“the+greatest+campaign+finance+scandal+in+American+history” Hillary Rodham Clinton

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Momentum is building. Google hits 1,680,000 entries for the phrase “the greatest campaign finance scandal in American history.” Hillary Rodham Clinton is now at the top of the heap. Keep it going folks!
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“the greatest campaign finance scandal in American history”

greatest-campaign-finance-scandal-in-american-history.jpgNow that this phrase has been published by a respected member of the MSM, and, as such, is now in the LexusNexis search database, it seems appropriate to associate that phrase with the person to whom it refers: Hillary Rodham Clinton.

I received a ping from FReeper “Spirit of Allegiance” this morning which pointed to an article which featured our pal, “Dougfromupland.”

The article was in the San Francisco Chronicle’s on line edition. Here is the introductory paragraph of the article about “the greatest campaign finance scandal in American history.”

In his other life, Douglas Cogan, 59, is a San Bernardino County commercial real estate broker. But for years, the conservative Republican has spent thousands of hours painstakingly researching what he calls “the greatest campaign finance scandal in American history” by a woman he calls one of the most dangerous political figures the country has ever seen – Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Since it appears that Google has enabled “google-bombing” again, I thought it might be interesting to get the phrase, “the greatest campaign finance scandal in American history,” permanently associated with Hillary Rodham Clinton. That is the purpose of this post. And, if any of you bloggers out there want to join in, just copy+paste this post at your blog, or pass it along in the comments section of your favorite blogs. The more the merrier. I’m going to track-post it to Linkfests, and post it at FR. I’ll also activate every tag I have ever used to associate it with this post. Heh.
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Islamic head fake in UK

Hizb ut Tahrir:

Britain’s version of the Islamic head fake.

The big difference is that the “jihad of words” has quickly metastasized to the more active and deadly version of jihad, as the percentage of muslims has reached a critical mass.

British TV will have a special investigative report tomorrow night.

Mocking Mahmoud on SNL

SNL provided plenty of laughs last night at Mahmoud Monkey Boy’s expense.
here is the video, courtesy of youtube…

Ground Beef Recall

Video report from The News Room…

Sunday Morning Link-Fest!

News you can use in one stop.

Linkfest Haven, the Blogger's OasisHumorous:
Speech Disorder.
You have to stay on your toes, like Ahmadinejad at a urinal, to grasp this point since it’s so often confused in our public discourse…
Osama bin Laden Dead, Hundreds of Thousands Protest
Osama bin Laden was cornered by U.S. forces in his cave. He was reported to have been surrounded by 17 virgins whom he blew up along with himself, while shouting “Allahu, Akbar!”
In response, massive rallies were held in Washington.

Iraq:
Iraqi Parties Denounce Splitting Country
Biden takes another to the jaw.
Iraqi army says kills 40 militants.
That says the Iraqi Army…not the MNF, folks.
US military deaths in Iraq lowest in 14 months.
And yet, the defeatist still want to surrender.
War Protest Draws Small Crowd.
Participants Cite Public Apathy in Low Turnout for Rally at the Capitol…Four blocks away on the Mall, thousands were attending the National Book Fair…

Gorebal Warming:
Gore Dodges Repeated Calls to Debate Global Warming.
He’s too self-important for that.
It’s All About Money!
Yep, our money.

Finally, since it’s Sunday:
Mark Steyn.
Sometimes it’s not about “freedom of speech,” but about freedom. Ask an Iranian homosexual. If you can find one.





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Throw down the jam till the girls say when

Live performance of Steely Dan…Josie
crank up those motor scooters.

nite y’all

Zoomie supremacy

monkeyboy.jpgInformation coming out of Iran indicates that the military there is very dismayed at how ineffective new Russian anti-aircraft systems were during the Israeli September 6th air strike on a Syrian weapons development facility near the Iraqi border. Syria and Iran have both bought billions of dollars worth of the latest Russian anti-aircraft missile systems. Apparently the Israelis were able to blind these systems electronically. Syria isn’t saying anything, nor are the Israelis, but Iranian officers are complaining openly that they have been had by the Russians. The Iranians bought Russian equipment based on assurances that the gear would detect and shoot down Israeli warplanes. source

After all of his bluster, the complete failure of the top of the line Rooskie air defense system in Syria can’t make Mahmoud Monkey Boy feel very comfortable.

Heh™.

Wounded Soldiers

Special Report from AP

Story from AP

He was one of America’s first defenders on Sept. 11, 2001, a Marine who pulled burned bodies from the ruins of the Pentagon. He saw more horrors in Kuwait and Iraq.

Today, he can’t keep a job, pay his bills, or chase thoughts of suicide from his tortured brain. In a few weeks, he may lose his house, too.

Gamal Awad, the American son of a Sudanese immigrant, exemplifies an emerging group of war veterans: the economic casualties.

More than in past wars, many wounded troops are coming home alive from the Middle East. That’s a triumph for military medicine. But they often return hobbled by prolonged physical and mental injuries from homemade bombs and the unremitting anxiety of fighting a hidden enemy along blurred battle lines. Treatment, recovery and retraining often can’t be assured quickly or cheaply.

Rising GOP Star

by Pat Ruffini

The rise of Sarah Palin has been improbable and meteoric. A losing primary candidate for Lieutenant Governor in 2002, Palin was eagerly sought out by then Gov. Frank Murkowski for a number of jobs in his new administration. After rejecting every job offer up to that point, she eventually settled on the chairmanship of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission.

palin.jpgMonths later, she resigned after blowing the whistle on ethical improprieties within the Commission. Then she took on the Governor’s attorney general/campaign manager and forced him to resign. In 2006, the 43-year old mother of four and mayor of Wasilla challenged Frank Murkowski in the Republican primary. In a three way race, Palin emerged victorious with a majority of the primary vote while Murkowski took less than 20% in his race for renomination. In the general election, she defeated popular former Governor Tony Knowles by 8 points.

Most candidates stop playing the part of ethical crusader once they win the election. Not Sarah Palin. She immediately rescinded many of Murkowski’s midnight appointments, and pushed some of the largest budget cuts in the state’s history. As she put it to Fred Barnes in the Weekly Standard , Alaska should be self-sufficient and not subsist off “federal dollars.”

That’s why Sarah Palin’s crusade for clean, efficient government doesn’t stop in Alaska. This week, it was Palin who singlehandedly killed the leading symbol of Republican spending excess in Washington: the Bridge to Nowhere.

A great potential VP for Mike Huckabee.

Re-defeat Communism

It’s time to restore civil political discourse in our country. Step 1 is to stand up to the smear merchants and Soros thugs at Moveon.org….

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Quiet Triumph Brewing

Great piece at American Thinker analyzes the untold story in Afghanistan, the tribal areas of Pakistan, and what is developing as a major triumph in the WOT.
h/t n2l

The Stategy is working

Despite liberals’ claims that al Qaeda terror cells are a bogey-man of the Bush Administration used to scare people to vote Republican, we can now see a direct case in which a terror cell was activated for a specific purpose: to save their jihadist buddies dying at Tora Bora.

The claim that fighting a terrorist is “giving them what they want” is one of the greatest fallacies of our time. When they attack us, it is for a specific purpose. When we do the exact opposite of what they want, they lose. They want us to disengage in the places they want to control, and then go home. Fighting them militarily, politically, economically, and diplomatically is the only way to defeat them. Giving in to them only makes them stronger.

The Bush Administration, most likely through the CIA and DIA, has pulled off a fantastic maneuver to split the global Islamic jihad movement at its base. This is the kind of stuff we may not hear about in detail for another fifty years. Congratulations to our President and our brave soldiers and intelligence assets for making this happen.

Al Qaeda is losing in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Iraq. The fact is now inescapable that they have lost the ability to impose their political will on the West, although this does not mean they still can’t hurt us.

Those politicians, Democrats or Republicans, who are calling for disengagement now are severely misinformed.

The jihadist threat to the Pakistani government has in fact been significantly reduced. A few days ago Usama bin Laden reportedly made a rare call for direct attacks on the Pakistani government. That is because Pakistani troops have cut off the escape route from Tora Bora and he is trying to save his men, or possibly himself. He is trying to go around the Taliban leadership, which now opposes him and appeal directly to the people. It is a call made in desperation.

In previous writings I mentioned rumors that he might be going to Iraq himself. If he has no secure place in Pakistan or Afghanistan, it may actually happen. I doubt Iran would want the additional heat of hosting him. Iraq may be the only place left for him to go.

Since President Bush has been “advising” Senator Clinton on Iraq, and since she recently refused to commit to troop withdrawal, one has to wonder if secret plans are being drawn up to lure Usama bin Laden to Iraq where it will be much harder for him to hide.

See also: Noblesse Oblige



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Newt says “No”

Newt Gingrich has answered the $30 million question, announcing today that he will not throw his hat into the already crowded Republican ‘08 ring.

“Newt is not running,” spokesman Rick Tyler said. “It is legally impermissible for him to continue on as chairman of American Solutions (for Winning the Future) and to explore a campaign for president.”

Gingrich decided “to continue on raising the challenges America faces and finding solutions to those challenges” as the group’s chairman, Tyler said, “rather than pursuing the presidency.” source

(Go Mike!)

In the Magic Kingdom, TV is harmful to your marriage

More from the religion of peace, tolerance, and respect for women, from Ummah News…

RIYADH — A Saudi man divorced his wife for watching alone a television programme presented by a male, an act he deemed immoral, the Al Shams newspaper reported on Saturday.

The man, whom the paper did not identify, ended his marriage on the grounds his wife was effectively alone with an unrelated man, which is forbidden under the strict Islamic law enforced in the ultra-conservative kingdom, the paper said.

Men in Saudi Arabia have the authority to divorce their wives without resort to the courts.

PM Maliki’s Speech At The UN:Ignored By The Media!

I came across this post at Gateway Pundit yesterday, and near the bottom was a statement by an Iraqi-American, Haider Ajina, about what little news coverage Nouri Al Maliki’s speech to the UN General Assembly received. An observation that had escaped me, so I went to the search engine to look for references and a transcript of his speech. Haider was right, there were very few references, and I had to try several different key words to get the below transcript in English.
I found this speech buried in a transcript page at CNN, and cannot separate it from the page as a separate link, therefore I post it in it’s entirety, with the caution that the translation is not, and cannot be, perfect.
As Haider stated, Maliki’s introduction in his speech, are words never spoken by an Iraqi, or indeed any nation from the Middle East.

NURI AL-MALIKI, PRIME MINISTER OF IRAQ (through translator): The most compassionate secretary-general and president of the 62nd session, distinguished delegates, ladies and gentlemen, I’m honored to address you as the first prime minister of a constitutionally permanent government representing Iraq, its people, and its administrations, in cementing the foundations of democracy, peace, freedom and cooperation with the international community.

I come to you carrying the burdens of the people of the Valley of the Two Rivers, who built the most ancient civilizations, established the first laws, and who today offer humanity a high example in sustaining life, facing challenges, and persistence in protecting our young democratic experience.

The Iraqi people have received isolation from the world in the shadow of dictatorship for 35 years. There was no freedom of thought or belief. There was no multiparty system, no free elections, no democratic institutions, no communication systems, and no media except those that were controlled by the intelligence agencies, of the government.

During this millions of victims in Iraq suffered throughout this era in ventures, wars with two neighboring countries, Iran and Kuwait. Genocide and mass murders were committed inside Iraq, such as what happened during the an Al Anfar campaign in Halabja. And in addition were the mass grave, horrific prison cells, the detention camps as well as the immense destruction that claimed the infrastructures of the different governmental institutions.

Today, Iraq — the new Iraq, there are hundreds of parties that are active within 20 political alliances. There are more than 6,000 civil organizations, hundreds of newspapers and magazines, 40 local and satellite TV stations, as well as the offices of the foreign media, correspondents from all over the world, that work without conditions, without restrictions.

The new Iraq, ladies and gentlemen, is what is targeted today, terrorism kills civilians, terrorism kills journalists, kills actors, thinkers, and professionals. It attacks the universities, attacks the marketplaces and the libraries. It blows up mosques and churches and destroys the infrastructure of the state institutions there.

We consider this terrorism as an extension of the foreign dictatorship, whether it may vary in its outside form, or by the guns that carry it out. This terrorism is aiming at aborting the political process and igniting sectarian dissension as a prelude to hijack Iraq back into the era of tyranny, oppression, and backwardness. Car bombs and explosive vests in public places under the display of the decapitated heads, on TV are all messages of threats that terrorists send to the world community.

The bloody chapters of which were executed in Algeria, in Spain, in England, in Lebanon, Turkey, and here in New York. We are steadfastly determined to exterminate and defeat terrorism in Iraq, so that it does not spread around the countries of the world and repeat the tragedy. Iraq that carries the greater burden in confronting terrorism, calls upon the nations of the world to help and unite its efforts toward fighting this plight of terrorism.

Our battle aims at providing security, stability, and prosperity, as well as protecting our democratic experience. We are determined to be victorious in this battle, which will be, indeed, a victory for humanity. This fierce terrorists attack against Iraq since the fall of the dictatorship regime has not stopped our people through three epic elections from laying the groundwork for a unique, democratic experience in Iraq’s history, and individual’s history, where the constitution was — the permanent constitution was voted upon. A prime minister was elected, and the national unity government was established.

The new Iraq that lives a younger, democratic experience is governed by constitution, institutions, where freedom of opinion, belief, and expression are all respected. This Iraq will not retreat from its democratic choice option, for which our people have paid a very high price. It’s a position — a position that necessitates the support of cooperation from the world’s nations, so that Iraq build a modern state that guarantees justice, equality, and a respect for religious, sectarian or ethnic pluralism.

Our people how have enjoyed the taste of freedom after years of tyranny and oppression, will continue the road towards building a state of institutions, reinforcing the authority of the law, respecting human rights, and active participation in all areas and disciplines.

The national reconciliation, and our initiatives, that we have lawed upon assuming our responsibility as the prime minister of national unity government did not come from a void. Its strength emanated from the Iraqi people’s civilization and heritage that have made great contributions to mankind. Iraqis have lived in peace, brotherhood and forgiveness and tolerance since the dawn of history. They have religious, sectarian and ethnic diversities where elements of strength reinforcing national unity. We look at the national reconciliation as a life boat, a perpetual project of peace, and a safe harbor for the political process and the democratic experience.

We also believe that the national reconciliation is not the responsibility of the government alone. It is, indeed, the collective responsibility of the whole group held by the political powers, intellectual leaders, religious leaders, the educated, civil organizations, and all the active powers in the arena.

National reconciliation is our strategy, our choice, and option. That has saved our country from slipping into the pit of a sectarian war, a war that was planned by the enemies of freedom and democracy after blowing up the Tomb of the Sky Imams in Samarra.

Ladies and gentlemen, national reconciliation is not a dinner party or a dinner banquet prepared for this — between the disputed, or even a stick of medicine as some might think. It’s a realistic vision that remedies release the heavy remnants that were left behind by the fallen regime in all areas and disciplines. It lays the foundation for political, social, economic progress and the security that we strive for.

Furthermore, it cements the principles of the new political system. National reconciliation is the olive branch that blossomed in the formation of support, counts in many of our provinces and Iraqi cities. It was also successful in amalgamating about 28,000 cities and for our Iraqis tribes without military efforts to combat terrorism. It resulted in regaining and re-establishing security in our cities and villages. Among them, the Al Anbar Province that was liberated from the Al Qaeda terrorist organizations. The terrorists fled from it to face a defeat, this time in the Anbar Province. Thus, Al Qaeda is losing its safe havens, one after another.

National reconciliation is indeed stronger than the weapons of terrorism. It has succeeded in encompassing more than 14,000 people that were members of the armed groups that splintered from Al Qaeda; those fighters that stood next to our armed forces, and the multinational forces, battling Al Qaeda delivering the devastating blows to the terrorists’ organization.

National reconciliation transcends the hatreds and fears of the past. The national unity government, what has been realistically accomplished through the continuous mobilization of the national reconciliation is considered to be an important success in contrast to the great tyrannies that face Iraq and comparison to the experience of people who have suffered from dictatorships, even sectarian. To have (UNINTELLIGIBLE) to you the acts of sectarian violence in Iraq are not among society’s components, but rather amongst extremists and fanatics from this group, or that.

We have been successful in containing this problem to a large degree. The average number of sectarian killings have decreased. Security and stability have been restored in many of the hot spots. This has helped the return of thousands of displaced families to their homes. We are determined to fight any and all outlaws irrespective of their sectarian or political affiliations.

Our armed forces have been adamant at establishing law and order as well as in sustaining a sense of respect for the government in many provinces, which have diverse religious, sectarian or ethnic affiliations. Our security and military agencies have experienced an accelerated growth in their skills and capabilities while confronting terrorist organizations, militias, criminal guns, and organized crime.

They have also — they — they need more development in order to be quickly able to take over the security responsibility in Iraq’s entirety from the multinational forces, having established their ability to handle security in eight of the provinces. We are ready to assume full responsibilities for security in order to defend the democratic gains of our people. And we shall work making that performance of our armed forces will be professional, and that their loyalty will be to the country, and not to their party, not to a sect, or not to an ethnicity.

In addition to these achievements, the national unity government has begun the process of reconstruction. We have voted on the largest budget in Iraq’s contemporary history, to the amount we — the cooperation of the parliament, the investment law has been adopted and approved. This is considered the progressive step to uplift and boost the Iraqi economy, moving from a central-based economy to a market- free enterprise economy, that will assist in meeting the needs of our people for development, prosperity and affluence.

The government has also completed a proposed law for oil and gas, which if approved by the parliament, this law will become oil guarantee the fair distribution of wealth, since oil is considered the property of all Iraqis. The government continues to complete the implementation of other proposed laws in different areas. We have taken practical steps to improve our people’s quality of life. Increased — increased employee retirements and retired salaries, combat unemployment and expand the activities of net of social welfare.

The government is determined that the upcoming year, and the next year to come, will be earmarked to promote the services sector of Iraq to alleviate the hardships and suffering of the citizens. We understand that this promising steps do not meet our entire aspirations and ambitions, and that we have a long way to achieve our goals for a secure, stable, and prosperous Iraq. It is our hope that the international community will support Iraq and help it achieve these noble goals.

Distinguished delegates, ladies and gentlemen, we believe that security is a progressively integrated system, a secure and a stable Iraq will be in the best interests of the region and the world. We have cautioned all the countries in the region that the continued flow and overflow of weapons, money, suicide bombers, and the spreading of fatwahs inciting hatred and murder will only result in disastrous consequences for the peoples of the region and the world.

Since the formation of the national unity government, we took the initiatives to improve Iraq’s relationship with neighboring countries. We are careful also to turn our common borders into peaceful and economically prosperous areas and zones. The foreign policy of the new Iraq relies on the permanent constitution, which does not allow Islam to be used against its neighbors. It also refuses any interference in its internal affairs.

Today we feel optimistic that the countries of the region now realize the danger of the terrorists’ onslaught against Iraq. And that it’s not in their interests for Iraq to be weak. A strong, democratic Iraq will be a guarantee for security and stability in the region, because of its new policies, Iraq has become a meeting point for dialogue among feuding regional and international entities. We will march forward to reinforce this positive role adopting a policy that is based upon clearing the air, defusing crises, incurring the cost of war and conflict in the region.

We believe that a state of tension and instability will, no doubt, overshadow and affect the security conditions, not only in Iraq but in the — in the more general — in the region in general and the world. Iraq, which was for the past decades being a center of tension in the region is today qualified, and because of its material and human resources, to become a platform for regional and international economic cooperation that will contribute in establishing an economic system, which will realize development and prosperity for the people and countries of the region.

We also have affirmed our sincere desire to establish the best relationship with the international community. We feel that Iraq needs to open up to all countries developing relationships and benefiting from the experiences of other democracies.

I find it necessary, as I stand today in front of leaders and representatives of the world nations, to demand that the Iraqi people are still paying the price of the reckless politics of the past foreign regime, as well as the consequences of international resolutions, especially those that relate to its weapons program and the invasion of the sister-state of Kuwait. These resolutions which were exploited by the previous regime for political gains has inflicted great harm on the infrastructure, the service sector, education and health system.

Our people look up to the international community to help us, to alleviate and lift the burdens of the destruction, as well as relieve the people from the heavy bills of debt and compensations. The Iraqi people will remember the country that made sacrifices and stood next to them in bringing down the dictatorship regime. They will remember those who helped them during the transition to offer them a democratic, pluralistic federal system. They will always respect and appreciate the countries that support the political process and participate in the process of reconstruction.

Our striving to achieve economic progress and social justice in partnership with the international community was crowned with success upon the signing of the international compact document, and the implementation of its provisions. The document that represents a new stage in the development of balanced relationships between Iraq and the world governments. It’s a point of departure towards building a democratic pluralistic federal Iraq whereby all of its citizens are equal, benefiting from a fair distribution of wealth. After overcoming the burden of the debts, of poverty, unemployment and administrative and financial corruption that has spread.

I’ve read this transcript several times, and am still trying to process all that he has said. I did highlight a few sections for emphasis, without just highlighting the entire speech.
Few of us can imagine the challenges PM Maliki faces when he gets up each day, or that he carries to bed. His speech was certainly more interesting and newsworthy than that of the President of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadamnazi, yet the little monster from Tehran was the media darling for several days. I won’t try and disguise my belief that the dinosaur media has a liberal bias, and wishes to promote Bush-Bashing to it’s highest order of magnitude, so their liberal friends can gain political advantage, irrespective of the media representatives claims that they are unbiased. Al Maliki’s speech is just another example of the success of the invasion of Iraq, which was primarily to remove Saddam as a regional and international threat, and the positive gains that are being made in the birth of a nation.
I no longer pretend to view the news from the old-stream media with objectivity or optimism, instead I prefer the occasional surprise story they publish that gets it right. There are so many wonderful stories of achievement and sacrifice coming from Iraq, mostly from independent journalist, that I couldn’t begin to list them all, but will add a few links at the end.
I am most appreciative of the new media, and the many bright and inquisitive bloggers in the ether world, as they continue to inform in a way that the old-stream media cannot, and will not do.
To Prime Minister Nouri Al Maliki, I wish you every success in the massive undertaking you are presented with. I believe you grasp the importance of your job, and the many challenges and opportunities they present. I also thank you for recognizing the sacrifices your strongest ally has made, and that you honor this nation, and it’s wonderful military, that has made possible the day you stood before the world, as the representative of a free and democratic nation.

*Additional Links*
Why We’re Winning Now in Iraq.
Cooked Books?
An American Styled Casino In Iraq.
A Quiet Triumph May be Brewing.

Murtha must testify

Murtha suit goes forward

murthakerry.jpgWASHINGTON – A federal judge refused Friday to dismiss a defamation case against Rep. John P. Murtha and ordered the Pennsylvania Democrat to give a sworn deposition in the case.

A Marine Corps sergeant is suing the 16-term congressman for alleging “cold-blooded murder and war crimes” by unnamed soldiers in connection with the deaths of Iraqi civilians in the town of Haditha.

The deaths became known in May 2006 when Murtha, who opposes the Iraq war, said at a Capitol Hill news conference that a Pentagon war crimes investigation will show Marines killed dozens of innocent Iraqi civilians in the town in 2005.

Murtha’s office declined to comment on the ruling. He has said his intention was to draw attention to the pressure put on troops in Iraq and to cover-up the incident.

The Justice Department wanted the case dismissed because Murtha was acting in his official role as a lawmaker. Assistant U.S. Attorney John F. Henault said the comments were made as part of the debate over the war in Iraq.

U.S. District Judge Rosemary M. Collyer said the congressman might be right, but said she won’t know for sure unless Murtha explains himself. She did not set a date for Murtha’s testimony but said she would also require him to turn over documents related to his comments.

“You’re writing a very wide road for members of Congress to go to their home districts and say anything they choose about private persons and be able to do so without any liability. Are you sure you want to do that?” Collyer said, adding later, “How far can a congressman go and still be protected?”

Abscam Jack had no comment.
Stay tuned.

“I’m an Omnivore”

You’ve probably seen the PETA ad with Alicia Silverstone.

Mary Katherine Ham does a great takeoff…..from TownHall.com

Shooting/Lockdown at Las Plumas HS, Oroville, CA

Breaking…Developing
Early reports are coming in of shots fired, and possible hostage situation at a Oroville, CA High School.
From FoxNews.com

Up to 10 students are being held in the bandroom at Las Plumas High School in Oroville, Calif. by a student with a gun, according to preliminary and unconfirmed reports from the police scanner. No injuries have been reported.

A dispatcher at the Butte County Sheriff’s Department says a 911 call came into authorities just after 9 a.m.

He said deputies are talking to the student and trying to negotiate with him to put down the gun.

A message posted on the Oroville Union High School District’s Web site says all six schools in the district are on lockdown.

“There is an incident at the Las Plumas High School campus,” the message said. “The Butte County Sheriff’s Office has the campus under control.”

UPDATE: a student is in custody, hostages are freed.

Lefty blogosphere not in love with Hillary

From HuffPo, David Mizner says “Hillary Hates You”:

She thinks you’re weak. She has no respect for you, and her lack of respect amounts to loathing–the kind of loathing that the powerful feel for the powerless. She’s confident that progressives are too impotent, divided, and disorganized to deny her the nomination.

How else to explain her vote for the Lieberman-Kyl Amendment, which designates “Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps as a foreign terrorist organization”? Do the math, people: the Revolution Guards are terrorists + Bush launched a global war on terror = _____. Jim Webb called the bill “Cheney’s fondest pipe dream.” Recall that “real men want to go to Tehran.”

Her vote tells you that she’s cocikly crusing toward the nomination that the press has already awarded her. Her chief advisor, Mark “union buster” Penn has crunched the numbers and told her that she can defy the core beliefs of the party’s core with impunity. She can prepare for the general election and focus on money and do AIPAC’s bidding and still win the nomination. [snip]

Edwards has carved out an important difference on national security. Unlike Clinton, he opposes the very concept of a global war against terrorism. And unlike Clinton, he backed the Webb Amendment, which would have made it a crime for Bush to attack Iran without Congressional authorization–a position that won Edwards no friends at AIPAC, which killed a similar measure in the House. And unlike Clinton, who would give Bush the 92,000 new troops he wants, Edwards isn’t committed to making our monstrous military more monstrous. Huge issues, real differences.

Hillary thinks you won’t pay attention to the differences, just as she thinks she can get away with casting a pro-war vote in the middle of the race for the Democratic nomination. John Edwards hopes she’s wrong.

Core beliefs of the party = our monstrous military???

I haven’t read anything from this writer before, so I don’t know whether he is one who appends each anti-war screed with, “but I support the troops,” or not. At this point, it is very clear to me that the Halloween masks have come off, and “anti-war” is self-evidently “anti-military.”

If Mizner and his fellow lefty bloggers have any guts, just click here, here, here, here, here,and here. There’s enough ammo there to keep Hillary from getting your party’s nomination. C’mon Dave: No guts, no glory, eh?

UPDATE: FNC is reporting that our “monstrous military” has taken out another senior leader of alQaeda in Iraq. Score another one for the good guys.

Tom Cruise $10 million bunker: wffot

Heh. 10 million smackeroos. Is Mr. Cruise worried about terrorism? Is he a survivalist?

Maybe he’s just worried about illegal aliens……of the extra-terrestrial variety…..no kidding…

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Vimtoons

I heard from Vimto today. He send his greetings and his regrets at not being around much lately, but other obligations have kept him away from the blogosphere. Hopefully he will be climbing back in the saddle, and sooner rather than later.

I traveled deep into the vimtoons archive and fetched a good’un. Hurry Back Vimto, we miss you bud!

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Nite y’all.

Terror training camps in Macedonia

The Balkans heat up again. Has it ever cooled down?
From Ummah News:

Former and active terrorists who escaped from the prison in Kosovo undergo training in northern Macedonia, Serbian President Boris Tadic told BBC Serbian news.

He added there is no need to panic, but to keep an eye on processes.

“We have information that many former and current terrorists, who escaped from Kosovo’s prison recently, are now stationed in northern Macedonia in their bases, where they used to prepare themselves for attacks on municipalities in southern Serbia,” Tadic said, adding that he will convey this information to the UN.

During his stay in New York, Tadic met with a number of diplomats ahead of Friday’s meeting of Belgrade’s and Pristina’s delegations.

“Pristina and Belgrade have an opportunity to move the starting negotiation stands, in an expectation that talks will resume in the coming weeks,” Tadic said.

Thursday Open Thread

SwampWoman has been adjusting to a new work schedule, and fighting off the effects of seasonal allergies. She dropped in last night and brought us this humorous episode from the Swamp …

A mouse somehow got into my house a couple of weeks ago. I put out a glue trap and finally caught his lil’ furry body, then felt sorry for him all stuck tight to the glue. So, instead of using him as an instant kitty dinner, I decided to unglue him. Hmmmm. No mineral oil or petroleum jelly around, so I used a pretty smelling bath oil to render the glue somewhat nonsticky. I gently pried him up a bit out of the glue, squirted his fur and extremities with bath oil and, as digits and extremities started coming free, squirted some under his lil’ chest and abdomen as well. Finally free, but it was exhausted and unable to walk. I put him (I say him, but probably a her. I did not do any in-depth examinations, but testicles may not have unglued and become part of the glue trap) in an outside flower pot and covered it for protection, and put some Cheerios and a bottle cap full of the beer left over from the grilled chicken that night. At 3:30 a.m. I awoke, and went out to check on the lil’ rodent. I opened to the flower pot, and he/she/it leaped out and took off for parts unknown. I came back in and went to bed.

Tonight, I was walking through the kitchen, and something gray jumped away from my feet. *EEEEEEEEEEEK!* “What is the matter with you?” “There’s another mouse in the house!” “Are you sure?” “YES! There it is again. Ohmygawd, it’s the same one!” “WHAT? How can you tell?” “It still has bath oil all over it, and it’s limping, poor thing.” “Well….at least maybe it won’t pee in my shoes like your house cat.”

Heh™

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More on the Huckabee “buzz”

Results of the Vertical Day campaign from Team Huckabee are beginning to trickle in, and they are quite encouraging.

I follow the trends at an interesting new website called “Wonkosphere.” The proprietors at WS keep their fingers on the pulse of the 2008 campaign by measuring each candidate’s “buzz”, or volume of blog posts from a cross-section of political blogs, and rating the buzz as favorable or unfavorable, according to conservative, liberal, or independent political alignments.

The Governor’s share of campaign buzz has increased, along with the favorability ratings in both conservative and liberal blogs. Here are the graphics….

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Go Mike!

Body of Nailah Franklin found

From Breitbart:

CALUMET CITY, Ill. (AP) – The body of a woman was found Thursday near a forest preserve not far from where a missing drug sales representative’s car was abandoned, police said.

Calumet City Police Chief Russell Larson confirmed Thursday morning that a woman’s body had been found there but not identified.

“We’re still in prayer because we don’t know, and we’re still keeping up hope,” said Dwayne Johnson, an uncle of the missing 28-year-old woman, Nailah Franklin.

chicagowoman.jpgFranklin, a sales representative for Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly, was reported missing Sept. 19 after she missed a meeting at work. Her car was discovered in Hammond, Ind., on Friday night near an abandoned building.

Shortly before she disappeared, Franklin filed a police report about getting threatening phone calls from a man she had dated briefly. Chicago police said Monday they had interviewed someone Franklin once dated but have not named a suspect in her disappearance.

Since her disappearance, family members and volunteers have papered the area with fliers and taken out a newspaper ad seeking the public’s help. They have offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to her whereabouts.

So sad. Is the reporting of this type of event just getting better, or is the rate of occurrence of this type of heinous crime increasing?

FoxNews is reporting that it is confirmed that the body found is that of Miss Franklin.

Democrat Debate in NH

Last question of the night from Russert — “What is your favorite Bible verse?”

Not a single one of them could quote a Bible verse. Zilch. Zip. Nada.

You can’t parody these people. It was a hilariously sad commentary on the secular/humanist takeover of the Democrat Party.

As I think about it, this one segment draws a stark contrast between Ahmadinejad, beginning his talk at Columbia University with a prayer calling for the return of the 12th Iman and the end of the world, and these leaders of the modern Democrat Party, these would-be leaders of the Free World, unable to specify even one passage of Scripture by chapter and verse.

They reminded me of Roy Munson, whose knowledge of Biblical precepts boiled down to “it’s against it.”

First take from: Associated Press, CBS News, Fox News

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