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Friday, March 07, 2008

Nope, No Threat From Terrorists...

The anti-war, anti-reality crowd would have you believe there's no threat from terrorism. Apparently, 9/11 was a fluke. Or, if you really hang around in the paint fumes for a while, it was a controlled demolition. Either way, the terrorist threat doesn't exist.

Clearly, then, these plots weren't foiled:

  • December 2001, Richard Reid: British citizen attempted to ignite shoe bomb on flight from Paris to Miami.
  • May 2002, Jose Padilla: American citizen accused of seeking "dirty bomb," convicted of conspiracy.
  • September 2002, Lackawanna Six: American citizens of Yemeni origin convicted of supporting Al Qaeda. Five of six were from Lackawanna, N.Y.
  • May 2003, Iyman Faris: American citizen charged with trying to topple the Brooklyn Bridge.
And neither were the rest.

Good thing, too - because if all of these threats were stopped in six years, the possibility of having a Democrat in the White House would be really scary.

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You Can't Make This Stuff Up - Qaddafi Duck Rides Again

Seems the Dems are getting a little bit of campaign advice from none other than Qaddafi Duck:

Libyan strongman Col. Muammar al-Qaddafi weighed in on America's presidential campaign, specifically commenting on both Democratic rivals' repeated calls for "change."

"I've seen that in America, a candidate who wants people to vote for him keeps talking about change," Qaddafi said earlier this week in a televised address on Libyan TV, an obvious reference to Barack Obama.
How flippin' sad does your platform have to be if Muammar "holy-crap-they-just-dropped-bombs-on-my-house" al-Qaddafi can recognize you've got nothing to stand on??

But Moammar has the solution:

Qaddafi offered up Libya as a model for "change," predicting that "the whole world will return to the model of the republic of the masses, to communes, to popular security, to popular defense, to popular capitalism, and to popular socialism.
Popular socialism - now there's an idea the Dems can get behind.

Maybe he should send a resume to Obama - after all, he's down one advisor.

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B**** on the Bench

Another jaw-dropper from the anti-war crowd:

A California judge rejected a foster teen's request for early enlistment with the Marine Corps — and a $10,000 signing bonus — reportedly on the grounds that the judge didn't approve of the Iraq war.

Los Angeles Superior Court Commissioner Marilyn Mackel denied 17-year-old Shawn Sage's request to join the military last October, according to a report in the Los Angeles Daily News.

"The judge said she didn't support the Iraq war for any reason we're over there," Marine recruiter Sgt. Guillermo Medrano of the Simi Valley U.S. Marine Corps recruiting office told the paper.
This woman SO needs to be removed from the bench. Seriously. Granted, there may be good reasons to deny a 17-year old enlistment, but "I'm an anti-war moron who uses my position to advance my moonbat agenda" isn't one of them.

Now, I know what you're thinking. What a brave soul - to take a stand and use her twisted little pea-brain free-thinking mind to divert the purpose of the court take a stand. How can I thank her?

Well, I've got the answer for you!

To let her know what you think of her decision to completely toss out her responsibilities as a judge, you can contact her at:

Marilyn Mackel, Commissioner
Edmund D. Edelman Children's Court (Dependency)
201 Centre Plaza Drive
Monterey Park, CA 91754

(323) 526-6402

Didn't see an email directory, but if someone finds one, please leave it in the comments section.

Be sure to restrain yourselves, folks - I seem to remember threatening or otherwise harrassing a judge is bad ju-ju -- even if they don't have any respect for the sanctity of their position.

Oh, and in California, the Commission on Judicial Performance has the responsibility of "investigating complaints of judicial misconduct and judicial incapacity and for disciplining state judges."

Their abilities include taking action by:

Removing or censuring a judge or former judge for "action that constitutes willful misconduct in office, persistent failure or inability to perform the judge's duties, habitual intemperance in the use of intoxicants or drugs, or conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice that brings the judicial office into disrepute";

Publicly or privately "admonishing a judge or former judge found to have engaged in improper action or dereliction of duty"; and

They can bar censured judges from future positions in any CA state court.

Sounds good to me. You can contact them at:

State of California
Commission on Judicial Performance
455 Golden Gate Avenue, Suite 14400
San Francisco, CA 94102
Tel: (415) 557-1200
Fax: (415) 557-1266

Details on how to file a complaint are here


Hadn't mentioned this yet, but in addition to this blog, I'm now an Op-Ed contributor over at NewsBlaze - an online news site that is very supportive of our troops, and publishes stories straight from our Heroes daily. Check out the site, and you can view my open letter to this seriously twisted sister.

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U.S. Air Force Airman Waldemar Martinez cleans the canopy of an F/A-18 Super Hornet on the flight deck of the USS Harry S. Truman, under way in the Persian Gulf. Martinez is assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 11, March 5, 2008. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Ricardo J. Reyes

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In Todays' News - Friday, March 7, 2008

Quote of the Day
"The best tank terrain
is that without anti-tank weapons."

-- alleged Russian military doctrine.

News of Note
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Baghdad blast toll rises, deadliest in months - Video
Iraq: Shiite stronghold is not safe
Louisiana Soldiers Show Southern Hospitality to Iraqi Children
Soldiers Find, Raid AQI Torture House in Northern Zambraniyah
MND-N Soldiers attacked in Salah Ah Din
By U.S. Embassy Baghdad on the al-Qaeda Bombing in Baghdad
Coalition targets al-Qaeda in northern Iraq; one killed, five detained
Coalition forces capture Special Groups facilitator, kill armed criminal (Baghdad)
Al-Qaeda networks in central Iraq disrupted; eight killed, 17 detained
Tal Afar SWAT, U.S. Special Forces recover weapons cache near suspected AQI training camp

Operation Enduring Freedom
Taliban Infiltration Decreasing

Homeland Security / War on Terror / Hamas-Hezbollah Happenings
Colombia FARC Rebel Commander Reported Dead
Bush to Nix Waterboarding Ban
Bomb Letters? 'Unbelievable Coincidence' - PHOTOS
Hamas Pulls Seminary Flip-Flop - PHOTOS (Graphic)
Hamas claims deadliest attack in Israel in 2 years - Video
Israel signals willingness to talk
Basque killing halts Spanish election campaign - Video
Guantanamo Bay Detainees Get Respectful Treatment, Commander Says

Wounded Warriors
AP IMPACT: US troops losing hearing

Other Military News
Boeing says seriously weighing tanker protest
Policy Bans Image-Gathering On Military Installations

Worldwide Wackos
Despite Angry Showdown at Latin American Summit Border Dispute Seems Over With Handshakes
Bush pushes democracy for Cuba

Politics / Government
Where's Bill? - Ex-president kinder, gentler after backlash
McCain Loses Cool Over Kerry VP Question - VIDEO
Obama Aide Quits After Calling Clinton 'Monster'
Let's Make a Deal - Dems seek deal over disputed delegates
Wyoming, land of firsts for women, tough on Clinton
Democrats look for silver lining in long race
Back on trail, Obama and Clinton trade digs
McCain would tackle big budget problems: aide
Clinton lowers expectations in Wyo.
Obama rejects adviser's comments
Bush: 'It's clear' economy has slowed
McCain flashes temper at reporter
McCain rejects anti-Catholic views
Obama defends ability to handle crisis
Dem: FAA Must 'Clean House From Top to Bottom'
Congressional panel rips subprime CEOs' lavish pay
Rebate letters to cost $42 million
Lincoln slavery letter may set record: Sotheby's
Britain's ex-prime minister Thatcher in hospital: BBC
Top electoral court suspends Bolivia's referendum
Serbian leader "no longer trusts" coalition allies
Malaysia votes but PM's leadership at stake

Illegal Immigration / Border Control
U.S. checks border stop for link to New York blast

In the Courts / Crime and Punishment / Law and Order
Cops Focus on SUV of Slain UNC Student- Report: Police Close to Arrest in Auburn Death
Police: Man Offered Tweens Alcohol, Cigs, Cash for Sex
U.S. court upholds patent case against Teva
O.J. Simpson's trial delayed
NC campus mourning loss of slain leader
Colombia: 2nd rebel leader killed
Body packed in ice found in hotel room

Science / Medicine and Health / Technology
Blood thinners like aspirin may fight cancer: study
Finally, a reason to start drinking alcohol
MIT tackles urban gridlock with foldable car idea
Japan lab section set for launch to space station
Pioneer to post loss, exit plasma display production
Apple iPhone targets RIM with corporate e-mail - Video
FDA is favorable on anti-anesthesia drug
Archaeologists unveil finds in Rome digs

Mother Nature
We sired Knut, give us his money! German zoo says
One dead as tornadoes rip through Florida and Georgia
Elusive bird seen near Papua New Guinea
Kitten survives trip in shipping crate

News from My Neck of the Woods
Former British PM Tony Blair to Teach at Yale

Man Buried Alive Saved by Air Trapped in His Hat
Man Leaves Wife, Kids to Run Away With Amish Teen
Mom Run Over by Own Car Gives Birth to Healthy Baby
Tornado Touches Down in Florida, 2 Reported Killed
Report: Sadistic Killer Lesbians Shared Bloodlust
Hair Stylist Shoots Client Unhappy With Cut
Hey, tanks a lot!
Dead rodent stops operation
Angry wife accused of burning 400 phones

Fox News
FOXBusiness: Dow Drops on Economic Fears
Report: Hawaii Heaven for Adults, Hell for Teens

Recession fears rise on more job cuts - Video
Disgraced sprinter Jones reports to prison
Emotional Jackie Chan buries father in Australia
"Idol" loser Danny Noriega stayed true to self
Thornburg survival at stake after big margin calls
Stocks may fall anew on recession fears
Paulson says dollar to reflect strong fundamentals
New questions on safety monitoring at Southwest
GM says 8 more plants affected by supplier strike
Stocks drop as job data deepens economic woe - Video
Oil ends down, eases off record above $106 a barrel
Rockwood stock jumps on talk of Altana takeover
Dollar rebounds after Fed liquidity move
Gold steadies after 1 percent rise, seen consolidating
Brevan Howard and Winton hedge funds surge
Ciena quarterly profit and outlook beat expectations
Reddy Ice says Justice Dept searched office
Seek cures in diversity

AP World News
Presley: Not happy to announce pregnancy
Giants reward Coughlin with 4-year deal
Madonna leads class into rock hall
Goodell seeks harsher spying penalties
Dangerous cracks appearing in job market

News Blaze
Support Our Troops, Read Their Stories
'Dragons Dominate Retention Awards' Video News Package Available
Quick Peek
Iraq News
Read about Operations in Iraq
FOB Warhorse Memorial Photos
Crossfire War - Lebanon States Israel Air Force Violated Airspace Over Beirut

CENTCOM: News Releases
New hope for Baghdad shop owners
Child athletes have new place to compete
Citizens celebrate reopening of al Lej Road
CENTCOM commander says he doesn't expect Taliban spring offensive"
ANA builds in Zabul Province

Targeting school revising courses to prepare students - podcast
More about Joint Targeting School
SOCJFCOM continues to ready warfighters for global operations - podcast
More about SOCJFCOM
Phase one of Multinational Experiment 5 wraps up
More about Multinational Experiment 5

Multi-National Force-Iraq
Soldiers Teach Iraqi National Police Combat Lifesaving Skills
Cavalry Regiment, Sons of Iraq Discover Weapon Caches

Cheney Praises Navy Recruits for Volunteering
Policy Bans Image-Gathering On Military Installations
Young Leaders Visit Pentagon
Chairman Visits Troops
Mullen Meets Pakistani Leaders
Pakistan's Cooperation Crucial

Soldiers Bring Water to Iraqi Town
Offensive Leaves 10 Terrorists Dead
Coalition Neutralizes Insurgents in Babil

Language Institute Aids Deploying Troops, Staff
Sound Finances Enable Troops to Focus on Mission
WWI Vet Welcomes Celebrity of His Generation
Pentagon Honors WWI Veterans With Exhibit - Photos - Video

'New Breed" of Afghan Soldiers Graduates

Captain Helps Americans Better Understand Troops

MySpace to Rock Troops

Medic Says ‘Simple Stuff’ Saved Soldier’s Life

Bost/Laskar Ghurian Herat Kabul Qandahar

Ansbach Aschaffenburg Berlin Berlin-Tempelhof Berlin/Schonefeld Bremerhaven
Darmstadt Frankfurt Frankfurt/Main Freiburg/Breisgau Garmisch
Garmisch-Partenkirchen Geilenkirchen Gelnhausen Giessen Kitzingen
Hanau Am Main Heidelberg Mainz Mannheim Nurnberg Stuttgart Trier
Wiesbaden Wurzburg


Agana Agana Heights Agat Andersen AFB Asan Barrigada

Al Azamiyah Al Basrah Al Hillah Al Karkh Al Kazimiyah Al Kut
An Nasiriyah Baghdad Baqubah Mosul Najaf Nineveh Tall Kayf

Kadena Air Base Okinawa Tokyo Yokohama

Baler Radar Site Catanduanes Radar Site Manila

South Korea
Cheju Upper/Radar Chonju Chunchon Inch'on Kunsan Masan Mokp'o
Osan Pusan Seoul Suwon Taegu Taejon Tonghae Radar Site Ulsan Yosu

Today in History
1138 - Conrad II von Hohenstaufen re-elected German king
1530 - King Henry VIII's divorce request is denied by the Pope - Henry then declares that he, not the Pope, is supreme head of England's church
1560 - Christian fleet under Gian Andrea lands at Djerba, N. Africa
1573 - Turkey & Venice sign peace treaty
1621 - John Pieterszoon Coen's troops land on Lontor, East Indies
1633 - Prince Frederik Henry appoints himself viceroy of Limburg
1644 - Massachusetts establishes 1st 2-chamber legislature in colonies
1696 - English King Willem III departs Netherlands
1774 - British close port of Boston to all commerce
1778 - Captain James Cook 1st sights Oregon coast, at Yaquina Bay
1801 - Massachusetts enacts 1st state voter registration law
1835 - HMS Beagle returns from Concepción to Valparaiso
1843 - 1st Catholic Governor in US, Edward Kavanagh of Maine, takes office
1847 - US General Scott occupies Vera Cruz Mexico
1850 - Daniel Webster endorses Compromise of 1850
1851 - Poll tax levied on Russo-Polish Jews entering Austrian Galicia ends
1854 - Charles Miller patents 1st US sewing machine to stitch buttonholes
1857 - Baseball decides 9 innings constitutes an official game, not 9 runs
1862 - Battle of Elkhorn Tavern, Day 2, Generals McCulloch & McIntosh killed
1865 - Battles near Kinston, NC
1876 - Alexander Graham Bell patents telephone; Battle at Gura: Ethiopian emperor Yohannes beats Egyptians
1900 - Battle at Poplar Grove South Africa - President Kruger flees
1902 - Boers beat British troop in Tweebosch, Transvaal
1906 - Finnish Senate accepts universal suffrage, except for poor
1908 - Cincinnati Mayor Mark Breith stood before city council & announced that, "women are not physically fit to operate automobiles"
1911 - US sent 20,000 troops to Mexican border; Willis Farnsworth, Petaluma CA, patents coin-operated locker
1912 - Roald Amundsen announces discovery of the South Pole
1914 - Prince Wilhelm von Wied becomes King of Albania
1917 - 1st jazz record "Dixie Jazz Band One Step", recorded by Nick LaRocca Original Dixieland Jazz Band, released by RCA Victor in Camden NJ
1918 - President Wilson authorizes US Army's Distinguished Service Medal
1921 - Red Army under Trotsky attack sailors of Kronstadt
1925 - American Negro Congress organizes
1926 - 1st transatlantic telephone call (London-New York)
1927 - Earthquake measuring 8 on Richter scale strikes Tango, Japan
1932 - Riots at Ford-factory Dearborn, MI, kills 4
1933 - Game of "Monopoly" invented
1935 - Saar incorporated into Germany
1936 - Hitler breaks Treaty of Versailles, sends troops to Rhineland
1937 - Bucharin, Jagoda & Rykov pushed out of CPSU in USSR
1941 - 50,000 British soldiers lands in Greece; British troops invade Abyssinia (Ethiopia)
1942 - 15 Mk-VB Spitfires reach Malta; 1st cadets graduated from flying school at Tuskegee
1943 - General Patton arrives in Djebel Kouif Tunisia
1944 - Japan begins offensive in Burma
1945 - Cologne taken by Allied armies; US 9th Armoured Division attacks Remagen, Germany, crosses Rhine; Yugoslavia government of Tito forms
1954 - Russia wins title in their 1st international ice hockey competition
1955 - Mary Martin as "Peter Pan" televised
1959 - 1st aviator to fly a million miles (1.61 Mkm) in a jet (MC Garlow)
1962 - Launch of OSO 1, 1st astronomy satellite (solar flare data)
1965 - Alabama state troopers & 600 black protestors clash in Selma
1965 - Christian-democrats win parliament in Chile
1967 - Teamster president Jimmy Hoffa begins 8-year jail sentence at Lewisburg Federal Prison for defrauding the union & jury tampering (commuted Dec 23, 1971)
1971 - Egypt refuses to renew the Suez ceasefire
1973 - Comet (Lubos) Kohoutek discovered at Hamburg Observatory; Sheik Mujib ur-Rahman's Awami League wins election in Bangladesh
1974 - Monitor (US Civil War Ship) restored at Cape Hatteras, NC
1975 - Senate revises filibuster rule, allows 60 senators to limit debate
1976 - Morocco & Mauretania break diplomatic relations with Algeria
1977 - Ali Bhutto's Pakistan People's Party wins elections; Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin meets President Carter
1978 - Belgian baron Charles Bracht kidnapped
1978 - Dutch 2nd Chamber votes against neutron bomb
1981 - 1st homicide at Disneyland, 18 year old is stabbed to death
1982 - NCAA Tournament Selection televised live for 1st time
1983 - TNN (The Nashville Network) begins on Cable TV
1985 - IBM-PC DOS Version 3.1 (update) released
1986 - South-Africa emergency crisis in Brabant & Limburg ends
1989 - Iran drops diplomatic relations with Britain over Salman Rushdie's book "The Satanic Verses"; Partial eclipse of the Sun (Hawaii, NW North America, Greenland)
1990 - 3 passengers killed & 162 injured as subway train derails (Philadelphia)
1991 - Iraq continues to explode oil fields in Kuwait
1994 - ANC chief Nelson Mandela rejects demand by white right-wingers for separate homeland in South Africa; Charles Taylor resigns as President of Liberia
1994 - US Navy issues 1st permanent order assigning women on combat ship
1995 - New York becomes 38th state to have the death penalty
1996 - 1st surface photos of Pluto (photographed by Hubble Space Telescope)
1997 - 5 sue Japanese Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto, because his smoking has violated the country's constitution guaranteeing a wholesome life

1543 - Johan Casimir, count of Rhine (occupied Gent)
1682 - Johan W. van Ripperda, Dutch diplomat/baron/duke
1693 - Clement XIII [Carlo Rezzonico], Pope (1758-69)
1707 - Stephen Hopkins (Governor-RI) signed Declaration of Independence
1827 - Henry DeLamar Clayton, Confederate Major General
1831 - John Bratton [Old Reliable], US physician/Confederate Brigadier General
1832 - Orlando Metcalfe Poe, Union Brigadier General
1837 - Henry Draper Virginia, astro-spectro-photographer (Moon, Jupiter)
1850 - Tomás G. Masaryk, President of Czechoslovakia (1918-35)
1875 - Maurice Joseph Ravel, composer (Boléro)
1888 - Alidius van Starkenborch Stachouwer, Governor of Netherland Indies (1936-45)
1904 - Reinhard Heydrich, German Governor (Bohemen/Moravia (Lidice))
1908 - Joop [Joseph] van Santen, Dutch 1st chamber member (CPN)
1915 - Jacques Chaban-Delmas, French politician
1934 - Willard Scott, weather forecaster (Today Show)
1937 - Don Bonker (Representative-WA)
1938 - Janet Guthrie, race car driver, 1st woman to race in Indy 500
1940 - Viktor Petrovich Savinykh, cosmonaut (Soyuz T-4, T-13, TM-5)
1942 - Tommy F. Robinson (Representative-AR)
1944 - Elton Gallegly (Representative-CA)
1947 - Robert O'Neill Crossman, politician
1953 - Kathleen Sullivan, newscaster (E!)

322 BC - Aristotle
0161 - Antoninus Pius [Titus Aurelius], emperor of Rome (138-61), dies at 74
1040 - Harold I, King of England (1035-40)
1111 - Bohemund I of Tarente, French ruler of Antioch
1305 - Gwijde van Dampierre, Count of Flanders/count of Namur, dies at 78
1724 - Innocent XIII [Michelangiolo dei Conti], Pope (1721-24), dies at 68
1737 - Guido Starhemberg, Austrian earl/fieldmarshal, dies at 79
1810 - Albertus H. Wiese, Governor-General of Netherland Indies, dies at about 48
1862 - Ben McCulloch US Confederate Brigadier-General (KIA), dies at 50; John Baillie McIntosh, Union General-Major, dies at 32; William Slack, Confederate Brigadier-General, dies in battle
1932 - Aristide Briand, 11x premier of France (Nobel 1926), dies at 69
1941 - Günther Prien, German commandant (U-47), dies in battle
1951 - Ali Razmara, Shah of Iran (1950-51), assassinated
1959 - Hinsdale Smith, developer of roll-down auto windows, dies at 88
1961 - Max Hymans, WWII resistance fighter/Head of Air France, dies at 60
1968 - Yuri Aleksayevich Gagarin, cosmonaut (Vostok I), dies at 31
1973 - André de Meulemeester, Belgian WWI pilot [Eagle of Flanders], dies at 78
1985 - Robert W. Woodruff, CEO (Coca-Cola), dies at 95; Victor W. Farris, inventor of paper milk carton
1986 - Jacob K Javits (Senator-NY), dies in Palm Beach FL at 81
1988 - Robert Livingston, actor (Lone Ranger), dies at 83 of emphysema
1995 - Don Cook, British foreign correspondent, dies at 74; Jacques Lefebvre Belgian air force general, commits suicide at 64; Paul-Emile Victor, French pole explorer, dies at 87; Thijmen Kuijt resistance fighter/co-found paper (Typhoon), dies at 82
1996 - Aled Eames, maritime historian, dies at 74

Reported Missing in Action
Page, Gordon L., USAF (CA); RF101C shot down (w/Wright) - remains returned 1989 - ID'd April, 1998

Smith, Harold Victor, USAF (IL); F105D shot down - remains ID'd May, 2000

Wright, Jerdy A., Jr., USAF (TX); RF 101C shot down (w/Page) - remains returned June, 1988 - ID'd September, 1989

Miller, Robert L., USN (CA); F8E shot down - Killed, body not recovered

Gates, Albert H., Jr., USMC (NY); CH46D shot down - KIA, body not recovered

Ard, Randolph J., US Army (FL); OH58A shot down (w/Burnett)

Burnett, Sheldon J., US Army (NH); OH58A shot down (w/Ard)

Howell, Carter A., USAF (NC); F4E shot down (w/Rusch)

Rusch, Stephen A., USAF (NJ); F4E shot down (w/Howell)

Ackley, James W., Civilian - Air America; C123K shot down (w/Driver)

Driver, Clarence N., Civilian - Air America (CA); C123K shot down (w/Ackley)

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