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Friday, April 6th, 2007
1:07 pm
[gregorysparr]
With a keyboard on loan from God, I am the Independent Blogger of the Office of the Independent Blogger. Allow me to introduce you to my site if you haven't heard of it before. I do hope you visit and stay -- add it to a Feed, bookmark it.

My latest post is a satire of Mitt Romney, who is more Elmer Fudd than John Wayne, more Michael Dukakis than George H.W. Bush. It's a look at his -- and his state's -- Looney Toon Politics.

Earlier today, I wrote about Disney recognizing gay relationships, which is good news, and Florida law forbidding people from feeding homeless people, which makes even a sane man wish himself Libertarian!

A couple of days ago I looked at Newt Gingrich's comments about bilingual education and the whole ugly matter of textbooks being censored or neglecting portions of history.

For those of you interested in Congressional politics, I looked at portions of the Democratic agenda and outline the potential pitfalls and my own opinions on these ideas. A small excerpt, in response to Price's warning of the price Democrats might pay for going too far with certain things: "I’ll buy that. If the Democrats, say, pass a bill legalizing gay marriage and pledge to give money to terrorists, they’d be homosexual Ronald Reagans — and out of work come 2008." And then I took a serious look at their agenda. The Democratic Agenda.

Here I chide Bush's chief policy strategist in 2004 for now saying Bush is wrong. (Of course he's wrong -- my argument is that Dowd is not someone to appreciate in any sense of the term because his whole behavior suggests he's an idiot.)

Here, at OkayStupid, I Got It! we've got a look at Online Politics and the recent announcement that Barack Obama raised more money than Hillary did...on the Internet, and the dishonest, ridiculous manner the whole situation was covered in by the media and on the Internets. (And here we've got a deep apology to Barack Obama's intern...who I told that I was a Republican because I can't possibly donate to his campaign on principal or prudence.)</a> (And here, on a final note on the matter, we've got a better look at the media's coverage of Obama/Clinton and a casual look at billionaires v. government when it comes to newspapers.)

A short post here, pithy, that would be longer in summary than whole!

Small post here, too, about Thompson's Presidential announcement. An excerpt:

I didn’t know that the Department of Health and Human Services was a launchpad for Presidential ambitions, but I suppose it is now with Tommy Thompson’s announcement that he’s running for President. I, for one, am not sure what to make of it. He’s angling himself as a reliable Conservative but that’s what Senator Brownback is in the race for. Perhaps he’ll catch fire if Brownback’s big mouth catches up to him, but otherwise I don’t think he’s got much of a chance to make waves.

Of course, there are hundreds of posts beyond that, and I update daily. I'd like to think I have a good idea what I'm talking about and an excellent sense of humor, but I'll leave that up to you, and I hope you agree to stay at the Office of the Independent Blogger, open daily for business!
Friday, June 16th, 2006
7:28 am
[confliction]
Sunday, November 6th, 2005
2:56 pm
[gregorysparr]
At The Office of the Independent Blogger I make it a point to address the most important, pressing issues of the day. I make it a point to find things that others aren't discussing, and I do my best to provide insight and interesting commentary. If anyone would care to add me as a result of it, just do so and let me know so I can add you back.

President George W. Bush needs to grow a pair. Of White Sox. Using the Chicago White Sox as my model, I have written about how the President could solve his problems and, to frame his current predicament, I basically ask: What does George Bush want to be -- the Houston Astros, or the White Sox? It's an interesting approach, and I think you'll enjoy it, particularly if you enjoy baseball.

Little known to most people, Kofi Annan and the United Nations would like to get their paws on the Internet -- to control it. Read more about it (my first post on the subject is here).

Here, I stumbled upon various findings, each of interest. Like, let's take one of those findings: A Pat Buchanan article that begins with this: "“The Third Reich is the best example,” and launches into a story about Hitler’s 100% legal chancellery." That's not the only interesting thing, of course, but that's what I'm trying to hook you with. ;)

Now, there's a lesson to be learned from Mike Brown's recently released emails, and that's that FEMA is only skin-deep.

Brent Scowcroft, George H.W. Bush's National Security Advisor, has come out in opposition to George W. Bush's policies and has become a mini-hero to liberals everywhere. Here, I argue that the Left should say No to Scowcroft.

The SCOTUS nomination by George W. Bush last week shows that he's feeling Alito Trigger Happy. Very cute play of words, I think. It's also noteworthy as it contains a bit of commentary on that, as well as a link to the best article about Nuclear Weapons I've ever read: An expose exposing the fact that suitcase nukes do not exist.

Finally, The Minority Has Struck Back against the Republicans in the Senate by shutting it down, and, in maybe my most feisty and combative post, I write about the riots going on in France and the fact that they expose great problems with the Radical Left's approach to terrorism, particularly France's.

That's all for now. Please visit The Office of the Independent Blogger. I promise you'll enjoy your time there!
Saturday, October 22nd, 2005
8:56 am
[gregorysparr]
There's a bizarre saga unfolding on my blog, at the Office of the Independent Blogger. A few days ago, I made a blog entry dissecting a Jesse Jackson Jr. (Congressman from Illinois) article, and I wrote about how Jackson is considering a run for Mayor of Chicago, but is seeking out help from the Republicans, according to my source, failed Republican Congressional candidate, and nephew of a Bill Clinton Cabinet Secretary, Tony Cisneros. I wrote to reporters from the Chicago Sun-Times and Tribune, asking them to write about it as "Jesse Jackson Jr. Seeks to Unseat Daley with GOP Help" is a legitimate news story. I know that they contacted Mr. Cisneros to find out more about his conversation with me (which is detailed in that entry, or the Jackson part is) because Cisneros then commented on the entry.

Following this, I made an entry defending myself from Tony Cisneros, and rebutting him, which you can find here. You want to know more about Cisneros? Read those comments and the first thing that'll strike you is that he writes in ALL CAPITAL LETTERS. But you want to know more! you say? Well, Cisneros is off-the-wall, Bob Jones University (he went there) nuts: He preaches that the Catholic Church ordered the hit on Abraham Lincoln. Cisneros responded to that right here, and, last night, I fired back once more.

Naturally, the fact that a Republican Congressional candidate with significant influence in the Chicago GOP is having a nasty fight with a teenage blogger isn't being covered by the liberal media elite.

The most important thing to note, for me, is that my story about Jackson is accurate as my source on that, Mr. Cisneros, has never denied it or hinted at denying it.

Karl Rove is facing some serious legal problems (more on that right here) while the rest of the Republican Party is crying "persecution" in regard to Karl Rove and all their other scandals. So is Judith Miller, who just may be the biggest hack in journalism.

The Supreme Court of the United States recently declined to hear a case from Missouri about an abortion which violates State Law. Basically, a woman in jail wants an abortion and the prison is willing to take her to a clinic for it. However, state funds are not to be used for abortions in Missouri, but she doesn't have the money to pay for the bus and guards (about 300$) to take her to the clinic. She argues that she can borrow for the abortion, but not transportation, and the ACLU was all-too-willing to be her lawyer against Missouri. I think it's an abomination that the SCOTUS didn't hear the case, as this is one that should have been heard and reversed: If she wants an abortion, she has to pay for it and the transportation to it herself.

State laws mean something, okay kids?

This President, known for his secrecy, has decided to declassify the genome of the 1918 bird flu, making Americans more vulnerable to terrorist attacks. How selectively secretive of him! There are other news quickies at that link, which I'm sure you'll enjoy, so give it a go.

Finally, George Ryan of Illinois (my state), Tom DeLay of Sugarland Texas, and Saddam Hussein are all on trial while Robert Bork attacks Harriet Miers.

I am the Independent Blogger of the Office of the Independent Blogger. Check it out and enjoy it before I'm classified an enemy combatant and taken off the Internet.
Sunday, September 11th, 2005
1:02 pm
[hephaestos]
Hey George?



Where the hell is he?



Porter Goss says he knows where the bastard is. And you know, it wouldn't surprise me a bit to learn that that's because Goss's outfit is still sending checks to the motherfucker.

And why wouldn't they? The slaughter of 3000 Americans was the best damn thing that ever happened to you and your cluster of assholes. It's your pat excuse and mantra for every single fuckup you make, despite the fact that you fucked it up too. Hell Rumsfeld's out there having a goddamn party to celebrate it today.

It's been four years man. Four years, that's a whole fucking term. If Gore or Kerry had gotten into office we'd have that bastard by now. And do you want to know why I make such a bold assumption? Because the last time there was someone marginally competent in office, and we had a terrorist take out a building and a bunch of innocent people, we caught him.

Put him on trial.

Executed him.

That's the way the country works when the grownups are running it.

Current Mood: disgusted
Tuesday, May 18th, 2004
9:26 pm
[silverholly]
Sunday, January 11th, 2004
1:36 am
[anony_moos]
HELP!!!! Have you read The Bell Jar??
I have to write an essay on how the fact the Bell Jar is deemed autobiographical makes it more compelling.

Any ideas?
I would appreciate any information anyone can offer me...

thanks
Wednesday, July 9th, 2003
9:00 pm
[bygrace]
Monday, September 2nd, 2002
10:49 am
[wsg]
Hello from down under
I live in Australia and run a chat board dedicated to military stuff, I invite you all to join my board located here:

www.portalpcs.com/intel

We cover the following topics:
Army Past
Army Present
Navy Past
Navy Present
Air Force Past
Air Force Present
Civil Defence
Airlines
Light Aircraft
and of course there is a general discussion forum as well

Hope to see some of you there soon!
Saturday, May 11th, 2002
8:37 pm
[hephaestos]
I turned on the tube, but they weren't saying anything about it. Maybe I'm just watching the wrong stations.

I looked through the newspaper. "FBI spy." "Church of the Nativity." No, nothing there either. A couple of marginally related stories on page ten but no mention of The Story.

The Moneymaker. The event that almost certainly had media executives privately jumping up and down with glee at the thought of the increased revenues it would bring.

I'll give you a hint: it happened eight months ago today. This very day.

Give up? Apparently everybody else has.
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Thursday, April 25th, 2002
4:49 pm
[elektrobop]
Jailed Sheik Disappears
Feds move Muslim cleric, won't say where

By GREG B. SMITH
Daily News Staff Writer

Where in the world is Sheik Omar?

Two weeks after his lawyer was charged with helping him send messages from jail, federal prison officials have made convicted terrorist Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman virtually disappear from their system.

No one � not even his lawyers � can find him because he's been removed from the Bureau of Prisons' database.

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Monday, April 1st, 2002
1:14 pm
[elektrobop]
It's Hallowed Ground Zero
Sunday, March 31, 2002
NY Daily News

By Michael Daly

After the Good Friday recitation of the 12th station of the cross, the recovery workers knelt for a moment of silence at the edge of the ground made holy by the courage and sacrifice of people of all faiths.

"Let us never forget those who perished here," said the Rev. Brian Jordan.

Jordan wore the brown habit of a Franciscan friar. The dried mud spattered around the hem was the light gray of the powder to which the twin towers ground themselves when they collapsed, the gray that for too many of us has replaced black as the color of death.

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Current Mood: sad
Wednesday, March 27th, 2002
12:59 pm
[elektrobop]
Anthrax Victim May Have Been Infected by Junk Mail
ATLANTA (AP) -- The 94-year-old Connecticut woman who mysteriously died of anthrax last fall may have been infected by spores stirred up when she tore her junk mail in half before throwing it away, health officials reported.

Investigators have never given a conclusive explanation for Ottilie Lundgren's death Nov. 21, but they have said they suspect cross-contamination through the mail.

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Monday, March 25th, 2002
3:20 pm
[elektrobop]
Ungrateful FDNY
from Ny Times

SKANEATELES, N.Y., March 20 � There was something so fairy-tale American about this tidy village's elaborate plan to treat New York City firefighters to an all-expenses-paid weekend here. Volunteers had stood in the cold, collecting money from drivers who stopped at the light on Genesee Street. Children in a Sunday School class had collected $67 in pennies. An old man had mailed two dollar bills.

Their contributions would help to pay for a weekend that 10 New York firefighters and their guests would not forget. A bus stocked with food and liquor would ease their four-hour ride from Manhattan. Each person would be given $50 in "mad money." Each couple would be given a cellphone so that if they needed anything � a ride to the outlets, a ride to the St. Patrick's Day parade in Syracuse, anything � all they had to do was call. And when that bus reached the village limits, a police escort would lead them into a downtown that had spent six months preparing a gift of love: itself.

But the New York firefighters never came.

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Current Mood: irritated
Thursday, March 7th, 2002
2:48 pm
[elektrobop]
158 Officially Missing in WTC Attack
NEW YORK (AP) � Six months after the World Trade Center attack, 158 people are officially classified as missing � some of them almost certainly dead, some perhaps mistakenly on the list, and some possibly trying to fake their deaths.

The missing include firefighters and foreign visitors, bond brokers and illegal immigrants working mostly food-service and maintenance jobs, an Associated Press analysis has found.

In many cases, families have mourned these people and their employers consider them dead, but their remains have not been identified and no one has applied for a death certificate. Some are illegal immigrants whose families, often living in other countries, have been unable to obtain death certificates because the victims' employers will not cooperate.

Others may not be dead at all � they were wrongly reported missing in the chaos after Sept. 11 or may be trying to fake their deaths, according to police.

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Current Mood: discontent
Friday, February 22nd, 2002
3:49 pm
[elektrobop]
Danielle's Neigbor Arrested
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Police arrested a neighbor Friday in the case of a 7-year-old girl who was abucted from her home earlier this month. The girl was still missing, her mother said.
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Thursday, February 21st, 2002
6:18 pm
[elektrobop]
U.S.:Kidnapped Reporter Pearl Dead
By RICHARD PYLE
.c The Associated Press

NEW YORK (Feb. 21) - Daniel Pearl, the Wall Street Journal reporter taken hostage a month ago by Islamic extremists in Pakistan, is dead, the State Department said Thursday.

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2:39 pm
[elektrobop]
WTC Victim Released From Hospital
NEW YORK (AP) - An accountant who was burned over 50 percent of his body at the World Trade Center tearfully thanked his family on Thursday as he was released from a hospital.

Surrounded by family members, Donovan Cowan, 34, of Brooklyn, was the 12th, and final, trade center burn victim released from the New York-Presbyterian Weill Cornell Burn Center. He is transferring to a rehabilitation hospital.

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Tuesday, February 19th, 2002
1:34 pm
[elektrobop]
9/11 Tape Shows FDNY Response From Inside WTC
Feb 18, 2002 10:11 pm

NEW YORK (AP) -- The firefighters' movements are calm as they arrive at the burning north tower of the World Trade Center. Their eyes grow wide as the magnitude of their mission becomes clear. Then come the thumps -- one after another -- and a voice saying that people are jumping.

The horrific noises continue as the videotape shot by two French filmmakers keeps rolling: A drone followed by a sudden bang accompanies the image of a second plane slamming into the south tower and later, a white noise builds to a crescendo as that tower collapses and people run for cover.

The tape by brothers Gedeon and Jules Naudet is an extraordinary account of courage and dread, of composure under pressure and of the cataclysmic moments that, for many of the men captured on it, were their last.

It has made the rounds of New York firehouses since Sept. 11 and was recently reviewed by The Associated Press. CBS plans to air footage on March 10 to commemorate the six-month anniversary of the attacks.

"When I sat down to watch this video, I was very apprehensive," said John Vigiano, a retired firefighter whose sons, firefighter John and police Det. Joseph, died in the attacks. "But when I was finished watching it, the overwhelming emotion I had was pride. There was never a sign of panic in anybody."

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Current Mood: distressed
Wednesday, February 6th, 2002
10:09 am
[elektrobop]
Danny Pearl
Pakistani Authorities Close In On Reporter Kidnappers
As Pakistani authorities closed in on his suspected kidnappers,
the wife of reporter Daniel Pearl pleaded again Wednesday for
his release. "This is an innocent man, with an innocent wife and
an unborn son," she said.
http://1010wins.com/worldnation/StoryFolder/story_709882846_html
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