Frank's Tuesday Morning Hangover

First, let me apologize to my readers - both of you - for missing last week's deadline. I made my annual commute to St. Louis to watch a Mets/Cardinals game on Tuesday night. It's a there and back in one day/night/morning thing that requires a lot of planning. And Monster Energy Drink (tm).

I almost skipped this morning as well, and am grateful to the two of you for checking in (I mean, if you actually did) to see if I took a shot here.

I owe it to you.

Actually, that's not entirely true. I mean the "owing it to you" part surely is, but I want to talk about my Governor, Kathleen Sebelius of the great state of Kansas. She wants to be yours, mine and ours as the United States Secretary of Health and Human Services. You have just a few hours to help me in my grass roots movement to prevent this from happening

(Note to my readership - as she has officially screwed my adopted state this is an act of selflessness that shows my obvious sincerity.)

Governor Sebelius is quite possibly the most liberal, I mean "progressive", governor of this great nation when it comes to allowing for the proliferation of late term abortions. Just this past week she vetoed a bill that would have required abortion "doctors" (geez that's tough to write...), to sign official documents stating why these procedures are medically necessary. The veto also ensures that parents need not be notified when their minor daughters have late terms. It makes pre-abortion counseling unnecessary. It saves "physicians" the trouble of having to provide life saving measures, or even basic painkilling comfort care, to babies that are born due to botched abortions.

There's a few more nooks and crannies built in there, but you get the gist.

Additionally, besides the standard Obama cabinet candidate requirement of having tax "problems" (she "mistook the acceptability of some deductions"), she also has the issue of receiving money from "Dr." George Hiller, noted mass murderer - I mean preeminent late term abortion "doctor" (there's that pause before clicking keys again).

A LOT of money.

Like three TIMES as much money as she initially reported.

Another honest mistake I'm sure.

She "forgot about" the tens of thousands of dollars that Hiller poured into her campaign. Her campaign that promised him that his killing mills will be able to operate indefinitely, unmolested, for as long as he can cash the checks.

Even many of the most pro-choice proponents believe that late term abortions are barbaric and even murderous. Do we want a Health and Human Services Secretary that thinks they should be legal, safe and common? (paraphrasing former Senator John Edwards, who is looking like a pro-life champion when compared to Kitty Kat.)

Quick, call your Senator and let him or her know how you feel.

Thanks for reading.

Stand By For Shit To Get Stupid


via Fox News: Smiling Somali Pirate Weeps in Federal Court in New York City, Hearing Reopened to Public

The sole surviving Somali pirate from the hostage-taking of an American ship captain wept in federal court Tuesday as he faced the charges against him.

A federal judge determined that the suspect, Abdiwali Abdiqadir Muse, is an adult and reopened the New York City hearing to the public.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Andrew Peck had closed proceedings briefly to figure out whether Muse was a juvenile.

Muse cried in court as the charges of piracy — which carries a mandatory life sentence — and other counts against him were read. A day earlier, he'd been all smiles when he arrived in New York.

The question of this dirtbag's legal status is not going to go quietly into that good night:

Ron Kuby, a New York-based civil rights lawyer, said he has been in discussions about forming a legal team to represent the Somalian.

"I think in this particular case, there's a grave question as to whether America was in violation of principles of truce in warfare on the high seas," said Kuby.

"This man seemed to come onto the Bainbridge under a flag of truce to negotiate. He was then captured. There is a question whether he is lawfully in American custody and serious questions as to whether he can be prosecuted because of his age."

This scumbag is going to have a legal team and more than a cult following (remember, to more than a few on the left they're not pirates, they're good, decent Somalis fighting to protect their coastline from the evils of overfishing and toxic waste dumping foisted on them by the western imperialists) before you can hum a few bars of "This Land Is Your Land". Hell his mother is already showing the victim card to President Obama.

Meanwhile, you can just about smell the mess this is going to become in the legal system. You know that feeling you got when you were a kid when you took your bike off a jump that was just a bit too high and you looked down just before you hit and thought, "Yeah, this is gonna suck"? That's the exact feeling I have over this whole mess right now.

A legal team, a free trip and three squares a day courtesy of the American taxpayer, the right of 100% victimhood and the flash of paparazzi cameras...welcome to America, jackbag.

In The Shadow Of The Cathedral Of Commerce, A Party Like It Was 1773

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Yes, I work in Manhattan.

Almost every individual I come into contact with on a daily basis strangely seems to have little problem with a government bureaucracy reaching towards spending half of this nation's entire output of productivity over the next 4 years, making even the much noted deficit spending of the extravagant and maligned Bush Administration look miserly by comparison.

You're not supposed to pay much notice to the massive inter-generational debt poised to pile up. It's considered divisive or even "extremist" to give too much thought to who and what will bear the burden of this debt, and perhaps how or even if a deficit this size will be serviced in the decades to come.

So although I hadn't planned on heading downtown yesterday for the tea party (if I had I'd have brought a better camera, believe me), the idea of seeing a crowd of individuals not content to sit around and wait for their own personal Federal Money Tree proved irresistible. There we all were, in City Hall Park, in the shadow of the Woolworth Building, the "Cathedral of Commerce"; one of the countless monuments in this city to the unprecedented productivity and wealth creation this nation's ideals once gave rise to, ideals that today are under assault. Ideals that currently tend to be ignored, obfuscated or deemed obsolete.

Not with this crowd however. Many people held signs, variations on "Redistribute My Work Ethic, Not My Wealth", a "Save The Trees, Stop Printing Money", "I'm Not Your ATM" and "Friedman Not Marx" were scattered throughout the crowd. For the most part it was obvious most were new to the idea of protesting. Few mass produced signs, no mind-numbing organized chanting and marching and no pre-set ubiquitous rally-logos. In fact, the vast, vast majority of the signs were specifically about ideas not personalities.

Sure, you had the occasional picture of Obama with the devil's horns and the red eyes, but considering we're talking about a crowd that was stuffed across 4 blocks almost from Barclay to Chambers on both sides of Broadway, that's to be expected. It was, for the most part, the issues that were being addressed not the people, in contrast to your typical left wing protest march where a cheap xeroxed sign of Bush and Cheney with Hitler mustaches toasting each other with cocktails made from the blood of the oppressed are practically the price of admission.

Despite the kind of characterizations you see here and there about these events from various mainstream sources, this wasn't simply a narrow focus on a single individual, it was an effort and an opportunity for an affirmation of ideals of public sector responsibility (now there's a phrase you don't hear too often) that many people grew up believing in, and currently see disappearing all around them.

Above are a few pictures I was able to take of the event from my cell phone before it got too dark.

Capt. Presley O'Bannon is Unimpressed

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Somali Pirates Attack US Flag Vessel

WASHINGTON (Reuters) — Pirates using rocket-propelled grenades and automatic weapons attacked a United States-flagged cargo ship on Tuesday off the coast of Somalia, but they failed to board the craft, the ship’s owner said.

The crew of the ship, the Liberty Sun, was unharmed, but the vessel suffered damage, according to a statement from the owner, Liberty Maritime Corporation, of Lake Success, N.Y.

A United States military official said the Liberty Sun was attacked about 11:30 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The Bainbridge, a destroyer, was sent to provide assistance, the official said.

The USS Bainbridge, the same US Navy destroyer that was involved so prominently in the rescue of Capt. Phillips, is named after US Navy Commodore William Bainbridge. When Commodore Bainbridge was a mere Captain in October of 1803, his frigate USS Philadelphia ran aground in Tripoli harbor...during an anti-pirating patrol. Capt. Bainbridge and his entire crew were taken hostage by Barbary Coast pirates, held for ransom, and USS Philadelphia was in turn occupied and utilized as a shore battery by the pirates.

I'm sure most of this is sounding familiar.

On the night of February 16th, US Navy Lt. Stephen Decatur (later a Commodore himself) sailed a small captured pirate ship rechristened USS Intrepid into Tripoli harbor. Leading a small unit of US Marines, they boarded USS Philadelphia, killed and captured the pirate contingent aboard, and burned her to the waterline to deny her use to the enemy. Following the successful first stage of the operation, the raiding party then took control of the entire port city of Tripoli and freed Capt. Bainbridge and his entire crew.

The line of the Marine Hymn "From the halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli" immortalizes the actions of the Marines and Lt. Decatur forever.

However, the Barbary Coast pirate war dragged on, and it wasn't until Marine Lt. (later Capt.) Presley O'Bannon led a mixed force of US Marines and mercenaries overland from Alexandria, Egypt to the Tripolian city of Derna (which is one hell of a march, by the way) and attacked the garrison there, securing the city's capture in May of 1805. With that action, a peace treaty was secured and the First Barbary War effectively ended.

So what modern lessons can be learned from this?

1) Piracy has been a way of life on the African coasts since waaaaay before it became trendy with today's Somalis (and the American media for that matter.)

2) The pirates haven't really changed their methods: kidnapping and capture of goods for ransom and demanding "tribute" is still the rule of the day.

3) (and this is the punchline) President Jefferson recognized that a strong naval presence in the region was just the beginning, and the only effective way to deal with piracy on the seas is to deal with it's roots on land. Defending ships at sea is just that: a defensive action. To take the fight to the enemy, you have to root out their strongholds on the beach. And that, even (especially) today, requires US Marines.

There is a lot of talk about how to best defend commercial ships that are at sea in the Gulf of Aden right now, and these defensive measures are certainly necessary, but they will not solve the problem. Piracy in the region can only be solved through offensive action. There is just too much water and too many ships to effectively safeguard in a defensive posture only. We have to take the fight to them. In short, turn loose the US Navy and US Marine Corps and let them do their jobs.

One other thing that hasn't changed much...when piracy on the Barbary Coast first became an American issue in the 1780's, then Ambassadors Thomas Jefferson and John Adams were dispatched to speak with Tripoli's ambassor to London, Abdul Rahman Adja, about the increasing piracy and demands for tribute off the Barbary Coast. Adja's response, as relayed by Jefferson to then Sec/State John Jay, was in part:

It was written in the Koran, that all nations which have not acknowledged the Prophet are sinners, whom it is the right and duty of the faithful to plunder and enslave; and that every muslim who is slain in this warfare is sure to go to Paradise.

The more things change....

Frank's Tuesday Morning Hangover April 14, 2009

Ok, so I’m a little extra hungover this morning. I was up late last night celebrating the life and times of one Ms. Marilyn Chambers – may she rest in peace - who began her career as the lead actress in the groundbreaking art film “Behind the Green Door”.

Go ahead and google it, but don’t do it from your office desk.

Don't say I didn't warn you.

Remind me to never piss off a Navy SEAL.

How do three guys lying prone on the deck of a rocking, moving ship hit three smallish targets simultaneously that are also on a rocking moving ship?

Better question, how geeked was Captain Richard Phillips about then? Think about sitting around wondering if you'll ever see your family or scarf down a slab of rare t bone ever again and suddenly your captors just DROP all around you.

Think he kicked any of the corpses before being yanked aboard the USS Bainbridge?

If I hear ONE more liberal bitch about the Patriot Act I’m going to explode faster than one of Kim Jong Il’s rockets sitting on a launching pad.

The Department of Homeland Security's Office of Intelligence and Analysis has recently sent out a nine page report detailing the “increase in right wing extremist activity”. According to this report, the election of America's first black president and the return of a few disgruntled war veterans (so much for “keeping the promise to our national heroes", huh?) could swell the ranks of white-power militias. This report was sent to all of the cpontry’s sheriff’s offices imploring law enforcement to watch out for people that speak out against abortion or illegal immigration or who are vocal on the importance of states’ rights.

So if you disagree with our current regime,…. err…. “government”, smile!

The ONE is watching you.

One of Kansas city’s congressman, the good “reverend” Emmanuel Cleaver recently traveled to Cuba with the rest of the Congressional Black Caucus. He returned to his district gushing that El Presidente Castro was a charming and intelligent man and that he saw no evidence of the oppression of the Cuban people.


In unrelated news, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad makes a kickin' falafel and belts a killer karaoke rendition of Boston’s “More Than a Feeling”.

I'd like to close out by sending my condolences and prayers to the friends and family of rookie pitcher Nick Adenhardt, late of the Angels. May the drunk driver that cut short the life of this young man rot in hell.

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Those Poor, Misunderstood Somali Pirates...

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Usually we try to keep from giving undo credit to the musings of deranged, terminally naive lefties around here, but occassionally you stumble across something so freaking hilarious, you can't help but share it.

I stumbled on this back in January when it was posted on Huffingtonpost, but it seems especially poignant now in light of the seizure of the American flagged vessel in the Gulf of Aden this past week:

You Are Being Lied To About Pirates

Did we expect starving Somalians to stand passively on their beaches, paddling in our nuclear waste, and watch us snatch their fish to eat in restaurants in London and Paris and Rome? We didn't act on those crimes - but when some of the fishermen responded by disrupting the transit-corridor for 20 percent of the world's oil supply, we begin to shriek about "evil." If we really want to deal with piracy, we need to stop its root cause - our crimes - before we send in the gun-boats to root out Somalia's criminals.

Read the whole thing. In the tradition of "Wayne's World", you'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll hurl.

International Incident Wednesday

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Somali Pirates Seize U.S. Flag Vessel (Fox News link)

Same story via Navy Times

(Shout out to Op For for giving everyone a heads up on the Navy Times link.)

NAIROBI, Kenya — Somali pirates Wednesday hijacked a U.S.-flagged cargo ship with 20 American crew members onboard, the shipping company said.

The 17,000-ton Maersk Alabama was carrying emergency relief to Mombasa, Kenya, when it was hijacked, said Peter Beck-Bang, spokesman for the Copenhagen-based container shipping group A.P. Moller-Maersk.

In a statement, the company confirmed that the U.S.-flagged vessel has 20 U.S. nationals onboard.

Cmdr. Jane Campbell, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Navy’s Bahrain-based 5th Fleet, said that it was the first pirate attack “involving U.S. nationals and a U.S.-flagged vessel in recent memory.” She did not give an exact timeframe.

Of course, the proper response would be swift, violent, and result in the deaths of every Somali pirate within a 25 mile radius of the seized vessel. Somehow I'm doubting the current administration agrees with me.


Crew regains control of ship.

NAIROBI, Kenya - Pentagon officials said Wednesday that the American crew of a U.S.-flagged cargo ship had retaken control from Somali pirates who hijacked the vessel far off the Horn of Africa.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because information was still preliminary. But they said the hijacked crew had apparently contacted the private company that operates the ship.

At a news conference, Maersk Line Ltd. CEO John Reinhart said that the company was working to contact families of the crew.

"Speculation is a dangerous thing when you're in a fluid environment. I will not confirm that the crew has overtaken this ship," he said.

A U.S. official said the crew had retaken control and had one pirate in custody. The official said the status of the other pirates was unknown but they were reported to "be in the water." The official spoke on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the matter.

Jeff Cooper said the desired result of an armed robbery is "a dead robber at the scene," which is tough to argue with. If several of the pirates were jetisoned overboard, so much the better.

It would be nice to see a "sea marshal" program, similar to air marshals, but instead of sworn law enforcment officers a few Navy SEALs aboard selected American flagged vessels, with proper rules of engagement, would be a pretty good deterent, I would think.

Meanwhile, in Iran:

U.S. Reporter Charged With Espionage in Iran

Iran charged detained American journalist Roxana Saberi Wednesday with
espionage, according to a Reuters report based on Iranian media.

This story has just broken, so we will update here as it develops.


Evidently, Ms Saberi was originally arrested in February for buying a bottle of wine:

Fears increase for missing journalist Roxana Saberi from UK Times online 03 Mar '09:

Iran accused a detained American journalist of engaging in illegal activities yesterday after her worried family spoke out about her arrest in Tehran a month ago.

Roxana Saberi, 31, who had reported previously from Tehran for the BBC, called her father in the United States on February 10 to tell him that she had been arrested for buying a bottle of wine.

“She called from an unknown place and said she’s been kept in detention,” Reza Saberi said. “She said that she had bought a bottle of wine and the person that sold it had reported it and then they came and arrested her.” Buying or selling alcohol is a crime in the Islamic republic.

Ms Saberi said that she had already been held for ten days and called back moments later to warn her family not to raise any alarm because she was to be released in two more days.

Neither her family in the US nor her friends in Tehran have heard from her since. Friends told Mr Saberi that arrest for buying alcohol would not result in such prolonged detention, leading him to suspect that it was used as a pretext to detain her.

Ahmedawhackjob and company are terminally paranoid about Americans of Iranian heritage "infiltrating" the country for purposes of overthrowing the government, so it looks like this is the direction this is headed in.

A female Canadian photo journalist of Iranian heritage, Zahra Kazemi, was killed in custody of the Iranians back in '03, a victim of "severe head injuries". Surprisingly, no one was ever charged with her death.

Frank's Tuesday Morning Hangover April 7, 2009

I’m really pissed off.

Let me start by admitting that I’ve got some Italian blood in me, but I’m pissed off as an American, not as an American of Italian descent.

How can The ONE justify sending the Italian people $50,000 in relief aid after they just suffered one of their greatest tragedies of the last several hundred years? Better yet, how can He (I'm being facetious by granting him deity status, by the way) offer up this pittance in the wake of his pledge of $900,000,000 to the Palestinian Authority?? Saying that this is a slap in the face of the Italian people would be like saying that there’s some water behind the Hoover Dam.

When I’m disgusted with a waiter’s service to my family during a night out I might tip him a quarter. I don’t want him to think that I just forgot to tip, I want him to KNOW, deep in his heart, that I have a really crappy opinion of him and everything about him.

Is this how The ONE sees the Italian people and government? On the heels of his show of disdain towards our brothers and sisters the Brits it’s not hard to pick up a trend.

More to the other point, how much of the $900,000,000 given to the Palestinians will be spent recruiting suicide bombers destined to wipe out kindergartens and old folks’ homes?

I’ll bet you $49,999 that it’ll be more than $50K.

Real men don’t tweet.

If you’re a guy who uses Twitter you need to turn in your nad sac post haste. How can a guy tell another guy that he’s “tweeting” every time he hits his blackberry? Besides that, who has so much damned hubris that they think that their life is important enough to keep everyone abreast of their happenings every couple of minutes?

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to update my Myspace page. I’m changing my mood from “angry” to “really pissed”.

Back to my Italian heritage for a second – is it wrong that I claim to be Irish whenever Nancy Pelosi puts her foot in her mouth?

I’m starting to know how St. Peter felt on Good Friday with that whole “I don’t know this Jesus character” thingie.

From the files of too little too late – isn’t it nice to know that Attorney General Eric Holder thinks that former Alaskan Senator Ted Stevens “did not receive a fair trial” and that U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan thinks that "his trial was like no other instance of mishandling and misconduct that he’s witnessed In nearly 25 years on the bench”?

The Democratic Party and newly elected Senator Mark Begich of the great state of Alaska send their condolences Senator Stevens.

I’m sure that that helps take the sting out…

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I Don't Like Zeroes!

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Shocking news today from Italy where an earthquake of significant magnitude struck the country causing massive devastation. As of 8 p.m. more than 150 people had been confirmed dead and early reports say thousands are injured and several villages in the Old Country may have been completely destroyed.

Obviously our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone suffering- from residents and American citizens on holiday, to those involved in the recovery effort- it appears it will be quite an undertaking.

As I surfed the Internet earlier today, I came across a news brief that the United States had pledged $50,000 in aid to Italy. What? Is that in Lira, and what does that equate to over there? Oh yeah, I forgot, it’s the Euro now, which means even less cash.

"We send our heartfelt condolences to the families of those killed in the earthquake. Our embassy in Rome will provide 50,000 (dollars) in emergency relief funding," State Department spokesman Robert Wood told reporters.

Jumping on this early I run the risk of looking like a fool in three days time when the government pledges a few hundred million to help out, but I am willing to take the risk.

You see shortly after President Barack Obama took office he signed an order directing more than $900 million to Palestinian Authority to help with the recovery efforts in Gaza. You will recall that a few weeks later a government official claimed our allies in Great Britain were just the same as any other country in the world following a botched visit by Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Now apparently Italy is the getting the same “old" "allied” "treatment."

If you’re keeping track, that’s $900 million for the suicide bombers blowing their own families up in the name of Allah, and $50,000 for our Italian friends suffering from a natural disaster.

In an effort to give the President the benefit of the doubt, I’m going to give him his out. In fact, he can plug this right into the teleprompter on Wednesday when he resurfaces from prayer in Turkey, and gives this address to the world.

“My fellow citizens of the world, I want to take a moment to explain to each of you why the United States is only providing $50,000 in aid to our great allies in Italy following the massive earthquake there earlier this week. You see, I am by nature, an optimistic person. And the number zero really gets me down. What we have to ask is, is zero even a number? Is it? This is what needs to be discussed during this tough time.

So we stand by our allies and offer our full support, but only whatever $50,000 buys these days. You see, 4 zeroes, is better than 7 zeroes, and definitely better than 8. I’m sure I don’t even need to tell you about 9, unless of course you happen to be a non-for-profit agency sanctioned by the government, then I have a lot of zeroes for you. Of course, those are the good zeroes, you know, the zeroes that buy votes. In closing, I just don’t like zeroes.

Thank you, and enjoy the opening of the Masters- it is a tradition like any other. I have Tiger in the White House pool.”

And there you have it.

I’m insulted that this great country would insult another country by releasing a statement saying we would send $50,000 while its people are buried beneath rubble. It’s pathetic, and people can continue to overlook this and claim it is partisan. It is anything but.

The only question left will be whether or not the real explanation will be as entertaining as the above faux speech? Well two questions, actually. How much would that original sum have totaled if it occurred in the homeland of one of our true allies? Say Iran, for instance.

Stay tuned.

Restoring America's Image

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For the last 7 years we heard how George Bush has "destroyed America's image around the world. Indeed, throughout his campaign, Obama spoke at length about that problem and vowed to restore that image.

And so, he has embarked on his first trip abroad as President, to meet with other world leaders at the G-20.

And so, we now have a new image.

That of Barack Obama bowing to the King of Saudi Arabia. Let me say that again: the President of the United States of America bowed down to the King of Saudi Arabia, a nation that at best is a dubious ally and at worst is a despotic sponsor of terrorism.

What's the big deal, you may ask. That's certainly the question liberals have been asking. After all, he was just showing that he is a humble man and unlike his predecessor, he has respect for other countries.

Bullshit. One, Obama is a great many things, humble is decidedly not one of them. Two, he appears to have respect for certain countries. When introduced to the Queen of England, he did not feel compelled to bow. He nodded his head and shook hands. And that was the appropriate thing to do. In fact, that was how every other leader at the Summit greeted each other. They treated each other as equals. With one exception.

Liberals will also tell you they prefer Obama's bowing to Bush's "holding hands with the King". Well, of course they do. In the first place, BDS is their answer to everything and in the second place, they once again ignore facts. Consider this excerpt, from of all places, the NY Times:

In fact, if a man chooses not to touch another in a greeting, it can be interpreted as a sign of distance or disdain. Kissing cheeks, long handshakes and clutching hands are meant to reflect amity, devotion and most important, equality in status, noted Fuad Ishak Khuri, a social anthropologist, in his book, "The Body in Islamic Culture" (2001).

In other words, George Bush was able to pay respect to another country's leader while maintaining his not only his own dignity, but that of the country he represented. No wonder then, that liberals prefer Obama's bowing.

Because, HERE is the problem with what Obama did: bowing is a sign of subservience. With that bow, Barack Obama, President of the United States, a sovereign (for now) nation and leader of the free world subjugated not only himself but this country before another nation's King. The Revolutionary War was fought so that would never happen again.

Even better, he chose as the recipient of this gesture the ruler of an Islamic nation. That would be the same Islam whose basic philosophy preaches the enslavement of infidels...that would be us. Now, ask yourself how every jihadist interprets that image. Do they view it as "a sign of respect" or as a sign of America - the Great Infidel's submission?

Yeah. There's your new image.

That sound you hear is that of our Founding Fathers rolling in their graves.

Mexico and the 90% Myth

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If you've been paying any attention to the mess down on our border with Mexico in the popular media lately, you've learned two things:

1) 90% of the weapons used by the drug cartels are obtained from the United States, and

2) Certain U.S. politicians think that one of the best ways to help out our Mexican neighbors is to increase firearms control here in America.

Unfortunately, only one of those statements is true. Guess which one it is.

The 90% lie has been repeated in the press ad nauseam in the past month or so, ever since AG Eric Holder made his startling revelation to a group of Mexican reporters that the Obama administration had it's sights set on a new "assault weapons" ban...a claim later denied by the administration after prominent Congressional Democrats panned the idea, as visions of the '94 midterms danced in their heads. However, the 90% lie continued to cling to life, with only the independent blogsphere and the LA Times bothering to counter the ridiculous claims.

Now Fox News has actually looked into the 90% claims and (surprise!) they're bogus.

The Myth of 90 Percent: Only a Small Fraction of Guns in Mexico Come From U.S.

In fact, it's not even close. The fact is, only 17 percent of guns found at Mexican crime scenes have been traced to the U.S.

What's true, an ATF spokeswoman told, in a clarification of the statistic used by her own agency's assistant director, "is that over 90 percent of the traced firearms originate from the U.S."

But a large percentage of the guns recovered in Mexico do not get sent back to the U.S. for tracing, because it is obvious from their markings that they do not come from the U.S.

"Not every weapon seized in Mexico has a serial number on it that would make it traceable, and the U.S. effort to trace weapons really only extends to weapons that have been in the U.S. market," Matt Allen, special agent of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), told FOX News.

Thomas Paine, in "The Age of Reason," wrote, "One step above the sublime, makes the ridiculous; and one step above the ridiculous, makes the sublime again." With American leftist politicians considering altering our Constitution to serve the internal security troubles of a neighboring nation based on cooked up numbers, that statement takes on whole new connotations.