The CIA built one of its secret European prisons inside an exclusive riding academy outside Vilnius, Lithuania, a current Lithuanian government official and a former U.S. intelligence official told ABC News this week. Where affluent Lithuanians once rode show horses and sipped coffee at a café, the CIA installed a concrete structure where it could use harsh tactics to interrogate up to eight suspected al-Qaeda terrorists at a time. A full report on the prison can be seen on ABC’s World News with Charles Gibson tonight. “The activities in that prison were illegal,” said human rights researcher John Sifton. “They included various forms of torture, including sleep deprivation, forced standing, painful stress positions.” [Don’t you wish abc would have launched this tenacious of an investigation into Barack Hussein Obama during the presidential campaign? Sleep deprivation?? Forced STANDING?? Painful stress positions?? You know what, our TROOPS go through tougher shit than this during TRAINING! Look folks, we are talking about maniacal TERRORISTS all over the world, including within our own country, who are hell bent on murdering innocent Americans ANYWHERE including your local shopping mall so frankly I could care less what is being done to those who are captured in order to get information out of them to prevent attacks against Americans…ed]
Attorney General Eric Holder, under close questioning by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), couldn’t say what the United States would do with al-Qaeda terrorist Osama bin Laden if we ever caught him. Holder testified Wednesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee about why he chose to bring bin Laden’s lieutenant — suspected 9/11 mastermind Khalid Shekh Mohammed (KSM) — to the U.S. to be tried in a civilian federal court in New York City rather than before a military tribunal. Graham, a former military prosecutor, grilled Holder as if the attorney general were himself on trial, telling Holder that by trying an enemy combatant in a civilian court “We’re making history here – bad history.” [Of course Holder couldn’t answer this question because this civilian trial crap for terrorists is nothing more that an Obama administration political stunt, the safety and security of the American people be damned…ed]
President Barack Obama is now confirming what many have long suspected: He will miss his January deadline to close the Guantanamo prison — partly because he cannot persuade other nations to take the detainees. Prisoners like Walid Abu Hijazi. The 29-year-old Palestinian is nearing his eighth year at Guantanamo even though the U.S. approved his release in February 2008. No one else has been willing to allow him, or dozens of others, into their territory. This dilemma is one of the chief obstacles to closing the jail, according to lawyers and human rights groups who monitor U.S. detention policy. Most say Washington bears the main blame because it also refuses to accept prisoners on American soil. “It’s very difficult to persuade third countries to accept the political or security risks involved, especially when the United States has been unwilling to accept that risk itself,” said Matthew Waxman, a professor at Columbia Law School. [Countries all around the planet decried our use of Club Gitmo to hold captured terrorists yet refuse to step up and accept and deal with any of its inhabitants so Obama can stupidly try and fulfill his campaign pledge to close the thing down. So much for the messiah’s universal appeal…ed]
Some Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee were taken aback Wednesday by Attorney General Eric Holder’s refusal to reveal conflicts of interest involving Justice Department lawyers who, before joining the Obama administration, worked on behalf of Guatanamo detainees. One reason it has taken so long to deal with the Guantanamo cases is the number of legal challenges lodged by lawyers for the detainees, some of whom are now working on detainee matters in the Obama Justice Department. At Wednesday’s Judiciary Committee hearing, amid discussion of Holder’s decision to grant 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed full American constitutional rights, the issue was brought up by Republican Sen. Charles Grassley, who told the attorney general: [Word has it that the United States Attorney General Eric Holder, used to work for a law firm that represented several terrorist suspects during the Bush administration…ed]
For the past couple of months I have worried about the risks of a failed presidency. No one should want this, regardless of party affiliation. It is harmful and dangerous to our economy and country. However, it appears obvious to me that the royal regime known as Obama has ended. (SNIP) We have a failed presidency that cannot be retrieved. The dream cannot be rebuilt because there was never a foundation to begin with. It was all show and no substance. Yes, it created much excitement and (false) hope. But so did Elmer Gantry and James Jones. However, the image was akin to an old Hollywood set, all facade and no depth. Now the winds of reality are slowly and inexorably tearing the facade away. [Obama will be a Jimmy Carter one termer, there is little doubt of that. He has been exposed as an all hat and no cattle phony and voters will be bailing on this guy and his far left agenda in droves come 2010 no matter how hard he and his Democrat party try and grab onto conservative ideals in the coming months…ed]
President Obama didn’t look his age when he took office in January. Ten months later, nobody would mistake him for a kid. There are flecks of gray in the mane, and Obama, who is 48, no longer looks like the kind of guy who glides through life. “Every day, I wake up thinking, ‘How can I give those folks who are out of work right now a job? How can I make sure that people who don’t have health care get health care? How can I make sure that I’m doing right by those young men and women who are in Afghanistan?'” Obama said. [Yeah, he’s been pushing a pretty aggressive agenda to run our great country into the ground as soon as he possibly can so that might explain the stress cracks on his mug and the gray on the grape. Perhaps he’ll soon realize he has absolutely no clue what he is doing and just quit?…ed]
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What would the mainstream media’s response be if former governor Sarah Palin described China’s economic growth to an audience of students in Shanghai as “an accomplishment unparalleled in human history”? That is what the most inexperienced president in modern American history said in Shanghai this week. I wonder if any of the assembled journalists choked. President Barack Obama makes such unhinged pronouncements with the kind of frequency that if he were anyone else he would be set down by the media as a boobie. I take that back. Vice President Joe Biden is equally gaffable, yet no one in the mainstream press makes him out to be a boobie. When he was tapped to be Senator Obama’s running mate he was widely acknowledged — from ABC to NBC and with all the like-minded newspapers in between — as a foreign policy colossus. Both of these men, when untethered from their Teleprompters, are prone to gibberish. [I suspect as time goes by and the state run media realizes that their blindly supporting Obama and his administration is unsustainable as a business plan, especially after watching Fox NEWS absolutely kick their asses day in and day out, they may begin to change their tactics and try a little honest reporting. That said, I won’t be holding my breath waiting for an epiphany to hit them upside the head anytime soon…ed]
For a moment, he became judge, jury and executioner. President Obama yesterday blurted out a predicted conviction and death sentence for 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed — then sheepishly qualified the prejudgment. In one of several TV interviews at the end of his Asia trip, Obama said those offended by the legal privileges offered to Mohammed in a civilian rather than military trial won’t find it “offensive at all when he’s convicted and when the death penalty is applied to him.” And then he quickly backtracked, saying he didn’t mean to suggest he was prejudging the self-confessed mass murderer. [The smartest guy in the world, the former “constitutional law professor” and current president of the United States predicts someone WILL be convicted of a crime even before a jury is seated. Naturally the terrorist’s lawyers will pounce on this STUPID statement declaring the jury pool has been hopelessly tainted and their clients will never be able to get a fair trial. Nice job ace…ed]
President Barack Obama’s choice for a top job in the Treasury Department did not disclose all of her late tax payments until she was repeatedly prodded by Senate investigators, a congressional report issued Wednesday said. Obama’s nominee for undersecretary of the Treasury for international affairs, Lael Brainard, is the fifth presidential nominee to reveal tax issues during the congressional vetting process. Brainard was late in paying real estate taxes in 2005, 2006 and 2007 on property in Northern Virginia, according to the report by the Senate Finance Committee staff. [It’s situations like this that infuriate the American people who pay their taxes on time and obey the laws forced upon them by people who deliberately refuse to do the same. There was a time in this country when someone like this would have been bounced out of consideration the second it was discovered she had failed to pay her taxes in a timely manner then tried to conceal the information from investigators…ed]
Yesterday’s Wall Street Journal had frontpager, “Obama’s China Summit Ends On Awkward Diplomatic Note.” Accompanying the story was a photo of the President touring the Fobidden City with a few dozen Chinese diplomats and politicians. All of the Chinese leaders in the photo are wearing dark suits and ties — the President is wearing an open collared shirt and a leather jacket.
The President’s out-of-place attire isn’t the “awkward note” referred to in the headline, but it sure seems that way. Coming on the heels of the President’s deep bow to the Japanese emperor — while trying to shake his hand at the same time — one has to wonder, who exactly is handling protocol for the White House? Did they find them on Craigslist? [I think the answer is more along the lines of: you can take the Saul Alinsky loving community organizer out of the ghetto but you can never pull the ghetto out of the radical left wing community organizer…ed]
The Rev. Jesse Jackson on Wednesday night criticized Rep. Artur Davis (D-Ala.) for voting against the Democrats’ signature healthcare bill. “We even have blacks voting against the healthcare bill,” Jackson said at a reception Wednesday night. “You can’t vote against healthcare and call yourself a black man.” The remark stirred a murmur at the reception, held by the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Foundation as part of a series of events revolving around the 25th anniversary of Jackson’s run for president. Several CBC members were in attendance, including Chairwoman Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), who’d introduced Jackson. [First the race baiter extraordinaire Jesse Jackson expressed his desire to “cut Obama’s nuts off” now he goes after another one of his own for straying off the government run healthcare plantation…ed]
President Barack Obama is “bowing down” to Republicans and corporate interests on health reform, Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) said Thursday. Conyers, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee and a longtime advocate of single-payer healthcare, blasted the president for a perceived weakness in leadership on health reform. “I’m getting tired of saving Obama’s can in the White House,” Conyers said on the liberal Bill Press radio show. “He only won by five votes in the House, and this bill wasn’t even anything to write home about.” “The only way he could have got it through was that progressives held their nose,” Conyers added. [The money line in this little article? “”Holding hands out and beer on Friday nights in the White House and bowing down to every nutty, right-wing proposal about healthcare and saying on occasion the public option isn’t all that important is doing a disservice to the Barack Obama that I first met, who was an ardent single-payer enthusiast himself.” Conyers admits that Obama’s plan was always a single payer government run healthcare system in our country!…ed]
Most Americans want Congress to deal with malpractice lawsuits driving up the cost of medical care, says an Associated Press poll. Yet Democrats are reluctant to press forward on an issue that would upset a valuable political constituency — trial lawyers — even if President Barack Obama says he’s open to changes. The AP poll found that 54 percent of Americans favor making it harder to sue doctors and hospitals for mistakes taking care of patients, while 32 percent are opposed. The rest are undecided or don’t know. Support for limits on malpractice lawsuits cuts across political lines, with 58 percent of independents and 61 percent of Republicans in favor. Democrats are more divided. Still, 47 percent said they favor making it harder to sue, while 37 percent are opposed. [Medical malpractice lawsuits are a major reason for the high cost of healthcare and the inability of many Americans to acquire insurance coverage in this country. The fact is these suits enrich the lawyers not the “injured” parties for the most part and of course trial lawyers overwhelmingly support Democrats so addressing this issue will not become part of the “solution” as long as the Democrats are in power…ed]
By proposing a health-care bill of their own, Senate Republicans can throw the extraordinary weaknesses of the Democratic bills into stark relief. In the wake of the Congressional Budget Office’s recent scoring of aspects of the House Republican bill, there is now an opening for Republicans to provide a clear contrast with the proposed Democratic overhaul. The Democratic bills are polling badly, even though they’ve been running largely unopposed in the eyes of most Americans. But continuing to let them run without competition would be a major political error, in both the short and long term. Republicans need to show how health-care reform should be done, improving on the unsustainable status quo while reflecting the political realities of the moment. The House Republican bill, while imperfect and incomplete, provides a roadmap to victory. [Contrary to what the radical leftists in Congress and their cohorts in the state run media have been lying about for months, the Republicans HAVE offered up several bills addressing the healthcare issues the American people are dealing with and these do come in at a much lower cost to the taxpayers than the Democrats’ Obaminations…ed]
Republican candidates maintain a six-point advantage over Democrats in the latest edition of the Generic Congressional Ballot. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that 44% would vote for their district’s Republican congressional candidate while 38% would opt for his or her Democratic opponent. Support for each party rose one point from last week. Republicans have held the lead for over four months now. Voters not affiliated with either party continue to heavily favor Republicans, 41% to 24%. [Of course you won’t hear about this anywhere in the lamestream media…ed]
Hundreds of people who want to meet former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin lined up for hours outside a Noblesville bookstore to get a wristband for an evening book-signing. The Borders store at Hamilton Town Center began doling out wristbands, 25 people at a time, at 9 a.m., 6News’ Julie Pursley reported. More than 700 people were in line by a little after 6 a.m. The store planned to hand out only 1,000 wristbands for the signing, which was set to run from 5:45 to 8:45 p.m. Palin’s book, “Going Rogue,” went on sale Tuesday, but it has topped best-seller lists for weeks. [For those wondering why millions of Americans are drawn to Sarah Palin despite the fierce, never ending attacks from the media, the leftists and a handful of RINOs, this woman sums it up nicely: “She’s just the best. I mean, she just stands for everything that I believe in — conservative values, conservative politics, good Republican, strong woman, great mom”…ed]
College students ditched class, employees skipped work and some huddled in the cold overnight just to make sure they get an orange wristband Wednesday that would let them meet Sarah Palin. Thousands gathered outside a Barnes & Noble and chanted “Palin! Palin! Palin!” for the kickoff of the former Republican vice presidential candidate’s “Going Rogue” book tour, which has taken on the feel of a political pep rally. “She’s a person of faith, she has a family, she has gone through a lot of the trials and tribulations we have. I’d vote for her in a heartbeat,” said Lana Smith, a dispatcher at a bus company who took the day off work and had been waiting in line since 5:30 a.m. “Someday I hope her name is up in lights and I’ll have had the privilege of meeting her,” Smith said. [And this was in the dark blue state of Michigan that has been run into the ground by Democrats for years! The people have had enough!…ed]
Senator John Kerry’s daughter Alexandra was arrested on suspicion of DUI early Thursday morning in Los Angeles, police say. “She was stopped by officers for a DUI investigation,” Sgt. Enrique Mendoza tells PEOPLE. “She was brought to the Hollywood station where she was booked. She identified herself as Senator Kerry’s daughter.” [Naturally if this was the daughter of a Republican Senator the news would be covered by every state run media outlet in the country. Since Kerry is a Democrat, which the writer conveniently forgot to mention, this will probably be the only blurb we’ll hear about this arrest…ed]
Hundreds of protesters chanted, marched and took over a building Thursday on the UCLA campus, where University of California regents were scheduled to vote on a 32 percent student fee increase. The UC Board of Regents is considering boosting undergraduate fees—the equivalent of tuition—by $2,500 by summer 2010. For a second day, the proposal drew demonstrators to the University of California, Los Angeles. Some came from other UC campuses and stayed overnight in a tent city. [What the hell are all these nitwits bitching about? Somebody has to pay the big time salary hikes for all the uber left wing professors and for the illegal alien free ride and since these students generally support these causes what’s the beef?…ed]
Starry-eyed children writing letters to the jolly man at the North Pole this holiday season likely won’t get a response from Santa Claus or his helpers. The U.S. Postal Service is dropping a popular national program begun in 1954 in the small Alaska town of North Pole, where volunteers open and respond to thousands of letters addressed to Santa each year. Replies come with North Pole postmarks. Last year, a postal worker in Maryland recognized an Operation Santa volunteer there as a registered sex offender. The postal worker interceded before the individual could answer a child’s letter, but the Postal Service viewed the episode as a big enough scare to tighten rules in such programs nationwide. People in North Pole are incensed by the change, likening the Postal Service to the Grinch trying to steal Christmas. The letter program is a revered holiday tradition in North Pole, where light posts are curved and striped like candy canes and streets have names such as Kris Kringle Drive and Santa Claus Lane. Volunteers in the letter program even sign the response letters as Santa’s elves and helpers. [The never ending assault on our Christmas holiday continues…ed]
Quote of the day.
If this ballot box corruption is not halted – Americans will turn to the cartridge box to correct the problem
-Anonymous comment posted after a story concerning possible ACORN and union voter fraud in the New York District 23 congressional seat race.