Wednesday, February 16, 2011

It's February, and I know it won't last,

but the weather the last few and next few days is wonderful: highs 60's & 70's, yay! So I spent the day helping a friend with some stuff, and I'm just now scanning the news. And there's a lot of it. For instance,
“Operation Protect Our Children” sounded great! The Department of Justice and Homeland Security‘s tag-team beatdown was supposed to seize ten criminal sites this past weekend. Instead, it shuttered 84,000 innocent domains. And replaced them with a banner labeling them as child porn traffickers. Whoops!
Obvious question: can the people damaged by this idiocy sue? And can they get the morons responsible for this fired?

“60 Minutes” correspondent Lara Logan was repeatedly sexually assaulted by thugs yelling, “Jew! Jew!” as she covered the chaotic fall of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in Cairo’s main square Friday, CBS and sources said yesterday.
Must've been some of those types that Jimmy Carter says we don't need to worry about.

Belmont Club has a piece on the subject of finding out the world isn't the fuzzy-bunny place some think it is, and points out what a bunch of sniveling, self-righteous hypocrites run Berkeley:
The Berkeley City Council, after passing a resolution calling for the resettlement of detainees released from Guantanamo in the United States, voted against inviting such persons to live in their fair city, according to the San Jose Mercury News.
Yeah, it's great to want to turn a bunch of illegal combatants and terrorists loose in the US, " long as you keep them away from us!"

On the subject of idiots who happen to wear a uniform,
Military bureaucrats needlessly blocked U.S. troops in Iraq from getting laser weapons — tools that could’ve kept civilians from getting killed. That, in a nutshell, is what the Pentagon’s Inspector General concluded after an investigation of the Marine Corps’ botched attempts to send the nonlethal lasers to the war zone.

It’s a major mea culpa, but it comes with an important caveat: Sure, the Marines’ pencil-pushers mishandled the urgent request for lasers, first issued five years ago. But that doesn’t give today’s front-line commanders an excuse for circumventing the bureaucrats
Because Deity forbid you do something that keeps people alive without getting the proper rubber stamped-approval from some asshole in a nice, safe office.

Oh, isn't this just wonderful?
MISSION - CHANNEL 5 NEWS is exposing what appears to be a Mexican military incursion into the United States. It was all caught on camera. We froze surveillance video taken at the Anzalduas International Bridge.

What you see is the international boundary that separates the United States from Mexico and what authorities on this side of the border seem to think is a truck packed with armed men crossing into the United States. The video clearly shows a large military-transport vehicle drive north on the Anzalduas bridge over the international boundary
Possibly a mistake; way things have been going, quite possibly not.

Oh Project Gunwalker, we're pretty sure why a lot of the major media doesn't want to talk about it, but a good question is "Why isn't Drudge?" And some suggestions on pushing the matter.

John Wiley Price
: a racist on the Dallas County Commissioner's Court:
"All of you are white -- go to hell. Go to hell. Go to hell.... You too, fatboy."

He offered up this racist remark when a fellow commissioner kept referring to him as "Chief Mullah" due to his role in ousting a government employee.

Now, "Chief Mullah" ain't civil either -- let's not pretend on that one. On the other hand, "Chief Mullah" really doesn't invite back the open declaration "All of you are white -- go to hell."

What makes this story special is this asshole's defense -- see, you're the racists. You drove him to this. How? Um, you called him "Chief Moolah" (it was mullah, not moolah) and he claims that "Chief Moolah" is an old-time racial slur

Combine socialized medicine with socialist assholes in charge, and you get things like this:
Trespassing laws are to be used to evict elderly patients who ‘block’ hospital beds.

Pensioners reluctant to go home – often because they are too frail or confused to cope on their own – will be given 48 hours to leave. If they refuse, NHS trusts will seek a court order for possession of their bed.

The ‘bed-blockers’ could even be forced to pay the legal fees incurred

Hey, on Gunwalker, looks like Sen. Grassley is just a bit pissed off at ATF trying to blow him off:
Senator Charles Grassley has released a letter written today to Attorney General Eric Holder. Referencing a Feb. 10 briefing given to him and his staff by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Fireams and Explosives (ATF), Grassley made a troubling observation that points to Bureau stonewalling of his request for complete information.

"[T]he briefers focused on general issues related to challenges in successfully prosecuting gun trafficking cases. They refused to answer specific questions about the facts and circumstances that led me to request the briefing," Grassley complained
While it would be personally satisfying to read a letter in which the Senator says "I'm tired of these bastards lying to me; I want answers and I'm not going away", this very polite way of saying it will have to do.

If you're needing some ammo for arguing about the costs of Obama & Biden's Folly(this one, anyway), go here. Among other things,
Rail buffs argue that subsidies for passenger service simply offset the huge government support of highways and airways. The subsidies "level the playing field." Wrong. In 2004, the Department of Transportation evaluated federal transportation subsidies for the period 1990-2002. It found passenger rail service had the highest subsidy ($186.35 per thousand passenger-miles) followed by mass transit ($118.26 per thousand miles). By contrast, drivers received no net subsidy; their fuel taxes more than covered federal spending. Subsidies for airline passengers were about $5 per thousand miles traveled. (All figures are in inflation-adjusted year 2000 dollars.)

On that note I'll be leaving you for the night; I'm tired and still have the 15-22 to clean.


Phelps said...

Obvious question: can the people damaged by this idiocy sue? And can they get the morons responsible for this fired?

Nope. Sovereign Immunity.

Mattexian said...

Oh Project Gunwalker, we're pretty sure why a lot of the major media doesn't want to talk about it, but a good question is "Why isn't Drudge?"
Because he didn't bust the story himself, it's been out there so long he won't get any glory from it.