Friday, September 30, 2005

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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 improvement in the President's numbers:

"WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush's job approval has risen after slumping to new lows on criticism of his handling of deadly Hurricane Katrina, two polls showed on Thursday.

Bush's approval rating climbed to 45 percent in a CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll taken September 26-28, up from 40 percent in a similar poll taken a week ago.

A Fox News poll also showed Bush with a 45 percent approval rating. That survey, taken on September 27-28, showed a rise in Bush's standing compared to a mid-month poll that gave him a 41 percent approval rating.

A high-profile response by Bush to Hurricane Rita, the latest storm to hit the Gulf Coast region, appeared to give him a lift.

Seventy-one percent of those polled by CNN/USA Today/Gallup gave Bush high marks for his handling of Rita, which hit Texas and Louisiana last Saturday."


Of course "for comparison" Reuters throws in this tidbit:

"Rita, however, caused little loss of life compared to Katrina, which killed more than 1,000 people and displaced 1 million.

Only 40 percent approved of the president's handling of Katrina, which devastated Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama on August 29.

Bush traveled to command centers in Colorado, Texas and Louisiana last weekend to monitor Rita's winds and heavy rains and held a series of meeting with military brass and disaster coordinators.

Although he cut short his monthlong Texas vacation to return to Washington after Katrina, Bush did not arrive back at the White House until two days after the storm made its landfall on the Gulf Coast.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency received scathing criticism for its role in coordinating the initial Katrina response.

Bush has since replaced the agency's director, Michael Brown, whom he initially praised, and has said he takes responsibility for any problems in the federal response."


Notice the second half of the story has nothing to do with the first, especially in the light of what we know about what really happened with the dynamic-doofis team of Blanco/Nagin.

Yet the fact of the matter is that all through last year's election cycle Bush was delcared dead more than times than Apple Computer was throughout the 90's and he still beat Kerry by 4 1/2 million votes.

And actually it's this "staying power" that pisses the left off so much.

Like Kerry, they are asking, "How can this idiot be wooping us!" Which is exactly what he has done everytime the left thought they had him down, Bush has come back strong.

The fact is that everytime the left thinks they've "wounded" the President, he comes back just like the Hulk, who you will remember, the more that was thrown at him, the stronger he got.

The reason for this is that the public isn't as stupid as the left would have you believe. By and large they aren't buying the Delay story, as they know it is bogus and politically motivated, and the left knows it. The MSM knows it and that's why it's not getting much airplay. The MSM knows the story doesn't hold up to scrutiny, and already Mr. Earle has been shown to be a showboat partisan hack, and may even see charges himself if we are able to get those phone records.

On top of that, Bush holds all the cards and the Ace High, as next week while the left is "shocked" to find out the Plame Game fizzels out (word received -jb - thanks), and President Bush makes a the announcement of his second SCOTUS pick - which will be a far right pick.

Sure, Democrats will rage, but it won't stop the nomination. Fillibuster this. The inside move to get Senator Frist (Nice try Reid), is falling apart, so if Democrats rage, hello Nuke Option. Case closed, nominee in.

So while the left is fiddling around with their DailyKos pocket planners, and looking for Bat Boy on World Daily News, the Supreme Court WILL be moving to the Strong Right for the next 20 or 30 years.

Which brings me to this point:

Do you think that the left doesn't know that their 40 years of dominance in our schools, the courts, politics, and the media is nearly completely gone? In fact, the only bastion they have left is the courts and that's gone in the next few months.

Of course they know! That's why their turning up the heat. Democrats and their co-horts in the MSM are looking in every nook and cranny for the next 'scandal' real or mostly imagined, to get Bush any way they can. They are pulling out all the stops - but the truth is that it's simply not going to work. But it's fun to see them try, as well as profitable.

So to borrow Lurch's words, "Bring it on Liberals!" The more you scream and holler, the better off we are!











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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 "morally reprehensible."

That's the way I I took it after listening to the whole show. Amazing how that works eh?

Ok, so what's the beef? No where.

But typically, as the left is known to do, they are jumping all over this, trying to throw their "racism" mantra around again.

Let's be clear - they have no room to talk.

Who is - by and large - the most racist political party in American?

Read here. The evidence is clear, over history the one party that has consistantly shown a racist and intollerant attititude and indeed showed resistance to the 1964 Civil Rights Law and the 1965 Voter's Right act - it's the Democratic Party.

Not to mention for Democrats to get in a flutter about this statement when this "Group" is volunteering to kill more kids (specifically black), is astounding.

Where is Media Matters? Where is Henry Reid? Nancy Pelosi?.....

Like the Bible says, "Thou brood of vipers, thou Hypocrites!"

By the way Mr. Rangel

Bull Conner was a Democrat. In fact so was George Wallace and Lester Maddox.....oh, and Robert KKK Byrd. Yep, for Democrats to be jumping on Bennett for being "racist", when the evidence is quite to the contrary, and even considering their own history, well, it's like calling the kettle _____.














Tracked: Narcissistic views on News/Politics, also with Cpt Ed.

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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 politics. Well, it's the devil's brew. And what we've got to do, we've got to turn off the tap."


Whooboy.

"Calling Doctor Fine, Doctor Howard, Doctor Fine..."








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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 measure up Ltc. Shaffer, or his testimony on Able Danger. I still think it's a little loose.

But this is crap. I spit my coffee over me computer screen when I read this story.

These 'charges' are absolutely laughable:

"Shaffer says he received a Bronze Star medal for work on a classified operation in Afghanistan in 2003. According to papers provided by Zaid, the military is now questioning whether he deserved it, including challenging whether at least one person who backed Shaffer's nomination for the medal had firsthand knowledge of his actions.

And that's whose problem? He didn't write himself up for it! Man, you might as well revoke half the medals that have been awarded in combat since day one.

"Shaffer says he showed his government credentials during two incidents in 1990, when he was drunk, and 1996, when he was pulled over by police. The military says he misused his credentials, but Shaffer says he was not told he should not have used them. He also said he has joined Alcoholics Anonymous and has been sober for 13 years."

Whoooboy.....you've got to be kidding me. Back when I was an MP Officers were TOLD to show ID so that you would know who you were dealing with. It's freaking SOP!

"As for the pens and other office supplies taken, he blamed that on "youthful indiscretions" more than 20 years ago."

"Stealing pens"??? Are you kidding me? Still got a few myself - Hell I'll bet Pete Schoomaker has a few on the nightstand at home. You know those Army Skill Craft pens are to kill for! But seriously, this is just plain ludicrious.

"According to the paperwork, the alleged infractions against Shaffer also include:

• Falsely claiming $341.80 in mileage and tolls fees. He said he filed travel expenses based on what he was told by human resources staff."

Well Hells Bells, you might as well throw every DOD employee under the train for fudging those per-diem reports.

• "Obtaining $67.79 in personal cell phone charges. He said the amount was a legitimate expense accrued so he could forward calls."

Grrrrrrr....

"Going over his chain of command to do briefings. Shaffer said he was providing briefings to higher-ups on projects even his direct superiors did not know about, and he received superior review ratings for that time."

"Showing irresponsibility with $2,012 in credit card debt. He said he paid off the debt."

Damn, I guess we start yanking the clearances in Congress!

Again, are you KIDDING ME? This is a "f-king ruse". I'm getting to the bottom on this - pronto.

Yeah I'm back, and they pissed on the wrong Rock.

More at Cpt Ed.

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Thursday, September 29, 2005

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Nancy and Earle sitting in a tree....

Hmmmm,.....

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 to refer evidence to the prosecutor in DeLay's home district either," an Earle spokesman told Newsweek.

So what changed?

DeLay says reports that he was off the hook prompted a firestorm of outrage from national Democrats, who pressured Earle to reverse course.

"Do you really believe that the national Democrat leaders that announced that they were going to take this strategy ... never picked up the phone and talked to Ronnie Earle?" he asked the Fox News Channel's "Hannity & Colmes" Wednesday night."


Perhaps the answer is this post from Powerlineblog.

"I believe that the Democrats think they can get away with a filibuster because they have the Republicans on the run--nothing but bad news from Iraq (untrue, but that's the impression you get from the media), the fiasco of Hurricane Katrina (also untrue, as we're learning), Bush's sagging poll numbers, etc. In order to lay the groundwork for their filibuster, the Democrats are doing everything they can to create an anti-Republican frenzy in the press. My guess is that the DeLay indictment is part of that effort.

It would be interesting to subpoena Ronnie Earle's telephone records and see what Democratic Senators or representatives of the Democratic National Committee he has been talking to over the past couple of weeks.


So let's connect dots. We have Earle saying "No go" a few weeks back and then a sudden change of heart.

The baselessness of the indictment (almost as if added at the last moment), makes perfect sense now.

By the way, Travis county phone records come under The Freedom of Information Act. No need for a subpoena.

In an unrelated but totally relevant matter Political Teen has the Video from NRO Byron York's appearance on Hannity and Colmes tonight. Mr. York broke the story about how Earle used the Grand Jury to beome a movie star.

Yeah, the lights are out in Travis County, where "The town and the DA have blood stains on their hands".....








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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.

A 1998 ruling, by an administrative judge for the Corps' Board of Contract Appeals, shows that the contractor, Pittman Construction, told the Corps that the soil and the foundation for the walls were “not of sufficient strength, rigidity and stability” to build on.

“That's incredibly damning evidence,” says van Heerden, “I mean, really, incredibly damning.”


Pittman won the contract in 1993. There already was an earthen levee made of soil. Embedded in that was a thin metal wall called sheet piling. The contractor was hired to pour concrete on top of all that to form the flood wall.

But the 1998 documents — filed as part of a legal dispute over costs — indicate the contractor complained about “weakness” of the soil and “the lack of structural integrity of the existing sheet pile around which the concrete was poured.” The ruling also referenced the “flimsiness” of the sheet piling.

NBC showed the findings to engineering experts.

“That type of issue about the strength of the soils, of course, bears directly on the performance of a floodwall,” says LSU engineering professor Joe Suhayda.

“I think it is very significant,” adds Robert G. Bea, a former Corps engineer and professor at the University of California, Berkeley, who is part of a National Science Foundation inquiry into the failure of flood controls. “It begins to explain some things that I couldn't explain based on the information that I've had.”

The construction company said as a result of these problems the walls were shifting and “out of tolerance,” meaning they did not meet some design specifications. Nevertheless, the Army Corps of Engineers accepted the work.

“It seems to me that the authorities really should have questioned whether these walls were safe,” says van Heerden.

The judge, in her ruling, blamed the contractor for the construction errors and turned down Pittman's request for more funds.

Pittman Construction is now out of business. (A firm called CR Pittman Construction, also based in New Orleans, is a separate company.)

In a statement, the Corps of Engineers tells NBC:

"The records on the Pittman contract appeal will undoubtedly be part of any thorough investigation to determine the cause of the levee breaches in New Orleans. The Corps is preserving evidence that could be used in the investigation. The exact composition and structure of the team responsible for a potential investigation has not been determined at this time."


Uh Huh!...

Well, this would go hand in hand with what happened in 1995 with that + $150 million?

And why does Ex-mayor Marc Morial keep showing up when you mention "contracts and corruption"?

Seems some shady deals and cutting corners was taking place long before Bush came to town. As a matter of fact, there was another guy in the White House ....and a FEMA director extrordinaire at the same time.

More at Newsbusters Blog





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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 might have been coerced.

"She wanted to hear it directly from Mr. Libby," Tate said. "And he assured her that it was voluntary."


Say what? A year ago? Coerced? Why then, jail...err,....

Didn't Cooper have the same permission from Rove, but then had to keep 'verifying' he had it?

Then why in the hell did she sit in jail all this time and only today make the call. What? She didn't have a dime? Yeah, negotiations my eye.

Something else is afoot here.

Tom Mcguire is back on the case. I'm going with the "Judith is using the running game - grinding it out" as Tom suggests.

Capt Ed too.

Besides, as I've said all along, it's doesn't make a hill of beans anyway, the premise was off on this who deal in the first place.

Judith, no covert, no crime, nuff said.





But if anything, Ms. Plame and Daddy Joe might just find themselves exchanging bed sheets with Judith.

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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:

"We need to move beyond partisanship and get on with the business of the country"

No questions. Actually, none needed because the 'story' is already told, to wit:

Blanco's an idiot.

Sad fact is that Republican's allowed this "no questions please". More examples of "Wolves in Sheeps Clothing" Are we ready for 2006/08 or what?

h/t Michelle Malkin, Also The Therapist, Wuzzadem.




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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 "hurtin'." And two weeks ago, he accepted responsibility for the (unspecified) federal government failures in the wake of Katrina.

But the relative lack of emotion in his remarks raises the possibility that he doesn't fully appreciate the sense of loss experienced by countless thousands of Gulf Coast residents."


Oh I see. It's not like Clinton who could "feel their pain", but wouldn't in a minute invite a black evacuee to his home.

So Bush isn't sobbing. He's not wailing and knashing his teeth and throwing dust in the air. Ok, Dan...that's as clear as it can be.

Incidently, did you notice he's not bitching either?

Yeah, it's amazing! President Bush is actually on the ground, doing something instead of sitting on a chair sucking a latte and typing 'words of inter galatic wisdom' into a computer about a President's 'photo ops'. Or exaggerating stories, or even making them up, or 'photo oping' in the rain.

More and more we see, the truth is out, that MSM is proving yet once again that they have become irrelevant in determining anything of ....relevance.

Whether it's Maureen (haven't see a story I couldn't make up and better!) DowdDand the rest of the left nitpicking fuel cost for Air Force One, or his hair isn't combed right, or he slurs or whatever....

Hey! I got it. Just let the press ride in the Jane Fonda bus to all the events! Hell, it's fueled on chicken fat or something like that! As I said all along, the MSM should be taking the lead here and showing us the way and looking out for us! Just think of the fuel saved if Helen Thomas would stay off of Air Force One!

Come on Froomkin, sell your Hummer (Oh, Clinton owns that...sorry), and walk to work!

Come on my man, show us the way it is done!





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Wednesday, September 28, 2005

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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 last time I checked in she was exuberant over Katrina deaths in New Orleans so long as she could slap Bush's name on it.


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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 we got 'em!"

But after this story has been jumped all over and has been spun around all summer (at least by bloggers and a few in the MSM), you would think the Bush Administration would come out by now and say something - anything.

Now I put out last week and my source isn't budging that Cobweb - i.e. VP Cheney pulled the plug on witness participation, alhtough that appeared to reverse itself when new hearing were scheduled. Then those were pulled for the Jewish Holiday, so... back to square one.

Although I note that "reversal" came as Cobweb was entering the hospital or about that time.

in any case those hearing are on hold - a long hold - like the one you get put on when you call Dell Computer to complain.

So back to the 'disturbing question", i.e.; "Who loses if the whole story breaks?"

Well if it get's out that Hadley really did take a chart from Weldon to "take it to the man", then the man is up craps creek and incidently so is the present administration.

Hadley so far (as his spokesman) denies only that Atta wasn' on the "something" that Weldon showed him - again, "he said, he said, and no one kept a copy".

Now if you peruse some of the contributors to this story (no names), you find that some of them predominately post over at sites like Daily Kos and other left wing sites.

No problem, everyone has an agenda, but there is a ground swell of opinion from "down under" that seems to be picking up steam that it's not "Clintonistas", but "Bushhilters" that are the true culprits or "targets" and suspects of a coverup. I'm afraid that if the MSM in their present FEMA/Katrina/Rita/Delay/Frist feeding frenzy caught that angle (no matter if true or not), this thing hits the front page everywhere.

"Annie, get my gun please...."

Again, for those conservative bloggers, I asked, "Do they really want the truth".

I'll answer for myself, "Absolutely". I don't give a squat who sells us up a river, I want them hung at Sunnup - or Sundown.

But I am also keenly aware of the "Matrix" or the truth of what we think we know, and what really goes on behind closed doors. Back in '85-87 I was smack dab in the middle of one of these "Matrixes", most of us are familiar with. A great leader was caught right in the middle of a "hard squeeze play" and it was amazing to see how the MSM created one reality, the public theirs, but behind the scenes the truth was more "deep" than anyone "outside" could have dreamed of.

Well enough reminiscing.

For now unless something gets crazy or I'm spiked by one of AJ's great posts, I'm bailing on the Great Summer Story for now. Most of what we are seeing isn't new, and the rest is rehashed. Until there are real hearings (not holding my breath), we are simply not going to know squat more than we know now. Until then, the story may linger, but I don't see it prevailing - ESPECIALLY as long as the powers that be say "Cease".

Besides, Delay's in a jam, the MSM is out of control and we've got another pick on the SCOTUS. Not to mention 06/08 and I work on the Republican team down here in South Florida - it's fixing to get hot.

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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 Conspiracy.

Senate Majority Leader the target of an increasingly serious probe of potential insider trading.

Rumors of October Rove indictment in the Plame case.

Is this a problem yet?"


Aye....

Well Josh it depends on what you mean by "problem".

For instance, is this a problem for Senator Chuck Schumer?

The Man in the Mirror

Or is this a problem for Senator Nancy Pelosi?

Pelosi Ethic's Violations

Btw, we're still waiting for Nancy to answer this query.

Or Sen. Jon Corzine's

"stock options".

Or Senator Reid

Money Connected

If so, then perhaps it's a problem. If not, then it's simply a matter of who the MSM is focusing on.

And as always Josh, to quote El Savior - the man who knows all about indictments as he led the most corrupt government in American History. Who, as a matter of fact owns all the records:

The only president ever impeached on grounds of personal malfeasance

- Most number of convictions and guilty pleas by friends and associates*
- Most number of cabinet officials to come under criminal investigation.
- Most number of witnesses to flee country or refuse to testify.
- Most number of witnesses to die suddenly.
- First president sued for sexual harassment.
- First president accused of rape.
- First first lady to come under criminal investigation
- Largest criminal plea agreement in an illegal campaign contribution case
- First president to establish a legal defense fund.
- First president to be held in contempt of court
- Greatest amount of illegal campaign contributions.
- Greatest amount of illegal campaign contributions from abroad.

So when you say "problem", it all depends on what you mean by the word "problem". For instance, it's like the word "sex".......


"Hypocrites kick with their hind feet while licking with their tongues"

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Cpt Ed weighs in with some ethics and possible disbarring facts about DA Ronnie Earle. I hope that when it's said and done Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott looks into his conduct. Simply put, enough is enough.

As usualMichelle Malkin(fastest typist I know) is keeping links going. Polipundit with commentary and comments. Tom Mcguire; Blogs for Bush, with a h/t to bfb on NRO great post on the Media Blog. AJ Strata locks and loads. And the The Politburo Diktat has a fact sheet on Ronnie Earle.

UPDATE: To answer the "He prosecuted more Democrats than Republicans", the fact is that Mr. Earle has used the office he has to go after POLITICAL enemies, no matter which party they are from.

All roads lead to Travis County btw, you know, home of Burkett. Yeah, no agenda here.

UPDATE II: Oh Yeah!.

UPDATE III: If you want to see that the left knows it's bogus watch "hunter" at Daily Kos decend into the pit of insanity. Ain't it fun?

UPDATE: IV: Eleanor Cliff is partying like it's 1994 for the Republicans. Truth is that the American people aren't so easily decieived by a partisan (movie star on a mission from God) prosecutor. At last count (see above) Democratic scandals far outdistance Republican's 2-1.

And they haven't seen anything yet. Wait and see.

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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 purposes, took the original 'idea' beyond it’s original purpose. It isn’t any real secret or “shocker” at this point that they crossed “boundries” they shouldn’t have crossed (real or imagined). At one point (finding that Chinese take out?), they crossed over, and the door was slammed.

2. Every day I beginning to picture Ltc. Shaffer as a member of the same “tin-foil hat society” that I’ve put Weldon in. Sorry folks, but this guy is swinging in the wind in my humble opinion. But then his interview – specifically the last part – was the “Freudian Slip” of this affair, as it was to my estimation the first clear statement of what this story was all about anyway, at least to Weldon and Shaffer.

(Show us the money).

Again, “Witnesses and Experts”, contradictions, misrecollections, etc. The fact is that at this point what is missing is cold hard EVIDENCE.

Witness recollections/statements, etc, are not the kind of “evidence” that will prove this Summer Story true or false. Someone get General Schoomaker on the line (seems he's just as elusive and hardheaded as he was back in Korea with the ole 1/72)

..Come on Pete, tell us one way or the other!

Without that 'hard evidence' at this point you have a whole lot of conflict and questions and quite frankly after us bloggers got involved the whole story may well be FUBAR at this point.

Yeah, hearings might clear things up, then again, they might muddy the waters even more that the "truth" might never see the light of day. But then again, as I asked, "Do we really want to know?"

In any case it was a Great Summer Story though, while it lasted.

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Tuesday, September 27, 2005

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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 mess have done so exclusively using the witnesses of Weldon, Shaffer and the others, with almost to a blogger counting they're word as the "Gospel" on the matter.

I would caution - all may not be what it seems.

Now before you flame let me tell you that just because a guy (or girl) has a nice crease in their pants, that doesn't mean they're being up front telling you the straight poop. As far as I'm concerned Shaffer has done more flipping than an irate driver on I-95.

Again, as to be cautious is next to godliness as far as I'm concerned, I'm standing as close to God on this as I can.

Yet I do think Bill has tripped the proverbial sacred cow with some of those who are "sold" to one perspective, and perked the interest of a few not decided either way. But let me tell you most assuredly, he's further on track that most of that which has been written, at least as far as I know.

Some have slammed him for the "anonymous" witnesses he cites. Well, let me tell you what I learned in Law Enforcement, the more anonymous the more solid the witness. Just because someone comes public doesn't mean squat, and I handled more than a few witnesses in my experience.

Yeah, Weldon, Shaffer, and the rest could be on the up and national heros.

They may also be cads of the worst sort. Until the whole story is known (which is not likely), we're simply going to have to make up our own minds - but keep them open at the same time.

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UPDATE: Per AJ, AP: Senate Panel Postpones 9/11 Hearing

"WASHINGTON (AP) - Citing next week's Rosh Hashanah observances, the Senate Judiciary Committee has postponed its scheduled hearing on what a highly classified military intelligence unit code-named ``Able Danger'' knew about the 9/11 hijackers."

Heh, yeah, that's it alright, Rosh Hashanah.....heh...

UPDATE: Tracked with Cpt Ed (who has a less than flattering account of Bill's work in the past - 'sa la vie', and agenda's aside (as if they haven't played a part in weeding this thing out!), Bill is hitting most of the nails on the head (Pentagon 'reversals and double backflips' aside).


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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 that Democrats were boycotting this hearing, yet this dunce shows up.

“I find it absolutely stunning that this hearing would start out with you, Mr. Brown, laying the blame for FEMA’s failings at the feet of the governor of Louisiana and the Mayor of New Orleans.”

Well Rep. Jefferson, I mean it's not like commandeering National Guard resources needed to rescue people so that you could retrieve "evidence" from your residence!

What a clown.

But aside from the comedy, we finally hit the nail on the head:

Committee Chairman Tom Davis, R-Va., cautioned against too narrowly assigning blame.

“At the end of the day, I suspect that we’ll find that government at all levels failed the people of Louisiana and Mississippi and Alabama and the Gulf Coast,” said Davis.

Davis pushed Brown on what he and the agency he led should have done to evacuate New Orleans, restore order in the city and improve communication among law enforcement agencies.

Brown said: “Those are not FEMA roles. FEMA doesn’t evacuate communities. FEMA does not do law enforcement. FEMA does not do communications.”

And that is exactly right. FEMA doesn't provide those functions! FEMA by it's creation in 1979 specifically works as a liason between local/state governments and the federal government.

Here is the gist though. This is why FEMA gets the whole of the blame:

"Brown in his opening statement said he had made several “specific mistakes” in dealing with the storm, and listed two.

One, he said, was not having more media briefings.

As to the other, he said: “I very strongly personally regret that I was unable to persuade Gov. Blanco and Mayor Nagin to sit down, get over their differences, and work together. I just couldn’t pull that off.”

Both Blanco and Nagin are Democrats


If Blanco and Nagin were Republicans, could you imagine?

UPDATE: Here's Blanco's lame-ass response: "In Baton Rouge, La., Blanco’s press secretary, Denise Bottcher, ridiculed Brown’s line of attack. “Mike Brown wasn’t engaged then, and he surely isn’t now. He should have been watching CNN instead of the Disney Channel,” Bottcher said."

Yeah, and Blanco should have called out the National Guard too, you Putz!

Check out AJ Strata's post on this as well.





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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 bureaucrats in DIA who had worked in both the Bush and Clinton administration and were covering their ass. Could be, but I'm still thinking their orders came from higher up.

That was the only new information I heard in the brief segment, but if you heard anything else or think I got it wrong, leave me a comment or send me an email and let me know what I missed."


Sorry, I'm not buying anything Weldon says until I heard that retraction from Hadley himself, or from his staff.

If Hadley would have felt so "misquoted" he would have had his spokesman issue statement to that affect to the media, not just told Weldon.

I'm really starting to see Weldon's Tin Foil!

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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, ...is 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. Krugman, witness the real "Brownie"!

The following is an excerpt from an article Clinton's Mythical FEMA, written by Jim Kouri, Vice President of the National Association of Chief's of Police:

" Another criticism by Hillary's comrades in the Democrat Party and by her pals in the news media is that President Bush staffed FEMA with his cronies such as Mike Brown. But no one in the memory-impaired news media appears to remember Bill Clinton's cronies including Buddy Young.

Raymond Lloyd "Buddy" Young was appointed FEMA's Director of Region VI by President Clinton in 1993. As regional director, he coordinated FEMA mitigation, preparedness and disaster response and recovery activities in: Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. In 1997, he served as Acting Deputy Director for the agency. Mr. Young is a veteran of 26 years of service for the Arkansas State Police. He joined FEMA after serving as director of security for then-Governor Bill Clinton, a post he had held since 1983. In other words, Young's experience entailed covering for Bill during his alleged trysts. His education consists of a certificate in public administration from the University of Arkansas. No college degrees and no emergency management experience (unless his yelling, "Bill, quick zip your fly. Hillary's coming!" constitutes managing an emergency).

Cronies? The Clintons were the king and queen of cronyism. Remember their Chief of White House Personnel Security Craig "where the hell did those FBI files come from" Livingstone? His security experience entailed work as a bouncer at strip clubs and discos. I can only surmise why Bill Clinton felt obligated to a man with those security credentials."


When it came to cronism, no one did it better than the Clintons!

Where's Paul's "Brownie" on that?





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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 of Heaven". There is no stopping it now!

Hell! Were's MY check?

Lesson on the Art of War my friends, you have to pick and choose your battles. In the passion and anger and confusion that followed Katrina, Conservatives (except yours truly), let the left conduct the band and even got in a played an instrument or two. We've got no one to blame but ourselves.

So my conservative friends who detest big government - get used to it. Big Daddy Warbucks Government is hear to stay. There is no going back now. The sense of entitlement is the national mantra now.

A house for everyone! Even if you didn't have a house before! Don't worry about a thing, Uncle Sugar will take care of you!

I’ll be damned if they didn’t take Bush’s “Compassionate Conservatism” and throw it right back at ‘em. Like I said, Katrina and Rita were the best thing to happen to the Democrats and their cause since FDR!






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Monday, September 26, 2005

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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 Malkin Ace 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 11 Commission either knew, or should have known -- or didn't and could not have known -- about Able Danger's specific activities. From public accounts so far, this seems to hinge on the response and objectivity of the commission senior staff, who were briefed on Able Danger."


The first statement is closer to the truth. As I've said before, this has all been about a "secret project" gone wild. What started as a project to spy on US Citizens under the Clinton Administration, went beyond it's intended purposes, people got to "experimenting" and made discoveries.

Able Danger: Pentagon should reveal details of pre-9/11 program

"Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld hasn't heard the last from Sen. Arlen Specter on the question of whether a highly classified intelligence program at the Pentagon identified several future hijackers more than a year before Sept. 11, 2001, yet did not inform the FBI of its findings.

Getting anything out of Rumsfeld's Pentagon that might prove embarrassing is like pulling teeth - Abu Ghraib is just one example - but Specter, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, should do whatever is necessary in this case to force the secretary to open wide."


Well perhaps. But I think that Spector going up against the Pentagon is likened to a man with a baseball bat going up against a tank. He'd be "track meat". I'd said all along, all you have to do is talk with General Shelton and Schoomaker, under oath and specifically about the program.

That's why I said this is all so much show, because all you need is those two. Either they confirm or deny (not in circles; or in generalities, but in reality). Get them to talk you might go somewhere, until then, you're spinning your wheels.

But let's get to the gist of the Able Danger story shall we? After all, this is the question all concerned want answered: "With what Able Danger found out, could it have prevented 9/11?"

That's really the question on everyone's mind isn't it? That's the point.

The interest in the answer depends on what group one is from, for there are several groups involved. Those like Weldon who want to pin the whole deal on Clinton, and then there are those (see here), who want it to harm the present administration.

Then there are those who say, "The American people suffered the worst attack on our soil four years ago. We deserve answers about how that attack could have been prevented."

Perhaps....

But I hate to bring up Jack Nicolson's line, but, let me ask, "Can we handle the truth?" Think about it before you answer. It's important becuase the truth may just go farther than anyone could have ever imagined, or that anyone would really even want to know. Think of the Matrix and you'll get the idea.

Tracked: Mark Trapscott

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Sunday, September 25, 2005

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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":

"THE SUPERSTAR SONGSTRESS SERENADED SAWYER WITH STORM SEASON ASSERTIONS. BUT TO SOME SHE'LL SOUND MORE LIKE A WINDSOCK SINGING LIBERALISM'S GOLDEN OLDIES!

NEW YORK -- This summer's back to back superstorms are proof positive we have entered a new period of "global warming emergency," artist/citizen Barbra Streisand warns.

Streisand is back on the scene to promote her reunion disc with Barry Gibb.

As hellstorm "Rita" churned in the Gulf, Streisand sat down for a promotional interview with ABCNEWS's Diane Sawyer.

"We are in a global warming emergency state, and these storms are going to become more frequent, more intense," Streisand urgently declares.

But Sawyer did not remind Streisand that a Category 5 hurricane struck the Bahamas with 160 mph winds -- when the singer was five years old, in 1947!

And when Streisand was 8 years old, a Cat 5 hurricane -- named "Dog" -- packing 185 mph churned-away in the Atlantic.

When she was 9, a Cat 5 storm named "Easy" ripped the seas with 160 mph sustained winds.

Streisand was 13 years old when "Janet" hit Mexico with 150 mph winds.

Streisand was celebrating her sweet sixteen as "Cleo" formed with 140 mph.

At 18, Streisand read news about "Donna" AND "Ethel" -- both storms carried 140 mph winds and formed 9 days apart in 1960!

One year later, when Streisand was 19, it happened again: Two Category 5 storms scared the world: "Carla" and "Hattie!"

"Carla" maxed out at 175 mph winds the year Streisand made her television debut on "The Jack Paar Show."

And who could forget Hurricane "Camille" -- which smashed into the United States with 190 mph, just as "Funny Girl" garners eight Academy Award nominations, including one for Best Picture and one for Barbra as Best Actress.

Up next on the weather warning watch, Streisand says to ABC: "There could be more droughts, dust bowls. You know, it's amazing to hear these facts."


The truth is that Max is right. There isn't a lot of science to show an increase in hurricanes is due to the planet is getting warmer, but that won't stop the moonbat left from trying it out.





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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 bin Laden’s power by capturing 594 al-Qaeda members and crippling the group’s communications, including infiltrating their courier network. “We have been able to effectively break the communications network from top to bottom. We do not allow these people to communicate with each other,” says Ali.

The information gleaned from captured al-Qaeda members and given to coalition officials has helped to prevent planned terror attacks against financial buildings in the U.S., and planes and buildings at London’s Heathrow airport. It also assisted in the capture of al-Qaeda operatives in Great Britain. “The mere fact that there has not been a replication of 9/11 speaks volumes of what we shared with the world,” boasts Ali.

Finding bin Laden doesn’t matter at this point, according to Lt. Gen. Safdar Hussain, who is in charge of Pakistan’s anti-terrorism operations along the Afghanistan border. “If [bin Laden] is hiding in a hole, neither the electronic nor the human intelligence can find him,” he tells Kroft. “Is it all that important to find him? If he’s taken out tomorrow, his ideology is not going to come to an end. I don’t think that it’s important…if he is captured… This is my personal view,” says Hussain.

Kroft also spoke to Pakistan’s leader, Gen. Pervez Musharraf. “These troops are not certainly on the trail of one man, and that’s all they are doing,” notes Musharraf. “We are fighting terrorism wherever it is. If Osama happens to be there incidentally, he will be killed or captured.”


Of of the critques of the Bush administration is that "They never got Osama!" But here we see that simply isn't true.

And let's not forget who let Osama go first.

The fact is that the GWOT is working. Since 9/11 the United States hasn't had one single terrorist attack on it's soil - not one. By comparison the Clinton Administration had four. Call it what you will, but what we are accomplishing is working to protect us.










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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-War Protest yesterday:

"WASHINGTON - Crowds opposed to the war in Iraq surged past the White House on Saturday, shouting “Peace now” in the largest anti-war protest in the nation’s capital since the U.S. invasion.

The rally stretched through the day and into the night, a marathon of music, speechmaking and dissent on the National Mall. Police Chief Charles H. Ramsey, noting that organizers had hoped to draw 100,000 people, said, “I think they probably hit that.”

Speakers from the stage attacked President Bush’s policies head on, but he was not at the White House to hear it. He spent the day in Colorado and Texas, monitoring hurricane recovery."


Ya, Oki-Doki AP: Since you guys don't have any pictures to prove those tens of thousands, here's a few sites that have them for you, as well as a dissection of the puff.

here, here, here.

Wow! Look at the crowd! Protein Wisdon has the skinny on how the AP got one festival mixed up with an antiwar protest. Like I said, they need a calculator.

UPDATE: Confederate Yankee with more on the "crowd". Check out this site for of the pro-war rally.

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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 "fair and balanced"

Isn't it amazing how Frist get's the Front Page treatment, but Democrats get hardly noticed? Witness Nancy Pelosi. Hardly old news, this Article from July 07, 2005

Ethics -- Only good for the other side

"a funny thing happened on Pelosi's way to her ethics coup: She ran afoul of the same rules she hurls at DeLay.

As the Washington Post reported, last week Pelosi filed delinquent reports for three trips she herself accepted from outside sponsors. The biggie was a week-long 1999 trip to Taiwan, paid for by the Chinese National Association of Industry and Commerce. The tab for Pelosi and her husband: about $8,000.

Just last month, Pelosi spokeswoman Jennifer Crider told Roll Call that Pelosi's "position is that the rules are clear; people need to follow them." Within days, Pelosi had to refile because she failed to follow these "clear" rules.

Here's another glitch: A senior aide to Pelosi, Eddie Charmaine Manansala, went on a $9,887 trip in 2004 sponsored by the same Korea-U.S. Exchange Council as sponsored DeLay's excursion -- then failed to file the mandated paperwork until a reporter asked about the trip.

And while Pelosi bashes GOP ethics, PoliticalMoneyLine, a data firm, crunched the numbers and found that in the last five years, Democrats took 3, 458 privately funded junkets, while Republicans took 2,666.


Hmmm, How much did we hear of this?

The Washington Times in an April 5th, 2005 story carries even more ethical issues for Ms. Pelosi.

Again, how much did we hear of this?

Jack Kelly writing in the Post Gazette on May 8th, 2005:

"People in glass houses shouldn't throw stones, Democrats in Congress are beginning to find out.

Rep. Norman Dicks, D-Wash., has reimbursed the Spectrum Group, a defense lobbying firm, $571 for food and lodging in Fort Lauderdale in February, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported Tuesday. It is against House rules for a lawmaker or staffer to accept gratuities from lobbyists, though non-profit groups may pay for their travel expenses.

The Associated Press reported the same day that expenses for a trip Reps. James Clyburn, D-S.C., and Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., took to the Northern Mariana islands in 1996 were paid by Jack Abramoff, a lobbyist currently under criminal investigation.

The Washington Times reported April 20 a lobbying firm paid the $3,336 tab for a trip Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones, D-Ohio, and her husband took to Puerto Rico in 2001."


Now this kind of stuff takes place on both sides of the isle. It's a Washington problem. If Frist violated rules or laws (even if they are stupid laws as I believe the blind trust law is), then he should face the consequences. I have no problem with that. But it's amazing how fast one can fall from grace - especially from the hypocritical left.

But I guess its: You do the crime, you do the time!

- right Robert Blake? (Oh, yeah, never mind!)


UPDATE: As expected the built up frustration (which rose over the top with the stem-cell issue) is coming to bear on the Right. Read here for a taste of what is to come!

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