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Moveon.Org is calling for President Bush to send troops into Sudan:

On Sunday, tens of thousands of concerned Americans will gather at the Save Darfur rally in Washington DC to demand that Congress and President Bush call for a real United Nations peacekeeping force to protect civilians and stop the genocide — now.

George Clooney is complaining that the U.S. is waiting too long to send troops into Sudan:

“Is the American government slow to act? Of course we’re slow to act, we always are,” Clooney said…

And here is a picture from the “antiwar” protest this weekend in New York City:

So now they want to send troops into an oil-rich, predominantly Muslim country, with suspected ties to al-Qaida and WMDs, that’s experiencing genocide?

How very chicken-hawkish of them.

Update: NY Sun:

We’d be remiss, however, if we didn’t say that we also hope that the Darfur rally yesterday helps to illuminate the hypocrisy of some of those on the left. They want military action now to oppose a genocidal regime in Sudan and to protect its victims. Yet they opposed military action in Iraq to oust a regime, in that of Saddam Hussein, that had engaged in ethnic cleansing of Iraqi Kurds and Shiites and had rained scud missiles on Israeli cities.

This Darfur double standard was underscored by the list of announced speakers for yesterday’s “Save Darfur” rally. They included at least three members of Congress - Nancy Pelosi, Donald Payne, and Michael Capuano - who voted against the liberation of Iraq. Mr. Payne, a Democrat of New Jersey, has reportedly gone so far as to say of the Iraq war, “I have never seen such a misuse of our power.” Ms. Pelosi, a Californian who is the Democratic leader in the House, has endorsed Rep. John Murtha’s demand for an immediate American withdrawal from Iraq.

The scheduled speakers at yesterday’s Save Darfur rally also included the Reverend Al Sharpton and the Democrat who lost in 1997 to Mayor Giuliani, Ruth Messinger. Rev. Sharpton and Ms. Messinger have marched against the Iraq war in New York behind the banner of United for Peace and Justice, an anti-Israel front group whose steering committee includes a representative of the Communist Party USA.

Just to underscore the double standard, Rev. Sharpton reportedly marched against the Iraq war in New York on Saturday, then marched in Washington on Sunday for more intervention in Sudan. Even worse, the Saturday march was organized by United for Peace and Justice, which has moved well beyond opposing the Iraq war. It now opposes any American action against Iran. “United for Peace and Justice opposes any military action against Iran, as well as covert action and sanctions,” the organization’s Web site says. The site includes letters for activists to send to Congress, saying, “Iran does not present a threat to the United States” and calling for taking away Israel’s nuclear weapons.

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Others:
Michelle reminds us to not question their “patriotism”.

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Dick Cheney’s Hidden $6.87 Million
April 29th, 2006 8:32 pm

Well, the MSM tried to hide it.

From Hernando Today:

Let Vice President Cheney unload a hail of buckshot - and it makes mainstream media headlines as a defining moment in his failed vice presidency.

Let him file his federal tax return and it is reported by CBS News that “Cheney tops Bush in the battle of the bucks.”

Let him donate what was the largest amount of bucks in history to charity by any public servant, and you guessed it - nary a headline.

But then again it was a paltry $6.87 million, more than three-quarters of the reported income of the Cheneys.

Of the Cheney’s $8.82 million income reported, they gave $6.87 million in to charity. So Dick Cheney donates more than 78% of his income to charity and what does MSM have to say about it? Virtually nothing.

Instead, here’s a sample of headlines relating to Cheney’s tax return:

Baltimore Sun: “Cheney out-earned Bush tenfold”

Washington Post/The Oregonian: “CHENEY AND HALLIBURTON”

NPR: “Cheney’s $1.9 Million Tax Refund”

CBS: “Cheney Tops Bush In Battle Of Bucks”

L.A. Times: “Bush Pays Taxes, Cheney Awaits Refund”

But back in 1999, Al and Tipper Gore donated just 6.7% of their reported income to charity and CNN runs the headline:

“Clintons, Gores release income tax returns - Gore’s charitable giving rises

But really, is anyone surprised?

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From CNN:

MIAMI, Florida (AP) — Thousands of illegal immigrants stayed home this week amid rumors of immigration roundups that federal officials say were unfounded, leaving some industries scrambling for workers.

Len Mills, executive vice president of Associated General Contractors of South Florida, estimated at least 50 percent of workers on construction jobs in the region had not shown up for work.

“This is costing millions of dollars a day, and I don’t know who is going to pay for it,” he said.

Hint: YOU are, Mr. Mills. Consider it tuition for the education you’re now receiving on the consequences of hiring illegals instead of American citizens.

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Free Lance
April 29th, 2006 1:42 pm

A fellow member of the Media Bloggers Association, Lance Dutson of the Maine Web Report, has been served with a multi-million dollar lawsuit for highlighting some apparent incompetence by a a state contractor.

From the Boston Globe:

A New York advertising agency that works for the Maine Office of Tourism is suing a Searsmont man who has used a blog to criticize the state’s Internet tourism marketing campaign.

Warren Kremer Paino Advertising LLC filed its claim in U.S. District Court in Bangor against Lance Dutson for libel, defamation and copyright infringement.

So what did Dutson do that was so bad?

…he posted a ‘’rough draft” advertisement pulled from Maine’s Department of Economic and Community Development website showing a collage of iconic images of the Maine seacoast, woodlands, and ski slopes, with a dummy phone number that turned out to connect to a line promoting a phone sex service. The agency had inadvertently placed the phone number on the draft advertisement for a presentation made to state tourism officials.

‘’This is supposed to be our biggest industry,” Dutson wrote on his blog yesterday, referring to tourism, ‘’but it’s being run like a trailer park daycare on its 3rd notice from the Human Services people.”

It’s ironic that the agency hired to bring publicity to Maine’s Tourism industry has accomplished its goal… but not in the way the agency likely anticipated. So instead of owning up to their mistake, they’re trying to bully a blogger with threats of a multi-million dollar judgment.

The advertising agency is suing Dutson on three counts: copyright infringement, defamation, and trade libel/injurious falsehood. It seeks statutory damages of $150,000 for each of six images it alleges were infringed upon, as well as unspecified punitive damages and legal fees.

The website of the plaintiff’s law firm says this of the attorney handling the case, Alfred C. Frawley, III, is “one of Maine’s most experienced attorneys in intellectual property…” Weird, you would think “one of the most experienced IP attorneys” would know something about the exceptions to copyright infringement and libel.

Even if it’s stipulated the Dutson reproduced the work, his use clearly falls under the “Fair Use” doctrine as an exception to copyright infringement liability:

Notwithstanding the provisions of sections 106 and 106A [17 USC § §106 and 106A], the fair use of a copyrighted work, including such use by reproduction in copies or phonorecords or by any other means specified by that section, for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship, or research, is not an infringement of copyright….

And as for the libel charges, even a first year law student would understand that truth is a defense to libel.

The statement(s) alleged to be defamatory must also be a false statement of fact. That which is name-calling, hyperbole, or, however characterized, cannot be proven true or false, cannot be the subject of a libel or slander claim.

The Media Bloggers Association is getting involved in Dutson’s defense, which spells trouble for the plaintiffs. So far, MBA is 8-0 in cases involving bloggers.

It looks like we’re about to go 9-0.

Update 05/05/06: It’s official. Make it 9-0.

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Bush-whacked
April 29th, 2006 11:38 am

Just add this to the list of reasons the Houston Texans suck.

The Houston Texans threw the National Football League draft into tumult last night, signing defensive end Mario Williams to make him the No. 1 pick and passing on running back Reggie Bush, the Heisman Trophy winner.

ESPN reported that Williams’s deal was for six years and $54 million, with $26.5 million guaranteed.

Apparently when your team goes 2-14 the previous year, you currently have the #1 draft pick and talents like Vince Young and Reggie Bush an NCAA rules violator are up for grabs… an unknown defensive end is a must have! Charlie Casserly, you are a moron.

ESPN’s Len Pasquarelli sums it up pretty well:

Ladies and gentlemen, your Houston Texans, an outfit that might do better were Mr. Magoo executing its lottery selections. Hand out the darts, folks, and take cover. Even quarterback David Carr, throwing from his back, which is where he has been for most of his four seasons in Houston, has better aim than his bosses.

Of course, I still would’ve liked to see them send David Carr packing and utilize the #1 draft pick for an all-around athlete like Vince Young.

But apparently the Texans organization is quite content with winning an average of 4.5 games per year. Is it too late to bring back the Oilers?

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*UPDATE: SEE BELOW - ST. LUKE’S HAS RENEGED ON THE DEAL*

Earlier this week, I posted about a Houston woman in need. Last night, I got an email from Jerri Ward, the attorney handling the case and she said they were “close to a transfer” for Andrea.

Now it looks like the transfer has come through. Via John Hawkins, the news is that Andrea will be moved to a hospital in Chicago.

On top of this wonderful news, look what her sister, a Democrat has to say about the experience.

My family has made the decision to move our sister to the hospital in Chicago. Thank God there is someone willing to take her. And, really, it is best to get her out of Texas, because of the futile care law here.

St. Luke’s played hardball with us on this issue. We were told that we could make the decision today and they would pay the entire amount of $14 thousand to move her, but if we made the decision tomorrow, they would only pay half of it, and if it were the day after tomorrow, they would pay nothing.

As you know, I’m a Democrat, but one that is against abortion. I agree with the Republicans on that issue, at least. After this experience, though, I have to tell you: I am in absolute awe of the power that the right to life people generate. I, of course, first posted on Democratic Underground, and I have to give them some credit: they let my post stand against the rules about posting something like this under the wrong topic. They also let it stand, even though it had people’s (my sister’s and mine) personal numbers in it. And, of course, some people there forwarded it to other blogs. And everyone there was very supportive in their comments, as well.

But the pro-life people stepped forward and just absolutely ground St. Luke’s into submission on this issue. You have, without a doubt, saved my sister’s life. I want you to know that. Without the pro-life/right to life people stepping in from the very first of this fight for Andrea, we would have lost. I have never in my life seen such a centered, focused and energized group of people.

You used that energy and focus to do some good in this world and you didn’t care whether you were fighting for a Democrat’s life or a Republican’s. Now, that’s conviction.

Awesome.

…and a big hearty “thank you” to everyone who took time to contact St. Luke’s, the local media and others. You guys rock!

Update: John is reporting some terrible news:

Unfortunately, St. Luke’s has reneged on the deal. Lanore told me that about 20 minutes before Andrea was supposed to be moved to the Illinois facility, St. Luke’s told the family the move was off. It seems that St. Luke’s decided at the last minute that Glenshire Nursing & Rehab Centre in Illinois isn’t equipped to care for Andrea, which is a bit puzzling, since Lanore told me they helped set up the transfer in the first place.

This means that Andrea’s life is still in danger. Jerri tells me that the hospital has only promised, in writing, to not pull the plug on Andrea on Saturday, Sunday, or Monday. But, from Tuesday on, they’re reserving the right to pull her life support at any time after giving “reasonable” notice to the family. Is there such a thing as “reasonable” notice that you’re about to end an innocent woman’s life against her wishes and the wishes of her family?

In any case, on Tuesday, the hospital has a meeting scheduled about Andrea and the one sliver of good news is that the family says they have a doctor with privileges at St. Luke’s who is willing to go in and argue that Melanie is not medically futile. Whether that will make a difference is impossible to say at this point.

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In a move to show solidarity with criminals, California Democrat Lawmakers are planning to walk off the job Monday.

BUT, they want the citizens of California to pay them for the day, so they are changing the regular voting session to a “check-in” session…

so they can collect their per-diem.

Republican Assemblyman, Dennis Mountjoy, called them on it today. (Audio)

“I believe Monday is a check-in day because the Democrats of this House want to show their support of those who are in this country illegally and doing a walk out on Monday the first. I have had discussions with past members of the California State Assembly and they are willing to come to work on Monday and sit in the absence of the Democrats who are not willing to come to work. Democrats, I submit to you, that if you want to stand up and support this boycott, then why are you checking in and accepting your per diems? Members, that is hypocrisy. And if there’s anything I can not stomach on the floor of this Assembly, is hypocrisy. And if you want to support their efforts, then you do so… but you do so with honor, and don’t bother coming on Monday and show your support by turning down the paycheck as well.”

Honor? Ha!
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The national average price for a gallon of regular gasoline, according to the Department of Energy is $2.91. That’s up $0.67 from one year ago ($2.24/gallon).

Average annual gasoline consumption in the U.S. is 464 gallons/person.

That means that the extra amount the average American will spend on gas this year, compared to last year, at the current price of gas is about $314… or $0.86 a day.

The median income for a 4-person family in the U.S. is about $65,093.

The Democrats’ proposed 60-day holiday for the federal excise tax (which is currently $0.183) will save the average American a grand total of $14.14 this year. Wow. I really think I’ll vote Democrat now!

Except for the fact that the same family, making the same income, will lose over $1,000 PER MONTH in retirement income because the Democrats keep stalling Social Security reform.

But hey, thanks for the $14.14… I might spring for an extra grande double mocha… in 2 months.

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Add this bumper sticker to your automobile…

…and join the fight today.

Update: Looks like we are gonna have to do this ourselves, afterall.

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The Chicago Tribune has posted the lyrics to the hideous Mexification of the Star-Spangled Banner (hat tip: Michelle):nuestro himno lyrics

Nuestro Himno
Published April 26, 2006

Verse 1
Oh say can you see, a la luz de la aurora/Lo que tanto aclamamos la noche al caer? Sus estrellas, sus franjas flotaban ayer/En el fiero combate en senal de victoria,/Fulgor de lucha, al paso de la libertada,/Por la noche decian: “Se va defendiendo!”
Coro: Oh, decid! Despliega aun su hermosura estrellada,/Sobre tierra de libres, la bandera sagrada?

Chant:
It’s time to make a difference the kids, men and the women/Let’s stand for our beliefs, let’s stand for our vision/What about the children los ninos como P-Star
These kids have no parents, cause all of these mean laws.
See this can’t happen, not only about the Latins.
Asians, blacks and whites and all they do is adding
more and more, let’s not start a war
with all these hard workers,
they can’t help where they were born.

Verse 2
Sus estrellas, sus franjas, la libertad, somos iguales
Somos hermanos, es nuestro himno.
En el fiero combate en senal de victoria,/Fulgor de lucha, al paso de la libertada,/Por la noche decian: “Se va defendiendo!”
Coro: Oh, decid! Despliega aun su hermosura estrellada,/Sobre tierra de libres, la bandera sagrada?

I guess now when I go to a ball game, instead of putting my hat over my heart, I’m supposed to throw it on the ground and dance around it.

Ay caramba!

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