The mainstream media has done their usual disgraceful best to mislead, misdirect and misinform on the case of State of Florida vs. George Zimmerman, but once the defense rested their case this Wednesday afternoon, anyone who actually watched the trial with even a modicum of rationality could be clear on the results.
The only eyewitness to any part of the fight, John Good, definitively put Trayvon Martin on top of George Zimmerman from a vantage just 17 feet away.
The Sanford Police Department’s chief investigator in the case, Chris Serino, said he thought George Zimmerman told the truth in his numerous interviews and recreation.
Noted forensic pathologist Dr. Vincent Di Maio declared the case very simple “101″ from a forensic perspective, and agreed with Serino: Zimmerman’s story comported with both Zimmerman’s testimony and the evidence in the case.
Dennis Root, a police officer trainer in nondeadly and deadly force and the use of force continuum, examined every witness statement and bit of evidence collected before the trial, accounted for Zimmerman’s docile personality, his inability to defend himself (physically or psychologically), the extreme length of the attack (forty seconds, the average fight length he’s record is five seconds), and concluded that George Zimmerman had no choice but to draw and fire his gun to prevent what he reasonably felt was his immediately impending death.
40 prosecution witnesses and 19 defense witnesses have done nothing to taint George Zimmerman’s very reasonable claim that he was in fear for his life when he drew his gun and fired one shot to stop the relentless assault by Trayvon Martin. Two men made bad decisions that night, but the only crime that took place was a violent attack by Trayvon Martin that sought to use a cold slab of concrete as a deadly weapon. Trayvon Martin used that weapon, and forced George Zimmerman to chose between using his weapon to defend his life when his neighbors refused to intervene, or possibly die. George Zimmerman chose to safe his life.
Regardless of the eventual verdict in this politically charged trial, that truth did come out.
Many of us have postulated that if the trial verdict comes back and George Zimmerman is acquitted, then there may be social unrest, up to and including rioting, looting, and arson. And tensions are indeed high.
Two very smart men have me convinced, however, that it won’t come to that.
Danield Greenfield wrote a brilliantly observant piece called Wrong Side of the Street that I won’t even begin to paraphrase or quote. I encourage your read, and really digest, what he has to say.
The other is outspoken Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz, in an interview he recorded just today.
Starting at about the 8:11 mark, Dershowitz was asked about the possibility of riots, and noted this simply isn’t a Rodney King-type case. Rodney King’s beating was brutal, obvious, and televised to millions. It was the obvious miscarriage justice that caused those riots.
Even the most vocal and strident of Trayvon Martin’s supporters know they don’t know what happened that night, and if they were honest with themselves at any point, they know that this simply isn’t a remotely similar case.
In Greenfield’s article—which I hope you’ve read by now—he notes that what underlies this case at the deepest levels isn’t race, as the media attempts to portray it, but basic views about how men and women view their role in this society.
George Zimmerman, for all his flaws, imperfections, and questionable decisions, was a constitutionally meek and generally honorable man with idealistic goals about the role good men should play in protecting their communities.
Trayvon Martin, for all his cherubic photos, and media whitewashing, was a very troubled young man who believed very strongly in impulsively trying to get whatever he wanted, and did not care if others were hurt if it made him feel better. He was likely incapable of caring about society as a whole. His social media accounts—which were not allowed into evidence in a very questionable decision by a Cliff’s Notes reading Judge—reveal his as violent young man wrapped up in culture of ” Imma get me mine’s” self-gratification at any cost, no matter what others must suffer for a temporary feeling of self gratification. Trayon Martin was a predator of the very society George Zimmerman so desperately felt drawn to protect.
There very well make be some loud protests, and minor crimes if George Zimmerman is found not guilty, for a very simple reason. The overwhelming majority of us are still good people who don’t want to hurt others, and there is nothing in this trial that suggests that society itself is as broken as it was in 1992, despite the worst efforts of Barack Obama’s Justice Department.
One has to wonder if the New York Times editorial board has any access to normal human beings outside of their insular bubble; perhaps if they did, they might grasp that their hyperbolic missives strike adults trained in the basic skills of logic and reasoning as little more than the funny pages.
Columnist Thomas Friedman provides an example of this unintentional hilarity with his latest column, “Why I am Pro-Life,” in which he grandly eschews any extremism not his own.
Friedman is appalled that a number of Republican Christian candidates actually maintain positions consistent with church doctrine towards the sanctity of human life in regards to the unborn. There can be few things as troubling as those views that attack his secular progressive theology, and Christianity is one of two direct threats to his position on human life.
The other direct threat to Friedman’s view of life is the problem of biology. It is a biological fact that vertebrate animal life begins at conception, without exception. Biology does not consider the living, gestating being to be a “lump of cells” or non-human, purely because of the leftist political necessity. Friedman and his pro-infanticide allies would ask you to believe that a baby within the uterus isn’t a baby, but once several inches removed, is a human. It is a completely illogical position where proximity dictates humanity.
Then again, there is a certain perverse, nearly logic-like construct in Freidman’s brain regarding proximity and worth, considering his contempt for those on the wrong side of the Hudson.
As a student of history I find Friedman’s views towards firearms to be even more absurd. I had to stifle a chuckle and a role of the eyes through several gems such as this:
In my world, you don’t get to call yourself “pro-life” and be against common-sense gun control — like banning public access to the kind of semiautomatic assault rifle, designed for warfare, that was used recently in a Colorado theater.
“In my world,” indeed; his world is a curious place, where denizens are unable to recognize that “semi-automatic” and “assault rifle” are opposing and exclusive terms. An assault rifle, by definition, must be selective-fire. The rather slow-witted Mr. Friedman should have said what he actually meant, which is that he would ban access to common rifles, and the action type of most guns in the United States.
The Smith & Wesson M&P15 carbine used by James Holmes is a branded version of the most popular variant of centerfire rifle manufactured and purchased in the United States. The AR-15 (AR is short for Armalite, the company inventor Eugene Stoner worked for when he created the rifle) or copying designs are produced by 12 of the top 20 long-gun manufacturers. Semi-automatic firearms are the most popular handgun and rifle designs. No other action type — bolt-action, single-shot, pump-action, revolver — comes close.
These are not “weapons of war.” These are firearms popular in sport shooting events, such as “three gun” competitions and National Match events. They are firearms completely modular in design, and used from hunting everything from small game to large herbivores such as deer and elk, and dangerous game such as bear and boar. They are chosen for their ergonomics and their accuracy. I can personally attest to the fact that an accurate AR-15 with good optics can make accurate, repeatable hits on softball-sized targets out to more than 500 yards. They are, quite simply, “America’s gun.”
If you don’t get torches-and-pitchforks irate about this, you are not an American:
The security officer had a laser on the target that was firing and repeatedly requested back-up support from a Specter gunship, which is commonly used by U.S. Special Operations forces to provide support to Special Operations teams on the ground involved in intense firefights. The fighting at the CIA annex went on for more than four hours — enough time for any planes based in Sigonella Air base, just 480 miles away, to arrive. Fox News has also learned that two separate Tier One Special operations forces were told to wait, among them Delta Force operators.
There were two AC-130Us deployed to Libya in March as part of Operation Unified Protector.
The AC-130U is a very effective third-generation fire-support aircraft, capable of continuous and extremely accurate fire onto multiple targets. It has been used numerous times in Iraq and Afghanistan to save pinned-down allied forces, and has even been credited with the surrender of the Taliban city of Kunduz
It was purpose-built for a select number of specific mission types, including point-defense against enemy attack. It was literally built for the kind of mission it could have engaged in over Benghazi, if the administration had let it fire. As the excerpt above clearly shows, we had assets on the ground “painting” the targets with the laser.
An AC-130U flies in a counter-clockwise “pivot turn” around the target, with the weapons all aimed out the left side of the aircraft.
There are two state-of-the-art fire-control systems (FCSs) in a AC-130U, using television sensors,infrared sensors, and synthetic aperture strike radar. These fire control systems can see through the dark of night, clouds, and smoke.
The two FCSs on the AC-130U control a 25mm Gatling gun for area suppression, a precision 40mm cannon, and a 105mm cannon which can engage hard targets.
What this means is that we have the forces in the air and on the ground to have stopped the attack at any point, eliminating the terrorists and saving American lives.
See video of AC-130 engaging in a live fire exercise on next page.
“My fellow Americans,
“We gather here this evening to engage in a conversation about the future of our great republic, a nation that our 40th president, Ronald Reagan, reminded us was, ‘the last great hope for man on Earth.’
“That statement still rings true today, because of the bravery of another generation of Americans who dare carry the torch of freedom into the dark against the ever-present threat of creeping tyranny and oppression.
“Tonight, before embarking on this conversation, we pause to remember the life of Border Patrol agent Nicolas Ivie, killed tragically Monday morning in the line of duty near Bisbee, Arizona.
“May God usher his soul home, and comfort his family and friends in this time of loss.
“Tragically, Agent Ivie is just the latest fatality resulting from the failed domestic policies of this administration, which encourages the criminality of illegal immigration, and in so doing, cheapens those who respect the laws of this republic.
“It bears noting that Agent Ivie was stationed at the newly dedicated Brian Terry Border Patrol Station in Bisbee, AZ. Agent Terry, as we all know, was gunned down in the line of duty by another group of cartel gunmen, who used just two of thousands of weapons provided to drug cartels by this administration in a criminal gun-walking operation that has led to the tragic murders of at least 300 Mexican citizens as well, including the 14 teenagers murdered as revealed recently by Univision.
As the son of a Mexic0-born father, I say to you, “Lo sentimos por su pérdida. We are sorry for your loss.
“Mr. Obama continues to refuse to discipline Attorney General Holder for this gun-walking plot known as Operation Fast and Furious, whose Department of Justice is ultimately responsible for these deaths. Nor has Mr. Obama sought to appoint an independent prosecutor to investigate the thousands of felony violations of the Arms Export Control Act, the Kingpin Act, and other federal and international laws broken on his watch, by his administration.
“We must also remember the lives of our ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens, diplomat Sean Smith, and the two former Navy SEALs who were killed as they attempted to provide aide to the ambassador in a 9/11 terrorist attack on our consulate in Benghazi, an attack that President Obama literally chose to sleep through.
There are three suggestions I would make to anyone trying to manufacture a “Joe the Plumber” moment in a national political campaign.
First, don’t do it: Obama’s meeting with Joe Wurzelbacher was devastating for the candidate because it was an unscripted moment with a real person that Obama completely fumbled.
You can’t manufacture that sort of moment, you just have to hope you have a camera on the candidate when something like that occurs. As part of our new political reality of the past several election cycles, campaign “trackers” hold just that very role, following candidates in their every waking moment hoping to catch such a moment on tape to be mercilessly exploited.
If you decide to abandon all common sense and try manufacture a relationship to attack a candidate on, it is important to chose a spokesman who doesn’t have glassy eyes and halting disjointed speech that suggests he shared bong hits with the camera crew directly before taping.
Third, if you are going to make absurd claims, try to make sure that you’ve done the basic research so that the claim doesn’t blow up in your face. Hayes claims:
“My name is Richard Hayes, and I pick up Mitt Romney’s trash. We’re kind of like the invisible people. He doesn’t realize that the service we provide — if it wasn’t for us, it would be a big health issue, us not picking up trash.
“Residents do come out and shake our hands. Sometimes they give us hugs and thank us for the job we’re doing, hand us water and Gatorades. Tell us we’re doing a good job and keep up the good work. Picking up 15, 16 tons by hand, that takes a toll on your body. When I’m 55, 60 years old, I know my body’s gonna be break down [sic]. Mitt Romney doesn’t care about that.”
As Head of the DOJ’s Criminal Section in Phoenix Takes the Fifth, Arizona Launches State Investigation into Fast and Furious
The decision of the chief of the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Arizona to plead for his Fifth Amendment rights to avoid testifying about his involvement with Operation Fast and Furious is not sitting well with House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa.
“People do not take the Fifth when they’re working for the federal government and resign and get a lawyer if in fact they have nothing to hide,” Issa told Fox News this morning. “And this is someone who had a direct conduit to the top levels of justice, both Eric Holder and Lanny Breuer,” the attorney general and the head of the Justice Department’s criminal division, respectively.
Cunningham, chief of the Phoenix office’s criminal division within the U.S. Attorney’s office in Arizona, claims to have clean hands in his part in Fast and Furious — an operation run out of Arizona and coordinated with the state’s U.S. Attorney’s office that armed Mexican drug cartels linked to the death of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry.
“This individual clearly was part of the conduit of information so what we want to know [is] who knew what when we’re being told no one knew anything ever,” Issa said. “This is critical, and not having his honest testimony — I want him to protect himself from self-incrimination, but clearly he’s going further than that, he’s part of a broad cover-up where we’re going to be asking people above and below him more questions.”
I made a similar observation when talking with Cam Edwards on Cam and Company Monday night.
Patrick Cunningham’s attorney Tobin Romero insists in a letter to the House Oversight Committee that his client is a pawn caught in the middle of a power struggle between the Executive Branch and the Legislative Branch. The simple fact of the matter however, is that Cunningham refused to provide any information to Oversight beyond his name and title.
Presumably, Cunningham could provide considerable information about the functioning of the U.S. Attorney’s office in Phoenix and the structure and personnel involved in Operation Fast and Furious, without putting himself in any criminal jeopardy regarding his role as the Criminal Division head in the gun-walking plot. By pleading for blanket Fifth Amendment protection, Cunningham is presenting the image of a potential felon intent on denying investigators any possible shred of information that could uncover felonious actions within the Department of Justice (DOJ). A broad cover-up? It certainly seems not just possible, but probable.
Meanwhile, the Arizona legislature seems to have tired of the obstructionism of the Obama Administration, and has decided to launch their own investigation of Operation Fast and Furious to determine if DOJ officials committed felonies under Arizona state law. They intend to return their findings by the end of March, which would seem to impose some constraint on how much longer DOJ Inspector General Cynthia Schendar can delay publishing the IG’s findings.
The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) came out with a statement in support of the Arizona legislature’s move.
“The state of Arizona’s decision to launch a probe into this botched program is clearly warranted and underscores the serious nature of what took place with this deadly federally-run law enforcement program,” said Jay Sekulow, Chief Counsel of the ACLJ. “Combined with a Congressional investigation that’s still underway, the Arizona probe represents an important opportunity to get to the bottom of what really happened with this flawed program. The Justice Department has been less than forthcoming about its role in the failed operation, and we’re hopeful the Arizona investigation will produce answers – something that both Arizona citizens and the American people deserve.”
The ACLJ has heard from more than 50,000 Americans nationwide urging President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder to provide the truth about Operation Fast & Furious.
The results of the Arizona legislatures investigation will not itself lead to criminal charges, but any criminal evidence that is uncovered by the committee could be turned over to the State Attorney General, who could then order a criminal investigation based upon the evidence. One interesting possible avenue that state investigators may be able to plumb better than House investigators is any role that state and local law enforcement officers may have played in Operation Fast and Furious. While local and state law enforcement would not have been directly involved in the plot, they do work with the federal government fusion centers and may have had some access to information that the Justice Department would rather not have revealed.
Correction: The headline on this post originally pointed at the head of the DOJ’s Criminal Division, which is assistant attorney general Lanny Breuer, as invoking his fifth amendment rights against self-incrimination. However, Breuer did not take the fifth. We regret the error.
ATF agents are unloading on Attorney General Eric Holder’s arrogant, dismissive, and duplicitous performance in testimony in front of the House Judiciary committee last week. Holder’s obvious corruption is destroying the morale of federal law enforcement officers.
It’s too bad the Obama Administration cares more about keeping Holder quiet than federal law enforcement agencies functioning.
Occupy Raleigh protester shoots domestic partner at work; local news sanitizes story for no apparent reason
If a Tea Party activist tried to murder his lover, who was also part of the Tea Party, you can rest assured it would lead network and cable news stories for weeks to come, regardless of whether or not the association with the Tea Party had an influence on the crime at all.
An Occupy Raleigh activist shot and critically wounded his domestic partner and two innocent bystanders Wednesday before being found dead of self-inflicted wounds the following day. So why did the local news feel compelled to edit out the news of their association with the Occupy Movement, while still posting news that the shooter had previously been arrested?
The parents of slain Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry have broken their silence about the murder of their son with walked Fast and Furious weapons, and have strong words for embattled Attorney General Eric Holder.
In separate interviews, Josephine and Kent Terry lashed out Thursday at those they blame for Brian’s murder — Attorney General Eric Holder, his top assistant Lanny Breuer, former U.S. Attorney Dennis Burke, and those ATF officials who approved, executed and supervised Operation Fast and Furious.
“I think they are liars and I would tell them that,” said Kent Terry from his home in central Michigan. “What would I say to Eric Holder? They would not be nice words.”
Terry is in his 70′s, paralyzed and bound to a chair after an accident 17 years ago. His former wife Josephine lives 90 minutes north near Detroit.
“If they never let the guns walk, maybe Brian would not have been out that day,” Josephine said. “I just can’t believe our own government came up with a program like this that (let) innocent people get killed.”
The Terrys have next to no knowledge of the details of what happened the December night their son was killed in the Arizona desert.
“We’ve heard five different stories, and every time we hear (a new) one, (it) is different. We never got a straight answer.”
It appears that the likelihood of the Terrys or the American people getting answers to questions about the murder is decreasing as well, as the U.S. government has gone the extraordinary route of sealing the murder case against Manuel Osorio Arellanes, one of the gunmen that was wounded and captured during the firefight that killed Agent Terry. The suspect faces 14 charges, including murder, assault, and weapons charges., but now that the case is sealed, it no longer appears in the federal docket.
There is no way to track the case, to know what the evidence is, or when the trail is being held. Department of Justice officials have attempted to thwart or obstruct almost every attempt to gather evidence about Operation Fast and Furious. It seems likely that the sealing of the case by a federal judge was done in order to continue the information blackout, shutting down another possible avenue where congressional investigators could have sought answers to linking questions about allegations of a third, now missing rifle that allegedly came from a Texas gun-walking plot, along with possible details of how the cartels were able to receive and distribute the more than 2,000 weapons that the Department of Justice sent over the border to arm the Sinaloa cartel without any mechanisms for tracking or recovering the firearms.
Republican lawmakers have stepped up their rhetoric as the Department of Justice’s obstructionism continues to grow.
Using some of the most blunt language that Holder critics have used, the House Republicans issued statements in advance of an afternoon news conference during which they planned to say that the attorney general must be held responsible for Operation Fast and Furious, a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives probe.
“After reviewing Attorney General Holder’s conflicting testimonies, uncovered evidence and recently released documents on Fast and Furious, it is clear that he is either lying or grossly incompetent,” said Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Idaho). “Either way, he is unfit to serve the American people as the highest law enforcement officer in the land. Mr. Holder can no longer refuse responsibility for the actions of departments under his purview that cost the life of decorated U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry and that have put the lives of thousands of American citizens at risk. Eric Holder must resign, and responsible lawmakers and public servants should insist he do so.”
Florida Congressman Allen West joined with other House Republicans in calling for Holder’s dismissal on Tuesday.
Attorney General Holder has proved time and again that he is not capable of being America’s top cop,” said Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) “President Obama needs to realize that Eric Holder needs to be removed from the Department of Justice as soon as possible. If the President does not push Holder out, the President would be complicit in the Justice Department’s attempts to thwart a Congressional investigation of Fast and Furious. This is just another sad chapter in the Eric Holder book of incompetence.”
The increasing calls for Holder’s dismissal come as the Attorney General and the Department of Justice are accused of stonewalling congressional investigators and manipulating the press.
Attorney General Eric Holder’s Justice Department sought to manipulate reporters’ coverage of Operation Fast and Furious during the days preceding a November 1 Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, new emails obtained by The Daily Caller indicate.
Emails between senior Justice Department officials and investigators in the office of Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley show that congressional staffers leading the investigation into Operation Fast and Furious requested information about Operation Wide Receiver — a Bush administration program – and other similar cases, more than a full month before the DOJ leaked information to selected media outlets on October 31.
That Halloween document dump from the DOJ seemed calculated to depict Grassley’s investigation as partisan in nature.
It becomes ever more difficult to believe that the Attorney General and the Department of Justice isn’t neck-deep in a cover-up attempt, attempting to dodge political and legal fallout from a plot that has provided weapons used in hundreds of murders, and which promise to be the instruments of death used in hundreds more.
Every new revelation about the plot and its coverup makes it much more politically untenable for President Barack Obama to keep Holder on as Attorney General. How long he will last is now anyone’s guess.
In the original German folklore, a doppelgänger was a ghostly, typically evil double of a human being. At Occupy Phoenix, there was a small contingent of men that talked a bit like protesters of Phoenix’s past, but sounded just a bit “off,” as if they were trying to reflect a message that wasn’t really their own.
The heavily-armed, camo-covered men at Occupy Phoenix didn’t feel they were aligned or allied with police as Tea Party protestors are, but instead made clear that they were there to use their weapons against the police, “if necessary.”
The speaker for the group calls himself “JT,” but the SPLC recognizes him as Jason Todd Ready, one of many neo-Nazis that have found a home in the Occupy Movement.
President Obama spoke about Operation Fast and Furious in detail in March… so why did Attorney General Eric Holder claim he didn’t know about the Operation in May?
William Lajeunesse has blown open a pair of major revelations regarding Operation Fast and Furious, both involving the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
The first bombshell is that the FBI allegedly made a third Gunwalker rifle “disappear” from the crime scene. The second?
The FBI shelled out at least $70,000 of your tax dollars to buy guns for the Sinaloa cartel.
It isn’t just the House Oversight Committee that has focused on the Gunwalker fiasco. Arizona Senator John McCain has called for an investigation from the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, putting Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Attorney General Eric Holder and the new acting ATF director under oath.
In a letter sent Wednesday, McCain said additional information released about the operation last week warrants a hearing of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, of which McCain is a member.
“The committee should hold a meeting as soon as possible to examine these new revelations and determine what additional measures are needed to help prevent this type of malfeasance from occurring again,” McCain wrote in a letter addressed to Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., and Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine.
The veteran Arizona Senator is asking for the committee to call the U.S. Attorney General, Eric Holder; the Homeland Security Secretary, Janet Napolitano; and the ATF’s acting director, B. Todd Jones; as witnesses.
Before taking over for Ken Melson, Jones was briefed on Operation Fast and Furious, and may be just as complicit in allowing the operation to go on as DOJ officials.
This is going to get real ugly, real fast, for the Obama Administration.
After revelations of a second (and possibly third) government gun running operation to mirror the disastrous “Operation Fast and Furious” in Arizona, Texas Sen. John Cornyn has put the pressure on U.S. Attorney General Eric holder to come forward with the truth.
He does know he’s talking to Eric Holder, right?
Very Special ATF Agent William Newell is an “up-and-comer” within the ATF, and it was announced last October that he would be the ATF attache to Mexico.
That may have something to do with the fact that Newell could be arrested and potentially charged as an accessory to one or more of hundreds of murders for his role in helping run Operation Fast and Furious.
It’s relatively easy for the Washington Post and New York Times and the rest of the MSM to ignore Gunwalker most of the time. It would be damn hard to keep pretending it is no big deal if an administration official was arrested and charged for these crimes in a foreign country.
It is a simple litmus test for Eric Holder, Janet Napolitano, and Barack Obama.
They should send Newell to Mexico if they feel Fast and Furious was legal.
It’s not like they aren’t willing to risk lives when it suits them.
The Obama Administration ran roughly 2,000 guns to Mexican cartels through “Fast and Furious” in Arizona. We’re now hearing that at least another 1,000 guns were run through an identical operation in Tampa, to the ultra-violent MS-13 gang in Honduras.
Americans must know: How many more Fast and Furious programs are there out there, and why is the Obama Administration responsible for thousands, or perhaps tens of thousands of more guns being shipped south of the border to criminal gangs waging civil wars?
Make no mistake: Our federal law enforcement agencies are responsible for what can only be described as the blatant support of narco-terrorism, and there is little doubt that this program originated and was authorized with the full knowledge of the highest levels of the executive branch, including cabinet-level officials and the White House itself.
This is worse than Watergate and Iran-Contra combined. Our administration is supplying terrorists with weapons as they seek to overthrow our neighbor and ally.
There is no pit in a prison deep enough for those involved.
I’m glad to see that with all the serious issues of the day, the staff of Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show still has time to torture animals for their amusement.
The new progressive marketing campaign was supposed to be MSNBC’s “Lean Forward,” so why does left wing site AlterNet seem to be doubling-down on “Lynch Forward?”
Micheal Medved has posted an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal stating that we should relax; President Obama isn’t intentionally trying to wreck the economy, our foreign policy, and our place on the world stage.
So… we’re supposed to feel reassured that he’s accomplishing all this through sheer incompetence?
I only ask because it appears that New York Mayor, Billionaire and possible Presidential contender Michael Bloomberg may be working on one… or more.
Does anyone else get the impression that while Westerners have been focusing on overt terrorism and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Muslim Brotherhood was setting up a row of political dominoes to fall?
The anti-government protesters in Egypt have learned well from their Palestinian cousins in Gaza, and can now fake a killing with the best of them.
Hooray for Pallywood!
The good folks over at Media Matters for America seem to have a bit of a blind spot. When Christina Green was gunned down by Jared Loughner and they saw a chance to manufacture a claim blaming Tea Party for it, they were overwrought with sadness and despair.
This morning, Will Bunch cries at the senseless death of Brisenia Flores… since they found a way to spin her death as being something they could blame on the Tea Party as well.
It seems rather odd, but somehow, MMFA seems to have missed a much larger story of the arrest of Kermit Gosnell and his staff of ghouls. Gosnell, will be placed on trial for drug dealing and at least eight murders. He is thought to have taken the lives of hundreds of newborn babies, and will go down as one of the most prolific serial killers in American history.
Perhaps they have a blind spot for mass murderers that share their politics.
Mao and Che would be proud.
The same media that sought to blame Sarah Palin for Jared Loughner’s rampage is almost dead silent about the arrest of one of the most prolific serial killers in American history.
Do you think it might be because this American Mengele is a creature of their own making?
I wrote a post for PJ Media in May of 2010 entitled “The Appalling Media Double Standard on Reporting Political Violence.” Sadly, the MSM’s libelous coverage of the past week has shown just how well that story has held up over time.
It looks like the gun control organizations and their pet politicians who want to try to capitalize on the murders committed by Jared Lee Loughner are getting very little support.
What a difference a Heller makes.
I’ve been reading — and correcting — a continual stream of misinformation from the left-wing media, bloggers, and gun control groups regarding the handgun and magazine used by Jared Loughner in his rampage in Tucson this past Saturday.
The firearm used by this defective young liberal was a Glock 19, using a pair of either 31- or 33-round (depending on the news source) aftermarket extended magazines.
There have been multiple claims that the handgun used was banned during the laughably labeled “assault weapons ban” that was the law of the land from 1994 until it expired in 2004.
This is entirely and unquestionably false.
There have been claims that the extended magazines were banned, and Loughner would not have had access to them had the law not expired.
This is also untrue.
While the ban meant no new standard-capacity or high-capacity magazines could be manufactured after the law went into effect, it did not make illegal the sale, purchase, possession, or use of either new or used magazines. Retailers literally had hundreds of thousands of factory-new high-capacity magazines for sale during the entire life the “ban,” and these magazines were always available in gun stores, in sporting goods catalogs, and online.
The simple fact of the matter is that the “ban” was an abject failure. It neither reduced the lethality of firearms nor did it curtail crime. If anything, the ban had only one clear effect, the impetus to create an entirely new class of sub-compact semi-automatic pistols for concealed carry applications.
And yet, the media continues to spread their fiction, unable to face the inconvenient truth that their gun control fetish doesn’t save lives.
SecDef Robert Gates may be looking to kill the Marine Corps Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle (EFV) as part of Pentagon budget cuts. What took him so long?
While the EFV provides a lightly-armored high-speed amphibious infantry transport and gun platform to replace the Corps’ ancient AAVs, modern weaponry–particularly guided weapons–have called the doctrine of traditional amphibious assault into question, when much faster and more nimble heli-borne and LCAC-based transport can put more survivable and lethal armor on the beach faster, without the trade-offs of the EFVs design.
At the very minimum, a “EFV-lite” stripped of the troublesome amphibious components could provide the Marines with a modern armored fighting vehicle needed for combat patrols and scouting, for vast majority of time these vehicles will spend out of the water anyway.
Perhaps if we waste less money on problematic vehicles built for outmoded doctrines, we can invest that money in equipping our Marines with rifles chambered in a cartridge with more lethal range than the 5.56, to better take advantage of the legendary riflemanship of the Corps. We’ve known the 5.56 is suboptimal for more than 40 years, and it’s time to give our Marines a more lethal cartridge with which to kill the enemy.
Let me see if I can wrap my head around this: the liberal elite cannot stand the thought of our young people hearing the “n-word” used in one of the greatest works of American literature, for fear that the language is too strong and inflammatory for them to process.
They’re talking about the same generation of kids that listens to gangsta rap and hip-hop using that exact same expletive as commonly as punctuation in songs revolving around drug use, misogyny, and violence, in a culture far more grotesque than Twain could have ever conceived.
They aren’t shielding young adults from age old prejudices. They’re shielding failed educators from having to face head-on the poverty and rot their values have instilled.
The media seems awed that the Chinese have a so-called “stealth fighter” in the works, despite the fact that they lack the composite manufacturing capability, super-cruise engines, advanced avionics, pilot training, or air-refueling capability to make this anything more than a 1:1 scale model of a fifth-generation stealth fighter. Shouldn’t half a century of cheap imports have warned them in advance that they are looking at a cheap knock-off of the real thing?