Friday, July 23, 2004

Salon.com rebutts "Terror in the Skies..."

Here's a counter rant from Salon.com about the story titled "Terror in the Skies, Again?"


This guy is a pilot, he claims, yet he shows no mercy for passenger Ann Jacobsen or the crew of Northwest flight 327. His tirade accuses her and fellow passengers of experiencing an "emotional meltdown", and he further insults her personally with remarks like "worst grade-school prose" and "mindless hysterics and bigoted provocation." After ridiculing her, he starts his next paragraph with "Now, in fairness to Jacobsen..." Ya right. This rant is anything but.

Mr. Smith tips his liberal elitist hand in the next sentence when he says "She speaks of seven of the men standing in unison, a moment that, if unembellished, would have even the most culturally open-minded of us wide-eyed and grabbing our armrest."

Even as he concedes that the situation to virtually anyone with a pulse bore some attention to say the least, he still can't help digging a little more by adding "if unembellished", all the while claiming himself to be the "most culturally open-minded of us".

His "culturally open-minded" attitude and tone make it clear he would have been one of the first to have let one of those 19 highjackers claiming to be a pilot come in and sit in the jump seat in the cockpit without so much as raising an eyebrow. His words would drone on, touting how ridiculous it is to fear the Arab boogeyman, until he was stopped in mid-sentence by the glass in the windshield of his plane melting around his ears as the plane enters a building at 350 MPH.

Yes, these were apparently harmless musicians. We all know that. Now. Hindsight is perfect 20/20. And when you know the facts it's obvious to see she reacted unnecessarily. But that is in hindsight.

But she wasn't operating in hindsight. Her, her husband, other passengers and the crew were working in real-time. And the movements and actions of those 14 Syrians should have raised a red flag of attention. Not hysteria. Not drama. But at least awareness. And it did. From what I gather there was more than one Air Marshall on that flight. Unless we have developed a plethora of Air Marshals flying the 'friendly skies', that tells me that someone may have thought something was up before that flight ever left the ground. (Perhaps we haven't been told the whole story.)

Mr. Smith makes excuses for their standing en masse around the restrooms, as if they are to be excused for being unaware of in-flight rules.

As I understand it, it was not Jacobsen that called the Federal Welcoming Committee that was waiting for them when the plane landed. If this was all a crock and was so overblown, why were they there? Why isn't your rant against the Feds for trying to avert a potential disaster, Mr. Smith?

Or is your rant against the media for hyping the story? ('Plane Scare! Film at 11') Again, you can find fault here, but I don't think it's Jacobsen that's at fault.

Yes, pre-screening would have found that they were musicians. So what? Pre-screening, if it was widely known that that security measure had been put in place, would probably have found that the 19 9/11 highjackers (or the next 19 highjackers) were students, businessmen, and maybe even innocent musicians who were not on any terrorist list.

A TERRORIST IS NOT A TERRORIST UNTIL HE BLOWS SOMETHING UP.

Up until that moment he's just a guy (quite possibly with a funny accent, olive skin, maybe a little nervous, who might even play a musical instrument.)


What would you have everyone do, Mr. Smith, sit and wait until 14 innocent-looking young Arab passengers pull out box cutters and put them to the throats of passengers and stewardesses? Then you could say "Aha! You might be a terrorist!" Big Whoop.

We should be not looking for "terrorists". They're already easy enough to spot. They're the ones holding guns, box cutters or other various and sundry weapons up to the necks of the closest stewardess.

No, what we should be looking for are people who could be terrorists. Fortunately, most of us don't work for Norman Mineta so we can scruitinize more than two Arabs at a time. Behavior as described by Jacobsen certainly meets the logical criteria I would apply to what to look for. If it turns out to be nothing, fine. Better to be wrong than dead.

The argument that profiling is stupid because Muslim radicals and Syrian nationals come in different flavors and colors is another rant and is totally unrelated to his original rant. (Personally, I think he just wants to rant).

The fact is, 100% of the 19 highjackers, as well as most highjackers from previous highjackings were dark, olive-skinned, young Arabs. My money's on watching the Arabs. If and when they can recruit another flavor to do their bidding then we'll watch them too, but in the meantime let's focus on the obvious.

Smith finally dissolves into a rambling fit of rage so far that his arguments are no longer worth arguing. This is about the time they come and haul him away in the white suit with the funny sleeves. And after it all, we find that apparently this fit was just a ruse to plug his own book.

I don't think the point was to "remain frightened and draconian at all costs", as Smith suggests. I think the message is to be vigilant. Be aware. As time passes, for most of us the horror and the pain of what happened on September 11 tends to fade. We return to being complacent. We want to get back to "normal". Hell, before you know it, Mr. Smith and some of his fellow pilots will be allowing Arabs claiming to be pilots to ride in the jump seats in the cockpits again.

But we can't be complacent. There's a war on. A war of survival. And we know who the enemy is. And it is a testament to being the greatest, most free nation on Earth that we allow some of them to walk among us. There is nothing wrong with being aware and noting odd behavior, especially when they fit the PROFILE of so many previous highjackers. And if innocent Arab travelers are not as dumb as a board they understand that they are likely to be under closer scrutiny than ever because of their heritage or nationality. It's an unfortunate consequence, but it's a fact. Get over it.

As for Mr. Smith, well I wouldn't say that I would never fly with whatever airline he works for, but he certainly opened my eyes to the fact that there are some plain old dumb-ass pilots out there flying planes.

I think I'll just keep my ass on the ground.

Larry

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Terror in the Skies, Again?

Terror in the Skies, Again?

Two plusses and a minus? What gives?

It appears to me that the first article below was written by a woman (Ann Jacobsen) who has her wits about her, and her and her husband were making observations of obviously unusual behavior aboard a flight. Further, the Washington Times has picked up a separate incident and is saying these really could be 'dry runs' by would-be terrorists.

A quick search of Google for "terrorist dry run" or "terrorist dry runs" found about 1,000 entries. Now, I didn't go read them all, and it appears a goodly number of them, blogs and such, are all talking about this same article. But the topic is at least a legitimate one. SOMEBODY ought to be asking the questions! Wait 'till some of those bastards grab the next plane. Surely it will be 'Bush's fault'. (Come to think of it, it WILL be Bush's fault for not firing Mineta a long time ago.)

Still, I find it strange that there was apparently more than one Air Marshall on that flight. As thin as they're stretched trying to randomly cover all flights, having more than one on a plane strikes me as odd. Was something already afoot that we're not being told?

It's possible these guys were just toying with people, being 'funny' by acting 'suspicious' on purpose. If so, maybe they're all hovered around a PC somewhere laughing their ass off right now at all the chatter they've caused. Who carries their Big Mac to the toilet otherwise?

On the otherhand, what if this was a dry run? Maybe not so much as a bomb making test run, but a 'media awareness' test run. Maybe they were being intentionally obvious so as to be sure to be noticed. Testing to see how far they could push the envelope. Checking to see the followup media reports, the government reaction and the airline response. Surely they wouldn't send out their first string for a test run of this sort. Even if they really were innocent musicians, this data is still usable information by terrorist plotters.

On the other otherhand, isn't Syria listed as a "Terrorist-sponsoring state"? Does the attitide of 'Oh, they're just musicians?... go head' strike you as just a little niave? What do you think they're going to put on the Questionaire? Occupation: TERRORIST. You think maybe they're going to walk down the isle introducing themselves 'Hi, I'm a terrorist.'

Come on people, we're at WAR here. This is serious stuff.


So why does Snopes discount this story as "False"? While the Syrian band members were apparently not terrorists, the story is still valid. Jacobsen never said they were terrorists. She only said she observed unusual behavior by "Middle Eastern men".

Make a note: EVEN A TERRORIST IS NOT A TERRORIST UNTIL HE BLOWS SOMETING UP. Up until that moment he's just a guy (quite possibly with a funny accent, olive skin, maybe a little nervous, who might even play a musical instrument.)

We should be not looking for "terrorists". They're already easy enough to spot. They're the ones holding guns, box cutters or other various and sundry weapons up to the necks of the closest stewardess.

No, what we should be looking for are people who could be terrorists. Fortunately, most of us don't work for Norman Mineta so we can scruitinize more than two Arabs at a time. Behavior as described by Jacobsen certainly meets the logical criteria I would apply to what to look for. If it turns out to be nothing, fine. Better to be wrong than dead.

I had come to rely on snopes as being an impartial voice of reason, researching rumors and either confirming or discounting them. But this one is not a rumor. It apparently happened. It appears that the 14 Syrians were checked out and cleared, however, Jacobsen's premise is chilling: If 19 guys can learn to fly planes, certainly 14 can learn to play musical instruments. No? Just because they weren't pre-listed on the latest terrorist list doesn't mean they aren't.

The airlines and the TSA had better wise up. I've flown several times since 9/11/01 and I feel less safe now than I ever did before. To be fair, I'm sure there are many dedicated and hard-working TSA employees who are trying to make a difference. But I've also seen some sleep-walking doosies. The bottom line is, I have no confidence that these folks in the check-in counters are really accomplishing much.

I will drive whenever possible.


Terror in the Skies, Again? - WomensWallStreet

Part II: Terror in the Skies, Again? - WomensWallStreet

Scouting jetliners for new attacks - The Washington Times: Nation/Politics - July 22, 2004

Michelle Malkin: I BELIEVE THE JACOBSENS -- July 19, 2004

Urban Legends Reference Pages: Politics (Terror in the Skies)


Something big [and bad] is coming, says CIA director
Something big [and bad] is coming, says CIA director -- July 15, 04

Waiting for the big bang...

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Tuesday, July 20, 2004

WILSON LIED! Bush was right!!

I'll bet you a dozen Krispy Kremes you won't see this on the CBS News with Dan Rather or any of the other Democrat Party wanks who touted Wilson's claims at the top of their lungs ad nauseum just a few short months ago.


Yellowcake twists - The Washington Times - July 20, 2004

Welcome to anncoulter.com! -- July 14, 2004

How a serial liar suckered Dems and the media -- July 18, 2004





Seattle Times
Yellowcake twists
Washington Times, DC -;-By Jack Kelly. Joseph C. Wilson IV's shattered credibility illustrates much of what is wrong with the CIA, and with "mainstream" journalism. ...

BUSH CLAIM ON URANIUM IN NEW FLUX - Buffalo News
Bush's uranium claim gets support - Pioneer Press (Subscription)
The Wilson-Plame Affair (Cont'd) - Washington Post
Chicago Sun Times - Minneapolis Star Tribune (subscription) - all 290 related »


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Saturday, July 10, 2004

KERRY'S CAMPAIGN SLOGAN PROMOTES COMMUNISM?

Ok, if I were to go around telling people (and I have) that Communism didn't just dry up and blow away when the Iron Curtain fell, that it still lives in the hearts and minds of many people right here in America, most folks would look at me like they just discovered I was part of that 'Vast Right-wing Conspiracy' thing.

But someone finally called a spade a spade. Here it is in black and white. This reminds me of the story of the "Emporer Who Has No Clothes". Everyone was afraid to say anything. I think many people know that the Democrat Party has been largely taken over by the communist theology, but they are afraid to say it. We use euphamisms like 'Liberal' and 'Progressive', instead of calling socialism what it is: communism.

My friends, that's not the America I want. I don't want to be beholden to the government for every move I make throught my day. That's not freedom. As as Americans get older and become more successful and are able to reap and enjoy the rewards of our years of hard work, I'm damned if some president or senator is going to call me a lazy, fat-cat who really doesn't need all that money. I don't accept that we need them to take our money and spend it where they think it needs to be spent.

Let America Be America Again, all right. But NOT under Communist Rule!



Op/Ed - William F. Buckley   CAMPAIGN SLOGAN FOR KERRY

Wed Jun 2, 8:02 PM ET         By William F. Buckley Jr.


John Kerry has been in search of a line or two of American poetry to suggest the challenge ahead, most especially his role in it. There has been much effort on the matter by his staff, and they finally came up with what they were looking for. According to Kathleen Hall Jamieson, "an expert on political messages" quoted by The New York Times, the line the Kerry campaign was searching for had to have resonance with Americans who believe the country is being taken in the wrong direction. As Ms. Jamieson analyzes the line, "It suggests someone's hijacked the country, without being a frontal attack."

The line was first tried out by Kerry in Topeka, Kan., on the 50th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, and it seemed to glimmer on the candidate's lips, auguring a robust future. So Mr. Kerry used it again a few days later, and now it is being given very serious attention. The line is, "Let America be America again."

That phrase has something going for it. It was written by an American Negro poet, Langston Hughes (1902-1967). It is thought, in Kerryland, to be at once celebratory, poignant and galvanizing. "America" is cited, implicitly the paradise to which one should aspire, a great land that lies there waiting for us deep in coils of a lapsed American idealism, waiting to be revived by an inspired new champion.

But research on the phrase is not enjoined for the community that will sing it forth. The reason for that is that Langston Hughes wrote the poem
"<a href="http://www.poets.org/poems/poems.cfm?prmID=1473">Let
America be America Again</a>" in 1938, and it is not easy to summon to mind which America he was calling on his countrymen to restore, to be America again. There was little about America for the American Negro to celebrate in 1938 -- unless you are willing to accept the proposition of George Washington Carver. Mr. Carver, scientist and philosopher, the son of a slave, said that American blacks had this to celebrate: that they had been plucked from African forests, brought to America, and baptized into the liberating faith of Christianity, which was the springboard for their emancipation. But Mr. Carver is not widely hailed by black Democratic progressives, the judgment on him being that he was too submissive to a culture that still practiced Jim Crow.

Langston Hughes, if he is in fact to emerge as the poet of the Democratic Party, will have to be bowdlerized. "Let America be America again" is a line from one poem Mr. Hughes wrote, and its vagueness is useful. But Hughes was not vague. And as for George Washington Carver's celebration of Christianity, Langston Hughes was, well, skeptical, as in the poem "Goodbye Christ" (1932):

"Listen, Christ,

"You did alright in your day, I reckon --

"But that day's gone now.

"They ghosted you up a swell story, too,

"Called it Bible --

"But it's dead now."

That exegesis of Langston Hughes would puzzle Democratic delegates in Boston in July, vibrant with life and mission. And it wasn't just that Langston Hughes had had a one-night stand with skepticism, along the way to capturing the need to let America be America again. No, Mr. Hughes had a very specific view about history, and his view was clear on the question of which historical road America should travel:

"Goodbye,

"Christ Jesus Lord God Jehovah,

"Beat it on away from here now.

"Make way for a new guy with no religion at all --

"A real guy named

"Marx Communist Lenin Peasant Stalin Worker ME.

Langston Hughes was asking America to "be America again," meaning, not an America that history had known and chronicled, but an America realizable in a new and different vision. The land of Marx and Lenin and Stalin. 


Mr. Kerry's campaign team is going to have serious homework to do before introducing Langston Hughes as the poet laureate of the Democratic Party in 2004.




This is what Rush said about that:


Rush Is Right: Communism Lives in the Democratic Party?
June 30, 2004


Listen to Rush…
(...discuss Kerry, Hillary and their use of communist philosophy in this campaign)

BEGIN TRANSCRIPT

RUSH: All right, everybody is e-mailing me. They've been going to the Drudge
Report home page and they're seeing that Drudge has talked to some high-ranking
muckety-muck in Washington who says it's Hillary as Kerry's VP. It's a done
deal, and it "answers every Kerry problem." (story)
The thing I'm surprised about? I didn't think Kerry had any
"problems." I was reading the ABC website The
Note
, and they've got a list of bullet points today, and one of the bullet
points is the Democrats think the election is in the bag. It's over! If they
think it's over and in the bag, what do they need to put Hillary up there for to
solve every problem Kerry has. What does that say, that Hillary solves every
problem Kerry has? But anyway, that's the scuttlebutt. That's the speculation
going around. Howard Dean also says
that
he has been appointed to the committee to help find a vice president,
which sort of contradicts the... I don't know. It's just a mess.

Here's the thing, the first thing that struck me -- and I want you to be sitting
down for this, some of you libs out there. The first thing that struck me, and I
don't know why, but I'm going to trust my instincts here. My instincts have
gotten me everywhere I've been, and the first thing that struck me was this. For
some reason, I flashed back when I first read this Drudge story today. I flashed
back to the Reagan funeral week, and I remembered how everybody was praising
Reagan -- me, too, I mean, I'm not disputing that this is factual -- everybody
praising Reagan for ending the Soviet Union, for defeating the Soviet
Union and ending the Cold War. Then, my thoughts went to Langston Hughes, the
poet that the candidate, John Kerry, is quoting all over the place. "It's
time to let America be America again," and if you missed yesterday's
program, we had a great column
by William F. Buckley, Jr., in which he quoted fully from the poem in which that
little line is taken, and it proves conclusively that Langston Hughes was an
anti-religious, anti-Christian, Marxist-Leninist.


So you've got a Democratic presidential nominee quoting from a poem written in the 1930s that is anti-America and pro-communist, Marxist-Leninist, what have
you. All right. So follow me on this. So we've got the Democrat nominee openly
quoting communist poets, and trying to misrepresent (laughing). Well, how else
would you say it? Quoting communist poets who -- with this one line, "let
America be America," and it sounds great. "Let America be
America." You put it in the context Langston Hughes meant it, he wanted an
America that was godless, with no religion, certainly no Christianity, and was
Marxist, Leninist and so forth. So there's Kerry with that. Then we go to this
little be of Mrs. Clinton, and we all know that Mrs. Clinton, we heard what she
said in San Francisco.
(story)
She told fat-cat Democrats you might have enjoyed your tax cut -- I'm
paraphrasing now -- but you be prepared because we're going to take that away
from you "for the common good."

That's right off the communist manifesto. "From each according to his
(ability), to each according to his needs," or some such thing. So my point
is this, folks. We may have defeated the Soviet Union and we may have ended the
Cold War, but the Soviet Union succeeded while it was around in planting a bunch
of, uh...seeds, if you will, that have sprouted into adult Democrats. So
while we got rid of the Soviet Union, we haven't gotten rid of communism yet.
(Laughing.) It resides in the Democratic Party! (Laughing.) I mean, this is what
flashed before me. So this is the ticket. They're thinking -- I mean, if the
scuttlebutt in Washington is correct, we've got an all-communist ticket. What's
the difference? Liberalism, socialism -- you got the nominee quoting a
pro-communist poet. You've got Mrs. Clinton rewriting the communist manifesto
out in San Francisco. You look at her health care plan and one of the reasons it
bombed out is because it was based totally on that philosophy. So bring it on.
(Laughing.) This ticket, if it happens, does not bother me. None of these people
are going to intimidate me.


END TRANSCRIPT


Read the Articles...


(Drudge Report: VP Hillary; Speculation Intensifies in Washington)
(ABCNews: The Note: What Don Evans Thinks About While He Shaves Each Morning)
(NRO: A Campaign Slogan for Kerry)


 


Thursday, July 08, 2004

WorldNetDaily: The congressmen who want U.N. observers in U.S. vote

Can you believe these 9 idiots?

Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-Texas, Julia Carson of Indiana; Jerrold Nadler, Edolphus Towns, Joseph Crowley and Carolyn B. Maloney, all of New York; Raul Grijalva of Arizona, Corrine Brown of Florida, Elijah E. Cummings of Maryland, Danny K. Davis of Illinois and Michael M. Honda of California.

How can someone so stupid become a US Congressman? Do these morons even have a clue about the historical record of voter padding, vote box tampering and ballot stuffing that the Democrats have done in years past? Even in the 2000 elections they were handing out packs of cigarettes to the homeless to bribe them to vote, and had voter drives among the prison population. (WorldNetDaily: Just your average Democrat donors)

That's not to suggest or equate what happened in 2000 with corruption. The corruption was that Gore wanted to cherry pick certain democrat counties to recount. I wouldn't have had a problem if he had demanded a recount of the entire state. But he didn't. He tried to skew the election in his favor by choosing only the most democrat-laden areas to recount. Can someone please tell me what would have been fair about that?

And that hanging chad nonsense was sheer lunacy. If someone is so pathetically inept that they can't punch a hole in a piece of paper, what possible value could their vote be anyway? I'm about sick to death of hearing about the "disenfranchised". 98% of the idiots using the word have no clue what it means. They just saw it on the Democrat Talking Point Memo. No one was deprived of their right to vote. They could walk in, get a ballot, poke a hole in it, or mark it or whatever flavor they do with it in their district and turn it in. If they can't handle the process due to their own stupidity, that's their fault. That is not disfranchisement.

Every one of these pathetic human beings in Congress that signed that letter to the U.N. should be severely reprimanded by the Congressional Leadership for overstepping their authority, and embarrassing the entire country. Not to mention their act of High Treason that Joseph Farah accuses them of. Anyone in their districts with an ounce of "America" in them will vote these communist bastards out.

WorldNetDaily: The congressmen who want U.N. observers in U.S. vote -- July 7, 2004

WorldNetDaily: Treason in Congress -- July 7, 2004

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Teen sentenced for threatening the President

Will 90 days rehabilitate this bozo? Keep his name in mind. It's possible it will surface again.

Newsday.com - AP Regional


Teen sentenced for threatening president
July 6, 2004, 2:21 PM EDT

OSWEGO, N.Y. -- A high school student who admitted sending an e-mail threat to the White House in November was sentenced Tuesday to 90 days in the county jail.

John Fellows, 17, of Oswego, pleaded guilty in March to one count of second-degree harassment and faced a maximum penalty of up to a year in jail for the misdemeanor.

Fellows admitted he sent a message threatening to blow up the White House from a computer at Oswego High School, 35 miles northwest of Syracuse. The Secret Service investigated and traced the message to him, and Fellows was arrested Dec. 16.

Fellows told police he used another student's account to send the message because he wanted to get back at her after a dispute in class.

"I'm going to blow up the White House and kill you and your family," Fellows said he wrote. "You're a stupid peace (sic) of (excrement) and deserve to Die!!!"

By pleading guilty to the state charge, Fellows avoided federal charges, which could have been punishable by up to five years in prison.

His case was sealed as a youthful offender, which means his record will be clear if he completes the sentence without incident.


Copyright © 2004, The Associated Press

Wednesday, July 07, 2004

Purveyors of Classism

This from this week's Federalist (The Federalist - Current Edition):

This week's "Purveyor of Classism" Award: "The so-called economic recovery has left millions of workers behind, and...low-income workers have been left the farthest behind. The federal minimum wage hasn't been increased since 1997. It's current level of $5.15 an hour keeps millions of hard-working families below the poverty line. It's long past time for Congress to act. No one who works for a living should have to live in poverty." --Ted Kennedy **We know you'll be disappointed to hear it, but Socialism just doesn't work, Teddy.

1. What in thee hell does Ted Kennedy know about a) poverty, or b) what it's like to be "hard-working"??? He's never worked a day in his born-with-a-silver-spoon-in-his-mouth life. He's never wanted for anything material.

2. The Federal Minimium Wage Law does more to PROMOTE poverty than it ever has done to END poverty. I don't care how high you raise the bottom rung on the ladder of success, IT'S STILL GOING TO BE THE BOTTOM RUNG. Re-read Teddy's statement: "It's [sic] current level of $5.15 keeps millions of hard-working families below the poverty line." What a load of crap!

Nothing, no one, no law, no rule of any kind in this country keeps anyone poor! Nothing, no one, no law, no rule of any kind forces anyone to work for the minimum wage.

Tell me (please!) do you know of anyone who is working for $5.15 an hour? It's a cinch Teddy or John Kerry don't know anyone either. No one worth an ounce of grits would stay at a $5.15 job for more than 20 minutes before either a) demanding a raise (after proving yourself), or b) quitting and moving on to another job.

I know several small business owners besides ourselves and we just can't find people -- people that you'd want working for you, like people who bathe, etc -- that will work for $5.15 an hour.

By promoting the myth that somehow the minimum wage is supposed to be adequate to support a family of four, pay for a nice house and a nice car, not to mention a nice TV and of course a nice computer, the Democrats actually do more harm than good. Instead of encouraging people to get a better education (vouchers, Hello???), seek more training or just improve their people skills and personal attitude by reading more positive books, they create an atmosphere of class envy. 'Hey, he's got more than me! The gubbamint should make him pay me more!'

After dropping out of high school, my first job outside the home was a busboy/dishwasher in a restaurant for $1.50/hr plus whatever the waitresses tipped me for bussing their tables. Within a month I moved up to night cook for $2.50/hr. Before long I was doing the breakfast shift for $3.00. I left that job after 3 years because they wouldn't give me a 9 cent raise. I had a wife and a kid by that time. I moved to another job driving a bread truck for $3.09. I stayed there 4 1/2 years and got a annual raise, but I realized that job was going nowhere so I quit and went back to school. I got a 2 year degree and turned that into an engineering job at a large aerospace company in 1981 for $9/hr. With annual raises and promotions, when I left that job I was making just over $20/hr.

My point is not to tell you my life story. The point is, nowhere in that scenario did it ever occur to me to stay at $1.50/hr for the rest of my life and whine to the gubbamint that I wasn't making enough money. It never ocurred to me to blame the gubbamint for "keeping me in poverty". Hell, I didn't even know was IN poverty! All I know was I wasn't going to stay where I was. (As my Mom used to say 'There's nowhere to go but up!')

The whole basis of freedom in this country is having the liberty to pull yourself up, change jobs, change careers as often as you want to, without the gubbamint forcing you to work in this mine or on that road crew.

If you're making $5.15 an hour it's because that's what you're worth, plain and simple (you might even be worth less, but the law makes your boss pay you at least that!). If you want to make more, then make yourself worth more, either by working harder, improving your education or skills, or doing whatever it takes to make you more valuable to your employer or in the marketplace. The Federal Minimum Wage Law -- WHATEVER AMOUNT IT'S SET AT -- should be taken as an insult to every working American. You should be outraged that our gubbamint sees fit to determine what your value is in the marketplace is. That is for you to determine! Not the likes of John Kerry or Ted Kennedy.

John Edwards "Two Americas" mantra is a crock. "One America pays the taxes, while another America gets the tax breaks."

Well he's got that right, sort of, but not in the way he intended. 50% of the lowest-income Americans (who pay Federal taxes at all) account for only 4% of the tax burden. Did you get that? In other words, the top half, anyone who earns at or above the national average income contibutes 96% of Federal Income tax revenues. (Source: Top 50% of Wage Earners Pay 96.03% of Income Taxes)

So while 50% of the workers are paying 96% of the taxes, the no/low-income Americans who benefit from various forms of welfare and other public assistance are reaping the tax breaks! (i.e., "tax breaks"; receiving government services and benefits without paying for them).

So where is this "Middle class" the Democrats keep pointing to? They're all in the 50% or higher category! The reason people like Kerry, Kennedy and JohnJohn Edwards can't see it is because they're sitting on such a huge pile of money they need binoculars to even see the middle class!

No John, there is only one America on the entire planet. And if you can't even get that right from the git go, how in the world are you ever going to get anything else right?

In the one America there is unbounded opportunity, unlimited possibilities and endless chances to be successful, support yourself, raise a family and make your mark in society. But you have to go get it. You have to make it happen. No one is (or should) be just handing it to you. No one is keeping you in poverty, except the Democrats who feel they are your shepherd and you are their sheep.

Larry

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Sunday, July 04, 2004

Jesse Jackson to NASCAR: 'Negroes Can Drive Cars Fast' -- 07/01/2004

Sorry Jesse, stolen cars don't count.

Ok, sorry that was bad. But funny.

Seriously, Jackson talks like NASCAR is a Big Bad Corporation that simly isn't hiring enough blacks. I don't think they work that way, Jesse. Why don't you put sponsor a Rainbow/Push Coalition car with a driver of your choice who can "drive fast" and go win some races? You see, to be a player in NACASR requires someone who ACTUALLY PRODUCES SOMETHING. That would be a totally foreign concept to you.

Jesse Jackson to NASCAR: 'Negroes Can Drive Cars Fast' -- 07/01/2004

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Saturday, July 03, 2004

They're Coming for You, Abu

>From a Marine officer on the Iraqi warfront with Jihadistan...

(This is an open letter to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, "Islamic
Response," and the rest of the so-called al-Qa'ida "insurgents"
in Iraq and elsewhere.  We don't have an e-mail address for these
swine -- though we are closing in on their snail-mail address,
but we are forwarding this letter to Federalist Patriots around the
world in the hope you good people will forward it to as many other
Patriots as possible to rally prayer and support for our fellow
Marine, Cpl. Wassef Ali Hassoun.  Should these al-Qa'ida pigs
spill his blood, we want them to rest assured that the contents
of this letter will eventually be nailed to their foreheads. Thank
you for your assistance.)


To al-Qa'ida terrorists in Iraq:

I see that you have captured a U.S. Marine, and that you plan
to cut off his head if your demands are not met. Big mistake.
Before you carry out your threat I suggest you read up on Marine
Corps history.  The Japanese tried the same thing on Makin
Island and in a few other places during World War Two, and came
to regret it. Go ahead and read about what then happened to the
mighty Imperial Army on Tarawa, Iwo Jima and Okinawa. They paid
full price for what they did, and you will too.

You look at America and you see a soft target, and to a large
extent you are right. Our country is filled with a lot of spoiled
children who drive BMWs, sip decaf lattes and watch ridiculous
reality TV shows. They are for the most part decent, hard working
citizens, but they are soft.  When you cut off Nick Berg's head
those people gasped, and you got the media coverage you sought,
and then those people went back to their lives.  This time it
is different. We also have a warrior culture in this country,
and they are called Marines. It is a brotherhood forged in the
fire of many wars, and the bond between us is stronger than
blood. While it is true that this country has produced nitwits
like John Kerry, Michael Moore, Howard Dean and Jane Fonda who
can be easily manipulated by your gruesome tactics, we have
also produced men like Jason Dunham, Brian Chontosh and Joseph
Perez. If you don't recognize those names you should. They are all
Marines who distinguished themselves fighting to liberate Iraq,
and there will be many more just like them coming for you.

Before the current politically correct climate enveloped our
culture one of the recruiting slogans of our band of brothers was
"The Marine Corps Builds Men." You will soon find out just how
true that is. You, on the other hand, are nothing but a bunch of
women. If you were men you would show your faces, and take us on
in a fair fight. Instead, you are cowards who hide behind masks
and decapitate helpless victims. If you truly represented the
interest of the Iraqi people you would not be ambushing those who
come to your country to repair your power plants, or sabotage the
oil pipelines which fuel the Iraqi economy. Your agenda is hate,
plain and simple.

When you raise that sword over your head I want you to remember
one thing.  Corporal Wassef Ali Hassoun is not alone as he kneels
before you.  Every Marine who has ever worn the uniform is there
with him, and when you strike him you are striking all of us. If
you think the Marines were tough on you when they were cleaning
out Fallujah a few weeks ago you haven't seen anything yet. If you
want to know what it feels like to have the Wrath of God called
down upon you then go ahead and do it. We are not Turkish truck
drivers, or Pakistani laborers, or independent contractors hoping
to find work in your country. We are the United States Marines,
and we will be coming for you.


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Friday, July 02, 2004

The facts behind the allegations in `Fahrenheit 9/11'

Here's one of the more balanced commentaries I've read on the topic.

KRT Wire | 07/02/2004 | A lowdown on the facts behind the allegations in `Fahrenheit 9/11' -- July 2, 2004

Here's a few more links, this from Rush's web site:

EIB Michael Moore Truth Detection...
(Slate: Unfairenheit 9/11. The lies of Michael Moore - Christopher Hitchens)
(Newsweek: More Distortions From Michael Moore - Michael Isikoff)
(Sydney Morning Herald: Less is Moore)
(Ed Koch: Moore Would've Opposed WWII Too)
(Washington Post: Baloney, Moore or Less - Richard Cohen)
(American Spectator: Coalition of the Wild-Eyed - Mark Goldblatt)
(The Hill: Clarke claims responsibility)
(NewsMax: Richard Clarke: Big Part of Moore's Movie 'a Mistake')
(NRO: John Podhoretz: Spider-man 2 is the best comic-book movie ever made)
(Unocal Reiterates Position on Withdrawal from Afghanistan Pipeline)
(NRO:Democrats and the Fahrenheit 9/11 Trap)
(Boston Globe: Limbaughing to the left? - Ellen Goodman)
(RCJ: Moore Lies About Meeting, Hugging Daschle)




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