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!”


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.




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.


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
No 211
Thank you for participating in our survey.

Hat tip: Weasel Zippers


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


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?

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

Linked by Michelle Malkin, thanks!


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.


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.


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


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.” 

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.



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.
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