Friday, December 31, 2010

The President's 12 Days of Christmas


The left must be getting uncomfortable with Obama's extravagant vacations (In India, it's estimated the first family wracked up a $200 million a day tab). Recently, regardless of what I type into Google, up pops a page proclaiming that Bush took 77 vacations. Even if that were true, I'm not sure how that negates Obama's lavish trips...wasn't Bush President for FIVE more years than Barack?

To my knowledge the Obama's have to cover the vacation house rental and food, but the taxpayer foots the bill for most everything else...

Just consider these estimates on part of the costs of the latest Obama Hawaii trip:

* Mrs. Obama’s early flight to Hawaii: $63,000 (White House Dossier)

* Obama’s round trip flight to Hawaii: $1 million (GAO estimates)

* Housing in beachfront homes for Secret Service and Seals in Kailua ($1,200 a day for 14 days): $16,800

* Costs for White House staff staying at Moana Hotel: $134,400 ($400 per day for 24 staff) – excluding meals and other room costs

* Police overtime: $250,000 (2009 costs reported by Honolulu Police Department)

* Ambulance: $10,000 (City Spokesperson)

TOTAL COST: $1,474,200

But that $1.47 million figure leaves out a number of significant costs that simply could not be calculated by Hawaii Reporter:

* Rental of office building in Kailua on canal

* Security upgrades and additional phone lines.

* Costs for car rentals and fuel for White House staff staying at Moana Hotel (Secret Service imports most of the cars used here to escort the president).

* Surveillance before the president arrives.

* Travel costs for Secret Service and White House staff traveling ahead of the President. (SOURCE)


"The unemployment rate for Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans was 10 percent in November, compared with 9.1 percent for nonveterans, according to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. Unemployment rates for combat veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have been higher than the overall rate since at least 2005, according to the bureau." (SOURCE)

Vacations are a part of life, but just as President Bush forwent golf while men and women were in harm's way...maybe Obama should forgo extravagance while our nation's warriors are facing unemployment and foreclosures after returning from hell....

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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Congressional Pay

The other day, Glenn Beck put forth the opinion that no one in Congress should be making more than anyone on the front lines of the military ($22,676) and no one in Congress should have a better medical plan than the VA offers. And that federal employees should never make more than the "average American ($50,462)." Currently Congress makes $174 and the average federal employee brings home $74,403.

Amen.

You can read much of the transcript here.

A proposed "Congressional Reform Act of 2012" that's floating around online takes it a step further (I am unsure of its origin):

Congressional Reform Act of 2010

1. Term Limits: 12 years only, one of the possible options below.
A. Two Six year Senate terms
B. Six Two year House terms
C. One Six year Senate term and three Two Year House terms
Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, serve your term(s), then go home and back to work.

2. No Tenure / No Pension:
A congressman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they are out of office.
Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, serve your term(s), then go home and back to work.

3. Congress (past, present & future) participates in Social Security:
All funds in the Congressional retirement fund moves to the Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system, Congress participates with the American people.
Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, server your term(s), then go home and back to work.

4. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan just as all Americans.
Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, serve your term(s), then go home and back to work.

5. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.
Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, serve your term(s), then go home and back to work.

6. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the same health care system as the American people.
Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, serve your term(s), then go home and back to work.

7. Congress must equally abide in all laws they impose on the American people.
Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, serve your term(s), then go home and back to work.

8. All contracts with past and present congressmen are void effective 1/1/11.
The American people did not make this contract with congressmen, congressmen made all these contracts for themselves.
Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, serve your term(s), then go home and back to work.

The problem is...Congress would have to be the ones to institute something like this and I can't imagine a scenario in which that would take place...

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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Argument for a Draft

(Still no internet and Comcast admitted it was their fault...but don't fret, they'll credit me SIX DOLLARS! lol)

We've had quite a few discussions here about the pros and cons of mandatory military conscription. It seems that it's mostly those that have served that come down the strongest against a draft of any sort... And though I get your whole 'I don't want the guy next to me in a foxhole someone that was forced to be there' reasoning. But that being said, I think I've just heard an argument that beats that one...

Since the Vietnam war era draft ended, all of the manliest men ( those willing to fight and die for their country...those that can successfully navigate boot camp, special forces training and combat) are dying in Iraq and Afghanistan (tough women too!) and being taken out of the gene pool. Leaving us with all those not strong enough, patriotic enough or manly enough to serve. An all-volunteer military is removing vital superior DNA from our country and is leaving us with what we are increasingly seeing in the 20-something college kids...

I found that to be the most compelling argument for the draft I've heard...

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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Survived Christmas...

...But I have no internet. Not sure if my computer has finally exhausted its 9 lives or if the foot of snow we got is messing with Comcast's operations.

So, for now it seems I won't be vindicating Sarah Palin with a post about the Death Panels. Or continuing my disgust with 'lame duck' sessions of Congress...

Hopefully The Man can figure out what's going on...and curses on T-Mobile for sending me a Dell Mini with a busted monitor...
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Friday, December 24, 2010

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Obama's Lame Duck Push-Through

In 2012, when we re-capture the Oval office and the Senate, the first thing we should do is eliminate the lame duck session of Congress. When you are voted out, it should be like being fired at a big company. A capitol police officer escorts you to your office, you fill your brown box and go. You have been relived of duty. No way should you be able to enact legislation AFTER you were fired...regardless of what party you are affiliated with.

Now that I've gotten that off my chest...

Did signing the repeal of DADT and the START treaty lessen the "shellacking" he took in the mid-term election?

In hockey, I think they'd call this a cheesy goal.

Speaking of the Westboro Baptist 'Church'


The law seems to favor the Westboro Baptists freaks over the average citizen...

Remember the court that ordered Matthew Snyder's father, Albert Snyder, to pay $16,000 in legal fees to Fred Phelps(D) and his Westboro Baptist "Church" (they had 'protested at his son's funeral)?

And now this...

"26-year-old Ryan Newell — a veteran who lost both legs in Afghanistan — has been charged with conspiracy to commit aggravated battery and other crimes against Westboro Baptist Church. Church members have been staging protests at soldiers' funerals, saying that the death of soldiers is God's way of punishing the country for homosexuality. Veterans across the country are offering to pay for his defense..." (SOURCE)


Found this information on a different site:

"He was arrested after trailing a van carrying WBC members to Wichita's City Hall, where they were to meet with police officials. Detectives apprehended Newell parked in his vehicle, where they confiscated two handguns, a rifle and more than 90 rounds of ammunition. "The weapons charges," reports The Wichita Eagle, "accuse him of unlawfully carrying and concealing or possessing with 'intent to use' an M4 rifle, .45-caliber Glock handgun and .38-caliber Smith and Wesson handgun." Agents with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives later recovered additional firearms from Newell's home... (SOURCE)


This sucks...here's this veteran that lost his legs in an explosion that killed some of his fellow soldiers that might very well now be incarcerated because he had to have "God loves dead soldiers" signs shoved in his face...

It's stories like this that remind me that they're not just a joke --that to a combat veteran and soldiers/marines suffering from PTSD, this could push them over the edge...

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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Westboro Baptist 'Church' in Philly

So, Fred Phelps' "church" (aka kids and grandkids) were in Philadelphia on Monday morning protesting in front of Catholic High Schools and Jewish Centers? Why? I really don't know for sure. They seem to claim that the Catholics are teaching the kids that it's A-OK to be gay.

I emailed a few of the Philly Bloggers to see if anyone was planning to attend. How could I pass up this photo opportunity...and if I could get a few words in with Shirley Phelps? Jackpot! I really wanted to get her 'reasoning' behind the military funeral thing...

So AlexC (of Three Sources and PA Watercooler) said he'd go with me. We met at a Dunkin' Donuts --both wearing all black with a red scarf as if we'd planned it (we hadn't!) All these years of doing the blog and I never seem to meet the Philly bloggers, so this was cool. We chatted for a bit about the Eagles & Flyers over some bad DD coffee and then headed off for the show.

The protest was scheduled for 2pm. We arrived to much fanfare at 2:03pm. It was all said and done and we were walking back to our cars by 2:13pm.

We are told there were 6 members of the WBC there (see the red arrow). Unfortunately, there were also about 700 Philly cops:



There were probably 100 (?) counter-protesters, but they were behind a line of Philly Police vans and then the gaggle of 700 cops (I'm sure there would have been more had the 'protest' last longer than 10 minutes):



The mood was angry. People screaming obscenities and chanting USA, USA. Because of the desecration of military funerals (I assume) the hate for these folks was palpable.



(Though, I think the first sign reads "Swoop eats poop"? I believe that Swoop is the Eagles' mascot...so, not really sure what's going on with that guy...)

Right before the WBC gals wrapped up their strange demonstration, Santa showed up. The crowd cheered and I swear the mood shifted. The protest was a joke and this guy put that in perspective. Bravo St. Nick!



What I did notice was the Westboro Churchers had nifty little black leather placard carrying cases, which were deftly packed in seconds flat. The 700 cops then escorted them to their vehicles (red arrow) while being quizzed as to why our tax payer money should be affording these low-lives police protection.



So, mission not accomplished I guess. No words exchanged. No good pictures. No explanation as to why a 'church' would protest Catholic High Schools or Military funerals when they gave money to Al Gore's campaign.

But, I did finally meet AlexC. And Santa Claus.

DADT No Longer


"President Obama will sign signed the landmark repeal of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy Wednesday morning, handing a major victory to advocates of gay rights and fulfilling a campaign promise to do away with a practice that he has called discriminatory." (SOURCE)

As many of you know, over the years I have been torn over DADT. First, not feeling as if I didn't really have a right to an opinion as a civilian...yet being disheartened by stories of extreme valor that ended in expulsion. I truly respect the opinions of those here that have served, but can't silence the nagging in my head that believes anyone that would give up their freedoms to serve (and die for) this country is pretty damn special regardless of whom they are attracted to...

I guess the only concern going forward is that straight and gay alike are held to the same standard now and that this law doesn't create a class of people that get special privileges... It has been said that equality was the goal -so let that be the case.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Scott Brown: A Precursor?

Many of you gave me grief for distrusting the Tea Party's refusal to take a stand on some social issues...and for saying I couldn't support a candidate that is pro-choice regardless of how fiscally conservative he/she is. I can take the criticism. And this is one case where I don't want to be vindicated.

But I will be.

I feel it's been proven historically time and time again that the socially liberal Governors, Senators, Representatives and Justices begin spreading that liberalism into other policies. They are the RINOs that everyone complained about before the Tea Party burst onto the scene. Don't get me wrong, I'm not bashing the Tea Party...I'm only pointing out that I want the whole package. I don't want the new Tea Party 'we only care about the pocketbook' model. I don't want to relive Reagan's O'Connor and Kennedy regrets.

Case in point.

"Senator John F. Kerry, laboring to achieve a foreign policy victory that would be a highlight of his career, gained crucial support yesterday for a nuclear arms control treaty with Russia from his Massachusetts colleague, Republican Senator Scott Brown.

Brown said he would buck GOP Senate leadership and vote in favor of the treaty, which would reduce nuclear warheads by approximately one third, late yesterday after a secret intelligence briefing for senators. It was the second dramatic move across the aisle by Brown in the last week. On Saturday, he supported repealing the military's ``don't ask, don't tell'' policy banning gays and lesbians in the military..." (SOURCE)


I still love that someone with an (R) after their name took Teddy Kennedy's seat, but when the thrill of the steal wore off we were left with Scott Brown. I don't want another Scott Brown. I don;t need someone that's lock step with the GOP and for Massachusetts Scott Brown is the best we'd probably get. But, I feel like this kind of candidate is what the Tea party is (unwittingly) giving breath to...

Monday, December 20, 2010

Attacking Chris Christie, Again.

There's a great derogatory character the Left could use to describe Chris Christie...I thought of it as soon as he burst on to the scene and I can't believe they haven't. Especially in light of all the hit pieces that are beginning to emerge. Obviously I'm not going to give them the gift of revealing it in print...

The problem with someone becoming popular (and more importantly becoming popular when you have an R after your name) is people want to be the one to publish bad things about you. Most certainly all the Left-wing journalists in Jersey and Philly are having a field day with Christie. Now this is more than just a dilemma for Governor Christie. This becomes a problem for all of us because we have to sift through and decide what to believe.

At the end of the day what do most of us know about Chris Christie other than he takes on the unions and gets ragged on for his weight? So, as the bashing articles come out, we have to wade through the information.

The latest, an article in Philadelphia Magazine called "Mad Man" paints him as a career politician prone to histrionics that has donated to Planned Parenthood and championed gun restrictions all before he became the Tea Party darling:

"Some of his positions seem pretty moderate. Unlike Sarah Palin and the Tea Partiers, Christie doesn’t talk about border fences or the constitutionality of the Commerce Clause. He’s Catholic but rarely mentions it. (“To him, I’d guess [faith] has nothing to do with politics,” says Tom Wilson, a Republican lobbyist and Christie campaign adviser. “It’s an irrelevant topic.”) He’s an ex-prosecutor who supports gun control and once donated to Planned Parenthood (although he’s now pro-life). He said it was wrong for Republicans to “demagogue” on immigration reform or make a “political football” out of the mosque at Ground Zero, and he worked with the Obama administration to set up a $141 million insurance pool under the health-care reform law." (Read the entire article)


(Since the magazine's article painted Christie as so angry, I found it interesting that when you Google him for images it's not until page 9 you find a sort-of angry face...)

So with candidates starting to test the 2010 waters and the MSM working to protect Obama's re-election bid...how does the Right navigate the information coming out?

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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Tax Cuts, the Deficit and the Lame Duck Session

Once again I will preface this by reiterating my lack of economic finesse...

But I want to understand.

How does extending the time that someone keeps more of their own money (aka The Bush-era tax cuts) increase the deficit?

...UNLESS, Congress was already spending money they didn't have.

And wouldn't spending money we don't yet have be amongst the unwise practices that got us into this mess to begin with?

I don't know what's so hard about cutting waste. Maybe I will vote for Donald Trump should he run in 2012. I think we need a ruthless business man instead of a smarmy politician...

Something else I don't understand...how can a Senator that was just re-soundly beaten...the people he represents told him to go home...introduce a MAJOR bill and get it through? Regardless of my feelings about DADT...I am pretty sure it was Patrick Murphy's crusade to repeal DADT that lost him his seat to begin with. Is this addressed in the Constitution....this lame duck time? Should someone whose ideas were rejected be allowed to quickly push something through that is contrary to the will of their constituents?

Border Control

Yesterday, when I heard a border agent was killed my stomach dropped. A very good friend of my sister's (and subsequently a friend of mine) recently went though Border Patrol boot camp is now serving as an agent somewhere in Arizona. Then they released the agent's name: Brian Terry. Not our friend. But he's someone's friend. Son. Brother. Husband. Dad. So I wanted to acknowledge him. It's weird to feel relief when you hear a name of someone that was killed...

Our friend and agent, Matt, has promised some guest posts once things slow down a bit for him. He promises he has things to tell that will enthrall...things the average citizen just might not know about what these border patrol agents encounter on a nightly basis...

RIP Agent Brian Terry.

47 Points

That's how many the Philadelphia Flyers currently have. Do you know what that means? Jpck can tell you...it means they are #1 in the entire league. Not just in their division, or their conference...but the entire league... More than the Habs (who we beat last night) and the Penguins (who we beat the night before that...ending their 12 game winning streak AND with Malkin on the ice). More than Chicago and Detroit. More than Dallas and San Jose...

Ok, I could go on but I won't. The real reason for the post wasn't to gloat to Jpck (okay, maybe a little)...the real reason was because yesterday my 10 yr. old asked me if I could find an address for Simon Gagne because he needed to send him something... I don't usually do the braggy-parent posts, but this was just too cute:



And, the Capitals and the Penguins are being featured on HBO's 24/7 (24/7Penguins/Capitals: The Road to the NHL Winter Classic). The first installment was last night and it was definitely worth the watch...

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Obamacare Revisited

"Casting an unmistakable and perhaps permanent pockmark on the face of the Obama administration, a federal judge in Virginia ruled Monday that a major component of the new health care reform law is unconstitutional.
Judge Henry E. Hudson ruled Monday for the state's claim that the requirement for people to purchase health care exceeds the power of Congress under the Constitution's Commerce Clause or under the General Welfare Clause.
"It is not the effect on individuals that is presently at issue -- it is the authority of Congress to compel anyone to purchase health insurance," wrote Hudson, who was appointed to the federal bench in 2002 by President George W. Bush..." (SOURCE)

Just makes you all warm and fuzzy inside, doesn't it.

DADT...again.


"In a new showdown on a volatile issue, the House this week will take up a bill that would overturn the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy on gays, Democratic leader Steny Hoyer revealed Tuesday.

The move would put pressure on the Senate to delay its holiday adjournment plans and take up a repeal bill sponsored last week by Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine and Connecticut's independent senator, Joseph Lieberman. That bill's fate has been in doubt because of other pressing issues facing the Senate with only days to go before it planned to conclude its lame-duck session.

Repeal advocates see this week as their last best shot at overturning "don't ask, don't tell," which bars gay troops from acknowledging their sexual orientation. Next year, Republicans take back control of the House and additional Senate seats, severely undercutting the chances that any Democratic priority will advance come January..." (SOURCE)

Personally, I say if you are willing to die for this country...you should be able to tell anything you like.

And for those that have stated that they strongly believe that homosexuality is a sin... Are you currently serving alongside liars, adulterers, thieves and blasphemers?

Monday, December 13, 2010

Criticizing Islam: International Crime?


"Later this month, the United Nations General Assembly will vote on the nonbinding Defamation of Religions Resolution, which would give international sanction to the type of religious persecution commonplace in Muslim-majority countries. Superficially, the resolution contains feel-good human rights language routinely churned out by the U.N. The intent of this resolution, however, is to give sanction to repressive mechanisms that primarily Muslim countries use to stifle critiques of their state-sanctioned sects. This lends international legitimacy to criminal penalties against people who exercise their freedom of worship..." (SOURCE)


We all know there is a war waging against Islamic extremists, but what many won't acknowledge is the 'other war' against Islam itself. A religion that is tolerant of no other. A religion that seeks to dominate by immigration and procreation (there's a reason other, than masculine indulgence, that men are permitted 15 wives...) Little steps like Sharia law being considered in the U.S., this UN resolution and the ACLU and CAIR playing on claims of discrimination to make allowances.

A few years ago, I read a paper by an Imam in England that outlined the "plan" for the spread and subsequent domination of Islam to the West. The "domination by immigration" plan also relied on the fact that more and more Americans choose career over children...eventually ensuring more Muslims in the future. It seemed far-fetched when I read it, but now I believe it wasn't just the ranting of some bearded kook...but an actual plan that has indeed been set into action and coming to fruition...

Serial Killer in Philly

There is. But much like an episode of Law & Order SVU this guy is only going after crack-head prostitutes. It did make national news the other day and the FBI is involved... He even has a serial killer name: "The Kensignton Strangler." (That's romanticizing a bit, as he actually sexually assaults before he strangles). There have been 8 attacks and 4 of the women have died.

First I was wondering if he was a Jack the Ripper enthusiast or maybe a Dexter fan feeling like he's ridding the world of scum...but then I saw the artist sketch. It wasn't the Poindexter-ish guy in the Dick Wolf shows...just a little hood rat punk thinking no one will miss a crack-head hooker.

There's an old joke in Philly... What has six legs, 4 teeth and yells, "Hold de do?" Three girls in Kensington running for a bus. That's the area of the city where this is all happening. It's rough for the people that live there when there isn't a serial killer on the loose...

As much as I'm skeeved by crack-head hookers, I despise serial killers. Hope they catch this loser soon.

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Friday, December 10, 2010

Truth About the Saudi Youth


The latest Wikileak details the debauchery that young, RICH/ROYAL Saudi boys are engaging in behind closed doors despite the Wahabi conservatism that dominates the open culture...

"The cable describes a Halloween party, hosted by a prince from the Al-Thunayan family, where "the scene resembled a nightclub anywhere outside the Kingdom: plentiful alcohol, young couples dancing, a DJ at the turntables, and everyone in costume."

The memo claims that some of the 150-plus guests were "working girls" and that this was "not uncommon for such parties."

Though it does not mention drugs at this particular party, it claims that "cocaine and hashish use is common in these social circles and has been seen on other occasions." (SOURCE)

This story actually jarred a memory I hadn't thought about in ages.

One night during the first two weeks I was in England (I studied there for a year at Lancaster University) a bunch of us Americans went to a club in Leicester Square (in London). At some point during the night I left my group to go to the loo and as I walked past a large horse-shoe-shaped table on the perimeter of the club a hand reached out and pulled me into the booth. A few boys slid in on either side and all started quizzing me as to where I was from, who I was with...groping, grabbing... It was a nightmare. All were Arab. They were all in designer clothes from head to toe. All spoke impeccable English. They would not let me out of the booth. It escalated to the point that one of them was carving his phone number into the underside of my forearm (drawing blood)... Thankfully, my very attentive friend Mike noticed I had been gone too long and went looking for me. Luckily he is 6'4 and 200-something lbs and literally pulled me out from their clutches...

It took almost two weeks for all traces of those Muslims-gone-wild to disappear from my arm and even longer to ever walk through club or bar without an entourage again..

I had almost forgotten about this night...

Thanks Mike.

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Thursday, December 09, 2010

Berkeley Has a New Hero

"Amid calls from some politicians to press treason charges -- which could carry the death penalty -- against whoever leaked secret cables to WikiLeaks, the Berkeley, Calif., City Council is entertaining a resolution to declare that an Army private accused of leaking some classified information to the website is an American hero.

City Peace and Justice Commissioner Bob Meola, who authored the resolution, told the San Francisco Chronicle that Pfc. Bradley Manning, 22, is a patriot who deserves a medal.

"If he did what he's accused of doing, he's a patriot and should get a medal," Meola told the newspaper. "I think the war criminals should be the ones prosecuted, not the whistle-blowers." (SOURCE)

We've joked about it a lot here, but really...who are these Berkeley people and how did they become what they are? Are they trustee kids? Are they the kids of Vietnam protesters? Are they just so entrenched in years of group-think they don't even realize their views are so, so far from the norm...?

Aside from the embarrassment that is Berkeley, I am wondering the same thing many are...why did a PFC have access to so much information? Especially a PFC that is described as everyone as having trouble fitting in and "troubled." And one that had been demoted from specialist for assaulting a fellow soldier?

Well, traitor or hero...I hope the Army uses this as a catalyst to rework the intensity of psych evals and intelligence clearances...

I was wondering if anyone had thought about defining distinctions between a traitor and a whistle blower...?

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Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Racist Sharks

Apparently they exist. And Israel has gathered them all and then released them to carry out their Arab-eating ways off the coast of Egypt. It would seem that the Mossad is even craftier than we ever imagined...garnering the help of sea creatures to eat Muslim vacationers!

"Egyptian authorities have reopened some Red Sea beaches that had been closed to swimmers after an unusual series of shark attacks over the past week.
Swimmers were being allowed back into the water of several bays at Sharm el-Sheikh, a resort at the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula that is a renowned reef diving spot. Diving remained restricted to professionals.

Shark attacks at Egypt's Red Sea resorts are rare, and three shark experts from the U.S. are trying to determine what is behind them. Besides the death, four other swimmers and snorkelers were badly injured.

"What is being said about the Mossad throwing the deadly shark (in the sea) to hit tourism in Egypt is not out of the question, but it needs time to confirm," South Sinai Gov. Muhammad Abdel Fadil Shousha told egynews.net. (SOURCE)

Best Political Quotes of 2010

RWN has published The 2nd Annual 40 Best Political Quotes Of 2010.

Some of my favorites:

  • As has been said, standards are always out of date -- that is why we call them standards. -- George Will

  • With the coldest winter ever recorded, with snow setting record levels up and down the coast, the Nobel committee should take (Al Gore's) Nobel Prize back. -- Donald Trump

  • Our culture has few taboos that can’t be violated, and our establishment has largely given up on setting standards in the first place. Except where Islam is concerned. There, the standards are established under threat of violence, and accepted out of a mix of self-preservation and self-loathing. This is what decadence looks like: a frantic coarseness that “bravely” trashes its own values and traditions, and then knuckles under swiftly to totalitarianism and brute force. -- Ross Douthat

  • I'm the guy that's gonna walk up...and say one simple thing to Nancy Pelosi, "Gimmie that Damn gavel. -- Allen West

  • President Obama said he is going to use the Gulf disaster to push a new energy bill through Congress. How about using the Gulf disaster to fix the Gulf disaster? -- Jay Leno

  • The tea party saved the Republican Party. In a broad sense, the tea party rescued it from being the fat, unhappy, querulous creature it had become, a party that didn't remember anymore why it existed, or what its historical purpose was. The tea party, with its energy and earnestness, restored the GOP to itself. -- Peggy Noonan

  • Experience trumps brilliance. -- Thomas Sowell


  • Read them all...

    RIP Elizabeth Edwards


    I have written a lot about Elizabeth Edwards over the years...

    But as I heard the news about her finally succumbing to cancer yesterday, I was just angry. I know the story shouldn't be about John, but it is. To have her dignity, self respect and family all taken before her life was is inexcusable...

    Her two youngest are the exact ages of my two oldest.

    I wish karma was a tangible reality.

    Tuesday, December 07, 2010

    Julian Assange: International Criminal or Victimized Whistle Blower?

    By now everyone has heard that Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is in British custody:

    "WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange surrendered to London police Tuesday as part of a Swedish sex-crimes investigation, the latest blow to an organization that faces legal, financial and technological challenges after releasing hundreds of secret U.S. diplomatic cables.
    Assange was due at Westminster Magistrate's Court later Tuesday. If he challenges his extradition to Sweden, he will likely be remanded into U.K. custody or released on bail until another judge rules on whether to extradite him, a spokeswoman for the extradition department said on customary condition of anonymity..." (SOURCE)

    And I think that the Obama Administration probably considered him a whistle blower until his leaks began to burn them too... And interesting this arrest comes right on the heels of Assange telling Time magazine that Hillary Clinton should resign.

    But, what I'm wondering is...why? Regardless of whether you think he's a whistle blower or a glory seeker that is willing to risk lives to garner attention...Do you think the Swedish sex charges charges are real or too convenient? Are there any 'noble intentions' that would warrant leaks of this nature? For those that oppose his actions, would any motivation on his part be acceptable?

    And, Rush had the best monologue I've heard on this yesterday...

    He's wondering why Mr. Assange has yet to leak all the "proof" that 'Bush Lied' to go to Iraq. And where is the irrefutable evidence that Bush was behind the 9/11 attacks. And where are the cables detailing how Karl Rove was going to out Valerie Plame. And the ones detailing the evil plot to have Haliburton take over the world... If the 9/11 Truthers were on to anything...wouldn't there be SOMETHING leaked in these thousands of cables and correspondences...?

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    Monday, December 06, 2010

    Wrong Direction!



    Finally! After all these years *I* finally got the "Is the country headed in the wrong direction" survey call.

    Hell yeah, son!

    Oh, I mean yes sir...wrong direction indeed.

    (Though I STILL hate that question...way too general)

    ...and Barack Obama's handling of this country?

    Strongly disapprove.

    And, what? What do I rate my interest in NASCAR on a scale of one to ten? Are you serious? I think the President is doing a bad job and all of a sudden I like NASCAR?

    Yes, I said ONE...NO INTEREST.

    Yeah, really.

    Economics?

    I admit, Economics wasn't my favorite class...but I gotta give this guy a big, blank stare on this one...

    Friday, December 03, 2010

    WWRD?


    The NYT is asking 'What Would Reagan Do?' What does Mo usually title his posts...A sure sign the Apocalypse is here?

    "The new arms control treaty with Russia, now being considered by the Senate, follows in the storied tradition of Ronald Reagan, or so say people who worked for him. Except that Mr. Reagan would never have supported it, at least according to other people who served him.

    The authors called the New Start treaty signed by President Obama “a modest and appropriate continuation of the Start I treaty that expired almost a year ago,” a treaty initiated by Mr. Reagan. Mr. Powell also visited the Oval Office on Wednesday to join Mr. Obama in urging the Senate to approve the new treaty.

    But two other Reagan veterans, Edwin Meese III and Richard Perle, argued the opposite. They wrote in The Wall Street Journal that Mr. Reagan would never have endorsed the New Start treaty, because they said its verification regime was inadequate and it could lead to constraints on American missile defense plans..." (READ THE ENTIRE STORY)

    Does the Left has someone they love as much as the Right loves Reagan --or is that why they hate him so much? I can't think of a figure they would look to to be a leader right now. Someone they think could set many of these wrongs right... I would say FDR, but along with his new deal were his interment camps...

    Alleged Hacker AND Sex Offender


    The two worst things you can be.

    You hurt children AND destroy people's computers (ie money, livelihood, etc)?

    And it is said that Wikileaks Julian Assange is both.

    But that didn't stop CNN from writing a seemingly glowing profile on him. He's described as "charming," "lovely boy," "good with animals," "sensitive," "quiet," "cool and collected," "highly intelligent," with a "wide breadth of interests."

    "The Stockholm Criminal Court issued an international arrest warrant for Assange two weeks ago on probable cause in that case, saying he is suspected of rape, sexual molestation and illegal use of force in separate incidents in August. He could be sentenced to two years in prison if convicted."

    All that on top of 31+ charges of hacking...and TWO YEARS?

    In all fairness, CNN does mention the sex charges...but IMO the overall feel of the piece was almost in awe of the creepy dude.

    I guess he goes into the Michael Jackson, Roman Polanski Hall of Fame where certain accomplishments blind many to heinous crimes...

    Caption It...

    Thursday, December 02, 2010

    2010 Conservative of the Year


    Right Wing News asked Top Conservative bloggers to vote for the "Conservative of the Year" and the results are in...


    Third runner up: Marco Rubio

    First and Second place were only separated by 2 votes...

    Second: Sarah Palin

    The Winner: Chris Christie

    You can go over the RWN to see the entire list (There were 20 candidates to choose from).

    Guest from the Right: Free0352

    CREEPY

    I think liberals are getting obsessed with Sarah Palin. It's getting kinda creepy, and stalker-ish. I think liberals might actually like watching her more than conservatives do, just because they love to hate her. I must have seen 20 articles on lib blogs or newspapers on how she didn't get along with her neighbor on her reality show. I must have seen 200 just on the reality show. Her kid apparently was on dancing with the stars. I wouldn't know that because even the idea of watching that show causes my testosterone to put a contract hit out on my feminine side... but I'm reminded at least 27 times per hour about it by major media. I don't want to know about dancing with the stars. Why do I know this? Oh god please make it stop. Please Jesus make it stop. I'll stop being an atheist, I'll convert to Christianity, I'll do whatever it takes just make it stop.

    Hey MSM! In case you've forgotten North Korea is attacking South Korea, we're fighting a war, and enduring an economic crisis around the world. WHO. FUCKING. CARES. ABOUT. SARAH PALIN'S. KID(S)?!

    I'm not even 100% sure what Sarah Palin's job is. I think she's like the Conservative Zsa Zsa Gabor. She's famous for being famous. She's a celebrity because Democrats won't quit obsessing about her and Conservatives keep defending her.

    Sarah Palin just may be the liberal Emmanuel Goldstien, only instead of a daily two minutes hate they have a 24/7, 365 news cycle hate. It's getting weird. I know Palin revels in the attention (which long-run I think will hurt her political career) but you libs aren't helping me get some peace and quiet from her constant mugging for the camera at all. Please MSM, this is an intervention. Help me help you, stop thinking about Sarah Palin every five minutes, and stop putting her on the news, in your blog, and on your newspaper every day. I do not need minute to minute analysis of her minute to minute updates on her twitter. BTW, fuck twitter.

    I'm not sure why libs in the MSM are so obsessed and analyze her every move if they detest her so much considering she has zero bearing on any one's life, I just know it's creeping me out.

    (You can read Free daily at: John Galt for President)

    Guest from the Left: J. Marquis

    If You Lose Your Unemployment Benefits This Week...



    ...You can take comfort knowing that the Republicans are busy fighting to make sure the wealthy in this country can continue "trickling down" on you.

    Daily Kos: State of the Nation

    (You can read J. Marquis daily at Major Conflict)