Trying To Maintain Rationality

Friday, April 28, 2006

"Border Guardians Leader Calls For Violence"

In an April 3rd email obtained by the Southern Poverty Law Center, Border Guardians' founder Laine Lawless (cute name, btw) advised "Mark Martin, "SS commander" of the Western Ohio unit of the National Socialist Movement" to try the following tactics on undocumented immigrants [bulletpoints taken verbatim from the SPLC website]:

  • "Steal the money from any illegal walking into a bank or check cashing place."
  • "Make every illegal alien feel the heat of being a person without status. ... I hear the rednecks in the South are beating up illegals as the textile mills have closed. Use your imagination."
  • "Discourage Spanish-speaking children from going to school. Be creative."
  • "Create an anonymous propaganda campaign warning that any further illegal immigrants will be shot, maimed or seriously messed-up upon crossing the border. This should be fairly easy to do, considering the hysteria of the Spanish language press, and how they view the Minutemen as ‘racists & vigilantes.’"

In addition, the crazy and unraveled lovely and talented Lawless wrote that she was "not ready to come out on this. ... Please don’t use my name. THANKS." Jeez - she's a female version of Stacy Keach's character ("Cameron Alexander") from American History X. How admirable!

Again... both the full article - and a .PDF of the original email - is available here at

Thursday, April 27, 2006

Republicanus Hypocriticus Duplicitious Majoris

Remember Newt Gingrich's "Contract With America" from 1994 ...?

DailyKos blogger Kurt Kaletka notes that:

Item 10 on the Contract With America was called the Citizen Legislature Act, which proposed that all legislators be held to a maximum of twelve (12) years' service in government. It never became law, but the Citizen Legislature Act was a principle that these congresspeople got elected on, telling the voters that it was high time to boot out the entrenched (Democratic) incumbents and get some fresh faces in office.
... and that the following GOP douchebags and douchebagettes (douchebaguettes?) are violating that trust by seeking re-election in 2006:

To help you out, here are the names of the Representatives who made this promise:

Charles Bass, NH-02
Steve Chabot, OH-01
Tom Davis, VA-11
Mark Foley, FL-16
Rodney Frelinghuysen, NJ-11
Gil Gutknecht, MN-01
Doc Hastings, WA-04
J.D. Hayworth, AZ-08
John Hostettler, IN-09
Walter Jones, NC-03
Sue Kelly, NY-19
Ray LaHood, IL-18
Latham, IA-04
Steven LaTourette, OH-14
Sue Myrick, NC-09
Robert Ney,
Charlie Norwood, GA-09
George Radanovich, CA-19
John Shadegg,
Mac Thornberry, TX-13
Todd Tiahrt, KS-04
Dave Weldon, FL-15
Jerry Weller, IL-11
Ed Whitfield, KY-01
Roger Wicker, MS-01

Here are the senators elected that year who made the same pledge:

Mike DeWine, OH
Jon Kyl, AZ
Rick Santorum, PA
Olympia Snowe,
Craig Thomas, WY

Looks like that pledge isn't as lemony-fresh as it was when they first trotted it out.


I love how the GOP pretends to have even a modicum of integrity.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Since Blogging About Politics Makes My Blood Boil...

I'll just post a few pictures of me with my scruzzy beard.

See how I can't smile anymore?

That's no thanks to you, modern-day GOP.

Thursday, April 06, 2006

My Favorite City Turns 150 This Weekend

Sooooooo... Madison - where I was both born and have spent the vast majority of my 37+ years on this planet - turns the big 1-5-0 on April 9th, 2006.

Check out for all sorts of spiffy information regarding my hometown's past, present and maybe even a little bit of its future.

< -- Kirby; approving

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Jesus H. Reggie Bush Christ

Ok, so... no one has any idea how Reggie Bush will turn out as a pro, but... damn.

Look at these numbers he put up at the NFL draft combine:

  • 4.33 in the 40
  • 24 reps (225lb)
  • 41 inch vertical


I could care less if the guy is only 5'10 1/2" + 200lb or whatever... is this the next Gayle Sayers?

Sunday, April 02, 2006

I Saw "V For Vendetta" Last Night

Damned good movie; I hear that the comic series (from roughly '82-'85) was even better.

My birthday is November 5th... oddly enough.

Remember, remember.