Archive for November, 2007

BREAKING: Man at Clinton’s New Hampshire Office Claims to Have a Bomb

November 30, 2007

I’m scrambling to find a story, but this just broke via MSNBC e-mail alert.

 UPDATE (1:54 P.M.): I have just learned that this IS a hostage situation – police have been on scene for a little less than an hour, but it is unclear how many people are being held hostage.  Clinton is NOT in New Hampshire though.

 UPDATE (4:21 P.M.): As of what I heard around 3:30, 2 hostages have been released.  I’m now watching the news live as an friend of the hostage taker is talking now.

 UPDATE: (4:30 P.M.): A press conference will be held any moment now – I’ll keep you updated.

UPDATE: (4:39 P.M.): The man is very critical of all politicians supposedly and doesn’t associate with any party.  The press conference is being broadcast live now.

UPDATE: (4:45 P.M.): “This is a hostage situation.”  Cannot confirm flares.  Cannot confirm name.  No reported injuries.  Perimiter is 4 or 5 blocks.  54 officers.

UPDATE: (6:25 P.M.): I went down for dinner and just got back and learned that he released the remaining hostages and surrendered.

It’s a good thing this is over.

Chinese Deny American Ships to Hong Kong Port

November 30, 2007

Well, I was going to do this post yesterday, but was too tired – anyway, there was an update in the story, so it worked out for the best.  Anyway…

The whole thing started about a week and a half ago when the Chinese government denied 2 U.S. minesweepers refuge during a storm.  They also wanted to take on supplies.  The minesweepers were forced to endure the storm and be refueled at sea.  Days later, the U.S.S. Kitty Hawk was denied harboring in Hong Kong so that the crews could visit their family members for Thanksgiving.  The government later overturned the denial stating “humanitarian grounds,” since  some family members had traveled to Hong Kong in anticipation of seeing the sailors, but the Kitty Hawk was already back out to sea.

In a meeting with President Bush, Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi told the President that the reason that the ships were denied was a “misunderstanding,” but apparently the scripted “It’s a misunderstanding” excuse didn’t make it to all of the government officials.  Liu Jianchao, a Foreign Ministry spokesman, said that it was not a misunderstanding, but the denial stems from severing U.S.-Chinese ties.  He cites that one of the main problems is the U.S.’s sale of Patriot II missiles to Taiwan (i.e.: REAL China – free China, the one that SHOULD have stayed on the UN Security Council).  He also said that Bush’s meeting with the Dalai Lama back in October had further hurt U.S.-Chinese relations.

So – what disturbed me most here was not the denial of the Kitty Hawk (which was somewhat harsh – keeping sailors away from their relatives on a Holiday) – but the denial of the minesweepers to take refuge during a storm.  If the Chinese truly want to better ties between the U.S. and themselves, they wouldn’t endanger our ships to pass through their waters to Hong Kong.

But, this came out today … China has now denied the U.S.S Reuben James to come to the Hong Kong port on New Years Eve.  The Chinese government has not yet given a reason for the denial.

I’ll put out another update on this situation, but this all just enforces my theory of a major war between China and Taiwan, sparking many other countries to get involved, possibly starting World War III.

Done Ranting,

Ranting Republican

Your Feedback

November 30, 2007

OK – I’m working on a semi-longer in depth post about China, and it’s late and I don’t feel like doing it now, but I need to get another post out, so I’ll take this time to ask if you have any questions, comments, suggestions, or general feedback.

Done Requesting,

Ranting Republican

Man Pulls Son Out of School to Take a Drug Test for Him

November 29, 2007

In Shirley, Long Island, New York (in Suffolk County) a man was arrested for taking his son out of school so that he could urinate in a coffee cup to help him pass his pre-employment drug test yesterday.  The father, 36-year-old Brandon Costantino from the city of Centereach, was arrested on child-endangerment and marijuana possession charges.  Detective Sergeant Stephen Guyer was quoted saying that Costantino was “remorseful.”  The boy, who’s name was not released was turned over to his mother.

Here’s the even more disturbing part – cops became suspicious of the pair after seeing them behind a deli – so not only does the father take his kid out of school to pee for him, but he has him do it behind a deli!  I mean, truancy is one thing, but this is just stupid – this guy needs to get the maximum penalty (which is whatever it is for I’m assuming a Class A Misdemeanor, which is what reckless endangerment falls under, and most states make that some amount of money plus up to a year in jail – but I couldn’t find anything in terms of punishment for New York).

Done Ranting,

Ranting Republican

Democratic Debate Cancelled Due to Writers Guild Strike

November 28, 2007

Well, the DNC has cancelled the December 10 CBS Presidential debate due to the Writers Guild strike.  Last time I checked, debates didn’t need screenwriters.  I feel sorry for Clinton – she really needs to fire her writer because he has NOT been doing a good job – where’d she find him?  He must have been the guy who wrote Clockstoppers.  OK, enough of the lame jokes.  Apparently the real reason is that some of the candidates refuse to cross picket lines (me on the other hand would gladly cross 99% of the picket lines that have existed).

As of now, the DNC does not plan to reschedule.

Done Ranting,

Ranting Republican

ACLU Picks Up Dennis Lennox’s Case Over Video Recording Ban at Central Michigan University

November 27, 2007

I’ve been trying to find some other stories, but I just can’t pass up another Dennis Lennox update.  I found this on RightMichigan.com, the ACLU is now backing Dennis: http://www.rightmichigan.com/story/2007/11/27/104146/59.  (Visit RightMichigan.com to see the ACLU’s full letter to the University).

Again, I am going to say that I do not support Dennis’s methods in this situation, but I am going to defend him here.  He has every right to video tape a PUBLIC official on PUBLIC property, especially an official who is running for PUBLIC office.  The University’s ban on video taping is both unconstitutional and unethical.  When you have a problem that is exposed, you fix the problem, you do NOT cover up the problem by taking  away rights of students!

I know I’m going to get comments saying that Dennis harasses people and deserves what’s happening to him (by Republicans as well as Democrats), but one thing is clear, if the American Civil Liberties Union is backing one of  the most outspoken conservatives in the state, his rights ARE being violated – so I’m going to ask that we ALL get behind Dennis on this one and join the fight to get back our rights!

Done Ranting,

Ranting Republican

We Made Wikipedia!

November 26, 2007

This is now our biggest landmark moment – we’ve been linked to on Wikipedia.  The article about Tom Tancredo’s 2008 Presidential bid used the blog as a source of criticism of his stuttering (it’s kinda sad – I love the man so much, but he just can’t talk), so anyway, here’s the link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Tancredo_presidential_campaign%2C_2008#Criticism.

Done Self-Congratulating,

Ranting Republican

Supreme Court to Hear Second Amendment Case

November 26, 2007

Well, this is gonna be messier than that one dress that Monica wore when President Clinton…well, never mind.

Anyway, the Supreme Court is going to hear a case debating the District of Columbia’s gun ban.  My personal opinion is that the gun ban is going to be upheld, and I don’t see how it couldn’t be (even though I am a gun rights advocate, at least partially).  The 2nd Amendment only allows for the provision of guns to be used in a militia, which we do NOT have anymore.  What allows people like you and me to own guns is STATE constitutions.  I would support a new federal amendment replacing the 2nd, but with heavy provisions, such as:

  1. Background checks – people like the VA Tech guy with mental problems shouldn’t have guns.
  2. Criminal background checks – if you’ve committed a violent crime or have been convicted of using drugs or abusing alcohol – no gun for you – who knows what you’ll do when not with it.
  3. You don’t need automatic or semi-automatic (just a little note, Republican Michigander informed me on some misconceptions of mine – so see below fo why I took out semi-autos from my “banned” category) guns.  If you’re that bad of a shot, you don’t need to be shooting at anything.
  4. Other than this – I love guns – they’re a great means of protection, and as soon as I turn 21, I’m buying a handgun and getting a concealed weapons permit.

The amendment is so ambiguous and just poorly written that this needs to happen.  The Supreme Court needs to interpret it in how today uses it – what is today’s translation of a militia?  Is it just citizens, or is there no more militia – it’s up to them to decide – but they did this with the 1st Amendment – you can’t yell “Bomb!” on an airplane – and the same thing needs to happen here.  But as long as the states provide for the ownership of guns, a federal amendment isn’t even needed (other than for D.C. or if a state goes rogue and outlaws guns).

Guns are good, but only when safely (but not overly) regulated.

Done Ranting,

Ranting Republican

San Francisco ID’s – We Don’t Care What Gender You Are, or If You’re Legal!

November 23, 2007

In the latest step by the San Francisco Board of “Supervisors,” illegal immigrants will be allowed to get ID cards (but not drivers licenses – yet).  (For my views on this subject, check out this post).  And just a side point – if I were ever to get employed by the Secretary of State, or whatever it is in SF that will be issuing these pieces of bull crap, I’d copy down the names of these people and report them myself to ICE, at least for a day before I got fired.  Anyway…

The other thing that the Board approved here was to take “Gender” off the list of descriptions, at the request of the transgendered community/advocates.  I’m sorry – but you’re gender stays the same.  I don’t care if you have 500 surgeries, a boy is still a boy and a girl’s still a girl at the chromosomal level.  Second, this takes away another piece of identification.  There are lots of people out there that I can’t exactly tell what gender they are (just because of the way they look/dress), so this piece of info is helpful and even necessary at times.

I’m sorry, but San Francisco has stepped way over the line here.  Hopefully other cities/states won’t accept these ID’s as valid and SF will have to change their system.

Done Ranting,

Ranting Republican

Happy Thanksgiving!

November 22, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving everybody!

As a kind of “present,” the Supreme Court has upheld the Michigan January 15th primary!

So, that’s one thing I’m thankful for, in addition to stuffing, cranberry sauce/relish, turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, stuffing, diet pop, stuffing, oh yeah, friends and family.

Again, have a happy and SAFE Thanksgiving!

Done Celebrating,

Ranting Republican


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