Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Cashman + Hulett = Brain Droppings

Brain Droppings has a valid take on the Judge Edward Cashman/Mark Hulett issue.
Media Distorts 60 Day Rape Sentence: "The WCAZX-TV report sensationalized the story, omitting the sound, logical elements of the Judge Cashman's legal rationale for the sentence. It was outrageously misleading; whether deliberate or not the reporter should be fired.

Judge Cashman clearly deserves opprobrium for his remarks about revenge and his attitude toward punnishing criminals. He deserves to be removed from the bench.

But the greatest outrage remains the sentence itself. Taking the judge at his word, that this was the most effectual sentence he could impose, the Vermont legislature seems to bear the bulk of the blame for creating this situation. It would seem public anger is best directed at them."

Wonka for Mayor

With more than 3,200 people still unaccounted for months after Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans Mayor and resident racist Ray Nagin thought he would start the MLK Day celebrations off with a 'metaphor.' Speaking to a crowd enjoying a beautiful Monday morning, Nagin commented that the city will once again be 'a majority African-American city.' (A transcript and video of the comment can be found here.)

You may recall that "Nagin was faulted with not helping to evacuate blacks out of New Orleans, but finding the time to personally evacuate family, friends and officials. He was criticized by many for showing poor leadership during what's been called the worst US disaster in history ... Mayor Nagin was accused of racial insensitivity several weeks ago when he complained that Mexican immigrants were 'changing New Orleans.' He's since backed away from his complaints of illegal immigrant Mexicans taking jobs that should go to blacks and taking up residence in New Orleans." It's also been reported that Nagin "is ashamed that he did not adequately execute the city’s evacuation plan."

Putting the political spin into overdrive, Nagin said, "How do you make chocolate? You take dark chocolate, you mix it with white milk, and it becomes a delicious drink. That is the chocolate I am talking about." Imagine if N.Y. Mayor Bloomberg said his city would once again 'be like white on rice.' The outcry would be horrendous. Or, what if Hillary Clinton addressed a Harlem church and 'ad-libbed' a racial comment involving a 'plantation'? Oh, wait, that really did happen.

I'm sure Nagin is just bolstering himself for the pending mayoral election.

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

MLK inspires the politicians

Once again New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin showed how much of an idiot he is by simply opening his mouth. It all began Monday during an MLK Day speech while addressing a crowd of celebrants. In his speech, Nagin said, "Surely God is mad at America. He sent us hurricane after hurricane after hurricane, and it's destroyed and put stress on this country." The former Cox Cable executive and current New Orleans knucklehead added that "New Orleans will be 'chocolate' again."

Yes, that's right, he's promoting a "chocolate New Orleans."

Nagin isn't alone in his continued stroll down the path of ineptitude and folly. As written on, "Under the guise of honoring a great American, Democratic leaders instead brought shame upon themselves in an unrelenting outbreak of shameful political self promotion."
  • Al Gore assailed the government's formerly secret program of intercepting electronic communications where there is a reasonable basis to conclude that one party to the communication is a member of al Qaeda, affiliated with al Qaeda, or a member of an organization affiliated with al Qaeda, or working in support of al Qaeda. Gore did so by comparing the current intercept program to the FBI's wiretapping of Martin Luther King Jr.'s telephone conversations.
  • But the Democrats' presidential heir apparent, Senator Hillary Clinton, was the most outrageous. Clinton, speaking at the Canaan Baptist Church of Christ in Harlem called the Bush administration one of the worst in history and saying the House of Representatives is run like a "plantation."

Monday, January 16, 2006

Those summer internships really do payoff

As seen on Captain's Quarters, Dad29 and Texas Hold 'Em Blogger, the AL QAEDA JOB APPLICATION:
Allahu akbar! So you've decided to join the fastest-growing organization of psychopathic murderers in the world today. Due to the exciting type of work we perform, we always have room for more volunteers, and so we welcome you to our ranks. We'd like to get to know you, while we can, so please answer a few questions for us:

Name: Abu ____________

Real name: __________________

Gender: ______ Male __________ Chattel (if so, stop here)

Marital Status: ____ Single _____ Married (# of wives: ______)

Reason For Interest In al-Qaeda (circle all that apply):

a. Hatred for everything Western, except those hot babes on Baywatch
b. Suicidal impulse but lacking the skills to carry it out
c. Inability to get women to date me
d. Want to travel and see the world before I realize my ambition to destroy it
e. Having 72 inexperienced young girls later sounds better than dealing with one nagging woman now

Would you be willing to relocate? Y/N If Y, in pieces? Y/N

Do you have any of the following disqualifying conditions?

a. Conscience
b. Soul
c. Survival instinct
d. Half a brain or more
e. Fear of flying

Clinton revisionist history

Here is a sample from The Conservative Voice on Bill Clinton's revisionist history:
ABC's Nightline Aids Clinton's Revisionism on NSA Spying: For eight years, Bill Clinton saturated the news media with his exploits in the White House. And now that he's no longer president — and unlike most former presidents — he's still getting major press coverage on a daily basis. It's understandable since without the adulation and love poured on the man known as Slick Willie, he'd be left alone with himself. And the reality would set in that beneath all the bluster and verbal gymnastics lay a man who's basically an empty suit. But for now, that is a non-problem for Clinton.

For example, Thursday night Bill appeared on ABC's Nightline on which he was interviewed by newsman Terry Moran. When Moran asked Clinton questions regarding what the media calls domestic spying by the National Security Agency, Mr. Clinton said that President Bush may have broken the law when he authorized the National Security Agency to conduct surveillance on US-based terrorists.

Asked if he thought Bush had gone too far by circumventing the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to wiretap terrorists, Clinton told ABC's Nightline audience, 'As a legal proposition, I don't know.'

He claims it would have been better if his successor had followed established legal guidelines and that 'it seems to me that unless there's a reason not to, we ought to use that surveillance court.'

Then without batting an eye, Clinton told viewers yet another whopper and was given yet another pass by the media. He said that when he was president, he always tried to work within the constraints of the law.

Rapist Hulett gets 60 days

The story of Vermont Judge Edward Cashman and convicted rapist Mark Hulett landed on Sean Hannity's radar last week when the TV and radio talk show political pundit weighed in on the judge's 60-day sentence of the rapist. According to News Hounds, "Actually, Judge Cashman gave the rapist three years to life, but suspended all but 60 days because the state said he would not receive treatment in prison. If he rejects treatment or neglects other parts of his sentencing, he faces life in prison. But that fact is never mentioned by Hannity who seems more interested in dictating what Vermont should do than he is in having any real discussion about the issues of criminal sentencing, rape or child abuse."

At the same time, the White House is more interest in "the trafficking of humans" than the light sentence placed on the Vermont rapist.

In a recent Washington Times op/ed (A 60-day travesty), "(Cashman) is a mockery of our judicial system. In sentencing a confessed child rapist to just 60 days in jail recently, because punishment 'accomplishes nothing of value,' he has abdicated his judicial responsibility. State prosecutors formally asked him yesterday to reconsider his decision, but so far the judge has refused. Should he continue to do so, Vermont legislators should follow all means necessary in removing him from the bench. Unfortunately, neither Judge Cashman's resignation nor his impeachment will help the little girl whom Mark Hulett raped over a four-year period. Nor will it help her family, who one day will have to explain to her what happened."

Cashman acknowledged that the "short sentence was the only way he could work around prison policies that prevent getting Hulett into sex offender therapy quickly to protect the public. But the judge also announced he no longer believes in punishment." In response, the state said it will provide treatment to the rapist in "a move to convince (Cashman) to reconsider a controversial sentence freeing Hulett after 60 days. The state will also reconsider the underlying policy that prompted the sentence." Originally Hulett "was considered a low-risk for re-offense, which meant he didn't qualify for in-prison treatment."

Sixty days in jail? If I was the little girl's father, by day 61 Hulett would be wishing he was back in prison.

Steadier aim necessary

It's probably a lot easier to hit a slow moving target, especially when it's a humongous whale. Perhaps that's why a Japanese whaling ship "narrowly missed an inflatable boat carrying (Greenpeace) protesters, causing one to fall into the freezing sea ..." Assuming, of course, the Greenpeace hacks were the intended target.