Archive for October, 2010

Rally to Restore Sanity

October 30, 2010

Today some people may or may not head to the capital for the Jon Stewart / Steven Colbert rally.  My guess is it won’t be too large but in this country there literally are hundreds of thousands of people looking for a place to party a bit. 

This whole idea is pretty lame and really makes fun of the American civil protest history.  I’m personally conflicted on whether this is good or bad.  I often get tired of watching people tear up the national mall in DC with trash.   Leaving what must be considerable damage.  Lucky Glenn Beck and the tea Party rally’s have been remarkably clean. However these rallies do seem to get at least some politicians attention. 

The one good thing about this rally are the causes that both Steward and Colbert are promoting.

The rally is promoting charitable causes. Stewart is asking attendees to help restore the National Mall, which has a $400 million backlog of deferred maintenance. Colbert is asking people to contribute to Donors Choose, which raises money for school supplies; proceeds from sales of rally merchandise also will go to the Yellow Ribbon Fund to help injured soldiers.

Mostly this is just a gimmick.  I’m sure there will be plenty of signs to comment on for days though.

UPDATE:  interesting twist.  Humm Control folks. 

Irony reaches new heights as Comedy Central is going to “strictly prohibit filming” of the Rally to Restore Sanity/March to Keep Fear Alive. PJTV’s Washington Bureau chief Richard Pollock inquired with the Comedy Central’s senior vice president of corporate communications Steve Albani about receiving credentials. Albani claimed that Pollock would not be given credentials because of limited supply, and as such there would be no room on the “press riser” for PJTV’s camera and crew. When Pollock said that he’d be fine with filming not on the press riser, Albani said that filming would be “strictly prohibited” between 3rd and 7th streets on the National Mall (ground zero for the event). The email exchange is further down.
Read more at the

Washington Examiner: http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/blogs/beltway-confidential/rally-to-resore-sanity-pledges-to-strictly-prohibit-filming-at-national-mall-106355893.html#ixzz13rNXzy8r

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Winter is a coming

October 28, 2010

There was a chill in the air as I woke this morning.  We leave our window open a bit for fresh air and this morning it was definitely fresh.  After getting a warm cup of tea and checking the news I took a look at the local temperature.  18 degrees.  It would appear winter has arrived. 

Now it’s not as bad as it seems.  The daytime high should hit 60 or so.  Well I hope it does anyway. 

Normally we get a first snow by now so this isn’t unusual but I always hope it will be warm on Halloween then it’s ok to turn cold. 

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Karzai admits taking bags of money from Iran.

October 25, 2010

 

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Afghan President Hamid Karzai admits that he has taken bags of money from Iran.  He claims there is nothing wrong with this, it’s just aid from a friendly country.  This as Wekileaks released documents confirm that Iran has been working directly in Afghanistan and Iraq to de-stabilize both countries and in resulted in US Deaths.  (yes this has been known for a long time)

Karzai’s comments came the same day the Iranian embassy in Kabul slammed the Times report as "ridiculous and insulting," according to the AFP.

"Such baseless speculations are being spread by some Western media outlets in order to confuse public opinion and damage the strong ties between the governments and nations of the Islamic republics of Afghanistan and Iran," the embassy said in a statement.

So I say lets invite Iran to the talks with the Taliban (SARC).  Oh wait that’s been done already.

I really don’t know how this whole Afghanistan affair has gotten so far out of our control but I truly believe it has.  But then if your only looking to get out, I guess it’s going wonderfully. 

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Holy cow this was an A**whooping.

October 24, 2010

Raiders Dismantle Broncos 59-14

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I almost felt sorry for the Broncos.  Almost…..

Honesty is not rewarded in all circles

October 21, 2010
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Juan Williams who I disagree with on most issues was apparently fired from NPR for a common sense comment he made on FOX News.  In a discussion with Bill O’Reilly.

He continued: “I mean, look, Bill, I’m not a bigot. You know the kind of books I’ve written about the civil rights movement in this country. But when I get on the plane, I got to tell you, if I see people who are in Muslim garb and I think, you know, they are identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims, I get worried. I get nervous.”

Mr. Williams also made reference to the Pakistani immigrant who pleaded guilty this month to trying to plant a car bomb in Times Square. “He said the war with Muslims, America’s war is just beginning, first drop of blood. I don’t think there’s any way to get away from these facts,” Mr. Williams said.

NPR said in its statement that the remarks “were inconsistent with our editorial standards and practices, and undermined his credibility as a news analyst with NPR.”

Now Juan gets to feel the heat from the radical left which is predominate in the media and especially NPR.  It’s a tough way to learn a lesson but then I’m pretty sure Juan will do just fine. I’m confidant FOX will keep him as this really proves their point that they are THE fair and balanced news outlet.

The fact is political correctness in one of the reason for the rise of the Tea Party candidates.  People are tired of political correctness and don’t want some small group to tell them what to think or what they are allowed to say. 

I think he does backflips to excuse a lot of what the left does but I also think he’s tiring of that job.  So I wish Juan the best of luck and hope more time discussing issues with Britt Hume with completely convert Juan.

One more note on this.  I suspect Juan will find that support for him will come not from the liberals he’s championed but rather conservative / libertarians out there. 

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File under “we are Fu&*%d”

October 19, 2010

…Two weeks ago Afghan officials intercepted a shipment of Iranian weapons en route to the Taliban in the Afghan province of Nimroz…

…But on Monday Iranian diplomats were seated at a NATO conference in Rome at the invitation of the Obama administration to discuss the way forward in Afghanistan. It was the ninth meeting of the NATO contact group which included foreign ministers and high level dignitaries, including U.S. Special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Holbrooke

…“We recognize that Iran….has a role to play in the peaceful settlement of the situation in Afghanistan,” Holbrooke said…

…"That’s not admitting defeat,” Holbrooke said. “That’s, as we’ve all said, we are not going to win this war by purely military means. General Petraeus said it again this morning in our briefings. The war will not end on a battleship in Tokyo Bay or at Dayton, Ohio. It will end through a different kind of process.”…

What can you even say to this?  Our leadership is selling us out brothers.  We are truly F*&*%d. 

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How’s that for a start Chuck?

VFW PAC update

October 18, 2010

Ok go over to Blackfive and check the whole thing out. I will post this little bit.  It’ appears someone has heard the outcry.

I have reviewed the Political Action Committee (PAC) Board of Directors’ response to our request to rescind this year’ s Congressional endorsements. I disagree with their assessment.

It is now evident to most of the VFW leadership, both National and especially the departments, that the VFW has been subjected to extreme negative publicity throughout
the nation, and the recent endorsement decisions have, in fact, harmed the VFW’ s reputation and future ability to fulfill our mission.

I cannot let this erosion of public support for our great organization continue. The apparent lack of the committee to address these concerns will lead to a proposal by me,
as Commander-in-Chief, to amend the by-laws at the 112th National Convention for the purpose of dissolving the PAC.

Meanwhile, under the authority granted to me as
Commander-in-Chief in section 619 of the VFW National By-Laws and under section 620 of the Manual of Procedure, I am withdrawing all PAC appointments effective October 15, 2010.
Accordingly, I’ m asking the council for a vote of “ no confidence” in the VFW PAC as indicated on the enclosed ballot.

To:  National Council of Administration
From:  Richard L. Eubank, Commander-in-Chief
Date:  October 14, 2010

Multi-Cultural society has failed?

October 16, 2010

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The Europeans have been ahead of us on this in a way.  They gave in to the multi-culturist very early.  But it seems the times are a changing.  What was once heresy to say is now heard everywhere.

Merkel says German multicultural society has failed

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is now saying what many have felt for a while. 

Attempts to build a multicultural society in Germany have "utterly failed", Chancellor Angela Merkel says.

In a speech in Potsdam, she said the so-called "multikulti" concept – where people would "live side-by-side" happily – did not work.

Mrs Merkel’s comments come amid recent outpourings of strong anti-immigrant feeling from mainstream politicians.

A recent survey showed that more than 30% of Germans believed Germany was "overrun by foreigners".

The study – by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation think-tank – also showed that roughly the same number thought that some 16 million of Germany’s immigrants or people with foreign origins had come to the country for the social benefits.

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Immigration enforcement at it’s best (Sarc)

October 16, 2010

Immigration cases being tossed by the hundreds

Docket review pulls curtain back on procedure by Homeland Security

By SUSAN CARROLL
HOUSTON CHRONICLE

In the month after Homeland Security officials started a review of Houston’s immigration court docket, immigration judges dismissed more than 200 cases, an increase of more than 700 percent from the prior month, new data shows.

The number of dismissals in Houston courts reached 217 in August — up from just 27 in July, according to data from the Executive Office for Immigration Review, which administers the nation’s immigration court system.

In September, judges dismissed 174 pending cases — the vast majority involving immigrants who already were out on bond and had cases pending on Houston’s crowded downtown court docket, where hearings are now being scheduled into 2012. Roughly 45 percent of the 350 cases decided in that court in September resulted in dismissals, the records show…

…The dismissals essentially mean that officials are no longer actively trying to remove defendants through the immigration court system, though they can refile such charges at a later date. The dismissals do not convey any kind of legal status, so recipients remain illegal immigrants and cannot work legally in the U.S.

But critics still charge that the dismissals show the government is not enforcing the law.

"When you have this kind of mass dismissal, it sends a very clear message to illegal immigrants, and to society at large, that the government is not serious about enforcing the laws," said Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, an organization that advocates for stricter border controls.

"This type of action muddles the message so both the public at large as well as illegal immigrants don’t know what to think."

Nothing like enforcing the laws.  So when you hear how we’ve increased the number of arrest remember that doesn’t mean we’ve removed the illegals. 

Counterinsurgency too slow?

October 14, 2010

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A New Plan for Afghanistan

Less counterinsurgency, more killing and capturing.

By Fred Kaplan

Officials say a shift in U.S. war strategy has begun to take place in Afghanistan, away from classic counterinsurgency (protecting the population, providing basic services, promoting good government) and toward the traditional business of killing and capturing bad guys.

…U.S. and NATO officers, intelligence analysts, and other officials and advisers now believe that our objectives in the Afghanistan war can no longer be accomplished in sufficiently short time through COIN alone or even through a COIN-dominant strategy.

This is rather interesting.  Is counterinsurgency out because of the drawdown date?  Hummmm…

 

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