Friday, August 31, 2007

Upcoming NRA Banquet

At the of offending the 314th Hector, The NRA will be holding it's annual Friends of the NRA Banquet on Thursday, September 20 in Moscow.

Deadline for the Early Bird Drawing entries is tomorrow midnight, Sept. 1.

If you recruit a new attendee (never been to our banquet before), both you and your newbie get entered in a drawing for a SIG .22 pistol!!

If you need tickets call Jeremy Lessmann (509)330-1822.


Governor Gregoire Tells Washington Voters To Stick It Where The Sun Don't Shine

King County Governor Christine Gregoire's attitude toward Washington's new sunshine law can only be described as ironic.

First, she appoints Tom Carr, a notoriously anti-open government attorney to chair the state's new sunshine committee.

So, if Ms. Gregoire believes that Mr. Carr is best suited to lead this committee, it's perfectly reasonable, under the new Sunshine Law, to ask who the rejected candidates were. Ms. Gregoire refuses.

Gov. Chris Gregoire has refused to reveal the identities of some people who weren't picked for seats on the state's new "Sunshine Committee."

Gregoire, responding to an Associated Press public records request, has kept secret several resumes, letters and e-mail exchanges from unsuccessful applicants to the committee.

In her reply, the Democratic governor cited an exemption to public records law that says applications for public employment can be kept secret.

Open government experts scoffed at that reasoning, pointing out that compensation for Sunshine Committee service is limited to travel reimbursements that several members don't actually qualify for.

"That doesn't make them employees of the state," said Toby Nixon, acting president of the Washington Coalition for Open Government and a former state legislator.

"I don't think what the governor is doing in terms of withholding these documents, claiming they are applications for employment, is right at all," Nixon said. "And I think that the word ironic is a very good word."

If nothing else, she's consistent. She's always looking to subvert laws passed by the little people.


Lookin' For Love In All The Wrong Places

Larry Craig is gone.

Too bad really. Larry Craig was a good Second Amendment guy. But, when you represent a party that has standards, this is the price you have to pay for straying.


We Can't Handle The Truth

Summer of Love defeatist Democrats are upset - someone's telling the truth about them.

A delegation of congressional surrender monkeys were upset to find that the soldiers they were meeting in Iraq had been informed of their voting records and excerpts from their speeches. They called it, "being slimed."

In the soldier's hand was a thumbnail biography, distributed before each of the congressmen's meetings in Baghdad, which let meeting participants such as that soldier know where each of the lawmakers stands on the war. "Moran on Iraq policy," read one section, going on to cite some the congressman's most incendiary statements, such as, "This has been the worst foreign policy fiasco in American history."

The bio of Rep. Ellen O. Tauscher (D-Calif.) -- "TAU (rhymes with 'now')-sher," the bio helpfully relates -- was no less pointed, even if she once supported the war and has taken heat from liberal Bay Area constituents who remain wary of her position. "Our forces are caught in the middle of an escalating sectarian conflict in Iraq, with no end in sight," the bio quotes.

Good grief! You'd think that somebody flashed a cross at vampire.


Thursday, August 30, 2007

Europinkos Endorse Hillary

It's not just Fidel who wants to see Hillary win in '08.

The French and Germans agree with the Cuban thugocrat.

More than four in 10 French and Germans would like to see Democratic candidate and former first lady Hillary Clinton elected US president in 2008, a survey by a Canadian pollster showed on Wednesday.

The Angus Reid institute also found Clinton to be the preferred candidate of British, Italian and Canadian respondents to its poll, which asked them to choose between eight of the US politicians running for the nomination.

Of course, the French and the Germans wanted John Effing Kerry to win too. And, I'm sure we know who Osama wants.


UN Weapons Inspectors Can't Even Count to 10

Deadly chemical weapons discovered at the United Nations.

ABCNews has learned that United Nations weapons inspectors discovered six to eight vials of a dangerous nerve gas, phosgene, as they were cleaning out offices at a U.N. building in New York Thursday morning.

How hard is it to count to 8? Use your fingers for God's sake! Do their lips move when they read too? Can they read at all?

Aren't these the guys who are supposed to be keeping track of Iranian uranium enrichment? How many bombs do the North Koreans have?


Hat tip: The Blogfather


Firearms Instruction for French Reporters

A couple of weeks ago, the French "news" service AFP caused more than a few chuckles in the blogosphere for publishing a photo of an Iraqi woman holding two unspent cartidges she claimed had been fired at her home by US troops.

Remember: They were unspent, meaning that the only way that those "bullets" could have hit her house would be if somebody threw them at her.

The dissident frogman decided to instruct his fellow cheese eating surrender monkeys on the operation of firearms, recognizing that most of his countrymen have more experience laying down their arms rather than firing them.

Link here.


Wednesday, August 29, 2007

The Trials and Travails of Chad Vader

All that is required for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing. But, when good wins, what will evil do for a living?


We Need to Reploy our Forces

It's a quagmire. It's dangerous. It's ungovernable. We should give up and leave.

To understand how New Orleans is doing two years later, consider a few recent stories. This past weekend, seven family members and friends were enjoying a quiet evening outside their home in a tranquil neighborhood on the city's east side, which was badly flooded by Katrina. Then, according to New Orleans police, gunmen forced them into their house, robbed them, and shot them all, killing two. It was the neighborhood's second such crime in two weeks. Previously, gunmen had murdered a couple, Anjelique Vu and Luong Nguyen, leaving their infant and toddler unharmed.

"The slayings . . . were the latest in a series of armed home invasions and robberies in eastern New Orleans," wrote the New Orleans Times-Picayune. "Several crews of gunmen . , . have robbed and shot workers . . . and homeowners in the area, where many residents are rebuilding their flood-damaged homes." Also last week, gunmen lined up six laborers and shot three, killing El Salvadoran Julio Benitez-Cruz. (New Orleans has experienced a post-Katrina influx of Hispanic laborers, both legal and illegal, who are tempting targets for criminals because they carry so much cash from contracting jobs.)


Hillary Clinton Opposes Katie Couric's Surge Strategy

Hillary Clinton opposes sending Katie Couric to Iraq

“When what you’re doing isn’t working, you need to cut your losses and pull out,” said Sen. Clinton, noting that, “Almost a year into the Couric anchorage, CBS News has failed to unite any substantial group of viewers and the evening news landscape remains a hopeless quagmire of sectarian fighting.”


How About Sacrificing Mansions?

John Edwards says that Americans should sacrifice their SUV's for the environment. So far, he has demonstrated no inclination to make any sacrifices himself.

The irony was not lost on his audience.

Edwards was asked during his appearance how he explained the contradiction of asking Americans to sacrifice while he's living in a 28,000-square-foot (2,600-square-meter) mansion.

He said he came from nothing, worked hard all his life, has always supported workers and fought big corporations as a lawyer.

"I have no apologies whatsoever for what I've done with my life," he said to loud cheers. "My entire life has been about the same cause, which is making sure wherever you come from, whatever your family is, whatever the color of your skin, you get a real chance to do something great in this country."

He deserves to live any way he wants. You haven't earned it yet.

Photo update: Here's a link to a higher resolution photo of the Chateau de Breck Girl with circles drawn around SUV's parked the estate.

Hat tip to: The Blogfather


Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Trembling Cowards at the Seattle Post Intelligencer

An inborn immunity to irony seems to an essential personality element if one expects to gain work within the mainstream media. And only those who have perfected their native skills need apply at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

In a laughably ironic column this morning, P-I columnist Robert L. Jamieson, jr. portrays his employer as an island of courage in a sea of fear. His evidence is the P-I's refusal to publish the photographs of two men who seemed were behaving suspiciously while riding on Washington State ferries. Washington's ferries have been identified as vulnerable targets for a terrorist attacks.

We live in a republic of fear. And when fear runs rampant, our good sense escapes us.

Photos, which spread across the city and state last week, showed two Middle Eastern-looking men accused of seeming suspicious on state ferries.

A ferry crew member (who took the photos) and the FBI (which released them) didn't lose sleep over the guilt or innocence of the men in the snapshots.

And why should they? The authorities had fear as an ally. They blithely enlisted a fearful public to do their bidding -- to be dutiful patriots and report them.

The two men in question could have been innocents on vacation. Or they could have been mistaken for another pair of dark-complexioned guys seen wandering ferries.

And later:

Fear makes people irrational.

A question in my mind is why ferry officials with previous reports on the two men just didn't call ahead and have law enforcement meet the ferry.

Instead, the feds enlisted the public -- like Orwellian lackeys -- to be the eyes and ears of agents who have wrongly singled out people before.

Ah, the moral superiority of the sanctimonious! The very same people who are not bothered by law enforcement advertisements that encourage people to report suspicions of unapproved discrimination are offended when government asks its people to be vigilent against terrorists.

There is a more likely explanation. The staff of the P-I are cowards. After all, the Seattle P-I was one of the numerous newspapers around the country that reported on the Muhammed cartoon controversy, but would not actually print the cartoons out of fear of provoking violence. (I know, they call it cultural sensitivity, but those of us in the Christian community know that such sensitivities are only extended to those religions that use their children as bombs.)

Mr. Jamieson is still living in the nostalgia that allowed the mainstream media monopolistic control over the message. I don't recall who once originally said it, but I recall when former LA Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda repeated the adage that it's unwise to pick a fight with someone who buys pringter's ink by the barrel. That was the old wisdom. With the internet, bloggers can pronounce BS on newspaper and spread their message far and wide. The P-I's editorial decision was steeped in political correctness and fear. It's emblematic of the MSM's decline that they still parade around in the emperor's new clothes, thinking that no one will dare notice.


Monday, August 27, 2007

Will Pond Scum Be Our Salvation?

I have come to wonder if we will have to move the nation’s first presidential polls out of Iowa before we have a sensible alternative energy program. There cannot be more than a handful of Americans out there who do not believe that the United States would be better off if it did not have to depend upon oil imported from enemies. That number probably falls to zero when we limit our sampling to the rational and informed. Even those who don’t give a rat’s fanny about the United States, but worship at the altar of renewable energy and reducing carbon emissions, would embrace an honest alternative energy program. Instead, we have corn ethanol.
Thanks to federal programs that link corn ethanol subsidies to crude oil prices, corn prices rose by 80% last year. Over the last five years, the percentage of corn diverted from the food chain to ethanol has risen from 3% to 20%, even as more acres of corn are planted to cash in on the gravy train. As a consequence, the price of just about everything we eat went up. Meat and milk cost more because corn is such a huge component of feed costs. Bread costs more because acreage that would have been planted in wheat is now planted to corn.
And all of that for a crop that only returns 1.3 BTU’s for every BTU invested into its production. If we planted every conceivable acre of farmland to corn and converted to ethanol, it would not make a significant dent in our oil consumption. It costs nearly twice as much to produce a gallon of ethanol as it does to produce a gallon of oil, which is why we don't use ethanol to produce ethanol - we burn oil.
The second great fraud is hydrogen. Hydrogen is promoted as the ideal fuel. It’s the most abundant element in the universe. We’ll never run out. When burned, hydrogen produces only pure water. Not even a greenie could complain about that.
The problem is that, hydrogen is not a fuel. There are no hydrogen fields for us to drill into. At its best, hydrogen is simply a system for power transmission, like an electrical power line. To get hydrogen to burn, you have to invest even more energy into it than it will ever return. It’s the second law of thermodynamics. The laws of physics are not optional.
But, that’s only the first problem. Making hydrogen is so costly that a kilogram of hydrogen, which contains about the same amount of energy as a gallon of gasoline, costs about $100. One reason is that compressing hydrogen so that it can be transported and dispensed consumes up to 40% of hydrogen’s energy content. Transporting hydrogen is costly and wasteful. The high pressures require massive tanks that require huge, energy consuming vehicle to move it from where it is made to where it is needed. You can’t send it in pipelines. The inconvenient fact is that most of the energy used to produce hydrogen is lost before it ever gets to your car.
If only we had enough pond scum farmers to attract Washington, DC’s attention.
Researchers at Utah State University are developing algae biodiesel generators that can produce between 10,000 and 15,000 gallons of fuel per acre. Our primary oilseed, soybeans, only yields about 48 gallons per acre. These single celled seaweeds are prodigious energy producers. At maturity, their body mass is about 50% or more vegetable oil. This vegetable oil contains about 95% of the energy of petroleum diesel and requires little processing before it can be used.
The algae generators that Utah State has designed can be put to use anywhere that the sun shines and do not have to displace food crops, as corn ethanol production does. I did a calculation using Utah State’s yields and estimated that dedicating a plot of non-arable land equal to about 182 miles on a side would more than replace all the oil we now import. I’ve lived in the West all my life and can report that there is a lot more dry and desolate land than that that we can use.
A researcher from the University of New Hampshire estimates that only 1/8 of my old stomping grounds, the Sonoran Desert, could produce enough algae biodiesel to replace all the transportation fuel we now burn.
Even without federal subsidies, the Utah State research team predicts that pond scum biodiesel could be economically competitive with oil by the end of this decade.
Unfortunately, we don’t have the early presidential primaries or caucuses out west of the Rocky Mountains. If the billions we’ve already wasted on corn ethanol and hydrogen had been spent on the basis of promise and merit, where would we be today?
But that’s not how government works. Which is why you shouldn’t trust it.


Stanley Fish - Not Full of Shit For Once!

It just goes to show that, if you throw enough crap against the wall, something's going to stick someday.

Electricity from wind turbines are the biggest boondoggle this side of corn ethanol.

These last two reasons are seized on by wind proponents who say that a few elite newcomers are putting their aesthetic preferences ahead of both the community’s welfare and the national effort to shift to green energy as a way of slowing down global warming.
It’s a nice line, but it won’t fly. The wind companies may advertise themselves as environmentalists, but they are really developers, which means that they do things with other peoples’ money — yours. Wind farms are attractive as an investment because the combination of tax credits, tax shelters and accelerated depreciation rates means that investors reap large profits in a few years. Meanwhile, those in the community pay twice for their electricity; once when their taxes go to subsidize the wind interests and a second time when the monthly bill arrives. And that bill will likely be larger than it would have been had the turbines never been erected.


Sunday, August 26, 2007

The Narrative Was Wrong, The Facts Were Wrong

It turns out that the journalism that your tax money pays Bill Moyers to report, doesn't even rise the level of Newsweek's Evan Thomas (We just got the facts wrong. The narrative was right, but the facts were wrong." Scroll down to near the end). Bill Moyers can't even get the narrative correct.


Inappropriate Yoga Guy

I took a yoga class once. I pretty sure this guy was in there.


Congratulations To The Spokane Spokesman-Review

Apparently, quite a number of newspapers nationwide have refused to publish today's and next week's Opus comic strip. The Spokesman-Review that landed on my doorstop this morning carried the whole thing.

This proves once again that the most effective means to gain the mainstream media's "respect" for your religion is to back it up with a credible threat of violence.

If you are not in the Spokesman-Review's distribution area, or don't have a subscription, you can see the comic strip of death here.


The Hipster Olympics

A black comedy on modern times.


Saturday, August 25, 2007

The Terrible Tabby

The reign of terror is finally over - Pullman's menacing cougar has been revealed as a pussycat.

Here's the link to the Lewiston Morning Tribune story, but unless you're a paid subscriber, you can't read it.

By Eric Barker

Saturday, August 25, 2007

The kids can be let out to play in Pullman and pets can be released from their tethers.

The alleged cougar roaming the university town is still on the loose but it's been knocked down a few pegs on the feline family tree.

Turns out the cat in question is a tabby, albeit a monstrously large tabby.

"It's a very large feral cat with a long tail," Pullman Police Chief Ted Weatherly said.


Friday, August 24, 2007

Be Careful Watch What You Ask For

As James Carville is learning, you just might get it.

When Serpenthead asked for volunteers to create a bumper sticker for Hillary's campaign, Debbie Schlussel accepted the challenge.


The Nooge - My Kinda Man

That'll Show Al Qaida!

A must read. John Warner: “After we’re out,” he said, “if al Qaeda wants to kill Americans they’ll have to come to America to do it, where our troops will be enjoying a well-deserved rest at home and time with their wives and children.”

As usual, Scott Ott gets right to the heart of the matter.

Sen. John Warner, R-VA, yesterday called on President George Bush to start bringing troops home from Iraq “to show al Qaeda that the U.S. commitment to fighting Muslim terrorists is not open ended."

Hat tip: The Blogfather.


Is Brian Baird Serving as the Democrats Hat on a Stick?

In old movies, either westerns or military, a common gag was to attract fire by putting a hat on a stick and see if somebody shot at it.
If Washington’s Brian Baird ever achieves a place in history, it may be as the Democratic Party’s mine canary. Except that, in the case of the Democrats, peril brought the bird to life. People who never heard of Washington Representative Brian Baird (D-Olympia), and I include myself in that fraternity, were suddenly confronted with the news that one of the most reliably left-wing Democrats in the United States House of Representatives had changed his mind on the Iraq war and was now against a scheduled pullout, because doing so would not be in the best interests of the United States or the people of Iraq.
Representative Baird stands out because, unlike many of his party brethren, he is not performing his second pirouette on the issue. He voted against the war in Iraq in the first place, but now supports finishing the job. This stands him in bold relief from most in his party who now demand immediate surrender, but nevertheless voted for the war when it was politically expedient to do so, and only changed their minds when public opinion polls and campaign cash dictated a shift in the opposite direction.
Since his epiphany, announced just over a week ago, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama have indicated that their election as president would not result in an immediate surrender, contrary to their previously stated positions. Mrs. Clinton went so far as to concede that the “surge is working.” Other Democrats, some prominent and others as obscure as Mr. Baird, have hesitantly acknowledged that momentum has shifted in America’s favor.
These CYA maneuvers were chronicled in the Washington Post earlier this week when it published an analysis on how military successes in Iraq are forcing the Democratic Party to “recalibrate” their political approach to Iraq.
That most Congressional Democrats view the Iraq War through a purely partisan political prism was revealed last month when House Majority Whip James Clyburn, D-S.C. worried that good news coming out of Iraq would present “a real big problem for us,” meaning the Democratic Party. How about that? What’s good for the United States is a problem for Democrats, from the perspective of the party’s leadership.
Democrats who bother to read have, with growing apprehension, noted that the military tide has turned in Iraq and we’re actually making progress. Captured Al Qaeda documents prove a direct link between the Iraqi insurgency and Osama Bin Laden. Iraq is the central front in the war on terror. They are being defeated. Former enemies have thrown in their lot with the United States and against Bin Laden, drying up the swamp that previously fed recruits into Al Qaeda.
This news has become so distressing that some Democrats can no longer stand it. George Will this past week related that United States’ military successes in Iraq gave Representative Nancy Boyda, (D-Kansas) a severe case of the vapors. She stormed out of an Armed Services Committee hearing because retired General Jack Keane said that in Iraq, “schools are open. The markets are teeming with people,” all contrary to the narrative that Democrats have created over the last few years.
She found reports of progress unendurable. According to Ms. Boyda, this sort of good news will “further divide the country.”
"There is only so much you can take until we in fact had to leave the room for a while ... after so much frustration of having to listen to what we listened to," she complained after overdosing on positive news. Hearing her fellow party members echo General Keane’s upbeat reports after actually visiting Iraq must really have her swooning.
The Democrat’s 1988 presidential nominee Michael Dukakis predicts that a terrorist attack three weeks before the 2008 election will doom his party. A lost election, not the lives lost, will be the real tragedy in his eyes.
Representative Baird’s enlightenment has gained him ink on a few newspapers and pixels on websites, but last weekend passed without any manifestation of the Tim Russert Effect. Any Republican who wishes to gain national notice beyond his talent, influence or consequence only has to publicly pronounce a position contrary to that of the prevailing Republican stance and he will be invited to all of the Sunday morning talk shows to speak his puny mind. His Pavlovian addiction to such rewards essentially doomed whatever presidential aspirations Senator John McCain once entertained.
Watch this weekend to learn if the Russert treatment is reserved only for dissident Republicans.

Update: John Warner will be on "Meet the Press" this Sunday. Once again, the Russert effect is only for Republicans who stray from the party line.


Thursday, August 23, 2007

French Military Victories

I'm pleased that the French are now behaving more like allies than enemies, but there is this one little problem.


Bill Clinton Lied

No surprise here. The surprise is that someone in the mainstream media called him on it.

Just to refresh your memory:


Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Good News For Democrats

Most Americans are ignorant of world affairs.

"Two-thirds of US adults admit to being in the dark about political issues outside the United States, and only a third are well-versed in US politics, the results of a poll published Tuesday showed."

No wonder Democrats get high marks when it comes to foreign policy. And, no wonder Democrats have no interest in reforming public education.


Suspicious Behavior - By Seattle Newspapers

The FBI is looking for two men who have been "acting strangely" while riding on Washington State Ferries.

No doubt the FBI's work would be made easier if Seattle newspapers would simply publish photos of the suspects - but they won't. Political correctness and simple fear are the likely reasons.

No Charlie Sierras here.


Tuesday, August 21, 2007

It's the European Stiletto Heel Racing Circuit

The payout's pretty good too - 10,000 Euros!


A Good List to Miss

Washington State University shows up nowhere on the Princeton Review's top twenty list of party schools.

Top 20 Party Schools
1. West Virginia University
2. University of Mississippi
3. University of Texas, Austin
4. University of Florida
5. University of Georgia
6. Penn State University
7. University of New Hampshire
8. Indiana University, Bloomington
9. Ohio University, Athens
10. University of California, Santa Barbara
11. Randolph-Macon College, Va.
12. University of Iowa
13. Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge
14. University of Maryland, College Park
15. University of Tennessee, Knoxville
16. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
17. Arizona State University
18. Florida State University
19. University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa
20. State University of New York, Albany Source: The Princeton Review


Sunday, August 05, 2007

Poor Baby!

The Washington Post today whines that the CIA hasn't been very nice to Khalid Sheik Mohammed, the mastermind of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

Unnamed Washington sources told Mayer that Mohammed said he was held naked in his cell, questioned by female interrogators to humiliate him, attached to a dog leash and made to run into walls, and put in painful positions while chained to the floor. Mohammed also said he was "waterboarded" -- a simulated drowning -- in addition to being held in suffocating heat and painfully cold conditions. Mohammed's captors also told him shortly after his arrest in March 2003: "We're not going to kill you. But we're going to take you to the very brink of your death and back," the article said.

"Questioned by female interrogators?" I guarantee that he'd find being asked questions by women much more comfortable than being asked questions by me.

I'll bet that they've treated him one hell of a lot nicer to him than most Americans would if given the chance.


Saturday, August 04, 2007

Who Needs Photo ID's To Vote

Washington’s 2004 gubernatorial election was easily among the most suspicious in the state’s history. After the votes were counted, Republican Dino Rossi was the apparent winner by a narrow margin. But runner-up Christine Gregoire demanded a couple of recounts, and left leaning King County cooperated by discovering boxes of ballots hidden in closets or behind filing cabinets to aid her cause. In the end, enough of these ballots were found to reverse the results and give the insatiably ambitious ex-attorney general squatter’s rights to the governor’s mansion by a mere 133 votes.
After the votes were counted (for the third time, I believe), a number of irregularities were discovered above and beyond the hidden ballots trick. The dead rose from the grave to vote. Convicted felons who had not yet completed their sentences voted. And, some precincts counted more ballots than could be accounted for by the number of voters who signed the register at the polling place. And dozens, even hundreds of voters, lived at the same address, which was not necessarily a residence at all. In one case several hundred voters listed the same city hall as their permanent address.
Officially, all of these shenanigans did not even merit a raised eyebrow. King County executive Ron Sims went so far as to issue a ludicrous boast that banks would be proud to achieve such accuracy. In fact, such sloppiness at a bank would result in bank executives embarking upon new careers hammering out license plates at the state pen.
Embarrassed into reform, the Democrat-dominated legislature tightened things up a bit, but refused to require that voters produce photographic identification, such as a driver’s license. This is a pattern. Democrats nationwide reflexively oppose photographic identification for voters. If any reminders were needed as to why Democrats are so steadfast on this issue, last week’s news from the left side certainly told us why.
Last month, seven employees of the Democratic voter registration activist group, Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) were charged with felonies for their part in the most egregious case of voter fraud in the state’s history. At last check, of the 1805 voter registrations the group submitted, 1762 were tossed as fraudulent. Another 34 are still under investigation and only 9 have been accepted as legitimate. These voter registration cards were submitted within hours of the deadline for the 2006 election.
ACORN’s leadership magnanimously placed all the blame on its hourly workers. But ACORN has a history of this sort of thing. According to the Employment Policies Institute, in the fall of 2004, just before the November election, the states of Ohio, Colorado, Missouri, Pennsylvania, New Mexico and Minnesota were all investigating suspicious voter registration cards submitted by ACORN. By 2006, Florida, Wisconsin and Tennessee were added to the list, with convictions already rendered in Wisconsin and Colorado.
Fortunately, not all of ACORN’s stooges are recruited from the best and the brightest. One common thread in ACORN’s frauds is the similarity of handwriting on the signature lines. Another is the use of a single address for numerous registrations. And finally, ACORN employees occasionally resort to lifting easily recognizable names from newspapers. Among those whom ACORN attempted to register in Washington were Dennis Hastert, Leon Spinks, Mariano Rivera, Frank Rich, Thomas Friedman and Alcee Hastings, along with numerous, well known sports figures. In Ohio, ACORN tried to register Michael Jordan and several Warner Brothers cartoon figures.
I have to wonder how many fraudulent voter registrations accepted from ACORN were counterfeited by employees possessing more than a room temperature IQ. It can’t be all that hard to alter signatures, invent new names and fabricate imaginary addresses.
Democrats argue that requiring photo identification will disenfranchise voters. Well, fraudulent Democratic votes disenfranchise me by cancellation.
ACORN boasts that it has registered more than a million voters nationwide. It is a creature of the Democratic Party and is largely funded by labor unions. When one considers how many elections nationwide might turn on a vote by cartoon characters, it’s no wonder then that Democratic lawmakers are so reluctant to require photo ID’s for voting. I have no doubt that Democrats appreciate that, if Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd had been required to legitimize their vote in 2004 by producing proof of their identity, Christine Gregoire’s margin of victory would have been reduced to 131.


Friday, August 03, 2007

Two Americas

John Edwards has stepped in it again. After demanding that Hillary Clinton return campaign contribution she received from Rupert Murdoch, the New York Post reports that Edwards received 800 grand in pocket money from a Murdoch owned company.

Once again, the two Americas are the one the John Edwards thinks everyone else should live in and the America he chooses to live in.


Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Michael Yon's Latest

Michael Yon has a new post on his site. The battle for Baquba is over. The good guys won. The bad guys lost badly. Civilian casualties were light. The town is free again. Mike summarizes the month-long battle and reviews the strategies. For those of you who weren't following along, here's a chance for you to catch up. It will also help you understand why Democrats are fearful of a US victory in Iraq and are trying to force failure now.

And Mike is taking a brief vacation, so he uses the opportunity to introduce us to a few of the Iraqi people.

Also, be sure to tune into the Dennis Miller Show on KXLY 920 radio this morning as he will be interviewing Michael Yon at 10:15 AM Eastern time.

According to Dennis Miller's website, he's on KQQQ, tape delayed beginning at 7:00 PM.