They Don’t Call Him “Baghdad Jim” McDermott For Nothing

Counterterrorism Blog: Additional info on the potential SDGT working in Congress

Mustafa Khalfi has links to Specially Designated Global Terrorist entities (SDGTs), and should not have been allowed to enter the U.S., let alone work at the US Congress because there is a prima facie indication that he should be designated a SDGT.

As part of his fellowship, Khalfi is serving in Representative Jim McDermott’s (D-WA) Washington, D.C. congressional office.

Well, it’s certainly nice of Congressman McDermott to allow a terrorist sympathizer to work in his office. You never know when you’re going to have to pass sensitive information to them.

Courting The Illegal Vote

California lawmakers support `Great American Boycott’

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Some Democratic state lawmakers are planning to walk off the job Monday – just as millions of others around the country are expected to – in support of immigrants’ rights.

The Democratic-controlled Senate, on a party-line vote, approved a resolution supporting the May 1 “Great American Boycott 2006,” which supporters say will serve as a warning to Congress to avoid punitive immigration reform.

I’m sure the millions of poor, uneducated, unskilled citizens of Mexico, living in the slums of Juarez, Tijuana and Mexico City, will be heartened to know that, if only they reach can make it across the border, these politicians will be more than happy to tax their citizens to provide them jobs, housing, medical care, voting rights and education for their children. All the benefits of citizenship with none of the hassle.

There’s what? 5 or 6 million in Mexico alone?

But why stop there? If all the poor in Mexico are welcome, why not the poor of other countries? It would be racist to allow Mexicans unrestricted access to the American dream and deny it to others, wouldn’t it? Let’s invite the poor hardworking people from China, India, South America and Africa while we’re at it.

How many is that? 10 million? 100 million? A billion?

Why not? I’m sure that supporters of illegal immigration will be more than happy to pay for their care.

Maybe that’s why the Hollywood celebrities have been silent on this issue. They’re afraid that the illegals will all show up at their houses.

Look For Thousands Of Documents To Be ‘Accidentally’ Shredded

F.B.I. Set to Present Subpoenas to Lawmaker’s Nonprofits

The F.B.I. has notified three nonprofit organizations created by Representative Alan B. Mollohan and financed primarily through special federal appropriations he steered their way that they should expect subpoenas soon for financial and other records.

I’ll bet there are people busily shredding thousands of documents right now. This would be a scandal if done by anyone linked to Republicans, but since they’re connected to a Democrat it will be a ‘mistake’. The whole incident will be characterized as the result of an ‘attack’ by Republicans on a defenseless opponent.

The Real Culprits In High Gas Prices

‘Green’ Politicians Add to Gas Price Woes

Amid the race between politicians to capitalize on consumer anger at high gas prices, at least one member of Congress, Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., expressed a much-needed perspective on the problem — these same politicians own a share of the blame.

During an interview with Larry Kudlow earlier this week about rising gas prices, Rep. Blackburn observed, “If we’re going to work toward [energy independence], we’re going to have to do some things differently. Now, I can tell you one of the things that I wish had been done differently is over the past 30 years, we have had environmental extremists driving energy policy in this country, saying no to everything.”

And the ‘green’ activists pat themselves on the back and tell each other how great they are because they’re so ‘concerned”. But one think I have noticed is that the vast majority of ‘green’ people are supportive of policies that mainly affect others. They’re willing to sacrifice anything you have for their principles. But they sing a different tune when they are the ones affected.

Remember the saying, ‘A developer wants to build a house in the woods; a conservationist HAS a house in the woods.’ The ‘greens’ want to see a country where they make decisions about what is allowed, or not allowed. That way they can insure that the ‘right’ people profit.

This Raises Some Interesting Questions

It would appear that the 2005 Pulitzer prize winning Dana Priest story on the “secret prisons” was a rework of a 2002 story.

Riehl World View: Is The 2005 Priest Story A Fraud?

In 2002 the focus was on the torture and the story had several references with quotes about how productive the system had been in ferreting out al-Qaida operatives around the world. Actually, the story comes off looking rather pro-government as it prosecuted the war on terror. And forget sources, people were at least alluding to the program on the record with a wink and a nod.

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Sadly, what has really changed is the climate. Some might argue Dana Priest and the Washington Post, to some extent, filled out and re-cycled an old story three years later to take advantage of the climate and given the Bush administration yet another black eye for no reason. One that it obviously didn’t need, especially over a program everyone seemed to be rather pleased with three years before.

Although that in itself raises questions about the prize and how it is awarded, there is something else about this story that I found even more interesting.

The 2002 story is not in the online archive of the Washington Post.

Why not? Was it there and then removed? Or was it never there? If it was there and has been removed, who removed it and why. If it was never there, why wasn’t it?

And does this mean that the Washington Post archives are not an accurate reflection of what was printed in the paper?

We all know that prizes like the Pulitzer, Nobel Peace Prize and the Oscars are being awarded in many cases in order to make a political point rather than any independent merit of whoever is receiving it. The Nobel committee admitted that Jimmy Carter’s prize was a way of taking a slap at George Bush and the Oscar for Fahrenheit 9/11 speaks for itself. And now was the Pulitzer awarded for political rather than journalistic reasons? Why else would a rewrite of a three year old story be awarded the prize?

And were the newspaper archives manipulated in order to conceal the story’s origins?

What Goes Around…

The Jesus cartoons

Another American university tackles free speech, and everyone involved embarrasses themselves — except the conservatives. A parable for our times.

World Net Daily broke the news yesterday that a far-left student newspaper at the University of Oregon — called “The Insurgent” appropriately enough — decided to publish 12 deliberately offensive cartoons of Jesus in their March issue. Why? Because the Oregon Commentator [update: link removed – see below], a conservative student newspaper at U of O, recently published the 12 Jyllands-Posten cartoons of Mohammed. The Insurgent wanted Christians to know what it felt like to have their religion insulted.
Because, really, what would Christians know about something like that?

These days, standard operating procedure in any campus free speech fracas calls for (a) offended students to whine about the injury done to their dainty sensibilities, followed by (b) third-party defenses of the offensive material for all the wrong reasons, resulting in (c) equivocation and/or outright censorship by the university administration, and hopefully ending with (d) the threat of a lawsuit by FIRE for all the right reasons. You’ll be happy to know with respect to the Jesus cartoons that the first three stages are already complete.

It would appear that, as usual, the lefties can dish it out but they can’t take it. This time they published some offensive (?) Jesus cartoons because a conservative campus newspaper had dared to publish the Danish Cartoons. Riots ensued.

No, wait, no riots, no arson, no murders. What went wrong?

As usual the resulting controversy has resulted in the lefties looking ridiculous again. Not only that, but they are in danger of losing some of their preferential treatment by the University. It seems that some of those rules that were enacted to insure that conservative points of view were stifled are coming back to bite them. Read the whole thing.

Thanks to Michelle Malkin’s great new site Hot Air. Check out her commentaries.

This Is Encouraging

Sunlight Foundation

The Sunlight Foundation was founded in January 2006 with the goal of using the revolutionary power of the Internet and new information technology to enable citizens to learn more about what Congress and their elected representatives are doing, and thus help reduce corruption, ensure greater transparency and accountability by government, and foster public trust in the vital institutions of democracy. We are unique in that technology and the power of the Internet are at the core of every one of our efforts.

I’ve often thought of something like this, but a foundation that would do nothing but file Freedom of Information Act requests at the Federal level and open records requests at lower levels and publish the results on the Internet. Something like what they’re doing with the captured Iraqi documents. Just put the documents out there for people to examine and draw whatever conclusions they wish.

This “Sunlight Foundation” could serve a constructive role if they resist the pull to become partisan. Their staff bios make it seem like a lot of their people are coming from liberal 527s or “public interest” organizations, but that doesn’t necessarily mean anything. We’ll see if they manage to attract talent from the conservative side as well and if they are going to really shed some light on the Congress or if they’re going to be another liberal interest organization.

No Computer Blues (Redux)

Arrived at work yesterday evening at 6PM and discovered that our computers were being upgraded again. They took them down just after midnight on the Tuesday night and were saying it would be 16 hrs. They came back up at midnight Wednesday night.

In the meanwhile we had to do everything on paper. We had to do this about a month ago, but the upgrade only took about 14 hrs that time. Of course that 14 hrs included the entire 12 hrs of my shift.

When the computers came back, we had to enter all the paper calls into the dispatch system and tweak the times to match. We were not done with this when I left at 6 AM.

Computers are great. They do things which allow us to see things we never had the time to notice before. One of our Fire Departments actually records the times down to the seconds. They also do things like automatically tell us cross streets, map pages and history. Things which we had to look up on paper or couldn’t look at at all before.

It’s nice, but when they’re gone it’s almost impossible to keep up.

Unfortunately, like with most computer upgrades, we now have the ability to do fewer things than we could before. Hopefully, in a couple of weeks, we will be capable of doing the same things we could do before the upgrade.

A few more of these and we will be using stone tablets and chisels.

Islamic Thugs Are Still Just Thugs

Please understand: They aren’t civilized, and dialogue won’t cut it BY James Lileks

U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, through his spokesperson, called upon the Palestinian Authority “to take a clear public stand against such unjustifiable acts of terrorism.” In other words, Annan wants Hamas to condemn as “unjustifiable” something it has just justified. And do so sincerely. This is the response of civilized men to barbarity: They’re reduced to begging for a lie.

Peeved that the usual niceties of diplomatic lingo are being ignored, Annan has also asked Iran to dial down the blowtorch rhetoric. Enough with the “death to America”; perhaps something along the lines of “a persistent rash to America, not entirely explained away as contact dermatitis” or “a broken arm to America, easily set but requiring it to spend the summer in an itchy cast.”

Apparently I Have Misunderstood The UC Santa Cruz Protests

IMAO: UC Santa Cruz “Comfort Brigade” Recruiters Welcomed on Campus

Concerned that soldiers in Iraq might not be getting sufficient “female companionship” from the local burkha-babes, a number of young, enthusiastic, and horizontally-accessible co-eds were on hand to recruit new members for the Army’s “Comfort Brigade”.

Well. In the spirit of Emily Litella, “Never Mind”.