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Sunday, November 27, 2005

More Philliness (again)

Politics in Philadelphia reaching yet ANOTHER low point:

Posted on Fri, Nov. 25, 2005

He adds a Web site for firing at Fattah

Newspaper publisher Jerry Mondesire isn't relying just on the pages of his Philadelphia Sun to influence the 2007 mayor's race.

He's got a Web site up, too - but don't look for his name on it.

Mondesire, also NAACP chapter president, is the creator of www.fattahxray.com, a site seemingly dedicated to mocking longtime rival U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah (D., Phila.).

The newspaperman has already announced that he might challenge Fattah for his House seat next year if the Democratic congressman decides to go through with his possible run for City Hall. (Mondesire does not want Fattah to have another easy congressional reelection while also running for mayor.) The TrekMedic believes this is because Con. Fattah doesn't cowtow to certain NAASAA* political forces,...

Consider the Web site, for which he is the registrant, an addition to his arsenal.

Among the "news to watch" and "Chakatoons" (which have not yet appeared) is this survey question: "Do you think Congressman Fattah is doing the job you elected him to do?"

Among four possible answers: "No! He is totally inept" and "No! His golf game is suffering."

Mondesire, by the way, is supporting State Rep. Dwight Evans (D., Phila.) for mayor, who is considered certain to run, but has not yet announced.- Marcia Gelbart

*NAASAA = National Association for the Advancement of Some African-Americans

Friday, November 25, 2005

And So It Begins,.....

This book is on my CHRISTmas Wish List:

You can find it at Amazon.com

And of course, the MSM have to start de-deifying the holidays as well.

If anybody saw CSI last night, you'll notice that CBS played a commercial based on the old Rankin-Bass stop-action animated classics. The commercial featured Rudolph, Santa, and numerous current CBS stars gathering together for a sleigh ride.

What has CBS done to incur my vitriolic ire??? If you listened closely, you heard Rudolph say "This is going to be the best holiday, ever!"

Now, those of us right-minded thinkers of a certain age remember the line is actually "This is going to be the best CHRISTMAS, ever!"

And while I'm at it (You eat as much turkey as I have in the last few days and you'd be cranky, too!), let's look at how our friends at the ACLU view the "Holidays:"

ACLU of Rhode Island Sues On Behalf of Town Resident's Objection to City Hall Religious Display (12/22/2003)


PROVIDENCE, RI -- Acting on behalf of a lifelong resident of Cranston, the American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island today filed a federal lawsuit challenging the life-sized nativity scene and menorah in front of Cranston City Hall, as well as the policy that Mayor Stephen Laffey recently implemented to authorize those displays.


ACLU Sues Over Ohio School District's Policy on Religious Holidays (8/25/1999)


CLEVELAND -- The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio today filed suit in federal court seeking to end a suburban school district's practice of closing its schools for the Jewish holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.
But in addition to violating the Constitution's First Amendment, which prohibits the establishment of one religion above others, the action conflicted with a district's own policy on religion neutrality.

I'm going to take exception to that last statement! The First Amendment, while clearly stipulating the prohibition of the establishment of a state-sponsored religion, also grants all US citizens the right to practice their religious beliefs without threat or hindrance by or from the government.

Click here to view the ACLU's take on "religious freedom."

This particular section really, really stands out to me:

It depends. Making Christmas stockings, Easter eggs or Hannukah dreidels is probably okay because, over the years, these have become secular customs that people of many different backgrounds enjoy. But a Nativity pageant, which is full of religious meaning, could be considered unconstitutional.

Secular customs?? I wonder how, "over the years," this could have happened? And who abetted this inexorable neutering of one's expression of religion?


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Thursday, November 24, 2005


Stuffed turkey and consumers aside, here's what I'm giving thanks for:

  • I give thanks for my health and the health of my family and friends
  • I give thanks for being able to help others, even after 25 years
  • I give thanks to our military, here and abroad, who keep us safe every day
  • I give thanks that we have a Constitution that allows for dissent, even if it is misguided at times (Dan, Daniel, and Will!)
  • I give thanks that we have a Constitution that continues to function after more than 200 years and is still the blue print for many an emerging democracy in this world.
But most of all, I give thanks to all of those who put up with my mental ramblings when I go off my meds for a few days!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Goodbye, Good Luck, Godspeed

Phils to get Rowand for Thome
Tentative deal has Phillies sending cash to White Sox

Well,..you're only as good as your last at-bat, but let me be one among many to wish a fond farewell to Jim Thome.

Jim was a consummate professional and a gentleman. He was a paragon of good sportsmanship and we all wish him well in Chicago. And,..if the White Sox get to Philadelphia, the first cheesesteak at Tony Luke's is on me. Thanx!

And to Ryan Howard: these are big shoes you'll be filling in 2006! Please,..don't break our hearts!

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Caption this,....

They say a picture is worth a 1000 words,....

Unfortunately, small children and/or the FCC might read this blog, so I'l have to take a pass myself,...

Monday, November 21, 2005

What Mythical Creature Are You?

HT to Kitty for relieving the pre-holiday doldrums:


You are a chimaera. A
chimaera is a monster with three heads, usually
a lion, a goat, and a serpent. The chimaera is
a very interesting and mysterious creature. The
serpent is often interpreted as a symbol of
evil and deceit. On the other hand lions
signify courage and honor, and goats could
symbolize sustenance and prosperity. Overall
though the chimaera is the ultimate symbol of
mystery and the supernatural.

Which mythical creature resides in your soul? (11 Results + Pictures)
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Three heads?? Wow! That explains all of the Zol-Zac my doc prescribes for me!

Saturday, November 19, 2005

Your Political Persuasion?

HT to Jessica's SwedeHarts for this one:

You Are a Capitalist Republican

Money makes your world go round - and it's no surprise that you always vote your wallet.

You're financially successful (or plan to be), and your agenda is low tax and pro business.

You don't get fired up about abortion... but mention capital gains tax, and you go crazy.

You want government to be as small as possible - and to stay out of the way of business.

Opposing POVs on POWs

Sen. John McCain (R-Az) has posted his reasons against torture in this week's Newsweek.

Read "Torture's Terrible Toll" here.

Local talk-show host and columnist Michael Smerconish takes on McCain's views.

Read "Wild Bill's Lessons for P.O.W. John" here.

Comment frequently,....

The Iraq the MSM Doesn't Want You to See

Apoligies for not posting this sooner and a big HT to Atlas Shrugs for the source post:

"The United States has never wavered in its quest to help Iraqis build a democracy that rewards compromise and consensus. The ever generous American people have paid a tragic price, the lives of their finest men and women, to advance the banner of freedom and democracy, a sacrifice for which we are profoundly grateful. "
H.E. Masoud Barzabi, President, Kurdistan Region in Iraq

Watch all of the ads here

These adverts have been running on FNC for at least a week (by my viewing schedule),..go figure,...

Friday, November 18, 2005

A Jesse Jackson Funny

HT to his Budda-ness and Heather in MD for this classic:


Jesse Jackson got out of the shower and was drying off when he looked in the mirror and noticed he was white from the neck up to the top of his head. In sheer panic and fearing he was turning white and might have to start working for a living, he called his doctor and told him of his problem. The doctor advised him to come to his office immediately. After an examination, the doctor mixed a concoction of brown liquid, gave it to > Jesse and told him to drink it all. Jesse did and replied, "That tasted like bull shit!" The doctor replied, "It was, Jesse. You were a quart low."

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Which Peanuts Character Are You?

HT to Upward Call for This Gentle Meme:

You are Rerun!

Which Peanuts Character are You?
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Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Did Bush Lie?

Borrowing conservatively from Michelle Malkin, by way of Nickie Goomba:

Click on the image for the answer!

Vox Populi!

Well,..first, declining attendance finally forced the Phillies organization to jettison 7-year loser Ed Wade.

Then, righteous indignation over back-door payraise caused the downfall of a state-elected judge.

Now comes this:

Facing declining subscriptions, has the Inkwaster finally gone mainstream??

Witness the Sunday Inkwaster's "Currents" page for November 13th, 2005:

Jeff Gelles actively proposes the takeover of beleaguered PGW by Peco Energy.

Imagine that! A private firm (Peco) taking over control of a public utility (PGW)!

While I agree with Mr. Gelles that "This is no knee-jerk case for privization," I can't believe the editorial board at the Inky actually APPROVED its publication!


Cry, Eagles, Cry!
Your team's only 4 and 5!
Why, Eagles, Why?
Are you guys just 4 and 5??
You scored high,...
You scored low,...
You even scored
Without T.O.!
Why, Eagles, Why?
Are you only 4 and 5??

Sunday, November 13, 2005

Darn You, Katey!

So,..I found this game on Katey's Kafe:

Its called Place the State,....

Word of warning,..you need to have a really good mouse to get it right!

My best score was 88%,..with an average being off by 16 miles!

At Ease, Jarheads

The Valour-IT program, designed to raise funds for the purchase of voice-activated computers for disabled soldiers has been completed.

Here at the totals as of the end of the campaign on 11/11:

Donations Funds Average

Marines 209 $19,607.00 $93.81

Air Force 123 $11,114.11 $90.36

Army 258 $23,652.57 $91.68

Navy 223 $23,831.76 $106.87

Unaffiliated 154 $10,128.00 $65.77

An outstanding job done by all!





Saturday, November 12, 2005

Meaningless Meme Time

Hat tip to Hugh Hewitt for this one,...


Friday, November 11, 2005

Bush and the Little Blue Pill

No, Budda, I'm not talking about Scott and Erica,...

HT to Brian B at Memento Moron for the text:

Looks like "W" finally found that organ in his trousers and started thinking with it again. Maybe Harry Reid and his fellow gassholes will finally shut the hell up!

While it is perfectly legitimate to criticize my decision or the conduct of the war, it is deeply irresponsible to rewrite the history of how that war began. Some Democrats and anti-war critics are now claiming we manipulated the intelligence and misled the American people about why we went to war.

These critics are fully aware that a bipartisan Senate investigation found no evidence of political pressure to change the intelligence community's judgments related to Iraq's weapons programs. They also know that intelligence agencies from around the world agreed with our assessment of Saddam Hussein. They know the United Nations passed more than a dozen resolutions citing his development and possession of weapons of mass destruction. Many of these critics supported my opponent during the last election, who explained his position to support the resolution in the Congress this way: 'When I vote to give the President of the United States the authority to use force, if necessary, to disarm Saddam Hussein, it is because I believe that a deadly arsenal of weapons of mass destruction in his hands is a threat, and a grave threat, to our security.' That's why more than 100 Democrats in the House and the Senate, who had access to the same intelligence voted to support removing Saddam Hussein from power.

The stakes in the global War on Terror are too high, and the national interest is too important, for politicians to throw out false charges. These baseless attacks send the wrong signal to our troops and to an enemy that is questioning America's will. As our troops fight a ruthless enemy determined to destroy our way of life, they deserve to know that their elected leaders who voted to send them to war continue to stand behind them. Our troops deserve to know that this support will remain firm when the going gets tough. And our troops deserve to know that whatever our differences in Washington, our will is strong, our Nation is united, and we will settle for nothing less than victory.

Belated B-Day!

This goes out to LCpl David Toms and all of the jarheads keeping us safe and able to post blogs like this!

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Speak English! (An Anti-ACLU Rant)

Giving time over to the Stop the ACLU blogburst:

This past Tuesday, many people were able to exercise their right to vote (preferably for a Republican).

Ever notice a certain twisted dichotomy to our electoral process?

In order to vote, you must be a US citizen, right?
To be a US citizen, you must:

Applicants for naturalization must be able to read, write, speak, and understand words in ordinary usage in the English language. Applicants exempt from this requirement are those who on the date of filing:


have been residing in the United States subsequent to a lawful admission for permanent residence for at least 15 years and are over 55 years of age;

have been residing in the United States subsequent to a lawful admission for permanent residence for at least 20 years and are over 50 years of age; or

have a medically determinable physical or mental impairment, where the impairment affects the applicant’s ability to learn English.

Why, then, are your ballots bilingual (English/Spanish)?

So asks the group, Pro-English.org:

A Nation Divided:
The Consequences of Bilingual Ballots

Five Reasons Why Congress Should Not Renew the Bilingual Voting Provisions of the Voting Rights Act.

(Action Alert: The House Judiciary committee will hold hearings on renewal of the bilingual ballot provisions of the Voting Rights Act. Click here to send a free fax to your congressmen urging them to oppose bilingual ballots.)

1) There is No Justification for Bilingual Ballots & Election Materials

2) Bilingual Ballot Requirements are Arbitrary and Wasteful

3) Bilingual Ballots are an Un-funded Mandate on Local Governments

4) Bilingual Ballots increase the likelihood of Errors and Vote Fraud

5) Bilingual Ballots are a Growing Burden

Good points,..makes you think we "right-thinking" people are in the clear about this, right?

Nope,.Along come the ACLU to ruin any chance of logical thinking coinciding with Constitutional law:

Dear Representative:

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) strongly urges you to vote in favor of a critical civil rights amendment to be offered by Representatives Menendez (D-NJ), DeLauro (D-CT), and Johnson (D-TX) to strengthen the Help America Vote Act of 2001, H.R. 3295. This bill will be considered in the House tomorrow. Should the amendment fail, we urge you to oppose the bill because it would fail to establish uniform standards for voting technology, meaningfully increase accessibility to the ballot box for the disabled and those with limited English proficiency, ensure access to provisional balloting, and provide adequate purge protections.

If that isn't enough, the ACLU pushes the following contradictory rule (that is contradicts the rules of US citizenship):

4. Bilingual Voting Materials Requirement, 42 U.S.C. ' 1973aa-1a
Certain states and political subdivisions are required by 42 U.S.C. ' 1973aa-1a to provide voting materials in languages other than English. While there are several tests for "coverage," the requirement is imposed upon jurisdictions with significant language minority populations who are limited-English proficient and where the illiteracy rate of the language minority is higher than the national rate. Covered jurisdictions are required to furnish voting materials in the language of the applicable minority group as well as in English. Jurisdictions required to provide bilingual election procedures for one or more language minorities include the entire states of California, New Mexico, and Texas, and several hundred counties and townships in Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, and Washington. 67 Fed. Reg. 48872 (July 26, 2002). The bilingual voting materials requirement is scheduled to expire in August 2007.

TrekMedic muses:

Fellow "right-minded" thinkers, we need to have this portion of the Voter's Rights Act of 1965 repealed in 2007! It's contradictory to that which defines us as US citizens, its divides (some would say "Balkanizes") us as a nation, and it further promulgates the ACLU/DNC philosophy of inclusion in a warped Utopian Socialist state!


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Tuesday, November 08, 2005

A Whiskey-Tango-Foxtrot Kinda Moment

OK,..so I'm checking Amazon.com's "recommendations" that are based on my previous purchases and Wish List.

Somehow,..this came up:

70. My Scene Bling Bling Barbie Doll My Scene Bling Bling Barbie Doll
by Mattel
Average Customer Review:
Release Date: October 5, 2005
Our Price: $17.99  

Recommended because you added My War : Killing Time in Iraq to your Wish List (edit)

Yo,..Colby,..something you're not telling me?

Well,...We Know Who Our Friends Are Now!

australia flag

Australia Nabs 17, Claims Foiled Terror Attack
Tuesday, November 08, 2005

SYDNEY, Australia — Australian authorities arrested 17 terror suspects on Tuesday -- including a prominent radical Muslim cleric sympathetic to Usama bin Laden -- and said they had foiled a major terror attack on the country by men committed to "violent jihad."

The Australian Federal Police said the men were arrested in Sydney and Melbourne in coordinated raids that also netted evidence including weapons and apparent bomb-making materials. A prosecutor said the cleric, Abdul Nacer Benbrika -- also known as Abu Bakr -- was the ringleader.

And while we're at it,..give a big hand to the US's chief ally in the Pacific, John Howard!

Monday, November 07, 2005

Can We Send T.O. (O.L.) Here?

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AP) - A 20-year-old soccer fan was hacked to death with a sickle and dozens were arrested after a brutal clash between rival soccer gangs, police said Monday.

Rafick da Silva Cancio was lashed three times with a sickle when a brawl erupted Sunday during a chance meeting of Flamengo and Botafogo fans. Cancio, a fan of Botafogo, died before police arrived to stop the melee.

``It was inhuman,'' officer Delis Prates said in a televised interview.

Sports Shorts

OK,...so Da Iggles got scalped by the 'Skins last night.

But,..this is gonna sound like a GEICO commercial,....they got rid of T.O.!

And,.in another sign that Andy Reid's 50-lb weight loss wasn't all in between his ears, they also re-signed Brian Westbrook to a 5-year contract extension.

And ANOTHER reason to cheer on sports in Philly:

Ryan Howard was named NL Rookie of the Year today!

Now,...it'll be a trifecta if Jimmy Rollins gets the NL MVP!

Sunday, November 06, 2005

More Help for the Marines!

Yeah,..like jarheads NEED help?

Anyway,..hat-tip to FbL over at Fuzzilicious Thinking for this one:

T.O. (O.L.)

(link inserted into post)

Obviously, T.O. went to the Keyshawn Johnson School of Etiquette:

Owens Suspended Indefinitely by Eagles


PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Terrell Owens was suspended indefinitely by the Philadelphia Eagles on Saturday, two days after he criticized the organization for not publicly recognizing his 100th career touchdown catch two weeks ago.

The star receiver apologized Friday in a statement and later on his weekly radio show, but the damage already was done.

The Eagles issued a statement that said Owens was suspended ``for conduct detrimental to the team.'' The team added that it will have no further comment.

Owens' agent, Drew Rosenhaus, refused to comment.

Gimme a T, Gimme an O, Gimme anudda O, Gimme an L,.....

Wait,..save that "L" and give it to the 'Skins tonight!

Thursday, November 03, 2005

Thin-Skinned Liberalism! (Yeah, Again)

So,..I quoted Michelle Malkin's piece about Maryland's Lt. Gov. Steele on DanielUA's blog in response to the passing of Rosa Parks.

My thin-skinned Socialist friend's reply?

"Quoting Michelle Malkin, a racist moron, in a thread about an American civil rights icon, is bringing you close to being banned."

Forget the sophmoric nature of his reply, isn't it just typical of liberals who don't like it when you throw their bulls**t back in their faces?

Like the cartoon on top says "I thought the First Amendment applied to red states,too!"

This post has been linked to the Stop the ACLU trackback party!

Sambo Redux

It wasn't enough that black Democrats harrassed black Republicans, now comes this horror story:

Posted on Thu, Nov. 03, 2005

Residents say beating fits widespread pattern

By Robert Moran, Gaiutra Bahadur and Susan Snyder
Inquirer Staff Writers

The vicious beating of a 13-year-old Liberian boy in Southwest Philadelphia this week has exposed a larger problem of animosity between African Americans and African immigrants, according to community members and school officials.

Police reported no arrests yesterday in the beating of Jacob Gray and were reluctant to label the incident a hate crime, but members of a Liberian community that has grown along Woodland Avenue say the attack fits a widespread pattern.


Kamara said some African Americans perceive the growing African-born community as a threat.

(snip) TrekMedic opines: And that would force the existing "black community" to face the reality that they are puppets to professional protesters like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton.

Orabella Richards, a Liberian businesswoman who instructs African American health-care workers on how to deal with African immigrants, said there is often friction between the two groups.

"There's anger about African immigrants coming here and doing so well," she said. "You see them fixing up their houses, buying cars."

Dixon Koffa Daye, 40, who opened a restaurant on Woodland recently, said he sometimes senses the resentment. "We came here to seek refuge," he said. "Us being here, some people take it as an insult."

The tensions escalate when children become involved, Richards said.


"The worst of all is if you're good in class," said Varney Kanneh, 47, a host on WSKR-FM (97.7) from Liberia, who alleged that some of his children had been harassed and attacked in Philadelphia public schools.

"The immigrants make some of the African American students look bad," Kanneh said, "and they don't want to look bad."


"The kids talk about being called African chimps, African monkeys, sometimes being told to go back to Africa,"


Many families have pulled their children out of the Philadelphia school system as a result of the animosity, said Sam Slewion, a city social worker and a leader of the Liberian Association of Pennsylvania.

TrekMedic's Musings:

I see a trend here that I've been posting about recently (HERE) and (HERE).

Imagine, if you can, roving bands of white children beating black children to within an inch of their lives, calling them names, and generally harrasing them?

How long would that continue before cries of "racism!" echoed across Philadelphia?

How long before the ACLU and the federal government stepped in?

What makes this any different? What makes the idiocy of what happened in Maryland any different?

The phone lines are open,.....

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Wednesday, November 02, 2005

The Sambo Report (Reprint)

(link inserted into the title)

HT to Nickie Goomba for this disturbing report:

Straight from the headlines, here's exactly the kind of unhinged liberal hatred and bigotry against minority Republicans I talk about in my book-- via the Washington Times today:

Black Democratic leaders in Maryland say that racially tinged attacks against Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele in his bid for the U.S. Senate are fair because he is a conservative Republican.

Such attacks against the first black man to win a statewide election in Maryland include pelting him with Oreo cookies during a campaign appearance, calling him an "Uncle Tom" and depicting him as a black-faced minstrel on a liberal Web log.

Operatives for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) also obtained a copy of his credit report -- the only Republican candidate so targeted.

But black Democrats say there is nothing wrong with "pointing out the obvious."

The TrekMedic muses:

Sadly,..Rosa Parks is already spinning in her grave!

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Republicans of Philadelphia - UNITE!

Click HERE for the Philadelphia Republican Meetup Group!

Bush Makes "Right" Choice

OK,..I'm a couple days behind responding to this, but I had a minor medical emergency.

Anyway, President Bush apparently found his testicles and nominated Samuel Alito to replace Justice Sandra Day O'Connor on the SCOTUS bench.

I like him already because:
  • Harry Reid, Chuck Schumer, Barbara Boxer and Nancy Pelosi (who, BTW, doesn't have a dog in this hunt, so should shut her goddamned trap) all have smoke coming from their ears
  • His nickname, for better or worse, is "Scalito;" a reference to his like-mindedness to Justice Antonin Scalia
  • The MSM has already started the mud-slinging, such as the Daily Fishwrapper's Will "My Panties are In a" Bunch calling Alito a draft dodger
  • And finally, those lovably immature Socialists at Young Philly Politics have already started screaming:

"Judge Samuel Alito is as right-wing as they come. He’ll overturn Roe v. Wade, dismantle affirmative action and pretty much destroy any legal protections for workers. If he is confirmed, the progress we have made over the past 50 years will be under attack for as long as he remains on the court. Given the strength of conservatives in the Senate, it seems that that only way to stop this confirmation is in the Judiciary Committee."

And the TrekMedic muses:

And overturning 50 years of judicial mismanagement is a BAD thing? Let's see what we had to deal with in the last 50 years:
  • God has been legislated out of the societal equation
  • Families have been broken up and replaced by a welfare system under the guise of "constitutional entitlements"
  • Immorality has reached an all-time low when we can commit murder-on-demand (abortion), criminals can use guns to commit crime, but the victims can't shoot back, and lying under oath makes you a millionaire!
Yeah,..I can see why the Democrats are soiling their shorts over soon-to-be Justice Alito!