2009 Weblog Awards

Oh, in case you’re wondering about the 2009 Weblog Awards widget on my upper left sidebar… it’s that time of year again. In fact, they’ve been taking blog nominations in the different categories since November 2.

Nice Deb has been already been nominated (yes, I nominated myself) in the Best Very Large Blog category, if you can believe that. I can’t. I keep thinking that my Technorati “authority” score is a mistake, because it jumped up substantially, earlier this year. But as it stands, I’m now in “Best very large blog”. ….Sooo, you can go over and give me  thumbs up, if you like. Or not. I don’t think it makes that much difference.

The master list of categories is here, so you can nominate all your favorite blogs, (including your own).


Fort Hood Massacre Quotes of the Day

First place has to go to the inimitable Ann Coulter:

Before shooting up a medical facility on that Army base, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan reportedly shouted “Allahu Akbar.”

While Hasan gave a shout-out to Allah before shooting, President Obama gave a shout-out to “Dr. Joe Medicine Crow” before getting around to mentioning the massacre on the day it happened.

President Obama’s response to abortionist George Tiller was “I am shocked and outraged by the murder of Dr. George Tiller.”

President Obama’s response to the slaughter of 13 Americans by a Muslim at a U.S. military installation was to instruct Americans not to “jump to any conclusions.”

There was a risk that right-wingers’s would start playing the old “Blame The Perpetrator” game.

Ya gotta love that woman.

A close close second, Patterico:

When Greenwald characterizes as “repellent” the claim that shouting “Allahu Akbar” suggests terrorism, he is engaging in the same sort of political correctness that caused military brass to turn a blind eye to Hasan’s extremist support of Muslim terrorism.

Which is to say, it’s attitudes like Greenwald’s that helped Nidal Hasan kill 13 people at Fort Hood.

But at least it gives him a little frisson of self-righteousness to accuse others of religious bigotry. And in the end, isn’t that all that really matters?

Jonah Goldberg wrote a thoughtful piece at NRO, addressing this conundrum: What to do about a problematic religion, when pointing out the problems makes things  worse?

The problem with formulating a serious public policy based on the assertion that Islam is the problem is that you guarantee Islam become even more of a problem. It’s a bit like Schrodinger’s cat. Right now Islam is both problem and solution. If we decide on one, we foreclose the possibility of the other. People who say Islam is The Problem often overlook the fact that there are millions of Muslims who are peaceful, do not support terrorist Jihad, and so on. If all of a sudden you claim their faith in and of itself is a threat to us, you push them toward the Jihadists. The Kurds in Kurdistan are Muslims, should we stop working with them? There are millions of moderate Muslims in Pakistan, should we send the signal that they are indistinguishable from the terrorists because they share the same faith?

David Horowitz has no patience for the PC, appeasement crowd:

This extremist said to an audience of doctors in university lecture (a military university no less) that those who do not believe in Islam should be beheaded and have boiling oil poured down their throats.

And liberals are too polite (too “politically correct”?) to notice. Actually it’s not polite that they are (they are actually quite rude) but in denial. And why is that? It is the same denial that progressives maintained through the 70 years of the Communist nightmare, denial that mass slaughters were being conducted by their Soviet comrades, that Russia and China were vast prison camps, and that the same fate awaited us in the West if we didn’t wage a cold war against their expansionist designs. It does sound familiar doesn’t it?

The only mystery is why progressives (so-called) like Tomasky and Fallows (and President Obama) should bend over backwards to protect medieval psychos — and I am speaking here of the tens of millions — of Muslims who idolize Osama Bin Laden, Hamas, and Hezbollah and embrace their genocidal agendas. There is only one possible answer to this question and that is that, to one degree or another, leftists regard America as the Great Satan and Israel as the Little Satan or believe at the very least that the policies of these two countries are the real cause of the violence against them.

Cal Thomas:

Suddenly, the issue of gays in the military doesn’t seem as important as jihadists in the military.

Veterans Day: A Tribute and Linkfest

A tribute the men and women who serve this Country, past present and future.

No matter who is in the Oval Office, the American people can sleep peacefully at night, knowing they are on the job.

Veterans Day Links:

IBD brings us some War on Terror Hero stories.

On PBS, tonight, The Way We Get By:

On call 24 hours a day for the past five years, a group of senior citizens has made history by greeting over 900,000 American troops at a tiny airport in Bangor, Maine. The Way We Get By is an intimate look at three of these greeters as they confront the universal losses that come with aging and rediscover their reason for living.

Date night! Free food for vets:

…to celebrate Veteran’s Day — next Wednesday, several major casual-dining restaurants — including Applebee’s, McCormick & Schmick’s and Golden Corral — are offering free food to the nation’s military vets and active-duty personnel, USA Today reports.

Outback Steakhouse is offering a free Bloomin’ Onion appetizer and a drink to vets and current military personnel on Wednesday. Krispy Kreme is giving away donuts, and even Home Depot and Lowe’s are getting in on the action offering 10-percent discounts to military.

Michelle Malkin: Veterans Day 2009

Another heart-felt thank-you from Atlas Shrugs.

Fox News:

For 90 years, the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month has been a remembrance of those who served America in a time of war.

Saints and Heroes, a site dedicated to honoring veterans.

Right Wing and Right Minded: On this Veterans Day, we say thank you.

Rassmussen Reports:

This Veterans Day, 81% of Americans have a favorable opinion of the U.S. military. Thirty-six percent (36%) had a close friend or relative who gave their life for our country. A Rasmussen video report notes that 69% say that military service is good for young people.

Blackfive: Veterans Day – Part 1 – We Start With the Late Great Mike Royko

Mudville Gazette: Dawn Patrol – Veteran’s Day 2009

Villainous Company: Those Who Serve

Bob McCarty: Unexpected Emotions Surface on Veterans Day

Pundit and Pundette: Gratitude For Our Veterans

Up Hill Both Ways: When the Boys Come Home

A Year Of Happy: Veterans Day—a tribute from 1981

The Other Officer Who Took Down Nidal Malik Hasan

Did you know that there were two officers involved with the take down of Fort Hood shooter, Nidal Hasan?  The MSM has only been focused on one of them, Fort Hood hero, Sgt. Kimberly Munley.  While I applaud the bravery of officer Munley, I wonder why the other officer hasn’t received the same amount of recognition.

Have you heard the name, Sgt. Mark Todd?

Me neither.

This piece from KWTX.com appeared on November 7th:

Todd, who’s assigned to the department’s K-9 Division, joined Sgt. Kimberly Munley, who was hailed as a hero Friday for her actions, in a firefight with Maj. Nidal Milak Hasan that lasted less than a minute Thursday afternoon.

The two officers responded within minutes of the report of the shooting.

Todd said Hasan started firing on him and Munley, who took cover behind a vehicle.

He said Munley left the cover to pursue Hasan, while Todd followed around the other side of the building.

Using her standard issue 9-mm Beretta, Munley exchanged gunfire with Hasan, striking him at least once, Fort Hood officials said Friday.

She was shot in legs and the wrist, said Chuck Medley, Fort Hood’s director of emergency response services.

When Todd looked around the corner of the building, he said he saw Munley on the ground and Hasan hiding behind a post firing at people who were trying to escape.

Todd said he fired five shots and Hasan fell.

He said he took away the wounded psychiatrist’s guns and then handcuffed him.

“We did just like we were trained to do…shouting commands and working as a team,” Todd said.

“We had no time to feel anything, just to react.”

Todd then turned his attention to helping injured soldiers.

“I felt so much for the wounded and the dead and their families,” he said.

And the AP via PoliceOne.com reported November 8th:

There has been confusion since Thursday’s rampage about whose bullets actually brought Hasan down. At first, Munley’s supervisor said it was her shot to Hasan’s torso that leveled him, but Army officials would only say that an investigation was under way.

Munley was down by the time he engaged Hasan, Todd said. He wasn’t sure if Munley had wounded the suspect, because “once he started firing at me, I lost track of her.”

Todd said he fired his Beretta at Hasan. Hasan flinched, Todd said, then slid down against a telephone pole and fell on his back. Todd says he then heard bystanders say “two more, two more.”

At first he thought the soldiers meant there were two more suspects, but then he realized they were urging him to fire two more rounds at Hasan, thinking he was still posing a threat.

Todd approached the suspect and saw that he still had a weapon in his hand. Todd kicked away the gun, which he said had a laser-aiming device attached to it.

“He was breathing, his eyes were blinking. You could tell that he was fading out. He didn’t say anything. He was just kind of blinking,” said Todd.

Todd handcuffed Hasan and checked to see if he was still alive. “He had a good pulse,” said Todd. He also cut off pieces of Hasan’s clothes so he could get first aid and noticed Hasan had gunshot wounds on his side and back.

From the time he got to the scene until Hasan dropped was just 30-45 seconds, Todd said. “It was pretty intense. There was a lot of people shouting, a lot of people giving directions,” he said.

Munley, whose injuries weren’t believed to be life threatening, won wide praise after the incident. Facebook fan pages quickly sprouted up, with well-wishers cheering her heroism and crediting the officers with saving lives.

I think Sgt. Todd deserves a Facebook fan page, too.

Video: Ralph Peters On Deadly Political Correctness

I think we can put Ralph Peters in the “not psychological distress column” of pundit opinion on the Fort Hood Jihadist, Nidal Hasan.

Peters also made some interesting points in his piece in The NY post, today:

On Sunday evening, a ranking officer in Hasan’s medical chain of command raced to cover her butt. Asked why the killer was promoted to major after receiving career-killer performance reviews at Walter Reed, the officer claimed that Hasan faced the same promotion board requirements as everyone else.

Liar, liar, uniform on fire: A dirty big secret in our Army has been that officers’ promotion boards have quotas for minorities. We don’t call them quotas, of course. But if a board doesn’t hit the floor numbers, its results are held up until the list has been corrected. It’s almost impossible for the Army’s politically correct promotion system to pass over a Muslim physician.

Sen. Joe Lieberman, one of the few lawmakers willing to whisper the word “terrorism,” needs to call the officers who sat on Hasan’s promotion board before the Senate, put them under oath, then ask if Hasan made major because of minority-quota requirements.

This corrupt (and now deadly) affirmative-action system does a severe disservice to the bulk of minority officers, who make the grade on quality and professionalism. It leaves other officers wondering if the new guy who just showed up in the unit is a “real” officer or an affirmative-action baby.

Also…how Peters wants to know how a guy making a six figure salary was living in squalor:
Meanwhile, the media try to turn Hasan into a victim. A sickening (and amateurish) Washington Post article portrayed him as a poor, impoverished minority living in a $320-a-month rathole apartment and driving a down-market car — as if the squalor made him a terrorist.

Squalor he chose to live in, by the way: As a major drawing added professional pay for his medical credentials, plus his benefits, Hasan made a six-figure income. And he was single, without college loans or medical bills. Has anybody asked where the money went? I’ll bet a chunk of it disappeared in cash donations to hard-core Islamist causes. Will a single journalist track the missing bucks?

Hat tip: Hot Air.