How to stop the office gossip

Just got an email from bro-in-law….


Heh, works every time!

Comment posted by Sunflower Desert
at 10/25/2007 7:46:18 AM

True story SwampWoman — nothing like using the tragedy of others to promote your BS cause. Oh, right, I forgot … that’s the way those Rats roll.

Comment posted by SwampWoman
at 10/24/2007 6:50:24 PM

Or Harry Reid, blaming the fires on “global warming”.

Comment posted by SwampWoman
at 10/24/2007 6:49:46 PM

Dang, Sunflower, that makes me all warm and happy just thinking about it.

Comment posted by Sunflower Desert
at 10/24/2007 5:33:00 PM

I think this would be a good tactic to use on the code pink idiots.

Comment posted by Aurora
at 10/26/2007 7:01:48 PM

Someone ought to photoshop Hillary and Nancy in there. Wouldn’t that be a fun little clip?

Primary momentum: Mike Huckabee is on the rise

Mike Huckabee is beginning to bridge that gap between being a likable candidate with a dream, to becoming an electable candidate with both money and organization. The Huckabee campaign is reporting that the monthly fundraising goal has been met and revised upward to reflect the growing momentum on the ground.

Another indication of momentum is seen in the larger than normal number of hit pieces on the web. Whether it’s a “Bottom Story” reference from Taranto, or others who betray their fear of a Huckabee surge by criticizing him as a populist, the competition on the Right has noticed the steady rise of Mike Huckabee.

But, that is nothing compared to the mouth-foaming antipathy from the Left.. Frankly, the type of “gotcha politics,” and so-called “fact-checking” are to be expected when a candidate misspeaks. Especially with Governor Huckabee: whose smooth delivery and ability to communicate are what first grabbed the attention of many of his supporters. It’s still early in the campaign. If saying “most” instead of “several” is the worst gaffe that Huckabee makes, he’ll be fine.

And, since the Leftosphere is making an issue of the historical background of the original signers of the Declaration of Independence, it is interesting that the 56 signers of the Declaration [most of whom were not clergymen] were in fact the type of men who are held up as objects of hate and ridicule by the modern Democrat Party. They were primarily men of wealth who were patriotic, unwavering, principled, religious, and conservative. They did not believe that “dissent is the highest form of patriotism”, but rather pledged, “Our Lives, Our Fortune, Our Sacred Honor” to the creation and survival of a new Republic.

What kind of men were the 56 signers who adopted the Declaration of Independence and who, by their signing, committed an act of treason against the Crown? To each of you the names Franklin, Adams, Hancock, and Jefferson are almost as familiar as household words. Most of us, however, know nothing of the other signers. Who were they? What happened to them?

I imagine that many of you are somewhat surprised at the names not there: George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, Patrick Henry. All were elsewhere.

Ben Franklin was the only really old man. Eighteen were under 40; three were in their 20s. Of the 56, almost half — 24 — were judges and lawyers. Eleven were merchants, 9 were landowners and farmers, and the remaining 12 were doctors, ministers and politicians.

With only a few exceptions, such as Samuel Adams of Massachusetts, these were men of substantial property. All but two had families. The vast majority were men of education and standing in their communities. They had economic security as few men had in the 18th century.

Each had more to lose from revolution than he had to gain by it. John Hancock, one of the richest men in America, already had a price of 500 pounds on his head. He signed in enormous letters so “that his Majesty could now read his name without glasses and could now double the reward.” Ben Franklin wryly noted, “Indeed we must all hang together, otherwise we shall most assuredly hang separately.” Fat Benjamin Harrison of Virginia told tiny Elbridge Gerry of Massachusetts, “With me it will all be over in a minute, but you, you will be dancing on air an hour after I am gone.”

These men knew what they risked. The penalty for treason was death by hanging. And remember: a great British fleet was already at anchor in New York Harbor.

They were sober men. There were no dreamy-eyed intellectuals or draft-card burners here. They were far from hot-eyed fanatics, yammering for an explosion. They simply asked for the status quo. It was change they resisted. It was equality with the mother country they desired. It was taxation with representation they sought. They were all conservatives, yet they rebelled.

It was principle, not property, that had brought these men to Philadelphia. Two of them became presidents of the United States. Seven of them became state governors. One died in office as vice president of the United States. Several would go on to be U.S. senators. One, the richest man in America, in 1828 founded the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. One, a delegate from Philadelphia, was the only real poet, musician and philosopher of the signers (it was he, Francis Hopkinson, not Betsy Ross, who designed the United States flag).

Richard Henry Lee, a delegate from Virginia, had introduced the resolution to adopt the Declaration of Independence in June of 1776. He was prophetic in his concluding remarks:

Why then sir, why do we longer delay? Why still deliberate? Let this happy day give birth to an American Republic. Let her arise not to devastate and to conquer but to reestablish the reign of peace and law. The eyes of Europe are fixed upon us. She demands of us a living example of freedom that may exhibit a contrast in the felicity of the citizen to the ever-increasing tyranny which desolates her polluted shores. She invites us to prepare an asylum where the unhappy may find solace, and the persecuted repose. If we are not this day wanting in our duty, the names of the American legislators of 1776 will be placed by posterity at the side of all of those whose memory has been and ever will be dear to virtuous men and good citizens.

Though the resolution was formally adopted July 4, it was not until July 8 that two of the states authorized their delegates to sign, and it was not until August 2 that the signers met at Philadelphia to actually put their names to the Declaration.

William Ellery, delegate from Rhode Island, was curious to see the signers’ faces as they committed this supreme act of personal courage. He saw some men sign quickly, “but in no face was he able to discern real fear.” Stephen Hopkins, Ellery’s colleague from Rhode Island, was a man past 60. As he signed with a shaking pen, he declared: “My hand trembles, but my heart does not.”

Most glorious service

Even before the list was published, the British marked down every member of Congress suspected of having put his name to treason. All of them became the objects of vicious manhunts. Some were taken. Some, like Jefferson, had narrow escapes. All who had property or families near British strongholds suffered.

Francis Lewis, New York delegate, saw his home plundered and his estates, in what is now Harlem, completely destroyed by British soldiers. Mrs. Lewis was captured and treated with great brutality. Though she was later exchanged for two British prisoners through the efforts of Congress, she died from the effects of her abuse.

William Floyd, another New York delegate, was able to escape with his wife and children across Long Island Sound to Connecticut, where they lived as refugees without income for seven years. When they came home, they found a devastated ruin.

Phillips Livingstone had all his great holdings in New York confiscated and his family driven out of their home. Livingstone died in 1778 still working in Congress for the cause.

Louis Morris, the fourth New York delegate, saw all his timber, crops and livestock taken. For seven years he was barred from his home and family.

John Hart of Trenton, New Jersey, risked his life to return home to see his dying wife. Hessian soldiers rode after him, and he escaped in the woods. While his wife lay on her deathbed, the soldiers ruined his farm and wrecked his homestead. Hart, 65, slept in caves and woods as he was hunted across the countryside. When at long last, emaciated by hardship, he was able to sneak home, he found his wife had already been buried, and his 13 children taken away. He never saw them again. He died a broken man in 1779, without ever finding his family.

Dr. John Witherspoon, signer, was president of the College of New Jersey, later called Princeton. The British occupied the town of Princeton, and billeted troops in the college. They trampled and burned the finest college library in the country.

Judge Richard Stockton, another New Jersey delegate signer, had rushed back to his estate in an effort to evacuate his wife and children. The family found refuge with friends, but a sympathizer betrayed them. Judge Stockton was pulled from bed in the night and brutally beaten by the arresting soldiers. Thrown into a common jail, he was deliberately starved. Congress finally arranged for Stockton’s parole, but his health was ruined. The judge was released as an invalid, when he could no longer harm the British cause. He returned home to find his estate looted and did not live to see the triumph of the revolution. His family was forced to live off charity.

Robert Morris, merchant prince of Philadelphia, delegate and signer, met Washington’s appeals and pleas for money year after year. He made and raised arms and provisions which made it possible for Washington to cross the Delaware at Trenton. In the process he lost 150 ships at sea, bleeding his own fortune and credit almost dry.

George Clymer, Pennsylvania signer, escaped with his family from their home, but their property was completely destroyed by the British in the Germantown and Brandywine campaigns.

Dr. Benjamin Rush, also from Pennsylvania, was forced to flee to Maryland. As a heroic surgeon with the army, Rush had several narrow escapes.

John Morton, a Tory in his views previous to the debate, lived in a strongly loyalist area of Pennsylvania. When he came out for independence, most of his neighbors and even some of his relatives ostracized him. He was a sensitive and troubled man, and many believed this action killed him. When he died in 1777, his last words to his tormentors were, “Tell them that they will live to see the hour when they shall acknowledge it (the signing) to have been the most glorious service that I rendered to my country.”

William Ellery, Rhode Island delegate, saw his property and home burned to the ground.

Thomas Lynch, Jr., South Carolina delegate, had his health broken from privation and exposures while serving as a company commander in the military. His doctors ordered him to seek a cure in the West Indies and on the voyage he and his young bride were drowned at sea.

Edward Rutledge, Arthur Middleton, and Thomas Heyward Jr. the other three South Carolina signers, were taken by the British in the siege of Charleston. They were carried as prisoners of war to St. Augustine, Fla., where they were singled out for indignities. They were exchanged at the end of the war, the British in the meantime having completely devastated their large land holdings and estates.

Thomas Nelson, signer of Virginia, was at the front in command of the Virginia military forces. With British General Charles Cornwallis in Yorktown, fire from 70 heavy American guns began to destroy Yorktown piece by piece. Lord Cornwallis and his staff moved their headquarters into Nelson’s palatial home. While American cannonballs were making a shambles of the town, the house of Governor Nelson remained untouched. Nelson turned in rage to the American gunners and asked, “Why do you spare my home?” They replied, “Sir, out of respect to you.” Nelson cried, “Give me the cannon!” and fired on his magnificent home himself, smashing it to bits. But Nelson’s sacrifice was not quite over. He had raised $2 million for the Revolutionary cause by pledging his own estates. When the loans came due, a newer peacetime Congress refused to honor them, and Nelson’s property was forfeited. He was never reimbursed. He died, impoverished, a few years later at the age of 50.

Lives, fortunes, honor

Of those 56 who signed the Declaration of Independence, nine died of wounds or hardships during the war. Five were captured and imprisoned, in each case with brutal treatment. Several lost wives, sons or entire families. One lost his 13 children. Two wives were brutally treated. All were at one time or another the victims of manhunts and driven from their homes. Twelve signers had their homes completely burned. Seventeen lost everything they owned. Yet not one defected or went back on his pledged word. Their honor, and the nation they sacrificed so much to create, is still intact.

And, finally, there is the New Jersey signer, Abraham Clark.

He gave two sons to the officer corps in the Revolutionary Army. They were captured and sent to the infamous British prison hulk afloat in New York harbor known as the hell ship “Jersey,” where 11,000 American captives were to die. The younger Clarks were treated with a special brutality because of their father. One was put in solitary and given no food. With the end almost in sight, with the war almost won, no one could have blamed Abraham Clark for acceding to the British request when they offered him his sons’ lives if he would recant and come out for the king and parliament. The utter despair in this man’s heart, the anguish in his very soul, must reach out to each one of us down through 200 years with his answer: “No.”

The 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence proved by their every deed that they made no idle boast when they composed the most magnificent curtain line in history. “And for the support of this Declaration with a firm reliance on the protection of divine providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.”

Rush H. Limbaugh II is the father of Rush Limbaugh, notable Excellence in Broadcast radio talk show host.

© 2000 Rush H. Limbaugh II

1,000,000 Evacuated as Fires Rage

In the largest mass evacuation in California history, and the largest in the United States since Hurricane Katrina, California authorities have declared a state of emergency as over 500,000 acres continue to burn. Mass evacuations have been ordered from Santa Barbara to San Diego. Over 1200 homes and businesses in Sand Diego have burned, and more than 40 persons have been reported injured.

The winds are not expected to die down until Wednesday night. Read more

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In Orange County, fire officials are now stating that the Orange County Santiago fire was purposely set and there is speculation that other fires may have also been deliberate. See Interactive Map

Fire officials found three separate “points of origin,” all near the intersection of Silverado Canyon Road and Santiago Canyon Road. Two were on one side of the road, and the third was on the other. “Whoever did this knew what they were doing,” said Kris Concepcion, a fire authority battalion chief. Also, the fire traveled 3 miles in its first 20 minutes when it was ignited about 6 p.m. Sunday, he said. Source

Comment posted by Nuke
at 10/23/2007 11:14:47 PM

It is truly a heart-breaking thing to watch. Thoughts and Prayers for those folks.

Comment posted by SwampWoman
at 10/23/2007 9:34:56 PM

I was surprised at the number of homes that were burning but I shouldn’t be; in California, I believe they avoid masonry buildings due to earthquakes.

Comment posted by SwampWoman
at 10/23/2007 9:33:06 PM

Fire crews and Red Cross volunteers are on their way from this area; there must be quite an Army of aid workers and firefighters materializing from across the U.S.

Comment posted by Sunflower Desert
at 10/25/2007 7:52:41 AM

Hi Nuke,
Yes, heartbreaking indeed. I have to admit, it is also inspiring to watch the courage and integrity most of them are exhibiting. They come across as self sufficient citizens, helping each other the best way they can. They should be proud and we should keep them in our prayers.

Nuke’s News Shorts

Who do you believe?

Hillary Rodham Clinton…..

President Bush is once again asking Congress and the American people to foot the bill for his failed leadership. The Bush Administration’s escalation in Iraq has not led to political reconciliation and our troops still remain in the middle of a civil war. As I have said before, I cannot and will not support funding legislation that does not begin to bring our troops home. Our men and women in uniform are serving bravely and honorably – funding a failing strategy does not serve our troops or our nation. We should begin the withdrawal of U.S. troops safely and responsibly.

Or, Michael Yon……

The Rashid district of Baghdad is one of the most dangerous areas of the country. Violence has plummeted in Rashid over the past months but the area remains dangerous. Meanwhile, reconciliation is occurring and I have been able to witness meetings and results first-hand. Certain areas of Rashid that were previously war-zones already are nearly free of violence. This is a direct result of American-led reconciliation and follow-on. There are immediate consequences for those areas that settle down; they begin receiving support in the form of micro-grants, civil projects, and easy dialogue with the government, and so these neighborhoods are getting a head start on those who lag. On a larger scale this has happened at provincial level: The examples of Kurds up north, and the citizens of Anbar more recently out West, are causing Iraqis to pay attention.

Cloture Vote for Amnesty Bill is Tomorrow

Last night, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) filed to invoke cloture on S. 2205, Assistant Majority Leader Dick Durbin’s (D-Ill.) new stand-alone DREAM Act amnesty bill. The cloture vote, for which 60 YES votes are necessary to prevent a filibuster on the measure, is set for Wednesday, October 24. Reid is attempting to bring this nightmarish amnesty bill to the floor under Senate Rule XIV without it ever having been debated in committee.

City Bans Dick Cheney Costumes

cheney.jpgSEATTLE, WA – The City Council has voted unanimously to ban Dick Cheney costumes inside the city limits, citing the likeness as ‘too frightening’. The ruling came three days after a traffic incident that involved a male driver wearing the costume, injuring four people. A woman driving alongside claims the sight of the mask caused her to drive into oncoming traffic.

“I was mortified!” said Heather Huling-Price, who suffered a broken wrist in the accident. “It [driving into oncoming traffic] was an involuntary reaction. I just wanted to get away – it was horrible.”

Black Friday: Big Discounts On Plasma TVs

Plasma HDTVs in the 42-inch and 50-inch categories will likely see sharp price cuts at the start of the holiday shopping season.

That’s according to an article by TWICE Magazine.

The publication reports that industry analysts believe that CE retailers will again offer steep discounts on high-def sets on Black Friday, the unofficial opening of the holiday shopping season. (Black Friday comes the day after Thanksgiving.)

However, they say the Plasma set will likely see the biggest discounts with Plasma makers looking to slow down sales of the LCD flat-panel set. The LCD HDTV has passed Plasma in overall sales during the past year.

“Black Friday 2006 signified a passing of the torch from plasma to LCD at 42-inch,” Sang Tang, an HDTV research analyst with Current Analysis West, told TWICE. “This year, expect plasma to turn the tables on LCD. Plasma will be very aggressive at 50-inches and will maintain a foothold on the high-end market. In other words, there won’t be a flat-panel shakeout this year. LCD maintains its mass consumer appeal, while plasma takes the high-end market.”

Scheduled showings of Hillary! Uncensored

10/26/2007 at 8:00pm at Harvard University, MA.
10/27/2007 at 2:00pm at Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH.
10/27/2007 at 7:30pm at UNH, Durham, NH.
10/28/2007 at St. Anselm College, NH.
10/30/2007 7:00 Metropolitan Club, NY NY.

Hillary Clinton Faces a Viral Video Truth-Boating

Hillary Rodham Clinton is the latest to feel the sting from a small but growing demographic that could have an outsized impact on the presidential race: people who’ve had bad experiences with a candidate, and who know how to use YouTube.

At issue is a 13-minute preview video co-produced by Peter Paul, a convicted felon and one-time donor to Clinton’s 2000 Senate campaign, who’s now turned against Clinton in her presidential run.

Titled The Shocking Video Hillary Does NOT Want You To See!, the video has been viewed on YouTube almost 177,000 times. On Google Video, where it first appeared, it’s scored nearly 863,000 hits since it went online mid-July. On Thursday, it was the most viewed clip on the site, boasting 73,000 views, as well as the most e-mailed. The video was one of the most popular items on the news-recommendation site Digg last week, generating more than 4,000 “diggs,” and putting it just behind the news that Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert plans to run for president, sort of.

Obama’s Gay “Sister Soulja” Opportunity

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama felt the heat from gay activists Monday, who demanded that the Illinois senator’s campaign abandon its ties with a gospel singer who spoke openly about his struggle with homosexuality.

Obama came under the scrutiny of the gay rights group Truth Wins Out for his campaign’s connections with Donnie McClurkin.

McClurkin, who is also a Pentecostal pastor, is scheduled to perform with other gospel singers to raise funds at a South Carolina concert for Obama’s “Forty Days of Faith and Family” initiative, which kicks off this weekend.

Gore Science vs Real Science


“Once upon a time the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to individuals who dedicated their lives to the betterment of humanity. They focused on real world issues and championed real world solutions. In 1952, Dr. Albert Schweitzer won the Nobel Peace Prize for his humanitarian work. Dr. Schweitzer founded a hospital in French Equatorial Africa. He would later expand the facility and by the 1960’s the hospital would serve more than 500 patients at any one time.

In 1964, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. won the award for his leadership during America’s civil rights movement. Between 1957 and 1968 Dr. King had traveled more than 6 million miles and spoke more than 2,500 times as he advocated equal rights for all people.

In 1986, Holocaust survivor Eli Wiesel received the award for his human rights activities. He is the founding president of the Universal Academy of Cultures, in Paris, and chairman of the Eli Wiesel Foundation for Humanity, an organization he and his wife established to combat intolerance and injustice.

Things have changed.” (Joe Bell, Opinion Editorials)

Comment posted by SwampWoman
at 10/23/2007 9:30:57 PM

Oh, damn, the whole “you can catch fat” thing has already been taken.

Comment posted by Nuke
at 10/23/2007 4:55:55 PM

Now Hiring: One million monkeys to write the next pullet surprise winner

Comment posted by SwampWoman
at 10/23/2007 4:26:49 PM

You’re looking at this all wrong! Instead of condemning, you should be rejoicing that the Nobel Peace Prize can now be awarded for gibberish. I need to start working on getting one immediately.

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