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Father grounds daughter, court overrules

20
Jun

Straight out of the “too weird to be true” files, it appears a female justice from the Quebec Superior Court has ruled that father really doesn’t know best.

The father banned his 12-year-old daughter from going online after she posted pictures of herself on a dating site. Then after fighting with her stepmother, the father told her she couldn’t go on a school trip. The girl took the matter to court and — be afraid — seems to have won her case.

Madam Justice Suzanne Tessier of the Quebec Superior Court ruled on Friday that the father couldn’t discipline his daughter by barring her from the school trip.

Lucie Fortin, the lawyer representing the 12-year-old, said the judge found that depriving the girl of the school trip was an excessive punishment.

She said the girl has already been forbidden to use the Internet and her father also punished her by canceling her participation in an extracurricular event.

Please, please don’t let this foolishness come to the States.

I love "This American Life" but …

08
Jul

Sometimes they are, well, too dang liberal. I know. You are thinking, "Hello! They are on public radio! They are hosted by a gay fella named Ira! C’mon, what do you expect?"

I really do love the show and, in their defense, many times they have great human interest stories about people caught in strange situations or funny circumstances. The narrators are very good at drawing you into the characters so that you feel sympathy, empathy or pity for the folks the stories are about and the situations they find themselves in.
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Reporting on The Battle of Trenton, 2004-style

24
Dec

What an insightful post, this is just hysterical, but also very telling.

Yahoo! News – San Francisco in No Mood for Tolerance After Bush Win

07
Nov

My first thought after reading the headline was "Man, what a bunch of cry babies."

But then, I started thinking about it. Wouldn’t it be great if all the vitriolic liberals did haul themselves off to Canada? And why shouldn’t they? I mean, Canada has got all the great stuff they love — socialized medicine, high taxes and bloated government.

I bet they don’t allow any elections to be stolen up there. <grin> Oh, wait, wasn’t it the 2000 election that liberals claimed was stolen by Bush? Or is it this year, too?

And after reading so many liberal’s comments like "Is the country really this stupid?" I just want to say, what do you think conservatives were saying after both Clinton elections?

Osama Wants You!

02
Nov

Just in case you missed it, Osama really doesn’t want you to vote for President Bush. As originally released, it appeared that bin Laden’s statement was simply a generic commentary about the election, not siding with either Bush or Kerry. It turns out the full text of Osama’s statement is, in fact, a warning to vote against Bush. In fact, he implies that any state that doesn’t go for Bush will be "secured" Here’s the relevent quote from Osama’s screed:

[K]now that: “It is better to return to the truth than persist in error.” And that the wise man doesn’t squander his security, wealth and children for the sake of the liar in the White House. In conclusion, I tell you in truth, that your security is not in the hands of Kerry, nor Bush, nor al-Qaida. No. Your security is in your own hands. And every state that doesn’t play with our security has automatically guaranteed its own security.

How telling is that? It appears that Bush really does have them "running scared." Too bad most folks probably won’t hear this until after they have voted.

References: National Review

Uproar over anti-Kerry ad, but not Moore?

11
Aug

Three groups have filed a complaint accusing the organization Swift Boat Veterans for Truth of violating campaign finance laws by airing an ad that is critical of John Kerry’s military record.
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They are getting mean

15
Jul

I haven’t seen such a barrage of mean-spiritedness in a long time from Hollywood. And it’s getting out of hand. Whoopie Goldberg’s comments got her fired by Slimfast, Michael Moore is continuing his skree and should just take his money and run, and now Gary Trudeau is piling on. I’m sure that no liberal has ever done anything embarrassing when they were young or in college.

Liberals are just such kind and forgiving folk.

Kenneth Starr responds to "My Life"

08
Jul

There is a very interesting read in the WSJ OpinionJournal – Featured Article by Kenneth Starr, former independent counsel and dean designate of the Pepperdine Law School. It is titled "My Job : What Bill Clinton left out of his memoir"