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"Bush is Doomed"...blah, blah .....Keep it up and we'll keep winning!

During Katrina, which everything was going to hell in a handbasket, Mayor Nagin calling for 10,000 or more dead, looters raping pillaging and plundering (and that was just the cops!), the MSM was running a poll every five minutes.

Bush down to 41 percent.....40 percent.....39 percent....tick....tick...tick....

You know, the thing that polsters know that they never let on to the public is that "polls are flakey". Truth is with a poll you can get whatever result you want based on the 'design' of questions you ask, particular demographics etc. I'm not saying polls are always bogus, but most times you can take them apart once you look at the "internals".

Which is why I could care less about them, especially those commissioned from the MSM, because I know from inside sources that media polls are always designed to "make news" and "shape public opinion" rather that be a derivative of it.

But today new polls taken after Rita show marked impro…

Common Ground - Democrats and Racism

Media Matter's is all in a flutter about Bill Bennett and his statements on his radio show Morning in America:

"Bennett, on his radio show, "Morning in America," was answering a caller's question when he took issue with the hypothesis put forth in a recent book that one reason crime is down is that abortion is up. "But I do know that it's true that if you wanted to reduce crime, you could, if that were your sole purpose, you could abort every black baby in this country, and your crime rate would go down," said Bennett, author of "The Book of Virtues." He went on to call that "an impossible, ridiculous and morally reprehensible thing to do, but your crime rate would go down. So these far-out, these far-reaching, extensive extrapolations are, I think, tricky." Responding later to criticism, Bennett said his comments had been mischaracterized and that his point was that the idea of supporting abortion to reduce crime was "m…

Ronnie Earle: God's Right Hand Prosecutor

Ronnie is on a mission:

Byron York: NRO: The Movie: Ronnie Earle, on a Mission from God

"A new film featuring Travis County, Texas prosecutor Ronnie Earle as he pursued the investigation that led to the indictment of House Majority Leader Tom DeLay portrays Earle less as a partisan figure than as a messianic leader on a mission to rid American politics of the "evil" influence of money.

A copy of the still-unfinished film, entitled The Big Buy, was obtained by National Review Online Friday.

On several occasions in the film, Earle engages in monologues on what he believes is the sinister effect of money in politics. "The root of the evil of the corporate and large-monied interest domination of politics is money," Earle says as he takes the filmmakers on a nighttime drive around Austin. "This is in the Bible. This isn't rocket science. The root of all evil truly is money, especially in politics. People talk about how money is the mother's milk of politic…

Able Danger - Now That's Crap!

AP: Able Danger' Officer's Clearance Revoked

"WASHINGTON - An officer who has claimed that a classified military unit identified four Sept. 11 hijackers before the 2001 attacks is facing Pentagon accusations of breaking numerous rules, allegations his lawyer suggests are aimed at undermining his credibility.

The alleged infractions by Army Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer, 42, include obtaining a service medal under false pretenses, improperly flashing military identification while drunk and stealing pens, according to military paperwork shown by his attorney to The Associated Press.

Shaffer was one of the first to publicly link Sept. 11 leader Mohamed Atta to the unit code-named Able Danger. Shaffer was one of five witnesses the Pentagon ordered not to appear Sept. 21 before the Senate Judiciary Committee to discuss the unit's findings."

Ok, I said was gone until something happened. Well it happened.

It's crap.

All along I didn't - and still don't know - how to m…

Nancy and Earle sitting in a tree....


From a story here, via Newsmax:

"Travis County prosecutor Ronnie Earle's announcement yesterday that he was indicting House Majority Leader Tom DeLay came a little more than two weeks after Earle gave clear indications that the top Republican was off the hook.

"I have never said that DeLay is a target of the investigation," Earle told the Dallas Morning News on Sept. 10.

Sources familiar with Earle's investigation had agreed that, before yesterday, it didn't look like the top Republican would be indicted.

On Sept. 19, for instance, ace Newsweek sleuth Michael Isikoff reported that it looked like DeLay was in the clear:

"Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle's two-year campaign fund-raising probe is expected to wind down soon without bringing charges against the House majority leader, according to lawyers close to the case who declined to be identified because of legal sensitivities," Isikoff reported.

"Earle doesn't plan t…

Yeah, it's all Bush's Fault

Lisa Meyers, NBC News: New Orleans levee reported weak in 1990s

WASHINGTON - The thin gray line of concrete floodwalls erected along drainage canals was supposed to protect New Orleans. But when Katrina hit, portions of the walls came tumbling down, flooding the city.

Experts are just now beginning to probe why those floodwalls failed. They want to determine whether the storm surge from Katrina poured over them, or whether the walls collapsed because of a possible flaw.

“This is fairly typical of some of the failures we've seen,” says Professor Ivor van Heerden, a hurricane expert at Louisiana State University who has examined the wreckage. “These walls underwent catastrophic structural failure.”

But why?

NBC News has obtained what may be a key clue, hidden in long forgotten legal documents. They reveal that when the floodwall on the 17th Street Canal was built a decade ago, there were major construction problems — problems brought to the attention of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.


The Plame Game Returns!

See I told you things were beginning to get hot!

Heh...."Able Who?"

Judith Miller is sprung from the whoscow after speaking with 'Scooter'.

Via Philadelphia Enquire:

"WASHINGTON - Judith Miller, The New York Times reporter jailed since July 6 for refusing to identify a source, was released this afternoon following a telephone conversation with the alleged source - the vice president's chief of staff.

She is expected to testify before a grand jury in Washington, a source said, possibly as early as Friday.

Miller, whose incarceration sparked a national debate about the First Amendment and unnamed sources, spoke from jail two weeks ago with Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff, I. Lewis Libby, according to Libby's lawyer, Joseph Tate.

During that conversation, Libby reaffirmed that he had released Miller from a promise of confidentiality more than a year ago, Tate said. Miller had been concerned that a Libby's blanket waiver releasing any journalist…

Blanco - "Ask me no questions, I don't know the answers anyway."

Gov. Blanco gets no Katrina questions

"Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco, blamed by the former leader of the Federal Emergency Management Agency and New Orleans Mayor C. Ray Nagin for many of the city's post-hurricane problems, was given no questions about her response to Hurricane Katrina when she appeared before a Senate committee to plead for more federal money.

She asked not to be questioned about it and the senators agreed.

Mrs. Blanco, a Democrat, was invited by the Senate Finance Committee to respond to charges by former FEMA Director Michael D. Brown, who the day before called Louisiana officials "dysfunctional" in handling the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

"Today, I came really to talk about job creation," she said.

Later, she told reporters, "The facts will speak for themselves. I will tell our story when the time is appropriate."

Boy, does this sound familiar?

After being Impeached for lying his ass off Clinton responded:


Oh, so that's it! He's not crying!

Can't Win for Losing?

Dan Froomkin of the Washington Post on his blog "White House Briefing" (snort!)

"White House aides have apparently been expressing their frustration to members of the press corps, saying President Bush just can't win with them: When he doesn't pay a visit after a disaster, he gets criticized for being heartless; when he does, he get criticized for getting in the way (and wasting gas). Sounds like the White House has a point there, doesn't it?

But it's not that simple. And as is often the case with this White House, the problem is that no one is asking the right questions.

The right question in this case is not whether Bush should or shouldn't visit disaster sites. The right questions are: 1) Does he fully grasp the human tragedy?; and 2) Are his trips helping the recovery or not?

Bush is obviously distressed to some degree by the devastation and the slow government response. Yesterday, he acknowledged that the region is "hur…

Dowd's Darkness

My we have selective memory.

Maureen Dowd, one of the few NY Times employees that hasn't been laid off, or plagerized, or made up stories (or subscription figures), plays the tired old "Bush Sucks - See?" screed again.

Well she has manufactured a story or two.

He set a fine example by wasting gazillions of gallons of fuel with all the planes and Secret Service vans and press motorcades and police escorts that follow him around every time he goes on one of his inane photo-ops from the Colorado bunker to what's left of the Mississippi Delta and the Bayou. He did his part by knocking off a few cars from his motorcade on his seventh trip to the gulf yesterday -- but if residents had hoped he'd bring them some water, they went thirsty.

By the way, Dowd notes that Air Force One costs $83,200 to fill up and more than $6,000 per hour to fly

Yeah, Ms. Dowd...but did he get a $200 taxpayer haircut?

Actually I think Ms. Dowd has a fetish for Bush, bordering on obsession. The l…

Able Danger - "Can We Handle the Truth?" - 1

Ok folks following the "Story of the Summer", which changed from "Monday Morning Intelligence with the NY Times and Kook Aid", for those keeping track.

Just looking over this Newsday article via Qtmonster and this statement of Weldon kind of jumped out at me

"The fact that the our government had this information at one time, and possibly destroyed it, is haunting," Weldon says, adding that he does not believe the military's account that the Able/Danger data were destroyed only to comply with Pentagon regulations.

"I seriously have my doubts that it was routine," he says."

One of the madening questions - at least for some conservatives with an interest in this story is "Why in the hell is the Bush Administration being so 'tight' on this story?" I mean, "Why the stonewall?"

I think that originally people jumped on this story for the connections it had to the 911 Commission/Jamie Gorelick/Wall stuff. "Finally …

Countering Josh Marshall

As former law enforcement, with knowledge of these things. I have read the indictment of Rep. Tom Delay and ask,

"Are you f-king kidding me? I mean, is this it?"

The Fifty Dollar Challenge. Read the idictment and tell me exactly what Delay is charged with. Not generalities.

If I would have prepared probable cause affidavits like this I would have ended up on parking detail.

Oh, who am I kidding - it's not the outcome or the merit of a case we are talking about here, to Democrats it's simply the accusation - EXCEPT when it involves one of their own.

Of course Earle knows this isn't going anywhere, it's not designed to do anything but to damage Delay politically. Well done you hack.

Just remember, "What goes around, comes around." my man.

Democrats and the Moonies are already screaming about a "Culture of Corruption".

Ya, Oki-Doki....

Witness Talking Points Memo Josh Marshall who asks:

"House Majority Leader Indicted for Criminal Conspira…

Able Danger - Great Summer Story - 10

Bill Arkin must be a glutton for punishment – Heh, that Army Training!

By the way, if being a former member of “Green Peace”, or some other organization that people find issue with is a disqualifier, then I guess I’m disqualified for “inhaling” during training at Fort Huachuca in the 70s.

Chill folks!

When you get down to it EVERYONE has an agenda, it doesn’t change truth when and IF it is the truth. As I said before, I prefer to "Eat the hay, and spit out the sticks" when it comes to evaluating someone's take on something. I suggest others do the same.

Today Arkin continues his “expose’ on Able Danger – and specifically where things went wrong.

Disabling Able Danger

Nothing new here, yet a few points he made, agree with mine. He brings a few new names to the table. But here is the gist:

1. Whatever Able Danger was in many people’s minds, at this point, I am going to say that it was in fact a rogue operation. Simply put a few “loose” cannons, albeit for honorable purp…

Able Danger - Great Summer Story - 9

Perusing the internet today I came across an old friend. Bill Arkin, from the Washington Post. Although we worked together many moons ago, and he might not remember me, I remember him as a pretty squared away guy.

Well, anyway, I shouldn't be surprised that he pops up and in on the Able Danger story.

AJ over at Strata-Sphere as well as others have done pretty much what I expected - except that AJ post didn't do the proverbial three foot hover.

There's not much more to add though to what Bill said, as I have gotten some of the same information as he early on (same sources?), hence my skeptism. Still I sorta winced when I saw that he actually put it out in print today.

"Their going to get 'ya Bill".....I said to myself. From the comments on his page I see I was right.

I'm not going to go over what he said. Quite frankly, I'm a little burned out of Able Danger.

However, I think should call to people's attention that most who have commented on this…

Brown Slams Back and he's right!

MSNBC: Ex-FEMA chief slams 'dysfunctional' Louisiana

I've been waiting for this.

Critics of Brown were quick to call for his head forgetting the convenientfact that the guy didn't "hire himself".

Simply put, the guy - whether qualified or not (hell that doesn't stop bloggers from trying to be journalists), handled disasters for the last two years, and no one was calling for his head. The only reason my conservative friends jumped on this meme is simply what I covered here. Nothing more, nothing less.

Nuff said.

At least Brown had the guts to say what so-called conservatives and even the President wouldn't say, but that which we all know to be absolutely true.

Katrina Screwup = The leadership of Louisiana are a bunch of incompetent nincompoops.

"“My biggest mistake was not recognizing by Saturday that Louisiana was dysfunctional,”

Amen Brother!

Then in the laugher of the morning, the 'esteemed' Rep. William Jefferson, D-La. The funny thing is th…

Able Danger - It was a nice Summer Strory - 8

Per TopDog08:

"After hearing last night that Curt Weldon would be on 540AM in Orlando at 8AM this morning, I signed up for their free registration so I could listen online. For once, I didn't sleep through my alarm clock, and it was worth it for the five minutes that Weldon was actually on, starting at about 8:47AM.

First, Weldon said Hadley's staff had told his staff "this morning" that the Washington Post misquoted him. That the reporter "got it wrong" and that what the Post printed was not what he meant to say. It's not entirely clear from Weldon which part Hadley now says the reporter got wrong, but I hope Hadley will clarify that point. Weldon also referred to some evidence he was considering bringing forward to "prove" his own version of the account. Very interesting.

Second, Weldon said the DIA had stepped up significantly its actions against members of the Able Danger team since the hearing last week. Weldon attributed this to bureau…

Krugman needs to look no father than his ass for the "Brownie"

Paul Krugman Article posted at Moonbat Site

First let me say, Paul Krugman is an ass.

But that aside, today he attempts to play one of his funny little "word games" on the Bush Administration called, "Find the Brownie"

"The objective in Find the Brownie is to find an obscure but important government job held by someone whose only apparent qualifications for that job are political loyalty and personal connections. It’s inspired by President Bush’s praise, four days after Katrina hit, for the hapless Michael Brown, the director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency: “Brownie, you’re doing a heck of a job.” I guess it depends on the meaning of the word heck."

Now the real that Paul is an ass is,...well, read his crap and you'll see the case is closed on that, that he doesn't research his pieces, he just regurgitates the same incompetent and uninformed crap over and over again.

Is it any wonder the NY Times is going down the toilet?

Well Mr. Kr…

Big Government is Here to Stay!

Big Conservative Government is here to stay.

Michelle Malkin may implode, but like it or not, big Government is here to stay. We can "pork bust" all we want, but the gravy train done left the station and it ain't stopping anytime soon!

If hurricanes had political persuasions, I would bet Katrina and Rita were hard core FDR democrats. Since they blew into Louisiana and Texas, the role of Government is changing rapidly, and like it or not it’s going to get bigger than Barbara Streisand’s ego (I’m being nice) before it’s all done.

If conservatives wanted to keep Government small, they didn't help their cause, joining in the "meme" of the MSM in the aftermath. Truth is that in the aftermath of Katrina I couldn’t tell the difference between MSM and the many of the Conservative bloggers and pundits.

Yeah, Brown screwed up, but by calling for his head, they simply allowed the left to use FEMA/BUSH/Federal Government bashing to get the Government to open the “Windows…

Momma Moon Twit 'arrested' in publicity stunt!

Somebody wake me when this idiot's 15 minutes are up

Enough already!

"In America, the race goes to the loud, and the hustler"

-Vidal Gore

More at Michelle MalkinAce of Spades

More news on this here.

UPDATE: Cindy doesn't speak for most Gold Star Moms.

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Able Danger - It was a nice Summer Story - 7

Able Danger and total awareness

Just how far is Arlen willing to go?

"What will Arlen Specter, Pennsylvania Republican and chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, discover as he looks into covert military intelligence program Able Danger, said to have discovered Mohamed Atta, by name, and his al Qaeda cell working in the U.S. before the attacks of September 11, 2001?

Here are some of the senator's likely findings, including the "who knew what... and when" part:

•Able Danger was a military intelligence activity apparently looking at open-source, and other, yet unspecified, information, including some that was "domestic" rather than foreign.

•Able Danger was very similar to -- if not the same as -- the "Total Information Awareness" or "TIA" program, the ill-fated Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) study killed off by Congress because of an avalanche of adverse publicity, much of it uninformed.

•The September 1…

Global Warming This!

If the Global Warming nutcase left thought they could use Katrina and Rita to further their cause the media isn't playing along.

Today in USA Today, Global warming activists turn storms into spin

"Because hurricanes form and intensify over warm ocean water, and water temperatures have risen slightly in recent years, it's understandable why there's much speculation that global warming is causing the increased number and ferocity of storms. But there's far more reason to be skeptical"

Max Mayfield on Face the Nation today repeated his assertion quoted in the USA Article and that which he told Congress, that the supposed increase in hurricanes due to Global Warming is "Doubtful".

Tonight the Drudge Report slams Ms. Barbara Streisand for her "uninformed views":


NEW YORK -- This summe…

The Global War on Terror is Working

Per the Drudge Report, CBS 60 Minutes tonight plans a story on just how dissemated Osama Bin Laden and his 'forces' are.

"The Pakistani military officers battling al Qaeda along the border with Afghanistan who have the latest first-hand information about Osama bin Laden believe he is hiding with a small cadre in Afghanistan and is no longer an effective leader for the terrorist group.

A full report by correspondent Steve Kroft on the search for bin Laden will be broadcast on CBS News’60 Minutes on Sunday, Sept. 25 at 7 p.m. ET/PT.

“I think now [bin Laden] is being protected or assisted by a very short number, which keeps his profile very low,” says the counter-terrorism head of Pakistan’s Intelligence Service, a brigadier who goes by the name “Ali” and whose true identity is known by only a few government officials. Ali believes that bin Laden is still someplace along the border, probably in Afghanistan.

Ali tells Kroft that Pakistan’s intelligence forces have diminished bi…

AP Needs a Camera - and a Calcuator

AP reports today on the Pro War rally:

"WASHINGTON - Support for U.S. troops fighting abroad mixed with anger toward antiwar demonstrators at home as hundreds of people, far fewer than organizers had expected, rallied Sunday on the National Mall just a day after a massive protest against the war in Iraq.

“No matter what your ideals are, our sons and daughters are fighting for our freedom,” said Marilyn Faatz, who drove from New Jersey to attend the rally. “We are making a mockery out of this. And we need to stand united, but we are not.”

About 400 people gathered near a stage on an eastern segment of the mall, a large photo of an American flag serving as a backdrop. Amid banners and signs proclaiming support for U.S. troops, several speakers hailed the effort to bring democracy to Iraq and Afghanistan and denounced those who protest it."

Heh...heh...hheeeee! So damn obvious, I could have laid money on the AP to report this way.

Ya Oki-Doki.

Here's how they reported the Anti-W…

The Dirty Secret of Bill Maher

HBO's Bill Maher is having quite the the time making fun of President George Bush.

Especially of making fun of the President's wife as well.

Bill knows all about that. In fact, he's quite the expert at slapping women around, but he's done a lot worse.

Fact is that things weren't funny for Billy in the early '90s.

Were they Bill?

Children talk. They're old enough to do so now.

Maybe that's why it doesn't bother him to hear of others doing the same.

More to come.

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Media Bias? - Ethics only when it's a Republican

MSNBC: Bill Frist now facing two investigations

My, my the MSM love affair with Senator Frist has ended:

"WASHINGTON - Blind trusts are designed to keep an arm’s-length distance between federal officials and their investments, to avoid conflicts of interest. But documents show that Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist knew quite a bit about his accounts from nearly two dozen letters from the trust administrators.

Frist, R-Tenn., received regular updates of transfers of assets to his blind trusts and sales of assets. He also was able to initiate a stock sale of a hospital chain founded by his family with perfect timing. Shortly after the sale this summer, the stock price dived.

A possible presidential contender in 2008, Frist now faces dual investigations by the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York and the Securities and Exchange Commission into his stock sales."

Wow! That AP is on it eh! Got Frist in the cross hairs, and by the short hairs too!

Too bad it's not …