Archive for October, 2007

Wednesday, October 31st, 2007 :: In Politics ::

Kyle-Anne Shiver @ American Thinker is tired of Democrat’s BS of declaring everything they do is for the children. She calls their bluff with a list of suggestions that the donks can use if they’re serious. My favorite is:

Our schools, under the iron-fisted monopoly of union groupthink, have done more to cripple children and keep them shackled in poverty and enslavement to the State than anything since the Depression. If Nancy Pelosi cares about children at even half the rate her hissy-fitted rhetoric implies, then she will make a move to cut the teacher unions off at the knees and restore educational control to local school boards and parents in the true American tradition. With that accomplished, our valiant Speaker of the House can throw the full weight of her political muscle behind school vouchers that will inevitably weed out bad teachers and bad schools as healthy competition invigorates our cancer-ridden government schools.

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Wednesday, October 31st, 2007 :: In Politics ::

Accused Madrid bomb mastermind acquitted

MADRID, Spain — An Egyptian who allegedly bragged that he masterminded the 2004 Madrid terror bombings that killed 191 people was acquitted of all charges along with six other lesser suspects Wednesday.

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Tuesday, October 30th, 2007 :: In Politics ::

Part 1:
The Shocking Video Hillary Does NOT Want You To See!
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Part 2:
The Shocking Video Hillary Does NOT Want You To See!
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Tuesday, October 30th, 2007 :: In Politics ::

From NYT via The Volokh Conspiracy:

After graduating Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Chicago in 1941, Stevens [U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice, John Paul Stevens] enlisted in the Navy on Dec. 6, 1941, hours before the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. He later won a bronze star for his service as a cryptographer, after he helped break the code that informed American officials that Adm. Isoroku Yamamoto, the commander of the Japanese Navy and architect of the Pearl Harbor attack, was about to travel to the front. Based on the code-breaking of Stevens and others, U.S. pilots, on Roosevelt’s orders, shot down Yamamoto’s plane in April 1943.

Stevens told me [Jeffrey Rosen, NYT] he was troubled by the fact that Yamamoto, a highly intelligent officer who had lived in the United States and become friends with American officers, was shot down with so little apparent deliberation or humanitarian consideration. The experience, he said, raised questions in his mind about the fairness of the death penalty. “I was on the desk, on watch, when I got word that they had shot down Yamamoto in the Solomon Islands, and I remember thinking: This is a particular individual they went out to intercept,” he said. “There is a very different notion when you’re thinking about killing an individual, as opposed to killing a soldier in the line of fire.” Stevens said that, partly as a result of his World War II experience, he has tried on the court to narrow the category of offenders who are eligible for the death penalty and to ensure that it is imposed fairly and accurately. He has been the most outspoken critic of the death penalty on the current court. [Bold added: ED.]

Still believe SCOTUS makes decisions based on our Constitution? Can’t you just smell the elitism of the arrogant asshole? He tells us that plain old soldiers are nothing but cannon fodder. Furthermore, sez he, smart people are different. They deserve special consideration no matter what crimes they commit.

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Tuesday, October 30th, 2007 :: In Politics ::

…to find that I’m not the only one shouting viva Sarkozy! If Sarko L’Americain keeps this up I may have to scrap my French joke files.

Here’s the tape (1:36), including Lesley Stahl’s silly spin:
French Pres. Walks Out on 60 Minutes Interview

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Tuesday, October 30th, 2007 :: In Politics ::

Finally, Congress and President Bush both make truthful statements. Each accused the other of being the worst in history.

Yep.

BTW: Did you know that the U.S. is using mercenaries (private contractors) to guard American military formations in Iraq? Did you know the U.S. could EVER sink so low? Are you proud of your country?

UFB!

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Monday, October 29th, 2007 :: In Politics ::

Tom Tancredo (R-CO-6), told “Fox & Friends” his morning that he will not be a candidate for the U.S. House beyond the current term. He said his decision is not related to the outcome of his campaign for the GOP presidential nomination.

Tancredo is a national leader for border and seaport security and has concentrated on those issues in his current campaign. He is the founder of the bipartisan House Immigration Reform Caucus and served as its chairman before announcing his candidacy for president. He currently serves as a member of both the House Foreign Affairs and Natural Resources Committees.

In today’s announcement Tancredo explained he had originally planned to limit his time in Congress but had remained longer than expected due to the mis-aligned priorities of Congress. He said his purpose in coming to Congress has been served by helping to make border security a vanguard issue.

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Friday, October 26th, 2007 :: In Politics ::

Fine GOP Field Merits Respect, Not Nitpicking

Major grumbling among conservatives about the Republican field. So many candidates, so many flaws. Rudy Giuliani, abortion apostate. Mitt Romney, flip-flopper. John McCain, Mr. Amnesty. Fred Thompson, lazy boy. Where is the paragon? Where is Ronald Reagan?

Well, what about Reagan? This president, renowned for his naps, granted amnesty to 3 million illegal immigrants in the 1986 Simpson-Mazzoli bill. As governor of California, he signed the most liberal abortion legalization bill in America, then flip-flopped and became an abortion opponent.

What did he do about it as president? Gave us Sandra Day O’Connor and Anthony Kennedy, the two swing votes that upheld and enshrined Roe v. Wade for the past quarter-century.

The point is not to denigrate Reagan but to bring a little realism to the gauzy idol worship that fuels today’s discontent. And to argue that in 2007 we have, by any reasonable historical standard, a fine Republican field: … MORE

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Friday, October 26th, 2007 :: In Politics ::

I hope my cousins in Louisiana read Bayou Bobby:

Rod Dreher, WSJ Editorial Page:

Bayou Bobby
A new governor offers hope for disaffected Louisiana expats.

Alas for me, I didn’t get to cast a vote for Bobby Jindal, the winner of last weekend’s Louisiana governor’s race. It’s been 15 years since I left the Bayou.

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Louisiana has been at or near the bottom of “quality of life” lists for so long that you start to believe that there’s something genetically wrong with its residents. For 15 out of the past 17 years, Louisiana has been either America’s Least Livable State or runner-up in the annual Morgan Quitno research firm’s comprehensive rankings, which combine educational, economic, health, environmental and crime statistics. No wonder Louisiana has for at least two decades experienced a steady out-migration of young professionals.

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Friday, October 26th, 2007 :: In Politics ::

I hope no one insults my intelligence by telling me this contribution to terrorism is from radical Muslims instead of mainstream Islam.

Yemen frees one of USS Cole bombers

SAN’A, Yemen (AP) — Yemen has set free one of the al-Qaeda masterminds of the USS Cole bombing in 2000 that killed 17 American sailors, a senior security official said Thursday.

Jamal al-Badawi, who is wanted by the FBI, was convicted in 2004 of plotting, preparing and helping carry out the USS Cole bombing and received a death sentence that was commuted to 15 years in prison.

He and 22 others, mostly al-Qaeda fighters, escaped from prison in 2004. But al-Badawi was granted his freedom after turning himself in 15 days ago and pledging loyalty to Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, said the official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.

The official said police were told by the government to “stop all previous orders concerning measures adopted against al-Badawi.”

Witnesses told the Associated Press that al-Badawi was receiving well-wishers at his home in the al-Buraika district in Aden.

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Friday, October 26th, 2007 :: In Politics ::

IBD Editorial:

Charlie The Job Killer

Taxes: Charles Rangel, chief of the House Ways and Means Committee, wants to pass the largest income-tax hike ever, to punish the rich. That the middle class and poor would lose millions of jobs goes unmentioned.

Phyllis Schlafly @ Eagle Forum:

Why U.S. Jobs Move Overseas

Corporations located in the United States pay big U.S. corporate income and property taxes. It does a lot for their bottom line when they move to a foreign tax-free utopia.

Foreign governments do tax corporations, but if the company exports its products to the U.S. (or other countries), the foreign government rebates (forgives) the tax. That creates an irresistible magnet to attract U.S. companies to transfer their plants to a land where they can avoid most of both countries’ taxes.

WSJ Editorial Page:

Trillion-Dollar Baby

Amid slow growth and a housing recession, this couldn’t be a worse time to raise taxes on capital gains, dividends and small business. Democrats would be smarter to drop the tax increases and “paygo,” and simply patch the AMT for another year. And if Mr. Rangel really wants to reform the tax code in 2009, he’s going to have read up on what the Gipper accomplished. All he’s proposed so far is a trillion-dollar bomb.

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Friday, October 26th, 2007 :: In Politics ::

And Congress and Statehouses twiddle their thumbs.

Not long ago Jorge Arbusto announced his plan to allow Mexican tractor-trailer rigs on U.S. highways. He didn’t publicly reveal his motive but the plan is pretty clear: advance his vision of a single North American economy by lowering wages of American truck drivers.

If you’ve been wondering how Mexico is going to get thousands of tractor-trailer rigs ready to pass American inspection standards, wonder no more.

Feds outsource Mexican truck safety
Trilateral trade association becomes chief inspector

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has delegated key inspection requirements for Mexican trucks to a non-governmental trilateral trade association, whose goal is to impose North American standards on all commercial motor vehicles operating in Mexico, Canada, and the United States.

Since the early 1980s, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, or CVSA, operating as a non-governmental organization, has quietly knit together the motor-vehicle agencies in the three countries, building a common regulatory continental structure below the radar of public opinion, available now to function as the backbone of the FMCSA effort to allow approved Mexican trucking companies to run their long-haul rigs throughout the United States.

According to a Colorado law enforcement document obtained by WND, the FMCSA has made arrangements for the CVSA to provide inspection decals to all Mexican trucks who pass inspection in the Department of Transportation’s Mexican truck NAFTA demonstration project.

The CVSA is a non-profit association composed of “state, provincial, and federal officials responsible for the administration and enforcement of motor carrier safety laws in the United States, Canada and Mexico.”

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Thursday, October 25th, 2007 :: In Politics ::

AliPAC via KPBS San Diego:

Illegal Immigrants Suspected of Stealing Supplies From California Fire Victims!
Wednesday, October 24, 2007 — Posted @ 4:27 PM

Six illegal immigrants who were suspected of stealing relief supplies from Qualcomm Stadium were arrested by Border Patrol agents after San Diego police stopped them Wednesday morning.

A woman who had been evacuated to the stadium told officers she saw the group load up two pickup trucks and a car with cots and other supplies, leave and then return, said police Sgt. Jesse Cesen~a.

When officers stopped them, a member of the group said they were being paid to take things of value from the stadium.

“They were stealing a lot of stuff,” Cesen~a said. “We took the stuff back and we escorted them out. They were stealing from the people in need.”

Because some members of the group spoke Spanish, officers called Border Patrol agents at the stadium for relief efforts. They determined the people were in the country illegally and arrested them.

The Border Patrol agents are among 100 that the federal agency has been providing for relief efforts, said agency spokesman Matthew Johnson. He said the agents are not looking for illegal immigrants among people seeking refuge at the stadium.

“We’re not out there doing immigration stuff in the middle of a disaster,” he said. “However, we still enforce the laws.”

Speaking of Qualcomm Stadium: Yesterday the MSM reported 14,000-15,000 evacuees in the stadium. This morning a purported official was interviewed by an FNC reporter and he said they chased vendors, hustlers, and unauthorized volunteers out of Qualcomm and only 400-500 actual evacuees were left.

I haven’t heard any more on this story. Can anybody confirm or deny it?

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Thursday, October 25th, 2007 :: In Politics ::

Remember in the “In the Heat of the Night” movie, actress Lee Grant’s character told the town’s mayor and police chief that if they didn’t keep that “black detective” (Virgil Tibbs) on the case to find her husband’s murderer she would “pack up my husband’s engineers … and leave you to yourselves.”

We need to make that concept a national policy.

Today’s L.A. Times has a strange story on the California fires. It’s strange because it has no disparaging remarks about Dubya, Ah’nold, the Republican Party or Anglo-Saxons.

But in truth they had limited material to work with thanks to the excellent response from local, state and federal governments. In this instance, the naysayers were compelled to write stuff like:

Since 2002, the Forest Service has removed millions of trees, thinned brush and cut low-hanging branches, creating fuel breaks around almost 80% of the community. Fires don’t spread quickly or easily through such areas, instead burning lower to the ground and with less intensity.

“The fuel breaks saved Lake Arrowhead,” said Randall Clauson, the Forest Service’s division chief for the San Bernardino National Forest and incident commander earlier this week on the two biggest wildfires still burning in the mountains.

He said he believes that, without the breaks, “the fire would have run right through Lake Arrowhead and gone to Highway 18, cutting off the evacuation route and probably resulting in the loss of hundreds of lives.”

You’d think that success against fire, flood, wind, rain and mudslides, in combination with the asskissing from Washington over the past 50 years, would’ve ameliorated the surly, hostile, sour persona of the citizens of such beautiful topography but noooooo… The asshats still abound:

The work is painstaking, expensive and controversial. Clauson has a budget of $17 million a year to create fuel breaks in the forest and has so far completed 25,000 acres. The goal is 100,000 acres. He still runs into people who object to cutting trees, suspecting it of being clandestine logging.

Leave.Them.To.Themselves.

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Wednesday, October 24th, 2007 :: In Politics ::

Not so fast in crowing about a victory over the DREAM Act. The final vote on cloture was 52-44 which means the test fell 8 votes short of allowing the bill to come to the floor where it certainly would have passed. But the vote is totally misleading.

Because Reid and Durbin rushed the measure to the floor (trying to foreclose a public outcry) four Senators were not present to vote. They were: Boxer (D-Ca.), Dodd (D-Ct.), Kennedy (D-Ma.) and McCain (R-Az.). All four are certain pro-amnesty votes and certainly would have voted FOR cloture had they been there. Therefore, the final vote should be considered as 56-44, a very close call indeed. That predicts a tough row to hoe next week, or soon thereafter, when the AgJobs amnesty proposition is brought up as an amendment to the Farm bill.

I think we’re in for another close call.

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