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Thursday, August 19, 2004
Iraqi soccer team bashes Bush

I almost threw up when I read this:

Iraqi midfielder Salih Sadir scored a goal here on Wednesday night, setting off a rousing celebration among the 1,500 Iraqi soccer supporters at Pampeloponnisiako Stadium. Though Iraq -- the surprise team of the Olympics -- would lose to Morocco 2-1, it hardly mattered as the Iraqis won Group D with a 2-1 record and now face Australia in the quarterfinals on Sunday.

Afterward, Sadir had a message for U.S. president George W. Bush, who is using the Iraqi Olympic team in his latest re-election campaign advertisements.

In those spots, the flags of Iraq and Afghanistan appear as a narrator says, "At this Olympics there will be two more free nations -- and two fewer terrorist regimes."

"Iraq as a team does not want Mr. Bush to use us for the presidential campaign," Sadir told through a translator, speaking calmly and directly. "He can find another way to advertise himself."

Ahmed Manajid
, who played as a midfielder on Wednesday, had an even stronger response when asked about Bush's TV advertisement. "How will he meet his god having slaughtered so many men and women?" Manajid told me. "He has committed so many crimes."

Talk about a bunch of damn ingrates!  This is the same Iraqi soccer team who fell victim to the sadistic Uday Hussein.  If Bush hadn't "committed so many crimes", their asses would be wondering if they would have teeth after Uday got finished with them.

Here's one story about the Iraqi soccer team before the U.S. "slaughtered so many men and women":
In 1997, FIFA, the governing body for international soccer, sent soccer officials from Qatar and Malaysia to Baghdad to investigate a report that members of the national team were imprisoned and had their feet caned after losing a World Cup qualifying game to Kazakhstan. FIFA exonerated Iraq, saying they found no evidence of torture after interviewing and physically examining 12 players.

Sharar Haydar, who was on the Iraqi team at the time but sat out the game with an injury, told that players, indeed, were tortured. He said his teammates joked with each other about their inability to tell the truth to the FIFA officials during their two-day visit.

"I mean, nobody was going to say anything," Haydar said.
This is what the Iraqi Soccer Team had to face under Uday Hussein.  When their ungrateful asses were being airlifted out of Baghdad, they never had to worry about being imprisoned.  They actually could speak their minds freely without having to worry if they were going to be tortured once they got back to Uday's Olympic headquarters.

And what makes this worse is the fact that Bush never mentioned them in the ad.

I've seen the ad.  All the ad says is that there are two new free nations and two less terrorist regimes being represented at the Olympics, and they just put the flags of Iraq and Afghanistan on them.  That's it.  Bush didn't even mention the Iraqi soccer team or any other team in the ad.  You would have thought the ad showed a picture of the Iraqi soccer team with Bush superimposed into it.

It's things like this that make you not feel no remorse or pity for them while they were under Saddam's regime.  It's things like this that make people say, "To hell with them; let that piece of crap they call a country turn into a hellhole."  It's our men and women that risk their lives every day so not only the people in this country can live in a safer place, but so they may be able to live in a place where their people can live free and will be safe as well.

I hope the Australians beat their asses on Saturday.  These jokes do not deserve a medal, and they do not deserve cheers.  They are ungrateful, and despicable people.  It would be one thing if they just wanted to stay out of the fray, but to try and bash the man that saved their sorry asses that would have otherwise been tortured each time they lost a game shows a lack of integrity on the part of that soccer team.

Let's hope the rest of the Iraqi athletes have a little more decorum than these jokes.

Posted at 09:11 pm by Expertise
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Wednesday, August 18, 2004
Peeping Tom gets mollywhopped.

Tooley gave me the heads up on this one, so if yall have any complaints, blame him:

Officials said Mario Russo, 44, was attacked after he was spotted outside a bedroom window wearing his pants around his ankles and watching a 5-year-old girl who was sleeping outside the Bunker Ridge Apartments.

Russo was reportedly hiding in bushes.

Police said after he was discovered a group of six people, include the girl's mother, aunt and their boyfriends attacked him and brutally beat him for more than an hour.


Ha.  That's what his perverted ass gets.  But an hour tho?

I'm sayin; not that his ass didn't deserve a whuppin, but didn't yall ever get tired sooner or later?  Or did yall take turns and just switch every 5 minutes or so?

But check this out:

The girl's aunt admitted to sexually assaulting Russo with a tree branch, police said.


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Giving yall a head's up...

Obama Truth Squad.  This blog was created by some guy that got tired of Obama getting the rock star treatment and was practically unchallenged on his positions and stances after Jack Ryan pulled out of the race and wanted to clear the air.

It's relatively new (been up for a month or so) but he's been getting some press, as he's been mentioned in The Chicago Daily Herald, The Washington Times, and The American Spectator.

Some things you might want to know about Obama:

- Supported the "Benardin Amendment", which would have amended the Illinois state constitution to guarantee all Illinois residents "decent" health care.

- After being criticized by The Black Commentator, a VERY far-left black website infamous for calling people sellouts and house niggas (including an infamous cartoon of judicial appointee Janice Rogers Brown that got a lot of attention during her confirmation hearings and probably gave them the most press they ever had), for trying to develop a more centrist image, Obama did damage control by writing a letter assuring them that he still espoused "progressive" (more like regressive) ideals and denouncing the center-left Democratic Leadership Council.  He then contacted the DLC and requested them to take him off their list of "100 to watch" so no one would be confused.

- During the U.S. Senate primary, Obama stated on direct-mail literature that he was a law professor at the University of Chicago.  He lied.  He is only a senior lecturer.

Lynn Sweet of the Chicago Sun-Times read his book and found out that the names in there were fake, which brings up the possibility that some of those people and events in the book could be fake. 

When Sweet questioned Obama about this, he stated, "'You reconstruct your memory for what happened. It is not reportage. It is not appearing in the New York Times or the Sun-Times. I say that explicitly in the book.''  She did, however, get up with one of the characters in the book, and the account was indeed accurate.

- Obama voted against a bill that would have eliminated good behavior for sexual predators...55-1.  That's right; he was the only Ilinois state senator to vote against it.

There's also a Truth About Keyes blog out too.  It mainly just recalls the crazy things Keyes says.  It's a lot less policy-oriented than the Truth Squad as well.  I would point out some things, but the Illinois and national media already do a good enough job to cover both me and that blog.

If you want the best coverage on the War in Iraq, check out Hammorabi.  I don't know this guy's background, but he has the best in-depth coverage on what's going on in Iraq, including some things the national press either doesn't know, or fails to report.

Here's a sample from his blog, adding on to what I was saying last week:

I think the fact that Iraqi are effectively participating in a political process is a good thing. I can't bring myself to say the same for their "cause" though--a negotiated settlement with Sadr? Gimme a break! At some point they're going to have to accept reality. I can understand the anti-American undertow and the reverence for the shrine, and the fear of pissing off Sadr's supporters, and several other causes that could underlie this movement, but, at some point they gotta understand. We ain't gonna keep pouring our military into battle after battle that they won't let us win. We're not going to keep pouring our soldiers on this fire every time he pops his Mahdi Army up to make nuisance. Eventually Iraq will be asking us to "go get him" yet again, and we'll answer, "NO, ya'll go get him yourselves this time; we've had enough of this game."

And now the National Assembly has decided to send delegates to Sadr--he'll either give them nothing, or jack them around too, and we'll have to pull back and then they'll want us to start all over again on it later--gotta come an end to that rerun!
Iraqi Bloggers Central is really good too.  A good amount of the time he highlights the articles that get little to no attention, even from the talk radio shows.  He gives a great analysis on news stories and events for the day.

So if you guys get a chance, check these out.

Posted at 02:32 pm by Expertise
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Man trying to get home in Florida gets tasered.

A man who couldn't get to his house due to police blockades of disaster areas after Hurricane Charley gets tasered by police.

Officers in hurricane-ravaged Fort Myers used a Taser gun on a man allegedly trying to get by a police barrier to get home, and it was all caught on tape.

A crowd formed around the scene and voices can be heard yelling, "Leave him alone," "That is so wrong," and "Come on man, he's frustrated."

The man had three children in the car with him. Many in the crowd felt for the man who hasn't seen his home in days.
Check out the video on the same link.

I understand both sides.  As the man who hasn't been to his house in days, you want to go ahead and see what's happened to it and start the process with moving on with your life.  At that time, everything was in limbo.

But you don't force yourself in.  Trying to force your way in is just stupid.  The cops are doing a job.  They were ordered to not let anyone in for their own safety (Although what kind of dangers there are are questionable.  I think they are just making sure people don't riot or loot.)  I suppose they feel it's better to keep people out of there instead of just letting them go in buckwild.

What they could do is let residents go into certain areas for an allotted period of time, given they have homes or property in it, so they can help with the cleanup.  I don't see why they can't get their hands dirty too, especially since they are so eager.  It can also help ease the work of the cleanup crews.  But incidents like these don't help things at all.  Just let them help.

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Robinson lost.

He conceded defeat after being beaten by Foxx quite handily.  Fox won with over 55% of the vote to Robinson's 45%.

Thank god NC dodged that bullet.  I don't think I rooted against a Republican like that since 2002, when Sonny "Ralphis" Perdue beat Roy Barnes in Ga.

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Tuesday, August 17, 2004
Frustrations of a Black Conservative.

I think leftists, particularly black ones, think it's easy to be a conservative.  After all, we're puppets, getting in good with whitey, easy political attention, etc.  For them, we take the "easy" road over the hard one.  Just follow the party line and we'll be fine.

Well, it ain't, especially nowadays.  Not only do we have to put up with Republican leadership (almost to the point where it seems like we're apologizing sometimes) always veering to the left while pandering to minorities with reckless abandon, but we also have to put up with other black conservatives as well.

For example, could someone explain to me why the hell is Alan Keyes talking about ending Senate elections?  Great job, dimwit.  Tell the people who you're trying to get to vote for you that you don't want them to vote on that race any longer.  Even if you don't consider it a high priority, why even bring that up?

The lesson to be learned here?  Pick and choose your battles.  Keyes doesn't have a policy or platform for Illinois.  He has a platform for Alan Keyes.  This is less about what is best for Illinois and more about what's good for Keyes.  If Keyes had no intentions of taking this campaign seriously, and won't develop a platform that would make him at least a respectable candidate

As for his labels of Obama, I don't think anyone's falling for the ole race card trick.  The slaveholder's position angle, I could see the potential in that one statement.  But he should have quit while he was ahead.  Trying to make this a legitimate issue is stupid, because no one - black or white - is falling for it.   Making this an offense position instead of a defensive one is dumb, especially given the apprehension towards black conservatives. 

Whether Keyes chooses to believe it or not, the public considers you less black than Obama.  Trying to act as if you have the high ground with black support is akin to walking into a room and pretending there isn't an elephant in it.

But I guess there it can't hurt him for trying.  Hell; with the poll numbers Keyes is getting, nothing can really hurt him.  This has Asia-type landslide written all over it.

And now, Booker just informed me that Keyes had a nerve to actually support reparations.  *chuckles*  Folks...this is gonna be one helluva day, and it's only 6:00am here.  Yall don't even know the half.  Wait until I walk in there and tell them THAT and see those kats wiggle like nightcrawlers (they're big fishing worms, for those ignant about fishing) trying to spin their way out of that.

Meanwhile, in NC we have our own problems.  Good ole Vernon Robinson, the "outspoken" social conservative running for Congress in Winston-Salem, faces Virginia Foxx in the Republican primary runoff today.

If you are a Republican in Winston-Salem - hell, if you live in NC's 5th District, period - I feel sorry for you guys.  You have to choose between two bomb throwers.  Robinson comes across as a bigot and Foxx just comes off as a sham.  Both lie about endorsements that they supposedly received by gun groups.  According to Robinson, According to Robinson (mp3), Foxx told a reporter on primary night that Foxx is a 300 llb man while she is a little ole white grandmother.  How nice.

Robinson's latest stunt?  A television ad labelling a Pakistani guy that was arrested on immigration charges when he was videotaping buildings in Charlotte a "terrorist":

``When Vernon said our unguarded Mexican border was a threat to our national security, the liberals laughed,'' an announcer says in the ad. ``They're not laughing anymore. This is Pakistani terrorist Kamran Akhtar. He got arrested videotaping targets in Charlotte, North Carolina. He came here illegally, across our Mexican border.''

Then Robinson speaks: ``I'm Vernon Robinson and I approve this message because Akhtar didn't come here to live the American dream. He came here to kill you. In Congress, I will shut that border down.''

Boy, Robinson wasted no time milking that cow for everything it was worth, did he?  While he was definitely correct on the problems with terrorists coming across the Mexican border along with anyone else, making it a huge national security problem, the fact is that there is no evidence being brought out that he was affiliated with any kind of terrorist organization.  In fact, according to the affidavit, Akhtar has been here since 91, and has not been to Pakistan since.

The last thing Winston-Salem, the state of NC, or black conservatives (ain't that aboutabitch that I got to be two out of three?) need is someone to go out there and embarrass us like this, and you know he's going to continue with this mess if he ever makes it to Congress.  Hell; if I lived in Winston-Salem, I'd vote Democrat.

UPDATEMalkin busted Keyes quite early this morning.

Keyes had a show on MSNBC called, of course "Alan Keyes is Making Sense".  Well he decided to give a half hour on the reparations argument.  Here are some quotes from that show:

  • "Think about this; 558,552 soldiers died during the Civil War, 2 percent of the population at the time. That's equivalent in today's population, of 5,734,000 odd Americans. That is a heavy price paid in blood to get rid of slavery. Wasn't blood enough?"

  • "Now, it seems to me that by the very comparison you're suggesting, almost I feel an insult to our slave ancestors. You want to tell me that what they suffered can actually be repaired with money? You're going to do the same thing those slaveholders did, put a money price on something that can't possibly be quanitified in that way."

  • "Because it seems to me also that if you're going to do this, slavery wasn't just about people in America. It was about Arab traders who sold people as slaves. It was about black African tribesmen, for their own political reasons and economic reasons, selling their brethren into slavery. I mean, it seems to me we're going to start down this road. Why are we just picking on the folks who had this brutal institution at heart and were greedy after money on this side? Why not look at it on the other side and go after all these other folks as well? If you're not going to do that, it seems to me that's a confession that it's really just a tactic."

  • "I have got to confess, Reverend Fauntroy, I wish you'd spend as much time thinking about how we end slavery in Sudan as you are thinking right now about how we pay a bill that couldn't possibly be paid in money.
It seems that Keyes has a slight problem staying consistent with his positions.  Maybe he's suffering for the same sickness John Kerry has.

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Sunday, August 15, 2004
Take a look at this...

I suppose this (Quicktime needed) is meant to be funny.

I wanted to post this for a reason:  white leftists have no respect for black culture.  Somehow they think it's funny to use slang and an impersonation of New York thugs in a cariature of President Bush and his Administration.  A bunch of young white preppies grabbing their crotch and sayin "nigga".

"A nigga was at his ranch that day, and you know how it goes at the ranch.....LAID BACK."

"Ask Dick.  Yo Dick, tell em what we was doin that day at the ranch."  "Robbin niggas."

This highlights the level of disrepect and complacency that's lies among white leftists and black leftists.  You see, since the Bush Administration was inaugurated - and really it dates back to Clarence Thomas's Supreme Court nomination - that's it's acceptable for white leftists to use racial epithets and slurs as long as it's against conservatives.

And it's not just black people, either.  Michelle Malkin gets harrassed quite often with racial epithets.  And I still remember how they jumped on her when she was on CSpan a while back.

The further we go into the Bush presidency and the closer we get to Election Day, you can guarantee that the rhetoric will get more and more shrill.  There's setting up for huge protests during the RNC.  I expect the number of protesters for the RNC to possibly double or triple what the DNC had.

UPDATE:  For those who might have seen this link to the clip already, for some reason it died.  There is a new one up now; albeit it's alot slower than the previous one.

Posted at 07:13 am by Expertise
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Most of Charley missed me.

I had been at work since 5:00, and was planning to spend most of the afternoon at work (I generally stay only 3-4 hours to do the news).

However, I got a call from Accuweather around noon telling me that they were going to lift the weather advisories for Fayettenam.  Charley was going to stay east of me.  By that time my boss, who is the morning news anchor, had already shown up and told me she could handle it from there since we wouldn't get anything serious, and I went home.

I'm keeping up with some of the cleanup in Florida.  There are 15 officially dead.  Expect that number to climb by Monday.  I'm thinking around 50-60.  At least that's how many they asked for.

I'm going to be up a good part of the night, so I might have more on this later.

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Saturday, August 14, 2004
Hurricane Charley slams Florida, several dead.

This is not good at all, folks.

I was at work early this morning when I saw the article come across the AP wire (I work at a news radio station).

Charley made Charlotte County, Florida into what looks to be a total wreck:

The death toll from Hurricane Charley rose early Saturday, when a county official said there had a been "significant loss of life" at a mobile home park and deputies were standing guard over stacks of bodies because the area was inaccessible to ambulances.

Wayne Sallade, Charlotte County's director of emergency management, said early Saturday that there were "a number of fatalities" at the mobile home park, and that there were confirmed deaths in at least three other areas in the county.


And according to Sallade, there are still hundreds missing throughout Charlotte County.  That eye passed right over Punta Gorda, Fl, a town with 15,000 people.

There were three hospitals in the county.  To say they are merely damaged is an understatement.  All of the patients in those hospitals have to be transferred to other hospitals in the state.  Destroyed a couple of fire departments too.

Now, Hurricane Andrew, the 1991 Category 5 storm that ripped Florida and ended up being the costliest in U.S. history, directly killed only 15 people.  But the way they are talking?  We might have 3, maybe 4 times as many casualties.

Once again, the National Weather Service had it wrong.  They were calling for a Category 2 storm, when it ended up being a Category 4.  We're talking about a difference between about 110 and 145 mph winds.  A category 2 isn't nothing to laugh at either, but still...that's a big ass difference.  They simply did not anticipate this storm's intensity once it left Cuba and entered Gulf waters.

I said this last week after Hurricane Alex, the National Weather Service has got to do a better job in reading the intensity and wind speed of these hurricanes.  Hell; if it comes down to it, err on the side of caution.  Say the storm will be stronger than expected.  At least give the people within it's path some sort of advance notice of what's going down over there.

I also said afterwards that people and property suffer because of the NWS's mistakes, well I guess my prediction came true.  You see, the biggest problem isn't the storm itself.  It's the failure of prepare by the ones caught in the storm.  And that doesn't just ring true for hurricanes, but any natural disaster.  That's precisely why there will be a much higher death toll for Charley than there was for Andrew.

And as I write this, Charley is coming my way, possibly hitting me dead on.  By the time that happens though, he'll be a tropical storm, and just give us a good 6 inches of rain.  Possibly some thunderstorms as well. 

You'll know if my lights went out if I don't post tonight.

Posted at 08:32 am by Expertise
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Friday, August 13, 2004
Al-Sadr and Iraq agree to truce.


I am absolutely sick of this.  Why do we continue to accommodate this opportunistic peon?  I understand trying to appease the Iraqi people's sensitive emotions, but that doesn't mean we have to be subject to this man's every whim.

Al-Sadr has gone back on his truce before...In Aprilin May, and in June.  It is virtually guaranteed that he and his men will attack Iraqi police and U.S. forces again.

And while we're farting around with them:

In the southern city of Basra, gunmen seized a British journalist, identified as James Brandon, from a hotel where he was staying late Thursday night, police said Friday. The kidnappers, almost certainly Shiite, threatened to kill him in 24 hours unless coalition forces withdraw from Najaf, though it wasn't clear when that deadline would expire.

Is there anyone out there that really believes Muqtada Al-Sadr is really sincere in this latest "truce"?  Anyone?

Even in light of this, there are protests in five cities over the Najaf battles.  Of course, they aren't protesting about the true problem, which is Al-Sadr.  It is the U.S. who is the problem.  Why does that not surprise me?

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