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March 13, 2009

Open Thread

Big Government is watching you. On a tip from Atomic Lib Smasher.

Posted by Van Helsing at March 13, 2009 10:08 AM


Posted by: cowlove at March 13, 2009 10:13 AM

Reminds me of that movie FROM BEYOND with the 3rd eye growing out of the mad scientists forehead. Veddy creepy!

Posted by: Anonymous at March 13, 2009 11:11 AM

We Surround Them FRIDAY!

We Surround Them-The Unveiling

March 13th on FOX News 5pm ET

Do you watch the direction that America is being taken in and feel powerless to stop it?

Do you believe that your voice isn’t loud enough to be heard above the noise anymore?

Do you read the headlines everyday and feel an empty pit in your stomach…as if you’re completely alone?

If so, then you’ve fallen for the Wizard of Oz lie. While the voices you hear in the distance may sound intimidating, as if they surround us from all sides—the reality is very different. Once you pull the curtain away you realize that there are only a few people pressing the buttons, and their voices are weak. The truth is that they don’t surround us at all.

We surround them. YOU are not alone.

Posted by: TED at March 13, 2009 12:21 PM

Obama’s Gun Ban List Is Out

I think I've had enough "change" already. Change it back!

Posted by: Cartman at March 13, 2009 12:26 PM

Posted by: Gregory of Yardale at March 13, 2009 12:37 PM

Posted by: Gregory of Yardale at March 13, 2009 12:48 PM

LOL! How many of you are old enough to remember the Twilight Zone episode "Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up"

State troopers fail in trying to pinpoint a Martian hiding out in a diner. When the Martian returns to gloat, the cook reveals that he's a Venusian and his race has intercepted the Martian invasion force - the Venusian has a third eye hidden under the peak of his cap and reveals it during the last scene.

Posted by: Jimbo at March 13, 2009 2:49 PM

Barack Obama is ether a SKRULL or a BORG stright from AREA 51

Posted by: SPURWING PLOVER at March 13, 2009 8:12 PM

Love and Marriage in a Peculiar World

When I was a kid, I really loved this double-barreled pirate revolver that I had gotten for Christmas. With a glossy chrome finish, it was really pretty cool and could in seconds bang off a roll of those caps we used to use back then. Regrettably, someone stole it when I left it somewhere I shouldn’t have.

Such is life but I soon recovered from my attachment to that pirate gun. Apparently, some people never get over attachments to inanimate objects. Some actually marry them.

They call themselves "objectum sexuals," OS people, and fortunately only number about forty on the planet. They’re mostly women who “are never attracted to human beings in the first place.” One, Erika La Tour Eiffel, a former U.S. Army helicopter pilot, has that surname because she wed the Eiffel Tower two years ago, in Paris, France, of course: (

The group’s founder, Eija-Riitta Berliner-Mauer, says that ”objectum sexuality is much more common in Eastern cultures where people ‘routinely believe that objects have souls.’“ Her surname is German for “Berlin Wall.”

We can’t actually say Erika and Mr. Tower or that Eija and Mr. Wall exchanged vows, although they may think they did since OS people believe the inanimate things that so enthrall them actually communicate with them. Other OS-ers, who are also polygamists, absolutely love, and marry, radios, bannisters, carnival rides, and probably pet rocks.

In this odd world in which we live, I guess we shouldn’t scoff at nor condemn OS people. After all, it’s not much weirder to marry the Eiffel Tower than it is for men to marry other men, is it?

Still, Gustave Eiffel must be proud as all hell.

Meanwhile, over in southern Bulgaria, as we continue today’s love theme, Gypsy teenie boppers’ hearts are all aflutter . . .

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Posted by: Berlet98 at March 13, 2009 9:26 PM

RE: Jimbo at March 13, 2009 2:49 PM

Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus"
Are you saying...


Posted by: Anonymous at March 13, 2009 10:19 PM

Hypocrisy, Thy Name Is Liberal!

It’s been bad enough that Connecticut Senator Chris Dodd and Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank have dodged any mass media scrutiny for their dirty hands in America’s fiscal mess but now the Queen of Hypocrisy, Congresswoman Maxine Waters, is also dodging and weaving and will no doubt also escape that scrutiny.

Sweet Barney Frank was reprimanded by his fellow Dems for his “involvement,” (nice word), with male prostitute, Stephen Gobi back in 1991, but survived that censure and was repeatedly re-elected in gay-friendly Massachusetts primarily on the basis that he was “suckered,” (even nicer, and an even more apt word), in the whole rancid affair.

Barney has not been censured for his involvement crotch-deep in the mortgage collapse of those incestuous brother-sister Fannie Mac and Fannie Mae partners even though he was virtually on their payroll as recipient of their campaign contributions:

Chris Dodd, good buddy of soon-to-be SIR Teddy Chappaquiddick Kennedy, sees no evil, speaks no evil, hears no evil, especially when it comes to CountryWide Mortgage and his sweetheart deal and dirty laundry with that prime player in the mortgage debacle:

Barney Frank is now the Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee and Chris Dodd is the Chairman, (I still refuse to use the inanimate, ”Chair” with regard to a person, even for Frank and Dodd), of the Senate Banking Committee.

Both positions take American socio-political irony to heights not seen since Mary Lincoln convinced Abe to go see a play in April 1865.

But then along comes California’s Maxine Waters, the woman who said . . .

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Posted by: Berlet98 at March 14, 2009 12:58 AM

More 'touchy-feely' bullsh!t that doesn't mean a thing from the 0bama Administration....

Obama admin. to end use of term 'enemy combatant'

WASHINGTON – The Obama administration said Friday that it is abandoning one of President George W. Bush's key phrases in the war on terrorism: enemy combatant. But that won't change much for the detainees at the U.S. naval base in Cuba — Obama still asserts the military's authority to hold them. Human rights attorneys said they were disappointed that Obama didn't take a new stance.

Posted by: SK at March 14, 2009 1:03 AM

Hey guys. The Rottweiler's Bark chat is down this weekend. Come join me or something. I miss you all.

Posted by: Anniee451 at March 14, 2009 1:48 AM

Remember the drum beat of the MSM comparing his "O"liness to JFK? Remember how "jelous" the Clinton's were said to be for missing the chance to "shine" had 9/11 happened a few years earlier?

Will now the great reader of other people's words will have his chance, Russian strategic bombers may soon be using airfields in Cuba and Venizula. Just like the "missle crisis".

But will he stand tall toe to toe with the imperalistic Russians? More likely heal to toe and bent over, if you ask me.

Posted by: JustAl at March 14, 2009 7:46 AM

From what uneartly planet did he orionaly come from he looks positivly evil

Posted by: Flu-Bird at March 14, 2009 11:41 AM

Where are they getting all of these bad Obama paintings? I find them frightening in that they show that there are people who are actively involved in politics who are not entirely in control of their senses.

Posted by: James McEnanly at March 14, 2009 2:36 PM

Ireland and the Irish Part One

The following is a re-publication of an article, “Ireland Today,” previously published, sans the graphics, on, July 29th, 2006, Part Two to follow is a commentary on the changes in Ireland over the last 3 1/2 years.

‘Dear, dirty Dublin,’ James Joyce infamously maligned the capital of his native country, Ireland and, while it’s still dear in many ways, his city and his country have come a very long way. More than a quarter century ago, inspired by Alex Haley’s Roots, I decided to take my family back to this land of our own roots and finally meet the aunts, uncles and cousins I had never seen and visit the places and tourist sites I had only heard about.

It was then still a sleepy, little country with its picturesque and quaint villages and counties. With its thousand shades of green, due to its many fine, soft rains, with its countless pristine lakes, streams and rivers, with its tumbledown ancient castles, its peat bogs, its tiny roads where people drive on the wrong side of the road, its Blarney Stone, Ring of Kerry, Galway Bay, Cliffs of Moher, Aran Islands, it was a beautiful, simple place then.

And, Mr. Joyce, Dublin was bustling, but far from dirty. But the Ireland of 1978 could not hide the reality that it was a benighted land.

The Battle of the Boyne in 1690 had been a watershed and since that British victory on that July day, the fate of Ireland was sealed for centuries. Great Britain and its agents, notably the soulless Oliver Cromwell, systematically starved, persecuted and slaughtered the Irish. The aptly named Penal Laws followed and brought more misery to the Irish people. Then came the Great Potato Famine, the Hunger, (1845-1850), which, combined with forced emigration decimated the population. Three million people either died or left and Ireland wouldn’t recover for a century and a half. Not until it became the Celtic Tiger, the New Emerald Isle, with a new and well-earned sense of pride.

We visited Ireland again in 2000 and 2003. My wise and aging uncle, one of the few relatives left by then, profoundly said in 2000, ‘We’ve traded our soul for prosperity.’ And, indeed, a phenomenal prosperity had swept the country by then, accompanied by a sea change in Irish mores, culture, politics and outlook. They say some things never change and outside Dublin much of the old charm of Ireland was alive and well.

But,it was a different life and wellness. New cars and new housing and vastly improved infrastructure are visible everywhere. And the Irish take delight in the fact that thousands of Britons were now crossing the Irish Sea to seek employment in Ireland, reversing the flow of humanity of the previous hundred years. And it’s not just Brits who are flocking to the Old Sod. By the time of my most recent visit in 2006, Iranians, Nigerians, Iraqis, Cambodians, VietNamese, Chinese, people of virtually every nationality were relocating to Ireland seeking jobs and a better life and citizenship.

A puckish cousin had asked me on one of my visits, ‘Now, could you tell me what an American looks like?’ I answered that we look like what an Irishman will look like—in a few generations.

In July, 2006, Ireland was pronounced the second richest country in the world, after Japan, in terms of real estate values. Properties which were valued at thousands of Irish pounds ten years earlier were now valued at hundreds of thousands of Euros with many in Dublin reaching a million Euros! Newspapers were declaring that in order to maintain a comfortable standard of living in Dublin a couple would need to earn upwards of 150,000 euros annually. As in the United States, people anticipated that the housing bubble would soon burst and when it did the thriving economy would crash and burn. However, they hope, that would be some time in the indefinite future.

Meanwhile, despite all the good news, there’s still a dark side to life in Ireland today. The once-vaunted health system (acclaimed when the now-defunct Irish Sweepstakes financed hospitals) was now in serious trouble.

A number of people shared anecdotes about how friends and relatives had gone to emergency rooms and were kept on gurneys for more than twenty four hours before they even saw a doctor. In 2005, only five of fifty four hospitals were rated by the government as hygienically ‘good,’ a figure that most were able to improve in 2006, but the hospitals were still woefully behind most international standards. New hospitals are being built by the cash-flush government, but some were opening without beds. Staffing was another problem and, though the doctors, nurses, and aides that I met seemed competent and pleasant, the facilities were clearly shorthanded and their staffs had to be supplemented by foreigners, some with minimal English language skills.

Were health care the only negative in the Celtic Tiger’s new culture, it would be sad enough. There’s also the baby boom. . .

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Posted by: Berlet98 at March 14, 2009 2:43 PM

U.S. gives the aid, U.N. takes credit.

Posted by: Third at March 14, 2009 10:38 PM

no article worth reading here, just thought y'all would appreciate this quote from Biden:

Biden said Saturday that he and the president have no doubt that the country will overcome its economic woes. And he feels the recent uptick in the stock markets is a result of the "Obama factor."


Posted by: mega at March 15, 2009 7:04 AM

Rasmussen has Obama's approval index (strongly approve minus strongly disapprove) down to 6!!! Yea! Go team. 7 measly points to go and we can watch the MSM squirm and spin to explain why a negative approval index actually means Obama is more popular than ever. Six points! We can do it! Maybe one of his cabinet folks can make another comment about us being cowards, or Obama can go flush another trillion down the toilet. I can't WAIT to see how the MSM handles this.

What's the difference between Obama and Jesus? Jesus could put together a cabinet.

Posted by: mega at March 15, 2009 11:05 AM