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Welcome MMVII
December 31st, 2006 8:40 pm

May the best thing that happened to you in 2006 be the worst that happens to you in 2007.

Thank you for your continued readership. 2007 will mark my fourth year in this blogging adventure and I couldn’t keep doing it without your support.

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John Conyers (D-Mich.) “accepted responsibility” for breaking House Ethics rules (and possibly some laws) for requiring “his official staffers to work on campaigns, babysit his children, and run personal errands.”

So what does the House Ethics Committee do to punish him? They quietly released a public statement, perfectly timed to minimize coverage in the press, that simply says Conyers ought to refrain from breaking ethics rules and laws in the future.

That’s not even a slap on the wrist. And this for the man who will soon be Chairman of the House Committee that has jurisdiction over the civil and criminal justice system.

And how about incoming House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi who promised to drain the swamp of corruption in Congress?

A spokesman for Incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Conyers will remain chairman of the Judiciary Committee.

Of course he will.

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Saddam’s Crying Like a Little Girl
December 29th, 2006 4:33 pm

Saddam pretended to be a tough guy when he was defying the world before the coalition invaded. Then he crawled into a rat hole and whimpered like a kicked puppy.

Now he’s telling the world he’s proud to become a martyr… while his legal team is pleading in U.S. courts to spare his life.

Lawyers for Saddam Hussein asked a U.S. judge to block his transfer to the custody of Iraqi officials poised to carry out his execution.

Hussein’s lawyers filed documents Friday afternoon asking for a stay of execution. The 21-page request was filed in U.S. District Court in Washington before Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly.

According to sources, Saddam will be worm food in less than 4 hours. The world will be a better place for it.

UPDATE:
Saddam is dead, dead, dead.

UPDATE 2:
So how do Iraqis feel about this news? Pretty good.

A witness to the execution reported that celebrations broke out after Hussein was dead, and that there was “dancing around the body.”

…and why?

“It’s a very solemn moment for me,” Feisal Istrabadi, Iraq’s U.N. ambassador, said on CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360.” “I can understand why some of my compatriots may be cheering. I have friends whose particular people I can think of who have lost 10, 15, 20 members of their family, more.

The execution was videotaped.

The execution was videotaped and photographed, state television reported, and those images will be distributed to the media.

So my question is this: Will CNN, the network that proudly promoted a video of terrorist snipers killing American soldiers, show images and video of the death of a murderous tyrant?

Today was a national day of mourning for a fallen former U.S. President. Tomorrow will likely be a day of mourning for many on the Left who think Iraq would be better off if Saddam were still in power.

UPDATE 3:
Right on cue, American liberals are protesting Saddam’s execution.

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You’d think something as rare and significant as a state funeral for a United States President would be important enough to attend… but incoming Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has decided a vacation (isn’t that what you liberals call it when Bush is working in someplace other than Washington, D.C.?) to see some old ruins is more important.

WASHINGTON - Incoming Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will miss the state funeral for former President Gerald Ford at the Capitol Rotunda on Saturday night, opting instead to lead a delegation to South America with an expected stop at the Machu Picchu Inca ruins.

Ahhh, the priorities of a Senate so-called leader…

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John Kerry’s Stuk in Irak Tour
December 26th, 2006 11:38 pm

A picture is worth 1000 words.


Picture courtesy: HotTalk

Here’s the email that accompanied the photo:

“This is a true story…..Check out this photo from our mess hall at the US Embassy yesterday morning. Sen. Kerry found himself all alone while he was over here. He cancelled his press conference because no one came, he worked out alone in the gym w/o any soldiers even going up to say hi or ask for an autograph (I was one of those who was in the gym at the same time), and he found himself eating breakfast with only a couple of folks who are obviously not troops.

What is amazing is Bill O’Reilly came to visit with us and the troops at the CSH the same day and the line for autographs extended through the palace and people waited for two hours to shake his hand. You decide who is more respected and loved by us servicemen and women!”

It’s not a coincidence that he gets a better reception when meeting with enemy leaders of the U.S.

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Gerald Ford: R.I.P.
December 26th, 2006 9:14 pm

Former President Gerald Ford has died at his home in California. He was 93.

Here are President Bush’s words of condolence.

Michelle has a good roundup.

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Isn’t it interesting that when one of their own is running around the country espousing religious beliefs in political rallies, the Lefties aren’t out touting the mythical separation of church and state? In fact, reading accounts of Democrat Keith Ellison in the MSM, you’d forget how they typically frown upon “politicians of faith”. Instead, since he’s a Muslim, his political/religious combination is to be celebrated…

1st Muslim congressman thrills crowd in Dearborn

Think MSM would be writing about Christian members of Congress “thrilling” anybody? Of course not… they’d be pontificating about how such “preachy” speeches like this should be reserved for the church and left out of the political arena:

“You can’t back down. You can’t chicken out. You can’t be afraid. You got to have faith in Allah, and you’ve got to stand up and be a real Muslim.”

To which many in the crowd shouted “Allahu akbar.”

Yes, don’t chicken out on capital punishment for homosexuals, stand up for women in burqas, don’t be afraid of decapitaing unbelievers.

After he is sworn in with his hand on the Koran, will he demand capital punishment for Barney Frank? Will he require Hillary Clinton, Sheila Jackson Lee and other female members of Congress cover their entire bodies (ok, so maybe it’s not all bad) And will he introduce legislation calling for the summary decapitation of every American who doesn’t subscribe to the religion of peace blow-’em-to-pieces?

Allahu ackbar, indeed.

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Looks Like He Will Miss the Superbowl
December 26th, 2006 10:34 am

An appeals court in Iraq has upheld Saddam Hussein’s conviction and ordered that his hanging “must be implemented within 30 days.”

Some will warn that Saddam’s death will be an act of martyrdom, but Saddam has actually been given the one thing he denied hundreds of thousands of his victims… justice.

Be sure to dress light, Saddam… I hear it’s warm where you’re headed.

Others:
Allah notes a possible reason for the short timeframe for carrying out justice…

Lawhawk notes how the NYTimes is carrying water for Saddam-defenders. Who’s surprised?

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Murtha Hearts Lobbyists
December 26th, 2006 8:47 am

Do you think a story like this about a Republican would’ve been buried in the Christmas Day edition of a newspaper?

For a quarter of a century, Carmen Scialabba labored for Rep. John P. Murtha (D-Pa.), helping parcel out the billions of dollars that came through the House Appropriations Committee, so when the disabled aide needed a favor, Murtha was there.

In 2001, Murtha announced the creation of Scialabba’s nonprofit agency for the disabled in Johnstown, Pa. The next year, with Scialabba still on his staff, Murtha secured a half-million dollars for the group, the Pennsylvania Association for Individuals With Disabilities (PAID), and put another $150,000 in the pipeline for 2003, according to appropriations committee records and former committee aides. Since then, the group has helped hundreds of disabled people find work.

But it looks like they were “getting PAID” in more ways than one…

But the group serves another function as well. PAID has become a gathering point for defense contractors and lobbyists with business before Murtha’s defense appropriations subcommittee, and for Pennsylvania businesses and universities that have thrived on federal money obtained by Murtha.

Lobbyists and corporate officials serve as directors on the nonprofit group’s board, where they help raise money and find jobs for Johnstown’s disabled workers. Some of those lobbyists have served as intermediaries between the defense contractors and businessmen on the board, and Murtha and his aides.

That arrangement over the years has yielded millions of dollars in federal support for the contractors, businesses and universities, and hundreds of thousands in consulting and lobbying fees to Murtha’s favored lobbying shops, according to Federal Election Commission records and lobbying disclosure forms. In turn, many of PAID’s directors have kept Murtha’s campaigns flush with cash.

Its board of directors includes Scialabba and five government contractors who have received millions of federal dollars through appropriations measures obtained by Murtha. Its advisory council includes three lobbyists from KSA Consulting, which employs Scialabba and employed Murtha’s brother, Kit. Its honorary board members include still more defense contractors.

Have a Murtha Christmas!

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Merry Christmas
December 24th, 2006 9:03 am

Celebrating the true religion of peace.



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