Just wanted to take the time (while I had it) to wish everyone a very safe and happy new year. We've all had our debates through the years. Some of you I've agreed with - some of you...I've wanted to knock up side the head! :-) But all of us have had a hand in making it interresting food for thought. So everyone have fun and BE SAFE!!! Give those keys to someone else or just stay 'till the morning so we can ALL *continue* to have those "interresting" debates.:-) I'm serious now so - don't MAKE me hurt you people.
Those looking to get into the tracker, pm me on the forums. Thanks.
This may be the last holiday season to enjoy tax-free Internet shopping, thanks to new legislation in the U.S. Congress.
Two bills introduced Wednesday propose sweeping changes to how Americans are taxed for online and mail order purchases. Businesses initially would be required to collect sales taxes on purchases shipped to roughly half of the country, and that percentage is expected to rapidly increase.
"Main Street retailers collect sales taxes, while many online and catalog retailers are exempt from collecting the same taxes," said a statement published by Sen. Mike Enzi, a Wyoming Republican. "This is costing states and localities billions in lost revenue." (A related bill has been introduced by Sen. Byron Dorgan, a North Dakota Democrat, who is a former state tax commissioner.)
At the moment, if you order something from a company that's located entirely out of state, you're typically not charged sales tax. Seattle-based Amazon.com, for instance, does not collect sales taxes when shipping to California.
Full Story @ CNET News.com
Once again, the asshats in Washington D.C. have taken it upon themselves to further push us to a second civil war. Except this time it won't be the Boston Tea Part it'll be the Internet Everything Party. It's time to send a message to those mindless drones who suckle on the breast of evil that we will not stand for this. Write your congressman or woman today! Put an end to this tyranny or they will continue to ignore the constitution and oppress us into oblivion. -Ed
When I told people that I was getting ready to head back to Iraq for my third tour, the usual response was a frown, a somber head shake and even the occasional "I'm sorry." When I told them that I was glad to be going back, the response was awkward disbelief, a fake smile and a change of subject. The common wisdom seems to be that Iraq is an unwinnable war and a quagmire and that the only thing left to decide is how quickly we withdraw. Depending on which poll you believe, about 60 percent of Americans think it's time to pull out of Iraq.
How is it, then, that 64 percent of U.S. military officers think we will succeed if we are allowed to continue our work? Why is there such a dramatic divergence between American public opinion and the upbeat assessment of the men and women doing the fighting?
Full Story @ The Washington Post
"Thanks to Chachi over at "The Spanktuary" for sharing this story so that I may now ....pass it on. It's a good story and....enough SAID!!! -Ed
NEW YORK -
Morgan Freeman says the concept of a month dedicated to black history is "ridiculous."
"You're going to relegate my history to a month?" the 68-year-old actor says in an interview on CBS' "60 Minutes" to air Sunday (7 p.m. EST). "I don't want a black history month. Black history is American history."
Full Story @ Yahoo! News
I don't normally (actually I don't remember EVER) posting an article on celebrities but, I found this one very interresting - especially considering it's comming from a *black* man. I happen to also agree with him. -Ed
The battle against Christmas
December 2, 2005
Christmas has become a treasured and beloved American icon. At this time of the year, how many of you fondly think back to your childhood and recall many precious memories of those times? I know I do. I still look forward to it: the true meaning of Christmas, the decorations, the aroma of Christmas cookies, the presents, the delicious feast, and the getting together with family--some of whom we may have argued with in the past, but at this time of the year, we seem to put it all behind us. We even become friendlier with strangers, don't we? It's a wondrous time of year.
Not for some. For a handful, like the ACLU (arguably the Against Christmas Liberties Union), it's positively the most offensive time of the year. It is a battle against Christmas. They're trying to take "Christ" out of Christmas. I believe it is a battle against you and your children.
cwilli note: If I have said it once, I have said it a thousand times; the ACLU is an evil organization with a clear cut goal to wipe out Christianity in our Country. This is just another example of this.
Buy your Christmas gifts from a small business and not a chain store. Keep the money here in America. Let a small business owner give his kids a good Christmas instead of going to someone who is already a millionair off the hard work of a someone else like you or me.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said yesterday that Democrats should not seek a unified position on an exit strategy in Iraq, calling the war a matter of individual conscience and saying differing positions within the caucus are a source of strength for the party.
Pelosi said Democrats will produce an issue agenda for the 2006 elections but it will not include a position on Iraq. There is consensus within the party that President Bush has mismanaged the war and that a new course is needed, but House Democrats should be free to take individual positions, she sad.
Full Story @ WashingtonPost.com
There you have it folks, the Dems will stand for nothing!, and will continue to blame everyone else for standing for something.
On a side note it's interesting to see the post calling Pelosi a sad person, maybe they are coming around? -Ed
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexican President Vicente Fox denounced as "disgraceful and shameful" on Wednesday a proposal to build a high-tech wall on the U.S.-Mexico border to stop illegal immigrants. (if you did not print comics showing your people how to invade our country maybe it would not come to this)
Concerned about the huge numbers of illegal immigrants streaming across the border and worried it could be an entry point for terrorists, a U.S. lawmaker has proposed building two parallel steel and wire fences running from the Gulf of Mexico to the Pacific Coast. (yea!)
But Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff has said a wall running the length of a border would cost too much. (Name one thing the Gov does that does NOT cost too much??)
Mexico has expressed indignation at the idea. (Again, if you were not pushing your poor out the door into our house we would not have to do this.)2
Fox, speaking in Tamaulipas state across the border from Texas, said such extreme security measures would violate immigrants' rights.(lmao! complete and absolute lie)
"The disgraceful and shameful construction of walls,(that would not be needed if you, again, were not pushing your poor and unwanted on us) the increasing enforcement of security systems (lmao, love this one, shame on us for "enforcing" our laws, haha) and increasing violation of human rights and labor rights (what he is again saying here, "those we determine are scum and are pushing our the door cannot illegally go and work in the U.S.") will not protect the economy of the United States," he said.
The only way to stop illegal immigration is to declare war on Mexico and post troops on the boarders to put an end to this. As far as I can tell anyway, if anyone else has a valid idea let us discuss.
Full Story @ Reuters.com
Some things in life are far to dumb to be made up. This is one of them. -Ed
Could Alzheimer's be a form of diabetes?
That's the tantalizing suggestion from a new study that finds insulin production in the brain declines as
Alzheimer's disease advances.
"Insulin disappears early and dramatically in Alzheimer's disease," senior researcher Suzanne M. de la Monte, a neuropathologist at Rhode Island Hospital and a professor of pathology at Brown University Medical School, said in a prepared statement.
Full Story @ Yahoo! News
BROOK PARK, OHIO – Cpl. Stan Mayer has seen the worst of war. In the leaves of his photo album, there are casual memorials to the cost of the Iraq conflict - candid portraits of friends who never came home and graphic pictures of how insurgent bombs have shredded steel and bone.
Yet the Iraq of Corporal Mayer's memory is not solely a place of death and loss. It is also a place of hope. It is the hope of the town of Hit, which he saw transform from an insurgent stronghold to a place where kids played on Marine trucks. It is the hope of villagers who whispered where roadside bombs were hidden. But most of all, it is the hope he saw in a young Iraqi girl who loved pens and Oreo cookies.
Full Story @ csmonitor.com
"Corporate adoption of Linux desktops is hindered by the inability to run Windows applications." -Information Week
Uh.., if you could run windoze apps then it would be WINDOZE you morons! For the love of pete will you clueless children stop this nonsense and stick to your low brow OS and leave the real OS to the men. Your ignorant statement makes as much sense as "I'm hindered in buying a dvd player by the inability of it to play VHS tapes."
(I need duct tape, my head is going to explode!)
From: The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue Washington, DC
Dear Concerned Citizen:
Thank you for your recent letter criticizing our treatment of the Taliban and Al Qaeda detainees currently held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The administration takes these matters seriously, and your opinion was heard loud and clear here in Washington.
You'll be pleased to learn that, thanks to the concerns of citizens like you, we are creating the Terrorist Retraining Program, to be called the "Liberals Accept Responsibility for Killers" program, or LARK for short. In accordance with the guidelines of this new program, we have decided to place one terrorist under your personal care. Your detainee has been selected and scheduled for transportation to your residence next Monday. Ali Mohammed Ahmed bin Mahmud is to be cared for pursuant to the standards you personally demanded in your letter of admonishment. We will conduct weekly inspections to ensure that your standards of care for Ahmed are commensurate with those you so strongly recommended in your letter.
Although Ahmed is sociopathic and extremely violent, we hope that your sensitivity to what you described as his "attitudinal problem" will help him overcome this character flaw. Perhaps you are correct in describing these problems as mere cultural differences.
Your adopted terrorist is extremely proficient in hand-to-hand combat and can extinguish human life with such simple items as a pencil or nail clippers. He is also expert at making a wide variety of explosive devices from common household products, so you may wish to keep those items locked up, unless you feel that this might offend him.
Ahmed will not wish to interact with your wife or daughters since he views females as a subhuman form of property. ?This is a particularly sensitive subject for him. He has been known to show violent tendencies around women who fail to comply with the dress code that he considers appropriate, but I'm sure that over time they will come to enjoy the anonymity offered by the bhurka. Just remind them that it is all part of respecting his culture and his religious beliefs.
Thanks again for your letter. We truly appreciate it when folks like you inform us of the proper way to do our job. Take good care of Ahmed and good luck!
Secretary of Defense