hen ho du lich I imagine that will be the title of a new Sean Penn movie (which will likely require Penn to undergo some serious surgery to pull off. But he’s a real professional, isn’t he? Anything for his art, I’m sure.)

From this news story:

Williams’ supporters, an outspoken group ranging from community leaders to actors and rappers, have held rallies in his support and argue that executing Williams would send the wrong message.

I’m wondering what that wrong message could possibly be, other than the state needs to stop waiting so long to put down convicted murderers. Beyond that, the message is pretty clear: you murder people, you are executed, lest other people get the bright idea that it’s okay to go around murdering people. That would be the wrong message.

And then there’s this:

They say he has redeemed himself by speaking out against violence and writing children’s books on the evils of gang life. During his 24 years at San Quentin, the Crips street gang founder turned his life around to the point that a Swiss legislator, college professors and others repeatedly submitted his name for Nobel peace and literature prizes.

As soon as Tookie can raise from the dead those four people he’s been convicted of murdering, I’ll say we can start using the word “redeemed” — anything less is an insult. A children’s book and a Nobel peace prize is somehow of greater value than the lives of four people? I don’t think so.

And then there’s the undercurrent of threats of violence should Governor Schwarzenegger fail to grant clemency. That’s one hell of an irony, wouldn’t you say?

Yes, I’m out of the hospital. And I still can’t play the piano.

It’s been a long, long time since I’ve found any enjoyment reading words penned by Kurt Vonnegut. But, for the same reasons I cannot stomach seeing any motion picture featuring Tim Robbins or Susan Sarandon or Sean Penn or…well, you can probably guess the rest of that list…I can’t stomach to even view any book previously weritten by that now apparently insane old fool. (And that includes a lot of movies and books.)

Please read this recent Lileks screed.

I had a friend of mine — someone who knows me well enough to know better — ask me if I plan to see the movie, “Jarhead“, which is based on the book by ex-Marine Anthony Swofford.

I told him I’d read the book. About half way through the first chapter it dawned on me what type of person Swofford was. The Marines were looking for a few good men; Swofford wasn’t one of them. I was fairly certain the way the rest of the book would go. I’m not always right about things, but you don’t have to be Kreskin to figure this one out.

The movie stars Jamie Fox. It features a song by Kanye West. Need I continue?

I told him it’s always the ten percenters like Swoffie who cause the most trouble. In this case, with the help of Hollywood, the trouble could cost more than a $9 movie ticket, and that doesn’t make me happy.

So no, I don’t plan to see “Jarhead“.

One more thought: what’s the last honest, pro-military motion picture you saw that came out of the bowels of Hollywood?

Over at Vodkapundit, Stephen Green writes:

Rosa Parks went from being told to sit at the back of the bus, to lying in state at the Capitol Rotunda with full honors.

That’s progress.

It’s a great country that learns from its mistakes and moves forward.

And while I’m playing the racism card this morning, here’s something by Cinnamon Stillwell that showed up on Chron Watch:

In the wake of all the racial demagoguery following Hurricane Katrina, white Americans could be forgiven for suffering from racism fatigue. I say “white Americans” because according to many of the speakers at the Millions More March in Washington, D.C. this past month, there are indeed two Americas, one white and one black. Of all the shades in between, very little was said. But “white America,” it seems, is to blame for every single malady that affects “black America.” At least that’s what we’re told over and over again by the self-appointed czars of racism.

But what if that weren’t true? What if racism, although still in existence in America as everywhere in the world, were not the root of the black community’s problems? What if the failed liberal social policies that originated in the 1960s, coupled with a self-destructive culture within the black community itself, were to blame? And what if black people are just as guilty of racism as anyone else?

Thanks can go to Kamau Kambon for bringing the subject of racism to the forefront again. Maybe this time, something productive will be done about it.

A well written opinion piece by Maegan Thornton was posted yesterday on The Vanguard web site for the University of South Alabama. In part it stated:

If a teaching position is open at a university and two individuals of different races are up for the job, I feel somewhat uneasy knowing that the “darker-skinned” person gets extra points just for having that deep complexion. Ok … some would say that it goes deeper than that. That is when the term “social justice” gets slung out there.

However, I do not see the justice in an under-qualified educator teaching me anything. I cannot see why an under-qualified white person should (legally) win a spot to teach me when the black professor is clearly more qualified.

I know you get my point, but sadly, there are people reading this who are quick to call me insensitive and racist. Although this is outrageous (simply because arguing for equality is far from racist), this is what has been drilled into their minds.

Please take a minute or two to read the entire thing. If Thornton isn’t roundly criticized for being a “hateful racist,” I’ll be awfully surprised.

UPDATE: Read the comments attached to that piece. Sure didn’t take long for that to happen.

To follow up on my last post, I thought you may want to see how “Akyeame Kwame” — the fellow who claims Kamau Kambon is his father — feels about the white race:

On 5/6/2005:
kill whitey

And, as it turns out, the phrase “kill whitey” shows up quite a bit on that forum.

Spend some time around there. Read the comments. See the general tone on exhibit here.

If you’ll take a look at the very beginning of this thread, you’ll find a quote from Obadele Kambon/Akyeame Kwame:

htp Y’all,

i just recently heard that my father (Kamau R. Kambon) received several death threats from various krakkkaz for going David Walker on c-span/cnn in the pre-millions more march speeches and advocating that all krakkkaz should b exterminated . Did anyone hear or see this presentation?

Nothing racist about that, right? A black man calling white people “krakkkaz” is okay, apparently.

A bit further down that thread — which you should read — is this, which was purportedly written October 25, 2005 by Obadele Kambon, son of Dr. Kamau R. Kambon. The post’s author is “Akyeame Kwame” — author of the “krakkkaz” remark above. Google the two names if you like.

I could address the vast majority of that post, but I want to zero in on the heart of the matter — the main point Kamau Kambon makes, and that’s his belief that whites are murdering blacks in a pattern he likens to genocide.

In the post, he trots out a number of suppositions backed with links to web sites — not all what I would consider scholarly affairs, if you get my meaning. But one web site he doesn’t link to provides the most damning evidence that topples his entire “house of cards” argument.

When you look at the facts, who is killing who? Are whites killing blacks, as Kambon and (apparently) his son suggests is the case? According to statistics provided by the U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Statistics:

Blacks were 6 times more likely than whites to be murdered in 2002

Blacks were 7 times more likely than whites to commit homicide in 2002

Although slightly less true now than before, most murders are intraracial:
From 1976 to 2002 — 94% of black victims were killed by blacks

That fact alone takes the wind out of his sails.

If you have the time, read other reports and statistics that obliterate any shred of evidence that Kambon is even half right. But it sure rallies the troups, doesn’t it? It brings up a bigger wall between races, doesn’t it? Is that the point?

Akyeame Kwame wraps up by stating:

“This expansive worldwide genocide must be stopped and it must be stopped BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY!!!”

He is his father’s son. But, given the facts, does he really mean what he’s saying?

Blacks are being victimized physically by other blacks. But how much of that is because of a systematic indoctrination whereby blacks teach blacks that they are the victim at a white man’s hands, when the facts clearly show the opposite?

There is a long list of writers I read regularly. I’ll pull from that list only a few who happen to be black writers and provide a few links. Please follow them, read them, and ask yourself if you see a trend in the ideas put forth by all of these successful people. (Be especially mindful of what’s found in their bios.)

    Herman Cain

    Gregory Cane

    Larry Elder

    Thomas Sowell

    Armstrong Williams

    Walter E. Williams

I’m not sure where I was on January 16, 2004, let alone what I was doing. But I do know that in Smithville, TN a family mourned the loss of one of their own, and I didn’t learn about it until tonight while Googling for something else.

George Anderson, Jr. was a retired Master Sargeant in the United States Marine Corps. He was a Retired Supervisor with the University of Central Florida. He was the manager of the first Little League team of Apopka, FL. And he was the father of country music great John Anderson.

I had the privilege to meet Mr. Anderson in 1981, when his son was well on his way to getting his music career off the ground. At the time, I worked at a country music radio station, getting my own feet wet in the world of journalism. John Anderson was an opening act at a local country show and I went to cover it. I’d first heard John Anderson when I worked as a country music disc jockey and spun the song, “She Just Started Likin’ Cheatin’ Songs” — and I was absolutely hooked.

It was my custom to purchase a tour shirt at every concert I’ve ever attended. But when I attempted to purchase a John Anderson shirt, I learned there were none for sale. When I got hold of John for an interview, I mentioned this. The elder Anderson, tour manager for his son, piped up and explained that the venue demanded an exorbitant percentage of the sales revenue, and he had no intention of playing that game. So the boxes of shirts and other tour merchandise remained in the bus.

When I mentioned my disappointment, he did something that’s stuck with me since that late afternoon some twenty-four years ago: he took me — along with his hit singing son — to the side of the tour bus, opened a panel in the side, and guessed I’d wear a medium. He handed me a blue-sleeved jersey with his compliments, and a dare for the venue to say a word about it.

I still have that shirt, although I’m not sure it’d be a good idea for me to try and put it on.

And I have the memories of that afternoon chatting with John Anderson and his father — a man who was so proud of his son it makes me swell up as I sit here and write this.

I’m sorry to know Mr. Anderson passed away. I’m sad in a way that doesn’t make much sense, considering how little time I spent in his company. But it does bring to mind how much of an impact one man can have on another. He was a Marine, he was a good man, and I’m glad to have met him.

Mr. Anderson was 86.

If a tree falls in the middle of a forest and no one is there to hear it, does it make a noise?

Reasonable, rational people always answer that question accurately: who cares?

Emperor Darth Misha at The Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiller has a terrific post I think you should read. It’s hard to pull a quote; I’m compelled to quote the whole thing, so please, go read the whole thing (rough language alert):

The saga of the Cartoons of Mohammed in Denmark continues. After having issued death threats against the entire staff of the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten that published them (to which the newspaper immediately responded by hiring added security and nothing else), they proceeded to issue fartwahs, calling for Jihad against Denmark and started circulating bombing threats on the Internet.

The Vikings responded with shrugging and carrying on regardless.

From terrorist to nuisance in one, easy step. It’s like a real life episode of Seinfeld. Only in Danish.

Political correctness is a far worse disease than most people realize:

Student ghosts unmasked in Newton

When students at Underwood Elementary School walk to their classrooms on Monday, there will be no witches, SpongeBob SquarePants, or Johnny Damons there to greet them.

No skeleton paintings or Frankenstein tattoos, either.

The school’s principal said yesterday he acceded to the complaints of a handful of parents who said that because the school’s traditional Halloween celebrations offended their religious beliefs, they would not send their children to school if the revelry continued this year.

‘’Not everyone is going to agree with the decision, and I really understand that,” said principal David Castelline, , who last year grew a beard and dressed up as Johnny Damon. ‘’But I felt the goal was really important to make it a respectful and open and welcoming place for all members of our community.”

Castelline, who met yesterday with the Parent Teacher Organization to explain his decision, said three teachers told him they had children in their classes who were not going to come to school if the Halloween celebration was held. The celebration, which has been going on for at least 14 years, involves teachers dressing up and lining the hallways and children making Halloween-related arts and crafts.

‘’When I hear that kids won’t come to school because of what we’re doing on Halloween, I have a problem with that,” Castelline said.

So the whines of the few will outweigh the tradition and desires of the majority?

If Castelline is so worried about kids coming to school, what if a large number of parents called and stated they weren’t sending their kids to school if there was no Halloween shindig? (I think we all know the answer to that.)

What a PC pansy.

By the way, I don’t observe Halloween, and haven’t for many, many years. It’s a religious decision for me, but I’m not going around making other people miserable if they choose to observe it. But who knew I could such power in Newton, MA?

Also from the same story:

‘’The beauty of having diversity is to celebrate different cultures and holidays,” said Renee Levin.

What happens when that “beauty of diversity” is not applied fairly across the board? What makes the wishes of the few so much more important then the wishes of the many?

Now that Scooter Libby’s been indicted — five felony counts, none of them for leaking any information about the non-undercover CIA employee Valerie Plame — and he’s resigned his post, the moonbats will be heating up the cooking oil and firing up the ranges.

But I wonder how many of them will ask that Scooter be given as harsh a sentence as Sandy Berger received for his guilty plea of theft of documents. (I’m not spending a lot of time wondering, in case you’re wondering.)

All I hope for is a fair trial. Lying is bad business — that’s why Almighty God included it in His Top Ten List. Nothing good ever comes from lying. But it needs to be proven in a court of law that Libby actually lied.

One is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Just another thing for the moonbats to bray about.

One more thing: I wonder if this means Senator John McCain is going to introduce an amendment to make it a felony to lie to a grand jury while under oath. Yes, I know, that’s already illegal, but I would expect the Senator to be consistent when it comes to being redundant.

Dollar gains after Libby indicted

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The dollar rose to session highs against the euro on Friday, after Vice President Dick Cheney’s chief of staff Lewis Libby was indicted in the investigation into the leak of a CIA agent’s name.

Currency analysts said the indictment being limited to Libby and not indicating a connection to anybody else was broadly within market expectations.

The dollar, whose gains earlier in the session had been capped by political jitters surrounding the investigation, managed a modest relief rally as a result.


I think not.

To be perfectly serious, I think this demonstrates The Market’s opinion of having Karl Rove at the right hand of President Bush. The Market is fairly dispassionate when it comes to politics, but It knows business is personal. Taking Rove out of the White House would not be a good thing all around.

Let the bleatings begin.

Just catching up with some reading.

Tell you what: if you can read ammendment SA 1977 — which passed 90-9 — and come to any other conclusion than what the subject of this post suggests, please let me know:

SA 1977. Mr. MCCAIN (for himself, Mr. GRAHAM, Mr. HAGEL, Mr. SMITH, and Ms. COLLINS) submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by him to the bill H.R. 2863, making appropriations for the Department of Defense for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2006, and for other purposes; which was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

At the appropriate place, insert the following:


(a) IN GENERAL.–No person in the custody or under the effective control of the Department of Defense or under detention in a Department of Defense facility shall be subject to any treatment or technique of interrogation not authorized by and listed in the United States Army Field Manual on Intelligence Interrogation.

(b) APPLICABILITY.–Subsection (a) shall not apply to with respect to any person in the custody or under the effective control of the Department of Defense pursuant to a criminal law or immigration law of the United States.

(c) CONSTRUCTION.–Nothing in this section shall be construed to affect the rights under the United States Constitution of any person in the custody or under the physical jurisdiction of the United States.


(a) In General.–No individual in the custody or under the physical control of the United States Government, regardless of nationality or physical location, shall be subject to cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment.

(b) Construction.–Nothing in this section shall be construed to impose any geographical limitation on the applicability of the prohibition against cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment under this section.

(c) Limitation on Supersedure.–The provisions of this section shall not be superseded, except by a provision of law enacted after the date of the enactment of this Act which specifically repeals, modifies, or supersedes the provisions of this section.

(d) Cruel, Inhuman, or Degrading Treatment or Punishment Defined.–In this section, the term “cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment'’ means the cruel, unusual, and inhumane treatment or punishment prohibited by the Fifth, Eighth, and Fourteenth Amendments to the Constitution of the United States, as defined in the United States Reservations, Declarations and Understandings to the United Nations Convention Against Torture and Other Forms of Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment done at New York, December 10, 1984.

This swell little peace of terrorist-love was tucked near the end of the list of ammendments

It’s one thing to make an argument for the need to abide by the Geneva Conventions, although one should consider that the enemy is not. If that was the goal, as Sen. Feinstein aludes to in her remarks, then why not use that language instead of explicitly granting our own Constitutional rights to terrorists?

Do I believe we should use any methods currently allowed to interrogate captured terrorists to extract vital information that cannot be obtained in any other efficient and timely manner? You’d better believe I do. War is bad business, and it’s business your average person in this country wouldn’t conduct if you paid them ten times what little we pay our professional military. To be victorious — and I can’t imagine any other way to go into it — war must be prosecuted fast, furious, with overwhelming strength and constitution, and with purpose. or don’t fight it at all.

This particular war we are in is unlike all the others. If I have to explain why, you are definitely reading the wrong blog.

I put this ammendment in the same boat as gun control laws: we already have on the books an adequate number of laws which can be applied, with no need for more. This amendment is a knee-jerk reaction to the tiny percentage of bad apples — discovered and prosecuted over the detainee abuse cases — in an otherwise fully professional military I trust with my life. And you should to.

This amendment does nothing more than cripple our military’s ability to do its job properly. Finally those who suggest this is becoming “another Vietnam” are granted some points in their argument, because that’s precisely what this amendment will accomplish.

It further suggests we cannot trust our military leaders to prosecute a war with integrity. I think that is incredibly disrepectful; that’s as polite as I can put it right now.

Let’s recognize the co-sponsors of this bill:

    Sen Graham, Lindsey [SC] - 10/3/2005
    Sen Hagel, Chuck [NE] - 10/3/2005
    Sen Smith, Gordon H. [OR] - 10/3/2005
    Sen Collins, Susan M. [ME] - 10/3/2005
    Sen Alexander, Lamar [TN] - 10/5/2005
    Sen Durbin, Richard [IL] - 10/5/2005
    Sen Levin, Carl [MI] - 10/5/2005
    Sen Warner, John [VA] - 10/5/2005
    Sen Chafee, Lincoln [RI] - 10/5/2005
    Sen Sununu, John E. [NH] - 10/5/2005
    Sen Salazar, Ken [CO] - 10/5/2005

But I’d prefer to recognize those nine who voted against it:

    Sen Allard (R-CO)
    Sen Bond (R-MO)
    Sen Coburn (R-OK)
    Sen Cochran (R-MS)
    Sen Cornyn (R-TX)
    Sen Inhofe (R-OK)
    Sen Roberts (R-KS)
    Sen Sessions (R-AL)
    Sen Stevens (R-AK)

Finally, I’d like to point out that even though this preposterous amendment passed with overwhelming approval from the Senate, it still has two more stops to make before it becomes law. Thank God our founding fathers made sure of that.

While our Commander in Chief has my full faith and support to do the right thing when this crosses his desk, let’s hope the House finds the strength to do the right thing before the veto pen comes out.

Guess what do these people have in common:

Kelsie Shavon Arnold, 32; Michael Vernon Carter, 44; Christina Josephine Chino, 19; Diane Scott Clay, 45; LaToya Maisha Cooper, 22; Tanya Marshall Frazier, 42; Nicole Goss, 20; Wyconda Goss, 37; Woodrow Hagler, 53; Anthony Hill, 27; Barbara Miles, 46; Jason Fred Ortiz, 30; Nicole Pugh, 27; Eliseo Soto, 20; Tonisha Sutherland, 22; Robert Johnson, 23; Nashima Johnson, 27; Tonjua Randle, 39; Aminah Randle, 19; and Candice Brown, 20.

It’s okay, I wouldn’t have guessed this either:

Fifteen more people were indicted Thursday in an alleged scheme to steal American Red Cross funds from Hurricane Katrina victims, federal authorities announced.

The suspects, charged with wire fraud, were accused of submitting or collecting on fake claims through a Katrina relief call center in Bakersfield. Some of the suspects were employees at the call center, and the rest knew an employee at the center.

U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott said losses totaled nearly $100,000, but that could increase as the investigation continued.

“This second wave of indictments confirms that law enforcement authorities are pursuing all those who participated in this scheme to defraud the Red Cross and each will be brought to justice,” Scott said in a statement.

Thursday’s announcement brought the total number of indictments in the case to 30.

It takes a special kind of disgusting human being to siphon off funds that were donated specifically to help people who need them most. I’m praying for real justice in this case, not the sort of limp-wristed “community service” and “suspended sentence” crud I usually see.

What’s my idea of justice? Well, how about bussing those convicted to the gulf coast to work on cleanup while wearing t-shirts that proclaim, “I stole Red Cross funds and all I got was this lousy t-shirt.”

It’s like something out of a B-grade movie:

Police: Man Re-Enacts ‘Halloween’ Scene

ROGERS, Ark. — Police say something bad was bound to happen when a butcher knife, the movie “Halloween” and a group of drinking men came together at a Rogers motel room.

After an opening paragraph like that, I’m all out of pithy stuff.

Talk about your mixed messages:

50 Cent’s billboards yanked after protests

The distributor of rap star 50 Cent’s upcoming film said on Thursday it was taking down some movie billboards near Los Angeles-area schools after community leaders complained they glorify gangs and violence.

Posters for “Get Rich or Die Tryin”‘ show the chart-topping gangsta rapper stripped to the waist in a crucifixion-like pose with his tattooed, bullet-scarred back to the camera and arms outstretched, holding a microphone in one hand and a gun in the other.

“This billboard conveys to the students a disturbing message actively promoting gun violence, criminal behavior and gang affiliation, he wrote in the letter to Paramount Motion Pictures Group Chairman Brad Gray.

And some people wonder why “rap music” is synonymous with violence. Oh yeah, I just can’t figure that one out either.

Back when Kanye West shoved his foot down his own throat, it amazed me how many people were supporting him as a “different kind of rapper”. (I lost the last shred of respect I had for Oprah over that one.) I Googled the lyrics and, maybe I’m slow to recognize the subtlty, but it was the same as any other set of trashy rap lyrics I’ve read that glorifies violence, demeans women, etc.

I think I’ll stick to Merle when I want to hear lyrics and George Winston when I don’t.

Not that I’m prescient or anything.

Cheney Aide Appears Likely to Be Indicted; Rove Under Scrutiny

WASHINGTON, Oct. 27 - Lawyers in the C.I.A. leak case said Thursday that they expected I. Lewis Libby Jr., Vice President Dick Cheney’s chief of staff, to be indicted on Friday, charged with making false statements to the grand jury.

Karl Rove, President Bush’s senior adviser and deputy chief of staff, will not be charged on Friday, but will remain under investigation, people briefed officially about the case said. As a result, they said, the special counsel in the case, Patrick J. Fitzgerald, was likely to extend the term of the federal grand jury beyond its scheduled expiration on Friday.

Holy cow. Karl Rove remains “under investigation”! Gee, that’s news.

I’m telling you now: lock your doors, pull in the shutters, and turn Fox News up all the way, because if that’s how it comes down, the moonbats will howl a concerted shriek that will deafen dogs, crack your fine crystal, and make your ears ring in the New Year.

Oh darn.

I’ve written before about how obvious it is to me that gas stations — including company owned — seem to raise the price of a gallon of gasoline the second the price of a barrel of oil goes up, yet it seems that it takes an awfully long time for the price of gas to drop when the price of oil drops.

What does that behavior cause, aside from sticker -shock when the gas card bill comes in?

Exxon Mobil, Shell Post Record Profits

High prices for oil and natural gas propelled Exxon Mobil Corp. and Royal Dutch Shell PLC to their best quarterly results ever on Thursday, with Exxon becoming the first U.S. company ever to ring up quarterly sales of $100 billion.

To put Exxon’s performance into perspective, its third quarter revenue was greater than the annual gross domestic product of some of the largest oil producing nations, including the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait. The world’s largest publicly traded oil company also set a U.S. profit record with net income of almost $10 billion, according to Standard & Poor’s equity market analyst Howard Silverblatt.

Both Exxon and Shell said their performances were buoyed by higher crude-oil and natural-gas prices, even as output suffered due to a busy hurricane season in the Gulf of Mexico.

Exxon’s net income ballooned 75 percent to $9.92 billion, compared with $5.68 billion a year ago. The previous oil-industry earnings record was Exxon’s 2004 fourth-quarter profit of $8.42 billion. Revenue grew to $100.72 billion from $76.38 billion in the prior-year period.

Note two things:

1. “Both Exxon and Shell said their performances were buoyed by higher crude-oil and natural-gas prices, even as output suffered due to a busy hurricane season in the Gulf of Mexico.” Higher gas prices were not as a result of higher demand and lower supplies.

2. Net income almost doubled from a year ago. Has the price of gasoline almost doubled from a year ago? Do you think they sold double the amount of gasoline from a year ago? If not, what explains doubling net profits?

This story came in a few days ago:

BP Reports 3rd-Quarter Profit Up 34 Pct.

Energy group BP PLC, one of the world’s largest oil companies, reported a 34 percent rise in quarterly profit Tuesday as record energy prices more than outweighed hurricane damage to its rigs and refineries.

BP said net profit for the three months ended Sept. 30 rose to $6.53 billion, up from $4.87 billion in same period of 2004. Revenue jumped to $97.73 billion from $66.73 billion.

Production fell 2 percent from a year ago, primarily because of hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico. Hurricane Katrina hit in late August, temporarily shutting down at least 80 percent of Gulf crude oil and natural gas production and crippling many refineries. Hurricane Rita then followed, delaying a return to usual production.

“The recent hurricanes in the U.S. have impacted our results. However, underlying performance is strong, amplified by high but volatile prices of oil, gas and products,” said Chief Executive Lord Browne. “We anticipate production from the deepwater Gulf of Mexico to be back to normal, with the exception of the Shell-operated Mars project, by the end of the year.”

KBC Peel Hunt analyst Antoine Leurent said BP ultimately benefited from the hurricanes - and the spike in oil prices they caused - more than it suffered from the shutdowns.

Note that last paragraph.

I’m not a proponent of government price controls; that is always a bad idea in a free market economy. What I am a proponent of is investigating and prosecuting price gouging, which I believe is a part of these record profits.

While we in the USA struggle to deal with gas bills twice the size of what they were a year ago, oil companies are “struggling” with profits that, for some, are twice what they were a year ago.

It’s time for some investigation.

Now that we’ve had plenty enough time for the outragious Kamau Kambon comments — in which he suggested that to exterminate white people was a “solution” to a “problem” — to percolate through the MSM, where are we?

Let’s not get too far from what was said:

“We have to exterminate white people off the face of the planet to solve this problem. … So we just have to just set up our own system and stop playing and get very serious and not be diverted from coming up with a solution to the problem, and the problem on the planet is white people.”

Well, as we’ve seen in the past (Swift Vets, Rathergate) we have the MSM ignoring the story, and the blogosphere in the driver’s seat to bring the story to the masses.

I did note that Opio Sokoni, the organizer of the “Pro-Black Media Forum” in which Kamau Kambon made his remarks, has stated:

“I organized the Pro-Black Media Forum where Dr. Kamau Kambon made the comments about exterminating all whites while on CSPAN,” Opio Sokoni explained to WND. “No one could have ever known that this former North Carolina State University professor would go off the cuff and make such immoral and unproductive remarks. We were all taken off guard – especially since he had said earlier that black people were not niggers but imitation niggers. If this is the case, his comments were not pro-black but imitation Hitler.”

Sokoni continued: “Kambon, like Hitler, called for the extermination of human beings. And, like Hitler, Kambon talked about a final solution. However, unlike Hitler, Dr. Kambon has no way of carrying out his idea. Even black radicals are against anything that makes us look like the very type of people we despise – Hitler, for example.”

He may have no direct way to go out and “exterminate whites” off the face of the planet, but he certainly has a platform from which to incite others to do so. And again, I ask why this man hasn’t been arrested for making those remarks.

Barry Saunders, staff writer for the News & Observer University of Alabama in Huntsville. I believe it is precisely the sort of thing Kambon was hoping for.

The comments deserve to be followed up on with the administration there. With the information I have, it should not be difficult to find and then deal with the individual. I’ve contacted the network administrator and forwarded the comments, the IP address, and a logfile excerpt. I’ll update this when I hear back from UAH.

First, here’s what the news item says and John Danforth’s comments:

Former Sen. John Danforth said Wednesday that the political influence of evangelical Christians is hurting the Republican Party and dividing the country.

Danforth, a Missouri Republican and an Episcopal priest, commented after meeting with students at the Bill Clinton School of Public Service, a graduate branch of the University of Arkansas on the grounds of the Clinton presidential library.

“I think that the Republican Party fairly recently has been taken over by the Christian conservatives, by the Christian right,” he said in an interview. “I don’t think that this is a permanent condition, but I think this has happened, and that it’s divisive for the country.”

He also said the evangelical Christian influence would be bad for the party in the long run.

And two things come immediately to mind.

First, the word “devisive” is often attached to a group of people with whom the attacher (I said “attacher” not “attacker”) disagrees. (For a real definition of “devisive” see “Liberal Democrats.”) Does Danforth think the only good Christians are the ones who keep their mouths shut while other religious groups are free to shout their demands from the rooftops? Sorry, but integrity doesn’t work that way so color me a devisive Conservative Christian.

Second, I’m not likely to consider this legitimate criticism. Sure, Danforth is (or, at least, was) a card carrying Republican, but it’s good to remember he was quoted as saying he joined the Republican party for “the same reason you sometimes choose which movie to see — [it’s] the one with the shortest line.” I’ll file it in the same column as criticism from the moonbats. And you can bet they’ll take his comments and run with them. Thanks, Mr. Danforth.

On a more positive note, Lores Rizkalla from Just a Woman writes:

So, former US Senator John Danforth considers me and my faith part of what he calls “dangerous” and “divisive” in the Republican Party.

That’s too bad. If you ask me, we need more people praying and taking responsibility for themselves and their nation. Could it be that the division has come as a result of flip-flopping and not as a result of faith? I believe that both the current Republican and Democratic parties could use a strong dose of conviction, fortitude and, yes, even faith.

But, that’s just one woman’s perspective on this particular issue of the day…

If you can find a few moments, please read the rest of that post.

Miers Withdraws as Nominee Amid Conservative Revolt

Oct. 27 (Bloomberg) — Harriet Miers, President George W. Bush’s embattled choice for the U.S. the Supreme Court, withdrew her nomination amid a rebellion by conservatives and skepticism among Republican senators over her qualifications.

Bush said he will name a replacement for her “in a timely manner.'’

“I am concerned that the confirmation process presents a burden for the White House and our staff that is not in the best interest of the country,'’ Miers said in a letter to Bush.

All I have to say is the same thing my father always said: be careful what you wish for. I’m not sure this is really a win for the conservative side of the fence.

Neal Boortz writes about the MSM/moonbats getting all atwitter over Vice President Cheney’s name coming up in the non-Plame Affair:

There’s only one problem with all of this….and this is why if there are any indictments today or this week, they won’t have anything to do with revealing Valerie Plame’s name:

1.) Valerie Plame was not a covert agent and revealing her name was not a crime. Sorry, but being a desk jockey at the CIA doesn’t qualify you to be the next James Bond. Besides, there is evidence to suggest her identity was an open secret.

2.) Given #1, telling someone her name was not a crime. So Cheney is off the hook. So much for that.

It’s going to be like the Grinch who stole Christmas, except the moonbats in Whoville will start rioting in the streets.

Anyone remember Nicholas Kristof’s column in the NYT two years ago? In it he stated:

First, the C.I.A. suspected that Aldrich Ames had given Mrs. Wilson’s name (along with those of other spies) to the Russians before his espionage arrest in 1994. So her undercover security was undermined at that time, and she was brought back to Washington for safety reasons.

Second, as Mrs. Wilson rose in the agency, she was already in transition away from undercover work to management, and to liaison roles with other intelligence agencies. So this year, even before she was outed, she was moving away from “noc” — which means non-official cover, like pretending to be a business executive. After passing as an energy analyst for Brewster-Jennings & Associates, a C.I.A. front company, she was switching to a new cover as a State Department official, affording her diplomatic protection without having “C.I.A.” stamped on her forehead.

Third, Mrs. Wilson’s intelligence connections became known a bit in Washington as she rose in the C.I.A. and moved to State Department cover, but her job remained a closely held secret. Even her classmates in the C.I.A.’s career training program mostly knew her only as Valerie P. That way, if one spook defected, the damage would be limited.

All in all, I think the Democrats are engaging in hyperbole when they describe the White House as having put Mrs. Wilson’s life in danger and destroyed her career; her days skulking along the back alleys of cities like Beirut and Algiers were already mostly over.

Moreover, the Democrats cheapen the debate with calls, at the very beginning of the process, for a special counsel to investigate the White House. Hillary Rodham Clinton knows better than anyone how destructive and distracting a special counsel investigation can be, interfering with the basic task of governing, and it’s sad to see her display the same pusillanimous partisanship that Republicans showed just a few years ago.

And what’s changed since then?

I’m with Bill Kristol’s comments:

Unless the perjury is clear-cut or the obstruction of justice willful and determined, we hope that the special prosecutor has the courage to end the inquiry without bringing indictments. It is fundamentally inappropriate to allow the criminal law to be used to resolve what is basically a policy and political dispute within the administration, or between the administration and its critics. One trusts that the special counsel will have the courage after conducting his exhaustive investigation to reject inappropriate criminal indictments if the evidence does not require them, no matter how much criticism he might then get from the liberal establishment that yearns to damage the Bush administration through the use of the criminal law.

And I will go out on a limb to say this, based on the very limited information one can glean from press accounts: It seems to me quite possible–dare I say probable?–that no indictments would be the just and appropriate resolution to this inquiry.

(Thanks to The Political Teen for the link. There’s also some video of Kristol

Civil rights icon Rosa Parks dies at 92

Rosa Parks, whose act of civil disobedience in 1955 inspired the modern civil rights movement, died Monday in Detroit, Michigan. She was 92.

Parks’ moment in history began in December 1955 when she refused to give up her seat on a bus to a white man in Montgomery, Alabama.

There’s a whole lot more to that lady’s life worth knowing, but the civil disobedience business is what put her on the map for most people. Say the name, “Rosa Parks” and you’ve invoked a lot of imagery and history and emtion without having to go any further.

As time goes on, people with no real perspective link the name “Rosa Parks” to efforts that have no legitimate, moral right to do so. (The national embarassment known as Cindy Sheehan comes immediately to mind.) To me, that’s horribly disrepectful to the efforts of one woman who really did make a difference that mattered.

For those of us who remember the flap over the FBI’s Carnivore program years and years ago, you may be interested in this:

Telecommunications firms, nonprofit organizations and educators are asking the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., to overturn the controversial rules, which dramatically extend the sweep of an 11-year-old surveillance law designed to guarantee police the ability to eavesdrop on telephone calls.

The regulations represent the culmination of years of lobbying by the FBI, the Justice Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration, which have argued that “criminals, terrorists and spies” could cloak their Internet communications with impunity unless police received broad new surveillance powers. The final rules, published this month by the Federal Communications Commission, apply to “any type of broadband Internet access service” and many Internet phone services.

On the one hand, no one should be surprised this was on the table. As advances in the way people communicate with one another come about, modifications in the methods by which law enforcement agencies gather information will also change. I’m neither alarmed nor pleased. (Then again, the closest I come to breaking the law these days is wishing bodily harm on owners of boom-boom cars as they travel and shake through my otherwise peaceful neighborhood.)

On the other hand, this is “lowest common denominator” stuff — aimed at Internet traffic that’s not encrypted. Which, I guess, falls in line with the concept that most criminals are idiots. But the more savvy — and, in my opinion, more dangerous — are those who know about encryption and know how to use it. And against the smarter ones, this sort of wiretapping will be largely useless.

Maybe I have this wrong and most criminals are idiots.

What an absolute fiasco this is going to be:

Daniel Craig will have a problem playing the new James Bond - because he hates guns.

The actor will wield 007’s famous Walther PPK in the movie Casino Royale.

But he revealed in OK! magazine: “I hate handguns. Handguns are used to shoot people and as long as they are around, people will shoot each other.

“That’s a simple fact. I’ve seen a bullet wound and it was a mess. It was on a shoot and it scared me. Bullets have a nasty habit of finding their target and that’s what’s scary about them.”

What a pansy.

Oh, and he’s not a fan of stirred martinis, either.

At least he likes girls. (Ostinsibly, anyway.)

Family Broccoli may as well just stick a fork in the movie franchise. It’s done and over. If keeping the role alive is simply for making money, why not put Keenan Wayans in the role? If casting the role is supposed to be a farce, it may as well be funny, too. (And not in the horrid Roger Moore sort of way.)

As for me, I’m going back to the best set of James Bond novels ever written. As for the Bond movies, the only actor I thought ever did the role any justice at all was Timothy Dalton. No “Bond DVD Sets” for me.

By the way, Roger Moore came out with a plausable explanation for his own pansy version of Bond on film:

Roger Moore, who played the superspy from 1973 to 1985, said after quitting the role that he hated “that awful pose” of Bond with his gun which has become an iconic movie image.

The actor later became an ambassador for children’s charity Unicef and declared: “Today I am completely opposed to small arms and what they can do to children. I played every role tongue-in-cheek because I don’t really believe in that sort of hero. I don’t like guns.”

I hate what guns can do to children, too. But I like what guns can do to bad guys. Especially bad guys who want to do bad things to children.

Another case of “he hates these cans!“ Idiot.

Holy cow. CBS Vaughn Ververs writes:

Disarming Mike Wallace

There were some loose ends remaining when we last left the story of “60 Minutes” correspondent Mike Wallace and his appearance at a birthday party for columnist Art Buchwald — a party that just so happened to also be a fundraiser for the Brady Center, a prominent advocate of gun control laws. We’ll tie up those loose ends below.

I spoke with Mason late yesterday and she told me how CBS News will deal with this issue in the future. Mason said that if Wallace “suggests a story that we feel is a potential conflict, we’ll look at it and if we see a conflict, we’ll turn it down.” I take that to mean we won’t be seeing Mr. Wallace doing any more stories involving Second Amendment issues.

This reminds me of a scene in the Andy Griffith Show (for you young’uns, that’s back when television was black and white and good) where Andy is singing these lyrics to the tune of, “Oh My Darlin’”:

Oh, my Barney, oh, my Barney,
had a jail and couldn’t lock it.
Had one bullet for his pistol,
had to keep it in his pocket

I don’t know why this CBS story reminds me of that, but it does. Ah, the things that bring me amusement these days.

I read this:

The Sky Report has secretly filmed one of America’s most controversial Christian minister’s praising the London bombings.

Fred Phelps says that terrorist outrages and natural disasters such as Hurricane Rita are examples of God’s wrath against countries such as America and Britain for tolerating homosexuals and homosexuality.

Fred Phelps, who set up the controversial Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas, told an undercover reporter about the attacks, which killed 52 people:

“Oh I am so thankful that happened. My only regret is that they didn’t kill about million of them. England deserves that kind of punishment, as does this country (America)”.

The church, which has 150 followers, recently started picketing funerals including those of American soldiers killed in Iraq, waving banners such as ‘Thank God 9/11′, ‘God Hates Fags’ and ‘Aids Cures Fags.’

And I renewed my full understanding why there are plenty of people in this country who don’t particularly care for Christians. This is the sort of thing MSM feeds people to sculpt their opinions.

For those who aren’t stupid, here are a few facts to consider:

1. There are probably over 1,000 groups who wear the badge “Christian” — including some neo-Nazi and Ku Klux Klan groups.

2. Anyone can wear the badge “minister” — Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton and Robert Tilton do it. If you wanted to be an ordained minister, fully legal in the eyes of the US government, just go here.

3. Anyone can call themselves a Christian.

But the most important fact is this:

4. Only the Bible defines what is a Christian. Anyone who deviates from that can freely call themselves Christian, but may well hear, “I never knew you.“ when the time comes.

As long as people like Phelps are classified as Christian along with the neo-Nazis, the Jacksons, the Sharptons, the Tiltons, etc. we who call ourselves Christian will continue to have the MSM lump us into the same pot with them.

Many, many years ago my daughter let me listen to the beginning of a song by the contemporary Christian group DC Talk. The song was called, “What if I Stumble” and used a quote from a fellow named Brennan Manning. Although I won’t ever be called a fan of DC Talk’s brand of music, I have thought about this quote since I first heard it almost ten years ago:

The single greatest cause of atheism in the world today is Christians, who acknowledge Jesus with their lips, then walk out the door, and deny Him by their lifestyle. That is what an unbelieving world simply finds unbelievable.

It also causes anti-Christian sentiment to grow and foment, and provides endless things for unbelievers to point to as just reason why they’ll never be a Christian.

The Political Teen is having Open Trackback Tuesday, and I’m linking this one up.

Ian, The Political Teen, Mobius Strip of arguments. It’s the sort of thing that drove

I read this:

Senators say Bush’s Supreme Court nominee lacks votes

Harriet Miers nominated by President George W. Bush to fill a vacancy on the US Supreme Court currently lacks the votes for her confirmation by the US Senate, despite an intense White House campaign to sell her candidacy, lawmakers from both parties acknowledged.

And I’m wondering: what’s the point in having hearings if senators have already made up their minds?

Well, maybe not. But it sure looks like it:

Facing the darkest days of his presidency, President Bush is frustrated, sometimes angry and even bitter, his associates say.

With a seemingly uncontrollable insurgency in Iraq, the White House is bracing for the political fallout from a grim milestone that could come any day: the combat death of the 2,000th American G.I.

<danrather>The piece goes on to rain bad news like…so many angry cats and dogs.</danrather>

Really, now.

And while we’re still on the subject of Kamau Kambon suggesting the idea to exterminate the white race, have you seen the exclusive interview with Kamau Kambon that Jeff Goldstein posted over at Protein Wisdom? Please, take a few moments out of your day and read it. And make sure you don’t miss the comments section; some of them mirror the comments I deleted from my moderation queue. (I read the senseless crap so you don’t have to.)

I’m still waiting to see Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton publicly denounce Kamau Kambon and shout for “peace!” — but so far all I hear are crickets. Does this mean Jackson and Sharpton agree with Kamau Kambon?

If you’ve Googled Kamau Kambon and came here for the post on his insane, racist comments, here’s the post you’re looking for: Dr. Kamau Kambon: Kill whitey

(Or scroll down a little.)

I know, hard to know for sure which way that subject line leans.

Actually, I’m referring to a story they ran on the Nigerian 419 scams. It seemed to me the LA Times didn’t feel too badly for those Americans who were taken.

Of course, the LA Times didn’t seem real excited to cover the better part of the scam — the successful scam baiters. Please visit these sites for a belly full of laughs (warning, though — rough language abounds):

419 Eater Trophy Room

419 Baiter

Scamming Nigerian 419 Scammers

There are plenty more if you Google around.

And now, some good news. This from CENTCOM News:

October 21, 2005
Release Number: 05-10-77



TIKRIT, Iraq - Task Force Liberty Soldiers followed a civilian’s tip and found a cache of explosives and weapons buried in several locations at a house in Bayji.

The cache included more than 100 pounds of bulk explosives, several bags of TNT, one 155mm artillery round encased in concrete, weapons and rocket-propelled grenade rounds. One suspect was detained and taken to a Coalition Forces base for questioning.

Task Force Liberty Soldiers also detained two terrorists planning an ambush with improvised explosive devices and automatic weapons south of Bayji at about 9:50 p.m. Oct. 20. Soldiers on a combat patrol observed the two suspects running from behind a berm along Highway 1, and after detaining them found a loaded RPK machine gun behind the berm.

Another Task Force Liberty patrol discovered two IEDs along the highway directly on the other side of the berm. One suspect was wearing body armor and the other had cellular telephones and wire cutters. Both tested positive for explosives.

And one more bit of good news, also from CENTCOM:

October 21, 2005
Release Number: 05-10-76



BAGHDAD, Iraq - Coalition forces raided a suspected al-Qaeda in Iraq terrorist safe house near the town of al bu Hardan, northwest of Al Qaim on Oct. 21.

During the raid, five terrorists were detained and a large cache consisting of weapons, ammunition, mortars and bomb making materials was confiscated in the safe house.

Intelligence sources and tips from local citizens led Coalition Forces to the location. Coalition air assets, using precision guided munitions, destroyed the safe house and weapons cache after Coalition Forces departed the location.

Let’s see how long it takes for this to get wide coverage.

Mike Adams, in a recent column titled “Exterminating Whitey” at Townhall, writes:

Columnist Jon Sanders of the John Locke Foundation in Raleigh, NC has written a blog entry that reveals just how easy it is to get a job teaching Africana Studies at N.C. State University. It also demonstrates how the diversity movement is bringing people together in the great state of North Carolina.

Sanders’ recent blog directs readers to recent archives and scroll down until they find the “Black Media Forum on the Image of Black Americans in Mainstream Media.” This was a program presented on October 14th at Howard University. Dr. Kamau Kambon makes his appearance about three hours into the four-hour event.

Dr. Kambon’s closing remarks – given about twenty minutes before the program’s conclusion - are chilling:

Adams goes on the quote part of the speech by Kambon, a former visiting professor of North Carolina State University..Oh yes, it’s chilling. Here’s just a small part of it:

Now how do I know that the white people know that we are going to come up with a solution to the problem. I know it because they have retina scans, racial profiling, DNA banks, and they’re monitoring our people to try to prevent the ONE person from coming up with the ONE idea. And the one idea is, how we are going to exterminate white people because that in my estimation is the only conclusion I have come to. We have to exterminate white people off the face of the planet to solve the problem. *tepid applause* Now I don’t care whether you clap or not but I’m saying to you that we need to solve this problem because they are going to kill us. And I will leave on that. So we just have to set up our own system and stop playing and get very serious and not get diverted from coming up with a solution to the problem and the problem on the planet is white people.

One more thing: if you click the “recent archives” link, you won’t find that clip. For some reason it’s no longer listed. But you can do a search for it and get this link to a Real media clip.

Allow me to state the obvious: Kamau Kambon is a racist.

Allow me to further state that anyone who agrees with Kambon is a racist.

Allow me to ask: is being a racist okay?

Shouldn’t Kambon be charged with inciting a riot? (Was there a riot shortly after those comments were broadcast?)

I’m wondering where is Jesse Jackson’s response to this? Shouldn’t he, and Al Sharpton be publicly denouncing these comments and screaming “peace” at the top of their lungs? Isn’t hatred a bad thing?

Where’s the ACLU in this? Shouldn’t they bring some largely meaningless lawsuit against Kambon for…well, the ACLU can come up with something, can’t they?

Want some “racial inequality” in action? There you go.

UPFATE: Jon posts an update:

*** Update 10/21/05, 2:12 p.m. *** NCSU has removed Kambon’s name from the Africana web page, and Provost Larry Nielsen released the following statement: “The remarks recently attributed to one of our former employees do not in any way represent the values and standards of the university. This type of speech is counter to any reasoned discussion on the issue of race relations, and is absolutely unacceptable in the NC State community.” More info here.

UPDATE, again: Indeed NC State Provost Larry Nielsen did issue a statement, available by following a link off the NCSU home page:

Oct. 21, 2010

Provost’s Statement on Remarks Made by Former Employee

Remarks made recently by Kamau Kambon have received widespread coverage on various websites, blogs and in the media. In some cases, it has been incorrectly reported that Kambon is an employee of North Carolina State University. Kambon sporadically taught at NC State on an as-needed basis. He has not been employed by the university since June 30, 2005. Informed of the comments, NC State Provost Larry Nielsen released the following statement:

” The remarks recently attributed to one of our former employees do not in any way represent the values and standards of the university. This type of speech is counter to any reasoned discussion on the issue of race relations, and is absolutely unacceptable in the NC State community.”

One would hope so, and I’m glad to see such a cut-and-dried statement. But I wonder why it took until Thursday afternoon to post it.

I don’t even know what to say to this. I am, literally, physically ill:

Mom Arrested in Bay Area Children’s Deaths

A woman who tossed her three young children off a pier into San Francisco Bay near Fishermen’s Wharf has been arrested, authorities said Thursday, and the Coast Guard searched for the bodies of two of the children.

The body of a third child was recovered Wednesday.

Lashaun Harris, 23, of Oakland, was booked on three counts of murder and three counts of assault on a child with great bodily injury, according to Susan Fahey, spokeswoman for the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department. Harris remained in custody early Thursday with no court date set, she said. Harris’ children were identified as Trayshaun Harris, 6, Travante Greely, 2, and Joshua Harris, 1.

You mean real life isn’t like television?

Feds hit for leak on terror

Two federal employees have been stripped of their security clearance for allegedly tipping friends and family to the New York City subway terror threat, sources said yesterday.

William Ross, a retired U.S. Coast Guard captain now working for the Department of Homeland Security’s Transportation Safety Administration, was being questioned for allegedly alerting his son of a possible terror attack - three days before Mayor Bloomberg and the FBI went public with the warning, sources said yesterday.

A second tipster - identified as a high-ranking civilian intelligence officer with the U.S. Coast Guard - turned himself in Friday night as the source of information that warned a friend to stay out of the subway from Oct. 7-10, authorities and sources said yesterday.

“The employee’s security system’s access was immediately suspended. The Coast Guard is cooperating with the Department of Homeland Security in the investigation,” Coast Guard spokesman Commander Jeff Carter said yesterday.

A spokesman for Homeland Security did not return calls for comment.

The second tipster, who has high-level security access, has been transferred to a division that does not deal with sensitive information as the investigation continues, sources said.

A security clearance is pretty serious business. One would think that those who have one would respect both the responsibility and the rules that go along with it.

One would think.

Wow. Michael Chertoff takes the stand:

Anyone who enters the United States illegally should be expelled without exception, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff told a Senate hearing today.

“Our goal at DHS is to completely eliminate the ‘catch and release’ enforcement problem, and return every single illegal entrant, no exceptions,” he said.

“It should be possible to achieve significant and measurable progress to this end in less than a year.”

Chertoff said U.S. authorities are immediately returning thousands of Mexicans entering the country illegally, but “other parts of the system have nearly collapsed under the weight of numbers.”

“The problem is especially severe for non-Mexicans apprehended at the southwest border,” he said.

“Today, a non-Mexican illegal immigrant caught trying to enter the United States across the southwest border has an 80 percent chance of being released immediately because we lack the holding facilities,” Chertoff explained.

“Through a comprehensive approach, we are moving to end this ‘catch and release’ style of border enforcement by reengineering our detention and removal process.”

If only our governent could make it so. Good luck, Mr. Chertoff. I’m sure you know you’ll have to get this past the man in the Oval Office who, for some reason… Well, no need to get into that here.

UPDATE: Sister Toldjah notes this story and asks a very good question.

Sgt. Ron Long (They call us, “Doc”) notes another soldier speaks out about what really occurred with President Bush’s interview.

In an story by Edward Lee Pitts of the Chattanooga Times Free Press:

A Chattanooga soldier now in Iraq with the 278th Regimental Combat Team said soldiers used their own words during comments made last week in a satellite discussion with President Bush.

“We wanted to give President Bush a no-kidding assessment of what we have all been working 14- (to) 18-hour days on for the last 11 months,” said Lt. Gregg Murphy, of Chattanooga. “We gave him the God’s honest truth as we know it.”

The dialogue was among President Bush and 10 U.S. soldiers stationed in Iraq last Thursday on the eve of Iraq’s constitutional referendum. Media outlets have called the event staged because the solders went through a rehearsal before talking live with President Bush.

“Staged infers that we were given scripts and that we followed those scripts,” Lt.

Murphy wrote in an e-mail to the Chattanooga Times Free Press. “This is not true. None of the members on the panel used any words that were not their own.”

Lt. Murphy said he was chosen to travel to Tikrit, Iraq, for the interview because he had spent the last three months leading an Iraqi army training program at a 278th base near the Iranian border.

He said the soldiers got together before the interview and discussed what they wanted to say.

“We shared our different experiences of working with the Iraqi army,” he said. “We started brainstorming about what questions the president was sure to ask.”

Lt. Murphy said White House officials later told the soldiers President Bush wanted to talk about the referendum and the Iraqi security force’s role in Saturday’s vote on a proposed Iraqi constitution.

“They continuously told us that the president wanted us to explain the situation in our own words in a way that the American public could understand,” Lt. Murphy said.

Chattanooga attorney Robin Flores served alongside Lt. Murphy when the two were members of another National Guard unit.

“I’m a staunch Democrat, but if Gregg Murphy tells you it was his own words, then it was his own words,” Mr. Flores said. “His word is as good as gold.”

Good as gold for me, too. Thanks, Sgt. Long, for noting this story.

What a trio that makes: Bush, Meirs, and Conservatives. I’ll stick with my previously written thoughts.

Captain Ed at Captain’s Quarters weighs in again on the subject. This morning’s post, “Miers 2.0: Same Bugs, Less Features” includes:

The effort to roll out a new campaign in support of Harriet Miers’ nomination to the Supreme Court fell far short of what the White House needs to get conservatives on its side. Instead of focusing on the nominee’s credentials, the White House counsel wound up in a controversy over inconsistently discussing specific cases with specific senators and getting caught out by a presumably sympathetic Judiciary Committee member, while both left and right found new issues on which to base their criticism.

He goes on to enumerate a series of gaffes that — one would hope — will not continue. And for exactly the reasons Ed mentions.

William McGowan writes a couple of days ago in the LA Canyon News:

What I don’t understand is why everyone is so surprised. If there was ever proof that no one pays attention to biographical history, then the media’s misreading of George W. Bush is it. Like Reagan, Bush leaves plenty of clues around him to indicate what he will do, and why. On the whole, Bush has intellectual and political reasons for his actions, and he is pretty clear about enunciating them. This doesn’t mean the intelligentsia or the Left agrees with his logic, but they should expect the logical outcome. A man with whom they disagree about almost everything is the president right now; he has power to do things.

The howls over Meirs from the Right will soon fade, as the tactical genius of her appointment becomes more apparent. Beyond having the trust of the President, Meirs was and is a political player on the Hill, having met with every member of the judiciary committee on dozens of occasions over other appointees to the Federal bench. That said, I have to throw in the following caveat: I hope the life story I’ve heard about Meirs is true: that she is a true success story, not someone who was “peter principal” leader, pushed up the chain of command to get her out of the way. Having worked directly for Bush and the Bush family for more than twenty years, I have a hard time believing that she is not a bona fide wunderkind.

This is a trust issue, isn’t it?

Hugh Hewitt adds this morning:

No, it is not. In fact, it is elitist to refuse to acknowledge the deep seated convictions among Republicans, which are trending very heavily towards supporting the president. The debate is fierce at every level of the conservative movement and the GOP. But it ialso being won by the anti-anti-Miers people. Yesterday, Mike Gallagher, Michael Medved, Dennis Prager, and KI appeared at a “townhall” event for many hundreds of people in the Los Angeles area (Big Lizards was there, and no, it wasn’t a white lie), and much of the conversation among the attendees and some from the stage was about Miers. The toughest question from the audience was a detailed objection to Miers, for example, that pivoted off of her age. But my overall sense of the crowd was that the president deserves support on this nomination.

I think President Bush deserves — and has earned — support for his nomination.

I’m a regular reader of Bob Parks’ blog, Black & Right. And today, he really knocked one out of the park:

Setting The Staged

I was a guest on a television call-in talk show last Friday and while the experience is always fun, this time it was not. I was sitting next to the Communications Director for the Massachusetts Teachers Association, and while we weren’t talking much about education, he was rude, and interrupted everyone including the host several times. You know, a typical liberal Mass hole.

That’s just the opening paragraph. Please read the rest. Parks goes into the “staging” event, as well as a few other points I haven’t seen brought up nearly enough (like UCMJ Article 88.) Worth the time you’ll need to read it all.

Matt over at Blogs for Bush says:

I have just received an invitation to blog from the Capitol this Thursday. I am pleased to announce I will be attending.

How cool is that? Michelle Malkin got an invite, as did The Political Teen. Although there’s been quite the flurry of hits to Antisemantics from house.gov recently, old John didn’t get an invite. But that’s okay; maybe next year. (That’s a joke, son.) Besides, the blogosphere seems well represented this round.

Spc. Phil Van Treuren at Camp Katrina has made a nomination for the Golden Camel Award for Disastrous Public Relations in the Month of October. Anyone taking bets who it is? Details here.

The Sunni’s are mighty suspicious of the “unusually high” ‘yes’ votes for the new constitution. (Yes, I suppose it would be unusual for a majority of people seeking freedom and self-government to, you know, actually vote ‘yes’ on a constitution that would allow that very thing.)

Iraqis Probe ‘Unusually High’ Yes Tally

Iraq’s election commission announced Monday that officials were investigating “unusually high” numbers of “yes” votes in about a dozen provinces during Iraq’s landmark referendum on a new constitution, raising questions about irregularities in the balloting.

With hearts breaking in moonbat kitchens all across the fruited plain, perhaps they’ll decide to send uberdiplomat Jimmy Carter over there to straighten things out because his history in the middle east precedes him — and surely delights them.

I’ve read plenty of AP stories written by Darlene Superville, and I have to assume she filed this one — with her tongue pressed firmly into her cheek — in an effort to give the moonbats something to chew on. Has to be the case:

Karl Rove’s garage proves to be typical

He is “the architect” who steered George W. Bush to victory four times, twice as Texas governor and twice as president.

But can Karl Rove organize his own garage? Can the master of Bush’s political planning figure out where to put the ladders, paint cans and cardboard boxes?

Superville, went on the describe the contents seen from the street, including “Another ladder, this one green, leaning sideways.”

Holy cow. Mr. Rove has a garage with a leaning ladder!

But which way is it leaning, Ms. Superville? The public has a right to know, you know.

McGehee is disappointed (as am I!) Bill Nienhuis at PunditGuy says “Darlene Superville reveals the secret about Karl Rove’s garage – it’s like any other garage in America. Duh.” Ian, The Political Teen says “You know the liberal press is getting desperate when they do this.” And one of my favorites, this from Don Surber: Karl Rove’s Garage Stage Managed. Heh.

Given the reports that there is a housing shortage in New Orleans, one has to wonder what Jesse Jackson is thinking when he is reported to bus evacuees back to New Orleans:

A bus caravan organized by Jesse Jackson left Chicago Monday to bring some Hurricane Katrina evacuees back to New Orleans.

At a stop in St. Louis, Jackson said that those displaced by the hurricane should have first claim on reconstruction contracts and on jobs rebuilding the shattered Gulf Coast around New Orleans, Biloxi and Mobile, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

Where is Jackson going to house these people? As Clay Moise, vice president of marine and combat vehicles for Textron Industries and Land Systems, states:

“I cannot imagine being a midsized nonpublic company in the middle of hurricane zone trying to navigate these bureaucratic waters,” said Clay Moise, Textron’s vice president of marine and combat vehicles. “Fortunately we have a lot of connections, being a government contractor, and it still took us this long. If we weren’t, we would have been in a world of hurt.”

And how do individuals rate in the grand scheme of things?

Does this have anything to do with the reports that up to 40% of evacuees from New Orleans — the edge needed by Democrats to win elections — apparently have have no plans to return to the Crescent City?

Surely unrelated, Louis Farrakhan, leader of Nation of Islam, accused the US government of “criminal neglect” for its slow response to Hurricane Katrina in a speech to mark the 10th anniversary of the “Million Man March” which attracted something less than a million men.

I guess Louis hasn’t read the truth about the swiftness of the federal government in comparison to previous catastrophes. Then again, I suppose Louis shouldn’t be confused with the facts. They haven’t proven to be much of a hinderance in the past.

As much as I like Jay Tea, it is with a sad heart that I report he has apparently committed a hate crime.

In this post, Jay Tea writes about a misguided street urchin fine young man named Jason Cutter, 19, of Billerica, MA who was arrested for aggravated assault. Apparently, the young skater was spray painting slogans like “KILL A YUPPIE” but meant it only as a metaphor.

Jay Tea states:

I’m glad he’s been arrested, but I have one niggling question:

Why isn’t he being charged with a hate crime?

He freely admits he was calling for the murder of people based solely on their economic and social class. In my book, that qualifies as a hate crime, as is commonly defined.

By virtue of the fact Jay Tea has called into question the metaphorical rights of one Jason Cutter, currently still in his teens and, therefore, clearly in possession of all the knowledge God could possibly grant to man, it seems to me that Jay Tea has, himself, committed a heinous hate crime.

Please send legal fund donations to Hugh Hewitt Kevin Aylward, who, in my humble but accurate opinion, can be trusted to spend the loot wisely.

I love you Jay Tea, but fair’s fair. It is for your own good.

May Almighty God have mercy on the soul of Jay Tea.

The U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission “was created in October 2000 by the Floyd D. Spence National Defense Authorization Act for 2001 § 1238, Pub. L. No. 106-398, 114 STAT. 1654A-334 (2000) (codified at 22 U.S.C. § 7002 (2001)), as amended, and the “Consolidated Appropriations Resolution of 2003,” Pub. L. No. 108-7, dated February 20, 2003.”

It’s purpose?

To monitor, investigate, and submit to congress an annual report on the national security implications of the bilateral trade and economic relationship between the United States and the People’s Republic of China, and to provide recommendations, where appropriate, to Congress for legislative and administrative action.

Anyone remember that Chinese Defense Minister Gen. Chi Haotian said war with the USA was “inevitable”?

On July 12, 2001, U.S. Senator James M. Inhofe referenced this in testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Missile Defense:

We recall that just two years after that, the secretary of Defense or minister of Defense of China said war is — it was Chi Haotian — said war with America is inevitable.

On Thursday, September 15, 2005, a hearing was held at 9:00 a.m. in the Russell Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C. The “official,” edited transcript of that hearing has not yet been released, but an unedited version provides this testimony from Commissioner George Becker — who was reappointed to the U.S.-China Economic & Security Review Commission by Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi for a three-year term expiring December 31, 2005:

There’s been a lot of comments in the newsprint, television, lately about a lot of non-military activities that are directed towards the United States, information warfare like the “Titan Rain,” going into our data banks, both militarily and within the banking system and the stock markets, hacking, if you would.

The economy is one-sided that’s allowed the Chinese to accumulate hundreds of billions of dollars of U.S. assets, currency reserves, the acquisition of our technical, U.S. high tech systems in the United States by fair means or foul, read in the library, buy it or steal it. It doesn’t make any difference. Intellectual property, they put the figure now, the last I heard was $250 billion annually, and I’m not talking about toys or dresses. I’m talking about patents and copyrights, secrets, protected interests of the United States. All of this is in conjunction with what you were talking about here about the build-up of military assets in China.

Taken together the things that I mentioned, and not military, non-military activities and the military activity, I see China building an arsenal of weapons that can be used against the United States in conjunction, one in conjunction to the other, and to be honest about it, I never connected the dots until I picked up this book here, and you mentioned the Unrestricted Warfare. It’s easy to discard it, to say it’s fantasy, but it deals with exactly what I’m talking about and much, much more.

The tying of military and non-military, attacking every aspect of social, economic and political life in our country, a war with no rules, no limits, no morality. They underscore blood and cruelty in order to shock the citizens in the other country. I guess you could say that’s terrorism. I don’t know. And while I may disagree or you may disagree with all of this, I believe we need to take a look at China’s actions.

Are all of you familiar with this book? I didn’t want to just stand there holding that. I would challenge anybody if they didn’t, if they just pushed it aside and didn’t even look at it. This was written by two high ranking officers of the PLA Army, both of them colonels. It was printed by the PLA printing operation and disseminated throughout the PLA ranks.

So there is some degree of credibility in this, and I think we need to look at this as a part of China’s overall strategy in dealing with the United States. My questions–I have two very simple on this–do you think that we should view the actions of the Chinese, military and non-military, as creating an arsenal of war and isn’t this all a part of a coordinated plan that threatens the United States? And I would open that up to all of you. At your pleasure.

In response to that, Dr. Laurent Murawiec, Sr. Fellow, Hudson Institute, Washington, DC, states:

I think it’s very important, sir, to consider that in Chinese statecraft, there is no border whatsoever between political and military action. In the Western tradition, we declare war. There is no equivalent in Chinesetradition. You don’t declare war. You go to war. And going to war is not something that is restricted to military affairs. It is an integrated conception.

Traditionally, in Chinese history, the party always led the guns, meaning the Mandarins always led the generals. And the pattern of activity that you describe is of that order.

Now, as far as the book you held up is concerned, I think that to some extent that book is a lot of wishful thinking on the part of its authors. It shouldn’t lead us at all to neglect or to rule out its importance because if I have wishful thinking, I will do what I wish or I will try to do what I wish.

So it indicates a direction of thinking, a direction of organization, a direction of organization, a direction of action, and it’s also, I think, if not a training manual, it’s a great pep talk for the troops. It tells us, if you allow me, you look at German general staff literature prior to World War I, you will find also the same rampant dreams, some of which are utterly wishful and many of which were actually realized.

So it tells us whatever the ulterior motives present in that book and I think it’s like many things in China, you got to look at the plot within the plot within the plot and then some. And there are many motivations in that particular book, I think. But I think we should indeed take it seriously, and I would think, yes, there is this, the coordinated plan, which is based on China’s self-conception.

So, if you consider Titan Rain to be some tinfoil-hat conspiracy theory, add a few more people to those who give that theory a bit more credence than naysayers.

Never, ever underestimate your enemy, especially when they have clearly telegraphed a punch. That the punch may be years in coming makes its impact all the more serious.

As Sun Tzu states in chapter ten of “Art of War”:

When a general, unable to estimate the enemy’s strength, allows an inferior force to engage a larger one, or hurls a weak detachment against a powerful one, and neglects to place picked soldiers in the front rank, the result must be ROUT.

This explains the quick fall of Saddam’s Iraq. Let’s not keep this concept far from our minds.

Ian, The Political Teen, is having Open Trackback Monday, so I’ll throw this post out as my submission.

Mohammed at Iraq the Model writes about the election held to decide on Iraq’s constitution:

Some people would say “Is that all you won, after more than two years of war and violence? That’s only one basic right” well, that is the point; we’ve secured one key right that can help us secure the rest.

I would be willing to wager that more Iraqis get that point than do moonbat liberals (is that redundant?) here in the USA.

Austin Bay has an excellent roundup of Iraqi election goings on.

Read through that and ask yourself if you agree with Mohammed’s comment above. Again, the Iraqis turned out at the polls — in the face of death threats — to embrace a fundamental freedom too many (moonbats) here in the USA have come to take for granted.

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