Monday, May 29, 2006

A win win win situation

First, let's dig a moat along the full length of the Mexican border,west to east.
Take the dirt and raise the levies in New Orleans an additional 25 feet.
Then put the expanding Florida alligator population in the moat.
Any other problems you would like for me to solve?
I've got the time.

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Jefferson, bribes and Videotapes

OK. They have this idiot on video, accepting a $100,000 bribe and as the news puts it:

FBI agents searched Jefferson's office in pursuit of evidence in a
bribery investigation. The search warrant, signed by U.S. District Court Judge
Thomas Hogan, was based on an affidavit that said agents found $90,000 in cash
wrapped and stashed in the freezer of Jefferson's home.
The developments are the beginning of what lawmakers predict will be a long
dispute over the FBI's search of Jefferson's office last weekend. Historians say
it was the first raid of a representative's quarters in Congress' 219

Let's hope it becomes a new trend. As far as I'm concerned, this is simple. Video taped offense, possession of the bribe money. 15 minute trial. No appeal. Stripped of office, law license, jail for minimum of 5 years, no parole.

Sunday, May 21, 2006

I had my fingers crossed

The Associated Press-NEW YORK

The Dixie Chicks' Natalie Maines apologized for disrespecting President Bush during a London concert in 2003. But now, she's taking it back. "I don't feel that way anymore," she told Time magazine for its issue hitting newsstands Monday. "I don't feel he is owed any respect whatsoever."

For band member Martie Maguire, the controversy was a blessing in disguise.
"I'd rather have a small following of really cool people who get it, who will grow with us as we grow and are fans for life, than people that have us in their five-disc changer with Reba McEntire and Toby Keith," Maguire said. "We don't want those kinds of fans. They limit what you can do."

Really cool people don't apologize when it's convenient, then take it back when the heat's off.
And a small following is what you deserve--less money, less exposure, more STFU.

Monday, May 15, 2006

All the King's men

How many men does it take to lock lock the barn after the the horse is out?

President Bush, trying to build support for a major overhaul of the nation's tattered immigration laws, said Monday night he would order as many as 6,000 National Guard troops to secure the U.S. border with Mexico and urged Congress to give millions of illegal immigrants a chance at citizenship.

A band-aid on an arterial bleed?

Teachers; Losing your job? Do the freakin math!

From the Washington Post 5/15/06

Thousands of U.S. students such as Del Monte are increasingly relying on overseas tutors to boost their grades and SAT scores. The tutors, who communicate with students over the Internet, are inexpensive and available around the clock, making education the newest industry to be outsourced to other countries. Tutoring companies figure: If low-paid workers in China and India can sew your clothes, process your medical bills and answer your computer questions, why can't they teach your children, too?

But educational outsourcing has sparked a fierce response from teachers and other critics who argue that some companies are using unqualified overseas tutors to increase their profit margins.

To 15-year-old Amita Achutuni, though, tutoring on the Internet just makes sense. On a recent Monday afternoon, the Potomac resident kicked off her shoes and logged into her home computer. Then she put on her headset.
"Hi, Amita!" a woman with an Indian accent said cheerfully. "How are you doing?"
The voice belonged to Lekha Kamalasan, a $20-an-hour tutor who helps Amita with her geometry homework during twice-a-week, one-hour sessions. Using an electronic white board and a copy of Amita's textbook, Kamalasan guides her through the nuances of cross-multiplication, triangle similarity and assorted geometry proofs.

Amita is one of 400 students enrolled with Growing Stars, a California-based company whose 50 tutors, most of them with master's degrees, work in an office in Cochin, India. The overseas tutors work hard to seem as American as possible. Kamalasan, who has master's degrees in business administration and mathematics, went through two weeks of accent reduction and cultural training. She learned for the first time about baseball and ice skating and had to memorize strange-sounding American holidays. And when she signed off with Amita, she said, "Good night!" even though it was just the start of her graveyard shift in India, running from 1:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. But Kamalasan, 33, doesn't mind because she makes $300 a month, double what she made as a high school teacher. "This is a very good salary," she said.

Cool! Based on a 40 hour week, this woman gets about $1.89 AN HOUR. Growing Stars, the company she works for gets $20 per student per hour, or $3200 per month, if they fill her time with students. Plus extra money from our Government via the No Child Left Behind Act. Damn!
Is this a great country or what? Or was a great country. Darn those state-of-being tenses.

Monday, May 08, 2006

What? I got a life sentence? Do over!!!!

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Convicted Sept. 11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui says he lied on the witness stand about being involved in the terrorist plot and wants to withdraw his guilty plea and go to trial. The judge turned him down. Moussaoui said he was "extremely surprised" that he was sentenced to life in prison instead of execution and now believes he can get a fair trial from an American jury.

Let him have a new trial. Sentence him to die this time. SURPRISE! Like I said, watch them posture right up to crunch time then, "whaa, I was just kidding! Do over!"

Sunday, May 07, 2006

Charlie says deport 'em good and plenty

Posted: Fri Apr 7th, 2006 04:03 am Mexican Standoff
on Charlie Daniels' website

I don’t know how everybody else feels about it, but to me I think Hispanic people in this country, legally or illegally, made a huge public relations mistake with their recent demonstrations.
I don’t blame anybody in the world for wanting to come to the United States of America, as it is a truly wonderful place. But when the first thing you do when you set foot on American soil is illegal it is flat out wrong and I don’t care how many lala land left heads come out of the woodwork and start trying to give me sensitivity lessons.
I don’t need sensitivity lessons, in fact I don’t have anything against Mexicans, I just have something against criminals and anybody who comes into this country illegally is a criminal and if you don’t believe it try coming into America from a foreign country without a passport and see how far you get.
What disturbs me about the demonstrations is that it’s tantamount to saying, “I am going to come into your country even if it means breaking your laws and there’s nothing you can do about it.”
It’s an “in your face” action and speaking just for me I don’t like it one little bit and if there were a half dozen pairs of gonads in Washington bigger than English peas it wouldn’t be happening.
Where are you, you bunch of lilly livered, pantywaist, forked tongued, sorry excuses for defenders of The Constitution? Have you been drinking the water out of the Potomac again?
And even if you pass a bill on immigration it will probably be so pork laden and watered down that it won’t mean anything anyway. Besides, what good is another law going to do when you won’t enforce the ones on the books now?
And what ever happened to the polls guys? I thought you folks were the quintessential finger wetters. Well you sure ain’t paying any attention to the polls this time because somewhere around eighty percent of Americans want something done about this mess, and mess it is and getting bigger everyday.
This is no longer a problem, it is a dilemma and headed for being a tragedy. Do you honestly think that what happened in France with the Muslims can’t happen here when the businesses who hire these people finally run out of jobs and a few million disillusioned Hispanics take to the streets?
If you, Mr. President, Congressmen and Senators, knuckle under on this and refuse to do something meaningful it means that you care nothing for the kind of country your children and grandchildren will inherit.
But I guess that doesn’t matter as long as you get re-elected.
Shame on you.
Pray for our troops.
What do you think?
God Bless America
Charlie Daniels

Friday, May 05, 2006

Maybe I'll change my mind

From an article by Dan Eggen Washington Post May 5, 2006

It's not the death penalty, but convicted al-Qaeda conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui will soon face a punishment that some consider even worse: up to 23 hours a day in a soundproof, concrete cell, cut off from contact with anyone other than his guards and, perhaps, the lawyers who helped save him from execution.

Moussaoui is expected to be transferred within days to the Administrative Maximum United States Penitentiary, or Admax, in Florence, Colo. Dubbed the "Alcatraz of the Rockies" by prison experts the 12-year-old "supermax" facility houses about 400 of the most dangerous and infamous prisoners in the federal system, from "Unabomber" Theodore J. Kaczynski to Ramzi Yousef, architect of the 1993 World Trade center bombing.

But Moussaoui is unlikely to meet, or even glimpse, Yousef or any other fellow jihadists at the Florence facility anytime soon, according to federal officials, lawyers and others familiar with operations there.

Bernard V. Kleinman, a New York lawyer who represents Yousef, said he is the only person allowed to visit his client. He said Yousef often spends days at a time without leaving his cell, declining an hour of solitary exercise time because of body-cavity searches performed before and after each session.

In the most tightly monitored part of the facility, known as the "control unit," inmates are kept in segregation at all times -- living, sleeping and eating in individual cells poured from concrete that measure approximately 7 feet by 11 feet. They are designed to ensure that inmates cannot speak or make eye contact with each other, according to defense lawyers, human rights advocates and others who have had access to the facility. Some prisoners are monitored 24 hours a day by surveillance cameras in their cells. Some inmates are allowed a handful of visitors and phone calls each month, but many of those incarcerated for terrorism-related crimes have no visitors other than their attorneys and the guards who shackle them whenever they are removed from their cells.

Most of the facility's cells are outfitted with small black-and-white televisions with a limited number of channels. It is unclear whether Moussaoui will be allowed to watch one.

Now, in five years, if they would just leave a dull knife coated in pork fat in the cell......

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Moussaoui-go powie?

A Last Taunt, and Moussaoui Goes to Prison Wednesday, May 3, 2006

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Al-Qaida conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui escaped the death penalty Wednesday as a jury decided he deserved life in prison instead for his role in the bloodiest terrorist attack in U.S. history. "America, you lost," Moussaoui taunted.

After seven days of deliberation, the nine men and three women rebuffed the government's appeal for death for the only person charged in this country in the four suicide jetliner hijackings that killed nearly 3,000 people on Sept. 11, 2001. Three jurors said Moussaoui had only limited knowledge of the Sept. 11 plot, and three described his role in the attacks as minor, if he had any role at all.

Moussaoui, as he was led from the courtroom after the 15-minute hearing, said: "America, you lost. ... I won." He clapped his hands as he was escorted away.

OK. So we don't fry the bastard. Maybe he was or wasn't a part of it. My personal experience has shown me that Arabs posture a lot, when it's safe. I think one of two things happens from here.

Number one; someone in prison shanks the idiot or beats him to death a la' Jeffrey Dahmer. We can only hope.

Number two: and I really hope this doesn't happen, some other Islamic fanatic takes hostages, demanding the little shit...sorry, Shi' released.

So what response? I vote we surgically implant a IED (or maybe exploding shoes? thanks for the idea Richard) and detonate it an hour after the hostage exchange.

In other words, Moussaoui-Kapowie--lets kick a new trend off!*

*My apologies to Fred Astaire and the film "Shall We Dance?"