Friday, September 28, 2007

Imagine what I could have learned in those 13 seconds...

I am sure they are concerned with losing precious educational time;
Members of the activist club "Student Worker" are calling on students to leave class every Thursday at 8:30 a.m. -- when the pledge is recited over the intercom -- and rally in the courtyard to say a revised version of the pledge.

Club President Emma Martens, who's leading the protest, wrote this new version: "I pledge allegiance to the flag and my constitutional rights with which it comes. And to the diversity, in which our nation stands, one nation, part of one planet, with liberty, freedom, choice and justice for all."

Martens said her group is concerned that the traditional pledge read daily at the start of second period classes takes away from school time. She also said the phrase, "one nation, under God," violates the separation of church and state.

"Boulder High has a highly diverse population, not all of whom believe in God, or One God," she wrote in an e-mail to the Camera.

"We didn't think it was fair for the whole school to have to listen to it," Martens said between classes today. "It's disrespectful and in complete violation of the separation of church and state. It's almost religious oppression."

She said the group has written a letter to Principal Bud Jenkins asking that Boulder High hold the recitation -- which the school must make available by state law -- in the auditorium during both of the school's two lunch breaks.

"That's so students can go if they want, but not everyone is required to listen to it," Martens said. "I don't want them to break any laws by not saying it. We just want them to do it so we don't have to hear it every day."

With all due respect Emma, you're a dope! Why don't you just admit you are looking for an easy way to get some face-time and also a little break from classes. And exactly how does leaving class and heading out to the courtyard to recite your version not lose even more precious educational time than if you just stayed in class and recited your stupid version?

And besides, "the separation of church and state" is not in the Constitution. However this statement is;
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof...

Nowhere do I see the government forcing her to say the dreaded phrase "under God" so she can just cover her ears if it bothers her that much. And how is this religious oppression? I don't get that. Well she is a teenager so what do you expect? Reasoned thinking? No...

But I thought they were just lost...

Two little lost souls with fireworks? Not so much...
A suspended University of South Florida student facing explosives charges regarded American troops and U.S. allies as invaders of Arab countries, an FBI agent says in federal court documents filed this week.

The agent’s affidavit gives more details about a secretly taped conversation between Ahmed Mohamed, 26, and fellow student Youssef Megahed, 21, and also about the contents of Mohamed’s laptop.

In a sworn affidavit, FBI Special Agent Daniel J. McTavish said that when agents searched Mohamed’s hard drive they found a folder named “Bomb Shock.” It contained files of information on explosives, explosive ingredients and downloads from Web sites about explosives.

Investigators also found another folder labeled “High-Order Explosives,” which included information on the composition and use of explosives, including TNT and C-4…

…Mohamed’s laptop also contained a 12-minute video on transforming a toy remote-controlled car into a detonator. The face of the man narrating the video wasn’t seen, but FBI investigators said Mohamed admitted it was him.

“He explained that he made the tape to assist those persons in Arabic countries to defend themselves against the infidels invading their countries,” McTavish said in his statement.

And Mohamed “added that the technology which he demonstrated in the tape was to be used against those who fought for the United States,” he said.

A message to the NY Mets!

Thursday, September 27, 2007

This is what happens when Hillary doesn't like the question...

Very interesting;

And did Hillary just confirm that Israel took out a nuclear facility in Syria on September 6?

Again Obama does not vote...

Barack Obama continued his nasty habit of not voting on issues that would more clearly define his positions, this time on a resolution urging President Bush to designate Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard as a terrorist group. From the Washington Post story on the debate last night;
One of the sharpest exchanges came over a vote in the Senate on Wednesday on a resolution urging President Bush to designate the Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard as a terrorist group. Clinton supported the measure, Biden and Dodd opposed it. Obama did not vote.

This is a big problem for him and I would not be surprised to see his opponents start hitting him about it.

Dems ever-changing position on Iraq just changed again...

From the debate last night (yes there was a debate last night);
The enormity of the military conflict in Iraq was spelled out in the simplest of all admissions tonight:

Among all of the leading Democratic candidates for president, none was willing to commit to a promise in a campaign debate that all of the U.S. combat forces deployed in Iraq will be gone by 2013, the end of the next president’s term in office.

“It’s hard to project four years from now,” said Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois, at the start of a debate of the Democratic candidates in Hanover, N.H.

“”It is very difficult to know what we’re going to be inheriting,” said Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York, who has vowed that if President Bush has not ended the war in Iraq by the time the next president takes office, “I will.’’

“”I cannot make that commitment,” said former Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina, answering the question posed in a televised debate in the state that will hold the first of the presidential primary elections in January.

‘What I heard tonight was, even at the end of their terms the war will not end,” said Gov. Bill Richardson of New Mexico, promising to bring the troops home as president.

“”It’s important for candidates for president to tell the American people not just what they want to hear, but what they need to hear,” Obama said.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Remember that Israeli strike a few weeks ago?

Very interesting stuff here.

Katie says she "never understood" about Iraq...

In case anyone has forgotten the reasons we went into Iraq (hello Katie?) here they are (via LaShawn Barber);

1. Iraq’s government openly praised the September 11th attacks on America
2. Iraq shelters and supports terrorist organizations
3. Saddam Hussein has an appetite for nuclear weapons
4. Saddam likely possesses biological and chemical weapons
5. Saddam’s repression of the Iraqi people
6. Saddam’s Abuse of Children
7. Violence against women
8. Iraq has not returned prisoners
9. Saddam possesses prohibited missiles
10. Weapons inspectors have been shut out of Iraq for four years

Remember this was based on intelligence available at the time, that intelligence agency in the world agreed with, even Bill Clinton said it was consistent with what he had available to him while he was president.

When will the media start praising the military and the stunning turnaround in Iraq?

It's getting harder and harder for them to ignore;
Rep. John Kline, returning from his fifth trip to Iraq, said Tuesday he saw “amazing” progress in the security situation there, and a sense of normalcy returning among Iraqi people.

Kline, R-Minn., traveled to Iraq and Afghanistan over the weekend as part of a bipartisan House Armed Services Committee trip led by Rep. Neil Abercrombie, D-Hawaii.

“The security situation there is just truly amazing. Just amazing,” he said in a telephone interview. Kline said the Marine battalion commander there told the lawmakers that violence is way down.

“One of the great advantages of going is you can look and get a sense of what the atmosphere is,” Kline said. “People are going about their business, the shops are open, they’re walking around the street.”

The take by Kline, a conservative Republican, was similar to one by the state’s liberal Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison, who visited Ramadi in July. In that trip, Ellison noted that people were walking the streets of the city, going to the market, and he had commented on the “general level of respect and calm that I thought was good.”

Congress is so bad even Pelosi doesn't approve

BLITZER: The anger, this frustration, you feel it every day. The poll numbers. Since the democrats became the majority in the Senate and the House, Congressional approval has gone down since the republicans were in the majority. And now the job approval for Congress is even lower than the job approval for the president of the United States. How do you explain that?

PELOSI: Well, what I like to focus on is the fact that we're 20 points ahead of the republicans in almost every category that you can name in terms of trusting -- trust of the American people in dealing with education and health care, the economy, our national security, even fighting terrorism. We're ahead of them in the polls. So from the standpoint of democrats versus republicans, the American people know the difference.

BLITZER: In the Gallup poll, the last one, only 24 percent of the American public thinks Congress is doing a good job.

PELOSI: Well, to tell you the truth, I don't approve of the way Congress is ending the war in Iraq myself. And that's because of the 60-vote barrier in the United States Senate. But don't mistake, expert that you are -- your audience should not mistake the rating for Congress as the rating for the democrats. We're as high as we've ever been. We're up 53 percent to 30 something for the republicans in terms of favorability of a political party in the Congress.

But the real problem is not her, oh no. Of course it's the Senate;
BLITZER: But you could in the House of Representatives use your power of the purse, the money, just to stop funding the war if you really wanted to.

PELOSI: I wish the speaker had all the power you just described. I certainly could do that. That doesn't bar the minority from bringing up a funding resolution. They have their parliamentary prerogatives, as well.

So what we have done is to send bills that limit the mission, to limit the time there, to redeploy the troops, and last week, I believe, was a turning point in the Congressional debate on Iraq. I think we changed it going in by putting a bill on the president's desk.

Since May until now, we haven't been able to put something on the president's desk.

BLITZER: Because of the Senate. PELOSI: Because of the Senate, the 60 vote. But last week we were really optimistic that the Senate would at least support the readiness of our troops. The Webb resolution, the Webb amendment to the defense bill was a resolution that said the guidelines of the defense department, the same amount of time in the war, you have the same amount of time at home to regroup, to retrain, to recover, to be with your family. When they rejected that ...

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Who's really running the Senate?

From Redstate:
Just another example of Harry Reid being Mitchslapped around the Senate Floor, in a review of the more than 300 votes that have been cast in the Senate this year, Harry Reid voted with Mitch McConnell 60% of the time.

So, who is the real Senate leader?


Ahmadinejad: Iran has no homosexuals...

Maybe this is why;
"A UN vote on homosexual human rights was yesterday derailed at the last minute by an alliance of disapproving Muslim countries. The UN had been due to vote on the matter for the first time in its almost 60-year history, but five Muslim countries delayed the vote until today and introduced amendments designed to kill it off. . . . The British gay rights campaigner, Peter Tatchell, said: 'The vote has been derailed and delayed by Islamic fundamentalist states where gay people are either jailed, flogged or beheaded.'"

Friday, September 21, 2007

I am amazed...

...that Hillary Clinton was asked and answered this question;
Hillary Clinton: I'm not a lesbian

Friday, September 21st 2007, 4:00 AM

Hillary Clinton officially declared she's not a lesbian - not that there's anything wrong with that.

During an interview with The Advocate to be published next week, Sean Kennedy, the gay magazine's news and features editor, asked the presidential candidate, "How do you respond to the occasional rumor that you're a lesbian?"

"People say a lot of things about me, so I really don't pay any attention to it," Sen. Clinton (D-N.Y.) replied.

"It's not true, but it is something that I have no control over. People will say what they want to say."

Kennedy told the Daily News he's convinced. "I 100% believe she's a straight, heterosexual woman," he said.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Where in the world is Barack Obama?

Barack Obama has a very peculiar and bad habit of avoiding important votes that put him on the record for serious issues. Today the Senate voted 72-25 to condemn the "General Betray Us" ad and Obama did not vote. Curiously he did vote on an amendment 38 minutes earlier put forth by Barbara Boxer.

See NRO's Bryon York for details...

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

I can't think of a good reason for this...

U.S. May Escort Ahmadinejad to Ground Zero
Talks Underway After Iranian Requests a Visit

Staff Reporter of the Sun
September 19, 2007 updated 3:33 pm EDT

Behrouz Mehri / AFP / Getty

In a move that has stunned New York, the Bloomberg administration is in discussions to escort the Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, to ground zero during his visit to New York next week, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said today.

The Iranian mission to the U.N. made the request to the New York City Police Department and the Secret Service, who will jointly oversee security during the president's two-day visit. Mr. Ahmadinejad is scheduled to arrive September 24 to speak to the U.N. General Assembly as the Security Council decides whether to increase sanctions against Iran for its uranium enrichment program.

Mr. Kelly said the NYPD and Secret Service were in discussions with the Iranian mission about the logistics for the possible visit, and whether it will take place at all. He said Mr. Ahmadinejad would not be allowed to descend into the pit for safety reasons related to ongoing construction there.

"There has been some interest expressed in his visiting the area," Mr. Kelly said. "It's something that we are prepared to handle if in fact it does happen."

Mr. Kelly said that Mr. Ahmadinejad had not indicated why he wants to visit the site of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

Several presidential candidates quickly condemned the proposed visit.

Media double standards

Why is the media not outraged by this comment from Rev Jesse Jackson;
Jackson sharply criticized presidential hopeful and Illinois Sen. Barack Obama for “acting like he’s white” in what Jackson said has been a tepid response to six black juveniles’ arrest on attempted-murder charges in Jena, La. Jackson, who also lives in Illinois, endorsed Obama in March, according to The Associated Press.

“If I were a candidate, I’d be all over Jena,” Jackson said after an hour-long speech at Columbia’s historically black Benedict College.

“Jena is a defining moment, just like Selma was a defining moment,” said the iconic civil rights figure, who worked with Martin Luther King Jr. in the 1965 Selma civil rights movement and was with King at his 1968 assassination.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Jane Fonda to blame for global warming?

The NY Times has a story coming this Sunday, from Editor and Publisher;
'NYT' Sunday Preview: Jane Fonda to Blame for Global Warming?

By E&P Staff

Published: September 14, 2007 1:50 PM ET

NEW YORK In their regular "Freakanomics" column which will appear in this Sunday's edition of The New York Times Magazine, Stephen J. Dubner and Steven D. Levitt, pose this question: "If you were asked to name the biggest global warming villains of the past 30 years, here's one name that probably wouldn't spring to mind: Jane Fonda. But should it?"

The authors observe that Fonda's antinuclear thriller "The China Syndrome," which opened just 12 days before the Three Mile Island accident in 1979, helped stoke "a widespread panic." Fonda became a high-profile anti-nuke activist in an already-strong movement. The nuclear industry halted plans for expansion. "And so," they continue, "instead of becoming a nation with clean and cheap nuclear energy, as once seemed inevitable, the United States kept building power plants that burned coal and other fossil fuels. Today such plants account for 40 percent of the country's energy-related carbon-dioxide emissions.

"Anyone hunting for a global-warming villain can't help blaming those power plants -- and can't help wondering too about the unintended consequences of Jane Fonda."

Of course, there were many other factors in the nuclear industry decline, including cost over-runs, disposal of nuclear waste, the threat of terrorism and numerous other accidents beyond TMI. Then there was, ahem, Chernobyl. But the columnists cite the "big news" that with global warming fears mounting, "nuclear power may be making a comeback in the United States," with plans for two dozen reactors on the drawing boards.

Will they get built? The authors conclude that "it may all depend on what kind of thrillers Hollywood has in the pipeline."

Amusing, to say the least...

McNabb plays the race card...

Report: McNabb says black QBs under more pressure

Updated: September 18, 2007, 9:30 AM ET

African-American quarterbacks face more pressure and more criticism than their white counterparts, Philadelphia Eagles QB Donovan McNabb says in an interview scheduled to air on HBO on Tuesday night.

McNabb, in an interview on "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel," tells interviewer James Brown that African-American quarterbacks such as himself face added pressure because there are fewer black QBs -- and because some still don't want black athletes playing the position.

"There's not that many African-American quarterbacks, so we have to do a little bit extra," McNabb tells HBO. "Because the percentage of us playing this position, which people didn't want us to play ... is low, so we do a little extra."

Later in the interview, Brown presses McNabb on criticism of his performance -- and if African-American QBs are graded more harshly.

"I pass for 300 yards, our team wins by seven, [mimicking] 'Ah, he could've made this throw, they would have scored if he did this,' " McNabb tells HBO.

"Doesn't every quarterback go through that?" Brown asks.

"Not everybody," McNabb replies.

Brown then asks if the media is tougher on him than on white quarterbacks such as Carson Palmer and Peyton Manning.

"Let me start by saying I love those guys," McNabb tells HBO. "But they don't get criticized as much as we do. They don't."

In the interview, McNabb also talks to Brown about playing in Philadelphia, a city known for passionate sports fans who aren't afraid to criticize the city's pro athletes.

"Every year I'm part of some criticism," McNabb tells HBO. "But every day that we go through life, you're faced with a lot of adversity. Now the answer is how do you handle the adversity. How do you respond?

"I try to handle myself with class. I try to handle myself with dignity. I think sometimes people look to players to act out, speak loudly, pretty much be an idiot. But that's not me."

Double standards

Isiah Thomas uses the "it's ok for a black man but not for a white man" defense in his sexual harassment trial;
NEW YORK — To New York Knicks coach Isiah Thomas, hearing a white man refer to a black woman using a certain vulgar term would be "highly offensive."

But he said he wouldn't be so offended if he heard a black man use the same term to refer to a black woman.

"I do make a distinction," Thomas said in a videotaped deposition played for a jury Monday in his sexual harassment trial.

A former female team executive, Anucha Browne Sanders, is seeking $10 million in damages on her claim that she was fired because she accused Thomas of harassment. She has said that Thomas repeatedly called her by the word, "bitch," which the Knicks coach was addressing in the videotaped deposition.

He denied calling Browne Sanders vulgar names.

"I never cursed at Miss Sanders," a mild-mannered Thomas said in the tape, which was projected on a big screen in a packed federal courtroom in the second week of the widely publicized trial.

"Now have I ever used curse words around her, yes, but at her? No," Thomas said in response to questions posed by attorneys.

Monday, September 17, 2007

HillaryCare II: The Wrath or Hill

Republicans breathe a sigh of relief;
DES MOINES, Iowa - For months, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton has promised a plan to bring health care to every American.

She was to make good on that pledge Monday, unveiling a sweeping proposal requiring everyone to carry health insurance and offering federal subsidies to help reduce the cost of coverage.

With a price tag of about $110 billion per year, Clinton's "American Health Choices Plan" represents her first major effort to achieve universal health coverage since 1994, when the plan she authored during her husband's first term collapsed.

And it only costs, $110 million billion. That's $110,000,000,000. That's ten zeros in back of a couple of ones. TEN ZEROS!

Sally Field at The Emmys

With the "wrap it up" music playing over her, Sally Field comes out with this gem;
I’m not finished. I have to finish talking … if the mothers ruled the world there would be no goddamn wars in the first place.

And watch her and imagine this blubbering idiot as the leader of the country;

Friday, September 14, 2007

Just having some fun!

STROUDSBURG, Pa. -- The Monroe County district attorney says a man on a terrorism watch list was discovered taking photos of the Interstate 80 bridge crossing the Delaware River.

District Attorney E. David Christine tells The Morning Call of Allentown that police talked with the man Monday, but didn't detain him. Christine says the man told police he was taking pictures for fun while on vacation. Christine says authorities didn't learn that the man was on the FBI watch list until later.

The man's name wasn't immediately released.

The man was taking pictures from the New Jersey side of the bridge.

And they believed him?

KO back to where it belongs...

After crowing about Keith Olbermann's first victory over O'Reilly on the Friday September 7th show, which was no doubt due to KO's appearance on the NFL kickoff special the night before, things seem to have returned to normal, according to TV Newser;

25-54 Demo

O'Reilly 510,000 viewers
KO 388,000 viewers

O'Reilly 582,000
KO 357,000

O'Reilly 579,000
KO 373,000

Thursday, September 13, 2007

After all he does have standards

Isiah Thomas, the Knicks General Manager, is on trial in a sexual harassment case in New York city which is the talk of the town...

Stephon Marbury was on the stand respond to questions concerning a backseat encounter he may or may not have had with an intern back in 2005. He had this to say about how he referred to the intern;
Marbury also insisted he never heard Knicks coach Isiah Thomas call Browne Sanders a "black bitch" or "ho" as she testified earlier, saying it was "not his style."

For his own part, Marbury said, "I didn't call her a black bitch. I called her a bitch."

Thank god for that!

And then there is this gem from Marbury's cousin;
Afterward, as Marbury fled to a blue Rolls-Royce trailed by reporters, he called the trial a "tough situation" and refused to speculate on the possible outcome.

"It's not for me to judge," he said.

Earlier, Browne Sanders, a 44-year-old former Northwestern University basketball star who is the Knicks' former marketing vice president, described how Gonsalves allegedly harassed the intern.

"You look good in those pants," Gonsalves allegedly said, according to Browne Sanders. "I bet that p---y looks good, too."

Class act!

The closest he will get.

John Edwards will pretend to be president after the President Bush's speech tonight on his endorsement of Gen Petraeus's troop withdrawal recommendations;
Edwards Buys Ad to Rebut Bush on Iraq
Sep 13 11:45 AM US/Eastern

Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) - In the clamor of Democrats assailing President Bush on Iraq, presidential candidate John Edwards has found a way to be heard after Bush addresses the nation Thursday night: He's buying time for a rebuttal.

Edwards has bought two minutes of air time on MSNBC, scheduled to air after Bush's 15-minute televised speech from the White House at 9 p.m. EDT.

Bush is expected to announce plans to reduce the American troop presence in Iraq by up to 30,000 by next summer, but say that he will condition those and further cuts on continued progress.

"Unfortunately, the president is pressing on with the only strategy he's ever had—more time, more troops, and more war," Edwards says in the ad, according to excerpts provided by his campaign.

The ad was taped at Edwards' home in Chapel Hill, N.C., in the style of an Oval Office address, with him sitting at a desk and speaking straight to the camera, with American flag in the background.

Why do I get the feeling this is not going to be received very well by either side...

Vietnam War Memorial defaced

When will people realize that anti-war protesters who parade themselves as lovers of peace are nothing more than pathetic, disgusting and vile cowards who resort to violent means to get their so-called peace message across...


Wednesday, September 12, 2007

So much for the so-called consensus on global warming

Challenge to Scientific Consensus on Global Warming: Analysis Finds Hundreds of Scientists Have Published Evidence Countering Man-Made Global Warming Fears

Posted : Wed, 12 Sep 2007 14:58:42 GMT
Author : Hudson Institute

WASHINGTON, Sept. 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new analysis of peer-reviewed literature reveals that more than 500 scientists have published evidence refuting at least one element of current man-made global warming scares. More than 300 of the scientists found evidence that 1) a natural moderate 1,500-year climate cycle has produced more than a dozen global warmings similar to ours since the last Ice Age and/or that 2) our Modern Warming is linked strongly to variations in the sun's irradiance. "This data and the list of scientists make a mockery of recent claims that a scientific consensus blames humans as the primary cause of global temperature increases since 1850," said Hudson Institute Senior Fellow Dennis Avery.

The whole press release is here.

How about allowing your country's flag!

High School Bans American Flag

Tuesday, Sep 11, 2007 - 11:56 PM Updated: 07:03 AM

By NBC17

SAMPSON COUNTY, N.C. – On the sixth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, students at one high school were not allowed to wear clothes with an American Flag.

Under a new school rule, students at Hobbton High School are not allowed to wear items with flags, from any country, including the United States.

The new rule stems from a controversy over students wearing shirts bearing flags of other countries.

Gayle Langston said her daughter, Jessica, was told to remove her stars and stripes t-shirt.

“Today she wanted to wear her shirt, and I had to tell her no,” said Langston. “She didn't like it at all because I knew it would get her in trouble. Of all days, 9/11, she could not wear her American Flag shirt.”

The superintendent of schools in Sampson County calls the situation unfortunate, but says educators didn’t want to be forced to pick and choose which flags should be permissible.

An apology from Rutgers

What makes a "key Republican" ?

One that behaves like a Democrat.
Key Republican Questions Iraq Strategy

Sep 11 11:14 AM US/Eastern
Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) - A prominent Republican on Tuesday said he remains deeply skeptical of the U.S. war strategy in Iraq, comparing the long and bloody military campaign to a farmer risking his savings to plant on a flood plain.

"In my judgment, some type of success in Iraq is possible, but as policymakers, we should acknowledge that we are facing extraordinarily narrow margins for achieving our goals," Sen. Richard Lugar, the top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, told the top U.S. military commander and the American ambassador there.

Lugar, R-Ind., has called for a sizable drawdown in coming months, a plan that runs counter to Gen. David Petraeus' recommendation. Petraeus says the United States should withdraw the 30,000 extra troops deployed earlier this year, but maintain the approximately 130,000 troops—who would be left there—at least through next summer.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

ABC News anchors talked over National Anthem and moment of silence...

Simply stunning the insensitivity of some alleged professional on air people (via NRO Jonah Goldberg);
While driving the kids to school, I was listening to the local talk radio here in Huntsville, AL and they went live to ABC coverage of the 8:49 (7:49 central) national anthem and moment of silence. The ABC people talked through the national anthem and the NATIONWIDE moment of silence. They talked about people suing for health problems. After 10 minutes, the local host and cohost came on and apologized for ABCs coverage. Both said they had already contacted ABC News to complain that it was the NATIONAL ANTHEM and you are not supposed to talk through it and a MOMENT OF SILENCE applies to everyone, even ABC talking heads.

Don't Ever Forget!

Have You Forgetten
by Darryl Worley

I hear people saying we don't need this war
But, I say there's some things worth fighting for
What about our freedom and this piece of ground
We didn't get to keep 'em by backing down
They say we don't realize the mess we're getting in
Before you start your preaching let me ask you this my friend

Have you forgotten how it felt that day?
To see your homeland under fire
And her people blown away
Have you forgotten when those towers fell?
We had neighbors still inside going thru a living hell
And you say we shouldn't worry 'bout bin Laden
Have you forgotten?

They took all the footage off my T.V.
Said it's too disturbing for you and me
It'll just breed anger that's what the experts say
If it was up to me I'd show it everyday
Some say this country's just out looking for a fight
Well, after 9/11 man I'd have to say that's right

Have you forgotten how it felt that day?
To see your homeland under fire
And her people blown away
Have you forgotten when those towers fell?
We had neighbors still inside going thru a living hell
And we vowed to get the one’s behind bin Laden
Have you forgotten?

I've been there with the soldiers
Who've gone away to war
And you can bet that they remember
Just what they're fighting for

Have you forgotten all the people killed?
Yeah, some went down like heroes in that Pennsylvania field
Have you forgotten about our Pentagon?
All the loved ones that we lost and those left to carry on
Don't you tell me not to worry about bin Laden
Have you forgotten?

Have you forgotten?
Have you forgotten?

Monday, September 10, 2007

NY Times looks for and finds the least positive spin possible...

Slow Progress Being Made in Iraq, Petraeus Tells Congress
Doug Mills/The New York Times

Published: September 10, 2007

WASHINGTON, Sept. 10 — Gen. David H. Petraeus, the top American military commander in Iraq, told Congress this afternoon that the United States by next summer should be able to reduce its troop strength there to about 130,000, or what it was before the recent increase.

Returning to the “pre-surge” strength by pulling out 30,000 troops could probably be done without jeopardizing the hard-won progress made in Iraq, General Petraeus told House members at an emotionally charged hearing that was in some ways reminiscent of the Vietnam era. He said no decision on further withdrawals should be made until next March.

The gradual pullback of American troops should begin this month with the withdrawal of the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, which is based at Camp Pendleton, Calif., General Petraeus said. He said he had recommended that move to President Bush.

The general, whose testimony today was the most eagerly awaited appearance in decades by a military leader on Capitol Hill, said he envisioned the United States achieving “success” in Iraq, “although doing so will be neither quick nor easy.”

That must have been tough for the Times to print "success" and "Iraq" in the same sentence.

Petraeus says 25% draw down possible by summer 2008

In his statement today Gen. Petraeus says that a 25% draw down of troops is possible by Summer 2008. Since that is exactly what the Dems have been clamoring for how will they react to this? I guess Sen. Lantos won't buy that either.

Simply disgraceful

From The Weekly Standard a quote from an unnamed Senator that also appeared on The Politico website on Friday; has been working closely with the Democratic congressional leadership --as an article in today's Sunday New York Times Magazine makes clear. And consider this comment by a Democratic senator from Friday's Politico: "'No one wants to call [Petraeus] a liar on national TV,' noted one Democratic senator, who spoke on the condition on anonymity. 'The expectation is that the outside groups will do this for us.'

I guess someone forgot to tell Sen Lantos;
``The administration has sent you here today to convince the members of these two committees and the Congress that victory is at hand,” Lantos said. “With all due respect to you, I must say I don't buy it.”

Actually Senator Lantos, it's by law, a law that people like you wrote and passed, that Gen. Petraeus and Amb. Ryan Crocker are forced to appear before your pathetic joke of a committee. In fact you requested that he appear. When it was reported that Petraeus may not deliver his report in person you and your ilk demanded that he come to Washington. The White House immediately agreed and he now appears before you to be accused of lying to you. You sir are a disgrace and an embarassment.

Another question from the NY Times/CBS Poll

Wonder when the MSM will highlight the answer to this question;
74. When Democrats in Congress talk about how things are going for the United States in Iraq today, do you think they are making things in Iraq sound better than they really are, making things sound worse than they really are, or are they describing the situation in Iraq accurately? QUESTIONS 73-75 WERE ROTATED.

Better - 18%
Worse - 44%
Described accurately - 27%
DK/NA - 11%

The media doesn't fare that much better;
75. When most people in the news media talk about how things are going for the United States in Iraq today, do you think they are making things in Iraq sound better than they really are, making things sound worse than they really are, or are they describing the situation in Iraq accurately? QUESTIONS 73-75 WERE ROTATED.

3/9-12/07 9/4-8/07
Better 24% 19%
Worse 31% 36%
Described accurately 35% 37%
DK/NA 10% 8%

Congress receives lowest approval since taking control

The poll found that both Congress, whose approval rating [23%] now stands at its lowest level since Democrats took control from the Republicans last year, and Mr. Bush enter the debate with little public confidence in their ability to deal with Iraq. Only 5 percent of Americans — a strikingly low number for a sitting president’s handling of such a dominant issue — said they most trusted the Bush administration to resolve the war, the poll found. Asked to choose among the administration, Congress and military commanders, 21 percent said they would most trust Congress and 68 percent expressed most trust in military commanders.

So to help build confidence in Congress the Democrats have decided to call General Petraeus is a liar. The Senate confirmed Petraeus 81-0 is now a dirty rotten liar.

Good job!

Kanye: "MTV doesn't like black people"

Well he didn't say that....but he is really a sore loser;
VMA losses spark another Kanye tantrum

Sun Sep 9, 11:48 PM ET

LAS VEGAS - Sour grapes from Kanye West — again. Shut out at the Video Music Awards, Kanye West threw a tantrum Sunday night in front of media and crew backstage as the MTV show was ending.

West, waiting for an elevator in a crowded hallway, began yelling about losing all five categories for which he was nominated.

"That's two years in a row, man ... give a black man a chance," West said, stomping around his entourage and directing his comments at a reporter. "I'm trying hard man, I have the ... number one record, man."

West said he never will return to MTV.

The rapper was nomination for five awards, including male artist of the year. This is the latest in a series of awards show outburst for West. Last year, he crashed the stage at the MTV Europe Awards after not winning for best video.

Now if we can just get him to never return to the airways!

Americans trust military more than Congress

Whoa! What will Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi say about that?
Americans Feel Military Is Best at Ending the War

Americans trust military commanders far more than the Bush administration or Congress to bring the war in Iraq to a successful end, and while most favor a withdrawal of American troops beginning next year, they suggested they were open to doing so at a measured pace, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News Poll.

On the eve of what is sure to be a contentious debate on Iraq, the results underscored the benefits to the White House of entrusting the top American commander in Iraq, Gen. David H. Petraeus, to make the case that an increase in American forces this year had been successful enough to continue into next year.

Today, General Petraeus will appear on Capitol Hill along with the American ambassador to Iraq, Ryan C. Crocker, in what has become the most anticipated testimony from a military commander in decades.

The poll found that both Congress, whose approval rating now stands at its lowest level since Democrats took control from the Republicans last year, and Mr. Bush enter the debate with little public confidence in their ability to deal with Iraq. Only 5 percent of Americans — a strikingly low number for a sitting president’s handling of such a dominant issue — said they most trusted the Bush administration to resolve the war, the poll found. Asked to choose among the administration, Congress and military commanders, 21 percent said they would most trust Congress and 68 percent expressed most trust in military commanders.

Determined to lose!

Sen. Diane Feinstein on Fox News Sunday discussing the Patreus report due today;
FEINSTEIN: Well, let me — well, I don't think General Petraeus has an independent view in that sense. General Petraeus is there to succeed. He may say the progress is uneven. He may say it's substantial.

She says that Petraeus is there to succeed, as opposed to the Democrats whose existence seems to be married to ensuring failure...

Lieberman and McCain

Sen. Chuck Schumer rewrites his own history...

What he said last week on the Senate floor, its recorded on video...
And let me be clear. The violence in Anbar has gone down in spite of the Surge, not because of the Surge.

The inability of American soldiers to protect these tribes from Al Qaeda said to these tribes, "We have to fight Al Qaeda ourselves."

And now what his own website report;
And let me be clear: the violence in Anbar has gone down despite the surge, not because of the surge.

The lack of protection for these tribes from al Qaeda made it clear to these tribes, "We have to fight al Qaeda ourselves.

So he was trashing the troops before he was praising them...

Don't "Listen To The Generals" when they bring good news...

For years the Democrats have been repeating the same manta over and over again. They would sing "Listen To The Generals" every time they found themselves with a microphone stuck in their face. For example;
Democratic Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware on Jan. 18, 2007: “Mr. President, please change course. Listen to your generals. Listen to former generals. Listen to the Iraq Study Group.”

Joint statement from Reid and Pelosi January 19, 2007: As Speaker Pelosi said, the President's plan will receive an up-or-down
vote in both Chambers of Congress. With that vote, our hope -- our prayer
-- is that this President will finally listen. Listen to the Generals.

November 4, 2006: “The American people deserve a new direction from a secretary of defense who won’t listen to his generals on the ground and a White House that won’t listen to reason,” said Illinois Democratic Rep. Rahm Emanuel

And slightly altered take from Obama, stop listening...
"When President Bush says, 'I just want to give the commanders what they want, listen to the generals,' he doesn't understand how we work here in America. Civilians control the military and we are supposed to set the mission for the generals and then the generals should carry out the mission," Obama said.

Friday, September 07, 2007

bin Laden upset with his party, I mean the Democrats

From NBC:
Officials said bin Laden criticized Democrats in Congress in the video for being unable to stop the war in Iraq. The al-Qaida leader also urged young Muslims to carry out suicide bombings against the West — a piece of advice he offers in most tapes

Is this suppose to help?

For some reason Michelle Obama thought it was a good idea to say that her kids this that her husband is "snore-y and stinky in bed." Oh my!
In an interview with Glamour magazine, Michelle Obama reveals that her husband, Barack, is so “snore-y and stinky” when he wakes up in the morning that their daughters won’t crawl into bed with him.

The interview, in the magazine’s October issue, was conducted by Tonya Lewis Lee, who is married to Spike Lee, the filmmaker.

Referring to their daughters, Mrs. Obama says: “We have this ritual in the morning. They come in my bed, and Dad isn’t there — because he’s too snore-y and stinky, they don’t want to ever get into bed with him.
But we cuddle up and we talk about everything from what is a period to the big topic of when we get a dog: what kind?”

Thursday, September 06, 2007

"We know whats going to be in it" so we must trash it now!

They are so predictable;
Congressional Democrats are trying to undermine U.S. Army Gen. David H. Petraeus' credibility before he delivers a report on the Iraq war next week, saying the general is a mouthpiece for President Bush and his findings can't be trusted.

"The Bush report?" Senate Majority Whip Richard J. Durbin said when asked about the upcoming report from Gen. Petraeus, U.S. commander in Iraq.

"We know what is going to be in it. It's clear. I think the president's trip over to Iraq makes it very obvious," the Illinois Democrat said. "I expect the Bush report to say, 'The surge is working. Let's have more of the same.' "

Funny now that the report is going to show, most likely, that the surge is working its being labeled the "Bush report" instead of what it is, the report from General Petraeus. I guess they figure that if people think Bush wrote it they won't believe it.
"If the same people who were so wrong about this war from the start are writing substantial portions of this report, that raises credibility questions," he said.


Is there any doubt left?

President Calderon of Mexico admits what we all knew already, that Mexico thinks that the US is theirs for the taking...
President Felipe Calderon blasted U.S. immigration policies on Sunday and promised to fight harder to protect the rights of Mexicans in the U.S., saying “Mexico does not end at its borders.” The criticism earned Calderon a standing ovation during his first state-of-the nation address.
“We strongly protest the unilateral measures taken by the U.S. Congress and government that have only persecuted and exacerbated the mistreatment of Mexican undocumented workers,” he said. “The insensitivity toward those who support the U.S. economy and society has only served as an impetus to reinforce the battle … for their rights.”

He also reached out to the millions of Mexicans living in the United States, many illegally, saying: “Where there is a Mexican, there is Mexico.”

This is just a stupid statement!

From Sen. Chuck Schumer;
And let me be clear, the violence in Anbar has gone down despite the surge, not because of the surge. The inability of American soldiers to protect these tribes from al Qaeda said to these tribes we have to fight al Qaeda ourselves. It wasn't that the surge brought peace here. It was that the warlords took peace here, created a temporary peace here. And that is because there was no one else there protecting.

When you can't admit the obvious when its staring you in the face just deny, deny, deny....Its just stunning the lengths that the democrats will go to avoid admitting that we are now winning the war in Iraq because of the surge and because the rules of engagement were changed to allow the military to actually go out and do its job. The democrats are so invested in defeat that they cannot allow themselves to celebrate the success of the America military. Sometimes it seems that they are actually gleeful when a car bomb explodes killing innocent Iraqis and it is just disgusting behavior.

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

"It's Britney, b*tch!"

Roger Freidman on the new Britney;
Britney Spears Uses F-Word on New Track

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

By Roger Friedman

Britney Spears wants publicity so badly, we will give to it to her.

On two new tracks that have been leaked on the Internet, Spears uses the F-word on one and the B-word on another.

The song that will cause the most uproar for the former teen role model is "Cold as Fire," a fairly standard pop dance tune produced by hip-hop artist T-Pain.

In it, Spears cautions the listener not to "f---" with her. OK, we won't, but radio programmers will have to if they want to comply with the FCC.

On another track, called "Gimme More," Spears announces, "It's Britney, b-tch." The former Mouseketeer is tough, you see.

What's clear is that Spears is looking for still more attention as she swings from custody battles to public bouts of drinking, breakdowns and other miscellaneous craziness.

The irony is that both tracks are pretty good, catchy and destined to be pop hits. "Gimme More" is said to be produced by Nate "Danja" Hills, a protégé of Timbaland, the man who's made Justin Timberlake a sensation. Indeed, Hills is said to be the architect of Timberlake's "SexyBack" and other recent hits.

How the rest of Britney's new album will sound is still a mystery. Hills, according to Remix magazine, uses a laptop, an Edirol MIDI controller, an Akai MPC4000, an Alesis Andromeda A6 synthesizer, a Korg Triton and a Yamaha Motif. Musical instruments are so yesterday.

The album is set for release Nov. 13. But one thing's for sure: Spears — now said to be guided by The Firm's Jeff Kwatinetz — is at least trying to do something interesting with her fifth album. No, she's not a great artist. But then again, she can't be so out of it to have participated in these two recordings.

Wouldn't it be funny if most of her shenanigans were simply staged to stoke the fires of a comeback? Stranger things have happened.

Spears, by the way, is not the only artist to use Internet "leaks" to kindle interest in new recordings. Alicia Keys' new song, "No One," can be found on zSHARE, while Bruce Springsteen's "Radio Nowhere" is also floating around — officially on iTunes and unofficially elsewhere. Each of them is a solid pop effort and seem to use actual instruments. How old-fashioned of them.

I think whether or not Roger Freidman thinks these tracks are "pretty good" it isn't going to matter. Media Access has it on 48 stations right now and it debuted on their airplay chart at #45 on the Top 40/Mainstream chart. Not very impressive but its still early...


Of course they love these films, they trash the US military and the USA. Whats not to love for the Euro-trash crowd at the Venice film festival?

Iraq war films among favourites at Venice festival

By Mike Collett-White and Silvia Aloisi Reuters - 2 hours 20 minutes ago

VENICE (Reuters) - Two very different movies about the Iraq war are among the favourites for awards at this year's Venice film festival as it passes the halfway stage, and an unusually high number of male leads have stood out.

For pure shock value, Brian De Palma's "Redacted" wins hands down, stunning audiences with an uncompromising reconstruction of the real-life rape of a 14-year-old Iraqi girl and the murder of her and her family by U.S. soldiers.

For those looking for a more nuanced take on the conflict, a hot topic in Hollywood today, Paul Haggis's "In the Valley of Elah" stands out, as does the performance of Tommy Lee Jones.

Paolo Mereghetti, film critic for Italy's Corriere della Sera newspaper, gave his highest marks so far to "Redacted", calling it "well and truly a blow to the stomach".

But not everyone agreed. Jay Weissberg, critic for the U.S.-based Variety industry magazine, said De Palma "hits you over the head with a sledge hammer.

"My concern with films like that is that people sing their praises because of the subject matter and not because of the film itself."

He and Maria Giulia Minetti, who covers the festival for Italian daily "La Stampa", preferred Haggis's picture.

"So far I think the hot favourite is 'In The Valley Of Elah' more than 'Redacted', because it combines the high quality of the director, the message about the Iraq war and a thriller-type story that the public will enjoy," Minetti said.

Jones's performance as a man whose son is murdered by fellow soldiers after returning from Iraq is seen as an early Oscar contender, and much talked about was the film's defining image of an American flag hanging upside down, a symbol of distress.

I know the first film is based on a true story however the fact the Brian De Palma chose to make a movie that shows the US military in the worst possible light tells you a lot about where he is coming from. God forbid he make a movie about the many heroic soldiers in Iraq but then again the Venice movie goers would not be happy with that at all...

Gee, didn't see that coming!

Afghan Taliban vow to kidnap, kill more foreigners

By Sayed Salahuddin Mon Sep 3

KABUL (Reuters) - Afghanistan’s Taliban plan to abduct and kill more nationals from foreign countries whose troops serve under NATO and the U.S. military in the country, a spokesman for the Islamic movement warned on Monday.

The vow comes just days after the Taliban released 19 South Korean hostages after their government struck a deal that critics said sets a dangerous precedent that could spur more kidnappings and make life even more dangerous for foreigners.

“We consider it (kidnapping) as an arm that can help us in imparting a blow to the enemy,” Taliban spokesman Qari Mohammad Yousuf told Reuters by telephone from an undisclosed location.

“Kidnapping … and killing of (nationals) of those countries who have come for the annihilation of the nation of Afghanistan, are works which suppress the enemy,” he added…

A senior Taliban commander said on condition of anonymity at the [sic] weekend that the deal also included a ransom payment of more than $20 million, which would be used to buy weapons and fund suicide attacks.

The commander’s comments followed widespread rumors of a ransom in Afghanistan and South Korea…

Both the South Korean government and Taliban spokesman Yousuf deny a ransom was paid but when asked about the idea earlier in the week, a spokesman for South Korea’s president did not answer directly, saying only that the government had done what was necessary…

But I thought that...oh nevermind.

What goes around...

Well you know the rest...

I vaguely remember this journalist making fun of President Bush because he fell off a Segway, you know that thing that was suppose to revolutionize traveling...Well guess what happened to him....

Ouch! Three ribs broken too!

Ice still exists and polar bears live and do actually swim

Sunday, September 02, 2007

The answer is simple...

The NY Times wonders...
As 9/11 Draws Near, a Debate Rises: How Much Tribute Is Enough?

Again it comes, for the sixth time now — 2,191 days after that awful morning — falling for the first time on a Tuesday, the same day of the week.

Again there will be the public tributes, the tightly scripted memorial events, the reflex news coverage, the souvenir peddlers.

Is all of it necessary, at the same decibel level — still?