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Selected News For The Week Apr 30 – May 6

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This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, April 30th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

60 Responses to “Selected News For The Week Apr 30 – May 6”

  1. heykev says:

    This is what we are fighting either for or against….best explanation of Keynesian economics vs Hayek economic models I have seen all set to catchy music. This is great!!

    Fight of the Century: Keynes vs. Hayek Round Two


  2. Petronius says:

    Daily Mail Online

    Royal Wedding Photos

    by Polly Dunbar, 30 Apr 2011


    and by John Hutchinson, 1 May 2011


    From time to time we are reminded of our lost happiness. Of lost splendor and lost glories, of bygone days of national solidarity, when European peoples and even colonial Americans were united and proud in their loyalty to their sovereigns.

    Here I am not considering the more modern, absolute monarchs such as James II of Britain or Louis XIV the Sun King, le Dieudonné, and the persecutor of Huguenots. Rather I am thinking of the older, medieval monarchs who ruled decentralized realms, with their self-governing local entities such as the shires and burgesses, the manors and manor courts, the church, guilds, universities, inns of court, assizes, and lords and commons assembled in parliament. Certainly then no monarch possessed a vast bureaucracy, or had the power to confiscate half the nation’s wealth, as we find in modern democracies. In many ways, a mid-level bureaucrat at the IRS probably holds more power today than a medieval monarch. In fact, it is doubtful that any medieval monarch, even one so efficient at tax collecting as Henry VII, ever held the ability to tax so much as, say, five to eight percent of the national income. And before the French Revolution and Napoleon, they certainly lacked the power to conscript the entire manpower of the state, or to wage wars of vast numbers, resources, and destructiveness as we have seen in modern democracies. Instead, monarchs depended on their nobles, their relatives in other realms, their housecarls, and their ability to hire small bands of archers and men-at-arms.

    The Founding Fathers had a vision for mixed government that combined the best aspects of monarchy, aristocracy, and democracy. Unfortunately, however, we seem to have acquired the worst aspects of each –– an imperial presidency, a Ruling Class elite, and a materialistic mobocracy of moochers, freeloaders, parasites, and looters, both foreign and domestic, who elect a new dictator once every four years.

    As America’s mixed government has thus evolved, the clear tendency has been toward accumulation of power in government, and loss of individual freedom. Toward ever greater centralization of power in the hands of a few, toward equality, toward confiscations and redistributions, socialism, and the erosion of property rights. In America and other Western democracies, the government has come to operate as a vast criminal enterprise, more powerful than the Mafia. Another clear tendency has been the deliberate exercise of this government power to force people to change their behavior, which also tends to the demoralization of the people. The once industrious inhabitants of the West have been turned into government dependents, wasters, daydreamers, and freeloaders, while the producers and investors have been turned into slaves –– or into criminals as they seek to evade the ever tightening noose of government regulations and confiscations. In the process, civilization itself has fallen into decline.

    And so today of all days, a few words in defense of monarchy and the great might-have-beens are in order :

    For one thing, a king would not ordinarily seek to impoverish his own realm, the government of which is regarded as his private estate. The monarch’s position is proprietary, not ideological. The monarch’s time preference is long-term. He wants to pass the realm to his heirs in as good or better condition than he inherited it. The monarch’s outlook is to both past and future generations, rather than short-term and present-oriented.

    Thus it is unlikely that a monarch would deliberately bankrupt his own country to gain short-term advantage. It is in the monarch’s self-interest to promote the security and prosperity of his realm by protecting private property rights, contracts, the rule of law, the currency, the accumulation of wealth and capital formation, and commerce, as such policy would also increase his own wealth and prestige. Nor would he be likely to demonize his most law-abiding and productive subjects as “enemies,” systematically rob the rich, shut down entire industries, and humiliate himself and his country before foreigners by apologizing for the rule of his ancestors. It is unlikely that he would attack institutions such as the family, the church and the religion of his subjects (which is normally his own church and religion). Or deliberately to offend his allies (who may be his own relatives), and disarm his subjects and dismantle his country’s military defenses in the face of powerful enemies. –– Because all such measures would diminish his future security and the value of his estate (kingdom) for himself and for his heirs across the generations.

    Would a monarch be so callous and stupid as to ignore the suffering and outrage of his own people? From time to time there will be bad monarchs, but it is unlikely they will be so bad as what we now have. And there will always be other members of the royal family who will urge him to govern with good sense and moderation, and who may otherwise supplant him if necessary to preserve their dynasty.

    Finally, I would note that monarchs may be either kings or queens, but they are always members of the royal family. Having lived always in the public eye, the prince or princess would never ascend to the throne as a virtual stranger, much less as a complete “man of mystery” as we have here –– in a monarchy the prince is never a person of unknown background, and uncertain or dangerous loyalties.

    • Melly says:

      Thoughtful post…..thx

    • tranquil.night says:

      It’s a very thoughtful perspective indeed Petronius. Certainly the mostly benign and decentralized system that emerged in the more rural lands of Medieval times I believe both preserved much of the positive organizational apparati and thinking of Classical times and paved the way for the Enlightenment and Renaissance.

      Our founders were Renaissance men and they implemented a truly radical idea. They took the ultimate risk (Liberals would claim completely irrational if not evil) of founding a nation on individual Liberty and the civil right to defend oneself and private property from government fiat, which was to consist of very limited centralized leadership. Even in the best of times, America was always just one generation away from implosion with so much power in the hands of the potentially malicious – the middle or “average” man.

      Not many still really grasp how against the odds it was for the American System to become the most radical agent of real human advancement the world’s ever seen, and it happened without the country ever really knowing true geo-political stability, internally or externally. And yet this is all self-evident now by how the spirit of the Boston Tea Party is alive world-wide because the unfettered pursuit of Freedom of Speech and markets have naturally produced the internet.

      As few as there are who grasp the mystery of American exceptionalism, even fewer grasp how much of a threat it’s come to pose to the systems of power that have reigned elsewhere since the dawn of man. As we’ve come to connect with every corner of the globe and then are expected to be its peaceful guardians – this is the endgame.

      Everyone wants to be Us.
      Those that hate us still want to be Us,
      Or want to control their people who want to be like Us.
      And the Modern Age has only solidified that drive.

      And so a showdown between the world’s would-be ruling elites and free people. An all-in effort to seize control of American power and plunge the city on a hill into an ocean of debt until it is no more a fable than Atlantis or a video game.

      Others are noticing the optics of the Middleton Family hosting a legacy of entrepreneurship and that’s the point.

      Because while reflecting on the efficiencies of the soft Monarchy is pleasant, it is a system which will always remain foreign to our founding spirit – one to which the rest of the world always seeks to emulate, even if by all standards what our government has become is a total spite to that ideal. It is the risk of freedom, and it can be repealed.

      It is That Which Must Be Repealed.

      For this is about nothing less than re-setting the very foundational principles that are to govern all of humanity to come, either a new age of darkness and shadowy control unlike anything ever imagined, or one where the universe literally is our limit.

    • proreason says:

      Has anybody else noticed that the royal family of England/Germany has just increased its grace and dignity by about a hundred-fold by marrying into an English family of commoners.

    • tranquil.night says:

      I noticed the MBM was desperate to make it all about Diana.

  3. canary says:

    Nato strike kills Gaddafi’s son and grandchildren (videos and entire article link below)

    BBC: Nato strike ‘kills Saif al-Arab Gaddafi’, Libya says

    April 30 2011

    His son Saif al-Arab was said to be dead, as well as three grandchildren.

    Nato has confirmed the air strike, without denying or confirming the reported deaths.

    “All Nato’s targets are military in nature… We do not target individuals,” said Lieutenant-General Charles Bouchard.

    “We regret all loss of life, especially the innocent civilians being harmed as a result of the ongoing conflict,” said Lt-Gen Bouchard.

    Saif al-Arab, who had a lower profile than his brother Saif al-Islam, had been studying in Germany and returned to Libya recently.

    “The attack resulted in the martyrdom of brother Saif al-Arab Muammar Gaddafi, 29 years old, and three of the leader’s grandchildren,” he said.

    “The leader with his wife was there in the house with other friends and relatives. The leader himself is in good health – he wasn’t harmed.” Col Gaddafi’s wife was also unharmed, he said.

    Mr Ibrahim said the attack late on Saturday was against international law.

    “We ask the world to look into this carefully because what we have now is the law of the jungle,” he said.

    “How is this helping in the protection of civilians? Mr Saif al-Arab was a civilian, a student… He was playing and talking to his father and mother and his nieces and nephews and other visitors when he was attacked and killed for no crime he committed.”

    Earlier this week, US Defence Secretary Robert Gates told reporters that Libyan government command and control centres were “legitimate” targets, although Nato was not targeting Col Gaddafi specifically.


    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      And lo, when it all undone cometh, thy shoe weareth on thy other foot, no?

      So how’s it feel, Fraawwwnnnce? Haw haw haw. Ya wanna get rid of that nasty, ikky, smelly Quaddafi (sp?) but you say it’s “really hard” to get to him and his cronies without endangering civilians? Gee, I seem to recall you delighted in flaming the US for wanting to do that with Hussein. Not so ready to condemn your own military now for the same conditions now, are you?

      Hear that Yurp? The only thing here is that me, as an American, knows that waging war for any reason, has its downside. That being that some innocent lives are going to be affected. Can’t be helped. The bad people always use the good ones as foils and for defense. There’s just no way around it. And the good ones, if they’re smart, will get as far away from the bad ones as they can, if they can. Sometimes, the people aiming their weapons at the bad people have to do what they have to do. So if you hitch your security to some really bad people, your own security will become forfeit when the caca meets the spinning blades. Can’t be helped.

      Hopefully, Frawwwwnce and other nations will submit a multi-paged, deep apology to both former presidents Bush.

      Never mind. It’s enough that we watch it happen to you. The deafening cries from our own peacenicks here are enough. What? They aren’t assembling in the streets calling for the arrest of Nicolas Sarkozy? Why, there are no “peace protests” at all going on? So, you’re telling me it’s only bad when a republican does it? It’s ok, in the grand scheme of things when a “kinetic military action” , uh, ‘happens’ when by a nation or nations when it is in the interest of socialists?

      I have sooooo many questions. My head hurts. Did we not spend billions of dollars and continue to do so to stop bad people from multiplying in Afghanistan and Iraq? Wasn’t the argument that we were making them angrier, thus causing them to merely move and multiply elsewhere? Yet, you seem to say that Libya is somehow….”different”? Is that what you socialists are telling me?

      Again, I’m so confused. Please to fill me in on how it’s different, why it’s different and be specific and use examples. 250 word minimum.

      What’s that? You say nothing? Is it that the war in Libya isn’t really a “war”? Or is it that you believe a guided bomb can tell the difference between hardened dictators and innocent civilians? Yes, bombs and bullets can be stopped the moment they realize the kid with the rifle is just an “innocent”.

      Funny how this whole thing in Libya is a game-changer and is noted as such by the media. Oh, wait…again….not hearing so much about it. Why is that? Could it be that it might provide dear chairman Obie with bad “optics”?


      So many questions….sooooo many questions.

    • Astravogel says:

      Song, “Two Brothers.”
      “Though you’re gentle, though you’re kind,
      a cannon ball don’t pay no mind.”

    • canary says:

      UN in Libya outraged & running from offices after mob attacks in retaliation after the “humanitarian bombs” provided aid & protection to the “vile” mobsters.

      BBC: Libya crisis: UN to quit Tripoli amid mob attacks

      1 May 2011

      The UN is withdrawing all its international staff from the Libyan capital Tripoli following a mob attack on its offices.

      UN buildings and some foreign missions were targeted by angry crowds following a Nato air strike that reportedly killed a son of Col Gaddafi.

      A UN official here on a humanitarian mission confirmed that overnight the offices of the UN had been ransacked.

      The UN lost seven of its staff recently in the storming of a UN compound in Mazar-e Sharif, Afghanistan.

      A BBC team in Tripoli said the British embassy was completely burnt out with fires still smouldering and paperwork and other debris scattered outside.

      Libyan state TV said the port was shelled to stop Nato delivering weapons to insurgents but rebels said an aid ship had been trying to unload.

      He added: “The attacks against diplomatic missions will not weaken our resolve to protect the civilian population in Libya.”

      The Italian foreign ministry condemned the “acts of vandalism” on its embassy, describing them as “grave and vile”.

      Nato is operating in Libya under a strict UN mandate to protect civilians.

      Russia expressed “serious doubts” that the West was not targeting Col Gaddafi and his family.

      McCains comments on the situation

      “The British and the French, God bless them and others — they don’t have the assets”
      “They are running out of some munitions”
      “We need to get back into the fight”
      “The United States has got to get its assets back into the air fight”
      “We are NATO. We should be leading”
      “Only the United States is capable of helping these people in the most seismic and the most incredible period in the world’ history”
      “I’m not sure what the situation was or what the outcome was”
      “We regret any loss of innocent life.”
      “We tried to kill Osama bin Laden. It’s not as easy as you think” ~~~~~~~

      BBC: Afghanistan: Suicide bomber ‘aged 12’ kills four

      1 May 2011

      A suicide bomber said to be aged 12 has killed four people in east Afghanistan, one of several attacks a day after the Taliban announced a spring offensive.

      A dozen people were injured as the suicide bomber struck a crowded market…

      In Ghazni City, a gunman opened fire at a police checkpoint, killing two police officers and two civilians.

      A bicycle bomb near the city’s police station wounded 13 civilians.

      He says by one count there are more than 150 would-be suicide bombers between 13-17 years of age who have been intercepted by the Afghan security forces.

      On Saturday the Taliban declared a new campaign to attack foreign troops, Afghan security forces and government officials.


      “150 would-be suicide bombers between 13-17 years of age who have been intercepted by the Afghan security forces.”

      This is my point. Obama is allowing the Afghans to run the war & prisoners. Our soldiers watch the corrupt Afghan security forces take them away knowing they will be released.

      McCain: “We tried to kill Osama bin Laden. It’s not as easy as you think”

      McCain comments on Syria.
      “The question is is what can we do to to affect the outcome.”
      “Frankly, I don’t see a military option.”
      “I think it’s going very badly for the people of Syria”
      “Bashar Al-Assad is willing to slaughter his own people.”
      “Libya – they had a group of people at least semi-organized that we could support”
      “The situation lent itself very much to the use of air power.”
      “But it’s going to be a very bloody time, I’m afraid, in Syria,” McCain said.

      Someone take McCain’s play station & video war games from him.

      So maybe he’ll drive a Mercedes around Afghanistan God Blessing our own U.S. Heroes on the ground getting blown up as they provide aid to animals.

  4. canary says:

    Obama to make illegal immigrants legal to vote with cast of celebrities and stars.

    AP: Obama assembles all-star cast to talk immigration

    Jim Kuhnhenn April 28, 2011

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is turning to a Hollywood cast of Latino celebrities and activists for help jump-starting his stalled immigration policy.

    The White House said the president was meeting Thursday with a group including actresses Eva Longoria, America Ferrera and Rosario Dawson “to discuss the importance of fixing the broken immigration system.”

    Obama wants to overhaul the nation’s immigration system to provide a path to citizenship for millions of illegal immigrants.

    But with Latino voters an increasingly important force going into the 2012 election, Obama is determined to show engagement on the issue.

    Read more: http://newsok.com/obama-assembles-all-star-cast-to-talk-immigration/article/feed/254160#ixzz1L5P50PLK

  5. canary says:

    NewsOK: Oklahoma Congressman James Lankford criticizes administration on energy, defends Republican budget

    BY Chris Casteel May 1 2011

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama and Rep. James Lankford focused their parties’ weekly messages Saturday on whether higher gasoline prices should result in more taxes on oil and gas companies.

    Oklahoma Congressman James Lankford criticizes administration on energy, defends Republican budget

    The president, who renewed his call this week to eliminate some tax deductions used by oil and gas companies, said in his weekly address that he has “a problem with the unwarranted taxpayer subsidies we’ve been handing out to oil and gas companies — …”

    Lankford, a freshman Republican from Oklahoma City, said in the GOP weekly address that gas prices have doubled since Obama took office.

    “Americans are looking for leadership to tackle the rising gas prices, but President Barack Obama has only offered a tax increase on energy and the prospect of reduced supply,” Lankford said.

    Obama has been proposing higher taxes on oil and gas companies since shortly after taking office in 2009;…
    He said Saturday he believes “instead of subsidizing yesterday’s energy, we should invest in tomorrow’s — and that’s what we’ve been doing. Already, we’ve seen how the investments we’re making in clean energy can lead to new jobs and new businesses.”

    Lankford said ending certain tax breaks used by oil and gas producers would hurt consumers and threaten jobs.

    The House will start next week with legislation to ease drilling restrictions on federal land, he said.

    “Let me be clear: The Republican plan would not affect current Medicare beneficiaries, or any American 55 or older,” Lankford said.

    Read more: http://newsok.com/oklahoma-congressman-james-lankford-criticizes-administration-on-energy-defends-republican-budget/article/3563643#ixzz1L5RG5soZ

    Obama is an a.h.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      “Already, we’ve seen how the investments we’re making in clean energy can lead to new jobs and new businesses.”

      Classic Obie. “Can” lead to new jobs and new businesses. Sure. With heavy taxpayer subsidies, feeding the giant maw of the money-furnace. Note, he said “can”….not “did” or “does”. Kind of that slick, sales approach, like when you hear the radio ads for car dealerships, “All credit applications will be accepted”.

      Every time I turn around, this guy (a.h. as canary has pointed out) has some slick, new favorite twist on something. Nothing he ever says is the truth. I’m pretty sure he thinks the world really works that way. I would love to see a movie of him, sitting in a camp with real, no-kidding, hard working people who don’t have time for such “clever” BS. It’s testimony to the fact that he thinks we’re all ignorant rubes and only worthy of scorn and contempt.

      But at the end of the day, the truth will come out. And if you’ll notice, the first version of this, Jimmy Carter, still tries to play on the big pitch but is seldom noticed and most often ignored. He has been relegated to the trash heap of history and largely we are done with him.

      When I sit back and look at things from a thousand miles away, I see the case for how this will all end badly for chairman Obie. While the news media spins itself into a whirlwind trying to defend the indefensible, and all the hippies-cum-journalists try to ask “meaningful” questions on “Mace The Nation” and “Press The Meat”, I see it all as an exercise in futility. I say this because of the record number of voters who came out to the polls last November and spoke loudly and clearly. This will also happen in November of 2012.

      What it comes down to is that people recognize that they, themselves are worse off now than they were two years ago. Even if they hate to admit it. It’s impossible to ignore paying $140 to fill up your car. That’s a week’s worth of groceries to many. And, though they chose to blame Bush for “favoring his oil buddies” when gas came close to $4/gallon in 2008, they have to ask themselves, “Why is it happening again?” and if they come up with “Bush favoring his oil buddies” then they really aren’t functioning in the real world….but most will dig just a tiny bit deeper and find some answers. Like, they may arrive only at Libya. Or…some may just see Egypt or even Iran. But then, if they talk about it at the loading dock or the water cooler, they may get more info about how our government is supporting terrorism, then the discussion goes toward the TSA. At the end of the week, said “rube” is a little better informed and being the emotional thinker that he or she is, gets angry at ……this administration.

      I’m not saying it’s the only mechanism, but having dealt with drooling mouth-breathers a lot over the years, I can see how the anger they feel may be directed. Perhaps in the proper direction. Even if the black person in the crowd at the loading dock starts telling their co-workers, “Y’all juzz be racists”, that could even provide a catalyst to send people over to the republican side of ballot.

      Optimistic? Absolutely. Unrealistic? No. If the republican candidate is smart, they will play on the fact that this administration is playing the people for suckers. There’s a clever way to do it by connecting all but the last dots, thereby allowing the people to think they are quite intuitive and clever in “figuring it out” themselves. Trump did a fair job of this, though he was blunt, point on, and relentless. A more deft approach would be to lay it all out, start with “In 2008, Obama said Unemployment would not go beyond 8% (video bite) Shortly after committing 300 billion dollars to keep it from rising above 8%, unemployment zoomed to 10.2% and has averaged over 9.5% for the past three years. The economy is the worst it’s been since 1930. Wouldn’t you like to get back to work?”

      Or something similar. It has to be simple, which there are no shortage of examples and effective, which is easy. Say the message, connect some dots, let the viewer/listener make up their own mind. But the message must be consistent, clear and simple. All of which are very do-able given the disaster that this presidency has been. There are plenty of opportunities for “There you go again” moments.

      But who will it be? DeMint likes hiding behind the curtain, running a covert war in stealth mode. Christie has a lot of fight in him. But the RINO’s will push forth another McCain, or worse, another Dole…or even Boehner himself.

      *sigh* It boggles the mind.

  6. proreason says:

    Don’t send your kid to Harvard. Pull strings to get him a job as a Callifornia prison guard.


    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      My parents used to scold me when I got a poor grade in school, “With grades like this, you’re gonna end up digging ditches for a living.”.

      I suppose if that actually came to pass, I’d be a state DOT worker today with a minimum guarantee on my salary, plus overtime, plus holidays, plus medical “bennies” and a retirement. So, given that grades of “D” or below would, according to my parents, result in ditch-digging vocational opportunities, I should’ve just goofed off in school and taken that job. I’d be sooooo set.

  7. Melly says:

    Feds sting Amish farmer selling raw milk locally

    The Washington Times
    Thursday, April 28, 2011

    A yearlong sting operation, including aliases, a 5 a.m. surprise inspection and surreptitious purchases from an Amish farm in Pennsylvania, culminated in the federal government announcing this week that it has gone to court to stop Rainbow Acres Farm from selling its contraband to willing customers in the Washington area.

    The product in question: unpasteurized milk……………..

    The farm’s owner, Dan Allgyer, didn’t respond to a message seeking comment, but his customers in the District of Columbia and Maryland were furious at what they said was government overreach.

    “I look at this as the FDA is in cahoots with the large milk producers,” said Karin Edgett, a D.C. resident who buys directly from Rainbow Acres. “I don’t want the FDA and my tax dollars to go to shut down a farm that hasn’t had any complaints against it. They’re producing good food, and the consumers are extremely happy with it.”

    The FDA’s actions stand in contrast to other areas where the Obama administration has said it will take a hands-off approach to violations of the law, including the use of medical marijuana in states that have approved it, and illegal-immigrant students and youths, whom the administration said recently will not be targets of their enforcement efforts.

    Pete Kennedy, president of the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund, said undercover stings are not unheard of.

    “It happens quite a bit. It’s almost like they treat raw milk as crack. It’s happened in a number of states, and at the federal level,” he said.



  8. canary says:

    Beware of Progressive liberals wolves pretending to be USA conservatives

    Politico: Axelrod defends new Dem fundraising groups
    May 1 2011

    Priorities USA and Priorities USA Action aim to raise $100 million through committees that levy funds from both disclosed and undisclosed donors, as first reported in POLITICO Friday. Raising funds from undisclosed donors is a practice maligned by the president, but Axelrod said Sunday that barring legislative reform, Democrats have no choice and need to play on a level field…


    MEMO in entire at link below

    Politico: In memo, Priorities USA defends secret-money shift

    Ben Smith April 29 2011

    To: Interested Parties
    From: Bill Burton & Sean Sweeney
    Re: The Start of Priorities USA and Priorities USA Action

    Today, Priorities USA and Priorities USA Action will begin its operations….

    Priorities USA is a 501(c)(4) organization dedicated to mobilizing Americans to preserve, protect and promote the middle class, and to ensure opportunity and freedom for the next generation. It will advocate for economic policies that generate jobs here in America through innovation, education and investment in the infrastructure vital to our future success. Priorities USA will support policies that are fiscally responsible and reflect America’s core value of fairness. It will oppose right-wing attempts to harm the American middle class in order to bestow special treatment on special interests. It will promote national security policies that protect our nation, defend our interests and enhance America’s position as a respected world leader.

    Priorities USA Action is an Independent Expenditure PAC that supports candidates who will advance policies that provide the strongest and most sound outcomes for middle class families…


  9. canary says:

    The Washington Post: Egypt’s al-Zawahri, Bin Laden’s deputy, likely next leader of al-Qaida

    By AP May 2, 2011


    Hamas ready to make “unity” deal with Egypt. Hamas deplores killing of Osama bin Laden

    Reuters: Hamas condemns ‘assassination’ of ‘holy warrior’ bin Laden

    05/02/2011 RAMALLAH/GAZA – ….

    Ismail Haniyeh, head of the Hamas in the Gaza Strip, called bin Laden a martyr.

    “We condemn the assassination and the killing of an Arab holy warrior,” Haniyeh told reporters. “We regard this as a continuation of the American policy based on oppression and the shedding of Muslim and Arab blood.”

    Hamas is due to sign a unity deal this week in Cairo with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s more secular Fatah movement.

    But Umm Mohammed, a veiled woman, said she hoped news of bin Laden’s death was a lie. “God willing, he will continue to conquer the West,” she said.

    In Gaza, Hamas now faces a challenge from al Qaida-inspired groups that consider it to be too moderate.


    Will Obama ever indict CAIR leaders & The Assembly of Muslim Youth in America who committed war crimes by funneling money to the Hamas.

  10. BillK says:

    Let the slobbering by the left continue.

    From Slate via Yahoo! News:

    How Obama’s focused, hands-on pursuit of Osama Bin Laden paid off

    By John Dickerson

    At approximately 11:30 p.m. Sunday, President Obama announced to the nation that on his orders U.S forces had killed Osama Bin Laden. His reputation for lawyerly inaction may never recover.

    Obama’s critics have said that he is a weak leader in general and in particular does not understand what must be done to combat terrorism. “They are very much giving up that center of attention and focus that’s required,” said former Vice President Dick Cheney in March 2009, in a typical remark. Yet what emerges from the details of Bin Laden’s killing (offered, like the heroic accounts of the Bush years, entirely by officials who work for the sitting president) is that from early in his administration Obama was focused on killing Osama Bin Laden and that he was involved in the process throughout.

    In June 2009, Obama directed his CIA director to “provide me within 30 days a detailed operation plan for locating and bringing to justice” Osama Bin Laden. By August 2010 intelligence officials had identified the suspicious compound where Osama lived. Thirty-five minutes outside Islamabad, the walls were up to 18 feet high and topped with barbed wire. The largest structure, a three-story building, had very few windows. Though the house was valued at $1 million, it had no Internet or phone service. Its residents, unlike their neighbors, burned their trash.

    Detainees being held at Guantanamo provided some of the strongest information about those who were trusted by Bin Laden. They identified a courier and his brother who lived in Abbottabad, Pakistan, an affluent suburb where a lot of retired Pakistani military officers live. …


    So Mr. Obama is now “Mr. Fight against Terrorism” (note “War on Terror” was once again stricken from his vocabulary, even last night) and Mr. “See, that’s why we need Gitmo!”

    No wonder the left has to do their best to slobber over him, given this is everything they claimed was wrong with Bush.

    Let’s not forget that the “Attack first, notify Pakistan’s leaders later” approach would have been decried as yet another of “Bush’s dangerous ‘cowboy’ unilateral US-centric tactics.”

  11. canary says:

    Angry Pakistans protest in the streets Osama bin Laden’s death. (photo at link)

    In Egypt the new #1 al-Alqaida says sea burial was against Islam..

    Toronto The Star: Some Muslim clerics denounce burial at sea

    Laboratory work on DNA from bin Laden’s body continued Monday morning even as the body had been buried at sea.

    The Pentagon said bin Laden’s body was placed into the waters of the North Arabian Sea after adhering to traditional Islamic procedures — including washing the corpse — aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson.

    Fears about Bin Laden’s burial place turning into a shrine for Islamists were probably unfounded, since the Wahhabi/Salafi tradition rejects such things. Even Saudi kings are buried in unmarked graves, the Guardian said.

    Many Muslim clerics denounced the burial; some threatened reprisals.

    Bin Laden’s burial at sea “runs contrary to the principles of Islamic laws, religious values and humanitarian customs,” said Sheik Ahmed al-Tayeb, the grand Imam of Cairo’s al-Azhar mosque, Sunni Islam’s highest seat of learning.

    “The Americans want to humiliate Muslims through this burial, and I don’t think this is in the interest of the U.S. administration,” said Omar Bakri Mohammed, a radical cleric in Lebanon.

    “What was done by the Americans is forbidden by Islam and might provoke some Muslims,” Islamic scholar Abdul-Sattar al-Janabi said in Baghdad.

    The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity under ground rules set by the Pentagon, said a woman believed to be bin Laden’s wife identified him by name during the U.S. raid that killed him in Pakistan.

    entire article & photos

    If a muslim dies at sea, there is an Islamic ritual for burying at sea. Bin Laden did not die at sea.

    So many differing reports on the woman/wife/shield

    Here are exclusive photos of inside by ABC/Rueters
    (not too bloody)


  12. DW says:

    Conservatives in Canada (that’d be me) are celebrating tonight as the Conservative Party of Canada just got handed a majority by the Canadian people in our federal election.
    It has been a very interesting shake-up here for those that follow politics.

    I’m gloating big time.

    (I’d post a link, but I just bought a new computer -a Mac, God help me- and have to relearn all that crap)

  13. proreason says:

    Bad news. The estimable Victor Davis Hanson is admitting, in barely disguised form, that since the Moron has no constraints whatsover on military action, this will help the war on terror.


    Let me explain. If Bush so much as pulled a hangnail off a terrorist hand, the entire media rose up in masse in fury that he had violated a delicate humans rights. Now that college-educted (possibly) community organizer has siezed the throne, we can indiscriminately lob fire from the heavens on whoever the hell we feel like it, and all you hear from the MBM is little purrs of contentment.

    So VDH, rather that choosing to attack the hypocricy of it all, instead chooses to point out that it isn’t all a bad thing. He’s right, of course, but he fails to take into account the bigger picture, which is that we should never ever NEVER EVER admit that the Moron does even a single thing right…because every time we do that, some brain-dead squich rino is encouraged to vote for the most dangerous person on the planet.

    • JohnMG says:

      Pro, people are assuming he did something right instead of passively backing into the limelight. He was in a box, and with his narcissistic instincts it would have been damned near impossible to do other than he did.

      Even a blind hog will find an acorn or two, and as I’ve posted elsewhere, he really had no choice except to do what was right since it’s always all about him. Never let a crisis go to waste, remember. And November, 2012 ain’t that far off.

      Hanson is correct, and most of us here are in agreement…..the vermin bin Laden is gone. My take is, nobody should get these gratuitous pats on the head for doing the minimum that is expected. Truth be known, Obama was forced to choose correctly, but I’ll bet he’s pissed because of it. He would have preferred to save it until closer to election time as you and so many others have correctly pointed out. What we (and the MBM) should be asking is why it took him over two years to fulfill a boast he made while campaigning? I believe he just lucked into this one despite his own best efforts to avoid doing so.

    • tranquil.night says:

      “I believe he just lucked into this one despite his own best efforts to avoid doing so.”

      Yeah, how many 1ups is Super Mario Obama going to get?

      The funny thing is the regime is still blowing it because they can’t keep the story straight. It was a kill mission, but really it was a capture or kill mission and they just blew the man’s face off when he hid behind his wife and started firing – no wait, he was unarmed and his wife’s alive. And we didn’t know for sure if he was there until very recently, except we had him on satellite months earlier walking around in circles an hour a day and apparently he’d lived there for six years in a custom built home in a Military town.

      Heh, go team!

    • JohnMG says:

      …..” the regime is still blowing it because they can’t keep the story straight…..”

      That’s why I call him Barack-y the Lying Squirrel, tn. If he had any class he’s shut up and let the MBM carry the water for him like they always do. That way he could claim innocence of the distortions.

    • proreason says:

      “people are assuming he did something right instead of passively backing into the limelight”

      yeh, that’s why I’m upset with VDH. The opposition shouldn’t give him any credit for nuthin.

      Like tn says, we should just ignore that OBL in Hell is a great thing, and concentrate on the criminal’s ever evolving lies and that the little king had OBL assassinated (even though I think the Seals did it against orders).

      And to add to tn’s theme, we knew about that compound from day 1. There are pictures of the fortress being built in an open field. Do you think maybe we were tracking the goings and comings of his terrorist buds? And oh yes, other terrorist poohbah’s have been killed in the same city in recent years. It’s beginning to seem like we could have pulled the plug at any time in the last few years.

    • jobeth says:

      Right…Glenn Beck keeps reminding us to watch the “other hand”. Something big is always going on behind the sparkles and fireworks. Its mind boggling just trying to keep up with this guy.

      And if the Seals did shoot him against orders…He’ll be fine with it until and unless he receives blowback for an assassination. Then that poor Seal’s career is over and he’ll join all the others under that bus.

    • proreason says:

      via Ace of Spades:

      “When Benson asked the first U.S. official whether bin Laden tried to grab a weapon or physically attack a commando, the official said only, “He didn’t hold up his hands and surrender.”

      “LEON PANETTA: The authorities we have on Bin Laden are to kill him. And that was made clear. But it was also, as part of their rules of engagement, if he suddenly put up his hands and offered to be captured, then– they would have the opportunity, obviously, to capture him. But that opportunity never developed”

      Elsewhere, we know that he didn’t have a gun and wasn’t firing.

      This doesn’t proof it was an assassination mission nor that the Seals took matters into their own hands.

      But it does seem to indicate it was one or the other. It might have been both. The Moron may have had the orders written with wiggle room (makes sense, he wouldn’t do anything without a get-out-jail card attached), as in the definition of “is”, and the Seals then removed the ambiguity.

      bang bang

    • canary says:

      More chance of coup in Pakistan. Pew Reseaerch Poll says 97% Pakistan like Osama bin Laden, not the tide with Obama’s aid is Pakistan did help. And there the neighbors that protected Bin Laden starting a whole new roll of rumors. Did Obama say Sunday Pakistan did helped? Anyone?

      Global Post :Pakistan leaders hope nation will think it isn’t aiding U.S.

      May 05, 2011 By Aamir Latif, GlobalPost

      ISLAMABAD, Pakistan —

      “Pakistan’s civilian and military leadership does not want to be the center of hatred, not only within Pakistan — where, according to a recent survey by the Pew Research Center, only 3 percent of the country dislikes bin Laden — but also in the Arab world,” said Pakistani political analyst Najam Sethi.

      Pakistani officials have said publicly that the country’s role was limited to intelligence sharing, and that its armed forces did not contribute to the ground operation….

      … And area residents said that two hours before the operation was launched, Pakistani army personnel ordered them to switch off their lights inside and outside their homes and to remain indoors until further orders.

      “The army personnel cordoned off the entire area long before we heard the sounds of helicopters hovering over the area,” said Zulfikar Ahmed, who lives in the town of Bilal, where bin Laden’s compound is located.

      A senior Pakistani intelligence official told GlobalPost that intelligence officers in Pakistan and the United States had, in fact, shared information about bin Laden’s presence a week before President Barack Obama approved the operation.

      “Gen. David Petraeus had paid an extraordinary visit to Islamabad on April 25, and held a one-on-one meeting with [Pakistani army chief] Gen. [Ashfaq] Kayani, in which they discussed the details of the operation,” the official said.

      The next day, Pakistan’s top military body — the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee — held its quarterly session, attended by Lt. Gen. Ahmed Shuja Pasha, the country’s intelligence chief,…Gen. Pasha also recently visited the United States to meet with Central Intelligence Agency chief Leon Panetta….

      The United States, for its part, has recognized Pakistan’s involvement.
      In Mr. Obama’s speech announcing the raid Sunday, the president acknowledged Pakistan’s help in the effort to track down and ultimately kill bin Laden.

      Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/11125/1144300-82-0.stm?cmpid=nationworld.xml#ixzz1LephqruN

    • canary says:

      AFP: Egypt Islamists rally over Laden death

      May 6, 2011
      CAIRO (Update 2) – Around 300 Islamists rallied in the Egyptian capital Cairo on Friday in anger over the killing of Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden by US forces in Pakistan, an AFP correspondent reported.
      The demonstrators were watched on by police as they gathered around a Salafist mosque and unfurled a banner bearing a picture of bin Laden that declared he “is a symbol of the jihad.”

      “Obama is the terrorist, not Osama,” and “Obama, Osama’s blood was not shed in vain,” they chanted as around 100 police and military personnel stood nearby.
      Among other slogans shouted were “we will sacrifice our blood and our soul for the sheikh.”

      One man bore an inscription on his shirt saying “we are all bin Laden.”

      Salafis are a highly conservative current of Islam that believes Muslims should return to the practices of their first forbears….

      (photo of young children protesting American flag, and honoring bin Laden)

  14. proreason says:


    President Panetta, VP Clinton


    If it isn’t true, it should be. Everything fits like a glove.

    Noted political hack and bag man and humiliated disgruntled candidate marshall the gumption to to put a child president in a box and avenge the most heinous act in US history.

    A poster on another site cautions that “the insider” doesn’t get much right.

    I don’t care. This is so true that it’s true even if it isn’t true.

    • Petronius says:

      Exciting find, pro.

      This version strikes me as completely consistent with everything we know about Nerobama’s character, habits, and past performance. “Poker face” my eye.

      It also resolves several unexplained events before and after the raid. And it gives a reasonable context to the watching-live-feed photo from the White House.

      Very interesting.

    • tranquil.night says:

      Gosh, it’s like he took every skeptical question and technical observation we made here at S&L and weaved it into the greatest story never told.

      As you guys pointed out, this accounting fits every suspicion about the time line to why the assault team to why the final delay.

      For all this hot air about unity, courage, leadership, every bit of detail we learned about how this operation played out pointed to a disunified security team that took matters into their own hands because their “leader” dithered in worry over Muslim sentiments and how anything might look to his campaign, even with the granddaddy of all war trophies practically being presented to him on a plate.

      It was most obvious by how he was stumbling over himself in self-adulation as quickly as he could get on televesion (and blackout the Apprentice).

    • jobeth says:

      Wow, and Wow again! Every serious question asked now has a tight fit answer!

      If this is true…and I have more reason to believe this than the WH (due to the tight fit answers to our questions) and if this ever hit the light of day (MSM or even Fox) his presidency is over!

      I’m also wondering if and how this may be involved in the shift for General Petraeus into the CIA leadership and out of t he war theater and the boot to Panetta. Was this yet another Valerie inspired dictate in attempt to cause more stalls in continuity of action? Another tight fit answer if so.

      Well we now know who is the real prez is…if all this is true.

      Sure fits though

      Dear Lord; Please let this be true. (Kind of a weird website…so who knows)

    • jobeth says:

      This would also explain why Obalmy was huddled down at the back of the room looking like a kid who just lost his basket ball to the big kids.

      All the rest looked like they were at least adults.

      Added note: True or not…I see it’s being picked up by a slew of websites.
      Going to be really good theater to watch it unfold and the WH reaction to it.

  15. heykev says:

    Excerpts from a book on KSM we learn that “Guantanamo detainees succeeded in convincing prison officials to no longer raise the American flag anywhere they could see it. Each morning on every U.S. military base around the world, the American flag is raised to a bugle. But in the interests of not offending the detainees, it was stopped at Guantanamo.”

    Like most devout Mooselimbs he “was also an avid consumer of porn.” and like to rent his women.

    “Holder still wanted to prosecute CIA officials who had interrogated Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and other high- value detainees…Holder sought to extend every legal courtesy to KSM and other high-value detainees, who had repeatedly confessed to joyfully mass-murdering thousands of civilians. Holder was still pushing ahead on civilian trials for Guantánamo detainees, the foremost of which was KSM.”


  16. heykev says:

    From the What took them so long to publish this department at Spiegel Online:

    Justice, American Style
    Was Bin Laden’s Killing Legal?

    Is this what justice looks like? Al-Qaida boss Osama bin Laden was killed on Sunday in a secret military operation in Pakistan. Americans are celebrating, but there are serious doubts about whether the targeted killing was legal under international law and the laws of war.


    Blah, Blah, Blah..Typical, tedious postmodern-European stupidity.

  17. Chase says:

    Pro, that is similar to the lines I was guessing at, mainly, that Obama knew others knew what he now knew and he could not politically allow his further delay or aborting of the mission to get out at some later date. Fits perfectly with my own beliefs from my distant location.

    Perhaps we are lucky in a way to have had this token election take place – it has been done and the world “accepts” the US as a post-racial place – because Clinton is emerging as a more pragmatic and sensible, grounded “leader” than the boy king can ever begin to aspire to, and she might have been still re-electable at this point. Interesting to see what becomes of Valerie Jarrett indeed, but I cannot see Obama getting re-elected without some other diabolical 180-degree shift in his favor, but likely beyond his intelligence or ability.

  18. BillK says:

    I’m amazed Time Magazine actually printed this.

    The Interrupted Reading: The Kids with George W. Bush on 9/11

    By Tim Padgett

    There has rarely been a starker juxtaposition of evil and innocence than the moment President George W. Bush received the news about 9/11 while reading The Pet Goat with second-graders in Sarasota, Fla.

    Seven-year-olds can’t understand what Islamic terrorism is all about. But they know when an adult’s face is telling them something is wrong — and none of the students sitting in Sandra Kay Daniels’ class at Emma E. Booker Elementary School that morning can forget the devastating change in Bush’s expression when White House chief of staff Andrew Card whispered the terrible news of the al-Qaeda attack. Lazaro Dubrocq’s heart started racing because he assumed they were all in trouble — with no less than the Commander in Chief — but he wasn’t sure why. “In a heartbeat, he leaned back and he looked flabbergasted, shocked, horrified,” recalls Dubrocq, now 17. “I was baffled. I mean, did we read something wrong? Was he mad or disappointed in us?”

    Similar fears started running through Mariah Williams’ head. “I don’t remember the story we were reading — was it about pigs?” says Williams, 16. “But I’ll always remember watching his face turn red. He got really serious all of a sudden. But I was clueless. I was just 7. I’m just glad he didn’t get up and leave, because then I would have been more scared and confused.” Chantal Guerrero, 16, agrees. Even today, she’s grateful that Bush regained his composure and stayed with the students until The Pet Goat was finished. “I think the President was trying to keep us from finding out,” says Guerrero, “so we all wouldn’t freak out.”


    But the key paragraph is this one:

    One thing the students would like to tell Bush’s critics — like liberal filmmaker Michael Moore, whose 2004 documentary Fahrenheit 911 disparaged Bush for lingering almost 10 minutes with the students after getting word that two planes had crashed into the World Trade Center — is that they think the President did the right thing. “I think he was trying to keep everybody calm, starting with us,” says Guerrero. Dubrocq agrees: “I think he was trying to protect us.” Booker Principal Gwendolyn Tose-Rigell, who died in 2007, later insisted, “I don’t think anyone could have handled it better. What would it have served if [Bush] had jumped out of his chair and ran out of the room?”

    But what do they know – they’re not “experts” like Mr. Moore.

    • proreason says:

      reading this kind of chokes me up.

      Somehow, it brings me back to that time more than anything else I’ve seen recently.

      And, it’s a reminder just how overwhelmingly evile our internal enemies are.

    • canary says:

      I just saw on the news last few days some of his aids on FOX telling about and showing footage, and they said Bush wanted to leave immediately, and told Bush he coudn’t. I’ve seen smaller scale things like this (not with the President) but the suits run around the floors, outside, in parking lots, lots of radioing each other. Lot of chaos. So, extremely believable Bush just couldn’t get up and leave.

  19. proreason says:

    This report quotes senior administration officials saying the goal was always to kill OBL


    This has about as much credibility as anything else in the last few days. In other words, it’s probably a lie.

    But let’s presume it is true. Isnt it the equivalent of assassination? Are we to believe that our boy king assassinates people? How does that fit with giving KSM a show trial in NYC? It almost like our little king has whim X yesterday and whim Y today. Yesterday he felt like a nut; today he don’t. Is there a pattern other than how his mornng dump goes?

    btw, if you read the article, the authors come pretty close to saying that our peace-loving leaders decided to deal with their hypocritical position on gitmo, “torture”, renditions, and trials by just killing the bad guys from now on. How diverse is that?

    I hope they don’t get too mentally tangled up by senior health care. Next thing you know, they’ll be sending the Seals after troublesome sick people.

  20. jobeth says:

    From “Technology.gather.com


    Who Is Osama Bin Laden? Yahoo! Users Want to Know

    “Having lived through 9/11 and its aftermath, it seems inconceivable that any Americans might not know just who this Bin Laden terrorist was! However, in a list of top 10 trending questions on Yahoo!, number 5 was “Who is Osama bin Laden?” “”

    And we are surprised at what the matter is with our youth…or why they are so easy to con by the left!

  21. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Holder gets “offended”

    From FOX News : http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/05/04/friction-grows-lawmakers-doj-project-gunrunner-probe/?test=latestnews

    Friction Grows Between Lawmakers and DOJ Over ‘Project Gunrunner’ Probe

    By William Lajeunesse

    Published May 04, 2011

    It started with one whistleblower, but now involves dozens of investigators, has created a standoff between the Department of Justice and lawmakers and threatens Mexico’s diplomatic relationship with the United States.

    Friction is growing over the probe into the failed “Project Gunrunner” program — run by the Justice Department’s Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms that intended to stop the flow of guns to criminals in Mexico. Whistleblowers claim the bureau actually encouraged the illegal sale of firearms to known criminals, then allowed those guns to be smuggled to Mexico and tracked.

    To what end? In who’s mind was this even remotely “a good idea”? Methinks they had plans in other directions and it all went south in more ways than the obvious

    On Tuesday, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) went after Attorney General Eric Holder for refusing to answer questions and subpoenas for documents that implicate who approved the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives project that allowed guns purchased illegally in U.S. to be smuggled into Mexico on behalf of the drug cartels with the knowledge and consent of the ATF.

    Has anyone ever heard the expression “trying to herd cats”? They actually believed that they could keep an eye on every single firearm that was sold? That’s beyond insane. Did no one think “what could possibly go wrong”? (Rhetorical)

    “We’re not looking at straw buyers, Mr. Attorney General, we’re looking at you,” Issa said. “We’re looking at you, we’re looking at your key people who knew or should’ve known about this.”

    Holder shot back.

    “The notion that somehow or another that this Justice Department is responsible for those deaths, that assertion is offensive,” Holder said, referring to the death of American Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.

    Yes, “offensive”. Steer that argument over to something inconsequential. You’re offended? Just how “offended” do you think the Terry family is? So, it’s all about how you’re being treated? We need to have a conversation about “offended” since everyone is such a coward about it.

    “What if it’s accurate, Mr. Attorney General?” Issa responded. “What am I going to tell Agent Terry’s mother about how he died at the hands of a gun that was videotaped as it was being sold to a straw purchaser fully expecting it to end up in the hands of drug cartels?”

    Holder responded. “We’ll have to see exactly what happened with regard to the guns that are an issue there.”

    Well, let’s see….there were some guns sold to to straw buyers who, in turn, sold them to Mexican drug cartels who, in turn used them in a firefight and killed Border Patrol Agent Terry. Is that “exactly what happened”, Mr Holder? Or is there another meaning for “exactly”. Never mind, you’re just delaying and avoiding answering any questions. A skill well-honed in the Chicago political machine.

    Also on Tuesday, in a letter to the attorney general signed by both Issa and Sen.Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), the Congressmen say they are “disappointed that you do not appear to be taking this issue seriously enough”. Grassley, in a handwritten postscript, tells Holder he is being ‘ill-served’ by staff who are not telling him the whole story.

    Holder’s no dummy. Surround yourself with lackeys and minions who do your bidding and protect you from that ikky truth. And besides, he’s “untouchable”….like….Elliot Ness, right?

    The theatre on the Hill is an outgrowth of an ongoing investigation that dates back to allegations two months ago from ATF agent John Dodson, a lone voice and career agent who told Fox News in March that the tactic of letting guns “walk” was approved by his supervisors in the Phoenix ATF office over the objections of several agents.

    Ha! Dodson…don’t you know? The almighty of the Capitol Hill Gang have omniscient powers and know far better than you ever could. It matters not that they have never spent any time in the trenches…or that they’ve never even had so much as a real job….it’s their intentions that are paramount. Doesn’t matter what the real situation on the ground is. Not even a little.

    “How many people have to die?” he said. “We don’t know where those guns are gonna end up. I’ve been here since the beginning. Tell me I didn’t do the things that I did. Tell me you didn’t order me to do the things I did. Tell me it didn’t happen.”

    Such direct inquiries will only anger Holder and make him call you a racist Officer Dodson. Then he’ll call you a coward. Especially if you’re right.

    Dodson was motivated in part by the death of Terry. At the scene of his shooting, police found two AK-47s that were purchased in the U.S. and distributed to drug cartels. These guns were traced to a gun shop that was working with the ATF Project Gunrunner and the Operation Fast and Furious program.

    The gun shops say they were encouraged by ATF to sell the guns to suspected straw buyers, an act that is illegal. ATF agents assured the owners the sales were fine and part of an investigation. Unknown to the owners however, the guns were allegedly allowed to flow to Mexico into cartel hands.

    —“an act that is illegal”. Questions?

    I’m glad that Issa is pursuing this but I strongly suspect that Boner will tell him to cut it out soon enough because it’ll make the republicans look mean and they won’t get invited to the 17th annual Democrat Chesapeake Clam Bake this year and Boner’s tanning effort will have been wasted.

    Seems the “Just Us” Dept has stepped in it bigtime though. Wonder how it will all play out. The rest of the article is pretty damning of the whole operation, including the justice department and though it’s not a slanted news story, which is what I usually look for when I post here, it’s significant to outline the attitude that comes from the Capitol Hill Gang yet again.

  22. Chase says:

    Obama turns DoJ on to NCAA to force playoff system –


    Wouldn’t it be a truly sad commentary on our nation if the October Surprise for 2012 is the announcement of dissolution of the BCS (and the tearing down of decades of conference rivalries and traditional bowl game matches, not to mention the natural likelihood with all that money of the disappearance of the amateur nature of NCAA football) and that news alone carries Obama to re-election?!

    The DoJ can’t spend its time monitoring the excesses of the porn industry ( more here: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700128147/Sen-Orrin-Hatch-irate-over-Obamas-pornography-policy.html) standing up to defend laws on the books (DOMA), voter’s rights or anything else they are supposed to do. Instead, Obama has them going after the BCS.

    Just sayin….

    • Chase says:

      Sorry, meant to post this excerpt from the article –

      “Now in the wake of his suddenly rising popularity following the death of Osama Bin Laden, Obama appears to have a chance to push the issue again for different reasons. Facing an extreme deficit in a recession, he could use a playoff to generate an additional untapped financial windfall for the nation by transforming a currently nonprofit, multi-million dollar industry into a taxable, for-profit business.”

      Of course, there is always more to the story…..taxes.

  23. proreason says:

    Seals made final decision to off OBL.


    “Mr Panetta also told the network that the US Navy Seals made the final decision to kill bin Laden rather than the president. ”

    Of course. The president would never put himself in such a position. That would be almost like, making a decision. And we all know that every decision can be challenged. Obamy doesn’t like being put in a position where he can be challenged. Much better to slough off little decisions like killing the mastermind of 9/11 to guys we pay an average of $54,000 per year. They are so much more expendable than the boy king, just in case something goes wrong. Most of them are white anyway, so if they have to be thrown under the bus, no big deal.

    But as I’ve said many times, if Obamy temporarilly took control of the operation from acting king Leon Panetta, then it is HIGHLY UNLIKELY he would have given a shoot-to-kill order. It is becoming more and more obvious that the Seals made the decision.

    Thank God.

    • canary says:

      This could explain first reports that there was a 3 hour delay, and Obama did not give the final order as he lied afterward in is 1st robotic statement in front of telelprompter.

    • canary says:

      AP: Bin Laden eyed US rails from his secret compound

      May 6 2011 Eileen Sullivan

      WASHINGTON – Holed up in a compound in Pakistan, Osama bin Laden was scheming how to hit the United States hard again, according to newly uncovered documents that show al-Qaida plans for derailing an American train on the upcoming 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

      Details of the plan emerged Thursday as some of the first intelligence was gleaned from the trove of information found in bin Laden’s residence when Navy SEALs killed the al-Qaida leader and four of his associates. They took his body and scooped up computers, DVDs and documents from the compound where U.S. officials think he had been living for as long as six years.

      The confiscated materials reveal the rail attack planning as of February 2010. …

      Monday’s raid by helicopter-borne SEALs was fraught with risk, sensationally bold and a historic success,….

      President Barack Obama visited New York’s ground zero on Thursday during a somber and understated event where he avoided mentioning bin Laden by name.

      Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said she’s urged the homeland security secretary to increase the country’s threat level while the material seized from bin Laden’s compound is reviewed.

      “I continue to question the secretary’s decision not to increase the threat level,” said Collins, the top Republican on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

      for the rest of the story

      Alert, on traveling, and homeland security didn’t tell us to check for tracks. What does DHS do? nothing.

      Very brave Marines. All our soldiers are brave to serve under Obama and Osama reigns of power.
      The compound may have been booby trapped every night.
      And the bleeping Pakies won’t give secret helicopter tale back. They said it had so many blades it made it real quiet.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      Somewhere in a super-secret bunker fraught with high-tech comm and video gear, the president of the United States sits down and is fitted with his virtual reality headgear and earpiece.

      “Thanks, that feels just like a warmie hat…it sure is neat. Remind me to use this stuff for golfing on those rainy days”

      “Yes, Mr President”

      “So, when do I see what the CO is looking at?”

      “Right now, Mr President. Just flick the switch to ‘visual’ and you’ll be on video capture”

      “What? This? *click* OH that’s too fly! Man…that is the shizzle! Hey, what up major? How’s it hangin’? This is the president

      “He can’t hear you, sir”

      “What? Why not? I’m the commander-in-chief and I think he should be able to hear what I have to say. Who’s the dink who hooked this up? I want answers, mister. I’m in charge and I want to be able to give orders!”

      “Just press the hot mic button, sir”

      “What? Wussat?”

      “The button on the wire that’s in your right hand”

      “Whut? THIS?


      “Oh…uh….yeah….I knew that……yeah….”

      *click* “OK, boys….I’m right with ya…..I’m sitting in the situation room and gots all my peeps with me. We’re gonna do this thing and I know you folks know how to use guns n stuff and all that C4 and demolition junk but….remember, we don’t wanna tick off the locals here. This is ‘covert ops’ OK?”

      “Yes Mr President” the commander of the SEAL team said, quietly so as to not reveal his team’s position.

      Feeling confident in his abilities as commander-in-chief, having played “Halo II” many times on his PC, the president spoke again.

      “OK, so we’re gonna take this guy down. I mean, not ‘take him down’ as in, kill, or even hurt him. He is, after all a great muslim leader. I mean…and an enemy of the United States and we have to make sure we get him. I mean, not “get him” but we need to get him so I can see my poll numbers rise in the papers tomorrow.”

      *crackle* “Yes Mr President”, came the voice from 7,000 miles away. “We’re about 20 away from go time and have all our personnel in place. We have the objective located and will be ready for the spring. All ins and outs are covered and there’s no threat of compromise. All exits are sealed”

      Barry was having trouble with the technical jargon in spite of the fact that the ops commander had been briefed on this and was using terms that were more common language versus the cryptic language used by the team in situations like this just so the president could understand him.

      “Whut’d he say?” asked the president, leaning over to Joe Biden who’s blank stare was blanker than usual.

      “Uh…he said….uh…..’go time’ and…uh…something about the weather…I think…yeah…’spring’.”

      “Yes”, said Obama, “I was going to explain it to you and was asking to make sure you heard what I heard.

      *click* “Ten now”, came the voice from halfway across the planet, indicating ten minutes to go before the team went into action.

      Obama decided to light up a KOOL. The nicotine providing a much-needed spike in his system. These covert ops things were…well….boring. He wished he could get a basketball game on or something. Not this head-camera thing that showed just a stupid house and some guys in camouflage giving hand-signals. At least he thought they were hand-signals.

      Suddenly, the camera on the commander’s head started jostling and then went up to a doorway and the picture went black.

      “What happened? Goddammit….why can’t I see anything”, exclaimed Barry the lame.

      “The satellite link can’t be received inside of a building, sir….it’s impossible.”, came the answer from the senior technician in the building.

      “Dammit…that sucks…I was wanting to see some real action here..you guys told me I could see it all…that the operation would be virtual and it would be like I was right there.”

      “Yessir, we said that you would get complete coverage right up to the moment the team went inside. We’ll have to wait until they come back outside before we can find out the results. ”

      Obama was stymied. “Jesus….all these millions of bucks and you folks can’t even get that right. I’d have better luck on my playstation three.”

      “Sir, Mr President, the limits of technology don’t allow us to see when a signal can’t go through solid walls and ceilings and such. There hasn’t been a technology invented yet that allows us to do that.”

      “Well, I’m going to appoint a task force, a study group and a panel to make sure this doesn’t happen again. Not on my watch”

      The SEAL team came back outside. The commander got on hot mic and said, “Mission accomplished; The target was revealed and objective neutralized approximately 15 minutes ago.”

      “Neutralized? What does that mean? You mean, like he was tied up or something? Like….they have him surrounded?”

      “No, Mr President. He was taken down.”

      “Like, he was dragged to the floor? He’s captured, right?”

      “Um, no Mr President. He’s been killed”

      There was a long pause.

      “Did I say to kill him? Did I specifically say to do anything more than was outlined in my fatw—-uh…..order than to go in and get him?”

      (sound of pages being turned)

      “Sir, the order says to “achieve the objective of neutralizing the target by any means necessary and/or appropriate and then the usual inclusions of what to do if any or all members of the team are in danger.”

      “Huh? Are you sassing me? You are, aren’t you? You military guys….I know what you’re doing….I’ve seen all the movies…like A Few Good Men and Men Of Honor….I know when you start talking that military talk and other people can’t understand you…..pretty slick….but, I’m not buying it. You’re sassing me.”

      “No sir, I’m not. I’m just reviewing the order and it’s all there, and they operated in accordance with the directives you signed, sir.”

      “Well, we’ll see about that. I’ll be in touch with Holder and possibly Reid and Pelosi….they’re my ‘A’ team and we’ll get to the bottom of this. Meanwhile, I want photos of the body. Color glossy 8×10’s for all my cabinet members to have, suitable for signing. Got that? At least ten apiece. This is a moment that history will remember….the day I captured bin Laden. Let’s see Bush do that!”

      “Um, Mr President. Uh, bin Laden has been killed”

      “Oh, yeah….like I said….Still, get the photos. Then, do some tests….you know like they do on CSI….the tests that prove stuff…that…like…it’s really him….and stuff…ok?”

      “You mean DNA tests, sir?”

      “Yeah…those….if that’s what they are…and not some of that slick military talk again”


      “And find out how I can play golf on this thing”, as he took the headset and microphone off and left the room.

    • tranquil.night says:

      Dan Riehl sums it up pretty well: http://www.riehlworldview.com/carnivorous_conservative/2011/05/obama-the-acquiescent-meets-osama-bin-laden.html

      He even acknowledges his belief that Orambo’s instinct would’ve been to capture OBL, but doing so would’ve either put him in a place to throw the monster in Gitmo and rush him through a tribunal – enrage the Left and look like an even bigger hypocrite – or put Osama through a civilian trial, which would metaphorically equate to suicide bombing his campaign. As we noted early, he just had no other choice. Capture wasn’t plitically viable, letting OBL go obviously wasn’t, so he made sure they had a story that legally put him in the clear and boom.. double tap.

    • proreason says:

      the Reihl article is that only thing I’ve read that gives anything close to a reasonable rational for why Obamy would order, or rather acquiesce to, a kill mission

      But I don’t find the Gitmo part very persuasive. They could have locked the guy up in any maximum security prison. It wasn’t Gitmo or nothing.

      Nobody discusses the appeal (to the Moron) of having OBL in a place where he could stoke up the interest in him any time he wanted to. Notice for example, that Trump isn’t in the news anymore. Sarah isn’t in the news anymore. Obamy is in the news. He has to love it more than cigarettes.

      To believe the boy king wanted OBL dead, you have to believe that obamy is rational and that he responds to normal political demands. The assumption base is false. He lives in his own world. He does whatever he thinks he can get away with. He doesn’t listen to anybody. Why would he be worried about anyone clamboring about his captive? He would just say…what did you expect me to do? Execute him? Why, that would have been illegal.

    • tranquil.night says:

      Well he could’ve ended up seeing the light on a tribunal for Osama just like he says he has for KSM. He could’ve tried buying the good-will of that all important independent vote with an execution party a week until the election, being the Muslim killing machine that he is. Or maybe he could’ve given Osama & KSM swords and tossed them in the LA Colliseum for some good ol’ fashioned gladiatorial games for populist amusement. Trump would end up in there too of course.

  24. Chase says:

    For news on the helicopters used in the Abbottabad raid:


    A thought piece, but believe it encapsulates the information surrounding the interrogation of KSM and how it justifies CIA involvement for future security:


  25. canary says:

    Suspected U.S. strike kills 15 in Pakistan tribal area

    By Karin Brulliard and Karen deYoung, Washington Post May 6, 2011

    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — A suspected CIA drone strike targeted a militant stronghold area in the North Waziristan region of Pakistan’s borderlands Friday, killing 15 people, according to news reports.

    A series of missiles pounded the town of Datta Khel, near what U.S. officials believe is the headquarters of the Haqqani network, an Afghan insurgent force that has staged deadly bombings in Afghan cities and regularly attacks NATO troops in eastern Afghanistan.

    Friday’s strikes – the first since the U.S. helicopter raid on the compound of Osama bin Laden in northwest Pakistan on Monday – are likely to further stoke tensions between the two allies.

    On Thursday, Pakistan’s military also criticized the bin Laden raid as a violation of the nation’s sovereignty, warning that future such operations would prompt Pakistan to reconsider its alliance with the United States.

    In Lahore and Abbottabad, the garrison city where bin Laden hid out in a fortifed compound, a few hundred protesters shouted anti-American slogans and called on the Pakistani government to cut the nations’ ties.

    “The military and political leadership is without integrity. These generals have just laid down in front of America,” Zikrullah Mujahid, a leader with the religious party Jamaat-e-Islami, said in Lahore. “American terrorists did what they wanted.”

    Regardless of the statement’s intended audience, it reflected the intense anger felt at the highest levels of Pakistan’s powerful military toward the United States…

    In the army statement, Kayani and Pakistan’s other top generals said they had decided to reduce U.S. military personnel in the country to the “minimum essential.”

    But U.S. military officials said they had received no formal request to draw down the 120 Special Operations trainers presently working in Pakistan.

    Kayani’s statement described Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency as second to none in combating terrorism and its CIA counterparts as untrustworthy.

    … “Some critics say it is time for us to wash our hands of the whole country,” said Senator Dick Lugar (Ind.), the ranking Republican on the committee. He said his view was that “distancing ourselves from Pakistan would be unwise and extremely dangerous.”

    Lugar, John Kerry, D-Mass., the committee chairman, and Rep. Howard Berman, D-Calif., co-sponsored a $7.5 billion, five-year package of economic assistance to Pakistan in 2009.

    Read more: http://www.vancouversun.com/news/drone+attack+kills+eight+Pakistan+officials/4738872/story.html#ixzz1LcYSECD2

    So, Dick says get out of Afghanistan and focus Pakistan.
    I hope he means drone Pakistan’s nuclear weapons.

    News Alert Pakistan had some knowledge into the U.S. operation to take Osama bin Laden leading to
    chiefs of Pakistan military and Intelligence scrambling, one on way to D.C. to save his life. All chaos by the Pakisitan civilians leading to possible coup to overthrow Pakistan president. This just reported on FOX, counter-terrorist expert Mansoor Ijaz who has been explaining the Pakistan situation just made statements on FOX.

    Meanwhile, the latest report I could link in regards to this report

    40 Arrested with connections to bin Laden.
    Most of those arrested are from within Abbottabad to include police.


    Also noticed the news stopped reporting the daily deaths toll count of U.S. military in Afghanistan, which were particularly high with the offset of Spring and Afghanistan’s release of 400 terrorists from prison.
    So, one can only imagine in these last few days of learning U.S. Soldiers killed Osama bin Laden.
    This may not be significant to the media right now, as even the Christians who were murdered after OBL was killed, dropped out of the media.

    Please pray for all our U.S. troops and those from countries who are aiding us. Their lives are in enormous danger. No wonder Obama has now added to the pullout date of July 2011 that we will be staying for years to help Afghanistan build their military and modernize their country.

  26. canary says:

    Interesting differing views among Republicans on Afganistan and fighting 11 groups of al-Qaeda around the globe to include Bush flash-back.


    Obama secretly sending more elite teams overseas (I assume by this piece it’s Afganistan, maybe for the growing possibility of a coup in Pakistan. Bomb those nukes.


  27. canary says:

    The Sydney Morning Herald: Diggers in Afghan hit squads
    Rafael Epstein
    May 5, 2011

    AUSTRALIAN special forces soldiers have been serving in highly secretive American and British hit squads in Afghanistan, and some have served with the US unit whose troops killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan this week.

    The Age has confirmed that since 2001, Australians from the SAS and Commando regiments have served on ”third country deployments” and in turn have fought alongside some of the most highly classified and best-trained combat groups in Afghanistan. Crucially, the Australian troops have been refused permission to participate in cross-border raids into Pakistan.

    They do not operate under NATO’s protocols and rules of engagement, rather they fight under the banner of the US-led Operation Enduring Freedom, which gives them ”greater freedom of action”, according to an Australian source.

    Military sources insist the US and Britain-led squads aim to capture rather than kill their targets, but with many insurgent leaders regarded as experienced fighters, efforts to arrest are often regarded as a more dangerous option for allied soldiers. Another Australian source says the squads ”don’t take many prisoners”.

    Australian soldiers deployed with these teams go through a legal process allowing them to operate under another country’s flag while ensuring their eventual status as members of the ADF. However, they are not allowed to participate in many anti-narcotics missions and are barred from deploying inside Pakistan because ”if the Aussies breach the rules and they’re found out, it’s over”, said one source.

    As part of the ”capture or kill” teams, the Australians and their counterparts are specially trained and equipped, have priority over almost all other military activity in Afghanistan and have access to many more remote control drones, helicopters and observation satellites than the special forces that serve under the NATO banner.

    The taskforce consists of soldiers trained to target insurgent leaders and rapidly respond to help other soldiers in trouble.

    Allied special operations forces have mounted more than 1600 missions in Afghanistan in the first three months of this year.

    They have captured and killed close to 3000 insurgents, according to information provided by General Petraeus to American newspapers.

    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/national/diggers-in-afghan-hit-squads-20110504-1e8fy.html#ixzz1Lcmj0dQ0

    “They do not operate under NATO’s protocols and rules of engagement, rather they fight under the banner of the US-led Operation Enduring Freedom, which gives them ”greater freedom of action”,…”

    In other words they don’t have to help the taliban grow crops, build modern buildings and get blown up serving tea or training corrupt Afghanistan police who turn around and kill our soldiers.

    We do need to give thanks to other troops. Many deeply embedded in Afganistan since the beginning on these type mission, prior to Obama coming into office and making it a humanitarian mess.

  28. tranquil.night says:

    Rep. Bachmann leads a coalition in framing the circumstances of the debt ceiling vote, and appeals for support in the coming fight: http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=43265 highlighting yet again why either she or Mr. Ryan should be carrying the gavel.

    The rumors are leadership is squishy, especially after this week. Y’think?

  29. jobeth says:

    House Bucks Obama: Bill Jump-Starts Gulf Oil Production
    May 7, 2011

    56ShareRepublicans are banking on a measure approved by the House on Thursday to lower gasoline prices by accelerating offshore lease sales in the Gulf of Mexico.

    “The situation we find ourselves in today is detrimental to everyone who goes to the pump to fill their cars,” said Rep. Rob Bishop (R.-Utah). “The cost of gas increases, and continues to increase because of the inaction of this administration.”

    The de facto moratorium on offshore drilling imposed by President Obama after the Deepwater Horizon tragedy last year has forced the importation of an additional 130,000 barrels of oil a day to make up for the lost production, Republicans say.

    Democrats argued that the bill would lead to future environmental tragedies and insisted that more oil is being safely produced under President Obama than in President Bush’s administration.

    Republicans countered that Americans are expected to spend an additional $700 on gasoline this year.

    President Obama has since lifted the moratorium, but few permits are actually being approved, Republicans said.

    “Unfortunately, the administration turned the tragedy into a catastrophe … one that destroys jobs,” Bishop said.

    HR 1230, the Restarting American Offshore Leasing Now Act, passed the House by a vote of 266 to 149, with 233 Republicans and 33 Democrats supporting the measure.



    Anyone remember what happened to oil prices as soon as Bush opened up for more drilling? Prices dropped immediately.

    This week’s action by the Republicans have already had an affect on prices. According to Fox this morning, the price per barrel has already dropped $15.

    That’s all it would take to keep prices down permanently. For Obalmy to open any one of our oil fields. But of course…that would work in direct opposition to his goals to cripple America.

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