December 5, 2009

He Got The Warm-Monger Blues

Gore backs out of an appearance in Copenhagen. To think this spineless, fanatical crapweasel was actually Vice President.

Confirmed: Liberalism and Breathing Linked to Rotten Poetry

From Australia's Ollie's World, an Interactive Sustainability Resource...Check it out HERE.

The grotesque, foam-rubber goober with the big "O" on his shirt is, I assume Ollie - leading several adolescent girls in some degrading, witless, activism-is-cool fandango.

Never mind that the girls are much too old for this assinine folly; the accompanying rhyme is so awful, so cloying, idiotic and manipulative that it could only be the work of a liberal.

Apparently, "Air", when you breathe it in twice, causes you to slide from exhausting rhyming couplets to free verse!

God help you when these mushwits are in charge of anything.

Goomba-Bubba Summit Update Monday

With pictures ... Yes, Goomba allowed GNN photojournalists to attend. Special thanks to Secretia for agreeing to wait our table ... and listen, of course. Plus, the dramatic reading of "Liberal Sinners in the Hands of an Angry Rhod" from Soloman was a nice touch. All in all, the summit was a smashing success.

Killing Us Softly...

Explain THIS if you can. It's an old link, like Ming The Claim's obituary...from my library of weirdness.

Senate Health Care Update

EDITED TO ADD: White House confirms that Pres. Obama will go to Capitol Hill tomorrow to meet with caucus Democrats in a rare Sunday legislative session. This is this weekend's surprise. They are pushing ahead with this thing AS HARD AS THEY CAN! According to Politico's Carol Lee.

Every day this legislation is delayed right now is crucial. There are only 14 working days between the Thanksgiving and Winter Breaks, so whatever causes this issue to be unresolved when congress goes home for the long winter break will be a good thing. People need time to contact their legislators again and tell them specifically which provisions are NOT welcome.

WASHINGTON -- Fence-sitting senators in both parties are stepping up efforts to reshape health-overhaul legislation, including a push Friday by Sen. Joseph Lieberman, the Connecticut independent, for more aggressive steps to rein in the rapid growth of health-care costs.

The efforts haven't yet produced consensus for the bill. But they suggested the accommodations Democratic leaders will likely need to make with hesitant lawmakers to get the overhaul bill through the Senate.

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Sens. Joe Lieberman, left, Susan Collins and Arlen Specter discuss bipartisan health-care proposals Friday.

Voicing concern that "too much of the debate has been divided along partisan lines," Sen. Lieberman joined with Sens. Susan Collins (R., Maine) and Arlen Specter (D., Pa.) to unveil proposals designed to contain consumer and business health costs. Among them were measures to streamline billing for care and penalize hospitals for spreading "avoidable" infections.

"We can and must do more," said Sen. Lieberman. He caucuses with Democrats but has so far withheld his support for final passage of the legislation -- in part because he opposes a government-run insurance plan.

Sen. Olympia Snowe (R., Maine) is working with Democrats on a plan to boost competition among insurers in a new insurance marketplace. Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D., Ark.) is working on a proposal to bolster the Medicare trust fund with revenue raised from a proposal to limit the tax deductibility of compensation paid to insurance executives.

More at Wall Street Journal.

December 4, 2009

Some Say He Was "Just a Bivalve"...


He did his quiet duty for 405 years, barely moving. Little is known about his private life, but some say he worked many years for the Postal Service.

Now he's dead. Ming The Clam is no longer with us. Read about it HERE. According to Wikipedia, Ming died during an "evaluation"....meaning that he was cut in half so his rings could be counted. He bothered no one for over four centuries, until a bunch of meddlers snatched him from his bed to expose his gerontological secrets.

I've been sitting on this sad news for a long time. I can't hold it in any longer.

A Good Day Ahead ...

Greetings Goomba readers.

It is I, your GNN Southwest Correspondent reporting from Northern California. It’s been a while. It took me forever to make it through Customs. I think they have figured out that I come from a galaxy far, far away in many ways. But I jest, at least about the Customs part.

Life continues to surprise and amaze. Today there’s a good chance that my hometown of Houston will get dusted with its earliest snow ever. Meanwhile, “Climate-Gate” rages in some quarters. Those of us who knew all along that God was bigger than we imagined are not surprised. But we are amused. Yes, the Lord has a sense of humor. And mercy. And justice. And timing.

On this day when it appears I will miss an early and rare snow in Houston, I will be doing something even rarer and far more significant – finally laying my eyes on my old friend, Nickie Goomba. I love the guy like a brother, but we’ve never met. We’ve talked on the phone once – very briefly – a number of years ago. We’ve exchanged emails and, well, a lot of what you have seen on this blog and over at my old place.

I got the opportunity to combine some business out here with meeting my old friend. I look forward to hearing about what is going on in Nick’s life, and his upcoming trip to Israel. I will let you know (at a minimum) my general impressions of the meeting. I think it’s up to Nickie to give you the goods, though, if he wishes.

So, today is a good day indeed. I am going to take it in, and then get back on a plane to Texas. Nick heads to the Holy Land, and I go back to the Promised Land. If it’s not a movie, it’s at least a Country song waiting to be written.

This weekend, I will be watching the Longhorns try to make it to the BCS Championship, so happily I will be reflecting on the meeting with Nick and the Longhorns. It’s a great respite from trying to make sense of the misdeeds, miscreants, and malfeasance in Washington.

Finally, I want to encourage those of you out there who might be considering doing something that requires some risk to, well, get to it. Believe it or not, this former Marine spent a large part of his life missing opportunities that were right there for the taking. The rest of the way I am going to make the most of it.

So, let’s go …

See you next week.

December 3, 2009

The Goomba-Bubba Summit Draweth Nigh

As the Southwest Correspondent for GNN, I view it as my sacred duty to provide a report on the other side ... provided that Goomba authorities give clearance. I mean, this is the highest-level blogger gathering since Secretia sat in silence with Rhod for 30 minutes before he offered up that he was actually Charlie from the infamous Pusillanimous Wanker blog.

Still, the last time I violated a Goomba embargo, I woke up with a hippo head in my bed. So, I have to be careful.

December 2, 2009

I'll be back in the New Year

I'm packing up the Goombamobile and heading out for a lengthy visit to Jerusalem. Can't tell you how much I'll miss the witty and snarky input from all you colorful visitors and contributors who both amuse and inspire.

My Christmas prayer for us all is success and happiness. Let's love our families, our Country and the God who, a few centuries back, thought this nation might be fun to put together and guide. Sort of an inspired ant farm. Let's not let the big guy down.


Jerusalem Brawl spotlights Arab-Jewish tensions

The east Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah was the scene of renewed violence Tuesday afternoon when a fight broke out between local Arab residents and a group of Jews who had moved into a home on the neighborhood's Othman Bin Afan Street earlier in the morning.

Several protesters gathered at the home just before 10 a.m. as the Jews were entering the property. But the violence broke out some two hours later when a verbal spat between the two sides deteriorated into a full-blown brawl.


Israel warns EU over east Jerusalem dispute

JERUSALEM — Israel sternly warned the European Union on Tuesday against recognizing east Jerusalem as the Palestinian capital, saying such a move would damage Europe's credibility as a Mideast mediator.

The warning came as Jewish settlers in the West Bank confronted government inspectors sent to enforce a ban on new construction on territory Palestinians claim for a future state. No major violence was reported, but the images could boost the efforts of conservative Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to portray himself as amenable to international demands for curtailing settlement construction.

Sweden, the current EU president, is floating an initiative to recognize east Jerusalem as the Palestinian capital. The Israeli daily Haaretz reported Tuesday that Sweden will seek approval at an EU meeting in Brussels next week.


Life in Jerusalem's city of three faiths

Jerusalem's Old City is a district containing a number of holy sites venerated by Muslims, Christians and Jews. The BBC's Heather Sharp, who moved into a home within its walls last year, reports on daily life in a dense tangle of narrow, winding alleyways.

Our first night was a disaster.

We had finally got the keys to our new home. A wiry teenager had wheeled our bed on a handcart through the narrow, carless streets.

But as we turned out the light, Arabic pop music, cheers and whistles blasted in through the window of our new flat as neighbours celebrated a wedding.

And after just a few hours sleep we were jolted awake by the sound of a massive, room-shaking bang.


December 1, 2009

Good-bye Sweet America

The Green Mask Is Being Peeled Away From The CO²mmunists – All Eyes Now On Copenhagen
by Andrew Marcus at Big Government

Now that we are learning prominent leaders of the global warming movement destroyed the data they claim to have used to construct their climate models, and only the most rabid environmental fraud deniers still cling to the authenticity of their “science”, a serious moment of truth is fast approaching.

That moment is Copenhagen, which has always been about much more than so called “man-made global warming”. Copenhagen has always been about striking a “Global New Deal”.

Last month, we compiled and posted extensive evidence of years-long Democratic party coordination with the Party of European Socialists (PES). Click here to see our detailed examination of this special relationship, including then Party Chairman Howard Dean’s full address to the 7th Congress of the PES.

If you do not have the time to examine the detailed account linked above, just take a look at the video below for a quick and horrifying taste of what the global Progressive movement has been cooking up for Copenhagen. It’s a promotional video for the “Global Progressive Forum”, an event created and organized by the PES.


Nickie Goomba details Obama's Afghanistan speech...

It's Bush's fault.

We'll send a few troops to the front to silence the Generals who are demanding even more.

We will tolerate the loss of more American troops while we unsuccessfully beg our "allies" for help.

We will tell our enemies, and the people of Pakistan and Afghanistan and Iran and Iraq and Israel, that we are leaving and when. This way they can organize our going away party.

All this will make us safer.

BTW, I sure hope Representative
Joe Wilson will be at the speech.

November 30, 2009

Some Swedish mucky-muck is stunned that Switzerland wants to limit the Starbucks-paced building of Minarets

Swedish minister surprised over Swiss referendum banning minarets
Monsters & Critics

Brussels - Swedish Minister for Migration and Asylum Policy Tobias Billstrom Monday expressed surprise over a Swiss referendum banning minarets.

'I am a bit surprised and I think it is a bit strange that you decide these things in a referendum,' Billstrom said in Brussels where he was attending a meeting of justice and home affairs ministers.

Voters in Switzerland on Sunday cast ballots in favour of banning minarets.
Sweden is current holder of the rotating presidency of the European Union.

'In Sweden we usually do these things through city planning. These decisions on how tall a building should be and whether it should be built at all is a matter for city planners,' Billstrom added.


Important News Item

Hey, I am heading out to the Italo-Tejano Summit later this week. It should be grand. Depending upon how much coverage the authorities allow, I will provide an update.

And don't get any big ideas re: crashing it. This is not some low-budget state dinner thing.