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America Held Hostage- the Obama Files...
various links ^ | 11-8-08 | The Heavy Equipment Guy

Posted on 11/08/2008 3:06:12 AM PST by backhoe

America Held Hostage- the Obama Files...

With a hattip to Rush ( His idea during the Clinton plague upon America ) I am starting a file on “The One,” mostly starting from the election date.

Older stuff- links, quotes, quips, and sometimes pointed graphics can be found by scrolling back from these two posts:

-Hillary Clinton- archives, comments, and opposition research--

-Sarah Palin- links, from the beginning--

There is some good material in those posts that raises a lot of uncomfortable questions that everyone ought to be asking, and probably will once the “new” wears off, and we are stuck with four ( more likely eight, since 95% of the news & entertainment media are in his pocket ) years of a typical corrupt Chicago Political Machine Politician trying to jerk the whole country in one direction and then the next.

You've all heard the saying,

”People get the kind of government they want...
...and deserve?”

Well, America, you are about to “get it, good & hard...”

Don't say you weren't warned- we tried to tell you...

We did everything we could, and our state went for the Old Guy & the Naughty Librarian, but too many other voters were made stupid by the TV and public schools for it to matter.

We're in a Hell of a mess, and the worst thing is, "we"- the collective we, not you & I-- got us here.

Is Obama really the Abyss...

staring back at us?

I like to make points with humorous graphics- this one sums it up as well as any:


Then, in a nutshell, "everything I see going bad with all this hopi- changi- stuff The One is peddling-- forced labor, censorship, spin, and pure mean-spirited rudness:

Email of the day

Atlas readers rock! I am blown away by the overwhelming response to this post  (and this one) to get involved to take back our country from the Soros, socialists, and the self proclaimed messiah - oy. More than one email brought a tear to my eye but I wanted to share this one with you.

If this best represents who we are, what we want and where we are going, there is no way we can lose. Greatness is in the house. I am proud to count you as my friends. Prouder still to stand with you and fight this great fight.

I want to lead a county.

I was born in Cuba, and know the language of Communism, Obama speaks it well.  My grandfather's family had to flee Lebanon because of the Muslims to Cuba. We fled Cuba because of Castro.

This is the best country in the whole wide world.  I was a child when I left Cuba with the clothe on my back, we left my parent's sister and I, left behind everything. 

America is Worth fighting for and Freedom is worth defending.  I do not want my children to grow up in oppression, nor do I wish exile upon them.

Please allow me to help, again, Id like to lead a county.

My name is Ingrid and Im in Miami, in Miami Dade County

May the Light always shine upon America,


UPDATE: In case there was any doubt as to what the victorious zombies have in mind. Check out this comment (left in the comment section) . Can you say rude awakening?

You people are pathetic!

Your racist fear mongering will not go unchallenged!  Soon we will shut down your hate spewing web sites.  We will confiscate your firearms.  In prison, you will get an education on the error of your ways.  We will take your children and raise them as our own and instill in them the values of social justice.  We will have a new American Republic of justice and order for all!

You time is almost up!  Prepare for the dung heap of history!

It sounds insane (which it is) but I believe the writer is quite serious.

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"We will confiscate your firearms. In prison, you will get an education on the error of your ways. We will take your children and raise them as our own and instill in them the values of social justice".....

Heh heh heh....I am sure you are serious, but that is funny!

Values of social Mao? Stalin? Lenin? Ho-chi Min? Pol Pot? Which of these butchers of social justice did you have in mind?"

That's the number of civilians that have been murdered by their own governments in the 20th century alone.

Innocents Betrayed is a must see video produced by Jews for the Preservation of Firearms (scroll down to see links to view the Introduction to Innocents Betrayed)

Now consider Obama's 'civilian defense force' which he intends to fund and equip as well as our standing military coupled with his promise to revisit the second amendment (repeal concealed carry privilege) and then compound this injury with Ayers' inspired youth corps.

Learn from the Slicksters


Obamessiah has a new site up as President-elect soliciting ideas form the proletariat.
Let's hope it doesn't become the hub for the hate whitey and Jew boy Obamavomit that his last site was.

Surf the site. Take note. Keep your eye on the The Obama National Service Plan- the page is empty (how apropos) but that piques my interest.

President Obama To Bring Back Slavery

Just in case anyone think Mr. Obama is not serious about this, bear in mind that his new Chief of Staff wrote a book demanding this very thing: The Plan: Big Ideas for America: Rahm Emanuel, Bruce Reed: Books;sr=1-1

Don’t forget they want a Gestapo/KKK civilian force the size of the pentagon to keep everybody inline and things running smoothly.

“Suddenly, all mention of “required” has been disappeared. ”

SOME THOUGHTS ON OBAMA'S mandatory volunteerism plan. Plus, reader Nancy Anne Potts writes:

Looks like the site is true to it's title - it changes!

During the time when I was looking at the blog you linked to concerned mandatory community service the page saying "require community service" changed to goal for community service. The new wording is:

"..... Obama will call on citizens of all ages to serve America, by setting a goal that all middle school and high school students do 50 hours of community service a year and by developing a plan so that all college students who conduct 100 hours of community service receive a universal and fully refundable tax credit ensuring that the first $4,000 of their college education is completely free."

I found the the cached page on Google it has the original "required" wording.

Looks like they caught their "mistake". Now will the real plan please step forward -- goal or required. (Although the way government sets goals, they often wind up looking like requirements so maybe the two aren't all that different.)

Ugh! I see card check made the economy page too. He may be the president elect but I don't have to like his plans!

Not until the second term. Then that will be made mandatory, too . . . .

Meanwhile, Robert Bidinotto comments: "Anyone recall what the Soviets used to do to history books?" The Obama folks have a history of airbrushing.

IF YOU VOTED FOR MCCAIN, you're a racist. Just in case nobody had bothered to tell you.

President-Elect D’oh-bama’s Gaffe #1: Sorry, Nancy

By Michelle Malkin  •  November 7, 2008 07:30 PM

And so it begins.

Or rather, continues.

President-elect D’oh-bama apologizes (vid here in case you missed it):

More of the incessant symbolism bullshit from teh Obama Campaign


I believe the idea is to give the impression he’s already on the job. It strikes me as bad advice and an ego that knows no limits

President-Elect Douchebag Mocks Nancy Reagan


Now here is the first thing to really *hammer* Obama on, something that he’s doing *right now* — as opposed to all the other things in the past. This is “right now” and it indicates that he’s totally lying about “transparency”...Now here is the first thing to really *hammer* Obama on, something that he’s doing *right now* — as opposed to all the other things in the past. This is “right now” and it indicates that he’s totally lying about “transparency”...
Gag alert:

President-elect Barack Obama's First Press Conference - Complete Video 11/7/08

Obama Mocks Nancy Reagan in 1st Press Conference

It's  classless to mock a frail, elderly woman. (Note he was not kind in his revelation about his own "typical white person" grandmother, either.)

It's even worse to mock the widow of a great former president. Whatever you think of her, she deserves respect.

Especially classless was mocking Nancy Reagan on stage, before hundreds of reporters and television cameras, knowing the "joke" would be heard by millions. This wasn't some private remark that got picked up by a live mike.

What the hell is the “Office of the President-Elect?”

In Fort Worth, Obama's election prompts run on guns and ammunition

Get 'em while you can-- from my files:

Sitting in committee, just waiting for The One:

H.R. 1022: Assault Weapons Ban and Law Enforcement Protection Act of 2007

On Concerns Over Gun Control, Gun Sales Are Up

From "", the official transition website. Agenda tab and then select "urban policy" and go down to "Crime Control".

Address Gun Violence in Cities:
As president, Barack Obama would repeal the Tiahrt Amendment, which restricts the ability of local law enforcement to access important gun trace information, and give police officers across the nation the tools they need to solve gun crimes and fight the illegal arms trade. Obama and Biden also favor commonsense measures that respect the Second Amendment rights of gun owners, while keeping guns away from children and from criminals who shouldn't have them. They support closing the gun show loophole and making guns in this country childproof. They also support making the expired federal Assault Weapons Ban permanent, as such weapons belong on foreign battlefields and not on our streets.

There will be no one left to protect you
Barack Obama wants to institute a Civilian National Security Force, a vast militia not unlike Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, a personal army. He knows he would need such a force to protect him and to enforce his will on Americans. Americans will have not seen such arbitrary power used against them since the days of the Civil War when Lincoln put the Constitution in the bottom drawer of his desk and set about arresting anyone who opposed his policies...

VIDEO of Obama calling for a Secret Police Force: CIVILIAN NATIONAL SECURITY FORCE??

QUESTIONS ABOUT THAT civilian national security force.

“Just as powerful, just as strong, and just as well funded.” So the astute observer and deep thinker might reflect for a minute and be compelled to pose several questions (although the MSM won’t)...


Kindly note the quote, from our new First Lady, err, female black Bigot...

Obama's plan to disarm America (video, in his own words)


Michelle Malkin: New national anthem: "My president is black"


Is Obama "Your President"?

Friday, November 07, 2008 3:01:30 PM · 57 of 180
backhoe to brownsfan
Hmmmm... this one is very difficult. I was in the military, and we were taught we salute the uniform, not the man. So I respect the office, not the man. However, I am adopting a wait and see. If Obama governs as if he cares about America, even if we disagree, I can accept that. If Obama governs as I expect, like a Manchurian candidate who is bent on America’s deconstruction, that is when he will disqualify himself as being my president.

Liberal activists have long legislative wish list

National Organization for Women. "Since 1994, we've been losing over and over on legislation related to equality and fair treatment for women."
The gay-rights movement also campaigned vigorously for Obama.
NARAL Pro-Choice America and the Planned Parenthood Federation of America want Obama and Congress to move aggressively...
An array of other advocacy groups are stepping forward with their priorities for the new Congress.

Guess Who's Getting the Nuclear Football in January?

BO is doing away with our nukes, the officer assigned to carry the nuclear football will instead be carrying the teleprompter.

Angelou: Now I Won't Have To Apologize For My Country When Abroad

Democratic RevolutionWith all that being said, we are looking at potentially 9.2 million fraudulent votes...
This wasn't an election. It was peaceful Socialist revolution. Perhaps we should refer to President Obama as "His Fraudulency". But not too loudly...
- Hugh Farnham

Rahm Emanuel's Big Plan for America

Yes we can--draft your @ss

You know, I warn, and I warn, and I warn, and I warn, but nobody listens.

OMG you won't believe what is written on Obama's new website: "America Serves"

Democrats talk of a ‘permanent progressive majority’

Libs Suddenly Find Themselves Defending the Flag It wasn't that long ago that the American Left was burning and crapping on the flag.
Suddenly, all of that has changed.

Rahm Emanuel's Big Plan for America

 From my files- note the date:

Bend over, America:

Paid for with 'everybody else's' money...

1,152 posted on Saturday, February 09, 2008

Emanuel Was Director Of Freddie Mac During Scandal

And folks should be sure to check out this thread....

Obama’s Chief of Staff Pick Took Campaign Contributions from Wall Street

And check out the info at

I hope someone sends these Emanuel links off to Limbaugh.


The Coup: a position paper

Cut Obama some slack, wait and listen

President Bush could not even claim his victory for weeks in the 2000 elections because of democRAT attempts to steal the election.

He has been insulted and degraded like no other president in memory.

I, for one, will not cut this poser or his comrades ANY slack...

Obama-Supporting Teacher Bullies Student (video)

"White guilt gave us black Jesus"


Required re-education: Reagan's 1964 speech to the Republican Convention

I’ve already ordered my ‘Don’t Blame Me I Voted For Ron Paul’ bumper sticker. I’ll probably get a ‘Sarah-cuda’ one as well.

After the appropriate time has passed ( after Duh1 takes office and starts clowning around... ) I'm going to make this:

"Don't blame Me
I voted for Sarah"

Possibilities I'm entertaining in the interim?

"Where's mah Free Gas?"

"I want my mortgage paid!"

The new battle line?

choice versus control.


Mike Gallagher: Mourning In America

Change... Obama Announces Creation Of His Marxist Youth Corps (Heil Comrade Obama!)


Stores say gun-control fears spur firearms sales Well, duh!

I tried for months to wake people up- now, they will get "the kind of government they want, and deserve..."

Of course, we don't deserve it, but when just enough voters have been made stupid by the TV and public "education," what can you expect?

I dug in to the grocery money ( neither of us have a job... ) and renewed my membership in the NRA, GOA, and the Second Amendment Foundation. If we'd had more to spare, I'd have rejoined JPFO and the Second Amendment Sisters, too.

Keep these handy...

Gun Facts v4.2!

Click the pic to go to the Gun Facts v4.2 download page!


Barack Obama: The Kingfish Reborn

Do Unto Obama As Liberals Did Unto Bush

Coal stocks plummet. Average 15%, many over 30% since Tuesday Gee, wonder why?

Kate, this is important and you should listen to it. It's about Obama's cult of personality and it is short.

From the blogs- and, always, read the Anchoress:

Bush, Obama, & Ghosts of Hate - UPDATED

“The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew, and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country.” Lincoln’s Second Annual Message to Congress, December 1, 1862.

I would love nothing better than to be able to stop writing about “left” and “right.” I wish we had a better vocabulary to describe our distinctions, because these words are limiting and off-putting. I am determined, with the merciful conclusion of this abusively long election season, to work diligently at spending less time entertaining these distinctions. But for today, I think it is only fair to note a very important and glaring difference between “left and right” - and in so doing - consider how we may, finally, stop needing to indulge in what is tedious.

Victor Davis Hanson
says Let’s not imitate the left in our opposition. I agree.

It has been wonderful - really beyond wonderful - to consider how differently most of the right has reacted to their defeat than the left did in 2000 and 2004. In the two previous elections, the left responded by calling the other half of the country “stupid,” “morons,” and “Nazis” - Jane Smiley called them “unteachably ignorant” - they indulged in high drama, sniffling “apologies” to the globe, and denunciations of their fellow countrymen as “lying between repugnant and reptile in the dictionary.”

And oh, yeah (eyeroll) George W. Bush was not “their” president.

While you’ll see a few disgruntled extremists on the right say foolish, even ignorant things - and many throwing daggers at the sickening double-standards of the press - they’re not indulging in that sort of dehumanizing (and very adolescent) hate of their fellow countrymen or the president-elect. The reports they’re filing read very differently than those following the Bush wins. They read as grown-up, tolerant, open-minded discourses, not tantrums. There is a willingness to be hopeful, even in defeat.

And there is a determined respectfulness being offered to the winners - people who could not manage maturity and respectfulness in their defeat and who, sadly, are not always managing it in their victory, either.

I’m hopeful that the left - if it takes the time to actually condescend to notice how well it is being treated by the vanquished - might consider that self-indulgent defamation is the lesser way; that such a consideration may inspire introspection, and perhaps the smallest bit of regret for some of their appalling excesses toward the right and toward the American President who did not return hate in-kind.

I’m hopeful. I’m an optimist. I KNOW that the folks on the right - for all of their faults, and both sides certainly have faults - want America to be successful and strong and exceptional and free. I’m hopeful that hugely empowered left will discover that - beyond the feel-goodism of “free social programs” which are never free -they actually, really do want all of those things, too. That they’ll look back on the last 8 years and realize, finally, that their enemy was never George W. Bush. Bush, the guy who never dehumanized them, was only trying serve those corny ideals.

And then, miraculously, we may actually have unity.

Some similar thinking from my girl crush, Donna Brazile:

“The one mistake that we continue to make is that we label people. We say you’re conservatives, liberal, progressive, right wing, left wing. I think people just want to spend one day being Americans. They want to come together around a common purpose, common values.”

I wondered the other day if the catharsis of this election might open up “a vein of generosity” (or at least decency) from the left as concerns President Bush. I have not seen it yet, but I’m going to be optimistic and keep looking.

But maybe it’s enough just to see a little appreciation from the right, to start. Like this, for instance:

I link, therefore, I Err has a little mini-round-up of appreciation for George W. Bush. You’ll want to read it all.

From Alppuccino at Protein Wisdom:

At 10:40, President Bush will keep his streak alive by telling everyone how much he loves America. Just as he always has. And he’ll show everyone how much he loves America by preparing Obama as best he can for the next 4 years.

Read it all; it’s doubtful that Obama’s team will come into the White House finding O’s missing from their keyboards, any rude messages greeting them. And that is how it should be in America, a respectful transition.

Michael Gerson:

Many liberals refuse to concede Bush’s humanity, much less his achievements.

But that humanity is precisely what I will remember. I have seen President Bush show more loyalty than he has been given, more generosity than he has received. I have seen his buoyancy under the weight of malice and his forgiveness of faithless friends. Again and again, I have seen the natural tug of his pride swiftly overcome by a deeper decency — a decency that is privately engaging and publicly consequential.

[In 2005]…the White House senior staff overwhelmingly opposed a new initiative to fight malaria in Africa for reasons of cost and ideology…In the crucial policy meeting, one person supported it: the president of the United States, shutting off debate with a moral certitude that others have criticized. I saw how this moral framework led him to an immediate identification with the dying African child, the Chinese dissident, the Sudanese former slave, the Burmese women’s advocate. It is one reason I will never be cynical about government — or about President Bush.

Jeffery Scott Shapiro:

[The treatment of President Bush] from this country is nothing less than a disgrace. The attacks launched against him have been cruel and slanderous, proving to the world what little character and resolve we have…Our failure to stand by the one person who continued to stand by us has not gone unnoticed by our enemies. It has shown to the world how disloyal we can be when our president needed loyalty — a shameful display of arrogance and weakness that will haunt this nation long after Mr. Bush has left the White House.

Until we fix, within ourselves, our enthrallment with hate for others, simply because they hold differing views, we’ll never pull it together. In 2006 we watched a right-wing blogger be called less than human by a left-wing reader. We’ve seen President Bush being referred to as “the chimp” and “the monkey” by the wits who insisted that ideology trumped having a decent respect for another’s humanity. I wrote about that a little here:

Thus, George W. Bush is “Chimpy McHitler.” Hillary Clinton is “a pig in a pantsuit.” Barack Obama is “O-Bambi.” Cindy McCain, who has exhibited some courage and laudable compassion in her life, is reduced to a “pill-popping beer-frau,” and so forth. From there it is smooth sailing down an ever-descending river of hatred, until we are incapable of seeing anything good in the “other,” both because we have willfully hardened our hearts, and because our hate — especially when it is supported by a group of like minds — feels safe and inviolable.

With that in mind, you’ll want to read this excellent piece over at Conversion Diary, wherein Jenifer ponders pictures from a Nazi-era photo album and wonders, how such common-variety people managed to support and enable such profound evil.

One thing that stands out in all these examples is that the victims of the widespread evil were categorized as something less than human…not only that innocent people were killed or enslaved, but that their humanity was taken away by the societies around them…So here is the advice I would offer to my children, and to my children’s children:

Every decade or so, take a look around the society in which you live, and ask yourself if there is any group of human beings who are seen as something less than human. A big tipoff is if dehumanizing words — terms other than “man,” “woman,” “child,” “baby,” or “person” — are used to describe any category of people.

And if you ever see that going on, you might be in the midst of something gravely evil.

Dehumanizing people begins with baby-steps like name-calling, or the sort of intellectual dishonesty that delights in deliberately twisting the meaning of others in negative and misrepresentative ways. Those are the little gateways to the great evils that come once you’ve managed to thoroughly de-humanize others.

We’ve had 8 years - I’d say 12, really - of people demonizing and dehumanizing others, from both sides, and it is not getting us anyplace good. I believe that the response of most of the right to Obama’s victory is a step toward changing that. But the left has to do their part, too.

Pope Benedict XVI said, “those who hope live differently.” The election of Barack Obama was borne on this word, “Hope.”

If the people who voted for “hope” were sincere, then let them begin, today, to embrace it - and to live differently - without the kneejerk move to hate “the other side.” The right, responding levelly to their defeat, has offered the opening. Will the left take it?

UPDATE: Seems some will. Here is mostly accurate, and apprecited praise from a surprising quarter:

Would America have elected Barack Obama if white Americans had not gotten accustomed to seeing (in succession) two African-American Secretaries of State? I don’t think so. Before Bush, African-Americans were appointed to some good posts but not to our #1 foreign policy job. Two African Americans (one with a pretty odd first name) served as America’s face to the world. That eased Obama’s way. It is not Tiger Woods in whose footsteps Obama is walking — it’s Rice and Powell….Fact is, “W” never gave any evidence of holding racist attitudes…even just the slur the occasionally slips out of the mouth of even our most liberal leaders.

Same with Arabs and Muslims…Bush, after 9/11, never resorted to anti-Arab or Muslim stereotypes. He drew distinctions between terrorists and Arabs…Had he not done these things, Arabs and Muslims might have experienced not just hate crimes but pogroms.

Meanwhile, from Grand Rants:

Here is a man who is regularly compared to Hitler in casual conversation in Leftist circles high and low. His honor has been regularly impugned, his intelligence (or, as the press loves to put it, his “intellectual curiousity”) constantly demeaned, his verbal stumblings consistently mocked, and his accomplishments in office discounted or ignored. He is a man who kept his head down and did his job, despite the slings and arrows hurled at him by fortune made all the more outrageous by nearly the entire Democratic party.

I for one, would like to say thank you to Pres. Bush. For keeping us safe. For watching out for us. For persevering in spite of all the spite. I believe history will ultimately judge you as one of America’s best presidents, and I believe you deserve that judgement.

H/T to Opinionated Catholic, who writes:

The throwing under the bus of the President by even his friends and indeed the base has been shocking to me. Many groups will find out soon enough how they took Bush’s support and advocacy for them for granted, Catholics, especially.

Meanwhile, Jules Crittenden is beginning to enjoy Omerica, Quin Hillyer is saying America is over, kaput, finished, Evan Thomas suddenly finds Obama “slightly creepy” and when you refuse to release medical records, and the press doesn’t care…conjecture begins about your mental health.

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Forty-Fourth President, Twelfth Imam

by Baron Bodissey

O-Man’s Fibonacci spiral haloThe election results were long expected, but now that the day has arrived it’s quite a letdown, anyway. Reading about the joy expressed by Hamas and Syria and Italy and Indonesia… contemplating Obama’s Secretary of State, or (God help us) Defense… Thinking about the USA becoming just like Sweden, only with a real army, and aircraft carriers, and nukes… First Lady Michelle…

It’s all too depressing.

So, as is my habit in such circumstances, instead of writing a post this evening or doing something else useful, I created yet another iconic image of The One. After looking around at some of his existing halos, I decided to make one myself. A man can’t have too many halos, right?

And then I pondered the phenomenon of halos appearing behind the heads of great national leaders, men who are born into modest Muslim circumstances, but in time become presidents of large countries that have nuclear weapons. It made me think of…
- - - - - - - - -
Mad Jad’s HaloMahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Ol’ Mad Jad got his halo when he went to visit the UN a couple of years ago. It appeared behind his head while he was speaking. Not only that, his audience was held in such rapt attention by his words that they were unable to blink for thirty minutes. We know all this is true because he told us so.

I wonder how many other resemblances there are between him and Barack Hussein Obama.

Ahmadinejad sees himself as preparing the way for the Twelfth Imam, as a sort of satanic John the Baptist for the man who is prophesied to return and usher in the apocalypse preceding the establishment of the permanent reign of Islam over the entire world.

And Obama’s got a bigger halo.

Does that mean…? Nah — it couldn’t be… But still… It makes me wonder…

What if the One were also the Twelfth?

Note to the literal-minded: this post is for fun, not to be taken seriously. Given the circumstances, it’s the only fun I’m likely to have for quite a while.

Read further...

Saul Alinsky Takes the White House My wife just got an e-mail from the head of HR saying that the post-election Obama jokes have to stop, especially if there is any hint that it might be related to racism. No notice before the election. And it was OK to get anti-Bush e-mails for 8 years. Oh yeah, she works for a bank that is hoping for a piece of the bailout action...

FReepers: we need you now more than ever. Don't go!

I’m not leaving as long as the Good Lord’s willing and the Creeks don’t rise.

Have no fear- The One will halt the rising creeks, heal the planet, and make the French love us again ( Oh, gag me! )...

Well, I’m not going anywhere as long as I have a voice.

We may have to go back to Xerox machines and small presses distributing handbills, but I’ll be damned if I let my country slip in to “That Good Night” without a fight.

I’m the one who dubbed Clinton “Little Big Fraud,” so I’ll have to work on something for The One.

We may have to set up a “Free Republic in Exile” like Degaulle did when the Nazis overran France, but we’ll manage.

It does distress me that so many people were suckered by a typical Chicago Machine empty suit, but he had 95% of both the press and entertainment arms of The Media Hive trying to get him elected, and covering up for him, so it’s not surprising.

Carry on.

Some realistic things to expect early in the Obama Administration

I work in Chicago. I deal with a great many attorneys in my job, many of whom are staunch Dims and breathless Obambi supporters; some were even active in his campaign. More than one told me that at or near the top of Obambi’s agenda is a new Hate Crimes bill, with a wide expansion of what will be considered a hate crime

Didn't you notice that Obama is a conservative?  "Obama is, in his own words, something of a Rorschach test. In his latest book, The Audacity of Hope, he writes, 'I am new enough on the national political scene that I serve as a blank screen on which people of vastly different political stripes project their own views.' "

Being an American is much more than being "cool"

Obama Bought The Presidency

Another Painful Lesson For The GOP

That’s what happens when you run a true left wing liberal against a liberal lite. The real one wins.

Remember, that's my theory why we went down to defeat in 2006...

I said something along the lines of,

"I've read all the theories why we lost so badly, and I still say this: Once elected, the Republicans taxed & spent & regulated like a bunch of Democrats- no wonder the voters decided to try The Real Thing!"



Here it comes, you bitter clingers:

Obama Victory Means ‘Stronger Support for Sensible Gun Laws’ ...why there is a new army command for domestic unrest...

Obama Pushes Abortion on Day One With Emanuel Pick Pro-Abortion, ANTI-gun zealot. He helped write the first AWB, and is going to help push the 2nd PERMANENT AWB.

Five Years to destabilize a nation. Yuri Bezmenov Explains Soviet Strategy for Subversion

Beware of the "manufactured crisis"

 The parasites are now in full control. The host taxpayer will be expected to work even harder just to stay even. This is a way of breaking the country. The Muslims are dancing in the streets as middle east money just bought the US presidency for a clown without a clue.

Much Of Arab World Rejoices Over Obama Election

Barack Obama, Mr. Hope-n-Change

But just remember- any critique, opposition, or naysaying?

This, is where we are going:

No, I'm not kidding.

I wish I were- the lights are going out, all across America.

Is There Nothing That Obama Can't Do?

The healing begins!

Your sickening unAmerican traitorous, racist, money-grubbing, torturing, hateful ideology got struck a death blow and you and your fellow jackal-blowhards are left writhing on the floor, gasping for breath as the final death tremors subside and your bodies stiffen into rigour mortis.

We heart4848.gif you too!


Posted by Kate at 12:30 PM | Comments (56) "It will be painful, but this election is good news. The only true cure for socialism is to actually get it; the US is about to get a big fat dose of cure for what ails them."

Final Thoughts Final Post

Wednesday, November 05, 2008 3:23:30 PM · 7 of 8
backhoe to Pagan Power
Well, after the 2006 debacle, I wrote this:

Call it a Twilight of the Gods moment
( "In the twilight of the gods, the twilight men will appear..."
Otto Basil, circa 1968 )
...but until further notice, I am suspending updates specific to this post.
I will continue to update this:
with "everything you need to be aware of."
But I'm just burned, and bummed out. The elections. The sellout of Israel. The Moonbats. The Stupid Party. The Evil Party.

Then again, after yesterday there's this:

”Zimbabwe On The Potomac...”

You know there were warning signs...

I kept telling people when Bill Clinton slithered in to office, and clung to it, despite all the scandals, and Impeachment itself-- “He's just a symptom. Like a fever is of a disease- there's something wrong with America.”

Like Popular Culture- look at the magazines-- I call it “thugs & jugs,” or “which Pop Tart is popping out whose baby this week?”

Or Katrina- ever seen so many people milling around with their hands out, when they should have been helping themselves?

We did it to ourselves, and The New, Improved Black Jesus is merely a symptom.

All civilizations have a shelf life- once enough citizens figure out that by electing the “right” representatives, they can use the power of the government to pick the pockets of others,'s all over, except for the details.

Well, we're in the “details,” now.

Meanwhile, I have to figure out what Miss Emily and I do with what's left of our lives, and bush hog her Mom's old place in the country, because City Life isn't going to be worth living from here on out.

I'll catch you all later...


9,520 posted on Wednesday, November 05, 2008

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Posted by Jim Hoft on Friday, April 30, 2010, 5:28 AM

This is a Big F***ing Deal.
The Obama-Pelosi Regime took control of one-sixth of the nation’s economy when they passed their nationalized health care bill and signed it into law in late March. The bill was never popular but democrats persisted and rammed the bill through Congress. Now, there are reports that the Obama Administration sat on damning information and hid it from the public until after their bill was passed into law.
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The results from the HHS report that was released more than a month after the vote were devastating for Barack Obama and democrats. It is not likely they would have been able to ram their health care bill through Congress if the American public knew the bill would actually increase the cost of health care and impose higher costs on Americans.

The report released by Medicare and Medicaid actuaries predicted that medical costs will skyrocket, rising $389 billion 10 years. 14 million will lose their employer-based coverage. Millions of Americans will be left without insurance and millions more may be dumped into the already overwhelmed Medicaid system. 4 million American families will be hit with tax penalties under this new law.

Of course, these were ALL things that President Obama and Democratic leaders assured us would not happen.
Via Special Report:

On Monday the American Spectator reported that a damning health care report generated by actuaries at the Health and Human Services (HHS) Department was given to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius more than a week before the health care vote. Sebelius and the Obama Administration reportedly hid the report from the public until a month after democrats rammed their nationalized health care bill through Congress.
The Prowler reported:

The economic report released last week by Health and Human Services, which indicated that President Barack Obama’s health care ‘reform’ law would actually increase the cost of health care and impose higher costs on consumers, had been submitted to the office of HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius more than a week before the Congressional votes on the bill, according to career HHS sources, who added that Sebelius’s staff refused to review the document before the vote was taken. ‘The reason we were given was that they did not want to influence the vote,” says an HHS source. ‘Which is actually the point of having a review like this, you would think.’…’We know a copy was sent to the White House via their legislative affairs staff,’ says the HHS staffer, ‘and there were a number of meetings here almost right after the analysis was submitted to the secretary’s office. Everyone went into lockdown, and people here were too scared to go public with the report.’ In the end, the report was released several weeks after the vote…”

On Tuesday, Chief Medicare Actuary, Richard Foster, responded to the report. Foster claimed that HHS did not finalize their report until April 22. Ben Smith at The Politico reported:

An online article in The American Spectator about the most recent analysis by the CMS Office of the Actuary of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is completely inaccurate. We began working on the reconciliation bill for the health reform legislation once it was publicly issued on March 18 – three days before the House vote took place on March 21. Because of the details and complexity of the legislation, it wasn’t possible to estimate the package before the Senate vote. We began work on the estimates right away, but we didn’t finalize them until the afternoon of April 22

Consistent with the Office of the Actuary’s longstanding independent role on behalf of Congress, we did not seek approval or clearance from HHS (or anyone else) before issuing our analysis.

After the first report was published on Monday, I contacted The American Spectator.
On Thursday, they responded with an update on the Prowler Blog. They are standing by their report that senior HHS officials knew before the MArch 21 vote that the then-bill would increase the cost of health care and impose higher costs on Americans.
The American Spectator reported:

Several points related to the push back by the Obama Administration and the Medicare’s Office of the Actuary and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to our recent post regarding the office’s report on the Obama health care reform legislation. Recall, the study determined that the law would actually increase the cost of health care and impose higher costs on consumers, when the administration had claimed that the law would do neither.

The Prowler reported via sources inside Health and Human Services that data from the study that indicated that costs would hit consumers in the pocketbook was made available to the senior officials in HHS, prior to final passage of the legislation in the House. The report never stated that it was submitted for approval. Such reports by “non-political” or “nonpartisan” entities inside Cabinet departments, such as the Bureau of Justice Statistics in the Department of Justice, routinely provide, to senior leadership offices in a department, studies and reports with data that often run counter to an Administration’s liking, and often before those reports are released to the media or the public.

It should be noted that in the Bush Administration, such reports were often leaked to reporters days before officials in the administration received them, allowing the “nonpartisan” agencies to shape their facts and studies with almost no push back from the departments in question.

Our sources stand by the facts that prior to final passage of the health care reform bill on Sunday, March 21, the Office of the Actuary had provided senior leaders inside HHS with data that indicated the then-bill would increase the cost of health care and impose higher costs on Americans. And that data was not provided to anyone publicly until after the legislation was passed.

That the report was issued after the bill’s passage is not in dispute. What is in dispute is who had data and when were those estimates initially available.

There you have it.
Democrats and the Obama Administration sat on damning information about their health care legislation and released it only after the bill was passed into law. This is certainly unethical and most likely criminal.
This is a Big F***ing Deal.

“Why did it take President Obama 8 days to do anything regarding the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico?”

CAN SOMEBODY EXPLAIN THIS TO ME? “Mr. Obama said SWAT teams were being dispatched to the Gulf to investigate oil rigs and said his administration is now working to determine the cause of the disaster.” Does this mean they suspect foul play, or what?

UPDATE: Or lousy reporting. At least this report says:

The US Interior Department said it had assembled a “swat team” of inspectors to review safety at offshore drilling rigs across the US.

So it’s a metaphorical SWAT team, not a real one. Good thing, as we need the real ones to deal with blue-haired Tea Party grandmas. . . .


An entrepreneur and the minimum wage.  "Our brilliant Congressmen in Washington, D.C. decided a couple years ago that it would be a good idea to raise the minimum wage by about 40% to $7.25/hour. It just took effect last year. That probably sounds like great news for everyone – more money in everyone’s pockets can only be good, right? Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way in the real world."

 Obama made $5m in 2009 and tells us we’ve made enough?

Barack Obama, America’s Selective Salary Policeman

By Michelle Malkin  •  April 30, 2010 09:39 AM

Barack Obama, America’s Selective Salary Policeman
by Michelle Malkin
Creators Syndicate
Copyright 2010

President Obama spoke the most revealing and clarifying 10 words of his control-freak administration this week: “I think at some point you have made enough money.” Peddling financial regulatory reform at a rally in Quincy, Ill., Obama then ad-libbed peculiar definitions of what he called the “American way” and the profit motive: “(Y)ou can just keep on making it if you’re providing a good product or providing good service. We don’t want people to stop, ah, fulfilling the core responsibilities of the financial system to help grow our economy.”

Fundamental lesson of Capitalism 101: Governments and bureaucrats don’t make what people want and need. They only get in the way. It is individuals, cooperating peacefully and voluntarily, working together without mandate or central design, who produce the world’s goods and services. They make what people desire and demand for themselves, not what Obama and his imperial overlords ordain that the masses should have.

As usual, Obama’s populist demagoguery is telling in its omissions and selectivity. While he lectures on the morality of salary caps for everyone else, his own cabinet is filled with fabulously wealthy CEOs and statist creatures who have parlayed government employment (a “good” service) into private gain as lobbyists, consultants and advisers (“core responsibilities of the financial system”) and then back again to public stints. Revolving doors have always grown the Beltway economy.

To wit: Austan Goolsbee, head of Obama’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board, is the 15th wealthiest member of the Obama administration, with assets valued at between $1,146,000 to $2,715,000. He also pulled in a University of Chicago salary of $465,000 and additional wages and honoraria worth $93,000, according to the Washingtonian magazine.

What “good” did he provide? The government research fellow and Obama campaign adviser was a champion of extending credit to the un-creditworthy. In a 2007 op-ed for The New York Times, he derided those who called subprime mortgages “irresponsible.” He preferred to describe them as “innovations in the mortgage market” to expand the pool of homebuyers. Now this wrong-headed academic who espoused government policies that fed the housing feeding frenzy is in charge of fixing the loose-credit mess he advocated. This is the “American way”?

After 16 years in Congress, four years in the Clinton administration as budget director and chief of staff, and a lifetime of schmoozing in the halls of power, Obama’s CIA director, Leon Panetta, cashed in big. He’s sitting on up to $4 million in assets. While he has zero experience in intelligence matters, he has extensive experience in parlaying his past political tours of duty into lucrative speaking gigs, consulting fees and stock options. Welcome to Obama-approved entrepreneurship.

By Obama’s definition, first lady Michelle Obama is a model capitalist. Remember: After serving with real estate mogul Valerie Jarrett in Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley’s administration, Mrs. Obama took a post at the University of Chicago Medical Center, where Jarrett was serving as vice-chair of the medical center’s board of trustees. Mrs. Obama was promoted in 2005 after her husband won his U.S. Senate race with Jarrett’s invaluable aid. As “vice president for community and external affairs” and head of the “business diversity program,” her annual compensation nearly tripled from $122,000 in 2004 to $317,000 in 2005. Even after she went on leave in 2007 to help her husband on the presidential campaign trail, the hospital paid Mrs. Obama $62,709 in 2008, prompting one skeptic to ask: “We know this is Chicago, but isn’t $63,000 quite a lot for a no-show job?”

Jarrett, of course, is now White House senior adviser to the chief spender of other people’s money. And the first lady is now using her new taxpayer-funded position not only to tell folks how they should eat, but also which “good” restaurants and groceries should be built in their neighborhoods.

If there were any doubts left about the Obamas’ ideological commitment to wealth redistribution and a command-and-control economy, those doubts have been thoroughly removed. We have a commander-in-chief who presumes to know when you have earned “enough,” who believes that only those who provide what he deems “good” products and services should “keep on making it,” and who has determined that the role of American entrepreneurs is not to pursue their own self-interest, but to fulfill their “core” responsibility as dutiful growers of the collective economy.

That famous mock-up poster of Obama as the creepy socialist Joker never seemed more apt.


I love Scott Johnson’s succinct rejoinder at Power Line: “At some point you have grabbed enough power.”

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Freeper Call To Action: Video Immigration Marxists Tomorrow & Post To Youtube

UBIQUITOUS VIDEO CAMERA UPDATE: Reader Tyson Stanek emails that they knocked 20 bucks off the price of the waterproof Kodak Playsport videocam that I mentioned earlier, making it a pretty good deal at $129 with included HDMI cable and memory card. These small videocams certainly have played an important role in the Tea Party movement, etc., so far. QUINCY, ILL. POLICE busted by an army of videographers. This is why I’m always pushing those pocket camcorders.
CORRECTING CHARLES BLOW: Conor Friedersdorf goes to the video. And, unlike Blow, even interviews the people Blow wrote about. Blow’s a troll at best — I say “at best” because that at least suggests some independence on his part.

JAMES TARANTO: ‘Racially Resentful:’ Dissecting the latest bogus tea-party poll.

More thoughts from John Hinderaker: The Smear Continues.

Poll: Most support Arizona immigration law. “Seven in 10 U.S. adults support arresting people who can’t prove they’re in the United States legally...

Immigration: Tear it down, and they will leave

April 30, 2010 02:19 PM by La Shawn Barber

go home

New York, California, Texas, Arizona and Florida have lagged behind in Census returns. Care to guess why? These states happen to have “higher shares of residents who are Latinos.”

Either people just don’t care and/or the states’ Latinos are angry and/or illegal aliens in those states are afraid to announce their presence.

Sources report that illegal aliens are leaving Arizona for more “tolerant” pastures. I’m really wishing and hoping they head to that wonderful, welcoming, and tolerant city, San Francisco. Man, I would love to see that. I predict a cascading effect among the states. As illegal aliens in Arizona head to states like Utah and Texas, they’ll craft their own immigration enforcement laws. In fact, a Utah lawmaker has introduced a bill.

(An immigration law expert debunks myths about Arizona’s law in the New York Times, and it’s a must-read).

Anti-enforcement types typically say America can’t round up millions of illegal aliens and kick them out. Impractical!  In 2008, I attended the Republican presidential debate and listened to Congressman Tom Tancredo debunk the rounding-up-millions myth. He said we don’t have to round them up. Enforce the law, and they’ll go home. Tear down the sanctuary, and they will leave.

All week, I’ve contained my anger over talk of “Gestapo” Arizona and Hispanics protesting and calling the law “racist” (although I vented a little). :x

I don’t hate illegal aliens. I hate that my country has been overrun. I hate that I see Spanish language signs and government forms. I hate that my country has turned a blind eye to illegal south-of-the-border “immigration” because of the cheap labor it provides. I hate that our elected officials want to offer amnesty to these same illegal aliens, when people trying to enter and stay in the U.S. legally are still in line.

I hated it when George Bush pushed an amnesty bill (which crashed and burned), and I’ll hate it when Barack Obama does it.

Now I turn to something I love: THE WEEKEND!

Rest easy, everybody, and follow me on @La_Shawn.

(Photo source: Daily Mail)

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2,801 posted on 04/30/2010 4:22:54 PM PDT by backhoe (Just an Old Keyboard Cowboy, ridin' the trakball into America's Twilight...)
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“Fraud in the USA: The end of the birth certificate controversy.”

What's Hidden in the Dodd Bill (Tax-cheat Timmy Geithner will monitor all ATM transactions)

Immigration Is In Chaos After Obama Remark

Air Force One was about seven miles over Appalachia last week when President Obama dropped a bomb on his fellow Democrats.

Senate Democrats had that very day circulated an immigration reform proposal, and the Associated Press, receiving a leaked copy, reported on the "draft legislation."

But as Obama returned to Washington from Illinois Wednesday night, he walked back to the press cabin on the presidential aircraft and, in an impromptu Q&A, essentially declared immigration reform dead. He said "there may not be an appetite" for it.

Obama's retreat — after encouraging senators only weeks ago to take up immigration reform — clotheslined Senate Democrats. Since their proposal had already leaked, they had no choice but to roll out the plan Obama had just doomed.

"I don't know in what context the statement was made last night," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid told reporters at Thursday's rollout.

Well, Mr. Leader, the context is fear. As the Arizona abomination makes clear, there is a desperate need for federal immigration action to keep the country from becoming a nation of vigilantes suspicious of anybody with dark skin.

But leaders on both sides have instead run for the hills, called there by the yodels from their respective extremes.

(Excerpt) Read more at ...

President Obama Kills Immigration Reform

Yahoo! News is reporting: "Obama takes immigration reform off agenda":

Immigration reform has become the first of President Barack Obama's major priorities dropped from the agenda of an election-year Congress facing voter disillusionment. Sounding the death knell was Obama himself.

The president noted that lawmakers may lack the "appetite" to take on immigration while many of them are up for re-election and while another big legislative issue -- climate change -- is already on their plate.

"I don't want us to do something just for the sake of politics that doesn't solve the problem," Obama told reporters Wednesday night aboard Air Force One.

Immigration reform was an issue Obama promised Latino groups that he would take up in his first year in office. But several hard realities -- a tanked economy, a crowded agenda, election-year politics and lack of political will -- led to so much foot-dragging in Congress that, ultimately, Obama decided to set the issue aside.

With that move, the president calculated that an immigration bill would not prove as costly to his party two years from now, when he seeks re-election, than it would today, even though some immigration reformers warned that a delay could so discourage Democratic-leaning Latino voters that they would stay home from the polls in November.

I was pretty surprised to read this, since the Democrats have been working so hard on the racism meme these past few weeks. Why would they voluntarily give up another opportunity to tar Republicans as racists and fascists? I find it hard to believe that they would let the current "crisis" in Arizona go to waste.

But perhaps hard reality has actually trumped politics in this case. According to a new Angus Reid Public Opinion Poll, 71% of respondents supported the arrest of aliens who are in America illegally. Further, 64% believe illegal immigration has hurt our economy, 58% believe illegal immigrants take jobs away from American workers, and 45% support the termination and deportation of undocumented workers.

These numbers seem to jive with a Rasmussen poll released a few days ago that reported 60% of respondents favoring the Arizona law. Also, in the Rasmussen poll 77% of Republicans, 62% of independents, and surprisingly 50% of Democrats supported the Arizona Law. The same survey also showed that 70% of Arizonans support the new law. And apparently Arizona Governor Jan Brewer got a "bounce" in her approval rating as a result of signing the law.

Brewer's sudden popularity shouldn't startle anyone. The new Arizona law exists because Arizona has a unique problem with illegal immigrants. In 2007, illegal immigrants in Maricopa County made up 9% of the county's population, yet accounted for 19% of those convicted of crimes and 21% of those in county jails. During the same period, illegal aliens in Maricopa County were responsible for:

  • 10% of sex crimes convictions
  • 11% of murders convictions
  • 13% of stolen cars convictions
  • 13% of aggravated assaults convictions
  • 17% of those sentenced for violent crimes
  • 19% of those sentenced for property crimes
  • 20% of those sentenced for felony DUI
  • 21% of crimes committed with weapons
  • 34% of those sentenced for the manufacture, sale or transport of drugs
  • 36% of those sentenced for kidnapping
  • 44% of forgeries
  • 50% of those sentenced for crimes related to "chop shops"
  • 85% of false ID convictions
  • 96% of smuggling convictions

And Arizonans aren't the only ones having a problem with illegal immigration. It's simply common sense to expect that blue collar union workers are going to be very concerned about anything that could potentially contribute to higher unemployment. Illegal immigration is certainly such an issue. And one of the worst-kept political secrets (though it is generally ignored by the media) about the African-American community is its long-running and deep-seated antagonism toward Hispanics. Today -- in spite of the pro immigration rent-a-mobs led by Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson -- with the unemployment for inner city black males approaching 50%, the relationship between these two prominent racial minorities is probably very tense.

On second thought, when one takes all of this into consideration, the "racism" meme just doesn't work. As clever as David Axelrod and Rahm Emmanuel are, there is no way they could smear blacks, union workers, and 50% of registered Democrats as "racists" and hope to achieve any sort of political victory. I also have to wonder if President Obama's own blatant appeal to racial demography this past week actually ended up dividing, rather than uniting, the Democrat base. If the White House's own internal polling reflected the same things I just discussed here, then undoubtedly they know that immigration is a losing issue right now.


2,802 posted on 05/01/2010 1:58:32 AM PDT by backhoe (Just an Old Keyboard Cowboy, ridin' the trakball into America's Twilight...)
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April 30, 2010 at 9:56 pm

OT, but did anyone know about this (from the HotAir comments section):

McCain requested that Obama send 3000 National Guard to the AZ border. I though this sounded strange – isn’t it the AZ Gov that deploys National Guard? Then I found this – Executive Order 13528, signed Jan 11 2010:

creating the Council of Governors removing the responsibility of the National Guard from the specific state governors to the Council appointed by the President.

So now the AZ Gov cannot deploy the AZ NG without approval from the President and his Council of Governors? Was anyone paying attention when this happened?

This bothers me a LOT. He just changed the rule, no debate, no peep from Congress, nothing? What else did he just change that we haven’t heard about? What else might he just change that we won’t know about?

This feels very dictatorish to me.

April 30, 2010 at 10:21 pm

The order in its own words.

April 30, 2010 at 11:10 pm

Here is a very good article about the threat to freedom represented by that Executive Order:

But the best article I’ve read on the topic, and the one that gives the most background on it, is this one:

May 1, 2010 at 12:13 am

Something has changed. President Bush couldn’t send the Guard troops to New Orleans because the governor wouldn’t request them. He asked her on Friday and again on Sunday. Then he was blamed because they weren’t there. He went by the rules.

2,803 posted on 05/01/2010 2:18:06 AM PDT by backhoe (Just an Old Keyboard Cowboy, ridin' the trakball into America's Twilight...)
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Cue Twilight Zone:

Meanwhile... Teh Otters! Teh Otters!

My faith in offshore drilling has not been rocked by this -- shit happens, world goes on, let's try to find a way to make sure this sort of thing doesn't happen again.

And while I like animals and don't want to see them dead for no reason than error, I really don't like to see people die for no reason than error either.  I don't have to love them or think them cute to hate to see their lives wasted by an accident.

What kills me though is the hand wringing and the lack of proactive response -- essentially all that is really getting accomplished is a back and forth shouting match of recriminations that does nothing helpful.  Some people died, some coastline is going to be contaminated, a bunch of oil that would have been really nice to use is wasted, and people are spending more energy on a shouting match than anything else (and if more attention had been paid to trying to perfect the systems, it need not have been so bad all the way around).  That's what really kills me.

2,804 posted on 05/01/2010 4:02:33 AM PDT by backhoe (Just an Old Keyboard Cowboy, ridin' the trakball into America's Twilight...)
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Obama's Oil Slick Makes Landfall

...the oil spill booms are stored on military facilities with quick access to aircraft, waiting presidential order which didn't come until today.

The OPA grand plan idea was a spill was sighted, the president would spot it, the resources would deploy and the spill would be contained. Another government grand plan goes poof.

Only problem was president was playing politics campaigning and lying about everything, instead of doing his job. Maybe we can impeach him over the damage he allowed to be caused by not acting.

Search for OPA 1990 for more on the details of what the responsibilities of our so-called president, and what he must do. In our case, I guess he thought he should just go get some rags and help wipe birds.

Meanwhile for the last 9 days the oil has been a gushing.

Obama’s Dilemma: Oil Spill in Gulf of Mexico Etc.

"For the first time in his Presidency, President Obama is facing a catastrophe that is, hopefully, not man-made and requires sharp, responsive decisions. Unfortunately, "The One" who absolutely shredded George Bush's response to Hurricane Katrina shows that the new Emperor has no clothes... nor, apparently, a body to hang them on if he did. The vaccuous character of Barack Obama is being exposed here and it's on a spin-free cycle. And that's bad news for Obama fans... and Obama himself. "

Gulf oil spill becoming Obama’s Katrina: A timeline of presidential delay.

UPDATE: NYT editorial: Obama should have acted sooner on the oil spill. “First Bill Maher wonders aloud why The One isn’t getting more crap about the spill, and now this. Why must these darned wingnuts forever find fault with our president? Seriously, though, Bush would have been torn to shreds for reacting the same way and everyone, from the Times on down, knows it.”

Arizona deputy shot; illegal immigrants suspected (Latest Story)

Mexican Embassy Website (Japan) Directs Mexicans To Follow & Obey Japan Residency Laws - In Detail

Obamanomics Explained

Rasmussen By the Numbers (Democrats' nightmare)


Something truly strange is going on — we don’t know yet, but wonder if May Day protests are part of it.

Yesterday, the Drudge Report ran this weird collection of stories centered on the Obamas — all of them old and recycled:

The current president is as heterosexual as Tom Cruise and John Travolta.

The current first lady would care about Obama fooling around with a woman as much as Katie Holmes or Kelly Preston would care about their own husbands doing that.  All of them would be stunned, and would probably laugh to hear the men they are married to had sex with a woman, but none of them would especially care. They are married to these men for a reason, and it’s not because they are madly in love with them, and vice versa.

The other weird bit is the old story about Maria Pinto’s clothing line collapsing making news again.  Drudge ran a story about this months ago.  We know, because we saw it and then did a piece on it ourselves, because we know Pinto from fashion events in Chicago we were involved in — and she’s not a nice woman, so no one should be too sad about her business going under.

So, why are all these old stories coming out today?

Why does the White House feel the need to put out stories about the president being a randy stud — who loves women?

It’s a giant mystery.

The only thing we can think of is that David Axelrod is trying to put the image of a virile, womanizing Obama out there ahead of a himbo eruption — or possibly some kind of retribution from Kal Penn, more upset about Obama breaking things off with him and booting him from the White House than anyone thought he would be.

OR, more interestingly than that, we wonder what Reggie Love is doing right now.  Is he happy in the White House?  He hasn’t been in the news in months, and we have not spotted him in any of the photos coming out of the press pool in a while.  Where’s Reggie Love?  Now, if he and Obama are on the outs, then things could get REALLY INTERESTING.

Perhaps the world would finally know what a “body man” really does.


What else is on your minds this Saturday?

May 1, 2010 at 8:00 am

1. Distraction from the oil spill.

2. Whoever is in charge of the world has decided, enough is enough, the shill has outlived his usefulness.

3. Somebody is about to start talking that they don’t want to start talking.

Very, very interesting….things always happen for a reason. Pray for our country folks. Remember life is full of pivot points and the way a situation pivots effects a multitude of things and people.

A Few Comments About Q1 GDP...("The Best Is Over")

Two things are clear: the 2009 stimulus was designed to stimulate the economy just prior to the mid term elections. It is not working.
As Charles Krauthammer pointed out on Special Report yestereday, if the federal government hadn’t banned oil drilling on the continental shelf and forced drilling in this extremely deep water, the well could have been capped by now.
The ignorant enviro-nazis and their liberal lapdogs in Congress are responsible for the location of platforms being in such dangerous and inaccessible locations.

Napolitano: U.S.- Mexico Border ‘As Secure Now As It Has Ever Been’

KUHNER: Is Obama fomenting a race war?

Tea Parties Vexing the Left’s “Theory of Everything”

Vera Baker was Obama's mistress: Swiss paper says it has evidence to prove it

Barack Obama’s Missing Girlfriends

Obama used to go to Man’s Country Sauna Chicago
Shortened URL here: this morning.

At see Reply 96 - Posted by: Pelorus, 5/1/2010 9:41:12 AM (No. 6485277): Gossip around Chicago (linked from Ldot about two weeks ago ) is that Barry used to show up at bath houses, including Man’s World Country Sauna in North Chicago.

The PUMAs were talking about this back in October 2008. Here's a recap from a 2008 NoQuarterUSA article.

2,805 posted on 05/01/2010 12:36:31 PM PDT by backhoe (Just an Old Keyboard Cowboy, ridin' the trakball into America's Twilight...)
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“Immigration” isn’t the problem.

For the most part, the controversy we face isn’t about immigration at all. It’s about the systematic failure of federal government to enforce the law or offer rational policy. There’s a difference.

Gallup polls (and others) taken over the past decade find that around 60 percent of Americans, when asked whether immigration was generally a good thing or a bad thing for the country, believe it to be a positive. Yet, when Gallup recently polled Americans about the new Arizona law that cracks down on illegal immigrants, of the three-quarters of voters who had heard about the then-pending legislation, 51 percent said they favor it while only 39 percent say they oppose it.

Americans value immigration. They recoil from lawlessness. And frustration over the impotent border enforcement has manifested itself in a flailing overreach. Arizona’s law isn’t a referendum on Latinos or even immigration itself. It’s an unambiguous rebuke of Washington.

Indeed. Read the whole thing.

 Democrats Are Manipulating the Marchers:

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May Day/Che Day: Reconquista returns

By Michelle Malkin  •  May 1, 2010 12:00 AM



The open-borders lobby can try and hide its radicalism with a carefully-orchestrated show of American flags, but the movement’s reconquista roots always expose themselves on May Day. The first sign above was displayed at the 2006 May Day protest in Denver and the infamous American flag-toppling in the second photo took place at a Montebello (CA) H.S. May Day march. The third photo comes from the Arizona protest last week, via Mark Krikorian. And the fourth photo is the official May Day (Che Day!) 2010 image. Take a refresher course here and here.

As I noted last week in my gallery of open-borders extremists, the Che Guevara-loving, sovereignty-destroying agitators are leading today’s annual illegal alien marches across the country. The National Immigrant Solidary Network is organizing many of the events (background on the group from Discover the Networks here). See if there’s one in your neighborhood and help do the reporting the MSM won’t do. Oh, and a warning: Beware of Purple-Shirted SEIU amnesty thugs:

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What liberal icon and Arizona resident Edward Abbey said about illegal immigration.

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Franklin Roosevelt's 'New Deal' Immigration Laws

There is no room in this country for hyphenated Americanism - Theodore Roosevelt

 Why does the Wall Street regulation overhaul give FTC authority over the Internet?

Posted by Jim Hoft on Saturday, May 1, 2010, 8:08 AM

Limbaugh mocked Obama’s dreadful response to the oil rig disaster yesterday…
Send in SWAT… Those violent grandmas are at it again.

From the Rush Limbaugh website:

Ladies and gentlemen, I didn’t hear this myself, but I have been informed that President Obama is sending SWAT teams to the Gulf oil rigs. SWAT teams? I’m waiting on audio sound bite confirmation of this, but why in the world would you send SWAT teams to Gulf oil rigs? Oh, I know! Obama probably thinks the tea party blew up the rig. That’s what it is. (laughing) Yes. Of course the tea party did it! (laughing) Seriously, you know, this rig… We had this call from a guy out there who said nobody’s talking about whether this was an act of sabotage because I guess they can’t prove it, but they’re going to send SWAT teams down there? He was going to send a SWAT team to the rig that blew up or are you going to send a SWAT team to other rigs? What’s going on here? Remember, this rig blew April 21st, which is one day prior to “Erf” Day.

I have a story here from Reuters, September 24th, 2008 (shuffling paper) right here in my formerly nicotine-stained fingers: “Nobel Peace Prize winner and environmental crusader Al Gore urged young people on Wednesday to engage in civil disobedience to stop the construction of coal plants without the ability to store carbon.” So you got the guru here urging civil disobedience, you got the regime sending SWAT teams down there to all the rigs in the Gulf. They’re sending SWAT teams to all the rigs in the Gulf! Whoa ho-ho-ho. So obviously Obama thinks the tea partiers are expert scuba divers as well or maybe they have their own fleet of underwater submarines that can go deep enough to go undetected, set explosives, and hightail it back to the protests in Ohio, or wherever they (laughing) happen to be.

So 15 years of no global warming. “That’s just anecdotal! It doesn’t disapprove anything! It doesn’t disapprove that there’s a man-made threat going on.” But one oil spill — one oil spill which might have been intentional — is enough to prove that offshore oil drilling is unsafe and should never be done. This is the logic we’re forced to live with.

More… Rush Limbaugh also mocked Obama’s sideshow press conference on his show.

“This guy does really not want to be president. He doesn’t want to deal with America’s problems. He wants to make sure he gets his transformation done. So, we had an oil slick, added benefit… Now we can cancel offshore drilling.”

Via BreitbartTV:

Posted by Jim Hoft on Saturday, May 1, 2010, 7:55 AM

(FOX News)

As the oil gusher spirals out of control, Team Obama officials admit they didn’t even know that the Defense Department had equipment that could help contain the oil slick.
The New York Times reported:

As oil edged toward the Louisiana coast and fears continued to grow that the leak from a seabed oil well could spiral out of control, officials in the Obama administration publicly chastised BP America for its handling of the spreading oil gusher in the Gulf of Mexico, where Obama is expected to travel this weekend.

Yet a review of the response suggests it may be too simplistic to place all the blame for the unfolding environmental catastrophe on the oil company. The federal government also had opportunities to move more quickly, but did not do so while it waited for a resolution to the spreading spill from BP.

The Department of Homeland Security waited until Thursday to declare that the incident was “a spill of national significance,” and then set up a second command center in Mobile, Ala. The actions came only after the estimate of the size of the spill was increased fivefold to 5,000 barrels a day.

The delay meant that the Homeland Security Department waited until late this week to formally request a more robust response from the Department of Defense, with Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano acknowledging even as late as Thursday afternoon that she did not know if the Defense Department even had equipment that might be helpful.

By Friday afternoon, she said, the Defense Department had agreed to send two large military transport planes to spray chemicals that can disperse the oil while it is still in the Gulf.

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In the "Gee, don't call it Terrorism" Dept?
( A subset of "The Religion of Peace? Time will tell... )
Car bomb fails to explode in Times Square [Darleen Click]

… but, heavens! Don’t call it terrorism!

The police discovered a car bomb in a smoking Nissan Pathfinder in the heart of Times Square, prompting the evacuation of thousands of tourists and theatergoers from the area on a warm and busy Saturday evening.

There was no explosion. [...]

The device, [Deputy Commissioner Paul J. Browne, the Police Department’s chief spokesman] said, contained “explosive elements” that included “propane tanks, some kind of powder, gasoline and a timing device.” [...]

Mr. Browne, speaking shortly before 1 a.m. Sunday, said that he did not believe anyone was in custody. “We haven’t identified any kind of a motive,” he said. “It appears to be a car bomb, but we haven’t attached a motive to it.”

So? I believe the intent to murder and maim is quite evident.

A federal official said that domestic security officials had been informed that the event did not appear to be a terrorist threat.

Excuse me? How did they arrive at that immediate conclusion?

Sweet baby Jesus.

h/t Hot Air where AP reminds us:

What makes me nervous is the use of propane. Remember that London bombing plot three years ago, in which jihadis tried — and failed — to set off a bunch of car bombs around the city? Quote
The car bombs were similar to highly destructive explosives used in Iraq and could have killed hundreds of people, U.S. and British officials told NBC News. British officials warned that the country was facing a “serious and sustained” terrorist threat…

Authorities believe [the first car] was intended to be set off by remote control by a cell phone found inside. The cell phone had received at least two calls, which should have detonated several gallons of gasoline, but when the calls came in, the bomb failed to go off, the official said.

Had it done so, that blast then would have ignited six to eight tanks of propane in a mist to make a fuel-air explosion, creating a fireball the size of a small house and propelling 18 to 20 boxes of roofing nails around a large area at bullet speed, counterterrorism officials said.

With NYPD already attempting to squash any terrorism link, how much can we trust them to be honest with the findings of their investigation?

GAS PRICES TICKING UP. I’ve noticed the steady rise to the three-dollar range, and I’ve also noticed the lack of media gas-price hysteria we saw during the previous administration.
TURNOUT AT L.A. PRO-IMMIGRATION RALLY about half what was expected.
A Stranger in Our Midst
  Angry Precedent Lectures Us For Being Angry
Mr. "Do as I say, not as I do" can kiss my ass.

I read the opposition propaganda frequently - more than Øbozo ever has.

Obama Wants To Silence His Opponents

May 1st, 2010

From those erstwhile champions of free speech, the Associated Press:

Obama takes direct aim at anti-government rhetoric

By Pete Yost And Mark S. Smith, Associated Press Writers

May 1, 2010

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – President Barack Obama took aim Saturday

...The government is “him.”...just like France’s King Louis XIV, it’s clear that Mr. Obama thinks “L’etat c’est moi.” That any criticism of his policies of him, is criticism of the state – outright sedition....

Just imagine the outrage if Mr. Bush has ever given a commencement address at an all white college?

But as we have oft noted, if it weren’t for double standards, the left would have no standards at all.


"In my own little world, my fight and campaign against this loser is having its effect. I have my “LOL” and “One Big A__ Mistake, America” bumper stickers on my rear window of my truck and interestingly, though I used to not get passed much on these back country roads in SC….I find that I get passed more often….but by a particular hyphenated type of person. I’ll leave that to your imagination.

Ridicule of the boy is the most effective weapon we have. It gets the left to act stupidly and inappropriately."

Posted by Jim Hoft on Saturday, May 1, 2010, 10:17 PM

There was a pro-illegal immigrant protest in New York City today at Union Square.
Andrew Berman was there and posted several photos from the anti-American rally.
Here’s one:

This violent sign – “death to US imperial-fascists” – probably won’t make the news tonight.

Suddenly, it’s fashionable to carry swastikas again.

Of course, the state-run media won’t say boo about these Nazi signs. After all, there’s a conservative pictured on the sign.

Illegal Alien ( NOT "immigrant," Dammit! ) UPDATE:

Let the name calling commence [Darleen Click] UPDATED 2x

addendum to Jeff’s post.


h/t Moonbattery via Nice Deb



Thousands gather for immigrant rights march in downtown L.A.

Misleading and dishonest headline. The march is not for “immigrant rights”, it is a march supporting ILLEGAL immigrants.

“Everyone in God’s eyes is legal,” [Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa] said. “We are all standing w[ith] our immigrant (sic) brothers and sisters.” [...]

One man in the crowd wore a white T-shirt with black block letters reading “Todos Somos Arizona” or “We are all Arizona.” Another bobbed a sign over the crowd with a swastika scrawled in between the names of Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer and Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who strongly supported the new law.

Union members blew horns and chanted “no human being is illegal” over the rhythmic melodies of a mariachi band.

UPDATE 2: 1:50pm PDT

From Digger, Ms. Salcedo above is not alone

Since that time many Americans of Hispanic descent have become very active in the community opposing illegal immigration. They are largely ignored by the media because they don’t fit with their agenda. Most of the media will go to the National Council of La Raza or to some immigration attorney who happens to be of Hispanic descent to provide the “Hispanic view” when it comes to illegal immigration. One and all they spout that they represent the growing 44 million Hispanics in the United States and try to make sure it is understood that all Hispanics vote in a big bloc of voters.

The truth is that the views on illegal immigration in the Hispanic community are nearly equally split.

Spill Baby Spill

I thought they had remote cutoff systems:

As work crews try to contain an oil well that is pumping thousands of barrels of crude oil a day into the Gulf of Mexico, many businesses are bracing for the worst.

Much is at stake. BP [BP 51.58 -0.98 (-1.86%)], owner of operator of the well, has already had its image dented by recent accidents. This event will likely cause its image further harm—not to mention the millions in costs associated with containing the spill and drilling a new well.

But the fallout stretches well beyond that. The oil industry is fresh from a victory over President Obama's decision to open up parts of the Atlantic coast and eastern Gulf of Mexico to offshore drilling.

How can "Drill Baby Drill" go ahead, when government doesn't require the industry to use the most modern safety equipment available:

Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., sent President Obama a letter Thursday reminding him that in 2000 the Interior Department insisted "oil companies have 'reliable backup systems' in the event of a rig blowout."

By 2003, the plan was scrapped.

"This could be one of the world's greatest nightmare scenarios of an oil gusher," Nelson said.

The backup systems are supposed to act when an oil rig fails and starts leaking. Then, a valve deep under the water where the drill pipe meets the ocean floor is supposed to choke off the flow of oil. In the case of BP's platform, either the valve wasn't activated or didn't work, possibly because of the explosion.

But there is another line of defense this oil platform did not have, a so-called acoustic switch. It can be activated by remote control sending acoustic pulses through the water to trigger the blowout preventer even if the rig is damaged or evacuated.

Acoustic switches are used in Norway and Brazil after those oil producing countries suffered spills. The U.S. considered requiring them, but drilling companies questioned the $500,000 cost and whether the devices even work.

Update: From the Comments ... ht: LC Bennett

Posted by Cjunk at 10:54 AM| Comments (93)
"Limbaugh was saying today that he thinks its very interesting Barry has let this thing spew for a solid week without really doing jack about it. Today its supposed to make landfall, so TODAY suddenly there's all kindsa activity.

Because landfall today means pictures of oily pelicans on the front page tomorrow, right?

If anybody in the White House gave two sh1ts about The Environment there's have been Navy equipment down there the next morning after the accident, and by now they'd have enough gear and men handy to suck every drop of the stuff out of the water with turkey basters.

Nobody planned this, this thing has SNAFU written all over it. Barry's acting like this is some irritating side issue to his Grand Plan, not a major oil spill which is going to f- up the Gulf beaches for several years.

Hey T, how you like Barry now?""


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Fire Weed Water

by Bunk X ( 139 Comments › )
Filed under Healthcare, Humor at May 1st, 2010 - 11:00 pm

148 Proof! This stuff would get you drunk, stoned and hungry with just a couple of shots. Oh, and it’s labeled as poison to keep Lloyd Brothers’ liability insurance rates down.  It’s Saturday night, so name your poison and let’s all pound down an Overnight Open Thread.

[Image from here.]

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TRICYCLE BOMB Wounds Six in SW Pakistan: Police

Six people were injured on Saturday when a tricycle bomb exploded in southwestern Pakistan, a region troubled by Islamic insurgents...

Stars Gather to Hobknob with Celebrity in Chief (Hussein Laughs it Up, Louisiana Faces Disaster)

Obama Ties To Multi Trillion Dollar Carbon Trading Scams, Goldman Sachs, The Joyce Foundation


Was the Gulf Oil Rig Explosion a Deliberate Attack on America?‎

April - Second drilling rig overturns, LA
April - Firefighters battle flames at oil refinery in Memphis, 1 critically injured -
April - Deep Rig Fires Up, Explodes, Sinks -
April - Officials: 2 coal miners dead in Kentucky accident -
April - 25 killed in West Virginia mine blast -
April - 5 die in Anacortes, Wash. refinery blast, fire -

4 posted on Sunday, May 02, 2010 1:38:41 AM by justsaynomore

Dems spark alarm with call for national ID card

Not just for farm animals anymore!

Another Obama Crisis Too Good

In The Neo-Race War, The Fight Against “Operation Wetback” Is Our Fight Too ( Race-hustiling pimp alert! )

Folks, did you notice the title of this posting:

“In The Neo-Race War, The Fight Against ‘Operation Wetback’ Is Our Fight Too”

And these people call the Tea Party Racist?

Lord Monckton: Birther (Video from DC Tea Party 4/15)

6 posted on Saturday, May 01, 2010 11:54:19 PM by TigersEye

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NYC is bracing for nuclear Ahmadinejad while Obama is cleaning the oil mess

Napolitano: Administration 'certainly considering' possiblity of terrorism in car bomb

"We need money for roads and schools"

Dirty secret of black-on-Asian violence is out

Google “the color of crime”

May 2nd, 2010 | 6:14 am | #27  Hopefully it won’t turn out to be some white militia guy. Obama would jump all over that and the left would increase the pressure to “reign them in.” The “Them” being tea party people of course. Here’s a link to a very disturbing article I found.

In my novel, “REVOLT” ( the rogue President uses an event in New York City as an excuse to deploy troops permanently and demand increased domestic security. Trouble was, it was his people that committed the crime to trigger the crackdown.

In this case, who knows. Hopefully one nutjob with a bad plan. But, don’t think this won’t be exploited by Obama and his people. I’ll not be surprised if the next time we Maureen Dowd she’ll be wearing a helmet and flak vest as she screams that something needs to be done about “those people.”

Meaning us.



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2,810 posted on 05/02/2010 11:19:16 AM PDT by Matchett-PI (Jim Wallis speaks for Christians the same way that Jesse Jackson speaks for all blacks.)
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OUCH: White House ( tries to ) Fend Off Specter of Katrina in Federal Response to Oil Spill. “As the massive oil slick grows worse by the day, the White House is fighting off a growing perception that the federal response to this ecological disaster is President Obama’s Katrina.”
Posted by Jim Hoft on Sunday, May 2, 2010, 9:43 AM

Obama’s Katrina.
12 days after the explosion, Barack Obama will visit the disaster zone today.

After 12 days of campaigning against the Arizona immigration law and Wall Street bankers while pushing his next big government takeovers in energy and banking, Barack Obama finally decided to visit the oil slick disaster zone today.

Doug Ross posted President Obama’s activities the last 12 days while the oil slick grew to over 1,000 square kilometers. The President is finally visiting the disaster zone today.

U.S. President Barack Obama (L) is saluted as he walks to the Marine One helicopter to depart for a trip to Louisiana to witness the response to oil spill damage along the Gulf Coast, from the White House in Washington, May 2, 2010. (Reuters)

Yesterday, The New York Times reported that Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano was not aware the Defense Department had equipment for dealing with oil slicks. The White House defended their non-response today.

On the day before a crude car bomb was defused in Times Square, the NY Daily News ran an article describing the increasing frequency of homegrown Islamic terrorist attempts. These include:

  • Najibullah Zazi, a US permanent resident accused of attempting a 2009 suicide bombing of the New York subway system in 2009, together with Bryant Neal Vinas, a Muslim American, who also trained for the same attack.
  • The cases of Wesam El-Hanafi and Sabirhan Hasanoff, both US citizens, who were tasked with providing technical assistance to al-Qaeda via Yemen.
  • Hosam Maher Husein Smadi, an illegal alien from Jordan arrested on suspicion of planning to blow up the Fountain Place in Dallas.

The Daily News lists many others, including the Lackawanna Six, the Sears Tower plot and about a dozen more cases, all involving either US citizens or permanent residents. Its inference is simple. Islamic extremism can no longer be stopped at the borders. It’s here. The Daily News writes, “Al Qaeda no longer needs a command center. Its foot soldiers are everywhere. They need only to win once, while the good guys have to win every time. How long can a winning streak go? Forever, one prays.”


May 2, 2010 at 1:27 pm

Here is a post about Sarah on HA I found funny.

“AP thinks about posing, just like a politician. Krauthammer is declaring drilling dead but Sarah isn’t following the pundits. She leads by telling us what we need to hear, I paraphrase, “Accidents happen. Man up and get on with it.”

Damn, she’s getting better all the time.

May 2, 2010 at 11:26 am

Fabulous article on Sarah over at The New Agenda…..setting the record straight on Sex Ed…..

Sarah is NOT abstinence only as the left always tries to portray her as an extreme right wingnut.

MY WASHINGTON EXAMINER COLUMN IS UP: Tea Party movement likely to have unglamorous but effective future.

Arizona Anti-Parasite Bill ... Racist?

... more.

Update c/o Steyn:

As I write, I have my papers on me -- and not just because I’m in Arizona. I’m an immigrant, and it is a condition of my admission to this great land that I carry documentary proof of my residency status with me at all times and be prepared to produce it to law-enforcement officials, whether on a business trip to Tucson or taking a 20-minute stroll in the woods back at my pad in New Hampshire.

Who would impose such an outrageous Nazi fascist discriminatory law?

Er, well, that would be Franklin Roosevelt.

But don’t let the fine print of the New Deal prevent you from going into full-scale meltdown. “Boycott Arizona-stan!” urges MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann, surely a trifle Islamophobically. What has some blameless Central Asian basket case done to deserve being compared to a hellhole like Phoenix?


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Posted by Jim Hoft on Sunday, May 2, 2010, 12:57 PM

The violent left was at it again, doing what it does best…
Rioting, smashing windows, blocking firemen from a torched building after their immigration protest yesterday in Santa Cruz.
Many in the group were carrying makeshift torches as they marched. 15 businesses were victimized by this group.
What started out as a dance rave ended with smashed windows and a burning coffee house:


Of course, the state-run media has been hush-hush about this violent attack.
The Mercury News reported:

A group of protesters demonstrating at a May Day rally for worker’s and immigrant rights downtown broke off into a riot vandalizing about a dozen businesses around 10:30 p.m. Saturday, police said.
Windows were left shattered and graffiti including anarchy signs were tagged onto buildings. The Rittenhouse Building, Urban Outfitters, Jamba Juice and Velvet Underground all had windows broken, according to Capt. Steve Clark.

Santa Cruz police asked for help from all agencies in the county to break up the riot of about 200 people. At one point, protesters lit a fire on the porch of Caffe Pergolesi and blocked access to firefighters, officers said. Police were able to clear out the demonstrators before more damage was caused.

A large rock sat outside Verizon Wireless on the 100 block of Cooper Street, where vandals tried to break the window twice, according to Clark.

“The damage that was caused was without purpose,” Clark said. “It was senseless violence that victimized a community who cannot afford to be victimized in this manner. This did nothing to add credit to whatever they believed their cause was.”

One person was arrested for damaging a window. Police are searching for others responsible for the damage. Protesters cleared the downtown area around midnight.

Hat Tip Kathy and Susan

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Obama tells Palestinians that Israel is to blame

Video shows federal officials knew quickly of potential for massive oil flow in Gulf spill

‘Obama’s Katrina’: an Illustrated Timeline
153 We're going to see hours of TV time of people cleaning oil of frickin' seabirds.  In the Valdez spill they spent something like an average of $6,000 PER BIRD.  JH Christ, people let them die!  You can't walk a hundred yards along the beach without scaring up a hundred damn seabirds.  We can afford to lose a few.  Really.
And there'll be a no-limit credit card when it comes to cute shit like otters and dolphins and whatever.  Didn't they spend something like $80,000 on one single otter at the Valdez site?
When the Torrey Canyon went down off Spain, about half of the spill site was cleaned up before the Spanish government ran out of the money they'd been given for the cleanup.  So they walked away from the rest.  Biologists went back about 7 years later and found the areas they tried to clean (using detergents, etc) were still recovering, and the areas they'd left the hell alone were nearly spotless.  Oil is a food source and what do you know, there are various microorganism that'll munch down on it.  The food source expands, they breed like hell, the food source is gone, they die, all the sea critters that eat dead shit clean them up, and all is well.  Might even get some nice crabs out of it.  (The same thing happened at the Valdez site.  Some of the areas where they steam-cleaned the rocks are still desolate.)
And my first wife used to tell me about the beaches off Santa Barbara getting hit with seeps every once in a while.  Her parents would pour kerosene into a pan so the kids could clean the tar off their feet.  She's a raving loony enviro, but even she admits Mother Nature can be a bitch.

DEVASTATING: Video Shows Feds Knew Of Potential Ecological Disaster Immediately After Rig Explosion

Democrats Waste No Opportunity: Call Oil Soaked Gulf of Mexico 'Lake Palin'

Call it Lake Obama...he's the one that dithered while the oil spread.

Progressive Death

Riot breaks out in downtown Santa Cruz; windows broken on dozens of businesses

At least 18 Santa Cruz businesses suffered damage during May Day riot

White Male in 40s Seen on Tape Near Scene of Car Bomb Attempt

Device Detonated Near Marathon Finish Line

“Fraud in the USA: The end of the birth certificate controversy.”

Fourth International Conference on Climate Change - May 16-18, 2010 Chicago, IL

So......are they predicting any snow for the area yet?

World Policeman: Us or Nobody -- Just Ask Captain Phillips

HENRY LOUIS GATES Jr.: Ending the Slavery Blame-Game ("90 percent...were enslaved by Africans")

My mom’s comment many a-time, “Their own people sold them into slavery” ~ mom.

What if Obama was aware of a bribe to fill IL Senate seat?


The true agenda is keeping too much inexpensive ammo away from the peasants, who are growing restless.

Tyrants always prefer a disarmed peasantry. Or as less-armed as possible.

Older Americans are down on the Democrats

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Finally, a Decent Report on the Deepwater Horizon Incident

by snork ( 109 Comments › )
Filed under Technology at May 2nd, 2010 - 6:15 pm

Not in the NYT, or the AP, or Reuters, but at WUWT. Complete with lots of pictures (do click the link, and look), it comes with as close to a technical explanation as I’ve seen so far.

It is thought that somehow formation fluids – oil /gas – got into the wellbore and were undetected until it was too late to take action. With a floating drilling rig setup, because it moves with the waves, currents, and winds, all of the main pressure control equipment sits on the seabed – the uppermost unmoving point in the well. This pressure control equipment – the Blowout Preventers, or ‘BOP’s” as they’re called, are controlled with redundant systems from the rig. In the event of a serious emergency, there are multiple Panic Buttons to hit, and even fail-safe Deadman systems that should be automatically engaged when something of this proportion breaks out. None of them were aparently activated, suggesting that the blowout was especially swift to escalate at the surface. The flames were visible up to about 35 miles away. Not the glow – the flames. They were 200 – 300 ft high.

First of all, this seems to all but rule sabotage out, because even if someone was able to sever control lines near the top (which would have almost certainly been detected), the “deadman” systems don’t depend on anything in the rig, and are self-contained a mile down, well beyond the reach of saboteurs. So please, control your inner truther.

What appears to have happened, if I can translate the jargon, is that they were driving the casing into the sea bed, when they ran into an unexpected pocket of oil and/or gas under pressure, and the unexpected pressure surge got past several valves in the blowout preventer tree (for reasons that are still under investigation) and overwhelmed the apparatus on the rig. I’ve personally seen what can happen when a rush of pressurized gas suddenly hits a vessel, and at some point, even pressure relief equipment, and even an open vent can’t limit the pressure, and the vessel will rupture. That appears to be what happened.

A Typical Blowout Preventer

With that, the oil and gas ignited, and the rest was inevitable. Most of the crew were safely evacuated, but 11 are missing, and presumed dead. The $350,000,000 rig collapsed, and sank from the fire. Yes, Rosie, fire softens steel enough to cause the structure to collapse without melting it.

So details are still pretty sketchy, but I don’t think was done by the Saudi navy. Another meme that’s making the rounds on the internet is that an “acoustic valve” would have prevented the disaster. It’s way too early to be certain of that. We don’t know why the deadman switch failed, and if it failed, there’s a strong chance that the same cause for that would have prevented an acoustic valve from working. So let’s not go truther on that either, even though everybody from DU to the WSJ is clucking that meme.

Sometimes the answer is simply, “we don’t know”, but all available evidence indicates that the Vatican wasn’t involved, nor the Red Army, nor the Freemasons, and neither was BP’s desire to save a half million, which is pocket change.

These photos are amazing, thanks for the posting. I follow another blog written by an oil industry insider who has a good perspective on comparable situations. Its worth look.

Some of the comments here have been extremely helpful, and I appreciate them. I also appreciate the comments by “James” on Mark Levin, and the comments by “horizon37″ at the following site (from a link above) . These gentlemen seem to know what they’re talking about. As for this “shutting down all Gulf oil exploration”, I don’t think even our current government is that stupid. THAT would certainly lead to a total disaster for them come November. This is, by all accounts, just Nature proving once again that, despite our best attempts, She is still in charge.

As for this being the biggest disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, someone needs to read some history. Google “Ixtoc disaster”, or go here

The Bully Party:

The omens are everywhere. Iran is close to obtaining nuclear weapons. The eurozone is in crisis. The U.S. unemployment rate is near 10 percent. America’s social insurance programs threaten to bankrupt the country. And—most unusual—the Washington Nationals are above .500.

But rest easy. None of this is distracting the Obama administration and congressional Democrats from their fulltime occupation: demonizing the political opposition.

It’s their main tactic. Plus this: “The Democratic response to dissent is a lot like their governing style: partisan, arrogant, and self-righteous.”

Chicago Teachers' Union Chant: "Where is the Money? Where is the Money?"

What’s remarkable about all the worry about Obama suspending elections is that people remarkably believe, in their hearts, the current president is capable of this.

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Today, we had a very interesting conversation with a friend in the South that hit on a few points we’ve seen and read elsewhere, repeatedly, in the last few days.  One of the things we talked about was that this friend truly believes all of us engaged and following the news closely these days were “called” to do so — to be eyes and ears, and to evolve into the 21st Century town criers to warn our friends, neighbors, and fellow Americans about the dangers of allowing the current Socialist-Democrat party to maintain its hold over the nation.

She told us there’s a reason the lot of us in Boystown have kept up this site, a reason why we’ve sunk everything we had into this effort, and a reason we keep going, despite how exhausting it is and how hard it is to keep track of everything the DNC’s Cloward-Piven Strategy and Alinsky Methods are doing behind the scenes.

READ IT ALL- at the link...

Here’s something we are wondering and thinking about today.

Dr. Utopia, our current president, spent much of 2008 high up on stages that put many of Andrew Lloyd Weber’s spectacles to shame.

He nanced, and he pranced, and he razzle-dazzled the same sorts of fools who, back when we were in grade school, were razzle-dazzled by Milli Vanilli — like Obama, these were charming, effeminate, foreign, light-skinned black men without substance (but knew how to put on a show in a big stadium).

We clearly remember “The Lightbringer” announcing the end to all human problems, effective immediately upon his inauguration.  He was going to heal the world, he said, lower the oceans, repair the hole in the ozone, eliminate all diseases, and usher in a Golden Age of Hope and Change upon this Earth.  The audacity of his personality and the superhuman capabilities of his own personal charisma would convince hurricanes to bedraggle us no more, and tornadoes to “chill out”.

The current First Lady, Mrs. Utopia, hectored non-believers, admonishing them that not only was she proud of her country for the first time now that her husband was winning elections on the national stage, but that soon he’d set about work “fixing your broken souls”.


Mary sure hasn’t been able to fix the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Miss Thang doesn’t even seem all that concerned about it, if he had time enough last night to yuck it up with Jay Leno in his tux, with Michelle squeezed into a red velvet sausage casing.

So, we wonder, with all the powers of the most powerful country to ever exist on this Earth, with all of the umpteen government departments and the entire reach of Washington — as Commander in Chief of the world’s most powerful military, including the greatest navy to ever sail the seas — why hasn’t the Lightbringer averted disaster and saved the Gulf coast states from the oil spill?

Obama said he could do anything.

He promised he had the leadership and the know-how to usher in a utopia of his own making.

Where are our unicorns?

Aren’t they good at soaking up spilled oil?

Better question:  if Obama and Democrats can’t handle an oil spill — something that government agencies should have been prepared for since the Exxon Valdez spill in the late 80s — then how on Earth are these same slow-moving, myopic, delusional buffoons going to handle the myriad of unanticipated and unpredictable disasters that await in the government takeover of 1/16th of the economy.

If the Gulf states are waiting for Washington to decide what to do with a black pool of disaster headed towards shore any day, how are you going to feel waiting by the phone under a black could of uncertainty as an Obama-created Death Panel decides whether or not you’re going to get the cancer treatment you need when you get sick and Washington starts overruling doctors as it rations our healthcare?

Obama promised miracles.

Instead, he’s thrown a great many parties, had plenty of laughs, and his wife has scowled an awful lot — like, Guinness Book of Records-winning in terms of clocking in those scowls — but we’ve yet to see any miracles.

Considering how much Democrats are supposed to love the environment, and how effective and dynamic Obama is supposed to be as a leader, then we wonder how on Earth a disaster like this oil spill can be explained, in this the Golden Age of Hope and Change.

AND we also have to stop and think about whether or not the people behind this failure of basic competence and resource utilization can be trusted with managing the nation’s healthcare resources.

If Obama can’t stop an oil spill from spreading and killing everything in its path, should he and his death panels be trusted with treating your cancer and saving your life?

What think you?

2,813 posted on 05/03/2010 3:06:15 AM PDT by backhoe (Just an Old Keyboard Cowboy, ridin' the trakball into America's Twilight...)
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To put "Obozo's Katrina" in perspective?

Transocean Horizon Spill... "Obama's Katrina"?

Panic time, folks.  News stories about impending environmental disasters.  A couple of senators calling for hearings.  The media calling it "Obama's Katrina".  Time for that rarest of things, perspective.

1.  Chance that a US operated Gulf of Mexico rig sinks and spills?  A. 0.025% or 1 in 4000.

2.  How much oil will this spill (worst case scenario)?  A. 150,000 barrels.

3.  How much is it leaking now?  A. 5,000 barrels per day, although it sounds so much bigger when you multiply by 42 and put it into gallons.

4.  How much natural oil seepage is there in the Gulf of Mexico?  A.  5,000 barrels per day, although it is widely distributed and not point sourced.

5.  Where will this rank?  A. 37th in the world's top 71 man-made oil spills.

6.  What happened to the 121,000 barrels spilled by the Mega Borg (the second largest spill in the GOM)?  A. They burned it.  1800 barrels recovered, 270 barrels left after burning, so, in essence, via burning and wind and wave action biodegradation, 121,000 barrels turned into a little over 2000 barrels.  The Prudhoe Bay incident was magnified because it had little wind or wave action... it was a closed system.

7.  How does this compare to, say, wildfires?  A. Wildfires fully devastate the areas they cover, and typically take 5-30 years to fully recover from a ground fire and up to 150 years to recover from a crown fire.  Full recovery from an oil spill is typically a year or less.

8.  OK, but how about the carbon footprint between them?  A.  In fully protected fire areas (a small amount of total forest), there are typically 10,000 to 30,000 forest fires per year world wide.  These consume 16,000,000 hectares per year, and release 1.6 billion tonnes of CO2 equivalent per year (mind you, this is just a small subset of fires, the subset we are most able to fight and protect).  This spill will release, at most a little over 52,000 tonnes of CO2 equivalent.  That is, 0.0033% of fully protected fightable wildfires.

9.  But, but... the poor birds?  A.  Fires fully incinerate the animals they touch.  Oily animals make fine, heart-rending posters and cover shots for Time.

So now lets look at the number of these spills...

Now, let's look at the charts.  First, how will this rank in terms of Gulf of Mexico spills?

Worst case, a very distant second.  Interestingly, only 3 came from drilling or production platforms.

How does this rate from a global perspective?

Worldwide Spills
Pretty low, actually.  Lets look at this ordered by volume.  By the way, this chart really illustrates how much better industry practices have become in both shipping and drilling.

Spills 2
Pretty weak from a Global Disaster point of view.  

In essence, one could fit the environmental consequences of every spill in the history of the hydrocarbon era into one small forest fire, out of the 10,000 we have every year.

In fact, those that are trying to label this as a "Katrina" episode, either motivated to hate the oil industry for whatever reason or hate Obama for whatever reason (imagine THAT combination of folks, a lot of whiskey and beer, with maybe Alex Jones thrown in for good measure, at a party!  What a fine party that would be!), are just propagandizing, as usual.

So those are the facts.  Make of them what you will.  Without perspective, you are bound to make poor decisions.

2,814 posted on 05/03/2010 3:50:42 AM PDT by backhoe (Just an Old Keyboard Cowboy, ridin' the trakball into America's Twilight...)
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Why does the Wall Street regulation overhaul give FTC authority over the Internet?

Just another facet of their plot to destroy our country and steal our freedom that’s been unfolding since the Fuhrer took office with the aid of his goons in Congress.

Goodbye Ownership & Privacy: Apple, Amazon, the Government Have Your Numbers

Despite Ariz. Law, Illegals Vow to Keep Coming (Feds, Build The Fence And Enforce The Laws! NOW!!!)

How the Convention on the Rights of the Child Will Destroy Family Sanctity

Why not just enforce the 1986 Amnesty Act?

Rough start to a new life (See San Antonio's New $100 Million Homeless Shelter)

100 million is just the cost of the center. It will cost millions every year to staff and maintain the place. But that is the whole point to these socialistic programs. G-jobs for those that can’t function in the free market.

Pope all but endorses authenticity of Turin Shroud

Sarah Palin bringing the macho, and true leadership, to the GOP

ALIPAC: Che Day Violence Not Reported

Michael Barone: Obama, Brown, and the ‘Third Way’ - The Left loses its way by abandoning the...

Important article by Michael Barone. Third Way is essentially a remaking of liberal / communist economic ideas of governmental ownership of means of production into a fascist economic model where outright ownership is replaced by total control.

It's more efficient economically since it keeps certain incentives to work and get ahead in society while reducing level of corruption inherent in communist societies, and allows government to find scapegoats and blame "the greedy" and "someone else" for the problems actually caused by the system, e.g. Goldman Sachs and "fat cats on Wall Street" for mortgage crisis and financial system meltdown, while keeping CRA regulations, ruinous expansion of fiscal and taxation policies and Fannie, Freddie and FHA safely out of people's minds.

Fannie and Freddie, before their recent de facto nationalizing, were perfect examples of Third Way being GSEs - operations that allowed for private ownership and profits for the politically connected elite class, while advancing government policy ("Home Ownership Society) where the losses were guaranteed by the society at large. Fannie, Freddie and FHA now own or control 9 out of 10 mortgages in U.S. And we see the same thing in GM takeover and attempt to effectively nationalize the health insurance and financial industries.

Blair and Clintons, along with Chretien and others, were in forefront of Third Way, with their New Democrats and New Labour spend-and-pretend policies designed to give government more and stronger control over industries and means of production and service. That's the task for Republicans to properly explain to people - when the government has total control over private endeavor and means to profit, people are no longer free, it's not a "free country" anymore..

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MORE ON OHIO: Tea Partiers vs. the Republican establishment.
A REVOLUTION IN PENNSYLVANIA. The bitter clingers are doing on-the-ground politics, of the sort I described here.
GREECE’S PROBLEM: Tax cheating, or Byzantine and confiscatory taxes? Chicken, egg. You get less tax cheating when the system is simple, rates are low, and enforcement is considered fair. You get more when things are the reverse. Related thoughts here. And Here: Six Reasons Why The Capital Gains Tax Should Be Abolished.
Times Square Bombing Attempt: Where Were The Cameras?
JOHN HINDERAKER: Was the Federal Response to the Deepwater Horizon Disaster Adequate?
YOU DON’T WANT TO BE illegal in Mexico.

The May Day angry mob you won’t see

By Michelle Malkin  •  May 3, 2010 09:10 AM

Reconquista revolution without borders! (Photo credit: El Marco, Denver)

They came, they saw, they threatened or committed violence in the name of open borders and workers’ rights. But alas, Frank Rich and Paul Krugman’s columns decrying the insane rage and hate of the May Day angry mob got lost in the mail.

In Santa Cruz, they carried torches and vandalized at least 18 businesses:

Downtown business owners spent Sunday repairing shattered windows and doors after a May Day rally Saturday night turned into a riot with approximately 250 people marching along Pacific Avenue, some carrying makeshift torches, throwing large rocks and paint bombs, and spray-painting walls with graffiti.

At least 18 businesses suffered damage during the rally in honor of international workers that began at 9 p.m. and escalated into mayhem around 10:30 p.m., police said. Investigators estimated damage at $100,000, though some business owners said it could be more. No injuries were reported.

On Sunday, sea green-colored glass littered sidewalks where windows and glass doors had been smashed. Maintenance workers, many getting called in the middle of the night, boarded up windows with plywood until new sheets of glass could be installed.

The vandalized businesses included Urban Outfitters, Peet’s Coffee, Noah’s Bagels, Jamba Juice, Velvet Underground and Dell Williams Jewelers. The unoccupied Rittenhouse building also was damaged. A police car was vandalized with rocks and paint, department spokesman Zach Friend said.

In San Francisco, anti-illegal immigration activists were attacked by the May Day marchers:

LISA AMIN GULEZIAN, REPORTER: Allan, for the most part the event was peaceful, but just about an hour ago, three people were attacked and two others were arrested. The people who were assaulted were part of the Minutemen demonstration in favor of Arizona’s new immigration law.

They said a large group of immigrants’ rights supporters followed them to the BART station on Market Street and started punching and kicking them, and calling them names.

PARKER WILSON, BAY AREA ANARCHIST: They said we were racists, and that we were against them, and against their town, and against San Francisco, and what they were saying. They said we needed to get out and they called us racists, and that we need to go home. And then they just attacked my friends and me.

The City Square was at the SF protest and captured the border-sabotaging Che lovers:

Spotted in the window of a San Francisco shop. Didn’t get vandalized, naturally:

In Denver, El Marco caught the Aztlan/anarchist mob at its best (er, worst). Here, the illegal alien advocates accuse us of being the invaders. Really:

The (professionally printed) Nazi card was out in full force in Dallas:

So was more unabashed reconquista sentiment, as I previewed on Saturday. Thanks to reader N.N. for e-mailing these photos:

Behold the culture of open-borders entitlement:

And requisite Tea Party-bashing:

Robbie Cooper has a report on the Che worshipers and socialist agitators at the Austin TX May Day rally. Check out these lovely attendees. As Robbie notes: “One of these masked clowns is a reporter for Univision Channel 62 in Austin:”

A citizen report on the extremist May Day protest in Atlanta GA:

In Minnesota, what do they want?

And how do they want it?


An account from the NYC protest:

About an hour later we were heading to a concert on the NYU campus, and started walking down Broadway toward Astor Place. We started hearing lots of police sirens all at once, and then looked straight ahead. There were young guys with baseball bats and Che signs pinned to their backpacks running down the street smashing store windows, all on the west side of Broadway. We stopped dead on a corner, because there were police cars coming from so many different directions the street lights were rendered meaningless. As soon as we stopped, about 6 NYPD units pulled up to our exact corner and the cops jumped out and tackled two of the vandals literally TWO FEET in front of me. Some other officers arrived, jumped out of their cars, and started a crazy foot pursuit of another guy who started running in zig-zags down the middle of Broadway. They tackled him as well, in the middle of the freakin’ street, as cars kept almost hitting everyone involved. It happened incredibly quickly. There were tons of eyewitnesses, and I even saw a few people videotaping, but of course I can’t find mention of this incident anywhere online or in the media. We had about five minutes to get to the concert, so stopping and gawking wasn’t an option. We just kept walking, tried to get away from the whole mess. But we could see and hear police interviewing plenty of witnesses, and heard people say “they just kept breaking windows”, and saw the perps with their faces in the pavement for ourselves.

Posted in: Immigration point of fact, these drugs have been decriminalized in Mexico for several years. From the archives of the Associated Press:...
And from a similarly elated Time Magazine:

And yet for years we have been told by our media masters and a thousand George Soros fronts that legalizing these harmless recreational drugs would solve everything. There would be a huge reduction in crime. Our prisons would be emptied.

What happened? How come it didn’t turn out that way in Mexico? It was supposed to set the example for the US and the rest of the world on how to handle the drug problem?

And how come everyone has pretended not to notice Mexico’s “example”?

Announcement: BREAKING! Fourniers WIN John Doe Appeal!
Thanks so much to Barbara Kulaszka and the awesome intervenors at the CIPPIC and the CCLA!

Read the whole thing here:

The current president (left) and Canadian Ellen impersonator Justin Beiber (far right). TV's Michael Dorn looks on in horror (center).

It’s very strange the amount of attention the current President of the United States gives Canadian Ellen Degeneres impersonator, and sometimes singer, Justin Beiber.

For weeks leading up to the White House Easter Egg Roll, Obama kept aides, including his “body man” Reggie Love, in a frenzy, obsessing over whether Beiber would or would not perform for him, and whether he’d get the chance to meet Beiber, and maybe spend a little alone time with him, “just hanging out, maybe playing some Wii, you know, chillin’ like villains”. If the president gave this sort of attention to the oil spill threatening Louisiana and other Gulf Coast states, there wouldn’t be a drop left of crude in the water.

This weekend, the White House still hasn’t figured out an effective strategy for tackling the Gulf disaster, but Beiber was strangely invited to the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, where Obama insisted he sit at the People Magazine table, so he could have a clear sightline of Beiber at all times.


Here’s the list of the Correspondents’ Dinner attendees, via Nikki Finke’s Deadline Hollywood:

ABC Table: Kathryn Bigelow, Mark Boal; Modern Family‘s Julie Bowen and Ty Burrell; George Stephanopoulos and Ali Wentworth, who invited J.J. Abrams and his wife, Katie McGrath.

American Urban Radio Network Table: Wendy Williams

Bloomberg News Table: Rosario Dawson, James Brooks.

CBS Table: Julianna Margulies; Morgan Freeman; Betty White; Chelsea Handler

CNN Table: Ashley Judd; Dennis Quaid; Quinton Aaron; The Tuohy family, whose story is the basis for the film The Blind Side; James Badge Dale and Jon Seda of the HBO miniseries The Pacific; Larry King, who is bringing Seth MacFarlane and Jeff Probst; Joy Behar.

Creative Coalition Table: Jessica Alba and her husband, Cash Warren; Ashley Greene; Omar Epps; Steven Weber; Cheryl Hines; Adrian Grenier; Spike Lee; Morley Safer; Tom Fontana; and CCH Pounder.

Essence Table: Queen Latifah

Fortune Table: Michael Douglas.

Fox News Channel Table: Vanessa Williams; Chace Crawford; Matthew Morrison; Enrique Iglesias; Ali Larter; Marlon Wayans; Patricia Arquette.

Huffington Post Table: John Cusack; Scarlett Johansson; Jeremy Piven; Ari Emanuel.

NBC Table: Jon Bon Jovi; Anna Kendrick; Bradley Cooper; Alec Baldwin; Ewan McGregor; Jimmy Fallon; Mariska Hargitay; Angela Kinsey; Elisabeth Moss; Fred Armisen; Today and Morning Joe show hosts.

Newsweek Table: Chevy Chase, Jeremy Renner.

New Yorker Table: Judd Apatow and his wife, Leslie Mann, Tracy Morgan.

People Table: Justin Bieber, Gabourey Sidibe, Tom Colicchio, Kristin Davis, Jessica Simpson.

POLITICO Table: Mary J. Blige, The Jonas Brothers, Tim Daly.

Talking Points Memo Table: Darren Star.

Time Table: Steven Spielberg and his wife Kate Capshaw; Michelle Pfeiffer and her husband, David E. Kelley.

Rumored others: Ryan Seacrest, Zach Galifianakis, Terrence Howard.

There are other randoms on this list that raise a few eyebrows here in Boystown, like Chase Crawford and Ryan Seacrest — who, shockingly enough, did not arrive together (now, how they left is another matter, but don’t tell JC Chasez).  Then there’s Bradley Cooper, the Jonas Brothers, Ewan McGregor, and Queen Latifah.

Evidently, the Village People, Lily Tomlin, and the ghost of Liberace were unable to attend.  Rip Taylor’s still prohibited from coming within two miles of any sitting president, as Secret Service strangely classifies confetti as an IED (an Irritating Eye Distractor).

Otherwise, the Capitol Pride invitation list seemed to be cut-and-pasted into the Correspondents’ dinner, though downgraded from full-on Judy to mere Liza in terms of fabulous.

But, with Miss Thang yucking it up with Jay Leno, having a gay old time, as usual for this president, who needs a parade — not with Michelle up there on the dais proud of everything for the first time in her adult life, already dreaming of something even more hideous she could be wearing out in public to another party tomorrow.

What oil spill?

Monday, May 3, 2010, 12:56 PM
Elizabeth Scalia

BREAKING NEWS: NYC Car Bombing episode looks increasingly like work of terrorists. It takes a lot to get anyone to admit it. Let’s be aware of this: were it not for technical difficulties last weekend in NY, and in the air last December 26th, we’d now be talking about two successful terrorist attacks on America, in the last 6 months.

The Government is keeping its options open, though. You never know, this might have been the work of government-hating grandmas:

Officials cautioned that even if the investigation points toward an international link, rather than domestic or anti-government groups, that does not mean al-Qaeda or another terrorist organization is necessarily involved.

These are real attacks. They count. The only thing that has kept them from being deadly has been the incompetence of the terrorists, and some eagle-eyed civilians.

I wonder how long our luck will hold?


It’s that time of the day – where I look at my tabbar and realize the best way to share it all with you is just to throw it all your way.

Let’s start with this creepy ad for Big Brother Tax Amnesty.

Three men on different pages of the same book: Victor Davis Hanson, Mark Steyn, and Doug Ross All must-reads, but watch your blood pressure; keep telling yourself, “t’was ever thus…”

Speaking of Ross, he has an illustrated timeline of the oil-spill disaster in the Gulf which, which will have broad consequences and, we are told, looks “like chocolate milk!” – a description only someone with a “D” after his name could ever get away with. But they can get away with saying a lot of questionable, aggressive and bullying or goofy things. Don’t cry about it; life isn’t fair. Just keep track.

Powerline also has a timeline of the spill and the reactions. It seems, according to this video, that some feds realized very quickly the potential for massive oil spilling. Did you know there are Orcas in the Gulf?

Pursuing Holiness on the reasonable costs of drilling for oil. Thoughtful. Meanwhile BP says “we’ll cover costs, but it’s not our fault”

Hey, praying in school is okay in Nashville, now! For some. Some are privileged.

Just as some, like the Dalai Lama, are privileged to observe religious customs without being called men in dresses, or have their believes denigrated, because of political correctness. I wonder if Mo Dowd will be writing any time soon about the need for a Dalai Lama-ess? Would she or the rest dare to tell Archbishop Hilarion that he needs to change his thinking on abortion and ordain some women, stat, or risk public scorn?

But, then, “sexual egalitarianism” is here to stay.

The ability of laugh at oneself is the sign of a secure ego.

Obama, not so much

Fresh questions: about the constitutionality of Obamacare

So, who told GM to lie about its Tarp Repayment?

Vitamins and internet controls, just what the FTC should be controlling?

Reason: is the Greek Bailout already making things worse?

Have we ever seen this in history, a nation being “bailed out” of its self-weakening? Historically, I suppose such a nation would be at risk of invasion or conquest by a stronger nation. But we live in kinder and more enlightened times. And that’s good, because no one likes to see war, or the conquest of another country (unless, it seems, that country is Israel, of which both “meddling” and conquest seem to be approved). I suspect that -barring some kind of multi-national legislative “take-over” no one has an actual “solution” to Greece’s problem, which is the same problem that is going to occur in other countries, soon. So…I guess we just keep shoveling money into economic abysses and hope they will magically become prosperous mountains.

Prosperous until the president decides that you’ve made enough money. Time to dust this one off:

I mind people who are bouncing on fluffy pillows of honest-to-goodness wealth shaking a rhetorical finger at us for daring to try to get comfortable on our foam rubber mats of hard-earned wages.

If I lived in California I’d vote for him. What the Democrat party needs is a few Democrat voices willing to actually critique the party and work to change it, instead of just marching in lockstep. This characteristic does exist in the GOP, to some extent. Not that the GOP is much better than the Dems, but it seems to me it does manage to endure a bit of insider-criticism.

Philly: Did local gov’t pressure a teen to get an abortion?

The City of NY: should end mandatory celibacy and let its workers marry.

Arizona: George Will talks about the immigration laws.

Meanwhile, it seems that perhaps that carbomb in Times Square was meant for Viacom, afterall.

Blame Nagin? Blame Blanco. Blame ‘em both. Blame everybody. But in the right order: local, state, fed.

Facebook Privacy: Glad I never signed on.

Michael Totten talks about Proxy wars and Spengler is writes on what he is calling General Petraeus’ Thirty Years War. Hmmmm….

and Catholic Jews. Looks interesting. So does this book. And this one, too.

Instapundit: what you may have missed this weekend.

Elizabeth Fox-Genovese: on The Way of Conversion

In Praise of: English Curmudgeons!

The Pill and Women: Shortchanging us in so many ways.

Lynn Redgrave is dead. RIP. I liked her.

Peace. It’s wonderful.


2,816 posted on 05/03/2010 4:29:34 PM PDT by backhoe (Just an Old Keyboard Cowboy, ridin' the trakball into America's Twilight...)
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Police have arrested an agent of “The Religion of Peace” in connection with the attempted car bombing of NYC’s Times Square this weekend.

Muslim Shahzad Faisal, originally from Pakistan, appears to be the man who bought the car off Craigslist, then loaded it with an IED and hoped to kill hundreds of Americans in crowded Times Square, in front of the Viacom building, to prove how peaceful Islam is.

Let’s recap the Obama Administration and it’s “Muslims are just misunderstood Care Bears” philosophy towards terrorism and “The Religion of Peace”:

* Religion of Peace adherent is promoted by PC-police in US military, then seizes opportunity to murder fellow soldiers at Ft. Hood, in the name of Allah.

* Religion of Peace agent tries to bring down Delta Copenhagen-Detroit flight on Christmas Day, with exploding underpants.

* Religion of Peace operatives known as “The Flying Imams” disrupt Atlanta-Houston flight before takeoff, but are removed by authorities and Obama Administration does its best to cover it up.

* Religion of Peace minion, and Quatari diplomat, jokes about bringing down the plane while lighting his shoe in the bathroom of a flight out of Reagan National.

“Hope” and “Luck” are not strategies.

For whatever reason, the stars aligned and the Fates conspired — and God and the angels all did their part — to keep America relatively safe from The Religion of Peace since Obama took office, with only one deadly attack and several near-misses.

But, our luck can’t hold out forever.

When we have a president who thinks Muslims are misunderstood Care Bears and our Homeland Security Secretary believes “the system works just fine”, all of us need to be very concerned about the day our collective luck finally runs out.

May 4, 2010 at 1:04 am

The Obumunists want us to suffer massive death & destruction so they can have a crisis to transform the US to a despotism with Obozo as the Great Leader.

May 4, 2010 at 12:47 am

Thank God they grabbed this tentacle. It was maddening to watch the Obama sycophants in the media, with the help of Mary Bloomberg, try to push as mightily as they could that this was most likely a screwy raaaacist white man who was angry about healthcare. How true your words, “our luck can’t hold out forever.”

May 4, 2010 at 2:23 am

The Religion of Peace seems to be probing for weakness like Obama wishes to probe that little singing Beiber.

They hit us again under this weak sister’s watch, and this administration, the Socialist-Dems and Islam will suffer the terrible wrath of the heretofore incredibly forgiving American people.

Palin/Bachmann 2012!

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So those racist redneck tea-baggers duped some poor brown man into trying to set off a bomb, and they did it at just the right time to take attention away from their Reich-wing homophobic, xenophobic creationist law in AZ.........

Very tricksy, those racists...

Kook City:

Michael Bloomberg: Yeah, I Figure This Bombing Was Attempted By A Teabagger Who Didn't Like the Health Care Bill


As noted below (and more at this link), the man who bought the Nissan Pathfinder has been identified, and he's a naturalized Pakistani.

Bloomberg has a hunch, though:

"If I had to guess 25 cents, this would be exactly that. Homegrown, or maybe a mentally deranged person, or somebody with a political agenda that doesn't like the health care bill or something. It could be anything," he said.
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"Just finished watching that '97 HBO movie "Path to Paradise" on YouTube, about the '93 WTC bombing.  I had forgotten about the ending, when the actor playing Ramzi Yousef turned to the World Trade Center towers and said "Next time I will bring them both down." 

235 If I were a New Yorker, I would be so fucking terrified right now to have Bloomie as my mayor.  I mean, beyond all the nanny state stuff, this shithead either 1) honestly thinks that the Tea Party movement would try to blow up a private, non-government building due to anger with health care socialization, thus demonstrating absolutely no grasp of the real dangers facing the city and the nation at large or 2) knows how idiotic that conclusion is, but says it anyway in order to score political media lick-lick points.

2,817 posted on 05/04/2010 2:04:01 AM PDT by backhoe (Just an Old Keyboard Cowboy, ridin' the trakball into America's Twilight...)
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Faisal Shahzad: Time Square Bomber, Islamic Terrorist (Shahzad Faisal)[Naturalized April 17th, 2009]

An Islamic terrorist named Faisal Shahzad is the Time Square bomber according to media reports. He is Muslim of Pakistani heritage with dual citizenship in the United States, a registered Democrat in the state of Connecticut who may be an Obama donor. He was recently naturalized as a U.S. citizen under the Obama administration’s lenient open door policy...
"Pity about... America..."

Pakistani pilots complete training in the US

Terrorism rises on American soil

We Do Know Who You Are

Imagine the same ad, but substitute “illegal alien” for “Tom the Taxpayer” ... horrible, hateful, and evil, right?

But threatening taxpayers and bringing the technology of the state and men with guns to bear against them is no problem.

Can’t wait to see what the IRS Health Tax Nazis come up with.

The BP oil spill is not our worst offshore environmental disaster

Palin and the Leftist Elites



After Long Delay S-400 Triumf Finally Get to the Field

...considered one of the world's most advanced SAM, is capable of destroying any air target, manned and unmanned, as well as cruise and ballistic missiles...

Paper or plastic? After railing against "Nazis" in AZ, Dems propose biometric SS cards for all.

Not just for farm animals anymore!

Bernanke Is Getting Scared....


Field trip for black students sparks controversy at Ann Arbor elementary school

Reading, Writing and Math!

It’s criminal when they do not just teach these children the basics of what they will need to survive. I don’t care what color they are.

“...DIVERSITY IS GREAT...until your kid is the victim of it. Then it kinda sucks, doesn’t it.”

Suspect in Hampton attack turns himself in ("just in his own words, he hated whites"- video)

"He is just following his Obamessiah’s lead — hating “typical white folks.” More is coming. Watch for the Obama Youth Corp macheteros. And they will not be Hispanic."

New racism grips South Africa

Glenn Beck: "How's Your Security?"


Shutting Down Free Speech

2,818 posted on 05/04/2010 3:32:13 AM PDT by backhoe (Just an Old Keyboard Cowboy, ridin' the trakball into America's Twilight...)
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Posted by Jim Hoft on Monday, May 3, 2010, 10:02 PM

The insanity continues.
A wise man once said – If you can’t identify the problem, you can’t find the solution. Once again, our radical president shows that he is incapable problem solving and unable to break free from his Alinsky-Ayers-Wright-ACORN foundation.
And, once again, he puts America at risk.

The radical Obama Administration will soon release their first National Security Strategy (NSS) Report. The report will make clear that the US in not in a “War on Terror” and that Islamists are not the root of terror.
Abraham D. Sofaer at DoD Buzz reported, via Free Republic:

The Obama Administration will soon issue its first National Security Strategy (“NSS”). How will it compare with those issued in 2002 and 2006 by the Bush Administration?

The most fundamental US national security objectives are well established and bipartisan. The highest priority is always to keep America and its allies safe. This requires maintaining a strong military capacity; effective alliances; and policies that enhance economic and social well being at home and abroad. We encourage the spread of freedom, democracy, and the rule of law throughout the world. We strive to defeat terrorism and to stop the spread of WMD.

The Obama team will reconfirm all these objectives, but in different terms than those used by the Bush Administration.

“Leader” not Hegemon. The 2002 Bush NSS proclaimed America’s “unparalleled” power, eager to use alliances but able if required to act alone. Obama’s NSS will promise America shall remain strong, but describe its role as “leader” of like-minded states and incapable of ensuring even its own security without the help of others.

No more “War” on terror. The Bush strategy statements proclaim that the US is in a worldwide “war” against terror. The Obama NSS will avoid using the “war” word, pleasing those who believe terrorism should be treated as criminal activity. But it will call for “defeating terrorism” worldwide.

Dropping the “Preventive Force” Doctrine. The most notorious aspect of the Bush strategy was the view that attacks of terrorist groups cannot be deterred and must be prevented, through force if necessary, and soon enough to stop threats before they are realized. The Obama NSS will drop this declaration and stress the need to prevent attacks through diplomacy and preparation. But it will continue to use force preventively when necessary to kill known enemies.

Adopting a “Multilateralist” Tone. The Bush strategy promised to act through existing multilateral institutions, including the UN, when possible; but it stressed its willingness to “act alone” if required. Obama’s strategy will emphasize the importance of acting through the UN and alliances. But it will preserve the right to act alone, as NATO does, by affirming that the Security Council has “primary” (though not exclusive) responsibility for international security.

“Islamic Fundamentalists” become “Violent Extremists.” The Bush Administration described the current terrorist threat as having been caused by Islamic Fundamentalists, while crediting Islam as one of the world’s great religions. Obama will describe all terrorists as “violent extremists,” or with some such religiously neutral phrase. But his targeted killings have all been of Muslims.

2,819 posted on 05/04/2010 5:32:28 AM PDT by backhoe (Just an Old Keyboard Cowboy, ridin' the trakball into America's Twilight...)
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Outstanding compilation, Backhoe!!


2,820 posted on 05/04/2010 7:20:42 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (Support our troops....and vote out the RINOS!)
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Thanks for looking...

2,821 posted on 05/04/2010 10:29:49 AM PDT by backhoe (Just an Old Keyboard Cowboy, ridin' the trakball into America's Twilight...)
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Obama: Fool? Or Traitor?

Surprise! Times Square Bomb Suspect a Muslim (Did you honestly suspect any other profile?)

How wearily predictable:

MSNBC's Contessa Brewer 'Frustrated' That Times Square Bomber Is a Muslim

Faisal Shahzad (Failed Car Bomber) was a Registered Democrat

Time Square Bomber a Democrat and Obama Donor?

Still tracking down that news but one thing is clear: he wasn't a Tea Partier!

There are reports that Faisal Shahzad, the failed Time Square bomber was a registered Democrat in Connecticut and may be a donor to Obama's campaign.

This comes after the Mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg openly speculated that the bomber might be “somebody with a political agenda who doesn't like the health care bill or something." Coming on the heels of repeated warnings from Obama, Bill Clinton and others that Tea Parties might lead to violence it was only natural for libs to assume this attack may have been inspired by opposition to Obama. But like the other baseless charges in Obama's political repertoire, this one turned out to be false as well.

Homeland Security almost let terrorist slip away?

What's worse than the overt profiling of Tea Partiers is the sheer incompetence of the Obama Administration which nearly let Faisal Shahzad get away. While security at the JFK airport in New York City was busy patting down little old ladies, Shahzad boarded his flight to the Middle East, the plane had began to pull away from the gate and only at the last second was the suspect caught.


Obama Poses as Chief Executive; Regime Fails to Act on Oil Disaster (Do we have an EPA?)

BP completes first of three containment domes

Gold Just Tanked Big-Time, As Everyone's Scrambling For Cash

Obama, Al Gore, Goldman Sachs and the greatest swindle in human history


Ten trillion dollars. That’s the conservative estimate of the amount of money Barack Obama, Albert Gore Jr., and a whole cast of criminals stand to make yearly (gross) off of the greatest scam in human history: “global warming.”

If you have ever sat back, scratching your head and wondering why the Marxists are pushing for a “cap and trade” bill that would not only make energy costs “necessarily skyrocket,” to quote Barack Obama, but do absolutely nothing to effect fictional “climate change, ” one way or the other, you are about to find out.

We have long known this Marxist idea was nothing more than a continuation of the communist desire to “spread the wealth” by forcibly stealing from those who create and earn, and giving to those that don’t. This is an inbred mental defect that can’t be cured, only contained, the most effective way being: not to elect these evil, corrupt people in the first place!

When we first learned of the Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX) we smelled a rat. No one has been more radical than Barack Obama when it comes to pushing the “global warming” hoax, and the “cap and trade” scheme. Being based in Chicago, common sense told us that Obama was somehow involved, and it was as corrupt as the day is long.

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Obama's New Foundation: Government Promotes Innovation That No Business Is Going To Provide


Gov Christie to NJ Supreme Court Justice: You're Fired!

U.N. Treaty to Give American Land Back to Indians

President Obama is quoted in an interview saying that the unanimous vote of House Republicans vote against the stimulus bills “set the tenor for the whole year … That helped to create the tea-baggers ...

I'm sure if George Bush had said something equally offensive about blacks, gays, or some other dem victim group - that the MSM would have given him a pass too. /s

Now They Tell Us: Post-Katrina, Nagin To Blame (Bush long gone, Obama too Holy)

2,822 posted on 05/04/2010 10:46:29 AM PDT by backhoe (Just an Old Keyboard Cowboy, ridin' the trakball into America's Twilight...)
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POLITICIZING THE WAR ON TERROR: Steny Hoyer: Dems more successful at fighting terrorists than GOP. Yeah, the “system” worked great in Times Square.

This gets a response from Hugh Hewitt:

The incompetence level of the Administration –on almost every issue– is leaking to the surface like the oil in the Gulf. The consequences of this incompetence are most obvious along the coasts of Florida, Alabama and Louisiana, but they will be most deadly if the national security team continues its feckless ways. As Fred Barnes pointed out on yesterday’s program, there have been four jihadist attacks on domestic targets on Obama’s watch –at the recruiting center in Arkansas, Fort Hood, Detroit and now Times Square.

And still they have a policy in place to avoid using the word terrorism.

Was it wise for Steny Hoyer to bring this up?


It’s the Jihad, Stupid! “If you were listening to Geraldo on Sunday night (okay, I apologize), you would have thought the would-be Times Square bomber was either the illegitimate son of Timothy McVeigh or an evangelical minister overdosed on steroids looking for an abortion clinic. Geraldo was practically fulminating at the mouth — it’s a white man, it’s a white man — in nostalgia for the good old days when the true enemy was some evil Ku Kluxer waving his hangman’s noose. Well, it wasn’t.”

LESSONS FROM BOSTON’S WATER-MAIN BREAK: “Here are valuable lessons on being prepared for the worst when the local water gets contaminated.”

COORDINATION? “Did Andy Stern leave SEIU to protect the Obama Administration from charges of coordinating protests in the streets of our nation?”

OUR MATURE, CARING LEADER: ABC News: “Three days after he decried the lack of civility in American politics, President Obama is quoted in a new book about his presidency referring to the Tea Party movement using a derogatory term with sexual connotations.”

UPDATE: Compare And Contrast.

GOING SHORT ON AMERICA: Congressional Hypocrites Were Betting Against Stocks As Country Collapsed.

The Gorgon’s Stare

The Washington Post reports that authorities are closing in on a US citizen of Pakistani extraction for questioning in connection with failed Times Square car bomb. And now, the NYT reports, they have him.

Authorities were closing in on a man who they said was a naturalized U.S. citizen from Pakistan, according to a senior Obama administration official. … Investigators and agents also were scouring international phone records showing calls “between some of the people who might be associated with this and folks overseas,” according to a U.S. official who has discussed the case with intelligence officers.

The growing evidence of terrorist connections in the Times Square case led the New York-based terrorism task force to become the lead agency in the investigation, which had been overseen by the New York Police Department, a senior U.S. law enforcement official said. That indicates that the failed bombing is being investigated as a terrorist incident with international connections, the official said.

FBI Supervisory Special Agent Richard Kolko of the New York field division said in a statement Monday night that the “FBI JTTF [Joint Terrorism Task Force] and NYPD are working this case jointly and have been since the beginning.” The New York police force, known for its expertise in terrorism matters, is represented on the task force and will remain heavily involved in the probe, officials said.

According to the New York Times, Faisal Shahzad was arrested at a New York-area airport “apparently trying to flee”. “Charges against Mr. Shahzad, who had returned recently from a trip to Pakistan, were not announced.” Shahzad was connected to the purchase of the 1993 Nissan Pathfinder which was parked in Times Square with a load of explosive.

Keith Johnson, writing in the Wall Street Journal, believes that even if links are found they are likely to be looser than those which bound the 9/11 attackers to al-Qaeda. The era of the superattack may now have been superseded by an emphasis on numerous smaller attacks, like a swarm.

“No one would think of New York as a soft target, with the world’s biggest police force, and some of the best counterterrorism units,” said Bruce Hoffman, a terrorism analyst at Georgetown University. “And yet, in the past few years, terrorists are continuously targeting New York, which shows there’s no such thing as complete security.” …

But not only are the threats getting more numerous, they are at least in the public mind, becoming more diffuse. Mentioned among the threats are “the Austin, Texas man who flew a small plane into the local office of the Internal Revenue Service in February, killing himself and one other person, and the March arrest of the Christian militia members in Michigan, who allegedly planned to murder U.S. law-enforcement officials.”

The “War on Terror”, if that word may still be used, is suddenly with everybody. Speculation about the identity of the perpetrators has run the gamut. Robert Dreyfuss writing in the Nation said “it seems far more likely to me that the perpetrator of the bungled Times Square bomb plot was either a lone nut job or a member of some squirrely branch of the Tea Party, anti-government far right.” Election Ink said that “Anonymous sources have reported that a suspect is currently being questioned in the Bridgeport / New Haven CT area. The suspect is a middle age white male, has a history of strong political views, and considers himself a Tea Party activist. An arrest is expected within days. In a strange twist, the suspect worked in the past as an informant with law enforcement agencies.”

Quotes from NY Magazine captured the wide range of thoughts going through the minds of public officials. Mayor Bloomberg said the motive “could be anything”. The White House actually managed to utter the “T” word though in this case it primarily meant “terrorize”.

Attorney General Eric Holder said investigators have some good leads, though he wouldn’t elaborate. Bloomberg told Katie Couric he thinks it could have been a domestic terrorist acting alone: “If I had to guess 25 cents, this would be exactly that. Homegrown, or maybe a mentally deranged person, or somebody with a political agenda that doesn’t like the health care bill or something. It could be anything.” Kelly said it is too early to tell if this was the act of an individual or a larger network. Whoever it was, the White House used the T-word to describe the bomber: “I would say that was intended to terrorize, and I would say that whomever did that would be categorized as a terrorist,” White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said.

America is a country with a considerable number of enemies nearly all of whom would sue it for defation should it mention their names. One of the fundamental problems with this investigation — and concerns over who is handling it — revolves around the problem of who the perpetrator will turn out to be. Unless it happens to be an alien from another dimension, an arrest will explode one of several cherished political world views. If the perpetrator turns out to be a Tea Party male that will be one thing; if it turns out to be an American of Pakistani origin, that will be another. Nobody will be happy. And being happy is the whole point of things today. As Lee Smith pointed out in his essay The Trouble With Proxy Wars, every action and perception is judged in the scales of “the political effects in Washington”. That balance beam drove actions in Iraq; it is driving actions in Afghanistan and to some extent, it will shape the direction of the Times Square investigation. Wars are no longer fought with victory on the battlefield in mind. Rather they are waged with victory in Washington as the foremost consideration. Smith writes:

How did this come to pass? How did it happen that adversaries like Iran and Syria are able to shape US strategy, so that we have failed to win in Iraq and will fail in Afghanistan and have deterred ourselves from taking action against the Iranian nuclear program, and have jammed up our strategic alliance with Israel? It is because American leadership of the last two administrations failed to act against those states that have attacked our troops, allies and interests. We did we not win in Iraq because states like Syria and Iran did not pay a price for the acts of force they used to shape political effects to their own advantage; when we failed to do so we abandoned our Middle East policy to the mercy of our enemies, who, as we are repeatedly told, can ruin Iraq and Afghanistan whenever they decide to take off their gloves. We did not win because our leadership, abetted by Washington policy intellectuals, is more interested in political effects in Washington than strategic victories in the Middle East. Seen in this light, the only American victory in the region is a pyrrhic one, the bitter harvest of which we may well be reaping for many years to come.

A wide range of actions is precluded because “we don’t want to go there”. Whether it is the question of retaliating against Syria or Iran, using the “T” or “TP” word, or questioning the legitimacy of certain religions and agendas, finding the solution becomes driven less by the facts than by allowable political space. Public policy freezes up when it comes face to face with what it cannot abide; the mighty Federal Bureaucracy turns into the stone at the first glimpse of the Gorgon’s Stare.

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MSNBC anchor Contessa Brewer is disappointed that the Times Square bomber was not an “angry White man” from the Tea Party.

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"Shepard Smith laid it in the line on Fox News a few minutes ago.

He said “This bombing was not stopped. The terrorist was not intercepted. The bomb just failed to go off.”"

No doubt about it… Contessa was just admitting out loud what most far left loons were thinking today when they woke up to the news that a Pakistani native was the car bomber.

2,823 posted on 05/04/2010 3:42:38 PM PDT by backhoe (Just an Old Keyboard Cowboy, ridin' the trakball into America's Twilight...)
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Obama Family: "Barack Obama Sr Married Anna Toot in Hawaii" "Their union produced B. Obama Jr."

Note date: All Africa ^ | 15 August 2004

Our Undocumented White House Resident

White House In P.R. 'Panic' Over Spill

Spend Less. Tax Less. Our Future Depends on It (Duncan D. Hunter)

More News from the Country that Used to be England

Poll: Women Make Up Majority of Tea Party Ranks

Transocean Survivor Interview

2,824 posted on 05/04/2010 4:23:51 PM PDT by backhoe (Just an Old Keyboard Cowboy, ridin' the trakball into America's Twilight...)
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SHOCKER: Source: Terrorist Faisal Shahzad Was Anti-Bush, Anti-War. Wow! It's a wonder the guy wasn't co-anchoring at MSNBC. Maybe he didn't have the right skin color for that gig? They pretty much have a white only policy over there, as I recall.
PJTV: Bill Whittle and Michael Ledeen: The Bomb Failed, the System Failed, and DC Fails to See Our Enemy (But a Suspect Is In Custody).
It’s already time for a ‘Dumbest theories about Times Square Bomber’ post. Mayor Bloomberg gets a starring role,

And, finally, we have Contessa Brewer of MSNBC taking the silly crown so early in the game and with an enthusiasm which will be hard to top:

"I get frustrated...There was part of me that was hoping this was not going to be anybody with ties to any kind of Islamic country." [Audio available here.]

Lead Story

The jihadists’ deadly path to citizenship

By Michelle Malkin  •  May 5, 2010 02:32 AM

The jihadists’ deadly path to citizenship
by Michelle Malkin
Creators Syndicate
Copyright 2010

America’s homeland security amnesia never ceases to amaze. In the aftermath of the botched Times Square terror attack over the weekend, Pakistani-born bombing suspect Faisal Shahzad’s U.S. citizenship status caused a bit of shock and awe. The Atlantic magazine writer Jeffrey Goldberg’s response was typical: “I am struck by the fact that he is a naturalized American citizen, not a recent or temporary visitor.” Well, wake up and smell the deadly deception.

Shahzad’s path to American citizenship — he reportedly married an American woman, Huma Mian, in 2008 after spending a decade in the country on foreign student and employment visas — is a tried-and-true terror formula. Jihadists have been gaming the sham marriage racket with impunity for years. And immigration benefit fraud has provided invaluable cover and aid for U.S.-based Islamic plotters, including many other operatives planning attacks on New York City. As I’ve reported previously:

– El Sayyid A. Nosair wed Karen Ann Mills Sweeney to avoid deportation for overstaying his visa. He acquired U.S. citizenship, allowing him to remain in the country, and was later convicted for conspiracy in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing that claimed six lives.

– Ali Mohamed became an American citizen after marrying a woman he met on a plane trip from Egypt to New York. Recently divorced, Linda Lee Sanchez wed Mohamed in Reno, Nev., after a six-week “courtship.” Mohamed became a top aide to Osama bin Laden and was later convicted for his role in the 1998 United States embassy bombings in Africa that killed 12 Americans and more than 200 others.

– Embassy bombing plotter Khalid Abu al Dahab obtained citizenship after marrying three different American women.

– Embassy bombing plotter Wadih el Hage, Osama bin Laden’s personal secretary, married April Ray in 1985 and became a naturalized citizen in 1989. Ray knew of her husband’s employment with bin Laden, but like many of these women in bogus marriages, she pleaded ignorance about the nature of her husband’s work. El Hage, she says, was a sweet man, and bin Laden “was a great boss.”

– Lebanon-born Chawki Youssef Hammoud, convicted in a Hezbollah cigarette-smuggling operation based out of Charlotte, N.C., married American citizen Jessica Fortune for a green card to remain in the country.

– Hammoud’s brother, Mohammed Hammoud, married three different American women. After arriving in the United States on a counterfeit visa, being ordered deported and filing an appeal, he wed Sabina Edwards to gain a green card. Federal immigration officials refused to award him legal status after this first marriage was deemed bogus in 1994. Undaunted, he married Jessica Wedel in May 1997 and, while still wed to her, paid Angela Tsioumas (already married to someone else, too) to marry him in Detroit. The Tsioumas union netted Mohammed Hammoud temporary legal residence to operate the terror cash scam. He was later convicted on 16 counts that included providing material support to Hezbollah.

– A total of eight Middle Eastern men who plotted to bomb New York landmarks in 1993 — Fadil Abdelgani, Amir Abdelgani, Siddig Ibrahim Siddig Ali, Tarig Elhassan, Abdo Mohammed Haggag, Fares Khallafalla, Mohammed Saleh, and Matarawy Mohammed Said Saleh — all obtained legal permanent residence by marrying American citizens.

A year after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, homeland security officials cracked a massive illegal alien Middle Eastern marriage fraud ring in a sting dubbed “Operation Broken Vows.” Authorities were stunned by the scope of the operations, which stretched from Boston to South Carolina to California. But marriage fraud remains a treacherous path of least resistance. The waiting period for U.S. citizenship is cut by more than half for marriage visa beneficiaries. Sham marriage monitoring by backlogged homeland security investigators is practically nonexistent.

As former federal immigration official Michael Cutler warned years ago: “Immigration benefit fraud is certainly one of the major ‘dots’ that was not connected prior to the attacks of September 11, 2001, and remains a ‘dot’ that is not really being addressed the way it needs to be in order to secure our nation against criminals and terrorists who understand how important it is for them to ‘game’ the system as a part of the embedding process.”

Jihadists have knowingly and deliberately exploited our lax immigration and entrance policies to secure the rights and benefits of American citizenship while they plot mass murder — and we haven’t done a damned thing to stop them.


Related: Sen. Joe Lieberman proposes stripping citizenship from Americans who join foreign terrorist organizations:

Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) is planning to introduce a bill that would allow the government to take away citizenship from Americans who join foreign terrorist organizations.

The proposal would amend current law that bars American citizens from fighting for foreign armies at the price of losing their citizenship.

“I think it’s time for us to look at whether we want to amend that law to apply it to American citizens who choose to become affiliated with foreign terrorist organizations, whether they should not also be deprived automatically of their citizenship and therefore be deprived of rights that come with that citizenship when they are apprehended and charged with a terrorist act,” Lieberman, who helms the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, said on Fox News.

But perhaps DHS and the State Department should concentrate on the homeland security front door — making sure jihadis don’t get citizenship and other immigration/entrance benefits in the first place — instead of waiting to deal with it on the back end after the fact.

Remember what I have told you all along, regarding More Terror?

"Not a matter of 'if,' but when..."

“White House in P.R. ‘panic’ over spill.” “They can’t pontificate about Bush and Katrina anymore. Wouldn’t it be amazing if Obama were to empathize with Bush’s predicament? That would change the tenor of political discourse in Washington.”
“Drilling expansion dead in US Congress -Sen Nelson”


Plans by U.S. President Barack Obama to expand oil drilling off the eastern coast of the United States are “dead on arrival” in Congress after the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, Democratic Senator Bill Nelson said on Tuesday. Nelson, of Florida, made the prediction to reporters at a new conference where he and two other anti-drilling Democratic senators also called for a huge increase in the cap on oil-company liability related to environmental disasters.

Of course, it makes no difference that the EPA has been closely working with environmental groups and the oil industry to prevent environmental catastrophes and develop plans of action in the cases of spills like this one — and that in the 40 years or so of its existence, the agency still hasn’t come up with a workable contingency plan. In short, they’ve failed miserably.

So. As long as we’re talking about a “huge” cap increase on oil company liability, howsabout we discuss a concomitant huge decrease in the amount of taxpayer money that goes to fund agencies that have proven completely incapable of fulfilling their ostensible mandates?

Yeah, that’s what I thought.

The fact that I’ve even suggested such a thing proves that I’m both anti-science and racist. And that I’m probably one of those strange anti-government creatures the President says likes to dunk his balls into the eager mouths of my fellow hicktard bitter clingers.

I should be ashamed.

(thanks to JHo)

Shocking Report

The following report is enough to give any AGW "denier" reason to step back and reconsider:

There are also worrisome reports of significant temperature increases, with anomalies of several degrees. Also in the report is the mention of ice free open sea of almost 2 million square kilometers, which is termed as “unprecendented in the history of the Arctic”.

It is shocking to read. I urge readers to have a look at some of the excerpts I’ve posted. You can view the entire book here at
First a map. Spitsbergen is part of Svalbard, which is part of Norway.

... read it at WUWT.

Update: Receding glaciers reveal remains of ancient decadent culture.

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Al Gore’s new carbon footprint

May 4, 2010 09:13 AM by Michelle Malkin68 Comments


Katrina Recovery Stalled – Under Nagin!

May 4th, 2010

From a suddenly blame-shifting Associated Press:

Data show New Orleans recovery stalled under Nagin


May 3, 2010

NEW ORLEANS — As Mayor Ray Nagin leaves office, hundreds of damaged city buildings including police stations and fire houses sit unrepaired more than four years after Hurricane Katrina, stark reminders of how the recovery has floundered.

Only seven percent of 283 city-owned structures slated to be rebuilt have been completed or are under construction, according to an analysis by The Associated Press. Those figures back up an impression many residents have had for more than a year — the Nagin administration has failed to renew much of New Orleans.

"New Orleans has struggled with a vision from the very beginning of the disaster," said Drew Sachs, vice president of James Lee Witt Associates, a consulting firm that has worked extensively on Louisiana’s hurricane recovery.

Besides missteps by the Nagin administration, rebuilding has been complicated because of the extent of damage, FEMA’s paralyzing bureaucracy as well as loss of population, which has hurt revenues and made it hard for city officials to determine where to put its limited resources.

The city lags both urban and rural neighbors hit hard by the catastrophic 2005 storm, according to rebuilding figures provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. For instance, 87 percent of St. Bernard Parish’s government buildings are under construction or have been reopened and 55 percent of Plaquemines Parish’s government buildings are rebuilt or are at least close to being finished

The FEMA data shows that New Orleans has 283 buildings to fix, while St. Bernard has 190 and Plaquemines 222.

Nagin said the city made a remarkable comeback under his watch.

"We have 80 percent of our population back, young people moving in, an economy with the lowest unemployment rate, public housing being totally transformed, riverfront development, street work," Nagin said. "At the end of the day, the proof is in the pudding: Five years ago, you had a city that was totally empty, totally dark, 80 percent damaged; today, look at our statistics and I rest on that."

As for public infrastructure, the Nagin administration is adamant that it has done a good job and that FEMA — not city officials — are largely to blame

Nagin will be replaced by Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu on Monday. Landrieu has made speeding up the recovery a priority during his transition.

Throughout the city, neighborhoods are still waiting for buildings and services to bounce back…

Gee, why all of a sudden is Mr. Nagin being blamed by the Associated Press? Meanwhile, Mr. Obama’s name does not appear anywhere in this entire article.

Hasn’t Mr. Obama been President for a year and a half? Didn’t he solemnly pledge to make New Orleans whole? Does Mr. Obama hate black people?

–What are we saying?

Of course our watchdog media would never think to blame a US President for such a local problem.

This is Nagin’s legacy: Google “New Orleans School Buses Under Water.”

Desperately Avoiding Katrina

The Politico is reporting that the Obama administration is in something of a "P.R. panic" about the British Petroleum rig explosion and subsequent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Signs of that panic were made open today when Robert Gibbs singled out Fox News' Wendell Goler to make the point that his network (Fox) had the temerity to let Michael Brown make inflammatory statements on Neil Cavuto's show. Brown accused the Obama administration of letting the Federal disaster response linger so that the increased damage would give the Obama administration an excuse to ban permanently off shore drilling. I don't believe Brown's speculation, but Gibbs took the bait and made himself look stupid (again).

Gibbs, responding to an oil spill query from Goler, called the network out for failing to challenge Brown, now a conservative Colorado radio host.

"I watched Fox yesterday -- you open both the double doors -- and waaah! -- Here I am," said Gibbs.

As Goler tried to calm Gibbs down, the press secretary began talking about "the special and unique interview with Michael Brown, who for those who weren't let in on the big secret... intimated on Fox -- and it wasn't, didn't appear to be, pushed back on real hard -- that this spill was leaked on purpose in order for us to undo decisions."

"You should call headquarters," he told Goler, and talk to "whoever makes the decision to put people like that on."

Has Gibbs ever offered that advice to any other network? Olberman? Maddow? Nevermind. Matthews? But about the public relations panic that is allegedly consuming the White House, Glenn Thrush at Politico offers this:

Hope and change was Obama's headline message in 2008, but those atop his campaign have always said that it was Obama's cool competence -- exemplified by his level-headed handling of the financial meltdown during the campaign's waning days -- that sealed the deal with independents and skeptical Democrats. The promise of rational, responsive and efficient government is Obama's brand, his justification for bigger and bolder federal interventions and, ultimately, his rationale for a second term.

So there was a "little bit of panic," according to one administration official, when White House aides sensed the oil spill narrative getting away from them last week. The White House was particularly alarmed by the rash of stories comparing the Obama administration's initial response with President George W. Bush's sluggish response in the wake of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Katrina was one of the first issues Obama seized upon after his election to the Senate in 2004 -- and he made a highly publicized visit to New Orleans during the campaign, using the Bush administration response as a metaphor for incompetent and uncaring government.

... Dana Perino, the last White House press secretary under Bush, even sounded sympathetic to Obama's plight. "I don't think this is comparable to Katrina," she said. "But ... they are learning just how hard it is to get situational awareness during a crisis. ... Things are going to overtake them. They are learning this right now."

A timeline of the White House response shows the difficulty federal officials initially had getting a clear picture of the disaster.

The Obama administration should be thankful that they are getting their information from BP and not a Ray Nagin or Kathleen Blanco. But I think the White House is also concerned about failures in the federal response infrastructure such as this:

If U.S. officials had followed up on a 1994 response plan for a major Gulf oil spill, it is possible that the spill could have been kept under control and far from land.

The problem: The federal government did not have a single fire boom on hand.

The "In-Situ Burn" plan produced by federal agencies in 1994 calls for responding to a major oil spill in the Gulf with the immediate use of fire booms.

But in order to conduct a successful test burn eight days after the Deepwater Horizon well began releasing massive amounts of oil into the Gulf, officials had to purchase one from a company in Illinois.

When federal officials called, Elastec/American Marine, shipped the only boom it had in stock, Jeff Bohleber, chief financial officer for Elastec, said today.

At federal officials' behest, the company began calling customers in other countries and asking if the U.S. government could borrow their fire booms for a few days, he said.

A single fire boom being towed by two boats can burn up to 1,800 barrels of oil an hour, Bohleber said. That translates to 75,000 gallons an hour, raising the possibility that the spill could have been contained at the accident scene 100 miles from shore.

"They said this was the tool of last resort. No, this is absolutely the asset of first use. Get in there and start burning oil before the spill gets out of hand," Bohleber said. "If they had six or seven of these systems in place when this happened and got out there and started burning, it would have significantly lessened the amount of oil that got loose."

In the days after the rig sank, U.S Coast Guard Rear Admiral Mary Landry said the government had all the assets it needed. She did not discuss why officials waited more than a week to conduct a test burn.

This is the sort of criticism that speaks to competency and the Obama administration knows this which is why the mere mention of a name like Michael Brown sets the Obama message machine into overdrive. Criticism of President Bush's response to Hurricane Katrina was Senator Obama's signature issue in his run up to the campaign for the White House. Now that President Obama is encountering the inherent limits and failures of a federal bureaucracy to disasters that occur on his own watch his administration is on defense instead of offense.

Note: Comments contributor iwogisdead links to this timelime. Thanks


Cold hard reality crashes into all 7 of Jennifer Brunner's paid supporters. Somewhere, Darth Soros is angry. VERY ANGRY.

Dear HillBuzz,

My name is Patricia Melton and I am the President-for-Life of the Mineral City Coffee Club, the foremost Coffee Club of not just central Ohio, or even Tuscarawas County, but the entire state. Everywhere that matters, anyway.  Like anybody wants to go to Youngstown that doesn’t have to. Please.

I’m reporting live tonight from the scene of Secretary of Fraud Jennifer Brunner’s ignoble defeat, here in Columbus, Ohio,

"...keep your eye on the Democrat primary results in Ohio today, and post them when you see them.

Jennifer Brunner is the Leftist, Soros-installed Secretary of State in Ohio.  She is a devoted high priestess of the Cult of Obama.  Voters in Ohio know a vote for her in this primary is a vote of support for the current White House and the Socialist-Democrat majority in the Senate.

If she loses today, and is not selected as the Democrat nominee for the Senate, then it’s more refutation of the current president’s radical agenda."

A Stranger in Our Midst

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Filed under Barack Obama, Politics at May 4th, 2010 - 8:30 pm

This is one hell of an eye opening article by Robert Weissburg over at the American Thinker.

This phrase jumped out at me and smacked me in the face.

I finally realized that the Obama administration and its congressional collaborators almost resemble a foreign occupying force, a coterie of politically and culturally non-indigenous leaders whose rule contravenes local values rooted in our national tradition. It is as if the United States has been occupied by a foreign power, and this transcends policy objections.

Great article, best to read it all.

DCCC's Got 99 Problems But a Bitch Ain't One


Jim Geraghty was tasked by his editors to figure out how many Democratic seats were vulnerable this year.

Over ninety, which he rounds up to 99.

Once you add up the upcoming special elections, the open-seat races, and the races where there’s some indicator of trouble for a Democratic opponent — a particularly strong challenger, favorable district demographics, surprising fundraising numbers, a particularly weak Democratic incumbent, or a combination of these factors — you come up with more than 90 House races. If the GOP wins only half the seats listed below, they win back the House.
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29 One issue though, the Republicans haven't done a damn thing of note on domestic policy since 1994.

The class of 2010 had better understand the stakes. No hand holding, no kumbaya, no camaraderie.

44  ...Now, if the GOP can manage not to blow it...

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...these two bills should be re-named the “Gun Owners Are Probably Terrorists Act,” and the “National Firearm Registry Act,” respectively...

Terrorists and Guns: The Nature of the Threat and Proposed Reforms

NO ONE, not even the hard core 2A groups caught this. They sneaked this in, and even long-time guardians of firearms rights were caught unawares by this announcement. The "hearings" are tomorrow.

Gunowners: Are You A Terrorist?(Gungrabber Hearings TOMORROW!)

America's Nuclear Surrender

Transportation Secretary Explains 'Sea Change' He Envisions for U.S. Transportation

I keep telling you all what this really is...


video shows how teachers started indoctrinating the gay agenda to children as early as 1994.

In Part 2 of our uncovered video, fourth graders work in groups and their teacher holds a group discussion about what it means to be gay or lesbian and how they are victims of society.

In Part 3 of our uncovered training video, an elementary school puts up a display of homosexual partners, calls them families and then proceeds to show the students.

Inside the Beltway : STRONG BREW

The term "tea-bagger" is like uttering the "N" word, some say. Though he aspires to promote civility, evidence has surfaced that President Obama has added "tea-bagger" to his public lexicon, though it's considered a cheap and tawdry insult by "tea party" activists.

Watchdogs at Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) barked when they saw the proof, tucked in a sneak peak of Newsweek columnist Jonathan Alter's new book, "The Promise: President Obama, Year One," to be released May 18.

"This remark is the equivalent of using the 'n' word. It shows contempt for middle America, expressed knowingly, contemptuously, on purpose, and with a smirk. It is indefensible to use this word. The president knows what it means, and his people know what it means.

The public thought we reached a new low of incivility during the Clinton administration. Well, the Obama administration has just outdone them,"

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“A President this nuts only comes around once in a coon’s age.”

0bama the "Uniter" ...

Obama To Supporters: "Argue With Friend and Neighbors Get In Their Face!" video

Obama Mocks Fox, "Teabaggers" video

Obama Mocks Republican 'Armageddon' Rhetoric (Again) video

Obama: Police Acted 'stupidly' in Scholar Arrest video

Obama On GOP Running On Repeal: 'Go For It' video

NRA: Barack Obama - "bitter gun owners" video

Obama, during his private pep talk to Democrats, ... asked, “Does anybody think that the teabag, anti-government people are going to support them if they bring down health care? All it will do is confuse and dispirit” Democratic voters “and it will encourage the extremists.” - Nov. 7, 2009 4 posted on Wednesday, May 05, 2010 4:02:40 AM by TigersEye

C.W. Nevius blog: Asian community rallies to stop violence

Post, err, make that Most- racial society evah!

Squaring Off in US: Preet Bharara vs Pakistani-Americans (Oh, This is Going To Get Interesting)

The Two Vietnam Wars

Idiot Alert:

Senior Republicans distance themselves from 'drill, baby, drill'

No RINOs Pictures, Images and Photos 

Weighing the Benefits & Costs of Offshore Drilling (It's a good bargain.)


Obama and the Democrats are Coming After Your 401k

Tomorrow’s narrative today: Did Bush drive Shahzad to this ?

Inside Terror Training Camp Tied to Bomb Suspect (Pakistani Taliban Connection)

One-Sidedness Now Epidemic In Newsrooms

Obama Double Standard Disease: an affliction that causes the media to ignore, rationalize or trivialize to defend, support and advance the tax-the-rich, spread-the-wealth, expand-the-government agenda of the president and his party.

This stands in stark contrast with media treatment of those who refuse to embrace the left-wing, America-bullies-world, dissenters-are-racist, pro-amnesty, gay-marriage-is-a-right, pro-Roe worldview.

ODSD is pandemic. Here are just a few cases.

When the economy recovered under President George W. Bush, the major media pronounced it a "jobless recovery." Now, despite unemployment stalled at 9.7% for several months, the same media call it a "surprising" or "unexpected" recovery.

Obama urged passage of an $800 billion "stimulus" package to prevent unemployment from reaching 8%. Post-stimulus passage, unemployment reached 10%. Consider how the media would have treated Bush had he given varying predictions about, and then varying accounts of, the number of jobs supposedly "created or saved" — a laughably unprovable yardstick.

Obama brazenly claims that under his policies, 95% of "working Americans" received a "tax cut." But nearly half of American workers pay absolutely nothing in income taxes. And after exemptions, tax credits and other deductions, the Obama tax cut even exceeded many workers' payroll taxes. How does a check, given to someone who pays little or no taxes, become a "tax cut"?

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Media Narative Changes: First They Blame The "Right-Wing" Now They Fear "Racism"

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Video: "The Manchurian President" Author Talks About Obama's Radical Past

John Stossel tells O'Reilly: President Obama is an "Arrogant Interventionist" - Video

Did President Obama & Eric Holder Suspend Another Bush Era Terrorist Investigation?

Limbaugh to Bloomberg: You're an Absolute Blithering, Embarrassing Idiot


Good news: Obama using the word “teabaggers” now


The Boondocks Take On the Race-Voting Black Community

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The black community is, bar none, the absolute most racist demographic in this country.

If you are black, they will vote for you.  If you aren’t black, no matter how good a candidate you are, if you are up against any random black person, even if plucked from the phone book, blacks will just vote for whomever looks most like them. And if you beat a black person at anything, fair and square, brace yourself for the Al Sharpton/Henry Gates/Jesse Jackson wailing and screaming brigade, always prepped to reward and foster mendacity under the banner of affirmative action.

See: Election 2008.

May 5, 2010 at 4:39 am

My My…. how tides turn. Confronting black racism! It’s about f-ing time. After spending the past 7 yrs as a casino dealer in Reno NV I finally know what real racism is. It’s not those tacty jokes that my parents and their friends used to tell that included a whole array of derogatory words referring to black people. Racism is being told to ones face that “i’m gonna kill your white ass if u don’t give my money back.” Or having a gang of brothers and sisters lying, blanantly lying, to defended a brothers false accusation… Just so the cracker gets in trouble. Maybe black people aren’t all racists but there sure is a whole lot of hostility in their hearts against white folk. (and non-black people)

Gulf Rig Blowout : Fooled by Randomness

Gov. Haley Barbour on the BP Oil Spill

Transcript of interview on CNN

Right now, there's no oil within 50 miles of the Mississippi. Eighty percent of the oil slick, as it's called and appropriately -- 80 percent is literally just sheen or film right on top of -- on top of the water. That is not toxic. It's not particularly damaging.

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British Petroleum Caps One of Three Gulf Oil Leaks

Farmers Cope With Roundup-Resistant Weeds (GMO and Monsanto blamed)

Whoops! CO2 has almost nothing to do with global warming, discovers top US meteorologist

Dems use deficit commission to push for amnesty [latest stalking horse]

I’ve repeatedly predicted that the National Commission on Financial Responsibility and Reform (NCFRR) would serve mainly as a Trojan horse for massive, broad tax hikes. Who knew that the so-called “deficit commission” would also become a stalking horse for … immigration reform? The Hill reports on the latest Democratic mission statement from the NCFRR:

Democrats want immigration reform on the table as the White House fiscal commission examines ways to reduce deficits, saying there is a “credible connection” between the issue and the country’s fiscal situation.

Service Employees International Union (SEIU) President Andy Stern and Rep. Xavier Becerra (Calif.), both Democrats on the bipartisan fiscal commission, said reforms giving the 12 million illegal immigrants in the United States a chance to stay in the U.S. legally could boost the economy and thereby help pay down the debt.

Uh, sure. Why not add amnesty to a debate over tax hikes and spending cuts? May as well toss religion and sports into the mix as well. Republicans responded with well-tempered disbelief:

Can't wait for the IRS/Health Gestapo's version:

PA Tax Amnesty TV ad: "We Know Who You Are" (VIDEO)

Big Brother is Watching You: Section 1071 of the Dodd Bill [Must read]

Plus the news last week about requiring businesses to file 1099 forms for every transaction over $600. Big Brother is auditing you.

I hadn't heard that.


So THAT'S Who The Violent Protestors Are!

We keep hearing from the "useful idiots" in the media that the "Tea Partiers" are interested in violence.

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Just BTW? I'll vote for Mr. Cain for any office he cares to achieve...

10 cans amidst all the can’t thinking

The Gulf Coast states did not need another disaster to deal with, but the bad news just keeps on coming. People were killed when the British Petroleum oil platform exploded, along with what will be the worst oil spill in history.

As we hear the news each day about the difficulty in stopping the spread of the oil spill in the Gulf, and the impending dangers to wildlife, fisheries, businesses and the coastal states, we become more and more frustrated because there is nothing most of us can do individually to help the situation.

We can only pray for the people and agencies trying to remedy the situation, that they will have the resolve and resources to stop the spread of the impact of this disaster.

Consistent bad news leads to a bad attitude, lack of confidence and, eventually, failure. Just ask any high achiever in business, sports or any endeavor of life.

Since the summer of 2008, we have been fed a constant diet of more and more bad news about the economy, the credit crisis, the housing crisis, the recession, political scandals, a dysfunctional federal government, crooked politicians, crooked lenders, crooked borrowers and crooked executives.

We are constantly being reminded that it is going to take time to fix these problems, and that there are no quick fix solutions. We know that, but the Obama Administration and Congress continue to believe that they can spend us out of these problems. They can’t. The math does not work.

The president’s campaign promises about transparency, bipartisanship and no earmarks in legislation have been broken. And as the mainstream media looks the other way and tries to rationalize the broken promises, the informed voters get more and more frustrated, while the uninformed voters stay stuck on stupid.

Many voters are frustrated with both the Democrats and the Republicans in Congress, because they have failed to fix the real problems, as they continue to ignore lessons from history and the voting public.

As a result, many people are losing hope.

Last week President Obama issued a challenge to his supporters to help him re-elect Democrats to Congress so he can continue to “deliver on the promise of change, hope and prosperity.” I shared that with the listeners and asked them to share their feelings and opinions about change, hope and prosperity.

Only one caller out of about 20 thought the president was doing a wonderful job delivering change, hope and prosperity. But before I could ask him why he felt that way, he hung up. The other 19 callers totally disagreed and stayed on and gave reasons as to why, which we talk about nearly every night on the show.

The response by a 29-year-old first-time caller summed it up when she said, “This change is killing my hope for prosperity.”

I have not lost hope, because there are things we can do to capture the change people were hoping for but are not getting. We have our voices, our votes and our valuables (time and money) to work with.

For those that are losing hope I offer these “Ten Cans”:

You CAN have a dream, without knowing how to get there. You CAN have a life, just start somewhere. You CAN make a difference, one person at a time. You CAN make things happen, don’t expect a straight line.

You CAN be happy, if you have a hope inside. You CAN have love in your life, but look beyond the outside

You CAN solve your problems, but FIRST, count your blessings. You CAN find the strength, like an eagle, waiting, and resting.

You CAN make this a better world, but life is just a minute. God CAN lead you through it, if all your heart is in it. – The Hermanator

Despite all the bad news, there is hope if we do what we CAN do.

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I get the sense here that people are sick to death of Obama and everything the Democrats stand for. I think there was a hope that Obama would be good for the country and now all blinders are off. People are facing reality and just trying to survive till...  elections. Unemployment is horrendous...

RETRACTO IS BACK, demanding a correction from McClatchy over bogus “N-word” reports. “In the day of cell phone cams and flip cams, McClatchy relies upon hearsay that comes from an unidentified ‘colleague’ of Rep. Lewis.”

MARK TAPSCOTT: Time for some oil spill perspective. “From an environmental perspective, off-shore oil drilling is far safer than Mother Nature. As the Wall Street Journal noted yesterday, oil that seeps naturally from the ocean floor puts 47 million gallons of crude into U.S. waters annually. Thus far, Deepwater Horizon has leaked about three million gallons.

I Remember When "Liberian Tanker" Was A Household Word

More historical perspective on the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico can be found here at the ITOPF website.

The best estimate I can come up with suggests the current spill is around 700 tonnes a day (based* on the current official 5000 barrels/day estimate) - but if someone has a more accurate figure than that, drop it in the comments and I'll update.

h/t Eric Anderson

Related: I blame Bush.

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  Dem Turnout Falls Off A Cliff. “Turnout among Dem voters dropped precipitously in 3 statewide primaries on Tuesday, giving the party more evidence that their voters lack enthusiasm ahead of midterm elections.”

Democrats’ Worst Fear Is About To Come True.

Awesome: MFM Changes Its Spin on Shahzad


This post notes that at first the "out liberals" (those not in the closet, like Matthews) first tried to blame the Times Square bomb on the "right-wing."

Now that it's known, as could easily have been guessed, to have been an Islamized immigrant, they have a new slam against the "right-wing" -- that we will indulge in an orgy of racist retribution for the act.

That's beautiful. They can't lose. First we're blamed for doing it in the first place. If that doesn't pan out, there's always Plan B -- blame us for an overreaction to the event and claim that that overreaction is in fact worse than the crime that provoked it.

An overreaction, incidentally, that never actually comes. Even after 9/11, there were only three or four acts of documented anti-Muslim violence in the entire 300-million-strong country.

Plan A: The right did it.

Plan B: Okay, the right didn't do it, per se, but now the right is going to go on a murderous racist crime-spree in reaction to it.

Every time. Ev-er-y time.

Either we're responsible for the crime itself or we're responsible for worse crimes (in this telling), becoming accessories-to-chaos-after-the-fact.

Either way, we're always guilty. Of something.

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We're just seeing the beginning, folks.  More "fun" to come, only I'm afraid the next car bomb, or whatever, won't fail.

Very true.


It is fascinating to see how the authorities and the major media outlets avoid the words “Islam” and “Muslim” in connection to the failed Times Square bombing. In both this piece in Time and in this piece in the New York Times the word “Islam” is only used in the name of the city of Islamabad in Pakistan.

The Times uses the word “Muslim” once: “At his news conference, Mr. Bloomberg warned against any backlash against Pakistanis or Muslims in New York, saying, ‘We will not tolerate any bias.’”

The authorities — Holder, Napolitano, New York Police Commissioner Kelly — also avoided the words Islam and Muslim at their press conference. They spoke about “terrorism” but didn’t define the term.

So what kind of terrorist is Faisal Shahzad if he cannot be called a Muslim or an Islamic terrorist?

Surely there must be some way to connect him to those damn Teabaggers!

THE STATE OF Oil Spill Cleanup Technology.

While Oil Slick Spread, Interior Department Chief of Staff Rafted with Wife on Trip in Grand Canyon

European Union, Currency Are Headed for Collapse

2,828 posted on 05/05/2010 4:36:05 PM PDT by backhoe (Just an Old Keyboard Cowboy, ridin' the trakball into America's Twilight...)
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GOVERNMENT REGULATORS GAVE BP A PASS: “The Interior Department exempted BP’s calamitous Gulf of Mexico drilling operation from a detailed environmental-impact analysis last year, according to government documents, after three reviews of the area concluded that a massive oil spill was unlikely.”

I had linked the original WaPo version of this below, but, strangely, that link now goes to a completely different story. So here it is again. Thanks to reader Joseph Nunke for pointing out this odd behavior at the Post, and for sending the new link. We saw similar behavior from The New York Times with a critical story about the Administration the other day. Hmm. Anybody at the WaPo or the NYT want to explain this? ‘Cause it looks pretty bad.

UPDATE: Related: Washington Post shifts leftward online.


The Bringer of Death


And now, Number 11: "BP Oil Platform Spill Disaster is CHENEY'S Fault"

I kid you not. It didn't take long, did it?

The First Post (UK): "Halliburton implicated in BP's Deepwater oil spill"

The Guardian: "Dick Cheney and the oil spill" "Who's to blame for the oil spill? Dick Cheney"

A week ago, the Wall Street Journal published a fair analysis of the safety mechanisms aboard the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig, leading off the article with the fact that rig did not have a remote backup "acoustic switch" shutoff mechanism installed on the wellhead. And Halliburton Co., the biggest provider of oilfield services in the US, was responsible for cementing Deepwater Horizon's drilling hole, a process that involves pumping cement into the sheathing around the over-large drilling hole in order to seal the space between the hole and the wellhead pipe.

So, according to the loony left, Halliburton is solely responsible for the Deepwater Horizon blowout because 1) they are evil, and 2) a drilling platform off the coast of Australia that Halliburton also cemented experienced a blowout last August. What more proof do we need? Also, Dick Cheney's secret diabolical "energy task force" that met -- in secret!! -- during Chimpy McHitler's first Reich Regime term obviously decided to eliminate all of the offshore drilling platform safety features that they could get away with, just so his Big Oil schmoozing buddies could get bigger payday bonuses. Ah, yes ... it all makes perfect sense now.


Two more related stories that should be getting loads of attention from every network and major newspaper, but that sadly do not fit the preferred narrative:

Washington Post: "U.S. exempted BP's Gulf of Mexico drilling from environmental impact study"

The Interior Department exempted BP's calamitous Gulf of Mexico drilling operation from a detailed environmental impact analysis last year, according to government documents, after three reviews of the area concluded that a massive oil spill was unlikely.

The decision by the department's Minerals Management Service (MMS) to give BP's lease at Deepwater Horizon a "categorical exclusion" from the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) on April 6, 2009 -- and BP's lobbying efforts just 11 days before the explosion to expand those exemptions -- show that neither federal regulators nor the company anticipated an accident of the scale of the one unfolding in the gulf.

The Politico: "Obama Biggest Recipient of BP Cash"

While the BP oil geyser pumps millions of gallons of petroleum into the Gulf of Mexico, President Barack Obama and members of Congress may have to answer for the millions in campaign contributions they've taken from the oil and gas giant over the years.

BP and its employees have given more than $3.5 million to federal candidates over the past 20 years, with the largest chunk of their money going to Obama, according to the Center for Responsive Politics ... During his time in the Senate and while running for president, Obama received a total of $77,051 from the oil giant and is the top recipient of BP PAC and individual money over the past 20 years, according to financial disclosure records.

This shouldn't surprise anyone who has been paying attention for the last two and a half years.


Democratic Leader Al Sharpton: “The Dream Is to Make Everything Equal in Everybody’s House” (Video)

Posted by Jim Hoft on Wednesday, May 5, 2010, 10:27 PM

Last month Al Sharpton claimed, “Americans overwhelmingly voted for socialism when they elected Barack Obama.”
On Sunday the Democratic Leader stuck to his socialist theme. Sharpton told a congregation in Connecticut, “The dream was to make everything equal in everybody’s house”

So, can we call them socialists now?
Via BreitbartTV:

Posted by Jim Hoft on Wednesday, May 5, 2010, 6:16 PM

Do you remember when Jesse Jackson said that under Obama Jews would lose all of their clout?
He was right.

(Top left clockwise) Barack and Michelle Obama and radical Leftist anti-Israel Professor Edward Said at a May 1998 Arab community event in Chicago at which Edward Said gave the keynote speech. (Bill Baar’s West Side), Former PLO operative and close friend of the Obama’s Rashid Khalidi, Barack Obama and his racist minister Jeremiah Wright, and close terrorist friend William Ayers.

The Obama Administration and the United Nations Security Council pushed legislation to strip Israel of nuclear weapons.
The Jerusalem Post reported:

The five permanent members of the UN Security Council said they support a nuclear-free zone in the Middle East, according to a unanimous statement circulated during a conference aimed at strengthening nonproliferation.

Without mentioning Israel by name, the group voiced support for the “full implementation” of a 1995 resolution intended to free the Middle East from nuclear arms. “We are committed to a full implemented of the 1995 NPT resolution on the Middle East and we support all ongoing efforts to this end,” the statement read. “We are ready to consider all relevant proposals in the course of the Review Conference in order to come to an agreed decision aimed at taking concrete steps in this direction.”

The statement also stressed “serious concern” over the Iranian nuclear program and urged all countries to sign and adhere the 1970 Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty.

Three countries are not party to the NPT, including India, Pakistan and Israel, which is widely believed to possess a nuclear arsenal. “We urge those state that are not parties to the treaty to accede as non-nuclear-weapon states and pending accession to the NPT, to adhere to its terms,” the five countries wrote.

Coming on the third day of a month-long NPT review conference, the statement spoke to competing interests: The US came into the conference pushing for tough measures against Iran, while in speeches the Arab states have increasingly focused on Israel’s presumed nuclear arms and their desire for Israel to sign the NPT as a non-nuclear weapon state.

Astute Bloggers has more on this anti-Israel resolution.

Previously on Obama and Israel:
** Obama Refuses to Dine With Jewish Leader
** Obama Won’t Allow Any Photos of Him With PM Netanyahu
** Stunner. Obama Has Refused All Israeli Military Requests Since Entering Office in 2009
** Obama Administration Denies Visas to Israeli Nuclear Scientists
** Barack Obama Announces Historic Shift in America’s Relationship With Israel
** Team Obama Working With Egypt & Russia to Rid Israel of Nuclear Weapons

2,829 posted on 05/06/2010 1:16:29 AM PDT by backhoe (Just an Old Keyboard Cowboy, ridin' the trakball into America's Twilight...)
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A Peek Inside 'The Manchurian President'

Comin' soon to Øbozo's MØ'Merica:

'Horror story' for thousands as cancer patients are denied 'miracle' drug on the NHS


Health care law's massive, hidden tax change( 1099's)

Nashville Flood 2010: The Disaster You May Not Have Heard About

Well, it's just Evil Southroners- not like it's Real People in NYC or LA or something...

Amazing Video: Nashville Flood 2010

The guy tried to blow up a building but they're worried about a gun he owned? The NYT never misses a chance to propagandize against the right to own a gun:

Suspect’s Gun Proved Easy to Obtain (barf alert!)

  His citizenship proved easy to get as well. We really need to give all Muslim immigrant citizenship applicants a hard second look.

Someone at the White House really must want you to believe Obama is heterosexual


Hawaii governor announces 'exact' place of Obama birth

Then showing the birth certificate won’t be a problem?


Great News. Now all we need is for officials at Kapiolani Hospital to confirm what the good governor has said: That Obama was indeed born at Kapiolani Hospital. Don't hold your breath.

Great News. Now all we need is for the good governor to tell us who the birth doctor was on Aug.4,1961, Obama's birth date, so that we can verify the doctor's name, and Obama will be free and clear to run for President in 2012. Again, don't hold your breath.

59 posted on Thursday, May 06, 2010 3:32:18 AM by john mirse

List of US cities boycotting Arizona

What about the black slave owners?

On Deconstructing the Hockey Stick: Climate Game Over

FCC Wants New Regulations On Broadband

"Glenn Beck covered this last year and revealed Mark Lloyd, FCC Chief Diversity Officer.

It is all about crushing the independent voice of right-wing talk radio and internet sources. It is Nazi Germany. Silence your opponents. Control all media and thought. They already have complete lapdogs in the conventional print and TV news doing their bidding 24/7.

They can’t crush all dissent without crushing talk radio and the internet. Glen Beck covered all of this months and months ago."

Obama Using Executive Powers To Organize Angry Anti-Capitalist Protests On The Streets Of America?

2,830 posted on 05/06/2010 2:26:41 AM PDT by backhoe (Just an Old Keyboard Cowboy, ridin' the trakball into America's Twilight...)
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Little-publicized Senate panel to demand disarming legally innocent under guise of fighting terror

UN Agenda 21 (Roadmap to the Fundamental Transformation of America?)

 Nashville Flood 2010: The Disaster You May Not Have Heard About...roundup
SURVIVAL TIPS: Life-Saving Lessons From The Nashville Floods.

Storm-damaged Shelby, Tipton counties named federal disaster areas(TENNESSE DELUGE)

AGAIN.....WHERE IS OBAMA? The silent-in- chief. HE IS WRONG ON THIS. This is their KATRINA...


Myths of the ‘Smart’ Grid?

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Filed under Technology at May 5th, 2010 - 9:00 pm

Our very own “snork” has an article published at Pajamas Media today entitled
Myths Associated with the ‘Smart’ Electrical Grid. It is a very detailed article that tries to dispel the myths and inaccuracies that are all over the internet concerning the American Power Grid.

Sit back, relax… and get yer learnin on =)

Much has been written in the popular media and blogosphere in the past decade about the electrical power grid, some of it good, much of it bad, much of it downright silly, and almost all of it incomplete.

This article tries to change that and educate us on the truth of the matter. There will be a test.

Good luck!

Meanwhile China, India, and Russia have no qualms about building nukes, or mining or drilling. Be more foreign countries drilling in the Gulf than Americans after Obama and Rahm get done “NOT WASTING THIS CRISIS.”

We need something, anything for Obama to get impeached as I am beginning to think we cannot take 4 years of this guy. Biden would at least be stupid about destroying us. We can maybe survive stupid, we cannot survive malevolent.

You are observant. Ever notice the faces of drivers when you are in the city? The typeset of people and their construed appearances are quite depressing, most look like herd members.

John D. McDonald ( a very underrated writer who stuck with the knight errant/detective genre ) once described the river of cars at rush hour as
"Chariots into Purgatory..."

It reminds me of when I reluctantly visit that Island I grew up on, whose motto is ( dripping irony )

"Where the racing pace fades
and the Good Life begins."

There were 3,000-3,500 souls there when I was a kid- now, according to unofficial sources ( meter connections ) somewhere between 16,000 and 18,000 are jammed into The Good Life, the traffic is as bad as any city ( actually worse, because as Roger Parsons observed, "they don't get out of your way." ) and every time I got there nowadays, I mutter

"Chariots into Purgatory..."

Gates Fires At Carriers, Subs, EFV

"I thought Gates was an honorable man......"

I never thought he was an honorable man from the minute I saw he stayed on when the Obama regime came into power....and I so posted right on this forum.

If he didn't know that Obama was an evil imposter from the evidence during the campaign and, indeed, the Usurper's history (or lack of it) then Gates is too stupid or too twisted himself to hold the critical position he occupies.

Everyone in a position of power who surrounds Obama and does his bidding is just as evil as he. Honorable people would have no connection to this amoral communist AT ALL.


30 posted on Thursday, May 06, 2010 9:15:26 AM by MinuteGal

2,831 posted on 05/06/2010 6:40:15 AM PDT by backhoe (Just an Old Keyboard Cowboy, ridin' the trakball into America's Twilight...)
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Obama’s Katrina and Obama’s Enron WORSE Than Original Bush Scandals

Obama's nuclear spill --Why would the O Force give up America's security secrets?

The Worst Disaster Since the Civil War But Not as News Worthy as an Oil Spill

Arizona Immigration Law Identical to Federal Laws Requiring Alien Documentation, Says Attorney

Violent Movie Declares War on Arizona for Immigration Law

A violent new film from cult director Robert Rodriguez is declaring war on Arizona with a "special Cinco De Mayo message" in the wake of the state's controversial illegal immigration law.

That message is: "They just f---ed with the wrong Mexican."

"Machete," which features a knife-wielding Mexican assassin out for revenge against double-crossing gringos, won't be in theaters until September, but it is already sparking a political melee over Wednesday's stab at the Grand Canyon State.

In the trailer for the film, the title character is hired to assassinate an anti-immigration U.S. senator played by Robert De Niro. Protesters are seen waving nationalist signs as the senator speaks to a charged-up rally: "We are at war," he booms. "Every time an illegal dances across our border, it is an act of aggression against this sovereign state — an overt act of terrorism."

But before the trailer even begins, the battle-scarred title character stares out from the screen as he tells viewers that what's about to unfold — an immigration-laced slasher grindhouse flick — is about the current border battle in Arizona.

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VIDEO: This Is Machete

"Whoever cranked out this garbage does not understand people who are ethnically Mexican.

First and foremost, people who are ethnically Mexican are *not* monolithic, socially, culturally, or most definitely politically. For every radical leftist, there is a radical rightist, and by this I mean politically to the right of Jesse Helms, right.

The leftists have long thought that Mexico was ripe for “the revolution”, but a bunch of radicals that went from the US to Mexico in 1968, to radicalize the Olympics, ended up being buried by backhoe."

I keep telling you people

"The Enemy is already inside the gates..."

100,000 Square Foot Ground Zero Islamic Center Gets Approval!

Dow Plunges Most Since 1987 Before Paring Losses; Euro Tumbles

Whatever Happened to the Hole in the Ozone Layer?

Alexandria VA Surveillance State Alert

Whoopi Says Without Abortion Parents Just Kill Kids Later

Sharpton Wants Everything Equal? Read THIS!

If you have never read Vonnegut's brilliant short story, Harrison Bergeron, please take the time to do so now. It epitomizes Sharpton and the left's vision for us all.

Harrison Bergeron, by Kurt Vonnegut

Shocker: Major corporations may dump health insurance, pay penalties instead

2,832 posted on 05/06/2010 3:12:21 PM PDT by backhoe (Just an Old Keyboard Cowboy, ridin' the trakball into America's Twilight...)
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Does anyone know if she's got a younger brother?

Alert tee-shirt vendors and the NYPD can’t be everywhere.

The Department of Homeland Security’s best strategy for keeping Americans safe should not be to “hope Muslims’ bombs fail” or depend upon alert civilians to spot smoke coming from cars or people’s underpants.

Since Muslims are just about the only group of people currently trying to kill Americans, perhaps a security policy at airports should be directed towards preventing Muslims from murdering people.

Read more in Ann Coulter’s latest column.

Now, for just a moment, appreciate the Bizarroworld we currently live in:

(1) We are gay guys in Boystown who, until 2008, detested Ann Coulter

(2) We are now reading Ann Coulter

(3) We agree with every damn word Ann Coulter says

(4) Sometimes, we think we’ve actually moved to the right of Ann Coulter

It’s Change we might not be able to believe in, but change the current DNC and White House forced upon on.

As much as the Left loves attacking us, and PUMAs in general who never drank the Kool-Aid, we are canaries in the national coal mine.  Dismiss us if you want, but we’ve never just been Hillary guys who didn’t like Obama because he got the nomination and our champ didn’t.

This has always been about the fact that the Democrat Party changed — not us.  We’re still the same guys we always were, except that our eyes opened to the lies the DNC always sold us about Republicans and conservatives in general.

Under the Clinton DNC, the Jacksonian Democrat Party, there was a place for naturally conservative moderates like us, who love America more than life itself, and want this country to be safe and secure with sound financial policies that ensure our prosperity.

The current Socialist-Democrat party has no moderates.  It is 100% lefty, baby.  And its PC-policies towards Muslims — those misunderstood murdering Care Bears — are going to get an awful lot of people killed, once the Religion of Peace stops sending its B-team to blow things up and dispatches operatives who know how to work clocks and who can successfully light their underoos and diapers on fire.

The DNC has no idea the damage it has done to itself.

We bet a lot of you, especially the conservatives who found us through Rush, Dennis Miller, Lucianne, or others, also don’t appreciate what’s happening here.

If the DNC has permanently alienated guys like us — who never in their lives thought they’d be reading and agreeing with Ann Coulter — then the Democrat Party is as good as Whig already.

We now love Coulter so much, she just might make us straight.

Just call us undocumented workers in Bizarroworld.

May 6, 2010 at 4:02 pm

Ok, is the world about to end? When I read your heading for this thread I almost fell through the floor. Ann Coulter. One of the ladies (along with Malkin, Palin, and Bachmann) that are marked as the most hated women in America…. and you agree with her!

We have only a very limited knowledge of financial markets.

One of us used to date a guy who was a dairy trader named Ryan, but he lost his job (and the shirt off his back…foreshadowing) when his firm downsized, and he’s a go-go dancer now, so we consider any market info we gleaned from him to be highly suspect.  He did know all about all the various kinds of cows, though, and not ironically enough, g-strings too.

Drudge has a giant headline about the market tanking as we speak…and we don’t know if it’s related to the massive problems in Europe, which seems to be imploding financially.

At moments like this, we wonder two things:

(1) where George Soros is, and whether he’s sitting on his big black leather throne in a hollowed out dormant volcano, laughing maniacally

(2) why the Hell Mossad doesn’t just man-up and do the job the CIA, MI5, KGB-remnant, and other supposed-badasses for whatever reason just won’t do:  which is, to be blunt, put a stop to item (1) above

We live in a world with a real life Goldfinger/Blofeld hybrid, but no James Bond to stop him. It remains our greatest earthly wish someday a Jaimie Bondskawitz is recruiting into Mossad to remedy that.

In the meantime, anyone out there with financial and market know-how better than the second-hand dairy trading tidbits we possess please chime in on what’s happening.

What’s going on?

Who’s responsible?

Is it really Soros in action again?

What ramifications will this have?

Embiggen our knowledge, post-haste.

May 6, 2010 at 2:39 pm

The world is moving from the Industrial Age into the Information Age Everything must change; there is no escape. In the 70′s and 80′s the private sector was hit by an avalanche of change. Massive slow-moving companies had to become lean and adaptable, or die. Many did die. Remember “Rust Belt?”

Government has not changed. Worse, as it has lost it’s natural “eco-system” of Industrial Age culture, it has become cancerous, growing much faster than the economy or the population. We see the same thing all over the developed world. Greece, California, San Francisco, America, … it’s really the same story. Catastrophic levels of debt, evr-growing. It is the same in many quasi-governmental entities: Universities, big science, GM, SEIU. All have turned cancerous. All seem out of the control of the citizenry. Out of touch. Parasitical.

The challenge for our time is to transform government into some shape and size that works in the Information Age. Or we will be eaten by the cancer, just like Greece has been.

If there was one thing I could tell Sarah, it would be that this is her real issue, beneath all the surface issues. This is her time to lead.

2,833 posted on 05/06/2010 3:50:29 PM PDT by backhoe (Just an Old Keyboard Cowboy, ridin' the trakball into America's Twilight...)
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ObamaCare’s Massive, Hidden Tax Change. “An all-but-overlooked provision of the health reform law is threatening to swamp U.S. businesses with a flood of new tax paperwork. . . .The stealth change radically alters the nature of 1099s and means businesses will have to issue millions of new tax documents each year.”
MORE ON THAT CALIFORNIA FLAG-SUPPRESSION CASE, from Eugene Volokh. And here’s a further report, from Zombie. “So here we have the Principal and the Vice-Principal of an American high school treating the Stars and Stripes as if it was a gang bandanna; even worse, the school administrators took sides in this imaginary US-vs.-Mexico gang fight by allowing the widespread display of Mexican flags on campus but banning (under threat of punishment) any display of the American flag.”
Posted by Jim Hoft on Thursday, May 6, 2010, 3:14 PM

“The economy has stabilized.”
Barack Obama
August 5, 2009

The Dow plunged nearly 1,000 points today before rebounding

The AP reported:

The stock market has had one of its most turbulent days ever. The Dow Jones industrials plunged nearly 1,000 points in half an hour amid concerns that Greece’s debt problems could halt the world financial recovery.

The Dow has managed to recover two-thirds of its losses and close down 347 at 10,520. But all the major indexes lost 3 percent in a day that recalled the market turmoil of the 2008 financial crisis.

ON THE GROUND IN NASHVILLE: Another first-hand report.
FLOOD AFTERMATH: Beware of flooded used cars.
SHOCKER: Barack Obama Doesn’t Care About Southern People.

ED MORRISSEY: Nashville: The Disaster America Ignored?

Plus, from Michael Silence, a poll.

UPDATE: This Story Intentionally Left Blank.

Nashville: How to help

By Michelle Malkin  •  May 6, 2010 09:26 AM

Photo credit: Keith Gallagher/president raygun/Flickr

The floods in Tennessee have devastated Nashville. Damages are estimated at $1 billion.

How to donate/pitch in…

Calling All Restaurateurs: Red Cross Could Use Your Help

Salvation Army – Nashville

Hands On Nashville

Nashville Flood relief t-shirts

Soles 4 Souls – Shoe charity comes to Nashville’s aid

Nashville Humane Society

Nashville Flood Benefit Show, May 7.

And more benefit concert info from the Nashville Examiner:

On Saturday, May 8, The End will host a benefit concert featuring Spanish Candles, Powerbrrrd, Bad Cop, and Diarrhea Planet. The End is located at 2219 Elliston Place.

On Sunday, May 9, Rocketown will hold a 10 act benefit concert featuring Heavy Cream, Pujol, Ben Steine’s Money, So Jazzy, Diarrhea Planet, Goodbye Apathy, Alcina, and Stephen Keech. The show is free but attendees are encouraged to donate money to the flood relief in lieu of ticket prices. Rocketown is located at 522 5th Avenue South.

While not technically a benefit concert, the Nashville Symphony has announced that the Christopher Cross concert scheduled for last week and cancelled because of the flood will be re-held as a free concert at the Metro Courthouse on Friday, May 7 at 8:00 PM. “People have lost homes, and some have lost their lives in the recent flooding,” said Alan D. Valentine, President and CEO of the Nashville Symphony. “Music is what we do, and we wanted to present this concert, against all the odds and challenges, as a way to help people begin the healing process, as a way to help get our community on the road to recovery.”

If you can’t attend these concerts but still wish to help, the American Red Cross is accepting donations for the Nashville flood relief. Text REDCROSS to 9099 to donate $10.

If you have more suggestions, send them in.


Update: Tons of private charity resources at Nashvillest

Colorado volunteers head to Tennessee.

The Jewish Federation of Nashville is providing aid and relief.

Ed Morrissey at Hot Air: The disaster America ignored


From reader Chris M:


As a resident of Middle Tennessee, I have seen the devastation up close and personal. The clean-up has just begun and will last for many months.

I also wanted to point out another way to help. The Local NBC affiliate is having a telethon TONIGHT featuring Vince Gill. My employer, Deloitte, will be offering up its call center and volunteers to man the phones and take pledges to assist those in need here in Nashville. For those interested, the telethon will be streaming live on the Internet.





WSMV-TV Channel 4 will broadcast Working 4 You: Flood Relief with Vince Gill & Friends on Thursday, May 6, in prime time from 7 to 10 p.m. The telethon will also be streamed live on

Nashville and the surrounding middle Tennessee communities have been devastated by floodwaters after the area received 15 inches of rain within a 48-hour time period. Thousands of middle Tennesseans have been evacuated from their homes with many losing everything to the flood. Many of the victims do not have flood insurance, and the demands on relief agencies are stretched to the limit.

“These are our friends and family; we always take care of our friends and family,” said Meredith Senior Vice President and WSMV-TV General Manager Elden Hale Jr. “It’s unfortunate that we’re called upon to do this again for our neighbors, but we are very proud to have the ability to reach out to so many people with Nashville’s flood relief telethon.”

All proceeds from Working 4 You: Flood Relief with Vince Gill & Friends will benefit The Salvation Army, The Red Cross and The Second Harvest Food Bank.

Others involved include Naomi Judd, Phil Vassar and Bo Bice.

Posted in: Worthy Causes

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From the Blunt-speaking Ace of Spades:

Yeah, the press/hollyweird don't care about nashville because there is a deficit of WACCP (Whiny-Assed Complaining Colored People) to wring their hands over and that unlike libutard hellholes like N'Awlins, normal folks just roll up their sleeves and DEAL WITH IT without waiting for fat ol' slobutard Uncle Sam to do it for 'em.

Oh, and because the Chosen One is in His Holy Office and that if the Blessed Lightworker Barack had wanted to spare those people, He would have with a wave of His Hand. But He hates hillbillies and other white folk, so The Chosen One has cast them into the waters.

We Are Nashville
252 Thanks for posting this video, I live in TN and that video shows more coverage of the flood than I have seen in 5 days from the state controlled media, if you have any doubt that Katrina was nothing more than a propaganda campaign against BOOOSH this is your proof. 

Thanks for posting the video.  It breaks my heart to see all the devastation in my beloved Nashville.  BTW, Nashville isn't just country music; the Southern Rock and Indi bands are making huge strides in TN.

Ace, I want your readers to know that not only was Nashville communities hit by flooding, 52 counties (of 95) have been declared a disaster!  Homes, businesses, roads/bridges, enitre neighborhoods desimated.  In Dyersburg (Northwest TN) nearly 300 families are flooded; they have lost everything.  In Jackson roads gave way and swallowed cars and chunks of asphalt moved across the streets.  Reports of 17 inches of rain fell in Brownsville.  It is so sad. 

The good people of Tennessee are out in droves; neighbors helping neighbors.  It's who we are.  It's what we've always done!

TN Mom

289 Let's say what we all know. 

No Negroes wailing and crying about how they were left to die.

No story. 

The MSM is racist.

If Blacks had some dog in this hunt, AKA, a white president, they would be all over this.

A Black president is AWOL on this, 29 dead already, and the MSM is AWOL also.

We see nothing.

Where are Jesse and Al?  Where are the helicopter pictures?
295 The elites in this country loathe the Midwest and see us as nothing but a bunch of hayseed hicks.

For all intents and purposes, this country has plunged into a what I would call a "cold" civil war.

This happened a year ago in Georgia. Massive flooding and the media was preoccupied with everything else but the devastation in Georgia.
We are Nashville:
296 Rush read this very post today on his show. Word for word.

It came from last nights thread.  Rush reads Ace, or Bo does.


hey guys

this past weekend we had a little flood here in middle tennessee,just killed 20 people, 10 in Nashville alone. anyway this local writer tells  how it is

We are Nashville.

Allow me a moment to step away from the usual voice of this website.

What I am about to write has absolutely nothing to do with hockey.

If you live outside of Nashville, you may not be aware, but our city was hit by a 500-year flood over the last few days. The national news coverage gave us 15 minutes, but went back to focusing on a failed car bomb and an oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. While both are clearly important stories, was that any reason to ignore our story? It may not be as terror-sexy as a failed car bomb or as eco-sexy as an oil spill, but that’s no reason to be ignored.

The Cumberland River crested at its highest level in over 80 years. Nashville had its highest rainfall totals since records began. People drowned. Billions of dollars in damage occurred. It is the single largest disaster to hit Middle Tennessee since the Civil War. And yet…no one knows about it.

Does it really matter? Eventually, it will…as I mentioned, there are billions of dollars in damage. It seems bizarre that no one seems to be aware that we just experienced what is quite possibly the costliest non-hurricane disaster in American history. The funds to rebuild will have to come from somewhere, which is why people need to know. It’s hard to believe that we will receive much relief if there isn’t a perception that we need it.

But let’s look at the other side of the coin for a moment. A large part of the reason that we are being ignored is because of who we are. Think about that for just a second. Did you hear about looting? Did you hear about crime sprees? No…you didn’t. You heard about people pulling their neighbors off of rooftops. You saw a group of people trying to move two horses to higher ground. No…we didn’t loot. Our biggest warning was, “Don’t play in the floodwater.” When you think about it…that speaks a lot for our city. A large portion of why we were being ignored was that we weren’t doing anything to draw attention to ourselves. We were handling it on our own.

Some will be quick to find fault in the way rescue operations were handled, but the fact of the matter is that the catastrophe could not have been prevented and it is simply ignorant beyond all reason to suggest otherwise. It is a flood. It was caused by rain. You can try to find a face to stick this tragedy to, but you’ll be wrong.

Parts of Nashville that could never even conceivably be underwater were underwater. Some of them still are. Opry Mills and the Opryland Hotel are, for all intents and purposes, destroyed. People died sitting in standstill traffic on the Interstate. We saw boats going down West End. And, of course, we all saw the surreal image of the portable building from Lighthouse Christian floating into traffic and being destroyed when cars were knocked into it. I’m still having trouble comprehending all of it.

And yet…life will go on. We’ll go back to work, to school, to our lives…and we’ll carry on. In a little over a month, I’ll be on this website talking about the draft. In October, we’ll be discussing the new Predators’ season with nary a thought of these past few days. But in a way, they changed everyone in this town. We now know that that it can happen to us…but also know that we can handle it.

Because we are Nashville.

FYI, the damage estimate for Nashville alone is STARTING at 1 billion dollars

this flood affected the entire middle tenn region ,33 counties every city,town

and one stop light hole-in-the-wall from kentucky to alabama. very expensive.


232 Why no media coverage? Because it's a red state. Obama could care less about Teh-Nazi.

For the most part, people won't be looting, they will pitch in and clean the mess up themselves. No professional victims on parade.

Any negative coverage might make Obambi look bad as well.

So it will be an un-event.

And you want my 2 cents, as someone who had small parts in the Civil Rights movement, and a civil rights case in my own town? Which, if you care, is 58% black?

"We"-- the collective, not "us"-- elected the first sorta-black President.

Well and good- but...

When the entire Media Hive has decreed that- based only on his skin color ( and BTW, Miss Emily & I have blacker bodies, when we tan, than Duh!1... ) he is

"Too Big To Fail?"


Say it loud,

Say it Proud:


And bias

And bigotry...

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Myths Realities Gangs in Bangor? With one teen dead and another [Maine]

Portland Police Chief James Craig said publicly last month that one of his primary goals for 2010 is to dismantle two established gangs in Maine's biggest city - one made up primarily of young Somali men and the other composed of young Asians.

Similarly, Lewiston has seen gang activity recently from a group of young Somali men. The crimes have been petty thefts and strong- arm robberies, but the attacks appear to be at least somewhat organized and often involve sticks or rocks to intimidate and even assault. A Lewiston official said there are no gang names or colors to investigate and he characterized the behavior as gang mentality versus gang activity."

(Excerpt) Read more at ... ( But, but... "all cultures are equally equal" and one is not better than another! )

DeMint: 'Push Back Against the Federal Government'

The White House and Hill Democrats “don’t want a solution here,” DeMint laments.

Sorry, Mike, but why pretend. A lot of Republicans don't want a solution to the problem, either.

Ideally, a large majority of states move to make the FedGov as irrelevant as possible, since they refuse to do the damn job they're paid to do.

 South Africa crime and violence.

Well, I tried to wake people up, for years...

-Pity About Africa...--

-A Capsule History of Southern Africa--

-Parallels between Apartheid SA and USA--

-South Africa - The sellout of a nation--

-Cry, the Beloved Country--

-Robert Mugabe and the Struggle for Power--

-Rhetoric of blame is now a white lie--

-First it was Rhodesia then SA now America paying the price of silence--

-Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight--

Then again, we have problems of our own...

”Zimbabwe On The Potomac...”


Just an Old Keyboard Cowboy, ridin' the trakball into America's Twilight...

See Michelle call Barack a 'Kenyan'

"FRAUD IN THE USA Chapter 2-1: The illegitimate birth certificate"

Dissonance and Victimhood ("AIDS virus was invented by whites to exterminate blacks.")

A Simple Way To Clean Up The Oil Spill

Very neat. I would hope something like this would be tried. Of course, we don’t have an administration that is willing to mitigate and solve problems.

Former ATF Agent Pleads Guilty (to stealing money, planting drugs and framing innocent people.)

Just a small window into corruption into most all Federal and State corruption. If only we had the capability to video the activities of these folks. Actually - if we had that capability, way too many would lose confidence in our so called law enforcement system which is just as well.

What the Hell Just Happened in the Market?

Europe's Carbon Mafia, And Ours

Corruption: The carbon trading system being pushed here has spawned crime and fraud across the pond. Cap-and-trade is not about saving the planet. It's about money and power, and absolute power corrupting absolutely.

All across Europe authorities have been conducting raids, rounding up individuals involved in a new version of Climate-gate. This time the data aren't corrupted. Europe's Emissions Trading System is. The system is so sick, it's turned out to be a scam built upon a scam.

Twenty-five people have been arrested in raids by British and German authorities as part of a pan-European crackdown on carbon credit VAT tax fraud.

U.K. officials announced raids on 81 offices and homes, nabbing 13 people in England and eight in Scotland. The operation involved 450 investigators from Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs office.

German authorities raided 230 locations, including the headquarters of Deutsche Bank in Frankfurt and the offices of RWE, one of the largest energy firms in Europe. The German operation involved 1,000 investigators targeting 50 companies and 150 suspects.

The amount of money involved in carbon trading is huge and the temptations vast. While our Congress demagogues about banks and their "complex financial instruments," they are simple compared to cap-and-trade, which as we have noted involves essentially the buying and selling of air. Throw in an oppressive value-added tax and you have a recipe for corruption and fraud.

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Drill, Baby, Still

Energy: After BP's oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, federal and state governments moved quickly to shelve plans to drill off the U.S. coast. But a new poll taken after the spill suggests Americans still support drilling.

Preliminary results of an IBD/TIPP Poll of 795 U.S. adults, taken from April 30 to May 5, show that a large majority — 59% — approve of "oil exploration and drilling in America's national territorial waters." Just 31% said they disapprove.

Interestingly, the share who approve of offshore drilling has fallen only a bit since the last time we polled Americans on this topic in July 2008. Back then, 64% supported offshore drilling — while 25% disapproved — for a swing of just five percentage points.

Why do people still support drilling? The oil spill notwithstanding, Americans are tired of $85 a barrel oil and understand that the panaceas for our energy ills peddled by the green movement and the left — wind, solar, biomass — are still years off, if ever, from being economically viable.

The cold reality is we need oil. A retreat from drilling would be economically unwise. BP's mess must be put into perspective.

"We get more than a fifth of our domestic production of oil here in the U.S. from off the Gulf Coast, over a million barrels a day," says the American Enterprise Institute's Steve Hayward. "If we don't continue that ... we'll be importing more oil to make up for it, even if consumption stays flat."

Today, the U.S. uses about 21 million barrels of oil a day. But we produce only about a third of that. The rest is imported. All told, including Mexico, a third of our oil and gas comes from the Gulf.

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8 Theories For Why The Stock Market Plunged Almost 1,000 Points In A Matter Of Minutes

The "Real" Unemployment Rate Jumps To 17.1%


Greece Today – USA Tomorrow - Under Obama

Should the American Flag be Banned -- in America? Unbelievable

Local School Suspends Student for Removing MEXICAN Flag

Origins:   The above-displayed image of a Mexican national flag flown above an upside-down U.S. flag was taken on 27 March 2006 at Montebello High School (MHS) in California during a student protest over immigration reform.
SHAHZAD THE SLEEPER: James Jesus Angleton weighs in.
Ah, James, what about that ‘Able Danger’ stuff?
I mean did we really identify some of the 9/11 Al Qaeda crew before the towers were attacked?
And if Able Danger worked, why was it shut down and disbanded and denied.
Kinda strange don’t you think?

Seems the GOP brainstrust is ready to party (build) like it’s 1999!

Notably absent from the new GOP conspiracy – at least as described by Allen and Vogel – is evidence of an understanding that the Internet represents a paradigm shift in the essential context of national politics. There is also no evidence from the Politico piece that the Tea Party movement represents an “Army of Davids” uprising that is, frankly, fed up with establishment Republicanis,

Instead, fund-raising, organizing and advertising are described as the main priorities of the group. There’s nothing new in those priorities.

Establishment GOPers have always preferred to talk about money, organizing, and advertising rather than focusing on the substance of what the party’s office-holders and candidates propose and actually accomplish.

Put another way, it sounds like more of the same-old, same-old from the national GOP –- prescribing more money, management and marketing as the key to political success instead of standing for permanent principles, proposing programs based on those principles, and then actually reforming government according to those principles.

Wait, you mean principles might sell?

My. How very outlaw is such thinking.

Instead, we get “pragmatism” and status quo retreads: Democrat light. Compassionate conservatism. Republicans in sombreros and “Go Green!” buttons, pointing fingers at their Nazi fringe, crying “they are not like me!”

And people wonder how we wound up with f*cking McCain.


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Lead Story

The go-fly list for terrorists

By Michelle Malkin  •  May 7, 2010 09:04 AM


The go-fly list for terrorists
by Michelle Malkin
Creators Syndicate
Copyright 2010

If America’s homeland security policies were subject to truth-in-advertising laws, the “no-fly” list would be known around the world by its right and proper name: the “go-fly” list. As in: Go right ahead, jihadists, and fly our planes. All aboard, evil-doers.

While grandmas and grade-schoolers and war heroes patiently pass through a gauntlet of wands, checkpoints and screening obstacles, the nation’s safety watchdogs are asleep at the wheel. They’ve mentally checked out at the check-in counter. And they’re in over their heads at federal counterterrorism centers, where “watch list” means putting the names of dangerous operatives into massive databases — then idly watching potential bombers waltz through our airports and onto our tarmacs.

The federal no-fly scheme was bypassed or breached easily by both the Christmas Day bomb plotter and the Times Square bomb plotter. In the former case, Nigerian terror operative Umar Abdulmutallab had been on the counterterrorism radar screen for his radical jihadi threats (which had been reported by his father to U.S. embassy officials in London). But the young, single, rootless Muslim extremist with suspicious travel patterns — ding, ding, ding, ding, ding! — did not meet the standards for watch-listing and didn’t even make it onto the second-tier “selectee list” of potential threats who can fly only after additional screening.

By contrast, beleaguered 8-year-old Mikey Hicks of Clifton, N.J., still can’t get off the selectee list after years of ridiculous harassment while traveling on family vacations.

In the Times Square case, Team Obama immediately pointed fingers at the airline industry — and Emirates airlines, in particular — for failing to check no-fly list updates. The hindsight cops at the White House are now touting ex post facto rules mandating that the airlines check no-fly alerts every two hours instead of every 24 hours.

But law enforcement officials themselves neglected to contact all airlines directly and red-flag the addition of would-be Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad’s name to the government no-fly list. Moreover, despite paying cash for his trip to the Middle East and being listed on the Department of Homeland Security travel lookout list since 1999, Shahzad received no extra screening from the Transportation Security Administration (confirming once again the bureaucracy’s own inside joke that TSA stands for “Thousands Standing Around”).

The tourism industry certainly shares blame for putting travel profits ahead of national security over the years. But in this case, it was only thanks to airline industry compliance with a post-9/11 procedure requiring plane officials to send passenger manifests to the Department of Homeland Security that the feds caught up with Shahzad (whom they had lost track of in Connecticut) before he jetted off to Dubai.

President Obama has had plenty of time to address the enforcement lapses, database loopholes and technological delays of his predecessor. After the Christmas Day bombing debacle, he pledged to be proactive: “We will not rest.” But to this day, TSA still doesn’t check all domestic and international airline passenger manifests against the no-fly/go-fly list.

The data are only as good as the people entrusted to collect, process and use the information to protect national security. And without the ability to share and access the information across numerous agencies, the data are useless. Nearly nine years after Sept. 11, there is still no functional interoperability among an alphabet soup of national security and criminal databases — including NAILS, TECS, CLASS, VISAS VIPER, TUSCAN, TIPPIX, IBIS, CIS, APIS, SAVE, IDENT, DACS, AFIS, ENFORCE and the NCIC. The Senate raised questions about understaffed efforts to modernize some of these databases back in March. What are we waiting for? The next jihadi bombing attempt?

The warped priorities of the Obama White House imperil us all. A command-and-control government that squanders its time and our money taking over businesses it has no business running — health insurance, auto manufacturing, banking, student loans — is a government neglecting its most fundamental mandate: providing for the common defense.

The Appalling Media Double Standard on Reporting Political Violence. “When it comes to leftist violence, the media sees no evil, hears no evil, and especially speaks no evil.”
JAPAN ACTIVATES the Monju Fast-Breeder Reactor. If we’d started building these in the 1970s, the world’s energy probems would be largely solved, and carbon emissions would be much lower. But environmentalists blocked them. Thanks for nothin’, guys...Mr. President Please Think of Spain — The Iberian Solar Power Bust. “Germany and France have also been pulling back on their ridiculously expensive solar subsidies. Of course, some American states and cities are just now enacting the same failed subsidies that Europe is quickly jettisoning.”
Only 39% Would Vote For Obama Now. 
Hope and change.

Yippee! Food Stamp Rolls At New Record

May 7th, 2010

From a joyous Reuters:





What’s on your minds this Friday?

What’s happening in your part of the country?

May 7, 2010 at 2:13 pm

Here’s what’s happening in my neck of the woods. This is an incredible story from the flooding in Nashville.

May 7, 2010 at 2:16 pm

On my mind: a very sober article by Caroline Glick, picking up where John Bolton left off in his WSJ piece last weekend:

May 7, 2010 at 2:19 pm

Sen. Shelby: Financial Reform Law Violates Privacy

by allowing the government to collect any financial information it wants from any financial institution it wants.

Tensions High at California High School Following Flag Flap On Levin last night he played a sound bite of some kid saying "it was disrespectful, It wasn't July the forth! Cinco de Mayo is our day!"

Every day in America is July 4th - if you don't like it, have all the Cinco de Mayo celebrations you want, living over the border in Mexico.

Tennessee’s Uncovered Disaster -UPDATED  ( There are VIDEOS at the links- Use Teh Links! Read Teh Comments... )
Thursday, May 6, 2010, 12:05 PM
Elizabeth Scalia

A few days ago a reader asked me if I was going to be writing about the dramatic flooding in Nashville, and I said that I did mean to, and that it seemed to me the Nashville flooding was like the big Ice Storms that left people in some parts of Kentucky without power for nearly a month, two winters ago – a “red state” disaster that went uncovered, and had no one screaming “where are the feds; why aren’t they doing something?”

19 are dead; the damages will top a billion dollars.

It does seem like the natural disasters that occur outside of the Boston – DC corridor go unnoticed by the press. Colorado can get 60 inches of show and a 5 inch thick ice plate, and we never know about it. New York gets six inches of snow, and it leads the news. I am sorry that I did not follow through on my own instincts to cover the flooding.

So, if you have not seen what has been occurring in Tennessee, take a look. Nashville is certainly a disaster area on par with New Orleans after the levee break:


Got that via Newsbusters where they are rounding up relief and aid information if you would like to contribute to helping Tennessee folk get back on their feet.

If you want to make a fast donation, you can text ’REDCROSS’ to 90999 to donate $10 to disaster relief.

The Middle Tennessee Red Cross is here. I am going to be sending a check to Catholic Charities of Tennessee.

Currents covers how the churches are helping

The folk affected by this disaster seem hearty and ready to face their challenges. Let’s keep them in our prayers.

Vince Gill will be headlining a livestreamed telethon tonight, from 7 to 10 PM. Vince Gill & Friends on Thursday, May 6, in prime time from 7 to 10 p.m. Scheduled to appear are Keith Urban, Alison Krauss, Naomi Judd, Amy Grant, Darius Rucker, Phil Vassar, Troy Gentry of Montgomery Gentry, Steve Wariner, Buddy Jewell and Lonestar, among others.

Another video:

Lifesaving lessons from the flood (via Insty)

A more personal story

Taylor Swift, puts her money where her heart is


Wednesday, May 5, 2010, 6:29 PM
Elizabeth Scalia

So, the Gulf may have to deal with as much as seeping into it, every day, for a while.

And…the Obama government exempted BP from an impact review last year.

And…President Obama, who hates big oil, big coal, big energy, was on the receiving end of more money from BP than anyone else in politics.

And…the President’s party is fundraising off of the disaster.


Can you hear the screaming? Can you hear the righteous denunciation of the “big-oil president and his greedy donors!”

Can you hear the environmentalists weeping and gnashing their teeth shouting “where was he? Why was he yucking it up with Jay Leno while sea-life was imperiled?

Do you hear anyone sneering “you, sir, and your administration have failed in your duty,” or cries of “incompetence!” and “cronyism” and “arrogant disinterest” from the MSNBC mouths as you pass the channel?

Anyone organizing a telethon and announcing “Barack Obama hates beaches and killer whales,”?


Well, what has happened to my country? Where have all the righteous gone?

They have left their guardposts. They are on break. They are no longer sure about things; what used to be evil is now an acceptable norm, not worth noticing!

Who is looking out for the little guy, and the environment?

Who is going to charge the president to put the people over the powerful, the porpoises over the profligates, and to refuse the bribery of Big-Corporate-Big-Interest campaign money?

Who is going to look out for us, now that the self-appointed guardians who were so vigilant until January of 2009 have suddenly gone silent?

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes! What are we to do, now that the guardians are no longer guarding?

It seems that they may now paraphrase St. Paul, crying out, “all that I hate, I am become!”

UPDATE: Hmmmm….how very odd.


2,838 posted on 05/07/2010 1:15:23 PM PDT by backhoe (Just an Old Keyboard Cowboy, ridin' the trakball into America's Twilight...)
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“I Never Thought That I’d Be On National TV For Wearing An American Flag Shirt”

VIDEO: Pro-Mexican Flag Students Protesting American Flag Assail Man In Wheelchair

Your Papers, Please!

Santelli: Greek Debt Crisis and Riots America’s 'Ghost of Christmas Future'

CALIFORNIA: State revenues fell $3.6 billion short in April

Like most private entities do....

Start selling assets.

Start laying off employees.

Start cutting payroll.

It's simple when you have to pay for stuff yourself.

The Riots In Greece May Wind Up Coming To Our Shores Someday If Obama & Company Have Their Way

Robots position giant box over oil-spewing well

VIDEO: Obama's new appointee to head Medicare, Don Berwick waxing poetic on Britain's NHS

Consult this for your future:

Quebec woman with terminal cancer suing doctor

NBC Reporter To Black Republican: Are You Aligning Yourself With The "Racism" In The Tea Party?

 FrontPage Magazine ^ | Victor Davis Hanson

Fascism, racism, Nazism in Arab-Muslim "Palestine" - historic account

Andrew Breitbart: 'The Left is, in Essence, the Media'

Nashville Flood

Wake of the Flood

Broader U-6 Unemployment Rate Increases to 17.1% in April (The REAL Unemployment Rate)

Major Revelation on Times Square Bomber Reveals Failures in Obama Anti-Terrorism

Rallies held across Canada to press for experimental MS treatment

Political rallies to beg for medical treatment?

No wonder Obama and the democrats in Washington legally exempted themselves from ObamaCare.

A Not-So-Gorgeous Night For George Galloway

I’ve been after this jackal for years & years:
MP George Galloway- voice cries “peace,” hand in Saddam’s till...
various FR links | 04-22-03 | The Heavy Equipment Guy

Sea Dogs - great collection of historic photos of dogs serving in the Navy

Food-stamp tally nears 40 million, sets record

I sure “hope” you like all that “change” you wanted, Ø-Merica...

'cause you're going to keep getting it

Good & Hard...

Newsweek Offers Offensive Explanation For Why Media Ignored Nashville Flood

Because it affected mostly white people?

The same reason the MSM mostly ignored the 2009/2010 Red River North Dakaota floods..along with the currents events in Nashville. USA citizens coping and assisting each other combat the floods, the loss of lives, property.

Without fierce protests/rioting,
without looting,
without inudating food pantries/shelters,
without helplessness,
without damnation of the US/State/Local governments

50 posted on Friday, May 07, 2010 3:08:38 PM by Stand Watch Listen (It's the 'Land of Opportunity'... NOT... the 'Land of Entitlements'!!!)

Hundreds of Hispanic Students Leave School & Hold March Demanding Respect


'Talks doomed due to Arafat's legacy'

I covered this vermin some time ago:
Blood, Deceit, and hatred- Yasser Arafat’s Dark Legacy
various FR links | 11-12-04 | The Heavy Equipment Guy

The Appalling Media Double Standard on Reporting Political Violence

FYI ... we are "keeping track" of Violence against Republicans at The Patriot's Flag. It's a list you are welcome to anytime to use as you wish. We'll keep it up for you.

The New Despotism of Bureaucracy: While the era of big government rages back, the tyranny of...

The Liberal Assault on the Poor

Illinois bill banning semi-automatics threatens jobs at area gun makers

I said this once and I will say it again. When the states entertain suing tobacco companies, the tobacco folks thought they were too big and rich to sue, and did nothing until the lawsuits spread to too many states. If the tobacco companies pulled their products from the first state that tried to sue them and let tax revenues from cigarette taxes plunge and cause social chaos as smokers freak out when cigarettes are suddenly unavailable, states may think about suing the tobacco companies. The same with gun companies. The first state that starts to screw with any of the products, ALL gun companies and ammo companies plus gunsmiths should boycott services and products to that offending states law enforcement and agencies. Imagine if IL police can not get guns, ammo, mags and gunsmith services and the criminal can get all that. Too bring the lessons home, allow only single shot weapons available for IL gov and law enforcement, and see how they like living like the under armed civilians facing criminals with higher firepower.

15 posted on Friday, May 07, 2010 11:27:01 AM by Fee

2,839 posted on 05/07/2010 3:15:13 PM PDT by backhoe (Just an Old Keyboard Cowboy, ridin' the trakball into America's Twilight...)
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Posted by Jim Hoft on Friday, May 7, 2010, 11:12 PM

The Nashville flood this past week did not get much attention from the democratic-media complex but it was the single biggest disaster to hit Middle Tennessee since the Civil War.

Flood waters cover parts of Downtown of Nashville, Tennessee after Cumberland River overflowed its bank from record rain fall May 4, 2010. Severe storms and flash floods left more than a dozen people dead in Tennessee and Kentucky over the weekend as rising river waters closed portions of interstate highways leading in and out of Nashville. (REUTERS/M. J. Masotti Jr.)

The floods in Tennessee have ravaged Nashville. Damages are estimated at $1 billion.… Make that $1.5 billion.

This video was posted yesterday at NewsBusters– The national media gave this disaster only 15 minutes this entire week:

The Opryland Hotel was just devastated.

Michelle Malkin posted this list on how to donate/pitch in…

Calling All Restaurateurs: Red Cross Could Use Your Help

Salvation Army – Nashville

Hands On Nashville

Nashville Flood relief t-shirts

Soles 4 Souls – Shoe charity comes to Nashville’s aid

Nashville Humane Society

Nashville Flood Benefit Show, May 7.

And The Nashville Examiner has more benefit concert information.

When Liberals Lose Their Own Money

The cause of yesterday's massive stock market plunge remains a mystery and Congress is preparing to hold hearings to find out ....something. I'm glad Congress is trying to determine what happened but, after watching the dim witted line of questioning during last week's Goldman Sachs hearings, there may not be much to get excited about. But the volatility in this nation's capital markets is something to be very concerned about and when it threatens to destroy individual wealth in a matter of minutes even liberals show concern about viable markets and private sector wealth. Yesterday's panic was a vivid illustration of Samuel Johnson's famous phrase that nothing focuses the mind like a hanging. That's probably what was on uber liberal Robert Reich's mind today. Reich, a liberal's liberal if there ever was one, said something today at the HuffPo that was spot on:

Regardless of why it happened ( the crash), it's further evidence that the nation's and the world's capital markets have become a vast out-of-control casino in which fortunes can be made or lost in an instant -- which would be fine except for the fact that most of us have put our life savings there.

What? Is Mr. Reich admitting that our economic future, our retirements and savings (and his), depend upon the profitability and the share price of Exxon? Proctor & Gamble? General Electric? Halliburton?? This was one of those rare moments when a liberal admits the vital importance of a healthy and robust private sector that is the foundation of everyone's life savings. Hopefully the New York Stock Exchange, the SEC and, more importantly, the companies whose shares are listed on these exchanges and trade publicly, will work to make sure violent price swings like this do not occur again. But the lesson to take away from Reich's statement is his admission that private sector corporations are the linchpin of the American economy (hopefully President Obama was listening). If Reich is so concerned about the safety of his life savings (savings that he admits are invested in these companies) then why does he and his fellow travelers promote policies that drain wealth from these companies? It is this enigma (or fool's hypocrisy) that has defined the debate between liberalism and conservatism for decades.

Ann Coulter was excoriated when she offered up the fact that liberal's public policy positions contradicted the way they conduct their own private financial affairs. Liberal politicians (with a few exceptions) don't routinely spend more than they earn when it comes to their family finances. So why do they promote public policy that it so at odds with their own personal financial behavior? The scenes from Greece are a vivid example of what happens when citizens finally become convinced they have been ruined financially and the promises of their government are meaningless. The U S is a long way from the problems Greece is experiencing for only two reasons: we possess the most powerful millitary in the world and our currency maintains reserve currency status. It would be much more comforting if the U S could add fiscal responsibility to that meager list of differences with the PIIGS.

Posted by Jim Hoft on Friday, May 7, 2010, 9:52 AM

What country are we in?
200 students left school and held a march today following the reports yesterday that 4 students dare wear American flag shirts on Cinco de Mayo.

Hispanic students march down Monterey Road in Morgan Hill on Thursday morning asking for respect after Live Oak High School Principal Nick Boden ignited a controversy Wednesday by sending home five students who wore American flag T-shirts on Cinco de Mayo. (Photo by: MorganHill Times Staff)

MorganHill Times reported:

About 200 Hispanic teens are marching in Morgan Hill yelling “We want respect!” and “Si se puede!” in reaction to a controversy ignited when the Live Oak High School principal effectively sent four students home for wearing T-shirts with American flags on them during Cinco de Mayo.

Mexican-American students felt the students were being disrespectful on the only day they celebrate their heritage while students sporting red, white and blue said it violated their First Amendment rights.

Six police cars and a Morgan Hill motorcycle officer have been cruising alongside the large group as it marches.

The group – mostly high school students – walked out of school this morning after the story of four students who were sent home because they wore American flag T-shirts went viral on TV and online. Many wear red, white and green and two large Mexico flags can be seen at the front of the line.

The students say they want people to know they’re proud of their heritage and they believe wearing red, white and blue on Cinco de Mayo is disrespectful.

UPDATE: One of the disciplined students told FOX News today: “I Never Thought That I’d Be On National TV For Wearing An American Flag Shirt”

Posted by Jim Hoft on Friday, May 7, 2010, 1:48 PM

Quick: When was the last time the democratic-media complex thought that Obama’s actions were too liberal?
Exactly… Never.

Barack Obama is the most anti-capitalist, anti-American, anti-business, anti-Israel president in history and yet the media would make you believe he represents mainstream America.

Andrew Breitbart sat down for an interview recently with Life Site News, via Free Republic.
Andrew Breitbart: “The Left Is, in Essence, The Media”

The bias of the liberal media is so deeply ingrained that it is an essential part of its structure – one that conservatives must fight hard to challenge effectively, according to conservative new media guru Andrew Brietbart.

“The left, to me, in essence, is the media,” said Breitbart an interview with CBN’s Matt Brody.

Big liberal names like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, he explained, “possess limited charms.” “Their ability to get what they need to get done is because they’re carrying the water of the media,” said Breitbart. “The media is a left-of-center ecosystem, it’s a left-of-center organism. So the media can change the dynamics of what we’re talking about.”

Known for attacking liberal media bias head-on, Breitbart is a political commentator who owns his own news web site,, as well as the blogs Big Hollywood, Big Government and Big Journalism. He also serves as an editor for the Drudge Report.

“I aim everything at attacking the media for its biases and holding them accountable for their biases, and the things that they report incorrectly, or the things they fail to report,” he said.

“By aiming everything at the media I’ve pretty much done the one thing they ask you not to do. ‘Please accept the premise that we’re fair, and let’s move on.’ No. I’m not going to accept that premise.

“For these people to tell me with a straight face that they don’t come to the media and their jobs from a political perspective, from a left-of-center perspective, is just a bald-faced lie.”

When facing mistreatment by the media, Breitbart urged conservatives not to play by the rules as defined by the mainstream media. “These people don’t fight fair,” he said. “The left does not fight fair, and so I’m basically saying to conservatives, you don’t have to fight fair.”

“I want to break down this politically correct paradigm. These are rules that tell conservatives: you’re not allowed to say this, you’re not allowed to think that. This type of Orwellian thought crime crap is what I’m fighting against.

While not strongly religious himself, said Breitbart, the attack on Christians perpetrated by the mainstream media “angers me to no end.” “I consider myself to be a Judeo-Christian. … I relate to the world view that America has,” he said. “It’s a distinctly Judeo-Christian one and I think that it works.”

But Christians, he said, will only exacerbate the problem if they continue to react passively to media slander. “Christian turn-the-cheek tactics do not work agianst this crowd,” he said.

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Meet the Unemployable Man

and you
and you...

WSJ: Dim Future for Men

Schlesinger: START surrenders tactical nuke advantage to Moscow

A Republic of Reason

In the "Gee, Duh!" Dept?

Changing economy poses challenges for job seekers, shifts mean new world for those seeking work

Ray Nagin Faces State Ethics Charges (Former N.O. Mayor)


New Study “Follows the Money” of Abortion

We’re in the final days of white life in South Africa’

American Flag Shirt Fight Heats Up

Group (of American pediatricians!) Backs Ritual ‘Nick’ as Female Circumcision Option

Do you ever feel like things are speeding up?

Obama’s first 16 months:

3 Terror attacks.
Huge oil spill.
Start ruining health care
Stock market troubles
High unemployment
Piling on Debt
Iran & DPRK still developing WMD
Abandoning Israel
Heightening social strife

No, Obama is right on schedule

Stunning 2006 Barney Frank Video Surfaces (The Tulip Tapes)

Killers Without Conscience - 2010

Euro Will Collapse Like Tower of Babel: Economist

the "Tower of Babel" EU Parliament building in Strasbourg, France


Governor Jan Brewer takes Obama to the woodshed in video clip (“adios amigos”) (video)

Obama says health care law already helps millions

“This idiot lies all the time 24/7”

Yep, that’s a pretty darn accurate assessment.

ObamaCare is a national disaster.

Hiring robust across nation; California could follow

The writer of this hopi-changi drivel must be swilling some of this stuff:

Fire Weed Water

by Bunk X ( 139 Comments › )
Filed under Healthcare, Humor at May 1st, 2010 - 11:00 pm

I'm sure not seeing anything like that down South.

It's "Moms To The Barricades" for Mother's Day!

2,841 posted on 05/08/2010 5:31:34 AM PDT by backhoe (Just an Old Keyboard Cowboy, ridin' the trakball into America's Twilight...)
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Curiouser & curiouser...

This is very, very strange.

John Brooks, Chicago’s fire commissioner, is retiring…out of the blue…and the media here in Chicago says it’s because of some sexual harassment suit that’s been brought against him.

Which is weird, because Brooks is often seen at The Lucky Horseshoe in Boystown, so unless he was sexually harassing a male employee, we doubt he has anything to worry about when the charges against him are investigated. You would be surprised who turns up at the Horseshoe. The Chicago police chief is there quite a bit himself, and it’s not for license inspection or to ensure the dancers are covering up everything they are supposed to be covering.

This is such a strange town to live in sometimes, especially for people like us who try to stay as active and involved as possible, and keep our eyes and ears open. The media here never reports the actual news — it’s like they just write fiction in Bizarroworld.

Or, it often feels like episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer where the Scoobies catch a Sunnydale newscast, and the demon and vampire activities are all blamed on street gangs…and the giant hole that opened when a monster tried to belch out of the Hellmouth is chalked up to a “sinkhole caused by sewer construction”.

As someone noted in the Open Thread, there was a bizarre murder-suicide at the Old Navy store on State Street today…which happens to be the Old Navy we all shop at.  The Old Navy we were at just yesterday, in fact, the one next to Marshall Fields and across the street from Block 37 — which is one of Daley’s failed disastrous pet projects.

You’d think a murder-suicide would get some play, but checkout the Tribune site today:

As much as we love photos of hockey guys being awesome, a story about the Blackhawks should not trump a murder-suicide in broad daylight in an Old Navy on State Street.

That great street.

The street Daley is desperate to reinvigorate.

As a reader noted, it does feel like Daley’s been putting pressure on the media to clamp down on all stories about crime and violence in the city…especially near Block 37.  This is one of the biggest boondoggles in Chicago history, and a story people don’t like to talk about for fear of enraging the Mayor-Emperor.  Daley wasted close to a billion dollars on this pile of junk.  It was supposed to be the station for a pie-in-the-sky pipedream for two massive underground superspeed rail lines connecting the Loop to the two airports here in Chicago.  But, the problem is that the city is built on a marsh, below the water table.  Not only would it require use of both Chunnel-digging excavation machines to dig the tunnels, but the hydrology issues involved would cost hundreds of millions to resolve, with an unsustainable financial burden in perpetuity to keep those tunnels dry ones the trains would start running, sometime in the 2030s or so, by the time this would all be completed.

Daley is counting on federal spending at some point in the future to build the tunnels.  He’s already built the train station shell, at great tax dollar waste, and on top of that he built an eyesore of a retail complex…with few retailers at all interested in setting up shop.

The last thing Daley needs is for people to start thinking State Street is unsafe to visit…because for Block 37 to ever recoup any of its money, it needs to attract lots of visitors.  That’s not going to happen if murder-suicide stories at Old Navy are what people associate with the street.

Hence, the Tribune seemingly doing whatever it can to bury the story.

Welcome to Sunnydale.

Coroner: Metra chief's death 'appears to be a suicide'

UPDATE:Metra Director Pagano Throws Himself Front Of Train Sources Say[Feds Durbin Probe Rail Boss]

VIDEO: Suicide By Irony: Chicago Rail Boss Commits Suicide By Train


Just how stupid do these people think we are? Try tracking down the Obama’s law licenses and see

Arizona Finds Key to Keeping Out Undesirables

Why Do We Need The United Nations?

We don't- next fool question?
comments from another thread

--OK, so Faisal Shahzad was placed on our terrorist watch list by the Clinton Administration in 1999, kept on the list during the Bush years, but was taken off the list by the Obama Administration sometime in 2009?

And didn't Shahzad become a naturalized U.S. citizen in April 2009? That means that either
(i) Obama's INS allowed a Pakistani immigrant who was on Department of Homeland Security's terrorist watch list and had been on the list for 10 years to become a naturalized U.S. citizen, or
(ii) Obama got Shahzad (and likely thousands of other suspected terrorists) removed from the terrorist watch list, without careful study of the particulars of each case, within his first two months in office!

I think that this is the biggest scandal in this story.

(thanks AuH2ORepublican)

10 posted on Saturday, May 08, 2010 2:53:56 PM by opentalk

Flooding Aftermath: Shelter at Capacity

We aren’t the right kind of “victims” in Nashville. By just yesterday, people had turned out by the thousands to help strangers clean out their homes, throw away ruined items, tear out sheet rock and tear up carpet. We will survive quite well without Obastard.

2,842 posted on 05/08/2010 12:16:34 PM PDT by backhoe (Just an Old Keyboard Cowboy, ridin' the trakball into America's Twilight...)
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MOMS TO THE BARRICADES! ‘The tea parties are an extension of our need to protect the future for our children.’

Plus this: “Maybe if the president and Congress did the grocery shopping, they’d know why we’re mad.”

QUOTE OF THE YEAR: “Do we really want to live in a country where when someone busts into your house at night you’re supposed to assume they might be cops?”

I’d rather live in a country where you get a bounty for shooting people who bust into your house illegally — one that’s doubled if they’re cops. Apparently, though, I’m more likely to get the former. And to those who want to criticize my approach to illegal breakins: Why are you so soft on criminals?

UPDATE: Reader J.A. Lyons thinks a bounty is rather drastic. Well, yes. I’d be happy with stripping official immunity in no-knock raids, so that police — and, more significantly, supervising officials — would become liable for anything that goes wrong. No-knock raids should be extraordinary measures, only used when there is imminent threat of death or great bodily harm. That’s not the case in the vast, vast majority of no-knock raids. And illegal breakins are . . . illegal. They don’t become less so, somehow, when engaged in by those sworn to uphold the law.

Meanwhile, to see what I’m talking about, watch this video.

More...Curiouser & curiouser...

May 8, 2010 at 9:43 am

Interesting article on American Thinker this morning about the mess in Chicago and the role of the media in it:

Obama’s really bad, not good, terrible week. “Lost in the bluster of the panel discussion is the real problem for the White House this week, which is the loss of a sense of competence across the board. In that sense, the Gulf spill is akin to Katrina for Bush, and the botched Times Square attack adds onto the impression that this administration has become clueless. The Sunday talk shows will chew that over at length unless the White House dramatically changes the narrative — which is why we’ll probably get a SCOTUS leak today or tonight.”

WALL STREET JOURNAL: Meet The Unemployable Man.

UPDATE: On Facebook, Alex Lightman suggests that if you’re unemployed or underemployed, you take advantage of these free online business courses from MIT’s Sloan School of Management.

Meanwhile, also via Alex, here’s a list of MIT’s most popular free online courses. Alas, this won’t help those who aren’t well-enough educated to benefit from this level of course.

Posted by Jim Hoft on Saturday, May 8, 2010, 11:16 AM

Morgen Richmond from Verum Serum broke this story earlier this week at Big Government.
It’s worth repeating.

Democrat Barney Frank, the chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, sent a letter this week to the White House urging the President to reject the attempt by Republicans to include GSE (Fannie Mae-Freddie Mac) reform in any financial reform bill. Frank argued that had already been reformed and did not need to be included in the Senate’s financial reform bill. Frank told democratic senators, “As Fannie and Freddie operate today, going forward, there is no loss.”

Freddie and Fannie have already been reformed, to some extent, by virtue of being placed into conservatorship.

“So the argument that we have ignored the need to change the operation of Fannie and Freddie in our rush to do financial reform is of course exactly backwards,” Frank wrote. “We did Fannie and Freddie first.”

Frank also wrote that the Republican proposal to abolish Freddie and Fannie would remove an important government prop to the housing market. “It is the unanimous view of every profit and nonprofit entity concerned with the housing market in the United States that simply to abolish Fannie and Freddie, as the Republicans are proposing in the House bill, and not do anything to replace the functions they are now performing with a conservatorship, would be a disaster for housing, and therefore for the economy as a whole,” Frank said…

“This is an important point that has to be repeated – as Fannie and Freddie operate today, going forward, there is no loss,” Frank wrote.

These statements by Frank came one day before Freddie Mac requested an additional government bailout of $10.6 billion to cover losses incurred in the first quarter.

Frank became chair of the House Financial Services Committee in January 2007, after the Democrats re-took congress. While the housing market decline had already begun, it would be well over a year before the financial crisis really began to accelerate. Fannie and Freddie, in fact, were not placed under federal control until September 2008.

President Bush warned the Democratic Congress 17 times in 2008 alone about the systemic consequences of financial turmoil at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and also put forward thoughtful plans to reduce the risk that either Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac would encounter such difficulties. Unfortunately, these warnings went unheeded, as the President’s repeated attempts to reform the supervision of these entities were thwarted by the legislative maneuvering of those like Frank and Pelosi who emphatically denied there were problems.

Instead of curtailing the power of these failed mortgage giants, Frank passed legislation that limited oversight of Freddie and Fannie’s mortgage holdings.
Morgen Richmond added this on Frank’s failed record:

Let it be noted that in May 2007 Barney Frank and the Democrat-controlled House would go on to pass GSE reform legislation. Legislation which was adamantly opposed by the Treasury Dept. and the Bush Administration for limiting federal oversight of Fannie and Freddie’s mortgage holdings. Legislation which included Frank’s pet project, an “affordable housing” fund backed by tax payers.

Let it also be noted that going into 2007 Fannie and Freddie had never in history been allowed to purchase or finance sub-prime mortgages. But under pressure from Democrats in Congress (including Frank), they were granted this authority by regulators in September 2007.

Let it also be noted that in 2007 Frank aggressively pushed to increase the maximum loan limits which could be underwritten by the GSE’s. A move which would ultimately transfer tens of billions of dollars of loan liabilities from private financial institutions to tax payers.

It’s no wonder that even after the total collapse of Fannie and Freddie in 2008, at an ultimate cost to tax payers which could exceed $400B, Barney Frank is still adamantly opposed to legislation which would prevent any further federal bailouts of the GSE’s. For Democrats like Frank, continued control over Fannie and Freddie represents the effective nationalization of the entire mortgage industry. It’s a dream come true for those who wish to use the power of the federal government to implement their desired social and redistributive policies.

Barney Frank was a key figure at the center of the financial collapse in 2008. Today he’s still pushing his radical and misguided agenda on America. He never learns.
Isn’t it time Barney Frank was retired from his leadership duties?

2,843 posted on 05/08/2010 3:30:02 PM PDT by backhoe (Just an Old Keyboard Cowboy, ridin' the trakball into America's Twilight...)
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Plan for mosque near World Trade Center site moves ahead

Faisal Shahzad’s anti-Americanism (excellent read by Pakistani reporter!)

Obama Admin: "If there's a successful terrorist attack, we will have to act (within Pakistan)"


( Yes, he actually can fly the damned thing... )

Versus this:


God help America, now.

Hundreds seek vacant positions at Pro's Ranch Market [Arizonians taking jobs lost by illegals]

In case you missed this on another thread, here is a zinger. This gal should run for office!

You won't see this on the networks starts at 1:10:

Legal immigrant ties into Tucson City Council

Best line from her is along the lines it is not the city's job to set political agendas.

Letters From Zimbabwe: NOT Cathy Buckle

Police Attack Video Causes Firestorm Of Controversy

Obama to tap [LesboCommie] Kagan for Supreme Court

Manipulation, Not Error, Behind Market Plunge

An Inside Look at Obama’s Organizing for America


This Revolutionary Marxist professor let the gato out of the bag. It's more like 40 million. So far.

Just some of the bile in that video:
“[The USA] is the Northern front of a revolutionary Latin American movement...our enemy is captalism”

This guy is typical. This talk, yes by professors has been going on for 15 years. Terry Anderson has been swarmed by them since 1996 in the L.A. Area. Many of us have tried to tell the naysayers and open border republicans what was really going on with their ‘peaceful migrants’.

Did anyone get the name of the speaker on the video?

Here’s a lot more of it, I don’t know if he’s in this bunch:

The Takeover of America
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REPUBLICAN RANK-AND-FILE TO LEADERSHIP: Don’t Get Cocky. They don’t have a lot to be cocky about, do they?
MICKEY KAUS UPDATE: In California, Could a Blogger Unseat Barbara Boxer? Kaus has little name recognition, no money and no Times endorsement.  But, Boxer’s so bad–the Times’ editors generously referred to her lack of intellectual firepower”– that even a usually-reliable Democrat mouthpiece like the Times won’t endorse her.  As Glenn Reynolds puts it: “Feel the Mickey-mentum building!”
MEANWHILE, in Nashville.  What does it say when 11 men who perish on an exploding oil platform, or 30 poor souls who die in a 1,000-year Tennessee flood, get less coverage than two oil-soaked birds? It says news is driven from the left. "the nashville floods can't be blamed on big oil, capitalism, global warming, or george bush. hence, they have no value to the obamedia."
Speaking of bias and bigotry? CHARLES BLOW has written the same column, yet again.

SO I’M NOT AN EXPERT LIKE JOE KLEIN, BUT DOES THIS COUNT AS “SEDITIOUS SPEECH?” UCLA Professor Calls For Mexican Revolution in the United States.

UPDATE: Allahpundit says the video is from 2007. That makes it okay. It’s impossible to commit sedition when a Republican is in the White House!

DAN RIEHL ON the fallout from Utah.

UPDATE: A reader emails: “If the establishment GOP lets itself become back biting spoilers, they are done. No one lives up to deals cut with back biters and spoilers. They don’t have to. They only need them to win, not govern. The GOP old guard need to find themselves a coalition to join. There is only one that has any momentum, and that actually believes the ideals the old guard has pretended to believe, the tea parties. Bennett could have joined them himself, but he chose to brazen it out.”

ANOTHER UPDATE: Reader Jim Verdolini writes: “His base told him pretty clearly they would not stand for TARP, spending, and ‘compromise’ Health Care Schemes. Bennett, like most of or ‘leadership’ ignored them. Now he is retired. Eventually republican ‘leadership’ will understand that they work for us. Till then they will become ever more extinct.”

MORE: Utah Tea Partier David Kirkham emails: “After convention we walked up on the podium and took this picture. We took over the Utah GOP. All of our candidates were elected today without having to go to a primary (or booted in the case of Bennett). Obama has awakened a sleeping giant.”

UPDATE: Here’s a news report.

ANOTHER UPDATE: Richard Fernandez on what it means:

The game was redefined in a single place and time from “one of Republicans versus Democrats” (Romney’s reference) to that of “Small Government versus Big Government”. In isolation the Bennett defeat is insignificant, but it now raises the wider question of whether the ‘Smaller Government’ idea can catch on. If it does then it has the potential to redefine the political landscape in ways that are both a threat and opportunity to different communities.

The Tea Parties represent an asymmetric threat to political organizations optimized for party-line warfare. The threat is no longer across the aisle but outside the building.

...That new reality is driven by economics. The real problem is that Washington — and Brussels globally considered — is running out of Other People’s Money (OPM)...

"So let it be written, so let it be done.

My hope is a culling of America, part of me wants it to be violent, bloody, as to leave a lasting scar. The more rational part of me wants to do it peacefully, so the rest of the world sees how it’s REALLY done. "

"...The arrogance of politicians to stay in office seemingly forever speaks of their desire for power, not a desire to represent their constituents. My own belief is that 12 years in office is enough, period. I say throw out all incumbents and let’s start from scratch ..."

"I forgot to add this. The Republicans, once in the majority, had better not return to their pre 2006 methods, because people like me will go after them as hard as we are now going after those that now irk us."

THEG's opinion?

Damn straight- Slash and Burn, until they hear us again. I am past being tired of being ignored by Perfumed Princes in the city, Atlanta, and DC.





Don't make me open that Last Box, boys- I will, if you won't listen, and you are not going to like it one little bit.

"Back in 1988, archaeologist Joseph Tainter wrote “The Collapse of Complex Societies”. There have been an astonishing number of complex civilizations over the millenia, almost all of which have collapsed! To oversimplify, Tainter’s argument is that unproductive overhead grows as a civilization matures, and keeps growing until its unaffordability brings the whole society down. Sound familiar?

Clearly, modern Big Government has already run out of the ability to tax enough to pay for all the things politicians want. Big Government is now in the process of running out of the ability to keep borrowing enough to make up the difference between what those politicians want to spend and what they can actually cover with taxes. We are rapidly coming up on Peak Government.

The challenge is — what happens next? "

"Man, that La Raza guy really boils my blood. He can take his Fidel and Che and stuff it. What a bunch of fools who believe these things, and how long must we suffer them? There’s a huge problem with immigrants, all immigrants not just Hispanics. I saw this big time with the Yankees who fled the Rust Belt in the 70’s and moved in all around us in Texas. You see it all over south Florida, today, or any hapless place out West where the Californicator refugees have landed en masse. Immigrants, whether from the Mexican south or the rusting North or Kalifornia, flee their troubled lands only to set about changing their new place up, making it more like back home from whence they fled."

RELATED: We Are Out of Money: American governance won’t begin to inch forward until the political class faces basic facts.

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Barack Obama went golfing today as Nashville continued to suffer from the worst disaster since the Civil War.

It’s a self-help disaster.

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The World Turned Upside Down

A tale of two disasters

While Tennessee struggles with flooding disaster… Obama goes golfing (shameless)

Angry Journalists Refuse to Review Anti-Obama Book

One of the worst ways that the lack of ideological diversity in America's newsrooms shows forth is in the media's treatment of sensational accusations against the current president.

Oftentimes, explosive allegations against presidents are either untrue or drastically overstated: George W. Bush deliberately lying to get the U.S. to war so he can cash in or deliberately ignoring Hurricaine Katrina due to his hatred of black people (a la Kanye West), Bill Clinton's supposed involvment in the drug trade, so on and so forth.

Journalists do the public a service by rebutting absurd conspiracy theories and wacko charges. In recent memory, though, they have taken a much greater zeal toward stamping out allegations against Democrats, particularly President Obama, a stark contrast to the kidglove or even promotional attitude they took toward books by liberal authors alleging all sorts of anti-Bush absurdities.

World Net Daily-affiliated author Aaron Klein recently discovered this when he sent his new book, "The Manchurian President," to members of the media he hoped would review it. He got some very angry responses. Here are some of the more colorful ones:

"Never, ever contact me again," wrote Time Magazine senior writer Jeffrey Kluger.

Newsweek deputy editor Rana Foroohar quipped,"This is sensational rubbish that is of no interest to any legitimate publication."

"Absolute crap," replied Evelyn Leopold, a Huffington Post contributor who served for 17 years as U.N. bureau chief for Reuters until recently.

Nancy Gibbs, editor-at-large for Newsweek, fired, "Remove me from your list."

David Knowles, AOL's political writer, responded, "seriously, get a life."

Ben Wyskida, publicity director for The Nation, claimed Klein's book is "so offensive" and "so far afield."

(Excerpt) Read more at ...

Subjects covered:

Obama’s mysterious college years unearthed

*Shocking new details of Obama’s relationship with Bill Ayers and other Weathermen terrorists

*Obama’s ties to Islam and black liberation theology

*Startling facts about Obama’s eligibility to serve as president

*Obama’s membership in a socialist party probed

*How Obama’s “hope,” “change” slogans stem from communist activism

*Radical socalists involved in drafting stimulus bill, ObamaCare

*Communists, socialists and other radicals on team Obama, including an expose on Obama’s top guns in the White House

*Never-before-revealed depth of Obama’s relationship with ACORN

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Net Neutrality War Heats Up

American Jackpot: The Remaking of America by Birthright Citizenship

The State-Run Media's Spin on the Gulf Oil Spill

9.9 Percent Unemployment, 99 Vulnerable House Democrats — I See a Connection!

Conservatives throwing away allies by ZOTting gay trolls.

BANNED: The American Flag on Cinco de Mayo

Phoenix Now Kidnapping Capital of US Thanks to Mexican Drug Gangs

Well, I tried to wake people up...

For "Thunder on the Border," click the picture:

for the purpose of liberating Aztlán

First Superbugs, Now Superweeds

L.A. Teacher Calls for Mexican Revolt in the U.S.

That’s one thing I agree with him on. There are 30-40 million Illegal Immigrants in our country.


Those 12-20 million figures are as fraudulent as... the current _Resident of our White house...

Emotional Senator Bob Bennett Talks To Reporters After Being Eliminated (Video)

Obama Date Night at Kommie Restaurant

I've said it before, and I'll say it again-- Kommander ZerØ's "_residency" is a laughable mixture of:

And "Movin' On Up!"


This is Your War on Drugs

It's called 'change'

Alan Caruba’s theory about Barack Obama

by Bob in Breckenridge ( 37 Comments › )
Filed under Barack Obama, Communism, Democratic Party, Leftists, Politics, Progressives at May 8th, 2010 - 5:17 pm

I received this email and it is absolutely spot-on! Mr. Caruba’s excellent work can be read at his blog Warning Signs.

I have this theory about Barack Obama. I think he’s led a kind of make-believe life in which money was provided and doors were opened because at some point early on somebody or some group took a look at this tall, good looking, half-white, half-black, young man with an exotic African/Muslim name and concluded he could be guided toward a life in politics where his facile speaking skills could even put him in the White House.

In a very real way, he has been a young man in a very big hurry. Who else do you know has written two memoirs before the age of 45? “Dreams of My Father” was published in 1995 when he was only 34 years old. The “Audacity of Hope” followed in 2006. If, indeed, he did write them himself. There are some who think that his mentor and friend, Bill Ayers, a man who calls himself a “communist with a small ‘c’” was the real author.


The mainstream political media fell in love with him. It was a schoolgirl crush with febrile commentators like Chris Mathews swooning then and now over the man. The venom directed against McCain and, in particular, Palin, was extraordinary.

Read the whole piece here

Re Alice Palmer. Man this was ugly.

"Obowmaø is just about 100% a figment of MSM’s imagination and he couldn’t have made it without them. I hope that the taxpayers will remember who to blame when the catastrophic effects of his policies begin to bite everyone in the wallet. "

Open society institute (George Soros) funds The Wikimedia Foundation (wikipedia)

Imposing Islam in Your Public School in Six Easy Steps

Check out this "instruction sheet" to Muslims on how to islamicize their public schools. There is no separation of mosque and state -- mosque is state in Islam.

If this guide shows us anything, it's what idiots they take us for. This is, of course, an outrage. None of this should be introduced into the public school. If this is what Muslim parents want, they should send their children to madrassah.

This is an Islamic site -- Sound Vision Islamic Products and Information.

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House 2010: Nobody Is Safe.  A ONE-SENTENCE EMAIL FROM THE UTAH TEA PARTY: “Term limits began today.”

Faster & Harder, please...

THIS SEATTLE POLICE BEATING SOUNDS DREADFUL, and if it turns out that things happened as reported, heads should roll. But I’m guessing it will create less national outrage than Arizona’s immigration bill.

UPDATE: “They all get religion when they discover they’ve been caught on video.”

ANOTHER UPDATE: Reader Michael Keating writes: “If that beating had occurred in AZ, it would have been blamed on our new immigration law.” Oh, you know it.

Speaking as one who's trained a jillion LEO's ( and others... ) in the Gentle Arts of Special Weapons & Tactics? Good cops are fine men- and bad ones are Thugs, with a badge & and gun & a nightstick...

MAY, 1970: Remembering the Graham/Nixon protests. Some more background on that — my dad played a big role — in this story. That led to this case. Ironically, if there had been no arrests or prosecution, they’d hardly have been noticed, or remembered.
Why does the Obama administration find it so hard to utter the words ‘terrorism’ and ‘jihad’ and ‘Islamic extremism’?

High School Where Flag Flap Occurred Hides A Racist Secret. “What’s more divisive: students wearing American flag shirts or administrators sanctioning a racial supremacist group?”

Related: Roger Simon: Identity Politics is for idiot sheep and the LA Unified School District.

Alright, THEG will sound off- I post this because you ought to read it.

I would not want any girl or woman I've ever cared about to support herself this way... but... if it was her best choice of several worse ones?  If she avoided the drugs & alcohol & petty crime that usually goes with it? She's not an evil person. Grace O' God, there go I, and other stuff I've seen along life's roads and byways:

TRACY QUAN: The Secret Lives of Prostitute Moms.

Meanwhile, for you gals who are still giving "it" away for free: Lemondrop vs. Slate on whether ugly gals are better in bed. Still more on this vital issue, here.

A BEDBUG EXPLOSION IN NEW YORK CITY. Bring back DDT. “The recent citywide resurgence of bedbugs has been well documented. In 2004, the Health Department tallied 537 complaints and 82 actual violations. Last year, those numbers ballooned to 10,985 complaints and 4,084 violations (given that the problem is thought to be significantly underreported, the notion that there aren’t far more cases is daylight madness).”

Here, by the way, is a recipe for homemade DDT, though I haven’t tried it and don’t vouch for it. Perhaps some readers will know more. Given New York’s problem, I’m surprised there’s not a flood of homemade DDT. It’s happened before.

De Muchos, Uno

It's been four days since May 5, and I'm still angry.

"Cinco De Mayo," the annual quasi-bacchanalia of Mexican-American pride, had some extra connotations this year. Quite a few celebrants crossed the line from pride to supremacy, and there was some blowback.

In California, a few students decided that they'd show their pride in their heritage by wearing American flag apparel to school on that day. The school's administration soon put an end to that nonsense -- they were sent home for their "disrespectful" attire.

That got me angry, and when I get angry in cases like this, I get reading -- and writing.

First up, there are almost no circumstances where a student should be disciplined for wearing an American flag. Sure, if the school has a uniform requirement or a dress code that forbids the apparel in question regardless of the flag aspect, then that's one thing -- it's not the flag being singled out here. But banning the presence of the flag itself? No way.

In some places, the Mexican flag was raised to honor the holiday. Again, fine. But proper flag etiquette demands that no flag ever be raised higher than the American flag, or in its place, on American soil.

Then I started digging (OK, not very deeply) into the whole "Cinco De Mayo" thing. And I learned quite a bit about the holiday.

First up, it's really not that big a deal in Mexico. It's not their Independence Day -- that's September 16. It commemorates victory at the Battle Of Puebla, so it's the equivalent of Bunker Hill Day here in the US.

And what was the Batle of Puebla? It was a Mexican victory over France in the middle of a long string of defeats that would have ended with Mexico losing, had not the United States offered a hand.

And really -- the FRENCH? They're proud of beating the French? That's a pretty low standard right there...

What really got me steamed, though, was the massive student walkout on Thursday. 200 Mexican-American students protested, demanding that the offending students who had dared wear American flags to an American school on American soil be disciplined further (just being sent home for the day wasn't enough to satisfy their wounded pride).


We don't see this kind of reaction on St. Patrick's Day or Columbus Day (two other holidays tied to ethnic groups here in the US that get short shrift in the homeland). No, it's only on May 5th that it happens.

And that's simply unacceptable.

As I said up front, pride is not only acceptable, but commendable. However, there is a line between "pride" and "supremacy," and the reactions this last week showed us that a lot of people have crossed that line. By showing that they would not tolerate any other group asserting their own identity and pride on "their" day, they showed that their demands for "respect" are strictly a one-way street and they have no intention of showing any.

The 200 students who were "offended" and "insulted" by American citizens wearing their nation's ensign to the point where they walked out of school are the ones who should be disciplined. The administration should have simply locked the doors behind them and told them to come back when they're ready to acknowledge that non-Mexican Americans have rights, too.

At times like this, I start to worry that I sound a bit too much like Pat Buchanan and the "America First" crowd. But then I remember that the best lies have a grain of truth in them, it's simply impossible for a human being to be wrong 100% of the time (Joe Biden being a possible exception), and anyone who doesn't rankle at the thoughts of American citizens being told that wearing an American flag is "provocative" and "disrespectful" and "inappropriate" needs a serious attitude adjustment.


Graphic: Web of Debt


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FLAUNT THE AMERICAN FLAG DAY--Nationwide Protest Wednesday, May 12, 2010

I've always liked his books...

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For more children, dinner is coming from Uncle Sam (Hope & Change)

Wait and see what happens when the famine hits the fan. “Oh, I’ll go to the grocery store and get my free food”.

Washington State's tea partiers organizing and politicking … But can they shift an election?

Tea party, others focus on Kentucky after Utah

Bennett’s Loss in Utah a ‘Damn Outrage,’ ‘Non-Violent Coup,’ Part of Larger Intolerant GOP...

An agenda for Novembah


Beware, Be Ready, the True Crash Appears Before Us (Gerald Celente & Alex Jones making sense)

The Welfare State's Death Spiral

Revenues in Georgia are down yet again (Ain't this recovery just grand?)

Why the Ground Zero Mosque Must Be Stopped

Man charged for YouTube traffic stop video

Do the cops tell those they stop for traffic violations that the dashboard cam is on and that they’re (cops) wired for sound?

That's different - that's them, not us.

Try fearing for your life and shooting an innocent person and see if you get the same complete absolution as someone who does the same thing while wearing a badge.

Do liberals really want to talk about 'racial profiling?' (How about affirmative action?)


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Nashville Under Water

I'm starting to think that not-shooting-at-helicopters is a failed conservative policy.

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The Times Square bomb failed. What will we do when the next bomb works?

I dunno, maybe fire Janet Napolitano?

RAAACIST! MORE ON MCCLATCHY’S GRIEVOUS ERROR: Don’t leave it to Cleaver, part 16. “We believe that the congressmen’s story was a fabrication intended to defame the Tea Party movement and distract attention from the resistance to Obamacare. Not a single video corroborates it. No independent witness has stepped forward to vouch for it. Given the involvement of Rep. Clyburn in promoting the story, the fabrication extends to the Democratic congressional leadership. It is a scandal that warrants the attention of the mainstream media. In recent installments of this series, we have posted correspondence — both our own and that of our readers — with McClatchy News investigative editor James Asher. (All previous installments can be accessed here.) Readers have continued to forward their correspondence with Asher to us. This correspondence powerfully points out the deficiencies of the messages we have posted from Asher. But it is evident that Asher has no interest in examining the merits of the story.”
PO PO PITIFUL ME: Obama uses commencement speech to whine about blogs and talk radio. All these blogs won’t let me be — Lord have mercy on me . . . woe, woe is me.
I don’t think it’s going over well: “Put George W. Bush in blackface and what do you get? Evidently, Barack H. Obama.

SCOTUS fight: Boxing Elena

By Michelle Malkin  •  May 9, 2010 11:03 PM

Monday opens with a SCOTUS bang. NBC News reports tonight that Harvard Law School dean turned solicitor general Elena Kagan will be the White House SCOTUS nominee to replace retiring Justice John Paul Stevens. It was widely rumored she would be the pick leading into the weekend. The announcement is expected at 11 a.m. Eastern:

President Barack Obama will nominate U.S. Solicitor General Elena Kagan to serve as an associate justice on the U.S. Supreme Court, NBC News’ Pete Williams reported late Sunday night.

Kagan, 50, served as the Dean of Harvard Law School from 2003 to 2009. Obama nominated her to serve in her current post as solicitor general early in 2009, and she won Senate confirmation by a vote of 61-31. She is the first woman to serve as solicitor general of the United States.

She was widely viewed as a front-runner when Obama was considering candidates for a Supreme Court opening last year, but the president ultimately chose Sonia Sotomayor for the job.

The Beltway conventional wisdom has already cast her as a “mooooderate” and a “pragmatist.” Ed Whelan at Bench Memos has the appropriate retort to that narrative.

And here’s a reminder from my blog almost exactly a year ago when Kagan was on the short list for the SCOTUS slot that ultimately went to Sonia Sotomayor:

“Dean Kagan’s nomination to the Supreme Court would be concerning given her complete lack of judicial or appellate experience. She has never been a judge or even argued a case in a court of appeals. It is difficult to see how her experience fundraising for Harvard Law School qualifies her for a seat on the Nation’s high court.

-Dean Kagan has taken positions that are disturbingly out of the mainstream. For example, driven by her view that the “don’t ask; don’t tell” policy adopted by a Democrat Congress and President Clinton is “a profound wrong–a moral injustice of the first order,” she argued that it violates the First Amendment for the United States to withhold funds from colleges that ban the military from recruiting on campus. The Supreme Court unanimously rejected this view.

-It is also unclear that a Justice Kagan would be an adequately independent check on executive excesses. She has argued in favor of greatly enhanced presidential control over the bureaucracy, which is concerning in light of President Obama’s unprecedented centralization of power in the White House.

-Dean Kagan has argued that nominees to the Supreme Court should undergo a searching inquiry into the nominee’s substantive views of the law, and should comment particular issues. If nominated, it will be interesting to see whether Dean Kagan remains faithful to this prescription in answering the Committee’s questions.”

The nutroots aren’t happy with Kagan’s clubby academic ties or her work for Goldman Sachs. HuffPo:

While the work [Elena] Kagan did for Goldman remains largely brief or unknown, the Huffington Post was passed along two reports that the advisory council completed in 2005 and 2008. … The findings touch on the broad risks that the world economy faced and contain the type of insight expected from a largely formal panel. In terms of content, they came up a bit short, failing to mention credit bubbles in major economies (such as the U.S. housing market) as a looming problem.

Considering how many actual economists missed the housing bubble in real time, it would be difficult to hold Kagan to a higher standard — though Goldman was already betting against the housing market by the time the latter report was published.

The issue for progressives, however, isn’t her lack of long-term market salience. But rather the ties — however small — to a firm that is now a black mark on Wall Street and a pariah in Congress. … “I just don’t understand why the Administration would want to makes themselves and their nominee vulnerable to the opposition at a time when American skepticism of Wall Street is at an all time high,” said a prominent progressive strategist speaking on the condition of anonymity. “This is like handing the Republicans the mantle of populism just for trying to oppose Kagan’s confirmation.” …

Yeah. It’s going to make it a little more difficult to pull off the “compelling personal story”/SCOTUS nominee in touch with the people schtick that smoothed the path for Sotomayor.

Heckuva job, Obama optics experts…


Amen to what Sen. Jeff Sessions wrote in the Washington Post on Friday:

As government continues its rapid expansion, Americans are looking for judges in the mold of Chief Justice John Roberts, not Justice John Paul Stevens. They are looking for judges who will stay true to our Founders’ vision instead of imposing their own. They are looking for judges who recognize the limits on government power; who restrain themselves to the text of the Constitution; and who will defend the rights of all citizens without bias, without prejudice and without hesitation.


File under Curious Timing: The late Friday night resignation of top White House lawyer Daniel Meltzer, who shepherded Sotomayor through her SCOTUS nomination last year, is interesting, isn’t it?

Daniel J. Meltzer, a top White House lawyer who has played a critical behind-the-scenes role in the administration legal team, is resigning next month and will return to his tenured position as a Harvard law school professor, the White House said on Friday.

Mr. Meltzer’s last day as the principal deputy counsel to President Obama will be June 1. Since the administration took office, he has worked on nearly every major legal issue the White House has handled, a sprawling portfolio that ranged from domestic policies to national security matters.

…Among other things, Mr. Meltzer played a leading role in the administration’s efforts to close the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and related policies affecting terrorism detainees.

…In addition, Mr. Meltzer, who teaches courses on the federal courts at Harvard, helped prepare Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor for her confirmation hearings – a role he may reprise in his final weeks by working with Mr. Obama’s forthcoming Supreme Court nominee, which the president is expected to announce as soon as Monday.

Tom Goldstein at SCOTUSblog weighs in on where we go from here, process-wise:

Note the relationship between Monday’s announcement and the Senate calendar. There are seven weeks between Monday and June 28. Six to seven weeks is traditionally regarded as the minimum amount of time between a nomination announcement and hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee. June 28 marks the last week the Senate is in session before its July 4 recess, which runs from Saturday, July 3 to Sunday, July 11. So, tomorrow’s announcement is timed to permit hearings to be conducted prior to the recess, if (and it’s a big if) the Senate Judiciary Committee agrees.

Whether they will agree will depend on a number of factors. Kagan’s relatively short paper trail – note the contrast with the nearly two decades of decisions by Sonia Sotomayor – means there is less to review, and thus less time is required prior to the start of hearings. Kagan was also recently confirmed by the same Committee as Solicitor General.

Senate Democrats will prefer to move the process forward quickly for two reasons: so that Kagan is not “left hanging” for nine weeks before she appears before the Committee; and so that the nomination can be moved forward to make room in the calendar for legislative efforts. On the other hand, Republicans, as the opposition, will prefer delay because as more time passes there is a greater chance that something will emerge that justifies defeating (or at least undercuts) the nomination.

Also important will be the speed with which the Administration produces documents – not only the nominee’s questionnaire to the Senate but also the documents it intends to produce from Kagan’s time in the Clinton Administration. A genuine fight over materials could lead to a delay.


From SCOTUSReport:

Rick Garnett, professor of law and associate dean of University of Notre Dame Law School, and former law clerk for Chief Justice Rehnquist: “Elections matter, and the election of President Obama has turned out to matter a great deal for the future decisions and direction of Supreme Court. With the nomination of Solicitor General Kagan, the President has taken a significant step toward reshaping the Court and its work for generations. No one should think that this nomination is inconsequential, or that it changes little because it involves merely replacing one liberal justice with another. A conservative might someday win back the White House, but any future Republican president will be playing defense with his or her Supreme Court selections. With his second Supreme Court pick — and, to be clear, he will almost certainly have more — the President is on the way to having had more influence over the Court than any President since Reagan, and perhaps even Roosevelt. Future elections might undo some of the President’s policies, but his more liberal views about the Constitution, the powers of the national government, and the role of unelected federal judges, are now being locked in securely.”

David McIntosh, co-founder of the Federalist Society and former congressman from Indiana: I’m deeply disappointed that President Obama has chosen to nominate an individual who has demonstrated a lack of adherence to the limits of the Constitution and a desire to utilize the court system to enact her beliefs of social engineering. Solicitor General Kagan has been nominated with no judicial experience, a mere two years of private law practice, and only a year as Solicitor General of the United States. She is one of the most inexperienced nominees to the U.S. Supreme Court in recent memory.

Heh: “I love it when the most transparent administration ever picks a nominee because they don’t have much of a paper trail.”

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2,850 posted on 05/10/2010 4:41:25 AM PDT by backhoe (Just an Old Keyboard Cowboy, ridin' the trakball into America's Twilight...)
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