Pregnancy casts left over from a friend. Wall Art? Garden art....?
The luckiest Marine in Baghdad
In Baghdad, I spoke with Army Gen. David Petraeus about UNHCR’s need for security information and protection for its staff as they re-enter Iraq, and I am pleased that he has offered that support. General Petraeus also told me he would support new efforts to address the humanitarian crisis “to the maximum extent possible”—which leaves me hopeful that more progress can be made.
My visit left me even more deeply convinced that we not only have a moral obligation to help displaced Iraqi families, but also a serious, long-term, national security interest in ending this crisis.
Today’s humanitarian crisis in Iraq—and the potential consequences for our national security—are great. Can the United States afford to gamble that 4 million or more poor and displaced people, in the heart of Middle East, won’t explode in violent desperation, sending the whole region into further disorder?
What we cannot afford, in my view, is to squander the progress that has been made.
As for the question of whether the surge is working, I can only state what I witnessed: U.N. staff and those of non-governmental organizations seem to feel they have the right set of circumstances to attempt to scale up their programs. And when I asked the troops if they wanted to go home as soon as possible, they said that they miss home but feel invested in Iraq. They have lost many friends and want to be a part of the humanitarian progress they now feel is possible.
Thank you, Angelina....thank you.
and mine an Stepperg’s new favorite song…
I’d say she’s an honorary KisPer too :)
O gawd *thud*....this one’s a head-over-heels-er.......
(just for listening)
pump up the volume
I gave the president my book. He raised an eyebrow. “Who wrote this for ya, Geldof?” he said without looking up from the cover. Very dry. “Who will you get to read it for you, Mr. President?” I replied. No response.
The Most Powerful Man in the World studied the front cover. Geldof in Africa — “ ‘The international best seller.’ You write that bit yourself?”
“That’s right. It’s called marketing. Something you obviously have no clue about or else I wouldn’t have to be here telling people your Africa story.”
And with that, a tribute of gratitude to Mr. Geldof....my favorite Bob Geldof song (you should really hear it on vinyl!)
bet they never thought of it that way.....
Actor: I want to specify that abortion to help a minority group, would that be possible?
Planned Parenthood: Absolutely.
Actor: Like the black community for example?
Planned Parenthood: Certainly.
Actor: The abortion – I can give money specifically for a black baby, that would be the purpose?
Planned Parenthood: Absolutely. If you wanted to designate that your gift be used to help an African-American woman in need, then we would certainly make sure that the gift was earmarked for that purpose.
Actor: Great, because I really faced trouble with affirmative action, and I don’t want my kids to be disadvantaged against black kids. I just had a baby; I want to put it in his name.
Planned Parenthood: Yes, absolutely.
Actor: And we don’t, you know we just think, the less black kids out there the better.
Planned Parenthood: (Laughs) Understandable, understandable.
Actor: Right. I want to protect my son, so he can get into college.
Planned Parenthood: All right. Excuse my hesitation, this is the first time I’ve had a donor call and make this kind of request, so I’m excited, and want to make sure I don’t leave anything out.
For decades, conventional wisdom has held that daylight-saving time, which begins March 9, reduces energy use. But a unique situation in Indiana provides evidence challenging that view: Springing forward may actually waste energy...........
“What’s wrong with Communism?”
“Why are we in Hawaii in the first place?”
“WWII was wrong.” etc.
~click pic for video~
Drew “I am a human killing machine” Hendricks:
Perhaps the folks [ Police officers responding to the distress call of an officer surrounded by a mob of peaceful hip hop concer goers that flipped and destroyed a police cruiser...... ] who brought AR-15 rifles, Padded armor, Sidearms, ASP telescoping metal batons, police batons, pepper spray, radios, cars and the training to use them on people who were passively resisting and protesting a simple arrest, are the ones whose use of force should be questioned.
Perhaps property destruction, even of a police car, is trivial BS compared to hurting a human being because they would not (could not, if you read some of the OPD reports) move out of “your way.”
Perhaps the “security volunteer” who thought that simple assault (snatching a joint out of someone’s hand) was appropriate behavior should be questioned. Perhaps his employment history should be checked for DOD ties.
Perhaps the person who spent one and a half hours making sure that someone who hit her was apprehended by police should be asked just what she thought was going to come of it, since the fight involved mostly white people and she was only going after a nonwhite person at an event where many, if not most were racially radical / class conscious activists.
We all know that my tinfoil hat is a size too tight, but I keep thinking this was engineered so that a certain bill in the State Legislature got the boost that the Murrah building gave the Effective Death Penalty and Anti-terrorism act of 1996.
Wham! wanted to become the biggest group in the world, but settled for being the first Western pop band to perform in China instead.
In 1985 China was a closed communist state and getting it to agree to host an international pop act was a big challenge.
Wham! manager Simon Napier-Bell travelled to Beijing and made a continuous stream of phone calls to various government ministers.
He claimed to have lunched a total of 143 contacts, three times each.
Mr Napier-Bell also decided to sabotage rock group Queen’s chances of being first.
He made two brochures, one featuring respectable-looking Wham! fans, and the other featuring Freddie Mercury in a flamboyant pose.
The Chinese picked Wham! and George Michael joined Andrew Ridgeley to perform in front of 15,000 fans in the People’s Gymnasium in Beijing..........
“Everybody has understood that Iran is the number one power in the world” Ahmadinejad said in a speech to
families who lost loved ones in the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war.Basiji
Close the book.
Ahmadinejad is due to travel to Iraq on Sunday in the first visit by a president of the Islamic republic to its western neighbour.
Amy’s style has been copied by girls around the country and there’s a lot of money to be made. It’s a very distinctive look. She wants to bring out a range of cosmetics and fashion products. There could be hairspray, head scarves, liquid eyeliner, perfume… all the things that are distinctive of her look.
I heard it on the radio but I have to give it to Agent Bedhead because I knew to check her first:)
I invented this look about 20 years ago. You can get this look with no effort at all. Just pass out after a night of drinking, partying and vomiting.....sleep with everything on that you went out in for 12 hours....including heavy eye make-up.....toss and turn all night.....get up, brush your teeth have a smoke and wet your fingers to reactivate the Agua Net and you’re all set.
Just don’t ever forget the sunglasses and lip stick.Close the book.
Best political press release ever?
You be the judge…
SACRAMENTO – Senator Jim Battin (R- La Quinta) announced today legislation that would encourage every owner of a polluting, flashy, fuel sucking car to buy their way into an environmentally conscious “carbon neutral” lifestyle. SB 1374 would allow auto owners who purchase carbon credits that offset the carbon dioxide emissions of their vehicles to participate in the Clean Air - High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) decal program, allowing the driver to use an HOV lane.
This program currently only applies to the first 88,000 vehicles meeting enhanced California and Federal emission standards. Under Battin’s proposed law, carbon neutral vehicles can also participate in the decal program. Battin sees SB 1374 as a perfect opportunity to jump start the state’s efforts to single-handedly stop the fractionally small rise in global temperature.
On February 28, the California State Air Resources Board (CARB) is scheduled to consider under its AB 32 implementation plan how voluntary early actions can start saving the planet. “I can’t think of a better way to become a true champion of the environment and reduce your carbon foot print than by going “carbon neutral” with your car,” stated Battin.
Battin himself decided to go “carbon neutral” immediately after he was scolded by the Contra Costa Times’ article that read, “Lawmakers’ flashy, fuel-sucking cars on road at the expense of taxpayers”.
“I was embarrassingly caught using excess energy. The only thing I could do was take action,” Battin declared.
Battin immediately purchased for $45 a DriveNeutral Certificate which simply states that his CO2 emissions have been offset for one year. The obvious next question is if he has gone “green” and is “carbon neutral” why shouldn’t he and other environmentally conscious drivers have the same rights as low-emission drivers and live the HOV lane good life?
This proposal should complement CARB’s efforts. Through the DriveNeutral “CO2” Calculator or any of the dozens of other “carbon calculators” one can calculate that a 2007 Toyota Prius emits 4,229 pounds of dirty carbon per year making the Prius a worse foe to the environment than Senator Battin’s carbon-free Lincoln Aviator. Through LiveNeutral, or any of the dozens of other carbon credit vendors, it would cost only $15 to eliminate this Prius polluter’s carbon footprint.
Battin added, “The guilt of my excess energy using days are a thing of the past - I feel great about my carbon credit indulgence and think many other Californians will too… when they are driving guilt free in the empty diamond lane.”
And be sure to check out the comments over at LAist as the environuts go apoplectic on Senator Battin.
I’ll say one thing, it’s certainly good to know that there’s at least one balls-out conservative left in Sacramento who hasn’t bought into all of this “climate change” crap.
Of course, his bill has about a snowball’s chance in hell of passing, but it certainly isn’t any more ridiculous than say...extending health insurance coverage to illegal immigrants.
Pat Riotic in comments
This one’s worse than a hobo..........
This is one of them so bad I have to share because someone made me look first and it’s like singing “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” to some one else to get it out of your head....bad..............but I can’t help it even more because I laughed really hard and thought only YOU all would appreciate it..........
with bonus pigs....er....monkeys flyin’ outta mah butt!!!!!!
About 50 anti-police protesters gathered at Red Square at The Evergreen State College this afternoon. But a slightly larger crowd gathered around that group that apparently was in support of police, carrying signs that read things such as “We Want The Police.”
FWIW, our friend Bill called and wanted me to know how pleased he was to be as politely received as he was and that the vast majority of the school faculty, employees and students are in SUPPORT of the police actions against the rioters and are quite dismayed at the reputation the school has garnered because of the actions of a few professors and students as of late.
I assure you, this is going to change.
The winds are beginning to blow right again........
William F. Buckley Jr. talks with former California Gov. Ronald Reagan
after the two debated the Panama Canal Treaty on Jan. 13,1978.
“Back in the thirties we were told we must collectivize the nation because the people were so poor. Now we are told we must collectivize the nation because the people are so rich.”
“Idealism is fine, but as it approaches reality, the costs become prohibitive.”
“Liberals, it has been said, are generous with other peoples’ money, except when it comes to questions of national survival when they prefer to be generous with other people’s freedom and security.”
“The academic community has in it the biggest concentration of alarmists, cranks and extremists this side of the giggle house.”
People who are angry at city leaders for their anti-military stance are taking it out on businesses—canceling hotel and restaurant reservations as well as theater tickets.
They are writing letters to the Berkeley Chamber of Commerce outlining their plans to boycott the city.
And they are steering clear of downtown shops because the weekly anti-war protests have become increasingly volatile.
Nearly a month after the Berkeley City Council refused to apologize to the U.S. Marine Corps for calling them “uninvited and unwelcome intruders,” Berkeley businesses are feeling the backlash from people who do not want to spend their money in the city.
“We’re hearing of folks canceling reservations and canceling hotel rooms, and we know there is a direct correlation. How big, I don’t know. We’re in a tough economic period anyway,” said Ted Garrett, chief executive officer of the Berkeley Chamber of Commerce.
The chamber has received an estimated 300 e-mails, letters and faxes from people upset about the council’s action and its refusal to apologize, he said.
“Folks are upset,” he said. “Unfortunately, they are blaming the businesses.”
Mo Hallaji, owner of Pollo’s at Shattuck Avenue and Addison Street, said his business has declined 10 percent to 15 percent this month because of the traffic jams and fighting associated with the protests.
“They are killing our business,” he said. ”Everybody is against the war, but that is not the right way to go about it if you want to accomplish something.”
Quentin Moore, owner of Berkeley Hardware on University Avenue, is not far from the U.S. Marine recruiting center, at 64 Shattuck Square, and the protests might be causing a downturn in his business.
“I see maybe two or three customers in here, and maybe (the protests) are the reason,” he said.
CodePink, which held another rally Tuesday, has been holding protests since fall, while the group The World Can’t Wait got involved recently. They are becoming increasingly violent and volatile. Police have arrested five people recently, including two last week.
Also last week, protesters violated their city permit by moving away from the recruiting center and yelling through a megaphone.
“The downtown is like a full-time circus right now. There isn’t a day when we’re not hearing the drums and the noise. I think it’s off-putting,” said Susie Medak, managing director of the Berkeley Repertory Theatre.
CodePink leaders, who went door-to-door Tuesday passing out sandwiches and pink window signs reading “Another Berkeley Business for Peace,” deny that the protests are affecting downtown business.
“If they want to blame the downturn in the economy on a protest against the Marines, it’s a pretty bad excuse,” CodePink co-founder Medea Benjamin said...................................
[ oh yea, there’s more.....bring a box of tISSUES ]
Ya think Pooty-Poot is gonna go for the One World Gubbmint run by the UN?
[∴ is he a potential ally?]
Spengler writes on a secret revealed by Senator Obama’s women: He hates America. Make of this claim what you will; I am fascinated to learn about Obama’s mother. Ann Dunham was an anthropologist, a fact Spengler believes is far more important to Obama’s upbringing and world view than whatever the influence of a Muslim father. Spengler expresses strong reservations about the discipline..................................
I think the problem is apocalyptic and it is on this supposition the rest of my thinking is grounded. The main differences between our time and 1936 is in those days Britain used to take it for granted that Britain was worth defending, the Nazis were not on the brink of acquiring nuclear weapons and when hostilities broke out enemy populations were interned, not given tenure and ten thousand a year for each wife.
A student applauds a performance of “We are faithful only to General Kim Jong-il” at the Mangyongdae Schoolchildren’s Palace in the North Korean capital, Pyongyang.
if America jumped off a bridge......
Osama bin Laden’s role in the September 11 attacks has been called into doubt during Melbourne’s terror trial.
His involvement was questioned by a lawyer acting for the accused leader of the group, Abdul Benbrika.
Defence lawyers were today given their first chance to address the jury.
Benbrika’s lawyer Rudy Van De Wiel QC asked the jury to ‘have a good look’ client claiming,
‘There is a man who is not a terrorist.’
The Algerian father-of-seven was instead ‘a man deeply committed to his religion.’
The defence suggested the media had unfairly targeted Muslims in the wake of the September 11 terror attacks suggesting people ‘not forget America has done many evil things too.’..............................
I’ll tell ya how
The Angry White Man is not a metrosexual, a homosexual or a victim. Nobody like him drowned in Hurricane Katrina — he got his people together and got the hell out, then went back in to rescue those too helpless and stupid to help themselves…
How did we get from the Founding Fathers to a bunch of people who just stand on their roofs with a big “HELP!” sign?
This is how:
[CA] Assembly member Bill Maze, R-Visalia… has introduced legislation that would make it illegal for motorists to keep pets on their laps.
Bumped cuz my post timer seems to be off by 12 hours…
He’s outspoken. He’s politically active. And, most important, he wants to make sure as many people as possible hit the polls come Election Day.
Why? Because he can’t. Ruiz is an illegal immigrant.
Buoyed by Super Tuesday’s record Latino voter turnout, a San Jose State University student group - made up of both legal and illegal residents - is planning a widespread, grass-roots campaign to register voters, especially those who can speak for them at the polls.
“I don’t need to live in the shadows anymore,” said Ruiz, a 24-year-old SJSU student whose mother brought him from Mexico on a tourist visa when he was a child.
A group of Lympians are about to embark on their next great humanitarian contribution to the community by......
raising money to PAY a graffiti “artist” and cover his supplies so they can “help” a local business person whose building is habitually vandalized by graffiti by rewarding a vandal by encouraging him to graffiti this building for pay............
(bring a tissue)
Dear Mr. Levant;
I am a Canadian soldier currently deployed in Afghanistan. Yet even here, I keep abreast of events back in Canada. Upon learning of the possible upcoming lawsuit you may face for your stance against censorship and soft tyranny, I felt I had to somehow help out..............................