November 27, 2010

The Trust of Al Haig Spells Change
— Open Blogger

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Good evening,

We hope this finds each of you well. Much of the past 22 months have been all about change, many call it "cambios" and there's nothing wrong with that. For it's all change and change happens.

This brings me to the purpose of my writing. Friends, we can no longer resist change and thus must jump in with both feet, ready for action.

Accordingly, effective midnight GMT, The Al Haig Trust will be taking over the AOSHQ site. We will be changing the format and will be broadcasting it in frequency-modulation, those in the military will understand this to simply mean FM.

My trust trusts you will understand and come to embrace this change.

The Legal Directors of the Al Haig Trust

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Bedlam! In! Stillwater!
— Gabriel Malor

People often ask me, Oklahoman that I am, what a "Sooner" is. And I tell them: a Sooner is a criminal. A Sooner is a cheater. A Sooner is a man or woman with a low name. And someone who would take the name Sooner and venerate it, well, that person is a fucking degenerate.

However, once a season we meet those degenerates on a noble field of battle. That is Bedlam.

The story of Bedlam:

In the Year of our Lord 1900, Oklahoma A&M veterinary medicine professor Dr. L.L. Lewis brought together a group of students to participate in the first Oklahoma Territory Track and Field Meet. Held on May 4, 1900, the event included Alva Normal College, Central Normal of Edmond, Kingfisher College, and the Old Enemy, Oklahoma University.

The prize of the tournament was a silver cup donated by a local jeweler named Douglas. A&M won the meet and returned to Stillwater with the traveling trophy.

In 1901, A&M won again, and a third consecutive win would mean permanent retirement of the Douglas Cup in Stillwater. The third meet was held on May 23, 1902, with the Aggies winning the most points. Oklahoma, sore at their drubbing, filed a protest based on the pole vault competition not having been completed due to darkness. Nevertheless, A&M claimed the Douglas Cup and returned victorious to Stillwater.

The next day the Sooners held their own pole vault competition and declared themselves the victor of the tournament. Several weeks later, the Douglas Cup was stolen from its place in a glass case at the A&M chemistry lab. Suspecting that Sooners had taken the Cup, a group of A&M students made a daring raid to Norman. They retrieved the Cup and buried it under Old Central for safekeeping.

Ten years later, when excavation was being done for Gundersen Hall, the trophy was found. Today the Douglas Cup resides safely in OSU's Heritage Hall.

Bedlam football starts in Stillwater in 30 minutes. The winner of this game will be the conference South champion. You can get the game on ABC in most areas and if it's not showing in your area, you can see it streaming on the internet at ESPN3.

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CA and Embryonic Stem Cell Research [CDR M]
— Open Blogger

Back in 2004, California passed proposition 71 which was to spend $3 Billion dollars towards Embryonic Stem Cell Research. Today, there are multiple articles discussing how it has essentially been a money pit so far with no tangible results. In fact, it starts to sound like the dreary pap you get from global warming supporters that need more money for something that might take decades to come to fruition if ever.

Some six years later, with about $1.1 billion dispersed, there have been $270 million worth of impressive new labs built, research papers published, and respected scientists hired at exorbitant salaries, but no miracle cures or even marketable therapies. And none is likely for years, if not decades, to come. The promised financial payback for the financially strapped citizens of California is also far off.

Source: IBD Stem Cell Fraud

Emotions and anti-Bush feelings passed this proposition back in 2004 and the adult stem cell research has been far more successful to date than embryonic stem cell research. In 2014, these same people that wanted Proposition 71 passed are coming back for more money for research with little to no return on investment, unless you get paid to build new labs and "work" at said labs. Now I've seen various numbers for the number of successful treatments derived from adult stem cell research from around 70 up to 138. I'm not aware of a single treatment yet derived from embryonic stem cell research. I'm no expert in this (remember I put warheads on foreheads) but as a taxpayer (an investor so to speak) this does not seem to be a wise area to invest more money in.

More articles:
Yahoo News: California's Embryonic Boom Goes Bust

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Koreans Ready for War? (Ben)
— Open Blogger

I was cruising the internets today creating original content lifting material from other people and I came across an article at Business Insider. A poll was conducted and found that 45% of Koreans support escalation.

Some 34% don't want escalation but will support a military response if the Norks attack again. (By support they mean real support, not like a Democratic politician support).

The author notes:

But If there is another attack, these responses suggests around three in four South Koreans would support military response. That's saying a lot for a country that knows military engagement exposes them the world's biggest artillery force, chemical weapons and half a dozen nuclear weapons.

Please check out the link. They have a lot of great photos of the artillery attack aftermath. You'll have to click a link or two when you get there, but worth checking out.


Also, here is a link to Pat Buchanan's latest article about Korea. I think all of his articles are just mad libs. They all tend to ask the same question, "Why are we still in _______?". Fill in the blank depending on what country is in the news.

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Obama's 39 Percent Approval Rating - Fore! [Journolist]
— Open Blogger

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Hey, let’s talk about the plummeting popularity and sinking poll numbers of the President who would be King but for the constitution.

I suspect “king” isn’t the most accurate of descriptors as it denotes nobility and an air of royalty. What we have going on with Mr. Obama is the first president that has a past alias and whose entire background of primary school records, post-secondary college transcripts, employment history, etcetera, have either been scrubbed or are under court seal.

We are operating in a sort of political Never, Never Land with an executive branch that is setting itself apart from the simple commoners, the proletariat, in their quest to reorder the government’s interposition with society.

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Greatest Generation and Greediest Generations (Ben)
— Open Blogger

Alan Simpson(R-Balls of Steel) has been speaking bluntly about the Debt Commission.

But Simpson said that while every interest group that testified before his committee agreed that the mounting federal debt is a national tragedy, they would then talk about why government funding to their area of interest shouldn't be touched.

"We had the greatest generation -- I think this is the greediest generation," he said.

We are going to be hearing a lot of this when the Commission releases it's final plan. Special interest groups who want the debt cut, but howl when it is there program that is getting cut. The coming cuts are going to be painful and none of us are going to be spared, but we don't really have anymore options. The medicine always tastes terrible.

Lazy Exit Questions: Are there areas in government that you think shouldn't be cut at all? Are any of you collecting SS or will be soon and think you shouldn't have to take a hit, but the younger generations should?

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Football Thread [rdbrewer]
— Open Blogger

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Evil Always Starts at 15 Volts [rdbrewer]
— Open Blogger

Homeland Security shut down domain names that were suspected of violating copyright law. No trial yet. No homeland security threat yet. No copyright terrorism going on.

The investigative arm of the Homeland Security Department appears to be shutting down websites that facilitate copyright infringement.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has seized dozens of domain names over the past few days, according to TorrentFreak.

ICE appears to be targeting sites that help Internet users download copyrighted music, as well as sites that sell bootleg goods, such as fake designer handbags.

It would be nice to know what part of the act of Congress that set up the Department of Homeland Security permits this kind of action. So that I can know whether to thank George Bush or Barack Obama. more...

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Top Headline Comments 11-27-10 (Ben)
— Open Blogger

PRESIDENT, n.
The leading figure in a small group of men of whom -- and of whom only -- it is positively known that immense numbers of their countrymen did not want any of them for President.

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Happy Thanksgiving: Feds Sting Somali Born Terrorist with Fake Bomb in Portland
— Dave in Texas

He parked a van with six 55-gallon drums of fake explosives, provided by undercover FBI agents, next to a Christmas tree lighting ceremony. Then he went to a train station and used a cell phone to try to detonate it.

U.S. Attorney Dwight Holton released federal court documents to The Associated Press and the Oregonian newspaper that show the sting operation began in June after an undercover agent learned that Mohamud had been in regular e-mail contact with an "unindicted associate" in Pakistan's northwest, a frontier region where al-Qaida and Afghanistan's Taliban insurgents are strong.

The two used coded language in which the FBI believes Mohamud discussed traveling to Pakistan to prepare for "violent jihad," the documents said.

I don't mean to imply he had any assistance from Pakistan (except I do).

Come visit Pakistan. Our principle exports are Christmas cheer and bloody mass-death.

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November 26, 2010

Overnight Open Thread-Gladiator Edition [CDR M]
— Open Blogger

Well, my moron friends, this is my last guest ONT host gig. It has been a pleasure and an honor to have served my fellow morons in this capacity. It's harder than you think but fun nonetheless. I want to thank Ace and Maet for giving me this opportunity. That shock collar you made us wear to prevent us from posting naughty things is damn strong though! Hopefully, myself and the other scab-bloggers kept you enthralled and if not, well, I was gonna write something up but figured I'd let my man Russell Crowe address you.

I keed, I keed! On with the ONT! more...

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Evening News Dump [CDR M]
— Open Blogger

A tipster (eh, who am I kidding, it was a regular blogger who will remain anonymous) passed on these little nuggets to ponder today.

1. In response to the Ghailani trial failure, the White House has inexplicably ordered the Office of Military Commissions to stand down. Note the WH non-denial.

2. The Somali pirates that the Navy brought back were convicted on Wednesday in Norfolk. It's the first U.S. piracy convictions in almost two centuries.

3. A wanted, known jihadist lives openly and freely in Kosovo. Note that Kosovo is still protected by U.S. troops.

4. Creeping statism: a judge is allowing the wiretap authority created to aid investigators of terrorism to be used now for financial fraud investigations. Civil rights? What civil rights?

Ready, set, discuss.

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Midday Whenever Overnight Open Thread - "The Age of Hair" Edition [Rajiv Vindaloo]
— Open Blogger

What can I say; brilliance takes time. Sit. Consume. Flatter me. Buy me drinks. Sit on my lap. Run your fingers through my hair. Tell me how much you ... wha? Oh, yeah yeah, blog. Okay, okay.

The Difference Between Us and Them

The rest of the world:

Meanwhile, at AoSHQ:

After the jump: Things! more...

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Steele on Thin Ice [rdbrewer]
— Open Blogger

Republican National Committee members are set to vote in two months.

A significant bloc of Republican National Committee members wants embattled chairman Michael Steele to step aside, but the rank and file have failed to settle on a clear alternative, according to Associated Press interviews with committee members.

More than four dozen interviews with members of the 168-member central committee found fear that a badly damaged Steele could emerge from the wreckage of a knockdown, drag-out fight to head the party as it challenges President Barack Obama in 2012. While most agree that Steele's time has been rough — and costly — the members also recognize that a leadership fight could overshadow gains that Republicans made in the midterm elections.

For the same reasons Steele's leadership was "rough and costly," we're looking at a leadership fight. Because it's all about Michael Steele. And since it's all about Michael Steele, there is little hope he will bow out and spare the party a leadership battle. After all, it's his time to shine.

Link via Hot Air.

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Peggy Noonan - Obama Needs a Reality Assistant, But It's Not His Fault [Journolist]
— Open Blogger

While you ate turkey yesterday, America’s retired speechwriter tidied up her jottings and submitted them to the Wall Street Journal in fulfillment of her contract. And now Peggy Noonan can sit back and see how the commoners react to her continued irrelevance and sappy handed scrawl.

Peggy Noonan worked in the crucible at 1600 Penn in the Reagan administration and sat in the round where many other young, intelligent and overly eager speechwriters have sat - in a set of offices where the clock’s always the enemy and the coffee’s served in perpetuity. A place where you better be on your game and know how to jump, and not be adverse to hoops, because the White House’s operational structure is rife with jump callers and hoops.

While Noonan wrote good presidential script leveled in strong words, empathy and good ole Reagan charm, she was remunerated in kind for talking the talk and writing it down. In the years to follow though, Noonan has been a sort of preachy schoolmarm of bilateral politics; all over the board politically and yet static in her schoolmarm role.

While I’m writing this, I’m listening to Vivaldi’s Gloria from the motion picture sound track Shine, I only listen to this when I am in a good mood. Yet, some things need to be said despite being in a good mood and despite Vivaldi’s musical transcendence.

In her latest WSJ column titled, ‘The Special Assistant for Reality’ Noonan immediately begins to make excuses for President Obama.

This is accomplished by detailing how the modern day American President resides in a bubble of security and advisors which places the poor old American President in the most untenable of positions, not being able to understand what is really going on outside of the white house.

In the present day of 24 hour news cycles, new media and instant polls, the president unable to determine what’s going on outside of the white house is a tough pill to swallow indeed.

Despite the communication efficiencies of the present age, Noonan writes in terms of the occupant of the oval office as a victim unable, for some unknown reason, to exercise sound judgment.

Per Noonan: Presidents always get to the point where they want to escape Washington, and their lives, and their jobs. But they never can. Because when you're president and you go to Indiana, you take the bubble with you. Your bubble meets Indiana; your bubble witnesses Indianans. But you don't get out of the bubble in Indiana. Once you're in the bubble—once you're in the midst of a huge apparatus, once you have the cars and the aides and the security and the staffers—there is no getting out of it.

You cannot shake the bubble. Wherever you go, there it is. And the worst part is that the army of staff, security and aides that exists to be a barrier between a president and danger, or a president and inconvenience, winds up being a barrier between a president and reality. You lose touch with America and Americans in the bubble, no matter who you are, or what party. This accounts for some of the spectacular blunders presidents make.

Noonan of course needs the above preamble before segueing into just how out of touch she now sees President Obama in terms of the country’s outrage over the TSA imbroglio. Writing in generalities before launching into the clear deficiencies of Mr. Obama, has become a staple of those in the mainstream media, especially for those feigned conservatives who promoted Obama like Noonan. I suspect they view this as a veneer of cover so as to not upset the mainstream gentry.

For after all, every good fourth estate mainstreamer knows they can’t cut to the chase when speaking ill of Obama. Such would be um, what is the word I’m looking for? Got it! Such would be heresy. And every mainstreamer knows, mainstreamer heresy isn’t a temporal type of sin for it could be mortal to one’s career.

So here we are a day after thanksgiving with a president whose popularity is at 39 percent, a country slammed with regulations, pending taxes, trillion dollar fiscal deficits and a vitriolic president who Noonan suggests needs a sort of reality informant; one to preside between Obama the ruler and we the ruled.

In 1996, Robert Bork wrote a book titled, ‘Slouching Toward Gomorrah: Modern Liberalism and American Decline.’

In 2010 Peggy Noonan writes of a liberal President who needs to be told the ills of a government that molests airline passengers.

I’m going to be turning up Vivaldi real loud now and try not to think for a while.

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Hey Maybe Those Crazy Israelis Are On To Something With Their Airport Profiling System After All
— DrewM

This story qualifies as something I wouldn't expect to see at the top of the Washington Post's website.

Israel has long held the reputation as home to the world's most stringent airport-security procedures. But most passengers aren't frisked, there are no intimately revealing body-imaging scanners, and security experts dismiss as misguided the new, more intrusive American approach that requires pat-downs or highly detailed scans of every passenger.

"Taking the bottle of water from the 87-year old-woman at JFK, you will never find an explosive material that is coming from Bin Laden,'' said Shlomo Harnoy, head of the Sdema Group, an Israeli security consultancy that advises airports abroad. "You are concentrating on the wrong thing.''

Israel's approach allows most travelers to pass through airport security with relative ease. But Israeli personnel do single out small numbers of passengers for extensive searches and screening, based on profiling methods that have so far been rejected in the United States, subjecting Arabs and, in some cases, other foreign nationals to an extensive screening that comes with a steep civil liberties price.

I don't get this idea that invasive screening of some instead of all is a "a steep civil liberties price".

Airline security is about...security, not personal feelings or equality. By doing the faux, 'we're all in it together and are equal threats' thing we are hurting security but not feelings. That doesn't seem to be on point. Yes, that's easy for a pasty white guy like me to say but it's also the truth.

Of course the story goes into the usual tales of woe from Arabs who don't like getting the 3rd degree from Israeli security but so what? We can stack up plenty of similar stories from US airports from people who have zero chance of being a terrorist.

No system is going to be perfect but spreading limited resources thinner in the name of feelings fails on every level...it hurts security and creates resentments.

I'm somewhat skeptical that we can implement the Israeli model here. Aside from the lack of political will, there's simply a question of scale. Only a tiny fraction of people fly to/in Israel compared to the US. I can't find overall numbers for Israel but the main airport, Ben Gurion handles about 11 million passengers. By comparison, JFK in NY handles 45 million. That gives you a sense of scale we're looking at.

One reason we use such ham handed methods is the relative inexpensiveness of the system and the large supply of low skilled workers it takes to run it. Hiring tens of thousands of highly trained and educated profilers isn't going to be cheap or easy.

Overall though, it's good that we are at least beginning to have a discussion about this and not simply accepting the government's, "this is the way it's going to be" approach. Maybe we can't have the Israeli system but perhaps there something between that and the idiocy we are going through now. We'll only find out if we demand it.

National "Opt Out Day" may have been a bust on the ground but the pressure is clearly building to bring some sanity to the airline security.

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Black Friday Shoppers Embarrass the Human Race Yet Again [Dan Cleary]
— Open Blogger

I think it's time for a slight revision to the Unofficial Hierarchy of Western Civilization. As of today, the bottom three slots are:

#5934. Costanza.
#5935. Alan Grayson.
#5936. Black Friday shoppers.

That's right - I paint them all with the same broad brush.

Animals!

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Via Breitbart. Cross-posted.

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Presdential Presidential Metaphor of the Day Decade [Rajiv Vindaloo]
— Open Blogger

(Yes I can spell. I just can't see the damn screen.)

UPDATE: According to Li'l Bobby Gibbs it was an elbow to the face that did it. That would probably do more damage than a basketball.

Place your bets now as to how long it will take for some leftwing blogs to accuse the poor bastard that did this (who's probably one of Obama's best friends) of being a Republican plant and try to destroy the guy's life.

Original post below:

President Obama + Baseball Basketball = 12 stitches to lip.

That's all we know thus far.

(Thanks Mr. Dave (and 845 other people after him; geez, you guys are sticklers for facts and stuff) or actually reading the one-line article and correcting me. I'm in a greenhouse shopping for fake Christmas trees and woozy from the Benadryl.)

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College Football Thread-Black Friday Edition! [CDR M]
— Open Blogger

Good afternoon sports fans! What a day of college football we have before us. Here's the sked:

IRON BOWL: #2 Auburn vs #11 Alabama. 2:30PM EST on CBS. I gotta say I'm so sick and tired of the Cam what's his name talk and worship by the announcer's. I think I'll watch this game on mute.

Colorado vs #15 Nebraska. 3:30PM EST on ABC. Seriously, everyone else is watching the Iron Bowl at this time except during commercials.

#21 Arizona vs #1 Oregon. 7:00PM EST on ESPN. Should be a snoozer unless you like to watch Oregon pile up the points. Interesting to note that CAL almost beat both teams this year. But almost only counts in hand grenades.

#4 Boise St vs #19 Nevada. 10:15PM EST on ESPN. Second best match-up off the day. mpfs says Boise St is the real #1 and all others are posers. more...

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Pilots Criticize "Idiot" TSA Workers [rdbrewer]
— Open Blogger

Pilots speak their minds in online forums.

When pilots do talk, the comments tend to be circumspect—with the notable exception of Michael Roberts, the ExpressJet pilot who refused to go through a full-body scanner in Memphis.

There is, however, a place to get an unfiltered view from the cockpit. That’s at the online discussion boards where pilots hang out and air their views, safely anonymous behind electronic nicknames. At sites like AirlinePilotForums.com and PPRUNE.org, heated discussions about the screenings rage on.

Some of the things they have revealed online: A few pilots feel TSA screenings are necessary. They generally agree that profiling should be used. Drug mules have long known about security gaps that scanning and pat-downs could not detect (body cavities). And TSA workers are idiots:

If there is one theme that emerges clearly time and again in pilots’ online discussions, it’s disdain for the TSA checkpoint worker. They are “the government equivalent of being a Wendy's burger flipper,” according to one typical comment from AirlinePilotForums.com. “Barney Fife is more suited for their job,” writes another. Anecdotes frequently portray TSA workers as mindlessly hewing to procedures at the expense of exercising the judgment needed to sniff out the evildoers.

Many other concerns of pilots are addressed in the article. For example, the TSA is apparently doing nothing about threats posed by airport workers who have access to planes beyond security checkpoints. The fact that they're not patting-down baggage handlers or emptying and X-raying the contents of food delivery trucks outside the view of the traveling public is further proof current security measures are merely Security Theater.

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