Saturday, April 03, 2010
Last week, NRA-ILA learned that quantities of once-fired small arms cartridge cases recovered from firing ranges on military bases, which by federal law the Department of Defense is prohibited from demilitarizing or destroying, were being sold for scrap.
They say they've talked with Senators Baucus and Testor about it, and they're checking into it. Yell at your congresscritters anyway; I don't know about Testor, but at this point I wouldn't trust that bastard Baucus as far as I could throw my truck.
And I very happily found out that focaccia is easy to make. This is the recipe I found somewhere and I've been using since.
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon white sugar
1 tablespoon active dry yeast
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1 pinch ground black pepper
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 cup water
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
1 cup mozzarella
In a large bowl, stir together the flour, salt, sugar, garlic powder, oregano, thyme, basil and black pepper.
Mix in the vegetable oil, water and yeast(see below).
When the dough has pulled together, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface, and knead until smooth and elastic. Lightly oil a large bowl, place the dough in the bowl, and turn to coat with oil. Cover with a damp cloth, and let rise in a warm place for 20-40 minutes, till about doubled in size.
Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C).
Punch dough down; place on greased baking sheet. Pat into a 1/2 inch thick rectangle, let rise 20-30 minutes.
Brush top with olive oil. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and mozzarella cheese.
Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes, or until golden brown. Serve warm.
Let me note a few things:
The spices are optional; it comes out nicely without them, though they do add flavor. Same for the cheese; the loaf I made tonight I grated some Asiago on top before baking.
Speaking of yeast: proof it first. If you're not familiar with that, it's easy: put a little warm- not hot, just warm to your finger- water in a bowl with a little sugar, then add the yeast and let it sit while you're mixing the dry ingredients. If the yeast is good, in a couple of minutes it'll get foamy, and you know the bread will rise. Make a hole in the middle of the dry stuff, add the water(I warm it), oil and yeast mix and stir together.
I've ALWAYS needed more than one cup of water; if that's not enough, just add a bit more until it forms a nice dough.
Don't be worried about the kneading: throw some flour on the cutting board or whatever, dump the dough on it, sprinkle some more flour on top; push the dough with the heel of one hand, then fold it over and repeat. If it seems too sticky, throw a bit more flour on. I've never kneaded this more than two minutes, just enough to make sure it's all mixed together well.
And if you don't want the big loaf, cut everything in half; comes out just as well.
A decade ago, China began introducing the HQ-9. Over a decade of development was believed to have benefitted from data stolen from similar American and Russian systems. The HQ-9 is deployed in ships as well. The radar apparently derived much technology from that used in the Russian S-300 system. ...Russia and the United States are debating how to deal with the growing Chinese use of stolen technology, especially for weapons systems that are exported and compete against the systems they are copied from. No one has a solution, and China denies all accusations.
Clinton, the bastard, let the PRC have a lot of tech, and they were then and still are stealing everything they can. Which means that, while they're probably a fair ways behind us on this, we can't count on it.
I remember reading, after the Soviet Union collapsed and a lot of information got out, that they had developed a heat-seeking air-to-air missile that was far more advanced than we'd had any idea of; happily, our guys hadn't had to face it in combat. Who says the PRC can't steal a march and supply stuff to someone just to give us problems? Who says they wouldn't?
Zeke’s aunt, Jodi, related the Ruckers’ hellish experience transporting her nephew out of the violence-wracked country: “The air ambulance team is made up of ex-military men who have done evacuations out of many countries. They say that Cancun is one of the most difficult places to get out of. The air ambulance team when landed in Mexico was surrounded by military with guns drawn that then searched the plane.” The Ruckers hired a “handler” who “basically gives the Mexicans American cash for their plane to land and take off safely. It’s called ‘greasing the monkey.’ [Zeke’s father] was getting anxious because of the amount of guns/men surrounding the plane and the pilot told him not to worry because ‘they greased this monkey (plane) good.’ They were allowed to take off about an hour later. Corruption is abundant there.”
Adding to the emotional strain and bureaucratic headaches: The Mexican hospital that treated Zeke demanded up front payment for all of the costs related to his care, surgery, and stay before allowing him to leave. Can you imagine the international uproar if a U.S. hospital demanded the same of Mexican citizens in their care? The Ruckers’ insurer here in the States was able to change the terminology of Zeke’s airlift from “transport” to “evacuation” in order to cover those costs.
Full story at Michelle Malkin's place.
I will also state that the clowns in our State Department
Zucker’s New Jersey-based parents strongly suspect foul play and random violence. But the American consulate told the family there will be no investigation and Zeke’s parents say the Mexican police didn’t even bother to meet with them.
badly need to be on the list of 'tar & feathers as you're dragged out of that office' people.
Here's the statement that Cleavers office released about the incident: Rep. Emanuel Cleaver's office released the following statement: For many of the members of the CBC, like John Lewis and Emanuel Cleaver who worked in the civil rights movement, and for Mr. Frank who has struggled in the cause of equality, this is not the first time they have been spit on during turbulent times.
This afternoon, the Congressman was walking into the Capitol to vote, when one protester spat on him. The Congressman would like to thank the US Capitol Police officer who quickly escorted the others Members and him into the Capitol, and defused the tense situation with professionalism and care. After all the Members were safe, a full report was taken and the matter was handled by the US Capitol Police. The man who spat on the Congressman was arrested, but the Congressman has chosen not to press charges. He has left the matter with the Capitol Police.
He has the whole statement linked, if you want to see just how big a liar this man is.
Yeah, you already know, I mean in detail.
Friday, April 02, 2010
In an interview on Tuesday with FOX 4 News, Rep. Cleaver would not directly answer the question of whether or not he was intentionally spit upon.
“I haven’t talked about this incident on TV or anywhere, and I’ve been approached to talk about it on every national TV show,” said Rep. Cleaver in an interview with FOX 4 News. “I never, I never reported anything, never a single thing in Washington, not one thing. People assume I went somewhere, never done press conference, never done an interview on it and I’m not going to do it.”…
Rep. Cleaver says that he wants to put the incident behind him.
“All I’m saying is we all have to diffuse [sic] it, and I think it is not in my best interest or in the best interest of this nation to stoke it,” said Rep. Cleaver. “I’ve avoided doing and I will continue to do it.”
For the good of the country, he hasn’t uttered a syllable. Except, of course, for that press release he rushed out hours after the incident happened implying that he’d been intentionally spat upon and claiming that the perp had been arrested — neither of which was true. Absolutely, positively no interviews granted, though — except, of course, for that one he gave to Courtland “I’ll knock your teeth out, teabagger” Milloy a week ago. Remember?
In composing it, I checked with my source on the scene, Greg Farrell, to get a timeline on the passage of the Black Caucus members from the Cannon Building to the Capitol and back. According to Farrell, they left the Cannon Building about 2:30 PM on March 20th and returned about 3:15 PM. He had no reason to exaggerate.
I asked because at 4:51 that same day, McClatchy reporter William Douglas posted an article on the McClatchy website with the inflammatory headline, "Tea party protesters scream 'nigger' at black congressman."
In other words, Douglas, with an attributed assist from James Rosen, managed to interview representatives John Lewis, Emanuel Cleaver, and Barney Frank, compose an 800-word article, and have it edited and formatted for posting within a 90-minute window.
During that same 90 minutes, Douglas would have received and incorporated a press release from Emanuel Cleaver, making the easily disproved claim that he had "been spat upon and that Capitol Police had arrested his assailant."
Only two possibilities present themselves, neither of them good: Douglas had started writing this enormously consequential article in advance and/or he assembled it with a reckless indifference to the facts. A simple call to the Capitol Police would have killed the spitting story and a review of the video footage would have thrown the screaming of "nigger" by multiple "protestors" into such serious doubt that no responsible paper would have printed it.
He's got video to go with it; go see.
Thursday, April 01, 2010
Yesterday, after I pointed out Yglesias' no-harm no-foul attitude towards the n-word, a few of his readers, having not commented upon the inappropriateness of the word all day, finally got angry about it... accusing conservatives of planting the slur on the site.
Odd that they didn't seem bothered by the word at all until the finally came up with a conspiracy theory by which to blame it on conservatives.
And they go on to prove their racial tolerance bona fides by reprinting the comment on our site. It's not been Tollbusted to something else, but yeah, originally it was a reprint of the Yglesias bon mot.
And what kinds of things are they posting?
BTW: This from a post about Michael Steele, posted late yesterday even as one of his commenters had first-posted the n-word about Steele and it remained up all day long:
I mean, I love accusing conservatives of being motivated by racism...
Emphasis in original.
Oh, My: This Yglesias reader also posted this in the top headlines thread:
162 Michael Steele is a house nig! What's the difference between Sarah Palin's mouth and Sarah Palin's c**t? Retarded shit only came out of her c**t once.
Posted by: Paulie Carbone at April 01, 2010 10:51 AM (KK69A)
I redacted the c-word. Paulie Carbone didn't.Wonderful people, aren't they?
Watching the Commander of the Pacific Fleet's deadpan face as Congressman Hank Johnson (D., Ga.) asks him about the danger of the island of Guam tipping over and capsizing is a glimpse of how the viziers to the loopier Ottoman sultans must have felt.
Yep, the moron actually did say it. I'll go with Steyn:
I understand Representative Johnson is ill. The fact that this plea is entered in mitigation rather than as grounds for retirement says a lot about what's wrong with Congress.
I don't know if the idiots just can't understand this or don't care, but when you have bullshit like this running around(in their ninja suits, no less), it greatly degrades respect for the law and for government.
In May 2004, FBI agents driving a black Suburban and wearing SWAT gear ran Evertson off the road near his mother’s home in Wasilla, Alaska. When Evertson was face down on the pavement with automatic weapons trained on him, an FBI agent told him he was being arrested because he hadn’t put a federally mandated sticker on a UPS package.
A jury in federal court in Alaska acquitted Evertson, but the feds weren’t finished. They reached into their bag of over 4,500 federal crimes and found another ridiculous crime they could use to prosecute him: supposedly “abandoning” hazardous waste (actually storing, in appropriate containers, valuable materials he was using for the clean-fuel technology he was developing). A second jury convicted him, and he spent 21 months in an Oregon federal prison.
Every time I hear of idiocy like this, one of my thoughts is that the EffingBI is greatly overfunded, and should have their budget chopped. By at least a quarter.
The VPC misquotes and whines when called on it.
Once before I mentioned the CleanUpATF site; apparently it's pissing off the weenies in charge:
Firearms designer Len Savage sent me an email this morning calling my attention to a post on attorney David Hardy's Of Arms and the Law blog.
Access to the CleanUpATF.org website is being blocked from Department of Justice computers. Users attempting to visit it are reminded that they're being watched and noted.
So basically, according to the Brady Campaign and some members of congress, my son, an aspiring teacher and upstanding citizen with a degree in Music Education (he's currently substitute teaching in Virginia Beach), should, with no due process or possibility for appeal, be denied basic fundamental rights of citizenship (gun ownership) because he has a name similar to a whack-job in Michigan who aspires to blow up cops with pipe bombs.
Can you say "TYRANNY"? Sure you can.
I'm going to close for the night with the statement that if you think murdering your daughter or wife will 'restore your honor', you're a fucking dirtbag and should get the hell out of my country.
A priming problem on some of the shells.
Some cases may have had a scratch from the forming die that caused them to split on firing(Wow! I hadn't seen any of those; if I had, I'd have really freaked).
So they not only answered me, they did serious tests and found the problems. And they're making it right. Good for Remington.
Ran a little over 100 rounds through the 15-22, no failures or problems: so far, so good.
A while back I lucked into a clearance at a store on Limbsaver slip-on recoil pads and got one. I took it and the 1903 Springfield and some ball ammo along: that is the best recoil pad I've ever used, well worth their price(the regular, at the clearance worth well over what I paid).
The M1 Garand continues to function well with the cast-bullet loads. I've decided that until I can mount a scope on it, I'm going to have to call the sometimes-iffy accuracy at 100 yards my fault; I'm just not as good with iron sights as I used to be.
A while back I picked up some of the Yugoslav 8mm heavy ball ammo, and tried it out today; that stuff's not bad at all. Recoil is definitely heavier than with light ball, I'd not like shooting a whole bunch of it in one day.
And I still love that Martini Model 12; it's one of those guns that make it easy to shoot well.
UPDATE: The town hall wasn't the only cancellation for Brave Sir Ryan this week:
About one dozen protesters. many of them carrying signs, was apparently all it took to cancel Congressman Tim Ryan's appearance at the Youngstown Community Health Center Tuesday.
A spokesman for Ryan said there were security concerns, calling it "obviously a significant issue."
Although spokesman Pat Lowry mentioned no specific threats being made at the event, he also said that wasn't the only reason Ryan was a no show.
He insisted that Lewis, the clown claiming racial insults were thrown at him, 'would not lie' about something like that, so he believed it happened; when pressed on "The whole things on video and it isn't shown anywhere, and there's a damned reward for anything proving it and nobody has claimed it" the response was "Well, it HAD to have taken place off camera." Translation: "Unless you can prove a negative, it happened!"
Second, that we weren't giving Obama credit for 'opening up areas for oil drilling' which proved "You won't give him a chance!" Nazzo fast, Guido:
The Obama administration is proposing to open vast expanses of water along the Atlantic coastline, the eastern Gulf of Mexico and the north coast of Alaska to oil and natural gas drilling, much of it for the first time, officials said Tuesday.
'Proposing'. NOT 'opening up for exploration and drilling', 'proposing'. Which means nothing, especially from Obama. Also, wasn't it Obama & Co. who placed huge areas off-limits? Wasn't it they who cancelled some permits last week? But for a 'proposal' we're supposed to give him credit and trust? Yeah.
Third, "I can't believe you call him a socialist!" Let's see, wants total government control, Biden and Sharpton saying it flat-out, communists and socialists as friends and advisors, etc.... I can't believe you can say "He's NOT!" with a straight face, clown.
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Yeah, when 'anyone/anytime' means "With an audience who'll kiss my ass, not ask nasty questions I don't want to answer."
Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) canceled a town hall on the new healthcare law Tuesday because of concerns about the security of the event.
The congressman’s office cited safety issues at the facility where the meeting was to take place and threats to his office, according to a report by News21.
“We just thought it best to cancel it for safety concerns. This was not meant to be a place where we’re going to talk partisan politics,” Pat Lowry, a member of Ryan’s staff, told News21. “Don’t get me wrong, Congressman Ryan will debate anyone, anytime.”
The cancelation comes a week after many lawmakers received threats because of their votes on the healthcare measure.
Far Left Rep. Russ Carnahan is now banning bloggers from his public meetings.
Of course, this is the same guy who sneaks SEIU thugs in through the side door.
It’s all about priorities.
There've been others, and there'll be more; miserable little twits, aren't they?
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Rep. Steve Driehaus (D-OH) is upset that a handful of protestors peacefully demonstrated, against his vote for Obamacare, outside of his home. He says “I understand people are going to criticize my decisions – I’m an elected official – but my wife, my kids, my neighbors are out of bounds.”
As my friend Mark LeBar points out to me in a private e-mail (quoted here with Mark’s permission): “Interesting that Rep. Driehaus himself doesn’t take my wife, my kids, my body, or anything else about me, to be ‘out of bounds’ when he legislates. It’s all up for grabs in the legislative process; there are no bounds to what he is entitled to impose on me through force.
Ah, but he's a Rep. of the NSDP; he's SUPPOSED to be able to control your life without you giving him any real static.
His Party says so; if you do, it's hate speech.
But one post marked a turning point. A vegan flushed out his idea to keep animals from being killed—not by humans, but by other animals. Someone should build a fence down the middle of the Serengeti, and divide the predators from the prey. Killing is wrong and no animals should ever have to die, so the big cats and wild canines would go on one side, while the wildebeests and zebras would live on the other. He knew the carnivores would be okay because they didn’t need to be carnivores. That was a lie the meat industry told. He’d seen his dog eat grass: therefore, dogs could live on grass.
No one objected. In fact, others chimed in. My cat eats grass, too, one woman added, all enthusiasm. So does mine! someone else posted. Everyone agreed that fencing was the solution to animal death.
Note well that the site for this liberatory project was Africa. No one mentioned the North American prairie, where carnivores and ruminants alike have been extirpated for the annual grains that vegetarians embrace. But I’ll return to that in Chapter 3.
I knew enough to know that this was insane. But no one else on the message board could see anything wrong with the scheme. So, on the theory that many readers lack the knowledge to judge this plan, I’m going to walk you through this.
And she does.
Yeah, my dog eats grass. She also kills and eats birds she catches in the garden. And if she ever gets that squirrel... That there are people out there who actually believe a carnivore like a lion or leopard can just switch over to greens and survive is- that's so friggin' stupid there are no real words for it.
I'd like to ask a question of any Jews who happen to read my stuff: any idea why ANY Jew would give support to groups who carry signs like this?
And I do have to wonder if these morons have any understanding of the iron of this?
And WE'RE the 'violent, threatening' ones, yeah.
The passage of health care reform has focused attention on Washington, but the significant and expensive burden of implementing key provisions of the law now falls to individual states, and officials in cash-strapped California say it will cost the state billions of dollars a year.
Much of the federal reform is built upon expansion of Medicaid programs - California's is called Medi-Cal - to people who previously did not qualify. States across the country are poring over the federal law and crunching numbers to determine how it will affect their budgets.
If these clowns expect you to believe they NEVER saw any of these problems coming... of course, this IS Californicated; they may actually be that stupid.
"We believe Congress has to account for the fiscal reality of states today if Medicaid is going to be sustained and expanded and serve as a foundation for reforms of tomorrow," said Kim Belshé, secretary of the state Health and Human Services Agency.
In case you haven't noticed, Moron Belshé, the current Congress, on the National Socialist Democrat side at least, doesn't give a rats ass about that fiscal reality you speak of.
Belshé said she and the administration of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger support the aims of the health reforms, but emphasized that California already has had to make deep and difficult cuts into health services. Some lawmakers have accused the administration of shredding the social safety net.
Andrew Breitbart raised the stakes by offering a reward of $10,000 to anyone who could prove a Tea Partier shouted the "n-word". Despite the dozens of video cameras on the scene, no one has yet claimed the prize. Next, the Associated Press attacked Breitbart in a "news" story, saying that he has no proof that the incident didn't happen. In response, Breitbart has now raised the reward to $100,000.
And nobody has tried to claim it. Gee, I wonder why...
And the same ruling by U.S. District court judge Clark Waddoups showed the CIA assisted federal prosecutors in the cases they built against Tim McVeigh and Terry Nichols. The ruling last week in Salt Lake City came in the FOIA challenge made by Jesse Trentadue, an attorney who has been in a long struggle to get government documents regarding the 1995 death of his brother Kenneth in the Oklahoma City Federal Transfer Center.
Jesse Trentadue sought a dozen documents from the CIA and Judge Waddoups ruled they were considered 'national security' and would not be made available to the public. It was the first such national security defense ever used by the government in denying records to Trentadue.
The judge's ruling constituted the first documented involvement of the CIA in the handling of the investigation, either before or after the bombing that killed 168 persons. Does it mean there was foreign involvement in some manner in the bombing or the investigation?
There's a list of twelve exhibits Trentadue wanted to see, general 'this exhibit involves' information.
Every time something new comes out, every time there's another "Well, what have we here?" moment, this crap gets that much more involved. I'm beginning to agree with a line from a Garrett novel: "This thing couldn't get more tangled up if it had three wizards involved."
Monday, March 29, 2010
The undersea Marsili, 3000m tall and located some 150km south-west of Naples, has not erupted since the start of recorded history.
It is 70km long and 30km wide, and its crater is some 450m below the surface of the Tyrrhenian Sea.
"A rupture of the walls would let loose millions of cubic metres of material capable of generating a very powerful wave," Prof Boschi said.
"While the indications that have been collected are precise, it is impossible to make predictions.
"The risk is real but hard to evaluate."
Oddly, this thing is not listed on any volcano map I could find; may look a bit more later. For now, if it went you could figure on the whole west coast of Italy getting washed along with Sicily and Sardinia and- well, probably most of the Med coast.
Lawyers for the father of a Marine who died in Iraq and whose funeral was picketed by anti-gay protesters say a court has ordered him to pay the protesters' appeal costs.
On Friday, the Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ordered that Albert Snyder of York, Pa., pay costs associated with Fred Phelps' appeal. Phelps is the leader of the Westboro Baptist Church, which conducted protests at the funeral of Snyder's son, Marine Lance Cpl. Matthew Snyder, in Westminster in 2006.
Lawyers for Snyder say the Court of Appeals has ordered him to pay $16,510.80 to Phelps for costs relating to the appeal, despite the fact that the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to review the Court of Appeals' decision.
Rep. Stupak(Vile NSDP Bastard) & Co. are looking for their payoffs, all the while saying "No, NOTHING to do with betraying the people we represent."
Good grief! I'd think that much of that ammo might sink the boat by weight alone!
The coastguard vessel reached the pirates as they were 255 nautical miles northwest of Mahe, heading towards Somalia.
Mr Morgan said the pirates ignored the coastguards' audio calls to release their hostages and did not alter their course when warning shots were fired.
"We took the decision to open fire on the engine compartment, 10,000 12.7mm rounds were fired ... and we continued our harassment operation until we achieved what we wanted, which was to set fire to the engine," he said.
Mr Morgan said all on board had to jump off the boat but nobody was wounded.
I wonder if they might have miscounted the number of rounds fired. Or if they're just that lousy a shot.(thanks to Theo for the link)
A longtime rancher was killed on his Douglas-area property over the weekend, and neighbors worried that his homicide was connected to increasing border-related crime in the area.
The Cochise County Sheriff’s Office offered little information into the late-Saturday shooting death of 58-year-old Robert Krentz, whose family began the Krentz Ranch more than 100 years ago.
Krentz’s body was found on his land, which is about 35 miles northeast of Douglas, just before midnight Saturday, said Carol Capas, a spokeswoman for the Sheriff’s Office.
Anybody who thinks this was NOT related to the God-damned illegal aliens and smugglers is a liar or a fool. Maybe both.
Anybody expect any real action from Obama and the Amnesty Rangers on this?
Me neither, it would interfere with his desire to give amnesty to every illegal here and every one that can sneak in.
Confirming work by other scientists using different methodologies, they found dramatic short-term variability but no longer-term trend.
A slow-down - dramatised in the movie The Day After Tomorrow - is projected by some models of climate change.
The satellite record going back to 1993 did suggest a small increase in flow, although the researchers cannot be sure it is significant.
"The changes we're seeing in overturning strength are probably part of a natural cycle," said Josh Willis from Nasa's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in California.
"The slight increase in overturning since 1993 coincides with a decades-long natural pattern of Atlantic heating and cooling."
Ooooh, natural cycles! Isn't that just amazing?
In other AGW corrupt politicians news,
Lord Oxburgh, a member of the House of Lords who was appointed ‘to chair a scientific assessment panel that will examine the published science of the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia,’ has links to businesses that would benefit financially from low-carbon technology: he is chairman of the Carbon Capture and Storage Association and the wind energy company Falck Renewables.”
Bastards and their True Believers keep claiming all 'deniers' are bought-off by Big Oil and such; wonder how they'll explain this newest bit of corruption?
and Musicians & Singers
Weather this year: Windy as hell and cool Friday; Saturday started beautiful and then around noon went cloudy, wet, cold and windy; Sunday somewhat windy and cool to chilly up until afternoon, when it warmed a bit.
Kind of nice to actually see the whole place, although it was really weird to walk past the empty spot where I used to be set up.
A decision handed down Friday by U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups in Salt Lake City rejected attorney Jesse Trentadue's Freedom of Information Act request for 12 CIA documents. The judge says they are legally exempt from disclosure.
But the decision says affidavits by the CIA summarizing the documents' contents indicate the agency was working with the Department of Justice to prepare for the prosecution of McVeigh and co-conspirator Terry Nichols.
Heard something about this on KTOK, but their website doesn't have anything on it.
Some worry illegal immigrant parents will keep their kids out of school for fear of being deported.
"Their intent is to kick them out using their kids. They're going to hurt the kids and go through them to depart the parents," worries Franco Cevallos.
On the other hand, the bill's supporters say their goal is far from sinister.
"We just want to see how much money is being spent on people who are not citizens of Oklahoma," said Rep. Sally Kern.
The bill passed through the house by a comfortable margin earlier this month.
Well, guess what? You're here illegally, you SHOULD be worried about being thrown out BECAUSE YOU'RE BREAKING THE LAW. Whining that your kids might be counted? That we might figure out just how much money is being used on illegal aliens? Screw you.
The arrests followed a federal grand jury indictment handed down in Detroit charging them with seditious conspiracy, attempted use of weapons of mass destruction, and possessing a firearm during a crime of violence.
The weapons of mass destruction charge referred to improvised explosive devices with projectiles, the indictment said.
Ok, I have a question: if groups like this, or some general nut with a pipe bomb can be charged with having WMD, can someone explain why a terrorist setting off a bomb, or captured with one, isn't charged with the same thing? Why Hamas and Hezballah shooting rockets into Israel isn't classed as palistinians using WMD?
And if they can't, why the bleep is the Justice Department & Co. spreading bullshit this way?
Participants in those talks say Dan Restrepo, senior director for Western Hemisphere affairs at the National Security Council, let slip that the U.S. interest had to do with American politics. The Republicans, he said, were using the administration's support for Mr. Zelaya, an ally of Venezuelan Hugo Chávez, against the Democrats. It's not going to work, Mr. Restrepo is said to have informed the other negotiators, because "we have the power" and would be keeping it for a long time.
It can't have been comforting for Hondurans to learn that while their country was living a monumental crisis, fueled by U.S. policy, Mr. Restrepo's concern was his party's power. For the record, an NSC spokesman says "Mr. Restrepo didn't say that." But my sources are more plausible considering what has transpired since.
..The U.S., as represented by Mr. Llorens, has been at the center of the Zelaya crisis all along. People familiar with events leading up to Mr. Zelaya's arrest on June 28 say that had the U.S. ambassador not worked behind the scenes to block a congressional vote to remove the president a few days earlier, the dramatic deportation would never have happened.
The State Department denies this allegation. But numerous sources maintain that Mr. Llorens' interference allowed Mr. Zelaya to push ahead with an unconstitutional referendum. Fearing he would use violence—as he had before—to trample the rule of law, the Supreme Court took action. Mr. Zelaya was arrested, shipped off to San José, and removed from power by a vote of Congress the same day.
Note this well:
Washington's bullying is two-pronged. First is a maniacal determination to punish those involved in removing Mr. Zelaya. Second is an attempt to force Honduras to allow Mr. Zelaya, who now lives in the Dominican Republic, to return without facing any repercussions for the illegal actions that provoked his removal. Both goals are damaging the bilateral relationship, polarizing the nation and raising the risk of a resurgence of political violence.
This from the sonofabitch who whined that he couldn't be too 'forceful' in dealing with Iran.
Found at Ace.
And let's not forget that President Obama really doesn't like Israel, and does want to blame them for all kinds of things.
Ross, it seems, is bravely putting forth an alternative view he wants the President to consider. Instead of listening to him, his opponents are arguing, as one unnamed person tells her, that “he [Ross] seems to be far more sensitive to Netanyahu’s coalition politics than to U.S. interests and he doesn’t seem to understand that this has become bigger than Jerusalem but is rather about the credibility of this Administration.”
To put it bluntly, Ross’s opponents are painting him as anti-American, subject to the old canard about “dual loyalties” to Israel rather than to his own country. Ross’s goal, one that is hardly opposed to our own national interest, is to develop “an international and regional alliance including Arab nations and Israel to pressure and isolate Iran.” But it seems that the Obama administration is quickly backing away from taking any meaningful action to curb Iran, and instead is spending its energy in condemning the Israelis for seeking to build 1600 apartments in Jerusalem.
MOSCOW – Two blew themselves up Monday in twin attacks on Moscow subway stations jam-packed with rush-hour passengers, killing at least 37 people and wounding 65, officials said. They blamed the carnage on rebels from the Caucasus region.
Question that comes to mind: Will the Russian strikes be loud and public, or quiet and very, very nasty? Considering the past record, public AND very, very nasty is quite possible. And every security guy on the NYEffin'C subway system, if he's got a brain, got very, very worried.
It must be pointed out again and again: members of the NSDP, having voted to take over our health care and tax us to death with that as an excuse, want to keep people from talking about it:
Henry Waxman and House Democrats announced yesterday that they will haul these companies in for an April 21 hearing because their judgment “appears to conflict with independent analyses, which show that the new law will expand coverage and bring down costs.”
In other words, shoot the messenger. Black-letter financial accounting rules require that corporations immediately restate their earnings to reflect the present value of their long-term health liabilities, including a higher tax burden. Should these companies have played chicken with the Securities and Exchange Commission to avoid this politically inconvenient reality? Democrats don’t like what their bill is doing in the real world, so they now want to intimidate CEOs into keeping quiet.
On top of AT&T’s $1 billion, the writedown wave so far includes Deere & Co., $150 million; Caterpillar, $100 million; AK Steel, $31 million; 3M, $90 million; and Valero Energy, up to $20 million. Verizon has also warned its employees about its new higher health-care costs, and there will be many more in the coming days and weeks.
Tar, feathers, rail. And the occasional rope.
Oh, on all those new taxes,
IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman practically ran away when The Daily Caller asked him whether he prepares his own taxes. Millions of Americans struggling through complicated IRS forms in the weeks leading up to tax day — April 15 — might like to know.
So does Becerra prepare his own taxes?
“No. I have a tax preparer back home who’s been doing it for me for many years,” he told The Daily Caller. Becerra explains that his finances are more complex — and his tax filings fall under far greater scrutiny — than ordinary Americans who could figure out the forms if they tried.
How about the chairman of Ways & Means oversight subcommittee that asked for Shulman to testify Thursday?
“Oh no, no, no, no, no. I have an accountant that I’ve been using for years,” Rep. John Lewis said. He said he needs to head home this weekend to fill out paperwork for his accountant.
Yeah, all us ordinary Americans, have SIMPLE forms. Right? And they say "Ask the IRS for help." Which, among other things, proves this moron either hasn't every TRIED to get through to them, or doesn't care about the mess. Or the fact that if you take advice from the IRS that turns out to be wrong(happens a lot from what I've read) they take no responsibility for having given you bad information. Etc., etc.
So CNN estimates this as 'hundreds, maybe dozens' of people at the rally against Obamacare and big government... I wonder if they really don't understand why we don't trust them, or just don't care.
So, the National Socialist Democrats are in trouble, bad polls and all, so Pres. Obama makes a trip to talk to the troops in Afghanistan. Isn't that nice?
No, I don't trust him to have done it for reasons like encouraging the troops and such; after all the crap he's done it would take an awful damned lot to make me believe he gives a crap about the troops.
More later. Right now I've got a pile of laundry to take care of.
Sunday, March 28, 2010
The steady rise in combat deaths has generated less public reaction in the United States than the spike in casualties last summer and fall, which undermined public support in the U.S. for the 8-year-old American-led mission here. Fighting traditionally tapers off in Afghanistan during winter months, only to peak in the summer.
And while Bush was President the media weenies basically did a running count on every death, and lots of noise on wounded. Pretty much every day. Anybody heard them doing that with Obama? Me neither.
After a summer marked by the highest monthly death rates of the war, President Barack Obama faced serious domestic opposition over his decision in December to increase troops in Afghanistan, with only about half the American people supporting the move. But support for his handling of the war has actually improved since then, despite the increased casualties.
Yep. We actually want to WIN, which Obama lied about wanting. Of course, he delayed every day he could about making a decision, then cut the number of troops as much as he could, and set deadlines- literal in this case- for yanking the troops out, and so on.
The troop numbers have continued to rise in 2010 in line with the recent surge. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Thursday that a third of the additional forces, or 10,000 troops, are already in Afghanistan. They plan to have all 30,000 troops in the country before the end of the year.
With no mention that, as I recall, there'll be units removed at the same time other units go in, which'll play hell with the situation, so Obama can play "I'm bringing the troops home!" The National Socialist Democrats would be having screaming fits if Bush did this, and the major media would be helping them.