Saturday, August 23, 2008

Biden choice please U.N. officials.

Politics: If they love you, beware.

Biden's nomination created a buzz at the U.N. conference in Accra, where delegates from 160 countries were working on a successor to the Kyoto Protocol, the 1997 treaty regulating carbon emissions renounced by President Bush shortly after taking office in 2000.

The choice of Biden "is a good signal for these talks," said Angela Anderson, director of the Global Warming Campaign for the PEW environmental group. "I'm thrilled."

Biden, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, drafted climate change legislation as long as 20 years ago, and is an aggressive supporter of domestic and international efforts to rein in emissions of carbon and other greenhouse gases.

"The easiest and fastest way to demonstrate a change of foreign policy would be on climate change," said David Doniger, of the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Joe Biden complained about Obama and Hillary's celebrity vibe.

Politics: Nice.

For the 2008 Iowa caucus, Biden enlisted The West Wing's Richard Schiff (aka Toby Ziegler) to spend the weekend barnstorming across the state with Biden.

News reports said Schiff championed the 6-term Delaware senator as an experienced pol who wouldn't "have to spend two or three years learning how to be president."

Biden dropped out shortly afterward, complaining he couldn't garner media attention what with Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton receiving all the fanfare because, "This is about celebrity."

South Florida neighborhood taking up arms to protect itself.

Florida: As the police and city officials just dither around as usual.

Leaders of a crime-plagued neighborhood near downtown are tired of talk and task forces. Instead, they're taking up arms and preparing to become a "lock and loaded" community.

Members of the Royal Poinciana Civic Association say they want to start working with a Texas-based gun-rights organization and a local weapons-training academy to verse residents on gun laws and self-protection.

"It is unfortunate, but it really has come down to this," said the association's president, Jack David, whose neighborhood is surrounded by cheap motels, slum apartment buildings and a large cluster of social service agencies.

That is a recipe for being in fear of your life, but officials have better things to worry like continuing the process since this is only one area in Hollywood under siege.

First, residents distributed a flier with the picture of a badly beaten Robin Mejias, 37, who told Hollywood police she was mugged while walking through the neighborhood on Sunday morning. The flier read "All-American Victim," mocking the city's recent All-America City award.

Then group leaders reiterated a controversial demand to combine all the area's agencies — including the COSAC Foundation homeless shelter, several drug rehab centers and a soup kitchen — into a locked compound near the edge of the neighborhood.

"It's your people that are walking around our neighborhood committing all these crimes," yelled one resident at homeless shelter director Sean Cononie, who was in attendance.

"What you are suggesting is putting people behind walls and that's un-Christian-like, it's un-Jewish like, it's completely inhuman and unacceptable," Cononie fired back.

The tense exchange ended with Commissioner Beam Furr saying he'll schedule another meeting to seek common ground and positive solutions. Among other things, the task force has discussed placing tighter regulations on the motels, offering incentives to motel and apartment owners to fix up their places and expanding a police street crimes unit that has already made 653 arrests in Royal Poinciana since January.

But city and police officials have rejected the notion of stopping people from walking around the neighborhood and forming a walled-in complex.

Or they could actually enforce city code, clear up the known criminals, slumlords and consolidate all the social services in one area. But that then brings up the howls of being insensitive and racial divisive etc..etc.

The residents have had enough.

After the meeting, Royal Poinciana leaders said they're moving ahead with plans to become an armed community. If members give formal approval on Sept. 4, the group will apply for grants to help pay for weapons training and to purchase warning signs, said activist Norm Berube, who bought a Glock a month ago.

"Almost all of us are already armed," he said. "It's now a matter of letting everyone know we're ready to do what we have to do to protect ourselves."

A number of residents have already signed up for courses at the 911 Store in Hollywood, a weapons shop and training center. The group has also been in contact with the Texas-based Second Amendment Sisters to teach them about gun laws, said David.

Considering this is an area that covers only .5 square miles, the crime stats are shocking.

Joe Biden's racial gaffes? A strength!

Politics: The MSM is going all hog for Obama/Biden and already the NYTIMES has put out a talking point to cover one of many flaws that is Biden.

JOHN HARWOOD: He is not somebody who is infused with political correctness, the verbal equivalent of putting his pinky up when he opens his mouth. So this is what, the way ordinary voters are as well. They're not always worried about sort of calibrating every single word by "ooh, is this racially insensitive?" That's something that Joe Biden brings as an asset to the ticket. The gaffes actually show one of his strengths.

Lets not forget that when Biden did his Obama is clean bit, everyone pounced on him, now those gaffes are a strength. The MSM never fails to amaze me.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Pregnant Woman Threatens To Blow Up DSS

Nation: How not to get welfare assistance. I feel bad for the kids because their lives are already with two strikes.

Watertown police say an arrest is pending after a woman threatened to blow up Jefferson County’s Department of Social Services building on Arsenal Street.

Police say a young mother of three children, who is pregnant with her fourth child, made the threat after being told she didn’t qualify for the assistance she was seeking.

The incident which took place Monday.

Police say the suspect is likely to turn herself in Wednesday.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Fla. deputies Taser Plop-Plop the unruly emu

Nation: Give the AP headline writer a raise.

Bay County Sheriff's deputies were forced to use a Taser to subdue an escaped emu named Plop-Plop. The large female bird escaped from a farm last weekend and on Monday, she holed up with some horses and goats in a pen.

When deputies arrived, the emu "went kind of crazy," said Sheriff's deputy Randolph Grob.

The deputies didn't want the bird to hurt itself or them, so the used the Taser stun gun to immobilize Plop-Plop.

The emu was brought to the Bay County Animal Control Center, where she has made a full recovery. The bird's owner is expected to take her home soon.

Full Story here.

Potato peeler game injuries man.

World: Sweden is a strange country sometimes. Usually stories like these have an alcohol was involved angle.

A 20-year-old man found with serious stab wounds to his stomach outside his apartment in Hjo, south-west Sweden, apparently received his injuries during a game involving potato peelers.

According to Lars Johansson of the Swedish police, the man was involved in a game in which two people stick potato peelers into each others stomachs in order to prove to each other that they are real men. In this case, the game went a little too far.

Obama mania hits Dutch Public Broadcaster.

Politics: Not only American broadcasters in awe of Black Jesus.

The Party for Freedom (PVV) considers that public broadcaster NPS is giving a disproportionately large amount of attention to US presidential candidate Barack Obama and is thereby conveying a picture of Republican candidate John McCain having no chance in the race for the White House.

TV programme NOVA will from Monday be broadcasting an Obama talk-show from the Democratic Convention daily from 7.30 to 8.30 p.m on the Nederland 3 channel. Presenter Joost Karhof is supported in Denver, Colorado by co-hosts Jorgen Raymann and Prem Radhakishun, both of Surinam origin, who do "colourful" street interviews.

The Republican Convention, which takes place a week later in St. Paul, Minnesota, will however barely be covered. NOVA is sending 20 reporters to Denver on behalf of NPS, but only one to McCain.

PVV MP Bosma has asked Education Minister Ronald Plasterk whether he, like the PVV, considers that the NPS is suffering from "blind love for Obama." According to Bosma, the government-funded NPS is breaking the media law, "which prescribes that public broadcasting must give a balanced picture of society."

Obama's 2002 argument for abortion doctors and against babies.

Politics: Via Redstate, this is really not going to help Obama in saying he is not an extreme abortion rights champion. Here is the transcript.



Yeah. Just along the same lines. Obviously this is an issue
that we've debated extensively both in committee and on the Floor,
so I -- you know, I don't want to belabor it. But I did want to
point out, as I understood it, during the course of the discussion
in committee, one of the things that we were concerned about, or
at least I expressed some concern about, was what impact this
would have with respect to the relationship between the doctor and
the patient and what liabilities the doctor might have in this
situation. So, can you just describe for me, under this
legislation, what's going to be required for a doctor to meet the
requirements that you've set forth?

Senator O'Malley.


Senator Obama, first of all, there is established, under this
legislation, that a child born under such circumstances would
receive all reasonable measures consistent with good medical
practice, and that's as defined, of course, by the -- you know,
the practice of medicine in the community where this would occur.
It also requires, in two instances, that -- that an attending
physician be -- be brought in to assist and advise with respect to
the issue of viability and, in particular, where there's a --

there's a suspicion on behalf of the physician that the child --
may -- may be -- may be viable - that there's a suspicion - so
that the attending physician would make that decision as to
whether that would be the case. The other one is where the child
is actually born alive and then is -- is -- is actually born
alive, in which case, then, the physician would call as soon as
practically possible for a second physician to come in and
determine the viability.

Senator Obama.


So -- and again, I'm -- I'm not going to prolong this, but I
just want to be clear because I think this was the source of the
objections of the Medical Society. As I understand it, this puts
the burden on the attending physician who has determined, since
they were performing this procedure, that, in fact, this is a
nonviable fetus; that if that fetus, or child - however way you
want to describe it -
is now outside the mother's womb and the
doctor continues to think that it's nonviable but there's, let's
say, movement or some indication that, in fact, they're not just
coming out limp and dead, that, in fact, they would then have to
call a second physician to monitor and check off and make sure
that this is not a live child that could be saved. Is that

Senator O'Malley.

In -- in the first instance, obviously the physician that is
performing the procedure would make the determination. The second
situation is where the child actually is born and is alive, and
then there's an assessment -- an independent assessment of
viability by -- by -- by another physician at the soonest practical date -- or, time.

Senator Obama.

Let me just go to the bill, very quickly. Essentially, I
think, as -- as this emerged during debate and during committee,
the only plausible rationale, to my mind, for this legislation
would be if you had a suspicion that a doctor, the attending
physician, who has made an assessment that this is a nonviable
fetus and that, let's say for the purposes of the mother's health,
is being -- that -- that labor is being induced, that that
physician (a) is going to make the wrong assessment and (b) if the
physician discovered, after the labor had been induced, that, in
fact, he made an error, or she made an error, and, in fact, that
this was not a nonviable fetus but, in fact, a live child, that
that physician, of his own accord or her own accord, would not try
to exercise the sort of medical measures and practices that would
be involved in saving that child.

Now, if -- if you think that there are possibilities that doctors would not do that, then maybe this bill makes sense, but I -- I suspect and my impression is, is that the Medical Society suspects as well that doctors feel that they would be under that obligation, that they would already be making these determinations and that, essentially, adding a -- an
additional doctor who then has to be called in an emergency
situation to come in and make these assessments is really designed
simply to burden the original decision of the woman and the
physician to induce labor and perform an abortion.

Now, if that's
the case - and -- and I know that some of us feel very strongly
one way or another on that issue - that's fine, but I think it's
important to understand that this issue ultimately is about
abortion and not live births. Because if these are children who are being born alive, I, at least, have confidence that a doctor who is in that room is going to make sure that they're looked after. Thank you, Mr. President.

Going back to Ramesh Ponnuru who pointed out.

"Illinois law has rules — loophole-ridden rules, but rules — requiring treatment of babies who have “sustainable survivability.” If an attempted abortion of a pre-viable fetus results in a live birth, the law did not protect the infant. Nurse Jill Stanek said that at her hospital “abortions” were repeatedly performed by inducing the live birth of a pre-viable fetus and then leaving it to die. When she made her report, the attorney general said that no law had been broken. That’s why legislators proposed a bill to fill the gap.

So Obama's trust in doctors to do the right thing is misplaced.

China sends hardened criminals to re-education camp.

China: By hardened criminals I mean these two.

In the annals of people who have struggled against Communist Party rule, Wu Dianyuan and Wang Xiuying are unlikely to merit even a footnote.

The two women, both in their late 70s, have never spoken out against China's authoritarian government. Both walk with the help of a cane, and Wang is blind in one eye. Their grievance, receiving insufficient compensation when their homes were seized for redevelopment, is perhaps the most common complaint among Chinese displaced during the country's long streak of fast economic growth.

But the Beijing police still sentenced the two women to an extrajudicial term of "re-education through labor" this week for applying to hold a legal protest in a designated area in Beijing, where officials promised that Chinese could hold demonstrations during the Olympic Games.

They became the most recent examples of people punished for submitting applications to protest. A few would-be demonstrators have simply disappeared, at least for the duration of the Games, squelching already diminished hopes that the influx of foreigners and the prestige of holding the Games would push China's leaders to relax their tight grip on political expression.

"Can you imagine two old ladies in their 70s being re-educated through labor?" asked Li Xuehui, Wu's son, who said the police told the two women that their sentence might remain in suspension if they stayed at home and stopped asking for permission to protest.

Georgia idiots call for superintendent’s ouster

Nation: This is what happens when you get ahead of a question that is then read by morons. First lets get some background on the study that the super was commenting on from the presentation on if minority students get the disproportionate discipline of minority students in Gwinnett County.

Portalatin said the disparity of discipline in Gwinnett Schools is a problem that needs to be addressed by Wilbanks.

African-American students made up less than one-third of the population at Gwinnett County Public Schools last academic year, but they accounted for nearly half of those facing disciplinary panels for bad behavior. Of 1,910 discipline hearings held in 2007-08 to dole out long-term suspensions or expulsions to students, 931 of those were held for black students. About 18 percent, or 345, discipline panels were held for white students.

State Sen. Vincent Fort (D-Atlanta), who chaired a 1997 legislative study committee on school discipline, said he is concerned about Wilbanks’ comments and the discipline numbers in Gwinnett. Fort said he is not looking for leniency for black students, just fairness.

“The issue for me isn’t whether or not the students should be disciplined,” he said. “What I’m looking for is equity and fairness in meting out discipline.”

“The bottom line is that studies show that African-American students … are not only punished more often, they are punished with harsher penalties,” Fort said.

That was the study/presentation. Here is where the trouble started.

The parents black and white are concerned that Wilbanks, the nation’s longest-serving superintendent, made statements that could be perceived as racist.

The comments in question occurred last week during a presentation about the disproportionate discipline of minority students in Gwinnett.

An administrator said the issue is a problem for school districts nationwide except in Idaho, according to a study. Wilbanks then asked the administrator, James Taylor, executive director of the department of academic support:

“Do they have any blacks in Idaho? They don’t have many.”

Parents circulating the comments on the Internet are expressing their disappointment in Wilbanks and school board members who ignored the controversial comments.

If the study concerns black children, a stat comes up that points out that in Idaho this is not a problem, wouldn't the logical followup be to ask how many blacks are in Idaho to see if that part of the numbers are correct to use or just invalid due to a small sample size? This is not a racist comment. All the knuckle draggers who are upset over this proved that they are individuals who have zero common sense and lack the basic ability to think about the comment.

McClure said the purpose of the presentation about the disproportionate discipline of some minorities in Gwinnett was to talk about the issue and find ways to address it.

“Since Idaho was statistically unusual, the number of black students would be relevant in deciding whether Idaho had something to teach us,” he explained. “My first question in my mind was what was Idaho doing that was different. Mr. Wilbanks was doing the same thing. He went a step ahead and was asking the question, would the numbers be large enough for us to rally behind the assumption that the regularity of discipline referrals are any different from anyone else’s?”

“I sent it to about 60 parents, and they were offended,” said educator Monise Seward of Snellville, who is developing a charter school in Gwinnett.”I’m surprised that he still has job…. It’s unacceptable.”

The comments also alarmed June Townsend, who is white. She says she has a “multicultural” family and is sensitive to issues of diversity.

“It seems to me … he was making a stereotypical comment that the reason we have this problem is because we have a lot of black students,” she said. “Why did he need to make a racial comment? It made me feel like this is not a good person to have as superintendent of the largest school district in our area. “

Monise Seward and June Townsend are the poster children(*) for stupidity in this piece. It is a shame that the superintendent has to go through this garbage because people like this exist.

*edit for errors. I do that a lot.

Update# Addressing the comments below.

1) I have a huge problem and zero patience with people who jump up to scream this is racist, racial or perceived racism without it actually being racist, racial or perceived racism. It should not be thrown out there with abandon because someone sensitivity is hurt. I should be nicer but on certain subjects like this I just write as I perceive it. If you are offended, offend me back in comments or email. No sense in dishing it out if I can't take some doses of it.


A man who has been superintendent for as long as Wilbanks should know the answer to such a question, not that it was even relevant. Perhaps the most important question is: Why are there not more people offended by his ignorance and lapse in judgement? Is that an indication that more people in Gwinnett (and Georgia in general) agree with his line of thinking?

It was relevant as it pertains to the study being presented which is about the disproportionate amount of punishment given out to black students.

The comments in question occurred last week during a presentation about the disproportionate discipline of minority students in Gwinnett.

An administrator said the issue is a problem for school districts nationwide except in Idaho, according to a study. Wilbanks then asked the administrator, James Taylor, executive director of the department of academic support:

“Do they have any blacks in Idaho? They don’t have many.”

Admin points out this is a problem for many districts nationwide in regards to black students. From the gwinnett daily post 8/19/2008.

Meanwhile, while the number of disciplinary panels for minority students has decreased, the percentage rate is still disproportionate to the student population, Taylor said. The number of panels for black and Hispanic students decreased by 164, but those students accounted for 75.3 percent of all disciplinary panels last year.

School systems throughout the nation are seeing similar trends, Taylor said. In an article published in the Chicago Tribune, it was reported that in every state except Idaho black students are being disciplined at a rate that is disproportionate to their total enrollment.

The Tribune article is here. The super's question is justified and the outrage is the typical knee jerk reaction from the usual sensitive suspects who want to talk about this subject but on their own terms instead of everyone just being honest. Wilbanks question is to find out if the population is big enough to be relevant since its the only outlier and if the Taylor answered back in the positive the followup question likely would have been what is Idaho doing that we can learn from them.

The outrage and protests to get rid of the guy is flat out wrong.

If the the Superintendent's comment was indeed 'innocent' (and I'm not saying it wasn't), then it would 'logically follow' (to use your term) he would simply come forward and gone on the record to explain himself. However, he didn't do that. Instead, another board member is running interference for him. Do you not think that is peculiar?

Wilbanks has responded in the typical milquetoast diplomatic public official method which is unfortunate. The response should be a lot stronger but that would be ill-advised from a public relations standpoint.

Quick response.

leave praise, hate, spelling pointers in comments.

Jane Hamsher with your dumb thought of the day.

Politics: Via Ace of Spades.

JANE HAMSHER: "I have an elaborate nightmare where Joe Lieberman gets the VP nod, McCain wins, then dies -- and we're looking at a President Lieberman. At which point I and a host of others bloggers who supported Ned Lamont wind up in Guantanamo Bay."

This proves my point that the Huffington Post is basically the Infinite_monkey_theorem with Hamsher someone writing a piece that has words but make no sense on any level.

Who the hell remembers Ned Lamont outside of political wonks and even they have to pause a couple of seconds before they can recall the facts..

Spiegel: The rise of the wimps! As Russia gloats.

World: Or as I like to call it the emergence of willing to be your bitch coalition.

"But then, as happened last week during a meeting of EU foreign ministers, the "wimps from the West," as one Eastern European diplomat was heard to growl, had their say -- and blocked everything. The diplomat described what they had in mind as "appeasement" -- the kind of "placation and conciliation" that the Allies once pursued with Hitler's Germany for far too long. There are many in Germany, Italy or Great Britain who feel the same.

....The reason is clear: Anyone who takes a clear-headed look at the situation must come to the conclusion that there really is no alternative to a dialogue with the Kremlin. What would be the alternative? Arming Georgia and Ukraine? Deploying NATO troops? Where would they be sent?

"The conflict is clear," Steinmeier said after the NATO meeting. "The first answers have been given. But they haven't solved the conflict."

To solve them -- together with Russia and the US, and preferably under the umbrella of the United Nations -- will take considerable time. It will take many more watered-down, empty-sounding statements; many more discreet, diplomatic moves. It is not the time of the warmongers. It is the time of the wimps.

Africans marvel, fret at China's hard workers

Africa: Good article on the admiration and fears Africans have at Chinese businesses coming to the continent where a major problem is bringing in chinese workers who work for much less than Africans which in some countries is saying a lot.

An influx of workers from China is receiving a mixed reception in Africa, where people both admire and resent the hard-working newcomers' pursuit of wealth.

Awe at the efficiency with which Chinese build roads, run shops and manage factories is matched by unease at a growing Chinese presence in Africa's fragile labor markets.

Delight at cheap shirts, toys and shoes sits aside concern at the undercutting of local retailers, Africans told Reuters correspondents around the continent.

The ambivalent response poses a potential risk to China's push to win hearts and minds in Africa, a priority for Beijing amid Western accusations that it is cutting corners on labor and human rights' safeguards in its African investment drive.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Democratic National Committee: Eric Cantor is.... A JEW!!!!

Politics: Via the Baseballcrank, DNC knows how to play with the nutroots. Pointing out someone is a Jew for some on the left is good enough for banishment.

Cantor Was Actually Around a Lot of Suspicious Abramoff Events
Cantor Co-Hosted Improper Signatures Fundraiser With Abramoff. Jack Abramoff and House Deputy Republican Whip Eric Cantor co-hosted a fundraiser for then Rep. David Vitter at Abramoff's Signatures restaurant. In April 2005, Vitter admitted to the Federal Elections Commission that he failed to pay for the expenses for the fundraiser. According to the Times Picayune, Rep. Eric Cantor was "the marquee guest" at the event which sought to raise money from the Jewish community. Both Abramoff and Cantor are Jewish. [New Orleans Times Picayune, 4/16/05, NRCC Events List,]

McCain giving out permission slips to vote against Obama.

Politics: Chris Matthews is in the tank for Obama but this is a new angle for people who don't want to vote for Obama. McCain has given us permission to not vote for him.

CHRIS MATTHEWS: Let me ask you this. Isn't he [McCain] handing out permission slips to vote against Barack? "Inexperience" is my favorite.

Because you could have all kinds of problems with Barack Obama: ethnically, politically, culturally, class—I don't know what the adjective is for class, but "classily." And you can have every problem in the world with Mrs. Obama. But you could hide it all under, not hide it all, you could present it all under one word: "you know, I've got nothing against him.

He's a bright young man with a quality education, interesting new ideas. But he's not quite ready yet." And that's a fair critique which covers all your reasons for opposing him.

So everyone would vote for Obama but McCain is artfully using code words to make people feel okay in not voting for him? I don't need permission you mentally deficient slug in not voting for Black Jesus. I would do that out of my own free will as are millions of others.

University of Illinois refuses to release Obama records

Politics: In relations to a group that Obama served on that is linked to terrorist William Ayers.

The University of Illinois on Tuesday refused to release records relating to Barack Obama's service to a nonprofit group linked to former 1960s radical activist William Ayers.

The university's Chicago campus said the donor of the records that document the work of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge has not yet turned over ownership rights to the material.

The university is "aggressively pursuing" an agreement with the donor, and as soon as an agreement is finalized, the collection will be made accessible to the public, the university said in a one-paragraph statement.

There was no indication when an agreement will be worked out. The university did not identify the donor who it said was concerned that the release not invade personal privacy.

The Obama campaign said the senator does not have control over these records or the ability to release them, adding that it has made many documents related to Obama's life available to the public and that "we are pleased the university is pursuing an agreement that would make these records publicly available."

On Monday, the National Review magazine posted an online article saying that the institution had initially declared that the records were open to inspection, but that the university subsequently reversed its position.

On Tuesday, the university said that there had been a misunderstanding about the status of the collection.

The agreement will be reached sometime after the election*wink wink nod nod*

Toby Keith praises Obama for getting educated.

Politics: Its the good sort of praise.

Keith has said in the past that the 2002 song - which included lines aimed at the Taliban like "we lit up your world like the Fourth of July" - was more patriotic than pro-war.

Asked while promoting his new movie "Beer For My Horses" about the role of patriotism in the current presidential election, Keith replied: "There's a big part of America that really believes that there is a war on terrorism, and that we need to finish up.

"So I thought it was beautiful the other day when Obama went to Afghanistan and got educated about Afghanistan and Iraq. He came back and said some really nice things.

"So as far as leadership and patriotism goes, I think it's really important that those things have to take place. And I think he's the best Democratic candidate we've had since Bill Clinton. And that's coming from a Democrat."

Well he got educated but in the same way someone is taught 2+2 = 4 but still insists its 22. It is a start though.

ESPN to bid on future olympics.

Olympics: Suddenly NBC wretched tape delays don't seem as bad as the possibility of Stuart Scott anchoring Olympic Coverage.

Obama's born-alive abortion bill fiasco.

Politics: A followup on this post from yesterday where Obama's camp admitted he lied in a CBN interview on a couple of born-alive abortion bills. Now he is trying to spin his way out of this mess that he basically voted for infanticide because there was a chance that getting an abortion would be interfered with if the law protecting born alive babies passed.

"....The dispute revolves around what happens in rare circumstances when a fetus survives an abortion.

Illinois abortion opponents repeatedly tried to pass laws defining any fetus that survives an abortion as a person with full rights, requiring a second doctor be present to provide medical care and creating a right to sue on behalf of the infant.

They argued the U.S. Senate had voted 98-0 for a federal Born Alive Infant Protection Act that defined such a fetus as a person, so Illinois lawmakers should have no trouble doing the same thing. President Bush signed the legislation in 2002.

Abortion rights supporters, led by Obama, opposed the Illinois legislation, arguing that it was designed to interfere with abortion. They said doctors were already required to care for any fetus that might survive an abortion; abortion opponents dispute that.

Here is where he got caught.

Over the years, Obama repeatedly has said the Illinois measure was different from the federal version in a key way—it lacked language spelling out that it would not interfere with abortion rights. If the Illinois legislation had that provision, he said, he would have backed it.

Now, however, abortion opponents have pointed out that Obama opposed a version of the bill that included a "neutrality clause." The bill was killed in 2003 by a state Senate committee Obama chaired.

"He needs to explain misleading people. He needs to explain why he apparently covered that up," Stanek said.

The Obama campaign's explanation is that even if the federal and state versions had identical language, they would have very different consequences.

Abortion rights supporters, led by Obama, opposed the Illinois legislation, arguing that it was designed to interfere with abortion. They said doctors were already required to care for any fetus that might survive an abortion; abortion opponents dispute that.

As Ramesh Ponnuru points out with this new spin.

"Illinois law has rules — loophole-ridden rules, but rules — requiring treatment of babies who have “sustainable survivability.” If an attempted abortion of a pre-viable fetus results in a live birth, the law did not protect the infant. Nurse Jill Stanek said that at her hospital “abortions” were repeatedly performed by inducing the live birth of a pre-viable fetus and then leaving it to die. When she made her report, the attorney general said that no law had been broken. That’s why legislators proposed a bill to fill the gap.

Obama did not want the gap filled. He did not want pre-viable fetuses/infants to have any legal protection. In the Illinois legislature, he argued that providing them with legal protection would both be unconstitutional in itself — a violation of the Supreme Court’s abortion jurisprudence — and undermine the right to abortion."

There is the problem for Obama, he has been shown that the right to abort a baby is more important to him than giving protection to aborted babies that survive. I don't believe he is a eager baby killing monster . But he has twisted himself up in knots over the last couple of days over this issue that even the AP has to take look at it. Playing the moral outrage card is not going to help him when his voting record and words are there to remind people.

Obama demands McCain respect him!

Politics: McCain must also stop questioning his character and patriotism plus say only nice things about him by saying what a swell guy he is to everyone.

I mean honestly, what sort of a egomaniacal narcissist comes up with this sort of whining and thinks it shows him in a good light. McCain never questioned his patriotism and if by calling into question his decision making/ flip-flops as questioning his character, welcome to politics.

A combative Barack Obama said Tuesday that Republican John McCain "doesn't know what he's up against" in this election and challenged his rival to stop questioning his character and patriotism.

Obama, campaigning in a state where he hopes to become the first Democratic presidential candidate to win in more than three decades, implored his supporters to fight for the presidency.

"Our job in this election is not just 'win,' although I'm a big believer in winning," Obama said during the rally. "I don't intend to lose this election. John McCain doesn't know what he's up against."
"He can talk all he wants about Britney (Spears) and Paris (Hilton), but I don't have time for that mess," Obama said.

His remarks carried forward a theme of feisty campaigning he debuted earlier in the day.

Addressing the Veterans of Foreign Wars convention in Orlando, Fla., Obama reaffirmed his early opposition to the U.S. invasion of Iraq and said the strategy of sending in 30,000 additional troops last year had not produced the political reconciliation necessary to achieve lasting peace in the country.

McCain supported the Iraq invasion and was an early champion of the surge.

"These are the judgments I've made and the policies that we have to debate, because we do have differences in this election," Obama told the veterans. "One of the things that we have to change in this country is the idea that people can't disagree without challenging each other's character and patriotism.

I have never suggested that Sen. McCain picks his positions on national security based on politics or personal ambition. I have not suggested it because I believe that he genuinely wants to serve America's national interest. Now, it's time for him to acknowledge that I want to do the same.

"Let me be clear: I will let no one question my love of this country," Obama said to applause.

McCain stood before the same audience a day earlier and said Obama "tried to legislate failure" in the Iraq war and had put his ambition to be president above the interests of the United States. He said the Illinois senator did this by pushing for a timetable for withdrawal of U.S. combat troops from Iraq and by voting in the Senate against a major appropriations bill to help fund the troop increase.

Responding to Obama's comments, McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds said: "Barack Obama has made it clear that unconditional withdrawal in Iraq is more important to him than victory in Iraq. That's not a criticism of his patriotism, that's a criticism of his judgment."

Obama has a very thin skin and his new Alonzo Harris from Training Day persona is not going to cut it.

Wild dolphins learning to tail-walk on water

Nature: Dolphins have finally begun to prepare for the invasion of man. Lock and load people!

A wild dolphin is apparently teaching other members of her group to walk on their tails, a behaviour usually seen only after training in captivity.

The tail-walking group lives along the south Australian coast near Adelaide.

One of them spent a short time after illness in a dolphinarium 20 years ago and may have picked up the trick there.

Scientists studying the group say tail-walk tuition has not been seen before, and suggest the habit may emerge as a form of "culture" among this group.

"We can't for the life of us work out why they do it," said Mike Bossley from the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society (WDCS), one of the scientists who have been monitoring the group on the Port River estuary.

"We're doing systematic observations now to determine if there's something that may trigger it, but so far we haven't found anything," he told BBC News.

Jenn Stuczynski's coach is a first class prick.

Olympics: Honestly there is time for tough talk but not after she just got a silver. This is just being a jackass.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Arizona law has illegal students dropping out

Immigration: Hey, a law that is working. Bravo and more of the same please. But its the typical illegals are victims story.

Changing laws have made life tougher for illegal immigrants in Arizona, including young people giving up dreams of college and better lives because they are unable to pay out-of-state tuition as required by voters.

With privately funded grants and scholarships lagging far behind the demand, some would-be students have dropped out, and others are considering a return to homelands they hardly remember in search of opportunity.

At 22, Jesus Pineda has lived half his life in Tucson. After arriving here at age 11, Pineda learned English in three months, eventually graduated from Catalina High Magnet School and started working with his dad at their family business.

He was planning to become a mechanic and studied the craft for two years at a community college until he dropped out of school in the fall of 2007 because he could not prove his legal status as required under Proposition 300, approved by voters in 2006.

Proposition 300 requires students to prove they are citizens or legal residents in the United States to qualify for in-state tuition at Arizona community colleges and universities. If they cannot, they must pay the higher out-of-state tuition fees. An in-state, part-time student can expect to pay $297 for six units while an out-of-state student will pay $504 for the same number of course units in college.

Voters approved the proposition after backers said the state should not be taking taxpayer resources and giving them to people who broke the law. The estimated 200,000 to 250,000 illegal immigrants living in Arizona at the time were costing the state substantial amounts of money, backers said.

Other states, including Colorado, Georgia and Oklahoma, also have laws denying in-state tuition benefits to students who entered the country illegally with their parents but grew up and were schooled in the state.

Mayor signs new Hartford sanctuary policy

Immigration: There is a disconnect.

HARTFORD, Conn. - Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez has signed a new ordinance that bars police from asking people about their immigration status.

The ordinance, passed last week by the city council, would prevent police from arresting or detaining anyone solely because immigration authorities had issued an administrative warrant for them, which is a civil matter.

However, Perez says the ordinance requires that police notify federal authorities if someone they arrest turns out to be an illegal alien.

The mayor says it also requires that city employees deny any federally funded services to illegal immigrants if required to do so under federal law.

You figure out the logic.

Nedra Pickler calls Sen. Joe Lieberman a prick.

Politics: A little bit of frustration by Pickler or a copy editor at the AP over someone who is not on the Dem reservation.

For his part, Republican rival John McCain is seriously considering naming his running mate between the end of the Democratic convention Aug. 28 and the Sept. 1 start of the GOP convention in hopes of stunting any uptick in polls for Obama. McCain has at least three large rallies planned in top battlegrounds Ohio, Pennsylvania and Michigan, before the Republican gathering in St. Paul, Minn.

His top contenders are said to include Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. Less traditional choices mentioned include former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge, an abortion-rights supporter, and Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman, the Democratic vice presidential prick in 2000 who now is an independent.

Dem rep gets kicked out for not supporting pork

Politics: Since her pork project wasn't in it, screw the other porkers.

A Democrat in the California legislature has been kicked out of her Capitol office for not supporting the party's state budget proposal.

Assemblywoman Nicole Parra of Hanford said Monday she wasn't surprised about being punished but was "a little taken back" by Democrats' decision to move her out of the Capitol.

When she abstained from Sunday night's budget vote, the bill fell nine votes short of the two-thirds majority needed. Parra was the only Democrat present who didn't vote for it.

She represents a farm-heavy district in the Central Valley and says she wants a water bond package approved before she'll vote for the budget.

Her new office is in another state building across the street.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Its the Obama infanticide/whine fest day

Politics: First he looks bad at Rick Warren's Civil Forum on CNN so they float out the angle that McCain cheated because heaven forbid someone is better at something than Black Jesus.

Then he lashes out at pro-lifers because they pointed out he voted for infanticide which he denies but then the Obama camp acknowledges it with a new twist to the NYSUN.

Indeed, Mr. Obama appeared to misstate his position in the CBN interview on Saturday when he said the federal version he supported “was not the bill that was presented at the state level.”

His campaign yesterday acknowledged that he had voted against an identical bill in the state Senate, and a spokesman, Hari Sevugan, said the senator and other lawmakers had concerns that even as worded, the legislation could have undermined existing Illinois abortion law. Those concerns did not exist for the federal bill, because there is no federal abortion law.

In 2005, the campaign noted, a “Born Alive” bill passed the Illinois Legislature after another clause had been added that explicitly stated that the legislation would have no effect on existing state abortion laws.

He got caught in a lie and lashed out, he didn't do very well in the forum so his campaign starts up a rumor that is quickly spread by the MSM. He is never wrong or if he screws up its always somebody elses fault like his aides

Now the proof that all these attacks by McCain is working is the howling whine of Guardian's chief cheerleader(it is an insult to call him an editor or reporter) for Obama Michael Tomasky who is mad that McCain is not treating Black Jesus like a god.

So far a good summer overall for McCain who is doing what you need to do in taking down the celebrity Obama bit by bit.

Sun Sentinel new design is godawful

Media: Its the print equal of tossing in letters/colors into a mixer, throwing it against the wall and it drips down into something looking close to a coherent mess. Don't even mention the Sun-Sentinel website which has somehow gotten worse and more confusing to navigate than ever.

Taking a look at say a couple of UK papers, they usually have a focal point and then you can easily read around the front page on the different stories.

Pelosi: God has blessed us with Barack Obama

Politics: The Black Jesus meme continues!

Obama: 'I will win'

A confident Barack Obama raised an extraordinary $7.8 million Sunday at three California fundraisers.

“I will win. Don’t worry about that,” he said to the crowd of about 1,300 at his third event of the evening, according to the pool report.

He was warmly received by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who called him "a leader that God has blessed us with at this time."

Whip-wielding dad takes out gate crashers.

Australia: The guy tries to protect his home and family from 30+ thugs and he may be facing charges of excessive force? Australian justice.

A MARAUDING gang of teenage gatecrashers got more than they bargained for when an angry householder used a whip to eject them from his 16-year-old son's party.

Dion Driman pulled out a South African sjambok when more than 30 youths attempted to storm into the party at the rear of his home at Wahroonga in Sydney's north.

Now he may face police charges for using excessive force to drive the youths from his home last Saturday night.

"I told them it was a private party and to clear off but this big youth put his face right into mine and said: 'make me'," said Mr Driman, 46.

The gang split into two groups and entered the house at the front and side, kicking a screen door off its hinges in the process. Mr Driman, the only adult at his son's party, confronted the ringleader as he came around the side of the house.

"As I tackled him, six of them came over the top of me. I received a big hit to the side of my head," said Mr Driman. "It happened really quickly."

His son Brennan said: "There were six or seven really big, buff guys on top of my dad, hitting him. I had to try and pull him out."

As he got clear Mr Driman started using the sjambok - a 1.5metre plastic whip like the traditional rhino hide whips used by South African herdsmen.

NSW Police could not comment on the incident yesterday but a spokesman told the local paper Mr Driman had the right to defend himself - the question was whether he had used too much force.

"All I would suggest, if a situation arises again, leave it to the police to handle," he said.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Obama blames McCain for being Black Jesus?

Politics: Can he be in such a bubble that he thinks blaming McCain for being seen as the chosen one would fly any sort of credibility test?

I have been pointing out the Black Jesus meme since earlier this year when even liberals were getting spooked by all the chosen one talk.

Inspiration vs. SubstanceBy Joe Klein
February 7, 2008.

And yet there was something just a wee bit creepy about the mass messianism — “We are the ones we’ve been waiting for” — of the Super Tuesday speech and the recent turn of the Obama campaign. “This time can be different because this campaign for the presidency of the United States of America is different. It’s different not because of me. It’s different because of you.” That is not just maddeningly vague but also disingenuous: the campaign is entirely about Obama and his ability to inspire. Rather than focusing on any specific issue or cause — other than an amorphous desire for change — the message is becoming dangerously self-referential. The Obama campaign all too often is about how wonderful the Obama campaign is.

Obama must realizes that all this talk is finally biting him in the ass but trying to blame McCain when he has played the race card on top of the Black Jesus talk is too ridiculous even for him.

"Dive In" Disney underwear for young girls creates fury!

Culture: At no point from idea to manufacturing did someone think having "dive in" printed on little girl's underwear would tick parents off?

The underwear, for girls as young as seven, are to promote the popular Disney film High School Musical and have "Dive In" written on the front.

The phrase is a reference to a scene in film where characters dive into a swimming pool. But the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) and the National Union of Teachers (NUT) have both criticised the underwear, describing it as "inappropriate".

A spokesman for the NSPCC charity said: "This is part of a worrying trend of inappropriate clothing marketed at young children."

Asda said the design on the knickers had been approved by Disney and that it had not meant to cause any offence.

A spokesman said: "The design on the High School Musical underwear was approved by Disney and taken from their style guide.

"It was completely innocent and certainly not meant to cause any offence to customers, however we will now consider our next steps in relation to the small number of items remaining on sale."

Lionsgate seems eager to kill off Punisher movie.

Entertainment: The Punisher is not made for PG-13 its made for extreme violence of the R-rated variety.

Looks like Lionsgate will have the first Marvel movie bomb of the year.

Second publisher declines Jewel of Medina.

Islam: Serbian publisher decides not to publish it due to Serbian Muslim protests.

Belgrade - A Belgrade publisher said Saturday it had withdrawn the Serbian translation of the book Jewel of Medina by US writer Sherry Jones following protests by Muslims.

'We did not wish to provoke anyone and we apologize,' the publisher, Beobook, said in a statement.

The book describes the Muslim Prophet Mohammed's relationship with his favourite wife, Aisha.

Serbia's Muslim community had strongly protested the publication of the book when it was announced.

They accused the publisher of desecrating Mohammed and his family.

The Serbian translation was to be the first worldwide following the publication of the book in the US.

US publisher Random House withdrew the book from the US market at the beginning of the month following protests from Muslims.

Even allies are asking Obama what the hell is "hope"

Politics: I was wondering when people will start to realize this Hope and Change express is running without actual specifics.

As Senator Barack Obama prepares to accept the Democratic presidential nomination next week, party leaders in battleground states say the fight ahead against Senator John McCain looks tougher than they imagined, with Mr. Obama vulnerable on multiple fronts despite weeks of cross-country and overseas campaigning.

These Democrats — 15 governors, members of Congress and state party leaders — say Mr. Obama has yet to convert his popularity among many Americans into solutions to crucial electoral challenges: showing ownership of an issue, like economic stewardship or national security; winning over supporters of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton; and minimizing his race and experience level as concerns for voters.

Mr. Obama has run for the last 18 months as the candidate of hope. Yet party leaders — while enthusiastic about Mr. Obama and his state-by-state campaign operations — say he must do more to convince the many undecided Democrats and independents that he would address their financial anxieties rather than run, by and large, as an agent of change — given that change, they note, is not an issue.