Sunday, January 31, 2010

100 Greatest 1 Hit Wonders


1 Dexys Midnight Runners: “Come on Eileen”

2 Flock of Seagulls: “I Ran (So Far Away)”

3 A-Ha: “Take On Me”

4 Tommy Tutone: “867-5309 / Jenny”

5 Soft Cell: “Tainted Love”

6 Toni Basil: “Mickey”

7 Modern English: “I Melt With You”

8 Bow Wow Wow: “I Want Candy”

9 Kajagoogoo: “Too Shy”

10 Frankie Goes to Hollywood: “Relax”

11 Gary Numan: “Cars”

12 Animotion: “Obsesssion”

13 Thomas Dolby: “She Blinded Me With Science”

14 Big Country: “In A Big Country”

15 Devo: “Whip It”

16 Nena: “99 Luft Balloons”

17 Men Without Hats: “The Safety Dance”

18 Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock: “It Takes Two”

19 Dead or Alive: “You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)”

20 Rockwell: “Somebody’s Watching Me”

21 Twisted Sister: “We’re Not Gonna Take It”

22 Michael Sembello: “Maniac”

23 Eddy Grant: “Electric Avenue”

24 Edie Brickell & New Bohemians: “What I Am”

25 Musical Youth: “Pass the Dutchie”

26 Cutting Crew: “I Just Died In Your Arms”

27 Stacey Q: “Two of Hearts”

28 John Parr: “St. Elmos Fire (Man In Motion)”

29 Madness: “Our House”

30 The Vapors: “Turning Japanese”

31 Bobby McFerrin: “Don’t Worry Be Happy”

32 Quarterflash: “Harden My Heart”

33 John Waite: “Missing You”

34 The Waitresses: “I Know What Boys Like”

35 Tom Tom Club: “Genius of Love”

36 Weather Girls: “It’s Raining Men”

37 Lipps, Inc.: “Funkytown”

38 Bruce Willis: “Respect Yourself”

39 Matthew Wilder: “Break My Stride”

40 The Buggles: “Video Killed the Radio Star”

41 Billy Vera “At This Moment”

42 Timbuk 3 “The Future’s So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades”

43 Shannon “Let the Music Play”

44 Wall of Voodoo “Mexican Radio”

45 Robbie Nevil “C’est La Vie”

46 Georgia Satellites “Keep Your Hands To Yourself”

47 Pretty Poison “Catch Me I’m Falling”

48 Yello “Oh Yeah”

49 Philip Bailey (w/ Phil Collins) “Easy Lover”

50 Neneh Cherry “Buffalo Stance”

51 After the Fire “Der Kommissar”

52 Mary Jane Girls “In My House”

53 Taco “Puttin’ On the Ritz”

54 Chris DeBurgh “Lady in Red”

55 Johnny Kemp “Just Got Paid”

56 Til Tuesday “Voices Carry”

57 Jermaine Stewart “We Don’t Have to Take Our Clothes Off”

58 Don Johnson “Heartbeat”

59 The Outfield “Your Love”

60 Nu Shooz “I Can’t Wait”

61 E.U.: “Da Butt”

62 XTC: “Dear God”

63 Oran “Juice” Jones: “The Rain”

64 Robbie Dupree: “Steal Away”

65 Boomtown Rats: “I Don’t Like Mondays”

66 The Jeff Healy Band: “Angel Eyes”

67 Martika: “Toy Soldiers”

68 Peter Schilling: “Major Tom”

69 T’Pau: “Heart And Soul”

70 Harold Faltermeyer: “Axel F”

71 Jack Wagner: “All I Need”

72 Swing Out Sister: “Breakout”

73 Paul Hardcastle: “19″

74 Information Society: “What’s On Your Mind (Pure Energy)”

75 Bertie Higgins: “Key Largo”

76 J.J. Fad: “Supersonic”

77 General Public: “Tenderness”

78 Aldo Nova: “Fantasy”

79 Alannah Myles: “Black Velvet”

80 Eddie Murphy: “Party All The Time”

81 Josie Cotton: “Johnny Are You Queer?”

82 Red Rider: “Lunatic Fringe”

83 Paul Lekakis: “Boom Boom Boom Let’s Go Back to My Room”

84 The Church: “Under The Milky Way”

85 Ziggy Marley And The Melody Makers: “Tomorrow People”

86 Patrice Rushen: “Forget Me Nots”

87 Vixen: “Edge Of A Broken Heart”

88 Nik Kershaw: “Wouldn’t it Be Good”

89 Rodney Dangerfield: “Rappin’ Rodney”

90 Haircut 100: “Love Plus One”

91 Gloria Loring & Carl Anderson: “Friends And Lovers”

92 Frank Stallone: “Far From Over”

93 L.A. Guns: “The Ballad of Jayne”

94 Club Nouveau: “Lean On Me”

95 Midnight Oil: “Beds are Burning”

96 The Fabulous Thunderbirds: “Tuff Enuff”

97 Will To Power: “Baby I Love Your Way / Freebird”

98 Buckner & Garcia: “Pac-Man Fever”

99 Michael Damian: “Rock On”

100 Clarence Clemons (and Jackson Browne): “You’re A Friend Of Mine”

Millionaire Pelosi Uses US Military Jets To Shuttle Her Children & Grandchildren; $18,000/hr Of Taxpayers Dollars

Full article here:

Dems Need To Practice What They Preach

Love this site.

Despite the president's stern admonition that legislators should share America's belt-tightening during these tough financial times, a recent audit of Nancy Pelosi's expenses includes a line item of over $100,000 for in-flight booze and snacks over just the past two years.

Mind you, Nancy didn't put away all that liquor without a little help. When she travels, she brings other Democratic congresspeople. And their spouses. And kids. And friends. And probably pets.

For instance, Nancy's recent "Copenhagen Climate Summit" travel party cost taxpayers over $1 million, and treated an entourage of 106 people to 5-star hotel accomodations, gourmet dinners, and drinks. And drinks. And drinks.

I think everyone needs to encourage President Obama to immediately form a fact-finding commission to explore the huge potential cost savings if, in the future, Democrats only conduct their business during Happy Hour.

Your tax dollars at work: an actual receipt submitted by Nancy Pelosi's office.

The Great Misleader

We all remember Joe Wilson's "You lie!" moment.

We've all heard various politicians and journalists call Obama "dishonest" and "misleading."

Now a Supreme Court Justice (Samuel Alito) was seen mouthing the words "not true" when Obama was speaking at yesterday's State of the Union address.

So which is it: A) The whole political world has gone crazy and simply can't see Obama as the good, honest, pure healer he obviously is? Or B) Obama is a serial liar?

Be honest with yourself. Notice how the balanced (conservative and liberal justices) Supreme Court are not in agreement with the President? They don't even stand up for the applause.

Truth Behind Obama's Speech

This is priceless. Listen to Senator Inhofe, a no-nonsense Oklahoman, dissect Obama's State of the Union address. Inhofe states not only that Obama is lying about a host of things, but why they are lies. This is good.

Maybe He Saw A Nickel On The Ground...

The President bows now to our Mayors? This one was in Tampa last week.

How Smart Is The President? And Bush Got A Bad Rap...

Our brilliant Intellectual-in-Chief doesn't know the difference between the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution:

The other night in the State of the Union Address, President Obama said:

We find unity in our incredible diversity, drawing on the promise enshrined in our Constitution: the notion that we are all created equal….

Um, wrong founding document, Mr. President. It is in our Declaration of Independence that we read:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

Well, he can probably blame Bush for this one too. And this is the same guy who lectured the Supreme Court moments later in the same speech.

Watch video:

20 Years ago, "Iron" Mike Tyson Got Knocked Out In Probably The Biggest Upset In Boxing History

Friday, January 29, 2010

Top 10 Reasons You Can’t Find A Job

Let's face it, finding a good job these days is tough. The economy stinks, folks are getting laid off, and you ain't got any money. But... you can't find a job. No surprise, stupid! Here are the top 10 reasons you can't find a job.

10. Instead of shaking hands, you ask them to "pull your finger." What a moron.

9. You're not willing to risk being downsized, since you're unsure if they're referring to your penis.

8. In your zealousness to pad your resume, you claim 10 years of Java and 15 years of HTML. But what do they know, they still use Windows?

7. After your interview tantrums, so-called "Equal Opportunity Employers" don't seem to be buying your "Turrets Syndrome" excuse.

6. Small-minded employers find "alien abductions" unacceptable explanation for gaps in work history.

5. You can't afford shoes. Come on, that's lame.

4. "Slashed co-workers with a broken coffee mug" doesn't look as impressive on your resume as you thought it would.

3. Too much time during your interview spent discussing your jihad, not enough on how you would perform as the new personnel counselor.

2. You show up at each interview wearing an aluminum foil suit "just in case of enemy attack."

And the #1 reason you can't find a job...

1. You list "smoking weed" as a hobby on the job application. And you wonder why they never sent you over for the drug test.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Some Funnies To End The Day With....

The Murder of Annie Le: Was Rape the Motive?

I heard about this a while back. Some of my former co-workers and I were talking about this. I guess she was originally from Placerville which isn't too far from I am. It's very sad. I hope this bastard fries.

Ray Clark, the accused killer of Yale graduate student Annie Le (right, with her fiance), has been charged with "Felony Murder" in the death of Yale student Annie Le. This is in addition to the original charge of "Murder." ABC News explains:

A new charge of felony murder was filed today against accused Yale killer Ray Clark, indicating the homicide of graduate student Annie Le during the commission of another crime.

The new charge was revealed when Clark was arraigned in a Connecticut courtroom where he pleaded not guilty to both the original murder charge and the new charge of felony murder.

Felony murder is defined under Connecticut state law as a homicide that occurs during a felony offense, such as rape or kidnapping. Under the law, prosecutors do not have to prove that a killing was intentional.

The court would not release the details of what prompted this second charge, saying that it would be prejudicial to the defendant. However, one might reasonably surmise that the charge was based on rape.

Read it all here.

Lead from:

Really? Rescheduling The Big Speech Of The Year For A T.V. Show?

After much debate on the Internet, the White House finally scheduled Obama's "State of the Union" speech for Wednesday, January it wouldn't interrupt the season premiere of "Lost."

But frankly...what's the difference?

• After a disaster, ordinary people are trying to survive, but help never comes.
• Lacking clear leadership, opposing camps are formed.
• Bad people disguise themselves as good people, and conceal their true goals.
• Major problems were inherited from the bureaucracy that previously ruled.
• Evil businessmen want to exploit the system for their own financial benefit.
• The past isn't "set," and history can be rewritten.
• Polar bears are forced to live in warm climates.
• In the end, it's likely that none of it makes any sense anyway.

UN Reverses Report: IPCC: Himalayas Aren't Quickly Melting As Previously Thought

This should add to the global warming debate

Of the seemingly innumerable lies passed off as “inconvenient truths” in Al Gore’s famous movie is that man-made global warming climate change is causing the world’s mountain glaciers to melt. He says Himalayan glacial melt waters, which 40% of the world’s population get their water supply from, are failing because of “global warming.”

This unsubstantiated statement was refuted by a number of “deniers,” including the outspoken Lord Christopher Monckton of Benchley at the Science and Public Policy Institute:

They don’t and they are not. The water comes almost entirely from snow-melt, not from ice-melt. Over the past 40 years there has been no decline in the amount of snow-melt in Eurasia.

Now there’s more disturbing information that the Goracle would prefer you didn’t know: Back in December, BBC News (“Doing the job American journalists won’t do”) reported that the U.N. IPCC most likely misread a report that the Himalayan glaciers will melt to a fifth of current levels by 2035. The report said 2350! Interesting what the mind wants the eye to see:

Saturday, 5 December 2009
Himalayan glaciers melting deadline ‘a mistake’
By Pallava Bagla in Delhi

The UN panel on climate change warning that Himalayan glaciers could melt to a fifth of current levels by 2035 is wildly inaccurate, an academic says.

J Graham Cogley, a professor at Ontario Trent University, says he believes the UN authors got the date from an earlier report wrong by more than 300 years.

He is astonished they “misread 2350 as 2035”. The authors deny the claims.

Leading glaciologists say the report has caused confusion and “a catalogue of errors in Himalayan glaciology”.

The Himalayas hold the planet’s largest body of ice outside the polar caps—an estimated 12,000 cubic kilometres of water.

They feed many of the world’s great rivers—the Ganges, the Indus, the Brahmaputra—on which hundreds of millions of people depend. ...

Note that this story came out a month after the Climate-Gate scandal was exposed and the week of the freakin’ Copenhagen “climate” conference. Yet it was not covered by the mainstream American media. It’s so blood-boilingly amazing how the so-called gatekeepers of truth continue to selectively report the news they want Americans to know and suppress the rest.

Now the plot thickens: Yesterday the U.K. Times (Also doing the job that American journalists won’t do) reports the "2035" report (presumably the one cited by BBC in December) will most likely be retracted by the IPCC entirely:

January 17, 2010
World misled over Himalayan glacier meltdown
Jonathan Leake and Chris Hastings

A WARNING that climate change will melt most of the Himalayan glaciers by 2035 is likely to be retracted after a series of scientific blunders by the United Nations body that issued it.

Two years ago the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued a benchmark report that was claimed to incorporate the latest and most detailed research into the impact of global warming. A central claim was the world's glaciers were melting so fast that those in the Himalayas could vanish by 2035.

In the past few days the scientists behind the warning have admitted that it was based on a news story in the New Scientist, a popular science journal, published eight years before the IPCC's 2007 report.

It has also emerged that the New Scientist report was itself based on a short telephone interview with Syed Hasnain, a little-known Indian scientist then based at Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi.

Hasnain has since admitted that the claim was "speculation" and was not supported by any formal research. If confirmed it would be one of the most serious failures yet seen in climate research. The IPCC was set up precisely to ensure that world leaders had the best possible scientific advice on climate change. …

And so another hysterical man-made global warming climate change myth bites the dust.

How many “series of scientific blunders” by the IPCC are the people of Planet Earth going to take …

How many revisions of science that is “settled” are they going to take …

How uncovered emails of fraud and deception are they going to take …

… before they realize that the whole man-made global warming climate change thing is a freaking hoax???

Plus the Climate Gate Book is now being released

Obama's First Year: So Many Lies, So Little Time...

After a year in office, Obama has been called many things by his critics, including radical and incompetent. Radical? Yes. Incompetent? Maybe. One thing President Hope&Change is extremely skilled at is lying.

Now this is impressive:

Jan 21st, 2010 | Front Page Mag
The Lies of Obama
John Ellis

The accumulated weight of Obama’s deceit is overwhelming:

* During his campaign for the presidency and since, Obama repeatedly assured us that he would protect Medicare against cuts; but he now presses for passage of bills that include savage cuts in Medicare.
* To obtain passage of his first stimulus bill, Obama assured us that 90% of the jobs created would be in the private sector; but as he well knew, most of them were to be in the public sector.
* Early in the health care debate, Obama assured us that he had not said that he favored a single payer system; but he was on record as having said exactly that.
* Obama gave primary voters a firm assurance that if he became the nominee of the Democratic party he would (unlike Hillary Clinton) abide by the campaign finance limits of public funding; but as soon as he became the party’s nominee, he reneged on that pledge.
* During the presidential campaign Obama criticized the presence of former lobbyists in the Bush administration and solemnly assured us that he would appoint no lobbyists to his administration; but once elected he proceeded to appoint even more lobbyists than his predecessors.
* Obama criticized the size of George Bush’s deficit and promised to stop deficit spending if elected; but he has already quadrupled the size of the deficit he objected to and recklessly continues new federal spending in the trillions.
* When campaigning Obama criticized bills before the congress that were too long for anyone to be able to read and promised to stop that; but the bills he has been backing throughout his first year are infinitely longer (2000+ pages) than the ones he criticized.
* Candidate Obama promised an end to the corruption of earmarks and pork, but in the bills he has supported this year there have been more and bigger earmarks than ever before.
* Candidate Obama promised us that CIA personnel involved in the interrogation of terrorists would not be prosecuted; but his administration is now doing exactly that.
* Obama assured a joint session of Congress that the health bill he supported (pre-Stupak) would not provide public funding for abortions; but bitter resistance on the part of House Democrats to inclusion of language to that effect soon proved that it did.
* Candidate Obama promised that he would make sure that there was always enough time for the public to read legislation before it was enacted; but he has done exactly the opposite, repeatedly pressing for even faster passage of even longer bills.
* Candidate Obama met fears that he would be a tax and spend liberal by promising, emphatically and repeatedly, that those earning under $200,000 would see no increase in their taxes of any kind; but he now urges passage of a healthcare bill that breaks that pledge in many different ways, and his unrestrained increase in federal spending makes more tax increases inevitable.
* Candidate Obama promised bipartisanship and an end to partisan bickering; but in a display of especially ruthless partisanship his allies have shut Republicans out of all key meetings on his health care initiative, with the unprecedented result that domestic legislation of historic importance garnered not a single Republican vote in the Senate.
* Candidate Obama criticized his opponent’s plan to tax employer paid healthcare benefits, and promised he would not tax them; but the bill he now backs will do just that.
* Obama had promised that he would not sign a healthcare bill that would add one dime to the federal deficit; but the bill he now backs adds trillions in new federal spending, offset only by new sources of revenue that are both uncertain and more properly seen as offsetting the already existing deficit.
* Obama coerced congress into passing his stimulus bill by promising that if it were passed unemployment could go no higher then 8%; but unemployment is now at 10%, and he could not possibly have had good reason to exclude that possibility.
* Obama promised that his cap and trade legislation will create jobs; but its massive tax increases will certainly hobble the economy and destroy jobs, while green jobs in significant numbers can at best be hoped for, but never promised.
* Obama has repeatedly assured the American people that if they like their current health plan they can keep it; but the House bill which he supported created huge incentives for employers to drop their coverage and shift their members to a public option.
* Obama has just as often assured the public that under his health plan everyone will be able to keep their current doctor; but many are certain to lose their doctors when ObamaCare’s large cuts in Medicare funding induce more doctors to withdraw from Medicare coverage, as they also would were employers to transfer patients to a public option to save money.
* Obama assured a joint session of Congress that his health plan would not fund illegal aliens; but his allies had been busy voting down amendments to that effect. (This was the point of Joe Wilson’s outburst.)
* Obama claimed that John Deere’s CEO had told him that Deere would begin hiring again as a result of the stimulus bill; but that individual immediately announced that he had said no such thing, and that Deere would in fact be laying off more workers.
* Candidate Obama promised that Guantanamo would be closed by January 1, 2010; but it is still open.
* Candidate Obama promised that his administration (unlike his predecessor’s) would be so transparent that TV cameras (C-Span) would be there for key deliberations; but an unprecedented level of secrecy prevails as the final stages of Obamacare are negotiated behind closed doors and kept so secret that even the Senate majority whip admitted that he had no idea what was going on. Requests for Obama to honor the promise of C-Span cameras are being ignored.
* To gain traction for his attempt to return a would-be socialist dictator in Honduras to power, Obama claimed that he had been overthrown in an illegal coup; but the congressional research service pointed out correctly that ex-President Zelaya had been removed for constitutionally sufficient cause by legal and constitutional means.
* Obama claims that he wants a public option only to increase choice and competition; but the House bill would clearly reduce choice both by squeezing unsubsidized private health plans out of the market, and by setting rigid conditions on acceptable plans that would narrow available options.
* Candidate Obama claimed that violent radical Bill Ayers was just another guy in his neighborhood; but the record shows that the two had worked closely together.
* Obama assured us that his stimulus bill would create or save a million jobs; but he was claiming as fact what could never have been more than a wild (and highly improbable) guess, and his more recent attempts to justify that guess have been fraudulent.
* Obama assured us that his health plan would never ration care, or “pull the plug” on grandma; but the legislation he backs sets up panels to make crucial decisions on when to withhold care, and it makes such deep cuts in Medicare that rationing is inevitable.
* Obama now assures us that health insurance premiums will not go up if ObamaCare becomes law, insisting indignantly that people who say this have not read the bill; but the legislation forces insurers to cover preexisting conditions, which will compel them to raise premiums substantially.

… How shameful is that for our society when this disgraceful record is never the subject of a reproachful editorial in the New York Times, the Washington Post, or CBS news? Richard Nixon was removed from office, and Bill Clinton impeached for a single lie. Who could look at Obama’s record without concluding that his lying is in a completely different league to theirs? …

One year down, three more to go. How’s that hope n’ change working out for ya?

UPDATE 1/22: Missed this 1/19 Human Events article by Susan Dale on the same subject. It lists fewer broken promises, but elaborates on them more.

New Cartoon

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Everyone needs something to believe in. I believe I'll have another beer

Thursday, January 21, 2010

I Got Laid Off Today....

Chalk this one up as another disappointing chapter in the saga that is becoming my life


Is it good if a vacuum really sucks?
Why is the third hand on the watch called the second hand?
If a word is misspelled in the dictionary, how would we ever know?
If Webster wrote the first dictionary, where did he find the words?
Why do we say something is out of whack? What is whack?
Why does "slow down" and "slow up" mean the same thing?
Why does "fat chance" and "slim chance" mean the same thing?
Why do "tug" boats push their barges?
Why do we sing "Take me out to the ball game" when we are already there?
Why are they called " stands" when they are made for sitting?
Why is it called "after dark" when it really is "after light"?
Doesn't "expecting the unexpected" make the unexpected expected?
Why are a "wise man" and a "wise guy" opposites?
Why do "overlook" and "oversee" mean opposite things?
Why is 'phonics' not spelled the way it sounds?
16. If work is so terrific, why do they have to pay you to do it?
If all the world is a stage, where is the audience sitting?
If love is blind, why is lingerie so popular?
If you are cross-eyed and have dyslexia, can you read all right?
Why is bra singular and panties plural?
Why do you press harder on the buttons of a remote control when you know the batteries are dead?
Why do we put suits in garment bags and garments in a suitcase?
How come abbreviated is such a long word?
Why do we wash bath towels? Aren't we clean when we use them?
Why doesn't glue stick to the inside of the bottle?
Why do they call it a TV set when you only have one?
Christmas - What other time of the year do you sit in front of a dead tree and eat candy out of your socks?
Why do we drive on a parkway and park on a driveway?

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

The Use Of Bad Language In The Work Place


Subject: The Use of Bad Language in the Work Place
It has been brought to the attention of the management that some people have been using foul language during the execution of their duties. Due to complaints from some of the employees who are more easily offended, this type of language will no longer be tolerated in the work place. However, because we appreciate the importance and value of staff being able to properly express their feelings when communicating with other employees, the Human Resources section has compiled a list of 'phrase replacements' so the proper exchange of ideas and information can continue in an effective manner without offending our more sensitive co-workers.

"You fucking loser" becomes "Well that was unfortunate"
"No fucking way" becomes "I'm fairly sure that's not feasible"
"You're fucking kidding" becomes "Really!"
"Tell someone who gives a fuck" becomes Have you run that by anyone else?"
"No cunt told me" becomes "I wasn't involved in that project"
"I don't have fucking time" becomes "Perhaps I can work late"
"Who fucking cares" becomes "Are you sure that's a problem"
"Eat shit and die" becomes "You don't say"
"Eat shit and die motherfucker" becomes "You don't say, Sir"
"Kiss my ass" becomes "So you'd like me to help you"
"He's a fucking prick" becomes "He's somewhat intensive"
"She's a ball busting bitch" becomes "She's an aggressive go-getter"
"You haven't got a fucking clue" becomes "You could use more training"
"This place is fucked" becomes "We're a bit disorganized today"
"What sort of fuck head are you" becomes "You're new here aren't you"
"Fuck off shithead" becomes "Well there you go"
"You're a fucking wanker" becomes "You're my superior, I respect you"
"Fuck off dickhead" becomes "I no longer require your help"
"Fuck off" becomes "I'll see to it and get back to you"
"How did you get this piece of shit to work" becomes "Well done"

Monday, January 18, 2010

Jose Offerman Punches Umpire

This video is dumb on the part of Jose Offerman, but also a good acting job on the part of the umpire. Jose doesn't even connect with the right hand. Watch at the 53 second mark. Well regardless, it was dumb and the Dominican League has banned him for life and he's being charged with 2nd degree assault.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Big Mac.....

NEW YORK -- Mark McGwire finally came clean, admitting he used steroids when he broke baseball's home run record in 1998, but he also said he didn't need performance-enhancing drugs to hit the long ball.

McGwire said in a statement sent to The Associated Press on Monday that he used steroids on and off for nearly a decade. Later Monday, however, he disputed that the drugs gave him more power to hit homers.

Rest of the story here:

Saturday, January 9, 2010

The Great Humboldt Quake Of 2010

A 6.5 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Northern California Saturday afternoon, shaking buildings south of the Oregon border and knocking out power in several coastal communities.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake hit at about 4:27 p.m. about 27 miles from Eureka, a city of about 26,000. No injuries have been reported.

Pacific Gas & Electric Co. spokesman J.D. Guidi said power outages were widespread across most of Humboldt County, affecting about 25,000 customers.

Several traffic lights have fallen and numerous residents have reported water, gas and sewer leaks, Humboldt County Office of Emergency Services spokeswoman Jo Wattle said.

"People have chimneys down, and we're hearing about minor property damage and lots of glassware broken," Wattle said. "People are really shaken up. It was shaking pretty good, then it had a big jolt to it at the end."

Police in Ferndale, the community closest to the quake's epicenter, said the jolt caused stucco to fall off City Hall and broke shop windows, strewing the historic downtown streets with glass shards.

"I thought a tire had blown off my truck because it was so hard to keep control of the vehicle," Officer Lindsey Frank said. "Power lines were swaying, and I could see people in the fields trying to keep their balance."

Televisions tumbled and objects were knocked off walls in Arcata, a small town that's home to Humboldt State University, one resident said.

"The whole town is kind of freaked out right now," said Judd Starks, the kitchen manager at a bar and restaurant known as The Alibi. "All the power is out, people are out walking around."

The quake was felt as far south as Capitola in central California, and as far north as central Oregon, USGS geophysicist Richard Buckmaster said.

Arcata and Eureka are located about 270 miles north of San Francisco in a coastal area known for periodic earthquakes. In 1964 a tsunami washed away 11 people in Crescent City, 90 miles to the north of Eureka. It is the only tsunami to take lives in the continental United States.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said there was no threat of the quake generating a tsunami.

According to the USGS, the quake hit at a depth of nearly 10 miles. Five aftershocks followed in the 90 minutes after the quake, the biggest registering at a magnitude of 3.8. The San Francisco Bay area was struck by two light earthquakes on Thursday and Friday.

There is a small chance — 5 to 10 percent — of another magnitude-6.5 temblor or larger hitting the area over the next week, but the odds dramatically decrease as time passes, the USGS said.

There's also a 78 percent chance of a strong and potentially damaging aftershock magnitude-5 or larger over the same period. The earthquake probabilities are based on statistical observations of past earthquakes in California and are not predictions, the USGS said.

Dan Bowermaster of San Francisco was with relatives in Eureka when the quake hit. He said he had been in several moderate and large quakes throughout California but had never felt anything as big or dramatic as this one.

"It was extremely unsettling, it was shaking in kind of a circular way," he said by phone.

Sandra Hall, owner of Antiques and Goodies in Eureka, said furniture fell over, nearly all her lamps broke and the handful of customers in her store got a big scare. She said it was the most dramatic quake in the 30 years the store has been open.

"We'll be having a sale on broken china for those who like to do mosaics," she said.

Good Story And Cartoon

As the US workforce shed yet another 85,000 jobs in December, only one thing kept economic experts from declaring this to be a "jobless recovery"...and that's the fact that along with the joblessness, there doesn't seem to be a recovery, either.

Many experts do agree, however, that the policies of the Obama administration and the economic uncertainties associated with the Democrat's healthcare bill are combining to actually kill jobs in unprecedented numbers.

In fact, over 3.2 million jobs have been lost since the alleged "stimulus bill" was passed, and the only reason the unemployment rate is currently shown at 10% instead of 17% or more is because the "Hope and Change" administration no longer bothers to count the unemployed who have given up all hope and stopped looking for work. But the news isn't all bad. The government has been on a huge hiring spree, and nearly 1-in-5 government workers now earns $100,000 or more a year!

On second thought, maybe the news is all bad.

Another Diversity Lane Cartoon

6 Rulers Who Abused Their Power In Hilariously Insane Ways

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Even Jon Stewart Thinks Obama Is A Liar.

And he's a hardcore leftist. Wow.

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Napolitano Most Surprised By 'Al Qaeda's Determination'

Neither the determination of al Qaeda, nor the tactic used in this incident seem particularly shocking or new. Perhaps this kind of thing has something to do with a news search for "Napolitano" today bringing up three calls for her resignation.

Napolitano's answer. Watch the video, here.

I think, following up on that, not just the determination of al Qaeda and al Qaeda Arabian Peninsula, but the tactic of using an individual to foment an attack, as opposed to a large conspiracy or a multi-person conspiracy such as we saw in 9/11, that is something that affects intelligence. It really emphasizes now the renewed importance on how different intelligence is integrated and analyzed, and threat streams are followed through. And, again, it will impact how we continue to review the need to improve airport security around the world.

Harry Reid in '08: Obama's Race is a Plus Because He Doesn't Have a 'Negro Dialect'

If Mitch McConnell said it...

From 1-9-10:

Yesterday, Marc Ambinder quoted the following from the new book Game Change:

[Harry Reid's] encouragement of Obama was unequivocal. He was wowed by Obama's oratorical gifts and believed that the country was ready to embrace a black presidential candidate, especially one such as Obama -- a "light-skinned" African American "with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one," as he said privately. Reid was convinced, in fact, that Obama's race would help him more than hurt him in a bid for the Democratic nomination.

Today, Reid apologized in a statement:

"I deeply regret using such a poor choice of words. I sincerely apologize for offending any and all Americans, especially African Americans for my improper comments. I was a proud and enthusiastic supporter of Barack Obama during the campaign and have worked as hard as I can to advance President Obama's legislative agenda. Moreover, throughout my career, from efforts to integrate the Las Vegas strip and the gaming industry to opposing radical judges and promoting diversity in the Senate, I have worked hard to advance issues important to the African American community."

Well, since Reid did have, as he points out, the integrity to oppose Clarence Thomas and Janice Rogers Brown, let's let bygones be bygones.

Update: Obama accepts Reid's apology:

"Harry Reid called me today and apologized for an unfortunate comment reported today. I accepted Harry's apology without question because I've known him for years, I've seen the passionate leadership he's shown on issues of social justice and I know what's in his heart. As far as I am concerned, the book is closed."

Via Ed Morrissey: "when Don Imus made his own problematic racial crack a few years ago and then apologized, The One was … less forgiving."

Obama in '02: 'The Republican Party itself has to drive out Trent Lott'

In light of President Obama's decision to forgive Harry Reid's remarks about Obama's skin color and lack of a "Negro dialect," check out what Obama said about Trent Lott in 2002:

Illinois Senator Barack Obama (D-13th), who hosted WVON's Cliff Kelley Show, challenged the Republican Party to repudiate Lott's remarks and to call for his resignation as senate leader.

"It seems to be that we can forgive a 100-year-old senator for some of the indiscretion of his youth, but, what is more difficult to forgive is the current president of the U.S. Senate (Lott) suggesting we had been better off if we had followed a segregationist path in this country after all of the battles and fights for civil rights and all the work that we still have to do," said Obama.

He said: "The Republican Party itself has to drive out Trent Lott. If they have to stand for something, they have to stand up and say this is not the person we want representing our party."

--From the December 12, 2002 issue of the Chicago Defender.

Thursday, January 7, 2010


Judy Wallman, a professional genealogy researcher in southern California, was doing some personal work on her own family tree. She discovered that Congressman Harry Reid's great-great uncle, Remus Reid, was hanged for horse stealing and train robbery in Montana in 1889. Both Judy and Harry Reid share this common ancestor.

The only known photograph of Remus shows him standing on the gallows in Montana territory. On the back of the picture Judy obtained during her research is this inscription: 'Remus Reid, horse thief, sent to Montana Territorial Prison 1885, escaped 1887, robbed the Montana Flyer six times. Caught by Pinkerton detectives, convicted and hanged in 1889'.

So Judy recently e-mailed Congressman Harry Reid for information about their great-great uncle. Believe it or not, Harry Reid's staff sent back the following biographical sketch for her genealogy research:

"Remus Reid was a famous cowboy in the Montana Territory. His business empire grew to include acquisition of valuable equestrian assets and intimate dealings with the Montana railroad. Beginning in 1883, he devoted several years of his life to government service, finally taking leave to resume his dealings with the railroad. In 1887, he was a key player in a vital investigation run by the renowned Pinkerton Detective Agency. In 1889, Remus passed away during an important civic function held in his honour when the platform upon which he was standing collapsed."

Now that's what you call POLITICAL SPIN!

Boise State Marching Band Would Be Lost Without This Girl

They give out scholarships for this? Look at her face when's she playing. She's excited

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Stallone Hurts Neck On The Set Of His Newest Movie

SYLVESTER STALLONE - had emergency surgery after he broke his neck while filming a fight scene with Stone Cold Steve Austin for the movie, ‘The Expendables’. He’s fine now though. Stallone can’t be stopped. In fact after it happened they went to their corner and Stone Cold told his trainer, “He’s not human. He’s like a piece of iron".

I think it's pretty bad ass that Arnold, Bruce Willis and Mickey Rourke are going to be in it.

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My Friend Quinn Hedges Performing This Saturday And Upcoming Dates

Hello Friends,

I am pleased to announce that I will be playing at Eureka and Vine this Saturday from 7-10pm. Come on down and say hello to the owner Jordy and enjoy some acoustic awesomeness! Check out their website here:

The CD and band are cruising right along. I'll be sure to give you updates.

Go Eagles!! (...not the band)

See you soon,

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Monday, January 4, 2010

Opus Dai's First Show Of The Year And 2010 Art Calender Up

HAPPY NEW YEAR! ..Hope all you have had a great 2010 so far. ..We just released a 2010 Calendar of our artwork, take a look and pick one up if you don't have 2010 calendar yet :)

Also, mark your calendars for our next shows!:

- Jan 6th @ The Troubadour in W. Hollywood w/ Fair to Midland and Endless Hallway!

Doors open 8 p.m. and Opus Dai plays at 9 p.m.

At the Troubadour in West Hollywood, all ages $12 Advance or $15 at the door.


- Jan 9th @ The Clubhouse in Tempe AZ. w/ Fair to Midland

hope to see ya there!!
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Old School Videos To Start Off Monday, The New Year And The New Decade

Some Personal Quotes

"...Look, I’m all about loyalty. In fact, I feel like part of what I’m being paid for here is my loyalty. But if there were somewhere else that valued loyalty more highly, I’m going wherever they value loyalty the most".

"If you aren't satisfied in 30 days, then you just wasted 1 month of your life".

"Aim low, reach your goals, avoid disappointment".

Dubai opens half-mile-high tower, world's tallest

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – Dubai opened the world's tallest skyscraper Monday in a blaze of fireworks, then added a final flourish: It renamed the half-mile-high tower for the head of neighboring Abu Dhabi, whose billions bailed out Dubai amid last year's financial crisis.

Long known as Burj Dubai — Arabic for "Dubai Tower" — the building rises 2,717 feet (828 meters) from the desert. The $1.5 billion "vertical city" of luxury apartments and offices and a hotel designed by Giorgio Armani also plans to have the world's highest mosque (158th floor) and swimming pool (76th floor).

Its backers wanted the skyscraper to be a monument to the boundless, can-do spirit of Dubai — one of a federation of seven small sheikdoms that make up the United Arab Emirates — but the timing could not be worse. Property prices in parts of Dubai collapsed by nearly half in the past year, the result of easy credit and overbuilding during a real estate bubble that has since burst.

Riding to the rescue was Sheik Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the ruler of oil-rich neighbor Abu Dhabi, which pumped tens of billions of dollars into Dubai last year as it struggled to pay enormous debts.

As officials opened the tapering metal-and-glass spire with fireworks and multicolored lights, they unexpectedly announced it would be renamed Burj Khalifa, to honor the Abu Dhabi leader who is also president of the UAE.

Thousands of cheering, clapping spectators watched as a tally projected on huge screens at the opening ceremony revealed the tower's most closely guarded secret — its height of 2,717 feet. That made it more than 1,000 feet higher than the skyscraper known as Taipei 101 in Taiwan, which at 1,667 feet had been the world's tallest since 2004.

The tallest building in the United States, the Willis Tower in Chicago, comes in at 1,451 feet. Before they were destroyed in the Sept, 11, 2001, attacks, the World Trade Center towers both topped 1,360 feet. The Freedom Tower being planned for the site will measure 1,776 feet, with completion estimated in 2013.

The exact number of floors for the Burj Khalifa is not known, and could reflect how the developer chose to calculate the total.

Mohammed Alabbar, chairman of the tower's developer Emaar Properties, initially said Monday it had "more than 200" stories, but he later backtracked to more than 165 inhabitable floors, given its tapered top. Promotional materials sent before the tower's opening said it contained 160 stories.

Developers say they are confident in the safety of the tower, which is nearly twice the height of New York's Empire State Building.

Greg Sang, Emaar's director of projects, said the Burj Khalifa has "refuge floors" at 25 to 30 story intervals that are more fire resistant and have separate air supplies in case of emergency. Its reinforced concrete structure, he said, makes it stronger than steel-frame skyscrapers.

"A plane won't be able to slice through the Burj like it did through the steel columns of the World Trade Center," he said.

Dubai has not been a target of terrorist attacks or threats that have been made public.

The tower was designed by Chicago-based Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, which has a long track record in engineering some of the world's tallest buildings, including the Willis Tower.

Ahmed Elghazouli, a professor of structural engineering at Imperial College London who was not involved with the Burj's construction, said such groundbreaking buildings typically employ some of the world's best engineers, and go through more rigorous testing and require more studies during design than standard towers.

"I have no doubt that it has been looked after very well in terms of design and construction," he said when asked about the building's safety. "I would be much more comfortable getting into a building like this knowing that so much background work has gone into it."

Dubai was little more than a sleepy fishing village a generation ago, but it boomed into the Middle East's commercial hub in the past two decades on the back of business-friendly trading policies, relative security, and vast amounts of overseas investment.

With little oil of its own, Dubai relied on cheap loans to pump up its international clout during the frenzied boom years.

But like many overextended homeowners, the emirate and its state-backed companies borrowed too heavily and then struggled to keep up with payments as the financial crisis intensified and credit markets froze up.

The sheikdom shocked global markets last year when it unexpectedly announced plans to reorganize its main state-run conglomerate Dubai World and sought new terms in repaying some $26 billion in debt. It got some aid from Abu Dhabi's bailouts.

Dubai's hereditary ruler, Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, in recent months has increasingly spoken of the close relationship between the two emirates, declaring in November that "Dubai and Abu Dhabi are one" and will "be there for each other." Sheik Mohammed serves as vice president and prime minister of the UAE federation.

Analysts had questioned what Dubai might need to offer in exchange for the financial support it received from Abu Dhabi, which controls nearly all of the UAE's oil wealth. Abu Dhabi provided $25 billion last year as Dubai's debt problems deepened.

"It's really quite remarkable to have to name your biggest and most memorable landmark after the living monarch of a neighboring emirate," said Christopher Davidson, a professor at the University of Durham who has written extensively about the UAE.

Burj developer Emaar is also partly owned by the Dubai government, but is not part of struggling Dubai World, which has investments ranging from Dubai's manmade islands and seaports to luxury retailer Barneys New York and the ocean liner Queen Elizabeth 2.

Emaar's Alabbar said the landmark Burj is 90 percent sold in a mix of residential units, offices and other space, offering a counterpoint to Dubai's financial woes.

At their peak, some apartments in the Burj were selling for more than $1,900 per square foot, although they now can go for less than half that, said Heather Wipperman Amiji, chief executive of Dubai real estate consultancy Investment Boutique.

Amiji said some buyers may struggle to find tenants at going rates once the tower's expected high service charges are factored in.

The building ranks as the world's tallest structure, beating out a television mast in North Dakota.

Early designs for the Burj had it edging out Taipei 101 by about 33 feet (10 meters), said Bill Baker, the building's structural engineer.

"We weren't sure how high we could go," said Baker, of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. "It was kind of an exploration ... a learning experience."

Work began in 2004 and moved rapidly. At times, new floors were being added almost every three days. During the busiest construction periods, some 12,000 people worked at the tower each day, according to Emaar. Low-wage migrant workers from the Indian subcontinent provided much of the muscle.

The Burj is the centerpiece of a 500-acre development that officials hope will become a new central residential and commercial district in this sprawling and often disconnected city. It is flanked by dozens of smaller but new skyscrapers and the Middle East's largest shopping mall.

That layout — as the core of a lower-rise skyline — lets the Burj stand out prominently against the horizon. It is visible across dozens of miles of rolling sand dunes outside Dubai. From the air, the spire appears as an almost solitary, slender needle.

An observation deck on the 124th floor opens to the public Tuesday, with adult tickets starting at 100 dirhams, or just over $27 apiece. The ride to the top took just over a minute during a visit for journalists Monday.

Dubai landmarks like the sail-shaped Burj al-Arab hotel and the man-made Palm Jumeirah island were visible through the haze.

The Burj itself cast a sundial-like shadow over low-rise houses and empty sand-covered lots stretching toward the azure Persian Gulf.

On the Net: Burj Dubai:

Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat:

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Top 10: New Year's Resolutions All Men Should Make 1-5

No.5 - Do P90X

Countless studies have shown that setting vague fitness and weight-loss goals are easily ignored. Much more effective is setting a workout routine to follow, which then lets the weight thing take care of itself. P90X is just one example of these challenging exercise programs that keep you motivated as well as yielding excellent results. Find one that suits your aims (weight loss, muscle gain, etc), and then get going with it. You will find you have more energy, you look and feel better, and those love handles will cease to be a concern.

No.4 - Open a savings account

The last 12 months have been a salutary lesson in the importance of sound financial management. While that was on a global scale, we can all do better with our personal finances. As one small step, we recommend opening a savings account. Put a percentage of your salary in each month (or whatever you can spare) and don’t touch it. Pretty soon you won’t miss the money you have put away, and it will gradually grow into the beginnings of a nest egg. You can use this as a springboard into better fiscal health more generally.

No.3 - Conquer a fear

We never promised that these would all be a walk in the park (unless you are afraid of parks). Everyone has fears of one kind or another, and overcoming them can be a real battle. The cheapest and most effective way to overcome your fear is to expose yourself to what you’re scared of until you get over it. If your fear is having a negative impact on your quality of life, 2010 is the year to make this resolution.

No.2 - Help someone else

A great way to feel better about yourself is by helping those in need. We realize that not everyone has lots of time to devote to this, but whatever you can do to help is worth doing. Whether that is volunteering in a soup kitchen (especially helpful in the winter) or helping your elderly landlady carry out her garbage, make 2010 the year when you start thinking about making the world better for everyone else. It is very easy to become self-absorbed and forget there are always people in need of help. Don’t make that mistake this year.

No.1 - Visit a new destination

Our No. 1 resolution for 2010 is about taking yourself outside your comfort zone, broadening your horizons and checking out a new corner of the world. The quickest way to cure listlessness or boredom is to put yourself in the crosshairs of an adventure. Whether you have a dream destination in mind or you simply throw a dart at a map of the world, going somewhere new is the most important New Year’s resolution all men should make. Even if you hate traveling, you can still do this. Visiting somewhere new can even include the restaurant you walk past every day, the local museum or the next town over.

Top 10: New Year's Resolutions All Men Should Make 6-10

No.10 - Build a shelf

We know that not everyone is a skilled handyman, but learning some basic DIY has all sorts of advantages. Firstly, it saves time and money if you can fix something yourself instead of hiring someone to do it for you. It gives you a great sense of accomplishment when you finish a project, and it is also a pretty impressive skill to have.

So this year, make sure you put energy into learning how to do something practical. Whether it is turning a plank of wood into a shelf or rewiring your entire house (which we wouldn’t suggest as a first project), a manual project is certainly a resolution all men should make.

No.9 - Read a big book

How many great books have we all heard of, but never actually read -- and perhaps even lied about reading? This year, make a point of knocking at least one title off that list. There are so many big reads to choose from, from classics like War and Peace to contemporary titles like The Kindly Ones, that you are bound to find something that will appeal to you. Not only will it make you more erudite, as you discover why that novel is held in such high regard (and possibly improve your vocabulary) but it may just kick-start a new enthusiasm for reading.

No.8 - Make an appointment for a checkup

It is a frequently repeated statement that men are singularly bad at visiting their doctor. By and large, men prefer to say nothing and hope that a problem goes away rather than be seen as a hypochondriac or a wuss. But we say this year is the time to change that. Make an appointment for that checkup, even if it is just to confirm that everything’s working the way it should be. The importance of your health cannot be overstated; take one small step to help yourself.

No.7 - Go to a career conference

There are very few men out there who are entirely satisfied with the position they are in career-wise, and the rest of us don’t necessarily know how to progress. This is where our next resolution comes in. Visiting a career conference will give you all sorts of great advice on career progression. It will help to galvanize you if you have found your motivation flagging, and is a great opportunity for networking. It will dig you out of the rut you find yourself stuck in, and may be just what you need to finally start getting the recognition you deserve at work.

No.6 - Devote more time to your hobbies

While our previous point emphasized the importance of working on your career, we also recognize the importance of having good quality downtime as well. It is all too easy to come home after a hard day at the office, sit on the couch and watch TV. Remember when you used to have hobbies? Start devoting time to rediscovering those activities. It is a more fulfilling way to spend your time than doing nothing, and may also allow you to meet some new people. Whether it’s a sport, a musical instrument or some incredibly obscure activity, make time for it again.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Makes You Think....

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Obama and the Cloward-Piven strategy to bring down capitalism and the U.S.

"The strategy of working within the system until you can accumulate enough power to destroy it was what sixties radicals called "boring from within." … Like termites, they set about to eat away at the foundations of the building in expectation that one day they could cause it to collapse.

- David Horowitz, conservative author, ex-sixties radical and former member of both the Communist Party and Black Panthers

Not many people know of Obama's background, because he and his enablers in the media have made a concerted effort to keep it from the public. Most presidents have their past on full display for everyone to see, and are vetted to the point of ridiculousness. The media tried their best to destroy Bush during both of his campaigns (remember Rathergate?), and tried to portray him as a bumbling moron by showing his college grades, even though they were the same as John Kerry's.

Because the establishment media have ignored it, we know next to nothing of Obama's background, aside from what he describes in his memoirs. But what we do know, thanks to bloggers, Fox News, and conservative talk radio, is that the man has surrounded himself with radicals like Bill Ayers, Jeremiah "Goddamn America" Wright, Van Jones, etc. We also know that the current Democratic Congress is the most radically far left it has ever been.

The Democrats have forced rules, regulations, catastrophic spending bills, and philosophies upon us that have proven throughout history to never work, going against what the populace wants. What is their motivation? Either they are incredibly stupid, or it's intentional. I believe the latter is true.

If you've never heard of the Cloward-Piven strategy, the radical philosophies of Saul Alinsky, and how our Dear Leader fits into all this, I suggest you take a quick 30-minute history lesson. Your future depends on it, unless you want to be like the rest of the sheeple; living in a pop-culture, reality-TV obsessed ignorant nightmare. I know, 30 minutes might take away from your viewing of Dancing With The Stars, but at least give it a try.

But as Liberals and the White House always says, he "inherited" this.

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Dropping The Ball....I'm Starting To Like These Cartoons.

Nice Quote

America became a great civilization thanks to a culture based on the value of having to earn almost everything an American got in life. As it abandons this value, it will become a mediocre civilization. And eventually it will not be America. It will be a large Sweden, and just as influential as the smaller one. -- Dennis Prager

Thousands of Deadly Islamic Terror Attacks Since 9/11

Western Denial and the Islamic Threat

Another Black Conservative had an interesting post on December 30, 2009, in which Dick Cheney criticizes Obama for his denial of the war declared on us by Islamic extremists. Cheney said, in part:

"As I’ve watched the events of the last few days it is clear once again that President Obama is trying to pretend we are not at war. He seems to think if he has a low key response to an attempt to blow up an airliner and kill hundreds of people, we won’t be at war. He seems to think if he gives terrorists the rights of Americans, lets them lawyer up and reads them their Miranda rights, we won’t be at war. He seems to think if we bring the mastermind of 9/11 to New York, give him a lawyer and trial in civilian court, we won’t be at war."

Cheney makes a good point, but it applies to more than just Obama. Many western politicians, political leaders and media types are in denial about the Islamic threat. They seem to think that by redefining the terrorist war on the west, they can make it go away, or at least transform it into something less frightening. The reality of an external threat is highly inconvenient to those who already despise their own country. 9/11 generated a lot of patriotism within the United States, making the goals of the hate-America crowd much more difficult. Denial then becomes a key counter strategy of the disloyal left and right.

Denial can be deadly, however, as 9/11 proved. Denial takes many forms. For many liberals, Islamic terrorism is merely unlawful activity to be fought and punished by the police and courts of law. For nutcases like the 9/11 Truthers movement ("9/11 was an inside job"), there is no threat at all, except for the one posed by our own federal government. If 9/11 represented a declaration of war by Islamic extremists, then they would be honor bound to do something about it. They would have to acknowledge that pacifism doesn't work, that our wars in the Middle East are morally justified, that multiculturalism is a lie, that their own personal value systems are culturally based and not the law of nature as they previously believed.

So, they just deny the existence of terrorism altogether. There is no external threat, just a massive, intricate and widespread conspiracy by a high cabal right here in our own government. This is denial on a massive scale, substituting an absurd fantasy for an unpleasant reality.

Others try to provide justification for the terrorists' actions. They are merely reacting to "American Imperialism," or are annoyed by our carbon emissions, our support of Israel, our national arrogance. Again, it is denial. Since Muslims have murdered 280 million people since Muhammad invented the wretched religion, what "Imperialism" were the Muslims reacting to? Was it Hindu imperialism that caused the Muslims to murder 40 million Hindus (the latest installment being the Mumbai, India massacre of one year ago)? School children imperialism that resulted in the terrorist murder of 300 children in Beslin, Russia? Perhaps it was European imperialism that caused the Muslims to invade Europe in 1683 and make it all the way to the gates of Vienna before Christian forces stopped them?

History shows that wars with Islam were the result of Islamic aggression and Islamic imperialism, and not that of their victims.

Wise men and women do not attempt to reorder reality to fit their ideology. They amend their ideology to fit reality.

Great Link and Graphs To Back Up The Global Warming Debate