WE'LL START WITH 40 LBS OF ONION SOUP. HOLD THE CROUTONS
If this story doesn't come
under the heading "you can't make this stuff up", nothing does.
Here, courtesy of the
Associated Press, are the gory, gastronomic details:
Mar 10, 4:59 PM
OLGA R. RODRIGUEZ
CITY(AP) - When Manuel
Uribe went out on a date, he made all the necessary arrangements: a forklift to
carry him out of the house and a flatbed tow truck big enough to haul the
formerly half-ton man and his bed to a party.
But even the open
road wasn't big enough to handle Uribe's dream of celebrating a budding romance
and his success in losing about 440 pounds.
Uribe was halfway
to a picnic near his Monterrey-area home on Sunday when one of the posts holding
a sun-shielding tarp over his bed hit an overpass.
pressure dropped so much his doctors advised him not to go on and the
celebration - being documented by about two dozen photographers and reporters
from around the world - was canceled.
"We were going to
celebrate that I've been losing weight for two years and that it was my
girlfriend's birthday," Uribe said in a telephone interview. "The saddest part
was that I couldn't fulfill my dream of taking my girlfriend out to eat."
Uribe says that
after losing weight on a high-protein diet he started two years ago, he's down
to about 800 pounds.
Last year, Uribe
left his house for the first time in five years. Six people pushed his iron bed
on wheels out to the street as a mariachi band played and a crowd gathered to
see the man who once weighed 1,235 pounds).
At the time, the
42-year-old mechanic rode through the streets of his native San Nicolas de los
Garza to enjoy the sun and wave to neighbors.
Uribe weighed more
than 250 pounds as an adolescent, and he just kept growing.
Since the summer
of 2002, Uribe has been bedridden, relying on his mother and friends to feed and
clean him. He drew worldwide attention when he pleaded for help on national
television in January 2006.
Uribe says despite
the setback, he still hopes to go out with his girlfriend on June 11, when he
will turn 43.
"We'll just have
to plan it better," he said.
I'm not exactly sure
where to go with this. But one thing I do know; if I owned an
all-you-can-eat buffet restaurant in the Monterrey area and I saw a flatbed
truck with an iron bed on it coming toward me, I would either close
the restaurant immediately or get on my knees and pray for an overpass.
ELIOT SPITZER AND GEORGE FOX
As many of you already know, Eliot Spitzer used the name "George Fox" as his
alias when procuring, er, talent from the Emperor's club prostitution
Now we are told that the alias was not invented out of thin air. Mr. Integrity
has a friend and associate by that name and he used it instead of his
own. That way if anyone got caught it was George Fox, not Eliot
Now you might suspect Mr. Fox is none too pleased about this. But
are you sure? Read what he said and judge for yourself. The
quotes come to us from www.wnbc.com:.
Statement From The Real George
POSTED: 11:04 am EDT March 11,
UPDATED: 12:09 pm EDT March 11,
following is a statement from a spokesman for George Fox, whose name Spitzer is
said to have used as an alias:
Published reports indicate that
Governor Eliot Spitzer allegedly used the name "George Fox" as an alias in the
activity currently under investigation. Mr. Fox has known Governor Spitzer for
more than 20 years and has been a supporter during the Governor's various
that his name may have been used as an alias comes as a great surprise and
disappointment. Mr. Fox only became aware of Mr. Spitzer's alleged activity when
informed of it Monday morning by the media. There is absolutely no connection
between Mr. Fox and the Governor's alleged activity beyond the unauthorized use
of his name.
Mr. Fox considers Governor Spitzer a close friend and is
distressed by the news that has emerged. While he is disappointed that his
name was involved, he appreciates the apology the Governor has personally
communicated and he wishes the Governor and his family strength as they endure
this difficult period.
If this statement is true (remember, we are
not getting it first-hand, but from a "spokesman"), the real George Fox he is one
helluva forgiving man. If anyone ever used my name that way, I'd want his
gonads in a wine press.
But, unless we find out differently, I have to assume the quotes are correct.
And it's his name, not mine.
I do feel a bit disappointed, though. I had sort of assumed the name
was concocted from two of Mr. Spitzer's more hated bogeymen: George (Bush) and
Fox (News). I'm still not 100% convinced it
DEMOCRATS AND THE RACE & GENDER MESS
Isn't this the kind of stuff Democrats - and their media pals - say that
Read it and see. The article is from Agence France Presse. The
bold print is mine:
Obama fury over Clinton
backer Ferraro's race remark
WASHINGTON (AFP) - Barack Obama's
White House campaign lashed out in fury Tuesday after a prominent Hillary Clinton
supporter attributed his stunning march through US politics to his
Obama aide Susan Rice called for Clinton to fire
Ferraro, the only woman yet to run on a major party's presidential
ticket, after her comments Friday to a Los
"That's a really outrageous and offensive
comment," Rice said on MSNBC
television after Ferraro, who sits on Clinton's finance committee, had
said: "If Obama was a white man, he would not be in this
"It is the sort of comment that we have heard
repeatedly, I'm afraid, from some of the Clinton surrogates," said Rice,
Obama's leading adviser on foreign policy.
She said Ferraro's remarks were "far worse" than
those of another foreign policy aide, Samantha Power, who was forced to resign
from the Obama campaign last week for calling Clinton a "monster."
"I think if Senator Clinton
is serious about putting an end to statements that have racial implications,
that diminish Barack Obama because he's an African-American man, then she
ought to really repudiate this comment and make it clear that there's no place
in her campaign for people who will say this kind of thing," Rice
Ferraro was Walter
Mondale's running mate for the Democrats in the 1984 presidential
election. They lost in a landslide to the Republican ticket led by Ronald
In an interview Friday with the Daily
Breeze newspaper, she was quoted as saying that Obama's success revealed the
"very sexist" attitudes of the media.
"And if he was a woman -- of any color
-- he would not be in this position. He happens to be very lucky to be who he
is. And the country is caught up in the concept," Ferraro
The Clinton campaign had no immediate comment.
Late last year, the New York senator fired two junior aides for spreading
emails claiming falsely that Obama is secretly a Muslim.
Uh oh. Race and gender politics. Those damn Republi......er, wait,
never mind. Wrong party.
Ironically, though Ms. Ferraro is going to be skewered for what she said
there at least some truth to it. One look at the percentage of Black
voters rejecting Hillary Clinton and her 20 year history of loyalty to them
for Mr. Obama tells you as much. Exit polls suggest Mr. Obama is
getting something like 84% of the Black vote.
But the "I am woman, I am oppressed" routine is a bunch of
baloney. Women are second-naturedly elected to the house, senate and
governor's mansions these days. Whining about a glass political
ceiling, therefore, is ridiculous.
In any event, it doesn't take a Rhodes Scholar to figure out that this racial
and gender melee does Democrats no good. Not only do they look like the
kind of people they usually decry, but how can they now attack Republicans
Isn't that the pot calling the kettle black? (Or maybe a
A TASTE OF THE FUTURE: PART 35
Here is installment #35 of how we will live if radical Islam makes good
on its threat to end western civilization and put us under shari'a
law. It comes to us from www.ynetnews.com.
Man shoots sister then
congratulated by family
24-year-old man from Naura, an Israeli-Arab town in northern
who shot his 19-year old sister to preserve 'familys honor.' Family members
arrived to congratulate shooter
Familial endorsement for murder.
woman from the Israeli-Arab town of
northern Israel was hospitalized in critical condition
Haifa Tuesday after being shot twice in the
head by her own brother. The suspect shot his sister in order to preserve the
"familys honor," and was warmly congratulated by his family for his actions,
according to Afula police investigators.
I just shot my sister,
the youth told MDA medics, who immediately reported the incident to police. His
sister, who was shot in the head and repeatedly kicked in all parts of her body,
played dead while her brother boasted to the family that he had managed to kill
her in order to preserve the familys honor.
noted that the attempted murder was meticulously planned. The youth had informed
his family members that he was going to murder his sister early Tuesday morning,
and then set off to do just that. He headed to the entrance of the village in a
vehicle which he had borrowed from his brother, and awaited his sisters
The youth then shot his
sister, who was startled to see him and proceeded to kick her repeatedly in
order to ensure that she was no longer alive.
Chief Superintendent of
the Afula Police Department, Orli Malka, stated that the young woman was clever
enough to play dead so that her brother would stop kicking her. The shooter
than called MDA medics and phone the police emergency hotline. "I just shot my
sister, he said, all the while keeping vigil over what he assumed was his
sisters lifeless corpse.
The young man than
informed his family that he had shot his sister and was warmly greeted, hugged
and congratulated by his brother and other family members.
The shocked father rode
along with his critically injured daughter to the Emek Medical Center in Afula, where she was
initially treated before being transferred to Rambam Medical Center in Haifa .
A Rambam hospital
spokesperson said that the young woman suffered head injuries, and had undergone
surgery early Tuesday morning. She remains in recovery, and doctors are still
uncertain as to the severity of her condition and whether or not her life
remains in danger.
The beleaguered father
remained at his daughters side. Police investigators noted that the gun used by
the shooter was stolen. There is clear premeditation in this case," said the
chief superintendent of the Afula police. This is one of the most shocking,
unsettling cases that I have ever encountered, she said.
The young man ultimately
turned himself into the police, and the Nazareth Magistrates Court remanded him
to custody following a Tuesday hearing. .
Take a good look. Because this is what will replace western
civilization if we allow it to. And it will be the way YOU live.
If we fight against radical islam we may win and we may lose. If we do
not fight, we will most assuredly lose because, either way, they will
continue fighting. And if they win, our culture and our civilization is
over, to be replaced by what? A society in which a brother would shoot and
kick his sister until it is assumed she is dead, for the "crime" of living
her life in a way that the family disapproves of? A family
that then warmly hugs and congratulates the brother because they
believe he successfully murdered her?
God help the people who want to live this way. I know I'm
not one of them. Are you?
We play political games with this lunacy at our own peril.
Oh, and one other thing: When Human Rights
Watch puts out its report on what countries practice "honor killings", this one
will accrue to Israel. Don't expect HRW to mention that the crime was
committed within the Arab population. That would be asking too
THE TRI-STATE TRIFECTA
As the Spitzer resignation watch continues, here's a little something
I'm surprised not to have seen mentioned so far.
New York, New Jersey and Connecticut are referred to as "The Tri-state
-In 2004, Connecticut Governor John Rowland, a 47 year old Republican,
resigned in disgrace and subsequently served ten months in prison for, among
other things, using state resources for personal gain.
-Also in 2004, New Jersey Governor Jim McGreevey, a 47 year old Democrat,
resigned disgracefully by claiming that his illicit sexual affair with a male
employee somehow made him an aggrieved oppressed person -- because the
world has it in for "Gay Americans". In reality, McGreevey was running
one of the most corrupt administrations in New Jersey memory (which is really
saying something), and many his appointments and confidants were either in
jail, heading there, plea bargaining or dealing with indictments.
-Now it is 2008 and Governor Eliot Spitzer, a 48 year old Democrat, seems
all but certain to resign both in disgrace AND disgracefully. He was
buying expensive hookers and, it seems, paying for them through a
money-laundering scheme which may have involved state and/or campaign
monies. In his one minute statement Spitzer said he didn't meet the
standards he set for HIMSELF (nothing about the standards expected by the
voters who elected him). Then he walked away in an arrogant
huff, without answering any questions.
There you have it, folks. The tri-state trifecta. Aren't
ANTI-ISRAEL MEDIA BIAS: A TUTORIAL ON HOW IT'S DONE
This article, which was written by Gary Wolf for www.americanthinker.com, is a bit
lengthy. But it is so well done and makes its points so cogently, that I
refuse abridge it in any way.
Mr. Wolf shows you, though "deconstruction" just how biased the reporting on
Israel, and the terrorism it lives with, really is. He has done it
for just one article. But take a good look, because I guarantee you will
recognize the same patterns elsewhere:
Deconstructing Anti-Israel Bias: The Jerusalem
The bias of the mainstream media against
Israel never ceases to amaze me. It must rank as one of the most curious
sociopolitical phenomena of our era. The further the Palestinian Arabs move
toward a barbaric Islamic theocracy, the deeper the support for them among the
cadre of "progressive" journalists.
An example of the entrenched bias is last
Thursday's (March 6) article from the
Associated Press, "7 die in shooting at Jerusalem seminary."
Let us first examine the headline: "7 die." Seven
what-people? Jews? Martians? And they are not killed, they simply "die," in the
passive sense, as if from a stroke. The main reason why this is so insidious is
that such language is never used when the enemies of Israel are the ones who
die. One of the calling cards of Leftist journalism is that when Arabs die, you
know how they died, who killed them, and whether they had any special
characteristics worthy of pity. If the sides were reversed, the headline would
read, "Israeli extremist massacres 7 youths learning Koran at Gaza holy
Let us now move to the body of the
A gunman infiltrated a Jewish seminary in
Jerusalem and opened fire in a library Thursday night, killing at least seven
people and wounding dozens, police and rescue workers
A gunman? Don't use the T-word, Mr. AP
reporter, it hurts too much. Sure, a gunman, a man who happened to have a gun.
It was probably just a liquor-store holdup that went bad.
"Killing at least seven people." Okay, we
now know that the gunman killed someone. The victims remain just vague
people, however. Not students, rabbis, youths, boys, teenagers,
In Gaza, the Islamic militant Hamas praised the
attack but stopped short of claiming responsibility. Thousands poured into the
streets to celebrate in Hamas-ruled Gaza, firing rifles in the air. "We bless
the (Jerusalem) operation. It will not be the last," Hamas said in a text
message sent to reporters.
The militant Hamas? Nothing like a little
air freshener to sanitize one of the world's premiere Islamofascist terror
groups. Militant, that sounds like hippies holding a sit-in demonstration. We
should be grateful they weren't called activists.
Hezbollah's Al-Manar television in Lebanon
said a previously unknown group called the Martyrs of Imad Mughniyeh and Gaza
claimed responsibility for the attack. Mughniyeh, a top Hezbollah commander,
was killed Feb. 12 by a car bomb in Syria. Hezbollah blamed his assassination
on Israel, which denied any role.
Here we begin the obligatory recitation of
Israel's recent bad behavior, to give us the context for the terror attack.
First we learn that the old martyr's club pulled off the caper because Israel
killed their hero, Mughniyeh. Israel of course "denied any role," which is to be
expected from those tricky devils.
there's more Israeli mischief behind all this:
The attack in Jerusalem came a day after Secretary of
State Condoleezza Rice persuaded moderate Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas
to return to peace talks with Israel and on the same day Egyptian officials
were trying to mediate a truce between Gaza militants and Israel. Abbas
suspended the talks after Israel launched a military offensive against Gaza
militants barraging southern Israel with rockets. Palestinian officials say
more than 120 were killed in Gaza during the weeklong operation. Four Israelis
were also killed.
Well why didn't you say so? It was only after
Israel decided to kill 120 people that the great moderate leader, His
Excellency the President Mr. Abbas, was obliged to suspend the talks. Bad, bad
Israel. At least the rocket attacks against Israel were mentioned, but note the
odd sentence structure, with the sequence of events reversed. Ah, those cute
little militants, "barraging southern Israel with rockets." Not
bombing, not raining death, but barraging.
By the way, what does all this have to do with the
event the article purports to be covering?
"He came out of the library spraying automatic
fire. ... The terrorist came to the entrance and I shot him twice in the
head," claimed [Yitzhak Dadon].
The T-word is finally used, but put in the mouth
of an Israeli. We have been told that the gunman is a militant, so the use of
the word terrorist seems misplaced and extreme. Another classic calling
card of Leftist journalism.
"They were still shooting when we got here," he
told Channel 10 TV. "We took cover and the ambulance was hit. It's horrible
inside - dead bodies and wounded - it's horrific."
Similarly, descriptions of the carnage in the
mouth of an Israeli, rather than being stated as fact. And even for this crumb,
we had to wait until the 13th paragraph.
The seminar is the Mercaz Harav yeshiva in the
Kiryat Moshe quarter at the entrance of Jerusalem, a well-known center of
Jewish studies identified with the leadership of the Jewish settlement
movement in the West Bank.
Implying that the institution is all about that
nasty West Bank stuff. Our intrepid correspondant might have let us know that
Mercaz Harav is one of the most important Jewish theological seminaries in the
world. Harav ("the Rabbi" in Hebrew) refers to Rabbi Kook, the first
chief rabbi of Israel, a great preacher of love and reconciliation. The students
who were murdered and maimed by the militant were engaged, among other
things, in study of the Bible. Where are the photos and heart-rending accounts
of Bibles riddled with bullet holes?
The "entrance of Jerusalem"? What does that mean,
and what does it have to do with anything?
There were no attacks by Palestinian militants
in Jerusalem during 2007, though police and the military claimed to have
foiled many attempts. Between 2001 and 2004, at the height of
Palestinian-Israeli fighting, Jerusalem was a frequent target of Palestinian
attacks, including suicide bombings on buses.
Note that Israeli spokesmen are always labeled as
the military or police, not the "government" or "Israeli authorities." And these
military/police types "claimed to have foiled many attempts." They only
claim; surely they must be lying. After all, we're talking about those
We are told that the heyday of militancy,
2001-2004, occurred "at the height of Palestinian-Israeli fighting." An
interesting way to describe the wave of terrorism that swept across Israel
during those years. "Fighting," as if the Palestinian Arabs came out to meet the
Israeli army head-on, rather then sending Jihad-crazed human bombs into crowded
I wonder whether the article would have looked any
different if the militant had shot up AP headquarters in New York,
killing seven people and wounding ten.
Let us imagine what on-the-scene coverage of
9/11 might have looked like if the media's anti-Israel bias were brought to
2000 Die in New York Plane
NEW YORK - Someone got behind the joystick
of an airliner and leaned into it at the wrong angle, causing the plane to
collide with a very tall structure in its path.
Rescue workers said that thousands of
people, who happened to be physically present in the buildings, were dead.
American police, FBI, and army officers allege that the person purposely flew
the plane into the office building.
The militant Iranian government praised
the crash but stopped short of taking responsibility. Thousands poured into
the streets to celebrate. "We bless the [N.Y.] operation. It will not be the
last," said Teheran militants in a press release.
In Afghanistan, a militant rebel
television station said that a previously ignored militant group called the
Martyrs of American Imperialism (also known as Al-Qaeda) claimed
responsibility. Muhammed al-Shill, a leading militant, was tortured to death
last week by the CIA, which denies any role in the killing of the
The New York plane crash came a day after
North Korean President Kim Jong persuaded moderate Iranian President Mohammad
Khatami to consider peace talks with the United States. The Iranian president
nixed the idea after it was disclosed that the U.S. is the number one
oppressor of Muslims worldwide.
John Q. Public, a passenger on the plane,
could be heard over the cockpit radio in the seconds before the crash. "Stop
the terrorists, stop the terrorists," he shouted. Psychologists say that Mr.
Public was suffering from temporary insanity caused by his imminent
Paramedic Whitey Johnson was on the scene
shortly after impact. "It was horrible-dead bodies and debris all over the
place," said Johnson, in a thick redneck accent.
Hundreds of cops surrounded the area as
scores of office workers poured onto the sidewalk. "At least 2,000 were
killed," said a N.Y. Fire Department operative.
The office building is the World Trade
Center in the Wall Street quarter at the entrance of New York, a well-known
workplace identified with capitalism, inequality, and exploitation of the
Third World, particularly Muslims.
There were no plane crashes with
Muslim pilots in 2001, though American police and military claim they had
prevented several similar incidents.
Gary Wolf is the author of futuristic
novels that portray worlds in which multiculturalism and political correctness
have run amok. His website is http://www.awolcivilization.com/.
There you have it. A chapter-and-verse demonstration; not only of the
bias itself, but of how it is accomplished. Please, please remember this
technique when you come across subsequent stories on the Middle East. It
will make you a lot smarter - and, I hope, a lot more cynical - about what you
THE NY TIMES DISCOVERS TONY REZKO
Last week I made a point of demonstrating that the trial of Chicago dirtbag
Antoin "Tony" Rezko had started, there was serious news about it every day, but
the New York Times had declined to so much as mention it existed.
In fairness, therefore I would like to point out that finally, on Friday of
last week, the Times did a reasonably decent story on the Rezko case. And
today, they even mentioned Rezko and Barack Obama in the same article.
Of course there are several requisite assurances that Obama has only
tangential involvement (this is the journalistic equivalent of whistling past
the graveyard). But at least they are now reporting the trial at all, so I
will show you what was published. As usual, the bold print is mine:
In Developers Trial, E-Mail Note
Cites an Obama Role
Published: March 11,
CHICAGO An e-mail message made public on
Monday in the fraud trial of Antoin Rezko, a businessman and political
contributor, brought attention to Senator Barack Obamas role in discussions involving a state health planning board
that Mr. Rezko is accused of improperly influencing.
The message indicated that Mr. Obama, now
a Democratic presidential candidate, and other top Illinois politicians consulted in 2003 on legislation to keep the board,
which approved the construction of health facilities, from expiring under sunset
provisions in state law.
The vaguely worded message also seemed to
raise the possibility that Mr. Obama, who at the time was chairman of the
Illinois Senates health committee, had been involved in recommending candidates
for the board.
Mr. Rezko is accused of using his influence in
state government to stack the board with associates, including some who made
political contributions to Mr. Obama and other top Illinois politicians, and of
seeking a bribe on a hospital project.
But David Wilhelm, a former campaign adviser to
Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich of
Illinois who asked that the e-mail message be written, said in an interview that
he had never talked about the appointment process to Mr. Obama. Mr. Obama has
said he had nothing to do with Mr. Rezkos activities with the board.
Mr. Obama has not been accused of any
wrongdoing, and his name is expected to come up only tangentially during the
trial. But given his tight race against Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination, each mention of Mr. Obamas
name is being closely watched.
In the e-mail message, Matthew Pickering, who
worked for Mr. Wilhelm, told Susan Lichtenstein, who was then Governor
Blagojevichs general counsel, that he was writing at the behest of Mr. Wilhelm,
who is also a former chairman of the Democratic National Committee.
Mr. Pickering said he and Mr. Wilhelm had worked
closely over six months with several state legislators to extend the life of
the health facilities board. He then listed Democratic and Republican leaders in
the state House and Senate, including Mr. Obama.
Mr. Pickerings message went on to suggest four
candidates to serve on the board, stating that our attached recommendations
reflect that involvement with the political leaders.
The trial is providing a look into political
influence in the administration of Mr. Blagojevich, who also has not been
charged with any wrongdoing. Mr. Rezkos lawyers introduced the e-mail message
in an effort to show that a wide range of the states political leaders, and not
just Mr. Rezko, were involved in decisions involving the health board.
Campaign finance records show that at
least three Rezko associates who sat on the hospital board made substantial
donations to Mr. Blagojevich and to Mr. Obama in 2003 and
Mr. Obamas spokesman, Bill Burton, has
said the senator knew nothing about those appointments, and he repeated that
last night. Mr. Obama has given the donations from the three Rezko associates to
Mr. Wilhelm, who is supporting Mr. Obama for
president, said in the interview that there was never a discussion between
Barack Obama and me or anyone who worked for me about candidates for this
board. Mr. Wilhelm said he viewed the e-mail message as a
I find this article more than a little interesting - especially the comment
that Mr. Obama has given the money donated by three influence seekers to
charity. Why did they give it to him in the first place? And WHEN
did he suddeny decide the money wasn't good enough for him? What charities
got the money?
Is Mr. Obama's assurance, in and of itself, supposed to be good
The bottom line seems to be that although the Times gave its
quasi-exoneration of Obama a pretty good try, it is nearly impossible to
read this account and assume he is off the radar.
I only hope the paper can continue to remember this trial is in progress,
and not forget like they did for the first four days.
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