Saturday, July 10, 2010

For a peek at some of the latest mess at BATFE,

War on Guns points to Sipsey Street. Including
This is a new entry in the "Legal issues regarding the accuracy and completeness of the NFRTR" section of the NFAOA "Resources" page at . . This is all Public Domain material . . . One would think at some point the legal system will gag when confronted with the deliberate withholding of potentially exculpatory evidence, and evidence that doesn't meet the Federal Rules of Evidence standard. I think it started to gag in the Friesen case, and it won't take much more of a nudge to get that going again.

Due to the divorce, I never was able to spend as much time

with the kids as I should have/wanted to; it's just about impossible to. And one of the things you worry like hell about over the years is "Did I teach them the right things? To do AND not to do?", things like that.

And then I read something like this and decide that warts and all I and the ex managed to do a better job than that.

I remember the first time I took the kids hunting and both were carrying, daughter a shotgun and son a .22 rifle. Just before we started out from the truck I said "Just remember: if either of you gets careless and shoots me, you're gonna have a hard time carrying me back to the truck." They both grinned, daughter said "Poppa...!" in that girl way, and a good afternoon & evening was had by all.

AND I've got a memory(among others) that'd make the Brady weenies wet their pants and scream "Child Abuse!" or something if they ever heard it.

On the subject of honor killings,

Six Feet pointed to a piece by Mark Steyn taking down- apart, rather- a piece by a dumbass who has a problem with what Steyn wrote on the subject. Part of his response:
In other words, Phyllis Chesler and I are writing about how "honor killings" have migrated from the distant horizon to The New York Times' backyard. All the examples she and I cite and link to are from North America. That's what we're writing about: Dead Muslim women in New York, Illinois, Texas, Quebec. Our neighbors.

Conor Friedersdorf demolishes our argument by pulling up yellowing Times thumbsuckers from ten years ago about "honor killings" in the Arab world, Turkey, Pakistan - and, eventually, Berlin.

I think Friedersdorf, in his usual pedantic way, has not refuted my point but reinforced it: The Times was more enthusiastic about covering "honor killings" when they were way out on the fringes of the map and could be used for a distant anthropological study of remote tribal cultures. Now they're happening down the block in Buffalo, Peoria and Kingston, Ontario, and raise complicating questions for the prevailing pieties on diversity, multiculturalism, immigration, assimilation et al, questions for which most of the liberal press has no stomach.
And, just for delight, I'll throw in one of the two updates:
[UPDATE: Friedersdorf's colleague, The Atlantic's Chief Obstetrician, thinks my post is evidence of "epistemic closure" on the right. Ah, yes. Because nothing says "closed-minded conservative bubble" like a right-wing racist sexist loon worrying about the murders of brown women.]
That's something I've noticed: the soft bigotry of these people. Take someone from a small town whose daughter has been raped; if the sheriff or police can't or won't do anything there's a serious chance of the rapist winding up in a hole, or left out as coyote food, which is decried by Times types as 'vigilante action by right-wing government-haters' and such. A girl from a muslim family is raped or she was dating a non-muslim or acting too western and her father/uncle/brother/combination thereof murder her to 'save the family honor' and these same Times types make excuses. Or try to overlook it entirely. And if they can't overlook it they'll do almost anything to keep from mentioning the 'muslim' part of the equation. It's like they don't expect 'those people' to be able to act in civilized fashion so it's just terribly unfeeling and non-PC to actually take notice of it.

Since it's Saturday, I'm going to start this with

All we did was welcome Al to the neighborhood, why are you so upset?

The Advice Goddess has a piece on victims of real domestic violence, worth reading. It includes a connection to the mess in Britain where Afshan Azad was almost killed by her father and brother, and it seems their lawyer has been lying about her to try to get them off:
He tells the Daily Express, “This is a desperately sad situation and she has never wanted her father and brother to be locked up. She has tried on three occasions to retract her statement and has pleaded with the Crown Prosecution Service not to proceed.

“I sincerely hope for the family’s sake that this can be quickly and happily resolved. My client and his father have already denied the charges and will maintain that plea.“

According to my reader, “This is the oldest (and dirtiest) trick in the legal world–a lawyer trying to save his client by destroying the veracity of the accuser. The lawyer for the father and brother is desperate; his clients are facing huge jail sentences for attempted murder. The lawyer’s only hope is to make the accuser retract her statement–’oops! It was all a misunderstanding.’ Please don’t feel bad that you’ve been duped. I would have had the exact same reaction as you—had it not been for the fact that I’ve been a legal secretary for decades.

While Obama is running around claiming "Things are improving!", Insty is getting stuff like this:

I am an instructor in a technical school. It puts me in good position to stay close with my industry (auto service). Each year I am on a job hunt for up to fifty students, and you can bet I keep close tabs on what local employers are thinking.
The past two years, but this year especially, the single most common thought passed on by employers has been “I’m not sure I want to hire anyone right now, until we know what’s going to happen with taxes and medical coverage”. This is understandable, as these two items make up huge parts of a business’s outgoing spending. Not knowing what they will be nailed with, a LOT of small employers are taking the only safe road. They are putting expansion and hiring plans on hold, till the business environment regains some sanity.
I think they may have a long wait, and signs indicate that’s exactly what local employers are expecting.

And every time another surprise from the Obamacare bill comes out, and another "You have to pass it to know what's in it" bill comes from people like Friend of Angelo Dodd and Sleeps With The Regulated Frank, businesses hunker down that much more; they have to if they want to survive. Which means fewer jobs, and more screwing of the economy.

Yet more video of the racists and the New Black Panther Party, and more on the bullshit at the Justice Department by bigots who want to overlook the racism.

I haven't been following the Journolist mess very closely("Hmmm, bunch of major media weenies in collusion to control the news; this is a surprise?"), but ran across this piece from which I'll borrow a few paragraphs:
Friends on the JournoList assure me that it was a largely stultifying circle of policy wonks, so it’s theoretically possible that Weigel’s boisterous attitudinizing was the exception, not the rule. But what Klein doesn’t seem to understand is that his list has become the story, and that what real journalists do is get the story. Real journalists are not moonlighting policy mavens, angling for a job in the current or next Democrat administration by appearing on panels and going on television to advocate administration initiatives while news happens around them; their duty is to their publications and their readers, not their political party.

Given the embarrassing revelation — once again involving the Post — that one of its bloggers was also a White House functionary, a fact not disclosed to its readership, you would think the Post and the few grownups left there would want to clean up their act before they have not even a fig leaf of professional dignity intact. Which is why they ought to insist that Klein release the JournoList archives.

Then let real journalists sort through it and try to correlate the list’s talking points with the ostensibly unbiased coverage of its membership. See whether certain story clusters, with many of the same talking points, suddenly start appearing around the same time in various publications. In the old days reporters might share minor bits of information but two things they would never share were scoops and original insights, and the notion that the staffs of a great city’s multiple newspapers could possibly collude on shaping coverage would have been both antithetical to the idea of journalism itself and abhorrent to the fiercely competitive editors.

With the JournoList outed, the public now has a clear right to know whether the Washington Post, via one of its employees, facilitated an unprofessional collaboration among ostensibly independent reporters and columnists, about which their readers knew nothing – the lame jokes and cheap shots and locker-room swagger, while embarrassing, are just collateral damage. If this were about any other profession than journalism, reporters would be all over it, screaming about transparency.

This about covers it:
Tucker Carlson: All of these guys (business leaders) voted for Obama. What was the moment they changed their mind?
Charles Gasparino: It wasn’t one moment but occurred over the course of the year… They thought he was a moderate. You know what I said to these guys when they told me that? I said, “You ever heard of Jeremiah Wright?” I mean Jeremiah Wright, his racist rhetoric is there. But, he’s also a Marxist. He teaches liberation theology. How can you vote for a man who considers a Marxist to be his spiritual mentor?

Because they're idiots?

Speaking of the Marxist in the Oval Office, his drawing power seems to be a bit down:
Far Left Democrat Robin Carnahan was forced to cut ticket prices in half after she couldn’t sell out a fundraiser in Kansas City to see socialist Barack Obama.
Hotline On Call reported:

Pres. Obama is the best fundraiser the Dem Party has, but his drawing power is way down from its peak during the ’08 campaign.

Obama is heading to MO and NV today to raise money for Sec/State Robin Carnahan (D), running for an open Senate seat, and Senate Maj. Leader Harry Reid.

But Carnahan’s campaign wasn’t able to completely sell out the Folly Theater, where Obama will appear for a grassroots event on Carnahan’s behalf, at the prices they wanted. Tickets once priced at $250 are now going for $99, while $35 tickets are half off.

Well, they may have more brain power than most of the Taliban, so...
If President Barack Obama withdraws from the war in Afghanistan, he would be the first commander-in-chief in American history to surrender to an army of monkeys; and we’re not talking about fighting the ‘Planet of the Apes.’ The Taliban in Afghanistan has just gotten into the ‘monkey business’ of training primates to attack U.S. soldiers, according to a British-based media agency.

The People’s Daily of China reports that, “reporters from the media agency spotted and took photos of a few ‘monkey soldiers’ holding AK-47 rifles and Bren light machine guns in the Waziristan tribal region near the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan. The report and photos have been widely spread by media agencies and Web sites across the world.”

The monkey's have Bren guns? Damn. Considering what collectors would pay for them, hope they're teaching proper maintenance.

Some of the price of crapping on Jews and submitting to muslims in Britain. With a link to this piece on the idiocy in the Methodist church.
But I did speak to the Methodist Church’s head of media relations, Anna Drew, whose well prepared brief offered a lesson in where things have gone so badly wrong.

“Do you have any boycotts of other countries in the world, Saudi Arabia for example, where Christianity is banned?” I asked.

“Almost certainly not,” she said.

“So why have you singled out the Jewish state?” I asked.

“We have not singled out the Jewish state,” she replied, saying that the boycott was not against Israel, merely against the occupied territories
Etc., etc. ad Bullshit.

Theo brings us this:

For which peace be upon him.

Liquid body armor; definitely a high 'Cool' factor.

Jeez, when these people are saying things like
“The curse of longterm unemployment is that if you pay people to do nothing, they’ll find themselves doing nothing for very long periods of time,” Ferguson said. “Long-term unemployment is at an all-time high in the United States, and it is a direct consequence of a misconceived public policy.”
Ferguson added: “The critical point is if your policy says you’re going run a trillion-dollar deficit for the rest of time, you’re riding for a fall…Then it really is goodbye.” A dashing Brit, Ferguson added: “Can I say that, having grown up in a declining empire, I do not recommend it. It’s just not a lot of fun actually—decline.”

Ferguson called for what he called “radical” measures. “I can’t emphasize strongly enough the need for radical fiscal reform to restore the incentives for work and remove the incentives for idleness.” He praised “really radical reform of the sort that, for example, Paul Ryan [the ranking Republican on the House Budget Committee] has outlined in his wonderful ‘Roadmap’ for radical, root-and-branch reform not only of the tax system but of the entitlement system” and “unleash entrepreneurial innovation.” Otherwise, Ferguson warned: “Do you want to be a kind of implicit part of the European Union? I’d advise you against it.”
then The Lightworker has real problems, don't he?

In the post at Rodger's that Sondra links to, it mentions Carville having fits over the mess in the Gulf. Well, guy, you helped push Obama into that office; you lied about and slandered anyone who had reservations about him, you played all your usual crap-on-people games, and got what you wanted; now deal with the consequences of having helped get him there, you bastard.

From the thought-crime weenies in Canada: "It's a tough crime to prosecute because the constitution guarantees freedom of expression, but this case goes over the line," he said, adding: "We have an idea of where he is." Hmmm... they had no problem prosecuting Mark Steyn & Ira Levant for bullshit, but this clown says things like "A genocide should be perpetrated against the Jewish populations of North America and Europe," and "Our prime targets will be any major cities with Jews residing in them." and THAT'S a 'tough crime to prosecute'. Further proof that this 'hate crime' and 'hate speech' bullshit is, well, a big steaming pile of it.

And with that, I'm off.

The Moat chase is over

He killed himself when, I guess, he finally got tired of it.

Something commenter Keith got that's not in the article:
He'd broken into a house yesterday, in a village hosting about 10% or more of Britain's armed cops, while the lady was getting the kids from school.

she'd returned, found her kitchen turned upside down and called the cops.

FIFTEEN minutes later, two UNARMED cops arrived. refused to enter, called for armed officers and went away.

The bouncer then came back and took some clean clothes from the house and left again in the FIFTEEN minutes more that it took for armed cops to get there.

This is going to take some whitewashing over
Here's another article, at the Sun. Which includes After Moat shot himself, witnesses said cops swarmed around and jumped on him. And seems Keith isn't the only one thinking the police have some explaining to do:
COPS were last night accused of a string of blunders after Raoul Moat remained free under their noses for almost a week.
Moat was finally cornered a few hundred yards from where his getaway car was found four days earlier. During the hunt Northumbria Police apologised after an inspector called Moat a "nutter".

His ex Samantha Stobbart, who he attacked, was apparently given NO police protection. Another former girlfriend who warned he would hide in Rothbury said her statement was not taken seriously.

Cops also held back details of his getaway car
Personally, I don't think calling him a nutter was exactly a large problem, but I guess they decided he was being insensitive.

The Brit cops showed the same problem we've got over here: they had the guy pinned and yet kept around enough people to fight a company-size infantry action, which makes as much sense as O.J. Simpson driving along with a third of LAPD following him. EVERYBODY wants in on it. Something like that, do the brass just want everyone around they can get, or don't they bother to cut the numbers down?

Down near the bottom of the Sun article there's a picture of five cops: two have subguns aimed at the guy and a third is behind a ballistic shield pointing a Taser.

I think he was being a bit optimistic about that...

So this mess is over. And the circus of explanations and defenses and excuses begins.

Friday, July 09, 2010

A change of draw

Tam wrote something once about Jarret having changed something about the way he shot, and it improved his technique. I’ve read of other athletes going back and changing some part of their style, working to make it the new ‘natural’ way and improving their game. Which brings me to the current post.

Couple of years ago I tried a IWB holster, and liked it. It did have one problem: the grip sits low and tight enough to the body that I had trouble getting a ‘correct’ grip. Which caused accuracy and control problems. I tried working it out, but I just could not get that correct grip. So one evening I loaded up snap caps for some practice and started over, working some different angles to see what might work, and finally hit a combination that did.

Technically, it would be considered very bad form as the general rule is ‘Get a firm grasp on the grip before you begin to draw the pistol from the holster’; and I don’t do that. I get the thumb and two fingers relatively loosely on the grip and that pulls the pistol up, then the fingers and thumb tighten which draws the grip tight into my hand, giving me a high, strong grip. And it works, for me at least.
I just had time to practice this a bit and remind myself of the proper description: the thumb slides down the inside of the grip just at the bottom of the beavertail but isn't doing anything but positioning at this point; it has the web of the hand at the tip of the tail curve. The second, third and fourth fingers just hook around the front of the grip at the middle joint and start the actual draw. As the piece lifts from the holster those fingers tighten and that pulls the grip solidly into the palm in proper position with the fingers well wrapped around. While that's happening and the piece is tilting forward the thumb angles up, not on the safety but getting there. About the time the piece is coming level the thumb has risen high enough to engage the safety, ready to push it off.
When I wrote the original description it was late, and I was tired enough my eyes were fuzzing; apologies for a lousy description.
(end of update)
Once I had that motion figured out, I did a LOT of dry-fire draws getting it locked in. Then at the range with ammo, with both .45 and .22(with the conversion kit on) to make sure it worked. And it did. So I tried it more, drawing from all kinds of angles- square to the target, angled left, angled right, back to the target & drawing and turning, dry-fire first and then at the range. And it does the job for me.

Big factor, passed on a long time ago from Capt. Combs: start slow, get all the motions worked out and locked in, then speed up a bit. And so on.

That's not the best description of how I came to this; but it's late, my eyes are fuzzing and I'll pretty it up later.

Added: When I first learned handguns, it was all from an exposed holster, not concealed; the grip was right out there where you could place your hand before you actually moved the piece. Later, the first CC holsters I used were tighter to the body, but still made it easy to get the grip just right before you actually drew. However, that meant they were a bit- compared to the IWB holster, sometimes a lot- more difficult to conceal. I really like the IWB: it keeps the piece tight to the body and doesn't shift, which aids concealment and means the grip will be right there every time; one of the holsters I previously used tended to slip back & forth a bit, which caused problems. But using the IWB well meant a change in method. Thus this post.

Remember "You can't miss with a shotgun!" ?

One round, homebrew 12-gauge low-recoil double-ought buck at about twenty feetThe big hole is from the shot cup.

That's nine pellets in a group 3.25" across at across-a-good-size-room distance from an 18.5" barrel. I don't know about you, but that doesn't look like a "It'll spread out five feet wide!"-type pattern to me.

I think I'll do a bit of a Friday afternoon roundup

The good:
Two years ago, DARPA set a goal of creating a self-contained, synthetic platform that can cultivate red blood cells that can stand up to the violent demands of the battlefield. Through the process of "pharming," or genetically engineering an organism to generate large quantities of a useful substance, the DoD's R&D arm was hoping to end blood shortages on the battlefield for good.

A company awarded nearly $2 million to develop this genetically engineered blood product has shipped off the first shipment to the FDA, hoping the regulators will approve it for use in trauma wards everywhere. The biotech company, Arteriocyte, can turn an umbilical cord into 20 units of blood in about three days at a cost of about $5,000 per unit. That's a bit steep, but if the FDA approves the blood product and the company is able to scale the production method, fake blood could be the real deal

The bad:
Notice, too, how Obama habitually refers to Cabinet members and other high government officials as "my" -- "my secretary of homeland security," "my national security team," "my ambassador." The more normal -- and respectful -- usage is to say "the," as in "the secretary of state." These are, after all, public officials sworn to serve the nation and the Constitution -- not just the man who appointed them.

It's a stylistic detail, but quite revealing of Obama's exalted view of himself. Not surprising, perhaps, in a man whose major achievement before acceding to the presidency was writing two biographies -- both about himself.

Obama is not the first president with a large streak of narcissism. But the others had equally expansive feelings about their country. Obama's modesty about America would be more understandable if he treated himself with the same reserve. What is odd is to have a president so convinced of his own magnificence -- yet not of his own country's.

And the really ugly:
In 2006, we at Hot Air covered Shabazz’s jihad-pandering protest and call to arms at the Danish embassy in Washington, D.C. over the Mohammed Cartoons.

In 2007, Shabazz called me a “whore” on Fox News because I called out his racial hucksterism in the Duke lacrosse fake rape case.

In 2008, I reported on Shabazz’s election day threats to voters and have covered the corruptocrat Obama DOJ’s role in dropping default judgments against the Philly NBPP thugs ever since. In 2009, I reported on the “Colored Only: No Whites Allowed” sign at NBPP defendant Jerry Jackson’s house and the murderous rap propaganda posted by the NBPP Trenton chapter
followed by some of Malkin's hate mail:
I saw you on Fox News tonight. Take my advice: GO SIT YOUR BLACK ASS DOWN!!!!!!!!!! As Black as you are, you would be one of the first person’s racially profiled if you went to Arizona.

Willma Harvey

from George Dunn
date Wed, Jul 7, 2010 at 7:06 PM
subject How Does a Dishonest CUNT Like You Exist?
hide details 7:06 PM (3 hours ago)

You are a true pathetic human being. Sad actually.

George Dunn, P.E
Please note this:
George Dunn has asked me to take his company name down (which I did), requested that I take down his e-mail (which I will not), and then sent me an “apology” with this laughable comment: “Still, I stand by my statement that the rhetoric being used on both sides of the aisle has ruined the chance to have an honest political debate in this country.”

Yep, the nutball who called me a “c**t” from his work e-mail is moaning about the lost opportunity to “have an honest political debate in this country.”

Ouch. Ow. Stomach hurting from laughing so hard. Ow.
Ah, liberals; not only are they tending to violence, they're racist shits, aren't they?

Looks like the Brit police have located

and pinned down the guy they've been chasing.

Ok, cops and legal types:

Read this and tell me what you think; good ideas after a self-defense shooting?

Found at RNS, who also wants your opinion.

Back to the subject of dirtbag lawers and politicians

wrapped into one,
The federal prosecutor tasked with quarterbacking the Obama administration's high-profile case against Arizona's immigration law is no stranger to controversy or the limelight.

Justice Department attorney Tony West is a member of the so-called "Gitmo 9" -- a group of lawyers who have represented terror suspects.

West, the assistant attorney general for the department's Civil Division, once represented "American Taliban" John Walker Lindh, a controversial move that West feared would derail his political ambitions and helped delay his nomination to the department for three months in 2009
One of Holder's bright little lights. Wonderful, isn't it?

A sheriff in a 'may issue' state gets his pee-pee whacked

for his actions in denying a permit.
Paul [Dorr] was denied a permit precisely because Sheriff Weber believed that his free speech rights offended the majority of voters in Osceola County....
And this is truly priceless:
[Footnote:] Following trial, the court alerted the parties to the possibility that it might order Sheriff Weber to take a class to educate him on the First Amendment. It provided the parties with 10 days to file briefs relating to the court’s authority to order such remedial relief. Sheriff Weber did not file a brief.
This has always been the problem with 'may issue'; the sheriff or whoever may NOT issue for any kind of bullshit, just dress it up in the right words and "Permit denied."

On the subject of self-defense, just found this at Volokh:
From Leonard Baker, Brandeis and Frankfurter: A Dual Biography (1984), p. 341. On June 18, 1930, Justice Brandeis (who was the best-known Zionist in the United States) met with the U.K.‘s Ambassador to the United States, Sir Ronald Lindsay:

Brandeis told Sir Ronald “that it was wholly contrary to any conception of civil rights with which I was familiar, through study of the Anglo-Saxon institutions and the American experience, that when a government found itself unble to afford protection, citizens should not be permitted to protect themselves.” The English did not protect the Jews, nor allow the Jews to arm themselves against the Arab threat.

Or as Brandeis also said, “We shall have lost something vital and beyond price on the day when the state denies us the right to resort to force...” Alfred Lief, The Brandeis Guide to the Modern World (1941), p. 212.
Words to remember.

So the officilal New Black Panther bigshot didn't condemn (updated)

this clown saying 'you're going to have to kill some crackers! You're gonna have to kill some of their babies!'

The 'you're gonna have to kill crackers' stuff starts at about 0:38

Got Glenn Beck on, and he had audio of an interview the NBP bastard did earlier where he was specifically asked about the 'kill the crackers and cracker babies' statement. He did not condemn it; he said 'We don't believe in haranguing black men on the street', and 'we don't believe in giving away what we may or may not do', various shit like that but he did not condemn the talk of killing white people and killing white babies.

No, I'm not giving him any wiggle room on this; he refused to condemn one of his people(and I specifically mean NBP people) speaking of the need to kill whites, and kill white children. He spoke of 'being more careful in wording' and such, but not one damned word saying even that 'talk of killing children is wrong'. Would not say it.

I'll check Beck's site later, maybe he'll have a transcript up so I can give the exact wording.

Update: Just found this over at Gateway Pundit:

I admit that my first thought on reading of this 'lame-duck session' crap

is that a whole lot of people should sort of hint to the people involved something along the lines of "If you do this, you will be made to regret it. Maybe just until they manage to scrape the tar off(or remove the remains from the rope), but you WILL regret it."
The rush to recess gives Democrats little time to pass any major laws. That's why there have been signs in recent weeks that party leaders are planning an ambitious, lame-duck session to muscle through bills in December they don't want to defend before November. Retiring or defeated members of Congress would then be able to vote for sweeping legislation without any fear of voter retaliation.
Translation: "We're too chickenshit to put staying in this office at greater risk by trying this before the election, so we'll screw the people in the name of the Progressive and National Socialist Democrat Cause after the election."

Can I point out to these clowns that 'voter retaliation' doesn't have to take place in a voting booth, in extreme circumstances?

Anymore I'm tempted to say 'Congressman AND

UN weenie? And involved in something like this? Not a big surprise.'
A former congressman and U.S. ambassador to the United Nations pleaded guilty in federal court today to obstruction of justice and to acting as an unregistered foreign agent related to his work for an Islamic charity with ties to international terrorism, announced Beth Phillips, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri.

Thursday, July 08, 2010

Here's a piece of WWII history I hadn't heard before

...He stated that some time between 03 Feb thru 03 Mar 1945 — during the bitter urban fighting between American troops and a combination of Japanese naval base troops and three Imperial Japanese Army infantry battalions of the Shimbu Group — Japanese troops attacked troopers of the American 1st Cavalry Division with hand held and 75mm gun fired chemical munitions.

The Japanese crossed the chemical warfare threshold in World War 2.
1. Enemy Chemical Warfare Activities
The Jap Leyte garrison was prepared both Offensively and defensively for gas warfare when American forces landed. Munitions filled With tear gas (CN). vomiting gas (DC) and nerve poison (AC) were found in captured ammunition dumps. PWs stated that all unit from companies up were supplied with toxic munitions, including 75mm blistering gas (H or H-L) filled shells. Captured documents reveal that orders were issued in July 1944, to all troops in the LEYTE area to the effect that special smokes and other gas munitions would not be used without a special order and that in View or the Allies’ preparedness to resort to chemical warfare no excuse would be given them for retaliation. It may be inferred that a decision by the Japanese on whether or not to use gas will be based entirely upon strategical considerations.

To quote somebody, Damn!

I wonder if he actually believes this crap?

During the interview Wednesday, when confronted with the anxiety that some Israelis feel toward him, Obama said that "some of it may just be the fact that my middle name is Hussein, and that creates suspicion."
Of COURSE that's it, it couldn't POSSIBLY be things like this:
U.S. President Barack Obama shakes hands with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (L) at the White House in Washington, June 9, 2010. Obama hosted Abbas at the White House on Wednesday seeking to ensure that fallout from Israel’s Gaza flotilla raid does not derail fragile U.S.-led peace efforts.
Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas told Arab leaders that the PA is ready to wage war on Israel if the rest of the Arab world does, according to the PA daily Al-Hayat al-Jadida as translated by Palestinian Media Watch

I can only think of one real reason why the EffingBI

would refuse to record interviews(officially and admitted to, at least): because written notes can be edited and, ah, 'interpreted' as they choose.
Charlton, who was fired by the Justice Department in 2006 for trying (without success) to force the FBI to record confessions in Arizona, had been sorely frustrated by its policy. "We lost cases, we had to plead down cases, we had to drop cases just because of this policy," he recalls in a phone interview.

The Justice Department, finally waking up to the arrival of the 21st century, now has a task force reexamining the virtual ban on recording, which by any reasonable standard is as obsolete as J. Edgar Hoover. But the FBI shows no openness to change.

Spokesman Bill Carter provides the traditional explanations for rejecting recording as a normal practice. He says they can "inhibit frank discussions and end interviews early" if the arrestee is averse to taping.

Maybe so. But the occasional objection from someone being questioned doesn't justify a general policy against taping
It doesn't. And it's hard to believe the FBI would refuse to record because "We've never done that." Has to be an actual reason. I'm just afraid of exactly what that reason is.

A fine demonstration of what a crap pile the NAACP has become

Gladney didn't get support because, well,
Here is the unbelievable video of the racist NAACP event. The two men accused of attacking Gladney go on trial this month. Elston McCowan, the man standing next to the speaker, can be seen laughing when the speaker says Gladney is not a brother.
Back in the day, we used to call someone like that, and I want to remind you, uh, when this incident occurred, I was really struck by a front page picture of this guy, which we called, a Negro, i mean that we call him a Negro in the fact that he works for not for our people but against our people. In the old days, we call him an Uncle Tom. I just gotta say that. Here it is, the day after a young brother, a young man, I didn’t mean to call him a brother, but on the front page of the Post Dispatch, ironically, he’s sitting in a wheelchair, being kissed on the forehead, by a European. Now just imagine that as a poster child picture, not working for our people.
You don't follow the party line, they'll call you Uncle Tom, a house nigger. Wonderful people, aren't they? Them and their SEIU friends.

Oh, and if anybody wants to bitch about me using that phrase, I suggest you screw yourself until you give at least equal bitching to the people who called Clarence Thomas and Condoleeza Rice and other blacks of conservative bent exactly that. And a whole lot more.

I've got two big compost heaps

and they're both damn near full. The grass got barely dry enough- more like just damp enough- that I could finish mowing the back.

The front, and the part of the back I got the other day, almost look like they weren't cut; not promising.

Racist jackass is as racist jackass does

Like this. Yeah, it's all the fault of Fox and the GOP. Uh huh.

Speaking of jackass, that bozo who got his fifteen minutes of fame by trashing the mother of his child and her family says he lied. Apparently, despite evidence, he retained some actual sense of shame and it caught up to him. Sullivan is inconsolable, and blames conspiracy. Or something.

"We want minority teachers! Even if we have to break the law to get them!" Or something like that.

Britain has been fined more than £150m by the EU for failing to display the European flag on a string of Brussels-funded projects, it is reported.
I'd suggest a new headline: "Brussels outraged as representatives tarred and feathered and thrown in the Channel"

One of those "Which is it?" things: with the 'Justice' Department weenies shielding the Panthers from prosecution, do these clowns not realize that if people know the Department will not impartially enforce the voting rights laws that people are liable to, say, remove threateners themselves? With all the noise that'll bring? Or do they consider that a feature?

Brit politicians want to basically hand their defense off to someone else. That'll work just great, won't it?

I think Shortshanks Daley & Co. know full well they're going to cost the city another fortune with this crap; they just don't care. After all, the money isn't coming out of THEIR pockets. And, again, they just can't stand that they've been told "You can't do whatever you want." Fact is, making exercise of a right so difficult and expensive that many- may be most- cannot do so is pretty much the same as trashing the right completely, and that's a Bad Thing. Again, they don't care; they only care that they keep forcing people to act as The Turd & Co. have decided they should.

Only thing I'll say on this celebutard: it's a bitch when you're held to account for what you've done, isn' t it?

They're predicting more bloody rain today, so I have to now drag myself out and take care of some things. Assuming I don't sink into the ground in places.
Added: well, from dew it's still so damned wet I can't do what I wanted to. So I'll add a bit more:

Eech. The Navy better get this crap straightened up. Fast.

As Unc says, This? On NPR?
The Supreme Court's rejection of Chicago's handgun ban in McDonald v. City of Chicago is more than a recognition that the Second Amendment applies to the states as well as the federal government. The McDonald decision is a harbinger for the end of gun prohibition as an idea. The simple, undeniable truth is that gun control does not work.

From Tam, looking for a 1911? Here's one on auction with a very good recipient for the funds.

The National Security Agency has begun work on an "expansive" spy system that will monitor critical infrastructure inside the United States for cyber-attacks, in a move that detractors say could end up violating privacy rights and expanding the NSA's domestic spying abilities.

The Wall Street Journal cites unnamed sources as saying that the NSA has issued a $100-million contract to defense contractor Raytheon to build a system dubbed "Perfect Citizen," which will involve placing "sensors" at critical points in the computer networks of private and public organizations that run infrastructure, organizations such as nuclear power plants and electric grid operators.

In an email obtained by the Journal, an unnamed Raytheon employee describes the system as "Big Brother."

Oh, that's just freakin' wonderful, isn't it?

I'm REALLY going to close for now with two of Obama's disgusting appointees:
Berwick argued that purposely provided an inadequate supply of health-care—as Britain’s health-care system does—is superior to allowing the market to provide an excess.

“In America, the best predictor of cost is supply; the more we make, the more we use—hospi­tal beds, consultancy services, procedures, diagnostic tests,” Dr. Berwick wrote. “… Here, you choose a harder path. You plan the supply; you aim a bit low; you prefer slightly too lit­tle of a technology or a service to too much; then you search for care bottlenecks and try to relieve them.”

That's from a 2008 journal article praising Britain's NHS, the public-sector equivalent of K-Mart.

And there's this, too, which reads like a blurb on the Big Book of British Smiles or the tag line to the Nanny McPhee sequel:

“Cynics beware, I am romantic about the National Health Service; I love it. … The NHS is one of the astounding human endeavours of modern times.”

This bastard PLANS on having inadequate resources for health care; he LIKES the idea.

The other socialist asshole Obama has saddled us with:
John P. Holdren, who then-President-elect Barack Obama nominated as director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy in December 2008, called just five months before his nomination for a global climate-change agreement that would allow wealth to be redistributed from countries in the global “North” to countries in the “South.”
Dedevelopment, Holdren argued at the time, would set an example for developing countries and show “that being a citizen of a giant, smoggy, freeway-strangled industrial state is not necessary to being a happy, healthy, fulfilled human being.”

But being stuck in a third-world hellhole with insufficient power, food and medicine IS necessary, apparently. One more piece of "You peasants need to stay in your picturesque little dung-hut villages, tilling the soil with homemade tools; we like it better that way" bullshit.

Maybe they're hoping that if they destroy the economy enough, there won't be enough rope?


A priest, a doctor, and an engineer were waiting one morning for a particularly slow group of golfers. The engineer fumed, "What's with those guys? We must have been waiting for fifteen minutes!" The doctor chimed in, "I don't know, but I've never seen such inept golf!" The priest said, "Here comes the green-keeper. Let's have a word with him."

He said, "Hello George, what's wrong with that group ahead of us? They're rather slow, aren't they?"

The green-keeper replied, "Oh, yes. That's a group of blind firemen. They lost their sight saving our clubhouse from a fire last year, so we always let them play for free anytime."

The group fell silent for a moment.

The priest said, "That's so sad. I think I will say a special prayer for them tonight."
The doctor said, "Good idea. I'm going to contact my ophthalmologist colleague and see if there's anything he can do for them."
The engineer said, "Why can't they play at night?"

I would fully understand if the Israelis cut off ALL aid

to these people:
He was wrong. Hours after the news item about Mohammed was broadcast, the hospital switchboard was jammed with callers. An Israeli Jew whose son died during his military service donated $55,000, and for the first time the Abu Mustafa family began to feel hopeful. Only then did Eldar grasp the full dramatic potential of the story. He told his editor, Tali Ben Ovadia, that he wanted to continue accompanying the family.

…Nevertheless, this idyllic situation developed into a deep crisis that led to the severance of the relations and what appeared to be the end of the filming. From an innocent conversation about religious holidays, Raida Abu Mustafa launched into a painful monologue about the culture of the shahids – the martyrs – and admitted, during the complex transplant process, that she would like to see her son perpetrate a suicide bombing attack in Jerusalem.

“Jerusalem is ours,” she declared. “We are all for Jerusalem, the whole nation, not just a million, all of us. Do you understand what that means – all of us?”
I understand a number of things. Including that until you 'palistinians' start acting like civilized beings instead of bloody-handed bloodthirsty barbarians, there's no use playing "We can have peace" games.

Put bluntly, I'm sick of these people. Don't know if they just don't understand it or if it angers them, but if the Israelis actually wanted to kill them, there wouldn't be a palistinian problem because they'd all be dead. Whereas the palisimians keep calling for the murder of all Jews and are a bunch of murdering incompetents who can't make a society work well, so they blame the Jews. Etc.

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

"Think you used enough there, Butch?"

I'd guess in part because Rhode Island isn't on or near

the southern border.
If, as President Obama and Attorney General Holder claim, there is a federal preemption issue, why hasn’t the administration sued Rhode Island already? After all, Rhode Island is actually enforcing these procedures, while the Arizona law hasn’t even gone into effect yet.

Could it be because — as we’ve discussed here before — the Supreme Court in Muehler v. Mena has already held that police do not need any reason (not probable cause, not reasonable suspicion) to ask a person about his immigration status?

Could it be that just this past February, in Estrada v. Rhode Island, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit upheld the Rhode Island procedures, reasoning that, in Muehler v. Mena, the Supreme Court “held that a police officer does not need independent reasonable suspicion to question an individual about her immigration status…”?

So, we have a Justice Department that drops a case it already won against New Black Panthers who are on tape intimidating voters in blatant violation of federal law, but that sues a sovereign state for enacting a statute in support of immigration enforcement practices that have already been upheld by two of the nation’s highest courts. Perfect.

Starting with the dirtbag Sen. Schumer(Hypocrite Slimeball-NY)

The end of June, Schumer explained, would mark a deadline for Federal Election Commission reports -- and thus his "last chance to dissuade a well-funded challenge from a corporate-backed candidate."

In other words, he was bragging about his hopes to ban independent political advocacy by the very people he was hitting up for donations -- in order, he claimed, to intimidate out of the race any candidate whom the same sorts of people might back.
So great is Schumer's chutzpah that he (along with Wisconsin's Russ Feingold and Vermont's Pat Leahy) is using -- a Web site that's supposedly dedicated to backing the campaign "reform" bill -- to build a fund-raising database

The kind of crap Obamacare will bring to the US:

TORONTO, Ont., July 6, 2010 — Nearly 60 per cent of Ontarians with rheumatoid arthritis — an autoimmune disease that causes chronic inflammation of the joints — were not seen by a specialist within a one year period to treat the debilitating disease, according to a new study. Even more concerning is that women of child-bearing age are less likely to see a specialist than women 45 or older, say researchers from St. Michael's Hospital, the Institute for Clinical and Evaluative Sciences (ICES), and Women's College Hospital.

A Canadian friend (living in southern Ontario at the time) complained to me for years that he couldn't get a general practitioner. Without a general practitioner he couldn't get a referral to a specialist. He got his medical care by going to emergency wards.

Michelle Malkin has some new NASA logo designs to take notice of the new priorities of the agency. This one isn't a logo, just nice:

Two dummies:
One entertaining, one very not.

Speaking of clowns and racists and dirtbag politicians, take a look at the kind of people Race Coward Holder is sucking up to at the cost of destroying the law.

Touching on the above, more former DOJ people are talking about this bullcrap.

So let them burn their own neighborhood, just keep it from spreading. And don't let them move out when their home is trashed: "You did it, you live in it."

Snork... them IDF guys kind of spice up a patrol, don't they?

Theo's cartoon roundup. Including this one

No, I hadn't heard about this before:
seems that after Sarah Palin accepted the VP slot on the McCain ticket, the campaign, knowing how democrats operate, established a completely transparent legal defense fund to pay legal fees resulting from anticipated allegations related to her service as governor.

On cue, within minutes of the announcement of Governor Patin's trust, a complaint was filed. And, the first "independent counsel" selected to investigate the trust was the Alaska office of Perkins Coie (President Barack Obama's law firm). .
Indeed, former Democratic Presidential nominee Senator Kerry's trust was drafted by the same Perkins Coie, President Barack Obama's law firm.

Apparently before realizing that Governor Palin's trust was nearly identical to the trust Perkins Coie prepared for John Kerry, the Perkins Coie "independent counsel" found in a detailed nine page “CONFIDENTIAL” letter -- that was promptly leaked to the media — that Gov. Palin's trust was illegal.

Ridicule ensued. In addition, once the conflict of interest between representing President Obama and investigating Gov. Sarah Palin became public, the Perkins Coie "independent counsel" resigned. And so, a new second "independent counsel" (with no background or expertise in the area of legal expense funds) began the investigation anew.

A bag belonging to agents travelling with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was mistakenly put on a flight from New York to Los Angeles, not to Washington. Alarmingly the bag contained four 9mm Glock handguns, which are now missing…

The Israeli officers were accompanying Mr Netanyahu to Washington for White House talks with President Barack Obama.

NBC News reported that the handguns had, in accordance with security procedures at New York’s John F Kennedy airport, been placed inside checked luggage. The luggage was then supposed to be put on a connecting flight to Washington however, American Airlines workers at the airport instead sent it right across the country to LAX in Los Angeles.

By the time the luggage was located and recovered, the guns had disappeared, and are presumed to have been stolen
Gee, ya think maybe?

And Rodge? I think a lot of us may have need of this knot in the future...
(rollover at the link may be NSFW)

The National Academy of Sciences has sold out.

And with that I'll leave you for now. There's more !#)_$$! rain expected, and have to get some stuff put away.

A bit more on the newest Bellesiles story

here at Volokh. Ignoring all else, this sets off my BS alarm:
...only to be surprised to hear that Javier was still in danger, his condition so serious that the doctors feared moving him to the military hospital in Germany.
Really? And for that long? Something smells, and it doesn't smell good.

It's about how I feel right now

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Socialists and Enviroweenies and backstabbers,

oh my!
Acting under federal court order, the Obama administration proposed new air-quality rules on Tuesday for coal-burning power plants that officials said would bring major reductions in soot and smog from Texas to the Eastern Seaboard.
The cost of compliance to utilities and other operators of smog-belching power plants would be $2.8 billion a year, according to E.P.A. estimates.

“This is attempting to give people cleaner air to breathe,” Ms. McCarthy said.

Of course, that $2.8 billion will be passed on to the American consumer each year. As Obama said in 2008, these new policies will necessarily cause electricity costs to skyrocket.And just think…

It seems like it was just yesterday when Barack Obama was praising the coal industry at a West Virginia coal miner memorial knowing that these policies were on the table.
I wonder if Sheets Byrd knew this was coming, or if Obama waited for him to die before officially unveiling this?

And on the socialist backstabber side,
...Too few people, the political and economic elite, are realizing the vast majority of benefits from economic activity. It’s true in my own country where, unfortunately, economic inequality is increasing. And it’s true in Ukraine. It’s true in Europe and Asia and Africa and South America. So part of the challenge of economic growth and prosperity is to make sure it gets down and equally spread among people.

One of the wondering points: will these clowns be surprised if people snap and start acting, or are they counting on it so they can yell 'Terrorist!' or something?

This is a double: First, what the HELL does this

have to do with health care?
What has happened is that effective Jan. 1, 2012, the whole system of giving and receiving Internal Revenue Service 1099 forms will be turned on its head and all persons (including corporations) who are in business will now have to give 1099 tax reporting forms for coins and other goods that they sell as well as buy.

The responsibility for issuing forms kicks in at $600 for coins or bullion – not a very high level and one that has already started sounding alarm bells. It doesn’t matter in what form payment is made, whether cash, check, credit card, or Yap stone money, the $600 threshold applies

Second, does anyone still have doubts that Obama & Co. think the money you make belongs to the government, and they just let you keep a bit of it? A bit they plan to shrink more and more?

Daughter made a trip to DC a while back, she says there's LOTS of lampposts available. Which will save building a structure

Before getting off my lazy ass

and finishing the glass work, and then edging and mowing(amazingly, I think the grass is dry enough), I want to point to a couple of things. Like what unions and Democrats are supporting in immigration protests:
We can NEVER allow people to forget the President of Mexico standing up in front of Congress and blaming the US for their problems, and Democrats giving him a standing ovation. Or forget- actually, find out about, since the major media won't show this- what actually happens at these protests.

Speaking of corruption and Democrats, don't let people miss this, either:
Loretta King had the honor of introducing Attorney General Holder. She would subsequently participate in the dismissal of the New Black Panther voter intimidation case. And she said something astonishing in her introduction of the attorney general.

She exclaimed to the crowd:

I can’t tell you how exciting it is to go to work every day, and look up at the photos, and see that we now have two black men running the country.
I stated on Fox News that it was clear to me that no cases against national racial minorities would issue from the Voting Section during this administration. Let’s hope they change their mind. I testified under oath today, because I had no choice, that those instructions were given by Deputy Assistant Attorney General (DAAG) Julie Fernandes.

My understanding of her instructions were that no cases would be brought against national racial minorities by the Voting Section, and if a U.S. Attorney wanted to bring one, it was up to them to do so. Of course, no U.S. attorney will wade into that sort of mess without the help of the experts in the Voting Section, and DAAG Fernandes would know that.

If the Department denies this occurred, then the public and the now-very-interested media should demand that the senior management of the Voting Section in 2009 be made to testify under oath to the United States Commission on Civil Rights. Of course this will never happen, because they know by now what the testimony would be

And now, just to take the bad taste out of your mouth,
'Dog," sayeth that worthy, "I just received a grievance from TDC."

I blink at him, muzzily.

"Seems like one of our prison-bound inmates has complained that the deputy who transported him to durance vile provided him with an actual child's Happy Meal from McDonalds for lunch on said trip."

I can smell coffee. It's here. Somewhere.

"According to the inmate, when he protested, this deputy confiscated the toy from said Happy Meal, hooked it into the partition between the seats, and ... I am quoting here ... 'Made it talk smack', unquote, to the inmate for the rest of the trip."

Coffee. Coffeecoffeecoffee.

"In a high, squeaky voice."

Where are you, little caffeine jolt of life?

"The worst of it all-

Go read the whole thing. It's good for what ails you.

Michael Bellesiles committed a massive fraud once before,

and he may be doing it again.
...And it’s a curious thing. Central Connecticut State does offer military history courses, but the course catalogue at the college’s website doesn’t seem to list one corresponding to Mr. Bellesiles’ description of his. He is not listed among the history faculty there, not even in the “Adjunct and Affiliated” category, nor in the faculties of several other departments which might possibly offer a military history course. Search for “Bellesiles” at the website’s search engine, and you get zero results. Websites aren’t always absolutely up to date, but Mr. Bellesiles has taught there at least a semester, according to his article, and it sounds like longer. You’d almost think the school wasn’t proud of him.

A friend who used to be in the Army is also a mite suspicious about Javier’s service. He had “recently enlisted” when the spring semester began, January 25th, but two weeks later he was in Iraq. Now, basic training is nine weeks; add infantry advanced individual training, and you’re talking about fourteen or more
Go read for the whole story. And 'story' may be the most correct word for this.

Tuesday morning, and it's gloomy out there

when you look at things like
The sane answer: because the Obama administration has sold its soul to the unions, and is reluctant to do anything that would make union leaders angry.

The raving paranoid answer: Because Obama wants this oil spill to be dreadfully harmful, because it will sour Americans on drilling in the ocean, and on oil (and other fossil fuels) in general. Never waste a crisis, my friends, and this crisis can help lead all the troglodytes (that’s you and me) away from their accustomed gas guzzlers and wasteful lifestyles towards the paradise of “green” energy and sustainable lifestyles.
The sane answer: Obama doesn’t think that far ahead, and Obama has a deep and abiding faith that socialism will, despite a hundred years of evidence to the contrary, solve all of this in the long run.

The raving paranoid answer: Obama’s goal is to permanently change America, to make it cease to be the strongest nation on the planet, and to once and for all bury American exceptionalism. Destroying the economic viability of the largest economy on the planet is the goal, not an unfortunate side effect, because Americans consume more than their “fair share”. America must become a good citizen of the world and stop being so greedy. If the troglodytes (guess who?) won’t agree, Obama will use indirect means of forcing them into it.

I'm not a business expert, but you don't have to be; if you really don't understand why businesses aren't hiring, you're either blind or stupid. Between the tax increases coming and Obamacare they just can't afford to. And that's on top of the other stuff.

And Turkey ups the stress with Israel. I'm with Ace, I hope the Israelis say "Screw you".
In an article published Sunday, Ahmet Davutoglu told the Turkish daily Hurriyet: "Israelis have three options: They will either apologize or acknowledge an international-impartial inquiry and its conclusion. Otherwise, our diplomatic ties will be cut off."
Considering Turkey helped cause the incident they're using as an excuse for this, the SY option sounds even better. And I really don't think selling F16 fighters to people who want to help- hell, ARE helping- the enemy is a real good idea.

If that bastard Biden ever had any sense of honor or shame, he lost it a long time ago.
Vice President Joe Biden said after a three-day trip to Baghdad that the American people will see President Barack Obama’s Iraq policy as a success when the “combat mission” ends on schedule Aug. 31. Biden said the administration “will be able to point to it and say, ‘We told you what we’re going to do, and we did it.’”
Miserable little shit and Obama did everything they could to make us lose, now they want credit for winning.

Take a leftist "The teabaggers are RACISTS!" diatribe, add some history...

Bleah. I've got a mirror to replace, I'll see you later.

Monday, July 05, 2010

Oooh, maybe this is what had Algore's chakra in such a state

July is here now, and the rate of ice extent decline has dropped dramatically over the last week. To put this in perspective, according to JAXA data, the June 28-July 4 rate is -53361 km²/day. In 2007 during the same period, ice was lost at -123104 km²/day.(bold mine)

In other words, 2007 was losing ice 2.31X faster than 2010.
I mean, that had to be messing with his whatevers something fierce, wouldn't you think?

Wonderful. The Obama Method of dealing with an oil spill:

do whatever you have to to keep things as quiet as possible.

While you blame someone else.

After all, you're busy.

Soccer = Twilight?

"Twilight's like soccer. They run around for two hours, nobody scores, and its billion fans all insist you just don't understand!"

sent by a friend

I'm going to start this with a great big "Screw you porridge-monkey bastards

in Scotland"
Megrahi, 58, is the only person convicted of the 1988 bombing of a US Pan Am jumbo jet over Lockerbie, which left 270 dead.

Professor Sikora, the dean of medicine at Buckingham University and medical director of CancerPartnersUK in London, was paid for his medical assessment of Megrahi at Greenock prison on July last year.

He told the newspaper: “There was always a chance he could live for 10 years, 20 years ... But it's very unusual.

"It was clear that three months was what they were aiming for. Three months was the critical point.

"On the balance of probabilities, I felt I could sort of justify [that]."

Yeah, you could 'justify' that so the Scots and English governments could suck up to Gadaffi by turning a mass-murdering terrorist loose. Scotland, screw you; you keep making me so very damned glad some of my ancestors got the hell out of there a long time ago.

If this is how NASA is going to be run, we need to dump it entirely and let private enterprise take over completely:
In the video below, Charles Bolden, head of NASA, tells Al Jazeera that the "foremost" task President Obama has given him is "to find a way to reach out to the Muslim world and engage much more with predominantly Muslim nations to help them feel good about their historic contribution to science, math, and engineering." Thus, NASA's primary mission is no longer to enhance American science and engineering or to explore space, but to boost the self-esteem of "predominantly Muslim nations."

Exploring space didn't even make the top three things Obama wants Bolden to accomplish. The other two are "re-inspire children to want to get into science and math" and "expand our international relationships,"
Add that to this:
Bolden is being investigated by the NASA inspector general because he consulted on the project's merits with Marathon Oil, where he served on the board of directors and still holds up to $1 million in company stock. Marathon Oil has competing biofuels technology under development, which some suggest is the reason Bolden quashed the project. Bolden's actions in light of his relationship to Marathon Oil triggered the investigation.
and we also have one more Obama appointee who belongs in a cell.

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) - A 100-foot (33-meter), twin-screw diesel submarine seized at a jungle shipyard in Ecuador marks a quantum, if anticipated, leap in drug-smuggling evasion technology, the top U.S. counter-drug official for the region said Sunday.

"It is the first fully functional, completely submersible submarine for transoceanic voyages that we have ever found," Jay Bergman, Andean regional director for the Drug Enforcement Administration, told The Associated Press.

From Theo:

From Blazing Cat Fur, if you go to Britain do NOT trust their 'justice' system. Especially if you're Jewish:
The seven broke into the EDO MBM armaments factory in January 2009 at the time of Israel’s Operation Cast Lead in Gaza. The factory was exporting military equipment to Israel. After being directed to acquit them by the Judge, George Bathurst-Norman, the Jury duly obliged, accepting their defence that although they had committed a crime, they were doing so in order to prevent the greater offence of Israeli “war crimes”.

More Wonders Of Obamacare:
The Columbus-based family owned restaurant chain - known for serving small square hamburgers called "sliders" – says a single provision in the bill will eat up roughly 55 percent of its yearly net income after 2014.

Starting that year, the bill levies a $3,000-per-employee penalty on companies whose workers pay more than 9.5 percent of household income in premiums for company-provided insurance.

White Castle, which currently provides insurance to all of its full-time workers and picks up 70 to 89 percent of their premium costs, believes it will likely end up paying those penalties. The financial hit will make it hard for the company to maintain its 421 restaurants, let alone create new jobs, says company spokesman Jamie Richardson. White Castle employs more than 10,000 people nationwide, and more than 1,200 in Ohio.

We need to borrow from a fine comedian and start a new line: "Mr. President, here's your sign!"

Wouldn't surprise me:
The drug-cartel enforcer told an unsettling story: A woman who worked in the Mexican border's biggest U.S. consulate had helped a rival gang obtain American visas. And for that, the enforcer said, he ordered her killed.

The Holder view on civil rights and voter intimidation:

And that's your Moments of AHHHHGH! for today. If you're lucky, I may be back later.

Obviously this story really isn't possible, since Britain has the kind of gun laws

that the Brady Bunch wants over here.

And what the hell is a "shotgun-type weapon"?

I'm getting pretty tired of reading about idiots with Cartman problems

against people with cameras:
I purchased a ticket so I could ride the metro down to the University of Miami station and back, about a two-dollar investment, but I was physically prevented from entering the turnstile by a “50 State Security” guard. The guards called the Miami Police and three officers eventually arrived. Although I tried to show the officers the e-mail from Mr. Muntan, the chief of security for MDT, the officers either wouldn’t read the e-mail or told me that it was irrelevant and that the private security guards were within their rights to bar me from the station.

Unbelievably, I was told by one of the police officers that if I was to walk through the turnstile and the security guard was to physically detain me, that I would be arrested for assault. Though I kept hoping that cooler heads would prevail, it seemed that the more police officers and security personnel that arrived at the scene, the more adamant and single-minded they became about preventing me from entering the station, with or without a camera. (This in spite of the fact that at least one person with a camera entered the station and another exited the station during the three-plus hours that I spent trying to get in.)

Once again: if things are so under control that this many cops can show up for a piece of idiocy like this, then those departments obviously have too many people and too much money to spend, and their budget needs to be looked at.

Also pointed to by Insty,
A photographer taking pictures of a BP refinery in Texas was detained by a BP security official, local police and a man who said he was from the Department of Homeland Security, according to ProPublica, a non-profit news organization in the U.S.

The photographer, Lance Rosenfield, said he was confronted by the officials shortly after arriving in Texas City, Texas, to work on a story that is part of an ongoing collaboration between PBS and ProPublica.

Rosenfield was released after officials looked through the pictures he had taken and took down his date of birth, Social Security number and other personal information, the photographer said. The information was turned over to the BP security guard who said this was standard procedure, ProPublica quoted Rosenfield as saying
Uh, they took his SSN and gave it to a private security guard? This crap is WAY over the damned line, no matter how much money BP gave to Obama.

Sunday, July 04, 2010

A view on the Kagan nomination

here, with very good comments. Especially this:
I admit in my old age I have come to be completely unmoved by the argument that any President but especially this President deserves deference as to his nominees to the high court or any other court. In my own small way, I have a career too, so I am not going to name names, but this President has nominated some utterly unqualified people to the bench, I mean utterly, so deference, eh, I start off not feeling it. Then there is the point that the Democrats showed absolutely no deference to Bush's nominees, so why conservatives should decorously walk while everybody else is running is beyond me. But more importantly is that this strikes me as paying attention to your table manners when your house is on fire.
Screw 'deserves'; do everything possible to keep her sorry ass off the Court.

I'm with Insty:

the proper protest to this would be
Dear Iran:
You're acting like the bloody-handed barbarians you claim not to be. And if you act this way, you'll be treated like bloody-handed barbarian thugs.

Happy birthday, America

And if we want to keep having them, we need to keep raising hell with the socialist in the White House and all his little buttmonkeys.