Saturday, June 10, 2006

Murtha: I’m against the war in Iraq and I’m not too thrilled with the Democratic leadership either

The Democrat’s anti-war poster geriatric is suddenly a “liberal maverick” according to “a senior Democratic aide.”
Murtha may seek majority leader job

Rep. John P. Murtha, who has called for the withdrawal of U.S. troops in Iraq, threw a political curveball yesterday by announcing he would run for majority leader if the Democrats win back the House in November.

The Pennsylvania lawmaker gave no warning before telling members he would challenge Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer of Maryland for the majority leader role, and the news sent a shock wave through the Capitol.

"Our goal is to win the House back, and if there's an open seat, I'm the candidate," Mr. Murtha said.

Shocked and angered party members, who have been working to appear united as Republican approval ratings decline, said Mr. Murtha's move could potentially devastate their efforts…

The senior Democratic aide said Mr. Murtha is considered a liberal maverick who is not a team player, and too closely aligned with Mrs. Pelosi.

"People feel like there has been a good team in place, and that would not be the case if Murtha was No. 2," the aide said.

Mr. Hoyer and Mrs. Pelosi once battled over the minority leader post, but this week, Mr. Hoyer said no one would challenge Mrs. Pelosi for the speakership if the Democrats win the House…

Friday, June 09, 2006

ABC News: Part of the Fourth Estate or simply a Fifth Column?

updated: bad link fixed

Nobody, not even an MSM reporter, can be this mind-numbly obtuse. This is a deliberate and pointed attempt to undermine the US intelligence effort in Iraq.

I’m not alone in my take on this, just read the comments offered by other readers.
Captured Zarqawi Aide Spilled the Beans

June 09, 2006 11:08 AM

Alexis Debat Reports:

Ziad_raja_al_karbouly_nrAn Iraqi customs agent secretly working with Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's terror cell spilled the beans on the group after he was arrested, Jordanian officials tell ABC News.

Ziad Khalaf Raja al-Karbouly was arrested by Jordanian intelligence forces last spring.

Officials say Karbouly confessed to his role in the terror cell and provided crucial information on the names of Zarqawi commanders and locations of their safe houses.

Karbouly also admitted to his role in the kidnappings of two Moroccan embassy employees, four Iraqi National Guards and an Iraqi finance ministry official.

In a videotaped confession, Karbouly said he acted on direct orders from Zarqawi.

Officials say he will not be eligible for any of the $25 million reward money...

Michael Moore's Minuteman Mourned

Democrats Vow to Fight On After Zarqawi Loss

A kid who may never reach 17
FBI: Mich. Girl Held in Jordan on Way Home

DETROIT (AP) -- A 16-year-old girl who flew to the Middle East to see a man she met on MySpace.com was detained in Jordan and was headed home Friday, an FBI spokesman said.

U.S. officials persuaded Katherine Lester to take the return flight from Amman, FBI Special Agent Robert Beeckman said from the agency's Detroit office.

Katherine had disappeared from her home in Gilford, in eastern Michigan, on Monday and apparently planned to visit a man whose MySpace account describes him as a 25-year-old from Jericho, said Tuscola County Undersheriff James Jashinske.

The sheriff's department contacted the FBI, which traced the teen to a flight from New York to Amman, Jashinske said. On Thursday night, her family received word from U.S. officials that she had been stopped as she arrived in Amman en route to Tel Aviv, Israel.

Katherine's mother, Shawn Lester, said her daughter had persuaded her in April to help her get a passport so she could go on a two-week vacation to Canada with a friend's family.

On Sunday, they drove to a bus station for that trip, but the family didn't show up. Shawn Lester said she called them, learned there was no trip and brought her daughter home. The next day, Katherine was gone…

"There is no such thing as an underestimate of average intelligence."
Henry Adams

CO Democratic official serves up the core of the party’s platform – dog shit
Dog Feces Left at Congresswoman's Office

Republican U.S. Rep. Marilyn Musgrave's re-election campaign was already heated, and it just got smelly as well: Her staff accused a Democratic activist Thursday of leaving an envelope full of dog feces at Musgrave's Greeley office.

Musgrave spokesman Shaun Kenney said someone stuffed the envelope through the mail slot in the door on May 31 and then sped away in a car. Kenney said most of the preprinted return address was blacked out, but staffers used the nine-digit ZIP code to trace it to Kathleen Ensz, a Weld County Democratic volunteer.

Ensz told The Associated Press she left the envelope at Musgrave's office but said it "wasn't in the office doors, it was in the foyer." Asked what she meant by the act, she declined comment.

Kenney demanded an apology from Musgrave's likely Democratic opponent, state Rep. Angela Paccione of Fort Collins.

Paccione spokesman James Thompson denied the campaign had anything to do with it.

"We find that kind of act to be completely deplorable," he said. "We're not in the business of dirty tricks like that. This type of thing is really out of our control, but of course we'll do anything that we can to discourage this."

Thompson said Ensz, vice chairwoman of a state Senate district committee for the county Democratic Party, has no formal ties to the Paccione campaign.

Kenney said police were asked to investigate. A police spokesman did not immediately return a call.

So who is leading the Cook County Politburo?
Health status of Ill. politician unknown

CHICAGO - In Chicago's Cook County, where the dead have been known to vote, the county's chief executive is a stroke victim who hasn't been publicly seen or heard from in nearly three months.

No one seems to know for certain whether he is in any condition to run for re-election in November, much less govern the county of more than 5 million people in the meantime.

Confidantes insist 77-year-old John Stroger, the powerful Democratic president of the Cook County Board, is recovering. But his Republican opponent wants a hearing on Stroger's fitness, arguing, "This Soviet-style stonewalling has got to end."

Stroger, a major political figure in Chicago's black community, was felled by a stroke just one week before the March 21 primary. Doctors said Stroger could be left permanently impaired, but they have provided no medical updates since the days immediately after the stroke. Stroger's family and staff have sometimes made conflicting statements about how, if at all, involved he is with work…

Thursday, June 08, 2006

News you can use

It must be a reeeeally slow news day in Sweden.
H&M to Supply Madonna's Offstage Wardrobe

STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) -- Onstage, Madonna wears designs by Jean Paul Gaultier; offstage, the 47-year-old pop star and her "Confessions" world tour entourage will choose clothing from H&M's 2006 collection.

Hennes & Mauritz AB, a fashion retailer with over 1,200 stores in 22 countries, announced Thursday that it will supply a complete offstage wardrobe for the Material Girl and her tour band, dancers and crew members.

"Aside from being great fans of Madonna's music and fashion sense, we admire her ability to always be ahead of the trends in everything she does," Margareta van den Bosch, H&B's head of design, said in a statement.

"We look forward to seeing how her touring family translates H&M's seasonal trends to their own personal looks."

The collaboration also will include a specially designed Madonna tracksuit that will be in stores in mid-August and an ad campaign featuring the singer and her dancers, the company said.

"Partnering up with H&M feels like a perfect fit. We'll all get to express ourselves in our own individual ways," Madonna said in a statement. "The dancers and I are excited to go shopping together."…

The culture of corruption

Here’s an AP story about a politician taking bribes in which the AP makes no mention of his political party affiliation.

Can you guess to which political party the politician belongs? (Hint: if he was a Republican that fact would have immediately followed the first mention of his name and it would have been reported in bold)
Ill. Mayor Arrested in Corruption Probe

CHICAGO (AP) -- A longtime suburban mayor was arrested Thursday following reports of an investigation into whether he took bribes in exchange for pressuring businesses to buy insurance policies.

Nicholas Blase, 77, who has been mayor of Niles for 45 years, was arrested as he left home. He was to appear in federal court later in the day, said U.S. Attorney's Office spokesman Randall Samborn.

Samborn said details of the case, including the charges against Blase, would be announced later.

The Chicago Tribune reported the FBI probe this week, citing court documents that said Blase threatened to withhold liquor and business licenses from restaurant owners unless they bought insurance from an agency owned by his late friend Ralph Weiner.

Weiner paid "significant amounts of bribes" to Blase in return, according to the documents, which the report said became public but were later resealed.

Blase has denied any wrongdoing and called the allegation "crazy." He told the newspaper he steered business to Weiner "because I liked the guy."

Niles, just north of Chicago, has 30,000 residents.

US version of an IED gets up close and personal with al-Zarqawi

A thousand pounds of precision-guided high explosives can ruin one’s day.
Insurgent Leader Al-Zarqawi Killed in Iraq

BAGHDAD, June 8 --Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the mastermind behind hundreds of bombings, kidnappings and beheadings in Iraq, was killed early Wednesday by an airstrike --north of Baghdad, U.S. and Iraqi officials said Thursday.

Zarqawi, a Jordanian-born high-school dropout whose leadership of the insurgent group al-Qaeda in Iraq made him the most wanted man in Iraq, was killed along with several other people near the city of Baqubah, the officials said.

U.S. warplanes dropped two 500-pound bombs on a house in which Zarqawi was meeting with other insurgent leaders. A U.S. military spokesman said coalition forces pinpointed Zarqawi's location after weeks of tracking the movements of his spiritual adviser, Sheik Abdul Rahman, who also was killed in the blast…

UN’s No. 2: Real free speech, that quaint American concept, cannot remain ‘unchecked’
Official of U.N. Says Americans Undermine It With Criticism

UNITED NATIONS, June 6 — Secretary General Kofi Annan's deputy assailed the United States on Tuesday for withholding support from the United Nations, encouraging its harshest detractors and undermining an institution that he said Washington needed more than it would admit.

"The prevailing practice of seeking to use the U.N. almost by stealth as a diplomatic tool while failing to stand up for it against its domestic critics is simply not sustainable," said the deputy, Mark Malloch Brown. "You will lose the U.N. one way or another."

In a highly unusual instance of a United Nations official singling out an individual country for criticism, Mr. Malloch Brown said that although the United States was constructively engaged with the United Nations in many areas, the American public was shielded from knowledge of that by Washington's tolerance of what he called "too much unchecked U.N.-bashing and stereotyping."

"Much of the public discourse that reaches the U.S. heartland has been largely abandoned to its loudest detractors such as Rush Limbaugh and Fox News," he said...

A Canadian pogrom is but weeks away

Read James Lileks’ Self-Loathing and the Denial of Terrorism.

He is, as usual (and sadly), spot on.

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Mysterious forces first ravage the “Garden of Eden” then restore it.


Personally, I think this is the handy-work of extraterrestrial beings.

Geez, I know science is supposed to be apolitical, but this is a bit much.
Reflooding Restores Wildlife to Iraqi Marshes

In the 1990s the Garden of Eden was destroyed. The fertile wetlands between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers were diked and drained, turning most of 15,000 square kilometers of marsh to desert. By the year 2000, less than 10 percent of that swampland--nearly twice as big as Florida's Everglades--remained. But reflooding of some areas since 2003 has produced what some scientists are calling the "miracle of the Mesopotamian marshes"--a return of plants, aquatic life and even rare birds to their ancestral home…

David Biello’s article on Scientific America .com goes on for three more paragraphs and 300 words with nary a mention of Saddam Hussein’s Baathist regime or the Iraqi war.

One wonders whether a ten-years-hence typical product of the American public school systems, who might stumble onto the piece, will make the connection.

(Hat tip: Best of the Web Today)

A moral victory

That and two bucks gets you a cup of coffee. Getting the most votes in an election gets you a seat (‘tainted’ or not) in Congress. No amount of Allison Hoffman’s blather changes that.
Bilbray keeps scandal-tainted U.S. House seat in GOP hands

By ALLISON HOFFMAN, Associated Press Writer

Wednesday, June 7, 2006

(06-07) 11:02 PDT SAN DIEGO, (AP) --

Former Republican U.S. Rep. Brian Bilbray held off a stiff Democratic challenge and will return to Congress to complete the last seven months of the term of Randy "Duke" Cunningham, now in jail for taking millions in bribes.

Bilbray won't have much time to savor his victory Tuesday over school board member Florence Busby — the two now will campaign for the November election that will determine who holds the seat for the next two years…

Laurel Fletcher: It’s ‘unfair’ that these ‘Katrina’ illegal aliens aren’t being paid as much as citizens and legal residents are paid.

Ms. Fletcher, a clinical professor of law at UC Berkeley, also states that these ‘workers’, whose very presence is an ongoing criminal act, should seek redress in American courts.

That makes perfect sense to me, we are, after all, a nation of laws. But I must have missed the day in civics class where you learn that adhering to the laws of this country is akin to ordering from the menu at a Chinese restaurant, picking the item(s) from each column that you like.

Should a ‘worker’ decide to press his case, I wonder what document(s) he’ll use to establish his identity for the court filing.
Illegal Workers Face Hardship in Big Easy

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- They are the backbone of post-Hurricane Katrina reconstruction: Workers who converge at dawn and wait to be picked up for 14-hour shifts of hauling debris, ripping out drywall and nailing walls.

But because many are in the country illegally, immigrant workers rebuilding New Orleans are especially vulnerable to exploitation, according to a study released Tuesday by professors at Tulane University and the University of California at Berkeley.

The illegal immigrants often work in hazardous conditions without protective gear and earn far less than their legal counterparts, the study said. Nearly one-third of the illegal immigrants interviewed by researchers reported working with harmful substances and in dangerous conditions, while 19 percent said they were not given any protective equipment.

Illegal immigrants also were paid significantly less - if at all - earning on average $10 per hour, compared with $16.50 for documented workers, the study said.

"What is fundamentally unfair is these are workers who have responded to a national priority to rebuild this city and yet whose rights are being violated," said Laurel Fletcher, director of Berkeley's International Human Rights Law Clinic and one of the study's co-authors.

Under federal labor law, illegal immigrants are afforded the same health and safety protections as documented workers. Regardless of their legal status, laborers can sue most employers under the Fair Labor Standards Act for violation of the minimum wage law and overtime regulations, the researchers said…

Dick Marty enters his swaybacked horse in the anti-U.S. race, yet again

In an effort keep himself busy at the near useless Council of Europe (which is responsible for overseeing the European Court of Human Rights), it appears Marty intends to trot out this nag every six months (see below).
Probe of CIA prisons implicates EU nations

June 7, 2006

PARIS - Fourteen European nations colluded with U.S. intelligence in a "spider's web" of secret flights and detention centers that violated international human rights law, the head of an investigation into alleged

Swiss senator Dick Marty said the nations aided the movement of 17 detainees who said they had been abducted by U.S. agents and secretly transferred to detention centers around the world.

Some said they were transferred to the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and others to alleged secret facilities in countries including Poland, Romania, Egypt and Jordan. Some said they were mistreated or tortured.

"I have chosen to adopt the metaphor of a global spider's web, a web that has been spun out incrementally over several years using tactics and techniques that had to be developed in response to new threats of war," Marty said.

Marty provided no direct evidence but charged that most European governments "did not seem particularly eager to establish" the facts.

"Even if proof, in the classical meaning of the term, is not as yet available, a number of coherent and converging elements indicate that such secret detention centers did indeed exist in Europe," he wrote, saying this warranted further investigation...


In January 2006, when Marty last peddled his story, the European press obliged him with breathless reports like EU states have 'collaborated' with CIA, finds investigator

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

The death rate within the invading horde of illegal aliens has increased.

That’s my headline. The Washington Post went with An Increasingly Deadly Trail - Tighter Border Has Illegal Immigrants Risking More Perilous Routes

I’m not sure that Washington Post staff writer John Pomfret picked the best subject for his heart wrenching tale of the plight of “undocumented immigrants.” The distraught mother in the story would seem to be the poster girl for what sociologists vacuously call ‘at risk behavior’.
COVERED WELLS, Ariz. -- It was early on a May morning, still dark, when Border Patrol agent Dan McClafferty first smelled death, its rich odor piercing the desert bouquet of sage, salt cedar and creosote. Following the beam of his flashlight, McClafferty looked under the thorny branches of a paloverde tree and found what he was looking for.

The body of the 3-year-old boy lay still, covered with a jacket and his arms crossed over his chest. His mother, found wandering along a desert highway hours earlier, had carried him there as she had tried to cross into the United States illegally... [Ed. – Further into the article we learn that mother and son were hopped up on Sedalmerk a combination of caffeine, Tylenol and the herbal supplement ephedra -- an amphetamine precursor that is banned in the United States that their coyote gave them].

The article eventually comes to the motivation for Edith Rodreguez’s (the mother) trip.
Like many who cross the border illegally, Rodreguez had been in the United States before. She worked menial jobs in Kentucky, where she met a man who apparently was married. The two had a relationship and Rodreguez got pregnant, Ramos Cardoso said. She decided to have the baby in Veracruz so her mother could help her. Returning to Mexico to have a baby was an unusual decision -- many Mexican women make the reverse trip, traveling to the United States to have their babies so their children will be U.S. citizens.

Earlier this year, Rodreguez decided to return to the United States to show the boy to his father, Ramos Cardoso said. She traveled to Sasabe, joined the coyote's group and walked across the border...
The article also brings us the Rev. John Fife, founder of No More Deaths , whose position is that ‘migrants’ are dying on the Arizona – Mexico border because of US government policy(i.e., enforcing our national borders). He makes no mention of the fact that the aliens who died had free will (a tenet of Christianity) and they chose an illegal clandestine nighttime entry across a desert.

A cursory glance of the No More Deaths’ website indicates that all money and material donations to the group will be used to give aid and comfort to aliens as they illegally enter the United States. It appears none of the money or volunteer efforts will be used to forestall such entry, which would take the ‘migrants’ out of harm’s way.

Better make it an even 1,000 feet

Two Aussie johns are passing each other on the walkway leading to a brothel.

Exiting john: “Don’t waste your time, Mate.”

Arriving john: “Sorry, how’s that?”

Exiting john: “The Sheilas in there are spooky. They might as well be corpses.”

Mayor Wants Brothels Kept From Cemeteries

SYDNEY, Australia (AP) -- Brothels and cemeteries don't mix and should remain at least 660 feet apart, a local government official said Tuesday.

Paul Pisasale, the mayor of Queensland state town of Ipswich, is part of a movement being led by the Urban Local Government Association to prevent brothels from being built near cemeteries. Prostitution is legal in Australia in limited circumstances.

"There's a lot of families and services that are going on and the last thing you want is someone conducting a spiritual service and a cemetery reflection time for family and a brothel going on next door," he told the Australian Broadcasting Corp. radio on Tuesday.

"It's totally inappropriate. There's a place for brothels and a place for cemeteries and we don't believe the two mix."

Teach your children well
Md. Teacher Accused of Aiding Terror Group

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) -- A third-grade teacher at a Muslim school in Maryland traveled to Pakistan shortly after the Sept. 11 attacks, trained with a terrorist organization there and later served as chauffeur for one of that group's leaders during his U.S. travels, prosecutors say…

Some more ‘broad strata of society’* arrests probable
More arrests likely in Canadian probe

TORONTO - Police said Monday more arrests are likely in an alleged plot to bomb buildings in Canada, while intelligence officers sought ties between the 17 suspects and Islamic terror cells in the United States and five other nations.

A court said authorities had charged all 12 adults arrested over the weekend with participating in a terrorist group. Other charges included importing weapons and planning a bombing. The charges against five minors were not made public.

The Parliament of Canada, in Ottawa, is believed to be among targets the group discussed. Toronto Mayor David Miller said CN Tower, a downtown landmark, and the city's subway were not targets as had been the speculated in local media, but declined to identify sites that were.

A Muslim prayer leader who knew the oldest suspect, 43-year-old Qayyum Abdul Jamal, told The Associated Press on Monday that Jamal's sermons at a storefront mosque were "filled with hate" against Canada.

Authorities said more arrests were expected, possibly this week, as police pursue leads about a group that they say was inspired by the violent ideology of the al-Qaida terror network.


"We've by no means finished this investigation," Mike McDonell, deputy commissioner for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, told AP. "In fact, you might look at it that, really, we're just starting with the arrests. We have a responsibility to follow every lead."…
* - Canadian Police: Terror suspects from a “broad ‘strata’ of society”


Update:


Andrew McCarthy at NRO offers
The Elephant in the Room - The mainstream media continue to suppress the “Islam” in Islamic terrorism.

Monday, June 05, 2006

50% of Rhode Island’s congressional representatives released from drug rehab clinic
Rep. Kennedy Ends Rehab, Returns to R.I.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy said Monday he was feeling good after nearly a month in drug rehabilitation and realizes he can no longer take any "mood-altering" substance.

The six-term congressman checked into a rehabilitation clinic on May 5, one day after a middle-of-the-night car crash near the U.S. Capitol that he said he could not remember...

Kennedy was released from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., on Friday. He also had been treated at the clinic over the Christmas holidays…

Kennedy, the son of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., has been a passionate advocate for improved mental health care coverage and has spoken publicly about his own battles with depression, alcoholism and substance abuse.

A few days after the crash, Rhode Island Democrats endorsed him for re-election.

Republicans have called for him to step down.

"He ought to resign because he can't fulfill his duties as congressman," said Chuck Newton, Rhode Island Republican Party spokesman. "We're a small state and we only have two congressmen, so it really matters if someone can't do the job."


French workers: Screw the elderly and disabled and we want every other Tuesday off too
Workers ignore bank holiday ban

Paris, Jun. 5 (UPI) — Most bank workers in France planned to take Monday off in yet another blow to President Jacques Chirac's waning authority.

Chirac, whose approval rating already has fallen to 17 percent, had wanted to make Whit Monday a normal working day, reports The Times of London. But even some state employees planned to be absent.

Liberation newspaper columnist Jean-Michel Thénard said France is slipping into a "surrealist world" governed by Chirac's "absurd poetry."

The issue stems from a decision to impose a 0.3 percent corporate tax to fund a nearly $3 billion plan to help the elderly and the disabled by working an extra seven-hour day. The tax was introduced after the 2003 heat wave in which thousands died. [Ed. – Nearly 15,000 people died, many because 20% of French health workers were on vacation and couldn’t be bothered to return to work during the emergency]

But the plan turned sour last year after nationwide strikes and protests, with many workers saying they favor the solidarity but not at the expense of losing one of their 11 annual bank holidays, The Times reported.

Perhaps some of the unemployed French ‘youths’ will volunteer their time to assist the elderly and disabled.

Duke’s Richard Brodhead: They’re guilty until proven innocent, but I’m going to be magnanimous
Duke to Bring Back Lacrosse Team

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) -- Duke University's troubled lacrosse team will play next season, but under strict rules and close monitoring after three players were charged with rape, school President Richard Brodhead said Monday.

"I am, I know, taking a risk in reinstating men's lacrosse," Brodhead said in a statement. "The reinstatement is inevitably probationary."

Brodhead canceled the team's season April 5 after an exotic dancer who had been hired to perform at a March 13 team party told police she was raped by three team members at an off-campus house…

Hamas: Words can hurt us, so break out the sticks and stones
Hamas seizes TV station as deadline nears

KHAN YOUNIS, Jun. 5 (UPI) — Hamas supporters seized a television station in Gaza Monday as Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' deadline for recognition of Israel approached.

Armed men forced the staff of Palestine TV in Khan Younis to leave, calling them "dirty collaborators," the BBC reported.

Tensions between Hamas, which has a parliamentary majority, and Abbas' Fatah Party have been rising. Abbas is expected to announce a referendum on recognition of Israel's 1967 borders if Hamas fails to agree, Ynetnews.com reported.

Five people have been killed recently in clashes between Hamas and Fatah, although no injuries were reported in the attack on the TV station...

Hey, how about putting a lock of the kid’s hair on eBay
Pitt and Jolie to Sell Baby Photos

NEW YORK (AP) -- Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt will give the world its first peek at their newborn daughter by releasing photos of Shiloh Nouvel, with profits going to charity.

The images, taken at a private photo shoot, will be distributed by Getty Images, the photo agency said Monday. All profits will be given to charity, though no specific foundation was announced.

"While we celebrate the joy of the birth of our daughter, we recognize that two million babies born every year in the developing world die on the first day of their lives," the couple said in a joint statement. "These children can be saved, but only if governments around the world make it a priority."

Deb Trevino, a spokeswoman for Getty Images, told The Associated Press the family would later name the charity that will receive the funds. She would not disclose how much the photos were being sold for, or when they would be distributed…

I wonder if someone is going to tell Brad and Angelina that ‘Shiloh’ was one of the bloodiest (over 20,000 killed or wounded) battles of the American Civil War.

Associated Press: The ‘undocumented immigrant/worker’ pretense isn’t working…
Time to trot out the race card.
Immigration Debate Stirs Racial Tensions

By ERIN TEXEIRA
AP National Writer

NEW YORK (AP) -- As the fight over immigration reform drags on, an ominous undercurrent to the debate - racism - is becoming more pronounced.

From muttered ethnic slurs to violent attacks, activists say an anti-immigrant backlash seems to be growing in America's neighborhoods and workplaces. A few political leaders have called proposed immigration measures before Congress "racist."

"The climate has gotten demonstrably worse and it is racially charged," said Devin Burghart of the Center for New Community, which tracks anti-immigrant activity. "It's not simply a debate about immigration policy. ... It's about race and national identity and who and what we are as Americans."

Some activists say the House of Representatives started it…

Read the rest and learn how shinning a bright light on a vast criminal enterprise that undercuts American’s law-abiding workforce, sabotages our being a nation of laws, and subverts our sovereignty is racist.

MD Democrats: Businesses? Hate ‘em. Felons? Love ‘em.
Moves on BGE, Wal-Mart bad for business

Maryland officials are scaring off investment in the state with such anti-business moves as the court-ordered scrutiny of Baltimore Gas and Electric Co.'s energy rates and the law that forces Wal-Mart to pay employee health benefits, business leaders say.

"Wal-Mart yesterday. BGE today. Who's next?" asked William R. Burns, spokesman for the Maryland Chamber of Commerce, which represents about 850 businesses employing more than 340,000 people statewide.

He said companies are thinking twice about operating in Maryland after Baltimore Circuit Judge Albert J. Matricciani Jr. ordered the state's Public Service Commission to review the utility company's pending 72 percent rate increase and open its books for political leaders.

The lawsuit by Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley, a Democratic candidate for governor, also succeeded in voiding the energy plan of Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., a Republican seeking re-election…

Maryland Secretary of Business and Economic Development Aris Melissaratos, whose chief job is attracting companies to the state, said the judge's ruling was a "huge negative."

"I'm often asked why Baltimore does not have more [corporate] headquarters," he said. "This is the answer. It makes my job that much tougher."

Mr. Melissaratos also criticized calls by Mr. O'Malley and some state lawmakers to review compensation paid to Mayo Shattuck, president and chief executive officer of Constellation Energy Group, which is BGE's parent company, and financial details of a proposed $11 billion merger of Constellation Energy and Florida utility Florida Power and Light Co.

"That is not the realm of legislatures or courts," he said. "Frankly, there are regulatory bodies [such as the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission] set up to do those things."...

Perhaps the Maryland Democrats believe the felons they want to add to their constituency will supplant the lost investment dollars and tax revenue of businesses they drive from the state.

Thomas Lipscomb: The NY Times' Kate Zernike is inept and Kerry can’t keep his lies straight
The Truth, John Kerry, and The New York Times

Kate Zernike's story on the front page of the Memorial Day Sunday New York Times, "Kerry Pressing Swift Boat Case Long After Loss," is an unfortunate reminder of the Times's embarrassingly poor coverage of Kerry in the face of the Swift Boat Veterans' for Truth charges in the 2004 election. Now as then, the Times acts as if the issues involved were between Kerry's latest representations of his record and the "unsubstantiated" charges of the Swift Boat group. The Times used the term "unsubstantiated" more than twenty times during its election coverage and continues to make no discernable effort to examine any of the charges in detail.

But there was plenty of evidence in the work of other news organizations that some of the charges, and the Kerry military records themselves, were worth examining seriously. I found numerous problems with Kerry's records on his website in my own reporting for the Chicago Sun-Times: a Silver Star with a V for valor listed that the Navy stated it had never awarded in the history of the US Navy, three separate medal citations with some heavy revisions in Kerry's favor signed by former Navy Secretary John Lehman who denied ever signing them, to name two…

It is time we all got to see a picture of the famous Kerry "lucky hat," rather than another account by the latest star-struck journalist. It is time for Kerry to stop alluding to "records" and start producing them. And it is time media assigned reporters with military experience or the resources to analyze this record and see just who is lying about what.

Read the whole thing.

By the bye, it appears Lipscomb is just getting started.
In any case, it is time for some tough reporting to evaluate the Kerry's claims as listed in Zernike's article. I will be following up with several other key incidents which appear to be widely at variance with these claims. These will include what appears to be the current state of the evidence about the "skimmer" operation Kerry has decided to put in play again and the greatest newspaper coverup in modern history.

Sunday, June 04, 2006

What a coincidence!

Check out the ads surrounding the WaPo’s Gore Says Don't Count on a 2008 Run

One can only imagine how much that juxtaposition cost. Of course it could be standard pricing after all this is the Washington Post; deep abiding loyalty to their political party likely played a part.

Update:

When first I posted this entry, the WaPo article was surrounded (top, right, and bottom) with ads for Gore’s doomsday movie An Inconvenient Truth. They are now gone.