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June 03, 2005

Outrage on Aisle Four...

Iraq Puts Civilian Toll at 12,000

BAGHDAD, June 2 -- Insurgent violence has claimed the lives of 12,000 Iraqis over the past 18 months, Interior Minister Bayan Jabr said Thursday, giving the first official count for the largest category of victims of bombings, ambushes and other increasingly deadly attacks.

At least 36 more Iraqi civilians, security force members and officials were killed Thursday in attacks that underscored the ruthlessness and growing randomness of much of the violence. The day's victims included 12 people killed when a suicide attacker drove a vehicle loaded with explosives into a restaurant near the northern city of Kirkuk.

In Baghdad, gunmen opened fire on a market area crowded with civilians, killing nine, the Defense Ministry said.

What!? Nothing from Amnesty International!?

What about Iraqi Body Count!? Lights are on but nobody's home...?

Well surely there will be some sort of 'outrage' from those upstanding people from Indy Media....what? Out to lunch!?


Posted by Mad Mikey at 04:02 PM | Comments (11)
Posted by Mad Mikey at 04:02 PM | Comments (11)

Gay Marriage Doomed

I'm guessing that California Democrats don't seem to be the 'party of gay people' after all:

Gay marriage measure doomed by Democrats

Rejection of gay marriage by the California Assembly in tense votes Wednesday and Thursday was due largely to about a dozen Democrats who declined to vote for an issue pushed by their party leader.

Assemblyman Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, a gay legislator who proposed Assembly Bill 19, described himself as enormously disappointed late Thursday after daylong lobbying fell short.

"At what point are we all considered human beings?" Leno said afterward. "It's frustrating, confounding and exasperating."

Like I've said before - this makes no nevermind to me....meaning I don't give a fig one way or the other. But it's looking like the Dems can't get behind this either.

Gee....wonder why?

Posted by Mad Mikey at 09:30 AM | Comments (13)
Posted by Mad Mikey at 09:30 AM | Comments (13)

June 02, 2005

The FINAL Comparison on Gitmo

Just one last mention of the 'gulag' in Gitmo - I promise.

Here's a stark comparison between the gulags of the Soviet Union and the Camp X-Ray in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba:


May 27, 2005 -- CAN it be? Did Amnesty International, which purports to be the world's leading independent monitor of human rights abuses, describe the U.S. facility at Guantanamo Bay as "the gulag of our times"?

Yes, it did. So let's do a few comparisons between Gitmo and the Gulag — the network of Soviet prison camps set up by Stalin in the 1920s.

Number of prisoners at Gitmo: approximately 600.

Number of prisoners in the Gulag: as many as 25 million, according to the peerless Gulag historian Anne Applebaum.

Number of camps at Gitmo: 1

Number of camps in the Gulag: At least 476, according to Applebaum.

Political purpose of Gulag: The suppression of internal dissent inside a totalitarian state.

Political purpose of Gitmo: The suppression of an international terrorist group that had attacked the United States, killing 3,000 people while attempting to decapitate the national government through the hijack of airplanes.

Financial purpose of Gulag: Providing totalitarian economy with millions of slave laborers.

Financial purpose of Gitmo: None.

Seizure of Gulag prisoners: From apartments, homes, street corners inside the Soviet Union.

Seizure of Gitmo prisoners: From battlefield sites in Afghanistan in the midst of war.

Okay....I think that just about settles that bag of cricket crap.

Oh wait - there IS one more mention: Fellow Cal Bear League member Rusty Shackleford at My Pet Jawa has a great in-depth comparison between Gitmo and the Soviet 'gulags'. Go check it out.

Posted by Mad Mikey at 02:59 PM | Comments (10)
Posted by Mad Mikey at 02:59 PM | Comments (10)

Ted's Meds

Turner: CNN Focuses Too Much on Perverts

"I would like to see us to return to a little more international coverage on the domestic feed and a little more environmental coverage, and, maybe, maybe a little less of the pervert of the day," he said in a speech to CNN employees outside the old Atlanta mansion where the network first aired.

Well, if barking moonbat liberals like Ted would allow us to execute perverts then there would be a lot less news about them....huh, Ted?

And this is the one thing that made me guffaw out loud:

And at one point he claimed partial credit for ending the Cold War.

Amanpour asked his if he honestly thought he had a hand in it.

"I'm absolutely certain I did," he said.

Don't really know how to respond to this one Ted. I do know that you had about as much in ending the Cold War as Barney the Purple Dinosaur though.

Ted - really...take the medication. It's for your own good.

Posted by Mad Mikey at 10:20 AM | Comments (2)
Posted by Mad Mikey at 10:20 AM | Comments (2)

Speako Americano?

I knew this would happen sooner or later:

Lawsuit demands that students be tested in their native language

SAN FRANCISCO ---- Ten school districts statewide and three nonprofit organizations filed a lawsuit against the state Wednesday for allegedly testing non-English-speaking students in English and then labeling them and their schools as "failing" under the state's implementation of the federal No Child Left Behind law.

The lawsuit, filed in federal Superior Court in San Francisco, demands that the state test its 1.6 million non-English-speaking students in a "language and form" they understand, as mandated in the federal education reform law.

The lawsuit is asking the state to change the way it tests students who do not yet understand English, said Mary Hernandez, an attorney with the Southern California-based law firm Burke, Williams & Sorensen, lawyers for the plaintiffs.

"We are asking that the state comply with federal law by testing students in the language and the form that will most likely yield accurate results on what they know and what they've learned," Hernandez said during a telephone press conference out of Los Angeles on Wednesday.

Two of the plantiff school districts are here in San Diego: Chula Vista Elementary School District and Sweetwater Union High School District. And having the Chula Vista district involved doesn't surprise me one little bit. When my daughter attended those schools a few years back, there was this ever-lasting BIG push to teach bilingually in the classes. And when that wasn't being pushed, the pace of the classes c-r-a-w-l-e-d because half of the class didn't speak much English - at least not enough to rate being in a 2nd grade class.

I think I've said this before, but I'll say it again: America is a land that has many cultures that are initially bound by a common thread: speaking English. When someone emmigrates to another nation, it is expected that this immigrant should learn the language, the customs, and the culture. When I lived in Saudi Arabia 13 years ago, I made it a point to at least attempt to learn Arabic - didn't get far, but the Saudis that saw me trying were very appreciative of my efforts and that went a long way in defining my working environment there.

If these kids aren't performing at state-required levels, then they need to work a little harder. Oh, and maybe the parents of these kids might want to pitch in a little and actually pay attention to what their kids are (and aren't) doing in school.

This bilingual crap has got to stop and NOW. Californians make a lot of strides in trying to help people integrate into American society, but there has to be some effort on the part of those integrating.

What's even more of a sign that *cough* bilingual education isn't working is that some of the plantiffs are HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICTS. What the hell is wrong with a school district if teenagers cannot take a test in English!?

It has to stop and it has to stop now. Quite honestly, if you cannot make an attempt to learn English, get the f*ck out.

Posted by Mad Mikey at 07:32 AM | Comments (10)
Posted by Mad Mikey at 07:32 AM | Comments (10)

June 01, 2005

Legislation of Happy Thoughts

Oh joy....I love how the twerps in Sacramento think that they can legislate warm, fuzzy feelings:

Senate passes health care bill

The state Senate passed legislation Tuesday to establish a universal health care system that would replace existing private plans, though Democratic supporters acknowledged that the bill remains a work in progress.

Senate Bill 840 by Sen. Sheila Kuehl, D-Santa Monica, would create a new state health insurance agency that would be led by a new elected health commissioner. The bill does not include a funding solution. Kuehl asked her colleagues to approve the bill to keep the proposal active.

I love this style of politics - legislate some huge program and then try to figure out how to pay for it.

Higher sales taxes anyone?? I'm betting dollars to donuts that the California sales tax - currently at 7.750% - will get bumped up or Sacramento will attempt to bump it up to pay for this crap.

Again, is it any wonder that both people and companies are leaving California?

Posted by Mad Mikey at 02:55 PM | Comments (2)
Posted by Mad Mikey at 02:55 PM | Comments (2)

I Was FORCED to Join!

Here is part of the reason that Pablo *patooey* Paredes didn't get much sympathy here in San Deigo:

Joining the military for the wrong reasons

Pablo Paredes joined the United States Navy, not for love of country or to defend freedom, but because his college scholarship money ran out. “I ended up signing off six years of my life out of a lack of options,” he said. Was there a problem with the obvious option — a job?

Read More of "I Was FORCED to Join!"

Posted by Mad Mikey at 11:12 AM | Comments (9)
Posted by Mad Mikey at 11:12 AM | Comments (9)


Yet another reason why Democrats just don't 'get it':

Tax hikes urged for rich

Assembly Democrats on Tuesday called for tax hikes for the state's top earners in order to pour $3 billion more into public schools, laying the groundwork for a summer budget standoff with Republican lawmakers and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Although polls show California voters favor boosting taxes on upper-income earners to pay for schools, Schwarzenegger has said he will not support it. Republican lawmakers, who hold enough votes in the Legislature to block a tax increase, immediately balked at the plan.

But Assembly Speaker Fabian Núñez, D-Los Angeles, said Democrats have "looked at every other option" and determined the increases are vital.

"Assembly Democrats are not afraid to cast the hard votes necessary to increase revenues when those revenues will be used to fund public education," Núñez said. "We are not going to shortchange our schools of the resources that they need to educate our children."

As I was sitting here at school reading this, my friend Elly - who's a semi-liberal - instantly blurted out Rich people don't send their kids to public schools....why should they shell out more money? to which I agreed. She also agreed with me about the idiocy of taxing people simply because they make more money....Discrimination!! she says.

And she's right. There is no logical reasoning for taxing people at a higher tax rate simply cause they make more money, other than you're a socialist that believes that everyone is equal....except the rich. And they wonder why companies are relocating OUT of California.....dipsticks.

Posted by Mad Mikey at 10:45 AM | Comments (4)
Posted by Mad Mikey at 10:45 AM | Comments (4)

Jam It Already

There has been much ado about the Amnesty International *cough* report on how the Gitmo detainess are living in a 'gulag'.

Oh please - for the love of God, STFU already.

Those detainees are lucky that they're getting such nice treatment - period. They're certainly getting better treatment then some of those 'hostages' that were beheaded in Iraq, huh?

And if it weren't for the graciousness of Americans these detainess wouldn't have any Korans to flush down a toilet. By the way, I dare you to try and flush a book down a toilet - can't be done.

And while I'm sure there might - might - be a case or two of *cough* abuse, it's nothing to get your panties in a wad over. There will always be a few jerks in every crowd and exhibiting one's actions isn't indicative of the American military as a whole.

The detainees should feel lucky that they weren't dealt with like the military in Chile or Argentina (I forget which) did: throw their asses out of a helicopter 100 miles out over the ocean. Seriously.

There isn't really much of a case for these dorks to rate lawyers to defend them. The U.S. should deal with them as they originally intended: military tribunals. Quick, easy, and the freaking ACLU can't get involved.

So just jam it about the 'gulag' and let's compare the Gitmo 'gulag' to some of the other more interesting 'gulags' in history. They don't compare - not by a long shot.

UPDATE: Michelle Malkin's weekly column sums up this 'outrage' over Gitmo and its 'gulag':

Guantanamo Bay will not be the death of this country. The unseriousness and hypocrisy of the terrorist-abetting Left is a far greater threat.

Posted by Mad Mikey at 09:28 AM | Comments (2)
Posted by Mad Mikey at 09:28 AM | Comments (2)


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