Urbin Report

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

An interesting decision out of Canada

The Globe and Mail reports:

WASHINGTON — Canadian troops in Afghanistan have been told the Geneva Conventions and Canadian regulations regarding the rights of prisoners of war don't apply to Taliban and al-Qaeda fighters captured on the battlefield.

That decision strips detainees of key rights and protections under the rules of war, including the right to be released at the end of the conflict and not to be held criminally liable for lawful combat.

“The whole purpose of those regulations is to know if Geneva applies,” said Amir Attaran, a law professor at the University of Ottawa who has been pressing the Defence Department for details of its detainee policy for months....

Captured fighters don't deserve these rights because this isn't a war between countries, says Lieutenant-General Michel Gauthier, who commands the Canadian Expeditionary Forces Command and thus oversees all Canadian Forces deployed abroad....

HT to Jimmy K.

Meanwhile, in France...

MONTFERMEIL, France (AFP) - Around 100 youths armed with sticks and baseball bats clashed with police in a Paris suburb, in the worst such violence since the riots of last November, police said....

Local left-wing leaders charged in a joint statement that the trouble was sparked by the "heavy-handed" arrest of a woman from the Bosquets estate whose son was wanted in connection with a robbery.....

The UNSA police union issued a statement blaming the violence on the mayor's "rash decisions", while the statement by left-wing leaders accused his law-and-order policies of fuelling tensions....

HT to Jimmy K.

Crockumentary maker being sued

Michael Moore, refered to by skilled film makers Trey Parker and Matt Stone as a "Fat Socialist Weasel", is being sued by someone who appeared in his Crockumentary Fahrenheit 9/11 without his knowledge or consent.

The New York Post has the story of Sgt. Peter Damon, a double-amputee Iraq-war vet.

A double-amputee Iraq-war vet is suing Michael Moore for $85 million, claiming the portly peacenik recycled an old interview and used it out of context to make him appear anti-war in "Fahrenheit 9/11."

Sgt. Peter Damon, 33, who strongly supports America's invasion of Iraq, said he never agreed to be in the 2004 movie, which trashes President Bush.

In the 2003 interview, which he did at Walter Reed Army Hospital for NBC News, he discussed only a new painkiller the military was using on wounded vets.

"They took the clip because it was a gut-wrenching scene," Damon said yesterday. "They sandwiched it in. [Moore] was using me as ammunition."

Damon seems to "voice complaint about the war effort" in the movie, according to the lawsuit.

But what the father of two from Middleborough, Mass., was really talking about was the "excruciating" pain he felt after he lost his arms when a Black Hawk helicopter exploded in front of him.

HT to Lorie Byrd at WizBang.
More on the story by Bryan at Hot Air.

Yes, my opening sentance was a bit harsh, but Mr. Moore is very large, an H2 sized person who should not be lecturing others on overconsumption. He is also clearly a Socialist, so that's truth in advertising. As for the weasel comment, I publicly apologize to weasels for the comparison made in Team America between them and Mr. Moore.

For more on Moore, visit FindOutMoore.com and the Moore Commission.
Mr. Reynolds has picked up on this story.

Not your father's Batwoman.

Back in the 1950's Kathy Kane was introduced to DC Comic readers as Bat-Woman, the female counterpart to Batman.

Since then D.C. retconned her out of existance.

Now Kathy Kane is back, as Batwoman, but this time she "is a wealthy, buxom lipstick lesbian who has a history with Renee Montoya, an ex-police detective"

HT to Ace

Bagging Tangos...

The Jawa Report has the story on the capture of another of Iraq's most wanted, Ahmed Hussein Dabash Samir al-Batawi. He was captured by Iraqi forces. He is believed to be the "mastermind" being the rash of beheadings done by Islamofacist extremists.

He also has the lowdown on the Iraqi Army capturing a senior al Qaeda tango by the name of Abu Musab al Zarqawi

HT to Ace.

Sunday, May 28, 2006

Wishfull thinking...

...or an honest mistake. If it was an honest mistake, there should have been a correction notice posted.

I'm talking about a CBS News article that listed democrat congressman William "Cold Cash" Jefferson as Republican.

The page at the CBS News site has been corrected, but not correction notice.
The Digital Brownshirt has a screen capture of the original page.

HT to Ace & Mr. Reynolds.

Mr. Reynolds reminds us of when CBS listed GW Bush as President back in 1998, of course in a negative light.
The corrected page didn't list who was President at the time (William Jefferson Clinton).

Saturday, May 27, 2006

He left one out...

I was listening to NPR yesterday and heard a story about Darfur and why it would be a "bad thing" to send in private security companies (i.e. mercenaries) to cut back on the killing of innocents (by groups funded by the Darfur governement).
I'll bet they can do it faster, cheaper, and without the establishment of routine child rape and the establishment of sex slavery that all too often happens when UN "Peacekeepers" that are not made up of US or British Commonwealth troops.

The story didn't come right out and say "The UN isn't doing anything to halt the genocide", but danced around the subject.

Another thing that caught my ear was when the person reading the story listed countries that had experienced genocide (defined as hundreds of thousands of innocents killed). He listed Bosnia, Serbia and Darfur.

He left out Iraq. Since the Hussein government was brought down (no thanks to bribe taking UN), mass graves have been found with 300,000 bodies (men, women and childred). All created during the period Hussein was in power.

Friday, May 26, 2006

Moving in the right direction...

I heard on WBUR ("Boston's NPR Station") today that the Mass Legislature is moving to make it harder for illegal aliens to get public housing.
While it is a step in the right direction, one has to ask how in Multiple Levels of Hell did illegal aliens get Massachusetts public housing in the first place?

This would be funny if it wasn't so damn sad...

In case you haven't been keeping up on world events, knives are now illegal in Great Britian.
According to this article in The Sun, this includes Klingon Bathlets...

It's worth a visit just to see the picture of a British cop holding a Bathlet and trying to look serious.

As far as I can tell, this idiotic law will serve only three functions.

1. Pissing off British Trekkers
2. Making millions of Law Abiding British subjects felons for having a butchers knife
3. Providing a safer working environment for violent criminals.

Take a look at the third picture (after the uncredited clip from a Paramount film).
The collection of now illegal blades includes a standard kitchen cleaver and a hatchet.
If you are semi-serious about Chinese cooking or an avid camper in England, odds are you are now a felon.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Today is Towel Day

Towel Day is celebrated every May 25, and is a tribute to the late Douglas Adams (1952-2001). The date is a celebration of Adams' life, set two weeks after his death on May 11, 2001.

On this day, fans and followers carry with them a towel at all times throughout the day. This is inspired by the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy radio series (and later, novels, television series, computer game, and film), in which the towel is described as the most massively useful item any hitchhiker can carry.

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

On the other hand...

House Speaker Dennis Hastert is acting like an idiot in his baseless claims that the search warrants served against democrat congressman William Jefferson were illegal.

It's still not Fitzmas...

Despite the hopes and dreams of ABC "reporter" Brian Ross, House Speaker Dennis Hastert is not under investigation by the Justice Department.

The reports that the Representative from Louisiana, democrat William Jefferson, had $90,000 in, ahem, "cold cash" from bribes hidden in his freezer are still true.

An attack on civil rights by the usual suspects.

Alphecca has the details on it.

One reason Fitzmas didn't come this time either...

The Washington Post pointed out the reason, but some people still aren't connecting the dots.

The claim that President Bush's top political strategist had been indicted in the CIA leak investigation was written by a journalist who has battled drug addiction and mental illness and been convicted of grand larceny. That didn't stop more than 35 reporters -- from all the major newspapers, networks and newsmagazines -- from calling Luskin or Rove's spokesman, Mark Corallo, to check it out.

The reports appeared on the liberal Web site Truthout.org, run by Marc Ash, a former advertising man and fashion photographer in California. Jason Leopold, the author of the stories, directed inquiries to Ash, who says that "we stand by the story. We have multiple points of independent confirmation of what we originally reported. Our problem is, the prosecutor's office is under no obligation to go public."

Leopold acknowledges in a new book, "News Junkie," that he is a past liar, convicted felon and former alcoholic and cocaine addict. An earlier version of the book was canceled by publisher Rowman & Littlefield last year.

HT to USS Neverdock

Viral anti-war video most likely a fake.

Very popular on youtube and other video servers is a clip allegedly made by member of the US Army Rangers/Special Forces detailing "war crimes" he and others supposedly committed in Iraq.

It appears that it is a very poorly made fake by a pathetic loser out to spread socialist propaganda.

Milblogs has numerous postings detailing the flaws in his story and uniform.

There was no one by that name in either the Rangers or Special Forces according to the US Army:

Today, the Army ran a check on Mr. MacBeth’s credentials. It turns out, not surprisingly to anybody with half a mind, that Mr. MacBeth has NO Army service record. Anywhere. Period. This is a direct quote given to me by Army spokesman John Boyce:

“Initial research by the U.S. Army Special Operations Command at Fort Bragg shows no Soldier with the name of Jesse Macbeth having ever been assigned to the Special Forces or the Army Rangers — which are, in fact, two separate disciplines. This appears to be some sort of hoax. No Soldier by that name at Fort Lewis to our knowledge, in the past, either. Of course, the line about “go into the Army or go to jail” is vintage TV script not heard since the 1960s. There are also numerous wear and appearance issues with the Soldier’s uniform — a mix of foreign uniforms with the sleeves rolled up like a Marine and a badly floppy tan beret worn like a pastry chef. Of course, the allegations of war crimes are vague, as are the awards the Soldier allegedly received.”

There is an extensive Wikipedia entry on Macbeth and the glaring flaws in his story.

HT to the Mudville Gazette.

Monday, May 22, 2006

And the winner is...

Sayanything had an "Ask PETA" contest and winner is Likwidshoe with this entry:

Alex Pacheco, co-founder and former chairman of PeTA once said, "Arson, property destruction, burglary, and theft are ‘acceptable crimes’ when used for the animal cause". Since PeTA has euthanized tens of thousands of animals tends to kill the vast majority of animals it "rescues", would it be acceptable to burn your house down? If not, why the double standard?

All the runners up, and everyone else, is asked to to eat an animal for PETA today.

Another example of rational & reasoned arguments from the left...

Well, no. Not really. Another example a hate filled rant spewed by another (un)cultured member of the (in)tolerant left.
This one is directed at Right Wing Sparkle.

About that "Culture of Corruption"

Democrat "leaders" such as Howard Dean and Nancy Pelosi have used this term in relation to a number of real or perceived scandals involving Republicans.

They should pay more attention to their own party members, as democrat Rep. William Jefferson of Louisiana is in a bit of trouble with the law.
The FBI has a video of him accepting a $100,000 bribe.
The FBI, operating on a search warrant, found $90,000, in cash, in Jefferson's freezer, divided amoung various frozen food containers.

To his credit, democrat Party Chairman Howard Dean told ABC News last week that Jefferson should resign if indicted. Jefferson has stated that he will not do the honorable thing and resign. It will be interesting to see if Dean sticks to his guns and pressures Jefferson and if any democrat leadership will do so also.

Remember that this is the same Rep. Jefferson who used the National Guard to retreive material from his flooded New Orleans home.

"Finally, according to the source, Jefferson emerged with a laptop computer, three suitcases, and a box about the size of a small refrigerator, which the enlisted men loaded up into the truck."

Saturday, May 20, 2006

The headline should read...

"Taliban Attacks, Gets Their Asses Handed To Them."

Rob points out the reality hidden in a Washington Post story.

Warning from Pakistan

This morning from a cave somewhere in Pakistan, Taliban minister of migration, Omar Mohammad (or is that Mohammad Omar ;-} warned the US military that if action against Iraq continues, Taliban ministers will cut off America's supply of convenience store managers; and if this action does not yield sufficient results, cab drivers will be next followed by Dell customer service reps. It's getting ugly.

[found on flickr]

Friday, May 19, 2006

Quote of the morning...

Remember, it's the State Department that thought that replacing Mohammed Aidid was a dandy idea but sending stuff like tanks and bombers would be "provocative." -- John Ringo

Thursday, May 18, 2006

I don't recall seeing this story in the Boston Globe.

According to Strategy Page, Americans Enlist in Record Numbers

In the last seven months, the U.S. Army has met or exceeded all of its recruiting goals. In that time, over 160,000 people have enlisted, or re-enlisted. The total strength of the active duty and reserve forces are 1.2 million men and women, all of them volunteers.

Except for a few months in 2004-5, the military has been able to maintain its strength, despite wartime conditions. The biggest problem has not been casualties (only about 10,000 soldiers have been killed or disabled so far, less than one percent of overall strength), but the disruption to family life caused by so many troops getting sent to combat zones. This discouraged re-enlistments in reserve units, although mainly among the non-combat troops. In combat units, re-enlistments were at record levels.

...the biggest asset in the recruiting effort has been the world-of-mouth from the troops themselves. They believe in what they are doing, and accomplishing. They believe they are well equipped, trained and led to do it. This angle has not gotten much press coverage, probably because so few members of the press know troops personally. The army recruits largely from the middle classes and non-urban areas. Just the kinds of places and people where you won't find journalists and pundits. When the media does address the recruiting situation, it is dismissed as not relevant. The troops are described as not "getting the big picture," or worse.

The Third Annual Horrible College-Student Poetry Competition

The Hatemonger's Quarterly brings us some truely bad college poetry.
My personal favorite from the entries (the fact that it's the shortest is a big factor) is:

“A baby seal walks into a club” by Mojo

A baby seal walks into a club
squealing and bleeding,
and orders a drink.
"Whadda ya want?" asks the neocon slavemaster
behind the boards
giving the baby seal a fishy look.
"SANCTUARY!" screams the baby seal
trying hard to look like Quasimodo
in a nice white fur coat.
But the bartender beat it to death
because he'd heard that joke before.
The murdering bastard.

HT to the Feisty Republican Whore

Different world views

Instapunk provides this accurate review of the past five years:

Think back to September 12, 2001. Imagine that an omniscient seer had told you then that four-and-a-half years later, the U.K. and Spain would have experienced al Qaeda attacks in their own countries; France's appeasement-oriented government would have been rocked by Islamic riots in Paris and other cities, Denmark would have had its citizens and embassies targeted for Islamic terror attacks on account of political cartoons portraying Muhammed; Russia would have endured a deadly hostage siege by Islamic terrorists at a school full of children; and in all that time, the United States would not have experienced a single additional terror attack on its own soil. Imagine the seer had told you further that the United States would, in the same period of time, wage and win two wars in the middle east, overthrowing the Taliban in Afghanistan and midwifing the formation of a parliamentary democracy there, then driving Saddam Hussein from power in Iraq and bringing that destitute country to the verge of its first parliamentary government, elected by nation-wide vote and backed by a western-trained police force and a non-Baathist army, while Saddam himself sat in the dock awaiting the verdict of his trial for crimes against humanity. Imagine he had told you that American combat deaths in these two wars over three years time would not have exceeded 5,000. Imagine that he also told you the American economy would have fully recovered from the 9/11 attack in this timeframe, returning to employment, interest, inflation, and growth rates rivalling if not exceeding those of the Clinton years, despite wartime budget deficits and huge increases in gasoline prices caused by the inevitable uncertainties in the middle east, while the socialist economies of Europe stagnated or shrank.

Then he points out another fact:
Then imagine that he told you George W. Bush's approval rating just six months after his reelection would stand at 29 percent.

Would you have believed him? Would you have believed that the predicted accomplishments could be achieved so speedily, if at all, in the post-9/11 world? And would you have believed that a man who led such bold endeavors would be the least popular president in modern history save for Richard Nixon and Jimmy Carter?

How did this last point happen in the face of the previous facts?
It's called Chinese Water Torture. It works.

While the bloggers were fighting their various and diverse battles in the name of truth, justice, and common sense, the MSM ocean was harnessing its entire immensity on just one story, told an infinite number of times, in every possible inflection, from every direction, and with the deadly persistent accuracy of a dripping tap: George W. Bush is no good.

It doesn't have to be true, it doesn't have to be fair, it doesn't have to be consistent in its terms. All that matters is that it is repeated with uniform constancy: drip, drip, drip. George W. Bush is no good. George W. Bush is no good. George W. Bush is no good. Change the headlines, seem to change the subject. Abu Ghraib. European disdain. Tom Delay. Katrina. Deficits. Valerie Plame. Gas prices. Karl Rove. Death in Iraq. Angry mothers. NSA wiretaps. Drip, drip, drip, drip, drip, the lead is always the same. George W. Bush is no good. George W. Bush is no good. George W. Bush is no good. George W. Bush is no good. George W. Bush is no good. George W. Bush is no good. Forget the good news, bury the accomplishments or ignore them altogether. Drip, drip, George W. Bush is no good, George W. Bush is no good, George W. Bush is no good.

It took the MSM three years to bring George W. Bush's approval ratings down from their post 9/11 high to 52 percent on election day 2004. It's taken them just six months to bring him down another 20 to 25 points. They never forgot their mission. While the princeling bloggers pissed and moaned about Harriet Miers, and immigration, and federal spending, the MSM kept on dripping out its one story, and now they are within reach of their goal .

HT to Mr. Reynolds.

When Jocks go bad...

Badjocks.com has proof of illegal hazing done by college sports teams.

The best part about this is when the folks at badjocks tell how they found the incriminating photos.
They just typed "Initiation" into a popular photo hosting website.
The bad, and dumb, jocks had posted the pictures of the hazing to public websites, listing their college, their team and in many cases, peoples names.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

How I plan on amusing myself at work today.

I'm going to see how many times I can squeeze the Bullshit Buzzword of the day in.

The abuse against the English language I plan on using is "operationalize".

Balls as big as Church bells...

The official policy of the Mexican government is to encourage and provide aid to its citizens in illegally invading the the United States of America.
The US government, and/or the American border states, should be suing the Mexican government for the funds needed to deal with this illegal invasion of the United States of America by the Mexican government.

Instead, the Mexican government is planning on filing lawsuits in U.S. Courts because the United States of American is exercising its sovereign right of border security. Any sane Judge would throw these cases out immediately. Its a fair bet that the Mexican government files in the 9th Federal Court district.

The difference is key...

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

That would be fun to watch...

Jeff Goldstein has an idea for what would be sure to be a sure fire hit viral video.

Don't dare step out of line...

Mr. Reynolds has some interesting insight:

I WAS LISTENING TO THE RADIO and heard Mary Cheney being interviewed about her new book. The interview turned on the contradiction of an "out" lesbian supporting the Bush campaign in light of its views on gay marriage -- but that seems a bit odd to me, given that John Kerry made very clear that his views on gay marriage were the same as Bush's: "'I'm against gay marriage,' he said. 'Everybody knows that.'" Or, as Kerry said on another occasion: "The president and I have the same position, fundamentally, on gay marriage. We do. Same position."

I haven't read Mary Cheney's book, but it seems to me that given the apparent identity of the Bush and Kerry positions, a gay person might just as readily support one as the other. Unless, of course, you think that Kerry was lying about his position, in which case one might plausibly choose honesty over pandering, I suppose.

A lot of people on the left seem to regard her as a traitor, though, judging by the Amazon reviews. Apparently if you're gay, you're only allowed to support Democrats, whatever they say about gay marriage.

Monday, May 15, 2006

Double Standard, part 2...

The Washington Times Inside Politics column shows how democrat Harry Reid gives his party members a free ride on corruption:

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, was taken to task by the Las Vegas Review-Journal in an editorial Friday.
"Last week, a jury of valley residents validated the stench that surrounds former Clark County Commissioners Dario Herrera and Mary Kincaid-Chauncey by finding them guilty of a combined 30 counts related to public corruption. Although the evidence proved both defendants used their elected offices to leverage favors, Herrera's appetite for power, extra-marital sex and cash was particularly disgusting," the newspaper said.
"It would be hard to imagine anyone defending the 32-year-old Herrera, especially his one-time mentor and political guardian, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. After all, Sen. Reid has barked for months about the need to end the 'culture of corruption' that taints politics today. What harsh words would Sen. Reid, who thrust Herrera onto the national stage four years ago by making him a congressional candidate, reserve for a man whom a jury deemed crooked?
"?'I'm not going to pound on Dario. He's had enough pounding,' Sen. Reid said Tuesday. 'I think he's young enough when he finishes whatever punishment the court metes out to him that he can still contribute to society.' The senator described Herrera as having 'great talent' and a 'tremendous intellect.'
"If Nevada's senior senator wanted his rhetoric about GOP corruption taken seriously, he would have rebuked Herrera's behavior as the kind of conduct he and his party will not tolerate. ...
"Instead, Sen. Reid sent Herrera the equivalent of a Hallmark card, even after it was revealed that one of his aides escorted Herrera from the federal courthouse immediately after his conviction to spare him from the gantlet of journalists seeking his reaction. How can Sen. Reid be seen as someone capable of cleaning up corruption when a member of his own staff does favors for felons?
"The senator's tough talk is a partisan joke. If Sen. Reid can't walk the walk on corruption, he should find a new talking point."

So that's the difference!

Sunday, May 14, 2006

My advice for Governors

To offset the increasing burdensome costs of illegal aliens on state budgets, Governors should call for an immediate 50% (or more) tariff on all money transfers to Mexico.

Friday, May 12, 2006

Meanwhile, at Turtle Bay...

Cuba is now a member of UN Human Rights Council, along with China, Russia, Pakistan, Azerbaijan and Saudi Arabia.

Seeing the massive hypocrisy of this is left as an exercise for the reader.

HT to Ms. Malkin

Thursday, May 11, 2006

A couple of days late...

...but here is Alphecca's Weekly Check on the Bias

It's getting worse in Iraq...

...for al-Qaeda that is. CENTCOM releases details on captured al-Qaeda correspondence in Iraq that reveal frustration and desperation, as the terrorists acknowledge the superior position of American and free Iraqi forces and their ability to quickly adapt to new tactics.

Captain Ed has the details.

HT to Mr. Reynolds, who points out:

AL QAEDA SAYS WE'RE WINNING: That's not news, really, if you've been paying attention.

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

By Request

I had a comment on one of my Patrick Kennedy driving to endanger while under under the influence posts asking where were the posts about Rush Limbaugh.
So, by request, here is a post about Rush Limbaugh and his issues.

Mark Stein sums it up well in the National Review:

Early on, prosecutors claimed they had evidence of over ten felonies. They demanded that Rush plead guilty to some felony—any felony. He refused, always insisting on his innocence. So, they leaked more lies to the media, hoping to intimidate him. They seized his medical records. They gave his medical records to the media. The media took those records and turned them into graphics for television. Reporters and commentators were studying his prescriptions, discussing both the kinds and amount of medicine he had taken. They were beside themselves with glee. Newsweek, AP and the Palm Beach Post, Rush's local paper, were especially vicious, serving as lap-dogs for the prosecutors.

In court, Rush fought these people every step of the way—all the way to the Florida Supreme Court. He spent millions of dollars defending himself—despite the fact that he had been a first-time abuser, went to rehab, and was clean. And then last October, the lead prosecutor sauntered into court and in response to questioning told the judge—we have no evidence that Rush Limbaugh has committed any crime! None.

So, I am very angry. You will hear commentator after commentator speaking sympathetically about Patrick Kennedy and his addiction to painkillers. You will hear people say that he is addicted, he has a serious health problem, he deserves to be praised for his forthrightness today, and we should leave him alone. And many of these commentators will be the same people who were giddy in their ceaseless attacks on Rush.

I am angry at the double standard, where liberals are regularly treated one way and conservatives another. I am also glad Patrick Kennedy won't be abused as Rush was. But you can be sure that the next conservative with a problem won't be treated like Kennedy.

But there are some aspects to the Kennedy matter that require answers. If Patrick Kennedy, who is not a first offender, is addicted to painkillers, from where did he get them? And there are news reports that he had been drinking earlier at a Capitol Hill bar and alcohol was later smelled on his breath. So, why was the officer on the scene prevented by more senior police officers from performing a routine sobriety test?

I truly wish Patrick Kennedy well. But you bet I'm angry.

HT to Ms. Malkin

In the strange bedfellows department

Rupert Murdoch has agreed to host a political fundraiser for Hillary Clinton this summer, according to the Financial Times.

I guess he figures HRC running will sell a lot of papers.

Monday, May 08, 2006

One case where we should follow Europe's example.

Elizabeth Bryant writes in the Washington Times:

European governments, facing an immigration debate much like that in the United States, are pulling in the welcome mat, especially for low-skilled, illegal aliens from Africa and other developing regions.
France's National Assembly last week began debating legislation that would seek to screen out unskilled immigrants while making it harder for illegal aliens to gain residency and for immigrants' families to settle in France.

Running true to form...

Sunday, May 07, 2006

Patrick Kennedy update

A few points from the Wall Street Journal's Best of the Web.
They quote the LA Times:

Baird [the police union head] wrote that the officers were not permitted to perform basic field sobriety tests and that the watch commander on duty "ordered all of the patrol division units to leave the scene."

Officers then drove Kennedy home, the congressman said in his second statement. "At no time did I ask for any special consideration," he added. "I simply complied with what the officers asked me to do."

Then this on target observation is made:
It seems highly unlikely, however, that if you or I drove a car into a Capitol barricade, the Capitol Police would respond by chauffeuring us home.

Followed by more from the LA Times:
Kennedy's past includes several troubling episodes, starting with his treatment in 1986 for cocaine use. More recently, a charter company accused him of causing $28,000 in damage to a rented yacht in 2000. That same year, he acknowledged that he was "on a lot of different medications for, among other things, depression," and was accused of shoving an airport security guard at Los Angeles International Airport when she tried to make him check his bag.

He was in a traffic incident last month in his home district, according to Boston Herald columnist Howie Carr, who reported that the mishap occurred as Kennedy was hurrying into the parking lot of a pharmacy in Portsmouth, R.I.

In the politics makes strange bedfellows column comes Michelle Malkin quoting the Daily Kos calling for Patrick Kennedy to resign.

Ms. Malkin also has a round up on Rep. Kennedy's press conference and provides translations.

The Smoking Gun has the police report.

Friday, May 05, 2006

Somebody's having way too much fun...

...with stupid luser pictures from myspace.

Cover up underway...

According to Drudge, Roll Call is reporting a possible DWI coverup involving Rep. Patrick Kennedy, democrat and son of democrat Senator Ted Kennedy.

Police labor union officials asked acting Chief Christopher McGaffin this afternoon to allow a Capitol Police officer to complete his investigation into an early-morning car crash involving Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.), son of Sen. Ted Kennedy.

ROLL CALL reports: According to a letter sent by Officer Greg Baird, acting chairman of the USCP FOP, the wreck took place at approximately 2:45 a.m. Thursday when Kennedy's car, operating with its running lights turned off, narrowly missed colliding with a Capitol Police cruiser and smashed into a security barricade at First and C streets Southeast.

“The driver exited the vehicle and he was observed to be staggering,” Baird’s letter states. Officers approached the driver, who “declared to them he was a Congressman and was late to a vote. The House had adjourned nearly three hours before this incident. It was Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy from Rhode Island.”

Baird wrote that Capitol Police Patrol Division units, who are trained in driving under the influence cases, were not allowed to perform basic field sobriety tests on the Congressman. Instead, two sergeants, who also responded to the accident, proceeded to confer with the Capitol Police watch commander on duty and then “ordered all of the Patrol Division Units to leave the scene and that they were taking over.”

A source tells the DRUDGE REPORT: "It was apparent that the driver was intoxicated (stumbling) and claimed he was in a hurry to make a vote.

"When it became apparent who it was, instead of processing a normal DWI, the watch commander had the Patrol units clear the scene. The commander allowed other building officials drive Kennedy home."

This morning's incident comes just over two weeks after Kennedy was involved in a car accident in Rhode Island.

"I was involved in a traffic accident last night at First and C Street SE near the U.S. Capitol," Kennedy said in a written statement released by his office. "I consumed no alcohol prior to the incident. I will fully cooperate with the Capitol Police in whatever investigation they choose to undertake."

Tweedledee & Tweedledum...

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Political Quiz results...

Not very surprising...

You Are a "Don't Tread On Me" Libertarian

You distrust the government, are fiercely independent, and don't belong in either party.

Religion and politics should never mix, in your opinion... and you feel opressed by both.

You don't want the government to cramp your self made style. Or anyone else's for that matter.

You're proud to say that you're pro-choice on absolutely everything!

More oil will be available due to tech advances.

According to the MIT Tech Review:

The amount of accessible oil worldwide could eventually be increased by roughly 30 percent with the help of new drilling, imaging, and oil extraction technologies, including the use of microbes, say MIT researchers. Theoretically, this number could be even higher; in a best-case scenario, the amount of oil that could be produced would double.

Han shot first!

None of the George Lucas rewritting history bullstuff!
The original theater release versions of the first three Star Wars films are being released to DVD.

Once more...

...it's Alpheeca's Weekly Check on Media Bias against Firearm Ownership.

A good rant

Mad Mike goes off on a good rant after seeing a hate crime.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Stray Quote of the Day

You know you're watching a B-grade movie when a scientist shouts, "Give me the computer code for 'defuse'!" and someone shouts back "4-5-6-21-19-5!"

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Words to remember

"In the first place we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the man's becoming in very fact an American, and nothing but an American...

There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag, and this excludes the red flag, which symbolizes all wars against liberty and civilization, just as much as it excludes any foreign flag of a nation to which we are hostile...We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language...and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people."

-- Theodore Roosevelt, 1919

HT to Lou Dobbs.

Mallard nails it.

Remember that Mexico uses their military to enforce its southern border and has a record of abuse against illegal aliens.
Mexico needs to clean up it's own act before making demands on the United States of America.

Monday, May 01, 2006

Racism rears it's ugly head...

Here is a bit of photojournalism from today's protest by criminals. Add civil rights violations and Hate Crimes to their rap sheet prior to deportation.