My Photographs

July 30, 2006

There are times when I get lost, but I can usually be found nowadays at Flickr. barneykin. Get yours at flagrantdisregard.com/flickr

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Jerusalem, Jerusalem

July 18, 2006

Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem ~~Psalms 122:6


Ann Coulter Was Right!

July 17, 2006

Dumped, Dropped, Canned

With her book at #2 on Amazon, it probably does not much matter to Ann Coulter that she is now being fired by national publications for her latest screeds. Harridan to Liberals, heroine to Right-wingers, she is not Kerfuffles’ choice for a representative of Conservatism, although conservative she is indeed. Like her or love her, she is entertaining when she displays the distinctive public persona she has so meticulously crafted. Whisking away her long blond hair from her always sleeveless shoulders, she drives Liberals wild, especially those of the female variety. Since the publication of her latest screed, “Godless”, she has taken to wearing a Christian cross to appropriately accentuate her plunging neckline, or is it vice-versa?

However, even Kerfuffles has defended Ann Coulter when “Ann Coulter Was Right!” (from my former blog, “Blatherings”, of Monday, February 07, 2005).

Canadian Broadcasting Company’s Bob McKeown was hosting a TV broadcast “The Fifth Estate,” on January 26th, which devoted one hour to show Canadians how the American media have been high jacked by conservative bullies. Strident conservative pundit and personality, Ann Coulter, was interviewed during which the following exchange occurred:

Coulter: “Canada used to be one of our most loyal friends and vice-versa. I mean Canada sent troops to Vietnam – was Vietnam less containable and more of a threat than Saddam Hussein?”

McKeown interrupts: “Canada didn’t send troops to Vietnam.”

Coulter: “I don’t think that’s right.”

Since that interview, Coulter has been unmercilessly attacked for saying that Canada sent troops to Vietnam. She has been called an epithet-throwing fictionalist, liar, loudmouth ignoramus, outrageous nationalist and described as empty-headed and shameful, and this in just one editorial, by Doug Ireland at Driland! By doing a short Google search, I discovered that Ann Coulter was correct. There is nothing like the truth to send the liberals into the out of control spin zone.

In 1973, the International Commission of Control and Supervision Vietnam (ICCS) was responsible for securing the armistice that lasted two years from 1973 to 1975, known as Operation Gallant. Canada, a member of the commission, contributed 240 Canadian Forces whose role was to monitor the cease-fire in South Vietnam, according to the Paris Peace Conference, and to arrange the release and exchange of more than 32,000 prisoners of war. In addition, ten to forty thousand Canadians, voluntarily served in Vietnam or during the Vietnam era with the American military, of whom 111 Canadians, were lost. One Canadian soldier, Toronto born Peter C. Lemon, won the Congressional Medal of Honor.

The Canadian government believed that because of its membership in ICCS, that Canada had to remain impartial during the Vietnam Conflict. While Canada as a nation was not involved in the fighting, Canadians themselves formed the largest foreign contingent in the U.S. military during the Vietnam era. Although exact numbers are not obtainable, some estimate that between 30,000 and 40,000 served and that 12,000 Canadians actually were in American uniforms in the war zone.

Because it is almost a state secret, most Canadians do not even know that their own Canadian Armed Forces won a Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts in Vietnam.

When the Canadian Vietnam veterans returned to their homeland, they were even more unwelcome than here in the United States, where at least returning veterans had access to government resources. Today, there is a memorial, “The North Wall”, at Assumption Park, Windsor, Ontario, overlooking the Detroit River. It honors the 103 Canadians who lost their lives in Vietnam and the seven who went missing in action. It is a fine tribute to those Canadians who served and sacrificed all for their belief in freedom.

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Canadian Vets


The Half Baked Lobster

July 15, 2006

Half Baked Lobster

Science to the Rescue!

Whole Foods Market is admitting they are reconsidering their ban on selling live lobsters, as these latest clawed creatures arrive from the ocean deep already cooked nice and red on one side. No more is there need of the boiling water bath torment that has been the plight of our clawed friends in more barbarous times.

After stopping all sales of live crustaceans at their upscale grocery chain, Whole Foods continued selling frozen raw and cooked lobster products. Vice president of quality standards at Whole Foods Market, Margaret Wittenberg, explained that the snooty chain had extracted solemn blood oaths from all of its lobster suppliers guaranteeing they were performing humane treatment in the handling and processing of the lobster meat and byproducts – or else. There was no explanation exactly how the suppliers accomplished such humane treatment of what are basically – insects.

As reported in the “Texas Herald News” of 16 June 2006, she said “Whole Foods leaders will reconsider their decision if they become convinced it is possible to ensure lobsters and crabs are treated humanely throughout the supply chain.” Well, Ms. Wittenberg, it seems that time has now come.

After devouring the cooked side of these delectable crustaceans, one can do whatever one feels is appropriate with the other “uncooked” side, such as toss it on the grill, or in the lobster stew pot, or as Whole Foods Market self-righteously does – freeze it.

This is a win-win all around! No more torturing lobsters in order to eat them and the “Half Baksters”, as they are known, will fit right in with the “fast food” mentality of today’s consumer. The next step say scientists is to develop the “shell-less” lobster. Imagine that; from the lobster boat to the lobster bun, with no middle man. There will be McLobster Shacks opening up all over the Northeast.

Good eating to ya. Thanks to Whole Foods Markets for allowing us to see the humor of self-righteousness and “ruffles & flourishes” to the Yahoo! News, story from Bar Harbor, Maine that provided the picture and inspiration.


Waning Plame Kerfuffles

July 15, 2006

Kerfuffles latest update on the now “Waning Plame Kerfuffles” is at the mirror site: Pay Us Our Money Down.

Lady Spy Plame and the Frog

17 Jul 2005 by Neddy – Following the marching Fog Frog, Superboy Wilson has been able to craft a bizarre yet delightful novella about a lady spymaster, Lady Spy Plame, and a town plunged into a walking-dead nightmare, because of the rending of the shroud of

 

Remember Plame-Wilson!

26 Aug 2005 by Neddy – Lest we have forgotten, their call is “Remember Plame-Wilson” – The Non-scandal That’s Lady Spy Plame, upon hearing of the questions coming from the Bush “Lady Spy Plame and the Frog”. A CIA Cover Blown, a White House Exposed

 

Lady Spy Plame and Superboy

19 Jul 2005 by NeddyThis poster is just more Plame-Wilson insanity brought to you by Free Republic. What more is there to write? Facts seem not to matter. Karl Rove had a “Top Secret” security clearance, which, according to news sources, clearly means that

 

Plame-Wilson Scandalessgate

18 Jul 2005 by Neddy – Lady Spy Plame Pete at Ihillary created this great cover for my ” Lady Spy Plame Story “, a “horrifying tale” of a love affair gone wrong, spun from the “LA Times Still Can’t Get Plame Facts Correct: The Los Angeles Times runs an

 

Plame-Wilson Love Story

18 Jul 2005 by Neddy – is how Neddy at Kerfuffles begins “Lady Spy Plame and the Frog”, which is, at it’s heart, a beautiful love story. Plame-Wilson is a scandal-less romance told in the voice of the unbiased Main Stream Media and including all the

 

Flogging a Dead Frog

11 Jul 2005 by Neddy – And, just how “covert” or “under-cover” an agent could Ms. Plame have been, if everybody in Washington knew she worked for the CIA? Not very. Think about it. According to Michael Isikoff in Newsweek, there is nothing in the Cooper

 

Why Is Judith Miller In Jail?

12 Jul 2005 by Neddy – There is something mysterious about this Plame CIA story and with Matthew Cooper being saved by the Judith Miller, good reporter, likely knew who Plame was. See Why Judith Miller Should Stay In Jail and Did Miller Out Plame?

 

Award Winning Truth-Teller

5 Jul 2005 by Neddy – When columnist Robert Novak named Wilson’s wife, Valerie Plame, to be a CIA operative, Joseph Wilson jumped to accusations that it was Karl Rove who unlawfully leaked the information, and Wilson made a famous remark about seeing Rove

 

The Gray Lady Suicide Bomber

15 Jul 2005 by Neddy”Mr. Rove has told investigators that he learned from the columnist [Robert Novak] the name of the CIA officer, who was referred to by her maiden name, Valerie Plame, and the circumstances in which her husband, former Ambassador Joseph

 

“Big Scooper’s” Scoop Verified

5 Jul 2005 by NeddyCooper and another reporter, Judith Miller, have been held in contempt of court for not cooperating with an investigation into who revealed Plame’s identity. Special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald has been investigating the alleged


Plame-Wilson Kerfuffles 2

July 14, 2006

Bush Was Right ~~WaPo

9 Apr 2006 by Kerfuffles – See Lady Spy Plame and the Kerfuffles for more. There is even more Joseph Wilson lunacy at “The Adventures of Lady Spy Plame and the Frog”. “Expose the Left” has the video of Joseph Wilsons’s response on “This Week” today.

 The Plame-Wilsons at Home

19 Dec 2005 by Kerfuffles~~Lady Spy Plame. This fantastic image from David Burnett reveals everything about the In the far distance poses his better-half, Lady Spy Plame with a head-ache, glamorously clad in silky pajamas. The Plame Kerfuffle – it never ends.

 Mommy’s a Spy!

30 Dec 2005 by KerfufflesThe Washington power couple, the Plame-Wilsons, had their cover blown at an international airport last Thursday, as they were attempting to sneak away on vacation to an undisclosed location. As part of their creative subterfuge,

Plame-Wilsons and Jacque Chirac

7 Nov 2005 by Neddy – Were Lady Spy Plame and her consort, Frog Marcher Wilson, working for Jacque Chirac’s France, against the interests of the United States? Joseph A. Wilson IV: The French Connection – interesting reading.

Our CIA Has Done US Wrong

9 Nov 2005 by Neddy – It never would have allowed Ms. Plame potentially to expose herself by recommending such an overt mission for her mate, not known for his subtlety and discretion. With a CIA where cover really mattered, Mr. Libby would not now be

Plame-Wilson-Miller Redux

2 Oct 2005 by NeddyCould she have been the source of the leak about Valerie Plame’s CIA status that Judith Miller, good reporter, likely knew who Plame was. “The Plame-Wilsons and Judith Miller” and WizBang writes that it is the “Plame End Game“.

Liars Come to Grief

18 Nov 2005 by KerfufflesNEW YORK Joseph Wilson, the husband of outed CIA operative Valerie Plame, called on Thursday for an inquiry by The Washington Post into the conduct of reporter Bob Woodward … . Wilson told Reuters that The Washington Post should reveal

The Agency Amok

6 Nov 2005 by Neddy – Here’s an issue for them: Assess the validity of the claim that Valerie Plame’s status was “covert,” or even properly classified, given the wretched tradecraft by the Central Intelligence Agency throughout the entire episode.


Innocent Until Plamed

July 14, 2006

Big Scoop Reversal

10 Jul 2005  by Neddy”Sources close to the investigation say there is evidence in some instances that  some reporters may have told government officials — not the other way around —  that Wilson was married to Plame, a CIA employee.”

Leakgate, Rovegate or Wilsongate

17 Jul 2005  by NeddyI myself like “The Plame Kerfuffle” or “The Plame Blame Game”, but I suppose  that each of those is too much of a mouthful to gain much favor. However, recent  history demands that it must be suffixed with a “gate”.

More Big Scooper Scoops

5 Jul 2005  by Neddy by telling us what he told the grand jury. Nothing prevents him from doing  that, except a good lawyer who is trying to keep him out of jail.” Trackedback at  WizBang. [Valerie Plame] [Lawrence O’Donnell] [Karl Rove] [Joseph Wilson]

Innocent Until Plamed

10 Jul 2005  by NeddyThe newsmagazine has obtained documentary evidence that Rove was indeed a key  source for Time magazine’s Matt Cooper and that Rove–prior to the publication  of the Bob Novak column that first publicly disclosed Valerie Wilson/Plame as a