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Guns, Grenades and the Smell of a Cover Up

The gentlemen at Sipsey Street Irregulars are doing the country a service with their reporting on the goings on at the U.S. Mexican border. Everyone has heard of Operation Gunwalker where the ATF allowed guns purchased in the United States by straw purchasers to walk into Mexico. Now we find that guns weren't the only things walking.

Published in the Wall Street Journal (pay site) and discussed here we learn that federal authorities let an Arizona man accused of supplying grenades to a Mexican cartel go.
U.S. officials said missteps in the case, which hasn't been previously disclosed, are being investigated by the Justice Department and Congress. Federal agents in 2009-10 at the Phoenix office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives led the case against the suspect, who they believed was dealing grenades to cartels in Mexico. The case was overseen by prosecutors in the Arizona U.S. attorney's office, the U.S. officials said.

The Arizona U.S. attorney's office and the Phoenix ATF office are the Justice Department units behind another botched operation, called Fast and Furious, which has been the subject of intense congressional interest this year. The Fast and Furious program allowed suspected smugglers to buy about 2,000 firearms, some of which later turned up at drug-related crime scenes in Mexico and the U.S.

Jean Baptiste Kingery, the suspect in the grenades case, was arrested Aug. 31 in Mexico and has been charged with violating that nation's organized-crime laws, according to U.S. officials.
Hours later he walked out of the precinct and on down to Mexico with hundreds of grenade parts destined for cartels. Read the whole thing.

If you are following the happenings at the border, you will recall that in late August a grenade attack killed 53 people and injured 8 others at a casino in Monterrey, Mexico. Clearly these types of weapons are being used with increasing frequency and devastation to innocent Mexican civilians and police. For some very interesting background see this article, "How does clandestine U.S. Mexican policy related to casino attack?"



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Number of Uninsured Has Increased Under Obama and Since Obamacare

Fail:
The percentage of American adults who lack health insurance coverage has not only increased during the presidency of Barack Obama, but it has continued to increase since Obama signed his signature piece of legislation last year mandating that by 2014 every American carry health insurance, according to a Gallup survey released today.

In 2008, when George W. Bush was president, according to Gallup, 14.9 percent of adult residents of the United States lacked health insurance coverage. That increased to 16.2 percent in 2009, the year that Obama was inaugurated, and to 16.4 percent in 2010, the year that Obama signed his law requiring that all Americans have health insurance.

In the first half of this year, according to data released by Gallup today, the percentage of adults in the United States lacking health insurance ticked up to 16.8 percent.

That conclusion is based on Gallup's interviews with 177,237 American adults from January through June of this year. The interviews were part of the ongoing Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index survey.

Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act on March 23, 2010. It mandates that all Americans must purchase government-approved health insurance plans by 2014. Under the legislation, families earning less than 400 percent of the poverty level will receive a federal subsidy to buy insurance.

The constitutionality of the mandate is being challenged in federal court by more than half of the states.
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Liberals Create Video Game in Which Tea Partiers are Murdered

Sigh-  Big Journalism, the National Review, Fox News, and Pajamas Media all covered this... But even though we broke this story, Pundit Press has not received any credit from the biggest websites.  So, thank you Gateway Pundit, WCBM, Examiner, and Weasel Zippers for giving us credit!  Now, enough whining.  Here's the original article:

The party of civility is at it again.

Refusing to have a legitimate discussion on the merits of each side's economic ideology, the Left has just gone ahead and decided that Tea Partiers are zombies. And those zombies must die!

Thus is the premise of the online video game "Tea Party Zombies Must Die!"
Screenshot of the Game
Among those that the Left wants murdered are Brit Hume, Bill O'Reilly, and Sean Hannity:
Along with Glenn Beck:
And, yes, I actually tried to play the game.  It was decidedly laggy and decidedly racist (there's a swastika visible within moments of starting your game).  I know I shouldn't expect anything better from liberals, but when you're going to make something this offensive,you could at least try to pretend you're making a point.

Don't forget: civility!

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Paul: Lying on Saudi Arabia

Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX) likes to spout out his theory of why the United States was attacked on 9/11: we brought it on ourselves by interfering in the Middle East's business, and occupying their lands. Besides the fact he's blaming America right before the tenth anniversary of 9/11, he's also lying his old crazy ass off.

Paul usually points to our intervention in Saudi Arabia during the Gulf War as the linchpin of jihadists, who he rejects are engaged in an holy war against us, and the reason we were attacked.

Say what?

As someone who has read several autobiographies of those involved (Dick Cheney and Dan Quayle), as well as general history, I would like to remind Mr. Paul of several key facts about our "intervention" in Saudi Arabia.
  1. Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait and was on his way to Saudi Arabia. The United States, for reasons of friendship, leadership and economics, could not allow this evil disregard of territorial integrity stand. 
  2. The United States asked Saudi Arabia if we could use their country as our base of operations during both Operation Desert Shield, which was to protect Saudi Arabia, and Operation Desert Storm, and the Kingdom approved once we guaranteed our dedication to actually winning.
  3. We never occupied Saudi Arabia. The United States never dictated domestic policy to our friends and we almost entirely left once the Operation was complete. We kept some troops, with their permission, to enforce two separate no-fly zones. 
If this "occupation" by the United States was the reason we were attacked on 9/11, as Mr. Paul surmises, we should be proud of it. Because it only backs up the opinion that our enemies are pure evil: they attacked us for the sole reason we liberated Kuwait and saved Saudi Arabia from Saddam's imperialistic desires.

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38% of Europeans Suffer Mental Illnesses

Yikes:
Europeans are plagued by mental and neurological illnesses, with almost 165 million people or 38 percent of the population suffering each year from a brain disorder such as depression, anxiety, insomnia or dementia, according to a large new study.

With only about a third of cases receiving the therapy or medication needed, mental illnesses cause a huge economic and social burden -- measured in the hundreds of billions of euros -- as sufferers become too unwell to work and personal relationships break down.

"Mental disorders have become Europe's largest health challenge of the 21st century," the study's authors said.

At the same time, some big drug companies are backing away from investment in research on how the brain works and affects behaviour, putting the onus on governments and health charities to stump up funding for neuroscience.

"The immense treatment gap ... for mental disorders has to be closed," said Hans Ulrich Wittchen, director of the institute of clinical psychology and psychotherapy at Germany's Dresden University and the lead investigator on the European study.

"Those few receiving treatment do so with considerable delays of an average of several years and rarely with the appropriate, state-of-the-art therapies."
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Video- Irene Damage in Prattsville

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Jimmy Hoffa, Jr. to Obama- Let's Kill Tea Partiers (With Video)

What about being the party of civility? Oh, who am I kidding, we all knew that was a bunch of bull when liberals started spewing it.

Here's Jimmy Hoffa, Jr. introducing President Obama. He talks about how there's a "war" going on and that mindless liberals are President Obama's "army." His speech climaxes with Hoffa talking about murdering Tea Partiers when he says, "Let's take these sons of bitches out!"

Civility!



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Romney Meets the Tea Party

Note: I titled my article before noticing David Weigel's piece.

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney just isn't the Tea Party's cup of tea, and vice-versa, but they joined together yesterday in New Hampshire as the candidate addressed the organization for the first time in the presidential race.

The highlights?

1. Mitt Romney stayed true to himself. He didn't pander to Tea Party members, nor did he apologize for his previous stances on issues of vital importance. He focused on defeating Barack Obama and rebuilding America.

2. Tea Party resistance to his speech was overstated in the days before. 200-250 people attended the event, and only 24 at the most protested his appearance beforehand. I've seen more people protest KFC over how chickens are killed.

3. This wont impact the 2012 race. Romney will win New Hampshire with, or without any Tea Party support, because the state is independent minded and appreciates his maverick role, but I bet he would love to gain at least one Tea Party endorsement within the national or state apparatus.

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"Pawn Star" Rick Harrison on Las Vegas and the Economy


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Video- Irene Destruction in Schoharie

This is horrible:

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Abortion Increases Risk of Mental Illness *10% of all Mental Health Problems Directly Attributable to Abortion*

For the record, I was always somewhat ambivalent to abortion. Woman's body, women's choice was a good enough excuse for me to not concern myself with the ugliness of it all. This changed though, when I took Human Embryology in medical school.

In a meta-analysis carried out by Priscilla Coleman and published in the British Journal of Psychiatry we learn what is already intuitively understood, that abortion is something much more than a routing medical procedure. Professor Coleman analyzed 22 separate projects investigated the experiences of a total of 877,000 women, of whom 163,831 had an abortion.

The results are startling.

From the Telegraph:

“Results indicate quite consistently that abortion is associated with moderate to highly increased risks of psychological problems subsequent to the procedure.

“Overall, the results revealed that women who had undergone an abortion experienced an 81 per cent increased risk of mental health problems, and nearly 10 per cent of the incidence of mental health problems were shown to be directly attributable to abortion.”

The study said that abortion was linked with a 34 per cent greater chance of anxiety disorders, and 37 per cent higher possibility of depression, a more than double risk of alcohol abuse – 110 per cent – a three times greater risk of cannabis use – at 220 per cent – and 155 per cent greater risk of trying to commit suicide.

The conclusions from the published abstract,

This review offers the largest quantitative estimate of mental health risks associated with abortion available in the world literature. Calling into question the conclusions from traditional reviews, the results revealed a moderate to highly increased risk of mental health problems after abortion. Consistent with the tenets of evidence-based medicine, this information should inform the delivery of abortion services.

While correlation does not prove causation this is an impressive study and adds to a growing body of evidence that suggests that abortion is a traumatic intervention that is associated with increased risk of depression, anxiety, and suicidal ideation and intent. Wonder if this will be enough evidence for providers at Planned Parenthood to amend their abortion counseling to include this information?

Frankly I would prefer they told young mothers they would stop the beating of a heart.

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Drugs in Short Supply

This is not a new problem apparently, but it is getting considerable attention these days, but who's to blame?

Funny thing though, that the only drugs that are never in short supply are the ones you buy on a street corner.

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World War Two Economics: Changing the Narrative?

I, and many Conservatives as well, have always believed the economic benefits of World War II to be an indictment of President Roosevelt's failed "New Deal" 1930's policies. It took the largest war in history to finally lower the unemployment rate in, what, eighteen months - while FDR's policies failed in eight years...

Liberals have also adopted this view, attempting to use it as justification of John Keynes and his economic ideology that FDR followed so religiously. Their case is weaker, because it wasn't government that got the unemployment lower by stimulus, but the nationwide war effort to defeat our enemies on both sides of the ocean.

And it wasn't by building new bridges, or constructing hydroelectric dams, but by fulfilling the government's most important constitutional obligation: national defense.

The reason I bring this is up is because of Arthur Herman's article in The Weekly Standard on the subject, which while I don't necessarily disagree with, I think misses the real point about our economic state back in the 1930's/1940's, and how it took war to employ Americans that were left on breadlines during the "New Deal" craze.

Many people have many different opinions on World War Two's economic impact, but there's one thing no-one can forget: FDR wasn't elected to his third term in office on the backs of employed American workers, but on the fear of Nazi Germany and World War Two - just like our unemployment didn't fall because of the "New Deal," but because of Pearl Harbour.

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Quote of the Day

Ellis Washington-Republican Conservative Commentator

In November 2008, when 96 percent of my people were beguiled by Obama's black skin, slick slogans and welfare rhetoric to vote for a man who utterly despises them, whose Marxist, socialist, Keynesian economic policies traps them at 51 percent unemployment in some big cities (it was 25 percent during the Great Depression) and favors Margaret Sanger's Black Holocaust policies that aborts them at greater percentages than any other racial group, it reminded me of several columns written byDr. Thomas Sowell as well as Dr. Shelby Steele's excellent book, "White Guilt: How Whites and Blacks Together Destroyed the Promises of the Civil Rights Era" (2006). It was white guilt and black victimhood that propelled the white vote for Obama.

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Massive Keystone XL Pipeline Protest Comes to a Climactic Conclusion

The last two weeks has seen environmental activists converging on Washington D.C. and the White House to protest the Keystone XL pipeline that is proposed to bring oil from Alberta Canada to the United States. To hear the activists speak it sounds as if the world is sealing its collective doom as carbon will be unleashed within the atmosphere and irrevocably alter human existence as we know it. The claim is that unearthing this oil will be the proverbial straw that broke the camels back and although I don't agree with the supposition it does beg the question, why are they protesting in Washington when the extraction is taking place in Canada? The truth, I think is that carbon is irrelevant.

If you tune in to some part of the “debate”, and the participants are going on about Eevill CO2 and Saving the Planet, turn it off and go elsewhere. It simply means all of those people are liars and/or too ignorant to pound sand.

If the pipeline is not built, another will be, from the tar sands deposits to the Canadian West Coast, completely outside the jurisdiction of the U.S. Government (much to the frustration of the IRS and the other TLAs). It will be cheaper than Keystone-XL; not only will it be shorter, it will be cheaper per linear measure because it will be built under Canadian regulations, which focus on (gasp! choke!)pipeline safety, rather than maximizing saliva generation when kissing environmentalist ass. The oil will be pumped to Vancouver, where it will be loaded on tankers and taken (mostly) to China, where it will be burned to provide power to industry.

The oil will be produced, whether Keystone-XL is built or not.

The oil will be burned, whether Keystone-XL is built or not.

The carbon will enter the atmosphere, whether Keystone-XL is built or not.

So in this particular case, both “anthropogenic global warming” and environmental degradation at the production zone are irrelevant. The carbon dioxide is gonna get into the atmosphere, and the tar sands deposits are gonna get mined, whether Keystone-XL is built or blocked. There are some (minor) issues regarding environmental impact of the pipeline, and those might be worth debate, but Saving the Earth is not an issue in this context, and anybody who starts bloviating, passionately or otherwise, about Global Warming and CO2 emissions is too stupidly self-centered to realize what’s going on and/or deliberately trying to confuse the issue. Shut ‘em out.

It's not about carbon, it's not about global warming or climate change. For the uninformed, it is about making yourself feel good. Getting yourself arrested, paying a fine and going about you day thinking your action has made an actual difference. For the true believers though it is something else entirely and the green agenda is a means to an end and the President was supposed to be the spearhead.

But, finally it is over.

What has been described as a "massive" environmental protest against the Keystone XL pipeline comes to a conclusion today. Organized by Bill McKibben and Josh Fox environmental activists have been waging a sit in at the White House gates since August 20. Today marks day 14 and the blessed end.

So how did the "largest environmental civil disobedience in decades" end? With a self reported 1,252 arrests. I say self reported because this number is provided by the Tar Sands Action website and cannot be confirmed, but regardless this is a far cry from massive and many fewer than the 2,000 protesters promised. This breaks down to 89 people per day. No wonder the President never knew about it!

On the whole this has to be a disappointing week for the environmental movement and lobby. By anyone's terms the described action above has to be described as a failure.

1,200 people over 14 days? Face it, Daryl Hannah just isn't what she used to be. James Hansen, NASA's chief (former) scientist is a poseur of the highest degree, much more interested in advocacy than science! Tantoo Cardinal and Margot Kidder? You must be kidding yourself to think this is news! Even Al Gore couldn't be bothered to show up. He issued a statement instead.

Couple this with the announcement that President Obama plans to shelve EPA plans to implement new smog standards and you have Big Green blowing smoke.

“Many MoveOn members are wondering today how they can ever work for President Obama's reelection, or make the case for him to their neighbors, when he does something like this, after extending the Bush tax cuts for the rich, and giving in to tea party demands on the debt deal,” MoveOn’s executive director, Justin Ruben said in a statement. “This is a decision we'd expect from George W. Bush.”

The National Resources Defense Council statement:

The White House is siding with corporate polluters over the American people. The Clean Air Act clearly requires the Environmental Protection Agency to set protective standards against smog--based on science and the law. The White House now has polluted that process with politics.

Our public officials, including in the White House, serve to protect us from harm. They need to get on with doing their jobs. Inaction cannot be an option when it comes to ensuring a healthy and prosperous America.

According to MoveOn Executive Director, Justin Ruben, the group may choose not the campaign for the president in 2012. Right?

"According to the EPA, the clean air standards the President blocked would have saved up to 12,000 children, elderly folks, and others each year. That means thousands are likely to die because the President caved to big polluters. Many MoveOn members are wondering today how they can ever work for President Obama's re-election, or make the case for him to their neighbors, when he does something like this, after extending the Bush tax cuts for the rich, and giving in to Tea Party demands on the debt deal. This is a decision we'd expect from George W. Bush, not from a Democratic President elected to protect the environment and the health of our children."

Finally we have the Solyndra boondoggle that has seen $500 billion dollars flushed down the imaginary green energy sink hole. Like most green energy start ups, they had a minor problem, they were not profitable. But it wasn't a total loss...

The big winner in all of this is Oklahoma billionaire George Kaiser. The billionaire oil man just happens to be a democratic campaign bundler, and in that capacity he directed huge campaign donations into the ‘O8 election campaign of President Obama. Kaiser was the largest private shareholder in Solyndra, and grew his stake in the company after the loan guarantees were put in place. “Billionaire oil man and large campaign contributor stands to profit from failing company at tax payers expense.” That reads like every headline that never materialized under the previous administration. This story would be front page news for months if President Bush was still in the White House; but since a being of superior morality now occupies the position you are forced to read this story here. This is what hope and change looks like; all of the corruption that the far left pined for in times past, with none of the reporting. That’s life under the most ethical and transparent administration in history. Southern Oil barons enriching themselves from other people’s money ,strictly because they were willing to play the game in a way that pleased this administration.

This story is not unique, save it is one of the first that are beginning to be revealed. There will be many other cases like Solyndra in the coming months. We should keep this in mind when Obama gives his jobs speech in a few days. He is going to propose large spending as the only way to deliver jobs in this struggling economy. In the case of Solyndra he infused half a billion dollars to create jobs at a company with 1200 employees. Those people are now out of work, the company no more, while we get to return the investment of George Kaiser. This is what hope and change looks like when it passes from the lush hillsides of rhetoric into the cold realities of life.

Thank you Mr. President. No wonder you are hiding from your base!

Just for fun, some must see videos....

Josh Fox explains why he is so important. Did he say Gasland 2?

James Hansen has a dream. Wake up Jim!

Where is the diversity? Green racist!

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Pictures of Hurricane Irene Destruction in Schoharie County

The flood waters have largely receded from our fair county, but destruction remains.  I live in Middleburgh and I drove through Schoharie; the best way to describe the devastation is that it looks like a bomb went off.  Here are some pictures:

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The Football Gamble: Obama Fumbles, Boehner Scores

Not a bad article:
What if the president gave a major speech and no one heard it?

Not a likely scenario, yet this was the question in play for several days as President Obama requested and was kinda-sorta denied an audience before a joint session of Congress. He wasn’t flatly denied, though House Speaker John Boehner strongly suggested that the Republican-controlled House would prefer that he speak the following night, Sept. 8. Logistics, security and various technicalities were cited.

As Kevin Smith, Boehner’s communications director, explained to me:

“No one in the speaker’s office — not the speaker, not any staff — signed off on the date the White House announced abruptly. It’s unfortunate the White House ignored standard protocol of working out a mutually agreeable date and time before making any public announcement. We want to find common ground to help create jobs and lasting economic growth that our country so desperately needs, and we look forward to hearing the president’s speech Thursday night.”

Of course, that night, which Obama ultimately accepted, was also problematic because the prime-time slot coincided with something far more important than a presidential speech on jobs and the economy — football!

The Green Bay Packers and New Orleans Saints kick off at 8:30. Would the president mind too terribly much speaking before the game so as not to interfere? Once again, Obama obliged.
Football!
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Another Victory in Afghanistan

Another one bites the dust!

NATO and Afghanistan forces took down Sabar Lal Melma, who was a key Al-Qaida affiliate, and former Gitmo resident, last night at his Jalalabad home. They surrounded his compound and shot him dead when he emerged holding an AK-47.

Melma had been one of Al-Qaida's crucial operatives in Eastern Afghanistan, and his death expands our recent string of tactical success deeper into the heart of the terrorist organization.

Afghanistan, NATO and U.S. forces deserve credit for pushing the terror network closer to defeat than ever.

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P.S. - This man was in Gitmo for nearly five years - why was he released in 2007?
 

Ride to the Sound of the Guns

He graduated with the highest number of demerits and at the bottom of his class. He was the poster child for graduating by the skin of your teeth. Yet he also became the youngest Major General in American History and the man General Sheridan believed did more than any other to win the Civil War. He was a fighting commander whose standing order in combat was, “Ride to the sound of the guns!” Perhaps it flowed from the fact that while at West Point George Armstrong Custer didn’t study very much, that he had only one strategy, and only one tactic. The strategy was victory, and the tactic was charge.

Although our current crop of military leaders are made up of politicians who have learned how to pull the levers and work the system in a way they resemble the always ready for action Custer. They appear to be a one trick pony. Unfortunately that trick is kowtowing to the political leadership telling them exactly what they want to hear when what they need to hear might be the exact opposite.

For a decade between 1979 and 1989 the United States military and Intelligence establishments were intimately involved in supporting the Mujahedeen insurgents of Afghanistan battle against the invading Soviets. We supplied weapons, training, Intel, and logistical support. We had many field operatives, soldiers, and analysts who were deeply conversant with all the nuances of the military and political realities in Afghanistan.
Yet when our leaders decided to invade the country to flush out Al Qaeda and punish the Taliban for sheltering them, military leaders who should have known better presented and approved plans that even a layman could see would lead to a new insurgency against America as the next invaders. These leaders bowed to the dictates of modern America post-Vietnam strategy delivering a campaign with minimum casualties and victory in name not in fact. Instead of using the expert professional American forces needed to produce a real victory they relied on mercenary indigenous warriors who with the help of our firepower pushed the Taliban to the wall and then let them walk out the back door.

What is the result? Ten years later we are still fighting and taking casualties in a war scheduled to end like a bad movie in 2011 or 2014 or…? Having never sealed the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan we are fighting an enemy that can not only melt into the civilian population it can rest and regroup in safe havens attacking our isolated and exposed garrisons almost at will.

Even at this point, after President Obama’s surge, an army of less than two hundred thousand trying to pacify a nation the size of Texas with the most forbidding terrain on the planet isn’t going to work. After the investment of half a trillion dollars and more lives, limbs, and blood this mission teeters on the brink of failure. Our only allies in the country are hopelessly compromised and corrupt characters who have little relevance outside their palaces and little interest beyond funneling our money out of the country for their post-war retirement.

Where are the military leaders with the courage of Custer? Where are the ones who will hazard their career to speak truth to power? If an untutored armchair general with no more information than is commercially available can see that if we don’t seal the border and provide enough troops to hold the territory we capture we will never win why can’t military experts? Where are the generals who demand what they really need to win and ready to resign if they don’t get it? If General Petraeus had done this he would have had a lock on the Republican nomination and the White House in 2012.

What about our fearless media? Where are the nightly counts of the fallen that graced the network newscast when Bush the Younger was in office? Where are the anti-war demonstrators who stood guard outside his Texas ranch and dogged his speeches? Where are the American people? Why is no one asking how can it take more than a decade to train an Afghan army to protect their own country from their own people? In WWII we trained and deployed more than ten million soldiers, sailors and marines. We equipped armies, air forces, and navies and defeated all comers. Now we cannot secure one country in ten years?

I am not saying that after the sneak attack of 9-11 we shouldn’t have responded. We should have immediately devastated our enemies and their allies telling the Taliban if it happened again it would happen again. Al Qaeda had been attacking us for a decade, and we knew exactly where they were. With B-2s and cruise missiles we had the capability to decapitate them without the necessity of boots on the ground. We needed to strike hard and fast. We should have had the political and military leadership to take them out within twenty-four hours. Instead we dithered around until Al Qaeda and their Taliban hosts were dispersed and disappeared. We didn’t do what we should have done and instead did do what we shouldn’t have done producing a decade long occupation in a land that has defeated or outlasted every invader.

How should we have dealt with the on-going threat of Al Qaeda: a non-state enemy? Instead of fighting undeclared wars we should have followed the Constitution and granted Letters of Marque and Reprisal which would have granted compensation and legal authority to private firms or individuals to exact retribution upon the perpetrators of the attack. Such action is not only authorized by the Constitution it is recognized by International Law. Send in the military equivalent of Dog the Bounty Hunter.  Let Blackwater do the job, and see what free enterprise can accomplish.

What we need are military officers with the bravado of Custer. We need military leaders willing to hazard all, even their careers. Officers who are willing to walk into the Oval Office and say we’re fighting the wrong war, the wrong way, in the wrong place, and at the wrong time. We need officers who remember that they have sworn to uphold the Constitution of the United States not an administration, not a career, and not a pension.
What we need is another Custer. Without one what we may get is another Little Bighorn.
Dr. Owens teaches History, Political Science, and Religion for Southside Virginia Community College.  He is the author of the History of the Future @ http://drrobertowens.com/  View the trailer for Dr. Owens’ latest book @ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ypkoS0gGn8 © 2011 Robert R. Owens drrobertowens@hotmail.com  Follow Dr. Robert Owens on Facebook or Twitter @ Drrobertowens.


Job Numbers Bad; Go Figure

I'm gonna go ahead and assume this was supposedly "unexpected:"
The nation’s employers failed to add new jobs in August, a strong signal that the economy has stalled and that policy makers can no longer afford inaction.

The dismal showing, the first time in 11 months that total payrolls did not rise, was the latest indication that the jobs recovery that began in 2010 lacked momentum. The unemployment rate for August did not budge, remaining at 9.1 percent.

As President Obama prepared to deliver a major proposal to bolster job creation next week, the report added to the pressure on the administration, on Republicans who have resisted any new stimulus spending, and on the Federal Reserve, which has been divided over the wisdom of using its limited arsenal of tools to get the economy moving again.

The White House immediately seized on the report as evidence that bold action was needed, calling the unemployment rate “unacceptably high.” Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis said in an interview that she hoped the president’s proposals would be embraced by Congress. “If they’re not supported, then he’s going to take it out to the public,” she said.

Republicans, in turn, argued that the numbers were further proof that the policies of Mr. Obama, whom they quickly dubbed “President Zero,” were not working. The lack of growth in nonfarm payrolls was well below the consensus forecast by economists of a 60,000 increase, which itself was none too optimistic. It was a sharp decline from July, which the Labor Department on Friday revised to show a gain of 85,000 jobs...

Though unexpectedly low, the jobs report may not change the mainstream view among economists that the economy will stay in growth mode, albeit at a level that is barely perceptible, much less comforting, to Americans without jobs.
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The Cheney Endorsement

Vice-President Dick Cheney is the ultimate national defense endorsement in the Republican Party, but as of now the neo-conservative stalwart has yet to back one particular candidate over the other, despite calls from several courting candidates. 

So who will the former Vice-President endorse?

Definitely not Gary Johnson, Ron Paul, or other isolationists running. Rick Perry is also unlikely to receive his support - just ask Kay Bailey Hutchison about that. He could avoid endorsing anyone, like President Bush is doing, but I have a good feeling he will follow in the footsteps of President George H.W. Bush and eventually pull the endorse trigger for someone. 

One thing is for sure: Cheney will not campaign for whomever the nominee is, due to personal health reasons. But that will not prohibit him from remaining involved in the Republican Party, and to some degree, keeping our platform and direction strong on all things national defense considered.

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LIFE IN THE ASYLUM


OBAMA JOBS PLAN (UNOFFICIAL)


The Magnificent One (too easily confused at times with Carnac the Magnificent) apparently sacrificed a portion of his frugal, but well-earned, Martha’s Vineyard vacation to brainstorm with his assembled jobs experts on his new “Jobs Plan”. Then he nobly sacrificed the last several hours of his vacation to fly to the National Response Coordination Center, where he personally took charge of the national response coordination effort and enlightened the assembled government storm experts that getting through the storm was going to be a "tough slog."

Next, pivoting back to “Jobs!”, the Magnificent One flew to Minnesota, where he delivered an important speech informing the nation that next week he would reveal his “Jobs Plan” in another speech. Modest to a fault, he did not reveal that certain key provisions of his “Jobs Plan” have already gone into effect:

1. His Justice Department, Fish and Wildlife Service, and other key agencies have opened up several thousand job opportunities for potential start-up guitar manufacturers in Memphis and Nashville by shutting down the notoriously lawless Gibson Guitar Corporation.

2. His Homeland Security Department, and several of its subsidiaries, have enacted, by administrative fiat, a program to issue work permits to, by their own estimate, “up to 300,000” illegal aliens (Oops! Illegal immigrants) already apprehended and facing deportation. Presumably this plan would also apply to “immigrants” apprehended in the future, thus making the actual number open-ended. This brilliant provision of the “Jobs Plan”, reminiscent of plans utilized by several failing European socialist countries, will permit potentially millions of poorly educated “immigrants” to legally compete for scarce to nonexistent jobs with the millions of Americans already unemployed, thereby helping the . . . ?!

3. Even more modestly, Carnac (Oops! Obama) did not seek credit for his earlier refusal to allow Americans to drill oil offshore, costing the U.S. Gulf region thousands of jobs, while at the same time guaranteeing billions of dollars in loans to Brazil to create Brazilian offshore drilling jobs. While visiting officials in Brazil he gushed that “…when you're ready to start selling, we want to be one of your best customers."

4. The really good news is that Americans, unemployed, underemployed, or otherwise, have only to wait an additional seven (7) days to hear the Magnificent One’s soaring rhetoric urging “Washington” to put aside politics and start making decisions based on what is best for our country.” By all means, everyone mark your calendars.

MO Atty


* Obama Photo Credit Jeff Dobbs at THE VOICE IN MY HEAD.

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We're Sorry for the Difficulties

For all of our regular readers, we are very sorry for not writing more articles. Thomas and I are very busy, feeding people who have no food and handing out masks because everything is so dusty. We don't really have time for the blog at the moment (we'll try to write several articles a day). The air, at times, bothers your eyes and rumors are constantly scaring the hell out of people who have lost some or all of their possessions.

Take this picture, for example:
This is before we got hit hard.  It is about two hours before the water rose an extra six feet.  You see those businesses in the background and foreground? They are all ruined.  The road is ripped off of the asphalt in places.  Most of the buildings on Main Street (background) look something like this:
The stores closer to the creek (about ten) are even worse.

Worst of all is the constant fear that a dam, seventeen miles away, will break and kill 10,000 people.  We had to evacuate twice, and twice I thought that my family and I were dead.  It was horrible on Sunday (but it held steady) and the dam is certainly okay now.  But, even though we know everything is fine, there is still an over-arching fear that once we go to sleep or are away from a car, it will break and we are dead meat.

Related:

http://www.punditpress.com/2011/08/were-sorry-for-difficulties.html
http://www.punditpress.com/2011/08/technical-difficulties.html
http://www.punditpress.com/2011/08/video-of-devastation-in-middleburgh-ny.html
http://www.punditpress.com/2011/08/hurricane-irene-schoharie-county-photos.html
http://www.punditpress.com/2011/08/hurricane-irene-hell-in-upstate-new.html
http://www.punditpress.com/2011/08/hurricane-irene-hell-in-upstate-new.html
http://www.punditpress.com/2011/08/video-of-hurricane-irene-devastation-in.html

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Picture of the Destroyed Blenheim Bridge

This is the Blenheim Bridge before Hurricane Irene:
This is after:
Horrifyingly, it is gone.

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http://www.punditpress.com/2011/08/technical-difficulties.html
http://www.punditpress.com/2011/08/video-of-devastation-in-middleburgh-ny.html
http://www.punditpress.com/2011/08/hurricane-irene-schoharie-county-photos.html
http://www.punditpress.com/2011/08/hurricane-irene-hell-in-upstate-new.html
http://www.punditpress.com/2011/08/hurricane-irene-hell-in-upstate-new.html
http://www.punditpress.com/2011/08/video-of-hurricane-irene-devastation-in.html

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Video of Hurricane Irene Devastation in Upstate New York; Schoharie, Middleburgh, Breakabeen, and Preston Hollow

Here are several videos of the flooding and destruction that hit Upstate New York in the last two days:















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http://www.punditpress.com/2011/08/technical-difficulties.html
http://www.punditpress.com/2011/08/video-of-devastation-in-middleburgh-ny.html
http://www.punditpress.com/2011/08/hurricane-irene-schoharie-county-photos.html
http://www.punditpress.com/2011/08/hurricane-irene-hell-in-upstate-new.html
http://www.punditpress.com/2011/08/hurricane-irene-hell-in-upstate-new.html
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Technical Difficulties

Since three of our main writers are from Schoharie County and two others are from nearby ones-- the storm has hit us hard. Writing from Middleburgh NY, parts of the Town and Village look like a warzone. Irene has been terrible for us.

So we might be out for a while. We are actually dealing with the response right now. So if you're reading this from Schoharie County, especially Middleburgh, Schoharie, the Valley, or Central Bridge... stay safe and pray.

http://www.punditpress.com/2011/08/were-sorry-for-difficulties.html

http://www.punditpress.com/2011/08/technical-difficulties.html

http://www.punditpress.com/2011/08/video-of-devastation-in-middleburgh-ny.html

http://www.punditpress.com/2011/08/hurricane-irene-schoharie-county-photos.html

http://www.punditpress.com/2011/08/hurricane-irene-hell-in-upstate-new.html

http://www.punditpress.com/2011/08/hurricane-irene-hell-in-upstate-new.html

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Video of Devastation in Middleburgh, NY

Terrible. I was there for much of this:







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http://www.punditpress.com/2011/08/video-of-devastation-in-middleburgh-ny.html

http://www.punditpress.com/2011/08/hurricane-irene-schoharie-county-photos.html

http://www.punditpress.com/2011/08/hurricane-irene-hell-in-upstate-new.html

http://www.punditpress.com/2011/08/hurricane-irene-hell-in-upstate-new.html

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Hurricane Irene Schoharie County Photos

Hurricane Irene may have been a breeze for residents along the eastern coast, but inland areas, particularly Schoharie County in Upstate, New York, have been severely battered and are under state of emergencies.

UPDATE:

The Village of Middleburgh is accepting donations for the Village flood relief fund. You can donate with a credit card or PayPal below:






Here are some pictures from Schoharie County, New York:
Part of what was fertile farm land in Middleburgh
Downtown Cobleskill flooded; Burger King closed

Farmland and barns flooded in West Fulton
Please keep all of Schoharie County, New York, Vermont and other areas hit by Irene in your prayers. We have been hit hard, but we will not stay down for long.

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http://www.punditpress.com/2011/08/technical-difficulties.html

http://www.punditpress.com/2011/08/video-of-devastation-in-middleburgh-ny.html

http://www.punditpress.com/2011/08/hurricane-irene-schoharie-county-photos.html

http://www.punditpress.com/2011/08/hurricane-irene-hell-in-upstate-new.html

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Hurricane Irene Hell in Upstate New York

I have several friends (and co-writers of this blog) evacuated and stuck in Middleburgh, New York tonight. Hurricane Irene has completely flooded Schoharie County - every road is closed; the Gilboa dam is in peril; thousands have fled and our farming communities have likely been destroyed.

This storm has completely overrun my friends and neighbors.

So, to everyone who is calling this storm a dud: please read about the plight of everyone in Upstate, New York, who is afraid of losing their homes and lives tonight - not to mention the very fabric of our daily living.

Please pray for everyone in Upstate, New York - especially my friends in Schoharie County - the co-writers of this very blog.

http://www.punditpress.com/2011/08/were-sorry-for-difficulties.html

http://www.punditpress.com/2011/08/technical-difficulties.html

http://www.punditpress.com/2011/08/video-of-devastation-in-middleburgh-ny.html

http://www.punditpress.com/2011/08/hurricane-irene-schoharie-county-photos.html

http://www.punditpress.com/2011/08/hurricane-irene-hell-in-upstate-new.html

http://www.punditpress.com/2011/08/hurricane-irene-hell-in-upstate-new.html

http://www.punditpress.com/2011/08/video-of-hurricane-irene-devastation-in.html

Obama’s Enablers: The Main Stream Media

An excellent piece:
As a rule, the press is the scourge of presidents. They’re expected to endure unending scrutiny, mistrust, and badgering—plus hostility if they’re Republicans—by a hectoring herd of reporters and commentators in the mainstream media. But there’s an exception to the rule: President Obama.

It’s counterintuitive, but Obama has been hurt by the media’s leniency. Both his presidency and reelection prospects have suffered. He’s grown lazy and complacent. The media have encouraged him to believe his speeches are irresistible political catnip, though they aren’t. His overreliance on words hasn’t helped.

The kind of media pressure that can cause a president to sharpen his game, act with urgency, or take bolder steps—that has never been applied to Obama. If it had, I suspect he’d be a more effective, disciplined, energetic, and popular president today. Ronald Reagan is a good role model in this regard. When the media attacked him over gaffes in the 1980 campaign, “Reagan responded like all competitive men by working to improve himself,” says Reagan historian Craig Shirley. “Experience taught him to be better and try harder.” He took this lesson into the White House.

I don’t want to exaggerate the media’s baneful influence on Obama. It’s hardly the main reason for his decline. It’s a secondary reason, and it continues to have an impact.

Absent pushing and prodding by the press, the Obama presidency has atrophied. His speeches are defensive and repetitive and filled with excuses. He passes the buck. With persistently high unemployment and a weak economy, Obama recently declared, in effect, “I have a plan. See you after my vacation.” The press doesn’t goad him to lead.
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Hurricane Irene Pictures

Some images from the hurricane ravaging the East Coast.

A boat:
Darkness sets in:
A house losing shingles:
Mickey Mouse gets wet:
Crashing waves:
The storm comes ashore:
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Radar Image of Irene Coming up East Coast

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Live Chris Christie News Conference on Hurricane Irene, August 28, 2011

The speech is supposed to start momentarily:


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Sweet Merciful Internet

As the founders of Pundit Press (Aurelius, Joe C., Mr. K, and Thomas) all live in central New York state, we've all been hit pretty hard by the rains of Hurricane Irene.  Where I live, at the moment, has had about 5" of rain so far today.  Our main street is mostly flooded, a small stream near our house is utterly flooded, and the large river a block away from my house is a few feet from flooding.  That would be really, really bad.

But here's the good news: we lost the internet early this morning and then power for several hours.  But now we have both!  I don't know how long we'll have it, though.

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Rebuilding Tripoli Begins

The Libyan rebels are taking control of more towns and villages than can be named, while Qaddafi's few remaining forces are dwindling every hour. But that doesn't mean the rebuilding/structuring of Tripoli isn't already underway.

Rebel forces have opened vital supply routes between Tripoli, and western cities to relieve the capital of water and food shortages, and the National Transitional Council has called on all police officers to return back to work next week.

Apparently, the law and order aspect of Libya's rebel leadership is very strong in all their considerations, which NATO should take great pleasure in hearing after fighting for the overthrow of Muammar Qaddafi these past five months.

The hardest part is just beginning for Libyan rebels - rebuilding and governing, but if Tripoli is any example, western fears of Libya's demise might be greatly exaggerated.

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ESPN Scolds Reporter for Anti-Obama Tweet, Promotes Anti-Palin Tweets

Ahh, nothing like hypocrisy:
ESPN is coming down on Paul Azinger for mocking President Barack Obama on Twitter. The golf analyst tweeted Thursday the Commander-in-chief plays more golf than he does — and that Azinger has created more jobs this month than Obama has.

On Friday ESPN ‘reminded” Azinger his venture into political punditry violates the company’s updated social network policy for on-air talent and reporters.

“Paul’s tweet was not consistent with our social media policy, and he has been reminded that political commentary is best left to those in that field,” spokesman Andy Hall told Game On! in a statement.
ESPN’s Hall would not comment on whether Azinger, who won the 1993 PGA Championship, will be fired, suspended or punished in some way. “We handle that internally,” he said.
The tweet:
Tweet that ESPN says is a-okay, however:
Nice to see that ESPN supports acts of vehicular manslaughter, but not playing golf.

Look, I'm not saying that Mr. Azinger should use Twitter as his bully pulpit.  If ESPN has a code of conduct, he should abide by it.  However, the double standard implemented by that network is appalling.

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Interview with Chris Wysocki, Founder of WyBlog

Pundit Press is pleased to present its 43rd interview in our on-going series.  Today we are lucky enough to have Chris Wysocki answer some of our questions.  Mr. Wysocki is the founder of WyBlog, a successful political site that has nearly eclipsed 700,000 pageviews all-time.  I'd like to thank Mr. Wysocki for taking the time to answer our questions.  So, without further ado:

When did you start WyBlog and why?

Well one day I was at home threatening the kids when I looks out through the
hole in the wall and sees this tank pull up and, oh wait, wrong story. Sorry.

Let's see, it was May of 2007, there was this writing challenge set up by some college buddies - 3000 original words a month for 3 years - and I volunteered to moderate it. Each guy put up $1,000. They thought it would be hard to churn out so much material month after month and it was my job to check their word counts, spot plagiarism, and award the pot to the last man standing.

WyBlog was my "me too" effort - I couldn't win the prize but that didn't mean I was going to sit around and let them have all the fun. I started it mostly just to see if I could get Bloxsom to run on VMS using an old Vax I had laying around. I figured I could write about that experience and see what happened.

Then the 2008 election "happened" and, well, here I am.


How would you rate President Obama's job performance? Is it as bad as you were expecting?

After it was clear that Obama was going to win I tried my best to give him the benefit of the doubt. We're all Americans, right? Rally around the flag!

Except Barack Obama doesn't represent any America I want to live in. In terms of job performance, he's done what he set out to do - remake our nation and our economy as one giant engine of wealth transfer predicated on class warfare. I just don't think he envisioned all that wealth being transferred to China which is how things have actually turned out.

History will be his final judge, but I can't think of a president who's been worse for the Founders' vision of America than Barack Obama.


What is the worst thing that President Obama has done since taking office?

And here I thought these were going to be tough questions.

The worst thing he's done? You mean besides taking the oath of office? I'd say "Not listening." Or rather, listening only to himself. The guy is in love with the sound of his own voice, and he really does believe that if he can only explain himself better we'll all fall down in obsequious obeisance as the unicorns and rainbows take care of everything.

The worst thing about Barack Obama goes back to an idea from Donald Rumsfeld - "unknown unknowns." Barack Obama doesn't know what he doesn't know, and fatally, he doesn't care that he doesn't know because he's convinced of his own infallibility.


Do you have a favorite Republican for the 2012 race yet? If so, who is it and do you think they could take down Obama?

Rick Perry. He annoys all the right people. And the Perry the President vs Dr. Barack Doofenshmirtz campaign ads pretty much write themselves.

He's got the right temperament to instill confidence among the citizenry. He "gets it," he understands Ronald Reagan's vision of America as a shining city on a hill. Contrast his record with Obama's and there's really no comparison - Texas is thriving while America wilts. If he hooks up with a rising star like Marco Rubio for Veep he'll probably sweep all 57 states.

I think too that a lot of folks subscribe to Glenn Reynolds' Syphilitic Camel Rule - They'll vote for a syphilitic camel before they'd vote for four more years of Barack Obama. So really, whoever the GOP nominates the election is theirs to lose. Which is good for my prognosticating record because at around this juncture last time I was swearing up and down that Fred Thompson would be the next POTUS.


If you were President, what is one thing that you would do to help the economy?

Resign!

If I were president I'd get government the hell out of the way. Cut red tape. Eliminate bureaucracies and bureaucrats. Streamline the tax code and the regulatory state. The country survived for 150 years without a Department of Education or a Department of Energy or a thousand other petty fiefdoms whose existence is predicated on finding fault with something someone is doing so they can fine him to fatten up their budgets. Put those people to work creating things rather than preventing things and just watch the economy take flight.


Is there an issue that you believe the Obama Administration is ignoring or sweeping under the rug?

Eric Holder's Justice Department is a disgrace to the Constitution. They've willfully ignored voter fraud and intimidation (by the Black Panthers). They're complicit up to their eyeballs in the murder of a US Border Patrol Agent (Operation Gunrunner). The way they mishandle terrorism trials would be comic if it weren't borderline treasonous. I mean you've got the guy who arranged a pardon for the FALN bombers deciding how and when to prosecute terrorists. It just doesn't get any more absurd than that.


Other than the economy, what, in your estimation, is the most important issue facing the country at the moment?

Border security. And not just for preventing illegal immigration, but to keep out infiltrators who are intent on doing us harm. In that respect border security is National Security too. Sadly neither political party seems to have the will to really do what it takes. It's the one issue which is a bipartisan failure.


Is there anything that you would like to add?

I'd like to thank you for this opportunity to showcase my humble little blog. It's been fun! And to all the folks reading this, please don't be a stranger! Stop on by and say "hi." WyBlog, it's a New Jersey institution, like Taylor Ham, egg, and cheese on a hard roll. With it's own exit.

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Al Qaeda #2 Killed in Pakistan

Al Qaeda's new number two, Atiyah Abd al-Rahman, was killed in Pakistan this year. According to the Defense Department, al-Rahman was killed in a raid this month that is now becoming public. This comes as former number two, Ayman al-Zawahiri, was "promoted" by the al Qaeda Shura council after the death of Osama bin Laden.
"Now is the moment, following what happened with bin Laden, to put maximum pressure on them," Panetta said, "because I do believe that if we continue this effort we can really cripple al-Qaida as a major threat."

Al-Rahman was killed Aug. 22 in the lawless Pakistani tribal region of Waziristan, according to the official said, who insisted on anonymity to discuss intelligence issues.

The official would not say how al-Rahman was killed. But his death came on the same day that a CIA drone strike was reported in Waziristan. Such strikes by unmanned aircraft are Washington's weapon of choice for killing terrorists in the mountainous, hard-to-reach area along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border.
So long, douchebag!

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Video of Union Protests at Scott Walker Event

Douches hating black students succeeding:



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Report: Qaddafi in... Zimbabwe?

There's a report out from the British Daily Mail that Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi may have hopped a flight to go see his dear friend, Zimbabwe's dictator Robert Mugabe.

Photo credit: http://www.bulawayo24.com/public/images/articles/gaddafi-mugabe.jpg

The two have been long-time allies and both consider themselves to be leaders of the African continent.

President Mugabe's political opponents claim their spies saw Gaddafi arrive in the country on a Zimbabwe Air Force jet in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
They say the Libyan dictator was taken to a mansion in Harare's Gunninghill suburb, where agents from his all-female bodyguard were apparently seen patrolling the grounds.

This would be very bizarre, indeed.

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Google Tests Ultra-Fast Internet


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Watch Hurricane Irene on Radar

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Inevitable: Liberals Actually Blaming Republicans for Hurricane Irene

Hurricane Irene, at this moment, is ravaging the East Coast and will continue to do so for the next few days.  It is a hurricane, a natural disaster; it was created by the weather on earth.  It has been that way for thousands of years.

The previous paragraph was common sense.  Unless, that is, you are a liberal.  In that case you might, as unbelievable as it may sound, blame Republicans for causing a storm.  Don't believe me?  Take a look for yourself:  liberals are actually blaming a hurricane on Republicans.

Take this one, for example, which states outright that Republicans "created" Hurricane Irene like they "created economic emergency:"
Or this one, which blames Republican "policies" for "global warming," which then supposed caused Hurricane Irene:
Or these two that are so crazy that they actually blame Governor Perry for praying for rain.  I honestly think the first one is serious, but the second one might be joking.  But then again, I don't know:

This one blames global warming on Hurricane Irene.  Then he blames global warming on Republicans denying its existence.  In other words... well, I'm sure you can figure it out:
And then the even kooky-er.  This fellow ties the existence of the Tea Party to Irene and an earthquake:
While this Tweeter's mother blames either the hurricane or hurricane preparedness on a mass conspiracy by Republicans in order to "f***" with President Obama and Republicans (f-word blurred):
And if you care to go over to the Politico forum, you can read insane commentary like this:
I just don't know anymore.

Update- And to top it off, a couple extra crazy tweets:

God punishing Republicans:
And I don't even know (expletives blurred, still in original):
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