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From KIRO-TV (hat tip: Michelle):

The Pierce County Sheriff’s Department is searching for five people who allegedly attacked a uniformed National Guardsmen walking along 138th Street in Parkland Tuesday afternoon.

The soldier was walking to a convenience store when a sport utility vehicle pulled up alongside him and the driver asked if he was in the military and if he had been in any action.

The driver then got out of the vehicle, displayed a gun and shouted insults at the victim. Four other suspects exited the vehicle and knocked the soldier down, punching and kicking him.

“And during the assault the suspects called him a baby killer. At that point they got into the car and drove off and left him on the side of the road,” Detective Ed Troyer with the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department told KIRO 7 Eyewitness News.

Such a peaceful anti-war troop movement, isn’t it?

They just can’t bring themselves to admit the truth… they hate the troops. Period.

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Did Hurricane Katrina Save Lives?
August 30th, 2006 6:32 am

Paul at Wizbang has a detailed post about some interesting revelations relating to the levee breaches in New Orleans last Fall (with lots of pictures).

Bottom line, according to Paul:

New Orleans was doomed with or without Katrina, we just didn’t know it.

He says, “A good high tide puts more water in the canal than this. As the video shows, the water was barely higher than normal levels. The walls could have failed on a decent high tide.”

So what does this mean?

That levee was doomed. If it had failed without notice, the death toll would have been measured in tens of thousands. There would be no evacuation, no preparation, no Feds at all. (such that they were anyway) no Coast Guard in choppers etc. Tens of thousands of people would have been dead in hours and tens of thousands more would have died on 120 degree rooftops waiting for rescue. It would have been unimaginable. - More unimaginable.

“Luckily” -and I groan when I say that- Katrina allowed the city to be evacuated.

Read the rest…

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Commode News Network
August 29th, 2006 1:55 pm

From HotAir:

Today, CNN’s Kyra Phillips got caught, well, with her skirt down. Someone in CNN left her mic open and on the air as she went to the loo in the middle of President Bush’s speech commemorating the Katrina anniversary. So instead of getting the president’s remarks, CNN’s audience got that and Phillips in some girl-chat.

What’s the big surprise? That’s where all CNN anchors go to research their stories. That’s why their stories are always full of …. news.

Update: Here’s the transcript, courtesy of Newsbusters:

Kyra Phillips: “…a–holes–Yeah, I’m very lucky in that regard with my husband. My husband is handsome and he is genuinely a loving, you know, no ego–[unintelligible] you know what I’m saying. Just a really passionate, compassionate great, great human being. And they exist. They do exist. They’re hard to find. Yup. But they are out there.”

[unidentified woman]: ‘We’ll see. He’s going to come, you know, he’s set for an extended visit–[unintelligible]”

Phillips: “I mean, that’s, that’s how you figure it all out, those extended visits. [laughter]”

[unidentified woman]: “Yeah, but my mom, I think she really likes him.”

Phillips: “Mom’s got a good vibe? Good.”

[unidentified woman]: “Yeah, my brother’s the one that–[unintelligible]”

Phillips: “Brother–of course, brothers have to be, you know, protective. Except for mine. I’ve got to be protective of him.”

[unidentified woman–unintelligible]

Phillips: “Yeah. He’s married, three kids, but his wife is just a control freak.”

[unidentified woman #2]: “Kyra.”

Phillips: “Yeah, baby?”

[unidentified woman #2]: “Your mic is on. Turn it off. It’s been on the air.”

Now the whole world knows what she thinks of her sister-in-law. Wouldn’t you love to be around that Thanksgiving Day dinner table now?

Others: (The subject of this story has generated some interesting blog post titles)
BREAKING: CNN’s Exclusive Leak
CNN — In Loo Of Other Things To Do, Like Listening
Potty Mouth!

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70 Days Until November 7th
August 29th, 2006 10:40 am

Got an email reminder from Mike:

The November 7th election is little more than two months away. It is a critical election year for congress where issues of war and peace will be decided for the two years remaining while President Bush is in the White House.

We cannot win the War on Terror if we lose the political battle for congress.

Elections in many contested Congressional and Senate races could be decided by razor thin margins. Every vote counts!

Our countrymen overseas need to be reminded to take special care to make sure their ballot is filled out correctly and to get a postmark on it when mailing. And it should be returned at the earliest possible date to avoid any challenge by Democrat poll watchers.

Thanks, Mike!

Absentee ballots can be applied for by filling out Standard Form 76 (federal postcard application), which can be found at the Federal Voting Assistance Program’s Web site.

Absentee ballots are usually mailed out 30 to 45 days before an election. If soldiers, families or civilians requested an absentee ballot in time and didn’t receive their ballot, they can fill out Form 186 (Federal Write In Absentee Ballot) which allows them to write their votes without a ballot.

Make your voice heard!

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Terrorists Funded Democrat’s Trip
August 28th, 2006 10:07 pm

Is this how Democrats prove to Americans that they’re tough on terror?

Chicago congressman Danny Davis and an aide took a trip to Sri Lanka last year that was paid for by the Tamil Tigers, a group that the U.S. government has designated as a terrorist organization for its use of suicide bombers and child soldiers, law-enforcement sources said.

Davis’ seven-day trip came under scrutiny this week following the arrests of 11 supporters of the organization on charges of participating in a broad conspiracy to aid the terrorist group through money laundering, arms procurement and bribery of U.S. officials.

Despite Davis’claim that this is just a simple misunderstanding, his own admission debunks that excuse:

Davis said he believed that the trip, from March 30 to April 5, 2005, was paid for by the Tamil federation, which in accordance with congressional ethics rules sent him a written statement of the travel expenses, more than $7,000 each for Davis and his aide, Daniel Cantrell. Davis said he knew that the group was “associated” with the Tamil Tigers but did not realize that the trip’s costs were covered with funds controlled by the rebel group.

Davis said he always assumed that the organization had a connection with the Tamil Tigers.

“I knew that they were associated with the Tamil Tigers, yes,” he said.

He knew the group funding his travel was “associated with” and “connected to” a terrorist organization. That should’ve been enough to pass on the trip, but he went anyway. What a statement that ought to send to voters.

Is this part of that “Democrats are tough on terror” campaign?

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Now we know where Robert Novak learned about Valerie Plame. To the Left’s dismay, it wasn’t some mega-whopper conspiracy of historical proportions aimed at paying back a critic of the administration… instead, it was just a guy who liked Washington gossip, and actually once called Bush, Cheney, et al. a “bunch of jerks”.

In the early morning of Oct. 1, 2003, Secretary of State Colin Powell received an urgent phone call from his No. 2 at the State Department. Richard Armitage was clearly agitated. As recounted in a new book, “Hubris: The Inside Story of Spin, Scandal, and the Selling of the Iraq War,” Armitage had been at home reading the newspaper and had come across a column by journalist Robert Novak. Months earlier, Novak had caused a huge stir when he revealed that Valerie Plame, wife of Iraq-war critic Joseph Wilson, was a CIA officer. Ever since, Washington had been trying to find out who leaked the information to Novak. The columnist himself had kept quiet. But now, in a second column, Novak provided a tantalizing clue: his primary source, he wrote, was a “senior administration official” who was “not a partisan gunslinger.” Armitage was shaken. After reading the column, he knew immediately who the leaker was. On the phone with Powell that morning, Armitage was “in deep distress,” says a source directly familiar with the conversation who asked not to be identified because of legal sensitivities. “I’m sure he’s talking about me.”

According to Michael Isikoff, peddling his new book (written with liberal David Corn) in Newsweek:

Armitage’s central role as the primary source on Plame is detailed for the first time in “Hubris,” which recounts the leak case and the inside battles at the CIA and White House in the run-up to the war. The disclosures about Armitage, gleaned from interviews with colleagues, friends and lawyers directly involved in the case, underscore one of the ironies of the Plame investigation: that the initial leak, seized on by administration critics as evidence of how far the White House was willing to go to smear an opponent, came from a man who had no apparent intention of harming anyone.


Now, here’s the big question… what did Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald know and when did he know it?

Armitage’s admission led to a flurry of anxious phone calls and meetings that day at the State Department. (Days earlier, the Justice Department had launched a criminal investigation into the Plame leak after the CIA informed officials there that she was an undercover officer.) Within hours, William Howard Taft IV, the State Department’s legal adviser, notified a senior Justice official that Armitage had information relevant to the case. The next day, a team of FBI agents and Justice prosecutors investigating the leak questioned the deputy secretary. Armitage acknowledged that he had passed along to Novak information contained in a classified State Department memo: that Wilson’s wife worked on weapons-of-mass-destruction issues at the CIA. (The memo made no reference to her undercover status.) Armitage had met with Novak in his State Department office on July 8, 2003—just days before Novak published his first piece identifying Plame. Powell, Armitage and Taft, the only three officials at the State Department who knew the story, never breathed a word of it publicly and Armitage’s role remained secret.


Armitage himself was aggressively investigated by special counsel Patrick Fitzgerald, but was never charged. Fitzgerald found no evidence that Armitage knew of Plame’s covert CIA status when he talked to Novak and Woodward.

So, Armitage admitted being the leaker and was promptly investigated by the Justice Department investigators… even “aggresively investigated” by special counsel Fitzgerald.

Within months of Novak’s article, investigators knew exactly who had leaked… and had “found no evidence” that an “outing” was intentional. So the big question now is why did Fitzgerald continue his investigation for another two years until he was able to indict an administration official for a bad memory?

Maybe another investigation should be launched…

Cap’n Ed is all over this.
Sister Toldjah has tons of links.
Ann Althouse asks liberals why they never back off and admit their side overdid it.
Tom Maguire has lots of info as well.

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What Were They Thinking?
August 27th, 2006 2:25 pm

Was it just bad timing or poor taste?

From the Lexington Herald-Leader:

LEX 18 News ended an evening recap of yesterday’s coverage of the Comair Flight 5191 crash for the live broadcast of the prime-time Emmy Awards. The annual TV awards show opened with shots of host Conan O’Brien bouncing inside a plane before it crashed on an island in a spoof of ABC’s hit show Lost.

Hot Air has the video.

You’d have thought this pre-recorded intro could’ve been pulled in light of this morning’s events. Guess that’s too much to ask.

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The Weekly Standard has highlighted the U.N.’s definition of “neutrality” in the recent Hezbollah-Israeli conflict. Apparently being neutral means publishing specifics about Israeli troop movements daily… while giving vague references to Hezbollah fighters here and there.

Here is UNIFIL’s website listing the press releases they published during the recent conflict.

As I’m reading these press releases, I noticed one event that didn’t seem to get widespread play in the MSM (or mentioned by the U.N. either):

Three members of the Chinese contingent with UNIFIL were lightly wounded this morning, when one mortar round from the Hezbollah side, according to UNIFIL’s preliminary reports, impacted inside the Headquarters of the Chinese contingent in the area of Hinniyah in the western sector. They received medical assistance inside the position, and their condition is stable.

Where was the outrage? Where were the claims of this being intentional? Where was the international community calling for Hezbollah to cease these war crimes?

And about those Israeli attacks “on the U.N. forces”?

There were four incidents of firing from the Israeli side close to UNIFIL Headquarters in Naqoura, and positions in the general area of Bayt Yahun and Hula (2). There were three incidents of Hezbollah firing rockets from the vicinity of UNIFIL positions in the general area of Tibnin, At Tiri and Bayt Yahun. UNIFIL strongly protested all these incidents to the Israeli and Lebanese authorities respectively.

So there were Hezbollah fighters launching rocket attacks on innocent Israeli civilians from positions near U.N. offices and somehow Kofi Annan’s reaction:

“I am shocked and deeply distressed by the apparently deliberate targeting by Israeli Defence Forces of a U.N. Observer post in southern Lebanon.”

In fact, according to UNIFIL’s own press release (the same release the mentions the Israeli attack), a U.N. position was hit directly by Hezbollah just the same day.

Another UN position of the Ghanaian battalion in the area of Marwahin in the western sector was also directly hit by one mortar round from the Hezbollah side last night.

Where was Kofi’s outrage about this attack?

It wasn’t an isolated event, either:

Ten artillery shells impacted inside UN position of the Ghanaian battalion on the coast in Ras Naqoura, causing extensive damage. Four artillery shells impacted inside the patrol base of the Observer Group Lebanon in the Marun al Ras area, including three direct impacts on the building which caused extensive damage and cut electricity and communication connections. At the time of the shelling, there were 36 civilians inside the position, most of whom were women and children from the village of Marun Al Ras. There were no casualties. One artillery shell impacted inside the UNIFIL Headquarters compound in Naqoura, causing extensive damage and danger to the UNIFIL hospital where the doctors were operating at the time. Splinters of artillery shells also damaged the boundary wall of the Naqoura camp. Extensive shelling damage was reported in the Ghanaian battalion position south of Alma Ash Shab. Hezbollah firing was also reported from the immediate vicinity of the UN positions in Naqoura and Maroun Al Ras areas at the time of the incidents.

Hezbollah was intentionally setting up launching pads near locations where they knew women and children were located. They lived there, they knew the neighborhoods. They knew exactly where they were firing from. But somehow, the U.N. puts the burden of knowledge on Israeli forces defending their civilians from unprovoked attacks, to know that Hezbollah rockets were being launched from locations packed with civilians… To say nothing of the U.N. putting the burden of restraint on the country being attacked without provocation.

Such neutrality.

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Faking It…
August 26th, 2006 4:25 pm

Confederate Yankee raised the issue of Editor & Publisher’s editor, Greg Mitchell’s past admission of faking news in light of Mitchell’s recent defense of the staging of news in the Israeli conflict.

So what was Mitchell’s (or someone at E&P) response?

Alter the original admission of news-faking.

Nice catch, CY!

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