Tuesday, August 24, 2004

Mel Gison's The Passion of the Christ goes on sale August 31.

Drawing on past experience which didctates that liberals, having tried all other means and failing, will use judicial means and congresional muscle in order to attempt impeachment of President Bush shoud he win re-election. Remember this when it happens. Becasue if it does, they will drum up all kinds of "smear" in order to justify their actions. But if it's this obvious beforehand, then you can't trust the "smear" that they want you to swallow and believe.

Just a prediction.

Silencing criticism of his war record, Kerry feals as though the same standards don't apply to him.

Sunday, August 22, 2004

A history lesson ..........

At about the time our original 13 states adopted their new constitution
in 1787, Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor at the
University of Edinborough, had this to say about the fall of the
Athenian republic some 2,000 years prior:
"A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a
permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up
until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves
generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the
majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits
from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will
finally collapse over loose fiscal policy, (which is) always followed
by a dictatorship. The average age of the world's greatest
civilizations from the beginning of history, has been about 200 years.
During those 200 years, these nations always progressed through the
following sequence:
From bondage to spiritual faith;
From faith to great courage;
From courage to liberty;
From liberty to abundance;
From abundance to complacency;
From complacency to apathy;
From apathy to dependence;
From dependence back into bondage."
Professor Joseph Olson of Hamline University School of Law, St. Paul,
Minnesota, points out some interesting facts concerning the most recent
Presidential election:
Population of counties won:
by Gore, 127 million;
by Bush, 143 million;
Square miles of land won:
by Gore, 580,000;
by Bush, 2,427,000;
States won:
by Gore, 19;
by Bush, 29;
Murder rate per 100,000 residents in counties won:
by Gore, 13.2;
by Bush, 2.1.
Professor Olson adds, "In aggregate, the map of the territory (Bush won
was mostly) the land owned by the tax-paying citizens of this great
country. Gore's territory included the majority of those citizens living in
government-owned tenements and living off government welfare." Olson
believes the U.S. is now somewhere between the "apathy" and the
"complacency" phase of Professor Tyler's definition of democracy, with
some 40 percent of the nation's population already having reached the
"governmental dependency" phase.
Now, vote with your thinking cap on.

Why James Rassman Is Honestly Mistaken About John Kerry Saving His Life adn Kerry Is Shamelessly Exploiting The Situation, by Grant K Holcomb

Earlier this month John Kerry talked about the merits of troop realignment in Europe and Asia. So on Mondaywhen President Bush announced a major realignment ofU.S. forces around the world promising a more agileand more flexible force, John Kerry agreed, right? Wrong. John Kerry said it was a bad idea.In news releases and postings on their Web site, theKerry Campaign has been recently claiming that theircandidate served as vice chairman of the Senate SelectCommittee on Intelligence. Despite his membership onthe committee John Kerry never had the seniority tohold a leadership position.His own staff confused him with Former Senator BobKerrey.What would normally pass as an honest mistake iscalled into question because the Kerry for PresidentCampaign has taken political cynicism to a new low inthis election, openly scoffing at what they considerto be the public's-and the media's-gullibility onissues as important as intelligence funding, nationalsecurity, people's jobs, the Federal budget, ournation's energy supply and funding for our troops incombat, and even as trivial as "home cookin'."One example I outline in this recent memo (Click hereto view) to Republican leaders shows that SenatorKerry missed 76% of the of the Senate IntelligenceCommittee's public hearings, but his campaign's senioradviser called the statistic "misleading" because itrepresents only public hearings and not the numerousnon-public hearings the committee holds.So surely Senator Kerry will authorize the SenateIntelligence Committee to make public his and hisrunning mate's record of attendance at non-publichearings, right? Don't bet on it. Their campaignthinks they can cite non-public hearings asdiscounting a dismal public attendance record with awink, then refuse to authorize their public releasewith a nod.Such contempt for the electorate and the media rarely,if ever, succeed. As a great Republican President oncesaid, "You can fool all the people some of the time,and some of the people all the time, but you can'tfool all the people all the time." Senator Kerry'sblatant hypocrisy will not be able to fool the votersin November, nor will he be able to count on reportersto stand inside his campaign looking disdainfully outat the public and laughing at the inside joke insteadof outside his campaign looking skeptically in at hispromises and asking the tough questions.

"The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: "I'm from the government and I'm here to help.'"Ronald Reagan.

Stop Global WHINING--Vote Republican!

Next year, under the old tax law - that is, before Bush's cuts were put in place - the top 20% of all income earners would have paid 64% of all federal taxes, the CBO report shows. Under Bush's cuts, they pay 64.3%. That's a burden shift? As for the beleaguered middle class, the Heritage Foundation notes that this year, "because of the (Bush) cuts, the federal tax burden for the middle 20% of earners dropped from 16.5% to 14.6%." Excuse us, but that's called a tax cut.

Saturday, August 21, 2004

Rescue Me-My new favorite TV show. A drama about FDNY starring Denis Leary(Creator, Executive Producer, and star of the show). A very well written show with multiple story lines and great character development. Normally I don't get into the "Hillstreet Blues/L.A. Law" garbage, but this one's really good!

Thursday, August 19, 2004

When you see immigrants delivering mail, working as construction contracters carpenters, and working as garbagemen, you KNOW the argument that they only do jobs no one else will do, is bogus. I've been saying this for years and even my fellow conservatives fell on the other side of the fence. But, finally, after it's too late of course, evidence is trickling in. This is always what happens. Liberal policies are implimented and by the time the consequences become plain for all to see, it has been long enough for people to deny responsibility for supporting the policy and the effects are irreversable (S.S.I. fund? etc)

In other words, Hispanic dropouts and _Asian college grads_ (http://www.vdare.com/letters/tl_060601.htm) increasingly dominate the foreign-born workforce. What are the implications for native workers? The rule of thumb is that an 10 percent increase in the labor supply diminishes the wages of native-born workers by 3.5 percent. [See George Borjas, _The Labor Demand Curve Is Downward Sloping"_ (http://ksghome.harvard.edu/~.GBorjas.Academic.Ksg/Papers/w9755.pdf) May 2003]



Another trend is that, instead of learning English themselves, immigrants are forcing us to learn their language and make all documents in their language as well. Why didn't my great-grandparents insist on foisting Norwegian on us? Because it's rude to not adapt to the culture you live in and they knew it. Oh, and they were polite enough to care about what was rude or not.

VFW recalls Kerry's anti-war past and Boo's him!
It took a live viewing to hear it as the replays edit out all but Kerry speaking.

Anti-GOP Group Publishes RNC Delegate List; Urges 'Local Contact'

Gentlemen, load your guns.

Tuesday, August 17, 2004

Forcing the text down from below the new banner with this post.

In light of the poosibilities for Hillary in 2008 after Bush's second term, there arose http://www.rice2008.com/ Why can't the Dem's promote such class. Look at her.
She's a much better role model than Maxine Waters or Carol Mosely-Brown and they never got even close to the presidency.

Thursday, August 12, 2004

Palestinian Rioters Blast Arafat
Thursday, August 12, 2004
RAFAH, Gaza Strip — Dozens of homeless Palestinians led by gunmen occupied a government office in this Gaza refugee camp Thursday, forcing officials to leave and lashing out at the Palestinian Authority.
The demonstration came just after Israeli troops raided the camp, destroying buildings as they searched for arms-smuggling tunnels and weapons.
The four-hour standoff, which ended after Yasser Arafat intervened, was the latest blow to the Palestinian leader's prestige and part of the growing chaos in Gaza ahead of Israel's planned withdrawal from the territory next year.

AOL poll: Bush wins in landslide

AOL's electoral map of the United States

GRAND CANYON, Ariz. (Reuters) - Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry said on Monday he would have voted for the congressional resolution authorizing force against Iraq even if he had known then no weapons of mass destruction would be found.

Bush rips Kerry for Iraq ‘switch’
I wouldn't have believed it had I not heard it myself.

Tuesday, August 10, 2004

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Sunday, August 08, 2004

My impression of Alan Keyes, when I spoke with him last year at a benefit dinner in Concord, was that he is very thoughtful and reasoning. Overall, I think he will make a very good senator from Illinois. God knows they need one!
What the article dosn't tell you is that he was the U.S.
Ambassador to the U.N. Economic and Social Council; and
Assistant Secretary of State for International Organizations; and
President of Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW);
Founder of CAGW's National Taxpayer's Action Day Educator;
Interim President of Alabama A&M University; Personal
Ph.D. in Government from Harvard University; and
Married to Jocelyn, three children, ages 6, 9 and 12

If successful, he will get to contrast the likes of former Democrat senators as:
Carol Moseley-Braun, Dem.
Paul Simon, Dem., and
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Saturday, August 07, 2004

I think outer space is bigger than inner space. Here's why.

Senate Bill 1803

In 1981, California enacted a truly foul piece of legislation. This law contained a special exception to sentencing for those convicted of sexual offenses against children: if the perpetrator of the unthinkable act was a family member, he would be eligible for probation (!) Let us briefly explain about this special treatment for those offenders who grow their own victims works...

California Penal Code 288. (a) Any person who willfully and lewdly commits any lewd or lascivious act, including any of the acts constituting other crimes provided for in Part 1, upon or with the body, or any part or member thereof, of a child who is under the age of 14 years, with the intent of arousing, appealing to, or gratifying the lust, passions, or sexual desires of that person or the child, is guilty of a felony and shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for three, six, or eight years. See, also, California PC 288.5, "Continual sexual abuse of a child."

Simple enough, right? This represents a societal judgment that certain offenses against our most vulnerable members require imprisonment, a position virtually every citizen endorses. But watch this...

California Penal Code 285. Persons being within the degrees of consanguinity within which marriages are declared by law to be incestuous and void, who intermarry with each other, or who commit fornication or adultery with each other, are punishable by imprisonment in the state prison.

Needless to say, imprisonment is no longer mandatory. And, perhaps, correctly so, as this law encompasses everything from rape of an infant to [adult] first cousins having sex. But here's where the betrayal of California's children kicks in...

California Penal Code 1203.066. (a) Notwithstanding Section 1203 or any other law, probation shall not be granted to, nor shall the execution or imposition of sentence be suspended for, nor shall a finding bringing the defendant within the provisions of this section be stricken pursuant to Section 1385 for, any of the following persons: (7) A person who is convicted of committing a violation of Section 288 or 288.5 against more than one victim. (8) A person who ... has substantial sexual conduct with a victim who is under 14 years of age. (9) A person who ... used obscene matter.... (c) Paragraphs (7), (8), and (9) of subdivision (a) shall not apply when the court makes all of the following findings: (1) The defendant is the victim's natural parent, adoptive parent, stepparent, relative, or is a member of the victim's household who has lived in the victim's household.

Get it? If a person commits the acts against a child, he (or she) is not eligible for probation ... unless the prosecutor uses his "discretion" to charge him with incest instead of child sexual abuse (!) Nice, huh? The closer the perpetrator is to the victim, the lighter the penalty.

How did this happen? Essentially, the California legislature was specifically urged to pass this "exception" by the testimony of "treatment professionals." They claimed the "exception" was needed to benefit the *victims* (!) You've heard the story a thousand times before: we shouldn't disrupt the "family unit," we don't want the children to feel "guilty" that their parent was incarcerated, we don't want to "take the breadwinner out of the home," incest offenders are "different" from garden-variety pedophiles, etc.

Of course, the sex offender treatment industry bases its "success" on one additional "fact." "Recidivism rates" -- which, of course, refers to *detected* recidivism -- are reported to be lower for incest perpetrators than for other sexual offenders against children. But this, in turn, assumes that detection *capability* is equal -- something we know to be false. Since incest victims remain under the control of their perpetrators -- and since they *already* know that complaining is futile; after all, what happened to the offender when he was convicted the *first* time? -- it is ludicrous to discount the more likely probability ... that incest offenders are better able to avoid detection for subsequent offenses.

The real truth, of course, is that the current California law trivializes the pain of child sexual abuse victims, as if incest was a "lesser" crime than if the same acts had been committed by a stranger. It makes child incest victims into a lower class of citizen, and piously proclaims it does so for their own good. It condones experimenting on children, testing every new "theory" about sex offender rehabilitation on the victims themselves. And who's going to complain ... their *parents*?

But the worst thing about this reprehensible "exception" is this: it rewards those predators who chose to grow their own victims.

The truth, as we both know, is that child sexual abuse by a trusted family member is far more devastating than an attack by a stranger. We know that incest is not "family dysfunction," it is rape-by-extortion, the ultimate abuse of power. And most importantly, we know that the "treatment professionals" would have no clients but for "court referrals." How many incest offenders have you ever heard of who volunteer for "help" *before* the law is involved?

Prosecutors may prefer to have "discretion," since they are judged solely on their conviction rates, and offering such a sweet deal to those who rape their own children guarantees a steady stream of guilty pleas, but this isn't about "records," it is about the long-term consequences of creating a special class of sexual offenders.

This "exception" did not come about by referendum. Imagine putting this proposition to a vote: sexually abuse a neighbor's child -- you go to prison; sexually abuse your *own* child -- get probation. Any politician who endorsed such a law would not have seen a next term. But, in the back rooms, this slimy bill slid right on through.

The just-introduced Senate Bill 1803 will eliminate the "incest exception" in California. It needs support in both houses, on both sides of the aisle. And the key to all that support is *your* support. This law has no chance of passage unless enough people participate in a powerful word-of-mouth campaign. This is the kind of call to action that leaves no excuses. To participate takes almost no time, and doesn't cost a dime. Here's all it takes:

(1) Get all the details about the new law here.

(2) Find out who is representing you in the Senate and the Assembly -- right here.

(3) Send your representatives an email demanding they support this new legislation.

That's all there is to it. If enough citizens step up this time, we can finally eliminate the law that gives a special bonus to those who grow their own victims. Can you please spread the word to everyone you know in California? This is not a "Republican" or "Democrat" issue. A person doesn't need to be "political" to participate. This is about one thing, and one thing only -- protecting children from predators. There won't be any TV spots or billboards or newspaper ads working for us. But if enough citizens take a stand, we can make this happen.

So, please PASS IT ON!

The following photos are of the high desert mountain region of Wyoming just east of Yellowstone and west of Cody.

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Thursday, August 05, 2004

Down The Rabbit Hole! Posted by Hello