Monday, October 31, 2005

Clinton Still Trying To Score With Young Chicks In DC?

Dubya wants the dad for the Supreme Court, Bubba has his eye (or hand?) on the daughter.

The Alito Family in the Capitol following the nomination of patriarch Samuel to the Supreme Court seat being vacated by Sandra Day O'Connor.

Alito Nomination: Liberal Activist Full Employment Act

President Bush has nominated a red meat conservative to the Superme Court (and one who at least has been a judge and been one for more than a couple of weeks). Let the liberal cash machine go into high gear!

All the usual suspects are shouting out and are ready for more of Babs' checks. Miers was a big wet blanket for the leftists, this guy is a very early Christmas present to the left wing special interest groups looking to balance their books before the year end.

Expect a fight and neither side to give up easy. My prediction is however that barring some proof that Alito has been found with a "dead girl or a live boy" or he's a registered Nazi, he will be confirmed.

It's Alito

President Bush has nominated conservative judge Samuel Alito to replace moderate Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.

Sunday, October 30, 2005

Who Set Him Up This Time?

Former Washington, D.C. Mayor and current Councilman Marion Barry has once again run into trouble with the law. On Friday, he plead guilty Friday to two misdemeanor counts stemming from his failure to file tax returns in 2000.

Barry served four terms as mayor. In his third term, he was videotaped in 1990 in a hotel room smoking crack cocaine in an FBI sting. You might remember Barry's eloquent description of the woman seen in the videotape with him in the room, "The goddamn bitch set me up!" The following year, he served a six-month prison sentence.

Amazingly, in 1994, he regained the mayor's office for another four-year term. Voters then sent him to a Council seat last year.

What's the problem with Washington, D.C. voters that they keep re-electing this loser? Are they blind or do they just not care?

Saturday, October 29, 2005

Rich, Liberal Kids Inconvenienced by Commander in Chief

The Daily News had a very silly story the other day. Liberal, upscale, latte sipping dumbshits in Brentwood upset because their precious little Jordans, Mallorys and Dakotas didn't get to go see the latest rehash of "The Wizard of Oz."

Why? A visit by President Bush and his motorcade shut down traffic in the area making the buses carrying these precious children to the production, late.
"My poor children - they were so disappointed. They're all so sad. They were inconvenienced by a silly motorcade down Sunset (Boulevard)."
Julie Fahn - Limousine Liberal Mom
There was a time when if the President came to town - whether you voted for him or not - it was a proud moment and you showed him the respect that the OFFICE deserves.
At a Starbucks on San Vicente Boulevard, motorists drank lattes in resignation. "A lot of people were stuck," barista Denise Johnson said. "Traffic wasn't moving. It literally wasn't moving. I heard a few horns honking."
Sadly, our culture has become so damn selfish that this is even a story. You would hope that the parents would teach their children that sometimes shit happens, and you don't always get what you want. Instead, I am sure they are teaching them that its all the Republicans' fault.

Other takes:
Martini Republic
Wylie Post
No More Mister Nice Blog
The Conspiracy to Keep You Poor and Stupid
Under No Circumstances

When Union Wackos Attack OR Where Did You Go, Jimmy Hoffa?

California Conservatives for Truth is reporting that union leaders, in fear of the passage of Proposition 75 which would give union members the right to decide where their membership dollars will go, held a major rally in LA's Pershing Square that grew quite emotional.

In a report by KCAL 9 in Los Angeles, a supporter of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's reform measures was attacked by union activists, and in fact, her pro-75 sign was ripped up by a security guard who was there to guard the protest, not necessarily participate.

The blog Free Republic also has a report on the woman, Genevieve Peters, who was bold enough to take on the the union thugs.

At what point are these unions, which are doing a pretty good job to pull the wool over their members' eyes, going to be held accountable? I guess the days of Jimmy Hoffa still continue.

Friday, October 28, 2005

Scooter Libby Indicted

WASHINGTON (AP) Vice President Dick Cheney's top adviser, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, indicted on obstruction of justice, false statment and perjury charges.

Cash Sucking LA Unified

The next giant sucking sound you hear is the cash devouring machine that is the Los Angeles Unified School District is now coming back to the trough begging voters to approve Measure Y and another $4 billion in debt, on top of the billions of dollars the district has already borrowed to ostensibly build new schools and fund other "needs."

Come on Mayor Sam - its for the children!

The sad thing is that despite spending increasing and increasing amounts of money each year, the public schools are showing lesser results. Indeed, a major issue in the Mayor's race earlier this year was that over 50% of LAUSD students do not graduate high school.

The Daily News is right when they say that LA Unified does not need more taxpayer financed debt, but a breather.

But more than just bringing a really financially bad idea to the voters, LAUSD may be using the taxpayers' dollars to sell a yes vote on Measure Y.

Just today, I received a mailer from the LAUSD selling the merits of Measure Y. As well, the District's website has extensive info on the measure, but no opposition viewpoints.

While they do not come out and specifically say "Vote for Measure Y," I find these activities inappropriate. Its something that really should be looked into.

And if anything, if the District is going to distribute information about the Measure at taxpayer expense, then they have the moral obligation to inculde opposing views.

But for the district politicians and teacher union leaders who have become addicted to bond money like a junkie to crack, this may seem like a ludicrous idea. Hopefully, the voters will see the truth.

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

No On Proposition 73

Yes, I am a Republican. Yes I support Governor Schwarzenegger. Yes, I am concerned about abortion and have a hope it would be rare if used at all. But I also believe that sometimes there is a time for government to butt out, and in the case of Proposition 73, this is no place for government to butt in.

Proposition 73 would require minors seeking an abortion to get parental consent. In theory, I have no issue with this. But we don't live in a theoretical world.

So many teenage girls are living in horrific and abusive environments. For whatever reason, they become pregnant and could literally find themsleves dead at the hands of a parent or other family member. Having an abortion could be their only option for survival.

I don't believe abortion is the answer for all teenage pregnancies or even most. But there are a small handful of cases where its a matter of last resort, and life and death. I don't want to leave this decision up to the government.

Below, is a very compelling case against Proposition 73 is made by Dawn Alger, wife of Assembly Candidate Jim Alger. Her personal experience drives home what an ill conceived idea Proposition 73 is. Even if you oppose abortion personally - as I do - please think this one through.

October 5, 2005 - Northridge, CA - In a surprising move earlier today the wife of State Assembly Candidate Jim Alger came out against Proposition 73.

Dubbing it the "Incest Protection Act" Dawn Alger, a sexual assault survivor, railed against the Proposition stating that it forces teens that are already in a bad situation, into a worse one.

"I know what it is like to be a victim of incest" Alger said "When I came forward I was 19 and married. My attacker came after me and anyone who supported me for years. To this day my family continues to pay as a result of that. While I wouldn’t do anything different I had a place to go, what would have happened to me if I was 13 and under his roof?"

"Every parent wants their children talking to them. I have a 13 year old and I want him communicating with me, but it isn't the job of the government to force that communication. It is our job as parents to keep those communication lines open with our children."

Alger said she is coming forward publicly out of a feeling of duty.

"I faced my attacker and although it was difficult and came at a high price, I had the support of my husband. There are many young, scared girls who have the option now of going to a friend, teacher, social worker, or counselor, this Proposition removes all of that support structure and mandates one individual be notified. This removes control from a rape victim who is already struggling to regain control of her life that was lost during the attack. Forcing a victim to ask the very person who may have gotten her pregnant for counsel is not the answer. It just isn't safe."

When asked about the portion of the Proposition that allows a minor to seek a court hearing in lieu of parental notification, she responded doubtfully.

"Forcing a scared teenage girl to go to a court, which is scary in the best of circumstances, won't work. Assuming she gets to court, once she is there she has to prove with "clear and convincing evidence" that she is a victim of abuse. What should she do, bring in a signed confession from the man who raped her? That is just absurd."

"This proposition is nothing more than a group of misguided people attempting to force their will on the most vulnerable of our children, those who have been victimized already. I intend to fight for them." she concluded.

Proposition 73 will be on the Statewide Ballot on November 8th 2005.

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Google to Compete with Craig's List?

It looks like Google may be out to create a free form database where users can post everything from cars for sale to rants about how late the bus was. This is not unlike Craig's List which has exploded from a local San Francisco only site to having sites for nearly every major city in the US and around the world.

The New Google Blog (no relation to Google) is reporting that Google plans to roll out "Google Base." This should be interesting.

Whatever Happened To Customer Service?

I guess Burger King doesn't really want to let you "Have it your way." A recent article states the company was making a big push towards allowing customers to customize their sandwiches, but that wasn't my experience this evening. I wanted to get a mushroom and swiss cheese burger, but given that I am not currently eating meat, I wanted it prepared with the vegetarian patty BK offers on another sandwich. "No we CAN NOT do that," I was told by the less than impressive burger clerk. So, I rolled on and wished them a happy day. Burger King lost a sale there.

In another area of customer service, when is there going to be a dry cleaners with reasonable price and good service. For some time I had been using the Drive In Cleaners in Sherman Oaks. In the last three years I have been using them, they've had about three or four owners. For a while, they had been doing right, but know they have new owners. Yup, the price has gone up and the service seems to have slipped. If someone could figure out how to solve the dry cleaning problem, they could make a mint.


BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) The U.S. military has announced the death of an American soldier who was wounded in Iraq, bringing the U.S. death toll to 2,000.