Monday, March 31, 2008

Obama lied, his credibility died

The lies are coming fast and furious on the Democratic side of the aisle of late. And it's not just Hillary's tale of a midget sniper disguised as a child greeter in Bosnia. Gateway Pundit adds some tall tales emanating from Barack nnnnnnn Obama.

...the Obama campaign told reporters last year that it was an aide who filled out a controversial report.
...But, that wasn't true.

Not only was Obama interviewed about the answers on this controversial questionaire but he also scribbled notes on the bottom of the page!
The Politico reported:

During his first run for elected office, Barack Obama played a greater role than his aides now acknowledge in crafting liberal stands on gun control, the death penalty and abortion — positions that appear at odds with the more moderate image he has projected during his presidential campaign.

The evidence comes from an amended version of an Illinois voter group's detailed questionnaire, filed under his name during his 1996 bid for a state Senate seat... Late last year, in response to a Politico story about Obama's answers to the original questionnaire, his aides said he "never saw or approved" the questionnaire... They asserted the responses were filled out by a campaign aide who "unintentionally mischaracterize[d] his position."

But a Politico examination determined that Obama was actually interviewed about the issues on the questionnaire by the liberal Chicago nonprofit group that issued it. And it found that Obama — the day after sitting for the interview — filed an amended version of the questionnaire, which appears to contain Obama's own handwritten notes added to one answer.

Put simply, Obama's campaign attempted to mask the candidate's ultra-liberal positions by pinning the leftist positions on a lackey. But the Politico claims that was a fabrication. Clinton-esque, eh?

And that's not the only Obama puffery (hey, I'm trying to avoid the word lie here, okay?). Jay at STACLU notes a Washington Post Fact Checker piece that lays another Obama fairy tale to rest.

Will Obama get the same media treatment with his lies? Don't hold your breath. In a speech to a Selma, Alabama crowd meant to pump up his civil-rights movement authenticity and his Kennedy Camelot image, Barack Obama claimed that the Kennedy administration paid for his Kenyan father to travel to America on a student scholarship and therefore was responsible for his "very existence".

...However, the first march on Selma took place on March 7, 1965. Obama would have been about three and half years old at that time. For some reason the media never did the math on this.

Obama's speech in Selma asserts a haunting scenario mysteriously linked to "what happened in Selma, Alabama, because some folks are willing to march across a bridge. So they got together and Barack Obama Junior was born. So don't tell me I don't have a claim on Selma, Alabama."

After bloggers pointed out that the Selma protest incident occurred a mere four years after Obama's birth, a campaign spokesperson asserted that the senator was actually referring to the civil rights movement as a whole, not a singular event.

More: On the Selma incident, Sister Toldjah and MacRanger are the go-to players. Regarding the bogus questionaire answers, Confederate Yankee and PrairiePundit are must-reads. Hat tip: Larwyn.

Hillary: in it to win it!

You know, there are some folks saying we ought to stop these elections.

I did not think we believed that in America!

We are strengthening the Democratic Party.

Chill out! We are going to win this election if we just chill out and let everybody have their say,

With Pennsylvania's help, I'll think I'll be the next president.

Let me tell you what my plan for this Party is:

We're going to win the revote in Michigan.

And Florida.

And we're going to win in Guam. And Indiana. And Puerto Rico.

And Indiana. And North Carolina. And Kentucky.

And West Virginia. And Oregon! And Montana!!



Rove speaks; Left erupts in death threats

During a speech Friday at George Washington University, Karl Rove had some harsh words for Barack Obama. Rove said Obama's actions in Congress are at direct odds with his claims that he will strengthen the military and intelligence communities to fight terrorists around the world.

In reaction, the fever swamp at ThinkProgress erupted, with the death threats coming fast and furious.

What’s to say? he knows he’s a traitor, and shouldn’t be surprised when he’s finally strung up.

And no, those are not horns and a tail, those look like neckbolts and a falafel.

Greatest facilitator of executive corruption in the 20th century! Ed: evidently the work of a youngster who missed the entire Clinton administration

(JBaddo:) We can arrange to have this guy found dead in a remote area at some point in the future. It doesnt have to be next week or a month from now. But it will happen. I just need donations from interested parties to make this happen.

The horns and tail get hung with a rope around the same neck.

Where do we send it JBaddo?

So you use a rope soaked in holy water. Just to make sure use silver bullets and a stake through what’s left of his heart.

I don’t know about tail and horns, but I know no heart when I hear it. He shows the same indifference to human loss as Cheney and deserves the same fate, namely trial at the Hague for crimes against humanity and the same fate as those tried at Nuremberg.

Rove is clearly a War Criminal and inherently an Evil Human Being. Right along with Cheney and the rest of the Krime Kabal that has resided at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue the past 8 years. I don’t know about you guys buy it sure seems a hell of a lot longer than 8 years. A place in Hell is waiting for Bush, Cheney, Rove, Rumsfeld, Rice, Hadley, Wolfowitz, Powell etc. Pace, Gates, Patraeus will surely be there, too.

…and I thought TREASON in America was punished by death.

There's nothing like the enlightened left, where diversity of opinion and freedom of dissent are nowhere to be found. Instead, an echo chamber of homicidal silliness: Kill 'im! Nuremberg! String 'im up!

The Democrat Party is no longer just the Party of Weakness. It is also the Party of Outright Lunacy.

Sunday, March 30, 2008

China's freaky new Olympic venues

The "Bird's Nest" Stadium as depicted by an architect.

A model.

Under construction.

The "Watercube" will host the water sports.

Inside the Watercube.

The "Bird's Nest" appears ready.

Putting finishing touches on the Watercube.

Both venues are in close proximity to one another.

Pictures: Shanti, IaaC, Spiky247.

Obama's preacher born to privilege, not poverty

It turns out the man who hates America was born with a silver spoon in his mouth.

The New Republic has the details: "Jeremiah Wright raised in privilege, not poverty." I guess his new 10,340-square-foot house won't be much of a change then.

Zombie's latest album: pro-U.S. rally in Berkeley

Via LGF, Zombie has another exquisite photographic extravaganza, this time capturing a pro-U.S. rally in Berkeley.

Click on either picture to visit.

Larwyn's Links: RIP Dith Pran

Remember, there's no links like Larwyn's links.

RIP, Dith Pran, one of a tragic few survivors of Cambodia's Killing Fields.

In Pennsylvania, Hillary's got a friend in Murtha

Can Obama disown Rev. Wright? Yes, he can!

• Reaction to Obama's comments on his participation in Farrakhan's Million Man March: "It doesn't seem like Barack had any real problem with cursing out white folks or making anti-Semitic and anti-Asian statements, it's just not as productive as he'd like."

• In Iran, more homosexuals are rounded up and some are executed. Human rights groups and the LGBT community are utterly silent on the matter.

• The pantsuit is a skinflint: Hillary Rodham Clinton's cash-strapped presidential campaign has been putting off paying hundreds of bills for months — freeing up cash for critical media buys, but also earning the campaign a reputation as something of a deadbeat in some small business circles.

AP breakthrough: news and an op-ed in a single article

As the cost of newsprint skyrockets, the AP's Charles J. Hanley is doing his best to save space. By combining news "reporting" and op-ed analysis into a single article, he's helpfully assisting editors' cost-cutting initiatives.

An example: "'Standing Up' Iraq Army Looks Open-Ended":

...The 2004-05 Defense Ministry scandal was just one in an unending series of setbacks in the five-year struggle to "stand up" an Iraqi military...

A straight news reporter would have written a challenging series.

...Responsibility for these ever-unfulfilled goals lies in Washington, contends retired Maj. Gen. Paul D. Eaton, who preceded Petraeus as chief trainer in Iraq...

A straight news reporter would have written these unmet goals.

...A look back by the AP, as the Iraq conflict enters its sixth year, finds the $22 billion training effort has been a story of uncertain steps and policy reversals, corruption, questionable numbers and distrust, ending with an Iraqi military with narrow capabilities and years more "standing up" ahead...

A straight news reporter would have written fraught with difficulty and some sporadic successes.

Congratulations to Hanley and the AP for this breakthrough combination of news and an op-ed into a single, space-saving article!

More info: StrategyPage - Iraqis fight like Americans

China introduces new Olympic sports for '08 Summer Games

The rumors appear to be true.

China has decided to introduce a series of new Olympic events for this year's summer games. The new contests include:


50-Yard Tank Dash

Trade-secret speed copying

Falun Gong book burning

Speaking of secrets, it's no secret which country is favored to win the Gold Medals in these new events.

Read more: Democracy Project: Tibetan Counter-Olympics

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Energy use dimmed during Earth Hour: North Korea celebrates

Energy authorities say the impact of last night's Earth Hour event was the equivalent of the entire country of North Korea going without lights. Which they do every night.

Kim Jong-Il was said to be pleased with the demonstration.

Update: Linked by Dr. Sanity's Carnival of the Insanities. Thanks!

Need to download a copy of a video clip?

Need a legal download of a vid? Charles provides two excellent links.

Since the subject of downloading video clips has come up in relation to Fitna, here are a couple of tools that will let you download from just about any video sharing site:

With KeepVid, you paste in the URL of a page containing a video, and it gives you a link for downloading it directly. Simple. Also has a conversion feature, but I haven’t tried it.

Zamzar lets you download and convert to almost any format in one step; you get an email with the download URL of your processed file.

Go get some!

AG: terror threats "way beyond anything... I knew or believed"

Michael Mukasey, quoted in the Wall Street Journal, rivals Dick Cheney as the administration's primary fear-monger. Unfortunately for the Party of Weakness, his fears are well-founded as he is exposed to all of the country's intelligence streams. And -- even worse for liberals progressives -- Mukasey is a man not known for overstatement on either side of the aisle.

...the former judge who once tried terror cases told the Commonwealth Club audience that even he had no idea of the extent of the threat... Speaking of what he hears in his national security briefings, Mr. Mukasey said, "It is way beyond – way beyond anything that I knew or believed. So, if I was picked for the level of my knowledge . . . that was a massive piece of false advertising."

...on the necessity of warrantless antiterror surveillance. Before 9/11, Mr. Mukasey said, "We knew that there had been a call from someplace that was known to be a safe house in Afghanistan and we knew that it came to the United States. We didn't know precisely where it went. We've got" – here the Attorney General paused with emotion – "we've got 3,000 people who went to work that day, and didn't come home, to show for that."

The AG also addressed why immunity from lawsuits is vital for the telecom companies that cooperated with the surveillance after 9/11. "Forget the liability" the phone companies face, Mr. Mukasey said. "We face the prospect of disclosure in open court of what they did, which is to say the means and the methods by which we collect foreign intelligence against foreign targets." Al Qaeda would love that. The cynics will call this "fear-mongering," but most Americans will want to make sure we don't miss the next terror call.

From all appearances, the Democrats would love that too. But don't question their patriotism. They're doing the very best they can to undermine national security because George W. Bush is the real threat.

Print media augurs in

The newspaper industry just suffered the most catastrophic drop in ad revenue since, well -- since anyone started measuring ad revenue.

According to new data released by the Newspaper Association of America, total print advertising revenue in 2007 plunged 9.4% to $42 billion compared to 2006 -- the most severe percent decline since the association started measuring advertising expenditures in 1950.

The drop-off points to an economic slowdown on top of the secular challenges faced by the industry. The second worst decline in advertising revenue occurred in 2001 when it fell 9.0%.

Total advertising revenue in 2007 -- including online revenue -- decreased 7.9% to $45.3 billion compared to the prior year.

The Associated Press did not return my calls requesting comments.

Line o the day: Maybe Fitna isn't controversial after all

The Financial Times on the controversial film Fitna (via Spencer):

Omar Bakri, the Libyan-based radical Muslim cleric who is barred from Britain, did not think the film was very offensive. "On the contrary, if we leave out the first images and the sound of the page being torn, it could be a film by the [Islamist] Mujahideen,"

The creature all men feared...

...became one woman's obsession.

Image idea: Reliapundit. Linked by: Denny at GOC and Don Surber. Thanks!

Sgt. Kirk sends along a little Marine Corps motivation

Update: Linked by Dr. Rusty Shackleford's invaluable Jawa Report. Thanks!

Tips for importing old email into Gmail

I've noticed that just about everyone I message is using Gmail for their personal email accounts these days. Did you know that you can migrate your old email into Gmail?

Click on the illustration for quick instructions.

Friday, March 28, 2008

LiveLeak caves into seething, death threats and whining

LiveLeak erased the controversial 15-minute movie Fitna from its website.

Following threats to our staff of a very serious nature, and some ill informed reports from certain corners of the British media that could directly lead to the harm of some of our staff, has been left with no other choice but to remove Fitna from our servers.

This is a sad day for freedom of speech on the net but we have to place the safety and well being of our staff above all else. We would like to thank the thousands of people, from all backgrounds and religions, who gave us their support. They realised is a vehicle for many opinions and not just for the support of one.

Perhaps there is still hope that this situation may produce a discussion that could benefit and educate all of us as to how we can accept one anothers culture.

We stood for what we believe in, the ability to be heard, but in the end the price was too high.

It would be interesting to see the USMC host the movie.

Hope, Change, Unity - Free with every vote for Barack Obama

Of 100 Senators, Barack Obama had the single most liberal voting record.

But I'm sure that would all change if he happened to get elected.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

That's quite a chicken roost

Jeremiah Wright, Barack Obama's feverish, anti-American pastor, has consistently railed against materialism and "middleclass-ness." It turns out that his sermons are for the little people and not for himself personally. His new retirement home -- a mere 10,340-square-feet -- probably won't be open for congregants to come visit. After all, it's in a gated community.

Fox News has uncovered documents that indicate Wright is about to move to a 10,340-square-foot, four-bedroom home in suburban Chicago, currently under construction in a gated community... [his] retirement residence is raising some questions.

“Some people think deals like this are hypocritical. Jeremiah Wright himself criticizes people from the pulpit for middle classism, for too much materialism,” said Andrew Walsh, Associate Director of the Leonard E. Greenberg Center for the Study of Religion in Public Life with Trinity College in Hartford, Conn.

...Siegel characterizes the transaction as unusual, however, because of the way Wright sold the property to Trinity and the way the deal was financed, with the attached $10 million line of credit... Because churches are classified as private businesses, Trinity isn’t required to reveal its intended use for the line of credit. Nor, because it’s a non-profit entity, is it required to provide that information to the IRS...

For the guy whose casual lies include the assertion that the government invented HIV to "kill off the man of color", this is pretty much the level of hypocrisy you'd expect.