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Home Depot fires employees for stopping shoplifters

Home Depot employees obviously don’t want to do what’s right for Home Depot! From Moonbattery:

Bob Stewart of Midwest City, Oklahoma has been fired along with three other workers from their jobs at Home Depot for helping police apprehend shoplifters in violation of company policy:

An internal memo from Home Depot outlines that associates cannot accuse, detain, chase or call the police on any customer for shoplifting.

The loss-prevention guy at our Shields (Boulevard) store turned around and told me all we need to do is tell the shoplifter to have a good day as they leave the store. I said that just doesn’t make sense.

Actually, in light of our policy on border security, it makes perfect sense. Our Homeland Security chief Michael Chertoff must be moonlighting as a security consultant for Home Depot.

As commenter V the K observes, “It’s not amnesty. It’s a path to ownership.” I mean, these shoplifters work hard and pay their taxes, so if they break the law, shouldn’t we look the other way?

I, for one, hereby refuse to shop at Home Depot until they remedy this situation. Lowe’s, here I come.

June 7, 2007 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Canuck MSM engages in "fauxtography"

As Moonbattery points out, the “one man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter” news agency al-Reuters doesn’t have a monopoly on using doctored photos to advance their left-wing agenda. The CBC in Canuckistan is getting in on the action, too.

The dhimmis at al-Reuters aren’t the only ones who know how to doctor photographs to help them spin what they cavalierly refer to as “the news.” Check out the picture Canada’s CBC used to chastise Environment Minister John Baird for trying to protect his country’s economy from the Kyoto farce (via Small Dead Animals):

Politics Watch reports:

The head of Canadian Broadcasting Corporation News faced questioning from Conservative MPs on Parliament Hill Tuesday about what they called a “doctored photo” that appeared in April on CBC’s news website.

The public broadcaster’s news web site carried an altered stock photo of the Toronto skyline that was noticeably darkened and made the smog and atmospheric haze appear much worse than in the original photo.

The altered picture of the skyline accompanied a story about the Kyoto accord and was first noticed by a Canadian conservative blogger.

Tony Burman, editor in chief of CBC News, must have struggled mightily to keep a straight face while insisting that the ham-handedly doctored photo was the result of a “process error” and not indicative of left-wing bias. Anyone naive enough to rely on the MSM for information might just believe him.

Nope…no liberal media bias!

June 7, 2007 Posted by | Canucks, fauxtography, global warming, media bias | Leave a comment

Bush "surprised" at reaction from right

This guy’s not slick enough like BJ Clinton to pull off the word parsing. From the Washington Times:

President Bush did not intend to single out his conservative supporters for criticism in a speech on immigration reform last week and was “surprised” that his remarks angered Republicans, White House spokesman Tony Snow said today.

“He was surprised by the reaction,” Mr. Snow said of Mr. Bush’s speech in Glynco, Ga., last week. “The speech in Georgia was, ‘We’ve got a serious problem and we need to fix it.’ It was not in any way designed to be pointed at Republicans.”

But conservative opponents of a Senate immigration bill supported by Mr. Bush reacted furiously to the president’s suggestion that they are resorting to scare tactics by using the word “amnesty” in referring to the measure that would allow millions of illegal aliens to remain in the United States.

“Those determined to find fault with this bill will always be able to look at a narrow slice of it and find something they don’t like,” Mr. Bush said in the May 29 speech about the legislation now being debated in the Senate. “If you want to kill the bill, if you don’t want to do what’s right for America, you can pick one little aspect out of it, you can use it to frighten people. Or you can show leadership and solve this problem once and for all.”

Some Republicans on Capitol Hill said that Mr. Bush seemed to be questioning their patriotism, and several conservative activists said the president was splitting the Republican Party by insulting those who have been his most loyal supporters.

Mr. Snow yesterday said the immigration dispute between the president and conservatives “does not mark a point of disjunction,” and emphasized that the White House recognizes and is responding to conservative opposition to the measure.

“We understand if you’re going to get this thing done, you’re gonna need Republicans,” Mr. Snow said. “It’s important to build a large coalition, including our conservative base.”

Mr. Snow’s defense of the president’s remarks shows that “the White House is in denial about this issue,” said longtime conservative publicist Craig Shirley, an opinion shared by American Conservative Union Chairman David A. Keene.

“The plain meaning of what he said was clear,” Mr. Keene said.

Yes, the meaning was crystal clear. People who have largely supported the guy, while leftards have been calling for his impeachment if not assassination, don’t seem to take kindly to their supposed “friends” calling them xenophobic Mexican-hating “quacking” bigots. We’re kinda funny that way.

June 7, 2007 Posted by | illegal immigration | Leave a comment

Woman arrested for making faces at dog

In Vermont, no less. From the AP:

A prosecutor has dropped charges against a woman who was arrested for staring at and making faces at a police dog.

“Prosecuting a woman for `staring’ at a police dog is absurd,” said her lawyer. “People are allowed to make faces at police dogs and officers to express their disapproval. It’s constitutional expression,” said public defender Kelly Green, who represented Jayna Hutchinson.

A police force that arrests people for making faces at dogs. An electorate that sends an avowed socialist to the U.S. Senate and had elected certifiable moonbat Howard “The Scream” Dean to their governorship. Heck, maybe we should let them secede!

June 7, 2007 Posted by | moonbats, Vermont | Leave a comment

Confirmed: Iran assisting Taliban

From ABC News:

NATO officials say they have caught Iran red-handed, shipping heavy arms, C4 explosives and advanced roadside bombs to the Taliban for use against NATO forces, in what the officials say is a dramatic escalation of Iran’s proxy war against the United States and Great Britain.

“It is inconceivable that it is anyone other than the Iranian government that’s doing it,” said former White House counterterrorism official Richard Clarke, an ABC News consultant.

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates stopped short earlier this week of blaming Iran, saying the U.S. did not have evidence “of the involvement of the Iranian government in support of the Taliban.”

But an analysis by a senior coalition official, obtained by the Blotter on ABCNews.com, concludes there is clear evidence of Iran’s involvement.

“This is part of a considered policy,” says the analysis, “rather than the result of low-level corruption and weapons smuggling.”

Iran and the Taliban had been fierce enemies when the Taliban was in power in Afghanistan, and their apparent collaboration came as a surprise to some in the intelligence community.

“I think their goal is to make it very clear that Iran has the capability to make life worse for the United States on a variety of fronts,” said Seth Jones of the Rand Institute, “even if they have to do some business with a group that has historically been their enemy.”

The coalition analysis says munitions recovered in two Iranian convoys, on April 11 and May 3, had “clear indications that they originated in Iran. Some were identical to Iranian supplied goods previously discovered in Iraq.”

The April convoy was tracked from Iran into Helmand province and led a fierce firefight that destroyed one vehicle, according to the official analysis. A second vehicle was reportedly found to contain small arms ammunition, mortar rounds and more than 650 pounds of C4 demolition charges.

A second convoy of two vehicles was spotted on May 3 and led to the capture of five occupants and the seizure of RPG-7mm rockets and more than 1,000 pounds of C4, the analysis says.

Also among the munitions are components for the lethal EFPs, or explosive formed projectiles, the roadside bombs that U.S. officials say Iran has provided to Iraqi insurgents with deadly results.

“These clearly have the hallmarks of the Iranian Revolution Guards’ Quds force,” said Jones.

The coalition diplomatic message says the demolition charges “contained the same fake U.S. markings found on explosives recovered from insurgents operating in the Baghdad area.”

“We believe these intercepted munitions are part of a much bigger flow of support from Iran to the Taliban,” the message says.

The Taliban receives larger supplies of weapons through profits from opium dealing, officials say, but the Iranian presence could be significant.

“It means the insurgency in Afghanistan is likely to be prolonged,” said Jones. “It would be a much more potent force.”

If Iran’s not careful, they’re going to find themselves in a world of hurt by…dare I say it?…being on the business end of a…gasp!…a sternly worded UN Resolution! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

June 7, 2007 Posted by | Afghanistan, Iran | Leave a comment

"Gay Groups Decry Surgeon General Nominee"

Who would have thought that the job of Surgeon freakin’ General would attract such attention? Then again, considering what an embarrassment Jocelyn Elders was, I suppose it’s fair game to scrutinize them. From My Way News:

President Bush’s nominee for surgeon general, Kentucky cardiologist Dr. James Holsinger, has come under fire from gay rights groups for voting to expel a lesbian pastor from the United Methodist Church and writing in 1991 that gay sex is unnatural and unhealthy.

Two observations right off the bat here: (1) the church should, under no circumstances, allow a practicing and unrepentant avowed homosexual to serve as clergy, as the Bible is crystal freakin’ clear on the issue; and (2) gay sex IS unnatural and unhealthy. If consenting adults want to engage in it, I for one don’t care and don’t think that the government should get involved AT ALL; however, it doesn’t change the fact that it’s not natural, and no amount of P.C. arm-twisting makes it so.

Continuing:


Holsinger served as Kentucky’s health secretary and chancellor of the University of Kentucky’s medical center. He taught at several medical schools and spent more than three decades in the Army Reserve, retiring in 1993 as a major general.

His supporters, including fellow doctors, faculty members and state officials, said he would never let his theological views affect his medical ones.

“Jim is able, as most of us are in medicine, to separate feelings that we have from our responsibility in taking care of patients,” said Douglas Scutchfield, a professor of public health at the University of Kentucky.

In announcing Holsinger as his choice for America’s top doctor May 24, Bush said the physician will focus on educating the public about childhood obesity.

Scutchfield said Holsinger has advocated expanded stem cell research, in opposition to many conservatives, and also has shown political courage in this tobacco-producing state by supporting higher cigarette taxes to curb teen smoking.

Gov. Ernie Fletcher commended Holsinger for working to fight obesity and other health problems in this Appalachian state, which ranks near the bottom in many categories. “He helped get the ball rolling and focusing on healthy lifestyles,” Fletcher said.

Fighting childhood obesity and smoking. Sound like good ideas. Just not from this guy ‘cuz he’s ticked off the gays, right? Continuing:

Sixteen years ago, he wrote a paper for the church in which he likened the reproductive organs to male and female “pipe fittings” and argued that homosexuality is therefore biologically unnatural.

“When the complementarity of the sexes is breached, injuries and diseases may occur,” Holsinger wrote, citing studies showing higher rates of sexually transmitted diseases among gay men and the risk of injury from anal sex.

I’m sorry, but the “pipe fittings” analogy, however offensive or politically incorrect, is 100% correct. Think back to the children’s toys where you had pegs that were round, square, and triangle, and you had to push the pegs through their respectively shaped holes. Would it be correct to get a jar of petroleum jelly, grease up the square peg, and force it through the round hole? Of course not.

This guy MUST be on some kind of evangelical witch hunt! Well…not exactly:

Phyllis Nash, who worked under Holsinger for nine years as vice chancellor at the medical center, said the views he took in church appear at odds with his professional actions.

She recalled a women’s health conference that Holsinger helped organize in 2002 that included a session on lesbian health. Despite complaints from some lawmakers, Holsinger insisted the session go forward, she said.

“His reaction in support could not have been any stronger,” Nash said. “He said, as health care providers, we have to be prepared to meet the health needs of anyone who walks into the door.”

Sounds to me like he’s a doctor first and foremost. For the post of Surgeon General, that seems like the most important qualification to me. The guy could be an atheist for all I care, just as long as he performs his job honorably and effectively.

June 7, 2007 Posted by | gay, political correctness | Leave a comment