WASHINGTON (AP) - President Bush must compromise more next year if he wants to get an economic stimulus bill through Congress, Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle said Sunday. He complained that during December negotiations "we didn't see a lot of give on the part of the administration" until it was too late. Daschle, D-S.D., also said he was mischaracterized by Republicans as the villain in the failure to pass an economic plan before Congress left town for the holidays. In the past month, Daschle has been called an "obstructionist" by Vice President Dick Cheney and labeled "a bad faith negotiator" by House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill. "It really takes give on both sides," Daschle said on NBC's "Meet the Press.""We didn't see a lot of give on the part of the administration or engagement on the part of the administration until the very end."We Democrats object to decreasing taxes, especially on those people with incomes that may allow them to invest in business. This would not only decrease the money available for bureaucrats to direct back to our campaign contributors, but might also allow businesses to make profits, expand and hire, which would rob us of a campaign issue in the next election. We also object to the provisions allowing laid off workers to make their own arrangements for health care. The average worker in the United States is too stupid to care for himself and his family. This health care should be handled by a bureaucrat, preferably a loyal party member. If this bill should pass without our spending provisions. It would not allow us to drive the budget further into deficit which would deprive us of an opportunity to blame Bush for the increasing deficit.
Issuing his strongest defense yet of his management of the Senate, Daschle said: "I take issue with this obstructionist charge. The fact is we've had a very successful fall if you look at all the things we've accomplished."We have managed to obstruct the presidential appointment process to the point that entire departments are staffed by Clinton administration holdovers who do whatever they can to stop any changes by the Bush administration and sabotage those that do make it through. We have managed to bottle up any judicial appointments unless the appointee is amenable to the Democratic view that the law means whatever they want it to mean. Any candidate with views that the law should be enforced as written is just unacceptable. As for the obstructionist charge. We have an agreement with the New York Times, Washington Post, and all the TV networks that only Republicans can be characterized as obstructionist. Democrats are never to be found fault with. Remember it is Republicans that want to take away the right of trial lawyers to make huge fees defending terrorists and the Democrats are fighting for your right to do exactly what we tell you.
But he said, "we shouldn't personalize it - I think that has been a factor in this debate over the last several weeks." Bush said Saturday he was disappointed in the Senate for not taking up a House-passed economic stimulus plan to help laid off workers and create jobs. "I hope that we can resolve in the new year and put politics aside and get the job done for the American people," Bush said in his weekly radio address. Daschle said "a bad economic stimulus bill is worse than no bill at all."But the Democrats are determined to pass one anyway.
Sen. Don Nickles, however, said the Senate Democrats' plan "wasn't really a stimulus bill, it was a spending bill." He said Bush has worked with Democrats and Republicans. "We can have differences of opinion, but we need to say, 'You know, the economy's hurting,'" said Nickles, R-Okla. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, a Republican often tagged with the villain label, predicted Bush eventually would "embrace Tom Daschle, say he's a good guy, he's a good American. "I think that we're not in a period of demonization," Gingrich said on ABC's "This Week." On another issue that has Bush at odds with the Senate, Nickles, the Senate's No. 2 Republican, said the president should exercise his power to seat two appointees during the congressional recess. The Senate went on its holiday break without taking up Bush's choices of Otto Reich to be assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere affairs and Eugene Scalia, son of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, to be the Labor Department's top lawyer.Otto Reich committed the crime of support for the Nicaraguan Contras against the Socialist dictatorship of the Sandanistas. By supporting them, he caused the country to have free elections in which the Sandanistas were defeated. The defeat of a Leftist dictatorship is not something the Democrats take lightly and they are determined to punish him for it. Scalia is guilty of being the son of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Justice Scalia voted against continuing the re-re-recount in Florida until Al Gore could come up with a winning total. This the Democrats find unforgivable and unable to do anything to the Justice, they will take it out on the son. They are determined to deny him any position in government and are secretly looking for ways to have him deported.
Bush said Friday he was considering making recess appointments to install the two before Congress returns on Jan. 23. If he does so, Reich and Scalia could serve - without Senate confirmation - until January 2003, the end of the congressional session. "I hate to say so, but yes," Nickles said when asked on "Meet The Press" whether Bush should bypass the Senate. Daschle said there is strong opposition, particularly for Reich. He said Bush should instead withdraw the nomination.Senator Daschle doesn't explain why, if there is such "strong opposition" he doesn't just allow a vote.
A recess appointment "isn't the way it ought to be addressed," he said. "The constitutional responsibility of the president and Congress is to work together on these nominees."Although Senator Daschle didn't have any problem with President Clinton making recess appointments. -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 12/30/2001 12:04:00 AM ----- BODY: Media Casualties Mount As War Success Continues -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 12/29/2001 10:59:00 PM ----- BODY: MAN WHO USED SWORD IN KILLING CHARGED WITH FIREARMS VIOLATION -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 12/29/2001 09:50:00 PM ----- BODY: CLINTON'S NON-WAR ON TERROR -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 12/29/2001 09:14:00 PM ----- BODY: Rules Will Allow Airport Screeners to Remain in Jobs Here's a shock. Same idiots, More pay. -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 12/29/2001 07:53:00 PM ----- BODY: A telling glimpse into the Workers Paradise. -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 12/29/2001 07:37:00 PM ----- BODY: Coalition allies lament: It's still 'America first' "When the security of American citizens is at stake, America trusts only America," says Dominique Moisi, a top analyst at the Paris-based French International Relations Institute. Let me see. After the WTC attack, what was France's response. Lots of talk and very little action. What is France's contribution to the coalition? I guess International cooperation means letting someone else protect you. It is too bad that the U.S did not cooperate with France's Vichy government instead of going off 'unilaterally' with Britain. -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 12/29/2001 06:44:00 PM ----- BODY: Another victory for the Tolerance Police . -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 12/29/2001 06:43:00 PM ----- BODY: Bicyclist back home after tour for peace Nice excuse for a bike trip. I wonder who paid? I don't think it helped much. Maybe he should have ridden through Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq and the West Bank. -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 12/29/2001 06:38:00 PM ----- BODY: Survivor says U.S. mistaken on convoy Let's see. The initial report came from a Taliban affiliated news agency, repeated by western news reporters that consistantly take the Anti-American position. Now it is corroberated by some shmuck with a turban. They're right. It is hard to tell who the Taliban is. -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 12/29/2001 06:34:00 PM ----- BODY: Suspect copied father's path until extremism took hold This is an interesting take on the Shoebomber. Christianity failed to shield him from poverty and discrimination. So he became a Muslim terrorist? It's those damn Christians fault again! -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 12/29/2001 06:29:00 PM ----- BODY:
While Al Qaeda would be be able to frighten the credulous media morons by blowing up a quantity of U-238 it wouldn't make it as a "dirty" radiological weapon. It would cause very little harm. U-238 is as close to being non-radioactive as it is possible for a radioactive substance to be. It is actually more of a chemical hazard than a radiation hazard (it wrecks your kidneys like most heavy metals). Con-men really do sell depleted uranium (which is what U-238 is also called) to terrorist wanna-bees - in Vietnam there is a thriving market in the depleted uranium counterweights from the wings of old downed US planes. If Al Qaeda bought something like that they wasted a lot of money. They would need something like Cs-137 or Co-60 to make an actually effective radiological weapon (both of which are more than a 100 million times more radioactive than U-238). Unless you see that Al Qaeda has something like this you don't have to worry.Tee hee. Radiological scam artists -- freedom's first line of defense! -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 12/24/2001 02:21:00 PM ----- BODY: James Lileks Dissects Pseudo-Jesus -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 12/24/2001 01:39:00 PM ----- BODY: EU -- Gold into lead As Europe sinks slowly into the sunset. -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 12/24/2001 12:27:00 PM ----- BODY: San Francisco AIDS Debate Leads to Criminal Charges AIDS activist threaten doctors, reporters and their families. Criminal charges are brought against them. So, who are the "victims"? The activists; of course -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 12/23/2001 10:13:00 PM ----- BODY: Highjacker Handling
He appears to be of Middle Eastern descent. I couldn't go further than that,'' said state police Capt. Tom Robbins, describing yesterday's airline bomb suspect. Reid claimed he was from Jamaica. Rather than confiscating nail clippers, perhaps it would make more sense to allow airline passengers to carry knives, clubs, brass knuckles and guns under .32 caliber. I have a dream, a dream in which an American Airlines flight diverts to Logan. On Runway 4 the plane stops. The door opens. The bullet-riddled body of an attempted hijacker is tossed to the tarmac with a satisfying "splat." The door closes and the plane resumes its flight to Miami. Was the faint sound of cheering heard coming from inside the plane? Satisfying, isn't it? (Unless you're a jihadi.)-------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 12/23/2001 09:47:00 PM ----- BODY: Guardian Unlimited | Columnists | John Sutherland: America and its advantages Fifty-two things they do better in America: He was probably fired for writing this. -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 12/23/2001 07:39:00 PM ----- BODY: Animal Rights Activists Unleashed -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 12/23/2001 05:03:00 PM ----- BODY: Hail George, Conqueror of Evildoers! The Leftist Blowhard Michael Moore whining that we could have the decency to wait until the Second Coming of the Messiah before we took action against the Taliban. Those Northern Alliance dudes are barbarians who are just too uncultured and violent to be our allies. -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 12/22/2001 11:02:00 PM ----- BODY: The New McCarthyism | Matthew Rothschild | January 2002 issue of The Progressive magazine Let me see if I got this straight. The FBI comes, asks some questions, and leaves. No one is arrested. No one is deported. In fact, nothing happens at all. Yup, sounds like repression to me. -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 12/22/2001 10:55:00 PM ----- BODY: They Fight Crime! -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 12/22/2001 06:15:00 PM ----- BODY: The Flummery Digest: An Inclusive Litany, 12/2001
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development released a report concluding that Irish students ranked second highest for reading and fifth for math among 32 industrial nations. ``But the OECD sounded a disapproving note,'' reports the Irish Times, ``pointing out that education spending in the Republic [of Ireland] is significantly lower than in many developed states. It suggests that students here are forced to work harder to achieve their grades because of lack of investment.''[Archives] -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 12/22/2001 03:53:00 PM ----- BODY: Detroit, Atlanta and St. Louis, 3 most dangerous cities. Liberal Democratic strongholds all. -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 12/22/2001 03:49:00 PM ----- BODY: Ridgway pleads not guilty in Green River case It's a good thing that he didn't hate them or he would be in real trouble. -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 12/22/2001 03:48:00 PM ----- BODY: Entering hate-free Seattle -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 12/22/2001 03:33:00 PM ----- BODY: Filmmakers seek a bit of help from city Isn't this "Corporate Welfare"? -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 12/22/2001 03:32:00 PM ----- BODY: MULTNOMAH COUNTY Commission approves new department Oh boy, Christmas for Bureaucrats. More patronage jobs, more fees, more paperwork. Vera Katz must be overjoyed. -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 12/22/2001 03:30:00 PM ----- BODY: Court Cuts Funds for Portland Light Rail No, court returns illegally collected taxes to rightful owners. -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 12/22/2001 03:26:00 PM ----- BODY: Immigrant dialysis funded What is this? Why do immigrants need state funding? Is this available to natives? Are these immigrants legal? Oh, the Democrats are involved. What do you think? -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 12/22/2001 03:11:00 PM ----- BODY: Miami Herald: Family's massacre in Cuba haunts Miami-Dade survivors Murder in the Workers Paradise? How could that be? -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 12/22/2001 02:08:00 PM ----- BODY: Democrats scramble to maintain cushy "Civil Rights" Jobs. from the Washington Post
The day after he was hastily( as opposed to what?) sworn in at the White House, Peter N. Kirsanow walked into his first U.S. Commission on Civil Rights meeting looking assured and confident. He took the center seat in the front row of a packed audience, where he could look directly into the face of Chairwoman Mary Frances Berry. She looked right back at him.(Such skill and daring!) During that Dec. 7 meeting, Berry and four supporters on the commission challenged the Bush administration's appointment of Kirsanow, refusing to recognize him as a commissioner. An ugly debate (judging by Berry's picture, it couldn't be otherwise.) deepened the divide between liberals and conservatives on the board. The issue seemed bigger than the dispute over whether Commissioner Victoria Wilson's term had in fact expired, (as was indicated in the letter appointing her to the commision by President Clinton) leaving a seat for Kirsanow to fill. That question, which has been taken to U.S. District Court, centers on whether Wilson was appointed for a full six-year term or just to complete the term of former commissioner A. Leon Higginbotham, who died in December 1998. The larger question: Will a panel that was meant to be the conscience of the federal government survive partisan Washington? And if so, how? (Maybe by being less partisan?) The commission was established in 1957( by that racist Republican Dwight Eisenhower) to help bring the country together, but the bitter debate on and outside the commission suggests that partisan views are tearing it apart. Conservatives are trying to "destroy the commission or disrupt its effectiveness," said a dismayed Democrat who heads a civil rights organization.(Whose job and paycheck depend on continuing the handouts and setasides. Why doesn't the story say who he is and where he works? Maybe people would come to the wrong conclusion if they knew.) Liberals should realize that "the civil rights commission has outlived its usefulness," a disgruntled Republican said. If Kirsanow prevails, he will become the second Bush appointee to the board, joining Jennifer Braceras, who was sworn in Dec. 7, just before the rancorous meeting began. They and the commission's two other conservative members could then block panel initiatives. If Wilson remains, liberals will retain a 5 to 3 majority, and Berry will continue to be the board's (Liberal Left) guiding influence. The commission is an oversight board that investigates issues and publishes reports but has no other power. Conservatives believe it should collect academic data in support of civil rights laws. Liberals said it should continue to investigate complaints of civil rights abuses on Indian reservations and in minority communities nationwide (whether or not they are justified). Republicans say the commission uses its investigations as a partisan tool to embarrass them. Two investigations into allegations of police brutality in New York came as Republican Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani was considering running against Hillary Rodham Clinton, a Democrat, for a Senate seat. The commission later found that some minority voters had been treated unfairly at the polls during the controversial 2000 presidential election (without having any evidence or testimony to support that conclusion), which returned the White House to Republican hands. "To a large extent," said Todd Gaziano, director of the Center for Legal and Judicial Studies at the conservative Heritage Foundation, "the commission's purpose has been superseded by a number of civil rights laws and responsibilities that have been given other executive agencies that have law enforcement authority. "Without a real purpose," Gaziano said, "bitter partisan struggles seem endemic for that commission." Republicans on the commission share that view. "I continue to believe that the commission has outlived its usefulness," Braceras said. "My problem with the commission is that it's very partisan and has been used as a vehicle to beat up on Mary Frances Berry's opponents." Civil rights advocates say the conservatives' complaints have no merit (Berry's opponents need to be beat up). Wade Henderson, executive director of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, said he wanted to know where these critical voices were when conservatives ruled the board under President Ronald Reagan in the early 1980s. In those days, it was the Democrats that were complaining. Reagan appointee Clarence M. Pendleton Jr., a black conservative, was as outspoken then as Berry is now. Pendleton made headlines for saying black civil rights leaders were "the new racists" for advocating affirmative action. Pendleton said the issue of equal pay for equal work was "like reparations for white women." When Berry first spoke out as a newly appointed commissioner (if she was new, why couldn't Reagan fire her? She was appointed to a presidental commision and he was the President.), Reagan fired her, along with Blandina C. Ramirez and Rabbi Murray Saltzman, two other liberals on the board. A federal judge subsequently barred Reagan from firing them. Reagan found a way around the ruling by filling seats with commissioners "who were nontraditional (not residents of the Democrat plantation) civil rights ideologues," Henderson said. "Reagan's influence wasn't reversed until deep in the second term of the Clinton administration." Now, the commission is controlled by the woman Reagan wanted to fire. Berry, in her own words, is "a little (physically and mentally) black woman" with a strong will who is easy for conservatives to dislike. Some of the conservative commissioners on the panel are among those who do not like her much. (Is it a requirement that everybody has to like her? Abigail Thernstrom said her problems with Berry started at a January meeting in Tallahassee. "I'm at my first meeting, I don't know what I'm doing, I've had no preparation," Thernstrom said. "I sit down, and she doesn't say hello to me. She has been so rude to me. There are very basic procedural matters. I can't get my memos answered." Thernstrom, who is white (and therefore racist), disagreed with the commission's ruling on the elections in Florida. Her dissent, she said, was tucked deep into the document "and suppressed."(In fact is was only suppressed in the sense that it was not printed, distributed or leaked to the press along with the main report.), She also said the panel focused on issues affecting only black and white Americans. Berry disagrees. "The commission has a project on Native Americans," Berry said. "And we're looking at what is happening to Latino and Asian American youth dropping out in high school." As far as her not speaking to Thernstrom, that's "ridiculous," Berry said. "I come into the commission meeting and I speak to everyone. I do that always." (and she's black so you are required by law to believe her.) Another liberal commissioner, Christopher Edley Jr., took issue with Thernstrom's characterizing the board as being stuck on black and white issues. "I don't quite understand which planet she's been on," he said. "Because on my planet, the commission has been working on . . . a wide-ranging agenda." The disagreements on the commission are fundamental, he said. "Ideological conservatives consistently refuse to accept anything other than the smoking-gun form of intentional discrimination reflecting racial animus," said Edley, a Harvard University law professor (who fulfills his department "african-american quota) and a founding co-director of the university's Civil Rights Project. Edley, who is black, said the views of Thernstrom, who does not believe in affirmative action, are a perfect example of the divide. (Conservatives are sure that minoritys can compete on their own merits and Liberals are sure that minoritys cannot compete unless they are given special help by whites). Thernstrom disagrees with Edley on the opportunities available to minorities. "I'm much more optimistic than they are about doors opening, and that is a fundamental difference," Thernstrom said. "I do think it's a changed country." The commission's failure to acknowledge the change, she said, is one reason the board's "reputation is in the basement."President Bush; if that doesn't work, just cut the funding off. -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 12/22/2001 01:33:00 PM ----- BODY: Japanese take recycling seriously. A Japanese sanitation worker known as the "God of Garbage" was arrested by police this week for threatening a bar owner at knifepoint because he refused to separate his trash, -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 12/21/2001 08:40:00 PM ----- BODY: Always Applicable. Thomas Sowell
Wealth may provoke envy, but it seldom provokes the truly venomous levels of resentment provoked by achievement. There is no surer way for a minority group to become hated than to enter a country as destitute immigrants and then, through long hours of hard work, rise to a level of prosperity above that of the indigenous population.-------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 12/21/2001 07:44:00 PM ----- BODY: Bedouin Soldiers in the Israeli Army Find They Are Always on Guard a battalion composed of Bedouins. How can this be? I though Israelis were racist jews? -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 12/21/2001 04:53:00 PM ----- BODY: Earth to Ivory Tower: Get Real! By Kay S. Hymowitz & Harry Stein
The struggle against our ivory-tower naysayers is surely winnable, and it has never been easier to see them clearly for what they are. But we should not underestimate their power. For our adversaries surely understand what many Americans do not: that the resolve to maintain our common purpose is our greatest vulnerability.-------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 12/21/2001 04:10:00 PM ----- BODY: Think of this father the next time some sports figure, celebrity or politician talks about making "tough" choices.Tampabay: Father turns in sons for shooting -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 12/21/2001 02:59:00 PM ----- BODY: The Oregon courts found that taxes had been collected illegally and orders refunds. So how does the Oregonian see it? Urban renewal funds at risk Curses, those rotten taxpayers, don't they know that WE can spend their money better than they can. -------- TITLE:
It's fucking freezing here. I'm sitting on hard, cold dirt between rocks and shrubs at the base of the Hindu Kush mountains along the Dar 'yoi Pomir River watching a hole that leads to a tunnel that leads to a cave. Stake out, my friend, and no pizza delivery for thousands of miles. I also glance at the area around my ass every ten to fifteen seconds to avoid another scorpion sting. I've actually given up battling the chiggers and sand fleas, but them fucking scorpions give a jolt like a cattle prod. Hurts like a bastard. The antidote tastes like transmission fluid but God bless the Marine Corps for the five vials of it in my pack. The one truth the Taliban cannot escape is that, believe it or not, they are human beings, which means they have to eat food and drink water. That requires couriers and that's where an old bounty hunter like me comes in handy. I track the couriers, locate the tunnel entrances and storage facilities, type the info into the handheld, shoot the coordinates up to the satellite link that tells the air commanders where to drop the hardware, we bash some heads for a while, then I track and record the new movement. It's all about intelligence. We haven't even brought in the snipers yet. These scurrying rats have no idea what they're in for. We are but days away from cutting off supply lines and allowing the eradication to begin. I dream of bin Laden waking up to find me standing over him with my boot on his throat as I spit a bloody ear into his face and plunge my nickel plated Bowie knife through his frontal lobe. But you know me. I'm a romantic. I've said it before and I'll say it again: This country blows, man. It's not even a country. There are no roads, there's no infrastructure, there's no government. This is an inhospitable, rock pit shithole ruled by eleventh century warring tribes. There are no jobs here like we know jobs. Afghanistan offers two ways for a man to support his family: join the opium trade or join the army. That's it. Those are your options. Oh, I forgot, you can also live in a refugee camp and eat plumsweetened, crushed beetle paste and squirt mud like a goose with stomach flu if that's your idea of a party. But the smell alone of those "tent cities of the walking dead" is enough to hurl you into the poppy fields to cheerfully scrape bulbs for eighteen hours a day. And let me tell you something else. I've been living with these Tajiks and Uzbeks and Turkmen and even a couple of Pushtins for over a month and a half now and this much I can say for sure: These guys, all of em, are Huns. Actual, living Huns. They LIVE to fight. Its what they do. Its ALL they do. They have no respect for anything, not for their families or for each other or for themselves. They claw at one another as a way of life. They play polo with dead calves and force their five-year-old sons into human cockfights to defend the family honor. Huns, roaming packs of savage, heartless beasts who feed on each other's barbarism. Fucking cavemen with AK 47's. Then again, maybe I'm just cranky. I'm freezing my balls off on this stupid fucking hill because my lap warmer is running out of juice and I can't recharge it until the sun comes up in a few hours. Oh yeah! You like to write letters, right? Do me a favor, Bizarre. Write a letter to CNN and tell Judy and Bernie and that awful, sneering, pompous Aaron Brown to stop calling the Taliban "smart." They are not smart. I suggest CNN invest in a dictionary because the word they are looking for is "cunning." The Taliban are cunning, like jackals and hyenas and wolverines. They are sneaky and ruthless and,when confronted, cowardly. They are hateful, malevolent parasites who create nothing and destroy everything else. Smart. Pfft. Yeah, they're real smart. They've spent their entire lives reading only one book (and not a very good one,as books go) and consider hygiene and indoor plumbing to be products of the devil. They're still figuring out how to work a Bic lighter. Talking to a Taliban warrior about improving his quality of life is like trying to teach an ape how to hold a pen; eventually he just gets frustrated and sticks you in the eye with it. OK, enough. Snuffle will be up soon so I have to get back to my hole. Covering my tracks in the snow takes a lot of practice but I'm getting good at it. Please tell my fellow Americans to turn off their TV sets and move on with their lives. The story line you are getting from CNN is utter horseshit and designed not to deliver truth but rather to keep you glued to the screen through the commercials. We've got this one under control. The worst thing you guys can do right now is sit around analyzing what we're doing over here because you have no idea what we're doing and, really, you don't want to know. We are your military and we are doing what you sent us here to do. You wanna help? Buy some fucking stocks, America.Saucy Jack -------- TITLE:
Coalition? Don't make me laughI'm too convulsed with laughter to type. Leaving aside that the only ''resources'' the federal government has is your paycheck, what worked well on Sept. 11 was small government--the New York Fire Department and other municipal and state agencies. What flopped, spectacularly, was big government, all the guys with unlimited ''resources''--FBI, INS, FAA, you name it. -------- TITLE:
Democrats such as Reps. Jim McDermott, D-Wash., and Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore in 1998 supported President Clinton's attempt to win congressional approval for similar authority, which was defeated with the help of many House Republicans.Strangely enough the story in 1998 played just a little differently.
Many Republicans support the measure, and corporate America is lobbying heavily for it. Most House Democrats are opposed, as are labor and environmental groups.The actual vote tells a different story also Final Vote Results for Roll Call 466
[I]f you're ready to cheer Portland's grand stand, you might want to consider the consequences of (Portland City Attorney) Rogers' tortured view. You might not like those politically incorrect consequences. Take a hate-crime investigation like the Mulugeta Seraw murder years ago. In that case, police talked to Skinheads who were not the subject of the investigation or involved in criminal conduct. Officers collected and maintained information about the social views, associations and activities of the Skinheads in the context of the investigation. They even inquired where these individuals had traveled.Meanwhile, The Oregon District Attorney's Association said last week that there is nothing in Oregon law to bar police officers from questioning foreigners in a federal anti-terrorism investigation. -------- TITLE:
"Let me issue a warning at this point. I am about to say something that might do actual physical damage to practicing Democrats. If you are a liberal-type person, you may wish to stop reading this column and goto the comics. If you proceed, you are doing so at your own risk." "What I was about to say is this: DEFICITS MAY BE ELIMINATED BY REDUCING SPENDING,AND REVENUES MAY BE INCREASED BY CUTTING TAXES." "Despite my warning, I am fearful there are Democrats, who, according to their custom, did not listen, and are now in a state of slack-jawed, transfixed shock. The explanation is this: Recent studies of the brains of deceased liberal zealots reveal certain malformations. Liberal lobes, by virtue of some sort of geneticmiscoding, are not designed to deal with information about reducing spending and cutting taxes. Indeed,trying to force this information upon an unwary liberal Democrat may cause an overload of neural circuitry, with attendant blackouts."-------- TITLE:
"Americans woke up from their slumber on December 8, and soon fathomed that prior international agreements on arms-reduction had not stopped the building of the behemoth battleships Yamato and Musashi; that the League of Nations did not save Ethiopia or Manchuria; and that summit talks on the eve of Pearl Harbor led to disaster, not reprieve."