National Review has made a list of what they consider to be "the top 50 conservative rock songs." I dunno. Me thinks they're missing the point of some (if not most) of these...

1. "Won't Get Fooled Again," by The Who.
The conservative movement is full of disillusioned revolutionaries; this could be their theme song, an oath that swears off naive idealism once and for all. "There's nothing in the streets / Looks any different to me / And the slogans are replaced, by—the—bye. . . . Meet the new boss / Same as the old boss." The instantly recognizable synthesizer intro, Pete Townshend's ringing guitar, Keith Moon's pounding drums, and Roger Daltrey's wailing vocals make this one of the most explosive rock anthems ever recorded — the best number by a big band, and a classic for conservatives.

2. "Taxman," by The Beatles.
A George Harrison masterpiece with a famous guitar riff (which was actually played by Paul McCartney): "If you drive a car, I'll tax the street / If you try to sit, I'll tax your seat / If you get too cold, I'll tax the heat / If you take a walk, I'll tax your feet." The song closes with a humorous jab at death taxes: "Now my advice for those who die / Declare the pennies on your eyes."

3. "Sympathy for the Devil," by The Rolling Stones.
Don't be misled by the title; this song is "The Screwtape Letters" of rock. The devil is a tempter who leans hard on moral relativism — he will try to make you think that "every cop is a criminal / And all the sinners saints." What's more, he is the sinister inspiration for the cruelties of Bolshevism: "I stuck around St. Petersburg / When I saw it was a time for a change / Killed the czar and his ministers / Anastasia screamed in vain."

4. "Sweet Home Alabama," by Lynyrd Skynyrd.
A tribute to the region of America that liberals love to loathe, taking a shot at Neil Young's Canadian arrogance along the way: "A Southern man don't need him around anyhow."

5. "Wouldn't It Be Nice," by The Beach Boys.
Pro—abstinence and pro—marriage: "Maybe if we think and wish and hope and pray it might come true / Baby then there wouldn't be a single thing we couldn't do / We could be married / And then we'd be happy."

6. "Gloria," by U2.
Just because a rock song is about faith doesn't mean that it's conservative. But what about a rock song that's about faith and whose chorus is in Latin? That's beautifully reactionary: "Gloria / In te domine / Gloria / Exultate."

7. "Revolution," by The Beatles.
"You say you want a revolution / Well you know / We all want to change the world . . . Don't you know you can count me out?" What's more, Communism isn't even cool: "If you go carrying pictures of Chairman Mao / You ain't going to make it with anyone anyhow." (Someone tell the Che Guevara crowd.)

8. "Bodies," by The Sex Pistols.
Violent and vulgar, but also a searing anti—abortion anthem by the quintessential punk band: "It's not an animal / It's an abortion."

9. "Don't Tread on Me," by Metallica.
A head—banging tribute to the doctrine of peace through strength, written in response to the first Gulf War: "So be it / Threaten no more / To secure peace is to prepare for war."

10. "20th Century Man," by The Kinks.
"You keep all your smart modern writers / Give me William Shakespeare / You keep all your smart modern painters / I'll take Rembrandt, Titian, da Vinci, and Gainsborough. . . . I was born in a welfare state / Ruled by bureaucracy / Controlled by civil servants / And people dressed in grey / Got no privacy got no liberty / 'Cause the 20th—century people / Took it all away from me."

11. "The Trees," by Rush.
Before there was Rush Limbaugh, there was Rush, a Canadian band whose lyrics are often libertarian. What happens in a forest when equal rights become equal outcomes? "The trees are all kept equal / By hatchet, axe, and saw."

12. "Neighborhood Bully," by Bob Dylan.
A pro—Israel song released in 1983, two years after the bombing of Iraq's nuclear reactor, this ironic number could be a theme song for the Bush Doctrine: "He destroyed a bomb factory, nobody was glad / The bombs were meant for him / He was supposed to feel bad / He's the neighborhood bully."

13. "My City Was Gone," by The Pretenders.
Virtually every conservative knows the bass line, which supplies the theme music for Limbaugh's radio show. But the lyrics also display a Jane Jacobs sensibility against central planning and a conservative's dissatisfaction with rapid change: "I went back to Ohio / But my pretty countryside / Had been paved down the middle / By a government that had no pride."

14. "Right Here, Right Now," by Jesus Jones.
The words are vague, but they're also about the fall of Communism and the end of the Cold War: "I was alive and I waited for this. . . . Watching the world wake up from history."

15. "I Fought the Law," by The Crickets.
The original law—and—order classic, made famous in 1965 by The Bobby Fuller Four and covered by just about everyone since then.

16. "Get Over It," by The Eagles.
Against the culture of grievance: "The big, bad world doesn't owe you a thing." There's also this nice line: "I'd like to find your inner child and kick its little ass."

17. "Stay Together for the Kids," by Blink 182.
A eulogy for family values by an alt—rock band whose members were raised in a generation without enough of them: "So here's your holiday / Hope you enjoy it this time / You gave it all away. . . . It's not right."

18. "Cult of Personality," by Living Colour.
A hard—rocking critique of state power, whacking Mussolini, Stalin, and even JFK: "I exploit you, still you love me / I tell you one and one makes three / I'm the cult of personality."

19. "Kicks," by Paul Revere and the Raiders.
An anti—drug song that is also anti—utopian: "Well, you think you're gonna find yourself a little piece of paradise / But it ain't happened yet, so girl you better think twice."

20. "Rock the Casbah," by The Clash.
After 9/11, American radio stations were urged not to play this 1982 song, one of the biggest hits by a seminal punk band, because it was seen as too provocative. Meanwhile, British Forces Broadcasting Service (the radio station for British troops serving in Iraq) has said that this is one of its most requested tunes.

21. "Heroes," by David Bowie.
A Cold War love song about a man and a woman divided by the Berlin Wall. No moral equivalence here: "I can remember / Standing / By the wall / And the guns / Shot above our heads / And we kissed / As though nothing could fall / And the shame / Was on the other side / Oh we can beat them / For ever and ever."

22. "Red Barchetta," by Rush.
In a time of "the Motor Law," presumably legislated by green extremists, the singer describes family reunion and the thrill of driving a fast car — an act that is his "weekly crime."

23. "Brick," by Ben Folds Five.
Written from the perspective of a man who takes his young girlfriend to an abortion clinic, this song describes the emotional scars of "reproductive freedom": "Now she's feeling more alone / Than she ever has before. . . . As weeks went by / It showed that she was not fine."

24. "Der Kommissar," by After the Fire.
On the misery of East German life: "Don't turn around, uh—oh / Der Kommissar's in town, uh—oh / He's got the power / And you're so weak / And your frustration / Will not let you speak." Also a hit song for Falco, who wrote it.

25. "The Battle of Evermore," by Led Zeppelin.
The lyrics are straight out of Robert Plant's Middle Earth period — there are lines about "ring wraiths" and "magic runes" — but for a song released in 1971, it's hard to miss the Cold War metaphor: "The tyrant's face is red."

26. "Capitalism," by Oingo Boingo.
"There's nothing wrong with Capitalism / There's nothing wrong with free enterprise. . . . You're just a middle class, socialist brat / From a suburban family and you never really had to work."

27. "Obvious Song," by Joe Jackson.
For property rights and economic development, and against liberal hypocrisy: "There was a man in the jungle / Trying to make ends meet / Found himself one day with an axe in his hand / When a voice said 'Buddy can you spare that tree / We gotta save the world — starting with your land' / It was a rock 'n' roll millionaire from the USA / Doing three to the gallon in a big white car / And he sang and he sang 'til he polluted the air / And he blew a lot of smoke from a Cuban cigar."

28. "Janie's Got a Gun," by Aerosmith.
How the right to bear arms can protect women from sexual predators: "What did her daddy do? / It's Janie's last I.O.U. / She had to take him down easy / And put a bullet in his brain / She said 'cause nobody believes me / The man was such a sleaze / He ain't never gonna be the same."

29. "Rime of the Ancient Mariner," by Iron Maiden.
A heavy—metal classic inspired by a literary classic. How many other rock songs quote directly from Samuel Taylor Coleridge?

30. "You Can't Be Too Strong," by Graham Parker.
Although it's not explicitly pro—life, this tune describes the horror of abortion with bracing honesty: "Did they tear it out with talons of steel, and give you a shot so that you wouldn't feel?"

31. "Small Town," by John Mellencamp.
A Burkean rocker: "No, I cannot forget where it is that I come from / I cannot forget the people who love me."

32. "Keep Your Hands to Yourself," by The Georgia Satellites.
An outstanding vocal performance, with lyrics that affirm old—time sexual mores: "She said no huggy, no kissy until I get a wedding vow."

33. "You Can't Always Get What You Want," by The Rolling Stones.
You can "[go] down to the demonstration" and vent your frustration, but you must understand that there's no such thing as a perfect society — there are merely decent and free ones.

34. "Godzilla," by Blue Oyster Cult.
A 1977 classic about a big green monster — and more: "History shows again and again / How nature points up the folly of men."

35. "Who'll Stop the Rain," by Creedence Clearwater Revival.
Written as an anti—Vietnam War song, this tune nevertheless is pessimistic about activism and takes a dim view of both Communism and liberalism: "Five—year plans and new deals, wrapped in golden chains . . ."

36. "Government Cheese," by The Rainmakers.
A protest song against the welfare state by a Kansas City band that deserved more success than it got. The first line: "Give a man a free house and he'll bust out the windows."

37. "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down," by The Band.
Despite its sins, the American South always has been about more than racism — this song captures its pride and tradition.

38. "I Can't Drive 55," by Sammy Hagar.
A rocker's objection to the nanny state. (See also Hagar's pro—America song "VOA.")

39. "Property Line," by The Marshall Tucker Band.
The secret to happiness, according to these southern—rock heavyweights, is life, liberty, and property: "Well my idea of a good time / Is walkin' my property line / And knowin' the mud on my boots is mine."

40. "Wake Up Little Susie," by The Everly Brothers.
A smash hit in 1957, back when high—school social pressures were rather different from what they have become: "We fell asleep, our goose is cooked, our reputation is shot."

41. "The Icicle Melts," by The Cranberries.
A pro—life tune sung by Irish warbler Dolores O'Riordan: "I don't know what's happening to people today / When a child, he was taken away . . . 'Cause nine months is too long."

42. "Everybody's a Victim," by The Proclaimers.
Best known for their smash hit "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)," this Scottish band also recorded a catchy song about the problem of suspending moral judgment: "It doesn't matter what I do / You have to say it's all right . . . Everybody's a victim / We're becoming like the USA."

43. "Wonderful," by Everclear.
A child's take on divorce: "I don't wanna hear you say / That I will understand someday / No, no, no, no / I don't wanna hear you say / You both have grown in a different way / No, no, no, no / I don't wanna meet your friends / And I don't wanna start over again / I just want my life to be the same / Just like it used to be."

44. "Two Sisters," by The Kinks.
Why the "drudgery of being wed" is more rewarding than bohemian life.

45. "Taxman, Mr. Thief," by Cheap Trick.
An anti—tax protest song: "You work hard, you went hungry / Now the taxman is out to get you. . . . He hates you, he loves money."

46. "Wind of Change," by The Scorpions.
A German hard—rock group's optimistic power ballad about the end of the Cold War and national reunification: "The world is closing in / Did you ever think / That we could be so close, like brothers / The future's in the air / I can feel it everywhere / Blowing with the wind of change."

47. "One," by Creed.
Against racial preferences: "Society blind by color / Why hold down one to raise another / Discrimination now on both sides / Seeds of hate blossom further."

48. "Why Don't You Get a Job," by The Offspring.
The lyrics aren't exactly Shakespearean, but they're refreshingly blunt and they capture a motive force behind welfare reform.

49. "Abortion," by Kid Rock.
A plaintive song sung by a man who confronts his unborn child's abortion: "I know your brothers and your sister and your mother too / Man I wish you could see them too."

50. "Stand By Your Man," by Tammy Wynette.
Hillary trashed it — isn't that enough? If you're worried that Wynette's original is too country, then check out the cover version by Motörhead.






First things, first...

If you're not playing the online game THE LOST EXPERIENCE, you're obviously too busy with "a life" and not geeky enough to waste hours at a time trying to crack codes and solve puzzles. If you are playing and need hints, (or just curious as to what the fuck is going on) check out this site or that one.

Next up is the best news I've read all day long! LOST ISN'T GOING TO AIR ANY FUCKING REPEATS NEXT SEASON!!! Instead, the creators decided to break the season into two sections. Seven episodes will air in October-November and then take a break until late January. Then they'll air the final 16 episodes consecutively! Sweet Jesus, my prayers have been answered!!!

IGN is reporting that Ubisoft is going to make a LOST video game for all the major home consoles. Before you go rolling your eyes, you should know that Ubisoft is one (if not THE) better video game companies out there and I can imagine a couple of different ways they could use the hatches and mysteries of the Island and create one hell of a game! Hell, I'm tracking down random clues off of websites and having fun, so who knows...maybe I'm just weird...

But wait, could there possibly be even GEEKIER news?! Yes. It seems that McFarlane Toys has gotten ahold of the LOST license and will make action figures!!! The toys will be released this fall, according to the trade, with the first selection of six figures to include: Jack (Matthew Fox), Kate (Evangeline Lilly), Hurley (Jorge Garcia), Locke (Terry O'Quinn), Charlie (Dominic Monaghan) and Shannon (Maggie Grace). Along with the individual figures (which will ship with a scaled prop), McFarlane will also produce boxed sets including the figure with dioramas of locations seen throughout the series. According to the trade, future lines will include Sawyer and Mr. Eko.




That's the OFFICIAL PHOTO from The White House website. Quick, somebody get a "GET ER DONE" sign and we can have "Mission Accomplished" all over again!!!

Oh, and with all the real issues facing our divided country at the moment, which do you think is on the forefront of our Congress' mind? Immigration? Tax Cuts? The War In Iraq? NSA Spying?


GAY MARRAIGE, no, I'm not joking.

Once again, Jim Cafferty nails it on the fucking head.



I mocked up some X-MEN III sketches in hopes of pressuring the Preview section of the Kansas City Star into letting me do the cover again...but they're going to use a photo cover instead. Oh well, I had fun working on these.



Since Sony didn't let me win the contest twice in a row (shucks) I've been following this year's video game convention from whatever they leak to the internet. Here's what caught my eye the most...





There's tons more...but I'll quit geeking out while I still can...



Jack Cafferty, God Bless You.


I was trying to think of a nice headline that would sum up my feelings of the NSA (that wacky agency that was supposedly just tracking calls to or from al Qaeda) has ACTUALLY collected a list of TENS OF MILLIONS OF AMERICANS phone records...that's all I could come up with. It was seriously the first thing that came out of my mouth.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Congressional Democrats demanded answers from the Bush administration Thursday about a report that the government secretly collected records of ordinary Americans' phone calls to build a database of every call made within the country.

"It is our government, it's not one party's government. It's America's government. Those entrusted with great power have a duty to answer to Americans what they are doing," said Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee.

AT&T, Verizon and BellSouth telephone companies began turning over records of tens of millions of their customers' phone calls to the National Security Agency program shortly after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, USA Today reported, citing anonymous sources it said had direct knowledge of the arrangement.

The telephone companies on Thursday declined to comment on national security matters, and would say only that they are assisting government agencies in accordance with the law.

"We have been in full compliance with the law and we are committed to our customers' privacy," said Bob Varettoni, a spokesman for Verizon.

The White House defended its overall eavesdropping program and said no domestic surveillance is conducted without court approval.

"The intelligence activities undertaken by the United States government are lawful, necessary and required to protect Americans from terrorist attacks," said Dana Perino, the deputy White House press secretary, who added that appropriate members of Congress have been briefed on intelligence activities.

On Capitol Hill, Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pennsylvania, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said he would call the phone companies to appear before the panel "to find out exactly what is going on."

Before the latest report, Specter said the committee "has been unable to perform our constitutional oversight responsibilities to determine the constitutionality of the program."

Leahy sounded incredulous about the latest report and railed against what he called a lack of congressional oversight. He argued that the media was doing the job of Congress.

"Are you telling me that tens of millions of Americans are involved with al Qaeda?" Leahy asked. "These are tens of millions of Americans who are not suspected of anything ... Where does it stop?"

The Democrat, who at one point held up a copy of the newspaper, added: "Somebody ought to tell the truth and answer questions. They haven't. The press has done our work for us and we should be ashamed. Shame on us for being so far behind and being so willing to rubber stamp anything this administration does. We ought to fold our tents."

Folks, I know I bash this administration left and right (with plenty of good reason) but c'mon...what else can they do? What will it take before we get the impeachment hearings underway? THEY'RE GOING THROUGH TENS OF MILLIONS OF AMERICANS PHONE RECORDS!!! Even Nixon would've thought, "Whoa, that crosses the line."

Do they have to come into your house and knock up your sister? What if they told you it "was helping fight the War On Terror?" Would you just give them a high-five and tell your sister that if she hates America so much that she can go move to France?!

Don't think I'm just being a jackass here. They can do anything, ANYTHING they damn well please and back it up with 9-11 or Evildoers or Spreading Freedom and people just look the other way. It makes me sick.

But before all of you conservatives (if you actually even read this) tell me to "calm down and quit getting all hot and bothered over these lil' things," lemme ask you this...

What happens if nothing is done about all these spying programs and agencies keeping lists of ordinary Americans? What if we decide the President has the power to collect things like that? George W Bush can't be President forever. What if someone YOU hated had that power? Hillary collecting lists and watching over you in secret. Lying and misleading the public when it's uncovered? Bet you wouldn't be so "boo fucking hoo" then, would you?!

But that's the point. It has NOTHING to do with who the President is. WRONG IS WRONG. Spying on ordinary citizens is against our Constitution. You can't just rewrite that important piece of our Nation's history because we're in "war time." No other President has ever done so many illegal actions and just gotten away with it. Where's our Checks and Balances?! Where's the Opposition Party?

We've reached the breaking point. None of this is going to end well...




NEW MUSIC 5.9.06

Being sick last Tuesday, this one will cover PLENTY of ground...so bare with me...

No, the entire thing isn't out yet, but BEST BUY has the single, NOT READY TO MAKE NICE and EVERYBODY KNOWS for $1.99. Both songs are amazing and me thinks this might be one of my favorite albums of the year...


Seriously, I think I've talked about this one enough. If you haven't listened to it yet, what the hell are you waiting for?! But go buy the record too! C'mon you cheapskate...support local record stores!!! (especially since places like BEST BUY ain't carrying it?!)

TOOL * 10,000 DAYS

Man, I was truly disapointed in this album. You know why Vicarious was the single? Cause it was THE ONLY FUCKING SONG ON THE GOD DAMN ALBUM!!! Okay, that's not entirely true...there's about four or five, but that's about it. Here's what I don't need: Three minutes of silence or crazy noises before you eventually get to the actual song part...on HALF the record?! There's not enough acid in the world to make me enjoy this album...which really sucks because I like TOOL, but they're just not even trying any longer. (the break up is right around the corner...mark my words!)

The only cool thing about the album (and the only reason I'd tell you to buy it...used) is the actual album packaging. Not enough bands use their creative sides when it comes to releasing the actual package. I'm so tired of the plastic cases and lyrics or photos inside. Luckily, TOOL outdid themselves with this one. It comes with these 3D lenses and all of these fucked up photos and drawings that really pop off the pages. It's worth checking out if your record shop has an open copy lying around. (And trust me, they WILL.)


Say what you will, but this album is top notch. I'll be one of the first to admit that their previous records were heading in a "lost their focus" direction, but here...they're right back on track. The energy, the fierce, raw emotion that they bring to the table...it's unmatched since VS. Go read the reviews on amazon.com, they're all glowing, positive reviews from people who had walked away for one reason or another and came back to find a band at the top of it's game. I was so skeptical about this record and man, they just out-did themselves. (except on that cover...who thought up THAT shit?!)



It was fun...but getting there after working until 4 in the afternoon takes the "awesome" factor out of it. I managed to pick up a few books though, (except for Scott Pilgrim...they "sold" out?!) so all was well.

Jacob, (7) and Harper (5). I believe they were Seth Peck's kids. After asking me, "Do you work here?" Harper immediately asked if I could draw her something. "Sure," I said, "anything in particular?!"

"Um...how about a rabbit. Oh, oh! AND a guinea pig!"

Wow. A rabbit I could handle...but a guinea pig?! For the life of me, I couldn't remember what the hell one of those looked like. In the end, I was waaaaaaay off, but she told me, "I like the way you draw," so all was forgiven...

Notice TWO suns...I had already drawn the one in the right hand corner when she told me that it was supposed to go BEHIND the rainbow! Stupid me... (seriously though, I adored her. She was really sweet and played well with Lex when Molly came and dropped him off on her way to work.)



LEX AND DADA!!! (also, the reason every single one of these pictures is blurry! I'm telling you, we're only a month into it and I'm soooooooo done with the age of 2...)



If I was a decent comic book professional, I might have mentioned this sooner...but since I'm a lousy hack, you're getting barely 12 hours notice...


"What the fuck is that?" you might be asking yourself. Well, it's the one day of the year where you can walk into a comic book store (if you can even find one...good luck) and walk out with free comics! And not just shit comics either, there are some amazing things to check out:

Archie Comics 65th Anniversary Bash
Bongo Comics Free- For -All!
Star Wars/Conan Flip-Book
Justice League Unlimited # 1
GI Joe Sigma 6 #1
Disney Comics Presents: Donald Duck
The Transformers/Beast Wars Special
Future Shock
Tokyopop Sneak

The Preposterous Voyages of Ironhide Tom!
Arcana Studio Presents # 3
Worlds of Aspen # 1
Jack the Latern 1942
Soulsearchers & Company/ Deadbeats Flip Book
Comic Genesis: Generations 2006
Mr. Jean
Funny Book # 2
Impact University Volume 2
Liberty Girl # 0
Keenspot Spotlight 2006
Bluff & Tales from a Forgotten Planet
Free Scott Pilgrim
Owly: Breakin’ the Ice
Amelia Rules!
Buzzboy: Sidekicks Rule # 1
Viper Comics Presents: Dead @ 17 & More
Wizard Presents: The Top 100 Trade Paperbacks of All Time

I would say that FREE SCOTT PILGRIM would be the place to start, but what the hell, just grab them all. (Especially if you're a lovely lady...you could get away with murder inside a comic shop!)

Anyway, if you're in the KC area, I'll be at Elite Comics a lil' after 4pm. However, I love how they fucked it up on the website. Maybe I SHOULD call it Foxxy Moron, eh?!

Elite Comics
11842 Quivira Road
Overland Park, KS 66210
Phone# 913-345-9910

Tony Moore- artist, Exterminators, Walking Dead, Fear Agent.
Rudy Garcia- Diamond select sculptor
Julia Cruz - artist, Evolution Cop.
B. Clay Moore- writer Hawiian Dick, Battle Hymn, Leading Man
Seth Peck -writer '76, The Boxer
Ed Lavalee- writer Revere
Grant Smith- artist Revere
Steve Daniels- artist/writer Frostbite The Snowman
John Schuler- artist Super Bill and Buster, What Animals Think, Blood and Dust
Travis Fox- artist/writer Foxxy Moron
501st Star Wars costumed characters
All guest will be signing and sketching there will also be a raffle for a page of original art from THE WALKING DEAD!


After the show ended, they stayed and gave the audience a special 45 minute mini-concert! Check it out here!

Webcast Set List: World Wide Suicide, Comatose, Severed Hand, Marker In The Sand, Gone, Unemployable, Present Tense, Do The Evolution, Why Go, Porch/I Wanna Hold Your Hand improv

...I LOVE how they did a lil' "I Wanna Hold Your Hand" at the end...


CNN's Paula Zahn had Ray McGovern, the former CIA analyst who questioned Rumsfeld yesterday, on her show and asked him amazing questions like...

"How much of an ax do you have to grind with Secretary Rumsfeld?"

...and my favorite...

"Donald Rumsfeld encouraged whoever I think had their hands on you at the time to let you stay there. Does he get any credit for that today?"


Kansas votes to quit letting 14 year olds get married. 15 year olds though, that's cool...

TOPEKA, Kansas (AP) -- Kansas may have seen the last of its child brides. After a pregnant 14-year-old from Nebraska drove to Kansas last year to marry her 22-year-old boyfriend, now serving time for having sex with the minor, Kansas lawmakers decided it was time the set a minimum marriage age.

On Thursday, the Kansas House vote 119-0 to approve a bill that would prohibit anyone under the age of 15 from marrying in Kansas and would set strict limits for would-be brides or grooms under the age of 18. The Senate approved it a day earlier, 36-4.

Under the legislation, requested by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, a 15-year-old could marry only if a district court judge decided it was in that person's best interest.

Those who are 16 or 17 could marry if they met one of three conditions: permission from a parent or legal guardian and judicial consent; permission from both parents and any legal guardian; or permission from judge if the parents are dead and there is no legal guardian.

Currently, Kansas has no minimum age for marriage if the minor has parental or judicial approval.



He had already gotten interrupted TWICE while he was giving his speech down in Atlanta today, then he goes to answer questions from the audience and this liberal tree-huggin' hippy wacko Ray McGovern (who spent 27 years in the CIA by the way) starts accusing him of lying about WMD's...

Here's the video from CNN

...and here's the begining of what they say to one another...

Rumsfeld: ...it appears that there were not weapons of mass destruction there.

McGovern: You said you knew where they were.

Rumsfeld: I did not. I said I knew where suspect sites were and...

McGovern: You said you knew where they were. Tikrit, Baghdad, northeast, south, west of there. Those are your words.

Rumsfeld: My words-my words were that-no-no, wait a minute--wait a minute. Let him stay one second. Just a second....

Here's exactly what Rumsfeld said on THIS WEEK a few years back:

MR. STEPHANOPOULOS: Finally, weapons of mass destruction. Key goal of the military campaign is finding those weapons of mass destruction. None have been found yet. There was a raid on the Answar Al-Islam Camp up in the north last night. A lot of people expected to find ricin there. None was found. How big of a problem is that? And is it curious to you that given how much control U.S. and coalition forces now have in the country, they haven't found any weapons of mass destruction?

SEC. RUMSFELD: Not at all. If you think -- let me take that, both pieces -- the area in the south and the west and the north that coalition forces control is substantial. It happens not to be the area where weapons of mass destruction were dispersed. We know where they are. They're in the area around Tikrit and Baghdad and east, west, south and north somewhat.

*hat tip to crooksandliars*


George W Bush had Jon Secada sing AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL and the NATIONAL ANTHEM in Spanish at his First Inaugual...and along the campaign trail of 2000?!

But...didn't Bush just tell us that he thinks "The National Anthem ought to be sung in English?"

Boy, I'm sure confused...









Yes, it's been three years since we won Iraq War II. Hope all of you celebrate by going outside and have yourselves a picnic! Here are some fun facts from THINK PROGRESS...

MAY 1, 2003
U.S. Troops Wounded 542
U.S. Troops Killed 139
Size of U.S. Forces 150,000
Size of Iraqi Security Forces 7,000-9000
Number of Insurgents 5,000
Insurgent Attacks Per Day 8
Cost to U.S. Taxpayers $79 billion
Approval of Bush’s Handling of Iraq 75%
Percentage of Americans who Believe The Iraq War Was “Worth Fighting” 70%
Bush’s Overall Job Approval 71%

U.S. Troops Wounded 17,469
U.S. Troops Killed 2,400
Size of U.S. Forces 132,000
Size of Iraqi Security Forces 250,500
Number of Insurgents 15,000-20,000
Insurgent Attacks Per Day 75
Cost to U.S. Taxpayers $320 billion
Approval of Bush’s Handling of Iraq 37%
Percentage of Americans who Believe The Iraq War Was “Worth Fighting” 41%
Bush’s Overall Job Approval 38%


With the President 10 FEET AWAY, he said the following...

"I mean, it's like the movie "Rocky." The president is Rocky and Apollo Creed is everything else in the world. It's the tenth round. He's bloodied, his corner man, Mick, who in this case would be the vice president, and he's yelling cut me, Dick, cut me, and every time he falls [Dick says?] stay down! Does he stay down? No. Like Rocky he gets back up and in the end he -- actually, he loses in the first movie.

OK. It doesn't matter. The point is the heart warming story of a man who was repeatedly bunched in the face -- punched in the face. So don't pay attention to the approval ratings that say 68% of Americans disapprove of the job this man is doing. I ask you this, does that not also logically mean that 68% approve of the job he's not doing? Think about it.

I haven't. I stand by this man. I stand by this man because he stands for things. Not only for things, he has stood on things. Things like aircraft carriers and rubble and recently flooded city squares. And that sends a strong message, that no matter what happens to America, she will always rebound with the most powerfully staged photo ops in the world."

And here's his apperance on 60 MINUTES.