FBI Fails Reading Comprehension Exam

Via Insty, who also wonders, “WHAT GOOD IS SPYING ON EVERYONE’S EMAILS IF YOU’RE TOO DUMB TO RESPOND TO WHAT YOU READ?”

Mother Jones:

In the wake of the Fort Hood attacks, the exchanges between [Anwar al-] Awlaki and [Nidal] Hasan—who was convicted of murder on Friday—were the subject of intense speculation. But the public was given little information about these messages. While officials claimed that they were “fairly benign,” the FBI blocked then-Sen. Joseph Lieberman’s efforts to make them public as part of a two-year congressional investigation into Fort Hood. The military judge in the Hasan case also barred the prosecutor from presenting them, saying they would cause “unfair prejudice” and “undue delay.”

As it turns out, the FBI quietly released the emails in an unclassified report on the shooting, which was produced by an investigative commission headed by former FBI director William H. Webster last year. And, far from being “benign,” they offer a chilling glimpse into the psyche of an Islamic radical. The report also shows how badly the FBI bungled its Hasan investigation and suggests that the Army psychiatrist’s deadly rampage could have been prevented.

Read the whole thing. Our country is being run by morons.

Speechless.

Bloombergistan

Read the whole thing over at WyBlog.

Fausta has a great round-up. Pat and Jill both weigh in on the coward that is the mayor of NYC.

What Mayor Bloomberg doesn’t realize, is HE will be the first one they come for. Because the Muslims believe they conquered him, personally, as well.

Outrageous!

Previously: Gauntlet

2010 Dawns a New Year – Updated

And new hope that America can be saved from the approaching evil.

The Anchoress is known for her predictions – she has an interesting set this year. While there, read her take on the ‘Dems kill the DC voucher program’ debacle. Every issue for this administration boils down to politics.

Even the Georgia Governor can’t help it. [UPDATE II: From PP’s comments, fishtail dubs Sonny a “Sonnycrat, a one-person political party, himself.” How apropos. Seems that’s the political fashion these days.]

Paco has the White House transcript of the might-have-been Obama/Napolitano discussion immediately following the foiled Christmas day terrorist attack on NW 253. At least it is better than Obama’s original fluff. Rest assured, we are in the best of hands.

P&P has the year in pictures. Gee, just her shoes would pay two months car payments!

William Jacobson at Legal Insurrection has only been blogging for a year – but he writes like an old pro! If you’re not reading him daily, you should be.

The Other McCain and The Camp of the Saints both begin the new year at new digs. Check them out.

No Sheeples Here continues to delight with pictures that are worth a thousand words.

Gerard asks the timely question, “Where do we get such men and why do we deserve them?”

Dear Gerard, despite what our government may believe, there are still men and women who love America, the promise of liberty, the freedom promised all by our Creator. You are one; I am another. There are many more, and we are rousing.

As we look upon the far-away gates of Mordor, with its belching smoke and stench of death, we should remember brave Aragorn’s words:

“Sons of Gondor, of Rohan, my brothers. I see in your eyes the same fear that would take the heart of me. A day may come when the courage of men fails, when we forsake our friends and break all bonds of fellowship, but it is not this day. An hour of wolves and shattered shields, when the age of men comes crashing down, but it is not this day. This day we fight! For all that you hold dear on this good Earth, I bid you stand, Men of the West!” LOTR, The Return of the King

UPDATE: Michelle Malkin discusses 2009’s underreported stories. Patriot Room has their own list.

Erick says something wicked this way comes and Smitty has cautions for the new year. The enemy, both within and without, is testing us. Read them both.

Double points bonus – Janet “The system worked” Napolitano may be under the bus soon!

Is Obama’s Acceptance of the Nobel Constitutional?

(Sorry, I’m a little late on this, because, well, I’ve been a bit busy lately with life and it’s curveballs.)

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Tell me, Mr. President, Mr. Constitutional Scholar, Sir, is there a precedent on a sitting president’s acceptance of awards from foreign interests?

J.P. Feire of the Washington Examiner thinks so…

It looks like the Times editorial page is endorsing the very definition of foreign meddling in domestic affairs. Foreigners validating and then rewarding certain approaches while repudiating others is not appropriate, regardless of whether it’s coming from six nations or six Norwegians.

So what is the propriety of a sitting wartime president accepting an award from a foreign committee that is merely an expression of repudiation for the behavior of his predecessor? It is especially concerning because undoubtedly, Obama’s partisans will use the credential to grant him greater legitimacy in foreign policy among his own people.

That’s an open question. But our democratic system already provides an outlet for such a repudiation, and it is the only kind that matters because it is the will of the American people. All others should be given the Giuliani treatment: Thanks, but no thanks.

This strikes at the heart of what I posted on Friday. The purpose of the discussion of the emoluments clause was to look at the constitutionality of Obama’s acceptance of the prize. Even Teddy Roosevelt made it clear there was a discomfort with the legitimating power of the Nobel committee; Roosevelt refused to accept the prize until his term was up, and even then, he jumped through hoops to work with Congress to determine the use of the prize money.

Indeed, taking out your handy little pocket Constitution from The Heritage Foundation (get your free copy here), we read in Article I, Section 9,

“No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State.”

Eugene, founder of the Volokh Conspiracy and a real lawyer (he doesn’t just play one on TV) muddies the waters further, like any good lawyer will do. Just read it as a whole – it’s difficult to excerpt without losing the intent of the entire argument. He poses some excellent questions.

Of course, we all know that Obama immediately accepted the award, gushing with false humility. His ego wouldn’t have allowed otherwise, regardless of any question of constitutionality, propriety, or just good-ol’-American-common-sense. Did the Nobel committee have a vision of future and thus hastened the prize, while they still could?

…this is a preemptive prize, because the Committee looked ahead to the insane nuclear winter and global Muslim/non-Muslim war Obama’s fecklessness is bringing into being and they knew: he makes a desert, and calls it peace. Since the Committee can confidently expect that, once Obama does what he does best, there will be no more prizes, now was the time for a preemptive award.

One unanticipated accomplishment was the uniting of the blogosphere altogether. To date, never has the world heard such a collective cyber-“huh?!?” Making history, anyway he can.

While Obama is Obama’s favorite subject, it is too bad he won’t talk about other things…you know things that effect our nation, our security, our sovereignty, our economy, our future. Why attack a network or a radio personality when he should be looking at rogue nations that are planning to attack US. Here. Soon. That is so unpresidential. He could stop so much with just a word, or a caution. But he chooses not to, and therein is the rub. He quietly stokes the destruction.

“Prove that you did not do what I said you did,” is not journalism. It is, frankly, the tactic of the schoolyard bully and the fascist. They are often one and the same. And they’ve learned that once a headline is “out there” retractions and corrections don’t much matter, to the narrative.

Camille Paglia (Salon) notes that Obama’s trusted circle of advisors are, well, shall we say small-minded?

Obama is approaching a turning point which will define his political future, if he has one. He is surrounded by some mighty small potatoes who need shoveling into the dumpster. The petty provincials need to go, and far more sophisticated and world-savvy analysts must urgently be brought on board.

and that the Nobel timing is just awful for him, personally:

It’s true he has accomplished nothing thus far and did not remotely deserve the Nobel Peace Prize, a gift carrying a terrible curse. The Nobel should have been the crown of Obama’s career and not the butt of jokes.

But the Office is not supposed to be about the Man, is it? Has anyone told Obama that yet?

Pull out that handy little pocket Constitution again and look at Article II, Section 1, that last paragraph.

“Before he enter on the Execution of his Office, he shall take the following Oath or Affirmation: – ‘I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.'”

That last part isn’t working out so well, either.

Cross-posted at RedState and Atlanta Politics Online.

UPDATE: Rotunda & Pham at the Washington Post agree with me.

The Baron bon Bloginsky Turn of a Word

Awaiting the kick-off of the Trade School Trouncing, the Baron bon Bloginsky weaves some magical words. (Yikes, the Shar-Pei just picked Tech to win. Does the Shar-Pei ever shut up?)

…embrace the healing power of ‘and?’

Michael [Moore] packs significant inertia, and it fills the screen, toppling the flat panel from the TV stand to lie there, in a pose nearly useless enough to resemble one of Moore’s films.

Is Pelosi cracking…

…it would force him to deal with blow hard university presidents hell bent on their own view of every issue. He would essentially have to win over people like himself.

…the President says it belongs to him…

…throw ol’ Trog a bone…

Emory is arguing that there is no “need” for Gwinnett County to have open heart services because heart attack victims can drive to downtown Atlanta or Decatur…

Who needs health care close by when you can drive almost an hour to sit in more traffic on the connector? What happens if you have a heart attack in Dacula on Halloween at 3:30 pm (traditionally the absolutely WORST traffic day of the year in Atlanta)? Will the heart attack be understanding and pace itself like the stupid new, ‘metered’ entrance ramp lights? Yeah, I thought so.

Health care patriots, unite!

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Now That’s Funny

So sad that I couldn’t play along tonight – I’m up in Nashville again. We had dinner with an old friend at Bar-B-Cutie (major yum yum). But you can be sure I’ll save this for the next 2 Minute Hate (h/t Amused Cynic, who h/t’d it from Ace).

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Hell Meet Handbasket

Sorry so quiet. Still suffering from sinus trouble, then this weekend’s marathon events (too many of which were outside – thus causing dangerous overheating) wore me out even more.

I get sick, take a couple of days off, and the place goes to hell in a handbasket. Where to even begin in this sad state of affairs?

The world is going nuts.

IG-Gate has expanded past three rings and it about to bust out of the tent. Unbelievable that this corruption continues unabated.

Stacy is stirring the pot again, going after his favorite whippin’ boy Andrew Sullivan. Donald suggests those who disagree may need some father-figure time (and maybe a diagnosis of LowT?), then takes a swipe at the ol’TrigTruther himself. And Stacy has even more to say.

Happy, Happy Minnesota. Surely they are all so proud.

Shameful turncoats. Yes, turncoats, traitors to the people they were elected to represent.

Nothing but thieves.

You get what you pay for – another government contract lowest bidder?

Funny how Obama was silent for so many days before meekly acknowledging the struggle of the Iranian protesters as they watched freedom slip through their bloody fingers, but then jumps right up and sides with the ousted dictator of Honduras minutes after he’s shown the door. Telling, isn’t it?

Elizabeth wants to know – when are the grownups going to show up?

Laurie’s been thinking again, about important stuff, especially answered prayers.

No roundup is complete without some college football idiocy bordering on “Skeevy Internet Stalkistan.” Leave it to the Vols…

You knew this would happen. Yes, you did. And yes, the world is nuts.

Presidential Ice Cream Order – No Green Sprinkles Please

Sorry so quiet – fighting the usual brutal-humidity-and-heat-inflames-chronically-rotten-sinuses-syndrome. At least I don’t have the feverish misery like poor Elizabeth. I just feel like one eye is going to pop out and ants are holding a disco party in my ears.

You don’t have to look very far back in American history to find a President as weak as the current occupant of the Oval Office. His ineptitude continues to boggle the mind. Note Jimmie’s spot-on tweet regarding the Presidential non-Rose Garden love-fest today:

Reading the transcript of today’s press conference, I can not understate how pusillanimous the President was on Iran.

If you can’t stand up for the most basic of human rights, how can anyone expect you to step and speak out against genocide on a national scale by scheming, corrupt, murdering mullahs? Fausta has an excellent three-parter (here, here, here) on how the French President has one pair more than Obama when it comes to stopping sharia creep in its tracks. I bet Sarko doesn’t take sprinkles on his low-fat, low-cal frozen yogurt. He’ll eat the real stuff – fat grams be damned! Because he’s a real man, a real president and as such, sees the REAL DANGER ahead. Double-thumbs up to my girl for connecting the Dots! (Yikes, yet another ice cream pun.)

His Yogurtness is so double-dipped in Chicago thugery, he just doesn’t understand he is now on an international stage and dealing with some pretty evil people. People who would have his boys back home for lunch. Literally. With no dessert. He may think he wants to negotiate with these goons and parcel out pieces of America, but they will trample over him like they do their own people. Andrew McCarthy observes

The fact is that, as a man of the hard Left, Obama is more comfortable with a totalitarian Islamic regime than he would be with a free Iranian society. In this he is no different from his allies like the Congressional Black Caucus and Bill Ayers, who have shown themselves perfectly comfortable with Castro and Chàvez. Indeed, he is the product of a hard-Left tradition that apologized for Stalin and was more comfortable with the Soviets than the anti-Communists (and that, in Soros parlance, saw George Bush as a bigger terrorist than bin Laden).

Because of obvious divergences (inequality for women and non-Muslims, hatred of homosexuals) radical Islam and radical Leftism are commonly mistaken to be incompatible. In fact, they have much more in common than not, especially when it comes to suppression of freedom, intrusiveness in all aspects of life, notions of “social justice,” and their economic programs.

While the fawning media spins and spins the Iranian Protestor Murders into something so fine and frothy he could use it in his next Dipper Dan presser, Stacy is up in DC, asking the right questions about yet ANOTHER Inspector General “retiring.” We a big room with a big white board to map all this out. And Timothy Geithner (Obama’s Treasury appointee with all the tax problems) is smack-dab in the middle of it. Be sure to click over and see the extra special image of Geithner in Volunteer Orange. Rick sees a pattern developing, and honey, it ain’t Fudge Ripple.

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Remember how the Iranian protesters adopted a beautiful dark green as their symbol of freedom? During last week’s World Cup qualifier against South Korea, Iranian soccer players wore green armbands. In actions reminiscent of Uday Hussein, now these players have been permanently “retired” from professional play. Hopefully they won’t be tortured (or worse). Prisoners in their own country, they are trapped within closed borders under a murderous regime, along with millions of their countrymen.

Did Obama ask the ice cream scooper to take out all the green sprinkles? Did he order a waffle cone? Will we ever know, what with all the transparency of this administration?

All puns aside, my heart is breaking for Iran and those fighting for liberty. Keep them in your prayers.

Welcome Troglopundit and Daley Gator readers! Pull a chair up to the tailgate and take a look around!

LGF Bans Again

Charles Johnson, self-proclaimed gate-keeper of internet free speech, has banned Sammy at Yid With Lid from LGF. (h/t AmericanPower) Guilty by association.

Go Sammy! Just to ease the pain, I’m adding him to my blogroll so his traffic won’t suffer. He should have been there anyway, I read him so much. (My apologies, Sammy, for being awol from my blogroll and that your traffic might increase by 3 hits, maybe. As Stacy says, “Hitz iz hitz.”)

Useful Idiots, et al.

Before the Tuesday Useful Idiot Rant begins, time for a quick commercial. Be sure to head over to The Other McCain today, where yours truly is the featured blogger of the day. I want to thank the Academy, oh wait, that’s a different speech.

Today’s Useful Idiot isn’t a single person; it’s a gaggle of goose-stepping morons known as the “Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions committee” of which Senator Edward Kennedy is the chair. Because of his own ill health, he’s bequeathed the rudder of this hapless excuse of a ship to… (wait for it)… Senator Chris Dodd. Yep-pers. This group is responsible for drafting the legislation that Donald Douglas affectionately calls the Democratic Healthcare Takeover. Or Obamacare, for short.

For a really gut-wrenching look at the future under Obamacare, read Keith Hennessey’s excellent analysis. This legislation must absolutely be stopped! Obama has already robbed our Treasury, killed thousands of jobs and businesses, weakened our national security, meddled in markets and bankruptcies and trials, thumbed his nose at American ingenuity and lied about everything else in between to a sycophant media. Are you sick of him yet?

Now before you jump on me, let me say this, “I know the system isn’t perfect.” There are LOTS of health issues at our house. HBP, diabetes, epilepsy. Not the usual stuff you’d run down to the corner drugstore quickie clinic for. Between myself, my husband, my daughter and a sports-minded son who insists on making the orthopedist’s car note, we CONSUME a goodly bit of health services. We certainly don’t like our current insurance coverage, or the hoops that accompany some treatments, but we are certainly grateful for it. Sure, there are things we would like to change. But that’s OUR choice, not some moronic administrative Obamabot behind his government issue desk with his government issue list of allowable treatments and unsustainable wait times before said treatment can be considered before oops, sorry, you’re dead. The thought of how this would cripple not only us, but America is mind-boggling. Just check out Michelle Malkin’s WWII style poster contest – it will sent shivers down your spine!

Obama is using the same techniques used in his “grass-roots” campaign effort to get the word out in support of this abomination. Be prepared for your doorbell to ring, but this time it’s not JWs or kids selling the paper. They could care less about you, or yours, or your particular situation. It’s all about the Messiah and keeping the Dems in power, forever. The inept fist strangling our economy will next be strangling our ability to live a a healthy and long life.

Some people are beginning to wake up. Baby steps, but steps nonetheless. Obama is intent on dismantling this country one freedom at a time and that scares more than a few of us. But can this train wreck be stopped? I’m sure gonna try – how about you?

More (if you stomach it): Philip Klein at American Spectator,
Jim Hoft at American Issues Project,
Dr. Melissa Clothier,
Warner Todd Huston at RedState,
Ed Morrissey

Maybe He’ll Defect

After breaking many of his campaign promises, Obama decides to keep this one: “Obama to Address Muslim World From Egypt.

Really. Wonder if he’ll face Mecca during his speech, too? Or bow to whatever variety of sheik he might meet on the street?

Tuesday is “Hey Louis Caldera – Update Your Resume” Day

I had a friend once (also a computer type) who always said, “If you’re gonna screw up, make it BIG…spectacular…something people will tell stories about for years.”

Eventually, Louis Caldera, the White House Military Office director strives for the same level of idiocy. One would think (THINK – that means use your brains there buckos) that a stunt like this would cause panic, especially in NYC. Even better, there was to be another, over DC of all places.

Of course HE knew. The Won, you know. Like Joy,

I’m with those who maintain that this couldn’t have been a photo op, because no one would have gone to that expense and taken that political risk to save a few hours in P-Shop.

And then there is the matter of the F-16 that trailed it. I agree with Jammie-Wearing Fool: until I see a flight manifest that proves otherwise, I will believe that at least one member of the First Family was in that plane, and that it was a sightseeing trip. I believe Obama felt that it would be better to get forgiveness rather than permission.

It is so comforting to know our country is safe because the White House is filled with only the best and the brightest of America. According to Jim at GatewayPundit

White House officials knew that the flyover New York City would cause a panic but did it anyway. The White House officials also ordered the flyover be kept secret.

Inconceivable! Ego before the American People? Just days before the Celestial Celebration of the Harmonic Convergance?

Michelle remembers Obama’s glowing endorsement of Caldera upon his appointment:

President-elect Barack Obama announced today that Louis Caldera will serve as Director of the White House Military Office. Caldera brings a lifetime of military and public service to the Military Office, which coordinates all military support for Presidential operations.

“Louis has served his country with distinction in uniform and in government, and his pedigree is second-to-none. I know he’ll bring to the White House the same dedication and integrity that have earned him the highest praise in every post, from Secretary of the Army to university president,” said President-elect Obama.

Shouldn’t a man of such “dedication and integrity” know better? Having a “pedigree…second-to-none” would surely imply that the brain is connected and functioning and able to perform at least third grade math. Remember the “Transitive Property?” If A = B, and B=C, then A=C? How’s this for variable substitution?

A=Americans remember 9/11 every day
B=Planes near highrises cause anxiety
C=Obama has weakened America

You do the math. I’m sure al-Qaeda is chuckling into its hookah over the silly American President’s silly stunt. Silly, silly man. They’ll show him how to fly some planes into buildings. You just wait.

On a lighter note, Stacy is filleting David Brooks again (after all it is Tuesday), but stop by anyway and wish him and the Mrs. Other McCain (who is obviously a SAINT) a happy 20th anniversary!

UPDATE:
Toast.

It’s Friday, So What Tha….?

Random links, just because…

“These are not the droids you seek.” Jimmie relates the current administration to the cantina at Mos Eisley, with a chaser of Dune. SciFiDoubleWhammyBooYeah!

Gerard throws in the classic Jabba reference. Scary thing is, well, Wolcott is just scary anyway.

DHS’ hyperdrive is a major FAIL. They must have their stormtroopers helmets on backwards, because they can’t tell who the real enemies are. Me? You? A terrorist threat? Give me a break!

Ok. Enough! Enough! Time for something a little more modern – I really, reeeeeeeealllllllllly wish Jack would torture her. Please. (Via Hot Air – Pleeeeezzzzeee?!?!?)

Tweet of the day (really yesterday) “Fearless prediction: People snarking about “teabagging” will never get babysitting jobs again.” – Pejman

And finally, in totally unrelated news, George Will has been raiding Pat Dye’s closet again. Sissy pants.

Atlanta Tea Party Pictures II

As promised, more pictures! It was an exciting night, and the beginning of something…something big. America of the “Ordinary Folks” is mad as hell and not going to take it anymore!

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An interesting note about the following young man – people would SIGN his sign – it was covered with autographs of fed-up patriots!

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Being vertically challenged, I needed to pull a Zaccheaus and find higher ground. I found a church doorway with steps to stand on. These ladies were sweet enough to share…

My Step Mates

My Step Mates

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A most excellent endeavor. My boy watched history in the making!

Update: Reader SC sent in a picture of her clever sign:

Atlanta Tea Party Pictures

Here’s a few…there will be more later. Crowd size was estimated at over 20,000. Way to go Atlanta!

Turning the first corner of the Capitol, we encountered these two glittery young ladies!

Miss Liberty

Miss Liberty aka Donna Strand

The Stage

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Jonathan Krohn (The Kid from CPAC)

Jonathan Krohn (The Kid from CPAC)

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Update: Buzz has more from ATL. From the perspective of his shots, we were about 50 feet apart. Like you’d really be able to see anybody in that crowd!

JammieWearingFool was there, too. SmartGirlPolitics is planning the after party.

Stacy at UA, with the added bonus of video of the worst reporter ever. GatewayPundit has her smackdown as well as video of his speech in St. Louis.

Melissa and Sparkle had a blast in my old stomping grounds, Houston.

More ATL pictures here.

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