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It’s Official…The Terrorists Have Won December 31, 2005, 1:54 pm

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In the latest scourge of uber-paranoid – we’re five minutes away from the evil fascist BushMcHaliburton Hitler police state – mindset, we have this doozy of a story from Yahoo. It almost seems that it was lifted verbatim from The Onion with its feigned alarmist nature and shades of Sauron returning to his rule. What am I talking about you ask? Well, it seems that the current capitol of the Fourth Reich, aka the White House has a, *gasp* STAT TRACKER on its website, http://www.whitehouse.gov. Give me a second…I have to clear my throat to properly give you my reaction.

ARRRRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!! WE DIDN’T LISTEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WE WERE WARNED, BUT WE DIDN’T LISTEN!!!!!!!!!!! DO YOU HEAR THAT NOISE?!?! THAT IS THE SOUND OF THOUSANDS OF JACK BOOTS MARCHING IN THEIR FASCIST FORMATION!!!!!!!!!

Ahhh. I feel better now. Seriously, WTF? Does the author of this article even own a computer? Just because this article appears online doesn’t mean that they know what the internet is. Forgive me if I assume the voice of an indignant Allen Iverson, but “a stat tracker? a STAT tracker?? c’mon man, we are talking about a stat tracker??”

I don’t know why we even bother continuing this fight for indeed, the terrorists have already won.

Quote of the Week… December 31, 2005, 12:52 pm

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Which would have been quote of the day, but it was from last week. Anywho, it’s a winner:

“Honestly, this is probably going to strike a nerve with a lot of people. But my most memorable Christmas memory was having all of my uncles and aunties out of prison for one Christmas, and that includes me. We had a lot of run-ins with the law, and to have us all out at one time was great.”
Wizards forward Caron Butler, speaking to the Washington Times

Thanks to TDHMFAB for the enlightenment.

Reason 4,126 Why the American Auto Industry is in Trouble… December 31, 2005, 12:25 pm

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Like a lot of teenagers, when I was in high school I had to use the mom’s wheels whenever I went out. 236,000 miles later, she still has that car that will forever have a special place in my heart: the 1992 Honda Civic hatchback. That car was so good that when I upgraded my wheels in college from my $500 1983 Nissan Sentra, I ended up finding and buying a ’92 Civic hatchback. There’s a certain kind of special comfort in the knowledge that even though you are buying a used car with 65,000 miles on it, it may as well be new since you are going to get another 100K from it. With its manual transmission, that car was not only fuel efficient, but it was also quite zippy in the lower gears. I sold it when I moved to downtown Chicago after college, where cars can be more trouble than they are worth (trust me, after you get a few $50 or $75 parking tickets that double if you don’t pay them in a week, you will want to shoot yourself in the face; not to mention how banged up your car gets just from parking it on the street). Nothing makes me miss that car, however more than my current vehicle.

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Torn on “Munich”… December 26, 2005, 12:31 pm

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I still don’t know whether or not I am going to see Spielberg’s Munich. While I have little doubts as to the technical merit of the film, meaning that it will have fantastic production value and be skillfully filmed, the story that Spielberg presents worries me. It seems conventional wisdom that the creator of Schindler’s List couldn’t possibly be converted to the dark side of the force, but then again, everyone agrees that Nazis are evil, while the vote is split on the Palestinians. Let’s face it, Jews of all political stripes play on the same team when it comes to WWII, but move forward more than 50 years and start talking about road maps and statehood and all of a sudden it’s skins versus shirts with conservative Jews on one side and liberal Jews on the other.

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Your Weekly Dose of Common Sense and Wisdom… December 23, 2005, 5:10 pm

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…by the intellectual giant also known as Victor Davis Hansen.

Why still no big-font, front-page headlines screaming, “Millions Vote in Historic Middle East Election!� or “Democracy Comes At Last To Iraq� or “America’s Push for Iraqi Democracy Working�? Besides the politics of gloom — Bush at home and America abroad are always wrong — and the weariness with the violence, there has sadly been too small a constituency for trusting that Arabs should run their own affairs through consensual government.Remember the ingredients of the good old American foreign policy in the Middle East — the one that operated before the bad-new days of neoconservatism?

Don’t be a Scrooge and read it all.

A Question for Charles Krauthammer… December 23, 2005, 5:08 pm

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Does it hurt to be that smart all the frickin’ time? The lede:

2005 was already the year of the demagogue, having been dominated for months by the endlessly echoed falsehood that the president “lied us into war.” But the year ends with yet another round of demagoguery.

Administration critics, political and media, charge that by ordering surveillance on communications of suspected al Qaeda agents in the United States, the president clearly violated the law. Some even suggest that Bush has thereby so trampled the Constitution that impeachment should now be considered. (Barbara Boxer, Jonathan Alter, John Dean and various luminaries of the left have already begun floating the idea.) The braying herds have already concluded, Tenet-like, that the president’s actions were slam-dunk illegal. It takes a superior mix of partisanship, animus and ignorance to say that.

Be there, don’t be square and read the whole thing.

Some Funny Stuff… December 22, 2005, 10:33 am

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I’ve linked to this blog before with what to get your liberal friends for Christmas. It’s all a part of his 12 days of Christmas celebration. Here is the latest iteration:

Monopoly: The Eminent Domain Edition!

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Check out the rest while you’re there.

Where Have All the Peaceful Rappers Gone… December 21, 2005, 9:13 pm

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…long time passing. Oh wait, those are flowers that are referenced in that sweet hippie song, not rappers. Well, you’ll be as shocked and confused as I was when I tell you that violence *gasp* actually broke out at a new release party of a murdered rap star. It seems that violence is able to follow these fine men way into the afterlife. It’s almost like a bad horror movie.

Three people were stabbed early Wednesday at a Manhattan club that was hosting a record-release party for a new collection of duets featuring slain rapper Notorious B.I.G.

Forgive me if I pass on the next Tupac related event.  Much as I love Tupac, I sure would like to see age 29. Anyone know what PM Dawn is up to lately? They seemed pretty harmless.

Yeah, About that Bubble… December 21, 2005, 6:16 pm

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Remember that dumb magazine cover from last week that asked if Bush was in a bubble? Well, here’s a little different angle on that proposition.

Oh No! The Mexicans are Angry With Us! What Ever Shall We Do? December 21, 2005, 3:02 pm

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This story was linked by Drudge the other day, and I can’t believe that no one has fisked it yet, especially since this is one of those stories that is just begging for it.

Well, our government has finally started to get serious about our southern border and in addition to fixing other stupid policies, the legislation calls for extending and building a big wall on our border with Mexico. I figure if the Israelis can use a wall to keep suicide bombers out, we should be able to use a wall to keep illegals out. Well, quelle surprise, but the Mexican government is outraged that we are attempting to secure our own border.

The Mexican government, angered by a U.S. proposal to extend a wall along the border to keep out migrants, has struck back with radio ads urging Mexican workers to denounce rights violations in the United States. Facing a growing tide of anti-immigrant sentiment north of the border, the Mexican government is also hiring an American public relations firm to improve its image. Mexican President Vicente Fox denounced the U.S. measures, passed by the House of Representatives on Friday, as “shameful” and his foreign secretary, Luis Ernesto Derbez, said Monday the wall was “stupid.”

First off, we are not anti-immigrant in this country. However, we are against ILLEGAL immigration. Even legal immigrants are overwhelmingly against illegal aliens. That doesn’t seem so weird if you consider that they followed the rules and waited for a while to lawfully become citizens and get a little cheesed by line cutters and cheaters.

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