Saturday, August 09, 2008

Do Not Use Whilst Driving

The school district came under attack for a new curriculum that had two features that annoyed the local nuts. It talked about sexual orientation and it talked about condoms. Oh, they had fun with that cucumber! Oh, they were outraged by it all!

As somebody said recently, "It's like these guys take pride in being ignorant."

The CRC blog quoted a web site columnist who said, "At one time, the new curriculum was going to feature information on flavored condoms." It was a favorite talking point, but only off-camera, because everybody knew there was never anything about flavored condoms. It sounded so outrageous they just couldn't help themselves.

Thanks to the great guys at Alternate Brain for this relevant item. Maybe this warning message ought to be added to the MCPS condom video.

Aw, come on, that's funny!


Blogger Unknown said...

I might see your point, but I just can’t see the appeal in a *whiskey flavored* anything… …ok now I get it - they may as well be advertising that they’re cyanide laced, "but make sure not to use them in a moving vehicle".

Ok, yes, now that is funny.

August 11, 2008 8:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

no, this is funny....

I’m voting Democrat because I believe the government will do a better
job of spending the money I earn than I would.

I'm voting Democrat because freedom of speech is fine as long as
nobody is offended by

I'm voting Democrat because when we pull out of
Iraq I trust that the
bad guys will stop what they're doing because they now think we're
good people.

I'm voting Democrat because I believe that people who can't tell us if
it will rain on Friday CAN tell us that the polar ice caps will melt
away in ten years if I don't start driving a Prius.

I'm voting Democrat because I'm not concerned about the slaughter of
millions of babies so long as we keep all death row inmates alive.

I'm voting Democrat because I believe that business should not be
allowed to make profits for themselves. They need to break even and
give the rest away to the government for redistribution as THEY see

I'm voting Democrat because I believe three or four pointy headed
elitist liberals need to rewrite the Constitution every few days to
suit some fringe kooks who would NEVER get their agendas past the

I'm voting Democrat because I believe that when the terrorists don't
have to hide from us over
there, when they come over here I don't want
to have any guns in the house to fight them off with.

I'm voting Democrat because I love the fact that I can now marry
whatever I want. I've decided to marry my horse.

I'm voting Democrat because I believe oil companies' profits of 4% on
a gallon of gas are obscene but the government taxing
the same gallon
of gas at 15% isn't.

August 11, 2008 4:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No, this is funny:

Not long ago, Dr. James Dobson declared that he could not in good conscience cast his vote for Sen. John McCain. He did so in light of the senator's positions on key issues of moral concern, including his support for embryonic stem cell research and his unwillingness to defend the natural family as the basis for the institution of marriage. Now, according to an AP article, Dr. Dobson may be changing his mind.

"Conservative Christian leader James Dobson has softened his stance against Republican presidential hopeful John McCain, saying he could reverse his position and endorse the Arizona senator despite serious misgivings. 'I never thought I would hear myself saying this,' Dobson said in a radio broadcast to air Monday. '... While I am not endorsing Senator John McCain, the possibility is there that I might. … There's nothing dishonorable in a person rethinking his or her positions, especially in a constantly changing political context.'" Citing Barack Obama's extremist positions on these key moral issues, Dr. Dobson says he is now inclined to believe that "he must consider McCain's record against abortion rights and support for smaller government, and added McCain 'seems to understand the Muslim threat.' He also indicated McCain's choice of a running mate will be a factor." (Associated Press, July 21, 2008) The AP articles goes on to report: "Of his new position, Dobson said in the statement to the AP, 'If that is a flip-flop, then so be it.'"

No one can or should deny another the right to change his or her mind in light of new information or a better understanding of the facts. Dr. Dobson may be correct when he cites a "constantly changing political context." However, he presented his opposition to McCain as a matter of conscience, not political calculation. As Dr. Dobson wrote in an essay defending his position of conscience, "Polls don't measure right and wrong; voting according to the possibility of winning or losing can lead directly to the compromise of one's principles. In the present political climate, it could result in the abandonment of cherished beliefs that conservative Christians have promoted and defended for decades. Winning the presidential election is vitally important, but not at the expense of what we hold most dear." ("The Values Test," the New York Times, Oct. 4, 2007) From this perspective, the question is not whether the political facts have changed, but whether there has been a change in the moral truth that should govern conscientious choice. In this respect, the moral facts about both Obama and McCain were clear when Dr. Dobson first declared his position of conscience. Nothing has changed.
--Alan Keyes

August 12, 2008 4:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And this:

"Pseudo-realists believe we can operate in the world alone," said [former Rhode Island Sen. Lincoln] Chafee, referring in not-so-veiled terms to the neoconservative advisors who destroyed the Republican Party's long-standing electoral advantage on foreign policy and defense. "My sense is that the realism of Dwight David Eisenhower and Richard Nixon and Brent Scowcroft and you operate within the confines of international law … and work with allies. I think that is the kind of realism that most Americans agree with, and Obama understands."
Republicans for Obama

August 13, 2008 7:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Former Republican Congressman Jim Leach of Iowa Tuesday endorsed Democrat Barack Obama for president.

The former House member said Obama's platform is one of "old American values that are as much a part of the Republican as the Democratic tradition," ABC News reported.

The Illinois senator's platform is "a call to change," Leach said. "But the change that he so gracefully is articulating is more renewal than departure."

When asked if Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel of Nebraska was planning to endorse Obama, Leach said, "I think we'll wait for Chuck to make that announcement."

Leach made his announcement in a conference call announcing the start of "Republicans for Obama."

Others in the group include former Rhode Island Sen. Lincoln Chafee and Rita Hauser, who served on President George Bush's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board and the President's Intelligence Oversight Board.

Hauser said if likely Republican presidential nominee John McCain, the senator from Arizona, were elected it would mean a "third" term for Bush's policies.

"It's difficult to walk away from your nominee but you have to put your country first," Hauser said.

August 13, 2008 4:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

LAS VEGAS -- The scandal-plagued Republican governor is so politically toxic that few of his party's prominent candidates will be seen with him. The GOP's most powerful state senator survived a tough primary after 36 years of never even facing a credible opponent. And the party may quickly be losing its grip on a state that could be critical to the outcome of the presidential election.

If Republicans are hurting nationally this election year, there may be few places where the pain is quite as acute, or has arrived as quickly, as Nevada, where a confluence of problems has left a once-potent state party in tatters. Just two years ago, Republicans occupied all six statewide constitutional offices. Today, they hold only the posts of governor and lieutenant governor.

Democrats now enjoy a 60,000-voter registration edge in a state where the parties were virtually tied a year ago. The state GOP raised less than one-third of the $1.3 million the Nevada Democratic Party's central committee took in during the first half of 2008. And the Republicans who hold two of the state's three U.S. House seats are in danger of losing them.

August 14, 2008 9:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

McCain’s comments Wednesday to the Weekly Standard’s Stephen Hayes that former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge’s pro-abortion rights views wouldn’t necessarily rule him out quickly found their way into the in-boxes of Christian conservatives. For those who have been anxiously awaiting McCain’s pick as a signal of his ideological intentions, there was deep concern that their worst fears about the Arizona senator may be realized.

August 15, 2008 7:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rocker Jackson Browne is suing John McCain for using his song "Running on Empty" in a campaign ad, but McCain's spokesman says the ad was put together by the Ohio Republican Party, not the campaign. Browne, a well-known activist for liberal causes, is "incensed" that his 1977 song is being used without permission in a commercial that blasts Democrat Barack Obama, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Yesterday, Browne, 59, filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against McCain and the Republican National Committee in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, seeking a permanent injunction prohibiting the use of the song, or any of his other compositions, as well as damages. McCain spokesman Brian Rogers told the Times that the campaign did not sponsor or produce the ad, but Browne's attorney, Lawrence Y. Iser, said they have the right defendants in their sights. "We have sued the Ohio Republican Party as well, and we have been informed and believe that McCain and his campaign were well aware of the ad," Iser said. Browne declined to comment.

August 15, 2008 10:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

World Net Daily reports:

Group tied to al-Qaida backs McCain for prez
'They will do all they can to turn Kosovo into a jihadist camp in the heart of Europe'

Posted: March 02, 2008
9:07 pm Eastern

By Jerome R. Corsi
© 2008 WorldNetDaily

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain has enjoyed strong support from a lobbyist group that backs the Kosovo Liberation Army despite allegations the KLA is a Muslim terrorist group with ties to criminal drug networks and al-Qaida.

The Albanian American Civic League, or AACL, regards the KLA as "freedom fighters," said the AACL's president, former Republican congressman Joe DioGuardi of New York.

They're "not terrorist, like the Serbs and Greeks say," DioGuardi insisted in an interview with WND.

But Islam expert Robert Spencer, editor of the popular website Jihad Watch, contends radical Islam is the driving force behind the Kosovo independence movement.

"There is no excusing the excesses of the Serbs under (former President Slobodan) Milosevic, but there is no denying also that jihadists have been pouring into Bosnia and Kosovo, preparing to use them as a base for jihad activity in Europe – and we have been helping them," Spencer told WND.

Spencer explained that the KLA is directly linked to the Kosovo independence movement.

"When Kosovo independence was declared, thousands of Kosovars gathered in Pristina and chanted, 'KLA!' 'KLA!' Spencer noted. "This was a telling indication of the broad popular support the KLA enjoys."

KLA members, however, continued Spencer, were trained in al-Qaida camps.

"There is little doubt that there are powerful elements in Kosovo who are Islamic supremacist and pro-Sharia (Islamic law)," he said. "They will do all they can to turn Kosovo into a jihadist camp in the heart of Europe."

Spencer pointed out Kosovo is about 90 percent Muslim, and the independence movement has grown by incorporating Albanian Muslims as members and supporters.

"Most of the Albanian Muslims are cultural Muslims who have not been radicalized," he added. "However, the Muslims in the Balkans have been subjected to heavy jihadists infiltration and recruitment for almost two decades now."

Spencer contends McCain, along with the Bush administration, which has recognized Kosovo's independence, "are on the wrong side of the fight … just as American policy in general has been on the wrong side of the Balkans conflict for years."

During the Balkans war in the 1990s, President Clinton committed U.S. troops to fight under NATO command, providing U.S. air support for NATO-directed attacks against the Serbs.

Today, President Bush's and Sen. McCain's support for Kosovo is equally clear.

On Feb. 17, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice announced the U.S. formally recognized Kosovo as a sovereign and independent state, saying, "As Kosovo today begins its life as an independent state, the United States pledges to be its close friend and partner."

McCain, in a written statement prepared for the Munich Security Conference Feb. 7, called on the U.S. and the European Union to recognize Kosovo's independence, saying, "For the first time the region is today poised to move forward, with final status for Kosovo and transitioning continuing responsibilities there to increasing European control – at long last closing the door on the region's painful past."

In April 1999, McCain and Sen. Joe Lieberman, D-Conn., co-sponsored the "Kosovo Self-Defense Act" with the goal of arming the KLA in their battle against the Serbs.

McCain co-sponsored the legislation despite serious concerns voiced at that time in Republican policy forums, warning the KLA was a criminal terrorist organization with ties to al-Qaida and Osama bin Laden.

The U.S. Senate Republican Policy Committee issued a white paper March 31, 1999, concluding the KLA was closely associated with:

"The extensive Albanian crime network that extends throughout Europe and into North America, including allegations that a major portion of the KLA finances are derived from that network, mainly proceeds from drug trafficking; and

Terrorist organizations motivated by the ideology of radical Islam, including assets of Ian and of the notorious Osama bin-Laden – who has vowed a global terrorist war against Americans and American interests."
DioGuardi strongly disagrees with the conclusion.

"The Serbs and the Orthodox Christian church are fighting a medieval battle," DioGuardi said. "To them, anybody who is a Muslim is a problem."

DioGuardi delved into history, arguing the Albanians were also Christians until the Ottoman Turks occupied Albania.

"Albania is the only real friend the United States has in the Balkans," he said. "President Woodrow Wilson after World War I, in 1921, forced Yugoslavia to withdraw from Albania, thus saving Albania as an independent state. Today, Albania has about 600 troops fighting in Iraq with the United States, and Albania has offered to send more."

'Just another Serbian lie'

DioGuardi affirmed the AACL supported McCain in his 2000 presidential campaign and is supporting him in his current bid for the White House.

The Serbian Internet publication,, ran a story Feb. 13, claiming that in the 2000 presidential campaign, McCain accepted contributions from the AACL totaling $1 million from an event at the St. Regis Hotel in midtown Manhattan.

DioGuardi said the $1 million figure "just another Serbian lie."

DioGuardi said the AACL had gotten some 1,000 Albanians to greet McCain's bus on Feb. 11, 2000, when the senator was coming to New York City to hold some fundraising events.

"We wanted to greet Sen. McCain and show him Albanians in New York were behind him in his race to be president," he argued. "We didn't raise $1 million for McCain at any fundraiser that day."

The story included a photograph showing McCain, DioGuardi and a group of Albanian supporters in the St. Regis lobby.

Another photo of the event was published on Justin Raimondo's website,, showing McCain and DioGiardi again with a small group of Albanian supporters.

WND asked if DioGuardi or the Albanian community had raised as much as $1 million for McCain, regardless how many events were involved.

"Not yet," DioGuardi answered.

He admitted to being a top fundraiser for McCain in 2008 and he said he was pledged to raise as much as $100,000 this year for the presidential campaign.

"The Albanian American Civic League also has a PAC, and we have already given the maximum we can give to McCain," DioGuardi affirmed. documents the Albanian American PAC has contributed $5,000 to McCain's 2008 presidential campaign, while making no contributions to any Democratic Party presidential candidate.

"Whenever there is a McCain fundraiser in New York, we notify our members who can write a check and ask them to attend," DioGuardi also admitted.

While FEC records track the employment of campaign contributors, no questions are asked to determine a contributor's interest group affiliation, making it nearly impossible to determine the exact amount contributed by AACL members or loosely affiliated sympathizers.

The AACL's support for the KLA, however, is a matter of public record.

In 1998, the group issued a public declaration, "In Defense of the Albanian National Cause," announcing its support for the KLA., a website that bills itself as the "Home of Albanians Online," currently credits McCain as becoming nationally known in 1999 for advocating NATO bombing of Serbia and suggesting the U.S. should send American troops into Kosovo to support the KLA.

"We support any politician, Republican or Democrat, who understands the problems of the Balkins the way we do," DioGuardi said.

August 17, 2008 8:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As recently as 1998, 13 of New York's 31 House districts were represented by Republicans. Today, just six of 29 seats are in the GOP column (the state lost two seats after the 2000 census), and four of those six are in danger of falling to Democrats in November.

Just west of Walsh's seat, the Buffalo-based 26th District is up for grabs with the retirement of Rep. Thomas M. Reynolds (R). To the south, Rep. John R. "Randy" Kuhl Jr. (R) faces a serious challenge in the 29th District. And on Staten Island -- the only New York City seat in GOP hands -- is perhaps the likeliest in the state to flip, after the retirement announcement of scandal-plagued Rep. Vito J. Fossella (R).

The demise of the GOP in New York has played out in similar fashion across the Northeast. In the 10-state band from Maryland to Maine, Republicans controlled 41 percent of House seats a decade ago. Now they hold 27 percent. In 2006 alone, the GOP lost four seats in Pennsylvania, three in New York and two each in Connecticut and New Hampshire.

Of the 24 Republican-held seats remaining in the Northeast, at least nine could change hands this year. If Rep. Christopher Shays doesn't hold on in Connecticut, New England will be without a GOP House member.

"I think the same thing you saw in the South with Democrats in the '70s and '80s, you're seeing in the Northeast now with Republicans," said Stuart Rothenberg, editor of the nonpartisan Rothenberg Political Report. "What you've seen is that Republicans were successful in the Northeast when they were a more moderate to liberal party."

The demise of House Republicans in the region has mirrored an exodus of GOP centrists from the House. The group that represents that wing of the party, the Republican Main Street Partnership, suffered several losses in the 2006 campaign cycle, and now the 42-member group faces another slew of retirements and potential defeats.

Ten of the 23 House Republicans not running for reelection in November, including Walsh, are members of the Main Street group. Political watchers count at least seven other moderate members as in danger.

Sweetland -- who was a farmer, insurance salesman and chairman of the Onondaga County Legislature before his run for Congress this year -- said moderates in the GOP have suffered in part because they are "lumped in with 'conservative' Republicans."

August 18, 2008 6:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...



LOS ANGELES -- This morning, Brave New Films distributed to its list of 500,000 people a new online video meant to bring attention to John McCain's exorbitant personal wealth. "McCain's Mansions: The Real Elitist" makes the case that McCain's privilege and affluence put him out of touch with the struggles of ordinary working Americans in a recession economy. The video, which features pictures of six of McCain's ten estates, follows on the heels of a mailer with the same message sent by the AFL-CIO to 50,000 retired union members last week."

August 19, 2008 7:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

McCain's Mansions: The Real Elitist

August 19, 2008 7:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Reflections on Leaving the Party
by Susan Eisenhower



I have decided I can no longer be a registered Republican. For the first time in my life I announced my support for a Democratic candidate for the presidency, in February of this year. This was not an endorsement of the Democratic platform, nor was it a slap in the face to the Republican Party. It was an expression of support specifically for Senator Barack Obama. I had always intended to go back to party ranks after the election and work with my many dedicated friends and colleagues to help reshape the GOP, especially in the foreign-policy arena. But I now know I will be more effective focusing on our national and international problems than I will be in trying to reinvigorate a political organization that has already consumed nearly all of its moderate “seed corn.” And now, as the party threatens to trivialize what promised to be a serious debate on our future direction, it will alienate many young people who might have come into party ranks.

My decision came at the end of last week when it was demonstrated to the nation that McCain and this Bush White House have learned little in the last five years. They mishandled what became a crisis in the Caucusus, and this has undermined U.S. national security. At the same time, the McCain camp appears to be comfortable with running an unworthy Karl Rove–style political campaign. Will the McCain operation, and its sponsors, do anything to win?

This week, I changed my registration from Republican to independent. The two political parties as they exist today, and the partisanship that they foster, reflect the many fights of the cold war, the Vietnam era, the post–cold war and the 9/11 periods. Today we are in a different place altogether, where our security as a nation is challenged not just from abroad but also close to home. The energy, health-care and financial crises threaten our national prosperity and well-being, just as surely as any confrontation overseas or an attack by radical terrorists.

As an independent I want to be free of the constraints and burdens that have come with trying to make my own views explainable in the context of today’s party. Hijacked by a relatively small few, the GOP of today bears no resemblance to Lincoln, Roosevelt or Eisenhower’s party, or many of the other Republican administrations that came after. In my grandparents’ time, the thrust of the party was rooted in: a respect for the constitution; the defense of civil liberties; a commitment to fiscal responsibility; the pursuit and stewardship of America’s interests abroad; the use of multilateral international engagement and “soft power”; the advancement of civil rights; investment in infrastructure; environmental stewardship; the promotion of science and its discoveries; and a philosophical approach focused squarely on the future.

As an independent I will now feel comfortable supporting people of any political party who reflect those core values.

It was not easy taking this step, since politics, like religion, is something learned on the knee of one’s parents and grandparents. And like anything else inherited, it is imbedded in one’s own identity. This makes leaving even harder.

But there will be some joy for me in my new status since I will be able to speak for myself, and not as a member of a party that has, sadly, lost its way.

Susan Eisenhower is president of the Eisenhower Group, Inc., and chairman emeritus of the Eisenhower Institute.

August 23, 2008 11:08 AM  

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