Bob Bergdahl’s Message To Bowe: “I’m proud of how much you wanted to help the Afghan people” (Video)

Mr. and Mrs. Bergdahl held another press conference, Sunday, to send a messages to their son.

Mrs. Bergdahl sounded like you would expect any mother to sound like after enduring such a long ordeal – tearfully happy and thankful that her son is coming home.

Mr. B. was an entirely different matter, though – raising more questions than he answered.

“I hope your English is coming back and know that I love you, so proud of your character,” he said of the son who was not well regarded by his former comrades at all. After deserting his post, no less than six soldiers from his unit were killed trying to find him.

Seeming to confirm that Bowe indeed went AWOL, he said, “I’m proud of how much you wanted to help the Afghan people and what you were willing to do to go to that length…”

Later in the presser, he said of Hailey, Idaho – “We’re so much like Afghanistan.”


What’s Wrong With This Picture?

At the State of the Union, last night one of House Minority Leader Eric Cantor’s staffers was evicted from the Capitol because he didn’t have his ID on him.  Doug Heye,  Cantor’s deputy chief of staff for communications was in Statuary Hall chatting with some reporters, when a Capitol Police officer came by to check for credentials.

sotu_tw004_012814Heye, right, forgot his ID. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

 He searched every pocket and didn’t have it. A fellow staffer, Cantor Communications Director Rory Cooper, vouched for Heye, but to no avail.

Heye had momentarily dressed down in the hours leading up to SOTU — “Left my ID in my topcoat!” he told HOH — but rocketed back to the office to retrieve his congressional credentials.

ID’s were apparently not an issue for the 5  illegal immigrants who were official guests of various Democrats (including the Obamas) at the SOTU, last night.

Rep. Joe Garcia (D-Fla.) proudly announced that his guest to the State of the Union was Mayra Rubio Limon,  a “Dreamer” who was arrested last November at the Capitol Hill at (ironically enough) Eric Cantor’s  office.


Rep. Garcia is not the only one who has invited illegal aliens.  Sitting with Michelle Obama is illegal alien Cristian Avila.  Illinois delegation members Reps. Brad Schneider (D-Ill.) and Bill Foster (D- Ill.), invited Estefania Garcia and Maria Torres, while Lucas Codognolla is the guest of Rep. Jim Himes (D-Conn.). All five have been granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which allows certain illegal aliens to stay and work in the United States for two years, with eligibility for extension.


The Daily CallerICE officer slams Obama for illegal immigrants attending State of the Union

The head of the union representing Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers and staff issued a harsh rebuke to President Obama for having illegal immigrants in the chamber during his State of the Union address.

“According to news accounts, the President has once again invited illegal immigrants to the State of the Union — and yet the President still refuses to meet with ICE officers,” National ICE Council head and ICE officer Chris Crane in a statement. “We have a President who will provide those illegally in the US with the seat of honor at one of the most important events of the year, but ICE officers who serve under him are unwelcome in the White House.”

Obama Fails To Implement Ideas Of His Own Fiscal Commission

How big a joke is Obama’s new budget? He’s ignoring his own Fiscal Commission’s recommendations…it’s almost like the work they did last year to come up with a plan, never happened:

“The country’s biggest challenge, domestically speaking, no doubt about it, is a debt crisis. … It looks like the debt is going to continue rising under this budget,” House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said on “Fox News Sunday.” “Presidents are elected to lead, not to punt. And this president has been punting.”

Some who worked on Obama’s fiscal panel were also disappointed by his decision not to endorse any of the major elements of their deficit-reduction plan, which calls for raising the Social Security retirement age, charging wealthy seniors more for Medicare and limiting popular tax breaks such as the mortgage interest deduction.

“I would have preferred to see the administration get out front on addressing the entitlements and the tax reform that we need to reduce long-run deficits,” said Alice Rivlin, a commission member who served as budget director in the Clinton White House. “But they clearly made a tactical decision that this is not the best way to get to a positive result.”

Erskine Bowles, the Democratic chairman of the fiscal commission, said the White House budget request goes “nowhere near where they will have to go to resolve our fiscal nightmare.”

Hot Air has video of Ryan slamming Obama for “punting” on the budget crisis.

His plan appears to be nothing more than a continuation of  the insanely irresponsible tax and spend fiscal policies that are leading the nation to ruin.

Americans For Tax Reform says there are $1.5 trillion in tax hikes over present law hidden in Obama’s budget:

  • Raising the top marginal income tax rate (at which a majority of small business profits face taxation) from 35% to 39.6%.  This is a $709 billion/10 year tax hike
  • Raising the capital gains and dividends rate from 15% to 20%
  • Raising the death tax rate from 35% to 45% and lowering the death tax exemption amount from $5 million ($10 million for couples) to $3.5 million.  This is a $98 billion/ten year tax hike
  • Capping the value of itemized deductions at the 28% bracket rate.  This will effectively cut tax deductions for mortgage interest, charitable contributions, property taxes, state and local income or sales taxes, out-of-pocket medical expenses, and unreimbursed employee business expenses.  A new means-tested phaseout of itemized deductions limits them even more.  This is a $321 billion/ten year tax hike
  • New bank taxes totaling $33 billion over ten years
  • New international corporate tax hikes totaling $129 billion over ten years
  • New life insurance company taxes totaling $14 billion over ten years
  • Massive new taxes on energy, including LIFO repeal, Superfund, domestic energy manufacturing, and many others totaling $120 billion over ten years
  • Increasing unemployment payroll taxes by $15 billion over ten years
  • Taxing management capital gains in an investment partnership (“carried interest”) as ordinary income.  This is a tax hike of $15 billion over ten years
  • A giveaway to the trial lawyers—not letting companies deduct the cost of punitive damages from a lawsuit settlement.  This is a tax hike of $300 million over ten years
  • Increasing tax penalties, information reporting, and IRS information sharing.  This is a ten-year tax hike of $20 billion.

Republican Budget Committee ranking member, Jeff Sessions, called the President’s plan, “a blueprint for losing the future”:

I had the opportunity to see the debut of this new Citizen’s United spot at CPAC: Obama Budget Ignores 800 Pound Gorilla:


Park51: The Cordoba Initiative’s Snarky and Dismissive Twitter Feed

Park 51 is purportedly the Twitter account for the Cordoba Initiative (ground zero mosque), which aims to promote “understanding and interfaith dialog”.

Yesterday, Haaretz reported:

Sources in New York said on Monday that Muslim religious and business leaders will announce plans to abandon the project in the next few days.

New York Governor David Patterson said last weekend that Muslim leaders had rejected outright his proposal tto swap the site in for another in Manhattan.

But several people familiar with the debate among New York’s Islamic activists now claim that the leaders are convinced abandoning the site is preferable to unleashing a wave of bitterness towards Muslims.

They also hope the move will be seen as a show of sensitivity to families of the victims of the 9/11 attacks, and to the  American public generally.

It didn’t take long for GZ mosque organizers, (Park51), to push back against those claims on twitter:

Official: Reports by Haaretz are completely false. We are committed to plans of building Park 51 to serve the community of Lower Manhattan.

Park51 then took the opportunity to snark:

Screenshot via Atlas Shrugs

Which seems amazingly Jew-baitish for someone trying to build bridges and promote “interfaith dialog”…

That tweet was deleted, as was one in which he insulted the Amish…yes, the Amish (something about churning butter),  prompting  Cuffperfunction to exclaim: @Park51 What. The. F*ck? Snarking on the AMISH? Dude, you should be fired immediately.

Cuffy, and other Twitterers are beginning to wonder if  the Park51 account is even authentic.

Jim Nolte of Big Hollywood tweeted:

Ask @Park51 position on Hezbollah, 9/11 atrocity, & Israel — they respond with dismissive snark. Most revealing answer there is.

True, it seems from my own perusal of  Park51’s tweets, he does not answer questions related to Islamic extremism, including the  question, “Does Israel have a right to exist?”

He did find time to retweet a story about a Jewish woman throwing a temper tantrum at a Starbucks over a bagel, however: In today’s bagel (Jewish?) news, woman gets thrown out of Starbucks for not ordering bagel properly.

Park 51 also tweeted: we’re persevering – making American Muslims better understood is the first step in defusing extremism everywhere.

Does making Muslims better understood have to involve so much dismissive, and disrespectful snark?

See also:

Kathleen McKinley: The Disturbing Tweets From the Official Ground Zero Mosque Twitter Account, Park51

I don’t know the owners of the building that will be Park51, but if their spokesman on twitter is any indication of who they are, then I am even more uncomfortable with the Mosque being built there.

Just a thought:

It looks to me like the man behind the tweets of Park51 is employing a combination of taqiyya, and Alinsky’s rule #5.


Yahoo News: New York Muslim center backers vow to push ahead


Cuffy’s take on the brouhaha: Park51, Beacon Of Religious Understanding & Interfaith Dialog, Mocks Defenseless Amish


How Can There Be 86,000 Racial Discrimination Claims In The Pigford vs Glickman Case When There Are Only 39,697 total Black farmers?

I wonder if Breitbart knew what a can of worms he was opening when he posted that edited Shirley Sherrod video? Because the more we look at her and her husband,  that 13 million settlement she got just prior to being hired by the USDA, and the multi-billion Pigford vs Glickman class action settlement, the more disgusted and suspicious we get. The settlement is starting to look more like a boondoggle, or worse yet, reparations.

Zombie, did a little  snooping and found more questions than answers:

Pigford v. Glickman

…on February 23 of this year, the USDA finally consented to pay $1.25 billion to those farmers whose claims had earlier been denied:

In the 1999 case Pigford v. Glickman, the USDA agreed to pay 16,000 black farmers $1 billion after a judge held the federal government responsible for the decline in black farmers. Critics argued that more than 70,000 farmers were shut out of the lawsuit. In 2008, then-Sen. Barack Obama and Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley got a law passed to reopen the case, and the settlement talks moved forward.

The $1.25 billion settlement, announced Thursday, comes on top of the money paid out a decade ago. The new agreement would provide cash payments and debt relief to farmers who applied too late to participate in the earlier settlement, The Washington Post reported. Authorities say they are not certain how many farmers might apply this time, but analysts say the number could be higher than 70,000.

Seventy-thousand+ applicants in addition to the 16,000 already compensated now means that over 86,000 people are slated to be paid.

What I want to know is: How can there be 86,000 legitimate

The Census pinpoints the precise number of African-American

I ask this question because it didn’t take me very long to find the
latest census statistics released by the Department of Agriculture,
which can be found linked to from this official USDA page. There, you will find this direct link to a text version of the Census report,
and this recommended pdf version.

In the pdf version of the government’s official 2007 Agricultural
Census, Table 53 on page 646 shows that there are exactly 39,697
African-American farmers grand total in the entire nation.

Moreover, another Dept. of Agriculture census report gives the total number of black farmers in 1992, the time of the Pigford vs Glickman lawsuit:

and it reveals that there were far fewer back then than there were in 2007. According to the chart on page 20 of the USDA’s pdf 1998 “Status Report, Minority & Women Farmers In the U.S.”, there were only 18,816 black farmers in 1992.

Zombie has the full report at Pajamas Media, complete with charts and whatnot…

So what the bleep is going on, here? Inquiring minds want to know.




Why Are Republican Senators Rolling Over For Kagan?

It makes no sense. The woman has no judicial experience, she’s clearly a radical with a judicial philosophy hostile to the Constitution, she’s manipulated science to further her extreme position on abortion, and worst of all she’s young and healthy, which means we’ll be dealing with her destructive views for the next 30 years….

And what are our Republican Senators doing? Rolling over and playing dead.

It’s like they’ve been neutered, especially Cornyn, according to AWR Hawkins at Human Events:

Texas Sen. John Cornyn, one of the few GOP senators who can normally be counted on to stand up for conservatism, has all but agreed to buy Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan a celebratory lunch once she’s confirmed.

Kagan is a documented enemy of the individual right to keep and bear arms, a self-described practitioner of judicial activism (she believes the Constitution has to evolve with the times), an attorney who views “equality” as paramount (particularly when that equality encompasses gay relationships like marriage), and a woman who refuses to admit whether she believes the government has the right to ban books based on their political content.

Yet Cornyn, on day three of Kagan’s confirmation hearings, said he was trying to ascertain what kind of justice she “will be” (such defeatist language almost always portends that it’s a foregone conclusion that the nominee “will be” confirmed).

And he even added: “My gut tells me that she will probably be a predictable member of the minority block” and also said, “I assume she will be confirmed.”

Why assume something will happen when you have the power to stop it?

Tad Armstrong  St. Louis Today urges the Senators to filibuster:

The rules of “cloture” and “nuclear option” aside and assuming all 100 members are present, it would take 41 senators to filibuster a vote to confirm Elena Kagan as the 112th Justice of the Supreme Court. It seems rather odd that 41 senators could impede the will of 59 colleagues, especially because it takes only a simple majority to complete President Obama’s plan to ensure that the makeup of the court loses no ground in the relentless pursuit of unlimited (and unconstitutional) power. Guess how many senators are Republicans?

In general, I prefer majority rule in a legislative body. But, because confirmation of the wrong nominee to the Court is of such singular importance to our nation, my advice to the 41 is to filibuster.


The only evidence worth considering are the facts revealed by an independent investigation into the nominee’s past. And, the only question worth investigating is whether that past is predictive of a willingness to abide by an oath to support the Constitution (otherwise known as the “rule of law”) or whether it is predictive of a plan “to mold and steer the law in order to promote ethical values and achieve certain social ends” (otherwise known as the “rule of whatever floats your boat”). Ms. Kagan approves of the latter. I do not. Nominees who believe in the activist approach to judging missed their calling, for Congress is where the job of “molding the law to achieve social ends” properly resides.

I’ve already linked to this AUL video, along with the transcript of Dr. Yoest’s powerful July 1 testimony. In case you missed it, the video is worth watching. Dr. Yoest is a powerful spokesman for the pro life cause, and is calling for an investigation into Kagan’s Clinton era hijinks :

Under the circumstances, why is it considered “dirty” to filibuster this nominee? Just because she’s been affable at her hearings, and is a Twilight fan? I don’t get it.

Senators to Contact, via Atlas Shrugs, (watch her video at the link, as well):

Graham, Lindsey – (R – SC)
(202) 224-5972
Web Form:

Sessions, Jeff – (R – AL)
(202) 224-4124
Web Form:

Hatch, Orrin G. – (R – UT)
(202) 224-5251
Web Form:

Grassley, Chuck – (R – IA)
(202) 224-3744
Web Form:

Kyl, Jon – (R – AZ)
(202) 224-4521
Web Form:

Cornyn, John – (R – TX)
(202) 224-2934
Web Form:

Coburn, Tom – (R – OK)
(202) 224-5754
Web Form:


Sarah Palin On Rusty Humphries Show: “Birth Certificate Fair Game”.

Rusty asked her the question about Obama’s birth certificate  about 7:00 min. in the first video, but listen to the whole thing if you have time. Come on. It’s Sarah Palin. She’s always worth listening to.

Part One

Part Two

I found out about this on Twitter since certain bloggers, (not mentioning any names) were groaning, and suffering extreme vapors over it.

What the heck’s wrong with allowing Americans to ask the question ,”Why doesn’t he just produce the stupid long form certificate and put the matter to rest?”

Andrew McCarthy has asked that question.

Lou Dobbs has asked that question.

Bernard Goldberg has asked that question.

And so have  millions of other Americans, who find it strange that Obama, who once branded himself as the most transparent President, evah –  has spent so much time and money to keep it hidden. It doesn’t make you a whacked out conspiracy theorist to find that strange.

In fact, not finding that strange, I think is a little strange.

An aside:

Incidentally, did you notice how much weight Rusty Humphries has lost? He used to look like this. Good for him!


How About Not?

Oh my gosh…talk about tone-deaf.

Mark Hemingway at The Washington Examiner reports:

Here’s statistical whiz Nate Silver on what Obama needs to do to improve his flagging approval ratings:

To channel my Inner Krugman: it’s a political imperative for the Democrats of the highest order to get some sort of jobs bill to Obama’s desk — the sooner and the bigger the better. Suppose you could create jobs at a price of about $40,000 per, which is higher than the figure suggested by empirical research on highly targeted jobs programs. A $200 billion bill would then create 5 million new jobs, which would reduce unemployment by about 3.3 percent (e.g. from 10.2 percent to 6.9 percent).

As Allahpundit would say: Dude.

Does Nate Silver not know that Obama is now a deficit hawk?


Another brilliant Democrat idea…expanding funemployment  benefits. That’s working out great, too.

Thanks to Eddie.

National Education Association Website Promotes Saul Alinsky’s Books For Teachers


Welcome to Obama’s NEA:

Recommended Reading: Saul Alinsky, The American


Reveille for Radicals
by Saul Alinsky
Vintage; Reissue edition (October 23, 1989)
Buy It

Rules for Radicals
by Saul Alinsky
Vintage; Reissue edition (October 23, 1989)
Buy It

Is Saul Alinsky someone who should be recommended in these glowing terms?

An inspiration to anyone contemplating action in their community! And to every organizer!

Saul Alinski wrote the book on American radicalism – two books, in fact: a 1945 best-seller, “Reveille for Radicals” and “Rules for Radicals” in 1971. The “Reveille” title page quotes Thomas Paine… “Let them call me rebel and welcome, I feel no concern from it; but I should suffer the misery of devils, were I to make a whore of my soul.”

Saul Alinsky, who was a labor and civil-rights activist from the 1910’s until he died in 1972, has written here a guidebook for those who are out to change things. He sets down what the goal is: a society where people are free to live, and also aren’t starving in the streets. A society where there is legal and economic justice. Then he sets out to say how to get there.

Alinsky spends a lot of time critiquing the idea that “The end does not justify the means.” What end? What means? He feels that there are circumstances where one can and should use means that in other circumstances would be unethical. I am not sure I agree, but Alinsky certainly speaks with the voice of experience.

Alinsky’s goal seems to be to encourage positive social change by equipping activists with a realistic view of the world, a kind of preemptive disillusionment. If a person already knows what evil the world is capable of, then perhaps the surprise factor can be eliminated, making the person a more effective activist. Alinsky further seems to be encouraging the budding activist not to worry to much about getting his or her hands dirty. It’s all a part of the job, he seems to say.

Yeah, Saul Alinsky “seemed to say” a lot of things. Things that I don’t necessarily want the teachers of my children enacting in the classroom.

Read the Discover the Networks profile of him, if you haven’t already:

Born to Russian-Jewish parents in Chicago in 1909, Saul Alinsky was a Communist/Marxist fellow-traveler who helped establish the dual political tactics of confrontation and infiltration that characterized the 1960s and have remained central to all subsequent revolutionary movements in the United States. He never joined the Communist Party but instead, as David Horowitz puts it, became an avatar of the post-modern left.

Though Alinsky is rightfully understood to have been a leftist, his legacy is more methodological than ideological. He identified a set of very specific rules that ordinary citizens could follow, and tactics that ordinary citizens could employ, as a means of gaining public power. His motto was, “The most effective means are whatever will achieve the desired results.”

Alinsky studied criminology as a graduate student at the University of Chicago, during which time he became friendly with Al Capone and his mobsters. Ryan Lizza, senior editor of The New Republic, offers a glimpse into Alinsky’s personality: “Charming and self-absorbed, Alinsky would entertain friends with stories — some true, many embellished — from his mob days for decades afterward. He was profane, outspoken, and narcissistic, always the center of attention despite his tweedy, academic look and thick, horn-rimmed glasses.”


Alinsky died in 1972, but his legacy lives on as a staple of leftist method, a veritable blueprint for revolution (which he and his disciples euphemistically refer to as “change”). Two of his most notable modern-day disciples are Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.

Obama, himself, taught workshops in the Alinsky method for several years. He started working with the corrupt, Alinskyite organization, ACORN in the mid ’80’s.

Alinsky taught that “The most effective means are whatever will achieve the desired results.” Does that meet the definition of a psychopath?

A psychopath is a person without conscience; someone who constantly breaks the moral rules of the community. Saul Alinsky was a “community organizer” who found a career that fit that personality disorder. In the Orwellian upside-down world of the Left, community organizers disorganize communities. That is the meaning of revolution, to overturn whatever exists today in the raw pursuit of one’s own power.

Normal, decent America is the enemy for these people.
We’ve seen this contempt in the way the left has treated ordinary Americans protesting Obama’s policies. Is this how the NEA would like teachers see the the “materialistic, decadent, bourgeois” etc. parents of their students?


Alinsky called ordinary Americans “the enemy.” Normal people don’t declare war on all of society. But Alinsky wrote in Rules for Radicals that radicals

“…have contemptuously rejected the values and way of life of the middle class. They have stigmatized it as materialistic, decadent, bourgeois, degenerate, imperialistic, war-mongering, brutalized and corrupt … They are right … “

Saul Alinsky’s Rules For Radicals is considered the bible for left-wing community organizers. Why would the NEA be promoting the writings of this amoral, power-obsessed  apparatchik to teachers?

And what community are they organizing?

Hat tip Alinsky Defeater on Twitter.


Could these outrageous NEA book recommendations be what Kyle Olsen at Big Government calls “red meat”, or what I would call  boob bait for the bubbas?

The White House appears to be continuing to throw red meat out to conservative audiences as a distraction from the real issue at hand: the proposed government takeover of health care.

It’s like a dog trainer pleading with a beagle sitting patiently, waiting to attack the target, while a big, fat steak is plopped by his paw.

At 4:31pm this past Friday, typical fare for this crew, the White House sirens released a partial list of visitors to the West Wing.  Why not a full list?  Who knows?  But some of the names were ones that were in the conservative wheelhouse during the election and the first 10 months of this year: Bill Ayers, Michael Moore, Jeremiah Wright and George Soros.

But MSNBC claims the first three: Ayers, Moore and Wright aren’t the Ayers, Moore and Wright.  Then why release the names?  Not to mention: the White House staff and the president himself just happen to have other friends named Bill Ayers, Michael Moore and Jeremiah Wright?  That’s bizarre.

This is likely Act II in the White House slight of hand to distract from the real issue: Reid and Pelosi’s lengthy bills to takeover health care in America.  Act I, of course, was the blatant attack on Fox News, which fizzled, arguably backfired and ultimately died.

Could this be Act III?

Olsen cautions:

Conservatives need to stay focused on the wise words and analysis of those such as Byron York, and not be the distracted by the made-for-TV sideshows the White House has been creating.

Blue Dog Dem Notices That Obama Engages In Weird Games Of Semantics…Perhaps Even Lies

I’ve noticed Obama’s blatant dishonesty for over a year and a half, now. His pathological lying goes hand in hand with his  narcissism, which wasn’t particularly hard for an untrained eye to spot.

Now, a member of his own party can no longer deny the awful truth, as Ace reports:

By the way, a Blue Dog Democrat is basically accusing Barack Obama of lying in his big stupid primetime speech on health care.

Rep. Bart Stupak (D.-Mich.) told that President Barack Obama told him in a telephone conversation that when he said in his Sept. 9 speech to a joint session of Congress that “under our plan no federal dollars will be used to fund abortions” he was not talking about the actual bill drafted in the House but about the president’s own health care plan—which has never been written.

“I don’t know if it is a game of semantics or what,” Stupak said of Obama’s nationally televised declaration to Congress that the health-care plan will not allow federal funding of abortion.

Both the House and Senate versions of the health-care bill permit federal funds to pay for insurance plans that cover abortions.

In his speech to the joint session of Congress, Obama directly rebutted the claim that the plan would fund abortions, calling it a “misunderstanding.” But in his later telephone conversation with Stupak, according to the congressman, Obama said that when he claimed in the speech that the plan would not fund abortions he was not talking about the House plan, he was talking about his own plan.

Again, Obama never had his own plan.


You can watch the video of Terry Jeffrey interviewing Stupak  at CNS News.


Oh, by the way, Ace is also reporting:

Leak: Internal Dem Whip-Count Document Shows “Robust Public Option” Doesn’t Have the Votes to Clear Even the House

Pass the popcorn.

In What Alternate Universe Is George Soros Not Considered Left-Wing?!

Speechless, here:

The example she cites for Soros’s supposed moderation? The Clinton Global Initiative:

A self-described “catalyst for action,” it hosts yearly Clinton Global Summits that bring together left-leaning thinkers and activists with wealthy businesspeople and politicians to meet and mingle and ruminate on the world’s problems. The summit’s goal is to have wealthy CGI attendees “partner” with the leaders of aid and development groups by making financial pledges to their programs. During its last three meetings (2005-07) CGI has announced 600 pledges of more than $10 billion.

George Soros’s Discover the Networks profile, here.

It’s nice that she allows Senator Hatch to have a different opinion than hers, though.

Hat tip: Weasel Zippers

NY RINO Dede Scozzafava Handles Tough Questions By Calling Cops

Dede in Plattsburgh

Is this a new one? After the town halls this past summer, I’m not sure. But calling the police on a reporter because his questions “startled her’, would seem to be breaking new ground in the in the ever expanding realm of  political weaseldom.

Weekly Standard reporter, John McCormack shares his story of his confrontation with Scozzafava after a GOP dinner in Lewis County:

…after the dinner, I asked Assemblywoman Scozzafava if she supports card check. “Yes, yes I do,” she replied.

At that point someone from her campaign placed himself between Scozzafava and me and told me I should direct all my inquires to the campaign’s spokesman. I nonetheless asked Scozzafava if her signing of the Americans for Tax Reform pledge not to vote to raise taxes means she would oppose any health care bill that raises taxes. “What kind of taxes?” she replied. Then another couple of gentlemen interposed themselves between Scozzafava and me as Scozzafava headed for the door.

I spotted Scozzafava later as she was walking to the parking lot, and asked her: ” Assemblywoman, do you believe that the health-care bill should exclude coverage for abortion?” She didn’t reply. I asked her twice more. Silence.

After she got into her car, I went to my car and fired up my laptop to report the evening’s events.

Minutes later a police car drove into the parking lot with its lights flashing. Officer Grolman informed me that she was called because “there was a little bit of an uncomfortable situation” and then took down my name, date of birth, and address.

“Maybe we do things a little differently here, but you know, persistence in that area, you scared the candidate a little bit,” Officer Grolman told me.

“[Scozzafava] got startled, that’s all,” Officer Grolman added. “It’s not like you’re in any trouble.”

You know who is in trouble? Dede Scozzafava.

See also:

The Moderate Voice: How to lose an election, Dede Scozzafava style

Ace of Spades HQ: Awesome: Super-Liberal “Republican” Dede Scozzaflava Calls Cops on Weekly Standard Reporter for… Asking Questions

Michelle Malkin: Radical leftist Dede Scozzafava can’t stand the heat

Report: U.S. To Engage In Joint Military Training Exercises With Venezuela and Nicaragua

Honduran blogger, Gerardo Paredes tipped me to this story in a Nicaraguan newspaper, La Prensa, today:


The Parliament today authorized the entrance of troops, ships and airships of the Armed Forces of the United States and Venezuela, to participate in an interchange of experience in this country with humanitarian aims, informed legislative sources today. The entrance of the American and Venezuelan military was proposed by the president of Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega, with character urgent, and approved today in the plenary session by 63 of the 92 deputies before the National Assembly, needed the president the Legislative one, the sandinista René Núñez.

The Congress authorized the entrance of the 10 military of the special forces of the United States to participate in a joint training with the commando of special operations of the Army of Nicaragua of the 1 of October to the 31 of next December, indicated by its side the first secretary of the Assembly, the liberal Navarrese Wilfredo opponent. Also it ratified the entrance of ship USWEST of the Navy of the United States to participate in an interchange of training with personnel of the Naval Force of the Army, from the 5 to the 30 of next November, indicated. Also, it authorized the entrance of the five military of the naval school of the United States to participate in a training interchange. The Parliament also authorized the entrance, of rotating form, of the 30 military, ships and airships of the Air Force of the Army of Venezuela to participate in an exercise of training interchange in operations of humanitarian aid with personnel of the Army of Nicaragua of the 1 of November from 2009 to the 10 of April of 2010.

Is it standard procedure for the U.S. military to conduct military operations in countries that are hostile to the United States? Is this an ominous sign for Honduras, and Columbia?

Someone with military knowledge please clue me in.

Chavez recently boasted of the Russian missiles it has procured from Russia:

Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez has announced that the country will soon take delivery of Russian missiles with a range of 300km (185 miles).

Returning from a 10-day tour of Africa, Asia and Europe, including Russia, Mr Chavez is also planning to buy Russian T-72 and T-90 tanks.

“Soon some little rockets are going to be arriving… and they don’t fail,” he announced at the presidential palace.


Venezuela is involved in a long-running diplomatic stand-off with neighbouring Colombia, over the latter’s plans to allow US troops greater access to its military bases.

A year ago,  September 2008, Moscow sent ships to the Caribbean to engage in joint exercises with the Venezuelan Navy, which was seen as “one of Russia’s most provocative exercises in the Western Hemisphere since the Soviet Union supported Marxist guerrillas in Nicaragua and El Salvador”.

In his weekly television address, President Chavez of Venezuela said: “Russia’s naval fleet is welcome here. If it’s possible, we’ll stage an exercise in our Caribbean waters.” Anticipating criticism from Washington, he taunted his northern neighbor, saying, “Go ahead and squeal, Yankees.”

Despite Mr. Chavez’s tough rhetoric, the Venezuelan leader has suffered some setbacks in the last year, among them the weakening of the FARC, the Colombian Marxist rebel group that Mr. Chavez has supported.

Nonetheless, the Venezuelan government, flush with cash from its petroleum exports, has indicated that it is seeking to purchase Russian submarines.

The announcement of the military exercises comes as the Bush administration is navigating its response to Russia’s invasion of Georgia, a former Soviet republic that hosts a small American military base.

Over the weekend, Vice President Cheney had particularly harsh words for Russia, calling the recent invasion an “affront to the standards of the civilized world.”

Now we’re conducting military exercises with Chavez and Ortega? Like Obama said in his UN speech, we’re forming new coalitions…


Paraguay rejects U.S. military co-operation deal


A friend who is former Air Force  emails:

my own prelim assessment is, yes, the US does participate in some exercises with just about all the countries of the S. Hemisphere. in fact we just finished PANAMAX 2009 – which is our annual protect-the-canal ex with about 21 countries. very interestingly, this year’s total was officially 20. guess who was uninvited?  and here is a curious slam on Honduras from the extremely Leftist COHA group:

the more ominous aspect is that the Nicaraguan press release (i assume its from Nic?) mentions two separate things:  first there will be 10 SF ops allowed in (thats an A-team!) for “training” ahead of an unknown US navy ship later (there is no “USWEST” ship) during the joint Venezuelan “humanitarian” training ex.  THAT is what is very bad mojo.
My source says responses to his request for opinions in the military community are mostly of the “nothing to see here move along”  variety.

However  his own opinion is that this might be a sort of “gunboat diplomacy against Honduras”.

I don’t know. Having no background with the military, myself, it seemed strange that we would be conducting military exercises with anti-American countries.

Smart Power: Obama Betrays America’s Allies – For What???

poland treason

From Poland’s Daily News Fakt

Gateway Pundit reports on the reactions of Poles and Czechs, today:

Strategic ally? Mainstay of our security? End of illusions. United States of America, for which we have for each call, turned his back to us. U.S. President lightly tossed into the trash heap construction of the Poland and the Czech anti-missile shield. The massive military installation was to give special meaning to us in NATO and to strengthen our position towards Russia. But America, instead of Warsaw, he prefers dialogue with Moscow. Yesterday the whole world went round decision Barack Obama Kremlin triumphs, and the Poles have been exposed to the wind.

The Washington Times in an oped, this morning :

Obama’s anniversary gift to Russia

The Kremlin is delighted. The United States unilaterally backed down in face of a Russian demand with no promise of reciprocity. This move decidedly strengthens Moscow’s hand without any appreciable gain for the United States. There is no reason to expect any gratitude. The Russian line will be that Mr. Obama made a pragmatic choice based on the faltering economy and his unwillingness to challenge mighty Moscow. It is a huge win for the Kremlin that adds to Russia’s current momentum and reinforces the president’s growing appearance of international impotence.

As usual, Moscow’s gain is Eastern Europe’s loss. Poland and the Czech Republic have a difficult recent history with Russia, by which we mean 40 years of communist military occupation and political repression. They knew Moscow would object to them hosting an American missile-defense system but decided to take the risk. Warsaw and Prague are good allies to America and have sent troops to assist the coalition efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan. They deserved better than a midnight call telling them “thanks, but no thanks.”

The White House picked an auspicious day to wave the white flag on missile defense. The president’s national-security team may say they didn’t notice that the announcement came on the 70th anniversary of the Soviet invasion of Poland in 1939, but everyone in Eastern Europe did. For an administration whose claims of heightened cultural sensitivity border on sanctimony, the timing was an unforgivable faux pas. The anniversary gift compounds the message that Washington is bent on courting Moscow regardless of the broader implications for global security.

obama your welcome

You’re Welcome.

Closing velocity has more on the betrayal, here, here, and here, making the case that Obama’s decision has also made the United States less safe:

An unnamed Senate aide makes the same point I’ve always made here: European missile defense was never exclusively about defending Europe — it was about defending OUR largest east coast cities:

A senior GOP Senate aide said that the effect of the administration’s switch to short- range systems, such as the Standard Missile-3 (SM-3), was that the program would no longer have any capability to defend the U.S. homeland and would only be able to protect parts of Europe.

“The important fact here is that if you go with the land-based SM-3s, you don’t protect the United States,” said the aide.

“It changes the nature of the debate,” the aide continued. “Why should the U.S. spend 6 or 7 billion dollars just to protect Europe? That’s going to be a completely different argument.”

Jules Crittenden has more:

Reuters: For Poland, the timing of the announcement is particularly sensitive. Thursday marked the 70th anniversary of the Soviet invasion of eastern Poland following a pact between Moscow and Nazi Germany, an event seen by Poles as “a stab in the back.”

“I hope this is just a coincidence,” said Waszczykowski.

Actually, it probably is. The Obama administration doesn’t study history. It reimagines it. If there is any purposefulness to this date, then its because the Ivans proposed it: “Hey there, my yankee imperialist capitalist lackey fellow traveling tovarich. OK, we’ll make this deal. One thing, could you announce it on Sept. 17? Works better for us. (Muffled giggle).”

Ed Morrissey made the gaffe Hot Air’s Obamateurism of the day.

Makes you almost yearn for the Jimmy Carter days.

White Racists Trap Innocent, Big Hearted ACORN Workers In Baltimore


I’m just trying to come up with the liberal defense for this. Obviously, the two conservatives posing  as pimp and  ho, (or “performance artist”), are white, and the ACORN workers are black, soooo… racism, right? Mal? Bueller?

This is the story that Glenn Beck hinted at earlier this week that he claimed would be sending people to jail. These two thoroughly corrupt ACORN workers are the dupes who will be going to jail. Michelle Malkin sets up the ruse orchestrated by 25 year old conservative videographer, James O’Keefe:

Andrew Breitbart’s new website, Big Government, has videotape of ACORN officials in Baltimore offering to help two people posing as a pimp and a prostitute, encouraging them to lie to the Internal Revenue Service in order to secure housing — and giving advice on how to claim underage girls from South America as dependents.

James O’Keefe conducted the undercover investigation and has the full transcript here.

Watch part two at Big Government.

Fox News covered this story, this morning:

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