Friday, September 30, 2005

Let's do a real quick compare and contrast [Kabul Soccer Stadium]

Before U.S. intervention.



After U.S. intervention

Nintendo Revolution controller



What the heck is this?

Really, what in the heck is this?

I'm supposed to use this to play a video game?

It looks like a freaking channel changer.

Oh wait, it's got ATTACHMENTS! Oh joy.......



I think VG Cats pretty much does a perfect job of summing up this contraption.

If you've never heard of or read VG cats, updated each Monday, be sure to go through the archives. Some of them will make you laugh & cry.


I think I'll just stick with my PS2 and wait for the PS3 to come out.

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And if you don't get the last comic he did about Soild Snake you need to watch this first.

Harry Reid: middleman between crooks

LINK

The money that led to the indictment this week of two Las Vegas pastors and the wife of one of them came from federal grants arranged by Sen. Harry Reid in September 2001, a Reid spokeswoman said Wednesday.

Moving to distance Reid from a possible scandal, aide Tessa Hafen said the senator sought the money on behalf of a nonprofit social services agency and not for the churches or persons who have been accused of mishandling the money.



Tisk tisk Harry. You know you're not supposed to get caught.

Police Searching For Sword-Swinging Bandit



JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Beach Police Department is looking for a samurai sword-swinging bandit who attempted to hold up a gas station earlier this month.

The attempted robbery of a Sprint station on Beach Boulevard Sept. 3 was recorded on surveillance video. The video shows the man removing the sword from behind his back and demanding money from the clerk.

According to police, the clerk refused, and the man can then be seen running out the door.

"We're hoping that somebody can maybe recognize this suspect or recognize this suspect's actions or something like that just to give us a few clues or a few hints on who it may be or who we may be able to talk to in the case," Jacksonville Beach Police spokesman Michael Zdunkiewicz said.



So the guy goes in to rob the store, he pulls out a sword and when the clerk refuses, he just runs out.

I guess he was just hoping the clerk would just fear him cause he had a sword and didn't want to go hurt the guy.

He's lucky the clerk wasn't packing or we'd be reading about a sword being found next to a dead guy that tried to rob the store.

Judge Orders Release of Abu Ghraib Photos

NEW YORK Sep 30, 2005Photographs showing U.S. soldiers tormenting Iraqi detainees at Abu Ghraib prison tarnished America's reputation when they were released last year, with some critics of the U.S.-led occupation citing the scandal as vindication.

On Thursday, a federal judge ordered the release of dozens more pictures of abuse from the infamous Baghdad prison potentially opening the military up to more embarrassment from a scandal that already has stirred outrage around the world.

U.S. District Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein rejected government arguments that the images would provoke terrorists and incite violence against U.S. troops in Iraq.

He said terrorists "do not need pretexts for their barbarism" and that suppressing the pictures would amount to submitting to blackmail.

[snip]

An appeal of Hellerstein's ruling was expected, which could delay release of the pictures for months.

Gen. John Abizaid, commander of U.S. Central Command, said releasing the photos would hinder his work against terrorism.

"When we continue to pick at the wound and show the pictures over and over again it just creates the image a false image like this is the sort of stuff that is happening anew, and it's not," Abizaid said.




Damn this is just idiotic.

But what else do you expect from a Clinton Judge.

Judith Miller out and talking.

New York Times Reporter Miller to Testify in CIA Leak Probe

Sept. 30 (Bloomberg) -- New York Times reporter Judith Miller was freed from jail after 85 days yesterday and agreed to testify in a CIA leak investigation after her confidential source, Vice President Dick Cheney's top aide, released her from a secrecy agreement, her newspaper said.

Miller, 57, said in a written statement that she will testify today before a grand jury ``because my source has now voluntarily and personally released me from my promise of confidentiality regarding our conversations.''

[snip]

Miller said that she ``went to jail to preserve the time- honored principle that a journalist must respect a promise not to reveal the identity of a confidential source.''

``It's good to be free,'' she said in her statement.

Miller's lawyers reached agreement with Fitzgerald ``regarding the nature and scope of my testimony, which satisfies my obligation as a reporter to keep faith with my sources,'' she said.

New York Times Executive Editor Bill Keller said that initially Miller ``had only a generic waiver'' of her vow not to reveal her source, ``and she believed she had ample reason to doubt it had been freely given. In recent days, several important things have changed that convinced Judy that she was released from her obligation.''

The newspaper said on its Web site that Miller's lawyers had ``intense negotiations'' with Libby's lawyer, Joseph Tate, that were ``sometimes strained.''

Negotiations

Miller and Libby talked by phone this month and Libby released her from the confidentiality promise regarding their 2003 conversation, the paper said. Libby asserted he gave his waiver more than a year ago, the Times said.




OK. Why now?

You can't be "respecting a promise not to reveal the identity of a confidential source.'' when that source has told you it's OK to reveal him as a source.

Why did she spend 85 days in jail and wait until now to agree to testify in front of the grand-jury?

She gonna have a book coming out soon?

VDH ~ Saddam in 2005! Just imagine a different Iraq…

Victor Davis Hanson

Bill Bennett - The left's latest target of attack

It looks like the left all got the same talking points about what Bill Bennett said on Thursday about a HYPOTHETICAL.

I'm sure that talking point said "Make sure you don't use the full quote or put it into context with the conversation that was ongoing."

Here we've got Howard "You think the RNC could get this many people of color in a single room? Only if they had the hotel staff in here." Dean's press release.

WASHINGTON, Sept. 29 /U.S. Newswire/ -- Former Republican Secretary of Education William Bennett remarked yesterday on his radio show that, "I do know that it's true that if you wanted to reduce crime, you could -- if that were your sole purpose, you could abort every black baby in this country, and your crime rate would go down."

Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean issued the following statement:

"Bill Bennett's hateful, inflammatory remarks regarding African Americans are simply inexcusable. They are particularly unacceptable from a leader in the conservative movement and former Secretary of Education, once charged with the well being of every American school child. He should apologize immediately. This kind of statement is hardly compassionate conservatism; rather, Bennett's comments demonstrate a reprehensible racial insensitivity and ignorance. Are these the values of the Republican Party and its conservative allies? If not, President Bush, Ken Mehlman and the Republican Leadership should denounce them immediately as hateful, divisive and worthy only of scorn.


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And then there's John "The Head Moonbat" Conyers who's calling for an immediate suspension of Bill's show. I guess he follows the 'ol "free speech for me and not for thee" line of thinking.

We were shocked and outraged to learn that, on your radio network today, Bill Bennett stated on his radio program, Bill Bennett's Morning in America, "I do know that it's true that if you wanted to reduce crime you could -- if that were your sole purpose -- you could abort every black baby in this country, and your crime rate would go down." This statement was made in response to a caller's suggestion linking abortions to the solvency of the Social Security program.

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Next we've got Nancy "abort 'um if ya got 'um" Pelosi.

WASHINGTON, Sept. 29 /U.S. Newswire/ -- House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi spoke on the floor of the House this evening in response to comments made yesterday by William Bennett, former Secretary of Education during the Reagan Administration. Below are Pelosi's remarks:

"Mr. Speaker, I rise this evening to express my deep disdain and disgust for comments made yesterday by former Reagan Secretary of Education William Bennett on his radio call-in show. He said: 'You could abort every black baby in this country and your crime rate would go down. That would be an impossible, ridiculous, and morally reprehensible thing to do, but your crime rate would go down.'

[snip]

"We must stand sentry against any hint of racism, any indication of injustice, and any moment of intolerance. Now is not the time for divisive comments. Now is the time for coming together. Now is the time for healing."


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How is it that these democrats have no problem with the 40 million babies that have been aborted but as soon as a race is attached in the discussion then they become unhinged?

I wonder if any of these same Democrats have ever repudiated any quotes their darling founder of Planned Parenthood, Margaret Sanger, said?

Gems like this...

"Organized charity itself is the symptom of a malignant social disease. Those vast, complex, interrelated organizations aiming to control and to diminish the spread of misery and destitution and all the menacing evils that spring out of this sinisterly fertile soil, are the surest sign that our civilization has bred, is breeding and perpetuating constantly increasing numbers of defectives, delinquents and dependents.......to breed out of the race the scourges of transmissible disease, mental defect, poverty, lawlessness, crime … since these classes would be decreasing in number instead of breeding like weeds....such a plan would … reduce the birthrate among the diseased, the sickly, the poverty stricken and anti-social classes, elements unable to provide for themselves, and the burden of which we are all forced to carry"

"The ministers work is also important and also he should be trained, perhaps by the [Birth Control] Federation [of America] as to our ideals and the goal that we hope to reach. We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population and the minister is the man who can straighten out that idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members." ( to philanthropist Clarence Gamble - 1939 )

"Birth control must lead ultimately to a cleaner race."

"The most merciful thing that a family does to one of its infant members is to kill it."

"Birth control itself, often denounced as a violation of natural law, is nothing more or less than the facilitation of the process of weeding out the unfit, of preventing the birth of defectives or of those who will become defectives."

"Our failure to segregate morons who are increasing and multiplying… a dead weight of human waste… an ever-increasing, unceasingly spawning class of human beings who never should have been born at all."




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Here's the Full text of the call that got this all started.

CALLER: I noticed the national media, you know, they talk a lot about the loss of revenue, or the inability of the government to fund Social Security, and I was curious, and I’ve read articles in recent months here, that the abortions that have happened since Roe v. Wade, the lost revenue from the people who have been aborted in the last 30-something years, could fund Social Security as we know it today. And the media just doesn’t — never touches this at all.

BENNETT: Assuming they’re all productive citizens?

CALLER: Assuming that they are. Even if only a portion of them were, it would be an enormous amount of revenue.

BENNETT: Maybe, maybe, but we don’t know what the costs would be, too. I think as — abortion disproportionately occur among single women? No.

CALLER: I don’t know the exact statistics, but quite a bit are, yeah.

BENNETT: All right, well, I mean, I just don’t know. I would not argue for the pro-life position based on this, because you don’t know. I mean, it cuts both — you know, one of the arguments in this book Freakonomics that they make is that the declining crime rate, you know, they deal with this hypothesis, that one of the reasons crime is down is that abortion is up. Well –

CALLER: Well, I don’t think that statistic is accurate.

BENNETT: Well, I don’t think it is either, I don’t think it is either, because first of all, there is just too much that you don’t know. But I do know that it’s true that if you wanted to reduce crime, you could — if that were your sole purpose, you could abort every black baby in this country, and your crime rate would go down. That would be an impossible, ridiculous, and morally reprehensible thing to do, but your crime rate would go down. So these far-out, these far-reaching, extensive extrapolations are, I think, tricky.



Also a transcript from Hannity & Colmes last night.

Thursday, September 29, 2005

U.S. Won't Let U.N. Take Control Of Internet

GENEVA -- A senior U.S. official rejected calls on Thursday for a U.N. body to take over control of the main computers that direct traffic on the Internet, reiterating U.S. intentions to keep its historical role as the medium's principal overseer.

"We will not agree to the U.N. taking over the management of the Internet," said Ambassador David Gross, the U.S. coordinator for international communications and information policy at the State Department. "Some countries want that. We think that's unacceptable."

Many countries, particularly developing ones, have become increasingly concerned about the U.S. control, which stems from the country's role in creating the Internet as a Pentagon project and funding much of its early development.

[snip]

"We've been very, very clear throughout the process that there are certain things we can agree to and certain things we can't agree to," Gross told reporters at U.N. offices in Geneva. "It's not a negotiating issue. This is a matter of national policy."





Good.

And the UN can go take a flying leap with their small-arms crap too!

The DeLay indictment

The Smoking Gun

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Tom DeLay Indicted [Yawnnnnnn]

Call me if Ronnie Earle actually gets a conviction.

Earle has quite a track record of indicting his political opponents and not getting a conviction. Like
Kay Bailey Hutchison.

And it's interesting that today was the deadline for the grand-jury investigation.

Earle investigation of TRMPAC close to completion

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Statement from the Office of the Majority Leader

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Prosecutor In Probe Of DeLay PAC Raises Funds For Other Side


Nawwwwwww This isn't a hit by the DNC......

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“Dollars for Dismissals”
The prosecutor in the DeLay case dropped charges in exchange for cash to pet cause.

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Mark Levin on the DeLay thing.....

Mark R. Levin: Here's my first take on this indictment (I've only read the indictment and nothing more for now): The indictment is three pages in length. Other than a statement that "one or more" of 3 individuals, including Tom DeLay, entered into an illegal conspiracy, I can't find a single sentence tying Tom DeLay to a crime. That is, there's not a single sentence tying DeLay to the contribution. The indictment describes the alleged conduct of two other individuals, but nothing about DeLay. You would think if Ronnie Earle had even a thin reed of testimony linking DeLay to the contribution, it would have been noted in the indictment to justify the grand jury's action. Moreover, not only is there no information about DeLay committing acts in furtherance of a conspiracy, there's no information about DeLay entering into a conspiracy. I honestly believe that unless there's more, this is an egregious abuse of prosecutorial power. It's a disgrace. I understand that not everything has to be contained in an indictment, but how about something!
Posted at 01:58 PM

Oil reserves are double previous estimates, says Saudi

By Saeed Shah
Published: 28 September 2005

Saudi Arabia, the biggest oil producer, and Exxon Mobil, the largest oil company, yesterday declared that the world had decades' worth of oil to come, in an attempt to calm fears about the record prices experienced in recent weeks.

Forming a powerful alliance, the Saudi oil minister Ali al-Naimi said, at an industry conference in Johannesburg, that the country would soon almost double its "proven" reserve base, while Exxon's president, Rex Tillerson, spoke of 3 trillion or more barrels of oil that are yet to be recovered.

Mr Naimi said that Saudi Arabia would "soon" add 200 billion barrels to its current reserves estimate of 264 billion barrels. The level of the kingdom's reserves and future production capacity are a controversial issue, with sceptics suggesting that it is running out of oil. Muhammed-Ali Zainy, of London's Centre for Global Energy Studies, said: "Since these Opec countries [like Saudi Arabia] are closed, the only information available is available to themselves alone. So they can come up with a new reserves figure and the rest of the world will just have to take it."




This is what ya call not showing your hand until you need to.

I bet they've know this for a long time and are coming out with the now because the price of oil is so high. High enough that the US was about the start mining all that shale oil in Utah, Colorado and Wyoming, thus becoming less dependent on the Saudi's oil.



Friday, March 4, 2005

Eyes on oil shale — again
Pricey extraction techniques might be feasible if price keeps going up

Oil prices Thursday peaked at their highest level since late October — sparking yet another debate about the viability of Utah's high-cost, high-risk shale oil reserves as an alternative fuel source.

The Green River Formation, a geologic swath stretching into Utah, Colorado and Wyoming, contains an estimated 1.5 trillion barrels of oil, according to the American Association of Petroleum Geologists.

The problem is, nobody seems to know how to get it out at a reasonable price.

What the hell does this have to do with hurricane reconstruction?

Buried in the $250 Billion bill from Landrieu & Vitter is a section to extend to seaward boundaries of LA by 7 miles.

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3 leagues [nautical] = 10.357015 miles

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S.1766

Louisiana Katrina Reconstruction Act

CHAPTER 2--OFFSHORE FAIRNESS ACT OF 2005

SEC. 611. SHORT TITLE.

This chapter may be cited as the `Offshore Fairness Act of 2005'.

SEC. 612. PURPOSES.

The purposes of this chapter are--

(1) to provide equity to Louisiana with respect to the seaward boundaries of the States in the Gulf of Mexico by extending the seaward boundaries from 3 geographical miles to 3 marine leagues if the State meets certain conditions not later than 5 years after the date of enactment of this Act;

(2) to convey to Louisiana the interest of the United States in the submerged land of the outer Continental Shelf that is located in the extended seaward boundaries of the States;

(3) to provide that any mineral leases, easements, rights-of-use, and rights-of-way issued by the Secretary of the Interior with respect to the submerged land to be conveyed shall remain in full force and effect; and

(4) in conveying the submerged land, to ensure that the rights of lessees, operators, and holders of easements, rights-of-use, and rights-of-way on the submerged land are protected.

[snip]

Get your FREE CREDIT REPORT.

Just call one of these numbers and ask for Chuck...

(202) 224-6542
(212) 486-4430

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

NOLA Police Chief quits. Could this be the reason?

Over on Tony Snow's radio show today he mentioned that the FBI is investigating the New Orleans police dept. because they have "paper cops."

Not "paper cops" because they fall over like a piece of paper, but "paper cops" because the number of cops on the payroll doesn't add up to the actual number of cops on the force.

We'll just have to wait and see.....




UPDATE:

Here's the Audio from the Tony Snow show yesterday. (woof!)

LINK

Hillary Insider Writes ABC's 'Commander in Chief'

Oh Good Grief!

I really hope people see the whole reason for this new show is to soften them up for '08 when Hillary runs for Pres. [shudder]



NEWSMAX
Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2005 10:51 a.m. EDT

ABC insiders deny there's any connection between real-life presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and their new TV show "Commander in Chief" - where Geena Davis makes her debut tonight as America's first woman president.

But it turns out the show's lead writer is a longtime Clinton campaign insider who held a top job in Hillary's press office.

"Writer Steve Cohen used to work for her in the 1990s, serving as the then-first lady's deputy communications director," reports the Village Voice.

If you were a TV weather/news reporter.......

...... could you keep a straight face while reporting on Typhoon "LONGWANG"?


I don't think I could.

I Nuked my Glock....

Went to a gun show this past weekend and did NOT buy a gun, but I did get night sights installed on my Glock.

Yeah, I know I just got my LaserMax installed but it won't hurt to have night sight too.

New night sights.


LaserMax





And this is all the stuff I carry each day. I still need to get a good flashlight.


Oh, I say I Nuked my Glock because the night sights use Tritium to glow.

They don't want to end war, they want a Marxist U.S.



Actor-activist Martin Sheen waits with members of the ANSWER Coalition prior to the start of the march and rally at the Federal Building in downtown Los Angeles, CA, on Saturday, September 24, 2005.




No, I'm not talking about the sign calling Martin Sheen a "Lying Sack of Crap", if you look at the poster in the top left it reads;

BUSH is the symptom

CAPITALISM is the disease

REVOLUTION is the cure

Party for SOCIALISM & LIBERATION




I wish when people see these A.N.S.W.E.R. rallies they'd know what they really stand for, A MARXIST STATE.

Click here if you don't believe me..

And yes, these were the people in D.C. last weekend.

Monday, September 26, 2005

Cindy Sheehan arrested at White House.......





Anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan, the California woman who has used her son's death in Iraq to spur the anti-war movement, is arrested by United States Park police outside the White House on Monday, Sept. 26, 2005 in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)







Think they can squeeze another camera in there?

Louis Farrakhan: Divers Found Levee Explosives



NEWSMAX ~ Nation of Islam chief Minister Louis Farrakhan has expanded on his theory that New Orleans' levees were blown up during Hurricane Katrina, announcing Friday that divers working on the levee break have found evidence of explosives.

"These explosives are from the government side," he said during a press conference in Memphis held to promote his upcoming Million Man Anniversary March.

In quotes picked up by Memphis TV station WMC, Farrakhan demanded an investigation into the Bush administration's levee plot. If true, he insisted: "somebody is guilty, then not only of mass destruction of property, but of mass murder."

Farrakhan predicted that when New Orleans is rebuilt, it will be "a white city."

Two weeks ago, the firebrand Muslim leader announced that he'd uncovered the levee plot.

"I heard from a very reliable source who saw a 25 foot deep crater under the levee breach," Farrakhan explained during a stop in Charleston, South Carolina. "It may have been blown up to destroy the black part of town and keep the white part dry."





Calypso Louie went past ridiculous and straight into ludicrous with his assertion that Pres. Bush blew up the levees, but with this he has gone plaid.

Schumer Scores Zero On Protecting Privacy

Senator Grills Roberts on Right to Privacy, Should Have Looked in Mirror First

WASHINGTON, Sept. 23 /U.S. Newswire/ -- The Mayflower Compact Coalition, an alliance of black leaders and patriotic Americans seeking to strengthen the health and well-being of black America, is outraged by New York Senator Chuck Schumer’s Democratic Senate Campaign Committee’s idea that opposition research should involve fraudulently obtaining a rival candidate’s credit report, violating an individual’s right to privacy.

"Where’s the right to privacy in this case, Senator,” exclaimed Phyllis Berry Myers, co-founder of the Mayflower Compact Coalition. "We just sat through a week of hearings in which Democrat Senators like Schumer assailed Judge John Roberts on the issue of privacy and all the while the DSCC under Schumer’s leadership was violating this very right. What hypocrisy!”

Maryland Lt. Governor Michael Steele, a possible candidate for US Senate, learned from the FBI that the Democrat Senate Campaign Committee lifted his social security number and fraudulently obtained his credit report. Coalition Member and civil rights activist, Niger Innis reacted, "We find the DSCC’s actions troubling and disappointing.

I don’t think it is mere coincidence that the DSCC targeted the highest ranking, statewide black Republican elected official. Is illegally obtaining potential candidates’ credit reports standard DSCC operating procedure? American citizens need to know.”

"I’m neither a Democrat nor a Republican. I’m an Independent,” commented Reverend Anthony Williams, pastor of Chicago’s St. Stephen’s Evangelical Lutheran Church. "But you all know if the RNC or any other Republican organization had done this, all kind of invective would be hurled. The Republicans would be accused of ‘dirty tricks;’ called ‘racist’ and everything else but a child of God. By the way, where is the outrage from the Congressional Black Caucus? We want to discuss this matter with them.”

"I’m an attorney and former senior counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee,” noted Cherylyn Harley LeBon. "Senator Schumer needs to take responsibility and be held accountable for the actions of his subordinates. If there is nothing to hide, Senator Schumer also should release to The Baltimore Sun, The Washington Post and The New York Times all emails and correspondence relating to the Steele matter. The voters of Maryland and the rest of us have a right to know what happened here. Refusing to do so would only serve to feed voters’ growing cynicism and continue to erode confidence in the openness and fairness of our electoral processes.”

"There is enough fear about identity theft and government invasion of our privacy without the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee engaging in such activity,” said Virginia Walden Ford, president of People of Color United and DC Parents for School Choice. "Our Senators should assist in protecting and guaranteeing our right to privacy, not condoning such gross violations. I’m disappointed Senator Schumer hasn’t publicly apologized to Lt. Governor Steele. We’re waiting for your apology, Senator Schumer.”

Return weapons to law-abiders, judge demands [NOLA gun grab]

New Orleans police can't disarm evacuees

Return weapons to law-abiders, judge demands

By BILL WALSH
Newhouse News Service

NEW ORLEANS - Gun rights groups won a temporary restraining order Friday preventing police in New Orleans and a nearby parish from confiscating people's firearms when seeking to evacuate residents.

U.S. District Court Judge Jay Zainey ordered the New Orleans Police and St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office to stop taking weapons from law-abiding people and return any they already took in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

In documents filed in federal court in Baton Rouge, La., New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, Police Chief Eddie Compass and St. Tammany Sheriff Jack Strain deny ordering the confiscation of firearms.

But news reports quoted Compass as saying that only law enforcement officials would be allowed to have firearms and Deputy Chief Warren Riley as saying, "We are going to take all the weapons."

Wayne LaPierre, president of the National Rifle Association, said his group documented 30 to 40 cases of people having their weapons taken away after Katrina hit Aug. 29.

"In many cases, it was from their homes at gunpoint. There were no receipts given or anything else at a time when there was no 911 response, and these citizens were out there on their own protecting their families," LaPierre said."The worst thing about it is that it was at a time of complete collapse of the government's ability to protect people."

In the immediate aftermath of Katrina, there were widespread reports of looting throughout New Orleans. At the outset, the city ordered the police to ignore looters and focus instead on search and rescue. But within days, crime spiraled out of control and police were directed to restore order.

To gain control of the situation, Gov. Kathleen Blanco issued emergency power orders, which allow the authorities to regulate firearms. But the suit alleged that law enforcement officials overstepped the bounds by taking guns away in violation of the 2nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.





Bit of good news..

Friday, September 23, 2005

I would get arrested.......

....if a cop driving this car pulled me over.



Arrested for non stop laughing!

Iran Warns Aggressors Of 'Fire And Destruction'

by Farhad Pouladi
Tehran (AFP) Sep 23, 2005

Under pressure over its nuclear programme, Iran on Thursday [9-22] flaunted its ballistic missiles and warned any nation considering attacking the Islamic republic would face a "destructive and fiery" response.

On show at an annual military parade were thousands of troops and a range of hardware including six of Iran's Shahab-3 ballistic missiles -- which sported banners saying "Death to America", "We will crush America under our feet" and "Israel must be wiped off the face of the earth".

The slogans prompted a diplomatic protest by European military attaches.

The event marked the start of "Sacred Defence Week" -- the anniversary of the outbreak of a destructive eight-year war with Iraq in 1980 -- and began with another tough speech by hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

"Our enemies have understood that we are very serious in defending our security," said Ahmadinejad, himself a veteran of the Iran-Iraq war. The term "enemies" is used as a reference to the United States and Israel.

"Our nation wants peace, stability, justice and equality in international relations. We have always sought friendly relations with other countries. Our nation wants the well-being of other countries and will not do anything against their national interest," he insisted.

"We want the Persian Gulf to be a gulf of friendship and equality," Ahmadinejad said in a speech at the parade, being staged in the south of the capital near the shrine of Iran's late Islamic revolutionary leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini and carried live on state television.

But he warned that "if some want to again test what they have tested before, the flame of the Iranian nation will be very destructive and fiery."

"Relying on our nation and armed forces, we will make the aggressor regret its actions," Ahmadinejad warned, telling Iran's army to "prepare their defensive readiness" and calling for an "expansion of the defence industries and the utilisation of the latest technology".




The "utilisation of the latest technology." Like what Nuclear tipped warheads?









Comments on the last picture.

It's interesting that they print it in english, I guess so we can read it.

&

They don't say "Iran" will defeat super powers, they say a Religion, "Islam", will do that.

Feds Investigate Dems' Obtaining Steele's Credit Report

BALTIMORE -- Federal prosecutors have opened an inquiry into allegations that two Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee employees illegally tapped into Lt. Gov. Michael Steele's credit history.

WBAL-TV 11 News reporter David Collins reported the workers obtained the report in July while executing opposition research on the lieutenant governor.

In June, the Republican lieutenant governor announced he had established an exploratory committee to explore a candidacy for the U.S. Senate (Full Story).

Paul D. Ellington, Steele's chief of staff, issued a statement late Wednesday afternoon in reaction to the allegations.

Remember Memogate?

"Lt. Gov. Steele was extremely disturbed to learn about the alleged criminal identity theft of his personal finance records by (a staff member of U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y.,) at the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

"He was notified by the FBI that a federal criminal investigation is under way and has been asked not to comment on the specifics of the case.

"He intends to honor this request and expects that those responsible for these actions will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law."

According to the FBI, two Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee employees illegally obtained Steele's credit report.

Those familiar with the incident, say Katie Barge and Lauren Weiner were working on opposition research in July. They found Steele's Social Security number in a court document and used it to obtain his credit report.



Do you know who Manuel Miranda is?

He was the Republican staffer that had Democraitc Judiciary memos literally left on his desktop.

I recall the dems going ballistic over him revealing the memos. (Of course they did that to take of focus on what was in the memos.)

We'll just have to wait and see how outraged the dems are over their staffer(s) getting a hold of Steele's SS# and then illegally obtaining his credit report.

And I would just go on the record that I am Shocked, Shocked that the Dems are playing dirty politics.

Thursday, September 22, 2005

EU drops hardline stance on Iran

BBC

The EU's "big three" are said to have backed down from a demand that the UN nuclear watchdog should immediately report Iran to the Security Council.

Diplomats from France, the UK and Germany said the shift came amid opposition from Russia and China.

They are now reportedly proposing that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna should only implicitly threaten Tehran with such action.

Iran is accused of developing atomic weapons, an allegation it denies.

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"Hardline stance" HA!

When did the EU have a hardline stance with Iran?

Judge: Hell has place for molester

MANCHESTERA judge sentenced a repeat child molester to 20 to 40 years in prison yesterday, calling him the worst she'd seen among "a lot of sick, creepy garbage" to pass through her courtroom.

Kevin Larrabee, 48, admitted in Hillsborough County Superior Court yesterday to two counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault.

Larrabee preyed on a 7-year-old with the knowledge of a relative who was also molesting the girl, victims' advocate Catherine McNaughton told the judge. Larrabee and the relative were using the child to fulfill their sick urges, McNaughton said.

"You shattered the lives of every member of this family," she told Larrabee.

Larrabee, a Maine resident who occasionally lived in Manchester, is due in U.S. District Court in Concord on Monday to plead guilty to two federal counts: interstate travel for the purpose of engaging in illicit sexual conduct and conspiracy.

The relative who made the child available is serving sentences identical to the ones Larrabee will serve. Both will be incarcerated in federal facilities for a minimum of 25 years.

Larrabee said he didn't want to address the court. But the judge, Gillian Abramson, spoke her mind about Larrabee's conduct.

Abramson called him evil and perverted and said he was destined to spend most of the rest of his life in prison until "the devil himself takes you to a special incinerator in hell where they burn trash like you."




I came across this story today and after contemplating why we even bother keeping sick F*#%s like this alive - they've already shown they can't live by laws of society, serve no good propose in society, and will reoffend - I wondered something else with regards to the Judges Devil/Hell comment.

When does the ACLU arrive to try and overturn his conviction on the claim the judge is interjecting religion into her court room?

'Afghan Star'

Tolo TV, a private television station, holds auditions for "Afghan Star", a show to discover the best singer in the country, Thursday, Sept. 15, 2005 in Kabul, Afghanistan. Thousands of Afghanistan's youth tried out for the show in front of a strict jury. The jury will travel to different provinces and in November, between 10 to 15 finalists will be chosen from each province. A final show will air in December when the winner will be revealed.












I wonder if the winner gets a record deal?

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Russia to freeze gas prices

The Associated Press/MOSCOW

By HENRY MEYER
Associated Press Writer

SEP. 19 2:41 P.M. ET Russia's major oil producers agreed at a meeting with Industry and Energy Minister Viktor Khristenko Monday to freeze their domestic gasoline prices until the end of the year, his spokesman said.

"Almost unanimously and absolutely voluntarily, the heads of the oil companies said that they are ready from today to freeze their fuel prices until the end of the year," spokesman Stanislav Naumov said in comments broadcast on NTV television.

Lukoil, the biggest Russian crude oil producer, confirmed it had capped gasoline prices with immediate effect until the end of the year. But no other companies made a similar announcement.
[snip]





I give the dem/libs half a day before they're calling for this in the US.

And do I really need to say this is a bad bad bad idea?

Monday, September 19, 2005

Iran's new Pres. at the UN



If you'd like to read this tyrant's speech, SMASH HERE.

Glock Animation

This is down right one of the coolest things I've seen in a long time.

SNIPERWORLD.COM GLOCK RESOURCE


Be sure to click on the Part locator too...

I think I'm gonna have to add this link to my gun section.

It be Talk Like A Pirate Day!!!

Avast ye hearties!!!

Happy Talk Like A Pirate Day!

Pirate Speak Translator

HaloScan gripe...

I really wish HaloScan would put a link to what blog post the comment was left in.

Because when I get a post like this.

"F**k You people. YOU SONS OF A BITCHES."
flavio

It's a bit hard to figure out what they're talking about.

But apparently this guy has some problem with the Valerie Plame outing not being a crime

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Ain't technology grand.....

I've decided to put another add-on on my Glock 30 that hopefully, if God forbid I ever have to use my gun to defend my life or the life of another, will help me put my bullet when I want it to go.

What is the best thing that help your aim?

I'll give you a hint it's small, red, and round.

Yup, I'm getting a laser.

But not just any lasersite, I'm getting a LASERMAX. Which is why I say technology is grand.

See in the past when you wanted to put a laser on your gun it was a huge bulky contraption and you'd most likely have to buy a special holster to accommodate the laser.

Some examples.











Now what does the LASERMAX look like?

Well, here's the whole package.



That's it and it installs like so.





Is that cool or what!?!

But trust me you pay for it being that cool........

There's a great review w/ install instructions HERE

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

The Hate crimes amendment is based on this steaming pile of shite.

As "never blinks" said....

"This amendment is based on the Local Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2005"

Here go ahead and read what HR 2662 has to say.



Sec. 249. Hate crime acts

`(a) In General-

`(1) OFFENSES INVOLVING ACTUAL OR PERCEIVED RACE, COLOR, RELIGION, OR NATIONAL ORIGIN- Whoever, whether or not acting under color of law, willfully causes bodily injury to any person or, through the use of fire, a firearm, or an explosive or incendiary device, attempts to cause bodily injury to any person, because of the actual or perceived race, color, religion, or national origin of any person--

`(A) shall be imprisoned not more than 10 years, fined in accordance with this title, or both; and

`(B) shall be imprisoned for any term of years or for life, fined in accordance with this title, or both, if--

`(i) death results from the offense; or

`(ii) the offense includes kidnaping or an attempt to kidnap, aggravated sexual abuse or an attempt to commit aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to kill.

`(2) OFFENSES INVOLVING ACTUAL OR PERCEIVED RELIGION, NATIONAL ORIGIN, GENDER, SEXUAL ORIENTATION, GENDER IDENTITY, OR DISABILITY-

`(A) IN GENERAL- Whoever, whether or not acting under color of law, in any circumstance described in subparagraph (B), willfully causes bodily injury to any person or, through the use of fire, a firearm, or an explosive or incendiary device, attempts to cause bodily injury to any person, because of the actual or perceived religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability of any person--

`(i) shall be imprisoned not more than 10 years, fined in accordance with this title, or both; and

`(ii) shall be imprisoned for any term of years or for life, fined in accordance with this title, or both, if--

`(I) death results from the offense; or

`(II) the offense includes kidnaping or an attempt to kidnap, aggravated sexual abuse or an attempt to commit aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to kill.

`(B) CIRCUMSTANCES DESCRIBED- For purposes of subparagraph (A), the circumstances described in this subparagraph are that--

`(i) the conduct described in subparagraph (A) occurs during the course of, or as the result of, the travel of the defendant or the victim--

`(I) across a State line or national border; or

`(II) using a channel, facility, or instrumentality of interstate or foreign commerce;

`(ii) the defendant uses a channel, facility, or instrumentality of interstate or foreign commerce in connection with the conduct described in subparagraph (A);

`(iii) in connection with the conduct described in subparagraph (A), the defendant employs a firearm, explosive or incendiary device, or other weapon that has traveled in interstate or foreign commerce; or

`(iv) the conduct described in subparagraph (A)--

`(I) interferes with commercial or other economic activity in which the victim is engaged at the time of the conduct; or

`(II) otherwise affects interstate or foreign commerce.

`(b) Certification Requirement- No prosecution of any offense described in this subsection may be undertaken by the United States, except under the certification in writing of the Attorney General, the Deputy Attorney General, the Associate Attorney General, or any Assistant Attorney General specially designated by the Attorney General that--

`(1) he or she has reasonable cause to believe that the actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability of any person was a motivating factor underlying the alleged conduct of the defendant; and

`(2) he or his designee or she or her designee has consulted with State or local law enforcement officials regarding the prosecution and determined that--

`(A) the State does not have jurisdiction or does not intend to exercise jurisdiction;

`(B) the State has requested that the Federal Government assume jurisdiction;

`(C) the State does not object to the Federal Government assuming jurisdiction; or

`(D) the verdict or sentence obtained pursuant to State charges left demonstratively unvindicated the Federal interest in eradicating bias-motivated violence.

`(c) Definitions- In this section--

`(1) the term `explosive or incendiary device' has the meaning given the term in section 232 of this title;

`(2) the term `firearm' has the meaning given the term in section 921(a) of this title; and

`(3) the term `gender identity' for the purposes of this chapter means actual or perceived gender-related characteristics.

`(d) Rule of Evidence- In a prosecution for an offense under this section, evidence of expression or associations of the defendant may not be introduced as substantive evidence at trial, unless the evidence specifically relates to that offense. However, nothing in this section affects the rules of evidence governing impeachment of a witness.'.

(b) Technical and Conforming Amendment- The analysis for chapter 13 of title 18, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following:

`249. Hate crime acts.'.

I hate "Hate crime" laws........

And I hate them even more when their snuck into bills.

Conyers stuck on an amendment to a child-safety bill that adds "sexual orientation" to the federal "hate crimes" statute.

"Conyers told RAW STORY the fact that the bill is part of a broader child safety act will make it easier to pass in the Senate."


Ahh yes, this is how we want laws passed. It can't pass on their own merits so it has to be stuck out to a bill that will pass with more ease.




The New York Blade has something extremely disturbing to say about the main bill.

A Mixed Victory

However, some gay rights activists were disturbed by the bill the hate crimes amendment was passed with — the Children’s Safety Act, which has raised civil liberties concerns.

Keisling said the hate crimes amendment was attached to a “very, very troubling” act.

“Parts of the bill are really bad,” she said.

Foreman said his organization was also concerned with the underlying bill. For example, he said, one provision requires all states to set up sex offender registries.

“In some states public lewdness is a sex offense,” he told the Blade. “Public lewdness laws are disproportionately and unfairly enforced against gay men in cruising areas.”


Say what!?!




Here's Nancy "never blinks" Pelosi's remarks.

U.S. Newswire

Here she explains what this grand amendment would do.

"This legislation would increase the ability of local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies to solve and prevent a wide range of violent hate crimes."

Dare I ask HOW?

Let's try to stay on topic Dr. Dean.

COLMES: Barack Obama the other day talked about active racism versus kind of a passive, more innocent kind of negligence. Are they both equally racism and then both equally reprehensible, whether it's active hostility or just a lack of ...

DEAN: I think, Alan, you have a mixture of both. I do not think President Bush is a racist. He doesn't — you know, I know him personally.

I have never heard him say anything like that. I don't think he's a homophobe, either. But the effect of what he does does hurt poor people disproportionately, and poor people are members of minority communities.

The effect of what he does does harm gay people disproportionately.

So the argument that I would make with both the president and John Roberts is they may not be overtly racist, but their actions contribute to harm for vulnerable people. And that includes women, it includes members of minority groups, including Hispanics and African Americans. It includes anybody that doesn't look like them, and I think that's a problem




"I don't think he's a homophobe, either."

What? Where did that come from? I thought the question was about racism.

I only caught the audio of this this morning but did Dean give Alan a wink wink nudge nudge when he said that?

I think this is just Howard's way of saying he thinks Pres. Bush is a homophobe without actually saying it.

Although he came closer during the Presidential race.


"The truth is the president of the United States used the same device that Slobodan Milosevic used in Serbia. When you appeal to homophobia, when you appeal to sexism, when you appeal to racism, that is extraordinarily damaging to the country," Dean charged. "I know George Bush. I served with him for six years [as a fellow governor]. He's not a homophobe. He's not a racist. He's not a sexist. In some ways, what he did was worse ... because he knew better."

Dean also criticized Bush for the ballot initiatives in 11 states calling for gay marriage to be outlawed, saying this "had only one effect, which is to appeal to homophobia and fear and gay-baiting in order to win a presidential election."


If anyone is gay-baiting I'd have to say Dr. Dean is the one doing it now.

Why else drop in that line when talking about race?

John Roberts [TRANSCRIPTS]

FULL TRANSCRIPTS

Transcript: Day One

Transcript:Day Two

Transcript: Day Three

Transcript: Day Four

Saturday, September 10, 2005

Flight 93 memorial. You've got to be kidding me......

Let me see if I've got this right.

Flight 93 was crashed into a Pennsylvania field by passengers that overpowered their hijackers, their ISLAMIC hijackers, and now the memorial to those that died there that day IS A CRESCENT?!?!

Who are they memorializing, the people that died rushing the cabin causing the plane to crash before it got to it's intended target, or THE ISLAMIC KILLERS THAT HIJACKED THE PLANE!?!?

Who in the HELL thought this was a good idea!?!?

Why don't they just go ahead and add the start to it and be done with it?



Check out Michelle Malkin for a really good picture overlay.


And let us not forget how much trouble Johnny Hart, who draws B.C., got into from CAIR when he drew this..




I wonder what CAIR's comment is on the Flight 93 memorial?




Monday update.........

It points towards Mecca (Flight 93 memorial)

A few more links on the gun grabbing in NOLA.

Gun Rights Group Outraged that New Orleans Officials Confiscated Guns

Defenseless On the Bayou
New Orleans gun confiscation is foolish and illegal

Friday, September 09, 2005

PADILLA V. HANFT

September 9, 2005

A federal appeals court overturns a lower court ruling that an accused U.S.-born 'dirty bomb' suspect could not be detained. The appeals court concluded that Congress gave the President legal authority to detain Padilla, and that he "unquestionably qualifies as an 'enemy combatant,'" as designated by President Bush.

http://news.findlaw.com/legalnews/us/terrorism/cases/index.html#padilla

Authorization for the Use of Military Force (Sept. 18, 2001)
http://news.findlaw.com/hdocs/docs/terrorism/sjres23.es.html

Bush's Enemy Combatant Order
http://news.findlaw.com/hdocs/docs/padilla/padillabush60902det.pdf

"We are going to take all the weapons" [NOLA]

WTF!?!?

I read about this in the NYT this morning but thought the NYT was just over writing their headline.

Police Begin Seizing Guns of Civilians

Mr. Compass, the police superintendent, said that after a week of near anarchy in the city, no civilians in New Orleans will be allowed to carry pistols, shotguns, or other firearms of any kind. "Only law enforcement are allowed to have weapons," he said.

I thought they meant carry like as in while outside your home.

Then I just read this.

NEW ORLEANSSoldiers and police confiscated guns from homeowners as they went house to house, trying to clear the shattered city of holdouts because of the danger of disease and fire. Police today also marked homes with corpses inside, with plans to return later.

........

Police and soldiers seized numerous guns for fear of confrontations with jittery residents who have armed themselves against looters.

"No one will be able to be armed. We are going to take all the weapons," Riley said.

Thomas say forced evacuations would be a mistake.

On Thursday, in the city's well-to-do Lower Garden District, a neighborhood with many antebellum mansions, members of the Oklahoma National Guard seized weapons from the inhabitants of one home. Those who were armed were handcuffed and briefly detained before being let go.

"Walking up and down these streets, you don't want to think about the stuff that you're going to have to do, if somebody's pops out around a corner," said one of the Guardsmen, Chris Montgomery.

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So they take their guns and then let them go!?!

The criminals are just going to love this!

This is F*#%ING nuts.

AND AGAINST THE LAW!

Thursday, September 08, 2005

And you wonder why I call it the DUmpster...



VIA: RIGHTWINGNEWS.

It's nice to see some humor in NOLA.....



Warning sign on shop along St Charles Ave in New Orleans on Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2005.

California gay marriage - Terminated

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said he would veto a bill to legalize same-sex marriage "out of respect for the will of the people," drawing heated criticism from gay rights supporters and cheers from conservative groups.

The bill, narrowly passed by lawmakers in the past week, would make California the first state to legalize same-sex marriage through its legislature. In Massachusetts, recognition of gay marriages came through a court ruling.

But Schwarzenegger said Wednesday the legislation would conflict with the intent of voters when they approved an initiative five years ago that prevents California from recognizing same-sex marriages performed in other states or countries.

"We cannot have a system where the people vote and the Legislature derails that vote," the governor's press secretary, Margita Thompson, said in a statement.

......

The governor has until Oct. 9 to issue the veto. A veto override in California requires a two-thirds vote in both the Assembly and Senate. The Assembly approved the bill 41-35, while the Senate voted 21-15.

Despite his promise to veto the bill, Schwarzenegger still believes "gay couples are entitled to full protection under the law and should not be discriminated against based upon their relationship," Thompson's statement said. "He is proud that California provides the most rigorous protections in the nation for domestic partners."





Good for him.

This was the right thing to do.

The people of CA already, by margin of 61.4%, voted on proposition 22 that stated “Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.”

Plus the way this bill made it's way through the CA Assembly was really lowball politics. It's wasn't a stand alone bill, it was attached to a marine biology bill.

Now I know some will say Gov. Schwarzenegger's decision to veto this is wrong because the people of CA voted in their elected officials and they should have the say on gay marriage, but when you have a state like CA that allows it's people to vote on major items via proposition and the topic of gay marriage has already been voted on by the people, who should the gov. side with? 62 Democrats (AB 849) that are pushing an agenda, or 4,618,673 citizens of CA that voted in favor of prop 22?


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Votes on AB 849
CA Assembly

AYES
****

Bass(dem)
Berg(dem)
Bermudez(dem)
Calderon(dem)
Canciamilla(dem)
Chan(dem)
Chavez(dem)
Chu(dem)Cohn(dem)
Coto(dem)
De La Torre(dem)
Dymally(dem)
Evans(dem)
Frommer(dem)
Goldberg(dem)
Hancock(dem)
Jones(dem)
Karnette(dem)
Klehs(dem)
Koretz(dem)
Laird(dem)
Leno(dem)
Levine(dem)
Lieber(dem)
Liu(dem)
Montanez(dem)
Mullin(dem)
Nation(dem)
Nava(dem)
Negrete McLeod(dem)
Oropeza(dem)
Pavley(dem)
Ridley-Thomas(dem)
Ruskin(dem)
Saldana(dem)
Salinas(dem)
Torrico(dem)
Umberg(dem)
Wolk(dem)
Yee(dem)
Nunez(dem)

NOES
****

Aghazarian(rep)
Arambula(dem)
Benoit(rep)
Blakeslee(rep)
Bogh(rep)
Cogdill(rep)
Daucher(rep)
DeVore(rep)
Emmerson(rep)
Harman(rep)
Haynes(rep)
Shirley Horton(rep)
Houston(rep)
Huff(rep)
Keene(rep)
La Malfa(rep)
LaSuer(rep)
Leslie(rep)
Matthews(dem)
Maze(rep)
McCarthy(rep)
Mountjoy(rep)
Nakanishi(rep)
Niello(rep)
Parra(dem)
Plescia(rep)
Richman(rep)
SharonRunner(rep)
Spitzer(rep)
Strickland(rep)
Tran(rep)
Vargas(dem)
Villines(rep)
Walters(rep)
Wyland(rep)

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CA senate

AYES
****

Alarcon(dem)
Alquistalq(dem)
Bowen(dem)
Cedillo(dem)
Chesbro(dem)
Dunn(dem)
Escutia(dem)
Figueroa(dem)
Kehoe(dem)
Kuehl(dem)
Lowenthal(dem)
Migden(dem)
Murray(dem)
Ortiz(dem)
Perata(dem)
Romero(dem)
Simitian(dem)
Soto(dem)
Speier(dem)
Torlakson(dem)
Vincent(dem)


NOES
****

Aanestad(rep)
Ackerman(rep)
Ashburn(rep)
Battin(rep)
Campbell(rep)
Cox(rep)
Denham(rep)
Dutton(rep)
Florez(dem)
Hollingsworth(rep)
Maldonado(rep)
Margett(rep)
McClintock(rep)
Poochigian(rep)
Runner(rep)

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Major Garrett on Hugh Hewitt [Blanco & the Red Cross]

Transcript of Major Garrett on Hugh Hewitt now on radioblogger.

This is going to blow open tomorrow. [Blanco stopped the Red Cross.]

Blanco refused, via the LA-DHS, to allow Red Cross to bring food and water to Stadium.

VIA: NEWS HOUNDS

Head of the Red Cross Points Finger at Louisiana's Homeland Security Department

On last night's O'Reilly Factor (9-6-05) American Red Cross president Marsha "Marty" Evans repeated the reason the Red Cross did not go into New Orleans that is published on their official website. She claimed that Louisiana's State Homeland Security Department refused to allow the Red Cross into New Orleans because LA-DHS felt that the presence of the Red Cross "would keep people from evacuating and encourage others to come into the city." Neither she nor the website gave the name of the head of that department, but it was easily obtained on the website of the Department of Homeland Security in Washington.

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Disaster FAQs

Hurricane Katrina: Why is the Red Cross not in New Orleans?


Hurricane Katrina: Why is the Red Cross not in New Orleans?

  • Acess to New Orleans is controlled by the National Guard and local authorities and while we are in constant contact with them, we simply cannot enter New Orleans against their orders.
  • The state Homeland Security Department had requested--and continues to request--that the American Red Cross not come back into New Orleans following the hurricane. Our presence would keep people from evacuating and encourage others to come into the city.
  • The Red Cross has been meeting the needs of thousands of New Orleans residents in some 90 shelters throughout the state of Louisiana and elsewhere since before landfall. All told, the Red Cross is today operating 149 shelters for almost 93,000 residents.
  • The Red Cross shares the nation’s anguish over the worsening situation inside the city. We will continue to work under the direction of the military, state and local authorities and to focus all our efforts on our lifesaving mission of feeding and sheltering.
  • The Red Cross does not conduct search and rescue operations. We are an organization of civilian volunteers and cannot get relief aid into any location until the local authorities say it is safe and provide us with security and access.
  • The original plan was to evacuate all the residents of New Orleans to safe places outside the city. With the hurricane bearing down, the city government decided to open a shelter of last resort in the Superdome downtown. We applaud this decision and believe it saved a significant number of lives.
  • As the remaining people are evacuated from New Orleans, the most appropriate role for the Red Cross is to provide a safe place for people to stay and to see that their emergency needs are met. We are fully staffed and equipped to handle these individuals once they are evacuated.

Who pays these people?!?!? [White house press corps]

This was during the White House Press Briefing today.

Can these people come up with any questions that any more meaningless?

I mean come on, everyone knew the levees weren't designed to handle over a CAT 3 and the Hurricane didn't "overtop" the levees, THE CANAL WALL BROKE, EL SNAP-O.

A 100 yard break in the wall isn't something you can plan for.

What was Pres. Bush supposed to do, fly (literally, like Superman) down to the 17th street canal and run up to the exact spot the wall was about to break and hold the wall together until Karl Rove and Dick Cheney arrived with sand bags and quick-Crete?


Q When was the President informed, warned by the National Hurricane Center or other agencies, that Katrina was a hurricane that could overtop the levees in New Orleans?

MR. McCLELLAN: Terry, I appreciate you wanting to get into some of the factual tick-tock questions and things of that nature. I think we were keeping you updated throughout that time period, and if you remember, there were a number of people that, Monday, felt that the initial storm, which was the hurricane hitting the coast and then hitting the New Orleans area and Mississippi and Alabama and parts of Florida, that at that point, that New Orleans may be -- well, the flooding had not come at that point. And many people were talking about how --

Q You're the federal government -- if you want to get into tick-tock, the Army Corps of Engineers knew Monday morning that the 17th Street flood wall along that canal had given way. My question is different, it's about getting prepared for that.

MR. McCLELLAN: A lot of the media reports coming out --

Q When did the President know that Katrina was the kind of hurricane that could overtop the levees?

MR. McCLELLAN: A lot of the media reports that were coming out Monday, Monday night, Tuesday morning were expressing that it had missed the massive flooding that some had projected in a worst-case scenario.

Q The President of the United States was getting his information about this major disaster from the media?

MR. McCLELLAN: No, no, I'm just pointing out -- because you're trying to point out some things and I'm trying to point out, back to that time, if you'll recall, and just put that in perspective. The President was getting regular updates from people in the region and from people here in Washington, D.C.

Q But you can't tell me when he was -- was he told by Max Mayfield or others on Saturday or Sunday, Mr. President, this is the big one, this could really flood New Orleans. When did he hear that?

MR. McCLELLAN: Absolutely, Terry. He got on the phone with Governor Blanco at 9:00 a.m. -- I think it was around 9:00 a.m. on Sunday morning. And if you'll recall -- in fact, let me pull back up some of what the President said at the time, because maybe you weren't there covering him at the time, but some of your colleagues were. And the President specifically addressed this issue when he said that -- let me have one second here and I'll get it for you -- Sunday morning, in his news conference, "We cannot stress enough the danger this hurricane poses to the Gulf Coast communities. I urge all citizens to put their own safety and the safety of their families first, by moving to safe ground. Please listen carefully to instructions provided by state and local officials." At 9:00 a.m. that morning, he was on the phone with Governor Blanco. Governor Blanco even talked about it at her briefing later that day, I think it was early afternoon, and said, the President urged me to take steps to evacuate the people in New Orleans.




Another thing.

Here's the question I want to see posed to the head of the Army Corps of Engineers.

"Sir, If today you decided to build a levee system in NOLA able to with stand a CAT 5 hurricane, excluding the cost, how long would the planing and construction take?"

Louisiana Officials Could Lose the Katrina Blame Game

Well well, look what we have here........

You libs still want to talk up the "BUSH CUT LEVEE FUNDING" line?

This is my favorite line.

"By 1998, Louisiana's state government had a $2 billion construction budget, but less than one tenth of one percent of that -- $1.98 million -- was dedicated to levee improvements in the New Orleans area"


And just so you don't glance over that, that's $2 Billion with a "B" and only $1.98 Million with a "M" was spent on the levees.

That means $1,998,020,000 was spent on anything but the levees...............

Clearly this is Bush's fault........AND KARL ROVE IS BEHIND IT ALL!!!



(CNSNews.com) - The Bush administration is being widely criticized for the emergency response to Hurricane Katrina and the allegedly inadequate protection for "the big one" that residents had long feared would hit New Orleans. But research into more than ten years of reporting on hurricane and flood damage mitigation efforts in and around New Orleans indicates that local and state officials did not use federal money that was available for levee improvements or coastal reinforcement and often did not secure local matching funds that would have generated even more federal funding.

In December of 1995, the Orleans Levee Board, the local government entity that oversees the levees and floodgates designed to protect New Orleans and the surrounding areas from rising waters, bragged in a supplement to the Times-Picayune newspaper about federal money received to protect the region from hurricanes.

"In the past four years, the Orleans Levee Board has built up its arsenal. The additional defenses are so critical that Levee Commissioners marched into Congress and brought back almost $60 million to help pay for protection," the pamphlet declared. "The most ambitious flood-fighting plan in generations was drafted. An unprecedented $140 million building campaign launched 41 projects."

The levee board promised Times-Picayune readers that the "few manageable gaps" in the walls protecting the city from Mother Nature's waters "will be sealed within four years (1999) completing our circle of protection."

.......

By 1998, Louisiana's state government had a $2 billion construction budget, but less than one tenth of one percent of that -- $1.98 million -- was dedicated to levee improvements in the New Orleans area. State appropriators were able to find $22 million that year to renovate a new home for the Louisiana Supreme Court and $35 million for one phase of an expansion to the New Orleans convention center.

The following year, the state legislature did appropriate $49.5 million for levee improvements, but the proposed spending had to be allocated by the State Bond Commission before the projects could receive financing. The commission placed the levee improvements in the "Priority 5" category, among the projects least likely to receive full or immediate funding.

The Orleans Levee Board was also forced to defer $3.7 million in capital improvement projects in its 2001 budget after residents of the area rejected a proposed tax increase to fund its expanding operations. Long term deferments to nearly 60 projects, based on the revenue shortfall, totaled $47 million worth of work, including projects to shore up the floodwalls.

No new state money had been allocated to the area's hurricane protection projects as of October of 2002, leaving the available 65 percent federal matching funds for such construction untouched.

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Joel Mowbray: Karen Hughes' big mistake

September 6, 2005

One of President Bush’s closest confidants, Karen Hughes, on Friday addressed the annual conference of an organization whose primary purpose is the propagation of Saudi-sponsored Wahhabist Islam—and which has praised suicide bombers, whose president has publicly denied that al Qaeda was behind 9/11, and whose web site to this day sells a book that lavishes praise on Osama bin Laden.

Not only did Hughes publicly endorse the Islamic Society of North America with her mere presence, but this was the first major public address in her new role spearheading outreach to the Muslim world. In the process, she undoubtedly sent a signal as to whom the administration does—and does not—support in the U.S. Muslim community.

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What in the HELL is the Bush Administration thinking!?!!?

Do they truly not know who our enemies are?

Enough with this PC "we have to be nice to everyone" crap, these organizations need to be kicked out of the country or brought up on charges. Bring in RICO and hit them!!

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

How are the levee failures Bush's fault if......

...the levees were:

- 90% completed in 1999.

- Not slated to be complete until 2013.

&

- Never designed to withstand over a CAT 3 hurricane.


Anyone?




NEW ORLEANS --

Even though Hurricane Georges was a near-miss for New Orleans, projects built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and its local sponsors prevented an estimated $749 million of damages from the September 1998 storm in the region of Lake Pontchartrain alone.

The damages prevented are for the Lake Pontchartrain and Vicinity Hurricane Protection project, which is in four parishes and lies between the Mississippi River and Lakes Pontchartrain and Borgne. Construction began in 1967 and is years from completion. The damages prevented are for the Lake Pontchartrain and Vicinity Hurricane Protection project, which is in four parishes and lies between the Mississippi River and Lakes Pontchartrain and Borgne. Construction began in 1967 and is years from completion.

Economists of the Corps' New Orleans district base their estimates of flood damages prevented on property loss that would have occurred without Corps projects.

The cumulative total is estimated at $9.69 billion for flood damages prevented by the Lake Pontchartrain and Vicinity project, which was authorized after Hurricane Betsy ravaged the area in September 1965. The cumulative damages prevented, however, represent only 1983-98 inclusive, the period for which data is available.

"During Hurricane Georges, our project not only worked, it demonstrated its worthiness as a public investment in dollars," said Col. William L. Conner, commander of the New Orleans District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

"The $749 million of damages prevented by the Lake Pontchartrain project in 1998 alone exceed the expected total cost of $732 million upon completion in 2013," Conner said. "Most of the project is built, but clearly we have more work to do."

The work completed ranges from 90 percent in Orleans Parish to 20 percent in the project's newest area, St. Charles Parish. The project also protects St. Bernard and Jefferson parishes.

The Lake Pontchartrain project has 80 miles of levees and 17.9 miles of floodwalls. The average levee is 16 feet above sea level. It is designed to protect the New Orleans area from hurricanes with the destructive force of Betsy, a fast-moving Category 3 storm.

The Corps is contributing $520 million. The remaining $212 million is being paid by the four levee districts that are the local sponsors: The Orleans Levee District, the Lake Borgne Basin & Levee District, the East Jefferson Levee District, and the Pontchartrain Levee District.

The Corps at present does not develop estimates of flood damages prevented by other hurricane-protection projects in the New Orleans District. The largest is the West Bank - Vicinity of New Orleans Hurricane Protection Project, whose origin dates from the Water Resources Development Act of 1986.

The West Bank project is estimated to cost $294 million, with completion in 2018. The project is located on the west bank of the Mississippi River in Jefferson, Orleans and Plaquemines parishes. The Corps is contributing $192 million and the local sponsor, the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, $102 million.