Daily Archives: August 24, 2010

New Miss Universe Crowned

Finally, some good news for Mexico:  Miss Mexico was crowned the 2010 Miss Universe.

Basically, she gave a bunch of safe/obvious answers to simple questions and looked smokin’ in a bikini.

Asked for comment, runner-up Miss Jupiter said she was discriminated against because “all the judges were earthlings.”

Current rumors have Miss Mexico jumping the border for a job at the El Paso Hooters.

If you want to know what really happened, stop being so damn lazy and google it for yourself.  I need to eat dinner.

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Surprise! Ground Zero Imam has Expressed Anti-U.S. Views

Who could have seen this coming?  After all, Imam Fiesal Abdul Rauf is such a nice guy.

Turns out, this guy’s a little “Rauf” around the edges.  Get it?  Oh, never mind.

From the Daily Mail:

The Islamic cleric behind the mosque at New York’s Ground Zero has sparked fury by claiming the United States is worse than Al Qaeda.

In an interview Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf said that America is more culpable than the terrorist organisation because U.S.-led sanctions led to the death of half a million Iraqi children.

‘We tend to forget, in the West, that the United States has more Muslim blood on its hands than Al Qaeda has on its hands of innocent non-Muslims,’ he said.

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Rauf’s comments, which emerged on a conservative U.S. blog, came as a poll showed that more and more Americans are taking an interest in the Ground Zero mosque, and that the majority oppose it.

Some 85 per cent of those questioned said they are following news stories about the project, a 34-point jump from a month ago.

Some 62 per cent are now against the project compared to 54 per cent in July.

Rauf’s comments drew condemnation from Debra Burlingame, head of 9/11 Families for a Strong America, who said they left her feeling disgusted.

‘This man is out there preaching politics and advancing anti-American propaganda,’ she said.

I want the world to live in harmony as much as the next guy, but how the hell are we going to do that if people like Rauf continue to be intolerant of America?

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High Profile Primaries

Today (Tuesday) is a high profile primary day.  Among the many primary races taking place are two Senate races, where we find Sens. McCain (R-AZ) and Murkowski (R-AK) trying to hold onto their seats.  For Sen. McCain, this race has been an unfortunate one, not because of a chance of losing, but because, in order to win, he has to move ideologically to the right.  This bothers me, not because I agreed with Sen. McCain more when he was a relatively moderate Republican, but because it is a further sign of the times that bipartisanship is dead.  Prior to his rightward shift, Mr. McCain cosponsored many bills with Democrats, including campaign finance reform (with Russ Feingold (D-WI)), climate change legislation (with Joe Lieberman (I-CT)), and immigration reform (with the late Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA)).

Conservatives used this bipartisan spirit to bash Sen. McCain, conveniently overlooking his strong stances in support of the Iraq troop surge, cuts in pork barrel spending, and the outlaw of so-called partial birth abortion (a practice so barbaric it makes me wonder how anyone can support its legality).  Sen. McCain knows how to get things done in Washington; unfortunately, loud-mouthed pundits on the radio do not.

Sen. McCain’s race is against a former Congressman-turned-radio host, J.D. Hayworth.  He’s an idiot, which is why McCain will easily win.  But his image as a bipartisan ally is tarnished in the process.

Lisa Murkowski, on the other hand, is just a moderate Republican who likes to bring home loads of pork for her Alaskan constituents.  This led Sarah Palin, who defeated Murkowski’s father to become Governor, to express her support of Ms. Murkowski’s opponent, Joe Miller.  You can read her full endorsement on Facebook here.

Both McCain and Murkowski are expected to win.  Sarah Palin hasn’t put too much into Joe Miller, so when he loses, she doesn’t look bad.  Palin and the Murkowski family have been feuding since Palin’s race for Governor, so her endorsement of the opposition is no surprise.

Meanwhile, other high profile races include Florida Gubernatorial and Senatorial primaries and various House races.  For more, visit:

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/08/24/murkowski-mccain-high-profile-names-seeking-seats/

http://politics.blogs.foxnews.com/2010/08/24/how-will-self-funding-candidates-fare-florida

http://politics.blogs.foxnews.com/2010/08/24/murkowski-tries-hold-tea-party-express-favorite-alaska

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/08/24/primaries-pose-key-test-tea-party/

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/08/24/mccain-aiming-right-seeks-victory-primary/

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So-called “Rise in Anti-Muslim Sentiment” Isn’t

Monday’s Washington Post featured a front-page story, titled “Nowhere near Ground Zero, but no more welcome: Outcry over mosque proposals in Tennessee and elsewhere could be a sign of rising anti-Muslim sentiment across the country.”

It could be a sign of rising anti-Muslim sentiment?  The story, written by Annie Gowen, might as well be titled, “Americans are Racists.”  Rather than explore the real reasons behind the outcry, she lazily tries to link opposition to certain mosques with the small minority of real bigots out there.

From Newsbusters’ Ken Shepherd:

Gowen waited until 27th pragraph in the 41-paragraph story to introduce the man spearheading the opposition, “a stocky 44-year-old correctional officer named Kevin Fisher” who “spent his formative years in Buffalo, where a home-grown terrorist cell of Yemeni Americans was uncovered in 2002.”

Yet long before she ever got around to quoting Fisher, Gowen set out to portray the opposition to the mosque as the work of intolerant, ignorant rednecks.

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When Gowen finally got around to quoting Fisher, she left a lot to be desired in terms of capturing the subject’s opposition to the proposed mosque. For example, Gowen failed to note that Fisher also opposed a Bible theme park that had been planned for the city and that many of his objections to the mosque are grounded not in fear of radical Islam or sharia law but in zoning and traffic issues pertaining to the 52,900-square foot size of the planned facility.

You can also read Gowen’s full story at

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/08/22/AR2010082202895.html

and Shepherd’s full analysis at

http://newsbusters.org/blogs/ken-shepherd/2010/08/23/wapo-conflates-opposition-ground-zero-tennessee-mosques

Are there bigots overreacting to the building of mosques?  Yes.  But that makes other, more level-headed opposition no less justified.

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Obama’s War on Capitalism Cost More Than Iraq War

President Obama’s War on Capitalism (aka “stimulus package”) actually cost more than Bush’s War in Iraq.  From the Washington Examiner‘s Mark Tapscott:

* Obama’s stimulus, passed in his first month in office, will cost more than the entire Iraq War — more than $100 billion (15%) more.

* Just the first two years of Obama’s stimulus cost more than the entire cost of the Iraq War under President Bush, or six years of that war.

* Iraq War spending accounted for just 3.2% of all federal spending while it lasted.

* Iraq War spending was not even one quarter of what we spent on Medicare in the same time frame.

* Iraq War spending was not even 15% of the total deficit spending in that time frame. The cumulative deficit, 2003-2010, would have been four-point-something trillion dollars with or without the Iraq War.

* The Iraq War accounts for less than 8% of the federal debt held by the public at the end of 2010 ($9.031 trillion).

* During Bush’s Iraq years, 2003-2008, the federal government spent more on education that it did on the Iraq War. (State and local governments spent about ten times more.)

Why is this relevant now, you ask?  Because more likely than not, Democrats will bring up Iraq spending as a deflection from their spending binge.  The upcoming midterm election has the potential to be a bloodbath, especially if the Dems’ strategy is to say “things would be even worse if the GOP were in charge.”  The Dems will bring up Bush, as they already have, but most Americans are tired of hearing how bad things were under Bush.  They are tired of Obama apologizing for America’s greatness, attacking private sector business,  and increasing the power of the federal government.

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Mission Accomplished!

In case you haven’t heard, we’ve won the Iraq war.   The last combat brigade left Iraq on August 19th.  From Yahoo News:

KHABARI CROSSING, Kuwait – A line of heavily armored American military vehicles, their headlights twinkling in the pre-dawn desert, lumbered past the barbed wire and metal gates marking the border between Iraq and Kuwait early Thursday and rolled into history.

For the troops of the 4th Stryker Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, it was a moment of relief fraught with symbolism but lightened by the whoops and cheers of soldiers one step closer to going home. Seven years and five months after the U.S.-led invasion, the last American combat brigade was leaving Iraq, well ahead of President Barack Obama’s Aug. 31 deadline for ending U.S. combat operations there.

This, of course, is sorta good news, but we aren’t in the clear yet.  Not that many Americans have heard about this.  Instead, we’ve been focusing on the Ground Zero Mosque controversy and junk.  The media have under reported and misreported this story, unsurprisingly, because the truth doesn’t fit well into their narrative.  Here’s the real story:

At this point, we shouldn’t be celebrating much.  Iraq, simply put, is a sh*t hole.  If I lived there, I’d probably want to strap myself to a bomb, too.  Iraq still has a long way to go, and without a stable government, the U.S. will need to put a lot of resources into the Middle Eastern nation in order to keep the peace.  But if too much outside influence is exerted, the Iraqi government will seem like a puppet of the United States, making it even less effective.  That’s the thin line that must be walked.

As for Obama taking credit for Iraq success, I’m not surprised.  What other “good” news does he have to point to?  The economy is still in the crapper, and Democrats are going to lose the House.  When in history has the party in power, after three major legislative achievements (Obamacare, Wall St. reform, stimulus), had to avoid mentioning those achievements during a political campaign?  Shouldn’t they be touting the greatness of those laws, instead of running away from them?  Unless, of course, those laws are wildly unpopular, especially in congressional districts currently held by Democrats but won by McCain in the Presidential election.

The Democrats’ theory is that the American people are stupid ingrates, which is why, in their heads, the vast majority of voters are against their legislative agenda.  That’s also why their trying to pull the wool over your eyes by not mentioning their legislation.  They think you’re easily fooled by their slight of hand, but in reality, you see how the radical transformation of this Nation is destroying it.  And the mainstream media will do its part,  conveniently failing to mention how unpopular all the Dems’ ideas are in the eyes of the electorate.

And if somehow the Democrats manage to hold onto power, they will proclaim, “Mission Accomplished!” Let’s make sure that never happens.

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