Going After A Real Criminal Must Have Been Too Difficult

There are real penalties for running contrary to the Left’s agenda…especially when you have the temerity to not share their priorities and you dare to move freely in their territories.  This cautionary tale comes courtesy of the Philadelphia Daily News.

Unlike a Somali youth who did his damnest to carry out the cold-blooded murder of innocent people, and was only stopped due to FBI involvement, Brian Aitken is serving a 7 year sentence for transporting two handguns, ammunition, and magazines he legally owned.

Brian, a law-abiding citizen who was in the process of moving from Colorado to New Jersey after a divorce, expressed some disappointment with his life after his ex-wife cancelled a scheduled visitation with his son.  Mom, a social worker, was concerned that he might do something stupid, and called the police.

 Sue Aitken, a trained social worker, decided to play it safe and called police, but she hung up before the 9-1-1 dispatcher could answer. Police traced the call and showed up anyway, and found two handguns in the trunk of Brian’s car.

Thanks, Mom!  Clearly another case of government involvement improving the lives of average, everyday citizens.

But unlike that Somali youth in Oregon, Aitken had the misfortune to have offended the gun-fearing-wussies (GFWs) of New Jersey, and there would be no mercy for this heinous crime of transporting firearms and ammunition legally owned.

When Mount Laurel police arrived at the Aitkens’ home on Jan. 2, 2009, they called Brian – who was driving to Hoboken – and asked him to return to his parents’ home because they were worried. When he arrived, the cops checked his Honda Civic and, inside the trunk, in a box stuffed into a duffel bag with clothes, they found two handguns, both locked and unloaded as New Jersey law requires.  [emphasis added]

Aitken had passed an FBI background check to buy them in Colorado when he lived there, his father said, and had contacted New Jersey State Police and discussed the proper way to transport them. [Again, emphasis added]

Transported in the manner that the law required, just as he was informed when he asked NJ authorities.  But wait!  There’s more!

In the Garden State, Aitken was required to have a purchaser’s permit from New Jersey to own the guns and a carry permit to have them in his car.

He also was charged with having “large capacity” magazines and hollow-point bullets, which one state gun-control advocate found troubling.

“What little I can glean about the transportation issue leaves me puzzled, but a person with common sense would not be moving illegal products from one place to another by car,” said Bryan Miller, executive director of CeaseFire NJ, an organization devoted to reducing gun violence.

Imagine that, a gun-fearing-wussy who fears guns for a living can’t imagine how it might be that a person might not consider that ammunition legal in one state might not be legal in another, and that the owner might not think to check on that when moving.  Huh.

And it couldn’t be that there might be an exception for someone moving, could there?

New Jersey allows exemptions for gun owners to transport weapons for hunting or if they are moving from one residence to another. During the trial, Aitken’s mother testified that her son was moving things out, and his friend in Hoboken testified he was moving things in. A Mount Laurel officer, according to Larry Aitken, testified that he saw boxes of dishes and clothes in the Honda Civic on the day of the arrest.

Mom said he was moving, car full of stuff that people might have in their home, but would be unusual to carry around in your car for no reason, friend said he was in process of moving in.  Damn.  That is a hard one to figure out.  At least for the judge and the prosecutor.

The exemption statute, according to the prosecutor’s office, specifies that legal guns can be transported “while moving.” Despite testimony about his moving to Hoboken, a spokesman for the prosecutor said the evidence suggested that Aitken had moved months earlier, from Colorado to Mount Laurel. “Again, there was no evidence that he was then presently moving,” spokesman Joel Bewley said.

After Nappen raised the moving-exemption issue, he said, the jury asked Judge Morley for the exemption statute several times and he refused to hand it over to them. Morley, in a phone interview, echoed the sentiments of the prosecutor’s office.

“My recollection of the case is that I ruled he had not presented evidence sufficient to justify giving the jury the charge on the affirmative offense that he was in the process of moving,” Morley said.

Yes, because dishes and clothes in the car, and the testimony of your Mom and your new roommate isn’t sufficient evidence.  And that whole “presumption of innocence” and conviction on evidence “beyond a shadow of a doubt” thing?  It doesn’t apply to those who would assert rights the nanny staters do not wish you to have.

Of course, the Judge’s mental acuity really isn’t all that, either, as you note at the end of the news story.

That Was Fast: Smithsonian Removes Offensive Depiction Of Christ After Republicans Threaten To Cut Funding

Is there any reason on God’s green earth why taxpayers should be on the hook for that?^

Incoming Speaker Boehner and Majority Leader Cantor didn’t think so either:

House Speaker-to-be John Boehner (R-Ohio) is telling the Smithsonian Institution to pull an exhibit that features images of an ant-covered Jesus or else face tough scrutiny when the new Republican majority takes control of the House in January. House Majority Leader-to-be Eric Cantor (R.-Va.), meanwhile, is calling on the Smithsonian to pull the exhibit and warning the federally funded institution that it will face serious questions when Congress considers the next budget.

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“American families have a right to expect better from recipients of taxpayer funds in a tough economy,” Boehner’s Spokesman Kevin Smith told CNSNews.com. “While the amount of money involved may be small, it’s symbolic of the arrogance Washington routinely applies to thousands of spending decisions involving Americans’ hard-earned money at a time when one in every 10 Americans is out of work and our children’s future is being threatened by debt.

“Smithsonian officials should either acknowledge the mistake and correct it, or be prepared to face tough scrutiny beginning in January when the new majority in the House moves to end the job-killing spending spree in Washington,” Smith said.

When asked to clarify what exactly Boehner meant by calling on the Smithsonian to “correct” their mistake with the exhibit, Smith responded in an email that Boehner wanted the exhibit “cancelled.”

Cantor, meanwhile, said the exhibit should be “pulled.”

“This is an outrageous use of tax payer money and an obvious attempt to offend Christians during the Christmas season,” said Cantor. “When a museum receives taxpayer money, the taxpayers have a right to expect that the museum will uphold common standards of decency. The museum should pull the exhibit and be prepared for serious questions come budget time.”

In just the time it took for me to find the image, I saw an update at Fox News that  the offending video was already being pulled. Money talks:

In a statement released on Tuesday, Martin Sullivan, director of The Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery, said a video depicting Jesus on a crucifix covered in ants will be removed from an exhibit at the museum.

“I regret that some reports about the exhibit have created an impression that the video is intentionally sacrilegious,” the statement read. “In fact, the artists’s intention was to depict the suffering of an AIDS victim. It was not the museum’s intention to offend. We are removing the video today. The museum’s statement at the exhibition’s entrance, ‘This exhibition contains mature themes,’ will remain in place.”

Yes, I’m glad it wasn’t anyone’s intention to offend. Really, the first thing I think of when I see an image of Jesus on the cross, covered with ants, is AIDS.

Hat tip: Weasel Zippers

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Video: House Republican Press Conference

The House Republicans held a press conference ahead of their meeting with the President, to discuss the lame duck session:

More Republicans in the news:

Mike Pence, one of my top choices for President in 2012, spoke at the Detroit Economic Club on the state of the economy:

Pence Detroit Economic Club Speech: “I choose limited government and freedom.”

“We live in no ordinary times. Our economy is struggling in the city and on the farm. Unemployment is at a heartbreaking 9.6 percent nationally and nearly 13 percent in Michigan.  Nearly 42 million Americans on food stamps.  A housing crisis and dismal GDP growth.

“And it seems that those in authority have no idea what to do about it. Some in the administration call it the “new normal.” (like we haven’t heard that before) In the 70’s they called it a national “malaise.”

“With more than 15 million people still looking for work, President Obama and Democrats in Congress have tried to borrow and spend the country back to prosperity resulting in trillion dollar plus annual deficits and a nearly $14 trillion national debt. To this runaway federal spending they added a government takeover of health care, attempted a national energy tax and approved one bailout after another.

“In September 2008, when the Bush Administration proposed that Congress give them $700 billion to bail out Wall Street, I was the first Member of Congress to publicly oppose it. I didn’t think we should do nothing, I just thought it was wrong to take $700 billion from Main Street to bailout bad decisions on Wall Street. I warned that passing TARP could fundamentally change the relationship between the government and the financial sector and so it has.

“Dodd-Frank codified “too big to fail” for some Wall Street firms and made taxpayers the first line of defense against failure. And we continue to bailout Fannie and Freddie to the tune of about $150 billion, with more expected, despite the fact that many of us have been fighting for years to get them off the government’s books. The partnership between the federal government and Fannie and Freddie socializes losses and privatizes profits with taxpayers getting the short end of the stick.

“And, even though I am proud of the American automotive tradition and Indiana’s ongoing role it, I even opposed bailing out GM and Chrysler.  While the administration has been busy making the point that GM is on the rebound and taxpayers are being repaid, most Americans know that it still would have been better if GM had gone through an orderly reorganization bankruptcy without taxpayer support.

Pajama Party: Many GOP Freshman Plan to Sleep at the Office

Of the 94 incoming members of the House of Representatives, 90% are Republicans, nearly 40% have law degrees and about 35% have never before held elective office.

Oh, and at least 15% plan to bed down in their congressional offices.

It’s the ultimate I’m-not-a-professional-politician statement, reminiscent of the 1994 midterm elections, when a GOP House takeover led to a surge in House sleepovers.

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6 Degrees of George Soros

I was looking into the Wikileaks/Soros connection, and got so far into the weeds, I just gave up trying to make any sense of it.  I’m not going to spend my whole damn day on this. There does seems to be a general rule – six degrees of George Soros, if you will – that whenever something bad happens in the world, you can find a Soros connection.

Glenn Beck brought it up on his show, yesterday:

Related links:

Fox News: Glenn Beck: WikiLeaks Questions

There’s one circle of radicals who view the world in a similar fashion. The man behind the WikiLeaks page and all of these leaks — currently hiding out in Britain. Do you know who his attorney is?

OK, here’s the guy who’s running WikiLeaks. And that is his attorney, Mark Stevens.

Mark Stevens is so weird, happens to do pro bono stuff for George Soros and the Open Society Institute. Isn’t that weird?

When the founder of WikiLeaks set out to establish funding for WikiLeaks, guess who he negotiated with? The Open Society Institute, George Soros. That’s strange, isn’t it?

Wow! Man, we should call for the top down, shouldn’t we? Because the bottom is rising up. I have wonder if anybody in the administration could help us with the Internet.

WikiLeaks wrote an award-winning report called “The Cry of Blood.” This is great. “The Cry of Blood.” The report was published by the Kenya National Commission of Human Rights. George Soros.

WikiLeaks once listed Soros connected Chinese human rights leader as one of its advisors. Well, I say once listed them because they scrubbed the Web site. Oh, too bad for WikiLeaks and George Soros and everybody else, too bad we have watchdogs that printed everything before it was scrubbed from the Web. Hmm.

I want you to listen carefully because this monologue is going to be taken out of context. Here’s what people are going to say. “Glenn Beck says George Soros is behind WikiLeaks.” That is not what I am saying.

Suspicions abound that Wikileaks is part of U.S. cyber-warfare operations

Wikileaks, 911 and George Soros

Iceland, Wikileaks, and George Soros

Organized crime: The ‘looting’ of $11 trillion from the U.S. economy

FrontPageMagazine: KGB Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow


 

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A Second Republican Wave

As if the November drubbing wasn’t bad enough for Democrats,  at least 13 state lawmakers in five states are rubbing salt in the wound by defecting to the Republican party. And there may be more defections to come.

The defections underscore dissatisfaction with the Democratic Party — particularly in the South — and will give Republicans a stronger hand in everything from pushing a conservative fiscal and social agenda to redrawing political maps.

In Alabama, four Democrats announced last week they were joining the GOP, giving Republicans a supermajority in the House that allows them to pass legislation without any support from the other party. The party switch of a Democratic lawmaker from New Orleans handed control of Louisiana’s House to Republicans for the first time since Reconstruction.

In Georgia, six rural Democratic state legislators — five from the House and one in the Senate — have switched allegiance to the GOP since Nov. 2. In Maine, a House Democrat flipped; in South Dakota, a Democratic state senator.

Most of the party swaps are in the South, where GOP rule is becoming more entrenched and Democrats — many of them already more conservative than their counterparts elsewhere — are facing what looks like a long exile in the minority.

In Georgia, the GOP swept every statewide office this year and brought, in the words of state Rep. Alan Powell, “an effective end, at least for the foreseeable future, to the two-party system in state government.”

Powell, who served in the House for two decades as a Democrat from a rural district in North Georgia, joined the Republican caucus this month after concluding it would allow him to get off the sidelines and again be a player on key issues. The 58-year-old real estate agent has been outspoken in his criticism of both Republicans and Democrats and expects to maintain an independent streak in the GOP.

Twenty-one state legislative chambers in 16 states moved into GOP hands this year, and for some Democrats keeping a seat at the table means trading a “D” for an “R.” Others, like Mike Millican of Alabama, one of those who joined the GOP last week, say that as the national Democratic Party has moved to the left, they’ve found themselves more in line with the Republican Party’s political ideology.

In most cases, those who’ve jumped ship said the Democratic Party abandoned them — not the other way around.

That’s because it’s not the Democratic party, anymore. It’s the Democratic Socialists of America party.

Hat tip: The Blaze

Video: Adam Carolla and Andrew Breitbart Discuss Politics

Searching YouTube last night, I found this interesting discussion on politics between Adam Carolla, a libertarian writer, comedian, and talk show host from LA, and Andrew Breitbart with whom I know you’re already familiar.

Language warning, because that Carolla has a mouth on him:

 

Part one:

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The Question Of The Day

How is it that the  Wikileaks guy remains free, and why do these leaks keep coming?:

video via Speakmymind02

O’Reilly says it’s because no one fears Obama:

video via Gateway Pundit

“I Don’t Think There’s Anybody in the World Who Fears Obama. I Don’t Think Anybody Does!”

RELATED:

Blaze: Krauthammer: Prosecute Journalists Who Collaborate With WikiLeaks

“Simply say we’re going to ask the military justice and the Justice Department to try to prosecute the alleged leaker, the alleged guy who stole this, on treason — not just on mishandling — but on treason, and to prosecute him to the fullest extent of the law, up to and including execution if that is warranted.”

Looks like the Obama administration has other priorities:

Weasel Zippers:AG Eric Holder Travels to Switzerland to Lobby for World Cup In US:

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder will join former President Bill Clinton and Academy Award winner Morgan Freeman on Wednesday at the final presentation to FIFA’s executive committee of the U.S. bid to host the 2022 World Cup.

Holder also will meet with executive committee members, who will vote the following day.

You have got to be kidding me.

 

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It’s That Time Of Year, Again: School Bans Christmas Colors

This is what happens when moonbats take over school boards:

A school in Florida has not only banned Christmas — but everything associated with the Christian holiday.

Teachers at Heathrow Elementary School have been ordered to banish images of Santa Claus from classrooms — along with traditional Christmas colors like red and green.

“You can’t use red and green,” one outraged parent told WESH. “It’s ridiculous.”

The parent, who serves as a volunteer room mother, said she was recently given a list of guidelines that listed the holiday restrictions.

She said the basic theme of the letter was, “We don’t want to offend anyone who doesn’t believe in Santa Claus or the Christian beliefs.”

That last bit is so unctuous, disingenuous, and and insulting, it’s making my eyes water. Conflating belief in Santa with belief in Jesus is a favorite militant atheist ploy.

So by not offending a few atheists (and kids who don’t believe in Santa Clause?), they wind up offending the vast majority of people who would like to see their children experience the holiday in a normal,  traditional manner.

Nobody is advocating that Christianity be pushed on children at school, but since Christmas is an official state holiday, schools should feel free to recognize it with  traditional images,  songs and carols. ” Winter festival” is not an official anything, and deserves no special attention, so what’s the point of “celebrating the season” with some bland, meaningless, winter theme? Kids learn about the seasons in first grade.

A district spokesperson told WESH that so far no parents have complained.

No, it looks like they’re going right over their heads to complain about their stupidity to the local media.

MORE:

The results of a poll  taken at WESH show that people overwhelmingly disapprove of the district’s anti-Christmas policy:

Do you think restricting Christmas decor at schools is going too far?
Choice Votes Percentage of 3,079 Votes
Yes 2,868
93%
No 211
7%
Thank you for participating in our survey.

Hat tip: Weasel Zippers

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The BlogProf: War on Xmas: PA Town Bans All Displays So That “No One Is Offended”

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Wikileaks Blog Round-Up

It’s going to take me awhile to get caught up, this morning, after a busy, and light blogging weekend. From what I’ve been gathering, there are a few bombshells in the Wikileaks diplomatic document dump, some  embarrassments for the administration, and lots of non-surprises. The big winner from the leaks so far, is Israel, who it turns out, is less keen on bombing Iran’s nuclear facilities than most Arab states. The big loser is American diplomacy because trust between states has been shattered by our inability to keep state secrets. As Rick Moran noted, this “diplomatic controversy” may cause ‘another country to hesitate in assisting us in anti-terror operations directly, and immediately affects the national security of the United States. How willing will Yemen now be in allowing us to operate in that country now that it has been revealed we were doing so under the radar?’

From Hot Air, we have:

Wikileaks servers under DOS attack ahead of diplomatic document dump; Update: Times reveals documents; Update: Hillary ordered spying at the UN; Update: Iran obtains advanced missiles from North Korea? Update: Wikileaks posts intro to documents

Yes, it really was this easy to get to diplomatic cables

Gateway Pundit has been all over this story:

Polish News: Wikileaks Reveals Obama Traded Away Missile Shield For Russian Support on Iran

Wikileaks Leaker Bradley Manning Smuggled Info Out on CD-RW Labeled ‘Lady Gaga’ (See his list of highlights from the 250,000 dispatches leaked to the media).

Rick Moran, The American Thinker: Pious and hypocritical; media malpractice and Wikileaks:

Who elected the New York Times to decide what constitutes a blow to national security and what is just a “diplomatic controversy?”
Pious, hypocritical, arrogant fools.

and Incredible damage from Wikileaks doc dump:

Catastrophic is not too strong a word.

Have we lost our minds?  Wikileaks is about hurting us, bringing us down, damaging our relations with others, rendering us impotent.  This is not about open government policy, as if Wikileaks went a bit too far on its class project.

Julian Assange should have been indicted by now, and if the law did not allow more punitive measures in this circumstance, then the law should have been changed after the first document dump.  Assange is an enemy of our country and should be treated as such.

Instead, we’re writing letters and lecturing on accountable and open government.

Why have the Obama administration’s reactions to the leaks been…. so weak? The Dept. of Homeland Security can can seize the domains of file sharing sites, but they can’t do anything to stop this?
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Many Foggy Bottom officials have proven feckless under both GOP and Democrat administrations. Hillary Clinton’s “smart power” deserved mockery, for sure. But whatever microscopic kernel of constructive criticism may have motivated the Wikileakers and their abettors is galactically outweighed by the destructive sabotage of secure diplomatic communications.

The America-haters would have us unilaterally disarm diplomatically under the guise of the “public’s right to know.” This is suicide.

An Italian foreign minister called the document dump, “the September 11th of world diplomacy”.

Scott, at Powerline, rips the NYTs for their hypocrisy : The Times then and now:

The New York Times is participating in the dissemination of the stolen State Department cables that have been made available to it in one way or another via WikiLeaks. My friend Steve Hayward recalls that only last year the New York Times ostentatiously declined to publish or post any of the Climategate emails because they had been illegally obtained. Surely readers will recall Times reporter Andrew Revkin’s inspiring statement of principle: “The documents appear to have been acquired illegally and contain all manner of private information and statements that were never intended for the public eye, so they won’t be posted here.”

“According to widespread rumor, many Iranians in Baku are involved full- or part-time in Iranian regime-related profit making, sanctions-busting, money laundering, and similar activities,” reads a March 2009 cable from the American embassy in Azerbaijan, the country on Iran’s northern border. “Some are also said to be significant actors in obtaining spare parts and equipment for the Revolutionary Guard, raising revenues and managing money for it and/or regime figures, or managing Iran-origin narcotics trafficking.”

The cable then goes on to describe a handful of alleged Iranians working for the Iranian government in Baku, including Sabir Shaheen, “a well known mafia-like figure from Iranian Azerbaijan who reportedly acts as a ‘liaison’ between the Iranian and Russian/Azerbaijani narcotics traffickers.”


Thank God Holder is on the case. It should be wrapped up by tomorrow morning: Active U.S. criminal probe into WikiLeaks release

“To the extent that we can find anybody who was involved in the breaking of American law and who has put at risk the assets and the people that I have described, they will be held responsible, they will be held accountable,” Holder said.

Operative words: “To the extent”.

Ace: Three Million People Have Access To Data Manning Leaked?

Newsbusters: George Stephanopoulos Spins Wikileaks Release of Documents as ‘Important Information for the Public to Have’

Backyard Conservative, Ann Leary at Potluck: Sticky Wiki Morality

WSJ: Hoekstra on Wikileaks: ‘Across the Board Neglect’

Via Lucianne, Politico: Sarah Palin blasts Obama administration for WikiLeaks ‘fiasco’

Marc Thiessen: Obama administration is weak in the face of WikiLeaks

What action did the Obama administration take to prevent the impending release of such volatile information? State Department legal adviser Harold Koh sent a strongly worded letter urging WikiLeaks to cease publishing classified materials. I’m sure that made Assange think twice.

Is the Obama administration going to do anything – anything at all – to stop these serial disclosures of our nation’s most closely guarded secrets? Just this past week, the federal government took decisive action to shut down more than 70 Web sites that were disseminating pirated music and movies. Hollywood is safe, but WikiLeaks is free to disseminate classified documents without consequence.

With this latest release, Assange may now have illegally disclosed more classified information than anyone in American history. He is in likely violation of the Espionage Act and arguably is providing material support for terrorism. But unlike leakers who came before him, Assange has done more than release information; he has created a virtual system for the ongoing collection and dissemination of America’s secrets. The very existence of WikiLeaks is a threat to national security. Unless something is done, WikiLeaks will only grow more brazen – and our unwillingness to stop it will embolden others to reveal classified information using the unlawful medium Assange has built.

Bread Upon The Waters: Wikileaks: You Can’t Fix Stupid:

These things will happen when you entrust U.S. secrets to nervous children, particularly those with bones to pick with the U.S. military and with “society at large.” Bradley Manning’s anger with his nation and his nation’s military centered around his desire for “transgender equality.”Last August, Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James Conway was reported to have “expressed his fear” that the effort to repeal “Don’t ask, Don’t tell” would “distract from the military’s mission of protecting the nation.” It looks like Bradley Manning was among the distracted. 

Worse, far worse, and more dangerous, in my opinion, are the “distracted” leaders in America’s political and military structures, who are easily led by whatever politically correct demand marches down the pike, whether it be gay marriage, Muslim extra-sensitivities, new home mortgages for credit risks, citizenship for the “undocumented,” or any other feel-good “cause.”

James Robbins, Washington Times: Wikileaks and Obama’s Bow

Oh my!

Maetenloch at Ace of Spades HQ: Wikileaks Revelation: Obama’s Middle East Experts Don’t Really Understand Middle East, Arabs

Doug Ross notes more of the left’s gut-wrenching hypocrisy: Where’s Scooter Libby When You Need Him?

Runner-up headline: Shock, Outrage as Analyst Valerie Plame Outed by WikiLeaks


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Oregon FBI Guilty of Un-PC Language and Entrapment (UPDATED)

David Paulin at The American Thinker asks a good question:

Has the FBI jumped off the Obama administration’s political correctness bandwagon? Well, the FBI’s Portland office apparently has.

Under the Obama administration, certain words that help us describe our enemies are verboten. For instance, the State Department and Department of Homeland Security are banned from using “jihad” and “mujahideen” with reference to Islamic terrorism. It’s all part of an effort to avoid offending the Muslim world.

Yet in a press release about the aborted Portland terror attack, the FBI repeatedly uses the “J” word (jihad) to describe what inspired Somali-born Mohamed Osman Mohamud, a naturalized U.S. Citizen who was arrested in the plot. Mohamud, 19, allegedly wanted to blow up an explosives-packed van near a Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Portland’s Pioneer Courthouse Square. Mohamud was on the receiving end of a sting operation, so nobody was ever in any danger.

What is obvious to the FBI, and everyone else outside of Obama’s Dept. of Homeland security, is the fact that young Mohamud is a practitioner of Islamic Jihad —the bad kind. He was in contact with Jihadis overseas, which is what spurred the FBI to act:

According to the affidavit filed in support of the criminal complaint, in August 2009, Mohamud was in e-mail contact with an unindicted associate (UA1) overseas who is believed to be involved in terrorist activities. In December 2009, while UA1 was located in the northwest frontier province of Pakistan, Mohamud and UA1 discussed the possibility of Mohamud traveling to Pakistan to engage in violent jihad. UAI allegedly referred Mohamud to a second unindicted associate (UA2) overseas and provided Mohamud with a name and email address to facilitate the process.

In the months that followed, Mohamud allegedly made several unsuccessful attempts to contact UA2. Ultimately, an FBI undercover operative contacted Mohamud via e-mail in June 2010 under the guise of being an associate of UA1. Mohamud and the FBI undercover operative then agreed to meet in Portland in July 2010. At this meeting, Mohamud allegedly told the FBI undercover operative that he had written articles that were published in Jihad Recollections, an online magazine that advocated violent jihad. Mohamud also indicated that he wanted to become “operational.” Asked what he meant by “operational,” Mohamud stated that he wanted to put an “explosion” together, but needed help.

At a second meeting in August 2010, Mohamud allegedly told undercover FBI operatives he had been thinking of committing violent jihad since the age of 15. According to the affidavit, Mohamud then told the undercover FBI operatives that he had identified a potential target for a bomb: the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Portland’s Pioneer Courthouse Square on Nov. 26, 2010.

So bombing the Christmas tree lighting, where women and lots of children would be present, was Mohamud’s own special idea.

The FBI operatives cautioned Mohamud several times about the seriousness of his plan, noting that there would be many people, including children, at the event, and that Mohamud could abandon his plans at any time with no shame.

“You know there’s going to be a lot of children there?” an FBI operative asked Mohamud. “You know there are gonna be a lot of children there?”

Mohamud allegedly responded he was looking for a “huge mass that will … be attacked in their own element with their families celebrating the holidays.”

Basically, what we have here is a coldblooded  Jihadi – as hateful and cruel as they come – someone only his mother could love.

Right?

Wrong. Check out this idiocy at Firedoglake, via Patterico:

Tonight in Portland, we had a small dose of the FBI’s almost-operational terror sprees, as agents spent more than a year goading a young jihadi wannabe into almost killing thousands of Portlandians in our city’s living room as we gathered for the lighting of the holiday tree.

How long are we going to let the cowboys shoot up our country with their false terror plots and operations that would go nowhere without their instigation, planning, and coercion? How long will we allow our own federal constabulary to justify its own recklessly inflated budget by permitting actions like this to develop, fester, and grow operational in our midst?

This is terror, pure and simple. State-sponsored terror. Big-splash terror designed to make people compliant and fearful, and grateful to their federal government — in a city which has not yet installed the Rapiscan porno-scanners at our airport.

If that gave you a migraine, check out the comments at FireDogLake. Ay-yi-yi. I was expecting at least some to say, “WTF, dude! This guy was no victim!” But no…. they all agree. It doesn’t occur to any of  these commenters that capturing someone with the hateful and murderous worldview of Islamofascism before he kills, is a good thing. Why?

How can these people defend someone who has dedicated his life to killing as many innocent Americans as possible?

Chairman Ann explains how the left can have such callous disregard for their fellow countrymen, this way:

… the left’s anti-Americanism is intrinsic to their entire worldview. Liberals promote the right of Islamic fanatics for the same reason they promote the rights of adulterers, pornographers, abortionists, criminals, and Communists. They instinctively root for anarchy against civilization.

Another way of doing this is by not allowing us to define who our enemies are.

UPDATE:

Good Grief…the moonbattery gets even worse.

Patterico:Glenn Greenwald: The Portland Terror Plot Was Entrapment, But We Deserved the Death and Destruction It Would Have Caused

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Byron York at Beltway Confidential:Politically correct Portland rejected feds who saved city from terrorist attack

Reading the FBI affidavit describing Islamist terror suspect Mohamed Osman Mohamud’s plan to bomb a Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Portland’s Pioneer Courthouse Square is a chilling experience.  Mohamud, a Somali-born naturalized U.S. citizen who attended Oregon State University, told undercover FBI agents he dreamed of performing acts of jihad in which hundreds, perhaps thousands, of Americans would die.  “Do you remember when 9/11 happened when those people were jumping from skyscrapers?” Mohamud asked the agents, according to the affidavit.  “I thought that was awesome.” 

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Van Helsing has some “spittle-spewing moonbattery among commenters at the largest liberal blog” at RWN: HuffPo Commenters on the Oregon Bomber:

MNmommy: Look at this young man’s beautiful face. He could have been redirected to modeling instead of encouraged in terrorism by the FBI. What does that say about us?

euell: I just feel terrible for his parents and family; our hearts and prayers go out to them.

photog606: ANOTHER “terrorist” manufactured out of whole cloth… the FBI only had to supply the time, the location and the phony bomb… then swoop in to save the gullible US citizenry from a scenerio THEY set-up and created.


SPEECHLESS.


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Your Sunday Hymn: Savior Of The Nations Come

For the 1st Sunday of Advent: Savior of the Nations Come.

This ancient hymn was originally written in Latin by St. Ambrose, the Bishop of Milan (340-397). Martin Luther later translated it from Latin to German:

 

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Saturday Reads

Cartoon via Theo Spark

Caroline Glick at Jewish World Review, counts the ways Obama is contributing to worldwide instability: Rocking Obama’s world:

A US President’s maneuver room in foreign affairs is always very small. The foreign policy establishment in the Washington is entrenched and uniformly opposed to bending to the will of elected leaders. The elites in the State Department and the CIA and their cronies in academia and policy circles in Washington are consistently unmoved as well by reality which as a rule exposes their policies as ruinous.

The president has two ways to shift the ship of state. First he can use his bully pulpit. Second, he can appoint people to key positions in the foreign policy bureaucracy.

Since entering office, Obama has used both these powers to ill effect. He has travelled across the world condemning and apologizing for US world leadership. In so doing he has convinced ally and adversary alike that he is not a credible leader; that no one can depend on US security guarantees during his watch; and that it is possible to attack the US, its allies and interests with impunity.

Obama’s call for a nuclear free world combined with his aggressive stance towards Israel’s purported nuclear arsenal, his bid to disarm the US nuclear arsenal, and his ineffective response to North Korea’s nuclear brinksmanship and Iran’s nuclear project have served to convince nations from the Persian Gulf to South America to the Pacific Rim that they should begin developing nuclear weapons. By calling for nuclear disarmament, he has provoked the greatest wave of nuclear armament in history.

Given his own convictions, it is no surprise that all his key foreign policy appointments share his dangerous views. The State Department’s Legal Advisor Harold Koh believes the US should subordinate its laws to an abstract and largely unfounded notion of international law. Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Michele Flournoy believes terrorists become radicalized because they are poor. She is advised by leftist extremist Rosa Brooks. Attorney General Eric Holder has decided to open criminal investigations against CIA operatives who interrogated terrorists and try illegal enemy combatants in civilian trials.

Are we living in a police state? Are American citizens like the trusting and loyal horse in George Orwell’s Animal Farm, who gets shipped off to the glue factory when he out-lives his usefulness? Anthony Hager at The American Thinker asks those questions and more in: Americans Learning to Submit:

Even before John Tyner’s overblown confrontation with body image scanners and full-body groping sessions, there was Joe Sharkey, who wrote of his own experience with the TSA. Sharkey also refused to be scanned, which prompted security screeners to relay a vocal alarm that might have been necessary had Osama bin Laden himself tried to board a plane. But there was no reason to suspect Sharkey. There was nothing conspicuous or suspicious about him. His sin was balking at being treated like the terrorist he isn’t.

Sharkey’s article mentioned another flier, Bruce Delahorne, who faced a similar situation. When Bruce questioned the need for the unfamiliar tactics to which he was exposed, he was informed that nothing had changed in airport security screenings. “We have always done this,” the TSA agent explained. After passing through the checkpoint, Delahorne asked the same question of another agent. He received a similar answer: “The process has always been the same.”
Well, airport screenings haven’t always been this way. Sure, we live in a post-9/11 environment, and caution is prudent. But body-imaging every air traveler isn’t the same as intercepting specific phone conversations between Abdullah the Butcher and a cave in Waziristan. We’re dealing with de facto strip-searches of everyday Americans, frisking of nuns, and confiscation of shampoo and nail clippers. All of this nonsense is done so as not to offend Islam, whose virulent adherents fostered this “necessity.”

Jeffrey Kuhner at The Washington Times makes no bones about it -  KUHNER: Obama’s police state:



Washington insists on perpetrating the illusion that a Christian grandmother in Iowa poses the same possible national security threat as a 19-year-old Yemenite exchange student majoring in Islamic studies. Hence, America is squandering precious resources and manpower, as well as abrogating basic civil liberties and humiliating its population, in order to appease the sensitivities of the Muslim lobby.

Moreover, the new TSA procedures mark another major step in Mr. Obama’s drive to impose state socialism. If anyone else did what TSA agents do regularly, they rightly would be charged with sexual assault. Mr. Obama has done the unthinkable: He has extended the federal government’s reach into our most private, intimate body parts. Big Brother not only watches us in the nude, he can routinely molest us at will.

The administration is not restricting its unprecedented power grab to airports. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano recently said that trains, boats and subways also may implement the same screening procedures. If the White House has its way, Americans will be getting felt up on the Metro and Amtrak every day – morning, afternoon and night.

Ultimately, these measures are not only degrading and wrongheaded. They are profoundly illiberal, reflecting a deep-seated contempt for individual rights and civil dignity. They also reveal a radical leftist outlook that views Americans not as self-governing citizens, but as subjects of a nanny state.

Ann Marlowe at the Daily Post notes the sad tragedy that al Qaeda has become. All that human ingenuity could be put to better use. Terrorists & Losers:

Sitting on the dusty flightline at Forward Op erating Base Lagman in the Afghan hinterlands, what could make better leisure reading than the November issue of Inspire — the English-language magazine of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula?

The lavishly illustrated, 23-page PDF, is a “special issue” devoted to the attempted toner-cartridge bombings via UPS deliveries from Yemen. Besides a page taunting Yemen’s president, the issue focuses on how the explosives were prepared, how difficult they are to detect and how economically the plot was accomplished.

Of course, none of the bombs mailed to out-of-date addresses for Chicago synagogues actually made it anywhere near Chicago.

Inspire explains the elaborate allusions to Crusader history behind the fake names on the labels (“Reynald Krak” and “Diego Diaz”). The bombmakers even dropped a copy of Dickens’ “Great Expectations” in one of the packages.

This self-congratulatory spiel gets at just what is wrong with the general jihadi enterprise, and even more broadly, with much of the Islamic world. There is a combination, odd to Western eyes, of a veneer of sophistication about how Western society works, along with profound misunderstandings that lead to dysfunction.

The Washington Times jumps on the ‘Dump Holder’ bandwagon: EDITORIAL: Forcing Holder out:

The calls have begun for Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.‘s resignation. Potential Republican presidential candidates Newt Gingrich and Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty both took that position last weekend in response to last week’s embarrassing result in the trial of Guantanamo terrorist detainee Ahmed Khalfan Ghailiani. Mr. Gingrich and Mr. Pawlenty won’t be the only prominent politicos reaching the conclusion that Mr. Holder is unfit for the office he holds.

With Republicans getting oversight authority through their new House majority, the attorney general’s conduct in numerous controversies will attract increasingly fierce criticism, especially on Capitol Hill. Deservedly so. Under Mr. Holder‘s stewardship, the Justice Department has been not just politicized, but radicalized. On issue after issue, it has tried to redefine the law on its own, without clear legislative authority and sometimes in clear defiance of legislative intent.

I long for the day when we have an Attorney General whose greatest scandal is  something along the lines of — he covered up a revealing statue with a drape.

US News’ Washington Whispers reports: Next Tea Party Target: Corporate America

Jesse Jackson isn’t the only activist that can use corporate boycotts for political purposes. Starting next year, the huge Tea Party organizer FreedomWorks will urge supporters to punish huge corporations like General Electric and Johnson and Johnson for backing President Obama’s progressive agenda.
No prob, here – I buy generic, already.
Most links via Lucianne.

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The Left Circles The Wagons For TSA Gropers

Isn’t it amazing that the left….almost down to a man, have come out on the side of the enhanced airport screening procedures that have been causing so much outcry? They see no one’s civil liberties being violated by these naked body scans and crotch gropings?

While most people find the new procedures disturbing and annoying, they go along with it because they just want to get to where their going with as little conflict and delay as possible. There are significant numbers, however,  who are experiencing trauma from what they describe as assaults against their persons.

You’re already familiar with many of the horror stories – they are legion: the 61-year-old bladder cancer survivor whose urine bag was punctured by TSA gropers, the ABC News employee who said an agent reached inside of her underwear, and “felt around”, the  flight attendant who was forced to show her prosthetic breast during a routine pat down, teddy bears being snatched from toddlers, young children being aggressively pat down, a woman getting an invasive and prolonged crotch search because she was wearing a pantyliner, a woman who says she was chosen to be pat down because of her breasts, “it was pretty obvious”, reports of pants falling down, and shirts flying up, exposing breasts in public, etc, etc, etc. These “isolated incidents” keep happening.

You know – KNOW that if it were the Bush administration doing this, the left would be howling and gnashing their teeth; they would be demanding that Bush/ Cheney be frogmarched out of the White House and sent to the Hague to be tried for crimes against humanity. True, some on the left would be conflicted because in their worldview, political correctness supersedes all, and everyone should be willing to make sacrifices that protect the sensibilities of Muslims. But I think the egregious nature of these enhanced screening procedures  would have trumped that consideration for most.

The overriding principle for the left of course can be summed up as: Bush =BAD; Obama =GOOD, so they’re circling the wagons to defend the TSA, and inventing nefarious motives for the backlash.
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There is a name for people who tell others that they have a responsibility to shut up after being molested, and many of those names are in a national registry.

Here are the three main defenses of the TSA from those who aren’t actually the TSA.

“Republicans did it first”
“Don’t listen to conservatives. They’re crazy, Tea Partiers or both”
“Nothing to see here but naked people and the Internet’s ginned-up anger”
Read the full report at the link.
As always, Team Soros wastes a lot of bandwidth trying  to convince everyone that there’s nothing to see here. But there is something to see here – the stories speak for themselves. We should be thankful people are rising up to protest.
As Winkler notes,  it’s nice to know that some people are looking out for our civil liberties, because it’s clear that liberals won’t.

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Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

We hear the whining every year, don’t we?…And not just from pimply faced teenagers, but from their parents, too: Aunt Nan’s going to be there? …Can’t waaaaaait….. For too many of us, the idea of breaking bread with some of our more annoying siblings/inlaws/aunts/uncles etc at our annual turkey-fests, can instill feelings of dread and revulsion.

So this cartoon is a good reminder that there are worse places we can be on Thanksgiving, and that we have a lot to be thankful for, including our troops, who make sacrifices that most of us can hardly imagine. While we’re here with our friends and family, chowing down on our Thanksgiving feasts, they’re  putting their lives on the line for us in faraway places like Afghanistan, (where some now say, there is little hope for success).

Keep our servicemen in your thoughts and prayers this holiday season.

Soldiers Angels says there are an estimated 190,000 US personnel serving in Iraq and Afghanistan in combat operations or in support of combat operations. You can help them show our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines that we haven’t forgotten them this holiday season by making a small donation at the link.

Guidelines for sending packages to troops overseas, here.

Thanksgiving Round-up:

Obi’s sister, Potluck: Happy Thanksgiving to You and Yours

Jill, Potluck: When “crummy things happen”: A Thanksgiving story

No Runny Eggs: Egg’s Soon-to-be World Famous Sausage and Wild Rice Stuffing recipe

Michelle Malkin: Giving Thanks for American Ingenuity

Ruth Baird Shaw, The American Thinker: Remembering the Goosebumps

The BlogProf: The First Thanksgiving Proved Socialism A Failure

RightPundits: Butterball Turkey Hotline – Wacky Thanksgiving Help Line Calls (VIDEO)

Innocent Bystanders: Happy Thanksgiving!

The Daily Caller: What liberals and conservatives can be thankful for this Thanksgiving

NRO Symposium: Giving Thanks

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Andrew Cuomo Voted One Of People Magazine’s Sexiest Men Alive

pic via Doug Ross

Wow….really?

Andrew Cuomo, AKA “The Architect of Doom”, has been named one of People magazine’s sexiest men alive.

The 52-year-old was listed in the magazine’s 50-and-over section, appearing alongside Michael Bolton, Sting and Liam Neeson.

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Cuomo, who’s dating Food Network star Sandra Lee, said he was slightly surprised by the award.

He told the New York Times that he’s on a “sparing diet” and works out on a treadmill twice a week.

“A lot of it’s just natural,” he told the newspaper. “It’s genetic sculpting.”

Okay, whoa, whoa whoa, champ.
Whoa.
I mean, no offense, but……
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Let’s put it this way…there’s a poll at the NY Daily News site.
The results, thus far:
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Do you think Andrew Cuomo is sexy?

Yes. He’s the complete package. 23%
No way. Yuck. 64%
Hmm, I’m not quite sure. 13%
I wouldn’t exactly say, “yuck”, but if  they felt the need to throw a politician in there, wasn’t he obvious choice, Scott Brown?
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Hat tip: Lucianne
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UPDATE:
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Interesting…a Lucianne commenter noted the resemblance between Cuomo and a certain Chico Marx.

Separated at birth?


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