Archive for May, 2006

Stop The ACLU Blogburst

Wednesday, May 24th, 2006

A.C.L.U. May Block Criticism by Its Board
by Jay

This is the kind of hypocrisy that Conservatives and most reasonable liberals can agree that the ACLU needs to some house cleaning on. Via NY Times….

The American Civil Liberties Union is weighing new standards that would discourage its board members from publicly criticizing the organization’s policies and internal administration.

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BeautY

Wednesday, May 24th, 2006

They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
And..our mind immediately leaps to imagery of physical beauty does it not?
Do we envision surface beauty or a deeper beauty..

But I ask you sweet readers…WhaT is intellectual beauty, moral beauty?
Beauty is “felt” not discerned by our minds or our understanding alone.
Mere thought or analysis can dissect, but it cannot create nor perceive beauty because it is must be inspired and “felt”.

Is it that which brings enjoyment to the person who sees or perhaps contemplates it? Can we even pose a rational argument about whether something is beautiful or not…

What is a judgment of “taste”? Immanuel Kant postulated two fundamental necessary conditions for a judgment to be a judgment of taste – subjectivity and universality.

In other words a judgment of “taste” is essentially subjective. It is based on a feeling of pleasure or displeasure. It is this that distinguishes judging beauty from an empirical judgment about fact.

Are flowers not a feast for the eyes that nature gives us to behold beauty?

Yet can one not “feel” and perceive beauty in ideas such as Truth, Love, Wisdom?

What Beauty, sweet readers, have you perceived, celebrated with wonder, awe and delight?

Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.
John Muir

The unexamined life is not worth living. … Wisdom begins in wonder. … There is only one good, knowledge, and one evil, ignorance.
Socrates

I’ve never seen a smiling face that was not beautiful.

That which is striking and beautiful is not always good, but that which is good is always beautiful.
Ninon de L’Enclos

I’m tired of all this nonsense about beauty being only skin-deep. That’s deep enough. What do you want – an adorable pancreas?
Jean Kerr

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TMH’s Bacon Bits has open trackbacks and goodies.

Chicks

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2006

“I’m ashamed President Bush is from Texas” eh?
Perhaps someone should be munching on those words.

First embarass your President in public, display your typical “name calling and tossing slurs” liberal posture, and then pose naked on the cover of a magazine to um….”enlighten” even further?
Country radio nixes Dixie Chicks tells us…

“NASHVILLLE, Tenn., May 22 (UPI) — It appears the war U.S. country radio stations mounted against the politically outspoken Dixie Chicks has not abated in the least.

The band is promoting “Taking the Long Way,” its first album since Natalie Maines told a London audience in 2003 she was ashamed to be from the same state as U.S. President George Bush. The comment sparked a radio boycott of the group’s music.

Although the album hits stores Tuesday, the first two singles from the album are not getting widespread airplay, Billboard.com reported Monday.

WKIS FM in Miami reported it pulled “Not Ready to Make Nice” due to listener complaints after only one week.

The program director at KUBL/KKAT in Salt Lake City told Billboard he was angered by its “self-indulgent and selfish lyrics.”

Neither the Chicks or their label, Columbia Records, would speak to Billboard for its article.”

Ah…good ole Freedom of SpeecH.
I ask you sweet readers…..
Should every citizen have a right to say anything at all with no suppression by fellow citizens ever?
Are there no instances in which private citizens not only could but should suppress the speech of their fellow citizens?

Imagine if the Chicks said something offensive about Izlammm..Hmm. Just a thought. Who would stand up and testify on their behalf then eh?

We all know how artists jus loveeeeeeeeeee to express political views (whether they are remotely qualified or not) now don’t they?
Is it all so black and white then?

The expression of artists, including the use of symbolism, is protected under the First Amendment. The wearing of armbands with a peace symbol was protected during the Vietnam War as symbolic speech protected under the First Amendment.
See: “Tinker v. Des Moines School District, 393 U.S. 503 (1969)
Yet the burning of a draft card was not considered protected speech but an illegal behavior violating the Selective Service rules.
See: United States v. O’Brien, 391 U.S. 367 (1968)

What positive National or any other good can come from hurling insults at our President at a country music concert in England?
And since when did defamation become noble speech that should be applauded?

The value of free speech sometimes clashes with other important values in our culture does it not?
Artists (of all people!) running their mouths is merely one more symptom of the systematic decay of society’s traditional values. Perhaps they need a bit of a clue.

If you have a dissenting view…here’s an idea.
Respectful, intellectual, political discourse.

Graffiti is ArT. Since When?

Monday, May 22nd, 2006

“On most days, not much distinguishes the long-vacant Lafayette Building in downtown Detroit…Except that recently the 14-story, 1920s era office complex is getting an uninvited facelift. Vandals are defacing the city-owned building by painting murals across the windows on the upper floors.

Some call it urban art.

I call it vandalism.

Because that’s what it is. When you don’t own the property and weren’t invited to do the decorating, but spray paint anyway, it’s a crime.
Defacing Detroit hardly qualifies as art continues…
And it’s costly. When the United Artists building was defaced by similar unidentifiable images, Ilitch Holdings Inc. paid in the neighborhood of $20,000 to scrape the paint clean. Throw in added security and increased insurance rates, and the costs skyrocket. Not to mention the lawsuit some miscreant will file should they hurt themselves while breaking and entering and vandalizing.”

Graffiti.
The word comes from the Greek term graphein -to write, and the word grafitti itself is plural of the Italian word “graffito.”
It originated in the late 1960s, along with all the other anti-establishment, a.k.a. anti morality and decency behavoirs.
It was originally done primarily by Puerto Rican and African American youths from poor inner-city neighborhoods.

Is that what makes it ahem….”Art”?
Art = kids defacing property?

Kids oftentimes seeking recognition from their peers, use aliases, and take part in illegal activities.Some fancy themselves as noble outlaws, – more like rebels without a cause perhaps?

Graffiti is an act of vandalism that places a significant burden on any city’s maintenance budget.
It has been defined as drawing ,writing,or symbols applied to any surface without the consent of the property owner.
Graffiti vandals, which is um…what they are…have been known to use spray paint, crayons and permanent ink to deface property.
Hobby knives and razor blades have even been used to cause long lasting, even -permanent damage to glass.

Where do you see it?
Public and private buildings, parks and playgrounds, bridges and overpasses, on public transit property & vehicles, subway cars, even on private homes and garages…just about anywhere.

Art you say?..Well open up your wallets then ..because what it actually does is cause an increase in taxes to fund clean-up programs, the lowering of property values while heightening the fear of crime in the city or community.

Oh wait..I have a novel idea.
If they are so “noble”, hows about these ahem.. “artists” find legal wall space to display their lastest “masterpiece” eh?


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Blue Star Chronicles has open posts today.
third world county has some Open posts and assorted goodies.,Freedom Watch has the usual excellent reads!

Guard the Borders Blogburst

Monday, May 22nd, 2006

by Heidi at Euphoric
Reality

Our Open Borders Will Be The Death Of Us Yet

I live in Texas, and sometimes I think people don’t truly grasp the
fact that the chaos on our borders is not a border state issue – it
threatens them directly, no matter where they live. The fact is that our
border chaos is directly linked to our national security. Terrorists
already have and continue to illegally cross our border, blending in with
illegals from Mexico and Central America, or brazenly crossing over with
an armed escort of gang members or even the Mexican military.
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Coffeeeeeeeeeee Please

Monday, May 22nd, 2006

What is about nightime that is so mystical and seductive that some of us just can’t get to sleep on time?

I often think that the night is more alive and more richly colored than the day.
Vincent Van Gogh

No sight is more provocative of awe than is the night sky.
Llewelyn Powys

Whoever thinks of going to bed before twelve o’clock is a scoundrel.
Samuel Johnson

Dawn: When men of reason go to bed.
Ambrose Bierce

People who say they sleep like a baby usually don’t have one.
Leo J. Burke

If people were meant to pop out of bed, we’d all sleep in toasters. (um..yea!)

Sleep is a symptom of caffeine deprivation.

Heh.
What say You dear readers?
by the way, I’ll take my coffee light with two sweetners please.

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Freedom Watch has an excellent post about Israel and her right to exist!

Fishin any one?

Sunday, May 21st, 2006

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This is a bit of a game goin around folks…It seems to be confusin some peeps ..heck it confused me..lol
Your’e more than welcome to check out the blogs below..and if you happen to be one of them and u have questions bout it…jus ask!

If this all sounds Greek to ya…go on to the next post..Heh.

David over at third world county has sent us all fishin!

For bait, I plan on using something that most bloggers find irresistible: Links. Bloggers are notorious for their compulsive habit of checking their hitcounter, Technorati ranking, or TTLB ranking to keep track of any new visits or links to their site. Below I have set the bait by posting links to a number of bloggers and have clicked on each one to help stir up the chum in the water. Feel free to click on the links below and visit these fine bloggers and help stir up the blogger feeding frenzy.

If you are hooked by finding a link to you (listed below) when you check your ShortStats, TTLB or Technorati or whatever,

Go ahead and note in a post that you were hooked by your linkage check.
Link here and track back to let me know you were hooked.
and thennnnnnnnnnnnnn
Make some links of your own, hoping to “hook” or even reel in a few for your own “blogger catch of the day.”

Tossin mah bait inna water………

  • AB Freedom
  • Crush Liberalism
  • Freedom Watch
  • LinknZona
  • My Republican Blog
  • The Amboy Times
  • The Real Ugly American
  • third world county
  • TMH’s Bacon Bits
  • A Ladys Ruminations
  • NeoCon Command Center
  • Random Yak

    Happy huntin..grinz.

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    Linked to others hookin n baitin:
    Random Yak, third world county

  • ThE PoweR of WordS

    Sunday, May 21st, 2006

    ” An amendment to the Senate immigration bill would make English the “national language of the United States.” The Senate voted 63-34 to adopt the amendment, which was offered by Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.).

    The measure declares that there is no affirmative right to receive services in languages other than English, except where required by federal law. In other words, the amendment is mostly symbolic — it will not change the way the government prints documents or conducts business.
    Senate Approves English as ‘National’ Language continues..

    Critics, including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, called the Inhofe amendment racist, regardless of its intent. Sen. John McCain worried about making English the “official” language. “It gives the idea that any other language is excluded,” he said.

    But advocacy groups such as U.S. English and English First hailed passage of the Inhofe amendment.

    “Today’s vote heeded the voices of the vast majority of Americans who believe that English is a crucial part of being an American,” said Mauro Mujica, chairman of the board of U.S. English.

    He said Thursday’s “historic” vote making English the national language corrects a longstanding oversight.

    Even President Bush has embraced the importance of immigrants learning to speak English. In his address to the nation Monday night, President Bush said, “The success of our country depends upon helping newcomers assimilate into our society and embrace our common identity as Americans.”

    Ahhh.. Language.
    The world has become infinitely more globalized, thus making “language” a national agenda. It should be fairly obvious that knowing ones native language is absolutley mandatory for social, economic, political, and cultural development.

    Ideas can not be implemented in communities unless they are well communicated to create local understanding through appropriate language. Not to mention that conflict resolution is rendered impossible without common language.

    Language is a means of informing people and perhaps even moving them to action.
    It is one of the most powerful and important tools in shaping ideas, perceptions, and ultimately, public attitudes.
    Citizens who don’t learn the “native” tongue will remain with barriers to full integration, acceptance and participation in modern society, and that is a fact.

    No need to adopt an apologetic posture to the typical Liberal slur of “racist” for those who wish to remind Americans that their native tongue is…um…English.

    Pejorative or negative words thrown around by Liberals only serve to bias a person’s understanding of the issue and trivializes the genuine support, which a community can offer to those persons who truly wish to integrate with the rest of society by learning the written and spoken word of that Nation.

    Good luck to all those legal immigrants working to achieve equality, independence and full participation in our society.
    For English: Press 1. For English: Press 2. For English: Press 3.

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    The Right Nation has a nice round up.,A Ladys Ruminations has some info on Armed Forces Day!,See:The Original Gobbleblog for insights on our Educational system.,The Uncooperative Blogger is fighting illegals big time!

    Armed ForceS DaY Y’all

    Friday, May 19th, 2006

    Armed Forces Day

    When : Third Saturday in May

    This is simply a day to honor and salute! all of the men and women in all branches of the Service who protect our Country – meaning you and your loved ones.

    They are called upon, sometimes at a moment’s notice to perform dangerous and oftentimes life threatening missions for freedom and country.

    Once, however……..
    Each branch of the military had their own day of celebration.
    But, on August 31, 1949 ,Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson announced the creation of Armed Forces Day.

    President Harry Truman also announced the holiday in a presidential proclamation on February 20, 1950.

    All branches of the military were asked to celebrate on this day and they complied on the first Armed Forces Day which was held the following year on May 20, 1950.

    Fly those flags friends!
    Red, white and blue alla wayyyyyy!

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    Check out 123 beta for a chuckle.

    Lolz

    Friday, May 19th, 2006

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    “As you know, President Bush announced a big change in our immigration policy. He’s going to get one.”

    “President Bush also said last night we do not yet have full control of the border. Full control? If we had any less control, there’d be an easy-pass lane.”

    “President Bush also said in his speech that immigrants have to learn English. The immigrants said, ‘Hey, you first.’”

    Jay Leno

    “The United States Senate today took some steps to keep illegal immigrants out of our ‘American Idol’ competitions. They voted to build a 370-mile long fence along the border between the U.S. and Mexico. They also announced that they’re going to hire illegal immigrant workers to build it. … The Senators voted overwhelmingly for the fence. As I said, it is 370 miles long. Unfortunately, the actual border with Mexico is more than 2,000 miles long. So, I guess the message is ‘go around.’ … Tentatively, they’re calling it ‘The Great Wall of Chimichanga’”

    Jimmy Kimmel