Sunday, April 30, 2006

Flight 93

My parents saw the new film "United 93" and, along with all the critics, said it was the most powerful movie they had ever seen. Maybe now we will hear less politically correct babbling about "the root causes" of the terrorists.

I doubt that (thankfully) this film will be shown in the Middle East: they wouldn't want to show a mission that ultimately failed.

Looking back to 9/11, I wonder why none of us at work left, although I suspect we were all literally paralyzed with fear. I remember wanting to run home, but like everyone else, I stayed and listened to the radio. We pretended to work as other co-workers shouted out updates: "They've attacked the other tower!" and "There's a 4th plane!" I don't recall another thing about the rest of that work day except for us all being summoned to the conference room where a little speech was made, and then we held hands and prayed silently.

Saturday, April 29, 2006

Hooray for the Red, White and Blue

Anyone like me who doesn't want to see our country subverted and demoralized, and our national anthem turned into PC mockery, ought to participate in our own protest on Monday, May 1, by wearing all the red, white and blue we can. I always wear an American flag pin and bracelets anyway, but you can be sure I will be making my own statement loud and clear.

Friday, April 28, 2006

Baseball

I'm very unhappy at the thought of Barry Bonds breaking Hank Aaron's and Babe Ruth's home run records. It was one thing for Cal Ripken to break Lou Gehrig's record -- Ripken was squeaky clean, modest, and a great role model, like Gehrig himself. But Bonds is no Aaron, and definitely no Babe Ruth. Aaron and the Babe hit 755 and 714 home runs respectively, without the benefit of steroids. And I simply do not LIKE Bonds and have never warmed up to him. So I won't be joining the celebration.

Thursday, April 27, 2006

Love of the Library

I've been a bookworm all my life. It's impossible for me to drive by the library without stopping in to see if there are any good, new books. Even if I'm already reading 2 or 3 books, it's still impossible to resist the temptation. For the past few weeks I've been trying, to no avail, to finish a biography of Adlai Stevenson, because I keep jealously checking out more books. Today at the library, a patron's cell phone rang with a very loud musical tone, and I couldn't help uttering the librarian's old favorite phrase: "Sh-h-h-h!"

There's nothing like the printed word, and I wouldn't trade books for videos any day.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

American I-Dull

Am I the only person in American who doesn't watch, and who doesn't have the slighted interest in, "American Idol"?

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

A Gas, Gas, Gas

My co-workers, who drive SUVS and pickup trucks, get absolutely no sympathy from me when they whine about the high gas prices. It's the law of supply and demand. You drive Hummer, you pay a fortune. But you've lost the right to complain.

I've noticed that thile they complain about paying for gas, they do NOT complain about liquor or cigarette prices. Look at the cigarette prices here

http://tobaccofreekids.org/research/factsheets/pdf/0207.pdf

It always makes me laugh when people claim they can't afford food, but meanwhile they're reeking of cigarettes and driving gas-guzzlers!

Only when large car and truck owners trade in for smaller vehicles will the demand for gas decrease.

Monday, April 24, 2006

Obesity police

In all the articles and propaganda I have read about obesity in children, there is one word that has been conspiculously absent: parents. Shouldn't the PARENTS be responsible for their children's weight? Aren't THEY the primary caregivers their first 5 years? The articles all act as if the kids become 200 pounds overnight. Where are the parents? Stop blaming vending machines and fast food, and start making the parents responsible for a change.

Saturday, April 22, 2006

The United Nations is a Joke

I've always referred to the UN as the Useless Nothings. All they know how to do is condemn Israel. THIS sounds like a joke but is very real:

Under threat of United Nations Security Council sanctions for its own nuclear program, Iran has been elected to a vice-chair position on the U.N. Disarmament Commission, whose mission includes deliberations on preventing the spread of nuclear weapons.

Driving Me Crazy

What's with these kids stealing cars and going on joyrides? I never even thought of driving a car when I was 8 or 10 years old. This seems to have become more commonplace, and everyone seems amused more than upset. So far, somehow, nobody has gotten killed, but what will happen when this inevitable happens? This mentality of "Oh, it's just a prank" amazes me.


http://cbs13.com/local/local_story_109100142.html

Third-grader suspended for taking teacher's van

An 8-year-old boy swiped his teacher's car keys and took her minivan for a joyride, cruising safely home and into the record books as the city's youngest auto thief, police said.The third-grader told officers he ``just wanted to drive around for a while'' when he left James Marshall School on Monday, officer Michael Amarillas said.

The boy, whose identity was not released, was suspended, Brady said. Nothing was damaged and no one was hurt, and police said they wouldn't charge him with a crime.

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Defending Moussaoui

I saw this headline from Forbes.com and cannot understand this thinking at all. If I were killed by terrorists, I would want everyone involved to be executed. I believe in "an eye for an eye". How many innocent lives must be taken before people demand punishment? If terrorists involved in the September 11 attack don't deserve the death penalty, then who does?


http://www.forbes.com/entrepreneurs/feeds/ap/2006/04/20/ap2684429.html

Update 11: 9/11 Families Testify in Moussaoui Defense
By MATTHEW BARAKAT , 04.20.2006, 12:03 PM
Families of Sept. 11, 2001, victims, brought forward by lawyers trying to spare the life of terrorist conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui, pressed their point Thursday that they don't seek revenge for their loss

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Protesting the protests

Michelle Malkin reported the following:

http://michellemalkin.com/archives/005015.htm

THE PLOT TO SHUT DOWN L.A.
May 1 is the date of the illegal alien boycott. Nationwide planning is underway. A reader sends a mass e-mail from plotters in Los Angeles, who aim to shut down Los Angeles International Airport and the Port of Los Angeles by coordinating a work stoppage of truckers and cab drivers.

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My question is, why don't we ever hear about American citizens protesting the protests, and demonstrating against the demonstrators?

And if we know the time and place of these protests, can't we have the border patrol there to make arrests and deport these people?

And meanwhile, while this boycott is going on, legal American workers will be at their jobs, hard at work, having taxes taken out of their paychecks.

I find this outrageous -- does anyone else?

Monday, April 17, 2006

Beautiful trees

We have some gorgeous pink and purple trees here that have been in full bloom for months already. Although the allergic have been sneezing their heads off, even they find these trees lovely to look at. I have no idea what they are, but they look a lot like this:

Here's Jesse!

I was wondering when we'd hear from Jesse Jackson regarding the stripper's rape charges against the Duke lacrosse team, and today he didn't disappoint. He said that even if her accusation turns out to be false (and the DNA results certainly prove that's the case) he will still pay her college tuition! Who says that crime doesn't pay?

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Holy Moses

Happy Passover! And Happy Easter.

I watched "The Ten Commandments" (the great version) on TV last night and as usual was so taken with Charlton Heston's performance. He WAS Moses -- that voice, that authority. You wanted to follow him anywhere.

Here's what I think of most:

Saturday, April 15, 2006

Do you use ban? Don't you wish everybody did?

Here's the latest book-banning story. ONE PARENT (who hasn't even read the books) wants the entire "Harry Potter" series banned in all Gwinnett County, Georgia, public school libraries! Why don't the librarians, and the other parents, tell her to go hang herself? I thought it was the majority that ruled, not 1 single idiot!


http://www.gwinnettdailypost.com/index.php?s=&url_channel_id=1&url_article_id=13910&url_subchannel_id=&change_well_id=2

LAWRENCEVILLE — The “Harry Potter” book series may soon be taken off the shelves of all media centers in Gwinnett County Public Schools if a parent’s appeal is successful. A parent of students at J.C. Magill Elementary School filed appeal forms for each of the books, requesting the wildly popular series be removed from public school libraries. On the forms, she wrote that she objected to the series’ “evil themes, witchcraft, demonic activity, murder, evil blood sacrifice, spells and teaching children all of this.” She wrote she had not read the series because it is long, and she is a working mother of four.

Friday, April 14, 2006

More Con Artists

What kind of minds are these? (Also, why are donors so incredibly gullible?)

http://www.forbes.com/home/feeds/ap/2006/04/14/ap2671293.html
Mo. Couple Charged in Sextuplets Hoax

A couple who falsely claimed to be the parents of critically ill sextuplets were charged Friday with stealing cash and other gifts from people taken in by the ruse.

Personification of Evil

I read the following article about Zacharias Moussaoui today. The title sums it up. His is the face of evil, the way Hitler's was, the way Osama's still is. Five years after September 11, some Americans still refuse to believe that there is terrorism, that the terrorists want to kill us, that they want to wipe Israel off the map. How many more thousands of innocent Americans and Israelis must die before they finally get it?

Zacharious Massaoui is the Personification of Evil
JewishComment.com ^ | 4/14/2006 | Carol Gould

http://www.jewishcomment.com/cgibin/news.cgi?id=11&command=shownews&newsid=848

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Con Artist of the Day

Isn't this terrible? I've heard stories like this before and find these liars beneath contempt. Also contemptible are those who would make excuses for them.


Former Teacher: I Faked Cancer to Get $30K in Donations
Thursday, April 13, 2006

NEW BEDFORD, Ma. — A former Massachusetts special education teacher admitted Wednesday to faking cancer and collecting more than $30,000 in donations. Heather Faria, a high school in southeastern Massachusetts, told colleagues in 2003 that she had stomach cancer and couldn't afford to pay for both expensive medical treatments and food.Parents, teachers and other members of the school community raised $30,000 in donations.Faria pleaded guilty to six charges yesterday — including five counts of larceny over $250,000 and one count of gross fraud.

Teacher creatures

Funny how these female teachers who have sex with their teenage male students are always blonde and pretty. They are treated like starlets, given too much air time, and excused for their behavior, whereas male teachers who have sex with their female students are immediately jailed. What hypocrisy!

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Moussaoui trial

Today at the trial of the 20th hijacker, they played audio tapes from Flight 93, and relatives of the heroic victims spoke about their loved ones' last words. I couldn't believe my eyes when I read that the judge in this trial has actually warned the prosecutors to "show restraint". How do you possibly show restraint when speaking about the unforgivable attacks that happened on September 11?

Monday, April 10, 2006

Soothing sounds

Whoever would have thought that the drone of a clothes dryer could be relaxing? I came across this wonderful website full of sights and sounds, and it's a real pleasure after working all day in a noisy office.

http://www.iserenity.com/

Sunday, April 09, 2006

Cell phone rage

Here's a terrific article about the inevitable (and overdue) backlash regarding cell phones. I feel like I am being held hostage everywhere I go -- in the doctor's waiting room, in my office, in line at a store. I bring a tiny radio with me so that if people start loud cell phone calls in restaurants and waiting rooms, I can at least try to tune them out a bit -- dirty looks just don't work on self-absorbed people!

http://www.buffalonews.com/editorial/20060409/1029586.asp

Saturday, April 08, 2006

Oy vay of the day

From Free Republic comes this outrageous story:


http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/browse?ao=0

Court: Illegal Immigrant not entitled to benefits
Saturday, April 8, 2006
By Eric Collins
Staff Writer

GREENSBORO -- An illegal immigrant treated at a Greensboro hospital is not entitled to Medicaid benefits for chemotherapy because it didn't treat an emergency medical condition, the state Supreme Court unanimously ruled Friday.

The precedent-setting decision overturned an N.C. Court of Appeals ruling that found that Medicaid coverage was appropriate because Hector Diaz would have died without chemotherapy.

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Just the fact that the Supreme Court had to get involved -- even though the outcome was not in the immigrant's favor -- shows the collapse of our society. Millions of American citizens are working and paying taxes and paying our own medical bills. How is it that illegal aliens have been turned into sympathetic "victims"? If illegals want free health care, then LEGALS should get free health care as well!

Spineless

Well, our spineless politicians failed to pass the immigration bill. Is political correctness making them worried that legal immigrants won't vote for them during the next election? They ought to be more worried about the American citizens, who are getting more and more fed up. Those of us who work hard and pay taxes want OUR rights respected for a change.

Friday, April 07, 2006

Remember this?



There was a story about this man in a British newspaper -- NOT an American newspaper, but a British one.

September 11 Wakeup Call

Here is a must-read article about September 11 by Alicia Colon of the New York Sun. Read the whole thing at the website below.


http://www.nysun.com/article/30602?access=766523

High Time For a 9/11 Wakeup Call
BY ALICIA COLON
April 7, 2006

The woman who complained that the trailer for the film "United 93" should not have been shown at a local Manhattan Loews theater is typical of the New Yorkers who don't want to be reminded of why we are at war. The theater manager, Kevin Adjodha, told a Newsweek reporter that the woman cried and said it was wrong to show the trailer, which was subsequently pulled. "It's too soon," some say of the first film about September 11, 2001, to hit the big screen. Balderdash, I say.

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Some favorite websites

Here are some of the sites I visit every day and recommend highly:

Michelle Malkin, http://michellemalkin.com/
Betsy's Page, http://betsyspage.blogspot.com/
Jewish World Review, http://www.jewishworldreview.com/
Soccer Dad, http://soccerdad.baltiblogs.com/

I Want My Country Back!

That's what talk show host Rick Roberts said last night on the radio, and that phrase sums up the outrage of Americans who are tired of being told that our flag is "offensive".

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

September 11

This September will be the fifth anniversary of the terrorist attacks on America. Will the media mention it, as they mentioned the start of the 3rd anniversary of the war in Iraq? Or will they gloss over it because they don't want to offend the Muslims? I say offend away -- THEY attacked US, in case anyone needs reminding. The film footage should be shown on TV every day to counter the absurd claims of conspiracy theorists like Charlie Sheen and that ilk.

More Political Correctness

Two of my favorite PC stories are these: Great Britain has changed the words of the nursery rhyme "Baa Baa Black Sheep" to "Baa Baa Rainbow Sheep". And a while back, a teacher used the word "niggardly", which means "stingy" (look it up!). The idiots in the class complained because it SOUNDED racist! She was actually suspended -- the principal didn't even defend her! Isn't that unbelievable?

Cynthia McKinney

Isn't it amazing that you can slap a policeman, yet YOU are the victim! Yet another case of political correctness run amuck.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Pet Peeve

Cell phones, and the people who babble on them continually. How do they have that much to talk about? Most of what I am forced to listen to is "What are you doing? Nothing -- what are YOU doing?" and other inane drivel. Somehow we all managed to get along with cell phones for years. Suddenly, everyone feels compelled to talk every minute of the day, even while going to the bathroom, even at work, even during funerals! The backlash is finally starting, however; I read yesterday about a woman ejected from a store because the sales clerk was forced to wait while she finished her conversation! I'm sure a lot of annoyed people, like me, got a vicarious thrill out of that story!

Monday, April 03, 2006

Monday 4-3-06

A big "oy vay" to this story from "Readers Digest": People who sleep less than seven hours per night are more likely to be obese than those who sleep seven or more hours. In our politically correct culture, nobody is ever personally responsible for anything, and it's always someone else's, or something else's, fault. There are excuses for everything. In this ridiculous case, not sleeping enough makes you fat. I give up.

Sunday, April 02, 2006

How refreshing!

After being told so many times after commenting on news events, "Let's change the subject" and "I don't want to hear about that", it's wonderful to be able to discuss any subject I want -- and are there ever a lot of subjects to discuss! I'll especially be talking about politics, our culture, the scourge of political correctness, and the stories that make news each day. And I'll also talk about what happened on September 11, 2001, a date too many people would rather forget. So, welcome to my blog!