May 29, 2010

Meaningless Report: U.S. Developing Unilateral Response to Hit Pakistani Taliban if Attacked Here
— Dave in Texas

We're so damned tough on terrorism.

It's meaningless in that plans aren't being developed so much as they are being dusted off and reviewed. We've got more military response plans than all of our socks added together. Hell, we have a plan to invade Biloxi Mississippi if circumstances warrant.

Still, the Washington Post reports this breathlessly.


WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. military is developing plans for a unilateral attack on the Pakistani Taliban in the event of a successful terrorist strike in the United States that can be traced to them, The Washington Post reports.

Planning for a retaliatory attack was spurred by ties between alleged Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad and elements of the Pakistani Taliban, the Post said in an article posted on its website Friday night, quoting unidentified senior military officials.

The military would focus on air and missile strikes but also could use small teams of U.S. Special Operations troops currently along the border with Afghanistan, the Post said.

I think Ace mentioned a year or so ago, the principle principal* export from the nation of Pakistan seems to be "death".

I don't believe this administration has the actual will to place an embargo on "death". I also believe they have a Constitutional responsibility to do so.

Instead I get headlines.

* I hate this word

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Don't Panic
— Monty

Just remember: when things seem to be spinning completely out of control, the important thing is...don't panic. And make sure you have your towel.

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May 28, 2010

Overnight Open Thread - 3 Day Weekend Edition
— Maetenloch

Memorial Day Weekend here we come!! WOooo Woooo Wooo! Last one in the pool is a smelly hobo!

Ivan Drago: Justice Enforcer!

Here's a flash version of some good ole 8-bit Dolph-ian gaming goodness that never was.

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Sadly I couldn't embed it so you'll have to follow the link to play it.

But here's a bit of the real Dolph singing, drumming and doing some karate chops for this year's Melodifestivalen":

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BP Buses In 400 Fake Workers to Serve as Backdrop For Obama's Fake Photo Op
— Ace

Let's all stand on the beach together lookin' like we're large and in charge.


President Obama pauses after burning away
an acre of oil slick with his heat-ray vision.

Perhaps you saw news footage of President Obama in Grand Isle, La., on Friday and thought things didn't look all that bad. Well, there may have been a reason for that: The town was evidently swarmed by an army of temp workers to spruce it up for the president and the national news crews following him.

Jefferson Parish Councilman Chris Roberts, whose district encompasses Grand Isle, told Yahoo! News that BP bused in "hundreds" of temporary workers to clean up local beaches. And as soon as the president was en route back to Washington, the workers were clearing out of Grand Isle too, Roberts said.

"The level of cleanup and cooperation we've gotten from BP in the past is in no way consistent to the effort shown on the island today," Roberts said by telephone. "As soon as the president left, they were immediately put back on the buses and sent home."

A pretend army for a pretend president.

And for those of you who doubted Obama's willingness to cut the federal budget: doubt no more.

Three months before the massive BP oil spill erupted in the Gulf of Mexico, the Obama administration proposed downsizing the Coast Guard national coordination center for oil spill responses, prompting its senior officers to warn that the agency's readiness for catastrophic events would be weakened.

That proposal is feeding a mounting debate over whether the federal government is able to regulate deep-sea oil extraction. Defense analysts and retired agency leaders question whether the Coast Guard -- which shares oversight of offshore drilling with the Interior Department's Minerals Management Service -- has the expertise and resources to keep pace with industry advances.

Accidents happen, "but what you're seeing here is the government is not properly set up to deal with this kind of issue," said Robbin Laird, a defense consultant who has worked on Coast Guard issues. "The idea that you would even think about getting rid of catastrophic environmental spill equipment or expertise at the Department of Homeland Security, are you kidding me?"

But Obama has to cut things like this because he's so inflated the size of government spending on what are, frankly, secondary and tertiary responsibilities of the government, if at all.


Thanks to Phil for that last one.


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Record of Previous Answers Says Sestak and White House Are Coordinating In a Lie
— Ace

Either Joe Sestak was lying then, or he's lying now.

Comparing Sestak's present tale to the first answers he gave to Larry Kane...

Sestak confirms to Kane that the White House offered him a job, or at least he fails to disabuse Kane of that notion in his affirmative answer. And note Sestak assents that he was offered a high-ranking federal job. Each word here is important.

There are more than 60 boards, commissions and committees that at one time or another have advised the president. Most are not considered "high-ranking" administration positions, nor upgrades from a House seat, let alone a seat in the Senate. Besides, though vague on details, both the White House memo and Sestak use the words "Advisory Board," of which there are only two currently active: The Economic Recovery Board and the Intelligence Advisory Board. Sestak is no economist, so the most logical conclusion to draw from the White House memo — that "By virtue of his career in public service, including distinguished military service, Congressman Sestak was viewed to be highly qualified to hold a range of advisory positions. . .while holding his House seat" — is that Sestak was being considered for the Intelligence Advisory Board. The only problem with that option, as the NYT reported, is that Sestak could not have retained his House seat while serving.

In short, it appears that there is no "advisory position" in existence that Sestak would 1) be qualified for and 2) consider preferable to a Senate run and 3) allow him to retain his House seat. Which brings us to the word "job." Sestak uses it himself, not "position" or "role" or "advisory capacity" or anything else. Federal jobs pay (just ask Derb). Jobs bring clout. Jobs open up, in the language of the White House memo, "alternative paths to service" (read: power) that could give a man second thoughts about a Senate run. Could this just be sloppy language from Sestak? Maybe, maybe not.

Umm... I say no.

Via SorenKay.

Oh Dear:

Clinton doesn't merely refuse comment. He refuses to even say "no comment."

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Tavis Smiley: Christians Are Killing People Every Single Day
— Ace

What he means is (well I hope he means this; all other suggestions are lunatic) that the majority of the country is Christian, so whenever a murder occurs, it's a "Christian murder."

Uh-huh.

But see, the thing is, Muslims commit those sorts of "Muslim murders" every day, too, if we're calling any murder (for the typical motives, love, money, etc.) by a member of a religion a Religious Murder.

He kind of forgot that, eh?

What we are talking about is murders committed for the sake of religion -- and no, Tavis, Christians are not killing people every day because Jesus told them they'd get into heaven if they do.

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Oh, God: RedState Was Exaggerating For Effect, Or Something
— Ace

You're doing it wrong.

With apologies to RedState readers (and Dan Riehl who is rather upset about the whole post from this morning), I’ve had no hesitation in stringing the media along like Folks has done. He wanted his fifteen minutes of fame and got a week. Now he needs to show us what he has and, if he has what he says he has, let Haley supporters make up their minds. No one needs to humor him with another week of sensational salaciousness. There are kids and a husband involved in this mess too.

I have no clue if anyone is behind Will Folks doing this. He really could feel aggrieved for some reason and just want to take out Nikki Haley. But I have a theory, I have some facts, and I’ve drawn some inferences to form my opinion. Let’s go below the fold and down the rabbit hole.

Let’s stop playing the Will Folks game of stringing everyone along and let’s just get to what I actually know and what I think. And I’ll dispense now with the third person, which is really over done.

That said, read on, because RedState does have some interesting stuff suggesting a paid hit. But honestly -- just say that. Yeah, I know, "this is like what Will Folks is doing" but Will Folks is disreputable for that.

Similar reaction at Hot Air.

Including, alas, the sad fact that while many of these calls are explainable, there is the matter of a 2:24 am call that went on for two hours.


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Obama Speech In Louisiana
— DrewM

No TelePrompter, so it could be interesting.

Says spill is an "assault on our shore and our people". I wish he would talk like that about Islamic terrorism.

The response has been "historic". Of course, every time he sneezes he thinks it's historic.

He keeps saying people down there should go to the White House website for information on help they can get. He sounds like a pitchman.

Just called it "a man made catastrophe". Is that like a "man caused disaster".

Now he's going on about how hard this is and it might be a bit of trial and error. Really? I thought government was supposed to be awesome all the time, the first time. That was the Katrina standard (stupid as it was).

Ah, here's his "I feel your pain bit"..."you are not alone". The media will leave you at some point but I won't. Mr. Spock is trying to do emotion and it's not working well.

No questions.

And right on cue, the MSNBC host/douche said Obama wanted to make sure people understand they aren't going to be left alone and abandoned on roof tops like in Katrina. Idiot.

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Major pissing match brewing between Canada and India over visas
— Purple Avenger

This seems like an unforced error due to tone deafness and garden variety stupidity on the part of the Canadians.

New Delhi: With public outrage mounting over the denial of visas to several serving and retired officials of Indian security agencies, India on Thursday warned Canada that it will retaliate suitably if Ottawa does not respond within "a few days"...

...Last week, the Canadian high commission here refused a visa to Fateh Singh Pandher, a retired BSF [ed: India's border security force] constable, on grounds that he was associated with a "notoriously violent force"...

Seriously Canada, maybe its time to back away from that crack pipe and stop killing brain cells.

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Sestak Statement
— DrewM

He got the word and keeps it inline with the White House story.

Last summer, I received a phone call from President Clinton. During the course of the conversation, he expressed concern over my prospects if I were to enter the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate and the value of having me stay in the House of Representatives because of my military background. He said that White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel had spoken with him about my being on a Presidential Board while remaining in the House of Representatives. I said no. I told President Clinton that my only consideration in getting into the Senate race or not was whether it was the right thing to do for Pennsylvania working families and not any offer. The former President said he knew I'd say that, and the conversation moved on to other subjects.

There are many important challenges facing Pennsylvania and the rest of the country. I intend to remain focused on those issues and continue my fight on behalf of working families.

Either this is pure crap and/or Sestak was overstating the whole thing from the beginning.

Why get Clinton involved just to offer an advisory board position? Maybe if it was going to be SecNav (which is couldn't have been), then you get a former President involved but for this?

And even if was for this position, who exactly would give up a Senate run for this type of position?

Of course, the MFM will dutifully take their marching orders and declare 'case closed' and move along. Fortunately, we don't need the MFM to follow up on these types of stories and I imagine Congressman Darrell Issa is only going to be more energized.

Added:

Interesting note from FNC...Bill Clinton was at the White House yesterday.

There are also reports that someone from the White House spoke with Sestak's brother (who is also his campaign manager) yesterday.

Getting their ducks in a row...it's the Chicago way.

Issa's statement. more...

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Woman Sues Airline For Not Waking Her Up When Plane Landed
— DrewM

I meant to post on this yesterday and now it's making national news.

A Michigan woman who fell asleep on a United Express flight to Philadelphia says she woke up and was shocked to find she was alone on the plane.

Ginger McGuire said no one had awakened her when the plane landed more than three hours earlier. She said she paced the aisle for about 15 minutes early Tuesday until the locked door opened and police demanded identification.

"Waking up to an empty airplane and not being able to get out - it was very horrifying," McGuire, 36, told reporters Thursday as her lawyer announced a lawsuit.

...McGuire's attorney, Geoffrey Feiger, said his law firm filed a lawsuit against United and Trans States, alleging negligence, false imprisonment and distress. McGuire lives in Ferndale, a Detroit suburb.

"For a crew to leave her there and lock her is beyond a gross abuse," Fieger said.

Feiger btw is the pimple on the butt of humanity that use to represent Jack "Dr. Death" Kervorkian.

It's an outrage that almost a year and half into Obama's term as President adults are still be subjected to the horror of having to take responsibility for waking up. When will America catch up to the rest of the civilized world and institute Comprehensive Alarm Clock Reform legislation?

McGuire was just on FNC with Jane Skinner and Skinner made her look like a fool. She had no answer to why it wasn't her responsibility to get her lazy ass off the plane or even what was in the suit in terms of damages being asked for.

If anyone sees the video of this, let me know, it was cringe inducing but oh such an enjoyable take down of this fool.

If the airline's attorneys were watching they must have been laughing their asses off at the thought of getting this woman on the stand.

On a somewhat more serious note, for security reasons cabin crews really shouldn't let people alone in planes like that.


"1sttofight " found the video.
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BREAKING: Rham Emanuel Had Bill Clinton Offer Sestak An Unpaid Job
— DrewM

Nothing to see here, move along.

The White House
asked former President Bill Clinton to talk to Rep. Joe Sestak about the possibility of obtaining a senior position in the Obama administration if he would drop out of the Democratic primary race against establishment-backed Sen. Arlen Specter, the Obama administration said in a report released Friday morning.

The report, by the White House Counsel's office, said Sestak was offered jobs in the executive branch that were uncompensated.

A White House official said these were for advisory boards. One of the jobs specifically discussed with Sestak was the president's intelligence advisory board. But a White House official said the plan was for Sestak to always remain in the House and he couldn't have served in the House and on the president's intelligence advisory board.

The report also described the Clinton conversations as informal and unhinged from any precise job offer since, as a former president, Clinton could not guarantee Sestak anything.

How exactly was a spot on an advisory board supposed to get him out of the race?

BTW- They couldn't have made Sestak SecNav if they wanted to. He hasn't been retired from the Navy long enough.

Was the delay in announcing this simply to hide the Clinton connection? Were they embarrassed that they used the dreaded old guy or as Chris Wallace on FNC just speculated it was to protect Clinton's image as an above it all statesman. The problem with that is no one except Democrat fanboys thinks he's a statesman. Bill Clinton was one of the main surrogates for Hillary Clinton on the campaign trail. He's a political animal. Also, it's not like Obama is reluctant to throw folks under the bus. I can't imagine he was enjoying getting beat up daily to protect Bill Clinton. That's not O's style.

They are trying to bury this over Memorial Day weekend and I'm sure the MFM will do their best to play along now that they know this is an Obama/Clinton production but Bubba's involvement only raises the stakes to find out what really happened. Right now this doesn't add up.

The unpaid part is an important part of the story. Based on that the White House and any defense counsel, will argue the position wasn't really a thing of value and therefore not a bribe.

On the other hand, the White House has now publicly communicated to Sestak what the story is. Now the ball is in his court, no reason for him to play coy any more. I presume he'll carry the water here. Obama may have supported Specter (halfheartedly) but Sestak is going to want a few stops with Obama (at least in areas like Philly) leading up to November.

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Denver Post Embargoes Own Scoop On White House Crime
— LauraW

WOW.

This is really repulsive.

Sestak is apparently not the only one who might have been offered a job in exchange for ditching a run for office.

WASHINGTON — Not long after news leaked last month that Andrew Romanoff was determined to make a Democratic primary run against Sen. Michael Bennet, Romanoff received an unexpected communication from one of the most powerful men in Washington.

Jim Messina, President Barack Obama's deputy chief of staff and a storied fixer in the White House political shop, suggested a place for Romanoff might be found in the administration and offered specific suggestions, according to several sources who described the communication to The Denver Post.

As in all things though, it's not the crime (well, actually it is), it's the coverup. In this case, it's the press itself doing the covering up of YET ANOTHER POSSIBLE IMPEACHABLE OFFENSE.

Since that story was published, the Denver Post has been in complete lockdown mode regarding it. No followup articles. No mention at all of a job offer made by the White House to Romanoff even referenced in other related stories.

I wonder if we will ever know the extent to which this administration's water is being carried by these simpering lackeys.

Please go to the post at NewsBusters. It's a great find and I don't want to steal all the good stuff out of it.

You might also want to write the Denver Post and politely inquire with them about their curious indiligence in following up this story.

Thanks again to Jazz!

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A Very Special FiAF
— LauraW

Blossom Discovers Dad's Nightstand Drawer

OK, no.

That would have been an awesome episode, though. Sigh. Missed opportunity!

This video here has interesting qualities. It opens with the crisp, fresh aroma of the candid moment at the Doctor's office; a whiff of warm happy baby is carried on a poignant pétillance that brings a little water into the eye.

Thanks to Jazz at H2. He recommends you watch it more than once throughout the day and I couldn't agree more. Enjoy baby's first words:

Have a wonderful Friday, you sniffling goobers.

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Top Headline Comments 5-28-10
— Gabriel Malor

FRIIII-DAAAY!

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Japan unemployment rate unexpectedly increases
Recovery from worst post-war recession hindered

— Purple Avenger

It would be a big upgrade were we so afflicted.

...The jobless rate rose to 5.1 percent from 5 percent, the statistics bureau said today in Tokyo...
In other news, UK Consumer Sentiment unexpectedly dropped
...An index of sentiment fell to minus 18 from minus 16 in April, the market researcher said in an e-mailed statement today in London. Economists had forecast that the gauge would be unchanged...
Americans apparently aren't gushing confidence either; its predicted they'll be spending less on vacation travel this summer than even last year.
...AAA estimates families will spend an average of $809 on summer travel, compared with $876 in 2009, even though flying is more expensive than it was a year ago. They're knocking down the cost, travel agents say, by staying closer to home, choosing less-expensive modes of transportation or by picking destinations based on the best fares and lodging they can find...
This sharp decrease in vacation spending is apparently linked to the vaunted bazillion new jobs saved/created and drunken sailor style spending spree those frolicking new job holders have embarked upon.
Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain

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May 27, 2010

Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Compromise Passes House; Headed to Senate Floor in June
— Gabriel Malor

Just a few minutes ago, the House passed the compromise worked out to repeal Congress' decades-old policy on openly gay and lesbian military service.

Under the compromise, the statute implementing DADT will remain law until after the Pentagon completes its repeal review on December 1. Then, if the President, the Secretary of Defense, and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs certify that the implementation of dropping the policy will not damage the military, they trigger this law and the DADT statute will be repealed.

The vote was largely along party lines, 234 to 194, though five Republicans—the newly minted congressman Charles Djou, as well as Joe Cao, Judy Biggert, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, and Ron Paul—voted with the Democrats.

The same compromise made it out of the Senate Armed Services Committee today 16-12, also on an almost party line vote. Senator Collins voted for the repeal compromise. Senator Webb voted against. That means it will be up for a vote on the Senate floor after the Senate comes back from the Memorial Day holiday.

Senator McCain announced that he would vote for a filibuster if it became necessary to kill the bill. McCain attempted to rally opposition to the compromise because the military has not completed its repeal review:

"We are shutting out the men and women of the military by making this into law before the men and women in the military have made their input...This action cuts the men and women in the military completely out of the process. This is an all volunteer force."

This is yet another flip-flop for McCain. In February, when the military announced the planned year-long review, he claimed the military leadership was attempting to "usurp" the authority of Congress to set policy and nastily accused Defense Secretary Gates and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Admiral Mullen of plotting a biased implementation review.

I guess he changed his mind...again. I mentioned McCain's flip-flopping on gays in the military back in February:

Senator McCain's position has changed over the years. In 1993 he voted against DADT, preferring a flat ban on gays in the military. In 2003 he said "the day the leadership of the military comes to me and says, 'Senator, we ought to change the policy,' he would consider changing it." Now he says that Admiral Mullen is biased.

With JD Hayworth closing in on him from the right, Senator McCain may see this as an opportunity to burnish his conservative credentials. Passage in the Senate is not yet assured. Collins' and Webb's committee switches make it at least possible that McCain can rally the 41 votes needed to sustain a filibuster. However, while Senator Brown voted "no" in committee today, he refused to rule out switching to "yes" later.

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Racists Take Over the Massachusetts Senate
— Gabriel Malor

How else can this be explained:

The measure, which passed on a 28-10 vote as an amendment to the budget, would bar the state from doing business with any company found to break federal laws barring illegal immigrant hiring. It would also toughen penalties for creating or using fake identification documents, and explicitly deny in-state college tuition for illegal immigrants.

The amendment would also require the state’s public health insurance program to verify residency through the Department of Homeland Security, and would require the state to give legal residents priority for subsidized housing.

According to the proposed law's supporters, it "goes farther" than any other immigration law for the past five years. The racism appears to be infectious, as it has even those who dislike the proposal in its grip:

Senator Frederick E. Berry, a Peabody Democrat, complained that one of the Republican sponsors acted like the "Patriots had just won the Super Bowl. ... I am going to vote for it, but I don’t think we ought to rejoice."

Democrats had resisted such a sweeping proposal, but spent last evening negotiating today’s measure, shortly after a new polled showed 84 percent of the liberal-leaning state’s voters supported tough immigration rules barring state services to illegal immigrants.

The disease has Senator Berry's principles rotting clear off his body!

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Overnight Open Thread
— Maetenloch

Happy Pre-Three-Day-Weekend Thursday all. Just 24 hours to go and yes some sedation would be nice.

Japanese Toilets are Complicated!

They commonly come with features like pre-warmed seats, massage options, auto-lid opening, dual water jets with a soap mixture, blow dryer, germ-resistant seats, air conditioning, glow-in-the-dark surface, music, and O-Zone deodorant systems.

But they're not simple - as I learned to my dismay when I was in Japan last year. And to my foreign white devil engineer eyes they have some flaws: the toilet menus are all in kanji instead of icons, the flush button is same size as all the other funky function buttons even though you have to press it every damn time you go, and often there is no backup flush handle - so if the power goes out, you can't flush at all.

On the other hand having warmed seats did end up being a nicer feature than I expected - avoiding that little cold shock every time you sit down just makes life a little bit pleasanter overall. More video here.

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Chris Christie's Approval Rate: 44-42
— Ace

The negatives jumping by 10 points, mostly coming from the undecided category.

If you just look at homes without a public employee in the household (though I don't know why you would look just at that), his numbers are a little better, 48-36.

These aren't great numbers, but they're... actually they're kind of great for a Republican in a liberal state presiding over an awful economy.

There's some good news, too. Sure, they say they don't like Christie -- too mean! Waah! -- but do they object to what he's doing?

Nope.

Not even close, really:

Three of five voters, 60 percent, continue to say the state should hold the line on spending even if many programs are reduced, while just a quarter, 23 percent, say the state should raise taxes if necessary and continue to support state programs.

I think it's an easy thing for voters to say "Oh, I disapprove, he's too abrasive, he's too mean, those poor teachers." But meanwhile they back what he's doing.

A case of them choosing to hate the playah rather than the game.

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