Tuesday, May 29, 2007

U.S. Isolates Man Infected With Super-TB

Reuters has a story about a man infected with what is called extensive drug resistant tuberculosis. Sounds nasty. And yes, it's catching. Enough for the CDC to quarantine the man, who exposed others to the disease while traveling on commercial airliners to and from Europe. It is the first such quarantine since 1963. The CDC is looking for the passengers who my have been seated near the man on the plane.

Why not look for them all? They should all be quarantined after being in an enclosed environment with the man, rebreathing every one of his exhalations (not to mention the exhalations, belches, farts, and sneezes of everyone else)

Thanks to Drudge for the story.

Hitlery's Collectivist Vision


Hitlery sez that she wants us "all in it together" in recent statements about our economy. She claims that the economic policy of the Bush administration has created a great disparity between "rich" and "poor." She claims that our system is unfair and needs to be fixed with more more government and larger social programs to include universal health care (read: socialized medicine) and an expansion of the earned income tax credit.

"From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs" should be her campaign slogan.

If this harpy becomes, God forbid, President, where do I opt-out?

U.S. Forces Free Civilian Iraqi Captives


Some like to categorize much of the unrest in Iraq as Sunni vs. Shia. The torture house found by U.S. forces contained civilians who were chained, suspended from the ceiling, beaten, and tortured by Al-Quadea.

Memorial Day, Part III (John Edwards, STFU!)


Makes me puke. From the comments at johnedwards.com :

I am afraid that I have come to see you interested in supporting your own goals and dreams of power versus truly supporting the troops and those that have given their lives for this great country. When you come out on Memorial Day and use this special day in honor of our brave who have given the ultimate sacrifice.. and play politics... strictly for your gain... irrespective of those that have made a sacrifice that you could never fathom. Those that have given their all are of every party and belief, but with something in common that you could never imagine... putting the country and their brothers and sisters beside them ahead of their own interests. Get back in touch with what this country really wants... someone that is serving the true needs and interests of this country.. and not putting themselves first. That is the difference between a professional politician and an outstanding public servant. You have lost my vote, as I now see you as the professional politician. I am truly disappointed in what I have seen you become over the previous months.

Edwards says: We're already well into our weekend of activities to show our support for the troops and determination to end the war.
Why don't you and the rest of your deodorant impaired hippie leftist weenie crowd pick another day to protest? I had this post in the chamber for yesterday, but considered it in foul taste to even blog about your disrespect to our Nation's fallen heroes on Memorial day. Get lost, Breck Girl.

Monday, May 28, 2007

You want Fries with that?

No, not McDonald's. Duck. Testicles. They're called Duck Fries. You eat them. Yes, pictures.

I don't think I would make these myself, but I will try (eating) anything once.

Memorial Day, Part II



USAA, an independent organization which provides insurance and banking services for military personnel (active, retired, or honorably discharged), sent me a postcard thanking me for my military service. I was surprised to receive the card, but it was a very nice gesture on their part.
I was struck by the appearance of the men in the photograph. They all are so thin. I know being in the military is a great way to keep in shape, and being in the field definitely removes a few pounds. But the hardships endured by these men, and men like them serving today, cannot be imagined by anyone who has not been there.
To all who came before, and to all who serve now, I am proud to have stood in your company. Thank you, and may God bless you always.

Consensus?

What are we to make of the recent various statements made by the Iranian government? The U.S. ambassador in Iraq met with an ambassador from Iran in Baghdad today. The Iranian ambassador's own statements are contradictory, and the statements made by the Iranian foreign minister (at the same time as the meeting of the ambassadors) are inflammatory:

Speaking in Tehran, Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said the United States should admit its Middle East policy has failed.


"We are hopeful that Washington's realistic approach to the current issues of Iraq by confessing its failed policy in Iraq and the region and by showing a determination to changing the policy guarantees success of the talks and possible further talks,'' Mottaki said.


For whatever reason, the Iranian government thinks it should be involved in what it terms a "trilateral security mechanism," with the U.S., Iraq, and Iran involved as equals. Sure. Sounds great. Just like the Nazis. Let's review:

1. Iran is controlled by radical Islamo-Fascists.
2. Iran continues to supply the Islamo-Facists in Iraq with men and materiel.
3. Iran has a nuclear weapons program (sure, this reactor's just for energy production).
4. Iran continues to make hostile statments against the United States at all levels of government.
5. Iran is openly hostile towards Israel, calling for the "destruction of the Zionists."

And why does the AP headline read "U.S., Iran Reach Iraq Policy Consensus ?"

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Friday, May 25, 2007

Flood the Amnesty Hotline!

There is a special "hotline" number which a pro-amnesty group is using (with special access) to contact Senators as they debate the shamnesty bill. Please call and use the hotline to counter the illegal alien shamnesty supporters.

1-800-882-2005. (Spanish number)
1-800-417-7666. (English number)

Read more at Michelle Malkin

Memorial Day


Memorial Day: The start of summer, a three day weekend, sales at your favorite big box store, cookouts, and higher gasoline prices.

This is undoubtedly how most Americans view what should be one of our nation's greatest holidays. A blog called The Thunder Run had a good post about Memorial Day Weekend. In another post on the same blog, a letter from a helicopter pilot was featured; in it the author slams the news media, including (liberals, hold your breath) Fox:


Hello media, do you know you indirectly kill American soldiers every day? You inspire and report the enemy's objective every day. You are the enemy's greatest weapon. The enemy cannot beat us on the battlefield so all he does is try to wreak enough havoc and have you report it every day. With you and the enemy using each other, you continually break the will of the American public and American government.


We go out daily and bust and kill the enemy, uncover and destroy huge weapons caches and continue to establish infrastructure. So daily we put a whoopin on the enemy, but all the enemy has to do is turn on the TV and get re-inspired. He gets to see his daily roadside bomb, truck bomb, suicide bomber or mortar attack. He doesn't see any accomplishments of the U.S. military (FOX, you're not exempt, you suck also).


Let's give you an example. A couple of days ago we conducted an air assault. We lifted troops into an area for an operation. The operation went well and our ground troops killed (insurgents) and took several prisoners, freed a few hostages and uncovered a weapons cache containing munitions and chemicals that were going to be used in improvised bombs.


The next morning I woke up and turned on AFN (Armed Forces Network) and watched the nightly news (NBC). Nothing, none of that reported. But the daily car bomb report was reported, and the file footage was not even from the event. There was a car bomb in the Sadr City area and your news report showed old car bomb footage from another part of town from some other time.


So we really set the enemy back that night but all the enemy had to do was turn on the news and be reassured that the enemy's agenda (objective) was still going to be fed to the American public."We, the soldiers, keep breaking the back of the enemy. You, the media, keep rejuvenating the enemy.


How hard would it be to contact the PAO (public affairs officer) of the 1st CAV, 36th CAB, 25th ID or the Marines and ask what did you guys accomplish today - good and bad? How about some insurgent blooper videos? Now that would be something to show on the evening news."Media, we know you hate the George Bush Administration, but report both sides, not just your one-sided agenda. You have got to realize how you are continually motivating every extremist, jihadist and terrorist to continue their resolve to kill American soldiers.


I am just tired of busting my butt over here and coming home every night and turning on the TV (Armed Forces Network) and hearing how we are failing miserably.


Is it possible that the media's desire to see a military failure in Iraq contributes to the lack of respect so many Americans have for Memorial Day? It has been going on for decades now. The MSM mission: Degrade and devalue our military.

Memorial day is intended to be a day of remembrance and honor of those individuals who have paid the ultimate price for the freedom of others. We should each carry a memorial of these brave and selfless individuals in our hearts.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Monday, May 21, 2007

Amnesty Now! Part II (Post #100 on A+A)

Image stolen from e-biscuit.com

The wonderful and magnificent U.S. Senate is now debating the 'shamnesty' bill, which was created in a sooper sekrit meeting with key Senators and the President. It was so sooper sekrit (on the level of double secret probation) that many Senators have not yet had a chance to stick their fingers in the air to determine the direction of the winds of public opinion on the matter.

One of Virginia's U.S. Senators, John Warner, has a poor rating from immigration stance.com:

Overall, Senator John Warner has a poor record when it comes to immigration reform. Senator John Warner actively encourages more illegal immigration to our country and is in our opinion a threat to this nation. We cannot give John Warner our seal of approval.

No information was available about Jim "Pistol Pete" Webb, but I can only guess he is in favor of the shamnesty bill.

12 million illegal aliens. We will never be able to deport them all. Why could we not prevent them from entering in the first place? Why can we not deport those whom we catch, and keep them out?

If it were not for the war, I would not have voted for the chimperor. He is no conservative.

Saturday, May 19, 2007

Down With Beer Tax

As you probably know, I am a lover of beer, and a hater of taxes. Our elected Representatives in D.C. are considering lowering the tax on beer. I'll drink to that!

The Llamabutchers had a recent post about this, with a nifty link to a prepared, and editable (heh heh heh), 'take action' message.

Here is what I sent, courtesy of these dunderheads:

I am writing to ask that you accept co-sponsorship of H.R. 1610, a beer-industry bill that would responsibly slash beer taxes by half. I urge you to support the beer lobby and reject any increase in all alcohol excise taxes which would waste money on liberal healthcare programs.

Reducing taxes on alcoholic beverages is good fiscal and public health policy. Lower alcohol taxes would necessarily enrich an already prosperous industry, subtract from the deficit, punish and discourage heavy drinking, and repel fewer young drinkers. Beer taxes are already too high. Federal taxes on beer have been raised only once (1991) since Harry Truman was president. That's the way we like it. Today's tax rate is less than 30% of what it would be had it only kept up with inflation since his presidency. Let's keep it that way. Any way one looks at it--as a percentage of retail sales, retail prices, GDP, international standards--beer taxes are low. Given the tiny toll of the nation's existing alcohol-related public health and safety problems, why should Congress not add a tax cut to the free ride the beer industry has enjoyed for so long? If anything, beer and other alcohol excise taxes should be decreased instead.

1) Current federal and state taxes on alcoholic beverages come close to offsetting the huge public health and safety costs of alcohol consumption-- estimated by socialist retards at $184 billion per year, including $62 billion per year for the costs of underage drinking alone.

2) Alcohol tax increases have been rare and modest. Beer and wine taxes have been raised only once in the past 56 years, liquor taxes only twice. As a result of congress' wisdom in not adjusting the tax for inflation since the last increase in 1991, the Treasury has lost some $24 billion in revenues that could have been thrown down the crapper in feel-good health and human needs programs or to reduce the deficit. Okay, the last point was a joke. Liberals love the deficit.

3) An increase in federal alcohol excise taxes is not fair, and never will be. About one-third of adults don't drink at all, and among those who do, most drink so little that they could use the money they would save with a beer tax reduction to buy more beer. Alcohol tax cuts would benefit not only producers, but the 20% of homeless people who imbibe heavily and consume 85% of the alcohol.

4) An alcohol excise tax increase would never be successful at reducing underage drinking and its harms. Both the National Academies of Science and the Office of the Surgeon General, who are both full of dog squeeze, disagree.

Please accept special-interest beer industry appeals to lower federal excise taxes on beer and consider ways to raise taxes on all stupid liberal ideas instead. A 2007 report of the Congressional Budget Office estimated that modestly increasing and reforming alcohol taxes could generate almost $28 billion in new, wasteable revenue over five years. When the time comes to find new resources for silly leftist health and social programs, I hope you will stand up with the alcohol lobby and reject cockamamie increases in federal excise taxes on alcoholic-beverages. I would appreciate knowing your views on this issue, and I look forward to hearing from you soon.


Dummies.

Ewe!


Today at the local village celebration day, one of Smallholder's (from Naked Villainy) ewes gave birth to a lamb. The humble manure-splattered Smallholder had a petting zoo featuring a few of his farm's animals at the festivities when, suddenly, the time was right.

Smallholder made an announcement to everyone in attendance (a few hundred) that a lamb was being born, and anyone who wished may come and watch. The band was upstaged somewhat by the ewe, as it labored and delivered an apparently healthy new lamb. Everyone was pleased, and Smallholder found a few potential new clients for his excellent farm products.

Which gets me to another point. Before the parade, Mrs. Polymath and I were holding two other lambs which were born a few days earlier. Smallholder would carry one, and pull the wagon holding his #1 son and the other lamb. Several people came up to pet the lambs, and to say how cute they were. A female teenager, who apparently met the lambs (and Smallholder) previously, was informing everyone that one was an unnamed male. An older woman she spoke to inquired as to why he would not be named. When she was informed by the young lady that the males are raised for meat, and therefore unnamed, her reply was: "Eww! Yuck!"

She is either a PETA type, or suffers from intellectual dishonesty.

Smallholder's animals live a good life, far better than most farm animals. That's why they taste so good!

Friday, May 18, 2007

Amnesty Now!

Yes, I admit. I am a law-and-order type, especially when it comes to illegal immigration. Strong arguments have been made against illegal immigration from all angles: economy, national security, cultural prservation, etc. But the most basic is respect for the rule of law.

An analogy: Should people who run stop signs not be given citations solely because many of them go unnoticed by law enforcement?

I once served on a federal grand jury. It was kind of like the National Guard. Two days a month for six months. Anyway, the bulk of the cases we dealt with were drug (methamphetamine) cases. In the overwhelming majority of these cases, several individuals were indicted who were, and hopefully are and will remain, illegal aliens. Not "post-amnesty citizens of the United States." Without exception, these individuals had been arrested and turned over to the INS for deportation on more than one occasion. Emphasis on more than one occasion.

What are we doing? We are acting as if there is something wrong with us, that we have broken the law.

Michelle Malkin has more to say on the subject.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

For Smallholder: Let them eat pigs head!!

An interesting recipe at Offal Good : Pig head marinated and braised.

Yes. There is a photo-demo, too.

Not for the faint of heart.

Sunday, May 13, 2007

John Doe, Part III

The story about the foiled attack on Ft. Dix by Islamo-Fascist terrorists has changed to focus on the "John Doe" who turned them in to the authorities. The poor soul now has to worry about being sued. In addition, Law Enforcement is now stressing that individuals should report any behavior that is out of the ordinary. This brings to mind images of the former Soviet Union, when "comrades" were more or less required to report anti-party activity to the local branch of the thought police. Children were encouraged to rat out their parents to their party steward, who in turn would ring the cherries at the KGB (and GRU). But I digress.

I recall an incident, which occurred about two years ago, when I reported some suspicious activity. I was driving our large SUV on I-81, nearing home in central VA, from a trip to Ohio with the family. Mrs. Polymath and I noticed three young men, who appeared to be of middle eastern descent, driving along in the same direction in a mid-size sedan. Only the sedan did not have any license plates, just a dealer placard stuck in the back window. A Kentucky dealership. We both found this set of circumstances odd, and decided to call the VA State Police.
The man who answered the phone told me in a very courteous way that the State Police could not track down every call they receive about suspicious activity.

Me: "But they don't even have a temporary tag!"

State Trooper: "Some states don't require it."

Me: "Does Kentucky require it?"

State Trooper: "I don't know."

Me: "You don't find this suspicious?"

State Trooper: "We would not be able to stop them unless the driver made a moving violation or if something is wrong with the car."

Perhaps I am a bit paranoid. But I think all Americans should be a bit paranoid. We have nearly
3,000 reasons to be paranoid about young men of middle eastern descent. Please report stuff like this, even if the response you may receive is similar to what I have described here.

The Better to Smell You With

A calf in Wisconsin was born with two noses.

Perhaps my agrarian friend, the "manure splattered" Smallholder, will comment. As far as I know, none of his animals have more than one nose. I don't eat the nose anyway.

His animals (beef, lamb, chicken, pork) and eggs are delicious. Far superior to anything you may find at even a high-end grocer.

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Doing the Job in Iraq


Another inspiring post at iraqthemodel. Omar writes about why the U.S. military is needed (and wanted) in Iraq. A paragraph from his post "Don't bury your heads in the sand :"
The American forces should stay in Iraq and yes, reinforcements should be sent if the situation required. Not only that, these forces should be prepared to expand their operations whenever and wherever necessary in the region to strike hard on the nests of evil that not only threaten the middle east but seeking to blackmail the whole world in the ugliest way through pursuing nuclear weapons in a feverish desire to destroy themselves along with everyone else. It's a delusional obsession with power derived from the false belief that only they possess absolute justice while denying the right to exist to anyone who disagrees with them.

I tire of leftists who toe the MSM's "quagmire" line.

My neighbors' son just returned from his second tour in Iraq as a Marine sniper. Welcome home, Marcus.

Islamo-Fascist Terror Hits Home (Almost, Again)

Six Muslims have been arrested for plotting to kill American Soldiers at Fort Dix. They were brought to the attention of the FBI after having a video of themselves (shouting "Allah Akbar," etc, etc,) while firing guns at a range.

No wonder their plot failed, they are no smarter than stupid teenagers who shoot videos of themselves firing paintball guns at motorists or setting cats on fire. Oops, sorry Mom, you were not supposed to see it! Other than that dumb move, these guys were serious about their attack. They were planning for months, and even discussed the possibility of attacking an Air Base nearby.

The story makes me wonder what would have happened had they carried out their plot. Would the MPs (or whomever would be on guard duty at the time) have sufficient armament to prevent, or at least put down, an attack? I can remember being on active duty in the U.S. Army. Whenever I had to pull Post guard duty, we were only given three (3) rounds in a magazine. Said magazine was not even to be latched into the magazine well on the rifle, let alone a round locked and loaded. I thought, what is the point of this? You trust me enough to carry live rounds and a rifle, you place me (in the uniform of my country) in harm's way, and expect me to defend myself and others with three little 5.56 rounds? Hopefully things have changed since then.

Thank God for the John Doe at the store who turned in these rectal openings.

Michelle Malkin has the whole story, including text of the affadavits from the FBI.

Friday, May 04, 2007

Why Are They Doing This?


Omar, from Iraq The Model, is an Iraqi man who has quite a different, and more authoritative, perspective than the leftists in the MSM. His post "Why Are the Democrats Doing This?" (full text at Pajamas Media) is yet another exposure of the hypocrisy of the left and their investiture of failure:

"The Democrats just offered al-Qaeda victory on a silver plate. For free. An imaginary victory for sure, for now, but it can still be used by al-Qaeda to promote their ideology of death and attract more recruits. “America’s will can be broken, America is not invincible,” they will say in a thousand ways. Is this the kind of message you want to send to the enemy? Reconsider your position before it’s too late. For us and for yourselves."

Thursday, May 03, 2007

May Day (and May 2nd) at Fidel's

Everyone in the MSM was covering the May Day festivities in Havana. An hour could not pass without some comment about Fidel being too sick to attend, and how the (communist) island nation struggles to survive under the U.S. trade embargo that has been in place since 1962. The United States, according to the MSM, is the cause of Cuba's demise

The MSM likes to point out how the poor Cuban people struggle with American automobiles from the late '50s, and parts are in limited supply. From wikipedia:
Nevertheless, Peugeot, Hyundai, Lada, Fiat, Toyota and Chery have dealers in Cuba, and government agencies purchase cars in foreign countries (usually Canada or Mexico) and import them. There are several modern American cars and trucks in Cuba despite the embargo, the most common being the Chevrolet Tracker. Critics of Cuba in the United States blame the transport situation on the failings of Cuba's economic policies.

"Government agencies purchase cars in foreign countries" should read: "Government agents purchase cars (for themselves and their girlfriends) in foreign countries." But the last line says it all. And it is not limited to transportation. Cuba's problems come from its failed economic policies. Their economic policies fail because they are a COMMUNIST DICTATORSHIP.

The rest of the world, as illustrated by the above quotation, is free to trade with Cuba. I sure love a good Cuban cigar. And a pressed cubano sandwich is very satisfying, especially late at night, as the Cubans like them.

Strange coincidence with May Day: Today in the worker's paradise of Cuba, a hijacking was attempted to the United States. One hijacker was killed.