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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Border Patrol Agent Killed in Southern Arizona

This is a story from FOX News. 

Their story is about the end result. Mine is about contributing factors.

Correct me if I'm wrong. Wasn't it these two who sued AZ for trying to enforce immigration laws and protect their own border.

Isn't this guy currently trying to pass The Dream Act; to make illegals legal including those with criminal records thereby exacerbating the problem?

Isn't this the guy the idiots in AZ just reelected. This "stalwart against illegal aliens" has done nothing to curtail illegals. In fact since 1987 he has gone out of his way to encourage and protect them co-sponsoring the Shamnesty Bill with Kennedy. Since his tenure the illegal situation has only gotten worse. Considering the predicament AZ is in why he was reelected truly amazes me!

So what is my point here?

Would this border patrol agent be alive today if these four were not in office? Maybe not. But one thing stands paramount and indisputable. Our main line of defense is the border. And it is more porous then the colander I use to drain spaghetti. Throw in Napolitano and it will remain that way as long as they're in office.


TUCSON, Ariz. -- A U.S. Border Patrol agent was gunned down after he encountered several suspects who were targeting illegal immigrants for robbery in southern Arizona, officials said Wednesday.

Agent Brian A. Terry, 40, was killed late Tuesday near Rio Rico, Ariz., according to a statement released by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials.

At least four suspects are in custody and another is still being pursued.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the Terry family for their tragic loss," CBP Commissioner Alan Bersin said in a statement. "Our commitment to Agent Terry and his family is that we will do everything possible to bring to justice those responsible for this despicable act."

The FBI and the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office are investigating Terry's death.

Terry, who was a member of CBP's special response team, grew up near Detroit and graduated from Flat Rock High School in 1988, according to the Arizona Republic.

KOLD-TV in Tucson reports the incident occurred just after 11 p.m. Tuesday in the Peck Canyon area north of Nogales.

The leader of a union representing Border Patrol agents said Terry was trying to catch bandits who target illegal immigrants for robbery.

National Border Patrol Council President T.J. Bonner said Terry was waiting with three other agents in a remote area north of Nogales when a gun battle began. A CBP spokesman would not confirm that account.

Prior to Terry's death, the last fatal shooting of a Border Patrol agent was on July 23, 2009, when Robert Rosas, 30, was killed by unidentified assailants while responding to suspicious activity in a known smuggling corridor near Campo, Calif., CBP officials said.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said the killing is an "unconscionable act of violence," according to a statement released Wednesday. She had planned earlier this week to visit the region on Friday, but will apparently move her trip up a day because of the shooting, the Arizona Republic reports.

In May, President Obama authorized the deployment of up to an additional 1,200 National Guard troops to the Southwest border to provide support for surveillance, reconnaissance and narcotics enforcement to augment CBP and U.S. Customs and Immigration (ICE) authorities already in place. Those deployments began on Aug. 1. Obama also requested $600 million in supplemental funds for enhanced border protection and law enforcement activities.

"Over the past year and a half, this administration has pursued a new border security strategy with an unprecedented sense of urgency, making historic investments in personnel, technology and infrastructure," Napolitano said in a statement released on July 19.

"These troops will provide direct support to federal law enforcement officers and agents working in high-risk areas to disrupt criminal organizations seeking to move people and goods illegally across the Southwest border," the statement continued.

Napolitano also announced in July that more than $47 million in fiscal year 2010 Operation Stonegraden grants for the Southwest border states to support law enforcement personnel, overtime and related costs. Nearly 80 percent of the funding will go to Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas, up from 59 percent in 2008.


Saturday, December 11, 2010

The Awakening?

Have you noticed a strange, almost "religious awakening" occurring in the White House. The President of the United States is suddenly concerned about the deficit. This epiphany has now crystalized after week after week of spending billions, and printing even more. "We can't afford the $700 billion price tag by extending the Bush tax cuts for the rich" he said. He constantly, over the last few months chastised... "tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires." Has he found new respect for the deficit? I think not.

For starters the tax cuts have been with us for about 8 years now.  So what we are really talking about here are tax hikes. He continues to rant about "millionaires and billionaires" when the truth of the matter is "rich" is defined as anyone making $250,000 and above. Last time I checked $250,000 was only 1/4 of a million. Suffice to say their are a hell of a lot more Americans making $250,000 then there are making a million a year. A case could me made $250,000 is still a lot of money. True, but when was the last time a poor person offered someone a job?

So now a comprise has been struck. Obama will extend the tax cuts for all... if.... he gets to extend unemployment benefits for 13 months. How he can say this with a straight face I don't know. He's so concerned about the deficit right? By the way. At what point does unemployment compensation become welfare? Like... we're up to three years now.

It gets even better.

The sweeping tax cut bill introduced Thursday night by Senate Majority Leader Reid is chock-full of sweeteners which could serve as a legislative pacifier for Democrats outraged over the "concessions" the Messiah has handed to Republicans.

 They cover a host of alternative energy credits, a potential salve for environmentally conscious lawmakers, as well as targeted benefits for everything from the film and television industry to mining companies to rum producers.


That's what it is.

They are so concerned about the deficit but not enough to stop piling on $155 billion in unemployment benefits plus another $55 billion in payback sweeteners such as online gaming (which got Reid re-elected!)

Look... we all know they don't give a damn about the deficit. If taxes did go up not one dime of it would go to pay down the debt. They want revenue pure and simple. REVENUE TO SPEND.

I have a suggestion to pay down the debt.  53% of Americans pay income tax. The other 47% pay nothing. Everyone should pay something (no matter how small) for the privilege of living in this great country. When you pay nothing you contribute nothing to society. So what is the point of a parasite's existence? The 53% are getting damn tired of carrying the other 47% on their backs. Make them pay tax and use it to pay down the debt.

On a side note.

This was a first.

The Messiah had to hand the ball to Clinton to advance his agenda. Then stood on the sideline and watched.
Just who the hell is the President of the United States?

Mr. Ed Kilbane who witnessed this absurd scenario had this to say:

"I loved it when The Omen said he had to go because he was already late getting back to My Belle Michelle. Bubba said, "I'm not stopping you from leaving" and didn't even look back as The Omen exited stage left. That was the strangest moment I've ever witnessed in politics. As The Omen walked off he had the look of a man who just resigned from office. And Bubba kept on going like he never left office."

I guess that pretty much nails it.


Tuesday, December 7, 2010

The older I get the more vivid my memory

US Observes Anniversary of Pearl Harbor Attack

  December 07 2010

No I wasn't there. I like most experienced black and white photographs of mangled hulks of battleships bellowing clouds of black smoke. But see that old timer below. Look in his eyes. My heart is in him. As the years go by my memory is more resolute. Memory fades only with those who allow it to slip away. 

 JFK... 11-22... this year heard nothing. He now officially belongs to the ages. 

I guess Pearl Harbor is driving down the same road.

Our great country…Our great country.

With the USS Arizona memorial in the background, Pearl Harbor survivor Richard Laubert, of Phoenix, Oregon, attends the 69th anniversary ceremony marking the attack on Pearl Harbor, 7 Dec 2010, in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii

With the USS Arizona memorial in the background, Pearl Harbor survivor Richard Laubert, of Phoenix, Oregon, attends the 69th anniversary ceremony marking the attack on Pearl Harbor, 7 Dec 2010, in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii

Americans across the United States are holding ceremonies Tuesday to commemorate the 69th anniversary of the Japanese attack on the U.S. Naval base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii.

Hundreds of people are estimated to be gathered at Pearl Harbor, where a new visitor's center is to open at the scene of the attack, near the site where the battleship Arizona sank.

On December 7, 1941, Japanese aircraft attacked the base just before 8 a.m., Hawaii time. The attack killed more than 2,400 Americans, sank five battleships and drew the United States into World War II.

More than 1,100 sailors died on the Arizona, which still lies at the bottom of the harbor. It is a memorial to what then-U.S. president Franklin Roosevelt described as "a date which will live in infamy."

At the same time as the Hawaii ceremony, the National Park Service in Washington held a wreath-laying ceremony at the World War II Memorial on the National Mall.


Monday, December 6, 2010

Giving money to Haiti, never was, and never will be the final answer.

 The United States over the last 20 years has given Haiti countless billions.  Other countries also have donated large sums of money. Yet Haiti remains the toilet of the Western Hemisphere. Why? The government in Haiti is corrupt and has been for as long as I can remember. 

Think about it.

Candidates allege election fraud in Haiti

PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI - Haiti's much-anticipated presidential election ended Sunday as broken as the buildings around the capital city, with protests flaring across the country and nearly all the major candidates calling for the results to be tossed out amid "massive fraud."

The day's events took a sharp turn toward chaos before the polls closed, when 12 of the 19 candidates on Sunday's ballot appeared together at a raucous afternoon news conference to accuse the government of President Rene Preval of trying to steal the election and install his chosen candidate, Jude Celestin.

"We are asking the men and women of Haiti to organize peacefully against the Preval government," their statement read. "We are asking everyone to mobilize."

The candidates said they would meet Monday to discuss their next move.

Sunday's fraud allegations sent U.S. officials, foreign observers and humanitarian organizations scrambling to salvage the election process, which had been billed as a critical step toward installing a legitimate government that could oversee the earthquake-devastated country's reconstruction and manage billions in still-undelivered foreign aid.

Foreign governments and international groups have pledged about $5 billion in additional aid since the Jan. 12 earthquake. They are waiting to see whether Haiti will have a legitimate government capable of administering those funds and rebuilding the country. More than a million people are living in tent camps, and a cholera epidemic has killed more than 1,500 and sickened about 25,000.

But after a day of widespread confusion, frustration and boisterous political drama, Haiti's attempt at a unifying political process appeared hopelessly flawed.

"There are high-level discussions with all partners going on about what has happened and what will happen," said Vicenzo Pugliese, a spokesman for the United Nation mission. "Let's see what the outcome of the dialogue is."

Haiti's Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) said the elections went "well" at most of the country's more than 11,000 polling stations but acknowledged "some problems," according to Reuters.

"The CEP is comfortable with the vote," council President Gaillot Dorsainvil said.

By sundown, crowds of young people were marching through downtown amid the sprawling tent camps and ruins as edgy U.N. soldiers in armored vehicles circled nearby.

Supporters of musician-turned-presidential candidate Michel "Sweet Micky" Martelly beat drums and danced and chanted that they'd been paid to vote for Celestin but picked Martelly. Earlier, in nearby Petionville, singer Wyclef Jean joined in another Martelly rally. Jean had been ruled ineligible to run himself.

U.S. Embassy officials declined to comment on the day's events but said they were monitoring the situation. The Organization of American States, which has more than 100 observers at the polls, did not return calls for comment or address the fraud allegations.

Tensions began building at polling stations soon after opening as would-be voters found their names missing from registration lists.

At a makeshift school a few blocks from the ruins of the presidential palace, eager voters stepped over earthquake rubble to search the government rolls for their names. The body of a woman - apparently killed by cholera - lay outside on the sidewalk as a group of Brazilian U.N. soldiers wearing dark glasses and armed with shotguns stood by.

"I'm an old lady. I have the right to vote," said Loucillia Marcellus, 59, carrying only her national ID card as she stood outside the polls wearing plastic sandals and a faded floral-pattern dress. "They said my name is not on the list, but this is where I voted last time.

"What can I do?" said Marcellus. "I'm going home. It's in God's hands now."

For all the confusion at the polls, turnout appeared relatively light. Dozens milled about voting precincts, but few dropped ballots into the clear plastic boxes that were closely watched by election workers and international monitors. There were scattered reports of violence at polls in rural Haiti and several claims that ballot boxes were dumped out.

Many who arrived at polls in the capital said they had spent the morning in a futile quest to find a place that would give them a ballot. On the grounds of a school where hundreds of children were crushed in the January quake, a group of young men wearing dreadlocks began shouting when turned away. "It's a fraud!" they yelled. "If you don't let us vote, there's going to be trouble!"

Charlemagne Merlette, 25, waved his hands wildly and launched into a tirade against the outgoing Preval government. "They don't care about young people," he shouted. "We want our lives to change!"

Many were ineligible for the vote because they were unable to get their national ID cards, many of which were lost in the quake and the disorder that followed. Others stuck in tent camps or discouraged by the cholera epidemic seemed indifferent to the vote.

Even before the fraud allegations, tallies of the vote weren't expected for at least a week, with a runoff scheduled for Jan. 16 if no candidate receives 50 percent of the vote. But with most candidates denouncing the election as a sham, it's unclear whether those dates will hold and what result, if any, the process will bring.

"I want the people under the tents to have houses and jobs," said Gosaphat Lexi, 24, who went to five different polling stations Sunday before finally giving up. He was told he wasn't registered anywhere. "Where is my name? Why don't they have my name?" 


Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Get a load of the first 3 paragraphs

(The 4th one is not to good either)

Christine O'Donnell: Hillary Clinton for President in 2012

On ABC's "Good Morning America" on Tuesday, Christine O'Donnell threw her support to an unexpected - and seemingly uninterested - potential 2012 presidential candidate: Hillary Clinton.

"I hope she runs for President," O'Donnell told ABC's George Stephanopoulos, adding that she would even consider becoming a Democrat in order to have the opportunity to vote for her.

"I would love to see her take out Obama in the primary," O'Donnell said. "You know, I would even be tempted to change my registration so that I could vote for her in the Democratic primary."

The former Delaware Senate candidate emphasized that her hopes for a Clinton 2012 candidacy were derived not from the belief that the secretary of state would be easier for Republicans to beat than President Obama, but because she would make the better candidate.

"Right now I think that anybody is better than Obama," she said. "It was a bittersweet moment when he got elected, because it was a real mark towards healing of our divided past, but the vote that we changed for was not to change America but to change Washington - and his policies are radically changing America and everything that she stands for."

O'Donnell, the controversial Tea Party member who rose to prominence this fall after a surprise victory in Delaware's Republican Senate nomination, Tweeted her support for Clinton on Monday after the Secretary of State made comments condemning the recent WikiLeaks document release.

"Some may cringe when I say this but Hillary-You Go Girl!" O'Donnell wrote on her Twitter account. The Tweet continued: "She's no Reagan yet her verbal lashing against wikileak is tough- watch out Obama!"

"I thought that she was tough," O'Donnell explained on "Good Morning America," of the pro-Clinton commentary. "I said she was no Reagan because I'd like to see her take it even a step further and say that these leaks are gonna be charged with treason. Clinton has repeatedly dismissed the notion that she is interested in future presidential bids, despite some speculation to the contrary.

Regardless of her call for Clinton to jump into the race, O'Donnell emphasized her support for Sarah Palin, and said accusations that the former Alaska governor lacked the experience to be president were unfair.

"Sarah shoots from the hip," O'Donnell said. "I love what Rudy Giuliani said, that people just dismiss that Sarah Palin right now has more executive experience than Barack Obama did when he stepped into the Oval Office. People are ignoring that and trying to disqualify her, and mischaracterize her because she is someone who shoots from the hip."


Monday, November 29, 2010

Missouri has no illegal aliens

On a tip from

Ed Kilbane
Senior National Correspondent


Missouri 's approach to the problem of illegal immigration appears to be more advanced, 
sophisticated, strict and effective than anything to date in Arizona.

Do the loonies in San Francisco, or the White House, appreciate what Missouri has done? 

When are our fearless President and his dynamic Attorney General going to take action to
require Missouri start accepting illegal immigrants once again?

So, why doesn't Missouri receive attention?

Answer: There are no Mexican illegals in Missouri to demonstrate.

The "Show Me" state has once again shown us how it should be done.

There needs to be more publicity and exposure regarding what Missouri
has done.

Let's pass it around.

By the way, to draw a comparison this is the LAPD ten most wanted list:

Let me know how many non-Hispanics you find!

In 2007, Missouri placed on the ballot a proposed constitutional amendment designating English as the official language of Missouri.

In November, 2008, nearly 90% voting in favor! Thus English became the official language for ALL governmental activity in Missouri.

No individual has the right to demand government services in a language
OTHER than English.

In 2008 a measure was passed that required the Missouri Highway Patrol and other law enforcement officials to verify the immigration status of any person arrested, and inform federal authorities if the person is found to be in Missouri illegally. Missouri law enforcement offices receive specific training with respect to enforcement of federal immigration laws.

In Missouri, illegal immigrants do NOT have access to taxpayers benefits such as food stamps and health care through Missouri HealthNET.

In 2009 a measure was passed that ensures Missouri 's public institutions of higher education do NOT award financial aid to individuals who are illegally in the United States.

In Missouri all post-secondary institutions of higher education to annually certify to the Missouri Dept. of Higher Education that they have NOT knowingly awarded financial aid to students who are unlawfully present in the United States.

So while Arizona has made national news for its new law, it is important to remember, Missouri has been far more proactive in addressing this horrific problem.

Missouri has made it clear that illegal immigrants are NOT welcome in the state and they will certainly NOT receive public benefits at the expense of Missouri taxpayers.


(If  you voted for Obama that would be...all 57 states.)

Here is the link to confirm: Be sure to read the readers comments too. 


Wednesday, November 24, 2010

You can add Nevada and Arizona to the list

You can add Nevada and Arizona to the list

The elephant in the room is the Bush tax cuts. Business in general can't plan for the future (e.g. hiring, expanding) because nobody knows what the taxes are going to be, let alone Obamacare. So what does this lame duck Congress do instead?

1.  They're going to try to shove the Dream Act ( backdoor amnesty) down our throats.

2.  Revisit don't ask don't tell.

3.  Extend unemployment benefits that have been extended about 5 times already.

Why is this stupidity going on?

Thanks to the brain dead morons in Nevada we still have this fool to contend with.

Speaking of morons.

California borders Nevada. Nevada borders Arizona. Moronitis must be a communicable disease.

Former "Minuteman" does an about face on the Dream Act.

SEN. JOHN MCCAIN 202-224-2235; 480-897-6289: Staff says he “hasn’t made a public statement” and “hasn’t made up his mind.” He talked a tough border security game to get re-elected, while promising illegal alien activists he would “resolve their issues.” 
(Refresh your memories here.)

This is how he  “resolves their issues.” 


Monday, November 22, 2010

Top Bush Aide Calls for Attorney General Holder’s Resignation

In his Washington Post column Gerson analyzes the prosecution of Ahmed Ghailani:
Under Holder's influence, American detainee policy is a botched, hypocritical, politicized mess.
The case of embassy bomber Ahmed Ghailani – the only Guantanamo Bay detainee the Obama administration has brought to trial in the United States – was intended to increase public faith in civilian prosecutions. But a terrorist hugging his lawyers in victory can't be considered a confidence builder.
Days before the Ghailani verdict, the White House admitted that Mohammed, because of massive, public resistance, would not be seeing the inside of a Manhattan courtroom anytime soon. "Gitmo," one official told The Washington Post, "is going to remain open for the foreseeable future."
Where do these developments leave Holder, for whom failure is not only an option but a habit? A recent profile by Wil Hylton in GQ magazine attempts to put his tenure in the best possible light – the lonely, naive man of principle undone by politics. But the portrait is unintentionally devastating. Holder clearly views the war on terrorism as a distraction. "The biggest surprise I've had in this job," he told Hylton, "is how much time the national security issues take."

Not an actor portrayal. Actual endorsement by Janet.

The rest of Gerson's column is worth reading. I like it's bipartisan conclusion:
Obama seems to be realizing – gradually, reluctantly – that applying the rules of war in the midst of a war does not destroy the credibility of the rule of law or encourage terrorist recruitment. But his public inability to admit this shift seems to be leading to the worst of possible outcomes.
In all likelihood, Mohammed won't be tried in a civilian court. But Obama's progressive allies would revolt against a military tribunal for the killer of Wall Street Journal correspondent Daniel Pearl and the mastermind of Sept. 11. So Mohammed is left in legal limbo. This, in its own way, does seem at odds with the rule of law – a prisoner condemned to detention without trial because a president cannot admit he was wrong.
How does Obama back down and accept a tribunal? He could begin by appointing an attorney general who understands the requirements of national security. Some on the left believe Holder should resign out of principle. Some on the right believe he should leave because he is out of his depth. Such bipartisanship should not go to waste.


Friday, November 19, 2010

What happened to draining the swamp?

House Ethics Committee Recommends Censure for Rangel

OK. Pelosi said she was going to drain the swamp. Rid congress of corruption. That is, unless a democrat clogs up the drain. 

Read the paragraph highlighted in red. Is the IRS going to "censure" him too?

WASHINGTON -- The House ethics committee's chief counsel has recommended that Rep. Charles Rangel be censured in connection with a finding that he engaged in improper financial and fundraising conduct.

Chief counsel Blake Chisman called for this punishment despite the New York Democrat's plea to his colleagues for "a drop of fairness and mercy."

This coming from a guy with a closet full of $3,000 suits

If Chisam's recommendation is carried out, this would be the most serious punishment, short of expulsion, which is highly unlikely. Chisam and Rangel argued their positions Thursday in a public hearing on sanctions held by the ethics committee.

The censuring of a lawmaker does not carry any particular limitation on powers or privileges afforded to a member of Congress. There are no specific rules governing what happens to a member who has been censured.

What's the point then?

This has been going on for two years, millions spent on  investigating the allegations, appearances before ethics committees, and at the end of the day the result is..."Bad Charlie...see ya monday morning?" If this is how government is run why bother loading Maxine into the breech? Absolve her of her sins now and save the taxpayers millions. 

Furthermore I don't know what Rangel is whining about. Forget about censure. He should be in jail. If he doesn't retire or die  he'll be a lock the next election. Kind of sad when you think about it. That is... how stupid the people must be in his district.

In the past, however, the party conferences and caucuses have decided to discipline their own based on the decision to censure a member.

Rangel spoke calmly without notes as he faced the committee. He repeatedly denied he was corrupt or crooked, sparking a clash with Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas.

McCaul questioned whether Rangel's conduct was, in fact, corrupt.

He noted that Rangel targeted donors for a college center named after him, people who had legislative issues that Rangel could influence in the Ways and Means Committee.

Rangel, McCaul added, didn't pay taxes on his Dominican Republic villa for 17 years.

"Failure to pay taxes for 17 years. What is that?" McCaul asked. He noted that former Rep. James Traficant, who was expelled after a felony conviction, didn't pay taxes for just two years.

Rangel argued, "City College (of New York) came to me to use my name. I was not trying to criminally hide anything from the IRS and Congress."

He said he didn't know the landlord of his New York apartment building placed him on a special handling list, when Rangel set up a campaign office in a subsidized unit designated for residential use.

Before Chisam commenced his remarks, Rep. Jo Bonner, R-Ala., told committee colleagues that Rangel need only "look in the mirror to know who to blame" for his predicament.

The scene 3 months from now.


Thursday, November 18, 2010

Ahmed Ghailani

The first Guantanamo Bay detainee to be tried in federal criminal court was found not guilty on all but one of the 285 counts he faced for his role in the 1998 East Africa embassy bombings.

285 counts and found guilty on only one! That's almost mathematically impossible.

Before going any further according to the transcript of a closed-door hearing in March 2007,  Ghailani admitted delivering explosives used to blow up the US embassy in Tanzania in 1998.

 So what we have here is this. Timothy McVeigh gets the death penalty. And considering the magnitude of the crimes, this scumbag practically skates? 

Ghailani was acquitted on 284 charges including one murder count for each of the 224 people he killed. So out of the remaining 61 charges they can only find him guilty on one!!!

He was found guilty on the charge of conspiracy to destroy government buildings. What? The people inside the buildings don't count? The difinition of conspiarcy is: an evil, unlawful, treacherous, or surreptitious plan formulated in secret by two or more persons. So if you are guilty of conspiring to blow up the buildings, how is it possible to be found not guilty for the resulting death of 224 people inside the buildings?

(Talk about spin)

The U.S. Justice Department responded to the verdict in a written statement, saying, "We respect the jury's verdict and are pleased that Ahmed Ghailani now faces a minimum of 20 years in prison and a potential life sentence for his role in the embassy bombings."

(Are you kidding me... drug dealers get more time then this)

Being fair does not equate with being stupid.
As a terrorist he does not have the rights afforded an American citizen.
This is the end result of trying them in a civilian court. If we weren't already, we certainly are now, the laughingstock around the world.
"The Messiah and Stedman" didn't see this coming? The TV commentators are saying this is a slap in the face and a failure for the Obama administration. I'm not so sure. Maybe this was the outcome they sought all along.

I have rocks in my back yard smarter then these prosecutors. These guys make Marcia Clark look like Perry Mason. Stupidity must trickle down from the top. Which is no surprise when you consider who the head of the DOJ is.


Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Rangel found guilty on 11 ethics charges

Now what?

The ethics committee will meet Thursday to consider punishment for Rangel. It will come down to three possibilities and a unlikely fourth. A formal reprimand, censure, or expulsion. Of course he could retire. Would this not be a utter waste of time for all concerned if the only punishment doled out is a slap on the wrist... e.g., formal reprimand or censure? That boils down to (Gee whiz... you shouldn't have done that Charlie. See you Monday morning.)

If this was you or I we would be in jail. Just ask Wesley Snipes. I'm expecting Rangel to go into his usual long dissertation about what a fine war hero he was followed by his years of service (theft) and finally expounding on how his constitutional rights were violated because he had no time to hire legal representation. (Like it's only been two years.)
At the last hearing he said he was going to represent himself.  How does that saying go...a lawyer who represents himself has a fool for a client.

 The common consensus is he's going to get a slap on the wrist. I'm going to go out on a limb and say they will give him the option to retire if not he will be expelled even though it will take two-thirds of the House vote and we're in the lame duck secession. Democrats want to drain the swamp. This is their chance. Put your money where your mouth is. Anything else is just a waste of time.

Oh the way should he somehow remain a Congressman I wouldn't be to concerned about the prospect of his re-election. He could video tape himself murdering someone on his front porch and still get elected.


Monday, November 15, 2010

The Never Ending Saga Of Charles Rangel

There has been a cloud (I was going to say black cloud but that may be deemed racist) hanging over Charlie Rangel's head for quite some time. Approximately 2 years ago Rangel was brought up on House ethics charges.  One charge quite possibly could have been dismissed as an "error in judgement". But there are whopping 13 ethics violation charges not counting the new addition below. 

List of charges The Hemingway Report: Difference Between Charlie Rangel and Al Capone

So how did this sit with those brilliant, voting, constituents in his district? In the last election, just a couple a weeks ago, he garnered 81% of the vote for his twenty first term in office!

Charlie Rangel's predecessor was Adam Clayton Powell. No stranger to scandals himself. So it begs the question. If you were a black politician, representing a black district, how would it be possible to not get re-elected?

Answer: Die midterm.

Rangel Used PAC Money for Legal Defense

New York Rep. Charles Rangel, whose ethics trial starts tomorrow, appears to have improperly used political-action committee money to pay for his defense, The New York Post reported Sunday.

Rangel tapped his National Leadership PAC for $293,000 to pay his main legal-defense team this year. He took another $100,000 from the PAC in 2009 to pay lawyer Lanny Davis. Two legal experts told The Post such spending is against House rules. "It's a breach of congressional ethics," one campaign-finance lawyer said. 

Washington, D.C., political lawyer Cleta Mitchell said there is "no authority for a member to use leadership PAC funds as a slush fund to pay for personal or official expenses." Leadership PACs are typically used by politicians to donate money to other candidates. 

But Rangel seems to have run afoul of House ethics rules. Lawmakers are generally allowed to use campaign cash to pay their lawyers, but this is limited to money in their personal campaign committee and they must ask permission first, the campaign-finance lawyer said. "The only campaign funds that a member may use to pay for congressional expenses are funds of his or her principal campaign committee -- not the funds of a leadership PAC or a multicandidate committee," according to the House Ethics Manual. 

Legal fees tied to a campaign, election or performance of official duties are considered congressional expenses. "Accepting money or payment for legal expenses from any other source, including a PAC, would be a gift and is barred by the House rules," the lawyer said. The Ethics Committee had no comment. 

Rangel's office refused to comment on the PAC money. On top of the $393,000 in PAC funds, records show Rangel yanked $1.4 million from his campaign coffers in 2009 and 2010 to pay the firm Zuckerman Spaeder, his main legal-defense team, and $100,000 in 2009 to pay Davis' firm. 

He also spent $147,577 for Washington, D.C., lawyer John Kern and $174,303 for Watkins, Meegan, Drury & Co., a firm that offers forensic accounting and legal services. 

An eight-member ethics subcommittee of four Democrats and four Republicans will convene at 9 a.m. to hear the 13 charges. They include failure to disclose and pay taxes on his vacation home in the Dominican Republic; his use of a rent-regulated Harlem apartment as a campaign office; and using congressional stationery to raise money for the Rangel Center at City College.


Saturday, November 13, 2010

Now that the dust has settled the election results explained in fine detail


Friday, November 12, 2010

Assimilation or Colonization

Merkle the Chancellor of Germany has seen the light.

When will the rest of the world learn?


Muslim protesters during a British Armistice Day celebration. (Phot: The Scottish Sun)
While America celebrates Veterans Day on Thursday, Britons across the pond are wrapping up a similar celebration called Armistice Day. Both honor the brave men and women fighting (and who have fought) in the armed services. That didn't matter to a group of Muslim protesters on Thursday, however, who interrupted services in London with chants of "British soldiers burn in hell" and banners saying "Islam will dominate" and "Our dead are in paradise, your dead are in hell."

The group of about 30 people, according to the Scottish Sun, is called Muslims Against Crusades. And while they screamed their hate, they were met by 50 counter protesters from the English Defence League:

"I'm disgusted," one mother whose son was killed in Afghanistan told the Sun.

"There are people like myself that at 11am today were remembering the lives of our children, and then there are some people doing something so hurtful as that. I think it's atrocious."

"We're talking about individuals who have died for their country," she added.
Future suicide bombers preaching the basic principle of Islam. The solution to everything... death.

Muslim protesters hold a sign during a British Armistice Day celebration. (Photo: The Scottish Sun)
The Sun reports that three members of the Muslim protest group were arrested — two for alleged public order offences and one over claims he assaulted a police officer — while one intervening officer was taken to the hospital with a head injury.

"My son went to Iraq with the Marines fighting for Muslims to get rid of a tyrant so they could have some freedom," said a father whose son was also killed.


Thursday, November 11, 2010

Hoyer zings Pelosi at the celebration bash


Wednesday, November 10, 2010

The old face made new again?

In 2009 Time magazine felt confident enough to put a G.O.P. elephant on its cover with the headline “Endangered Species.”

(2010 Midterm)
 I guess you could say it was a little misleading

The American electorate spoke out loudly against the Democratic agenda since Obama ascended onto the presidency almost two years ago. The 2010 midterm election; and out and out bloodbath for Democrats. Plucked from the House like feathers on a chicken. 64 seats lost in the House not to mention substantial gains in the Senate. The most crushing defeat in 72 years! Now that the dust has settled what is it we are left with?

Personally, I thought Pelosi would step aside after such a humiliating defeat. It would be the prudent thing to do. Then again, sensible and the name Pelosi, never really went together.

This is an example of how delusional she is. (Kind of reminds me of the coming demise of Hitler in the bunker) During the final hours, she told reporters election night before the polls closed that “We’re on pace to maintain the majority in the House of Representatives.” Really? What poll was she watching? Even the liberal networks saw the avalanche coming! Was she trying to put a positive spin on it; or suffering from delusions of grandeur? I suspect the latter.

In a post-election interview with ABC News’ Diane Sawyer, Pelosi, said she had “no regrets” about the way she had governed.

No regrets?

"No regrets because we believe we did the right thing and worked very hard in our campaigns to convey that to the American people," she said.

I thought she was going to break out in a rendition of My Way...

And may I say not in a shy way....
Oh no, oh no, not me
I did it my way

She said she would eventually "start thinking about what I'll do next, but it's never been about me." 

(Someone get her a doctor!)

That was then and this is now.

"I am running for Dem leader," Pelosi, Calif., said in a post on her Twitter account. She said her decision was in part "driven by the urgency of creating jobs" and protecting this year's health-care and Wall Street overhauls.

"Our work is far from finished," Pelosi said in a letter to colleagues. "As a result of Tuesday's election, the role of Democrats in the 112th Congress will change, but our commitment to serving the American people will not. We have no intention of allowing our great achievements to be rolled back."

The Republican response.

"The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting a different result," said Ken Spain, spokesman for the National Republican Congressional Committee. "Of course, if House Democrats are willing to sacrifice more of their members in 2012 for the glory of Nancy Pelosi, we are happy to oblige them."

So what are we left with?

How does the old adage go? Same S--- Different Day. Assuming she is elected minority leader through secret ballot we've got essentially the same face for the Democratic party. Obama, Biden, Pelosi, and Reid. Oh..I almost forgot Frank who should be serving time in jail instead of Congress. So what was good for Republicans in 2010 will be even better in 2012. What I can't understand is. How does this compute for Democrats as... righting the ship? This is the strategy by which they hope to re-group to deliver a better yield in 2012?

The final capper.

On FOX News Sunday Mara Liasson (who works for NPR) had the audacity to compare Nancy Pelosi to Winston Churchill. I about fell out of my chair. I thought Britt Hume was going into cardiac arrest. He quickly pointed correctly that Churchill led his country to a great victory and then was defeated in the subsequent election whereas Pelosi led her party to historic losses. Hey Juan, why didn't NPR fire her for expressing a controversial personal opinion? I guess the image of NPR remains intact.