Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Justice wants Dayton to provide relief to black job candidates

Talk about opening a "can of worms"....
DAYTON — The U.S. Department of Justice wants the city of Dayton to pay blacks who didn't qualify for jobs with the police and fire departments because they failed to meet requirements now challenged in a federal lawsuit.

In a settlement proposal dated Nov. 13, the Justice Department wants the city to distribute a lump sum of $450,000, hire and offer $18,900 in back pay to black applicants who:

• Took the police exam in 2006 but were delayed or denied employment because of their scores on an entrance exam the Justice Department says is discriminatory.

• Were denied employment or deterred from applying by the fire department in 2004 or later because they did not meet requirements now challenged by the Justice Department.

The proposal also states the city must develop new hiring procedures for firefighters and police officers.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Blagojevich to name Burris to Senate

Don't forget to bring plenty of popcorn, this could be fun...
Gov. Rod Blagojevich is expected today to name former Illinois Atty. Gen. Roland Burris to replace President-elect Barack Obama in the U.S. Senate.

The action comes despite warnings by Democratic Senate leaders that they would not seat anyone appointed by the disgraced governor who faces criminal charges of trying to sell the post, sources familiar with the decision said.
I'll say one thing, the guys got Chutzpa.

McKinney relief boat rammed by Israeli navy

The naivete' of these imbeciles is truly mind boggling, this is not a freakin game. What they either fail to comprehend or refuse to understand is that a state of war exists and they are NOT an internationally recognized relief organization. That makes them potential combatants and hence subject to legitmate attack. They're damn lucky they didn't get their a$$ blown out of the water.
A boat carrying international peace activists, including former Georgia congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, and medical supplies to the embattled Gaza Strip sailed back into a Lebanese port on Tuesday after being turned back and damaged by the Israeli navy, organizers of the trip said.

The crowds on the docks in the Lebanese port city of Tyre were jubilant and cheering as they welcomed the vessel.

The boat, which set off from Cyprus Monday wanted to make a statement and deliver medical supplies to embattled Gaza. The trip’s organizers said the boat was clearly in international waters, 90 miles off the coast of Gaza, at the time of its close encounter with the Israeli navy.

“Our boat was rammed three times, twice in the front and one on the side,” McKinney told CNN Tuesday morning. “Our mission was a peaceful mission. Our mission was thwarted by the aggressiveness of the Israeli military.”

She called on President-elect Obama to address the Gaza crisis, saying the weapons being used by Israel were supplied by the United States.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Troops' support of Obama iffy

I'd say that's a definate understatement.
When asked how they feel about President-elect Barack Obama as commander in chief, six out of 10 active-duty service members say they are uncertain or pessimistic, according to a Military Times survey.

In follow-up interviews, respondents expressed concerns about Obama's lack of military service and experience leading men and women in uniform.

''Being that the Marine Corps can be sent anywhere in the world with the snap of his fingers, nobody has confidence in this guy as commander in chief," said one lance corporal who asked not to be identified.

Underlying much of the uncertainty is Obama's stated 16-month timetable for pulling combat troops out of Iraq, as well as his calls to end the ''don't ask, don't tell" policy to allow gays to serve openly in the military, according to survey responses and interviews.
Considering Hussein "accused the troops of indiscriminate bombing of villages and then voted to cut off funding to them in the middle of a war" it's hardly surprising.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

White House Blasts Hamas: "These people are nothing but thugs"

Be sure and read the entire article, it may be the last unabashedly pro-Israel sentiment we hear from the White House in a very long time.
The Bush administration, meanwhile, spoke out forcefully for Israel.

“These people are nothing but thugs, so Israel is going to defend its people against terrorists like Hamas that indiscriminately kill their own people,” said Gordon Johndroe, a spokesman for the National Security Council. “They need to stop. We have said in the past that they have a choice to make. You can’t have one foot in politics and one foot in terror.”

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Friday, December 26, 2008

Pakistan moves troops toward Indian border

Having things heat up between two antithetical nuclear armed countries that border one another is not a welcome development.
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – Pakistan began moving thousands of troops to the Indian border Friday, intelligence officials said, sharply raising tensions triggered by the Mumbai terror attacks.

India has blamed Pakistani-based militants for last month's siege on its financial capital, which killed 164 people and has provoked an increasingly bitter war of words between nuclear-armed neighbors that have fought three wars in 60 years.

The troops headed to the Indian border were being diverted away from tribal areas near Afghanistan, officials said, and the move was expected to frustrate the United States, which has been pushing Pakistan to step up its fight against al-Qaida and Taliban militants near the Afghan border.

Two intelligence officials said the army's 14th Division was being redeployed to the towns of Kasur and Sialkot, close to the Indian border. They said some 20,000 troops were on the move. Earlier Friday, a security official said all troop leave had been canceled.

Thursday, December 25, 2008



The American Civil Liberties Union sent out an emergency appeal to card-carrying members and donors this week after realizing it is a victim of Bernard Madoff's self-confessed Ponzi scheme.

"We've been hit hard in a way that no one could forecast," Alma Montcla, director of administration and finance for the left-leaning advocacy group, wrote this week.

"Two foundations that have been incredibly generous and longstanding supporters of our national security and reproductive freedom work have been victimized by the Madoff scandal - forced to close their doors and terminate their grants," the plea said.
I guess these clowns have never heard the phrase “If it sounds to good to be true it generally is”.

It’s all a matter of greed and when everyone else is getting 4% and Madoff is offering three times that return maybe a little light bulb should have gone on.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Global Warming Truths Begin Bubbling to the Surface

Climate concensus? Not so much...
The UN global warming conference held in Poland last week faced a serious challenge from over 650 dissenting scientists from around the globe who are criticizing the climate claims made by the UN International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and former Vice President Al Gore.
Set for release this week, a newly updated U.S. Senate Minority Report features the dissenting voices of over 650 international scientists, many current and former UN IPCC scientists, who have now turned against the UN.

The report has added about 250 scientists (and growing) in 2008 to the over 400 scientists who spoke out in 2007.

The over 650 dissenting scientists are more than 12 times the number of UN scientists (52) who authored the media hyped IPCC 2007 Summary for Policymakers.

Liberal Insanity

From the Collins Report, examples of leftist bizarro pseudo logic.
Liberalism is a sickness that should be laughed at and mocked. This 2008 year end roundup of stupid political correctness rules proves it. Join me in feeling superior to the nitwits who think this crap makes the world a better place.

Frightened of offending anyone, the University of Pittsburgh now allows men who “feel” they are women to move into women’s dorms with rights to shower with females and sit in the stalls next to them.

An Australian idiot has ruled Santa’s “Ho ho ho!” laugh is offensive. When stopping Down Under, Santa has to change his laugh to “Ha ha ha.”

Fishkill New York, a place named by Dutch settlers to mean “fish stream,” was recently asked by the morons in PETA to change its name to “Fishsave.”

Two reports from England show: a simpleton created an application for Air Traffic Controllers in Braille so as not to offend blind applicants; and a woman who escorts an epileptic child to school was forced to undergo a criminal records check, to continue doing so, even though she’s the child’s Mother!

Not even other liberals are safe from being pulled down into the political correctness pit of stupidity. At Berkeley (where else?) a pack of liberals were “sitting in” to save a stand of trees and stop construction of a new athletic field. The chancellor called them racists because the new building would be used to attract “minority student athletes.”

The “student” protestors, three Latinos and a “Native American” were led by “Running Wolf” who cried.. chancellor was pitting “colored against colored.”

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Quote of the Week

In reference to Obama's "internal" investigation proclaiming himself and his staff completely right and proper in his "negotiations" with Blagojevich:
"Imagine the [Press] uproar if Cheney investigated himself over something equally similar and"pronounced himself innocent."
Para-Ord.45 at FR

Bears Win Even With Global Warming

Bears baaaaarely, but hey, a wins a win....
And the Bears had to overcome the elements, too, as did the Packers.

The temperature at Soldier Field was announced at 2 degrees, making it the coldest home game in Bears' history since records started being kept in 1963. The wind chill was 13 below, the second-lowest in recorded team annals, so the longtime rivals known for their ability to play in cold weather were tested by the elements.

Monday, December 22, 2008

A week after getting pay increase, Syracuse garage workers see their hours cut

The UAW and their members did it, the meat packing unions did it and now these guys. It's called cutting your own throat and heavyhanded wage "negotiation" whether it be through arbitrators or the courts usually ends up screwing the rank and file.
Syracuse, NY -- Ten weeks after a Syracuse City Court judge found that Murbro Parking was required to pay a "living wage" to workers who staffed city-owned garages, the employees are tired of waiting for answers.

In November, they started earning the $13.11 per hour required by the living wage law enacted in 2005 to keep workers under city contracts out of poverty.

But a week later, the employees experienced a less welcome change -- their 40-hour workweek was cut back to 35 hours. Managers' hours were cut, too. One manager said the result was a reduced paycheck, after overtime was eliminated and regular hours were cut below 38.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Report says Ohio's former AG raided campaign cash

And it's time once again to play "Name that Party"!....
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Ex-Ohio Attorney General Marc Dann denies allegations he used campaign money to bankroll family vacations and home repairs.

Dann tells The Associated Press he'll prove to the Ohio Elections Commission that the allegations are either false or "lack a basis in law."

A complaint filed with the commission by Ohio's inspector general accuses Dann of reporting incomplete, inaccurate and false information about campaign expenditures. The Columbus Dispatch says the documents allege, among other things, that Dann laundered campaign money to pay for a $40,000 home security system and new windows and to pay for rent and utilities on a condo.

Dann resigned as Ohio's attorney general last May after admitting he'd had an affair with an employee.
Just in case you are new and not too good at this game, he's a Dem.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Palin's daughters boyfriends mother arrested for Oxycontin illegality

Now the million dollar question...what the hell does this have to do with anything?
WASILLA, Alaska - Wasilla resident Sherry L. Johnston , mother of Bristol Palin's boyfriend, faces a Jan. 6 court date for an oxycontin-related arrest at her home by Alaska State Troopers .

Little additional information was available Friday on the case as authorities remained unusually tight-lipped about details. But Palmer court records listed Johnston's scheduled court date and a troopers spokeswoman said in a release late Friday afternoon that the charges "are in relation to the drug oxycontin."

Johnston is the mother of Levi Johnston , who Gov. Sarah Palin said was the father of Bristol Palin's unborn child. Levi Johnston joined the Palins at the Republican National Convention when Palin was running for vice president. It was during the convention that the governor and her husband, Todd, announced Bristol's pregnancy.

Friday, December 19, 2008

That Kwazy Kwanzaa

'Twas the night before Kwanzaa And all through the 'hood,
Maulana Karenga was up to no good.

He'd tortured a woman and spent time in jail.
He needed a new scam that just wouldn't fail.
("So what if I stuck some chick's toe in a vice?
Nobody said revolution was nice!")

The Sixties were over. Now what would he do?
Why, he went back to school -- so that's "Dr." to you!
He once ordered shootouts at UCLA
Now he teaches Black Studies just miles away.

Then to top it all off, the good Doctor's new plan
Was to get rid of Christmas and piss off The Man.

Karenga invented a fake holiday.
He called the thing Kwanza. "Hey, what's that you say?

"You don't get what's 'black' about Maoist baloney?
You say that my festival's totally phony?

"Who cares if corn isn't an African crop?
Who cares if our harvest's a month or two off?
Who cares if Swahili's not our mother tongue?
A lie for The Cause never hurt anyone!

"Umoja! Ujima! Kujichagulia, too!
Collectivist crap never sounded so cool!
Those guilty white liberals -- easy to fool.
Your kids will now celebrate Kwanzaa in school!"

And we heard him exclaim as he drove out of sight:
"Happy Kwanzaa to all, except if you're white!"

Kathy Shaidle

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Palin Passes on $25,000 Increase in Pay

Talks the talk, walks the walk baby.
JUNEAU, Alaska, Dec. 18 (UPI) -- Former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin said she would refuse a $25,000 pay raise during her current term as Alaska governor.

A state commission recommended boosting the governor's pay to $150,000 from $125,000.

The five-member state Officers Compensation Commission, created by the state Legislature, also said legislators needed more money, along with the lieutenant governor and government department heads, the Anchorage Daily News reported.
She doesn't just think like one of us, she IS one of us.

Obama's inaugural choice sparks outrage

Obama will soon realize (if he hasn't already) that he can do one of two things, please the 20% of left wing wackos that elected him or the rest of us.
(CNN) -- Prominent liberal groups and gay rights proponents criticized President-elect Barack Obama Wednesday for choosing evangelical pastor Rick Warren to deliver the invocation at the presidential inauguration next month.

Warren, one of the most influential religious leaders in the nation, has championed issues such as a reduction of global poverty, human rights abuses and the AIDS epidemic.

But the founder of the Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California, has also adhered to socially conservative stances -- including his opposition to gay marriage and abortion rights that puts him at odds with many in the Democratic Party, especially the party's most liberal wing.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Oil Close at Just Above $40/Barrel

And the left screams bloody murder as their utopian dream of the "clean" energy's economic viability smashes headlong into reality.
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Oil prices dropped to their lowest in more than four years on Wednesday after OPEC announced a record supply cut that dealers said may fail to fully offset slumping world energy demand.

U.S. crude oil prices fell $3.54 to settle at $40.06 a barrel after dipping below $40 for first time since July 2004. London Brent fell $1.12 to $45.53.

Oil prices have fallen more than $100 since July as a global financial crisis cuts into consumer and industrial fuel demand, and top forecasters are now predicting the first decline in world energy use since 1983.

Richardson dodges questions on jury probe

This could end up being the most corrupt administration of a President elect in the history of the United States. At least Bill Clinton waited a few years into his administration before disgracing the office.
Gov. Bill Richardson cut short a news conference Tuesday, abruptly leaving the room and ignoring reporters' questions about a federal grand jury investigation.

A grand jury in Albuquerque reportedly is looking into a possible "pay-to-play" connection between a Beverly Hills financial company's large contributions to Richardson political action committees and nearly $1.5 million the company received for work on a state road-building program.

Richardson at news conferences normally fields inquiries on virtually any subject a reporter wants to ask about. And he frequently lingers in the room to take even more questions after the conference is over.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Gingrich: RNC Ad is 'Destructive Distraction'

OK it's official, Newt's lost it. Gingrich:
Dear Chairman Duncan,I was saddened to learn that at a time of national trial, when a president-elect is preparing to take office in the midst of the worst financial crisis in over seventy years, that the Republican National Committee is engaged in the sort of negative, attack politics that the voters rejected in the 2006 and 2008 election cycles.

The recent web advertisement, "Questions Remain," is a destructive distraction. Clearly, we should insist that all taped communications regarding the Senate seat should be made public. However, that should be a matter of public policy, not an excuse for political attack.

In a time when America is facing real challenges, Republicans should be working to help the incoming President succeed in meeting them, regardless of his Party.

From now until the inaugural, Republicans should be offering to help the President-elect prepare to take office.

45% Suspect Obama Team Involved in Blagojevich Scandal

One of the primary reasons Illinois has a problem is the voters refuse to accept that one exists..
Forty five percent (45%) of U.S. voters say it is likely President-elect Obama or one of his top campaign aides was involved in the unfolding Blagojevich scandal in Illinois, including 23% who say it is Very Likely.

Just 11% say it is not at all likely, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey taken Thursday and Friday nights.

Voters nationally are more skeptical than those in Illinois. Thirty-two percent (32%) of Illinois voters said in a survey late last week that there is no way Obama was involved in the Blagojevich case, while only 13% said it is Very Likely that the president-elect was involved, with another 13% saying it is Somewhat Likely.
The old adage about what sleeping with dogs illicits seems particularly applicable at this point.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Obama team: No inappropriate contact

Oh well, that's that then...
WASHINGTON - An internal review shows aides to President-elect Barack Obama had no "inappropriate discussions" with Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich or his staff concerning the search for a Senate replacement from Illinois, a spokesman for the presidential transition office said Monday.

But spokesman Dan Pfeiffer also said the office won't release details of its review until the week of Dec. 22 at the request of prosecutors "in order not to impede their investigation of the governor."

That's Christmas week, when few people will be paying attention and when Obama plans to be celebrating the holiday in Hawaii.
First is was NO contact, now it's no "inappropriate" contact. We'll see how they alter that statement.

Warmist hysteria intensifies as temperatures plunge

Lifson with another great piece.
With temperatures falling since 1998's peak, and much of the nation shivering, global warming propagandists become have become shriller, even asserting counterfactual propositions. Case in point: Seth Borentstein "science" reporter for the Associated Press.

Noel Sheppard of Newsbusters debunks the "global warming is accelerating" nonsense offered by AP to gullible (or mendacious) editors in newsrooms across the country. It is remarkable to see bald-faced lies so readily debunked.

The willingness of media outlets to offer self-evident tripe in the face of both the data of the past decade and the immediate experience of people in their daily lives right now has to be considered a form of hysteria. Both the Associated Press and the newspapers which collectively own it are in serious economic trouble, with substantial layoffs accomplished and likely to be repeated, and questions about their survivability evident to everyone.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Thousands celebrate in Baghdad as violence falls

How long before ZerO tries to take the credit. Oh, wait, that's already happened.
Iraqis have visited Baghdad's parks and shrines in their thousands in the past few days during a major Muslim festival, the highest turnout for years as violence falls in the Iraqi capital, security officials said.

For much of last year the city was still mired in sectarian bloodshed, unleashed shortly after the U.S.-led invasion in 2003. Mutilated and tortured bodies were dumped on the streets almost daily.

Now Iraqis screamed and shouted from Zawraa park's "Space Gun" ride, which spins people full circle and holds them upside down in the air, handbags and glasses tumbling 30-feet (9 metres) onto the floor below with each revolution.

"We are proud of ... achievements that led millions of people to visit shrines, mosques, parks and fairs in a way Baghdad and other Iraqi provinces haven't seen before," Baghdad security spokesman Major-General Qassim Moussawi told reporters.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Film Critique of the Week

Commenting on the [Green] remake of The Day the Earth Stood Still
'Klaatu barada crappo'...turns an intelligent and thoughtful film into what might be called a boys' adventure yarn if that weren't an insult to both boys and yarn.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Van Johnson, heartthrob in ’40s, dies at 92

Honestly I thought he had passed some years back. Just goes to show when a star is out of the spotlight one assumes their demise. One of my top ten movies co-starred this great actor. The Caine Mutiny (1954)

Quote of the Week

From Rush Limbaugh 12/12/08 When Rush threw out the tired hackkneed phrase "Yes We Can" the caller chimed "I Wish They Wouldn't"


Is Emanuel the adviser on gov tape?

If it's shown that Obama's Thug in Chief is indeed the "advisor" referenced it should come as anything but a surprise.
President-elect Barack Obama’s chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, refused to take questions from reporters this morning about whether he was the Obama “advisor” named in the criminal complaint against Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

The complaint states Blagojevich wanted a promise of a high-level appointment or some other reward for Blagojevich in exchange for Blagojevich naming Obama’s friend Valerie Jarrett to replace him in the U.S. Senate.

Emanuel was uncharacteristically absent from Obama’s news conference this morning. He was spotted two hours later in the lobby of Chicago’s City Hall. He was there to listen to his two children performing in a concert with their school, Anshe Emet.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

An Open Letter to a Friend

Last night I had a rather heated discussion with a conservative and very smart guy I have known for some 45 years. Yes, that's right, 45 YEARS! We grew up together, we saw each other turn from kids to boys to men and during that time we often went opposite directions but never lost our appreciation for each others company.

Somehow through all those years we have managed to stay in relatively close contact even though we're physically separated by hundreds of miles, and equally amazing we ended up astonishingly sympatico with each others values and beliefs.

Now to the disagreement. We had discussed several topics and as usual agreed down the line when the subject of Hussein's birth certificate came up. It was at that point in time that my great friend uttered something that floored me. ..."Does it really matter?". His assertion basically being that the Constitutional provision concerning natural birth was probably insignificant compared to the damage it could potentially do to the country if this was pursued and "The One" would be shown to be of foreign birth.

His concern for our great nation and his willingness to swallow a bitter pill for the good of the country is as admirable as it is misguided. There are but 3 requirements that our brilliant founding fathers felt important enough to include in the second most sacred of documents ever published and one of those three is that the head of the Executive Branch of our government be a "NATURAL BORN CITIZEN". What was their intent? That could be debated endlessly, but the bottom line is it wasn't parsed, modified with caveats, or diluted. It is what it is and to ignore that basic requirement is to essentially admit that the Constitution is rather than a sacred and inviolate document only to be amended as prescribed, but, rather, simply a "guide" to be invoked when convenient and discarded when expedient.

Many readers of this blog may question my candor on this, but, I DO truly hope that Obama does meet the Constitutional requirements to be POTUS. As G [my bud] acccurately argues, the alternative could be devastating to the country. But, more devastating yet, would be the subverting of our nation of laws to accomodate our nation of men. An old adage comes to mind...."The road to hell is often paved with the best of intentions" The natural born requirement may not be good, or right, or even smart but it is the law and to disregard it in an attempt to foster momentary political harmony is to delegitimize all that we are.

Obama Administration Accepts a Nuclear Iran

How utterly naive can Obama be? First, the Israelis have more than an adequate capability of giving an overwhelming nuclear reponse without us. Secondly, a nuclear response offers little deterrence to Iran and thirdly this guarantee would offer little solace to the Israeli's as their major city's lie in waste and burning.
President-elect Barack Obama will offer Israel a strategic pact designed to fend off any nuclear attack on the Jewish state by Iran, an Israeli newspaper reported on Thursday.

Haaretz, quoting an unnamed source, said the Obama administration would pledge under the proposed "nuclear umbrella" to respond to any Iranian strike on Israel with a "devastating U.S. nuclear response."

Granting Israel a nuclear guarantee would essentially suggest the U.S. is willing to come to terms with a nuclear Iran, the paper reported.

According to the paper's source, Obama's nuclear guarantee would be backed by a new and improved Israeli anti-ballistic missile system. The Bush administration took the first step by deploying an early-warning radar system, which enhances the ability to detect Iranian ballistic missiles.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

650 Eminent Scientists are Global Warming Skeptics and the List is Growing

Some of the biggest scientific names in the business are beginning to resent being associated with the junk science known as the Global Warming Concensus.
POZNAN, Poland - The UN global warming conference currently underway in Poland is about to face a serious challenge from over 650 dissenting scientists from around the globe who are criticizing the climate claims made by the UN IPCC and former Vice President Al Gore. Set for release this week, a newly updated U.S. Senate Minority Report features the dissenting voices of over 650 international scientists, many current and former UN IPCC scientists, who have now turned against the UN. The report has added about 250 scientists (and growing) in 2008 to the over 400 scientists who spoke out in 2007. The over 650 dissenting scientists are more than 12 times the number of UN scientists (52) who authored the media hyped IPCC 2007 Summary for Policymakers.

The U.S. Senate report is the latest evidence of the growing groundswell of scientific opposition rising to challenge the UN and Gore. Full Report Set To Be Released in the Next 24 Hours.

Who's Lying?

So who was lying about talking [or not] with Blagojevich concerning the replacement for Hussein's vacant Senate seat, Axelord or "The One"? You decide.

CHICAGO, ILL. -- Now that Barack Obama will be moving to the White House, his seat in the U.S. Senate representing Illinois will have to be filled.

That's one of Obama's first priorities today.

He's meeting with Governor Rod Blagojevich this afternoon in Chicago to discuss it.

Illinois law states that the governor chooses that replacement.
Here's an article from the same publication that confirms they did indeed meet: QUINCY, IL -- Now that Barack Obama will be moving to the White House, his seat in the U.S. Senate representing Illinois will have to be filled.

Obama met with Governor Rod Blagojevich earlier this week to discuss it. Illinois law states that the governor chooses that replacement. There's already been speculation about his selection...from Congressman Jesse Jackson, Junior to Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs Director Tammy Duckworth.

Say what????
KHQA TV wishes to offer clarification regarding a story that appeared last month on our website The story, which discussed the appointment of a replacement for President Elect Obama’in the U.S. Senate, became the subject of much discussion on talk radio and on blog sites Wednesday.

The story housed in our website archive was on the morning of November 5, 2008. It suggested that a meeting was scheduled later that day between President Elect Obama and Illinois Governor Blagojevich. KHQA has no knowledge that any meeting ever took place. Governor Blagojevich did appear at a news conference in Chicago on that date.
My good friend Rotwang, are you believing this?

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Despicable Associations

If this is an example of Hussein's character judgement, we're in for a long 4 years....or maybe not.
On the Chicago TV show "Public Affairs with Jeff Berkowitz" on June 27, 2002, state Sen. Obama said, "Right now, my main focus is to make sure that we elect Rod Blagojevich as Governor, we..."
"You working hard for Rod?" interrupted Berkowitz.
"You betcha," said Obama.
"Hot Rod?" asked the host.
"That's exactly right," Obama said.

Birds of a Feather?

Feds take Gov. Blagojevich into custody

Saw this coming.
A source said today that Gov. Rod Blagojevich was taken into federal custody at his North Side home this morning. The U.S. attorney's office would not confirm the information.

A Blagojevich spokesman said he was unaware of the development. "Haven't heard anything -- you are first to call," Lucio Guerrero said in an e-mail.
Update: Fox: RAW DATA: Press Release on Blagojevich Arrest

Really an amazing document. It's almost inconceivable how arrogant this guy truly was [is].

Monday, December 08, 2008

Homeowners who modified loans are in trouble again

Unfortunately "The One" hasn't figured out yet that redistibuting the wealth will illicit similar results.
(AP:WASHINGTON) More than half of all homeowners who had their loans modified to make the payments more affordable in the first half of the year are already in default again, banking regulators said Monday.

The new data raise questions about whether government money may be better spent on creating jobs, rather than averting foreclosures, said John Reich, director of the federal Office of Thrift Supervision office at a housing industry forum sponsored by his agency.

Streisand, President Bush Share Awkward Smooch

Way above and beyond the call of duty.
WASHINGTON -- Barbra Streisand got an awkward kiss on the cheek from the president, and yes, she gave him a smooch back.

Streisand, a vocal critic of President George W. Bush, was a guest Sunday at the White House just before one of Washington's few A-list events: the Kennedy Center Honors.

"Art transcends politics this weekend," the longtime Democrat said beforehand. Still, she said it would have been "lovely" if she could have received the award while President-elect Barack Obama was in office.

The singer and actress was a recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors, along with actor Morgan Freeman, country singer George Jones, dancer and choreographer Twyla Tharp and musicians Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey of The Who.

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Indicted Rep. William "Freezer Cash" Jefferson Booted

Thank goodness the voters in NO did what the Democrats in Congress were too gutless to do.
NEW ORLEANS -- Voters in Louisiana ousted indicted Democratic Rep. William Jefferson on Saturday, instead electing a Republican attorney who will be the first Vietnamese-American in Congress.

Unofficial results showed Anh "Joseph" Cao denying Jefferson a 10th term. Republicans made an aggressive push to take the seat from the 61-year-old incumbent, who has pleaded not guilty to charges of bribery, laundering money and misusing his congressional office.

Cao, 41, won a predominantly black and heavily Democratic district that covers most of New Orleans.

Saturday, December 06, 2008

IAEA chief says efforts to curb Iran nuke program 'a failure'

It certainly didn't take a rocket scientist to realize this 4 years ago. But in the spirit of multilateral cooperation with the EU and others we blissfully went along with ElBaradei and the UN. Now we have forced Israel to make up for our naivete' and lack of cahonies.
Efforts by the ElBaradei and the UN forcing Israel to international community to isolate Iran in hopes of curbing its nuclear weapons program have failed, the head of the United Nations watchdog told the Los Angeles Times on Saturday.

Mohamed ElBaradei, the director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, told the newspaper that the sanctions regime imposed by members of the United Nations Security Council has not prevented the Islamic republic from accumulating technology and know-how that could be used to build atomic weapons.

Friday, December 05, 2008

MN Recount: Coleman increases margin over Franken (UDATED& BUMPED)

With 82% of votes recounted Norm Coleman has actually extended his lead .

Update: With 88% of the votes recounted Coleman is up by 282

Update II: 92% of the votes recounted and Coleman is up by 340.

Update III: Minneapolis discovery costs Franken 36 votes

Gained 37 lost 36, I'll take that...
What Maplewood giveth, Minneapolis taketh away. Elections officials in Minnesota's largest city today discovered that one precinct came up 133 ballots short of election day totals, resulting in a net loss for Democratic challenger Al Franken of 36 votes.
Update IV: 98% of the votes recounted, Coleman is up by 316.

Update V: With 99% of the vote recounted Coleman is up by 251.

Update VI: The Minnesopta SOS site is showing 100% of the votes recounted and Coleman maintaining a 238 vote lead. Coleman lost a total of 2685 votes while Franken lost 2708 giving Coleman a net pick up of 23 votes from his initial total.

Quote of the Week

Bill Richardson at the Democrat National Convention Sept. 1: "Barack Obama is the best candidate for the Hispanic community because our community wants a united country. Obama is an immigrant. When he speaks to Latinos, he doesn't just speak about immigration and civil rights."

Immigrants by definition cannot be natural born citizens. HMMMM.

Feds taped Blagojevich

Got to be something in the water...
Federal investigators recently made covert tape recordings of Gov. Rod Blagojevich in the most dramatic step yet in their corruption investigation of him and his administration, the Tribune has learned.

As part of this undercover effort, one of the governor's closest confidants and former aides cooperated with investigators, and that assistance helped lead to recordings of the governor and others, sources said.

The cooperation of John Wyma, 42, one of the state's most influential lobbyists, is the most stunning evidence yet that Blagojevich's once-tight inner circle appears to be collapsing under the pressure of myriad pay-to-play inquiries.

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Sarah Palin Tells Oprah to Pound Salt

It’s not Oprah Winfrey’s fault that former Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin hasn’t been a guest on her talk show yet, according to her.

Winfrey declared, “I said I would be happy to talk to Sarah Palin when the election was over... I went and tried to talk to Sarah Palin and instead she talked to Greta [Van Susteren]. She talked to Matt [Lauer]. She talked to Larry [King]. But she didn’t talk to me. But maybe she’ll talk to me now that she has a [multi-million dollar] book deal.”

When asked if Oprah will have Barack Obama on the show, she responded, “There’s always an open invitation for the president-elect and first lady.”

Winfrey spoke to Extra at last night’s Alvin Ailey Dance Theater’s 50th anniversary celebration where she served as honorary chair. Winfrey joked, “In my wildest, wildest, crazy, crazy dreams, I am a dancer…When I’ve like had too many tequila shots and I go to sleep, I dream of being a dancer.”

Woman sues bar after being stuck in toilet

Do women really actually sit on a bar toilet when doing their business???
A New Jersey woman is suing a Lower Saucon Township sports bar and restaurant, saying she got stuck inside a toilet bowl for 20 minutes after the handicapped toilet seat she sat on cracked.

Kathleen Hewko of Delran Township had hip surgery prior to the Nov. 19, 2006 incident and was re-injured when the seat cracked in half at Starters Pub on Route 378, ''violently'' dropping her into the bowl, according to the lawsuit, filed last month in U.S. District Court in Allentown.

Hewko, who weighs 130 to 140 pounds, screamed for help before finally getting out, according to her attorney, John D. Cirrinicione of Philadelphia, who says the seat was defective.

Israel Preparing to Strike Iran Without U.S. Consent

Although this is the third time I've read this in the last year I tend to believe it is more likely now then ever as the motivating deadline of January 20th is fast approaching.
Israel is drawing up plans to attack Iran's nuclear facilities and is prepared to launch a strike without backing from the U.S., an Israeli newspaper reported Thursday.

Officials in the Israeli Defense Ministry told The Jerusalem Post that while they prefer to act in consultation with the U.S., they are preparing plans that would allow them to act alone.

"It is always better to coordinate," a senior Defense Ministry official told the newspaper. "But we are also preparing options that do not include coordination."

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Cramer: Make Me SEC Chariman

Four words, Loud mouth, boorish clown. This self important jerk has cost a lot of people a lot of money with his flippant often misguided advice. Even Obama is not that stupid, or is he?
While Chris Matthews mulls a run for the senate, another member of the peacock wants to be SEC chairman. Here's Jim Cramer from tonight's "Mad Money."

Do you want the market to become a safe place to invest again? A place where the playing field between the longs, the regular investors like yourself, and the shorts...often hedge funds...willing to destroy good companies in order to turn a profit?

Do you want that? Do you want a level playing field? Then I know what you want. I know who you want. You want James J. Cramer to be your next SEC Chairman. THat's right. I'm throwing the hat in the ring. As of now, I am formally putting myself forward for the job of SEC Chair and I want it. And frankly, Obama will be smart to give it to me.

Few Thoughts On Chambliss Win

First , one cannot minimize the size of this victory both in terms of scope and spread. Had Chambliss lost the Democrats would have likely been further energized to do whatever was neccessary to steal the Minnesota Senate seat thus giving them the filibuster proof majority that would we all dread.

Secondly, it was a wake up call moment for the left. They realized that even though they have made significant gains in the last 4 years, they are far from invincible. Ludicris and Clinton were no match for Sarah Palin in Georgia as Chambliss crushed Martin by 14% points. BTW just to give you a feel for how the base feels, McCain drew crowds of around 1000 people, Romney less than 500 and Palin 4-5000.

This win should point out one very important fact to the Republican leadership....You can't win elections without a high percentage turnout of your base and Noonan/Parker/McCain type centrist compromisers DON"T turnout the base.

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Chambliss/Martin Runoff Live Thread

Georgia SOS

Update VII: 13% reporting
Chambliss 67%
Martin 33%

Update VIII: 17% reporting
Chambliss 66%
Martin 34%

Update IX:28% reporting
Chambliss 65%
Martin 35%

Update X:

Chambliss 62%
Martin 38%

UpdateXI: 40% reporting
Chambliss 63%
Martin 37%

UpdateXII: 52% reporting
Chambliss 62%
Martin 38%

Update XIII: 63% reporting Chambliss +293,000
Chambliss 61%
Martin 39%

Update XIV:68% reporting
Martin 39%

AP Calls it for Chambliss!

Sayonara Mel

Good news of the day.
Florida Sen. Mel Martinez (R) has decided against seeking a second term, a decision he will formalize shortly in the Sunshine State, according to an informed party source.

Martinez's decision was based on a desire for more free time and a less scheduled life, said the source. The first term senator also was an almost certain Democratic target in two years time although those familiar with Martinez's political prospects insisted his strengths in South Florida, coupled with his political base along the I-4 corridor, made his path to reelection possible.
Don't let the door hit you in the arse.

Indictments against Cheney, Gonzales dismissed

Senor' Guerra, way to waist taxpayers time and money a$$...
RAYMONDVILLE, Texas – A judge dismissed indictments against Vice President Dick Cheney and former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales on Monday and told the southern Texas prosecutor who brought the case to exercise caution as his term in office ends.

Willacy County District Attorney Juan Angel Guerra had accused Cheney and the other defendants of responsibility for prisoner abuse. The judge's order ended two weeks of sometimes-bizarre court proceedings.

Guerra is leaving office at the end of the month after soundly losing in his March primary election.

Monday, December 01, 2008

Napolitano Leaving gives Ariz a Republican governor

One of the few silver lignings in a very big dark cloud...
PHOENIX – President-elect Barack Obama's announcement Monday that Gov. Janet Napolitano is his choice to head the Department of Homeland Security means a Republican will move into the governor's office.

Arizona does not have a lieutenant general, so the Democratic governor's midterm departure — if she is confirmed as secretary of homeland security — means she will be succeeded by Secretary of State Jan Brewer, a Republican in a state that leans toward the GOP.

"It is difficult to leave one job for another but one must go where one can best serve," Napolitano said during a news conference in Chicago with Obama and other newly announced members of his national security team.

Credit Where Credit ISN'T Due

From Confederate Yankee: Attempts to Give Obama Credit for Iraq Success at Odds with the Truth

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Surprising Lucidity From Alarmist Central

One Chicken Little performs some introspection and doesn't like what she sees.
When the warmest year in history isn't.
When it comes to global warming, newspapers play up stories that reinforce the prevalent the-sky-is-falling belief that global warming is human-caused and catastrophic. But if a study or scientist does not portend the end of the world as we know it, it rarely rates as news.

In that spirit, many papers (including The Chronicle) have reported on a UC San Diego science historian who reviewed 928 abstracts of peer-reviewed articles on global warming published between 1993 and 2003, and concluded, "Remarkably, none of the papers disagreed with the consensus position."

Over 10 years, not one study challenged the orthodoxy - does that sound right to you? If that were true, it would strongly suggest that, despite conflicting evidence in this wide and changing world, no scientist dares challenge the politically correct position on the issue.

No wonder David Bellamy - an Australian botanist who was involved in some 400 TV productions, only to see his TV career go south after he questioned global warming orthodoxy - wrote in the Australian last week, "It's not even science any more; it's anti-science." Bellamy notes that official data show that "in every year since 1998, world temperatures have been getting colder, and in 2002, Arctic ice actually increased." Exhibit B: MIT Alfred P. Sloan Professor of Atmospheric Sciences Richard S. Lindzen recently wrote, "There has been no warming since 1997 and no statistically significant warming since 1995."
The only thing surprising for level headed non-alarmists here is the fact that this is coming from the SF Chronicle.

CBC Trip to Carribbean Skirts Rules

They are feeling untouchable now, expect this type of thing to get worse.
High-ranking members of Congress were flown to a lush Caribbean resort this month for a three-day conference planned and paid for by several of the country's most powerful corporations - a violation of federal ethics rules, critics say.

Six members of the Congressional Black Caucus attended the 13th annual Caribbean Multi-National Business Conference in sun-drenched St. Maarten, including embattled Harlem Rep. Charles Rangel and New Jersey Rep. Donald Payne.

Three New York City officials attended, including Comptroller William Thompson and Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion Jr., as well as Gov. Paterson, who was the keynote speaker at a luncheon on the second day of the gathering.

Paterson's office said he'd paid for his own travel and lodging during his visit. But other legislators enjoyed free airfare, meals and hotel rooms covered by the trip's organizer - and paid for by donations from corporations such as IBM, AT&T, Verizon, Citigroup, Pfizer, Macy's and American Airlines, a Post investigation discovered.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Gay penguins steal eggs from straight couples

This bloggers job is just toooo easy.
A couple of gay penguins are attempting to steal eggs from straight birds in an effort to become "fathers", it has been reported.

The two penguins have started placing stones at the feet of parents before waddling away with their eggs, in a bid to hide their theft.

But the deception has been noticed by other penguins at the zoo, who have ostracised the gay couple from their group. Now keepers have decided to segregate the pair of three-year-old male birds to avoid disrupting the rest of the community during the hatching season.

Friday, November 28, 2008

And So it Continues

Standoff in Mumbai down to one hotel
MUMBAI, India: The standoff in the Indian commercial capital of Mumbai narrowed to a final running battle between commandos and at least one gunman who was still roaming the charred corridors of a luxury hotel, the Taj Mahal, but the murderous assault on this city continued to shake the nation and ratcheted up tensions with neighboring Pakistan.

American intelligence and counterterrorism officials said Friday there was mounting evidence that a Pakistani militant group based in Kashmir, most likely Lashkar-e-Taiba, was responsible for the deadly attacks on Mumbai.
What strikes me most about this whole ordeal is the relative ineptitude of the Indian authorities to bring this to a timely and reasonable conclusion. With a large radical Muslim population themselves and an entire country of Muslims wishing to destroy them on their border, they are seemingly unprepared to deal effectively with a terrorist attack.What gives?

Quote of the Week Part Deux

From the Early Show where Harry Smith was discussing the Mumbai attacks with terrorism expert Jere Van Dyk.
SMITH: When they, as they were perpetrating their attacks in the beginning, they were clearly, they said, were looking for British citizens, were looking for American citizens. Sadly, so many of the people were killed were Indians.
So, he wouldn't have been so "sad" had more Americans and British and less Indians been killed?
That's the only conclusion I can draw from this bizarre statement. If anyone else can offer up any other reasonable interpretation I'd love to hear it.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving

NBC's Rosie O’Donnell variety show disappoints

That headline may be the understatement of the year. I managed to stomach a few minutes of it in the same spirit one is compelled to gawk at a major car wreck, it was positively awful.
The network's attempt to revive the primetime variety show failed to draw an audience Wednesday night, tying for the evening’s lowest-rated program.

A mere 5 million viewers tuned in for the 8 p.m. premiere of “Rosie Live,” with the program earning a 1.2 preliminary adults 18-49 rating. The telecast matched ABC’s recently canceled “Pushing Daisies” as the night's lowest-rated program on a major broadcast network.

NBC had high hopes for the special and planned to expand the program into a series should viewers re-embrace the decades-old variety format. Other networks, too, were watching closely since several are developing variety shows of their own.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

More Minnesota News

From Powerline:
The Coleman campaign has just issued the following press release that confirms the nightmare scenarios sketched out by John Fund in his Wall Street Journal column today:

ST. PAUL - Hours after the Franken campaign failed to convince the Minnesota State Canvassing Board to intervene on its behalf, Senate President Harry Reid (D-Nev) supported Franken's attorney's statement that they are prepared to take the Minnesota election to the U.S. Senate for a decision.

Later Wednesday afternoon, Reid opened the door for Senate intervention into the Minnesota election processing, saying: "Today's decision by the Minnesota Canvassing Board not to count certain absentee ballots is cause for great concern." Reid made the statement in a release from his official U.S. Senate office.

"This is a stunning admission by the Franken campaign that they are willing to take this process away from Minnesotans if they fail to win the recount."
First Prop 8 and now this. The left absolutely refuses to accept a legitimate loss let alone do it with grace. The entire party is becoming more Totalitarian by the day.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Quote of the Week

Councilperson Tonya Payne at Pittsburgh City Council meeting during the debate on an unconstitutional gun bill:
"Who really cares about it being unconstitutional? This is what's right to do, and if this means that we have to go out and have a court battle, then that's fine."
Ms. Payne, we are a nation of laws NOT men (or women). That fact is the only thing that separates us from the despotic nations of the world. What's really scary is the surpising number of people on the left that feel as she does.

4 more at agency punished for 'Joe the Plumber' checks

It's hard to call this "punishment" as it's more of a slap on the wrist. These were significant betrayals of the public trustas well as crimes. Doesn't anyone get fired anymore???
Four more senior managers at the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services have been disciplined for improperly mining state computers for confidential information on "Joe the Plumber."

Jan Allen, acting agency director, announced yesterday that deputy child-support director Doug Thompson and assistant agency director Fred Williams would be placed on unpaid leave Monday.

Thompson will be suspended for four weeks at a loss of about $7,565 in pay, and Williams will lose about $4,434 in salary during a two-week suspension.

Paul Fraunholtz, deputy director of family stability, and Judi Cicatiello, deputy director of unemployment compensation, received written reprimands for their conduct.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Sour Puss

One of those people who's outer appearance is a window to their soul.

"Public Schools for Thee But Not For Me"

The Obamas Walk Away from Public SchoolsSuch brazen hypocrisy.
A few months ago, Barack Obama told a gathering of the American Federation of Teachers that he opposes private school choice programs, adding: “We need to focus on fixing and improving our public schools; not throwing our hands up and walking away from them.”

It’s not clear whether or not the president-elect will be able to fix our public schools, and I don’t know if he’s thrown up his hands, but he and his two daughters have just walked away from the public schools. Again. When they move from Chicago to D.C., Malia and Sasha Obama will be moving from the prestigious private Lab School to the prestigious private Sidwell Friends school — Chelsea Clinton’s old stomping ground.

Not that there’s anything wrong with that. In fact, it’s wonderful that the Obamas had such a broad range of public and private school choices available to them. What’s puzzling is that the president-elect opposes programs that would bring that same easy choice of schools within reach of families who lack his personal wealth. By his actions, Senator Obama is demonstrating that he is not willing to wait for his own policy prescriptions to “fix and improve” public schools, but he expects folks with less ample bank accounts to patiently await his hoped-for change.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Fans throw snowballs at Notre Dame players

Having spent a good deal of my younger years in Notre Dame stadium I can certainly attest to the unforgiving nature of their fans and alumni. Back then though the teams rarely gave them cause for venting frustration, not so now. Why the hierarchy insists on hanging onto this coach who has given their fans nothing but grief since being hired is beyond me.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - Notre Dame football players were pelted by snowballs from fans sitting in the student section during their loss to Syracuse on Saturday.

"To throw snowballs at their own team, I didn't think that was a smart thing to do. I guess (they thought) it was funny," defensive tackle Pat Kuntz said after Syracuse upset the Irish 24-23.

South Bend was hit with about 10 inches of snow Friday. While the field had been cleared before the game, there was still snow along the fringes and in some areas of the stands.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Hollywood actors guild to seek strike

Could the timing be any more obnoxious? Everyone else is facing salary cut backs, layoffs, shrinking benefits and these prima-donna's are bucking to expand already inflated salary's, what unmitigated hubris.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Screen Actors Guild said Saturday it will ask its members to authorize a strike after its first contract talks in four months with Hollywood studios failed despite the help of a federal mediator.

The guild said it adjourned talks with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers shortly before 1 a.m. after two marathon sessions with federal mediator Juan Carlos Gonzalez.

SAG, representing more than 120,000 actors in movies, television and other media, said in a statement that it will launch a "full-scale education campaign in support of a strike authorization."

Friday, November 21, 2008

Future Leaders

Forgive me for shamelessly crowing about my twins but hey it's a Dad's perogative. Nathan won his class and POD election as did Michael and now the De.... boys own the 4th grade. Way better than I was at their age. Smart and likeable, I'm so dam*& proud I could burst.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

SCOTUS to hear Obama Citizenship Case

Why in the world would Obama not avoid all this and just release the document. Something is fishy here and I would love to know what it is.
Today, the United States Supreme Court scheduled the case - Leo C. Donofrio v. Nina Mitchell Wells, Secretary of State of the State of New Jersey - US Supreme Court Docket No. 08A407 - for a conference of the nine Justices. The conference is a completely private affair and the public may not attend. If four of the nine Justices vote to hear the case in full, oral argument may be scheduled. The conference is scheduled for December 5, 2008, ten days before the meeting of the Electoral College.

The case originally sought, pre-election, to have the names of Barack Obama, John McCain, and Roger Calero removed from New Jersey ballots, and for a stay of the "national election" pending Supreme Court review of whether those candidates were eligible under the Constitution as natural born Citizens, as is required by Article 2, Section 1, Clause 5 of the Constitution of the United States.

Leo Donofrio brought his case from a lower New Jersey court to the NJ Supreme Court - was denied - and then he filed an emergency stay application in the United States Supreme Court on Nov. 3, 2008, before the Honorable Associate Justice David Souter. Justice Souter denied the emergency stay application on Nov. 6.

I remain skeptical but something here just doesn't add up. Is he hiding something other than not being a NBC, something just plain embarrasing possibly?

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Dingus Dingell Done

(WXYZ) ABC News is reporting that House Democratic leaders have voted to strip Michigan Representative John Dingell of his chairmanship of the House Energy and Commerce committee.

The entire House Democratic caucus will have to vote on this tomorrow morning.

The secret ballot vote of the House steering committee was 25 to 22.

Dingell is the longest serving Democratic member of the House.

E.D. Hill fired over comment about Obama

She was one of the few bright spots left. Just one more reason I have been watching less and less Foxnews.
TVNewser has learned veteran Fox News Channel anchor E.D. Hill will not be renewed when her current contract expires. Hill, who has been with Fox News for more than 10 years, will continue with the network for the next few months until her current deal expires.

SVP of Programming Bill Shine tells TVNewser that he "chose not to renew E.D.'s latest contract" but noted that "Hill has been a valued contributor to the success of FNC over the years, and we wish her all the best."

Hill has been without a regular Fox News program since June 16, when America's Pulse was replaced by two hours of Live Desk. Ten days earlier Hill used the term terrorist fist jab when promoting an upcoming body language segment that was going to look into the primary night fist bump shared by Barack and Michelle Obama.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Court upholds ‘God’ plates in Indiana

From Stop the ACLU.
In a statement on the ruling, Indiana Attorney General Steve Carter said that “In God We Trust” — the motto found on U.S. currency —“has found deep support among our fellow citizens.”

The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana had challenged the “God” plate fees on behalf of Mark E. Studler, an Allen County resident who has an Environmental Trust plate for which he had to pay extra fees.Ken Falk, the legal director of the ACLU of Indiana, said the group is not yet sure whether it will appeal the appellate ruling.

The ACLU’s lawsuit claimed the Bureau of Motor Vehicles gave preferential treatment to motorists wanting the “God” plate that also features the U.S. flag because they don’t have to pay the $15 fee the BMV collects on sales of most other Indiana specialty plates.


Monday, November 17, 2008

Hillary Clinton to accept Obama's offer of secretary of state job

Someones bummed.
President-elect Barack Obama reaching out to former rivals to build a broad coalition administration

Hillary Clinton plans to accept the job of secretary of state offered by Barack Obama, who is reaching out to former rivals to build a broad coalition administration, the Guardian has learned.

Obama's advisers have begun looking into Bill Clinton's foundation, which distributes millions of dollars to Africa to help with development, to ensure that there is no conflict of interest. But Democrats do not believe that the vetting is likely to be a problem.
Considering she's more qualified than the CIC, I suppose it's tolerable.

Huntington, West Virginia Wins Title as the Worst

Metabolic syndrome, trans fats etc kill more people than anything else in this country. Readers do yoursaelf a favor, stay away from processed crap, as little fast food and snack garbage as possible and excercise at leat 30 minutes a day.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) -- As a portly woman plodded ahead of him on the sidewalk, the obese mayor of America's fattest and unhealthiest city explained why health is not a big local issue.

"It doesn't come up," said David Felinton, 5-foot-9 and 233 pounds, as he walked toward City Hall one recent morning. "We've got a lot of economic challenges here in Huntington. That's usually the focus."

Nearly half the adults in Huntington's five-county metropolitan area are obese - an astounding percentage, far bigger than the national average in a country with a well-known weight problem.

Huntington leads in a half-dozen other illness measures, too, including heart disease and diabetes. It's even tops in the percentage of elderly people who have lost all their teeth (half of them have).

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Iraqi ministers OK security pact with US

What a revolting developmnet.....for Obama.
The Iraqi cabinet on Sunday approved a security pact with the US that will allow American forces to stay in the country until 2011. All 27 cabinet ministers present at the meeting, in addition to PM Nouri al-Maliki, voted in favour of the pact.

The agreement will be submitted to parliament later. The draft agreement consists of 31 articles and calls for US troops to pull out of Iraqi cities by June 2009.

As the cabinet meeting started a roadside bomb went off at a Baghdad checkpoint, killing three people, according to AFP. Another seven people were wounded in the attack, which took place in the capital's northeast Al-Shaab neighbourhood.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Seizing pensions, the final step to bankruptcy

I know, I know Pravda, but when this guys right, he is right.
As these late autumn days of financial disaster wind down into a winter of discontent across the world, the United States Congress is discussing a step that will surely signal the final collapse of America as anything more than a bankrupt and possibly failed state.

What is this subject? The subject is none other than pensions, the last refuge of money and the last source of fast cash for spend thirsty politicos. In committees the US Congress is hearing testimony from various leftist professors on how to redistribute, read spend, the vast amount of money accumulated by the 60 million Americans at or near retirement age.
Read the whole thing. It's not all completely accurate but the premise is dead on.

Friday, November 14, 2008

MSNBC Eats Crow...sort of

MSNBC was the victim of a hoax when it reported that an adviser to John McCain had identified himself as the source of an embarrassing story about former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, the network said Wednesday.

David Shuster, an anchor for the cable news network, said on air Monday that Martin Eisenstadt, a McCain policy adviser, had come forth and identified himself as the source of a Fox News Channel story saying Palin had mistakenly believed Africa was a country instead of a continent.

Eisenstadt identifies himself on a blog as a senior fellow at the Harding Institute for Freedom and Democracy. Yet neither he nor the institute exist; each is part of a hoax dreamed up by a filmmaker named Eitan Gorlin and his partner, Dan Mirvish, the New York Times reported Wednesday.

The Eisenstadt claim had mistakenly been delivered to Shuster by a producer and was used in a political discussion Monday afternoon, MSNBC said.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Big Three Woes

I hope President Bush makes his final stand against the ludicrous proposed bailout of the "Big Three" auto makers. Their problem is systemic promarily due to their inability to compete in a world market. Why is this? Simple, the UAW has priced them out of the market...

Total Compensation Per Hour, 2007-2008 (includes wages and all benefits)
Big Three automakers — $73.08
Toyota — $48.00
All workers — $28.48

No amount of taxpayer money will make them competetive unless this fundamental inequity is rectified.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Zogby Poll: Illegal Immigration

Regardless of what you here from the Press, the majority of Americans DO favor immigration restrictions and enforcement.

Only 32% of Obama voters considered his support for amnesty as a factor
in their decisions to vote for him. 67% said it was either not a factor
at all, or they voted for Obama in spite of his stance on amnesty.
-- 60% of voters said reducing illegal immigration and cracking down on
employers who hire them is important to them, while only 21% supported
"legalizing or creating a pathway to citizenship" for illegal
-- 57% of voters stated that amnesty would harm American workers and
further strain public resources, while only 26% believe amnesty would
aid economic recovery and ease public burdens.

AP poll: Public seems willing to wait on tax cuts

Again the co-dependent MSM runs interference for their choice.
WASHINGTON – People want the tax cuts promised during the presidential campaign, but they may be willing to wait while President-elect Obama takes on the larger issue of fixing the economy.

Only 36 percent say trimming income taxes should be a top priority when the new president takes office in January, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll. That was less than half the 84 percent who cited improving the economy as a No. 1 goal, and the 80 percent who said creating jobs should be a paramount task.

"I don't think it's going to work in this instance," said Ryan Anderson, 31, a Democrat from Bloomington, Minn., who thinks tax reductions would have little impact on most families' budgets. "That's kind of like shooting a BB gun at a freight train."

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Respect for the Best

Big Mouth

Lightweight novice; From DRUDGE
Just hours after President Bush and President-elect Obama met in the Oval Office of the White House, details of their confidential conversation began leaking out to the press, igniting anger from the president, sources claim.

"Senator Obama would be wise to keep close counsel," a top Bush source warned.

"BUSH AND OBAMA AT ODDS OVER AID FOR AUTO INDUSTRY," splashed the NEW YORK TIMES in an exclusive Monday evening, quoting "people familiar with the discussion."

"Senator Obama may not be familiar with a long-standing tradition of presidents holding their private conversations, private," a senior adviser explained to the DRUDGE REPORT.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Talk About Cluelessness

The New Republic continues to perpetuate a legacy of excellence in journalism...

Even More Palin Cluelessness

Martin Eisenstadt outs himself as Carl Cameron's source for some recent Palin-mockery and delivers yet more fodder

As you know, I was one of the foreign policy advisers on the McCain campaign who worked with Randy Scheunemann to help prep Sarah on her debate with Joe Biden. Did we outright give her a geography quiz when we started the prep? No, of course not. But yes, in the context of the prep, it slowly became apparent that her grasp of basic geo-political knowledge had major gaps. Could she have passed a multiple choice test about South Africa or NAFTA. Probably. But it was clear that she simply didn’t have the ease of knowledge that we come to expect from a major party political candidate. Other slights came up, too: Not knowing the difference between Hezbollah and Hamas. Or the difference between the Shiites and Suni[sic]. Or when it came to international terrorist organizations, knowing that the IRA was in Northern Ireland, and ETA in Spain.

Well it's deja-vu all over again, the publication that gave us such greats as Stephen Glass and Scott Thomas Beauchamp have done it yet again. Martin Eisenstadt is a figment of someones fertile imagination.. Way to go guys and way to continue to lower the bar for the rest of the MSM.

Update: You will notice that the original posting has been removed and replaced with a mea culpa (sort of).

NATO must reach out to Russia, Merkel says

Talk about itimidated...

BERLIN (Reuters) - NATO needs to reach out to Russia and make clear the defence alliance and Moscow will be most effective at fighting the world's security problems if they work together, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday.

Merkel said she welcomed the prospect of Georgia and Ukraine becoming members of NATO but warned that neither country would be ready to join "in the foreseeable future".

She has at times been a leading critic of Russia, especially on issues like human rights. But on Monday she focused more on the importance of Russia.
Amazing what a bit of Soviet bravado can accomplish.

In a Nutshell

Spot on analysis.
Conservatism in America is in the toilet today for one simple reason: When given the chance to govern according to their philosophy, conservatives failed.

And when you fail, you lose.

America did not decide in 2008 that it loved big government, redistributionist economic policies and foreign policy weakness. The majority of Americans don’t want any of those things, and won’t be happy if they are foisted upon them. But the voters weren’t really thinking about that when they went to the polls last Tuesday. They were simply firing the people who didn’t do their jobs.

Any discussion of where conservatism goes from here has to begin with an examination of why, given control of Congress and the White House from 2001 through 2006, conservatives did not get federal spending under control, reform the tax code, fix Social Security or resume serious domestic oil production.
Read the rest.

Sunday, November 09, 2008

The Queen is Dead, Long Live the King

Hillary's influence from here on out is going to be pretty much nil.
Hillary Rodham Clinton's dream of overhauling the country's health-care system as the steward of a new Senate subcommittee has reportedly flatlined.

The New York senator had made health-care reform the centerpiece of her presidential campaign. After bowing out of the race, Clinton pushed fellow Democratic Sen. Ted Kennedy, the chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, to create a special health subcommittee for her to head.

But the Massachusetts senator, who's battling brain cancer, has shot down that idea - all but dashing any hope Clinton had of pinning her legacy to universal coverage.

Michael Myers, Kennedy's staff director on the committee, ended any speculation by telling the trade publication Inside Health Policy that Clinton would not chair a subcommittee. Kennedy will instead hold health-care proceedings at the full committee level, Myers said.

Saturday, November 08, 2008

Broken Promises

Just 4 days after he's been elected and "The One" is already breaking promises...

The first broken promise was the one where the candidate of "change" was going to bring a new tone to Washington. This one has been broken by Obama's choice for Chief of Staff: Rahm Emanuel. Representative Emanuel (D- Illinois) is a hard-core, far left, liberal as well as being an old Clinton hack. Not only that, but Emanuel is not a "new tone" kind of guy but is a Pit bull of epic proportions. The parallel would have been McCain claiming a new tone but picking Karl Rove as his Chief of Staff. Emanuel is little different than Terry MCauliffe or Howard Dean in his vehement and vocal attacks on Republicans. So much for the "new tone" Obama claimed he wanted to foster.

And now comes his second broken promise. Politico reported on November 5 that Barack Obama has stepped back from his claim that lobbyists would not have a place in his new administration.

How long will it before he admits that giving 95% of the people of this country a tax cut ain't gonna happen?

Friday, November 07, 2008

Melissa Etheridge Ignoramus.

But paying taxes is patriotic right? I guess only if you agree with ALL decisions the people choose to make.

Singer Melissa Etheridge rails against the passage of the gay-marriage ban in California—and she won't be paying the state a dime.

Okay. So Prop 8 passed. Alright, I get it. 51% of you think that I am a second class citizen. Alright then. So my wife, uh I mean, roommate? Girlfriend? Special lady friend? You are gonna have to help me here because I am not sure what to call her now. Anyways, she and I are not allowed the same right under the state constitution as any other citizen. Okay, so I am taking that to mean I do not have to pay my state taxes because I am not a full citizen. I mean that would just be wrong, to make someone pay taxes and not give them the same rights, sounds sort of like that taxation without representation thing from the history books.

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Note To My Readers

Recently I have received some really threatening and confrontational E-mails from a few chicken sh!t anonymous individuals who choose to spew crazy rhetorical nonsense rather than discuss things rationally in the light of day. Well knock it off!

Even the people who disagree with me on this blog are generally respectful as I am of them even though I vehemently disagree with their opinions.

We are, thank the good Lord, lucky enough to be in a Representative Republic where our rights of free speech are guaranteed by the most sacred of all political documents, the Constitution. Hate and vitriol are the device of those who would choose to destroy rather than enhance our liberties.

Let us disagree passionately, but let us also always respect one anothers opinions and never cynically believe that our political advisaries, at least in out little family, wish anything but the best for this wonderful nation.

Blog down

Computer probs, back manyana.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Stocks Plunge as Anxious Investors Ponder Impact of Obama Presidency

Whatever they sensed yesterday is gone as reality has set in...
NEW YORK (AP) -- A case of postelection nerves sent Wall Street plunging Wednesday as investors absorbed a stream of bad economic news and wondered how a Barack Obama presidency will help the country weather a possibly severe recession. Volatility returned to the market, with the Dow Jones industrials falling nearly 500 points and all the major indexes tumbling more than 5 percent.

The market was expected to give back some gains after a six-day runup that lifted the Standard & Poor's 500 index more than 18 percent. But investors lost their recent confidence about the economy and began dumping stocks again; light volume helped exaggerate the price swings.
Hope some of the more left wing commentors on this blog don't own stocks as it may cost em. Fortunately I saw this coming and am heavily into CDs.

Country Go's Blue

Unlike the left I will neither whine nor make excuses for the Republicans and their failure. I will offer congratulations on a rough but legitimate election.

That being said, unless Obama is the luckiest man alive, he is in for an extremely bumpy ride. His constituency, especially the Black portion of it, is going to be looking to him for big things and he will not be able to deliver but a fraction of what they'll expect. Look for the shortest Presidential honeymoon on record.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Interesting Tidbits

Everyone on earth is covering the election and better than I can therefor, I will just offer up a few interesting sidenotes as this election day progresses.

Update I: The markets are up over 300 points. That would generally indicate a strong Republican showing or at the least a balance of power between Pres and Legislature, we'll see.

Update II: Previews of coming attractions?

Monday, November 03, 2008


Alaska's Personnel Board finds Gov. Sarah Palin DID NOT violate ethics laws.

Rep. Murtha Walks Out When Pressed On Comments

If ther'e anyone in the House that deserves to be ousted it's this vile POS...
PITTSBURGH -- After a campaign rally, incumbent Pennsylvania Rep. John Murtha walked out on an interview with Channel 11 when he was pressed to answer questions regarding controversial comments he previously made to the press.

Earlier this month, Murtha publicly said that Western Pennsylvania is a “racist area” and this will be a problem for Obama’s campaign in the state.

When pressed about his controversial comments, Murtha said, “Now you see what you’re doing? You’re getting away from the real issues of this campaign. You are getting away from the economy and health care. You are getting away from education.”

Sunday, November 02, 2008

Obama advocates bringing down coal burning electrical plants.

Ohio and Pennsylvania voters might be interested in THIS.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Say What?

$250,000, $200,000, $150,000, $120,000 WTF???
RUSH: This is hilarious now. As you know we have chronicled Obama's ceiling on tax increases -- I should say the floor, whatever. That number is 250K a year, and it goes down to 150 if you listen to Biden. By the way, they have sent Biden to the back waters on the campaign. Biden, you can't find him out there. He's in states, but you don't know where he's going. He's in Delaware. He's in a lot of other places out there, and they have enforced the teleprompter on him. They have enforced the teleprompter. I knew he would be the gift that kept on giving. Steven Greenhouse here in the New York Times. "For Incomes Below $100,000, a Better Tax Break in Obama's Plan. "The center left Tax Policy Center in this story tries to help out the Obama campaign. They say that...

Now, get this. We've all heard Obama talk about a tax cut if you make less than $250,000. They say in the New York Times story today, "When Obama says he'll cut taxes on families $150,000 or less, that part is true," and this is in the New York Times! They're essentially calling him a liar. Not totally because anybody making less than a 150, I mean it's pretty true, Obama's plan is pretty true. This story ought to be called, "The Incredible Shrinking Obama Tax Cut," but the dirty little secret is once again, ladies and gentlemen, there will be no tax cut for anybody. The Bush tax cuts of 2001-2003 expire in 2010. Everybody's tax rates are going up to the Clinton levels in the nineties, and if you're not paying income taxes -- and about 40% of Americans aren't -- how can you get a tax cut? How can you get an income tax cut?
UPDATE:Rich was $97,000 in 2007.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

MIT Off the Reservation

What? Global warming not anthropogenic but rather natural? BLASPHEMERS!!!
Boston (MA) - Scientists at MIT have recorded a nearly simultaneous world-wide increase in methane levels. This is the first increase in ten years, and what baffles science is that this data contradicts theories stating man is the primary source of increase for this greenhouse gas. It takes about one full year for gases generated in the highly industrial northern hemisphere to cycle through and reach the southern hemisphere. However, since all worldwide levels rose simultaneously throughout the same year, it is now believed this may be part of a natural cycle in mother nature - and not the direct result of man's contributions.

Methane - powerful greenhouse gas

The two lead authors of a paper published in this week's Geophysical Review Letters, Matthew Rigby and Ronald Prinn, the TEPCO Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry in MIT's Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Science, state that as a result of the increase, several million tons of new methane is present in the atmosphere.

Routine? Hardly

Checks on 'Joe' more extensive than first acknowledged
A state agency has revealed that its checks of computer systems for potential information on "Joe the Plumber" were more extensive than it first acknowledged.
Helen Jones-Kelley, director of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, disclosed today that computer inquiries on Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher were not restricted to a child-support system.

The agency also checked Wurzelbacher in its computer systems to determine whether he was receiving welfare assistance or owed unemployment compensation taxes, she wrote.

Jones-Kelley made the revelations in a letter to Ohio Senate President Bill M. Harris, R-Ashland, who demanded answers on why state officials checked out Wurzelbacher.
ACLU, privacy fanatics, where's the outrage???

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

What is the L.A. Times Hiding?

Damn good question. They have always espoused giving "free and full information and let the people decide".Well now thare are stonewalling in an apparent attempt to protect the chosen one. All anyone of right mind asks is for them to be forthright AND consistent.....
I don't think it's entirely necessary for me to explain, once again, why I believe that Rashid Khalidi is not a danger to the Republic. I also don't think I have to rehearse the controversial idea that Barack Obama was not, in fact, the Hyde Park chapter president of the PFLP-GC. (That was Rahm Emanuel.) But there's a video out there of Obama saying kind things about Khalidi, and on the general principle that information in an open society shouldn't be kept secret and that the voters should make up their own minds about whether or not they trust certain candidates, this video should be set free. But a pro-censorship organization called the Los Angeles Times, which has the tape in its possession, is hiding it, for reasons it won't fully explain. And it's looking more and more ridiculous each passing day.

I understand that the tape was leaked to the Times by a source or sources unknown, and that an agreement was struck with that source to keep the tape hidden, but the tape has been described in a Times story already, and it quite obviously contains no state secrets. I also suspect that the tape could be posted in such a way as to obscure its origins. The Times, however, won't discuss in detail why it's keeping the tape from its readers, and the newspaper's "readers' representative," Jamie Gold, has lined up against the readers, and argued against the release of the tape.

Rassmussen: Obama Lead Down to 3 Points.

Just natural tightening or sea change, you be the judge.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

'Utterly Immature'

French President Nicolas Sarkozy is very critical of U.S. presidential candidate Barack Obama's positions on Iran, according to reports that have reached Israel's government.

Sarkozy has made his criticisms only in closed forums in France. But according to a senior Israeli government source, the reports reaching Israel indicate that Sarkozy views the Democratic candidate's stance on Iran as "utterly immature" and comprised of "formulations empty of all content."

Obama visited Paris in July, and the Iranian issue was at the heart of his meeting with Sarkozy. At a joint press conference afterward, Obama urged Iran to accept the West's proposal on its nuclear program, saying that Iran was creating a serious situation that endangered both Israel and the West.
Obama responded by saying "I'm rubber and you're glue, whatever you say bounces off me and sticks to you"!