POLITICAL: Thompson was a lobbyist for 20 years


Published on FoxNews.com on September 10, 2007

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Thompson was a lobbyist for 20 years before he was elected to the Senate, representing the Tennessee Savings and Loan Association, the deposed Haitian President Aristed and the National Planning & Reproductive Health Association.

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You have to like when the dirt comes out. Hopefully the voters can look past the Law & Order gig and see what they are electing.

A plague on all their houses.

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FABLES: Roald Dahl’s version of “Little Red Riding Hood”


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WELL, WELL. Google features this celebratory graphic today.* I had no idea what it meant until I ran my cursor over it and got “Roal Dahl’s birthday.” What a terrific thing to Googleate.

Since the topic today seems to be Things Literary … I just finished reading Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes (on the recommendation, I think, of DA). I was going to blog later about this iconoclast classic. But since it’s Dahl’s special day, here’s a quote from his version of “Little Red Riding Hood”:

He sat there watching her and smiled
He thought, I’m going to eat this child.
Compared with her old Grandmamma
She’s going to taste like caviare.

Then Little Red Riding Hood said, “But Grandma,
what a lovely great big furry coat you have on.”

“That’s wrong!” cried Wolf. “Have you forgot
“To tell me what BIG TEETH I’ve got?
“Ah well, no matter what you say,
“I’m going to eat you anyway.”
The small girl smiles. One eyelid flickers.
She whips a pistol from her knickers.
She aims it at the creature’s head
And bang, bang, bang, she shoots him dead.

Ms. Hood — and her new wolfskin coat — also turn up later to play a pivotal role in the tale of the three little pigs. :-)

Happy birthday (even if truly and totally belated, since he died in 1990), Roald Dahl.

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USA: sometimes one’s own wisdom comes back to haunt you


Guess Who Said This (in 1987)
By David Axe
September 12, 2007 | 1:39:59 PM
Categories: Strategery

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The Vietnam experience left the military leadership feeling that they should advise against involvement in counterinsurgencies unless specific, perhaps unlikely, circumstances obtain — i.e. domestic public support, the promise of a quick campaign, and freedom to employ whatever force is necessary to achieve rapid victory. In light of such criteria, committing U.S. units to counterinsurgencies appears to be a very problematic proposition, difficult to conclude before domestic support erodes and costly enough to threaten the well-being of all America’s military forces (and hence the country’s national security), not just those involved in the actual counterinsurgency.

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Reminds me about what Greenspan said about gold BEFORE becoming the “maestro” of the FED.

This has to be the best find!

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VISTA: Observation GOTOMYPC install

Interesting. I tried to install my GOTOMYPC on Frau’s Vista machine last night.

Using FIREFOX2, the install just hung. Using IE7, the install worked fine.


And, when I tested connecting to it from my LUGGABLE with XP and FFOX2, everything worked fine.

So, maybe the Evil Empire still has some tricks up its sleeves.

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RANT: Isn’t a NC publik skoolz bound by that pesky First Amendment


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SAMPSON COUNTY, N.C. – On the sixth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, students at one high school were not allowed to wear clothes with an American flag.

Under a new school rule, students at Hobbton High School are not allowed to wear items with flags, from any country, including the United States.

The new rule stems from a controversy over students wearing shirts bearing flags of other countries.

Gayle Langston said her daughter, Jessica, was told to remove her Stars and Stripes t-shirt.

“Today she wanted to wear her shirt, and I had to tell her no,” said Langston. “She didn’t like it at all because I knew it would get her in trouble. Of all days, 9/11, she could not wear her American Flag shirt.”

The superintendent of schools in Sampson County calls the situation unfortunate, but says educators didn’t want to be forced to pick and choose which flags should be permissible.

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See! That’s ONE of the problems with gooferment skoolz.

(And, I’d dispute the assignment of the word “educator” to the babysitting service they provide.)

It’s a free speech issue.

Private schools can enforce whatever dress code they see fit.

“Public schools” are part of the gooferment. The gooferment is bound by that pesky First Amendment.

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Hopefully, some of the patriots in North Carolina will “educate” these “educators” with exactly what that means!


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RANT: When do we get to the truth about Lincoln?


A Fitting Tribute to a Corrupt Tyrant
by Thomas J. DiLorenzo

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Lincoln himself was a corrupt corporate insider and a lifelong mercantilist. The economic policies that he spent his entire adult life championing – protectionist tariffs, corporate welfare for railroad and road-building corporations, and inflationary central banking – were nothing but an Americanized version of the corrupt British mercantilist system that the American Revolution was fought to discard. They were all designed to use the powers of the state to benefit a small, politically powerful cabal of (mostly Northern) manufacturers, bankers, and politicians at the expense of the rest of society. They were also designed to enlarge the state by tying all of these powerful interests to it politically.

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Interesting how the liberal media and the gooferment skoolz have turned this fellow into an icon. The thing I really can’t understand is awarding him the appellation “freed the slaves”. Revisionists seem to have overlooked a whole lot of facts. Glad I’m an injineer where facts matter more than opinions.

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FUN: Uncle Jay explains “recess”

From: My Favorite Luddite
Sent: Tuesday, September 11, 2007 10:58 AM
To: John Reinke
Subject: Uncle Jay ‘Explains the News’

Couldn’t resist…this is pretty funny


I agree. About the only think he left out is “why would someone spend millions to get a job that pays thousands”.

Hint for the politically challenged reading this: Think about the trio: “feather my nest; reward my friends; punish my enemies”.

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