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October 29, 2009

Obama Spokesman Gibbs Is Offensively Stupid

Any individual who could make this statement is too stupid to hold any position of responsibility in government.

"I've never seen anything like it," Gibbs said. "I think you get a real sense of gravity when you see the faces of those that are grieving loved ones."

He added: "You can see the genuine anguish in their faces. It's hard not to be overwhelmed by what you're seeing."

Imagine that -- families who have lost their loved ones in an instant are feeling genuine anguish! Now there's a news flash from the white house press flak. And that it took that for Gibbs to get a real sense of the gravity of the issues of life and death that come with committing troops to war is appalling.

I'll tell you what. I've often said that Joe Biden was the biggest proof of Obama's unreadiness for the presidency. I was wrong -- the biggest proof of his incompetence is that Robert Gibbs is still on the White House payroll.





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An Endorsement I’m Glad To See

Cheney backs Kay Bailey Hutchison.

Former Vice President Dick Cheney, a longtime acquaintance and supporter of U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, will be in Houston on Nov. 17 to formally endorse her in the race for governor against fellow Republican Gov. Rick Perry.

Hutchison spokeswoman Jennifer Baker said details for the events still are being determined. But she said there will be one public campaign event with Cheney and a closed fundraiser.

I was already a Hutchison backer before this endorsement, but having Vice President Cheney make this endorsement confirms for me that I am supporting the right candidate. We need a serious, thoughtful governor – and Kay will be that for us.

Now if we can only get Cheney elected president in 2012.





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A Hero Returns

Killed in action in 1944.

Returned to his family in 2009.

For two decades after her son's bomber went down in the Pacific Ocean during World War II, Vella Stinson faithfully wrote the U.S. government twice a month to ask if his body had been found — or if anyone was looking.

The mother of six strapping boys went to her grave without the answer that has finally reached her two surviving sons 65 years later: the remains of Sgt. Robert Stinson are coming home.

Military divers recovered two pieces of leg bone from the wreckage of a B-24J Liberator bomber found at the bottom of the ocean off the coast of the island nation of Palau. DNA testing showed the femur fragments belonged to the 24-year-old flight engineer who died in combat on Sept. 1, 1944.

Stinson's remains arrived under U.S. Air Force escort Wednesday and will be buried Friday at Riverside National Cemetery with full military honors. In between, the body will be kept at a mortuary less than 100 yards from the home where Stinson grew up with his brothers.

May Stinson and his fellow crew members rest in peace. A grateful nation honors your sacrifice.





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And Folks Wonder Why Some of Us See Islam As A Problem

Yes, I know that most Muslims are good people. I’ve said that a million times around here. But I can’t help but be struck by the constant appearance of stories like this one that indicate that there is a serious problem with religious/political violence against the civilized world coming out of the religion of Islam FROM WITHIN THE UNITED STATES.

After all, in the last 24 hours I’ve seen the following stories.

It seems like not a week goes by that we don’t have a series of such stories about jihadis among us, ready to do us harm in the name of Islam. And yet some among us still don’t even want to name the source of the problem for fear of hurting feelings or stigmatizing minorities.

But the reality is that that make me wonder – can we afford to allow Islam to continue grow unmolested in our nation? In light of the clear strain of violence and supremacism that has infected too many Muslim communities in America, can we treat Islam like any other religious faith in this country? And in the scariest part of my musings, I fearfully consider at this means for the future of the First Amendment in America and if stopping the jihadis among us in this “sweet land of liberty” will ultimately destroy the very freedoms that they want eradicated.





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Will The Left Turn Down The Rhetoric?

After all, they’ve been complaining that conservatives have been fostering a climate of violence with their harsh words about Obama and the Democrats. But it isn’t liberal politicians who are literally under fire – it is a conservative broadcaster and his family who have been the targets of gunfire.

A gunshot was fired at the New Jersey home of CNN's Lou Dobbs after a series of threatening phone calls earlier this month, the host told listeners on his nationally syndicated radio show.

Dobbs, a fervent proponent of U.S. border enforcement, told listeners of "The Lou Dobbs Show" on Monday that the incident is part of an ongoing assault against anyone who opposes amnesty or leniency toward illegal immigrants .

"They've created an atmosphere and they've been unrelenting in their propaganda," Dobbs said in reference to pro-immigration groups like the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), the National Council of La Raza and America's Voice. "Three weeks ago this morning, a shot was fired at my house where I live. My wife was standing out and that followed weeks and weeks of threatening phone calls."

Dobbs continued, "But this shot was fired with my wife not, I don't know, 15 feet away, and we had threatening phone calls that I decided not to report because I get threatening phone calls."

Personally, I blame hatemongers on the Left who have spent years demonizing any American who wants secure borders and a coherent immigration policy. Isn’t it time that we haul in Gerry Riviera/Geraldo Rivera for questioning on this? Shouldn’t we hold that hate-speaking faux-journalist morally culpable for the attempted murder of Mrs. Dobbs? The same with all the other folks and groups who have sought to delegitimize honest policy differences on an important political issue, too.





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Let’s See Them Try This With Muhammad

There would be riots, fatwas and murder attempts for everyone involved – assuming the show were even allowed to air.

Comedian Larry David is under attack from critics who say he pushed the mocking of religion and Christian belief in miracles over the edge in the latest episode of his HBO series "Curb Your Enthusiasm," which the cable network defended as "playful."

On the show's most recent installment, which aired Sunday, David urinates on a painting of Jesus Christ, causing a woman to believe the painting depicts Jesus crying.

I suppose there is a bit of humor in the story line, but not much. Indeed, most decent people should be appalled by this attention-grabbing stunt. But let’s be honest about it – there isn’t much chance of David and the rest of those involved facing any consequences for their mocking of Christianity. We don’t riot in response to such things – we might complain, but then we turn the other cheek.

Why not be really edgy, Larry? Wipe your but with a page from the Qu’ran and see what happens. Not only would it be equally edgy and disrespectful of the feelings of religious believers, but it would also present the opportunity for some of us to set up a “Larry David death pool” so we can place wagers on how long it might take offended Muslims to hunt you down and kill you – or whether you might be able to survive for a few years under heavy guard like Salman Rusdie.





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About That Shepard Smith Story

Much has been made about Shepard Smith making an ass of himself with his on-air apology for a report he deemed insufficiently balanced. And I certainly agree that the context shows him to be an ass – and think that Fox ought to suspend or fire him for undeniably unprofessional conduct.

Fox News Channel anchor Shepard Smith apologized for a "lack of balance" following a political report where the Republican candidate for New Jersey governor was interviewed and the Democratic incumbent wasn't.

Fox correspondent Shannon Bream had wrapped up a live interview with GOP candidate Chris Christie on Smith's afternoon news show Tuesday when the anchor asked, "When will you be interviewing Jon Corzine?"

Bream replied that despite "multiple requests," Corzine hadn't made himself available for an interview.

"I didn't know that was about to happen," Smith then said. "My apologies for the lack of balance there. If I had control, it wouldn't have happened.

Now wait – Bream had done everything a professional reporter is expected to do in that situation. The problem was that one of the candidates couldn’t be bothered to even respond to requests for interviews. That doesn’t mean that you do not do an interview with the candidate who agrees to an interview – the balanced thing to do is to acknowledge that the opponent is dodging interview requests. The only unprofessional conduct I see here is on the part of Shepard Smith.

But I wonder if this might have something to do with the situation – and the failure of the Corzine campaign to respond to interview requests.

One of President Barack Obama’s key political advisers has become the central strategist in New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine’s bruising campaign for re-election, a race the White House desperately wants to win to avert the consequences for its own agenda of a Republican winning in a traditionally Democratic state.

The White House was so concerned about Corzine's chances during the summer that Corzine's aides feared the first-term governor was being pressured to step aside for a stronger candidate. Those fears turned out to be groundless, but were part of the reason Corzine hired Joel Benenson, who has helped impose discipline on a struggling campaign and crystallize Corzine’s aggressive attacks on the character of his Republican opponent, former U.S. Attorney Chris Christie.

Hmmmmmm….

Let’s see here.

Corzine hires an Obama insider to run his campaign.

Obama and his handlers declared war on Fox News, refused to appear on its programs, and otherwise attempted to delegitimize America’s biggest cable news channel.

The Obama-controlled Corzine ignored interview requests from Fox.

Am I alone here in thinking that these three things might just be connected?





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Two More Reasons For US To Quit, Expel, UN

Set aside the fact that the body frequently tries to impose international restrictions on rights protected by the US Constitution – rights like freedom of speech and the right to keep and bear arms.

Set aside the regular anti-Semitism of the organization in its approach to peace in the Middle East and Islamic terrorism.

No, now the UN is investigating housing prices and mortgage foreclosures in the US.

[The UN Human Rights Council] sent its "special rapporteur on adequate housing," Raquel Rolnik, on a whirlwind tour to sniff out these "violations" -- not to say, crimes -- against humanity.

Rolnik launched her US visit last week in the city and is also traveling to places like Chicago, New Orleans and South Dakota's Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.
At issue: whether adequate housing is too hard to come by amid the economic downturn.

Set aside the fact that this issue is entirely an internal matter of the US (something the UN supposedly cannot meddle with, according to its charter), this is a body filled with nations ruled by tin-pot dictatorships and others that are impoverished hell-holes. Where do they get off coming here over this? It would be laughable if it were not so offensive.

But then there is this utterly insane perversion of the laws of war and customary international law that is now being directed at the US.

US drone strikes against suspected terrorists in Afghanistan and Pakistan could be breaking international laws against summary executions, the UN's top investigator of such crimes said.

"The problem with the United States is that it is making an increased use of drones/Predators (which are) particularly prominently used now in relation to Pakistan and Afghanistan," UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial Executions Philip Alston told a press conference.

"My concern is that drones/Predators are being operated in a framework which may well violate international humanitarian law and international human rights law," he said.

It is a long-established part of warfare to target civilian and military leaders. Is this moron really arguing that doing so constitutes an execution, and that the near-surgical precision of American methods constitutes a violation of international law? Perhaps he would prefer, and have his conscience salved by, having the US resort to WWII-style bombing raids like those carried out at Dresden. Or maybe the use of more less precise weapons, perhaps of the variety unleashed against the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. While my moral sense finds our current methods preferable, I won’t lose any sleep if we return to the days of “kill ‘em all and let God sort ‘em out” in order to please the UN weenies – after all, we are finding that way too many folks in certain parts of Afghanistan and Pakistan are in sympathy with al-Qaeda and the Taliban to the point of lending them aid and comfort, so I consider them to be legitimate targets (a principle that also applies to Hollywood as well).

As an American, I’m offended by the UN’s involvement in both of these matters, and I think it is high time to spend the money that pays for 25% of the UN’s annual budget and apply it here at home – and give the organization 72 hours to vacate the country.





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October 27, 2009

And Now A Word From The Greatest President Of My Lifetime


H/T RedState/Erick Erickson

I was less than two years old when one man, an actor, gave a speech that galvanized a political movement which was about to go down to electoral defeat. Just two years later, that man would be elected governor of one of our largest states -- a startling outcome that would eventually propel Ronald Reagan into the White House.

On a personal note, Ronald Reagan inspired my early involvement in politics -- and his passing was the direct inspiration for my first blog post. This hero of my youth remains the hero of my mature years.

Remember these words.

This is the issue of this election: Whether we believe in our capacity for self-government or whether we abandon the American revolution and confess that a little intellectual elite in a far-distant capitol can plan our lives for us better than we can plan them ourselves. You and I are told increasingly we have to choose between a left or right. Well I’d like to suggest there is no such thing as a left or right. There’s only an up or down—[up] man’s old—old-aged dream, the ultimate in individual freedom consistent with law and order, or down to the ant heap of totalitarianism…

The whole speech is below the fold.

Continue to be enlightened while reading "And Now A Word From The Greatest President Of My Lifetime" »




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Good News On Evelyn Meador Library!

Word has reached me that funding for the Evelyn Meador Library here in Seabrook has bee approved.

Three weeks after Harris County Precinct 2 Commissioner Sylvia Garcia had to tell a disappointed Seabrook crowd that their new library was on hold due to lack of county funds, she had good news for Seabrook readers.

Harris County commissioners Tuesday approved $4.96 million to go toward construction of the new library.

“This action ensures that the estimated $4.96 million needed for construction of the new structure will be in place once the city of Seabrook-funded design portion of the project is completed and approved by the county’s Public Infrastructure Department,’’ Garcia said in a press release announcing that she had succeeded in securing the funding.

Seabrook Mayor Gary Renola said city officials are “ecstatic” about the news.

“This has been a high priority for myself, city council, and the entire community, especially after the library was closed because of Ike,’’ Renola said.

“We are pleased that our persistence for funding paid off. The commissioner has promised us to keep the project on a fast track and provide a schedule for completion,’’ he said. “We look forward to continue to work with the county staff to bring the project to a successful completion.”

Architectural plans for the new, state-of-the-art 20,000-square foot library are 99 percent complete.

The city has already spent $500,000 on the design for the new 20,000-square-foot building, and has another $800,000 in bond money to contribute to the project.

Compliments, of course, to Commissioner Garcia for her work on this project. In addition, I'd like to extend my deepest thanks to County Judge Ed Emmett, who I know has been taking a personal interest in this matter since I helped bring it to his attention recently, and who has been keeping me up to date as the effort to find the funds to rebuild the library has progressed.

Believe it or not, I'm rather at a loss for words at this moment to express my joy. The Evelyn Meador Library is an institution that has been one of the focal points of our community. Its staff have become friends to many of us in town, and its proximity to the local elementary and middle schools has made it a home-away-from-home to so many of our community's children. I've conducted elections in the old building since I first became election judge, and look forward to doing so in the new facility. Indeed, I don't know anyone in town who will not be gratified to see construction begin and the facility open in the near future -- and something that has been sorely missed will have been restored to us on that day.





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A Return To The Gilded Age?

While a natural disaster occurred back in January, Barack Obma held a big Super Bowl party at which his guests feasted on the finest Kobe beef.

Now, as the economy continues to tank, Barack Obama decided to treat his pampered pooch to a birthday meal beyond the means of many of the poorest Americans. According to Michelle Obama,

“We had a really sweet celebration – [Bo] got a doghouse cake made out of veal stuff and he had his brother Cappy come over and we had party hats."

At least she didn’t decide to let them eat cake. But then again, maybe cake wasn’t good enough for the First Four-Legged Friend.





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Barney Frank Says A Mouthful

“Trying on every front to increase the role of government.”

How long will we stand for it?

How long until the American people stand up and demand a return to the limited government prescribed by the Constitution?





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How Much Of A Problem Is It?

Here’s a statistic for you.

Every 10 minutes, a teenager in Texas is getting pregnant, and with the nation's third-highest teen birth rate, Texas stakeholders have announced a "teen pregnancy crisis."

I guess it is no wonder that I started the school year with three mothers among my 60 ninth grade girls, and one more pregnant to the point of bursting. I’m sure that there will be several more pregnancies before the year ends. And the sad thing is that I’ve reached the point where I’m not even surprised by the extent to which teen pregnancy happens among my students.





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Watcher's Council Results

Here are the most recent winners selected by the Watcher's Council!

Winning Council Submissions



Winning Non-Council Submissions


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October 26, 2009

Project Valour-IT -- TEAM NAVY

I've worked with the annual Soldiers' Angel Project Valour-IT for the last several years, always signing on with Team Navy in honor of my fattehr,a retired Navy officer. This year is no exception, and I'm urging all of you to donate to this worthy cause.

For those of you unfamiliar with the program, let me share some information about this program:

Every cent raised for Project Valour-IT goes directly to the purchase and shipment of laptops and other technology for severely wounded service members. As of October 2009, Valour-IT has distributed over 4100 laptops to severely wounded Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines across the country, and is now expanding its mission to include other technology that supports physical and psychological recovery.

Valour-IT accepts donations in any amount to support our mission, but also offers a sponsorship option for laptops.  An individual or organization may sponsor a wounded soldier by completely funding the cost of a laptop and continuing to provide that soldier with personal support and encouragement throughout recovery. This has proved to be an excellent project for churches, groups of coworkers or friends, and members of community organizations such Boy Scouts.

Originally Valour-IT provided the voice-controlled software that accompanies the laptops, but now works closely with the Department of Defense Computer/electronic Accommodations Program (CAP): CAP supplies the adaptive software and Valour-IT provides the laptop.  In addition, DoD caseworkers serve as Valour-IT’s “eyes and ears” at several medical centers, identifying patients in need of laptops and other technological support for their recovery.  Wounded military personnel can also directly request a laptop through the sign-up form or through the Valour-IT/Soldiers' Angels representatives at the following medical centers, and other veterans health care facilities across the country:

* Balboa Naval Hospital


* Brooke Army Medical Center


* Madigan Regional Medical Center


* National Naval Medical Center (Bethesda Naval Hospital)


* Naval Hospital, Camp Pendleton


* Robert E. Bush Naval Hospital (29 Palms)


* Walter Reed Army Medical Center



For the love of the heroes who have spilled their blood for us, give as best you are able.





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And To Think The Average Income Of American Families Dropped By 3.6%

Meaning that the average American has to make due with less.

But the average federal bureaucrat sure won't.

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Got that, DISCRETIONARY spending is INCREASING by more than twice the rate that your income is falling. And that does not include the required increases in entitlement programs (read that money you've earned that Congress has decided someone other than you is automatically entitled to), which will be going up between 10% and 25%, depending upon the program. Add in "stimulus" funding and the average federal agency saw a 57% increase in funding while your wages dropped. And that doesn't even include the new health care boondoggle that will see the Democrats grabbing for even more of your hard-earned dollars.

Maybe you should HOPE that Obama lets you keep a little bit of spare CHANGE by the time he and his followers are done sacking the economy like the barbarians sacked Rome.

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A Development I Find Revolting

One of the great betrayals of the pro-life cause happened last summer when Scott Roeder killed abortionist George Tiller. Every right-thinking pro-lifer denounced that action, recognizing it to be fundamentally at odds with the nature of the cause we believe in.

I’m therefore sickened to read about this effort to raise money for Roeder’s defense.

An Army of God manual. A prison cookbook compiled by a woman doing time for abortion clinic bombings and arsons. An autographed bullhorn.

These are among the items that abortion foes plan to auction on eBay and other Web sites in a fundraiser for Scott Roeder, the Kansas City man charged with killing Wichita abortion doctor George Tiller.

“This is unique,” said Regina Dinwiddie, a Kansas City anti-abortion activist who will sign the bullhorn. “Nobody’s ever done this before. The goal is that everybody makes money for Scott Roeder’s defense.”

Now I disagree with the notion advanced by one pro-abort activist that the auction could lead to more violence, especially given that there is more violence more often against pro-lifers than there is against abortionists and their facilities. But I do hope eBay refuses to support the auction, and that well-meaning pro-lifers avoid giving any support to the Scott Roeders of the world by coming to his defense rhetorically or financially.

And to those on the left who claim to be outraged – I’ve watched for years as Leftists have embraced killers like Mumia and Leonard Peltier, not to mention raising funds on their behalf. And for the last eight years we have sent he Left supporting terrorists and those (like Lynn Stewart) who aid them. Your outrage will have a lot more meaning when you side quits supporting cop killers and enemies of America.





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Duffer-In-Chief

He may not have fulfilled most (or is that any) of his campaign promises, but he sure can hit links.

CBS' Mark Knoller — an unofficial documentarian and statistician of all things White House-related — wrote on his Twitter feed that, "Today - Obama ties Pres. Bush in the number of rounds of golf played in office: 24.

Took Bush 2 yrs & 10 months."

When the going gets tough, the tough get going – and Obama goes golfing.

Ain't it great that there are no wars, economic crises, or other major issues facing the country that might interfere with Barry making his tee time?





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Disgraceful Conduct At An Army Facility

It is great to see this wounded vet receive justice – and shocking that it had to come to this for him to get it.

A former Michigan soldier who lost his hand after an explosion while trying to disarm a roadside bomb in Iraq in 2004 won a $4.3 million verdict today against the U.S. Army in a disability discrimination civil case.

“He proved that the Army created a hostile work environment for him because of his disability.” said Royal Oak attorney Kevin Carlson who won the case along with attorney Joseph Golden.

The attorneys represented James McKelvey, 38, of Macomb Township, who said in a discrimination lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Detroit that a boss and coworker derided him as "the cripple, " refused to provide him with computer equipment and door handles to accommodate his disabilities, excluded him from meetings and told him to stay in his office cubicle for months on end.

He said superiors also objected to him parking in a handicapped space at the Warren tank arsenal even though he had a state permit.

Now wait – a medically retired wounded warrior received this treatment while working for the US Army? WTF? Why wasn’t something done to solve this situation?

And at this point, I have an even bigger question – are that supervisor and co-worker still on the government payroll in any capacity? If so, how long until they are terminated for cause and with no government benefits?





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October 25, 2009

One Of Those Things I Love About Houston

Today's Houston Texan's game was something special.

It was Salute to the Military day, and lot's of active duty, reserve and vets were in attendance.

The Golden Eagles parachuted in with the flag and the game ball.

The marine Silent Drill Team showed their great skill at halftime.

And the honorary team captains were a father and son -- one a decorated pilot during WWII and the other a fighter pilot with the Texas Air National Guard during the Vietnam era.

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Oh, yeah -- they were also the 41st and 43rd presidents of the United States.

If you live here in Houston, you see the elder George Bush around town a lot, and are likely to find yourself at a game or a theater event with him. But I have to say that I don't recall ever being in the same building with BOTH the father and the son at the same time. It was an honor.

Oh, yeah -- and the Texas beat the 49ers, 24-21, taking them to 4-3 on the season.





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October 23, 2009

MSNBC Parent Company Exempt From Restrictions Placed On Other Bailout Recipients?

Is it a quid pro quo?

General Electric, the world's largest industrial company, has quietly become the biggest beneficiary of one of the government's key rescue programs for banks.

At the same time, GE has avoided many of the restrictions facing other financial giants getting help from the government.

The company did not initially qualify for the program, under which the government sought to unfreeze credit markets by guaranteeing debt sold by banking firms. But regulators soon loosened the eligibility requirements, in part because of behind-the-scenes appeals from GE.

As a result, GE has joined major banks collectively saving billions of dollars by raising money for their operations at lower interest rates. Public records show that GE Capital, the company's massive financing arm, has issued nearly a quarter of the $340 billion in debt backed by the program, which is known as the Temporary Liquidity Guarantee Program, or TLGP. The government's actions have been "powerful and helpful" to the company, GE chief executive Jeffrey Immelt acknowledged in December.

Unlike other major lenders participating in the debt guarantee program, including Bank of America, Citigroup and J.P. Morgan Chase, GE has never been subject to the Fed's stress tests or its rules for limiting risk. Also unlike firms that have received bailout money in the Troubled Assets Relief Program, or TARP, GE is not subject to restrictions such as limits on executive compensation.

So let's look at this. The federal government has ordered pay cuts for the highest paid employees of companies that received bailout funds. Somehow, though, a large recipient of bailout funds has escaped these pay cuts. And interestingly enough, the company in question owns a major cable "news" outlet that has been a source of exceedingly friendly and fawning coverage to the Obama Administration -- and among those top-salaried employees would be some of the journalists and commentators most deferential to the administration and critical of its opponents. Is the failure to restrict the salaries of these employees an attempt to buy continued favorable coverage? Seems to me that the appearance of impropriety is reason enough for an investigation by an independent prosecutor with full subpoena power.

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More Evidence That Dissent Ain't Patriotic In The Age Of Obama

Leading Democrats have now come out against dissent.

Take Rep. Alan Grayson (D-.

"Fox News and their Republican collaborators are the enemy of America," Grayson told MSNBC's Ed Schultz on Wednesday. "They're the enemy of anybody who cares about health care in this country, the enemy of anybody who cares about educating their children, the enemy of anybody who wants energy independence or anything good for this country. And certainly the enemy of peace, there's no doubt about that. They are the enemy."

We who dissent from the policies of the Obamunists are not engaged in "the highest form of patriotism" like liberals were during the Bush years. No, we are enemies of America. And as we well know, adhering to America's enemies is TREASON, which merits death under the laws of the United States. So let's make it clear -- CONGRESSMAN ALAN GRAYSON HAS CALLED FOR THE EXECUTION OF JOURNALISTS AND POLITICAL DISSIDENTS in making this claim.

Which makes the words of the drug-addled son of the late and unlamented Jabba the Drunk seem almost moderate in comparison.

Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I) told CNSNews.com that the Catholic Church is doing nothing but fanning “the flames of dissent and discord” by taking the position that it will oppose the health-care reform bill under consideration in Congress unless it is amended to explicitly prohibit funding of abortion.

“I can’t understand for the life of me how the Catholic Church could be against the biggest social justice issue of our time, where the very dignity of the human person is being respected by the fact that we’re caring and giving health care to the human person--that right now we have 50 million people who are uninsured,” Kennedy told CNSNews.com when asked about a letter the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) had sent to members of Congress stating the bishops' position on abortion funding in the health-care bill.

“You mean to tell me the Catholic Church is going to be denying those people life saving health care? I thought they were pro-life?” said Kennedy. “If the church is pro-life, then they ought to be for health care reform because it’s going to provide health care that are going to keep people alive. So this is an absolute red herring and I don’t think that it does anything but to fan the flames of dissent and discord and I don’t think it’s productive at all."

So Kennedy is now attacking Catholic bishops for opposing legislation that violates fundamental tenets of the Catholic faith on the grounds that they are stirring up dissent. Funny, but I don't recall him or his father (who ACTUALLY committed treason back in the 1980s) ever complaining about those who "fanned the flames of dissent" during the Bush years. Indeed, they stood proudly among the flame fanners and wrapped themselves in the mantle of patriotism for their dissent.

What changed, Congressmen -- other than the president? Why is our dissent not every bit as patriotic as yours?





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Will Joel Klein Document His Charge Of Disloyalty Against Fox News?

After all, he accused the cable news leader of a federal felony in his blog post.

. . . Fox News spreads seditious lies to its demographic sliver of an audience. . . .

Now according to federal law, here is the definition of and penalty for seditious conspiracy (which is certainly what the "seditious lies" of the network would qualify as being).

If two or more persons in any State or Territory, or in any place subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, conspire to overthrow, put down, or to destroy by force the Government of the United States, or to levy war against them, or to oppose by force the authority thereof, or by force to prevent, hinder, or delay the execution of any law of the United States, or by force to seize, take, or possess any property of the United States contrary to the authority thereof, they shall each be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty years, or both.

Identify the acts of sedition and the parties to the conspiracy, Mr. Klein, or retract your statement.

And if Joel Klein will not do so, it is incumbent upon Time magazine to fire him immediately.





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October 21, 2009

Stimulating?

Well, so they claim.

But these job numbers after all these months of stimulating seem a bit. . . flaccid.

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Let's see -- by my calculations that puts Barry Hussein and his minions some 6.2 million jobs in the hole. Does he really expect to generate those jobs in the next 17 months without pouring more money down the rathole, like so many of his fellow DemocRATS are demanding? And why should we expect the job numbers to go up when all the evidence gives us evidence to the contrary?

There is hope, friends -- VOTE REPUBLICAN.

H/T Weasel Zippers





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Police Confirm NY RINO Used law Enforcement To Harrass Reporter Asking Tough Questions

I wrote about this story yesterday -- but now the cops say that there was no emergency when the 911 call was made and tapes of the incident show that the reporter was behaving respectfully and professionally.

Police questioned a reporter from a conservative publication after receiving a call that he harassed a Republican candidate for Congress who refused to answer his questions about her positions on tax and health issues.

Lowville Village Police Chief Eric Fredenburg said officers responded to a call Monday night saying state Assemblywoman Dierdre Scozzafava “felt concern for her safety” during questioning by reporter John McCormack of the Weekly Standard. He wouldn’t say who made the call.

“I don’t believe it ever escalated to anything that would ever be classified as an emergency,” Fredenburg said.

No charges were filed against McCormack.

…In the audio recording of the reporter’s questioning played for The Associated Press by McCormack, the reporter didn’t raise his voice, but repeated his unanswered questions several times, including one about abortion.

“I never screamed, I never yelled, I never shouted,” he said. “My voice was only loud enough so she could hear my questions.”

Seems to me that there may be grounds for an investigation of who placed the call -- and criminal charges for abuse of the 911 system. The question is -- was that person Dede Scozzafava -- or acting at her direction?

H/T Malkin





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October 20, 2009

Candidate Calls Cops On Reporter Respectfully Asking Tough Questions In A Public Place

Talk about showing her unfitness for public office!

When John McCormack of The Weekly Standard showed up at a public event for congressional candidate Dede Scozzafava (R-NY 23) on Monday night, he dared to act like a journalist and asked her questions about her positions on important issues and legislation. In response, Scozzafava’s campaign did something extraordinary.

I went to my car and fired up my laptop to report the evening's events.
Minutes later a police car drove into the parking lot with its lights flashing. Officer Grolman informed me that she was called because "there was a little bit of an uncomfortable situation" and then took down my name, date of birth, and address.
"Maybe we do things a little differently here, but you know, persistence in that area, you scared the candidate a little bit," Officer Grolman told me.
"[Scozzafava] got startled, that's all," Officer Grolman added. "It's not like you're in any trouble."

Startled? By a reporter asking questions? So startled that she and/or her campaign staff saw fit to call the POLICE to interfere with and harass someone she knew to be a reporter?

I’d already decided that Dede Scozzafava was not a good choice for Congress, and felt that her Conservative Party opponent Doug Hoffman was a better choice. I just hadn’t had the opportunity to write about that race yet. But now I need not go into an analysis of the issues and why she is too liberal to receive Republican support – all I have to do is point to this issue to show how singularly un-serious Scozzafava is as a candidate for office.

And even worse, now the Scozzafava campaign is trying to defame McCormack with claims he was abusive and engaging in stalker-like behavior. We now see what her character is really like, in addition to how liberal she really is. So I’ll say it right now – any conservative must vote for Conservative Doug Hoffman, not the Kos endorsed Republican.





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More Proof Of Obama Incompetence

Straight from the mouth of Joe Biden.

Vice President Joe Biden originally turned down then presidential candidate Barack Obama's request to be his running mate, Biden said last night.

"I initially said no, that I wasn't interested," Biden said at a Democratic fundraising dinner in Pittsburgh. "He asked me to think about it."

Biden said he eventually accepted the offer "a couple months later."

Let’s be honest – the choice of Joe Biden as VP was perhaps the worst decision made by Obama during the campaign, a real sign of poor judgment. That Obama had the chance to walk away from that error and instead stuck with that bad choice when he had the chance to do better shows utter incompetence.

Unless, of course, Joe Biden was picked as a sort of life insurance – after all, I pray nightly for Obama’s health so that Joe Biden never occupies the Oval Office.





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An Awful Defense

A Texas killer lost at the Supreme Court today. But I won’t comment on that. Instead, I want to comment on this argument that had been used by defense lawyers during the original trial.

Mosley's trial lawyers didn't deny the shooting but argued it was accidental, that as he was trying to surrender the weapon it went off five times.

If I were a defense lawyer, I’d certainly hate to have that as the major plank of my defense. Especially if my client were facing charges of murdering a police officer.

Seems to me we’ve got scum who ought to soon be eliminated from among the breathing.





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Blacks Too Stupid To Know Who To Vote For If They Don’t Have Democrat Label – Obama InJustice Department

How else are you going to keep them down on the Democrat plantation if you don’t signal how they are supposed to vote?

KINSTON, N.C. | Voters in this small city decided overwhelmingly last year to do away with the party affiliation of candidates in local elections, but the Obama administration recently overruled the electorate and decided that equal rights for black voters cannot be achieved without the Democratic Party. The Justice Department's ruling, which affects races for City Council and mayor, went so far as to say partisan elections are needed so that black voters can elect their "candidates of choice" - identified by the department as those who are Democrats and almost exclusively black.

The department ruled that white voters in Kinston will vote for blacks only if they are Democrats and that therefore the city cannot get rid of party affiliations for local elections because that would violate black voters' right to elect the candidates they want.

Of course, seven of the nine voting precincts in Kinston are majority black and only two are majority white – and over 60% of the residents are black – so it is hard to see how black voters won’t be able to elect the candidates of their choice without party labels. Indeed, the small town has not elected any Republicans in living memory, so the need for party labels is questionable in any event.

Of course, the more interesting wrinkle is that the official who made this bizarre determination is apparently only interested in the voting rights of blacks. After all, she is the same person who decided to dismiss the charges of voter intimidation against armed thugs from the New Black Panther Party (accredited as “poll watchers” by the local Democrats) who intimidated white voters at a Philadelphia polling place. So it would seem that the official position of the Obamunists running the Department of InJustice is that black voters have the right to elect the candidates of their choice (as long as they are officially endorsed Democrats) and that white voters don’t have the right to be free of threats of violence as they attempt to elect the candidates of their choice.





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Watcher's Council Winners

Council Submissions

Non-Council Submissions


As always, congratulations not only to the winners but the participants.





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October 19, 2009

I Agree With The Sentiment -- But The Action Is Wrong

I'm not a fan of Barack Obama. Anyone who spends more than a few minutes on this site knows that.

On the other hand, I am a fan of freedom of speech. Anyone who spends more than a few minutes on this site knows that as well.

So while certain conservatives seem to take a bit of joy in this attack on freedom of speech, I don't -- and I condemn it every bit as much as I have previously condemned such attacks on political speech I agree with.

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The mural of President Barack Obama has been on the side of a Midtown building since the Democratic primary, when the president was a U.S. Senator, and the building served as his Houston Campaign headquarters.

Over the weekend someone painted "puppet" on his mural, and the statement "yes we can" now has the statement "loose our freedom" painted next to it.

"This was done in broad daylight, and it just and kind of defaced a pretty good memorial," said Gerry McGee who works in the building where the mural is located.

The building is now the campaign headquarters for a mayoral candidate, and campaign worker Mcgee is pretty disappointed that someone vandalized a picture of the President. "We'll move on. This is not going to stop the movement. This is not going to stop the excitement that Obama has brought to the country," McGee said.

As dangerous as some of Obama's risky schemes and naive policies are to American liberty and international security, I condemn this attack on the liberty of speech contained in the First Amendment. We on the right cannot and should not act like our liberal opponents who are know for their intolerance of dissent from their political views. We are better than that.





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The Conflict Between The GOP & The Tea Party Crowd

A couple of weeks ago, I set off quite a little conflict when I sent a rather frank email to the husband/campaign manager of a political novice who announced her plans to challenge our incumbent GOP state rep for the GOP nomination. Now I’m not a fan of the incumbent (I was one of the leaders of an insurgent campaign to unseat him in 2008), but I thought it appropriate to explain why I believed her candidacy was flawed from the get-go, and why another committee chair had rather brutally (and perhaps a bit less than fairly) dissected the announcement email sent out by her husband/campaign manger. Needless to say, it got rather ugly before it got better. It’s a pity that I didn’t have this observation from Carol Platt Liebau to include in my response.

Given the public disenchantment with voter-ignoring, big-government-loving Democrats in Congress and The White House, next year’s elections could do much to restore some measure of fiscal sanity and common sense to Washington. But that will happen only if Republican leaders and grassroots Tea Party activists work together effectively. How – and whether – the two reconcile their different priorities and views will have profound consequences for any effort to beat back the Democratic vision of an ever-expanding, ever-more-intrusive federal government.

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. . . Tea Partiers need to be realistic, and understand the limitations of political passion and zeal. Plenty of congressional districts wouldn’t support even a second Ronald Reagan, simply because they are irremediably liberal. Rather than allowing the “best” to become the enemy of the “good enough,” activists could best further their cause by supporting the most conservative candidate who can win, rather than the most conservative candidate, period – when it means that candidate will surely lose.

In the case of the novice candidate in my district has no discernable history of political involvement with the GOP, no name recognition, and no money. What she does have is a lot of enthusiasm and a few enthusiastic backers. Somehow she and these supporters expect those who have spent the last couple of decades growing a very successful county party (which did hit a major bump in 2008) to hand her the nomination because of her frequent use of the term “grassroots” as both the justification for her candidacy and the excuse for all of the missteps that she and her husband had made in rolling out her campaign.

The sad thing is that I like elements of what she and her supporters have to say. Unfortunately, we lack any indication of how hard these folks are willing to work and how long they are prepared to sustain that effort. What’s more, we have no idea how deep the commitment is to the principles enunciated in the email manifesto that I received – after all, she did vote in the 2008 Democrat primary and seems to be a political cipher before then. The notion that a political novice must earn the support of the long-time activists seemed shocking and scandalous to them.

Of course, the quote above also makes an important point that must not be underemphasized – party leaders cannot reject such insurgencies out of hand. I had several long and fruitful email exchanges with some of the supporters in which I expressed my willingness to hear more about their ideas and to find a viable candidate who we could all support, even as I argued that this particular candidate may not be the best vehicle to see those principles carried into the electoral battles ahead. We must indeed find the most electable conservative candidate to advance our shared conservative principles – but we can neither sacrifice essential principles in the interest of finding the most electable candidate nor sacrifice the essential criteria of electability in the interest of finding the most ideologically pure contender. In short, both sets of activists – the newly aroused and the long-time party regular – must be ready to meet in the middle so that we can accomplish our shared goal of advancing our shared principles. If we can’t, then we cede many of our electoral contests to those who reject our values and our policy principles.





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Violence Against Pro-Lifers Just Not Important

Another assault, more silence.

A pro-life person who participated in the 40 Days for Life event in Fresno, California was assaulted on Thursday afternoon by an abortion advocate. Victor Fierro, director of the Hispanic pro-life group Latinos4Life, was the victim of an assault by a woman who first tried to intimidate him.

Yesterday, a pro-abortion woman shouted obscenities at participants in the 40 Days for Life event, which is part of a national campaign.

The woman first attempted to break a security camera pro-life advocates installed to protect themselves and catch any harmful activity on tape. The attacker then cut Fierro’s arm with an unknown object, drawing blood, stormed back to her car and fled the scene.

Josh Brahm, the education director of Right to Life of Central California, told LifeNews.com that much of the encounter took place right behind the camera, but the audio was captured by the device. It also registered her face and license plate number.

“We're just trying to hold a peaceful prayer vigil out here. We're law-abiding citizens, standing on a public sidewalk, with the full support of the Fresno Police Department," he told LifeNews.com.

"Yet, several pro-abortion-choice people have been harassing us since day one. Now it’s turned physical," he added.

But the local media preferred not to report on the attack, which thankfully produced only minor injuries. Yet had there been even a shoving match with no injuries provoked by the pro-lifers, it would have been national news – not to mention the basis for even more restrictive laws limiting the free speech of such protesters.

Remember, all animals are equal – but some are more equal than others.





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October 18, 2009

Where Was Obama?

I wasn't going to write on this topic. Really, I wasn't. But then, as we were preparing for our trip to the quilt show yesterday, my wife brought the topic up, and even suggested that I blog on the topic -- and when my liberal Democrat wife suggests such a thing, I can't refuse.

It is, of course, a favorite topic around our house -- the disparate treatment of survivors of Hurricanes Katrina and Ike. Katrina was four years ago -- Ike is barely a year past. Yet to this day we continue to see stories about Katrina and the people displaced and effected by the that monster storm. Yet little more than a year ago another monster storm hit the United States, only a few hours away in the Houston/Galveston area, and we have been told, in effect, to bugger off and tend to our own needs. We got a great illustration of this during the week that just ended.

On Thursday, Barack Obama graced the people of New Orleans with his presence and promises of even more help to get their lives back to normal -- in other words, a continuation of the open-ended commitment to throw money at New Orleans and its myriad problems. Then on Friday (after diverting to San Francisco for a high-dollar political fundraiser), Barack Obama came to Texas -- College Station and Texas A&M, to be exact. That put him 80 miles from Houston, and 127 miles from Galveston -- less than an hour by air to Ellington Field on the south side of Houston and its direct path (I-45) into the heart of the devastation. But did he bother with the victims of the more recent storm who are still in recovery mode? No, he did not.

Now I could point out that the folks in New Orleans are reliable Democrat voters while we in this area are not and suggest that partisan politics is the reason -- but I won't. Or I could point out the obvious demographic differences between New Orleans and the area impacted by Hurricane Ike and attribute the disparate treatment to race -- but I won't. Those are not the reasons that Barack Obama is ignoring the Texas Gulf Coast devastated by Hurricane Ike.

No, I'll attribute the neglect of the recently devastated area of Texas to something much more venal -- the fact that the first priority for Barack Obama is Barack Obama. The media drove Katrina into the national psyche in a way that it did not with Ike (overwhelmingly due to the racial and political components), and there is therefore much more in the way of personal political capital for Obama to earn and store up with a visit to New Orleans to commiserate with the victims of a storm that happened four years ago than there is to be gained through a visit with the survivors of any more recent natural disaster. So Barack Obama will visit New Orleans and throw more money at that city while recovery projects here in the Houston/Galveston area will be allowed to go unfunded or underfunded because there just isn't any political gain to be had in providing such presidential attention and federal largesse to this community. So Barack Obama will never forget New Orleans -- and he will never remember the Texas Gulf Coast area.





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Oppose Obama -- Face Legislative Reprisal

The insurance industry has dared to dissent from the Obamunist line -- they must be punished.

President Obama mounted a frontal assault on the insurance industry on Saturday, accusing it of using “deceptive and dishonest ads” to derail his health care legislation and threatening to strip the industry of its longstanding exemption from federal antitrust laws.

Seems to me that the Obamessiah has become more and more esty in the face of strong opposition to his plan to strip health care freedom from Americans and replace it with a system of government mandates, regulations, penalties, and limited choices. Opponents must therefore be destroyed as a warning to those who would dare to question the policies and plans of the little tin god at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Dissent just ain't patriotic any more -- and must be punished by law.





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October 15, 2009

Simply Wrong

I just came across this story -- and am both shocked and disgusted by it.

A justice of the peace said he refused to issue a marriage license to an interracial couple last week because of concern for the children who might be born of that relationship.

Keith Bardwell, justice of the peace for Tangipahoa Parish’s 8th Ward, also said it is his experience that most interracial marriages do not last long.

“I’m not a racist,” Bardwell said. “I do ceremonies for black couples right here in my house. My main concern is for the children.”

Beth Humphrey, 30, said she and her boyfriend, Terence McKay, 32, both of Hammond, intend to consult the U.S. Justice Department about filing a discrimination complaint.

They've got my full support on this one. Indeed, I hope that Louisiana's governor can take some temporary action in the mean time to remove this racist piece of filth from any position of authority until a more permanent solution can be implemented.

Ad yes, this guy ran as a Republican -- but he clearly has no concept about what the GOP has been about since its founding over 150 years ago. I disown him, and so has every Republican I've seen comment.

H/T Volokh Conspiracy





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A Local Development That Pisses Me Off

Down here in Seabrook, we passed a referendum to issue bonds for the building of a new library several years ago to replace a facility that was just too small for our community and, to be honest, already showing signs of aging. During Hurricane Ike, the library was seriously damaged, and it has not reopened -- depriving this community of one of its major focal points.

Several months ago, the new plans were unveiled and we were promised a new library by the fall of 2010. Groundbreaking was supposed to be last week. But those who attended the groundbreaking got an unpleasant surprise.

It was supposed to be groundbreaking day for construction of the new Seabrook library, but instead came the disappointing news that the funding isn’t there.

“The project is on hold,’’ Harris County Precinct 2 Commissioner Sylvia Garcia told the crowed gathered Tuesday on what was to be the site of a groundbreaking celebration.

“Please don’t feel like the Lone Ranger. Every (Harris County) construction project except toll road projects has been put on hold,’’ she said, citing the tight economy.

Excuse me!

Where is the bond money?

Where are the disaster recovery funds to replace the damaged building?

And why was this bombshell decision hidden from both the elected officials and the citizens of our community?

I'm putting our Harris County officials on notice now -- you need to find that money and find it now. Local folks are mighty pissed off about this. And to those of you who are planning on running for reelection next year -- I don't care if you have an R or a D after your name, if this project is not under way soon, I will make it a point to work for the defeat of each and every one of you.

And yes, that does mean you, County Judge Ed Emmett. You are a master at finding money for projects that are a priority for you -- make hurricane recovery for this corner of Harris County a priority or be prepared to lose this reliably Republican area.

And since Barack Obama was down in New Orleans today promising ever more federal cash to that city over four years after their hurricane, how about giving some attention to those of us who dealt with a major storm significantly more recently?

UPDATE: I'll give the man credit -- Ed Emmett has been in touch with me today (Sunday, October 18) to let me know he is going to look into the matter of the library here in Seabrook. I'll post more when he gets back to me with some details on what is going on and what the prospects are for getting this project underway.





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October 14, 2009

More Racism, Pure And Simple

From our "friends" at the NAACP.

You see, they are worried that the "wrong sort" might get appointed as mayor of Baltimore after the incumbent gets convicted of her felonious behavior.

"Our concern is who would the governor appoint?" (Marvin L. Cheatham, the president of the Baltimore Chapter of the NAACP) said. "Here you have a predominantly African-American city. What if the governor appointed somebody white? ... Would he appoint someone Irish to be the mayor?"

Whatever would Dr. King say? After all, this certainly takes the notion of judging based upon the content of one's character rather than the color of one's skin and blows it all to Hell and back!





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Dear Commissioner Goodell

It seems you’ve come out against allowing an American patriot, a US citizen who makes a livening by commenting on our nation’s politics, to own a minority stake in an NFL franchise. Why? Because you don’t like what he has said in the course of exercising his constitutional rights. Frankly, this season ticketholder is concerned by the decision to, in effect, impose a blacklist based upon the political utterances of this potential owner, a successful entrepreneur who is truly a self-made man whose daily radio show garners some 20 million listeners.

Now I could argue that there is something unseemly – indeed, un-American – about a McCarthyite political blacklist like that used in the 1950s to prevent those whose politics were deemed unacceptable from earning a living in many occupations, including the entertainment industry. I won’t, because unlike your target, Rush Limbaugh, many of those Americans were not patriots and were treasonously in the thrall of an enemy regime that was out to destroy the US Constitution, American liberties, and our entire way of life. Limbaugh, whether you love him or hate him, is not such an individual – he is an all-American individual with a strong belief in the US Constitution, individual freedom, and the liberty of each American citizen to improve his or her lot in life through hard work and enterprising spirit. That makes your blacklist infinitely worse.

But if a history of controversial political comments is to be the basis for excluding individuals from close association with the NFL on the basis that their words offend a segment of the population (and therefore the potential fan base of the league), why does the NFL allow Keith Olbermann to be a part of the lineup of commentators for NBC? After all, Olbermann is equally as offensive if not more so, especially in light of his nightly rants and insulting language directed towards national leaders and political opponents. Do you mean to tell me that Olbermann’s recent statement that a prominent minority blogger, columnist, and author is a “a big mashed-up bag of meat with lipstick on it” who espouses “total[ly] mindless, morally bankrupt, knee-jerk, fascistic hatred”? If statements attributed (many of them falsely) to Rush Limbaugh are the sort of “divisive comments” that “are not what the NFL is all about”, then is it your position that Olbermann’s statements are what the NFL is all about? Or are you planning to take immediate action to have Keith Olbermann removed from his position as a commentator on NBC’s NFL programming? In short, on what basis do you exclude Limbaugh but include Olbermannn – and is the difference principled or hypocritical?

And if we are going to get into the issue of what is and is not acceptable language and conduct for those associated with the NFL, can we consider the following situations?

I guess what I am asking, Commissioner Goodell, is whether or not the NFL has any standards at all – beyond objecting to political and social views held by a large segment of the American people, and seeking to exclude those who hold such views from active involvement in the NFL.

While I certainly do not share all of the views held or articulated by Rush Limbaugh, we have many in common. As a blogger, I’m concerned any time there is an attempt to stifle political speech. And since the suppression of political views similar to my own seems to be what the NFL is all about, I’m left wondering if there is any longer a place in my budget for my season tickets to the Houston Texans if the NFL is to be the No Freedom League. What’s more, I suspect I’m not the only person in an NFL city who is asking that question. Is it really your intent to alienate us?

I look forward to your response, Mr. Goodell. It will be a major factor in whether or not my wife and I will be occupying those seats in Section 541 of Reliant Stadium on ten game days next season. I will also forward this letter to Bob Mcnair of the Houston Texans, soliciting his answers to these questions as well as his opinion regarding your continued employment as commissioner of the NFL.





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A Cross We All Should Stand Behind

I think we can argue about whether or not a cross as a war memorial on public land is appropriate or constitutional – an issue which the Supreme Court is wrestling with right now. But I don’t see how anyone except for individuals or groups with an active hatred of Christianity can object to this one that is causing a dispute in a different part of California.

Before Monterey replaces the Portol -Crespi cross on Del Monte Beach, it wants to raise a war chest to defend the city's action against possible lawsuits — a move an American Civil Liberties Union lawyer calls "a very bizarre decision."

After holding a public hearing on the cross issue Tuesday night, the council came out of closed session saying its members were unanimous in wanting the cross replaced. The council said it marks the historic site where explorer Don Gaspar de Portol and Father Juan Crespi raised a wooden cross in December 1769 as a signal to the supply ship San Jose, expected to arrive from Mexico.

The newer cross, erected on the dunes between Roberts Lake and the beach in December 1969, was set there to mark the bicentennial of that event. Sometime during the night of Sept. 18, vandals sawed the cross off at its base and left it lying in the sand.

The council motion seems to hedge the city's bets in restoring it. It states: "The City Council does not condone vandalism. Because of the historical significance of the cross, it is the City Council's desire to restore the cross. To that end, once a legal defense fund is established by the community and $50,000 is raised, we will proceed with the restoration of the cross."

Got that, folks? This cross was placed on the site for one very simple reason – to the early exploration of the area by Spanish explorers who erected a cross on the site. This would seem to be, from a First Amendment perspective, a no-brainer. There is nothing religious about this cross – it is unquestionably the recreation of a historical event, which makes its erection a bona fide secular act.

But that isn’t good enough for the ACLU cretins who want to keep the cross from going back up. Seems to me that they simply wish to expunge the symbol from public land even when it serves a valid secular purpose – and that they probably won’t be happy until they have banned the letter “t” and the plus sign from all public facilities.





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October 13, 2009

Inarguable Logic On Our Candidate In 2012

Over at Race 4 2012 we get this great observation on what the GOP needs in a leader -- I'd argue a presidential candidate -- in 2012.

If we knew him we would be able to say what makes him the right man. (Or the right woman. I’m only saying ‘man’ for convenience.) But as he’s not standing unmistakable before our eyes, we can at least try to describe what sort of person he should ideally be: what experience he should have had; what beliefs he should hold; what qualities and abilities he should have acquired or been endowed with by nature.

Completely irrelevant are his (her) ethnic derivation, racial descent, color, or class.

First, he must be proud of his country. He should know its history. He should want above all to preserve what it has always stood for: liberty. He should believe that American power is a force for good in the world and be determined to maintain it.

Next, he should have been a leader in some walk of life, and have proved himself to be trustworthy and competent at directing others.

He must of course be a person of honor, decency, civility, and probity. He should deeply desire to be just, but hold the law and the Constitution in higher esteem than his own inclinations.

He should be a good judge of character, know how to weigh advice, but be intelligently decisive and firm in implementing what he decides.

He should be able to talk to the nation plainly, to say what he means and mean what he says.

He should broadly share the values, understand and respect the aspirations of his fellow Americans.

He must be a zealot for national prosperity, keen to let the free market work as the unique bread machine that it is, by keeping taxes low, government curbed, and private property safe.

Finally, he should be the sort of commonsensical soul who takes himself with a pinch of suspicion.

Jillian Becker does not profess to know who this leader is -- indeed, she ends her piece by asking who we see on the horizon that fits the bill. I know we had such a man three decades ago -- the man who inspired so many of us who are activists today to become the activists that we are today. That is not to say that we need another Reagan -- the challenges we face today are different and the leader we need will have been refined in a different crucible than that which formed the Fortieth President of the United States. Yet those characteristics that made Reagan the leader he was are the same that we need now -- and it truly does not matter if the leader is named Palin or Petraeus, Romney or Jindal, Huckabee or Pawlenty, or some other name that does not leap immediately to mind, provided that the bulk of these traits animate this next leader's platform and personality.





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Flat Out Racism

Could you imagine the national – no, the international – uproar if the students of a prestigious university raised objections to the selection of a black student as the winner of a beauty pageant and school homecoming queen? There would be marches and rallies and sit-ins and federal investigations of the school, and serious efforts made to address the obvious racial problems at the school. It would be fodder for talk shows for weeks – and Barack Obama would no doubt make a public statement about how the students of the school were behaving stupidly.

Will we get the same sort of uproar over this incident?

Hampton University crowned its first non-black Miss HU Friday, leading to a division on campus that prompted her to write President Barack Obama.

Nikole Churchill, 22, competed against nine black students in the 15th annual Miss HU scholarship pageant. The senior nursing major attends the Virginia Beach campus and is the competition's first non-black winner, according to executive pageant director Shelia J. Maye.

Churchill, who is from Hawaii, wrote Obama on Sunday to tell him that her crowning was met with negative comments because of her skin color. She invited him to visit HU and speak about racial tolerance.

"I am hoping that perhaps you would be able to make an appearance to my campus, Hampton University, so that my fellow Hamptonians can stop focusing so much on the color of my skin and doubting my abilities to represent," she wrote, "but rather be proud of the changes our nation is making toward accepting diversity."

So come on, Barry, show us some of those Nobel Peace Prize winner skills and infuse a little bit of harmony and brotherhood at this historically black university. Unless, of course, racism isn’t a problem when it is espoused by African-American scholars rather than uneducated whites.





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Shutters

One of the things I've always liked for sheer curb appeal is a house with shutters. if you need wood shutters, check out Larson Shutter Company for high quality and good prices.





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Watcher's Council Results

Here are the most recent results of the voting by members of the Watcher's Council!

Council Submissions


Non-Council Submissions


Also, a quick note for anyone interested in becoming a member of the Watcher's Council. It appears that we may be recruiting a new member shortly, so let me know if you are interested, or check out the Watcher's Council site.





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Medical Office Jobs

We are living in a time with high unemployment and a tight job market. You need every bit of assistance you can get to find a job. Well, there are great medical office jobs out there if you just know where to look. Check out medicalofficejobs.org to find out what medical office employment is available in your area.





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Wonder Why The First Amendment Is So Important?

Because with out it, we might find ourselves reading something like this in American newspapers -- or hearing it in our broadcast media.

The Guardian has been prevented from reporting parliamentary proceedings on legal grounds which appear to call into question privileges guaranteeing free speech established under the 1688 Bill of Rights.

Today's published Commons order papers contain a question to be answered by a minister later this week. The Guardian is prevented from identifying the MP who has asked the question, what the question is, which minister might answer it, or where the question is to be found.

The Guardian is also forbidden from telling its readers why the paper is prevented – for the first time in memory – from reporting parliament. Legal obstacles, which cannot be identified, involve proceedings, which cannot be mentioned, on behalf of a client who must remain secret.

The only fact the Guardian can report is that the case involves the London solicitors Carter-Ruck, who specialise in suing the media for clients, who include individuals or global corporations.

This is, of course, why some of us are so vehement in our defense of the First Amendment rights of free speech and press. After all, it is the right of the public to know what its government is doing -- and to speak on matters touching on government -- that is at the heart of the First Amendment. It is why we argue that what restrictions are placed -- such as in defense of national security during time of war -- must be narrowly tailored so as to cause the least erosion of those rights. And where such restrictions on the freedoms of speech and pres are not narrowly drawn -- such as in the case of federal restrictions on speech surrounding elections -- we protest vigorously and work to overturn them.

Frankly, in the case of this story from the UK I don't know what it could possibly be about. But then again, that is precisely the point of these restrictions -- and why they are dangerous to the working of any society that values the right of the people to govern themselves. And it is why the framers of the American government, recognizing the evils which accompanied the ability of the British government to muzzle the press, included a strong guarantee of press freedom in our framework of government -- and why, over two centuries later, we can see the wisdom of that decision.





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Aafter.com

I have always loved Google -- but I've found another search engine that is really great -- Aafter.com. The great thing about it is that it lets you web search with privacy . Not only that, but this search engine also includes some additional internet applications that are convenient for users. Just type a zip code and links appear for weather reports, allergy reports, pollution levels and other information for the area.

Also, if you type a website url into the search box Aafter.com will hook you up with information about the website’s traffic stats, its WhoIs information, and a host of other bits of information about the website you are researching.

So if you want a treasure trove of information and features, consider Aafter.com!





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October 12, 2009

This Is Really Too Bad

Words I never thought I would right about the prospect of Hillary Clinton permanently removing herself from consideration for the Presidency.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Monday she would not run for president again, and brushed off suggestions that she is being marginalized in the Obama White House.

Clinton, who lost the Democratic presidential nomination to Barack Obama, said "No" three different times when asked by NBC's Ann Curry "Will you ever run for president again? Yes or No?"

"This is a great job," Clinton said in the interview broadcast Monday. "It is a 24-7 job. And I am looking forward to retirement at some point."

After the 2008 elections, Clinton accepted Obama's offer to serve as his top diplomat.

Unless she challenged President Obama in the 2012 Democratic presidential primary, Clinton would have to wait until 2016 to run again if she changed her mind. She turns 62 on October 26.

Hillary, America needs you. Barack Obama is a disaster for this country. Resign now, and begin your run for the Democrat nomination for president in 2012.





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A Democrat To Defeat

I knew nothing about Kansas Democrat Congressman Dennis Moore before today. Now that I do, I'd like to mark him down as someone who needs to be defeated in 2010 as a disgrace to the nation.

Speaking to a respected Hispanic leader in KCK, Dennis Moore reportedly called decorated and disabled Marine Veteran and Congressional Opponent "White Trash" in a recent (recorded) telephone conversation. The KCK leader, who has formally supported the incumbent congressman, is supporting Daniel Gilyeat's candidacy for the Kansas 3rd District Congressional seat. Dennis Moore called the KCK man after hearing the Hispanic community leader's support had changed. Dennis Moore said he had $7 million for the campaign and could not believe the naturalized citizen was supporting "White Trash" over Moore.

They say this conversation is recorded. Here's hoping it appears on the Internet immediately -- we need to expose the sort of contempt that Democrats have for their opponents. The use of the slur in question is unacceptable, and if he is willing to use such a slur regarding a decorated veteran of white ancestry, I have to wonder what terms he uses for African-Americans, Hispanics or other minorities when he thinks he can get away with it.

As for his GOP challenger, Daniel Gilyeat, I can say that all I know is that he is a combat veteran who not only served honorably as a marine, but also gave of his own flesh in defense of the United States of America. I cannot speak to his position on issues, but I'd have to argue that his sacrifice shows him to be a better man than the hate-mongering Democrat incumbent he is looking to unseat in 2010.

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United Vacuum

Are you trying to find a good place to buy vacuum pumps or replacement parts for your rotary piston pump and booster? if so, then you may just want to take a look at United Vacuum, which is one of the leaders in the field of manufacturing and remanufacturing of rotary piston pumps and rotary lobe blowers. If you need a pump or a blower, it is almost certain that the fine folks at United Vacuum will be able provide exactly what you need.

Want to know more about the company and its products? Well, then drop by the website at UnitedVacuum.com for more information.





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Nobel Peace Prize Winner's Safe Schools Czar Argues Murdering Name Callers Not Aberrant Behavior

We've already seen that he won't do crap about students being picked up in restrooms by adult men for sexual trysts, and he has expressed support for NAMBLA -- now we find out he doesn't have much of a problem with murder.

We need to own up to the fact that our culture teaches boys that being “a man” is the most important thing in life, even if you have to kill someone to prove it. Killing someone who calls you a faggot is not aberrant behavior but merely the most extreme expression of a belief that is beaten (sometimes literally) into boys at an early age in this country: Be a man – don’t be a faggot.

Sorry, Mr. Jennings, but murdering someone over name-calling is ALWAYS aberrant behavior. Even if the name called was "faggot". That you think differently is one more piece of evidence that you do not belong anywhere in the field of education -- and that you certainly should have nothing to do with ensuring "safe schools" for our nation;s children. Not to mention someone who does not belong in the administration of a Nobel Peace Prize winner.





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When Money Gets Tight

Sometimes folks just need cash that they don't have, and they need it right now. That isn't necessarily a sign of irresponsibility -- it can just be a reality that circumstances put people in the red financially. And that is the sort of time when you go and find yourself a loan.

Imagine, for example, that you are a budding entrepreneur with bills to pay and a busines to run. What do you do to deal with the real problem of more cash going out than comes in in the beginning? After all, there are still bills to be paid, and only so many personal sources that you can tap. That's when you have to start looking at other sources of funds to pay those bills. So while you may not want to apply for a loan, it might become a necessity. That's why what some folks call "second wallet payday loans" can be a real financial life preserver during those rough times when money is temporarily tight.

Are loans in such situations a bad thing? Of course not, provided that they are used responsibly. In fact, it is very possible that such loans, used with responsibility and forethought, can actually help protect one's financial health.





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October 11, 2009

NAACP Chapter Comes Out Against First Amendment

Now I'll be glad to tell you that I don't like the sign put up by Patrick Lanzo outside his Georgia Peach Oyster Bar in Paulding County, Georgia. It really isn't appropriate, and serves only to give the race hustlers and race-baiters on the Left one more piece of ammunition to attack those who have legitimate opposition to the risky health care scheme being proposed by President Obama and the Democrats. There are dozens of other ways he could have made the same point without crossing the moral line that he crossed by using a particular word.

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And yes, the word obscured is the particularly vile racial slur that is so incredibly popular in rap music and the routines of successful black comics.

But you know, I wouldn't write about this incident if it were just about an offensive sign a half a continent away -- one that I am certain that over 95% of Americans look at and agree is not acceptable. Why bother arguing what is more or less unanimously agreed upon.

No, I want to look at this comment towards the end of the article.

The West Metro NAACP issued this statement: This latest ploy for attention by Mr. Lanzo is not surprising. What is of concern however, is the total lack of leadership and action from the elected officials of Paulding County, who repeatedly have allowed this type of toxic public display."

Excuse me? What exactly do you want the elected officials of Paulding County to do? Seize the sign? Arrest the sign owner? Suppress what is, however inelegantly expressed, a legitimate commentary on a key political issue of the day? After all, your criticism is that such speech is even allowed in the county -- which is, after all, a part of the United States and as such is covered by the First Amendment to the Constitution. Like it or not, the elected officials of Paulding County, the state of Georgia, and the United States have no authority under our system of government to silence Mr. Lanzo or require him to adhere to a list of words deemed acceptable by his political opponents.

So while I condemn Mr. Lanzo for his use of the term "nigger rig" in his sign, I also condemn the West Metro NAACP for its effort to stifle political speech by trying to "African-American rig" political correctness into the First Amendment.





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October 10, 2009

But When?

I'm a conservative -- but unlike many of my fellow conservatives, i fiercely object to the "don't ask, don't tell" policy of the US military. I've always found it a bit absurd that we reject the talents of those more than capable of serving our country on the basis of their sexual orientation. That attitude has only been confirmed in my mind by the growing acceptance of homosexuals in society as a whole.

So one would think that I would be turning handstands over this announcement.

President Barack Obama pledged to end the ban on homosexuals serving openly in the military in a speech Saturday, but acknowledged to a cheering crowd that the policy changes he promised on the campaign trail are not coming as quickly as they expected.

"I will end 'don't ask-don't tell,'" Obama said at the annual dinner of the Human Rights Campaign, a gay civil rights advocacy group.

Why no excitement? Because he gives no timetble, only a vague commitment. And he made the same commitment during the campaign, only to sit on his hands for the first nine months he's been in office, despite the fact that most Americans would support him on this one.

In other words, it really isn't a priority to Barack Obama -- any more than winning in Afghanistan or promoting human rights in China are priorities for him.

Wake me when Obama actually tries to carry through on this promise -- if he ever gets around to it.





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Maybe Obama Is A Fit Recipient Of The Nobel Peace Prize

After all, he is joining this list of allegedly worthy recipients whose contributions to world peace appear to be fraudulent or non-existent -- or who support causes that make the Birthers and Truthers look legitimate. Scott at Powerline notes these recipients over the last four decades -- some of whom were obviously unworthy when they received their awards, though others did not prove their unworthiness until years later.

2007 AL GORE The award to Al Gore and the IPCC "for their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change, and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change" fits in with a subset of cosmopolitan frauds, fakers, murderers, thieves, and no-accounts going back about twenty years.

2005
MOHAMED ELBARADEI (joint winner). He's done such a nice job with Iran.

2004
WANGARI MAATHAI The Kenyan ecologist peacefully teaches that the AIDS virus is a biological agent deliberately created by the Man.

2002
JIMMY CARTER JR., former President of the United States of America. A true cosmopolitan, he has undermined the foreign policy of his own country and vouched for the bona fides of tyrants and murderers all over the world. Commenting on the award, Nobel Committee Chairman Gunnar Berge emphasized that the award was meant as a denunciation of American policy toward Iraq. "It should be interpreted as a criticism of the line that the [Bush] administration has taken," Berge said. "It's a kick in the leg to all that follow the same line as the United States."

2001
UNITED NATIONS, New York, NY, USA.
KOFI ANNAN, United Nations Secretary General. Among other things, they respectively served as the vehicle for, and presided over, one of the biggest scams in history.

1994
YASSER ARAFAT (joint winner), Chairman of the Executive Committee of the PLO, President of the Palestinian National Authority. He was a cold-blooded murderer both before and after receiving the award.

1992
RIGOBERTA MENCHU TUM, Guatemala. She is the notorious Guatemalan faker and author, sort of, of I, Rigoberta Menchu. Like President Obama, she is a memoirist of distinction.

1988
THE UNITED NATIONS PEACE-KEEPING FORCES New York, NY, U.S.A. Notwithstanding rapes and sex abuse committed by the team in Kosovo, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea and the Congo, still doing fine work all over the world.

1976
BETTY WILLIAMS, United Kingdom, founder of the Northern Ireland Peace Movement (later renamed Community of Peace People), who in later years repeatedly called for the assassination of President George Bush. How peaceful can you get?

1973
LE DUC THO (with Henry Kissinger) for the 1973 peace with honor bequeathed to the fortunate people of Vietnam.

Of course, there have been many worthy recipients during that time as well -- Andrei Sakharov, Mother Teresa, Lech Walesa, Elie Wiesel, the Dalai Lama (recently snubbed by this year's recipient in an effort to curry favor with the not-so-peaceful Red Chinese dictators), Aung San Suu Kyi, and Doctors Without Borders. Indeed, in 1972 there was no award made -- an option that would have been preferable in my eyes to debasing the award even further by giving it to someone whose only qualification is that he isn't George W. Bush.





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Obama Adviser Supports Sharia

Either that, or she does not understand sharia. If either of these two things is true, she has no place holding a position in the American government that relates to Islamic affairs.

President Barack Obama's adviser on Muslim affairs, Dalia Mogahed, has provoked controversy by appearing on a British television show hosted by a member of an extremist group to talk about Sharia Law.

Miss Mogahed, appointed to the President's Council on Faith-Based and Neighbourhood Partnerships, said the Western view of Sharia was "oversimplified" and the majority of women around the world associate it with "gender justice".

The White House adviser made the remarks on a London-based TV discussion programme hosted by Ibtihal Bsis, a member of the extremist Hizb ut Tahrir party.

The group believes in the non-violent destruction of Western democracy and the creation of an Islamic state under Sharia Law across the world.

Miss Mogahed appeared alongside Hizb ut Tahrir's national women's officer, Nazreen Nawaz.

During the 45-minute discussion, on the Islam Channel programme Muslimah Dilemma earlier this week, the two members of the group made repeated attacks on secular "man-made law" and the West's "lethal cocktail of liberty and capitalism".

They called for Sharia Law to be "the source of legislation" and said that women should not be "permitted to hold a position of leadership in government".

Miss Mogahed made no challenge to these demands and said that "promiscuity" and the "breakdown of traditional values" were what Muslims admired least about the West.

Got that -- the Obama Regime is inclusive of those who want women covered and subservient to men, with non-Muslims put into a second-class status with fewer rights than Muslims. Frankly, who gives a damn what such people want, given that it is antithetical to the US Constitution and the entire American tradition.

I'd like to say I'm shocked -- but I'm not.

Disgusted? yYeah -- but not shocked





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This Just In From the Beeb

Global warming doesn't appear to be happening.

What happened to global warming?

This headline may come as a bit of a surprise, so too might that fact that the warmest year recorded globally was not in 2008 or 2007, but in 1998.

But it is true. For the last 11 years we have not observed any increase in global temperatures.

And our climate models did not forecast it, even though man-made carbon dioxide, the gas thought to be responsible for warming our planet, has continued to rise.

Of course, as the article points out, the high priests of the cult of global warming insist that even evidence that global warming isn't happening is no reason to believe that global warming isn't happening.

And pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.

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October 09, 2009

The Worst Comment About The Obama Nobel Prize

Comes from the Democrat National Committee, of course.

"The Republican Party has thrown in its lot with the terrorists - the Taliban and Hamas this morning - in criticizing the President for receiving the Nobel Peace prize."

One more example of civility and decency from the party that has made a point of demanding civility and decency – disagreeing with the undeserved awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to Barack Obama makes you just like the terrorists.

And while you are at it, don’t forget that patriotism stopped being patriotic at noon on January 20, 2009.





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The Best Serious Comment About The Nobel Prize Committee

This should be engraved into the walls of the room where the committee meets to select the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.

The Nobel Prize Committee should be in the business of conferring celebrity on unknown human-rights and peace activists toiling in the most god-forsaken parts of the world; the people who really need the attention (and even the money). It should be in the business of angering powerful tyrants by giving their victims a moment in the sun. Choosing Barack Obama, who practically orbits the sun already, accomplishes the exact opposite of that. Let’s hope Obama eventually deserves this award. And let’s hope the Nobel Committee’s decision meets with such a deafening chorus of chortles and jeers that it never does something this stupid again.

Bravo to Peter Beinart for so clearly illuminating the reason that people with moral decency are outraged by the decision to give the award to this president at this time.





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They’re Not Worthy!

But apparently Barack Obama is – so the selection committee passed them over and gave the award to an accomplishment-free novice who gives nice speeches as long as the teleprompter is working.

Sima Samar, women's rights activist in Afghanistan: "With dogged persistence and at great personal risk, she kept her schools and clinics open in Afghanistan even during the most repressive days of the Taliban regime, whose laws prohibited the education of girls past the age of eight. When the Taliban fell, Samar returned to Kabul and accepted the post of Minister for Women's Affairs."

Ingrid Betancourt: French-Colombian ex-hostage held for six years.

"Dr. Denis Mukwege: Doctor, founder and head of Panzi Hospital in Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo. He has dedicated his life to helping Congolese women and girls who are victims of gang rape and brutal sexual violence."

Handicap International and Cluster Munition Coalition: "These organizations are recognized for their consistently serious efforts to clean up cluster bombs, also known as land mines. Innocent civilians are regularly killed worldwide because the unseen bombs explode when stepped upon."

"Hu Jia, a human rights activist and an outspoken critic of the Chinese government, who was sentenced last year to a three-and-a-half-year prison term for 'inciting subversion of state power.'"



"Wei Jingsheng
, who spent 17 years in Chinese prisons for urging reforms of China's communist system. He now lives in the United States."

Seems appropriate that two of the individuals kicked to the curb are human rights activists in China – I guess the committee was just following Obama’s lead in appeasing the Red Chinese dictators by ignoring the gross violations of human rights in that communist dictatorship. And since Obama seems prepared to ignore the ugly human rights record of the Taliban, the selection committee decided to overlook those who have actually worked for human rights in Afghanistan.

All around, I’d say this is a pretty sick situation. Obama gets the Nobel Peace Prize while these much more deserving nominees with remarkable records of accomplishment receive the Nobel Piss-Off Prize.





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The Horror Of Cookie-Free Faculty Meetings!

However will the hoity-toity liberals in Harvard’s ivy-covered halls survive?

Gone are the hot breakfasts in most dorms and the pastries at Widener Library. Varsity athletes are no longer guaranteed free sweat suits, and just this week came the jarring news that professors will go without cookies at faculty meetings.

By Harvard standards, these are hard times. Not Dickensian hard times, but with the value of its endowment down by almost 30 percent, the world’s richest university is learning to live with less.

Color me unimpressed. Why don’t these yahoos try to make do on what my district spends on educating a student?

Oh, the humanity!






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Nobel Peace Prize Jumps The Shark

It used to be that winners of the Nobel Prize for Peace had to have done something significant to advance the cause of peace. Maybe they negotiated a peace treaty. Maybe they had worked for years for human rights. Perhaps they were internationally known for their human rights work.

And while I haven't always agreed with the choices made, I've at least understood them. Even Al Gore's award two years ago, tinged by political correctness and support for junk science, made some sort of sense, given his history of environmental work.

But now we have seen confirmed a simple reality -- the once-prestigious award has become a joke, the Nobel Prize for Liberalism.

In a stunning surprise, the Nobel Committee announced Friday that it had awarded its annual peace prize to President Obama “for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.”

“He has created a new international climate,” the committee said in its announcement. President Obama’s name had not figured in speculation about the likely winner until minutes before the prize was announced here.

Likely candidates had been seen here as including human rights activists in China and Afghanistan and political figures in Africa.

The committee said it wanted to enhance Mr. Obama’s diplomatic efforts. “We are awarding Obama for what he has done,” the committee said. “Many other people and leaders and nations have to respond in a positive way” to President Obama’s diplomacy.

In other words, they gave the award for Hope'N'Change, not for any actual accomplishment or substantive body of work on the part of President Obama.

Especially since nominations had to be in by February 1, 2009, a mere 11 days after his inauguration. Yeah, that's right -- he'd been president for eleven days on the deadline day for nominations. He had done nothing substantive then -- and still has no substantive accomplishments after less than nine months in office. Sort of like his lack of substantive accomplishments during his years as a do-nothing state legislator and his partial term as absentee Senator from Illinois

Let's say it -- the award is absurd. No, scratch that -- the award is obscene.

In one fell swoop, the Nobel Committee has degraded and discredited itself in the eyes of anyone with common sense and common decency. Today marks the day that the Nobel Peace Prize has jumped the shark.





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October 08, 2009

Another Minority First In Texas

The first Latina justice of the Texas Supreme Court has been appointed by Governor Rick Perry.

Houston judge Eva Guzman will be named today by Gov. Rick Perry to replace Scott Brister on the Texas Supreme Court.

Though the court has had several women and several Hispanics judges, Guzman, the daughter of immigrants, is the first Hispanic woman to take that bench.

Guzman sits on the Houston-based Texas 14th Court of Appeals. Perry made her the first Hispanic woman on that court in 2001. She was elected to the bench in 2002 and 2004. Her opinions have been on a range of topics, and she writes often for the court on family law issues.

She is also a former Harris County Family Court judge, appointed in 1999 by then-Gov. George W. Bush and elected to the position subsequently.

Congratulations to Justice Guzman, who it has been my pleasure to campaign for a number of times over the years. She is a fine jurist, and I am proud to see her on one of our state's two highest courts (the other being the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals).

And I cannot help but be struck by the fact that, despite allegedly being pro-minority and pro-woman, the Democrats never could find a qualified Hispanic woman for the Texas Supreme Court.





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Why Was This Even An Issue?

After all, even prisoners have certain religious liberties upon which the state cannot infringe.

A judge says the state of Pennsylvania cannot force a seriously ill prison inmate to undergo a blood transfusion - even if it could save his life.

In a ruling made public Wednesday, Commonwealth Court Judge Keith B. Quigley said inmate Anthony Lindsey's wishes must be respected under the First Amendment.

Lindsey suffers from a serious kidney ailment. A doctor at the Laurel Highlands state prison says the 37-year-old prisoner is in imminent danger of dying if he does not have a transfusion.

Lindsey says he refuses to allow a transfusion because it violates his religious beliefs as a Jehovah's Witness. He is serving a 13- to 36-year sentence for drug trafficking.

Now I recognize that the government can limit the exercise of religion in jails and prisons for security purposes, and I am generally supportive of their doing so to some degree. But attempting to limit a decision to forgo medical treatment made on religious grounds makes no sense, as it in no way burdens the state. That litigation was necessary here is just offensive.





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But What About Her Absolute Moral Authority?

The horrors! Cindy Sheehan has been arrested for protesting our warmonger president!

“Cindy Sheehan says she is moving to Washington. The anti-war activist was outside the White House for the second day in a row, with a bullhorn and a handful of protestors, shouting against the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Guantanamo and calling for “health care not warfare.”

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Park Police arrested Sheehan and 60 other protestors yesterday, after Sheehan chained herself to the fence on the North Lawn. Sheehan says she refuses to pay the fine and that she and other anti-war activists plan to “step up” their protests until the administration shows a willingness to withdraw U.S. forces from Afghanistan.

“We’re going to create a movement that’s going to demand a change of policy,” she said, explaining that her plan is to create large, coordinated acts of civil resistance, “It’s going to be massive.”

Why hasn’t Barack Hussein Obama met with Cindy Sheehan? Why did he allow his fascist storm troopers to lock her up for daring to engage in patriotic dissent? And why wasn’t the media all over this horrific act of oppression?

Oh. That’s right. It is no longer the Bush Administration, and the president is no longer a Republican, so dissent against the policies of the American government are no longer acceptable. Indeed, I’m wondering how long until Maureen Dowd retracts her claim that Sheehan has absolute moral authority and instead opines that Sheehan is just another racist hater unpatriotically attacking America.

H/T Patterico





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Is This A Surprise? Or Newsworthy?

Anyone who has ever had a puppy knows that one thing is quite certain – there will be puppy accidents of both liquid and solid varieties. So when I read this story, all I could do was chuckle – and shake my head that anyone would even find it worth reporting on.

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The mystery begins in a Pittsburgh bar where several high-flying airline types met last month.

The group swapped stories over drinks when three people present let loose with a good tale. Bo, the presidential puppy, recently left a present on the presidential jet, they said, and a flight attendant had nearly stepped in it.

“You can imagine the horror on board when they discovered what it had done,” a participant in the conversation said, referring to Bo.

Apparently my favorite member of the Obama family has even gotten loose aboard the presidential aircraft a time or two – something not too surprising for a pup of a breed known for being intelligent and having a high energy level.

My only thing is this – why does the White House see a need to deny that this incident happened? Set aside the issue of government transparency that Obama ran on last year (and has run from this year) – just remind everyone that Bo is a puppy and he does puppy things.





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A News Story Unlikely To Be Repeated

Truly a case of “news of the weird”.

And an opening sentence to a news article that will probably never appear in the press ever again.

A gay man tried to poison his lesbian neighbours by putting slug pellets into their curry after he was accused of kidnapping their three-legged cat.

Damn – sounds like its own punchline!





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Must Not Mock The Obamessiah!

How dare they sell this product. RRRRAAAACCCCIIIISSSSTTTT!!!!

In CVS stores for less than a week, the Commander in Chia has already gotten the boot.

The chain Tuesday said it is no longer selling the Chia planter modeled after President Obama.

Chia Pet maker Joseph Enterprises launched an ad blitz leading up to the sales of its Chia Obama last week in Chicago, San Francisco and Tampa, Fla., the first time the item was in a major chain since Walgreens abruptly pulled it after a few days of testing last spring.

Walgreens officials said they received a few complaints. CVS would not say why it stopped the sales.

The product is the first Chia offering based on a living person.

Well, that is one more racist attack down. Now if we can only find a way to make sure that only votes for Obama are cast in presidential elections, we will have eliminated racism from our society.





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Free Breakfast Consumption As A Measure Of School Success

I’ve never been a fan of the notion that schools, rather than families, are responsible for all the basic needs of kids. But now one school district is making the feeding of students a criteria for evaluating schools and their administrators.

In a locally unprecedented move, the School District of Philadelphia will hold principals accountable for the number of students eating breakfast in their schools.

Breakfast participation will be part of the report card that rates principals each year, along with categories such as attendance and math and reading performance.

All 165,000 students in Philadelphia public schools, regardless of income, are eligible for free breakfasts. But just 54,000 ate breakfast last year, district figures show.

The new system, which begins this year, is expected to increase the number of students eating breakfast, said Jonathan Stein, a lawyer with Community Legal Services, whose efforts - along with those of Public Citizens for Children and Youth (PCCY) - helped bring about the move.

Now set aside the argument that the school system should not be feeding every kid on the taxpayer dime because that is not one of the missions of a properly run system of education. But what does it say when we require a principal to discourage parents taking responsibility for the care and feeding of their own kids as a part of determining whether or not the principal (and the school) is doing his/her job? What we are encouraging in such situations is nothing less than womb-to-the-tomb dependency on government rather than self-sufficiency and personal responsibility.

What next? Feed the kids dinner before leaving school? Or perhaps turn-down and mint-on-the-pillow service provided by the district, which will ensure that all students get to bed at a reasonable hour?





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October 07, 2009

Hate Crime Question

Moe Lane points out that one particular prominent hate crime has gone unsolved for 10 months – and the media seems particularly intent on overlooking the offense and ignoring the lack of progress of the investigation.

I posted on this three months ago - and in those three months: if there has been anything done by the current government in investigating this hate crime that would merit an update, I haven’t found it.  Somebody attempted to murder several women and children via arson, and it’s becoming depressingly clear that that person (or persons) has gotten away with it clean.

This offends me.  It should offend you.  If it doesn’t, I don’t really care what your excuse is.

Yes, that’s right – there seems to be no progress in the investigation of the arson attack on the Wasilla Bible Church last year. Want to bet that if this had been an attack on Jeremiah Wright’s Trinity United Church of Christ we would have seen massive amounts of federal resources poured into the investigation of the crime – one which would be seen as both a hate crime and an act of political terrorism, just as the attack on the WBC ought to be?

Why the lack of progress? Why the lack of press coverage? Why the lack of public outrage?





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A Second Reason To Oppose The Press Shield Law

Not only does it put one class of citizen outside the requirements of the law, it also excludes everyone but a small class of citizens from the protections of a part of the Bill of Rights.

In 1972, in the U.S. Supreme Court case, Branzburg v. Hayes, which said there was no “news media privilege” on sources in federal courts, Justice Byron White conceded the difficulty of specifying who is a journalist. White wrote that arriving at such a definition would be “a questionable procedure in light of the traditional doctrine that liberty of the press is the right of the lonely pamphleteer who uses carbon paper or a mimeograph just as much as the large metropolitan publisher.” Fast-forward Justice White’s concerns to 2009 and he may well have added “… and the blogger sitting at home using a computer and the World Wide Web.” But that’s not where the law stands in Congress. The House already has passed its version of a shield law. It defines a journalist as (take a deep breath here if reading aloud): “A person who regularly gathers, prepares, collects, photographs, records, writes, edits, reports, or publishes news and information that concerns local, national, or international events or other matters of public interest for dissemination to the public, for a substantial portion of the person’s livelihood, or for substantial financial gain.”

Got that – instead of Congress protecting the right of every American to the freedoms of the First Amendment, Congress is looking to define most Americans out of the protections of granted under the rubric of freedom of the press. After all, if only journalists are to be considered a part of the press for purposes of federal law, it will become axiomatic that other aspects of freedom of the press are applicable only to that small class of individuals when we have a judiciary that constantly attempts to discern not the original intent of the Constitutioon, but instead the meaning of a “living constitution” that is untethered to the original meaning of the text.





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Senior Democrat Freezes Out Radio Station That Told Constituents He Was In Town

Because, after all, a request by a Senator to withhold true information about the Senator being in town so that his constituents wouldn’t know that they could meet up with him so as to engage in a constitutionally protected activity like petitioning for a redress of grievances ought to be respected. After all, the people have no place expressing un-liberal views to their betters.

A spokesman for U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-Illinois) says the senator's office will no longer send media information to Quincy's oldest radio station because the station decided to let the public know he was coming to town.

Mike Moyers, general manager/vice president of STARadio Corporation, which owns WTAD-AM (930), said Christina Angarola of Durbin's Chicago office called WTAD on Monday to inform them they would no longer be included on the list of those receiving news releases from the senator when he plans to visit West-Central Illinois.

Moyers said Angarola was not pleased that WTAD chose to make public the time and place of Durbin's September 4 visit to Quincy's Blessing Hospital to hold a meeting on health care with officials from the hospital, Quincy Medical Group and Quincy Mayor John Spring and State Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville).
The news release sent by Durbin's office on the afternoon of September 3 said NOTE: The times and locations of these events are for media planning purposes only and should not be published or aired in any form."

Personally, I find Dick Durbin’s request to be newsworthy in and of itself. Why is a US Senator so intent on making sure that his constituents NOT be able to contact him or speak to him? Why is the press being punished for daring to tell the truth – namely that the Senator would be in town for an event related to one of the most pressing public policy issues today?

And what are we to make of the explanation offered by Durbin for his reluctance for letting those who elected him actually talk to him on the issue of health care reform?

Durbin, the assistant majority leader of the Senate, has been an outspoken critic of health care town hall meetings, said he didn't want to get a "sucker-punch" from constituents and opted to have a session in a conference room before an invited few and a handful of reporters.

Four of the 10 people Durbin chose to meet on September 4 have donated to Durbin's campaign fund in the past: Blessing Corporate Services President/CEO Brad Billings, Niemann Foods Inc. Chairman Rich Niemann, Sr., [Quincy Mayor John] Spring and [State Senator John] Sullivan. Durbin has also funneled several thousands of dollars from his war chest back to Spring's mayoral campaign fund.

Got that – Durbin even admits that his goal was to ensure that his constituents were excluded from the policy making process because they might embarrass him or make him look foolish. Durbin has instead made himself look arrogant – and is punishing the press for having exposed that arrogance. How utterly shameful!





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Will Mad Maxine Name Names?

After all, she is claiming that there are many members of Congress who have the same sort of sleaze problems as Charlie Rangel – will she put up or shut op?

“Many members” of Congress suffer from the same disclosure issues as Rep. Charles Rangel (D.N.Y.), one of his allies said Wednesday. Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) downplayed the seriousness of allegations against Rangel that he failed to disclose sources of income and pay taxes on some properties, saying that many lawmakers suffer from innocent lapses in judgment when filing mandatory financial disclosure forms. “I want to tell you, there are many members who, if you go back over all of their records, over all of the years, you’re going to find that there were disclosures that were not made,” Waters said during an appearance on MSNBC Wednesday morning.

My guess is that she won’t do either – her argument appears to be that Rangel’s many financial misdeeds just are not sufficient to do so much as censure him , much less expel him from the House.

Seems to me that she is telling us that dirty Dems are a dime a dozen.

Which is why Democrats defeated an attempt to remove Rangel from the chairmanship of the committee that writes the laws that he breaks.





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FTC Blogger Regulations

From time to time I do sponsored posts. You may have seen my advertising policy button in the right column – and I always put such posts in a special category that is called Paid Advertising, which you see in the left column. As such, I think I have made it clear that such posts are compensated, and that I am speaking as a paid reviewer of such of the company or product. I don’t say anything in such posts that I do not believe to be true. I don’t claim to use products or services I haven’t used. I think that is a simple matter of responsibility.

But I’m still troubled by this new policy by the FTC.

The Federal Trade Commission is taking a tougher line on bloggers who accept cash or gifts to tout a company's products or services. Under revised rules announced Monday, the FTC will require bloggers and celebrities to clearly state when they receive cash or "payment in kind" for endorsing a company's products or services.

The changes, adopted on a 4-0 vote, are the first revisions to federal guidelines on endorsements and testimonial advertising since 1980 and the first to target bloggers.

Connections between advertisers and endorsers must be disclosed once the revised guidelines take effect on Dec. 1. The FTC said the stricter disclosure requirement will apply to comments on talk shows, blog posts and on social media as well as in traditional advertisements.

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Advertisers and endorsers who fail to disclose material connections, or who make false, misleading or unsubstantiated claims may be subject to fines of $11,000 per violation. The FTC didn't set a specific dollar threshold; instead, it called for disclosure whenever a reward is large enough that it might affect the credibility of the endorsement itself.

Now here’s where I have a problem. The FTC isn’t clear what such disclosure has to look like. Are my posted policy and special category sufficient? And at what point is my compensation sufficiently substantial to trigger the FTC regulations? And does a post in which I simply note the existence of a company and an explanation of their services an endorsement, or is it something else?
My fear? That the rules are so vague that bloggers will find themselves in trouble without meaning to violate any rules. So while I don’t have a theoretical problem with disclosure rules, I remain troubled by these.





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October 06, 2009

Military Pay Scandal?

Are our men and women in uniform deployed abroad being denied their pay? If this report over at Red Ink: Texas is true, it appears that the unthinkable may be happening.

Nasty Rumor that I HOPE is not true. But I'm afraid it might well be...

This morning, a woman called in to Edd Hendee's show on KSEV and informed Edd that her friend's husband, who is deployed to Iraq, has not been paid in a month, and that he had been ordered not to discuss it. The wife of course was under no such obligation to keep quiet. When I heard that I thought to myself that it could not possibly be correct, or if it is, it can't be widespread. So I asked around. I discovered that a woman here at work has three cousins in Iraq, two Army, one Air Force, and none of them have been paid in over 5 weeks as well. This no longer sounds like a rumor, this is starting to sound like fact. And if it IS a fact, someone's head needs to roll. This is UNACCEPTABLE.

These men and women have signed a blank check for their very lives in service to this country. They often have spouses and families back home that depend on that income to eat and pay the rent. Soldiers are not paid a great deal for their sacrifice to begin with. To screw them out of a paycheck their families need to survive is simply unconscionable. If you know of anyone who is deployed to Iraq who has not been paid. Please let me know. I've been in contact with Congressman Ted Poe's office and they will ask around, but at this juncture no constituent who has not been paid has contacted them so their ability to look into it is limited. I urge all servicemen and women who's paycheck is in arrears to contact their respective congressmen and let them know about this.

Check with your friends and loved ones in the war zones about this. If there is any truth whatsoever to this story, then We the People need to raise some Hell about it -- Barack Obama and the Democrats can try to screw the American people all they want, but we will not tolerate them screwing our troops.

UPDATE: Perhaps less than meets the eye to this one -- a fellow-blogger with lots of military connections sends me this:

From what I'm hearing, it's not uncommon for combat pay/benefits to lag a couple of months, and it gets corrected eventually, but I've heard of no mass missing of paychecks in theater. In fact, no commander worth his salt would tolerate that, and you couldn't possibly enforce a gag rule on it.




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Barack Obama Is Shameless On Human Rights

He’ll meet with terrorists and dictators without preconditions – but screw the Dalai Lama, one of the most respected religious and political leaders on the face of the earth.

In an attempt to gain favor with China, the United States pressured Tibetan representatives to postpone a meeting between the Dalai Lama and President Obama until after Obama's summit with his Chinese counterpart, Hu Jintao, scheduled for next month, according to diplomats, government officials and other sources familiar with the talks.

For the first time since 1991, the Tibetan spiritual leader will visit Washington this week and not meet with the president. Since 1991, he has been here 10 times. Most times the meetings have been "drop-in" visits at the White House. The last time he was here, in 2007, however, George W. Bush became the first sitting president to meet with him publicly, at a ceremony at the Capitol in which he awarded the Dalai Lama the Congressional Gold Medal, Congress's highest civilian award.

So in order to suck up to the Commies in Red China, Barack Obama is going to disrespect this figure who is almost universally revered in order to appease a dictatorial regime. And they are not even subtle about this fundamental change in US policy.

Before a visit to China in February, for example, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said advocacy for human rights could not "interfere with the global economic crisis, the global climate-change crisis and the security crisis" -- a statement that won her much goodwill in Beijing. . . .

So please understand – for all his talk about making the US a moral paragon, Barack Obama has adopted a policy of minimizing human rights violations by left-wing regimes, just like he has minimized the terrorism of groups like Hamas and Hezbollah.

In other words, Barack Obama is shameless in his promotion of values at odds with those of most Americans – and will likely come away with nothing to show for it, other than abandoning the historical anti-Communist stance adopted by eachsuccessive Administrations dating back to the days of Woodrow Wilson.

And given his disregard for for the human rights of the people of Tibet and China, is it any surprise that he is also abandoning the human rights of the people of Iran as a part of his attempt to appease Mahmoud the Mad and the Mullahs?





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October 05, 2009

Just An Observation

Here’s a complaint that seems to miss the entire history of the press in America.

On "Meet the Press," David Brooks reiterated his critique of talk radio from Friday's Times, calling Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh and Mark Levin "loons" and "harmful for America." (Limbaugh, on Friday, told POLITICO that Brooks is just jealous).

Continuing on discussion of partisan media divide, Republican strategist Mike Murphy -- an NBC News analyst who's made some appearances on MSNBC -- said "there is kind of a freakshow business of each side."

"We have one-party cable networks now," Murphy said. "One of each. What that does is dumb down the debate."

"Is Joe Scarborough -- which network is he on?" Rachel Maddow asked.

"He's on your liberal network," Murphy said.

"So how is that a one-party network?"

"I would take your prime-time and Fox prime-time and say it's the same dance toward dumbing the debate," Murphy said.

Frankly, I don’t agree.

And neither would the founding fathers.

Take a look at the state of the press in the 1790s, when our Republic was established under the current Constitution. The press was explicitly partisan, and explicitly allied with one side or the other of the political factions of the day. Still later, the press was allied with the earliest political parties of the day.

We see remnants of that today with newspapers named the Whig, the Democrat, or the Republican in many cities around the country. Those names are indicative of the very partisan roots of the papers in question.

In short, the founders would have no problem with the existence of “biased” “one-party” media outlets today. They would likely suggest that it was unthinkable that it would be any other way – and that the very notion that we have an unbiased media is a conceit that is not borne out by reality.





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Virginia Suppresses Military Vote

Seems to me that once the GOP reestablishes control at the national level, it may be necessary for there to be legislation passed in Congress and signed by the President that will ensure that our men and women in uniform are permitted to vote.

Virginia is the case in point right now, of attempts to disenfranchise the military. After the rejection of military absentee votes in Fairfax last year, we now have the state of Virginia claiming it has no obligation to send out absentee ballots for military personnel in a timely enough manner for them to actually be able to cast their ballots and return them.

The Virginia State Board of Elections argued in their most recent filing that they have no legal obligation to send out military absentee ballots in a timely manner. Restated, the State of Virginia has argued in a federal court filing that they can legally send out absentee ballots to active duty soldiers the day before an election. Restated again, theDemocratic Chairwoman of the Virginia State Board of Election (appointed by the Democratic National Committee Chair Tim Kaine, in his capacity as Virginia Governor) Jean Cunningham just claimed a legal basis for massively raising the barrier to voting for soldiers at war.

The claim? That there is no LEGAL obligation that the state act to ensure that military voters are able to exercise the rights which they are deployed to defend. And apparently these Democrat officials are not terribly interested in the MORAL obligation to guarantee the franchise of military voters – probably because they know that such voters will likely vote overwhelmingly for Republican candidates.

And interestingly enough, Democrat leaders in Congress are dragging their feet on bipartisan legislation introduced to ensure that military voters are, in fact allowed to vote in state and local elections as well as federal ones. Maybe that’s because they know that military voters could be the difference in the off-year gubernatorial elections in Virginia and New Jersey.





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Death Of A Hero

One of the most troubling questions arising from the Holocaust is that of why the Jews did not resist more. That is not intended as an attempt to blame the victim, but more a desire to understand how so many people could fail to act in an effort to save their own lives and those of their children in the face of so great an evil.

But it is to be eternally remembered that some Jews did stand and fight – in particular the Jews of the Warsaw Ghetto. And last week the world lost the last surviving leader of that heroic uprising against the murderous Nazi thugs.

Marek Edelman, who died on October 2, probably aged 90, was the last surviving leader of the armed Jewish revolt against the Nazis in the Warsaw ghetto; having commanded the heroic but doomed struggle in April 1943 he was one of a tiny number of fighters to escape with his life, eventually taking part in the equally ill-fated citywide Uprising the following year.

Edelman was just 20 when the Nazis invaded Warsaw. By November 1940 the invading army had cut off his district from the rest of the city with walls and wire. As the anti-Semitic directives of the occupation were put into force, hundreds of thousands of Polish Jews were forced into the ghetto, inflating its population to almost half a million.

Conditions became intolerable and in the course of 1941 the ghetto population was decimated by disease and malnutrition. Early the following year however, with Hitler's decision to implement the Endlösung, or final solution to "the Jewish question", plans were put in place to liquidate the ghetto and its remaining occupants entirely.

From July 1942, Jews were herded through the ghetto to an umschlagplatz (or departure point), a square at its southern end, and on to trains 6,000 at a time. From there, the destinations were death camps. Two months after the ghetto clearance had begun, more than 300,000 Jews had been transported to the gas chambers. But even as Jews were encouraged on to the trains to Treblinka with promises of better conditions at their destination, Edelman and a small band of others were laying down plans for armed resistance.

And resist they did, fighting for three heroic weeks in 1943 against the Nazis who came to exterminate them Some escaped, while those who remained behind died in a last ditch resistance against the great evil of the age.

And Edelman provided a perspective on the question raised at the beginning of the post that to me is quite profound.

After the war, the 20 days of fighting in the ghetto were sometimes described as a rare example of violent Jewish resistance to the horrors inflicted on them by the Nazis. But Edelman always refused to make any distinction of character between those in the ghetto who fought and those who boarded the trains to the camps. Both groups, he said, were simply dealing with an inevitable death in the best way they could.

"We knew perfectly well that we had no chance of winning," he recalled. "We fought simply not to allow the Germans alone to pick the time and place of our deaths. We knew we were going to die. Just like all the others who were sent to Treblinka." Indeed, Edelman added, far from going passively, those who went steadfastly to Treblinika had shown the ultimate courage. "Their death was far more heroic. We didn't know when we would take a bullet. They had to deal with certain death, stripped naked in a gas chamber or standing at the edge of a mass grave waiting for a bullet in the back of the head. It is an awesome thing, when one is going so quietly to one's death. It was easier to die fighting than in a gas chamber."

It is a perspective that I had never considered before reading this brave man’s obituary. I do not know that I agree with it. Still, I honor it as I honor the man who so many years ago led the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising – and I am sure that his entry into the presence of God was one which saw him greatly honored as well.





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Will My Buddy Hube Be In Heaven?

As a Rams fan, I imagine he might be if this were to come to pass.

In 2003, Rush Limbaugh had a brief dalliance with the sport he loves, spending a month as the "voice of the fan" on ESPN's pregame show before resigning after a delayed reaction to comments made regarding Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb triggered a firestorm.

Since then, the mega-rich Rush's name has bubbled up from time to time as a potential owner of all or part of an NFL team.

And it could be coming to fruition.

Charley Casserly of CBS reports that, of the three groups that submitted bids to buy the St. Louis Rams, one group includes Dave Checketts and Limbaugh.

Given that the Rams are this year’s Detroit Lions, it seems to me that this may be the only thing that my friend and fellow Watcher’s Council member will have to cheer this season.

If, of course, it happens.





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Alan Colmes -- Despicable Human Being

As a Christian, I would never dare to write a post on this blog suggesting that Moses, David, or Solomon (or any of the Hebrew prophets) was quitting Judaism over the policies of the Obama Regime towards Israel or the content of the platform of the Democrat Party. And under no circumstances would I put blasphemous words into the mouths of Jewish politicians and commentators, showing them as condemning any of those revered religious figures for their failure to adhere to the tenets of contemporary liberalism.

Not only that, I would never link to such a post on another blog -- except, perhaps, to condemn it as a vile bit of anti-Semitism.

I therefore feel I am well-within my rights to condemn well-known liberal pundit Alan Colmes, who is a Jew, for tweeting up and blogging about this bit of vile anti-Christian garbage. And what's more, I can't help but note the disingenuous tone he adopts in expressing surprise that Christians might take offense at his having done so.

I don't take offense that Alan Colmes would speak ill of the GOP. I don't even find it troubling that he would be critical of Christianity. Rather, I am offended by the particularly vile and blasphemous way manner in which the post he so approvingly links does both. I guess that in Alan's liberal worldview, respect and tolerance for other faiths does not extend to Christianity -- because unlike the followers of certain other faiths, Alan knows that Christians like those he insults will turn the other cheek rather than seek to take his life in retribution.





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This Week's Watcher's Council Results

On Friday, the following results were announced by the Watcher, based upon the votes of my esteemed colleagues on the Watcher's Council.

Winning Council Submissions



Winning Non-Council Submissions


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October 04, 2009

Recruiting Of Jihadis In Minnesota Condemned By President -- Of Somalia

I guess that Barry Hussein has been too busy being an athletic supporter for Mayor Daley and the Chicago 2016 committee to take notice of this issue.

Fortunately there is a president with the time and moral clarity to speak out on the issue of jihadi recruiting on American soil.

The president of Somalia on Sunday denounced the recruiting of young men from Minnesota’s huge Somali community for terrorist activity in his war-ravaged homeland, and said he plans to work with the U.S. government to bring those still alive back home.

President Sheik Sharif Sheik Ahmed spoke with The Associated Press while visiting the Minneapolis area, where authorities believe as many as 20 young Somali men—possibly recruited by a vision of jihad to fight—returned to the impoverished nation over the last two years.

At least three have died in Somalia, including one who authorities believe was the first American suicide bomber. Three others have pleaded guilty in the U.S. to terror-related charges.

Maybe he'll have something to say when one of these home-grown jihadis returns to this country and commits a terrorist act on American soil.

Or maybe not.

H/T Michelle Malkin





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A Quick Thought On The Letterman Extortion Case

On one level, I don't really care whether David Letterman has been dallying with his female employees. On another, I am struck by the hypocrisy of it all.

But there is also a question that has been flopping around in my mind regarding the charges against his accused blackmailer.

David Letterman is a public figure. As such, virtually any detail about his life -- especially about his professional life (and his extracurricular activities with female staffers qualifies as a part of his professional life) is fair game for the paparazzi, the tabloids, and even for more legitimate media. This information, especially given that it is true, could be freely published by any media outlet with no legal repercussions -- and even if the charges were not true it would be difficult to sustain a libel claim because Letterman is a public figure.

So if Joe Halderman could have legally written a book and/or screenplay and could have legally sold them, published the book, or produced the screenplay, on what basis do we as a society make it a crime for him to offer them to the subject of those works (Letterman) rather than to a third party? After all, the only crime here is that he attempted to sell his silence to Letterman rather than his words to a publisher or production company. Isn't what he did morally no different than what he would have done had he sold the story to a third party?





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Is Mahmoud The Mad Also Mahmoud The Jew?

Could be -- which would certainly help to explain his intense anti-Semitism.

The evidence is here.

A photograph of the Iranian president holding up his identity card during elections in March 2008 clearly shows his family has Jewish roots.

A close-up of the document reveals he was previously known as Sabourjian – a Jewish name meaning cloth weaver.

The short note scrawled on the card suggests his family changed its name to Ahmadinejad when they converted to embrace Islam after his birth.

The Sabourjians traditionally hail from Aradan, Mr Ahmadinejad's birthplace, and the name derives from "weaver of the Sabour", the name for the Jewish Tallit shawl in Persia. The name is even on the list of reserved names for Iranian Jews compiled by Iran's Ministry of the Interior.

Experts last night suggested Mr Ahmadinejad's track record for hate-filled attacks on Jews could be an overcompensation to hide his past.

Yeah, that's right -- if the official document he is holding is correct, the Iranian leader was born a Jew and became a Muslim only later wehnhis fatehr converted to Islam. And much like at least one American neo-Nazi leader, that would seem to explain his need to disassociate himself from his own beople throught the expression of violent hatred -- especially since Islam itself is thoroughly infused with anti-Semitism.

UPDATE: Guess not.





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Why You Need To Read My Friend The Bookworm

Because she so often makes posts like this one.

If a conservative doesn’t like guns, he doesn't buy one. If a liberal doesn’t like guns, he wants all guns outlawed.

If a conservative is a vegetarian, he doesn't eat meat.
If a liberal is a vegetarian, he wants all meat products banned for everyone.

If a conservative sees a foreign threat, he thinks about how to defeat his enemy.
A liberal wonders how to surrender gracefully and still look good.

If a conservative is homosexual, he quietly leads his life.
If a liberal is homosexual, he demands legislated respect.

If a black man or Hispanic are conservative, they see themselves as independently successful.
Their liberal counterparts see themselves as victims in need of government protection.

If a conservative is down-and-out, he thinks about how to better his situation.
A liberal wonders who is going to take care of him.

If a conservative doesn’t like a talk show host, he switches channels.
Liberals demand that those they don’t like be shut down.

If a conservative is a non-believer, he doesn’t go to church.
A liberal non-believer wants any mention of God and religion silenced. (Unless it’s a foreign religion, of course!)

If a conservative decides he needs health care, he goes about shopping for it, or may choose a job that provides it.
A liberal demands that the rest of us pay for his.

If a conservative slips and falls in a store, he gets up, laughs and is embarrassed.
If a liberal slips and falls, he grabs his neck, moans like he’s in labor and then sues.

If a conservative reads this, he’ll forward it so his friends can have a good laugh.
A liberal will delete it because he’s “offended”.

H/t Colossus of Rhodey

UPDATE: For some reason this thought on the authoritarianism of the "liberal" seems to tie in well with this commentary on the desire of some liberals for a dictator to rule over us all.





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What Has Obama Accomplished?

I think the fine folks at Saturday Night Live nailed it last night.

Seems to me that Barack Obama is already an EPIC FAIL. And personally, I love the fact that SNL notes that the president has accomplished only two things -- JACK and SQUAT.





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Why Janeane Garofalo Had Better Hope She's Wrong

Because if she is right in the things she is saying, she has painted a great big target on herself.

It's obvious to anybody who has eyes in this country that tea-baggers, the 9-12ers, these separatist groups that pretend that it's about policy – they are clearly white-identity movements. They're clearly white power movements. What they don't like about the President is that he's black – or half black (applause) – and they, what also is shocking is that people keep pretending that that's not really the case with these people.

I'm not talking about people that do have problems with his policies, that's fine. But these people, who are also being led by the Glenn Becks, the Michelle Bachmans, the Rush Limbows [presumably Limbaugh], whomever, they are no different than any other white identify movement that's part of our history. This has been going on since the founding of this country that white power movements have tried to establish themselves and hold onto power.

Of course, the only thing actually missing from Janeane's little rant is proof of what she says is true. That's why I believe that the crap that comes out of her mouth is nothing but a schtick designed to keep herself in the spotlight as her career fades. After all, if she REALLY believed that conservatives were white supremacists out to seize power, she would know that she has just made herself one of the leading enemies of that white power movement -- a race traitor who has betrayed her race and sided with those that a real white-identity movement considers to be sub-human.

And we all know, based upon the actions of real racial supremacists in the past, exactly what would happen to someone like that.

Yeah, that's right -- she'd be deader than a terrorist in the hands of Jack Bauer. The sort of folks she claims that "tea-baggers, the 9-12ers, these separatist groups that pretend that it's about policy" really are have a history of violence and murder -- and by making such statements she would have drawn a target on herself. And she knows it.

Not only that, but she knows that such outrageous defamation of patriotic Americans who dare to dissent from this president like she did from the last one won't hurt her career, either. She knows she'll keep getting bookings from Olbermann, Schultz, Maddow, and Maher -- not to mention work on television series and movies. And that, my friends, is what I believe Janeane's little comments are all about.

Robert Stacy McCain also does a great job taking apart the argument made by this brain dead thespian.





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Most Bizarre Deranged Lefty Comment On Chicago Olympic Loss

As is so often the case, this one goes to lib talker Ed Schultz.

What the Republicans did, I think, rivals Jane Fonda sitting on a gun in North Vietnam.

Excuse me?

Failure to support the USOC's Olympic bid -- at least in part over political differences with the president -- rivals this?

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So not wanting Chicago to get the Olympics because of political differences with the president is on the same level posing on an enemy gun during time of war, declaring American troops to be war criminals, and denying the claims of torture made by American POWs who carried the evidence on their own bodies? Was Ed smoking crack during this broadcast?

You know, since the enemy within Leftists like Ed have always considered Jane Fonda a hero for what she did in Vietnam -- and used it as an example of the sort of "dissent" that they call "the highest form of patriotism" and which most decent Americans recognize as treason.





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October 02, 2009

The Ghost of ObamaCare Future

Look and see what the future of America looks like if the Democrats get their way on healthcare.

Gordon Brown was warned last night to raise the retirement age above 65 and introduce NHS charges to tackle the soaring state deficit.

In a devastating intervention, the International Monetary Fund called for radical changes to the pension system and spending cuts that go far beyond the plans outlined by the Prime Minister this week.

The global watchdog said root and branch changes to public sector spending would be necessary to 'help keep a lid on the debt' and restore financial stability.

The system in the UK is broke, it is rationing care that is considered ordinary by American standards, and now citizens will be expected to pay for treatments that were formerly free under their womb-to-the-tomb government controlled healthcare system. That will be the future for Americans if Obama and the Democrats get their way.





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And The Press Keeps On Snarking At Obama

Gotta love this one.

Helen Thomas is 89 years old and requires some assistance to get to and from the daily White House briefing. Yet her backbone has proved stronger than that of the president she covers.

Well, that is true – but then again, it isn’t like Thomas is responsible for actually accomplishing anything, unlike a president.

Just for fun, can you think of any other differences between Thomas and Obama? I’ll start you off with a few.

Unlike Obama, Helen Thomas sleeps in a coffin filled with moist earth and can be only be killed with a stake through the heart.

While Barack Obama’s followers may mistakenly believe he is Jesus, Helen Thomas dated the real Jesus back when she was an exchange student at Nazareth High School.

Feel free to add your own.





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Barry’s Boys Planning For Amnesty

More proof that the reason ObamaCare won’t cover illegals only because Obama is going to act to legalize them all.

Although President Obama has put off an immigration overhaul until next year, the federal agency in charge of approving visas is planning ahead for the possibility of giving legal status to millions of illegal immigrants, the agency’s director said Thursday.

“We are under way to prepare for that,” Alejandro Mayorkas, the director of the agency, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, said in an interview. Mr. Obama has told immigration officials that a legalization program would be part of legislation the White House would propose, said Mr. Mayorkas, who became director in August. The agency’s goal, he said, is to be ready to expand rapidly to handle the gigantic increase in visa applications it would face if the legislation, known as comprehensive immigration reform, passed Congress.

Here’s a better plan – prepare for deportation hearings for those arrested by law enforcement. Don’t reward the bad behavior of those who break our laws and violate our sovereignty.





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Not Just A Rapist – A Child Sex Predator

If this isn’t reason enough to jail this cretin for the rest of his natural life, I don’t know what is.

The evidence presented here – evidence which comes from Roman Polanski’s own mouth – makes it clear that the little girl he violently raped in at jack Nicholson’s house all those years ago probably was not the first he abused and certainly was not the last.

If this were Father Polanski the parish priest or Mr. Polanski the drama teacher at the local high school, we would not even be having a discussion of whether or not to jail him forever.





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When The Media Doesn’t Get The Point

Last time I checked, the First Amendment still read as follows:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

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So why, in this story about yet another expression of anti-Obama sentiment (what used to be called “dissent” and “the highest form of patriotism” when it was directed against George W. Bush), do we get this question asked?

Let us know what you think. Is the sign offensive, or is it freedom of speech?

Let’s try this answer on for size – it is certainly freedom of speech, but its offensiveness is purely in the eye of the beholder. The mere fact that something is offensive does not strip it of its First Amendment protection. Indeed, it is precisely those sentiments found offensive by the majority – or by a politically powerful minority – that are most surely covered by the First Amendment’s protection of freedom of speech. That’s why I find the question asked in the story to be so inane – and the equivalent of asking if a certain type of food is nutritious or delicious without considering that it could be both.





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October 01, 2009

I Condemn The Utterly Unacceptable UPDATED AND BUMPED

UPDATE -- 10/1/2009

Interesting, isn't it, that all of this Democrat uproar -- including death wishes for the perpetrator -- was directed at something that was the work of a juvenile, just like the case I commented on (to much ridicule) three years ago. Will anyone on the Left admit that I was right three years ago -- or admit that they were wrong to get so upset over some kid playing around?

ORIGINAL POST -- 9/28/2009

When I wrote about this incident three years ago, liberals poo-pooed it as not a big deal. Indeed, some were outraged that the Secret Service would even investigate such a thing on a social networking site.

Well, now the Secret Service is investigating an incident that I consider every bit as serious -- and this time the liberals are up in arms and spewing their venom.

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The Secret Service is investigating the origins of a poll that appeared on Facebook that asked whether President Obama should be killed.

Posted over the weekend, the poll was removed by Facebook after the Secret Service received a tip and contacted the company, which was not aware of the survey, sources tell ABC News.

"When the Secret Service became aware of the poll we worked with Facebook to have it taken down and are conducting an investigation," said a spokesman for the Secret Service.

The poll asked: "Should Obama be killed?" The answer choices: "No," "Maybe," "Yes" and "Yes if he cuts my health care."

Now liberals are upset over the poll, and want the perp investigated and prosecuted.

So do I.

The difference -- I was for such actions by the Secret Service when the president was George W. Bush and not Barack Obama. They weren't. In short, I am consistent -- they are hypocrites.





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Satire Worth Reading

After all, if the federal government is going to take care of "structural imbalances" in broadcasting and healthcare, shouldn't Congress also take action to address such imbalances in the publishing industry, where liberal political books are markedly less successful than their conservative counterparts?





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Gay Marriage Mandated In Texas?

That would seem to be the implication of a decision coming out of Dallas.

A Texas judge has cleared the way for two Dallas men to get a divorce, ruling that Texas' ban on same-sex marriage violates the constitutional guarantee to equal protection under the law.

The Dallas Morning News reported that a Dallas district judge's Thursday ruling finds that the court “has jurisdiction to hear a suit for divorce filed by persons legally married in another jurisdiction.”

But here's the problem -- if it is a violation of equal protection of the law not to recognize gay marriages or to dissolve them for this reason, it logically follows that the refusal to perform those marriages is a violation of equal protection for precisely the same reason.

Interestingly enough, I've only encountered one media outlet that seems interested in taking up that angle on the case. Not even Texas' most prominent liberal blog has yet commented on the implications of this decision.





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Palin Picks Kindred Spirit To Help Write Book

Imagine that – her co-author is a conservative Republican who is an evangelical Christian!

Sarah Palin's most consequential choice since leaving the Alaska governor's mansion may be her co-author - a staunch conservative, devoted evangelical Christian, and intensely partisan Republican from far, far outside the Beltway. Lynn Vincent spent the summer working with Palin on a closely-guarded 400 page memoir, "Going Rogue: An American Life." The book is due out from HarperCollins Nov. 17 - but it shot to the top of the Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble bestseller lists Wednesday as word of its publication spread.

Sarah Palin is trying to communicate who she is and her vision for America. In order to best do that, she needs to work with someone who is sympathetic to her point of view. If she didn’t, she would spend more time fighting with her co-author than writing the book. The choice of Lynn Vincent is therefore a good one – an experienced writer who shares Palin’s vision to communicate Sarah’s ideas. Sounds like a smart choice to me.





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Leave The Medal Of Honor Alone

I grew up in a military family.

One of the benefits of that upbringing was that I met some extraordinary men and women during my childhood. And as a teenager I had the privilege of meeting a living recipient of the Medal of Honor. I learned that day exactly how special these men really are, and the sort of heroism they exhibited in the course of their duty. And so it is with that in mind that I read this commentary this morning about attempts to change the requirements – in effect to water them down – in an effort to award the MoH more often.

More than a dozen groups and lawmakers are lobbying the Defense Department to award this honor more frequently -- in effect, to lower its standards -- and to upgrade to the Medal of Honor other decorations that soldiers have received. In debate over the National Defense Authorization Act for 2010, the Pentagon was criticized for setting decoration standards too high. The "low numbers" led Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) to insert a conference report in the authorization act "to review the current trends in awarding the Medal of Honor to identify whether there is an inadvertent subjective bias amongst commanders that has contributed to the low numbers of awards of the Medal of Honor." It directs Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates to report back to the House and Senate Armed Services Committees next March.

I’m sorry, but no matter how dearly one wishes to honor our men and women in uniform, this is not the right vehicle for doing so. This award is special – its recipients a mere handful among all those who have ever served – and so rarely bestowed that meeting a living recipient is rare. That is as it should be. If there is a desire to give more recognition to special acts of valor, then there is a case for creating a new award – but Congress should keep its hands off of this one.





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Rethinking The Human Family Tree

Once again, we have an amazing anthropological find out of Ethiopia that sheds light – and raises questions – about the evolution of our species and our primate cousins.

After 15 years of rumors, researchers in the U.S. and Ethiopia on Thursday made public fossils from a 4.4-million-year-old human forebearer they say reveals that our earliest ancestors were more modern than scholars assumed and deepens the evolutionary gulf separating humankind from today's apes and chimpanzees. The highlight of the extensive fossil trove is a female skeleton a million years older than the iconic bones of Lucy, the primitive female figure that has long symbolized humankind's beginnings. After 15 years of rumors, researchers in the U.S. and Ethiopia on Thursday made public fossils from a 4.4-million-year-old human forebearer they say reveals that our earliest ancestors were more modern than scholars assumed and deepens the evolutionary gulf separating humankind from today's apes and chimpanzees. The highlight of the extensive fossil trove is a female skeleton a million years older than the iconic bones of Lucy, the primitive female figure that has long symbolized humankind's beginnings.

The potentially earthshaking aspect of this discovery is that anthropologists may have had it all wrong in thinking that humans evolved away from our earliest prehuman ancestors while chimps, monkeys and apes remain closer to our common ancestors. It appears that we may be more faithful to that common ancestor and the primates are the ones that spun of on an evolutionary tangent. I can’t wait to learn more – because I’ll be teaching this in my classes in the future.





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Where EJ Dionne Gets It Wrong On The Public Option

Here is, from where I sit, the heart of Dionne’s argument on why it is common sense that so-called moderates should support the public option is found right here.

The strangest aspect of the debate over a public option for health coverage is that the centrists who oppose it should love it.

It doesn't involve a government takeover of the health-care system. The idea is that only consumers who want to enroll in a government-run health plan would do so. Anyone who preferred private insurance could get it.

The public option also uses government exactly as advocates of market economics say it should be deployed: not as a controlling entity but as a nudge toward greater competition. Fans of the market rightly oppose monopolies. But in many places, a small number of insurance companies -- sometimes only one -- dominates the market. The public option is a monopoly-buster.


He’s right in noting that the preferred method of folks in the middle – and on the right, too – is for the market over the government. The problem is that he doesn’t recognize the fundamental objection to the government entering the marketplace – namely that it will NEVER compete on an equal basis. After all, not one insurance company has the unlimited financial reserves of the federal government behind it, with the ability to operate at a loss in order to keep rates artificially low. What’s more, the impact of such a government player in the market would be to warp it in favor of the government and against the private sector – ultimately creating a system in which there is only one dominant company in the market – namely the government-backed option. The result will inevitably be the collapse of private insurance companies unable to compete with an entity bound by different rules and a different economic model – in effect meaning that while there will be no takeover today, there will be one tomorrow or the day after.





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College Legislates Common Decency

Isn't it sad that we have reached a point that a school would need to make a rule about this?

Dorm rooms doubling as steamy love huts have Tufts University throwing cold water on sex on campus - at least when horny students let it all hang out in front of red-faced roommates.

“You may not engage in sexual activity while your roommate is present in the room,” tuts Tufts’ 2009-10 guest policy, newly revised in response to student gripes about rambunctious roomies and their raunchy romps.

Tufts spokeswoman Kim Thurler told the Herald the 8,500-student school has fielded roughly a dozen complaints from chagrined scholars “who expressed concerns that they were experiencing uncomfortable situations" with their roommates’ sex-tracurricular activities.

The school put the rules in place because they didn't have a written policy telling students what the expectations were. One would have hoped that wasn't necessary.

Not, of course, that this is a new problem. I ran into it in college -- once. I was dating a girl who developed a serious illness., and one Saturday evening she and I fell asleep while watching television her dorm room one evening when she was feeling particularly sick. Her roommate -- who was noted for her promiscuity -- brought a guy back to the room in the middle of the night and the pair proceeded to hump like a couple of bunnies in heat, waking both my girlfriend and I (though we feigned sleep out of embarrassment). My solution -- the next morning I discretely dropped a hint to the guy in question that we had heard everything -- and my girlfriend did the same with her roommate. It was never a problem after that.

Of course, maybe morals are looser than they were in the mid-1980s. Or maybe we are just a more litigious society, and so the school feels a need to tell students to act with a little common decency.





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Too Much Government

The other day I wrote about out-of-control government prosecuting a woman for doing something technically criminal -- buying cold medicine for two different family members at two different stores on two different days within the same week.

But this one is even worse -- the criminalization of neighbors helping neighbors.

A West Michigan woman says the state is threatening her with fines and possibly jail time for babysitting her neighbors' children.

Lisa Snyder of Middleville says her neighborhood school bus stop is right in front of her home. It arrives after her neighbors need to be at work, so she watches three of their children for 15-40 minutes until the bus comes.

The Department of Human Services received a complaint that Snyder was operating an illegal child care home. DHS contacted Snyder and told her to get licensed, stop watching her neighbors' kids, or face the consequences.

"It's ridiculous." says Snyder. "We are friends helping friends!" She added that she accepts no money for babysitting.

Mindy Rose, who leaves her 5-year-old with Snyder, agrees. "She's a friend... I trust her."

Good grief! This is the sort of stuff we grew up with when I was a kid. My house was where the kids next door came after school until their mom, a nurse, got off at 4:00. Miss Carmen down the street watched some of us when our parents had doctors appointments and were running late. That sort of stuff isn't day care -- it is normal human interaction.

My diagnosis? Too many laws caused by too much government.





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Corporate Good Citizenship From FedEx

Big business gets a bad name too often. But stories like this one happen regularly, but don't always get reported.

Because of caring people and a caring company, a terminally ill little Green Forest girl was flown home Friday by air ambulance from M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, so she can spend her last days surrounded by the people who love her most.

Jada Harper, who turned seven on Sept. 1, has an inoperable malignant tumor in her brain and is in a coma with a ventilator doing her breathing for her. She has been at the famous cancer center in Houston since July, but her situation is now at the point not much else can be done to help her.

The story is tragic -- a little girl dying of cancer being brought home todie -- but the story itself is beautiful. After all, there is still a lot of caring and decency in this world -- the sort of thing that leads us to help others in their time of need.





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