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Articles Posted by A Balrog of Morgoth

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  • NYT Celebrates the Absolute Moral Political Authority of Our Troops in Iraq

    04/08/2009 8:31:32 AM PDT · by A Balrog of Morgoth · 9 replies · 424+ views
    Ace of Spades HQ ^ | 8 APR 2009 | The Head-Ewok-in-Charge at AoSHQ
    In Unexpected Visit, Obama Wins Cheers of Troops There are quite a few reasons to knock this as bias. The New York Times never seemed to think it was worthy of prominent announcement that The Demon Bush was warmly received by troops being the most obvious. Another obvious bit of bias is the claim that Obama "won" the cheers of troops. Did he? In what manner? By what action? It seems more likely that Obama didn't "win" anything from the troops, rather that the troops had, as patriotic Americans and sworn defenders of the Constitution, given the commander in chief...
  • Anybody else in the NYC having problems with Roadrunner Broadband?

    02/14/2008 1:52:00 AM PST · by A Balrog of Morgoth · 1 replies · 131+ views
    Today | Me
    The last couple of days I've been seeing nearly constant interruptions of service, and quite a few slowdowns. I haven't changed anything here on my end. Of course, if it keeps up, I'll call customer service. I'm just wondering if I'm the only one seeing this.
  • Pickers Are Few, and Growers Blame Congress

    09/21/2006 10:48:19 PM PDT · by A Balrog of Morgoth · 77 replies · 1,620+ views
    New York Terrorist Tipsheet ^ | 22 SEP 06 | Julia Preston
    LAKEPORT, Calif. — The pear growers here in Lake County waited decades for a crop of shapely fruit like the one that adorned their orchards last month. Pears rotted on the ground of Nick Ivicevich’s orchard. He lost about 1.8 million pounds of them. Lake County lacked fruit pickers for this year’s harvest. “I felt like I went to heaven,” said Nick Ivicevich, recalling the perfection of his most abundant crop in 45 years of tending trees. Now harvest time has passed and tons of pears have ripened to mush on their branches, while the ground of Mr. Ivicevich’s orchard...
  • The Fertility Gap

    08/22/2006 12:58:44 AM PDT · by A Balrog of Morgoth · 64 replies · 1,175+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 22 AUG 06 | Arthur C. Brookes
    The midterm election looms, and once again efforts begin afresh to increase voter participation. It has become standard wisdom in American politics that voter turnout is synonymous with good citizenship...--snip--Simply put, liberals have a big baby problem: They're not having enough of them, they haven't for a long time, and their pool of potential new voters is suffering as a result.
  • Air University Graduation Address (Some thoughts on the recent "generals' revolt")

    07/07/2006 8:25:33 AM PDT · by A Balrog of Morgoth · 16 replies · 998+ views
    An email bouncing around the MMR community | 25 May 2006 | Gen Charles G. Boyd, USAF (Ret.)
    Air University Graduation May 25, 2006 Remarks by General Charles G. Boyd, USAF (Ret.) It was some 29 years ago that I sat where you are now sitting, and waited as patiently as possible for the graduation speaker to finish so that I could get on with my move from Prattville, and my post Air War College life. My expectations were low, and my hope—singular—and fervent—was that the speaker would keep it --- mercifully short. I have no reason to believe your hopes and aspirations are different than mine on that long ago day. But, since your commandant has not...
  • Build Them Like Merchantmen (USN wants to build amphibious ships to merchant ship standards)

    04/12/2006 9:01:09 PM PDT · by A Balrog of Morgoth · 7 replies · 532+ views
    Stratfor ^ | 10 Apr 06 | unattributed
    April 10, 2006: The U.S. Navy wants to save money by building its amphibious ships to merchant ship standards. This is something Europeans are already doing with some of their smaller warships. The thinking is that these ships, when hit by an anti-ship missile, are not going to be any better protected by the more expensive (double welds on seams, etc) techniques usually used for warships. The navy already has pre-positioning ships, built to merchant ship standards, that would enter war zones along with amphibious ships. This "convergence" building strategy would allow for greater economy in procuring materials and parts,...
  • Murtha Renews Call for Troop Withdrawal (Colonel Blimp back for another beating)

    02/02/2006 1:00:18 PM PST · by A Balrog of Morgoth · 19 replies · 635+ views
    CNS News ^ | 2 FEB 06 | Nathan Burchfiel
    In a letter to President Bush Wednesday, Pennsylvania Democratic Congressman John Murtha renewed his call for a withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq and warned that the United States was "in danger of breaking our military."
  • UO grad's behavior re-routes airplane (Bush Derangement Syndrome strikes again)

    01/13/2006 12:32:23 AM PST · by A Balrog of Morgoth · 17 replies · 906+ views
    The Register-Guard (Oregon) ^ | 12 Jan 06 | Rebecca Nolan
    She then began yelling that "she had a baby named Jesus, she was impregnated by her uncle and President Bush was behind it all," charging papers said. She then attempted to take off her shirt and started to throw items at other passengers, the documents said. The pilot diverted the plane to Salt Lake City International Airport. During the landing, she allegedly ran toward the cockpit and was stopped by flight attendants, with whom she got into another scuffle. She eventually was subdued by other passengers, the documents said. As she was departing the plane, she allegedly tried to flee...
  • Venezuala proposes 'Bank of the South' (Crazy Eddy Chavez at it again)

    01/13/2006 12:08:14 AM PST · by A Balrog of Morgoth · 22 replies · 439+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 13 JAN 06 | Kelly Hearn
    BUENOS AIRES -- Oil-rich Venezuela, having recently helped Argentina to pay off its debt to the International Monetary Fund, is floating the idea of a new "Bank of the South" that would offer no-strings loans in competition to the U.S.-backed IMF. The scheme would be the latest in a series of moves in which Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has used his country's oil revenues to expand his influence and leftist philosophy through South America. Argentina last week repaid $9.6 billion to the IMF -- a 184-nation institution with its headquarters in Washington -- clearing away the staggering debt it incurred...
  • Debating The Tissues: What Makes A Good Cry (Techicolor Barf Alert)

    01/13/2006 12:01:30 AM PST · by A Balrog of Morgoth · 7 replies · 356+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 13 Jan 06 | Libby "Idiotrix" Copeland
    Anyway, Martha-Ann Alito sniffles and steps out of the hearing room after her husband, Samuel Alito, has been interrogated by Democrats, and the next thing you know, the "Today" show is asking: "DEMOCRATS GONE TOO FAR?" So here's the new Republican script: The Democrats are bullies
  • Liberal Groups Turn Up the Heat (Liberal Idiots to stage re-enactment of Pickett's Charge)

    01/12/2006 11:55:38 PM PST · by A Balrog of Morgoth · 9 replies · 417+ views
    LA Times ^ | 12 JAN 06 | Ronald Brownstein
    WASHINGTON — Liberal groups pledged Thursday to expand their uphill campaign against Supreme Court nominee Samuel A. Alito Jr., saying this week's hearings provided fuel for a sustained lobbying effort against his confirmation. Although opposition to John G. Roberts Jr., President Bush's choice as chief justice, had largely fizzled by the end of his testimony in September, the reverse appears to have happened with Alito, who completed his testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday. "There is going to be a significant effort to defeat this nomination inside Washington — but more importantly, outside Washington," said Ralph G. Neas,...
  • More memos: Brits backed Sunni-led Iraq

    06/23/2005 2:57:26 AM PDT · by A Balrog of Morgoth · 6 replies · 535+ views
    Newsday ^ | 23 JUN 05 | Knut Royce
    WASHINGTON -- The British government, in sharp disagreement with the United States' ultimate position, believed that post-invasion Iraq should be run by a Sunni-led government and not one controlled by the majority Shias. One of the so-called Downing Street documents, secret internal British memos stirring controversy on both sides of the Atlantic, drafted March 8, 2002, recommended two possibilities for a post-Saddam Hussein government -- one run by a benevolent "Sunni military strongman," and the second, which it clearly preferred, for a "representative, broadly democratic government ... Sunni-led but within a federal structure." The election process dictated by the United...
  • The Simpson Sisters' Hollywood Takeover? (LOL, Feelgood story of the day)

    06/23/2005 2:06:06 AM PDT · by A Balrog of Morgoth · 42 replies · 1,468+ views
    Yahoooooooo!!! ^ | 23 JUN 05 | Some yahoo drone
    The scorching-hot SIMPSON sisters are ready to rule the silver screen this summer -- as both JESSICA and ASHLEE are making their movie debuts in lead roles in the very same month -- August. Jessica, as most of the universe knows, will be running around in skimpy cutoffs in the 'Dukes of Hazzard,' out August 5, while Ashlee is a bit more covered up in 'Undiscovered,' out August 26. "It's cool because Jessica and I are doing our first big roles at the exact same time," Ashlee explained. "We call each other and make sure everything is going cool on...
  • Fallen activist's father raises funds to rebuild Palestinian homes (St. Rachel of Pancakes)

    06/20/2005 3:08:21 PM PDT · by A Balrog of Morgoth · 17 replies · 1,010+ views
    Seattle Post and Intellegencer ^ | 20 Jun 05 | KERY MURAKAMI
    On Father's Day, Craig Corrie sought justice for his daughter. Not the American brand of eye-for-an-eye justice, he said, but one inspired by the South African anti-apartheid leader Rev. Desmond Tutu. Last night at the Friends Service Committee meeting hall in Seattle's University District, Corrie stood before about 50 people who'd come to hear more about the cause his daughter Rachel Corrie died for in March 2003. Rachel Corrie, 23, had been acting as a human shield to prevent the Israeli army from knocking down the home of a Palestinian family in the Gaza Strip when she was run over...
  • Wedding Etiquette for the Runaway Bride

    05/09/2005 3:27:18 AM PDT · by A Balrog of Morgoth · 3 replies · 584+ views
    Time Magazine ^ | Today (16 May 05 Issue) | Patricia Marx
    1. Who pays for what? There are no hard-and-fast rules today about who is responsible for footing the bill, but usually the family of the felon pays for the getaway limo before the wedding, the cancellation announcements, the defense lawyer, the court rehearsal dinner and the bail bond. The groom pays for his boutonniere as well as the bride's electronic monitoring bracelet. snip---
  • Note to runaway bride: It's not too late!

    05/09/2005 3:16:57 AM PDT · by A Balrog of Morgoth · 8 replies · 539+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 9 MAY 05 | Laura Berman
    The runaway bride's story has captured the nation's attention. While extreme, it seems that she strikes a chord in all of us -- how do we distinguish between natural pre-wedding jitters and a nuptial change of heart? Whether the runaway bride's cold feet were in response to the looming pressure of a 600-person wedding extravaganza, or a deeper concern about the marriage itself, remains to be seen. Her forgiving fiance has given back the ring, but it's going to take more than a diamond to make this couple last forever. snip----
  • Prosecutor: Rape claim won't be factor in possible charges against Wilbanks

    05/07/2005 3:40:36 AM PDT · by A Balrog of Morgoth · 47 replies · 962+ views
    Macon Telegraph via AP ^ | 7 May 05 | Daniel Yee
    GAINESVILLE - Runaway bride Jennifer Wilbanks' phony report to police that she was sexually assaulted won't be an additional factor for a Georgia prosecutor considering criminal charges. If she lied, she lied, he says. Responding to reports from police in Albuquerque, N.M., that Wilbanks said she was sexually assaulted in addition to being kidnapped - allegations she later recanted - Gwinnett County District Attorney Danny Porter said Friday that he is examining evidence for one charge, providing false statements to a government agency. Porter is gathering tapes and reports from five law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, as he decides...
  • Chaste-y Retreat (New stuff on the Duluth Disaster)

    05/06/2005 3:30:12 AM PDT · by A Balrog of Morgoth · 318 replies · 4,690+ views
    NY Post ^ | May 6, 2005 | Heidi Singer & Jeane MacIntosh
    May 6, 2005 -- Bolting bride Jennifer Wilbanks was chaste away — by her fiancé's insistence on abstinence, friends of the sex-deprived couple claim. "She told people the fact that she and [husband-to-be John Mason] were not having sex was upsetting," a friend of Wilbanks' told People magazine, which hits newsstands today. Mason was once a "wild" guy who "dated a lot," his running pal Ted King said. But he became a born-again virgin — eschewing premarital sex — five years ago after pledging himself to his Baptist faith, friends said. snip------
  • Runaway Bride at Match.com (ROTFLMAO)

    05/04/2005 11:33:11 PM PDT · by A Balrog of Morgoth · 41 replies · 1,209+ views
    match.com ^ | Sometime since Saturday | Some wag
    Somebody put the runaway bride up at match.com. I kind of wish I'd thought of it first. It's a hoot. Probably getting alot of laughs down in the Duluth area online looking for dating prospects.
  • Hannity live thread

    05/03/2005 12:04:49 PM PDT · by A Balrog of Morgoth · 182 replies · 3,700+ views
    WABC 770AM ^ | not | Some dolt
    So it begins.
  • Analysis: Progressive talk radio grows (LMFAO)

    02/04/2005 9:59:50 AM PST · by A Balrog of Morgoth · 21 replies · 954+ views
    UPI via Washington Times ^ | 3 FEB 04 | Pat Nason (UPI Hollywood Reporter)
    Los Angeles, CA, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- Talk radio, for years regarded as something of a home field for conservative politics in America, is making more room for liberal politics with a rapid expansion of the progressive-talk format.
  • GOP Express Doubt on Bush Soc. Sec. Plan (Projectile Vomit Alert)

    02/04/2005 1:46:43 AM PST · by A Balrog of Morgoth · 21 replies · 1,518+ views
    AP ^ | 4 FEB 05 | Laura Meckler
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Congressional Republicans are expressing doubt that President Bush's plan for personal accounts in Social Security can win approval, saying lawmakers fear the political consequences of voting major change to the popular retirement program. Some suggested that Bush jettison the central feature of his plan, which is to let younger workers divert part of their Social Security payroll taxes to private retirement accounts. "Politically speaking, right now it's probably not doable," Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., said Thursday, citing lack of Democratic support.
  • Inked Index Fingers (Vanity)

    01/30/2005 4:51:10 AM PST · by A Balrog of Morgoth · 15 replies · 594+ views
    My fevered brain | Today | Sauron
    The inked index fingers on these Iraqi voters is a powerful symbol.
  • Springfield Company Announces New Manufacturing Facility; New Jobs

    11/09/2004 2:31:06 PM PST · by A Balrog of Morgoth · 10 replies · 421+ views
    WHIO TV ^ | Oct 25th | notlisted
    SPRINGFIELD, Ohio -- Dozens of new manufacturing jobs are coming to one Miami Valley community. On Monday morning, officials from TPI Composites, the Clark County Chamber of Commerce and Rep. Dave Hobson gathered in Springfield to announce plans for a new manufacturing facility in the Springfield area. The announcement means 75 new manufacturing jobs in Springfield and that is only the beginning. Company officials said 100 more jobs could be added in the coming years. TPI Composites makes high-tech products, including hybrid electric buses, state-of-the-art racing sailboats and automated airport trains that move people from terminal to terminal.
  • Machine tool demand soars

    11/09/2004 2:19:59 PM PST · by A Balrog of Morgoth · 60 replies · 1,528+ views
    CNN ^ | 7 NOV 04 | Some Reuters drone
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. machine tool demand in September rose significantly from a year earlier and also from August, two industry trade groups said in a report released Sunday. The American Machine Tool Distributors' Association (AMTDA) and the Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT) said U.S. machine tool demand stood at $389.20 million in September, up 74.6 percent from $222.86 million in September 2003.
  • Honda to Build Transmission Plant in Georgia

    11/09/2004 2:10:09 PM PST · by A Balrog of Morgoth · 55 replies · 3,356+ views
    PRNewswire ^ | Nov 9th, 2004 | not listed
    ATLANTA, Nov. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Honda today announced plans to build a $100 million plant in the city of Tallapoosa, Ga., 40 miles west of Atlanta, to produce automatic transmissions as part of a broader North American Powertrain Strategy. The plan also includes significant investments to add production of high precision gears at a Honda transmission plant in Ohio, and key engine components at a Honda engine facility in Alabama. In all, Honda will invest $270 million and create 600 jobs across three states.
  • New Dell manufacturing plant in N.C. to employ at least 1,500

    11/09/2004 2:02:31 PM PST · by A Balrog of Morgoth · 57 replies · 3,111+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | Nov 9th, 2004 | Gary D. Robertson (AP)
    Dell Inc. said Tuesday that it would build its third U.S. manufacturing plant in North Carolina, employing at least 1,500 people within five years. The new facility, scheduled to open in the fall of 2005 at a site to be determined, will produce desktop computers.
  • You might be a Democrat if.....

    11/03/2004 12:41:21 AM PST · by A Balrog of Morgoth · 16 replies · 151+ views
    3NOV04 | The Right Hon. Balrog of Morgoth(R-Moria)
    You might be a Democrat if..... ..You outsourced your GOTV effort to the jackoffs at MoveOn.org ..You lost buckets of money on tradesports.com today because you believed Wonkette's BS exit poll reporting ...You're out in your garage at 3 AM scraping the "Re-defeat Bush" sticker off your car ...You are passed out in your bathtub, empty bottle of MadDog 20/20 at your side ...You really think that the Chimp managed to steal 3% of the popular vote ...You can't understand how it's possible for a traitor and a sleazy trial lawyer to lose to the Chimp and Darth Vader.
  • Election 2004 Troll Hall of Fame

    11/02/2004 12:13:39 PM PST · by A Balrog of Morgoth · 25 replies · 491+ views
    The feverswamp of the left | 02NOV04 | Right Honorable Balrog of Moria
    Let us memorialise the countless trollhours spent today trying to troll this site. List the handle of the troll and the nature of their offense here. Jim is doing such a good job taking out the trash. Consider this thread to be a celebration of his efforts.
  • John Kerry is better choice for president (Yet another Bush was the bomb on 9/11 BUT...endorsement)

    10/17/2004 5:38:19 AM PDT · by A Balrog of Morgoth · 34 replies · 864+ views
    St Petersburg Times ^ | Today | The Fax Machine
    President Bush has so polarized this country, and so antagonized most of the rest of the world, that it's easy to forget the breadth of the domestic and international support he enjoyed just three years ago. In the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, the president showed solid leadership when a wounded nation needed it most. And when he quickly ordered our forces to retaliate in Afghanistan against al-Qaida and its Taliban protectors, his decision won virtually unanimous backing at home and abroad. Blah Blah Let's suck on Kerry's Vietnam jungle rot-infested toes Blah Blah Blah
  • Motion to withdraw Free Republic recognition of CBS as a legitimate news organization

    09/16/2004 8:26:59 AM PDT · by A Balrog of Morgoth · 52 replies · 915+ views
    A Kinko's in Abilene, Texas | 16Sep04 | A Balrog of Moria
    This is a sad day. Once a standardbearer of journalistic integrity, CBS News has at last completed its unfortunate transformation from news provider to partisan advocacy group. I propose a nonbinding resolution that any post of CBS material not verified by a legitimate news source should not be posted under breaking/news CBS certainly is "breaking", but that's not really "news" Does anyone wish to second the motion? Thank you for your support, A Right Hon. Balrog of Morgoth (R-Moria)