Friday, December 30, 2005

But will the MSM notice?

They just might notice this. But they won't be splashing headline stories about who the suspected leakers were and to who. But won't it be nice to see more "journalists" carted off to jail until the spill their guts!

This should be very interesting.

Justice Dept. Opens Domestic Spying Probe
Curious choice of words, the real headline when following the link is "Justice Dept. Probing Domestic Spying Leak". Slight difference.

UPDATE: Looks like the DoJ has also opened an investigation of the leaking of the CIA prisons to the Washington Post.

The Justice Department has also opened a probe into whether classified information was illegally disclosed to The Washington Post, which reported on a network of secret CIA prisons in Eastern Europe and elsewhere.


How nice of the Washington Post to mention that they are being investigated in the body of an article about the New York Times being investigated.

More info at Macsmind and Michelle Malkin is also following.

Lots more info also at Flopping Aces

Thursday, December 29, 2005

This is news? "CIA couple outed by 5-year-old son"

At least in the world of the MSM it is...
HOUSTON (Reuters) - The Washington couple at the heart of the CIA leak investigation had their cover blown by their small son as they tried to sneak away on vacation on Thursday.

"My daddy's famous, my mommy's a secret spy," declared the 5-year-old of his parents, former diplomat Joe Wilson and retired CIA operative Valerie Plame.

Stories like this get major play while who leaked crucial information regarding the NSA surveillance program the MSM could care less about. As long as it damages Bush it doesn't matter how many lives it has or will save.

Linda Chavez says they belong behind bars, I agree.

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Chicago Tribune: "Bush didn't lie"

A piece in the Chicago Tribune is sure to warm the cockles of the Sen. Harry Reid, Sen Dick Durbin, Howard Dean and other dems;
On Nov. 20, the Tribune began an inquest: We set out to assess
the Bush administration's arguments for war in Iraq. We have weighed each of
those nine arguments against the findings of subsequent official investigations
by the 9/11 Commission, the Senate Intelligence Committee and others. . . .After reassessing the administration's nine arguments for war, we do not see the conspiracy to mislead that many critics allege.

Friday, December 23, 2005

Thursday, December 22, 2005

Huge weapons cache found in Iraq

Of note in this article is this curious passage;
Still, the plastic around some of the rockets — of Soviet, German and French origins — appeared to be fresh and had not deteriorated as it had on some of the older munitions.

Dems strategy: "We're stupid" Part Deux

So the dems have extended the Patriot Act until June 2006, just 5 months before the mid-term elections.

Brilliant!

Please, oh please, filibuster the Patriot Act just 5 months before the mid-terms further proving that you can't be trusted with the nations security.

Brilliant!

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Dems strategy: "We're stupid"

On the Iraq war resolution:
"We voted for the Iraq war in 2002, but we didn't really want to. Now we wish we didn't. Sorry but we're stupid"

On pre-war intelligence:
"We looked at the same intellegince that the President, VP and DoD looked at. The same intelligence that every other intelligence agency in the world agreed agreed with. We believed it them but now we know that we should have known it was wrong. Bush lied, yeah thats it. Sorry but we're stupid"

On immediate troop withdrawl from Iraq:
"We want to cut-and-run from Iraq right now, we just won't vote for it. Sorry but we're stupid"

On the NSA eavesdropping program:
"We have been briefed on this program constantly since its inception but we didn't really understand what we were being told and didn't bother to ask any intelligent questions about it. And we didn't think it was worth whining about until our media outlet the NY Times went with the story. Sorry but we're stupid"

On the Democratic Agenda for 2006:
"We will not have an official policy on Iraq, we thinks it better if every member of our caucus goes out and says something different. We think it make us stronger if every member comes across as a blithering idiot. Sorry but we're stupid"

On the Patriot Act:
"We voted for the Patriot Act back in October 2001, hell our leaders were there smiling away as the President signed it. But now we don't think its a good thing so we blocked the extention of it. But we were willing to extend it for 3 months even though we thinks its the worst thing in the history of the world. We don't think its very smart to extend the same measures used to fight drug dealers and murders to fighting terrorism. Sorry but we're stupid"

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

A Charlie Brown Christmas

A great read in the USA Today about one of my favorite Christmas specials, "A Charlie Brown Christmas."

Does the NY Times even read their own stories?

The NY Times reports that Iraqi border guards stopped a tanker truck filled with forged ballots. This report is based one ONE unnamed Iraqi official;
BAGHDAD, Iraq, Dec. 13 - Less than two days before nationwide elections, the Iraqi border police seized a tanker on Tuesday that had just crossed from Iran filled with thousands of forged ballots, an official at the Interior Ministry said.

The tanker was seized in the evening by agents with the American-trained border protection force at the Iraqi town of Badra, after crossing at Munthirya on the Iraqi border, the official said. According to the Iraqi official, the border police found several thousand partly completed ballots inside.

The head of Iraqi border guards denies the report say it is all lies designed to call in to question the election;
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The head of Iraq's border guards denied police reports on Wednesday that a tanker truck stuffed with thousands of forged ballot papers had been seized crossing into Iraq from Iran before Thursday's elections.

"This is all a lie," said Lieutenant General Ahmed al-Khafaji, the chief of the U.S.-trained force which has responsibility for all Iraq's borders.

"I heard this yesterday and I checked all the border crossings right away. The borders are all closed anyway," he told Reuters.

Iraq's frontiers are closed for the period of the election.

"I contacted all the border crossing points and there was no report of any such incident," Khafaji said.

Now aside from the Iraqis denying the report, can some explain to me exactly how a tanker filled with thousands of forged ballots (4 tankers if you believe the NY Times) is going to roll into Iraq's 6000 polling stations, unload the ballots and then deposit them into the ballot boxes, completely unseen and unchallenged by Iraqi military, Iraqi police and US military, and then move on to the next polling station.

Yeah, right!

Come on! Does the NY Times even read the stories their reporters submit? I mean think about, tankers filled with ballots! It's laughable. Are they going to pump the ballots into the ballot boxes?

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

That's not what the president said...

It's interesting how when the president is asked this question;
Since the inception of the Iraqi war, I'd like to know the approximate total of Iraqis who have been killed. And by Iraqis I include civilians, military, police, insurgents, translators.

And gives this answer;
How many Iraqi citizens have died in this war? I would say 30,000, more or less, have died as a result of the initial incursion and the ongoing violence against Iraqis. We've lost about 2,140 of our own troops in Iraq.

The press runs with this headline;
"Bush says 30,000 Iraqi civilians dead in war"
And gets away with it!

I will follow up with the flood of corrections that are sure to follow!

UPDATE: Well what'dya know, the misleading headline has been corrected. To see the before and after images go to Michele Malkin.

"It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas..."

Another wonderful display of Christmas spirit by Joel Krupnik and his wife Mildred Castellanos who live at East 18th Street in Manhattan.
This 'tis-the-season-to be-creepy display - which has drawn no small amount of community ire - can be found in the front yard of Joel Krupnik, 58, and his wife, Mildred Castellanos, 43, who said they are protesting the commercialization of the Yule season.

In another touch of Christmas jeer, the Santa dummy is standing behind a tree whose bare branches are adorned with beheaded Barbie dolls.

"Christmas has religious origins. It's in the Bible. Santa is not in the Bible. He's not a religious symbol. Santa Claus has become a piece of Americana," Krupnik explained yesterday.

Well Joel, you are an imbecile, Santa Claus comes from Saint Nicholas, The Patron Saint of Giving or The Patron Saint of Children.
Why is the St. Nicholas Center Important?

St. Nicholas, lover of the poor and patron saint of children, is a model of how Christians are meant to live. As priest and bishop, Nicholas put Jesus Christ at the center of his life and ministry. His concern for children and others in need or danger expressed a love for God which points toward Jesus, the source of true caring and compassion. Embracing St. Nicholas customs can help recover the true center of Christmas—the birth of Jesus.

Understanding St. Nicholas as the original and true holiday gift-giver also helps shift focus to giving rather than getting, compassion rather than consumption, need rather than greed. This can help restore balance to increasingly materialistic and stress-filled Advent and Christmas seasons.

St. Nicholas is beloved throughout the world and continues to be revered in Christian tradition, especially as protector and patron of children in the West and as Wonderworker in the East. The St. Nicholas Center aims to bring Roman Catholic, Episcopal, Orthodox, and Protestant Christians together in common purpose—to help people understand and appreciate the original St. Nicholas, the only real Santa Claus.

Thursday, December 08, 2005

Lynn Swann to seek GOP nomination for PA Governor

I knew I always liked Lynn Swann, well except when he was always beating my then favorite team the Dallas Cowboys in the Super Bowl with all of those acrobatic catches. I guess I can forgive him for that. So how long before Chucky Schumer obtains Swann's personal financial information?

This is free speech? No, this is just stupid!

Ok, something needs to be done about people that abuse their right to free speech in order to do moronic, idiotic, pathetic things like this! I suggest that we let this gentleman know exactly what we think of his Christmas display.

His name and address as reported by WKMG TV;

Ron Stroia
555 West 50th Street
Miami Beach, Florida

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

And the beat goes on...

It seems that John Kerry's spokesman has taken exception to Rush Limbaugh and Ken Mehlman's accurate take on Kerry calling US soldiers terrorists on CBS's Face The Nation this past Sunday. In case you forgot what Kerry said;
SCHIEFFER: "Democrat Senator Joe Lieberman of Connecticut, he takes a very different view, Senator Kerry. He says basically that we should stay the course, because he says real progress is being made. He says, 'This is a war between 27 million Iraqis who want freedom and 10,000 terrorists.' He says we're in a watershed transformation. What about that?"

JOHN KERRY: I don't agree with that. But I think what we need to do is recognize what we all agree on, which is, you've got to begin to set benchmarks for accomplishment; you've got to begin to transfer authority to the Iraqis, and there is no reason, Bob, that young American soldiers need to be going into the homes of Iraqis in the dead of night, terrorizing kids and children, you know, women, breaking sort of the customs of the -- of -- of -- of -- historical customs, religious customs, whether you like it or not. Iraqis should be doing that.

That last part is classic, Iraqi's should be doing the terrorizing, according to Kerry.

A statement from Kerry's spokesman David Wade;
'Ken Mehlman’s filthy and shameful lie about a decorated combat veteran is disgraceful. Political hack Ken Mehlman and draft dodging, donut eating Rush Limbaugh have something in common. Neither of them know anything about how to make American troops safe. John Kerry will continue to speak out about how to succeed in Iraq and protect brave American troops'...

A little touchy, I think. And what would Kerry's position be? Cut and run, of course. But that's what he calls a strategy for victory. Hard to believe that Kerry said this on March 20, 2003;
WASHINGTON, DC – Senator John Kerry issued the following statement in response to the commencement of military strikes in Iraq:

“It appears that with the deadline for exile come and gone, Saddam Hussein has chosen to make military force the ultimate weapons inspections enforcement mechanism. If so, the only exit strategy is victory, this is our common mission and the world’s cause. We're in this together. We want to complete the mission while safeguarding our troops, avoiding innocent civilian casualties, disarming Saddam Hussein and engaging the community of nations to rebuild Iraq.”

Murtha takes it on the chin from....Murtha?

Looks like Rep John Murtha is confused as reported by Mickey Kaus;
Murtha vs. Murtha: Rep. Murtha on the prospects of an Iraqi civil war:

[T]here's a civil war going. We're caught in between a civil war right now. Our troops are the targets of the civil war. They're the only people that could have unified the various factions in Iraq. And they're unified against us. --ABC's This Week, 12/4/05

[W]hy should I believe what the CIA says about what's happening in Iraq, that there's going to be a civil war? First of all, al Qaeda was wrong. It was wrong on the nuclear stuff. It was wrong on everything they have said over there. So why should I believe that there's going to be a civil war? -- same show, a few moments later.

And yet again;
[T]he military won a military victory. They got rid of Saddam Hussein. ...[snip] ... Now, it's got to be a political win. They have to win this politically. The Iraqis themselves. We'll stay there forever. The Iraqis are never going to say turn it over. We can't allow them to say when it's gonna turn it over.--This Week, 12/4/05


You're gonna see the Iraqis clamoring. Listen, anybody we support in Iraq loses the election. And so they're gonna be clamoring for us to get out. -- same show, a few moments later.

Ok, fine...

Bird-dogging

I don't know what to make of this but to say I wonder how long before Hillary caves and starts demanding an immediate withdrawl and timetable. It is interesting though.
WASHINGTON - Anti-war activists furious with Sen. Hillary Clinton are vowing to bird-dog her everywhere she goes, starting with a swanky Manhattan fund-raiser tonight.
Clinton's letter last week clarifying her position on Iraq - which included rejecting a timetable for withdrawal - fanned the anger of some war opponents, who decided to launch a campaign against New York's junior senator.

"We're calling it Bird-Dog Hillary," said Medea Benjamin of the peace group Codepink.

I love how the Daily News describes Code Pink as "the peace group." Too bad they couldn't add to that the fact that the raised $600,000 for "the other side" in Fallujah. They claim it was for displaced residents in Fallujah, a town that had been completely taken over by the terrorists and that the US military took back. Code Pink also is the group that has planted themselves outside Walter Reed Army Hospital protesting the soldiers inside receiving treatment. Very classy.

Why they lose...and will keep losing.

Howard Dean interviewed yesterday said;
(SAN ANTONIO) -- Saying the "idea that we're going to win the war in Iraq is an idea which is just plain wrong," Democratic National Chairman Howard Dean predicted today that the Democratic Party will come together on a proposal to withdraw National Guard and Reserve troops immediately, and all US forces within two years.

Makes you proud to be an American, doesn't it?

Time's "non-Person of the Year" leaked

Time's "Person of the Year" has leaked out(via Betsy Newmark), and its a good thing because it is one of the stupidest and lamest choices ever. So much so that maybe now that its leaked they will see the negative reaction and change it. I absolutely hate when they choose a thing or non-person over a real and deserving individual. It's a wimpy lame move on their part to avoid controversy. Also leaking out is Sports Illustrated's "Sportsman of the Year" and both are revealed in the article linked above, so you are warned.

How they leaked is hysterical. Employees from the PR firm contracted by Time and SI placed bets at an online sportsbook for the max amount. The sportsbook got suspicious and suspended betting.

Monday, December 05, 2005

John Kerry: US Soldiers=terrorists

John Kerry again demonstrates why he lost the election in 2004;
SCHIEFFER: All right. Let me shift to another point of view, and it comes from another Democrat, Senator Joe Lieberman of Connecticut. He takes a very different view. He says basically we should stay the course because, he says, real progress is being made. He said this is a war between 27 million Iraqis who want freedom and 10,000 terrorists. He says we're in a watershed transformation. What about that?
Sen. KERRY: Let me--I--first of all, there is so much more that unites Democrats than divides us. And Democrats have much more in common with each other than they do with George Bush's policy right now. Now Joe Lieberman, I believe, also voted for the resolution which said the president needs to make more clear what he's doing and set out benchmarks, and that the policy hasn't been working. We all believe him when you say, `Stay the course.' That's the president's policy, which hasn't been changing, which is a policy of failure. I don't agree with that. But I think what we need to do is recognize what we all agree on, which is you've got to begin to set benchmarks for accomplishment. You've got to begin to transfer authority to the Iraqis. And there is no reason, Bob, that young American soldiers need to be going into the homes of Iraqis in the dead of night, terrorizing kids and children, you know, women, breaking sort of the customs of the--of--the historical customs, religious customs. Whether you like it or not...

SCHIEFFER: Yeah.

Sen. KERRY: ...Iraqis should be doing that. And after all of these two and a half years, with all of the talk of 210,000 people trained, there just is no excuse for not transferring more of that authority.

NBC "fake but accurate" News

It's simply amazing that the Pentagon is trashed in the MSM for paying Iraqi newspapers to publish what amounts to the truth, and yet its perfectly fine for them to run with stories provided by the likes of al-Jeezera that are meant to have a demoralizing effect on our troops and population.

I guess when you do it for free its ok...see here.

Friday, December 02, 2005

The MSM's real problem...

...all of the news stories in the Iraqi newspapers paid for by the Pentagon is that its all fact based and pro-American.
Though the articles are basically factual, they present only one side of events and omit information that might reflect poorly on the U.S. or Iraqi governments, officials said. Records and interviews indicate that the U.S. has paid Iraqi newspapers to run dozens of such articles, with headlines such as "Iraqis Insist on Living Despite Terrorism," since the effort began this year.

So they are basically the truth, but they don't trash the President and the US Military enough.

LA Times story

From Chicago Tribune: U.S. military paying Iraqi editors to publish propaganda

Reality check, definition of propaganda:
2 : the spreading of ideas, information, or rumor for the purpose of helping or injuring an institution, a cause, or a person

3 : ideas, facts, or allegations spread deliberately to further one's cause or to damage an opposing cause

Hmm... Ok, so its for trying to promote a cause or to damage an opposing cause. Ok, sounds good to me.

NY Times: Senate Summons Pentagon to Explain Effort to Plant News Stories in Iraqi Media

News flash to the NY Times: We are trying to win you idiots!

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

WOW!

I guess them Dems will have file this one away for another day. Now if only the President can start bragging about the economy like Jack Welch says he should be doing.
U.S. Economy Expanded at a 4.3% Pace in Third Quarter

So let me get this straight...

It's the US & UK military's fault that these four people were kidnapped? Ok. And, God willing, if we can rescue them before any parts of their bodies are detached, would they say thanks to the terrorists for allowing them to get away?
In a statement, Christian Peacemaker Teams said it strongly opposed the U.S. invasion of Iraq and blamed the kidnapping on coalition forces.

“We are angry because what has happened to our teammates is the result of the actions of the U.S. and U.K. government due to the illegal attack on Iraq and the continuing occupation and oppression of its people,” the group said.

Christian Peacemaker Teams does not consider itself a fundamentalist organization, a spokeswoman said.

“We are very strict about this: We do not do any evangelism, we are not missionaries,” Jessica Phillips told The Associated Press in Chicago. “Our interest is to bring an end to the violence and destruction of civilian life in Iraq.”

The group’s first activists went to Iraq in 2002, six months before the U.S.-led invasion, Phillips said, adding that a main mission since the invasion has been documenting alleged human rights abuses by U.S. forces.

Lets hope and pray they don't have four new human rights violations to add to the list and that they are rescued or released very soon. Oh wait, they are only documenting US military violations.

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

The hypocrisy of Harry Reid

Betsy Newmark is all over a story from Jund Fund in the Wall Street Journal's online Opinion Journal Diary;
Last Wednesday, the Minority Leader appeared on KRNV-TV's "Nevada Newsmakers" program and dropped a stunning revelation. He had been informed just that day that Osama bin Laden was killed in the giant Pakistan earthquake last month. "I heard that Osama bin Laden died in the earthquake, and if that's the case, I certainly wouldn't wish anyone harm, but if that's the case, that's good for the world."

Intelligence analysts tell me that the only proper action by a top U.S. Senate leader who has been given such information is radio silence. If the report is true, such information is best released at a moment of the U.S. government's choosing. For one thing, as long as the information is tightly held, it can be used to sift out electronic intercepts that might lead to other Al Qaeda leaders. On the other hand, if Mr. Reid's public speculation proves groundless, it only embarrasses the U.S. and contributes to enemy morale. Here's hoping Al Qaeda figures aren't soon appearing on Al Jazeera television chortling about the clueless Mr. Reid.

Earlier this month, Mr. Reid was eager to keep discussions of intelligence matters under wraps. For little apparent reason, he invoked a seldom-used rule that forced the Senate to go into secret session to debate complaints about pre-war intelligence concerning Saddam's weapons programs. ...

Read the rest here, its mind-boggling how the mainstream media can totally ignore a huge story like this while running hysterical story after hysterical story on Scooter Libby.

14:59

From the look on her face it seems that the Peace Mom is coming to the realization that her 15 minutes ARE UP!

But that doesn't stop Reuters from running with this "patriotic" shot of PM at her book signing. See the rest at Sweetness and Light

UPDATE: It seems Cindy is upset with AP and Reuters (imagine that!) for running the photographs that show her sitting in an empty book signing tent. She says it leaves the impression that the book signing was a flop. Newsflash to Cindy, it was! She is of course claiming that the conservative sites picked up the story and claimed that NO ONE bought her book. I know I didn't claim that, AP and Reuters didn't make that claim and all the blogs I read did not make that claim either. Editor and Publisher has the entire story.

I guess Cindy just can't handle the truth!
But in a statement today, Sheehan accused “right-wing” sites of “spreading a false story that nobody bought my book at Camp Casey on Saturday. That is not true, I sold all 100 copies and got writer's cramp signing them. Photos were taken of me before the people got in line to have me sign the book. We made $2000 for the peace house.”

Her publisher, Arnie Kotler at Koa Books, meanwhile released a letter to her supporters, charging that “AP and Reuters posted photos - I can't imagine why - of Cindy sitting at the book table between signings, rather than while someone was at the table. And now the smear websites are circulating an article, with these photos, that Cindy gave a signing and nobody came. It's simply not true…. the benefit books igning in Crawford, Texas on November 26, 2005 was well attended and a huge success.”

Asked for a response, anAP commented this afternoon:

"Photographer Evan Vucci, queried about the incident today said that he was present at the book signing from about 10 a.m. to about 11 a.m. During that time, he said, people were coming in to have their books signed in small groups of a few at a time.

"At the time the photos were taken 'maybe 5 people had come in,' Vucci says, and Sheehan was waiting for more to stop by, which they did individually as well as in very small groups. Therefore the wording of the caption is accurate in that Sheehan was waiting for people to show up at her signing."

Investigating this?

Just when all seemed right in the world and the NFL, Arlen Specter has to stick his big fat nose where it doesn't belong...
Sen. Arlen Specter, ardent Eagles fan and chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, yesterday accused the NFL and its Philadelphia franchise of potentially violating antitrust laws in their treatment of Terrell Owens.

Speaking at a news conference in Harrisburg, Specter (R., Pa.) said he was investigating the matter and might refer it to the Senate panel's antitrust subcommittee.

Joe Lieberman's op-ed on why the troops must stay

This op-ed by Senator Joe Lieberman in the Wall Street Journal will not get the "Murtha treatment" in the mainstream media for obvious reasons but it needs to be heard. This is from a guy who has been to Iraq four times and clearly sees progress being made.

This passage is especially intriguing;
Here is an ironic finding I brought back from Iraq. While U.S. public opinion polls show serious declines in support for the war and increasing pessimism about how it will end, polls conducted by Iraqis for Iraqi universities show increasing optimism. Two-thirds say they are better off than they were under Saddam, and a resounding 82% are confident their lives in Iraq will be better a year from now than they are today. What a colossal mistake it would be for America's bipartisan political leadership to choose this moment in history to lose its will and, in the famous phrase, to seize defeat from the jaws of the coming victory.

Let me say it again, polls conducted by Iraqis for Iraqi universities show that 82% say they will be better off a year from now. These are not polls conducted by Americans but by the Iraqi people themselves. How are the Dems and the MSM going to spin that? They won't, they'll just ignore it completely.

October new homes sales at record level, but the AP is sad...

I shake my head when I read lead paragraphs like this from the AP;
Sales of new homes soared at a record pace in October in what could be a last hurrah for the booming housing market.


The Commerce Department said that sales of new single-family homes shot up by 13 percent last month, the biggest one-month gain in more than 12 years. The increase pushed sales to an all-time high seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.42 million units.

The increase confounded analysts who had been predicting that new home sales would decline by 1.8 percent, reflecting continued increases in mortgage rates. It was possible that the unexpected surge reflected a final rush by buyers to get into the market before mortgage rates climb higher.

So we have record setting new home sales yet the AP says its the last hurrah.

These so-called expert analysts are the only people I know of where they are paid for being wrong on a monthly basis. Can I have that job? If I was as wrong as they are I would be job-hunting constantly.
Analysts believe the nation's booming housing market is beginning to show signs of slowing under the impact of rising mortgage rates, which are going up as the Federal Reserve continues a campaign to boost interest rates to make sure inflation does not get out of control.

Well, maybe not. The Fed indicated in the just released minutes from their November 1st meeting that the their interest-raising campaign may be coming to end shortly after the New Year depending on existing conditions.

New Orleans/Katrina revisited from Matt Welch

A fine roundup of how the media screwed up the reporting of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Oh Canada!

Canada's government is thrown out

Stephen Harper celebrated after plotting his rival's downfall Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin's government has been ousted in a no-confidence vote.

Monday, November 28, 2005

Dems latest plan failing miserably

Well how about that, it seems a new poll says that the Democrats latest line of attack that "Bush Lied" is not playing very well with the American people. In fact it says that most Americans agree with the evil VP Cheney;
Democrats fumed last week at Vice President Cheney's suggestion that criticism of the administration's war policies was itself becoming a hindrance to the war effort. But a new poll indicates most Americans are sympathetic to Cheney's point.

Seventy percent of people surveyed said that criticism of the war by Democratic senators hurts troop morale -- with 44 percent saying morale is hurt "a lot," according to a poll taken by RT Strategies. Even self-identified Democrats agree: 55 percent believe criticism hurts morale, while 21 percent say it helps morale.

The raw data is here. And this is not a partisan poll by any means;
But the survey itself cannot be dismissed as a partisan attack. The RTs in RT Strategies are Thomas Riehle, a Democrat, and Lance Tarrance, a veteran GOP pollster.

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Here we go again...

...but this time they are breaking the law and being arrested. Good!

And where oh where is the peace mom? She has a family emergency and can't come down to Crawford until next week, she says. Maybe she is waiting to see what happens to the suckers, I mean, protesters who are there today.

And by the way, why does a dozen protestes, thats 12 people, warrant news? Hundreds of thousands of protesters rallying against Zarqawi in Jordan hardly made a blip but the nut-job Sheehan supporters get frontpage coverage on MSNBC website.

Monday, November 21, 2005

CNN: A technical malfunction

Funny how these technical malfunctions never seem to happen to Democrats;


The Political Teen has the video here.

MediaBistro has more here including CNN's statement.

ABC Radio News

While listening to Sean Hannity the ABC Radio News hit at the bottom of the hour claimed that VP Dick Cheney was back-pedaling on the White House's alleged attacks on Rep John Murtha, playing a clip of the VPs speech today where he praised Murtha and encouraged healthy debate in the country.

The problem is the only people that called Murtha a coward was the mainstream media while reporting on the supposed attacks by the White House.

From CNN on Friday;
In a broadside issued Thursday night, Bush spokesman Scott McClellan said that it is "baffling that [Pennsylvania Rep. John Murtha] is endorsing the policy positions of Michael Moore and the extreme liberal wing of the Democratic party."
But McClellan added, "The eve of an historic democratic election in Iraq is not the time to surrender to the terrorists."


So where is the attack? I am not seeing it. Of course when the White House praises Murtha's service then the administration in backtracking.

Unbelievable!

Why they lose...and will keep losing.

Chris Matthews gave a speech at University of Toronto (well that figures) in which he said this;
"The period between 9/11 and Iraq was not a good time for America. There wasn't a robust discussion of what we were doing," Matthews said.

"If we stop trying to figure out the other side, we've given up. The person on the other side is not evil — they just have a different perspective."

Sunday, November 20, 2005

Wouldn't It Be Nice....

For about the ba-zillion-th time al-Zarqawi has been reported killed, this time in Mosul. We can only hope...

Saturday, November 19, 2005

Immediate withdrawl resolution defeated 403-3

The House Republicans actually located some semblance of a spine last night and called the Democrats bluff by putting forth a resolution calling for the immediate withdrawl of troops from Iraq, what Rep. John Murtha called for on Thursday. Of course the Democrats are saying that he did not call for an immediate withdrawl but a gradual six-month draw-down of troops. I beg to differ;

From the SF Chronicle;

(11-17) 10:52 PST WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In another sign of rising discontent in Congress over the war in Iraq, perhaps the House's most influential Democrat on military issues called today for the immediate withdrawal of all American forces from that nation.


From the NY Times:
WASHINGTON, Nov. 17 - An influential House Democrat called the Iraq campaign "a flawed policy wrapped in illusion" today as he called for the immediate withdrawal of United States troops, intensifying an already bitter debate on Capitol Hill.

UPDATE: An excellent summary at Discriminations of how the media reporting was altered as the day went on to match up with what the Dems were accusing the Republicans of doing. It seems the NY Times just couldn't quite decide if it was "immediate" or "swift" withdrawl/redeployment or whatever. CBS News described Murtha's call as "troops return home now" while Bloomberg seemed to have no problem with "immediate." Murtha's own website still calls for immediate redeployment and in his press conference he used the word "immediate" 4 times. You would think that the Democrats haven't lost the art of reading, although they seem to have a serious problem with facts that are staring them in the face.

And the vote was 403-3 against withdrawl. So much for the Murtha "demand" for "immediate/swift/starting to" withdrawl of troops and the democrats standing with him.

They are cowards and proved it be first trying to procedurally block the vote, then voting against the resolution proving they are spineless. In another example of complete cowardice by Democrats, during the closing statements by Rep. Sam Johnson, he asked for an additional three minutes, when the Speaker asked for any objections three Democrats yelled out "Objection!" When the Speaker asked them to stand and be recognized not ONE of them stood! Pathetic! Perfect representation of today's Democratic Party.

Ed Morrisey at Captains Quarters live-blogged the whole thing last night, very interesting reading.

Gas prices...

Anyone notice gas prices are way down? Here in CT I can get gas for under $2.20 a gallon and in some areas of the country it is under $2 a gallon.


So where is the breathless reporting on the cost of gas, not to mention the shrieking about oil being under $56 a barrel?

Here's a site tracking gas price, just input you zip code and a radius...

Friday, November 18, 2005

A Letter from a Soldier

An absolute must read(via Sgt Hook). Hey Cindy Sheehan, this is what makes a noble cause, you ignorant fool!

Thursday, November 17, 2005

So this is news?

After reading the breathless reporting by the MSM about Rep John Murtha calling for immediate withdrawl of troops from Iraq you would think that this was a stunning reversal of position. In reality this is what he has been saying since at least May 6, 2004;
Signaling a new, more aggressive line against the Bush administration’s policy on Iraq, Rep. John Murtha (Pa.), the House Democrats’ most visible defense hawk, will join Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) today to make public his previously private statements that the conflict is “unwinnable.”


UPDATE: Gateway Pundit has a nice list of Murtha's past statements that are basically the same as what he said yesterday. The only difference is now he wants the troops home next month.

UPDATE2: NewsBusters has more on the media ignoring Murtha last year. Interesting quote from Murtha sort of undercuts the Democrats latest "Bush Lied" mantra and mirros what the adminstration has been saying lately;
In this interview, not only did Rep. Murtha state that he would not have voted for the war resolution knowing what he knew "now," but also, contrary to assertions made by many members of Congress of late -- as well as much of the mainstream media -- he saw "all" of the intelligence reports: "I mean, I'm not blaming anybody else because I saw all the intelligence reports. All of them indicated we had imminent danger."

So the media of course focuses on his latest statements instead of focusing on their favorite "maverick" Republican who, in case you don't know and you probably don't, said this on Face The Nation on Sunday;
SCHIEFFER: President Bush accused his critics of rewriting history last week.
Sen. McCAIN: Yeah.

SCHIEFFER: And in--he said in doing so, the criticisms they were making of his war policy was endangering our troops in Iraq. Do you believe it is unpatriotic to criticize the Iraq policy?

Sen. McCAIN: No, I think it's a very legitimate aspect of American life to criticize and to disagree and to debate. But I want to say I think it's a lie to say that the president lied to the American people. I sat on the Robb-Silverman Commission. I saw many, many analysts that came before that committee. I asked every one of them--I said, `Did--were you ever pressured politically or any other way to change your analysis of the situation as you saw?' Every one of them said no.

This guy is incredible!

Joe Wilson thinks that Bob Woodward should be investigated...
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Joseph Wilson, the husband of outed CIA operative Valerie Plame, called on Thursday for an inquiry by The Washington Post into the conduct of journalist Bob Woodward, who repeatedly criticized the leak investigation without disclosing his own involvement.

"It certainly gives the appearance of a conflict of interest. He was taking an advocacy position when he was a party to it," Wilson said.

You don't say, say like for example having your own wife set you up to go on a "fact finding" boondoggle to Niger and then come back and lie about everything you found out?

This guy has no shame at all...

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Hell yeah!

VP Dick Cheney is getting into the act giving a powerful speech tonight attacking the "Bush Lied" Democrats, here's my favorite line of the speech;
The President and I cannot prevent certain politicians from losing their memory, or their backbone – but we’re not going to sit by and let them rewrite history.


The whole speech text can be found here.

Bob Woodward 's Fitzmas present...

The Washington Post reports today that their Assistant Managing Editor Bob Woodward testified on Monday in the CIA leak case that he was told be a "senior White House official" about Joe Wilson's wife one month prior to her identity being disclosed. This throws a huge monkey wrench into the timeline and the hysterical/breathless reporting that Scooter Libby was the first person to tell reporters about Valerie Plame. Woodward indicated in a statement that this source has not waived confidentiality so that would lead you to believe that it is not Rove or Libby.

Keep an eye on Tom Maguire for an in depth look at this story.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

It's the new craze!

Simply click the image and you will find a plethora of information on Iraq and Clinton from 1998, it's very eye-opening, I wonder if Harry Reid, Jay Rockefeller, Howard Dean, Chris Matthews and the rest of the "Bush lied" crowd have done this;

We've got an idea, we just haven't thought of it yet!

This says all you need to know about the democrats!
MR. RUSSERT: But is it enough for you to say to the country, "Trust us, the other guy's no good. We'll do better, but we're not going to tell you specifically how we're going to deal with Iraq."

DR. DEAN: We will. When the time comes, we will do that.

MR. RUSSERT: When's the time going to come?

DR. DEAN: The time is fast-approaching. And I outlined the broad outlines of our agenda. We're going to have specific plans in all of these areas.

MR. RUSSERT: This year?

DR. DEAN: In 2006.

How will it do?

A new movie about gay cowboys is coming to a theater new you soon, the question is how long will it last;
No one knows that answer, because no one has ventured into this territory before. The movie is a groundbreaker. There's never been a homosexual cowboy movie, and while the indies have been supplying gay romances to the art house circuit for years, and gay series like "Queer as Folk" and "Will & Grace" have been pulling big numbers on TV, there hasn't been a mainstream gay love story since 1982's "Making Love," which bombed and was blamed by many for damaging Harry Hamlin's career.

I am guessing that this one will meet the same fate, I am not sure this kind of subject matter plays to the masses very well. The coasts will love it, as do the film festivals. But I think it will be in and out of the Top 10 in a matter of 2-3 weeks. Pure speculation on my part, I could be totally wrong.

Monday, November 14, 2005

It's about time, part 2...

...and keep saying it! From the President's speech today;
Reasonable people can disagree about the conduct of the war –­ but it is irresponsible for Democrats to now claim that we misled them and the American people. Leaders in my Administration and members of Congress from both parties looked at the same intelligence on Iraq –­ and reached the conclusion that Saddam Hussein was a threat. Let me give you quotes from three senior Democrats: First, quote, “There is unmistakable evidence that Saddam Hussein is working aggressively to develop nuclear weapons.” End quote. Here’s another one, quote, “The war against terrorism will not be finished as long as [Saddam Hussein] is in power.” End quote. And here’s the way another Democratic leader summed it up, quote, “Saddam Hussein, in effect, has thumbed his nose at the world community. And I think that the President's approaching this in the right fashion.”
The truth is that investigations of the intelligence on Iraq have concluded that only one person manipulated evidence and misled the world –­ and that person was Saddam Hussein. In early 2004, when weapons inspector David Kay testified that he had not found weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, he also testified that, quote, “Iraq was in clear material violation of UN Security Council Resolution 1441. They maintained programs and activities, and they certainly had the intentions at a point to resume their programs. So there was a lot they wanted to hide because it showed what they were doing that was illegal.” Eight months later, weapons inspector Charles Duelfer issued a report that found, quote, “Saddam Hussein so dominated the Iraqi Regime that its strategic intent was his alone. He wanted to end sanctions while preserving the capability to reconstitute his weapons of mass destruction when sanctions were lifted.”

Some of our elected leaders have opposed this war all along. I disagree with them, but I respect their willingness to take a consistent stand. Yet some Democrats who voted to authorize the use of force are now rewriting the past. They are playing politics with this issue and sending mixed signals to our troops and the enemy. That is irresponsible.

As our troops fight a ruthless enemy determined to destroy our way of life, they deserve to know that their elected leaders who voted to send them to war continue to stand behind them. Our troops deserve to know that this support will remain firm when the going gets tough. And our troops deserve to know that whatever our differences in Washington, our will is strong, our nation is united, and we will settle for nothing less than victory.

Friday, November 11, 2005

Demcrats Deny Having Pre-War Intelligence

...and they don't have any post-war intelligence either.

It's about time! But will the media report on it?

This report from Reuters says the President Bush will "directly take on the false attacks that Democratic leaders have been making" in a Veterans Day speech today and all I can say is it's about f-ing time! The Democrats have been allowed to continually misrepresent, distort, mislead and lie about the reasons for going into Iraq. Specifically claiming that President Bush lied to get us into war by manipulating intelligence. And of course the media acts as a wing of the Democratic party by simply repeating every lie that people like Sen. Dick Durbin, Sen. Ted Kennedy, Sen John Kerry, Sen Harry Reid, DNC Chairman Howard Dean and anyone else on the left has to say.

But will anyone know about the speech? If the media ignores it, which they will mostly do, then the affect will be little if anything. So my suggestion, as if the President listens to my every word, would be to say something that takes on the media as well as the democrats. Link the two together. Call them irresponsible for simply restating the democrat talking points. If the President can ruffle the feathers of the media and get them talking about what the President said about them and what they reported, which is to say what the dems are telling them to say, then maybe his message will get out.

Some targets would be the medias misleading reporting on Joe Wilson and their failure to reveal the information in the Select Senate Intelligence Report that shows Joe Wilson to be a liar. Some other lines of attack;

- The media misrepresenting the Saddam link to 9/11 NOT made by President Bush
- The media inaccurately reporting the "16 words" in the 2003 SotU address and never mentioning that the British intelligence (the source) still stands by the report
- The Dems insistence that the White House manipulated intelligence when they themselves saw the same intelligence and as far back as 1998 were making the same statements that President Bush was making in 2002.
- The media obsession with keeping a "death scorecard" and featuring articles when supposed milestones are reached.

UPDATE: Here is an excerpt from the Presidents speech today;
"Our debate at home must also be fair-minded. One of the hallmarks of a free society and what makes our country strong is that our political leaders can discuss their differences openly, even in times of war. When I made the decision to remove Saddam Hussein from power, Congress approved it with strong bipartisan support. I also recognize that some of our fellow citizens and elected officials didn't support the liberation of Iraq. And that is their right, and I respect it. As President and Commander in Chief, I accept the responsibilities, and the criticisms, and the consequences that come with such a solemn decision.

"While it is perfectly legitimate to criticize my decision or the conduct of the war, it is deeply irresponsible to rewrite the history of how that war began. Some Democrats and anti-war critics are now claiming we manipulated the intelligence and misled the American people about why we went to war. These critics are fully aware that a bipartisan Senate investigation found no evidence of political pressure to change the intelligence community's judgments related to Iraq's weapons programs. They also know that intelligence agencies from around the world agreed with our assessment of Saddam Hussein. They know the United Nations passed more than a dozen resolutions citing his development and possession of weapons of mass destruction. Many of these critics supported my opponent during the last election, who explained his position to support the resolution in the Congress this way: 'When I vote to give the President of the United States the authority to use force, if necessary, to disarm Saddam Hussein, it is because I believe that a deadly arsenal of weapons of mass destruction in his hands is a threat, and a grave threat, to our security.' That's why more than 100 Democrats in the House and the Senate, who had access to the same intelligence voted to support removing Saddam Hussein from power.

"The stakes in the global War on Terror are too high, and the national interest is too important, for politicians to throw out false charges. These baseless attacks send the wrong signal to our troops and to an enemy that is questioning AmericaWashington, our will is strong, our Nation is united, and we will settle for nothing less than victory."'s will. As our troops fight a ruthless enemy determined to destroy our way of life, they deserve to know that their elected leaders who voted to send them to war continue to stand behind them. Our troops deserve to know that this support will remain firm when the going gets tough."

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Hey George, 'splain this!

Sen George Voinovich said this today (via ABP);

" It is time to recognize a simple fact of life. Contrary to what some of my colleagues seem to believe, tax cuts do not pay for themselves."


So how do explain this from the October 6 2005, CBO report???

Receipts in 2005 were about $274 billion (or 14.6 percent) higher than in 2004, CBO estimates. Because that percentage growth far exceeded the growth in nominal GDP, revenues as a share of GDP rose from 16.3 percent in 2004 to 17.5 percent in 2005, the first increase since 2000.


Read anything lately George??? Grow a spine!

Message to GOP: Grow a pair!

On ANWR;

I am so incensed over ANWR being dropped from the budget bill!

Will you Republicans grow a pair, PLEASE! You are the majority party, ACT LIKE IT! Or in 2006 you won't be anymore!

See here.

Friday, November 04, 2005

What do 38, 37 and 35 have in common?

They are all the lastest approval ratings for President Bush from The WaPo, AP and C-BS News and they are all MEANINGLESS DRECK. Without boring you to death with the internals of these polls being worthless (weekend polling, income level of respondents and age) lets just look at the party ID percentages; (via ABP)


Keep in mind the Party ID breakdown for the 2004 Presidential Election:
Republican: 37%
Democrat: 37%
Independent: 26%


Party ID of The Washington Post poll respondents:
Independent-38%
Democrat-31%
Republican-27%
Lean- Democrat 52% Republican-41% Independent-6%)

Party ID of AP/Ipsos poll respondents:
Democrat-49%
Republican-40%
Independent 9%

Party ID of CBS News poll respondents (weighted):
Independent-41%
Democrat-35%
Republican-24%

Now is it any wonder that the approval rating is what it is? And it looks like these shenanigans (yes I said shenanigans) have been going on since July.

Thursday, November 03, 2005

The latest bogus C-BS News Poll !

According to the lastest C-BS News poll, the President's approval rating is at 35%, well I guess they would get that number if the suppressed the number of Republicans surveyed down to, oh, I don't know, say 23.8%??? Well what do you know, thats exactly what they did; (via RCP)
CBS News Poll
New CBS News poll out tonight. Highlights:

Bush job approval at all time low of 35%
Bush favorable rating at 33%
Right track 27%, wrong track 68%
Congress job approval 34%
Congressional Dem favorable rating 41%, Congressional Republican favorable rating 35%
Now for the numbers behind the numbers. Take a look at the composition of the respondents:


Total Respondents (Unweighted) = 936
Republicans = 259 (27.67%)
Democrats = 326 (34.83%)
Independents = 351 (37.5%)


Now look at the weighted sample:

Republicans: 223 (23.80%)
Democrats: 326 (34.79%)
Independents: 388 (41.4%)

The result is a 35% job approval for the president, which is roughly 4-8 points lower than the other polls out right now.


Here's visual proof from the raw data via Joe's DartBlog, a student studying at Dartmouth!

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

This is why the courts are important!

This from the AP;
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Parents have no constitutional right to prevent public schools from exposing children to sexual topics, a U.S. appeals court ruled on Wednesday.

The San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a lower court's decision that found the rights of parents were not violated by a California public school district that allowed a psychological survey of its elementary school children.

What Harry Reid and the rest of the Dems NEVER say about the Iraq war resolution

The dems love to say that Bush lied about WMD and thats why we went to war, blah blah blah, but they never want to tell you that there was much more in the Iraq war resolution besides WMD in Iraq. They'd prefer to keep saying and have everyone believe that the only reason we went into Iraq was because of WMD when in fact there were 7 reasons outlined in the Iraq War resolution and you can read the entire thing here.

The party of the people, allegedly...

Hey, I kinda like Oreo cookies...
Black Democratic leaders in Maryland say that racially tinged attacks against Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele in his bid for the U.S. Senate are fair because he is a conservative Republican.
Such attacks against the first black man to win a statewide election in Maryland include pelting him with Oreo cookies during a campaign appearance, calling him an "Uncle Tom" and depicting him as a black-faced minstrel on a liberal Web log.
Operatives for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) also obtained a copy of his credit report -- the only Republican candidate so targeted.
But black Democrats say there is nothing wrong with "pointing out the obvious."
"There is a difference between pointing out the obvious and calling someone names," said a campaign spokesman for Kweisi Mfume, a Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate and former president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

Oh and in case you haven't heard, and you probably haven't, the leader for privacy rights in the US, Senator Chuck Schumer, is the chairman of the DSCC and his staff members are who illegally obtained a copy of Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele credit report by using Steele's social security number without his knowledge. And this guy is looking out for my privacy?

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Tom Delay recusal request granted

The Corner notes more news to make Harry and Dick happy.

Breaking News: Harry Reid, Dick Durbin and the rest of the Dems go off the deep end

Harry Reid has invoked the rarely used Rule 21 so that he can scream and cry about why Karl Rove wasn't indicted and about Scooter Libby being indicted, all under the disguise of demanding an investigation into pre-Iraq war intelligence.
Democrats forced the Republican-controlled Senate into an unusual closed session Tuesday, demanding answers about intelligence that led to the Iraq war. Republicans derided the move as a political stunt.

In a speech on the Senate floor, Democratic leader Harry Reid said the American people and U.S. troops deserved to know the details of how the United States became engaged in the war, particularly in light of the indictment of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff.

Reid demanded the Senate go into closed session. With a second by Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., the public was ordered out of the chamber, the lights were dimmed, senators filed to their seats on the floor and the doors were closed. No vote is required in such circumstances.

Byron York NRO puts in perspective;

Perhaps the best explanation for the Democrats' decision to virtually shut down the Senate today can be found in one passage from CIA leak prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald's news conference last Friday:

This indictment is not about the war. This indictment's not about the propriety of the war. And people who believe fervently in the war effort, people who oppose it, people who have mixed feelings about it should not look to this indictment for any resolution of how they feel or any vindication of how they feel....The indictment will not seek to prove that the war was justified or unjustified. This is stripped of that debate, and this is focused on a narrow transaction. And I think anyone who's concerned about the war and has feelings for or against shouldn't look to this criminal process for any answers or resolution of that.

Fitzgerald's statement, and his decision to confine the indictment of Lewis Libby to charges of lying and obstruction, threatened to dash the Democrats' hope of using the CIA leak case as an opportunity to re-debate the reasons for going to war in Iraq. So the party, or at least its leaders in the Senate, has decided to use another route, the shutdown of the Senate, as a way to achieve that goal.

Joe Wilson's pre-Novak speech June 2003

GatewayPundit has a link to audio of Joe Wilson spelling out his anti-Bush agenda a full month before the Novak column was published and he was propogating his lies even then. He starts off;
"Let me just start out by saying, as a preface to what I really want to talk about, to those of you who are going out and lobbying tomorrow, I just want to assure you that American ambassador who has been cited in reports in the New York Times and in the Washington Post, and now in the Guardian over in London, who actually went over to Niger on behalf of the government-not of the CIA but of the government-and came back in February of 2002 and told the government that there was nothing to this story, later called the government after the British white paper was published and said you all need to do some fact-checking and make sure the Brits aren't using bad information in the publication of the white paper, and who called both the CIA and the State Department after the President's State of the Union and said to them you need to worry about the political manipulation of intelligence if, in fact, the President is talking about Niger when he mentions Africa.
That person was told by the State Department that, well, you know, there's four countries that export uranium. That person had served in three of those countries, so he knew a little bit about what he was talking about when he said you really need to worry about this. But I can assure you that that retired American ambassador to Africa, as Nick Kristof called him in his article, is also pissed off, and has every intention of ensuring that this story has legs.

And I think it does have legs. It may not have legs over the next two or three months, but when you see American casualties moving from one to five or to ten per day, and you see Tony Blair's government fall because in the U.K. it is a big story, there will be some ramifications, I think, here in the United States, so I hope that you will do everything you can to keep the pressure on. Because it is absolutely bogus for us to have gone to war the way we did. (first 2 minutes)

And what do you know, his wife is listed by name in his bio at "Who's Who In America" and apparently has been there since 1999.


And his wife's name is listed in his bio at the Iraq Forum

Read the rest, its damn interesting...

Monday, October 31, 2005

Perhaps the most obvious point on the Wilson/Plame Affair

From an editorial in the New York Sun;
If Ms. Plame didn't want her identity out, she shouldn't have gotten her husband a secret mission and then allowed him to wage a public campaign against the president's foreign policy. The leading prevaricator in this case is Mr. Wilson himself.

Under threat of perjury, Libby Indictment proves Joe Wilson is a liar

American Spectator reports that the Libby Indictment proves that Joe Wilson has been and continues to lie about his wife's role in his trip to Niger;
In order to claim that Libby had perjured himself and obstructed justice, the grand jury goes to great lengths to show how and when he had actually learned about the origin of Wilson's trip. To do so, they refer on page 4 of the indictment to a conversation between Libby and a "senior officer of the CIA" on June 11, 2003:

[Libby] was advised by the CIA officer that Wilson's wife worked at the CIA and was believed to be responsible for sending Wilson on the trip.

And again on page 12 of the indictment:

[Libby] was informed by a senior CIA officer that Wilson's wife was employed by the CIA and that the idea of sending him to Niger originated with her.

Of course anyone that has read the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence report, which leaves out the media, would have seen this;
The CPD reports officer told Committee staff that the former ambassador’s wife “offered up his name” and a memorandum to the Deputy Chief of the CPD on February 12,2002, from the former ambassador’s wife says, “my husband has good relations with both the PM [prime minister] and the former Minister of Mines (not to mention lots of French contacts), both of whom could possibly shed light on this sort of activitv.”

And there's more;
(U) On February 19,2002, CPD hosted a meeting with the former ambassador, intelligence analysts from both the CIA and INR, and several individuals fi-omthe DO’SAfrica and CPD divisions. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the merits of the former ambassador traveling to Niger. An INR analyst’s notes indicate that the meeting was “apparently convened by [the former ambassador’s] wife who had the idea to dispatch [him] to use his contacts to sort out the Iraq-Niger uranium issue.” The former ambassador’s wife told Committee staff that she only attended the meeting to introduce her husband and left after about three minutes.

"We don't like publicity. We operate in the background as much as possible."

Joe Wilson on "60 Minutes" October 30th

Alito

The fun begins, Chucky and Harry are not happy. Good!

From Chuck;
It is sad that the President felt he had to pick a nominee likely to divide America instead of choosing a nominee in the mold of Sandra Day O’Connor, who would unify us.

This controversial nominee, who would make the Court less diverse and far more conservative, will get very careful scrutiny from the Senate and from the American people.

From Harry;
"This is not one of the names I've suggested to the president," Reid said yesterday of Alito on CNN's "Late Edition."
"In fact, I've done the opposite," he said. "I think it would create a lot of problems."

Saturday, October 29, 2005

NYT stoops lower than ever...

Michelle Malkin covers a NY Times story on CPL. Jeffrey B. Starr who was killed in Iraq on April 30, 2005. The NYT reprinted portions of a letter found on his laptop that he wrote to his girlfriend. What is so disgusting is what they chose not to reproduce. Read about it here.

Friday, October 28, 2005

ABC News can't accept that its over...

ABC News has this Breaking News headline; SPECIAL COUNSEL PATRICK FITZGERALD SAYS CIA LEAK INVESTIGATION 'NOT OVER'

But in the short article you find this;
Oct 28, 2005 — WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The investigation into who leaked the name of a covert CIA agent is not over, even after Friday's indictment of White House official Lewis Libby, special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald said.

"Is the investigation finished? It's not over," Fitzgerald said at a news conference. "But … very rarely do you bring a charge in a case that's going to be tried in which you ever end a grand jury investigation. I can tell you that the substantial bulk of the work of this investigation is concluded."

Sounds like its over to me...

Breaking News: Libby Indicted, Bush still President, left finds nothing under Fitzmas tree

So believe it or not I have read the 22 page indictment of Scooter Libby, yes I actually did. The 5 counts Libby is charged with revolve around statements that Libby made to the grand jury related to New York Times reporter Judy Miller, Time magazine reporter Matt Cooper and Tim Russert of NBC News.

Basically, he told the grand jury that he told the reporters that he DID NOT KNOW Wilson's wife worked for the CIA when in fact he actually did tell the reporters that she worked for the CIA. It does not appear from the indictment that Libby ever used her name but rather referred to her has Wilson's wife. It does state that Libby discussed "Valerie Wilson" with a CIA briefer but not a reporter.

This indictment almost reads like a "he said, she said" between Libby and the reporters with Libby saying he didn't tell them and them saying he did. In the background materials it certainly appears as though Libby was lying and attempting to mislead the grand jury with these statement. But the original reason for this investigation was to discover who leaked the identity of a covert CIA operative and no where in this indictment does it state that Plame was such an agent. It appears Plame status was classified but not covert.

One question I have is it took 2 years to come up with this? It took two years determine there was no outing of a CIA undercover agent but rather one person, so far, has been charged with lying to a grand jury during the investigation.

UPDATE:In Fitzgeralds press conference he just asked about Valerie Plame's status, whether Libby had outed a covert agent or not and said that Libby was not charged with outing a covert agent, nor are they implying that she was covert. He said her status was classified, he did not say she was covert.

Bob Woodward reveals Joe Wilson is a liar on Larry King, Chris Dodd whines

Bob Woodward did what NO journalist has dared to do in 2 years, he spkoe the truth about Joe Wilson, much to the chagrin of Sen. Chris Dodd and Michael Isikoff.




Much to Senator Chris Dodd's consternation on Thursday's Larry King Live on CNN, Washington Post Assistant Managing Editor Bob Woodward, of Watergate fame, pointed out a fact rarely mentioned by the mainstream media -- that “most of the analysts at the CIA said that [Joseph] Wilson's findings, when he went to Niger, supported the conclusion that there was some deal with Iraq” for uranium. When Dodd started to counter Woodward, Woodward asserted that “Democrats and the Republicans all signed that report. That is a fact.” Woodward revealed that he had the report “in his pocket”and when King asked why, Woodward answered: "Yes I do because I knew I might be challenged." When King went to an ad break two minutes later, the camera pulled back to show everyone at the table. Woodward then slid forward across the table to Dodd what looked like a few 8-and-half-by-11 sheets of paper with a post-it on top. Dodd ignored it, but in the second before CNN went to black, Senator Lindsey Graham, sitting beside Dodd, picked them up.

Check it out at NewsBusters

AP can't make up their minds, good economy? bad economy?

From the AP today;
Consumer confidence dropped, home sales were down and the number of people who lost their jobs because of Hurricane Katrina climbed above the half-million mark.

The economy has been a baffling issue to Bush and his team. They have not figured out how to convince the public that the economy is doing as well as experts say. It's a hard sell when pension funds are going bankrupt, healt?are costs and gasoline prices are soaring and jobs are being shipped overseas.


But wait, this is from the AP today as well;
WASHINGTON (AP) - Economic activity expanded at an energetic 3.8 percent annual rate in the third quarter, providing vivid evidence of the economy's stamina even as it coped with the destructive forces of hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

New York smells good, and that could be bad!

Strong, Sweet Smell Reported in Manhattan

Thursday, October 27, 2005

The left celebrates!

Ever wonder why the left is so often portrayed as anti-American, Un-American or America haters? Here's why, from a "Celebration" of the 2000th military death in Iraq;

See more of the "happy shiny people" here.

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

"Crazy Eyes" adjusted

The USA Today has "corrected" the photo of Condi Rice with the following explanation;
Editor's note: The photo of Condoleezza Rice that originally accompanied this story was altered in a manner that did not meet USA TODAY's editorial standards. The photo has been replaced by a properly adjusted copy. Photos published online are routinely cropped for size and adjusted for brightness and sharpness to optimize their appearance. In this case, after sharpening the photo for clarity, the editor brightened a portion of Rice's face, giving her eyes an unnatural appearance. This resulted in a distortion of the original not in keeping with our editorial standards.

Bull!

To these crazy eyes there was nothing wrong with the photo before and the altered version only looks altered within the eyes with the brightness and contrast appearing the same everywhere else in the photo. Me thinks that USA Today got caught and came up with a lame excuse. One has to wonder if their editorial standards would have mattered if Michelle Malkin and other bloggers had not raised questions.

Giving credit where credit is due, first discovered by FromThePen

I hadn't noticed this...

Thanks to the AP for pointing out this totally meaningless fact that probably no one had noticed;

Astros roster has no black players

"Crazy Eyes"

Ever see someone that has crazy eyes like this, Michelle Malkin has.

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Just leave her there!

What an amazing idea!

A CINDY SHEEHAN THOUGHT [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
From an e-mail:
I understand from somewhere online that Cindy is planning on handcuffing herself to the fence at the White House. Instead of arresting her as she anticipates, what would happen if the White house Police just left her there handcuffed with the understanding that as long as she remained handcuffed she could stay. I understand the weather in Washington isn't all that nice this week. It would serve her right if she caught a nasty cold during her "protest"

Oink you !

You just CANNOT make this stuff up!
"Britain's top High Street banks have ruled the money-boxes are politically incorrect… And one of Britain's four Muslim MPs, Khalid Mahmoud, said: "A piggybank is just an ornament. Muslims would never be seriously offended."

The Koran forbids the eating of "the flesh of swine", and as a result, NatWest and Halifax have taken down promotional posters which feature piggy banks.

The Star helpfully explains: "Children will be encouraged to save their cash in bank-shaped money boxes instead."

Well said...

"The 2,000th Soldier, Sailor, Airman, or Marine that is killed in action is just as important as the first that died and will be just as important as the last to die in this war against terrorism and to ensure freedom for a people who have not known freedom in over two generations," Boylan wrote.


From an AP article.

Could'n't it have been as simple as....

You know, I am no journalist, nor a lawyer but couldn't Scooter Libby have been told by a reporter about Valerie Flame, and then mentioned it or asked Cheney about later on?? Maybe?
WASHINGTON, Oct. 24 - I. Lewis Libby Jr., Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff, first learned about the C.I.A. officer at the heart of the leak investigation in a conversation with Mr. Cheney weeks before her identity became public in 2003, lawyers involved in the case said Monday.

Notes of the previously undisclosed conversation between Mr. Libby and Mr. Cheney on June 12, 2003, appear to differ from Mr. Libby's testimony to a federal grand jury that he initially learned about the C.I.A. officer, Valerie Wilson, from journalists, the lawyers said.

The notes, taken by Mr. Libby during the conversation, for the first time place Mr. Cheney in the middle of an effort by the White House to learn about Ms. Wilson's husband, Joseph C. Wilson IV, who was questioning the administration's handling of intelligence about Iraq's nuclear program to justify the war.

Lawyers involved in the case, who described the notes to The New York Times, said they showed that Mr. Cheney knew that Ms. Wilson worked at the C.I.A. more than a month before her identity was made public and her undercover status was disclosed in a syndicated column by Robert D. Novak on July 14, 2003.

I mean, come on, am I the only one on the planet to have thought of that possibility? Well maybe I'm the other one who thought of it.
Also, I think it is completely possible and probably that Cheney told Libby of Valerie in June and Libby said “yeah, I heard that from the press already”.

"The Wilson/Plame Affair"

Over at Media Blog Steve Spruiell has started an effort to make the mainstream media tell the truth about Joe Wilson's lies about his Iraq/Uranium/Niger boondoggle engineered by his "covert operative" wife. You see Joe Wilson is a serial liar and of course that makes him a darling of the press. They can't seem to get enough of him and they continously report inaccurately on some important facts related to his "mission" to discredit the Bush Administration, sorry, I mean his fact finding mission on whether or not Iraq attempted to obtain uranium from Niger.

All to promote a movie?

George Clooney says that he considered suicide due to pain he was sufferring due to an injury he received while filming his new movie "Syriana"...
Despite the agony he was in, Clooney ruled out taking painkillers because there’s a history of addiction in his family, but the pain got so great, that he considered suicide. Clooney’s complaints were dismissed until spinal fluid started leaking from his nose. He has since had numerous operations.

Friday, October 21, 2005

South Park Evening News

South Park's season premiere roasted the mainstream media's coverage of Hurricane Katrina, very funny stuff, see a video excerpt here, some dialog is below;

Tom the anchorman: “Peril, crisis and fear tonight as what appears to be a massive flood has overtaken the town of Beaverton, Colorado, home of the world’s largest beaver dam. Earlier today, a break in the beaver dam which protected the town broke open, trapping people in their houses and destroying their lives.”

Mitch, the reporter: “Tom, I’m currently ten miles outside of Beaverton, unable to get inside the town proper. We do not have any reports of fatalities yet, but we believe that the death toll may be in the hundreds of millions. Beaverton has only a population of about 8,000, Tom, so this would be quite devastating.”

Tom: “Any word on how the survivors in the town are doing, Mitch?”

Mitch: “We’re not sure what’s exactly is going on inside the town of Beaverton, Tom, but we’re reporting that there’s looting, raping and, yes, even acts of cannibalism.”

Tom: “My God, you’ve actually seen people looting, raping and eating each other?!”

Mitch: “No, no we’ve haven’t actually seen it, Tom. We’re just reporting it.”

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Dry run, trial balloon, whatever...

So you don't think that ABC's new show "Commander in Chief" is a test case for Hillary 08?
… Bill Clinton's former national security adviser Sandy Berger and longtime Al Gore senior aide Ron Klain have joined other Clintonistas as advisers on "Commander in Chief," in which Geena Davis is President. Hillary operatives are watching the show's ratings as a barometer for how she might fare in '08. "So far, it's doing really well," a source tells The News' Ken Bazinet. …

Facts and Fiction on Katrina relief

Gateway Pundit has an excellent roundup of the facts and the fiction related to the relief and aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Wonder when the mainstream media will report on this? A few of the gems;
Fiction: The levee was blown up to destroy the black part of town. -Louis Farrakhan

Fact: While predominantly black (70%) New Orleans is able to be repopulated, the predominantly white (95%) St. Bernard Parish residents are coping with the virtual obliteration of their hometowns.

This accusation has been repeated by numerous individuals (See Al Sharpton, above).

"Actual funds for levee upgrades were diverted by the city and state to other projects." via Instapundit.

Fiction: "The real criminals drown our people (blacks) in New Orleans." Malik Zulu Shabazz, Million More Movement Rally, October 15, 2005.

Fact: Of the identified victims released to families from the makeshift morgue in St. Gabriel 44% are African American, 47% are Caucasion, 3% Hispanic, 8% Unknown.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

What do ya think now Harry?

I have felt all along that even though Sen. Harry Reid seemed to be in love with Harriet Miers he would ultimately vote "no" on her nomination. And now we have this;
(CBS/AP) Documents given to the Senate on Tuesday indicate that Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers once backed a constitutional amendment banning most abortions, except when necessary to save the life of the mother.


Harry? Still feeling the love?

Monday, October 17, 2005

BREAKING NEWS: Rove's Garage Revealed!

We need a dramatic reading of this article from Laura Ingraham;

Karl Rove's Garage Proves to Be Typical
Oct 17 2:24 PM US/Eastern

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE
Associated Press Writer

He is "the architect" who steered George W. Bush to victory four times, twice as Texas governor and twice as president.

But can Karl Rove organize his own garage? Can the master of Bush's political planning figure out where to put the ladders, paint cans and cardboard boxes?

Rove's wife, Darby, raised the white garage door one morning last week to show journalists outside the million-dollar brick home that the deputy chief of staff, assistant to the president and senior adviser wasn't home. All the interest came on the eve of his testimony Friday before a grand jury investigating who in the White House might have revealed the identity of a CIA operative.

There was no car in the garage. And the stuff left behind turned out not to be much different from what gathers dust inside most American garages.

The inventory, seen from outside:

_Some cardboard file boxes stacked one on top of the other, labeled "Box 6," "Box 4" and what appears to be "Box 7." No sign of boxes 1, 2, 3 and 5.

_What appear to be paint cans stacked alongside a folded, folding chair.

_A rather large wood crate marked "FRAGILE" and painted with arrows indicating which way is up. On top of the crate, two coolers.

_A tall aluminum ladder.

_A snow shovel leaned in front of another cardboard box.
_Wicker baskets inside of wicker baskets on top of a shelf running the length of the rear wall. Transparent plastic storage bins crammed with indiscernible stuff. Another cardboard box.

_In one corner, the rear wheel of a bicycle sticks out, along with what appears to be a helmet.

_Another ladder, this one green, leaning sideways.

Taking a page out of the Democrats play book...

Well what do ya know, election fraud being alleged by the losing side;
BAGHDAD, Iraq — Iraq's election commission announced Monday that officials were investigating "unusually high" numbers of "yes" votes in about a dozen provinces during Iraq's landmark referendum on a new constitution, raising questions about irregularities in the balloting.

Word of the review came as Sunni Arab (search) leaders repeated accusations of fraud after initial reports from the provinces suggested the constitution had passed. Among the Sunni allegations are that police took ballot boxes from heavily "no" districts, and that some "yes" areas had more votes than registered voters.

Change a few words and you could be reading Keith Olbermann's nightly monologue in the weeks after the 2004 US Election.

Why won't AP report what really happened?

The AP continues to refuse to report who actually rioted in Toledo, Ohio this past weekend. This passage from the latest AP report only mentions in passing who is responsible;
An angry mob, some of them gang members, threw baseball-sized rocks at police, vandalized vehicles and stores and set fire to a bar. More than 100 people were arrested and one officer was seriously injured.

What they don't mention is the idiotic, moronic white-supremacist group had obtained a legal permit for the march which consisted of 12 people. The rioters totaled close to 500 people. So what would have been a non-event by a insignificant group was turned into a "race-riot" even though no white supremacists participated or were arrested. Basically these people used the white supremacists as an excuse to destroy their own town. Good job!
Using a megaphone to make themselves heard over the shouts from the crowd, Mr. Ford and Mr. Bell tried to explain that the Nazis had left hours ago.

“I’ve sat here, and for the last couple of hours, we have tore up our own neighborhood ... The Nazis are gone,” Mr. Bell shouted.

“Why were they allowed to be here? That’s what I want to know,” screamed back one man.

Many members of the crowd yelled that the Nazis should never have been able to march in the first place.

Mayor Ford said he heard one person in the crowd say to him: “I ought to shoot you.”

Someone needs to explain that in this country there is something called free speech. So even if a group that has a warped philosophy like the National Socialist Movement they do have a right to say what they believe, like it or not. It's up to others that know better to act responsibly and not bring themselves down to their rivals level.

See Michelle Malkin for complete information on what really happened, links to the local Toledo newspapers are available with coverage that won't be found in any AP article.