Off the net fer a while
Going on a three week trip. Will blog as I am able. Have fun. Be safe. Don't let The Man get you down.
Oh. Sorry. Don't let the "gender neutral oppressive authority figure" get you down.
The reactionary rantings of an unapologetically fanatical right-wing zealot, dedicated to exposing all manner of journalistic malfeasance, philosophical hypcocrisy, and moral incontinence.
Going on a three week trip. Will blog as I am able. Have fun. Be safe. Don't let The Man get you down.
The sad drama of Terri Schiavo is drawing to a close. She is being starved and dehydrated out of a respect for her "rights." One man, a judge, passes sentence, and there is nothing anyone can do. The family cries out in frustration and anger, but their cries are drowned out by Michael Schiavo's grim insistence that Terri be left alone to die. Literally alone, as he bars family members from visiting.
Just a quick nod to one of my favorite sites - Mitchieville.
I would like to lead the way in a movement which calls for the good citizens of the state of Florida to...
"To meet the standard for criminal negligence, the act or omission must show a wanton or reckless disregard for the lives or safety of other persons"malfeasance
"Misconduct or wrongdoing, especially by a public official."negligent homocide
(1) . Negligent homicide is any unlawful homicide which is the result of simple negligence. An intent to kill or injure is not required. (2) Simple negligence. Simple negligence is the absence of due care, that is, an act or omission of a person who is under a duty to use due care which exhibits a lack of that degree of care of the safety of others which a reasonably careful person would have exercised under the same or similar circumstances....and manslaughter
Culpable negligence is a degree of carelessness greater than simple negligence. It is a negligent act or omission accompanied by a culpable disregard for the foresee-able consequences to others of that act or omission. Thus, the basis of a charge of involuntary manslaughter may be a negligent act or omission which, whe viewed in the light of human experience, might foreseeably result in the death of another, even though death would not necessarily be a natural and probable consequence of the act or omission.are good for starters.! How about interfering with a federal subpeona, or
"The Fourteenth Amendment requires due process of law for the deprival of "liberty," just as for deprival of "life," and there cannot constitutionally be a difference in the quality of the process based merely upon a supposed difference in the sanction involved.Any way you slice it, this guy has disgraced his oath of office, and the public trust. If ever there was a legit candidate for impeachment, this guy is top of the list.
As an update to my post on Ann Coulter's article, I'd like to share an experience I had yesterday. I'm currently serving overseas, on a military base. They are conducting an anti-terrorism exercise here. As such, they've got hard-chargin' Marines manning the gates in pairs, with riot shotguns (presumably unloaded, as this IS just an exercise).
One has to wonder if Michael Schiavo's "new" wife/girlfriend/thang has considered filling out HER living will, as well as demanding a fairly ironclad prenup in the event of any tragic and untimely, uh, "accidental brain damage?"
Fox News had this headline today: Over 20 Dead in Mosul Violence. As you read the article, though, you discover that almost all of the 20 were bad guys.
Late Monday, attackers in Mosul, 225 miles northwest of Baghdad, ambushed a convoy carrying security forces officials, including top police chief Brig. Gen. Abu Al-Waled, sparking a gunbattle in front of a main mosque. Police killed 17 militants and captured 14, said Col. Wathiq Ali, deputy police commander.My personal take on these kinds of stories is that it would be more intellectually honest to include such facts in the headline. For example, "17 Enemy Insurgents killed in Mosul " instead of just saying "20 killed in Mosul," which makes it sound like total chaos, with 20 poor Mosulians killed, bodies strewn in the street. While this may or may not be the case, in reality, it was 17 misguided martyrs dashing themselves on the bulwarks of an ever more robust and capable defense force.
Gunbattles broke out Tuesday in the streets of the southern Baghdad neighborhood of Dora, where militants riding in three cars opened fire on people shopping along a main thoroughfare, Interior Ministry officials said. Shopkeepers and residents returned fire, killing three assailants.Git 'er duuuuuun! THAT'S what I'm talking about! I wonder how many drive-bys would happen here if more people fired back?
Well, the Powers That Be in that great state of Florida have decided that Terri Schiavo should be starved to death because, well, her (ex)husband wants her to.
Freeze! I just had my nails done! by Ann Coulter
I think I have an idea that would save money and lives: Have large men escort violent criminals. Admittedly, this approach would risk another wave of nausea and vomiting by female professors at Harvard. But there are also advantages to not pretending women are as strong as men, such as fewer dead people. Even a female math professor at Harvard should be able to run the numbers on this one.Git 'em, girl. Once again, it becomes necessary to state the blindingly obvious in the hope of helping the blindingly clueless to, well, get a clue.
Acknowledging reality wouldn't be all bad for women. For one thing, they won't have to confront violent felons on methamphetamine. So that's good. Also, while a sane world would not employ 5-foot-tall grandmothers as law enforcement officers, a sane world would also not give full body-cavity searches to 5-foot-tall grandmothers at airports.Whirred, sistah.
Who knew? Freedom is a beautiful thing.
Patterico's Pontifications is running a great series of blarticles on the McCain-Feingold, the FEC and political blogging. If this stuff doesn't water yer bowels, then you clearly don't understand what's coming down the tracks, or you could care less about freedom of speech.
Brainster's Blog has a great piece highlighting some of the finer points of blogging and getting quality traffic. Definitely worth a read for the serious blogosophizer.
Did anyone notice at what point the Liberal Loonies stopped using the phrase "a government establishment of religion" and switched to the watered down version of "a government endorsement of religion?" Perhaps this was the result of the fact that, after a while, even the wackiest moonbat had to sheepishly admit, if only to hisorher self, how utterly preposterous it was to suggest that a prayer before a football game or a religious icon on a government building equated to the establishment of a national religion, mandated by federal law.
I love this site. The Doc has a scathing, dare I say caustic wit, and a unique talent for poking fun at the ridiculous and just plain stupid. Highly Recommended.
Deacon over at PowerLine has a great post on the rising role of blogging and media. Check it out.
Maralyn Lois Polak - a name that just screams for some deeply politically incorrect gerrymandering. She's the columnist you "enjoy" reading in much the same way those wacked gothic druid wannabees "enjoy" hanging themselves from the basement ceiling by meathooks.
"...going door-to-door collecting gossip and trivia about job candidates when they could be, you should pardon the expression, pursuing more important issues like, um, the so-called War on Terror our country is, um, waging. "Okay sweets, lemme clue you in on something: that is precisely what the aforementioned Marshall was doing.
"wintry cabbage stew strewn with succulent chunks of something suspiciously resembling smoky meat. "Really cuts to the crux of the matter, doesn't it?
White land grab policy has failed, Mugabe confesses
President Robert Mugabe confessed yesterday that millions of acres of prime land seized from Zimbabwe's white farmers are now lying empty and idle.Apparently, old Land-grab Mugabe has just about run his country into the ground. His oh-so-enlightened policy of taking established and productive white farmers' lands at gunpoint, and giving it to inexperienced black non-farmers with no investment capital, has turned out -- lo and behold -- to be a really, really bad idea.
Mr Mugabe said this was the price that Zimbabwe would have to pay to redress the wrongs of the British colonial era, which left much of the best land in white hands. He claimed that the seizures would boost production and benefit millions of blacks.And so how's that working out so far?
The Commercial Farmers' Union said that Zimbabwe grew only 850,000 tonnes of maize last year, not enough to meet domestic demand. In 1999, the last year before the land grab began, Zimbabwe grew 1.5 million tonnes. Then, Zimbabwe also earned about £263 million from tobacco exports. Last year, production had fallen by more than 70 per cent and earnings were down to £77 million.Ah, the blistering clarity of hindsight.
The new farmers are unable to raise bank loans because their properties are formally owned by the government and they have no individual title deeds. Without loans, they cannot buy seed, fertiliser or farming equipment and the regime has broken a pledge to supply them with tools.Well no shit, sherlock. I think it would be uniquely valuable for a broad slice of American socialist liberals to take a good long gander at the way Marxism has panned out in Zimbabwe. Collective farming under centralized government lien-holding and the "equitable distribution of wealth" without regard for ability or desire to actually USE THE LAND FOR FARMING. Everyone is equal now...equally between a rock and a hard place.
Grounded: Millionaire John Gilmore stays close to home while making a point about privacy
He's unable to travel because he refuses to present a government-approved ID
Gilmore is asking just how much citizens are giving up when they hand their driver's licenses to a third party, in this case an airline, where it is put into a database they cannot see, to meet a law that, as it turns out, they are not allowed to read.
When Congress passes a law, it is as often as not up to some agency to decide what that law means and how to enforce it. Usually, those regulations are available for people to examine, even challenge if they conflict with the Constitution.
This wasn't the case when Congress passed the Air Transportation Security Act of 1974. The Department of Transportation was instructed to hold close information that would "constitute an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy" or "reveal trade secrets" or "be detrimental to the safety of persons traveling in air transportation."
When the responsibility for air travel safety was transferred to the newly created Transportation Safety Administration, which was in turn made a branch of the new Department of Homeland Security, the oversight for Sensitive Security Information went with it. The language in the Homeland Security Act was broadened, subtly but unmistakably, where SSI was concerned.
It could not be divulged if it would "be detrimental to the security of
transportation." "By removing any reference to persons or passengers, Congress has significantly broadened the scope of SSI authority," wrote Todd B. Tatelman, an attorney for the Congressional Research Office. Tatelman was asked by Congress last year to look at the implications of Gilmore's case.
Scary but true. Try to rent a hotel room without a credit card and driver's license. No more signing Mr & Mrs. John Smith in the hotel register.