Hillary Goes There
Via Jim Geraghty at The Campaign Spot, who says that the ad "might as well be for McCain."
Far-right Dutch MP Geert Wilders has said that this week he will finish a film about Islam which has already triggered Muslim outrage.Militant Muslims are expected to protest the film, which will likely depict them as violent, bloodthirsty savages, by behaving like violent, bloodthirsty savages.
Mr Wilders said he was determined to release the film despite government warnings that this would damage Dutch political and economic interests.
Within the last month, a top staff member for Obama's campaign telephoned Michael Wilson, Canada's ambassador to the United States, and warned him that Obama would speak out against NAFTA, according to Canadian sources.The Obama campaign has called the report, "implausible."
The staff member reassured Wilson that the criticisms would only be campaign rhetoric, and should not be taken at face value.
To date, no American to take the presidential oath has had an official birthplace outside the 50 states.Except, of course, for all the Presidents born on British soil before the Revolution and the Constitution made it American. That would include the "Father of the country," George Washington.
Did you notice the orange ribbon pinned to Julie Christie's dress and Paul Haggis's lapel at the Oscars? It was a lovely little accessory to show their support for the closing of the Guantánamo Bay prison because of the U.S. government's controversial interrogation tactics there. The orange represents the jumpsuits worn by the prisoners and is also the color of a rubber bracelet worn by Haggis that reads "torture+silence=complicity" included in the Oscar swag bag. Organizations like the ACLU, which sponsors the Close Guantanamo campaign, ask stars to don these stamps of activism well in advance so that they have enough time to consult with their stylists."Included in the Oscar swag bag?" And these idiots wonder why nobody wants to watch their mutual backslapping extravaganza anymore?
Increasingly autonomous, gun-totting robots developed for warfare could easily fall into the hands of terrorists and may one day unleash a robot arms race, a top expert on artificial intelligence told AFP.Apparently, with Global Cooling breaking out, the aging hippie class needs a new "scientific" bugaboo.
"They pose a threat to humanity," said University of Sheffield professor Noel Sharkey ahead of a keynote address Wednesday before Britain's Royal United Services Institute.
It was while reflecting on the effects of an acid trip (he had taken LSD) that he began wondering about the limits of the mind. Since then he has explored the nature of machine intelligence, experimented with robotic evolution and mused on what kind of thinking is beyond computers.Groovy.
"Brad has served as a member of the Dept. of Homeland Security's Analytic Red Cell Program, and has appeared on FNC, CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC, and PBS as a national security expert to discuss terrorism, as well as how closely his novels of international intrigue parallel the real threats facing the world today."The link to the broadcast will be posted later today at The Jawa Report.
Authorities said brother-in-laws Jose Ortiz and Sean Shurelds were involved in a verbal altercation over Democratic presidential hopefuls Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton when the argument escalated into a stabbing inside their family home on Honey Locust Court in Upper Providence.A "registered Republican and Clinton supporter?" Looks like his lawyer's insanity defense is a slam dunk.
Authorities said Ortiz, a registered Republican and Clinton supporter, allegedly stabbed Shurelds, an Obama supporter, in the stomach.
Shurelds was flown to an area hospital and was listed in critical condition.
DALLAS — There is a hushed worry on the minds of many supporters of Senator Barack Obama, echoing in conversations from state to state, rally to rally: Will he be safe?RFK and MLK are mentioned early, but note the dateline (JFK is invoked later on). What a clever little bit of subliminal propaganda.
Presumptive Republican nominee John McCain Friday said he hoped Fidel Castro's resignation would be followed by his speedy demise, and rapped Democrat Barack Obama for offering talks with Cuba's next leader.I think McCain was wrong to say this. If anyone deserves a miserable, lingering death, it's a mass murdering tyrant like Fidel.
"Fidel Castro announced that he would not remain as president -- whatever that means," McCain said in Indianapolis.
"And I hope that he has the opportunity to meet Karl Marx very soon.
To me, the story had serious flaws. It did not convincingly make the case that McCain either had an affair with a lobbyist, or was improperly influenced by her. It used a raft of unnamed sources to assert that members of McCain's campaign staff -- not this campaign but his campaign eight years ago -- were concerned about the amount of time McCain was spending with the lobbyist, Vicki Iseman. They were worried about the appearance of a close bond between the two of them...The Seattle Post-Intelligencer is not exactly a conservative publication. And even the reliably leftwing Slate is mocking the story.
...That's pretty thin beer.
I think we all expected the reaction to be intense. We knew from our experience last year, when word leaked out we were pursuing this story, that Senator McCain's operatives would set out to change the subject by making the story about The New York Times rather than about their candidate. That's a time-honored tactic for dealing with potentially damaging news stories.I see. So the Gray Lady believes that the best response to being raped is to lay back and enjoy it. God knows that mere mortals have no business questioning the integrity, competence, or motives of the Lords of Perception.
After reading the letter, Keller called Gilbey, a British journalist living in New York, and asked her to coffee at the Times cafeteria. Gilbey, at the time, had a reputation as something of a power-dater; her exes included Senator John Kerry and Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour. An affair ensued, which shocked Keller’s friends. “I felt bad for everyone involved,” says Stephen Engelberg, a former Times reporter. “This was not characteristic behavior at all. I wouldn’t pretend to be Bill’s psychologist, but he didn’t get a red sports car, so …”...What a hypocritical tool.
Two years after they met, Gilbey was pregnant, Keller was divorced from Cooper, and he had a new job as managing editor under Joe Lelyveld.
The headset will be sold with a game developed by Emotiv, but it can also be made to work with existing PC games, the company said. Users will also be able to access an online portal to play more games, chat or upload their own content such as music or photos.Think about that phrase, "brain computer interface." Right now the interface is through our fingers, for the most part. What will happen when the computer interacts directly with our brain?
Emotiv plans to work with IBM Corp. to explore applications beyond video gaming. The "brain computer interface" technology could transform not only gaming, but how humans and computers interact, said Paul Ledak, vice president of IBM's Digital Convergence business.
He was booted from his police-protected hotel room on Feb. 15 for being "too much of a security risk." And now the 73-year-old cartoonist and his wife are without a place to live.
Westergaard was forced to leave his actual residence in November after the Danish security and intelligence agency, PET, informed him of a "concrete" plan to murder him, according to the paper that originally published the cartoons, Jyllands-Posten. Westergaard and his wife have been living under police protection since.
Fidel Castro announced his resignation as president of Cuba and commander-in-chief of Cuba's military on Tuesday, according to a letter published in the state-run newspaper, Granma."Impediment" he calls it. Castro rose to overlordship of Cuba largely through imprisoning and murdering any "rising young leaders" who got in his way.
Castro, 81, temporarily handed power to his younger brother Raul Castro in July 2006 after undergoing intestinal surgery. He hasn't been seen in public since his surgery, but he has appeared in numerous videos and photos in state media.
In December 2007, a Cuban television news anchor read a letter reportedly written by Fidel Castro promising he would not "cling to office" or be an impediment to rising young leaders.
"What we have learned over this year is that hope is making a comeback. It is making a comeback and let me tell you something, For the first time in my adult lifetime, I am really proud of my country. And not just because Barack has done well, but because I think people are hungry for change. I have been desperate to see our country moving in that direction and just not feeling so alone in my frustration and disappointment. I have seen people who are hungry to be unified around some basic common issues. It has made me proud."Not only is this an incredibly inept thing for a Presidential candidate's wife to say, it indicates an incredibly shallow, selfish personality.
DEVAL: "...just words; 'We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal,' - just words. Just words. 'We have nothing to fear but fear itself,' - just words. 'Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country,' - just words. 'I have a dream,' - just words."Related: Hillary's camp accuses Obama of plagiarizing her economic plan, and then there's this January 5th piece from the Boston Globe, "Obama borrows from Edwards":
OBAMA: "Don't tell me words don't matter. 'I have a dream,' - just words. 'We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal,' - just words. 'We have nothing to fear but fear itself,' - just words. Just speeches."
NASHUA, N.H. -- After beating John Edwards in Iowa on Thursday, Barack Obama has decided to join him -- repeatedly poaching his opponent's themes, language, and even jokes.*Comment by "Buzz" at Big Head DC.
"Based on strikingly irrational beliefs and emotions, modern liberals relentlessly undermine the most important principles on which our freedoms were founded," says Dr. Lyle Rossiter, author of the new book, "The Liberal Mind: The Psychological Causes of Political Madness." "Like spoiled, angry children, they rebel against the normal responsibilities of adulthood and demand that a parental government meet their needs from cradle to grave."...Quod. Erat. Demonstrandum.
"The roots of liberalism – and its associated madness – can be clearly identified by understanding how children develop from infancy to adulthood and how distorted development produces the irrational beliefs of the liberal mind," he says. "When the modern liberal mind whines about imaginary victims, rages against imaginary villains and seeks above all else to run the lives of persons competent to run their own lives, the neurosis of the liberal mind becomes painfully obvious."
Americans are worried and even angry about many things. Whether Osama bin Laden is throwing a party because AT&T and Verizon might have to defend themselves in court isn't one of them. Outside of National Review, K Street, and the fear-paralyzed imagination of our shrinking faux-warrior class, there is no constituency in America demanding warrantless eavesdropping or amnesty for lawbreaking telecoms.Brilliant. The well-being of the Constitution of the United States of America depends, not upon physically defending the territory and citizens of the country, but upon preserving the inalienable right of bottom-feeding lawyers to make a quick buck (or billion) by suing companies that cooperated in good faith with government agencies investigating terrorist plots.
Political parties that are "strong," and which are perceived as strong, are ones that "defy" orders and mount "great challenges" against weak and unpopular Presidents by standing on principle -- not ones that bow and capitulate and surrender and lose. Again, leave aside any hope that Democrats will actually be sufficiently motivated by the crucial constitutional principles at stake here. Just basic political self-interest, and basic human dignity, ought to mean that this singular act of defiance will lead to others.Greenwald doesn't really care a fig about the Constitution, except for its value as a tool to fearmonger amongst the hysterical BDS class. In fact, Greenwald's entire diatribe concerns the American internal political struggle. In Glenn's world, no towers have ever fallen. The thousands of dead are merely hypothetical. The War on Bush takes precedence over everything else.
One other vital point: The claim that telecoms will cease to cooperate without retroactive immunity is deeply dishonest on multiple levels, but the dishonesty is most easily understood when one realizes that, under the law, telecoms are required to cooperate with legal requests from the government. They don't have the option to "refuse." Without amnesty, telecoms will be reluctant in the future to break the law again, which we should want. But there is no risk that they will refuse requests to cooperate with legal surveillance, particularly since they are legally obligated to cooperate in those circumstances. The claim the telcoms will cease to cooperate with surveillance requests is pure fear-mongering, and is purely dishonest.Notice that for all Greenwald's pretensions to venerate the rule of law he seems ignorant of that pesky "innocent until proven guilty" business. What Greenwald glosses over here, is the fact that terrorist plot investigations are usually time sensitive. That means that once US corporations are given the signal that good faith cooperation with authorities can leave them vulnerable to ambulance chasers, every request for information during an investigation will lead to delays while company lawyers research pertinent case law to determine whether or not the request for information is "legal" enough to satisfy petulant partisan prima donnas who are eager to sell out their own country for thirty pieces of silver or temporary political advantage. People like Glenn Greenwald.
All we can say to the cartoonists is: you fools seem to forget the end of Theo Van Gogh (may Allah’s curse be upon him) and forget to realize that even many of the Danish citizens who are Muslims will not tolerate it because they know the story of Ka’b bin Al-Ashraf and what the Companions of Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu ‘alayhi wassallam) did to him and they know that their Religion allows such a thing.* - This link is through Anonymouse so that Samir can't track your IP address.
The more these cartoonists act in defiance of Allah and His Messenger, the more they attract a culture of Mujaahideen. Bush didn’t seem to learn from that nor do these low-life cartoonists. So keep showing your chest O Enemies of Allah! You are helping the process of waking up our nation as violent lions who tear apart their enemies with their bare hands.
I have to tell you, you know, it's part of reporting this case, this election, the feeling most people get when they hear Barack Obama's speech. Me, I felt this thrill going up my leg. I mean, I don't have that too often. No, seriously. It's a dramatic event. He speaks about America in a way that has nothing to do with politics. It has to do with the feeling we have about our country. And that is an objective assessment.Does anyone, anywhere need any more proof that Matthews is an idiot?
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said twice Sunday that Iraq “is a failure,” adding that President Bush’s troop surge has “not produced the desired effect."Meanwhile, back in the real world, the Multi National Force-Iraq, released redacted excerpts from the captured diary of al Qaeda sector leader Abu Tariq:
I am Abu-Tariq, Emir of Al-Layin and al-Mashahdah Sector. There were almost 600 fighters in our Sector before the Tribes changed course 360 degrees under the influence of the so-called Islamic Army (Deserter of Jihad) and other known believer groups. Many of our fighters quit and some of them joined the deserters, and later on I will mention the names of Fighters who stood by us (faithful fighters), but things started getting worse ever since, and as a result of that the number of fighters dropped down to 20 or less...Nancy, Abu Tariq and your boys are losing, better step up the propaganda efforts.
A government minister has warned that inbreeding among immigrants is causing a surge in birth defects - comments likely to spark a new row over the place of Muslims in British society.Mitigating the damage to the Muslim gene pool is the public service being provided by the US in Iraq and Afghanistan, where the military is busily exterminating the stupidest, most gullible members of the Islamic world.
Phil Woolas, an environment minister, said the culture of arranged marriages between first cousins was the “elephant in the room”. Woolas, a former race relations minister, said: “If you have a child with your cousin the likelihood is there’ll be a genetic problem.”
The minister, whose views were supported by medical experts this weekend, said: “The issue we need to debate is first cousin marriages, whereby a lot of arranged marriages are with first cousins, and that produces lots of genetic problems in terms of disability [in children].”
The claims infuriated the Muslim Public Affairs Committee (MPAC) which called on the prime minister to "sack him".Translation: "We're not listening to you! WE'RENOTLISTENINGTOYOU! LALALALALALA..."
MPAC spokesman Asghar Bukhari said Mr Woolas' comments "verged on Islamophobia".
"Subtly stated in the resolution is perhaps an impugning of the soldiers fighting for us in Iraq and other places," Berkeley City Councilman Laurie Capitelli. "And that was never the intention but that really needs to be cleared up. As I walked to my car that night I realized I regretted it and I had made a mistake."Unfortunately for this particular liar, the Berkeley Council of Traitors' remarks were public (WARNING: THE FOLLOWING VIDEO CONTAINS OBNOXIOUS PROPAGANDA FROM COUNCIL MEMBERS WHO ARE OBVIOUSLY MENTALLY ILL):
BERKELEY, Calif. -- As six Republican senators devised a plan to yank $2.3 million in federal funding for Berkeley programs, the mayor of the famously liberal city apologized Wednesday for his hard stance against a Marine recruiting center.Looks like talk isn't always cheap, especially when the talk involves crapping all over your own country and the people who put their lives on the line to protect it. But wait, there's more:
"That letter will probably be pulled back and maybe more moderate language will be put in place which is appropriate I think," said Berkeley mayor Tom Bates.Well, you could try moderating the language, Master Bates, but the only language real Americans want to read in the letter is your own resignation, swiftly followed by those of each of the stupid jackasses on the city council who voted for your original resolution.
"Subtly stated in the resolution is perhaps an impugning of the soldiers fighting for us in Iraq and other places," Berkeley City Councilman Laurie Capitelli. "And that was never the intention but that really needs to be cleared up. As I walked to my car that night I realized I regretted it and I had made a mistake.""Subtly stated?" I do not think that word means what you think it means, you whey-faced cow. Yes, you were as "subtle" as 300 pound man celebrating Mardi Gras while wearing a sequined thong and passion pink pasties. Your hatred for America's warriors came through loud and clear.
"There's really no correlation between federal funds for schools, water ferries and police communications systems and the council's actions, for God's sake," said Bates, a retired U.S. Army captain. "We apologize for any offense to any families of anyone who may serve in Iraq. We want them to come home and be safe at home."I'll believe that this POS served honorably when I see a vetted copy of his DD-214 and not before. And for your information, Tommy boy, it's people just like these Marines that you loathe who ensure that our schools, transportation systems, and local government services can operate in peace. That's your correlation, you whining little nancyboy.
"I was under the impression that we have the right of free speech," said Xanne Joi of Code Pink. "To me, I thought free speech meant you get to say what you want without recrimination."In other words, Xanne believes that freedom of speech is for her and her friends alone. Doesn't work that way, honey. The Bill of Rights applies to all Americans.
Henery, a black American, claimed that Dowd had mistaken her for Barack Obama's wife, Michelle Obama. She says it happened in the press room after last week's Clinton-Obama TV debate in Los Angeles. Told about Henery's article, Dowd was furious - not just because the incident never occurred, she says, but because Henery then mused on the likelihood of white Americans electing a black president if "they" could not tell "us" apart.It's easy to imagine how humiliating such a report would be to Dowd, with her lefty credentials.
Knox writes that Fratto "rejected charges that the tactics the Central Intelligence Agency calls 'enhanced interrogation techniques' amount to torture.It's called a "syllogism," you prissy, yapping lapdog. You should have learned it in junior high.
"'Torture is illegal. Every enhanced technique that has been used by the Central Intelligence Agency through this program was brought to the Department of Justice and they made a determination that its use under specific circumstances and with safeguards was lawful,' he said."
And here's the kicker: "Asked whether the White House's reasoning was that torture is illegal, the attorney general has certified that the interrogation practices are legal, therefore those practices are not torture, Fratto replied: 'Sure.'"
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President George W. Bush authorized the CIA to give its most detailed public account of its use of a widely condemned interrogation technique known as waterboarding, the White House said on Wednesday.And, of course, America's own Berkeley City Council-style jackass, slanderous assnugget, and terrorist-sympathizer, Dick Durbin is happy to put in his two euros:
CIA Director Michael Hayden testified before Congress on Tuesday that government interrogators used waterboarding, often described as simulated drowning, on three suspects captured after the September 11 attacks of 2001.
Sen. Dick Durbin, an Illinois Democrat and judiciary committee member, demanded that Attorney General Michael Mukasey investigate the CIA waterboarding and vowed to delay the nomination for Mukasey's deputy until the attorney general responds to that and other issues.Which leads me to repost this transcript of a Durbin style interrogation:
The detainee arrives at the interrogation lounge. His sunglasses are removed and he is seated in an overstuffed La-Z-Boy recliner with massage option. SGT A and SGT R are the interrogators. A DoD linguist and MAJ L (BSCT) are present. MS Z (Amnesty International) is present as an observer. MR H (ESQUIRE) is present as detainee counsel.0935:
Session begins. Detainee is given a mocha latté grandé and offered a selection of croissants and pastries. Detainee sips mocha latté grandé and complains that it is too hot. Detainee spits mouthful (appr. 2 oz.) into SGT R 's face, calls him "infidel goat-lover". MS Z (AI) demands that SGT R check temperature of beverage. SGT R determines that the mocha latté grandé is five (5) degrees fahrenheit above optimum serving temperature and apologizes to detainee. MS Z (AI) states for the record that detainee is being abused according to the Durbin Conventions. MR L (ESQUIRE) states that a complaint of the "Nazi-like" treatment will be filed.0940:
SGT A tells detainee that information from other sources implicates detainee in plot to detonate nuclear device somewhere in Manhattan, asks detainee for details of plot. Detainee denies involvement, but states that he hopes that the bomb will have enough power to, "...wipe all of the filthy infidel pork-eaters off the face of Allah's Earth." SGT A remonstrates with detainee, stating that "many innocents" will perish in attack and asks for detainee's help in preventing "...this horrible terrorist outrage." Detainee selects a pastry.0945:
MS Z (AI) and MR L (ESQUIRE) call halt to interrogation. MR L (ESQUIRE) strenuously objects to use of term "terrorist" by SGT A . MS Z (AI) criticizes SGT A for "...applying Western values..." to detainee and notes that potential civilian victims of alleged plot are engaged in work to "...further the schemes of the capitalist warmongers of Western hegemonic imperialism." SGT A apologizes for "thoughtless characterization". MS Z (AI) demands that SGT A direct his apology to detainee. SGT A complies.0958:
Session ends. Detainee is returned to Guest Suite. Detainee notes that, the previous night, air conditioning in Guest Suite was set at 73 degrees fahrenheit and that Room Service served him filet mignon that was well done when he specifically requested medium rare. MR L (ESQUIRE) states for record that a complaint will be filed and he will "...see that this inhuman gulag is closed down".
ST. PAUL, Minn. - Democrat Hillary Clinton became a super fan of the New York Giants on Sunday, revelling in their upset of the New England Patriots - and even seeing an omen for her own political future.Wait a minute. Wasn't Hillary, just like the New England Patriots, the "inevitable" winner-in-waiting?
"Super Bowl, Super Tuesday, we've got one down, let's get the other," said Clinton. Clinton had said she was banking on the "New York team" to carry the day in football's biggest test and in a mega-round of primaries next Tuesday. With their 17-14 win, the Giants held up their end of the bargain.
Journalists are taught never to "bury the lead." Yet it looks as if that's precisely what CBS's "60 Minutes" did in reporter Scott Pelley's fascinating interview Sunday with George Piro, the FBI agent who debriefed Saddam Hussein following his capture in December 2003.Well, duh. You can't be a major player in the MSM if you trumpet stunningly exculpatory evidence for the Bush administration in a Presidential election year.
The Lebanese-born Mr. Piro, one of only a handful of agents at the bureau who speaks Arabic, was able to wheedle information from Saddam over a matter of months through a combination of flattery and ego-deflation that worked wonders with the former despot. But as Bruce Chapman of the Discovery Institute first noticed, the most important news in the segment comes when Mr. Piro describes his conversations with Saddam about weapons of mass destruction. The FBI interrogator says that, while Saddam said he no longer had active WMD programs in 2003, the dictator admitted that he intended to resume those programs as soon as he possibly could.