I finally edited the tape Greta (Kissmygumbo.com) and I made in New Orleans during the "Southern Decadence Festival" (see way gay) over Labor Day weekend. OMG! We had such fun. DISCLAIMERS: This is in no way a serious v-blog, I don't know how to edit, the audio is horrible, and the hosts are tipsy. Any inappropriate question you hear off camera is GRETA. She is hilarious and I don't know why someone didn't just hit her. "Do you do girls too?" Was one of her questions for the gays for example.
We were trying to ask them about the whole Craig thing and the rebuilding of New Orleans since that was the hot topics last week. But the only serious answer we got was from a straight cute bartender at the beginning. WARNING: If you are gayphobic in any way, do not watch this video. My final look into the camera just as the battery died pretty much sums up the whole thing.
Saturday, September 08, 2007
Posted by RightwingSparkle at 8:23 PM
From the NY Times: (emphasis mine)
The records show that Components Ltd., a company controlled by Mr. Hsu that has no obvious business purpose and appears to exist only on paper, has paid a total of more than $100,000 to at least nine people who made campaign contributions to Mrs. Clinton and others through Mr. Hsu. The payments occurred in the spring of 2003, several months before Mr. Hsu emerged as a contributor to Democrats and more than a year before he started bundling checks from those same people for various campaigns. In all, he has raised more than $1 million for Democrats.
The records make clear that the group was more than just a loose collection of friends, family and co-workers that bundlers typically rely on when raising money for a candidate. Rather, each person had a direct financial relationship with Mr. Hsu, either receiving money from his company or paying into it, even though many of them appear to have other jobs or businesses independent of him. The purpose of the payments, and whether they related to business costs, fees or expenses, is unclear.
The timing of Mr. Hsu’s payments is important because federal law sets a $2,300 limit on individual contributions to presidential campaigns and bars fund-raisers from reimbursing donors.
The records show that during that one-month period, Components Ltd. took in close to $600,000, about a third of it wired to the company’s account by two people in California and New York who also were part of Mr. Hsu’s circle of campaign contributors. At the same time, the company issued checks and wire transfers totaling $660,000, much of it to the same group of people, including two checks for more than $100,000 apiece that bounced because of insufficient funds.
Please Lord in Heaven, let this kill the Hillary Machine.
Posted by RightwingSparkle at 8:21 PM
From Think Progress:
Last night on PBS’ The NewsHour, New York Times columnist David Brooks compared 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden’s latest video message to “lefty blogs,” saying the al Qaeda head is like “one of these childish people posting rants at the bottom of the page.” He then went to describe why he drew such a comparison:
You read this thing, and it’s like he’s been sitting around reading lefty blogs,and he’s one of these childish people posting rants at the bottom the page, you know, Noam Chomsky and all this stuff.
You can’t help read it and not laugh at it, occasionally, because it is just absurd. It’s flying this way, and that way, weird conspiracy theories, and mortgages, global warming. He throws it all in there.
The clip of that is here.
I know we have been having a lot of fun with Osama sounding like certain Democrats we know, but the more I think about it, the more I wonder if Brooks might be on to something. I joked earlier that Osama sounded like Nancy Pelosi, but I was really kidding. But with Cindy Sheehan and Murtha, I was serious, because they DO say those kinds of things. And we all know those commenter's and some far left wacko blogs where all the things bin Laden mentioned is ranted about ad nauseam.
Everyone has said how "western" bin Laden sounded and then there was his bringing up Vietnam and Rumsfeld and Cheney's past. We have all read those things here in the blogosphere. So I'm wondering if bin Laden, with nothing else to do in those caves, is hooked up to a computer and has become a blogosphere junkie like the rest of us here.
Posted by RightwingSparkle at 5:34 PM
Good grief this is creepy. It doesn't help that they used a kid dressed and looking like Satan in "The Passion Of The Christ."
It sounds to me like GreenPeace isn't about peace anymore.
via Primordial Slack and Joan of Argghh at Aces.
Posted by RightwingSparkle at 11:13 AM
Friday, September 07, 2007
But first let's hear from Nancy Pelosi:
“You permitted Bush to complete his first term, and stranger still, chose him for a second term, which gave him a clear mandate from you — with your full knowledge and consent — to continue to murder our people in Iraq and Afghanistan. Then you claim to be innocent!
Oh wait. That WAS Osama bin Laden. Sorry. I get confused. He even calls Cheney and Rumsfeld neoconservatives, so it's kind a spooky.
Ok, seriously. ABC has the details. But Jeff at PW's account is pretty good. Osama berates Americans:
“you made one of your greatest mistakes, in that you neither brought to account nor punished those who waged this war, not even the most violent of its murderers, [former Defense Secretary Donald] Rumsfeld…”
Like I said, spooky. Tell me that couldn't be Cindy Sheehan or Murtha. I know I'm being mean, but good grief. If my party was sounding like Osama bin Laden, then I would be reconsidering my party. Sorry. That is just the way I feel and you can get mad about it all you wish.
But in the Democrats defense, he chastises them too:
"for people have recently come to know that, after several years of tragedies of this war, the vast majority of you want it stopped. Thus, you elected the Democratic Party for this purpose, but the Democrats haven’t made a move worth mentioning. On the contrary, they continue to agree to the spending of tens of billions to continue the killing and war."
You see Democrats, you just aren't doing your job well.
Osama says there are two ways to end this war:
“The first is from our side, and it is to continue to escalate the killing and fighting against you.” (ummm... and about the killing of all the Iraqi's?)
Jeff points out the second:
"The second is to do away with the American democratic system of government. “It has now become clear to you and the entire world the impotence of the democratic system and how it plays with the interests of the peoples and their blood by sacrificing soldiers and populations to achieve the interests of the major corporations.”
Jeff then points out these gems:
"He goes on to call Noam Chomsky “among one of the most capable of those from your own side,” and mentions global warming and “the Kyoto accord.”
Wouldn't you LOVE to be praised by Bin Laden and have him agree with your causes??
"He also speaks to recent issues grabbing headlines in the United States, referring to “the reeling of many of you under the burden of interest-related debts, insane taxes and real estate mortgages; global warming and its woes…“
Because we all know our crumbling cities in no way compare to the grandeur that is the middle east.
I just got this part from the WaPo:
"Osama bin Laden appeared for the first time in three years in a video Friday released ahead of the sixth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, telling Americans they should convert to Islam if they want the war in Iraq to end."
So I guess there is that part of the second way to end the war.
To be honest, I don't like even listening to what this monster has to say. I understand it's news and must be reported, but it's only attention he wants and craves. I hate that we have to give it to him.
HotAir has some of the video. It's worth it to go over there and read Allah.
Posted by RightwingSparkle at 3:41 PM
Posted by RightwingSparkle at 12:59 PM
In case you missed it yesterday, "High School Musical” star Vanessa Hudgens has a nude photo making it's way around the net. (the link is the story, not the photo, so don't bother) If you don't have a "tween" then you might not be familiar with the phenomenon that is "High School Musical." The musical really is good and it was nice to have something on TV that my 10 yr could watch. In the first one the two leading romantic characters don't even kiss.
The story is that Vanessa took these photos privately on her cell phone for her boyfriend, the actor that plays her boyfriend in the musical. She is 18. WHAT THE HECK IS SHE THINKING??? Is this generation so sexualized that they think that taking nude photos of themselves is just normal behavior?? And this isn't just a Hollywood thing. Sadly, this is common.
I saw the picture and it occurred to me that it is quite easy to see this kind of photo at the click of your mouse. So why all the buzz? Because I think people (uhh... men) want to see nude photos of young women that they aren't suppose to. In other words, those women who freely take off their clothes for the camera aren't nearly as tantalizing as the ones who don't.
Posted by RightwingSparkle at 7:20 AM
"Authorities said Hsu was taken into custody at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction at 7 p.m. local time. He had been on the lam for almost two days after failing to appear in a Redwood City courtroom Wednesday to surrender his passport."
It seems he was on an Amtrack train and became ill or was injured, not sure which. A botched Clinton job maybe?? Ok, just kidding.
Posted by RightwingSparkle at 7:17 AM
Thursday, September 06, 2007
Poor Hugo Chavez, the favorite socialist of the far left and Hollyweird. He thought he smelled sulphur at the UN, but it was really his economy going up in smoke.
The Venezuelan economy, under the direction of President Hugo Chávez, is starting to unravel in the currency market.
While Venezuela earns record proceeds from oil exports, consumers face shortages of meat, flour and cooking oil. Annual inflation has risen to 16 percent, the highest in Latin America, as Chávez tripled government spending in four years.
What? No more free heating oil for poor poor Americans?
This has been the worst-managed oil boom in Venezuela's history," said Ricardo Hausmann, a former government planning minister who now teaches economics at Harvard University. "A devaluation is a foregone conclusion. The only question is when."
He nationalized Venezuela's biggest private electric and telephone utilities and took majority stakes in oil projects owned by Exxon and ConocoPhillips. Foreign direct investment was a negative $881 million in the first half as foreign companies pulled out money.
Chávez terminated the broadcast license of the country's most-watched television network in May, sparking weeks of student protests. He has threatened to take over cement makers, hospitals, banks, supermarkets and butcher shops, saying they were not obeying price controls.
Back in 2005 Chavez bragged about his "free eye operations to people in all of the American continents, north and south."
The plan to provide free eye operations is part of the “Mission Miracle,” which is one of the many new social programs that Chavez government has instituted in the past two years in Venezuela. By the end of December, 150,000 Venezuelans will have received eye operations. These operations involved operations for cataracts, myopia, pigmentary retinosis, and many others.
Maybe these operations helped Venezuelans see that socialism never works.
via Grouchy Old Cripple
Posted by RightwingSparkle at 8:55 PM
You may have heard on the news today about an internet jihadist site known to post messages from Al-Qaeda. The site seems to be down, but Stop The ACLU has some quotes. The quote you are seeing on the news is this:
“there will be a special gift coming on the day of the blessed invasion of Manhattan.”
My Pet Jawa always has the best scoop on stuff like this.
Here is the news: (via Stop The ACLU)
Egypt (AP) - Terror mastermind Osama bin Laden plans a new video addressing the American people regarding the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, terror monitoring groups said Thursday.SITE Intelligence Group said an Internet announcement of the plan included a photo of the al-Qaida leader from the upcoming video—his beard, which in previous messages had been streaked with gray, was entirely dark.
The creepy thing to me is the phrase "invasion of Manhatten." There may be many (ahem) who don't think that Al Qaeda declared war on us on Sept. 11th. Many who think it was just an act of a madman. But make no mistake about it, they saw it as an invasion.
Posted by RightwingSparkle at 5:09 PM
Matt Sanchez has a biting essay at RightWing News on the "Taliban of Tolerance" (the activist gay community).
Here is just a taste:
"Senator Larry Craig is caught playing footsies with an undercover police officer in a public restroom, but that's not what has progressives in an outrage. The Taliban of tolerance are angry the Idaho senator doesn't support same-sex marriage. According to gay activists, if you're willing to get physical before you flush, you should also be willing to support the idea of changing the definition of marriage so that aspiring couples can share more than a bathroom stall.
For homosexuals, cruising is a sacred pastime right up there with re-runs of Will and Grace, circuit parties and lip-syncing drag queens. Public sex is supposed to be "hot," and I have some knowledge of this having co-starred in the high-end fantasy film Tijuana Toilet Tramps. In reality, for gays, a subset that defines itself by bodily function, it is no secret that the way to a homosexual's heart is somewhere beneath the stomach. These are people who can't separate who they "are" from what they "do."
To protect the inalienable right to loiter in latrines with impunity, LAMDA, a gay rights advocate group, publishes "The Little Black Book," a guide for "safely engaging in public sex." This book is filled with ideal locations, many in malls and amusement parks where children are present. It seems that all those complaints about keeping the government out of the bedroom, also apply to public restrooms, highway rest stops, alleys, theatres, arcades, public beaches, city parks…et al."
If you aren't familiar with Matt Sanchez, let's just say his past is interesting. Being a Marine and former gay and bi-sexual adult entertainer isn't usually a combined career past. He is now an "embedded blogger" with an American military unit, first in Iraq and now Afghanistan. His life is about redemption and change.
Posted by RightwingSparkle at 8:44 AM
Slate has all the details of the various stories. But if you want a summary, here it is.
The leader of the cell is a 28 yr old German born Muslim convert. He and the other suspects trained with a Uzbek militant group affiliated with Al Qaeda. The U.S. intelligence took notice and started monitoring their cell phone conversations. (you know, the monitoring the Democrats don't want us to do)
Back in Germany the suspects started "acquiring 200 gallons of concentrated hydrogen peroxide, enough to make several crude but powerful car bombs. In July, the German police secretly managed to break into the cell's storage space and switch in canisters of harmless diluted peroxide. According to the LAT, investigators had planned to let the plot play out for a little while longer, but a routine traffic stop spooked the alleged conspirators, and police learned through "undercover methods" that an attack attempt was imminent."
The Washington Post says they "were aiming at American facilities or sites likely to result in American casualties but that it was unclear whether they had settled on a target. Security officials said evidence indicated that Ramstein Air Base, a major U.S. and NATO installation, and Frankfurt's international airport ranked high on the list of sites under consideration."
Posted by RightwingSparkle at 7:10 AM
Clearly McCain won. The most awkward moment was when the "citizen" asked Rudy about his family life. Rudy basically said that having a terrible personal life didn't keep him from running New York well. And if you didn't know what he did while Mayor of New York, you sure as heck knew after last night since he mentioned it about a dozen times.
Huckabee was impressive too. I wish he had more of a chance. I am liking Romney more and more. Last night wasn't his best night, but he is a Presidential figure. He really does have it all. Executive experience, conservative values (at least now he does), he is goodlooking and smart and has a great family life.
After last night, I'm thinking my old crush McCain might still have a fighting chance. After all, this guy knows how to survive and come out on top now, doesn't he?
Posted by RightwingSparkle at 6:47 AM
Wednesday, September 05, 2007
I just can't stop thinking that Fred's announcement ad looks like a promo for his show "Law and Order." And guess what? I never saw one episode of "Law and Order," so I can only imagine what the average American who has watched it feels like. Tonight Fred skips the debate and announces on Jay Leno. It's just a bit too "Entertainment Tonight!" for me.
I have always said that our candidate needs to have star power to beat Hillary, but I wasn't thinking TV and movie star power.
I'm giving Fred my attention. He's saying the right things. But does he really want this? Or is the opportunity of riding the wave of his celebrity making him feel he can't pass this up?
The main things that trouble me is the fact that his campaign staff keeps quitting and his health. Having non-Hodgkin's lymphoma is no small thing. He doesn't look exactly robust and campaigning for President isn't for the weak or weary.
I'm ready to be convinced. I am. I am just not there yet.
Posted by RightwingSparkle at 6:32 PM
Amazing really. The Hillary machine usually has a way of making these things seem trivial and the media accommodates. But since Hsu has jumped bail, the story has some legs.
Let's summarize for all of you needing to catch up on this story. Stephen Spruiell wraps it up nicely:
"Last week the Los Angeles Times reported that a major Democratic fundraiser named Norman Hsu was a wanted fugitive in California (he pleaded guilty to grand-theft charges in 1992 and subsequently disappeared). Hsu has since returned to California to face sentencing, and Hillary has given the nearly $23,000 she received in contributions from Hsu to charity. Unfortunately for her, that’s not the end of the story. The Wall Street Journal reported last week that Hsu might have been involved in an illegal plot to reimburse a Bay Area family for tens of thousands of dollars in donations he “bundled” for them and gave to Clinton’s campaign. The FBI is reportedly investigating the matter, but so far her campaign has not divested these funds. Her husband told reporters in New Hampshire Sunday, “If the other people say they gave the money of their own accord then I think she should keep it.”
But....as The Campaign Spot reports, Hsu skipping bail might mean a reminder to America of all the shady fundraising deals of the Clinton's (renting the Lincoln bedroom out and the like):
"If Team Hillary was hoping for the story of Norman Hsu and the fundraising shenanigans to go away... they won't. Not with developments like this:
Democratic fundraiser Norman Hsu failed to appear Wednesday for a bail hearing and a judge issued a new warrant for his arrest.
Hsu forfeits the $2 million bail he posted last week.
Hsu's lawyer said he doesn't know where his client is.
UPDATE: Some awesome gumshoe (gumHsu? Wearing out the Hsu leather?) reporting from Phil Klein, who notes:
In campaign finance reports, Hsu's companies are listed as: Next Components Ltd., Cool Planets Ltd., Because Men's Clothes, and Dilini Management. But none of the companies have online footprints or appear in fashion industry directories that I have searched. The only official recognition of any of these companies that I have found is Next Components, in the form of a filing for a certificate of corporation with the New York Department of State, Division of Corporations — but even that doesn't hold up to closer scrutiny. The filing was from May 6, 2005, and when I called the Division of Corporations, a representative there told me that the filing needed to be renewed every two years for a fee of $9, but Next Components never responded to the renewal notice.
The filing lists 561 Seventh Ave., Suite 1301 as the address for Next Components, but I called Handro Properties, the management company that runs the building, and was told that not only have they never heard of Next Components, but "Suite 1301" doesn't even exist.
Klein finds that Hsu's listed home addresses in FEC forms don't check out, either. Something here stinks to high heaven.
Could Hsu have bolted to Hong Kong? Well, I know one thing. One shouldn't hang around with the Clinton's mad at you. The long arm of the law isn't nearly as brutal as the long arm of Hillary.
Posted by RightwingSparkle at 1:52 PM
"Bill Clinton's talk with Letterman about the vice presidency got a lot of attention yesterday, but my favorite part of the exchange came when Letterman asked Bill about his recent African safari:
WJC: I saw female lions go after warthogs while the male just laid there and watched. Which I thought was good preparation for my future, given this campaign, you know. Just sort of lay there and watch, you know."
Hmmm...lay there and watch and ask whoever is laying next to him to hand him a cigar, I suppose.
Sometimes he gets a call from Hillary on the road and he's on the golf course. Riiight.
Posted by RightwingSparkle at 1:33 PM
Hillary. Of course.
Sorry, this seems to be bash Hillary week, but she makes it so easy.
Posted by RightwingSparkle at 8:29 AM
BERLIN, Germany (CNN) -- Three terror suspects held in Germany planned to carry out "imminent" and "massive" bombs attacks on a U.S. air base and Frankfurt's international airport, according to officials.
An unidentified man, left, believed to be a terror suspect, is led away at the German Federal Court in Karlsruhe.
"They were planning massive attacks," Federal Prosecutor Monika Harms said.
"As possible targets ... the suspects named discotheques and pubs and airports frequented by Americans with a view to detonating explosives loaded in cars and killing or injuring many people," Harms told a news conference on Wednesday.
The suspects, two Germans aged 22 and 29 and a 29-year-old Turk, received terrorist training in Pakistan and had close ties to al Qaeda, according to Jorg Ziercke, president of Germany's Federal Criminal Investigation Office.
Read the whole thing here.
Posted by RightwingSparkle at 8:21 AM
Also, if Hillary is elected and you are old enough to be reading this, you will never ever see any of your social security money.
In her remarks to the AARP she praises Social Security:
"This is the most successful domestic program in the history of the United States," Clinton said to applause from seniors gathered in Washington to push their policy agenda. "When I'm president, privatization is off the table because it's not the answer to anything."
via The Captain
Posted by RightwingSparkle at 7:24 AM
Now she will really be in trouble with the left:
"We hear so much about things going bad, but real progress has been made there in terms of security and stability," Couric said Tuesday. "I mean, obviously, infrastructure problems abound, but Sunnis and U.S. forces are working together. They banded together because they had a common enemy: al Qaeda."
"Now Fallujah is "considered a real role model of something working right in Iraq," Couric said."
Posted by RightwingSparkle at 7:20 AM
Tuesday, September 04, 2007
Try the most disgusting man in Washington. At least to me.
"For Gay Blogger, Craig's Resignation Is Just the Latest on His List."
The Washington Post is reporting on Mike Rogers of BlogActive, who goal in life is to out gay Republicans.
"For three years now, he's been a feared one-man machine, "outing," he says, nearly three dozen senior political and congressional staffers, White House aides and, most damagingly, Congress members on his blog."
I don't have a problem with behavior, such as exhibited by Sen. Craig, becoming public knowledge (although Rogers did "out" Craig a while back, it didn't stick. The bathroom episode was given to Roll Call by a anonymous tip, Rogers maybe?) There have been rumors for years about Hillary's sexuality. I wonder if Rogers has looked into that? I doubt it.
As you can see here with Hillary on the Ellen Degeneres Show, Hillary, the one who is leading for the Democratic nomination, is AGAINST gay marriage. So if being against gay marriage makes one unacceptable to gay bloggers like Mike Rogers, then I hope to see him and the other gay bloggers come out against Hillary Clinton soon.
What is so reprehensible about this to me is the assumption that if one is gay then he must be for gay marriage. There are blacks who are against affirmative action. There are women against abortion. If a gay man who is a politician is against gay marriage, then in Roger's mind, he is a hypocrite. But what does it mean to be against gay marriage? Because it seems to me that he only targets Republicans against it, not Democrats. And almost all the Democrat Candidates, and all of the top tier ones, are against gay marriage. So let's not pretend, as Rogers tries to, that this is a bi-partisan fairy hunt. It isn't it. It's all about getting Republicans.
So that is where Rogers becomes the hypocrite, for only calling out Republicans, instead of calling out Hillary and the rest who are against gay marriage, yet have the continued support of gays like Rogers.
Posted by RightwingSparkle at 6:59 PM
When Controversy Follows Cash
Some Fundraisers With Legal Issues Slip Through Campaigns' Vetting
By John Solomon and Matthew Mosk
Washington Post Staff Writers
Monday, September 3, 2007; Page A01
Sant S. Chatwal, an Indian American businessman, has helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaigns, even as he battled governments on two continents to escape bankruptcy and millions of dollars in tax liens.
The founder of the Bombay Palace restaurant chain, Chatwal is one of a growing number of fundraisers in the 2008 presidential campaign whose backgrounds have prompted questions about how much screening the candidates devote to their "bundlers" while they press to raise record amounts.
There is more on similiare donations to the Edwards and Barack campaigns.
The latest Hillary illegal donor is a Japanese businessman named Tendo Oto.
Doug Ross is posting on the latest foreigner to donate to the Hillary Clinton campaign illegally- Japanese citizen Tendo Oto.
Plenty of Bill and Hillary’s pals know Tendo Oto. After all, they met him at the gala Hollywood fundraiser in 2000. Here he is, sitting right behind the Clintons at the Peter Paul concert.Doug from Upland has more on the illegal donations from Tendo Oto:IntroEpisode 1Episode 2Episode 3
Here's the short version from Free Republic:
...It is illegal for a foreign national to be at a candidate’s fundraiser. Oto gave 27 grand to help pay the expenses of the big event. He, of course, has no Social Security number, which is what the Secret Service begins with in the vetting process. They don't know much about him. There is no time to check the guy out.Peter Paul tells Bill of the problem. Well, shazaam, that’s not a problem. If he pays, he plays. Let the guy have a good time. It's not like he's some shady character who sold missile technology to the ChiComs or was part of the Russian Mafia dealing in black market nuclear technology. Tendo Oto, come on down. How nervous do you think the Secret Service was?But there are more people coming to the party. Oto has a camera crew from Japan that he wants to use to memorialize his exploits on film. The rules were that no outside news crews were allowed. Again, no problem. The exiting president told the Secret Service to stand down on those folks also.
Check out this by Doug from Upland, he posted this fax to Hillary at Free Republic
Still not convinced this kind of scandal will go anywhere. But we shall see.
Posted by RightwingSparkle at 6:57 AM
Monday, September 03, 2007
Posted by RightwingSparkle at 8:08 PM