The British government decided it was “in the overwhelming interests of the United Kingdom” to make Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi, the Lockerbie bomber, eligible for return to Libya, leaked ministerial letters reveal. Gordon Brown’s government made the decision after discussions between Libya and BP over a multi-million-pound oil exploration deal had hit difficulties. These were resolved soon afterwards. The letters were sent two years ago by Jack Straw, the justice secretary, to Kenny MacAskill, his counterpart in Scotland, who has been widely criticised for taking the formal decision to permit Megrahi’s release. [Funny how so many smelled a rat over the release of this murdering bastard right off the bat…ed]
The Washington Post leads today with an extraordinary story cutting against the conclusions of a series of recent government and media reports to cast as straight news — with a few hedges and qualifications — that waterboarding and sleep deprivation worked like a charm to turn Kalid Sheik Mohammed from an enemy into an “asset.” The story — which seems sure to provoke an intense reaction from the many critics of President Bush’s interrogation policies, and comes just before Dick Cheney’s appearance, taped Friday, on Fox News Sunday — bears all the marks of some complicated internal discussions over at the Post, which has been on the defensive since its reporting in the run up to the Iraq war. A sign of the internal focus on the piece: The story — appearing as the paper’s top story on an off day, a Saturday — has three major bylines and just a tagline from national security reporter Walter Pincus. [It has to kill the leftist media to admit interrogation techniques employed by the Bush administration on terrorists worked and surely saved the lives of many Americans…ed]
If they could vote to keep or replace the entire Congress, just 25% of voters nationwide would keep the current batch of legislators. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 57% would vote to replace the entire Congress and start all over again. Eighteen percent (18%) are not sure how they would vote. [The other 43% of those polled are either dependent on government handouts for their subsistence or have their heads completely buried in the sand over what is happening in Washington DC…ed]
This newspaper traces its roots to before Las Vegas was Las Vegas. We’ve seen cattle ranches give way to railroads. We chronicled the construction of Hoover Dam. We reported on the first day of legalized gambling. The first hospital. The first school. The first church. We survived the mob, Howard Hughes, the Great Depression, several recessions, two world wars, dozens of news competitors and any number of two-bit politicians who couldn’t stand scrutiny, much less criticism. We’re still here doing what we do for the people of Las Vegas and Nevada. So, let me assure you, if we weathered all of that, we can damn sure outlast the bully threats of Sen. Harry Reid. [Speaking of idiots in Congress, Harry Reid takes a well deserved swift kick in the groin from the Las Vegas Review Journal…ed]
After vowing not to become involved in recriminations over the Bush anti-terror policies, President Obama has allowed his attorney general, Eric Holder, to appoint a special prosecutor to dig up all the dirt he can find on the CIA and the anti-terror investigators whose aggressive questioning saved us from countless attacks. Why the switch? Because Obama needs to do something to appease the left that elected him. [Obama decides politics will trump the safety of the American people. What a shock…ed]
The Royal Society is backing research into simulated volcanic eruptions, spraying millions of tons of dust into the air, in an attempt to stave off climate change. The society will this week call for a global programme of studies into geo-engineering — the manipulation of the Earth’s climate to counteract global warming — as the world struggles to cut greenhouse gas emissions. It will suggest in a report that pouring sulphur-based particles into the upper atmosphere could be one of the few options available to humanity to keep the world cool. [It’s way beyond time to start taking baseball bats to the heads of all these wild eyed leftists who come up with absolutely idiotic ideas like this…ed]
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Some would go farther and say that the memorandum from Victor Chebrikov, the top man at the KGB that was addressed to Yuri Andropov, the top man in the entire USSR, outlining a secret proposal made by Senator Ted Kennedy to the Soviets to help them “understand Reagan” in return for their help in making him president, constitutes treason. It’s not a word to throw around lightly and the reason I refrain from using it is because I am unsure Kennedy’s actions meet the definition. Kennedy was not in direct contact with Andropov, using his good friend John Tunney, former senator from California, as a messenger boy to deliver the proposal to the Soviets. And he wasn’t proposing to betray any secrets. (SNIP) Kennedy’s message was simple. He proposed an unabashed quid pro quo. Kennedy would lend Andropov a hand in dealing with President Reagan. In return, the Soviet leader would lend the Democratic Party a hand in challenging Reagan in the 1984 presidential election. “The only real potential threats to Reagan are problems of war and peace and Soviet-American relations,” the memorandum stated. “These issues, according to the senator, will without a doubt become the most important of the election campaign.” [The flood of truth about Chappaquiddick Ted is about ready to be unleashed. Some kind of American ‘hero’ he certainly wasn’t…ed]
Authorities in Fort Lauderdale say they sent letters to fugitives offering them stimulus money. The suspects were asked to call a hot line and set up an appointment to pickup a check from an auditorium where “South Florida Stimulus Coalition” banners hung. When the fugitives arrived, they were identified and arrested on offenses ranging from grand theft to fraud to attempted murder. [I wonder if Eric Holder will start looking into this particular law enforcement method of catching bad guys. Seems rather tortuous to do this to these poor people …ed]
The organized boycott of Glenn Beck and his program is proving the truth of two public relations fundamentals; “just about any publicity is good publicity” and “I don’t care what you say about me, just spell my name right.” It seems the boycotters, who are giving Beck loads of free publicity, carefully spelling his name correctly while also conveniently including his network and the times his controversial show airs, have helped Beck. All for free! It turns out that although advertisers are continuing to pull ads from Beck’s program –and shifting them to other slots on the Fox network which airs it–the fallout publicity has increased his audience. [Beck’s numbers are through the roof ever since these left wing groups began harassing advertisers bullying them into yanking their ads from his show. No sweat, we can simply refuse to do business with these gutless companies and there’s no question who came out on top in this little dustup…ed]
Regulators closed banks in California, Maryland and Minnesota yesterday, pushing U.S. bank failures to 84 this year amid continuing fallout from the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. was named receiver for Affinity Bank of Ventura, California, Bradford Bank of Baltimore and Mainstreet Bank of Lake Forest, Minnesota, after yesterday’s closings, the FDIC said. Assets of $1.9 billion and deposits of $1.7 billion from the three banks were turned over to new lenders at a total cost of about $446 million to the FDIC’s deposit insurance fund, according to agency statements. [Some experts are predicting 1000 banks could go tango uniform next year. The commercial real estate market bust will have a lot to do with this…ed]
Georgia police are investigating the killing of seven people in a trash-strewn mobile home Saturday as a possible murder-suicide involving multiple members of the same family, a law enforcement source told the Florida Times-Union. Police said Sunday they arrested a family member who called 911 to report finding seven people killed in a southeast Georgia mobile home, but the charges were drug-related and police wouldn’t say if the man was a suspect in the killings. [Four of the victims are children with three dead, one in really bad shape…ed]
David Laut, who won a bronze medal for the United States in the shot put at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, was shot to death after confronting intruders outside his California home, authorities said Saturday. He was 52. Laut was gunned down early Friday when he went outside to check on a noise in the yard, Oxnard Police Sgt. Ken Klopman said. [What a shame Laut hadn’t armed himself before going outside to check on the noise. I know many will also ask why he didn’t just call 911 but hindsight is always 20/20…ed]
It’s 9½ feet wide and 42 feet long and is billed as the narrowest house in New York City. But there’s nothing small about its asking price: $2.7 million. Located at 75½ Bedford St. in Greenwich Village, the red brick building was built in 1873, sandwiched between 75 and 77 Bedford. [Great time to be trying to get nearly three million dollars for a shoebox…ed]
A wildfire in the mountains above Los Angeles has surged in every direction, going in a single day from a modest threat to a danger to some 10,000 homes. The blaze nearly tripled in size in triple-digit heat Saturday, leaving three people burned, destroying at least three homes and forcing the evacuation of 1,000 homes and an untold number of people. A slight drop in temperatures and an influx of fire crews from around the state were expected to bring some relief Sunday. [I say the wild eyed environmentalists should demand California’s Democrat lawmakers come up with legislation outlawing wildfires because of their well known contribution to greenhouse gases and climate change…ed]
They might be a little old to be holding up banks, and the use of a cordless drill as a weapon was unorthodox. But, authorities said yesterday, that didn’t stop two Cherry Hill men – one 52 and the other 71 – from robbing the TD Bank on College Drive in Blackwood late Friday. The two were later arrested by Gloucester Township police; a Camden County sheriff’s officer with his K-9 partner, Axel; and Cherry Hill police. [Hell of a way to get free room and board for the rest of your life…ed]
The chairman of the state Republican Party said Saturday the state party is looking at ways to prevent “illegal aliens” from being counted in the 2010 federal census. The goal is to preserve a congressional seat for Louisiana, he said. Roger Villere of Metairie told the Republican State Central Committee, the party’s governing board, that if illegal immigrants are counted in the census, Louisiana likely will see its congressional delegation drop from seven to six House members. House seats are apportioned based on each state’s population in the census. [Republicans should be doing this in every state in the union…ed]
Quote of the day.
Politicians are people who, when they see light at the end of the tunnel, go out and buy some more tunnel.