Saturday, October 31, 2009

This Is Repulsive

I saw this at Yes They Are All Mine, Skin Cream Contains Aborted Fetus Tissue. I will add no more to her post because she did an excellant job.

Stop by and read her post and tell your friends.

Friday, October 30, 2009

"Law-Abiding Illegals"

That's it. That's the post. The title says it all.

I heard Claudia Cowan, one of the talking heads on Fox News use this term.

She obviously does not understand the definition of at least one of the terms law-abiding or illegals.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Give Me Your Thoughts On This

The DNC has asked artists to submit videos for a new ad campaign about health care. One of the 20 videos selected as finalists has an artist painting graffiti over an American flag. Following is a debate about it on Fox News.

What do you think about it? Is the video okay? What does it's selection say about the DNC? Is this argument from the lib the dumbest argument you have ever heard?

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Is Virginia A Warning For Obama?

Barack Obama's political capital is slipping and this is a very good read on the warnings that the governors races in Virginia and New Jersey hold for him and his fellow Democrats.

PRUDEN: Something really scary for Obama's Democrats

This is one Mr. Deeds who apparently isn't going to town. The collapse of the Democratic campaign for governor of Virginia speaks volumes - chapters, anyway - about what the body politic is trying to tell Barack Obama's Democrats.

They're learning, painfully, that campaigning without George W. Bush is baffling, frustrating and scary. Worse, it offers a preview of what the congressional campaigning will be like next year. One Obama doorbell ringer, working neighborhoods in Northern Virginia for Creigh Deeds, says even the promise of free pizza can't lure faithful Democrats to a rally.

I am not entirely certain how much off-off-year elections say about a President and a party. I have always believed in the old saw that all politics is local.

With that said, this passage may not bode well for the Democratic party

Bill Clinton, accustomed to speaking to cheering thousands at a hundred grand a pop, was dispatched the other night to a Deeds rally to set the throng on fire with one of his late-October stumpwallopers. The rally, such as it was, was held not at an arena or a hotel - not even a Motel 6 - but in a campaign office in the Washington suburbs. The "throng" was counted in the dozens, about the size of a PTA meeting.

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While this is a off-off-year election, the lack of excitement could be not an alarm for the Democratic party but a fog horn blowing in their ear.

Meanwhile back in Washington, Nancy Pelosi is rebranding the public option with a name change to "consumer option" and Barack Obama is on the back nine more than he is in the backroom with his Generals on Afghanistan.

This then begs the question, are the Democrats deaf?

Monday, October 26, 2009

What Do You Think About This?

Posting this late, I was out working to pay for other's health care.

The question this week is about the war that Obama and Congreessional Democrats are waging on the Chamber of Commerce and the insurance industry.

There are 2 possible outcomes on this.

One is that he can score points with a public increasingly angry at "big business" and who is always against the insurance company.

The other is that he is going to piss off the people that fund campaigns, resulting in a significant increase of money into Republican campaigns to defeat the Democrats in Congress thus thwarting Obama's plans.

What are your thoughts? Which is it going to be?

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Quote Of The Week

"I'm really cheered by the other members saying "No, if Fox can't be part of it, we won't be part of it,'"

"What it's really about to me is the Executive Branch of the government trying to tell the press how it should behave. I mean, this democracy -- we know this -- only works with a free and unfettered press to provide information,"

Baltimore Sun TV critic David Zurawik

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This was in response to a push back by the Washington press corp pool.

The White House, in it's continuing effort to show it is open and tolerant of opposing viewpoints, is trying to exclude Fox News from coverage of the White House.

In the past week the WH said they would make Kenneth Feinberg, the pay czar, available for interviews but they would not make him available to Fox.

Representatives of the other networks made it clear to the WH that none of them would interview Mr. Feinberg if all of them could not.

The WH, in usual fashion, then denied they were trying to do this, saying that Fox did not ask to interview the pay czar.

So, in short, the WH is not only trying to stifle the right to freedom of the press to anyone that does not adhere to the same message the state media is putting forth, they do not have the stones to own up to it.

This not only makes them totalitarian but also weenies.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

The Republic Of America

Pay Czar Feinberg, Not Obama, Behind Decision to Slash Executive Pay

White House pay czar Kenneth Feinberg was the driving force behind the move to order steep pay cuts from bailed-out executives, and did not even seek the president's approval before making his decision.

The Treasury Department is expected to formally announce in the next few days a plan to slash annual salaries by about 90 percent from last year for the 25 highest-paid executives at the seven companies that received the most from the Wall Street bailout. Total compensation for the top executives at the firms would decline, on average, by about 50 percent.

The sweeping decision, though, came from Feinberg and not from President Obama.

One official told Fox News that Feinberg from the start had the independent authority to work with companies and make such a call. Obama was never required to sign off before final decisions were made.

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Am I the only one who finds this stunning? This is a man who has had no Senate confirmation. We know nothing about his background or his qualifications. We know nothing about the job he is doing, how much he gets paid, what kind of budget his office has. Yet he has the authority to adjust the pay of private companies without any oversight and without talking to the President.

Where the Hell are all of the congressional members that were pissing and moaning about Bush's abuse of power or separation of powers?

We have a President who has effectively set up a shadowy government and no one seems to care.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Is There Intelligent Life Out There Somewhere?

Astronomers Find a Whopping 32 New Planets

WASHINGTON — European astronomers have found 32 new planets outside our solar system, adding evidence to the theory that the universe has many places where life could develop.

Scientists using the European Southern Observatory telescope didn't find any planets quite the size of Earth or any that seemed habitable or even unusual. But their announcement increased the number of planets discovered outside the solar system to more than 400.

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I personally find this news promising. The more new planets we find, the more we have a chance of finding intelligent life somewhere in the Universe. Seeing there is none here on Earth, it would be refreshing to find it somewhere.

Seriously though, what are your thoughts? Is there other life in the Universe? Is this life intelligent? More intelligent than us? Or, are we alone?

Curious as to what others think.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Our Suspicions Confirmed

'They Tried to Steal an Election,' N.Y. Voter Fraud Case Heats Up

Brian Suozzo voted with an absentee ballot in the Working Families Party primary on Sept. 15 because, as his application stated, he was "at home recovering from medical procedure."

Jessica Boomhower's application said she would be attending a "work conference in Boston."

Michael Ward couldn't vote in person because he was "taking care of elderly parent."

Kimberlee Truell was on a "Bus trip to casino," as was Miguel Vazques.

The only problem with these absentee ballot records at the Rensselaer County Board of Elections in Troy, N.Y., is that they're phony, voters and investigators say -- and they've prompted what's being called an unprecedented investigation of suspected voter fraud.

Thirty-eight forged or fraudulent ballots have been thrown out -- enough votes, an election official admits, to likely have tipped the city council and county elections in November to the Democrats. Candidates would have been able to run both on the Democratic and Working Families Party lines in two weeks, and that could have given the Democrats in the general election.

A special prosecutor is investigating the case and criminal charges are possible. New York State Supreme Court Judge Michael Lynch ruled that there were "significant election law violations that have compromised the rights of numerous voters and the integrity of the election process."

There's more to this though:

Wait for it

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Critics also accuse the Working Families Party of having a long association with the troubled activist group, ACORN. Bertha Lewis, ACORN's CEO, is one of the party's co-founders. The New York Times reported this month that "Patrick Gaspard, the White House political director, worked with ACORN in New York to set up the Working Families political party and sat on the party's board with Ms. Lewis."

There's even more to it though:

The WFP has also endorsed New York Democratic Sen. Kristen Gillibrand, who was one of only seven Senators who voted against cutting federal housing funds to ACORN in September.

This whole thing is actually a little complicated, read the article for a more in depth explanation.

Bottom line is if we had an honest investigation, which will not happen with Obama controlling the Justice Department, I think we would snare the vast majority of Democrats in the ACORN spider web.

Or, to paraphrase Hillary Clinton, it's a vast left-wing conspiracy.

Monday, October 19, 2009

What Do You Think About This?

The question today is a sticky one that actually may have a chance of being a reality. Not only could this become real if we had a large-scale flu outbreak but it is also timely with the health care debate going on.

The article is lengthy but is a good read.

Florida plan advises hospitals to bar some patients in event of severe flu pandemic

Florida health officials are drawing up guidelines that recommend barring patients with incurable cancer, end-stage multiple sclerosis and other conditions from being admitted to hospitals if the state is overwhelmed by flu cases.

The plan, which would guide Florida hospitals on how to ration scarce medical care during a severe flu outbreak, also calls for doctors to remove patients with poor prognoses from ventilators to treat those who have better chances of surviving. That decision would be made by the hospital.

The flu causes severe respiratory illnesses in a small percentage of cases, and patients who need ventilators and are deprived of them could die without the breathing assistance the machines provide.

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So, if we have a flu pandemic we may have to make some hard decisions.

Further , if we have some of the more outlandish portions of Obamacare enacted, the decisions may be made for us.

Finally there is one more scenario that may be even more likely than the above two. What will happen if we pass a health care reform bill that limits care for chronic illnesses and we have an outbreak? We may have a scenario in which we have an already stretched health care system trying to cope with an epidemic.

What do you think about this?

Are we heading towards a health care system in which we will have to pick and choose who gets to live?

Do you think we should withdraw limited health care resource from someone with a poor chance of improvement to use it on a person with a better potential of recovery? Does your answer change if one of the patients is a loved one?

Who should make these decisions? Health care practitioners, family, the government? I realize that is kind of a silly question but it has real applications in life.

Can we let families decide? They can't make a unbiased unemotional decisions about a loved one's care. They can't see the "bigger picture".

Do we trust health care practitioners to make the best decisions? They can look at it from a medical standpoint. They have the information on which patient would do better and the knowledge to interpret the information but do not always see the person behind the decision (the patient that is effected).

Can we trust the government? They are a disinterested third party with nothing to gain or lose from the situation other than maybe less long term cost but they are too disinterested and, quite frankly, prone to screw things up.

So tell me your thoughts on this.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Quote Of The Week

"It doesn't bother me, because we are going to do the same thing,"..."I am the elected sheriff. I don't take orders from the federal government."

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio

SURPRISE, Ariz. — An Arizona sheriff known for cracking down on people who are in the country illegally launched a crime and immigration sweep in northwestern metro Phoenix on Friday, a half day after officials in Washington limited his powers to make federal immigration arrests.

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, whose sweeps have led to allegations of racial profiling, said the rebuff from Washington won't stop him. He said he can still arrest immigrants under a state smuggling law and a federal law that gives all local police agencies more limited power to detain suspected illegal immigrants.

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It's about time we have someone in the country willing to not only crack down on the illegal immigration problem but also is willing to ignore the Obama administration's effort to completely gut the protection of our borders.

It will be interesting to follow this story and see where it goes.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Meet The Homeless

As most of you know, I am a Registered Nurse and work in an inner city Emergency Room. We are located in the good part of town. Our locals are the homeless, prostitutes, and other fine people.

This is not to say that all of the people we see are like this, some are regular, everyday, average folks.

It is further not true that someone that is homeless is automatically a bad person. There is a pervasive and hard to shake misperception of what the homeless population is like. Granted, some are dirtbags. Many have substance abuse problems that they have largely brought upon themselves.

Anybody reading this knows I am not a bleeding heart liberal. Further realize that I believe a lot of these people are where they are because of choices they have made in life.

There is a large portion of these people though that are mentally ill. These people genuinely do not choose to be where they are. They are a failure of the mental health system. I will not go into detail about this because it is not what the post is about but just realize that our mental health system seems to spend most of it's time enabling people who do not really need help and ignore the people who do. It's a f'ed up system.

Like I said above, a lot of them are dirtbags. We have them pee on the floor, pee in the sinks, try to kick, punch, bite, and spit on us. All the while spewing the most vile hatred at us that one can imagine.

At the same time, some are basically decent people who through their mental illness cannot function in life. It is hard for most of us to understand how bad mental illness can be. It's easy to sit in our comfortable life and pass judgement on these people. There are few of you though that can understand how debilitating something like schizophrenia, or bipolar, or psychosis can be. We cannot understand how someone can't do things as basic as remember to take their medications, or remember to eat, or bathe themselves.

Many have substance abuse problems which we sneer at, it's clearly the reason they are where they are. Sometimes this is true. Sometimes though, alcohol or drugs are self-medication.

We cannot imagine what it is like to hear voices in our head. Voices telling us we are worthless, telling us to harm ourselves, voices telling us the people that are trying to help us are actually trying to harm us. These are not metaphorical voices, they are as real to them as the voices you hear when someone is talking to you. They actually hear them, constantly. The alcohol is a way to shut the voices up for awhile.

"Why don't they just take their medications?" Why? Because the voices are telling them it is poison. It is often a seesaw. If we can keep them on their medications, they don't hear the voices. If they stop for some reason, the voices return and they spiral down.

Finally, realize that a lot of these men are veterans that are not getting the help they need from our federal government.

I am not making excuses for any of the homeless. I just want to point out that sometimes the problem is not quite as simple as it seems. Just food for thought.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Put These Dirtbags Away Finally

I take a dim view of child abuse. While I realize this is a fairly universal aversion, I have seen things that would curl your toes. This one is not only sick but was preventable.

Oklahoma Couple Charged With Locking Boy in Closet for Years

OKLAHOMA CITY — The mother of an Oklahoma boy who says he was locked in apartment closets over four years was charged Thursday with 29 counts of child abuse for allegedly torturing and imprisoning him.

Prosecutors allege that LaRhonda McCall, 37, and her friend, Steve Vern Hamilton, 38, beat the boy repeatedly — with "fists, bike chains, cables, extension cords, and/or boards," leaving permanent scars. Hamilton is charged with 24 counts of child abuse.

The charges also allege McCall tortured her son in various ways. She once allegedly tied him naked to a ladder and pouring sugar water over him in order to attract insects. Another time, the charges allege, she poured alcohol on him and lit it on fire, burning the boy. She also allegedly forced him to stand barefoot in the snow for more than 45 minutes

Now for the preventable part:

McCall was convicted of second-degree manslaughter in New York in 1996 in the death of her 2-year-old daughter and served six months jail time. Prosecutors in that case alleged McCall, who then went by LaRhonda Presley, essentially starved the toddler who died in February 1995, according to a New York grand jury indictment obtained by the AP.

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Six months in jail for second-degree manslaughter for starving her 2 year old child to death? WTF?

When are we going to start protecting children in this country? A woman who is capable of starving a 2 year child to death does not belong in society. She certainly does not deserve to spend only 6 months in jail so that she can then get out to have more children and torture them.

I am a firm believer in the theory that abortion is the root of a lot of this. A society that tolerates the systematic and brutal murder of children in the womb is destined to view children as less than human. When we have women's rights groups calling unborn children "parasites", or a "mass of tissue", or a "burden" then it is a natural progression to the practice of viewing children as such.

Finally, how can a society view children as an asset when our President says this:

We need to take back control of this issue. We need to treat children, unborn or born, as the miracle they are.

We need to throw these dirtbags away with the rest of the trash.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Emergency Nurses Week

This week is Emergency Nurses Week and today specifically is Emergency Nurses Day. I am posting this late in the day because I am just getting home from another fun filled 12 hours in the ER.

As many of you know I am a Registered Nurse in an inner city Emergency Room. I genuinely love my job even though it can be frustrating at times.

I just want to give you some idea of what an ER nurse really does.


Sit with your mother or grandmother when she is confused from being alone in a strange environment.

Get bit, punched, kicked, spit on, swore at, dodge flying fists.

Watch a small child we just made cry from giving a shot to walk out smiling and waving good-bye after we gave them a pop-sicle.

Hold the hand of someone who is terrified of what we are doing or are in horrible pain.

Sit with an infant that has been abandoned.

Have seen sexual abuse cases of children so horrific we can't talk about it outside of work.

Try to talk down a patient that is so manic they cannot control their racing thoughts.

Try to convince a man his children love him when he is so depressed he has overdosed in a suicide attempt.

Spend an hour and a half attempting to resuscitate someone's mother, father, daughter...

Cry when we are unsuccessful, feel wonderful when we are actually successful.

Are tired of seeing young men die from the drug trade.

Work to calmly and quietly get a child away from their parents to do a total body x-ray series to see how many bones the parents have broken.

Pay out of our pocket for a stranded woman to eat on the way back home by bus.

Run out at 4:45 on a Friday night to the pharmacy because a home-bound woman needs an antibiotic from a pharmacy that is closing until Monday and then deliver the antibiotic to the woman's house.

Climb aboard a stretcher and ride through a crowded waiting room performing CPR on a patient who fell out of their car in full arrest.

Deliver a baby in the parking lot, bathroom, waiting room, elevator, etc.

Go to the waiting room and scoop up a gun shot victim delivered by the home-boy ambulance service.

Run 'guess the alcohol level' contests.

Tell a woman she doesn't have to put up with being beaten by her husband/boyfriend.

Sit and talk to a teenager who has been sexually assaulted by 4 men.

Tell a man who smokes that no we are not going to pay for his pain medications.

Have a sick sense of humor.

Are viewed by the rest of the hospital staff as weird.

Feel that we are all part of a large dysfunctional family.

Have a bond among ourselves that only people that have walked through blood together can have.

Have bladders that are freakishly huge because we do not even have time to pee.

Think a bag of chips and a diet Coke at our desk is a meal.

Do not know what hot food tastes like and do not realize that you can actually eat a meal in one sitting instead of quick portions at a time.

Have our rare sit down lunch interrupted by a phone call that there is a man coming in that has been stabbed in the buttocks and help is needed.

Have as the basic requirement for the job be that you are immature and mentally compromised.

Love our job most days.

So, while it is self-serving, hats off to all of those that are emotionally unstable enough to be an ER nurse.

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Openess Of Journalists (and other liberals) On Display

I don't really have much more to add to this.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Obama Adminstration Goes To War Against Fox

Does anyone else find it interesting that Obama is going to take weeks to decide what to do about an increase in the deaths of the brave men and women in uniform in Afghanistan but is able to mobilize forces immediately for a war against Fox?

In my opinion, this is a stupid idea. Fox is going to hand him his ass. But then, like I've said before, the stupid keeps on a coming from this group.

Monday, October 12, 2009

What Do You Think About This?

But Bob Schieffer, host of CBS' "Face the Nation," said in his brief editorial commentary Sunday that the committee (Nobel, ed) may have done Obama a disservice.

"I would guess no one at the White House was praying for the president to win the Nobel just yet, not because they're selfless humble souls whose only goal is to help humanity but because they are very good professional politicians who would know better than most of us that an undeserved accolade has a high probability of backfire," he said. "I generally agree with the president's approach on foreign policy, but the Nobel Committee did him no favors by giving him the award before he had anything to show for his efforts. ... What the Nobel Committee has managed to change -- and I am sorry to say it -- is the way we look on the prize."

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So that is the question this week, is the Nobel a good thing or bad thing for Obama?

There are possible landmines here. Liberals could expect him to live up to it. Moderates could look at it as further canonization of the president and become more and more disillusioned of him. Conservatives, well, we know it was stupid.

Is there any possibility that the general public could come around to the likely conclusion that this is really nothing more than a slap in the face of America? Will Obama take a hit for that?

So, what do you think? Could this be a gift he should have returned?

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Quote Of The Week

"From our standpoint, you know, we think that this gives us a sense of momentum … when the United States has accolades tossed its way, rather than shoes,"

State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley

This is the class that is exhibited by the Presidential administration that the Nobel Prize committee thought deserved the Nobel Peace Prize for "his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples"

You can't make this up.


Saturday, October 10, 2009

First Hispanics, Now Muslims

NYC Terror Suspect's Friend, Activist Group Urge Against Targeting Muslims

Members of the New York City Muslim community suggested Saturday they were being unfairly targeted in a terror plot probe, as a friend of the probe's prime suspect said the scrutiny has put his "life on hold."

Several people speaking Saturday afternoon at a news conference cautioned authorities against profiling Muslims in their probe of an alleged bomb plot with links to Al Qaeda.

The suspect, Najibullah Zazi, an Afghan immigrant who worked in Denver and New York City, is being held without bond in New York. The friend, Naiz Khan, befriended Zazi 10 years ago at a mosque.

Kahn let Zazi stay with him in New York City in the days leading up to what investigators say was a failed attempt last month to bomb sites as the city marked eight years since the Al Qaeda attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Kahn now is under 24-hour FBI surveillance.

"We are so, so nervous," Khan told reporters at the news conference, organized by the nonprofit group DRUM in Queens, N.Y. "My life has been affected by this. I have no job. ... I have put my life on hold."

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First we are targeting Hispanics when looking for illegal aliens, now were targeting Muslims when we are looking for terrorists.

When will this overt racism stop I ask you?

Friday, October 9, 2009

What Do These People Have in Common?

What do Yasser Arafat, Jimmy Carter, and Barack Obama have in common?

If you guessed that they have all exhibited, to some degree or another, anti-semitism you would only be partially correct.

This award ceased to be relevant long ago when Arafat, a terrorist, won for his efforts to create peace in the Middle East.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio Stopped From Racial Profiling Illegals

Feds limit Ariz. sheriff's crackdown on illegal immigrants

His “crime suppression operations” are saturation patrols in designated areas where deputies would find illegal immigrants by stopping them for traffic infractions and minor violations, the paper says.

The Department of Justice and other federal agencies are investigating the sheriff’s office on accusations of racial profiling during the operations, the paper says

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Let's recap so everyone is understanding what is going on here. Sherriff Arpaio is fighting a massive influx of illegal aliens from Mexico and the rest of Latin America and the federal government is accusing him of racial profiling because, what, he's looking for only Hispanics?

The stupid just keeps coming from this administration.

A Society To Be Proud Of

Letterman apology brings in big ratings

His apologies meant another big night in the ratings. The Nielsen Co.'s overnight measurement of the nation's 56 biggest markets netted Letterman's "Late Show" a 4.2 rating - higher than anything rival NBC had in prime-time.

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I have nothing to add, I think this story speaks for itself.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Is Obama's Military Getting Restless?

White House angry at General Stanley McChrystal speech on Afghanistan

According to sources close to the administration, Gen McChrystal shocked and angered presidential advisers with the bluntness of a speech given in London last week.

The next day he was summoned to an awkward 25-minute face-to-face meeting on board Air Force One on the tarmac in Copenhagen, where the president had arrived to tout Chicago's unsuccessful Olympic bid.

In an apparent rebuke to the commander, Robert Gates, the Defence Secretary, said: "It is imperative that all of us taking part in these deliberations, civilians and military alike, provide our best advice to the president, candidly but privately."

When asked on CNN about the commander's public lobbying for more troops, Gen Jim Jones, national security adviser, said:

“Ideally, it's better for military advice to come up through the chain of command.”

Asked if the president had told the general to tone down his remarks, he told CBS: "I wasn't there so I can't answer that question. But it was an opportunity for them to get to know each other a little bit better. I am sure they exchanged direct views."

An adviser to the administration said: "People aren't sure whether McChrystal is being naïve or an upstart. To my mind he doesn't seem ready for this Washington hard-ball and is just speaking his mind too plainly."

In London, Gen McChrystal, who heads the 68,000 US troops in Afghanistan as well as the 100,000 Nato forces, flatly rejected proposals to switch to a strategy more reliant on drone missile strikes and special forces operations against al-Qaeda.

He told the Institute of International and Strategic Studies that the formula, which is favoured by Vice-President Joe Biden, would lead to "Chaos-istan".

When asked whether he would support it, he said: "The short answer is: No."

He went on to say: "Waiting does not prolong a favorable outcome. This effort will not remain winnable indefinitely, and nor will public support."

The remarks have been seen by some in the Obama administration as a barbed reference to the slow pace of debate within the White House.

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Then we have this:

On Afghanistan, US military puts Obama on the spot

WASHINGTON (AFP) – By openly declaring their views on the Afghan war, US military leaders have placed President Barack Obama in a bind as he faces a fraught decision over the troubled US-led mission.

Obama has refused to quickly approve a request from his commanders for a major troop build-up in Afghanistan, insisting first on a full vetting of the current strategy.

But while a war council takes place behind closed doors at the White House, top military officers have made no secret of their view that without a vast ground force, the Afghan mission could end in failure.

"They want to make sure people know what they asked for if things go wrong," Lawrence Korb, a former assistant secretary of defense, told AFP.

As a result, if Obama chooses to change course in Afghanistan or decline a request for large numbers of troops, he will be rejecting the advice of the US military, raising the political stakes.

Commentators on the left say the military ought to keep its advice private without trying to influence public debate, with New York Times columnist Frank Rich accusing the generals of an attempt to "try to lock him (Obama) in" on Afghanistan.

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Now a couple of things about all of this.

One has to wonder just how much respect the military has for Obama.

How could they really?

He brings no experience to the table.

He spent the entire campaign casting aspersions towards them and the work they were doing in Iraq.

When he wasn't attacking them on Iraq he was showing utter disrespect for them. One clear example was when he went to Germany and refused to visit wounded troops because he was not allowed to take reporters with him.

Him and his fellow supporters have spent the entire Iraq war attacking them endlessly. Calling them terrorists. Attempting to cut off funding for the war. Show zero respect for the work they do.

He has met with General McChrystal once. When trying to explain away this obvious arrogance in not seeking his General's advice on the war he is commanding, Obama and others in the administration have made it seem as if this is normal and that the advice of the General is only a part of the process. Bottom line, the administration is showing the same long standing contempt for the men and women who wear the uniform of the US military that those on the left have always exhibited.

Now everyone is shocked that the military doesn't fall in line behind him.

Second, we have this:

Commentators on the left say the military ought to keep its advice private without trying to influence public debate, with New York Times columnist Frank Rich accusing the generals of an attempt to "try to lock him (Obama) in" on Afghanistan

Funny how people in the fringe media are all of a sudden uncomfortable with military commanders speaking publicly about the operations in the Middle East. Just a short year ago and back to the beginning of the wars these same people salivated over any military personnel they could find that was critical of the war. Amazing how things change with these "journalists".

Monday, October 5, 2009

What Do You Think About This?

McCain manager predicts Palin could prove 'catastrophic'

WASHINGTON (CNN) — The man who ran John McCain's presidential campaign warned Friday that Sarah Palin could lead to a 'catastrophic' election result for the GOP in 2012 if the former Alaska governor captures the party's presidential nomination.

"I think that she has talents," Steve Schmidt, the former campaign manager of McCain's failed presidential bid, told CNN's John King. "But my honest view is that she would not be a winning candidate for the Republican Party in 2012, and in fact, were she the nominee, we could have a catastrophic election result."

The comments came during The Atlantic Magazine's First Draft of History Conferece, held at the Newseum in Washington, DC.

"I don't think it's inconceivable that she could be the Republican nominee for President of the United States," added Schmidt — who, among others in the McCain campaign, butted heads behind the scenes with Palin in the weeks leading up to Election Day. "I do think it's fairly inconceivable that she could be elected President of the United States."

Looking ahead to Palin's upcoming book — entitled "Going Rogue" — Schmidt predicted he would be portrayed as "anti-rogue in the running of the campaign."

Now I don't want to focus as much on the benefits or risks of Palin being the nominee in 2012, it's an argument without an answer.

What I do find interesting is the fact that the campaign aide is, in my mind, clearly blaming Palin for McCain's loss to Obama.

A Presidential election is complex and very seldom does one single factor determine the outcome. With that said, what are your thoughts on the election last year in light of the above statements?

It's been long enough now to take a dispassionate look at the election. Who's fault was it? Did Obama simply beat them? Did Palin cost McCain the election? Is it McCain's fault? Or, something the advisers to McCain do not want to admit, did McCain and Palin get bad advice and was the loss a result of a poorly run campaign?

Note: Watch the video on the site. This is CNN's version of "fair and balanced", a Republican and a Democrat who agree with their view of an issue (Palin).

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Quote Of The Week

"It doesn't stand alone. It is part of a process,"..."There's other input that's coming throughout the government that the president will take on board. But I think we ought to look at it in context."

Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State


This was in defense of news that Obama, while considering whether to send more troops to Afghanistan, has only met with Gen. Stanley McChrystal Commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan once on the issue.

This administration is so arrogant and has such disdain for the military that getting the advice of the Commander of the campaign is just "part of a process", we need to look at it in "context".

My question is, shouldn't it be the process?

Let's not forget Congress in all of this either. Republican Congressional members have asked for the General to be called to testify. The Democratic leadership has refused, likely fearful of what questions the GOP would ask that the General would then be compelled to answer. I guess they don't want a "General Betrayous" moment huh?

Friday, October 2, 2009

Those David Letterman Jokes Aren't As Funny Now Huh?

I've made it clear in the past that I thought David Letterman was an asshole and now he has gone and proven me right.

David Letterman Admits Affairs at Center of Extortion Arrest

Undoubtedly everyone remembers Letterman's creepy little pedophilia jokes about Sarah Palin's daughter about four months ago. Well, I guess he doesn't find all of that as funny now.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

More Proof Joe Wilson Was Correct

Rep Joe Wilson was flogged before the House of Representatives for having the bad manners to say that Obama was lying when he said that illegals would not be covered under the health care reform. Since then the question of whether illegals will be covered has turned into an updated version of "it depends of what the definition 'is' is".

Yet more proof that illegals, while maybe technically not being covered by health care, will have access neverless.

Senators turn back ID requirement for immigrant healthcare

Senate Finance Committee Democrats rejected a proposed a requirement that immigrants prove their identity with photo identification when signing up for federal healthcare programs.

Finance Committee ranking member Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said that current law and the healthcare bill under consideration are too lax and leave the door open to illegal immigrants defrauding the government using false or stolen identities to obtain benefits.

Grassley's amendment was beaten back 10-13 on a party-line vote.

The bill, authored by committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.), would require applicants to verify their names, places of birth and Social Security numbers. In addition, legal immigrants would have to wait five years, as under current law, after obtaining citizenship or legal residency to access federal healthcare benefits such as Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program or receive tax credits or purchase insurance through the exchange created by the legislation.

But the would not require them to show a photo ID, such as a drivers license. Without that requirement, the bill "remains dearly lacking when it comes to identification," Grassley said. "Frankly, I'm very perplexed as to why anyone would oppose this amendment," he said.

But Democratic Sen. Jeff Bingaman, who represents the border state of New Mexico, said that the type of fraud Grassley said he wants to prevent is highly uncommon. "The way I see the amendment, it's a solution without a problem," Bingaman said.

You wonder if these people really are serious when they say garbage like this. It is "highly uncommon" for illegals to commit fraud? Stunning.

Further, I wonder how Rep Bingaman's fellow citizens of New Mexico feel about this whole "illegals don't commit fraud" theory?

Just happy that these are the guys who are entrusted to ruin, I mean run, our health care.