Monday, February 27, 2006

Support for Unity in Iraq ignored by MSM

The MSM has been wildly and breathlessly speculating for the past several days about the possibility of a Civil War in Iraq because of the bombing of the Samarra shrine. So far that has not materialized thanks largely to leaders coming out and urging calm. Yes there has been violence and killing but an all out civil war has not erupted.

So why would the MSM not report on this as aggressively as their civil war predictions. See the GatewayPundit for more.

Monday, February 20, 2006

"easy access to identification"

Now what could Gov Rendell mean by that and why would he veto an election reform bill?
On Presidents' Day at the National Constitution Center, Gov. Rendell announced his veto of a bill that would have required all voters to show identification when they go to the polls.
Rendell said that the bill, which passed the legislature last week on largely parti-line votes, would have the effect of disenfranchising those without easy access to identification, including nursing-home residents, displaced families, the very poor and those without a driver's license

I am sure that provisions could have been made for individuals with those situations, but then all those illegals and dead people wouldn't be allowed to vote. Can't have that!

Insane? A bit harsh but...

I do think that this pending deal to allow a company in Dubai to handle port security at six US ports including New York and New Jersey is a bit....well, insane.
Two of the 19 9/11 hijackers were citizens of Dubai, the Arab emirate whose bid to run ports in New York, New Jersey and four other cities was okayed by the White House even though investigators have found signs that money used to finance terrorism flowed through Dubai banks.

I am guessing that pressure from Republicans like Rep Peter King and some Democrats as well will cause the White House to put a temporary stop or kill the deal all together. What the hell could the White House be thinking?

Brit Hume of Fox News thinks the President will reverse on this.
Peter King from the New York Post.

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Bubble, what bubble?

Housing Construction Surges in January
Feb 16 8:50 AM US/Eastern

By MARTIN CRUTSINGER
AP Economics Writer

Construction of new homes and apartments, defying forecasts of a housing slowdown, shot up in January at the fastest pace in more than three decades.

The Commerce Department reported Thursday that building activity was up 14.5 percent last month when compared to December, pushing construction to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 2.276 million units.

That was the fastest construction rate since March 1973, but it was expected to be a one-time blip caused by unusually warm weather in January that prompted builders to start work on more homes. Analysts are forecasting that housing construction will slow this year as the nation's five-year housing boom quiets down.

Well if they keep saying they are bound to be right eventually...

How predictable!

Critics slam Cheney's interview choice
- Matea Gold, Los Angeles Times
Thursday, February 16, 2006

New York -- For days, the White House news corps has pounded the Bush administration, demanding to learn more about Vice President Dick Cheney's accidental shooting of a hunting companion Saturday.

Cheney finally addressed the incident Wednesday, but the forum in which he chose to do so -- in an exclusive interview with Fox News host Brit Hume -- quickly became another source of contention.

Fox News executives cast the scoop as the result of persistence and the growing clout of the top-rated cable news network.

"We've been after the vice president since Sunday, as everyone has, and our efforts paid off," said John Moody, Fox's senior vice president for news editorial. "I think he wanted to make sure he got a fair interview and a good interview -- good in the sense of thorough -- and Brit is sort of the pre-eminent journalist in Washington right now."

But some Democrats and competing broadcasters charged that Cheney chose to speak only with Fox News because of a perception that the cable channel is sympathetic to the Republican administration. They called for the vice president to hold a news conference with the rest of the media.

Maybe Cheney picked Fox News because they have the biggest cable news audience. I guess he could have gone on MSNBC but then nobody would have seen it. Very petty!

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Cheney speaks !

VP Dick Cheney will be interviewed by Fox News about the shooting accident that has left Harry Whittington in the hospital with a birdshot pellet lodged in his heart muscle.
Vice President Dick Cheney is making his first public remarks about a hunting accident this weekend in which he shot and injured a prominent Texas lawyer in an interview with Fox Television today, his office said.

The interview, which was being taped starting at 2 p.m., will be shown at 6 p.m., Fox said. The network plans to show excerpts from it before then.

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Excellent!

The dems just keep shooting themselves in the foot, bless their little hearts.
In case you're short a hot topic tonight, Bill O'Reilly, take a look at the San Francisco Board of Supervisors -- which is working up a resolution calling for the "full investigation, impeachment or resignation'' of President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney.

The Pennsylvania Avenue Pair's alleged crimes:

-- Waging an unnecessary war in Iraq.

-- Authorizing torture of terrorist prisoners.

-- Failing to respond adequately to Hurricane Katrina.

-- And not to be forgotten -- ordering the secret wiretapping of U.S. citizens without a warrant.

San Francisco's ever-left-leaning Supervisor Chris Daly placed the resolution on the board's consent calendar Tuesday -- but the matter was sent to committee at the request of Supervisor Sean Elsbernd, who opposes the resolution. That ensures a roll-call vote when it eventually comes back to full board.

"I have more important things to do than to vote for President Bush's impeachment,'' Elsbernd said.

Unbelievable double standard...

In an article about the Danish cartoon controversy, the NY Times publishes a photograph of Chris Ofili's "Holy Virgin Mary" made from elephant dung. Yes, thats right.

Sheehan for Senate? No says Boxer

Seems that Sen. Barbara Boxer is not to keen on the idea of a Senator Cindy Sheehan;
"I don't think having her in the Senate election helps her at all," Boxer told a roundtable of California reporters this morning. "I think it might have the opposite effect."

Ya think?

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Congress's Secret Saddam Tapes

From the NY Sun...
The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence is studying 12 hours of audio recordings between Saddam Hussein and his top advisers that may provide clues to the whereabouts of Iraq's weapons of mass destruction.

The committee has already confirmed through the intelligence community that the recordings of Saddam's voice are authentic, according to its chairman, Rep. Peter Hoekstra of Michigan, who would not go into detail about the nature of the conversations or their context. They were provided to his committee by a former federal prosecutor, John Loftus, who says he received them from a former American military intelligence analyst.

Mr. Loftus will make the recordings available to the public on February 17 at the annual meeting of the Intelligence Summit, of which he is president. On the organization's Web site, Mr. Loftus is quoted as promising that the recordings "will be able to provide a few definitive answers to some very important - and controversial - weapons of mass destruction questions." Contacted yesterday by The New York Sun, Mr. Loftus would only say that he delivered a CD of the recordings to a representative of the committee, and the following week the committee announced that it was reopening the investigation into weapons of mass destruction.

Monday, February 06, 2006

A must read!

Debra Burlingame, a former attorney, is the sister of Charles F. "Chic" Burlingame, pilot of American Airlines Flight 77, which was crashed into the Pentagon on 9/11. She has a great piece in the NY Post today. All of the idiots whining about the governments NSA program should read it and learn from it;
February 6, 2006 -- DO you remember Rick Rescorla? He was the Morgan Stanley security chief who persistently warned Port Authority officials before the first World Trade Center bombing that the Twin Towers were vulnerable to terrorist attack. They didn't listen.
After six people died in the 1993 bombing, Rescorla repeatedly drilled employees on evacuation procedures. On 9/11, after the first jet slammed into Tower One at 8:46 a.m., he ignored the official order to send his workforce back to their desks in the south tower.

"Everything above where that plane hit is going to collapse," he told a friend over the phone. "I'm getting my people the [expletive] out of here."

The 62-year-old Vietnam veteran grabbed a bullhorn and led hundreds of people out of the building, singing "God Bless America" to keep them from losing their nerve, going back again and again for stragglers.

He's credited with evacuating 2,700 people, but did not save himself.

Listening to members of Congress argue about the National Security Agency (NSA) terrorist-surveillance program brought Rescorla to mind. What would he think about all the dry legal arguments concerning the president's authority for intercepting al Qaeda conversations?

I think the decorated war hero would say, "If it'll it save my people, do it."

Thursday, February 02, 2006

What can I say...

From the AP, be sure to read to the very last paragraph, which is classic!
In Turkish Movie, Americans Kill Innocents
Gary Busey, Billy Zane Co-Star in Anti-American Film
By BENJAMIN HARVEY, AP

ISTANBUL, Turkey (Feb. 2) - In the most expensive Turkish movie ever made, American soldiers in Iraq crash a wedding and pump a little boy full of lead in front of his mother.

They kill dozens of innocent people with random machine gun fire, shoot the groom in the head, and drag those left alive to Abu Ghraib prison - where a Jewish doctor cuts out their organs, which he sells to rich people in New York, London and Tel Aviv.

"Valley of the Wolves Iraq" - set to open in Turkey on Friday - feeds off the increasingly negative feelings many Turks harbor toward their longtime NATO allies: Americans.

The movie, which reportedly cost some $10 million, is the latest in a new genre of popular culture that demonizes the United States. It comes on the heels of a novel called "Metal Storm" about a war between Turkey and the U.S., which has been a best seller for months.

One recent opinion poll revealed the depth of the hostility in Turkey toward Americans: 53 percent of Turks who responded to the 2005 Pew Global Attitudes survey associated Americans with the word "rude"; 70 percent with "violent"; 68 percent with "greedy"; and 57 percent with "immoral."

Advance tickets are already selling out across Turkey for the film, which has dialogue in Turkish, Arabic, Kurdish and English. In addition to Turkey, the film is set to be shown in more than a dozen other countries - including the United States, Britain, Germany, The Netherlands, Britain, Denmark, Russia, Egypt, Syria and Australia.

The movie's American stars are Billy Zane, who plays a self-professed "peacekeeper sent by God," and Gary Busey as the Jewish-American doctor.

U.S. soldiers have become hate figures in Muslim countries around the world after the unpopular war in Iraq. But here in Turkey, a personal grudge fuels the resentment.

"Valley of the Wolves Iraq" opens with a true story: On July 4, 2003, in Sulaymaniyah, northern Iraq, troops from the U.S. Army's 173rd Airborne Brigade raided and ransacked a Turkish special forces office, threw hoods over the heads of 11 Turkish special forces officers, and held them in custody for more than two days.

The Americans said they had been looking for Iraqi insurgents and unwittingly rounded up the Turks because they were not in uniform. Still, the incident damaged Turkish-U.S. relations and hurt Turkish national pride. Turks traditionally idolize their soldiers; most enthusiastically send their sons off for mandatory military service.

In the movie, one of the Turkish special forces officers commits suicide to save his honor. His farewell letter reaches Polat Alemdar, an elite Turkish intelligence officer who travels to northern Iraq with a small group of men to avenge the humiliation.

There they find a rogue group of U.S. soldiers led by officer Sam William Marshall - played by Zane. In the bloodfest that ensues, the small band of Turks bonds with the people of Iraq and eventually ends American atrocities there, killing Zane and his men in the final scene.

"The scenario is great," Istanbul Mayor Kadir Topbas told The Associated Press after the film was shown at a posh opening gala Tuesday night. "It was very successful. ... a soldier's honor must never be damaged."

But Topbas and other Turks at the premiere weren't too concerned about how the movie would be perceived in the United States.

"There isn't going to be a war over this," said Nefise Karatay, a Turkish model lounging on a sofa after the premiere. "Everyone knows that Americans have a good side. That's not what this is about."

Coverage of Woodruff overdone?

The military seems to think so, and so do I...
WASHINGTON, Jan. 31 (UPI) -- The American media stood up and took notice when an improvised explosive device grievously injured an ABC News crew Sunday.

In Iraq, and throughout the military, there is sympathy and concern for anchor Bob Woodruff and cameraman Doug Vogt, but there is also this question:

"Why do you think this is such a huge story?" wrote an officer stationed in Baqubah, Iraq, Monday via e-mail. "It's a bit stunning to us over here how absolutely dominant the story is on every network and front page. I mean, you'd think we lost the entire 1st Marine Division or something.

"There's a lot of grumbling from guys at all ranks about it. That's a really impolite and impolitic thing to say ... but it's what you would hear over here."

At least 2,242 troops have died in Iraq since the war's start, 1,753 of them killed in action. Another 16,000 have been injured, half of them seriously enough to require evacuation from the battlefield. According to the Pentagon, 60 percent of the deaths are the result of IEDs. IEDs have injured more than 9,200 troops, nine times more than gunshots.

"The point that is currently being made (is that) that press folks are more important than mere military folks," a senior military officer told UPI Tuesday.

The spineless American media

See Michelle Malkin for the latest on the "forbidden cartoons" from Denmark that Muslims deem offensive and the effort to support Denmark's right to freedom of expression.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Dems are funny people...

Interesting how the Dems love to scream about the huge deficit but when a bill to reduce spending by $40 billion of the next five years crosses their eyes (literally) they show their true colors;
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans in the House of Representatives narrowly won passage on Wednesday of a controversial bill to trim about $39 billion from domestic spending over five years, capping a yearlong push to cut health care for the poor and elderly and other programs.

By a partisan vote of 216-214, the House approved the bill, sending it to President Bush for signing into law
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The 214 voting against are all Democrats, none voted for the bill.

Nice touch on that last line from al-Reuters.

And the AP has a change take on what "largely along party lines" means;
WASHINGTON - The House on Wednesday narrowly approved Congress' first attempt in eight years to slow the growth of benefit programs like Medicaid and student loan subsidies, sending the measure to President Bush.

The bill passed by a vote of 216-214, largely along party lines. Republicans hailed the five-year, $39 billion budget-cutting bill as an important first step to restoring discipline on spending. Democrats attacked the measure as an assault on college students and Medicaid patients and said powerful Washington lobbyists had too much influence on it

Cindy speaks...

From Michael Moore's (who else) website;
I was never told that I couldn't wear that shirt into the Congress. I was never asked to take it off or zip my jacket back up. If I had been asked to do any of those things...I would have, and written about the suppression of my freedom of speech later. I was immediately, and roughly (I have the bruises and muscle spasms to prove it) hauled off and arrested for "unlawful conduct."

Thats not quite true, according to the AP;
Schneider said Sheehan had worn a T-shirt with an anti-war slogan to Tuesday night's speech and covered it up until she took her seat. Police warned her that such displays were not allowed in the House chamber, but she did not respond, the spokeswoman said.

Dems give themselves a standing ovation...

When President Bush said this;
Congress did not act last year on my proposal to save Social Security
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The dems rose and gave themselves a rousing standing ovation. Thats what they are all about. Obstruction. Nothing else.