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Daily Updates W/E 12/11/05

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Daily Update: Day-Friday Date-12/9/05

-Traveling without his Meds?
...cost him his life.

-Iraqis eager for election next week
...participation, political discussions at peak

-Joe Lieberman for Sec/Def?
...another Rumsfeld is leaving rumor


Today's Auxiliary Blog Post
...Because there's more to life than politics.

So who says Baba Wawa is the only person to name the ten most intriguing people of 2005?

Here's mine own list in this Gossip post.

Also, Prince Charles' Christmas card and Elton's wedding.
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In this Delaware post, we discuss that prison settlement for the female counselor who was captured, held hostage, and raped.

Why aren't the details of this settlement, paid by the Delaware taxpayers, made public?
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You gotta see this Pic of the Week.

Well it looks like a house I used to own.

Except for that weird tree.
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Day-Friday Date-12/9/05


DAILY UPDATE


Claimed to Have a Bomb-He's Now Dead

There's still much unknown about this story. Soon enough the wife will be on Greta telling her sob story. We'll have sound and sight bites of their house, gaily decorated for Christmas I am to understand.

For now, the story is he claimed to have a bomb. A Sky Marshall demanded to have his carry-on luggage. The fellow was also ordered to remain still, make no sudden moves. Instead he reached for his backpack then took off down the skyway passage from terminal to plane.

There's some story about his wife getting involved in all of this. Give it time. On Greta she'll tell us her story. Which will be something to the effect that her husband was mentally deficient or some such. This is the current scuttlebutt at any rate.

But what does the story behind the story matter? The guy claimed to have a bomb, he was warned to remain still, he ran.

That's enough to get a bullet in the head ladies and gems. Intentionally in the head in that metal piercing the brain tends to immediately stop such physical ability as detonating the bomb. A bullet in the leg, hey, the bomber can still pull the plug.

On the other side, Chrissie Matthews will be spitting with all his liberal guests over the nerve of a Sky Marshall shooting and killing an innocent man.

By now, of course, the immediate story, the ones the Sky Marshalls had, has been fleshed out. We know the fellow did not have a bomb and it's suspected that his mental illness contributed to his lack of appropriate response

It's always easier to make decisions with the aid of hindsight. It's been said before and it must be said again.

Meanwhile, all across the country Americans collectively yawn. Should any politico get it into his/her head that this is going to cause a massive backlash that politico should think again.

How much money do you think that widow's going to get from her lawsuit?

Below, first report from the local NBC 6 news:

Shots Fired On American Airlines Flight At MIA

MIAMI -- A passenger on an American Airlines flight told NBC 6 that shots were fired on an airplane about to depart from Miami International Airport Wednesday afternoon.

Mary Gardner, who was a guest on NBC 6's South Florida Today show Wednesday morning, told NBC 6 the plane was on the runway when a passenger caused a disturbance and an air marshal fired shots.

Miami-Dade fire rescue officials confirmed the shooting.

The shooting happened at about 2 p.m. on AA flight 924, heading to Orlando.

Gardner appeared as a guest on NBC 6's "South Florida Today" this morning, telling viewers about inexpensive Christmas gifts.

NBC 6 will have more details as they become available.

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Meanwhile we have this story. Which floated about for a bit. An Egyptian man with shoes smelling like explosives, hmmmmm.

Later on in the day it was reported that the shoes were tested further and they came out clean. Meanwhile we must wonder why on earth this fellow was let loose by his original Transportation Safety inquisitors.


Officials say a 50-year old Egyptian man was stopped six days ago at New York's John F. Kennedy airport. Sources say he had a suspicious pair of shoes that tested positive five times for the explosive substance TATP on the interior of his shoes between the heel and sole.

Federal officials say the man's shoes are remarkably similar to those used by shoe bomber Richard Reid, who attempted to blow up an American Airlines jet over the Atlantic four years ago.

The Egyptian man's destination was Des Moines, Iowa, sources say, and he claimed he was a student at Iowa State University, in Ames.

Strangely, after holding him overnight, airport security in New York released him. The FBI was notified after he was released. Now the FBI has put out a nationwide alert.

The man shot dead in Miami appears to have been deranged, but the missing Egyptian may help explain why air marshals acted as they did

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Iraqis Optimistic About Election

This is weird. This WAPO article is actually positive about next week's elections in Iraq. What's strange is that last paragraph, that bit about a group affiliated with the U.S. Democratic party being quoted.

I've never heard of any group affiliated with the Democratic party "working to ease Iraq's transition to democracy." Now just because I haven't heard of them doesn't mean it doesn't exist.

Now I must ask : Is the only time the WAPO reports positive news on Iraq? When the Democratic party tells them it's okay?


As Iraqis nationwide prepare to go to the polls for the third time this year on Dec. 15 -- this time for a new parliament -- candidates and political parties of all stripes are embracing politics, Iraqi style, as never before and showing increasing sophistication about the electoral process, according to campaign specialists, party officials and candidates here.

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"It is like night and day from 10 months ago in terms of level of participation and political awareness," said a Canadian election specialist with the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, a group affiliated with the U.S. Democratic Party that is working to ease Iraq's transition to democracy. . . .

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Heh. New Democratic Rumor

Speculation has been brewing that Joe Lieberman is being considered the replace Donald Rumsfeld as Secretary of Defense. The NY Daily News carried the following in a recent edition. I found that bit about Lieberman once being considered for the post of U.S. Ambassador to the UN instead of Bolton to most interesting. I've never heard that before.

For his part, Donald Rumsfeld denied today that he has any plans to retire.


WASHINGTON - White House officials are telling associates they expect Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld to quit early next year, once a new government is formed in Iraq, sources said yesterday.

Rumsfeld's deputy, Gordon England, is the inside contender to replace him, but there's also speculation that Sen. Joe Lieberman - a Democrat who ran against Bush-Cheney in the 2000 election - might become top guy at the Pentagon.

 Posted by Hello


That's not as farfetched as it might first appear.

The Daily News has learned that the White House considered Lieberman for the UN ambassador's job last year before giving the post to John Bolton, a Bush adviser said.
"He thought about it for a week or so and finally said no," the adviser recalled.

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Links to this month's Daily Updates

W/E 11/27/05
W/E 12/04/05
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TV Events of Note

Dear Santa
FOX: Friday, December 9 8:00 PM
Holiday special Christmas

Letters from children asking for Santa's help are used to select a group of families whose holiday wishes are then granted.
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I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown!

ABC: Friday, December 9 8:00 PM
Holiday-children special, Animated Christmas

Lucy and Linus' little brother, ReRun, turns to Snoopy and Spike for holiday cheer.

Cast: Jimmy Bennett, Adam Taylor Gordon, Ashley Rose Orr, Corey Padnos, Hannah Leigh Dworkin, Nick Price, Kaitlyn Maggio, Bill Melendez, Jake Miner Director(s): Bill Melendez, Larry Leichliter Producer(s): Bill Melendez Executive Producer(s): Lee Mendelson

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Daily Update: Day-Thursday Date-12/8/05

-The leader of a major political party pronounces the Iraq war “unwinnable”
…as he demonstrates Code Pink Tshirts.

-Saddam too busy to show up at his trial
…some moving testimony from his victims.


Today's Auxiliary Blog Post
...Because there's more to life than politics.

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It's an Editorial on the new web project called "Pajamas Media".

An exciting step that will change the blogosphere as we know it.
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So why did Kaitlyn call her Grandmother a monster?

And what did the two-year-old do to transform a crowded lunchroom into laughter and joy?
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The guy only wanted to be a writer in this Fishgiggles.

The surprise is his new employer.
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Day-Thursday Date-12/8/05


DAILY UPDATE


Saddam Refuses to Attend His Own Trial

Seems he wanted to sleep in. Below some tidbits from yesterday's testimony.
Foxnews:

"In prison they used to bring men to the women's room and ask them to bark like dogs," [a witness] said. "My father died in prison and I was not able to see him." He added that his father, who was 65 and had heart problems, was kept in a room about 50 yards from him.
That prompted an outburst from Saddam, who complained of his own conditions in detention. He said the court had time to listen to the witnesses' complaints "but does anyone ask Saddam Hussein whether he was tortured? Whether he was hit?"

He urged the judge to investigate his conditions because "it is your duty as judges to investigate the crime at its scene."

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Mohammed said he was told that Saddam asked a 15-year-old boy if he knew who he was. "He said 'Saddam'. Then Saddam hit him in the head with an ash tray."
The testimony drew an angry response from Saddam, who suggested that Mohammed needed psychiatric treatment and accused the court of bowing to American pressure.

"When the revolution of the heroic Iraq arrives, you will be held accountable," Saddam warned the chief judge.

"This is an insult to the court," Amin responded. "We are searching for the truth."

Saddam told Amin he hoped "that you will endure my frankness."

To be sure, the court's loose atmosphere has provided moments of comedy, like this one:

[C]ourt was preparing to adjourn for the day when the deposed dictator jumped to his feet and complained that the court was "deliberately hauling defendants before the trial when they are exhausted."

He complained that he had no fresh clothes, and that he had been deprived of shower and exercise facilities.

"This is terrorism," he said.

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Howard Dean-Military Logistical Expert

Can anybody make any sense of what he's saying below?

From WOIA.com


"I think we need a strategic redeployment over a period of two years," Dean said. "Bring the 80,000 National Guard and Reserve troops home immediately. They don't belong in a conflict like this anyway. We ought to have a redeployment to Afghanistan of 20,000 troops, we don't have enough troops to do the job there and its a place where we are welcome. And we need a force in the Middle East, not in Iraq but in a friendly neighboring country to fight (terrorist leader Musab) Zarqawi, who came to Iraq after this invasion. We've got to get the target off the backs of American troops.
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Just so you know what this Code Pink organization is all about. Note those shirts Dean's holding up.

Code Pink is a hardcore Marxist operation:

Code Pink is not your average, everyday collection of "peace activists." This is, after all, the group that raised $600,000 last year to aid terrorists in Fallujah. As Code Pink co-founder Medea Benjamin put it at the time, "I don't know of any other case in history in which the parents of fallen soldiers collected medicine...for the families of the 'other side'."

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Links to this month's Daily Updates

W/E 11/27/05
W/E 12/04/05
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Daily Update: Day-Wednesday Date-12/7/05

-John Kerry STILL hates the military
....what he said then, what he says now

-Female suicide bombers blow up, kill 27
...they're running out of suicide bomber volunteers. Time for Zarquawi to step up to the plate

-Saddam's trial ratcheting up
...female testified today behind closed curtains with altered voice

-The CIA leaks again!
...why aren't investigations demanded?


Today's Auxiliary Blog Post
...Because there's more to life than politics.

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Here's an Ad We'd Like to See. It's called "Changing History 101". Because the Dems have made a real art of it so why not offer it as a course?
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It's time for some Miscellany. We have a beautiful picture of a guardian angel with an interesting story behind it.

Also, updates on Maryland's former Enchanted Forest.
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Here's an entry from Guest Writer Michelle.

Who tells a funny, but deadly serious, tale about learning to be a cop.
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Day-Wednesday Date-12/7/05


DAILY UPDATE


Loser Kerry Still Hates and Still Vilifies Our Military

It's just not right and it's time this man be stopped.

Although we'll allow as that former Presidential candidates who lose to Bush are destined to become Moonbats. Witness Al Gore.

But this Kerry fellow has lied about our military before for his own political benefit. No matter how they spin it, don't believe anything but that John Kerry, who served in Vietnam and whose wife has taken back her maiden name, subtly accused our soldiers in Iraq of terrorism. Yes he did this past week on Face the Nation.

Back in the 70's I believed this sort of thing what with Dan Rather and Chet Huntly blaring at me how terrible our soldiers were in Vietnam. I am sickened at how I was lied to, how the politically ambitious such as Kerry took to vilifying our troops for his own gain and more shocked that such a man would ever be considered for our country's President.

If God Blesses America it's that this man did NOT get elected.

What He Said Then



Kerry smeared the reputation of Vietnam veterans when he said the following in testimony before Congress in 1970:

"They told the stories at times they had personally raped, cut off ears, cut off heads, taped wires from portable telephones to human genitals and turned up the power, cut off limbs, blown up bodies, randomly shot at civilians, razed villages in fashion reminiscent of Genghis Khan , shot cattle and dogs for fun, poisoned food stocks, and generally ravaged the countryside of South Vietnam in addition to the normal ravage of war, and the normal and particular ravaging which is done by the applied bombing power of this country," Kerry testified.


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What He Says Now


Kerry said the following on Face the Nation on Sunday:

"And there is no reason, Bob, that young American soldiers need to be going into the homes of Iraqis in the dead of night, terrorizing kids and children, you know, women, breaking sort of the customs of the --of--the historical customs, religious customs. Whether you like it or not...Iraqis should be doing that."

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Two Female Suicide Bombers Kill 27 in Iraq
It occurs to me-and I'm no military expert like Howard Dean- but it occurs to me that the Iraqis need to re-think how they gather in groups. Because it's always groups of Iraqis targeted by suicide bombers, groups standing in line to sign up for the Iraqi army or, in this case, police recruits.

I'm supposing that an attack that hits American troops is most coveted by the Sunni and foreign terrorists all coming to Iraq, funded by Saudi money to prevent a democracy of the will of the people that they not lose their oil money. But I'm also supposing that the coalition troops are more cognizant of that danger and less likely to be hit.

The Moonbats forget that it's the Iraqi people taking a big hit in terms of casualties. Yes they are the ones benefiting from the cause and I'm sure they understand this. Come the election days, many Iraqi citizens sport happening purple fingers.

I also imagine there's a certain frustration on the part of coalition military advisers. Perhaps the Iraqis are a bit too naïve and perhaps they will get smarter as time goes on. We all do, after all.


Update from Yahoo and Associated Press:

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Two women strapped with explosives blew themselves up at Baghdad's police academy on Tuesday, killing 27 people and wounding 32, the U.S. military said.

The women blew themselves up in a classroom filled with students, the statement from Task Force Baghdad said. No U.S. forces were killed or wounded in the attack, it said.

U.S. forces rushed to the scene to provide assistant, the statement said.

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Saddam's Trial Goes On

With the lovely Ramsey Clark on defense. Today he told the court to go to hell.

Heh.

And complained about not having a change of clothes! This after the following testimony shocked and sombered the court.

From the AP:

Saddam sat stone-faced as the woman, identified only as "Witness A," told the court from behind a light blue curtain that she was taken into custody after the 1982 assassination attempt against the former Iraqi president in the town of Dujail.

The woman often cried during her testimony and repeatedly said she was forced to undress, implying that she had been raped but not saying so outright.

"I begged them, but they hit with their pistols," she said. "They made me put my legs up. There were five or more and they treated me like a banquet ... He [IIS officer Wadah al-Sheikh] continued administering electric shocks and beating me," she said.

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The CIA...Determined That We Lose This War

It was bad enough when it was leaked that we had certain places across the planet where selected captives are taken for interrogation. That leak flew a little under the radar so the CIA comes out AGAIN with even more detailed information. Now we know where those "black holes" are and who is being held there. Yes, this very detailed information was provided to ABC news.

Why?

Doesn't this alert Al-Queda about where to go to re-capture their comrades? Is this really the sort of thing our CIA should be leaking to the press, hence the entire planet?

And when, pray tell WHEN, will the spineless Republicans demand an investigation of the CIA?

After they make us lose the war and the United States is taken over by their Saudi financiers?


Following is a list of 12 high-value targets housed by the CIA.

Abu Zubaydah: Held first in Thailand then Poland

Ibn Al-Shaykh al-Libi: Held in Poland. Previously held in Pakistan/Afghanistan

Abdul Rahim al-Sharqawi: Held in Poland

Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri: Held in Poland

Ramzi Binalshibh: Held in Poland

Mohammed Omar Abdel-Rahman: Held in Poland

Khalid Shaikh Mohammed: Held in Poland

Waleed Mohammed bin Attash: Held in Poland

Hambali: In U.S. custody. Kept isolated from other high-value targets.

Hassan Ghul: Held in Poland.

Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani: Held in Poland

Abu Faraj al-Libbi: Held in Poland

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Links to this month's Daily Updates

W/E 11/27/05
W/E 12/04/05
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Daily Update: Day-Tuesday Date-12/6/05

-Saddam's Trial-An American defends him. Left wing Americans give him defense.
...could it really come down to this scenario?

-9-11 Omission-Commission Gives Report Card.
...Heh. We give one right back. In that manner of American Express

-Tom Delay released from conspiracy charges
...still indicted on money-laundering. The man is too damn successful for his own good.


Today's Auxiliary Blog Post
...Because there's more to life than politics.

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It's a True Crime Update and we have pictures of Tookie William's victims.

Lest we forget as the Hollywood crowd extols this fellow as the archangel Raphael reborn.

Warning, the pictures are graphic but there's a link for the squeamish.
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Still keeping up with the Katrina for Kaitlyn series, we have an update from poor Jimbo, the prisoner still stuck in an NO prison.

And NO Mayor Nagin! You are not going to believe this one.
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Here's some Comments.

A weird one about schizophrenia from an author. Comments on Notable/Quotables and Plamegate.
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Day- Tuesday Date-12/6/05


DAILY UPDATE


Saddam's Trial-Could This Really Happen?

Imagine, if you will, an American lawyer defending Adolf Hitler.

Yet before our disbelieving eyes, we have an American defending Saddam Hussein.

And you know what, ladies and gems, Ramsey Clark just might get Saddam off!

Well isn't that the ultimate goal, the "victory" if you will, for defense lawyers? So we assume that Clark is trying to achieve that goal.

Now I don't know if anyone secretly sent Clark over to Iraq so he could get his Moonbat picture all over the airwaves. The fellow is a Democrat, I must point out, appointed Attorney General by Lyndon Johnson. If he's not a Democrat now, he surely once was and that fact will not go unnoticed.

Today, Clark stormed out of the Iraqi courtroom because the judge refused to tolerate his temper tantrums. Finally the judge relented and gave Clark one minute. He took five then insisted on ten more.

It's obvious that Ramsey Clark will be no shrinking violet as events on this trial unfold.

Wethinks this will fly back on the Democrats big time.

Democrats count on busy Americans only hearing loud "sound bytes". Thus we have Pelosi and her "culture of corruption", a phrase she uses on every occasion. I see a busy soccer Mom loading a pile of toddlers into her SUV. She hears Pelosi talk about a Republican culture of corruption and that's enough. The soccer Mom takes in these words. Now maybe she wants to learn more but as she shifts the vehicle into reverse, one of the kids demands Mommy play his favorite CD so Mom flips it on.

"No weapons of mass destruction" is another mantra the Democrats played for our busy ears out here in la-la land. A busy Dad is trying to shave and get his son ready for school. He hears that bit about no weapons of mass destruction on the Today show, uttered by the every perky Katie Courac. Suddenly Mom flips off the TV and commands everyone to hurry, we'll be late.

Democrats have made an art of this sort of thing. Frankly the pubbies would do well to take a lesson from this but they haven't.

So the two words "Saddam Hussein" are filled with meaning to the American public out here in la-la land. None of them are good. Not even Nancy Pelosi will try to make those two words somehow a good thing. Saddam's innocence on those stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction is as close as they'll come.

Sooner or later dawn will break over the heads of these busy soccer moms and dads carrying this country on their backs. They will realize that in some manner, the Democrats, via Ramsey Clark, are somehow DEFENDING THIS MAN!

Already we have the lovely Saddam using those very same sound bytes uttered by the Democrats for his own defense. "The American President lied", he shouted today. It doesn't matter that the representatives of the people, via our House of Representatives, voted overwhelmingly to continue the war in Iraq. Saddam's not going to mention this. The meme that the President lied has been repeated often enough by many of our own congress critters and over the mass media that it's easy enough for Saddam to pick it up.

The scenario is that Ramsey Clark, a Democrat which WILL be noticed by us idiots out here in la-la land, is defending Saddam Hussein. Who is repeating the mantra spouted by the Democrats about Bush lying about the war. Although the American idiots re-elected the man this past electoral cycle by the largest popular vote ever received by any President in American history. This, AFTER the Iraqi war began and when no stockpiles of those weapons had been found. Americans voted for this President, is what I'm saying here, even with all the facts at their disposal. Their vote for him was a vote for the war in Iraq and the removal of Saddam Hussein. Simple as that.

How many of the Democratic sound bytes will Saddam continue to use before busy Americans begin to notice the resemblance? HE's already said Bush lied. Soon he'll mention that bit about no weapons of mass destruction. Let's see, well there will be that "culture of corruption" thing and in due course he'll mention Tom Delay as the bad guy and Murtha as the hero.

I predict all hell will break loose when this happens. It might take the Lamestream media a while to pick it up, but soon enough someone will play a clip of Saddam railing about Bush's "culture of corruption" alongside a clip of Pelosi saying it. For sure the Blogosphere and Rush will be on it.

Then, the line will have been crossed from normal political rivalry as usual to outright betrayal of this country.

What happens if Saddam is set free? Suppose, after all our soldiers' deaths and the crushing cost of this war, Clark somehow manages to get Saddam off?

Will they have to put him back in power? Will they have to fix his many palaces damaged by American missiles and return the keys to Saddam?

Even if Clark doesn't get Saddam off, doubtful I'll admit because the evidence against him is overwhelming, but even if Clark only keeps provoking Saddam into repeating those Democratic sound bytes, it's going to cause the Democrats problems. Even Hillary's positioning herself on the right side lately because she knows Americans do not want to cut and run in humiliating defeat. Americans understand victory. We watch football for God's sake. We're not going to tolerate our own elected leaders talking us into defeat. Witness that House of Representative vote in Nov. 2005.

But hey, it might be too late. Saddam's on a mission and he'll continue to spout the sound bytes, might even invite Cindy Sheehan and Michael Moore to his trial. Here's a scenario I'd like to see.

Americans get so up in arms over this thug and mass murderer calling our President names, spouting his vitriol, that a prominent Democrat just might have to stand up before the microphones and state, very publicly and for all the Lamestream media, that they didn't mean a word they said, that it was all just political rhetoric.

Okay, it's doubtful but if the American uproar gets too damn bad, who knows?

From Reuters:

BAGHDAD, Dec 5 (Reuters) - Saddam Hussein's defence team walked out of court on Monday after heated protests over the legitimacy of the tribunal and security of lawyers.

The lawyers, including former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark, walked out after the chief judge refused to immediately hear their complaints. Saddam stood up and declared that the court was appointed by U.S. occupiers and shouted: "Long live the Arab state."

Clark repeatedly asked to read out a written submission of the defence team's complaints. But the chief judge ruled that the court could hear written complaints at a later time.

The judge also said: "This is the law," and Saddam responded by saying that the law was created by the Americans.

Barzan al-Tikriti, Saddam's co-defendant and former intelligence chief, stood up and yelled: "Long live Saddam."

After the judge warned that if the defence team walked out the court would name replacements, the former Iraqi president said: "I reject court-appointed lawyers."

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The 9-11 Omission Commission Gives Report Card
Heh.

I own a company and I've had a problem with shipping. Finally I hire a passel of consultants to help me figure out what's been going wrong.

Would I put the manager of the shipping department on this panel of consultants? Of course not! I might have the consultants interview this fellow but if he's been part of the problem the notion of having him judge his own self and make recommendations to benefit his own self and reputation is too high.

Yet this 9-11 Omission-Commission has Jamie Gorelick as part of this panel when Gorelick, well she's the damn shipping manager.

And we're supposed to respect these partisan hacks? Oh, and what about Able-Danger? We've yet to hear about this but there's something going on with that what with all the efforts to quash any hearings on it.

Now, heh, we have The Shark, Ben Veniste, in his handsome Italian suit and snappy red handkerchief, out giving the administration a "report card". Like who the hell do they think they are, this group of pompous blowhards?

Here's one A+ item on their bogus report card they forgot to mention. Even with two theaters of war going on in Afghanistan then Iraq, we have not had another terrorist attack in this country since 9/11/01. That's now over four years, going on five. Even if we had a terrorist attack tomorrow, and we all know it could happen, four plus years of no terrorist attacks in a country this size is a sign that somebody's doing something right.

Oh, handsome Veniste and guilty Gorelick forget to mention this.

Heh.
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From Reuters:


By Caroline Drees, Security Correspondent
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Bush administration and Congress are "moving at a crawl" against nimble terrorists, leaving the country vulnerable more than four years after the 2001 attacks on New York and Washington, the former September 11 Commission said in a scathing final report on Monday.

The former commissioners -- who wrote the seminal 2004 analysis of what went wrong before and after the hijacked plane attacks -- criticized anti-terrorism efforts in a range of areas from emergency communications and disaster response to keeping weapons of mass destruction out of militants' hands.

"We believe that the terrorists will strike again. So does every responsible expert that we have talked to," Thomas Kean, who chaired the commission, said at a news conference.

"We are safer but we are not yet safe. Four years after 9/11, we are not as safe as we could be. And that is unacceptable," said Kean, a Republican and former governor of New Jersey. "While the terrorists are learning and adapting, our government is still moving at a crawl."

The former commissioners issued a "report card" reviewing how the commission's 41 recommendations have been implemented, and gave the government five failing grades of F -- including one for not providing adequate emergency communications.
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Tom Delay-Too Damn Sucessful

When you do a good job in this country, the Liberals go after you. Wal-Mart and its low employee wages, McDonald's and its fatty food, you name it. Be a success and the Moonbats shoot at you with both barrels.

Can't have success. Success is a bad thing.

Tom Delay is one of the best Majority Whips ever in the House of Representatives.

An Austin judge threw out a charge of conspiracy against Tom Delay but left the charge of money laundering on the table. Something about money put in this account pulled out and put in another account. Something Tom Delay says is done completely by his attorneys in adherence with the election laws of Texas.

I believe him. It is how those things are done all across the political world.

But hey, maybe what happened with that money was very close, even a little over the line. It was legitimately collected money and here's the rub, anyone who thinks the Democrats never do this stuff, even likely most of the pubbies, raise your hand.

This is not going to resonate with the American public which is too bad. Because this whole thing is but an attempt to remove a lawfully elected official from a position via nefarious, or at least very suspect, means. It's how the Democrats do when they can't win legally. They go to the courts.

Ronnie Earle, a partisan prosecutor who's screwed up before, still faces charges of prosecutorial misconduct himself.

The spineless Republicans have no choice but to fight back. It's what we want them to do. Although this upcoming Abramoff thing is going to hit a lot of both parties where it hurts. We hear Reid, Pelosi and the whole lot of them are knee deep in this thing.

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From the AP:

AUSTIN (AP) - A Texas judge has dismissed charges against Republican Rep. Tom DeLay on conspiracy to violate Texas' election code but has upheld money laundering charges, further jeopardizing DeLay's chances of returning as House majority leader.

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Links to this month's Daily Updates

W/E 11/27/05
W/E 12/04/05
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Daily Update: Day-Monday Date-12/5/05

-Ten Marines Killed
....violence ratchets up with upcoming election

-U.N. Passes More Meaningless Resolutions About Israel
...John Bolton excoriates as expected

-Katrina emails from Louisiana released
...more worries about Blanco's outfits than evacuation


Today's Auxiliary Blog Post
...Because there's more to life than politics.

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In this Week Just Passed we have the President's Speech, Cindy Sheehan's "book signing" and some info on the lovely Tookie Williams.
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In this week's Notable/Quotables we have the precise words John Bolton used to notify the UN we will not be fooled by their shenanigans.

Also, Governor Richardson explains his draft by the Kansas City A's.

Heh.
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In this Web Site of the Week we witness the "Bush Derangement Syndrome" in its fullest.

Check it out and ponder how much hatred certain people can possess.
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DAILY UPDATE


Wars Are Tough

God bless these brave soldiers. Pity, so close to the holidays.

To add to the tragedy, Al-Jazeera posted a scene of coalition soldiers marching when a bomb goes off. It's not, allegedly, a tape of what happened this weekend but what's the purpose? So the sons of camels can cheer.


BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- A roadside bomb Thursday killed 10 Marines while they were on "foot patrol near Falluja," the Marine Corps said Friday.

The Marines were from Regimental Combat Team 8, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward).

Eleven Marines were also wounded in the incident, and four of them have not yet returned to duty.

The improvised explosive device was "fashioned from several large artillery shells," the Marine Corps said.

Marines have been conducting "counterinsurgency operations" in the Falluja and Ramadi areas ahead of the December 15 elections.


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The U.N. -Useless as Ever

All the suffering of the Israelis forced to leave the Gaza strip and STILL the useless U.N. sits around and makes resolutions condemning Israel. We love Bolton's response. Sure the resolutions are symbolic. ALL U.N. resolutions are symbolic. They never act on any of them, witness Saddam. Kofi's got to go along with the rest of his thieving cabal of third world thugs.

Bolton, on the other hand, has to stay. Recall please that the Dems in the senate refused to give this man and up or down vote. Why? Could be they won't like what he might find?

The entire planet was part and parcel of Saddam's oil-for-palaces program and no one in America knew a thing?

Yes, I will keep pointing this out.

From Bloomberg.com:



Dec. 1 (Bloomberg) -- U.S. Ambassador John Bolton said the United Nations General Assembly demonstrated its irrelevance today by adopting six resolutions on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, including non-binding calls for Israel to withdraw from the West Bank and Golan Heights.

The General Assembly, consisting of all 191 member governments, passed resolutions very similar to measures introduced annually by Arab nations for at least 30 years. The U.S. was joined by no more than seven other nations in rejecting the resolutions, which won up to 160 votes.

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``These resolutions are purely symbolic,'' Bolton told reporters at the UN. ``It is one reason why many people say the UN is not really useful in solving actual problems. We have been making enormous progress toward solutions in the Arab-Israeli conflict, and that progress has benefited from UN participation, but it does not benefit from needless repetition of meaningless resolutions in the General Assembly.''


The following countries were the only ones who voted against these stupid time-wasting resolutions:

Australia, Canada, Federated States of Micronesia, Israel, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, United States.
Check out this excellent Krauthammer article on gains on the Israeli/Palestinian peace process. We really don't need those sons of camels and this silliness.
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Blanco and the Damning Emails
Louisiana's Governor Blanco is arguably the only Governor in the country WORSE than Delaware's Nanny Minner. Read this entire article if possible because there's so much scoop I'd violate copyright laws if I copied it all.

The most mind-boggling was the national guard troops waiting for Blanco's approval which didn't come. That bit about Blanco's clothes amuses.

Louisiana didn't want to do anything or take any action save blaming the federal government for it all.


At the same time, the governor of Puerto Rico's frustration was mounting as he waited for Blanco to send a letter clearing his troops to come to Louisiana to help.

Puerto Rico wanted to send more than 1,000 National Guard members trained in hurricane relief.

"I don't know what to do and they keep calling me to get the latest as the troops are literally on standby to be deployed," Blanco's Capitol Hill lobbyist Stephanie Leger e-mailed an administration aide on Sept. 2.

"Can you please let me know what to do???" she continued. "I don't want to piss them off."

Kim Fuller of Witt and Associates, who Blanco hired to work with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, on Sept. 5 weighed in with, "Gov. Blanco reminds me of the classy Elizabeth Dole," the U.S. senator from North Carolina who is married to the 1996 GOP presidential candidate, Bob Dole.

Fuller continued, "Gov. Blanco might dress down a bit and look like she has rolled up her sleeves. I have some great Liz Claiborne sports clothes that look kind of Eddie Bauer, but with class."

Fuller recommended Blanco wear "rough-looking shoes."

"Have you consider that she doing something 'physical' while she is out with" U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, Fuller wrote. "Maybe if she is with the troops she can put a few bags of ice in the hands of the citizens who need it."

Other advice appeared designed to bolster Blanco's public image in the midst of the crisis.

"Please put KBB (Blanco) in casual clothes, a baseball cap, etc. . . she needs to visit a shelter in prime time and talk tough but hug on some folks and be sensitive," wrote Liz Mangham of Southern Strategy Group of Louisiana in a message to a Blanco aide on Sept. 2.

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W/E 11/27/05
W/E 12/04/05
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1 comment:

MaryKay said...

This is SO not spam!
Sorry Pat - just had to tease you. Blogger help is a pain, but I'm trying to be patient. Anyway, thanks for your insights.

mkw