Tuesday, March 22, 2005

MSU must beware of underdog - 3/20/05

Wrong again!
MSU must beware of underdog - 3/20/05: ", March 20, 2005
March Madness
MSU must beware of underdog
Spartans face tiny Vermont, a Cinderella team riding a gust of incredible emotion.
By Bob Wojnowski / The Detroit News"

Canada to Heart Patients: Sorry If You Die Before We Can Treat You

Coming to the USA soon?
Maybe this is the reason we don't hear the MSM lionizing the fabulous "Canadian single payer health care system"?

Canada to Heart Patients: Sorry If You Die Before We Can Treat You

Lance in Iraq

A view into the mind of the left.

Lance in Iraq: "''I think all war is wrong,'' said Mary McKinney of Nashville. McKinney had her three children with her, including her 2-year-old son in a sling on her chest.
What the article does not mention is that she spoke her words in English, not German or Russian. However, the language of naivete is grating in any dialect.
Liberals today are isolationists in an era when that's simply not feasible. We tried it and we got Pearl Harbor. We tried it again and we got 9/11. Worse, they think America incapable of moral action on the world stage yet believe US citizens should fund it through the corrupt, immoral UN. Once upon a time, the left claimed to be for human rights. No more. They have thrown down the banner and President Bush, to his great credit, picked it up.
UN Parody Update: Annan: Suicide Bombers Deserve Prison
Posted by Lance Frizzell at March 20, 2005 06:28 AM "

Monday, March 21, 2005


Funny how the MSM kinda forgot to "front page" this.

Reports in The Post last week con cerning the political activities of the supposedly above-the-fray Pew Charitable Trusts were, in a word, shocking.
A former program officer for Pew, Sean Treglia, was caught on videotape bragging about how the foundation worked behind the scenes to create the false impression that there was a 'mass movement' afoot clamoring for campaign-finance reform.
The intent: to hoodwink Congress.
It worked.
Pew did this in the run-up to the passage of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 � a.k.a. McCain-Feingold � by spreading around more than $40 million to grass-roots front groups like Common Cause, the Campaign Finance Institute and the inaptly named Center for Public Integrity.
Pew wasn't alone in its efforts.
Several other major liberal foundations � including the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Ford Foundation and George Soros' Open Society Institute � colluded with Pew to give $123 million between 1994 and 2004 to promote the regulation of political speech.
But Pew's role in the effort seems to have been particularly insidious.
'Having been on the Hill, I knew that . . . if Congress thought this was a Pew effort, it'd be worthless. It'd be 20 million bucks thrown down the drain,' Treglia says at one point in the tape.
'So, in order, in essence, to convey the impression that this was something coming naturally from outside the Beltway, I felt it was best that Pew stay in the background.'
'By law, the grantees always have to disclose. But I always encouraged the grantees never to mention Pew,' Treglia says. 'Did we push the envelope? Yeah. Were we encouraged internally to push the envelope? Yeah . . . We stayed within the letter, if not the spirit, of the law.'
We'd be loathe to ac"

Don, cought in the act!


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Sunday, March 20, 2005


Not unlike the idiotically overused "gravitas", when the MSM learns a new word, they use it to death.

Friday, March 18, 2005

Bright idea, dumb reaction -Harvard idiocy

A major reason for the failure of black communities to experience the success of comparable "white/brown" communities is that too many of their leaders think this way.

Bright idea, dumb reaction - Comment - Times Online: " I WILL NEVER forget the moment when one of my Harvard classmates raised her hand and objected to the use of the term "black market", which she found unacceptably demeaning to her race. It was a Philip Roth moment, a militant provocation and the economics professor ducked. He was black too, and despised political correctness. But after a pause he said: "We will use the term "shadow market". And we used it, for the whole bloody semester. For in that bastion of censorship that was Harvard in the early 90s, no one dared to challenge anything labelled, however absurdly, as "discrimination".

What's Left? Shame. Today's "Must Read"

What's Left? Shame. (washingtonpost.com): "Those who claimed, with great certainty, that Arabs are an exception to the human tendency toward freedom, that they live in a stunted and distorted culture that makes them love their chains -- and that the notion the United States could help trigger a democratic revolution by militarily deposing their oppressors was a fantasy -- have been proved wrong. "

Too funny!

Just another of the wonders of the "net". Enjoy.
from MLIVE.com

5896. Funny... Children's Science Test. by EllenJ, 3/18/05 9:30 ET
Email received which will hopefully add a smile to your day:
These are real answers given by children.
Q: Name the four seasons.A: Salt, pepper, mustard and vinegar.
Q: Explain one of the processes by which water can be made safe to drink.A: Flirtation makes water safe to drink because it removes largepollutants like grit, sand, dead sheep and canoeists.
Q: How is dew formed?A: The sun shines down on the leaves and makes them perspire.
Q: How can you delay milk turning sour?A: Keep it in the cow.
Q: What causes the tides in the oceans?A: The tides are a fight between the Earth and the Moon. All water tendsto flow towards the moon, because there is no water on the moon, andnature hates a vacuum. I forget where the sun joins in this fight.
Q: What are steroids?A: Things for keeping carpets still on the stairs.
Q: What happens to your body as you age?A: When you get old, so do your bowels and you get intercontinental.
Q: What happens to a boy when he reaches puberty?A: He says good-bye to his boyhood and looks forward to his adultery
Q: Name a major disease associated with cigarettes.A: Premature death.
Q: What is artificial insemination?A: When the farmer does it to the bull instead of the cow.
Q: How are the main parts of the body categorized? (e.g., abdomen.)
A: The body is consisted into three parts---the brainium, the borax and the abdominal cavity.The brainium contains the brain; the borax contains the heart and lungs, and the abdominalcavity contains the five bowels, A, E, I, O, and U.
Q: What is the fibula?A: A small lie.
Q: What does "varicose" mean?A: Nearby.
Q: Give the meaning of the term "Caesarean Section"A: The Caesarean Section is a district in Rome.
Q: What does the word "benign" mean?'A: Benign is what you will be after you be eight.

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AARP=Democrat Party

If there was ever a better proof that AARP is an arm of the democrat party, I'd like to see it. Here the AARPsters recycle the lie that "private accounts in Social Security will not solve the system's solvency problem." That is right out of the democrat handbook. No one, not Bush, not anyone in the administration or anyone who supports SS reform has ever stated that private accounts would "solve" the system's problems. They have said and continue to say that privatizing part of the system is only one step toward solvency.
Also note that the left/AARP aren't interested in a SS "lock-box" any more. The private accounts are the "lock-box", a place where the thieving government can't take your money away. The Gore/AARP lock gives your money to the govt. for "safe keeping". Some lock box. Jeeze

In a message dated 3/18/2005 12:25:30 A.M. Eastern Standard Time, miaarp@aarp.org writes:
Legislative Update
Please call the local office of your member of Congress during the period from March 19-31. Tell them respectfully that proposals to create private accounts in Social Security will not solve the system's solvency problem. Indeed, these accounts would hurt the system because the money carved out will have to be replaced with more taxpayer dollars to pay benefits. The "solution" should not be worse than the problem.
Below you will find your local Congressional Representative's offices. Please find your member's number and place a call. Thanks!
Bill Knox
Associate State Director for Government Affairs
AARP Michigan

Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Monday, March 14, 2005

This is scary!

I always wondered about the AA Airbus 310 crash right after 9-11. The A310 uses "fly by wire" controls, meaning that the pilots input is interpreted by computers to control the airplane. The "experts" concluded that pilot error caused the crash. But if the pilots moved the flight controls too violently, why did the programming of the computer allow those pilot inputs to destroy the airplane? Lot's of political input into this one. I'm not a conspiracy buff, but this is beginning to look like a major cover up. Keep an eye out for more on this story.

Instapundit.com -: "March 14, 2005
At 35 000 feet above the Caribbean, Air Transat flight 961 was heading home to Quebec with 270 passengers and crew. At 3.45pm last Sunday, the pilot noticed something very unusual. His Airbus A310's rudder -- a structure over 8m high -- had fallen off and tumbled into the sea. In the world of aviation, the shock waves have yet to subside. . . .
One former Airbus pilot, who now flies Boeings for a major United States airline, told The Observer: 'This just isn't supposed to happen. No one I know has ever seen an airliner's rudder disintegrate like that. It raises worrying questions about the materials and build of the aircraft, and about its maintenance and inspection regime. We have to ask as things stand, would evidence of this type of deterioration ever be noticed before an incident like this in the air?'
He and his colleagues also believe that what happened may shed new light on a previous disaster. In November 2001, 265 people died when American Airlines flight 587, an Airbus A300 model which is almost identical to the A310, crashed shortly after take-off from JFK airport in New York. According to the official report into the crash, the immediate cause was the loss of the plane's rudder and tailfin, though this was blamed on an error by the pilots."

Charter school seniors may leave campus at lunch

Can someone tell me why students are allowed off campus at all during the day? According to the article, this policy passed without parental support. Why did the Board support it? The negatives of this policy are obvious: drug, alcohol, smoking abuse. Kids coming back to class late, or the temptation to not return at all. Dangerous driving in a very busy area. Why allow it? Or is this just another case of journalistic sophistry?

Charter school seniors may leave campus at lunch:
Monday, March 14, 2005
By Teresa Taylor Williams
Similar to their peers in nearby traditional schools, seniors at Muskegon Technical Academy are now free to leave the charter school during lunch period.
But their new freedom is for only one day per week, and they must adhere to stipulations given by school officials.
Earlier this month, the school board reluctantly approved open campus lunch for 12th-graders who are passing all classes and have parent permission and no suspensions this school year.

The idea of allowing the high-schoolers at the sixth- through 12th-grade school to leave during lunch period was discussed last fall, and board members along with Superintendent Barbara Stellard were not in favor of it because of lack of parental support. "

Kyoto costs ballooning, Canada cabinet ministers warned

No surprise. The old bait and switch has been played on voters of all countries so often it's not even news anymore. Any bets that you won't see this story anywhere else except the blogosphere? Kyoto is bad enough. Now the Canadian economy is going to get creamed because they've grown faster than some bureaucrat predicted.

The Globe and Mail: Kyoto costs ballooning, cabinet ministers warned: "OTTAWA -- The full cost to Ottawa of meeting Canada's targets for fighting global warming under the controversial Kyoto accord could exceed $10-billion, senior federal cabinet ministers have been warned.
That's twice what the federal government has budgeted so far for Kyoto."

Read the whole article.

Sunday, March 13, 2005

Squirrel blogging! Muskegon Protection racket!

Don Squirreleone

Well, I've finally given into a force that refuses to be denied. Over the years, all types of squirrels have been invading and even eating my birdfeeders. I thought I had tried everything, squirrel-proof feeders, vaseline on the feeder poles and I even bought a BB gun to try to dissuade my varmit neighbors from overindulging at my free food-bank.
Nothing worked until I met Don Squirreleone. Don, a local red squirrel gave me an offer I couldn't refuse. I noticed that Don was the loudest and most obnoxious of my rodential invaders. He spent an inordinate time perched on my deck, staring directly at me, chirping squirrel challenges to my manhood and then climbing on and munching all over my feeders. I tried my usual defenses, even unloading all 13 BB shots into the woods as Don raced out of range and returned to taunt me as I spilled hundreds of BBs on my carpet. Quite often he even returned and mooned me.
But then I noticed something. The much larger grey, black and fox squirrels had disappeared from my feeders and the birds were returning! Whenever another would climb onto the deckrail, Don would chirp like a banshee-that-chirped and chase the intruder away.
It then all became clear. This was not just some run-of-the-mill rodent with panda bear affectations. This little red squirrel was "the Man". He owned the neighborhood. He ran the Show. Don, and Don alone, kept his bird feeders safe for birds.... and Don.
And I realized that I was powerless to challenge his primacy over the deck that I built with my own hands.
I'm now comfortable with my new status. I ladle out a halfcup of premium seed every few days or so for Don. The other squirrels are gone. My feeders are loaded with finches, cardinals, nuthatches etc. and life seems pretty good.
Dang, I gotta run. More seed needed on the deck. Don is mooning me again.

Don Corleone

Don Squirreleone staredown


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Carnival of the Recipes #30

I always get this link from Instapundit.com. Both are worth the visit. What's not to like about "Redneck Gourmet"? Pass it on.

pamibe � Carnival of the Recipes #30: "The Redneck Gourmet gives us Cheese Stuffed Shells With Tomato Meat Sauce. I for one appreciate the in-depth instructions, Virgil!"

Bird help!

This bird landed on my feeder today. It sat with a male house finch so I think it is a female but it is mostly white. Has anyone seen a similar bird? Does anyone know what this bird really is?

Albino House Finch? Posted by Hello

update: With a little help from Muskegon County Nature Club Homepage, a member sent me this.
"We're 99% sure the bird is a house finch, and we'd call it "leucistic" rather than "albino" since the bird does have some color (but we're no experts)."

The New York Times--Under Bush, a New Age of Prepackaged Television News

This long, tedious NYT article is really trying to convince the reader that the Bush administration's efforts are the begining of "a New Age" and you need to be warned about the Rove-a-nation of your home TV. You know, spin, but with beady eyes. Buried way down is this little gem. It sure kinda wrecks the whole story if they put it up front, doesn't it?

The New York Times > Washington > Under Bush, a New Age of Prepackaged Television News: "The practice, which also occurred in the Clinton administration...."

Saturday, March 12, 2005

Colorado high!

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Next time you hear the NYT prognosticate....

... remember this gem. And they wonder why we don't believe them any more.

JustOneMinute: Nobody Likes An "I Told You So": "The coming elections - long touted as the beginning of a new, democratic Iraq - are looking more and more like the beginning of that worst-case scenario.
It's time to talk about postponing the elections."

The New York Times Editorial 1/12/2005

Are we chasing quality contractors away?

Credit to the Chronicle for at least reporting this but isn't it about time that they engage in a tiny bit of investigative journalism to find out the real reason we, the taxpayers, are paying more for this project than has been bid? And, given that the "word" is out on bidding Muskegon jobs, are fewer contractors going to bid in the future? Isn't this just the same as those practices that have destroyed such cities as Detroit?

Commissioners clash over construction bids: "Low bidder Brian Schultz warned the commission that if it made a practice of rejecting the lowest bid in favor of contractors in the Muskegon area, it would find that fewer contractors would go to the trouble and expense of preparing bids, competition would suffer and costs would go up.
'It really degrades the bidding process,' Schultz said. "

Harvard Medical-Bankruptcy Study

Interesting how the lie about medical debt as the major cause of bankruptcy is now being repeated by the MSM as if it were Gospel. And they wonder why they're losing viewers/readers?

Gail Heriot on Harvard Medical-Bankruptcy Study on National Review Online: "Some bankruptcies are caused by crushing medical debt. But they aren't half of all bankruptcies, and the only way to create the impression they are is to jimmy the figures. For example, the study classifies 'uncontrolled gambling,' 'drug addiction,' 'alcohol addiction,' and the birth or adoption of a child as 'a medical cause,' regardless of whether medical bills are involved"

Thursday, March 10, 2005

A little more about that Italian reporter gal...

... who was "kidnapped" in IRAQ. She's a reporter for an Italian, Communist, anti-American newspaper. Oh, and the Italian government just paid $1,000,000 to the terrorists to "free" her. Money that will be spent on killing Americans.

Zacht Ei - About Giuliana Sgrena: "About Giuliana Sgrena
Mr. Harald Doornbos is a veteran war reporter. He is no archetypical hawk nor a staunch supporter of the United States. In fact, he used to be a reporter for the communist newspaper 'De Waarheid' (The Truth, or Pravda, if you like) before it went bust. (This doesn't necessarily mean he was ever a communist, by the way. De Waarheid used to be a huge employer.)
However, this doesn't make him overly sympathetic towards Giuliana Sgrena, the Italian journalist who was held hostage by Iraqi insurgents. Some snippets from this article which was published today in a Dutch Christian broadsheet.
'Be careful not to get kidnapped,' I told the female Italian journalist sitting next to me in the small plane that was headed for Baghdad. 'Oh no,' she said. 'That won't happen. We are siding with the oppressed Iraqi people. No Iraqi would kidnap us.'
It doesn't sound very nice to be critical of a fellow reporter. But Sgrena's attitude is a disgrace for journalism. Or didn't she tell me back in the plane that 'common journalists such as yourself' simply do not support the Iraqi people? 'The Americans are the biggest enemies of mankind,' the three women behind me had told me, for Sgrena travelled to Iraq with two Italian colleagues who hated the Americans as well.
(Doornbos goes on to explain how the women demeaned him for travelling as an embedded reporter with the US military, for security reasons. They didn't want to hear about any safety concerns.)
'You don't understand the situation. We are anti-imperialists, anti-capitalists, communists,' they said. The Iraqis only kidnap American sympathizers, the enemies of the Americans have nothing to fear.
(Doornbos tells them they're out of their mind.)
But they knew better. When we arrived at Baghd"

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Quiznos Subs

Don't their ads using that sorta cute kid with the rapist voice give you the willies?

Report: Welfare payments so low 'kids do without'

Sorry to be a big bad dude, but welfare payments are supposed to be a temporary support. Someone who can't get a job within six months isn't looking. It is supposed to be very uncomfortable to be on welfare. That's why so many Michiganders moved from welfare to JOBS after Engler tightened the rules. Everyone, especially the children, benefited.

Report: Welfare payments so low 'kids do without':
"Report: Welfare payments so low 'kids do without'
Tuesday, March 08, 2005
By Lynn Moore
In six short months, Kristine Ryder has gone from earning her own living to teetering on the brink of losing her home to foreclosure.
For the six months since she lost her job, Ryder, of Laketon Township, has relied on welfare cash assistance. She gets $414 per month, $64 of which is taken out for heating and electric payments, leaving her $350 to pay for her house, car, utilities and all those other expenses of life that add up quickly"

Good, fast work dealing with syphilis outbreak

Imagine the outcry if the Chronicle editorialistas printed this same editorial but talking about "AIDs" instead of "syphilis".
Good, fast work dealing with syphilis outbreak: "Kraus used a simple strategy in combating the sudden rise in cases. He alerted seven health-care agencies around the county to be on the lookout for signs of syphilis in incoming patients, and also provided them with special testing equipment and antibiotics with which to begin immediate treatment."

Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Summer is comming! Posted by Hello

Residents object to plan for housing development

I have no clue if this is a good idea or not but what a lame headline and article. "Some residents" always object to every new idea or hope for progress in Muskegon. That's news? How 'bout some real analysis of the specific situation? Four/5/6 years of college grants a journalism degree for this fluff?

Residents object to plan for housing development: "Residents object to plan for housing development "

This is the same tactic that Democrat Senator....

....Bird has used 3 times in the recent past. I always worry when those "smarter" than me tell me half the true story. A lot like the communists in their propaganda.

Dear MoveOn member,Tomorrow, March 10th, the Senate Judiciary Committee will consider the nomination of mining and cattle industry lobbyist William Myers III for a lifetime appointment to the U.S. Court of Appeals—the second highest court in the land. Myers is the first of 20 judicial nominees Bush has re-submitted in his second term. All 20 repeat nominees were rejected last term by Senate Democrats (as compared to the 204 judges they accepted) because these nominees consistently sided with corporate special-interests over the rights of ordinary Americans.This time, Bush is ready to fight dirty to force these nominees through. Dick Cheney has even threatened to use a parliamentary trick to eliminate the centuries-old rule requiring judges to have broad support in the Senate. This would effectively silence all 44 Democratic senators and the 173 million Americans they represent—the majority of the country.
With the first crucial vote on the first judge in less than a day, we're launching a national campaign to let our senators know that we out here in America are counting on them to hold the line on all 20 of Bush's rejected, corporate judges, and beat back his dirty parliamentary tricks.
The first phase is this national petition that we will hand deliver to your senators before the confirmation votes for the 20 judges. And tomorrow, MoveOn members will host over 1000 house meetings to create local plans to save the judiciary. The courts we have for the next 30 years may depend on your efforts in the next few weeks.
Please sign today:
To ram his nominees through, Bush is hoping to use a parliamentary trick the Republicans refer to as the "nuclear option." For 200 years, if enough senators strongly objected to a federal judge, they could use a filibuster to force more debate until all their concerns were addressed. That's how Democrats blocked the worst of these 20 nominees last term. Actually changing the rule would require a 2/3 vote of the Senate—and Bush doesn't have near that level of support.
So instead, Vice President Cheney has threatened to abuse his authority as President of the Senate, and just declare that the right to filibuster judges is null and void. If Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist can twist enough arms to get 50 senators to support the ruling, the filibuster is history. For the first time ever, one party would have complete control over judicial nominations, all the way up to the Supreme Court.
Both parties in the Senate were given the power to approve or reject judicial nominations because—above all else—judges must be trusted by Americans on all sides to rule fairly. So why does Bush refuse to send a few replacement nominees both parties can agree on? Why is he so intent on smashing Democratic resistance to these and all future nominees? Because while his presidency will be over in 4 years, the judges he appoints will be on the bench for the rest of their lives. This is Bush's big push to lock in his hard-right, corporate-friendly ideology for decades to come—and that is exactly why we must not back down now.
The whole plot is set into motion tomorrow, with the committee vote on William Myers. We must draw the line here, by stopping Bush's 20 repeat nominees and standing up to the "nuclear option."
Please sign the petition today:
Thanks for all that you do,
--Ben Brandzel, Eli Pariser and the whole MoveOn PAC Team Wednesday, March 9th, 2005
P.S. Here's a brief summary of just the first three of the 20 partisan judges re-nominated by President Bush.
William Myers III has never been a judge and spent most of his career as a lobbyist for the cattle and mining industry. [1] He has written that all habitat conservation laws are unconstitutional because they interfere with potential profit. [2] In 2001, Bush appointed him as the chief lawyer for the Department of the Interior. In that role he continued as a champion of corporate interests, setting his agenda in meetings with former employers he promised not to speak with, and even illegally giving away sacred Native American land to be strip mined. [3]Terrence Boyle was a legal aide to Jesse Helms. As a judge, his signature decisions have attempted to circumvent federal laws barring employment discrimination by race, gender, and disability. [4] His rulings have been overturned a staggering 120 times by the conservative 4th District Court of Appeals, either due to gross errors in judgment or simple incompetence. [5] William Pryor Jr. served as Attorney General of Alabama, where he took money from Phillip Morris, fought against the anti-tobacco lawsuit until it was almost over, and cost the people of Alabama billions in settlement money for their healthcare system as a result. [6] He called Roe v. Wade "the worst abomination of constitutional law in our history," and has consistently argued against the federal protections for the civil rights of minorities, lesbian and gay couples, women, and the disabled. [7]
Notes: [1] "Unfit to Judge," Community Rights Council, 4/2/04.[2] "Myers Troubling Legal Philosophy," People for the American Way.[3] "Environmental Group Calls on Senate to Block Myers Nomination: Ethical Problems and Anti-Environmental Activism Make Him Unfit for Judgeship," Friends of the Earth, 2/5/05.[4] "Federal Judge Terrence Boyle Unfit for Promotion to Appeals Court," People for the American Way, 2/23/05.[5] "Eastern District of North Carolina Terrence Boyle Nominated to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit," Alliance for Justice.[6] Eric Fleischauer, "Pryor Called a Tobacco Sellout," Decatur Daily News, 10/30/02.[7] Ann Woolner, "Bush Judicial Candidate Shows How Things Change," Bloomberg News, 5/16/03.
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Farmers Market move debated

This is a novel argument. No surprise that it is supported by zero facts or specific ways that moving the site would keep vendors fees lower. No wonder the MSM is viewed with such skepticism and contempt. Jeeze....

Market move debated: "Some, like Vice Mayor Bill Larson, liked the idea of moving the market to a city-owned site as a way of keeping fees to vendors low. "

Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Eat Your History

Go to the site, check out the recipe and send the history to someone, younger, who you want to become a better American in the future.

Eat Your History: "Thursday, March 03, 2005Star Spangled Banner & Crab Cakes
'Then, in that hour of deliverance, my heart spoke. Does not such a country, and such defenders of their country, deserve a song?' Those words were spoken by Francis Scott Key, overcome with emotion, after witnessing American troops defeat the British in the Battle for Baltimore during the War of 1812. The 'Star Spangled Banner' was the result.

Today, in 1931, President Herbert Hoover signed congressional legislation making 'The Star Spangled Banner' our national anthem. What took them so long? Francis Scott Key wrote it in 1814!

Here's the quick history: Major George Armistead knew that, eventually, the British would attack Baltimore. He commissioned the widow Mary Young Pickerell to sew a United States flag to the measurements of 30 x 42. Why? He wanted his position known, not only to the friendlies, but to the enemy. Mrs. Pickerell, with the aid of her 13 year old daughter, Caroline, sewed the flag and Major Armistead ran it up a 90' flag pole.

Anyway, the British landed 3,000 land troops just north of Ft. McHenry, Maryland, on September 12, 1814. They were the 'advance team' for the British ships that would commence bombardment of the Fort the next morning. One problem. 10,000 Americans blocked the advancement of the British troops. (Do you love free people, or what?) The bombardment from British ships on Ft. McHenry started the next day, at dawn, and continued for 25 hours. Ft. McHenry had a mere 1,000 soldiers, but they valiantly returned fire on the superpower of the day.

When Francis Scott Key went to sleep the night of September 13, the sights and sounds of the battle had begun to wane. Awakening at dawn the next day, he didn't know if the Americans had been defeated or had been victorious.

Bird nerd!

I'm a bird nerd, lower level. Nerdy about birds but not too knowledgeable about the feathered dudes and dudettes. This excellent link came from kimkomando.com. Go there and expand your feathered web-life.

Birding Focus

The White House Greetings Office

The BEST cheap gift to someone you love who loves freedom, family and the American Way. Or a great pimp to the Bush-haters who still bay at the moon and gnash their teeth at the mention of elections in IRAQ. I sent one to my Dad for his 80th this May. I'll update when it happens.
Don't forget! This is a real easy site but they want a 6 week lead. Another cool site of the day from kimkomando.com

The White House Greetings Office: "ANNIVERSARY GREETINGS. Anniversary greetings are extended only to those couples who are celebrating their 50th (and subsequent) wedding anniversary.
BIRTHDAY GREETINGS. Birthday greetings will be sent only to individuals 80 years of age and above.
OTHER GREETINGS. A limited number of special occasions other than birthdays and anniversaries exist for which the Greetings Office will send appropriate recognition to United States citizens. These occasions include important events such as:

Wedding (send your request after the event)
Baby's Birth (must be born during the George W. Bush Administration; send request only after baby's birth)
Eagle Scout Award
Girl Scout Gold Award
Bar/Bat Mitzvah or equivalent occasion "

Oakridge delegation helps re-enact famed civil rights events

This is an excellent experience and a great story for the Chronicle to publish. When will Oakridge or the Chronicle support a visit to the former communist countries and report the genocide and economic failure that communism/socialism breeds? Maybe a trip to Benton Harbor would reveal some of the same failed policies?

Oakridge delegation helps re-enact famed civil rights events:
"Oakridge delegation helps re-enact famed civil rights events
Monday, March 07, 2005
By Randy Rogoski
It's one thing to read about the civil rights movement's 'Bloody Sunday' in books.
It's quite another to visit the places where history happened and talk to the people who made it. "

Nice story about Michigan State Women's Hoops!

The MSU gals not only won the regular season, they won the tournament and this coach has done wonders on a campus that reveres the men's coach, Izzo. Kudos to Coach McCallie and her team.
It wasn't too long ago that the MSU women's coach left E Lansing for UM. That gave Joanne her chance. Pretty cool.

The State News - www.statenews.com: "McCallie named Coach of the Year
Haynie, Bowen and Shimek also garner honors

MSU head coach Joanne P. McCallie shared the honor of Big Ten Coach of the Year after she led her team to a record of 25-3, an MSU record for wins."

BBC NEWS | Africa | Niger cancels 'free-slave' event

If there was ever a better proof that the US main stream media (MSM) and the UN are corrupt and worthless, it is that you read this on a blog and not on Dan Rather or the Chronicle front page.

BBC NEWS Africa Niger cancels 'free-slave' event: "Niger cancels 'free-slave' event

The government of Niger has cancelled at the last minute a special ceremony during which at least 7,000 slaves were to be granted their freedom.
A spokesman for the government's human rights commission, which had helped to organise the event, said this was because slavery did not exist. "

Don't forget, he was the only GOPer convicted in the .....

..... billion dollar Keating/Saving & Loan scandal in the 80s. He took dirty money in the past. He's back to his old tricks.

boortz.com: Nealz Nuze Today's Nuze: "JOHN MCCAIN UNDER FIRE

If you listen closely, you just might hear the sound of John McCain's 2008 presidential hopes slipping into the ether. Maybe not entirely...after all, many other Senators have done worse, including The Poodle. At any rate, this bit of scandal seems to involve an area where the saintly John McCain was thought to be untouchable: dirty campaign contributions. Here's the deal:

Cablevision is a large cable company that wants the federal government to require cable operators to offer channels on an a la carte basis. For those of you educated in government schools, that means being able to buy individual channels, as opposed to an entire package. So, for instance, if you have no interest in sports or cooking or whatever, you wouldn't have to buy those channels. Most cable operators are opposed to the idea, except Cablevision. Enter John McCain.

Cablevision made a $200,000 donation to a tax-exempt group that McCain co-founded. A bit odd, isn't it, that at that very same time McCain was pushing Cablevision's cause with federal regulators. McCain says he was in favor of a la carte channel pricing before Cablevision donated the money, and he says he wasn't directly involved in the group that took the money. Draw your own conclusions.
Is it influence peddling? Maybe. Time will tell. There will no doubt be an investigation. By the way...that's not a bad idea...being able to buy individual channels. After all, why should you be forced to pay for Animal Planet if you don't watch it? And while we're at it .. they ought to pay US to watch all of those government access channels."

Yes Virginia....

... there is a Santa Claus. Here is a great example between the GOPers and the Donkeys. If you want the UN to continue its past "success" vote demo. Georgie wants change.

boortz.com: Nealz Nuze Today's Nuze: "So what makes Bolton such a hard-liner?

He led the charge against the International Criminal Court, referring to the day he withdrew the U.S. signature on the treaty as 'the happiest moment of my government service.' So far, so good. Next, he is being criticized for traveling to South Korea and calling the communist gargoyle of the north, Kim Jong-Il a 'tyrannical dictator' who made North Korea a 'hellish nightmare.' That sounds about right to me! I wonder why it upsets the Euro-wimps so much.

Then there's this quote, another zinger about the UN: 'If the U.N. Secretariat Building in New York lost 10 stories, it wouldn't make a bit of difference.' Truer words have never been spoken. Sounds like just the man the United States needs representing us at the United Nations."

Monday, March 07, 2005

Go to this site with a kleenex.

What wonderful men and women!

Sunday, March 06, 2005

NPR blogging

Here in Muskegon MI (flyover country) I'm watching the PBS presentation of "Broadway's Lost Treasures". It IS excellent. Wonderful TV. Too bad PBS pays no taxes and gets its bandwidth (or whatever they call free access to our television) for free. It still seems to me that if there can be tax-paying, job creating, good old capitalist TV stations that show "Girls gone wild", "Howard Stern", "The Golf Channel" etc. ad nausium, there can be enough support for PBSish programming without my forced tax dollar. But, golly , Patti Lupone is amazing!!!!!

This is what socialism and strong unions get a country.

Somehow, the Chronicle missed this. I hope our governor didn't.

BBC NEWS Business German jobless rate at new record: "The figure of 5.216 million people, or 12.6% of the working-age population, is the highest jobless rate in Europe's biggest economy since the 1930s"

Thursday, March 03, 2005

Wall Street Journal advice on party conversation!

Slow news day for Muskegon. How 'bout some verbal intercourse advice?

DigitalRoom.net has an essay called "How to Win an Argument," and its first bit of advice is "Drink liquor":
Suppose you're at a party and some hotshot intellectual is expounding on the economy of Peru, a subject you know nothing about. If you're drinking some health-fanatic drink like grapefruit juice, you'll hang back, afraid to display your ignorance, while the hotshot entralls [sic] your date. But if you drink several large shots of Jack Daniels, you'll discover you have STRONG VIEWS about the Peruvian economy. You'll be a WEALTH of information. You'll argue forcefully, offering searing insights and possibly upsetting furniture. People will be impressed. Some may leave the room.
The essay concludes with "Compare your opponent to Adolf Hitler":
This is your heavy artillery, for when your opponent is obviously right and you are spectacularly wrong. Bring Hitler up subtly. Say: "That sounds suspiciously like something Adolf Hitler might say" or "You certainly do remind me of Adolf Hitler."

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Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Iraq/Iwo Perspective

Vodkapundit reminds us of some specifics about our history and how it repeats itself. Well done!

Vodkapundit - Perspective: "Iwo gave us the uplifting vision of the Marines hoisting the flag on enemy soil. Iraq gave us the uplifting vision of eight million first-time voters planting the flag of freedom on their own soil."

Inducements offered for downtown home-buyers

If "homes in downtown (Muskegon) are a great investment right now" why do we need to spend tax dollars to induce folks to buy them? The problem for Michigan in general and Muskegon in particular is our high tax rates and wasted tax dollars on programs like this. People and businesses will stop leaving Muskegon when Muskegon provides an incentive to stay that does not involve "freebees" that aren't free. Like good schools, low crime rates, low taxes, low cost of doing business and a business friendly local government.

Inducements offered for downtown home-buyers:

"Homes in downtown Muskegon are a great investment right now,' program manager Jessica Elsey said. 'The neighborhood is full of beautiful historic and modern homes that are undervalued in the current real estate market.'"