Thursday, July 27, 2006
Seems that Sir Charles political juices are flowing hard enough to make him consider running for governor of Alabama in 2010.
Former N.B.A. star Charles Barkley is thinking about running for governor of Alabama. He says he's switched from being a Republican to a Democrat and might enter the 2010 race in his home state. As for why he changed parties, Barkley says he thinks Republicans, "lost their minds."
He had a storied career, won an Olympic gold medal as part of the 1992 "Dream Team" and will be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in September. But Barkley, who is now a T.V. commentator, says he believes he was put on Earth to do more. And he says he wants to help people improve their lives.
Besides his play on the basketball court Barkley's always been known for his candor so I'm not surprised that he would want to enter the world of politics,. However, considering that some of his opinions on race, self-responsibility and poverty tend to lean towards a more conservative mode of thinking I am a bit surprised that Mr. "I am not your role model" would switch parties to run as a Democrat.
Wednesday, July 26, 2006
I never heard of Betty Williams until today, but apparently she won the Nobel Peace Prize way back in 1976 so I guess that makes her somewhat important. Unfortunately, in yet another case of just how much of a joke the most notorious peace prize has become, the other day Williams not only announced how much she regrets winning the award, but she also showed that she's suffering from a huge case of Bush Derangement Syndrome.
"I have a very hard time with this word 'non-violence,' because I don't believe that I am non-violent," said Betty Williams, 64, according to the Australian newspaper. "Right now, I would love to kill George Bush."
The audience at Brisbane City Hall – mostly schoolchildren – clapped and cheered, the paper said. The event was the Earth Dialogues forum.
"I don't know how I ever got a Nobel Peace Prize, because when I see children die the anger in me is just beyond belief. It's our duty as human beings, whatever age we are, to become the protectors of human life."
Williams was awarded the prize for circulating a petition to end violence in Northern Ireland after witnessing British soldiers shoot dead a member of the Irish Republican Army. The IRA member veered on to a footpath, killing two children from one family instantly and fatally injuring a third.
The former receptionist now heads the World Centers of Compassion for Children International, a non-profit group working to create a political voice for children.
Again, the Nobel Peace Prize is a farce.
Tuesday, July 25, 2006
Last week, David Letterman had the "Top Ten Signs There's Trouble At The New York Times."
10. Extensive coverage of recent fighting between the Israelis and the lesbians
9. Pages 2 through 20 are corrections of previous edition
8. Every sentence begins "So, like"
7. TV listings only for Zorro
6. Weather forecast reads "Look outside dumbass"
5. Multiple references to "President Gore"
4. Obituary includes list of people they wish were dead
3. Headlines fold over to create surprise mad magazine-type hidden message
2. Restaurant critic recently gave IHOP four stars
1. Reporting that Oprah isn't gay, but Letterman is
Monday, July 24, 2006
Representing: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Preamble: Judy Vincent is the mother of Scott Vincent, a Marine who died in 2004 fighting for his country in Iraq. At her son's memorial, Ms. Vincent spoke lovingly of him: "He loved his country, he loved his family and he loved God. That says a lot for a young person." Corporal Vincent first served in Afghanistan and had volunteered for a second tour in Iraq. Friends say he was destined to be a US Marine; his chosen motto for the high school yearbook was 'Semper Fi.'
Fighting Liberal Terrorism: Last year Ms. Vincent learned that Cpl. Scott Vincent's name was among 1,700 included on a T-shirtbeing sold by a man in Arizona over the Internet. The man, an obvious anti-war zealot and Bush-hater was selling shirts with an imprint on the front saying "Bush Lied" while the back reads "They Died". Upon finding out that her son's name was being exploited by a liberal lunatic, Ms. Vincent pushed for Oklahoma legislators to pass a law that makes it a misdemeanor to use a soldier's name or likeliness for advertising purposes without consent. The law goes into effect in November. The shirt vendor “has the right to voice his opinion, as we all do,” Ms. Vincent said. “But I do believe the First Amendment stops when you use a person's name or likeness to make a profit. I don't care what he thinks about the war. I do care that he's making money off my son's death.”
Status Quo: The shirt vendor, who identifies himself on his Web site as Dan Frazier, recently issued an open letter to family members who contacted him to protest the use of their loved ones' names on the shirt. While praising the bravery and sacrifices of the soldiers, and insisting he was not trying to degrade their service, he refused to stop selling the merchandise "no matter how many requests I receive."
"Every name matters, and will be retained to help underscore the horrific loss of life that has been caused by President Bush's rush to war under false pretenses," the letter states.
(Any chance the loons at the Daily Kos prepared this moronic statement for Mr. Frazier?)
The good news: Frazier said he probably would run out of the merchandise before the new legislation took effect. He said it sold poorly and he is "unlikely" to make any more.