Human Trafficking and Slavery in DC Beltway

Under the radar alert:

The Washington Examiner’s Freeman Klopott is reporting that dozens of wealthy Beltway families have employed illegal immigrants as domestic employees in what Federal prosecutors have said amounts to slave labor.

Sentencing was scheduled to be held for naturalized citizen and Indonesian native Soripada Lubis for harboring up to 24 Indonesian women, and profiting from their labor.  Lubis’ wife, Siti Chadidjah Siregar, an Indonesian citizen, has also entered a guilty plea to making false statements, and faces up to 5 years in prison.

This is interesting:

Klopott says, “The list of Lubis’ 50 clients divulged in court filings by federal prosecutors includes a high-profile Washington attorney, ….   No charges have been filed against the people who employed the women, and The Examiner has chosen not to release their names.

Begging the question, of course, “Why not release the names?”

Since this case involves under the table, cash payments to illegal immigrants, then it is safe to assume that taxes have not been paid.

There’s a lot of that going around lately.

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Did Michelle have Walpin fired?

Judson Berger reports:

A top Republican senator is asking whether First Lady Michelle Obama’s office played any role in last week’s firing of former service program Inspector General Gerald Walpin.

The concern, one of several surrounding Walpin’s sudden dismissal, stems from the timing of a staff switch in the first lady’s office. Just days before Walpin got the boot, the White House announced Michelle Obama’s chief of staff would be appointed senior adviser to the agency Walpin was responsible for monitoring. Michelle Obama said at the time she and her outgoing staffer, Jackie Norris, would work closely going forward.

michelle-fires--walpinNaturally, the White House denies any wrong-doing. And, the fact that the target of IG Walpin’s investigation, Sacramento mayor and former NBA star Kevin Johnson, is big buds with the First Lady is simply a coincidence.

No. Not just a coincidence. It was … it was … an act of political courage! Yeah that’s what it was. Firing IG Walpin to keep him from exposing government corruption was an act of political courage.

No doubt about it.

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Would a wise Latina pick Sotomayor for the Supreme Court?

Apparently not, according to Scott Ott:

(2009-06-05) — Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor said today that “if President Obama were a wise Latina woman, with the richness of her experiences, he would have picked a less controversial court nominee.”

Judge Sotomayor said she doesn’t blame the president for his unwise choice, “after all, as a black male, he can’t be expected to demonstrate much more wisdom than he has so far. He’s certainly sharper than a white male, but the fact remains that he’s male, and has no discernible Latino heritage.” [snip]

President Obama said he would not comment further on the controversy, “since matching wits with a Latina woman is above my pay grade.”

Heh™ Nobody does it like Scrappleface.
(I’m still chuckling about the Kerry-Smart video).

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WFFOT: The interesting thing about being wise and being smart is that you can add a three letter word to each of them and come up with a synonym for “audacious” (a word which coincidently was used to decribe BHO).

And, just in case your remorse hasn’t kicked into high gear yet, and you don’t feel badly enough for pointing out Sonia’s ethnic boasting, and the hypocrisy of the PC crowd, trot on over to TPM and read the guilt-fest by Rowan Wolf.

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No Democrat Left Behind

Eric Holder is at it again. After accusing America of cowardice in addressing race issues, Holder’s “Justice” Department dismissed a civil complaint of voter intimidation against the New Black Panthers. You probably remember this Election Day video:

In an exclusive story, The Washington Times reports:

The incident – which gained national attention when it was captured on videotape and distributed on YouTube – had prompted the government to sue the men, saying they violated the 1965 Voting Rights Act by scaring would-be voters with the weapon, racial slurs and military-style uniforms.

Career lawyers pursued the case for months, including obtaining an affidavit from a prominent 1960s civil rights activist who witnessed the confrontation and described it as “the most blatant form of voter intimidation” that he had seen, even during the voting rights crisis in Mississippi a half-century ago.

Holder spokesman Alejandro Miyar told the Times, we are “committed to the vigorous prosecution of those who intimidate, threaten or coerce anyone exercising his or her sacred right to vote.”

We at NG offer this clarification and modification for Spokesman Miyar and the brave political hacks in Obama’s Justice Department,

we are “committed to the vigorous prosecution of those who intimidate, threaten or coerce any one DEMOCRAT exercising his or her sacred right to vote.”

There. FTFY.

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Cavuto: Congress has its head in a dark place

Neil Cavuto delivered a very pointed message to DC politicians in today’s “Common Sense.”

…It just seems in Washington, their heads are lodged in a very dark place — no need to be graphic, but time to get real.

Because what else could explain a nation’s capital that totally ignores the revolution unfolding in California’s capital? Where they’re cutting spending like crazy after voters in that state went crazy and told them to stop spending, stop taxing, stop playing the same old games.

But looking around in Washington, nothing’s stopped. Not the taxing, or the spending, or the ignoring, or the thinking, “We know better than our clueless subjects know.”

So they merrily go on thinking in their heads that they’re doing just fine. Clinging to election results from half a year ago. And insisting they’ve got a mandate — totally ignoring election results in California half a week ago and forgetting what they’ve got now is a manhole… and they’re sinking into it.

It’s one thing to be half-baked. But another to push spending that’s proven half-ass.

But you wouldn’t know that, would you, Washington? Your big head just doesn’t fathom half-ass. No wonder. It’s not that your head can’t see it. The darn thing’s just wedged too far up it.

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Happy V-E Day

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Obama declines Iran offer of alQaeda members

In a move reminiscent of Bill Clinton’s refusal to negotiate a deal for the extradition of Osama bin Laden in 1996, the Obama Administrtation has just recently declined to accept an offer from Iran of several alQaeda members, including some on the FBI’s “Most Wanted Terrorists” list.

Kenneth Timmerman reports at Newsmax.com

“Hillary Clinton is very much against these negotiations,” another source familiar with the U.S.-Iran talks told Newsmax.

“In Tehran, they don’t understand this,” said a third source who recently returned from Iran after discussing the Iranian and American proposals. “When the ruling factions actually agree on a policy, they put the whole government apparatus behind it.”

Tehran now believes that the al-Qaida operatives it is sheltering in Iran have become a liability. Some, such as al-Qaida military chief Saif al-Adel and Ahmed Mughassil, who has been indicted for the 1996 bombing of a U.S. military barracks in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, figure on the FBI’s Most Wanted List of terrorists and have American blood on their hands.

Timmerman says that the State Department is still getting up to speed, so in a sense, the offer may have been premature. But the fact that Obama has plunged ahead with a policy which includes closing Guantanamo and releasing detainees, possibly even into the US, ignores the reality that the war on terror continues, regardless of what the new Administration calls it.

“If you’re talking about individuals against whom there are no criminal charges, then it gets complicated,” former CIA Director R. James Woolsey told Newsmax. “If you close down Gitmo, where are you going to keep them?”

Woolsey said he could see no reason why the Obama administration wouldn’t take terrorists who are facing U.S. criminal charges. “To me, it would be extremely unwise not to take them out of circulation.”

Unwise is one way to describe it.

Reckless is another.

Also: Be sure to read Andrew McCarthy’s letter to Eric Holder at NRI “Must Read”

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The judgement to lead

As Taleban fighters continue their surge toward the Pakistani capital of Islamabad, the prospects of Islamic terrorists coming into the possession of nuclear weapons has never been closer. The gap, in fact, is a mere 60 miles.

The “test” that Joe Biden warned about may be upon us.

“Mark my words…… With the next, first six months of this administration, if we win, they’re going to — we’re going to face a major international challenge. Because they’re going to want to test him, just like they did young John Kennedy. They’re going to want to test him.”

Instead of placating the radical Left by picking a fight with the previous administration over the definition of “torture,” our new president might be forced to employ his considerable skill on the security task at hand.  And, if he is unsuccessful in “mending fences with our enemies,”  he may have to consider acting in the security interests of the Free World by securing the nuclear stockpile.

A year ago, candidate Obama told us that he was very capable of doing this. … “Foreign policy is the area where I am probably most confident that I know more and understand the world better than Senator Clinton or Senator McCain.”

No big surprise if you don’t remember this. It was understandably obscured by the other comments he made at that same San Francisco fundraiser — his famous “clinging to guns and religion” statement. (I mean, really, who can doubt that DHS’s report on right-wing extremism is any different than Obama’s own true feelings about conservatives?)  Obama went on to say that among the three candidates for President, he alone possesses “the judgment, the temperament to ask the right questions, to weigh the costs and benefits of military action, who insists on good intelligence, who is not going to be swayed by the short-term politics.”  source

What a piece of work, this man.  Perhaps he remembers making these statements.  Let us hope that his recollection is better than the statements he made regarding Cuba as recently as 2004, something that he described last week as happening “eons ago.”

Although Mr. Obama has been quick to blame many of the problems of the nation on his predecessor, one thing he inherited that is in good condition is our military.  Their bravery and mettle may have to bear the brunt of Obama’s “test.”

They, as well as he, are in my prayers.

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Goin’ fishin’

I ran across this video while browsing the headlines over at Popurls. This bad boy knows how to fish!

Come to think of it, that’s not such a bad idea for a sunny Southern weekend.

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The Friday Edition:  Stories I’m following ………

Here are two stories that seem to go together quite well. ROPMA.

The U.N. Human Rights Council approved a proposal backed by Muslim nations Thursday urging the passage of laws around the world protecting religion from criticism. Link

A TEENAGE girl was burned to death at her home in India in an “honour killing” by neighbours.

Four residents of her village in Ghaziabad, north India, allegedly set the 16-year-old Muslim girl alight after they suspected her of having a relationship with a boy.  Police claim residents kept a vigil on her house as they noticed the boy visited her frequently when her father was away. The four men then beat her, doused her with kerosene and set her on fire. Link

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Vietnam vet unveils new project to honor the fallen …  Here’s an example …  Link

“‘Dear Dad, I’m sorry it took so long but when you went away I was 8 years old and I couldn’t understand why you never came back to us. I’m now 35 and I can understand now as I have fought in two wars myself. It’s not much fun, it it? You might like to know that you have three grandchildren, two girls and a boy, and they all know about you. It meant a lot to me to see your name on The Wall with all the others. Your loving son, Paul.’”

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More unveiling … Obama unveils his “stronger, smarter” strategy for Afghanistan. Let’s just hope that is is better than the wicked-smart surrender strategy for Iraq that launched his presidential campaign.

“I want the American people to understand that we have a clear and focused goal: to disrupt, dismantle and defeat the Taleban and al-Qaeda.”

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Michelle Malkin reports a “curious” departure from Treasury …

The acting director of the Office of Thrift Supervision has been put on leave pending a review of the agency’s role in the backdating of capital infusions by some banks, the agency said Thursday evening.

OTS said in a surprise statement that Scott Polakoff, who has been serving as acting director of the OTS, would be replaced by OTS Chief Counsel John Bowman during the review by the Treasury Department.

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I watched the news footage of the Red River flooding this morning.    Man against nature, no contest. Nature wins.

Residents in this city of 92,000 had been scrambling in subfreezing temperatures to pile sandbags along the river and spent much of Thursday preparing for a crest of 41 feet, only to have forecasters late in the day add up to 2 feet to their estimate.

The National Weather Service said in its follow-up statement that the Red was expected to crest between 41 and 42 feet by Saturday, but could reach 43 feet. It said water levels could remain high for three days to a week.

The first estimate sparked urgency among thousands of volunteers in Fargo. The second shook their spirits.

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Look up “stupid” in the dictionary. If there’s not a picture of Michael Vick, then there ought to be …

CNBC reports that “The U.S. Department of Labor filed complaints Wednesday accusing suspended NFL star Michael Vick of illegally spending about $1.3 million in pension plan funds for his own benefit, including paying restitution ordered in his dog-fighting conspiracy case.”

The Labor Department accuses Vick of illegally transferring money out of the pension plan for MV7, his marketing company that covered nine current and former employees.

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Have you seen the video of Daniel Hannan? He’s the member of Parliament who gave a major B-slap to PM Gordon Brown.  Here is the Link.

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Oh, You want that stamp on your face or on your hand? Link

US Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner shocked global markets by revealing that Washington is “quite open” to Chinese proposals for the gradual development of a global reserve currency run by the International Monetary Fund.

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Bus tour of AIG homes by ACORN front group

Brian Lockhart, writing at The Advocate

Just got a press release a little while ago that the Working Families Party has scheduled “a fun, goofy AIG protest” for Saturday that entails chartering a bus to take activists on tours of some employee homes in lower Fairfield County.

“Then we’ll be finishing the tour with a rally at the AIG Financial Products offices (in Wilton),” reads the release.

I don’t know. There’s something about this that just seems a bit … off to me, like it’s inviting potential threats or harm to these people.

Of course it is.

It is radical left-wing  populism run amok, and  ACORN is the worst of the worst.

Their modus operandi is to openly flout the rule of law, and then dare anyone who might try to hold them accountable with threats of loud, angry, potentially violent, and (of course) televised protests, all the while claiming the protected and privileged mantle of victimhood.

Balderdash.

ACORN is nothing more than a well-funded effort to strip away the Bill of Rights.

They must be stopped.  Yes we can.

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I spoke too soon

With the announcement of the messiah’s 2010 tax-spend-borrow-spend-some-more budget, I made this observation:

I didn’t think it possible, but it looks like we’ve found something that democrats enjoy more than killing babies.

I stand corrected. Link

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Monday night linkage

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Here’s an interesting start to the week, from the UK Telegraph

Israel has launched a covert war against Iran as an alternative to direct military strikes against Tehran’s nuclear programme, US intelligence sources have revealed.

Maybe this is a sign of sources to come. In fact, it wouldn’t be too much of a stretch to believe that if President Bush were still at the helm, this would have been front page in the NYT.

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EIB calls for salary caps at NBC News. GE took TARP money, should be subject to same rules as Wall Street. Especially since GE Capital accounts for 55% of GE’s revenue.  Heh.

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I received this invite from Eric Odom Nashville. should be a lot of fun.

During the 2008-09 campaign season, the free-market movement witnessed the opposing side of the political isle literally walk all over us when it comes to eActivism. Specifically, the translation of online political activism to offline political success.

Many within the freedom movement have discussed different ways of advancing our online efforts. But few, if any, have been able to collaborate on ways to implement these ideas and put them to work.

RootsHQ 2009 is a new Tech/NOW Media Summit that aims at tackling this problem. Our conference is geared towards tech savvy, online activists who have ideas to share, and want to learn from others as well.

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If it’s good enough for Chavez, then how about The One? This didn’t take long

Mr. SERRANO introduced the following joint resolution; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary
JOINT RESOLUTION
Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to repeal the twenty-second article of amendment, thereby removing the limitation on the number of terms an individual may serve as President.

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Get your vintage children’s books now before Henry Waxman outlaws them.

It’s hard to believe, but true: under a law Congress passed last year aimed at regulating hazards in children’s products, the federal government has now advised that children’s books published before 1985 should not be considered safe and may in many cases be unlawful to sell or distribute. Merchants, thrift stores, and booksellers may be at risk if they sell older volumes, or even give them away, without first subjecting them to testing—at prohibitive expense. Many used-book sellers, consignment stores, Goodwill outlets, and the like have accordingly begun to refuse new donations of pre-1985 volumes, yank existing ones off their shelves, and in some cases discard them en masse.

Thanks Henry. I feel safer already. Besides, it’s for the children, right? What a dickhead.

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The SF Chronicle isn’t too enthused about The One’s power grab at the Census.

Allowing Obama politicos like chief of staff Rahm Emanuel – a top House Democratic strategist in his prior life – anywhere near the census adding machine is too partisan. It’s a Chicago-style setup that should worry any voter.

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The Memphis Commercial Appeal has come under fire for invading the privacy of private citizens by posting personal information of CCW permit holders. Their justification for this outrage is laughable. In fact, Chris Peck says it’s all a “misunderstanding.” Then, he channels Henry Waxman and tells us he did it “for the children.”

A mom might now check the list to see if the parents at her kid’s sleep-over next door had a concealed weapon permit. If so, maybe it would be worth talking to them to make sure the gun is locked up.

A school official, concerned about whether teachers were bringing guns onto school grounds, might check the list to see whether anyone on the staff has a permit to carry, and then have a discussion about it.

Oh, please. I know the C/A has a great Sports section, but this is just too much. It’s time for Memphians to speak in the language that the C/A can understand. Cancel your subscription. And, if any of your neighbors has a subscription to the C/A, “maybe it would be worth talking to them” about it. And, after you do so, drop Chris Peck an email and let him know why. More: Walls of the City gives C/A a proper fisking.

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Obama Portrait GalleryAnd finally, while browsing the web this evening, I ran across Brad Warthen’s blog at The State. Brad discovered some interesting pixellation embedded in the Obama- hope poster. Click on the photo to enlarge.

[cue spooky music...]

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Police release photo of arson suspect

Victorian police have released a composite photo of a man wanted for questioning over the Australian brush fires that killed at least 181 people and which authorities suspect may have been started by arsonists.

australian-arson-suspectPolice gave warning that the death toll from the fires that ravaged Victoria state last weekend could exceed 200 as fire fighters continue to battle 30 blazes across the state.

The man in the composite photo, who police say is in his early 20s and has a dark complexion, is believed to have information about a suspicious fire at Ivanhoe East, in Melbourne’s north-east.

He was apparently seen in the area wearing black trousers, a polo shirt and yellow sunglasses and carrying a black rucksack.

Arson investigators are looking into several of the bush fires that destroyed more than 1,000 homes. The fire that wiped out the town of Marysville and claimed up to 100 lives has been classed as suspicious.

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Remember the Cole!

I watched this interview on Cavuto this afternoon, as the mother of a sailor who died in the sneak attack on the Cole declined a trip to the White House to meet with President Obama.

The money quote, “I voted for him, now I think I made the wrong decision.”

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WFFOT: Still want that flying car?

New Scientist takes a look at “Ten sci-fi devices that could soon be in your hands”.

Yes friends, the flying car is included. Or personal spaceship, or your own jet-pack.
Old news you say? Maybe. But, this part seems kind of interesting to me..

your personal spacecraft could fly into orbit on a beam of microwaves shone upwards from the ground.

Bad news? The inventor says it’s still 50 years away. I don’t think I’ll be able to wait for that one. But some of the other devices don’t have such a long lead time.

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Pre Inaugural Stress Syndrome Open Thread

leg-rest-for-post-inauguration-stress-syndromeI’ve finally been able to come up with the descriptive term for the tingling sensation running down my leg, as the 44th President of the United States begins his term of service.

Pre Inaugural Stress Syndrome.

And, after Tuesday, it will most likely evolve into Post Inaugural Stress Syndrome, thus preserving its acronymical integrity.

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UBS to close accounts

The Patriot Act could claim thousands of scalps in the coming weeks as Swiss banking giant UBS has announced that it will close some 19,000 accounts of their American clientele. From the NYT

In a step that would have once been unthinkable in the rarefied world of Swiss banking, UBS will shut about 19,000 accounts that prosecutors suspect have gone undeclared to the Internal Revenue Service.

UBS will transfer the assets to other banks or other divisions within UBS, or will mail checks directly to the account holders, creating paper trails for federal prosecutors who are examining whether UBS clients used such accounts to evade taxes.

The clients now face stark choices: they can cash their checks, and thereby alert the authorities to any potential wrongdoing, or not cash them, effectively losing their money.

Or they can transfer the money to new banks, a procedure which, in the case of foreign banks, requires depositors of more than $10,000 to report the new account to the Treasury Department.

“You can either take that check and throw it in the woods, or deposit it somewhere and get busted,” said a UBS client, who asked not to be named because of the investigations into UBS and its clients. “There’s nowhere to hide.” …

But because prosecutors claim that some UBS clients failed to make adequate disclosures in the past or lied on their tax returns about holding offshore accounts, the authorities may view the new disclosures as criminal evidence, not just of tax evasion but also of money laundering, a more serious offense.

Indeed. Money Laundering is very, very serious.

It seems like the law that was designed to starve islamic terrorists of the money to finance their operations will be used to sock it to wealthy Americans who have evaded income taxes. Although the list of names that will surface will be interesting to see, the actions by UBS reveal the need for junking the tax code and replacing it with the Fair Tax.

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Friday Linkfest

In the town of Nazareth, muslims have erected a banner at the entrance of the plaza in front of the Basilica of the Annunciation. The banner declares that allah had no son. “He begetteth not nor was he begotten.” link

I couldn’t agree more. There is absolutely nothing about islam that is comparable to Jesus Christ. Anyone who claims allah and God are different names for the same One True God have been deceived. The Lord said, “By their fruits you shall know them.”.

Here is a quick stroll through today’s headlines. Decide for yourself.

The Taliban have blown up more than 100 girls’ schools in Swat in the past 14 months. The destruction of schools and recent threats to teachers and students have forced over 50,000 girls out of schools. Link

Photographs Released By The Mumbai Police Reveals Shocking Truths of the recent Mumbai Terrorist Attacks :: Sexual humiliation of Guest, Esp. Foreigners, before killing them...Link

Officials in The Netherlands have admitted that their biggest mistake was being politically correct when it comes to Islam. They have gone as far as saying “to become Dutch, you must in principle give up your old nationality.” Read more

Both Iran and its Hamas proxy in Gaza have been busy this Christmas week showing Christendom just what they think of it. But no one seems to have noticed.

On Tuesday, Hamas legislators marked the Christmas season by passing a Shari’a criminal code for the Palestinian Authority. Among other things, it legalizes crucifixion. Link

Channel 4 was rebuked by the Government yesterday for its decision to broadcast an address by the President of Iran as the channel’s alternative Christmas message.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office said that providing a platform for Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who has called the Holocaust “a myth”, would cause widespread offence, despite the conciliatory tone of his speech. Read more

Imagine the UN appointing David Duke to report on how Blacks are victimizing whites, or Hugo Chavez to report on American foreign policy, or Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to investigate whether the Holocaust occurred….

Well the UN has done something comparable by appointing Richard Falk as its supposedly impartial “rapporteur” on Israeli actions in the Palestinian territories. Link

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Friday reading

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Why won’t Rahm talk? Do you think we’re going to find out that he was the go-between between PEBO and Governor Blog?

Are you going to mourn the loss of your local newspaper? You should .. but the answer is probably not.

Congress has cut the pay for the position of secretary of state so that Hillary can have at it. Sorry … that’s side-stepping the Constitution .. not that anyone cares.

Could Rod Blagojevich employ an insanity defense?

Which state would you say is the most corrupt in the nation? Yeah, I thought it would be Illinois too.

Barack Obama’s “diverse” cabinet seems to be missing one key group: Southerners.

NASA administrator Mike Griffin isn’t laying out the welcoming matt for the Obama administration.

Barack Obama’s choice for energy secretary – Steven Chu … he was a tree sitter in Berkeley. Lovely.

It looks like AIG is putting your tax dollars to good use with some wise business decisions.

Technically he isn’t even our president elect, but Barack Obama is enjoying some “sky-high” approval ratings.

In Pittsburgh government schools, students may soon be able to earn 50% of the credit for doing 0% of the work. What do you expect? Sounds like Congress.

The town board of Woodstock, NY doesn’t want a local manufacturer to make any parts that are used for military equipment.

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Baskin Robbins’ newest flavor ….WFFOT

Rocky Road, maybe? Or Dingleberry Delight? The gross story of the week comes from Down Under (no pun intended).

SYDNEY (Reuters) – A bitter row has broken out between one of Sydney’s largest tourist pubs and a family of five who accused chefs of serving human excrement in their gelato after they complained about noise during a football match.

State government food minister Ian Macdonald confirmed on Wednesday that frozen fecal matter had been found in a serving of chocolate gelato offered to placate pub patron Steve Whyte and his wife Jessica, who became “violently ill” after eating it.

Aaaarrrgh.

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Obama locks up key endorsements

On Sunday, Barack Obama scored the stunning endorsement of General Colin Powell, guaranteeing that he would receive over 90% of the black vote.

Tonight, another stunner….. former WH Press Secretary Scott McClellan has endorsed Obama, thus guaranteeing that Obama effectively locks up 90+% of the ass-wipe vote.

Story from Media-Bistro (if anybody really gives a shite)

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Obama the criminal

A couple of interesting articles for your reading pleasure. They should both cause a disturbance in the force, that is if they are not drowned out by the Lehman derivative settlements.

Speaking of which, I’m still wondering where our financial institutions are going to come up with the $350 Billion needed to settle Lehman. OK, I’m not really wondering. In fact, I think we will see the nationalization of the banking industry (at least temporarily) wihin a week’s time. After trillions of wealth have evaporated in the equity markets, and more bailout money yet to come, I’m thinking the Treasury royally screwed the pooch by letting Lehman fail. (Update 10:40 am: we’ve got a mark on Lehman, brings total close to $375 billion)  (update2 9:00 pmTimes UK puts it at $365 billion)

First up is from the Wash Times, “Obama tried to sway Iraqis on Bush deal”

At the same time the Bush administration was negotiating a still elusive agreement to keep the U.S. military in Iraq, Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama tried to convince Iraqi leaders in private conversations that the president shouldn’t be allowed to enact the deal without congressional approval.

Mr. Obama’s conversations with the Iraqi leaders, confirmed to The Washington Times by his campaign aides, began just two weeks after he clinched the Democratic presidential nomination in June and stirred controversy over the appropriateness of a White House candidate’s contacts with foreign governments while the sitting president is conducting a war.

And more on the Acorn connection. Seems like the Obamahdi “forgot” to report the $800,000 donation to the Fraudsters at Acorn…

U.S. Sen. Barack Obama’s presidential campaign paid more than $800,000 to an offshoot of the liberal Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now for services the Democrat’s campaign says it mistakenly misrepresented in federal reports.

An Obama spokesman said Federal Election Commission reports would be amended to show Citizens Services Inc. — a subsidiary of ACORN — worked in “get-out-the-vote” projects, instead of activities such as polling, advance work and staging major events as stated in FEC finance reports filed during the primary.

Crooked bastids. Lock ‘em up.
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Bailout Bill to Nowhere: Why we’re still not out of the woods

The $700+ billion bailout bill has passed through Congress and been signed by the President. The debate, the stock market volatility, and the lack of cogent reporting of events has left many of us wondering what in the world we have just witnessed.

MM calls it “Crap Sandwich 2.0.” In fact, she live-blogged the House debate.

While our government pats itself on the back for avoiding financial Armageddon, I wonder if they realize that the drama of the past few weeks is only the first layer to be peeled from this onion.

The next layer will begin to be pulled away next Monday, as settlement of credit derivative trades involving Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are unwound.

On Friday, the Lehman auction is scheduled.  WaMu follows one week later.  That is, if anyone is left standing.

How many billions will have to come off the balance sheets at settlement? As interesting and unsettling as the past few weeks have been, we haven’t seen anything yet.

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