The armed forces held their traditional ceremony honoring the departing Commander-in-Chief Tuesday morning at Fort Myer in Arlington. President Bush received a standing ovation of gratitude. A big laugh came when Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, read some hand-written letters to Bush:
“Sir, nice to see that our President is still quick on his feet after eight years in office.” (Laughter.) “Next time, pick up the shoe and throw it back.” (Laughter and applause.) “We got your back.” – Master Sergeant Michael Frazier, United States Air Force.
This ceremony was skipped over almost entirely by the news media, according to a quick Nexis check. One odd place it popped up: MSNBC’s Countdown with Keith Olbermann, who ran the clip without the “We got your back” part. Olbermann quipped: “Boy, you know what, next time you can do what Vice President Cheney would do, and just re-enact the logic used in going into Iraq in the first place: use the thrown shoe as an excuse to invade Iran.”
Archive for 7 Jan 2009
I hate Nazi Pelousi so much, I can’t stand writing about her. The rage I feel whenever I do is not healthy. Rope. Tree. Nancy Pelosi. Some assembly required.
From Michelle Malkin:
Here we go again. The Chicken Little Congress is back in full swing, repeating the same fear-mongering tactics that brought us TARP and a year full of bailouts.
Nancy Pelosi tells the public to stop obsessing over the pricetag of the Generational Theft Act of 2009. Because, you know, THE PRICE OF INACTION IS TOO HIGH!
The Generational Theft Act of 2009
by Michelle Malkin
Barack Obama has dubbed his behemoth fiscal stimulus proposal the “American Economic Recovery and Reinvestment Act.” But if truth in advertising were required of White House plans, only one title would fit the trillion-dollar-plus-and-growing bill: The Generational Theft Act of 2009.
President-elect Obama was at his most candid when he told the country Tuesday that we face massive deficits for the foreseeable future. “Potentially we’ve got trillion-dollar deficits for years to come,” he said, “even with the economic recovery that we are working on.” But one word is glaringly out of place in that warning. It’s the word “even.” Washington will saddle future generations with unprecedented debt because of the economic recovery interventions Obama is planning, not despite them.
When will the media ever get it right? They are always shills for the fucking Palestinian assholes that have been lobbing rockets at Israel for years. The UN bitches at Israel, yet never once do they take the assholes of Hamas to task. Not once.
Anyone that says that Israel’s response was disproportionate is an idiot. Let’s say Mexico was lobbing rockets into San Diego on a daily basis. These rockets indiscriminately landed on schools, churches, Starbucks, or maybe the San Diego Tribune building gets hit, etc.
Does the US fire rocket for rocket at Mexico, or does it respond in a manner that knocks Mexico back into the 18th century? I vote for the latter.
Stumbled on this over at Michael Totten’s place:
My friend and colleague Noah Pollak on the journalistic malpractice of some of our other colleagues:
Allow me to propose a metric for evaluating whether a journalist is behaving responsibly or not: If he reports that Israel bombed a UN school and killed 30 civilians, he is irresponsible. If he reports that Hamas used a UN school as a weapons cache and base of operations for launching mortars at the IDF, and the IDF’s return fire killed the Hamas cell along, tragically, with a yet-unspecified number of civilians, then he is behaving responsibly. If he wishes to be particularly scrupulous, he might additionally note that Hamas had rigged the school with explosives which detonated after the IDF took out the mortar team, killing a large additional number of civilians. And he might add that you can go to the IDF’s Youtube channel to view footage from 2007 of Hamas using the very same school as a mortar-launching base.
If your only information about the current Middle East crisis came from CNN, you’d think it boiled down to a bunch of high-tech Israeli bullies running around Gaza torturing Palestinian women and children, while tossing smart bombs on hospitals and blowing up UN schools with Merkava tanks. Almost no context is given. That Israel had done virtually nothing for the three years since voluntarily withdrawing from Gaza but grin and bare it, as missiles after missile, many courtesy of Iran, flew willy-nilly into the Southern part of their country – a fusillade no nation on Earth, civilized or uncivilized, would begin to tolerate – is barely mentioned or mumbled into a half-audible mike while the video plays bloodied Palestinian infants screaming for mama.
Great post over at Blackfive:
“People finally felt like our generation had reclaimed patriotism,” said Haley Fagan, 24, a Berkeley paralegal who got stuck in a car trying to cross the street as the crowd surged. “It was a moment that we felt comfortable with it.”
“There’s a left-wing tradition of being systematically opposed to the U.S. government, knee-jerk reactionary – most of our presidents have made it fairly easy to do,” said Jo Freeman, author of “At Berkeley in the Sixties,” a memoir of her student activism. “Those who view everything the U.S. does as automatically suspect already have a problem doing that with Obama.”
Well…… Welcome to the New World Order so often decried by the Bush Derangement Syndrome (BDS) sufferers. They say, “NOW, I love my country. NOW, I agree with what she stands for.” And why do they now love her and agree with her?
Only because their candidate for President won the election. No other reason.
Tags: Hate Crime, Homosexuals
MARTINEZ, California — Two men and a teenager were charged Tuesday in the alleged gang rape of a lesbian in the San Francisco Bay area.
I am wondering why her sexual persuasion is even mentioned. In my opinion it is not the issue that should be addressed. The issue that should be addressed solely is the fact that this woman was gang raped by some very sorry individuals. I am also curious of their immigration status, that could play a part in this as well.
Humberto Hernandez Salvador, 31, and Josue Gonzalez, 21, were charged with kidnapping, carjacking and gang rape in the attack last month in Richmond.
Hate-crime enhancements were added to charges against Salvador, which could mean a more severe sentence if he is convicted. Authorities say the woman was taunted for being a lesbian during the 45-minute assault. Salvador was also charged with being armed with a gun.
The pair did not enter pleas when they appeared in Contra Costa County Superior Court, but they asked to be represented by court-appointed attorneys. Bail was set at $2.2 million for Salvador and $1.9 million for Gonzalez. Both were being held at the county jail.
They face a maximum sentence of life in prison if found guilty, prosecutors said.
And they should receive said sentence if convicted. Taunting a woman by calling her a lesbian doesn’t sit well with me as a “hate crime” enhancement. That is an all too common thing to say to a woman by jerks anyway. Regardless of sexual orientation. “Hate crime” is ridiculous in and of itself. Any crime that is committed that entails violence such as this is a crime of hate. Your skin color, or sexual orientation doesn’t have shit to do with it.
Darrell Hodges, 16, was charged as an adult with similar offenses Monday. A 15-year-old boy whose name has not been released was also arrested last week on suspicion of participating in the attack.
The woman, who lives with a female partner, was attacked Dec. 13 after she got out of her car, according to investigators. She was raped multiple times inside and outside the vehicle and left naked outside an abandoned building, police said.
Just the facts as it should be. Teenagers that are involved in crimes such as this should be charged as adults and have to pay the same penalty if found guilty.
Richmond police say they have received hundreds of calls from across America offering money and support for the woman.
“The crimes that were committed at face value were shocking,” Lt. Mark Gagan said. “But when it was revealed there was also a hate crime enhancement, it really prompted outcry.”
Where is the outcry when this happens to a woman that is not a lesbian? Just some plain Jane white woman gets gang raped, is there an outcry? Never heard of one.
Richmond is a city of about 100,000 across the bay from San Francisco. It has one of California’s highest homicide rates.
Time to arm the citizens. In fact, “shall issue” should be the state’s mantra instead of “may issue” concealed carry firearms. Allow the citizens to defend themselves and the homicide rate would be one of the lowest in the country, instead of the highest.
Gay rights advocates and bloggers have highlighted the attack as an example of violence against gays and lesbians. Supporters have also been working to raise money for the woman, her partner and her daughter as they deal with the trauma of the attack.
“The idea that a peace-loving lesbian was minding her own business, was attacked and gang-raped is an outrage. And people are stepping forward,” said Betty Sullivan of San Francisco, who runs a Web site and e-mail list publicizing gay and lesbian events.
Sullivan is publicizing several fundraisers for the woman, known among her supporters as Richmond Jane Doe. Support is driven not just by anger but by a sense among gays and lesbians that they, too, could have been targets, she said.
“We know it could have been any of us,” Sullivan said.
Wow! A peace loving lesbian! Give me a fucking break. This isn’t about violence against gays and lesbians. This is about violence in a city that is known for its violence and has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that this woman is a lesbian. The odds of a lesbian being raped in the San Fran freako area is rather high, and since Richmond is right there, it makes sense to me that it was a lesbian. To the attackers, she was just another victim. Her sexual orientation to the attackers was female, alone and in a bad area. Didn’t have shit to do with her sexual preferences.
To me, this is just the media and the gay lobby trying to bring sympathy for their lifestyle and to portray them as the never ending victim of hate.
I feel sorry for this woman for what she went through. I hope justice prevails in this. Don’t cast this as a hate crime because of your sexual preferences. It was already a hate crime without the lesbian tag. Idiots.