The Results Are (NOT) In!

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A week ago (here comes the pat on the back), WAF brought to your attention the ongoing Congressional race in the 20th District of upstate New York, in what we determined would be the first referendum on the President's spending plans.

The national media jumped on two days later- props to us. Anyway, tonight is the night. Polls have just closed, and we should know who won within two hours.

For the past four days, the candidates have been in full GOTV (Get Out The Vote) mode. It has been about as crazy as anyone can remember in these parts. Yeah, there are some hicks in this district.

9:00 p.m. - Today, New York State Assemblyman Jim Tedisco (R- Schenectady), trailing despite a heavy Republican enrollment in the district, resorted to sending out text messages reminding people to vote. Unfortunately, the district is drawn so strangely, that they ended up wasting who knows how much money telling people that could not vote, to vote.

Scott Murphy, leading in the polls, despite running a campaign that said simply, "I love Barack Obama and you should vote for me for that reason," gained the support of the President in recent days with an e-mail to potential voters.

9:07 p.m. - The local TV stations are all fired up, and presenting updates during commercial breaks, interrupting the Tuesday night lineup again. This new government really is not a fan of Tuesdays.

9:08 p.m. - One of my favorite poll questions in recent weeks was the following- "Who do you believe will win the 2oth District race." Tedisco had a 10 point lead. Yet he "trailed" in the polls by four points. Bueller? Bueller? What the hell does that mean?

9:09 p.m. - The live blog of one election race in the entire country is not the smartest tactic for WAF, but the point is, we care, and we love you. Now get commenting.

9:11 p.m. - Play That Funky Music White Boy. Ok, so they're both white, but I stopped on American Idol for a moment while searching for an update. That guy can sing.

9:15 p.m. - Fox- Barney Frank, CNN- Natalie Cole, MSNBC- Gitmo. WAF? Congressional Races. You decide where to get your news!

9:17 p.m. - There is just not much coverage of this going on. But hang in there, once 9:45 p.m. rolls around it should pick up a bit. In the meantime, did you know that Ozzy has a new show coming up on FOX. Ugh. Why?

9:19 p.m. - On the text message issue. I appreciate the GOP trying to jump into the 21st century, but honestly, that is just going to piss people off. We were already inundated with obnoxious television ads for the better part of a month, and now you're going to run up my cell phone bill by sending me a message and I can't even vote in the race. C'mon. There has to be a better way. But at least they're trying.

9:27 p.m. - Early results are coming in. Murphy with huge leads in Greene and Warren Counties. Tedisco with a small lead in Saratoga County. Greene and Saratoga are not surprising. Warren is. Could be ugly.

9:29 p.m. - With 15 percent of the vote in District wide, Murphy leads 50-49 percent, but that is with nearly half of Saratoga Country reporting, what should be a strong Tedisco vote.

9:32 p.m. - The woman from the local AFL-CIO is on. You'll never guess who they are rallying for.

9:36 p.m. - Talk of it coming down to absentees. Good times, if both National Committees become involved. Who wants to buy a race! I'm going out on a limb and saying we have a result by midnight.

9:40 p.m. - Muprhy has won Washington and Warren County (not a surprise, somewhat surprise, respectively), and Muprhy now holds a very slim lead with 33 percent of the entire district reporting. Tedisco needs a bigger showing from Saratoga Country if he is going to pull this off. With 25 percent of that district in, he holds a 57-43 lead. If that holds up throughout the entire country, he should win, as it contains the most Republican voters.

9:43 p.m. - With 41 percent in, Muprhy has now extended his lead to 1,000 votes. At 33 percent it was just 210.

9:47 p.m. - It's a swinging night. With 53 percent of the district now in, Tedisco holds the slim lead of approximately 800 votes. No idea what district just reported. Stay tuned.

9:50 p.m. - With 68 percent in (105,000 votes) the Tedisco lead is just 342 votes, and the percentages in Saratoga have shrunk to 55-45. Not a very good sign.

9:52 p.m. - Murphy takes Essex and Dutchess County as well. But like we said before, it's going to come down to Saratoga, which is only reporting 2/3 of its districts right now. Lead is up to 425, with 68.? in. A small update, but we're working for you!

9:55 p.m. - The best source of upstate local news on the web- - has crashed, good times. With 73 percent in, Tedisco holds a lead 787 votes.

9:58 p.m. - Tedisco has won Rensselaer County. Once a Republican stronghold, it has changed dramatically in the last few years. There are two counties left to report- Columbia, where Murphy is doing very well, and Saratoga, where Tedisco is trending well. With 77 percent reporting, Tedisco's lead is 1,300 votes (50-49 percent).

10:01 p.m. - With 80 percent in, Tedisco still maintains a 1,300 vote lead. It's close. Reallllll close.

10:04 p.m. - Looking at the numbers, I still think Tedisco may have a problem. Saratoga is now at 82 percent reporting. Columbia has many more votes to count. Fitting that in the land of the Spa, this is going to be a photo finish. 83 percent in district wide, Tedisco by 1,300 still.

10:06 p.m. - 84 percent, and the lead is still 1,300. That number not moving is a bit scary for the GOP. The amazing thing is that Tedisco has a 5,000 vote lead in Saratoga County. If it weren't the over-achieving rich people that need to do more for this country, and stop being selfish, this race would be over.

10:09 p.m. - With 85 percent in, it's down to 1,000. Not good.

10:12 p.m. - Murphy has officially taken the lead. Up 200 votes with 90 percent in. You could see that coming. Tedisco now has to hope there is a pocket of votes in Saratoga County for him.

10:14 p.m. - Down to 150 votes. Can you say close? Saratoga, Green, both going for Tedisco right now, and Essex going for Muprhy, are left. Saratoga is clearly the largest block of voters.

10:16 p.m. - And out of nowhere, Murphy now has a 1,600 vote lead. Looks like it came somewhere in Saratoga, which could be the death knell for Tedisco.

10:23 p.m. - Bad news for Tedisco- Down 1,400 with 92 percent reporting. Worse news- Saratoga is 99 percent in, and it looks as if it will finish at 53-46. Way back when, an hour ago, we said it needed to be at 57-43. As always, we know our shit.

10:26 p.m. - With 94 percent of the votes in, Muprhy is leading by 1,509 votes. It's not looking good for Jumpshot Jim.

10:28 p.m. - Don't call it a comeback! Tedisco pulls withint 209 votes with 95 percent in. The tally is 73,915 to 73,706. At least the country is on the same page.

10:30 p.m. - Are you ready for this? with 99 percent of the Districts reporting, Muprhy holds a lead of 177 votes. Wow. There are 10,000 absentees out there. So in other words, we're not going to know tonight. Ok, maybe we don't know our shit.

10:36 p.m. - 99 percent in and we are separated by 75 votes, Muprhy with the slight lead. Tedisco is speaking right now. "From now on, just call me, Landslide Tedisco!" That was pretty funny.

10:39 p.m. - Ok, 100 percent of the precincts have reported. The two candidates vying for the 2oth Congressional district are separated by 59 votes after more than 155,00o votes. Every vote really does count. Murphy has the small lead. Tedisco says he is going to win, I'm sure Muprhy will say the same. It's going to come down to the absentees, and we're sure plenty of court challenges. Needless to say, we'll be back with the updates.

Good night and God Bless!
11:03 p.m. - Never mind, I'm back. Listening to Muprhy talk now. After eight minutes he has yet to mention that he has a lead of 59 votes with 10,000 absentees to be counted. So you ask, what has he talked about? Barack Obama. For ten minutes. All about the stimulus package. All about how the One is going to save the country with his economic policies. I swear to you, he's been speaking for ten minutes and has not uttered one word about how close this is. He is delivering a victory speech. And now the "Yes We Can" chants begin. I can't believe what I'm watching. These people are pathetic.

11:06 p.m. - "I am awed and humbled by the support we received tonight. The voters spoke loud and clear that they support Barack Obama and his attempts at saving our economy." What?!?! 155,000 votes. Separated by 59. And the people spoke loud and clear.

11:08 p.m. - "I also want to thank President Obama, and Vice-President Joe Biden. Who would've imagined 8 weeks ago that the President of the United States would've endorsed our campaign?" Uh, anyone?

11:10 p.m. - You should see the beards on some of these people behind him. Thanked Governor Paterson. No applause. Shocking. And now, "Thanks to the brothers and sisters in the labor movement. There has been such a tremendous amount of time and energy put in by our brothers and sisters. Fuck the rich." Everything there was accurate minus the final three words.

11:12 p.m. - 16 minutes in. Nothing about how close it is. I'm interested to see if he will thanks Tedisco for the race as the Republican did. "I want to thank the voters all over the 20th District. No one expected this many people to turn out and vote for a new guy. This is their victory, they turned what would've been a loss into a success." Are you kidding?

11:14 p.m. - I'm starting to think he won this thing by 30 points. I just can't believe what I am hearing. Or seeing. "I'm going to go to Washington and use common sense to work together with everyone else in Congress..." You should have started tonight, Scott. You're up 59. He's declaring victory. He just left the stage. And the media just said, "Neither party really celebrating tonight."

What? Dear lord.
11:28 p.m. - with an interesting update. Murphy has more than 200 relatives in the District that are registered Republicans, and each likely voted for him.

We shall be back in the coming days.

Frank's Tuesday Morning Hangover

Before I get less serious and more sarcastic I want to take a moment to recognize my colleagues and family at the Pinelake Health and Rehab center of Carthage, North Carolina. During a recent shooting rampage seven defenseless residents and their heroic charge nurse – Jerry Avent - lost their lives. Nurse Avent gave his life protecting his residents from harm. My nursing brotherhood lost a great one that day.

My prayers and thoughts reach out to each and every one of the loved ones that these innocents left behind.

I also want to take this opportunity to recognize Officer Justin Garner, who took three shots before dropping scumbag murderer Robert Stewart. Officer Garner had been accepted as a North Carolina State Highway Patrolman but stayed back in Carthage out of a feeling of service towards his hometown.

Open invitation to Officer Garner - If I’m ever in Carthage, North Carolina, dinner’s on me. Whatever you want my brother.

The ONE recently signed off on an increase in the Americorps Gestapo, errrr… volunteerism group of 75,000 members to 250,000 at an increase in cost of $5.7 billion in funding. There will be spots open for Americans of grade school aged children all the way up to senior citizens, but there is a mechanism to make membership compulsory for high school and college students. The group will be outfitted with special uniforms and even (re)education centers teaching these wonderful people in the fine arts of community agitation… I mean “organization”. They will be trained with the best attributes of our community organizers and the U.S. military.

High school kids with special uniforms and training in crowd control… hmm.

Anyone get the feeling that they were clubbed over the head by Cambodians in 1976 and woke up to a German interrogation in 1939 Berlin?

About a week ago I had the good fortune to spend the day at my daughters’ grade school, acting as a hall monitor and tutor. Some of what I saw left me dumbfounded.

My opinions

-6th graders should not be allowed to dress as sluts-in-training. Their parents should be shot for allowing this, and the school administration needs to be slapped around for not sending these kids home.

-Teachers shouldn’t be dressed in jeans and t shirts or sweatshirts, the explanation being that “the students are more comfortable if everyone dresses the same”. Newsflash “teachers” – you’re supposed to be authority figures, not peers to 4th graders. Dress the damned part. When I was in grade school you knew that the old ladies in the habits were the ones that could rap your knuckles if you hacked them off.

-Finally, if Johnny can’t spell “a-c-k-n-o-w-l-e-d-g-e” you don’t tell him that he did a great job, but does another student “have a better answer”. Johnny screwed up. Tell him he was wrong and to write the word correctly on the board in front of the rest of the class. We're too worried about a child's self-esteem. Self-esteem doesn’t make great students. Making kids actually learn things in preparation of their futures makes great students. Self-esteem comes later when your kids are stepping on the stupid kids on their to the top of their chosen fields.

This is in a nice neighborhood grade school in a gaited community. I’m not talking about an inner city junior high where the teachers have to carry holdout pistols in case they need to waste a pissed off Rodian in a dive bar. (author’s note I’ll send a Ruby Tuesday’s $10 gift card to the sender of my first received email that tells me which dive bar that would be.)

So The ONE doesn’t want to run the American automobile industry but he has the authority to fire now former GM CEO Rick Waggoner. I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’m wondering how American business is going to survive and thrive during this downturn if all of the potential executive superstars are so afraid of “special” government intervention that they avoid the risk taking that has made this country great.

Barack Obama wants to bail out the banks in order to free up credit for anyone that wants to get a new AmEx card. He wants bankers to give you the cash you need to spend, spend, spend. On the other hand, Tim Geithner wants Americans to wake up and realize that frugality and caring more about what you do for others is more important than how much money you make.

Do these guys get the same memos?

I celebrated Earth Hour by preparing an outstanding 24 ounce t-bone with asparagus and sweet potato fries on my George Foreman Grill ™.

Yes, I do own one. Seriously.

As always email me your thoughts and suggestions, but remember to send your hate mail to

Short Round: Poetic Justice



KABUL, March 26 (Reuters) - A would-be suicide bomber accidentally blew himself up on Thursday, killing six other militants as he was bidding them farewell to leave for his intended target, the Interior Ministry said.

"The terrorist was on his way to his destination and saying good-bye to his associates and then his suicide vest exploded," a statement from the ministry said.

Karma's a bitch.

All that's left to wonder is how the White House would have treated this press release....

A misguided victim of capitalist imperialism prematurely detonated his only viable weapon against tyranny on Thursday, mistakenly extinguishing the future hopes of freedom of six other misunderstood indigenous personnel that were singing "Kumbaya" to celebrate his departure...

What's In a Name?

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First, the new Director of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, told a German news outlet that "man caused disasters" is the new term for "terrorism".

I presume there is always a threat from terrorism. In my speech, although I did not use the word "terrorism," I referred to "man-caused" disasters. That is perhaps only a nuance, but it demonstrates that we want to move away from the politics of fear toward a policy of being prepared for all risks that can occur.

Yesterday, the Washington Post dropped this nugget about a war of words between the Pentagon and the Office of Management and Budget over how we refer to the War on Terror.

"Recently, in a LtGen [John] Bergman, USMC, statement for the 25 March
[congressional] hearing, OMB required that the following change be made before going to the Hill," Dave Riedel, of the Office of Security Review, wrote in an e-mail. "OMB says: 'This Administration prefers to avoid using the term "Long War" or "Global War on Terror" [GWOT]. Please use "Overseas Contingency Operation.'"

Now you're going to be hard pressed to find an administration more aware of the power of words than President Obama's...after all, he got elected using only two of them. This isn't just a move toward "political correctness"; this is a calculated public relations move and the opening salvo in the battle to change the way Americans view terrorism. It's not just a nuance.

Personally, I've never been in love with the phrases "global war on terror" or "war on terror". They're cumbersome, and although I'm no grammar nazi you can't wage a war against "terror", only "terrorists". On the flip side I've always liked the term "the Long War" because I feel it's perfectly descriptive of what we're engaged in and will continue to be engaged in for coming generations (not just decades, generations.)

"Overseas contingency operation", besides being overly bureaucratic, doesn't describe anything at all, really. A college kid trekking across Europe and trying to bang as many Swiss girls as he can in two weeks is engaged in an "overseas contingency operation" (and a worthy one, but you get my point.)

Never has a more public relations aware administration held the office, and the Democrats as a rule have always held a heavy PR hand over the DoD when they're in charge. We'd have probably rescued the Iranian hostages if President Carter wasn't so risk adverse to killing Iranians to do it because of the press it would have gotten. PR is why we beat a hasty withdrawal from Somalia after the Battle of Mogadishu in '93. It's never about how effective we are in combat with the lefties, it's about what headlines get in the paper a week later with these people.

It's no longer allowable to a large portion of the American population to kill our nation's enemies, and in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks this simply boggles my mind.

An entire generation of now elderly Americans were so completely galvanized by the Pearl Harbor attack that even today, 60+ years later, they can not only recount to you where they were and what they were doing that day, they can recall the emotion of it. Think about that. These people did not get the graphic images we were all privvy to on the fateful morning of 11 September 2001; they got their news at best through a radio, and more often than not through word of mouth and the newspapers. They didn't get to see images of the attack until days later, at best. And yet, that single instance became a point of resolve for an entire nation that has lasted with that generation of people for 6 decades. Ask any of those folks today whether they think the war on Japan and killing in defense of this nation was justified and see what sort of response you get.

To a logical mind, the attacks on 9/11 should have completely overtaken the memory of Pearl Harbor in the collective conscience: after all, the Pearl Harbor attack was at least on a military installation, and an act of war against the U.S. military and not intentionally targeting American civilians. The 9/11 attacks should have welded this nation's resolve into a single, unquestionable iron will like absolutely nothing in the history of this nation has. Today, a mere 7 1/2 years later, the opposite seems to have happened. The resolve of the nation as a whole to kill its enemies is weakening further still, and the Obama administration sees an opening here.

We will lose this war (and it is a war, not an overseas contingency operation) if this continues. Weakness in the face of overwhelming evil is always answered with more evil. If history has taught the human race anything, it is that. We must not shun from calling a terrorist a terrorist, we must not shun from calling a war a war, and we must not shun from killing our nation's enemies if we want to remain a nation of free men and women. This war of words is only the beginning of what portends to be a disastrous turn for our nation.

The Coin Toss

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When New York Governor David Paterson appointed upstate Congresswoman Kirsten Gillibrand to Hillary Clinton’s Senate seat earlier this year, he unwittingly set up ground zero for an early debate on President Barack Obama and his economic stimulus plans.

On March 31st, a special election will be held in the 20th Congressional District pitting longtime New York Assembly Minority Leader Jim Tedisco (R- Schenectady) against Democrat businessman and political novice Scott Murphy. The 20th District is an interesting battleground for the first Congressional race since Obama took office, as sits in the increasingly liberal upstate New York, but happens to be a Republican stronghold for decades.

Gillibrand's first win in 2006 was considered a dramatic upset, attributed to a combination of her engaging personality, conservative views on finance and gun control, and an opponent draped in controversy.

Last year the District, like much of the state, voted for President Obama- despite its heavy Republican enrollment. Pundits on both sides of the aisles admit that Tedisco has run a clumsy race, making the outcome that much more important. At the end of the day, Tedisco will not win based on who he is, but if the 20th is concerned with the agenda the President has pushed in his first few months, he stands a fighting change.

Both Murphy and Tedisco have hammered each other on the economic stimulus package. Tedisco has attacked Murphy by claiming he created thousands of jobs for India, stealing work from Americans, and labeling him an outsider… or is it an insider. You can't keep track these days.

Murphy has criticized Tedisco for not taking a stand on the stimulus package, and has more or less campaigned on the back of Obama.

That is until the AIG bonus story broke last week and Tedisco emphatically came out against the Obama economic plan- better late than never. That spurred the Murphy camp to create an ad that could be considered a Tedisco ad depending upon how voters feel when they walk into the voting booth.

I was lukewarm on Tedisco until that ad, which was meant to be a negative piece, but did the opposite. Granted I have strong feelings on the stimulus package, which I’m not sure others do. Murphy has even taken a page from Obama’s book and said the stimulus package will create or save 76,000 jobs in upstate New York.

Upstate television viewers have been inundated with ads from both sides, including productions sanctioned and paid for by the Republican National Congressional Committee and Democrat National Congressional Committee. Both sides are invested heavily in the outcome, despite the fact that today one Congressman makes little difference at this point.

The 2010 mid-term election campaigns are going to start sooner than they have in years past, as each party believes it can capitalize on the current problems facing our nation. This is the pre-game buffet. There have been many issues discussed in the race thus far, but make no mistake that the Economic Stimulus Recovery Act will be the deciding factor.

For the Democrats, it is a race that should’ve been easily won. The District supported Obama, Gillibrand supports Murphy, and he has campaigned on the popularity of the President. Because of the enrollment advantage, a loss would not be devastating, but it would give some pause to a party that seems to believe the entire country is ready to follow it down a path to socialism.

The Republicans faced an uphill battle in winning the seat because of the above factors, and they have been saddled with a candidate that has been consistently inconsistent when it comes to his message. A win would be great, a loss not terrible for a party that needs to life, new ideas, and a new voice, particularly in New York.

At the end of the day it’s a toss up with one week to go. That's ironic when you consider that at this point the race is the coin toss for the 2010 mid-term games. Winner gets ball first. Heads or tails?

Frank's Tuesday Morning Hangover

Oprah Winfrey, “Dr.” Phil McGraw, Tyra Banks and those skanky shrews on The View need to be strapped to the nose of an intercontinental ballistic missile loaded with sweet Chinese fireworks and launched straight into the air.

They have officially contributed to one of my greatest societal pet peeves plaguing the nation today.

They have made it OK to be fat.

I’m all about positive body image and self-esteem about who you are and how you look, and I’m certainly no fan of the emaciated Kate Moss look, but as a nation we’ve become SO ok with “being who we are” and "being happy with ourselves" that a whole lot of Americans have decided that it’s just fine to stop taking care of themselves.

Let me give you an example -

Recently an employee approached me rather tentatively and told me that she thought that I was “inappropriately flirtatious” towards her and asked me to please watch my behavior.

Now, the woman goes three bills easy (that’s around 300 pounds for those of you still in denial), and, not to brag - well, screw it, I’ll brag - I run 6’2”/195 and the percentage of my body weight that is composed of disgusting, useless fat cells is in the single digits. I work out regularly and for the most part watch what I eat. I care about how I look, how I feel, and my personal health. Why in the name of hell and heaven would someone that just doesn’t give a crap about her own appearance assume that anyone that DOES give a crap about his appearance could find her any more than repulsive?

Because Oprah says she’s beautiful just the way she is.

Oprah is wrong, AND Oprah is dangerous.

Newsflash - obesity is one of the most expensive healthcare issues in the nation today. Currently more than one quarter of our healthcare dollars are spent treating the chronically fat. That’s about what smoking costs us. Nearly two out of every three Americans are considered obese, and one out of eight deaths is caused by diseases attributed to being corpulent. Those numbers are only going to go get worse as McD’s cranks out super-sized "McValue" Meals - with the small Diet Coke, of course.

Is it too late to try and convict "Dr." Phil for conspiracy to commit mass murder?

As a fairly conservative man I have to question the righty tenet that gay marriage is wrong and ought to be prevented at all costs.

Shouldn’t homos be allowed to be as miserable as the rest of us?

Exhibit A that Almighty God is getting damned sick and tired of humanity's egotism - Recently some global warming geeks were snowed in on a glacier while they were trying to prove that we're killing a planet that has been around for about six billion years with or without or help.

Exhibit B - a recent symposium on global warming in Washington, D.C. was mostly unattended due to its being held during one of the worst cold spats in D.C.'s history.

Hey Heavenly Father, hate to rain on your parade, but you know that most of these tools don't believe that You exist, right?

I officially being my 38th year on planet earth today. Please feel free to send beer and lap dance coupons to my email address. On the other hand, if you have any complaints, disagreements or hate mail, send it all to

Nancy Pelosi: Illegal Immigration Raids Are "Un-American"

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Yes, we're crossing over into the surreal again.

Shout out to ObamaOdrama for breaking out the video of Nancy Pelosi addressing a mixed crowd of legal and illegal immigrants this past Saturday:

It's always nice when the Speaker of the House is willing to get up on stage, pick up a microphone and say that enforcing the law is "un-American".

My son recently did a research project for his 4th grade class where he had to pick an ancestor and give a presentation on them, where they were from, their customs, etc. He picked his great grandfather, who was an immigrant from Norway in the 1920's, and researched his immigration into America. After learning more of what people went through in the 1920's to immigrate here legally (everything from dealing with the laws of their home country to the rigors of the trip to waiting at Ellis Island, etc.) I see every border sneek illegal as an even bigger slap in the face to every American who's ancestors did things the proper and just way to become Americans.

Short Round: A Good Cause

Online Petition To Deny John Murtha's Navy Distinguished Public Service Award

From the petition:

On March 5, 2009 Congressman John Murtha was awarded the Department of the Navy Distinguished Public Service Award by the Secretary of the Navy, Donald C. Winter. From the press release: It is the highest form of public service recognition bestowed by the Department of the Navy for a non-employee. According to the Department, nominations for this award will be limited to those extraordinary cases where individuals have demonstrated exceptionally outstanding service of substantial and long term benefit to the Navy, Marine Corps, or as Department of the Navy as a whole.


John Murtha deserves no such award. He has routinely and deliberately undermined the United States military, slandered servicemen serving in combat, and caused irreparable damage to our international reputation. While serving as a Representative from Pennsylvania, Murtha called Marines from 3d Battalion, 1st Marines "cold blooded killers" who "murdered innocent civilians." Before an investigation into the Haditha incident was even conducted, Murtha went on numerous television news programs and announced that the Marines "went into houses and killed women and children." He said, "There's no question in my mind about what happened here. There was no gunfire, they killed four people in a taxi...24 people were killed." When asked specifically if he claimed that innocent civilians were intentionally executed by Marines, he said, "That's exactly what happened." Not content to slander those Marines directly involved, he went on to claim that if these Marines were not punished, "other Marines would say well I'll do the same thing." Murtha then continued to use this incident to lobby for the immediate withdrawal of troops from Iraq, citing it as evidence that our military was incapable of winning the war.

Eight Marines were originally charged. As of March 17th, 2009 all charges were dropped against six Marines, one was found not guilty on all counts in courts martial. The prosecution has delayed the court martial of the final defendant indefinitely. The original allegations of a massacre and the statements of Congressman Murtha have been thoroughly discredited. Despite the facts, John Murtha refuses to apologize to those he slandered.

Take a moment and go sign the petition. It's tough to say about a former brother Marine, because one Marine hates to see any Marine fall, but Murtha is a scumbag and deserving of no such recognition at all from anyone.

With Friends Like These: UPDATE

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The Obama administration on Wednesday abandoned a controversial plan to make veterans use private insurance to pay for costly treatments of combat-related injuries.

Stung by the angry reaction to the proposal, the administration made the decision after a meeting between officials from 11 veterans advocacy groups and top White House officials.

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said the intent of the plan had been to "maximize the resources available for veterans."

He said, however, that President Barack Obama, who met with the veterans groups on Monday in their first trip to the White House, recognized their concern that it could "under certain circumstances, affect veterans and their families' ability to access health care."

The fact this never should have been a consideration in the first place, it was only pulled because they knew they'd be hammered over it and the idiotic explanation all notwithstanding: score one for the good guys.

And This Week's WAF "Ray of Hope" Award Winner Is...

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With all the depressing news about the economy, our sinking foreign relations, etc. floating around, it's nice when once in awhile a story that fills you with an actual sense of hope comes along. I'm not talking about Hope & Change sort of hope here, I'm talking about real, maybe-we're-not-so-fucked-after-all sort of hope.

This is that sort of story:

Canadian Bus Driver Interupts Seal Hunt Protest to Club Mock Seal

The head of an anti-sealing group says it’s “extremely alarming” that Halifax regional police have decided not to press charges again a Metro Transit driver who stopped his bus, ran into their protest and attacked a mock seal with an extendable baton.

I'm sure they're alarmed...I'm sure they're equally alarmed when animal rights protesters display worse sorts of behavior and get arrested. The problem here is these retarded hippies have had their way unopposed for too long...when somebody stages a counter-protest by, say, smacking their baby seal puppet around a little, they get shocked. "Wait, he can't do that...only we can do that sort of thing!"

The weird attack happened around 12:40 p.m. Saturday in front of the main entrance to the Halifax Public Gardens. The driver, who was in uniform, stopped his bus near the corner of Spring Garden Road and South Park Street and ran toward the group of about 25 protestors brandishing a baton, said Bridget Curran, director of the Atlantic Canadian Anti-Sealing Coalition.

“It was a black retractable baton, which is a weapon, I saw it quite clearly,” Ms. Curran said Monday.

Calling it an "attack" is a bit strong...he beat up a fake baby seal. Maybe it was cardboard, paper mache', stuffed, whatever, but how do you "attack" a fake baby seal? And I'm not condoning this guy doing this in uniform, on company time. Okay, maybe I am a little bit. Point being, the guy has to take his lumps for doing this on the job (reportedly he's on a small vacation as I type this...suspended, taking vacation pay while the "investigation" procedes.)

After the odd incident, “he ran back across the street, got back on his bus and drove away,” Ms. Curran said. “We were all quite shocked. Because we were there to demonstrate against violence against animals and, in this particular case, the seal hunt, violence against seals. But he obviously thought that it was quite funny to simulate an act of violence against a seal.”

He's not the only one who thinks it's "quite funny", lady.

The bus number was 1036 driving east on the 1 Spring Garden Road route. The middle aged driver was “medium build and medium height, and he had a bit of a belly on him,” Ms. Curran said.

Way to profile and stereotype bus drivers, you hippy freak. How would you like it if I said, "I saw the protesters who's baby seal was attacked...they were all dressed in tie-dye, looked like they hadn't showered in a week, smelled like patchouli oil and were all standing around with lost, vacant looks on their faces"?

Here's a little fact the seal hugging crowd doesn't want you to know: the harp seal population is estimated at somewhere around 9.5 million. The Canadian quota for the hunt fluctuates somewhere between 250,000 and 350,000 every year, so roughly they're looking at culling about 3% of the total population with this hunt. The harp seal population is beyond stable; it has about tripled since 1970 (evidently in spite of global warming...) and they've never even sniffed at the coveted "endangered" status.

Any time we can twist the knife between the ribs of the collective hippy conscience, it's a good day. Let's hope this bus driver takes his suspension like a man, goes back to work, and enjoys a free beer or two at the bar while retelling the story.

With Friends Like These

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Barack and Michelle Obama think very highly of the United States Military. Very. Highly. This is how highly they regard our servicemen and women:

The First Lady has vowed to be an advocate for the military, promising them that they have a "friend in the White House". Just last week, she paid a visit to Ft. Bragg, meeting with military families and touring the base. Her message: "Military families bear a very heavy burden, and again, they do it without complaint," Obama said. "But as a nation, we need to find ways to lighten their load."

This is also how highly the Obamas think of the military: At a meeting yesterday at the Department of Veterans Affairs, PHBO said: "I think about my grandfather whenever I have the privilege of meeting the young men and women who serve in our military today. They are our best and brightest, and they're our bravest -- enlisting in a time of war; enduring tour after tour of duty; serving with honor under the most difficult circumstances; and making sacrifices that many of us cannot begin to imagine. The same can be said of their families. As my wife, Michelle, has seen firsthand during visits to military bases across this country, we don't just deploy our troops in a time of war -- we deploy their families, too."

To this end, PHBO, together with new Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, want to "transform the Department of Veterans Affairs for the 21st century". Indeed, the plan is to increase the budget for the Department by over $25 billion (pdf). These funds will be used to expand the VA health care program so that it can serve an additional 500,000 veterans by 2013; to implement a GI Bill for the 21st century; to provide better health care; and to dramatically improve services related to mental health and injuries like Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury. The funds will also be used for technology that will ease the transition from active duty to home for our nation's service members.

This is all excellent news. If you're not convinced yet just how highly PHBO and the First Lady value the military, I offer you this:

His administration is considering a proposal to require a veteran's private insurance to reimburse the VA for treatment of combat related injuries. Yes, you read that right. PHBO wants servicemen injured in defense of their country to have their own insurance reimburse any care provided by the 21st century VA.

Now, I'm not going to get into how disgraceful a betrayal this is to the men and women who put their lives on the line or how this violates the most sacred of trusts. Nor am I going to get into how we can provide full medical coverage to illegal aliens or how we can find 900 million to send to, I mean "Palestine" but we can't take care of our wounded servicemen. Really. Not getting into it.

Instead, I wonder about the financial aspects of this proposal. I don't know about the rest of you, but my insurance company specializes in finding ways to get out of paying for the care I'm supposed to get. Between deductibles, co-pays, riders and the all inclusive "pre-existing condition", how much will a vet's insurance really cover? And what happens to the portion they decide isn't covered? Even when an insurance company does pay, there's a maximum amount of coverage in a calendar year. What happens to the vet and their family after coverage is exhausted? For those discharged vets entering the workforce or reservists returning to work, how will employers deal with this situation? On the bright side, the improved treatment for PTSD will come in handy when vets face mounting medical debts.

I wonder if PHBO has thought about any of this. I also wonder if Michelle knows about this. I mean, did Barack not get the memo that she is BFF with the military?

Now, for those of you suffering from BDS (Bush Derangement Syndrome), before you start with "yeah, but Bush...", pay attention: Bush. Is. Not. The. President. STFU.

For the rest of you, if you think this is a disgrace...oh wait, I said I wasn't going to get into that...anyway, I urge you to write your representatives and senators and tell them to vote against any such proposal making its way to the Hill. I am blessed in this regard. Hailing from Massachusetts, my senators are the "Lion of the Senate" himself, Ted Kennedy and that "champion of vets everywhere" John Kerry. I am sure they will work tirelessly to defeat this proposal. What? You think THEY want to piss off Michelle?

Frank's Tuesday Morning Hangover

Has anybody ever seen this movie starring Gomez Adams’ kid Rudy, or Samwise or something about a United States where liberals have taken the “create an even playing field for all Americans” to an extreme that’s ridiculous even by the most ridiculous of liberal extremes?

In an effort to create the ultimate “equality” among the citizenry, the achievers and gifted amongst the populace were given impediments to bring them back to the pack. The fastest runners and best basketball players had to wear leg weights to slow them down and screw up their vertical leaps. People with superior eyesight had to wear “corrective” glasses to give them a normal 20/20 vision range. Tera Patrick had to get a breast reduction.

Most importantly, everyone in the country had to wear this headgear thing that forced the brain to process information at the level of someone with an IQ in the 90-100ish range - flat average. The gifted were brought back to the pack in an effort to allow the rest of the people to “catch up”, to “become equal”.

I’m about to hurt your eyes people -

All men and women were not created equally.

Some are smarter. Some are faster. Some are better looking. Some are more inventive and creative. I don‘t expect to match up one-on-one with Lebron James in a pickup game anytime soon, and I’m certainly not about to bitch to The ONE to make him wear leg weights and screwy goggles to make it a fair game.

You can’t create artificial equality by punishing the achievers and leaders in this nation. Would Microsoft have become the industry giant without Bill Gates? Do the Bulls win six rings without Michael Jordan? Do you really want a bank janitor running AIG?

Ok, that last one’s a bad example, but you get my point, right? It’s ok to envy the gifted - envy leads to inspiration which leads to self-improvement, which leads to personal achievement (unfortunately this is only in theory)- but expecting your government to level the field by redistributing wealth or creating special laws giving preferential treatment or protection is just wrong.

Oh, the punch line of Sean Astin’s “Harrison Bergeron”? Samwise takes his headgear off, realizes he’s a genius and ends up eating the business end of a pistol rather than live in a society devoid of creativity and achievement.

Do we really want to live in a society that embraces mediocrity?

Do we really want those that we should be looking up to to just give up?

So I’m at one of those all-you-can-eat family friendly style restaurants, an “Italian” - and I use the word verrrrry loosely - place called “Cinzetti’s”. The couple in the table over is pushing seven bills between them. Easy. Plate after plate after plate to the point where my daughters are talking about poor people not having enough to eat and I’m losing my appetite.

The waitress comes over to clear some plates away and the guy just about takes her head off of her shoulders.


Want to know what really pissed me off about these pigs??

Universal healthcare.

In ten years we’re going to be paying for this slob’s triple bypass, stomach staples and one of those fat people scooters that you make fun of in grocery stores.

Happy St. Patrick's Day to everyone. Otherwise known as "Amateur DUI Day".

Do us all a favor and stay the hell off the road.

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PSA: Homes for our Troops

Last night I had the pleasure of attending a fund raiser hosted by Homes for our Troops. I hadn't heard of this organization until late last week but have since learned a great deal about the good work these people have undertaken.

As the name implies, Homes for our Troops is a non-profit grass roots organization, founded in 2004, whose mission is to remodel or provide custom built homes designed to meet the needs of severely injured service members. They raise donations of money, land, building materials and professional labor and coordinate the process of adapting or building the home. All of this assistance is provided at no cost to the service member. Since their founding, they have provided 20 homes in as many states with 35 more planned thus far. Of particular note is the fact they manage to keep their overhead down to 7%; a great many other charities can learn a trick or two here.

Last night's event was to benefit Army Sgt. Peter Rooney and his wife, Susanne. The Sgt. lost both legs above the knee when the vehicle he was riding in was hit by an IED in Ramadi, Iraq. He enlisted in the Army in 2001 at age 18; he is now 25. Think about that for a minute.

The general reaction of the service members who have been the beneficary of homes is this: they are humbled that complete strangers could be so generous just because they served their country. I suggest it is we who are humbled by their selflessness, sacrifice and honor.

The link to Homes for our Troops has been added to our list of recommended sites. It's more than more a look.

Snub Of The Century: A WAF Exclusive!

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(March 14, 2009- Washington, D.C.)- President Barrack Obama is reeling this afternoon after a morning press conference in which the most powerful man in the world confessed that the snubbing of Great Britain Prime Minister Gordon Brown was intentional.

Obama admitted transgression following a string of questions from the media outlet WAF. The shocking transcript is reprinted below:

WAF: Mr. President, Led here, from WAF. Could you please explain exactly what happened with Mr. Brown’s visit and the snubbing of our closest ally?

Obama: There was no snubbing, and that is the, uh, end of the story.

WAF: Well most of England feels like it got the shaft.

Obama: Well how does Great Britain feel?

WAF: Sir?

Obama: You know England is just one small piece of Great Britain.

WAF: Sir?

Obama: I bet you, uh, the previous President was unaware of that fact.

WAF: So you’re saying you only intended to anger England and not Great Britain.

Obama: Yes. Uh, no. There was no snubbing.

WAF: Follow-up question. What were the DVD’s that you gave to Mr. Brown.

Obama: Let’s see there was Braveheart, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, I really love that one. There was uh, King Ralph, and uh, V for Vendetta.

WAF: Sir, that is quite a list. It appears that, well, that none of those really portray England very well.

Obama: What do you mean?

WAF: Well, Braveheart was about Scottish rebels fighting the evil English king. Robin Hood took on the feudal system, you know the whole redistribution of wealth. King Ralph is about an American becoming King of England, and V for Vendetta calls for an uprising and overthrow of the English government.

Obama: What is your point?

WAF: Seems like a pretty consistent message you are trying to send.

Obama: Let me ask you this, and I am, uh, of course, a student of history. Do any of these movies present a false image of the England as it, uh, currently exists.

WAF: What?

Obama: Do they present a contradictory message?

WAF: Well, yeah, I think so.

Obama: Well then, we have a differing opinion, don’t we?

WAF: Sir, are you contending that England is more closely represented by the DVD’s you sent to Mr. Brown than by our nearly two hundred years of friendship?

Obama: Two hundred years of friendship? These people tried to kill my ancestors. They tried to kill your ancestors.

WAF: Sir, I’m English.

Obama: Well how the **** did you get in here?

WAF: Sir, I’ve been covering you since you announced you were running for President.

Obama: Well okay then. They didn’t kill, uh, your ancestors, but they did mine. And everyone else in this country. Why do we forget that, if we are so concerned about, uh, terrorism? Who has had a more tyrannical history than England?

WAF: Is it your contention that the United States should sever it’s alliances with Great Britain.

Obama: Certainly not. But I don’t think they are anything special. They are just like the other 57 states, and 190 countries- all the same.

WAF: I think the people of England would beg to differ with that.

Obama: Friends? Do friends attack friends?

WAF: Sir?

Obama: Oh yeah, everyone forgets about the War of 1812. Like it didn’t happen. But I don’t. And where the hell, uh, were they when the Civil War was going on? Suddenly we save their ass in the 20th Century a few times and we are best buds. This relationship hasn’t really been, uh, mutual has it?

WAF: Again sir, I think England would beg to differ.

Obama: You can beg all you want, you aren’t getting any stimulus.

WAF: What about all of the troops in Afghanistan and Iraq that have stood by you since September 11th and put their lives on the line.

Obama: I told you I’m bringing all the troops home soon.

WAF: The English soldiers, sir.

Obama: What about them?

WAF: What do you say to them?

Obama: Tally ho?

At this point President Obama was whisked away by Secret Service because of an emergency that we later learned was whether or not the scones for the Saint Patrick’s Day dinner should have raisins.

Follow-up calls to the White House for clarification were not returned, though a source did say he thought the President was “joking” and was likely just caught off guard when his teleprompter did not work.

Representatives from Great Britain have also not yet returned calls for comment.

Environmentalism and Shifting the Tax Burden

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This morning, my office got a call from a very nice elderly lady, inquiring about the mechanics of filing a conservation easement on her property. She had started the easement process in the late 1990's and decided against it at the time. However, something had changed her mind in the past decade: "With the property taxes getting so expensive, I need to do something here to bring them back down."

Ay, there's the rub, as Hamlet would say.

A conservation easement, as the name implies, is generally an encumberance placed on a piece of property (generally a large or desirable tract of land) by the owner for the purpose of conservation for the future. Usually they limit future development and use of the property to specific small, "low impact" uses. There will often have restrictions on how the land may be divided, what sorts of structures may be built, how the vegetation/trees on the property will be managed, etc. They are generally billed as "preserving the land for future generations". This easement will become attached to the title of the property and carry these restrictions forward to any future owners. A property owner may have this easement written up independently, by a lawyer or title company experienced in these matters, but more often than not the easements are written up and enforced by a third party conservation or land trust organization (generally a non profit).

The largest nation wide organization managing these sorts of easements is The Nature Conservancy. In my home state of Minnesota, the Minnesota Land Trust is the largest state wide organization managing conservation easements.

The question is, when does a conservation easement no longer become a conservation easement, but a tax shelter? From the Nature Conservancy's website:

Here is a summary of the benefits available to many landowners who donate conservation easements:

- They can deduct up to 50 percent of their adjusted gross income in
any year (up from 30 percent);

- They can deduct up to 100 percent of their adjusted gross income if
the majority of that income came from farming, ranching or forestry; and

- They can continue to carry over unused portions of deductions for as
long as 15 years (up from 5 years) after the initial year in which the deduction
was claimed.

Those are just the benefits at the federal level; if you're state uses an ad valorem property tax system that uses the value of property as the basis for figuring property taxes, the argument then becomes that since these sorts of easements diminish the usability of the property, then the value of the property on the open real estate market is therefore diminished, and therefore subject to a lower level of taxation. This aspect of the system is openly advertised by the groups that specialize in managing these properties, like Minnesota Land Trust:

Income Taxes: As with other charitable contributions, the donation of a conservation easement under certain circumstances may allow the landowner to claim a federal income tax deduction for the value of the easement.

Estate taxes: A gift of a conservation easement may also reduce federal estate taxes, making this an effective way to transfer land to the next generation with its natural features intact.

Property Taxes: An easement that reduces the value of the land may result in lowered annual property taxes.

The tendency is to shrug these sorts of incentives off, but at what point does this change from a simple incentive to a shifting burden? At the local and state level, the total levy amounts will not be changed to compensate for these lowering values; the loss in revenue will simply be passed on to the neighboring properties in the same taxing jurisdiction. In other words, if your neighbor's share of property taxes go down, yours are likely to go up.

In some areas, where these programs are very attractive to landowners of large tracts of land, the tax burden can get shifted down to folks who own pieces of property that are smaller, less desirable from a conservation standpoint, and lower in overall value. Theoretically, the owner of a multi million dollar property should be in a better position to pay their fare share of overall property taxes than a person who owns a family home on a small lot...but in the end, what constitutes their fair share becomes a point of conservation debate and not a simple fact.

There is more talk now than ever of additional government incentives to "be green", everything from subsidies to set aside farmland to a tax break for driving a high mpg vehicle. Having failed to get majority of people to enlist in the fight to save Mother Earth by appealing to our collective environmental conscience, they're now trying to get us to do it by appealing to our individual wallets.

At what point do a person's motives to "be green" come into question? Should the general public subsidize a person's conservation efforts when the sole point of that effort is to lower their taxes?

Is the planet really going to hell so fast that we can't slow down, take a look at some of these programs and say, "Wait, is this really in the average American taxpayers' best interests?"

Like Kermit said, it ain't easy being green.

How Local is Local?

A long, long, time ago Speaker of the House Tip O’Neil, remarked… “all politics is local.” Now, as the good, God fearing Liberal that I am, I hang on just about every word Ole Tip said. So when I hear that there is some $8.2 billion of “pork” in a $410 billion budget, I’m not troubled. I mean a few million dollars to investigate pig odor and manure removal doesn’t seem so important to me, but to the guy that lives around them, it’s a different story. Congressmen get elected based in part by what type of bacon they bring home to their district. So, if a few million goes to local pet projects, that’s fine. They all do it…..politics is local, remember.

But when Ms. Pelosi’s definition of local moves from helping the district, to helping the bedroom or the board room (or maybe in this case bored room, as I can’t imagine an evening with Ms. Pelosi being the romantic equivalent to a ride on Space Mountain), she has gone too far. It is as if I’m watching a rerun of that game show where Allen Ludden would give his panel a word in an envelope as an offstage voice would tell the viewers at home, “ the password is hypocrite.”

When the minimum wage act was passed, Ms. Pelosi, said “After nearly a decade, 15 million hard-working families will finally receive the pay raise they have deserved for so long. With the passage of this crucial legislation, we will reward work, paying America’s workers a decent wage so they may join in our nation’s prosperity.” This is nice, unless you happen to be one of those hard working American families who live in American Samoa, the only US Territory exempt from the minimum wage requirement, an addendum to the bill which Ms. Pelosi sponsored and endorsed.

You see, American Samoa is the largest producer of tuna fish for the Star-Kist Company. 75% of the workers in American Samoa work for Star-Kist. Star-Kist is headquartered in San Francisco. Star-Kist’s parent company, Del Monte foods, is a major contributor to Ms. Pelosi. To add to the questionable ethics, Paul Pelosi, Nancy’s husband, owns $17 million of Star-Kist stock. Even the most devout liberal has to be appalled at this. Lord knows I am.

Somehow, I don’t think this is what Ole Tip meant when he defined all politics as local. Local means bringing home a pet project that will benefit the district, not keepingthe corporate giant happy by keeping wages down. Nor is it defined as adding to the bottom line of hubby’s portfolio. Pelosi is a disgrace. She owes the workers of American Samoa an apology, and a more substantial apology than just a simple…“sorry Charlie”

I Am Not An Economist, Nor Is Warren Buffett

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Warren Buffet is going to have to turn in his cool kids club card.

While technically not an economist, Mr. Buffett has amassed enough of a fortune, and developed enough of a reputation in the investment world, that liberals have been quick to parade his endorsement of Barrack Obama out when anyone dared question the acumen behind the administration’s economic recovery efforts.

Until now.

Speaking to CNBC on Monday, Buffett related the current economic situation to Pearl Harbor, saying that we are in an economic war, and not so subtly adding that the crisis the Democrats keep talking about as an opportunity not to be missed is shameful.

“(We’ve) heard this comment recently from some Democrats recently that a `crisis is a terrible thing to waste,” Buffett said. “It’s, in my view, it’s an economic war, and–I don’t think anybody on December 7th (1941) would have said a `war is a terrible thing to waste, and therefore we’re going to try and ram through a whole bunch of things and- but we expect the other party to unite behind us on the- on the big problem. It's just a mistake, I think, when you've got one overriding objective, to try and muddle it up with a bunch of other things.

What Buffett fails to recognize is that this has been the Democrats plan all along. They’ve just advanced it at a quicker pace than many thought possible due to the initial overwhelming support for the President (Hope!). While Buffett gives their intentions the benefit of the doubt, he does not agree with the treatment of the GOP, which the left has attempted to label as a party of no.

“You can’t expect people to unite behind you if you’re trying to jam a whole bunch of things down their throat,” he said. “So I would–I would absolutely say for the–for the interim, till we get this one solved, I would not be pushing a lot of things that are–you know are contentious, and I also–I also would do no finger-pointing whatsoever.”

Strike two. And then came the big no-no in Liberal Land, the defense, or at least the calling off of the dogs on the former President. He even called him George. Really.

“I would–you know, I would not say, you know, `George’–`the previous administration got us into this,’” Buffett said while signing his liberal love death certificate. “Forget it. I mean, you know, the Navy made a mistake at Pearl Harbor and had too many ships there. But the idea that we’d spend our time after that, you know, pointing fingers at the Navy, we needed the Navy. So I would–I would– I would–no finger-pointing, no vengeance, none of that stuff. Just look forward.”

In the last week, Obama’s big name advisor has called into question the Democrats ability to manage this economic crisis, the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee has questioned the honesty of Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, Nancy Pelosi threw out the idea of a second pork-filled stimulus package, and word came that Obama does not have the votes to pass his budget.

Most of this is being overlooked because the media cannot bother to talk about news, and the Dow had one of its starts Tuesday, gaining more than 5 percent.

Soon it will go back down as more government programs are proposed with no viable funding source. There will be more job losses, but we will continue to hear about how many jobs are saved or mythically created. Barring a miracle where the country rises up and stops this abhorrent taxation of achievers for the benefit of the non-contributors, there will be no light at the end of the tunnel. Not yet.

No, I am not an economist. Not that it matters anymore.

Letting Radical Islam Die On The Vine?

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In last week's Newsweek, Fareed Zakaria had a very well written opinion piece called Learning To Live With Radical Islam (and let's face it, Fareed Zakaria is really the only compelling reason to read Newsweek anyway.)

Zakaria's article was released with impeccable timing, as this past week President Obama himself expressed the possibility of reaching out to the Taliban in Afghanistan as part of the solution to the Afghanistan campaign.

Both men cite the successes of the U.S. in dealing with former Sunni and Shi'a radicals in Iraq as at least part of the motivation for their concepts, and that we need to separate the local jihadists from the global ones.

Zakaria makes a very compelling argument for isolating local jihadists and letting their radicalism "burn out" so to speak. For instance, he points out that in Nigeria:

After the end of military rule in 1999, 12 of Nigeria's 36 states chose to adopt Sharia. Radical clerics arrived from the Middle East to spread their draconian interpretation of Islam. Religious militias such as the Hisbah of Kano state patrolled the streets, attacking those who shirked prayers, disobeyed religious dress codes or drank alcohol. Several women accused of adultery were sentenced to death by stoning. In 2002 The Weekly Standard decried "the Talibanization of West Africa" and worried that Nigeria, a "giant of sub-Saharan Africa," could become "a haven for Islamism, linked to foreign extremists."

But when The New York Times sent a reporter to Kano state in late 2007, she found an entirely different picture from the one that had been fretted over by State Department policy analysts. "The Islamic revolution that seemed so destined to transform northern Nigeria in recent years appears to have come and gone," the reporter, Lydia Polgreen, concluded. The Hisbah had become "little more than glorified crossing guards" and were "largely confined to their barracks and assigned anodyne tasks like directing traffic and helping fans to their seats at soccer games." The widely publicized sentences of mutilation and stoning rarely came to pass (although floggings were common). Other news reports have confirmed this basic

Residents hadn't become less religious; mosques still overflowed with the devout during prayer time, and virtually all Muslim women went veiled. But the government had helped push Sharia in a tamer direction by outlawing religious militias; the regular police had no interest in enforcing the law's strictest tenets. In addition, over time some of the loudest proponents of Sharia had been exposed as hypocrites. Some were under investigation for embezzling millions.

Zakaria's point seems to be a simple one: that people will always choose order over chaos, and in the Muslim world "order" often simply means Sharia. Later, in time (and the loose examples that Zakaria uses tend to make it seem like it will be sooner rather than later) the people and government will softly "rebel" and the strictest interpretations of Sharia will fall off on the wayside, and things will moderate of their own accord. Unfortunately, history is filled with examples that prove Zakaria's examples are really not the norm, but part of his argument defies a historical examination: that in this modern age, radical Islamism cannot exist long term and will eventually fade and die as a system of government due to its own nature.

It is a compelling and attractive position, and comes back to the core argument that by pulling back our overseas deployments we will no longer be the invaders on foreign soil, angering the locals into jihad, and that the global jihadists will lose support once the locals don't have foreigners walking around to piss them off.

The question then becomes, how much presence is too much? The existence of an embassy alone was enough to set off the Iranians in 1979. There were only a handful of infidels within spitting distance of the Taliban in the late 90's when foreign jihadist training camps flourished after the Taliban's rise to power in the mid 90's. Rhetoric about global jihad continues to grow in Indonesia. And everywhere that any form of Sharia rules supreme, the boogeyman of Palestine is always available to whip up some nationalistic/religious fervor among the natives.

The reality of the situation is that while the local Islamists in Muslim countries may not support a global jihad themselves, history has proven they are more than willing to tolerate the presence of global jihadists among them, and that's all it takes.

Everyone can agree that the problem of how to combat the global Islamists is more complicated than it seemed back in 2002. However, there is danger in the concept that by pulling back forces now, it is guaranteed we will make more friends than we will enemies. Rather we need to recognize that there are not individual wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, there is only one war, it is global, and the battle will ebb and flow through different campaigns, of which Afghanistan and Iraq are only two of what will certainly be more. During this war, anywhere on the globe that radical Islam creates the atmosphere that allows global jihadists to exist, we will be forced to be at odds with it, no matter how "localized" the phenomenon is.

I am at my core a "live and let live" sort of guy. Zakaria seems to be saying that the vast majority of Muslims out there are too, and I don't have a problem believing that. The problem is, their religion doesn't have much "live and let live" about it, and as long as a Muslim in Asia is willing to tolerate living next door to someone who believes in delivering the war to our doorstep, we're going to have this problem. How we decide which threats are local and which are global in the next couple of years is going to frame the success of the war, and in large part the security of the nation.

Mending Fences

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Like most folks with an IQ north of Gump, I nearly shit a brick this past week when the White House declared that there's nothing special about Britain. You're just the same as the other 190 countries in the world. You shouldn't expect special treatment.

What. The. Fuck. Our staunchest allies on the globe, who are doing much of the heavy lifting in Afghanistan, who have sacrificed 300 of their very best citizens in Iraq and Afghanistan combined since 9/11, have been reduced to the same as everyone else on the globe. Congratulations Britain, you're on par with Iran and North Korea now in our book!

The stunning idiocy that is forming within the White House under the guise of foreign policy has become breathtaking. Why not just put Gordon Brown up in a Motel 6 the next time he's over, and send over some Subway?

There's only one thing I can think of that will rectify this situation in the shortest possible time frame: turn over UK/American relations to WAF.

We like to make occassional fun of our UK brethren here, but beyond the jokes, you have to give the Brits credit where credit is do. While their society is being overrun by liberalism run amok, there are still small oasis of tradition holding out that give one hope, and one of the greatest rays of light is their sporting traditions, and specifically racing. A great percentage of the great racing drivers in history have been Brits, and for good reason: these fuckers are just flat out crazy when they get behind the wheel. And they'll race anything, and I do mean anything:

There isn't much that gives me hope in the world anymore, but watching some crazy Brit two wheel a double decker around a corner does the trick.

So this is what I'm proposing: give us a race track, a keg of Guinness for the "after action review", and send us a proper contingent of Brits. It doesn't really matter what we drive; we're just going to wreck it all anyway...but in a day, we'll have this whole "you're nothing special" thing sorted out.

Don't worry UK...there's plenty of us over here that think you're still pretty fucking special; and not just in a short bus sort of way.

Frank's Tuesday Morning Hangover

My portfolio is going down faster than an out of work stock broker in a back alley in Chinatown, so I’ve decided to diversify my holdings.

I’m going to buy a Rent-a-Center franchise.

Let me explain.

“Cramming down” is a process by which a bank is forced to write off a portion of an individual’s mortgage balance to make the home worth more than the owner owes said bank. Bankruptcy lawyers are about to be granted much more liberal power with which to “cram down” the balances due on upside down mortgages, thus allowing the Obama administration to succeed in pulling off his greatest campaign promise.

They’ve redistributed the wealth of the "haves" to the "havenots" without most Americans even understanding the process.

Let me explain some more -

I own a house that is worth more than I owe. Some other schmuck owns a house that is worth less than he owes. Obama tells judges to set up Butthead's mortgage so that his house is worth more than he owes on it. Obama then takes my money to make up the difference to Corky's bank. Shmo end up with equity in his home – i.e. wealth – that used to be my vacation fund.

Who ends up being the beneficiary of this redistribution, what with me buying equity in some moron's home and giving it back to him?

Rent-a-Center, that's who.

You know damned well that the minute these Mensa members have an inch of breathing room they’re getting another home equity loan to buy a sweet, sweet 64” plasma with the super duper package (including the sports plans!!) from Directv.

Now if you'll excuse me I've got some kickin' speakers to sell.

Most American moderates..err, I mean progressives know by now that President Obama has no intention of governing from the center, but for the komrades who need one more dollop of sour cream on the borscht, here's a name for you - George Tiller.

Tiller, "MD" is the leading late term abortion "doctor" in Kansas, and one of the "preeminent" late term abortion "doctors" in the country. (It sickens me to use "MD" and "doctor" and "preeminent" when describing this scumbag.)Tiller's "justification" for performing late term abortions - in KS a definable medical condition needs to be determined before this murder, I mean this procedure, can be performed - is often "temporary depression".

Christin Gilbert, a teen with Down's Syndrome and "temporary depression" actually died of sepsis after an abortion that took several days to complete --- at Tiller's clinic.

What does George Tiller, "MD" have to do with the Obama administration?

Besides being a world class mass murderer he's also a guy who shares happy hours at the mansion with Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius, Obama's future Secretary of Health and Human Services.

Does anyone else want to take the boot from their carbon footprint and shove it up someone's ass today?

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The Liberal Orwellian Nightmare: Big Brother Britain

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Although you’d not think it from the mainstream media, the oldest and strongest of alliances is now under threat. The alliance that has been responsible for keeping the world free of fascism. The alliance that faced down the threat of communism during the cold war. The alliance that has stood shoulder to shoulder in defiance of the new wave of terrorism and hate fueled fascism that would otherwise engulf us all.

Is it under threat because of suddenly differing policies or a change in ethical viewpoint? Because one nation was caught committing espionage upon the other? Some act of betrayal? No, it is under sudden strain because one side now wishes to be ‘cool.’

Like a hormonal teenager discarding their best friend after suddenly winning a popularity contest, President Barack Obama would have found it hard to treat Prime Minister Gordon Brown with a greater sense of contempt. Admittedly, many in Britain would like nothing more than to see Brown humiliated, but in this case, all are aware it was not the man being snubbed, but the position and by extension the country.

Much has Britain done in recent history following the 9/11 attacks beyond the usual co-operation the two countries have enjoyed for so long. Not only in military support, or the sharing of intelligence or expertise in fighting terrorism gained through the years of combating the IRA, but perhaps more crucially in simply providing symbolic and literal unity after the most horrific act of terrorism in history.

While other countries provided lip service in support, or in many cases mere condemnation, following the attacks it was Britain who first pledged unwavering military support in retaliation. It was Tony Blair who broke from international obligations to declare on international television that the UK would be there when called upon - not the hip liberal nations of France or Germany that Obama is so keen on courting. Not the Islamic states he is trying to impress. Not Russia. It was Britain, as always.

So on receiving Brown to Washington, despite paying lip service to the ‘special relationship,’ Obama made it clear how little the country that has literally shed blood for the U.S. really means to the new administration with his actions. The little things that can be dismissed by a liberal media, but only a fool takes as meaningless. Whereas a bust of Winston Churchill always took place during such press conferences as a sign of respect, Obama made a point of returning it to the UK.

No.10 was told Obama did not have the time in his diary to spend with Brown. It has since been found that such pressing demands were in fact a routine speech to the Department for Interior and a meeting with the boy scouts of America. Now unless these boy scouts are going to be taking the place of British troops fighting and dying in Afghanistan, I think most can see who should have had priority.

There was no press conference, a standard for such visits during previous administrations and the British press were made to wait in the cold for over an hour before being allowed into the White House for what was permitted. Browns speech in which he trying to push his need to work with the US against the global recession actually had several members of congress missing, their seats taken by aides. There was no lunch or dinner as had on previous visits. Let us not forget, this was not a ‘party’ thing - Britain has been warmly received by both Clinton and Bush, and Bush was friendly with Blair and subsequently Brown. Brown had made sure to bring a personal gift - a pen holder made from wood of a warship that helped abolish the slave trade. Obama gave Brown DVD’s. DVD’s that don’t play on British DVD players no less. Yes, all that was missing was essentially pomp and ceremony, but it is symbolic of the attitude that Obama feels the British aren’t worth even that despite the physical and military unity Britain has provided at the drop of a hat.

Even if ceremony can be dismissed as meaningless, this irrefutably cannot, as taken from the Daily Telegraph (a normally left wing paper) dated 7th March -

The real views of many in Obama administration were laid bare by a State Department official involved in planning the Brown visit, who reacted with fury when questioned by The Sunday Telegraph about why the event was so low-key.

The official dismissed any notion of the special relationship, saying: "There's nothing special about Britain. You're just the same as the other 190 countries in the world. You shouldn't expect special treatment." The apparent lack of attention to detail by the Obama administration is indicative of what many believe to be Mr Obama's determination to do too much too quickly.

Sadly, Labour, being full of liberal wet rags have done all they can to dismiss what was clearly a snub and pathetically try to convince people it was a diplomatic success. Anyone with a brain can see what it was, and why it happened. In his bid to keep up with his ‘cool liberal’ image, Obama has brushed off America’s most important ally to gain favour with Europeans who favour image over substance, but it has not gone unnoticed over here. Even left wing media outlets are talking of the snub for what it is. The same press that bent over backwards to hail the coming of Obama as salvation of America’s ‘soul’.

What can also only be missed by an idiot is that Labour will not be winning the next election. America may find itself with a British government with a spine. One that will take offense at such an international slight. So when America next finds itself in need of an ally, Obama may find his arrogance coming home to roost when Germany and France forget how to answer the phone. When he finds himself alone in the world beyond polite nods and condescending smiles from Europe upon finding his gloss carries no weight with Iran who still wish to see the destruction of the US, he may realise that maybe Britain wasn’t just one among the many, and maybe the relationship was actually that important after all.

Short Round (sort of)

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Today's not-so short round focuses on Biden's meeting with AFL-CIO executives last week in Miami. At the five-star Fontainebleau Hotel. (remember that last part, we'll come back to that one)

Here is the gist of his message: Frick and Frack in the White House will do all they can to boost union power. In Biden's words:

“We're going to make sure that in every policy, every decision, we don't lose sight of the folks that brought us to the dance,” he said -- a reference to organized labor’s support of the Obama-Biden ticket. “And toward that end, we have to make sure that the jobs we're creating come with fair wages and decent benefits.”

Well...I'm glad to see they've put a stop to pandering to special interests.

Wait. It gets better.

"economic injustice and inequity are bad for everyone. It's just not right and everybody knows it -- it's just not right when the average CEO makes $10,000 more every day...than what the average worker makes every year.”

Stirring words really. Especially when delivered at the five-star Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami. Funny, I don't notice any outrage at this boondoggle.

To continue:

Biden says the middle class has been "slipping" in recent years because the “social contract” is out of balance.

"When productivity goes up, the people responsible for that productivity are supposed to benefit. That’s the “deal,” he said: “We don't want chief executives and wealthy people not to get wealthy. That's okay by us. (I'm sure it is, they're needed to foot the bill) Every one of us hope our kids end up there some day.” (Because we're leaving them the mother of all debts to pay off)

But Biden said the deal involves workers getting a piece of the higher profits generated by their labor: “While a company’s management may come up with a good idea, workers “help make it happen…we do things faster and better and cheaper for you so the profit margin increases -- the deal was we get a piece of that. We get a piece of it -- a fair piece. That's the bargain.”

Let's ask the auto industry how well that bargain is working, shall we?

The New Space Race

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There's a new "space power" in town:

China Readies Military Space Station

China is aggressively accelerating the pace of its manned space program by developing a 17,000 lb. man-tended military space laboratory planned for launch by late 2010. The mission will coincide with a halt in U.S. manned flight with phase-out of the shuttle.

The project is being led by the General Armaments Department of the People's Liberation Army, and gives the Chinese two separate station development programs.

Shenzhou 8, the first mission to the outpost in early 2011 will be flown unmanned to test robotic docking systems. Subsequent missions will be manned to utilize the new pressurized module capabilities of the Tiangong outpost.

Importantly, China is openly acknowledging that the new Tiangong outpost will involve military space operations and technology development.

Also the fact it has been given a No. 1 numerical designation indicates that China may build more than one such military space laboratory in the coming years.

"The People's Liberation Army's General Armament Department aims to finish systems for the Tiangong-1 mission this year," says an official Chinese government statement on the new project. Work on a ground prototype is nearly finished.

It doesn't take a whole lot of imagination to dream up the havoc that taking out the GPS satellite system and a few choice communications & reconnaissance satellites will create in a shooting war. Take all this into account with President Obama's campaign pledge to "not weaponize space" and "slow development of future combat systems" and it's really starting to look like ceding this new arms race to the Chinese is a supremely bad idea.

What's even better is the Chinese are virtually rubbing our faces in it.

You know how sometimes you hear a campaign promise and actually hope the candidate is lying about it? This is one of those times.

Math With Professor Reardon

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Okay kids, here is today's math question presented by Professor Reardon.

To pay for all of these wonderful programs that the government is attempting to expand and create, we are going to TAX THE RICH! Universal health care? Tax the rich! Everyone goes to college? Tax. The. Rich. Cure cancer? No really, we're now going to cure cancer according to the President. You guessed it- tax the rich.

Currently the top 5 percent of income earners in the United States already pay 60 percent of income taxes to Uncle Sam. 60 percent.

The bottom 40 percent pays nothing. You know, the same people who will benefit from the universal health care and FREE college educations.


But I digress.

The answer we look for is, under these current conditions, how long will the rich last?

Be sure to provide and add any circumstances you want to your projections. Leave answers in the comments section.

Professor Reardon

Frank's Tuesday Morning Hangover

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My name’s Frank and I like to eat meat. Unapologetically.

I recently got into a heated discussion with some ahole who was hacked off because I had the unmitigated gall to disagree with his anti-gun/anti-hunting/anti meat consumption rant. Let me start by saying that I don’t personally hunt (the natural elements reek havoc on my perfectly coiffed, product-laden head of hair), but I do enjoy consuming the spoils of the game.

Isn’t it ironic that the human race spent five million years crawling to the top of the food chain only to have vegetarians tell us that they are more evolved than those of us that revel in being carnivorous?

I love steak. I love pork chops. I love seabass. I love turkey. Hey PETA - want to get really pissed off?

I loooooooooooove veal.

Make it your personal quest to eat an extra animal for every vegetarian that frosts you today.

You know what’s almost as bad as a nut punch? Freezing your balls off holding a door open for a woman only to have her berate you for being an insensitive, sexist prick.

Anyone else think that Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio suck incredible amounts of ass? If you watch their films for any reason other than to get a handjob you should turn in your ‘nads. Hell, I think that you have to drop your scrotum off at the concession stand on your way into the theater.

Ok, here’s your popcorn, slurpee aaaaaaand… whoa… you’ve still got your ball sack. You know that you can’t take that in there, right?

Why doesn’t Troma Entertainment crank out the high art that we took for granted in the 80’s?

Who else is pissed off that you didn’t buy a house twice the size of the one that you own for the low, low, low ARM rates?

Show of hands.

Now that Obama has decided to "spread the wealth" from the "rich" to the downtrodden we once again have proof that God protects stupid people.

When the hell did Jeff Spicoli start taking himself so seriously?

At the recent Oscars Awards show Spicoli called out the "homophobes" that voted against gay marriage in California. In the next breath he praised Americans for electing "such an elegant man" as President of our country.

Hey Spicoli – Obama is against gay marriage.

Dearest Nancy, we'll give you a seven day waiting period and mandatory training before gun ownership if you give us a seven day waiting period and mandatory counseling before an abortion.


Finally a shout out to my man President Barack Hussein Obama – thank you for getting Kathleen Sebelius the hell out of my state.

She has all but bankrupted Kansas due in no small part by making it a safe haven for illegal aliens. She recently went so far as to threaten Kansans with not receiving our tax returns before caving to the Republican dominated legislature who had the audacity to get her to promise to balance the state budget.

This woman screwed up healthcare delivery as the Kansas insurance commissioner, she’s screwed up Medicaid reimbursement as our governor, and now she gets to oversee the correction of our nation’s "healthcare crisis".

Is it too late to give up my citizenship, move to Mexico and cross the river back in?

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Don't Mess With Joe

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I intended to discuss the state of our newspaper industry today, but the weekend was filled with news that is simply impossible to pass up.

In the future we will spend plenty of time discussing exactly what President Barack Obama intends to pursue with his global bailout plan. But I will wait for the details (I know, we’ll be waiting awhile) so as not to jump on any rumors.

Apparently the largest global warming protest in history is taking place in Washington D.C. today in the middle of a snowstorm that could bring a foot of white fluffy powder to coastal communities along the Eastern seaboard in March. We don’t need to touch that one right now, irony has it under control.

Instead the topic that really got me going was a Phoenix protest by 3,000 people upset with the actions of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. If you do not know who the sheriff is the issue of illegal immigrants living in our country is not near to your heart. Arpaio has developed a reputation as being the toughest man in the country when it comes to illegal aliens. His vocal critics include Amnesty International, the American Civil Liberties Union, and the Arizona Chapter of the Anti-Defamation League. In other words, he’s awesome.

His offenses range from the mundane and silly- all inmates must wear pink boxers, the establishment of his own radio station at the jail specializing in classical music and Frank Sinatra (KJOE), the reintroduction of chain gangs- to more serious matters like the establishment of a “Tent City” where inmates live outside in tents that approach 150 degrees in the hot Phoenix summer. It’s fair to say he’s from the old school.

But what draws the ire of liberals more than anything is his stance on illegal aliens. Arpaio has made his goal in life to disrupt the lives of these people, and why not? No one else in law enforcement seems to care, certainly not the federal government.

Using the Coyote Law, a 2005 measure passed by the Arizona State Legislature making it a felony to smuggle illegal immigrants into the country, Arpaio and his undersheriffs have arrested 262 people, generating over 120 convictions. He has also arrested more than 1,500 people later proven to be illegals under a deal with the government that allows local enforcement of federal statutes. He accomplishes this with targeted raids.

Last month Arpaio took the immigration debate to the next level when he marched 220 illegal immigrants in shackles and striped prison garb through Phoenix under armed guard. "My message is clear: if you come here and I catch you, you're going straight to jail,” Arpaio said recently. “I'm not going to turn these people over to federal authorities so they can have a free ride back to Mexico. I'll give them a free ride to my jail."

The backlash has been strong. Illegal immigration proponents are the most hypocritical people in the world today, no easy task considering the current state of our country. Not only do they want to have their cake and eat it to, but when they are done they will steal mine and give it to someone who just crossed over from Mexico.

Opponents of Arpaio have accused him targeting raids in predominately Latino neighborhoods in search of illegal immigrants. They say he is racial profiling. Maybe it’s just me, but if I’m looking for a cucumber, I’m not going to search an orange grove for it.

This one quote in particular is a shining example of the thought process on this issue:

“Walking people through the streets in chains, public shaming, it's medieval," said Veronica Perez, 32, an archeologist that according to Reuters carried signs Sunday that read "No Human Is Illegal" and "Stop the Raids."

No human is illegal? Really Ms. Perez? Don’t get me wrong, I understand why these people are fighting so strongly on the issue of illegal immigration. They want a majority in our country. They want to take over. And you know what? If they do that legally, and enter the United States like my ancestors did 170 years ago, all the power to them. But if you break the law to do it, you are a criminal.

"Isn't cruel and unusual punishment against the U.S. Constitution?" she asked.

Disregarding the legalities of illegal immigrants using the Constitution for protection, how is forcing people who have broken the law, who have propensity for committing violent crimes that harm the law-abiding people of this country, to march through a City in shame cruel or unusual? If anything, it is appropriate.

The National Day Laborer Organizing Network (WAF really needs to have its own network), rallied the protestors Sunday by pleading for Arpaio’s raids to end, saying Arizona didn’t need a “Bull Connors.”

Connors is the notorious segregationist that turned fire hoses and police dogs on demonstrators in Birmingham during the Civil Rights movement. Illegal immigration advocates love to sync their cause with blacks from the mid-20th century, ignoring that the crime African-Americans perpetrated on racists was the color of their skin. They play the race card by trying to convince us that there is no difference between Latino persons here legally and those that do not bother to follow the rules. It’s among the most offensive of their ridiculous rhetoric.

Don’t believe me?

In an effort to encourage people to attend the protest the above network sent out e-mails claiming: "And last week, the nation witnessed the ritual humiliation of migrants in a spectacle evocative of some of the most horrific episodes of human history."

Spare me. Spare us.

Obama knows he cannot touch this issue with a ten-foot pole. With his sights set firmly on socializing the country he cannot afford a misstep on an issue that firmly divides most of the Democrats with the loony fringe of the party.

So we are left hoping that people like Arpaio do the job they are elected to do, and enforce the law. He is a rare breed that deserves all the support he can get.

Go Joe!