Sunday, January 31, 2010

Obama Bows, Redux

A visiting head of state? An Italian princess???

Nope! Just the mayor of Tampa!
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What is it with Obama? Is he hinged at the waist? Or is it just in the presence of his betters? Like the Mayor of Tampa? Sheesh!

H/T Wizbang
Cross posted at Say Anything

Update: The pictures of Obama bowing to the mayor of Tampa seem to have disappeared.

"Culture Versus Reality"

There's a really great Andrew Klavan video found over at Self Evident Truths:

Make sure you stick with it to the very end. It's worth it.

H/T Eye of Polyphemus
Cross posted at Say Anything

Elly's Letter to the Editor

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Dear Letter to the Ed-itor: Hi, y'all! This here's Elly May Light, sittin' down by the concrete swimmin' hole, thinkin' about what a fine job that nice young man Barack Obama has been doin' in the White House. And the longer I'm sittin' and thinkin', I'm thinkin' I oughta say something on his be-half. (Because the way he's a goin', there'll only be half a country left purty durn quick!)

Now some of you Ed-itors (how'd y'all all come to be named "Ed" any ways?) may not think I read your fine paper every day. Well, I've been a subscriber ever since I moved to (insert name of city here)! So, as a local girl, I want my voice to be heard.

And just so you know, I've got a lot of sisters an' cousins an' aunts and all and we all have the same names. My pappy was so poor he couldn't pay attention, so he used a name he could remember real easy like! So, if'n they all gets the urge to write you, too, while they're sittin' next to their own concrete swimmin' holes, that is what they call a co-inky-dink in the big city! Because we all loves us some Obama!

Yes, we do.
We truly, dooley do.
(I'm not getting paid by the word or nothin', I just really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really like Mr. Barack Hussein Obama, the first black President of these here United States of America!)

So, thank you for your time. Please print my letter, so that I, like my hundreds of sisters an' cousins an' aunts and all, can tell you how we, each and every one of us, as separate and dis-tinked individuals, feel about Barack Obama.

Elly May Light
Beverly Hills, CA

(Please do not reply to this email.)


Over on another blog I shall not name, one commenter called Obama's SOTU speech "Lincolnesque". Once I was able to stop laughing, the only Lincoln I could think of that fit the bill was Lincoln Hayes from the Mod Squad! (Reason 596 for me to get a real photoshop program!)

Quote du jour

It took 100,000 years for humans to get inches off the ground. Then, astonishingly, it took only 66 to get from Kitty Hawk to the moon. And then, still more astonishingly, we lost interest, spending the remaining 30 years of the 20th century going around in circles in low earth orbit, i.e., going nowhere.
-Charles Krauthammer, Jan. 31, 2000

Saturday, January 30, 2010

D'oh-lbermann Loses Critical Demographic

The word of the day is "Schadenfreude"!
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...and getting worser!

According to Daily Finance:

Ratings for Olbermann's Countdown have been soft recently, and the 8 p.m. shows on CNN and HLN have narrowed the gap. In the important demographic of adults 25 to 54 -- the group advertisers are looking to reach -- Countdown was down 44% year-over-year in January. It averaged 268,000 viewers in that demo, only 3,000 more than Nancy Grace's show on HLN, and 12,000 more than CNN's Campbell Brown. Fox News's O'Reilly Factor dominated the hour with 964,000 viewers age 25 to 54, and was the only cable news show in the time period to increase its audience, by 55%.

So, Bill O'Reilly, whom the liberals hate, increased his audience 55% in the 25 to 54 demographic, to a size nearly four times that of the junk yard dog D'oh-lbermann, while D'oh-lbermann's audience dropped like sub zero temperatures at an Al Gore global warming conference? Sweet!

H/T Weasel Zippers

A Little Saturday Night Music

Tommy Emmanuel & J.Shimabukuro: While My Guitar Gently Weeps

Quote du jour

I don’t care how cool the president is, watching members of Congress scrambling for autographs afterwards seems a tad cheesy.
It’s not like he’s Erik Estrada. No one is like Erik Estrada.

-Greg Gutfeld

Friday, January 29, 2010

Friday Night Babe

Tonight's FNB* is Lindsay Lohan!
(*a.k.a. Rule Five Friday)

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D'Oh-lbermann: "Arrogant" is a Code Word for a Racial Slur

I really hesitate to give this guy the time of day most days, because I fear that by publicizing his childish rants online, we actually double or triple his cable audience. But, race baiting morons seem to be my specialty of late, so with that in mind, I give you "Count dumb with Keith D'Oh-lbermann"

So, when Han Solo tells Luke "Don't get cocky", he was slinging a racial slur? And I had no idea that arrogance was strictly a racial characteristic! I think D'Oh-lbermann is a pretty arrogant POS. Does that mean I think he's black??? D'Oh-lbermann is a few fries short of a happy meal here. His attempt at race baiting will go unnoticed by all except the rabid moonbat Left (but both of those guys are already half his audience!). He cannot stand that not everyone gets a tingle up their leg like he and Chrissy do. If he were intellectually honest, he could admit that the individuals he criticized disagree with Obama on matters of policy, not race. But, if you are going to slander your opponents and attempt to assassinate their character, saying you merely disagree with them doesn't carry a lot of weight. D'Oh-lbermann's attempts to name anyone as "Worst Person in the World, may just be projection on his part! Note: I'm having trouble seeing this video on Firefox, both here and on Say Anything. IE has no problems at all. Do not blame your set! Update: I saw an ad on TV last night for the show "House". It said he was "arrogant". I wonder if they were talking about the white, English actor or the white American doctor he plays on TV? I wish D'oh-lberdork was here to translate for me! H/T NRO Cross posted at Say Anything

Aboard the Health Care Titanic

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Michael Ramirez. Spot on (and funny) as usual.

Pro Life Ad Rejected by NBC & CNN

This ad was rejected by both NBC and CNN. A free lunch at a drive up window of your choice to the first person who can give me a good reason why.

H/T The Blog Prof

Which Part of What You Just Said Didn’t you Understand, Ms. Brewer?

“Are you willing to tell schools…no money for you”

Her defense: "It was a question!" A loaded question, like "When did you stop beating your wife?", but a question nonetheless! This gal is going to give "airheads" a bad name! No media bias here! Nothing to see! Move along!

H/T Flopping Aces
Cross posted at Say Anything

Quote du jour

Mr Obama is in danger of being perceived as someone whose rhetoric, however skillful, cannot always be trusted.

-Bob Herbert NYT

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Barack Obama: "Serial Liar"

Mark Levin, author of Men in Black, on the SOTU:

I think this audio clip pretty much speaks for itself!

Update: From 1/28 radio show:
"So, to say that the Supreme Court changed 100 years of precedent is a bald face lie."

H/T Jammie Wearing Fool
Cross posted at Say Anything

This Last Week's Poll

This last week's poll: Scott Brown's Victory in Massachusetts marks:

The end of Obamacare as we know it 12%

The end of Democratic hegemony in the Senate 12%

The beginning of Republican ascendancy 0%

All of the above 75%

Not a scientific poll. Respondents are self selecting. Questions are drawn from fortune cookies, hieroglyphics and tomorrow’s New York Times.

Please make your opinion known in this week's poll.

Avatar II - The Sequel

Based on the overwhelming box office success of Avatar, James Cameron has commissioned a script for Avatar II, though admittedly, the sequel will be much darker...

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Avatar II: The Year We Gave Up Hope

Coming soon to a theater near you!

The Keen Business Sense of Barack Hussein Obama

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Barack as business man. That's a scary thought, isn't it? If Barack had to actually go out and earn a living by the sweat of his brow, disconnected from the government teat? How would he do as a banker???

To make college more affordable, this bill will finally end the unwarranted taxpayer-subsidies that go to banks for student loans.
That's right. Weaselly, but right! With the government putting itself in charge of student loans, the money will no longer go to the bank, it will go straight down the rat hole!

And let's tell another one million students that when they graduate, they will be required to pay only ten percent of their income on student loans, and all of their debt will be forgiven after twenty years – and forgiven after ten years if they choose a career in public service.
Aside from being the Bureaucrat Employment Act of 2010, is it really a good idea to tell everyone that borrows from you, that if they don't pay you back in ten or twenty years that it's "no harm, no foul"? So the taxpayer subsidies that he hinted were a bad thing at the beginning of his speech are still there, there's just not some nasty bank in the way, insisting that people who take out loans should pay them back! Oh, yeah! That's change we can believe in!
Obama and the Democrats are big on asking how much any tax break is going to "cost", anybody figure out what the cost to the taxpayer is going to be in forgiving these loans? Anybody?? Beuller? Beuller??

That's not to say that banks don't write off a certain percentage of student loans. They build that into the interest rates as a cost of doing business. What Obama has done, aside from usurping authority over making these loans, is to remove the profit incentive from the process. Meanwhile, telling the people who receive the money that it's "Okay if you don't pay it all back"!

That's the spirit that built our country! /sarcasm

Sleep tight, America! The President who spends money like a drunken sailor to eliminate debt has got a handle on student loans!

We are so screwed!

Cross posted at Say Anything

The "Logic Tight" Boxes of Barack Obama

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Back before the Earth had cooled and I was going to college, I believe it was in a psychology course that I was first introduced to the concept of "logic tight boxes", where a person could hold two (or more) contradictory beliefs, so long as they were kept separate in the person's mind in "logic tight boxes", where they would never be examined at the same time by the same standards.
With that in mind, let us examine the words of Barack Obama from his SOTU speech. Barack on tax cuts:
Let me repeat: we cut taxes. We cut taxes for 95% of working families. We cut taxes for small businesses. We cut taxes for first-time homebuyers. We cut taxes for parents trying to care for their children. We cut taxes for 8 million Americans paying for college. As a result, millions of Americans had more to spend on gas, and food, and other necessities, all of which helped businesses keep more workers.

And you "paid for" these tax cuts, how exactly?
The plan that has made all of this possible, from the tax cuts to the jobs, is the Recovery Act. That's right – the Recovery Act, also known as the Stimulus Bill.

So, tax cuts are a good thing, right? Good enough to go into debt to "pay for" them, right? Let's ask Barack!
it's time to finally slash the tax breaks for companies that ship our jobs overseas and give those tax breaks to companies that create jobs in the United States of America.

Oh. So tax breaks can be either good or bad, depending on who is getting them? I see.

Please clarify your position, Mr. President!
So let me start the discussion of government spending by setting the record straight. At the beginning of the last decade, America had a budget surplus of over $200 billion. By the time I took office, we had a one year deficit of over $1 trillion and projected deficits of $8 trillion over the next decade. Most of this was the result of not paying for two wars, two tax cuts, and an expensive prescription drug program.

So, tax cuts are a bad thing? You said the stimulus paid for your tax cuts. How is "paying for" tax cuts with borrowed money any better than that which you (wrongly) criticize? Aren't you going to add: "As a result of these two tax cuts, millions of Americans had more to spend on gas, and food, and other necessities, all of which helped businesses keep more workers"?

Glad you cleared that up for us, Mr. President! When "clueless Joe" Obama says that "two tax cuts" added to the deficit, he demonstrates that he clearly does not know how the world works. He looks at a static model which says "why bother to sell a million widgets at a dollar a piece, when if you only sold one for a million dollars, you wouldn't need to sell any more"! People don't work that way! Raising taxes ten percent is not a guarantee of a ten percent increase in revenues, because people will change their activity based on negative stimuli. Raising taxes or eliminating tax cuts is a disincentive to productivity. Cutting the tax rate ten percent is more likely to create a ten percent or better increase in government revenues, because people have an incentive to keep more of what they earn. When people get to keep more of their own money, it is an incentive for them to do more, not less. Tax rate cuts have historically raised revenues to the government by increasing the volume of activity.
Whether or not Obama is truly clueless or just wants to promote an agenda of class hatred (post racial, my arse!) he certainly gets it wrong. with disastrous consequences for the nation.

Cross posted at Say Anything

Quote du jour

"It's not your fault, Democratic Party Leadership. We shouldn't have raised the bar of expectations too high. We should just leave the bar on the ground … and wait for you to trip."

-Jon Stewart

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

"Nancy Pelosi's Arrogance is Breathtaking"

This is not the first time Cafferty has spoken truth to power. See January 10th:

If I had cable, I would start giving Jack a look see!

H/T Weasel Zippers
Cross posted at Say Anything

The Medal of Honor

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Sergeant Peter C. Lemon


For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Sgt. Lemon (then Sp4c.), Company E, distinguished himself while serving as an assistant machine gunner during the defense of Fire Support Base Illingworth. When the base came under heavy enemy attack, Sgt. Lemon engaged a numerically superior enemy with machinegun and rifle fire from his defensive position until both weapons malfunctioned. He then used hand grenades to fend off the intensified enemy attack launched in his direction. After eliminating all but 1 of the enemy soldiers in the immediate vicinity, he pursued and disposed of the remaining soldier in hand-to-hand combat. Despite fragment wounds from an exploding grenade, Sgt. Lemon regained his position, carried a more seriously wounded comrade to an aid station, and, as he returned, was wounded a second time by enemy fire. Disregarding his personal injuries, he moved to his position through a hail of small arms and grenade fire. Sgt. Lemon immediately realized that the defensive sector was in danger of being overrun by the enemy and unhesitatingly assaulted the enemy soldiers by throwing hand grenades and engaging in hand-to-hand combat. He was wounded yet a third time, but his determined efforts successfully drove the enemy from the position. Securing an operable machinegun, Sgt. Lemon stood atop an embankment fully exposed to enemy fire, and placed effective fire upon the enemy until he collapsed from his multiple wounds and exhaustion. After regaining consciousness at the aid station, he refused medical evacuation until his more seriously wounded comrades had been evacuated. Sgt. Lemon's gallantry and extraordinary heroism, are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit on him, his unit, and the U.S. Army.

Sgt. Lemon: We humbly salute you and thank you for your service.

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Hat tip Home of Heroes

There are fewer than a hundred living MoH recipients today. Their names and their stories should not be forgotten. My mission is to honor one of those heroes here each week, and salute them for their courage and sacrifice.

"Mein Kampf"* with H1N1**

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The nurse is ready to see you now!

Note to political junkies: There's really nothing to see here!

I have formulated a simple rule of thumb by which guys go to the hospital or see a doctor:

Rule #1: Uncontrollable bleeding. If you can't get the bleeding to stop, it's like that oil spot on your driveway. One or two drops, occasionally, you can put up with, but if it pours out and starts to puddle, you know that there aren't that many quarts in the crankcase!

Rule #2: Bones protruding from your skin.
These can be unsightly and often accompanied by Rule #1.

Rule #3: Prolonged or sudden unconsciousness. Technically, this is a rule your buddies have to observe for you, because,'re unconscious!

That's it! Pretty much all the reasons right there. So, awakening this morning feeling like death warmed over, preceded by flu-like symptoms the night before, led me to believe I might have the flu. And since I dutifully got my flu shot at the beginning of the season, while it is not 100% effective, this leads me to believe this could be H1N1, or "Swine flu". (See **)

And though ravaged by the flu (that's going to be the excuse*** for any errors in today's blog posts or comments), I still managed to drag my self to a keyboard (okay! thanks to WiFi, it was a laptop in bed this AM, 'til the battery went dead!) and attempt to post the best stuff I could think of and find. (See ***)

This may be my most footnoted missive in the short history of Proof Positive (coming up on two years, now! ****)

I need to stop now, before I footnote again! Later! *****

*Ger.: "My struggle". Note to the semi-literate: It is also not short for "kampfpaign". I am a bit curious as to what "Mein Kampf" in the title will produce in the way of Google searches...Sorry!
**H1N1? I was a doctor in a play once. This entitles me to dispense free medical advice and give physicals to fair members of the opposite sex. The only way I could know for sure if this was H1N1 would be to actually see a doctor! (See rules 1-3)
***The flu. Remember???
****Okay! Now I'm just getting punchy, but it will be two years this March 28th ( in case you want to get me something!)
*****Much later. Just couldn't resist the siren's song of one last footnote! Heh.

"Ellie Light" Exposed

Warning: it's not pretty! You can thank Saberpoint for this one!
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He also adds:
Ellie is the daughter of Turnoutda and Flickeringporch Light, of Laymebrayne, New York. She has an older brother, Bud, and a younger brother, Flash.

Her hobbies include scaring children, making excuses for Obama's incompetence, and traveling about the country writing letters to newspapers.
Heh. He also has a rebuttal to "Ellie Light's" original letter here.

On a serious note, The Cleveland Plain Dealer had this:
Ellie Light, the ubiquitous letter writer whose name appeared in newspapers nationwide praising President Barack Obama, appears to really be a male health care worker from California.

A man who identified himself as Winston Steward, 51, of Frazier Park, Calif., says he made up the name "Ellie Light" to protect himself from criticism and possible physical attacks, and used fake addresses across the country to get local newspapers to publish his letters.

So, Ellie is a dude??? (Not that there's anything wrong with that!)

"I am Winston Steward and have been sending the letters from Ellie Light," he told The Plain Dealer in an e-mail late Tuesday, following a phone interview in which he said the same. "I hope this ends any confusion and sets the record straight."
Oh, yeah! There's absolutely no confusion as to why some guy would claim to be a woman who lived in dozens of places around the country just so that he could bleat out the same one note about Obama the Transparent and how wonderful he was! /sarcasm

And something I did not know about California law, but have no problem with:
The name "Ellie Light" appeared with letters that ran in newspapers in multiple states, including California -- where state law makes it a misdemeanor to sign and send "any letter addressed to a newspaper with the name of a person other than himself."
An anti-sockpuppet law! Who'da thunk it?

Saberpoint once again:
"Ellie Light" is merely the pseudonym for a group of Democratic operatives trying to spread propaganda and make it look like "grass roots" opinion. It is false, but it is useful in one regard: it demonstrates so well the falsity and the cynicism of those who manipulate public opinion through falsehood and fraud.

There is at least circumstantial evidence to suggest that "Ellie" was not the work of a lone crank, but an orchestrated effort by ham-handed flaks to generate "astro-turf". For instance: the "Ellie Light" that wrote Say Anything had a different IP address than the one that wrote Ed Morrissey.
The twitter contacts and followers seem to suggest that this guy Winston is connected to flaks paid by the White House.

If "Captain Combover" wanted to take out an ad in the New York Times and say "Rah, rah, we love Obama!", there's nothing wrong with that. But this stealth campaign of trying to influence people through deceit and false populism is abhorrent to the idea of a democrat Republic with an informed electorate. It is manipulation of the crassest kind.

Thanks to Riehl World View, Patterico's Pontifications, and Left Coast Rebel for their work in uncovering this dishonest, anti-transparency of the "O'Comma" administration.

Cross posted at Say Anything

Krauthammer on Obama's "Freeze"

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It's not a hatchet. It's not a scalpel.* It's a Q-tip. It's a fraud. This is a miniscule amount. It excludes Defense, Homeland Security, Veterans Affairs. It excludes all the entitlements, which are 60 percent of the budget. It excludes stimuli past and future — the two thirds of the near trillion-dollar stimulus that has not been spent. All of that is excluded.
It excludes the $1 trillion that would end up being spent on health care if it were passed.

Compounded by the fact that if Obama loses in 2012, this three year "freeze" becomes null and void after one.

What it is, is a $15 billion reduction in a year, 2011, in which the CBO has just announced we are going to have a deficit of $1.35 trillion, which means it is — it's a rounding error, it's lunch money. . . .

This isn't a real cut. It's an appearance of cuts. It's a maneuver as a response to what happened in Massachusetts because he lost the independents – Obama – 3-1, and he knows independents worry about debt and deficits and spending. . . .

So he announces a freeze which is meaningless. Remember, these departments enjoyed a 20 percent increase in budget as a result of what Obama and the Democrats had done in 2009. So you are freezing [discretionary spending] at an extraordinarily high and unusual [level].

I'm also told that the cost of the surge in the Middle East is also factored in there, which is a cost that will not be incurred every year for the next three years. Plus, it is not an across the board "freeze", so it will be business as usual for most of government. The only thing this is an attempt to "freeze" is criticism of the reckless spending of this administration!

*Updated: Apparently, on the campaign trail Obama said:
"It sounds good. In fact, an across-the-board spending freeze is a hatchet, and we do need the scalpel, because there are some programs that don't work at all. Some programs are underfunded. And I want to make sure we are focused on the programs that work."

H/T The Corner
Cross posted at Say Anything

Spokesperson for "President O'Comma" Called 'Less than Honest" by MSM

"I Don’t Think You Can Say What You Just Said...And Be Honest About It" (3:16 into the video) -Harry Smith

It is refreshing and quite a novel experience to hear a spokesperson for this administration being called a liar in as nice a way as possible. Check out the way Harry Smith drops his head into his hand when she begins her denial of same. (3:19)
Anita is just another example of the clueless denial of the Obama administration that claimed the Scott Brown victory as support for his policies.
On a side note: President O'Comma? (1:05)

H/T Weasel Zippers
Cross posted at Say Anything

"Everything You've Heard About Interrogating Prisoners is Wrong"

An enlightening interview with Marc Thiessen
More on the subject here.

H/T Conservative Perspective
Cross posted at Say Anything

Quote du jour

“He wasn’t the one we’ve been waiting for.”

-Paul Krugman, on BHO

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

I'm So Vain, I Probably Think This Speech is About Me

132 times Obama refers to himself in this speech. One hundred. Thirty. Two. Freakin' amazing! H/T Rob Port

Krauthammer on Obama as a "One Termer"

"This guy's been on the tube more than Regis!"

H/T This Ain't Hell

Quote du jour

It took John Edwards two years to tell the truth. I was surprised; I thought it would take longer.
-David Perel

Monday, January 25, 2010

TOTUS Goes to Grade School

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I couldn't believe it when I first saw this. Not the second time, or the fifth time or the tenth time I saw it. It had to be a photoshop! Site after site had it posted, but I was't going to bite until I saw irrefutable truth that Obama needed a teleprompter for an elementary school speech.

Here's the White House video: (via Eye of Polyphemus)


I don't regularly follow Jodi Miller's Newsbusted, but there are a couple of gems in this one!

Obama has his own Halliburton!

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Expect Moonbats out in droves to protest! Bueller? Bueller??

Fox News:
The Obama administration this month awarded a $25 million federal contract for work in Afghanistan to a company owned by a prominent Democratic campaign contributor without entertaining competitive bids, Fox News has learned.
Despite President Obama's long history of criticizing the Bush administration for "sweetheart deals" with favored contractors, the Obama administration this month awarded a $25 million federal contract for work in Afghanistan to a company owned by a Democratic campaign contributor without entertaining competitive bids, Fox News has learned.

The contract, awarded on Jan. 4 to Checchi & Company Consulting, Inc., a Washington-based firm owned by economist and Democratic donor Vincent V. Checchi, will pay the firm $24,673,427 to provide "rule of law stabilization services" in war-torn Afghanistan.

It was always my contention that nearly every criticism of Bush during the Iraqi war could have been leveled at Clinton in the Balkans but wasn't. Expect the same deafening silence from those who did not criticize Halliburton under Clinton, criticized it under Bush and will fall silent once again for this Democrat President under the sheer weight of their own hypocrisy!
H/T Rob Port

Sockpuppets for Obama, The Update

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It seems that poor "Ellie" after having been caught in "her" tissues of lies, scrambles to try to salvage what's left of her credibility. "She" fails. In a letter to the Cleveland Plain Dealer that outed "her", she writes in part:

"But what I want to point out is that, if I were a person trying to imply this huge groundswell of support for our beleaguered president, then I would have signed the letter with different names."

Nice bit of misdirection! The fact is that "Ellie" signed all of "her" letters with different places she claimed to live was clearly an attempt to create a "groundswell" across the country.
I find it instructive that caught in massive lies, "she" continues to spin, as if he/she/or it had any credibility whatsoever.

H/T Hot Air
Cross posted at Say Anything

Obamastiltskin Spins Defeat into Fantasy

Poor Obama! Spin as he might, he can't get any traction!

Does he even believe what he's saying? If the voters were "angry and frustrated" for "eight years", why did they vote to re-elect George Bush? And if the "people who swept Obama to victory" were angry and frustrated at Bush, why would they sweep away your 60 vote, filibuster proof majority in the Senate if they believed you were actually fulfilling any of your campaign promises, Barack? Denial is not just a river in Egypt! Heh.

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Poor Obamastiltskin! Trying to spin defeat* into gold!

*Please feel free to substitute “bovine excrement” for defeat!

H/T Gateway Pundit
Cross posted at Say Anything

Quote du jour

It’s inherently risky for any charismatic politician to legislate. To act is to choose, and to choose is to disappoint the expectations of many who had poured their hopes into the empty vessel—of which candidate Obama was the greatest representative in recent American political history.

-Charles Krauthammer

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Sockpuppets for Obama

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There's been a bit of stir over someone calling himself/herself/itself "Ellie Light". I thought perhaps, it was just an overzealous O-bot, spamming for "The One", so I didn't get too excited, other than to note the dishonesty of the effort.
News Real notes, however, that the IP address on "Ellie" tracks to...Saudi Arabia??? WTF?

Riehl World View has more details:
If information I've been given is correct, there is circumstantial evidence linking now infamous letter writer Ellie Light to an international public relations firm involved with the White House in helping to promote health care reform.

Left Coast Rebel made me aware of a comment left on his blog by someone claiming to be Ellie Light. The comment was left by someone using the screen name Winston44. In searching out that name, I found a Twitter account under it that has barely been used.

The account has never tweeted and follows 18 individuals, with 9 following it. Given that we usually add people we know when we first open a Twitter account, I looked to see who the first individual was that Winston44 added. That would be Adam Segal.

Adam J. Segal, President, The 2050 Group, LLC + Named to PR Week's 40 Under 40 for 2009.

The inimitable Robert Stacy McCain calls "Ellie" a "Nasty Slut" and a "dirty, rotten, syphilitic whore" and invites "her" to sue him! Heh.

This does not appear to be the work of an amateur. This seems to be orchestrated by professionals, people working directly for the White House. The fact that they were incompetent enough to get caught does not change the fact that the White House should denounce such dishonesty and do a little house cleaning so that deceit and trickery are not the keystones of Obama's "transparent" and Nancy Pelosi's "most ethical" administration in history.

Cross posted at Say Anything

People of Massachusetts Expressed Their Support of Obama - By Voting For Brown

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The man who might arguably be the worst presidential press secretary since Baghdad Bob denied Saddam was losing the battle for Iraq, Robert Fibbs on Fox News Sunday:
"More people voted to express their support for Barack Obama than to oppose him."

So, Obama comes to the state, tells people to vote for Coakley and all the people who voted for Brown were expressing their support for Barack Obama?

Let us all support Barack in the same identical way until January of 2013!

Cross posted at Say Anything

Obama Contemplates His Economic Recovery Plan

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This is really the look I was going for when I identified "Separated at Birth".

Separated at Birth?

As Obama's State of the Union speech approaches, I wondered how the loss in Massachusetts might influence him to try to get ahead of the "tea party" movement. Then I found* this picture:

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*Well, I sorta made this picture!

"No Rules for Radicals"

A mildly depressing look at the opposition to conservatism, via The Other McCain:

Give him the "Stupid Helmet"

Remember Kelso from That 70's Show?

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This guy was so dumb that his friends always made him put on Green Bay Packers headgear, that they called the "Stupid Helmet", because they figured if this guy got any more brain damaged, he'd probably wind up a vegetable. This just in:

ELYRIA, Ohio -- President Barack Obama has received a custom-made football helmet while touring a sports equipment plant in Ohio.

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No comment.

The Poetry Corner

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The Cat in the White House

Does this sound like anyone you know?? (With apologies to Dr. Seuss!)

I do not like an honest vote.
Someone stole my NPR tote.
I do not like democracy.
Logic and reason make me flee.
I do not know how to debate.
My talking points make me sound eight.
I do not like folks smarter than me.
I do not like the GOP.

Quote du jour

How is a pledge to overturn Roe more compromising than a pledge to reaffirm it?

-Ramesh Ponnuru

Saturday, January 23, 2010

J.D. Hayworth Running to Unseat McCain

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J.D. Hayworth, former Arizona Congressman is planning to run against John McCain.

Republican Hayworth stepped down as host of his conservative radio talk show on KFYI-AM in Phoenix. Legally, he could not host the program and be an active candidate.

Hayworth had been ousted from his Congressional seat in 2006 and had hosted the radio show for the past few years.

"We will formally announce at a later time, but we're moving forward to challenge John McCain. I think we all respect John. I think his place in history is secure. But after close to a quarter-century in Washington, it's time for him to come home."

He said a recent "outpouring of support" from Arizonans who had asked him to run changed his mind.

"Arizonans have a clear choice -- a clear, commonsense, consistent conservative, or they can remain with a moderate who calls himself a maverick."

Could this be a continuation of the conservative revolution?

Cross posted at Say Anything

A Little Saturday Night Music

Andy McKee: Into the Ocean

As I told Smitty over at The Other McCain: I used to consider myself a bit of a guitar player. After listening to guys like Andy McKee, I realize now that I was merely annoying the strings!

Quote du jour

A year ago after the Obama victory and the sweep in the House and Senate, we were hearing about the great realignment, the death of conservatism, [how] the Republicans were in the wilderness, how this is going to be a generational thing.

It lasted not a generation but maybe eight or nine months. And what you see here is the tip of the iceberg. You've got a Democrat in [Alabama] in a seat that has been Democratic since 1866 switching. He knows what is happening now.

-Charles Krauthammer

Friday, January 22, 2010

Friday Night Babe

Tonight's FNB* is Kirsty Gallacher, a first time repeat FNB!
(*a.k.a. Rule Five Friday)

Kirsty made her first appearance Dec 26 2008

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Carly Fiorina in Her Own Words

After such a great win in Massachusetts, most of us are turning our thoughts to our own states to roll up our sleeves and do what we need to do this fall to keep the momentum going. Here in California, one of the wannabee players is Carly Fiorina, former Hewlitt Packard CEO and candidate for Senate. She seems to be trying hard to limit access to the things she says on the campaign trail

Red State has a couple of audio clips that escaped:

Of the three people running for the Republican nomination, Ms. Fiorina seems to be the least conservative. If Republicans in California fail to coalesce behind a single candidate soon, the blood letting may contribute to the continued dominance of Democrats in the Golden State.

Cross posted at Say Anything

Quote du jour

I think Reid owes America an apology for accusing the entire country of racism. A country, let us note, that just elected a manifestly unqualified, at least partially black man president.

-Ann Coulter

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Air America Goes Belly Up

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A moment of Schadenfreude, please!

Air America, the radio network founded to be a progressive alternative to conservative talk radio, announced today that it is ceasing live programming operations immediately.

The company, which cited a "very difficult economic environment," will file under Chapter 7 of the Bankruptcy Code, according to a statement on its Web site.

Air America launched in April of 2004, and Sen. Al Franken and Rachel Maddow have been among its hosts.

I'd ask for a moment of silence, but Air America is providing plenty of that, wholesale! Heh.

Update: Via Jonah Goldberg on The Corner:
Since last summer, Air America has been heard in the Washington area on WZAA (1050 AM). Its audience has been so small that Arbitron, which compiles radio ratings, was unable to detect any listeners for WZAA during several weeks in December.

That's in Washington.

Cross posted at Say Anything

Scott Brown's Victory Speech

Here's a quote from Scott's speech:

"Our tax dollars should go to weapons to defeat [terrorists] not lawyers to
defend them."

And it should be noted that Brown is also an attorney.

"Raising taxes, taking over health care and giving new rights to terrorists
is the wrong agenda for our country."

Time will tell, but overall it looks like a net gain for the nation!

Reason #492 That Scott Brown Won in Massachusetts

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In a related story:

"Drunken Sailors join class action suit to have their name removed from
comparisons to Obama administration budget proposals."

The Democrats are Revolting

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 /rɪˈvoʊltɪŋ/ Show Spelled Pronunciation [ri-vohl-ting]
1. disgusting; repulsive: a revolting sight.
2. rebellious.

Definition one is for the leadership. Obama, Reid, Pelosi, et. al have made promises of an ethical and transparent government. They took a recession which by most estimates would have self corrected in six months, spent trillions of borrowed money on pork and turned the economy into a financial disaster which may take years to recover. Here's was Democrat and Obama voter Mort Zuckerman had to say about it:

In the campaign, he said he would change politics as usual. He did change them. It’s now worse than it was. I’ve now seen the kind of buying off of politicians that I’ve never seen before. It’s politically corrupt and it’s starting at the top. It’s revolting.

Definition two was demonstrated in Massachusetts on Tuesday. Scott Brown would have never been elected, except for the votes of many rank and file Democrats. Some lifelong Democrats. Some Kennedy Democrats. A large percentage of which rebelled against the Democratic machine's business as usual. They rebelled against being taken for granted by a party that assumed that anyone who could snag the nomination (in this case by scheming and jockeying for the nomination long before Ted Kennedy had even assumed room temperature) would be coronated in due time.

The people of Massachusetts did not want the government juggernaut to continue unabated. The folk who had swallowed GM and Chrysler and every student loan were about to swallow 1/6 of the nation's economy and nationalize the health care system, which, for all its flaws is still the best in the world. The people of Taxachusetts knew how to put a stop to it. They revolted. They elected a Republican.

There have been some, whistling past the graveyard, who try to assert that Brown is a "RINO" and thus, still a liberal. If this were true, given the choice between "Democrat" and "Democrat lite", why would any Democrat cast a vote that would deny their own party the vote that kept their Senate majority filibuster proof?

Scott Brown's election is in his own words, bigger than just opposing Obama. It's about making government more responsive to its citizens. This is a rare opportunity for Republicans. If only they don't blow it. Again.

Cross posted at Say Anything

Quote du jour

Terrorists are not covered by the Geneva convention for the simple reason that they do not abide by the Geneva convention. They are enemy combatants and you do not turn enemy combatants loose to go back to killing Americans while the war is still on-- not if you are being serious, as distinguished from being political or ideological.

-Thomas Sowell

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

The Medal of Honor

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Major Howard V. Lee


For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. A platoon of Maj. (then Capt.) Lee's company, while on an operation deep in enemy territory, was attacked and surrounded by a large Vietnamese force. Realizing that the unit had suffered numerous casualties, depriving it of effective leadership, and fully aware that the platoon was even then under heavy attack by the enemy, Maj Lee took 7 men and proceeded by helicopter to reinforce the beleaguered platoon. Maj. Lee disembarked from the helicopter with 2 of his men and, braving withering enemy fire, led them into the perimeter, where he fearlessly moved from position to position, directing and encouraging the overtaxed troops. The enemy then launched a massive attack with the full might of their forces. Although painfully wounded by fragments from an enemy grenade in several areas of his body, including his eye, Maj. Lee continued undauntedly throughout the night to direct the valiant defense, coordinate supporting fire, and apprise higher headquarters of the plight of the platoon. The next morning he collapsed from his wounds and was forced to relinquish command. However the small band of marines had held their position and repeatedly fought off many vicious enemy attacks for a grueling 6 hours until their evacuation was effected the following morning. Maj. Lee's actions saved his men from capture, minimized the loss of lives, and dealt the enemy a severe defeat. His indomitable fighting spirit, superb leadership, and great personal valor in the face of tremendous odds, reflect great credit upon himself and are in keeping with the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the U.S. Naval Service.

Major Lee: We humbly salute you and thank you for your service.

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Hat tip Home of Heroes

There are fewer than a hundred living MoH recipients today. Their names and their stories should not be forgotten. My mission is to honor one of those heroes here each week, and salute them for their courage and sacrifice.

Robert B. Parker, R.I.P.

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Robert Ulrich as Spenser

One of my favorite authors has passed away.

BOSTON – Robert B. Parker, the blunt and beloved crime novelist who helped revive and modernize the hard-boiled genre and branded a tough guy of his own through his "Spenser" series, has died. He was 77.

The cause of death was unclear.

Creator of the Spenser novels, his works have provided inspiration for both TV shows and movies. He will be missed.

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Robert B. Parker, dead at 77

Quote du jour

Tomorrow (today) marks the anniversary of President Obama's Inaugural, and it's worth recalling the extraordinary political opportunity he had a year ago. An anxious country was looking for leadership amid a recession, and Democrats had huge majorities and faced a dispirited, unpopular GOP. With monetary policy stimulus already flowing, Democrats were poised to get the political credit for the inevitable economic recovery.

Twelve months later, Mr. Obama's approval rating has fallen further and faster than any recent President's, Congress is despised, the public mood has shifted sharply to the right on the role of government, and a Republican could pick up a Senate seat in a state with no GOP Members of Congress and that Mr. Obama carried by 26 points.

-WSJ editorial

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

"The Scott Heard 'Round the World!"

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Well, it looks like it's all over but the shouting! Scott Brown has defeated Martha Coakley for the office of US Senator from Massachusetts. Even President Obama called to congratulate Senator-elect Brown.

Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote of the beginning of the war for America's liberty:
By the rude bridge that arched the flood,
Their flag to April's breeze unfurled,
Here once the embattled farmers stood,
And fired the shot heard round the world.

In Massachusetts, embattled citizens may have fired the first shot in the reclamation of that liberty!

Cross posted at Say Anything

Election Day in MA

Today's finally the day for the special election in Massachusetts to replace Ted Kennedy as Senator. For Martha Coakley, this day probably couldn't come fast enough!

Vote if you're registered in MA, but keep an eye out for voter intimidation or any signs of voter fraud. Some liberals have said they were willing to cheat if it meant winning. Others share the sentiment but are smart enough not to say it!

Good luck, Scott!

Quote du jour

What was Coakley thinking, having Bill Clinton at a $2,400-per-person fundraiser at the Fairmont Copley while crying Haitian families were clawing through the rubble looking for loved ones? Is rescuing a desperately incompetent Democrat really more important than saving the starving of Haiti?

-Michael Graham

Monday, January 18, 2010

What's Wrong With This Picture? Update: It's a hoax!

If this is a photoshop, it's a dang good one!
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Clueless in the Capitol

The wedding rings are on the correct hand. Barry's suit buttons from the correct side.
The lapel pin is on the correct side...
Anyone want to bet they just don't have a lot of practice saluting the flag or pledging allegiance?

Update: It was, in fact, a dang good one!

H/T Doug Ross
Cross posted at Say Anything

Moderate Dems Besieged by Trolls

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Hillbuzz on unhinged liberals:

You know you are getting to these Kossacks and when they come after you.

That means you are on to something, and they are afraid, so they throw everything they have at you to scare you into shutting up and running away.

After two years of this abuse heaped on us, it barely registers anymore. Not even when they cross a line and start attacking us personally, in our personal lives, the way some of them did yesterday. What may have scared us a few years ago instead just makes us get on a phone to a lawyer to begin procedures against these would-be bullies.

It is absolutely no fun standing up to Alinksy Methods and radical tactics. It is hard, hard work. You will be maligned for standing your ground. You will be personally attacked by these nuts if you are successful and they see you as some sort of threat. Somewhere, perhaps even originated at the White House itself, hit lists are made for distribution to the current president’s armies of trolls, orcs, and goblins, telling them whom to harass each week.

Michelle Malkin gets this. Glenn Beck gets it. Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter, Erik Erikson, Dennis Miller, and anyone else challenging the Left gets it.

We are in the very strange position now, as moderate Democrats, to be on the receiving end of this garbage ourselves, joining other PUMA*s out there who’ve been targeted by the nutroots for refusing to be silenced as we watch Liberals on the far left destroy what used to be the Democrat Party.

And here, I thought they saved all their vitriol for the Right!

*Party Unity My Arse! (or something like that!)

H/T Newsreal Blog
Cross posted at Say Anything

Oh! Drove the Economy into the Ditch!

“Why would you hand the keys to the car back to the same guys whose policies drove the economy into the ditch and then walked away from the scene of the accident?”
-Chris Van Hollen, MD, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, campaigning for Martha Coakley to win "Ted Kennedy's" seat.

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Mary Jo Kopechne could not be reached for comment.

H/T Weasel Zippers

"Save Ted Kennedy's Seat"

Over at Transsylvania Phoenix, was showcased the following ad:

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Though I suspect that the reason it's showing up on barack obama dot com, is not so much to save Kennedy's "seat" as it is to save Obama's "*ss"!

Mississippi Veteran for Brown

Robert Stacy McCain has a fascinating bit of video on a veteran who drove 1600 miles to volunteer to help Scott Brown in Taxachusetts.

While 70% watched...

Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day!

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Looking forward to the day when men are judged not by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character!

Quote du jour

"I believe in a conscience protection for Catholics in the health field and I'll continue to advocate for it as my colleagues in the Senate and I work to develop an overall national health policy that guarantees health care for everyone."

-Sen. Ted Kennedy, letter to the Pope

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Genius Behind Coakley's Campaign

Moonbattery had a picture of Martha Coakley's campaign manager. (I was expecting the guy who stomped the reporter!)

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Obama Heckled In Massachusetts

While I do not believe in hecklers interfering with the free speech rights of anyone, it is curious that in one of the bluest states, Massachusetts, a Democrat President would be heckled where he ought have a "home field advantage"!

H/T Rob Port

"James Cameron Hearts Ecoterrorists"

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Entertainment Weekly interviewed director James Cameron and had the following exchange:

EW: “Avatar” is the perfect eco-terrorism recruiting tool.”

JC: Good, good. I like that one. I consider that a positive review. I believe in ecoterrorism.”

After I picked my jaw up from the floor, I thought: Now I'm doubly glad I did not shell out any money for this propagandapalooza! Domestic terrorism in no less odious than that which is imported. Terrorism of any stripe should be eradicated, not encouraged.

H/T Weasel Zippers
Cross posted at Say Anything

White House Predicting Coakley Loss?

CNN White House correspondent Ed Henry says that's what he's getting from "the President's top advisors".

A refreshing bit of transparency from the Obama White House, perhaps???

H/T The Corner
Cross posted at Say Anything

Why Would Martha Coakley be Reluctant to Prosecute a Child Rapist?

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They tell me there are two types of people that do not fare well in prison: Cops and child rapists. So, I guess if you're a child raping cop, you have good reason not to want to go behind bars. Especially if your Dad has some pull with the D.A.!

Gary Hewson:
As we now know, and what seemed clear to Larry and his clients very early in the case, was that the child had been left in the care of Policeman Keith Winfield, the uncle of the child, the prior day. Officer Winfield, during his hour alone with his 23-month old niece, raped her with a hot curling iron.

Larry took the case and immediately took action to get Keith Winfield put away for his crimes. What he didn’t realize was that he was about to go against then Middlesex DA Martha Coakley, who for reasons I will allow readers to conclude from Frank Frisoli’s recounting of the facts and allegations in an email he provided to us today, would not bring charges against the Toddler Rapist and dragged the process out so long that her successor had to put Winfield away. Coakley allowed this toddler rapist to stay on the streets for over 2 years and she let him out of custody on No BAIL.

From the Boston Globe:
By 11 p.m., when the toddler’s mother once again changed her diaper, the redness had become alarming. “Her genital and anal area was bleeding, and her skin was peeling off,’’ according to prosecutors. The next morning, after her condition had worsened, the toddler’s mother took her to a Somerville pediatrician who referred her to Children’s Hospital and notified the Department of Social Services (now the Department of Families and Children), along with Melrose police. The toddler ultimately spent a month at Shriners Hospital for Children in Boston recovering from burns.

Which on the surface, seems bad enough. A twenty-three month old girl is cruelly sodomized with a hot curling iron and the prosecutor has to be dragged kicking and screaming to prosecute him and then the perpetrator is allowed to roam the streets for two years afterwards without bail. But, I just learned today, that the rapist's father was a big Coakley supporter! (I can say "rapist" rather than "alleged rapist" because he is now serving time for what he did) Winfield's father was a union representative who apparently steered endorsements to Coakley's AG campaign and was a large fundraiser for her.

Probably just a big coincidence, huh?

H/T Wizbang
Cross posted at Say Anything

Quote du jour

President Obama warns against "extremism." Former Vice President Dick Cheney declaims against "terrorists." But they hardly ever bark the essential word, the almost always absent critical adjective: Muslim. Almost all the terrorist and extremist violence in the world today is committed by Muslims—and in most instances, the victims are Muslims themselves. What's afoot here is Muslim extremism—despite the fact that the great majority of Muslims aren't radicals and condemn terrorism.

-Les Gelb

Saturday, January 16, 2010

A Little Saturday Night Music

The Limelighters: Harmony

"Martha Coakley's Foreign Policy Experience"

I know! I was expecting a blank page, too!

Does her thin resume remind you of anyone on Pennsylvania Avenue? Heh.

H/T Moonbattery
Cross posted at Say Anything

Petition to Eric Holder re: Khalid Sheikh Mohammed

We, the editors of HUMAN EVENTS,, and the many Americans who have attached our names to this petition hereby request that you try al-Qaeda's confessed 9/11 terrorist mastermind, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and his four al-Qaeda cohorts in a military tribunal, reversing your precedent-changing decision to try them in a civilian court in New York City.

There is no reason, much less a requirement, under U.S. Constitutional or statutory law to grant KSM and the others the right to a trial in civilian courts, nor to offer them any of the corresponding Constitutional rights afforded U.S. citizens. Logic, reason, and justice demand that the terrorists who planned the 9/11 attacks be treated as enemy combatants in a war against the United States, not as common civilian criminals.

Petition to move KSM trial from NYC can be found here.
87,697 signatures to date.

"The End of Change as We Know It" -Ed Schultz

Ed Schultz certainly has his Underoos in a bunch about this! Note how Obama has to throw up straw men arguments ( and "throw up" certainly has another connotation when it comes to listening to Barry's speeches!) and make false equivalences in order to justify his party's positions. I think it's safe to say the Democrats are in full panic mode over the possibility of a Scott Brown win!

H/T The Weekly Standard
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Rudy Campaigns with Scott Brown

Looks like he's gaining momentum!

H/T American Glob

Quote du jour

The phrase "Having a load in one's diapers" will certainly have new meaning after this!

-Proof, on the "Knickerbomber"

Friday, January 15, 2010