friday, april 17th, 2009
what and who exactly are President Obama's homeland security officials afraid of these days? If you are a member of an active conservative group that opposes abortion, favors strict immigration enforcement, lobbies to protect Second Amendment rights, protests big government, advocates federalism or represents veterans who believe in any of the above, the answer is: You.
Department of Homeland Security Sec. Janet Napolitano has turned her attention away from acts of Islamic jihad on American soil (which she now refers to as "man-caused disasters"). Instead, her department is sounding the alarm over an unquantified "resurgence" in "right-wing extremism activity." On April 7, DHS sent a nine-page warning memo to law enforcement offices across the country titled "Right-wing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment."
The report includes a sweeping definition of the threat:
"Right-wing extremism in the United States can be broadly divided into those groups, movements and adherents that are primarily hate-oriented (based on hatred of particular religious, racial or ethnic groups), and those that are mainly antigovernment, rejecting federal authority in favor of state or local authority, or rejecting government authority entirely. It may include groups and individuals that are dedicated to a single issue, such as opposition to abortion or immigration."
You cannot ignore the context or the timing of this DHS report. It's no small coincidence that Napolitano's agency disseminated the assessment just a week before the nationwide April 15 Tax Day Tea Party protests. The grassroots events organized by fiscal conservatives, independents, Libertarians and, yes, even some Blue Dog Democrats were fueled by the "current economic and political climate" of bipartisan profligate spending and endless taxpayer-funded bailouts. The growing success of the loose-knit movement has invited scorn, ridicule and fear-mongering from Obama's supporters. Liberal bloggers have likened the Tea Party movement to neo-Nazis, militias and even Weather Underground terrorists.
I fly this historic flag, so that makes me an "right-wing extremist". I take that as a *badge of honor*. Revolutionary War Flag Histories are here.
These attempts to demonize the Tea Party movement come on the heels of widespread conservative-bashing over the recent shooting sprees in Pittsburgh and Binghamton, N.Y. Taking Hillary Clinton's advice to "never waste a good crisis," left-wing pundits and analysts have blamed the tragedies on everyone from Rush Limbaugh to Fox News to the NRA.
The DHS spokespeople I talked to on Monday insisted that the report was not a politicized document and that DHS had done similar assessments on "left-wing extremism" in the past. But past domestic terrorism reports have always been very specific in identifying security threats -- such as the Animal Liberation Front and the Earth Liberation Front -- and very specific in identifying their methods and targets, including repeated physical harassment, arson and vandalism against pharmaceutical companies, farms, labs and university researchers.
By contrast, the Obama DHS report is an overarching indictment of conservatives. "Right-wing extremist chatter on the Internet continues to focus on the economy, the perceived loss of U.S. jobs in the manufacturing and construction sectors, and home foreclosures," the assessment warns. When I asked DHS spokeswoman Sara Kuban to explain who was responsible for this "extremist chatter," she could not and would not name names.
Moreover, the report relies on the work of the left-leaning Southern Poverty Law Center to stir anxiety over "disgruntled military veterans" -- a citation that gives us valuable insight into how DHS will define "hate-oriented" groups. The SPLC, you see, has designated the venerable American Legion a "hate group" for its stance on immigration enforcement. The report offers zero data, but states with an almost resentful attitude toward protected free speech: "Debates over appropriate immigration levels and enforcement policy generally fall within the realm of protected political speech under the First Amendment, but in some cases, anti-immigration or strident pro-enforcement fervor has been directed against specific groups and has the potential to turn violent."
"Potential to turn violent"? So did the hysterical fervor whipped up by Capitol Hill over the AIG bonuses, which prompted ugly death threats from across the country. No mention here, though. Not "right wing" enough. Nor will you see Obama DHS warnings to police and sheriff's departments about self-proclaimed bank terrorists such as Bruce Marks of the aggressive Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America or the mob activists of ACORN who have committed burglary, stormed corporate executives' homes and vowed to conduct "civil disobedience" by "any means necessary" in response to the "current economic and political climate."
If you can redefine dissenting opinion as "hate," you can brand your political opponents as "extremists" -- and you can marginalize electoral threats. "Antigovernment"? "Pro-enforcement"? "Disgruntled"? Feeling taxed enough already and "recruiting" and "radicalizing" your friends and neighbors through "chatter on the Internet"?
We are all right-wing extremists now. Welcome to the club. © 2009 Michelle Malkin.
Sign me up and count me in, baby!
Around The Garden Center.™
Last Thursday evening, I went to sleep at 7:15pm, woke-up at 3am to feed the cats and have a smoke, check the weather, and went back to sleep until 6am. I don't remember being that physically & mentally tired in a long time. The sleep sure felt good.
On the way into work on Good Friday Morning, at 6:45am, the roads were nearly empty, except for us schlubs who work to make the country run. It was a fairly busy day, with deliveries and installations, and lots of continuing projects around the Complex to get it ready for next Saturday's 19th Open House. There were also quite a few customers through, both looking and making purchases. Jennifer, my Horticulturalist, has done a fantastic job getting the Main GH and 3 Retail GHs cleaned-up, organized and re-stocked with new perennials, as well as reviving last year's offerings, working without both Bob and Brad. Alan, Seth, Arthur, Charlie & Tyler have put the Nursery back together and made it look even better than it did last season, though being 3-6 men short. Sister Becky has pitched-in wherever needed and also done a great job. And James, my LSCP Designer, is assiduously following every lead I send him, for work. I'm very proud of all of them. They're the best employees I've ever had, in my 19 years.
I was in by 7:15am on Saturday, and it was a 41°F, raining hard, cold and dreary day. I wished I'd just stayed home in a nice warm bed with my two condo cats, and s-l-e-p-t. Jan, Tyler, Dad & Becky were in, and we have 10 customers making purchases. Becky, Jan & Tyler sewpt-out the Main GH, and raked GHs-1-2-3-4 of all dead weeds from under the benches, tidying things-up, considerable. Those structures are in great shape now, for the season. I went to nearby Frank's Pizza and made the deal ($7.00 for an 18½" cheese pie, and $7.25 for each other cheese pie with 1 topping) with him for 60+ pizzas — 30 plain cheese and 30 with 1 topping — and set the delivery schedule for 15 per delivery, beginning at 11am, through 2pm. He was very happy to get the business. Soda, bottled water, paper plates, napkins, ice etc are next for this week's purchases.
By 10am, the long-range weather forecast for Sat, April 18th was: *cloudy, rainy and cold*. By 2pm, it'd changed to warmer and cloudy; I'll take that! Remembering that "weather changes by the minute", I'm resolved to following Accu-Weather/ NWS' forecast, assiduously. Looks promising so far: sunny and 67°F. I'll take it!
Easter Sunday morning was beautiful, after Saturday's storms. I slept-in until 9:30, fed the cats, grabbed a long, hot shower, and went into work to check the place, get some potted blooming, tulips for Mom & Dad's & Becky's Easter 6-course Turkey Dinner at 2pm. I stopped at WEIS Market in East York, to get a short list of things for the condo. ANd then the L-Tryptophan kicked-in around 4pm, and I had to take a 2hr nap. I brought some warm turkey home for my 2 condo cats, and after eating, they went to "L-Tryptophan sleep" for the rest of the night. Heh.
Yes, I'm back to re-watching "Jericho" episodes, in the evenings. I don't think I'll ever get tired of that short-lived TV series. There are 23 episodes, but if you only watch one, this is it: "Patriots & Tyrants". It will give you a flavor for all the other episodes leading up to it. Try it; you'll like it! Then, watch all the others, dammit! And if you want a "real gut wrencher", try this one, "Why We Fight".
Monday was another busy day, with one LSCP Crew out on a job, my Hardscape Foreman on another, and everyone else doing multiple tasks around the Complex. We have 2-3 deliveries coming on Tuesday and Wednesday, and 1-2" of rain coming, before good weather sets-in for the weekend (thankyou!, thankyou!, thanskyou!) which should make it a very busy day.
Gas prices have dropped 9¢ this week, with Unleaded Regular (87oct) at $1.96, Unleaded Premium (89oct) is at $2.06/gal, and Unleaded Super Premium (92oct) is at $2.26/gal, with Diesel actually dropping another 6¢, to $2.27/gal. With diesel dropping from around $5/gal, I'd have thought that my freight costs would have also dropped, but the trucking companies have now made "fuel surcharges" another "profit center" for themselves. I'm now looking for Penna-NJ-MD growers closer to me who don't take undue advantage of such things.
Wednesday was a rain-out and the LSCP Crew went home around noon; I stayed until 4pm finishing-up LSCP Estimates and billing. We got almost 2" of very badly-needed rain over Tuesday and Wednesday.
Thursday was a "dry-out" day, so I re-scheduled a rain-postponed LSCP job, and we worked around the Complex to finish many of the projects to get it ready for Saturday's 19th Open House. Tomorrow, Friday, is "hump day" to hurry-up and get the final projects and work done, for Saturday. Lots and lots and lots to do, and miles to go, before I sleep, even yet.
Things Which Make Your Head Explode™.
All those so-called "Tax Day Tea Parties" will accomplish NOTHING! NOTHING at all. The corrupt governments and politicians will either take the day off, not answer the phones, and just turn-on the answering machines. What a waste of time! What needs to happen is 10 MILLION very angry, pissed-off Citizens marching on DC, shutting down that filthy shithole, and threatening all 535 assholes in the corrupt, criminal US Congress with immediate physical removal from those cushy, grossly-overpaid job, in the 2010 Mid-Term Elections. Nothing else will suffice.
The dirtbag Obama's DHS is targeting "right-wing extremists" as terrorists, and not the subhumnan, murderous muslim filth, who've slaughtered hundreds of millions, since the 7th century, and almost 3,000 Americans on 9-11-01.
VP scumbag Joe Biden is a cheat and a liar.
Things Which Make Your Eyes Squirt Blood™.
HIGH SCHOOL — 1959 vs. 2009
Scenario 1: Jack goes quail hunting before school and then pulls into the school parking lot with his shotgun in his truck's gun rack. 1959 — Vice Principal comes over, looks at Jack's shotgun, goes to his car and gets his shotgun to show Jack. 2009 — School goes into lock down, FBI called, Jack hauled off to jail and never sees his truck or gun again. Counselors called in for traumatized students and teachers.
Scenario 2: Johnny and Mark get into a fist fight after school. 1959 — Crowd gathers. Mark wins. Johnny and Mark shake hands and end up buddies. 2009 — Police called and SWAT team arrives — they arrest both Johnny and Mark. They are both charged them with assault and both expelled even though Johnny started it.
Scenario 3: Jeffrey will not be still in class, he disrupts other students. 1959 — Jeffrey sent to the Principal's office and given a good paddling by the Principal. He then returns to class, sits still and does not disrupt class again. 2009 — Jeffrey is given huge doses of Ritalin. He becomes a zombie. He is then tested for ADD. The school gets extra money from the state because Jeffrey has a disability.
Scenario 4: Billy breaks a window in his neighbor's car and his Dad gives him a whipping with his belt. 1959 — Billy is more careful next time, grows up normal, goes to college and becomes a successful businessman. 2009 — Billy's dad is arrested for child abuse. Billy is removed to foster care and joins a gang. The state psychologist is told by Billy's sister that she remembers being abused herself and their dad goes to prison. Billy's mom has an affair with the psychologist.
Scenario 5: Mark gets a headache and takes some aspirin to school. 1959 — Mark shares his aspirin with the Principal out on the smoking dock. 2009 — The police are called and Mark is expelled from school for drug violations. His car is then searched for drugs and weapons.
Scenario 6: Pedro fails high school English. 1959 — Pedro goes to summer school, passes English and goes to college. 2009 — Pedro's cause is taken up by state. Newspaper articles appear nationally explaining that teaching English as a requirement for graduation is racist. ACLU files class action lawsuit against the state school system and Pedro's English teacher. English is then banned from core curriculum. Pedro is given his diploma anyway but ends up mowing lawns for a living because he cannot speak English.
Scenario 7: Johnny takes apart leftover firecrackers from the Fourth of July, puts them in a model airplane paint bottle and blows up a red ant bed. 1959 — Ants die. 2009 — ATF, Homeland Security and the FBI are all called. Johnny is charged with domestic terrorism. The FBI investigates his parents — and all siblings are removed from their home and all computers are confiscated. Johnny's dad is placed on a terror watch list and is never allowed to fly again.
Scenario 8: Johnny falls while running during recess and scrapes his knee. He is found crying by his teacher, Mary. Mary hugs him to comfort him. 1959 — In a short time, Johnny feels better and goes on playing. 2009 — Mary is accused of being a sexual predator and loses her job. She faces 3 years in State Prison. Johnny undergoes 5 years of therapy.
(From an email I received last week.)
Fonts For You™.
Many Journal entries are best viewed in the Charrington Roughened and the Orlando typefaces. You may already have Century Gothic on your Windows-XP machine, and that's almost always used for the body copy or subheads, so grab it, if you don't already have it; you're reading it now. They're free from my website. Grab 'em! Save them to your HD, and install to C:/Windows/Fonts (folder), thru your WIN XP Control Panel > Fonts > File > Install New Font. Simple stuff; just takes a few minutes.
Here are a few others, which have been used in my Journal: Papyrus and Acoustic Bass, and Caesar Regular and Carleton and Charrington Strewn and Catherine. If you get and install them, you'll see how much nicer these pages are to view and read. Plus, they add to your repertoire of available fonts in MS-Word, as WIN-XP System Fonts, so you can use them for your daily documents.
Here's a new one, for your Windows/Fonts folder: Sketchy.
The Global Warming Money Pit™.
Have you seen this video: "BBC: The Great Global Warming Swindle"? It was outright-banned from leftist, hate-filled, dirtbag lowlife scumbags, Google.com's and YouTube.com's websites, by the mentally-ill, left-wing, global warming idiot wackos, but I've preserved it, for posterity, aka you, me and *ours*. Watch, be informed and download it for others to see. It's on my corporate server, and will stay there, BTW.
Here's what the Global Warming Scam is all about. Sweet, huh? They're so transparent, aren't they?
Here's everything you need to know about the Global Warming Fraud, and why it's a good thing. It's a l-o-n-g article, so get a sandwich, iced tea and settle-in, for a very informative read. I'm right there with you, BTW.
The "Greenhouse Effect" is a natural and valuable phenomenon, without which, the planet would be uninhabitable. Global Warming, at least in recent times, is real. CO2 is not a significant greenhouse gas; 95% of the contribution is due to Water Vapor. Man's contribution to Greenhouse Gasses is relatively insignificant. We didn't cause the recent Global Warming and we cannot stop it. Solar Activity appears to be the principal driver for Climate Change. O2 is a useful trace gas in the atmosphere, and the planet would actually benefit by having more, not less of it, because it is not a driver for Global Warming and would enrich our vegetation, yielding better crops to feed the expanding population. CO2 is not causing global warming, in fact, CO2 is lagging temperature change in all reliable datasets. The cart is not pulling the donkey. Wake-up, folks.
Here's a listing of The Best Global Warming Videos on the Internet.
Hey, fat, shit-for-brains, bloated, liar, huckster, fraud, criminal, charlatan, scumbag, loser, disgraced ex-VP AlGoreBore (LIAR-TN), is back using $300 million of OPM (Other Peoples' Money) to promote his Global Warming Bullshit, after the worst Winter in over 100 years. Welcome back, fatso huckster asswipe, AlGoreBore!
Roger Revelle of Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Harvard University and University of California San Diego, spits on the lying scumbag, AlGoreBore. My, my, oh my. (((snicker))) No, there's no consensus on Glo-bullshit Warming, other than it's a LIE! Just ask Alfred P. Sloan Professor of Atmospheric Science at MIT, Richard S. Lindzen; he's eminently-qualified to call AlGoreBoreAsshole, a LIAR! As I am.
There's another "ice age" coming, not the AlGoreBoreLiar 'Glo-bull warming' crap.
Larsen B Ice Shelf in Antarctica collapses in 2002 = Glo-bullshit Warming? Doubt it.
Read this Glo-bullshit Warming idiocy. Go ahead; I'll wait.
AlGoreBore's "hypocrisy"? See it right here!
You need to watch this 30 minute film; it's an eye-opener if you think that we're running out of crude oil, and that America has no reserves. We have more oil and natural gas in Alaska alone, than all the rest of the world's known reserves, COMBINED! Grab an adult beverage, and watch it.
Better get out your Winter coats, 'snuggies', wool socks and snow shovels, as it seems we've got an 80-year "Little Ice Age", on the way. Yawn; no biggie.
AlGoreBore's "Glo-bull Warming Bullshit" has spawned so-called 'cottage industries' around the world, worth hundreds of millions and probably billions of dollars, for green corporation validation, carbon credits, foundation & university climate studies, grants and a host of other BS-related crap to his lies and garbage. Global warming competes with cancer and competes with AIDS for a finite amount of money. This year's natural resurgence will surely see the global warmists, led by celebrity warmist, Gore, compete viscously for those US Taxpayers' hard-earned dollars. And I'm betting that the really important disease, cancer, loses to Glo-bullshit Warming and AIDS. Dammit.
F*ck all the "Glo-bullshit Warming Alarmists"! I say, FUCK-THEM-UP, and cleanse the planet, if they try to physically-intimidate and hurt anyone! I will; count on it! "Get in my face", assholes, and that'll be your last day on this Earth! If there are any "dissenting scientists" out there, who need protection, just get in-touch with me, and I'll guard you & yours. You can count upon that, folks!
Have you taken "The Global Warming Test"? If you have a sentient, functioning brain, and a simple knowledge of "the facts", you'll easily get a 10-of-10, as I did. Go ahead, and give it a try!
Read this article and pick-out "The WWF's Big Lie". If you chose this paragraph — "Summer sea ice is now forecasted to completely disappear in the summer months sometime between 2013 and 2040 — something which hasn't happened for over a million years." — you'd be right. There isn't, and never has been and ice on the earth dated at a million years old, and who the hell was around back then to begin recording it? The lying sacks-of-shit at the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) are typical lowlife, left-wing wacko scumbags, in-bed with the "Glo-Bull Warming" Crap, of asshole AlGoreBore and his phony, money-making scam. The oldest, and not reliably-dated ice cores are >160,000 years, and those are shaky in fact, at best. So where did the lying WWF pull the million year crap from? Their asses, of course!
Shit-for-brains, mentally-ill, fat, bloated liar, AlGoreBore's (LOWLIFE-TN) "ally", in NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), which is run by AlGoreBore's chief scientific ally/"asshole/butt-buddy"— Dr James "Moron-Cretin-Asshole" Hansen (DIRTBAG-NASA) — and is one of four bodies responsible for monitoring global temperatures, announced that "last month was the hottest October on record". Total, factual bullshit and lies. This was startling. Across the world there were reports of unseasonal snow and plummeting temperatures last month, from the American Great Plains to China, and from the Alps to New Zealand. China's official news agency reported that Tibet had suffered its "worst snowstorm ever". In the US, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration registered 63 local snowfall records and 115 lowest-ever temperatures for the month, and ranked it as only the 70th-warmest October in 114 years. So what explained the anomaly? GISS's computerized temperature maps seemed to show readings across a large part of Russia had been up to 10 degrees higher than normal. But when expert readers of the two leading warming-skeptic blogs, Watts Up With That and Climate Audit, began detailed analysis of the GISS data they made an astonishing discovery. The reason for the freak figures was that scores of temperature records from Russia and elsewhere were not based on October readings at all. Figures from the previous month had simply been carried over and repeated two months running. Read this article, and find out why both lying, corrupt, criminal, subhuman idiots, GoreBore & Hansen, should be stood against a wall, and shot, IMO. In fact, the pathetically-socialist, left-wing UK, has just begun to awaken to what the "Climate Change Bill" will do to destroy their nation, or what's left of it. IMO, it's probably too late now to save the UK, but at least some of the more Conservative people over there, will at least get the chance to flee to America (or elsewhere), before we also "go down the proverbial dumper", as they've done. Heh.
On Friday, January 2nd, I ran a fully-attributed story in my weekly "Journal", which had links to other stories and facts, thoroughly-debunking AlGoreBore's trillion dollar scam and fraud, Global Warming". The Daily Telegraph UK's columnist, Christopher Booker, was the erudite author, and here is the link to that story. Nice job, Mr Booker!
Now, lowlife shit-for-brains dirtbag, Arkansas Gov Mike "DumbAss Turd-Boy" Beebe (ASSHOLE-AR), said that global warming is serious problem, not a "hoax," and requires more than a state response. "I think it's a threat, and I think global warming is occurring," Beebe-The-Shithead said in response to a caller to his statewide radio program who said he believed the climate change crisis was a "hoax." Idiot. Stupid idiot. Global warming is bullshit, you two-bit asshole! Crawl back inside of AlGoreBore's rectum, dumbfuck!
And global cooling goes merrily along, without any help from us mere humans, as it has for millions and millions of years.
Another "lie/error" in the favor of Glo-BULL Warming's false bullshit and lies? Got duct tape?
Some People Just Need Killing.™
It's not my intention to be the judge here — that's God's "job" — but rather to "hasten the meeting" so that He can send the following subhuman filth to the "Fires of Hell", "River or Lake of Sulphur", or whatever He deems appropriate. I'd gladly/happily volunteer, at no cost to any of my Hard-Working, Fellow US Taxpayers, to gladly/gleefully/happily headshoot these murderous, lowlife dirtbags of all stripes — their skin-color doesn't matter to me, at all — and rid American Society's innocents (especially our precious children and the frail, defenseless elderly) of them, once-and-for-all. And yes, I'd rather see one innocent man convicted and executed, than 10 murderers/robbers/child rapists-murderers freed, to rob, rape and murder again. Hey; call me an "Old Fashioned Conservative"! Too harsh? Nah. Just & RIGHT!
Hassan Abu-Jihaad, formerly known as Paul R. Hall, 33, of Phoenix, Arizona, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Mark R. Kravitz in New Haven to 120 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for disclosing previously classified information relating to the national defense. WRONG! He needs killing! Fuck the prison time; let me headshoot the filthy, treasonous muslim pigfucker! ALL muslims are dogshit filth and need to be executed, IMO!
Melissa Huckaby, 28, of Tracy, Calif, needs summary killing for the heinous murder of 8-year-old Sandra Cantu, whose body was found stuffed into the teacher's suitcase in an irrigation pond. Poor girl never had a chance at life. Definitely a base for The Almighty to decide.
Fu-Tain Lu, formerly of Cupertino, Calif, needs summary killing, for espionage and treason.
In these stressful and hectic times, a calming influence is always welcome. This soothing site examines the meticulously designed and well-manicured spaces of Japanese gardens in Kyoto, Japan. Their meditative effects will surely lure you into a sense of calm and reflection. Each garden is accompanied by photos, a short movie, and a map showcasing the highlights of the area. Tour the mossy grounds of Saiho-ji, the dry garden of Taizo-in, or the lovely ponds of Ginkaku-ji. With over 20 gardens to visit, you're sure to find one that transports you. If you're interested in learning more about the art behind the landscapes, you'll discover information on the history and the essential elements of gardens. The art behind these delightful designs is anything but lost in translation.