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Saturday, December 29, 2007

Clinton, Giulliani, Huckabee and Obama make Judicial Watch's Top 10 List of Most Corrupt Politicians

Judicial Watch, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization published its list of "Washington’s 'Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians' for 2007". Included in the organization's list of ethically challenged noteables were Presidential Candidates, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY), former Governor Mike Huckabee (R-AR), former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R-NY) and Senator Barak Hussein Obama (D-Ill).

Mrs. Clinton made number one on the list of "Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians for 2007" due to her long and sordid ethics record according to the organization. The group cited the Junior Senator from New York for blocking release of her official White House records, casting suspicion that these records would yield a wealth of information about her role in various Clinton era scandals. Also mentioned were the Senator's repeated filing of false financial disclosure forms with the U.S. Senate.

Former Govenor of Arkansas Mike Huckabee was cited for 14 ethics complaints noted by the group including his use of campaign cash, his use of a non-profit entity to subsidize his income, his subsequent lawsuits against the state ethics commission along with his attempt to shut down the ethics investigative process in his state.

Former Mayor of New York City Rudy Giulliani made the group's list, after it was revealed that he billed various City of New York agencies for security and transportation while the Mayor was engaged in an extramarital affair with his then girlfriend, Judith Nathan who is now his wife. The city was charged for trips to the Hamptons along with the expense of providing a police vehicle and a city driver for Ms. Nathan.

Senator Barak Hussein Obama moved up from the Judicial Watch's "Dishonorable Mention" category last year to number eight on the group's "Ten Most Wanted" list for 2007 when it was discovered that after only two months in the Senate, Obama purchased $50,000 in speculative ventures whose major investors were among his biggest campaign contributors according to Judicial Watch. The report also claimed that a biotech concern benefited from legislation that the Junior Senator proposed only two weeks after purchasing $5,000 of the company's shares.

Other well known politicians that made the group's list were Senators Diane Feinstein (D-CA), Larry Craig (R-ID), Harry Reid (D-NV) and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).

Judicial Watch's full list can be seen here.

Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton's position as number one on the group's list comes as no surprise here. Scores of books, articles and opinion pieces along with hundreds of hours of air time have chronicled the Clinton's sundry pecadillos for years. As Hillary's handlers have said in response to various accusations about her chicanery and moral turpitude, "that's old news". It's a tactic that employs the usual Clinton camp bob and weave around questions regarding her lack of character and moral fiber. That canned response never answers the question but merely deflects it and swats it away as though it were a fly in hopes that it will go away or drop to the floor. As Peggy Noonan writes, the Clintons perfected a new method of scandal management that starts with "These are lies spread by a partisan conspiracy," proceeds to "That's old news," and ends a few years later, when detailed books come out, with "That's rehash for cash." This way, the Clinton's give themselves a pass and go on to their business as usual behind closed doors.

Is it any wonder that a journalist of Noonan's stature who has observed Hillary for years recently commented, Mrs. Clinton is the most dramatically polarizing, the most instinctively distrusted, political figure of my lifetime. Yes, I include Nixon.

The addition of Giulliani and Huckabee to the list is a bit of a stretch since both are not part of the Washington political class per se but only aspire to become D.C. politicians. Yet the entries of these men provides us with a glimpse into their character. Based on their past indiscretions, perhaps the inner workings of a (shudder the thought) Giulliani or (worse yet) Huckabee administration might morph from line items on a web site to headlines in future editions of the nation's newspapers and magazines if either of these gentlemen made their new residence at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Obama is new to the Washington establishment but appears to have learned quickly how business is done in the political arena. If you look at these and other politicos named in Judicial Watch's list, a pattern becomes obvious. Someone gains a position of decision-making power or influence in government through the help of others looking for favors, grants and contracts from the government. Once the person gains office he/she returns the favor by pushing for beneficial legislation for their sponsors or they garner earmarks for friends, relatives and cronies or secure government contracts to improve land adjoining their own private investment properties. The corrupt politician then builds up his/her own wealth at the expense of the very taxpayers they claim to represent! Those who helped the corrupt politician attain office get the benefit of their new found position. Those who didn't help are ignored and those who opposed them earn their wrath.

In a perfect world this would be called influence peddling. Politicians who claim to represent the little guy and "stand up to the big bad corporate interests" are playing a game of political soap opera for us the unwashed masses while the old media provide them with a stage. They use all the buzz words their focus groups say will resonate with their audience. They have a standard sales pitch approved by their sponsors. They put that sales pitch to use while they're on the campaign trail. Unscrupulous politicians align themselves with companies and industries that are friendly to their cause with the understanding that the candidate will return the favor or look favorably upon the business ventures of the supporter in the future once the candidate is in office. The fact that such politicians villanize one group of businesses and cannonize another is merely a function of the team they have chosen to play on. In debating the differences between such candidates you and I may as well engage in useless arguements as to which is a better car, Chevy or Ford or who's the better football league, AFL or NFL.

Glenn Beck may be onto something when he said the political class have been very successful in dividing the nation ideologically between Democrat and Republican, left and right, ethnic group against ethnic group, one man's religion against another. We need to wake up. We need to recognize that we are first Americans who are committed to the safety, prestige and prosperity of the nation and take note of the fact that nations and peoples around the world aspire to attain the freedoms, comforts and standard of living we take for granted in the USA. These freedoms we have were not granted by any man but given by God. This election let's pray that the person who attains the highest office in the land is worthy of the supreme trust our people will place in the new occupant of the oval office. Let's pray that person will serve the people of the United States out of a love of God and country, devoted to carry out the responsibilities that office with integrity and honor.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Benazir Bhutto Assassinated in Rawalpindi, Pakistan

Former Pakistani Prime Minister, Benazir Bhutto was assassinated by a man who crowded near the two time Prime Minister in the garrison town of Rawalpindi this morning. Ms. Bhutto had just finished addressing a large crowd of supporters and was exiting the rally at Rawalpindi's Liaqat Bagh Park. As Ms. Bhutto was leaving the Park by the rear gate onto Murree road, she was shot twice in the neck and chest by an assailant. The gunman subsequently blew himself up killing nearly a score bystanders after committing the assault.

This craven, cowardly and dastardly act was claimed to have been committed by al Qaeda in Afghanistan. Mustafa Abu al-Yazid, the terror group's commander in neighboring Afghanistan claimed in an interview with a reporter that the attack was ordered back in October by Ayman al Zawahri the number two leader of the infamous terror group in that country.

This outrageous action will make Pakistan's process of moving toward a true democracy more difficult while opposition groups aligned against President Pervez Musharraf try and field a viable candidate to stand against the ruling government in the parliamentary elections slated for January 8th of 2008.

World leaders universally condemmed the assassination and President Musharraf promissed to hunt down and bring the perpetrators of this crime to justice.

Ms. Bhutto was a patriot to her country and despite previous troubles with allegations of pernicious corruption of her administration during her tenure as Prime Minister of Pakistan she truly was a brave woman who felt called to lead her people out of the threat of radical Islamic terrorism. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and loved ones as well as those of the innocent people who died as a result of this barbarous, despicable and indefensible act.

One can only hope that the country will proceed with the scheduled parliamentary elections on January 8th as promised by Musharraf. The successful implementation of the country's upcoming vote will sound the death knell of al Qaeda and their allies in Asia.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

A Late Wish for a Merry Christmas

The first Christmas: Luke 2:1-20

1 And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2 This census first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria. 3 So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city.4 Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, 5 to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child. 6 So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered. 7 And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. 8 Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. 10 Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. 11 For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.” 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: 14 “ Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”15 So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, “Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16 And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger. 17 Now when they had seen Him, they made widely known the saying which was told them concerning this Child. 18 And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds. 19 But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them.

Friday, November 23, 2007

Laura Ingraham pwns Sunsara Taylor

Marxist Sunsara Taylor of "The World Can't Wait" employs the standard Bolshevic tactic of flooding the segment with bumper sticker statements like; torture, war criminal, US troops commit war crimes in our name, crimes against humanity. Sunsara can't answer one single question as she resorts to trying to talk over Laura Ingram on the program. Laura Ingraham totally punks Sunsara Taylor who can't get one glove on Ingraham while Ingraham takes on the role of the grown-up and Taylor the role of spoiled child. The Leftists' method of not dealing with reality and responding instead with squaling when presented with real questions and cold hard facts is a tactic they borrow from petulant two-year-olds throwing a temper tantrum whenever their parents tell them it's time for a nap. Crazy Leftists and America-haters perform this sixties-protest-era tactic to shout down those who don't share their dream of a world-wide Socialist Police State. It's time to get back in their faces like Laura did in this segment and refuse to tolerate any longer their disruption of events on US campuses. Peaceful protest is one thing, agitation to the point of attacking conservative speakers and groups or government agents because they take a stand for defense of the United States proves that you are on the side of the terrorists. These sixties-era hold-outs use threats and intimidation to shut down those opposed to their dream of a world-wide Communist State. Nice to see Laura highlight how this person's foolish and ultimately self-destructive behavior stands in stark contrast with adults taking on the roles of defending our nation and liberating others like Iraq and Afghanistan.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving

In 1863 President Abraham Lincoln appointed the fourth Thursday in November as a national day of Thanksgiving. Beginning with the first successful Autumn harvest by Pilgrims to the American continent who ventured forth to escape religious persecution in Europe, those who hold this day dear, have looked back on that time and reflected on the meaning of the celebration enjoyed by Pilgrims and Native Americans in that harvest time so many years ago.

Edward Winslow of Plymouth Colony writing in Mourt's Relation penned the following about the first Thanksgiving feast, "our harvest being gotten in, our governor sent four men on fowling, that so we might after a special manner rejoice together, after we had gathered the fruits of our labors; they four in one day killed as much fowl, as with a little help beside, served the Company almost a week, at which time amongst other Recreations, we exercised our Arms, many of the Indians coming amongst us, and amongst the rest their greatest king Massasoit, with some ninety men, whom for three days we entertained and feasted, and they went out and killed five Deer, which they brought to the Plantation and bestowed on our Governor, and upon the Captain and others. And although it be not always so plentiful, as it was at this time with us, yet by the goodness of God, we are so far from want, that we often wish you partakers of our plenty."

Individual colonies and later states would also commemorate that time until President George Washington proclaimed the first National Day of Thanksgiving in 1789. Part of his proclamation reads:

Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor; and Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me to "recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:"

Now, therefore, I do recommend and assign Thursday, the 26th day of November next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favorable interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed; for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enable to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and, in general, for all the great and various favors which He has been pleased to confer upon us.

Seventy-four years later on October 3rd 1863 President Lincoln issued a proclamation designating the fourth Thursday in November as a time of national Thanksgiving and prayer. While the nation was still in the throws of a violent civil war that at times saw possible intervention by European powers, yet invasion by foreign states was averted and except for the regions where the battles raged, the nation prospered in all things and its population was booming. Lincoln recognized that this phenomenon was not due to human brilliance on his part but by divine graciousness on God's part. Lincoln noted the following in his 1863 proclamation:

Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defence, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle or the ship; the axe has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consiousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom. No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens.

Our nation is blessed with greatness not because of the result of our human strength or brilliance but because of the pursuit of God by the early settlers and their desire to live as free men. These deeply held convictions carried over into the belief that all men are created equal in the sight of their Creator and that rights are bestowed upon men by God and not by governments as evidenced in the framework of our Constitution.

My prayer this Thanksgiving is that we continue on the path established by the earliest settlers who found the freedom to excercise their faith in the new land and discovered fellowship with the native people that world. May we in like manner seek after, acknowledge and glorify God in everything that we do and while seeking fellowship with all we encounter, may we never betray the faith and core values that have brought us such bountiful blessing today.

Have a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving!

The rest of his George Washington's Thanksgiving proclamation can be viewed here.

Abraham Lincoln's proclamation is available here.

Information about Thanksgiving is available here, here and here.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Veteran Tribute

Thank you to all the Veterans who have served our country and defended our Freedom from the birth of the Republic to the present day.

Monday, November 05, 2007

NY Times on the Perils of Petrocacy

Good article on Chavez and his vision of a "Bolivarian" Socialist State. Tina Rosenberg provides a glimpse into the mind and manner of the red-shirted Socialist: Chávez is a prophet in search of disciples. He seeks to present Venezuela as a more moral world power, uniting Latin America and poor countries everywhere in a socialist alliance. He has invented a new kind of socialism, which he calls Bolivarian socialism, named for the independence hero Simón Bolívar: a little Marx, a little Jesus, a little anti-imperialism and a lot of the whim of Hugo Chávez, dedicated to the "comprehensive, humanist, endogenous and socialist development of the nation." His is a gospel greased by oil, which is financing his transformation of Venezuela. Chávez is a genius of a politician: charming, folksy, flirtatious. I first met him in New York in 1999, the year he became president. I sat next to him at an interview, very pregnant. He embraced me - "But you should come have the baby in Venezuela!" he enthused.

She also writes about the reality of a government controlled oil company, nationalization brought the government less money and less control. When Venezuela's oil was still in private hands, the government collected 80 cents of every dollar of oil exported. With nationalization the figure dropped, and by the early 1990s, the government was collecting roughly half that amount.

The article is available here.

There is nothing new under the sun. One person sells the poor and uneducated on his vision for a Socialist Valhala here on earth. He gets into a position of power by insurrection or plebisite and begins to consolidate his power so that none of his ambitions remain unchecked. He incorporates everything under his rule; the army, the police, the judiciary, education, the media and corporations so that eventually nothing happens in his country without his consent. He becomes a total and complete dictator and creates for himself a cult of personality. His high-sounding ideals become the bait for the trap he sets to ensnare his fellow countrymen into slavery.

Saturday, November 03, 2007

Venezuelans Protest Latest Chavez Power Grab

From the AP: Led by university students, protesters chanted "Freedom! Freedom!" and warned that 69 amendments drafted by the Chavista-dominated National Assembly would violate civil liberties and derail democracy.

The sounds you hear of crickets chirping are the major media's response to this latest assault on freedom by Chavista Numero Uno, Hugo Chavez. Known by his friends in the Communist Dictators Vario as "Raton".

Tens of thousands of ordinary Venezuelans turned out to protest Chavez's latest "Constitutional Reforms" that would allow him to run for re-election for life! The AP reports the, amendments would give the government control over the Central Bank, create new types of cooperative property, allow authorities to detain citizens without charge during a state of emergency and extend presidential terms from six to seven years while allowing Chavez to run again in 2012.

To take effect, the reforms must be approved by voters in a Dec. 2 referendum. Lawmakers are expected to give final approval to the amendments on Friday during a special congressional session.

Since the "lawmakers" referenced in the article are hand-picked appointees of Raton there can be no doubt that they would be rubberstamped by such a farcical legislative body.

The article continues by giving Jimmy Carter's endorsee's point of view on the controversy, He (Chavez) and his supporters say the changes will help move the country toward socialism, while giving neighborhood-based assemblies more decision-making power in using government funds for local projects like paving streets and building public housing.

Sure, like setting up little neighborhood-based informers who will denounce their neighbors to authorities for not being Socialist enough in supporting Chavez's next five year plan. Or deny their college aged children entrance into important Universities or jobs because of "thought crimes" against Big Brother.

Sean Penn Defends Hugo Chavez

Ever reliable little leftist Sean Penn defends Venezuelan Presidente for Life Hugo Chavez on Letterman's show. Penn claims that the crazy little dictator is doing what he does for the benefit of "80%" of the country's people. Sure he is. I guess the pictures we're seeing over the wire of students being shot and firehosed by Chavez's goons for protesting his latest assaults on Venezuelan freedom represent only 20% of the population. Just a few agitators. Penn discounts reports of Chavez's shutting down the country's main opposition TV station by claiming the station was calling for assasination of the portly little despot. Penn is running media interference for his Red shirted running buddy. Nothing to see here folks. Move along.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Edwards in cat fight with UNC Journalism coed

The New York Times picks up the story of the Breck girl's campaign to silence UNC Journalism student Carla Babb. John Edwards campaign is upset over a student journalist's video entry for an MTV award.

The Times writes that Ms. Babb, posted the report on YouTube as an entry to a video contest sponsored by MTV, giving the report the potential for national viewing. Ms. Babb had initially approached the Edwards campaign to interview a student working as an intern at its headquarters, but the piece changed focus after the initial request, taking a closer look at the location of Mr. Edwards’s campaign headquarters in Chapel Hill, in light of its poverty message, which had been a subject of a column in the university newspaper, The Daily Tar Heel.

Edwards apparently didn't want to get nailed with yet another charge of hyprocrisy after those stories came out about his 28,000 square foot home, the $400 haircuts, the swanky job with the Hedge fund to "learn about poverty" not to mention having two bloggers working for his campaign blaspheming the Son of God and mocking the faith of Catholics in print. In reaction to the vile comments made by the bloggers and the vociferous protest that followed Edwards said, "We're beginning a great debate about the future of our country, and we can't let it be hijacked,". I guess it's OK for his campaign to hijacked by anti-Christian bigots.

Captain Ed weighs in on the latest episode of John Edwards stepping in it.

This demonstrates why Edwards won't win any election, ever. His team shows its inexperience and its heavy-handedness at almost every turn. They have no idea how they come across, and that lack of self-analysis comes right from the very top. Edwards wants to pose himself as the champion of the downtrodden and the equalizer who will bring economic balance -- while building himself a 28,000-square-foot mansion that could house hundreds. He's a poseur, an affectation looking for substance, and when that gets exposed, his campaign attempts to censor those who point it out.

Edwards Places Campaign Headquarters in NC

Drudge links to this video captioned, "Edwards' Campaign Demands Student Journalist Yank Story From YouTube". Why is "man-of-the-people-I-was-a-poor-boy-now-I'm-a-pretty-boy" Edwards have to fear in a student journalism piece about where he chose to locate his campaign headquarters? Is Edwards so insecure about people perceiving him as a hypocrite that he wants to shut down the free speech rights of College Students? The video presents both sides of the story and isn't a "hit piece" or anything like it. For a bona fide agenda driven story trying to pass as impartial journalism, please reference crazy Keith Olbermann or aspiring Marxist Chris Matthews.

12 Stones - Broken

Friday Night Music. 12 Stones are a great power band hailing from Mandeville, LA. Listening to a Marshall stack pushing a mountain of hot guitar riffs over the sound waves doesn't hurt my genteel rock 'n roll sensibilities one little bit.

Friday, October 26, 2007

In time for Halloween - Profile of Code Pink Lunatic

Sweetness and Light has photos and a link from YouTube up on the flipped out straitjacket case that attacked the Secretary of State the other day. Video and still photos of Dr. Rice's encounter with the nutball appear here.

A profile on the sicko is available here. The scary part is that this psycho was a school teacher at one time. Can you imagine leaving your kids in that care of this creature? "You got a D on your test! A DEEEEEEEEeeeeeeeeeeee!"

In the article she's described as someone who "strongly supports the troops" and then goes on to proclaim, “Our troops are committing atrocities." From one side of her mouth she says she supports our men and women fighting terrorists and from the other side she accuses them of unspeakable horrors. That's the zany, madcap, upside down world of Code Pinko.

Code Pinkos try to intimidate Condi Rice

A Code Pink hag assaults Secretary of State Condeleza Rice as she arrives to testify before the House Foreign Relations Committee on October 24th. How Ms. Rice's security detail allowed this mental case to get within 10 feet of her I hope will be the subject of review by those responsible for the Secretary's physical safety. The screeching, frantic harridan that threatened Dr. Rice was quickly dispatched by members of the Diplomatic Security Service. Police later mopped up the hearing room of other Code Pink lunatics dispersed among the crowd. Thank God this old trout was not armed! Does anyone in the House chamber do a security sweep for goons with red paint splattered on their hands or wearing ridiculous pink colored rags and other ersatz clothing at an event designated for grownups? Between bouts of baying at the moon, the sociopaths at Code Pink love to crow (literally) about how they are "freedom fighters". Yep, they do their level best to fight freedom!

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Michael Yon: Message from Iraq

Michael Yon is one of the premier citizen-journalists covering the War in Iraq today. Michael has been likened to Ernie Pyle, the Pulitzer Prize winning columnist who covered the battles of World War II from the ordinary soldiers point of view. Michael's experience as a former soldier and photographer and prolific writer have served him well as he writes about the good, the bad and the ugly aspects of the War being fought in Iraq.

His recent post, "Resistance is futile: You will be (mis)informed." is a clarion call for the West to wake up to the necessity of winning this War against terrorism and recognize that the steady diet of bad news they are getting from Iraq does not reflect the reality of the situation that exists in that land.

Some of the most poingient oberservations he makes in the article cover the differences between what we are told by the mainstream press and Hollywood elitists about what is happening in Iraq versus the day-to-day life and struggle for self-determination that the Iraqi people engage in on a 24/7 basis.

Michael tells of, the bizarro-world contrast between what most Americans seem to think is happening in Iraq versus what is really happening in Iraq. Knowing this disconnect exists and experiencing it directly are two separate matters. It’s like the difference between holding the remote control during the telecast of a volcanic eruption on some distant island (and then flipping the channel), versus running for survival from a wretch of molten lava that just engulfed your car.

Today I am in Iraq, back in a war of such strategic consequence that it will affect generations yet unborn—whether or not they want it to. Hiding under the covers will not work, because whether it is good news or bad, whether it is true or untrue, once information is widely circulated, it has such formidable inertia that public opinion seems impervious to the corrective balm of simple and clear facts.

I wasn’t back in Iraq three days before this critical disconnect rocketed up from the ground and whacked me in the face. There I was with British soldiers, preparing for a mission with a duration of more than ten days in the southern province of al Basra, when someone asked me about the media reports alleging that Basra city had collapsed into violent chaos. Not wishing to trust solely to my own eyes and ears, I asked around and was able to quickly confirm what I’d already noted: conditions in this region had improved dramatically in the months since my previous embed with the Brits.

Read the whole thing here and pass the word around.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Louisiana takes a new direction

Louisiana voters chose U.S. Representative Bobby Jindal to be their new governor in what had been a highly contested election. After the Hurricane Katrina fiasco Governor Kathleen Blanco had decided against running for a second term as the head of the Pelican State.

Bobby Jindal ran on a platform of fighting corruption in government and battling those "feeding at the public trough". Oxford-educated Mr. Jindal is the son of Indian immigrants and becomes the first nonwhite to hold office in the state since the days of Reconstruction.

The A.P. carries the story here.

I wish governor-elect Jindal much success in his new office.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Rep. Pete Stark (D-CA) Outrageous Remarks on House Floor

Sixteen term Democrat Congressman Pete Stark-Raving-Mad, representing East Bay Area communities from Alameda to Fremont, California engages in a little Soviet propaganda from the Halcyon days of the KGB. "The fish rots from the head" said the wonks of the infamous secret police agency as they waged ideological warfare against the West by manufacturing heinous slanders about American Presidents. This weeks political theatre was no different. Ostensibly the debate was about "saving the children" by taking a program meant to provide healthcare for poor needy children and distending it out of all proportion to finally morph into a fat middle-class entitlement program for "kids" up to 25 years old with parents "scrimping by" on only $83,000 a year. This latest stunt was a ploy to drive private health insurers out of business and create a national health care system through the back door. The Congressman used the opportunity on the House Floor to slander his enemy, the President of the United States. Anyone awake in the East Bay? This nut needs to be sent home by the voters! Instead of addressing grown-ups in Congress he needs to sit quietly in his therapy class making paper airplanes.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Back in the Game

Haven't posted in awhile. I have to admit I've been overwhelmed by speed and intensity of the news coming over the wire as of late.

After my post on Friday September 28th I've been simply floored by statements made by politicians, decisions handed down by the courts, laws enacted by legislatures and coverage given by the media. I've been astounded as to how modern day leftists have so closely and effectively adhered to the goals and talking points of the Communist Party of the Nineteen Sixties.

It's been truly amazing to see just how successful they have been in attaining their goals.

Nikita Khrushchev would be proud of them.

Mao Tse-Tung would blush from their cohesion into American life.

Josef Stalin would call them kindred.

Vladimir Lenin would see them as his progeny.

Karl Marx would proclaim, "Look what I have wrought!"

No longer cast into the same dowdy mold of the Communists of a bygone era, today's Neocommunists run the gauntlet from the hygenically challenged "Peace Activits" terrorizing Universities and citizenry to the carefully coiffured members of the smart set.

The diversity they display on the outsife belies the Marxist orthodoxy they adhere to on the inside. They are not patriots at all but enthusiastic internationalists which explains their tepid reaction to issues of concern for the life and saftey of the Republic. Their allegiance is not red, white and blue but bright ruby red. James Lewis, writing in The American Thinker offers an insightful article here on the evidence for Neocommunism.

Since they have so carefully and faithfully followed the 45 Goals of the Communist Party of the 1960's, in future posts I will make a point of highlighting which of the stated goals of the CP is exemplified by the news coming out of the wire today.

God preserve and defend the U.S.A.

Saturday, September 29, 2007

MoveOn threatens legal action against T-Shirt vendor

After smearing four star General David Petraeus in a deep-discounted full page ad in the New York Times (Management had apparently give them the family discount) George Soros funded MoveOn has threatened legal action against online T-Shirt vendor CafePress. Claiming that T-Shirts, mugs, notebooks and other paraphenalia parodying the group violate the its trademark MoveOn issued a "Ceast and Desist" letter to CafePress in an attempt to scare the vendor into compliance.

Unfortunately for MoveOn, trademark infringement laws cover instances where a merchant attempts to deceive customers into buying his products by copying his competitors logo, packaging and name. Trademark infringement laws DO NOT apply to parody and free speech. By taking this action MoveOn's legal thugs are trying to shut down the free speech rights of a T-Shirt vendor because they don't like his message and hope to bully him into submission. While MoveOn stuffs fat gluttonous mouthfulls of the right to free speech into its porcine maw, at times pushing it to the frontiers of libel and slander as in the case of its full page New York Times ad, portraying General Petraeus as General BetrayUS, yet MoveOn is so thin-skinned that it can't take the ribbing of a simple online T-Shirt vendor and threatens legal action when its image is deservedly besmirched.

The caption emblazoned on T-Shirts, Mugs, Notebooks and other assorted knick-knacks that MoveOn finds so objectionable that it calls out its legal dogs reads, "General Petraeus has done more for this country than MoveOn.org." can be viewed at Michelle Malkin's Blog which has done a very fine dust up of the raving moonbat org's latest rant here.

Blue Crab Boulevard has more on the story here called MoveOn.suppress while PajamasMedia provides some background titled, All The Propaganda That's Fit To Print.

The knick-knacks that provided the latest spark of contention are viewable here. Get some for your friends.

Friday, September 28, 2007

45 Goals of The Communist Party

This was read aloud on the Glenn Beck Program back on March 16th of 2007. Back in the 1950's and 60's the Communists knew they could never take America by force of arms. Instead, the Reds developed a long term plan to take over the United States with the goal of turning it into a Socialist Police State! Radio talker Chuck Morse posted these goals online for his listeners on Friday, May 9, 2003

Read the following and see if the stated goals of the Communists have been accomplished in the U.S.A. we see today. One of the most chilling goals of the Communists was number 15, Capture one or both of the political parties in the U.S. Based on the talking points of politicians and various "progressive" advocates you see on today's talking head programs I'd say they've successfully taken over the Democratic Party. They have also succeeded with point 20, Infiltrate the press. Get control of book review assignments, editorial writing, policy-making positions.

Time for big time wake up call on the part of the American public!

45 Goals of The Communist Party

On Jan. 10, 1963, Congressman Albert S. Herlong Jr. of Florida read a list of 45 Communist goals into the Congressional Record. The list was derived from researcher Cleon Skousen’s book “The Naked Communist.” These principles are well worth revisiting today in order to gain insights into the thinking and strategies of much of our so-called liberal elite.

1. U.S. should accept coexistence as the only alternative to atomic war.

2. U.S. should be willing to capitulate in preference to engaging in atomic war. These encapsulate the Kennan Doctrine, which advocated for the "containment" of communism. Establishment figures supporting the amoral containment policy at least implicitly worked with the communists in scaring the wits out of the American people concerning atomic war. President Ronald Reagan undid the doctrine when he took an aggressive stand against the Evil Empire by backing freedom fighters from around the world that were struggling against the left-wing communist jackboot. As a result, the Soviet Union and its satellites imploded, a considerable and unexpected setback to the international communist edifice.

3. Develop the illusion that total disarmament by the U.S. would be a demonstration of "moral strength." The nuclear freeze advocates supported a freeze on American nuclear development only. Rarely were Soviet nukes or those of other nations mentioned in their self-righteous tirades. The same advocates now call for reducing American military might, claiming that there is something immoral about America preserving its military pre-eminence in the world.

4. Permit free trade between all nations regardless of Communist affiliation and regardless of whether or not items could be used for war. Today, there are calls to end the embargo on the slave island of Cuba, there were complaints about the embargo against Iraq, and the U.S., not Saddam Hussein, was blamed for the suffering of the Iraqi people. Would they have advocated for free trade with Hitler and his National Socialist regime?

5. Extend long-term loans to Russia and Soviet satellites.

6. Provide American aid to all nations regardless of Communist domination. Such aid and trade over decades contributed greatly to the left-wing communist liquidation of over 100 million people worldwide, according to the well-documented "Black Book of Communism." This aid and trade marks a shameful chapter in American history. Without the aid and trade, the left-wing international communist behemoth would have imploded on its own rot a lot sooner and umpteen millions would have been saved from poverty, misery, starvation and death.

7. Grant recognition of Red China and admission of Red China to the U.N. Not only did President Jimmy Carter fulfill this goal but he also betrayed America’s allies in Nicaragua, El Salvador, Iran, Afghanistan, Angola and elsewhere.

8. Set up East and West Germany as separate states in spite of Khrushchev's promise in 1955 to settle the Germany question by free elections under supervision of the U.N.

9. Prolong the conferences to ban atomic tests because the U.S. has agreed to suspend tests as long as negotiations are in progress.

10. Allow all Soviet satellites individual representation in the U.N.

11. Promote the U.N. as the only hope for mankind. If its charter is rewritten, demand that it be set up as a one-world government with its own independent armed forces. There are still American intellectuals, and elected members of Congress, who dream of an eventual one world government and who view the U.N., founded by communists such as Alger Hiss, the first secretary-general, as the instrument to bring this about. World government was also the dream of Adolf Hitler and J.V. Stalin. World government was the dream of Osama bin Laden and the 9/11 hijackers.

12. Resist any attempt to outlaw the Communist Party.

13. Do away with loyalty oaths.

14. Continue giving Russia access to the U.S. Patent Office. While the idea of banning any political party runs contrary to notions of American freedom and liberty, notions that are the exact opposite of those held by the left-wing communists themselves, nevertheless these goals sought to undermine the constitutional obligation of Congress to investigate subversion. The weakening of our government’s ability to conduct such investigations led to the attack of 9/11. It is entirely proper and appropriate for our government to expect employees, paid by the American taxpayer, to take an oath of loyalty.

15. Capture one or both of the political parties in the U.S. In his book "Reagan’s War," Peter Schweizer demonstrates the astonishing degree to which communists and communist sympathizers have penetrated the Democratic Party. In his book, Schweizer writes about the presidential election of 1979.

16. Use technical decisions of the courts to weaken basic American institutions, by claiming their activities violate civil rights. This strategy goes back to the founding of the American Civil Liberties Union by Fabian Socialists Roger Baldwin and John Dewey and Communists William Z. Foster and Elizabeth Gurley Flynn among others.

17. Get control of the schools. Use them as transmission belts for Socialism and current Communist propaganda. Soften the curriculum. Get control of teachers associations. Put the party line in textbooks.

18. Gain control of all student newspapers.

19. Use student riots to foment public protests against programs or organizations that are under Communist attack. The success of these goals, from a communist perspective, is obvious. Is there any doubt this is so?

20. Infiltrate the press. Get control of book review assignments, editorial writing, policy-making positions.

21. Gain control of key positions in radio, TV & motion pictures.

22. Continue discrediting American culture by degrading all form of artistic expression. An American Communist cell was told to "eliminate all good sculpture from parks and buildings," substituting shapeless, awkward and meaningless forms.

23. Control art critics and directors of art museums. " Our plan is to promote ugliness, repulsive, meaningless art."

24.Eliminate all laws governing obscenity by calling them "censorship" and a violation of free speech and free press.

25. Break down cultural standards of morality by promoting pornography and obscenity in books, magazines, motion pictures, radio and TV.

26. Present homosexuality, degeneracy and promiscuity as "normal, natural and healthy." This is the Gramscian agenda of the "long march through the institutions" spelled out explicitly: gradual takeover of the "means of communication" and then using those vehicles to debauch the culture and weaken the will of the individual to resist. Today those few who still have the courage to advocate public morality are denounced and viciously attacked. Most Americans are entirely unwitting regarding the motives behind this agenda.

27. Infiltrate the churches and replace revealed religion with "social" religion. Discredit the Bible and emphasize the need for intellectual maturity, which does not need a "religious crutch." This has been largely accomplished through the communist infiltration of the National Council of Churches, Conservative and Reform Judaism, and the Catholic seminaries.

28. Eliminate prayer or any phase of religious expression in the schools on the grounds that it violates the principle of "separation of church and state" Replacing belief in the creator with belief in the earthly man-controlled State.

29. Discredit the American Constitution by calling it inadequate, old fashioned, out of step with modern needs, a hindrance to cooperation between nations on a worldwide basis. And replace our nation of "laws, not men" with royal decree emanating from appointed judges and executive orders. Replace elected officials with bureaucrats.

30. Discredit the American founding fathers. Present them as selfish aristocrats who had no concern for the "common man."

31. Belittle all forms of American culture and discourage the teaching of American history on the ground that it was only a minor part of "the big picture." Give more emphasis to Russian history since the Communists took over. Obliterating the American past, with its antecedents in principles of freedom, liberty and private ownership is a major goal of the communists then and now.

32. Support any socialist movement to give centralized control over any part of the culture – education, social agencies, welfare programs, mental health clinics, etc. Public ownership of the means of production, the core principle of totalitarianism.

33. Eliminate all laws or procedures which interfere with the operation of the Communist apparatus.

34. Eliminate the House Committee on Un-American Activities.

35. Discredit and eventually dismantle the FBI.

36. Infiltrate and gain control of more unions.

37. Infiltrate and gain control of big business. Turn America into a socialist police state.

38. Transfer some of the powers of arrest from the police to social agencies. Treat all behavioral problems as psychiatric disorders which no one but psychiatrists can understand or treat. The Soviets used to send "social misfits" and those deemed "politically incorrect" to massive mental institutions called gulags. The Red Chinese call them lao gai. Hitler called them concentration camps.

39. Dominate the psychiatric profession and use mental health laws as a means of gaining coercive control over those who oppose communist goals. Psychiatry remains a bulwark of the communist agenda of fostering self-criticism and docility.

40. Discredit the family as an institution. Encourage promiscuity and easy divorce. Done! The sovereign family is the single most powerful obstacle to authoritarian control.

41. Emphasize the need to raise children away from the negative influence of parents. Attribute prejudices, mental blocks and retarding of children to suppressive influence of parents. Outcome-based education, values clarification or whatever they’re calling it this year. (Hillary's book - "It Takes a Village")

42. Create the impression that violence and insurrection are legitimate aspects of the American tradition; that students and special interest groups should rise up and make a "united force" to solve economic, political or social problems. This describes the dialectical fostering of group consciousness and conflict, which furthers the interests of authoritarianism.

43. Overthrow all colonial governments before native populations are ready for self-government. The results of this successful campaign are increasingly obvious in the world today.

44. Internationalize the Panama Canal.

45. Repeal the Connally Reservation so the U.S. cannot prevent the World Court from seizing jurisdiction over domestic problems. Give the World Court jurisdiction over domestic problems. Give the World Court jurisdiction over nations and individuals alike.

A link for more information about the threats posed by Communism and Socialism to American Freedom and Liberty can be found here.

A link to Chuck Morse's web site can be found here.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Columbia rolled out red carpet for Hitler ambassador in 1933

Yesterday is today with Columbia University Dean John Coatsworth's defense of the red carpet rollout for Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. This week's events are not new in the anals of Columbia University says David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies director Dr. Rafael Medoff. In 1933 the University located in the city of New York invited Nazi Germany’s ambassador to the United States, Hans Luther, to speak on campus. The University also hosted a reception for the ambassador of Nazi Germany by invitation of then Columbia president Nicholas Murray Butler.

Dr. Medoff indicates that the administration of Columbia and other like-minded American centers for higher learning were quite taken by the government of "the new Germany" under Adolf Hitler. Medoff writes that the Nazi ambassador, "represented 'the government of a friendly people,'......He was 'entitled to be received ... with the greatest courtesy and respect.' Ambassador Luther's speech focused on what he characterized as Hitler's peaceful intentions. Students who criticized the Luther invitation were derided as 'ill-mannered children' by the director of Columbia’s Institute of Arts and Sciences."

An outspoken student leader who dared question the presence of the Nazi ambassador on campus was promptly dispatched by the jack boot of politically motivated expulsion from the University.

Medoff relates the following narrative complete with the familiar memes we hear today from Univeristy liberals;

"Academic relationships have no political implications," President Butler claimed. Many Columbia students and faculty members disagreed. More than one thousand of them, including Nobel Laureate Harold Urey and world-renowned anthropologist Franz Boas, signed a petition opposing the decision to participate in Heidelberg. The student newspaper, The Spectator, also opposed it. Students held a "Mock Heidelberg Festival" on campus, complete with a bonfire and mock book burning. "Butler Diddles While the Books Burn," their signs proclaimed.

That was followed by a student rally in front of Butler's mansion. Butler was furious that a leader of the rally, Robert Burke, "delivered a speech in which he referred to the President [Butler] disrespectfully." As punishment, Burke was expelled from Columbia. He was never readmitted, even though he had excellent grades and had been elected president of his class, and even though Columbia’s own attorney later acknowledged that “the evidence that Burke himself used bad language is slight.”

This is how liberal academia deals with viewpoints that deviate from their own foolish presuppositions. The air of respecting divergent points-of-view so they may be scrupulously examined quickly dissipates once the criticism is leveled at their own folly.

While eventually repudiating his enthusiasm to publically speak out against the Nazis in the late 1930's (Probably around the time Hitler was invading Poland) Butler was unable to undo the damage he had done by legitimizing Hitler's new Germany by feting its ambassador on campus years earlier.

Dr. Medoff's article appears here.

It is said those who refuse to learn the lessons of history are destined to repeat its mistakes. I wonder if they teach that at Columbia?

Columbia University Dean would invite Hitler to speak.

Columbia University's Dean John Coatsworth says that if Hitler were around he'd certainly invite him to Columbia University for some "vigorous debate and questioning" by University students and faculty. Oh, I'll bet that will change the murderous ambitions of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad! As if subjecting him to the tedious bloviations of academic gasbagery would accomplish anything! The fundamental flaw of liberalism is that it refuses to acknowledge the existence of evil. In their view Hitler or his current successor the President of Iran can simply be "reasoned with" and debated to the point where the tyrant will see the error of his ways through a combination of the liberal's enlightment and superior intellect. Their overinflated egos won't allow them to see that they are being played for fools by heinous fiends like Ahmadinejad. By hosting such a villan in this manner, they actually bestow upon Ahmadinejad a thin mantle of legitimacy on the world stage. A better generation knew that the way to defeat Hitler, Mussolini and the Japanese militarists was by roundly defeating them not by pandering to their need for acclaim.

REMIX: Can't Tase This!

Remix of UF student Andrew Meyer's "don't tase me bro'" rant. Can't touch this!

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Meyer's farcical political theater reminds me of another "activist" that was around during King Arthur's time. -- "Now we see the violence inherent in the system! -- Help! Help, I'm being repressed! -- Did you see him repressing me?"

UF Student tells Police "You didn't do anything wrong"

OCALA.com has a post up from the Gainsville Sun citing an incident report given by Police detailing events surrounding the Tasering of Andrew Meyer, the University of Florida journalism student. Meyer who disrupted Senator John Kerry's campus forum on Monday told University Police, "You didn't do anything wrong" according to the report.

Police say that Meyer remained quiet as he was escorted downstairs from the auditorium by officers but began screaming and yelling whenever he saw cameras present. The report is written from the perspective of eight different officers who were present on Monday afternoon when Meyer was arrested for disrupting a campus forum with the junior Senator from Massachussetts and for struggling with Police.

Arresting officer Nicole Mallo wrote that Meyer would resist Police only when cameras were present. Officer Malo who rode in the Police cruiser with Meyer on the way to his booking reported that Meyer said, "I am not mad at you guys, you didn't do anything wrong, you were just trying to do your job". In her report Mallo writes that at one point Meyer asked if cameras would be present at the jail.

One more opportunity for Meyer to appear on YouTube I suppose.

The article along with accompanying video appear here.

University of Florida Student Tazed and Confused

The student who disrupted Senator John Kerry's forum at the University of Florida and made a show of being "oppressed by the system" turns out to be Andrew Meyer, described as a University of Florida columnist. "What! Are you going to taser me? Are you going to arrest me?!” screams Meyer as he taunts Police officers into trying to do something to stop his self-serving, ranting political theater. Meyer is barely able to contain a smile as he is able to grab the attention of the horrified crowd and Police who are called in to subdue him.

Before yesterday’s kerfuffle, being disruptive at public events was apparently nothing new to Meyer. He says in “The New Forum” that he finds himself angry enough to rain "fire and brimstone on an unsuspecting politician or celebrity." From the video it looks like he’s snared an unsuspecting politician from Massachussetts named John Kerry in his latest bit of schtick.

Meyer appears to be in full form at this event where he successfully disrupts the forum held on his campus before cameras yesterday in a video that is circulating around the globe. Relating an event from his past in, "A True Story by Andrew Meyer" he brags about how he, "pissed off Ken Griffey, Jr." in a baseball game between the Florida Marlins and the Cincinnati Reds. He writes, "you have to know this about me: I am huge Marlins fan, and a born heckler. My purpose in life is to badger, jeer, and cajole professional athletes. I have angered two other All-Star baseball players, Bobby Abreu and Odalis Perez, on separate occasions. I have booed singers that mess up the national anthem. Heck, I’ll even heckle other hecklers if I don’t care for their stuff.” He goes on to describe in detail how his antics annoyed not only Reds star batter Ken Griffey Jr. but other patrons sitting in the seats around him. Unfortunately for him and other Marlin fans, his antics had the effect of driving the Reds to a 9-7 win over the Marlins in that game.

I’d say that even today he’s able to “dis” a former athlete and celebrity by pushing O.J. off of the front page of most media this week.

You can send your admiring email to funnyman Andrew Meyer at FamousWriterMan@aol.com

University of Florida student Tasered at Kerry forum

A moonbat student disrupts Senator John Kerry's forum held at the University of Florida. The student makes quite a show of "the oppression inherent in the system" by his unrestrained antics. "What! Are you going to taser me? Are you going to arrest me?!” screams the student as he goads Police who attempt to move him away from a microphone. In a bit of political theater he makes a big show of being "oppressed by the man" while the cameras are rolling. You can see a smile come across his face as he realizes how his actions grab the spotlight away from the forum and onto him.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

The Gauntlet

Denizens of the multi-streamed Moronic convergences known as ANSWER, MoveOn, CodePink, and other losers run the gauntlet of the Gathering of Eagles in D.C. yesterday. It looks like there were a whole lot more Eagles than Chickens as noted by the media. Mainstream-media estimates were 100,000 Chickens and only 1,000 Eagles. People at the scene estimate the Poultry count at under 10,000. The Eagles number quite a bit more than 1,000 as evidenced in this video taken yesterday. I like one guy's chant directed at the hygenically-challenged neuvo hippies; "Commies out of D.C. end the occupation!"

Friday, September 14, 2007

Freedom's Watch - Move On

"The enemy within" is the most glowing term that can be used to describe MoveOn. Good news for America is BAD NEWS for MoveOn and other assorted dregs of society.

Anti-americanism in Danish television

Would you like a little anti-americanism to go with that morning danish? Danish TV host Jens Blauenfeldt remarked in recents comments about September 11th observed that his initial reaction to the carnage displayed on TV of the September 11th attacks was, "Hey? That's the Americans! They are getting whacked. That serves them right!" -- Excuse me but can you recall a time when anyone in our media no matter how twisted reacted with such smug self-satisfaction when viewing attacks carried out by crazed Islamic extremists on the hapless citizens of any country? -- Didn't think so.

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Fred's in the Race

Former U.S. Senator from Tennessee and Film Actor Fred Thompson announced his candidacy for President of the United States to thunderous applause on "The Tonight Show" with Jay Leno last night. Addressing questions that he had waited too long to announce his candidacy Thompson said, "People treat politicians sort of like the dentist -- they don't have anything to do with them till they have to," replied the candidate.

An official announcement video by the former Senator is available at www.Fred08.com. Known for his folksy Southern manner Thompson will kick-off his campaign in Iowa and follow-up with visits to New Hampshire, South Carolina and Florida.

Saturday, September 01, 2007

Judge blocks Government crackdown on illegals

U.S. District Court Judge Maxine Chesney issued a temporary restraining order preventing the Social Security Adminstration from issuing "no match" letters to employers whose employees names do not match numbers entered into the agency's database. The ruling came two days after a coalition of labor and immigrant rights groups sued the Social Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security claiming the policy would harm legal U.S. residents and law-abiding businesses according to reports.

The plaintiffs allege that of the 17.8 million datbase discrepancies found in a 2006 report by the Social Security Administration's office of the Inspector General, more than 70% involved native-born U.S. citizens. The plaintiffs argued that the SSA's database is fraught with clerical errors complicated by name changes and different naming conventions such as the use of multiple surnames as are common in both Asain and Hispanic families.

Attorneys for the Department of Homeland Security were disappointed by the Judge's ruling but remain hopeful. Spokeswoman for DHS Laura Keehner told the AP, "We are disappointed by the delay and expect to prevail once the court has the benefit of full briefings and arguments." In a related development, attorneys for the Department of Homeland Security are scheduled to appear before District Judge Charles Breyer on October 1st to argue against a request for a permanent injunction that would prohibit the implemention of the "no-match" program. According to the AP "no-match" notices were to have been sent out as early as Tuesday to 140,000 employers with at least 10 workers whose names and Social Security numbers do not match entries in the administration's database.

While Judge Chesney did not rule out the merits of the case she wrote that arguments raised by the plaintiffs, "raised serious questions as to whether the new Department of Homeland Security rule is inconsistent with statute." She added, "The balance of harms tips sharply in favor of a stay based on plaintiffs' showing that they and their members would suffer irreparable harm if the rule is implemented"

If the objections raised by the plaintiffs in this case turn out to be true it only means that the SSA and DHS need to refine their methodolgy not scuttle the entire program as the open borders crowd would like.

It will be interesting to see how this story develops in the coming weeks. Both Judge Chesney and Breyer were appointed to their posts by former President William Jefferson Clinton. Given the sort of predictable, knee-jerk reaction liberal rulings that other Clinton appointees have rendered in the past, we may be in for a tour of the appelate court system before this entire matter is adequately resolved.

The AP posts their article here and the L.A. Times here on the ruling.

Friday, August 31, 2007

Hillary Clinton caught in a new fundraising scandal

Good round up of the latest fundraising scandal to rock the Clinton campaign. Mr. Hsu has since surrendered to authorities in San Mateo, California. It will be very interesting to see what bits of information will be coming forth from Mr. Hsu in the weeks ahead.

Another Clinton Fundraiser is a fugitive from Justice

Abdul Rehman Jinnah a Pakistani immigrant who gained notoriety among Democratic circles by hosting elaborate fundraisers for Hillary Rodham Clinton and other Party luminaries fled the country back in March of this year. Mr. Jinnah's fundraising methods gained the attention of authorities after it was revealed that he reimbursed friends, business associates and their relatives for impressive contributions made to Democratic candidates. Mr. Jinnah fled the country after investigators were able to issue an indictment against him accusing the businessman of providing over $50,000 in illegal contributions to Democratic committees.

The L.A. Times published an article on Jinnah's fundraising exploits on behalf of Mrs. Clinton in a March 3rd posting on their website. The article is no longer available on their website but is referenced here and here by Sweetness & Light and Rantburg.

The article cites contributions made to Senators Hillary Rodham Clinton, Barbara Boxer, and Mrs. Clinton's political action committee, HillPAC.

Here is a recent photo of Mr. Jinnah.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Major Clinton Fundraiser a Fugitive from Justice

The L.A. Times reports today that major Democratic Party fundraiser and Hillary Clinton supporter Norman Hsu is wanted by authorities. Mr. Hsu's name appeared in an article yesterday in the Wall Street Journal. Mr. Hsu failed to surrender to authorities after agreeing to serve up to three years in prison following convictions for grand theft swindling according to the Times.

Mr. Hsu has kept busy over the years funneling hundreds of thousands of dollars into the campaigns of Democratic Party candidates such as Mrs. Clinton, John Kerry, Edward Kennedy Joe Biden, Dianne Feinstein and Barak Obama.

Mr. Hsu's attorney when contacted by the L.A. Times had no recollection of his client being involved in a criminal case or required to serve any jail time.

Regarding Mr. Hsu Ronald Smetana of the California attorney general's office told the Times, "He is a fugitive, do you know where he is?"

The Times carries the story here and Captains Quarters has a post up on Hsu here.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Clinton gets impressive contributions from unlikely source

The Wall Street Journal reports today that Presidential hopeful Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton has received $45,000 from a family of six sharing an 1,800 square foot home in Daly City, California and situated under the flight path of San Francisco International Airport.

The Journal reports that its unclear how the Paw family who owns the house is able to afford such political largesse.

William Paw, the 64-year-old head of the household, is a mail carrier with the U.S. Postal Service who earns about $49,000 a year, according to a union representative. Alice Paw, also 64, is a homemaker. The couple's grown children have jobs ranging from account manager at a software company to "attendance liaison" at a local public high school. One is listed on campaign records as an executive at a mutual fund.

The Paws' political donations closely track donations made by Norman Hsu, a wealthy New York businessman in the apparel industry who once listed the Paw home as his address, according to public records. Mr. Hsu is one of the top fund-raisers for Mrs. Clinton's presidential campaign. He has hosted or co-hosted some of her most prominent money-raising events.

Read the whole thing here.

Monday, August 27, 2007

Nouri al-Maliki hits back at Senate Dems

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki struck back at Senate Dems Senators Hillary Clinton and Carl Levin. Levin is the chairman of the Senate Armed Services. Both Senators have called for the removal of the Iraqi Prime Minister because of ongoing violence and political deadlock in Iraq.

Senators Clinton and Levin are apparently under the impression that al-Maliki is the Viceroy of some far-flung American colony. The al-Maliki is the head of a sovereign state and does not serve at the whim of Senate Democrats. The Prime Minister said as much when he shot back, "There are American officials who consider Iraq as if it were one of their villages, for example Hillary Clinton and Carl Levin. I like the Village analogy. Obviously a swipe at Hillary's "It takes a Village" tome. Nice try Prime Minister but fat chance that the Dems will ever come to their senses on anything including Iraq.

If the Dems and select Pubs pawning the honor of their office for a few favorable nods from the mainstream media want to look for political deadlock, they need look no further than the hallowed halls of the US Congress that enjoys a whopping 18% job approval rating from the American public.

AP News carries the story here.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

President Bush compares Iraq War to Vietnam

Long overdue response to the anti-war crowd's claim that "our presence in Iraq" is the cause of trouble in the region. The President quotes liberal Democrat and Bill Clinton mentor, Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas who said of the Vietnamese people "What earthly difference does it make to nomadic tribes or uneducated subsistence farmers in Vietnam or Cambodia or Laos whether they have a military dictator or a socialist commissar?" How's that for look into the dark heart of free thinking, "progressive", liberalism? As Bush once said when challenged at a summit by a couple of European bureaucrats that the problem with the world is the US goes into too many places and our presence brings instability to places that would otherwise have peace and harmony, "I looked at him right in the eye and I said the American people and the United States government are the solution. We are not the problem."

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Coulter on Edwards

Columnist Ann Coulter reacts to Democrat Presidential hopeful John Edwards calling her a "she-devil". Coulter says, "I would never call him a she-devil, though I might call him a she."

Monday, August 20, 2007

Ernie Kovacs (live kinescope)

Some levity from the golden age of television. Ernie Kovacs and the Nairobi Trio.

The Little Nash Rambler

And now for a change of pace, this song is a timeless classic. Just like the little car in the picture.

Activist for Illegal Immigration Deported to Mexico

Elvira Arellano, a Mexican citizen working illegally in the United States was arrested yesterday after speaking to reporters outside Our Lady Queen of Angels church in Los Angeles. Ms. Arellano gained notoriety last year as the woman who found sanctuary from authorities inside a South Chicago church. Arellano has an eight year old son who is a U.S. citizen and had sought to publicize the plight of illegals who have children in the United States. Arellano had decided to travel to Los Angeles before attending a rally and prayer meeting in Washington D.C. to petition the government for immigration reform.

Arellano arrest was based on a deportation order issued by a federal immigration judge back in 1997. During an afternoon press conference Arellano's son Saul hid behind the wife of the Rev. Walter Coleman, pastor of Adalberto United Methodist, the Chicago church that had granted sanctuary to Arellano. Mrs. Coleman is the legal guardian of Arellano's son.

Arellano had entered the U.S. illegally in 1997 when she was apprehended in Washington state and deported back to Mexico. In 2000 she again entered the United States this time to work in Illionois where she was employed cleaning airplanes at O'Hare International Airport. In 2002 Ms. Arellano was arrested at O'Hare for working under a false Social Security number. She was to have appeared before authorities last August when she decided instead to seek sanctuary inside Adalberto United Methodist in Chicago.

Arellano states in this quote from AP, "From the time I took sanctuary the possibility has existed that they arrest me in the place and time they want," she said in Spanish. "I only have two choices. I either go to my country, Mexico, or stay and keep fighting. I decided to stay and fight."

Nice. She decides to ignore our laws by sneaking into the country and then fight for her "right" to break our laws by remaining in the country even after a federal judge has ordered her deportation back to her country of origin.

It's hard to know where to begin with this story. The woman definitely has chuztpah (Yiddish for unbelievable gall; insolence; audacity). I can understand the woman's desire to be with her son but she instead uses him as a prop to try and legitimize her illegal activity. If she really wanted to be with her son she can do that by taking him with her to Mexico where she will not have to seek the misguided hospitality of strangers in order to avoid the consequences of breaking the law. Ms. Arellano is mad because the authorities didn't go along with her plan to use her son as an anchor baby. So instead of taking her son with her where she will be able to watch over and care for him she chooses instead to use him as a prop in her bit of political theatre. Ms. Arellano wants to be able to break our immigration laws at will and be able to continue living and working in the United States without consequence.

Ms. Arellano's activities and motivations remind me of another mother who uses her son as a prop and a backdrop for her political mischief. The AP carries the story here and CBS2 in L.A. carries it here.

Arellano's deportation was long overdue.

Friday, August 10, 2007

New York Police Follow-up on Dirty Bomb Alert

Captain Quarters reports on the City of New York's precautions following a threat to explode a dirty bomb in the vicinity of 34th Street in Manhattan yesterday evening. The area in question is the location of Macy's Department Store, the Empire State Building and and Madison Square Garden. One Jerusalem says that several bridges and tunnels are being scrutinized after information was picked up from an Israeli site that monitors jihadist sites that someone will try and bring a bomb into Mid-Town Manhattan.

The Fox News 5 posts a notice from the NYPD here about the threat and adds that that threat is "unverified".

The Debka File which monitors events in the middle east picked up an increase in electronic chatter on August 8th. The threat warned of attacks by terrorists driving trucks containing radioactive bombs into New York, Los Angeles and Miami. The Debka file carries the story here. The message exchanges took place over al Qaeda's internal Internet sites after a long silence on these subjects notes the article.

This threat comes on the heals of two odious articles recently published on the East Coast. Friday Stu Bykofsky writing in the Philadelphia Daily News wrote that to save America we need another 9/11. The writer outlines how the nation is divided in its support for the Bush Administration's policies in prosecuting the war on terror and states that the event that would unite us together again would be another 9/11 attack. I'm sorry Stu but to quote your article today "What kind of a sick bastard would write such a thing?"

What America needs today Stu is revival and reconciliation squared. Revival and reconciliation with God and revival and reconciliation with each other other as fellow Americans. The nation does not need another destructive event to restore our "singular purpose to prevail" in this war against terrorism.

Not to be outdone from the Big Apple comes Steven Levitt to pose the question "If You Were a Terrorist, How Would You Attack?" Writing in Wednesday's debut of his "Freakonomics" blog cradled within the pages of (where else?) The New York Times Mr. Levitt brain-storms about different ways to stike the most terror in the hearts of the hapless Gotham citizenry as though he were participating in a focus group for a new video game. I suppose First Prize for the best entry is a one year subscription to The New York Times, Second Prize is a two year subscription. Freakonomics indeed Mr. Levitt.

The nation is not in need of another catastrophic event visiting death and destruction upon us as Mr. Bykofsky proscribes neither is it in need of the sophomoric academic postulates posed by Mr. Levitt as to whether the war on terror constitutes an actual threat to our existence and serves instead as an amusing little parlor game.

The threat is real enough.

"Progressive" Caught Sponsoring Race-Baiting Web Site

Captain Ed exposes a "Progressive" sposoring a bogus web site for Republican Presidential hopeful Fred Thompson. Henry Reynolds who Captain Ed identifies as an Attorney working in Santa Monica, CA is listed as the Registrant for http://www.imwithfred2008.com/. The the site was obviously set up to confuse Thompson supporters with the candidate's real site http://www.imwithfred.com/.

The bogus site at first featured a banner welcoming people to the Ku Klux Klan with a title that read, "Bringing a Message of Hope and Deliverance to White Christian America!" and featured links to various race-hating web sites. The Captain then posed the question why would someone sponsor a hate site like this and try and link Fred Thompson with it? He researched on-line political donation records of Henry Reynolds and found contributions to MoveOn.org here and John Kerry for President here. Captain Ed provides another link to the FEC Electronic Filing Report Retrieval web site that purportedly shows a $500.00 contribution to DNC Services however that link does not appear to be working at this time.

After the Captain exposed this bit of Tom-Foolery he reports the bogus web site went through a variety of permutations, from KKK hate site to the John Edwards campaign site to deviant sex and now to a Wikipedia entry for Fredric Jameson literary critic and Marxist political theorist. Perhaps this is Henry Reynolds hero. I'd link to the site but I'm afraid of what might pop up next!

Mr. Reynolds has gone through a number of further contortions on the web after the discovery of his on-line subterfuge. Ed writes:

Apparently, we got Henry Reynolds' attention. He has had GoDaddy change the domain registration information to list the owner as DomainsbyProxy of Scottsdale, AZ. Too bad I decided to cache the domain registration here earlier, as well as the website.

To show that all denizens of the left are not equated with Henry Reynolds Ed cites the Middle Earth Journal that writes in "When Henry Met Stupid", there is more information to be gathered before anyone can be absolutely sure of what's going on here. I mean, it's certainly possible that Henry is actually a gay member of the KKK with a life partner named Fred who will celebrate their anniversary in 2008, but somehow it seems to lack the ring of truth.

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Leahy demands NSA documents from White House

Patrick Leahy (D-Vt), Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committe demanded internal documents on the NSA warrantless eavesdropping program yesterday. Senator Leahy has set an August 20th deadline for the White House to comply with his latest demand. It's not clear as to why the Committee Chairman is pursuing the White House for internal documents over a surveillance program that has already been approved by the House in a 227-183 vote which followed the Senate's approval on Friday of last week. The Bill is now on its way to be signed by into law by President Bush.

Although this law will expire in six months unless an extension is approved by Congress it's hard to imagine that a majority of Senators and Congressmen will want to stand before their constituants during the upcoming 2008 election cycle and say, "I voted against NSA wiretaps" if it turns out the the program is responsible for the apprehension of suspects plotting a follow-up 9/11-style attack on American soil.

So why is Leahy, so interested in these internal memos that he is willing to risk yet another confrontation with the White House over the extent of his supoena power? Leahy is not completely nuts and he must know that he will get another letter from the White House like the one he received on August 1st that looks like this.

The President can continue to rest on executive privilege from now until the cows come home and Leahy's baseless claims are as useful as swinging his purse around in the wind.

The White House at this point can respond to Leahy's interminable requests for more and more documents with form letters that include the phrase:

The President's actions today are consistent with his previous assertion of executive
privilege over similar subpoenas for documents and testimony in this matter, for the
reasons set forth in detail in my letters of August 8, 2007, June 28, 2007 and July 9, 2007 to Chairman Leahy and Congressman Conyers.


Methinks the Senator is on a fishing expedition and trying to use bluff and blunder to extract as much information as he can from the White House for purely partisan political reasons. What legitimate purpose does it serve to demand internal documents from the White House for a program whose continuation has been approved by both houses of Congress and is on its way to a Presidential signature? Does the Leahy now want to insert a new talking point for Dem candidates, "Bush misled us into the NSA"? I suggest the Senator use his upcoming August recess time angling in the rivers and streams of Vermont instead of trolling the waters of the Potomac.

The Politico and Guardian provide background here and here.

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Government to Crack Down on Illegal Immigrants

The New York Times has an article up on its newly de-firewalled website announcing plans by the Department of Homeland Security to require employers to fire employees who use falsified Social Security numbers.

For years employers and the government have largely ignored so-called "no-match letters" notices that Social Security numbers provided by employees do not match entries made into the system. Now employers will have 14 days to remediate errors after receiving a no-match letter from the government. The employer will be expected to check for clerical errors or consult with the employee for any mistakes. If these mistakes are corrected and the proper documents filed within the 14 day period the employer will avoid government penalties.

From the New York Times:

The new rules codify an uneasy partnership between the Department of Homeland Security, which enforces the immigration laws, and the Social Security Administration, which collects identity information from W-2 tax forms of about 250 million workers each year, including immigrants and Americans, so it can credit the earnings in its system.

Mark Hinkle, a spokesman for Social Security, said the agency expected to send out about 140,000 no-match letters to employers this year, covering more than eight million workers. After the rules are announced, the agency is anticipating a surge in requests from employers seeking to clarify workers’ information, he said.

I'm sorry the government waited so long (decades) to announce this crackdown on employers who hire illegal aliens. Families of illegals living in the United States today have come to expect that working in the United States is a right! The reason illegal immigration has ballooned to the level we have today is due to employers who hire them! Many of these employers see undocumented immigrants as a ready source of cheap labor. Since these folks are here illegally they can be easily intimidated. And there are some unscrupulous employers who calculate the amount they would normally withhold in FICA and Medicare payments for the employee and never forward those withholdings to the Federal government.

Employers who knowingly hire illegal aliens are not heroes.

The usual suspects are making noises about challenging this soon-to-be announced ruling in court.

From the article:

Immigrants rights groups and labor unions, including the A.F.L.-C.I.O, predicted the rules would result in discrimination against Hispanic workers. They said they were preparing legal challenges to try to stop them from taking effect.

I like that "Immigrants rights groups" moniker, should read "illegal immigrants presumed rights groups" who feed off of the misfortune of these folks.

Also from the article:

“The enforcement is only on the immigration side,” Ana Avendaño, associate general counsel for the A.F.L.-C.I.O, said today. “They don’t do any labor inspection. So they are just giving employers another tool to repress workers’ rights.”

Even large companies that do not hire many low-skilled immigrants would also be affected by the rules, lawyers said. “It’s going to be a big change for almost every company,” said Cynthia J. Lange, an immigration lawyer in California.

“If this is strictly enforced, there could be massive layoffs of workers,” said Muzaffar Chishti, a director of the Migration Policy Institute, a non-partisan research group. But he said that illegal immigrant workers might not leave the labor force, but would apply for jobs at other businesses using the same invalid documents. He predicted the market for forged documents would grow.

Excuse me but I don't think people who have just been fired because of their phony Social Security card are going to be in the market for a new and improved phony Social Security card.

Expect a fight but it had to come down to this one day.