“High School Musical” will make you gay

Or so says James Dobson of Focus on the Family.

The old saying that ‘there’s no such thing as bad publicity, as long as they spell your name correctly’ certainly applies to Disney’s hit show. Last week’s internet publication of nude photos of co-star Vanessa Hudgens brought the show a great deal of notoriety, and this stunning analysis by Dr. Dobson will be sure to turn a few heads as well.

“Parents may think it’s very innocent,” said James Dobson of Focus on the Family. “But just watch: one minute they’re watching High School Musical, the next they’re in the front row at Mamma Mia, their hand resting suggestively on a kneecap that’s the same sex as theirs.”

“You’ll notice they don’t even kiss until almost the end of the second movie,” he said. “And even then, their mouths are closed – no tongues.”

Dobson compared musical comedy to a “gateway drug,” saying it’s often the first step on the path to same-sex debauchery. “The studies are clear,” he said, citing in particular a 2004 report by the Kenneth Mehlman Center for Public Affairs showing a clear progression from musical comedy to interior design, and from there to meticulously coiffed hair and a love of colored knit vests (perhaps olive green or burnt orange).

“Within a very short amount of time, even your casual musical comedy viewer is likely to become a flamboyant, family-values-eschewing homosexual,” the report read.

OK, OK, OK…..IT’S A JOKE!

But, it was Bernie’s idea.

This is the Mother of all Open threads. At the end of a long day of blogging, there’s nothing I enjoy more than some tasty waves and a cool open thread, bud.

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Truthboating Hillary, Part 3

The Washington Post has turned up yet another potential scandal involving the Clintons. In this story, an Indian American businessman, Sant Chatwal, has helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for the senator’s campaigns, “even as he battled governments on two continents to escape bankruptcy and millions of dollars in tax liens.”source

Another day, another Clinton scandal.

I’m losing count, how many is this now?

Even the “Americans Coming Together” (ACT) scandal has a Clinton connection…

The last week of August, the Federal Elections Commission fined the George Soros-funded group Americans Coming Together (ACT) $775,000. This was the third largest fine the FEC had ever levied on an organization or campaign. ACT’s violation was that it had violated campaign finance laws during the 2004 election cycle. ACT said it was using the funds for nonpartisan purposes, but the FEC said the money was being used for very partisan purposes?to defeat President Bush.

The amount of money was astounding. According to a posting on the New York Times website by Kate Phillips, a longtime editor at the Times, citing the FEC statement regarding the fine, “ACT raised approximately $137 million in connection with the 2004…The FEC concluded that approximately $70 million in disbursements characterized by ACT as ‘administrative expenses’ for door-to-door canvassing, direct mail and telemarketing were actually attributable to clearly identified federal candidates and were required either to be paid with 100% federal funds or to be allocated between federal and non-federal candidates based on the time or space devoted to the candidates.”

Phillips summarized the FEC’s findings by saying that, “based on complaints by campaign finance advocacy groups like Democracy 21 and the Campaign Legal Center…ACT used millions of dollars in unregulated money to promote the candidacy of Senator John Kerry and the defeat of George Bush for re-election.” …

Columnist John Fund pointed out that ACT’s “largest donor was the Service Employees International Union, one of the most politically active labor unions. Its largest non-union donor was billionaire George Soros. And who was the group’s president? None other than Harold Ickes, a long-time functionary of the Clinton machine who served as Bill Clinton’s deputy White House chief of staff. Mr. Ickes is now a major player in the huge fundraising apparatus of Hillary Rodham Clinton, who unsurprisingly has run into her own campaign finance scandal (Norman Hsu) this week.”

And, of course, the mother of all scandals, Paul v. Clinton. We heard from Doug from Upland who was in the courtroom in last week’s appellate hearing. He said he had to sit next to Ickes, and the dark presence of evil was so strong that he was almost overcome by nausea.

I don’t doubt that one bit.

Roger Aronoff of National Ledger asks a succint question…

Hillary and her cronies have expressed shock at this behavior. After all, why should they be expected to know what Hsu was like? Did anyone in the media blame the Republicans who took money from Jack Abramoff? Or just Abramoff himself? Of course they also blamed the recipients. Clearly the Republicans have had their own corruption problems. …. But the difference is in the media coverage, both in degree and intensity, and how directly the media hold each side responsible. Republicans get much tougher scrutiny and coverage


Drip, drip, drip is turning into a steady stream.

see also: the sleazy world of Geo Soros

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Why I don’t care about the palestinians

Back in the EUSSR

From Brussels Journal, a first-person account of the “Anti-islamization of Europe” demonstration, and the gross over-reaction by Belgian authorities. BJ also has a video report……

20070911-vanhecke.jpgPolice made a dash towards selected demonstrators and singled out those, who for all intents and purposes didn’t in any way seem ‘aggressive’ from my 50 yard away-off-to-the-side view. All those that were brutally manhandled suffered the hyper-adrenaline anger of some eager roughshot-riding police, and although they put up with the assault, they didn’t as such retaliate. Although they did not quite “resist” the person in authority, one was hard put to tell whether the struggles that ensued, were not caused by the ‘brute way’ in which they were thrown to the ground, or it jus may be they simply wanted to prevent their three-piece suits from being torn. And when they voiced their disagreement with the way they were manacled, they protested the fact that they were manhandled. Some protesters even involuntarily ran in to 2-foot truncheons, that happened to be in the way.





It needn’t have come to that. There was simply no momentum. This was unnecessary. An overreaction to an out of control fenomenon. If the police hadn’t acted as they have,… they would have come out tops. As is the case, and under orders, they’re the losers,… Brussels lost face. If one is treated the way these politicians today have been treated for peacefully protesting against a ban on being allowed to peacefully demonstrate, then there’s something wrong. Acutely and perversely wrong.

For, for example the United States as constitutional democracy, specifically allows for peaceful demonstrations to address social and/or political grievances and specifically allows the freedom of assembly to express these grievances. In the ‘New-Europe’ Capital it is now abundantly clear one has no such rights.

Standing to the side and keeping an ear to the comments numerous french and english onlookers voiced, I happened to overhear a conversation between a tanned, rather curly haired, charismatic young woman and her friends. Obviously foreign, probable Euro-civil servants.

(paraphrasing) “I might not agree to what they do and say, but this is no way to threat people, this is a disgrace”.

This about wraps it all up as far as bystanders go.

Just another day in Brussels,… one to remember.
see also: expatica

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Iraqis captured en route to US

From the Washington Times:

Ten Iraqi citizens with forged passports and documents are in a Peruvian prison after an apparent bid to enter the United States on a flight to Los Angeles, officials here say.

An 11th Iraqi man thought to be part of the group is at large.

One of the men arrested is thought to have links to al Qaeda, said Peruvian National Police Col. Roberto Lujan, who is leading the investigation.

The capture of the 10 in this Andean nation raises the specter of a smuggling ring that could touch neighboring Ecuador.

The plot unfolded on June 21, when three Iraqis entered Jorge Chavez International Airport in Lima attempting to board a flight to Los Angeles.

Airline officials alerted police after two of the men holding Dutch passports could not speak Dutch. Citizens of the Netherlands are not required to hold a visa to enter the United States.

More on Kanzius saltwater-energy process

Recent MSM reports on the Kanzius salt-water/hydrogen alternative energy process has given this story a new measure of public interest. Readers of this blog were informed of the developments some time ago.

New reporting from the AP shows independent verification of the Kanzius model:

Rustum Roy, a Penn State University chemist, has held demonstrations at his State College lab to confirm his own observations.

The radio frequencies act to weaken the bonds between the elements that make up salt water, releasing the hydrogen, Roy said. Once ignited, the hydrogen will burn as long as it is exposed to the frequencies, he said.

The discovery is “the most remarkable in water science in 100 years,” Roy said.

“This is the most abundant element in the world. It is everywhere,” Roy said. “Seeing it burn gives me the chills.”

Roy will meet this week with officials from the Department of Energy and the Department of Defense to try to obtain research funding.

see also: saltwaterburns.com

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Path to 9-11, Part 2

(Originally published 9/11/06)

Four events today have helped to shape this entry, and have made this day one to remember.

First was the cnn.com stream of 9/11 “As It Was”. It took me back in time in the way that only television can. I was there, or more precisely, I was here, watching the events unfold, knowing the outcome, but glued to the broadcast nonetheless. Thank you CNN. Ya’ll did a great job.

Second was the plethora of images and content on the internet itself. Photographs, commentaries, recollections, prayers, memories and thoughts that have had five years to grow into a certain perspective.

Third was the actions and words of President Bush. From the compassion shown to the surviving families of the dead, to his Address to the Nation, the President reminded me yet again why I voted for him, and why he is the right man to lead the country in this most difficult time.

The fourth was the conclusion of ABC’s The Path to 9-11. As I mentioned last night, this was a well-acted, made-for-TV movie that hammered home one central theme: Whether we recognize it or not, this country is at war with an enemy that is determined to kill or convert us. There was no deviation in that theme tonight.

Politically speaking, the movie revealed both winners and losers. And, as powerful a medium as television is, those who will be viewed as losers have and will protest loudly of certain historical innacuracies in this dramatic re-creation. Personalities, and politics held sway over principles during the 90’s as well as into the new Administration. The cancer of Political Correctness, lack of interdepartmental communication, and a Judiciary interpreting a set of laws that were designed for a people who are law-abiding, not for those who wish to manipulate them for criminal advantage, painted a visual recipe for the inevitable failure to connect the dots.

There were winners as well. I came away from the movie with a different outlook on Richard Clarke. A man caught in the middle of a Clinton Administration more concerned with style over substance, and a Bush Administration which with a certain arrogance, dismissed his expertise as well as his interest in cyber-security as being a necessary holdover from the previous administration, but one that would no longer have the ear of the President. Also, Masood, the leader of the Northern Alliance, was one of the show’s more interesting characters. I laughed at his characterization of bin Laden as a poseur, who would rush Schummer-like to the cameras to have his picture taken beside the burned-out shells of Russian tanks (which he had no hand in destroying). Masood’s charismatic leadership, and the working relationship that he developed with the CIA field agents proved to be both a valuable source of intelligence in pre-9/11 days, as well as the template for the ouster of the Taliban afterwards.

On a final note, towards the end of the Clinton Administration, a scene in which a recommendation was made for a full scale invasion of Afghanistan was shown. That recommendation was dismissed with the line, “No President would ever begin an invasion during his last three months in office.” I thought about that line as I listened to President Bush re-iterate his “Bush Doctrine” earlier. “We make no distinction between the terrorists and the nations who harbor them.” I also thought about the gathering threat posed by a nuclear Iran, and that this confrontation may come sooner rather than later, and the realization that we are in the early days of this Epic Struggle became very clear.

More on Path to 9-11, part 1

(Originally published 9/11/06)

Last night’s review of The Path to 9-11 contained a paragraph that stirred up many of my Freeper friends:

“In the last hour, I have spent some time browsing several of my hangouts to get a feel for viewer opinion from those whom I consider most informed: the web readers, on both the left and the right. Not surprisingly, many of the viewers on the left didn’t like it for the reasons that we’ve heard about all week. After viewing Part 1, I can certainly understand their point of view. The Clinton Administration did not look good. Whether or not history views Mr. Clinton in a favorable light, I couldn’t help but wonder if his response wouldn’t have been stronger had he not had to fight the impeachment battle. And, for that reason, in retrospect, I am sorry that that sordid chapter occurred, and that at that time, I cheered on the Republicans. Perhaps the current War on Terror, as well as the events of 9/11 might have been much different if impeachment proceedings had not been deemed necessary by the majority, or if the President could have curbed his own licentiousness.

That line of reasoning was termed “disappointing” by one commenter, and “retarded” by another. Several folks were ready to re-fight the Impeachment battle. In light of the possible ambiguity contained in that paragraph, I wanted to take an opportunity to revise and extend my remarks. And, since it’s my blog…

I didn’t include that line of reasoning in order to re-fight the impeachment battle. At the time, I thought that impeachment was justified, and deserved a hearing in the Senate. My disappointment over the failure of Trent Lott and the majority to bring a conviction in light of the evidence against the President was very real. Lott didn’t realize that the case had a political front, a legal front, and a PR front. The House Impeachment covered only the legal front. Lott figured, incorrectly, that the weight of the evidence would sway public opinion. That didn’t happen. He also didn’t count on a vigorous defense from the Clinton team. He fought a weak fight, and lost an important battle.

That PR failure, by the way, mirrors the PR effort (or lack of one) that GWB is currently putting forth against the islamofascists. Our guys just do a poor job of PR. I don’t know why that is.

Having said all of that, let me add this: I said what I did regarding Clinton’s impeachment, not as a defense of his Presidency, but as a reflective thought on what might have happened if Clinton had shown some of the “cajones” that SAIC O’Neill talked about in the program toward the enemies of this country, rather than toward his political opponents.

Whether or not history judges the Clinton Administration favorably or negatively, or even judges him at all, depends upon this country prevailing in the long struggle that confronts us. For, it is the victors who write the history texts.

The Path to 9-11, Part 1

The writer of last year’s TV miniseries “The Path to 9/11″ says the release of the show’s DVD is being delayed in order to protect Bill Clinton’s legacy and Hillary Clinton’s candidacy.The Los Angeles Times reports that Cyrus Nowrasteh says he was told by ABC that the DVD would be released this past January, then April, then this summer. Now there is no release date set.The mini-series cast a critical eye on the Clinton administration’s anti-terror efforts prior to the attacks. It was a ratings success and garnered seven Emmy nominations. source

Here is my review of ABC’s Path to 9-11, that I managed to salvage from the Blogger website (published 9/10/06)

Kuddos to ABC for Part 1 of the much talked about miniseries, The Path To 9-11.

After a slow start, the program gave a gripping portrayal of the period of time between the first WTC attack in 1993, up until the capture of the Millenium Bomber, with Part 2 scheduled to conclude on Monday evening. ABC’s disclaimer that the program was not intended as a documentary, but rather as a dramatic re-creation only added to my enjoyment of the show. Rather than looking for historical errors, I was able to sit back and watch a show that hammered home a fact that half of the Free World seems to have forgotten: We are at war with an enemy that wants to either kill us, or convert us to islam.

In the last hour, I have spent some time browsing several of my hangouts to get a feel for viewer opinion from those whom I consider most informed: the web readers, on both the left and the right. Not surprisingly, many of the viewers on the left didn’t like it for the reasons that we’ve heard about all week. After viewing Part 1, I can certainly understand their point of view. The Clinton Administration did not look good. Whether or not history views Mr. Clinton in a favorable light, I couldn’t help but wonder if his response wouldn’t have been stronger had he not had to fight the impeachment battle. And, for that reason, in retrospect, I am sorry that that sordid chapter occurred, and that at that time, I cheered on the Republicans. Perhaps the current War on Terror, as well as the events of 9/11 might have been much different if impeachment proceedings had not been deemed necessary by the majority, or if the President could have curbed his own licentiousness.

More surprising to me was the negative reaction from viewers on the political right. It seems that any discrepancy between actual historical fact and the dramatic re-creation was greeted as evidence that the entire project was somehow unworthy. I ask my friends on the right to relax, and look at a bigger picture.

What I saw tonight was a well-acted, made-for TV movie that told a story worth telling. It is one that has been overlooked by the media, and downplayed by political opportunists. I mentioned earlier that half our population has either forgotten, or rejects the fact that we are at war. Anything, in my opinion, that helps to dispel that line of reasoning, or lack thereof, is both worthy of my viewing time, as well as my written support here. For, if we do not prevail against this Epic Threat, then the history that is written will view this period much differently than we or our political opponents do presently.

The Falling Man

Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, was the mastermind of the attacks. He proposed such an operation to bin Laden in 1996; in late 1998 or early 1999, bin Laden approved it, and Mohamed Atef, Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and bin Laden began assembling the hijacker teams.Central to the plot was the “Hamburg Cell” a group of well-educated Muslims who had become radicalized while living in Germany. The three members — Atta, Shehhi and Jarrah — who could obtain U.S. visas piloted three of the four aircraft hijacked on 9-11.Also involved were two veteran al-Qaeda members, Mihdhar and Hazmi, who tried and failed to become pilots. They ultimately served as muscle on American Airlines 77, which crashed into the Pentagon. It was piloted by Hani Hanjour, another al-Qaeda recruit with flying experience who was added to the plot as it progressed.

Providing the bulk of the muscle were 13 young hijackers, 12 of them Saudi, who were gathered and trained in Afghanistan. Many came from the poorer parts of Saudi Arabia; most were unmarried and had no more than a high school education. It is believed they were not briefed on details of the plot until they reached the United States.

The plan, as originally conceived by Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, involved hijacking 10 planes, 9 of which would be used as missiles. In addition to the World Trade Center and Pentagon, additional targets included CIA and FBI headquarters, nuclear power plants, and the tallest buildings in California and Washington State. KSM himself would land the 10th plane at a U.S. airport, kill all adult males on board, and then deliver a speech to the news media castigating U.S. support for Israel, the Philippines and Arab governments…excerpted from globalsecurity.com.

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