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It seems Pope Francis needs to brush up on his Tertullian!

It has been reported (in The ChristLast Media, I must note) that the current Pope does not like the phrase "lead us not into temptation...

"Let no freedom be allowed to novelty, because it is not fitting that any addition should be made to antiquity. Let not the clear faith and belief of our forefathers be fouled by any muddy admixture." -- Pope Sixtus III

Friday, August 25, 2006

I can see at least one thing that can go wrong with this.

Daily Mail: Puppy purse the ultimate accessory for pooch lovers

Kiddies, pets are not toys and they are not children. They are animals. Nothing more. Nothing less. It is time we returned to treating them as such.

It's the ultimate fashion accessory for people who "love their dogs a bit too much."

Imported from the United States, these colourful and stylish "doggie bags" enable devoted dog owners to carry their puppies and little pooches wherever they go.

Designed to be "lightweight" with an adjustable strap, the "PuppyPurse" is exactly as it sounds.

Carry it by the handles or fling the straps around your shoulder or even waist, it enables the dog lover to go out and about with a little furry friend friend literally by their side.

The straps can also be adjusted so they can be used like a normal lead.

The idea is unlikely to appeal to traditionalists who believe dogs should be walked not carried, but in today's consumer society pet accessories have become big business.

The doggie-bags were designed after American creators Hedy Grant and Suzanne Sherman noticed how many people were carrying their dogs inside handbags in the heat of Summer and decided there was a gap in the market for a more suitable and stylish carrier.

Both lawyers, Miss Sherman was said to have been inspired to set up the business two years ago by her own Maltese dog Sammy who "wanted to be with her all the time."

"PuppyPurse makes it easier to take your dog with you, whether you're shopping, fly fishing or just taking a walk and nothing gets in the way of snuggling and kissing your baby whenever you want to," said Miss Sherman.

The company has over 20 designs on sale, made from a range of fabrics, including leather, denim, velvet, cotton and fleece material.

Priced on average between £40 and £60, they can fit dogs up to 12 lbs in weight, and are available on the internet and through upmarket "pet boutiques."

Hanh Pham, who sells the dog carriers at her New York shop, said some people will spare no expense in treating their pets.

"It's only in the past decade that people have really started pampering their pets and treating them as members of the family," she said.

The underrated Kylie Minogue. (The Last)

From the pages of The King Abdullah Gazette:

The underrated Kylie Minogue. (Part Nine)

From the pages of The King Abdullah Gazette:

States move to legalize pharmacists' right to refuse.

Joyce Howard Price of The Washington Times brings us the story of state legislators trying to protect pharmacists' right to choose to obey their consciences.

Naturally, Big Babykilling opposes that particular choice. That is what is known as hypocrisy, kiddies.

Lawmakers in nearly half the states have introduced bills in this year's legislative sessions to allow pharmacists not to fill prescriptions for emergency contraception or other birth-control medicines based on their religious or moral objections.

Four states -- Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi and South Dakota -- have passed laws that permit druggists to deny certain prescriptions, including emergency or other contraceptives.

"This is definitely a hot-button issue for a lot of people ... it's pretty controversial, regardless of which side you are on," Madeline Kriescher, a research analyst for the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), said yesterday.

For years, states have been enacting laws designed to limit abortion, including legislation to let doctors and other heath care providers refuse to perform or participate in an abortion.

"Now, the issue is expanding as pharmacists are refusing to fill emergency contraception and contraception prescriptions," the NCSL says on its Web site, www.ncsl.org.

Mrs. Kriescher said the bills all stalled in committee, but pro-life advocates expect many of the measures to return. Merchants in the new university town of Ave Maria, being developed in southwestern Florida by Domino's Pizza founder Tom Monaghan, will be asked not to sell contraceptives. But legal issues prevent them from being prohibited from doing so.

That is a crying shame. Freedom of conscience and the right of association no longer exist, kiddies. At least not for those who oppose the spirit of this benighted age.

Visit Ave Maria (the town) here.

Visit Ave Maria (the university) here.

Jim Sedlak, vice president of the American Life League, said that organization supports the efforts of a 1,500-member group called Pharmacists for Life International in their efforts to allow pharmacists to forgo filling prescriptions for birth-control medications.

Whether the drug is the morning-after pill or the traditional birth-control bill, Mr. Sedlak said, "One of the mechanisms is to prevent implantation, which means the ending of human life.

"Pharmacists are being caught in the middle, so many of them are starting to say no," he said.

Bless and protect them, Lord.

The Planned Parenthood Federation of America and other pro-choice groups see such measures as a big threat, saying they interfere with a doctor's decision about the proper medication for a patient. The group has started a campaign called "Fill My Pills Now" designed to overturn policies that allow druggists to refuse to fill birth-control prescriptions if they have moral objections.

"These pharmacists -- emboldened by religious extremists and empowered by arch-conservatives in Washington, D.C., and around the nation -- are no longer content to live their own lives as they choose," Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards wrote in a recent letter explaining the campaign.

"Now they are trying to tell you and me how to live our lives. And too often they succeed. That has got to stop," she added.

In the mailing, Planned Parenthood also said three major chains -- Target, Walgreens and Winn-Dixie -- currently let pharmacists refuse to fill contraceptive prescriptions.

But Target said yesterday that "Plan B, the emergency contraceptive, is the only prescription for which this policy applies."

And if a pharmacist refuses to fill such a prescription, he must find another Target pharmacist to do so or refer the customer to a different drugstore, the company said.

Representatives for Walgreens and Winn-Dixie could not be reached for comment.

Shop accordingly, kiddies.

Dude! Your mom is like the coolest mom EVER!

...or, What? No meth?

ABC News: S.C. Woman Charged in Teen Parties Case

Somehow, I don't think "parties" is the right word...

COLUMBIA, S.C. - A 46-year-old Lexington woman was arrested Wednesday after providing teenagers with alcohol and drugs, including birth control pills, during parties she hosted at her home, Lexington County deputies said.

Patricia Louise Hartwell has been throwing the parties for White Knoll High School students, encouraging them to drink and have sex, for nearly two years, Sheriff James Metts said.

The parties took place at Hartwell's apartment about 200 yards from the school, Metts said.

Deputies started investigating Hartwell earlier this month after a mother complained her 15-year-old daughter got drunk and had sex while staying overnight at Hartwell's apartment, Metts said.

Six students have given investigators written statements about what went on at the parties, the sheriff said.

The investigation is continuing and more charges could be filed, said Metts, who wants anybody who attended the parties or knew about them to call deputies.

Hartwell had a child that once attended White Knoll High School, deputies said.

Hartwell was charged with six counts of transferring beer to a minor, five counts of transferring liquor to a minor and five counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, Metts said.

She also has a record that includes driving under the influence and public disorderly conduct charges, sheriff's Maj. John Allard said.

She was being held at the Lexington County jail Wednesday awaiting a bond hearing.

Gore worries as lack of devastation makes him look like a creepy fool...

Drudge: Tropical Depression Nears Storm Strength In Caribbean...

The war this time.

From Drudge:

Inquiry Opened Into Israeli Use of U.S. Bombs...

Chavez says Israel's action in Lebanon 'worse' than Hitler...

'Ahmadinejad would sacrifice half of Iran to wipe out Israel'

Boy Band Sings Praises of Nasrallah...

SEX IS DEATH. (Whom does a master serve?)

I came to Carthage, where I found myself in the midst of a hissing cauldron of lusts. I had not yet fallen in love, but I was in love with the idea of it, and this feeling that something was missing made me despise myself for not being more anxious to satisfy the need. I began to look around for some object for my love, since I badly wanted to love something. —St. Augustine, Confessions

From Vienna comes the tale of a man who let his perverted desires master his conscience and the little girl who suffered for eight years because of it. Please pray for both of them. I know it is more difficult to pray for his soul. I won't blame you if you can't bring yourself to do it...

Daily Mail: Teenager tells of her eight years as dungeon sex slave

A girl held captive as a sex slave in a dungeon for eight years told police of her dramatic escape from the man she was forced to call 'Master'.

I find that title most ironic.

Natascha Kampusch, who was ten when she was kidnapped on her way to school, was imprisoned in a tiny pit dug into the floor of her captor's garage.

She was held for so long that she developed Stockholm Syndrome, the psychological condition in which captives begin to identify with their abductors.

"Identify"? She's lucky ten year olds aren't forced to learn about psychology.

But after years of obeying the Master, Natascha escaped after being let out of her cell unsupervised.

Behold the strength of the human spirit, kiddies. If she can survive eight years of unimaginable torture and degradation (Don't fool yourselves on on this count. This guy wasn't playing at suburban soft-core slap and tickle. You should thank God you'll never know all the details...) and still have the wherewithal to escape at the first opportunity, I think she will be able to recover.

Police were called when she was found cowering in a neighbour's garden in Vienna on Wednesday.

Her kidnapper, Wolfgang Priklopil, gave officers the slip in a 100mph car chase, only to commit suicide hours later by jumping in front of a train.

And here we have the death part. Herr Priklopil was not insane. Faced with the shame and punishment that was sure to follow, he chose to kill himself. That was not the smartest choice he could have made, but it is understandable if he believed this existence is all there is.

Perhaps he figured it this way:

I've had my fun. Yeah, maybe I should have had an emergency escape plan to get my sorry ass to Thailand, but I lived my dream for eight years, so I can't complain. I definitely don't want those little people who could never understand my genius judging me...Thank goodness there are no such things as God and Hell...

Natascha was reunited with her parents - and the first thing she asked was whether her father, Ludwig Koch, still had her favourite toy car.

The pair then stared at each other with tears running down their cheeks before Natascha jumped up and threw her arms around her father's neck.

Mr Koch, 50, said later: "I still can't believe it. God must have been involved. I never gave up hope. But I am so wonderfully relieved.

Amen to that, Brother.

"She said, 'Dad, I love you.' And the next question was, 'Is my toy car still there?' I never gave it away in all those years. I always put out of my mind the thought that she was dead."

How cool is that?

Natascha's mother, Brigitte Sirny, 55, who was away on holiday when the news broke, said: "This is the most wonderful day of my life."

Police spokesman Armin Halm said Natascha appeared in good physical and mental health. Her father said, however, that she looked 'emaciated' with "very white skin and blotches all over her body".

She is fortunate to be alive.

The 18-year-old was interviewed by detectives and psychologists about her ordeal at Priklopil's hands.

The 44-year-old communications technician snatched Natascha in 1998, sparking the biggest search in Austrian history.

The house where the gadget-obsessed loner kept her was known locally as 'Fort Knox' because of its many security and alarm systems.

He was among some 1,000 mini-van owners interviewed after a witness said Natascha had been picked up by a man driving one. Police fell for Priklopil's alibi however.

That is a shame.

Nobody is perfect, kiddies. Sometimes the bad guys win...for a little while.

Natascha told officers she was kept as a sex slave in a tiny windowless cell behind a heavy metal gate. She was forced to call her captor 'Gebiete' - an old-fashioned term for 'Master' used in fairy stories.

Sick bastard.

Initially, it was reported that she had escaped from Priklopil's car when his BMW was stopped for a routine police check.

But it emerged that she had fled from his two-storey house in Strasshof near Vienna and was found by an elderly woman. Police quickly raided the property, finding Natascha's passport and her tiny cell. Priklopil had already fled after discovering she was missing.

Neighbours said they took Natascha for Priklopil's girlfriend when they first saw her around a year ago.

There were reports that Natascha's parents' marriage collapsed under the strain of her abduction with each blaming the other for her disappearance.

May God have mercy on all their souls.

Pray you or someone you love never undergoes this kind of trial.

It was claimed that when she was abducted Natascha was running away from home after a series of family rows.

***** UPDATE 8/28/06 *****

If you really want to harm a child, it seems the years between ages 10 and 18 are a great place to start.

AP: Austrian teen held for eight years defends captor

VIENNA, Austria - An Austrian teenager who spent eight years in a dingy underground cell until her dramatic escape last week on Monday defended her captor as "part of my life" and insisted she didn't miss anything during her long ordeal.

In remarks read to reporters by a psychologist, 18-year-old Natascha Kampusch said she understood the "extreme curiosity" about what she endured and how she is faring since she bolted to freedom last Wednesday, but she pleaded with journalists: "Please leave me alone for a while."

"Everyone wants to ask intimate questions, (but) they don't concern anyone," she said. "I feel good where I'm at now."

Police said Monday they had only begun to question Kampusch about her abduction at age 10 in March 1998 by Wolfgang Priklopil, who killed himself within hours of her escape by throwing himself in front of a commuter train.

Police Maj. Gen. Gerhard Lang of the Federal Criminal Investigations Bureau said investigators are continuing to follow up on every lead in the case, which until last week was one of Austria's greatest unsolved criminal mysteries.

Although authorities have released photographs and video footage of the cramped, windowless basement cell where Kampusch was kept, she referred to it simply as "my room" in her statement, read by criminal psychologist Max Friedrich.

"It's my room, and not for the public to see," Kampusch said.

She also denied ever calling Priklopil her master, even though she said the 44-year-old communications technician wanted her to.

"He was not my master. I was equally strong," her statement read. "I didn't cry after the escape. He was a part of my life. ... In principle, I don't have the feeling that I missed something."

And yet she did escape. Why run if nothing is missing? Can people really be trained to consider themselves sub-human?

Part 1: SEX IS DEATH. (Stories for boys) is here.
Part 2: SEX IS DEATH. (Distaff death) is here.
Part 3: SEX IS DEATH. (Joyously dispensing death) is here.
Part 4: SEX IS DEATH. (Sex is depression) is here.
Part 5: SEX IS DEATH. (When self-pleasuring becomes self-destruction) is here.
Part 6: SEX IS DEATH. (Sex is theft) is
Part 7: SEX IS DEATH. (A review of Bareback Mountain) is
Part 8: SEX IS DEATH. (What is the ultimate penalty?) is
Part 9: SEX IS DEATH. (Haven from reality) is
Part 10: SEX IS DEATH. (Sin-redemption-reasons-reason) is
Part 11: SEX IS DEATH. (Mommy loves you) is
Part 12: SEX IS DEATH. (George Gilder offers a clue) is
Part 13: SEX IS DEATH. (Post-killem depression) is
Part 14: SEX IS DEATH. (Whither womanhood) is
Part 15: SEX IS DEATH. (Saving psychology 1) is
Part 16: SEX IS DEATH. (Saving psychology 2) is
Part 17: SEX IS DEATH. (Fear of the boomers) is
Part 18: SEX IS DEATH. (The battle continues apace) is
Part 19: SEX IS DEATH. (Hot for teacher) is
Part 20: SEX IS DEATH. (Kids do the darndest things) is
Part 21: SEX IS DEATH. (Defects) is
Part 22: SEX IS DEATH. (Privates' privacy) is
Part 23: SEX IS DEATH. (National Condom Week) is
Part 24: SEX IS DEATH. (Wegenics) is
Part 25: SEX IS DEATH. (White wedding) is
Part 26: SEX IS DEATH. (Literally) is
Part 27: SEX IS DEATH. (Can't get me no satisfaction) is
Part 28: SEX IS DEATH. (Wrestle with mania) is
Part 29: SEX IS DEATH. (Press one for death/Presione uno para la muerte) is
Part 30: SEX IS DEATH. (Raunch culture) is
Part 31: SEX IS DEATH. (Gimme some of that sweet zombie lovin') is
Part 32: SEX IS DEATH. (The devil made me eat my baby) is
Part 33: SEX IS DEATH. (Mind control = womb control) is

Part 34: SEX IS DEATH. (The expense of playing with yourself) is here.
Part 35: SEX IS DEATH. (You can't always get what you want) is here.

Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Ray Nagin, Super Genius.


(CBS) Confronted by accusations that he’s taking too long to clean up his city after Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin defended himself by remarking on New York City’s failure to rebuild Ground Zero.

Nagin made the remarks in an interview conducted by CBS News National Correspondent Byron Pitts which will be broadcast on 60 Minutes, Sunday, Aug. 27, at 7 p.m. EDT.

On a tour of the decimated Ninth Ward, Nagin tells Pitts the city has removed most of the debris from public property and it’s mainly private land that’s still affected – areas that can’t be cleaned without the owners' permission. But when Pitts points to flood-damaged cars in the street and a house washed partially into the street, the mayor shoots back. "That’s alright. You guys in New York can’t get a hole in the ground fixed and it’s five years later. So let’s be fair."


Saint of the Day and daily Mass readings.

Today is the Feast of St. Louis of France, King (Louis IX) and Crusader. Pray for us, all you angels and saints.

Today's reading for the Feast of St. Louis of France is
Isaias 58:6-11.
Today's Responsorial Psalm is
Psalms 112:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8, 9.
Today's Gospel reading is
Matthew 22:34-40.

Everyday links:

The Blessed Virgin Mary
The Rosary
Our Mother of Perpetual Help
Prayers from EWTN
National Coalition of Clergy and Laity (dedicated to action for a genuine Catholic Restoration)
The Catholic Calendar Page for Today

Just in case you are wondering what exactly Catholics believe, here is

The Apostles Creed

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of Heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ, His only Son Our Lord, Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.He descended into Hell; the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into Heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of God, the Father almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead.I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body and life everlasting. Amen.


Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that any one who fled to thy protection, implored thy help or sought thy intercession,was left unaided.Inspired with this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins my Mother; to thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful; O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy clemency hear and answer me. Amen.

St. Joseph, her most chaste spouse, pray for us.

Anima Christi

Soul of Christ, sanctify me; Body of Christ, save me; Blood of Christ, inebriate me; Water from Christ's side, wash me; Passion of Christ, strengthen me; O good Jesus, hear me; Within Thy wounds hide me; Suffer me not to be separated from Thee; From the malicious enemy defend me; In the hour of my death call me; And bid me come unto Thee; That I may praise Thee with Thy saints and with Thy angels Forever and ever. Amen.

Prayer to St. Anthony, Martyr of Desire

Dear St. Anthony, you became a Franciscan with the hope of shedding your blood for Christ. In God's plan for you, your thirst for martyrdom was never to be satisfied. St. Anthony, Martyr of Desire, pray that I may become less afraid to stand up and be counted as a follower of the Lord Jesus. Intercede also for my other intentions. (Name them.)

Prayer To Saint Michael The Archangel

St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle, be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the devil; may God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou O Prince of the heavenly hosts, by the divine power, thrust into hell Satan and all the evil spirits who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.

Prayer to End Abortion

Lord God, I thank You today for the gift of my life, and for the lives of all my brothers and sisters. I know there is nothing that destroys more life than abortion, yet I rejoice that you have conquered death by the resurrection of Your Son. I am ready to do my part to end abortion. Today I commit myself never to be silent, never to be passive, and never to be forgetful of the unborn. I commit myself to be active in the pro-life movement, and never stop defending life until all my brothers and sisters are protected and our nation once again becomes a nation with liberty and justice, not just for some, but for all. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Prayer For Vocations

Send forth your Spirit, Lord, into the hearts of your faithful people, that we may be conscious of our vocation to holiness and sevice to others. Grant that many of us may dedicate ourselves to You through the priesthood and the religious life.We pray especially for the needs of our own parish and diocese. Grant that we may always have sufficient good and holy priests, and dedicated Sisters to serve our commumities.We pray, too, for religious orders; that generous men may join them to become zealous missionaries in preaching the Gospel in word and action, especially to the poor and abandoned.We make this prayer through Jesus Christ, Our Lord and Redeemer. Amen.

Prayer Before The Crucifix

Behold, O kind and gentle Jesus, I kneel before Thee and pray that Thou would impress upon my heart the virtues of faith, hope, and charity, with true repentance for my sins and a firm purpose of amendment. At the same time, with sorrow I meditate on Thy five precious wounds, having in mind the words which David spoke in prophecy: "They have pierced my hands and my feet. I can count all my bones."

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Meanwhile, back in the Holy Land...

AP: Israel adds 2 nuclear-capable submarines

JERUSALEM - With the purchase of two more German-made Dolphin submarines capable of carrying nuclear warheads, military experts say Israel is sending a clear message to Iran that it can strike back if attacked by nuclear weapons.

Barry Bonds, call your office.

Bloomberg.com: Justin Gatlin Agrees to Eight-Year Ban for Failed Doping Test

Olympic 100-meter champion Justin Gatlin agreed to an eight-year ban from track and field events, avoiding a lifetime suspension in exchange for providing information that may assist the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency in its effort to eradicate drugs from the sport.

The underrated Kylie Minogue. (Part Eight)

From the pages of The King Abdullah Gazette:

Meanwhile, back in Bombay...

You learn something new every day.

AP: Restaurant in India to drop 'Hitler' from name

BOMBAY, India - The owner of a restaurant named after Adolf Hitler said Thursday he will change its name because it angered so many people.

Puneet Sablok said he would remove Hitler's name and the Nazi swastika from billboards and the menu. He had said the restaurant's name — "Hitler's Cross" — and symbols were only meant to attract attention.

Sablok made the decision after meeting with members of Bombay's small Jewish community.

"Once they told me how upset they were with the name, I decided to change it," he said. "I don't want to do business by hurting people."

Sablok said he had not yet decided on a new name.

Hitler's Cross opened five days ago and serves pizza, salad and pastries in Navi Mumbai, a suburb of Bombay, also known as Mumbai.

On Thursday, Bombay's Jewish community welcomed Sablok's decision to rename his restaurant.

"He realized he made a mistake and listened to reason," said Elijah Jacob, a community leader. "Some people have wrong conceptions of history and he realized it was not appropriate."

Bombay's Jews had called the theme of the restaurant offensive and demanded a name change. There are about 5,500 Jews in India, with about 4,500 of them living in Bombay.

"I never wanted to hurt people's feelings," said Sablok.

Some Indians regard Hitler as just another historical figure and have little knowledge about the Holocaust, in which 6 million European Jews were systematically killed during World War II.

The swastika symbol, which was appropriated by the Nazis, was originally an ancient Hindu symbol and it is displayed all over India to bring luck.

The underrated Kylie Minogue. (Part Seven)

From the pages of The King Abdullah Gazette:

Various bits of insanity from Pearls Before Swine.

First, Your Humble Servant can definitely relate to this one:

The dacha's driveway is often blocked by inconsiderate (heck, they're oblivious) denizens of Flyover, USA.

I know. It's just a minor smile, but I like it.

I have an acquaintance visiting relatives in Bombay. Luckily, none of her friends or relatives were injured or killed in the train bombings. BTW, the whole sacred cow thing is getting old.

The Evans-Novak Political Report for August 23, 2006

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The bipartisan consensus is that Democrats will win control of the House (see below) but fall short of capturing the Senate. That is the conventional wisdom, which often has proved incorrect in past years. As has been our practice since 1966, we will continue to analyze every race -- House and Senate -- over the coming weeks.

With the tide clearly running against them, Republicans -- in the administration and Congress alike -- will try to emphasize national security issues between now and the election. Senate GOP leaders say the relatively brief pre-election session (September 5-29) will stress national security. President George W. Bush's current rally in the polls is based on security concerns.

Fears that Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) would use the unfinished business of the Defense appropriations bill as a vehicle for all kinds of Democratic unfinished business appear to be unfounded. Reid says he intends to finish the Defense bill in two days.

The Senate Democratic caucus is split over whether Sen. Joseph Lieberman (D-Conn.) should keep his Democratic committee slots in the Senate if he defeats Democratic nominee Ned Lamont as an Independent candidate. However, Reid supports Lieberman's keeping his committee seniority, and that should be decisive.

House Democrats have prudently put on hold until after the elections the question of who will get committee chairmanships if they win control of the House, but a battle looms for the Intelligence Committee top spot. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D- Calif.) wants to dump highly regarded Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif.) for being too soft on the Iraq war and replace her with Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-Fla.), one of the most radical members of the Congressional Black Caucus. Republicans will use Hastings, an impeached federal judge, as a national congressional campaign issue.

Sen. George Allen (R-Va.) has edged into the endangered species category for re-election, thanks partly to a campaign blunder. Allen is still favored to win, but his Virginia seat is now considered more vulnerable than the Tennessee seat being given up by Sen. Bill Frist (R-Tenn.)

House 2006

Republican-Held Seats: The overall House picture for Republicans is bleak, although not hopeless. The British apprehension of the sky-bombing plotters has at least briefly helped Republicans catch up with Democrats in the generic ballot survey. But aside from that spike, if the election were held today, the GOP would probably lose 26 seats and their congressional majority.

There is still time left, but the buzz on the Hill is that many Republican staffers -- including those working for safe members -- are seeking employment elsewhere, dreading the miserable possibility of life in the congressional minority.

The Democrats' chances at the House are very real right now. Republicans are hobbled by the fact that they have so many shaky seats to defend and so few that they can legitimately target. If they are to tighten the gap -- and a USA Today poll released Tuesday indicates that they may now be doing so on the generic ballot -- they must give voters a reason to come to the polls for them. They will probably lose any election that merely pits them as the status quo against Democrats who could be even worse -- who could, for example, impeach President Bush. Republicans must also offer something positive to voters, but their lack of legislative accomplishments in this Congress makes it difficult.

The big X-factor is the Republicans' vaunted micro-targeting turnout program, which is light-years ahead of anything the almost non-existent Democratic National Committee will be able to put together this year. The GOP turnout program produced a minor miracle in 2004, as new Republican voters showed up in droves. How many of those new voters will show up again this year? Republicans are honing the 2004 model and will experiment with new methods, as they typically do in off-year elections. Given the historically low turnout in mid-terms, how much this could soften the blow of 2006 is unknown...

Due to time constraints, we now move to further action.

Florida-13: Businessman Tramm Hudson (R), after making a late surge in the GOP primary, made an embarrassing comment about blacks' inability to swim that has thrown him off-message. Millionaire auto dealer Vern Buchanan (R), who has generally led the crowded field in most surveys, must be considered the favorite for September 5. The other candidates are liberal state legislators Donna Clarke (R) and Nancy Detert (R), and a latecomer, former state Rep. Mark Flanagan (R). Leaning Buchanan.

Oklahoma-5: As we predicted, Lt. Gov. Mary Fallin (R) easily won the primary to replace Rep. Ernest Istook (R), who is running for governor. She will easily win this fall. Strong Republican Retention.

Texas-22: One could say that Republicans dodged a bullet when they succeeded in rallying around a single write-in candidate for the seat formerly held by Rep. Tom DeLay (R). Although Sugar Land Mayor David Wallace (R) had threatened to run, he retreated after local Republicans backed Shelley Sekula-Gibbs (R). The choice of someone with a hyphenated name is particularly unfortunate -- it's one thing for Charlie Wilson (D-Ohio) to win as a write in, but Sekula-Gibbs will have a much harder time if people have to write out her whole name. She also begins with a huge financial disadvantage against former Rep. Nick Lampson (D). She needs a miracle -- there is also a libertarian on the ballot who will help split the vote and give victory to Lampson. Likely Democratic Takeover.

Senate 2006

Connecticut: Surprising about this race is the absolute lack of support for the Republican nominee, Alan Schlesinger -- he does not even have the backing of President Bush, and his unfavorables are nine times his favorables.

Because of this, Sen. Lieberman has a lease on life in his independent bid against the Democratic nominee, Ned Lamont. Lieberman's narrow defeat in the Democratic primary -- instead of the drubbing most had expected -- has made him strong enough to begin with a lead in some polls, although he and Lamont are tied in the most recent one. He draws heavily from Republican voters for his support.

Lieberman is an experienced hand at campaigning, not only on the congressional level but also during his campaign for Vice President in 2000. Lamont, by contrast, is a rookie who can speak smoothly at times, but clearly lacks polish at others. Just one example: During an appearance on Larry Kudlow's CNBC television program, "Kudlow & Company," Lamont looked like a deer in the headlights when asked about "Section 404" of the Sarbanes-Oxley law, even after saying a few other intelligent things about the law.

But Lamont spent $6 million for the Democratic nomination -- he will not hesitate to spend even more to win a Senate seat.

In one sense, this race has no significance. Lieberman is a liberal whose association with Republican policies is strictly limited to the Iraq issue. This seat remains in Democratic hands whether Lieberman or Lamont wins.* (Emphasis mine.)

Outside of Connecticut, the race does have significance for two kinds of voters and donors. The first is a sizable bloc of independent voters for whom national security is the most important issue. They may be frightened to see that there is no room in the Democratic Party for someone like Lieberman, who toes the left-wing line on nearly every issue except national security. The second group particularly interested in this race is Jews. Many of them will be turned off by the left-wing rhetoric about Lieberman's "divided loyalties," and upset to see that Lieberman's support of Israel is so unacceptable to Democrats that they would dump an otherwise liberal senator for a newbie liberal candidate.

Lamont's name is already being used against scores of unrelated candidates in other states. A typical example: Sen. Santorum is attacking his opponent in Pennsylvania for endorsing Lamont over Lieberman. Certain Democratic Retention.*

Florida: Rep. Katherine Harris (R) continues to hemorrhage campaign staff and behave erratically. The real surprise is that she may still win the GOP primary.

Republicans' only hope for defeating incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson (D) (and even then, there is only the slimmest long-shot chance) is for Harris to be upset in the September 5 primary. She has polled consistently in the 30s among Republicans, with her second-rate opponents -- former Admiral LeRoy Collins, attorney Will McBride and developer Peter Monroe -- in the single digits, and about 30 percent undecided. Harris will win unless Republicans unite around one of the other candidates. Of the three, McBride is the most likely to carry the conservative mantle, but time is running out.

Nelson is almost a lock for re-election in any case. Leaning Harris.

Virginia: Sen. Allen is looking less and less like a presidential contender as his re-election campaign struggles. His recent gaffe in chiding a staffer from opponent Jim Webb's (D) campaign capped off a long streak of unimpressive speaking performances. A recent public poll by Survey USA has the gap closing to three points, but Allen has plenty of time and money to right the ship. Leaning Republican Retention.

Governor 2006

Alaska: As of this writing, conservative former Wasilla Mayor Sarah Palin (R) appears to have taken more than 50 percent of the primary vote, stomping the life out of Gov. Frank Murkowski's (R) political career. The incumbent, who angered voters by appointing his daughter to a Senate seat and proceeded to anger them in several other ways, came in third. This is as we predicted. Palin is already favored over former Gov. Tony Knowles (D), the best candidate Democrats could have fielded for the general election. Leaning Republican Retention.

Florida: Atty. Gen. Charlie Crist (R) has consistently led in the polls, and is strongly favored to defeat Florida Chief Financial Officer Tom Gallagher (R) in the Republican primary. He is running a devastating ad that reminds voters that Gallagher, in an earlier run for governor, compared popular Republican Gov. Jeb Bush to Cuban Communist dictator Fidel Castro. Likely Crist.

On the Democratic side, the race is much closer. Rep. Jim Davis (D) leads state Sen. Rod Smith (D) in every survey, but the most reliable survey of likely voters suggests a close race with Smith coming up behind. As he attacks Davis for his poor congressional attendance record, Smith could surge at the end. But early voting has already begun, and it could prove too late. Moreover, Smith has nearly run out of money in the home stretch, and a group aligned with the sugar industry is basically financing him at this point.

Republicans in the state generally agree that Smith would be a tougher general election candidate to beat. Leaning Davis.

The underrated Kylie Minogue. (Part Six)

From the pages of The King Abdullah Gazette:

The NCAA is dumping on diaper-changing dads.

Title IX, anyone?

Of course not. Only the rights of females need protection. And everybody knows kids don't need fathers.

Penis bad. Vagina good.

From Sean Keeler of the Des Moines Register:

The number of children in the United States who lived in fatherless homes in 1960 was approximately 5.1 million. In 1995, it was 16.5 million.

Meanwhile, the NCAA tells Eric Butler to go jump.

Butler is a defensive tackle at Kansas. He missed the 2001 football season, he says, to attend to the birth and rearing of his daughter.

When he asked for a waiver to play this fall, the suits in Indianapolis shot him down faster than you can say "Huggies." He's also filed a federal civil rights lawsuit alleging that the female-only waiver violates Title IX.


Let's be clear on one thing. No amount of fathering holds a candle to the physical and emotional responsibility of childbirth. We're talking apples and oranges.

But at the same time, ask yourself this: What's the harm here?

Does granting Butler another year somehow cheapen motherhood as we know it? Does it create some dangerous, irreversible precedent?

Mr. Keeler appears to have been living in a cave all his life. Or Iowa.

Businesses are giving more and more working fathers paid paternity leave. The NCAA doesn't consider itself a business.


The NCAA doesn't consider football to be a full-time job. It's an educational, extracurricular opportunity.

Wink. Wink.

An opportunity, that, when combined with classwork, usually eats up more than 40 hours during the week. To say nothing of weekends.

"I think it's awesome that (Butler) was being a responsible father and to see him get punished for that, I guess, kind of disappoints me," says Katie Kock.

You probably know her better as Katie Robinette, the former Iowa State women's basketball star. A few years back, Katie had a son, Caden, with Cyclone fullback Ryan Kock. He'll turn 3 in October.

As someone who's had to juggle the roles of student-athlete and parent, she's something of an expert on this subject. Katie, who lost a season transferring from Iowa State to Nebraska, petitioned the Big 12 Conference last spring for an additional year of eligibility. No dice.

"Going in, you have to realize you could be giving up a year and sacrificing it, to be the father," says Katie, who graduated in May and now works for Principal. She and Ryan married in July. "Ryan's not home a lot when he's playing football. During two-a-days, we hardly saw him.

"The football calendar, anymore, is practically year-round. Squeezing school and sports and parenting into the same datebook takes a village. And patience.


Due to time constraints, we now move to further action.

The bottom line?

...The 1994 U.S. Census found that 39 percent of all children under 18 lived apart from their biological fathers. A Harvard study over more than 25 years found that children of involved fathers were likely to be more mature, more sociable and have better grades. If the NCAA says women can kick for the alma mater's football team, why can't men take paternity leave?

Finally, NASA's next generation.

If only the government would get out of the space business...

Roto-Reuters: NASA names new moon ships Orion

U.S. spaceships that NASA wants to build to carry astronauts back to the moon will be called Orion, an agency official said on Wednesday.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration announced the name about a week early after inadvertently airing on its public satellite television station a message recorded by a space station crew member for future use.

"We've been calling it the Crew Exploration Vehicle for several years, but today it has a name - Orion," station flight engineer Jeffrey Williams said in the message aired on Tuesday.

Orion was the hunter of Greek myth, whose constellation is one of the most easily recognized because of its bright belt of three stars. NASA also borrowed from Greek mythology to name its first fleet of lunar spacecraft, the Apollo series that carried the first humans to the moon in 1969.

The Orion name had previously surfaced on a Web site, along with a picture of the project's new logo. NASA had hoped to keep the name under wraps until it chose a contractor to build the vehicles. The announcement is expected on August 31.

Lockheed Martin is competing against partnership led by Northrop Grumman and Boeing to build capsules that can be flown on top of expendable rockets to the International Space Station and to the moon. Eventually, NASA hopes to parlay the technology into a craft capable of carrying people to and from Mars.

Test flights of the new capsules are expected to start as early as 2012, with the first mission to the moon scheduled for no later than 2020.

Next on CBS: Cripples versus Pedophiles!

AP: New 'Survivor' divides groups by race

Get ready for a segregated "Survivor." Race will matter on the upcoming season of the CBS show as contestants will be divided into four tribes by ethnicity. That means blacks, whites, Latinos and Asians in separate groups.

Website of the Day.

If you think you are not getting all that is newsworthy from the left-fascist media, you might want to start looking here:

Northeast Intelligence Network

Posted by admin on 2006/8/24

"Look down in shame if you are on a plane and you feel fear if an Arab Muslim starts chanting these things and playing with his water bottle as he presses buttons on his cell phone. You paranoid, racist fool!" -- Dr. Laurie Roth, Ph.D.

By Dr. Laurie Roth Ph.D.
The Roth Show

24 August 2006:
We sure are polite as we continue to march toward our graves, and of course we saw the last few weeks the amazing commitment to that polite walk to our deaths by District Judge Anna Diggs Taylor who ruled that the National Security Agency’s wiretap program was unconstitutional and ordered it stopped. Of course the administration has plans to appeal the decision. Never mind that the Brits used exactly those same tactics forbidden us by the very polite Judge here to stop the major attack on 6-10 international flights.

Editorials : Another Plane, Another Group of Muslims...
Posted by admin on 2006/8/24

"Sadly, it is particularly obvious that many people continue to live their lives in a state of denial and blissful ignorance to the uncomfortable facts, choosing instead to wade in the cesspool of political correctness. From those people, Annie Jacobsen will never receive vindication, despite the abundant evidence to prove the nefarious activities of Islamic terrorists well beyond any reasonable doubt."

By Douglas J. Hagmann

24 August 2006:
What a difference 2 years makes. Yesterday, a dozen men, 10 who appeared to be of Pakistani or Middle Eastern descent were handcuffed and taken off U.S. airliner Northwest Flight NO0042 in Amsterdam due to their suspicious behavior immediately following take-off. The pilot of the Bombay, India-bound Northwest Airlines flight turned the plane around over German air space and returned to Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport after passengers in the rear of the wide-bodied DC-10 observed the group of men trying to use cell phones, passing the phones to others, walking around the aircraft and engaging in what many passengers described as obviously significant suspicious behavior shortly after takeoff. "It was behavior that average passengers wouldn't do," said one official about the activities of the men.

Top Stories: US : Flammable Liquid Found Aboard U.S. Domestic Flight
Posted by Douglas J. Hagmann on 2006/8/23

Exclusive by the Northeast Intelligence Network & CanadaFreePress.com

By Douglas J. Hagmann, Director, Northeast Intelligence Network & Judi McLeod, Founder & Editor, CanadaFreePress.com

23 August 2006:
An investigation conducted jointly between investigators from the Northeast Intelligence Network and CanadaFreePress.com, acting on information provided by a well placed source within the airline industry, has found that the threat to our airlines – even those originating within the United States and Canada – does not appear to be over. The recently discovered UK based plot to detonate explosives on international flights into the US might have a greater reach and pose a greater threat than originally reported.

On Saturday, August 19, 2006, an alert member of a flight crew aboard United Airlines flight 94 from San Francisco(SFO) to Newark(EWR) made a rather startling discovery: a bottle of “Aquafina,” emptied and refilled with a yellowish liquid was placed in the galley of the aircraft, on a back counter near a coffee warmer. A subsequent inspection of the bottle and testing of the liquid by safety officials, including members of a Hazmat crew found that the bottle contained a “flammable, highly explosive liquid that has no legitimate commercial purpose.” Interviews with members of the flight crew reported that no one working that flight recalled seeing the refilled bottle until its discovery immediately prior to the aircraft’s descent. According to the information provided to the Northeast Intelligence Network by a well-placed source and further confirmed through federal transportation officials speaking on the condition of anonymity, the bottle “did, in fact, contain a liquid explosive, and appeared to be deliberately placed near the coffee burner sometime right before the aircraft’s descent [into Newark].” Had the bottle tipped toward or onto the heat source, or been exposed to other possible effects from either the heat or landing, “it is feasible that the contents could have ignited or exploded.” An investigation conducted jointly between investigators from the Northeast Intelligence Network and CanadaFreePress.com found that this incident was reported internally within the airline carrier’s safety board and is under active investigation, although so far, it has been successfully kept out of the media.

Based on this incident, flight crews have been instructed to “protect the integrity and security” of the galleys of the aircrafts, insure limited access to those areas by passengers, and to conduct periodic inspections of such areas before and during the flights.

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SEX IS DEATH. (You can't always get what you want)

I came to Carthage, where I found myself in the midst of a hissing cauldron of lusts. I had not yet fallen in love, but I was in love with the idea of it, and this feeling that something was missing made me despise myself for not being more anxious to satisfy the need. I began to look around for some object for my love, since I badly wanted to love something. —St. Augustine, Confessions

This is the second SEX IS DEATH story subtitled with the help of a Rolling Stones' song. There is probably a lesson in that, kiddies.

Of course, I could have easily called this one "If you love somebody, shoot them dead"...

The Philadelphia Inquirer: W. Phila. woman shot dead at home

A memorial of stuffed animals now lines the picket fence outside a West Philadelphia rowhouse where a mother of four lived and was gunned down early yesterday morning.

Gloria Seals, 33, known to friends and family as "Glo," was shot in the back about 1:30 a.m. while outside her home on North 49th Street, apparently trying to leave an argument with a neighbor who had a romantic interest in her, police and family said.

Wow. If I had gunned down every babe who refused to date me, I'd have as many notches on my .44 as an abortionist in a black neighborhood has on his scalpel.

For her children, ages 7 to 16, it is the second time that they lost a parent to murder. Three years ago, family members said, their father was killed.

May God have mercy on all our souls.

"Anything I did, she was right beside me," Seals' son Kahalil, 16, said of his mother. "My heart is broken right now."

Hours after Seals, a bank custodian and weekend bartender, was pronounced dead at the scene, police charged Rodney Arrington, 54, of the 500 block of North 42d Street, with murder. Arrington, whom family members said they have known for years, had been romantically interested in Seals and was seen fleeing the block in a black SUV after the shooting, police said.

"They were involved in an argument that escalated into a loud shouting match," said Homicide Capt. Michael Costello. "A beer bottle or beer was thrown, and as she was attempting to leave, he produced a gun."

Seals was shot one time in the back, just below her shoulder blade, authorities said.

As news of the murder spread throughout the neighborhood, a steady stream of relatives visited the two-story rowhouse, where they fondly remembered Seals and placed dozens of stuffed animals at a memorial.

Leatha Seals, the victim's mother, said her daughter cared deeply for her children. In addition to Kahalil, she had Joshua, 15, Marketta, 12, and Coy, 7.

"That was my baby girl and my best friend," Leatha Seals said of her daughter.

The two had spent every day together for two months, she said, adding that she would now care for the children.

Leatha Seals said she thought the argument with Arrington might have had something to do with Arrington's girlfriend.

Arrington's feelings for her daughter, she said, were not reciprocated.


The victim worked as a bank custodian during the week and at Way's Lounge at 38th Street and Lancaster Avenue on Saturdays.

"She worked her way off welfare," her mom said.

Neighbors said Seals was a quiet and polite woman.

"She didn't bother nobody," said Fern Churchill, who lived nearby on Olive Street. "She kept to herself."

It seems Mr. Arrington thought that was the problem.

Part 1: SEX IS DEATH. (Stories for boys) is here.
Part 2: SEX IS DEATH. (Distaff death) is here.
Part 3: SEX IS DEATH. (Joyously dispensing death) is here.
Part 4: SEX IS DEATH. (Sex is depression) is here.
Part 5: SEX IS DEATH. (When self-pleasuring becomes self-destruction) is here.
Part 6: SEX IS DEATH. (Sex is theft) is
Part 7: SEX IS DEATH. (A review of Bareback Mountain) is
Part 8: SEX IS DEATH. (What is the ultimate penalty?) is
Part 9: SEX IS DEATH. (Haven from reality) is
Part 10: SEX IS DEATH. (Sin-redemption-reasons-reason) is
Part 11: SEX IS DEATH. (Mommy loves you) is
Part 12: SEX IS DEATH. (George Gilder offers a clue) is
Part 13: SEX IS DEATH. (Post-killem depression) is
Part 14: SEX IS DEATH. (Whither womanhood) is
Part 15: SEX IS DEATH. (Saving psychology 1) is
Part 16: SEX IS DEATH. (Saving psychology 2) is
Part 17: SEX IS DEATH. (Fear of the boomers) is
Part 18: SEX IS DEATH. (The battle continues apace) is
Part 19: SEX IS DEATH. (Hot for teacher) is
Part 20: SEX IS DEATH. (Kids do the darndest things) is
Part 21: SEX IS DEATH. (Defects) is
Part 22: SEX IS DEATH. (Privates' privacy) is
Part 23: SEX IS DEATH. (National Condom Week) is
Part 24: SEX IS DEATH. (Wegenics) is
Part 25: SEX IS DEATH. (White wedding) is
Part 26: SEX IS DEATH. (Literally) is
Part 27: SEX IS DEATH. (Can't get me no satisfaction) is
Part 28: SEX IS DEATH. (Wrestle with mania) is
Part 29: SEX IS DEATH. (Press one for death/Presione uno para la muerte) is
Part 30: SEX IS DEATH. (Raunch culture) is
Part 31: SEX IS DEATH. (Gimme some of that sweet zombie lovin') is
Part 32: SEX IS DEATH. (The devil made me eat my baby) is
Part 33: SEX IS DEATH. (Mind control = womb control) is

Part 34: SEX IS DEATH. (The expense of playing with yourself) is here.

Hey, Bill! The guest of honor is out of ones again!

Those pesky commies. They think of everything!

The Register: China bans strippers at funerals

China has added strippers at funerals to its burgeoning list of proscribed activities, the BBC reports.

Bare-assed ladies are apparently deployed at rural send-offs to boost mourner numbers, since "large crowds are seen as a mark of honour".

To show they mean business, the authorities have arrested the leaders of five striptease troupes, including two involved in a farmer's funeral in Donghai county, Jiangsu province on 16 August, which was exposed by a Chinese TV station.

Local officials subsequently ordered an end to the traditional practice - which they dubbed "obscene performances" - and declared that "funeral plans have to be submitted in advance", according to Xinhua news agency.

And just to make sure the ban sticks, the powers that be have set up a hotline where concerned citizens can earn cash rewards for reporting "funeral misdeeds".

For the record, the attendance at the farmer's farewell was estimated at 200. He can consider himself duly honoured.

The underrated Kylie Minogue. (Part Five)

From the pages of The King Abdullah Gazette:

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First of all, the word is SEX, not GENDER. If you are ever tempted to use the word GENDER, don't. The word is SEX! SEX! SEX! SEX! For example: "My sex is male." is correct. "My gender is male." means nothing. Look it up. What kind of sick neo-Puritan nonsense is this? Idiot left-fascists, get your blood-soaked paws off the English language. Hence I am choosing "male" under protest.


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