May 11, 2010:
May 2, 2011:
Ahhhh. But really, they had me at “buried at sea according to Islamic tradition.”
(And seriously: Did we also take pains to shoot him in the face according to Islamic tradition? Was it a culturally sensitive face-shooting?)
He’s blue today. It would have been nice to be asked, is all:
Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf on Monday said the United States had violated Pakistan’s sovereignty by sending in Special Forces to kill Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden.
US President Barack Obama had ordered the raid by a small team of US Special Forces, which found Laden, who had evaded capture for a decade, in a home in a fortified compound in Abbottabad city, located 50 kilometres northeast of Islamabad and 150 kilometres east of Peshawar.
“America coming to our territory and taking action is a violation of our sovereignty. Handling and execution of the operation (by US forces) is not correct. The Pakistani government should have been kept in the loop,” Musharraf told an Indian news channel.
“Foreign troops crossing the border into Pakistan will not be liked by the people of Pakistan. US forces should not have crossed over into Pakistan,” he added.
Take a moment today to remember Todd Beamer and the other heroes of September 11 who fought al-Qaeda with their bare hands. Their fighting spirit hasn’t diminished and never will:
It can also raise physical ability and bring about expertise and accomplishment, which PJM readers should already know from this piece I wrote a while back.
(Do bear my futurist capabilities in mind while considering my Paul Ryan 2012 prediction. Also, that I always can figure out who the bad guy is on The Mentalist.)
Paul Ryan will be the GOP nominee and the next president. He may not really want the job, but he’s a “call of duty” guy.
I’ve always been entertained at how Free Mumia! became such an eco, leftist, utopian cause, like releasing a cop killer could prevent acid rain or something.
Anyway, he gets a new hearing.
… he checks under the bed for speculators.
In the manner Obama says it, a novice English-speaker might assume “to speculate” means something like “to consume the deceased carcass of a human for nourishment”, and I’m not sure his intent with that word is metaphorically far off.
It makes one specu — wonder: Has Obama ever committed speculation? Says Merriam-Webster:
1 a : to meditate on or ponder a subject : reflect b : to review something idly or casually and often inconclusively
I’ve never read a more fitting definition of “liberal arts college”; I’m gonna assume Obama was a big speculator at Occidental and Harvard.
2: to assume a business risk in hope of gain; especially : to buy or sell in expectation of profiting from market fluctuations
Yup! That sounds like what he has previously referred to as “stimulus.”
1: to take to be true on the basis of insufficient evidence : theorize
Ding Ding Ding!!!
2: to be curious or doubtful about
So he’s guilty of three of these.
Get yourself over to the front page at PJM, where Hans A. von Spakovsky has posted a leaked PDF of Obama’s draft copy of an executive order to … implement portions of the DISCLOSE act.
I’ve been a diehard since Nadav Henefeld, Chris Smith, and Tate George brought the team to the Elite 8 in 1990 — I remember sneaking away to call an 800 number for score updates (this was pre-internet) from a phone in the synagogue closet.
Ugly, hideous championship game tonight, but … woohoo! I always call my Dad at the end of a big game — if we aren’t already watching it together — and this is the first one I get to share with my son.
He’s asleep of course, being 14 months old, but my wife and I put him to bed in his little UConn sweatpants.
This man fled from a … vote. Just like our soldiers, except they don’t flee trouble, they confront, and they aren’t facing votes, but fiery death. And they’d love to have the chance to, you know, vote — if Eric Holder would actually protect their rights.
Send Dave Cheatham a piece of your mind.
A fourteen-year-old Bangladeshi girl has been lashed to death for the crime of being raped. Remember this is not a perversion of Sharia law — it is Sharia justice being properly meted out.
(Hat tip– Mrs. Steinberg)
Mark Levin and Peter Wehner have been having a back-and-forth on this topic, and if you’ve ever listened to an hour of Levin’s show you know which side he’s taking.
Wehner’s last parry claims Bush is more conservative on immigration because he never proposed an actual amnesty. Dan Riehl picks up the discussion, declaring Levin the winner, and most importantly landing an extra jab at Karl Rove. Take a look, and read Riehl links to the earlier parts of the discussion.
I’ll always be grateful to Bush for his 9/11 response and leading us into the Mideast with a stiff jaw, but any conservative knows which one understood the Constitution properly.
This MP is none other than Justin Trudeau, the son of Pierre. Apparently the Candian government releases a guide titled “Discover Canada” that is used as official preparation material for the citizenship test. The guide includes the following passage:
Canada’s openness and generosity do not extend to barbaric cultural practices that tolerate spousal abuse, “honour killings”, female genital mutilation, forced marriage or other gender-based violence.
Me? I would have pressed them to include a word like, say, “Islamic,” as this sentence is not included for the sake of incoming Buddhists. Trudeau zigged where reality zags, however — he didn’t like “barbaric,” and would have preferred “completely unacceptable.”
Mark Steyn weighs in:
I suppose one should be relieved that he absolutely accepts that it’s absolutely unacceptable. The trouble is, as your average honor killer or clitoridectomist around the planet well understands, “absolutely unacceptable” is Liberal Weeniepants-speak for “we entirely accept it”.
Trudeau later backtracked with a bunch of tweets. But not until after he wrote this one:
My problem with the use of the word barbaric is that it was chosen to reassure Canadians rather than actually change unacceptable behaviours.
Leftism: confronting barbarism with a thesaurus.
A kid from Sydney, apparently a frequent target of bullying, decided he’d had enough just as a cellphone cam happened to be rolling. Here’s hoping this bodyslam marks the end of his problems:
Forwarding this over to Linda McMahon. This kid is RAW.
From the Jerusalem Post:
The IDF seized a freighter ship with dozens of tons of weaponry from Iran headed for Hamas in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday.
The ship, known as Victoria, was flying a Liberian flag, and was seized by the navy in the Mediterranean Sea, 200 miles off of Israel’s coast.
UPDATED: Well, it sounds like it was premature. C’mon, Meade.
Althouse says it’s all over, and the good guys won.
Liberal WaPo columnist Ruth Marcus defended the King hearings in her latest column, which is notable. But my favorite passage in her piece was this:
Yes, there are other sources of terrorism. Radical Islam is the biggest and most dangerous. And, yes, King is a flawed questioner. But the question he poses is an appropriate — and important — one.
“King is a flawed questioner.” Presumably he’s a racist or something.
Expect to see plenty more of the “I’m not conservative, only my opinions are” stance presented, or perhaps the “conservatives are right, but for the wrong reason” parry, as more lefties look to save their jobs/actually consider the flaws inherent in their arguments. This allows them to appear open-minded and reasonable without having to actually declare adherence to an undoubtedly conservative opinion, and thus never get invited to another dinner party.
FASTER broadband services could actually make ethnic communities more insular by creating “digital ghettos”, SBS has warned.
The multicultural broadcaster expressed its concern about better access to overseas websites in a written submission to a parliamentary inquiry.
“The ubiquitous nature of broadband increases the possible formation of ‘digital ghettos’ among Australia’s culturally and linguistically diverse communities,” it said.
While SBS saw benefits in the National Broadband Network, it also worried that it could give ethnic groups another outlet to “retreat inward” if they felt threatened or vulnerable.
I snickered at this headline prior to recalling that each one of these (coal-powered) cars produced has been made at a tremendous loss, with the taxpayer picking up the fail in subsidies previously given. So, not so funny:
So, how are the first two plug-in mainstream vehicles in the U.S. selling? Both the Chevrolet Volt and the Nissan Leaf had their first deliveries in December, which means that January 2011 was the first full month of sales for each. The numbers are:
- Volt: 321 (plus 326 in December, for a total of 647)
- Leaf: 87 (plus 19 in December, 106 total)
This isn’t a matter of masters-level economic analysis. Basic supply and demand reality, evident to most of our nation’s proprietors of lemonade stands, should have prevented a single one of these cars from being produced. If the product costs more than the value the product provides to the consumer, the firm should not produce the product.
How did this get by a single executive? How, Krugman, how?
Ah, right. Subsidies. If the government is willing to pay for a product, that’s no different to the firm’s bottom line than if a consumer paid for it.
The Wisconsin Dems spring break appeared much more spontaneous, but you just know an email like this with a pithy signoff (“Stay strong!”) circulated amongst the Indiana Dems last night.
I’m looking into how quickly I could FOIA their state email accounts, because I feel a patriotic duty to uncover any material with the potential to entertain American taxpayers, and because I’m fascinated by this phenomenon as none other. I want to know the inner machinations — what drives these nitwits to think this is a real stand-up move? Do they think there is career advancement in politics after this?
Seriously! How can the guy who fled the state — FLED THE STATE — to avoid losing a vote survive a debate or an attack commercial next election? Does he really think statewide office might still be in his future?
Will he be sipping brandy in twenty years, pondering his freshman legislator photo: “It was the right thing to do, son. They had the votes … ”?
Anyway, let’s get those emails. If it was me, I would pack a lot of cash, dark sunglasses, and an Applebee’s gift card.
More horrible news. The dead: Scott and Jean Adam of Marina del Rey, CA, and Phyllis Macay and Bob Riggle of Seattle:
Since 2004, the Adams lived on their yacht in Marina Del Rey for about half the year and the rest of the year they sailed around the world, often distributing Bibles in remote parts of the Fiji Islands, Alaska, New Zealand, Central America and French Polynesia, Johnston said.
Scott and Jane Adam documented their maritime missionary work on their website, S/V Quest Adventure Log.
Johnston said that despite an adventurous spirit, the Adams were meticulous planners who knew the dangers they faced. The couple had sailed with a large flotilla to stay safe from pirates near Thailand earlier in the trip.
“They knew and we knew they still had to go by the Somalia coast,” he said. “We’re asking people to pray for them.”
Craig Detweiler, a professor at Pepperdine University in Malibu, who attended Fuller with Adams in the 1990s and early 2000s, also recalled his friend’s adventurous spirit.
“It is safe to say all of his family and friends covet the prayers and concerns of the international community,” Detweiler said.
Devastation. Note that this video was all shot from outside the police cordon — within the cordon is the worst damage.
Powerful quake hits Christchurch. The epicenter is at the “worst possible location,” says GNS Science monitor. Multiple fatalities confirmed.
Because the Wisconsin Dems odyssey deserves an equally epic soundtrack.
Though not the unofficial Tatler historian — I believe that would be Bryan should the need for such a person ever arise — this is, as far as I can tell, our first bleg. Please click on this link for the Animal Cancer Foundation, it will take you to a page featuring this spiffy graphic:
Melissa Steinberg would be my wife, and Sophia is our cat who recently passed away, and that’s about all I can say about that without ruining my motherboard with tears. I’m going to be running the half-marathon with Melissa, too.
The founder of ACF, Dr. Gerald Post, was Sophia’s doctor, along with Dr. Stuart Brodsky. They work here.
The waiting room at their office is too much human drama for all but the most exceptionally countenanced: pet owners, emptied and madly in love with their best friends, who continue to sniff around making buddies with no clue they are in a mortal fight against a tumor. I recall one cancer patient there, a dog who had lost the use of his hind legs and was lovingly set up in a wheelchair device — he of course poked around the room like a day at the park. The pain and purity of that scene is not bearable for most, certainly not for a career, and that’s what Dr. Post, Dr. Brodsky, and their team address with compassion and vigor with their time on Earth.
Most animal cancer treatments are attempts at controlling the disease, not curing it, which is rarely possible, just attempts to extend the length and quality of life. But these medical professionals, giants unlike the rest of us, can take credit for curing plenty of folks’ misanthropy.
Please take a moment to click on this link to donate to the ACF.
The New Civility TM movement gets all civil on your ass in Idaho:
BOISE — Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna on Tuesday condemned incidents of vandalism and harassment he said he’s suffered amid attempting to overhaul public education.
In particular, he said he discovered Tuesday morning that his pickup truck parked at his home was vandalized, with two of its tires slashed and his last name spray-painted in black with two lines through it.
At a press conference, Luna and Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter spoke strongly against the vandalism and two other incidents in which Luna was harassed — one of them at his mother’s house.
Sherri Wood, president of the Idaho Education Association — the state teachers union that is strongly opposed to Luna’s plan — said in a statement that the group has urged its members to act with “civility and professionalism” twice in the last week.
“The IEA condemns vandalism and urges that anyone found to be responsible be prosecuted for their actions,” she said.
The IEA also encouraged Luna to be civil, noting that he used the phrase “union thuggery” recently, according to news reports.
Asked about his choice of words, Luna said he was talking about the incident at his mother’s home.
“I never mentioned the Idaho Education Association,” he told reporters. “If the term ‘union thuggery’ makes them uncomfortable, you might ask them why. … I was talking about what happened at my mom’s home and so if people want to accuse me that my rhetoric was a little too strong in defense of my mom, then I’m guilty.”
Show of hands: How many of you were scanning through the text for the first appearance of “union”?
(Sent in by reader Erika)
Because we live in a world where someone, somewhere is offering him money to be their spokesman on this issue right now
Justin Bieber slams the U.S. healthcare system, comes out in favor of socialized medicine:
Canadian pop star Justin Bieber says he will never become an U.S. citizen because of the America’s health-care system.
“You guys are evil,” he jokingly tells Vanessa Grigoriadis in an upcoming interview with Rolling Stone. “Canada’s the best country in the world. We go to the doctor and we don’t need to worry about paying him, but here, your whole life, you’re broke because of medical bills. My bodyguard’s baby was premature, and now he has to pay for it. In Canada, if your baby’s premature, he stays in the hospital as long as he needs to, and then you go home.”
Despite Bieber’s belief in government-run health care, the teenage superstar insists he is non-partisan. “I’m not sure about the parties,” he says. “But whatever they have in Korea, that’s bad.”
Bieber also says he is pro-life. “I really don’t believe in abortion,” he says. “It’s like killing a baby?” However, when asked if he would support abortion rights in cases of rape, Bieber hesitates: “Um. Well, I think that’s really sad, but everything happens for a reason. I guess I haven’t been in that position, so I wouldn’t be able to judge that.”
Yes. What they have in Korea is bad. Well, one of those Koreas. I think East.