Happy Thanksgiving Everyone


Wanna hear some bad Thanksgiving jokes? No? Okay here you go:

If the Pilgrims were alive today, what would they be most famous for?
Their AGE

Why can’t you take a turkey to church?
Because they use such FOWL language

Which side of the turkey has the most feathers?
The outside

Can a turkey jump higher than the Empire State Building?
Yes – a building can’t jump at all

What did the turkeys sing on Thanksgiving Day?
God save the kin.

Those were the best in the bunch.

Your welcome.

INFANT Suicide Bomber Kills 170 In Pakistan

This has to be a new low for the jihadists. I mean, strapping a bomb to a one year old?

The bomb was used in an assassination attempt on former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto last month:

The bomb, which killed 170 people and injured hundreds more, detonated during a crowded procession for Bhutto as she returned from exile.

Investigators from Bhutto’s Pakistan People’s Party said the homicide bomber tried repeatedly to carry the baby to Bhutto’s vehicle as it proceeded through the streets of Karachi.

“At the point where the bombs exploded, Benazir Bhutto herself saw the man with the child and asked him to come closer so that she could hug or kiss the infant,” investigators were reported as saying.

“But someone came in between and a guard felt that the man with the child was not behaving normally. So the child was not allowed to come aboard Benazir’s vehicle.”

What kind of mother would allow her child to be used that way? Allowing that this wasn’t done behind her back.

We value life, they value death…. okay, I get it. But on some basic human level, don’t normal maternal instincts kick in?

H/T: National Terror Alert

Flight 93 Memorial Blogburst #7

Memorial superintendent admits giant crescent still present in memorial design

No comment from the Park Service yet on Congressman Tancredo’s request for a new Flight 93 Memorial. We did a little better with last week’s blogburst letters. Some emailers got a response from Memorial Project Superintendent Joanne Hanley, answering Mr. Tancredo’s contention that the original giant crescent is still present in the redesign. Interestingly, her description of the redesign actually admits that the giant crescent IS still present, both geometrically and thematically.

In 2005, architect Paul Murdoch explained his original Crescent of Embrace design in terms of the flight path: as the hijacked airliner came over the ridgeline above the crash site, its flight path symbolically broke the circle, turning it into a giant crescent. In the original design, the broken off part of the circle was removed entirely:

Crescent and star

Flight 93 came down from the Northwest (the upper left). The flight path breaks the circle at the upper crescent tip, says Paul Murdoch, then continues down to the crash site, which is located between the crescent tips (roughly in the position of the star on an Islamic crescent and star flag).

In describing the barely altered redesign, Superintendent Hanley uses the exact same “breaking the circle” language that Paul Murdoch used to describe the original design, only now the broken off part of the circle is not completely removed. A broken chunk of it remains, so that the design now includes “two breaks” instead of one:

The most prominent refinement was in the treatment of the naturally occurring bowl-shaped landscape feature. The design now surrounds that area with a circle of trees which is broken in two places – the location which marks the flight path as it breaks the circular continuity of the bowl edge, and the Sacred Ground where the crash occurred. The locations of the two breaks in the circle are based on the flight path and crash site of Flight 93.

The site plan graphic for the redesign was dramatically re-colored, making the crescent LOOK more like a circle. You have to examine closely to see that the original break in the crescent is still there, along with the new “second break.” But as Superintendent Hanley admits, the original break IS still there, and it is still intended to be seen as being there. Hanley is directly admitting what Congressman Tancredo is complaining about, that the original crescent has only been disguised.

A side-by-side comparison of the Crescent of Embrace site-plan and the redesign site-plan confirms that the only change was to include a chunk of the symbolically broken off part of the imaginary full circle:

Two breaks

Ignoring the re-coloring of the image, the only change is the additional arc of trees to the left side of the crescent. (Click pic for larger view.)

Including a chunk of the broken off part of the circle does nothing to remove the original crescent, but on the contrary is perfectly consistent with it, both geometrically and thematically. The terrorists are still depicted as breaking our humanitarian circle and turning it into a giant Islamic shaped crescent.

Just to make sure people get it, Paul Murdoch has placed a huge glass block at the spot where this circle-breaking, crescent-creating feat takes place. It is the 44th translucent block emplaced along the flight path (matching the number of passengers, crew, AND terrorists) and is inscribed: “a field of honor forever.”

Earlier admissions that the redesign retains the crescent and star configuration of an Islamic flag

An August 18th article in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette quoted Superintendent Hanley denying the Mecca orientation of the giant crescent:

“The only thing that orients the memorial is the crash site,” she said.Mr. Murdoch reinforced that idea.

“It’s oriented toward the Sacred Ground,” he said. “It just couldn’t be clearer.”

The symbolism of the memorial, he continued, is representative of the geography of the crash site, an idea that predates Islam or any other major religion.

They are not calling it a crescent and star configuration, but that is what they are describing, and what they are talking about here is the redesign. They are admitting that the design still has the arms of the crescent reaching out towards the crash site, which sits between the crescent tips, in the position of the star on an Islamic flag. “It just couldn’t be clearer.”

Connect a line from the lower crescent tip to the thematic upper crescent tip (the 44th glass block, commemorating the spot where the flight path breaks the circle) and a perpendicular to this line (the direction of a person facing directly into the giant crescent) points exactly to Mecca. Thus does Paul Murdoch tie the Islamic features and the terrorist memorializing features of his design into a perfect bin Ladenist embrace. The 44th block defines the exact Mecca orientation of the giant crescent.

Very simply, we hosted an open design competition in time of war. Of course the enemy would enter. The only thing that is hard to understand is why the Memorial Project is willfully blind to this ploy.

Blogroll for Wednesday “stop the crescent memorial” blogbursts

Silky Selling Family Recipes For Campaign Funds

Dang, but this seems kinda desperate, to me.

John Edwards is having his mama and a few other Dems sell their precious family recipes for campaign dollars.

From Campaign Emails:

Dear Friend,

This is John’s mom, Bobbie. I just wanted to send a quick note from our family to yours to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!

John’s dad and I have been out on the campaign trail with him this past week, listening to him talk about change. I couldn’t agree more that we need big change in America today. But at Thanksgiving, it’s nice to take some time to think about all that we have to be thankful for — and to enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving meal.

And, this Thanksgiving, Elizabeth and I, along with David Bonior and his wife Judy, and Joe Trippi and his wife Kathy, from John’s campaign team, want to share our favorite Thanksgiving recipes with you.

As a member of our campaign family, If you donate just $20.08 (for the year we’ll elect my son the next president of the United States!), I’ll send you Elizabeth’s recipe for bread pudding, David and Judy Bonior’s recipes for “Sweet Potatoes with Apples” and “Mushroom Soup,” along with Joe and Kathy’s recipe for “Old Fashioned Down on the Farm Country Stuffing” — and my own special recipe for one of John’s favorites, Mac n’ Cheese!

You know a recipe I’d like to see? I like to see their recipe for Humble Pie.

And I’d like to see the entire Democratic party eat it when they lose big in ’08 because of their cynical, terrorist-enabling policies.

Well, well, well…wonders never cease:

I get my first Hot Air link for this goofy post!

Hiya, Hot Air readers. Welcome to the “kid’s table”.

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Project Valour IT

Nice Deb has joined the Air Force Team of bloggers raising money for Project Valour It, which helps provide voice-controlled and adaptive laptop computers to wounded Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines recovering from severe injuries at major medical centers.

Funds collected, as of today, here.

The goal is $240,000, and we’ve still got a ways to go.

Here’s the PayPal link if you want to help out.

I’m still trying to find a way to put a link button to the Project Valour IT site on my left sidebar, but so far it’s not cooperating.

UPDATE ( November 20):

Good news from Soldiers Angels, New York:

The 3rd Annual Project Valour-IT Fundraising Competition has come to an end. While the total of checks has not yet been reported, the expectation is that the total will be over $200,000.

Thanks much to everyone who contributed.

Kos Kids Support The Troops, YAY!

Now that the toughest, and most grueling, part of the war is over, (when moral support from America was so crucial), and we’ve all but declared victory in Iraq…. Some lefties are jumping on board to “support the troops”.

Watch, as the Kos Kids show us “Wingers” how it’s done:

Today, I’m calling all kossacks with an invitation to show the wingers how to walk the walk by supporting the troops with some good old fashioned care packages. It’s a great way to support those men and women who will not be home for the holidays and sending care packages to the troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan is easier than most folks realize. So, here’s some specific information on where to find soldiers to support, what to send, and the ins and outs of mailing care packages overseas. I promise, it’s easier than you think and you’ll feel wonderful walking away from that post office counter.

That’s mighty magnanimous of them, since they consider the troops to be moral retards.

I’m sure the troops will love all the Noam Chomsky Books, and patchouli they send them.

You want to know how lefties really support the troops?

Like this.

“Noose” Hysteria Hits High School Level

A discussion about the best knots to use to tie up drum equipment led two Lee’s Summit West High School boys to be suspended for 10 days, and their parents are fuming.

There apparently had been some racial tension in the Band, specifically on the drum line, when both black and white kids were using the “n” word. The band director told them to stop.

They did, but the noose talk landed the kids in big trouble:

Travis Grigsby loves playing drums, but he and his friend Alex Coday weren’t able to play for two weeks after they were suspended. It started after the band’s performance at a football game. Some kids on the drum line said they were talking about the best knots to use to tie up the drum equipment.

“Someone asked if anybody knew how to tie a noose and Travis did admit he knew how to tie a noose,” Kim Grigsby said.

Travis’ mom said her son is almost an Eagle Scout, he knew how to tie it, but told his friends he wouldn’t because you could get in trouble for that. Later, a black student on the drum line told the teacher he was offended.

“Travis was accused of using a racial slur for saying the word ‘noose.’ Then he was suspended for 10 days,” Kim said.

She said the school district accused the boys of having a racially charged conversation about nooses, but Travis and Alex insist that’s not what happened.

“I don’t feel they let Alex or Travis tell their side of the story,” Kim said.

Alex’s parents wrote to the district saying this is pushing the kids apart instead of bringing them together. Other kids and parents agree.

So do I.

“We just want what’s fair for our boys,” Kim said. “They’re good boys, get good grades, participate in school activities.”

The school did shorten the kids’ school suspension to only five days, but it will affect their grades.

“They are being punished beyond what is even near reasonable,” Kim said.

The school district isn’t commenting on the case because of privacy issues, but says no one is aware of any racial tensions at their school.


Kim Grigsby visited my blog, November 22, and left the following comment:

This kid that felt threatened by my son, does throw the race card daily and does scream “POOP” daily. He has also been suspended for dropping the “F” bomb to girls at school and just last week was given a 3 day suspension for assaulting a white student and in that case he dropped the “MF” bomb. Now where is consistency at that school? Not only is this just unreal that my son received a 10 day suspension, but this black kid got 3 days for assault. HMM…

Political correctness run amuck…that’s what this is.

Greetings Betsy’s Page and Bay Area Riders readers.


Possible Terrorist Threat in Southern Arizona

KOLD News 13 out of Tucson, AZ has obtained an FBI urgent report outlining a possible terrorist attack in southern Arizona, naming specifically, Fort Huachuca in Sierra Vista.

The document gives no timetable or explanation of how the threat will be carried out. But does say, “a group of Iraqis may have entered the United States through tunnels from Mexico into Arizona,” and those same “Iraqis are believed to be the ones who will perpetrate the attack on Fort Huachuca.”Lt. Colonel Matthew Garner of the United States Army says, “The military is always a target, I believe.”For security purposes, Lt. Col. Garner wouldn’t tell us what’s been done or what’s being done to stop the threat. But he did say the U.S. Government takes this very seriously. And that Fort Huachuca is fully aware and prepared for anything that comes its way.

The report dates back to May, 2007 and Fort Huachuca hasn’t seen an attack yet, but that doesn’t mean they’re in the clear:

Lt. Col. Garner says, “We operate within that knowing that we are always a target, and then we take all precautions necessary whether it’s a general threat or a specific threat like the one you’re talking about.”According to the report which cites sources and sub sources within the DEA, the Iraqis may currently be located on an “unidentified Indian reservation” in Arizona. The Tohono O’odham nation is one possibility, with more than 2 and half million acres that start near Casa Grande and continue south all the way to the Mexico border. William Bevill says, “The fact that it’s somewhere closer to Tucson makes it more of a concern.

Also concerning:

 the report says, is an arsenal of weapons already in the United States.They include two Milan–surface to surface, anti-tank missiles; some Soviet made surface to air missiles; and an unspecified number of grenade launchers.

Tucson residents who were interviewed about the threat were clearly disturbed about the situation. One man said:

“I don’t know why we haven’t heard about it sooner, according to Gresham.””It’s pretty scary, our kids are here. This is where we live.”

A local moon-bat, with tin-foil hat firmly in place, offered a different opinion:

 Ashleen O’Gaea says, “The administration has given us a lot of convenient information before which has proved to be less than accurate.” O’Gaea says, “Whether that be honest misunderstanding or deliberate deceit is up for debate.”

Of course, if we withheld questionable information and then something did happen, this same woman would be one of the first to cry foul.

Chimpy just can’t win with these people.

UPDATE (November 25):

It looks like the Washington Times has gotten around to covering this.

King’s Slapdown Of Chavez Creates Cash Cow

When Hugo Chavez started spouting off about the former (Conservative) President of Spain, Jose Maria Aznar being a Fascist, during the Ibero-American Summit on Nov. 10th, the current Socialist President, Jose Luis Rodriguez Zaptero scolded him, and demanded him to show more respect. As Chavez interrupted and argued, the King of Spain, Juan Carlos irritably piped in with, “Why don’t you shut up”.

A worthy smack down if ever there was one.

A short time later, when Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega, a close Chavez ally, accused the Spanish embassy of interfering in Nicaraguan politics, the king walked out, a gesture Spanish media said was unprecedented.

I sure wish someone listening to Chavez’s unhinged rantings last year at the UN had had the balls to react similarly. Instead we were treated to the “Bush is the devil”, “smells of sulphur”, ” and “insh’allah” crazy talk, and nobody said a peep, that I can recall.

*bmac reminded me in the comment section that Charlie Rangel did speak up, (two days later in a press release condemning Chavez’s behavior), much to his credit.

It would have been nice if someone present at the UN on Sept. 19, while Chavez was ranting, had had the cojones to stand up and just tell him to just “Shut the @#$%& up”.

The really good news is, the people of Spain have embraced the King’s sentiments, and “Why don’t you shut up” has become the catch-phrase of the year:

Were the king to claim image rights over his less-than-diplomatic outburst, he could find himself a nice little earner, as those five famous words have become a multi-million euro business, selling ringtones, mugs, T-shirts and websites.

An estimated 500,000 people have already downloaded the ringtone, generating around €1.5m (£1m), but many companies have circumvented any potential problems over rights by using an actor’s voice instead of the king’s.

Over 700 videos have appeared on YouTube, with parodies ranging from a Benny Hill sketch to a Nike advert featuring the Brazilian star Ronaldinho, which ends: “Juan do it. Just shut up.”

Meanwhile, the Peña brothers, who run a small T-shirt company, have found themselves overwhelmed with orders for their design inspired by the king. They normally expect to sell 800 T-shirts in a year, but in the week of the king’s outburst their orders reached over 1,000.

I tried to find the Benny Hill sketch, but was unsuccessful.

This one, however is mildly amusing:

I’m hoping that the good king, Juan Carlos, has started something, here. Maybe the next time Chavez goes off half cocked in an international setting, leaders in attendance will be more inclined to put him in his place.

And for that, we all owe the king of Spain a debt of gratitude.


Heart-Ache: Historic Whisky Could Go Down The Drain

In the Sad But True File:

Hundreds of bottles of Jack Daniel’s whiskey, some of it almost 100 years old, may be unceremoniously poured down a drain because authorities suspect it was being sold by someone without a license.

Officials seized 2,400 bottles late last month during warehouse raids in Nashville and Lynchburg, the southern Tennessee town where the whiskey is distilled.

“Punish the person, not the whiskey,” said an outraged Kyle MacDonald, 28, a Jack Daniel’s drinker from British Columbia who promotes the whiskey on his blog. “Jack never did anything wrong, and the whiskey itself is innocent.”

Yeah, whiskey doesn’t sell illegally, people sell illegally.

Investigators are also looking into whether some of the bottles had been stolen from the distillery. No one has been arrested.Authorities are still determining how much of the liquor will be disposed of, and how much can be sold at auction.

Tennessee law requires officials to destroy whiskey that cannot be sold legally in the state, such as bottles designed for sale overseas and those with broken seals.

“We’d pour it out,” said Danielle Elks, executive director of the Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission.

The estimated value of the whiskey (in antique bottles ranging from 3-liters to half pints) is $1 million.

“Every Question Pre-Planned Or Censored”

Most of you have heard by now that the “Diamonds and Pearls” questioner at the CNN Democratic Debate has written about the questions being “pre-planned and censored” on her My Space page:

“Every single question asked during the debate by the audience had to be approved by CNN,” Luisa writes. “I was asked to submit questions including “lighthearted/fun” questions. I submitted more than five questions on issues important to me. I did a policy memo on Yucca Mountain a year ago and was the finalist for the Truman Scholarship. For sure, I thought I would get to ask the Yucca question that was APPROVED by CNN days in advance.”…

In fairness, the diamonds or pearls question was one of the five that she had come up with, but only because CNN requested that one question be light hearted.

And that is the question CNN chose to use because…why? Because it makes Hillary seem less frosty, and more feminine, that’s why.

The question is reminiscent of the infamous 1992 MTV Rock the Vote query of Bill Clinton: “Boxers or briefs?”

To the old fogies, that seemed like an inappropriate, undignified question (it was), but Rock The Vote drove millions of young voters to the polls, never a good thing for Republicans.

The diamonds or pearls question, while not as odious, seems geared at garnering sympathy from women.

Googlemeister, Dan Riehl made some interesting discoveries:

A.) That another questioner, a Ms. LaShannon Spencer, who was presented as an “Undecided” voter is actually the Political Director of the friggen’ Democratic Party in Arkansas.


B.) CNN trotted out Another questioner, a Ms. Catherine Jackson, to ask a question about Iran, with the moral imperative only a woman whose son has served three tours in Iraq can have. Only, now we find out that she’s an anti-war activist who appeared with Dingy Harry back in May with the same three tours in Iraq shtick:

“My son was in Iraq three times,” said Catherine Jackson of Las Vegas.“I thank God he’s home now. Enough is enough. We need to bring our troops home.”

Allah’s willing to give CNN a pass on that one. He would.

I understand that with live T.V. you have to plan and coordinate things carefully…you can’t have any loose cannons going off….you don’t want political ideologues on either side, and it is possible to miss an activist or two, or three…..so why bother with questions from the audience at all?

The whole thing plays like (as El-Rushbo would say) phoney baloney plastic banana Barbara Streisand. And the MSM are very willing accomplices. It’s a total farce.

Why must they subject us to it????


Picture courtesy of El Rushbo.

UPDATE (Nov. 18):

It’s even worse than we thought. For instance:

The Diamonds or Pearls “my space” college coed, Maria Parra-Sandoval is a member of Harry Reid’s staff.

More crap about more plants, here.

This is why I can’t watch more than 15 minutes of a Democratic debate. You know the fix is in, you’re being lied to, and your BS detector starts spinning so wildly, you need a heavy dose of Dramamine to recover.

BRING. IT. ONNNN! (Part 2)

John Kerry said today that he has personally accepted Texas Oilman, T. Boone Pickens’ offer to pay $1 million to anyone who can disprove a single charge of the Swift Boat Veteran’s For Truth.

In a letter to T. Boone Pickens, the Massachusetts Democrat wrote: “While I am prepared to show they lied on allegation after allegation, you have generously offered to pay one million dollars for just one thing that can be proven false. I am prepared to prove the lie beyond any reasonable doubt.”

Kerry, a Navy veteran and former prosecutor, said he was willing to present his case directly to Pickens, who provided $3 million to bankroll the group during Kerry’s race against President Bush.

Kerry said he would donate any proceeds to the Paralyzed Veterans of America.

The senator said Pickens issued the challenge Nov. 6 in Washington, while serving as chairman of a 40th anniversary gala for American Spectator magazine.

Pickens spokesman Jay Rosser asked to review the letter before commenting.

What about that Standard Form-180 that Kerry promised to supply back in May of 2004?

Well, it took him awhile, but finally in May of ’05, Kerry did sign a form of the SF-180 that released a limited selection of his military records.

Ed Morrissey said at the time:

Kerry only agreed to sign off on the SF-180. He didn’t agree to release every document that results from that request. The SF-180 will only release the information to Kerry, who can then cull the material for anything embarrassing before making it public.

It’s been 3 1/2 years since the Swift Boat Veterans For Truth made their allegations.

I wonder what sort of weaselly maneuvers he has in store for us, now.

A True Ally

Some new revelations about Tony Blair’s support for the Iraq Invasion and his relationship with President Bush has come to light in a new BBC Documentary:

Tony Blair has admitted for the first time that he ignored the pleas of his aides and ministers to deter President Bush from waging war on Iraq because he believed that America was doing the right thing. And he has acknowledged that he turned down a last-ditch offer from Mr Bush to pull Britain out of the conflict.

In frank remarks in a BBC documentary, Mr Blair confirmed openly the belief of many of his closest supporters that he never used his position as America’s strongest ally to try to force Mr Bush down the diplomatic rather than the military route. It was never a “bargaining chip” for him and he was never looking for a way out, he told David Aaronovitch, of The Times, in interviews for The Blair Years. “It was what I believed in, and I still do believe it,” he said.

The programme reveals that the key meeting at which Mr Bush learnt that he had Mr Blair on side took place at Camp David in September 2002 – six months before hostilities began. In return for promising Mr Blair that he would try to help get a second resolution at the UN, he also won Mr Blair’s pledge that if he got “stuck” in the UN, war would be the only way out. Mr Blair later suggested that Mr Bush tried for a second resolution as a “favour” to him.

The programme also reveals that just before the key Commons vote on war Mr Bush telephoned Mr Blair and offered him a way out. Mr Blair explained why he had declined the offer: “He was always very cognisant of the difficulty I had. He was determined we should not end up with the regime change being in Britain and he was saying to me, ‘Look I understand this is very difficult and America can do this militarily on its own and if you want to stick out of it, stick out of it’, and I was equally emphatic we should not do that.”

I highlighted that last part because it was such a strong indicator of the strength of character of both men, that it gave me chills.

But obviously, not everyone sees it that way. The first commenter at TimesOnline says:

Wr criminal, should be hanged.



Once Again, Encouraging Words From Dingy Harry On Iraq

Top Democrats yesterday rejected reports of U.S. military progress in Iraq, saying victory remains “out of reach” as long as political divisions roil Baghdad.

“It’s not getting better; it’s getting worse,” said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. “The goal remains out of reach.”

Hey, that’s an improvement over his “This war is lost” comment back in April.

Nevermind that there has indeed been a dramatic drop in the violence in Iraq, the cup is 1/1ooth  full now, for Reid, instead of completely empty.

That, my friends is actually an improvement, as far as the Dingy One is concerned.

Republicans and supporters of the war effort said the Democrats were in “deep denial.”

Former Democrat, Joe Lieberman had this to say:

… the war critics “remain emotionally invested in a narrative of retreat and defeat, even as facts on the ground show that we are advancing and winning.”

Cartoon Courtesy of Red Planet.

Led Zep Considering Full Scale Tour

We can only hope…

Speaking to Guitar World magazine in the States, guitarist Jimmy Page suggested the one-off show may lead to something bigger.

“It’s a bit silly not to because there is such massive demand,” he said.

Until now, the band had said they were only planning to do the one show at the O2 Dome, in honour of Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun.

Oh yeah!

And just for the occasion, here’s 101 versions of Stairway To Heaven.

Just don’t click on the Pat Boone version, as Ace says, some … links lead to… places you don’t wanna go, baby.

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