Thursday, December 29, 2005

YEAR'S END STOP THE ACLU BLOGBURST!


2005 saw huge leaps in the battle against the ACLU, but there is much more to do. I hope to continue to put my two cents in by promoting STOP THE ACLU here at LEAVWORLD.

(PS: I've been using Windows Paintbrush to alter these old drawings, along with a MS photo editor. The quality will improve when I install Photoshop on my new PC. Hopefully I'll get on that this year, 'cause I'm tired of only one font!)

This was a production of Stop The ACLU Blogburst. If you would like to join us, please email Jay at Jay@stoptheaclu.com or Gribbit at GribbitR@gmail.com. You will be added to our mailing list and blogroll. Over 115 blogs already onboard.

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

FREE THE KERRY MILITARY RECORDS, BEYOND SIGNING THE 180!

This being a supposedly "slow" blog traffic week, I picked an old WorldNetDaily story from 11/04 to excerpt:

There is overwhelming evidence that the Navy gave John Kerry either a dishonorable discharge or an undesirable discharge – which is the equivalent of a dishonorable discharge without the felony conviction – and that, as a result of such discharge, he was stripped of all of his famous but questionable Navy awards and medals. And the kicker? The evidence is on his website!

Read the whole thing here. Hat tip to JOHN KERRY SHOULD STEP DOWN, OUT OF POLITICS, of course.

Join the blogbursts to help FREE Kerry’s 180 every Tuesday at CAO'S blog!

PARTISAN SEASON'S GREETINGS, AND THE (SIX MEAT BUFFET'S) 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS!

First, read this hilarious SEASON'S GREETINGS email I posted from Angel, a grade school friend who turned out to be a rock-ribbed conservative as well. He gets it...

...further, I had to post the whole SIX MEAT BUFFET 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS links all together. I can't say enough about how funny this stuff is. I read that they have noticed an upsurge in google and MSN searches for their site since the start of the "12 days" posts. It's probably all the dumb friends I emailed day 4 to, trying to find the rest. (-By the way, I'm just kidding, guys, if you are reading this-LOL!) Without further ado, here are all 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS LINKS, courtesy of SIX MEAT BUFFET!

Day Twelve: Magic Liberal 8 Ball
Day Eleven: Legos Mexican Border Edition
Day Ten: Monopoly Eminent Domain Special Edition
Day Nine: Don’t Spill the Beans
Day Eight: The Official Survivor: Katrina Board Game
Day Seven: Planned Parenthood Abortion Gift Certificates
Day Six: Inflatable Nanny State Companion Doll
Day Five: Simon! Abu Ghraib Signature Edition
Day Four: The Race Card Game
Day Three: Stratego For Democrats
Day Two: Bill Frist’s Operation!
Day One: The Ted Kennedy Bathtub Playset

GO BELLY UP TO THE BUFFET!

Sunday, December 25, 2005

A CHRISTMAS MESSAGE























This Christmas, I have to say that peace on Earth is an achievable goal, and I believe we are working toward it.

Christians, Jews, and Muslims will all live together in harmony with respect for each other, and other religions, as well as those with no faith at all. (That means you, ACLU!)

The United States of America takes the lead in this endeavor worldwide, and at home (except for the misguided liberal multiculturalists-a large part of our society).

Where else will the unity of mankind start from...OLD Europe? The U.N?

NO, IT STARTS IN IRAQ, AFGHANISTAN, AND OTHER PLACES RECENTLY LIBERATED FROM TYRANNY, SUCH AS "NEW" (FORMERLY EASTERN) EUROPE.

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL THE TROOPS, WHO PUT THE LIE TO THE TERM "OCCUPIERS." GOD BLESS YOU, AND MAY YOUR LABOR BEAR FRUIT FOR ALL OF THE WORLD.

Thursday, December 22, 2005

THOMAS SOWELL: MERRY YOU-KNOW-WHAT!

I highly recommend this week's Thomas Sowell column, which was a perfect fit for this week's blogburst! Here is the relevant excerpt:

Over the years, we have gotten used to the American Civil Liberties Union launching legalistic jihads against recognitions of Christmas, in between coming to the rescue of murderers and terrorists.

The ACLU invokes that famous phrase about a "wall of separation between church and state" -- a phrase found nowhere in the Constitution but somehow considered to be part of Constitutional law.

The Constitution forbad Congress from creating "an establishment of religion" but this was no mysterious concept known only to deep thinking legal scholars.

The people who wrote the Constitution all knew exactly what an establishment of religion was because they had all lived under one -- the established Church of England.

Being established meant that everyone had to pay taxes to support that church, whether they belonged to it or not, and that people who didn't belong to the established church could not be admitted to various institutions or be appointed to certain official positions.

This had nothing to do with Christmas, merry or otherwise.

It is one of the sad signs of our times that we allow the ACLU to bamboozle us, or bully us with lawsuits, over something for which no one ever passed a law.

The ACLU gets away with this not only because of liberal judges who create their own laws out of thin air and call it "Constitutional" law. The ACLU and others get away with spooking us on all sorts of things, even when they don't threaten us with lawsuits, but only with not being in step with the latest politically correct notions.

The man is one of my idols, and it's easy to see why.

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Tuesday, December 20, 2005

UNIONS SCREW NY, ALREADY HAVE MORE BENEFITS THAN AVERAGE NY SUBWAY RIDER!

NYC-TWU STRIKES! -with other union support

ALL OF THESE (CWA, UFT, AND OTHER) UNIONS BACKING THE TWU STRIKE ARE FULL OF IT! AN EXAMPLE: THE LIRR HAD A "BREAKDOWN" BETWEEN WOODSIDE AND JAMAICA, FORCING PASSENGERS TO TAKE THE SUBWAY TO JAMAICA LAST FRI. NIGHT. IF THIS WAS DONE IN "SYMPATHY" WITH THE TWU (WHO ALSO HAVE HAD A HIGHER RATE OF SUBWAY "BREAKDOWNS" SINCE THE FIRST STRIKE DEADLINE PASSED), THEN THEIR UNION SHOULD BE PENALIZED UNDER THE LAW FOR THEIR COMPLICITY IN THIS ILLEGAL ACTION. THE PROBLEM IS THAT NOBODY WILL PURSUE THIS, CITING THE "SENSITIVITY" OF THE NEGOTIATIONS. WELL, NOW THERE'S A STRIKE! EVERY INFRACTION SHOULD BE FULLY INVESTIGATED, AND PENALIZED AGAINST THE UNION FOR THE HARM THEY HAVE DONE TO THE PUBLIC WELFARE (TO QUOTE A FAVORITE LIBERAL PHRASE). I HAVE NO SYMPATHY FOR THE GRINCHES WHO ARE STEALING CHRISTMAS FROM (AT LEAST) THOUSANDS OF STRUGGLING NY'ERS. THEY NEED TO PAY SOMETHING FOR THEIR OWN HEALTH CARE, LIKE THE REST OF US, ESPECIALLY THOSE WHO DON'T HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE AT ALL. THE UNIONS' DRAIN ON THE PUBLIC DOLE IS PROBABLY HEAVIER THAN SUPPORTING THE INDIGENT.

DON'T BE GREEDY, GIVE TO THE

NEEDY, TWU!

HOW DARE THEY! -SACRIFICING BUSH ON THE ALTAR OF "CIVIL LIBERTIES" DURING WARTIME

HOW DARE THEY?! -And by "they," I mean the reporter I saw on ABC's "Nightline" tonight (12/19) questioning VP Cheney, and all of the other MSM who persist in exposing sensitive war intelligence decisions, and framing them as "civil rights" issues...how dare the NY TIMES publish something so secret that they "sat on" it for a year, until just before the USA PATRIOT act is coming up for re-approval, and the author of the story is about to release a book on the same subject as the story?

This is not like Pres. Nixon spying on "enemies," nor comperable to any documented "abuses of power" by various presidents in the past. It is a president acting to protect the American people from the next terrorist attack. If President George W. Bush is to be crucified for this, he will be ten times the martyr that Pres. Clinton was for the (largely secular) Democrat base.

Congressional Republicans were already worried about the President's negative polls, and the intercept story is going to be used by the MSM to try to make them more scared. The Dem strategy is simple: win the majority back in Congress, and impeach Pres. Bush over this, or any of the other supposed "abuses" they claimed he's committed.

I have some advice for the Dems, and any Republicans that may want to fall into this trap: THE IMPEACHMENT OF PRES. CLINTON CONTRIBUTED TO THE FAILURES LEADING TO 9/11. DO NOT DO THE SAME THING TO PRES. BUSH, OR YOU INVITE THE NEXT, INEVITABLY LARGER, TERRORIST ATTACK. DON'T BE IDIOTS, THOUGH I KNOW THAT'S AGAINST YOUR NATURE AS POLITICIANS. GO AHEAD AND INVESTIGATE THIS, BUT IN CLOSED SESSION.


Before I sound like I'm saying this will happen, let me say emphatically that it probably won't. I'm just ranting at the hypocracy of the Dems and the MSM again, which is one of my main focuses here at LEAVWORLD.

IT'S A "HOLIDAY IN CAMBODIA" FREE THE KERRY 180 BLOGBURST

Well, I couldn't let the last Tuesday before Christmas go by without mentioning Sen. Kerry's "Holiday in Cambodia," referring to the title of this Opinionjournal.com piece. It is beyond doubt that he was not in Cambodia on any Christmas eve.

I also found a cool site called JOHN KERRY SHOULD STEP DOWN, OUT OF POLITICS, with a bunch of links to stories related to Kerry's refusal to release his documents. I'll probably be referring to each of the stories in future blogbursts, but scroll down about halfway on the site for the 180 links, to read them all now. MERRY CHRISTMAS, SEN. KERRY!

Join the blogbursts to help FREE Kerry’s 180 every Tuesday at CAO'S blog!

Sunday, December 18, 2005

EMBRYONIC STEM CELL FRAUD: SCANT MEDIA EMPHASIS ON "EMBRYONIC"

If an average person just watched the TV news, they wouldn't have known that the recent stem cell cloning fraud in So. Korea was about embryonic stem cell research. I was curious about the omission of "embryonic" in all the TV reporting I saw. I remembered the original story, and how it was used to advance the cause for embrionic stem cell reseach. A group called DO NO HARM - The Coalition of Americans for Research Ethics has a bunch of links on adult and umbilical cord blood stem cell research. They were one of the few places that I found all of the scant MSM references to these types of research, and it's only a handful.

Meanwhile, Amy Ridenour's National Center Blog links to the NY TIMES (embryonic stem cell) fraud story, headlined "Scandal for Cloning Embryos: 'A Tragic Turn' for Science." (Can they get any further from "embryonic stem cell research"?) She also links to, and excerpts the relevant quotes from a piece on a blog called Climate Audit about peer review. Read about how researchers refusing to give their original data to reviewers is the standard procedure...chilling stuff, but also ammo in the war against fraudulent and phony a#$ junk science!

Friday, December 16, 2005

WHO IS RON EVERETT, AND WHAT IS KWANZAA?

The official KWANZAA website, featuring "Maulana" Karenga.

THE BLACK PANTHER - May 11, 1969 Page 7. "REPUBLIC OF NEW AFRICA DENOUNCES RON EVERETT (KARENGA)"

THE BLACK MARKET celebrates his creating KWANZAA, among his other achievements.


ChickenBones: A Journal for Literary & Artistic African-American Themes has A Less Than Complimentary View of Dr. Maulana Karenga

FRONT PAGE MAG explains the history of Karenga

WEIRD REPUBLIC has KWANZAA FOR DUMMIES...not a pretty picture.

(Disclaimer - LEAVWORLD links to sites that some may consider offensive. I find some of them offensive as well, but want to put up both positive as well as negative views on Ron Everett and KWANZAA)

READ THIS STUFF FOR YOURSELF, AND DECIDE IF KWANZAA HAS ANY MORE LEGITIMACY THAN "FESTIVUS", FROM "SEINFELD".

Thursday, December 15, 2005

ACLU’s Patriot Act Opposition Conflicts Own Agenda

-from JAY at STOP THE ACLU

ACLU: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WASHINGTON - The American Civil Liberties Union today expressed disappointment with the failure of the House to protect the liberty and freedom of innocent Americans when that body adopted flawed legislation to reauthorize the Patriot Act. The White House and its allies had placed enormous pressure on lawmakers to adopt the proposal that now heads to the Senate.

The ACLU noted that the conference report fails to require individualized suspicion before people’s financial, medical or library records can be gathered by the FBI, as unanimously adopted by the Senate.ACLU Website

This is nothing more than feeding unnecessary paranoia for those who live in a state of Orwellian fear. First of all, I can’t understand why people are so afraid of someone seeing their library records. If it’s a public library, it’s a public record. That includes any library that accepts public funding, which means virtually all college and high school libraries as well. There is a check and balance involved, because before someone’s records can be obtained only after being approved by a federal judge. It would be a total waste of time for the FBI to care what someone is looking at in a Library, unless some other act of theirs puts up a flag that an investigation should be warranted. The ACLU are using scare tactics, creating the fear of Big Brother invading the libraries, when in fact investigators in ordinary criminal cases have been able to gain access to library records long before 9/11. The Feds already had these tools for cases in domestic criminal activities, the Patriot Act only extends these tools to investigators to use against terrorists.

Alberto Gonzales writes in the Washinton Post

Those who voice concern that Congress is rushing to reauthorize the expiring provisions fail to recognize the oversight it has conducted. In 2005, Congress held 23 hearings focused on reauthorization and heard from more than 60 witnesses. The Justice Department was pleased to provide witnesses at 18 of those hearings, with more than 30 appearances by our experts. I testified three times, explaining the importance of the act, responding to concerns and directly addressing the act’s critics. My testimony was informed not only by the successes of the act but also by my personal meetings with representatives from groups such as the ACLU and the American Library Association. During the reauthorization discussion, I asked that certain provisions be clarified to ensure the protection of civil liberties, and Congress responded.

For example, Section 215 of the act permits the government to obtain records on an order issued by a federal judge. I agreed that the statute should allow a recipient of such an order to consult a lawyer and challenge it in court. Further, I agreed that Congress should make explicit the standard under which such orders are issued: relevance to an authorized national security investigation. In 2001 one prominent Democratic senator agreed that the “FBI has made a clear case that a relevance standard is appropriate for counterintelligence and counterterrorism investigations, as well as for criminal investigations.”

The president has said that our number-one priority is preventing another catastrophic terrorist attack. Congress must act immediately and reauthorize the Patriot Act before the men and women in law enforcement lose the tools they need to keep us safe.

It isn’t suprising that the ACLU would be against this, after all we are talking about an organization that thinks Gitmo detainees have the right to remain silent when interrogated. However, for the ACLU to pretend they care about people’s privacy is a joke. The ACLU have been against the Patriot Act since it was first introduced. There have been no verified civil liberties abuses in the four years of the act’s existence. Where privacy matters are concerned, the ACLU’s record is much more tainted.

Just last year, the ACLU came under fire over privacy concerns.

The American Civil Liberties Union is using sophisticated technology to collect a wide variety of information about its members and donors in a fund-raising effort that has ignited a bitter debate over its leaders’ commitment to privacy rights.

Some board members say the extensive data collection makes a mockery of the organization’s frequent criticism of banks, corporations and government agencies for their practice of accumulating data on people for marketing and other purposes.

Daniel S. Lowman, vice president for analytical services at Grenzebach Glier & Associates, the data firm hired by the A.C.L.U., said the software the organization is using, Prospect Explorer, combs a broad range of publicly available data to compile a file with information like an individual’s wealth, holdings in public corporations, other assets and philanthropic interests.

The issue has attracted the attention of the New York attorney general, who is looking into whether the group violated its promises to protect the privacy of its donors and members.

“It is part of the A.C.L.U.’s mandate, part of its mission, to protect consumer privacy,” said Wendy Kaminer, a writer and A.C.L.U. board member. “It goes against A.C.L.U. values to engage in data-mining on people without informing them. It’s not illegal, but it is a violation of our values. It is hypocrisy.”

The organization has been shaken by infighting since May, when the board learned that Anthony D. Romero, its executive director, had registered the A.C.L.U. for a federal charity drive that required it to certify that it would not knowingly employ people whose names were on government terrorism watch lists.

A day after The New York Times disclosed its participation in late July, the organization withdrew from the charity drive and has since filed a lawsuit with other charities to contest the watch list requirement.

The group’s new data collection practices were implemented without the board’s approval or knowledge, and were in violation of the A.C.L.U.’s privacy policy at the time, said Michael Meyers, vice president of the organization and a frequent and strident internal critic. Mr. Meyers said he learned about the new research by accident Nov. 7 in a meeting of the committee that is organizing the group’s Biennial Conference in July.

He objected to the practices, and the next day, the privacy policy on the group’s Web site was changed. “They took out all the language that would show that they were violating their own policy,” he said. “In doing so, they sanctified their procedure while still keeping it secret.”

The ACLU has no room to talk. They need to sit down and shut up. The Patriot Act is a vital tool for law enforcement to keep us safe. The Senate does not need to let this important legislation expire.

This was a production of Stop The ACLU Blogburst. If you would like to join us, please email Jay at Jay@stoptheaclu.com or Gribbit at GribbitR@gmail.com. You will be added to our mailing list and blogroll. Over 115 blogs already onboard.

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

JUDGING LIBERATION: DON'T TURN OUR BACKS AGAIN

Afghanistan was liberated, with help from the U.S. Not after 9/11, but in the 1980's, from Soviet domination. During this time, the U.S. supposedly "created" Osama Bin Laden. The truth is that he was one of many opposition figures the U.S. supported. The U.S.' mistake was not sticking around to help establish some kind of rule of law. To be fair, the U.S. had few "boots on the ground" to do this. Still, the whole western and international community turned their backs on Afghanistan, allowing the Taliban to rise.

Kuwait was liberated from Saddam Hussein by the U.S, working through the U.N, in 1991. The U.S. (prudently, to some analysts) refrained from going beyond the U. N. mandate, and didn't invade Iraq. However, the U.S. unwisely urged an uprising against Saddam, but didn't enforce the "no fly zone" against his ground-attack helicopters, resulting in massive slaughter. Many Kurds and Shiites in Iraq felt that the U.S. turned it's back on them, and rightly so.

President George W. Bush has now liberated both Afganistan from the Taliban, and Iraq from Saddam Hussein, leading a "coalition of the willing." Both countries are proceeding with some form of democratic elections, the historic nature of which cannot be denied. The hundreds of thousands of lives lost because of our previous turning away from these nations include thousands of U.S. citizens and soldiers, both at home and abroad. There cannot be any retreat from these conflicts this time.

There are many horrible places in our world, from the death camps in No. Korea and Darfour, Sudan, to the terrorist havens in Chechenya and Iran, to name a few. The U.S. can't fight every battle at once, and no-one else is pushing too hard for helping in those areas. History has a way of piling up, until the general pattern is seen. Anyone who doesn't understand the strategy and reasons behind the liberation of Iraq is missing the bigger picture. This is just another step in a global battle for freedom and human rights.


War is a serious undertaking. I ask that any who read this to not misjudge our intentions, or our determination. Those of us who support our president in this war do so in hope of greater peace, in the longer term. We hope that the sacrifice of our sons and daughters, as well as those of the Iraqis and Afghans, both soldier and civillian, will lead to true liberty for those nations, and perhaps spread to their neighbors. Let history judge us, not dictators and phony "Democrats."

Crossposted at LOVE AMERICA FIRST, linked at STOP THE ACLU - Police Seize Forged Ballots Headed to Iraq From Iran (an interesting story).

MAGUA'S "RED MEAT" ROUNDUP!

Since my buddy MAGUA shut down his LIBERALS SUCK site, I thought I'd post some of the choice stuff he sends me from time to time. First up is a hilarious photo titled "If It Happened Today", from Sacred Cow Burgers. Next is Six Meat Buffet's 12 Days of Christmas, which is even MORE hilarious! The final link is serious, to the America Supports You list of over 150 non-profit organizations dedicated to helping our troops and their families. GO CHECK THEM OUT!

He also sent this excellent group of quotes: WHICH ONE DOESN'T FIT?

"Stranger, go tell the Spartans that here we are buried, obedient to their orders." — Herodotus, quoting the epitaph for the Spartans at the battle of Thermopylae, 480 B.C.E.

"Fix your eyes upon the greatness of Athens, until you become filled with the love of her; and when you are impressed by the spectacle of her glory, reflect that this empire has been acquired by men who knew their duty and had the courage to do it, who ... freely gave their lives to her as the fairest offering which they could present at her feast. The sacrifice which they collectively made was individually repaid to them; for they received again each one for himself a praise which grows not old, and the noblest of all sepulchres--I speak not of that in which their remains are laid, but of that in which their glory survives, and is proclaimed always and on every fitting occasion both in word and deed. For the whole earth is the sepulchre of famous men; not only are they commemorated by columns and inscriptions in their own country, but in foreign lands there dwells also an unwritten memorial of them, graven not on stone but in the hearts of men. Make them your examples, and, esteeming courage to be freedom and freedom to be happiness, do not weigh too nicely the perils of war." — Pericles' Funeral Oration, 431 B.C.E.

"I know I have the body of a weak and feeble woman, but I have the heart and stomach of a king and of a king of England, too; and think foul scorn that Parma and Spain, or any prince of Europe, should dare to invade the borders of my realm." — Elizabeth I on the approach of the Spanish Armada, 1588

"England expects every man will do his duty." — Admiral Nelson at Trafalgar, 1805

"These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country. . . . We fight not to enslave, but to set a country free, and to make room upon the earth for honest men to live in." — Thomas Paine, "The American Crisis," 1776-1777

"The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country. Fellow citizens, we cannot escape history." — Abraham Lincoln, Second Annual Message to Congress, Dec. 1, 1862

"I propose to fight it out on this line if it takes all summer." — U.S. Grant, May 11, 1864

"When you see a rattlesnake poised to strike, you do not wait until he has struck before you crush him." — Franklin D. Roosevelt, Fireside Chat, Sept. 11, 1941

"Never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never . . . ." — Winston Churchill, Oct. 29, 1941

"With confidence in our armed forces, with the unbounded determination of our people, we will gain the inevitable triumph, so help us G-d." — Franklin D. Roosevelt, Dec. 8, 1941

"I shall return." — Douglas MacArthur, Corregidor, March 11, 1942

"We can do it!" — Rosie the Riveter, pictured in a World War II poster

"OK, we'll go." — Dwight D. Eisenhower, June 5, 1944, D-Day minus one

"In war there is no substitute for victory." — Douglas MacArthur, April 19, 1951

"Let the word go forth from this time and place, to friend and foe alike, that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans, born in this century, tempered by war, disciplined by a hard and bitter peace, proud of our ancient heritage, and unwilling to witness or permit the slow undoing of those human rights to which this nation has always been committed, and to which we are committed today at home and around the world. Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty."— John F. Kennedy, Inaugural Address, Jan. 20, 1961

"Above all, we must realize that no arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women." — Ronald Reagan, First Inaugural Address, Jan. 20, 1981

"Remember, George: This is no time to go wobbly." — Margaret Thatcher to George H. W. Bush, 41st president of the United States, shortly before the first Persian Gulf War of 1991

"But in my political lifetime I believe that it is fortitude or courage that we've most needed and often, I fear, most lacked." — Margaret Thatcher, Dec. 10, 1997

"Inspired by all the courage that has come before, we will meet our moment and we will prevail." — George W. Bush, 43rd president of the United States, Oct. 11, 2001

"The idea that we're going to win this war is an idea that unfortunately is just plain wrong." — Howard Dean, chairman, Democratic National Committee, Dec. 5, 2005

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

FREE THE KERRY 180!

Well, it's Tuesday again, so I will remind Senator Kerry to sign his form 180, and release all of his military documents! This is from the Boston Globe, April, 2004:

Kerry has not released the formal evaluations from superior officers, although his campaign has given a letter from a commanding officer that recommended him for service aboard Navy patrol boats and also reports for the Silver and Bronze stars that laud Kerry's actions in combat. By comparison, retired Army General Wesley K. Clark released hundreds of pages of his records during the Democratic primary campaign, including all evaluations of him by his superiors.

The question about Kerry's military records came up when Tim Russert, the moderator of "Meet The Press," asked the Massachusetts senator about a story in the Globe last week that quoted Kerry's former commanding officer, Lieutenant Commander Grant Hibbard, as saying that he raised questions about Kerry's first Purple Heart. Hibbard said that he had heard from others in the office that there were questions about whether Kerry and his crew took enemy fire, and Hibbard observed that Kerry's wound was minor, resembling a fingernail scrape. Purple Heart regulations say nothing about the severity of the wound. The campaign earlier this year showed the Globe a record verifying that Kerry was treated for the wound and that shrapnel was removed. That document was cited in last week's story, which was based on the forthcoming book, "John F. Kerry: The Complete Biography," written by a team of Globe reporters.

Meehan said yesterday that the campaign would show that document to what he called "legitimate" news organizations. He said other records previously shared with the Globe -- including documents describing Kerry's actions when he was awarded the Silver and Bronze stars -- would be shared with other reporters. Asked whether Kerry would release his evaluations, as Clark did during the primaries, Meehan responded: "We don't have Wesley Clark's evaluations." Asked directly whether Kerry would release all of his own evaluations, Meehan repeated that the campaign would release only the records already made available.

Meehan similarly said no new records would be released when asked if the campaign would make public other medical records besides the one related to the first Purple Heart.


A year and a half later, and we're still waiting! Hat tip to Rush for his Kerry stack o' stuff! The following is from CAO'S blog, originator of this blogburst:

Join the blogbursts to help FREE Kerry’s 180 every Tuesday!

We’ve formed a blogburst group and here are the bloggers who are contributing so far. If you want to join the blogroll for Free Kerry’s 180, click here to email me, include the url for your blog. The blogburst is every Tuesday, so don’t forget to blog about it. All you have to do is encourage Kerry to set his 180 FREE, I’ll send you the code for the blogroll.

Sunday, December 11, 2005

ACLU: SCROOGE and GRINCH COMBINED!

OK, this is my final blogiversary post! Instead of just linking, I'm republishing the whole thing, because one year later, it's still true.

The radical secularists, led by the ACLU, are the modern day SCROOGE and GRINCH of the CHRISTMAS SEASON. I have never seen a worse violation of the First Amendment, particularly the "freedom of religion" part, as when someone sues over a public display of a religious holiday. Even if the government pays for the display, it comes nowhere NEAR "establishing" a State religion. This is a bunch of HOKUM brought about by the GRINCH and SCROOGE! We Americans need to call these people what they ARE! Thin-skinned opressors with no core beliefs, who attempt to steal the joy and celebration from people who do have some core beliefs. SHAME ON THEM! They will not win, because the history of America is that the good guys prevail, not the joysucking maggots who would defend the worst evildoers on the planet, but not an honest American's right to express his or her religious views in public. They all deserve COAL in their stockings!

Friday, December 09, 2005

BLOGIVERSARY COUNTDOWN: FAVORITE OFFENSIVE POSTS!

I have offended many people with some of my posts, but I don't think that my most offensive posts have gotten enough exposure, so I thought I'd round them up into one nice Blogiversary Countdown post, probably the last before Sunday, when LEAVWORLD will be ONE YEAR OLD. To tell the truth, my friends would argue it's much older, as I tagged all of my email rants with my original www.leavworld.com website for several years before I started blogging.

Anyway, here are my 3 favorite offensive posts, one of which was posted at NEXTLEAV, which I launched three days after the LEAVWORLD blog:

BULIMIC GROUP PROTESTS ANTI-WAR PUKERS

SHOOT ANIMALS ONLINE!

KWANZA VS. FESTIVUS!

I might add some runners-up before Sunday, so keep checking in. Meanwhile, HAVE A LAUGH!

Thursday, December 08, 2005

STOP THE ACLU BLOGBURST: WHAT WE ARE UP AGAINST


Unfortunately, I am working crazy hours again this week. (Wed. 4PM -Thurs. 8AM, back at 4 PM Thurs. until midnight!) Enjoy the drawing! Here's the "late edition", updated early Friday...

To understand the magnitude of the foe we face in the ACLU, read this excerpt from a CRA news release:

Peter B. Lewis, chairman and CEO of Progressive Auto Insurance, recently donated $8 million to the ACLU. In 2001, he donated $7 million to match a $14 million challenge from the Ford Foundation.
"This large donation from one person shows us that the ACLU is even more dangerous than ever," said Dr. D. James Kennedy, founder and president of the CENTER FOR RECLAIMING AMERICA. "With millions of dollars in reserve, they can—and have—intimidated local governments into backing down without even seeing their case go to court. For instance, a small-town mayor from Ohio rescinded his own 'Bible Week' proclamation, simply because he got a threatening letter from the ACLU.
"How many more such attacks will happen with this $8 million donation?" Dr. Kennedy asked.

TOO MANY.

Cannabis News has an interesting article explaining that most of Mr. Lewis' 2001 donation went to the organization's drug-policy litigation project, which is challenging such practices as drug testing in schools and restrictions on medical marijuana. It also mentions that his contribution increased the ACLU's endowment fund to almost 37 million. (-hat tip to Google for both of these stories)

The scary part is how much its finances have grown since 2001, as noted by BobG over at SSOA in today's blogburst. Still, I look at the ACLU as just another goliath to be slain, as was the USSR, and as the Islamofascists will be. Speaking of which, I wonder if Mr. Lewis cares about the ACLU's support of terrorists' rights at Gitmo, and opposition to reasonable attempts to thwart the next terrorist attack here in the US.

All of this brings me back to this week's STOP THE ACLU blogburst drawing, which was drawn shortly after the 1983 Beirut barracks bombing, while I was in the USMC. I wanted to take on those bastards back then, as symbolized in the drawing. Today, as we are finally engaging that enemy, the ACLU is taking their side. Thus, I see STOP THE ACLU as the hero, diving into the fight against unimagineable odds.

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Wednesday, December 07, 2005

CONSERVATIVE REVOLUTION ENDS AT PBS: FAREWELL TO THE JOURNAL EDITORIAL REPORT

Well, they finally excised the last vestiges of the conservative "Tomlinson revolution" over at PBS. Last Friday (12/02) saw the final installment of The Journal Editorial Report, featuring Paul Gigot and members of The Wall Street Journal editorial page. We should all lament this loss; PBS most of all. Here is Mr. Gigot's closing statement:

This is our last show on PBS, and we have many people to thank for helping us during the 15 months that we have been invited into your homes. Our executive producer, Paul Friedman, and his talented crew, helped us to sharpen our thinking and made us look and sound better than we had a right to expect. Our sponsors, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and Royal Dutch Shell, allowed us the freedom to speak our minds. I would especially like to thank the former chairman of the CPB, Ken Tomlinson, for defending the importance of balance and diversity on public television. To the many PBS stations that carried us around the country, thank you for your commitment to public affairs programming that represents more than one point of view. We wish every station shared that commitment.

Most of all, thanks to you, our viewers, for allowing us to share your time. The fact that many of you surely disagreed with some, or even all, of what we said makes us all the more grateful that you have been willing to hear us out. Too much of our political debate these days is accusatory and shrill, and we've tried on this program to engage in a debate over ideas, rather than about motives. The clash of ideas is essential to our democracy. And as long as taxpayer-supported public broadcasting exists, we think it has an obligation to represent all of the public.

Thanks again, and farewell.


I think I know why they got rid of this series. It wasn't about the Tomlinson controversy, or emails to Karl Rove. I saw it every week, when I watched the show on tape with my liberal fiance. SHE LIKED THE SHOW, and the people on it, and often agreed with them. They put a human face on conservatives (beyond me and her libertarian uncle). I don't presume it was because of Anna alone, of course(LOL!). I mean the fact that they presented conservative ideas rationally, even intellectually, without liberals blowing rhetorical smoke into the atmosphere, as in most political shows on almost any network. This show was a true antidote to liberalism, and as such could not be allowed on PBS. Bill Moyers must be happy. I hope they find a home somewhere else, perhaps even a Sunday morning slot after Fox News Sunday. I can hope, right?

Previous related posts: HE DOTH PROTEST TOO MUCH, and PBS NEWSHOUR REPORTS ON CPB BIAS

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

FREE THE KERRY 180 BLOGBURST

This is my first post about releasing Sen. Kerry's miltary records, by having him sign what's known as a form 180. He apparently did sign this form, but may have only authorized a "deleted" version, with several important things (reason for separation, reenlistment code, etc) omitted, by checking a box in part II of the form. Some also question whether he signed part III at all.

See all of the info about this at CAO'S blog, and watch for weekly reminders right here at LEAVWORLD! This seems like a dead issue to some people, but the guy is still a senator, and may run for president again. Notice how he's still up to his same old rhetoric this week, slandering US troops during a war. I may occasionally use this post to bring up other "dead issues" that I feel need to be mentioned as well.

Since I'm so inept at posting blogrolls, I'm going to put a link to this post in my links section, and hope that suffices. Hey, it's LEAVWORLD, not TECHWORLD! LOL! Hat tip to Bob G for turning me on to this blogburst.

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Sunday, December 04, 2005

PROJECT 21 CITES RACIST ATTACKS AGAINST MICHAEL STEELE

In light of the racial indignities being foisted upon Maryland Lt. Governor Michael Steele, a black Republican who recently announced his candidacy for U.S. Senate, members of the black leadership group Project 21 call on all candidates and political parties to shun both the use of such tactics and individuals who employ them.

Steele most recently was portrayed as a white minstrel in blackface on a left-wing blog, but has suffered other racial indignities, such as being pelted with Oreo cookies at the historically-black Morgan State University in Baltimore and being called "Uncle Tom," among other epithets.

Project 21 members say all electoral candidates should be open to criticism about their records, credentials and policy positions, but candidates should not be subjected to race-based abuse. The way to end this, says Project 21, is for all political parties and candidates to repudiate and pledge to refrain from engaging in any activity that demeans on the basis of race, gender and/or other birth characteristics in favor of a robust debate on real issues affecting the public.

Some politicians appear to be making an effort to meet this standard. Former NAACP President Kweisi Mfume, who is running for the same Senate seat as Steele, condemned racialist attacks. As reported by the Washington Times, Mfume said: "Racially-tinged attacks have no place in this campaign for U.S. Senate. If they did, I could very well be the object of public racial humiliation, based on my skin color, by people who don't like my politics. Black bigotry can be just as cruel and evil as white bigotry. There are too many bigots in too many places."

Democratic Congressman Albert Wynn (MD), who is black, echoed Mfume's sentiment, saying he "emphatically repudiates [and] condemns the racist and stereotypical attacks on Mr. Steele." Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley, a white Democrat and gubernatorial candidate, did so as well, calling attacks "disgusting and offensive" with "no place in politics." The Maryland Democratic Party and several other Democratic elected officials in Maryland also condemned the race-based attacks, as did the GOP.

Some, however, seem unoffended -- in one case, even enthusiastic about -- the racial attacks on Steele. According to the Washington Times, white political consultant Joe Trippi said calling Steele an "Uncle Tom" is "pointing out the obvious." Trippi is a spokesman for Mfume and is best known for his leadership of Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean's presidential campaign.

State Sen. Lisa A. Gladden, a black Baltimore Democrat, told the Times that party loyalties make racial attacks fair game: "Party trumps race, especially on the national level. It's democracy, perhaps at its worst, but it is democracy."

State Delegate Salima Siler Marriott (D) told The Washington Times that, because Steele is conservative, "he is different than most public blacks." When questioned about Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr. (D) -- who is white -- calling Steele an "Uncle Tom" in 2001, Marriott said, "that's not racial."

"If we are going to get ahead politically, blacks must be active in all major political parties. This intimidation to keep us away the party currently controlling the White House, Congress and many state and local governments - including the governorship of Maryland - is counterproductive," said Project 21's Donald Scoggins. "Opportunities are being lost for meaningful discussions of policies affecting the black community."

"Slandering Steele is contemptible on its face," said Project 21 member Mychal Massie. "It proves two things: Liberals fully support flagrant racism for their own purposes and that their insults expose them as representative of the most baneful and cancerous elements of their community. One would wonder about their shame, but it's assumed that's the purpose of their Sundays."

Project 21's Kevin Martin added: "I was there in 2002 when they threw Oreo cookies at Lieutenant Governor Steele. It happened at a historically black college, and it brought shame upon that institution. It's horrible that, as our nation buried civil rights icon Rosa Parks, those who lay claim the mantle of civil rights movement are continuing to engage in such despicable acts."

Project 21, a nonprofit and nonpartisan organization, has been a leading voice of the African-American community since 1992. For more information, contact David Almasi at (202) 543-4110 x11, email project21@nationalcenter.org or visit Project 21's website at www.project21.org/P21Index.html.

BLOGIVERSARY COUNTDOWN HUMOR: DUKAKIS, KERRY, DEAN AND HILLARY!


With Sen. Kerry's rebuttal to Pres. Bush's speech getting him so much airtime this week, I thought I'd revive this old sketch from the campaign days. Every time you look at Sen. Kerry, think of this cartoon. Though drawn before I started blogging, it was emailed to all of my friends, and eventually posted at LEAVART.

Also in a humorous vein, I continue the countdown to my first blogiversary with a Feb. 18,'05 post called DEAN ALREADY IN DEEP DOO-DOO! Howard was just elected as DNC chairman when this was originally posted. Re-reading it now, it looks like the battle I predicted is actually being joined. Dean, though still an embarrassment, has sabotaged Hillary's moderation tactic (regarding Iraq), and she seems to be following his line now. Veeeery interesting...but not funny. (- referencing a character from "Rowan & Martin's LAUGH IN", which was very funny!)

Linked at CAO'S Sunday OTB post, and worth noting is that CAO is on my short links list now, and I am joining the FREE THE KERRY 180 Tuesday BLOGBURST. I will also mention things like SOCIAL SECURITY REFORM, among other "dead" issues, each Tuesday. I thank CAO for letting me in, and hope that I can help spread the word, not only about the phony facade that Sen. Kerry represents, but about all the liberal opposition to the true progressive reform that our nation needs.

Also linked at STOP THE ACLU Sunday Funnies!

Friday, December 02, 2005

The National Center Supports "Thank a Soldier Week"

The National Center is joining Townhall.com in promoting December 19-25 as "Thank a Soldier Week."

Townhall makes it easy. To say "thank you" to a soldier, visit www.thankasoldierweek.com, complete the easy form and click.

For those who wish to add to their thank you message by sending a gift, TownHall.com also provides links to a half dozen military support charities.

And - if you see a soldier on the street - don't forget to say THANK YOU!

Thursday, December 01, 2005

PRAY FOR THE CHRISTIAN PEACEMAKER TEAMS, THEY NEED IT

I want everyone to say a prayer for this entirely misguided Christian Peacemaker Teams group, not just the four individuals who were kidnapped in Iraq. Miriam from Iraq gives a moving prayer for them, and a plea to their captors, on her PEARLS OF IRAQ blog. (Hat tip to Rosemary) I'm talking about all of the members of this group, after reading this report:

In a statement, Christian Peacemaker Teams said it strongly opposed the U.S. invasion of Iraq and blamed the kidnapping on coalition forces.
"We are angry because what has happened to our teammates is the result of the actions of the U.S. and U.K. government due to the illegal attack on Iraq and the continuing occupation and oppression of its people," the group said.
The group's first activists went to Iraq in 2002, six months before the U.S.-led invasion, Phillips said, adding that a main mission since the invasion has been documenting alleged human rights abuses by U.S. forces.


I respect some Christians that oppose all war. However, when a group subverts Christian morality to shift blame from the actual terrorists to the US and UK governments for this act, I must speak out. Before I hear another talking head say "would Jesus have invaded Iraq", I have to say "would Jesus take hostages, and threaten to kill them"? How dare they assume to know which is the moral cause, and defend people who might kill their comrades for their very belief in Christ?

A true Christian forgives Pres. Bush for the innocents that have died in these wars. Bush is a liberator of millions of oppressed, while being accused of killing thousands of innocents. He made an unprecedented effort to minimize civillian casualties, and has prosecuted all cases of abuse. Don't the hundreds of thousands killed and tortured under Saddam count as much as the thousands being killed by the terrorists today? The fact that Saddam's Fedayin used women and children as human shields seems to have slipped by this group's Christian moral compass, as well.

Regime change in Iraq was a moral judgement, made years ago by a Democrat President and a Republican Congress. Going in was a moral imperative after 9/11, because of the depths of the global foe we all face, whether Christian, Jewish, or Muslim. Someone has to kill the terrorists, or they will kill us, including Christians who sympathize with them.

"Forgive them, Lord, for they know not what they do". Those words can apply to the CPT, Pres. Bush, or the terrorists, depending on one's point of view. This is why I want you to pray for all of the misguided members of this Christian group, especially the four held hostage in Iraq. If the terrorists that took them are not closely affiliated with Al Queda in Iraq, then there is a higher probability they will be released for a ransom. This is all just my point of view, of course.

ACLU GETS IT RIGHT IN NEW JERSEY, WRONG IN ARKANSAS


Hat tip to Nedd from STOP THE ACLU.ORG, where I republished this from. (The article below, that is. The artwork is from the LEAVWORLD.COM website, and was originally produced in the '80's or early '90's, to the best of my recollection.)

So let's see if I got this straight. The ACLU of Arkansas wants to sue a high school because a senior girl prayed a prayer and issued an alter call at her graduation in May. However, the ACLU of New Jersey supports the right of a 2nd grade girl to sing "Awesome God" at an after school talent show, saying:

"There is a distinction between speech by a school and speech by individual students. "The Constitution protects a student's individual right to express herself, including the right to express herself religiously."

Well said, Jennifer Klear. An ACLU attorney gets it right. Now what's the difference between what Olivia Turton in New Jersey said and did and what Jessica Reed in Arkansas said and did? Director Rita Sklar of the Arkansas ACLU said the prayer and altar call was a "blatant display of contempt for the First Amendment."

I can't reconcile the two cases unless it was a "sin" to have an altar call, hard to believe since it was student initiated. And it's even harder to believe the ACLU and our friends at ADF, who represented the girl, would be in agreement in litigation on anything.

Isn't it great that Senorita Rita can't find a plaintiff to sue the school? And just think, no suit, no taxpayer money to the ACLU.

But don't expect ACLU lawsuits to stop. They're still trying to figure out where to draw the line on school religious expression.

Hey, Rita, get a life! And listen to your comrade in New Jersey who has more brains than you do.

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