Suspect Pleads Guilty to Murdering 10
He described to the court how he chose his victims.

"If you've read much about serial killers, they go through what they call different phases. In the trolling stage, basically, you're looking for a victim at that time. You can be trolling for months or years, but once you lock in on a certain person, you become a stalker. That might be several of them but you really hone in on one person. They basically become the ... that's the victim. Or at least that's what you want it to be."

Rader had called the Wichita area home almost his entire life, earning a criminal justice degree at a local university. He worked in suburban Park City as a compliance officer, handling code violations and stray dogs. He had been married for 34 years and has two grown children.

The Rev. Michael Clark, pastor of the Christ Lutheran Church, said after the hearing, "That's what I hoped he would do."

Friday, June 24, 2005

Karl Rove's "Understanding of 9/11"
Corporate Cowardice Backfires
Wachovia Corporation's ridiculous apology for its alleged ties to slavery has backfired.

Chicago City Council aldermen are vowing to strip from Wachovia a $9.4 million loan to build affordable housing units as punishment for the bank's supposed failure to disclose that its predecessor banks were involved in slave-related business deals.

This serves as a warning to other companies that believe they can buy peace with the slave reparations movement. Wachovia thought it would be good for business to cave in to the demands of reparations activists. Now, not only is the company out of a multi-million dollar contract, it has made itself a fat new target for lawsuits and shakedowns.
Italian judge orders CIA team arrested over kidnap
The Liberating Power of Truth - Victor Davis Hanson review of "South Park Conservatives"
The Truth About Hillary - An author tells his story.
Link to Q & A.

Monday, June 20, 2005

Music leads pianist to a life of Catholicism (former atheist converts)
100 People Who Are Screwing Up America
Hollywood Slow Despite $47M 'Batman' Debut
FOXNews.com - FNS w/ Chris Wallace - Transcript: Rice on 'FNS':

"WALLACE: Do you have anything specific to say about Senator Durbin's remarks?

RICE: As I said, I was a Soviet specialist. I think I know what the gulag was like. I think people know what the Cambodian killing fields were like. And I think people know what Nazi Germany did to 6 million Jews. And I think to say that the comparisons are not apt is to understate the case considerably."

I LOVE HER! (The whole interview rocks.)

CONDI '08!

Sunday, June 19, 2005

No American 'Gulag':

"...by using hyperbole and muddling the difference between repressive regimes and the imperfections of democracy, Amnesty's spokesmen put its authority at risk. U.S. human rights violations seem almost trifling in comparison with those committed by Cuba, South Korea, Pakistan or Saudi Arabia."
Mark Steyn: Durbin slanders his own country
God bless Steyn.

Los Angeles Mayor-Elect Seeks LAUSD Powers
And so it begins...


Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Putin's 'cannibals' gaffe
Seems cannibalism is still being practiced in Africa. Sorry, Pooty-Poot, the PC-Police done found your number.
Fox News looks ready to take on the world
Earlier this spring, when Roger Ailes was asked whether Fox News would ever start an international channel, he said no.

"We've decided not to start an anti-American channel," he quipped in early April during a chat sponsored by George Washington University.

Hee hee.
Guantanamo Shut Down. Prisoners Moved to Neverland.
The title alone is worth the entry.

Monday, June 13, 2005

Immigration Vigilante Group Now Unfavored:
"While agreeing that the country's immigration law needs reform, the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce strongly disagreed with the group's approach.

'The Minuteman Project has been noted for some of its radical tactics and inflammatory language,' spokeswoman Charlie Clark said.

Immigration, Clark said, 'is a complicated issue and one without a quick solution.' While the chamber encourages all businesses to abide by U.S. immigration laws, she said many local businesses are heavily dependent on the Hispanic labor force, many of whom do not have legal status to be in the United States.

She said members of the Latino community aren't just workers, but an integral part of the community as consumers, students, business owners who will continue to come to the area as long as it has a strong community and desirable quality of life.

'There is no doubt that the U.S. immigration system is in need of change,' Clark said. 'Until that time, the Minuteman Project's divisive tactics don't solve the issue, and it serves to further divide communities.'"

Good grief.
Katie Holmes Converting to Scientology - Yahoo! News
Good. Ness.
Family dead for 5 years found in flat:
"Police made a gruesome discovery in a Moscow apartment, finding the skeletal remains of four family members who apparently died at different times over a period of up to five years.

The bodies of an elderly couple and their daughter and granddaughter were found by a police officer who forced the apartment's door open because maintenance fees were long overdue, city prosecutor's office spokesman Sergei Marchenko said."

So. Much. Wrong. Here.
Migrants swarm Goliad County (Texas)
New Sea Creatures Found Off Philippines
Too many morsels to excerpt.
No Smoking Gun
"Downing Street Memo" deconstructed in Wa(Com)Post. F-ing brilliant. Well worth the read.
"“Al, hurry up,” said Michael Harrison, publisher of TALKERS mag, the convention sponsor.

“It’s freedom of speech,” said Franken, referring to the Freedom of Speech Award he’d just been given by the magazine.

“It’s not freedom to kill everybody’s evening, so why don’t you wrap it up,” Harrison argued.

“I’m talking about the war in Iraq and I have about two pages left, and I think the people in Walter Reed [Army Medical Center] who’ve been injured deserve the last two pages of my speech,” Franken countered.

“There are people walking out,” said Harrison. “We gave you the award and it’s time to leave.”"

Ahhh... the stuff ya can't make up.
Madonna tells of sex shame:
"'One minute I was saying believe in yourself and the next minute I was saying just be sexually provocative for the sake of being sexually provocative.

'I was letting it pump up my ego, thinking aren't I great, they're writing about me, my picture's on the cover of every magazine, I'm so fabulous.'

The Like A Virgin singer's admission comes just days after the publication of her fifth children's book, Lotsa De Casha, which she hopes will complete her makeover from raunchy star to demure mother of two."

Oh, b-rother. (Cue Michael Savage.)
Camera of Sean Penn, Journalist, Confiscated in Iran
Several hundred women at a sit-in outside the entrance to Tehran University demanded rights revoked after the 1979 Islamic revolution. As chants and taunts arose, police and plainclothesmen surrounded the demonstrators, pushing away those trying to join the group. Officials also cut off cell phone service in the area, and challenged reporters nearby.

Down with mullahs.
Cruise's faith in Scientology threatens film
This links to a thesis-crucial visual.
Reuters News Article:
"He can't stop talking about Scientology, which is, arguably, his star-sapping kryptonite. In August's Rolling Stone cover story, he took the writer on a tour of the famed Scientology Center. 'He's such a zealot now,' says someone who received one of his Scientology Christmas cards. 'There are no halfway measures anymore. He's beside himself with trying to convert the world.'

The other Cruise hot-button issue that Kingsley controlled with an iron fist -- backed up by legal action from attorney Bert Fields -- was the media's insistence on questioning his heterosexuality. The rumors kept reasserting themselves despite Cruise's 10-year marriage to Kidman and a three-year relationship with his 'Vanilla Sky' co-star, Penelope Cruz.

After the Cruise/Cruz breakup, the star didn't date anyone seriously for a year. (This prompted scuttlebutt that he was asking women out and getting turned down.) Then he set up a meeting with 26-year-old actress Katie Holmes. 'One minute, they were having a professional meeting,' one observer says. 'The next they were lovers.'

It's still unclear why, in a ham-fisted maneuver, De Vette was compelled to orchestrate the April public outing of the Cruise and Holmes affair in Rome, where Cruise received a lifetime achievement award at the David di Donatello Awards. ('War of the Worlds' wasn't opening until June 29.) The press, accustomed to having to chase down every nugget of elusive star gossip, reacted by suggesting that the whole thing was fake. When Cruise went wild on 'The Oprah Winfrey Show,' fed by the intensity of his gaga female fans, he jumped on the sofa, knelt on the floor and virtually howled his love at the moon.

Even the reputable media, including Time, the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times, couldn't resist the story. It didn't help that Cruise's religious beliefs prompted him to criticize Brooke Shields during an "Access Hollywood" interview for relying on psychiatry and prescription drugs to treat postpartum depression. He was far better off when journalists complained that he was a lousy interview with nothing to say. While a tsunami of bad press has swept over him, there is no evidence to suggest that Cruise is aware of it."

For six months now I have been following the meltdown/exposure of said meltdown. Oh glorious train wreck.

Sunday, June 12, 2005

Cyrus the Great in Biblical Prophecy [Zoroastrian leader mentioned 23 times in Bible]
Revealed: how New York's old money shuts its doors against the nouveau riche:
"Madonna, another famous reject, had wanted to live on the street even after making the mistake of posing nude for Playboy. Her efforts to make amends by arriving at her interview wearing black, teamed with pearls and a gold crucifix, were to no avail: the apartment in the San Remo apartment building would not be hers. 'If we let her in,' one board member told the New York Daily News, 'we'd have to let everybody in.'"

Revealed: how New York's old money shuts its doors against the nouveau riche
Arizona Republican Assembly Votes Unanimously to Censure Senator McCain
The keywords made me giggle.

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Maureen Dowd Writes a New Book, ARE MEN NECESSARY? .......
I thought it would be a satirical news article. Was mistaken. Good grief.
Report: Former Host Winstead Suing Air America
*another evil grin*
Texans Rank Second in 'Re-Elect Hillary' Contributions
Oh, great. I'm moving to Austin for this?

Couric and Gibson Blame America, First Lady Counters Their Claims
My comments are self-censored.
New York Times Co. planning to cut 190 jobs
*evil grin*
Runaway Bride Jennifer Wilbanks is indicted
FReeper Semper Paratus says: That'll really open her eyes now.

(One hates to laugh, but...)
I let my girl have sex at 11, admits mother
Should Women Be Allowed to Drive? An Ideological Battle
Child Population Dwindles in San Francisco
Need I even comment?
Marburg Cases Baffle Authorities in Angola

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Wash. Judge Allows GOP Charges of Fraud
Lionel Tate charged in armed robbery of pizza delivery man

'Star Wars' Fails to Stem Box Office Slump
Fox declines to apologize; Sharpton says anything less is unacceptable:

"'I think that Mexicans and African-Americans and Latino-Americans need to be on the same side on everything,' he said, adding in a later telephone interview with The Associated Press that the two will discuss business and educational relationships when Fox visits the Harlem neighbourhood of New York."

All Americans, regardless of color, should be on the same side, ya freak.

Saturday, May 21, 2005

According to a newspaper report on Sunday, organisers of a re-enactment of the sea battle next month have decided to bill it as between a "Red Fleet" and a "Blue Fleet", rather than Britain and its French and Spanish adversaries. This is being done to avoid the embarrassment of assembled French dignitaries at the event feeling humiliated by watching their nation routed again, The Sunday Times said.

Oh b-rother.
Mark Steyn : A Constitutional Coup (Belinda Stronach trades up)
For the Canadians... (what a mess up there!)

Friday, May 20, 2005

'Extreme Makeover' Builds Home for Fallen Soldier's Family (ABC TV Show helps)
More interesting than Saddam's undies...

ABC's hit TV program "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" this weekend will feature the show's design team building and furnishing a new home for the family of a soldier killed in Operation Iraqi Freedom. The family of Army Pfc. Lori Piestewa, a soldier who died during the opening days of the Iraqi war, recently took ownership of a new $500,000 house north of Flagstaff, Ariz., that resulted from the effort.

A team from the Extreme Makeover program designed the sprawling home and furnished it in a southwestern motif. A two-hour season finale, to air May 22, will feature the construction of the home for Terry and Percy Piestewa, Lori's parents, and her two children.

I love this show. I don't watch often, but checked it out in the begiining as a dear friend does the makeup. It hooked me. And, pathetically, almost always has me bawling.

Thursday, May 19, 2005

LA mayor-elect breaks with governor on civilian border patrols:
"Mayor-elect Antonio Villaraigosa said Thursday he opposes civilian volunteers patrolling the U.S.-Mexico border to discourage illegal immigration, putting him at odds with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

'We need our Department of Homeland Security, which patrols the border ... to address the issue of security,' Villaraigosa, who was elected Tuesday, told CNN.

'We have an old saying from the days of the wild, wild West ... leave your gun outside of the city limits,' Villaraigosa added. 'It doesn't make any sense for people to take the law into their own hands.'"

Well, that didn't take him long, or, as Gomer Pyle would say, "Surprise, surprise!"

Saturday, May 07, 2005