Saturday, December 29, 2007

My daddy died, can I have Hannah Montanna tix?

How disgusting...and the mother went along with the idea, no doubt it was her idea all along...
Girl won Hannah Montana tickets with fake essay

GARLAND, Texas (AP) — An essay that won a 6-year-old girl four tickets to a Hannah Montana concert began with the powerful line: "My daddy died this year in Iraq."

While gripping, it was not true — and now the girl may lose her tickets after her mom acknowledged to contest organizers it was all a lie.

The sponsor of the contest was Club Libby Lu, a Chicago-based store that sells clothes, accessories and games intended for young girls.

The saga began Friday with company officials surprising the girl at a Club Libby Lu at a mall in suburban Garland, about 20 miles northeast of Dallas. The girl won a makeover that included a blonde Hannah Montana wig, as well as the grand prize: airfare for four to Albany, N.Y., and four tickets to the sold-out Hannah Montana concert on Jan. 9.

The mother had told company officials that the girl's father died April 17 in a roadside bombing in Iraq, company spokeswoman Robyn Caulfield said.

"We did the essay and that's what we did to win," Priscilla Ceballos, the mother, said in an interview with Dallas TV station KDFW. "We did whatever we could do to win."

She had identified the soldier as Sgt. Jonathon Menjivar, but the Department of Defense has no record of anyone with that name dying in Iraq. Caulfield said the mother has admitted to the deception.

"We regret that the original intent of the contest, which was to make a little girl's holiday extra special, has not been realized in the way we anticipated," said Mary Drolet, the CEO of Club Libby Lu.

Drolet said the company is reviewing the matter, and is considering taking away the girl's tickets.

Copyright 2007 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Friday, December 28, 2007

He did what?

Could this be what causes the media to turn against Huckabee?
Huckabee's muzzle control problem

by Jim Tankersley

Republican Mike Huckabee took his presidential campaign for a quick pheasant-hunting expedition in Iowa on Wednesday, and at one point, a reporter asked why he hadn’t invited sporting enthusiast Dick Cheney along. "Because I want to survive all the way through this," Huckabee replied, in a chuckling dig at the vice president’s accidental shooting of a quail-hunting partner last year.

Any good sportsman, though, couldn’t miss a distinctly Cheneyesque moment in the press accounts of the former Arkansas governor’s morning hunt: At one point, Huckabee’s party turned toward a cluster of reporters and cameramen and, when they kicked up a pheasant, fired shotgun blasts over the group’s heads.

This, friends, is dangerously bad hunting form.

Your Swamp correspondent, the son of a longtime hunter education instructor, grew up plying the corn rows and stream banks of rural Oregon with a Labrador retriever and a Mossberg 20-gauge pump shotgun. On our hunts for pheasant, grouse and quail, merely swinging a gun barrel in the general direction of another person was grounds for day-long banishment to the truck (which smelled like wet dog).

Suffice to say, if any of our hunting mates had pulled a stunt like Huckabee’s yesterday, we never would have invited them back. It’s the sort of behavior that drives safety-conscious hunters up the wall, because it reinforces a reckless, gun-totin’ stereotype.

My colleague James Oliphant reports that Huckabee’s party was about 75 yards away from the press corps Wednesday when a pheasant jumped up and flew toward the reporters, drawing several shots. “That was too close,” he reports a cameraman saying.

Perhaps Huckabee missed hunter’s safety classes – Arkansas only requires them for hunters born after 1968 – but the etiquette on this point is clear.

“Never point a firearm at yourself or others,” the International Hunter Education Association declares in its Basic Safety Rules. Later, it adds, “Never point your firearm at something you do not intend to shoot. Make sure you positively identify what you are shooting at and know what lies in front of and beyond it.”

Huckabee emerged happily from his hunt, three dead pheasants in tow, Oliphant reports. Asked for a metaphor to describe the hunt, he replied, "Don't get in my way. This is what happens."

Mike Brzezinski of Morning Joe has a "friend"

I wonder if Mika's friend is the infamous "Tommy" of Harry Reid...
BRZEZINSKI: I agree with you Joe. I actually hear the same thing among my circles that I've been talking to about the story. Having said that though, the one thing that does come to my mind, when you look at this campaign, and you look at all the different choices out there, and all the different visions in terms of what our place should be in the world, I just wonder if some voters will look back at post-9/11, and I have a friend who made a decision right after 9-11, holding her baby, in the polling booth, and she decided to vote for George W. Bush because she thought she would, quote, be safer. She now regrets that decision because she doesn't feel like America is safer and she feels like this President has brought us down a path which is leading us to this very moment right here, which is massive destabilization in Pakistan.

Ah Mika, Bush was already president after 9/11 so are you talking about voting for Bush in 2004?

Thanks Congress!

I'm sure Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi had more important things to do, like maybe another non-binding resolution on Iraq...
IRS: Late Tax Fix Delays Refunds

By JESSE J. HOLLAND – 14 hours ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 3 million people will have to wait until February to get their tax refunds because of Congress' late fix to the alternative minimum tax, the IRS said Thursday.

Congress put a one-year freeze on growth of the alternative minimum tax last week, shielding many middle- and upper-middle income taxpayers from first exposure to the tax. But Congress' late action means the Internal Revenue Service won't be able to start processing five AMT-related forms until February, delaying potential refunds for those people until that month.

Between 3 million and 4 million people filed in January for their 2006 taxes using those forms, with many expecting a refund, the IRS said. The average refund was $2,324, the agency said.

"We regret the inconvenience the delay will mean for million of early tax filers, especially those expecting a refund," acting IRS Commissioner Linda Stiff said.

As many as 13.5 million people will have to wait until Feb. 11 to start filing with the five AMT-related forms, but the IRS said filing patterns show only between 3 million to 4 million of those people file during the early tax season anyhow.

The IRS was able to reprogram its computers to begin accepting the seven other AMT-related forms when the tax season opens in early January.

But the tax packages that will start arriving in the mail beginning after New Year's Day were printed in November, before the AMT fixes were approved by Congress. The IRS has created a special section on its Web site,, with updated copies of AMT forms.

The alternative minimum tax was passed in 1969 and was aimed at about 155 very wealthy families who used deductions to avoid paying any federal income tax. The AMT disallows certain deductions and credits. It was not adjusted for inflation; as a result, over the years it has hit a growing number of middle-income taxpayers.

More than 4 million were subject to it in the 2006 tax year. Without the congressional fix, more than 20 million families would have been faced with an extra $2,000 tax hit on average.

The five forms affected by the delay are:

_ Form 8863, Education Credits.

_ Form 5695, Residential Energy Credits.

_ Form 1040A's Schedule 2, Child and Dependent Care Expenses for Form 1040A Filers.

_ Form 8396, Mortgage Interest Credit and

_ Form 8859, District of Columbia First-Time Homebuyer Credit.

Any taxpayer using those forms will have to wait until February to file their taxes, the agency said. The IRS will begin processing those forms on Feb. 11, and the first refunds for those people will start going out 10 to 14 days later.

More than 100 million people got refunds during the last tax season.

An executive at Kansas City, Mo.-based H&R Block Inc., the nation's largest tax preparer, suggested there might be ways for people to increase the speed of their refunds.

"We can help taxpayers claiming the child and dependent care credit avoid the delay by using alternative forms to file their return," said Tim Gokey, group president of H&R Block Tax Services. "Taxpayers can also file their return earlier by not claiming the credits being blocked until Feb. 11, and then filing an amended return later to claim the additional credits."

The Associated Press reported on Dec. 1 that the IRS Oversight Board was warning that taxpayers could expect refund delays because Congress hadn't acted on an AMT fix.

Congress passes legislation every year to keep the tax from expanding. The fix this year was delayed by an argument between Republicans and Democrats over whether some taxes should rise to offset the cost of correcting the AMT.

The House's Democratic majority demanded that the $50 billion cost of the tax relief be paid for, mainly by closing a loophole on offshore tax havens. But Republicans' argument that the AMT shouldn't be fixed with increased taxes prevailed, with the backing of a White House veto threat.

The Dec. 19 passage of the AMT fix threw the IRS's schedule off because it takes seven weeks to reprogram the agency's computers to adjust for congressional action, the agency said.

IRS officials suggest that people file electronically to get faster refunds. People who file electronically and get direct deposits into their accounts can expect refunds in 10-14 days, while those who file with paper forms can expect a wait of as long as six weeks.

The IRS is also working with tax professionals and the makers of tax preparation software to make sure their information is as up-to-date as possible.

"Early filers can get their refund as quickly as possible by easily completing and submitting their return to TurboTax," said Bob Meighan, vice president for Intuit Inc.'s TurboTax tax preparation software. "Then, as soon as the IRS begins accepting electronic returns, we'll take care of the rest."

She ain't talking!

Clinton's "don't ask" policy

As she races through Iowa in the days before next week's caucuses, Hillary Clinton is taking few chances. She tells crowds that it’s their turn to “pick a president,’’ but over the last two days she has not invited them to ask her any questions.

Before the brief Christmas break, the New York senator had been setting aside time after campaign speeches to hear from the audience. Now when she’s done speaking, her theme songs blare from loudspeakers, preventing any kind of public Q&A.

She was no more inviting when a television reporter approached her after a rally on Thursday and asked if she was “moved’’ by Benazir Bhutto’s assassination. Clinton turned away without answering.

Her daughter, Chelsea, had the same reaction when a reporter approached her with a question.

Hillary Clinton’s no-question policy didn’t sit well with some of the Iowans who came to see her speak.

“I was a little bit underwhelmed,’’ said Doug Rohde, 46, as he left her a rally in a fire station in Denison. “The message was very generic -- and no questions.’’

Clinton campaign officials said that she may take questions in the coming days. But her focus is on seeing as many voters as possible before the caucuses next Thursday -- and spotlighting the messages she wants to deliver.

Spokespeople for her two main rivals in the Hawkeye State -– John Edwards and Barack Obama -– said the candidates would continue fielding questions as they troll for support.

-- Peter Nicholas

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Huck on Bhutto: “...our sincere concern and apologies for what has happened in Pakistan.”

Has Huck joined the blame America first crowd?
With about 150 supporters crowded around a podium set up on the tarmac of Orlando Executive
airport (and about 20 Ron Paul supporters waving signs outside) Mike Huckabee strode out to the strains of “Right Now” by Van Halen and immediately addressed the Bhutto situation, expressing “our sincere concern and apologies for what has happened in Pakistan.”

Vote for Barack because he can pronounce "stupider"

From the Des Moines Register;
Webster City, Ia. – Barack Obama told an audience here that, as president, he would use his position to promote higher education.

“We’ve got a president who brags about ‘I was a C student, look at me. I got to be president and I can’t pronounce stupider.’ That’s not the message we want for the White House.”

The crowd laughed.

Are we now back to how the president pronounces words as a qualification?

Giants vs. Patriots on 3 Network Simulcast

NFL Network To Simulcast Pats-Giants On CBS, NBC
Patriots To Go For Record In First 3-Network Simulcast In NFL History

NEW YORK (CBS) ― The New England Patriots' shot at history Saturday night will be available for every household in the country with a television after months of wrangling.

The game against the New York Giants, in which the Patriots could become the first NFL team to go 16-0 in the regular season, was originally scheduled to be shown only on the NFL Network, which is available in fewer than 40 percent of the nation's homes with TVs.

But the league announced Wednesday that the NFL Network feed will be simulcast on NBC and CBS. It's a major concession by league officials, who repeatedly said they would not show the game anywhere but the NFL Network. The NFL had faced mounting pressure from politicians in recent weeks to make the game available to more viewers.

This will be the first three-network simulcast in NFL history and the first simulcast of any kind of an NFL game since the first Super Bowl in 1967, when CBS and NBC both televised the first meeting of the champions of the newly merged National Football League and American Football League.

Bad economy = less illegal immigrants ?

Oh brother...Well first the economy is going quite well thank you very much. But the LA Times decides to kill two birds with one stone...a bad economy is linked to the flow of illegal immigrants beginning to lessen. Of course! It can't have anything to do with stepped up enforcement and the passing of stricter laws against employers, could it? Nah!
Tide of illegal immigrants ebbs

By Marla Dickerson, Los Angeles Times
MEXICO CITY - Lorenzo Martinez, an illegal immigrant who has lived in Los Angeles for six years, has a message for his kin in Mexico's Hidalgo state: Stay put.

The steady construction work that allowed him to send home as much as $1,000 a month in recent years has disappeared. The 36-year-old father of four said desperation is growing among the day laborers with whom he competes for odd jobs.

Sporadic employment isn't the half of it. Martinez said anxiety is also running high among undocumented workers about stepped-up workplace raids, deportations and increasing demands by U.S. employers for proof that they are in the country legally.

"Better not to come," Martinez said of anyone thinking about crossing into the U.S. illegally. "The situation is really bad."

That message seems to be getting through. There are numerous signs of a slowdown in illegal immigration.

What's behind the apparent decline?

Some say it's primarily the slump in U.S. construction, which has been a magnet for undocumented workers over the last few years -- one in five Hispanic immigrants works in the building trades. Others say it's largely the result of stepped-up enforcement.

Friday, December 21, 2007

Condensed milk?

Miss France chief wants to strip queen of crown
Fri Dec 21, 2007 7:08pm GMT

PARIS (Reuters) - The president of the Miss France beauty pageant said on Friday she wanted the winner of the 2008 competition to hand back her crown after a magazine published suggestive photographs of the 22-year old model.

"If she had some courage and a bit of dignity she would say 'I'm resigning because I'm not worthy to carry on as Miss France'," the head of the Miss France committee, Genevieve de Fontenay, told Europe 1 radio.

Valerie Begue, who comes from the French-run, Indian Ocean island of Reunion, was elected Miss France 2008 on prime time television earlier this month. She has ruled out standing down, saying the pictures were published without her consent.

The photos showed the bikini-clad brunette floating in a swimming pool on a wooden cross in a Christ-like pose. Another one showed her licking condensed milk in a provocative fashion.

Anyone standing for the Miss France crown has to sign a contract saying they had never been photographed in the nude or in suggestive poses.

"If I had been aware (of the pictures), she would never have been let into the Miss France competition I wouldn't want to be seen walking down the streets with a girl like that," Fontenay said, indicating she would take legal action if necessary.

It is not the first time the competition organisers have been embarrassed by their queen. The 2004 Miss France, Laeticia Bleger, was suspended for six months after photos of her surfaced in Playboy.

(Writing by Crispian Balmer, Editing by Richard Williams)

Rudy's expensives scandal a lot of poo?

Based on the placement of the story in today's NY Times that assessment seems accurate...

Hot Air » Blog Archive » Rudy’s security expenses scandal turns out to be mostly crap?

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Over 400 Scientists Dispute Man-Made Global Warming

Dems failures in 2007

The Washington Post highlights the Dems failures ( and some successes ) during their first year back in control of Congress. Talking about Iraq, this last paragraph seems rather odd...
Sen. Richard J. Durbin (Ill.), the Senate Democratic whip tasked with trying to find 60 votes for a filibuster-proof majority, acknowledged this week that Democrats' biggest failure stemmed from expecting "more Republicans to take an independent stance" on Iraq. Instead, most of them stood with Bush.

"Many of them will have to carry that with them into the election," Durbin said.

Since the surge has produced a remarkable turnaround in Iraq and it appears that trend will contiue in 2008, I would think that Republicans that stood by Bush and his Iraq surge policy will be more than happy to trumpet that fact. Durbin's statement illustrates exactly what the problem the Democrats face is. They have so deeply invested themselves in defeat in Iraq that they are unable to admit that success in Iraq is happening. If they do they are admitting that their position was and is 100% the wrong position to take.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

What can you say about this?

I thought Jamie Lynn would see the errors of her sister's ways and not take the same road...Well, not so fast;
Jamie Lynn Spears says she's pregnant

Wed Dec 19, 6:47 AM ET

NEW YORK - Another Spears baby is reportedly on the way — and it's not Britney's. Jamie Lynn Spears, the 16-year-old "Zoey 101" star and sister of Britney, told OK! magazine that she's pregnant and that the father is her boyfriend, Casey Aldridge.

"It was a shock for both of us, so unexpected," she said. "I was in complete and total shock and so was he."

Spears is 12 weeks along and initially kept the news to herself when she learned of the pregnancy from an at-home test and subsequent doctor visit, she told the celebrity magazine, which hits stands in New York on Wednesday and the rest of the country by Friday.

What message does she want to send to other teens about premarital sex? "I definitely don't think it's something you should do; it's better to wait," she told the magazine. "But I can't be judgmental because it's a position I put myself in.

Friday, December 14, 2007

Hillary feeling the love...

Well thats rather strong;
Wyoming's Democratic Party chairman says that Hillary Clinton will "completely reverse" progress the party has made in that state and that "most voters in Wyoming seem to hate Hillary Clinton."

Picture of the Day

"I'm doctor not a writer!"

Freak out on Air Canada

Notice how remarkably calm everyone else is...

Thursday, December 13, 2007

A great line from Obama

Moderator: (paraphrased) Senator Obama, you have President Clinton's former national security adviser, state department chief of staff, and other former officials advising you. How can you deliver change when you are using so many former officials of the previous Democratic administration?

Hillary: (laughing) I want to hear him answer that.

Obama: Well, Hillary, I'm looking forward to you advising me as well.

Edwards during debate: “make this country better than we left it — rather, leave it better than we started.”

Oops...Michelle Malkin is sleep-blogging the debate.

9 Dems vote NO on resolution to honor Christmas and Christian faith

But even more disturbing is that these same 9 Dems voted YES on similar resolutions to honor Islam and Indian religions. Maybe they need to be reminded that the country was founded on Christian values...Congressman Steve King commenting on Fox & Friends yesterday...
“The [nine] naysayers didn’t make it to the floor to debate. I would like to know how they could vote Yes on Islam, Yes on the Indian Religions and No on Christianity when the foundation of this nation and our American culture is Christianity…I think there’s an assault on Christianity in America.”

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Huckabee is great on the one-liners...

But it's beginning to get on my nerves...from today's debate.

Huckabee: "I can't part the Red Sea, but I can part the red tape."

AP gets Kyoto wrong....AGAIN!

The AP again screws up the Kyoto protocol history. Now why would they do that?
"The U.S. is the only major industrial nation to reject Kyoto. President Bush contended the emissions cuts would harm the U.S. economy, and should have been imposed on China, India and other fast-growing poorer economies."

But these are the facts;
"On July 25, 1997, before the Kyoto Protocol was finalized (although it had been fully negotiated, and a penultimate draft was finished), the U.S. Senate unanimously passed by a 95-0 vote the Byrd-Hagel Resolution (S. Res. 98),[40] which stated the sense of the Senate was that the United States should not be a signatory to any protocol that did not include binding targets and timetables for developing as well as industrialized nations or "would result in serious harm to the economy of the United States" On November 12, 1998, Vice President Al Gore symbolically signed the protocol. Both Gore and Senator Joseph Lieberman indicated that the protocol would not be acted upon in the Senate until there was participation by the developing nations.[41] The Clinton Administration never submitted the protocol to the Senate for ratification."


Aside from the fact that the gunman took his own life, this is quite a story...and now Jeanne Assam will not have to live the rest of her life thinking she killed another human being, he took care of that himself;
Vet lauds female guard who felled gunman
By Kieran Nicholson
The Denver Post
Article Last Updated: 12/10/2007 06:53:56 PM MST

Larry Bourbonnais, a combat-tested Vietnam veteran, said it was the bravest thing he's ever seen.

Bourbonnais, who was among those shot by a gunman Sunday at New Life Church, watched as a security guard, a woman later identified as Jeanne Assam, calmly returned fire and killed the shooter.

"She just started walking toward the gunman firing the whole way," said Bourbonnais, who was shot in the arm. "She was just yelling 'Surrender,' walking and shooting the whole time."

Bourbonnais, 59, had just finished up a hamburger in the cafeteria on the sprawling church campus when he heard gunfire, he recalled.

He headed in the direction of the shots as frightened people ran past him looking to escape to safety.

"Where's the shooter? Where's the shooter?" Bourbonnais kept yelling, he recalled.

Near an entryway in the church, Bourbonnais came upon the gunman and an armed male church security guard who was there with his gun drawn but not firing, he said.

Bourbonnais said he pleaded with the armed guard to give him his weapon.

"Give me your handgun. I've been in combat, and I'm going to take this guy out," Bourbonnais recalled telling the guard. "He kept yelling, 'Get behind me! Get behind me!' He wouldn't hand me his weapon, but he wouldn't do anything."

There was an additional armed security guard there, another man, who also didn't fire, Bourbonnais said.

Bourbonnais yelled at the gunman to draw his attention, he said.

"First, I called him 'Coward' then I called him 'S---head' " Bourbonnais said. "I probably shouldn't have been saying that in church."

That's when the shooter pointed one of his guns at Bourbonnais and fired, he said.

Bourbonnais ducked behind a hollow, decorative pillar and was hit in the arm by a bullet and fragments of the pillar.

At about that moment, Assam turned a corner with a drawn handgun, walked toward the gunman and yelled "Surrender!" Bourbonnais said.

The gunman pointed a handgun at Assam and fired three shots, Bourbonnais said. She returned fire and just kept walking toward the gunman pressing off round after round.

After the gunman went down, Bourbonnais asked Assam, a volunteer security guard with the church, how she remained so calm and focused.

Bourbonnais said she replied:

"I was asking the Holy Spirit to guide me the entire time."

Kieran Nicholson: 303-954-1822 or

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

35 seconds

According to retired CIA office John Kiriakou waterboarding used on Abu Zubaydah broke him in 35 seconds and disrupted dozens of plots and probably saved thousands of lives...
Coming in From the Cold: CIA Spy Calls Waterboarding Necessary But Torture
Former Agent Says the Enhanced Technique Was Used on Al Qaeda Chief Abu Zubaydah

Dec. 10, 2007

In the first public comment by any CIA officer involved in handling high-value al Qaeda targets, John Kiriakou, now retired, said the technique broke Zubaydah in less than 35 seconds.

(Editor's Note for Video to the Left: Material from this video transcript may not be used without crediting ABC News in each instance of use. In all cases, use must be limited to one minute or less without the explicit permission of ABC News.)

"The next day, he told his interrogator that Allah had visited him in his cell during the night and told him to cooperate," said Kiriakou in an interview to be broadcast tonight on ABC News' "World News With Charles Gibson" and "Nightline."

"From that day on, he answered every question," Kiriakou said. "The threat information he provided disrupted a number of attacks, maybe dozens of attacks."

Monday, December 10, 2007

How is this helpful?

Civil Rights Icon Calls Obama Too Young

Dec 8, 5:52 PM (ET)


ATLANTA (AP) - Civil rights icon Andrew Young says Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama is too young and lacks the support network to ascend to the White House.

In a media interview posted online, Young also quipped that Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton has her husband behind her, and that "Bill is every bit as black as Barack."

"He's probably gone with more black women than Barack," Young said of former President Clinton, drawing laughter from a live television audience. Young, 75, was quick to follow his comment on Bill Clinton with the disclaimer, "I'm clowning."

"I remember when rock was young..."

Why does Marueen Dowd feel the need to stretch her youth into her 20s ? To make a point by bashing Mitt Romney of course! Why else?
When I was a kid, we used to drive on the Beltway past the big Mormon temple outside Washington. The spires rose up like a white Oz, and some wag had spray-painted the message on a bridge beneath: Surrender Dorothy!

But a Glenn Reynolds reader points out;
But if you're imagining Dowd as a pigtailed six-year-old in the back of the family station wagon, think again. The temple was finished in 1974. Maureen Dowd was born in 1952. So she was a "kid" who was old enough to vote and drink. (According to this source, the graffiti first appeared in 1973, when Dowd would have been 21.) Thanks to reader Conrad Kiechel for the tip. I remember the graffiti, too, though, which was still there in the 1980s when I was a "kid" practicing law in Washington. By then Dowd was pushing 40.

So after that whopper I find it hard to swallow this one;
But even for those of us in religions that were once considered cults by other religions — my mom and another Catholic girlfriend actually had Southern Protestants ask them to lift up their hair so they could see the mark of the devil or the horns — Mormonism is opaque.

But Maureen believes it so it must be true, if not accurate...

Sunday, December 09, 2007

Selective Outrage

When will the Dems realize that their own words always come back to haunt them, and lose them elections. From the Washington Post on Dems being briefed on waterboarding on 2002, even one Dem named Pelosi;
In September 2002, four members of Congress met in secret for a first look at a unique CIA program designed to wring vital information from reticent terrorism suspects in U.S. custody. For more than an hour, the bipartisan group, which included current House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), was given a virtual tour of the CIA's overseas detention sites and the harsh techniques interrogators had devised to try to make their prisoners talk.

Among the techniques described, said two officials present, was waterboarding, a practice that years later would be condemned as torture by Democrats and some Republicans on Capitol Hill. But on that day, no objections were raised. Instead, at least two lawmakers in the room asked the CIA to push harder, two U.S. officials said.

"The briefer was specifically asked if the methods were tough enough," said a U.S. official who witnessed the exchange.

Tough enough? Don't tell anyone but this might just be the way to get yourselves reelected.

Friday, December 07, 2007

While Hollywood war films bomb, YouTube war films flourish!

Imagine that, Americans like watching movies that show the US military kicking ass!
Not According to Script
Hollywood gets shown up by pro-war YouTube videos and a didactic antiwar cat.

Friday, December 7, 2007 12:01 a.m. EST

The guns of war have fallen silent for Hollywood. Studio executives, who could once count on Americans filling theaters for just about any war movie they produced, are finding this year's war flicks to be a bunch of duds. "Lions for Lambs," Robert Redford's case against the war in Afghanistan, is a flop. It stars Mr. Redford, Meryl Streep and Tom Cruise and may not make back its $35 million price tag. Brian De Palma's "Redacted" played to empty seats. Even "The War," Ken Burns's much-anticipated World War II documentary that aired on PBS in September, met a less-than-explosive reception.

But Americans haven't lost their taste for war footage. They've just found a better place to see the type of war film they actually enjoy watching. Some of the hottest videos on YouTube are of actual battles that have taken place in Afghanistan and Iraq. This is footage that often hasn't made its way onto the nightly news or CNN--although some of it has--but it's largely unadulterated film that shows American soldiers in action, bringing the full weight of American military might to bear against the enemy. And in most of these films, it's clear who the enemy is.

Read the whole thing, lots of links....

Another Dem changes his tune on Iraq...

From Don Surber: "Will Dems Defect on Iraq?"
Rep. Earl Pomeroy, D-N.D.: “I’ve never felt more hopeful about the success of the effort than coming back from this trip.”

Unless they want to be labeled as rooting for defeat they will defect in droves...

See the story...

Thursday, December 06, 2007

It's not anti-war...or pro-war.

I guess when a song about the Iraq war comes out the MSM assumes it anti-war...well Billy Joel's new tune "Christmas in Fallujah" is neither pro or anti-war. It straddles the issue in order to tell the story of soldiers dealing with being away from their families during the Christmas season.

Its a pretty good tune but I doubt it will be on everyones Christmas playlist nor will it probably be a big seller. And that is probably due to Billy not singing on the tune but rather the lead vocal is by Cass Dillion.

Billy Joel releases anti-war song

2 hours, 2 minutes ago

NEW YORK - Billy Joel has released a new pop single, the anti-war "Christmas in Fallujah." Just don't expect to hear his voice on it.

At 58, Joel felt he was too old to sing the song, which was inspired by letters the Piano Man received from soldiers in Iraq. So he gave it to Cass Dillon, a 21-year-old singer-songwriter from Long Island.

"I thought it should be somebody young, about a soldier's age," Joel said in a statement on his Web site. "I wanted to help somebody else's career. I've had plenty of hits. I've had plenty of airplay. I've had my time in the sun. I think it's time for somebody else, maybe, to benefit from my own experience."

Dillon said he was thrilled to be asked.

"When someone of that stature, with that history of great songs behind him with such a huge catalog asks you to sing something he's written, there's nothing you can do but be completely honored to perform," Dillon said in a statement.

"Christmas in Fallujah" went on sale Tuesday on Apple Inc.'s iTunes. Net proceeds will be donated to Homes for Our Troops, which builds homes for severely wounded veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan.

Monday, December 03, 2007

Hillary Campain hostage crisis is still over...

But the opportunity to push Hillary has "in charge" continues...
Clinton Seizes Opportunity After Crisis
Politico: Democratic Hopeful Looked Like A Woman In Charge After Hostage Drama

Dec 1, 2007

(The Politico) This story was written by David Paul Kuhn.

Friday afternoon began with possible tragedy: A hostage crisis at Hillary Rodham Clinton’s campaign office in Rochester, New Hampshire.

As the incident unfolded Clinton’s campaign closed its doors and canceled her public appearances.

But nightfall brought a happy ending: the campaign workers safe, the man in police custody - and Clinton flying to the scene to express thanks.

The hostage-taking itself offered a rare, if small, genuine drama in a campaign season governed by strict schedules and scripted stump speeches.

And as soon as it ended, Clinton took full advantage of the opportunity she had unexpectedly been handed.

In her New Hampshire press conference, she stood before a column of police in green and tan uniforms. She talked of meeting with hostages. She mentioned that she spoke to the state’s governor about eight minutes after the incident began.

The scene was one of a woman in charge.

“It looked and sounded presidential,” said Larry Sabato, director of the University of Virginia Center for Politics. “This was an instance of the White House experience of this campaign. They knew how to handle this.”