Dominating the news last week was the riveting question of whether or not O.J. used
a gun when he broke into a Las Vegas hotel room to reclaim "his stuff." Experts
explained, pundits proclaimed and a good time was had by all.
Short shrift was given to the continuing good news slowly making its way out of
Iraq. Roadside bomb attacks receded to a three-year low and weapons cache finds
doubled (since 2006). Al-Maliki proclaimed Baghdad a liveable city, with thousands
of former refugees returning. Al-Qaeda has pretty much admitted defeat - Sunnis
and Shias have joined forces to hunt down and kill al-Qaeda. Meanwhile, Democrats
portrayed their propensity for snatching defeat out of the jaws of victory, as several
of them took to the airwaves with their new talking points: "Iraq is a quagmire,"
and "The only solution is a political solution." No word yet on whether or not the
Dems redefinition of reality will play in Peoria.
Speaking of reality, presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich, official moonbat of
the far left, introduced a resolution to impeach vice-president Cheney. Republicans
one-upped him by keeping his resolution front and center as the rest of the Dems
tried to shove Kucinich back in the closet. Again, a good time was had by all.
Our erstwhile ally, Pakistan, erupted last week. President Musharraf declared a
state of emergency, suspended the constitution and proceeded to arrest thousands
of protesters. The U.S. was not pleased and threatened to cut off millions in foreign
On the "foreign aid" front: The World Bank is going ahead with its plans to loan
Iran $900 million bucks - the largest chunk of that money coming from the U.S. -
as in, our tax dollars. This, as Iran held its annual "Death To
America Day" where thousands of Iranians engaged in their favorite pastime of chanting
"death to America" as they burned U.S. flag in front of the U.S. embassy in Tehran.
How about we send a few Democrats over to Iran and let them try their much vaunted
diplomacy on that crowd...All in favor say yeah.
Our government was hard at work last week:
The House passed the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) which would make it
illegal for employers to make hiring, firing or promoting decisions based on employees
sexual orientation. The only real objections came from gay rights groups who were
upset that the bill didn't offer protection to the transgendered.
Meanwhile, Democrats continued to push for a showdown, another showdown, with President
Bush as they advanced yet another military spending bill without funds for Iraq.
They promised the funding only if Bush promises to start withdrawing troops. Take
The Dems scored a coup by handing Bush his first veto-override as the Senate enacted
a $23 billion water resources bill - complete with pork, over Bush's veto.
On the state level, Minnetonka made plans to press charges against a 72 year-old
woman for holding a garage sale and Los Angeles Councilman Bernard Parks introduced
a resolution symbolically banning the use of the "N" word. That's "nigger" for those
of you who have graduated high school.
The Smoke Police Were Hard At Work:
A new study showed that nearly 21% of Americans smoke, a number that has stayed
constant since 2004. Lawmakers took this as a cue to ramp up the crackdown on this
entirely legal product. Congress immediately enacted a ban on tobacco sales in Senate
buildings and started seeking a significant federal tax increase on cigarettes.
A state lawmaker wants to require that all cigarettes sold in Wisconsin extinguish
automatically when not being smoked. All in the name of protecting John Q Public
from unnecessary fires. My two cents: If lawmakers really want to cut down on fires,
maybe they should buck the environmentalists and allow brush clearing. But, hey,
I'm no expert...
Increasing the pressure to legislate private behavior, several companies in Florida
have started prohibiting their employees from smoking not only at work, but also
in their private lives.
From The Bad News Files:
* Bad news for feminists: A new study found that women corporate directors typically
earn more than men.
* Bad news for AlGore: With the cost of oil so high, Europe is turning to U.S. coal.
A ton of coal is so cheap now that European utilities will pay $50 to ship it across
* Bad news for Hillary: New poll shows voters oppose drivers licenses for illegals
by a nearly five to one margin.
* Bad news for pro-lifers: Under a new law published last week, parents in Britain
will be allowed to use in-vitro-fertilization to create "spare-part" babies
* Another hate-crime hoax was debunked when it was found that a George Washington
University student who told officials that someone had drawn swastikas on her dormitory
room door was responsible for the incident herself.
* A New York man was sentenced to 15 years in prison for agreeing to help train
al-Qaeda fighters in hand to hand combat.
* Comptroller general reports that deficit spending and promised spending for federal
entitlement programs have put every man, woman and child in the U.S. on the hook
* For the second time in two days, Hillary's campaign was found to have planted
questions. Hillary, of course, was shocked.
Last but not least: Massachusetts Senator John Kerry claims he's now armed with
materials that will make war record critics (Swift Boat Vets) "go running with their
tails between their legs." That only took about four years...
By golly, I think I just saw a pig fly right by my window!!
Our Weekly Prize For Stupidity Goes To:
A Texas man, who was arrested for drug possession after telling authorities that
two masked gunmen stole 150 pounds of marijuana from his home. A classic 'This Is
Your Brain On Drugs' moment.
And that was the week that was.
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