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Archive for 9 June 2008
Now, I’d really like to know why no one has made an issue of this? I thought Barack Hussein Obama has said he was against “earmarks”, also known as PORK! I haven’t hear a word about it, and if weren’t for Bloviating Zeppelin, I probably wouldn’t know a thing about it now.
Swiped from My Two Sense…..(even if it is a lib blog )
I found this one at Dakota Voice….
I’m not sure if I should put that one in my 2008 category, or this one from The Smallest Minority…..
Six of one, half dozen of the other…. What do y’all think?
The Tennessee Department of Correction says the state’s oldest and longest-serving death row inmate has died of natural causes.
Spokeswoman Dorinda Carter said 68-year-old Richard Austin was found dead in his cell Sunday at the DeBerry Special Needs Facility in Nashville. He spent 30 years on death row.
Austin was sentenced to death in 1978 after a conviction in Shelby County of accessory before the fact to murder.
Austin was found to have hired a fugitive from prison to kill undercover policeman Julian Watkins. Watkins was investigating illegal gambling operations at the Golden Cue, a Memphis establishment that Austin owned.
Austin was the first person sentenced to die under Tennessee’s current death penalty law, which was enacted in 1977.
…..from Gawfer! Heh.
“Mere condemnation or distancing from the acts of the perpetrators of Islamophobia will not resolve the issue, as long as they remain free to carry on with their campaign of incitement and provocation on the plea of freedom of expression,” OIC Secretary General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu said, in a speech at a conference in Kuala Lumpur.
Ihsanoglu appreciated those Western governments which slammed a blasphemous and anti-Islamic film produced by a Danish lawmaker, Geert Wilders, which sparked strong protests by Muslims.
The movie, Fitna, portrays the Holy Qur’an as a book which inspires terrorism.
The OIC head also urged the media to reject “proponents of hatred totally,” citing other incidents such as the republishing in Denmark of cartoons considered an insult to the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), AP said.
When you yahoos stop condoning the violence, or at least speak out against it once in a while, I might take you seriously. Until then……
How many, on the left AND right, will pay attention to the WHOLE report?
But dive into Rockefeller’s report, in search of where exactly President Bush lied about what his intelligence agencies were telling him about the threat posed by Saddam Hussein, and you may be surprised by what you find.
On Iraq’s nuclear weapons program? The president’s statements “were generally substantiated by intelligence community estimates.”
On biological weapons, production capability and those infamous mobile laboratories? The president’s statements “were substantiated by intelligence information.”
On chemical weapons, then? “Substantiated by intelligence information.”
On weapons of mass destruction overall (a separate section of the intelligence committee report)? “Generally substantiated by intelligence information.” Delivery vehicles such as ballistic missiles? “Generally substantiated by available intelligence.” Unmanned aerial vehicles that could be used to deliver WMDs? “Generally substantiated by intelligence information.”
But statements regarding Iraq’s support for terrorist groups other than al-Qaeda “were substantiated by intelligence information.” Statements that Iraq provided safe haven for Abu Musab al-Zarqawi and other terrorists with ties to al-Qaeda “were substantiated by the intelligence assessments,”“were substantiated by intelligence information.” The report is left to complain about “implications” and statements that “left the impression” that those contacts led to substantive Iraqi cooperation. and statements regarding Iraq’s contacts with al-Qaeda
After all, it was not Bush, but Rockefeller, who said in October 2002: “There has been some debate over how ‘imminent’ a threat Iraq poses. I do believe Iraq poses an imminent threat. I also believe after September 11, that question is increasingly outdated. . . . To insist on further evidence could put some of our fellow Americans at risk. Can we afford to take that chance? I do not think we can.”
Rockefeller was reminded of that statement by the committee’s vice chairman, Sen. Christopher S. Bond (R-Mo.), who with three other Republican senators filed a minority dissent that includes many other such statements from Democratic senators who had access to the intelligence reports that Bush read. The dissenters assert that they were cut out of the report’s preparation, allowing for a great deal of skewing and partisanship, but that even so, “the reports essentially validate what we have been saying all along: that policymakers’ statements were substantiated by the intelligence.”
But the phony “Bush lied” story line distracts from the biggest prewar failure: the fact that so much of the intelligence upon which Bush and Rockefeller and everyone else relied turned out to be tragically, catastrophically wrong.
Since we’ve gone into Iraq, many of our brave soldiers have died. Do not trivialize their deaths by continuing the push of the “Bush lied” BS. I’m not a big Bush supporter. He’s not even in the list of my top 100 favorite people right now, but give the man some credit for using the SAME intelligence reports that all those shouting the loudest about the “lies” read, which included Bill Clinton, the left’s almost favorite president. At least Bush did SOMETHING. Clinton did NOTHING. And if B. Hussein sits in the Oval Office, you can pretty much guaran-damn-tee there will be NO “line drawn in the sand”. A serving of tea and crumpets will be his answer.
H/T: ‘Okie’ on the Lam
Can a Conservative Support Obama?
Over at TNR, Bruce Bartlett takes an interesting look at “Obamacons” — a group which actually includes Milton Friedman’s son …
There is a case to be made for conservatives to not support John McCain. I don’t agree with that argument — but it is a legitimate one. There’s also an argument to be made for libertarian-leaning conservatives to support Bob Barr.
However, any “conservative” who legitimately supports Obama for president has, as far as I’m concerned, disqualified himself as a conservative. Nobody who truly takes the concepts of free enterprize, the right to life, or strong national security seriously, would entertain such a thought.
These so-called conservatives are really folks who value eloquence over substance — or who are caught up in the “cult of youth”.
Dear Lord in Heaven! If there is even one single person who calls themselves a conservative on the Hussein bandwagon, get the nets and the straitjacket! That lying sack of manure is going to need it!
…..on the back of OUR necks!
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on Sunday urged Colombian rebels to lay down their weapons, unilaterally free dozens of hostages and end a decades-long armed struggle.
Chavez sent the uncharacteristic message to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, saying their ongoing efforts to overthrow Colombia’s democratically elected government were unjustified.
What? Are they not sending him money anymore?
Among those sentenced to jail was Abdel Karim al-Khaywani, editor of opposition newspaper al-Shura, who was found carrying images of the fighting in Saada and statements from the rebels.
Khaywani was sentenced to six years but, like all 14 of the convicts, is appealing the verdict.
I wasn’t aware that journalists were actually “rebels”. I was under the impression they report what they see and hear, and give that information to the people. (See more on this here.) Although, in the U.S. we get more opinion, than factual news.
The tricky politics of immigration, an issue once seen as a driving force of the 2008 election, have relegated it to a back but hot burner in the presidential campaign debate and paralyzed Congress on the topic.
Both John McCain and Barack Obama support giving legal status to millions of illegal immigrants, a position that strategists see as crucial to winning over Hispanics. But Republican and Democratic candidates are also wary of alienating white conservatives and blacks who oppose granting legal status or benefits to people who broke the law to come to the U.S.
Excuse me, but ‘the tricky politics of immigration’? No, that’s NOT the issue. It’s ILLEGAL ALIENS that are the issue. I honestly wish those pork barreled pukes would get it straight!
Sen. Edward M. Kennedy was expected to be released from the hospital Monday a week after undergoing an aggressive and delicate surgery to treat a cancerous brain tumor, his son said.
Rep. Patrick Kennedy, D-R.I., told The Providence Journal in Rhode Island that his father would be released Monday from Duke University Medical Center and would head to his home in Hyannis Port on Cape Cod. The newspaper said Patrick Kennedy made his comments at the Rhode Island Democratic Convention on Sunday.
I don’t suppose ol’ Teddy would do the nation a HUGE favor, and retire now, would he? sigh….
Denver’s secularists wanting freedom from religion have taken over one corner in the public square to make the point.
They’ve emblazoned a billboard six blocks from the state Capitol with the message, inscribed over faux stained glass, “Imagine No Religion.”
Gracious sakes. Then we’d all be bitter, dissatisfied and unhappy people…… like them!
“Only dialogue between Fatah and Hamas will lead to improvement in Gaza,” Abbas told the Al-Jazeera news network following his meeting with Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak and Egyptian General Intelligence chief Omar Suleiman in Cairo.
The three men discussed recent developments in negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians and the renewal of contact between quarreling Palestinian factions.
Yes, and all that chatting in the past has worked out real well, hasn’t it. (insert sarcasm here)
Year after year, decade upon decade, the U.S. Senate’s network of restaurants has lost staggering amounts of money — more than $18 million since 1993, according to one report, and an estimated $2 million this year alone, according to another.
The financial condition of the world’s most exclusive dining hall and its affiliated Capitol Hill restaurants, cafeterias and coffee shops has become so dire that, without a $250,000 subsidy from taxpayers, the Senate won’t make payroll next month.
Give me a flippin’ break! Those clowns can’t even get the food stuff right, and they’re running the freakin’ country? What a bunch of useless cow pies!
The Supreme Leader termed presence of occupation forces in Iraq as the root cause of existing problems in the country and underlined that Iran will spare no effort to assist the Iraqi government and nation, as a religious duty.
Ayatollah Khamenei also expressed the hope that the current visit of the Iraqi premier to Tehran would help consolidate ties between Iran and Iraq.
Referring to Maliki’s speeches on various Iraqi ethnic and religious groups moving towards unity, the Supreme Leader said emergence of such a move in Iraq is a great success but such a unanimity of word has many opponents who are enemies of the Iraqi government and nation.
To put it in polite terms: Screw the Iraqis! They voted this spineless worm into office, they will have to deal with the consequences. Remove our troops, and bomb the hell out of the place. That’ll solve the problem. And yes, I AM angry!
Memphis police spokesman Monique Martin said investigators were told the child, who neighbors said was named Ramon, was playing with a gun in the living room.
Police are questioning the mother and a male acquaintance who were inside the apartment. No charges had been filed late Sunday.
Why was a gun just sitting around the living room with a small child in the house? What was mom and her “male acquaintance” doing that they didn’t notice said small child with gun? What the hell is wrong with these people????
The Republican enjoys a good Henny Youngman one-liner and the 1970s Swedish pop group ABBA. He tells jokes about drunken Irish twins, and the reason he had to join the Navy instead of the Marines: His parents were married when he was born.
The Democrat, meanwhile, professes to “love the art of hip-hop.” He listens to Jay-Z, Beyoncé and old-school favorites like Stevie Wonder on his IPod. Chicago is “ChiTown,” sneakers are “kicks” and knuckle bumps are at times his greeting of choice.
That headline speaks VOLUMES! We’ve got two candidates that no body really wanted. How the hell did that happen???
He reminded Congress that he has proposed opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and the Continental Shelf to domestic oil drilling — something that would “help us through this difficult period.”
Citing concerns about the environment, the Democrat-led Congress has so far refused to go along with domestic oil drilling.
It’s, what….8% in the middle of NINETEEN MILLION acres? Y’all have got to get over yourself, and snap to reality. The new technology does NOT ruin the environment. Sheesh!
The stress from deepening debt is becoming a major pain in the neck – and the back and the head and the stomach – for millions of Americans.
When people are dealing with mountains of debt, they’re much more likely to report health problems, too, according to an Associated Press-AOL Health poll. And not just little stuff; this means ulcers, severe depression, even heart attacks.
Perhaps it’s time to stop worrying about having to pay for more stuff, and time to start thinking about the blessings we DO have? Just a thought.
THE campaign of terror sweeping Zimbabwe is being directly organised by a junta that took over the running of the country after Robert Mugabe’s shock election defeat in March.
Details of the organised violence are contained in a report released today by Human Rights Watch, corroborated by senior Western diplomats who describe the situation in Zimbabwe as a “military coup by stealth”.
The human-rights group and the diplomats name Zimbabwe’s effective rulers as the Joint Operations Command, a shadowy security politburo made up of military and police generals, senior intelligence officers, prison service officials and leaders of the ruling Zanu (PF) party.
So, Mugabe is just a figure head in the thugs march to power, or is he the force behind the force?
13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:
14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.