Monday, November 30, 2009

Norway: What Kind of People Could Give a Nobel Peace Prize to Obama?

Pajamas Media "Even Obama lovers wondered: what kind of country would give out an award of such (alleged) importance to a chief executive who had just taken office and had yet to prove himself in any meaningful way?"

Paul Rahe: Is Obama a one-trick pony?

Powerline "There is in this a lesson. In 2012, the Republicans should nominate for the presidency an individual with executive experience -- who has negotiated with legislators, and who has had to make decisions and take responsibility for the consequences. Among those available, they should choose a principled defender of constitutional government and a skilled manager who recognizes the ultimate dependence of the public sector on growth in the private sector of the economy and who thinks of himself in the international arena as the guardian of American interests. "

Terror by Trial Lawyer

WSJ "If you think it's outrageous that Navy SEALs who helped capture one of Iraq's most wanted terrorists now face court-martial on charges they roughed him up, just wait. It may get worse. Tomorrow morning, the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on a bill introduced by Arlen Specter (D., Pa.) that would make it easier for terrorists to sue military and federal law-enforcement officials."

The Arabs Have Stopped Applauding Obama

By FOUAD AJAMI "Steeped in an overarching idea of American guilt, Mr. Obama and his lieutenants offered nothing less than a doctrine, and a policy, of American penance. No one told Mr. Obama that the Islamic world, where American power is engaged and so dangerously exposed, it is considered bad form, nay a great moral lapse, to speak ill of one's own tribe when in the midst, and in the lands, of others."

We Ain't Seen Nothin’ Yet

by Victor Davis Hanson "But as the world economy recovers, oil will probably surge back over $100 a barrel, increasing our oil import tab by 25 percent or more. The Obama administration, though, mostly is obsessed with subsidizing relatively small amounts of wind and solar power. It likely won't be long before angry motorists at the pump are demanding to know why we have not pushed for more development at home of still-plentiful natural gas and oil fields."

Oh my. Another warming advocate sees the light on Climategate

Rick Moran "People like Crook and George Monbiot in Great Britain (and so far, precious few others) have, to one degree or another, been honest enough to question themselves and their fellow advocates about the truth that has been revealed to them via the CRU hack. For this, they should be acknowledged as trying to be honest with themselves and their readers."

7 stories Barack Obama doesn't want told

Politico "The Obama White House argues that all of these storylines are inaccurate or unfair. In some cases these anti-Obama narratives are fanned by Republicans, in some cases by reporters and commentators. But they all are serious threats to Obama, if they gain enough currency to become the dominant frame through which people interpret the president’s actions and motives."

THE CLIMATE CHANGE CIRCUS (a summary)

Neal Boortz "But .. here's the kicker. I alluded to it at the beginning of this bit. Now these scientists at the East Anglia CRM have admitted that they disposed of the raw data they used to conjure up their tales of man-made global warming. Just in case you're not a scientist .. throwing away your raw data is considered a big-time no no. There is, however, one really big reason why you might want to do this - toss the raw data into the garbage - and that would be if the data doesn't support your "learned" conclusion."

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Black Congressmen Under Investigation? Must Be Racism!

by Bernard Chapin "The title of the piece, “Racial Disparity: All active ethics probes focus on black lawmakers,” suggests the fashion by which political correctness trumps truth in our interesting times."....

The Latest on Climategate: University Will Release CRU Data

Pajamas Media "In much climate science, secrecy has been the norm and many scientists have in effect demanded that their conclusions be accepted without any way to scrutinize their research. Thus the nations of the world have been embarking on policies that could cost trillions of dollars based on little more than assurances that “we’re experts and you can trust us.”"

Political Cartoons by Eric Allie

The Wilding of Sarah Palin

By Robin of Berkeley "What finally woke me up were the utterances of "bitch," "witch," and "monster" toward Hillary Clinton and her supporters early last year. I was shocked into reality: the trash-talk wasn't coming from conservatives, but from male and female liberals.".... "In the wilding of Sarah Palin, the Left shows its true colors. Rather than sheild the vulnerable, leftists will mow down any man, woman, or child who gets in their way. Instead of a movement of hope and change, it is a cauldron of hate."

Non-STARTer ; Another Obama diplomatic failure?

by Fred Barnes "Early decisions on arms control have come back to haunt Obama. He could have pushed for a simple five-year extension, the process for which is spelled out in the 1991 treaty. Or he could have sought an amended treaty. Instead, the administration took on the more complicated task of negotiating a new treaty."

Four Lakewood police officers shot and killed in 'ambush'

KING5, Seattle ""This was more of an execution. Walk in with the specific mindset to shoot police officers," Troyer said."....

Candid Camera Moments

by Victor Davis Hanson "Again, in all these incidents, there is a certain roughness and crassness that infuriates the public — e-mails nearly rejoicing over the death of a climate-change-skeptic, an obsequious president bowing before autocrats like the Chinese and Saudis, and community organizers gleefully offering advice on child prostitution."

The warmist PR con job

Clarice Feldman, AT "Chris Horner writing for Big Government reveals that the principle warmist blogsite, Real Climate, is a Fenton operation. Fenton Communications is the left wing PR operation that promoted the Alar scare and other bogus health scares, and are the poeple who created the infamous "General Betray Us" ad attacking Gneeral(sp) Petraeus. Emphasis added. David Fenton bio: "... Fenton leaked a damning (but false and unsubstantiated) report on Alar to CBS News. The report had not undergone scientific review, and was not based on human exposure to Alar. Nevertheless, Fenton and NRDC concluded that Alar caused cancer, particularly in children. CBS jumped at the release and aired a feature on “60 Minutes.” The nationwide panic that followed devastated apple growers across the country and forced Alar’s manufacturer to withdraw the product from the market." This guy is toxic.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Bowing, Dithering and Trashing America

by Victor Davis Hanson "We may see one of two things happen: Either the country will move more to the left in four years than it has in the last 50; or Obama will take down with him both the Democratic Congress and the very notion of responsible liberal governance, thereby achieving a Jimmy Carter–type legacy. The next year will be one of the most interesting in memory."

Climategate: It’s the Totalitarianism, Stupid

Pajamas Media "A successful political machine has to have monopoly control over the media, and it must be able to corrupt or coerce all the centers of power — the cops, the courts, the drug mafias, the businesses, the rackets. That’s how the global warming conspiracy operated. Robert Tracinski has been doggedly pursuing this story, and he points out that the liberal media were in cahoots with the machine: [A]nyone doubting that the mainstream media is in on it, too, should check out New York Times reporter Andrew Revkin’s toadying apologia for the CRU e-mails, masquerading as a news report."

Great Britain's 'Greatest Generation' wonders where their country went

Rick Moran "This goes far beyond the idea that old folks can't accept change. This attitude appears to go to the heart of how they defined their country and have seen that definition replaced with something else. The parallels to America are obvious. With Obama seeking to redefine America - not based on our founding principles - there may come a time in the not too distant future when many of us will be echoing the thoughts of these British men and women - their greatest generation."

Cal Thomas: Media Eager to Criticize Bush for Abu Gharib Now Reluctant to Criticize Obama for Navy SEAL Court Martial

Newsbusters- "It's a night and day difference between the media's scrutiny of former President George W. Bush and the current command-in-chief, President Barack Obama. And the coverage of three Navy SEALs now facing a court martial that captured one of the most wanted terrorists in Iraq..."

NY Times Reveals More Classified Information, Largely Ignores ClimateGate

JammieWearingFool "During the Bush Administration, it was Pulitzer material to expose anti-terrorism methods and operations including:* The Terrorist Surveillance Program* How we tracked terrorist financing* Exposing secret terrorist holding facilities in allied countries* Exaggerated accounts of terrorist interrogationBut when it comes to the hundreds of emails exposing the “scientists”..."

Amid ObamaCare debate, Americans increasingly satisfied with U.S. health care

Beltway Confidential "The poll finds that 49 percent now rate American health care "excellent" or "good." That may not seem significant on its own, but consider that the number is up from 35 percent in May and from 29 percent in May 2008. It also comes on the heels of another Rasmussen Poll that showed only 38 percent now support the Democrats' proposed reforms."

H.R. 4127: Try terrorists in a military tribunal!

olbroad.com "Rep. Louis Gohmert (R-TX) has introduced a bill, H.R. 4127: To amend title 10, United States Code, to provide that alien unprivileged enemy belligerents may only be tried by military commissions if tried for alleged conduct for which a term of incarceration or the death penalty may be sought. Right now, there are 41 co-sponsors for the bill, ALL Republican. Not one single Democrat..." Emphasis added.

Objective Journalism: Michael Gerson Defends a Profession That No Longer Exists

Big Government "What profession could he possibly be talking about? Certainly not the same profession who set out to destroy Clarence Thomas, circled the wagons to save President Clinton, summoned all their resources to lose the war in Iraq, told us more about the background of an unemployed plumber than our current President, dragged Sarah Palin’s family through the mud, and on this very day refuse to investigate three of the biggest stories of the year (if not the decade): ACORN, CzarGate and ClimateGate."

The Five Obama Fails

American Thinker "Nearly one year later we have an economy heading in the wrong direction, unemployment rising, a deficit that will double, banks failing, a war command which is virtually ignored, 911 terrorists given all the rights at a civil trial and an Administration hell bent on destroying rather than "reforming" the world's best health system. Not a bad day for an experienced community organizer."

Another conversation with Scott Fenstermaker (Lawyer for two Gitmo "detainees")

Hot Air "I think you’re arguing over semantics. Almost 3,000 people died, most of them on national television. They didn’t commit suicide or die of natural causes. They died at the hands of others, which makes them homicides. Who’s responsible is a question for a jury, but not the fact that they were murdered, nor do we need a jury to tell us that the nation has an interest in pursuing justice in the case."

He Can't Take Another Bow;

Peggy Noonan , WSJ  ""...a critical mass of influential people who once held big hopes for his presidency began to wonder whether they had misjudged the man." They once held "an unromantically high opinion of Obama," and were key to his rise, but now they are concluding that the president isn't "the person of integrity and even classiness they had thought.""

The Global Warming 'Thermometer'

h/t to Weasel Zippers

Mad Magazine Attacks Palin as a ‘Delusional’ ‘Blunder Woman’

Newsbusters "It doesn't matter whether it's Spider-Man giving the fist bump to President Obama or New Jersey kids singing Dear Leader's praises, the left likes to indoctrinate the young. The latest example is Mad Magazine trying to make former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin look foolish and "dangerously delusional." "

Young Scientist 'Disheartened' by Climategate

Newsbusters "That would lead students entering scientific pursuits to logically fear that: The quality of their work, and ultimately their career progress, will be judged not on rigor or merit, but on how well that work fits pre-existing templates. If their work is at first supported but then called into doubt, they will be pressured to tamper with or conceal underlying research data to refute and rebuff doubters instead of engaging their arguments. They may end up in constant, daily, stressful battle with colleagues whose primary interest is in advancing political or ideological agenda.

Figures. Obama’s Personal Physician Friend Was a Marxist, Too

Gateway Pundit "The push to socialize US Heathcare came, not from from the “people”, but from small clique of Marxists, led by a man with close persional ties to president Barack Obama."...."Quentin Young is one of America’s most committed socialists, beginning with his time in the Young Communist League in late 1930s Chicago."

White House Science Czar Involved in Climategate

Newsmax "You haven’t heard it from America’s mainstream media yet – even Fox News hasn’t covered it – but the director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, Dr. John P. Holdren, is a key player in the Climategate e-mails flap, which is shaping up as the biggest scandal in the history of modern science."

Friday, November 27, 2009

Obama's Tattered Coattails

Weekly Standard "Second, political mobilization successes that propel one party into power are usually followed by counter-mobilizations against them. This year's Tea Party movement and other demonstrations of public opposition to the Obama/Democratic agenda are examples of Americans choosing activism in response to political events, much in the same way citizens mobilized for the Obama campaign last year."

How can barbarians accuse our troops of torture?

UpPompeii "Why is it that when Saddam Hussein was in power in Iraq and the central Baghdad Prison - better known as Abu Ghraib was full of people he did not like who were tortured, abused, killed, raped and generally just left to die the Arab/Muslim countries said absolutely NOTHING and let the abuses continue?"

US names secret terror suspects

USS Neverdock "More damage to our national security by Obama. The BBC reports. "The US military has begun notifying the Red Cross of the identities of terror suspects being held at secret camps in Iraq and Afghanistan, reports say.""

Political Cartoons by Michael Ramirez

Acorn Document Dump

Big Government "The documents were thrown out in advance of state investigators arriving at the local ACORN office to conduct an investigation resulting from national media attention. ACORN employee Juan Carlos Vera was videotaped giving advice to two individuals posing as a pimp and a prostitute regarding underage prostitution and human smuggling. Without admitting any wrongdoing ACORN terminated Mr. Vera, or so they said. Documents provided to BigGovernment.com show that Mr. Vera was not terminated but was simply laid off, implying that Mr. Vera is also eligible for rehire."

Pat Buchanan: Our Pushover President

CNS News "America will survive such irritants. But they are symptomatic of something larger: the mounting disrespect Obama and America are receiving from friend and adversary alike."

Top 20 Automotive Tips for Gonzo Repairs

Popular Mechanics h/t to Instapundit; "Here, auto editor Mike Allen compiles his top 20 outside-the-toolbox tips for gonzo repairs on cars, trucks, lawnmowers and anything else that has an engine."

Karl Rove and Greta Van Susteren Discuss Sarah Palin's Future

Newsbusters "Early on in this "On the Record" segment, Rove made a statement about the former Alaska governor that's guaranteed to anger liberals across the fruited plain:"

"You ain't seen nuthin yet"

Atlas Shrugs "After announcing a new strategy of counterinsurgency in March, and appointing Gen. Stanley McChrystal the new supreme commander in Afghanistan, it looks like Obama only now will commit more troops to Afghanistan. That will be a wise decision — but one coming three months after the generals’ request.We were given an unexpected reprieve through the defeat of al-Qaeda in Iraq. We can now build on that victory by routing the Taliban in the way the Iraq surge stabilized democracy there." Then the article's outlook goes downhill from there....

How to Forge a Consensus

WSJ "According to this privileged group, only those whose work has been published in select scientific journals, after having gone through the "peer-review" process, can be relied on to critique the science. And sure enough, any challenges that critics have lobbed at climatologists from outside this clique are routinely dismissed and disparaged. "

The Competing Narratives of Barry and Sarah

American Thinker "In the final analysis, Going Rogue is a better book than Dreams. No Republican has ever held Palin up as a genius, literary or otherwise, but her narrative is as shrewd, sensitive, and straightforward as its author. Dreams, on the other hand, is merely a well-crafted fraud."

John Stossel: We Pay Them to Lie to Us

RealClearPolitics "The key to magic is misdirection, fooling the audience into looking in the wrong direction. I happily suspend disbelief when a magician says he'll saw a woman in half. That's entertainment. But when Harry Reid says he'll give 30 million additional people health coverage while cutting the deficit, improving health care and reducing its cost, it's not entertaining. It's incredible."

Giving Terrorists More Rights Than Our American Warriors

Chris Muir h/t to Blackfive

Obama: Give Back Your Nobel Until the Iranians Give Back Shirin Ebadi’s

Ron Rosenbaum , Pajamas Media; "But the revolting action by the fascist Iranian thugocracy in breaking into Nobel Peace Prize winner Shirin Ebadi’s safe deposit box in Tehran and stealing her Nobel prize symbolizes all that is petty, ugly, sinister and repulsive about the Iranian dictatorship. It’s not just a violation of her person; it’s a violation of all who believe in human rights."

Liberals Vow to 'Spank' Obama for Sending More Troops to Afghanistan

Fox News ""I think there will be some disillusionment within his base," said Paul Kawika Martin, political director for Peace Action, a grassroots organization, who added that thousands of activists are planning to protest following the president's announcement. "We're going to spank him for sending more troops," he told FoxNews.com, adding that they may also "thank him" if he announces a quick exit strategy."

Climategate e-mails sweep America, may scuttle Barack Obama's Cap and Trade laws

UK Telegraph  "Fox News, Barack Obama’s Nemesis, is now on the case, trampling all over Al Gore’s organic vegetable patch and breaking the White House windows. It has extracted some of the juiciest quotes from the e-mails and displayed them on-screen, with commentaries. Joe Public, coast-to-coast, now knows, thanks to the clowns at East Anglia’s CRU, just how royally he has been screwed."

Kill the Bills. Do Health Reform Right

Charles Krauthammer "First, tort reform. This is money -- the low-end estimate is about half a trillion per decade -- wasted in two ways. Part is simply hemorrhaged into the legal system to benefit a few jackpot lawsuit winners and an army of extravagantly rich malpractice lawyers such as John Edwards. The rest is wasted within the medical system in the millions of unnecessary tests, procedures and referrals undertaken solely to fend off lawsuits ..."

Krauthammer: Pending Climate Change Legislation a 'Dead Parrot'

Newsbusters ""It's dead on arrival, as is all climate change legislation," Krauthammer said. "And not just because of political considerations. It's because reality is trumping ideology. And the Obama administration is all about ideology. One, China is not going to help or participate nor India. So anything done here will be worthless. Second, the science is shaky and getting shakier."

MSNBC Exclusive: Fort Hood Never Happened!

By Ann Coulter "Still, compare the macho posturing of the Bush administration over thwarting the Fort Dix terror plot to the masterful handling of domestic terrorist plots since the angel Obama has taken the helm. Why, the Obama administration managed to capture and arrest Maj. Hasan without violating a single American's civil liberties!"

Tax on ‘Cadillac’ Health Plans Would Hit Many Middle-Class Americans

CNS News "Schoolteacher Kinzi Blair makes only $46,000 a year, but she has what many would consider a "Cadillac" health plan, now targeted for a big tax increase by health reformers."

Solving Whose Problem?

By Thomas Sowell "No one will really understand politics until they understand that politicians are not trying to solve our problems. They are trying to solve their own problems-- of which getting elected and re-elected are number one and number two. Whatever is number three is far behind."

Will Obama stick with Hillary's Thanksgiving present to Bibi?

Leo Rennert , AT "In exchange for Bibi's unprecedent move, the administration for the first time acknowledged specifically that Israel will be entiteled to retain lands captured in 1967 as part of any final peace agreement."

Karl Rove: Voter Anger Is Building Over Deficits

WSJ "Last year, Mr. Obama made fiscal restraint a constant theme of his presidential campaign. "Washington will have to tighten its belt and put off spending," he said back then, while pledging to "go through the federal budget, line by line, ending programs that we don't need." Voters found this fiscal conservatism reassuring. However..."

Climate 'czar' says hacked e-mails don't change anything

Washington Times "Obama administration climate czar Carol Browner on Wednesday rejected claims that e-mails stolen from a British university show climate scientists trumped up global warming numbers, saying she considers the science settled."

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Saving Private Casimer

By Mike Adams "The column was about a kid named Kevin Casimer at Purdue University. Kevin was offended because a library science professor named Bert Chapman had talked about the economic costs of homosexuality on his personal blog. So Kevin started a petition to have him fired for “offensive” speech. My response to Kevin was pretty simple..."

Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation

Leadership U. "...both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me "to recommend to the people of the United States a DAY OF PUBLICK 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:"

Celebrities thank troops at Thanksgiving concert

USAF Central ""We understand and appreciate your sacrifice; we do not take you for granted," Mr. Sinise told the crowd. "We're grateful for you and your service and the sacrifice of your loved ones back home. Your families sacrifice so much, so often and we know they miss you. Thank you.""

Days of Thanksgiving Past

American Thinker "Thanksgiving 2009 finds many Americans doubting that our republic can survive and wondering whether we truly have that much to be thankful for these days. God forgive our pettiness. Whether we acknowledge it joyfully, admit it grudgingly, or stick our heads in the sand and deny it, Americans are as blessed today as ever. Consider past Thanksgivings."

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Counting Our Blessings

An NRO Symposium "With a lot going wrong in Washington and in the world, this Thanksgiving seems like a much-needed time to count one’s blessings, perhaps especially for those on the right. We asked some friends of National Review Online: Politically and culturally, what are you most grateful for this Thanksgiving?"

Land of Abundance

By Rich Lowry "Early on, the Pilgrims grasped a fundamental point about economic motivation. In 1623, they rejected their initial system of collectivism, and each family got its own plot of land. Bradford called it “a very good success, for it makes all hands very industrious.” They had learned “the vanity of that conceit of Plato’s . . . that the taking away of property and bringing community into a commonwealth would make them happy and flourishing.”"

One Word from Obama Can Rejuvenate Troop Morale — “Victory”

Max Boot "If [Obama] sends substantially fewer troops than Gen. McChrystal wants, he risks perpetuating the sense of malaise reflected by these Green Berets, who knew that they were essentially fighting a holding action without the capacity to achieve decisive results. Obama had better use his televised talk to the nation not only to announce a robust reinforcement package but also to make clear that he expects the troops to defeat the Taliban — not to prepare the way for a rapid “exit strategy.” "

(Kyoto Protocol) Thanks again, President Bush

American Thinker "With the exposure of the global warming hoax through the release of the CRU emails, we should offer a toast to the much maligned President George W. Bush and thank him for not committing the United States to similar disastrous actions that our counterparts in Europe fell for."

Sensing threats to bedrock institutions of society, church leaders release the Manhattan Declaration

World Magazine "The declaration closes: “We will fully and ungrudgingly render to Caesar what is Caesar’s. But under no circumstances will we render to Caesar what is God’s.”"

Thanksgiving Quiz

Probe Ministries "This nation was founded by Christians, and Thanksgiving is a time when we can reflect upon this rich, Christian heritage. But many of us are often ignorant of our country's origins, so we have put together a Thanksgiving quiz to test your knowledge about this nation's biblical foundations. We hope that you will not only take this test and pass it on to others, but we also hope that you will be encouraged to study more about the Christian foundations of this country."

For teachers and parents:Another explanation of climategate in simple, readable terms

Boortz "Well, how about plugging in false temperatures to research data in order to either show a warming where there was none, or to hide a cooling trend? Yup! It's all detailed in the emails. You can also read about plots and efforts to demean or denigrate any climate scientists who disagreed or strayed from the man-made global warming dogma. You can even find emails where the death of a global warming skeptic was celebrated and suggestions that it would be nice if someone would find another way to send some more skeptics to their eternal celestial dirt nap. Perhaps the scariest revelation to come from this scandal is the fact that peer reviews failed to keep the science honest ... that other scientists were essentially in cahoots to spread false science: global warming."

Three Navy SEALs court-martialed after giving most-wanted Iraqi terrorist a fat lip

Hot Air "“A fat lip? That’s enough to get you rough military justice from the Obama administration, but blow up the World Trade Center and you get all the due process rights of the civilian criminal justice system.” "

A conversation with Scott Fenstermaker (An attorney for the 9-11 planner)

Hot Air "This attention whore attorney sums it up when he says to you: “I have no idea who attacked the WTC, and couldn’t care less.”" From the comments section.

Why Democrats cannot be trusted with America's security

Sen. Conrad Suggests That People Who Don’t Believe in Civilian Trials for Terrorists Should Leave America and ‘Go Somewhere Else’ Need I say a Democrat? Sen. Feinstein: Whether Osama bin Laden Should be Read Miranda Rights is a 'Murky Area' Make that "Feinstein, D-CA" Sen. Dodd (Democrat): Civilian Courts Better Than Military Tribunals for Prosecuting Terrorists

Political Cartoons by Eric Allie

Keep Terrorists Out of Civilian Courts

Jay Seculow, ACLJ "Moving terrorists to civilian courts will empower terrorists with rights afforded only to U.S. citizens. Such a move would limit – and even exclude – important evidence against the terrorists – place our intelligence gathering techniques at risk – and even give terrorists a platform to spew hate and incite more violence. You can read more about the dangers of opening-up the civilian court system to terrorists here."

The Clean Energy Act of 2009: A Missed Opportunity for Real Nuclear Energy Policy Reform

Heritage "Senators Lamar Alexander and Jim Webb recently introduced their bipartisan Clean Energy Act of 2009 ,which aims to create a business and regulatory environment to double nuclear power production in just two decades. While their reform efforts are laudable and necessary, most of their recommendations will not bring about their desired results."

A message for the president

American Thinker "As it turned out in Yusufiya, the locals were most concerned that after a brief improvement in security, we would leave and Al Qaeda would return. They doubted our resolve. But after fourteen months of daily patrols, several casualties and one fatality, the hard work and sacrifice of men in my battalion, and many other units, convinced the Iraqis otherwise. In some ways, my unit capitalized on years of sacrifice in the region."

UK Official Critical of Barack Obama over Afghanistan

UK Telegraph "Senior British Government sources have become increasingly frustrated with Mr Obama’s “dithering” on Afghanistan, the Daily Telegraph disclosed earlier this month, with several former British defence chiefs echoing the concerns."

Hiding evidence of global cooling

Washington Examiner "Most important, however, these revelations of fudged science should have a cooling effect on global-warming hysteria and the panicked policies that are being pushed forward to address the unproven theory"

Democrats push $150B stock tax on Wall Street

The Hill "Under a bill being drafted by Democratic Reps. Peter DeFazio (Ore.) and Ed Perlmutter (Colo.), the sale and purchase of financial instruments such as stocks, options, derivatives and futures would face a 0.25 percent tax."

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Three Things You Absolutely Must Know About Climategate

Pajamas Media "Here are three things everyone should know about the Climategate Papers. Links are provided so that the full context of every quote can be seen by anyone interested."...."This could prove to be climate science’s Vietnam."

Best Buy Has No Problem Wishing Muslims "Happy Eid al-Adha", But For God's Sake, There Will Be No Christmas

Infidel Bloggers Alliance "But this weekend, we learned a bit more about Best Buy's bizarre corporate logic toward Christmas and other holidays. Here is the advertising circular that was in Sunday newspapers all across the nation - including the Seattle Times:"

Climategate Computer Codes Are the Real Story

Pajamas Media "So far, most of the Climategate attention has been on the emails in the data dump of November 19, but the emails are only about 5 percent of the total. What does examining the other 95 percent tell us? Here’s the short answer: it tells us that something went very wrong in the data management at the Climatic Research Unit."

Climategate: MSM Writers Try to Ignore Scandal in Global Warming Stories But Readers Bring Them Back to Reality

Newsbusters "Bottom line here for the MSM; you can try to avoid mentioning Climategate in your global warming stories but your readers are sure to remind you of your deliberate oversight. Oh how they will remind you!"

A Sickening Story

Powerline "Navy SEALs have secretly captured one of the most wanted terrorists in Iraq -- the alleged mastermind of the murder and mutilation of four Blackwater USA security guards in Fallujah in 2004. And three of the SEALs who captured him are now facing criminal charges...Ahmed Hashim Abed,...told investigators he was punched by his captors -- and he had the bloody lip to prove it. Now, instead of being lauded for bringing to justice a high-value target, three of the SEAL commandos, all enlisted, face assault charges and have retained lawyers." Related: Obama's Latest Attack on America: Navy SEALs Face Assault Charges for Capturing Most-Wanted Terrorist Atlas Shrugs "The enemy is O's friend and America is O's enemy. He is painfully unqualified. The man never worked a real job...never served in the military, never lived one day as a proud American, and surrounds himself with America haters and agitators. These SEALs are cooked."

Political Cartoons by Scott Stantis

Townhall

Obama Blunders Through Asia; Undoing Bush's years of deft diplomacy.

The Weekly Standard "The White House stated as Obama left Asia for home last week: "Overall, American leadership was absent from this region for the last several years.'' Nonsense. Bush left office with U.S. relations with Asia's big four--China, India, Japan, and Indonesia--taken together, better than ever in history."

Political Cartoons by Lisa Benson

Will The Unemployment Disaster Be Obama's Katrina?

Huffington Post "Just as Katrina exposed critical weaknesses in the priorities and competence of the Bush administration, the unfolding unemployment disaster is threatening to do the same for the Obama White House."

An Unreasonable Decision; Eric Holder’s defenders substitute their own reasoning for his.

Andrew McCarthy "In the military system, where enemy aliens do not have the full panoply of constitutional rights, a defendant who wants his defense to have the benefit of classified discovery material must accept a military lawyer with a security clearance. We don’t have to give him direct access to national-defense information."

Where Has the Thrill Gone?

By Victor Davis Hanson "Prophets fall harder than normal politicians. When you claim that seas recede and planets cool before your presence, and that Latin mottos, new presidential candidate seals, neo-classical victory trophies, and faux-Greek temple sets are the appropriate backdrops for Your speeches, then you raise the bar a bit high. Obama is not necessarily any more partisan than a Nixon or Reagan or Bush, only just as partisan — but then he claimed something quite different."

CLIMATEGATE

Boortz Gore has become a millionare many times over; you think he won't he fight this tooth and nail?

Climategate: the final nail in the coffin of [Man-caused] Global Warming'?

UK Telegraph "If you own any shares in alternative energy companies I should start dumping them NOW. The conspiracy behind the Anthropogenic Global Warming myth (aka AGW; aka ManBearPig) has been suddenly, brutally and quite deliciously exposed after a hacker broke into the computers at the University of East Anglia’s Climate Research Unit (aka Hadley CRU) and released 61 megabites of confidential files onto the internet."

Andrew C. Mccarthy: How Obama is courting danger: Civilian trials set back the war on terror

NY Daily News h/t to Jihad Watch "Now, our enemies will be given a full-blown civilian trial with all the rights of the American citizens they are sworn to kill. They will get a year or more to sift through our national defense secrets. They will have wide latitude to turn the case into a trial of the Bush administration - publicizing information about anti-terrorism tactics that leftist lawyers will exploit in their quest for war crimes prosecutions in foreign courts against current and former U.S. officials."

9/11 Five lawyers: Trial will become their platform to the world

Hot Air "The five men facing trial in the Sept. 11 attacks will plead not guilty so that they can air their criticisms of U.S. foreign policy, the lawyer for one of the defendants said Sunday. Scott Fenstermaker, the lawyer for accused terrorist Ali Abd al-Aziz Ali, said the men would not deny their role in the 2001 attacks but “would explain what happened and why they did it.”"

Inhofe Says He Will Call for Investigation on "Climategate" on Washington Times Americas Morning Show

Senate.gov "And since, you know, Barabara Boxer is the Chairman and I’m the Ranking Member on Environment and Public Works, if nothing happens in the next seven days when we go back into session a week from today that would change this situation, I will call for an investigation. ‘Cause this thing is serious, you think about the literally millions of dollars that have been thrown away on some of this stuff that they came out with."

Political Cartoons by Michael Ramirez

Townhall

Monday, November 23, 2009

Former Chancellor of the Exchequer notes CRU hack

--It is against all this background that I am announcing today the launch of a new high-powered all-party (and non-party) think-tank, the Global Warming Policy Foundation (www.thegwpf.org), which I hope may mark a turning-point in the political and public debate on the important issue of global warming policy. At the very least, open and reasoned debate on this issue cannot be anything but healthy. The absence of debate between political parties at the present time makes our contribution all the more necessary.

ACORN dumps documents; Breitbart has them and will release

American Thinker "...the Attorney General of California announced an investigation into ACORN's operations. Nights before the visit, ACORN dumped thousands of documents in a dumpster. Breitbart obtained them, says they are shocking evidence of ACORN's illegality and promises to release them bit by bit over time:"

Sept. 11 Defendant Seeks a Trial, and a Platform

NY Times "Mr. Fenstermaker, a criminal defense lawyer practicing in Manhattan and Brooklyn who represents Mr. Ali pro bono, is an outspoken critic of the campaign against terrorism and has had a contentious relationship with the government." h/t to Neal Boortz

Lieberman Digs In on Public Option

WSJ "Stubborn, he means, in opposing any health-care overhaul that includes a "public option," or government-run health-insurance plan, as the current bill does. His opposition is strong enough that Mr. Lieberman says he won't vote to let a bill come to a final vote if a public option is included."

For you dedicated researchers: The WSJ Guide to ObamaCare

Wall Street Journal You may want to take your laptop into the bathroom with you.

Lethal Weapon; Islamist Perfidy or Western Naivety?

By Raymond Ibrahim "And there it is: From an American president who publicly defines his mission by quoting a jihadi-related verse, to American-Muslim leaders who publicly pray for the subjugation of non-Muslims (in the middle of an NYPD auditorium, no less), it is clear that the ultimate threat comes more from Western carelessness and indifference — in a word, naivety — than it does from active Islamist machinations. In short, Islamists peddling misleading interpretations for the word “jihad” is but the very tip of the iceberg."

Global WarmingGate: What Does It Mean?

Pajamas Media "The emails suggest the authors co-operated covertly to ensure that only papers favorable to CO2-forced [man-caused global warming] were published, and that editors and journals publishing contrary papers were punished. They also attempted to “discipline” scientists and journalists who published skeptical information."

Remember those hacked emails in the Climate Research Unit? Read 'em here!

Elegant Chaos "On 20 November 2009, emails and other documents, apparently originating from with the Climate Research Unit ... If real, these emails contain some quite surprising and even disappointing insights into what has been happening within the climate change scientific establishment. Worryingly this same group of scientists are very influential in terms of economic and social policy formation around the subject of climate change. " The global warming fraud Exposed "Consider this amazing admission by Kevin Trenberth, head of the Climate Analysis Section at the National Center for Atmospheric Research and a lead author of the 2001 and 2007 IPCC Scientific Assessment of Climate Change: "

From Germany: Obama’s Amateurish Middle East Policy

Die Zeit, Germany h/t to Watching America "The fact is, the president now stands before a Middle East rubbish heap larger than it was when he first took office. His image in Israel is at an all-time low and, even in the Arab world, his popularity has suffered."

Sunday, November 22, 2009

What's with "Friday news dumps"?

By Karl Rove "Every modern White House has put out news on contentious issues late on Friday in the hope that doing so will bury it, or reduce the amount of critical scrutiny it would otherwise receive. What is unusual is the degree to which this White House has relied on this tactic.".... "Friday night network television news and Saturday newspapers and cable coverage are traditionally less seen or read. By Sunday morning, a Friday announcement is often considered old news. Monday is the first opportunity White House correspondents get to ask the president's press secretary on camera about whatever was released Friday. By then there is almost always other news occupying the headlines."

President Obama’s Foreign Policy: An Assessment; by John Bolton

Imprimus "Here at home, the Obama administration has gravely impaired our capability to gather human intelligence by declassifying hundreds of pages of documents that explain our interrogation techniques—information that is now probably in al-Qaeda training manuals."...."We need a president who is going to provide us with leadership in international affairs—not one who believes that America should simply come home. And we need a president who believes that the best place to defend our interest is overseas rather than in the streets of America."

What Americans Need to Know About the Copenhagen Global Warming Conference

Heritage "Abstract: In December, the 15th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change will meet in Copenhagen to work on a successor treaty to the Kyoto Protocol. U.S. negotiators should refuse to sign any climate change treaty that does not include meaningful participation by China, India, and other major developing nations or that would harm the U.S. economy or threaten U.S. sovereignty."

The Death Blow to Climate Science

CanadaFreePress Someone hacked in to the files of the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) based at the University of East Anglia. A very large file (61 mb) was downloaded and posted to the web. Phil Jones Director of the CRU has acknowledged the files are theirs. They contain papers, documents letters and emails. The latter are the most damaging and contain blunt information about the degree of manipulation of climate science in general and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in particular. (Emphasis added)

WaPo reports on East Anglia CRU e-mails, global-warming controversy

Hot Air "Global-warming advocates routinely criticize skeptics for not having enough peer-reviewed work rebutting their findings. If they’re conspiring to block the publication of such research, that undermines their argument and their scientific credibility. One of their nemeses explains the significance:"

$300 million for ONE vote!

Washington Post "And so it came to pass that Landrieu walked onto the Senate floor midafternoon Saturday to announce her aye vote -- and to trumpet the financial "fix" she had arranged for Louisiana. "I am not going to be defensive," she declared. "And it's not a $100 million fix. It's a $300 million fix." "

Deliberative Analysis, RIP

American Thinker "A troubling trend has emerged in regard to hot-button issues like [Man-caused] Global Warming and health care. It may not come as a surprise, but there no longer appears to be an interest by many on the left to engage in deliberative analysis and debate about proposed legislation. There are a handful of stereotypical accusations and responses from the left, whether from the Democrat leadership, including the President, or the average, everyday liberal. These irrational attacks must be addressed, broken down, and put away for good."

Obama's Presidency Has Been Nothing But One Big SNL Skit: SNL Makes Fun Of Obama's Trip To China...

Weasel Zippers Obama travels the world kissing what?

NYT: Conservatives Are "Cowards" Because They Oppose Holding Civilian Trial For Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in NYC...

Weasel Zippers "And what galls us most is having watched for years as politicians like Shadegg used fear-mongering about 9/11 and the threat of attacks as a political tool."

Burkha Barbie

"She said: 'We are delighted Sotheby's and the designer chose to auction the burka Barbie dolls for our charity.' The money will go towards the Rewrite the Future campaign which helps millions of children around the world effected by conflict."

The Obama/Holder Bushwhack

American Thinker "For the first time in U.S. history, because of the irresponsibility of the Obama administration, unlawful enemy combatants (make that "unprivileged enemy belligerents") who committed an act of war against the United States will be charged with war crimes in a civilian court on U.S. soil. Must we endure an Obama apology to Herman Goering and Hideki Tojo? Obama wants to wake up in the city that doesn't sleep to find he's king of the hill, top of the heap. Let's hope it's not another heap of rubble."

Saturday, November 21, 2009

When Our Military Is Attacked, Obama Is a Nowhere Man

By Robin of Berkeley "...And that's why Obama should never have been elected president."...."The person can even lack experience if he or she is committed to working 24/7, learning the important stuff, and seeking expert advice. But there's one requirement that is nonnegotiable: Any viable candidate for president needs to be able to care about us. And, frankly, I don't know if this president is capable of it. " Robin is a licensed psychotherapist and a recovering liberal in Berkeley.

MSNBC Should Fire Norah O’Donnell

Verum Serum "Actually, this is much worse than Susan Roesgen. Susan Roesgen, biased as she was, was at least speaking off-the-cuff. Norah O’Donnell actually set up this little gotcha moment as if she were Michael Moore. She didn’t know the facts (or wasn’t sure of them), so she had to check them on her blackberry, but then she made it look as if it were all spur of the moment."...."Susan Roesgen deserved to lose her job. CNN chose not to let blatant on-air bias define them. What Norah O’Donnell did is worse. MSNBC should fire Norah O’Donnell. Until that happens (I won’t hold my breath) some enterprising reporter should ask Robert Gibbs if this is why MSNBC is the White House’s favorite network."

Nidal Hasan and Fort Hood; A Study in Muslim Doctrine

By Raymond Ibrahim "While the media wonders in exasperation why he did it, offering the same old tired and trite reasons — he was "picked on," he was "mentally unbalanced" — the fact is his behavior comports well with certain Islamic doctrines. As such, it behooves Americans to take a moment and familiarize themselves with the esotericisms of Islam."

Historic health care bill clears Senate hurdle

Yahoo News "The 60-39 vote cleared the way for a bruising, full-scale debate beginning after Thanksgiving on the legislation, which is designed to extend coverage to roughly 31 million who lack it, crack down on insurance company practices that deny or dilute benefits and curtail the growth of spending on medical care nationally."

Founder Of The Weather Channel And 30,000 Other Scientists Wanting To Sue Al Gore For Global Warming Fraud

Weasel Zippers So do it. Now. (As always with WZ, language advisory.)

Sen. Blanche Lincoln also on board, 60 in hand

Politico "Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) said she’d deliver the deciding vote to push forward with a sweeping health reform plan in the Senate Saturday, ending days of speculation over whether President Barack Obama’s signature priority would proceed to the floor or suffer a debilitating blow. " As Pelosi will say, "the American people have spoken!"

Senate Health Vote Set For Saturday Night

Rogue Government "The Senate will vote at 8 pm Saturday to cut off debate on a motion to proceed to the healthcare reform bill. If 60 senators support the motion, the chamber would automatically adopt the motion to proceed to the bill and then depart. The Senate would begin amending the bill after the Thanksgiving recess."

Hacker Releases Data Implicating CRU in Global Warming Fraud

Pajamas Media "While the leaked documents and emails strongly suggest that Global Warmists have been taking the public for a ride, the news is as likely to be welcomed as a belated discovery that Karl Marx was actually a stockbroker. It is likely to be denied and the critics who use the leaked documents will be mercilessly attacked. So Delingpole is probably right in believing that there’s too much riding on Global Warming for its political support to die quickly. "

How expensive will Blanche Lincoln's vote be?

Washington Examiner "One of the other red-state holdouts, Sen. Mary Landrieu, is on board after the Reid bill was written to include a $100 million payout to her home state -- what Republicans are calling "the second Louisiana purchase" (it should be noted that the first one only cost $15 and came with the Mississippi River)."

Was IG Walpin fired because he uncovered hush money scandal?

Rick Moran "...Now doesn't that sound like a juicy scandal? It's got everything; sexual wrongdoing, pro sports, people in high places, cover up, bribery, and a connection to the President of the United States.But this isn't "normal" America. This is Obama's America where such stories that might have sunk a Republican president are considered "distractions" and not worthy of covering."

Our good friends, the Pakistanis

Rick Moran "If you haven't caught HBO's compelling documentary "Terror in Mumbai" I urge you to do so. It will make you really question whether our erstwhile ally Pakistan is, in fact, a mortal enemy."

Foreign policy tests Obama-Clinton bond

Financial Times "Perhaps the most successful secretary of state of the past 20 years was James Baker, who was the closest to the president he served, George H. W. Bush. A bond between president and the secretary of state helps when it comes to executing foreign policy. While Mrs Clinton’s relationship with Mr Obama is cordial, one would be hard-pressed to call them buddies."

Friday, November 20, 2009

Eric Holder's Horrible Hearing

Mary Katharine Ham TWS "... you know what [Moussaoui] would do? He would wait until the judge left the courtroom, and the jury left, and then he would spew this terrible anger," she says. "Hateful, hateful stuff. .  .  . We're gonna have that in New York? For years?" The trial, which ended with Moussaoui's guilty plea, was notorious for its theatrics. Moussaoui represented himself and was noted for such legal arguments as, "God Bless Mohammed Atta" and "America, you lost. .  .  . I won."

Terror in Mumbai: Finally, an Unapologetic Look at Jihad

Pajamas Media Terror in Mumbai, airing [Friday], sounds as if the Weekly Standard wrote the narration and chose the images to display. It doesn’t mince words, hide the truth, or make excuses for the monsters behind last November’s attacks on the Indian metropolis. No mindless recitations of “Why do they hate us?” Catch it next time, if there is one.

Apology ideas submitted to Obama's Speechwriter

Lee Cary "Jon, this is only a short list. I can easily expand it to, say, 100 more, including apologizes(sic) to Mexico for the War of 1846, to native Americans who were tricked into selling Manhattan Island for what a medium-priced lunch in a three star restaurant costs there today, to Somalia for recently murdering three of their pirates in cold blood without a trial…and many more. But the list above should be sufficient for a few weeks. Keep up the fine speechwriting, Jon. America has much for which it needs to apologize."

Breitbart: Investigate Acorn or else (updated)

Clarice Feldman "The most recent ACORN tape of the L.A. ACORN office is far from the last tape sting Andrew Breitbart has. Attorney General Holder keeps refusing to investigate what is an obvious nationwide criminal endeavor. Breitbart now threatens that if Holder does not investigate the rest of the tapes will be released just before the 2010 election when they will do most damage to the administration:"

Bay Area not maverick enough to read Palin book

'SF Gate "Anything like that we wouldn't carry," said clerk Emily Stackhouse. "We're a small store and it would probably gross us all out. Some things you carry because of freedom of speech, but a book like that is just gross."

Travesty in New York

Charles Krauthammer "Civilian courts with broad rights of cross-examination and discovery give terrorists access to crucial information about intelligence sources and methods. That's precisely what happened during the civilian New York trial of the 1993 World Trade Center bombers. The prosecution was forced to turn over to the defense a list of two hundred unindicted co-conspirators, including the name Osama bin Laden. "Within ten days, a copy of that list reached bin Laden in Khartoum," wrote former Attorney General Michael Mukasey, the presiding judge at that trial, "letting him know that his connection to that case had been discovered."" ...."Moreover, the incentive offered any jihadi is as irresistible as it is perverse: Kill as many civilians as possible on American soil and Holder will give you Miranda rights, a lawyer, a propaganda platform -- everything but your own blog." (Emphasis added.)

Scientific scandal appears to rock climate change promoters

Clarice Feldman in AT "There's big news for climate change students. A hacker has gotten into the computers at Hadley CRU, Britain's largest climate research institute and a proponent of global warming, and seems to have uncovered evidence of substantial fraud in reporting the "evidence" on global warming; the unlawful destruction of records to cover up this fraud ,conspiracy,and deceit in the entire operation."

Palin-odes?

By Victor Davis Hanson "The best thing she can do is to go out and talk, take her licks, promote her book, fend off foes, and gain experience in the arena of ideas — while spending her evenings reading and debating wonks and politicians. The marketplace of politics then will decide her fate, not pundits or political insiders. If she swims in the next year, she’s on her way; if she sinks, she will recede from our memory."

Political Cartoons by Michael Ramirez

Townhall

Justice Delayed/ Holder’s friends in the al-Qaeda bar caused the trial delays he now criticizes.

By Andrew C. McCarthy "This is chutzpah writ large. The principal reason there were so few military trials is the tireless campaign conducted by leftist lawyers to derail military tribunals by challenging them in the courts. Many of those lawyers are now working for the Obama Justice Department. That includes Holder, whose firm, Covington & Burling, volunteered its services to at least 18 of America’s enemies in lawsuits they brought against the American people."

The Day I Met Sarah Palin and the Liberal Media

Red, White and Conservative "In one day I met a role model, and met the liberal media and their crafty schemes. I fell prey to liberal bias, but I’d like to think I did an okay job. We always want do-overs, and I can assure you if I had a do-over with Miss O’Donnell you’d see a much more prepared (well rested) and ready to go at it side of this 17 year old. But unlike Norah I didnt have my note cards with me. I was forced to think on the spot and answer a gotcha question. Her goal was clear, make this teenager look like an uneducated Palin supporting buffoon."

Obama and Holder gaffes could influence 9/11 trial, lawyers say

UK Telegraph "Remarks by the US president and Eric Holder, the Attorney General, forecasting a conviction for the Khalid Sheikh Mohammed could create unnecessary delays in the trial, analysts said. Defence lawyers were sure to apply to have the charges dismissed after Mr Obama made an overarching effort to reassure Americans that the decision to put Mohammed on trial at a federal court in New York was sound."

Possible Conspiracy To Falsify Temperature Data Uncovered

Newsbusters "E-mail messages between high-ranking scientists appear to indicate a conspiracy by some of the world's leading global warming alarmists to falsify temperature data in order to exaggerate global averages."

Top 10 Reasons you might be a progressive

American Thinker "7. If you are a congress person in a "free country" who has a Freudian Slip and tells someone you want to nationalize their whole industry while at the same time you are directing tax payer dollars to save a company you are part owner of... you might be a progressive."

Pennsylvania Union Leader Criticized for Threatening Legal Action Over Boy Scout's Volunteerism

Fox News "Nick Balzano, president of the [SEIU]'s Allentown chapter, said last week that the union might file a grievance against the city for allowing 17-year-old Kevin Anderson to clear the hiking trail, instead of paying some of the 39 recently laid-off SEIU members to do the work."

"Diversity" in media

Newsbusters "But their shared disdain for free speech and the free market extend way beyond just this. These "media reformers" seek to eradicate most or all private ownership of all information delivery - be it by radio, television or the internet - thereby leaving the federal government as sole purveyor."

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Excused Horrors

By Walter E. Williams "Professor Kors asks why are the horrors of Nazism so well known and widely condemned, but not those of socialism and communism? For decades after World War II, people have hunted down and sought punishment for Nazi murderers. How much hunting down and seeking punishment for Stalinist and Maoist murderers? In Europe, especially Germany, hoisting the swastika-emblazoned Nazi flag is a crime. It’s acceptable to hoist and march under a flag emblazoned with the former USSR’s hammer and sickle."

EXCLUSIVE: CIA Secret 'Torture' Prison Found at Fancy Horseback Riding Academy

ABC News "Where affluent Lithuanians once rode show horses and sipped coffee at a café, the CIA installed a concrete structure where it could use harsh tactics to interrogate up to eight suspected al-Qaeda terrorists at a time." A little more Here .

A failed presidency is now unavoidable

By Monty Pelerin ""Not a very good first year for America, or the world, under a new leadership that promised a new respect, a new start, and a new way of doing business. It's new alright - it just isn't any good."We have a failed presidency that cannot be retrieved.".... "For the Democrats, it is a more difficult problem. Ultimately, I believe they will abandon ship. Politicians of both parties are like rats; they are survivors. All politicians will take that course which they believe gives them the best chance for individual survival. Loyalty be damned."

A top psychiatrist at Walter Reed warned Fort Hood about Hasan

By Rick Moran "Hasan's supervisor at Walter Reed sent the memo to the Walter Reed credentials committee. It reads, "Memorandum for: Credentials Committee. Subject: CPT Nidal Hasan." More than a page long, the document warns that: "The Faculty has serious concerns about CPT Hasan's professionalism and work ethic. ... He demonstrates a pattern of poor judgment and a lack of professionalism." It is signed by the chief of psychiatric residents at Walter Reed, Maj. Scott Moran. When shown the memo, two leading psychiatrists said it was so damning, it might have sunk Hasan's career if he had applied for a job outside the Army."

Palin's Pro-Israel Positions are a Michaya

Atlas Shrugs ""Palin supports the Jewish homeland against Islamic jihad and has been consistent on this. Here and here and here ....I have many links. Jewish leadership was wrong not to back her - they actually disinvited her to anti-Ahmadinejad rally in NY before the election. ...I am so behind Palin for president because she represents America's true hope of a noble, moral, exceptional country."

Obama Shrinks Chanukah Celebration at White House

Atlas Shrugs ""The guest list is expected to be shrunk by more than half, according to the Jerusalem Post. "Though several Jewish leaders expressed understanding ...they acknowledged that it would likely help feed feelings in some quarters of the American Jewish community that the White House is giving them the cold shoulder." The move comes on the heels of Obama's cancellation of an appearance before the General Assembly of North American Jewish Federations last week."

$50,000 to clean up a 2 oz mercury spill

American Thinker "The use of compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) will soon be mandatory in the United States. And CFLs contain what? What? Say it louder: MERCURY. You can expect the cleanup crew in the picture to be coming to your house- to help you clean up a broken light bulb."

Miranda Rights on the Battlefield Unconstitutional?

American Thinker "Soldiers have been ordered to issue battlefield Miranda rights to captured enemy combatants. Rick Moran does an excellent job explaining the trouble with issuing Miranda rights to terrorists."

AT THE END OF THE DAY, DIVERSITY HAS JUMPED THE SHARK, HORRIFICALLY

Ann Coulter "Mohammed's military tribunal was already under way when Obama came into office, stopped the proceedings and, eight months later, announced that Mohammed would be tried in a federal court in New York."

Holder's testimony and Andrew McCarthy's rebuttals

NRO "They are in recess after opening statements and initial rounds of questions. Here are some of the Attorney General's whoppers so far:"

Dean of Harvard Medical School: Health 'Reform' Gets a Failing Grade

By JEFFREY S. FLIER WSJ "Worse, currently proposed federal legislation would undermine any potential for real innovation in insurance and the provision of care. It would do so by overregulating the health-care system in the service of special interests such as insurance companies, hospitals, professional organizations and pharmaceutical companies, rather than the patients who should be our primary concern."

Krauthammer: Obama offered al-Qaeda 9/11 Act II

Hot Air "“I believe that this is a decision that comes as a result of the president making the decision, or if not making the decision, allowing an attorney general to do what he normally doesn’t have the authority to do, and could only do at the acquiescence of the president,” the former AG and former Missouri senator argued."

Report: Newsweek Palin Cover Photo a Violation of Contract

Newsbusters ""Runner's World did not provide Newsweek with its cover image," the spokeswoman said to Daily Finance. "It was provided to Newsweek by the photographer's stock agency, without Runner's World's knowledge or permission.""

Video shows Sen. Obama thought a military tribunal was fine for Khalid Shaikh Mohammed

LA Times "Speaking of military tribunals, we went back into the video archives and found this C-SPAN tape below. Holder might want to watch it. It contains his boss, Barack Obama, a brief member of that same Senate, in 2006 stating that a military tribunal was a perfectly fine way of handling such dangerous individuals as Khalid Shaikh Mohammed."

Reading Bin Laden His Rights

Powerline "Lindsay Graham frequently drives us crazy, but it can't be denied that he has his moments. In today's Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, he took Eric Holder to the woodshed: "(video) Attorney General Eric Holder Confronted By 9-11 Families At Testimony

Jesse Jackson: “You can’t vote against healthcare and call yourself a black man”

Hot Air "“One of the reasons that I like and admire Rev. Jesse Jackson is that 21 years ago he inspired the idea that a black politician would not be judged simply as a black leader,” Davis’s statement said. “The best way to honor Rev. Jackson’s legacy is to decline to engage in an argument with him that begins and ends with race.”"

Sebelius says Ignore Mammogram Rec, GOP Attacks Health Reform Bill

ABC News "The advisory board recommendation that women at low risk of breast cancer should get fewer mammograms set off a firestorm of public debate ... affecting the health reform debate on Capitol Hill. Two Republican Congresswomen argued at a press conference today that the advisory board's recommendation is a glimpse into what health care would be like if Democrats can pass their reform plans."

Circling Sharks Smell American Blood

By Victor Davis Hanson NRO "American hesitation abroad reflects the shaky economic news. In Afghanistan, we can’t decide whether to seek victory or admit defeat — or simply vote present by keeping the status quo. President Obama reached out to enemies such as Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran and Hugo Chávez of Venezuela. But so far they remain unimpressed, despite his apologizing for an assortment of supposed past American sins."

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Nidal Hasan and Fort Hood: A Study in Muslim Doctrine (Part 1)

by Raymond Ibrahim "An in-depth look at the Islamic teachings behind the Fort Hood massacre. First up: Hasan's loyalty to Muslims and deception of infidels."

Obama’s Prissy America / Why Obama’s America seems so self-centered?

By Victor Davis Hanson "During the campaign there was Obama the Humble, offering creepy messianic rhetoric about subsiding seas and cooling temperatures, ...faux-Greek temple convention sets, Latin mottos and the Obama “seal,” schoolchildren singing Obama songs, and the staged Victory Column backdrops. All that led right into ten months of an even more megalomaniac climate in which dissent — whether from Fox News, the Tea Party protests, or the Chamber of Commerce — was seen as blasphemous."

Ana Marie Cox is SO Smart, She Doesn’t Even Have to READ Books to Review Them!

IOwnTheWorld "But, kudos Miss Cox and the Washington Post! You have successfully proven once and for all that journalistic integrity no longer exists anywhere in the print media. You may as well go ahead and put your entire paper on MSNBC.com. You’ve sunken to their level. Good work!"

Political Cartoons by Gary Varvel

Townhall

Fort Hood jihadist tried to turn his patients in for "war crimes"

ABC News "Colonel Anthony Febbo at Fort Hood reportedly told investigators he was twice contacted by Hasan, on Nov. 2 and a week earlier in October, about the question of whether he could legally provide information on "war crimes" he had learned in the course of psychiatric counseling he provided soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan." Hat tip to Jihad Watch

Kiss Your Freedoms Goodbye If Health Care Passes

By , Reason "Government is the negation of freedom. Freedom is your power and ability to follow your own free will and your own conscience. The government wants you to follow the will of some faceless bureaucrat."

Tibet, Dalai Lama thrown under the bus by Obama

American Thinker "What a pathetic performance on the international stage. While Hu Jintao is confident of Barack's support for the "one-China principle" most Americans are disgusted with B.O.'s determination to promote his ½ America principle. The bully boys of the world are finding that negotiating with Barack Obama is like taking candy from a baby. America sure could use a little cowboy diplomacy. "

AP Turns Heads for Devoting 11 Reporters to Palin Book 'Fact Check'

FoxNews  ""Palin quickly hit back on a Facebook post titled "Really? Still Making Things Up?"  "Imagine that," the post read. "11 AP reporters dedicating time and resources to tearing up the book, instead of using the time and resources to 'fact check' what's going on with Sheik Mohammed's trial, Pelosi's health care takeover costs, Hasan's associations, etc. Amazing.""

Obama's Ratings Dive Bomb ........... Down -14 and sinking like a stone


Atlas Shrugs 

No American President Ever Bowed to a Foreign Leader — Until Now

Newsmax "No president of the United States in the more than 230 years since the country was founded in 1776 had ever bowed to a member of royalty. That was until Barack Obama’s presidency." Hat tip to Ron Woodward and Joy Roeder

Carrie Prejean, Sexting and a Lost Generation

Rebecca Hagelin "As Carrie Prejean continues to suffer, "grow up", fall and stand back up in front of the entire world, parents should discuss with our own children the many truths that Carrie's drama reveals. Among them: 1) If you dare to challenge what is "politically correct", you will become a target. 2) In today's high-tech world, "Be sure, your sins will find you out." 3) If your life is marked by modesty, honesty, and decency, your enemies' attacks will be far less effective."

Senators have tough questions for Holder

USA Today h/t to Lucianne "In an appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Holder most likely will face difficult questions not only about his decision in the Mohammed case but also about whether federal investigators mishandled information about the Fort Hood shooting suspect's contacts with a radical cleric months before the Nov. 5 massacre. Three of Holder's most vocal critics of the decision to try Mohammed in civilian court are members of the panel: Republican Sens. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, John Cornyn of Texas and Jon Kyl of Arizona."

NBC’s ObamaVision: ‘Law and Order’ — ‘This Is Why We Need Health-Care Reform’

Big Hollywood "The economy is weak, so they have devolved to converting White House talking points into weekly shows. Last week, “Doped” was a farcical equivalent of “Damien Thorn meets Karen Silkwood.” Pharmaceutical companies and Doctors are worse than drug cartels. The killers in the previous week’s episode on such cartels were more sympathetic than the health professionals. "

"We Don't Need Any More US Troops to Beat The Taliban, What We Need Is For The Italians to Leave Their Bases And Fight"....

Scotsman "Ismail Khan, the self-styled Emir of western Afghanistan, and three-decade veteran of fighting the Taleban and the Russians, was particularly scathing about the Italian forces, in his hometown of Herat."...."Mr Khan said: "The Italians were not very active. They didn't do a lot of operations to go and find the Taleban. Most of the fighting was when they got ambushed.""People respect the Americans because they went outside the city and fought the Taleban face to face."

The Code Pink-Hollywood-Taliban-Obama connection

Big Government "Last year, right before Jodie Evans attended another high dollar event for Obama, she gave a radio interview in which she sympathized with Osama bin Laden about his reasons for the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks that murdered nearly 3000 Americans and foreign nationals."

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Liz Cheney Fights Back On Terror Trials

KeepAmericaSafe.com "The father of slain Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl slammed the Obama administration’s decision to hold a public trial for admitted 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed — who boasted of killing his son in Pakistan."

Al Qaeda's Civil Liberties Union

Weekly Standard "Who are KSM's lawyers, in any event? They are members of the ACLU's John Adams Project, ...The John Adams Project represents Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and the four other 9/11 conspirators the Obama administration has decided to move to U.S. soil for trial. Thus, it is not surprising that the ACLU has praised the controversial move, saying it was "a major victory for due process and the rule of law."...."But the ACLU cannot tell the difference between us and our enemies--as its own propaganda shows. Therefore, it does not bode well for America's counterterrorism efforts that the Obama administration is in agreement with al Qaeda's useful idiots."

Life begins again

World Magazine "A Planned Parenthood director in Texas has a change of heart after watching a baby ‘crumple’ on an ultrasound".... " She has been accused of trying to become the next right-wing media darling but points out that Planned Parenthood took the story public first—she was hoping to just move on with her life."

Same Old, Same Old at Fort Hood

By Victor Davis Hanson "Every few months either an Islamic-inspired terrorist plot will be foiled, or a young Muslim male will shoot, run down or stab someone while invoking anger at non-Muslims.In other words, the attack on Fort Hood happened on schedule. It was the rule, not the exception. And something like it will occur again — soon."

Another Starbucks e-mail circulating

Snopes FALSE. Read the account here.

Video: Obama’s teleprompter malfunctions during family dinner

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Political Cartoons by Michael Ramirez

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12 brave men and women needed for trial of evil 9/11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed

NY Daily News "In the 2006 trial of Sept. 11 plotter Zacarias Moussaoui in Virginia, jurors were picked up and dropped off at constantly changing rendezvous spots far from the courthouse and whisked inside as snipers and a wall of blazers stood by." Read more Here: Then here: With this momentous decision [Holder] has cheapened the value of U.S. citizenship.

Get Used to an Exceptional President and an Unexceptional Country

By Victor Davis Hanson "After another year of all this apologizing, revisionism, ahistoricism, and separation of Obama the Nobel Prize winner from Obama the U.S. president, no one will quite remember that it was the Chinese and Russians who butchered millions of their own and threatened the free world during the Cold War, or that from the Middle East we got international terrorism, crippling oil boycotts, and energy cartels, or that Reagan helped crash the Soviet Union, or that the Japanese started WWII at Pearl Harbor."

Dog lovers: GET A TISSUE READY...

Boortz "If this doesn't bring tears to your eyes, you have no heart. Gracie the dog greets her dad just back from Afghanistan."

Thoughts from the Later Republic

By Victor Davis Hanson "These are the most interesting of times: we are witnessing nothing less than an attempt in just 10 months to reinvent the United States at home and abroad into something it never was, led by someone who, the more soothing, comforting, and melodic his speech-making, the more bruising, cut-throat, and ruthless the act that follows."

September 10? It’s Worse Than That

By Andrew C. McCarthy "How was the Blind Sheikh convicted? By presenting to the jury his fiery sermons and private meetings with the faithful, often in mosques where he urged barbarous strikes against America, swaddled in accurate quotations of the Koran and other Muslim scripture. Of course, he claimed that such exhortations were protected speech. That is, he made exactly the same arguments the Islamist Left has spent the last eight years beating into the country, including into the Justice Department and the FBI. But back in 1995, those arguments were seen for the nonsense that they were."

About that Holder rationale for trying KSM in New York...

Clarice Feldman "As he told us last Friday, Eric Holder wants to try Khalid Sheik Mohammed in civilian courts because he (mostly) attacked civilians, while the attackers of the USS Cole will be sent to a military tribunal. The Dallas Morning News explained:".... "And if the next batch of terrorists are clever enough to attack an elementary school will they be tried in juvenile court?" The real reason we're trying terrorists in civilian courts "...They may be "heinous criminals, terrorists" but basically they're criminals who have "to be treated. . .with great. . .sensitivity to the crimes they've committed against America.""

Joy Reid, Kooky Guests Go All Out Priming Viewers to Hate Conservatives

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