Sunday, November 30, 2008

Spending Up for Black Friday

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Count it as good news although Bloomberg is somber:

U.S. holiday retail sales increased 3 percent yesterday from a year earlier, the smallest gain for a “Black Friday” in three years, research firm ShopperTrak RCT Corp. said.

Sales rose to $10.6 billion, the Chicago-based company said in a statement. The increase was the smallest since a decline of 0.9 percent in 2005 and compares with a jump of 8.3 percent last year.

“So far, so good,” said Craig Johnson, president of Customer Growth Partners LLC, a retail consulting firm based in New Canaan, Connecticut. “But a decent Black Friday figure doesn’t predict the whole season. The question is, how much momentum we can keep” in this “challenging” economic environment, Johnson said.

U.S. retailers are making earlier and deeper price cuts to lure Christmas shoppers, who are coping with the shrinking values of homes and stock holdings along with increasing joblessness. The season can account for as much as a third of annual profit.
Let's all hope that the season sees an increase. Overall, not bad considering the economic climate. There's a hell of a lot of families relying on the jobs created or maintained by this season.

Mumbai Jews Tortured, Liberals Silent

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As expected, the Islamo-fascists who targeted the few Jews in Mumbai tortured them mercilessly:


Asked what was different about the victims of the incident, another doctor said: "It was very strange. I have seen so many dead bodies in my life, and was yet traumatised. A bomb blast victim's body might have been torn apart and could be a very disturbing sight. But the bodies of the victims in this attack bore such signs about the kind of violence of urban warfare that I am still unable to put my thoughts to words," he said.

Asked specifically if he was talking of torture marks, he said: "It was apparent that most of the dead were tortured. What shocked me were the telltale signs showing clearly how the hostages were executed in cold blood," one doctor said.

The other doctor, who had also conducted the post-mortem of the victims, said: "Of all the bodies, the Israeli victims bore the maximum torture marks. It was clear that they were killed on the 26th itself. It was obvious that they were tied up and tortured before they were killed. It was so bad that I do not want to go over the details even in my head again," he said.

Corroborating the doctors' claims about torture was the information that the Intelligence Bureau had about the terror plan. "During his interrogation, Ajmal Kamal said they were specifically asked to target the foreigners, especially the Israelis," an IB source said.

It is also said that the Israeli hostages were killed on the first day as keeping them hostage for too long would have focused too much international attention. "They also might have feared the chances of Israeli security agencies taking over the operations at the Nariman House," he reasoned.
Emphasis mine.

The political left in this country wails about waterboarding, which may cause momentary terror but is not fatal and does not leave a physical scar. They scream that Bush supports torture at every opportunity they get but when faced with the proof of real torture, unthinkable torture, they are silent. What could the Muslim terrorists have done that was so brutal as to make a doctor not want to speak or think of it?

Look who commented on this article at Technorati. Glenn Reynolds posted on it so it got wide exposure but still liberals say nothing. This was a hate crime--targeted at a specific group of people--that should be a natural for liberals to discuss. Instead, they have thrown their lot in with Muslims and will never, ever say anything that would make Bush look right in the Global War on Terror. Double that for Israeli's. Add in their blatant anti-Semitism or, at best hatred of Israel and you have the vile ingredients of their collective silence.

Two young people who wished nothing more than to practice their religion were slaughtered after unspeakable torture and liberals say nothing. I guess the Obama search for the next Secretary of Agriculture is of greater import.

These people make me utterly sick; people were tortured in ways that were unthinkable and they say nothing. They slaughtered them because of who they are and nothing more. Who knows, they may even have supported right of return or evacuating to the '67 borders. They were tortured and murdered and we hear nothing from those who claim to care. Pathetic.

Other thoughts here and here.

H/T: Jawas.

Addendum: To be very clear, I feel for all the victims but it is abundantly clear that they targeted and used the most barbaric methods of torture imaginable specifically for the Jews.

Update: more here.

Update: Accuse America of torture and the libs are all over it. Here's the Technorati feed. Just as I intimated above, if it's torture against a man like Zarqawi, the libs are all over it. Torture and murder of innocent Jews, not so much.

Update: It's always funny to watch libs try to justify the senseless killing of absolute innocents, isn't it. I like the way they twist themselves like pretzels to get the Muslims off the hook.

Mumbai Aftermath

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Only ten men caused all that carnage? That's the word from Indian intel. Scary as hell to think a small operation could lay siege to an entire city bigger than NY. The operational security was easy to maintain by the terrorists while the actions of intel, security and police forces was evidently appalling.

It may have been stopped as it started if the Indian police acted as they should have according to this piece.

Always targeting the Jews: "were sent specifically to kill Israelis to avenge "atrocities" against the Palestinians..." The UN will condemn the killing but not even mention this inconvenient fact.

Pakistan is pulling the US into this by threatening to divert troops from the Waziristan area and redeploy them to the Indian border region. We've been quite active of late including getting a big fish last week so this is a serious concern.

Both India and Pakistan are gearing up for war and India has mentioned ending the current cease-fire condition. Pakistanis are protesting in Lahore about India's insistence of blaming them (picture right). Amazingly, and conveniently for both regimes, this will increase Pakistani nationalism helping Zardari and will divert attention on the Indian government for the monumental failure of allowing this to occur.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Plaxico Burress Shoots Self in Leg

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Nice team you have there, New York North Jersey:

New York Giants star wide receiver Plaxico Burress accidentally shot himself in the leg Friday, according to multiple media reports.

Burress was hospitalized with gunshot injuries Friday night that were not believed to be life-threatening, FOX Sports.com reported Saturday.

A spokesman for the Giants on Saturday told PA SportsTicker that the team had no comment, although they acknowledged they are aware there was an incident.

Burress has not practice all week due to an ailing hamstring and already had been ruled out of Sunday’s game against the Washington Redskins.

Citing sources familiar with the situation, the New York Daily News reported that Burress was shot late Friday night, but no further details of the incident are available.
Something ain't quite making sense here. Burress has had several domestic violence issues and they are acting guarded when discussing this incident. Was the gun registered? Did he own it? Why was it out?

Hey, the Eagles may suck and will probably miss the playoffs but at least we don't have derelicts like Burress under contract for the long term.

H/T: AoSHQ

Update: This report says he was in a club when he was "accidentally" shot.

The Sarah Palin Phenomenon Continues

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Sarah Palin remains a superstar:

Three weeks after the Republican ticket suffered a sweeping defeat at the polls, Sarah Palin continues to dominate search engine queries, cable news and online video sites.

The only American politician who generates comparable interest is President-elect Barack Obama. No one else is close.

Palin was the most popular Lycos search from the week she joined the ticket continuously through last Sunday, some two weeks after the election, when she was dethroned by Paris Hilton, the celebutante whom John McCain famously compared to Barack Obama.
Palin is ambitious but doesn't come off as overly so like Hillary, she's photogenic, she's intriguing with her outdoorsy personna and let's face it, she's hot. The woman has five kids and looks smoking whenever she's in the media glare (note pic of her touring Kuwait at right). This isn't just Republicans who are looking her up, it's Democrats as well.

More:

“People are projecting their values onto Sarah Palin, and in some sense, she reflects them back,” said Mark Corallo, a Republican media strategist. “She’s a conservative, she’s young, and she’s attractive. She speaks to something that’s been missing from the Republican Party.”
What, Rove, Gingrich, Lott, Huckabee, Thompson and McCain don't fit into that "young, attractive" category?

Note the comments, liberals really fear her as is shown by the stupid references and other smears. She's got them flummoxed.

Update: I meant to another part of what makes her different. She's not a hypocrite, her son was diagnosed with Down Syndrome in utero and she opted to have the baby rather than abort him (probably the number one thing that liberals hate about her). Her eldest child is fighting in Iraq as we speak and when she was forced by the vultures in the media to reveal that her daughter was pregnant, she handled it with class and dignity. Americans identify with her because she is one of us, one with family issues and day-to-day problems that every one of us face and struggle through.

Odds and Ends

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New and notes from around the web.

The 46 is a new (to me at least) blog that's well worth your time perusing. Excellent analysis on events in Iraq and at home. We all need to read fresh takes on issues of the day.

My long-time blogging buddy Terri points us to this Amir Taheri piece that's worth a read.

Uh, yes, yes they are.

Sgt. Stryker remains one of the best Milblogs out there.

Mumbai Update

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It's not over yet. Video from the Taj is here.

The attacks left a still unknown amount of people dead and injured but latest estimates have it at 168 dead and 283 wounded including 16 foreign nationals.

The Indian government is going hard after Pakistan--in part to cover up their incredible incompetence. Pakistan vehemently denies but it will fall on deaf ears. (Update: Incompetence was an understatement)

The Pakistani ISI chief will not be going to "assist" in the investigation as tensions mount.

The terrorists were amped up on what was probably amphetamines.

Two traitors equivocate about the murders perpetrated by their co-religionists.

The role of al-Qaeda will become more known the more we learn. They have close ties with LeT.

In other WoT news, US rockets took out three in North Waziristan, Pakistan. The military has stepped up efforts and seem to be eradicating all eschelons of al-Qaeda leadership systematically.

Black Friday Deaths: It's Bush's Fault

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I guess the lefties are getting their last parting shot at George W. Bush before The One takes office and the seas will lower, the sun will always shine and the world will love us again:


First a temporary maintenance worker died opening the doors of a Wal-Mart to a bargaining-hunting crowd of human wolves. And now two are dead at a Toys "R'' Us.

Lay a little blame at the feet of the government, for exhorting Americans to spend more money and shake off that recession gripping the nation...
Yes, this is on the blog of a major American newspaper. It's the governments fault for encouraging people to shop? It's clear that only increased spending will start repairing what's left of our economy after the Democrat-led mortgage boom went kaput. He does say the media deserves some blame but it appeared to be an afterthought.

But wait, it gets better, there's one last group to blame: gun owners:


And in Palm Desert, California, where police say an argument preceded the shooting at a Toys "R" Us, lay some blame on a gun-happy culture which encourages the resolution of simple domestic disputes with the pulling of a trigger.
In all accounts I've read from the incident, I've not see one that would indicate the guns used were legally purchased. Generally, law-abiding gun owners don't just pull out their guns and start blasting because of a toy dispute, but hey, this idiot hads to make it fit in with his meme that it's the fault of Republicans as a whole and our current government in particular. For the record, both incidents occurred in counties won convincingly by Obama.

And media folks wonder why newspapers are dying.

Update: Yeah, it sure sounds like the two idiots who shot at each other in the toy store were legal, experienced gun owners (emphasis mine:

The other man pulled a gun and pointed it at the first man but forgot to cock it, Scott Barrick said. The first man tried to run but was blocked by the line of people, then ran back toward the store's electronics section as the other man fired his gun, he said.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Why Aren't Left-Wing Blogs Reporting on Mumbai Story?

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I find it intriguing that very few left-of-center blogs are reporting on the terror attacks in India. This is a story with world-wide implications and people from myriad nations were killed or injured.

It goes to reason that this is a story that should capture their attention as I'm presuming that those targeted and killed were intellectuals and probably liberal-minded. Conservatives from Britain, Australia and America would generally not be the people I would think of as residing or visiting India. I may be wrong but details I've read seem to show this is the case.

In scanning the lefty blogs, I found a blurb from Taylor Marsh sandwiched between a story about Rosie O'Donnell and shopping. Sullivan posts a cut and paste about the Indian/Muslim "divide" and the effect it may have on Obama and Talk Left has a cut and paste post as well with no comment. The only lefty who has run more than one or two posts is TPM.

Maybe it's because they can't quite grasp the violence of the attacks or that they have no concept of weapons, tactics or the military in general so they don't feel comfortable writing about such things. But this is the present and the future, terror attacks are not going away because Obama is inaugurated. The Pakistanis and the Indians are not going to shake hands and sing Imagine just because Obama is sitting in the Oval Office (update: He's already pissed off the Indians). Obama will have to deal with terrorism and odds are that those who wish us harm will get lucky and hit us once again at home.

Liberals are going to have to realize that you can't just puts you fingers in your ears and scream "la la la" while keeping your eyes closed every time terrorists hit. This is a real problem with no clear solutions. You can't throw money at the problem or negotiate with those who have no feelings when executing children. The way to negotiate is from the trigger side of a gun, they understand force and nothing else.

My guess is if they could pin this on President Bush, we'd be hearing a lot more from the liberal blogosphere. Otherwise, we hear nothing but silence.

Mumbai Attack: Pakistan Connection Firming Up

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Regardless of who was responsible for the Mumbai attacks, the Indian government was going to blame Pakistan for several reasons: a) it's plausible and b) they failed miserably in protecting the citizens of the country and need a scapegoat.

That said, it appears more and more likely that there is a Pakistani connection:

An arrested terrorist has revealed that the Mumbai terror attack operation was planned about six months ago.

Investigators are examining satellite phone and GPS found on trawler seized in Arabian Sea.

Sources have told NDTV that data from GPS revealed terrorists sailed from Karachi harbour on November 12 or 13. Their phone was used to call Lashkar commander Yusuf Muzamil in Muzaffarabad.

The group of terrorists stayed in Karachi for about four days. The mobile phone found on a dead terrorist was used to make calls to Pakistan.

On November 18, Coast Guard had warned of possibility of infiltration by sea route.


Again, take it with a shovel of salt but if it were proven that the operation did originate in Karachi and the terrorists did contact Muzamil, why would the Indians request the head of ISI to aid in the investigation? ISI has had associations with Lashkar in the past.

If it also plays out that the Coast Guard did indeed warn of infiltration by sea, I would imagine the Indian intelligence apparatus will be ripped apart and rebuilt.

Update: It's being reported that the culprits were part of LeT and hijacked a Vietnam-bound ship from which they entered Indian waters. They're saying twelve were involved with help from Indian Muslims. Scary to think what just twelve 25 men with the proper planning and ammunition can accomplish. Well, we saw what 19 could do here in the states...

Updates and other info here including the report that a security force plane was held up awaiting politicians. Plus, this must-read piece in the Hindustan Times.

Mumbai Update

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15 foreigners are known to be dead at this point including two Americans, two French citizens and an Aussie citizen. 17 Russian nationals (including defense contractors) were let go after a review of their passports, either because the terrorists fear Russian reprisal or perhaps they had another reason that I won't speculate on yet.

This looks as if it may continue for some time and it will take weeks to sort out the details.

Barcepundit is all over this story and is the go-to source for all the info as it becomes available.

5 Hostages Murdered at Jewish Nariman House

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The Mumbai terrorists targeted Americans, Britons and of course, the Jews:

Mumbai: Five hostages have been killed by terrorists holed up inside Nariman House, a Jewish centre, in Colaba (Mumbai) even as National Security Guard commandos have secured major parts of the building.

""We had taken over the second floor of the house when grenade was launched from above. Three hostages were killed by terrorists before they moved upstairs. NSG commandos moved upstairs to kill two terrorists on the fourth floor. Terrorists killed two hostages in this floor," NSG Director General Jyoti Krishan Dutt said.

"Nariman House charge will be given to CRPF and Mumabi (sic) Police after the operation is over," Dutt said. "We are on the last floor and any time we will finish this operation," he said.

The fate of terrorists is still unclear.


This is just the latest battle in the Global war on Terror and one that we most-assuredly had better be taking notes from. A small army accessed the coastal city, had pre-planned locations to launch the assault from, were armed to the teeth and went about murdering everyone from high-ranking police authorities to innocent civilians and foreigners. It could happen in the US if Obama administration lessens our vigilance from current levels, plus it would take little money to execute such a plan.

Friday News and Notes

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Tidbits from around the web:

Beware the blond in the miniskirt broken down by the side of the road scam.

A review of Robert Spencer's new book Stealth Jihad.

What a difference four years makes.

Attacks on military computers continue and are becoming a concern.

Headline of the day.

The NY Times Slimes Czech President

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Czech President Vaclav Klaus is among the most-outspoken global warming sceptics and is in line to take the rotating EU leadership position next year. Global warming zealots are in a lather and are in smear mode to the extreme with the willing help of the NY Times:

Here's the first few paragraphs of the hit piece by Dan Bilefsky:


PRAGUE — In the 1980s, a Communist secret police agent infiltrated clandestine economics seminars hosted by Vaclav Klaus, a fiery future leader of the Czech Republic, who had come under suspicion for extolling free market virtues. Rather than reporting on Marxist heresy, the agent was most struck by Mr. Klaus’s now famous arrogance.

“His behavior and attitudes reveal that he feels like a rejected genius,” the agent noted in his report, which has since been made public. “He shows that whoever does not agree with his views is stupid and incompetent.”

Decades later, Mr. Klaus, the 67-year-old president of the Czech Republic — an iconoclast with a perfectly clipped mustache — continues to provoke strong reactions. He has blamed what he calls the misguided fight against global warming for contributing to the international financial crisis, branded Al Gore an “apostle of arrogance” for his role in that fight, and accused the European Union of acting like a Communist state.
Imagine the Times outrage if a paper used the same tactic. Imagine if a Times of London piece was written about Obama where the first few paragraphs were taken from an FBI report on him where he was noted as dimwitted or other such negatives written by an agent who was, shall we say, racist. This is no different quoting an agent who was tasked with investigating those who questioned the wisdom of The State.

The environmental alarmists are in high dudgeon because they see the carefully constructed facade of global warmingism being torn down. When gas hit $4.00 per gallon, people were forced to look at the issue of energy and the environment and they decided that global warming was beginning to look like an orchestrated sham. Add to that the realization that it is indeed getting colder when they walk out the door every morning and you have a global warming lobby in disarray. They can't live with the fact that not only is no one listening to them but they are actually being ignored.

The Times can't let one of the pillars of liberal ideology die or the whole house of cards may tumble so they have to go after sceptics with vigor. The result is the piece excerpted above.

Excuse me for harping on this point; but The NY Times actually quoted an agent for an agency that was in concert with the Soviets to squash any internal dissidence by violent or oppressive means. Amazing.

The Gray Lady is dead and all that emanates is articles like this coming from the rotting corpse.

Update: people are just not trusting the enviro-zealots anymore. The author linked to above just can't seem to understand that people look at global warming as a scam.

Mumbai Update (Update: Two Terrorists Brit-born, Two Americans dead)

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The Taj Hotel is supposedly cleared. The Jewish Center has been stormed and details are sketchy:


Captured terrorists revealed that the attackers entered on a boat and utilized smaller trawlers to get to shore. LeT is being blamed by nearly everyone now:



This was a monumental security failure by Indian authorities (not unusual) who have been subjected to massive terror attacks in the past. Pakistani involvement is not known but if there was assistance, it would make things very dicey in the region.

I had missed this, but in a significant move, President Zardari of Pakistan disbanded the political wing of their intelligence service ISI earlier this week. That group was believed to have assisted the various terror groups throughout Pakistan, including LeT. Maybe I'm grasping at straws, but could the political wing of ISI have known what was planned in Mumbai (or assisted in procuring weapons, etc) and allowed it to go forward even after they were excised from the government?

Streaming Mumbai video here.

Responsibility for the attacks has not been completely established, however, India has its share of domestic insurgents. I guess we can add the previously unheard of Deccan Mujahideen to the list.

Update: The borders on the embedded IBN video are off due to weird tags.

Update: Shocka! Two of the attackers were British-born Pakistanis. Also, the rhetoric is starting to ratchet up between India and Pakistan.

Update: Those killed were executed by garrote (strangled with wire or other means) according to this radio report from London paper The Guardian. More from The Guardian here in very detailed fashion.

Update: A father and daughter from Viginia are confirmed dead.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Northeast Mass Transit Targeted?

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According to this report that expands on yesterdays warning:

"The threat is serious, the threat is significant, and it is plausible," said Congressman Peter King, R-Long Island, a member of the House Homeland Security Committee.

Uniformed officers, including this NYPD Counter Terrorism Squad members and Amtrak cops with M-16s, flooded Penn Station Wednesday after the FBI said it had received a "plausible but unsubstantiated" report that Al Qaeda operatives discussed a plan two months ago to bomb New York City's mass transit system.

The report said: "These discussions reportedly involved the use of suicide bombers or explosives placed on subway/passenger rail systems."

Sources told CBS 2 HD the plot involved the Long Island Rail Road. If the explosion went off in Penn Station, the source said, it would affect transportation of Amtrak's northeast corridor between Boston and Washington, LIRR service and New York City subway service.
Rep. King is a serious guy unlike say, Sen. Charles Shumer who's nothing but a camera whore. If he said the threat is plausible I have to believe it is and not just another unsubstantiated threat.

I'm a strong believer that the next attack will target infrastructure and hit us economically, which we can't afford at this point. Al-Qaeda's MO is hitting transportation as they did in Spain and London.

Indian Terror Incidents Not Over (Update: Military Official Say From Pakistan)

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The battle still rages.

It will be days before we know who attacked numerous locations in Mumbai, India. This was a coordinated attack and the terrorists were well armed:

The wave of terror began after small groups of militants, armed with automatic weapons and grenades, entered the city by boat and fanned out.

They burst into two hotels, a hospital and a railway station as well as a cafe popular with foreign tourists, firing indiscriminately and throwing grenades.

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said that the attacks were well-planned and probably had "external linkages".
The terrorists singled out Americans and Britons, which makews me believe there was indeed a foreign connection meaning Pakistan.

The cowards even went after kids:



This is why we need a man as president who is experienced, terrorists will not wait for our President-elect to get up to speed just as they didn't allow President Bush to get all his people in place in 2001.

Update: Tim Blair has much more including reports of Aussie injuries and sadly, a death.

Update: This from an unnamed Indian military official via AFP:

Militants who staged multiple attacks in the Indian city of Mumbai, killing at least 125 people and injuring hundreds more, came from Pakistan, a senior military official said on Thursday.

"They are from across the border and perhaps from Faridkot, Pakistan. They tried to pretend that they were from Hyderabad," Major General R.K. Hooda, leading the military operation to flush out the extremists, told reporters.

Who Cares if Mumbai Attacks Were al-Qaeda?

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A strange headline in the NY Times:

Sophisticated Attacks, but Al Qaeda Link Disputed


It doesn't matter if it was al-Qaeda or any other terror group, it was Islamic militants using violence against civilians once again to try to attain their goal of a global caliphate. It doesn't matter if it was Lashkar-e-Taiba, Ansar al-islam or Hezbollah, the simple fact is they are targets that must be hunted and liquidated.

Just as the US military did in Iraq and is currently doing in Afghanistan, we now must do elsewhere, infiltrate these groups if possible, monitor chatter, gain intel and hit them hard, quickly and with extreme violence.

I'm guessing the Times is trying to lessen the gravitas of al-Qaeda or show that Islamo-fascism is increasing in some back-handed stab at President Bush but if it were not al-Qaeda, wouldn't that show that Bush's War on terror has been a success on that front being as al-Qaeda has been substantially weakened by US, Brit and Aussie actions?

NJ Veterans Official Falsified Own Record

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A guy who served as a pay clerk in Vietnam gamed the system:

An official of the state Department of Military and Veterans Affairs fabricated his colorful past as a decorated Vietnam War veteran and used faked war wounds to collect disability benefits, authorities have said.

William Devereaux, 63, also falsified his tax records so he could get exemptions and benefits, according to the Camden County Prosecutor's Office.

Devereaux, of Laurel Springs, was arrested Monday on charges of falsifying or tampering with records and theft by failure to make required disposition. He owes more than $40,000 in taxes to Laurel Springs for 2002 through this year, authorities said.
This scumbag used fake injuries to get benefits meant for vets who actually did and fight and really were injured. I suspect we'll see more of this in the near future with the large group of war vets we now have from Iraq and Afghanistan.

Devereaux not only collected benefits but had a job in which he embellished his record to get. That is a slap in the face to those who fought and were injured or died. They fought for our freedom and this dirtbag pissed all over them by claiming what he was not. Let's hope he gets what he deserves.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

A Little Rush YYZ

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And this moron only included them as #10. YYZ is ridiculously good:



I can't disagree with Neil as #1 but the Cowboy Junkies? Why not Chilliwack or the Guess Who? Plus the fuckin' tool left out Triumph:



Er, Rik, what the hell was up with the selection in wardrobe? Plus, dig the special effects. The effects got better but with some, shall we say, miscues.

Update: The things you learn on Wikipedia: Geddy lee's parents both survived concentration camps. That led to Rush writing one of my favorite songs ever; Red Sector A.

Update: More Rush with the epic The Trees.

Thanks

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Thanks to links from Glenn Reynolds, Charles Johnson, the boys at Hot Air and others, I've had the best year for traffic in the five-plus years this site has been active. but what's most important to me is the daily readership who clicks on and reads what I have to say. Yes, I know who you are and I thank you:



This site is not the best but if I can make one person laugh, research, think or just mumble to themselves that we need change (or that I'm an imbecile) I'm happy.

The numbers are interesting as they fluctuate by the amount of time I have when work doesn't get in the way of me blogging and the content quality.

I hope everyone has a great holiday and is surrounded by those they love.

The Office of the Best MoFo in the World-Elect

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While I consider myself unworthy of the title, I want to now be called Best MoFo in the World (elect). Why not? I mean, Obama has a nifty seal for his office and he has zero power for the next month and a half or so. What a solipsistic dude he is:

President-elect Barack Obama is looking very presidential these days. When he makes an announcement, he is ringed by American flags and stands behind a lectern that has a very presidential-looking placard announcing "The Office of the President-Elect."

But the props are merely that. Under the Constitution, there is no such thing as the Office of the President-elect. Technically, Obama will not even become the president-elect until the Electoral College convenes after the second Wednesday in December and elects him based on the results of the Nov. 4 general election, as stated in the Constitution.
The dude is a megalomaniac in the extreme. He holds no position within the government at this point but comes off as if he is already POTUS. This is nothing new but keep in mind that 53% of the misguided fools in this country elected a dude who is intensely full of himself and egotism in a political leadership role leads to very bad things indeed.

Thanksgiving Bliss: Franken's Attempt to Steal Election Rejected

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Sweet. My heart is pumping immense amounts of piss for Stuart Smalley:

Minnesota's powerful canvassing board ruled 5-0 on a motion NOT to accept rejected absentee ballots in the closely-watched recount between GOP incumbent Norm Coleman and comedian-turned Democratic senatorial candidate Al Franken in a high-profile meeting.

Some Republicans worried Democratic Secretary of State Mark Ritchie and canvassing board member was not going to vote for the motion, but he did in the end.

Coleman is currently leading the recount by a narrow margin. This request to the board was considered a last-ditch effort by the Franken campaign to gain more ballots. Roughly 12,000 absentee ballots were rejected in Minnesota.

Franken has been doing everything possible--in concert with George Soros--to make a mockery of our electoral system. Today he was shot down in glorious flames.

Coleman's looking like he will narrowly maintain that seat and the Dems will not have the veto-proof majority they covet.

The War on Terror Continues: 90 Dead, Hundreds Wounded in India

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And on it goes:

Mumbai: In one of the most violent terror attacks on Indian soil, Mumbai came under an unprecedented night attack as terrorists used heavy machine guns, including AK-47s, and grenades to strike at the city's most high-profile targets -- the hyper-busy CST (formerly VT) rail terminus; the landmark Taj Hotel at the Gateway and the luxury Oberoi Trident at Nariman Point; the domestic airport at Santa Cruz; the Cama and GT hospitals near CST; the Metro Adlabs multiplex and Mazgaon Dockyard -- killing at least 80 and sending more than 900 to hospital, according to latest reports.

The attacks have taken a tragic toll on the city's top police brass: The high-profile chief of the anti-terror squad Hemant Karkare was killed; Mumbai's additional commissioner of police (east) Ashok Kamte was gunned down outside the Metro; and celebrated encounter specialist Vijay Salaskar was also killed.
Allah mentions that the Pakistani intel service ISI may be involved and if so, that would mean a return to a state of war between two atomic powers. Allah also linked to a story at Fox that Indian troops are attempting to rescue hostages.

Add to this the fact that DHS released a warning citing intel indicating a possible attack in NYC specifically targeting the subway system and we may well be entering the next phase of the WoT whereby AQ and others will test our new, inexperienced president-elect.

Exit thought: Judging by the way this was carried out today in India, I find it astounding that we have not been hit since 9/11 and most of the credit for that goes to George W. Bush, our military and the intelligence agencies.

Update: The worst thing to ever happen to TSA--an agency with some of the brightest intel people in the world--was making the screeners federal employees (soon to be unionized with Obama's blessing). These people are a damned embarrassment.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

A High C on Civics Quiz

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Better than the average of a dismal 49%:

You answered 26 out of 33 correctly — 78.79 %

Average score for this quiz during November: 78.1%
Average score: 78.1%

You can take the quiz as often as you like, however, your score will only count once toward the monthly average.

If you have any comments or questions about the quiz, please email americancivicliteracy@isi.org.

You can consult the following table to see how citizens and elected officials scored on each question.

Where to from here?

Answers to Your Missed Questions:


Question #7 - D. Gettysburg Address
Question #8 - C. appoint additional Supreme Court justices who shared his views
Question #26 - C. revenue minus expenses
Question #27 - A. the price system utilizes more local knowledge of means and ends
Question #29 - B. a resident can benefit from it without directly paying for it
Question #30 - C. decreasing taxes and increasing spending
Question #33 - D. tax per person equals government spending per person
I missed one easy one and the rest were not so easy.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Gender Correctness

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Yes, it's a fact that this site is 88% manly.

Tim Blair...er, uh, nevermind. I'm not sure what a "nancy" is, but...er, nevermind.

Sean Hannity's Nightly Punching Bag to Leave H & C

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The highly irritating and quite vile Alan Colmes is leaving Hannity and Colmes at the end of the year.

Allah is pushing for Kirsten Powers and I tend to agree that she'd be a good selection. She's a hell of a lot better looking then Colmes, that's for damn sure.

Holy Land Foundation Defendants Found Guilty

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A nice win for the Bush administration against terror supporters the Holy Land Foundation:

A jury on Monday determined that the Holy Land Foundation and five men who worked with the Muslim charity were guilty of three dozen counts related to the illegal funneling of at least $12 million to the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas.

The unanimous verdicts are a complete victory for the government, which streamlined its case and worked hard to carefully educate jurors on the complex, massive evidence presented in the trial. Guilty verdicts were read on 108 separate charges.
A much-needed win for the government, which had struggled in other WoT cases and failed to secure a guilty verdict initially against Holy Land.

Bush's legacy will be the War on Terror in it's military, legal and diplomatic facets. This is a good win for him and the US.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Useful Idiots Visit Iran

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The Code Pinkos are in Iran and they just can't explain the goodness and awesomeness of Ahmadinejad's nation.

Note to other Pinko's since Medea's Internet connection is probably tapped and censored: It would probably be a good idea to check the comments on co-founder Medea Benjamin's blog however:

Zahra Sharifi said...
Medea Benjamin, you're one pathetic sociopath. You want to hate your own stupid country so much, you go right ahead but mess around with Iran and Iranian? I don't think so. Haven't we had enough of Ramsey Clark where now, you, his whore puppets are in there fluffing up the Mullahs? Who the hell do you cultural imperialist cow think you are? You want real hospitality? You ain't seen nothing until you get a full frontal view of what the Mullahs do to us Iranian women you spoiled twat. Meanwhile, you won't mind if we broadcast some of your photos to our friends and family in Iran so that they can come to spit in your face, in Tehran, would you? I mean since you stole the photo of innocent Iranian women and changed the image around, photoshopped some lies on there and shamelessly put it up...I think the women in Iran deserve to know who is aiding and abetting their oppressors, don't you? I mean, hey, if you scream for transparency in your own country, then you damn well better want the same in ours...but you won't because you WANT to keep our women downtrodden because that's what colonialists like you do.

November 23, 2008 1:46 AM
Takekaze said...
Congrats Code Pink

Just when I thought you folks can't get any lower I'm proven the opposite. Wonderful.

Just for the notes:
The Iranian regime has been executing people because they are homosexual. Such "criminals" are usually hung from a crane without the mercy of what's called the "long drop" (which breaks the convicts neck within a split second).

The Iranian "justice" system has passed the death penalty to a woman who killed a man who wanted to rape her in self defense.

The Iranian regime allows a penalty called stoning, which is usually used on women and usually for "crimes" such as adultry (it has to be noted that getting raped also counts as adultry and if the rape victim fails to produce several male witnesses who confirm her story, then she is subject to execution by stoning as well, that's how islamic "law" deals with it.)

The Iranian regime doesn't allow free speech.

The Iranian regime doesn't allow real democracy.

The Iranian regime, which came to be under Khomeini many years ago, doesn't allow religious freedom (just like all the other islamic countries.)

The Iranian regime has supported terrorists in the past and still supports them

The Iranian regime wants to start a new Holocaust by wiping Israel off the map.

Khomeinei, the "great revolution leader" who is still worshipped by the regime, once wrote that a man can have sexual pleasure even from a baby.

That's the people Code Pink enjoys consorting with.

Congrats.

By the way. Citizen diplomacy?`I'm sorry, but I have to crush your bubble. The Iranian regime won't give a damn about what you do. And it's quite easy to figure out why:

1) you are infidels
2) you are women
3) you are Americans

So, summing this up, you're pretty much the worst creatures on earth for a "good" muslim. As an infidel you have no rights, as a woman you have no rights, and as American you're pretty much Satan anyway.

Has anyone of you ever read the koran or the haditha? It's all in there. Kill all infidels. Don't trust infidels. Don't take infidels as friends. Woman is an acre. Etc, etc.

Again, congrats. Congrats for falling even lower than you've already been.

PS: and no, Islam doesn't mean "peace", translated it actually meas "submission" and inside the "Islamic Sphere" peace is only available for muslims. All the others are called "dhimmis", and that status brings higher taxes and lesser rights. In front of a sharia court my word is only worth half of the word of a muslim, since I'm an infidel.

Lovely friends you have, Code Pink.

November 23, 2008 4:30 AM
DMartyr said...
Zahra Sharifi - you're my new hero!

Stay safe, friend.

November 23, 2008 8:11 AM
HipsterVacuum said...
Zahra, good for you. Medea is a worthless attention starved whore who never met a tyranny she didn't want to suck off and serve as a useful idiot. Her and the whole Code Pink lot are a deranged bunch of fascist-loving pigs. Whores all of you, Code Pink! Praise and admiration to Zahra Sharifi!

November 23, 2008 11:50 AM
Elric66 said...
Did you get to see any homosexual executions while you were there?

November 23, 2008 3:13 PM
Winston said...
stay in Iran. Don't ever come back you imbeciles. You idiots will love it for the couple days u r there. Otherwise you would hate it if they made you to stay there. But I say you should stay there for a year and feel how terrible it is to live in Iran. God, I hate you Code Pinkies.

November 23, 2008 4:11 PM
Winston said...
when many Iranians can get a full meal, these idiots eat off the people's oil money and rant against the country that has given the freedom to travel and be idiots. How sad! Code Pink makes me puke

November 23, 2008 4:20 PM
What is "Occupation" said...
Please enjoy your trip...

Don't tell them you are friends of Israelis or Zionists...

They will hang you after gang raping and torturing you.

You are IN Iran... congrats..

The President? A historic mass murderer..

Think of that fact when you meet with him...

How many 10's of thousands of children did he personally send to be human mine sweepers?

I doubt you care...

But please don't ask about Iranian-Canadian photojournalist Zahra Kazemi you could care less....

Please enjoy your hosts....

The persian people HATE the government of Iran even more than you hate Buh....

We have a word for you all...

useful idiots...

November 23, 2008 5:19 PM
Michael said...
You don't just hurt the prospect of peace, but you feed the propaganda of Iran against its own people who suffer, while you get to go back to the wealthy, freedom filled, equal opportunity country you hate that defends hypocrites like yourself.

My wish is that we could trade three Iranians for the three of you. Then you could spend of you lives in Iran as subjects of that regime.

November 23, 2008 5:26 PM
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They remind me of the "human shields" Saddam employed before the Stealth Bombers started raining hell on Iraq. Enjoy your charade Medea, take some pix of the mullahs.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Victory in Iraq

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It's time. It's well past time in fact to declare our victory in Iraq.

I've joined with Z-man and many others to give our boys and girls what they earned: the joy of a hard fought victory.

In years past, the bar for victory was the capture of the capital city of the nation you invaded. The citizens well-being was secondary and the continuing viability of said city was what the victors deemed useful. That has changed for the better thanks to our efforts in Iraq.

We invaded Iraq in the the spring of 2003 and President George W. Bush made it clear that this was the premier battle in the greater War on Terror. We took the capital in record time led by a military force so awesome that any resistance melted in front of our troops due to overwhelming force and the sheer will of our men and women who enlisted for just such a battle. Al-Qaeda saw it that way and sent every recruit they could into Baghdad and provinces north and south to defeat us.

Things went awry and bad decisions were made and we were caught in a situation that was alien to us. Soldiers and Marines died in a Peace-keeping mission that was not supposed to be as it was playing out. Support waned and good men and women died and each death was played up by the media as another example of us losing in Bush's Folly. The media and liberals were giddy when the death count reached 1,000 dead, then 2,000 dead...it was a dark time indeed. Of course the media never put it into the context of the battle for Iwo Jima, which resulted in 6,800 deaths in two months. That was a good war in the eyes of our new correspondents.

Then something incredible happened, some of those who supported the liberation of an oppressed people got cold feet. They became pussies at the exact moment when the nation needed strength. They surrendered, an unthinkable American concept. They said "we can't win" and the war became a political issue. The election in 2004 saw a battle in itself, a battle between a vet who sought his first political edge in blaming our troops for unsubstantiated atrocities and then made what most would acknowledge were incredibly inane comments, which our troops responded to quite forcefully. Kerry wanted Vietnam while America didn't.

Things were quite bleak and it was time for a change in approach. Enter Senator John McCain who called for what became known as "The Surge"--a build-up of forces to combat the insurgency that had developed and was led by al-Qaeda. It took incredible political guts to call for this but it was voted upon and yet it was thusly approved.

Unbelievably it worked and it worked with astonishing speed. A man named Petraeus created a strategy that will be studied for generations; a strategy that incorporated public relations, extreme force, community organizing on a scale that Barack Obama would have shied away from and downright intelligence. He attacked al-Qaeda where they had established strongholds by using their actions against them. The Iraqi's looked at the treatment they received at the hands of the insurgents and decided that American troops--troops accused by a sitting US Representative of murder--were better than their fellow Muslims. Astounding.

Now we've reached the end of the war. Things are clearly settled and al-Qaeda decided that Iraq was not quite the welcome place they'd hoped thanks to US ingenuity and a good old fashioned ass-kicking applied by our troops.

It's time. It's time to say that yes, we have won. Liberals and anti-warriors will say that we have troops there so it can't be over as they secretly curse that it should have been another Vietnam so we wouldn't soon take such action again. Even worse, George W. Bush joins the short list of Presidents who've won a major war. Washington, Lincoln, FDR/Truman, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush. That's it.

Congratulations to those who've fought this battle and to their families who've suffered. To those who've died I owe my deepest gratitude but they did it in the cause of victory and they join the pantheon of heroes who won wars that preceded this one. To those who played different but highly significant roles, we all owe you our gratitude.

Job well done to all and Bravo Zulu.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Is Obama in an Undisclosed Secret Location?

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After two years of listening to Obama opine on every single issue that arose daily, now that he's won the race, he's suddenly got a case of laryngitis. The bailout plan, Iran gaining a nuke and the latest, the congressional car wars:

President-elect Barack Obama is staying out of the congressional fight over bailing out the U.S. auto industry, despite his previous statements urging help for Detroit's struggling Big Three, a leading Senate Democrat said Wednesday.

"I can tell you flat out there will be no endorsement [by Mr. Obama] prior to January 20," said Senate Banking Committee Chariman (sic) Christopher J. Dodd of Connecticut a day after his committee heard a combined appeal for billions of dollars in taxpayer help from the heads of General Motors Corp., Ford Motor Co, and Chrysler LLC.
And why won't he endorse any side? Because he's Obama, he's made a career of not taking sides in anything. He vacillates and then eventually sees which way the wind is blowing and supports that side.

Listen, O-dude, this is real now. You won. You have to start making decisions and the issues of November 20 will be the issues of January 20. This isn't going away and your voice will be the only one when you take the oath.

God help us if on the night of January 20, when all the crowds have gone home and Obama is sitting behind the desk in the Oval Office that it finally dawns on him that he is not qualified. The roar of the crowds will be gone and some of the idolatry of the media and he'll be forced to make tough choices that will effect the nation and the world. Perhaps now would be a good time to start.

Beg Pardon, Senator?

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Sen. Russ Feingold--a man who crafted election reform legislation that the President-elect pissed on when trouncing his co-sponsor--writing in the abhorrent and unreadable (except for Camille Paglia) Salon:

If President Bush were to pardon key individuals involved in the misdeeds of his administration, from warrantless wiretapping to torture to the firing of U.S. attorneys for political reasons, the courts would be unable to address criminality, or pass judgment on the legality of some of the president's worst abuses. Issuing such pardons now would be particularly egregious, since voters just issued such a strong condemnation of the Bush administration at the ballot box. There is nothing to prevent President Bush from using the pardon in such a short-sighted and self-serving manner -- except, perhaps, public pressure that may itself be a window on the judgment of history. Everyone who can exert that pressure, from members of Congress to the press and the public, should express their views on whether it would be appropriate for President Bush to use his pardon power in this way.
You see how Feingold channels the far left moonbats by pronouncing that the president and his staff are guilty of crimes when they've never been charged and facts are scarce? Warantless wiretapping is a misnomer but is playing right into the kooks and nutroots and the torture line has them creaming their jeans.

It goes without saying--at least to sane folks--that if crimes had been committed, they will be investigated. The president has some latitude and his decisions post-9/11 will be left to historians to decide.

But wait, it gets better:

Controversial pardons are nothing new, of course. President Gerald Ford's pardon of Richard Nixon, which was a source of furious national debate, is perhaps the most famous of these. More recently, President Clinton issued a series of last-minute pardons that were highly criticized. Yet the power can also be used to show mercy -- Clinton used the pardon power a number of times to lessen the impact of draconian mandatory minimum sentences for certain drug offenders.
See how Feingold brushes off Clinton's pardons? Good try, Senator but there's essentially no one that Bush could pardon that would top old Slick Willy. He pardoned Puerto Rican terrorists to help his wife gain votes in her first campaign for Senator, a member of another terrorist organization--the Weather Underground--and pardoned a fugitive--Mark Rich--who should have been tried and jailed. Note Feingold doesn't mention either of these because it would just harsh his mellow and make his point look as baseless as it actually is.

Feingold plays fast and loose and he's one of the guys that McCain found suitable to reach across the aisle to when writing McCain-Feingold. No wonder McCain lost.

Thursday News and Notes

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Interesting (to me) stories from around the web:

Buried standing up. Yes, we're finally at that point.

This is arguable but you probably will agree: Joy Behar is the stupidest human on TV today. That includes any of the dumbass shows like Real Wives of Orange County and Countdown with Keith Olbermann (although it was close).

The venerable Yugo is kaput. It was like an AMC Gremlin (or Pacer) without the personality.


Coming Saturday.

House Goes Far Left: Dingell Ousted By Waxman

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A stunner to say the least but not completely unexpected:

California Rep. Henry A. Waxman on Thursday officially dethroned longtime Energy and Commerce Chairman John Dingell, upending a seniority system that has governed Democratic politics in the House for decades.

In a secret ballot vote in the Cannon Caucus Room, House Democrats ratified an earlier decision by the Steering and Policy Committee to replace the 82-year-old Dingell with his 69-year-old rival. The vote was 137-122 in favor of Waxman.

The ascension of Waxman, a wily environmentalist, recasts a committee that Dingell has chaired since 1981 with an eye toward protecting the domestic auto industry in his native Michigan. The Energy and Commerce Committee has principal jurisdiction over many of President-elect Barack Obama's top legislative priorities, including energy, the environment and health care.


And away we go. The single strangest looking dude in Congress is going to push through hardcore environmental regulations on every industry. It shows just how much Congress thinks of the auto industry by snubbing them today in the bailout request and then smacking their main man and biggest advocate in a major committee who represented that industry.

It's a new world folks and one that will be run by the likes of Rep. Henry Waxman. Lord help us.

Back in the Ring (Mostly)

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I battled a hell of a cold the last few days. I can honestly say I haven't been that sick in God knows how long. It was essentially get up, work, get home, sleep. Tonight I feel almost human or a close facsimile of one.

Posting to resume shortly.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Remembering the Danger of the Cult Mentality

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It's been 30-years.

Dems Smack Liberals With Reality

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And I'm so enjoying the schadenfreude. This on Lieberman retaining his position on the Homeland Security Committee:

I hope this puts to rest the notion that this is all some master stroke of kumbayah, of keeping your friends close and your enemies closer.

This is about telling you that you mean nothing. That democracy is a nice word, but it should never threaten the entitlement of the most exclusive club in the world.
For crying out loud, you won and still are so full of bile and vitriol.

Get a life, Jane.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Monday Evening News and Notes

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What up?

I've got a cold, the Eagles lost to tied the 1-8 Bengals and Ryan Howard got beat out by Albert Pujols for MVP so it's essentially been a pretty shitty day.

On that note, why not read what others are writing:

It's never not fun to bust on Gwyneth Paltrow.

Terri notes that even workers who make Spam are unionized and afraid to discuss Spam with the media.

They're #1! West Virginians are just not that healthy as a group. Ask the fat Mayor.

Bailout blues. We gave them the money and they'll spend every damn cent and ask for more. Enough!

Another Great Moment in Socialized Medicine

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Yeah, that socialized medicine plan pushed by Obama will be a real Godsend, won't it? I mean, it may be a pipe dream, but if we follow the new president, we can have a health care system on the same par as Great Britain:


Nov. 17 (Bloomberg) -- Jack Rosser's doctor says taking Pfizer Inc.'s Sutent cancer drug may keep him alive long enough to see his 1-year-old daughter, Emma, enter primary school. The U.K.'s National Health Service says that's not worth the expense.

Rosser, 57, was told the cost of Sutent, 3,140 pounds ($4,650) per treatment for his advanced kidney cancer, was too high for the NHS -- the government agency that funds the nation's health care. The resident of the town of Kingswood, in southwest England, has appealed the decision twice, and next month may find out if his second plea is successful.

``It's immoral,'' Rosser's wife, Jenny, said. ``They are sentencing him to die.''

The NHS, which provides health care to all Britons and is funded by tax revenue, is spending about 100 billion pounds this fiscal year, or more than double what it spent a decade ago, as the cost of treatments increase and the population ages. The higher costs are forcing the NHS to choose between buying expensive drugs for terminal patients and providing more services for a wider number of people.
Now this is something to aspire to: we can have a nation where a group of regulators--government employees, actually--who make the ultimate decision who can live and who will die. A liberal wet dream. Sounds great.

I can just see our future; a future where cancer treatment is not covered but abortions and sex changes are. Infanticide? No problemo. Acquire an STD? Great, come on in and get treated, but don't even ask for that newest drug that is used for diabetes treatment as it's much too expensive.

I imagine the numbers on that chart at right will steadily decrease for Britain.

Man, it should be an interesting (hopefully only) four years, folks.

Update: Here's another cancer drug that will probably cost too much as well. It's a vaccine for skin cancer.

Any Pretense of Impartiality Is Purely Coincidental

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The media have been gloating. After eight years and two presidential campaigns in which they were beaten and exposed as laughable hacks, they now have their moment. Like the child who makes it to the bathroom all on their own for the first time during potty training, they are incredibly happy with themselves. They've done it, they've put their man in office and for the first time since 1996, they can say that they are relevant once again, they are important. The captain of the football team even winked at them.

The fact that they've destroyed what took at least a century to build is a non-starter because they have proven to themselves that they are popular again.

Even Howie Kurtz--a man who was loathe to criticize his brothers and sisters who were giving the finger to those who saw the media as a non-partisan entity--now has seen fit to point out the cult of personality that has engulfed those who write the first draft of history:

MSNBC, which was accused of cheerleading for the Democratic nominee during the campaign, is running promos that say: "Barack Obama, America's 44th president. Watch as a leader renews America's promise." What are viewers to make of that?

There is always a level of excitement when a new president is coming to town -- new aides to profile, new policies to dissect, new family members to follow. But can anyone imagine this kind of media frenzy if John McCain had managed to win?

Obama's days of walking on water won't last indefinitely. His chroniclers will need a new story line. And sometime after Jan. 20, they will wade back into reality.
Probably not, Howie. Obama will be given an extended honeymoon that any former president would have died for. I expect at least a year of blame for every blunder to be squarely placed on the shoulders of George W. Bush. Did they blame Clinton for 9/11 when he had myriad opportunities to take out bin-Laden but failed and resulted in the annihilation of a portion of Lower Manhattan less than nine months into W's term? Of course not.

We now have the least experienced and least vetted candidate in US history about to lead this nation. Traditionally, the job of vetting was entrusted to the media. Not anymore, Once trust is lost, it's difficult to gain back. The media colluded to avoid any stories which had the potential to derail what they saw as the inevitable and the ending they wanted. Why write an expose on William Ayers, have you seen Obama speak they said to one another. Rezko? Too boring and besides, have you seen Obama smile? Rev. Wright? All heresay generated by the right-wing machine meant to take us off-track when we are chronicling this inevitable moment in history they muttered.

So here we stand with a rookie president with a resume listing "community organizer," state senator and US Senator for a few years. Such a scant resume would surely have been picked apart by the media were it that of a GOP candidate (and was in the case of Gov. Palin). A man who has been given a pass on every single major issue in his past is now poised to be the leader of the free world because the media wanted it that way. The value of this betrayal of great reporters of the past is incalculable by a dollars and cents scale but put Obama over the top.

The newsmedia is done and it only took an Obama win, media people treating the moment like it was coming of the Lord and a few headlines that have been the status quo for months for Howie Kurtz to suddenly write about it.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

San Francisco Sanctuary Law Results in Murder

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During the heated debate about illegal immigration last year, the city of San Francisco was singled out as ground zero of the "sanctuary city" debate. SF Mayor Gavin Newsom maintained a shield law whereby illegal immigrants were not reported to the federal government when they were arrested and thus avoided deportation.

As is so often the case with liberal policies, it has backfired and resulted in the death of four people, the latest a 14-year old boy named Ivan Miranda (pictured right):

SAN FRANCISCO -- A teenager accused of stabbing a 14-year-old boy to death in a gang-motivated attack had been given sanctuary from deportation under San Francisco's previous practice of shielding young illegal immigrant felons from federal authorities, records show.

Rony Aguilera, 17, known as "Guerrillero," has been charged as an adult in the July 31 sword attack in the Excelsior neighborhood that killed Ivan Miranda, who police say was an innocent victim caught up in an act of gang vengeance. Authorities believe Aguilera is an illegal immigrant from Honduras, but he was never referred to federal officials after being arrested last year in an assault case, according to records reviewed by The Chronicle.

Aguilera is the second person this year to be charged with murder in San Francisco after having been protected from possible deportation under city officials' now-discarded interpretation of a sanctuary ordinance that barred agencies from cooperating with federal efforts to round up illegal immigrants.
Four people are dead because San Francisco has a policy that makes it illegal to report illegals who by definition have already broken federal law. Four people who would be alive now if Mayor Newsom had not given the finger to the feds are now dead. I'm sure their families are really happy about Newsom's liberal policy and have nothing but a warm fuzzy feeling for him when crying over the graves of their loved ones.

Granted, Newsom has made changes to the policy, yet it was too late to save these four people. "I'm sorry" isn't going to cut it and amending the sanctuary law will not bring these four people back.

The Gay SS

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Homosexuals are a combined 0-30 in electoral battles to get same-sex marriage legalized. The latest and probably hardest blow...er, most difficult loss to deal with was the passage of Prop. 8 in California. This was it they thought, this was the winner with a high turn out expected and an extremely liberal presidential candidate whom would draw in millions of voters who would support them and vote the measure down.

Unfortunately for them, they lost once again. Now they are turning their wrath on those who they feel wronged them and posting names:

In addition to protests, gay activists have begun publishing lists online exposing individuals and organizations who have donated money in support of Proposition 8. On AntiGayBlacklist.com, individuals who gave money toward Proposition 8 are publicized, with readers urged not to patronize their businesses or services. The list of donors was culled from data on ElectionTrack.com, which follows all contributions of over $1,000 and all contributions of over $100 given before October 17. Dentists, accountants, veterinarians and the like who gave a few thousand dollars to the cause are listed alongside major donors like the Container Supply Co., Inc. of Garden Grove, Calif., which gave $250,000. "Anyone who steps into a political fight aimed at taking away fundamental rights from fellow citizens opens themselves up to criticism," said Wolfson. "The First Amendment gives them the right of freedom of speech and to support political views, but people also have the right to criticize them."
Now just imagine that it was a conservative group doing the same thing, does anyone believe even a little that there wouldn't being a sentence in that piece about incitement to violence or somesuch language? What these gay brownshirts are doing is listing targets and the gay group have already shown that they will attack anyone--old women, blacks, etc.--who had the chutzpah to get in their way. Imagine if, say, a pro 2nd Amendment group did the same thing.

Someone is going to get seriously hurt in this and the media will gloss it over.

Update: Read this and watch this. Instead of calling it a black list, call it a hit list because essentially, they are calling for the all-out assault on those who exercised their freedoms and are setting those people up for revenge.

Update: Note (second item) as well how even though 70% of blacks voted for Prop 8, the NY Times singles out Mormons.

Secret Ballots For Me But Not For Thee

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Sen. Joe Lieberman is in the sights of many of his liberal Democrat brethren. For the sin of supporting John McCain, Joementum is probably going to be forced out as Chairman of the homeland security committee.

However, they plan to give Democrat Senators secrecy while at the same time are planning on denying secrecy to millions of Americans. First the Lieberman vote:


WASHINGTON — - Senate Democrats will decide by secret ballot Tuesday whether to take away Sen. Joe Lieberman's chairmanship of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee — a post from which he oversees U.S. security issues, as well as the operations of a wide segment of the federal government.

The anger over Lieberman's campaigning for the Republican presidential candidate is still boiling — fueled by memories of his undercutting Barack Obama, including in a nationally televised speech at the Republican National Convention.

Majority Leader Harry Reid met with Lieberman two days after the election, telling him that his chairmanship might be on the line.
Note how they give themselves cover while simultaneously hiding their votes from the people who elected them. No transparency here.

But wait, when it comes to the American worker, they want 100% transparency for voting:


The legislation would make union organizing radically easier by bypassing federally monitored elections with an open petition drive. If a majority of workers sign the cards, then a workplace is unionized.

Unions see it as the best hope for reviving their sagging numbers, which have dropped to just 12% of the work force and only 7.5% of the private-sector work force.
Critics, led by big business, say card check would let unions intimidate and coerce workers into signing since the process would end the secret ballot in federally monitored elections.
So let's summarize: secret ballots are good for those elected dirt bags who seek political cover but are not a good idea for a guy who wants to vote against unionization. A Senator who votes against Joe faces some small scrutiny from his party. A guy who votes no on unionization faces union thugs who are named Rocco and like to break kneecaps. But hey, the Dems have to pay back the unions for backing them with slush fund money worker dues so if it hurts the economy or small business, so be it. It sounds as if the Donks are really for the "little guy" doesn't it?

Believe me, this is a top priority fot the Dems regardless of what the IBD piece says. This and the Fairness Doctrine will be front and center come January 20th.

Hope and change indeed.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Friday Night Music--Bob Weir Edition

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I'm going to see Ratdog at the Tower Theater in Upper Darby, PA tomorrow so I thought I'd feature some good Bobby riffs through the years. Most of the Ratdog stuff is poor quality so I'll focus on mostly Dead material. BTW, Ratdog just performed their 800th show on earlier this year. A nice run with no end in sight.

I'll start with the excellent Black Throated Wind from a show I was at at RFK Stadium in June 1991:



Here's Ratdog performing the epic Standing on the Moon from 2005 with a nice intro by Bobby talking about Jerry:



Next we have the Dead doing Dylan's extensive Desolation Row. Not sure of the year but I'm guessing 1989 or so. It always amazed me that Bobby could sing every word to this song without a problem and would always screw up on Truckin'.



Finally from Roosevelt Stadium in Jersey City, NJ circa 1976, a great version of Johnny Cash's Big River:



Set list on Sunday manana.

Update: Set list from last night:

I: Jam > Feel Like a Stranger > Big River > Row Jimmy > Money for Gasoline, Lazy River Road, Odessa > Dark Star > Bertha

II: Catfish John@, Jack-A-Roe@4, Corrina@, Last Time > Ashes and Glass > Stuff > Dear Prudence > St. Stephen > William Tell Bridge > The Eleven

E: Touch of Grey

The Coverup Begins at ACORN

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If there were any group praying (or whatever it is liberals do when they are about to get busted) for an Obama victory, it was ACORN, the group that was most-likely responsible for the biggest organized case of voter fraud in US history.

They knew they were sloppy when paying drug addicts and vagrants to register voters (including the Dallas Cowboys...in Ohio) but it was crunch time because Obama gave them hundreds of thousands in his GOTV efforts. They broke the law whenever it was required and took the heat in the last months of the election hoping that an Obama win would protect them from indictments.

It turns out they were right:

(CNN) -- Community organizing group ACORN, investigated this year for filing fraudulent voter registration forms, has fired two board members it had asked to investigate allegations that an ACORN founder's brother embezzled nearly $1 million.

An internal document from the ACORN executive board, obtained by CNN, shows that members Karen Inman and Marcel Reid were "removed from any office or committee position you may have held."

A separate document says that "the memberships of Karen Inman and Marcel Reid in ACORN is canceled, and they are removed from the Association Board."

The documents, dated November 11, are signed by Maude Hurd, president of the ACORN Association Board.
There's no way in hell they would have removed these members if Obama had lost because, as board members, they know the dirty little secrets of just how ACORN operates.

The investigation was a sham and the Obama administration will look the other way unless and until they are forced to address it. That ain't happening in this Congress, folks.

So ACORN perpetrates fraud against the country and pisses on the most sacred of American institutions--a legal and open voting process--and will end up walking away with no repercussions.