Saturday, March 19, 2005

The Bamboo Bell Blogs on Truth!

Rick Bell lives in China and teaches English, Literature and Culture to Chinese College Students. - Really nice blog and one post that really touched me is this one on truth which has a link for an even more extensive writing on the subject.

I guess I feel this subject to be important because I find people willing to believe nonsense as opposed to searching for the truth. If they will take a bit of time utilizing logic the truth will set them free.

Oh, I almost forgot - Pray for Rick and his family. I'm sure they could use it.


Political Fan has taken Harry Reid's (D-NV) speech instructing ignorant Americans on the workings of government and answered it with a touch of sarcasm and flavored with truth. It is quite hilarious as you begin to realize that Steve Foreman, Blogger Extraordinaire, should have Harry's job. The world would be a better place were it so.

reid:“Our Constitution provides for checks and balances so that no one person in power, so that no one political party can hold total control over the course of our nation.”

Steve: No, Senator. The checks and balances are to balance the powers between the judicial, legislative and executive branches, not between the Republicans and Democrats.

Be sure to check out Steves PodCasts - In this we hear Barbara Boxer admit that holding back on the judicial nominations is unconstitutional nonsense. They (Dems) are whining they want a super majority vote and the constitution DOES NOT call for it. Takes a while for downloads on dialup but it is worth it!!!

Friday, March 18, 2005

Senate Backs Drilling for Oil in France

- Senate Backs Drilling for Oil in France -

I would have stolen this from Cross Eyed Bear but then I figured it is just easier to link to it.

President's Statement on Terri Schiavo

President's Statement on Terri Schiavo

The case of Terri Schiavo raises complex issues. Yet in instances like this one, where there are serious questions and substantial doubts, our society, our laws, and our courts should have a presumption in favor of life. Those who live at the mercy of others deserve our special care and concern. It should be our goal as a nation to build a culture of life, where all Americans are valued, welcomed, and protected - and that culture of life must extend to individuals with disabilities.

prying1 sez:
The Left complains of ill treatment to terrorists(Click for Andrew C. McCarthy's article) yet desires even worse treatment for this woman!!! -

Pro Death Crowd DeclaresTerri Shiavo is Dead

So why is it that they have to wait after they pull the feeding tube? Shouldn't she be buried right now?

Please click on and see the videos on this site. Terri tracks a balloon and responds like she is still alive.

I have to wonder why the pro death crowd feels it so important to end this situation today. The Washington Post declared "ALLOW her to die" and "FORCE her to live".

Update - Did Terri say she wants to live?

Political Correctness Must DIE

I have found the best way to deal with political correctness is to laugh at it. HOWEVER there are sometimes when it ceases to be funny. - What is wrong with this picture. 200+ pound ex-football player that was found to have a shiv one day is guarded by a 50 year old grandmother the next day. Ann Coulter says it all and pulls no punches. - Well, perhaps I should say, "Slaps 'em silly". No, That isn't right either. That's Zsa Zsa's method.

- Quote from article - Unable to use intermediate force, like a bop on the nose, female officers quickly go to fatal force. According to Lott's analysis, each 1 percent increase in the number of white female officers in a police force increases the number of shootings of civilians by 2.7 percent.

Adding males to a police force decreases the number of civilians accidentally shot by police. Adding black males decreases civilian shootings by police even more. By contrast, adding white female officers increases accidental shootings. (And for my Handgun Control Inc. readers: Private citizens are much less likely to accidentally shoot someone than are the police, presumably because they do not have to approach the suspect and make an arrest.)

In addition to accidentally shooting people, female law enforcement officers are also more likely to be assaulted than male officers � as the whole country saw in Atlanta last week. Lott says: "Increasing the number of female officers by 1 percentage point appears to increase the number of assaults on police by 15 percent to 19 percent."
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Political Correctness can be funny at times. Had a woman get mad at me when I stepped in front of her to open a door and so I stepped back. Then she found out the door was stuck. I had to yank hard to open it. Most women appreciate the gesture. It is just a few that are silly that way. But this few seemed to have affected the world in a negative manner so that men find themselves stepping on eggshells, not sure if this gal in front of them is one of 'those'.

prying1 sez: Stand up men and women of the anti-PC side! Assert yourself against political correctness! - Unless you are faced with a female cop with a gun...

Thursday, March 17, 2005

Spam Special at Blind Mind's Eye!

- Blind Mind's Eye is on a rampage about spammers. Rightly so. He has a bit of news regarding a couple of spammers that are now facing major charges. - Up to 2 million dollars worth.

AND as a 2fer1 Special here is another one (no money back guarantee though)

- How about spammers suing someone that complains about them!!!

Now as to remedies Blind Mind's Eye is perhaps a bit harsher than I would be. (Read 'Roast Act' on the first link) - I prefer running them out of town naked on a pole after tarring and feathering them.

Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Terri Schiavo - Not All Has Been Done!

UPDATE: Rev. Robert Johansen wrote an article on NRO that really lets those who care know that not all has been done to find out Terri's condition:

Please email this URL to friends:

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From -

TALLAHASSEE -- With less than three days to go before Terri Schiavo's feeding tube is removed, the Florida Senate on Tuesday significantly changed the legislation designed to forestall her death.

Earlier this week, key lawmakers in the House and Senate reached a tentative agreement on a bill to block the court-ordered removal of the severely brain-damaged woman's feeding tube at 1 p.m. Friday.

But that deal seemed to fall apart Tuesday, at least in the short term, when the final committees hearing the legislation in both the House and Senate approved competing versions. Members of both chambers planned to renew discussions today and said they were "optimistic" they could reach a new consensus before the deadline.

"We've got time to get it done . . . I'm hopeful to sign something Friday. That's the plan," Gov. Jeb Bush said.

And Michael Schiavo Appeared on ABC's Nightline -

Michael Schiavo, making his first public comments Tuesday since late 2003 to ABC News Nightline, lashed out at Bush and the Legislature.

"It's really uncomprehensible . . . for a governor to come into this without any education on the subject and push his personal views into this and have his Republican [Legislature] pass laws so that this doesn't happen," Schiavo said, according to a transcript released by ABC. "Are they going to start pushing legislation for removing ventilators? Are they going to start forcing people to take chemo against their wishes? What they're doing is, they're making the decisions for us."

Added his attorney, George Felos: "Jeb Bush in Florida is determined to become the George Wallace of his generation, standing on the courthouse steps saying, 'We're not going to obey a court order that carries out a patient's constitutional rights.' "

End Quotes -

prying1 sez
Pinellas Circuit Judge George Greer, The judge that ordered the feeding tube removed is the one name I hope the people of Florida remember. If his name ever comes up on a ballot that is the time to remove him from his position.

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

First hand Account in Lebanon

Claudia Rosett joined Hugh Hewitt (Complete transcript @ HH site) on his radio show Mon (3-15-05) and gave a first hand report of the doings in Beriut. Seems a crowd of (approx) 1 million Sunnis and Christians trumps 150,000 pro Syria Hezbollah rally.

CR: I think even the people who were involved in trying to organize it did not expect that it would be this big. They were trying, they were hoping for a big turnout. It had become more and more important because the terrorist group with seats in the parliament here, Hezbollah, had staged this huge rally in Beirut last Tuesday, and another smaller one in southern Lebanon Sunday, and there has been a lot of discussion over the past few days of whether, whether Hezbollah is a significant rival to the democratic movement, how the balance of power actually stands. It had become as ort of numbers game between these two rival protests, and this trumped what Hezbollah staged last week, in a huge way. This one was voluntary, it was still done at some risk. You know, this place is far from out of the woods and what people kept saying today was please keep a spotlight on us, keep us in mind. In fact, there were many who want george Bush to keep speaking up. This is a a group of protestors, Hugh, and it represents about a quarter of the population --this is a small country-- who like Americans, and I heard people today saying "Thank you President Bush. Please don't forget us right now."
HH: Is it extending into the evening? Are the demonstrations continuing or have they gone home for the evening?

CR: At this precise hour I don't know because I haven't been there in a few hours, but they certainly lingered after the protests ended. They lingered for hours, unlike the Hezbollah protests, which as soon as the main event is done, people are gone with speed. They just disperse. This one people were sitting around the curbs talking, they were eating dinner, they were listening to more speeches, it was going on. Now there is talk here that the government, which is still pro-Syrian in who's in it, may try and remove the tent encampment on which the demonstrators have been centered around. We'll see what happens. That could go either way. If they actually try it, it could backfire.

Pray for these people. The dominoes are falling and many bad guys in the neighborhood are going to be working overtime to keep their power. Pray for those that are to step into the vacuum.

Monday, March 14, 2005

Apostates of Islam

I found a bulletin board forum that is set up for ex-Muslims. It does appear that there are others than ex-Muslims that join for various reasons. Quite a few threads that I found interesting. Most of the bad language is cleaned up with ***'s.

Quite a long discussion on Islam and terrorism here.

Sunday, March 13, 2005

Molested as a Child She Now Speaks Out!

Alice Marie Beard has told her story of being molested as a child. In her story she tells of other children molested by the same man including her sister. Not one of the children snitched on the man who is now dead. Why did they let him get away with it. Because children, when molested become fearful and shame holds their tounge. Please read Alice's post and share the link with others.

From Alice's web page:

In the 1950s he ran a small vacation site in Montmorency Co., MI. In the fall and winter, hunters filled the cabins. In the summer, families rented the cabins and let their kids walk around the fish pond, sit under the pine trees, and swim in the bend of Gilchrist Creek. Ray Pierce molested every little girl he could get his calloused hands on. I was one of them.

It began the summer I was four. By the time I was eight, I had figured out how to avoid him during my family's summer stays. Even as I approach 50, there are times that the past given to me by Pierce comes over me in a cold wash and freezes me where I am.

Click here for the rest of the story.

I Love Scotwise!

It is posts like this one that are amusing, inspiring and challenging that has me returning to his site daily.
Quote from Scotwise -

Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up, it knows it must run faster than the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning a lion wakes up, it knows it must outrun the slowest gazelle or it will starve to death. It doesn't matter whether you are a lion or a gazelle; when the sun comes up, you'd better be running.

Friends, if we are not seeking the Lord, the Devil is seeking us. In the Christian life, its not enough simply to wake up, we are called to run, to become more like Christ, to press ahead in victory.

Check his site out for the rest of it and be encouraged that "all things are possible" - even positive changes in our lives.


Hat tip to Hugh Hewitt

From the LA Times (free sub req) - Mar 13, 05 - The Deal to Disarm Kadafi - subhead: Libya's decision to hand over its banned weapons followed lengthy talks and an equipment seizure. Some see ideas for dealing with Iran.

Some quotes from the article:

In recent interviews, participants in the three-way talks have provided the most detailed description yet of the events leading up to Libya's announcement, which marked a historic shift for what was considered an outlaw regime as it tried to win back its place within the world community.

Officials still disagree about exactly why Kadafi gave up the programs. Some information supports President Bush's contention that the overthrow of Saddam Hussein and the broader U.S. doctrine of pre-emptive strikes forced the Libyan leader to act.

The Bush administration lifted most restrictions on Libya and resumed diplomatic relations last summer.

Officials said they hoped Kadafi's decision would send a message to Iran, which the U.S. accuses of trying to develop nuclear weapons.

"We wanted to show other countries that there was a way out," said a U.S. diplomat based in Europe.

The article is quite good and has some info that shows talks had been going on for years. Even back to the Clinton admin.


There is always a big BUT.

Nowhere in the article does it credit Geo. Bush with Kadafi's own words, "I will do whatever the Americans want because I saw what happened in Iraq, and I was afraid." From Washington Times

What is it with this communist rag? Did they just forget about that statement or purposefully spike it?

I wouldn't use the LAT to line a bird cage. It would indoctrinate the bird.