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Selected News For The Week Oct 23 – Oct 29

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This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, October 23rd, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

23 Responses to “Selected News For The Week Oct 23 – Oct 29”

  1. Adam Moreira says:

    From Wired.com – WikiLeaks Show WMD Hunt Continued in Iraq – With Surprising Results


    Take what you think from it.

  2. wardmama4 says:

    I know that this appears to be a local issue – but since Fox News.com picked it up I post it here to ask a few pertinent questions as we rapidly race toward a very important mid-term election:

    School Buses Students to Vote, Gives Them Democrat-Only Sample Ballot
    By Joshua Rhett Miller
    Published October 21, 2010

    The Cincinnati Public Schools system “expressly denies” that it did anything wrong when it allowed a group of high school students to be bused during school hours to the Board of Elections, to be shown sample ballots that included only Democrats, and then to vote.

    And it promises never to do it again.

    So I have to ask these questions:
    1) for the is it illegal/questionable – what if a Republican oriented organization, candidate and/or teacher had been a part of an event such as this?
    2) for the ‘field trip’ claim – where are the signed parental permission slips?
    3) If this is a school sanctioned field trip – aren’t there suppose to be a teacher and school staff accompanying the children?
    4) If this is indeed simply a civic lesson – why the Dem only ballot and the ice cream afterward?
    5) Notice how CPS is attempting to have it both ways – civic lesson – but not our doing?

    That this occurs and the people are not livid about it – is exactly why this country is on the road to hell. You can’t (which they are in the local press) cry – just assisting the poor to vote – as the inundation (from both sides of the political aisle) of the Vote by Mail bs – means none of these ‘poor’ people to need to be bussed to vote (unless it is to sway their vote with Dem literature, sample ballots etc). . .

    The sad thing is that my Dad graduated from Hughes HS and it is now almost entirely a minority population – and since it sits right on the edge of UC – how can there not be a poll – within walking distance???

    I also wonder when people are going to catch on to a Party/platform that cheats to ‘win’ – and finally become disgusted with this the level of vitriol and contempt that the Dem party holds for its own voters and the American people.

    Personally after this – I will never vote for a D again – no matter what my choices are. This type of behavior to me is beyond the pale.

    God Help America
    A Proud American Infidel

    • Adam Moreira says:

      I’ll try to answer:

      1. Certainly not the smartest move or even an ethical move in my book, but it isn’t illegal. However, I would oppose taxpayer money being used for such purposes…is such a trip even needed to begin with?
      2. Ask the school that one.
      3. I would be surprised if there wasn’t at least one teacher there.
      4. Possibly as a sample ballot or the first ballot that could be pulled out; remember, they can’t vote for a few more years.
      5. Your guess is as good as mine.

      BTW, I would want polls abolished and a move to postal voting be done (it’s done in Oregon and Washington State except for one county in the latter) as a cost-cutting move.

      If polls must be kept, there may be a need to bus elderly people to polling sites…using small vans. The problem in some cities is that the mail system is so bad that a ballot can easily get lost in the mail…as happens in NYC.

    • canary says:


      There are 18 & 19 year old adults in high school according to birthdate & school grade regulations.

      A teacher friend told me they are not to give their opinion or tell students who they are voting for. Pretend elections are okay to do even for the younger grades.

      She told me the dues they pay for the union are used to fight lawsuits against a teacher or school, and their jobs are not secure. They are cutting back teachers, classes, etc.

    • canary says:

      Obama to stay at hotel Taj Mahal Palace and Towers after elections. India will be racially profiling for Obama.

      The Times of India: Cops sweep Colaba clean for Obama visit
      Mateen Hafeez, Oct 26, 2010

      MUMBAI: Clueless about the itinerary of US President Barack Obama, city police have begun searches in over a hundred lodges, guesthouses and paying-guest accommodations to sanitize the area of his stay during his November 6-7 visit. Obama will be staying at Hotel Taj Mahal Palace and Towers, Colaba, along with his entourage of security guards and US officials.

      The move is significant as the Taj, Nariman House and Cafe Leopold, all located in Colaba, were targeted by the 10 terrorists from Pakistan on November 26, 2008. Eighteen foreigners, including four US nationals, were killed in the attacks.

      Colaba police said they were checking all elements that could cause law-andorder problems. “We are doing an assessment of over 100 hotels, paying-guest centres and lodges and checking records of all staying there,” a senior police official said. All foreigners in the area will also be screened….


      Also, Obama’s visit to his childhood home Indonesia
      after Nov elections over


      He waited til after the election because he did not want the American people to see how unpopular he is there with the increase of radical muslims in Indonesia.

  3. proreason says:

    Marco Rubio might really be the one. Take some goose bump prevention medicine before watching this video.


    In general, I don’t buy into the allure of youth in politicians, and the age of 35 looks closer to childhood to me than adulthood, but there are also some truly exceptional people born once in a while. Alexander the Great had conquered the world by the time he was 26. Mozart was probably one of the top 2 or 3 musical geniuses of all time before he was 12..

    Listening to Mr Rubio makes me wonder if maybe he is something special.

    And don’t forget, he has aleady been the Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives.

    And at the very least, he knows how to state what has made this country great in a compelling manner. We need more of that.

    • tranquil.night says:

      I hear you. That was a proreason-style rebuke he delivered to Crist if you saw it recently. The sky is the limit for Marco Rubio. He ran a campaign of textbook Conservative perfection. He has a great intellectual grasp over the vision and what it means to the issues, which he employees with amazing poise and clarity in public speaking and debate. Plus he has that ever compelling personal story that destroys every template with which the Left characterizes Republicans. Rubio is going to be a force in the Senate.

      I’m really encouraged by this new batch of leaders. Rubio, Jindal, Palin, Christie, these are the refreshing new faces of a permanent political movement. Whoever gets the presidency, any one of them will be a great addition to the admimistration. Bolton too, from the national security side.

    • Adam Moreira says:

      And maybe he can get his 4+ years as governor…that should be a key requirement for anyone desiring the Presidency, going forward.

      Who has that currently under 50? Likely Jindal.

    • jobeth says:

      He’s got my vote and unless he majorly goofs up in the future…my support for any office he runs for in the future. Someday he could be a great president…if he doesn’t get eaten up by the “powers that be”. Sorry to be so cynical, but the way politics work nowadays, even the best can be sucked in by the scum of DC.

      But so far I see a very principled man.

      I’ve known several Cuban/Americans…some born in Cuba. For the most part you can’t find a more pro American group. They’ve seen both sides of the communist issue and know what’s what. There are many naturally born Ameicans that could take a lesson from them.

      We are SO fortunate to have him running for Senate here in Florida. SOMETHING has to make up for the the Governor’s race.

      But I did hear something said about Scott concerning the Fraud issues that follow him. Our local right wing radio talk host commented on the fact that Scott was “ruthless”, a tag that seems to follow him because of how he does business, that being ruthless may be what we need to clear out the clutter and mess of the Fl government. Maybe…I hope he is right. We really have no other choice because Crist is a real “finger to the wind” power hungry machine politician…now without a machine.

  4. canary says:

    The Navy Times: Afghan security guards: Who will replace them?
    AP by Katharine Houreld Oct 26, 2010

    — President Hamid Karzai’s order to replace private security companies with Afghan police officers and soldiers leaves two big unanswered questions: What police officers? What soldiers?

    With police attrition rates high and the pace of the war increasing, Western security officials believe there’s simply not time to train enough police before Karzai’s Dec. 17 deadline — and the possible shutdown of millions of dollars in development projects.

    • Afghan president will disband private guards
    Sami Kovanen, a Kabul-based security analyst, said that given all the difficulties, it was unlikely the deadline would be met. He thinks the Interior Ministry has focused on finding protection for convoys but has not yet made plans to replace all private security guards, who protect everything from Afghan government officials to road construction crews to the long lines of trucks in NATO convoys snaking their way through the mountains.

    “It’s not sure where the police will come from yet,” Interior Ministry spokesman Zemeri Bashary told AP on Monday…..”

    On paper, it looks possible. The government has about 117,000 police and 136,000 soldiers to draw on to replace the 40,000 to 50,000 estimated security contractors.

    But attrition from deaths, desertion, and injuries in the police is high; a March report by NATO put attrition at 25 percent annually. Most police are illiterate, about 10 percent tested positive for drugs and by October only a third had undergone NATO’s basic training.

    The majority of contractors are Afghans and some have powerful family connections to members of the government or insurgency.

    entire article

  5. canary says:

    Muslim terrorist; lived in Staten Island since ’99, casing Washington D.C. Terrorist planned to use rolling suitcases instead of backpacks.

    AP: Island ties to latest terror plot
    Oct 28, 2010
    WASHINGTON — A Pakistani-born Virginia man — who, according to a published report, is a former College of Staten Island student — was arrested yesterday and accused of casing Washington area subway stations in what he thought was an al-Qaida plot to bomb and kill D.C.-area commuters.

    The arrest is the second in the last week involving an individual with Island ties who allegedly wanted to commit a crime in the name of terrorism.

    The D.C. bombing plot was a ruse conducted over the past six months, the FBI said, but 34-year-old Farooque Ahmed readily handed over video of northern Virginia subway stations, suggested using rolling suitcases rather than backpacks to kill as many people as possible and offered to donate money to al-Qaida’s cause overseas.

    The public never was in danger because FBI agents were aware of Ahmed’s activities and monitored him throughout, the agency said….

    Ahmed studied mechanical engineering at the College of Staten Island from 2004 to 2006, …

    He lived on Staten Island from at least 1999, according to the report.

    Ahmed’s arrest comes as the U.S. has been struggling with an uptick in Americans plotting terrorist attacks in the past 18 months.

    Last week, Abdel Hameed Shehadeh, of Hawaii, a former South Shore resident who attended Tottenville High School, was arrested for allegedly making false statements to the FBI about his plans to attend terrorist training in Pakistan. In August, a Virginia man was caught…

    Ahmed took video of four northern Virginia subway stations — Arlington Cemetery, Courthouse, Pentagon City and Crystal City, which is near the Pentagon — and monitored security at a hotel in the District of Columbia…..

    In a Sept. 28 meeting in a Herndon, Va. hotel, Ahmed also suggested that terror operatives use rolling suitcases to blow up the subway instead of backpacks. During that same meeting Ahmed said he wanted to kill as many military personnel as possible….

    Ahmed faces up to 50 years in prison if convicted.

    …The profile listed Ahmed as a network planning engineer for Ericsson and said he previously worked with Verizon and Sprint.


    “… the U.S. has been struggling with an uptick in Americans plotting terrorist attacks in the past 18

    not according to what Obama said a few weeks ago. Obama corrected a reporter, there has been no rise in terrorist attack attempts, only people were more fearful. Now he says we are scared of his politics. Things would not be so bad, had he not put such fear in America that we were in the worst depression since the big one. It’s communist propaganda & it worked. Workers laid off. People not spending. Obama once told that when people think there is a depression they become desperate and become beggars.

    • Adam Moreira says:

      However, under Bush 43, the press was often kept in the dark. They are always trying to make terrorism happen; just because it isn’t publicly noted doesn’t make it any different.

      If he were truly intelligent, Obama would keep news of these arrests out of the media. They want press!

  6. canary says:

    Osama bin Laden releases new tape warning France for banning veil. AP article from CAIRO


  7. canary says:

    AP: Osama bin Laden threatens to kill French citizens in new audiotape
    The Portland Herald Press Oct 28, 2010

    CAIRO – Al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden threatens in a new audiotape to kill French citizens to avenge their country’s support for the U.S.-led war in Afghanistan and a new law that will ban face-covering Muslim veils.

    “How can it be right that you participate in the occupation of our lands, support the Americans in the killing of our women and children and yet want to live in peace and security?” said bin Laden, addressing the French.

    “It is a simple and clear equation: As you kill, you will be killed. As you capture, you will be captured. And as you threaten our security, your security will be threatened….”

    (entire article)

  8. canary says:

    The Wall Street Journal: Karzai and the Scent of U.S. Irresolution
    Oct 27 2010 By FOUAD AJAMI


  9. canary says:

    Entire Spoof on Boxer Barbara by David Zucker

  10. confucius says:

    From Yahoo News:

    Obama makes historic appearance on ‘Daily Show’

    by Rachel Rose Hartman
    October 28, 2010; 1:09 am ET

    In an effort to boost voter enthusiasm ahead of a crucial midterm election, President Obama made an historic appearance Wednesday night on Comedy Central’s “Daily Show with Jon Stewart.” …

    Stewart, who is filming his show in Washington this week in anticipation of his “Rally to Restore Sanity” event on Saturday, played a liberal Devil’s Advocate Wednesday, channeling criticisms of the president often heard from disillusioned Obama supporters. …

    Obama repeatedly expressed his frustration with Washington during the segment, railing against Republican obstruction and the culture of Congress.

    He even endorsed the idea of changing Senate rules that require 60 Senators to vote to end a filibuster and approve legislation. “I would love not to have a 60 vote requirement,” Obama said. He later added that he considers the D.C. culture “not always real healthy.” …

    Many Democrats have distanced themselves from the president and Democratic leadership this election year, but the president noted that not all electorally vulnerable Democrats have been running away from him.

    “There are a bunch of folks who took really tough votes that they knew were bad politics because they knew it was the right thing to do,” Obama said. He called out Virginia Rep. Tom Perriello, Ohio Rep. John Boccieri, and Colorado Rep. Betsy Markey by name. “I hope they are rewarded for their tough votes.” …


    The plot thickens.

  11. confucius says:

    From AP:

    Records: Alaska Sen. candidate Joe Miller admits to computer use, lying

    by Associated Press
    October 27, 2010

    JUNEAU, Alaska — Alaska GOP Senate hopeful Joe Miller was suspended for three days and referred to an employee assistance program after admitting to improperly using three government computers, then cleaning the caches to cover up the activities, according to personnel records released Tuesday under court order. …

    In a March 2008 statement to Fairbanks North Star Borough Attorney Rene Broker, Miller, who then worked as a part-time government attorney, said he had lied initially about accessing all the computers when asked and about the reasons why he used them.

    He said he understood his actions were wrong, that there was “no excuse for any of it,” and that he was willing to accept any punishment that was deemed appropriate, according to the records. Broker suspended him for three days and referred him to an employee assistance program, which records show he later completed. …

    Miller, who defeated GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski in the Alaska primary, has been dogged for months by questions about his work with the borough, which was a seven-year gap in his resume that he didn’t include in his campaign site biography. …

    When reporters asked about that period, Miller declared he would no longer answer questions about his past. That prompted a former borough mayor, Jim Whitaker, to step forward to say Miller almost lost his job for using government computers in the ouster attempt.

    Whitaker has said it was his understanding, based on briefings from borough officials, that Miller was engaged in “proxy voting” in an effort to oust Ruedrich. Ruedrich, whose party is backing Miller, has said that process didn’t exist at the state convention.

    An assistant borough attorney who was acting attorney at the time, Jill Dolan, said in a partially redacted memo that Miller admitted to using colleagues’ computers “so an opinion poll would have different URLs.”

    Miller said the fact he is flawed shows he is like others — and is a value he brings as a candidate. He also said he wanted to clear the air in an effort to refocus attention on the issues of the Senate race. …


    Joe Miller is a tea party candidate and endorsed by Sarah Palin.

    • Adam Moreira says:

      Well, going forward, people will do better vetting. But I imagine that AK voters would rather a do-over than a Democrat.

    • confucius says:

      The lesson on better vetting should have been learned in 2008.

      This willful ignorance is why I distrust all the parties, including the Tea Party.

  12. proreason says:

    Here’s your October surprise:


    It looks like the Brits are smarter than Obamy gives them credit for. He would have been able to sneak it through most other airports.

    Nice touch by the moron, sending it to Chicago. Excellent misdirection, plus you might get rid of Blago, Ayers, and Wright as a bonus. Who would ever bring them up again after such a tragedy in the treasured home city of the POTUS?

  13. proreason says:

    Thomas Sowell stands up for you and your children.

    This is the best he has ever written.

    Nobody else has seen this as clearly. Nobody else has said it so plainly.


    Bolds are mine.

    “Most elections are about particular policies, particular scandals or particular personalities. But these issues don’t mean as much this year– not because they are not important, but because this election is a crossroads election, one that can decide what path this country will take for many years to come.

    Runaway “stimulus” spending, high unemployment and ObamaCare are all legitimate and important issues. It is just that freedom and survival are more important.

    For all its sweeping and scary provisions, ObamaCare is not nearly as important as the way it was passed. If legislation can become laws passed without either the public or the Congress knowing what is in those laws, then the fundamental principle of a free, self-governing people is completely undermined.


    Other actions and proposals by this administration likewise represent moves in the direction of arbitrary rule, worthy of a banana republic, with only a mocking facade of freedom.

    These include threats against people who simply choose to express opinions counter to administration policy, such as a warning to an insurance company that there would be “zero tolerance” for “misinformation” when the insurance company said that ObamaCare would create costs that force up premiums.

    Zero tolerance for the right of free speech guaranteed by the Constitution?

    As more businesses reveal that they are considering no longer buying health insurance for their employees, as a result of higher costs resulting from ObamaCare legislation, the administration has announced that it can grant waivers that reduce these costs.

    But the power to grant waivers is the power to withhold waivers— an arbitrary power that can impose millions of dollars in costs on businesses that the administration doesn’t like.

    Recent proposals from the Obama administration to force disclosure of the names of people who sponsor election ads would likewise open all who disagree with Obama to retaliation by the government itself, as well as by community activists and others.

    History tells us where giving government one arbitrary power after another leads. It is like going into a Venus fly-trap, which is easy to enter and nearly impossible to get out of.

    The headstrong, know-it-all willfulness of this administration, which threatens our freedom at home, also threatens our survival in the international jungle, because Obama seems determined to do nothing that will stop Iran from going nuclear.

    We have a strange man in the White House. This election is a crossroads, because either his power will be curbed by depriving him of his huge Congressional majorities or he will continue on a road that jeopardizes both our freedom and our survival.

    Amen to that.

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