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Selected News For The Week Apr 9 – Apr 15

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This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Saturday, April 9th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

67 Responses to “Selected News For The Week Apr 9 – Apr 15”

  1. canary

    Gaza hits school bus with an advanced Russian-made Kornet antitank missile

    The Washington Post: Gaza missile hits Israeli school bus, wounding teen; Israel hits back, killing four

    April 8 2011

    JERUSALEM — The bus driver was lightly wounded in the attack and a 16-year-old passenger, the last on the bus, was wounded in the head. A spokeswoman at Soroka Hospital in the southern city of Beersheba said the teenager was in critical condition late Thursday.

    The Israeli army said that 45 mortar rounds and rockets landed in Israel during the exchanges that followed the bus attack, causing no casualties.

    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, on a visit to Germany, said Israel would not tolerate cross-border attacks from Gaza. “We have no intention of absorbing attacks that no country would accept,” he said.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/.....story.html

  2. canary

    An Iranian Intelligence Failure: Arms Ship in Nigeria Reveals Iran’s Penetration of West Africa

    by Jacques Neriah 7 Apr 2011

    http://www.jcpa.org/JCPA/Templ.....8;IID=6691

  3. Petronius

    Peephole Magazine, 8 Apr 2011

    “A Butterfly Flaps Its Wings” by Caractacus Jenks

    Spotted in the security line at Dulles International Airport :

    Former US Army sergeant James “Fallujah Jim” Fulton, awardee of a Purple Heart and four Bronze Stars for combat in Iraq and Afghanistan, was arrested again on Monday afternoon and charged with assaulting Federal officers at Dulles Airport. Mr. Fulton failed to negotiate the X-ray scanners at the Airport, burdened as he was by the metal plate in his skull, and by assorted rods, pins, and screws in his left leg, one the result of an Iranian-built IED, and the other the result of a Russian-made AK-47. Accordingly, Transportation Security Administration officers Fatwa Hadeed and Chelsea “Bronko” Nagurski yanked Fulton out of line, snapped on a pair of latex gloves, and began to wand, pat down, poke, probe, prod, stroke, caress, cup, squeeze, fondle, grab, feel, and grope various parts of Mr. Fulton, whose slow-burning irritation suddenly gave way to red-hot fury when Fulton bashed officer Hadeed in the face with a heavy hardback book (“Intestinal Parasites of the Middle East, Volume Two” by Boone, Kenton & Wetzel) that he had been carrying, followed by a well-placed knee to officer Nagurski’s chin. Fulton was quickly tasered, swarmed, and subdued by a host of TSA officers and US air marshals, both uniformed and in plain clothes. As he was being read his rights and led away in handcuffs, Fulton began shouting wildly to the vast herd of waiting passengers, “Freedom!… Freedom!…,” until he was firmly silenced by a rear chokehold applied by one of the Federal officers. The passengers, so many hundreds of fat, complacent, and ill-informed Americans, all set loose from their cubicles and computer screens, sedated by years of television, alcohol, and fast food, watched with vacant expressions, their large, bovine eyes gazing blankly out of their fixed cortexes, each American zombie possessed with that castrated look, that tolerant, deferential, forbearing, everlastingly patient, following all the rules, thoroughly collectivized, obsequiously turning the other cheek with a vengeance, lollipops and rainbows look. When asked by reporters when he had last been released from the mental hospital, Fulton replied, “I never was. When I left St. Elizabeth’s I was still in America, and all America has become an insane asylum.” Asked whether his comments should be interpreted as anti-American, Fulton responded, “I’m as American as coffee and grits, as American as ham biscuits and red-eye gravy. I served America. I knew America. America was a friend of mine. And this madness is not America.” Commenting on the case, DHS chief Janet Napolitano remarked, “If all of these right-wing nut-jobs stopped flying that would suit me just fine. We could reduce airport delays and cut waiting lines by half.” Relishing the moment, like Renfield salivating over a plump bird, Napolitano added, “The privately-owned airline passenger industry was a great American achievement of which we should all be justly proud. It’s high time they were crushed.” There was a momentary disturbance somewhere in the universe, and the great American herd began to murmur and to move.

  4. Liberals Demise

    Sgt. Survives Sniper Round To The Head
    From: The Marine Corps Times
    By Brian Shane – Staff writer
    Posted : Tuesday Apr 5, 2011 5:08:53 EDT

    Manning the top of a compound south of Sangin, Afghanistan, Sgt. Paul Boothroyd III took a sniper round to the head. He landed face down onto the muddy roof with a thud.

    Fifteen minutes later, Boothroyd was bandaged, smiling, smoking a cigarette and giving the “thumbs up” as he waited for the medevac helicopter, to which he walked under his own power.

    It’s a “you-gotta-be-kidding-me” story that earned Boothroyd, a signals intelligence operator with 2nd Radio Battalion, a new call sign from his team members: Headshot.

    “It was a one-in-a-million shot that the sniper was even able to hit me,” he said in an interview with Marine Corps Times, “and a one-in-a-million chance that the bullet didn’t destroy my brain. It wasn’t my time.”

    Early March 4 in Helmand province, Boothroyd, attached to the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, was on a rooftop providing over-watch for a local security patrol. It was his first deployment. Insurgents opened fire, “and I got hit by the first bullet,” he said.

    The bullet pierced his helmet. The Kevlar caught and turned the round, he said, “so instead of going in and thrashing my skull,” it entered through the neck and lodged itself above and behind his right ear.

    “It was like being hit by a train,” he recalled. “I remember what I was doing. I remember being hit, then I was face down in the mud on top of the building. I really wasn’t terribly concerned because I could hear bullets whipping above me, but I still had the presence of mind not to stand up. I thought, ‘Well, I don’t have any brain damage, at least at this point.’ ”

    “My lieutenant pulled me to the edge of the roof so they could take a look at me,” he added. “I got a little upset when they were pulling my Kevlar off. I said, ‘Hey, if that’s holding my brain together, I’m going to be upset if you take it off.’”
    http://marinecorpstimes.com/ne.....e-040511w/
    ==================================================================
    Did any of you here hear of this in the LSM?
    Me neither!
    This is the stuff Hollyweird can’t even fathom let alone make up.
    Indeed, legends are spoken and traditions forged in steel over these events.
    SEMPER FI Sgt. Headshot
    You “ARE” one lucky Leatherneck, my brother!!
    OOORAH!!!

    • Petronius

      Sgt. Headshot! Brilliant! Thanks for this article, LD.

    • tranquil.night

      Kid’s head is swimming, bullet’s are screaming, and the first thing out of his mouth when he snaps to is a joke. That’s a marine for ya! OORAH!

      That Afghani air has to be smellin’ just a bit sweeter today. Thanks LD.

    • Mithrandir

      Another reason we are wasting our time, money, and troops, dealing with these 4th Century (B.C.) sand-farmers.

      Guard our southern border, and let Afghanistan fall to whatever warlord takes over, then we can bomb then out of office later.

      Sorry troops, but after 10 years, maybe it’s time to give up on these people.

  5. proreason

    The Donald ain’t scared of the Slimes, either:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04…..vcFbjP9S2w

    Now, I’ve been saying for a couple of years that I couldn’t think of a reason why Obamy might have been born away from Hawaii….but I just thought of one.

    Mommy Dearest was a notorious America-hater. Started in high-school, probably fanned by her own parents (Her daddy was a suspected spy; mommy put her in the most radical high school is US history.). When the little Moron was just 6 she took him to Indonesia, a country that had just fought off a bloody communist insurrection. What kind of mother does that? Later she dropped the little bundle of ego off with the grandparents in Hawaii and spent the rest of her life traipsing the world instead of having to live in Imperial America.

    So, it occurs to me that a woman with that kind of hatred for her country might have DELIBERATELY left the country to have a baby, simply so that he WOULD NOT be a citizen. And if the purported daddy was a citizen of another country, that would be even better, wouldn’t it? Now, there are controversial claims by Obamy Sr’s mother (or maybe an aunt) that the little egomaniac was born in Kenya. Supposedly, there is a Kenyan Birth Certificate. The MBM claims that the grandmother’s comments were due to a translation error, and surely a Kenyan Birth Certificate would be easy enough to forge.

    But then there are the two well known birth announcements in Hawaii newspapers about 1 week after the birth day of little lenin. Trump’s point about that is “who does that?”. It’s wierd. But it might not be all that wierd if you were grandparents who just realized that you just had a grandson born outside of the USA, and after looking into it for a few days, found out that he wasn’t a US citizen, with all of the security and priviledges that US citizenship carries with it. As a concerned grandparent (even a socialist one), what would you do?

    I have no idea whether or not this is part of the Birther’s thinking. I don’t even know where their websites are. But it sure sounds possible, doesn’t it. After all, there ain’t no certificate with a seal, signatures, or trackable details (like the hospital, doctors, nurses and room numbers).

    • Liberals Demise

      Granny in Kenya says she was there when the Lying Organ(izer) was hatched.
      That’s good enough for me.

    • wardmama4

      I hate to throw water upon it all – but once again – does not matter where Dear Reader was born – if BHO Sr was his father and it is on his birth certificate – Dear Reader is a British citizen (British Nationality Act of 1948 – no matter where a British citizen is born – they are British and Kenya did not obtain it’s Independence until Dec 1963) and to top it off – to confer citizenship at the time (1961) – Stanly Ann had to have been living in the US for 19 years – she was 18 when BHO was born (remember back then 21 was the age of majority – not 18).

      Thus the whole issue of NBC does NOT hinge on where he was born, if Lolo Soetoro adopted him, his religion or any other red herrings – it hinges solely upon BHO Sr being on BHOs long form Birth Certificate – As BHO Sr was not a US citizen and because of the British law at the time – BHO would have been born a British Citizen.

      It is simply a Constitutional issue – and despite all the other red herrings about the result of such a court case, if someone would challenge the Constitutionality based on BHO Sr’s citizenship (and the British Law) – the entire 2008 election was fraudulent and the US would reset back to 2008 – think about that – NO PRESIDENT BIDEN either!

    • proreason

      Here is what the Constitution says: “No person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution”

      It doesn’t say anything about the age of the mother, the nationality of the father, British law, or anything else. It doesn’t discuss dual citizenship either.

      Seems to me that even if his mother was mexican and his father was Kenyan, if he was born in Hawaii, then he would be “natural born”. The only question would be whether a person naturally born in the US is a Citizen, even if his parents are not. But even that doesn’t apply to the little narcissist (unless Mommy had rejected her citizenship, which nobody has ever claimed).

      So I think the nationality of the father isn’t relevant.

      I also wouldn’t be surprised if the Obamy case went to the Supreme court because somebody was able to rove he wasn’t born here, SCOTUS might still rule the wee dictator is “natural born”, base on mommy’s citizenship. I think a lot of the country would agree with that kind of ruling.

      But regardless, I bless the Donald for fighting the good fight. If he puts a doubt in one voters mind, it’s worth it.

    • Steve

      PLEASE do not waste bandwidth discussing the birther red herring here. It is complete nonsense originally raised by a (lunatic) Democrat operative — Larry Johnson. The same man who promised us the ‘Michelle Honky’ tape.

      Why Does Anyone Believe Larry Johnson? | Sweetness & Light
      http://sweetness-light.com/arc.....-c-johnson

      The Hawaii Department of Health has said that Obama’s Birth Certificate is authentic. There is no magic wand that is going to roll back Obama.

      We will have to do it through the ballot box.

    • wardmama4

      A British citizen is not an American – natural born (or not) as then Obama would have to be naturalized and thus could not run under that. And yes thanks to Justice Brennan’s footnote – we have anchor babies and too many believe that if one Parent is American – the child is automatically American.

      And Steve – I don’t believe in magic wands at all – THIS IS NOT A WASTE – IT IS A CONSTITUTIONAL ISSUE – but don’t worry I won’t be back again.

  6. canary

    Explosion at Jewish Synagogue in Santa Monica, CA: Intentional

    Apr 8 2011

    News coming in from Los Angeles, California and being reported by AP and Fox News says that the explosion that happened outside Chabad House Lubavitch in Santa Monica was intentional. A home-made explosive device was the cause of the blast. A suspect is being sought. – EFG-BN

    http://efg-bnusfoodreserves.bl.....santa.html

    Just a note on the media’s reporting & minute by minute scrubbing of the suspects name, yet alone first saying it was not, they repeated not caused by an act of terrorism.

    Now he is known as Ron Hirsch, a 60-year-old transient who was known to go around to Jewish synagogues and Jewish community centers seeking charity.

    Other news have said he used the name “Israel Fisher” (is that someone who hunts Jews?)
    Finally, a new outlet gave one of those “muslim first and last name” and then scrubbed it and so for now
    it’s Ron Hirsch with one big long heavy beard

    One thing for sure, Santa Monica has done everything to pretend it was just an accidental explosion.
    It could be politics, or it could be dumb Californians trying to blame the terrorist bomb explosion on
    “a natural act of climate change & global warming”

  7. proreason

    This sounds promising:

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/42.....nnovation/

    3.5 times as efficients as conventional combustion engines. Could reduce the car’s weight by 1000 pounds because of drive train parts no longer necessary.

    Maybe it’ll work, maybe not, but if it does work, we wouldn’t have to build a new multi-trillion dollar infrastuctue, wouldn’t have to depend on power souces that go out at night or on calm days, and wouldn’t have to annialate bird species or destroy acres of habitats with solar panels.

    But, of course, it would still use gasolline and we can’t have that…because mobile people are dangerous people, and reducing transportation costs by factors will make people wealthier, and we can’t have that either. Wealthier people are harder for the ruling class to control.

    • canary

      wait til you hit a curb or go over and bump and fly. The side of the car with most weight will determine will determine a lot. May have to put weights in. Just putting hay bales in the be of a half ton pick up when it’s icy. They have it worse than cars.
      I figure we will get to be like the Jetsons cartoon eventually. Having a robot maid will be a luxury few would be able to afford. But, pushing a button and might give you some food. I’m sure the government will ration the meals.

      Obama is giving millions and millions of dollars to countries
      for their green efforts. Such as REDD.

      Obama has also amended the The Lacey Act giving a fortune to other countries for environmental change.

      Look at the 700 million he gave during his Indonesia visit to be used for climate and deforestation. Like heck, they’ve lost “millions” of rain forests since he when he lived there. REDD is getting a fortune.

    • canary

      This isn’t the only main media outlet telling of muslim terrorist bombings in the Philippine, only leaving out our Marines are on the ground building bridges and protecting the Philippines. I guess it might be counted as a war. Another attack on children and Christians.

      Note these recent al-Qaeda bombing article is found in the ENTERTAINMENT section.

      The Washington Examiner/ AP: Filipino troops defuse 3rd bomb after hostel blast

      .Army troops defused a powerful bomb outside a school Sunday in the same southern Philippine province where the night before a blast destroyed a lodging house and another explosive was found near a hotel in attacks blamed on Abu Sayyaf extremists.

      Although it has been crippled by years of U.S.-backed Philippine offensives, the Abu Sayyaf has endured and continued to be blamed for bombings, kidnappings for ransom, extortion and other acts of banditry in at least four impoverished southern provinces.

      …patrolling soldiers discovered the explosive in a biscuit can in front of a school compound…

      Read more at the Washington Examiner: http://washingtonexaminer.com/.....z1J6DPe6za
      http://washingtonexaminer.com/.....e-province

    • Mithrandir

      WATER POWER from youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HF__Qlhtnws

      ….do you think the gov’t is going to give up all those valuable gasoline taxes? Already there are proposals by gov’t people to add chips to cars to see how FAR they drive, since gas/electric hybrids aren’t providing enough tax revenue for them to play with.

      We have had electric car technology for at least 50 years, all that new technology will be just like the computer people release their technology: chips can go 110 gigabytes, but these days, the speed is about 3 GB, they will slowly increase it over time, to take every last dime out of your pocket.

    • canary

      I wondered what was on the end of those hose. We already know the torch is cool to touch, but the heat this caused within 3 seconds. Saw them put oxy-acetylene across the screen over the torch then H on
      the the substance below it. Said his car used gas and water. hmmm. Has to bring 6000-7000 degrees heat warming

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/O.....nd_cutting

      found this tells a different story.

      2001
      http://www.watertorch.com/faq/faq2.html

      I read our soldiers are using solar panel energy in Afganistan.

      Hybrids are save, but double the car price. Cheapest is 35,000

  8. canary

    Already there are proposals by gov’t people to add chips to cars to see how FAR they drive,

    Are these the barcodes already coming out on license plate tags on cars. The point is it will be able to find a car without drivers insurance, but will also tell everywhere the car and how far it was driven. Where They’ve spoke of extra taxing for those that drive far, and believe the selling of the information by transportation, to such as insurance companies, that will know you drive on a busy street might hike your rates.

  9. proreason

    This guy has a smart perspective on the Donald.

    “Trump is suddenly “winning” as a political figure because the political class has failed. The authority of our political institutions is weak and getting weaker; it’s not that Americans ‘lack trust’ in them, as blue ribbon pundits and sociologists often lament, so much as they lack respect for the people inside them.”

    http://ricochet.com/main-feed/.....Has-Failed

    I agree with what he says 100%. Friday, we saw the total and final capitulation of the Republicans.

    Who trusts a single one of them.

    No question I trust Donald Trump more than any politician who has any chance at all of winning. Palin, Bachman, Rubio, Jindal, Cain….thy will be DESTROYED by the alliance of the Ruling Class and the Make Believe Media. Only a guy like Trump can stand up to it. Not because he’s a good guy, a conservative, or a good politician…but because he has enough power, money, confidence, and guts to take the crap that they throw at him and throw it right back at them.

    The country will probably have a better chance to get out of the disaster the politicians have created with Trump than any other Ruling Class narcissist who gets the nomination.

    And as a reminder, as Trump climbs to #1 in the polls, notice that the conservative media remains quiet as a churchmouse. Does it remind you of another time…say early 2008, when they were too timid to challenge an obvious marxist con-man?

    That’s how you know the statist conservative ruling class fears him more than anybody.

    • tranquil.night

      Aye, he very much nails it. Likewise, here is David Limbaugh expanding on Rush’s point (which has been that here at S&L) that the Donald is providing a blueprint for those cadidates, caucus members or others who are afraid of or unsure about the PR war.

      http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=42839

      Interestingly – because he was published today – he frames his points in terms of this present budget shutdown, making him if I understand correctly, one of the first I’ve seen advocate specifically for Conservatives to reject the compromise. He rehashes on all the real leverage our argument had in this showdown.

      But what’s really curious is that I’m not positive Trump himself wouldn’t have folded either. A little picked up comment from Trump’s interview with Hannity had him criticizing the release of the Ryan budget as a poor decision for how it would just feed the Leftist demagogues. Little insights like that are telling to one’s true ideology. There’s no questions on where Mrs. Palin has stood on all of this, but she hasn’t been making waves with it either.

      I think Trump understands politics and the issues from his perspective, not ours, nor do I think he genuinely really cares to see things differently. Such qualities can all make for a great and successful business leader while simultaneously making a disasterous political one. I really hope others are learning from his blueprint and looking to step it up. Getting lost down this ‘third way’ path of consideration for too long is not a winner.

    • proreason

      Trump might very well have folded on the budget…but he is playing a different game and he shouldn’t be judged by the same rules.

      That may sound contradictory, but I don’t see it that way. His big issue isn’t the budget and spending, it’s that the US isn’t standing up to the world. It’s even hard to say at this point how committed he is to fiscal conservatism. I could easily see him saying that with Trump at the helm, the country will grow out of the fiscal problems, somewhat similarly to how it did under Reagan.

      Again, I’m advocating for the way he conducts himself at this point, not for his policies. I don’t know enough yet about what he would do, and might eventually reject him for unworkable approaches.

      My main point about his stand (or more properly, lack of a stand) on the budget is that it is improper to judge him on it at this jucture.

    • tranquil.night

      Yessir, forgive me as it was not my wish to imply a challenge to your point. I see the importance in emphasizing what he’s doing on a different plateau. It may be the most critical aspect of these coming showdowns that the Make Believe Media isn’t allowed the ability to cover for their masters anymore. If Donald’s the man who can really gain steam and ‘change the conversation’ so definitively, no one in or out of the Beltway will be able to contain him.

      Personally, ‘anybody but Obama’ is still my last rule of thumb.

  10. canary

    And now U.S.Soldiers’ lives on the line teaching Afghan muslim youth woodwork workshop skills.

    Gulf Times: Afghan youths learn woodwork at a workshop at Camp Pheonix where US soldiers are based near the town of Musa Qala in Helmand province in southern Afghanistan.

    10 Apr 2011

    http://www.gulf-times.com/site.....rent_id=23

    includes photo. Let’s hope electric saws and box-cutter are banned from. Youth my a**.
    ——————————————————————————————————————————–
    Media not identifying troops or soldiers trying to stop an Afghanistan civil war breaking out.

    AFP:Tribesmen flee gunbattles between militant factions

    11 April 2011Landi Kotal

    Scores of families started migrating yesterday to safer places as armed clashes between two rival militant factions continued in the remote Tirah valley of Khyber Agency, a restive northwestern tribal region bordering Afghanistan.

    Meanwhile, unidentified persons blew up an important bridge on Bara-Jamrud Road in Shalobar area of the tribal agency.

    In retaliation to blowing up of the bridge, security forces yesterday conducted a search operation in the area and recovered huge quantity of arms and ammunition, stolen motorcycles, schools furniture and narcotics.
    The firearms included missiles, rocket launchers, Kalashnikovs, mortar shells, hand grenades, anti-personnel and anti-tank mines, repeater and hundreds bomb fuse.

    When militants were ordered to stop and identify themselves they fired back and wounded two soldiers, a military statement said.
    “Resultantly own troops engaged them and killed all of them,” it said.
    The military said the insurgents were reportedly fleeing Mohmand.

    http://www.gulf-times.com/site.....rent_id=23
    ————————————————————————————————

    US spends fortune buying Russian helicopters for divided Afghans

    U.S. Buying $370M of Helicopters
    The Moscow Times Wed, 06 Apr 2011 14:00 PM PDT
    Russia and the United States have agreed on the terms for supplying 21 Russian military helicopters worth $370 million to Afghanistan, the daily Kommersant reported Wednesday.

    http://newsessentials.wordpres.....ry-forces/

    Well, with al-Qaeda stealing cars from Libya, no doubt the terrorists will have helicopters. Some Afghan will sell a helicopter to al-Qaeda for a poppy plant.
    ———————————————————————————-
    We’ve got to stop helping people who hate us.

  11. canary

    Pro Reason & everyone,
    A longtime conservative friend of mine tickled by Donald Trump, told me he voted for Obama. She goes on conservative blogs I don’t. I can only find articles that Donald Trump gave his support for McCain, so everyone be aware of rumor.
    It’s good for people like Trump, Glenn Beck, Palin to speak out even if they can’t run. I don’t want to see another campaign where Republicans afraid to say they want a Republican because they don’t want to appear racist. Half the country voted Obama, and he needs to get over it. I hope that’s not why it’s too quiet. 2012 is so far away. Somehow I got confused that the election was this year. Defense mechanisms in my brain protecting my mind I guess. lol Still, it’s time for people to start running. But, will Obama face anyone? He wouldn’t even face Beck, because Beck would have clobbered him with knowledge.

  12. canary

    BBC: BNP ‘Koran burn’ candidate Sion Owens due in court

    Apr 11 2011

    A BNP candidate for the Welsh assembly is due in court on Monday after police were passed a video appearing to show him burning a copy of the Koran.

    Sion Owens, aged 41, has been charged with a public order offence[sic].

    Joanne Shannon, another BNP candidate also arrested in connection with the incident, has now been released on police bail.

    Joanne Shannon, a BNP candidate in in Swansea East, was arrested at the same time.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-13032513

    Good luck proving it was a koran. Would America get a search warrant. Can’t people do something more Christian like write Jesus loves you or WWJD on a Koran. Draw a cross or a picture of someone being beheaded. The koran burning needs to stop. I know I’d like a copy, as I sure wouldn’t buy one.
    I was advised by a counter-terrorist a copy on line to go by, since the muslims are passing out, reworded propaganda. “Lightly spank the wife” takes the cake. They have the real thing memorized.

  13. artboyusa

    Today’s the day wearing the burkha or a full face veil in public becomes illegal in France…French ban on Islamic face veil comes into force http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-13031397…and not before time, either. Vive la France!

    .

    • canary

      video of protesters at link below.

      BBCWomen in face veils detained as France enforces ban

      Apr 11 2011

      Police said they were held not because of their veils but for joining an unauthorised[sic] protest, and they were later released.

      Offenders face a fine of 150 euros (£133; $217) and a citizenship course.

      People forcing women to wear the veil face a much larger fine and a prison sentence of up to two years.

      The law is likely to be largely symbolic… It will be difficult to prove that a woman is being forced to wear a niqab because of her husband or family”

      Guidelines issued to police say they should not ask women to remove their veils in the street, but should escort them to a police station where they would be asked to uncover their faces for identification..

      A French Muslim property dealer, Rachid Nekkaz, said he was creating a fund to pay women’s fines, and encouraged “all free women who so wish to wear the veil in the street and engage in civil disobedience”.

      “We wanted to be fined for wearing the niqab, but the police didn’t want to issue a fine,” he told AFP.

      http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-13031397

  14. canary

    Obama explains his 4 hour golf games & travel is to get out of White House & D.C. because he doen’t like to do the “Kubuki Dance”. Tells why Obama should not be elected.

    BBC: Obama says golf is only ‘excuse to get outside’

    April 11 2011

    “I just want to go through Central Park and watch folks passing by,” he told Hearst newspapers. “I miss that.”

    He recently announced a re-election bid.

    “I miss being anonymous,” he told Hearst Magazines’ publishers and editors at the White House.

    He said he loves his life at the White House but does not enjoy the “kabuki dance” of Washington DC partisan politics.

    As to golf, Mr Obama rejected suggestions he is fanatical about the game, saying: “It’s the only excuse I have to get outside for four hours at a stretch.”

    On Saturday, Mr Obama took a rare, unscheduled outing to the Lincoln Memorial near the White House, dashing up the steps to greet tourists, shake hands and talk about a budget agreement struck the night before with Republicans.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-13040348

    This article tells it all

    Obama: “I miss being anonymous,”

    The Obama whose done at least two interview photo spreads alone for Mens’ Fitness , People mag into his home, Oprah’s Christmas, Rolling Stoned, has his own Camera Crew to follow him in Hawaii for documentary. Writing more painful sickening books of himself for our children is really going to make him anonymous.
    Doing public shows of picking out basketball winners. And on and on. He sure lied when he recently said he enjoys his job more and more. And what the heck does he mean he just wants to sit in Central Park.
    He’d have a wood stock campaign in Central Park if he could.

    Amendment 27 when a President is disabled to perform his duties. He’s not just disabled and has no coping skills which disable him to be President. He’s jumped ship, and just trying to keep it secret by photo ops at Lincoln Plaza. Ya know where he dropped to his knees after attending a marxist meeting and temporarily went out of his mind thinking he was in front of Lincolns statue. Hallucinating he was seeing friends who did better in school walking past him, looking down at him. At the lowest point because he was losing hope America would become a communist country. bawling sniffing breakdown.

    • Rusty Shackleford

      Some other things he said:

      President Barack Obama wants you to know that he is not a golf addict.

      The first step in solving the problem is admitting to yourself that you have one.

      “I just want to go through Central Park (in New York) and watch folks passing by … spend the day watching people. I miss that.”

      You can watch people all you want—in prison

      He also regrets his loss of personal privacy.

      Seems to me that he’s spent a couple million dollars to make sure his “personal privacy” remains intact. If, by “loss” he is referring to the money spent, then I can understand. But truly, it would’ve just been easier to allow the media to vet you as they so diligently tried to. Oh, wait.

    • canary

      Rusty, good points lol.

      Obama’s 2006 Hope book he complained of 12 hour days in politics. He admitted his staff did all the work, and he held up in “hotel rooms” ordering out food at that campaigning for money. “Driving across the state” and “flying private planes” his friends loaned him to fly to other states to become a Senator. Writes in depth of never seeing his family and his wife angry about his neglect of their babies.
      Wife’s so happy to have his company at dinner finally, instead of his going to hotels.

      Obama just told O’Reilly he’s enjoying the Presidential job more and more. He’s certainly having more and more fun.

      Obama needs a 12 step program for narcissistics .

      “Hi. My name is Obama and..uh..uh…I really don’t think I’m a narcissistic. I know I’m better than everyone and should be king over the entire world.

  15. BillK

    Another from the “Completely Expected” file, from our friends at the Associated Press:

    Court won’t lift stay on Arizona immigration law

    By Bob Christie

    PHOENIX – A federal appeals court on Monday refused to lift a stay blocking major parts of Arizona’s immigration law from taking effect and said the federal government is likely to be able to prove the controversial law is unconstitutional.

    The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals turned down an appeal filed by Gov. Jan Brewer. She had asked the appeals court to lift an injunction imposed by a federal judge in Phoenix the day before the law was to take effect on July 29, 2010.

    The U.S Justice Department sued to block the law, saying it violates the U.S. Constitution because enforcing immigration law is a federal issue.

    U.S. District Court Judge Susan Bolton issued an injunction preventing four major parts of the law from going into effect pending a trial. Monday’s ruling by the three-judge appeals court panel upheld that injunction.

    The panel’s opinion said the government is likely to succeed in its arguments that Congress has given the federal government sole authority to enforce immigration laws, and that Arizona’s law violates the Supremacy Clause of the Constitution. One judge dissented.

    Brewer’s lawyers said the federal government hasn’t effectively enforced immigration law and that the state law will assist federal authorities.

    “I remain steadfast in my belief that Arizona and other states have a sovereign right and obligation to protect their citizens and enforce immigration law in accordance with federal statute,” Brewer said in a statement. …

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/201.....ion_appeal

    Wow, the 9th Circuit says the Federal Government’s non-enforcement of immigration laws is important.

    Is anyone actually surprised?

  16. BillK

    I’ll never understand “Republicans.”

    From the Associated Press:

    Romney takes major step toward presidential run

    By Philip Elliott

    WASHINGTON – Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, the closest to a front-runner in a wide-open Republican field, took a major step toward a second White House candidacy Monday, formally announcing a campaign exploratory committee.

    Romney declared that “with able leadership, America’s best days are still ahead,” vigorously asserting that President Barack Obama had failed to provide it.

    The Republican, who has been plotting a comeback since losing the GOP presidential nomination to John McCain three years ago, offered himself as the person best able to lead a country struggling to recover from economic crisis.

    “It is time that we put America back on a course of greatness with a growing economy, good jobs and fiscal discipline in Washington,” Romney, a former venture capitalist with a record of turning around failing companies, said in a video posted on his website and on Facebook. He also announced the formation of the committee, which will allow him to raise money, in a Twitter message.

    Romney’s move had been expected and a full-fledged campaign is a near certainty. He has traveled across the country to meet in private with donors and sound out their support. His political committee’s headquarters near Boston has been bulking up. And in his few public appearances, he has honed his criticism of Obama. …

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/201.....romney2012

    Why would any conservative actually vote for this man, even if he were running against Obama?

    I simply can’t come up with a reason to vote for “Hey, RomneyCare wasn’t as bad as ObamaCare because it was socialist medicine mandated by a state, not the Federal government” Mitt.

    Instead, Mitt’s the left’s dream candidate; like McCain he’d draw lukewarm support at best from conservatives, and the Republicans who support him will form a groundswell big enough to nominate him but not big enough to sweep him to victory.

    • Liberals Demise

      This truly sucks if this is the “BEST” we can come up with.
      I say to myself, “Jesus, a hamster could beat dingleBarry but the GOP can’t
      produce a candidate that hasn’t come across the aisle with ‘his’ hand out.”
      I feel a cursing binge coming on!

    • canary

      Mit who? Romney? sounds familiar ages ago.

  17. canary

    Obama to appear on Oprah this April; taped during Obama’s trips to Chicago during the next 2 weeks. It is a fact her show is not live, it’s heavily edited. With Obama it will take all day, make-up, mirror, Black color hairspray for his hair and scalp.

    Chicago Tribune: The Obamas to tape Oprah in Chicago

    by Katherine Skiba Apr. 12 2011

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/.....0312.story

    Obama told Hearst Magazine on his way to Oprah “I miss being anonymous”

    • Chase

      And how much do each of these trips cost us?

      Where is the budget on the President’s travel, especially when it is for non-executive reasons, such as grossly obvious campaigning? I guess there is no way to plausibly cut through to discriminate between executive duties and political campaigning.

      Thankfully, I have never sullied my brain with watching 5 minutes of Oprah anything.

  18. proreason

    The downside of the Donald.

    “Donald Trump is No Capitalist”

    “…On top of that, he has pushed for a one-time 14.25% tax on the rich as a means of supplementing funding for Social Security and Medicaid, along with universal health care . Philosophically, those positions are indistinguishable from the anti-capitalist political establishment now in power.”

    http://www.smartmoney.com/inve.....540677772/

    Info staight from the invention machine of the MBM, so take it for what it’s worth. But Anne Coulter dissed the Donald pretty hard last night on Hannity, and, obviously, Mark Levin isn’t a member of the fan club either.

    Rush is trying to get an interview with the Donald this week. That should clear some things up.

    My view at the moment is that his appeal is BECAUSE he is the 3rd Way. I don’t expect him to be a traditional conservative; but when somebody is going down a relatively untrod path, it’s easy enough to get really deep in the weeds. We need to know a lot more about what he would do.

    But I also can’t imagine that he could possibly worse than what we’ve got right now. The fact that the top creepy White House polical operative attacked Trump last Sunday says a lot. The enemy of my enemy is my frient.

  19. proreason

    Full WSJ Trump interview. You should watch this.

    http://freedomslighthouse.net/.....nterviews/

    Takeaways:

    - he’s serious
    - the rumor that he has committed to going 3rd party if he doesn’t get the Repub nomination is misrepresented. He’s thinking about it, and is aware that if he does, and loses, he would throw the election to the Moron. It gets a bit muddled, but I think his position is that he would only go 3rd party if he thinks he can win, not as a spoiler.
    - doesn’t spent as much time on the birther issue in this interview. Credit the interviewer.
    - The interviewer is good, and serious. But he doesn’t take any crap from her either. He is more respectful than in some of the other interviews where he is clearly contemptuous of the interviewer.

    • canary

      If Trump loves America more than himself, he won’t run on a 3rd party. My biggest worry is someone will run a 3rd party. Trump can always run for another position and show his stuff that way.
      Our country won’t make it with 4 more years of Obama.

  20. canary

    Michelle Obama 1st lady had the “tabloid” entertainment TV show ET known as Entertainment Tonight.

    come to the White House along with Biden’s wfie. Michelle said she would be out there (as in campaigning for her husband)
    She fit right in with the trashy Kardashians, and other attention shocker celebrities grabbing attention.

    April 12 2011
    http://www.etonline.com/

  21. Rusty Shackleford

    Pelosi Waxes Philosophic

    From FOX: http://www.foxnews.com/politic.....latestnews

    Pelosi: ‘Elections Shouldn’t Matter as Much as They Do’

    Published April 13, 2011

    After a few months back in the minority, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi says elections “shouldn’t matter as much as they do.”

    That’s what the former House speaker told a Massachusetts crowd Friday in between the raucous budget debate on Capitol Hill. Talking about the importance of shared values, Pelosi seemed to urge Republicans to moderate their views so that the space between the parties is not so vast. Then, she imagined, elections wouldn’t be so determinative.

    “To my Republican friends, take back your party, so that it doesn’t matter so much who wins the election because we have shared values about, again, the education of our children, the growth of our economy, how we defend our country,” she said.

    Nancy, You couldn’t be more wrong.

    Pelosi went on to say: “There’s so many things at risk right now … but the fact is is that elections shouldn’t matter as much as they do, (there) should be some place on the spectrum where we respect each other’s views and all the rest.”

    Otherwise, she said, “that can be problematic for the country, as I think we can see right now.”

    Translation: “If everyone thought like good little socialists should, there wouldn’t be any problem.”

    But the comments, made at Tufts University, seemed a departure from remarks President Obama made on the topic shortly after he took office.

    During a widely reported meeting with Republicans about economic proposals, Obama was quoted telling the GOP leaders “elections have consequences,” and, in case there was any doubt, “I won.”

    Back in 2009, Pelosi also agreed about the consequence of the vote, especially in terms of developing the stimulus bill: “Yes, we wrote the bill. Yes, we won the election.”

    • canary

      Pelosi brain and neurological problem is frorm too much domoic acid. It has even made bugs that eat on the fishes dead flesh go crazy. Pelosi coo coo bird. All that make-up covering his latest skin peel treatments can’t cover up her brain poisoning. And early feeling is sick to stomach, and she just had that problem during her trip to Italy. Probably where she got the skin peels and stayed so long til she got well.

  22. proreason

    Silly us. We thought they meant 31.5 Billion in SPENDING spending.

    But what do we know.

    http://www.redstate.com/erick/.....rs-office/

    Its 31.5B in SPENDING AUTHORITY. Much different you see. It wasn’t going to be spent anyway…as if a nit like that should make a differentce. It’s kind of like you and your spouse decide to go to Hawaii next year, and then change your mind. Well that’s money in your pocket isn’t it? You should have decided to make 10 trips to Hawaii. it would be even better.

    The actual SPENDING cuts for this fiscal year are 353 Million, or just about 1/10th of 1% of the budget. It’s like you cut $60 dollars out of your salary of $60,000. One big mac a week for nearly a full quarter. That’s austerity, Washington style.

    You have to appraciate how hard they work to really understand it.

    People like us are too stupid to get it.

  23. canary

    BBC: Kobe Bryant fined $100,000 over gay slur in Lakers game
    13 April 2011

    Kobe Bryant fined $100,000 over gay slur in Lakers game
    Kobe Bryant Bryant is one of the highest paid US sportsmen

    The Los Angeles Lakers star’s outburst was caught on camera as he reacted to being judged to have committed a foul.

    The player has apologised[sic] and said his action was out of “frustration in the heat of the game”.

    “What I said last night should not be taken literally,” said Bryant, who also punched his chair and tossed a towel following referee Bennie Adams’s call.

    NBA commissioner David Stern said in a statement that Bryant’s comment was “offensive and inexcusable”.

    The Human Rights Campaign, a gay civil rights group, said Bryant’s “horribly offensive and distasteful” language “perpetuates a culture of discrimination” and called for a fuller apology.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-13075858

    ” Bryant, who also punched his chair and tossed a towel..”? Where the Human Rights Campaign when
    a girl at a hotel said Byrant held to a chair and raped her and then used a towel.

    And Booo Fox on Greta for interviewing Mike Tyson the other night. Former wive beater, imprisoned for rape and assuault and bit an opponents ear off.

    Tyson showed how he got about of paying property taxes by raising pigeons. Some were in tiny cages. Too small for a canary for that matter. And he said he raises them, lets them fly and they always fly back. No sign during the entire interview walking around the grounds of a pigeon flying anywhere.
    He and his wife has some different eating cultures. Mike bites their heads off, the wife eats them, and they eat pigeon eggs.

    This is what all the big liberals are doing not to pay property taxes. Like Jon Bovi owning a ton of acres paying nothing because he put bee hives on it. Still, we don’t know what David Letterman did with his
    good deal he got Martha’s Vineyard cheap $ property. That’s how Jimmy Carter doesn’t pay property taxes on his gardens in which he solicits volunteers to work them. China will soon own Chicago and start building the speed rail system there. Chicago hub. Who builds them better. They will own them.

  24. canary

    The Canadian Press…..Fuzzy borders prove vexing for leader of ‘model’ district in Kandahar

    By Colin Perkel 13 Apr, 2011

    ….DEH-E BAGH, Afghanistan – The young, energetic leader of Dand district — an Afghan area held up by Canadians as a model of peace and governance potential in the violence-wracked country — has a decidedly vexing problem:

    “I don’t know what areas I’m responsible for,” Nazak told a reconstruction and development meeting Wednesday.

    It’s a point Nazak, 32, who has won leadership accolades from the Canadian and Americans who work with him, made repeatedly.

    When discussing building new health clinics, Nazak noted pointedly: “We really don’t know where to put those clinics.”

    Some elders simply refuse to recognize Nazak’s authority in their areas.

    “I’ve been asking that question for six months now,” said one Canadian official, who asked not to be named on the grounds a federal-election gag order is in place.

    “Borders are very important,” Wesa told Nazak in the packed room at the Dand district centre, a building Canadian soldiers helped rebuild after a suicide bombing destroyed its top floor two years ago.

    http://ca.news.yahoo.com/fuzzy.....2-832.html

    Sitting Ducks “in packed room at… a building Canadian soldiers helped rebuild after a suicide bombing destroyed its top floor two years ago.

    Darn it, it’s time we demand oil for all the modernization we’ve brought to these rag heads. Buildings, mosques, schools, and water plants, crops, weapons, training, building their police, armies, and prisons. We give them money Karzai give to Iran.
    Donald Trump is right. We need to get repaid in oil at least from Iraq. We’ve built modernization to them and still want us to stay.
    —————————————————–

    Suicide bomber opens vest full of bombs killing 5 little children in Afghan.

    More Shovel ready jobs for our troops in Afgan. Enough.

    http://www.guelphmercury.com/n.....rs-meeting

  25. canary

    Palestine children textbooks teaching suicide, martyrdom, & jihad

    Jerusalem Post: ‘Israel absent or only negative presence in PA textbooks’
    By Joshua Hamerman

    The Palestinian Authority still has a long way to go before textbooks in its schools begin to teach true coexistence with Israeli Jews, according to findings from a study released Tuesday.

    The Institute for Monitoring Peace and Cultural Tolerance in School Education (IMPACT-SE), which reviews textbooks from Israel, the Arab world and Iran, unveiled its 2011 report on PA school textbooks in a briefing with journalists at the headquarters of MediaCentral, in Jerusalem.

    IMPACT-SE also examined 22 teacher guides distributed by the PA Ministry of Education and Higher Education. While all of the reviewed textbooks were approved by the PA, they are also taught in schools in Gaza.

    While respect for the environment and sustainable energy resources are taught to Palestinian students, IMPACT-SE found that textbooks blame Israel for all environmental problems.

    Pardo, a professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, also said Palestinian textbooks have been erasing Jewish claims to holy sites, such as the Western Wall and Rachel’s Tomb. For example, National Education, a textbook for seventh-graders published in 2010, refers to the Western Wall as the “Al-Buraq Wall,” and to Rachel’s Tomb as “Al-Bilal Mosque.”

    IMPACT-SE also found that Palestinian textbooks include many references to martyrdom, death, jihad and refugees returning to cities and towns in Israel – and frequently demonize Israelis and Jews…

    IMPACT-SE noted many Palestinian textbooks included references to a ribat, an outpost on the borders of Muslim territories where wars against infidels occur….

    http://www.jpost.com/Diplomacy.....?id=216374

    What’s new The muslims are teaching the same doctrines in U.S.schools and mosques and all over te globe for years. They have worksheets that teach them how to count. Lesson: Circle 7 grenades needed to blow up U.S. Seriously.

  26. proreason

    The Attempted Palinization of the Donald, round 2.

    http://www.nypost.com/p/news/n.....RPIuhis9NO

    They couldn’t get him on the birther stuff, so now they are trying the history quiz approach.

    Unfortunately, the video isn’t included in the link to see how he reacted.

    He would be wise to refuse to answer even trivial questions, because once he goes down the path of answering anything, he will, of course, eventually get tripped up. The only solution is to refuse to answer pop quizzes which may be exactly what he is doing in this case.

    This is all good news. They wouldn’t be doing this if they didn’t fear him.

    • tranquil.night

      Yeah, regarding Birtherism, I have some comments. Not about the birth certificate, I could care less and share Steve’s belief that this is about convincing America to repeal Liberalism as much as it is about repealing its latest lead Joker.

      The Birtherism phenomenon is purely a result of the utter failure of traditional media to properly vet the man who has since even before his immaculation been systematically rampaging the country to shreds, it’s not because of an idiot citizenry, which I find to be contemptable condescension on the part of those who are resposible for the belief’s popularity. As long as the Conservative mainstream continues to wet their pants every time it becomes very obvious that it is a mainstream issue – and Obama purposefully stokes it as a mainstream issue – then the more he will continue to successfully use it against us politically.

      Suppose, say for example, Mr. Beck had done an expose on the Birtherism – the biggest questions, the odd cast of characters, the interesting twists, concluded finally by the inevitable truth that yes, Barack Hussein Obama was near definitely born in Hawaii and is an American citizen. Sure, the special and Mr. Beck would’ve been flacked as “radical conspiracy kooks” (heh) but such would’ve not been the case had the report been done accurately.

      So instead of an unbelievable percentage of the country apt to believe that the President is not a citizen, such pro-action on behalf of those who had the means to do so might’ve prevented their very embarassing Birther conundrum. Instead, it would’ve properly exposed (again) a petulant manchild President whose so cynical and calculating in his politics that he encourages lies surrounding his own past just to use impugn his political opponents. That’s why we love what Trump did, and that’s why it is a Blueprint. The real freak-show is in Washington. It really doesn’t have as much to do with Birtherism as you think, and it’s really only a distraction of an issue to you group-think Ruling Class types. We Conservatives can have a perfectly cogent conversation about someone’s past and their present policies, in fact we find the two to be very inter-connected.

  27. proreason

    The reaction from almost everybody is disappointing.

    Even the formidable Ann Coulter chose to attack the Donald on the narrow issue of the certificate rather than saying something like “well, even though the guy was almost surely born in Hawaii, the people who believe otherwise probably do so because of the amazing trail of the Moron’s records that have been agressively hidden from public view. More time should be spent shedding light on that hall of mirrors than attacking citizens who only want the best for their country. Let’s hope the Donald goes down that path instead of following a false trail.”

    So far, Rush has held the line. It will be fascinating to hear the interview tomorrow. The little I heard of Hannity today was milely encouraging. He isn’t ready to attack the Donald yet. Levin is just too much of a purist to ever give the Donald any consideration at all so I don’t expect anything from him. Ann might be the same.

    btw, random prediction. Mark Steyn will be given Glenn Beck’s slot. He will be great if he gets it. I’d like to see him get a big payday. He’s a genius and a hilarious guy.

    • tranquil.night

      Oh my gosh. Steyn would be such $ for them. Great call!

      Also (forgive my perpetual post-scripting) we probably both still fundamentally agree with Levin’s main point – during the primary we’re going to vote for the strongest Conservative who can win. The D needs to take that for the seriousness of what it implies as well.

  28. proreason

    Republican politicians and even libwit pollsters eaten up with envy of the Donald. Even Beck was chewing on the Donald today.

    http://www.nationaljournal.com.....e-20110414

    At this rate, Donald will be polling at 65% by the end of the month.

    Meanwhile, Boner defends his his paper cuts with a viciousness he reserves only for our side.

  29. BillK

    I love this, from the Chicago Sun Times:

    Man accused of stalking woman before killing her in Oak Brook

    By Steve Schering

    A 20-year-old Canadian man methodically stalked and tracked a Westmont woman before killing her Wednesday night in Oak Brook — even stopping to reload his gun and continue shooting during the attack.

    DuPage County Judge Michael Wolfe denied bail Thursday for Dmitry Smirnov of Surrey, British Columbia, who is charged with the first-degree murder of Jitka Vesel, 36. …

    http://www.suntimes.com/482875.....brook.html

    A sad story, yes, but the important bit comes at the end of the article:

    Berlin said Smirnov had done research on the Internet to determine if Illinois had the death penalty, deciding to go through with Vesel’s murder when he discovered it does not.

    Nice.

    Bookmark this story now for the next time a liberal friend tells you the death penalty has no effect on crime.

  30. TerryAnne

    This is a good one…

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/42.....e_politics
    Ariz. Legislature OKs presidential ‘birther’ bill
    ‘It’s going to cause people to look again at Arizona and say what’s all this craziness going on there,’ Democrat says

    PHOENIX — The Arizona Legislature gave final approval late Thursday night to a proposal that would require President Barack Obama and other presidential candidates to prove they are U.S. citizens before their names can appear on the state’s ballot.

    Arizona would become the first state to require such proof if Gov. Jan Brewer signs the measure into law.

    Republican Rep. Carl Seel of Phoenix, the author of the bill, said the bill wasn’t about opposition to Obama.

    “This bill is about the integrity of our elections,” Seel said.

    The Arizona Republic newspaper said the Speaker of the House Kirk Adams, R-Mesa, said he backed the bill only because the final version was constitutional and required all candidates to demonstrate that they meet the individual requirements of their office.

    “I believe this particular piece of legislation does not add to or detract from the qualifications for president as stated in the United States Constitution,” Adams said.

    “I believe this particular piece of legislation does not add to or detract from the qualifications for president as stated in the United States Constitution,” Adams said.

    Thirteen other states have considered similar proposals this year. The proposals were defeated in Arkansas, Connecticut, Maine and Montana.

    The bill won final approval from the state House in a 40-16 vote.

    So-called “birthers” contend since the last presidential election that Obama is ineligible to hold the nation’s highest elected office because, they argue, he was actually born in Kenya, his father’s homeland.

    The Constitution said a person must be a “natural-born citizen” to be eligible for the presidency.

    Hawaiian birth certificates
    Hawaii officials have repeatedly confirmed Obama’s citizenship, and his Hawaiian birth certificates have been made public.

    Even though the courts have rebuffed lawsuits challenging Obama’s eligibility, the issue hasn’t gone away.

    “It’s a fringe issue in my view, and it’s going to cause people to look again at Arizona and say what’s all this craziness going on there,” said Democratic Rep. Daniel Patterson of Tucson, an opponent of the bill.

    Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Phoenix, said he was embarrassed, the Republic reported.

    “Arizona is the first state to pass a birther bill. We look pretty much backward,” Gallego said. “You might as well change Arizona to Alabama.”

    The Arizona proposal would require political parties and presidential candidates to hand in affidavits stating a candidate’s citizenship and age and to provide the candidate’s birth certificate and a sworn statement saying where the candidate has lived for 14 years.

    If candidates don’t have a copy of their birth certificates, they could meet the requirement by providing baptismal or circumcision certificates, hospital birth records and other documents.

    If it can’t be determined whether candidates who provided documents in place of their birth certificates are eligible to appear on the ballot, the secretary of state would be able to set up a committee to help determine whether the requirements have been met.

    The names of candidates can be kept off the ballot if the secretary of state doesn’t believe the candidates met the citizenship requirement.

    So…what we have here is basically a bill that solidifies what is in the Constitution…and the Democrats are embarassed and making slurs. And, not to mention, it was passed by what really is a huge margin (versus what the MSM told us was a huge margin during the 2008 elections). And where it has been brought up on 13 states, but only shot down in four states; they certain muddled that whole sentence (do those four count as part of the 13?).

    I also like where they say he has supplied birth certificates: not only were the papers everything but birth certificates, how many birth certificates does one person need? I’m also fond of how they muddled the definition of “birther”.

    But…good on Arizona and Jan Brewer for what they are trying to do out there!!

  31. proreason

    Rush’s interview with the Donald didn’t reveal much.

    http://dailycaller.com/2011/04.....re-a-thon/

    Hannity’s interview last night was deeper, but also didn’t reveal anything new either.

    The Donald is sticking with the themes he has already sketched out: he will not let China or any other country take advantage, he thinks foreign policy failures are making the deficit artificially high, he will be a much tougher negotiator than the libwits, Obamy is grossly incompetant, Trump cautions Republicans about getting too far out re Ryan’s plan (particularly Medicare), he is pro-life, he explains his past Dem contributions by saying he lives and works in a Dem state, he says he is positioned to work with Dems as well as Republicans, he stresses his competance as a businessman and experience working with politicians and foreign countries.. Neither of these two interviews dealt much with the birther issues.

    His strategy is apparently to be a centrist while appealing to the right with the birther thing and his pro-life view, and appealing to the left with the China thing. He doesn’t take a hard-line position on the deficit.

    As someone whose best fit ideologically is Rush, I don’t find his sketchy politicy positions very appealing, but it seems to me that the political strategy is a good one to win the election. All of the other Republicans seem to have either a primary or a general election strategy, but Trump’s strategy is both. It doesn’t seem frivoulous or stupid to me. Even though the interviews as stand-alone entities weren’t very impressive, I continue to thing the criticism he is receiving derives from fear and jealousy of him.

    • proreason

      Side note. On another blog where I’ve NEVER had a single comment banned, I made a comment today that I thought the literati’s reaction to Trump is from jealousy. I wasn’t even directing it at the author of the article. I said if this keeps up, Trump will win with 65%.

      They deleted the comment.

      I’m telling ya. These pundits are consumed with jealousy that a total outsider can get the attention Trump is getting. They can’t stand that people listen to him, despite their best efforts to convince people that he is a clown and a dilettante.

    • Steve

      What are you doing posting on other sites?

    • proreason

      Like I tell ms reason (with no success whatsoever): how can I appreciate home cooking if I don’t peak at the competition once in a while?

      Case in point. Even though our esteemed proprietor’s disinterest in the Donald appears to indicate a total lack of enthusiasm, I’ve never had anything banned on the topic :-).

      So far, at least.

      (and actually, I don’t post at many other sites anyway. S&L is underappreciated. Wittier, more tolerant, good regulars, articles that don’t appear in other places, better troll control)

    • tranquil.night

      Yes, thank you for letting us indulge over the Donald phenomenon for the past couple weeks, Steve. I am so immensely appreciative for the leeway you give us when we try and challenge conventional wisdom.

      The points Pro, myself and others have been trying to make about what initially caught our attention with Trump are not insignificant – in my eyes at least – and it’s completely disingenuous for anyone to claim that anything we (or indeed any Tea Party activist as far as I know) said amounts to support for Trump’s history, current platform, or final candidacy, when we’ve gone to such painstaking efforts to explain that our analysis is intended to be very narrow and within a certain context, a perspective that I think Hannity and the Limbaugh bros see.

      Frankly, when the Conservative Literati’s first instinct is to demonize a person whose sudden popularity is something which they don’t understand and percieve as a threat, out of jealousy, because it’s ‘for the cause,’ or otherwise, I get very angry. I’m used to the Left demonstrating that kind of comtemptable elitism towards voters – that they’re sheep who need to be guided by their media masters from wolves in disguise – but you people call yourselves individualists. In your intellectual arrogance, you don’t understand that voters are actually telling you something by their current support of Donald.

      There are reasons for that poll showing Trump rolling the boring-ass milquetoast field. Maybe it was combination of his media offensive, name recognition, and defense of birtherism. Who cares? Right now if that poll is even close to accurate, then the Republican electorate is saying that they feel more enthusiastic about sending a flim-flamming, celebrity narcissist, political Centrist Populist/opportunist up against Little Lenin than they do for any of the current crop of losers whose time has past or were already handily rejected in 2008. Is that not a glaring and fascinating point especially given how supposedly politically weak Obama’s supposed to be and how much energy there is to defeat him?

      So I’m sorry but to sneer at and lecture the electorate as if they’re idiots for even wanting to discuss what role Trump’s playing in all this won’t fly with me. Nobody can make the intellectual case for Conservativism like Mr. Levin, but he does not know how to communicate it but to Conservatives. If Sarah Palin could win an election sitting in a bunker preaching the Gospels of Liberty and Limited Government, then I’m sure she would do it, but we have to be bolder than that. That’s right I said it.

      So what if Donald was “Mr. Hollywood” and took any media engagment he could get – friendly or not – to get himself airtime, and so what if he championed an issue outside of the mainstream to purposefully get attention? It worked, people listened, polls moved. Was another Mr. Hollywood – a one Ronaldus Magnus – ever a man who didn’t leap at every opportunity to (brilliantly) publicly espouse his message? Even the people who didn’t like what they previously knew about the Trump, or even if what they were currently hearing from him on policy wasn’t agreeable – they responded positively to the poise and particular brazeness of his actions towards the mainstream media, and it’s especially brazen now that we’ve had a chance to examine his true political record to see what a kissass he’s been. He’s absolutely audacious for thinking he has a chance at the presidency in any conventional way, but he’s effectively gotten people to take him seriously, and that’s where others need to learn.

      - We want a candidate who isn’t afraid of controversy;

      - Who isn’t afraid of saying what they believe the real problems are, who’s responsible for them, and how to change it regardless of whether the solution or catchphrase has been poll-tested and is politically correct.

      - We want someone who isn’t afraid to confront their critics, and they aren’t afraid because they know their critics are wrong (which isn’t exactly Trump’s case), and won’t be able defeat them no matter what advantage they have.

      - We are looking for someone to fight with the same flare and gravity that pulled everyone out of the same old boring pre-primary talk like Donald did, and really command the moment and the situation.

      - Most importantly, we’re ideally looking for that person to champion the debate and movement the people have already begun, because it holds all the rational and honest answers to today’s problems. Not someone ignorant to or looking to co-opt it.

      I said quite plainly that this campaign hasn’t begun until Sarah has announced, everything else was foreplay. If that wasn’t clear enough that I’m not some nut, at least of the variety who’re waving the Trump ’12 banner, then consider what I’m about to say my OFFICIAL opinion for the primary:

      Mrs. Palin, I was hoping circumstances would allow you to stay out of this maelstrom for as long as possible to cut the chances the media is going to have to Palinize you early and often, but things are starting to get out of control. The RINOs have predictably back-stabbed us, or at least don’t have the stomach for the fight, and the infamous Conservative circular firing squads are coming out because we got nothing but the hungry shark Donald Trump swimming around in a school of Milquetoast Candidate Soup. We need a real leader and we need to fight. The regime, the media, the unions, the establishment.

      You said if you felt the times were calling for you to serve, then you would do so humbly. Many snoozers are out there saying that they’re seriously considering running. But you’re the only one who’s been showing us, from the very beginning to your latest high-profile speech in India and visit to Israel, that you seriously understand what the responsibility of the job ahead of us means.

      I think the time has come, and it would be my honor to do anything I possibly can to support the effort.

      Michael Walsh (via Insty) – Speaking Truth to Power

    • Rusty Shackleford

      My take is that I like the way that Trump has been going at it as his reasoning seems sound and he’s not afraid to tell the media to stuff it. However, where he loses is me, for example, even on Rush’s show yesterday, is when he admits that in order to “grease the wheels” (my choice of words) he had to donate to the democrat party. “It’s just business”.

      Well, see, I live in a different part of the universe…where those who I don’t like, don’t get my business. This is probably why I’ll never be a millionaire. I am content to know that when I go to a business and they treat me disdainfully, I will not be going back. I do not donate money to things I don’t agree with. I cannot be a kiss-ass and yes, it has caused me problems. However, in the grand scheme of things, I came out the winner since I no longer am in a position of being forced into sublime advocacy for an entity that is far from deserving my praise or respect.

      I once had to work for a lieutenant colonel and I was but a mere lieutenant. I became fed up with his abuse and his political bent, always trying to make things look right for when the general came. I’m just not designed that way. If the general cannot see that the unit is a good unit, then he shouldn’t be a general. But there lies the rub: When everyone is all playing the same game, and the worms at the top need strokes from the worms at the bottom, then I’m out. They’re all still worms. Rank may have its privilege, but I ultimately refused to play the frat-boy, lick-the-boots kind of underling that they demanded. It was abuse, not duty. I have about a dozen stories but won’t bore any here with that.

      It became clear to me then that we live in a world where people politic everything. Those who join in are, however seen as kiss-ups and those who do it better and are less “obvious” are considered “politically adroit”. But it’s all crap to me. I, perhaps naively, believe that politeness and respect are warranted but that good work demands its own respect and the merits of reality should be obvious. Apparently not so in the political universe of the military I was a member of.

      People are always prone to making their little kingdoms in any hierarchical structure-based outfit. Not being one who tolerates BS, I am usually singled out early as a “malcontent” or “going against the grain”. Not so much by my actions, but by my inaction where I don’t kow-tow to the supposed authority in the room and fawn and preen to make them like me. I don’t care if they like me or not. And yes, they have taken offense at different times over the years and actually punished me for it. You know, the kind of politically-based, needling, you-need-something-from-me-but-I’m-not-gonna-give-it-to-you, kind of thing. Usually, that results in my going over their head and making them do it anyway, if I was backed up by the regulations..which of course, results in greater animosity because I have now revealed that I won’t “play ball” with them.

      But Trump may be a shrewd character and that’s fine…inhis world. Maybe that’s what’s needed in the cesspool of politics, with all their preening and mutual admiration societies. It sickens me. Literally. I get noticeably ill when people blatantly act that way. Another reason why I truly detest the sophomores in power right now and the RINOs who act like they are at the mercy of the senate and executive office when instead they need to be launching political torpedoes at both, as the public has demanded by chartering them last November.

      Nothing angers me more than lack of courage. Cowardice in the face of the enemy is what Boner has displayed and the lack thereof the only reason I respect Trump. I still don’t want him as president, but if he’s all we’ve got, I’ll take it. I won’t like it but I’ll dislike it less than the outright socialists we have in office right now.

    • proreason

      Writing head with miniscule audience has head explode:

      http://www.nationalreview.com/.....rich-lowry

      Rich seems to have discovered that the Donald has a big ego. That’s the kind of in-depth analysis that keeps bringing me back to NRO.

      Interestingly, the people with audiences in the millions are all giving the Donald a forum without being overtly judgemental: Rush, O’Reilly, Hannity, Laura. Levin, of course is the exception, since he is more hard-wired than any of them to his conservative philosophy. Now why would the people with the biggest audience be the least judgemental? What a mystery.

      I like Lowry, but the main point of his article, other than his discovery that the Donald has an ego, is that, sit down and try to relax before reading further….the Donald’s positions seem to be designed to appeal directly to what the people think. Gee, what if regular politicians ever discover that!! Where would the country be with such heresy!!! Yes, the Donald is eschewing the hair shirt approach to conservatism, and therefore cannot be accepted as one of the chosen few who lose with such honor over and over. NRO, through Mr. Lowry, has spoken.

    • Rusty Shackleford

      I would gladly swap a guy with an ego and no credibility for a guy with an ego who can back it up, any freakin’ day.

  32. Rusty Shackleford

    Get your “Atlas Shrugged” paraphernalia here: http://www.atlasshruggedpart1......vie-poster

    I ordered the lapel pin. (At least I can “protest” in my own way while at work.)

  33. Chase

    Rusty,
    I am soooo with you on your “worms” outlook. I am a contractor (still) working for the Army in Afghanistan, and I have a similar Napoleonic bean-counting politico, and his former commissioned 02/now-contractor lackey driving me bananas. I am 20 years older than either of them, but they are wont to make sure they say and do things to remind me I am under their thumbs – a mercenary hireling, who is rated 4th class as far as my “citizenship” here in theatre, and should be like one of the enlisted sheep who sits quietly without daring to pose questions while chaos and ignorance goes on above me. I salute you for your service. I would have been at Leavenworth in no time, or perhaps kindly told that my chronic case of bad-chafing under stupid behavior wasn’t going to makeme fit for a good career…

    And thanks for the Atlas Shrugged site – I love poking at the looters.

    • proreason

      and thank you for YOUR service, Chase. I don’t buy the mercenary word. You’re in a dangerous place helping our country doing dangerous work (even though I think we should get out).

      Thanks.




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