Archive for May, 2004

From the Who’s Hot section of the Iconoclast

Wanda Baucus, wife of U.S. Senator Max Baucus, a Montana liberal Democrat, lost her cool in the parking lot of Johnson’s Flower and Garden Center in toney northwest Washington, D.C. The senator’s wife was arraigned on a simple assault charge after police said she pummeled another female customer, leaving the woman severely bruised and bleeding, with a swollen cheek.

According to news reports, Mrs. Baucus was upset because the other customer was getting help with some bags of mulch ahead of her, so that she — a senator’s wife, no less! — was forced to wait her turn just like the common folk. That sort of unforgivable outrage is not supposed to happen in Washington, where members of Congress and their families are accustomed to being treated like pampered royalty, with such perks as special license plates to warn the police away and their own permanent private parking spaces right next to the terminal at DC airports.

The assault victim is a 44-year-old woman. Witnesses told police that the senator’s wife appeared to be outraged at having to wait while the other woman’s mulch bags were loaded first. The witnesses said that Mrs. Baucus, accompanied by her pet poodle [ever notice poodle owners tend to be a little unstable? ed – note], parked her silver BMW so that the woman’s car was blocked and also placed a bag of mulch in the way of her escape. The well-known peace activist then walked up to the woman’s car and struck the helpless victim in the face with a closed fist and nails flailing, and then hit and scratched her several more times in the upper body.

According to witnesses, Mrs. Baucus then drove off in a huff, leaving bruises and scratches on the woman’s body, face, and arms. She later turned herself in, pleaded not guilty, and was released on her own recognizance.

Senator Baucus, a five-term Democrat, said in a statement: “I stand by her 110 percent and she has my full support.” In Washington power circles, that’s standard code language for “I’ll use my influence to make damn sure that all charges are dropped.”

As an antiwar activist, Wanda Baucus attracted media attention a year ago with her praise for Saddam Hussein after she posted a “Peace is Patriotic” sign in the window of their home in Georgetown, Washington’s fanciest and priciest residential neighborhood.

“I want the people in Iraq to have peace — the people whose lives are in turmoil because of the war, the children, their mothers, the farmers, the grandmothers, and even the camels that are out grazing,” Wanda Baucus told the Washington Post at the time.

“When we watch the bombing on television, we really don’t seem to understand or appreciate that some of these places are sacred,” the senator’s wife said. “I disagree with those who say that Saddam Hussein doesn’t think about this,” she added. “He cares about these places and their people.”

One hot lady, indeed. It obviously took a very strong provocation — actually being forced to wait her turn — to cause this peaceful aristocrat to resort to physical violence. But she proved she could really dish it out when necessary. Where was she when her friend Saddam really needed her?

I pretty much blew this off as normal for Washington. The whole power corrupts thing. Til I got the the last couple paragraphs.

NEWSFLASH Wanda. Saddam is the guy that killed his own sons-in-law. The chances of Saddam giving a damm about children, their mothers, farmers, grandmothers, grazing camels, or YOU is about as likely as a shit sandwich not causing a ruckus in an IHOP buffet line.

What a Moonbat!

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If you have a keen eye for the many weasels in the world (and don’t mind calling them out) there is a job opening for you. The Watcher of Weasles has an opening for anyone wishing to join their select group of thirteen. The plea for help is here, and for a peek what you’ll be getting into here are the current rules

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Arab meeting expected to produce mostly criticism of U.S.

“It will be difficult for America to promote democratic change, given the great failure in Iraq,” said Wahid Abdel Maguid, an Egyptian political analyst at Al Ahram Center for Strategic Studies. “The model doesn’t exist, plus the U.S. doesn’t have the moral credibility that it used to have to impose its will on other countries.”

A draft version of the final communiqué sharply censures the United States for the mistreatment of Iraqi inmates at Abu Ghraib prison and elsewhere.

“The Arab leaders strongly condemn the inhumane and immoral crimes and practices committed by the occupation forces against the Iraqi detainees in the prisons and demand that the perpetrators of these crimes be tried,” the draft document reads in part. It also calls for an effective United Nations role in ending the occupation of Iraq.

When was the last time Arab leaders (or the UN for that matter) strongly condemned the inhumane and immoral crimes that occur in the Arab backyards. As the norm for these little Hookah parties they talk a lot, do little and issue some “strongly worded communique,” that’s used to wipe their ass with the next day. Unless your an Arabic taxi driver.


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Bill Cosby Has a dissenting Opinion

Bill Cosby born in Philadelphia, high school drop out, Navy vet, and years later he attended college on a football scholarship. Ultimately he graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with a doctorate degree in education. Winner of five Emmy awards for the I Spy adventure series and several variations of The Bill Cosby Show. In short a self made man, he went from near nothing to one of the richest and most influential Black Americans.

But recent comments made during an event at Constitution Hall commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education decision won’t be winning him any friends from the “Blacks as victims” crowd.”

“Ladies and gentlemen, the lower economic people are not holding up their end in this deal,” he declared. “These people are not parenting. They are buying things for kids — $500 sneakers for what? And won’t spend $200 for ‘Hooked on Phonics.’ . . .

“They’re standing on the corner and they can’t speak English,” he exclaimed. “I can’t even talk the way these people talk: ‘Why you ain’t,’ ‘Where you is’ . . . And I blamed the kid until I heard the mother talk. And then I heard the father talk. . . . Everybody knows it’s important to speak English except these knuckleheads. . . . You can’t be a doctor with that kind of crap coming out of your mouth!”

Then he turned his rath on those Blacks that reside in th Iron Bar Hotel.

“These are not political criminals. These are people going around stealing Coca-Cola. People getting shot in the back of the head over a piece of pound cake and then we run out and we are outraged, [saying] ‘The cops shouldn’t have shot him.’ What the hell was he doing with the pound cake in his hand?”

Jeebus, I can hear the NAACP and many liberals uttering the “house ni**er” epithet now!

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According to Professor Peter Munz a “respected academic” (scare quotes mine) and “professor emeritus” (also mine) of history at Wellington’s [New Zealand] Victoria University it should be open season on your brother, sister, or cousin, anyone for that matter, he advocates incest between consenting adults be legalized.

At first I was shocked. Then it became painfully obvious he is a product of what he is advocating. Pure and simply Mama had someone poking around the nest that was her brother and this lunatic is the result. To be fair, lets give his side of the story:

He argued that, historically, incest was illegal because it was considered a waste of an asset to have women marry close to home. Women played an important role when one tribe wanted to create an alliance with another, he said.

“It was indeed a crime to waste good, nubile women on local people who were allies already, instead of using them to bring in new allies, new friends, new trade opportunities…” Munz said in a written submission.

In modern society, however, women were no longer required for marriage alliances, he argued. The incest prohibition had “lingered on needlessly” but was clearly no longer required.

Munz, a scholar whose books have been published internationally, also asserted that the likelihood that any children resulting from incestuous intercourse would suffer genetic defects was not a sufficiently good reason for making incest illegal.

Any such damage would be sporadic, and in any case, “be eliminated after several generations.”

Sexual attraction between members of a family who had grown up together was minimal, he said.

“Today, if siblings – against all odds – should fall in love with each other, they should be welcome to it.”

I think his ideas disprove any thoughts of damage being “eliminated after several generations.” Members of the parliament’s Law and Order Committee had the opportunity to question the professor but were so shocked they chose not to discuss the matter further with him.

“None of us was willing to give him five minutes. We just didn’t want to dignify his comments at all.”

Alexander [vice-chairman, Marc Alexander] said he did not believe Munz’ interest was merely “a single person’s quest for some sort of bizarre truth. I presume that he has loyal followers who basically want to push this.”

Although Munz only argued for legalizing incest between consenting adults, Alexander said his personal view was that the proposal was merely a “forerunner” of pedophilia. “I can see a potential link between the two.”

“Once you loosen the bonds of incest, where do you go from there?”

And the money quote is:

“In a culture that has exalted consent as the ultimate sexual ethic, why would we be surprised?” a representative asked.

“What will be next: the claim that consensual incest is a human right and to oppose it is ‘familial’ discrimination?”

Of course professor Munz expressed disappointment that no one cared to ask questions. Well golly gee, maybe they were deathly afraid the professor might go into a geneticly induced rage and bite their heads off. What a pathetic little cur.

Tipped off by Sean @ The American Mind

UPDATE: I bet my search engine referals skyrocket as a result of this entries title. Perverted little bastards.

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The Force is With Us

Never under estimate the power of the Blogosphere, or its inhabitants. First read this, and the comments. Then read the results. Is there any doubt the free speech advocates will be out in full force, all crying how their “rights” have been violated. All the while giving no thoughts what so ever to the rights of kids to be kids. Not a parents little play thing.

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In order to get the full flavor of the following I’m going to blockquote the entire passage. It’s written by Michael Berg, father of Nick Berg who was so horribly killed by terrorists in Iraq. It is an extract from his message of support for the Stop The War Coalition’s demonstration, End the Torture – Bring the Troops Home Now, which will be held at the Embankment in London.

My son, Nick, was my teacher and my hero. He was the kindest, gentlest man I know; no, the kindest, gentlest human being I have ever known. He quit the Boy Scouts of America because they wanted to teach him to fire a handgun. Nick, too, poured into me the strength I needed, and still need, to tell the world about him.

People ask me why I focus on putting the blame for my son’s tragic and atrocious end on the Bush administration. They ask: “Don’t you blame the five men who killed him?” I have answered that I blame them no more or less than the Bush administration, but I am wrong: I am sure, knowing my son, that somewhere during their association with him these men became aware of what an extraordinary man my son was. I take comfort that when they did the awful thing they did, they weren’t quite as in to it as they might have been. I am sure that they came to admire him.

I am sure that the one who wielded the knife felt Nick’s breath on his hand and knew that he had a real human being there. I am sure that the others looked into my son’s eyes and got at least a glimmer of what the rest of the world sees. And I am sure that these murderers, for just a brief moment, did not like what they were doing.

George Bush never looked into my son’s eyes. George Bush doesn’t know my son, and he is the worse for it. George Bush, though a father himself, cannot feel my pain, or that of my family, or of the world that grieves for Nick, because he is a policymaker, and he doesn’t have to bear the consequences of his acts. George Bush can see neither the heart of Nick nor that of the American people, let alone that of the Iraqi people his policies are killing daily.

Donald Rumsfeld said that he took responsibility for the sexual abuse of Iraqi prisoners. How could he take that responsibility when there was no consequence? Nick took the consequences.

Even more than those murderers who took my son’s life, I can’t stand those who sit and make policies to end lives and break the lives of the still living.

Nick was not in the military, but he had the discipline and dedication of a soldier. Nick Berg was in Iraq to help the people without any expectation of personal gain. He was only one man, but through his death he has become many. The truly unselfish spirit of giving your all to do what you know in your own heart is right even when you know it may be dangerous; this spirit has spread among the people who knew Nick, and that group has spread and is spreading all over the world.

So what were we to do when we in America were attacked on September 11, that infamous day? I say we should have done then what we never did before: stop speaking to the people we labelled our enemies and start listening to them. Stop giving preconditions to our peaceful coexistence on this small planet, and start honouring and respecting every human’s need to live free and autonomously, to truly respect the sovereignty of every state. To stop making up rules by which others must live and then separate rules for ourselves.

George Bush’s ineffective leadership is a weapon of mass destruction, and it has allowed a chain reaction of events that led to the unlawful detention of my son which immersed him in a world of escalated violence. Were it not for Nick’s detention, I would have had him in my arms again. That detention held him in Iraq not only until the atrocities that led to the siege of Fallujah, but also the revelation of the atrocities committed in the jails in Iraq, in retaliation for which my son’s wonderful life was put to an end.

My son’s work still goes on. Where there was one peacemaker before, I now see and have heard from thousands of peacemakers. Nick was a man who acted on his beliefs. We, the people of this world, now need to act on our beliefs. We need to let the evildoers on both sides of the Atlantic know that we are fed up with war. We are fed up with the killing and bombing and maiming of innocent people. We are fed up with the lies. Yes, we are fed up with the suicide bombers, and with the failure of the Israelis and Palestinians to find a way to stop killing each other. We are fed up with negotiations and peace conferences that are entered into on both sides with preset conditions that preclude the outcome of peace. We want world peace now.

Many have offered to pray for Nick and my family. I appreciate their thoughts, but I ask them to include in their prayers a prayer for peace. And I ask them to do more than pray. I ask them to demand peace now.

Italics are mine.I fully understand, from personel experience and from others misfortunes, that grief takes many forms. Parents of lost ones should be given some leeway and what seems irrational to us may feel perfectly normal to those in states of denial and grief.

BUT, I’m sorry, everything I have read over the last two weeks about Michael Berg indicates he has held these feelings and beliefs for a very long time. Many people are anti-war, thats their choice. But this man is incredibly deluded. For anyone to believe these islamofacist killers “came to admire” Nick just before hacking his head off is detached from reality. And contrary to his belief that Nick “was in Iraq to help the people without any expectation of personal gain,” Nicks Emails related his search for work, paying work, to the tune of $1000 a day. No personel gain my ass. The timeline of events disprove Michaels delusionary tale of Bush’s culpability. After his detention he roamed around Iraq a free man for 48 hours. He was offered a plane ride out and turned it down because “the road to the airport was unsafe.” It wasn’t unsafe on his taxi trip to the city of Mosel, after he was released from detention. He was there on his own choice.

Idealism is noble and necessary but what would Michael have us do. Send a peace delegation to meet with OBL? Clinton sent one to visit Arafat. Gave him 90% of his asking price, what he got in return was a view of him walking away and the continuing Palestinian violence of today. A delegation to see OBL wouldn’t walk away, they would be the star attraction in the next video. It bares repeating, these monsters want to KILL you! All of you. Anti-war types, capitalists, Priests, mothers, fathers, appeasers and war mongers. We all have a target on our backs. Nothing will stop them except their deaths. And the only thing you will hear from them is another airplane aimed at the Sears Tower, the Eifel Tower, or the center of Berlin.

Cross posted @ Political Puzzle

UPDATE: The Cap’n Ed has a few choice words that are worth reading. Here is a sample:

Michael Berg is a moral coward. He wants peace and freedom without any sacrifice, he wants liberty for every human as long as it doesn’t cost anything, and he wants sovereignty of other nations respected while they harbor those who attack us. He romanticizes those who killed his son like one might slaughter cattle — worse, actually — and transfers the blame to George Bush for partisan purposes. He’s exploiting his son’s ghastly execution for political gain — and providing yet another example of the shamelessness of the radical left.

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…..or something more? The Washington Post, based on detainees declassified testimony, paints a disgusting example of inhumanity, but interestingly, the article only implicates a small number of MPs at the Iraqi prison:

Previously secret sworn statements by detainees at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq describe in raw detail abuse that goes well beyond what has been made public, adding allegations of prisoners being ridden like animals, sexually fondled by female soldiers and forced to retrieve their food from toilets.

Some of the detainees described being abused as punishment or discipline after they were caught fighting or with a prohibited item. Some said they were pressed to denounce Islam or were force-fed pork and liquor. Many provided graphic details of how they were sexually humiliated and assaulted, threatened with rape, and forced to masturbate in front of female soldiers.

By all accounts it seems to be isolated to one cellblock, 1A Tier 1, and during the night shift when Spec. Charles A. Graner Jr was in charge. All the conspiracy mongers and much of the media will be disappointed.

Certainly this is far from over, much more may come out. But at this point everything points to a few inhuman bastards.

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John Kerry, he flips and flops, but mostly makes himself look rather silly as he wheedles for votes.

On Wednesday, Kerry said he might appoint an anti-abortion judge to the Supreme Court, but not if it had just a narrow 5-4 pro-choice majority.

“That doesn’t mean that if that’s not the balance of the court, I wouldn’t be prepared ultimately to appoint somebody to some court who has a different point of view. I’ve already voted for people like that. I voted for [right-to-life] Judge [Antonin] Scalia,” Kerry said.

On Thursday he said:

“I want to make myself clear,” said a Kerry statement issued by his campaign. “I believe that a woman’s right to choose is a constitutional right. I will not appoint anyone to the Supreme Court who will undo that right.”

During the Democratic primaries, Kerry vowed to only back pro-choice justices. He also pledged to filibuster to block any Bush nominees to the high court who weren’t pro-choice. As Kerry straddles both sides of yet another issue, you all need to be careful as another Kerry induced “Boston Fog” rolls in.

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Shamelessly stolen from Hog on Ice

I am all done with law for the week, except for some nickel and dime BS that can be taken care of in a few minutes. What a relief. Today, I actually had to get into a carping match with a lady attorney. I always hate those rare moments when opposing counsel crosses the line and the veneer of professionalism drops. For a few seconds, you find yourself and another attorney acting like TV lawyers, living down to everyone’s expectations.

I guess I can tell what happened. My client was being deposed, and the other attorney was asking her a lot of questions only her lawyer or an expert could answer, and my client kept saying she didn’t know the answers. Which is exactly what you’re supposed to do when you don’t know an answer.

The other lawyer started raising her voice and talking in a very nasty tone and essentially reading my client the riot act because there were so many things she didn’t know. At that point I stepped in and told her she was harassing my client, and I made an objection. I said, “If she doesn’t know, she doesn’t KNOW!”

Crazy. You can ask just about anything you want at a deposition, but it has never occurred to me to ask a deponent about things that are clearly beyond his expertise and experience. Why waste the time? I guess the idea is to lay the groundwork for a frivolous motion to dismiss. “The plaintiff admitted under oath that she had no idea what her damages were. The plaintiff admitted under oath that she did not know the names of any less-qualified males who were hired after she applied for the job.” What kind of idiot judge would pay any attention to that? There’s a pile of evidence sitting at your lawyer’s office, supporting your case, and you’re not familiar with all of it because YOU’RE NOT A LAWYER. Oh, yeah, that’s a silver bullet for the defense.

I have never seen a lawyer be that nasty to a deponent before. I consider that kind of behavior bush league. Call me old-fashioned. Ordinarily, no matter how bitter the dispute is, you remain civil, because that’s what a professional does. You can’t work with nuts who get emotional over every disagreement. Opposing counsel may be your enemy, but they are also your co-workers, and aside from that, every time you treat another lawyer badly, you set him or her up for that day in the future when you need a favor. And that day always comes.

How wonderful it is not to be in that deposition now.

Lawyers you can’t live with them, and you can’t live without them. At least not in the LSA (Litigious States of America).

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