Monday, January 31, 2005

Muslim cowards.

The terrorists must be running out of willing martyrs. They're beginning to use handicapped children:
BAGHDAD, Iraq - Iraq interior minister said Monday that insurgents used a handicapped child as one of the suicide bombers who launched attacks on election day.

Falah al-Naqib told reporters in Baghdad that 38 attacks were carried out on polling stations in Iraq on Sunday and that one of the suicide bombings was carried out by a disabled child.

"A handicapped child was used to carry out a suicide attack on a polling site," al-Naqib said. "This is an indication of what horrific actions they are carrying out."

He gave no other details about the attack, but police at the scene of one the Baghdad blasts said the bomber appeared to have Down's Syndrome.

Al-Naqib praised an Iraqi citizen who was killed while blocking one suicide bomber from reaching a crowd of people outside at polling station.

Iraq's prime minister, Ayad Allawi, said the seven men who carried out suicide attacks near polling stations Sunday were foreigners. In all, insurgent attacks and suicide bombers left at least 44 people dead Sunday.

Not exactly what she was looking for.

My buddy Jason Schmitz sent me this story on how wacky things in his family's former homeland are getting. When you mix moral decline, a welfare state and government benefits for all, you get this:
A 25-year-old waitress who turned down a job providing "sexual services'' at a brothel in Berlin faces possible cuts to her unemployment benefit under laws introduced this year.

Prostitution was legalised in Germany just over two years ago and brothel owners – who must pay tax and employee health insurance – were granted access to official databases of jobseekers.

The waitress, an unemployed information technology professional, had said that she was willing to work in a bar at night and had worked in a cafe.

She received a letter from the job centre telling her that an employer was interested in her "profile'' and that she should ring them. Only on doing so did the woman, who has not been identified for legal reasons, realise that she was calling a brothel.

Under Germany's welfare reforms, any woman under 55 who has been out of work for more than a year can be forced to take an available job – including in the sex industry – or lose her unemployment benefit. Last month German unemployment rose for the 11th consecutive month to 4.5 million, taking the number out of work to its highest since reunification in 1990.

The government had considered making brothels an exception on moral grounds, but decided that it would be too difficult to distinguish them from bars. As a result, job centres must treat employers looking for a prostitute in the same way as those looking for a dental nurse.
My idea for a new Republican slogan: Voting Democrat will force your daughter into prostitution.

Sunday, January 30, 2005

Bush monument in Baghdad

Baghdad Mayor Ali Fadel has a plan for thanking President Bush:
BAGHDAD — The man replacing the mayor of Baghdad — who was assassinated for his pro-American loyalties — says he is not worried about his ties to Washington.

In fact, he'd like to erect a monument to honor President Bush in the middle of the city.

"We will build a statue for Bush," said Ali Fadel, the former provincial council chairman. "He is the symbol of freedom."

As Iraq prepared for a volatile election that is being watched across the world, Fadel heaped praise on the United States.

Fadel acknowledged that many in his country appear ungrateful for America's foreign assistance. He said most Iraqis are still in "shock" over the changes, and need time to adjust.

Any public monument to Bush is likely to further incense terrorist forces, who have attacked American troops and their supporters for months.

Fadel said he is undaunted.

"We have a lot of work and we are especially grateful to the soldiers of the U.S.A. for freeing our country of tyranny," Fadel said.

Oh no, Kojo.

UN's Pilfer Secretary General, Kofi Annan, has been denying any knowledge of his son's illegal involvement in the corrupt Oil For Food program. With this admission from his son, Kofi is either a better liar or bigger dimwit than originally thought:
THE son of the United Nations secretary-general has admitted he was involved in negotiations to sell millions of barrels of Iraqi oil under the auspices of Saddam Hussein.

Kojo Annan has told a close friend he became involved in negotiations to sell 2m barrels of Iraqi oil to a Moroccan company in 2001. He is understood to be co-operating with UN investigators probing the discredited oil for food programme.

The alleged admission will increase pressure on Kofi Annan, the UN secretary general, who is already facing calls for his resignation over the management of the humanitarian programme.

The oil for food programme allowed Saddam to sell oil to buy humanitarian supplies under UN supervision. However, it has emerged that the programme was riddled with corruption as Saddam used it to buy influence around the world.

Voting, Not Violence, Is the Big Story on Arab TV

While the Left denied the significance of Iraqi voting, TV in the Middle East found it refreshingly to report history being made:
After close to two years of providing up-to-the-minute images of explosions and mayhem, and despite months of predictions of a bloodbath on election day, some news directors said they found the decision surprisingly easy to make. The violence simply was not the story this morning; the voting was.

Overwhelmingly, Arab channels and newspapers greeted the elections as a critical event with major implications for the region, and many put significant resources into reporting on the vote, providing blanket coverage throughout the country that started about a week ago. Newspapers kept wide swaths of their pages open, and the satellite channels dedicated most of the day to coverage of the polls.
Sounds like a victory of a few more hearts and minds to me, Mr. Kennedy.

John Kerry unimpressed with the high Iraqi voter turnout.

Shortly before breaking video of Iraqi's dancing in the streets all over Iraq, John Kerry today continued his perfect record of negativity and threw in a flip-flop for good measure:

A bitter-sounding Sen. John Kerry dismissed the historic Iraqi election on Sunday, warning Americans not to "overhype" the watershed event.

"No one in the United States should try to overhype this election," Kerry told NBC's "Meet the Press."

The failed presidential candidate questioned the historic referendum's legitimacy, saying, "It's hard to say that something is legitimate when a whole portion of the country can't vote and doesn't vote."

Kerry also pooh-poohed reports of a surprisingly high 72 percent turnout by Iraqi voters, insisting instead that the election has "gone as expected."

Asked if he thought Iraq was now less of a terrorist threat, Kerry at first said: "No, it's more. And, in fact, I believe the world is less safe today than it was two and a half years ago."

But he changed his answer moments later, after "Meet the Press" host Tim Russert pressed him on the bizarre claim.

"I'm glad Saddam Hussein is gone, and I've said that a hundred times," he insisted.
Kerry wasn't clear on what voter turnout percentage over 60% would be enough to consider Iraqi elections "legitimate." He also had no comment on the legitimacy of U.S. elections where 66% of Americans, not threatened with violence, decided to sit out on November 2nd.

LGF has this from a Major stationed in the Sunni Triangle:
Greetings from Free and DEMOCRATIC Iraq,

I wanted to share with you this morning (your time) as you head to church, something that you can give thanks for. The first free elections have occurred in Iraq. All the naysayers were wrong and the Iraqi people stood up for their rights and thumbed their noses at Zarqawi and his evil band of terrorists.

The polls closed at 1700 (5PM) our time and 8AM CST but the initial reports are that 72% of the Iraqis voted. Folks we should be ashamed. We can’t get that many people to vote in the US and no one is trying to kill us.

The day was not totally violence free, as currently the death toll across the country is 31. Considering all that was forecasted and what a normal day is like, that is not bad. Also what the media will not tell you is that many of the terrorists that did conduct acts of violence, won’t do it anymore. It appears from all the reports across the region that they were left to use the third string team of terrorist. We have either killed or captured 85% of the terrorists who committed acts today. US forces have suffered no fatalities thus far and only minor injuries across the division.

It has been a good day, a Day the Lord has made! He has protected us and with His protection and blessings, we have been able to ensure that those how who have been injured and those who have died, have not done so in vain.

We have a long way to go before Iraq is able to stand on her own, but today, a very large step was taken.

Thank you for your continued prayers from my men and me.

God Bless You &God Bless America,

Mike

Friday, January 28, 2005

NYC prevents Minnesota murder victim from defending herself.

New York laws allow criminals to be better armed than the law-abiding citizens they terrorize by not allowing good people to pack heat. The pro-criminal laws have horrible consequences:
NEW YORK -- An aspiring actor and playwright from Minneapolis was shot and killed as she confronted an armed robber during an early morning street holdup, police said.

Nicole duFresne, her fiance, and another couple had just left a bar in a trendy section of the Lower East Side early Thursday when they were approached by four or five men, one of whom demanded money.

Witnesses told investigators that one of the men grabbed for the other woman's purse and duFresne intervened, asking, "What are you going to do, shoot us?" One of the men then fired one shot at her, police said.

DuFresne, 28, died from a gunshot wound to her chest.

The robbers ran away. No arrests have been made.
If the Left allowed the right people to carry guns, NYC would be a safer place. The victims would have had to break the law in order to level the playing field with criminals who regularly carry guns. At the very least, street justice would have likely been served in the form of two dead criminals. It could have saved Nicole's life.

Jail is not deterrent for desperate people. Fear of immediate death is. If NYC allowed good people to carry guns, the stories of the armed citizenry fighting back by snuffing out perpetrators would speak to the criminals in language they can understand.

Thursday, January 27, 2005

Will they cry of disenfranchisement?

Iraqi elections are 3 days away. In a video last week, OBL's #1 homeboy in Iraq had this to say:
... a speaker identifying himself as Abu Musab al-Zarqawi — the leader of Iraq's al-Qaida affiliate — condemned the election, branding candidates as "demi-idols" and saying those who vote for them "are infidels" — a clear threat to the safety of all those who participate in the balloting.

"We have declared a fierce war on this evil principle of democracy and those who follow this wrong ideology," the speaker said in an audiotape posted Sunday on an Islamic Web site. "Anyone who tries to help set up this system is part of it."
Militant Islam hates us for what we are, not what we do. To a man determined for a global totalitarian Muslim state, democracy = evil.

Dwarfing US election turnout, 75% of Iraq is expected to vote. Many of them risk actual disenfranshisement - the kind where you get shot, hung, blown up or tortured - for voting. While the Democrats' only act on their own false disenfranshisement alarms, some brave Iraqis will likely be killed for exercising their newly found freedom.

Make no mistake. No matter how much violence punctuates Sunday's stories from Iraq, the election is the success.


Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Bad timing for 30 celebrities.

Two days after 30-plus celebrities paid for an ad in Variety magazine urging California issuing driver's licenses to illegal immigrants would "make roads safer," comes this story today:
"A deranged individual that was suicidal took a vehicle and maneuvered it ... onto the tracks. He intended to take his own life, but changed his mind prior to the train striking his vehicle," Glendale Police Chief Randy Adams said.

The driver of the car, Juan Manuel Alvarez of Compton, muttered "I'm sorry, I'm sorry" as he was arrested at the scene. Alvarez, who has a history of suicide attempts, apparently stood by and watched the train collision after abandoning the attempt to take his life.
I'm not making assumptions about his immigration status or how he may or may not have arrived in the US. What I am saying is that this tragedy better continue to discourage Californians from rewarding illegal immigrants with privileges of a driver's license.

Believe.

My grandma plays bridge one night a week with a group of ladies. Politalk has become increasingly regular. As the group's only non-Democrat, my Grandma called me the other night to confirm some facts that she thought the ladies were getting wrong. They were. Nothing is more satisfying than when your Grandma calls you at 8pm on a Sunday night to get some ammo for the coming week's bridge showdown.

I think my Grandma's sarcasm gathered strength by skipping a generation (my mom, but maybe not my uncle Scott) and found a warm, welcoming sanctuary in my humor. By this I mean that my Grandma is uniquely prepared to defend herself with facts against the group of hostile grannies she takes money off each week.

Which all got me wondering about why many people who've been thinking for themselves for half a century after high school and college can have such a difficult time getting with the post 9/11 program.

Much of it has to do with the cliche about old habits and how they die. The Democratic party of 40 years ago is virtually unrecognizable from their former leader who once said:

"...we will pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and the success of liberty."

Sounds a heck of a lot like George Bush's recent inaugural address, huh? But as you know, those were the words of JFK in his January 20th, 1961 inaugural address. What was patriotic, visionary and very a liberal idea at the time has become "reckless, arrogant and ideological" in the eyes of the people who cheered the 1961 version. If JFK were alive today, he'd be considered a conservative for his positions on low taxes, business enterprise and willingness to assert American military might. Those views are now held almost exclusively in the Republican party as the liberals have hijacked the former major party. This has left people arguing for a party rather than an ideology.

The boomers of the babies have seen more wars than the me who's only seen a couple U.S. military victories. They've seen the valor of the United States of America in WW I & II, Japan and Korea, but those memories of honorable victory are now seen through the murky prism of Vietnam. Our intentions there were just as honorable, but because the goal did not satisfy the "what's in it for us" question being asked domestically, we lost that war to our most potent enemy - the mainstream media. The dishonor leveled at our troops upon their return from Vietnam when compared to the hero's welcome of wars past gives those a tendency that lived all of them to balk at the chance of putting our fighting men and women in a situation where their sacrifice is again diminished by fevered critics.

I understand that thinking, but it doesn't have to be that way. We don't have to live in the artificially long shadow of Vietnam anymore. We're better than that. The principles on which America was founded require more from us than the pessimistic and cynical reflex to the use of American might. As no armed enemy can defeat us, our success is based only on winning our own hearts and minds and keeping the will of the American people strong enough to see it through.

I recall a poster in grade school: "What is right is not always popular and what is popular is not always right." Do you believe it? I do. George Bush does. As he made abundantly clear in his inaugural address, he believes that the United States has a major responsibility in the world, one that makes America safer by fighting an enemy that undertands the beginning of their end when the restraints of tyranny begin to disintegrate with every breath of freedom. It began in Afghanistan and will continue when Iraq votes on Sunday.

But why us? Why do we have to be the world police? Because we're the only ones who can. Luke 12.48 says that "To whom much is given, much is required." Do you believe it? I do. It's a tremendous responsibility, one that makes those who don't believe it very uncomfortable. Operating on the front lines of most of the world's issues not only makes us a target for countries questioning our intentions, but sets up our mistakes and failures to be broadcast, inflated, derided and encouraged by people who like to see winners fail.

Young or old or in between, the way you approach life as an American - no matter our differences in taxes, marriage or enterprise - can be summed up this way: you either believe or you don't.

We believers know that being the best country in the world doesn't mean we're perfect. Believers know the United States is the largest force for good on the planet and despite our mistakes or any miscalculations, our country is run by human beings who are willing to be hated by many to fight for the rights of a few.

The United States was founded on optimism, forged by blood and is sustained by belief. We believe that every citizen of the world is indeed endowed with certain unalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness and we believe that sometimes people with really big guns have to fight those who wish deprive us of those rights.

Believe. Believe at every card table, in every coffee shop, on every golf course. Be a witness for the goals of the good. Be a witness for America. Whether you believe we're under God or not, we are one nation, indivisible. Believe it.

6 year old fugitive.

The family of the highest profile fugitive ever apprehended by the Clinton administration, Elian Gonzalez, is suing various agencies for their hand in the forced entry and extraction of the 6-year old.
MIAMI, Florida (CNN) -- The Miami relatives of Elian Gonzalez are suing Attorney General Janet Reno, the city of Miami and several other parties over the seizure of the young boy from their home.

Elian was the subject of an international custody battle after he was found floating on an innertube in the waters off the Florida coast last November. His mother and 10 others drowned when their boat capsized in an attempt to reach the United States. His father's relatives in Miami wanted the U.S. government to give the boy an asylum hearing, but his father wanted him to return to Cuba.
Janet Reno wasn't satisfied that Elian had been traumatized enough. After being comforted and taken in by his loving family in Miami, Janet made sure the little boy was forcibly removed from the loving family that took him in, shoved into a black van by armed stangers and shipped back to communists.

The only upside to the Reno-lead forced entry into the Gonzales home is the entry teams didn't burn the place down and kill multiple children, like they did under her direction at the Branch Dividian compound in Waco, Texas.

Mark, Mark, Mark

The only Senator to close his office last year over his imaginary concerns that a bomb may be planted in his fax machine, Mark Dayton got some face time the other day for calling Dr. Condi Rice a liar:
"My vote against this nomination is my statement that this administration's lying must stop now," Dayton said on the Senate floor. "I don't like to impugn anyone's integrity, but I really don't like being lied to repeatedly, flagrantly, intentionally," he said. "It's wrong. It's undemocratic, it's un-American, and it's dangerous.

"And it is occurring far too frequently in this administration. And this Congress, this Senate must demand that it stop now."
Is Dayton questioning the Bush administration's patriotism by calling them un-American?? Where's the outrage?!

In the upcoming months before Dayton gets destroyed in the '06 Senate election by Mark Kennedy, expect Dayton to embarrass the state of Minnesota on a more regular schedule.

Monday, January 24, 2005

Dem indicted for plan to plant crack cocaine and murder a witness.

The St. Louis Post that St. Louis is a dangerous place for a witness in a case of Democratic voter fraud.
The indictment against Ellis, a Democratic committeeman, states that he learned that a confidential witness had met with federal agents Oct. 5 and implicated him in election fraud. That was a month before candidates and others raised vote fraud allegations following the November election. Republican County Board member Steve Reeb, who lost the race for St. Clair County Board Chairman, was one of them.

Without East St. Louis votes, Reeb had a lead of 52 percent to 48 percent over his Democratic opponent, Mark Kern, and a 4,000-vote edge. After East St. Louis was included, the numbers reversed. Reeb said at the time that he believed the election numbers were fishy.

Ellis, 55, of East St. Louis, came under a spotlight publicly when FBI agents raided City Hall on Nov. 23 and took from his office computer hard drives, boxes of files and his lizard-skin briefcase. He's a Democrat precinct committeeman with ties to other leaders in the city.

According to his indictment, within two days of learning about the witness's contact with authorities, Ellis worked on a plan to plant one-half ounce of crack cocaine on the witness and have her arrested. Conversations between Ellis and an undisclosed person were apparently recorded. The talk shifted from a set-up to Ellis' alleged instructions to "dispose of her."

The other person showed Ellis a photograph "depicting what appeared to be the murdered" witness, the indictment states. The other person told Ellis, falsely, she was thrown to the bottom of Horseshoe Lake in Madison County.

According to the indictment, Ellis also tried to corruptly influence several witnesses to invoke their right to remain silent when they appeared before a grand jury in November. For all this alleged activity, including the attempted murder accusations, he faces four charges of obstruction of justice.

Ellis been in federal court before. In the late 1980s, he used his influence as executive assistant to Mayor Carl E. Officer to halt a nursing home project until the construction company gave a $184,000 plumbing contract to a company he controlled. He was sentenced to 21 months in prison after pleading guilty to extortion.
What other "leaders in the community" does the indicted Ellis need to be associated with to get his mitts on a half ounce of crack?

Friday, January 21, 2005

Inside information on the New Jersey murders

Jihad Watch has inside information on the New Jersey murder of a family of Egyptian Christians:
A close friend of Hossam Armanious, the Coptic Christian who was brutally murdered in New Jersey along with his family, is the source of this information, which comes to you exclusively from Jihad Watch:

The Armanious family had inspired several Muslims to convert to Christianity — or thought they had. These converts were actually practicing taqiyya, or religious deception, pretending to be friends of these Christians in order to strengthen themselves against them, as in Qur'an 3:28: "Let believers not make friends with infidels in preference to the faithful -- he that does this has nothing to hope for from Allah -- except in self-defense."

It was these "converts" who knocked on the door of the Armanious home. Of course, the family, not suspecting the deception, was happy to see the "converted" men and willingly let them in to their home. That's why there was no sign of forced entry. Then the "converted" Muslims did their grisly work.

Many Copts are regarding the murders as a warning to the Coptic community as a whole, related to the increasing strife between Copts and Muslims in Egypt and the Copts' energetic efforts in America to get the truth out about the differences between Middle Eastern Christians and Muslims -- differences that the Islamic lobby, with its disingenuous talk of "Arab Americans," routinely glosses over and hopes you don't notice. The Copts, to their immense credit, have been particularly outspoken among Middle Eastern Christians about Muslim oppression. And yes, many are active on Pal Talk debating Muslims.

The nature of the warning? The murders send a signal from the Muslims to the Copts: we are going to behave here the same way we behaved in Egypt, and the First Amendment and American law enforcement will not protect you. Don't expect America to keep you safe from us. The oppression and harassment you thought you had left behind in Egypt has now come to you.

This means, if Armanious's friend is correct, that this is indeed America's Theo van Gogh murder: indication that all Muslims in the nation do not, as we are supposed to believe, unanimously accept the parameters of American pluralism. That at least some are willing to enforce Sharia penalties right here, right now.

Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Boston Terror Alert

Breaking news from Boston:
BOSTON -- The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency has been placed on standby, and public safety officials are meeting at the bunker, according to a published report Wednesday.

There have been reports that the FBI office in Boston received a call from an FBI office in California warning officials about a suspicious person that may be in the area, according to the Boston Herald's Web site.

No specific threats have been confirmed, but FBI agents in Boston have been put on alert, and officials started to gather at MEMA at about 1:30 p.m.
Drudge also had this to say:
There have been reports that the FBI office in Boston received a call from an FBI office in California warning officials about a suspicious person that may be in the area. There have been no specific threats made, but FBI agents in Boston have been put on alert, and officials started to gather at MEMA at about 1:30 p.m.

Buckle up.

From today's WSJ:

In September, the Daily Nebraskan, the student newspaper at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, published a column by Derek Kieper that argued against mandatory seat-belt laws:

As laws become increasingly strict for seat belts, fewer people will respond positively by buckling up in response to the laws. There seems to be a die-hard group of non-wearers out there who simply do not wish to buckle up no matter what the government does. I belong to this group. . . .

Telling me to wear my seat belt is the same as making sure I have some sort of proper education before diving into a swimming pool. If I want to dive in without knowing how to swim, that is my right. And if I want to be the jerk that flirts with death and rides around with my seat belt off, I should be able to do that, too.
Today's Lincoln Journal Star reports the sad ending of the Kieper story:

Kieper, a 21-year-old senior at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, died early Tuesday morning when the Ford Explorer he was a passenger in travelled off an icy section of Interstate 80 and rolled several times in a ditch. . . . Derek, who was thrown from the vehicle, was not wearing a seat belt.
When you flirt with death, you run the risk that death has something more serious in mind.

Team Botox Strikes Again

Perennial loser and '04 Dem Presidential nominee John Kerry and the Senate's dimmest bulb, Babs Boxer, are the only two senators to vote against the confirmation of Dr. Condoleeza Rice as Secretary of State. The Democratic Duo, known in some circles as Team Botox, couldn't fight off their inner child's tendency to act out in protest:
Pending approval by the full Senate, Rice would be the first black woman to hold the job. She was confirmed by a 16-2 vote with Democrats John Kerry of Massachusetts and Barbara Boxer of California voting no.

Other Democrats, including ranking member Joseph Biden of Delaware, had said they were reluctantly voting to elevate Rice to the nation's top diplomatic job. A vote by the full Senate was expected by Thursday.
You see, Biden is an example that as an adult, your actions need not be driven by your feelings of frustration and anger. Just because Kerry and Boxer have soiled the Senate with their presence doesn't mean they're justified smearing their dookie on the walls in defiance.

Out-wit, out-class

People choose to use the liberty afforded them in a free democracy in different ways. California Senator Barbara Boxer chooses to brandish her freedom to make herself, her state and the Democratic party all look silly. In the whiny tone we're getting used to hearing from the Left, Boxer reminded us why the Democrats can't be trusted to protect us from foreign (or domestic) threats by calling Dr. Condi Rice a liar during her confirmation hearing.
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Condoleezza Rice defended the war in Iraq during her Senate confirmation hearing Tuesday, sparring with one Democrat who suggested her loyalty to President Bush and support for the conflict "overwhelmed your respect for the truth."

Rice bristled at the comment by Sen. Barbara Boxer of California. "I have to say that I have never, ever, lost respect for the truth in the service of anything," she said.

"This is a pattern here of what I see from you," Boxer said. "It's very troubling. ... It's hard for me to let go of this war because people are still dying."

"If you can't admit to this mistake, I hope that you will rethink it," Boxer said.

"Senator, we can have this discussion in any way that you would like," Rice replied. "But I really hope that you will refrain from impugning my integrity."

Rice insisted the war in Iraq was not launched solely over WMD. Deposed Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, she said, welcomed terrorists, attacked his own neighbors and paid suicide bombers in the conflict between Israel and Palestinians.

But Boxer said the resolution that authorized Bush to launch the war in Iraq talked about "WMD, period."
If you read a single sentence of U.N. Resolution 1441 you'll have read more than Barbara Boxer did. It clearly gives multiple reasons for disposing of Saddam. Boxer didn't allow the inconvenience of the truth to get in the way of her chance to take swings at a woman so clearly out of her reach.

A better politician would be more adept at concealing her hostility towards a woman who so clearly out-classes and out-smarts her. Boxer came from a privileged family, got a BA in Economics from Brooklyn College and married money. In contrast, Dr. Rice was born in a house with a dirt floor and on her own merits has:
Born November 14, 1954 in Birmingham, Alabama, she earned her bachelor's degree in political science, cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Denver in 1974; her master's from the University of Notre Dame in 1975; and her Ph.D. from the Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Denver in 1981. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has been awarded honorary doctorates from Morehouse College in 1991, the University of Alabama in 1994, the University of Notre Dame in 1995, the National Defense University in 2002, the Mississippi College School of Law in 2003, the University of Louisville and Michigan State University in 2004. She resides in Washington, D.C.
Oh yeah, and she's a political science professor at Stanford University.

Tuesday, January 18, 2005

The IRS must have a TV

Hoping the IRS would be too busy pushing numbers to notice he had won $1 million dollars on live national TV, Survivor winner Richard "Cammando" Hatch has had his assets frozen:
JANUARY 18--Richard Hatch, the first winner of CBS's "Survivor," was charged today with failing to report his $1 million reality TV windfall to the Internal Revenue Service. The below two-count criminal information, unsealed today in U.S. District Court in Rhode Island, charges Hatch with filing a false 2000 tax return that omitted his seven-figure "Survivor" winnings. The nudity enthusiast, 43, is also charged with filing a false return for 2001 (he allegedly did not report $321,000 paid to him by a Boston radio station). If convicted of the felony charges, Hatch could face a maximum of five years in prison for each count and could be hit with a $250,000 fine. Hatch is scheduled to be arraigned on the charges in Providence federal court January 24.

Terror attack in New Jersey.

In the little-middle east of Jersey City, the Religion of Peace has murdered the family of the prosecution's translator in the case of a lawyer passing messages from her terrorist client to his jolly jihadi pals.
The police are talking about robbery and religious hatred as motives. But ABC News has learned the FBI sees a possible link to a terror trial now underway in New York.

The bodies of Hossam Armanious and his wife and two young daughters will leave from Journal Square for the church at around 10:00 this morning. The coffins will arrive at the church just around 10:30 for the funeral service.

ABC News has learned that the slain family's cousin has been a translator working for the prosecution in the trial of Lynne Stewart. She is the radical lawyer accused of smuggling messages from imprisoned Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman, to terrorist cell members and associates.

Investigators also say that the slain father was active online. He recently argued in a chat room with a Muslim, who felt he had insulted Islam. That man reportedly threatened to kill him if he didn't take back his comments.
Because the perpetrators aren't white Christian males, national media isn't buzzing about "hate crimes" or "bigotry." Keep an eye out for the massive Muslim New Jersey community to opt out of any protest against cold-blooded murder and instead issue statements and give TV interviews on the standard tolerance of Islam and the travesty of focusing on Muslims in our post 9/11 world.

The over-compensating European Union.

They can't make a fist, but they can sure make a big airplane. The EU unveils the world's largest people carrier.
Airbus unveiled the world's biggest passenger jet in a glitzy ceremony at which the leaders of France, Britain, Germany and Spain hailed Europe's victory over the United States as the new king of the commercial skies.

"Good old Europe has made this possible," German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder told a packed hall in Airbus's headquarters in Toulouse, southwest France.

That was a barely-veiled barb recalling the US dismissal of France, Germany and other EU states in 2003 as "Old Europe" because of their opposition to the war on Iraq.

"The European states -- so easily accused of weakness -- backed this fantastic challenge 35 years ago and have believed in the A380," he said.
I'm very impressed. The EU believes in something.

By the numbers.

Thanks, Pat, for sending this to me!
There are over six billion people living on our planet. Of that six billion, almost two billion are Muslims. That's roughly a third of the total population of the earth.

The earthquake that triggered the killer tsunami was centered just off the coast of the Indonesian island of Sumatra. Indonesia is the world's most populous Muslim country. It was also the most severely devastated by the wave. Nearly 100,000 of the victims of the December 26 catastrophe were Indonesian Muslims.

The vast majority of the victims were either Muslims, Buddhists or Hindu. Got all that? Good.

Now, to the United Nations. The United Nations consists of 186 countries. The most powerful voting bloc is the fifty-seven Islamic countries that generally vote with one voice, especially when the United States or Israel are voting the other way.

The United Nations' head of humanitarian relief, Jan Egeland, criticized the West for being stingy. He didn't specifically mention America, but he cited the exact percentage of the US GDP that is budgeted for foreign aid, so there is little doubt of who the 'stingy West' was, at least in Egeland's mind.

Egeland slammed the United States for not raising taxes so that America could give a greater percentage of its GDP to the UN to distribute as part of the UN's foreign aid package. Editorials in the Washington Post, the New York Times and other liberal newspapers echoed Egeland's charge, with the New York Times calling America's $350 million in direct government aid 'miserly'.

The United States makes up some six percent of the world's total population, but we pay a quarter of the United Nation's total budget. The United States pays forty percent of the world's total disaster relief aid, and sixty percent of the world's total food donations.

The $2.4 billion (that's BILLION) dollars Washington spent in emergency aid in 2003 represented 40 percent of the total amount of emergency assistance from all bilateral donors provided that year. Evidently, that isn't enough.

It didn't take long for these same elitists to turn Mother Nature into an American right-wing hater of Islam.

Not only had America's imperialistic self-enrichment policies created the natural disaster, but also cold-hearted Muslim hating President Bush wouldn't leave his ranch in Texas... which by the way, is his home -- not a vacation destination -- and only offered a 'stingy' initial monetary donation.

While these journalists were assailing President Bush and expounding the mantra that America should be giving more money to the devastated region in a token gesture that would 'show Islam that America didn't hate Muslims', UN Secretary General Kofi Annan was still on his vacation skiing in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. He returned to New York four days later.

The wave struck on Sunday, and it took only until Monday before the US announced its $350 million in initial aid, sent the USS Abraham Lincoln into
the region, including helicopters, and C-130 transport planes, sent hundreds of tons of pre-packaged emergency aid supplies, and deployed some 14,000 American troops to help with the recovery and cleanup.

In Indonesia, U.S. helicopters flew at least 30 sorties, deliveri ng 60,000 pounds of water and supplies, from the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln along a 120-mile stretch of Sumatra island's ravaged coastline.

Speaking of US Armed forces, editorials in the Washington Post, the New York Times and other liberal newspapers lauded the humanitarian mission the US Military had undertaken in the stricken area. Why don't the same papers laud the other humanitarian mission the US Military has undertaken in Iraq? Is not the liberation of 25 million Muslims from the brutal regime of Saddam Hussein a noble effort?

Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, the richest nations in the Islamic world, donated a paltry $10 million each. The United Arab Emirates donated some $20 million to relieve the suffering of their Islamic 'brothers'.

Egypt's contribution at the time of this writing is $104,000.00. (Note: Egypt gets $2 BILLION in US foreign aid annually)

And did anybody notice that the majority of the private donations came from those evil corporate types the left so loves to loathe?

Pfizer donated $10 million in cash and $25 million in drugs. (That is more than oil-rich Saudi Arabia and Kuwait combined). General Motors pledged $2 million in cash, agreed to match employee donations dollar for dollar, and is sending vehicles to transport food and medical supplies to the region.

Other corporate donors include Nike Inc., American Express, General Electric, First Data Corp., Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Exxon-Mobil, Citigroup, Marriott International and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Actress Sandra Bullock donated one million dollars, but Bullock is neither an activist nor a liberal. (She also donated one million following September 11.)

America, as noted at the outset, represents six percent of the global population. But in any catastrophe, it gets one hundred percent of the blame. The UN's nose is out of joint because the Bush administration refuses to funnel its aid through the UN's various aid agencies.

Kofi Annan wants to use the catastrophe to shore up the UN's sagging image in the wake of the Oil-For-Food thefts from Iraq. The United States wants to ensure the aid doesn't end up lining the pockets of UN officials. So the US is 'too stingy' and gets another black eye.

Where is the rest of the Islamic world? There are fifty-seven Islamic nations, and the world's biggest Islamic nation is the one that took the hardest hit. But it is the United States -- the world's largest donor nation -- that is grabbing all the headlines for being 'stingy'.

Why do we do it? Simply because the United States is the most generous nation in the history of the planet. Europe is free because of the US. Japan is free because of the US. The Soviet Union is a note in history books because of the US (and Ronald Reagan). Black eye or not, the US is always the first with the most. I am proud to be a US Citizen!
Just a couple things to add. Had President Bush been the first to rush to a mic and camera after the tsunami, we can be sure the world mediocracy would be talking about the "cowboy arrogance," "US imperialism" and questions about our intentions. A Lose-lose media situation for Bush.

Indonesia declined the immediate and generous offers from Israel and Muslim terrorists threaten unarmed aid workers daily. When Jakarta has milked our generosity enough, they'll show us the door with nary a thanks.

Thursday, January 13, 2005

Any is better than none.

Still frustrated by the truth to the addage "Only the Good Kennedy's Die Young," the man you'd never want to be caught in a convertible near the Chappaquiddick, Dem Senator Ted Kennedy put down the bottle long enough to lecture his party on the need for values:
WASHINGTON -- Democrats should have talked more directly about fundamental values and ideals in last year's presidential campaign, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy said Wednesday, outlining a progressive agenda aimed at moving the party and the nation forward.

Democrats must do a better job speaking about the principles they believe in and that have guided the party, said Kennedy, D-Mass., in a speech to the National Press Club.
It's unlcear whether that strategy will involve full front-page newspaper advertisements with the new Democratic slogan: "The only thing that should be bigger than government is, well, nothing. If we can all close our eyes tighter than a frog's behind, terrorism will go away. We don't have programs to study the programs being studied. We need that. If you don't like it, go abort yourself - your neighbor's taxes are paying for it anyway."



Funny enough to get arrested.

What do you say to a lawyer with an IQ of 50? "Good morning, Judge."

Fresh out of business cards after his daily rounds at Bellevue's critical burn unit, a lawyer standing in line at a New York courthouse had two men arrested for disorderly conduct because of his guilty conscience.
MEPSTEAD, N.Y. - Did you hear the one about the two guys arrested for telling lawyer jokes?

It happened this week to the founders of a group called Americans for Legal Reform, who were waiting in line to get into a Long Island courthouse.

“How do you tell when a lawyer is lying?” Harvey Kash reportedly asked Carl Lanzisera.

“His lips are moving,” they said in unison.

While some waiting to get into the courthouse giggled, a lawyer farther up the line Monday was not laughing.

He told them to pipe down, and when they did not, the lawyer reported the pair to court personnel, who charged them with disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor.

“They just can’t take it,” Kash said of lawyers in general. “This violates our First Amendment rights.”
The reporter made an attempt to interview said legal sourpuss, but was interrupted when the lawyer gave pursuit to a passing fire truck.


Tuesday, January 11, 2005

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"I was just driving along, minding my own business, when the truck in front of me kicked up a rock that went through my windshield."

Monday, January 10, 2005

CBS: Now hiring.

4 months after CBS News President Andrew Heyward told America that an investigation into the Texas Air National Guard story would come "in weeks, not months," CBS has released the findings of their internal investigation. CBS is currently accepting resumes for 3 executive positions and one producer.
Four CBS News employees, including three executives, have been ousted for their role in preparing and reporting a disputed story about President Bush’s National Guard service.

The action was prompted by the report of an independent panel that concluded that CBS News failed to follow basic journalistic principles in the preparation and reporting of the piece. The panel also said CBS News had compounded that failure with “rigid and blind” defense of the 60 Minutes Wednesday report.

Asked to resign were Senior Vice President Betsy West, who supervised CBS News primetime programs; 60 Minutes Wednesday Executive Producer Josh Howard; and Howard’s deputy, Senior Broadcast Producer Mary Murphy. The producer of the piece, Mary Mapes, was terminated.
While the investigation did raise questions on the authenticity of the documents, the investigation wasn't necessarily an exercise to take a position on the documents themselves, only to assess CBS' handling of them.

The word is out. The power of blogs has permanently given the MSM something that until now they were unable to give themselves - accountability.

Friday, January 07, 2005

UN, special envoy to tsunami press conference.

Thanks to Powerline for reminding us of Diplomad, a blogger assisting in the tsunami devastation. Bookmark it for what's really happening with the relief efforts.

This Embassy has been running 24/7 since the December 26 earthquake and tsunami. Along with my colleagues, I've spent the past several days dealing non-stop with various aspects of the relief effort in this tsunami-affected country. That work, unfortunately, has brought ever-increasing contact with the growing UN presence in this capital; in fact, we've found that to avoid running into the UN, we must go out to where the quake and tsunami actually hit. As we come up on two weeks since the disaster struck, the UN is still not to be seen where it counts -- except when holding well-staged press events. Ah, yes, but the luxury hotels are full of UN assessment teams and visiting big shots from New York, Geneva, and Vienna. The city sees a steady procession of UN Mercedes sedans and top-of-the-line SUV's -- a fully decked out Toyota Landcruiser is the UN vehicle of choice; it doesn't seem that concerns about "global warming" and preserving your tax dollars run too deep among the UNocrats.

Sitting VERY late for two consecutive nights in interminable meetings with UN reps, hearing them go on about "taking the lead coordination role," pledges, and the impending arrival of this or that UN big shot or assessment/coordination team, for the millionth time I realized that if not for Australia and America almost nobody in the tsunami-affected areas would have survived more than a few days. If we had waited for the UNocrats to get their act coordinated, the already massive death toll would have become astronomical. But, fortunately, thanks to "retrograde racist war-mongers " such as John Howard and George W. Bush, as we sat in air conditioned meeting rooms with these UNocrats, young Australians and Americans were at that moment "coordinating" without the UN and saving the lives of tens-of-thousands of people.

Could this be true?

No way.
WASHINGTON -- U.S. employers added 157,000 workers overall to their payrolls in December, bringing the year-end total of new jobs to 2.2 million, the best showing in five years. The unemployment rate held steady at 5.4 percent.

The Labor Department reported Friday that the 2.2 million new jobs created in 2004 were the most in any year since 1999, when employers added 3.2 million positions, based on a government survey of businesses.
All that progress in the worst economy since the Depression.

Thursday, January 06, 2005

Fictional Law & Order episode overturns murder conviction.

Question: In Texas, how many children does a mother have to admit to drowning before the state will convict her? Answer: more than 5.
HOUSTON (AP) - Andrea Yates' capital murder convictions for drowning her children were overturned Thursday by an appeals court, which ruled that a prosecution witness' erroneous testimony about a nonexistent TV episode could have been crucial.

Yates' lawyers had argued at a hearing last month before a three-judge panel of the First Court of Appeals in Houston that psychiatrist Park Dietz was wrong when he mentioned an episode of the TV show "Law & Order" involving a woman found innocent by reason of insanity for drowning her children.

After jurors found Yates guilty, attorneys in the case and jurors learned no such episode existed.

Prosecutor Joe Owmby said at the time that Dietz didn't tell him until after his closing arguments in the guilt phase of the trial that he was mistaken about the show.

"He was confused and made an error," Owmby said.

"We conclude that there is a reasonable likelihood that Dr. Dietz's false testimony could have affected the judgment of the jury," the court ruled. "We further conclude that Dr. Dietz's false testimony affected the substantial rights of appellant."
While flipping through the channels one night, I caught 3 seconds of Law & Order, so I can agree that the authority on fictional TV courtroom drama would have a greater influence on a jury than facts in the case ever could:
A wet and bedraggled Yates called police to her home on June 20, 2001, and showed them the bodies of her five children: Noah, 7, John, 5, Paul, 3, Luke, 2, and 6-month-old Mary. She had called them into the bathroom and drowned them one by one.

Election challenge continues as Kerry visits Baghdad.

While his militant Democrat colleagues continue flushing our money bydelaying the election certification of George Bush on the floor of the Senate, John Kerry slithered into Baghdad on Thursday with the same message that got him rejected by more than 62 million Americans.

In one of only 2 accomplishments in his life, the other being successful CPR on a rodent, John Kerry gave a speech hoping to win the hearts and minds of the terrorists who have yet to become greasy stains, John Kerry made a fresh effort to supply the terrorist enemy with aid and comfort through a warm message of encouragement:
Visiting with U.S. troops in Baghdad on Thursday, failed presidential candidate John Kerry trashed Commander-in-chief George Bush for making "horrendous judgments" and "unbelievable blunders" that have undermined the war effort.

In a series of demoralizing comments first reported by the San Francisco Chronicle, the defeated Democrat griped, "What is sad about what's happening here now is that so much of it is a process of catching up from the enormous miscalculations and wrong judgments made in the beginning."

Kerry said that because of the Bush administration's mistakes, "the job has been made enormously harder."

Among the errors cited by the disgruntled Democrat: the decision by former U.S. occupation leader Paul Bremer's to disband the Iraqi army and purge the government of former members of Hussein's Baath Party.

Both moves were have fueled the Sunni insurgency, he claimed, lamenting, "Mistakes have been made."
Musab al-Zarqawi, declared his "bro in Baghdad" by Osama bin Laden, declined John Kerry's invitation to lunch. Although reports are mixed, rumor has it Kerry wanted to discuss sabotage strategies for the upcoming Iraq elections. A Zarqawi interpreter not impressed with Kerry's campaign strategy relayed a message to Kerry's team that, "Any idiot knows you don't tell the world that your opponent's daughter is gay!"

Zarqawi did, however, extend a gift to John Kerry, a new black vest. The bulky undergarment considered "Dynamite!" by a Kerry staffer, was accompanied by a note: "Dear Mr. John al-Kerry. Now that you are one of us, make Allah proud and wear this vest with dignity. Specifically, put it on under a robe, walk into the nearest Iraqi police station and we'll do the rest. Praise be to Allah."

Who you callin' Nazi?


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Members of the Fatah youth movement chant slogans during a rally for Palestinian presidential candidate Mahmoud Abbas at a hotel in the Jerusalem suburb of Beit Hanina, January 5, 2005. Palestinian fighters wounded 12 soldiers in a rocket attack on Israel Wednesday, defying calls for a cease-fire from Mahmoud Abbas, the frontrunner to succeed Yasser Arafat in an election Sunday. REUTERS/Ammar Awad
Please remember, these are "freedom fighters." Everyone knows Bush is the real Nazi.

Wednesday, January 05, 2005

Michigan Democrats questioned in case of fowl play.

Before Thanksgiving, John Conyers, Democrat Congressman from Michigan, took a break from contesting the election next door in Ohio to do some community service work in Detroit. He relieved the poor people of his district from having to enjoy the turkeys that had been donated by a local charity.
The director of a Detroit food bank wants to know what happened to 60 turkeys -- 720 pounds of frozen birds -- that his charity gave to members of U.S. Rep. John Conyers' local staff two days before Thanksgiving to give to needy people.

Conyers' Detroit office promised an accounting of any turkey distribution by Dec. 27, but the Gleaners Community Food Bank had received no paperwork as of Tuesday, said the charity's director, Agostinho Fernandes.

Fernandes said he became suspicious that the turkeys didn't get to poor people after hearing from a friend that a federal court worker had said he was offered free turkeys from a member of Conyers' staff.

Conyers' press secretary Karen Morgan said Tuesday that she was told that some of Conyers' staffers gave the turkeys to poor people whose names were provided by the state Family Independence Agency. A fax with those names, she said, was to be sent Tuesday or today to Gleaners.

By mid-afternoon Tuesday, Fernandes said he had received nothing from Conyers' office.
I hear that stolen turkey is an acquired taste. I'm just not enough of a Democrat to try it.

Tuesday, January 04, 2005

Sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you are one.

Indiana couple proves that two nuts can conceive a child who's allergic to them:
YORKTOWN, Ind. — Savannah Dowling is a typical 8-year-old girl; much of her protein comes from peanut butter sandwiches.

However, if she wants to bring one to Central Indiana's Pleasant View Elementary School, she has to eat it at a special table in the cafeteria to accommodate one first grader with a severe allergy. Soon she'll have to take her lunch to an area the school is calling the "peanut gallery" so the one child with the peanut allergy isn't affected.

The boy's parents refused to be interviewed but said their child's allergy warrants extraordinary safeguards.

"He does not have to ingest it for his air to constrict and he loses the ability to breathe," the parents wrote in a statement. "We have the medical evidence that shows that our son has one of the worst allergies on record for this food."
I don't know how to say this in any other language, so English will have to do: Bulloney. If little "Ricky" has one of the worst peanut allergies on record, how has he survived 8 whole over-protected years if the George Washington Carver website lists 100's of everyday products that contain goober peas? A few:
Axle Grease, Charcoal from Shells, Cleaner for Hands, Coke, Diesel Fuel, Briquettes, Gas, Gasoline, Glue, Illuminating Oil, Insecticide, Insulating Boards, Linoleum, Lubricating Oil, Nitroglycerine, Paper (colored) from skins, Paper (Kraft) from Vines, Paper (white) from vines, Printer's Ink, Plastics, Rubber, Shoe and Leather Blacking, Sizing for Walls, Soap Stock, Soil Conditioner, Wall Boards from hulls, Washing Powder, Wood Filler, Laundry Soap and Sweeping Compound.
If the school needs to segregate the peanut-eaters because Ricky may convulse and foam at the mouth off a whiff of Jiff from 40 yards, can banning Nike's be far away? If contact with the radio-active material in a "chunky" variety could bring on fever and sweats, is Ricky relieved of the homework duties that involve books, paper or ink? And what if the little rascal takes an accidental stroll down the "Bath" isle, takes a dive on the freshly mopped floor, accidentally licking the soapy linoleum, must you scrap the Nitroglycerine needed to relieve his oxygen-thirsty blood vessels when goes into cardiac arrest? You couldn't shock the little sucker to life, the defibrillator's contact lubricant could result in seizure!

Sounds more like the over-sensiblah blah blah I complain about every other day. I'd venture a guess that Mommy and Daddy have a tough time getting little Ricky to eat peanut butter at home. Fearing their son would appear the weirdo he is for not liking peanut butter, they manufacture a record-breaking allergy and campaign to put peanut eaters in a hermetically sealed room in the basement to keep him from getting his feelings hurt.

If Ricky's allergy is really "the worst on record," the kid belongs in a bubble. And not a plastic one.




Monday, January 03, 2005

Iraq wants to vote.

Last week, the artist formerly known as Osama bin Laden produced a new video where he proclaimed terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi as his Iraq deputy and called for Iraqi's to boycott the elections:
"In the balance of Islam, this constitution is infidel and therefore everyone who participates in this election will be considered infidels," the speaker said. "Beware of henchmen who speak in the name of Islamic parties and groups who urge people to participate in this blatant apostasy."
Our 'infidel' brothers and sisters in Iraq have responded to OBL with a one-fingered wave (via Powerline):
This translation of poll results that appeared in the Iraqi Arabic newspaper Alsabaah this morning. The poll was of 4,974 Iraqis living in and around Baghdad:

Will the security problems cause you to?

Come out and vote the day of elections = 78.3%
Not come out and vote the day of elections = 18.3%
No opinion = 3.4%

Do you support military action against the terrorists?

Yes = 87.7 %
No = 11.1%
Don’t Know = 1.2%
OBL's latest video bolsters the President's assertion that Iraqi elections are vital to not only Iraqi self-governance, but the morale boost needed to transform the rest of the oppressed in the Middle East. Having enjoyed the appetizer of freedom, Iraqi's are hungry for the democracy entree.

Dan Rather under close Naval scrutiny


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Welcome aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln, Mr. Rather. If you don't mind, sir, I'll hold your helmet while you call your producer to locate the source of your flight documents. I'm sure it was a misunderstanding, sir, nobody in their right mind would have rushed you to air otherwise. Please take your time, it's going to take us a few minutes to ready the plank - just in case.

Minnesota Record

After consulting the TPC scorecard and refreshing myself on hole number 3's yardage, I need to make a correction.

I under-estimated the distance on a New Year's Eve drive (tee shot) by Jason Schmitz.

Par 5 hole number 3 plays 521 yards from the blue tees. For his second shot, Jason had 111 to the center of the green. Quick math makes clear that Jason Schmitz officially holds Minnesota's New Year's Eve record for driving distance with a launch of 410 yards!

I'm waiting for a return call from Guiness, Jason.

Hardest of the Die Hards

What do you do on New Year's Eve when the day before was 45 degrees, melting all snow? You grab your favorite golfing buddy and head to the golf course, of course! Not intimidated by 22 degrees and 20 mph gusts, my great friend Jason Schmitz and I layered up and played the TPC in Blaine. I really hope he'll someday forgive me for not correctly using his digital camera, as I recorded exactly none of the 20 attempts at taking his picture. Sorry Jason, I feel worse than horrible about it. I hope his 375 yard drive will serve as a consolation.

At least Jason and I were probably the only two people in Minnesota that can brag about having played golf on New Year's Eve 2004. I hope it starts a tradition.

While my red, white and blue Titleist golf bag with U.S. embossed American flags didn't expect to see daylight until at least April, it carried my main source of warmth and encouragement.


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Imagine trying to implant a tee into your garage floor. Double that, and you'll get an idea how hard the teeboxes were. Teeing off the rough was the order of the day.


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Bundled in 42 different layers of moisture-wicking material and wind-resistant Gore-Tex, I was still able to make a surprisingly full swing. My Israeli Defense Forces beanie served me well.


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I tried to play this shot last August. It was much easier on New Year's Eve.


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