Saturday, January 12, 2008

Thompson Blunt, Forceful, Impressive say Voters

Fred Thompson, so far the media darkhorse, has caught the attention of that Uber-liberal newspaper, The New York Times. In an article today, the NYT wrote that Fred "was clearly more combative on Thursday night than he had been in past debates." The paper concedes that Senator Thompson "conveys a message that perfectly matches the medium of his slow, well-paced, deep-baritone voice: He says the problems facing the next president “cannot be fixed overnight,” and admonishes voters not to believe candidates who say they can."

Among the voters, the NYT reporter found many who had been supporting McCain, Romney, or Huckabee, but Fred's exposure in the South Carolina debates Thursday showed them a candidate that could be President. “He’s a straight-up shoot-from-the-hip guy, I could see him staring down our enemies,” said Sirita Long, a McCain supporter. Undecided John Berenbeck said, "...all of a sudden it was clear he was the one. The bluntness, the forcefulness. He was really impressive.”

A Combative Thompson Sways Voters
New York Times


MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — John and Ann Berenberk dutifully watched the umpteenth Republican presidential debate on television on Thursday night and had an epiphany. It was about the candidate they had previously referred to as the tall, silent one. Fred D. Thompson.

The last of the candidates to enter the race, Mr. Thompson, 65, a former Tennessee senator, has so far seemed to distinguish himself mainly by a laconic style that has made him almost invisible beside the others on the stage in past debates, the Berenberks said.

“But then last night — we hadn’t even been thinking about him — all of a sudden it was clear he was the one,” said Mr. Berenberk, a retired teacher. “The bluntness, the forcefulness. He was really impressive.”

Whether this was a new Fred Thompson, or just a sign of mirage-inducing campaign fatigue among voters, many people attending Mr. Thompson’s campaign rallies here on the day after the debate reported having similar revelations.

Mr. Thompson, who remarked Friday that he had “always been laid back — laid back when I became a U.S. prosecutor at 28, laid back when I became staff counsel to the Watergate committee at 30, laid back when I ran and won election twice to the United States Senate” — was clearly more combative on Thursday night than he had been in past debates.

He attacked former Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani of New York, accusing him of stealing his tax plan, tagged Senator John McCain of Arizona as soft on illegal immigration and jabbed repeatedly at former Gov. Mike Huckabee of Arkansas for taking what he called “liberal” positions. Mr. Thompson scored one of the more crowd-pleasing remarks of the evening when he said about a recent encounter between a Navy ship and several Iranian speedboats: “I think one more step and they would have been introduced to those virgins they’re looking forward to seeing.”

In an official statement, a campaign spokesman, Todd Harris, said Mr. Thompson’s performance showed that he was the only candidate that voters in the Jan. 19 primary here should trust “to be a strong, consistent conservative.”

Mr. Thompson has made all the same points during campaign events throughout the state, aides said. But many voters who flocked to his rallies on Friday had never heard him make them until they heard him in the latest debate on the Fox News Channel.

Jim Sickles, a retired corrections officer; Natalie Bankowski, an office manager; and Maryanne Gasper, who said she was “a waitress, with two other jobs,” were among a dozen people randomly interviewed who said they had been undecided or leaning toward other Republican candidates — mainly Mr. Huckabee — until Thursday night.

In person, Mr. Thompson, who is a television and movie actor in his life outside politics, conveys a message that perfectly matches the medium of his slow, well-paced, deep-baritone voice: He says the problems facing the next president “cannot be fixed overnight,” and admonishes voters not to believe candidates who say they can.

At some events, he prefers to talk sitting down rather than standing up, and has a habit of rocking on the back legs of his chair. In answer to questions, he tends to give long, discursive answers that start with “let’s go back to where this all started.”

In matters of foreign policy, economic policy and military affairs, he usually ends up with an endorsement of the way things have turned out. In answer to questions about Social Security, social programs and morality, he most often draws the conclusion that things need to change.

With a well-worn face atop an angular, 6-foot-4 frame, he looks like the smartest man in town holding forth at the county courthouse.

Chip Felkel, a longtime South Carolina political consultant who is not working for any of the candidates, said Mr. Thompson initially seemed to be a candidate who might appeal to all the major voting groups in the state. “Social conservatives from Huckabee, military votes from McCain, economic conservatives from Romney,” Mr. Felkel said, referring to former Gov. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts.

“But so far he hasn’t done that,” said Mr. Felkel, who added that he had watched Mr. Thompson’s debate performance on Thursday and was skeptical that it had helped him much.

Sirita Long, a construction forewoman from Moncks Corner, disagreed. “He’s a straight-up shoot-from-the-hip guy,” said Ms. Long, who said she had been leaning toward Mr. McCain until the debate. “I could see him staring down our enemies.”
Fred Thompsom is doing exactly what he said he would do from the beginning - come on slow and steady and folks would come around. Well, folks are coming around, and the MSM too, and his message is getting out. Voters are realizing that Fred is the clear conservative choice in this race who has held consistent conservative positions -

Against amnesty and benefits for illegal aliens;
Against socialized medicine;
Favors tax cuts and keep the economy prosperous;
Favors American security against Islamic radicals;
Favors the life of unborn, Fred is 100% pro-life;
Favors American military personnel and their mission.

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Friday, January 11, 2008

Pay Raise - 70 Cents for Little People, $4000 for Congress

It would be wrong to accept a pay raise before increasing the minimum wage, said campaigning Democrat leaders last year. Yes, indeed, it would be wrong. So, without any delay whatsoever, the very first order of business for the Democrat controlled Congress was to hike the minimum wage by 70 cents an hour. With that triviality out of the way, Congress was free to vote themselves a $4,100 raise.

The 2.5% pay raise, says the Boston Globe in a longer article, will give Legislators salaries of $169,300 this year from the $165,200 with which they've struggled to survive since 2006. Supreme Court Justices saw there salaries go from $203,000 to $208,100. Chief Justice John Roberts will receive $217,400, up from $212,100.

Nancy Pelosi, Democrat Speaker of the House of Representatives, will see her pay match that of the Chief Justice. Increases of $183,500 to $188,100, will be paid to the House and Senate Majority and Minority leaders, and Senate pro tempore Robert Byrd.

Vice President Dick Cheney has been voted a last year salary of $221,100, up from $215,700. The only salary that remains unchanged is that of President George Bush who receives $400,000 to inhabit the most powerful office on the planet.

The nothing but fair folks at The Huffington Post was very succinct with the exact same Federal Register story. HuffPo wrote:

Fortunately for members of Congress, their pay isn't tied to their approval ratings. Lawmakers in 2008 will receive salaries of $169,300, a boost of $4,100 over the pay they have lived with since January 2006.

That 2.5 percent increase is mirrored by similar raises for associate justices of the Supreme Court, who will see their pay go from $203,000 to $208,100, and Chief Justice John Roberts, whose pay will rise to $217,400 from $212,100.
I like the way HuffPo leaves out all mention of any specific Democrat, but leaves in, and very truthfully, the entire Supreme Court which leans to the Conservative spectrum.

Everybody doesn't like something, but nobody doesn't like salary.

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Thursday, January 10, 2008

"I've put him down the loo."

Marriage can be messy. Murder can be messy. Now mix them together and add the Religion of Peace. That's what happened to a Muslim couple in Dusseldorf, Germany who hated one another. A housewife killed her husband, chopped him into small pieces, and flushed him down the toilet like a cheap koran.

Dusseldorf (dpa) - German police are hunting a housewife on murder charges after she allegedly told her children she had flushed their father down the toilet.

The man, a taxi-driver, vanished three weeks ago. Police in the western city of Dusseldorf believe the wife, 52, chopped him up and disposed of 100 kilograms of body parts in garbage bins and down the toilet.

The Muslim couple hated one another.

After her adult children asked where he was, she replied: "You'll never find him. I've put him down the loo."

Neighbours said the toilet had been flushed constantly on the night he disappeared.
The woman left Germany and was last seen in her native Macedonia, according to the police.

German police will issue an international warrant for her arrest but are aware that Macedonia does not extradite its own citizens.

Police scientists said the couple's apartment had been energetically cleaned and repainted, but using disclosing solutions they found bloodstains in the living room, hall and bathroom. Experts are to search the sewer next.

Police voiced amazement that the husband, 58, had never reported her previous attempts to poison him or the time she seriously injured him with a hammer.
I don't ever use this phrase, but it does seem oddly appropriate and compelling, "You go, girl!"

Expatica with h/t Western Resistance

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Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Tick-Tock, Tick-Tock, Tick-Tock

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Woman Made Hillary Cry Then Votes Obama

Marianne Pernold Young made Hillary cry. All she did was ask a simple question, 'How do you do it, how do you get up every day and do what you do? Who does your hair?'

Mrs. Clinton got all choked up, her voice quivered, her eyes got moist, and her expression turned wispy and wistful. It was all very touching and I have no reason to doubt that the moment was absolutely genuine. Then she ruined the moment when she realized the political value of the moment and proceeded to wring every ounce of decency right out of it.

A lifelong Democrat, Young was still undecided when she asked her simple question. She told the Guardian, "It showed us that she is human and manages to still perform in the way she does, and still has a person inside of her. She is a human being. She is not a robot."

Although the near tear moment was powerful and moving, it wasn't powerful or moving enough to move Ms. Young to actually vote for Hillary Clinton. She cast her vote later that day for Barack Obama.

Marianne Pernold Young made Hillary cry...again.

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Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Tonkin Gulf Incident Didn't Happen

Photo: 1st Cav, I-Corps helicopter assault, Vietnam, Dec.1967

The Gulf of Tonkin Incident was the trigger that got the US fully involved in the Vietnam War. According to the official version, two separate attacks were made on two American destroyers, the USS Maddox and the USS Turner Joy on the nights of August 2nd and 4th, 1964 in the Gulf of Tonkin, several miles off the coast of North Vietnam.

The Maddox and Turner Joy reported multiple radar contacts with North Vietnamese P-4 torpedo boats during both reported incidents. Overall, about a dozen N.V. P-4s and some 20+ torpedoes were deployed against the American destroyers. After maneuvering and firing weapons for about two hours on 4 August, the Turner Joy and Maddox disengaged. The aircraft carrier, USS Ticonderoga, launched aircraft and attacked the retreating P-4s, reporting one craft sunk and another heavily damaged. The Maddox reported minor damage from one bullet strike.

The only problem was that nothing actually happened on either night. The attacks on the US warships didn't happen. The truth has been suspected for many years and only now has the National Security Agency (NSA) released the full report that confirms that nearly 100% of the action was fabricated through data misinterpretation, over-eagerness, a desire to please the boss, wishful thinking, and a world-class leap to conclusions.

The NSA is charged with much of the codebreaking and eavesdropping work of the US surveillance agencies. The report, "Spartans in Darkness: American SIGINT and the Indochina War, 1945-1975", written by Robert J. Hanyok details the NSA's signals intelligence from the first cable intercept in 1945 between Ho Chi Minh and Joseph Stalin to the final evacuation of US spies from Saigon.

The Spartan report was released after a "mandatory declassification" request, according to a statement by the Federation of American Scientists (FAS). Hanyok "demonstrates that not only is it not true, as (then US) secretary of defense Robert McNamara told Congress, that the evidence of an attack was 'unimpeachable,' but that to the contrary, a review of the classified signals intelligence proves that 'no attack happened that night,' " the FAS said.

As with all wars, the other side is also guilty of subversion and fakery. Spartan reveals that the North Vietnamese penetrated US communications systems and were able to monitor US comm-traffic from within the system. The communist intel guys were able to tap into Allied radio networks and more than a few times called in "Allied artillery or air strikes on American units." Steven Aftergood, FAS director of the project on government secrecy said, "That's something I have never heard before."

Yahoo News/AFP
Federation of American Scientists -

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Monday, January 07, 2008

The Other Honor Killings

They died from carbon monoxide poisoning, soot and smoke inhalation Dec. 29, 2007. Rajesh Kumar Arora, his wife, Rani, who was five months pregnant, and their three year old son, Vansh, perished in the apartment blaze set by Subhash Chander, 57, Rani's father. Chander has been charged with three counts of first-degree murder, intentional homicide of an unborn child, and aggravated arson.

The India born Chander told police he set the deadly fire because of a cultural slight. His son-in-law was of a lower caste and this became intolerable to the father-in-law who lived across the street from the couple for several years since their marriage. Castes have been outlawed in India for 60 years, but the practice persists in many parts of India and is exported wherever emigrants settle. The caste system has been used for hundreds of years to justify hereditary entitlements and privileges, as well as prejudices and discrimination. It also has justified murders called honor killings. Practitioners believe they have been ordained by the various Hindu gods to be of one caste or another, the higher the caste, the better. Intercaste marriage is strongly discouraged.

In the past several months, Chicago has experienced a spat of suspicious honor type killings. The Chander killing incident was the third case in five months. A father set himself and his two sons on fire in November. The three survived, but the boys remain in critical condition. A 32 year old mother set her house on fire killing her two children and herself last August.

In Chicago, all of the perpetrators were Hindu, all of the victims were Hindu. Islam was nowhere involved. Honor killing pre-dates Islam and maybe even Hinduism. It is very old and still appeals to the primitive mind of people who have little else beyond archaic codes of honor. Still, nothing can adequately explain the horrific murder of one's own children simply to make oneself feel better.

The Chicago Tribune

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Adam Gadahn Renounces His U.S. Citizenship & Points His Finger

American Taliban, Adam Gadahn, in a rambling 50 minute videotape message, renounced his U.S. citizenship and tore his passport in half saying, "Don't get too excited -- I don't need it to travel anyway." Read the whole story at CNN.

He spoke of the up coming trip by President Bush to the Middle East and made a not so veiled violent wishes for the President,

"We raise an urgent appeal to our mujahedin brothers in the Muslim Palestine, the Arabian Peninsula in particular, and the region in general, to be prepared to receive the crusader butcher Bush on his visit to Muslim Palestine and the occupied peninsula at the beginning of January," he said. "They should receive him not with roses and applause, but with bombs and booby-traps."

Gadahn, also known as "Shazzam the American", "Goatboy", and sometimes "Bob", (pictured at right) taunted the American President by pointing his finger at the video camera saying, "Woooo, looks like it's coming right at you - wooooo-ooo!" and "pull my finger!"

Nothing is beneath this man - not even his wife. His citizenship should have been taken from him years ago. Had it not been for the fact that he was a registered Democrat and protected by Nancy Pelosi, he might have been stripped of the passport already. Maybe even captured and being tortured at Guantanamo right now.

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Sunday, January 06, 2008

Romney Source of Thompson Rumor

Fred Thompson was announced by the MSM and bloggers to be quitting the Republican Presidential race even before the Iowa caucuses were over. Thompson was quick to deny the story and dismiss the news agency and blog rumor mongers.

Who was the original rumor monger? Robert Novak writes today that the story "have been traced in part to Mitt Romney's campaign." The intent was to "stir up strife between McCain and Thompson" going in to New Hampshire. Thompson and McCain had a statistical third place tie in Iowa.

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AQ/Taliban Slaughter 8 Tribal Elders

Al-Qaida and Taliban gunmen killed eight tribal elders in the mountainous area of South Waziristan. The tribal region near the Afghanistan-Pakistan border has long been believed to be a region in which Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri are holed-up.

The eight old men are thought to have been murdered because they were brokering a cease-fire between the Pakistani security forces and Islamofascist thugs hiding in northwestern Pakistan. The elders were killed in eight separate attacks late Sunday and early Monday.

Apparently, it is the hope of AQ and Taliban brain trusts that the continued slaughter of the people that have sheltered them for years is a good way to win hearts and minds. Good luck with that.

Back in the 1920s and '30s, Chicago's Al Capone was prone to kill, or have killed, anyone who got in his way, didn't buy his illegal product, bought his enemies product, or just looked at him funny. One of his trusted confidants, Meyer Lansky, I think, looked at the dwindling customer base and advised Alphonse, "You don't kill your customers; it's bad for business!" I think this would be good advice for OBL and his Taliban minions. It's good for us that OBL doesn't learn much outside of the koran and hadith. He'll continue killing the people that support him and they will continue defecting. Good plan.

Yahoo News/ Sadaqat Jan, Associated Press Writer

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