Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Favre: Iron Man.


"Favre celebrated his 200th straight regular-season start with three touchdown passes and yet another record in the Green Bay Packers' 45-17 rout of the St. Louis Rams on Monday"




Still the best active QB in the NFL.

Quote of the day....

Courtesy of Dan at DanNation....

Bill Maher on the Clinton Library:

"I love how the right wing is crying, 'Oh, he played down the impeachment.' Well......yeah! Richard Nixon's library doesn't have a Hall of Anti-Semitic Comments!"




Visit Dan's site!

West Wing and DE.

Delavoice posted the following today, entitled "Irony"

"DelaVoice took a little break today and pulled up a “West Wing” episode on TiVo (man’s greatest invention since fire). Ironically, it was an episode about, among other things, an oil tanker that ran aground and spilled a bunch of oil off the coast of Delaware. The fictional spill was off the coast of Rehoboth, far from our real-life spill on the Delaware River.

It inspired the following Delaware-degrading dialogue:

SAM
Ginger, what do you know about the oil tanker?

GINGER
It hit Delaware.

SAM
I’m amazed it found Delaware.

Good ole Delaware – always the subplot, never the real plot."

Want some more Irony? I also watched a few West Wing season two episodes tonite. Delaware was mentioned in two of them.

The first in an episode in which the press secretary has to decide which turkey to pardon for Thanksgiving, but she wants to save them both.

MORTON
"Well, I’m here to take one of the turkeys back."

C.J.
[tries to stop him] "No. No. These turkeys are going to a petting zoo in Delaware."


The second....

TOBY
The key phrase is "at least", at least three members. There might be more. We don't know.

SAM
So, therefore, FBI has grounds to investigate...

TOBY
Yes, to investigate or curtail the activities of all extremist organizations....

SAM
...under a cover of investigating this one particular crime.

TOBY
How do we know that whatever young Nazis of Delaware weren't co-conspirators?






Another 10,000 troops, Iraqi elections, and Saddam to run for Prez.

NBC has the bad news HERE.

"Faced with the real threat of terrorist attacks during Iraqi elections next month, U.S. military officials tell NBC News the Pentagon is now planning to raise the number of American troops in Iraq by 10,000-11,000 to provide additional security. That's twice the number of needed reinforcements first anticipated and will temporarily raise the number of U.S. troops in Iraq to about 150,000."

"That means soldiers from the Army's 1st Infantry and 1st Cavalry and some U.S. Marines who were scheduled to leave Iraq this month may be ordered to stay longer, while soldiers from the 3rd Infantry and 82nd Airborne could be ordered into Iraq earlier than scheduled.

Even then, it would seem impossible to protect all 9,000 polling places in Iraq from terrorist attack.

"We could probably see 10, 20, 30, 50 people killed on Election Day in Iraq, including some American forces, some Iraqi security forces and some innocent voters," says Michael O'Hanlon, a military analyst at the Brookings Institution."

There is some good news.

"Military officials do report since the U.S. invasion of Fallujah, attacks across all of Iraq have dropped from 130 to 50 per day."

Kos reports It still seems unlikely these election will take place on schedule. If the plan works, the attacks decrease, and our troops slowly withdraw, we would all be more than pleased. But what are the chances? Slim. The security undertaking alone is huge, and if there was a very good chance you would die if you went to vote, you cant imagine folks are coming out in droves to the polls. Janes asseses the situation here.

"A rare interview with a foreign militant published in the 2 November New York Times indicated that foreign jihadist volunteers were being channelled through an underground network in Baghdad, not through Fallujah. The Lebanese man described Baghdad safe houses accommodating foreign Arab jihadists waiting for their chance to become martyrs. If this network is not broken up before January, the elections are likely to be disrupted by a wave of suicide bombings."

However, In a rare show of unity, the stand was enshrined in a joint declaration approved by the United States, France and other Western states, the interim Government in Iraq, as well as Iran, Turkey, several Arab countries, China and Russia

If elections do go forward, what if they re-elect Saddam? Yup, he's running. And this fella says 42 percent want him back.

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<>"Stefano said that there was no law that prevented Saddam from appearing on the ballot. He added that Saddam hopes to regain his presidency and palaces via the democratic process.

Contrary to the statements of Iraqi Interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi, Stefano claims, "Saddam has no chance to be tried before the elections. Moreover, no international law prevents him from coming forward."

Saddam's lawyer defends that the ambiguity in Iraq will favor Saddam at the polls. Stefano remarked that a recent Gallup poll indicates that 42 percent of the Iraqi people want their former leader back."


I hear he's running on the "I'm not really a loony bastard" platform.



"Vote for me. Do it. Now."





Afghanistan on the back nine.

Good news. Afghanistan is back on the links.

QARGHA, Afghanistan (Reuters) - At a resort that became a battlefield, Afghans teed off Friday in their country's first open golf tournament in more than 30 years.



"As is still the way in Afghanistan (news - web sites), the first shot of the day at the Kabul Golf Club went to the local militia commander, applauded by his men with shouldered Kalashnikovs."

"It reopened this year, but only after it was thoroughly checked for mines and other unexploded ordnance."

"Popal, 50, said the aim of the Afghan Open, was to select players who could eventually go on to represent Afghanistan in international tournaments."

"We still don't have a proper green and we still need more facilities," said the other club pro, Mohamad Afzal Abdul. "Some of our international members have promised to help us reconstruct our greens and donate equipment."



International members, you say??



"Loser buys beer! hehe!"



Let Freedom Ring.






More fun with wacky "Christian Conservatives."

HERE is an article from ABC.....While this would have been he source of the "Quote of the day", there was no way I could just pull one quote. Feel free to point and laugh.

"I believe Our Lord elected our president and I believe he put him in office and it is my prayer that he will sustain him in office," said one woman at the Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale, Fla."

"Another was asked if she believed that God intervened in the election. "Absolutely," she said."

"They believe that if their agenda is not implemented quickly — if their concerns are not addressed in a timely fashion — God will be angry.

"One leading evangelist recently warned, "God's patience runs out."

"Asked about the millions of Americans who are not Christian, or have a different interpretation of Christianity, Kennedy said with another laugh: "I couldn't care less. It's true."


Friday, November 26, 2004

The Argument for Cutting and Running.

Richard Reeves has an article here, suggesting that the U.S is "in the wrong place at the wrong time in someone else's civil war". He also presents the quote of the day, from our beloved "Demo Dick".

"Once you get to Baghdad, it's not clear what you do with it. It's not clear what kind of government you put in place of the one that's currently there now. Is it going to be a Shia regime, a Sunni regime, a Kurdish regime? Or one that tilts toward the Baathists, or one that tilts toward Islamic fundamentalists? How much credibility is that going to have if it's set up by the American military there? How long does the United States military have to stay there to protect the people that sign on for that government, and what happens once we leave?"

Meanwhile, it becomes more evident every day that there will be no elections in January.



"Welcome, Mr. Bond..."

Thursday, November 25, 2004

Happy Thanksgiving.

Enjoy the Holiday.

-The Bunker



Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Animated Radiohead Video

Click here to watch an excellent animated video for the Radiohead song "Creep", played acoustic by Thom Yorke.

Tuesday, November 23, 2004

Vigorous foreign policy is about creating a better world?


"Chug, Kofi! hehe!""


Bush administration: How can it recognize genocide, shrug its shoulders and then carry on claiming that its vigorous foreign policy is about creating a better world?


U.N. chief Kofi Annan called on the council to issue its "strongest warning" to forces fighting in Sudan to sign a peace deal before the end of the year.

Lovely.

Ivo H. Daalder writes HERE on why it is time to intervene.
(This article is pre-election)

"The issue, then, is not legality or lack of troops — it is a shameful lack of will and a failure by the major powers in the world to fulfill their global responsibilities. The time to act is now. With Washington preoccupied with Iraq and a presidential election, leadership will have to come from Europe. Is anyone listening?"



Cameraman tells Falluja marines why he broadcast controversial shooting

Read it on the Guardian HERE.

I considered writing at length on this incident, but my opinion is just too short.
Insurgents in Falluja have been reported to booby trap bodies of the dead. A tactic used often in Vietnam, often fatal results, the body of a fallen fighter is rigged to explode when moved. With, or without this information, it is still simply futile to judge the actions of a Marine in a combat situation. I dont say he was right, or wrong, but that until I am in his position, I can't pretend to be able to judge his actions.

Reminds me of what 'Hoot' said in Black Hawk Down:
"Y'know what I think? Don't really matter what I think. Once that first bullet goes past your head, politics and all that shit just goes right out the window."

Monday, November 22, 2004

Oh, You tricky republicans.....


Sneaky, Sneaky!

MSNBC calls this story a "Gaffe"....weak. FOX calls it ....nothing. They just state it "sparks explenations". CNN calls it a "controversy"

Josh Marshall, Writer for the Washington Monthly and a columnist for The Hill, has his blog entry here.

"As you've probably heard, the congress is pushing through a big omnibus spending bill this weekend. And at the last minute, Republican leaders tried to slip in a provision that would give certain committee chairman and their staffers unlimited access to any American's tax return, with none of the standard privacy protections applying.

You heard that right.

They could pull anyone's tax return, read it over and do whatever they wanted with the information. Those who would have this power would be the chairs and ranking members of the senate and house appropriations committees and subcommittees and "their designees."

"The Republicans are acting like it was all an innocent mistake. And it seems clear that there are Republican senators who didn't know anytihng about it and are pissed. But clearly this was no accident, unless provisions have started to write themselves."

From CNN.com

"Rep. Ernest Istook, the Oklahoma Republican whose subcommittee was responsible for the provision, said it had been misrepresented.

"Nobody's privacy was ever jeopardized," Istook said, noting that the language was intended to "include visiting and inspecting the huge IRS processing centers, but not inspecting tax returns."

"It may get the media's attention when someone makes a wild claim, but it's time for everyone to calm down. There's no conspiracy here," Istook said."

Istook continues to take the hilarious measure of defending this language, all while Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist says:

"I have no earthly idea how it got in there," Frist, a Tennessee Republican, said on CBS's "Face The Nation" Sunday. "Nobody is going to defend this."

Istook said the provision would "allow the appropriations committees to keep track of how the IRS spends its money" ...with a straight face, as if it was neccesary to have access to the American public's tax return information to determine such spending.

"You don't need some whole new unfettered access to individual tax returns of people or of companies in order to figure out how the IRS is spending its money," Sen. Kent Conrad said.

Istook backed off in later statements saying he had "nothing to do" with inserting the language, and did not approve it. However, Frist seems to think he did...

"There will be no window where this will be law," Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist said. He referred to the provision as the Istook amendment, and congressional aides said it was put in the bill at the request of Rep. Ernest Istook Jr., chairman of the House Appropriations Committee's transportation subcommittee."

Makes you wonder what else might have slipped by. As does Sen. John McCain....

"If there is ever a graphic example of the broken system that we now have, that certainly has to be it," the Arizona Republican said on NBC's "Meet the Press." "How many other provisions didn't we find?"

Hers is the exact wording of the provision.

"Hereinafter, notwithstanding any other provision of law governing the disclosure of income tax returns or return information, upon written request of the Chairman of the House or Senate Committee on Appropriations, the Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service shall allow agents designated by such Chairman access to Internal Revenue Service facilities and any tax returns or return information contained therein."



Iraq not improving-Lets not be "like a rock band checking out of a hotel room"

As the news of American soldiers being killed in Iraq fades deeper into newspapers, and becomes more frequent, Washington Post writer Mike Kinsley asks the compelling question(s):

"Has there ever before been a war that so many people disapproved of but so few wanted to stop? Have the reasons for starting a war ever been so thoroughly discredited without turning into reasons for ending it?"

At least half, (and i would estimate, more than half..) of all Americans are, as Kinsley put it...

"in some kind of existential opposition to the war but aren't doing much about it and aren't very clear about what they would like to see happen."

This, of course, was no more obvious than on November 2nd when the American people re-elected President Bush based on "moral values", or so the polls tell us, while the situation in Iraq continued to deteriorate.

I think the answer as to why we lack tha anti-war movements of previous years is what Kinsley calls "Pottery Barn policy"

"The Colin Powell answer goes by the nickname "Pottery Barn," referring to the alleged policy of that purveyor of yupware that "if you break it, you own it." In fact, Pottery Barn's breakage policy is much kinder and gentler than that. But it's certainly true that a well-brought-up foreign policy doesn't occupy a country, wreck it and move on like a rock band checking out of a hotel room. The question is whether we're actually helping to tidy up or only making a bigger mess."

A bigger mess? ...
Given our current position in this war, operations in Falluja was an essential step. If we now must begin to (slowly...very slowly) pull out of Iraq only with the satisfaction that elections have been held there, it was neccesary to take the fight to the insurgents, and hope to dis-band them. However, the chance for a safe election in January are still hovering around nil. Even if Iraq does manage to pull off the election, how many Iraqi people will support and trust the elected leader? It isnt easy to convince a country you are the good guys when "Acute malnutrition among young children in Iraq has nearly doubled since the United States led an invasion of the country 20 months ago, according to surveys by the United Nations, aid agencies and the interim Iraqi government."

Also, we continue to see evidence of poor planning for this war, when we read that "Senior U.S. military commanders in Iraq say it is increasingly likely they will need a further increase in combat forces to put down remaining areas of resistance in the country."

Is this because we are..."Turning the corner"? ...."Winning"?

When will we get some answers? When will we see some progress? I think it's beyond evident, we are in this one for the long,.looong haul. Kinsley observes that John Kerry's position was that he would try, but not promise, to bring the troops home in four years. Four years! American involvement in World War II lasted 3 1/2. It's clear now that there can't be any "cut n' run" job in Iraq. But where is the exit strategy? IS there an exit strategy? Why have we not heard it? It is way beyond time we saw some change of strategy, some progress. Fire someone. You cant be re-elected, take some heat. change "the course".

Retired General Anthony Zinni explains to CBS News.....

Retired General Anthony Zinni is one of the most respected and outspoken military leaders of the past two decades.

From 1997 to 2000, he was commander-in-chief of the United States Central Command, in charge of all American troops in the Middle East. That was the same job held by Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf before him, and Gen. Tommy Franks after.

“There has been poor strategic thinking in this,” says Zinni. “There has been poor operational planning and execution on the ground. And to think that we are going to ‘stay the course,’ the course is headed over Niagara Falls. I think it's time to change course a little bit, or at least hold somebody responsible for putting you on this course. Because it's been a failure.”

Zinni spent more than 40 years serving his country as a warrior and diplomat, rising from a young lieutenant in Vietnam to four-star general with a reputation for candor.

Now, in a new book about his career, co-written with Tom Clancy, called "Battle Ready," Zinni has handed up a scathing indictment of the Pentagon and its conduct of the war in Iraq.

In the book, Zinni writes: "In the lead up to the Iraq war and its later conduct, I saw at a minimum, true dereliction, negligence and irresponsibility, at worse, lying, incompetence and corruption."


Thursday, November 18, 2004

Castro says Bin Laden tape "arranged".

Fidel Castro went on record today, suggesting that the timing of the Bin Laden tape produced just before the November 2nd presidential election was suspect.

``We have seen too much ... trickery and shamelessness to sustain the belief that this wasn't something arranged.''

Speaking Tuesday on the communist-run island's nightly televised ``Mesa Redonda'' discussion program, Castro added, ``Bin Laden makes the documentaries that decide elections.''





"Oohp! Scuse me..."

Album Of The Year

The Bunker picks Will Johnson: Vultures Await.





Two free tracks from this record here. And here, a review.

More on Will Johnson in the coming days.





Judge convicts reporter for protecting his right to defend his source's identity.

A Television reporter has been convicted of contemp for not revealing his source for an FBI tape showing a city official taking a bribe.

"Jim Taricani of WJAR was found guilty by a judge after a 45-minute trial and could get up to six months behind bars when he is sentenced next month.

Taricani called the verdict an "assault on journalistic freedom" and said he never thought he would have to serve time for doing his job.

"No reporter should have to pay such a terribly high price for honestly and legally reporting the news," WJAR said."

Big tip of the bunker hat to both:

"Sen. Christopher J. Dodd (news, bio, voting record), a Democrat from Connecticut, said he will introduce legislation as soon as Friday that would create a federal shield law for members of the media. The bill would protect reporters from being forced to provide information about their sources, and also protect notes, film, video or audio tapes, outtakes, photographs or negatives."

And to WJAR...

"In March, the judge found Taricani in civil contempt and imposed a $1,000-a-day fine until he identified his source. WJAR, owned by NBC, paid $85,000 on Taricani's behalf until the judge suspended the fine two weeks ago, saying it had not achieved its goal."


41 Calls 43

THIS is funny...i don't care who you are.

From http://www.harryshearer.com/leshow/

Just for kicks. ...um, on I-96.

This is just funny.

How long before this really happens!?

God Bless Texas

A school tradition in an East Texas school district of children dressing as a member of the opposite sex has been cancelled, because of concerns it could create gay children. Because, as we all know, being gay is a "choice".

But Delana Davies, who has two children in the Spurger school, complained this year that the tradition could promote homosexuality and got the Liberty Legal Institute, a right-wing Christian legal group, to take up the cause.

"It might be fun today to dress up like a little girl -- kids think it's cute and things like that. And you start playing around with it and, like drugs, you do a little here and there (and) eventually it gets you," Davies told reporters.

Ok, where to start?

Nevermind. read the article. It speaks for itself. I'd just love to know how the mentally healthy parents in the town are explaining this to the kids. Because, you know, you "start playing around" with dressing like a girl for a harmless school tradition in the name of...(gasp!).. fun, and next thing you know, you are gay. We've all seen that happen.

Bush makes a funny.

The President continued the Thanksgiving tradition of allowing a bird to live today.


"It came down to a few battleground states," the Republican president said.

"It was a tough contest and it turned out some 527 organizations got involved, including Barnyard Animals for Truth. There was a scurrilous film that came out, "Fahrenheit 375 Degrees At 10 Minutes Per Pound," he said.


Down Time

Sorry for the lack of updates this week. It's Comcast's fault.

"Homes in a small area north of Wilmington lost TV cable connections Tuesday when a road construction crew on Concord Pike cut into an underground cable while working on the highway, said Comcast Cable spokesman Jeff Alexander. The outage occurred about 12:30 p.m. and workers were still trying to restore reception several hours later".

Monday, November 15, 2004

White House: Crazy Magnet!!

One guy sets himself on fire outside the White House, then this guy scales the fence!

WASHINGTON — A man set himself afire Monday just outside a White House gate and repeatedly yelled "Allah Allah" after Secret Service (search) officers put out the flames and one held him facedown on the sidewalk.


Oh boy.

Suprise?

The Guardian reports that the election in Iraq, scheduled for January, may be delayed. The White House is standing by the original date. Personally, I think the security undertaking alone is astronomical, and the theory of running a smooth election in a country still at war is, sadly, a myth. I would love to be proven wrong on this.

Battle for Fallujah captured on film.

This video shows a United States military involved in combat operations in Fallujah. While it is not graphic, in the sense that it shows no one being hurt as such, it does capture the ferocity of the fight, and the bravery of our people. It's a sobering reminder as to what they are dealing with.

Stop the freaking whining.



Guess what, folks. Its G.W Bush for 4 more years, no matter how much you complain.

the flood of "stolen election" theories were a different story in 2000. This year, America has re-elected George Bush. Election hang-over step number one: Get over it. You dont have to like it, you dont have sit and take it. You can make your voice heard, you can continue to fight against what you think is wrong, and fighting for what you think is right. But the current storm of plain old whining about stolen elections needs to stop. Its counter-productive.

We are at no shortage of reasons for criticizing the way we vote on election day. There were glitches. The lack of a paper trail, and the use of easily hacked computer technology are troubling. the system is in need of a common voting system for all states, and it's irresponsible that not enough has been done sine the 2000 election to secure the confidence of voters. There should never be any doubt. Having a guy like Walden O'Dell, the head of Diebold which builds and sells electronic voting machines say he is "committed to helping Ohio deliver its electoral votes to the president next year" certainly raises an eyebrow. The exit polls that indicated a Kerry win are suspect. Votes were counted backwards. An error gave Bush 4'000 votes. There are indeed problems. None of them, mind you, would have put Kerry in the White House.

Life will go on.

"The good news is that unless George W. Bush is hoping to provoke Armageddon, life will go on. In fact, there is another national election a mere two years from now. By then, some of the far right now chortling about the possibility of flat taxes, repealing Roe vs. Wade and privatizing Social Security will have found that winning control of a nation on the skids isn't everything it's cracked up to be."


This does not mean you should roll over and croak. We have four more years with President Bush. That is 1460 days to criticize misguided policy, to demand a voting system we can beleive in, and to prepare for 2008 with a better understanding of what is neccesary to defeat the next George Bush. Unless, of course, he wins a 3rd term.


Sunday, November 14, 2004

Giving God a bad name.

James Carville and wife Mary Matalin appeared on "Meet the Press" tonite. Host Tim Russert read from a letter that Dr. Bob Jones, III, the president of Bob Jones University, sent to the president via the BJU website....

"Dear Mr. President, in your re-election, God has graciously granted America--though she doesn't deserve it--a reprieve from the agenda of paganism. You have been given a mandate. ... Don't equivocate. Put your agenda on the front burner and let it boil. You owe the liberals nothing. They despise you because they despise your Christ. ... If you have weaklings around you who do not share your biblical values, shed yourself of them."

"On occasion, Christians have not agreed with things you said during your first term. Nonetheless, we could not be more thankful that God has given you four more years to serve Him in the White House, never taking off your Christian faith and laying it aside as a man takes off a jacket, but living, speaking, and making decisions as one who knows the Bible to be eternally true".

"Undoubtedly, you will have opportunity to appoint many conservative judges and exercise forceful leadership with the Congress in passing legislation that is defined by biblical norm regarding the family, sexuality, sanctity of life, religious freedom, freedom of speech, and limited government."


There you have it. God loves everyone. And Liberals hate God. Right. Moving on.

Republican Mary Matalin responded to the quote with:

Liberals have said--in the agony of defeat here, they've said some pretty outrageous things and they've said some pretty outrageous things during the campaign, not the least of which that the president was brain dead.

Which of course, were the words of Delaware Senator Joe Biden.

While it may not be unusal for some fanatical religeous zealot to be spitting holy water all over the word "Liberal" these days, Carville points out that this is a man with some influence and has a history with the president..

President Bush and Mr. Jones have a long history with each other. Let's not forget that. This guy didn't just--this is not just some guy coming out of South Carolina. Remember, he campaigned at Bob Jones University at the invitation of Bob Jones with the support of Bob Jones. So this is not--this is a guy who's influential. This is not some guy out here, you know, that just cropped up out of nowhere."


Old Bob jones appeared on Larry King in March of 2000. Below is his response as to why black and white students may not date at his institution.

Well, being a Bible believing institution, Larry, we try to base things on Bible principle. The problem we have today is that our principle is so greatly misunderstood. People think we don't let them date because we are racist, in other words to be racist you have to treat people differently. We don't. We don't let them date, because we were trying, as an example, to enforce something, a principle that is much greater than this.

We stand against the one-world government, against the coming world of anti-Christ, which is a one world system of blending, of all differences, of blending of national differences, economic differences, church differences, into a big one ecumenical world. The Bible is very clear about this.

We said, you know, way back years ago, when we first had a problem, which was -- by the way, we started this principle, back in the mid-'50s, I was a college student at BJU at the time and it was with an Asian and Caucasian is -- we didn't even have black students for another 15 years. So it was not put there as a black thing, I think people need to understand that.

BJU "didn't even have black students for another 15 years" because the school, which again, is not racist, didn't accept black students until 1970. Bob Jones went on to agree he could not back up his claim of the Bible.

"No, we can't back it up with a verse from the Bible. We never have tried to, we have never tried to do that. But we have said there is a principle here, an overriding principle of the one world government."

Ironically, Jones happened to "drop" the rule the day of the Larry King appearance, and under great media scrutiny.

JONES: I don't think it's taking it too far, but I can tell you this, we don't have to have that rule. In fact, as of today, we have dropped the rule. We have dropped the rule for this reason.

KING: Today?

JONES: Today. I met with the administrators this afternoon before coming here. But let me tell you why we dropped it. We don't want this to be a -- here is a great institution, one of the premier academic institutions in America, one of the premier Christian colleges of America. We have a broader testimony. And if all anybody can see is this rule, which we never talk about or preach, which most of our students couldn't even tell you what it is. It is that unimportant to us.

But hey. Even if it's two white kids? Or two black? Or two whatever?

KING: Can students date at Bob Jones University?

JONES: Oh, yes. I found my wife there.

KING: Can they dance?

JONES: No.

KING: Can they hold hands?

JONES: No.

Other things not allowed at BJU? Music, the internet, movies, TV.....


KING: No music, movies, TV, Internet access. Why?

JONES: Oh, there's...

KING: All those things are learning processes -- bad and good, but they're learning processes.

JONES: We have Internet access. We have a filtered Internet access.

KING: You -- certain things are not allowed in.

JONES: Yes, yes, certain things.

KING: OK, why not movies and music, television?

JONES: Well, I think the entertainment industry has been one of the most debilitating factors in our nation's moral decline. You now, I think when a 6-year-old boy shoots a 6-year-old girl, I mean, this is a new low in America. It happened two days ago, as you're well aware. I think we're seeing the fruit of godlessness. I think the media -- I think the media is very anti-God. You know, you'll never see a normal preacher. You hardly ever see a normal family on there. The values are skewed. And we say, you know, we Christians ought to feed our minds on better stuff than this, wholesome stuff, not perversity.

KING: But, Doctor, there's a lot of good stuff on television...

JONES: Well, sure. Oh...

KING: ... and there's a lot of good stuff in movies.

JONES: Well, you're on TV. You know, that's obvious.

KING: And there's a lot of good music. I mean, there's some bad music but there's good -- but why not let the individual, free will, make their own selection process? Why would God not want that?

JONES: Well, of course, individuals at home do. When a young person comes to Bob Jones University, he's coming, as it were to a boot camp. We're training servants of Christ for his army, if you will."

Gay people? Not at BJU.

KING: So if you were gay, you couldn't be a student?

JONES: No. We would not keep a student in school, we would not keep an adulterer in school, not keep a thief in school, OK.

KING: You put that in the same category, though? You put a gay in the category with thief or an adulterer?

JONES: Well, any sin, any sin.

Pope? on yer bike.

JONES: A homosexual can be saved, the pope could be saved, if he would embrace Jesus Christ

On Liberals:

KING: There's not a liberal doctrine you might agree with? You might agree with health for everyone, you might agree with concepts of -- that all races are equal, that women deserve equal pay. Some of the liberals opposed first overtime. I mean, every liberal concept can't be bad. Franklin Delano Roosevelt did some good.

JONES: Well, why do Harvard and Yale have a preponderance, almost an exclusive number of liberal speakers? Why are their teachers almost all liberals? You see, they have a purpose.

KING: But conservatives speak at Harvard and Yale. JONES: Occasionally. They have their tokens. They have their tokens...

KING: But your candidate graduated Yale.

JONES: Pardon me?

KING: George W. Bush graduated Yale.

JONES: Well, it's possible for a man to come through the system and not buy into it.

Catholic? Mormon?

“The diminution of evangelistic enterprise to cults which call themselves Christian, including Catholicism and Mormonism, is frightening,”

To the credit of then Govorner Bush, he denounced the actions of BYU on Letterman while capmpaigning for President. In a letter George Bush wrote to Cardinal O'Connor, he said, "On reflection, I should have been more clear about disassociating myself from anti-Catholic settlements and racial prejudice."

DAVID LETTERMAN, HOST: What were you doing at Bob Jones University last week? How did that go? It didn't turn out the way you'd hoped, huh?

BUSH: I missed a chance. I should have stood up there and said, listen, if you're going to bash Catholics, I'm going to come after you.

LETTERMAN: Yes.

BUSH: That's the way I feel. I've got a good record in Texas about being -- bringing people together. I've got a good record, as you mentioned, of being a uniter not a divider.

LETTERMAN: Yes, now, you know, and then I heard later you were talking about you didn't realize that the people of this university, I guess Bob Jones his own self, had been sort of attacking your father when he was in office, and yet you show up there on campus. Now to me, I'm thinking, do I have the best staff I need to be running this campaign?

Did heads roll there, Governor?

BUSH: Heads got knocked, that's right.

Jones is a man that calls himself "an educator". BJU's mission statement: "Within the cultural and academic soil of liberal arts education, Bob Jones University exists to grow Christlike character that is Scripturally disciplined; others-serving; God-loving; Christ-proclaiming; and focused above."
Suprising he even allows the word "Liberal" in there. This "University", which is more of a bible based coporation, stifles students in to fish tank thinking, and will not allow it's students basic choices, such as dating, dress code, and access to unfiltered news or opinions. All under the banner, and in the name of, God. If our country starts dictating to us using a "biblical norm", then how are we better than the religious fundalmentalists in Iran or the Taliban?

Jones:I've learned that religious freedom, and particularly Bible-believing Christians, the -- maybe we're the most unprotected and misunderstood and maybe despised minority in America. I think some of this is frightening. I think the hostility toward Christianity that has been exhibited in all this should frighten all freedom-loving people and certainly should frighten Christians. And I believe it has. I believe that somehow the university's been allowed of God to be brought into this thing through no fault of our own, and I think as a result a lot of people have had a wake-up call that maybe we're about to lose tolerance toward religious freedom in this country. And I am really, really concerned about that.


God won the election for Bush?

“This was Providence,” evangelical leader and presidential adviser Charles Colson told Beliefnet. “Anybody looking at the 2000 election would have to say it was…a miraculous deliverance, and I think people felt it again this year.” By allowing Bush to stay in office, Colson said, God is “giving us a chance to repent and to restore some moral sanity to American life.”


President Bush needs to denounce this hate mail as he "reaches out to the other side". Bob Jones signed this letter "Your friend", and Bush needs to clarify that he does not agree with what Jones clearly view's as a war of culture he intends to win.












Friday, November 12, 2004

A tragedy of immense proportions.

Judge for yourself. I , for one, may never be the same after reading of such a horrible, horrible waste.

Scott Peterson verdict: Guilty

...And thank goodness for that. Fake ass O.J.

The only question remaining now: what will Dan Abrams do with his days!?

Thursday, November 11, 2004

Veterans Day

The WNJ recognizes some local heroes.

The Bunker salutes all veterans, past and present today.





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Delaware Bloggers on WILM

Blogolution crew Ken and Steve, Dave Huber, and True Facts columnist Joe appeared on WILM this evening, for a discussion with Delaware bloggers. It was an interesting discussion ranging from how the respective web sites began, to the recent Presidential election. All in all an entertaining show. I wish they would have had more time, as it seemed they were just getting warmed up as the segment ended. The general concensus in the room was that the media is very liberal, Micheal Moore sucks and helped the Dems lose the election, and that P. Diddy's "vote or die" campaign sucked. The Bunker will approve only one of these messages.

Blogolution was my first daily read before entering our little DE blog community, so it was great to hear all the exposure those guys are getting. It was also great to have a shot taken at you over the air waves by a fellow blogger. (ahem!Huber) : )

Everyone did a great job, and it's great that the local news station had you all on. Even if the "On Air" sign didn't work. (how did they handle that problem anyway?)But next time......how about a plug? C'mon. dont leave the guy who voted for Kerry out!

What i learned:

FOX being bias is a "good thing"

If you say you beleive in God "The Left looks at you like you have Leprosy".

Karl Rove is, in fact, not a genius.

Wendy Levine is a lefty.

Blogolution may eventually have a streaming news-cast. Obviously a tribute to the one place they love, Delawareonline.com

All nonsense aside, good job guys. You served yourselves well.












Delaware hits all time low.

Yup. Paris Hilton is in town. Apparently filming an episode of her upcoming 3rd "Surreal Life" season. It's good to know we will be a part of the "giggling disgrace to human beings" show.

F FCC

19 stations have pulled the movie "Saving Private Ryan" over fears of "whether the FCC would consider the context in which the intense adult language and graphic battleground violence is presented in the movie."


Anybody who has seen it knows that this is a great movie that celebrates the heroism of our veterans. It's a sad day when the FCC can prevent a network from remembering these brave men in some way.









Monday, November 08, 2004

Where is the sign the kids made, honey?

Here we see an 8 year old being taught "moral values". I'm glad her moral, responsible parents had the foresight to give the kid a big peice of cardboard with "Sodomy" scrawled on it.

Weekend rocked, thanks.

So, I got half way to Philly on Saturday before I realized I had the tickets to the Sunday show, not the tickets I needed. I almost pulled a Huber there, but I managed to get back to Wilmington, and then to the Electric Factory in time to see Muse.

All I have of Muse right now is Absolution, and it's a great record. True, they are kind of a Wal Mart Radiohead, but there is still some great music on this record. The show was very energetic, and I heard what I wanted to hear. But something wasn't right.
Maybe it was the over exagerated posturing of the lead singer, or his abundance of 80's era "yeeeaaah!" screaming, or his diamond plate piano that flashed in bright lights, ...I even thought he was lip synching for a moment there. Where's "60 Minutes" when ya need 'um?
Absolution is still a great record, but i can't say i would go to see them again.

Sunday night was a whole different adventure. We Arrived early to get a good seat, and I was glad I did. The Secret Machines opened the show, and were impressive. More to come on them once I pick up the CD.

Interpol ruled the night, and played a long set including most of the two albums they have produced so far. Much tighter than when I saw them a year ago, yet still loose enough to make it feel like good old rock n' roll. A band like this is no longer a common thing. A band who has never produced a bad song, and can drive it home and still elevate it when played live. An excellent climax to a weekend of consuming $2.07 gas, parking in $8.00 parking spots, and drinking $5.00 beer.

Credit due to my lovely girlfriend who so graciously pretended to enjoy herself the first night, and became an Interpol fan the next.

Coca-cola: kick ass pesticide.

Indian cotton farmers are buying Coke and Pepsi by the case.....for attracting and killing bugs.

"In February, an Indian parliamentary panel upheld a report by an environment group that said beverages made by Coca-Cola and PepsiCo contained pesticides and called for tougher safety standards."


Ignoring a lucrative marketing opportunity, both companies reject the findings.

It works!

Study: Arctic warming at twice the global rate

There is certainly no secret about the farce that is President Bush's enviromental policy. A study conducted by 250 scientinsts concluded that with the current rate at which global warming is heating the Arctic, polar bears could be wiped out.

"OSLO, Norway (Reuters) -- Global warming is heating the Arctic almost twice as fast as the rest of the planet in a thaw that threatens millions of livelihoods and could wipe out polar bears by 2100, an eight-nation report said on Monday.

The biggest survey to date of the Arctic climate, by 250 scientists, said the accelerating melt could be a foretaste of wider disruptions from a build-up of human emissions of heat-trapping gases in Earth's atmosphere.

The "Arctic climate is now warming rapidly and much larger changes are projected," according to the Arctic Climate Impact Assessment (ACIA), funded by the United States, Canada, Russia, Denmark, Iceland, Sweden, Norway and Finland.

Arctic temperatures are rising at almost twice the global average and could leap 4-7 Celsius (7-13 Fahrenheit) by 2100, roughly twice the global average projected by U.N. reports. Siberia and Alaska have already warmed by 2-3 C since the 1950s."


President George W. Bush pulled the United States, the world's top polluter, out of the 126-nation Kyoto protocol in 2001, arguing its curbs on greenhouse gas emissions were too costly and unfairly excluded developing nations.

"Kyoto is only a first step," said Norwegian Environment Minister Knut Hareide, a strong backer of Kyoto. "The clear message from this report is that Kyoto is not enough. We must reduce emissions much more in coming decades."


Even the Pentagon describes dramatic worldwide ecosystem changes, resulting in massive political and social instability, due to rapid climate change over the next 20 years. >From food shortages to violent storms, mass human migrations and wars for survival, the study suggests that the Bush Administration must reverse its position on climate change immediately.

Yeah, i know. The sky is falling.

But consider this....

"If we are saying that the loss of species in and of itself is inherently bad -- I don't think we know enough about how the world works to say that."

-Interior Department Assistant Secretary Craig Manson, appointed by President Bush to position overseeing the Endangered Species Act, Los Angeles Times, Nov. 12, 2003


When President Bush "reaches out" to me, as someone who voted against him, will he take time to build a better enviromental policy?

Survey SAYS!? ........

Hell no.

Total spending on environmental programs is slated for a $1.9 billion reduction (-5.9 percent) compared to FY 2004, falling from $32.2 billion to $30.3 billion. However, the cuts do not stop there; the environment takes another whack in the President’s long-term budget plan, dropping to only $29.6 billion in FY 2006, with significant additional cuts falling on land conservation efforts.

Funding for the Environmental Protection Agency would fall by over $600 million dollars with the biggest impacts falling on water quality and science and technology programs.

...And thats just a taste. Worst enviromental President ever?

Hey AL!! ...

....A lil' help?









Kerry gets mad, unleashes his wolf pack.

It seems President Bush was mistaken when he indicated the threat of wolves in his campaign commercial this year. They have now arrived in D.C...except they are Coyotes.

Elevate the color thingy to extra scary, Mr. President!!

Friday, November 05, 2004

Dont burn the house down!




I will be heading out for the weekend to Philadelphia to see Interpol on Saturday, and Muse on Sunday....I'll have lots to say about that upon my return. Also, i have 2 large peices in the works concerning our recent election. You kids be good, and dont burn the house down.

Thursday, November 04, 2004

4 more beers! 4 more beers!.....

...We're gonne need em.

The post-election hang-over has begun. Time to hunker down for another uncertain 4 years under President Bush. Hopefully all us blog-its can begin to write about more than just the Presidency now. thanks to Ryan at Political Tracker, the Blogolution crew, and even Dave Huber (!) for making the election more fun, and unbeleivably frustrating. See if you guys can play defense for 4 more quarters.

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Crimes against the Internet

In a victory for everyone that owns a a computer, two people have been convicted for "spamming" millions of AOL customers.

"Jurors recommended that Jeremy Jaynes, 30, be sentenced to nine years in prison and fined Jessica DeGroot, 28, $7,500 after convicting them of three counts each of sending e-mails with fraudulent and untraceable routing information."

...And they should serve every minute of it.

firewall software = $100

pop-up stopper = $50

high speed internet hook-up = $40 a month

Convicting the scum bags who have made surfing the internet a frustrating and expensive chore, and flashed images of porn to kids and grand-mummies = Priceless

umm...guys?

.....Election is over. You guys won. You can stop misleading now.

And David Corn, again, HERE on the election hangover.

Tuesday, November 02, 2004

The Final Days...

Great animated cartoon from the best in the business, Mark Fiore ......go HERE to visit his main page, and watch the archives of all this year's cartoons, and, of course, to make the donkey and the elephant punch each other in the face. Awesome!

From the polls...

I visited 2 differnt polling places this morning, between 9:30a.m and 10:30 a.m....all was quiet, i think i may have waited 5 minutes or so to cast my vote. I also did not impregnate any chads.

A lady standing outside my polling place has a large stack of "Bill Lee for Gov" propaganda, although she was not handing them to voters as they walked by. I assumed you had to ask for one, otherwise it would be illegal? I was suprised to see her at all, I was under the impression that kind of thing was'nt allowed....can anyone confirm the rules on this?

The networks are already airing calls from people claiming to have had problems with voting machines, registration, etc....It will be an interesting night.

Monday, November 01, 2004

The Bunker for Kerry, or ......How George W. Bush lost my vote.

I got up early on January 20th, 2001 to watch the inauguration of George W. Bush. These things fascinate me, and I watched all morning as the almost-President and his wife arrived for the pre-inauguration meeting with the Clinton's, and as he was sworn in to office. Some of my friends at the other local blogs have me pinned for a sure lefty Democrat. I've never claimed to belong to either party. I looked at this as clean slate.

It is common to hear someone say that 9/11 changed our lives forever. While this is obviously true, it's important to examine how we have, in fact, changed.

When the President addressed the nation on 9/11, I had felt a sense of reassurance. I got the message, although not as blunt as i would have liked, that someone would be held accountable, and we were coming to kick some ass. America rallied around it's President in a time of crisis. Pretty soon, American forces were on the ground in Afghanistan. It felt like progress. We were still a very angry nation, and to know that we were on the move against terrorists that had attacked our country gave me a sense of pride, and, even a little comfort. had the election been held at that time, I would have helped America re-elect George W. Bush.

The focus began to switch. When George Bush informed us that Iraq was in possesion of Weapons of Mass Destruction, I joined around 70% of American's who, along with John Kerry, agreed that the President should have the authorization to go to war, as a last resort in dealing with Saddam and his stash of WMD's. Before long, however, some things became painfully clear.

As we now know, there were no WMD's. Worse, there is no plan to get out, and the casualties and cost of this war are nothing short of unacceptable. Worse still, with Bush requesting another $70 Billion in war funding, there is clearly no end in sight. The story has changed from "WMD's" to a "free Iraq" and they continue to attempt to justify it. Sadly, a lie is a lie. This however, is just the centerpeice of a 4 year history of mistakes, deception, and incompetence. From the lack of attention to intelligence reports of an "attack inside the US", to the blatant stonewalling of the 9/11 commision that would produce the facts of his failures. From the failure to "catch or kill" Osama Bin Laden, to the shockingly irresponsible "Bring it on" Bush issued to the insurgents, while other people's kids were ones they were "bringing it" to. From the record deficits to the most unfair of tax cuts for the rich, Bush has let us down. He broke an American tradition of only commiting our troops to harm's way as a last resort. He has demonstrated no understanding of the seperation of church and state. He has used color coded scare tactics, and continue's the theme of putting fear and intimidation into the the voter as the election closes in. He has been called the worst enviromental president in history, including his walking away from the negotiations to address global warming. .... The list is long, and highly undistinguished.

It is evident that a change is necessary. I beleive John Kerry has the qualities and the experience to begin to heal the damage inflicted by the Bush administration. Not only to our country, but also to the relationships with other nations who have become estranaged to us, a neccesary step if we are to leave Iraq in the near future. Kerry will do away with the Bush tax cut for the rich, and create a fair tax package. As one gentleman who has made a significant amount of money in his career told me, "The tax cut is great, but that's not the point. I dont need a tax cut. Other people could use it. " Kerry has shown incredible bravery in his life, in both volunteering for combat in Vietnam, and in coming home and speaking out about what he had seen there, something the Bush administration, who's top two spots consist of two draft dodgers, would like you to beleive is un-patriotic. He has shown he can evaluate the facts and even (gasp!) change his opinion of an issue if it is obvious the original stance or plan is not working. This is what Bush calls "flip-flopping". This seems, and in fact is, a basic quality a President should have. This administration has kept to the mantra of "Staying the course", even as policy after policy has failed.

Kerry is not my idea of the perfect candidate, or the answer to all our problems. There are issues on which i disagree with him. But even a minimal adjustment in attitude toward foreign policy, and the issue's here at home would be a welcome change. John Kerry has the ability and the promise to begin to get us out of the mess George leaves us in.

If I get it my way, I'll be up early for John Kerry's inauguration, too. The Senator can rest assured that while he has our support, we will be watching closely. In reality, you end up deciding whom to vote for on who you tend to side with on the issues more often, and, character. This makes for an easy decision. I will vote for Kerry on 11/2/04. If you need someone to blame for that, blame the President.