Thursday, March 22, 2012

Obama's Lake Wobegon World

Barack Obama says America has a lot of close and strong allies around the world and all small countries punch above their weight. It's like Lake Wobegon where "all the women are strong, all the men are good looking, and all the children are above average."



(sigh)... Unfortunately, Obama still performs below his pay grade.


h/t Bookworm Room

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Learned Something New Today

On August 9, 1945, the atomic bomb nicknamed "Fat Man" was dropped from the B-29 bomber, "Bockscar," from 30,000 feet over Nagasaki, Japan. We've seen the films of bombs falling from the bomb bay of bombers in movies and documentaries, but I never knew this part of the Nagasaki mission:
Nagasaki A-bomb notes by LIFE magazine's Bernard Hoffman Sept 1945
























The A-Bomb was seen leaving the B-29 flying over Nagasaki and "drop to the earth supported by 3 parachutes." I did not know that.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Osama's Secret Happy Home

Dread dead terrorist Osama bin Laden was terroroized in his own evil lair by 3 wives, 8 children, 5 grand kids, and 26 house guests. No wonder, when SEAL Team 6 broke in, he never went for his gun, but said, "Take my life. Please."
He moved into the love nest in Abbottabad in 2005, and things were just fine at first.

He shared a room with his youngest wife, Amal Ahmed Abdel-Fatah al-Sada, a Yemeni who was 19 when she married him.

Another wife, Siham Saber, lived in another room on the same floor, said Brig. Shaukat Qadir, a retired Pakistani army officer with access to secret files about the family.

But in February 2011, a viper turned up in the harem.

His oldest wife, Khairiah Saber, had decided to rejoin the party and moved into a room on the floor below the happy threesome.

She soon began stirring the pot, Amal told Pakistani investigators, according to Qadir.

There already was bad blood because the Saudi-born Khairiah was particularly jealous of bin Laden’s youngest wife.

Khairiah, who married bin Laden in 1985, was “so aggressive that she borders on being intimidating,” a Pakistani officer who questioned her told Qadir.

Khalid, bin Laden’s 24-year-old son with Siham, became suspicious and repeatedly asked Khairiah why she had come to Abbottabad after being apart from the terrorist for 10 years.

“I have one final duty to perform for my husband,” Khairiah blurted out.

Since bin Laden was in declining health, with a transplanted kidney, stomach ailments and possible mental problems as well, Khalid concluded that Khairiah wanted to put him out of his misery.

He immediately ratted her out to his father and said she intended to betray him, according to Qadir.

Bin Laden shrugged it off.

“If this is what she’s going to do, then so be it. It’s a wife’s duty to relieve her husband,” said the sorry old man.

Qadir said bin Laden then told other members of his family to get out when they could.

“He tried to persuade the other wives to go and take the children with them,” Qadir told The Daily Telegraph yesterday.

“They refused and said they would not leave without him.”

Wife #3
Youngest and favorite, Amal Ahmed Abdel-Fatah al-Sada, shared a top-floor bedroom with Osama.

WIFE #2
Siham Saber lived in a computer room on same floor as Osama.

WIFE #1
Jealous Khairiah Saber, the eldest, moved into a downstairs bedroom.
I'm thinking sitcom -- "Three's Company, Eight is Enough, but This is Ridiculous", "Father Knows Best or He'll Kill You", "Really Desperate Housewives", "My Three Wives", "The Bin Laden Bunch", "Oy Vey!" ...

No Bagel for You!

Forbidden food: gefilte fish and pastries
NYC Mayor Nanny Bloomberg has banned donated food to city homeless shelters because the food may violate Bloomberg's diktats on "serving sizes as well as salt, fat and calorie contents, plus fiber minimums and condiment recommendations."
The Bloomberg administration is now taking the term “food police” to new depths, blocking food donations to all government-run facilities that serve the city’s homeless.

In conjunction with a mayoral task force and the Health Department, the Department of Homeless Services recently started enforcing new nutritional rules for food served at city shelters. Since DHS can’t assess the nutritional content of donated food, shelters have to turn away good Samaritans.
The experience of food-delivery volunteers, Glenn and Lenore Richter, for the Upper West Side Orthodox congregation, Ohab Zedek, tells a different story. The Richters say,
"the beneficiaries — many of them senior citizens recovering from drug and alcohol abuse — have always been appreciative of the treats he and other OZ members bring.

It’s not just that the donations offer an enjoyable addition to the “official” low-salt fare; knowing that the food comes from volunteers and community members warms their hearts, not just their stomachs."
Oh, who cares what the hungry homeless have to say. They're homeless. What do they know? If they knew anything, they wouldn't be homeless, now would they?

Malia Was Not in Mexico and Was Not Hurt in Mexico Earthquake

Yesterday, Malia Obama was reported to be in Mexico on some sort of vacation or school field trip but was immediately denied by the White House mouthpieces for the Obama parental units. The stories on major venues were disappearing faster than Obama bumper stickers and the White House denied having anything to do with the vanishing act.

Politico's Dylan Byers writes, "But on Monday night, the story had been removed from those sites. The AFP page for the story now links to a story titled "Senegal music star Youssou Ndour hits campaign trail," as does the Yahoo page. The Huffington Post page now links directly back to the Huffington Post homepage. The Daily Mail, Telegraph, and Australian stories now lead to 404 error pages, reading "page not found." The International Business Times story also links to the IBT homepage, though a version of the original story still exists online."

Very much later, Byers got an email from Kristina Schake, Communications Director to the First Lady, fessing up to the intimidation and censorship:
From the beginning of the administration, the White House has asked news outlets not to report on or photograph the Obama children when they are not with their parents and there is no vital news interest. We have reminded outlets of this request in order to protect the privacy and security of these girls.
Mother Nature spoke up this afternoon with a 7.4 earthquake in Guerrero State, Mexico near Acapulco forcing the White House to say, "In light of today’s earthquake, we can confirm that Malia Obama is safe and was never in danger."

It's getting harder for Obama to fool the American people. Had Obama grown up in America, he would have known it's not nice to fool Mother Nature.

Ayers Postman Rang 18 to 20 Times

Allen Hulton, a retired U.S. Postal Service letter carrier delivered mail to the Chicago suburb home of Tom and Mary Ayers, the parents of self-admitted terror-bomber Bill Ayers, in the late 1980s and early 1990s. It was in the Chicago home of Bill Ayers that Barack Obama launched his 2008 presidential campaign and later described Bill Ayers as 'just a guy in the neighborhood'. In a sworn affidavit to investigators of Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Arizona to determine if Barack Hussein Obama is eligible to campaign in Arizona for the office of US President in 2012, postman Allen Hulton maintains it was Tom and Mary Ayers who paid for Obama's university education and that he (Hulton) met and spoke with Obama outside the Ayers homes.


Hulton recorded about 3 hours of interviews in which he states that he delivered mail to the home of Tom and Mary Ayers and spoke with Mary Ayers 18-20 times during the late 1980s and early 1990s and once with Tom Ayers, both of whom are deceased.

Hulton says during a recording session,
“One day, Mary came to the door when I came up to the house with the mail. After a greeting, she started enthusiastically talking to me about this young black student they were helping out, and she referred to him as a foreign student.”

“I was taken aback by how enthusiastic she was about him,” Hulton says. “And I believe she said he was from either Kenya or Indonesia, and I favor Indonesia in my recollection.”

(...)
About a year after discussing with Mary Ayers the foreign student she and her husband were supporting, Hulton recalls meeting a young black male on the sidewalk in front of the Ayers home.

Hulton describes the man as being in his early 20s, noting that he was tall, thin, had a light complexion and that his ears stuck out.

“He greeted me,” Hulton says. “He was very polite, dressed nicely, but informally – slacks and a dress shirt – and he spoke with no accent. Immediately this young black man entered into conversation with me. He told me he had taken the train out from Chicago and had come to thank the Ayers family personally for having helped him with his education.”

Hulton remembers asking the young man what his plans were for the future.

“He looked right at me and told me he was going to be president of the United States,” Hulton says.

“There was a little bit of a grin on his face when he said it – he sounded sure of himself, but not arrogant. I know how people will say things because they have an ambition, but it did not come across that way,” Hulton says. “It came across as if this young black male was telling me he was going to be president, almost as if it were the statement of a scientific fact that had already been determined, as if his being president had been already pre-arranged.”

“I kind of stuttered a response and said that nowadays anything is possible. I wished him good luck with his ambition,” he says.

“I remembered the conversation I had with Mary, and I associated this young man with the foreign student she had discussed with me, because Mary said they were supporting this foreign student, and the young black man I met outside the Ayers’ home said he had come to Glen Ellyn to thank the Ayers in person for helping him with his education.”

During the 2008 presidential campaign, Hulton observed several news reports detailing the relationship between Obama and Bill Ayers, and he recalled the encounter with the young man in front of Tom and Mary Ayers’ home.

“The facial and physical characteristics, as well as candidate Obama’s voice, matched that of the young black male I met in front of the Ayers’ home,” Hulton says in the affidavit he signed Nov. 12, 2011, for Sheriff Arpaio’s Cold Case Posse investigation.

“I am positive that the black male I spoke with in front of the Ayers’ house that day was indeed a young Barack Obama.”

(...)
Hulton recalls that he had one conversation with Tom Ayers, who was retired as CEO and chairman of Commonwealth Edison, shortly after the Ayers family moved into their home in Glen Ellyn.

“He asked me how I liked my job, and he started into what seemed to me a Marxist viewpoint on what it is like for the working man, trying to convince me that working people like me were exploited by their employers,” Hulton remembers of the conversation.

“As an American citizen, I appreciated everything I had, and I was not at war with people who had more than I had,” he says. “It surprised me to hear somebody who had been president of Consolidated Edison talking in these terms.”

Hulton says he got the feeling that Tom Ayers thought he knew more about the plight of the workingman and than he did.

Read the whole thing here.

Monday, March 19, 2012

First First Daughter Does Mexico Then Disappears

Thirteen year old Malia Ann Obama ( hey! that spells MAO!), is on Spring Break with 12 friends and 25 Secret Service agents (and Marines) in tow. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton tried to stop her with a Traveler's Warning to Mexico. But, seriously, who listens to her?

Meanwhile, American peasant kids will wrestle for Easter eggs on the White House lawn.

Interesting addendum to this story is that the story is being pulled from the Internet - HuffPo, Yahoo, Essence, UK Telegraph. The Blaze is asking this afternoon, WHY IS THE STORY MALIA OBAMA VACATIONING IN MEXICO DISAPPEARING FROM THE WEB?

In fact, while I was writing this post the following article disappeared, but because I had it captured in an open window, I was able to reproduce it as it appeared before pulling a David Copperfield on me.

Amid Travel Warnings, Obama's Daughter, Malia, Spring Breaks In Mexico With 25 Secret Service Agents

By MICHAEL BILLERA: Subscribe to Michael's 
March 19, 2012 12:33 PM EDT
President Barack Obama's 13-year-old daughter, Malia Ann Obama, will be spending her spring break in the Mexican city of Oaxaca with 12 friends and 25 Secret Service agents.
The young tourists will be in a downtown hotel in the city known for its colonial architecture and native traditions, reported a state police official.
  • (Photo: Reuters / Jonathan Ernst)<br>President Barack Obama’s 13-year-old daughter, Malia Ann Obama, will be spending her springbreak in the Mexican city of Oaxaca with 12 friends and 25 Secret Service agents.
(Photo: Reuters / Jonathan Ernst)
President Barack Obama’s 13-year-old daughter, Malia Ann Obama, will be spending her springbreak in the Mexican city of Oaxaca with 12 friends and 25 Secret Service agents.
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"We are here to block access to the hotel by other people and escort the vehicles that are carrying the visitors to tourism sites," the police official told the AFP under the condition of anonymity.
Along with the 25 Secret Service agents, Obama and her friends will protected by a slew of Mexican police officers, according to the AFP.
The group arrived in Oaxaca on Saturday and reportedly visited the architectural site of Mitla. They also visited the tree of El Tule, believed to be approximately 1000 years old. The group also plans to travel to Monte Alban, which is known for its archaeological research as well as the artisan sections of the city.
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On Feb. 8, 2012, the State Department issued a travel warning to all potential tourists to the Mexican region.
"U.S. travelers should be aware that the Mexican government has been engaged in an extensive effort to counter TCOs, which engage in narcotics trafficking and other unlawful activities throughout Mexico,"wrote the State Department in a statement. "The TCOs themselves are engaged in a violent struggle to control drug trafficking routes and other criminal activity.  As a result, crime and violence are serious problems throughout the country and can occur anywhere."
However, while the State Department has issued travel warnings throughout the country, there is no warning in the Oaxaca region of Mexico.
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Apparently, the first outlet for the story, Mexico's Milenio, isn't so easily bullied by the White House and still has their story up as of 4:50 PM Pacific Time today. Here's their story in Google translation:

Visit Oaxaca Obama daughter during weekend

• STATES 
Malia Ann, the youngest daughter of the Obama marriage, with an escort of 25 agents between marines and members of the Secret Service called. All black suit and radio communication.
Oaxaca • On a commercial flight arrived in Oaxaca Malia Ann Obama, daughter of U.S. President Barack Obama for a private tour.
Surrounded by a security device end, the daughter of U.S. president met at the headquarters of the commercial airport in the capital to welcome a group of 12 young people from a U.S. commercial airliner descended from a line of United Airlines from Houston, Texas.
Official information states that the youngest daughter of the Obama marriage, has an escort of 25 agents between marines and members of the Secret Service called. All black suit and radio communication.
Private security conveyed to the delegation in 3 armored trucks to Camino Real Hotel is located in the heart of the Historic Center.
Elements of state and federal safety broke through the main streets and avenues and fences placed to prevent the local approaches to the distinguished visitors.
According to the agenda daughter of President Obama will visit during the weekend in addition to the main places of attraction in the city of Oaxaca, the tree of "El Tule", the archaeological site of Monte Alban, and the towns of San Martin Tilcajete site local handicrafts and San Bartolo Coyotepec, cradle of black mud.