Monday, May 28, 2007

When you look up 'twat' in the dictionary...'s what you'll find.

NEW YORK (AP) -- Rosie O'Donnell says she will likely never speak to "The View" co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck again after an on-air tiff last week that led to O'Donnell's early departure from the show.

The former host of the ABC daytime chatfest says in a video blog posted on her Web site that she has never tried harder to be friends with someone, but she doesn't think she succeeded with Hasselbeck.

"I haven't spoken to her, and I probably won't, and I think it's just as well," she said. "I wrote her an e-mail, and she wrote me back, and there you have it."

If I'm Elisabeth Hasselbeck, the Bacchanalian celebration would commence for seven straight days. There can be no finer place to be than on Rosie's "no-speakie" list.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Waterboarding is not torture

At least, not compared to these images from a recent Iraq safe house/torture chamber raid. There are some gruesome concepts in here, from "blowtorch to the skin" to "eye removal". The photos of actual victims are pretty repulsive.

So, if all we're doing is the occasional waterboarding, I'd say we've taken the high road.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Holy spin!

Last night, Pennsylvanians voted on a referendum that would increase income tax and potentially decrease property taxes as an offset. It was called "Special Session Act 1 of 2006", and it was soundly defeated.

But that isn't the real story. What really irks me about the article is Governor Rendell's response:

Gov. Ed Rendell had pushed hard for the referenda. His spokesman, Chuck Erdo, said, "The governor doesn't believe that the defeat of the local tax shifting question is an indication of anything other than confusion."

He added, "Many voters didn't have the information they needed to make a good choice."

Translation: It's not that the people decided that the measure was a bad idea. We just didn't get our message out.

A taller and steamier pile of dung I've not seen in all my thirty-six years. In effect, their stated position on the outcome is that the electorate is stupid and can't be trusted to think on its own. Of course, their view is the reverse when Democrats (or Democratically sponsored initiatives) are voted in.

I'll bet those folks living in the quieter rural areas of Pennsylvania can put their ears to the ground and hear our founding fathers slowly rolling in their coffins over this one.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

So they do have a voice...imagine that!

This article shows I'm not always right - muslims apparently do occasionally get upset at the rhetoric that comes from one of their own.

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. — The leader of the Islamic Center of Johnstown has stepped down, two weeks after calling for the death penalty for a speaker who was critical of the Muslim faith.

The resignation comes in response to a request by board members, who said his statements do not reflect the views of the center's members.

New York Times best-selling author Ayaan Hirsi Ali spoke at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown in April.

Fouad ElBayly said Wednesday he has complied with the request and resigned as the center's imam – prayer leader – and president.

I've stated in the past that our troubles with islamic fundamentalism will continue until an outcry emanates from within the culture. The bombings, killings and mistreatment of their underclasses will not stop by the hand of anyone in the West - it's an internal issue that needs to be settled by their own. And maybe, just maybe, we'll see more of this in the future.

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Government is to free market what oil is to water

Stumbled upon this article about a gas station owner being forced to raise his gas prices because of meddling by the state government.

MERRILL, Wis. (AP) -- A service station that offered discounted gas to senior citizens and people supporting youth sports has been ordered by the state to raise its prices. Center City BP owner Raj Bhandari has been offering senior citizens a 2 cent per gallon price break and discount cards that let sports boosters pay 3 cents less per gallon.

But the state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection says those deals are too good: They violate Wisconsin's Unfair Sales Act, which requires stations to sell gas for about 9.2 percent more than the wholesale price.

Bhandari said he received a letter from the state auditor in late April saying the state would sue him if he did not raise his prices. The state could penalize him for each discounted gallon he sold, with the fine determined by a judge.

Since when did it become a crime to sell something at cost or even at a loss? If you want to take a bath financially, it should be your prerogative to do so. You won't be able to do it for long unless your pockets are unusually deep.

Common sense and government - two things that will never peacefully coexist.