Wednesday, November 22, 2006



Saturday, November 18, 2006

Blogger Be Damned

Moving time! New site: Follow the bread crumbs... http://roostercashews.wordpress.com Tired of the screw-ups, down time, pictures not uploading, and fracked-up posting with Blogger pushing all the posts together after I moved this page to their "beta" site so they are unreadable. I'm still working on the new place, so it will be a while before everything is clean and smelling Downy fresh. I'm still in the process of migrating old files over and ironing out what Wordpress can do. And from what I see so far, it does a hell of a lot more than Blogger. It's been fun here, but it's time to move on to something better... Well... Just about any other blog host is better than Blogger, but you get the idea.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Compare And Contrast

I just moved my page over to the beta blog, and I can only imagine the hell that is sure to follow by doing this. So, for no other reason than to see if Google, being Google, can screw-up something else, I'm just posting for the hell of it. Not a lot of thought went into me posting the following articles, but they do go hand in hand. 1. Evil conservatives? Strange... I thought we were supposed to be the ones who ate your children and destroyed the planet. Philanthropy Expert: Conservatives Are More Generous SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Syracuse University professor Arthur C. Brooks is about to become the darling of the religious right in America -- and it's making him nervous. The child of academics, raised in a liberal household and educated in the liberal arts, Brooks has written a book that concludes religious conservatives donate far more money than secular liberals to all sorts of charitable activities, irrespective of income. In the book, he cites extensive data analysis to demonstrate that values advocated by conservatives -- from church attendance and two-parent families to the Protestant work ethic and a distaste for government-funded social services -- make conservatives more generous than liberals. Complete story at the link above. 2. Strange... After the elections, I don't remember Republicans screaming for recounts like another party did in 2000 and 2004. Full story at the link:

Funny how they refuse to concede in an election, but are willing to do so in Iraq at the drop of a hat.

Florida Democrat Puts More Faith in Polls Than Election Results By Susan Jones CNSNews.com Senior Editor November 14, 2006 (Editor's note: Fixes percentages in last paragraph.) (CNSNews.com) - A Florida Democrat says he won't concede defeat in his race to unseat Republican Rep. Tom Feeney "until every vote is actually counted." Clint Curtis said he is considering a legal challenge to the election results: "In this election, the results did not match the Zogby pre-election poll, our internal VoteNow2006.net polling, or our exit polling," Curtis explained. My poll says you're a dumb ass... Or words to that effect.

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Odds And No End: Sex Sex Sex

Today's post has two of my favorite things: Sweet and clean hot teachers, and Youtube strangeness. I also have email bank fraud condoms too, but sweet and clean teacher love comes first... Or maybe the student did... Anyway...

1. Best line in the article below is: "...Johanson forced the boy to have sex with her."

To which I reply: Riiiiight. To back up my argument (which should be used in court) is "Look at her!" She somehow "forced" a 15-year-old into sex? The kid was 15! When would a female that looks like she does have to force any male to have sex? It's inconceivable, so the case should be dismissed.

Teacher monkey love

RAINIER, Ore. -- A former teacher’s assistant accused of having sex with a 15-year-old boy was indicted earlier this week, according to a Longview, Wash. newspaper. The Daily News reported that 35-year-old Christine Marie Johanson, who worked at Hudson Park Elementary School, allegedly had a sexual relationship with a freshman at Rainier Junior/Senior High School. Further, the indictment also alleges that Johanson forced the boy to have sex with her. She pleaded innocent Monday to 10 counts of third-degree rape, two counts of third-degree sodomy, 12 counts of second-degree sexual abuse and two counts of furnishing liquor to a minor, according to The Daily News. The district said Johanson was fired in September, and was ordered to stay away from the boy and the school.

2. Youtube. It brings to my computer all that is right with the world, and so much more of what's wrong too.

There are some things a guy doesn't need to know about. Any talk of vaginal discharge from the "opening between the legs" as the video says is a good example.

And the following transaction just freaks me out:

Jill: Suzy, what’s a sanitary pad?

Suzy: Come on Jill, I’ll show you. I’m having my period now. Let’s go into the bathroom.


3. I don't know why I don't get more spam email from people wanting to make my penis larger, or selling time-shares in Dubai, but I don't. The video at the link below combines the lovely South African people with their desire to promote safe sex. I guess that's a good thing, but I know they have a commercial somewhere asking for your bank account number so they can transfer $10 million to you.

Pretty cool looking condoms though. Just be careful when snapping that thing on!


Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Thank You America... Now Let's Run Away.

One of the greatest reasons to live in America is the freedom to choose those who govern. It's not a pure democracy by any means, but I will always believe representative government is the best form of government available no matter what the outcome of the election. Yesterday's election proved that again with another successful non-violent change of power. But the funny thing about representative government is this: You get what you vote for. I'm pleased in many ways, and disheartened in others. Texas remained a red state in it's highest offices (Governor, Lt. Governor, US Senator, and US House seats) showing that while we may be a gun-toting, mass-executing group, we're not stupid enough to follow in the lines of another state who at one time elected a former pro-wrestler for their governor. In our case, we had a Jewish singing cowboy looking to pull a Jesse Ventura. Thank God Texans saw through this, and realized (with only 13% of the vote cast for Kinky) that a singing cowboy, is not what Texas needs. Apparently, the rest of the country had other ideas with the yahoos they elected.

The decisions made in the voting booth affects your job, your family, your security, and possibly your very life. Some people seem to forget that. A great article appeared about a month ago at investors.com that laid out a pretty decent argument against Democrats taking power during a time of war, or when our security is at stake. While I have many problems with the direction the Republicans have taken lately on issues like immigration (illegals) by not tossing them out, and spending (entitlement programs) Pick whatever pork project you want for this one, and an attempt to run a "clean" war, just to name three; I fear what happened yesterday. The cut and run Democratic mind-set on defense is a frightening prospect for the next 2 to 6 years. Hopefully, some of the more moderate Democrats will be enough of a force to counter what progressive (read: liberal) Democrats like Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, John-John-Genghis-Khan-Kerry, and Teddy Kennedy want to do: raise taxes, create a larger welfare state, and damage our national security.

And if there is anyone who questions what I wrote above, have a look at what Iran thinks of Tuesday's results:

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Friday called U.S. President George W. Bush's defeat in congressional elections a victory for Iran. and: "(now)...America's threats are empty threats on an international scale."

Full story here

Again, let me say thank you America. You get what you vote for.

Article below is here


Posted 9/29/2006

97 reasons Democrats can't be trusted to lead in wartime.

Today's Democrats are nothing like Presidents Roosevelt, Truman and Kennedy, who with courage and decisive action kept on top of their jobs and aggressively confronted one national defense crisis after another. Jimmy Carter, elected during the Cold War with the Soviet Union, and (1) believing Americans had an inordinate fear of communism, (2) lifted U.S. citizens' travel bans to Cuba, North Korea, Vietnam and Cambodia and (3) pardoned draft evaders. President Carter (4) also stopped B-1 bomber production, (5) gave away our strategically located Panama Canal and (6) made human rights the central focus of his foreign policy. That led Carter, a Democrat, (7) to make a monumental miscalculation and withdraw U.S. support for our long-standing Mideast military ally, the Shah of Iran. (8) Carter simply didn't like the Shah's alleged mistreatment of imprisoned Soviet spies. The Soviets, (9) with close military ties to Iraq, a 1,500-mile border with Iran and eyes on Afghanistan, aggressively tried to encircle, infiltrate, subvert and overthrow Iran's government for its oil deposits and warm-water ports several times after Russian troops attempted to stay there at the end of WWII. These were all communist threats to Iran that Carter never understood. Carter (10) thought Ayatollah Khomeini, a Muslim exile in Paris, would make a fairer Iranian leader than the Shah because he was a religious man. (11) With U.S. support withdrawn, the Shah was overthrown, and (12) the ayatollah returned and promptly proclaimed Iran an Islamic nation. (13) Executions followed. Palestinian hit men were hired to secretly eliminate the opposition so the religious mullahs couldn't be blamed. Iran's ayatollah (14) then introduces the idea of suicide bombers to the Palestine Liberation Organization and paid $35,000 to PLO families whose young people were brainwashed to attack and kill as many Israeli citizens as possible by blowing themselves up. This inhumane menace has grown unchallenged. The ayatollah (15) next created and financed with Iran's oil wealth Hezbollah, a terrorist organization that later bombed our barracks in Beirut, killing 241 Marines and sailors. With Iran's encouragement this summer, (16) Hezbollah attacked Israel and started a war that damaged Lebanon and (17) diverted the world's attention from Iran's nuclear bomb program. In November 1979, Iranians, including (18) Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, their current puppet president who was elected in an unfree, rigged election in which opponents were intimidated into not running, (19) stormed the U.S. Embassy in Tehran and held 52 U.S. personnel hostage for 444 days. Carter, after nearly six months, (20) belatedly attempted a poorly executed rescue with only six Navy helicopters (three were lost or disabled in sandstorms) and Air Force planes with Delta Force commandos. The mission was aborted, but foul-ups on the ground resulted in a loss of eight aircraft, five airman and three Marines. The bungled plan was never put down on paper for the Joint Chiefs to evaluate. There were practice sessions, but no full dress rehearsal, and pilots weren't allowed to meet with their weather forecasters because someone in authority worried about security. America (21) can thank the well-meaning but naive and inexperienced Democrat, Jimmy Carter, for a foreign policy that lost a strong military ally, Iran, and (22) put the U.S. at odds with a gangster regime that was determined to build nuclear bombs to wipe Israel off the map and threaten the U.S. and other nations. Iran also has a working relationship with al-Qaida, which also wants nukes. Care to connect the dots? Shortly after a meeting at which Carter kissed Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev on each cheek, (23) the USSR invaded Afghanistan. Carter the appeaser was shocked. "I can't believe the Russians lied to me," he said. During the Carter Democrat period, (24) communism was on a rampage worldwide. In an unrestrained country-capturing spree, communists took over (25) Ethiopia, (26) South Yemen (27) located at the mouth of the Red Sea where they could block Mideast oil shipments and access to the Suez Canal), (28) Afghanistan, (29) Angola, (30) Cambodia, (31) Mozambique, (32) Grenada and ( 33) Nicaragua. Compared to the pre-Vietnam War defense budget in 1964, Carter requested in fiscal 1982's defense budget (34) a 45% reduction in fighter aircraft, (35) a 75% reduction in ships, (36) an 83% reduction in attack submarines and (37) a 90% reduction in helicopters. The Soviets for years (38) consistently spent 15% of their GDP on defense; (39) in 1980 we spent under 5%. As a percentage of our government's spending, defense was lower than before Pearl Harbor. No wonder a Republican, Ronald Reagan, had to vastly increase defense spending to help us win the 45-year-old Cold War and relegate the USSR to the ash heap of history — an astounding feat no one (except Reagan) believed possible. In addition to a communist enemy rapidly expanding its territorial conquests, Reagan (40) inherited from Democratic management a 12% inflation rate (highest in 34 years), (41) 21% interest rates (highest since Abraham Lincoln was president), (42) a depleted military and (43) a serious energy crisis. For eight years (44) congressional Democrats ridiculed and fought with Reagan and were on the wrong side of nearly all his defense and economic policies. They said he wasn't bright — an "amiable dunce," as party elder Clark Clifford (45) put it. They maintained his tax cuts wouldn't work, (46) that he insulted the Soviets by labeling them the "Evil Empire" (47) and that he was going to start World War III by putting missiles in West Germany to counter new Soviet SS-20 nuclear missiles installed in East Germany. (48) John Kerry wanted a nuclear freeze that would guarantee the Soviets overwhelming tactical nuclear superiority in Europe. (49) Kerry seemed to constantly advise retreating, giving up and handing our enemies what they wanted — a recipe for us to lose every war. Democrats waffled (50) on Reagan's request for support of Contras who were fighting to stay alive and take Nicaragua back from Daniel Ortega's communist Sandinistas. Each month, the Soviets poured $50 million worth of Russian tanks, anti-aircraft weapons, Hind attack helicopters and munitions into that central American country. Democratic leaders (51) all dismissed as a ridiculous pipe dream Reagan's plan for the U.S. to develop a missile that could shoot down incoming enemy missiles. (52) Showing no vision, Democrats mockingly called it Star Wars. Democratic politicians (53) were proved wrong on virtually every vital Reagan policy. (54) His tax cuts set off a huge seven-year economic boom that created 20 million new jobs. (55) Interest rates tumbled from 21% to 7 1/2%. (56) Inflation nose-dived from 12% to 3%. And (57) oil prices collapsed when — contrary to warnings from Democrats — he removed price controls on natural gas. Reagan's motto was "Peace through Strength," (58) not peace through weakness and accommodation. With his steadfast determination and perseverance, the communists were kicked out of Grenada and defeated in Nicaragua, Ethiopia and Afghanistan. And for the first time in history Soviet expansion ended. Reagan (59) never quit exerting pressure on the Soviets. In Berlin, he demanded that Gorbachev "tear down this wall," and in time the Berlin Wall fell. In the end the communist Soviet Union dissolved. The Reagan-Bush administration had won the Cold War. Years later, (60) a group of Russian generals were asked about the one key that led to the collapse of the USSR. They were unanimous in their response: "Star Wars." Gorbachev feared it would render the Soviets' nuclear missiles obsolete for an overwhelming first strike, and they could not afford to build the hundreds more that would be needed or hope to match America's great technical ability. (61) So Gorbachev threw in the towel after Reagan held firm at Reykjavik and refused to stop SDI research. Years later (62) Gorbachev said he didn't think it could have ever happened if Reagan hadn't been there. In July 2001, (63) the U.S. military used an SDI missile launched thousands of miles away and flying at near bullet speed to blow a test missile out of the sky. (64) Democrats from Dukakis to Gore to Kerry all said this would be impossible and that missile defense would never work. They were all wrong. Reagan was right. The current terrorist threat (65) to U.S. national security did not begin on 9/11, but in the early 1990s. Bill Clinton was elected November 1992. (66) The first bombing of our World Trade Center on Feb. 26, 1993, killed six people and injured 1,000. Terrorists hoped to kill 250,000. (67) Some of the apprehended terrorists were trained in bomb making at the Khalden terrorist camp in Afghanistan. October 1993. (68) A Somali warlord, with help from weapons and top trainers sent by al-Qaida, shot down two U.S. Blackhawk helicopters. Eighteen Americans were killed and 73 wounded. Clinton, under pressure from a Democratic Congress, ordered retreat and withdrawal of all U.S. forces. Said Osama bin Laden: "They planned for a long struggle, but the U.S. rushed out in shame." January 1995. (69) Philippine police discovered Ramzi Yousef, mastermind of the World Trade Center bombing, had a plan to blow up 12 American airliners over the ocean and fly a plane into CIA headquarters. They informed Clinton's government of the plot. Bin Laden (70) tried to buy weapons-grade uranium to develop a weapon that would kill on a mass basis — like Hiroshima. (71) In November 1995, a car bomb exploded at a Saudi-U.S. joint facility in Riyadh, killing five Americans. June 1996. (72) Khobar Towers, which housed U.S. Air Force personnel in Saudi Arabia, was blown up by Saudi Hezbollahs with help from Iran and some al-Qaida involvement. Nineteen Americans were killed and 372 wounded. July-August 1996. (73) The U.S. received from senior level al-Qaida defectors intelligence on the creation, character, direction and intentions of al-Qaida. February 1998. (74) Bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahri issued a fatwa declaring "war on America" and making the murder of any American anywhere on earth the "individual duty" of every Muslim. May 29, 1998. Finally, (75) after a long series of deadly bombings carried out since 1992, and bin Laden calls to attack the U.S., Clinton's CIA created a plan to raid and capture the al-Qaida leader at his Tarnak Farms compound in Afghanistan. After months of planning, consultations with senior officials in other departments and numerous full rehearsals that went well, the raid was called off at the last moment by CIA Director George Tenet and others worried about possible collateral damage and second-guessing and recrimination if bin Laden didn't survive. Aug. 7, 1998. (76) Al-Qaida blew up U.S. embassies in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam, five minutes apart, killing 200, injuring 5,000. Now (77) Clinton's team, wanting to take stronger action, decided to fire Tomahawk missiles at bin Laden's training camps as well as a Sudan aspirin factory. (78) But the administration gave up to 48 hours notice to certain people, including the chief of staff of Pakistan's army, so India wouldn't think the missiles were aimed at them. Somehow forewarned, bin Laden and his terrorist leaders all left — no terrorists were killed, but U.S. ineffectiveness was on full display. Dec. 20, 1998. (79) Intelligence knew bin Laden would be at the Haii house in Kandahar but again passed up the opportunity due to potential collateral damage and the risk of failure. (80) Clinton approved a plan by his national security adviser, Sandy Berger, to use tribals to capture bin Laden. But nothing happened. Next, (81) the Pentagon created a plan to use an HC 130 gunship, a more precise method, against bin Laden's headquarters, but the plan was later shelved. Lt. Gen. William Boykin, deputy undersecretary of defense, told the 9/11 Commission "opportunities were missed due to an unwillingness to take risks and a lack of vision and understanding." Feb. 10, 1999. (82) The CIA knew bin Laden would be at a desert hunting camp the next morning, the 11th. But the military failed to act because an official airplane of the United Arab Emirates was there and it was feared an Emirate prince or official might be killed. May 1999. (83) Detailed reports from several sources let the CIA know that bin Laden would be in Kandahar for five days. Everyone agreed it was the best chance to get bin Laden. But word came to stand down. It was believed Tenet and Clinton were again concerned about civilian collateral damage. A key project chief angrily said three opportunities were missed in 36 hours. October 2000, (84) the USS Cole was bombed, killing 17 U.S. sailors. No action was taken due to concerns expressed by Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. Americans must learn from history and costly mistakes. Sadly, (85) Democrat Jimmy Carter, a Southern peanut farmer, became our Neville Chamberlain, creating the specific conditions that have brought us the three greatest threats to our national security today: 1) (86) Iran's nuke-bound terrorists; 2) (87) al-Qaida and other terrorists; and 3) (88) North Korea and its nuclear weapons. Carter's (89) inability to deal with the Soviet communists emboldened them to invade Afghanistan. A 23-year-old bin Laden also was drawn there to recruit young Muslim fighters and build a network to raise money for the anti-Soviet jihad that later became al-Qaida. Years later, (90) civilian Carter took it on himself to go to North Korea and negotiate a peace agreement that would stop that communist country from developing nuclear weapons. He then convinced Clinton and Albright to go along with it. (91) The signed piece of paper proved worthless, as the Koreans easily deceived Democrats and used our money, incentives and technical equipment to build nuclear bombs and increase the threat we face today. The Clinton administration (92) had at least 10 chances to get bin Laden, but it repeatedly could not make the decision to act. There were too many people and departments involved, too much confusion and no strong leader to make the tough decisions to act. They were too timid and concerned about repercussions if they failed. Contrast this inability to take action with Harry Truman's ability to make sound decisions and get results on complex defense issues — from dropping the bomb to end WWII to helping Iran and Turkey stave off the Soviets, from defending Greece from communist takeover following WWII to confronting and beating the Soviet's Berlin blockade with a 14-month night-and-day Berlin airlift, from taking on the North Koreans to ultimately firing the popular Gen. Douglas MacArthur for insubordination. Further Democratic incompetence in matters of defense emerged from Clinton's attorney general, Janet Reno, and her deputy, Jamie Gorelick. (93) They built a legal barrier that in effect prevented the CIA from sharing intelligence with the FBI before 9/11. Democrats in the Clinton administration (94) allowed the selling of important defense technology and secrets to the Chinese, who are now engaged in a massive military buildup. Estimates are that (95) 10,000 to 20,000 terrorists were trained in bin Laden's many camps in the years before 9/11. Oil is also vital for our national defense. In 1952 we produced 93% of the oil we consumed. Now we depend on the Mideast and others for 66%. Democrats have been largely responsible for this because they have blocked all efforts to drill in Alaska and certain offshore areas estimated to contain 10 billion to 20 billion barrels of crude. Democrats (96) in Congress condemn current efforts to intercept terrorist phone calls, to mine data to ferret out future attacks against us, and to trace the movement of terrorist money through banks. All the while they want special treatment for enemy prisoners captured on the battlefield. This helps the enemy and undermines our troops in the field. We're in a war. Something always goes wrong in a war, and our military leaders have made mistakes in Iraq. But quitting and leaving would amount to defeat for the U.S. in the global war on terrorism and create chaos. Quitters never win. Here's the problem: America needs two strong, sound political parties. As far as domestic policy is concerned, it really doesn't make much difference if Democrats or Republicans are in power. Ours is a free, entrepreneurial society where anyone can do anything he or she wants if they have a positive attitude and the desire to work, learn and achieve. Ambitious people come from all over the world to take advantage of this tremendous opportunity. This is one reason our economy is so resilient, continually bouncing back from periodic setbacks, driven by new inventions and achievements. However, (97) when it comes to which party has proved more capable in acting to defend and protect Americans from foreign enemies, there is only one choice. From Johnson to Carter to Clinton, virtually all the defense policies and decisions made by Democratic administrations have been unsuccessful. And in many cases, they have unintentionally but materially increased the danger to our national security and the safety of all Americans.


Monday, November 06, 2006

...See What's Become Of Me

Original release date: November 6th, 1967 from Simon and Garfunkel. Bangles release date: November 6th, 1987. It's not important to say why I'm posting this.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Lazy River Youtubing

Since I haven't had a decent CD to download in the last few weeks, I figured I'd try something different. Most bands put out their CDs in the spring and summer in support of tour that will make its way across the country over the following 6 months, so for someone like me that relies on usenet for free music, the selections are pretty slim when trying to find something I want. Jumping away for a moment, I do have a question about what I see on usenet right now: What the hell is Apris or Ibiza music? And who the hell listens to that crap? Is it a Euro-trash thing? My God, how much techno/trance can you take before your head explodes? What a beating! From Wikipedia: Wiki this! There also exists a genre of trance music named for Ibiza dubbed Balearic Beat, similarly to the way Goa trance is named for Goa, India. The style tries to reflect the atmosphere of Ibiza, and listeners often say they can see a Mediterranean sunset when they hear its euphoric, uplifting melodies. The atmosphere is brought on with the use of synthesized string instruments, the sound of waves, mandolins and guitars, and wispy vocals. Back to the subject... Since nothing new is coming out in the near future in terms of music that doesn't suck, I've decided to do a bit on music that I liked while I was growing up. The first video is U2's All I Want Is You from 1988's album "Rattle and Hum", the follow-up to their ground-breaking "The Joshua Tree." The song I'm zeroing in on is a marked change from the rest of the CD in tone and substance, and could even be considered a companion piece to Joshua Tree's Red Hill Mining Town. The video plays like a Federico Felini film that actually makes some sense. Shot in black and white, and dealing with circus performers, the song takes on love from afar that can never be realized. Some interesting commentary can be found on the Youtube site with people offering up varying opinions on the meaning of the video. From Youtube: Great song and video. The video is about lost love, the dwarf was in love with her and was going to ask her to marry, he went into town and bought a ring and while gone, she fell and died. The part where he falls is a dream sequence where he wishes he could go with her. But reality is he has to see her buried, as they are covering her up her gives her the ring he wanted to give her in person. and: fuck. had never seen this video before. now that i have it kills even more. this is one of the only u2 songs i like. 3:20 onward kills. when bono screams all i want is... you. Or the humorous: I think the guy was knocked off by the dwarf and he's coming back for the babe having gotten his foe out of the way! Clever little fella. and: maybe the dwarf survived and the woman died coz the woman caught him and cushioned his fall? I tend to agree with the first Youtube comment, and Bono screaming at the end reminds me (in a small way) of Brando yelling "Stella!" from "A Streetcar Named Desire." I love the song, and it gives me chills every time I hear it, but I never really thought about the video. The cinematography and performers are a perfect fit for the story. The looks passed between the two while sitting at the table speak volumes, and based on the first comment above, gives me a little more to think about.
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