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June 25, 2005

Pataki Nads Up


Nutty 9/11 art nixed

Gov. Pataki drew a line in the sand yesterday, declaring he will tolerate no America-bashing on the sacred soil of Ground Zero.

Hours after the Daily News disclosed that a museum set to rise on the site had displayed kooky and anti-American art, the governor said there can be no place where nearly 3,000 innocents died for an institution that attacks the United States and the heroes of 9/11.

His voice rising and his resolve steely as he compared the World Trade Center tract to the bloody beaches of Normandy and the black waters of Pearl Harbor, Pataki vowed:

"We will not tolerate anything on that site that denigrates America, denigrates New York or freedom or denigrates the sacrifice and courage that the heroes showed on Sept. 11."

He added, "The Daily News did a good service by pointing out some of these things. We do not want that at Ground Zero; I do not want that at Ground Zero and to the extent that I have the power, it's not going to happen."

At issue are two controversial cultural groups that were picked to occupy a major building at the heart of the site - and have enraged 9/11 family members who say their murdered loved ones are being disrespected.

The larger museum, the International Freedom Center, has sparked fears it will focus on acts of U.S. wrongdoing, like slavery and treatment of American Indians, while the Drawing Center, now based in SoHo, was exposed in The News as displaying graphic and vulgar art attacking America's war on terror.

"Sure, there can be debate," Pataki said when asked if his tough stance jeopardized free-speech rights. "But I don't want that debate to be occurring at Ground Zero."

Acting after a protest from family members - and word the Drawing Center had displayed art linking President Bush to Osama Bin Laden and portraying terror suspects as victims of American torture - the governor laid down the law to the Lower Manhattan Development Corp.: "Contact the cultural institutions on the memorial site. . . and get from them an absolute guarantee that as they proceed, it will be with total respect for the sanctity of that site." This was followed by a simple, stark threat: "I'm hopeful they are able to do that, and if not, then they shouldn't be there."

Pataki twice repeated his threat, saying the Freedom and Drawing Centers must respect sacred ground - or else.

"Period. Otherwise they won't be there," he said.

I like that last part - 'Or else'....

(Politely gommed from Little Green Footbals)

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June 24, 2005


A new term is appearing in the blogsphere:

To Durbinize

Durbinize, verb.

  1. To make, either explicitly or implicitly, a moral, political, or factual equivalence between two situations which in reality have little or nothing in common. (After U. S. Senator Richard Durbin (D, ILL) who compared the alleged abusive treatment of a terrorist detainee held at Guantanamo Bay with the depraved horrors of the Nazis, Soviet gulags, and Pol Pot’s mass murders, thereby equating the U. S. personnel with these murderous despots.)

  2. To apparently apologize without actually doing so by subtly placing the blame for legitimate objections to the actions of definition 1 on the objectors. This may be accomplished by expressing disappointment that the objectors have “misunderstood” the speaker’s remarks or by stating the speaker’s sorrow that feelings were hurt. In reality, the speaker is implying that the objectors are too stupid to understand plain English or are insufficiently educated or mature to accept the speaker’s remarks as truth.
(Politely glommed from Michelle Malkin who glommed from Bill Yates at From Where I Sit)

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Posted by Mad Mikey at 02:09 PM | Comments (0)

June 23, 2005

Supreme Crap

This is a complete load of crap:

Supreme Court Rules Cities May Seize Homes

WASHINGTON -- Cities may bulldoze people's homes to make way for shopping malls or other private development, a divided Supreme Court ruled Thursday, giving local governments broad power to seize private property to generate tax revenue.

In a scathing dissent, Justice Sandra Day O'Connor said the decision bowed to the rich and powerful at the expense of middle-class Americans.

The 5-4 decision means that homeowners will have more limited rights. Still, legal experts said they didn't expect a rush to claim homes.

"The message of the case to cities is yes, you can use eminent domain, but you better be careful and conduct hearings," said Thomas Merrill, a Columbia law professor specializing in property rights.

The closely watched case involving New London, Conn., homeowners was one of six decisions issued Thursday as the court neared the end of its term. The justices are scheduled to release their final six rulings, including one on the constitutionality of Ten Commandments displays on public property, on Monday.

Justice John Paul Stevens, writing for the majority, said New London could pursue private development under the Fifth Amendment, which allows governments to take private property if the land is for public use, since the project the city has in mind promises to bring more jobs and revenue.

"Promoting economic development is a traditional and long accepted function of government," Stevens wrote, adding that local officials are better positioned than federal judges to decide what's best for a community.

To be honest, I don't own property but this would make me really think about where I'd buy it.

My thinking on this is that if there was any 'choice' property to be snatched up, some people will re-consider buying for fear that it'll be stolen from them. This is gonna make people want to buy property in area(s) that are out of the way and not near urban centers.

Way to go Justice Stevens - you've just increased 'suburban sprawl' and increased the pressure on people looking to sell property.

What do you bet that in the next week that someone in Congress - Republican or Democrat - will introduce legislation to kill this ruling?

Posted by Mad Mikey at 04:21 PM | Comments (4)
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June 22, 2005

Amendment XXVIII?

House Approves Flag-Burning Amendment

WASHINGTON (AP) - The House on Wednesday approved a constitutional amendment that would give Congress the power to ban desecration of the American flag, a measure that for the first time stands a chance of passing the Senate as well.

By a 286-130 vote - eight more than needed - House members approved the amendment after a debate over whether such a ban would uphold or run afoul of the Constitution's free-speech protections.

Approval of two-thirds of the lawmakers present was required to send the bill on to the Senate, where activists on both sides say it stands the best chance of passage in years. If the amendment is approved in that chamber by a two-thirds vote, it would then move to the states for ratification.

Supporters said the measure reflected patriotism that deepened after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, and they accused detractors of being out of touch with public sentiment.

"Ask the men and women who stood on top of the (World) Trade Center," said Rep. Randy (Duke) Cunningham, R-Calif. "Ask them and they will tell you: pass this amendment."

But Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., said, "If the flag needs protection at all, it needs protection from members of Congress who value the symbol more than the freedoms that the flag represents."

The measure was designed to overturn a 1989 decision by the Supreme Court, which ruled 5-4 that flag burning was a protected free-speech right. That ruling threw out a 1968 federal statute and flag-protection laws in 48 states. The law was a response to anti-Vietnam war protesters setting fire to the American flag at their demonstrations.

The proposed one-line amendment to the Constitution reads, "The Congress shall have power to prohibit the physical desecration of the flag of the United States." For the language to be added to the Constitution, it must be approved not only by two-thirds of each chamber but also by 38 states within seven years.

Each time the proposed amendment has come to the House floor, it has reached the required two-thirds majority. But the measure has always died in the Senate, falling short of the 67 votes needed. The last time the Senate took up the amendment was in 2000, when it failed 63-37.

But last year's elections gave Republicans a four-seat pickup in the Senate, and now proponents and critics alike say the amendment stands within a vote or two of reaching the two-thirds requirement in that chamber.

By most counts, 65 current senators have voted for or said they intend to support the amendment, two shy of the crucial tally. More than a quarter of current senators were not members of that chamber during the last vote.

The Senate is expected to consider the measure after the July 4th holiday.

The amendment is H.J. Res 10.

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Reading Habits of Mikey

I've been tagged with a meme from Chris at Miller's Time about my reading habits.

  1. What is the last book you read, the book you are currently reading and the next book you plan to read:
    • Lucifer's Hammer - Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
    • Alas, Babylon - Pat Frank / The Savage Nation - Michael Savage
    • A Tale of Two Cities - Charles Dickens

  2. In no particular order, what are your five favorite works of fiction:
    • The Hunt for Red Octboer - Tom Clancy
    • Executive Orders - Tom Clancy
    • The Stand - Stephen King
    • The Last Ship - William Brinkley
    • Long Voyage Back: A Novel - Luke Rhinehart

  3. In no particular order, what are your five favorite non-fiction books:
    • The Engineering Student Survival Guide - Krista Donaldson
    • Band of Brothers - Stephen E. Ambrose
    • A Bridge Too Far - Cornelius Ryan
    • His Excellency: George Washington - Joseph J. Ellis
    • Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation - Joseph J. Ellis

  4. Who are your five favorite fiction writers:
    • Tom Clancy
    • Robert Vaughan
    • Stephen King
    • Anyone who writes 'Star Trek' novels
    • Anyone who writes 'Star Wars' novels

  5. Who are your five favorite non-fiction writers:
    • Stephen E. Ambrose
    • Cornelius Ryan
    • Joseph J. Ellis
    • Ann Coulter
    • P. J. O'Rourke

  6. What book[s] (other than Scripture) have you read more than once:
    • The Stand - Stephen King
    • The Last Ship - William Brinkley
    • Long Voyage Back: A Novel - Luke Rhinehart
    • The Hunt for Red October - Tom Clancy
    • A Tale of Two Cities - Charles Dickens

  7. What autographed books do you own, and who signed them:
    • Storm on the Horizon: Khafji--The Battle That Changed the Course of the Gulf War - David J. Morris

And as Chris did to me and others, now I'll 'tag' some additional people to keep this rolling along (in no particular order):

I'm not gonna try to insert the links to all of these books like Chris did; Amazon has all of these titles.

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June 21, 2005

Off His Rocker - Part IV

Durbin Apologizes for Nazi, Gulag, Pol Pot Remarks

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Dick Durbin went to the Senate floor late Tuesday to offer his apologies to anyone who may have been offended by his comparison of treatment of detainees at the U.S. military base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to Nazis, Soviet gulags and Cambodia's Pol Pot.

"More than most people, a senator lives by his words ... occasionally words fail us, occasionally we will fail words," Durbin, D-Ill., said.

"I am sorry if anything I said caused any offense or pain to those who have such bitter memories of the Holocaust, the greatest moral tragedy of our time. Nothing, nothing should ever be said to demean or diminish that moral tragedy.

"I am also sorry if anything I said cast a negative light on our fine men and women in the military ... I never ever intended any disrespect for them. Some may believe that my remarks crossed the line to them I extend my heartfelt apology," Durbin said, choking on his words.

I'm betting that he's sorry for receiving such a tsunami of criticism over his mouth leading his brain in official Senate comments.

You know what Dick? I was (and still am) offended and you can take your apology and jam it.

My guess is that the only reason that you're apologizing now is that you're seeing the poll numbers in your own state drop and you're scrambling to cover your ass.

I don't think that for one minute you're sincere in this apology since you've had at least two differnt times to retract your asinine statements and failed to act. You're probably only doing so because of pressure from the DNC to STFU.

Sorry my ass Dick....you're still an ass-hatted clown and you got busted for talking smack about America's military.

Good luck in getting re-elected in Illinois and I hear that the position of Dog Catcher is open...

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June 20, 2005

2005 Special Election Propositions

Here's the line up of propostions to be voted on in the Special Election in November 2005:


Termination of Minor's Pregnancy. Waiting Period and Parental Notification. Initiative Constitutional Amendment.

Amends California Constitution to bar abortion on unemancipated minor until 48 hours after physician notifies minor's parent/legal guardian, except in medical emergency or with parental waiver. Permits judicial waiver of notice based on clear and convincing evidence of minor's maturity or minor's best interests. Physician must report abortions performed on minors and State shall compile statistics. Authorizes monetary damages for violation. Minor must consent to abortion unless mentally incapable or in medical emergency. Permits judicial relief if minor's consent to abortion is coerced. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local governments: The net costs of this measure to Medi-Cal and other programs are unknown, but are probably not significant in the context of the total expenditures for these programs.

Snap Judgement: YES

While I'm still on-the-fence (more or less) when it comes to a woman's right to choice, this is something that needs to be put into place - especially since we're talking about teenagers and how (basically) they don't know what they'll be doing nor how it will affect them in the future.

Get the parents involved in a decision of this magnitude cause probably 99.999% of parents will not kill their daughters for getting pregnant.

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June 19, 2005

Convulsions of Donna


I've seen Da Goddess work this type of magic is person.....she is not someone to lock horns with....

French Frye

Someone campaigning for Donna Frye, the latest and very tired mayoral race in San Diego, showed up on my doorstep earlier.

"Don't even bother," I said.

"But, don't you want to hear how Donna Frye is going to save San Diego?" he asked in earnest.

"She's a big part of the problem, dude! Don't you get that? She's cost us more money than she's worth."

He stammered and sputtered. He had no way to answer that.

I looked him straight in the eye and declared, "I'd rather have Michael Jackson watch my kid than ever........EVER vote for her. You know, maybe Michael Jackson should run for mayor. I bet he'd get more votes than she would. In fact, I think he has more common sense than she does. And he takes better care of his skin, too."

At that point, he turned beet red, eyes rolling back in his head, and started shaking.

"Don't say another word, man. Just blink once for yes, twice for no if you need me to call you an ambulance."

He backed away, slowly at first. Then he turned and ran.

Do you think it was something I said?

It's always fun to play on the emotions of these district workers....kind of like bear-baiting.

And I'm glad I'm not on her 'short list' of people to scorn....

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Off His Rocker - Part III

From someone who knows the meaning of 'torture' comes a letter that is short, sweet, and to-the-point about Senator Dick Durbin's assinine comments on the floor of the United States Senate.

By way of Citizen Smash:

POW Blasts Durbin

THE FOLLOWING LETTER was sent from retired Navy Commander Paul Galanti to Senator Dick Durbin. Galanti is one of my father's Annapolis classmates, who spent seven years as a prisoner-of-war in the infamous Hanoi Hilton.

Senator Durbin,

As one who was held in a North Vietnamese Prison for nearly seven years and whose definition of torture and bad treatment is somewhat at variance with yours, I deplore your senseless comments about alleged "barbaric treatment" at our terrorist detention facility at Guantanamo.

Your remarks comparing Guantanamo to the regimes of Stalin, Hitler and Pol Pot are outrageous. I tried to think of why a rational human being could make such an outlandish statement but I keep coming up short. I thought I'd seen it all when Howard Dean performed his infamous scream in Iowa but your diatribe yesterday eclipsed Dean's moment of Hannibal Lecter lunacy. And your moment of pique will be infinitely more damaging to members of our Armed Forces serving in harm's way.

I noted, when searching for your contact information, that the first item Google came up with was al Jazeera's joy at your comments. You, sir, for having aided and abetted the enemy in time of war, have been relegated in my mind to the status of Jane Fonda and your colleague, John Kerry as contemptible traitors.

I hope not too many of our valiant members of the Armed Forces have to suffer for your stupid comments. Shame on you.


Paul E. Galanti
Commander, U.S. Navy (Ret.)

When I was a midshipman at Annapolis, I would often go to the Class of '62 tailgaters after the football games with my father. I spoke with Galanti several times.

He never once mentioned his experience in the Hanoi Hilton.

I'm not one to really wish ill-will upon someone for stupid remarks, but I'm hoping that Dick Durbin gets his ass thrown out of the Senate when he's up for re-election...

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