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Thursday, July 21, 2005

Odds and Ends

Welcome Boortz Readers!
For starters, let me welcome any visitors from – we were linked there today, as was Soldiers’ Angels, and we’re getting pretty healthy traffic. As Patti put it, WOWZA.

Thanks for the link, welcome, and I hope you enjoy the site.

If you haven’t been there before,
stop by when you get a chance and check it out.

London Bombings:
Thankfully, these look to be far less serious than the ones two weeks ago. It appears that there are minimal casualties, and the London Police may be close to apprehending one of the would-be bombers.

Yesterday’s “Hollywood” Post:
The response to the
poster I put up yesterday has been, well, quite honestly it had me giggling most of the day yesterday. I certainly thought it was amusing as heck; nice to see a lot of other people do, too.

I’ve decided that maybe I should rethink this whole terminology situation – maybe the CBC has it right, and we shouldn’t be calling them terrorists. After all, that might actually imply that they’re, well, terrorists! Since I can’t come up with any terminology for them that doesn’t involve profanity most of the time, I’ve decided to throw it to you, my readers.

Welcome to the first Iraq War Today contest:

What term should we use instead of “terrorist?”

Winner gets glory and a post on the blog – you write it and I’ll put it up for you. Here’s your chance to try your hand at blogging.

Here are the rules:
1. Replacement terms must be PG-rated (‘cause I’ve got to post it), and cannot be racist or otherwise discriminatory (as defined by Federal and State law).

2. Existing bloggers are not prohibited from entering, and you’re welcome to include a link to your blog in your post if you win.

3. Acronyms are acceptable

4. Humor is highly encouraged

5. Winner gets a post, which also must comply with some rules.

6. You are welcome to use a pseudonym for your post. It will be clearly marked as the contest winner’s post.

7. Subject is up to you, with the only exception being the fact that I will not post anything that demeans or insults our troops. You need not agree with my general point of view. I reserve the right to decide whether something is inappropriate for posting, but will clearly advise the winner of what and why in the event I decide it needs to be edited.

8. Winner’s post should also be PG-rated (asterisks allowed), and should not contain racist terminology.

9. Entries should be submitted by Wednesday, July 27th - you can submit your entry in the comments section of this post, or by

10. I reserve the right to amend these rules if needed.



from Fox News

More Incidents in London

Smoke, fire in three Underground stations
Reports of bus explosion as well; possible nail bomb at one subway station; no reports of casualties

Things That Make You Go @#*#$%!!

I’m going to have to stop reading / watching Fox’s “Grapevine.” Either that, or I’m going to have to start buying Antacids in bulk…

It’s all our fault:
London’s Mayor (“Red Ken” Livingstone) is
blaming the West for the London bombings. It’s all our fault because we helped Afghani rebels fight the Soviet Union (of course, the terrorists are claiming that the bombing is because of Iraq, but hey, whatever works).

Basically, if you don’t have jet fighters, blowing yourself up and taking out innocent people is what you’re left with. He does condemn suicide bombing, though…

By the by, Red Ken is also a big fan of
Sheikh Omar Bakri Mohammed, the “Theologian of Terror,” infamous for the anti-US and anti-UK tripe he regularly spills.

One of Bakri’s greatest hits is:

"…Clinton is a target of the Jihad, and American forces are a target of the Jihad wherever they are… American people must reconsider their foreign policy, or their children will be sent back to them in coffins. They need to think about the consequences of maintaining forces in Lebanon, the Golan Heights, and the Middle East as a whole. Clinton is responsible and he will pay… [The existence of Israel] is a crime. Israel must be removed…" (Wait a minute, I thought Bush was responsible…? Oh, nevermind)

Bakri is also the man who said,
“We will use your democracy to destroy your democracy.”

Swell guy, eh?

Meanwhile, back at the ranch…
In an
exhibit at the California Department of Justice (hello…?), “T’anks to Mr. Bush” is ticking off Republicans. The exhibit shows the U.S. spiraling into a toilet.

Steve Pearcy is the same great American artist who brought you the
effigy of the U.S. Soldier hanging outside his home with a sign that said “Bush Lied, I Died.” It was later “vandalized” (twice).

Since no federal funds were used for the exhibit, the lovely work will be there for the rest of the month. Libs, grab your tickets now if you want to see it.

Virtual Harrassment
And California has also decided that someone can now be a victim of sexual harassment if the boss never even had any physical or verbal contact with them.

In its
ruling, the California Supreme Court said that “even in the absence of coercive behavior, certain conduct creates a work atmosphere so demeaning to women that it constitutes an actionable hostile work environment."

This particular case involved a boss rewarding women with whom he was having an affair. So, in this case, there may be a slight tinge of merit, but, no, wait.... OK, this is ridiculous. It’s WAY to open to misuse. What if a male just happens to like one coworker, and not another – for purely platonic reasons? What’s next – the first case of telepathic harassment (“Your honor, I could tell he was thinking of harassing me, even though he never said or did anything….”)

I am absolutely on board when it comes to EQUAL rights…but I tend to see that as EQUAL, not “getting even.” That also means “Equal Responsibilities,” things like we register with Selective Service too, one qualifying standard for the military, etc. It does NOT mean that we decide that women can be harassed by someone who has no verbal or physical contact with them and the only issue is they don’t get the benefit someone else does – how about if one woman gets a raise and another doesn’t, does this mean that lawsuits are just going to start flying around? What do you think would happen if a man made this claim? Every court decision sets precedent, and this is setting a frightening one.

Spc. David M. Rosenberg, a medic, from the 256th Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, takes cover while searching for insurgents near Baghdad, Iraq. Photo by Staff Sgt. Jorge Rodriguez.

In Today's News - Thursday, July 21, 2005

Quote of the Day
"Freedom is one of the deepest and noblest aspirations of the human spirit."
-- Ronald Reagan

News of Note
London Bombings

Blair and police to discuss anti-terrorism measures

Operation Iraqi Freedom
Gunmen kidnap Algerian envoy in Baghdad
Iraq holds moment of silence for victims
For Marines in Iraq, humor offers escape

Homeland Security / War on Terror
Saudi Terror Warning
AP: Feds Shut U.S.-Canadian Border Drug Tunnel
Feds Bust Huge Fake ID Ring
Report: 3,400 Airspace Violations Since 9/11

Rove-ing Reporters
Ex-Officers Slam CIA Leak

Other News of Note
Sudan apologizes to Rice over scuffle

Fox News
Report: Georgia Grenade Toss Suspect Confesses
Baghdad Attacks Kill 14
Pakistani Cops Question Al Qaeda Leader
Canada OKs Gay Marriage
'Very Angry' - (Condoleeza Rice on the trip to Sudan and how the delegation was treated)
Rice: End Darfur Violence
Tuesday Launch
Electrical grounding problem cited
Gearing Up in D.C.
Interest Groups Join Fray
Video: Bush Picks Roberts

Reuters: Top News
Sharon deputy says pullout could be brought forward
Democrats unlikely to block Bush nominee-analysts

Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq
Israel weighs moving up Gaza pullout date
King Fahd said expected to leave hospital
Yemen protests leave 4 dead, 7 injured
Sunni Arabs continue constitution boycott
Egyptian demonstrators demand reforms
Official: Disarming Hezbollah hurts Syria
Shiites push ideas for Iraq constitution
Saudi Arabia's ambassador to U.S. resigns
Orange stirs up controversy in Israel
9 dismissed from tribunal trying Saddam

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Today in History
1588 - The English fleet defeats the Spanish Armada.
1861 - The CSA is victorious at the first battle of Bull Run (Manassas), the first major battle of the Civil War.
1873 - Jesse James commits his first train robbery.
1898 - Spain cedes Guam to the U.S.
1930 - The U.S. Veterans Administration is established.
1940 - The Soviet Union annexes Lithuania, Estonia, and Latvia.
1944 - U.S. forces liberate Guam from the invading Japanese.
1949 - The U.S. Senate ratifies the North Atlantic Treaty.
1954 - In Geneva, France agrees to independence for North and South Vietnam.
1955 - The Seawolf, the first submarine powered by a liquid metal-cooled reactor, is launched
1966 - Gemini X returns to Earth.
1969 - Neil Armstrong steps on the Moon at 2:56:15 AM (GMT)
1969 - Russia's Luna 15 impacts on the moon after 52 lunar orbits.
1973 - The U.S.S.R. launches Mars 4 for a fly-by of that planet.
1976 - 29 are killed in Philadelphia, in the first outbreak of "Legionnaire's Disease."
1978 - The U.S. Postal Service and the unions agree on a contract, averting a mail strike.
1983 - The Polish government ends 19 months of martial law; the U.S. announces that Lebanon has freed American hostage David Dodge
1984 - Harry Allen, a worker at Diecast Corp. in Jackson, MI, has the dubious honor of becoming the first person killed by a robot in the U.S. when he is pinned between the back of the industrial robot and a factory pole.

Guam - Liberation Day (1944)

1804 - Victor Schoelcher, French humanitarian, sat on the commission that abolished slavery in France, later elected Senator for life.
1816 - Paul Julius Baron von Reuter, founder of Reuters news service
1856 - Louise Blanchard Bethune, first female American architect
1899 - Ernest Hemmingway, writer, Nobel Prize winner
1924 - Don Knotts, actor (Amdy Griffth Show, Three's Company)
19-- - My Mom - Happy Birthday, Mom!!!!
1947 - Cat Stevens aka Yusuf Islam, rocker ("Peace Train," "Father & Son")
1952 - Robin Williams, comedian

1796 - Robert Burns Scottish poet
1957 - Bernard Spooner, American inventor of the bulletproof jacket
1972 - Jigme Dori Wangchuck, King of Bhutan
1976 - Christopher Ewart-Biggs, British ambassador to Ireland, assassinated
1982 - Dave Garroway, TV host (Today Show)
1984 - Harry Allen, first human killed by a robot in the U.S.

Reported Missing in Action
Tiffin, Rainford, USAF (CA); F105D shot down

Flora, Carroll E., US Army (MO); CH47 shot down, released by PRG March, 1973 (injured)

Flanagan, Sherman E., Jr., USAF - NG(MD); F100D shot down, believed to be the first Maryland National Guard member KIA, body not recovered

Willing, Edward A., USMC (DE); disappeared while on guard duty, presumed KIA, body not recovered

Schultz, Ronald J., US Army (KS); presumed killed, body not recovered