Waiting for Faroe. Welcome to the happy home of Snarkasm.
April 30, 2007
Left-wing judge endorses anti-Catholic bigotry
Was the San Francisco Board of Supervisors constitutionally justified in passing an explicitly anti-Catholic resolution, adopted March 21, 2006, which labeled the Vatican a “foreign country” whose moral teachings are “hateful,” “insulting and callous,” and “insulting to all San Franciscans”?
In December, U.S. District Judge Marilyn Hall Patel said it was. Last week, the Thomas More Law Center filed a brief with the U. S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights and two Catholic residents of San Francisco appealing Patel’s ruling.
The 2006 resolution, which called on the archbishop to “defy” the Church’s teachings and described Cardinal William Levada, head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, as “unqualified” to lead, was a reaction to the Church’s opposition to adoptions by homosexual couples.
Judge Patel, appointed to the federal bench in 1980 by President Jimmy Carter and former counsel for the National Organization for Women, ruled that the Board of Supervisors’ resolution urging the Catholic archbishop of San Francisco to ignore his Church’s teachings, did not violate the Establishment Clause of the U.S. Constitution. The Establishment Clause, found in the First Amendment, prohibits the government from interfering with the free practice of religion – or favoring one religion over another.
The Thomas More Law Center says the Supervisors’ resolution sends a clear message that Catholics are not welcome as members of the San Francisco political community.
This is one of the most egregious examples of state-sponsored religion bashing and it gets a full endorsement from a Carter appointed Judge. The mainstream media's reaction to this outrage? Chirping crickets.
No, thank YOU, Reade
I have been meaning to write to all of you for quite some time. I want to thank you for your relentless dedication to uncovering the truth and your unwavering commitment to defending the innocent. I also want you all to know how appreciative I am for your concern for our well being and for your diligent dissection of this case.
I have closely followed all of your commentary over the past year and I think that you are extraordinary individuals, not to mention incredibly clever. Tuning into the case-related blogs became a daily ritual for my family and me, especially my mother. Your posts, poems, and videos (thanks Tony S.) were so important to her that she had to learn how to operate the computer all by herself. (follow link for full letter)
The encouragement and compassion we received from the blogs helped us get through some of our darkest times. We were able to seek comfort in the fact that there were people out there interested in hearing the truth—people who were not going to prejudge us because of where we lived, the schools we attended, and the sports that we played. Thankfully, there were people like you who knew better than to view this case through a racial and political lens and chose to focus on the facts, rather than engage in unfounded speculation, to arrive at a decision. You have all done a great thing not only for Collin, David and me, but for the integrity of our legal system.
Thank YOU Reade Seligmann. The dignity you have displayed in your pursuit of justice was and is an inspiration to so many of us in the blogosphere. With the way your have handled yourself through this farce, I know you will be successful in whatever field you pursue.
Sharia holds court in Britain
Stage One of the Subjugation:
Controversial Sharia courts have been set up in major towns and cities to impose Islamic law and enable Muslims to shun the legitimate British legal system.
Last night religious leaders and politicians expressed outrage that Sharia law is gaining an increasing foothold in our society.
Critics insisted that the Government is allowing a two-tier legal system to flourish in the name of political correctness and that the authority of UK justice is being undermined.
Our investigation has found that the Sharia court system has been set up in the heart of Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, and that it is a model for others across the country which are operating outside the British legal process.
Is Fred Thompson Coming to the GOP's Rescue?
April 28, 2007
Disgusted by Fox News
April 27, 2007
Woe is Lil Dicky Durbin
The Senate's No. 2 Democrat says he knew that the American public was being misled into the Iraq war but remained silent because he was sworn to secrecy as a member of the intelligence committee.
"The information we had in the intelligence committee was not the same information being given to the American people. I couldn't believe it," Majority Whip Richard J. Durbin, Illinois Democrat, said Wednesday when talking on the Senate floor about the run-up to the Iraq war in 2002.
"I was angry about it. [But] frankly, I couldn't do much about it because, in the intelligence committee, we are sworn to secrecy. We can't walk outside the door and say the statement made yesterday by the White House is in direct contradiction to classified information that is being given to this Congress."
April 26, 2007
Another China/Atheist Tibetan flag controversy
China's ruling Communist Party and the largest atheist group in the United States are criticizing a plan to honor the Dalai Lama by flying the Tibetan flag over City Hall during his visit next week to the Wisconsin capital.
A city-county committee is scheduled to vote Thursday night on a request to display the flag during the May 2-4 visit.
Chinese officials made visits earlier this year to local politicians to denounce the Dalai Lama, whom they accuse of trying to separate Tibet from their rule.
"He has been trying hard to deceive public opinion in the world by disguising himself as a champion for democracy and freedom," an official from the Chinese Consulate General's office wrote in a letter asking Mayor Dave Cieslewicz to not fly the "so-called Tibetan flag."
Maybe the Chinese should worry a little less about a flag on a Wisconsin building and a little more about poisoning our food chain.
At the risk of sounding overly redundant..
Congressional Surrender Monkeys
Glenn Greenwald is indignant
Ham steak hate crime update
Ham steak called hate crime
LEWISTON, Maine, April 24 (UPI) -- A ham steak tossed onto a school lunchroom table has a community struggling with what constitutes a hate crime and bruised race relations.
After the April 11 incident in Lewiston Middle School, a public forum held by the city's Sun Journal newspaper had to be halted because of the overt hostility on display.
"A lot of anger and hate has been flying around," said Steve Wessler of the Center for the Prevention of Hate Violence, who has received hate e-mail and two threatening phone messages, the newspaper reported Tuesday.
School Superintendent Leon Levesque said last week one student was suspended and more disciplinary action was possible as police investigated the incident in which a white student placed a ham steak in a bag on a lunch table where Somali students were eating. Muslims consider pork a dietary taboo.
"We need to take a look at this and review how a careless act is degrading and causes hurt to other people," Levesque said.
A 14-year-old Somali boy, who was with four other Somali students at the table, said he "felt angered, offended."
Funny, if some feller dropped trow in front of a Christian prayer group and urinated on a crucifix, it would be considered a profound expression of speech. Now some obnoxious kids might get prosecuted for a silly prank.
$65 Million Pair of pants
Well, a lawyer is involved, waddya think they'd be worth.
Do you know how to save a drowning lawyer?
Take your foot off his head.
April 25, 2007
Fred Thompson to do ABC Radio Gig
NEW YORK, April 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Former senator, commentator and actor Fred Thompson will provide regular opinion and analysis onABCRADIO.com. New reports will be available Monday-Friday on the website.The Fred Thompson Report will discuss issues and events that affect allAmericans. Audio versions of many of the commentaries will also be made available on ABCRADIO.com.
Getting paid to campaign? Brilliant.
Labels: Fred + Thompson
Rosie’s Gone. Sad Loss to our Nation
But, personal revulsion aside, losing Rosie in the spotlight is a net loss for conservatives. She had a daily forum through which she could summon every ounce of her inarticulateness, every sinew of her ignorance and every speck of her loutishness. She had the anger of Alec, the ignorance of Babs and the paranoia of Charlie. All in one package. She is the ‘perfect storm’ of everything that is wrong with the left. In that sense, she is irreplaceable.
She will be missed. Come back soon Rosie.
Flashback re: Duke Lacrosse Case, April 22, 2006
Came across this lil gem from Dahlia Lithwick in Slate Magazine where in a waterfall of irony, she tries to take others to task for jumping the gun before more was known about the facts of the case. In the very same article, she very nimbly, jumps the gun before more was known about the facts of the case:
Perhaps we should be thankful that this is not a case about ESP as much as it's case about CSI.
Contrast this with AG Cooper's April 12th statement:
The eyewitness identification procedures were faulty and unreliable. No DNA confirms the accuser's story. No other witness confirms her story. Other evidence contradicts her story. She contradicts herself. Next week, we'll be providing a written summary of the important factual findings and some of the specific contradictions that have led us to the conclusion that no attack occurred.
In this case, with the weight of the state behind him, the Durham district attorney pushed forward unchecked. There were many points in the case where caution would have served justice better than bravado. And in the rush to condemn, a community and a state lost the ability to see clearly. Regardless of the reasons this case was pushed forward, the result was wrong. Today, we need to learn from this and keep it from happening again to anybody.
April 24, 2007
A project for the really really bored and/or really really cheap.
We're going to pick up Senate seats as a result of this war. Senator Schumer has shown me numbers that are compelling and astounding."
-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), speaking to reporters, April 12, 2007
"This war is lost."
- Reid, April 19, 2007
Solomon Burnette sounds a call to arms
White people still murder us with impunity. White people still beat us with impunity. White people still rape us and get away with it.
The only deterrent to these legally, socially and economically validated supremacist actions is the fear of physical retribution.
Black men, stand up. Black women, stand up. Black children, stand up. We have been at war here with these same white people for 500 years.
The time to fight, whether intellectually, artistically or physically, has always been now.
Fight the good fight there, Shlomo.
Labels: Solomon + Burnette
Fascist America, in 10 easy steps
John Kerry Truther?
Another Border Patrol Agent Charged
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
PHOENIX -- A Border Patrol agent was charged Monday with first-degree murder for shooting an illegal immigrant during a confrontation on the border in January.
An investigation found that Agent Nicholas Corbett's killing of Francisco Dominguez-Rivera, of Puebla, Mexico, was not legally justified, said Cochise County's top prosecutor, Ed Rheinheimer.
Corbett was named in a criminal complaint that also charges him with second-degree murder, manslaughter and negligent homicide. Rheinheimer said that a judge will determine during a preliminary hearing which of the charges is best supported by the evidence.
Of course. I hope this agent gets a chance. Unlike many others.
But now the rat is trying to drag his ex through the mud and embarrassing his kids in the process.
Now show a shred of humility and support those you have disgraced before tearing down your family.
April 23, 2007
Aged 'poptsar' and wife of Seinfeld producer meet the Chief of Staff
April 22, 2007
Bein schooled Green
It sounds corny, but it’s true: It’s our absolute responsibility to take care of our children so that we don’t just throw up our hands and say, ‘Wow, we pretty much f—ked this up. Good luck to ya in 50 years.’ Because we did create the problem little by little and that’s the way we’re gonna have to fix it, little by little, the best we can.”
12 Year Old beheads 'American Spy'
Did ABC News get burned?
MSM wants people to think you can go to the local grocery store, buy a semi automatic pistol and start mowing people down. WRONG. They printed lies. Will they fess up?
Remember the Holocaust
And not to polticize it, but maybe when you look at these pictures, you will remember that President Bush is not a fascist, and he is certainly not comparable to Hitler. Guantanamo is not Auschwitz. Our troops are not the Gestapo. Please, buy a book. It is a shame that there are so many who are so ignorant of history to make such a comparison..
April 21, 2007
CAIR in shameless publicity stunt
Potbangers keep bangin...
Profound thoughts from Code Stink:
April 20, 2007
MSNBC's Vilest Metaphor
Newsbusters reports on a disgusting analogy between partial-birth abortion and Republican politics:
In partial birth birth abortion, the near-term baby's skull is collapsed and its brains are sucked out. Immediately after stopping Laxalt just as she was about to state that, Jansing herself said that the GOP might welcome the debate on the partial birth abortion issue "after Iraq and some of the other things that have gone on at the White House that have sort of sucked the life out of the Republican party."
Could Jansing possibly have been in much worse taste?
Get your head out of the back alley.
Europe's justice ministers have agreed genocide denial and race hatred legislation that will outlaw remarks on the internet "carried out in a manner likely to incite violence or hatred".
The measures are contained in the European Union's Racism and Xenophobia Directive and could hit controversial European bloggers, even if their websites are hosted in America.
Chris Mounsey, the 29 year old behind The Devil's Kitchen blog, said: "There is potential for this to have worldwide application. Free speech is at the centre of blogging. Part of the reason bloggers can tell the truth is because it is difficult to pin them down. This law tries to do it."
The legislation goes beyond German or Austrian-style bans on denial of the Holocaust to cover those people who question the official history of recent conflicts in Africa and the Balkans.
The directive is set to enter British law before 2010. David Davis, the shadow home secretary, said: "We don't need yet more law to combat racial hatred and incitement to violence. We already have British law dating back to 1861."
Is Orwell doing a round off back handspring in his casket? This is priceless - "those who question the official history". Who wrote the official history?
Burkini causes 'outrage'
Does anyone believe this?
So Harry Reid needs street cred from the Left...
The WRONG way to deal with Holocaust denial
I am repulsed by and abhor those who deny the Holocaust. It is one of the most pernicious and evil policies of this century, perhaps in all of history. But the great thing about this country, is that Holocaust deniers get silenced. Not by government action, but by facts. When deniers talk, their voices are drowned out. I am not talking about a particular lecture or speech, but in general. We know what they say is untrue, because we see it and hear it. And by facts I mean accounts, pictures, relics and so many other things our citizens provide.
But there are Holocaust deniers in the US. For the most part they have been marginalized. That is how they should be treated. Fair minded people know they are wrong. We have the overwhelming evidence they are wrong, so we capably counter their wack job theories and denials.
But now the EU wants to criminalize the whole notion of Holocaust denial. You don't kill any idea by banning it. You kill an idea by proving it wrong. You kill an idea by undermining the logic which supports it.
So people now have to hope that Big Brother EU doesn't find their ideas to be offensive. They have done an admirable job in picking the most horrific of world views. I hope they step back and stop choosing. In the 1920's and 30's capitalism could have been viewed as a similar evil. And those advocating free market ideas could have been subject to criminal penalties. But que sera....
Now Europe is fostering the whole idea of fascist anti-Semitism. Not by exploring it, which is what a thing people would do, but by BANNING IT, because THAT makes them look tough.
It is inviting weakness by declaring toughness. I think it is the worst kind of weakness an enemy could detect.
Illegal Immigrant Privilege
NewsCenter 5's Amalia Barreda reported that the Massachusetts Taxpayers Association said between 400 and 600 illegal immigrants would go on to higher learning if the Legislature approved a bill making them eligible for in-state tuition at state schools.
With the escalating cost of higher education, would it be more afforadable to fly to Mexico, petition our southern friend for national status, skate across the border into Mass and then apply for in-state tuition? Justs askin.
April 19, 2007
Harry Reid's concession speech..
and the military's most welcome blowback.
Alec Baldwin's newest tirade
Vile Snark on Fred Thompson from Dana Milbank
Dang flower hating Republicans. He shows just as much love for the rest of the Republican field:
It's been a difficult few weeks for the GOP field. Mitt Romney misfired by describing himself as a "lifelong hunter" when, in fact, he never had a license and only occasionally took shots at "varmints." John McCain has self-destructed over his championing of the Iraq war. Rudy Giuliani has had more Bernard Kerik problems. And Tommy Thompson, a new entrant, quickly disqualified himself by telling a Jewish group this week that making money is "part of the Jewish tradition."
Among potential top-tier candidates, that leaves Newt Gingrich (who has more baggage than a bellhop) and Fred Thompson.
April 18, 2007
Stee Spu exploiting the Confederate flag?
Mr Thompson goes to Washington
WASHINGTON - The welcome for Fred Thompson wasn't just warm, it was effusive.
The former Tennessee senator and actor is still weighing whether to run for the GOP presidential nomination but House Republicans who met with him Wednesday gushed over the prospects of Thompson candidacy.
They called him presidential, a leader, a proven conservative, an exciting prospect and "a breath of fresh air."
"I wanted to come over and see some of my old friends and make some new friends and tell them what was on my mind and listen and to see what was on their minds," Thompson said in a brief statement to reporters camped outside the Capitol Hill Club.
Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (news, bio, voting record), R-Ga., said: "there was a breath of fresh air in the room today," while Rep. Steve Buyer (news, bio, voting record), R-Ind., added: "he spoke as though he was a president." Rep. David Davis (news, bio, voting record), R-Tenn., said people are looking for a candidate with a proven conservative voting record and "Fred Thompson's the man."
Even those congressmen who wouldn't yet commit offered praise.
"Very impressive," said Rep. Adam Putnam (news, bio, voting record), R-Fla. "He has the charisma and the fortitude to lead our nation at what is a very difficult time." And Rep. Walter Jones (news, bio, voting record), R-N.C., called Thompson a straight shooter, and said: "I'm looking for somebody that can excite America again
UPDATE: Cong. Zach Wamp, "not if, but when"
Democrats and the Virginia Tech Shootings
No doubt a delay in taking real action to drag the issue through three more weeks of news cycles while they conduct opinion polls and find out how much hay they can make of it in the Presidential election. And once again demonstrate their own cowardice and weakness and give us a whole new set of reasons why they don't deserve the reigns of power.
UPDATE: In typical pandering fashion Dem Prez candidates all commit to the Rev. Al 'the Human Cartoon' Sharpton's dog and pony show.
EU Official criticizes U.S. - Mexico Wall
MEXICO CITY (AP) - European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana on Tuesday criticized U.S. plans to extend barriers along its border with Mexico, saying immigrants should not be treated like criminals.
"A wall that separates one country from another is not something that I like or that the European Union members like," Solana said at a news conference in Mexico City. "We don't think walls are reasonable instruments to stop people from crossing into a country."
The EU believes immigrants should be treated "like people, not like criminals," he said.
Cal Thomas on Fred Thompson
If Fred Thompson's not running, he should
Published: Tuesday, April 17, 2007
By Cal Thomas
Ihave no idea whether Fred Thompson, former senator from Tennessee, will run for the Republican nomination for president, but he should.
He has Ronald Reagan's communication skills and speaks plainly in ways most people can understand. Anyone who has listened to him substitute for Paul Harvey on ABC News Radio senses that, in this, he follows in Reagan's footsteps. Radio is an intimate medium. People who are able to connect with a radio audience often can connect on TV and in person. Thompson, the actor, plays other people. On radio and in news interviews, he "plays" himself.
Thompson conveys Middle American, common sense values. When he is asked a question, he doesn't sound as if he's giving a poll-tested pabulum answer. Agree or not, his statements spring from conviction
Exposing Islamo fascism
Great work by DC colleges and beyond:
Major universities in the Washington area will be among more than 70 U.S. campuses participating in nationwide "Islamo Fascism Awareness Day" events tomorrow. The events at Georgetown, Catholic University and George Washington University in the District, George Mason University in Fairfax and the University of Maryland's Baltimore County campus will feature screenings of "Obsession," a documentary film about Islamic radicalism, as well as discussions of related issues, including terrorism and the war in Iraq.
Now lets watch the racist, America-hatin maggots crawl out of the cracks and tell us how evil we are.
More power to the anti-fascist, anti-Jihad fighters on college campuses!! Please tell me your stories. I will highlight them, and the hatred you see.
April 17, 2007
Written Vignettes of the Virginia Tech Victims
So worthy of our remembrance.
Oh what an epiphanic moment it must have been for her. She had been so mercilessly seduced by the Cult of Imus, and now she was free. She was out of the gutter slinging mud with the boys.
De Pasquale reminds us of how much Cox feels at home in a mud pit:
Conservative women like Ann Coulter, Michelle Malkin, Katherine Harris and Michele Bachman have been insulted in the same vein by Wonkette. A picture of Ann Coulter speaking is captioned on Wonkette.com, “Nothin’ but Diet Coke, nicotine, and blow in her system.” A Wonkette “operative” asks if Michelle Malkin will be doing a sexual trick on her videoblog. Katherine Harris’s physical attributes (her “eyes” as Imus calls them) are discussed and she is called a “street whore.”
On the President, Wonkette writes, “We didn't accuse George Bush of being gay because he holds his hand in a ‘nelly way.’ We accused him of being gay because he likes ****.” And I’m supposed to believe this woman blushed when a couple old guys complimented her looks?
Salvador Dalí, Téléphone-homard
European Reaction to Virginia Tech Shooting
April 16, 2007
April 15, 2007
Kerry to run again??
Newsweek does its 'Shock Jock' Hall of Fame
He would apologize later in the day, but couldn't resist adding 'Michael J. Fox is allowing his illness to be exploited and in the process is shilling for a Democratic politician.'
They offer you a picture of Rush which makes him look like as vile and insensitive a scumtard the caption likens him to be. Shocker. Go on and on. It is all about the 'horrible' things conservatives say.
Please view the entire piece from Newsweek. This is not about singling out 'shock jocks' in radio. It is about taking conservative radio personalities off of the air.
'Shock jock' is an ineffable term. In my limited intellectual capabilities, it defies me to give it a definition. But it SHOULD NOT redefine and marginalize a person's voice or a movement's voice, by calling it hate, or any of the ism's so often used.
The same goes true for these radio personalities, when I agree with them, or when I don't agree with them, let their voices stand.
SPARTA, or Anchorman. You decide. hilarious, though.
Thompson considered the strongest potential candidate
My instincts tell me this is a given, but it is nice to see it on paper:
The National Journal asked its group of political insiders which potential candidates, if any, will emerge as a strong contender for president.
The Democrats gave the following responses:
Fred Thompson: 46% *Al Gore: 24% Newt Gingrich: 12 %Michael Bloomberg: 11% Chuck Hagel: 8% None of the above: 29%
On the Republican side:
Fred Thompson: 43% Al Gore: 21% Newt Gingrich: 15% Michael Bloomberg: 11% Chuck Hagel: 4% None of the above: 35%
Nice to see on the Repub side, but are the Dems starting to take notice?
But notions of FDT's viability as a candidate are still raised. And the conclusion is - YES.
April 13, 2007
Nancy Grace - 'if you ignore something long enough...
... it will probably go away.' It aint that easy, Blondestuff.
Dec. 15 - Director of a DNA lab testifies that, in an agreement with Nifong, he omitted from a report that genetic material from several men - none of them team members - was found in accuser's underwear and body. Nancy Grace ignores the story. Devotes almost an entire hour to the case of a man who put his son in a clothes dryer as punishment.
Dec. 22 - Nifong drops the rape charges, saying the woman is no longer certain whether she was penetrated. The players still face charges of kidnapping and sexual offense. Story receives extensive coverage. Nancy overwhelmed by nail polish fumes at pedicurist. Calls in sick. Jane Velez-Mitchell hosts.
Dec. 28 - North Carolina bar files ethics charges against Nifong, accusing him of making misleading and inflammatory comments to the media about the athletes. (He is also later accused of withholding evidence and lying to the court.) Nancy shows up, but ignores the story. Her coverage is devoted to the father of Anna Nicole's baby.
Jan. 3, 2007 - Duke invites Seligmann and Finnerty to return to school. (They have not returned.) The accuser gives birth. Both sides later say she was not impregnated at the party. Nancy shows up, ignores stories.
Jan. 12 & 13 - Nifong asks to withdraw from case because of ethics charges. North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper takes over the case. Nancy shows up, ignores story. It does get mentioned by the anchor who did the mid-show news report. I thought this story was so important, I also checked the following show, Jan. 15, only to learn, she again ignored the story.
April 11 - Cooper drops all charges, accusing Nifong of overreaching. Nancy has brazilian wax appointment. Jane Velez-Mitchell hosts.
When renouncing terrorism becomes...
Stanford University, renowned as a global hub of intellectual freedom, says it will bar the public from attending a panel discussion Monday night because one of the speakers is "controversial."
The speaker, who goes by the name Walid Shoebat, has been making the rounds on the nation's lecture circuit claiming to be a former Palestinian terrorist-turned-Israeli-sympathizer.
The Stanford College Republicans, a student group, invited Shoebat and two companions who bill themselves as the "3 Ex-Terrorists." They made the invitation as a favor to another group, Students for an Open Society, which lacks the official standing needed to invite speakers to campus.
It's not about Imus
FDT - charged and ready
A Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg poll released Wednesday indicates Thompson, who has yet to announce his candidacy, has risen to #2, ahead of Arizona Senator John McCain.
April 12, 2007
ABC News' Terry Moran
Treachery of Images
"This is not a pipe"
Double Standard? You Decide.
Cultural clashes involving Islam have recently made headlines in Minnesota. At the airport, some Muslim taxi drivers refuse to transport passengers carrying alcohol; at Target stores, some Muslim cashiers won't scan pork products. Now there's a new point of friction: Minneapolis Community and Technical College.
But that seems to depend on your religion.
Where Christianity is concerned, the college goes to great lengths to avoid any hint of what the courts call "entanglement" or support of the church. Yet the college is planning to install facilities for Muslims to use in preparing for daily prayers, an apparent first at a public institution in Minnesota.
Note to Muslim women: Get your feet out of my sink. Buy a rag, buy some slippers, and wash away.
April 11, 2007
Mike Nifong - The New York Times Interview
Thought I'd repost a Nifong parody article back I penned back in January.
I thought it might be apropos to republish this prophetic, lil piece as the Nifong undoing - gets done.
A little mind exercise:
Mike Nifong – Ten Years Hence - special to the New York Times
Mike Nifong, the former Durham County, North Carolina District Attorney, garnered much attention in 2006 for his prosecution of three white, affluent, Duke lacrosse players, David Evans, Collin Finnerty and Reade Seligmann, for the rape of an African-American, exotic dancer at an alcohol infused lacrosse party. The case had all of the elements of a rape turned political drama – race, class, female victimization, which assured every new development in the case front-page headlines. The contentiousness of the issue was fueled by overzealous bloggers hoping to expand their readerships with inflammatory, and quite often, racist statements.
Much has changed in the life of Mike Nifong since his days as the feisty, well-liked prosecutor. He no longer practices law. Black marks on his record from the Federal and State investigations into his prosecutorial conduct have probably prevented him from ever practicing law again. While he has petitioned to become a member of the New Hampshire Bar, his love of the law is now a jaded fantasy. “I was only trying do justice”, he states. Many years of civil litigation have also taken a toll on his finances. The four million dollar verdict in favor of the Duke defendants had cost Nifong his home, his career and his family. His wife Cy left him in May of 2007, just a month after the Duke case was dismissed by the state's Attorney General. While the divorce papers cite “irreconcilable differences” as the reason for the divorce, insiders say differently. “Cy never liked what Mike was doing. She always urged him to drop the charges. She always thought the family could make a nice life for themselves in Durham, even if he wasn’t the D.A.”, said a source close to Cy.
Mike has moved on to different pastures. He had a brief stint of self-destructiveness following the vindication of the Duke defendants. He was convicted of driving under the influence, petty drug offenses and a misdemeanor sexual molestation offense, but he puts those far behind him. “I was depressed because I was only trying to do justice for that poor, young, African-American girl. My investigator told me that he thought she was serious about the rape. And I never, never fondled that girl at the Tithole”.
Mike is more content now. He lives in a tiny, yet modest one bedroom-home just outside of Lebanon New Hampshire, where he moved just after the Syrian Wars. “I needed peace and solitude. I felt like I went through my own war – for justice”, he reflects with a determined sense of animosity. He received a modest inheritance from a relative which helps him provide for his necessities, but he has taken up a new occupation, far a field from the hostile, bickering courtroom.
Beekeeping has become his new career, profession, occupation and passion. He talks now of an orphaned hive as fervently as he once did of a guilty defendant, although now there is much less pomp and circumstance to his declarations. Still, one gets an impression of his good naturedness and passion as he sells his honey jars on Meriden Road in Lebanon, New Hampshire. Michael Nifong is a poor and beaten man we might be able to learn from.
-P.S. Sorry Beekeepers. (ed.)
AG drops all criminal charges against Duke 3
AG's Nifong smackdown:
The AG even spoke of enacting a mechanism to reign in rogue prosecutors. No charges to be sought against Crystal Gail Mangum. Except for that, this was a slam dunk for Duke 3 supporters.
I just knew some really, really ignorant Duke faculty member was going to make me physically ill before the days end. Really really ignorant Duke biology professor Sheryl Broverman obliges:
Hey Simp, the 'normal legal process' means that when you have nary a shred of evidence suggesting guilt, and have a ton of evidence suggesting innocence, you don't prosecute. Listen to what the AG said - THEY ARE INNOCENT!
Illegal hostage takin, Jooo hatin, Holocaust denyin,...
April 10, 2007
ABC News: Duke Lacrosse Case Charges to Be Dropped
New York Times and the Republican meltdown
Some other snippets:
Funny, Adam Nagourney, one of the authors of the piece, was accused of bein all doomy and gloomy on Dems in '04.
Hot Cross Dhimmitude
Hot cross buns,
One ha' penny buns,
One ha' penny,
Two a penny,
Hot cross buns.
Fresh, sweet buns,
Come and buy my buns,
One ha' penny,
Two a penny,
Fresh, sweet buns.
Grim Reminder Alert
“Today’s anniversary is another grim reminder of the Bush Administration’s tragically incompetent conduct of the war in Iraq. Four years after the fall of Baghdad, the war that was supposed to be a ‘cakewalk’ has disintegrated into a civil war with our brave men and women in uniform stuck in the middle. Americans now know that President Bush and his Republican allies did not have a clear plan when they misled our nation into this war, nor do they have a clear plan to get our troops out of it. They sent our soldiers into battle without proper body armor, equipment or training, and forced our wounded heroes to recover in disgraceful conditions at Walter Reed and other veterans' hospitals across the country.
Can someone buy the authors of the Democratic talking points a thesaurus
in case I didn't get you seething enough from my last post, I offer this one to you:
Violence Against Agents In Yuma, Ariz. Up To 154 In First Six Months Of Fiscal Year
Assaults against agents in the Yuma sector have shot up to 126 in the first six months of this fiscal year. That's approaching the number of assaults all last year.
Forget the soldiers
To the editor,
Right now, here in America, fundamentalist Christian pharmacists are refusing to sell contraceptives to women. Right now, they are luring pregnant women into fake medical clinics and giving them false information about their own bodies. Right now, Christo-fascists are bombing abortion clinics and shooting doctors. Right now, fundamentalist Christians are fighting to take evolutionary science out of our schools and replace it with superstition. Right now, fundamentalist Christians are working to take away rights from gay people in America, even going so far as to fight against anti-bullying policies designed to protect gay children in our schools from harassment and violence. Some of these things are going on right here in Flagstaff!
I feel safe now.
April 09, 2007
Another example of liberal intolerance
Fatwa for a hug?
Well, I guess if cartoons mean riots, a hug is at least worth a fatwa:
Minister for Tourism Nilofar Bakhtiar on Monday rejected the Taliban-style edict against her by clerics at Islamabad's Red Mosque, who last week set up their own court to deliver Islamic justice.
Photos carried in the Pakistani press showed Bakhtiar, helped by a male instructor during a charity parachute jump she made in France last month to raise money for victims of the massive earthquake that hit Pakistan in October 2005. Another picture shows a woman — apparently Bakhtiar — hugging the instructor.
On Sunday, two clerics at the mosque's Darul Afta or Department of Edicts issued a fatwa, or edict, that this was "an illegitimate and forbidden act."
"Without any doubt, she has committed a great sin," a copy of the fatwa seen by The Associated Press said. It declared that Muslim women must stay at home and must not venture out uncovered.
The fatwa demanded that Bakhtiar be sacked, given some other unspecified punishment and that her family should "force her to ask for forgiveness so that she does not repeat this un-Islamic act."
April 08, 2007
What happened to the bees?
By REBECCA LOPEZ / WFAA-TV
DALLAS - With one already considered 'dangerous' by the United States government, two women became the center of more critical attention after their alleged actions at Dallas Love Field caught the interest of the FBI and Dallas Police Department.
Sources said in February, Kimberly "Asma" Al-Homsi, 42, and Aisha Abdul-Rahman Hamad, 50, allegedly scoped out Dallas Love Field in a manner classic of surveying an area.
Al-Homsi was already under surveillance and is on the government's no fly list since being involved in a road rage incident back in December of 2005. Officials said during the incident she held up an inert grenade and threatened another driver. Garland's bomb squad reported they later found ammunition in her car.
"I saw a car parked along this fence here; and there was a young lady sitting looking through the fence at the control tower in that vicinity using binoculars," he said.
Hamilton, who heads the Frontiers of Flight Museum, said police told him previously to be on the lookout for two suspicious women wearing fatigues and scouting runways.
"When she got off the car, I noticed that she did have fatigues on and matched the description of what police had mentioned to us a week or so before," he said.
Sources told News 8 the women were not only spotted outside the airport, but they were also seen inside the terminal pacing distances in what they said appeared to be typical surveillance techniques. However, the women said they were simply going to the flight museum and then watching planes take off. They deny they were surveying the airport.
"There were a lot of people parked outside," Hamad said. "One man was taking pictures of planes taking off."
As the women were driving away from the airport in a red Honda, an officer pulled them over. Police issued one of the women a citation for failing to change her address on her driver's license and having no front license plate.
Tiger, look out
CHICO, Calif. It's quite an accomplishment just to still be playing golf at age 102, but making a hole-in-one is beyond special.
And for Californian Elsie McLean, it also means a shot on the "Tonight" show with Jay Leno April 24th.
McLean is the oldest golfer ever to make a hole-in-one on a regulation course, surpassing a 2001 ace by a 101-year-old man in Florida.
A nice, quick read.
George Will spends an entire column to say..
April 07, 2007
Mexico's Cultural Contributions to the U.S.
-the beloved burrito
-Cinco de Mayo
In a revolting apologia, the authors of the following piece attribute Hispanic's disproportionately high rate of DUI's on, of course, loneliness. Pathetic.
"It's difficult because you're trying to compete with the loneliness," said Tony Asion, public safety director for El Pueblo, an Hispanic advocacy group. "Then, as some learn, more come, and we start again."
Fred Thompson - "The Pirates of Tehran"
KC Johnson smacks down Matt Lauer
O'Reilly and Rivera in a Bile-o-rama
Ecccccccccchhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. It is ugly. Call it Egofest. When blowhards go wild.
April 06, 2007
If schoolkids can't see the difference between..
This creeps me out
April 05, 2007
Muslims eat their own
.... well maybe just loft genades into their mosques while they pray:
Police suspected at least five Muslim insurgents were involved in the attack on the mosque in Yala Province's Yaha district, where at least 100 people had gathered for morning prayers when an assailant fired into the building with a grenade launcher, police Lt. Apirak Sangkao said.
The attack came amid a rise in brutal attacks targeting both Muslims and Buddhists that had prompted authorities last month to impose a curfew in two districts, including Yaha.
The military suspected that Thursday's attackers were Muslims seeking to foment tensions or intimidate fellow Muslims who might cooperate with the government, said army spokesman Col. Akara Thiprot, dismissing suggestions that it could have been a revenge attack by Buddhists.
"The insurgents wanted to scare away Muslims who may want to cooperate with authorities in quelling violence," Akara said. "They want to cause a strife between the Muslims and the Buddhists and make the two communities distrustful of each other."
Please note, the acting Prime Minister of Thailand, a predominantly Buddhist nation, is a Muslim installed primarily to alleviate Islamic/Buddhist tensions. A simple search of the word 'Thailand' on Little Green Footballs demonstrates how well this exercise has succeeded.
Plastic surgery disasters as diplomats
What an embarrassment. Nancy P.'s foray into the diplomasphere took an unfortunate turn.
PMO denies peace message to Assad
The Prime Minister's Office issued a rare "clarification" Wednesday that, in gentle diplomatic terms, contradicted US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi's statement in Damascus that she had brought a message from Israel about a willingness to engage in peace talks.
According to the statement, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert emphasized in his meeting with Pelosi on Sunday that "although Israel is interested in peace with Syria, that country continues to be part of the Axis of Evil and a force that encourages terror in the entire Middle East."
Well said, PMO.
Nance, you did a much better job swingin your grandkids around the Capitol, throwing galas and basking in your own glow. Life lesson: Stick with that which you are good at.