... oh, crap.
I knew I should have installed better locks.
A powerful, successful Republican role model such as Condoleezza Rice could show young blacks an alternative to dependency on Democrats.
So, to recap... Libnip and Kinsella, the self anointed judges of all that is good, smart and female in the Canadian Blogosphere, will soon grace us with their decision about the very smartest Canadian womyn bloggers.
As long as it isn't that unspeakable Kate at Small Dead Animals... you know... the hands down winner of the Best Canadian (male, female, gay and I daresay transgendered) Blog at the 2006 Weblog Awards.
The Unraveling of Dick Cheney
While Dick Cheney undoubtedly remains the most powerful vice president this nation has ever seen, it's becoming increasingly unclear whether anyone outside the White House believes a word he says...
But as his astonishing interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer laid bare last week, Cheney is increasingly out of touch with reality. He seems to think that by asserting things that are simply untrue, he can make others believe they are so.
Maybe that works within the White House. But for the rest of us, it's becoming a better bet to assume that everything -- or almost everything -- Cheney says is flat wrong.
One of the reasons I've always liked Dick Cheney is that he doesn't beat around the bush.
I need a new keyboard now. Can't get the coffee out of the old one...
Hey wait a minute...Isn't that pacifier chain made of C-4???? Clear the nursery!! Call the bomb squade to disarm this toddler!!...
Just wondering, is this boomer raised in a daycare center...
They love death, pure and simple. After all the hugging and kissing about how lovely Islam is, after it is all stripped away, there's a huge death cult mentality that's alive and well in Islam. Any cult that advises it's members that the only way to achieve positive entrance to heaven is to die in Jihad...well, enough said.
Baby Boomers......still laughing...
I considered titling this post "Dead Baby Before Picture... [that one was Kate herself]
Ah, they blow up so fast these days...
This picture and some of the comments here make me ill.
My heart breaks for a child who deserves a decent mother and father. Not the fucking ingrates it would appear he has.
How do you even contemplate doing this to your child...
I cannot help but hear again the words from the muslim student in Ireland who said to Trevor Owens, "this is not an ideology, it is a mental illness"...
The next jihadist-recruiting-movie title, or is it the caption under the photo, in the baby album, depicting baby's first steps:
"Dead Baby Walking"
It is hard to look at the pictures of those precious little ones knowing what their parents plan for their future...it breaks my heart...what kind of parents...??
Is this going on in moderate mosques in Canada?...
I'm starting to think that sterilization is the only answer.
And don't give me the Hitler thinking stuff. Jews didn't strap on bombs to kill innocent people...
Forgive my naivety but whats with th kid/bomber connection? I see pacifier, burnoose and a headband.
Am I missing something...maybe I need more sleep?
For all of the people asking about what connection there is between the kid and terrorism:
I don't claim to be an expert, but I think the give-away is the red-bandana. Isn't it supposed to be some sort of Islamic mark of a soon-to-be-martyr? Flight 93 passengers reported red bandanas on the hijackers. I am sure that there have been news reports that have mentioned martyrs wearing them.
Maybe it's not a symbol and all of this is coincidence...but that's what it had come to mean to me...
Anyone else see the irony of the "pacifier" in this child's mouth?...
Mmmm, notice that the one end of the pacifier is open? Probably to hook a grenade onto...
You have to give it to extremists though, they don't discriminate, they bomb everyone, theirs included...
Multirec at least you have to give then credit for giving women, children, civilians and muslims the equal opportunity of being bombed. Isn't that what dions idea of social justice is...
Pull the chain and the baby blows.
Update Oh man.... apparently I've overlooked the fact that these babies are dressed for the religious observance of "Ashura" ...
Being generous enough of spirit to acknowledge that bloggers and commentors more open-minded than myself have bettered my appreciation of this gentle commemoration of the
beheadingmartyrdom of Hussain ibn Ali (grandson of Muhammad), the best way to express my gratitude is to assist the readership here to expand theirs.
"... apparently I've overlooked the fact that these babies are dressed for the religious observance of "Ashura" ..."
To look over and beyond (anything) without seeing it; to miss or omit in looking; hence, to refrain from bestowing notice or attention upon;
"Oh, man ... apparently this child is simply dressed up for a religious observation called "Ashura" which I -- in my racist, batshit-crazy, hate-filled, shrieking, right-wing ignorance -- have never even heard of."
I don't buy into the theory of global warming.
Toward the end of the conversation, I raised my hand and asked [Sen. John] McCain:
"Given that you've said that you are 'scared to death that it's going to be a very hot spring in Afghanistan,' and given that you have also said, repeatedly, that only a substantial increase in troops in Iraq would make a real difference, why not send the 21,000 troops headed to Iraq, in what is clearly an act of desperation, to Afghanistan instead?"
During his response, McCain equated those opposing his position with "the far left."
"Do you consider Sam Brownback part of the far left?" I jumped in.
The Senator flared and told me that if I'd only let him finish his answer instead of interrupting, we could have "a civil discussion."
Kenneth Tomlinson's Ethical Problems Don't Prevent Reappointment
Bush crony re-nominated as chair of the Broadcasting Board of Governors
by Bill Berkowitz
On November 14, in a move indicative of President Bush's intention to continue to surround himself with political cronies with questionable ethics records, Kenneth L. Tomlinson was re-nominated by the president as chairman of the Broadcasting Board of Governors -- the agency that supervises the Voice of America, Radio Free Europe, the Arab-language Alhurra, Radio Marti and other government radio and television operations that are heard by an estimated 100 million people worldwide.
Tomlinson, a close friend of Karl Rove, has a decidedly spotty record in government service, having been previously forced to resign from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting over charges that he tried to politicize that agency.
Who is Phil von Finckenstein? He’s a public relations consultant who in addition to working with the CFRA also works with the Fraser Institute; a well known rightwing astroturf organization. Oh, and he was also Conservative MP Stockwell Day’s Director of Communications during the Alliance phase of the party...
There is one other bit of information that has surfaced. If the name Phil von Finckenstein left you scratching your head wondering why the name sounds familiar, it’s because another von Finckenstein was in the news last week. Konrad von Finckenstein was appointed to the CRTC. I’m not sure if the two are related or what, if any connection there is between these events. But it’s a strange coincidence that two von Finckensteins were involved in news related to the telecommunications industry in the same week.
U.S. returns sovereignty to Iraq
Monday, June 28, 2004
Iraq's interim government was sworn in Monday after the United States returned sovereignty to the nation two days ahead of schedule.
The official handover of sovereignty occurred at 10:26 a.m. (2:26 a.m. ET), when former coalition civil administrator L. Paul Bremer gave interim Prime Minister Ayad Allawi a leather-bound transfer document.
Some Iraqis dismissed the event as meaningless as long as U.S. troops occupy the nation, ...
Sunday, January 21, 2007
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki had a surprise for President Bush when they sat down with their aides in the Four Seasons Hotel in Amman, Jordan. Firing up a PowerPoint presentation, Maliki and his national security adviser proposed that U.S. troops withdraw to the outskirts of Baghdad and let Iraqis take over security in the strife-torn capital. Maliki said he did not want any more U.S. troops at all, just more authority.
The president listened intently to the unexpected proposal at their Nov. 30 meeting, according to accounts from several administration officials. Bush seemed impressed that Maliki had taken the initiative, but it did not take him long to reject the idea.
By the time Bush returned to Washington, the plan had already been picked through by his military commanders. At a meeting in the White House's Roosevelt Room, the president flatly told his advisers that the Maliki plan was not going to work. He had concluded that the Iraqis were not up to the task and that Baghdad would collapse into chaos, making a bad situation worse. And so the Americans would have to help them.
Arar was deported from another country and allegedly tortured by his fellow Syrian citizens. While members of the RCMP could be fired from their jobs and sued, Canadian taxpayers owe him nothing.
You: "He's a Canadian citizen and he was handed over to American authorities!"
Wanker: "Yeah? So?"
You: "The evidence against him was totally and utterly fabricated!"
Wanker: "Uh huh."
You: "He was sent to Syria where he was tortured for ten months!"
Wanker: "Oh, yawn. Whatever."
You: "Uh ... he's getting ten million in compensation of taxpayer money."
Wanker: "What? Are you fucking serious? That's outrageous! This bad craziness has got to stop! We have to make damned sure this never happens again!"
Party Of Convictions: Timing Is Everything
Make up your mind, Dion.
Delusional is far too mild a word to describe Dick Cheney. Delusional doesn’t begin to capture the profound, transcendental one-flew-over daftness of the man.
Has anyone in the history of the United States ever been so singularly wrong and misguided about such phenomenally important events and continued to insist he’s right in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary?
It requires an exquisite kind of lunacy to spend hundreds of billions destroying America’s reputation in the world, exhausting the U.S. military, failing to catch Osama, enhancing Iran’s power in the Middle East and sending American kids to train and arm Iraqi forces so they can work against American interests.
Only someone with an inspired alienation from reality could, under the guise of exorcising the trauma of Vietnam, replicate the trauma of Vietnam.
You must have a real talent for derangement to stay wrong every step of the way, to remain in complete denial about Iraq’s civil war, to have a total misunderstanding of Arab culture, to be completely oblivious to the American mood and to be absolutely blind to how democracy works.
In a democracy, when you run a campaign that panders to homophobia by attacking gay marriage and then your lesbian daughter writes a book about politics and decides to have a baby with her partner, you cannot tell Wolf Blitzer he’s “out of line” when he gingerly raises the hypocrisy of your position.
One of the reasons I've always liked Dick Cheney is that he doesn't beat around the bush.
The Americans could simply be stubbornly refusing to admit making a mistake on their end--if for no other reason than to avoid getting caught up in a similar payout. Buying off terror suspects, even exonerated ones, won't play well in the press or electorate there.
Or maybe, just maybe, there's still good reason to keep an eye on him.
Being not guilty of X doesn't mean being innocent of Y.
Still, [Bush] said, "We will set no timetable for withdrawal. A timetable will help the terrorists."
Bush has committed an additional 21,500 American troops to a new security push for Iraq, with most bound for Baghdad. U.S. officials have indicated the operation should start in earnest about Feb. 1.
In today's column, Friedman again says he can support the "surge" -- that is, if Bush does still other things:
Let the troop surge be accompanied and reinforced by what the Baker-Hamilton commission proposed: a regional conference that puts Syria, Iran, Jordan and Saudi Arabia around a table with Iraqis to try to stabilize the place. And that requires that America brandish carrots and sticks with all the parties. If a real regional conference doesn’t work, then Democrats who want to just set a date to withdraw will have an even stronger case because we will truly have tried everything. But let’s try everything: a surge of diplomacy, not just troops.
So before, it was basically, "if Bush doesn't send 150,000 troops, we should leave." Now it's basically, "if" we try a "regional conference" and it doesn't work, the case for withdrawal is "even stronger."
In a video address entitled, “A Lifeless State of the Union,” President Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council said, “I believe the president failed to challenge the new majority to advance core family and cultural issues. What will become of the culture of life, the defense of marriage and permanent family-friendly tax policies?” [FRC, 1/24/07]
“I think the president left a lot of conservatives shaking their heads” by avoiding the issues atop their agenda, said Bill Lauderback, executive vice president at the American Conservative Union. [WSJ, 1/25/07]
“We’re disappointed that he didn’t mention cultural issues at all,” said Rich Lowry, editor of National Review magazine and a summit host. “Everyone realizes that this is a product of his diminished circumstances.” [AP, 1/24/07]
You guys need to grow up. Rather than calling me names, why don't you come discuss your opinions with me?
I saw that interview, he really put Wolf Blitzer in his place several times.
The same reason I've always liked Cheney.
Father Raymond J. De Souza has an excellent article in the National Post in which he displays a pattern of recklessness within the Kennedy family. Sadly, the Kennedy family appears to have a pattern of behavior in which they cosy up to America's enemies and undermine their own country's national security for the sake of their own political and personal agendas.
A union leader, Perley Edmund Holmes, has been arrested in connection to the trafficking of over $4 million in cocaine.
Perley Edmund Holmes came out strongly for Stephane Dion during the Liberal Party leadership campaign.
Of course, Stephane Dion can't control what his supporters do.
But the Dion people were quick off the mark to expunge the website of Holmes' endorsement.
On paper, Perley Holmes donated a total of $100 to Stephane Dion.
But then we know there are ways to move money around so that it doesn't have to be declared.
While I share your enthusiasm for the Conservative/conservative cause, I do not share the same enthusiasm for this tactic. It is beneath you to hint at Dion's guilt by association. Just because the Liberals/liberals use dirty tricks, name calling & smear campaigns does not mean we have to sink to their same level...
Oh, man. If you are going to make an allegation, make one; but this kind of post is nothing but bush-league tabloid journalism...
I keep saying "Steve, you are better than this"; but I've said it so many times that I'm starting to think that you really aren't. Maybe you really are just a partisan hack who tries to present himself as a balanced observer.
You guys need to grow up. Rather than calling me names, why don't you come discuss your opinions with me?
I happen to think Mr. Bush is a great orator ...
Another reason to mock PETA:
Chick's underwears don't even match!
As a Catholic, I'm offended by these attacks and unfair generalisations about people of my faith...
...Ha! Actually, I'm not. Just getting my politically correct outrage in here and indulging in the identity politics we all *love* so much.
The decline in Bush's support to Watergate-era Nixonian depths since he announced that his new Iraq policy was his old Iraq policy, only more so, stems, I suspect, from three conclusions that the public has reached about the president and his war. The first, simply, is that the war is no longer winnable and, worse, barely comprehensible since it has evolved into a Sunni-Shiite conflict. The second is that Bush, in all matters pertaining to his war, is a one-trick president who keeps doing the same thing over and over, never mind that it hasn't worked. In Isaiah Berlin's typology of leaders, Bush isn't merely a hedgehog who knows one thing rather than many things. He's a delusional hedgehog who knows one thing that isn't so.
The White House spin ahead of George W. Bush’s seventh State of the Union address was that the president would make a bipartisan call to revive his domestic agenda with “bold and innovative concepts.” The problem with that was obvious last night — in six years, Mr. Bush has shown no interest in bipartisanship, and his domestic agenda was set years ago, with huge tax cuts for wealthy Americans and crippling debt for the country.
Combined with the mounting cost of the war in Iraq, that makes boldness and innovation impossible unless Mr. Bush truly changes course. And he gave no hint of that last night. Instead, he offered up a tepid menu of ideas that would change little: a health insurance notion that would make only a tiny dent in a huge problem. More promises about cutting oil consumption with barely a word about global warming. And the same lip service about immigration reform on which he has failed to deliver.
Can this presidency be saved?
... Bush's plans may be too modest to accomplish the broader challenge facing him: how to rescue the last quarter of his presidency from irrelevance and patch his tattered legacy. Bush is trying to regain his footing while Iraq is littered with carnage, Democrats are calling the shots on Capitol Hill, senior members of his own party are openly questioning his Iraq policy, and a vast majority of the public is disenchanted with his leadership.
"This represents the end of the Bush era," said Michael Tanner, a policy analyst for the Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank. "This speech shows that outside Iraq, he is increasingly irrelevant."
State of the Union 2007: Uplifting As Usual
I think it is appropriate to address Mr. Bush's State of the Union last night. As per usual, I enjoyed the President's speech...
I happen to think Mr. Bush is a great orator, and I thoroughly enjoyed watching him on FOX News...
I, like many who watched him speak, liked his positive message and appreciated that he was still optimistic, despite the fact that support for his mission in Iraq has been dwindling over the last few years.
Since Cheney lived in Texas at the time, choosing him led Bush into a situation that, if the words of our Founding Fathers still have any meaning, is unconstitutional. The Constitution forbids a state's electors from voting for candidates for president and vice president who are both "an inhabitant of the same state as themselves." Yet by voting for Bush and Cheney, electors in Texas did precisely that. Cheney lived in Texas, had a Texas driver's license and filed his federal income tax using a Texas address. He had also voted in Texas, not in Wyoming, a state where he had not lived full-time for decades.
There's no federal help in sight for frazzled parents facing years on waiting lists for child care.
One year after the Conservatives won power on a platform touting 125,000 new spaces over five years, there isn't even a clear plan on how to create them. And there's uncertainty mixed with alarm across Canada over looming fee increases and program cuts since the Tories dropped the $5-billion Liberal plan to build a national early learning system. "They're really over a barrel," said Monica Lysack, executive director of the Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada.
"They don't have a plan. They haven't created a space. Parents are being caught in the middle of this cut-and-run approach."
f the budget is passed, the Conservatives would also commit $250 million in annual tax credits starting in 2007 to fund a program to create 25,000 new child-care spaces.
The government will provide $250 million to address the problem starting in 2007.
Starting in 2007, the Childcare Spaces Initiative will help employers and communities create 125,000 new child care spaces over five years.
Everybody repeat after me: SOCIAL PROGRAMS ARE A PROVINCIAL RESPONSIBILITY. Now, will the chldspaces advocates, accountability challenged premiers and lib-friendly reporters please direct your whining to your OWN provincial govt. If that province won't give you what you want, either vote that govt out of power, move, or STFU ! ...
Look after your kids or don't have them, why the hell should I pay for thier childs care?
Parents are care givers.
Am I the only one that was struck by the hypocrisy of Stephen Harper telling Ségolène Royal not to interfere in our democratic process when he himself will not recognize some democratically elected governments?
It's like asking someone if they understand science, and they can recite a string of facts at you … but they haven't absorbed the concept.
Richard Feynman, in “Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman”, related a story from his experiences teaching science to university students in Brazil. Feynman found that the students in his class could, with great speed and accuracy, recite passages verbatim from their physics text, and give equation upon equation from that text. But when challenged to explain the theories behind what the text postulated, or when challenged to explain the meaning of the equations they were reciting, the students were speechless.
The students believed that they were doing well, because they were in fact getting high marks on their exams (which were really little more than recitation). But the truth was that they had no real understanding of even basic scientific principles. Perhaps even more troubling, they had little or no experience with these principles first-hand. They could certainly recite equations on optics, or gravity, or any other topic in physics, but had they experienced them first-hand? No.
After six years of striding onto the House floor like a conqueror, President Bush will arrive for Tuesday night's State of the Union Speech deeply unpopular and politically crippled.
The most vivid symbol of the new order of things will be House Speaker Nancy Pelosi literally looking over his shoulder.
During the last federal election, Harper promised that a Conservative government would give Saskatchewan a better deal on equalization.
He promised that non-renewable resource revenues—strictly a provincial source of revenue—would be excluded from a future equalization deal under the Conservatives. Excluding resource revenues is only fair because under the constitution they belong solely to the province, not to the federal government or other provinces.
The Conservative promise was based on principle and is the right thing to do.
However, a principled stand and a firm promise seem to have given way to political expediency.
If Harper's governance is representative of the political hard-right, then how does [Susan Delacourt] explain the continued existence of the Canada Health Act? Provincial equalization payments? Spending on foreign aid? Federal child care payments? The absence of major income tax reforms to reduce the punitive effects on high income earners?
In 1997, two Fox reporters uncovered unsavory facts about a BHG/Monsanto/dairy scandal in Florida, but were ordered by Fox to falsify their news reports. The reporters used that FCC policy to sue Fox. And in 2003, they lost. The "Florida Court of Appeals unanimously agreed with an assertion by FOX News that there is no rule against distorting or falsifying the news in the United States".
IT WAS a memorable scene that few people witnessed: a smooth-talking white separatist in a suit being shouted down by a posse of politically correct storm troopers.
The point is to make it clear to the public that Democrats are trying to change the course, have a plan to change the course, and if the course isn't changed, that's all on the shoulders of Bush and his supporters.
The Dems have to take a deep breath and give the Bush administration free rein for the next two years to see this fiasco through to the end. It sounds harsh but, for purely political reasons, the Dems have to protect themselves in every way so that everyone can see it was the GOP who screwed this pooch...
... the Dems' first priority should be to protect their backs, and the only way to do that is to keep giving George W. Dumbass as much rope as he wants to hang himself thoroughly.
Well we found out one thing about your post. You do not like Stephen Harper.
Acting on the good advice of Senator Joe Lieberman and other key members of Congress, we will form a new, bipartisan working group that will help us come together across party lines to win the war on terror. This group will meet regularly with me and my administration; it will help strengthen our relationship with Congress.
But have a look at the video of her announcement. Rather than her "let's chat" rap, please focus on the background. Look out the door. Presumably the announcement was shot in one of Hillary's homes: Chappaqua or Georgetown. Now I know it's been a mild winter, but even so, surely the leaves are gone from the trees and bushes in either spot. And check out the yellow spot in the bushes. At first I thought it was just a warm dapple of sunshine. But freeze the frame when, about 1/4 of the way through, Hillary says "how to end the deficits that threaten Social Security." That's not sunshine -- those are flowers in bloom.
...what's the story? Did Hillary have this video in the can during all those months while she was claiming to be making up her mind? Was it a carefully staged artificial background? ....