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Posts in June 2006

My Sentiments Exactly

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2006-06-28 00:00:00
This from Power Line Blog ... A letter to the editors of the New York Times who released the classified financial surveillance program from a Lieutenant serving in Iraq:

Dear Messrs. Keller, Lichtblau & Risen:

Congratulations on disclosing our government's highly classified anti-terrorist-financing program (June 23). I apologize for not writing sooner. But I am a lieutenant in the United States Army and I spent the last four days patrolling one of the more dangerous areas in Iraq. (Alas, operational security and common sense prevent me from even revealing this unclassified location in a private medium like email.)

Unfortunately, as I supervised my soldiers late one night, I heard a booming explosion several miles away. I learned a few hours later that a powerful roadside bomb killed one soldier and severely injured another from my 130-man company. I deeply hope that we can find and kill or capture the terrorists responsible for that bomb. But, of course, these terrorists do not spring from the soil like Plato's guardians. No, they require financing to obtain mortars and artillery shells, priming explosives, wiring and circuitry, not to mention for training and payments to locals willing to emplace bombs in exchange for a few months' salary. As your story states, the program was legal, briefed to Congress, supported in the government and financial industry, and very successful.

Not anymore. You may think you have done a public service, but you have gravely endangered the lives of my soldiers and all other soldiers and innocent Iraqis here. Next time I hear that familiar explosion -- or next time I feel it -- I will wonder whether we could have stopped that bomb had you not instructed terrorists how to evade our financial surveillance.

And, by the way, having graduated from Harvard Law and practiced with a federal appellate judge and two Washington law firms before becoming an infantry officer, I am well-versed in the espionage laws relevant to this story and others -- laws you have plainly violated. I hope that my colleagues at the Department of Justice match the courage of my soldiers here and prosecute you and your newspaper to the fullest extent of the law. By the time we return home, maybe you will be in your rightful place: not at the Pulitzer announcements, but behind bars.

Very truly yours,

Tom Cotton Baghdad, Iraq

The New York Times has yet to publish this letter.Read more...

A lyrical fountain of knowledge

by: Mindy Hess | on: 2006-06-27 00:00:00
In the spirit of endless commentary, I've decided to begin a new strand. What are some of the greatest, most inspirational lines that you've recently heard in a song? Okay, so maybe I just want to expand my own music collection. Therefore the more obscure the better I'd say (wouldn't you agree el Seco), because we all know that the time to hesitate is through.

I'll begin:

"If the needle is wise, be the thread."

My Culture - Maxi Jazz & Robbie Williams

Questionable Analogies

by: Jennie Martin Howe | on: 2006-06-27 00:00:00
Giullieta's rant about strange lyrics has inspired me to create rant for us to report questionable analogies.

Here are examples of what would qualify:

He was as tall as a six-foot-three-inch tree. (Jack Bross)

She caught your eye like one of those pointy hook latches that used to dangle from screen doors and would fly up whenever you banged the door open again. (Rich Murphy)

Just like (or as) a bicycle rider lifts his butt from the seat when he sees a bump coming, so Bob pulled back, emotionally, when Alice got angry. (Jim Caughran)

John and Mary had never met. They were like two hummingbirds who had also never met. (Russell Beland)

You get the idea. So listen to those around you, and pay attention to analogies you read, and report them here.

Today's Notable Quote 6/26/06

by: Justin Mills | on: 2006-06-26 00:00:00
Ronald Reagan:

"[T]he Marxist vision of man without God must eventually be seen as an empty and a false faith...first proclaimed in the Garden of Eden with whispered words of temptations: 'Ye shall be as gods.' The crisis of the Western World, Whittaker Chambers reminded us, exists to the degree in which it is indifferent to God. 'The western World does not know it,' he said about our struggle, 'but it already possesses the answer to this problem—but only provided that its faith in God and the freedom He enjoins is as great as communism's faith in man.' This is the real task before us: to reassert our commitment as a nation to a law higher than our own, to renew our spiritual strength. Only by building a wall of such spiritual resolve can we, as a free people, hope to protect our own heritage and make it someday the birthright of all men."

Bush lied, people died

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2006-06-22 00:00:00
I can't tell you how many times I've heard left-wing moonbats repeat their mantra "Bush lied." For the last three years, that is the propaganda that has been spewed from liberals. They accuse Bush of lying particularly about WMDs in Iraq. Well, guess what. According to a resently declassified report, since 2003, over 500 weapons of mass destruction have been found in Iraq. Two legislators released this information yesterday: Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa. and Rep. Pete Hoekstra, R-Mich., chairman of the House Intelligence Committee.

Don't believe me? Read more about it here.

A highlight:

Reading from a declassified portion of a report by the National Ground Intelligence Center, a Defense Department intelligence unit, Santorum said: "Since 2003, coalition forces have recovered approximately 500 weapons munitions which contain degraded mustard or sarin nerve agent. Despite many efforts to locate and destroy Iraq's pre-Gulf War chemical munitions, filled and unfilled pre-Gulf War chemical munitions are assessed to still exist."


The weapons are thought to be manufactured before 1991 so they would not be proof of an ongoing WMD program in the 1990s. But they do show that Saddam Hussein was lying when he said all weapons had been destroyed, and it shows that years of on-again, off-again weapons inspections did not uncover these munitions.

Will there be an apology from the left? No, of course not. The left is doing their best to ignore this development. Even more interesting (and frustrating) is how portions of the right are ignoring it as well. Where is the White House's stance on this? The silence is deafening.

Bumper Sticker

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2006-06-21 00:00:00
Living in Austin, as I do, I see a lot of left wing bumper stickers. Today however, I saw one that said "I'd rather go hunting with Dick Cheney than go driving with Ted Kennedy."

I couldn't agree more.

Rant Fever Reunion 2006

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2006-06-20 00:00:00
My friends, Rant Fever reunion went off without a hitch and was great fun. Thanks to all who came. A special thank you to Trooper and her family for being so accommodating and welcoming.

A lot happened over the weekend. Too much really, to relate all. I'll give you some highlights:

  • Fishing in water up to our necks.
  • Getting a terrified kitten.
  • Salsa dancing.
  • Watching a really bad scary movie.
  • Someone giving me the finger when I took her picture, Giullieta!
  • Eating pizza.
  • Wearing awesome hats.
  • Listening to Giullieta
    • "I wonder if people taste like ham."
    • (while fishing) "I feel dirty every time I ask someone to hold my rod."
  • Jamming on the guitar.
  • Unbearable heat.
  • Getting a new ranter. (Welcome to the club, Trooper.)
  • Watching Nacho Libre
Yes, my friends, it was a great weekend. I was sad to see everyone leave. If you missed it, then you missed out. But don't worry, there will be another reunion. ;)

Facts of the Day

by: Jennie Martin Howe | on: 2006-06-20 00:00:00
Feeling the pressure of my first rant, I have decided to avoid jumping in head first by posting a deep, moving, and inspirational rant. Instead I have found a few interesting facts that may come in handy in future situations when trying to convince others of our intellect. They are as follows:

(source: www.amusingfacts.com)

"Teen and mom sue MySpace.com for $30 million"

by: Jennie Martin Howe | on: 2006-06-20 00:00:00
Statesman.com writes of a 14-year-old Travis County girl who said she was sexually asaulted by a man from Buda that she met on myspace.

Solis contacted the girl through her MySpace Web site in April, telling her that he was a high school senior who played on the football team, according to the lawsuit. In May, after a series of e-mails and phone calls, he picked her up at school, took her out to eat and to a movie, then drove her to an apartment complex parking lot in South Austin, where he sexually assaulted her, police said. He was arrested May 19.

I have three problems with this lawsuit:

The first problem that I have is that this girl shouldn't have been on Myspace in the first place. The girl is underage for the site. Myspace is 16yrs and up- this girl is 14.

Second, Myspace did not make them meet in person. It could be argued that they facilitated it, but if we are going to go there, they made phone calls as well. The phone company would be equally responsible for facilitating the communication betweeen the attacker and victim.

Third- What kind of mother lets her 14 year old daughter hook up with a man she met on the internet? Assuming she knew nothing of it, what kind of mother doesn't teach her daughter that if you meet men off the internet in person and ALONE- you get raped!?

If anyone is at fault here, it's the ignorant girl who was somewhere she shouldn't have been (on myspace and in the car w/ the man) and the mother who didn't teach her daughter not to play with strangers. Is that too harsh?

Hillary Clinton Poll

by: Justin Mills | on: 2006-06-20 00:00:00
This CNN poll shows that about half of Americans won't vote for Hillary Clinton no matter what.

Do you think it's legit?

Ann Coulter: Word Warrior

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2006-06-14 00:00:00
About half of the ranters here at Rant Fever enjoy reading Ann Coulter. Recently she has been in the news a lot because of her latest book she is promoting: Godless: The Church of Liberalism.

She has a knack for getting the Left's dander up. So much so that a couple of days ago David Carr of the New York Times devoted an opinion piece to Coulter and her book. Carr titled his article "Deadly Intent: Ann Coulter, Word Warrior."Read more...


by: Russell Updike | on: 2006-06-12 00:00:00
As an adolescent I aspired to lasting fame, I craved factual certainty, and I thirsted for a meaningful vision of human life - so I became a scientist. This is like becoming an archbishop so you can meet girls.
- M. Cartmill


by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2006-06-06 00:00:00
A limerick:
One day while talking to her,
I saw this picture of Trooper.
    She said to me, "Please,
    Don't get mad cow disease.
After all, there isn't a cure!"

Mawidge is wat bwings us togewer twoday.

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2006-06-05 00:00:00
So my brother done got hitched. The wedding was lovely. The food was good. The dancing was exotic great. If I had to complain it would be about everyone telling me that I need to get married next. Whoa. Slow your roll.

Da Vinci Symbology

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2006-06-01 00:00:00
Last night I saw the much-talked about movie, The Da Vinci Code. I had already read the book so there were no surprises. On the whole, I'd say it is an entertaining flick. Still, I have a small bone to pick with the story.

Let's just suspend our disbelief for a moment and suppose that the premise of the movie is true: Jesus had children. There is simply no way that his offspring would be French! I'm sorry, but that is just the way it is. Okay, discontinue your suspended disbelief now. It is, after all a work of fiction.