November 30, 2007

Joe Biden: I Dont Know Sh!t About The Constitution

Im sorry, but that is the only conclusion I can draw from this declaration by the distinguished plagiarist from Delaware.

Presidential hopeful Delaware Sen. Joe Biden stated unequivocally that he will move to impeach President Bush if he bombs Iran without Congressional approval.

Biden spoke in front of a crowd of approximately 100 at a Seacoast Media Group forum Thursday, which focused on the Iraq War and foreign policy. When an audience member expressed fear of another war with Iran, he said he does not typically engage in threats, but had no qualms about issuing a direct warning to the oval office.

The President has no authority to unilaterally attack Iran and if he does, as foreign relations committee chairman, I will move to impeach, said Biden, which was followed by a raucous applause.

Biden said he is in the process of meeting with constitutional law experts to prepare a legal memorandum saying as much, and intends to send it to the President.

When resident Joel Carp asked Biden why not impeach now given what has already been done, Biden said it was a valid point but might not be constitutionally valid and potentially counterproductive. A case for impeachment must have clear evidence, he said, and blame should be directed at the right parties.

If youre going to impeach George Bush, you better impeach Cheney first, said Biden, which also received applause.

Now lets look at a couple of points here.

1) The President has no authority to unilaterally attack Iran

I believe that Article II, Section 2 of the Constitution, which states that [t]he President shall be commander in chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, gants operational control of the military to the President. As such, he does, in fact, have the authority to order an attack if it is in the national security interests of the United States.

2. and if he does, as foreign relations committee chairman, I will move to impeach

There are some minor provisions of the Constitution related to impeachment that would make this problematic. After all, Article I Section 2 makes it clear where the power to impeach lies with the House of Represenatives.

The House of Representatives . . . shall have the sole power of impeachment.

Therefore, Joe Biden has absolutely no authority to impeach anyone from his high and exalted status as foreign relations committee chairman.

Of course, in the event articles of impeachment are passed through the House of Representatives, Biden will be but one vote out of 100 when the Senate exercises this power, as per Article I, Section 3.

The Senate shall have the sole power to try all impeachments. When sitting for that purpose, they shall be on oath or affirmation.

Now even there, we have an interesting issue. Removal of an impeached individual requires a two-thirds vote of the Senate. Even in cases in which there is manifest evidence of actual criminal conduct, as in the impeachment of William Jefferson Clinton, the partisan divide in the Senate is likely to prevent the removal of an impeached president. Biden knows quite well that there are at least 34 Republicans and at least one Democrat who will vote against impeachment based upon what amounts to a policy difference, something which cannot legitimately be seen as constituting treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors under Article II, Section 4.

So in the end, all this statement by Joe Biden tells us is that he doesnt know sh!t about the Constitution or that he is willing to sh!t on the Constitution for partisan purposes. In either event, he is clearly unfit to hold any office under the Constitution.

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Interestingly enough, Joe Biden also made a point which explains why none of the other Democrat candidates is fit to be President, either.

"I ask you a rhetorical question: Are you prepared to vote for anyone - at this moment in our history - as president who is not capable of being secretary of state? Who among my opponents would you consider appointing secretary of state? Seriously. Think about it."

I did and wept for my country at the prospect of having any of this crop of Democrats serve as president at this moment in our history.

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Teddy Bear Jihadis Demand Death For Teacher

Because after all, we can't have a cute children's toy named after the false prophet. That name must be reserved for suicide bombers and other terrorists!

Thousands of Sudanese, many armed with clubs and knives, rallied Friday in a central square and demanded the execution of a British teacher convicted of insulting Islam for allowing her students to name a teddy bear "Muhammad."

In response to the demonstration, teacher Gillian Gibbons was moved from the women's prison near Khartoum to a secret location for her safety, her lawyer said.

In Britain, Gibbons' son, John, told The Associated Press that her mother was "holding up well" and she made an appeal for tolerance.

"One of the things my mum said today was that 'I don't want any resentment towards Muslim people,'" John Gibbons said, relaying part of a telephone conversation with her.

Too bad, Gillian -- resentment is the minimum that folks like the ones who have you in prison and who want to take your life deserve.

And how far gone are these murderous followers of the Religion of Barbarism?

The protesters streamed out of mosques after Friday sermons, as pickup trucks with loudspeakers blared messages against Gibbons, who was sentenced Thursday to 15 days in prison and deportation. She avoided the more serious punishment of 40 lashes.

They massed in central Martyrs Square outside the presidential palace, where hundreds of riot police were deployed. They did not try to stop the rally, which lasted about an hour.

"Shame, shame on the U.K.," protesters chanted.

They called for Gibbons' execution, saying, "No tolerance: Execution," and "Kill her, kill her by firing squad."

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Several hundred protesters, not openly carrying weapons, marched from the square to Unity High School, about a mile away, where Gibbons worked. They chanted slogans outside the school, which is closed and under heavy security, then headed toward the nearby British Embassy. They were stopped by security forces two blocks away from the embassy.

The protest arose despite vows by Sudanese security officials the day before, during Gibbons' trial, that threatened demonstrations after Friday prayers would not take place. Some of the protesters carried green banners with the name of the Society for Support of the Prophet Muhammad, a previously unknown group.

Many protesters carried clubs, knives and axes but not automatic weapons, which some have brandished at past government-condoned demonstrations. That suggested Friday's rally was not organized by the government.

A Muslim cleric at Khartoum's main Martyrs Mosque denounced Gibbons during one sermon, saying she intentionally insulted Islam. He did not call for protests, however.

"Imprisoning this lady does not satisfy the thirst of Muslims in Sudan. But we welcome imprisonment and expulsion," the cleric, Abdul-Jalil Nazeer al-Karouri, a well-known hard-liner, told worshippers.

"This an arrogant woman who came to our country, cashing her salary in dollars, teaching our children hatred of our Prophet Muhammad," he said.

No, you are doing quite a good job of teaching civilized people to despise your false prophet without any help from Gibbons. After all, the demand for death over the naming of a children's toy is a sign of the collective psychosis that infects Islamist hard-liners like you. Such things clearly prove that you do not follow the God of love and compassion embraced by Jews and Christians.

Of course, a teddy bear that offers Islam's most sacred prayers is just fine.

Besides, there is a more fitting use for the name Muhammad.

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Stupid Journalist Tricks

How does one even respond to this inane drivel?

When they finally got down to business, after being serenaded by a guitarist on YouTube, it took the Republican presidential candidates 11 minutes Wednesday night for one of them to acknowledge that illegal immigrants are human beings.

Frankly, Im surprised it was acknowledged at all.

After all, the GOP has always considered minorities and foreigners to be human beings. It is one of our partys founding principles and one which we have always stood for. That is something you cannot say about the Democrats, the Party of Slavery and Segregation.

Indeed, I cant help but notice that none of the GOP candidates acknowledged the law of gravity or that a water molecule is composed of one atom of oxygen and two of hydrogen. Maybe that is because we take those things for granted as well.

Probably a more informative statistic would involve how many minutes it takes for a Democrat to acknowledge that illegal immigrants have broken our nations immigration laws.

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For Shame!

Islamo-censors win a round.

Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen, who was hounded into hiding by hardline Islamists, said on Friday she will remove a passage from an autobiography which some Indian Muslims found offensive.

Nasreen, who had been living in Kolkata since 2004, said she hoped the move would enable her to live in peace in India.

"I am withdrawing the controversial lines from my book Dikhandito," she told NDTV news channel.

"The book was written in 2002 based on my memories of Bangladesh in the 1980s during which time secularism was removed from the Bangladesh constitution," she said.

She was accused of hurting religious feelings and the book was banned in Bangladesh and India's neighbouring West Bengal state.

"Because I value secularism I wanted secularism to remain in the Bangladesh constitution," Nasreen said.

"I didn't write the book to hurt anybody's sentiments," the 45-year-old said without giving details of exactly what the passage mentions.

"Some people claim that sentiments have been hurt. It was not intended. I hope there will be no controversy anymore and I will be able to live peacefully in India," she said.

Giving in to the murderous mobs that seek to suppress anything that paints the Religion of Barbarism as barbaric and backwards wont help. You may as well put on a gasoline-soaked burqa and wait in the middle of the street for the mob to set you ablaze. You will not be forgiven and you deed here has served only to endanger every other free man and women who dares to speak truthfully about Islam.

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You Dont Have To Be Crazy To Be A Democrat

But it helps!

The Gallup Poll found that independents and Democrats are twice as likely to rate their own state of mental health as fair or poor than Republicans are.

Only 8% of Republicans rated their state of mental health as fair or poor.

17% of independents said fair or poor.

15% of Democrats said fair or poor.

At the other end of the scale, 58% or Republicans rated their mental health as excellent.

43% of independents said excellent.

Only 38% of Democrats said excellent.

So we now have empirical evidence to support what we already knew the Democrats are nuts!

H/T Don Surber

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Murtha Cuts And Runs

The thought of victory is too frightening for Jack Murtha to contemplate.

A day after admitting to reporters that "the surge is working," Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa., one of the most ardent critics of President Bush's war policy, issued a statement Friday softening that assessment, this time calling it "a window of opportunity."

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"The military surge has created a window of opportunity for the Iraqi government," Murtha's statement read. "Unfortunately, the sacrifice of our troops has not been met by the Iraqi government and they have failed to capitalize on the political and diplomatic steps that the surge was designed to provide.

"The fact remains that the war in Iraq cannot be won militarily, and that we must begin an orderly redeployment of U.S. forces from Iraq as soon as practicable."

I wonder why the change? This could explain it (H/T Captain Ed).

But Pelosi, who is scheduled to speak to a Democratic National Committee event in Virginia on Friday, will surely face tough questions from reporters regarding Murtha's statement on the surge.

"This could be a real headache for us," said one top House Democratic aide, speaking on the condition of anonymity. "Pelosi is going to be furious."

Translation Murtha put Party ahead of Country on this one.

So lets see he was for victory before he was against victory before he was for victory and is now firmly against victory.

I guess that make Murtha Americas biggest loser.

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Dateline: Bangkok

Heres the headline.

Candidates 'offering viagra for votes'


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Bitchy Boxer's Political Payback

The sins of bill Clinton are coming back to haunt one of the House impeachment managers nearly a decade later as California Senator seeks to block his nomination to a federal court.

Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer is blocking the nomination of former GOP Rep. James E. Rogan to the federal bench, citing his lead role in the impeachment of former President Bill Clinton as one of her concerns.

Her stance is angering Rogan allies who contend that Boxer is reneging on her support for a bipartisan commission set up in California that recommends judicial nominees to the White House. Boxer disputes that.

"U.S. Rep. Rogan was one of the most enthusiastic backers of impeachment he thought President Clinton had committed high crimes and misdemeanors. The Senate certainly disagreed with that conclusion, as did Sen. Boxer," said Boxer's spokeswoman Natalie Ravitz.

Boxer also believes that Rogan's strongly conservative positions on gun control, abortion and other issues make him "out of step with California," Ravitz said.

Now just a minute -- since when are federal judges supposed to be "in step" with the politics of a certain state. I thought the expectation was for them to be "in step" with the Constitution of the United States. Is its Boxer's contention that we must impose a political litmus test on federal judges -- and, in the event that a Democrat wins the White House in 2008, that only conservative jurists "in step" with Texas be appointed to the bench in this very red state?

But more disturbing is her attempt to rehash the impeachment issue. I'd like to like Senator Hillary Clinton to speak out publicly on this issue.

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Problems With Ares

It appears that the plans for America to return to the Moon by 2020 may be meeting up with financial and time constraints.

Congressional auditors on Thursday challenged NASA's readiness to move ahead with development of the Ares I rocket that will propel the new Orion moonship into Earth orbit with astronauts.

The $14.4 billion that NASA plans to spend on the craft's development may be inadequate based on the space agency's aggressive development schedule and technical risks, said a report by the General Accountability Office.

The agency's auditors urged the space agency to postpone plans for a key July 2008 design review of the rocket, if necessary, to remedy a list of 51 unknowns, including 31 issues considered high risk to the success of the program.

The milestone "preliminary design review" is intended to spur the project toward detailed planning.

This, of course, raises the question of whether or not we can meet the 2020 deadline for returning to Earth's nearest neighbor. And given the number of competitors out there, it also raises the question of whether or not the United States will be the first to return there. And with the space shuttle fleet less than thre years from retirement, this leaves the issue of manned space flight by the United States in question as well.

But then again, if Nancy Pelosi keeps holding up NASA funding legislation, we may not have a space program left.

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Study Confirms The Obvious

Kids of Spanish-speaking parents raised in an English-speaking society and educated in English-language schools are proficient in English.

Most children of Hispanic immigrants in the United States learn to speak English well by the time they are adults, even though three-quarters of their parents speak mainly Spanish and do not have a command of English, according to a report released yesterday by the Pew Hispanic Center in Washington.

Only 23 percent of first-generation immigrants from Spanish-speaking countries said they spoke English very well, the report found. But 88 percent of the members of the second generation in Latino immigrant families described themselves as strong English speakers, a figure that increased to 94 percent for the grandchildrens generation.

The ability to speak English and the likelihood of using it in everyday life rise sharply from Hispanic immigrants to their U.S.-born adult children, the survey reported.

You could have gotten that data from any teacher in public schools. Of course our second and third generation Hispanic students speak better English than our first generation Hispanic students.

Indeed, that has been the pattern with EVERY immigrant group over the last 150-200 years.

What shocks me is that someone felt the need to conduct the study.

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Even Murtha Admits it

John Murtha is forced by reality to concede he was wrong about the surge.

Now if he will only admit he tried to railroad the Haditha marines for political purposes.

U.S. Rep. John Murtha today said he saw signs of military progress during a brief trip to Iraq last week, but he warned that Iraqis need to play a larger role in providing their own security and the Bush administration still must develop an exit strategy.

"I think the 'surge' is working," the Democrat said in a videoconference from his Johnstown office, describing the president's decision to commit more than 20,000 additional combat troops this year. But the Iraqis "have got to take care of themselves."

Violence has dropped significantly in recent months, but Mr. Murtha said he was most encouraged by changes in the once-volatile Anbar province, where locals have started working closely with U.S. forces to isolate insurgents linked to Al Qaeda.

He said Iraqis need to duplicate that success at the national level, but the central government in Baghdad is "dysfunctional."

In other words, he is saying what those of us in the conservative blogosphere have been saying for months. And while I agree with him tha there is more to be done by the Iraqi government, I think he's wrong on one point. That government is no more dysfunctional than the accomplishment-free Democrat-controlled Congress we have in this country.

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November 29, 2007

Incite This!

They cant be troubled to stop slavery and the murder of non-Muslims in their country, but the backwards Muslims in the Sudan sure can punish someone for giving the wrong name to a teddy bear.

British teacher Gillian Gibbons has been convicted of inciting religious hatred for letting her pupils name a teddy bear Muhammad and sentenced to 15 days in prison and deportation from Sudan, one of her defense lawyers said Thursday.

"The judge found Gillian Gibbons guilty and sentenced her to 15 days jail and deportation," said Ali Mohammed Hajab, a member of her defense team.

And to prove how dhimmified the folks who run the school are, get this quote.

The director of the school employing Gibbons, however, noted that since she had already spent five days in prison, she would serve only 10 days.

"It's a very fair verdict, she could have had six months and lashes and a fine, and she only got 15 days and deportation," said Robert Boulos of the Unity High School, adding they would not appeal the decision.

This ignores, of course, that Gibbons had done nothing wrong and that the offense certainly does not merit any judicial notice.

But at least these Islamist swine didnt get their way.

A powerful Sudanese newspaper urged authorities to call a hardline Islamist leader linked to Osama bin Laden to give evidence at her trial, to stress how offensive the case was to Muslims.

Extreme Islamic groups said Mrs Gibbons "must die" and urged Muslims to hold street protests after prayers tomorrow.

Yep, that sort of stuff is what they mean when they talk about the glorious, peaceful nature of Islam kill someone over an inoffensive action. All in the name of defending the honor of their false prophet.

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What To Look Forward To

If the Dems impose universal health care.

An elderly widow is forking out 2,000 a month for drugs to stop her going blind - because the NHS won't fund them.

Dorothy Robinson, 87, who suffers from neovascular macular degeneration, went blind in one eye four years ago after being told there was no treatment available on the NHS.

Now the great-grandmother has been warned she will lose sight in the other eye unless she receives injections to treat the condition. But the NHS in Cambridgeshire has said it will not fund them so Dorothy has put her hand in her own pocket.

Oh, thats right the last time Hildebeast attempted to impose government control it would have become illegal to pay for medical treatment. Someone like Mrs. Robinson would simply have to go blind.

Just say no to the Democrats and their plans to play with your health.

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Why Something Must Be Done

If the federal government will not act, then the state of Texas must seize control of the border and control it.

The status quo is unacceptable.

Half of the nearly 3.5 million immigrants living in Texas are in the country illegally, the Center for Immigration Studies says in a report being released today. Based on the latest Census Bureau data, the report said Texas has one of the fastest-growing immigrant populations of any state. It said that 50 percent of the state's foreign-born population slightly more than 1.7 million people are illegal immigrants. Only Arizona at 65 percent, North Carolina at 58 percent and Georgia at 53 percent had a higher proportion of illegal immigrants in their immigrant populations.

All sanctuary policies must be ended.

All public benefits must end.

Illegal employers of illegal aliens must be arrested , prosecuted, and jailed whenever possible.

End birthright citizenship for children of illegals.

No safe harbor. We have to turn up the heat so high that those in this country violating our nations immigration laws depart on their own.

And let me say this loud and clear every legal immigrant to this country is a welcome immigrant in my eyes. My only objection is to those who come to this country illegally. Only in the most unusual of cases should they ever be granted amnesty. And only after they have waited for their turn in a law-abiding fashion should those who return home and apply for a visa be granted legal admission to this country.

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CORRECTED AND BUMPED ---Fort Bend GOP Selects New Leaders

CORRECTION: Every now and then I screw up.

But not this bad, at least not normally.

I confused two individuals in my memory, and really said some particularly negative things above. I was so certain that Linda Howell had been Gary Gillen's Party Secretary that I didn't go back to earlier articles to double check. I was wrong, as that position had, in fact, been filled by Nancy Porter. As such, I made made statements that should not have been made about Linda Howell. I sincerly apologize for my mistakes and the harsh words that followed.

This post has been appropriately amended to reflect my error.

I will strive to do better in the future.

Thank you, Chris, for pointing out my egregious error.

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Despite the attempts of the previous leadership to decapitate an organization within which they had sown dissension, the Fort Bend GOP has selected new leaders and stands ready to face the future.

Fort Bend County Republicans elected an interim party chairman, secretary and treasurer to fill posts vacated earlier this month due to resignations.

Rick Miller, was elected as the county Republican Party chairman Monday evening by a vote of the party's executive committee during a meeting at the Fort Bend County courthouse.

Miller defeated Linda Howell, who is currently the party's vice-chairman. Pat Hebert was elected secretary and Frank Hester was voted to the treasurer's position.

Howells attempt to gain the top spot is particularly amusing. After all, she is one of those who resigned, having spent the last 18 months serving as previous chair Garry Gillens lap dog. Had she ever opposed Gillen along the way, in particular by refusing to resign along with him, she might have stood a chance. However, what the party needs in Fort Bend County is not someone tarred by their association with Gary Gillen especially not as the party faces multiple investigations due to possible malfeasance and violations of fiduciary obligations during the Gillen era.

Millers observation after his election is a good one.

We have to organize. We have to put things in the past behind us and move forward, Miller said in remarks after his election as interim chairman. We have to quit calling each other names, and writing things about each other that just arent appropriate.

Indeed, this is advice that all Republicans need to follow.

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Teacher Charged In Muhammad Bear Flap

I guess its OK to call a terrorist Muhammad, but not a teddy bear.

Sudan on Wednesday charged a British teacher with insulting religion and inciting hatred, a crime punishable by up to 40 lashes, six months in prison or a fine, after she named a class teddy bear "Muhammad."

The charges come a day after a 7-year-old Sudanese boy said Gilliam Gibbons, 54, asked him as part of a school assignment what he wanted to call the stuffed animal and he said, 'Muhammad,' after his name.

It was harmless. It was innocent. Heck, it was even a little bit cute. But given the congenital state of offendedness in which these folks seem to operate, I guess we should not be surprised by the barbarous overreaction to the naming of a childs toy.

Oh, and I love the reaction of American feminists.

A spokeswoman for the National Organization for Women said the situation "is definintely on the radar, and N.O.W. is not ignoring it. But she added that the U.S.-based organization is "not putting out a statement or taking a position."

In other words, they dont have the guts to issue the sort of condemnation these charges deserve. After all, it might present Muslims in an unflattering light, and make the West look reasonable and enlightened.

Over in England, though, someone sees the matter clearly and isnt afraid to say it.

Once again, secular people around the world are left reeling at the capacity of Islam to discern "insult" in the most innocuous behaviour. At one level, this sequence of events is preposterous; I'm sure there are plenty of genuine crimes to worry about in Sudan without wasting time pursuing a woman whose good intentions are manifest.

But the significance of the case goes beyond the individuals concerned, highlighting aspects of Islam as it is currently practised in countries such as Sudan and Saudi Arabia and promoted in some European mosques which are incompatible with the modern world. One is the role of honour, which has repeatedly been used to legitimise furious over-reactions to everything from the naming of a toy to instances of women and gay people demanding autonomy over their bodies.

Ever since the outcry over The Satanic Verses nearly two decades ago, I have watched Muslim men (they almost always are men) use the claim that their honour has been insulted as an excuse for disgraceful and frequently criminal behaviour. Salman Rushdie "insults" the Prophet: burn his books. Danish cartoonists display a lack of respect for Islam: attack Danish embassies. A British Muslim girl wants to marry the "wrong" man: kill her for shaming the family. A Saudi rape victim complains that her attackers got off too lightly: increase her sentence (for being in a car with a man who wasn't her husband) to 200 lashes.

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The damage that is being inflicted daily on the image of Islam doesn't come from people like me, who are constantly accused of Islamophobia, but practices such as forced marriage, honour killings and heated denunciations of "Western" values. I can't think of any secular country where a rape victim or a well-meaning British teacher would find themselves threatened with flogging.

When will the world recognize that much of what passes for Islam today is nothing less than a crime against humanity, and that it needs to be treated as such by all civilized nations?

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Speaking Of Debates

Reaching the American public is apparently less important than honoring a picket line.

The Democratic National Committee plans to announce Wednesday night that it has canceled the final presidential debate in its fall series because of a potential writers strike at CBS News, a sponsor of the debate.

"Due to the uncertainty created by the ongoing labor dispute between CBS and the Writers Guild of America, the DNC has canceled the Dec. 10 debate in Los Angeles. There are no plans to reschedule," a statement from DNC Communications Director Karen Finney says.

So remember Americans -- when it comes down to a choice between communicating with you or sucking up to organized labor, YOU LOSE. Not only have several of the candidates indicated they wouldn't go to the debate, they have said they won't appear on any CBS News programs until the dispute is settled. That should tell you everything you need to know about the business climate under a Democrat administration under any of these folks -- it would be anti.

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CNN/YouTube Debate, Brought To You By Miracle Grow Plant Food

Isn't it amazing how many questions in this non-partisan debate came from Democrat activists -- including a "spontaneous question" from the floor from someone who "just happens" to be a member of a campaign steering committee for Hillary Clinton?

General Keith Kerr who appeared as a spontantous questioner on CNNs YouTube Republican Debates hosted by Anderson Cooper is a member of the Hillary Clinton campaign. But this was not mentioned upfront, Kerr treated as a regular, spontaneous questioner. Shouldnt that have been made clear to the audience? Or does CNN think its OK to sandbag the GOP candidates with a Hillary operative without mentioning it?

In fact, he was so interesting to the CNN folks that they not only had his YouTube video question but he was there in person to ask follow up questions.

And then there were the other folks who asked questions.

The best thing about Republicans agreeing to do the CNN/YouTube debate is that it created yet another invaluable opportunity to expose CNNs abject incompetence.

Retired Brig. Gen./gays in the military lobbyist/Hillary-Kerry supporter Keith H. Kerr wasnt the only plant at the CNN/YouTube debate. The plant uncovering is in full-swing over at Free Republic.

Example: Journey, a.k.a. Paperserenade, the girl who asked an abortion question, is a declared John Edwards supporter.

So far, the count is one Hillary staffer, one prominent Obama supporter, and a couple of strongly pro-Edwards questioners. I'm curious -- how many out and open GOP questioners were there during the Democrat version of this debate? I think the answer was ZERO.

I'm curious -- what would be the Democrat spin if FOXNews had hosted such a debate for the Democrats and picked a bunch of GOP activists to do the questioning? Oh, that's right -- FOXNews is "so biased" that the Democrats won't even go on a debate they host, even when the questions are being asked by respected journalists and the event is being sponsored by Democrats. But planted questions and questioners abound when Republicans go on "objective and unbiased" CNN with journalist reality-show host Anderson Cooper as "moderator".

Who says that there is no left-wing bias in media?

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The End Of the World As We Know It?

But I feel fine!

Scientists say that there is still a chance of a close encounter of the devastating kind with an asteroid in 2036.

When it comes to 22-million-ton asteroids, the small stuff, it turns out, can make a huge difference in a potentially disastrous path toward Earth.

Using limited observations and lots of high-end computer modeling, astronomers have gotten a better handle on the limitations of asteroid-track forecasting in a new study of a potentially threatening asteroid called 99942 Apophis.

In this high-stakes game of Whack-a-Cosmic-Mole, just knowing exactly what it is you don't know can be useful.

Apophis' chance of hitting our planet in its first pass in 2029 is now slim to none, but astronomers will have to wait four to six years before they can predict what it might do during a second pass in 2036.

A team of scientists arrived at the conclusion after accounting for small influences like the solar wind, gravitational drag of smaller asteroids and human error.

In other words, we really can't be sure if the big space rock is going to result in the end of the world as we know it -- or whether we can divert Apophis away from earth. At this point, the variables are just too great.

Still, it does raise the point that mankind and the planet are more likely to face a calamity not of our making than to suffer extinction due to man-made global warming as proposed by the Branch AlGorians.

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November 28, 2007

Dead Dems Contributing

They vote in Chicago. They contribute nationwide.

They are Deceased-Americans.

"People hear now and then of accusations of dead people voting," he said, "but these are examples of dead people continuing to give and give and give."

The Democratic committee received the most campaign money from deceased donors, nearly $225,000, according to USA TODAY's tally of federal campaign-finance data compiled by CQ MoneyLine, a non-partisan group. The Republican National Committee was the second-largest recipient, with about $93,000.

Come on, folks! A person's political activity ought to come to an end after they die. I realize that disenfranchises a large Democrat voting bloc, but common sense ought to prevail here.

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Pelosi Endangers National Security, Law Enforcement, Space Exploration

All in an effort to pander to a minority of lawmakers.

Should the Salvation Army be able to require its employees to speak English? You wouldn't think that's controversial. But House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is holding up a $53 billion appropriations bill funding the FBI, NASA and Justice Department solely to block an attached amendment, passed by both the Senate and House, that protects the charity and other employers from federal lawsuits over their English-only policies.

The U.S. used to welcome immigrants while at the same time encouraging assimilation. Since 1906, for example, new citizens have had to show "the ability to read, write and speak ordinary English." A century later, this preference for assimilation is still overwhelmingly popular. A new Rasmussen poll finds that 87% of voters think it "very important" that people speak English in the U.S., with four out of five Hispanics agreeing. And 77% support the right of employers to have English-only policies, while only 14% are opposed.

So the policy she is blocking is overwhelmingly supported by most Americans, including most Hispanic Americans. But Nancy needs teh support of a few key legislators to impose her partisan agenda, and they don't care what the American people want. As a result, a measure with bipartisan support may not be enacted -- and with it, funds for crucial programs are being delayed.

I'm curious -- what does Slick Nick Lampson have to say about this mess -- he of the strongly pro-Pelosi voting record despite representing a strongly Republican district? And what does prominent local blogger and NASA employee John Cobarruvias have to say? Or will they remain mute, continuing to be partisan yap dogs doing the bidding of their mistress?

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Musharraf Steps Down

Here's hoping it truly is a step towards stability in Pakistan.

President Pervez Musharraf resigned his military post as Chief of Army Staff today, handing over the command stick to his successor in a ceremony at army headquarters and ending his eight years of military rule. He remains president and will be sworn in to a new five-year term in the capital on Thursday, but as a civilian president his power will be diminished.

Gen. Ashfaq Pervez Kayani, 55, the vice chief of army staff, becomes the Chief of Army Staff, replacing Mr. Musharraf. General Kayani the former head of the InterServices Intelligence and a graduate of the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth in Kansas has played a prominent role in cooperating with the United States in the fight against terrorism in Pakistan and is expected to continue that policy.

Mr. Musharraf had come under growing pressure internationally and from his own disenchanted public to relinquish his military post, and his grip on political power will be significantly loosened without the uniform. While the military remains loyal to him, General Kayani is understood to want to remove the army from the forefront of politics and concentrate on military concerns.

This last point is particularly important. Since its birth, Pakistan has had a military intimately involved in politics. This has contributed to serious instability in its democratic processes. That we are seeing what appears to be a peaceful transition to civilian rule is a hopeful sign, and the selection of a general to lead the Army who seeks political disengagement could go a long way towards relieving concerns about future coups. If the January elections produce results which are accepted as legitimate by the Pakistani people, the upheaval of the last few weeks may have been, in some greater sense, "worth it" in terms of achieving stable civilian rule.

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YouTube Censorship

You can accuse the United States of torture n YouTube. Just don't accuse a Muslim country of worse acts -- and provide video documentation. It will get your account closed and your proof deleted.

The video-sharing Web site YouTube has suspended the account of a prominent Egyptian anti-torture activist who posted videos of what he said was brutal behaviour by some Egyptian policemen, the activist said.

Wael Abbas said close to 100 images he had sent to YouTube were no longer accessible, including clips depicting purported police brutality, voting irregularities and anti-government demonstrations. YouTube, owned by search engine giant Google Inc , did not respond to a written request for comment. A message on Abbas's YouTube user page,, read: "This account is suspended."

"They closed it (the account) and they sent me an e-mail saying that it will be suspended because there were lots of complaints about the content, especially the content of torture," Abbas told Reuters in a telephone interview. Abbas, who won an international journalism award for his work this year, said that of the images he had posted to YouTube, 12 or 13 depicted violence in Egyptian police stations.

Abbas was a key player last year in distributing a clip of an Egyptian bus driver, his hands bound, being sodomised with a stick by a police officer -- imagery that sparked an uproar in a country where rights groups say torture is commonplace.

That tape prompted an investigation that led to a rare conviction of two policemen, who were sentenced to three years in prison for torture. Egypt says it opposes torture and prosecutes police against whom it has evidence of misconduct.

YouTube, which is more than willing to allow posts on the antics at Abu Ghraib to be posted, insists that video of ACTUAL torture, exposing ACTUAL human rights abuses, is inappropriate for its service. So I guess we have the company's official stand. Seditious, anti-American nonsense is fine, but courageous and ground breaking journalistic efforts are not.

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November 27, 2007

Held To A Higher Standard

Now this case certainly struck me when I heard about it on the way home tonight.

Red Cross President and CEO Mark W. Everson has stepped down after revelations he was "engaged in a personal relationship with a subordinate employee," the organization announced Tuesday.

The Red Cross Board of Governors asked for and received Everson's resignation after it "concluded that the situation reflected poor judgment on Mr. Everson's part and diminished his ability to lead the organization in the future," the Red Cross said in a statement on its Web site.

Everson, 53, said in a written statement that he was leaving the $500,000-per-year job "for personal and family reasons, and deeply regret it is impossible for me to continue in a job so recently undertaken."

Everson -- who is married and has two children -- joined the Red Cross as president and CEO last May.

The organization became aware of Everson's relationship with a female Red Cross employee 10 days ago, Chief Public Affairs Officer Suzy C. DeFrancis told CNN in a telephone interview.

"I think the board acted very quickly," she said, adding that the woman remains in her job.

head of the organization has an inappropriate relationship with a subordinate, cheating on his wife. He is forced out over poor judgment and the harm he did to his authority and the organization by his actions.

I'm curious, though -- where the folks are defending him because this is "just about sex."

Too bad he was President of the Red Cross and not President of the United States -- after all, he certainly got held to a higher standard than one William Jefferson Clinton.

I wonder if Mrs. Everson will now be seen as the leading candidate for her husbands former position -- after all, if marriage to a philandering former leader is good enough for the United States of America, it out to be good enough for the American Red Cross.

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I'll judge him by his deeds in office, not his sexual orientation. And you'll find that to be the general reaction of Republicans.

Brian Bates is a 36-year-old business owner in charge of Doraville's annual Police Appreciation Day.

He's active in his neighborhood association and staunchly supports popular police Chief John King, who became a major issue in elections earlier this month.

So Bates' victory in a race for city council didn't come as a major surprise in this town of about 10,000 residents. But, it was, in fact, groundbreaking.

Bates is now the state's first openly gay Republican elected to office a development that has gained the attention of politicos and pundits across the country.

Georgia Equality, the state's largest organization supporting gay rights, says he's the first openly gay Republican to win a race in the Deep South.

I'll be interested to see how he does in office. Is it his intent to be a gay REPUBLICAN or a GAY Republican? Time will tell.

Personally, I hope he is successful in office, and if he rises higher politically I will judge him in precisely the same manner that I judge other candidates -- without regard to sexual orientation, but with regard to the issues and his qualifications. I'll likely agree with him on some things and disagree with him on others -- just like every other Republican office holder.

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Teddy To Take Chappaquidick Blood Money

Unfortunately, Mary Jo Kopechne is unavailable for comment on Senator Teddy the Hutts (D-Chivas) multi-million dollar book deal.

Mr. Kennedy, who will work with a co-writer, is expected to write candidly about his personal history, including the 1969 Chappaquiddick accident in which he drove a car off a bridge on Marthas Vineyard, resulting in the death of Mary Jo Kopechne, a former member of Senator Robert F. Kennedys staff. He will also write about his unsuccessful bid for the presidency.

Want to bet he doesnt offer a dime of reparations to the family of the girl he left to drown while he slept off the liquor and looked for a patsy to take the fall?

After all, being a Democrat means never having to say youre sorry.

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Sometimes Life Is Just Surreal

Take this story.

A troublesome trio of transvestites allegedly laid siege to a Memphis McDonald's restaurant Sunday night, sparking a brawl with the restaurant's crew, according to reports.

Police said they were working on a more detailed description of three men dressed in drag who came into a McDonald's restaurant and started swinging.

Restaurant employee Martez Brisco was working the drive-through window when he reportedly got into an argument with the suspects. When Brisco ignored them tapping at the window, they came in.

"They come to the window, 'Tap, tap, tap.' I'm still ignoring them," Brisco told WMC-TV. "I guess that just pissed them off worser."

The transvestites allegedly struck the manager with a tire iron, and when he swung back, the drag queens took off their stiletto boots, removed their earrings and prepared to attack. The manager, Albert Bolton, was covered with scratch marks after suspects clawed him with their fingernails.

Bolton grabbed a pot of scalding french-fry grease and hurled it at his attackers. One of the cross-dressers then smacked Bolton with a wet floor sign, sending him to the hospital in an ambulance, WMC-TV reported.

Before driving off, the three attackers smashed the drive-through window.

It is a good thing this is a news story. If some television show included a scene like this, every P.C. Sensitivity group would be out protesting the horrific mistreatment and oppression such a storyline contained. Maybe they can picket the perps instead.

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Dem Double Standard

Democrats and others on the Left are, of course, up in arms over this.

Hillary Clinton's campaign team are furious that an unsubstantiated rumour of a lesbian affair with her exotic aide de camp Huma Abedin, which has been doing the rounds of 'underground' blogs and websites in recent weeks, appears to have gone mainstream after reports in foreign papers addressed the subject of dirty tricks on the US presidential campaign trail.

The problem started with a report in the London Times on Thursday. 'Hillary Clinton has been accused of having an affair with Huma Abedin,' read the caption under a photograph of the two trouser-suited women (above left) striding across the tarmac to catch a plane. The next day, the Russian newspaper Pravda wrote a similar round-up which concluded: "Hillary and her aide, Huma Abedin, do live together at home and on the road, but the only way to nail Clinton would be to catch them together in a lesbian action."

The rumour of a lesbian love affair appears to have been been started in August 2007 by the New York freesheet, the Village Voice. Although neither the Times nor Pravda made any attempt to claim the story was true, some Americans have taken the reports in two of the world's most famous newspapers to heart. Not least Hillary's own team. "This does not even qualify as tabloid trash... it's ridiculous and reckless," a Clinton aide said at the weekend.

On the other hand, they are more than willing to peddle this line of crap with significantly less substantiation.

The boy happens to be real, and his stage name is Benjamin Nicholas. One of the politicos Big Head DC has learned hes alleged to have been involved with is the married Sen. Trent Lott, 66, who unexpectedly announced his retirement on Monday. Lott is well-known to have been against a plethora of gay rights issues throughout his terms in Congress. He was also good friends with Sen. Larry Craig throughout his time in Congress.

Nicholas told Big Head DC today via e-mail that he didnt want to go on the record to talk about his dealings with Lott, because, said Nicholas, Trent is going through his fair share of scrutiny right now and I dont want to add to it.

However, e-mail and other records confirm that the two have met on at least two occasions.

All I can say at this point is no comment, Nicholas told us. Its the professional thing for me to do.

Sorry, folks, but you cannot have it both way. Stories like these, both of which are unsubstantiated, are either both out of bounds or both acceptable. Either a public figures sexual orientation is open to question, or it isnt and given rumors about Hillary and lesbianism dating back 15 years, I think the Clinton story is probably MORE important and appropriate than whether Trent Lott swings like a pendulum do, despite all the allegations of hypocrisy from the allegedly gay-friendly, effectively homophobic Left. After all, one is running for President, and so we have an absolute right to know, dont you think especially since it would give us the reason that Bill Clinton has had to resort to a pattern of abuse of office, sexual assault, and fellatio with fat chicks to satisfy his sexual needs, namely that his wife didnt because of her urgent craving for some carpet with a side order of thighs.

And are you offended by the paragraph directly above this one? Intended as satire, it is no more outrageous than the comments made on a great many Democrat-leaning sites today.

So, denizens of the Left, you must decide. Are the sex lives of politicians -- all politicians, not just the ones you hate, not just the ones who don't vote the "straight" gay agenda -- open for public scrutiny and commentary? Or does there exist a zone of privacy that must be respected, one which ought be pierced only in cases of flagrant extramarital affairs or criminal charges?

FYI -- I vote for the latter, and therefore find both stories inappropriate.

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Sean Taylor Dead


Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor has died from the gunshot wound he suffered early Monday when he was shot in his Miami home.

"He did not make it through the night," said Taylor's attorney, Richard Sharpstein, who called the incident "a ridiculous unnecessary tragedy."

Taylor died in the Miami hospital where he was taken after being shot once in the leg early Monday morning. The bullet severed his femoral artery. Police are investigating the shooting as a possible home invasion.

Taylor's death comes after what had been interpreted as optimistic signs following hours of surgery.

Taylor had squeezed a doctor's hand and made facial expressions early Monday evening, Redskins officials and a family friend said, providing some hope after he emerged from seven hours of surgery at Jackson Memorial Hospital. He had been "unresponsive and unconscious" until that point and doctors had feared possible brain injury or death, according to Taylor's attorney, Richard Sharpstein.

Signs had seemed good up to that point, but I guess the reports were overly optimistic. It will be interesting to find out why the reality was so different from what we all thought.

My deepest sympathies to Taylor's family and teammates.

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Democrat Candidates Suck

I could have told you that, Bob.

A friend of mine, talking about the Democratic presidential candidates, tossed out a wonderful mixed metaphor: This is awfully weak tea to have to hang your hat on.

The notion that Bush & Co. had fouled things up so badly for Republicans that just about any Democrat could romp to victory in 2008 was never realistic. Whats interesting now, with the first contests just weeks away, is the extent to which Democratic voters are worried about the possibility that none of their candidates have the stuff to take the White House.

This election, the most important in decades, cries out for strong leadership. The electorate is upset, anxious and hungry for change. But weak tea is as good a term as any to describe what the Democrats are offering.

So what's the problem?

The problem for voters is that very little leadership has emerged from the many months of frenetic Democratic fund-raising and politicking.

For all the noise and incessant posturing, we still dont have a clear sense of where Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama or any of the others would take the country.

That is because none of them has a vision beyond arguing that they are not George W. Bush. They are intent upon running against an incumbent who cannot stand for reelection.

Herbert, of course, offers a vision -- the same warmed over liberal cliches about health care, surrender in Iraq, and taking on the alleged racism of those who want American borders secure and immigration laws enforced.

Unfortunately, Herbert overlooks the problem facing the Democrats -- there are no inspiring candidates in the race, once one scratches the surface.

Hillary? She thinks marrying power constitutes competence.

Obama? All image, no substance.

Edwards? Run left, but without sincerity.

The rest of the pack? Oh, puh-leeeeeeez!

Frighteningly, the only hope for substance the Democrats could have had was Al Gore doing a Richard Nixon and rising from the political grave.

What am I saying? Don't be surprised when the returns come in and the next president is a Republican.

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Ron Paul Gets Cash From Hookers And Pimps

But you know what, this development doesn't bother me for two reasons.

1) We're talking about participants in the legal sex trade in Nevada.

2) Ron Paul's libertarianism is at least theoretically open to prostitution as a legitimate industry and personal choice.

Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul, an underdog Texas congressman with a libertarian streak, has picked up an endorsement from a Nevada brothel owner.

Dennis Hof, owner of the Moonlite BunnyRanch near Carson City, said he was so impressed after hearing Paul at a campaign stop in Reno last week that he decided to raise money for him.

"I'll get all the (working girls) together, and we can raise him some money," Hof told the Reno Gazette-Journal. "I'll put up a collection box outside the door. They can drop in $1, $5 contributions."

Now I'll contrast this with Ron Paul taking money from Nazis. The key thing here is that we aren't talking about hate mongers supporting the campaign. Reasonable people can argue about the propriety of prostitution, something that cannot be done about the genocidal racist ideology of other Ron Paul donors. At worst, this is simply amusing.

On the other hand, here's some info I could have done without.

Hof was accompanied to the Paul news conference by television news personality Tucker Carlson, who is traveling with Paul for a magazine article he is writing.

"Dennis Hof is a good friend of mine, so when we got to Nevada, I decided to call him up and see if he wanted to come check this guy out," said Carlson, who hosts the show "Tucker" on MSNBC.

This produces images that I really didn't need to have in my head (Tucker+bowtie+hooker=ICK!). But it also raises another question -- the propriety of Carlson seeming to recruit supporters for a candidate he is covering.

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Giuliani Taking The Gloves Off

Maybe he realizes that he still has to win the nomination first.

In a big strategic shift, Rudy Giuliani hammered Mitt Romneys record Sunday on three fronts, saying it was time to take the mask off and take a look at what kind of governor was he.

Using some of the toughest language of his campaign, Giuliani, in an interview with Politico, slammed Romney on health care, crime and taxes. At the same time he portrayed the one-time moderate as a hypocrite on a host of social issues who lives in a glass house. It was easily the most sweeping attack Giuliani has delivered against Romney in this campaign.

He throws stones at people, Giuliani said in an interview on his campaign bus. And then on that issue he usually has a worse record than whoever hes throwing stones at.

The Romney camp responded by calling Giuliani's attack "nasty" and offering a point-by-point rebuttal.

Judging by Giuliani's rhetoric, he has appeared for weeks to be running more against New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, the Democratic front-runner, than any of his Republican foes. But as his poll numbers have dipped in this critical state, the former New York mayor has stepped up his campaign schedule and TV presence and also begun to take dead aim at Romney, whom polls show as the GOP front-runner here.

I think theres a difference between a guy who gets results, real results, that were applauded nationwide and somebody who had a mixed record at best as governor, Giuliani said.

Rudy is lucky in one regard -- there is no way that Mitt Romney could be his running mate due to the geographical proximity of their home states. In a Giuliani Administration, Mitt Romney would have to be content with a cabinet position (Treasury, Commerce), while Rudy would have to do the same in a Romney Administration (Attorney General, Homeland Security). That let's him be a bit more free with his rhetoric.

Unfortunately, with that freedom comes the need to take care to not damage Mitt Romney too badly. After all, he could still be the nominee, and too savage an attack could leave Romney damaged goods in the general election. This is the same dilemma that the other GOP candidates face with Rudy, who has been the front runner -- how to score points without damaging Giuliani too severely in the general election

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November 26, 2007

Like This Surprises Me

He shot up his school years ago, killing five.

Now he's on drugs and packing heat in violation of the law.

A man convicted as a 13-year-old for killing four Arkansas middle-school students and a teacher in an ambush and released from a juvenile detention center two years ago on his 21st birthday, faces new weapons charges.

Mitchell S. Johnson, 23, was indicted by a federal grand jury in October on charges of possession of a firearm while being either a user of or addicted to a controlled substance. The indictment came after his arrest earlier this year during a traffic stop in Fayetteville, Ark.

Officers found a loaded 9 mm pistol in Mr. Johnson's van and 21 grams of marijuana inside a personal bag. State prosecutors dropped the original misdemeanor arrest charges against Mr. Johnson when the U.S. Attorney's Office in Fayetteville decided to seek a federal indictment in the case.

Mr. Johnson pleaded not guilty last month to the federal charges and was released on $5,000 bond. A trial has been scheduled to begin Dec. 3 before U.S. District Judge Jimm L. Hendren in Fayetteville. If convicted, Mr. Johnson faces up to 10 years in prison more than the seven years he served for the 1998 school killings in Jonesboro, Ark.

This guy is a stone cold killer, who set up an ambush of his school for fun. He walked away with a minimal sentence because he was a juvenile. Let's hope that the book gets thrown at Mitchell Johnson here, and that he gets to spend the full ten years behind bars. Too bad he'll be allowed to walk the streets again.

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More Muslim Tolerance

Of all the absurdity! Of all the barbarity!

A British primary school teacher arrested in Sudan faces up to 40 lashes for blasphemy after letting her class of 7-year-olds name a teddy bear Muhammad. Gillian Gibbons, 54, from Liverpool, was arrested at at Khartoum's Unity High School yesterday, and accused of insulting the Prophet of Islam.

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Robert Boulos, the Unity director, said Gibbons was following a British National Curriculum course designed to teach young pupils about animals and their habitats. This years animal was the bear.
In September, she asked a girl to bring in her teddy bear to help the class focus and then asked the children to name the toy.
They came up with eight names including Abdullah, Hassan and Muhammad. Then she explained what it meant to vote and asked them to choose the name, Boulos said.
Twenty out of the 23 children chose Muhammad. Each child was allowed to take the bear home for weekends and asked to keep a diary about what they did with the toy. Each entry was collected in a book with a picture of the bear on the cover, next to the message "My name is Muhammad."
Boulos said that the bear itself was not marked or labeled with the name in any way, adding that Sudanese police had now seized the book and asked to interview the 7-year-old girl who brought in the bear.

Of course, I would never name a teddy bear Muhammad, given my reluctance to give insult to the cute stuffed animal.

But I would like to introduce you to our new mascot for posts on Islamic Outrage.

Islamic Outrage Pig.jpg

H/T Michelle Malkin, Shimshon 9, JammieWearingFool

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Hitchens The Grand Inquisitor

Christopher Hitchens is a wonderful writer and a clear thinker on matters not related to religion but when it comes to Mitt Romneys religion, he is positively unhinged. That Slate would even consider publishing what can only be considered a hate piece on Mitt and Mormonism.

It ought to be borne in mind that Romney is not a mere rank-and-file Mormon. His family is, and has been for generations, part of the dynastic leadership of the mad cult invented by the convicted fraud Joseph Smith. It is not just legitimate that he be asked about the beliefs that he has not just held, but has caused to be spread and caused to be inculcated into children. It is essential. Here is the most salient reason: Until 1978, the so-called Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was an officially racist organization. Mitt Romney was an adult in 1978. We need to know how he justified this to himself, and we need to hear his self-criticism, if he should chance to have one.

Upon what basis does this would-be Torquemada argue that Romney should be subject to increased scrutiny for his beliefs? Why, his family tree and his missionary work (as well as raising his children in the faith, apparently). What next? Dose Hitchens intend to insist that all Catholic candidates take a public stand upon the issue of ordaining women? What of Orthodox Jews like Joe Lieberman would he ask such questions, or even dare to do so for fear of being rightly labeled as an anti-Semite?

And then there is this resurrection of the bigotry of 1960 appropriate, as it was first raised in 1994 by none other than Teddy Kennedys campaign about whether he would be a puppet of the leaders of his church in Salt Lake.

There is also the questionthis one more nearly resembles the one that John F. Kennedy agreed to answer so straightforwardly in 1960of authority. The Mormons claim that their leadership is prophetic and inspired and that its rulings take precedence over any human law. The constitutional implications of this are too obvious to need spelling out, but it would be good to see Romney spell them out all the same.

The evidence is pretty clear on this one -- that Mormons with such distinct political philosophies and behaviors as Orrin Hatch and Harry Reid should be proof of that.

And then there is this flip comment.

If candidates can be asked to declare their preference as between briefs and boxers, then we already have a precedent, and Romney can be asked whether, as a true believer should, he wears Mormon underwear. What's un-American about that?

Other than that the original question to Bill Clinton was inappropriate, and his decision to answer gave clear evidence of his basic unfitness for office, there is no reason to discuss what may have been the nadir of American politics during the last 20 years. What next- asking Joe Lieberman if he is circumcised?

Im not a Mormon, and I have repeatedly rejected their doctrine as being nonsensical to me .Those who want to make Mormonism an issue in the 2008 presidential race fall into one category with two horns they are all bigots, and the only question is if they are motivated by a hatred of Mormonism in particular or religion in general. In Hitchens case, we know the answer.

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Sharif Returns To Pakistan

Nawaz Sharif has returned to Pakistan. As you may recall, he was rushed back into exile weeks ago when he attempted to return. That was before Musharraf imposed his state of emergency.

Now Sharif is back.

Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif returned to Pakistan late Sunday, greeted by crowds of frenzied supporters after seven years in exile. His arrival injects a new element of complexity into the country's chaotic political scene and presents a powerful challenge to the military president who deposed him.

Sharif had attempted to return in September but was forced to leave the country without stepping off his plane. This time, his homecoming received the reluctant acquiescence of President Pervez Musharraf.

Police sealed off the airport in Lahore, Sharif's political stronghold, early Sunday following rumors that he would be arrested or whisked away to his suburban home under guard. But hundreds of supporters surged through the police lines and barricades, chanting his name nonstop as they waited for his plane from Saudi Arabia to land.

Sharif finally emerged about 7:30 p.m. and attempted to speak, but his words were inaudible in the roar of cheers. He was then carried aloft by the crowd to a black bulletproof Mercedes-Benz. His motorcade inched through the city all evening, along streets lined with tens of thousands of supporters.

News agencies reported that Sharif called on Musharraf to lift the emergency rule he declared Nov. 3 and to restore the suspended constitution. Sharif said that the emergency conditions were "not conducive to free and fair elections" and that he had "come back to save my country."

There is already talk of an electoral coalition between Sharif and Benazir Bhutto. What this means in regards to her previous discussions with Musharraf is an interesting question. Could it be that Musharraf's two biggest rivals will unite with him to help bring order to the country? Or will they instead unite against him -- and will such a move bring stability to Pakistan?

Given Sharif's long-standing opposition to Musharraf and his adamant rejection of any deals with the man who overthrew his government eight years ago, I suspect we will see the formation of a Sharif-Bhutto coalition to oppose Musharraf. However, I doubt that they will have either the strength or the will to remove the General from power in the short term, meaning that they will have to work out some sort of power-sharing arrangement following the elections in January.

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Adopt 70/70

There is absolutely no reason for the FCC not to act to ensure that American consumers have greater choice in cable television programming. What was once a small segment of the entertainment pie in need of protection to grow is now large enough to survive in a competitive environment. The benefits of such competition would accrue to the consumers.

The head of the Federal Communications Commission is struggling to find enough support from a majority of the agencys commissioners to regulate cable television companies more tightly.

The five-member commission is set to vote on Tuesday on a report, proposed by Kevin J. Martin, the agencys chairman, that would give the commission expanded powers over the cable industry after making a formal finding that it had grown too big.

After news reports this month that Mr. Martin supported the finding along with the commissions two Democrats the cable industry heavily lobbied the commission and allies in Congress to kill the proposal. Those efforts may be paying off.

Only in the most rare instances should government be protecting a monopoly. And then only with fledgling industries that will not grow without such protection or when an economy of scale dictates that only one provider can economically provide goods and services efficiently. Cable falls into neither of these categories.

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Proof Annapolis Will Be A Farce

At one time is was "you are with us or with the terrorists."

Now one of the nations often considered a part of the Axis of Evil, a known state sponsor of terrorism, will be permitted to attend the Annapolis Peace Conference as an equal -- with no renunciation of terrorism as a weapon against Israel.

Syria announced Sunday that it would attend the Middle East peace meeting beginning here Monday night, joining Saudi Arabia and the rest of the Arab League participants in a turnabout that represented a victory for the Bush administration.

Syria, a supporter of groups opposed to a Palestinian peace with Israel, said it would send a deputy foreign minister to the meeting, which will continue on Tuesday in Annapolis, Md. In return, Syria was promised that Israels occupation of the Golan Heights, taken from Syria in the 1967 war, would be on the agenda.

The Annapolis meeting, a major initiative pressed by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, will begin negotiations on a peace treaty to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict while simultaneously committing Israel and the Palestinians to carry out long-postponed obligations contained in the first stage of the 2003 peace plan known as the road map.

The presence of major Arab countries, now including Syria, is meant to provide Arab sanction and support for the Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas to make the concessions required for peace. The Arabs promise Israel that a comprehensive peace will mean their recognition of the Jewish state. But a comprehensive peace must also include a resolution on the Golan Heights.

Until the Arabs recognize Israel and promise to end the campaign of Jew-killing, there should be no peace talks. And there should certainly be no talks that include terrorists and their sponsors. It appears that this administration is headed down the same road as the Clinton Administration did in 2000 -- seeking a legacy at all costs, even at the expense of America's closest ally in the Middle East. What a shameful betrayal of both principle and friendship.

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There is a little secret under a small town in Italy. It began as the work of one man and expanded over the years. And the beauty that has been created is stunning -- and all done in secret by a small, tight-lipped group.

Nestling in the foothills of the Alps in northern Italy, 30 miles from the ancient city of Turin, lies the valley of Valchiusella. Peppered with medieval villages, the hillside scenery is certainly picturesque.

But it is deep underground, buried into the ancient rock, that the region's greatest wonders are concealed.

Here, 100ft down and hidden from public view, lies an astonishing secret - one that has drawn comparisons with the fabled city of Atlantis and has been dubbed 'the Eighth Wonder of the World' by the Italian government.

For weaving their way underneath the hillside are nine ornate temples, on five levels, whose scale and opulence take the breath away.

Constructed like a three-dimensional book, narrating the history of humanity, they are linked by hundreds of metres of richly decorated tunnels and occupy almost 300,000 cubic feet - Big Ben is 15,000 cubic feet.

Few have been granted permission to see these marvels.

Indeed, the Italian government was not even aware of their existence until a few years ago.

But the 'Temples of Damanhur' are not the great legacy of some long-lost civilisation, they are the work of a 57-year-old former insurance broker from northern Italy who, inspired by a childhood vision, began digging into the rock.

You have got to look at the pictures that go along with the article. They are truly stunning, and testify to the ingenuity of those involved in creating what some call the eighth wonder of the world.

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November 25, 2007

NYTimes Shills For Illegals Again

If only the mean old federal government would quit treating illegal aliens like they've broken the law or something!

It was still dark the morning of Sept. 27 when armed federal immigration agents, guided by local police officers, swept into this village on the East End of Long Island. Within hours, as the team rousted sleeping families, 11 men were added to a running government tally of arrests made in Operation Community Shield, a two-year-old national program singling out violent gang members for deportation.

Violent foreign-born gang members and their associates have more than worn out their welcome, Julie L. Myers, assistant secretary of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said at an October news conference announcing the arrests of 1,313 people in the operation over the summer and fall nationwide. And to them I have one message: Good riddance.

But, to the dismay of many of Greenports 2,500 residents, the raid here did not match her words.

Only one of the 11 men taken away that morning was suspected of a gang affiliation, according to the Southold Town police, who patrol Greenport and played the crucial role of identifying targets for the operation.

The 10 others, while accused of immigration violations, were not gang associates and had no criminal records.

Instead, they were known as good workers and family men. When they suddenly vanished into the far-flung immigration detention system, six of their employers hired lawyers to try to find and free them. Some went further, like Dan and Tina Finne, who agreed to take care of the 3-year-old American-born daughter of a Guatemalan carpenter who was swept up in the raid, if her mother was detained, too.

This is un-American, said Ms. Finne, 41, a Greenport native, echoing other citizens who condemned the home raids in public meetings and letters to The Suffolk Times, a weekly newspaper. We need to do something about immigration, but not this.

No, what is un-American is the fact that folks like Mr. Finne and the New York Times are willing to allow our nation's immigration laws go unenforced. What is un-American is that we have no control over our border and any solution such folks offer is nothing less than a de facto amnesty which will, as history has taught us, lead to more illegals streaming across the border because they know they won't be stopped and will get lots of freebies unavailable back home. And what is un-American is the demonization of those of us who want to see a secure border and enforced immigration laws.

Please remember -- the only right these folks have is the right to be deported.

Round 'em up! Ship 'em back! Rawhide!

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Young People Lag In Understanding Of American System

As a rule, I consider anything said by Naomi Wolf to be nothing but a steaming pile of crap. However, she does get the central point correct in her piece in today's Washington Post.

Is America still America if millions of us no longer know how democracy works?

When I speak on college campuses, I find that students are either baffled by democracy's workings or that they don't see any point in engaging in the democratic process. Sometimes both.

Take it from a guy who regularly teaches American Government to students in that age group -- they just don't get it. I've had classes in which less than a third of my students are registered to vote, and even those are cynical about the system.

According to a recent study by the National Center for Education Statistics, only 47 percent of high school seniors have mastered a minimum level of U.S. history and civics, while only 14 percent performed at or above the "proficient" level. Middle schoolers in many states are no longer required to take classes in civics or government. Only 29 states require high school students to take a government or civics course, leaving millions of young Americans in the dark about why democracy matters.

A survey released by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute in September found that U.S. high school students missed almost half the questions on a civic literacy test. Only 45.9 percent of those surveyed knew that the sentence "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal" is in the Declaration of Independence. Yet these same students can probably name the winner of "American Idol" in a heartbeat.

The study also found that the more students increase their civic knowledge during college, the more likely they are to vote and engage in other civic activities. And vice versa -- civic illiteracy equals civic inaction.

Now my high school students know that quote from the Declaration of Independence -- they hear it from me frequently enough that they can actually recite it along with me -- but they often struggle with what it means. And my college students are not much better in that regard, which frightens me because they are in a program preparing for a career in the legal field. Indeed, those older students are shocked when I start the class off with the requirement that they actually read the Constitution, including all 27 amendment -- despite the fact that their eventual career will likely require a reasonable familiarity with some portions of it.

Now Wolf tries to lay a large part of the problem at the door of No Child Left behind.

In recent years, the trend away from teaching democracy to young Americans has been at least partly a consequence of the trend of teaching to the standardized tests introduced by the Bush administration. Mandated by the federal No Child Left Behind Act, the tests assess chiefly math and reading comprehension. Basic civics and history have suffered. As a result, teenagers and young adults often have no clue why the United States is different from, say, Egypt or Russia; they have little idea what liberty is.

Interestingly enough, the tests here in Texas include a social studies component with heavy emphasis on the foundations of the American republic. However, a multiple choice test is necessarily a limited tool, and the state's sequencing of social studies courses is absurd -- the first half of American history is taught in 8th grade, and the subject is not returned to until the 11th grade, while Government is reserved for seniors who are already counting the seconds until graduation. Is it any wonder that the kids don't find themselves particularly engaged by the American system (or American history, for that matter)? It isn't even taught in a systematic manner!

But I think Wolf hits upon a bigger reason for the disaffection here.

Young Americans have also inherited some strains of thought from the left that have undermined their awareness of and respect for democracy. When New Left activists of the 1960s started the antiwar and free speech student movements, they didn't get their intellectual framework from Montesquieu or Thomas Paine: They looked to Marx, Lenin and Mao. It became fashionable to employ Marxist ways of thinking about social change: not "reform" but "dialectic"; not "citizen engagement" but "ideological correctness"; not working for change but "fighting the man."

During the Vietnam War, the left further weakened itself by abandoning the notion of patriotism. Young antiwar leaders burned the flag instead of invoking the ideals of the republic it represents. By turning their backs on the idea of patriotism -- and even on the brave men who were fighting the unpopular war -- the left abandoned the field to the right to "brand" patriotism as it own, often in a way that means uncritical support for anything the executive branch decides to do.

In the Reagan era, when the Iran-contra scandal showed a disregard for the rule of law, college students were preoccupied with the fashionable theories of post-structuralism and deconstructionism, critical language and psychoanalytic theories developed by French philosophers Jacques Lacan and Jacques Derrida that were often applied to the political world, with disastrous consequences. These theories were often presented to students as an argument that the state -- even in the United States -- is only a network of power structures. This also helped confine to the attic of unfashionable ideas the notion that the state could be a platform for freedom; so much for the fusty old Rights of Man.

Herein lies the most important aspect of her argument. All too often, American government is presented by educators, the media, and even political figures as a broken, oppressive system that does not answer the needs of the American people. Rather than focus upon what is right with the American system, too many of those who educate our young people (either directly or indirectly) communicate what is wrong with that system. Add to that the fact that they take as the basis of their analysis philosophies that reject even the basic underpinnings of democratic values, and it is clear why our education about American government -- too often, the message communicated by those who teach about it is that there is no reason to believe in that form of government at all.

It is clear from her writings that Naomi Wolf does not like Ronald Reagan. But I think that this quote from his Farewell Address of January 11, 1989, which I use in my sig line at school, is one she would agree with as an appropriate goal for all who educate students about the American system of government.

An informed patriotism is what we want. And are we doing a good enough job teaching our children what America is and what she represents in the long history of the world?

...We've got to do a better job of getting across that America is freedom -- freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of enterprise. And freedom is special and rare. It's fragile, it needs protection.

I don't have to agree with Naomi Wolf's politics to agree with her diagnosis of this problem. Indeed, I think it better that I don't -- because it shows, in a truly American fashion, that all sides of the political debate can and should be united in our efforts pass on the values that allow us to govern ourselves as a free people.

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Mandatory Insurance Woes In Massachusetts

This should raise red flags for those who believe that anything other than a Canadian or British-style system will serve the goal of covering everyone.

As the Democratic presidential candidates debate whether Americans should be forced to obtain health insurance, the people of Massachusetts are living the dilemma in real time.

A year after Massachusetts became the only state to require that individuals have health coverage, residents face deadlines to sign up or lose their personal tax exemption, worth $219 on next years state income tax returns. More than 200,000 previously uninsured residents have enrolled, but state officials estimate that at least that number, and perhaps twice as many, have not.

Those managing the enrollment effort say it has exceeded expectations. In particular, state-subsidized insurance packages offered to low-income residents have been so popular that the programs spending may exceed its budget by nearly $150 million.

But the reluctance of so many to enroll, along with the possible exemption of 60,000 residents who cannot afford premiums, has raised questions about whether even a mandate can guarantee truly universal coverage.

Additional concerns have been generated by projections that the states insurers plan to raise rates 10 percent to 12 percent next year, twice this years national average. That would undercut the plans secondary goal of slowing the increase in health costs.

Personally, I'm interested in seeing how this impacts the Romney campaign. After all, mitt signed this measure into law before he left office, and it has been mentioned by some as a signature accomplishment. However, he has not proposed a federal program along these lines, and has come out against a national insurance plan, preferring to leave the matter to the states.

In the end, though, this provides ammunition for both sides of the health care debate -- those favoring it able to show that only a single-payer system can get universal coverage, and those opposed able to point to the price increases as a natural consequence of government interference with the health care market.

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Saudis On Rape Victim: She Asked For it

Now they are accusing her of having an affair -- based upon the claims of the rapists.

Under fire for its treatment of a rape victim, the Saudi Arabian government on Saturday said that the woman had an "illegitimate relationship" with a man who was not her husband, and that both "exposed themselves to this heinous crime."

In a statement, the kingdom's Ministry of Justice said it was "forced ... to clarify the role of the woman and the man who was accompanying her in this case and its circumstances" because of what it claimed were false media reports.

The 19-year-old woman was initially sentenced to 90 lashes for meeting with the man -- described by her attorney as a former friend from whom she was retrieving a photograph.

The seven attackers, who abducted the pair and raped her, received sentences ranging from 10 months to five years in jail.

When the woman appealed her sentence, a Saudi court more than doubled it. The Qatif General Court also increased the sentence for the rapists, to two to nine years in prison.

The case has drawn international attention, provoked outrage in the West and cast light on the treatment of women under Saudi Arabia's strict Islamic law.

Now the Saudis initially said that the sentence was increased because the woman dared to complain about being punished for being raped. now they are claiming something else entirely.

The government statement said that according to the woman's signed confession, she called a man on her cell phone and "asked to be with him alone, illegally." The two met at a marketplace, then rode in the man's car to "a dark area of the beach, and stayed there for some time," the ministry said.

The group of attackers "saw her in a compromising situation, her clothes on the ground," the statement said. "The men at this point assaulted her and the man with her."

Now this could be as little as having removed her abaya, that degrading head-to-toe covering that Saudi law uses to dehumanize women. You know, since Saudi law presumes that men are so incapable of controlling themselves in a civilized manner that an exposed wrist -- much less an exposed face -- can drive them into a rape-inducing frenzy. And in such cases, the rape is clearly the fault of the woman, who victimized the men by daring to be uncovered.

I've got a great idea. Since Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal will be in Annapolis this week, maybe it is time for outraged Americans to seize him and administer to him the same 200 lashes the barbaric government he represents intends to mete out to a rape victim. You know, just to send the jumped-up desert bandits who rule the kingdom a message about how strongly the civilized world objects to such sharia-based despotism.

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How Will Dems Deal With Iraq Success?

Let's look back less than six months.


And as we see changes that point towards victory, what do they say?

As violence declines in Baghdad, the leading Democratic presidential candidates are undertaking a new and challenging balancing act on Iraq: acknowledging that success, trying to shift the focus to the lack of political progress there, and highlighting more domestic concerns like health care and the economy.

Advisers to Senators Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama say that the candidates have watched security conditions improve after the troop escalation in Iraq and concluded that it would be folly not to acknowledge those gains. At the same time, they are arguing that American casualties are still too high, that a quick withdrawal is the only way to end the war and that the so-called surge in additional troops has not paid off in political progress in Iraq.

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The politics of Iraq are going to change dramatically in the general election, assuming Iraq continues to show some hopefulness, said Michael E. OHanlon, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution who is a supporter of Mrs. Clintons and a proponent of the military buildup. If Iraq looks at least partly salvageable, it will be important to explain as a candidate how you would salvage it how you would get our troops out and not lose the war. The Democrats need to be very careful with what they say and not hem themselves in.

The problem is that they are going to have to explain how they have any credibility left after declaring the war lost and indicating their lack of resolve to win. They are going to have to explain why America should trust them to make hard, unpopular choices in the name of national security even in the face of declining poll numbers. And they will have to explain why their response to an improved situation on the ground in Iraq today is the same as their response to the gloomy outlook that the Democrats capitalized on in 2006.

In other words, why is the only solution offered by todays Democrats the same one we saw in Saigon in 1975?


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Watcher's Council Results

The winning entries in the Watcher's Council vote for this week are Charting a New Course In Iraq Messaging by Cheat Seeking Missiles, and The Irrationality of Europe by The Van Der Galin Gazette.  Here is your link to the full results of the votethe winning entries in the Watcher's Council vote for this week are Charting a New Course In Iraq Messaging by Cheat Seeking Missiles, and The Irrationality of Europe by The Van Der Galin Gazette.  All members, please be sure to link to both winning entries (and to the full results of the vote) in a post.  There was actually a tie in the council category this week...  I enjoyed both posts, but Laer's post about Democratic defeatism ultimately won me over.  Right Wing Nut House was the only member unable to vote this week, and the only member affected by the 2/3 vote penalty.  Thanks to everyone for all the great entries this week...  I'm eager to see next week's entries!  Here are the full tallies of all votes cast:

VotesCouncil link
3Charting a New Course In Iraq Messaging
Cheat Seeking Missiles
2Prophets in a Freudian Age
Bookworm Room
1  2/3Who Won't Be the Next President
The Colossus of Rhodey
1  1/3The Infantilization of American Politics
Right Wing Nut House
1Desertion in Perspective
Done With Mirrors
2/3Lebanon's Presidential Election Postponed -- Again
2/3Blood's a Rover
Big Lizards
2/3LA Auto Show 2007 -- Expectation Leads to Disappointment... Again
Okie on the Lam
1/3Iran's Nuclear Development
The Glittering Eye

VotesNon-council link
3The Irrationality of Europe
The Van Der Galin Gazette
2  2/3The Ultimate War Simulation Game
2Al Dura Affair: France 2 Cooks the Raw Footage
Pajamas Media
1  2/3Dissecting Media "Bias": The Case of Eric Alterman
Oliver Kamm
1/3Good News Leaks Past the Embargo On Good News...
The Anchoress
1/3Farewell Israel: A Review
Seraphic Secret
1/3Why Lincoln Beat McClellan
The Jerusalem Post
1/3Agreed: God Hates Sex
Classical Values
1/3Sleepwalking Through History
Dr. Sanity


VotesCouncil link
3Charting a New Course In Iraq Messaging
Cheat Seeking Missiles
2Prophets in a Freudian Age
Bookworm Room
1  2/3Who Won't Be the Next President
The Colossus of Rhodey
1  1/3The Infantilization of American Politics
Right Wing Nut House
1Desertion in Perspective
Done With Mirrors
2/3Lebanon's Presidential Election Postponed -- Again
2/3Blood's a Rover
Big Lizards
2/3LA Auto Show 2007 -- Expectation Leads to Disappointment... Again
Okie on the Lam
1/3Iran's Nuclear Development
The Glittering Eye

VotesNon-council link
3The Irrationality of Europe
The Van Der Galin Gazette
2  2/3The Ultimate War Simulation Game
2Al Dura Affair: France 2 Cooks the Raw Footage
Pajamas Media
1  2/3Dissecting Media "Bias": The Case of Eric Alterman
Oliver Kamm
1/3Good News Leaks Past the Embargo On Good News...
The Anchoress
1/3Farewell Israel: A Review
Seraphic Secret
1/3Why Lincoln Beat McClellan
The Jerusalem Post
1/3Agreed: God Hates Sex
Classical Values
1/3Sleepwalking Through History
Dr. Sanity

I don't know about you, but I was really impressed by the entries this week. Thank you to all my fellow members of the Watcher's Council, and to the authors of the fine non-Council entries. But then again, when have we ever been disappointed?

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November 24, 2007

Maybe This Explains Ron Paul

If this level of tinfoil-hattism is so common, maybe he does stand a chance in 2008 after all.

Nearly two-thirds of Americans believe the federal government had warnings about 9/11 but decided to ignore them, a national survey found.

And that's not the only conspiracy theory with a huge number of true believers in the United States.

The poll found that more than one out of three Americans believe Washington is concealing the truth about UFOs and the Kennedy assassination - and most everyone is sure the rise in gas prices is one vast oil-industry conspiracy.

Sixty-two percent of those polled thought it was "very likely" or "somewhat likely" that federal officials turned a blind eye to specific warnings of the 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon.

Only 30 percent said the 9/11 theory was "not likely," according to the Scripps Howard/Ohio University poll.

The findings followed a 2006 poll by the same researchers, who found that 36 percent of Americans believe federal government officials "either assisted in the 9/11 attacks or took no action" because they wanted "to go to war in the Middle East."

In that poll, 16 percent said the Twin Towers might have collapsed because of secretly planted explosives - not hijacked passenger jets flown into them.

And what hit the Pentagon? Twelve percent figured it was a US cruise missile.

No wonder Ron Paul goes on the air with Alex Jones. No wonder you get his whack-job supporters disrupting other candidates' events. No wonder he has these big fundraising days. Americans have clearly lost their minds, and are willing to believe any sort of stupidity, no matter what the evidence to the contrary!

H/T Michelle Malkin, Dave Lucas, Right Wing Nut House, JammieWearingFool

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Brits Disrespect Wounded Vets

I'm shocked and appalled -- other than a few Code Pinkos and the like protesting outside of a VA hospital, I can't imagine anything this disgusting happening in the United States.

Injured soldiers who lost their limbs fighting for their country have been driven from a swimming pool training session by jeering members of the public.

The men, injured during tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, were taking part in a rehabilitation session at a leisure centre, when two women demanded they be removed from the pool. They claimed that the soldiers "hadn't paid" and might scare the children.

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The unpleasant scenes broke out at Leatherhead Leisure Centre in Surrey when the wounded veterans, who are at Headley Court Military Hospital, had to use the 25-metre public pool because the hydro-pool at the defence rehabilitation centre is not big enough for swimming.

The servicemen were about to begin their weekly swimming therapy in closed-off lanes when they were verbally abused by the swimmers.

One woman in her 30s was said to be infuriated by the lane closures saying the soldiers did not deserve to be there when she had paid.

It was also reported that others complained that limbless servicemen were scaring children at the centre.

The atmosphere was said to be so tense that the soldiers' instructors removed them.

Charles Murrin, 79, a Navy veteran who saw the incident, said: "The woman said the men do not deserve to be in there and that she pays to come in the pool and they don't. I spoke to the instructor in the changing room afterwards and he was livid."

Someone should have told these evil bitches that the missing limbs were clear evidence that these disabled soldiers had paid more than she ever would. Indeed, the cretins who engaged in such behavior should have been the ones ejected from the pool, not the wounded heroes.

I agree with the position taken by the former head of the British military.

The incident has sparked widespread condemnation. Adml Lord Boyce, a former head of the Armed Forces, said last night the women should be "named and shamed". "These people are beneath contempt and everything should be done to get their names and publish them in the press," he said. "It is contemptible that people who have given up their limbs for their country should be so abused when they are trying to get fit again."

Of course, a certain British poet diagnosed this contemptible attitude over a century ago.

For it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "Chuck him out, the brute!"

But it's "Saviour of 'is country," when the guns begin to shoot;

An' it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' anything you please;

But Tommy ain't a bloomin' fool - you bet that Tommy sees!

For shame!

UPDATE: Michelle Malkin picks up the story.

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I Agree With Hillary

Please note the date and time that I posted those words. You won't often see them on this blog.

But Hillary Clinton is right on manned space flight, as are (as far ad I can tell) the bulk of the Republican candidates.

The major presidential candidates pummel each other daily on issues ranging from the Iraq war to health care. But when it comes to President Bush's ambitious initiative to send humans back to the moon and on to Mars, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) is all but alone in staking out a formal position -- and it's one that lends support to key aspects of the president's effort.

She initially outlined the need for a "robust" human spaceflight program last month during a Washington speech on science policy, despite being broadly critical of the Bush administration's record on scientific issues.

The question of future manned space exploration took on greater prominence this week when Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) made clear that he is not enamored with NASA's effort to build a new spacecraft to take astronauts to the moon and beyond.

In a position paper on education unveiled in New Hampshire, Clinton's rival advocated delaying for five years the program to build the new multibillion-dollar Constellation spacecraft and using the savings to fund a variety of education initiatives.

Asked for a response, Clinton spokesman Isaac Baker said, "Senator Clinton does not support delaying the Constellation program and intends to maintain American leadership in space exploration."

I was nine years old when last man walked on the Moon. I am now 44, and if the current schedule is followed, I will be 56 when I next see man walk on our closest neighbor. And despite having been told as a child that I should expect to see humans on Mars by now, I do not know that I will live to see that mission accomplished.

Our manned space program, quite sadly, was allowed to degenerate into a mere cargo hauling and repair service since the end of the Apollo program over 30 years ago. It is high time that we seize the initiative and resume the task of exploration. If we can do so in cooperation with the Chinese, Japanese, Russians, Indians (all currently seeking to reach the moon and possibly beyond) and Europeans, then it should be done. if not, then we still must continue to reach beyond this planet and into the rest of the Solar System -- and beyond, as the technology develops.

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