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Selected News For The Week May 7 – May 13

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This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, May 7th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

40 Responses to “Selected News For The Week May 7 – May 13”

  1. proreason says:

    Every Republican candidate should watch this video every day.


    The leftist tool interviewer asks Breitbart “what is your relationship with Alcohol”. Brietbart responds “would you ask president obama what his relationship is with cocaine”.

    The leftist tool quickly has second thoughts on that line of questioning.

    What I love about it is that Brietbart reminds the viewers that the Moron had quite a relationship with cocaine at one point.

    This form of interview jujitsu can be used on virtually any question, since the boy king is a veritable grab bag of moral depravities: his “religion”, political extremism, racism, depriving seniors, sexuality, business dealings…the list is endless.

    to Romney: “Would you explain to us some of the Mormon belief system?”
    Romney: “Why do you ask? Would you ask the Moron what the belief system of Rev Wright’s church is”

    to Pawlenty: “Why did you support cap and trade and not now”
    Pawlenty: “Why do you ask? Would you ask the boy king why he once savaged George Bush for his policies on the War on Terror, but now implements them teenage copycat?”

    to Sarah: “Why couldn’t you cite newspapers that you read regularly”
    Sarah: “Why do you ask? Have you ever asked the Liar in Chief why his favorite books in college were all written by marxist revolutionaries?”

    • Mithrandir says:

      I have been saying this for YEARS!

      Democrats have NO STANDARDS FOR THEMSELVES, yet impossible standards for everyone else.

      I would embarrass them at every opportunity such as,

      …..why did you let (D) Robert Byrd, as a former KKK member, stay in the Senate for 58 years?

      …..why didn’t you people speak up about women’s rights when Kennedy killed his mistress?

      …..what about Obama’s racist church?

      …..founder of planned parenthoods means to kill off poor and black people?

      …..where was your outrage when they hung Sarah Palin in effigy?

      …..Earth Day founder killed his girlfriend and hid her body?

      …..why didn’t you people speak up when activists were bombing the University of Wisconsin, the Pentagon, and rioting all over America in the 60s?

      …..Where is the credibility of Al Sharpton and Jessie Jackson? One promoted a fake hate-crime, and the other impregnated his secretary, while counseling Clinton on his sex scandal.


    • Chase says:

      I agree completely. I also have my own personally-held belief somewhat similar to that which you have expressed.

      While Bill Clinton could, in a post-presidential interview, only come up with two programs or initiatives from his administration of which he was proud (increased # of police on the nation’s streets, and midnight basketball) I would venture that his legacy (and not a positive one, by any means) was the idea that seemed to pervade America during and after – that character means nothing.

      Slick Willie seemed to want to have his peccadillos, and to be allowed them with no finger-pointing, with the implied wink that he wouldn’t judge your for yours either, but lets see that the ends are met, no matter the means. Monica, Paula, Bimbogate, Whitewater, golden pork bellies, none of that mattered then, and it has become as if anything anyone did in the past doesn’t matter – follies of youth or whatever rationalization offered and accepted – but all that matters is the ability to apply power and get gain for your side now.

      But, as you emphatically pointed out, the wink was just a wink, because the minute a conservative somewhere in the universe stepped out of line, suddenly past deeds and character are an issue.

      Doesn’t matter how many days or weeks a Kennedy takes off from work (all paid under the gross federal system?) and fails to represent his constituency for the duration of rehabilitation, no problem. Or Rep Jefferson with $90k in frozen cash….or Good Time Charlie, Rep Waters and the rest. Well, sorry, can’t use those examples as that would be RACIST…..

      Anyway, good post!

  2. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Muslims Insulted/Offended By Infidel Airline


    Muslim Leaders Say U.S. Pilot Refused to Fly With Them Onboard

    Published May 06, 2011

    Associated Press

    NASHVILLE, Tennessee — Two Muslim religious leaders say they were asked to leave a commercial airliner in Memphis on Friday and were told it was because the pilot refused to fly with them aboard.

    Masudur Rahman, who is also an adjunct instructor of Arabic at the University of Memphis, said by phone from the terminal at Memphis International Airport that he and another imam had already been allowed to board their Delta Connection flight to Charlotte, North Carolina before they were asked to get off the plane.

    Transportation Security Administration spokesman Jon Allen in Atlanta confirmed the incident and said it was not initiated by that agency.

    Was there any doubt?

    A Delta Air Lines spokeswoman said the flight was operated by Atlantic Southeast Airlines, which is also based in Atlanta.

    “We take security and safety very seriously and the event is currently under investigation,” Atlantic Southeast spokesman Jarek Beem said Friday evening.

    And when the ultimate infidel culprits are found out, there will be punishment.

    Both passengers are Memphis-area residents. Rahman said he was dressed in traditional Indian clothing and his traveling companion was dressed in Arab garb, including traditional headgear.

    Rahman said he and Mohamed Zaghloul, of the Islamic Association of Greater Memphis, were cleared by security agents and boarded the plane for an 8:40 a.m. departure.

    The aircraft pulled away from the gate, but the pilot then announced the plane must return, Rahman said. When it did, the imams were asked to go back to the boarding gate where Rahman said they were told the pilot was refusing to accept them because some other passengers could be uncomfortable.

    Which is a perfectly reasonable position. Unless you’re a white American male.

    Rahman said Delta officials talked with the pilot for more than a half-hour, but he still refused.

    The men were taken to a lounge and booked on a later flight. Beem said they flew on to Charlotte later Friday.

    “We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience that this may have caused,” Beem said.

    The men contacted the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a Muslim civil rights and advocacy group in Washington, D.C.

    “It’s racism and bias because of our religion and appearance and because of misinformation about our religion.” Rahman said. “If they understood Islam, they wouldn’t do this.”

    You have defeated your argument with your own words. Perhaps the pilot does understand islam. I seem to recall a date in time about ten years ago when muslim men hijacked four airliners with the sole purpose of flying them into buildings and killing people. What’s there to understand?

    He said a Delta manager apologized for the pilot’s actions, but that he and Zaghloul never spoke directly with the pilot.

    Ibrahim Hooper, of the American-Islamic organization, said the group will follow up with the airline and with the TSA to help ensure such incidents do not continue to occur.

    Hooper said airline officials at Memphis tried to resolve the situation, but the pilot refused.

    Like it or not, the captain of that aircraft is the final authority on who gets on and who doesn’t. Yes, aside from management issues, the captain has that authority and though he could face further action, the captain was right to do what he did. Especially given the context of the recent events. Who in the US would want to be in closed confinement with muslims in an airliner?

    • tranquil.night says:

      “the pilot was refusing to accept them because some other passengers could be uncomfortable.”

      Dammit, Juan Williams. You see what happens when you open your big mouth?

    • canary says:

      The Memphis Islamic Center waited ti “just now” posted a memo to look patriotic.
      muslim photo op of Arab scholar dressed in India garb & fellow Arab.

      awww too bad. The two muslims were headed to a North American Imams conference where they were scheduled to lead prayers. They were 9 hours late for the conference and the topic was Islamphobia.

      (no doubt this was a nation wide conference to pray and mourn for Osama bin Laden)

      Why would an Arabic muslim scholar be caught wearing India’s clothing attire. India practices a different religion.
      article said the plane had actually left the gate and came back


      Obama gave an executive global world Alert for Traveling.

      Perhaps, there was a stewardess, steward, passenger, that understood Arabic as the muslim haven’t learned it has always been considered very rude to speak in foreign language around Americans, particularly when they can speak English. Just as NYC subway riders do not appreciate the Latino’s speaking Spanish and signing with their dirty looks.
      Perhaps, they were overheard saying “allah bukar. allah bukar after every 2 wards, Osama be in heaven with you…. soon we will gather… our religion teaches us to be martyrs…dam this country…
      allah will get his revenge…..etc.
      And so they notified the pilot. Or the TSA held back some luggage, phoned in, and said we’re taking a look at some radical literature, and have their luggage, might as well be safe and bring them back, and they and luggage can catch another flight.
      Good grief bin laden didn’t have to hide in a cave.

    • canary says:

      Just saw the two muslims and their attorney. The one was hard to understand, because his English was poor. The reporter said the other muslim who looked spooked, could not speak English, thus only the one and his attorney were commenting. I think it’s fair to say they were not U.S. citizens.

      So, consider one muslim having to speak Arabic to the other muslim 5 rows from him in Arabic, since he didn’t understand English. Typical when hijackings occur.

    • mr_bill says:

      Muslim Bus Drivers Refuse to Allow Guide Dogs to Board:

      There are hundreds of news stories like the above where muslim cab/bus drivers refuse (non-muslim) passengers who have been drinking or who are carrying pork in their groceries, are blind and need a service animal, etc. They cite their religion as a defense. Yet, when the roles are reversed, and the factual, documented actions of their religious brothers are pointed out and the real potential for murdering the infidels is brought up, the muslims have a fit.

      I don’t want a muslim on the airplane with me either. It seems that everytime an airplane gets hijacked and people are murdered in the act (whether its one murder or 3000+), muslims are responsible. I don’t recall a single hijacking in the last 30 years that was committed by anybody other than muslims. The odds of a hijacking and murder happening decrease by a factor of a billion if no muslims are on the airplane. If muslims want to be as accepted as everyone else on an airplane, they should start denouncing the wholesale murder committed by their cult-of-death “religion” and being a bit more tolerant of us evil kaffir.

    • beautyofreason says:

      I like how these two imams insisted on wearing specific cultural dress on an airplane knowing the atmosphere after 9/11. Is Western dress too immodest for them? Cultural integration too much to ask? I also like how they were going to a conference on “Islamophobia,” but they won’t remark on the strong anti-Semitism and hate of Western societies prevalent in Muslim circles.

      No, they prefer to play the victim while real people are made into victims by a branch of this particular faith. Today two Buddhists in Thailand were murdered by an Islamic group, hardly made the news. Yesterday 12 people in Cairo died when Muslims tried to burn a Coptic church over “rumors” of an interfaith wedding. I could do a day – by – day play of the events of the day and inevitably someone gets killed over Islam.

      These imams are scum co-opting the worst of victim hood ideologies for their benefit. Muslims have more freedom in our society than they do in all of the countries of the Middle East. At best the imamas are the silent enablers of the extremists, discouraging integration and feigning ignorance of Islamic discrimination.

      If Muslims wanted better interfaith relations they would spend their time on conferences denouncing Shariah law, which we know discriminates against us, rather than riding Americans as “Islamophobic” at every call.

  3. Kytross says:


    Don’t dress like a slut: Toronto cop

    Raymond Kwan
    Senior Staff
    Students and staff at Osgoode Hall Law School are demanding an apology and explanation from the Toronto Police Service after [b]one of their officers suggested women can avoid sexual assault by not dressing like a “slut.”[/b]

    On Jan. 24, [b]a campus safety information session[/b] was held at Osgoode Hall, where members from York security and two male officers from Toronto police 31 Division handed out safety tips to community

    Ronda Bessner, who attended the session, remembered being surprised by what the officer suggested to women.
    [b]“One of the safety tips was for women not to dress like ‘sluts.’[/b] He said something like, ‘I’ve been told I shouldn’t say this,’ and then he uttered the words,” said Bessner, Osgoode assistant dean of the Juris Doctor Program. “I was shocked and appalled. I made contact with the police […] and we’ve asked for a written apology and an explanation.”


    This is my first time posting a news item, I think I got it right. If I missed something let me know and I’ll fix it. Onto the commentary…

    This event is what is prompting the creation of ‘slutwalks,’ (mentioned on http://www.drudgereport.com today which prompted my attention to this) basically a protest/parade organized in major cities to make the point that the way women dress doesn’t cause rape, rapists cause rape. I will gladly concede that point. Reading between the lines so did the police officer who gave this safety briefing. His point was that it is safer for women to walk the streets of Toronto dressed modestly.

    There are deviants out there who victimize and rape women. I wish there weren’t, but there are. No matter how much people may protest, these deviants are still out there. Protesting does not stop deviants from picking their targets based on their attraction to a woman. If you are a woman and you want to be safer from rape and victimization, not safe from it, just safer, one thing you can do is dress modestly.

    If you want to be drastically safer, carry a readily-accessible gun, know how to shoot and be ready to defend yourself.

    If I were to walk around at night flashing a wad of cash and wearing outrageously expensive clothes and accessories, there’s a good chance someone would try and mug me. Is that fair? No. Does it happen? Yes.

    If a woman is dressed in an outfit with less fabric than a t-shirt, than there’s a good chance she’s going to be assaulted. Is that fair? No. Does it happen? Yes.

    You have to deal with reality as it is, not how you wish it to be.

    Anyway, the libs missed the point of the officer’s safety briefing and have taken the opportunity to protest. I don’t know what the goal is in protesting this; the laws in both Canada and the US hold men and women to the same standards of decency and do not allow discrimination based on gender. The only logical goal these protests could have would be to get rapists to stop discriminating in their choice of victim. If that is the goal they should go to their local prison and tell the rapists that, after they stop by the local police station and thank those hardworking officers for putting the rapists behind bars in the first place.

    That’s all. I’ll get off my soapbox and let ya’ll research it for yourselves.

  4. gipper says:


    General Powell: Obama blew away more than OBL

    By SUSANNE M. SCHAFER, Associated Press Susanne M. Schafer, Associated Press – Fri May 6, 10:32 pm ET

    Colin Powell told graduates of South Carolina’s premier historically black university that they were graduating during a tumultuous time…

    …[T]he former secretary of state and Joint Chiefs chairman told South Carolina State University’s 400 graduates on Friday that he particularly enjoyed another recent event: “That was when President Obama took out his birth certificate and blew away Donald Trump and all the birthers!”…


    Tsk, tsk, tsk. Must General Powell use such violent language? What happened to that new era of civility?

    • Mithrandir says:

      Osama, Birth Certificate, etc, are just a distraction from BAD NEWS!

      Remember all those TORNADOES that struck America?

      Or all the flooding that is happening on the Mississippi?

      Or the bad economy,

      The high gas prices,

      The jobless rate?

      The low opinion numbers,

      The debt ceiling?

      —They will do like Wikileaks, and slowly drip out Osama Bin Laden stuff for as long as possible to stay FRONT PAGE in the news cycle.

    • Mithrandir says:

      3 other ways to tweak liberals:

      1. Why is there a BLACK COLLEGE? –I thought diversity was our greatest strength? —why no diversity there?

      2. Why did a black general suddenly support a black president? Voting FOR someone b/c of their race is as racist as someone voting AGAINST someone b/c of their race.

      3. Why didn’t the “transparent” president release it years ago? —campaign lie?

  5. canary says:

    A book is often judged by it’s cover, and so a female does endanger herself she dresses indecent. Heck no, absolutely does it justify an assault of any kind on her. In the wrong place, wearing indecent clothes, add booze, and risks increase.

    What appalls me is that the High Schools allow the girls to wear hot pant shorts.
    My main objection is depending on the girls wearing them. The 1st is the males not able to focus on their studies because they are staring at some girls bum and crotch. 2nd. It makes the seats unclean for the next class. We couldn’t wear shorts in school. But, this is outrageous in upper grades.

  6. canary says:

    Reuters: Hamas executes Palestinian for Israeli collaboration
    May 4, 2011

    The man was executed by firing squad after being sentenced to death last month for helping “the Israeli occupation”, the ministry said, referring to him only by his initials A.S..

    The execution came on the same day that the leaders of Hamas ratified a deal with western-backed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to end a Palestinian schism that has left Hamas in sole control of the Gaza Strip.

    Under Palestinian law, executions should be carried out only with presidential approval, but Hamas ignored this.

    It was not clear if the execution had been rushed through ahead of the unity ceremony in Egypt or whether Hamas would in future seek Abbas’s approval to apply the death penalty.

    Hamas executed five Palestinians last year, including two men also convicted of collaborating with Israel.


    From the Washington Post 05/03/2011

    The Palestinian reconciliation agreement formalized Wednesday in Cairo explodes the status quo that has prevailed in the West Bank and Gaza for four years – along with the diplomatic strategy pursued by the Obama administration.


    Obama stalling on Indicting CAIR leaders and the Assembly of Muslim Youth who funneled money to Hamas.

  7. canary says:

    Report highlights alleged Iran force’s Al-Qaeda links
    (AFP) – 3 days ago

    WASHINGTON — A Congressional panel released a report that alleges that Iran’s elite Al-Quds force offers support to Al-Qaeda, adding a new dimension to the militant threat to the United States.

    “This relationship has been established to counter American influence in the Middle East and South Asia,” according to his report.

    In appealing for US policy makers to address the links, Smith warned that “if left unchecked, Iran’s relationship with Al-Qaeda could cost America and our allies dearly.”

    (entire article)

  8. canary says:

    Some in Obama’s Indonesia home country planning massive prayers 7:00 pm Tues for Osama bin Laden.
    What time U.S. would that be?


    Cute. Jakarta also had a Global Marijuana March.

    I will be picking up GOP candidates use of global & world order something I feel Republicans need to rethink.

  9. canary says:

    More protesting muslim terrorists in Obama’s home country get their way

    AFP: Indonesia drops key terror charges against cleric

    May 9, 2011

    JAKARTA — Indonesian prosecutors on Monday dropped the most serious terror charges against radical cleric Abu Bakar Bashir for lack of evidence, leaving him facing a possible life sentence instead of death.

    Hundreds of Bashir’s radical followers erupted into chants of support for the man who is widely regarded as a spiritual leader of Southeast Asian jihadists.

    Some 2,500 heavily armed police were on hand to prevent violence, but Islamist hardliners at the court instead welcomed the stiffest charges being dropped as a victory.

    Although his former students read like a who’s who of Indonesian jihad, Bashir denies any involvement in terrorism and claims he is being framed by the United States and its allies including “the Jews”.


  10. canary says:

    Staggering federal funding of millions following billions for “faster” speed rails to only benefit a minority of Americans from Michigan to Illinois. Where’s Congress?

    Detroit News: Michigan to get $200M for high-speed rail

    David Shepardson May 9 2011


  11. Petronius says:

    Will Las Vegas be America’s next ghost city?

    Bloomberg Businessweek

    Foreclosure Hits Las Vegas’s High End

    by John Gittelsohn, 5 May 2011

    In Las Vegas, which has the highest foreclosure rate among large U.S. cities, the wave of defaults that began with subprime borrowers and the unemployed has spread to upscale homeowners who see no point in staying….

    In the first quarter, 30 homes in Clark County, which encompasses the Las Vegas Strip and surrounding residential areas, with mortgages exceeding $1 million were repossessed…. That’s up from 20 homes a year earlier…. Short sales [and foreclosures] accounted for about three-quarters of all home sales in the period….

    Nicholas Cage, the Oscar-winning star of “Leaving Las Vegas,” paid $8.5 million for [a seven-bedroom home with a panoramic view of the Strip] in 2006. It went into foreclosure in December 2009. The next owner, who … paid $4.2 million, has put the house on the market for $7.9 million––an “unrealistic” price….

    In Nevada, 23 percent of delinquent borrowers said they “strategically defaulted,” or walked away from their homes…. “It’s folks that feel the hopelessness of it all”…. The population of Clark County has fallen by about 16,000….

    Las Vegas home values have plunged 58 percent…. Prices fell 7.4 percent in March from a year earlier…. Almost 70 percent of Las Vegas area homeowners with mortgages were underwater at the end of 2010…. Las Vegas has led the nation in the pace of foreclosure actions since November 2009, with one of every 31 homes being subject to a filing in the first quarter of this year….


    Mind you, these are some of the so-called “rich folks” whom Nerobama and Senator “Oil Can” Harry Reid are counting on to pick up the tab for their annual $1.4 trillion deficits.

  12. tranquil.night says:

    No Ed, Allen West’s vote against the GoP leadership’s attempts to stall and distract from the real fights doesn’t equate to changing his position on ObamaCare. He made that very clear and you’re foolish to stir the hornet’s nest.


    This is why we love Col. West: courage, tenacity, boldness.

    We got a debt ceiling vote on the imminent horizon and our House and Senate leadership have no unified public message. Everyone’s out there all over the place, making all kinds of demands, sounding like idiots because Obama and Reid are just laughing at it, confident in their narrative that we’ll cave, and waiting for us to start shooting ourselves again and retreat.

    West just sees the horizon. And we know our leaders can too. They’re stalling. And in all honesty, it’s their cronies who probably are pushing this “OMG West likez ObamaCare!!1” BS. Are you one of Boner’s cronies, Ed?

    • proreason says:

      Ed’s gotta give his rino paymaster the kind of currency they crave for that trip to Italy and whatever else he scored to carry the banner of the failed republican party forward.

  13. proreason says:

    Chris Wallace asks why it’s legal to shoot an unarmed man in the face but it’s illegal and reprehensible to waterboard known terrorist.


    To be clear, I’m happy as a clam that OBL is swimming with the fishes.

    But if Spike’s criminals get to ANYTHING THEY DAMN PLEASE, while slamming everything that anybody else wants to do, without ever being called on it…then we are toast.

    The fact that it was an assassination by a cabal that rose to power by deriding the very politicies that made it possible is a bigger story than the death of an already marginalized old man whose primary remaining power was the symbolic equivalent of a Che Guevera t-shirt.

  14. canary says:

    Egypt muslims call Osama bin Laden a hero, as they riots against Christians burning down their churches,. raising more worries about Islamic supremacists.
    Muslim groups becoming more radical than under Mubarak’s rule.

    AP: Egypt riots raise worries over Islamic hard-liners
    by Lee Keath May 9 2011

    CAIRO (AP) — Deadly Muslim-Christian riots that left 12 dead and a Cairo church a burned-out husk have magnified worries in Egypt over Islamic ultraconservatives who have grown more assertive since the fall of President Hosni Mubarak….

    That brought out a mob of Muslims, led by members of the hardline movement known as Salafis, who attacked the church late Saturday. The assault prompted clashes with neighborhood Christians that spiraled into an hours-long melee, with gunfire and a church set ablaze. Seven Christians and six Muslims were killed and more than 200 people were injured. […]

    In one sign of Salafis’ growing confidence, one prominent preacher, Hafez Salama, on Friday publicly praised Osama bin Laden after he was killed by U.S. troops in Pakistan, calling him “a hero.”

    Under Mubarak’s rule, Egypt’s Salafis avoided any public show of sympathy with al-Qaida’s leader, a red line for a regime that was wary of any sign of the terror group’s spread.

    But for the past year, Salafis have been stoking rhetoric against Egypt’s mostly Coptic Christians as a way to rally their base.

    In one attack, a Christian man had an ear cut off for renting an apartment to a Muslim woman suspected of involvement in prostitution.

    In mosques and on satellite TV stations, Salafis have accused Christians of trying to break what they call Egypt’s “Muslim character” and storing weapons in churches and monasteries….


    “In one attack, a Christian man had an ear cut off for renting an apartment to a Muslim woman suspected of involvement in prostitution.” Yes insults Muslim character, and how dare Christians store weapons.

  15. canary says:

    Bristol police charge Saudi student in bomb threat at RWU

    by Donita Naylor May 9 2011l

    BRISTOL, R.I. — The suspicious person arrested at Roger Williams University on Thursday was a Saudi Arabia man studying English, police said Monday. They had been called to investigate a possible bomb threat.

    A dining supervisor said that Althuwayb was served, and he was asked to come during business hours next time. Two university employees told police they heard

    Althuwayb say, “OK, don’t worry, today is the last day, and tomorrow I blow the walls out.”

    photo of Abdulrahman K. Althuwayb

  16. canary says:

    HindustanTimes: Muslim extremists target Prince Harry

    May 09, 2011

    A Muslim extremist group has reportedly posted a video in which it has warned Britain’s Prince Harry to ”watch his back”.

    The Muslims Against Crusades video is said to have been aired in response to a propaganda hate video following the assassination of Osama Bin Laden, the Daily Mail reports.

    The three-minute video was posted last week.


  17. canary says:

    Below are excerpts from an excellent column in the Ann Arbor as to why the Federal govt is throwing our money away into Michigan on high-speed rail. Between deserted gang-ridded towns and Chicago, in which Obama declared his own Chicago to be the main hub. This does not make any economic since
    unless it’s because they already spent billions on this particular route with federal stimulus money while know one was looking. I just wondered where all the money went. Whose building it, and could only find more money being given to it. Of course Obama taking visiting China’s brass from D.C. could be a hint.
    The high-speed rail building can’t be shovel jobs.

    Why is Senator Carl Levin and Michigan’s Republican Governor bent on making it easier for Michigan to get to Chicago? Why are they sending their more “talented” to Chicago. Why are they making it for more in Michigan to travel to Chicago and vacation? This is a federal stimulus project where American’s money is already blown by billions with nothing to show for, and more billions to be spent. It is insanity.
    Senator Levin, these Michigan routes make no economical sense to the U.S.A.

    Ann Arbor: Column: Why high-speed rail to Chicago could spark Michigan’s economy
    May 9, 2011
    Nathan Bomey

    Or, rather, Chicago is former Michigan residents’ kind of town.

    The Windy City is the top destination outside Michigan for the state’s recent college graduates, according to research conducted by Ann Arbor-based nonpartisan think tank Michigan Future.

    Yes, Michigan is exporting talent to Chicago faster than any other major metropolitan region. Encouraging, no?

    “This funding will help move Michigan and the nation forward by making high-speed rail a part of our economic infrastructure,” U.S. Sen. Carl Levin, D-Michigan, said in a statement. “Our economic competitors around the world have long enjoyed the benefits of high-speed rail service between their cities. They have demonstrated that high-speed service can create jobs and promote economic growth, and that it can provide a more energy-efficient alternative.”

    To be sure, this is not high-speed rail. It’s faster rail. High-speed rail is what they have in Europe and Japan.

    Let’s set aside, for a moment, the fact that true high-speed rail is extremely costly. It would take billions to build a rail system that could transport passengers from Detroit to Chicago in, say, 2 hours.

    And before you can even construct a high-speed rail network, you need to get past the numerous bureaucratic and political issues, including the powerful freight companies that control the tracks.

    Rail proponent Rich Sheridan, CEO of Ann Arbor-based software firm Menlo Innovations, has often said that he has to compete with Chicago tech companies for talent — and that it would be much easier if his employees could easily vacation in Chicago.

    In a 2008 study, Michigan Future found that the state loses about 11 percent of its knowledge-industry college grads to Chicago.

    And you have to believe that percentage edged upward as jobs evaporated in Michigan in 2008 and 2009.

    Now that Michigan’s jobs market has stabilized, though, people may be more willing to stay in Michigan for work — as long as they can visit Chicago from time to time.

    The construction jobs that come along with upgraded rail tracks are nice. But they’re not sustainable.

    “Rail and multimodal transportation options are key to attracting 21st century talent,” said John Petz, chairman of the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Regional Chamber of Commerce and director of government and community relations for Domino’s Farms Corp. “In today’s economy, we cannot expect to compete with other states or global regions without the necessary infrastructure in place. This funding is a great opportunity for our business community and the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti area.”

    As the fight for high-speed rail continues, it’s politically significant that Gov. Rick Snyder, a Republican, is throwing his support behind the federal rail grants. He is singing the praises of the rail grants alongside several Democratic politicians, including U.S. Sen. Carl Levin, U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow and U.S. Rep. John Dingell.

    The number of times the phrase “high-speed” occurs in the press release issued by Stabenow and LaHood about the news: 12.

    The number of times the same phrase appears in the press release by Dingell and U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood: 22.

    The number of times it appears in Snyder’s press release: zero.


    Big Money for High Speed Rail

    (after Billions already already on Michigan to Chicago (Obama’s decision Chicago would be HUB for across America)

    Detroit News: Michigan to get $200M for high-speed rail

    David Shepardson May 9 2011

    OH! It’s so people living in Florida can visit Michigan. As in easier drug trafficking? Who in Florida would visit Michigan

    Anyways a little bit on how the money is being disbursed into hands.


  18. canary says:

    More documents found in Pakistan back up Qaida’s plans for weapons of mass production.

    The Economic Times: LeT trying to acquire weapons of mass destruction with help from Qaida

    Sachin Parashar May 11 2011ory

    Read more on »US Treasury|united states|Qasmani|Pakistan|Mumbai train bombings|Mumbai|LeT|Arif Qasmani|anthrax operative|

    NEW DELHI: One of LeT’s most important leaders who was indicted by the US treasury department for the July 2006 Mumbai train bombings , Arif Qasmani, is helping the India-centric terror group acquire biological weapons and anthrax through his al-Qaida links.

    The interrogation report of a Pakistani businessman and Guantanamo Bay detainee, Saifullah Paracha, has revealed that LeT was in touch with a US-based “al-Qaida anthrax operative” as it tried to acquire weapons of mass destruction.

    …Information linking Tariq to biological weapons and anthrax was found on a calendar belonging to Arif Qasmani, LeT member and associate of senior al-Qaida facilitator……

    Paracha’s Guantanamo interrogation report mentions that Tariq’s contact information was recovered from the detainee’s electronic diary. Tariq is identified as a possible al-Qaida anthrax operative based in New York and that his name was also
    mentioned in a document seized from an al-Qaida safe house in Pakistan along with a notation for anthrax vaccine.

    Paracha told his interrogators that he knew Tariq since 1969 since they came from the same village, Nazimabad, in Pakistan. He also described Tariq as a member of Jamiat Islami who was a pharmacist in the US with stores in New York City and Boston.


  19. canary says:

    Chavez starts electricity rationing. Must be the windmill grids failing.


  20. canary says:

    The Daily Caller:‘Burn a Bush’? Michelle Obama invites rapper Common to a poetry reading for children

    May 09, 2011.

    First Lady Michelle Obama has scheduled a poetry evening for Wednesday, and she’s invited several poets, including a successful Chicago poet and rapper, Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr., AKA “Common.” However, Lynn is quite controversial, in part because his poetry includes threats to shoot police and at least one passage calling for the “burn[ing]” of then-President George W. Bush.

    Back in 2003, First Lady Laura Bush held a poetry evening, and she invited several poets to reprise the work of Emily Dickinson, Langston Hughes and Walt Whitman. Although none of those poets had urged violence against a president, Bush canceled the event after left-of-center poets protested and threatened to disrupt the event.

    Here’s a sample of Common’s work, transcribed from a 2007 video with 837,613 viewers on YouTube. Students, please compare and contrast the two poems. You’ll get extra credit for counting the death threats. There is no extra credit for identifying spelling errors. By the way, ‘Uzi’ is slang for a compact machine gun:

    The First Lady’s office did not return a call from TheDC.

    Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2011/05/09/burn-a-bush-michelle-obama-invites-rapper-common-to-a-poetry-reading/#ixzz1M2mxo7AL

    by the way rapper Common is a long-time member of President Obama’s former church, the Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, which was led by controversial preacher the Rev. Jeremiah Wright
    mifht explains lyrics on muslim and feeling sorry for Saddam.

    “Clay, hey – I’m like Muhammad when he fasted”

    opposing the Fascists, make cuts and got gashes

    scratches over third eye lashes

    “Run nigga, run”; while I cook up classics

    Lying on your dick, said you was fuckin her
    Use Higher Learning, don’t take my words out of text

    “Went from gangsta to Islam”

    Tell the law, my Uzi weighs a ton

    Use your mind and nine-power, get the government touch

    Them boys chat-chat on how him pop gun

    I got the black strap to make the cops run

    ” With that happening, why they messing with Saddam?”

    Burn a Bush cos’ for peace he no push no button

    “(So what) so I had to slap her, ugn”

    “And violate you, a Muslim drinking brew”

    “went from gangsta to Islam” to the dick of Das EFX

    It’ll take the Nation of Millions to Hold Me Back

    (The Obama’s welcome him and that what counts. He probably sang rap at Trinity Church all went too. We’ve only see bits and pieces)

  21. proreason says:

    Mitt can’t recover from this.


    They say that he can’t get by romneycare. It’s not a matter of technical details, it’s a philisophical issue. They recommend he try to replace Biden and become Spike’s VP.

    That does it for me. One less dwarf to worry about.

    • heykev says:

      There is no way Mittoast can get past Romnycare. It’s something he is STILL proud of.

      Had he come out months ago saying it was a failure and he was sorry he every pushed for it’s passage….then maybe, he’d have a snowball’s chance.

      This time around, I will walk over broken glass to vote for ‘Anyone but Obama.” It’s my prayer that we will nominate someone with core philosophical ideals that align with what we espouse here on S&L. Someone who will go on the offensive and not let BHO dictate what the election revolves around.

      So far, I have not seen anyone who excites me into believing they can do both.

    • proreason says:

      Oh NOW he tells us.


      “Yes I did it, but forget about all that and the years of denial that I did it. From now on, I’ll be good.”

    • tranquil.night says:

      You just rehashed most of the Ryan Plan, Mittoast, and his has numbers associated with it, not just generalities and vagueries. That’s not leadership, just content theft.

      You want to get my attention Mittoast? Go tell our old buddy Trump he’s being a pain in the ass for continuing to throw stones at the Ryan Plan without bothering to look at it with any intellectual honesty.

      You want to be a leader, Mittoast? Help us expose the fake Tea Party candidate trying to muck things up in that New York Special Election. And we got Trump up there blaming Paul Ryan if the fraud candidate splits the Republican vote.

      Gosh, and these are the Yanks who love to think everybody else in the country is dumb.

    • heykev says:

      I read the article that Mittoast wrote about what he would do as President in place of Obamacare.

      I must have missed Mittoast’s mia culpa in the article. Maybe it was in a very small font…but couldn’t find it. It really is a shame no politician is capable of admitting they made a mistake. I believe it would make them more electable as people can relate to someone whose made mistakes.

      As long as I’m up on my soapbox, I just wish someone in the Republican party would grow a pair (or request that the former speaker return hers so at least there would be one pair to share when needed) as I am tired of seeing how fast they can submit, bow, defer, accede, give in, yield, succumb, knuckle under and/or buckle under.

    • Chase says:

      I just read an article that says Romney is now stating that he stands behind RomneyCare, with all the bloated costs, unconstitutional underpinnings, and that the only thing he is standing separate from ObamaCare over is that it should be set up state-by-state vs federally.

      The article, critical of his stance, acknowledged his brave step in coming clean on his position, but met my reaction when it said that he was going to lose a lot of conservatives over his refusal to flip.

      He’s done.


  22. proreason says:

    Allah at HotAir speculated about helmet cams during the assassination raid. He wonders if Hildabeast’s “oh my god” moment was because the helicopter had to land, even though they thought the Seals would rapel down. That would have reminded everybody of BlackHawk Down.


    I like his uninformed speculation, but like my uninformed speculation even better. Yes they had helmet cams, and Hillary blanched when she saw the Seals do the double tap, even though all of the politicians thought they had made it clear that they wanted OBL in a cage for 2 years of Spiking.

  23. proreason says:

    Beyond awesome.

    Too bad Ron Paul is Rand Paul’s father. Rand is something else. He is potentially an important historical figure.

    Here he says that the “right to medical care” enslaves medical providers and the millions of other people who make their livings in the medical field, down to the janitors in the hospitals.

    He’s right. Other have said it but not plainly and understandably. If you have a right to something I have, then I am your slave.

    This is the kind of plain language that the country needs. People can understand this. If you are an auto mechanic, can 51% of us get together and decide we have a right to force you to fix our cars at a price we decide is fair. What’s the difference from forcing medicatl professionals to do the marxists bidding?


    • Petronius says:

      Beautiful pro, just beautiful.

      Compare Dr. Rand Paul’s statement to this by Ayn Rand in Atlas Shrugged :

      “I quit when medicine was placed under State control, some years ago,” said Dr. Hendricks. “Do you know what it takes to perform a brain operation? Do you know the kind of skill it demands, and the years of passionate, merciless, excruciating devotion that go to acquire that skill? That was what I would not place at the disposal of men whose sole qualification to rule me was their capacity to spout the fraudulent generalities that got them elected to the privilege of enforcing their wishes at the point of a gun. I would not let them dictate the purpose for which my years of study had been spent, or the conditions of my work, or my choice of patients, or the amount of my reward. I observed that in all the discussions that preceded the enslavement of medicine, men discussed everything––except the desires of the doctors. Men considered only the ‘welfare’ of the patients, with no thought for those who were to provide it. That a doctor should have any right, desire or choice in the matter, was regarded as irrelevant selfishness; his is not to choose, they said, only ‘to serve.’ That a man who’s willing to work under compulsion is too dangerous a brute to entrust with a job in the stockyards––never occurred to those who proposed to help the sick by making life impossible for the healthy. I have often wondered at the smugness with which people assert their right to enslave me, to control my work, to force my will, to violate my conscience, to stifle my mind––yet what is it that they expect to depend on when they lie on an operating table under my hands?”

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