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Moved To MT

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 6/12/2003 03:16:00 PM ----- BODY: I have moved to MT. You can now find me at Just Some Poor Schmuck at www.poorschmuck.com. I have been trying to move my blogger files over to Moveable Type and have ended up with a bunch of garbage, so I'm going to leave them here for now. -------- TITLE:

Leaving Blogspot.

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 6/07/2003 08:37:00 PM ----- BODY: I am taking Dean Esmay up on his offer to change anyone over to Moveable Type for just the $15.00 domain registration fee and the $5 a month hosting fee. Actually these fees go to VerveHosting not to Dean. He says that just like the Godfather he asks nothing now, but may ask a small favor in the future. This seems reasonable to me. I have let him know that I will kill whoever he chooses. I hope this is acceptable to him. -------- TITLE:

How About Affirmative Action For Whites?

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 6/05/2003 04:56:00 PM ----- BODY: Democrats Assail GOP on Child Tax Credit (washingtonpost.com)
Congressional Democrats, sensing a political opportunity in an otherwise dry season, have launched a furious assault on Republican lawmakers and the Bush administration over a provision in the just-passed tax cut package that deprives millions of low-income families of a tax break for children.
The truth, of course, is that the package does not "deprive millions of low-income families of a tax break for children". These familys pay no taxes, so are not entitled to any "tax break". This is a tax bill, not a welfare bill. No matter, the Democrats and some Rinos think they have a chance to go on TV helping "the children".
I would encourage everyone to write their Senator or Representative and ask if this means that we now have Affirmative Action for whites? That should be on the table. It's true that Affirmative Action was designed to give people "of color" an advantage but if a tax bill can benefit those who don't pay taxes, shouldn't Affirmative Action benefit those whose skin is the wrong color? Maybe we can have student loans for people that aren't going to school or business loans to people that are not going into business, welfare payments for the wealthy and food stamps for everyone.
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Shocked, Shocked I Tell You!

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 6/05/2003 04:28:00 PM ----- BODY: Sympathy for the wrong person
T he sympathy expressed by some people in a North Carolina town for accused terrorist Eric Rudolph exposes a perverse strain of American intolerance.
The Oregonian in all their PC wisdom is shocked to find that there are people that have sympathy for Eric Rudolph. I don't know why. There is also sympathy in this country for the Palestinian bombers, Fidel Castro, and any communist or "socialist" dictator. There are people in America that are sympathetic to Iran and Syria, China and North Korea. Why is it so shocking that some people would support Rudolph?
He is against the encroachment of the government into private life, albeit opposing the government under Bill Clinton rather than George W. Bush. I see demonstrations all the time opposing the government. Why would this upset the Oregonian editors?
Oh, he is anti-abortion. I see. The poobahs at the Oregonian aren't aware that there is a tremendous amount of opposition to abortion. They are not aware that around 80% of the American people support some restrictions on abortion?
The anti-gay thing? Well I admit I have a problem with him there. I happen to like gays, except for the ones that are assholes. But that is the same attitude that most Americans seem to have. They don't like gays as a group, just the ones that they know and like. It's unfortunate that today you can't say anything critical of a gay person, no matter how they act, without being labeled a homophobe.
I personally don't have a problem with the anti-government thing, nor the anti-abortion view. Hell, I don't even have a problem with gays. What I have a problem with is bombing. This is nasty. It's sneaky and cowardly. Come up to me face to face and tell me what you don't like. (Ok, you can't do that if you're anti-abortion without being jailed) Don't sneak around and stick bombs around where I might be walking. I don't like Palestinian bombers and I don't like American bombers. But just because they are idiots that use bombs to make their point does not mean that their point is invalid. The Palestinians need to have a homeland so they can wake up and kill their leaders and install someone other that tired old terrorist. That's not going to happen as long as they bomb Israel. The tide is slowly turning against abortion on demand, but that viewpoint is not going to be helped by bombing clinics. The gay issue goes back and forth. This will only be settled when it becomes acceptable to criticize gays when they act like dimwits. That is something that is never going to be settled by bombing either.
Maybe you're one of those that think I'm wrong, that the bombing does invalidate any cause it supports?
For that attitude, I would direct you to Camp McCoy, Wisconsin on July 26, 1970. I was stationed there at that time working in the telephone office. Early in the morning of July 26 three bombs went off, destroying a power substation, blowing a hole in the ground outside the camp reservoir and right though the floor of the telephone office. We were supposed to start working a night shift that night and I was elected to work the first graveyard shift. I didn't show up. I was short, I was pissed off, I got shit-faced and didn't show up. There was no one else in that end of the building. If I had been there, the bomb would have killed me as it was placed under the building directly under where I would have been sitting.
Why, who would do such a thing? Obviously someone with some fringe group, someone with a cause so extreme that only bombing could express the rage felt?
Close. The bombing was done by three active duty members of the U.S. Army. They had two extremist causes. They did the bombing in order to shut down the camp, which was used for Reserve and National Guard training, to protest the Vietnam War. They were also all members of a fringe group called the American Serviceman's Union, that wanted to unionize the military. While I do not have fond feeling for either the anti-war crowd or union organizers to this day, I do not believe that their actions invalidated the views of countless others who held the same views.
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Financial Mismanagement By A College President Is OK.

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 6/05/2003 03:48:00 PM ----- BODY: Violations of policies are costly to college
Lewis & Clark College President Michael Mooney on Wednesday acknowledged he violated university policy in lending $10.5 million in university money to an Idaho energy company that later went bankrupt.
Apparently Mr. Mooney, for all his education and renown throughout the faculty parties, failed at common sense. The investment didn't pass the "too good to be true" test and violated the college rules on investments. What's more is that the university trustees are taking no action.
"Mr. Mooney has done an outstanding job for this college other than this one decision," Fields said.
"The man made a mistake," said Greg Goodman, a board member and president of City Center Parking, "but he never tried to hide anything."
What the hell is this? People everywhere are up in arms about business executives mismanaging funds, the government is trying to figure out new incantations to put in their spell...er law books to keep them from fiddling the books. Business executives are threatened with jail if they don't personally certify figures that they have no way of knowing are completely honest. And we have a college president that made a little $10 million dollar mistake. The trustees don't want to be too hard on him. He admits that he screwed up, but busting him would disrupt the harmony of college life and be too harsh for a academic professional.
If all this reminds you of a "good old boy" network, that's because that is what it is. All the presidents and all the trustees scratch each other's back. Go along to get along. What is good for those awful business men that pay the taxes and salaries of the cocooned education lobby, is not good for a gentle, slightly befuddled college president that just saw a way to make a quick buck and took it. After all, it was for the children. The money would have gone to the college and he would not have profited off of it. That makes it all different.
What really amazes me is that there is no mention of a criminal investigation. The trustees have determined that it was just a mistake and he didn't mean to lose the money. How did they determine that. What is Mr. Mooney's relationship with the other players in this drama.
What this case needs is a down and dirty investigation with all the participant face's on the front page of the paper. At the very least, Mr. Mooney should be held financially responsible for the loss and he should be required to reimburse the college for losses and lost income off that money. -------- TITLE:

A More Accurate Headline Would Be "Greedy Education Establishment Price Higher Education Out Of Reach Of Middle Class.

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 6/05/2003 03:21:00 PM ----- BODY: Money keeps top grads at home
Many of Oregon's top high school graduates are settling for second-choice colleges next fall because of soaring tuition, shrinking financial aid and a sluggish economy.
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Does This Justify The War? Probably Not To Some.

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 6/04/2003 06:32:00 PM ----- BODY: Mass grave found in north Iraq [03jun03]
A MASS grave containing the remains of 200 Kurdish children has been discovered in the northern Iraqi province of Kirkuk, the Kurdish newspaper Taakhi reported today.
"Citizens discovered on May 30 a communal grave close to Debs, in Kirkuk. But this is different from other mass graves discovered since the fall of Saddam Hussein's terrorist regime because it contains the remains of 200 child victims of the repression of the Kurdish uprising" in 1991, the paper said.
"Even dolls were buried with the children," it said.
Dozens of mass graves have been uncovered all over Iraq since Saddam's ouster by invading US-led forces on April 9.
Probably not if you are one of the "peace" crowd. According to them, the war was not justified unless WMD are found, and for some, not even then.
Our anti-war crowd are actually the worst kind of bigots. As long as the people being killed are not Americans or westerners, they see no reason to interfere. Let the bodies pile up, as long as they are black or brown, pay no attention to those that are slaughtering their own people, after all, they are their own people. The peace movement sees all the third world people as somehow being owned by their leaders. It is of no consequence if they're killed, they're not the same as us, they're wogs or gooks or niggers, but the peace activists will never speak those words. They think that by not speaking the words but allowing the actions they are somehow magically absolved from responsibility.
There's a famous quotation that goes "The only thing that is necessary for evil to triumph, is for good men to do nothing.", that is the course that is being urged, to do nothing, to shut our eyes and pretend that it is only happening because there are no signatures on documents, as if written words alone could change human behavior. The "peace" advocates advocate for the peace of the grave, the surrender that will only lead to death. In the song "Imagine" which has become somewhat of a hymn of the peace movement there is a line, "Imagine nothing to kill or die for." well, imagine nothing to live for. -------- TITLE:

Liberal Groups Find Fault With Tax Cuts

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 6/04/2003 05:27:00 PM ----- BODY: Middle Class Tax Share Set to Rise (washingtonpost.com)
Three successive tax cuts pushed by President Bush will leave middle-income taxpayers paying a greater share of all federal taxes by the end of the decade, according to new analyses of the Bush administration's tax policies.
The two studies focused on separate issues. Citizens for Tax Justice examined the percentage changes in total federal taxes that would be paid by different income groups through 2010. The Tax Policy Center, jointly run by the Brookings Institution and the Urban Institute, looked at the share of federal taxes that would remain for the various groups once those changes are fully phased in. But the studies reached similar conclusions.
This is news...why? These two groups have never found a tax they didn't like or a program they didn't think should be run by the government and funded by taxes. Do you think the studies of the conservative, pro-tax cut think tanks are going to get the same treatment in the WaPo? To coin a phrase...I don't think so. -------- TITLE:

The WaPos World

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 6/02/2003 06:58:00 PM ----- BODY: A Tale of Two Baghdads (washingtonpost.com)
"Everybody likes us," Spec. Stephen Harris, a 21-year-old from Lafayette, La., said as the patrol moved through streets drenched in sun. He thinks the people want the U.S. troops to stay. "Oh, yeah," he said, taking a slug from his canteen. His assessment of the neighborhood: "I'd say 95 percent friendly."
To Mohammed Abdullah, standing on the sidewalk as the 10-man patrol passed his gated house, their presence is, as he terms it, "despicable."
Notice that the WaPo reporter doesn't delve into Mohammed's background. What is it? Former Ba'athist? Maybe one of the Saddam Fedayeen that "melted away"? The reporter either doesn't know or doesn't want to say.
Haumschild's evaluation: "Maybe 10 percent are hostile. About 50 percent friendly. About 40 percent are indifferent."
Residents gave different numbers -- at best, 50-50, and at worst, a significant majority holding hostile views. Sentiments often broke down along the religious cleavages that mark Iraq.
Again the reporter is taking "residents" word for the break down while disparaging the soldiers opinion.
What "residents"? The former Ba'athists, Shiite fanatics or former Fedayeen? We don't know. How were they contacted and by whom? We these people that volunteered this information or were they people that were easily available because they were at a demonstration near the journalists hotel?
There were no children around on 4th Street in Yarmuk, where sentiments were distinctly uneasy. Abdullah, standing with his neighbors, insisted he would fight the Americans. "They said they came to liberate us. Liberate us from what? They came and said they would free us. Free us from what?" he asked. "We have traditions, morals and customs. We are Arabs. We're different from the West."
Now We're back with Mohammed again. He didn't see anything wrong with Iraq under Saddam and is saying that he will fight the Americans. Kind of tells you where he is coming from doesn't it? He appears to be a major part of the story though. What is the story? That Iraqis that supported Saddam are unhappy about the invasion and overthrow of their beloved leader? The average person's reaction would be "duh", but not our intrepid WaPo reporters.
'They Love Us'
At 12:40, the patrol turned a corner a block from their temporary home. "I love it," Harris said of Army life. "Something different every day."
The men passed the two green Bradleys and stepped through the base's concertina wire. A soldier greeted them with cold cans of strawberry and cola soda. They stripped off their helmets, flak jackets and the uniform jackets called "blouses" and set down their weapons. Some eagerly quizzed the reporters about what Iraqis along the route had said about them.
The lieutenant announced that after two hours, they would go back on patrol.
"They love us," concluded Ratledge, the medic.
Ah yes, the obligatory "see how stupid these American soldiers are? They actually think they Iraqis like them" paragraph.
The reporters are much smarter than the soldiers. They know that the soldiers are hated and despised. After all the Iraqis can't be happy with the Americans, the war was wrong and all the right people opposed it. It just shows what ignorant cretins serve in the military. -------- TITLE:

The French Think We're Being Mean To Them.

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 6/01/2003 08:13:00 PM ----- BODY: Can France Make Us Love French Fries Again?
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This Is Probably All Too True.

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 6/01/2003 07:58:00 PM ----- BODY: David's Children
In my area, it is a well known fact that Children's Services is one of the most useless wastes of tax money in the entire state.
We have had a case where they tried to take an infant because his mother was giving him 2% milk, even though a Doctor examined the child and said that he was suffering no ill effects.
In another case, a worker told a mother that she needed to fence her yard (she specified the type of fence) and buy her children video games. This was to be done even though the mother was working a low paying job.
The cops I know do not think much of them. Since the murder of the two girls in the Portland area, Children's Services has taken to faxing everything to the law enforcement agency having jurisdiction. That way anything that goes wrong can be blamed on the cops. Most of the faxes are received right at 5PM Friday. Big surprise, Huh. -------- TITLE:

Arafat Encourages Children To Be Martyrs.

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 6/01/2003 07:35:00 PM ----- BODY: IMRA - Sunday, June 1, 2003 Arafat tells kids to die on Int'l Children's Day
Israel Television Channel Two News correspondent Ehud Yaari showed a tape this evening of the meeting Yasser Arafat held in Ramallah with children to mark International Children's Day.
Arafat devoted his remarks to encouraging the children to be "shahid" (die for the cause), noting that one shahid who dies for the sake of Jerusalem has the power equal to 40 of the enemy dying.
Yaari noted that Arafat said nothing in his remarks about peace or reconciliation.
I'm sure this is just a trick by the Israelis. Obviously they digitally remastered the tape to make it appear the Arafat was encouraging the children to become martyrs. He was probably telling them how he achieved his world renowned good looks and some interesting new uses for baby wipes. Yeah, that's it, baby wipes. -------- TITLE:

British Crank Compares Fox Hunting To Rape.

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 6/01/2003 07:21:00 PM ----- BODY: Labour morality guru compares fox-hunting to rape
Hunting is morally equivalent to rape, child abuse and torture, according to one of Britain's leading Christian experts, who is closely connected to Labour's religious establishment....
Supporters of Linzey said he could not be dismissed as a crank.
I guess they were wrong, huh.
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Mark Steyn Went To Iraq.

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 6/01/2003 06:58:00 PM ----- BODY: Come on over the water's lovely
What he found isn't what others are reporting. Obviously he has been kidnapped and brainwashed by Bushies.
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Right Thinking From The Left Coast.

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 6/01/2003 02:08:00 AM ----- BODY: Fisking Spicoli -------- TITLE:

Democrat Senators Use Capitol Police To Crush Dissent.

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 6/01/2003 01:01:00 AM ----- BODY: Did Capitol cops muffle free speech
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Ranger Training Icky, Say Some Grads.

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 6/01/2003 12:40:00 AM ----- BODY:
Ranger training has never been easy. Darby set the standard in 1942 while forging the first U.S. Ranger battalion....About half of Darby’s highly motivated initial volunteers didn’t make it. In the years since, this 50-percent attrition mark has continued to be the norm.
While the rest of the U.S. Army has lowered its standards to the point where seasoned war vets find today’s combat training a joke and the crusty salts who fought at Anzio, Osan and Dak To refer to what passes for most training as “an invitation to get killed,” Rangers have fought lowering the training bar and have consistently turned out hardened studs whom commanders in the field would fight to get.
That is until Maj. Gen. Paul Eaton, the guy who runs Fort Benning today, was told by a few recent Ranger graduates that they were turned off by Ranger School because some of their RIs were meanies and actually yelled and cursed at them and even made them do pushups when they goofed up. Others complained in writing that they'd been sleep-deprived and that the training was too difficult.
Groan...Gimme a break! I thought the PC stuff would be gone with Clinton. This just sucks. --------