Sunday, December 31, 2006

Forces close in on Islamists' last stronghold

They have a take no prisoners mentality and are being successful in the process.

Ethiopian tanks were rolling south yesterday through Somalia for a final showdown with the hardline Islamists driven from power in a 10-day military offensive.

As the army convoy headed towards the southern port of Kismayo, the last stronghold of the Islamic Courts Union (ICU), Ethiopian fighter jets flew overhead. The Somali interim government and its Ethiopian allies have stated that they aim to crush the Islamic movement, which took control of much of southern Somalia.

Hundreds of people have died during the campaign, according to the International Committee of the Red Cross, and more fighting is expected. A Somali government soldier said the Islamists – accused by Addis Ababa and Washington of being backed by al-Qaeda – had laced the highway from Mogadishu with mines as they pulled back.

Appears that the Ethiopians have learned from our mistakes and are NOT trying to win a "politically correct" war.

Update: KISMAYO, Somalia Dec 31, 2006 (AP)— Islamic fighters abandoned the last major town they held early Monday and were seen heading south toward the Kenyan border while government forces approached slowly because of land mines, residents and the government spokesman said.

The Islamic forces began to disintegrate after a night of artillery attacks at the front line and following a mutiny within its ranks, witnesses said. Government spokesman Abdirahman Dinari said he had information that Islamic forces were moving south toward the Kenyan border.

Saturday, December 30, 2006

Muslims Refuse to Wash Hands at UK Hospitals


Now this is just silly........

Because the anti-bacterial gel contains alcohol: Muslims ‘refuse anti-MRSA gel’.

Some Muslims are undermining the battle to rid Britain’s hospitals of killer infections by refusing to wash their hands when visiting sick relatives.
Dispensers containing anti-bacterial gel have been placed outside wards at hospitals all over

Britain in a bid to get rid of superbugs like MRSA and PVL. It prevents people bringing in more infections. But some Muslims refuse to use the hand cleansers on religious grounds because they contain alcohol.

A simple but very illustrative example of how religious practice carried to the extreme crosses into the absurd.

Opining on Saddam

And so it ends for one of the most ruthless dictators of the Twentieth Century dangling from a rope body twitching just as he had done to so many of "his subjects" before him.

The estimates vary but the consensus figure of somewhat over a million people being killed in his 40 years of tyranical dominance is fairly well agreed upon. This puts him in the same infamous category as Stalin, Hitler, Pol Pot, and Mao all being charter members of the Million Man Club. These people all had another thing in common, they all believed deeply that they were right in what they did and their countries were far better off because of it. Sadaams last words were " Iraq is nothing without me". A power hungry despot is bad enough but when you combine that with a warped savior complex you have the makings of a mass murdering monster. Regardless of your stance on the Iraq war, one things certain; He needed killin.

The press has been absolutely surreal over the last 24 hours. The reporting ranged anywhere from thinly veiled sympathy for Sadaam to unbrideled cynicism. The usual suspects threw out such verbal inanities as "Primitive, Vindictive, Revengful , Rush to Judgment, Suspect" (timing) and so on. One media nimrod on Fox actually went so far as to say the Bush administration was remiss because they hadn't publicized the Sadaam atrocities via testimonials and video prior to the execution. WTF, isnt that the job of the press? Had he done so the hysterical screams of White House propagandizing would have been perpetual.

It's at times like these that the mainstream Press truly is insufferable. Whether this helps stabilize Iraq, who knows but some things are certain. The Iraqi people now know that this this murderous animal will not rise again as he had done so many times in the past. He will never torture a father while his wife and children are forced to watch; He will never slaughter entire villages or wage chemical or biological war on his neighbors and he will never pursue nuclear weapons. He was lawfully tried, found guilty and justice was meted out by the very people who were most entitled to do so.

The MSM ignores this because it's not nuanced, it's too cut and dried but it is the bottom line and everything else is simply noise.

The Tyrant Pays

Former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein has been executed by hanging at a secure facility in northern Baghdad for crimes against humanity.

Video here.

Update: View entire Saddam hanging here and here

Update II:Breaking.... Saddam is still dead.

Friday, December 29, 2006

Opinipundit Opines on Ford

Just a few reflections on Gerald Ford and his Presidency.

I liked Ford well enough, he was an unassuming man who, unlike most of the politicians in this country and the world for that matter, had no obscession with the spotlight. He was an intelligent, relatively capable but fairly average man with fairly average abilities.

My first impression of him is he neither relished the Presidency nor the responsibilities that went with it. He shyed away from confrontation whenever possible and was devoid of the type of strong ideological motivations that have led many past Presidents to shape world events. He is the only President I can recall that actually sought to reduce executive power rather than expand it. Granted he was faced with a lopsided opposition majority in Congress and a unsympathetic public so any sweeping change he might have initiated would likely be doomed to failure.

Looking back he was in many ways the right person in the right job at the right time. A scrupilously honest man who kept a low profile, was pragmatic and amiable both personally and professionally . Go along to get along is rarely the modus operandi one looks for in a POTUS however in those unprecedented times it's what was called for. The country did not need a firebrand or earth shaker but rather a methodical steadying hand to sooth the inflamed sensibilities of past Presidential malfeasance. In Gerald Ford they got exactly that.

When you consider that Ford only lost the Presidential election to Carter 50.1% to 48% it becomes clear that his tenure was amazingly successful. Considering how fresh past events were in peoples minds and a relentlessly brutal press, Ford should have been clobbered by at least 10% points.

In the final analysis Ford did what he needed to do, no more, no less. He mollified the American public and helped exenterate the sour taste in the mouths of the collective populace concerning the Republican party. As much as Carters haplessness this opened the door for a Republican in 80. Ronald Reagan's viability was due in large part to Gerald Fords action , or maybe rather, inaction.

Under 99.8% of all possible scenarios I would not want Gerald Ford as my President. But at that very specific time in our history from 1973 to 1976, he was just what the doctor ordered.

Thursday, December 28, 2006

Saddam To Be Hanged by Sunday

Former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, sentenced to death for his role in 148 killings in 1982, will have his sentence carried out by Sunday, NBC News reported Thursday. According to a U.S. military officer who spoke on condition of anonymity, Saddam will be hanged before the start of the Eid religious holiday, which begins this Sunday.

Update: Judge: Saddam to be executed by Saturday

Saddam Hussein has been transferred from U.S. custody, his lawyers said, and an Iraqi judge authorized to attend the former dictator's hanging said he would be executed no later than Saturday. The physical hand-over of Saddam to Iraqi authorities was believed to be one of the last steps before he was to be hanged, although the lawyers' statement did not specifically say Saddam was in Iraqi hands.

UpdateII: Witnesses to the execution are being assembled and the execution is expected to take place within the next few hours.

Quote of the Week

Referring to Jimmy Carter, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach declares with pinpoint accuracy what this ex President truly is.....

"He is, and always has been, a well-meaning imbecile, a well-intentioned fool, a man of good intentions bereft of good judgment."

Iraq Qaeda suspect blamed for U.S. kidnapping captured

They're building the gallows for Sadaam as we speak. Shouldn't be too difficult to add a few extra slots.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi special forces backed by U.S. advisers have captured an al Qaeda cell leader believed to be behind the kidnap in June of two U.S. soldiers who were found tortured and dead, the U.S. military said on Thursday.

A U.S. statement said the man was captured in a raid on Tuesday in Yusifiya, 15 km (9 miles) south of Baghdad. It said he had recently been seen commenting on a video CD showing the kidnapping of the soldiers that was shown at a mosque.

"The terrorist is believed responsible for kidnapping two U.S. soldiers from a checkpoint in Yusifiya in June, 2006. The soldiers were later found tortured and murdered," a U.S. statement said.

Debunking Woodward

Quoting Bob Woodward from a WAPO interview which was curiously only to be released after Fords death he states:

Former president Gerald R. Ford said in an embargoed interview in July 2004 that the Iraq war was not justified. "I don't think I would have gone to war," he said a little more than a year after President Bush launched the invasion advocated and carried out by prominent veterans of Ford's own administration.

However in the last known interview of Ford from THOMAS M. DeFRANK of the New York Daily News in an article titled Last lunch with a legend Ford says something very different:

Ford was a few weeks shy of his 93rd birthday as we chatted for about 45 minutes. He'd been visited by President Bush and said."Saddam Hussein was an evil person and there was justification to get rid of him," he observed, " and said he'd told Bush he supported the war in Iraq but that the 43rd President had erred by staking the invasion on weapons of mass destruction.

and..."Saddam Hussein was an evil person and there was justification to get rid of him," he observed, "but we shouldn't have put the basis on weapons of mass destruction. That was a bad mistake.

So which is it? I'll put my money on DeFRANK as Mr. Woodwards credibility has become more than a little suspect of late.

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

U.S. Says Captured Iranians Can Be Linked to Attacks

I would suggest we let the Iraqi's do the questioning as Congress has made it abundantly clear we do not have the stomach for it.

BAGHDAD, Dec. 26 — The American military said Tuesday that it had credible evidence linking Iranians and their Iraqi associates, detained here in raids last week, to criminal activities, including attacks against American forces. Evidence also emerged that some detainees had been involved in shipments of weapons to illegal armed groups in Iraq.

In its first official confirmation of last week’s raids, the military said it had confiscated maps, videos, photographs and documents in one of the raids on a site in Baghdad. The military confirmed the arrests of five Iranians, and said three of them had been released.

The Bush administration has described the two Iranians still being held Tuesday night as senior military officials. Maj. Gen. William Caldwell IV, the chief spokesman for the American command, said the military, in the raid, had “gathered specific intelligence from highly credible sources that linked individuals and locations with criminal activities against Iraqi civilians, security forces and coalition force personnel.”

Flatulence allegedly sparks jail fight

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. - Brian Bruggeman caused a stink at the Lincoln County Jail earlier this month and will now have to answer for it in court. Another inmate, Jesse Dorris, alleges that Bruggeman's flatulence, passed in close proximity to Dorris, sparked a Dec. 14 fight between the two at the jail.

Now Bruggeman, 38, faces a Jan. 11 preliminary hearing on the state's complaint of assault by a confined person. It's a felony punishable by up to five years in prison.

Bruggeman is accused of injuring Dorris, his cellmate, when he pushed him into cell bars. Dorris, 26, was not charged.

The two began scuffling, County Attorney Jeff Meyer said Tuesday, because Dorris was fed up with Bruggeman's flatulence.

Hang him.

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Saddam Loses Final Appeal

An Iraqi appeals court has upheld the death sentence against ousted President Saddam Hussein, Iraq's national security adviser has said.

"The appeals court approved the verdict to hang Saddam [Hussein]," Mouwafak al-Ruabaie said.

Lawyers launched an appeal after a court sentenced Saddam Hussein to death on 5 November for the 1982 killings of 148 Shias in the town Dujail.

Now expect the flood of lamentations from the left.

Cuba waits for Castro surgery diagnosis

Another Christmas in January?

CUBA is on tenterhooks today over Fidel Castro's fragile health, as residents of the Communist island await a visiting Spanish doctor's diagnois on whether additional surgery is needed.

Officials in Madrid confirmed today that a Spanish surgeon had been disptched to Cuba to treat Castro, 80, who has not been seen in public for five months. Few medical updates have been made public since his reported intestinal surgery.

"The Cuban Government decided to ask one of our top professionals to care for its president," health councilor for Madrid's regional government, Manuel Lamela said.

The surgeon they brought im specializes in the treatment of pancreatic cancer FWIW.

Monday, December 25, 2006


"I am the way, and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him. (John 14:6-7)

Sunday, December 24, 2006

Blacks aren't judging Nifong

Just what would be the reaction in the black community if this case were being pursued against 3 black men accused of raping a white stripper? That's a rhetorical question as I think we all know the answer.

While scrutiny of the Durham district attorney's handling of the Duke lacrosse case intensifies, key members of the county's influential black community still back the prosecutor, though cautiously.

The district attorney, Mike Nifong, dropped rape charges Friday against former players David Evans, Collin Finnerty and Reade Seligmann after the 28-year-old accuser said she was unsure whether the players had penetrated her.

The move spurred outrage against the district attorney for continuing a case many legal experts say has completely unraveled.

But several members of Durham County's African American community said they believe Nifong is keeping his word to fully investigate.

Isn't the common practice to "investigate" prior to the indictment?

Saturday, December 23, 2006

Canadian troops surround Taliban

HOWZ-E MADAD, Afghanistan - There is no place to hide, and nowhere to run for the 700 to 900 Taliban insurgents now squeezed into a box near here by NATO forces.

They only have two options: Surrender, or attempt to fight their way out. [Let's hope it's the latter]

Such is the situation in and around Howz-e Madad, a dusty farming village 40 kilometres west of Kandahar City.

A week has passed since NATO and Afghan national security forces launched Operation Falcon's Summit, a massive demonstration of military might and discipline aimed at protecting Howz-e Madad from Taliban fighters to the south, and putting the insurgents in a quandary.

Sounds like it's time to dust off a Daisy Cutter.

Terrorist Bloopers and Practical Jokes

Perfect gift for the Jihadist that has everything. Watch here.

U.S. airstrike kills top Taliban leader

As we all take the day off for the Christmas holiday our miltary just keeps doing their job.....

KABUL, Afghanistan - A top Taliban military commander described as a close associate of Osama bin Laden and Taliban leader Mullah Omar was killed in an airstrike this week close to the border with Pakistan, the U.S. military said Saturday.

Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Osmani was killed Tuesday by a U.S. airstrike while traveling by vehicle in a deserted area in the southern province of Helmand, the U.S. military said.

Osmani was the Taliban's chief military commander in southern Afghanistan and played a "central role in facilitating terrorist operations" including roadside bombs, suicide attacks and kidnappings, the U.S. said.

Friday, December 22, 2006

Rape Charges Dropped in Duke Lacrosse Case

If Nifong thinks this meaningless action will take a bit of the heat off him he's monumentally misguided.

Durham — Durham County District Attorney Mike Nifong moved Friday to drop rape charges against three Duke University lacrosse players.

Nifong said he plans to proceed with kidnapping and sexual assault charges against the three players.

Nifong filed paperwork to dismiss forcible rape charges against Reade Seligmann, 20, Collin Finnerty, 20, and David Evans, 23. The players were indicted last spring after a North Carolina Central University student told police she was beaten and raped by three lacrosse players while performing as a stripper at a March 13 team party.

This mans malignant stubborness is inexplicable. He has painted himself into a corner and rather then stopping to look for a possible way out he just keeps painting his area of refuge smaller and smaller. When this whole thing is over he'll be lucky to have his freedom let alone his license to practice law.

Quote of the Week Part Deux

"The perfect scenario would be Rosie eats The Donald and chokes to death in the process."


Thursday, December 21, 2006

Quote of the Week

Appearing on "The View" the former first lady noted, "We've never had a mother who ever ran for or held that position" [President].

Au contraire Madam Thighness as your husband was one of the biggest "mothers" ever to hold the office.

Inspector General Says Former National Security Adviser Sandy Berger Hid Classified Docs

Can anyone tell me exactly how this substantially differs from Watergate?

WASHINGTON — President Clinton's national security adviser removed classified documents from the National Archives, hid them under a construction trailer and later tried to find the trash collector to retrieve them, the agency's internal watchdog said Wednesday.

The report was issued more than a year after Sandy Berger pleaded guilty and received a criminal sentence for removing the documents.

Berger took the documents in the fall of 2003 while working to prepare himself and Clinton administration witnesses for testimony to the Sept. 11 commission. Berger was authorized as the Clinton administration's representative to make sure the commission got the correct classified materials.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

The Top 20 Weirdest gadgets of 2006

Tech Digest's pick of this year's gadgets ranging from kinda cool to just plain weird. The entire list is here. My personal fav...

LumiGram fibre optic clothing Scared you won't stand out from the crowd at your office Chrimbo party? How about clothing with fibre optics inside for a shimmery effect? Nigel from Accounts will love it. Read more

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

U.S. forces seize a top al Qaeda leader

Squeeze whatever information you can outta him then turn him over to the Iraqi people. He'll plead for a ticket to Club Gitmo.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - U.S. forces have captured a senior al Qaeda in Iraq leader accused of killing hundreds of Iraqi civilians, including women and children, the U.S. military said in a statement on Wednesday.

The military said the "terrorist leader", whom they did not identify, was captured on December 14 in the northern city of Mosul in a raid which also netted five other suspects.

"The terrorist leader was captured when Coalition Forces raided a known terrorist meeting place. (He) was attempting to flee from the location when Coalition Forces chased him across a street and detained him," it said in a statement.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Video: Compares Baker And ISG To Neville Chamberlain, Ahmadinejad to Hitler

See the latest masterpiece from Jerrry Zucker here. It would be even funnier if it wasn't so ominously accurate.

And then there's Tweedle Dumb and Tweedle Dumber....Sens. Kerry and Dodd arrive in Damascus for talks on Iraq

Sean Penn: Impeach George W. Bush, Dick Cheney

More rocket science from the ill informed hormonally hyper left.

Oscar-winning actor Sean Penn called for the impeachment of President Bush and Vice President Cheney in an impassioned speech Monday night in New York.

The occasion was Penn's winning the first annual Christopher Reeve First Amendment Award from the Creative Coalition, a non-partisan [Say What?] advocacy and lobbying group founded by New York actors such as Reeve, Ron Silver and Susan Sarandon more than a decade ago

Monday, December 18, 2006

More campus thought police

"You ain't gonna need no third [seminar], 'cause you gonna get your mind right. "

The agents of political correctness who police the nation's college and university campuses generally use shame and scorn to beat down free expression deemed offensive by the tiniest minority.

But sometimes, institutions aren't content to merely marginalize those who fail to embrace a worldview that emphasizes the rights of groups over those of individuals. Rather than engage these free spirits in open debate in a classroom setting -- isn't that what college is all about? -- administrators seek to re-educate these malefactors on the proper way to think.

Michigan State University has taken the multicultural mantra of indoctrination to a new extreme. Students whose speech or behavior is deemed inappropriate for a university setting are ordered to complete, at their own expense, the school's Student Accountability in Community Seminar.

This program bills itself as an "early intervention" for those who take "any action of obscuring, concealing, or changing people's perceptions that result in your advantage and/or another's disadvantage." In other words, any behavior that might make someone feel bad. Seminar participants have included students who've argued with professors or cracked offensive jokes -- constitutionally protected free speech.

British Lord Stings Senators Rockefeller and Snowe: 'Uphold Free Speech or Resign'

Free speech for me but not for thee.....

WASHINGTON, Dec 18, 2006 /PRNewswire-- Lord Monckton, Viscount of Brenchley, has sent an open letter to Senators Rockefeller (D-WV) and Snowe (R-Maine) in response to their recent open letter telling the CEO of ExxonMobil to cease funding climate-skeptic scientists.

Lord Monckton, former policy adviser to Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, writes: "You defy every tenet of democracy when you invite ExxonMobil to deny itself the right to provide information to 'senior elected and appointed government officials' who disagree with your opinion."

In what The Charleston (WV) Daily Mail has called "an intemperate attempt to squelch debate with a hint of political consequences," Senators Rockefeller and Snowe released an open letter dated October 30 to ExxonMobil CEO, Rex Tillerson, insisting he end Exxon's funding of a "climate change denial campaign." The Senators labeled scientists with whom they disagree as "deniers," a term usually directed at "Holocaust deniers." Some voices on the political left have called for the arrest and prosecution of skeptical scientists. The British Foreign Secretary has said skeptics should be treated like advocates of Islamic terror and must be denied access to the media.

Sunday, December 17, 2006

Lies from the Left

Read about Teddy's big fat lie here.

Heartless Ba$tard Post of the Week

Just to get this out of the way, I do believe that in the name of common humanity we are doing the right thing trying to rescue the climbers stranded on Mt. Hood. That being said....

Our society often tries to protect the imbeciles of this country often to a ridiculous degree. You've heard of course of "legislating against stupidity". It isn't possible although there are thousands of laws on the books attempting to do just that.

My point is this ....where as a society do we draw the line when this so called safety net we offer up is no longer prudent. I'm a strong believer in letting people commit suicide if that's their irrevocable intention. I am however adamantly opposed to paying for it.

Has climbing Mount Hood (even by experienced mountainers) in December crossed that line? Mountain climbing is a dangerous business and climbing a mother like Mt Hood is decidedly so. You think not? Talk to a life insurance rep and see how much life insurance costs someone who does this sort of thing regularly. VERY expensive if obtainable at all. It's not because the insurance people believe they're dealing with imbeciles but because the endeavor is "inherently" perilous.

Some would argue the same could be said of hiking boating and even driving. It's a specious argument; A person who does regular hiking or boating will not be rated up but a person who skydives, cliffdives, mountain climbs, paraglides etc. most definately will because the % liklihood of a catastophic accident is significantly greater for people in these groups.

As a society we should say fine, do what you want but there are certain endeavors which, should you choose to engage in, it's YOUR personal responsibility to cover your own a$$. If a search and rescue is required, you pay.

Let these folks who engage in high risk behaviors self insure. YOU want to dance, YOU pay the band. Just as we require proof of insurance to drive a car, let SAR insurance be required for those who would be most likely to require the service.

NO card, NO climb.

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Bush May Back Sending More Troops to Iraq

This is one of the few times I've disagreed with Rummie and agreed with McCain. Baghdad needs to be secured and I believe the 30,000+ troops are the only way to accomplish this end. We shall see.

Dec. 16, 2006 — President Bush is likely to support a plan for a "surge" of additional U.S. troops to Iraq, officials close to the process told ABC News.

The surge could involve more than 30,000 additional troops and last as long as two years, sources say. That could bring the total number of troops in Iraq to at least 164,000 — the highest total yet.

According to sources, the surge likely would start in Baghdad and then move to Anbar, with troops remaining behind in Baghdad to keep control of the capital city — though the specific mission of any additional troops was still being worked out, as was how to measure their success.


I received this E-mail this morning from Deborah Uhler the author of a new book entitled "Blogalicious". She has compiled some terrific recipes from some of the most influential bloggers in the business and even the not so influential ones like me.

Hi. The blogger cookbook we "talked about" last summer is finally published. Thank you again for sending me the recipe for Pork Grill Marinade, which I have included in the book.

"Blogalicious" is available right now only through my blog (using PayPal). It will take a few weeks for Amazon,, to get the book in their systems.

Check it out here.

Walmart Wises Up

Just got back from doing a bit of Christmas Shopping at Walmart and was gratified to see that the Salvation Army bellringer was again doing her thing at the front door. I gladly dropped a fin in her kettle. The SA does great work and has one of the highest percentage of dollars going to doing good as compared to "administration expenses" of any charity around.

I also noticed that the Walmart employees were noticeably going out of their way to wish me a Merry Christmas. Last year I got the gratuitous "Happy Holidays" to which I replied "I do not celebrate the holidays, I celebrate the birth of Christ (Christmas) and would prefer they save their greeting for someone who does not.

It appears that the policy making gurus finally realized that pi$$ing off 70% of the buying public to mollify the 3% of malcontents was not the soundest of business plans.

Friday, December 15, 2006

Olympic skater Sasha Cohen "stunned" by Xmas flap

Skater smart, city official, idiot....

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Olympic figure skater Sasha Cohen was "stunned" to learn that a U.S. high school choir had been ordered to stop singing Christmas carols at a holiday show because she is half-Jewish, her mother said on Thursday.

A city official accompanied by a police officer caused a stir by silencing the carols on Tuesday night as Cohen signed autographs after a performance in Riverside, California.

Cohen, who is half-Christian and "celebrates everything" during the holidays, learned only through news reports that the choir had been cut off on her account, the 22-year-old skater's mother and manager said.

"Sasha was stunned. We both thought the voices were just lovely, they were doing such a wonderful job," Galina Cohen told Reuters. "Christmas carols are part of celebrating the holiday season."

Sasha Cohen nude


Head of DNA lab says he and Nifong agreed not to report results

The more this thing plays out the more it's looking like a malicious prosecution on the part of Nifong.

The head of a private DNA laboratory said under oath today that he and District Attorney Mike Nifong agreed not to report DNA results favorable to Duke lacrosse players charged with rape.

Brian Meehan, director of DNA Security of Burlington, said his lab found DNA from unidentified men in the underwear, pubic hair and rectum of the woman who said she was gang-raped at a lacrosse party in March. Nurses at Duke Hospital collected the samples a few hours after the alleged assault. Meehan said the DNA did not come from Reade Seligmann, David Evans, or Collin Finnerty, who have been charged with rape and sexual assault in the case.

Meehan struggled to say why he didn’t include the favorable evidence in a report dated May 12, almost a month after Seligmann and Finnerty had been indicted. He cited concerns about the privacy of the lacrosse players, his discussions at several meetings with Nifong, and the fact that he didn’t know whose DNA it was.

Perhaps one of my astute readers can clarify what exactly constitutes prosecutorial malfeasance, malicious prosecution and what DA Nifong might have opened himself up for.

Castro Near Death, U.S. Intelligence Chief Says

And the minions of hell are eagerly anticipating his arrival.

Cuban President Fidel Castro is very ill and close to death, Director of National Intelligence John D. Negroponte said yesterday.

"Everything we see indicates it will not be much longer . . . months, not years," Negroponte told a meeting of Washington Post editors and reporters.

Castro relinquished power for the first time in 47 years after surgery July 31 for an undisclosed intestinal disorder. His brother, Raul, has assumed Castro's duties, but Cuban authorities have repeatedly insisted that he is recovering and eventually will return to office. He was last seen in an Oct. 28 video, shown on Cuban national television, in which he appeared gaunt and weak and warned that his convalescence would be lengthy.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Judge upholds detainee rights terror law

Chalk one up for the good guys.

A federal judge upheld the Bush administration's new terrorism law Wednesday, agreeing that Guantanamo Bay detainees do not have the right to challenge their imprisonment in U.S. courts.

The ruling by U.S. District Judge James Robertson is the first to address the new Military Commissions Act and is a legal victory for the Bush administration at a time when it has been fending off criticism of the law from Democrats and libertarians.

Robertson rejected a legal challenge by Salim Ahmed Hamdan, a former driver for Osama bin Laden whose case prompted the Supreme Court to strike down the Bush administration's policy on detainees last year.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Report:Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD) suffers stroke

Breaking: It is being reported by MSNBC that South Dakota Sen. Tim Johnson has suffered what "appears to have been a stroke"

Aside from the importance of a sitting US Senator suffering a significant health emergency the ramifications could be huge if this event proves to be incapacitating. The governor of South Dakota is a Republican who would apoint a Republican to replace Johnson. That would make the Senate 50-50 with Cheney breaking the tie thus giving the Republicans back control.

Will update when info is available.

Update: Senator Johnson is undergoing brain surgey. This would lead one to believe that the "event" that Johnson experienced was a aneurism and the surgery is being done to stop the bleeding. If my assumptions are correct it's an extremely serious situation.

One aside, It's curious how those who mocked President Bush for his strong faith in his higher power have themselves suddenly found God.

And the DU has wasted no time propagating their conspiratorial moonbattery....Poll : Did they try to "Wellstone" Tim Johnson?

Update II: "Johnson diagnosed w/congenital arteriovenous malformation" in his left brain.

Actor Peter Boyle Dead at 71

Thanks for a lifetime of laughs from a very talented and funny man.

Couric's ratings are down, but give her time, trio urge

Whiney feminazis want Couric to have the position of authority but not the responsiblity.......

So say three female media experts about the CBS Evening News anchor, who's been under the public microscope since her Sept. 5 debut.

With CBS mired in its usual third place in the weekly Nielsen derby, some critics say viewers aren't ready for a solo female anchor.

Adding fuel to their fire: In the November ratings sweeps, the $15 million-a-year Couric averaged almost 170,000 fewer viewers per night than did her less expensive "interim" predecessor, Bob Schieffer.

It's unfair to expect Couric to boost ratings simply because she's the first woman to solo- anchor a weeknight network newscast, Overholser says.

"It's a little bit like saying, 'We have a couple of women presidents in nations now, but still we don't have peace.' We have all these great expectations that haven't been achieved."

That's is very possibly the most tortured analogy I have ever heard. Television is not bean bag, the rewards are great ($15,000,000) but so are the expectations and responsibilities. You don't pay your way you're history just ask the thousands of would be sit com producers who got bumped after 6 episodes because of poor ratings.

If you can't stand the heat stay the he!! out of the kitchen!

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Citing Stress, School Stops Publishing Honor Roll

Really, no sense in introducing students to stress as it might actually prepare them for the real world.

NEEDHAM, Mass. -- A Massachusetts school's decision has brought about mixed feelings from the community.

Needham High School has abandoned its long-standing practice of publishing the names of students who make the honor roll in the local newspaper.

Principal Paul Richards said a key reason for stopping the practice is its contribution to students' stress level in "this high-expectations-high-achievement culture." The proposal to stop publishing the honor roll came from a parent. Richards took the issue before the school council, which approved it. Parents were notified of the decision last month.

Richards said he received about 60 responses from both parents and students, and the feedback has been evenly split for and against.

Richards said one parent with three children attending Needham High told him publishing the honor roll is a constant cause of stress in her family. According to that parent, one of the three students routinely made the honor roll while the other two did not.

Next brilliant idea.....grades based on "perceived effort" rather than actual performance.

'Convert or die' game divides Christians

Art imitating life?

Liberal and progressive Christian groups say a new computer game in which players must either convert or kill non-Christians is the wrong gift to give this holiday season and that Wal-Mart, a major video game retailer, should yank it off its shelves.

The Campaign to Defend the Constitution and the Christian Alliance for Progress, two online political groups, plan to demand today that Wal-Mart dump Left Behind: Eternal Forces, a PC game inspired by a series of fictional Christian novels that are hugely popular, especially with teens.

The series by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins is based on their interpretation of the Bible's Book of Revelation and takes place after the Rapture, when Jesus has taken his people to heaven and left nonbelievers behind to face the Antichrist.

Monday, December 11, 2006

Hamas official: We remain open to dialogue, and have met with US and European officials

Mapping out strategy for 08 maybe?

Bethlehem - Ma'an - The political advisor of the Palestinian Prime Minister, Dr Ahmad Yousif, has confirmed the news about Hamas officials having met with high-ranking American figures, especially members of the Democratic party. (emphasis mine)

In an interview with Ma'an News, Dr Yousif stated that the meetings were fruitful in introducing the Hamas political vision, which harmonizes with other initiatives. Meetings are also ongoing throughout the Arab world, especially in Syria, with the contribution of other European figures.

Dr Yousif declared that, "other meetings will be held within the coming weeks to follow up the discussions to end the conflict."

The Second Coming?

Rapturous reception for Obama

I find the recent "rapture" associated with Barack Obama rather perplexing. The man is a junior US Senator (2 years grand total) who has yet to put his signature on one piece of substantial legislation. He has virtually no executive experience and his major claim to fame is that he was a State Senator in Illinois.

From my perspective he doesn't have the qualifications for a minor leadership position in the Senate let alone POTUS.

Zucker Called Another One

With the opening of Rocky Balboa in theatres on December 20th we are reminded that David and Jerry Zucker had it pegged way back in 1982.

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Quote of the Week

From Donald Rumsfeld on his surprise farewell visit to Iraq.

"I leave understanding that the true strength of the United States military is not in Washington, it's not in the Pentagon, it's not in the weapons. It's in the hearts of the men and women who serve. It's your patriotism, it's your professionalism and indeed your determination,"


Saturday, December 09, 2006

Canada's withholding funds from Palestinians 'criminal': Carter

This mans mind has become so addled from age and an unfettered liberal brain tsunami of naivete' that both common sense and coherence of thought have become impossible.

Former U.S. president Jimmy Carter says the decision by Canada and other nations to withhold money from the Hamas-led Palestinian government is "a crime."

Israel and western donors such as Canada have demanded Hamas renounce violence, recognize Israel's right to exist and accept past peace agreements. Hamas, which is committed to Israel's destruction despite its stated offer of a long-term truce, rejects the conditions.

"It's a crime against the people of Palestine," Carter told CBC News in an exclusive interview from New York.

On what conceivable grounds could he consider it "criminal" for Canada, or any country for that matter, to withhold "discretionary" assistance from a gang of proven terrorists hostile not only to Israel's existence but to the West as a whole?

Friday, December 08, 2006

Woman Spits in Soldier's Face

From Jawa via Dreadpundit Bluto the latest abomination from the peacafists......

Syracuse radio station WFBL reports that Lauren Maggi, 35, of Thurber Street was charged with harassment for spitting in a soldier's face at Hancock Airport.

The incident happened over the Thanksgiving holiday. Maggi approached a soldier from the 10th Mountain Division, who apparently was not in uniform, and asked if he was a soldier. When he said yes, Maggi allegedly spit in his face.

WFBL's news service is supplied by television station WTVH, which has nothing posted yet about the incident on its website.

Any doubt this nitwit is a card carrying member of Code Pink?

Chicago terror plot foiled

ABC News has learned a Chicago-area man has been charged with plotting a terrorist attack.

Sources say the man is accused of planning to use firearms and explosives to attack a specific mall in Rockford, Ill. The alleged plan was to target this mall during the holiday shopping season.

The suspect is being described as a "lone wolf" style terrorist and is not believed to have ties to any organized terrorist group.

Charges are expected to be formally announced in Chicago later today.

Update: WLS reports "The suspect -- who has been linked to al Qaeda -- is scheduled to appear in court later today."

Update II: WLS has removed the above statement and replaced it with this: The suspect is being described as a "lone wolf" style terrorist and is not believed to have ties to any organized terrorist group.

Another example of the MSM getting it right the first time ..sigh.

UpdateIII: The mans name is Talib Abu Salam Ibn Shareef. Oh jeez, not another Southern Baptist.

Jeane Kirkpatrick Passes Away

A real hero of mine, she was John Bolton and Maggie Thatcher rolled up into one. Truely a brilliant and devoted public servant who will be missed dearly.

Fox reports.

Blogs of War has net reaction.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Ayatollah’s health fails as Iran power struggle grows

The world rid of Castro & Khamenei in 07?

Three days ago, Iran’s dictator, Supreme Leader Ayatollah ali Khamenei, was rushed to the vast medical facility traditionally known as “Vanak” hospital (it now has an Arabic name that means “the 12th Imam Hospital”), a 1,200-room facility that saves half of its beds for the leadership.

Khamenei is known to be suffering from cancer, and taking considerable quantities of an opium-based pain killer. He has lost more than 17 pounds in the past ten months, and was told last spring that he was unlikely to see another New Year (In the Iranian calendar, the New Year begins at the end of March).

Khamenei first complained of chills, and then broke out in a cold sweat. He lay down to rest, and began to lose feeling in his feet, at which point his aides got him to the hospital.

Thought of the Day

"Committees, and in particular "bipartisan" committees are absolutely worthless. By the time a concensus is reached the recommendations are so watered down, toothless and impotent they become incongruous, incoherent and completely unactionable.


Surrender Monkeys

NY Post Nails it!

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Iraqi Surrender Group Report: Israel must withdraw from Golan

WASHINGTON – The Baker-Hamilton report submitted Wednesday evening to US President George W. Bush marks a change in the American policy regarding the Middle East, particularly on the Israeli-Syrian channel.

"In the context of a full and secure peace agreement, the Israeli sshould return the Golan Heights, with a US security guarantee for Israel that could include an international force on the border, including US troops if requested by both parties," the Iraq Study Group headed by James Baker and Lee Hamilton recommended.

Here's an idea, how about this: You (Syria and Iran) stop supplying and funding terrorists in Iraq, stop murdering Lebanese government officials and trying to manipulate their affairs, relinquish or destroy all weapons and programs of mass murder including nukes, and we won't bomb you into the stone age.

There, fixed.

Ward Churchill Will Speak At New School

I don't know who is worse, Ward (Cleaver) Churchill or the idiots who give him a forum in which to spew his vile dictum.

A professor at the University of Colorado at Boulder, Ward Churchill — who ignited a national furor with his description of some of the World Trade Center employees killed on September 11, 2001, as "little Eichmanns" — is scheduled to speak Monday in New York at the New School.

At the invitation of the New School's Women of Color student group, which is funding the event from the university's student fees, Mr. Churchill will give a talk titled "Sterilizing History: The Fabrication of ‘Innocent Americans,'" in which he will discuss what he says are ongoing efforts to erase the history of native cultures. Mr. Churchill is a self-described American Indian — though his ancestry has recently been called into question — and his academic work has largely focused on America's treatment of indigenous peoples and political dissidents.

"Those of us students organizing this historic evening are not afraid of controversy as we stand firm in our support of academic freedom and Mr. Churchill's outstanding contributions and analyses.

Oh really? I am eagerly awaiting their invitation to Ann Coulter or Micahel Savage in the furtherment and support of "academic freedom".

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Gates Inane Declaration

I just had to comment on the stupid statement by Robert Gates in his Senate Testimony today.

When asked if he believed we were winning in Iraq he flatly said "No" Has this guy got all his marbles. What exactly in his mind constitutes winning? Does he have any idea the effect such an imbecilic statement has on our coalition allies not to mention the troops.

The Democrats loved it, they've been doing everything possible to get the administration to admit this regardless of whether it's true or not and here this nitwit comes in and cavalierly gift wraps it for them. If he honestly feels this way he has absolutely no business as Defense Secretary.

The only measure that one could use to possibly conclude we are not winning is that we have not yet withdrawn. The violence is an internal Iraqi problem. Our job has been and remains to train and strenghthen the Iraqi police and military to be in a position to control the situation on their own. We ARE SUCCEEDING in this function hence we are winning. Whether it is happening fast enough is debatable, whether we are making steady positive progress is not.

Either Gates was lying to achieve easy confirmation or he was exhibiting doctrine in direct opposition to the Presidents declared beliefs. Let's hope it's the former.

WME Forces Unscheduled Landing (Weapons of Mass Expulsion)

Flatulence brought 99 passengers on an American Airlines flight to an unscheduled visit to Nashville early Monday morning.

American Flight 1053, from Washington Reagan National Airport and bound for Dallas/Fort Worth, made an emergency landing here after passengers reported smelling struck matches, said Lynne Lowrance, a spokeswoman for the Nashville International Airport Authority.

The plane landed safely. The FBI, Transportation Safety Administration and airport authority responded to the emergency, Lowrance said.

The FBI questioned a passenger who admitted she struck the matches in an attempt to conceal body odor, Lowrance said. The woman lives near Dallas and has a medical condition.

The flight took off again, but the woman was not allowed back on the plane.

Monday, December 04, 2006

Mookie Toast?

There are unconfirmed reports that al-Sadr has been killed. Several terrorist forums including are reporting this. Stay tuned folks.

Update: Appears this was just net scuttlebutt as I am seeing this reported nowhere else.

Romney: Give Troopers Power to Arrest Illegals

Regardless whether this is politics or not, it's a good idea.

Massachusetts state troopers may soon be allowed to arrest immigrants who are in the state illegally.

Currently, troopers have no power to detain people for violations of their immigration status.

Troopers currently can call federal authorities for a check of their immigration status, and detain them if federal officials request it.

But Gov. Mitt Romney's office reportedly says the governor has worked out a deal with federal officials under which troopers will have the power to arrest.
About three dozen troopers will be given.

John Bolton resigns as ambassador to U.N.

Just damn!

WASHINGTON - Unable to win Senate confirmation, U.N. Ambassador John Bolton will step down when his recess appointment expires soon, the White House said Monday.

Bolton’s nomination has languished in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for more than a year, blocked by Democrats and several Republicans. Sen. Lincoln Chafee, a moderate Republican who lost in the midterm elections Nov. 7 that swept Democrats to power in both houses of Congress, was adamantly opposed to Bolton.

Politics wins over pragmatism.

Sunday, December 03, 2006

US actress Gwyneth Paltrow prefers British dinner talk

Well here's another "celebrity" to cross off my list....

Oscar-winning US actress Gwyneth Paltrow feels dinner talk is far more interesting in her adopted homeland Britain than back in her native country.

"I love the English lifestyle, it's not as capitalistic as America. People don't talk about work and money, they talk about interesting things at dinner," she told "NS," the weekend magazine supplement of daily Portuguese newspaper Diario de Noticias on Saturday.

"I like living here because I don't fit into the bad side of American psychology. The British are much more intelligent and civilized than the Americans," the 34-year-old added.

Funny how easy is is to be "anti-capitalist" when one has more money than sense. I suppose being a dingbat isn't difficult when Madonna's your mentor.

Saturday, December 02, 2006

Dr Paul Irwing:Twice as many men than women have 120 plus IQs

Over the vehement protests of Mrs. Traderrob I offer you this....

Dr Paul Irwing is a senior lecturer in organisational psychology at Manchester University. He claims that men are more intelligent than women.

All the research I've done points to a gender difference in general cognitive ability. There is a mean difference of about five IQ points. The further you go up the distribution the more and more skewed it becomes. There are twice as many men with an IQ of 120-plus as there are women, there are 30 times the number of men with an IQ of 170-plus as there are women.

Something most of us of the male persuasion have known for years.

Just kidding honeeeeeeee.

Friday, December 01, 2006

Darth Sadr

Illegal immigrants toiled for governor

SUCHITEPEQUEZ, Guatemala -- Outside his aqua-colored concrete house here, Rene Alvarez Rosales paused under an almond tree to answer questions about a subject with which he has surprising familiarity: Governor Mitt Romney's Belmont lawn.

For about eight years, Rosales said, he worked on and off landscaping the grounds at Romney's home, occasionally getting a "buenos dias" from Romney or a drink of water from his wife, Ann.

As Governor Mitt Romney explores a presidential bid, he has grown outspoken in his criticism of illegal immigration. But, for a decade, the governor has used a landscaping company that relies heavily on workers like these, illegal Guatemalan immigrants, to maintain the grounds surrounding his pink Colonial house on Marsh Street in Belmont.

I'm not sure if crap like this is being motivated by the hard HARD right who won't be happy with any Presidential nominee to the left of Tom Tancredo on immigration or by the left and their typical nonsense.

Regardless of the origin, it's ridiculous. There's a huge difference between someone who hires illegals and someone who hires a firm who hires illegals.

Are the authors of this tripe suggesting that anyone who does business with a company who has illegal aliens on their payroll are somehow complicit in the offense? That would mean anytime you go to a restaurant before taking your seat you better visit the kitchen and check the help for SS cards. You better also do the same for the garbage man, guys who pump your septic tank, cable guy and meter reader.

Had the good Governor questioned these employees on their country of origin and status the headline would read: "Massachussetts Governor Profiles in Illegal Alien Witchhunt"