Friday, August 19, 2005
Funny comment from Jenny this morning...
Jenny (doing her hair and watching me with a curious smile): "No baby, I think albino people are whiter."
Great stuff! Yes, I will be hitting the tanning bed today.......
Remember the "Runaway Bride"?
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- Runaway bride Jennifer Wilbanks mows the lawn of a government building. Wilbanks also has been picking up litter, washing public vehicles and cleaning government offices as part of her sentence for lying to police after she ran off days before her scheduled wedding. (08/09/05 AP photo)
Thursday, August 18, 2005
I think we've found Tommy's backup!
To anyone NOT watching the Pats right now, Doug Flutie's first touch of the ball as a Patriot in 16 years........TOUCHDOWN!
It's on baby! It's on!!!
The Truth About the Cindy Sheehan Situation
Tuesday, August 16, 2005
By Bill O'Reilly
Two days ago, reporter Anne Kornblut wrote in The New York Times, "The FOX News television host Bill O'Reilly has called Cindy Sheehan (search) treasonous." Of course, that's false. And Moday, The New York Times issued a correction admitting I did not put that label on Ms. Sheehan. We have posted the correction on www.billoreilly.com.
Now we asked Ms. Kornblut how an error like that could happen. She said it was a simple mistake, we all make them. But she could not pinpoint where she got the erroneous information.
Now I suspect Ms. Kornblut was duped by a far left Web site. These operations have been viciously attacking me in "The Factor" ever since we let you know that Ms. Sheehan had partnered up with the far left, apparently those people did not like that exposition. And remember, most media didn't mention Ms. Sheehan is writing a column for Michael Moore (search). Quite an omission in my view.
As usual, "The Factor's" reporting on the Sheehan situation has been honest and accurate. The question is, why do some media continue to mislead the public? Just tell the truth. It's not that hard. And if you don't tell the truth, you're going to lose.
Example, the pro-abortion group NARAL (search) had to pull its smear ad against John Roberts because it was dishonest. NARAL now has lost all credibility among independent thinking people.
Americans who understand the strength of this country will tolerate opposing points of view, but dishonesty is never acceptable. The ends do not justify the means.
As far as Ms. Sheehan is concerned, she has the perfect right to protest the war and President Bush, but the president would be nuts to meet with her.
Writing in The Seattle Post-Intelligence there, columnist Robert Jamieson, no conservative, put it this way: "Trouble is Sheehan is not sincerely interested in meeting Bush for a private, heartfelt chat about her understandable anguish and lingering questions. She wants to make a public splash by allowing critics of the unjustified war in Iraq to use her as a human bazooka against Bush."
Well, I believe Jamieson's analysis is correct. And I point to this. If Cindy Sheehan is really about getting the troops out of Iraq, why isn't she traveling to Washington to stand outside Hillary Clinton's home? The senator supports the war. Will Ms. Sheehan go to Nantucket and stand outside John Kerry's beach house? He isn't a cut and run club member.
So it's obvious Cindy Sheehan has become a political player, who's primary concern is embarrassing the president. She is no longer just a protestor. I don't think she ever has been, by the way.
The Most Ridiculous Item of the Day
From today's issue of The Capital Times in Madison, WI:
What the pro-war crowd does not understand is that Cindy Sheehan is not inspiring opposition to the occupation. She is merely putting a face on the mainstream sentiments of a country that has stopped believing the president's promises with regard to Iraq. According to the latest Newsweek poll, 61 percent of Americans disapprove of Bush's handling of the war, while just 26 percent support the president's argument that large numbers of U.S. military personnel should remain in Iraq for as long as it takes to achieve the administration's goals there.
The supporters of this war have run out of convincing lies and effective emotional appeals. Now they are reduced to attacking the grieving mothers of dead soldiers. Samuel Johnson suggested that patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel. But, with their attacks on Cindy Sheehan, the apologists for Bush's infamy have found a new and darker refuge.
In 19 of the 31 states Bush carried in 2004, more people disapprove than approve of the job he's doing. Particularly worth noting: the key states of Ohio (37% approve, 60% disapprove) and Missouri (38% approve, 58% disapprove).
Welcome to reality, folks. Glad you could join us.
Wednesday, August 17, 2005
I don't even need to insult this guy anymore! He does it all himself!
Listen to this audio clip
Nationally syndicated radio host Rush Limbaugh equated the actions of Cindy Sheehan, the mother of a soldier killed in Iraq, with those of Bill Burkett, the retired Texas Air National Guard officer who provided CBS' 60 Minutes with unauthenticated documents regarding President Bush's National Guard record. Sheehan is currently staging an anti-war protest outside Bush's ranch in Crawford, Texas. Limbaugh said that Sheehan's "story is nothing more than forged documents."
Sheehan's "story" is, in fact, that her son died while fighting in Iraq. A Humvee mechanic, Spc. Casey Sheehan was one of seven U.S. soldiers killed in Baghdad's Sadr City on April 4, 2004, by rocket-propelled grenades and small arms fire.
From the August 15 broadcast of The Rush Limbaugh Show:
LIMBAUGH: I mean, Cindy Sheehan is just Bill Burkett. Her story is nothing more than forged documents. There's nothing about it that's real, including the mainstream media's glomming onto it. It's not real. It's nothing more than an attempt. It's the latest effort made by the coordinated left.
What Comes Around, Goes Around...
(ain't it funny to see the sides reversed!)
"You can support the troops but not the president." --Rep Tom Delay (R-TX)
"Well, I just think it's a bad idea. What's going to happen is they're going to be over there for 10, 15, maybe 20 years." --Joe Scarborough (R-FL)
"Explain to the mothers and fathers of American servicemen that may come home in body bags why their son or daughter have to give up their life?" --Sean Hannity, Fox News
"[The] President . . . is once again releasing American military might on a foreign country with an ill-defined objective and no exit strategy. He has yet to tell the Congress how much this operation will cost. And he has not informed our nation's armed forces about how long they will be away from home. These strikes do not make for a sound foreign policy." --Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA)
"American foreign policy is now one huge big mystery. Simply put, the administration is trying to lead the world with a feel-good foreign policy." --Rep Tom Delay (R-TX)
"If we are going to commit American troops, we must be certain they have a clear mission, an achievable goal and an exit strategy." --Karen Hughes, speaking on behalf of Governor George W. Bush (R-TX)
"I had doubts about the bombing campaign from the beginning . . I didn't think we had done enough in the diplomatic area." --Senator Trent Lott (R-MS)
"I cannot support a failed foreign policy. History teaches us that it is often easier to make war than peace. This administration is just learning that lesson right now. The President began this mission with very vague objectives and lots of unanswered questions. A month later, these questions are still unanswered. There are no clarified rules of engagement. There is no timetable. There is no legitimate definition of victory. There is no contingency plan for mission creep. There is no clear funding program. There is no agenda to bolster our over-extended military. There is no explanation defining what vital national interests are at stake. There was no strategic plan for war when the President started this thing, and there still is no plan today" --Rep Tom Delay (R-TX)
"Victory means exit strategy, and it's important for the President to explain to us what the exit strategy is." --Governor George W. Bush (R-TX)
Incidentally, the Bosnia effort was an unparalleled success and there were NO American casualties.
Legends, Past and Present
I like the looks of that duo! Everyone remember to tune in tomorrow night for the game against the Saints. We are gonna see Flutie Magic at Foxboro for the first time since '89!
Tuesday, August 16, 2005
This Day in History
Popular music icon Elvis Presley dies in Memphis, Tennessee. He was 42. The death of the "King of Rock and Roll" brought legions of mourning fans to Graceland, his mansion in Memphis. Doctors said he died of a heart attack, largely brought on by his addiction to prescription barbiturates, but some labeled it suicide.
Elvis Presley was born in Tupelo, Mississippi, on January 8, 1935. His twin brother, Jesse, died during the birth. Elvis grew up dirt-poor in Tupelo and Memphis and found work as a truck driver after high school. When he was 19, he walked into a Memphis recording studio and paid $4 to record a few songs as a present to his mother. Sam Philips, the owner of the studio, was intrigued by the rough, soulful quality of his voice and invited Presley back to practice with some local musicians. After Philips heard Elvis sing the rhythm-and-blues song "That's All Right," which Presley imbued with an accessible country-and-western flavor, he agreed to release the rendition as a single on his Sun Records label. The recording went to the top of the local charts, and Presley's career was launched.
During the next year, Elvis attracted a growing following in the South, and in 1955 Sun Records sold his contract to a major record label, the Radio Corporation of America (RCA), for a record $40,000. His first record for RCA was "Heartbreak Hotel," which made him a national sensation in early 1956. He followed this up with the double-sided hit record "Hound Dog"/"Don't Be Cruel." In September 1956, Elvis appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show, a national variety television show, and teenagers went into hysterics over his dynamic stage presence, good looks, and simple but catchy songs. Many parents, however, were appalled by his sexually suggestive pelvic gyrations, and by his third appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, Elvis was filmed from only the waist up.
From 1956 through 1958, Elvis dominated the music charts and ushered in the age of rock and roll, opening doors for both white and black rock artists. During this period, he starred in four successful motion pictures, all of which featured his soundtracks: Love Me Tender (1956), Jailhouse Rock (1957), Loving You (1957), and King Creole (1958).
In 1958, Presley was drafted into the U.S. Army and served an 18-month tour of duty in West Germany as a Jeep driver. Teenage girls were overcome with grief, but Elvis' manager, Colonel Tom Parker, kept American youth satiated with stockpiled recordings that Presley made before his departure. All five singles released during this period eventually became million-sellers.
After being discharged as a sergeant in 1960, Elvis underwent a style change, eschewing edgy, rhythm-and-blues-inspired material in favor of romantic, dramatic ballads such as "Are You Lonesome Tonight?" He retired from concerts to concentrate on his musical films, and he made 27 in the 1960s, including G.I. Blues (1960), Blue Hawaii (1961), Girls! Girls! Girls! (1962), Viva Las Vegas (1964), and Frankie and Johnny (1966). In 1967, he married Priscilla Beaulieu, and the couple had a daughter, Lisa Marie, in 1968.
By the end of the 1960s, rock and roll had undergone dramatic changes, and Elvis was no longer seen as relevant by American youth. A 1968 television special won back many of his fans, but hits were harder to come by. His final Top 10 entry, "Burning Love," was in 1972. Still, he maintained his sizable fortune through lucrative concert and television appearances.
By the mid 1970s, Elvis was in declining physical and mental health. He divorced his wife in 1973 and developed a dangerous dependence on prescription drugs. He was also addicted to junk food and gained considerable weight. In the last two years of his life, he made erratic stage appearances and lived nearly as a recluse. On the afternoon of August 16, 1977, he was found unconscious in his Graceland mansion and rushed to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead. He was buried on the grounds of Graceland, which continues to attract fans and has been turned into a highly successful tourist attraction.
The party of freedom
The Republican Party believes in policies that provide economic opportunity to all Americans. The party of freedom and values is also the party of economic empowerment. Any enterprising American who wants to start a business or grow an existing one has a home in the GOP. Many Americans desire their piece of the American dream and yearn for the opportunity to start their own business. By helping to elect Republican candidates who will fight for lower taxes and less repressive regulations we can encourage economic empowerment for individuals and bring jobs and hope to our communities.
Monday, August 15, 2005
Hennessy an alcoholic beverage, a nickname for it used in the hood.
yo leroy what we drinking tonight, "hen dog" yea dat yack
Abbreviation of Cognac - i.e. expensive Brandy. Alcoholic beverage
me and my brothers sipping yack
nickname for the waspy island of nantucket which consists of the following- posers, wannabe preps, beach jeep owners, millionaires, fugly whores, and other self-absorbed people.
MV girl: i go to martha's vineyard in the summer.Nantucket girl: lucky bitch! im stuck going to nanfucket again!MV girl: dont hate, congradulate!Nantucket girl: yes mam.
Nickname for the popular RIM communication device named Blackberry. The device, which is a phone, PDA, and e-mail appliance has gained outrageous popularity. Users/owners are typically addicted to checking e-mail and swapping short messages on the device. It appears as though they are addicted as a crackhead is to the pipe.
Look at him. Like he's a pimp/playuh all hooked-up on his crackberry.
Eh, normal response to having a bottle thrown through your window, in Lawrence anyway. Hoo-Rah
(Senator John Kerry (D-MA) (L) shakes hands with Sergeant Daniel B. Cotnoir from Lawrence, MA. in this handout file photo taken on July 14, 2005 in Washington D.C.. Cotnoir, a decorated U.S. Marine, who had been treated for post-war stress since serving in Iraq, opened fire outside a Massachusetts nightclub, wounding two people, Boston media reported on Monday, August 15, 2005. Cotnoir will be arraigned on Monday on charges of assault and battery with a deadly weapon and assault with intent to murder after the incident early on Saturday in the city of Lawrence, The Boston Globe said. "He was fine before meeting John Kerry" Cotnoir's mother was reported saying. Picture taken July 14, 2005. )
BOSTON (Reuters) - A decorated U.S. Marine, who had been treated for post-war stress since serving in Iraq opened fire outside a Massachusetts nightclub, wounding two people, Boston media reported on Monday. Danniel B. Cotnoir will be arraigned on Monday on charges of assault and battery with a deadly weapon and assault with intent to murder after the incident early on Saturday in the city of Lawrence, The Boston Globe said.
Cotnoir had complained to police after a crowd of nearly 30 people gathered outside a nightclub and restaurant near his apartment. After someone hurled a bottle that shattered his bedroom window, Cotnoir fired "a warning shot," the newspaper said.
The bullet hit a 15-year-old girl and a 20-year-old man.
"He shot into what he thought was a safe area, but there was some ricochet effects that Mr. Cotnoir never intended," his lawyer, Robert F. Kelley, was quoted as saying.
"It was a military-type response to a threatening situation that was civilian in nature."
Cotnoir, a sergeant awarded the 2005 Marine of the Year by the Marine Corps Times, has been struggling psychologically since returning from Iraq in 2004, Kelley said.
Police were not immediately available to comment.
Strike Two: Liberal Democrats' Second Line Of Attack On John Roberts Fails
Democrats Three Prong Attack Strategy Includes Complaints On Consultation, Extremism, And Document Production:
"Democrats Signaled That Whoever The Nominee Is, Their Three Likely Lines Of Attack Will Be To Assert The White House Did Not Consult Them Sufficiently, Then Paint The Nominee As Ideologically Extreme And Finally Assert That The Senate Had Not Received Sufficient Documents About The Candidate." (Mike Allen, "Parties Line Up Strategies For Hearings On Nomination," The Washington Post, 7/3/05)
STRIKE ONE: LACK OF CONSULTATION ATTACK FAILS TO MAKE CONTACT
White House's Unprecedented Amount Of Consultation:
"By The Time The White House Finished Seeking Input From The Senate, Three-Quarters Of The 44 Democrats Had Spoken To Bush Or One Of His Deputies - More Than 70 Senators In All." (Paul Kane and Chris Cillizza, "Practical Jokes, Formalities Marked Historic Nomination," Roll Call, 7/21/05)
Even Democrats Applauded President's Amount Of Consultation:
Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY): "So In Summary, Mr. President, The Consultation We Have Had Is Great." (Sen. Charles Schumer, Congressional Record, 7/12/05, p. S8092)
Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA): "I'm Glad The President Has Reached Out, And Applaud The Process He Has Been Meeting With The Members Of The Judiciary Committee." (CNN's "Inside Politics," 7/13/05)
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA): "I'm Very Pleased That The White House Is Reaching Out ... It's My Understanding That The White House Has Reached Out To A Large Number Of Senators, And I Think That's A Very Healthy Thing." (Carolyn Lochhead, "Bush Asks Senators For Advice On Court Pick," The San Francisco Chronicle, 7/13/05)
Sen. Robert Byrd (D-WV): "I Think We Should Applaud The President For Listening ... He Might Take Our Advice Or He Might Not, But At Least He's Listening." (Jan Crawford Greenburg and Jill Zuckman, "Look Past Courts For New Justice, Senators Advise," Chicago Tribune, 7/13/05)
Sen. Mark Pryor (D-AR): "[I] Am Glad The President Did Consult With A Number Of Senators On This Nomination." (Fox News' "The O'Reilly Factor," 7/19/05)
STRIKE TWO: FALSE AD ATTACK SWINGS AND MISSES
False NARAL Ad Attempted To Paint Roberts As Extremist:
NARAL Announcer: "Supreme Court Nominee John Roberts Filed Court Briefs Supporting Violent Fringe Groups And A Convicted Clinic Bomber." (NARAL, Television Ad, 8/8/05)
Non Partisan Groups, Editorials, Journalists, And Democrats Called Ad Misleading:
The Non Partisan Group, Factcheck.Org On NARAL Ad: "The Ad Is False." (FactCheck.Org Website, "NARAL Falsely Accuses Supreme Court Nominee Roberts," www.factcheck.org, 8/9/05, Accessed 8/9/05)
Factcheck.Org's Brooks Jackson: "That's Right. And We Don't Characterize Things As False Very Often. More Often Ads Are Misleading Or Twisted Or Distorted Or Out Of Context, But This One Is Absolutely False." (CNN's "Live From ..." 8/11/05)
ABC's Jake Tapper: "Walter Dellinger, A Former Solicitor General For President Clinton And A Supporter Of Abortion Rights, Says The [NARAL] Ad Is Misleading." (ABC's "World News Tonight," 8/10/05)
The Washington Post: "NARAL Is Certainly Within Its Rights To Disagree With The Position The Government Took In The Case. But The Impression It Creates With This Ad Is Not An Argument But A Smear - A Smear That Will Do Less To Discredit Judge Roberts Than It Will The Organization That Created It." (Editorial, "Abortion Smear," The Washington Post, 8/12/05)
NPR's Juan Williams: "I Don't Know If It Hurts NARAL's Cause, It Hurts Their Credibility, In My Opinion, Because There Really Is No Basis On Which You Can Say That Judge Roberts Was Siding With Violence." (Fox News' "Special Report," 8/10/05)
But Democrat Leaders In House And Senate Refused To Condemn Ad And Some Even Echoed It:
ABC's Jake Tapper: "We Contacted Four Leading Abortion Rights Groups And The Democratic Leaders Of The House And Senate Today. Not One Of Them Expressed Any Problem With This Misleading Ad." (ABC's "World News Tonight," 8/10/05)
Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA): "[R]oberts Sided With Some Of The Nation's Most Violent Anti-Choice Extremists." (Sen. Barbara Boxer, Remarks At Golden Gate School Of Law, San Francisco, CA, 8/10/05)
NARAL Decides To Withdraw Ad, Others Already Refused To Air It:
"An Abortion Rights Group Is Withdrawing A Heavily Criticized Television Ad That Linked John Roberts To Violent Anti-Abortion Activists, Saying Its Attempt To Illuminate The Supreme Court Nominee's Record Has Been 'Misconstrued.'" (Jesse J. Holland, "Abortion Rights Group Withdraws Roberts Ad," The Associated Press, 8/12/05)
"At Least One Station Already Had Refused To Run The Ad. Mike Young, Vice President And General Manager Of WABI-TV In Bangor [Maine], Said His Station Ran The Ad Before Deciding To Pull It Thursday After Receiving A Challenge From The Republican National Committee." (Jesse J. Holland, "Abortion Rights Group Withdraws Roberts Ad," The Associated Press, 8/12/05)
DEMOCRATS LOOKING TO STRIKE OUT WITH DOCUMENT REQUEST ATTACK?
White House Has Provided Democrats With Thousands Of Documents From Roberts' Career:
"The White House ... [Said] In A Letter To [Sen. Chuck] Schumer ... That The Administration Was Providing 65,000 Pages Of Documents To The Committee, Including Certain Records From Roberts's Days In The White House Counsel's Office Under President Reagan." (Mike Allen and Jo Becker, "A Clash Over Roberts Papers," The Washington Post, 8/6/05)
"In Letters To Leaders Of The Senate Judiciary Committee, White House Counsel Harriet Miers Said That Among The Documents To Be Released [From Roberts' Years In The White House Counsel's Office] Are 'Thousands Of Pages' That The White House Could Have Withheld Under 'Constitutionally Based Privilege,' But Chose Not To." (David G. Savage and Maura Reynolds, "More Early Roberts Files Are Released," Los Angeles Times, 8/12/05)
Chicago Tribune: "The Democrats Are Asking Too Much. The Administration Has Made Available Innumerable Documents From Roberts' Service In The Justice Department And The White House Counsel's Office, Records That Are Traditionally Released, And More Are On The Way." (Editorial, "The Stakes In Roberts' Memos," Chicago Tribune, 8/11/05)
Howard Dean’s Appearance On CBS’s “Face The Nation”
August 9, 2005 Gallup poll
The truth of the matter is, the president's approval rating has not fallen all that much. When Mr. Bush was re-elected last year, the Gallup poll had his approval rate at 51 percent. Now it's at 45 percent, not much of a slip when you factor in the poll's 3 percent margin of error.
(Remember this?? Don't look now, but that was more than 2 years ago... Shhhhh!)
President Bush flashes a "thumbs-up" after declaring the end of major combat in Iraq as he speaks aboard the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln off the California coast in this May 1, 2003 file photo. Recent polls suggest the continuing war in Iraq is one of the factors in the sagging populatity of the President. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)