The Lady Speaks

If you need a laugh…

Via Sadly, No!

Meet Sister Nancy Beth Eczema:

The Left continues to tout the existence of the elusive female orgasm, despite all biological evidence to the contrary. As I have often said, if The Lord intended for us to have such things, He would have given us penises. But regardless of what the facts and common sense say, liberals continue to pursue their great white whale — and I don't mean Michael Moore (Ha! That joke never gets old!). I've often wondered what motivates them to pursue this specious black-is-white reasoning. For the longest time, I assumed that it was merely another entitlement program created to pander to one of their key constituencies. Today I have my answer: Pure, unalloyed hatred of America. Evidently ladyquakes are the carrots moonbats are using to lead the women of Our Christian Nation over a moral cliff […]

Before you deluge Sister Nancy with hate mail….it's satire, folks!  


April 29, 2006 Posted by | Blogs, Christianity, Humor, Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Oil Companies and the High Price of Gasoline

Is there anyone in the US who isn't complaining about the high cost of fuel and – until recently – the high cost of home heating? Okay – anyone who isn't a) mega-rich or b) linked to Big Oil?

Big Oil shared its first-quarter profit sheets with the world, and – surprise – they're seeing record profits. Here's a few:

Chevron$4 billion profit

Exxon $8.4 billion profit

ConocoPhillips$3.29 billion profit
BP$5.6 billion profit

And, remember, this is profit. This is what's left after all the expenses are taken out.

Can someone explain how this works? Big Oil (and its friends in the White House) are telling us that this is just a result of high demand and low supply and/or refining capabilities, and that they're suffering too.

But, they're seeing record profits, which would suggest to me that they could afford to lower their prices and still make a few bucks. Especially since their little buddy Bush isn't going to make them pay taxes on their record profits.

From Business Week online:

President Bush on Friday rejected calls in Congress for a tax on oil company profits, saying the industry should reinvest its recent windfalls in finding and producing more energy.

"The temptation in Washington is to tax everything," Bush said in an exchange with reporters in the White House Rose Garden. Rather than for the government to reap the benefit from oil company profits driven by the recent surge in global oil prices, he said, "the answer is for there to be strong re-investment."

"These oil prices are a wakeup call," Bush said. "We're dependent on oil. We need to get off oil."

He doesn't really mean that part about getting off oil, of course. He said the same thing in his State of the Union address, but then turned around and issued a clarification that said he didn't really mean cutting our oil consumption.

These prices are a wakeup call, alright – the one that says the faster we get Big Oil and its buddies out of the White House, the better.

April 29, 2006 Posted by | Bush, Cheney, Congress, Culture of Corruption, Economy, Gas Prices, Government, Politics, White House | 2 Comments

In a world gone mad…

When I read the following two articles on, it made me think of the Beastie Boys' song:

In a world gone mad it's hard to think right
So much violence hate and spite
Murder going on all day and night
Due time we fight the non-violent fight

Yesterday, five US lawmakers were arrested at a non-violent protest outside the Sudanese embassy. Representatives Tom Lantos (D-Ca), James McGovern (D-Ma), John Olver (D-Ma), Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Tx), and James Moran (D-Va) were "were among 11 protesters arrested on charges of disorderly conduct and unlawful assembly, a misdemeanor subject to a fine." (AP)

More from the Associated Press:

Five Congress members were willingly arrested and led away from the Sudanese Embassy in plastic handcuffs Friday in protest of the Sudanese government’s role in atrocities in the Darfur region.


The protesters cheered as the Congress members and others were cuffed, hands behind their backs, with plastic ties and quietly led to a white police van by U.S. Secret Service uniformed officers.

The arrests were expected. Lantos’ office issued a news release about them in advance.

The protesters called on the Sudanese government to accept a U.N. peacekeeping force in Darfur and allow humanitarian relief organizations full access to victims.

Makes ya feel all warm and fuzzy, right? It seems people are finally getting the message about Darfur – especially since George Clooney added his voice (and face) to the cause. (Read more about that here.)

The warm fuzzies vanish in a heartbeat when you read this, from Reuters:

The United Nations said on Friday it would cut food rations for more than 6 million people in Sudan, half of them in Darfur, due to a severe lack of funds.

Many donor countries appear to have tired of the long-term conflict in Darfur, despite signs that malnutrition is again on the rise among people living in squalid camps, the United Nations’ World Food Program (WFP) said.

WFP said it was halving food aid from the minimum daily requirement of 2,100 calories to 1,050 calories as of May.


The Rome-based agency had only received $238 million or 32 percent of its annual appeal of $746 million for Sudan. Africa’s largest country is emerging from civil war in the south as talks continue on a peace deal to end a conflict in Darfur.

Spokeswoman Christiane Berthiaume told a news briefing, “It is scandalous, but we have no choice.”


The WFP estimates that 2,100 calories a day is the minimum daily requirement needed to stay in good health. [emphasis mine]

April 29, 2006 Posted by | Children, Darfur, Government, Politics, Sudan, War On Women | Leave a comment

Friday Anti-War Song

Finding an anti-war song to post was easy this week. pinkfem posted these lyrics in the comments at Poetic Justice last night:

The Fiddle and the Drum — Joni Mitchell

And so once again
My dear Johnny my dear friend
And so once again you are fightin' us all
And when I ask you why
You raise your sticks and cry, and I fall
Oh, my friend
How did you come
To trade the fiddle for the drum

You say I have turned
Like the enemies you've earned
But I can remember
All the good things you are
And so I ask you please
Can I help you find the peace and the star
Oh, my friend
What time is this
To trade the handshake for the fist

And so once again
Oh, America my friend
And so once again
You are fighting us all
And when we ask you why
You raise your sticks and cry and we fall
Oh, my friend
How did you come
To trade the fiddle for the drum

You say we have turned
Like the enemies you've earned
But we can remember
All the good things you are
And so we ask you please
Can we help you find the peace and the star
Oh my friend
We have all come
To fear the beating of your drum

April 28, 2006 Posted by | Bush, Government, Iraq, Music, Politics, Protest, US Military, War | Leave a comment

Senate Panel says ‘Abolish FEMA’

Arrrrrrrrrrrrgggggggggggghhhhhhhhhh!!! Do these people just not get it? The problem with FEMA – as with every other agency since Bush took office – is that incompetent 'Buddies of George' were put in charge, instead of people who had actual experience!

Does anyone remember FEMA being this incompetent prior to the Bush administration? Could it be that FEMA did its job well prior to that because the former Presidents appointed FEMA directors who knew what their jobs were and did them? Hurricane Andrew, anyone? Hurricane Hugo? Ringing any bells there?

Simply put, the problem is not the department, it's the idiots running it. Brown (until he quit/was fired) and Chertoff, and the man who appointed them, the chief boob himself. 

From the Associated Press:

Hurricane Katrina’s latest fatality should be FEMA, the nation’s disaster response agency, a Senate inquiry concluded in calling for a government overhaul to avoid future failures like those the devastating storm exposed.

Eighty-six recommendations by the bipartisan panel indicate the United States is still woefully unprepared for a storm of Katrina’s scope with the start of the hurricane season little more than a month away.

The new authority would be “better equipped with the tools to prepare for and respond to a disaster,” said Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, who led the inquiry by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.


Though the proposed changes do not place blame on any official or government agency, Sen. Joe Lieberman, D-Conn., will offer “additional views” to the panel’s findings in a statement accusing President Bush of failing “to provide critical leadership when it was most needed.”

“The United States was, and is, ill-prepared to respond to a catastrophic event of the magnitude of Hurricane Katrina,” said the recommendations. “Catastrophic events are, by their nature, difficult to imagine and to adequately plan for, and the existing plans and training proved inadequate in Katrina.”

The recommendations were being released Thursday morning and will be included in the Senate panel’s full report to be issued next week.


Former FEMA Director Michael Brown, who resigned under fire after Katrina, said the new agency would basically have the same mission FEMA had a year ago before its disaster planning responsibilities were taken away to focus solely on responding to calls for help.

“It sounds like they’re just re-creating the wheel and making it look like they’re calling for change,” Brown said. “If indeed that’s all they’re doing, they owe more than that to the American public.”

April 27, 2006 Posted by | Bush, Congress, Culture of Corruption, FEMA, Politics, Senate, White House | 2 Comments

Culture of Corruption, Detailed

From sans-culotte, who said:

Please steal this list. Email it. Post it. Let it be known.

Use to get around the sites that require registration.

From GOP Culture of Corruption Indeed:

The ever-expanding list of Republicans mired in scandal, just in the past year. If the Democratic party did this much crap over a 10 year period it would be another 10 years before I'd even consider voting for anyone in the party again…

The GOP List of Shame

Abramoff and Rep. Tom Delay (R-TX)

Abramoff and Rep. John Doolittle (R-CA)

Abramoff and Rep. Bob Ney (R-OH)

Abramoff and Sen Conrad Burns (R-MO)

Abramoff and Rep. Dana Rohrabaker (R-CA)

Abramoff and Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX)

Abramoff and DeLay, Doolittle, Ney, Rohrabacher

Sen Bill Frist (R-TN)

Sen Conrad Burns (R-MO)

Sen Rick Santorum (R-PA)

Sen John Thune (R-SD)

Sen George Voinovich (R-OH)

Gov Taft (R) and Ohio Coingate,,-5746148,00.html

Ky. Gov Ernie Fletcher (R)

Rep Tom Delay (R-TX)

Rep Randy "Duke" Cunningham (R-CA)

Rep. Virgil Goode (R-VA) (sub req)

Rep. Jerry Lewis (R-CA)

Rep Michael G. Oxley (R-OH)

Rep. John Doolittle (R-CA)

Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA)

Rep. Jean Schmidt (R-OH)

Rep. Charles Taylor (R-NC)

Rep. Katherine Harris ’06 Sen candidate (R-Fla)

Rep. Curt Weldon (R-PA)

Rep. John Sweeney (R-NY)

Rep. Tom Reynolds (R-NY)

Ralph Reed ’06 Lt Gov candidate (R-GA)

ex-IL Gov. George Ryan Sr (R),1,6246344.story?coll=chi-news-hed

I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Jr
Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff to Vice President

Whitehouse OMB Official David Safavian

White House chief domestic-policy adviser Claude Allen

(Karl Rove Coming soon?)

April 26, 2006 Posted by | Blogs, Bush, Congress, Culture of Corruption, Republicans, Scandals | 2 Comments

Chernobyl Remembered

Today is the 20th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in the Ukraine, then a part of the Soviet Union. The death toll stands at 30 – those killed immediately – but doesn't include those who've died as a result of radiation exposure.

The radiation release from the explosion was 100 times that of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombs. One of the results of the high radiation levels was the relocation of nearly 135,000 people from villages in the area.

From the Associated Press:

Bells tolled across Ukraine and mourners carried red carnations and flickering candles to commemorate the 20-year anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear explosion Wednesday, an event that continues to scar the psyche of the ex-Soviet republic.

The April 26, 1986, pre-dawn explosion, to be marked in Ukraine with daylong events, became the world’s worst ever nuclear accident, spewing radiation across vast stretches of Europe. It cast a radioactive shadow over the health of millions of people; many believe it contributed to the Soviet Union’s eventual collapse.


In Kiev, bells tolled 20 times starting at 1:23 a.m., marking the exact time of the explosion at Reactor No. 4 at the Chernobyl nuclear power station.

Closer to Chernobyl in Slavutych — the town built to house the Chernobyl workers displaced by the accident — the commemorations began an hour earlier to coincide with Moscow time, which was used in the then-Soviet Republic of Ukraine at the time of the accident. Residents laid flowers and placed candles at a monument dedicated to Chernobyl as sirens blared.


Mykola Malyshev, 66, was working in the control room of Chernobyl’s Reactor No. 1 at the time of the explosion. He said the lights flickered and the room shook. The workers were ordered to the destroyed reactor, but when they got there, their co-workers ordered them to flee and save themselves. “They told us, ‘We are already dead. Go away,”’ Malyshev recalled at the Kiev ceremony.


The accident in reactor no. 4 at the Chernobyl nuclear power station took place in the night of 25 to 26 April 1986, during a test. The operating crew planned to test whether the turbines could produce sufficient energy to keep the coolant pumps running in the event of a loss of power until the emergency diesel generator was activated.

In order to prevent the test run of the reactor being interrupted, the safety systems were deliberately switched off. For the test, the reactor had to be powered down to 25 per cent of its capacity. This procedure did not go according to plan: for unknown reasons, the reactor power level fell to less than 1 per cent. The power therefore had to be slowly increased. But 30 seconds after the start of the test, there was a sudden and unexpected power surge. The reactor's emergency shutdown (which should have halted the chain reaction) failed.

Within fractions of a second, the power level and temperature rose many times over. The reactor went out of control. There was a violent explosion. The 1000-tonne sealing cap on the reactor building was blown off. At temperatures of over 2000°C, the fuel rods melted. The graphite covering of the reactor then ignited. In the ensuing inferno, the radioactive fission products released during the core meltdown were sucked up into the atmosphere. [emphasis mine]

One of the after-effects of Chernobyl is the huge increase in thyroid cancer in the Ukraine.


Between 1981 – 1985, the five years preceding the accident, the average thyroid cancer rate was 4-6 incidents per million Ukrainian young children (birth to 15 years). However between 1986 – 1997 this rose to 45 incidents per million.

64% of all Ukrainian thyroid cancer patients age 15 of younger lived in the most contaminated regions (the provinces of Kiev, Chernigov, Zhitomir, Cherkassy, and Rovno and the city of Kiev)

April 26, 2006 Posted by | former Soviet Union, Health, Nuclear Power, Radiation, Science | Leave a comment

Hey, I’m not the only one!

It's always nice to find you're not alone in your opinions, especially when it comes to the current national hysteria over bird flu.

From Rebecca Cook at MSNBC:

Doomsday predictions about bird flu seem to be spreading faster than the virus itself. But a small group of skeptics say the bird flu hype is overblown and ultimately harmful to the public’s health.

There’s no guarantee bird flu will become a pandemic, and if it does there’s no guarantee it will kill millions of people. The real trouble, these skeptics say, is that bird flu hysteria is sapping money and attention away from more important health threats.


 It’s hard to blame people for feeling skittish. The chief avian flu coordinator for the United Nations, Dave Nabarro, said last fall he was “almost certain” a bird flu pandemic would strike soon, and predicted up to 150 million deaths. The U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, Mike Leavitt, advised Americans to stockpile cans of tuna fish and powdered milk under their beds in case of an outbreak. Renowned flu expert Robert Webster has said society needs to face the possibility that half of the population could die in a bird flu pandemic.

“Ridiculous,” scoffed Wendy Orent, an anthropologist and author of "Plague: The Mysterious Past and Terrifying Future of the World's Most Dangerous Disease."

She said public health officials have vastly exaggerated the potential danger of bird flu.


Even if avian flu transforms into a human pandemic, it may be mild. The most recent flu pandemic, in 1968, went unnoticed by everyone except scientists because it wasn’t much worse than a normal flu season in terms of illnesses and deaths.

Government officials continue urging people to prepare by stockpiling a few weeks’ worth of food, water and medical supplies. But skeptics like Siegel and Orent say you’re better off guarding against more realistic dangers — heart attacks, for example, or even gum disease.

“I’d worry more about flossing my teeth than I’d worry about avian flu,” Orent said. “I want people to see what the real dangers are.”

Some other articles/op-eds to read:

The Center for Consumer Freedom

Highlighting the absence of a threat doesn't attract nearly as much attention as a propaganda-laden animal rights protest, or a headline that screams "Bird Flu Pandemic May Have Worldwide Cost of $800 Billion." But it does have the virtue of letting you enjoy your Thanksgiving dinner in peace (assuming you've also gotten your guests to sign our lawsuit waiver, of course).

Dr. Marc Siegel's Op-Ed in the Boston Globe

Why provoke the public to see a potential pandemic in end-of-the-world terms? A pandemic simply means people in several areas having a disease at the same time — but it may be hundreds rather than millions. The last flu pandemic, in 1968, killed 33,800 Americans, which is about the flu's toll in an average year. We don't need to panic in advance for that kind of pandemic.

Cooking poultry kills any flu 100 percent of the time, yet the fear of H5N1 bird flu is already so out of control in Europe that 46 countries have banned French poultry exports after a single turkey was found to be infected. France, fourth in the world in poultry exports, is already hemorrhaging more than $40 million a month. 

Michael Fumento, JD in an Op-Ed on the AMA website

The best-kept secret of the current fuss and, sadly enough, hysteria over H5N1 is that the virus has been in existence well beyond its highly publicized Hong Kong appearance in 1997; the virus was initially discovered in Scottish chickens in 1959 [2]. The virus has therefore been mutating and making contact with humans for 47 years. If it hasn’t become pandemic in that half a century, it’s hardly inevitable that it will.

April 25, 2006 Posted by | Bird Flu, Government, Health, Science | Leave a comment

NC Republican blocking Flight 93 Memorial

Of all the absurd bulls**t that's ever come out of DC, this one takes the cake.

Rep. Charles H. Taylor (R-NC)  Chairman of the House Interior Appropriations committee, is blocking the request to purchase the land surrounding the Shanksville, PA site where Flight 93 crashed on Sept. 11th, for creation of a permanent memorial.

From the Washington Post:

[…] But for three years, that field has made do with a makeshift monument while one member of Congress, Rep. Charles H. Taylor (R-N.C.) has blocked a $10 million request to buy the land for a permanent memorial to the 40 passengers and crew members who overpowered hijackers bent on crashing their jet into the Capitol or the White House.


For Taylor, a large landowner in the mountains of western Carolina, the issue comes down to principle: The federal government is already the largest landowner in the country, and he believes that no additional tax dollars should go to more land buying for this or any other memorial. Beyond that, the families have committed to raising half the $60 million needed to build the memorial but so far have raised $7.5 million. Taylor is concerned that the federal government will be left holding the bag.


Taylor infuriated some Flight 93 family members by suggesting a more fitting tribute would be a scholarship fund.

Contact your Representatives here.

For those living in PA, I suggest contacting Governor Rendell to see what the Commonwealth can do if Rep. Taylor continues blocking the purchase of the land in Shanksville.

To Contact Pennsylvania Gov. Edward Rendell:

Email: Click here

Write to: Governor Edward G. Rendell
              225 Main Capitol Building
              Harrisburg PA 17120
Call: (717) 787-2500


April 25, 2006 Posted by | Congress, Flight 93, Government, Pennsylvania | Leave a comment

The GOP’s Albatross

George W. Bush's job approval rating continues to drop. A CNN poll shows that only 32% of Americans approve of Chokes-On-Pretzel's job performance. Interestingly, 8% of the American population lives under a rock and doesn't know if he's doing a good job or not. (I'm guessing these are the same people responsible for shows like Pimp My Ride and Fear Factor…)

A few reasons for this? Oil prices, gasoline prices, Katrina, veterans, Iraq, Iran – to name a very few. 

He certainly doesn't help his cause by uttering stuff like this:

From Editor and Publisher, via HuffPo:

Bush said he'd sat in a California church on Sunday near a mother and stepfather grieving for their son who had been killed in Iraq. "I also want to let you know that before you commit troops that you must do everything that you can to solve the problem diplomatically," he commented. "And I can look you in the eye and tell you I feel I tried to solve the problem diplomatically to the max and would have committed troops both in Afghanistan and Iraq, knowing what I know today."

Or this:

"I base a lot of my foreign policy decisions on some things that I think are true," he said. "One, I believe there's an Almighty."

Karl Rove is going to really have to work his a$$ off! Smearing and swift-boating the opposition may not be enough when the President is doing such an amazing job of making himself unlikable to everyone who isn't a rabid right-wing religious zealot. A huge part of Rove's job this year will be keeping the Congressional Republicans from jumping ship.

At this point, "rearranging deck chairs" isn't quite the appropriate analogy for the administration. I'm reminded more of the part in Titanic, when the ship rises up on its nose before sliding into the ocean, and – in sheer desperation to avoid being taken down with the ship – people started flinging themselves off the stern.

I wonder which administration official will end up being the guy who hits the propeller on the way down? 

April 24, 2006 Posted by | Bush, Congress, Economy, Media, Politics, White House | Leave a comment