John Edwards: Suspicious Package

Yet another suspicious package containing a powdery substance has been sent to John Edwards (aka “The Breck Girl” aka “Silky Pony”):

Postal employees in Chapel Hill intercepted a package Thursday addressed to Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards after they found the letter contained a powdery substance, authorities said.

My theory? A shipment of Soufflé facial foundation from Pink Sapphire:

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Fortunately, Edwards wasn’t there at the time the package would have arrived, as he was in an intense yoga class with Russell Simmons.

Edwards is expected to release a statement to the press as soon as he’s ready:

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Save the Planet, Kill a Baby

Need more proof that the “global warming movement” is just a vehicle to A) profit from fear and bogus claims, and B) push the “pro-choice” movement to new levels of depravity?

OSLO (Reuters) – Developing nations that are fast industrializing, such as China and India, have braked their rising greenhouse gas emissions by more than the total cuts demanded of rich nations by the U.N.’s Kyoto Protocol.

How have they done this?

“China is already doing a lot,” said Hu Tao, of China’s State Environmental Protection Administration.

He said China’s one-child per couple policy introduced in the early 1980s, for instance, had a side-effect of braking global warming by limiting the population to 1.3 billion against a projected 1.6 billion without the policy.

“This has reduced greenhouse gas emissions,” he told a conference in Oslo last month. China is the number two emitter of greenhouse gases, mainly from burning fossil fuels, behind the United States and ahead of Russia.

And don’t think for one second that this doesn’t make sense to Al Gore. We’re going to reach a point where those of us who have the audacity to think babies getting slaughtered is somewhat of a violation of their rights will be blamed for contributing to destroying life as we know it. My “irony” file is overflowing.

"Take Your Guitar and Shove It"

It’s always amusing when a fiercely anti-war entertainer wants to perform for wounded soldiers. I’ve always found this a little like PETA offering to tap dance for animal testing lab technicians. It just goes to show you, among the entertainment left, attention trumps conviction almost all the time.

Sometimes though, the soldiers aren’t buying:

Anti-war folk singer Joan Baez says she can’t figure out why she was not allowed to perform for wounded soldiers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, though she suspects it might have to do with the anti-war thing.

In a letter to The Washington Post, Baez said rocker John Mellencamp had asked her to perform with him last Friday.

“I have always been an advocate for nonviolence and I have stood as firmly against the Iraq war as I did the Vietnam War 40 years ago,” she wrote. “I realize now that I might have contributed to a better welcome home for those soldiers fresh from Vietnam. Maybe that’s why I didn’t hesitate to accept the invitation to sing for those returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

Um, I just don’t think they like you or your politics, Joan. Men and women who are risking their lives and limbs take their jobs very seriously, and for a folk singer whose political opinion says soldiers are risking their lives for a bogus mission to offer to sing a friggin’ Pete Seeger song for them is an insult, not a compliment.

Give a concert for somebody who’ll appreciate it — like Harry Reid.

“Take Your Guitar and Shove It”

It’s always amusing when a fiercely anti-war entertainer wants to perform for wounded soldiers. I’ve always found this a little like PETA offering to tap dance for animal testing lab technicians. It just goes to show you, among the entertainment left, attention trumps conviction almost all the time.

Sometimes though, the soldiers aren’t buying:

Anti-war folk singer Joan Baez says she can’t figure out why she was not allowed to perform for wounded soldiers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, though she suspects it might have to do with the anti-war thing.

In a letter to The Washington Post, Baez said rocker John Mellencamp had asked her to perform with him last Friday.

“I have always been an advocate for nonviolence and I have stood as firmly against the Iraq war as I did the Vietnam War 40 years ago,” she wrote. “I realize now that I might have contributed to a better welcome home for those soldiers fresh from Vietnam. Maybe that’s why I didn’t hesitate to accept the invitation to sing for those returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

Um, I just don’t think they like you or your politics, Joan. Men and women who are risking their lives and limbs take their jobs very seriously, and for a folk singer whose political opinion says soldiers are risking their lives for a bogus mission to offer to sing a friggin’ Pete Seeger song for them is an insult, not a compliment.

Give a concert for somebody who’ll appreciate it — like Harry Reid.

NBA Referees? Racist!

It had to happen:

An academic study of the National Basketball Association, whose playoffs continue tonight, suggests that a racial bias found in other parts of American society has existed on the basketball court as well.

A coming paper by a University of Pennsylvania professor and a Cornell University graduate student says that, during the 13 seasons from 1991 through 2004, white referees called fouls at a greater rate against black players than against white players.

Justin Wolfers, an assistant professor of business and public policy at the Wharton School, and Joseph Price, a Cornell graduate student in economics, found a corresponding bias in which black officials called fouls more frequently against white players, though that tendency was not as strong. They went on to claim that the different rates at which fouls are called “is large enough that the probability of a team winning is noticeably affected by the racial composition of the refereeing crew assigned to the game.”

Or just to be safe, if you own an NBA franchise and you really want to win, make sure your team is comprised only of white guys.

Democrats War to Protect Harry Reid is Lost

Seventy-seven year-old Washington Post political columnist David Broder, usually a water boy for Team Democrat, refused to carry the bottles one day and angered the thirsty left. Broder’s offense? Saying that Alberto Gonzalez should resign — oh, along with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who said the war in Iraq “is lost.”

The Democrats seem to think that the Washington Press Corps works for them (maybe they do), as fifty Democrats have channeled Benito Mussollini and written to the Washington Post attacking Broder for having the audacity to remove his nose from their butt for one second. The Dems found out about it after Broder didn’t show up as a polyp during their colonoscopy exams last week. An immediate search party was dispatched to bring him back.

An editorial in the New York Sun speculates as to why Reid’s white flag waving bothered Broder, and it sounds as good a theory as any:

One starts to get the feeling here that some of the divides in the rift between Mr. Broder and the Democratic caucus are not so much political but cultural. The chairman of the Washington Post Company, Donald Graham, served in Vietnam, and Mr. Broder himself is an army veteran.

The notion of a Washington politician declaring a war lost even as American GIs are appearing in arms on the field of battle in the cause of freedom abroad, well it has a way of grating on those who have worn the uniform, a fact that many of Mr. Broder’s readers, if not the 50 senators, understand.

Don’t worry, Democrats. Broder’s arms are rested now, and I’m sure he’s ready to carry more water than ever for you — if he isn’t already.

What’s most obvious and somewhat comical is that the Democrats, self-described guarantors of free speech and freedom of the press, are actually writing angry letters to the editor when a columnist doesn’t fall in line. Come on, guys, it’s just Harry Reid — you’d think by the Dems reaction, Broder had called for tax cuts or a repeal of Roe v. Wade.

The problem is, the more Democrats write to newspapers defending one of their fellow slimeballs, the more everybody learns about Harry Reid. Sorry, Democrats, but your war to protect Harry Reid “is lost.”

D.C. Madam Has 'em Jumpy in Washington

You have to wonder how many members of Congress are sweating over possible coming revelations from Jeane Palfrey and her Washington, D.C. escort service.

Randall L. Tobias resigned as deputy secretary of state after an investigation found that he was a patron of Palfrey’s D.C. service, and it looks like more names will be revealed as the investigation continues.

Neal Boortz has the best take on this:

I’ve been listening to the media voices and I haven’t heard anyone else say it, so I guess it’s up to me. Look .. these people either work for the government or they’re elected officials. They’re going to be screwing someone. Your choice. You or a prostitute?

Yeah, good point.

Some items from Palfrey’s company newsletters have been released, and she ran a tight ship:

“Without being overtly vulgar, a pair of tits and an ass, without accompanying brains, sophistication, LOOKS and carriage, just won’t cut it in this business or at least, not with this particular agency!!”

This is the same thing I was told when I started writing. I wonder if she’d like to be my agent after all this blows over — er, something like that.

Another tidbit of advice Palfrey offered Team Horizontal:

“Nail color is to match the lipstick color. The lipstick color is to compliment a person’s natural coloring.”

No. Not you, Representative Frank.

Actually, Barney’s probably one of the few guys in Washington D.C. who’s getting a good night sleep these days.

D.C. Madam Has ’em Jumpy in Washington

You have to wonder how many members of Congress are sweating over possible coming revelations from Jeane Palfrey and her Washington, D.C. escort service.

Randall L. Tobias resigned as deputy secretary of state after an investigation found that he was a patron of Palfrey’s D.C. service, and it looks like more names will be revealed as the investigation continues.

Neal Boortz has the best take on this:

I’ve been listening to the media voices and I haven’t heard anyone else say it, so I guess it’s up to me. Look .. these people either work for the government or they’re elected officials. They’re going to be screwing someone. Your choice. You or a prostitute?

Yeah, good point.

Some items from Palfrey’s company newsletters have been released, and she ran a tight ship:

“Without being overtly vulgar, a pair of tits and an ass, without accompanying brains, sophistication, LOOKS and carriage, just won’t cut it in this business or at least, not with this particular agency!!”

This is the same thing I was told when I started writing. I wonder if she’d like to be my agent after all this blows over — er, something like that.

Another tidbit of advice Palfrey offered Team Horizontal:

“Nail color is to match the lipstick color. The lipstick color is to compliment a person’s natural coloring.”

No. Not you, Representative Frank.

Actually, Barney’s probably one of the few guys in Washington D.C. who’s getting a good night sleep these days.

Venezuela Exodus: Why Leave Socialist Heaven?

The “nirvana” Hugo Chavez has created in Venezuela is constantly praised by the American left, particularly by Danny Glover, Harry Belafonte and others who, for some reason refuse to move to the nation with the system of government they value so highly.

What we rarely hear about is the increasing number of people trying to leave Venezuela. Why? Fears over increasing crime, inflation, Chavez’s increasingly looney rhetoric, and a working knowledge of history.

From the Miami Herald:

U.S. embassy officials say inquiries for U.S. visas rose by one-third from March 2006 to March of this year, and requests to obtain U.S. passports — mostly by people claiming to be sons and daughters of U.S. citizens — have doubled over the past two years. Inquiries for Canadian visas are up 69 percent since last year, officials at that embassy say.

Venezuelans overwhelmed recent job fairs held here by Canada and Australia, and early morning lines of visa seekers routinely wrap around the Portuguese, Italian and Spanish embassies.

While their desired destinations vary, they share a common theme: They will leave behind relatives and broken dreams, and they do not know when they will return.

“It’s an adventure. No one guarantees that you’ll get work,” Araque said. “[But] there’s no economic stability here.”

While upper-class Venezuelans have been trickling out for years, the exodus appears to have stepped up after Chávez’s resounding electoral victory in December secured him another six-year term. The president has since ramped up his divisive rhetoric and began purging the government, his political party and even the military of anyone who is not aboard his project for “21st Century socialism.”

Chavez still has a high popularity rating, thanks to any number of social programs funded by oil, but for people with foresight and even a rudimentary understanding of history, hearing the leader of your nations say “Fatherland, socialism or death” should raise an eyebrow and a suitcase.

Those leaving Venezuela for the United States should be particularly concerned heading into the American election, as there are a few presidential candidates who would like nothing more than to turn the United States into Venezuela — except without the oil.

Thomas Sowell wrote that “Socialism in general has a record of failure so blatant that only an intellectual could ignore or evade it.”

Intellectual… or actor, or politician, or…

But I’m sure it’ll turn out differently this time.

All the same, I wish the best of luck to those people who, to paraphrase Winston Churchill, would rather participate in the unequal sharing of blessings as opposed to the equal sharing of misery.

Welcome to the United States. Now start helping us ensure the same thing doesn’t continue to happen here, because I’m sure you don’t want to move… again.