Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Dow Drops Over 400 Points!

Been there, done that, will see it again! The grain markets are much less liquid than the financials these days so we have seen plenty of panic days and off the cliff drops (along with incredible rallys) and we will continue to see them. The fact that people actually need food adds to the fact that the grain markets are prone to skittishness. Happy trading!

Monday, February 26, 2007

Chicago Local Elections Tomorrow!

Chicago city elections are tomorrow and it looks like the most exciting election in the city may be in the 46th Ward, a ward that contains the Uptown neighborhood. Unfortunately my alderman Ted Matlak may very well be re-elected tomorrow; unfortunately nobody on my block is politically connected so we have problems getting some city services. I saw Scott Waguespack at the Fullerton el stop very early this morning;. I’ve met Scott before and he’s a good guy, he will get my vote. A friend told me this morning that he went on YouTube looking for local election coverage and found it filled with videos about the 46th Ward and most of those were about James Cappleman. In this morning’s Sun Times Laura Washington lamented the lack of interest in local politics by her journalism students and added one Lincoln Parker’s lament “"(t)he local politics that are more interesting are in Uptown and Rogers Park". Indeed they are. Good luck to James Cappleman and his crew as they aim to unseat long time problem Alderman Helen Shiller. I will definitely be watching the guys over at What the Helen for updates on any last minute fun and games up in the 46th and any updates on Cameron Diaz, Angelina Jolie and the Jell-O on the Irish Pirate’s roof!

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Friday, February 23, 2007

Iran plans New Lesbos

The government of Iran is reported to be planning a “women only” island. See the story here.

Hat Tip to Drudge.

Monday, February 19, 2007

Ferrari 599 GTB vs Carrera GT

I have to agree with the guys from the Autoblog that the Ferrari Enzo would be a better comparison. The Ferrari 599 may have more horsepower than the Porsche Carrera GT but the Carrera puts its power down so well partially because it is a mid-engined car, partially because it is a Porsche and partially because it is practically a race car. I have had occasion to get a ride in a Carrera GT on a race track and I have to state that I have never been in a quicker car. The fact that it is street legal is almost shocking.

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Could This Possibly Be Legal? Chicago’s 46th Ward

Here in Chicago politics is a contact sport involving large contracts, lots of jobs, easy living and a lot of money. Among the most open practitioners of old style, smash-mouth Chicago politics still working in our fair town is hard-left Alderperson Helen Shiller. Ms. Shiller has been the target of some of our town’s finer journalists including the late, great Mike Royko and has lived to talk about it. It has been the opinion of many that Ms. Shiller has been able to stay in office through old-time vote stealing and voter roll-padding. It has not been a secret that during Ms. Shiller’s twenty-plus year tenure as Alderman that the ward government has encouraged the relocation of the state’s discharged psychiatric patients resulting in about 40% of the state’s psychiatric discharges ending up in the 46th Ward of Chicago. This in turn resulted in a large number of warehoused people and a large number of homeless shelters being set up in the ward. The warehoused people allow for easily induced voters, traditionally wine or currency, currently $5 seems to be the amount that we hear about as the cost of a vote. The homeless shelters allow for another type of vote fraud, phantom voters. Every homeless shelter in the 46th ward has voter registration numbers in the 95% to 100% range making those lost homeless people in Uptown among the best organized voters in the United States. The turnout from the shelters has also been well above any national average and has been rumored to be at nearly tyrant levels.

During the 1980s and into the 1990s Shiller was helped by her then sidekick Walter “Slim” Coleman, a Marxist hazard from Harvard who is now a Methodist Minister and is providing “sanctuary” to Elvira Arellano at his Aldalberto United Methodist Church here in Chicago. Slim helped Helen perfect the strong-arm fraudulent politics that has become the norm in the Uptown neighborhood. It really is a shame because the neighborhood has some very beautiful housing stock and it runs along the shore of Lake Michigan. Don’t even get me started on the confluence of gangs, heroin, shelters and the powers that be in Uptown. Let me put it this way, between McCormick Place and Waukegan, a distance of over 45 miles of lake shore the least expensive property near the lake is 7 ½ miles north of McCormick Place in Helen Shiller’s 46th ward. It has been common knowledge that for Uptown to get past its problems that there needs to be a political change in the 46th Ward.

Helen Shiller’s far left politics had her battling Mayor Daley early in his mayoral career; however Ms. Shiller has been co-opted by the Daley administration on a variety of fronts. For starters the Daley folks have gone after their foes in elections and Ms. Shiller has not been immune to those threats, especially as her ward has finally started to see some gentrification during the past decade; and of course there are the city contracts in each ward that every alderman has some say in. It is fair to say that even the leftist Helen Shiller is in the Daley camp and the mayor has endorsed her. For the first time in recent memory Shiller seems to have a serious challenger in James Cappleman and to the extent that you can get any news about a minor election this one is worth watching. For starters you have to take an occasional look at the hysterically named What the Helen blog that linked this afternoon to a post on the Buena Park Neighbors message board suggesting that Helen Shiller may be “campaigning” within 50 feet of a polling place, even if it is an “early voting” polling place I think that the same laws apply. The poster who witnessed what was likely a legal breach and inspired the title of this post also noticed some desperation in the Shiller campaign:

My girlfriend and I went over to Truman to vote early for Cappleman, and guess who is wandering around the lobby just outside the voting area . . .The alderbeast herself Helen Shiller.

Then one of the poll watchers tells us Shiller was at her building earlier in the morning with doughnuts and coffee for the residents, while encouraging them to vote for her.

Talk about you desperate politician.

While we were voting there were only 5 people there and 4 of them were from my building and all voting for Cappleman, so I feel good about that.

It is also worth noting that Alderman Shiller broke her contract with the League of Women Voters by using her campaign website and her official city website to link to a surreptitiously obtained video of a League debate. She claimed that she didn’t sign the contract or hear the spoken warnings before the debate and that her suit was at the cleaners, she got a flat tire, the sun was in her eyes… You get the idea. Anyways this should be an interesting race to watch and it looks like What the Helen will be a daily stop until after the elections. God help us if there is a recount.

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Tancredo Should Try a Hookah

Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Mn) has, in the words of the Washington Post “tattled” on Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-Co) for the legal act of smoking a cigar in his office. The “tattling” involved calling the Capital Police because Tancredo was smoking in his office next door to Ellison. Ellison’s press secretary Rick Jauert placed the complaint and told the Hill that “I called because the smoke was coming through the walls”. The smoke was "coming through the walls”? On Feb 7 Tancredo was preparing for a trip to Mississippi and relaxing with a cigar in his office, an office with three air purifiers. Not only is Ellison a freshman legislator but he is the first Muslim in Congress and he is former member of the cult group the Nation of Islam. Here in Chicago local Arab themed restaurants are doing quite well serving their customers tobacco to be smoked in a traditional hookah; maybe Rep. Tancredo should try one of those in order to soothe his neighbor. Maybe Ellison should try Al Gore’s idea of blaming cigarette smoking for causing global warming, although I doubt that Tancredo would be moved.

Hat Tip: Dr. Sanity and her Carnival of Insanities.

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Saturday, February 17, 2007

Frozen Cars

This Autoblog post about a Tribalwar member named “Dweeb” shows his car (pictured above) frozen solid while parked near a burst water pipe. That photo reminded me of a funny story. I once lived a few doors down from the Chicago Fire House across from Wrigley Field; in the neighborhood many of us knew the firemen and some of us would use their Coke machine regularly. Well, I was over in the fire house one below zero day to get a Coke when the guys were just returning from a frozen run. While talking to the firemen about working in those frigid conditions one of them recalled another frozen car. This car was a brand new BMW that was parked in front of a fire hydrant and as you the reader can only guess there was a fire across the street from the hydrant on that below zero day. The commotion of the fire trucks and sirens did not alert the BMW owner to his peril so the firemen hooked up to the hydrant by breaking the driver and passenger windows and running their fire hose through the car. One of the guys made sure that the hose’s leak sprayed through the inside of the car. I must point out that the selfish BMW owner was endangering the firemen and all of the people living adjacent to the hydrant with his illegal choice of a parking spot. After several hours of fighting the fire in below zero temperatures it came time for the firemen to retrieve their hoses, not content to leave the BMW with a few broken windows and a ruined and iced-down interior one of the guys took his window shattering tool and hit the windshield. The tool that he used makes spider cracks form in glass so that the glass can be broken without shattering; this meant that if the BMW owner attempted to scrape the prodigious amount ice off of his windshield that his scraper would go right through the glass. The lesson here is not that firemen are assholes, again the ignorant BMW owner had endangered many lives with his selfish actions; the lesson is that you should never park in front of fire hydrants.

Q: FDR, JFK & Eric Cantor? A: They All “Get It”

Republican Congressman Eric Cantor (R-Va), the Chief Deputy Whip gets it; he understands that the need to stand up for liberty and freedom in our world. Congressman Cantor’s office has put out a fantastic video containing a few Republican floor arguments spliced between key snippets of important speeches by Democratic heroes Franklin Delano Roosevelt and John Fitzgerald Kennedy. The Gateway Pundit has the video and has upped the ante by throwing a fantastic Winston Churchill quote on the fire. The Gateway guy has also properly described today’s Democrats as Copperheads, a group of northern civil war Democrats who wanted to trade slavery for “peace”, as if that trade would have settled the struggle against slavery. Cantor’s video screams out for the use of what was used as a pejorative against their opponents by the Clinton camp during the 1992 campaign, “they don’t get it.” The Clinton people never did “get it” and it looks like they may leave this earth before figuring “it” out. The Ivies should be in tears.

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Thursday, February 15, 2007

Tickle-Me Haji

This unbelievably disgusting photo is from a “mainstream Arabic web site”. The photo was discovered by Internet Haganah and republished by Little Green Footballs in Palestinian Child Abuse.

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Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Is Obama an Al Queda Strategist?

In this morning’s Chicago Sun Times Washington correspondent Lynn Sweet has another in her long line of Obama puff pieces. In this one she explained Obama’s comments on Hillary Clinton’s Iraq stance. In the article Sweet quotes Obama as saying, “what I think good strategy dictates is that we begin the process of redeploying our troops.” Great strategy Senator, Run Away, Run Away! That Barak he really is a strong “leader”, if you want to fail. Mr. Barak Hussein Obama is sounding more and more like an Al Qaeda strategist every day.

Update: The title is a rhetorical question based on the fact that Senator Obama's "strategy" suggestion for the US is very similar, if not the same as that given to the US by al qaeda leaders during numerous threatening television broadcasts. It saddens me that so many of my fellow Chicagoans have been using the same rhetoric in regards to the Iraq war as used by the most despicable oppressors of my lifetime, the jihadists.

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Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Federal Deficit Down 57% - New Math Confuses Media

You likely won’t read it in your newspaper (unless you read the Wall Street Journal) but the Federal deficit is down a whopping 57% in the first 4 months of the 2007 fiscal year. This is due to wildly increasing tax collections. The media will not report this and that negligence may not be due to their fairly well known bias against anything said or done by Republicans. Remember, if some Jihadist thug says something then that something is Allah’s own truth according to the goofs in our media; if Bush says or does anything it is a lie. That is the liberal way. No, you won’t hear about the startling drop in the deficit because most people in the media simply are not smart enough to understand all of those “big numbers”. Thankfully bloggers like the Bizzyblog are there to help you because the writers for outfits like the Trib, the NY Times, the Wa. Post, NBC, CBS, ABC…. just aren’t bright enough. One would think that they may eventually find themselves “stuck in Iraq

Hat Tip: Instapundit

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Monday, February 12, 2007

Geography Baseball at Sears School

While casting around for subjects to write about some time back I thought that I would write about a game that we played in Jr. High, Geography Baseball. I did the obligatory Google Search and was surprised to find that Geographybaseball.com exists and further that the proprietor of the site claims to have “invented” the game and has trademarked the name. I was a little shocked by that because the man who “invented” the game of Geography Baseball has been dead for some time now. The bio of the alleged “inventor” of the game,” Robert A. Pierce says that he started his teaching career in 1969. The Social Studies teacher I had during both seventh and eighth grade was the late Robert Karp and we played Geography Baseball during the ’71-‘72 and ’72-‘73 school years. Mr. Karp had been playing the game with his students at Joseph Sears School for over a decade by the time I came along. While searching for anything concerning Mr. Karp on the web I found that my Sears School classmate Rep. Mark Kirk (R-IL) (here’s Mark’s blog) had submitted Mr. Karp’s name as his most memorable teacher for the National Educational Association’s National Teacher Day last May. Mark’s quote is great:

"Mr. Karp invented 'Geography Baseball' and turned it into a right of passage in our town. We memorized the locations of Georgia (then in the Soviet Union), Goa (in India) and the Gobi desert (in China). It sparked an interest to see each of these places and to understand America's role in the world. I have seen each one and am now working to expand language and exchange opportunities for all American students. Mr. Karp has passed away, but I carried his legacy as a nursery school assistant, middle school teacher, and now as a congressman."

I’m glad that Mark got Mr. Karp’s name out onto the internet as the inventor of the game although it is probably something that Mr. Karp would not have taken credit for. Anyways, here is how we played the game Geography Baseball At Joseph Sears School starting sometime in the late 1950s or early 1960s.

The game was played on Fridays in Mr. Karp’s classroom, the classroom contained large pull-down maps on three walls; all of the maps were pulled down on game day, after school and during lunch time for studying. Each class was divided into two evenly matched teams and each class was given two lists of geographical points (city, town, mountain, river…) and as the season progressed different classes got differing lists each week. The first list was for “Singles”, an obvious play on the “baseball” theme of the game and consisted of 50 relatively easy places to find on one of the maps. The second list contained 50 spots representing “Doubles”, another transparent riff on Major League Baseball and those were more difficult places. Both lists got more difficult during the two years that we played the game, some “Doubles” migrated to the “Singles” lists but both required study each week.

When the game started each team divided into sides of the classroom and sat according to the “order” that the week’s “manager” had written on their “scorecard” and turned in to the “Umpire”, “Commissioner” and all around Grand Poobah, Mr. Karp. It is worth noting that the randomness of baseball was introduced into the game by Mr. Karp through his “on the field rulings” that were often arbitrary; for instance one could be called out for touching the map too hard or by not touching the map and both were potentially arbitrary. Just like in the game of baseball the rulings sometimes stole a line smash.
To begin the game the “visitor” team would send their first “batter” to “the plate” by having that student walk up in front of the class and behind Mr. Karp’s desk. When the student was in the “batters box” Mr. Karp would ask a question from the singles list and the student had a limited amount of time to walk over to a map and point at the place in question. Another bit of randomness was that the better students had much less time on the easy ones. At that point the “batter” has a choice of taking “first base” or going back up to “the plate” to try their hand at the “doubles” list. The same rules applied to the doubles questions except that “rulings on the field” were likely to be even more stringent. I think that the player is out if the “doubles” attempt is a failure. If the “batter” is successful at “the plate” again the student has another choice of taking second or attempting a “triple”. A “triple” could be attained by standing in front of the classroom and accurately reciting a report on a current event without verbally stumbling. The “Homerun” consisted of bizarrely out of the way spots that were both obscure and difficult to find on a map, these “homeruns” came from a “secret list”, parts of which were occasionally “left” on Mr. Karp’s desk so that we could see what we were up against. Naturally the normal rules of baseball applied as far as advancing runners, scoring runs, outs per side and the number of “innings”.

Mark was correct to describe Geography Baseball was a right of passage in our town and frankly a pretty good one. The game made the rather dull task of memorizing geographic locales and turned it into a game that also included socializing as part of the studying process (all of us had an atlas but none of us had pull-down maps at home) and even included some public speaking. The game was eventually discontinued at Joseph Sears due to the complaints of some vocal parents that their children were spending too much time preparing for geography. Years later many of us learned that Mr. Karp had been a fighter pilot in the Pacific during World War II, that tidbit explained why we all had to know the name of damn near every island and atoll in that ocean. Flying Debris referred to Mr. Robert Karp here.

As to the gentleman who has trademarked the game I must ask you to take care of the game that so many of us played years ago, it is a great game and motivator.

Thanks to Dr. Sanity and her Carnival of Insanities for linking to this post about a great learning game.

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Sunday, February 11, 2007

Barack Obama – The Audacity of BS II

While doing some research for this post I reread one of Mr. Obama’s vaunted speeches concerning the war in Iraq and to put it mildly he is not very well informed, or else he is full of it. Among the Senator’s bs that I was forced to wade through were these two paragraphs from a speech made to the Chicago Council on Foreign Relations in November of 2005:

“The President told the American people about Iraqi attempts to acquire yellow cake during the State of the Union. The Vice-President made statements on national television expressing certainty about Iraq's nuclear weapons programs. Secretary Rice used the words "mushroom cloud" over and over again.

We know now that even at the time these unequivocal statements were made, intelligence assessments existed that contradicted these claims. Analysis from the CIA and State Department was summarily dismissed when it did not help the Administration make the case for war.”

That nonsense comes from none other than the thoroughly discredited Joe Wilson, a prevaricator of little skill. The assertions that Mr. Obama passed on had been thoroughly debunked by a report from the US Senate that was made public over sixteen months earlier. Heck that news was even in the Washington Post. The Post wrote that “(t)he panel found that Wilson's report, rather than debunking intelligence about purported uranium sales to Iraq, as he has said, bolstered the case for most intelligence analysts.” Flying Debris recently commented on this Joe Wilson nonsense in I Am Not Dick Cheney; in that post a troll was asked:

“Do you realize that those who have promoted this Wilson story, both inside and outside of the CIA have been promoting the idea that unelected employees of the Federal government have every right to use their positions to undermine the elected government of the United States?Do you realize that this form of fascism is being promoted largely by those who describe their political opponents as fascists and worse every day?”

Hysterically just four paragraphs before that dishonest assertion Senator Obama stated that “(t)his political war - a war of talking points and Sunday news shows and spin - is not one I'm interested in joining. It's a divisive approach that only pushes us further from what the American people actually want - a pragmatic solution to the real war we're facing in Iraq.” Four paragraphs later he lays on the bs that had been publicly debunked over sixteen months before his speech. Senator you have not simply joined the “war of talking points” you have become just another Sherpa of bs.

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Barack Obama – The Audacity of BS

John Howard, the Australian Prime Minister has repeatedly shown that he “gets it” when it comes to the war on terror; of course the Aussies have had there own issues with the world’s Jihadist thugs. Yesterday Howard reacted to the Obama candidacy by stating that Al Qaeda in Iraq would be thrilled with an Obama Presidency and that they should “put a circle around March 2008 and be praying as many times as possible for a victory not only for Obama but also for the Democrats." Al Qaeda’s use of asymetrical warfare makes me inclined to think that Al Qaeda in Iraq is actively praying for a political victory for the Democrats. The foes of liberty do not need to be victorious in any real fashion but the simple exhibition of mayhem is enough to make many here in America feel that all is lost and that we should run away. The desire for a world that always gives in to religious sadists is truly alarming and Barack Obama is a leading proponent of that vision in an increasingly masochistic Democratic Party. Flying Debris commented on Senator Obama’s refusal to support freedom and liberty for others in Obama on Mid-East: Let Them Eat Falafels!

What Mr. Howard may not realize is that Senator Obama would have the US bugging out of Iraq already; during a November 2005 speech to the Chicago Council on Foreign Relations the Senator stated “(f)irst and foremost, after the December 15 elections and during the course of next year, we need to focus our attention on how reduce the U.S. military footprint in Iraq.” At a repeat appearance at the freshly renamed Chicago Council on Global Affairs the Senator called for the US to commence withdrawing from Iraq this year. Then during the announcement of his Presidential candidacy Senator Obama said “(t)hat's why I have a plan that will bring our combat troops home by March of 2008.”

Yesterday Senator Obama told Al Qaeda in Iraq that if they can just hold out for another thirteen months while continuing to light off a few bombs every day or so that they are largely home free. He also told the people in Iraq who have been fighting against the forces of tyranny that their efforts will be for naught thirteen months from now if he gets his way. He has told the Iraqis who are fighting for their liberty that he will support those who want to kill them. Senator Obama is smart enough to not phrase his ideas in that way but I would bet Dinars to Dollars that the Iraqi people are smart enough to know what the Senator actually said.

I owe a big hat tip to the Gateway Pundit, who wrote a typically great piece on PM Howard’s comments and posted it at some ungodly hour this morning.

Update: While doing some research for this post I ran across some more Obama bs that that should not be left uncommented on. It seems that Mr. Obama has taken to passing on at least one moonbat conspiracy theory; but he sounds so wonderful while telling fables that it just makes one want to swoon.

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Thursday, February 08, 2007

BBS Wheels In Bankruptcy?

The Autoblog is reporting that German wheel manufacturer BBS is in German bankruptcy proceedings. The loss of a supplier and the skyrocketing price of aluminum seem to have done the job. The guys at Autoblog profess no expertise in foreign bankruptcy law and marginally better knowledge of German but the Auto Motor und Sport headline of “BBS meldet Insolvenz an” doesn’t sound too good to this non-German speaker.

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Wednesday, February 07, 2007

KOS Says “Screw Them!” - Sue Them!

Markos “screw them” Moulitsas of the Daily Kos, stated that his opinion of the American guards murdered and burned by Iraqi terrorists three years ago was to “screw them.” He is probably now on their side as the guard’s families have filed a lawsuit against Blackwater USA; one of many boogey men to the KOS crowd. Screw them; sue them it’s all the same to the silly children at the Daily Kos; just as long as they get their way.

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I Am Not Dick Cheney!

Some anonymous troll from Washington DC left a message insisting that I react to some nonsense concerning the Libby trial and said troll left a link. Interestingly the link was left on a post concerning a Bears song rather than one of the extensive number of political posts that are on this blog. I wonder if the comment was left by a machine or an actual human. The blog post that that my “reaction” to is requested consists of a series of questions that the writer insists be answered by Vice President Cheney. Let me be clear, nowhere on this blog have I ever insinuated that I am Vice President Cheney and I will state categorically that I am not, nor will I ever be Dick Cheney; thus I cannot possibly answer questions posed to the Vice President. My “reaction” however is that I do have a few questions for the troll:

Do you realize that crucial accusations made by Joe Wilson were shown to be lies in his own Senate testimony* and that of his CIA “superiors” and his own wife?

Do you realize how unusual it is for a citizen to be sent on such a mission by the CIA without having to sign a silencing agreement?

Do you realize that the CIA authorized Mr. Wilson’s NY Times piece while knowing, as later Senate testimony has shown, that the central tenet of the piece was a lie? Mr. Wilson’s CIA controller testified under oath that the Wilson trip helped to solidify the argument that the Iraqi government was seeking yellow cake (a partially processed form of uranium) from Niger. Not the other way around as Mr. Wilson wrote at the time and has blathered on about for years.

Do you realize that Mr. Wilson’s testimony only came to light due the Republican Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R-Kan) who inserted the testimony into the Appendix over the objections of the Committee’s Democrats? The evenly split Intelligence Committee voted straight party lines on whether or not to release Mr. Wilson’s testimony, thus the only way that it saw the light of day was the insistence of the Republican Chairman. Did you know this?

Do you realize that Mr. Cheney and Mr. Bush were elected?

Do you realize that nobody at the CIA holds elected office?

Do you realize that those who have promoted this Wilson story, both inside and outside of the CIA have been promoting the idea that unelected employees of the Federal government have every right to use their positions to undermine the elected government of the United States?

Do you realize that this form of fascism is being promoted largely by those who describe their political opponents as fascists and worse every day?

As to Scooter Libby, if he lied to Fitzgerald they will likely get him. However the idea that Executive branch does not have the right to defend itself from baseless and false public claims made by federal employees who hide behind the skirt of a possibly rouge agency is ridiculous. It has the obligation to defend itself from such attacks.

For those who are interested in finding out what Mr. Wilson and his CIA handler said under oath rather than what Mr. Wilson has said in public see here, here, here, and here. There is of course, more where those came from.

Ever since the NY Times published Mr. Wilson’s article I have wondered aloud why the CIA sent an middle aged white guy to the African nation of Niger, don’t they have any black guys?

* The link to the Senate version of Mr. Wilson’s testimony is missing now that the Democrats are in control of the Senate, culture of corruption indeed.

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Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Clinton on Toyota: “Obscene Profits Should Pay for Alt-Fuels”

After castigating Exxon/Mobile for making money in America Senator Clinton (D-NY) has taken Japanese auto manufacturer Toyota to task for earning record profits. “At a time when many Democrats are struggling just to make the payments on their vacation homes and extra hybrid cars it is unconscionable for Toyota to make this much money; especially when they will just bring our money back to Tokyo to spend our hard earned dollars on lavish executive parties, prostitutes and Geisha girls on the Ginza.”

The above is Satire! I Hope!

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Debate? We Don’t Need No Stinking Debate!

Apparently our anointed Senator, Barak Obama (D-IL) “don’t need no stinking debates!” This article from the Politico has speculated that both Senator Obama and Senator Clinton (D-NY) are considering boycotting the early debates. I can believe that Obama doesn’t want to debate; the guy has little of substance to say that his handlers want him to pronounce in public. As to Sen. Clinton? Same deal. Senator Obama is quickly making himself into the Chauncey Gardener (from the 1979 movie Being There) of American politics; and I’m not writing about the “I want to watch” nonsense. Senator Obama has written that people put their own views into their opinion of the Senator, much like the Peter Sellers character Chauncey Gardener.

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Sunday, February 04, 2007

Is Jessica Erin’s Song the New Bear Fight Song?

Well, probably not but Jessica’s catchy rocker “Chicago Bear Fan” seems to be the best of the lot this year and worth a listen. The current Super Bowl run has seen this town blissfully without the Fridgettes and the Super Bowl Shuffles and frankly all of the Bear related music that I have heard during the past few weeks has been downright lame. Erin’s My Space page says that she is from Chicago and it features a few fetching pictures of her in an Urlacher jersey. So if you like rockers who have a voice nearly as good as Christina Aguilera’s (without the flourishes – warning, the link has Christina belting out something or other) this is your Super Bowl XLI song, unless of course you happen to be a Colts fan. The Bear fight song “Bear Down Chicago Bears” was penned by Tin Pan Alley lyricist Al Hoffman, who used the pseudonym Jerry Downs. Hoffman also penned “Maizy Doats” and “Papa Loves Mambo” without using a pseudonym. See this Sun Times article about the Bear fight song.

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Saturday, February 03, 2007

The Chicago Bear Defense

c Flying Debris
Well, nine of the eleven anyway.

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Chicago Bear Fans!

c Flying Debris
The above photo was taken during the fourth quarter of this year's NFC Championship Game. That guy has neither the gut nor the mustache of these Superfans but cheering for the Chicago Bears while half naked during a snowstorm in Soldier Field should get one to Superfan status.

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The Chicago Bears – NFC Champions

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Well, it’s 24 hours until Super Bowl XLI, the cross border smackdown. As a Bear season ticket holder my allegiances should be obvious, I am a Chicago Bear fan. My childhood home was next door to a good friend of George “Mugsy” Halas, Jr.; Uncle Sony had access to a lot of Bear tickets. A few of us kids knew that Sunday mornings gave us an oppotunity to go over to Uncle Sony’s house after he and his friends had a few Bloody Marys and get some tickets plus a ride to the game; with some half-lit Bear fans. So I started going to Soldier Field as a pretty young kid, in fact at that point the stands in the north end zone were the first of several temporary solutions to the fact that Soldier Field’s original configuration was much too long for football. I recall being told that there were once sprint-car races held in Soldier Field. This History of Soldier Field even mentions ski-jumping competitions being held there. It was of course the site of the notorious Tunney/Dempsey “long count” boxing match. There also have been quite a few concerts held in Soldier Field over the years; this blog has even Photoshopped one of its personal photos taken at a Soldier Field concert to make a joke here on Al Gore’s Internet.

The above photo was taken during the NFC Championship Game two weeks ago and shows what Bear fans live for, defensive victories. An intentional grounding penalty on the Saints occurred in their own end zone resulting in a safety. For us Bear fans a safety would be far superior to a touchdown if it weren’t for the five extra points that a touchdown gives you. People in this town still speak in awe of middle linebacker Dick Butkus, with good reason. The last Bear championship team, the 1985 team was a defensive juggernaut led former Bear tight-end and then Coach Mike Ditka, the last hire of George S. Halas Sr. (whose birthday was yesterday). I recall a sports crazed New York friend of mine commenting at the time that really “Ditka is the Bears” My response was that “no, Butkus is the Bears.” So it was with Chicago’s love of defensive prowess this year, the Bear’s starting quarterback has been Rex Grossman, a guy who has been up and down during his first full season. During Grossman’s struggles the Bears relied on the defense and frankly some pretty good luck to continue their winning ways. That incredible Bear defense that seemed to rest a bit during some of the later half of the season has shown up during the postseason. The Vegas line immediately established the Colts as 7 point favorites, a fact that warmed the cold hearts of Bear fans everywhere. This Bear team, especially the defense, thrives at being the underdog and we Bear fans know it. Go Bears!

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Hillary Talks to Nixon’s Ghost!

Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) has promised that “(i)f we in Congress don't end this war before January 2009, as president, I will." It sounds somewhat reminiscent of President Nixon’sPeace With Honor” speech; without the honor.

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Muslim “Leaders” Attend Dead Concerts!

How else to explain all of the hallucinations that some Muslim leaders have had? First there was the Big Kahuna, Mohammed, whom it is said repeatedly soared into space to have the conversations with the Angel Gabriel; those conversations later became the best seller the Qur’an. This talking to other beings thing has been catching on in the Muslim world of late, first there was the Iranian leader Ahmadinejad who has been hearing voices concerning the end of the world and some taxi driver who would come down to earth to proclaim it as such. Strangely the leader of “the soldiers of Heaven” terrorist group heard basically the same thing when he planned his ill fated attack on Muslim worshippers last week. The Gateway Pundit has a rundown on these two nutjobs and their talks with God. I must add that after twenty years of seeing the band the Grateful Dead in concert that the average Dead show had more talking with God going on during Drums/Space - Sugar Magnolia than in the entire Muslim world during the previous two millenia. It is sad but maybe if the Muslims go to school and study hard enough they can catch up with those aging hippies.

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