Saturday, August 08, 2009
It was the great turning point in John’s life, a moment that, though neither Bennett nor Browning could possibly have foreseen it, would prove pivotal in the military history of the modern age. For John Moses Browning, despite the success of his business, was an inventor, not a manufacturer, at heart. He confessed to Bennett that he already had the details for a new rifle — a repeater that could handle large cartridges, something none of the repeating rifles then made could do — fully fleshed out in his mind. If Winchester were amenable, he would be happy to work on that gun as well.
Bennett, with a successful businessman’s instinct for superior talent, paid John $8,000 for the rights to the single shot rifle, and an alliance that lasted 19 years was born. True to his word, John soon developed a working model of what would become the Winchester Model 1886 Lever Action Repeating Rifle. After securing a patent, John traveled to New Haven with his brother Matt to give Winchester the right of first refusal. Bennett was delighted with the gun and purchased the rights to it for an undisclosed but (for the day) very substantial sum — probably in the realm of $50,000 dollars. By now thoroughly convinced of the young Utahn’s genius, Bennett asked John to design a lever-action repeating shotgun for Winchester — which Browning had ready a mere eight months later. The Model 87 repeating shotgun, though not the first repeating shotgun ever produced, was the first truly successful one.
$8000 for one, and $50,000 for the next. In the early 1880's. And Winchester was delighted to pay it for the rights to the designs.
Winchester was smart.
5 US Code §552a(e)(7) commands that any Federal agency
"(7) maintain no record describing how any individual exercises rights guaranteed by the First Amendment unless expressly authorized by statute or by the individual about whom the record is maintained or unless pertinent to and within the scope of an authorized law enforcement activity;"
Persons posting to the web or sending emails are exercising First Amendment rights. I can't see how gathering this information is expressly authorized by statute, nor within the scope of an LE activity. It doesn't get much clearer than that.Of course, you have to have people in power who actually respect the law...
But the Second Amendment wasn’t adopted by the Founding Fathers to allow transnational organized crime to illicitly buy weapons in the Unites States and be illicitly cross them over international borders into countries where those calibers and types of weapons are prohibited,” the official said.
Oh, like all those aforementioned grenades and RPGs and automatics smuggled from China and Russia and Korea and wherever? And those sold to your military and then sold by corrupt troops and officials to the drug cartels? Those are being 'illicitly bought in the US'?
You know, Mr. 'Official', there's a simple solution: we build an actual guarded wall and fences on the border, and then you won't have to worry about ANYTHING being smuggled in from the US. Of course, then you can't smuggle illegal aliens and drugs and weapons into the US, either. You miserable little bastard.
Seems both getting multiple-times more comments and having lots of legislators ask "What the hell are you doing?" got the message across.
Shortly after taking office, Obama held a meeting with governors. At the time, one person in the room relayed Obama's request that critics and skeptics of the stimulus plan keep their concerns to themselves. Just let me do it, was his attitude. He got pushback and he wasn't happy. He wanted democratically elected state governors to shut up so he could do as he pleased. He knows better and we should respect that, seems to be the attitude.
And if you disagree, you'll have Rahm to deal with.
I'm making an effort to keep my language in control(most of the time) so I'll refrain from suggesting what that thug Emanuel can do with himself, his foul mouth and his bigotry.
Besides, he doesn't have to trouble his Chief of Staff; he has his Purple Shirts to do dirty work for him.
Friday, August 07, 2009
We've managed to bypass PayPal! Another sponsor of the Rendezvous, LuckyGunner.com, an ammo site, is doing the on-line ticket sales for us with all proceeds (minus the 3% credit card fee) going to Soldiers' Angels. Soldiers' Angels is still taking phone orders for those who don't want to purchase on-line. Details here.
Parker suggested that Palin is indeed a "poster girl for racism," though "not consciously," and alluded to white racism being incited by a white woman and black man being pitted against each other, as in Sarah Palin versus Barack Obama, or in the novel To Kill a Mockingbird.
She also goes on to say
There`s this subliminal level of communication that goes on. The Southern Strategy has always been -- well, since they stopped using the N-word and being explicit about what they`re trying to do with race and, you know, creating this “us versus them” dynamic, it became increasingly vague through the years. You started talking about states rights at a certain point. Then you started talking about, you know, these wedge issues like gay marriage and on and on.
So everything the Stupid Party does that doesn't involve sucking up to Obama and the Evil Party 'proves' the party is all about racism. Yeah.
The fact that this jerk is a member of the Stupid Party and is considered a 'intelligent commentator' proves the name correct. The fact that Palin didn't go to the 'right' schools and doesn't speak in the 'proper' manner and still succeeds just seems to unhinge idiots like Parker; that the upper levels of the Stupid Party don't disown this garbage is a lovely demonstration of just why so many people are telling them to go to hell.
You might remember a few months ago when he transferred to a base here in the US where his wife was stationed. As mentioned, he flew in here, spent the night and then drove to said base. LONG damn drive.
Late that night he called. He'd arrived, found a room and called the wife. Who informed him that she was out with friends, and could he meet her at the notary in the morning to sign divorce papers?
I'll let you imagine how that went over.
We spent a while talking, then both of us tried to get some sleep. Next day, he met her and the only response he could get to 'why?' and 'maybe we can fix this' was "I feel we've grown apart, and I don't think we can make it better." That's it. So he read the papers very damn carefully and signed them, and walked away.
What makes this crap even more fun? According to the dates, she started filling the stuff out in June of last year. Just before he was home on leave, well before he was home for Christmas, and she never said a damned word.
When he told me about the dates, I said that if she was willing to screw him over this way then, small comfort that it might be right now, he's better off without her.
In the time since it became final, her unit transferred out so he doesn't have to worry about running into her, and he's been very damn busy. Sometime in the near future they're going to the National Training Center for a while, so they're preparing for that as well as doing the usual stuff. Busy is good right now.
Every time I've received a well-wishing message I've passed them on to him, and he's appreciated them, and back when he asked for books and such many sent those(and the books were passed on to others who VERY much appreciated them) so for those of you sending and thinking of him I thought I ought to bring you up to date.
On the surface, they don’t seem at all alike. The Joker is psychotic, and I’ve heard Obama called a lot of things — arrogant, incompetent, deceitful, a Communist — but not psychotic. Obama doesn’t seem like he’s out to kill anyone — not even terrorists — and only leaves the option of killing people on the table to help make ends meet in his health care plan.
Also, the Joker seemed chaotic but was very careful in his planning, while the chaos from the Obama administration seems much more explainable by pure incompetence.
Rep. Russ Carnahan(Evil Party-MO) set up a 'town hall meeting' to pick his audience, and some of his supporters attack tea party protesters. Wonderful people he has supporting him, what?
Kenneth Gladney, a 38-year-old conservative activist from St. Louis, said he was attacked by some of those arrested as he handed out yellow flags with “Don't tread on me” printed on them. He spoke to the Post-Dispatch from the emergency room of the St. John's Mercy Medical Center, where he said he was waiting to be treated for injuries to his knee, back, elbow, shoulder and face that he suffered in the attack. Gladney, who is black, said one of his attackers, also a black man, used a racial slur against him before the attack started.
Hmmm, Pelosi lies about protesters being nazis, but a real multiple murderer was an Obama supporter...
Other Evil Party members have discovered that calling voters 'un-American' for protesting does one thing: it pisses them off even more. I can't remember where that line in the Bible is about 'you can't serve two masters'; those trying to make Pelosi and Reid happy while crapping on the people who actually vote, well, I think they're figuring out some of the problems with trying to serve two. Or, in the case of some of them, serve Pelosi and Reid and Obama while pretending to serve the people.
Speaking of selecting your audience,
I got to the "public" townhall sponsored by Rep. Kathy Castor and the SEIU an hour and a half before the doors were scheduled to open. Apparently, it would not have mattered when I arrived. We stood out in the 90 plus degree weather only to be told that that the hall had been filled through a side door and no one else would be let in.
At one point someone in an Obama shirt opened the door that I was standing right in front of. Standing just inside was a union member that is affiliated with my employer. He saw me and took my picture.
Early reports coming in from Florida indicate the hastily scheduled townhall with Kathy Castor ended badly, as predicted, because of SEIU thugs.
The event was conveniently held in a forum where only 250 people could fit. 1000 people showed up. SEIU members were given reserved seating that took up at least half of the 250 seats. As people came in who visibly oppose the Democrats healthcare plan, SEIU members barred access to the room.
Again, the people I saw were angry and loud but well behaved. It was awful to stand for so long in blistering heat and humidity only to fins out that the organizers had stacked the hall. There was shouting. People did let their feelings known but I want to emphasize that there was no riot.
Crap like this keeps happening, there will be. Wouldn't surprise me if the union clowns and progressives want riots; they know the major media will spin it the way the Obama supporters want.
This is liable to get messy, folks.
Thursday, August 06, 2009
I'll add something to what Sabrepoint has to say: the Democrats aren't mentioning that the protesters are ripping the ass off Stupid Party politicians, too; they don't care much about party, they care about who's got their hand in this mess they're trying to shove down our throats.
Drunk bees? Quite possible. I've read of elephants getting drunk after eating fruit(marula was mentioned) that was overripe; their digestive tract is inefficient enough that it would ferment in their system. One guy said something like "Think about already bad-natured trouble-making elephants drunk. Then imagine running into them the next morning when they're hungover."
From what son told me about a couple of the storms, sounds about right:
Could the Obama Administration be violating the law in their snitch program? Quite possibly. Think that would stop it?
Kevin notes that on this date in 1945 the first atomic bomb to be used in war, one of only two so used(up to this point) was dropped.
The two atomic blasts killed between 250,000 and 300,000 people, but they ended the war. Estimates of American casualties alone, had we invaded the Japanese Home Islands, were on the order of 1 million. Japanese casualties, given the grim statistics of Iwo Jima, Saipan, and Okinawa, would have been at least 3-5 times higher, and would have included women, children, and old men.
Actually, it probably would have been worse. Few years ago Downfall was published, the author having access to stuff only recently declassified. It seems that after the war ended and we went into Japan it turned out they had a LOT more men, equipment and supplies saved back than our intelligence knew; the invasion would have been a lot worse than they'd figured on, and as Kevin notes that was pretty bad. Their troops on Okinawa were not expected to actually hold the island; they were expected to cost us as many dead, wounded and crippled as possible to discourage us. They expected to do the same on a much larger scale if we started the invasion to try to force a negotiated settlement.
And let's not forget something else: Japanese POW camps had orders that, when notified the invasion had begun, they were to kill every allied prisoner The nukes prevented that, too.
And, just to mention a fine place to look, The View from North Central Idaho, the Boomershoot guy's place.
Their 2-year-old boy suddenly got sick. A short time later, the Gosman's noticed a partial pill on the floor and they feared Talin had been eating it.
So they called Poision Control for some advice, and were told they could take him to the hospital but only if he was exhibiting symptoms.
"They told us to monitor him and that's what we did," said Becca.
A short time later, Becca says the police arrived and said they would arrest them if they didn't take Talin to the hospital.
"I said, of course we'll go right now."
Once they got to Northern Suburban Medical Center, a drug screening showed Talin did not have any drugs in his system.
But Adams County Social Services took Talin and Journey into protective custody anyway.
The children had been in foster care for five days before the county scheduled a custody hearing on Tuesday.
Torn away from their parents and stuck in foster care. Isn't that just so wonderful and caring?
A spokesperson for Adams County said he could not comment on the matter because the case involves children. But he did say, "whenever there's any reason to think a child may have been put in danger, the county is on the side of the child until the investigation is complete."
In court, the judge granted the children's grandparents temporary custody, while they wait for the results of a second drug test on the child.
A second drug test? For what? Since he's been in foster care he's been given drugs, or are they fishing for something to use against the parents?
That's a big relief for the parents, who never thought doing the right thing for your child--could go so wrong.
It can with morons like this running around with virtual police powers, or worse.
Found over at Uncle's place
Today Infidels are Cool has a followup to his original post on this.
Take a look, see what you think.
as you know 20th sfg lost three people to ieds. nato has completely and absolutely f*cked everything up here. we went from owning this country and on our way to victory to fighting them from the walls of our base camps. and this new directive from gen mccrystal about not bombing compounds if there so much as a hint of civilians has all of the a teams being scared not to engage for fear of a 15-6 investigation. and all this sh*t is coming to a head right before the elections.
just my base alone is having huge logistical problems because guess who controls the money and our logistics: the dutch. and guess what they are under standing orders not to send a lno (liaison - S.L.) to our base because its to dangerous. hows that dude for f*cked up. tell all your friends if we lose afg its because of nato. the biggest bunch of pussies ever.
I've come to the conclusion the only reason NATO is still in existence is
It gives the Russians someone to blame things on,
It gives the EUnuchs someone to blame things on and demand things from; i.e., gives them a handle on us, and
It gives the socialists here a way to play world-government-style games.
The Children’s Secretary set out £400million plans to put 20,000 problem families under 24-hour CCTV super-vision in their own homes.
They will be monitored to ensure that children attend school, go to bed on time and eat proper meals.
Private security guards will also be sent round to carry out home checks, while parents will be given help to combat drug and alcohol addiction.
David Drake wrote a book some years back called Lacey and his Friends; think of Orwell taken to extreme. Like I say, I'm half thinking someone in the Brit government read it and thought it was a good idea.
Drake must be either horrified or sitting there thinking "Dammit, I knew someone would get to this."
As a general rule, I reached the point a few years ago that if the UN & Co. demand "The US must sign this treaty!", I think
The treaty should be torn in half, and possibly pissed on before being mailed back to them, and
The UN should have our contribution to running the place cut by some percentage. Say 100%(that would be best, but I'd settle for 15% every time they make this demand).
Why no, I'm not a good 'citizen of the world'; not going to be, either.
Swastikas: In this video, Reichswhore Nancy Pelosi claims town hall protesters are "carrying swastikas."
She is an immensely stupid woman. Not only is her claim that people are "carrying swastika" standards into these town meetings absurd on its face, but her implication is even more absurd: Bear in mind she thinks the proof these protesters are hired by astroturf firms is that they're carrying swastikas.
Right. When you hire a bunch of people to pose as ordinary citizens at town halls, of course you give them giant swastikas to carry in on their shoulders. So they'll blend in.
Or, like Ace says, she's just very damn stupid.
Wednesday, August 05, 2009
Palin's attorney sent Griffin a letter asking him if he would rather be served with a summons at home or at work, giving Griffin a choice. However, the lefty Alaskan bloggers have seized on that to scream that Palin's attorney is going to serve Griffin right in front of the kindergartners that he teaches.
Never mind school's not in session, etc., "We can use this to try to hurt Palin!" seems to be their reaction to ANYTHING.
I'm guessing a whole bunch of people are getting very nervous about this. Reihl and McCain are both posting on this, and digging deeper and deeper. This is going to get real interesting.
Any gun owner who says things like "Until they come after my grouse gun, I'm not worried" is a fool.
The grenades sold legally to help U.S. allies in the region are snatched by corrupt soldiers who get paid by former colleagues, then cover their tracks by altering paperwork. Grenades then wind through Central America and Mexico, selling for $100 when bought individually and $50 apiece when purchased in bulk, according to the ATF.
ATF officials said the United States keeps tight controls over its own grenade inventories and that it knows of no grenades recovered in Mexico that were taken directly from American military supplies.
Which, if they had any regard for truth, would shut off the bullcrap from the Brady Gun Ban People and the VPC about 'grenades bought at gun shows'; but since they don't have regard for truth when it gets in the way of their aims, we'll keep hearing it, I'm sure.
Scott Stewart, a vice president for the global intelligence firm Stratfor and a former diplomatic security agent for the State Department, said an even more daunting challenge in trying to prevent grenade smuggling into the United States is the porousness of the border.
"If we have bales of marijuana coming in and kilos of cocaine coming in, it's hard to guard against a handful of grenades," Stewart said.
True; which would, if they etc., cut off the nonsense about "If we ban guns, nobody will have them." Hey, last time I heard grenades are banned, and yet...
Added: some thoughts over at Gun Rights Examiner
I remember reading one interview where she spoke of 'guns making the situation in Rwanda worse' where she talked around the fact that almost all of the killing was done with big knives; she also manages to ignore the fact that the violence, murder and slavery in Darfur is largely muslims killing, raping and enslaving non-muslims:
...The situation is one where because the land scarcity problem, the economic problems of drought et cetera manifested themselves and worsened the situation between the tribunal groups and the population in Darfur, and because there was no sense of zero tolerance of gender based violence.
I'm acutely aware that part of the real problem that arose is when women were killed and raped. Nobody shouted, "Stop, this can't go on," the guns were available, the roaming militia had been able to get women in the camps and when they go out for firewood, when they go out for water. And it is shocking. There is no excuse for it and it is because these weapons have been so widely available.
Notice anything missing? Yeah, so did I.
So why would Obama want to give her the Medal of Freedom? Well, she doesn't like Jews or Israel, she makes excuses for muslims acting badly and she doesn't want the peasants to own guns; why wouldn't someone who thinks like Obama want to give it to her?
It's ok to do actually disrupt military movements, and trash people in every way possible and attack their families, because they are the caring, progressive ones who are doing it; but don't you DARE actually tell the politicians 'no', because that makes you unAmerican and a terrorist and just generally nasty.
Which means the politicians who are not allowing anyone but yes-people into meetings and hiding from anyone who says 'no' and squealing and crapping their pants are feeling the heat, big-time.
GUY Ritchie's plan to put a gay spin on the relationship of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson in his new movie about the detective and his sidekick could backfire.
Robert Downey Jr, who plays Holmes, has revealed the crimebuster will sleep with and have sweaty grappling scenes with Watson, played by Jude Law, in "Sherlock Holmes," due out Christmas Day.
"We're two men who happen to be roommates, wrestle a lot and share a bed. It's bad-ass," Downey told Britain's News of the World. Added much-in-the-news Law: "Guy wanted to make this about the relationship between Watson and Holmes. They're both mean and complicated."
Yeah, THAT'S just effing thrilling to hear, isn't it? Ah, but they have a plan, you see:
Still, some fans welcome the jolt. Manhattan thriller writer Jason Starr, whose book "Panic Attack" hits stores this week, said: "This sounds like exactly the type of updating the series needs to attract a new generation. Playing up the homoerotic undercurrents in 'The Talented Mr. Ripley' worked rather well. If Conan Doyle was writing today, he would have been much more provocative with the characters."
So, some morons decide to 'update the series' by throwing this crap in. A good story isn't enough, strong characters don't count, but this garbage does.
I hope the damn thing bombs on a level that would normally be used to whack a bunker full of Taliban.
I'd say 'thanks to Ace for pointing this out', but he just messed up my morning.
"I'm not ready, I'm not ready to die," the Springfield woman said. "I've got things I'd still like to do."
Her doctor offered hope in the new chemotherapy drug Tarceva, but the Oregon Health Plan sent her a letter telling her the cancer treatment was not approved.
Instead, the letter said, the plan would pay for comfort care, including "physician aid in dying," better known as assisted suicide.
Of course, we're told that she's 'misinterpreting' what she was told:
Dr. Som Saha, chairman of the commission that sets policy for the Oregon Health Plan, said Wagner is making an "unfortunate interpretation" of the letter and that no one is telling her the health plan will only pay for her to die.
Saha said state health officials do not consider whether it is cheaper for someone in the health plan to die than live. However, he admitted they must consider the state's limited dollars when dealing with a case such as Wagner's.
"If we invest thousands and thousands of dollars in one person's days to weeks, we are taking away those dollars from someone," Saha said.
As I said: National Health Care, a preview.
The Oregon Health Plan simply hasn't kept up with dramatic changes in chemotherapy, said Dr. David Fryefield of the Willamette Valley Cancer Center.
Even for those with advanced cancer, new chemotherapy drugs can extend life.
Yet the Oregon Health Plan only offers coverage for chemo that cures cancer - not if it can prolong a patient's life.
"We are looking at today's ... 2008 treatment, but we're using 1993 standards," Fryefield said. "When the Oregon Health Plan was created, it was 15 years ago, and there were not all the chemotherapy drugs that there are today."
But, of course, if the FEDERAL government takes over your health care, it will always be perfectly up to speed and efficient... excuse me, I hear oinking and wing noises outside the windows.
Tuesday, August 04, 2009
And don't tell me "That's insane, they won't do that!", because the natural progression of shit like this is to increase what they know about you and thus their opportunities to control you. I'm sure they'll have some 'reasonable'-sounding excuse for it, but sure as hell, they'll do it.
Actually, they'll do it without bothering to let people know about it first. And since this would require a federal database of all vehicles owned and by who so they can know exactly who to tax by the mile, it would be simple to add 'destination' into the tracking. Especially for people who are annoying them by calling this kind of crap what it is.
She’s introducing a bill to prohibit foreign felons from possessing firearms, regardless of whether the foreign country in question has the same due process protections as American Court. Recall that in 2005, in the case of Small vs. US, the Court said that “convicted in any court” did not apply to foreign courts. Just thinking of some famous cases where DiFi’s prohibition would apply:
- Alexander Solzhenitsyn, served time in a Soviet gulag for being an enemy of the State.
- Francis Gary Powers. convicted in a Soviet Court and sentenced to hard labor for spying after his U2 was shot down over the Soviet Union in 1960.
- Laura Ling and Euna Lee, convicted of spying on North Korea after being kidnapped from China.
He notes that her bill includes an 'exception' that's almost meaningless.
Look at this! This guy Hugo Llorens is supposed to be our ambassador to Honduras. Here he is yesterday hugging Zelaya the friend, confidant, and accomplice of Hugo Chavez, Fidel and Raul Castro, the child molestor Daniel Ortega, and others. My God! How low can we go? This is simply going to incite and embolden the violent followers of Zelaya.
Isn't is just wonderful who The One is putting in places of influence?
Among other things, I think you'll find it enlightening who CNN considers a good employee.
In the past five years, I have had problems with my kidneys, liver, and pancreas due to the huge number of drugs I took for so long. I am now a diabetic due to that damage. I have bone spurs in my spine brought on from the steroid shots I received for years at the hands of the VA to help me manage the pain of my injury.
I just called on a new neurosurgeon last week. He will be operating to fix some of those bone spurs in my neck next week. From the time I had the MRI done to recovery room will be just under two months.
Two months versus nine years of working through a government medical care program. One that made the lives of not only myself but also my wife and family utterly miserable for years.
If anyone thinks that the government running health care is a good idea, remember all the horror stories that you have heard about how the VA takes care of America’s heroes.
Remember that at least ten thousand vets at VA hospitals across the southeast had to be tested for HIV and hepatitis because the VA medical centers couldn’t follow the instructions on how to clean equipment, and that at least fifty have been infected because of that.
Remember that the Philadelphia VA medical center mismanaged the prostate cancer treatments of almost a hundred vets. And the list goes on and on.
And remember this story, too.
A while back in comments a guy said that "Socialized medicine will be just like the VA system which does wonderful work." Which kind of grated against all the stuff I've heard over years about the VA, stuff like this. I don't doubt there are doctors and facilities in the VA system that are wonderful; in the overall it appears to be a standard bloated bureaucracy more concerned with itself than actually accomplishing the job. And that's exactly the health care we'll ALL have if Obama & Co. get their way.
to go along with their double standards:
"Depicting the president as demonic and a socialist goes beyond political spoofery," says Hutchinson, "it is mean-spirited and dangerous."
"We have issued a public challenge to the person or group that put up the poster to come forth and publicly tell why they have used this offensive depiction to ridicule President Obama."
Wow. Where was Hutchinson during the previous eight years of BusHitler depictions? (And let's not forget Bush as the devil.) He's offended now? He thinks this kind of expression is "dangerous"? Please.
There's a case to be made that this kind of thing is kind of disrespectful to anyone in the Oval Office. But it is the very definition of free expression, and it rings more than a little hollow for a liberal such as Hutchinson to complain about this now.
And while we're talking about double standards, I notice that L.A. Weekly blog which looked at the the Obama Joker poster and declared it so obviously racist that "the only thing missing is a noose" didn't seem to have a problem with an actual, as opposeed to feverishly imagined, depiction of lynching Sarah Palin.Of COURSE not; she's an evil woman who doesn't toe the PC line and is a threat to these clowns' plans; they don't care about threats and lies and slanders directed toward her any more than they did those aimed at Bush.
I'll sing you the story of Big Nellie May,
who took up the golf in a serious way.
With her shiny new clubs and her big plastic bag,
she could easily pass for Jack Nicklaus in drag.
With a toori-li-oori-li-oori-li-ay
Now, Nellie was handicapped more than the rest;
her stoke was impaired by the size of her chest.
Her overdevelopment proved her downfall,
when she swung, they both swung and all missed the ball
Nellie decided they hampered her stroke
so she tethered them up with a big piece of rope.
But they didn't like bein' tied up in a noose,
and the very next stroke, Ach! the rascals were loose.
In sheer desperation she turned to the pro.
He look at her "Nell,", and said "Well, I don't know,
I've only seen two that look like yours do,
and they were on a camel in Caulder Park Zoo."
This careless remark at the poor girls' physique
caused Nellie to lash out in a great fit of pique;
her blow caught the pro in his most cherished spot,
and now he's got two just as big as she's got.
With a... (twice)
Sunday, August 02, 2009
Both in Congress and among a number of current and former Justice Department employees is a growing concern that the Obama administration is politicizing the department in ways the Bush team never imagined. A former Justice employee cautions that every administration has the right and the obligation to set policy. "Elections have consequences," he affirms. But he thinks that the Obama administration has gone beyond policy reversals and is interfering with prosecutorial decisions, staffing the department with unqualified personnel, and invoking privilege to thwart proper congressional oversight and public scrutiny.
While some conservatives doubted that the man who helped facilitate the Marc Rich pardon and overrode the recommendation of career attorneys to give Bill Clinton a favorable recommendation on the pardon of 16 Puerto Rican terrorists in 1999 could live up to those pretty sentiments, he was confirmed by a vote of 75-21 with the support of many Republican senators.
Holder soon cast aside his confirmation rhetoric in favor of partisan politics. The first battle occurred over the Office of Legal Counsel (OLC), the elite group within the Justice Department that wrestles with difficult constitutional analysis and acts as the constitutional arbitrator for the entire administration. During his confirmation hearing Holder specifically pledged,
We don't change OLC opinions simply because a new administration takes over. The review that we would conduct would be a substantive one and reflect the best opinions of probably the best lawyers in the department as to where the law would be, what their opinions should be. It will not be a political process, it will be one based solely on our interpretation of the law.
Within weeks, however, Holder violated that pledge when the issue of voting rights for the District of Columbia emerged. It had been a longstanding position of OLC, dating back to the Kennedy administration, that federal voting rights for the District could not constitutionally be granted by statute. This position did not sit well with the new Obama administration, or with Holder personally. After all, Holder has been a prominent figure in D.C. politics and was introduced at his confirmation hearing by a longtime friend and ally Eleanor Holmes Norton, the District's nonvoting representative and a key proponent of D.C. voting rights.
Presented with OLC's settled position, Holder opted to shop around for another opinion. He went to the solicitor general, asking a lower threshold question, namely whether the solicitor general could "defend" the Obama administration if it signed a statute granting D.C. voting rights. Clint Bolick, a veteran of the Reagan Justice Department, observes, "I don't recall [another instance] when the Department of Justice went back to get a second answer, when you have a 'do over,' when the best lawyers come up with the 'wrong answer' from a policy perspective."
Another former Justice Department attorney finds the opinion shopping "extremely out of the ordinary." "[OLC] is the last word on constitutional issues," he explains. "Holder asked the wrong question to the wrong office and got an obvious, easy answer to satisfy his political agenda."
To Representative Frank Wolf, a moderate Republican from Northern Virginia, the "most egregious" action by Holder and the Obama administration concerns the disposition of detainees at Guantánamo Bay and Justice's interference with the flow of information from the FBI. His annoyance obvious, Wolf explains that he sent multiple letters to Holder asking a list of questions concerning the potential release of detainees, and in particular about the Uighurs, who news reports suggested at one point were about to be released in Northern Virginia. He was rebuffed: "I'm the ranking member, and I can't get them to answer a question." Wolf says that the Justice Department even went so far as to forbid FBI briefings with his office unless a Justice Department representative was present, which he terms "outrageous." He received one briefing from the FBI, but "then the political guy came in and chilled the entire meeting."
Commissars sitting in to control meetings? Who would have beli- oh, never mind.
There's a whole section on the decision to drop prosecution of the Black Panthers for voter intimidation, including this:
One cannot read through the correspondence without concluding that Holder's Justice Department is grasping at straws to defend a decision made for a purpose it wants to conceal. Positions never before used by the civil rights division have been tossed about, in contradiction of previous case law and department policy. While the Justice Department has cited the First Amendment rights of the Panthers, it had never before accepted such a defense in a case of voter intimidation. (Steve Rosenbaum himself once filed a voter intimidation claim against Jesse Helms and the North Carolina state Republican party for merely sending a postcard memo, normally quintessential protected political speech, which the department found misleading.) And while the Justice Department seems bent on coming up with excuses for the New Black Panther party, the department took an entirely different approach in Pima County, Arizona, where the presence of Minutemen legally carrying firearms on Election Day set off more than a half dozen visits by the Justice Department and multiple inquiries.
Observers remain baffled as to the reason for the dismissal. Some wonder if a Philadelphia politician weighed in. Others speculate that the Obama administration fears offending allies in the African-American community or simply recoiled against the notion that civil rights laws originally designed to prosecute white segregationists might be applied to a militant African-American organization.
Because you're only supposed to use it to prosecute white racists, I guess. And voter intimidation by politicially-correct thugs is ok to these bigots.
But, as one former Justice official notes, although charges of "political meddling" were constantly raised in the Bush administration, "to date the inspector general has never found a single case dropped or instituted due to political interference. Already [during the Obama administration] we have a case--the New Black Panther case--in which actual politicization occurred."
Hope! Change!! Transparency!!! And bigots and fools in charge of the Justice Department.
Achenbach: Very unusual thing for these Congress persons because normally they get up and give speeches, but they had to sit there and listen. They had to sit in these little folding chairs in the House basement, and listen to their staff members tell them what exactly is in this health-care reform bill, America's Affordable Health Choices Act. And they had to figure out what is it that we're going to vote on here.
"They had to figure out", huh? The Obama supporters have been screaming we need to vote NOW!!!(as in "Before the hicks back home get hold of you"), but they had no friggin' idea what they were voting on...
Achenbach: The amazing thing is that they couldn't even ask questions for two-and-a-half hours. They had to just listen. And they could write their questions down on a piece of paper and then later they went through all the questions one by one. This was a marathon session of about five hours interrupted by a procedural vote at 6:30. But this was pretty unusual.
Ryssdal: Theory being that they're going to have to go home and face their constituents on August recess pretty soon. And those constituents are going to ask some questions, and House members want to have the answers.
Achenbach: Not only is there a political component to this, this is a really complicated piece of legislation. They don't want to be accused of voting for something they haven't read. And I think they also genuinely understand it's historic, it's important, they want to get it right.
Considering a bunch of these clowns have been making excuses for why they wanted to vote for this, by the admission of this meeting, BEFORE they had any damned idea what was in it... tar and feathers time, folks.
Remember this crap when they come home and start lecturing you about what's good for you and why you should be happy to have Obama & Co. take over your health care. And tax your ass off to attempt to pay for it.
Hey, if CNN stops making crap up and calling it 'news reporting', they'll have to actually, y'know, work and stuff, and look for real information; and they won't be kissing up to the lefties while they're doing that, since they'd actually find and report on things the Palin haters actually have done, and are doing, and such.