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Faith Hill: Hands off the ‘nads!

Here’s your quasi-nonpolitical post of the day:

Faith Hill would prefer it if you left her husband’s nether regions alone!

At her Soul2Soul tour stop in Lafayette, LA on Saturday night, one fan got a little grabby with Faith’s better half, Tim McGraw — and Faith ain’t havin’ none o’ that!

“Somebody needs to teach you some class, my friend,” Faith scolded the fan. “You don’t go grabbin’ somebody else’s — somebody’s husband’s balls, you understand me? That’s very disrespectful.”

Stand by your man’s … balls.

It is rumored that Congressman Frank apologized for his act of exuberance to Ms. Hill, though we here at CLOWNS cannot presently confirm that.  Anywho, you know what they say: “You can pick your friends, and you can pick your balls, but…”

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July 30, 2007 Posted by | non-political | 3 Comments

“Guardian UK: Brits Refused To Cooperate With US To Capture Bin Laden Because Bush Administration Wouldn’t Promise Not To Torture Him”

It’s all Bush’s fault!  Well, um,…:

This does seem to be a major failure of the Bush Administration — its addiction to torture may have cost us bin Ladin.

The report criticises the Bush administration’s approval of practices which would be illegal if carried out by British agents. It shows that in 1998, the year Bin Laden was indicted in the US, Britain insisted that the policy of treating prisoners humanely should include him. But the CIA never gave the assurances.

Damn George Bush and the shortsighted, unconstitutional torture shop he was running from Austin, Texas as Governor of Texas and, if the Guardian’s understanding of the US scheme of government is correct, Director of Central Intelligence and Commander in Chief of the United States of America. It’s a rotating title — that year the Governor of Texas had it, in 1999, it was the Kentucky Secretary of Commerce. I think currently the job is held by the Boca Raton Comptroller.

Clinton apparently just handled the domestic stuff — school uniforms, raising taxes, putting objects into interns.

Bu$hitler is such a moron that he was able to bend the time-space continuum and become president in 1998 (while the rest of us could have sworn he was the governor of Texas)! Un-freakin’-believable!

July 30, 2007 Posted by | media bias | 4 Comments

Canucks come to America for health care

Just how good is that Canadian “universal health care”?  It’s so good that…Canadians are coming here for private health care.  From Buffalo News:

Universal health care: Is it worth the long waits?
Push is on for private insurance in Canada as residents come to the U.S. for timely treatment


Canadian Lindsay McCreith came to Buffalo for an MRI after being told he would have to wait over four months for one at home. After battling brain cancer, Lindsay McCreith is ready for his next fight: He’s taking on the Canadian health care system.

His case has potential repercussions on both sides of the border as pressure grows for health reform.

It started when McCreith, a resident of Newmarket, north of Toronto, suffered a seizure last year. He was told in Canada he would have to wait more than four months for an MRI to rule out a malignant tumor.

Rather than wait, McCreith, 66, quickly arranged a trip to Buffalo for a scan. The MRI confirmed his worst fears — a cancerous growth that a Buffalo neurosurgeon removed a few weeks later.

“If I had been patient, I’d probably be disabled or dead today,” McCreith said.

Now, McCreith is suing the Ontario government in a closely watched constitutional challenge that could reshape universal health coverage in the province by striking down the prohibition against patients buying private insurance.

Let that sink in, folks. It is a crime for people in Canada for people to spend their own money (a) in any manner they see fit and (b) on their own health! And Edwards, Obama, Shrillary, et al on the left want that to come here? I don’t think so! Continuing:

On this side of the border, advocates of universal health insurance champion Canada’s popular public program as a fairer system that the United States should emulate, as seen in Michael Moore film, “Sicko.” Yet critics see the long waits for some services in Canada — mainly for non-emergency surgery — as an argument against an increased role for government in health care.

In Canada, McCreith’s story reflects a debate, intensified by the long waiting times, between those who want more for-profit, private care and those who fear the rise of two-tier medicine that undermines the public system.

McCreith offers little doubt about where he stands. “We have universal health coverage,” he said. “But it failed me when I needed it the most.”

The most common sense question is asked right here by McCreith:

“I was in the auto body shop business,” he said. “If I gave you an appointment four months away, you would go somewhere else. Why should health care be any different?”

It shouldn’t.

July 30, 2007 Posted by | Canucks, economic ignorance, socialism | 7 Comments

Koran flusher charged with felonies!

I have always maintained that so-called “hate crimes” are nothing more than the criminalizing of thoughts. This incident strengthens my point to unassailability. Via Michelle Malkin:

A pictorial pop quiz for you. Which of these is a hate crime in America?

A) Submerging a crucifix in a jar of urine.
B) Burning the American flag.
C) Putting a Koran in a toilet.

Each is offensive and tasteless in its own way. But only one is a hate crime in the eyes of the law — C) — and 23-year-old Stanislav Shmulevich of Brooklyn faces jail time for it. He’s a Pace University student arrested on Friday on hate-crime charges after he threw a Koran in a toilet at Pace University on two separate occasions, according to police.

Charles Johnson at LGF has been in contact with Shmulevich. He reports that the student has been charged with two felonies, criminal mischief and aggravated harassment. Allahpundit has a thorough legal review.

Mark Steyn muses about the flushed Koran: “Obviously Mr Shmulevich should have submerged it in his own urine, applied for an NEA grant and offered it to the Whitney Biennial.”

Actually, no. The NEA would have turned Shmulevich in to the police, too. Now, if he had submerged a Bible in urine or coated a Torah in cow dung and submitted it for a federal grant, he’d be sitting pretty–and facing rave New York Times editorials instead of time behind bars.

Considering this is the same college that forbade Jewish student organization Hillel from showing the film Obsession because it offended Muslim sensibilities, this should come as no surprise. However, as Andrew Bostom observes about the Koran:

What role do Koranic injunctions themselves—eternal and beyond criticism (least of all by non-Muslims)—play in inciting “criminal mischief and aggravated mischief”, and much more heinous crimes against humanity, including jihad genocide, and the destruction of non-Muslim religious, cultural, and political institutions?

In other words, why is it that flushing a Koran in a toilet is considered inciting “criminal and aggravated mischief”, but the Koran being used to incite Muslim violence against non-Muslims doesn’t constitute the same thing or worse? Answer: suicidal political correctness.

July 30, 2007 Posted by | "hate crimes", political correctness, religion of peace | 7 Comments

Schumer: We’re stupid

No arguments here, Chuckaquiddick! From Michelle Malkin:

Sen. Charles Schumer plays the “dupe” card. Yes, you can question his competency now. He admits it–he’s an idiot:

U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts and Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito “duped” the U.S. Senate into confirming them, a top Democratic lawmaker charged on Friday, days after a key Republican questioned if they had lived up to their promises.

Sen. Charles Schumer of New York, a member of the Judiciary Committee that held hearings on the two, said they staked out moderate positions in congressional testimony but became part of a conservative bloc that issued restrictive rulings on issues from free speech to civil rights.

Schumer, in a speech to the American Constitution Society, talked about the confirmation of Roberts and Alito in 2005 and 2006, respectively.

“Were we duped?” he asked.

“Were we too easily impressed by the charm of nominee Roberts and the erudition of nominee Alito?” Schumer asked. “Did we mistakenly vote our hopes when our fears were more than justified by the ultraconservative records of these two men?”

“Yes,” he said.

As penance for the Democrats’ self-admitted stupidity, Schumer is now threatening to snuff any new confirmations of Bush high court nominees. Via Politico:

New York Sen. Charles E. Schumer, a powerful member of the Democratic leadership, said Friday the Senate should not confirm another U.S. Supreme Court nominee under President Bush “except in extraordinary circumstances.”

“We should reverse the presumption of confirmation,” Schumer told the American Constitution Society convention in Washington. “The Supreme Court is dangerously out of balance. We cannot afford to see Justice Stevens replaced by another Roberts, or Justice Ginsburg by another Alito.”

Yeah, that whole “President gets to pick his court nominees” can be a real b#tch, huh, Schmuck Schumer?

Exit question: If Bush is as much of a moron as the left says he is, then exactly what does it say about the intelligence of Democrats that they were “duped” by him on Iraq, judges, etc.?

July 30, 2007 Posted by | judiciary | Leave a comment

Another Olbermann moonbat dropping

MSNBC’s little watched Keith Blabbermouth feels like Pat Tillman, the NFL player who retired so he could serve his country in Afghanistan, was whacked by Bu$hitler McRummyburton for…supporting Kerry? As Hot Air’s Allahpundit notes:

Would the president have had one of his own men murdered to prevent a meeting with Noam Chomsky? That’s a given in Olbyworld. But would he have sent the military to do it knowing that the revelation of this murderous order from on high by any of the co-conspirators along the chain of command would have meant his certain impeachment and possible/entirely justifiable trial for murder? But of course. To prevent a Pat Tillman/Waffles photo op? If Bush could pull off 9/11, how hard could something like this be?

Anything for ratings, I guess…which means efforts like this are failing, since he still has no ratings.

July 30, 2007 Posted by | moonbats, Olbermann | 6 Comments

Those ungrateful Cubans!

From the admittedly biased Beeb:

Cuban athletes have made a hurried departure from the Pan-American games in Brazil, apparently amid fears of possible mass defections.

The delegation was rushed at short notice to Rio de Janeiro’s airport, leaving the men’s volleyball team no time to collect their bronze medals.

The athletes were said to have been ordered to leave the games before the finishing ceremony on Sunday.

It follows the defection of four Cuban athletes earlier in the tournament.

Cuba’s President, Fidel Castro, has already made clear his irritation over earlier defections, accusing athletes of betraying their country for money.

“Betrayal for money is one of the favourite weapons of the United States to destroy Cuba’s resistance,” he said.

Here’s guessing that these ungrateful hombres didn’t go see Moore’s new mockumentary Sicko. Don’t these ingrates know how good they have it down in that socialist worker’s “paradise”?

(Sidebar: Notice that there are always tons of Cubans risking life and limb to get out of Cuba…but you never see any kind of migration into Cuba? I’m sure that doesn’t mean anything, though.)

July 30, 2007 Posted by | Castro, Cuba | 3 Comments

World is optimistic, but America isn’t?

No thanks to our MSM, I’m sure. Anywho, an excellent column by Michael Barone via RCP:

Not all is gloom out there. That’s the dominant message from the most recent Pew Global Attitudes Project’s poll of 47 nations. Pew found that there is rising or constantly high contentment all over the globe with one’s quality of life and family income. Satisfaction tends to be highest in the United States and Canada, but not far behind are Western Europe and Latin America. Even in Eastern Europe, Asia and Latin America, about one-third are highly satisfied with their quality of life and income.

As the Pew Global analysts point out, there is a high correlation here with economic growth — and the world is producing economic growth at rates that may be the highest in history. Between 2002 and 2007, the per-capita gross domestic product increased 11 percent in the United States, 6 percent in Western Europe, and between 17 percent and 36 percent in Eastern Europe, Asia, Latin America and Africa. In that period, contentment has risen roughly in tandem with the economy.

But can money buy you love? Not necessarily. Although majorities in most of the 47 countries think their economies are in good shape, majorities in most say that they are not satisfied with the way things are going in their country. It’s not uncommon for people to express more negative feelings about national trends than about their personal lives, and the question invites respondents with any complaint about politics or culture to answer in the negative. And in most of the countries, opinion on the direction of the nation is more positive than it was five years ago.

Most strikingly, only 25 percent of Americans are positive about the direction of the nation, down from 41 percent in 2002. In only a handful of the 47 nations are there declines of similar magnitude — Uganda, the Czech Republic, France, Canada and Italy. Obviously, one factor here is the decline in the job rating of George W. Bush and of Congress (and the response in other countries to squabbling politicians in Prague, Paris, Ottawa and Rome).

It’s partly a partisan response: Almost all Democrats are negative about the nation’s future. But when one considers that America has not suffered another Sept. 11, and that it has enjoyed a surging and prosperous economy, it’s hard to avoid the conclusion that citizens of this most blessed country are registering a verdict that is in tension with reality.

That’s my reaction as well to the finding that by a two-to-one margin Americans say their children will be worse off than we are. There’s a similar response in Canada, Britain and Brazil. The even more negative verdicts in Western Europe and Japan can be explained as a cool assessment of the combination of low birthrates and overgenerous welfare states.

But what basis do Americans have to suppose that, for the first time in history, a younger generation will be worse off than their parents? Perhaps it’s just a feeling that things cannot possibly get any better. In any case, we seem to be in a pronounced national funk.

We might take some comfort in some of the trends of opinion in the rest of the world. In China and India, large majorities think the next generation will be better off — a vote of confidence in their surging economies, which are providing cheaper products for us and are growing as markets for American goods and services. In Latin America, most believe that people are better off with free markets. (The highest percentage was in Hugo Chavez’s socialist Venezuela!) In Africa, most express great optimism in the future — a sign that the world’s most troubled continent may be at last turning around.

Perhaps most importantly, the Pew Global survey showed sharply reduced numbers of Muslims saying that suicide bombings are often or sometimes justified as compared with 2002. That’s still the view of 70 percent in the Palestinian territories. But that percentage has declined from 74 percent to 34 percent in Lebanon, from 43 percent to 23 percent in Jordan, and from 33 percent to 9 percent in Pakistan.

We’ve been instructed by many sages that the rest of the world hates us and does not want to follow our example. The Pew Global numbers tell us something different.

People around the world may oppose American intervention in Iraq, but they also want many of the things we do. Perhaps we should take a cue from the optimism of the developing world and appreciate what we have — and get out of our national funk.

My favorite part of this column: it’s hard to avoid the conclusion that citizens of this most blessed country are registering a verdict that is in tension with reality. Sure, this country has its share of problems, but what country doesn’t? However, in this land, the most prosperous and free country in the history of the world, we have always overcome obstacles, from poor leadership to global war. I cannot help but think that will never change.

July 30, 2007 Posted by | polls | Leave a comment