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Pobeda!

Posted in HOOAH!, politcs, rankers, Uncategorized, War On Terror with tags , , , , , , , on 11, September 2011 by chockblock

While CNN continues to go full retard:

“Yet our research indicates that al Qaeda and those motivated by its ideology are not the only sources of terrorism that the country faces and that terrorists across the ideological spectrum from those motivated by Osama bin Laden’s ideology to neo-Nazis have managed to kill only 30 people in the United States since the attacks on Washington and New York a decade ago.

While each of those deaths is, or course, a tragedy, it is orders of magnitude smaller than the 15,000 Americans who are murdered every year.

Our study also found that Islamist terrorism has been no more deadly in the United States than other forms of domestic terrorism since September 11.”–Study reveals the many faces of terrorism. CNN.com

Two CNN hacks quote the Southern Poverty Law Center (they of the “Vets are going to blow up America” fame) to try and PC the ten years since 9/11.

At the very same site comes this gem:

“Editor’s note: Edward Morrissey is a senior editor and correspondent for the conservative commentary website HotAir.com.

(CNN) — In the film “Groundhog Day,” Bill Murray has to live through the exact same day thousands of times. In this administration, most Americans can be forgiven for feeling as though they’ve lived through the same economic speech from President Obama nearly as many times. Given the extraordinary setting of a joint session of Congress, one has to question the notion of scheduling a rerun against the first-run debates taking place among Republican challengers to this president.” Obama speech like Groundhog Day. CNN.com

WINNING!

It’s little things like this that put us one more step ahead of the left and closer to the White House. Before 2004, legacy media would never have let a right wing blogger even be seen around their buildings. Clinton demonized talk radio, the left has Fox News, but the web is used by everybody.

By trying to catch our fire, they admit theirs is going out.

New and old media fail

Posted in politcs, rankers, Uncategorized, War On Terror with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on 15, June 2011 by chockblock

So it’s come to light after Weinergate that Sarah Palin’s e-mails as governor have been released after lefty rag Mother Jones did a FOIA request.

The result?

So what did she [Rachel Maddow] do Friday night in the segment about the Palin e-mails? She highlighted an e-mail sent to Palin by someone else to which Palin did not respond, using the phrase “bring beef, tequila and condoms,”

I pity David Corn of Mother Jones, who wanted to ride the Palin e-mails to stardom, but who has been reduced to appearing on Maddow with the phrase “bring beef, tequila and condoms” plastered under his image:
“Rachel Maddow Brings “Beef, Tequila and Condoms” Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion

They even hired–er, asked their readers (as did the Washington Post and the New York Times) so comb through the e-mails for free. Aside from a letter about Trig Palin, nothing was found. Nothing at all. Ann ALthouse points out that Weinergate made the dems and the left look silly,so they tried to get Palin as revenge. They got gurgle, small government and family values instead.

Meanwhile, no one in the media ever did this to our leadership. Not a single figure in the Whitehouse or this administration was subject to this kind of rectal exam. We’re involved in four wars (Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and Yemen). And the public doesn’t like it.

The left’s “netroots” are no better, ThinkProgress is just making shit up now. As did the rest of the netroots with a hoax involving (you guessed it) Palin.

With the economy tanking, Dems looking foolish and the wars expanding, this is the best our “media” can do? Attack someone not running for any office? She’s a failure, she lost. Right?

They told me if i voted Republican, the corporate media would try to distract the nation away from unpopular wars. And they were right!

(H/T: instapundit Legal Insurrection)

Bias

Posted in politcs, rankers with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 23, July 2010 by chockblock

When my father was alive, he used to dismiss any charges of pres bias. He believed that the free press was operating in the public interest. Even when I was in my twenties, he asserted that he knew that I was wrong and that the press was a force for public good.

I came of age as the Internets became a force for news and politics. The press ossified into a left wing echo chamber. They tired to hide Bill Clinton and the damage his administration did to our country. They actually picked George W. Bush as their favorite Republican candidate in 1999-2000.

And now?

  1. Time Correspondent Who Criticized FNC President Could Block It From WH Press Seat(Newsbusters)
  2. Obama Campaign Advisor Participated On JournoList.(Volokh, h/t: Insty)
  3. Obamagasms on V-O Day at JournoList( Michelle Malkin)
  4. Journolistas Even Clam Up In Unison(legal insurrection)
  5. JournoList as a Management Problem(The Enterprise Blog)

How the might have fallen. Not since the days of Walter Duranty shilling for Stalin has American seen the fourth estate sooo far up a politician’s ass. They cheered when they thought ‘one of our own’ was going to get elected. They shill for the party in power. They want to see the US fail in Iraq and Afghanistan. They want to cover up thing that make the administration look bad. Truth to power of course.

Now we have blogs (and before that talk radio). The internet has leveled the playing field. Of course there are those who wish to silence the blogs. When George Bush was in office, the left used blogs and street protests (with talk of killing a siting president and much violence in the streets) to try and remove him from office.

The Tea Party movement is a grassroots bottom up movement. The protests are peaceful. The blogs talk about the harm current policies are inflicting, not killing any politician of any party. And the Left hates it.

Bias pure and simple. They are the ruling class now, see? We’re just scum, the proles who need to do what we are told. God forbid anyone complains about taxes or opposes wealth ‘redistribution’. That’s raaaacist. The main stream media told me so.

My father would have wept at how the media he came to rely upon transformed into an organ of the Democratic party and it’s radical fringe. It spits on people like him, hard working Americans who pay their taxes and wish to keep what they earn.

Sorry Dad, the media abandoned us.

I don’t watch TV news anymore. I’m returning the favor.

Before people get carried away: Predator video links compromised

Posted in army life, army training, HOOAH!, politcs, rankers, tech pron, War On Terror with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 21, December 2009 by chockblock

Using a $26 program from Russia, some insurgents have been able to view the video from US drones:

Senior defense and intelligence officials said Iranian-backed insurgents intercepted the video feeds by taking advantage of an unprotected communications link in some of the remotely flown planes’ systems. Shiite fighters in Iraq used software programs such as SkyGrabber — available for as little as $25.95 on the Internet — to regularly capture drone video feeds, according to a person familiar with reports on the matter.

Not control mind you. Those links are encrypted. The DOD wanted those video feeds to have as wide a distribution as possible. The only way to do that was to use commercial off the shelf (COTS) electronics and unencrypted links. Many assumed that the terrorists did not have the know how.

In from the Cold puts that baby to bed:

It’s another testament to our hubris–the same mindset that (prior to World War II) assured us that the Japanese could never produce–let alone fly–a first-class fighter, and that the B-17 would not require fighter escort to reach enemy targets. In both cases, the cost of our arrogance was measured in human lives.

The response has been muted, at least out in public:

“What do you mean the ‘compromise of the data’,” Deptula says. “Nothing is compromised. I want to get information out to the joint forces on the ground, you follow me? If someone does pick [the video feed] up and they don’t know the context of how the information is being used, what’s the compromise?”

Deptula also says the military has been aware of the vulnerability first reported yesterday by The Wall Street Journal.

“We’re talking about interception of signals that are broadcast over the air – duh,” Deptula says.

Hacked Predator video no concern: USAF intel chief
By Stephen Trimble

What has happened, to some extent, is that the media smells a scandal. The fable of low-tech insurgents beating the high tech US military started in Vietnam. That story was false. The North Vietnamese had lots of help from the USSR. From SAM sites, to intel ships off the coast that spotted US aircraft. And lots of massive shipments of arms and equipment.

But the media likes to believe the myth. That’s why this story has some legs. The reality is that the signals were broadcast over a wide area, and anyone with a receiver could have picked them up. The terrorists needed Iranian help. That’s what matters. Many in the Obama administration think that we can deal with these maniacs.

They’re wrong.

That Iran had been exploiting this vulnerability speaks volumes over the shortsightedness of the DOD, the Bush and Obama administrations.

While the terrorists in Iraq and Afghanistan would not find much use, for Iran, Syria, China and Russia (who sells tech to nations we don’t like) this was a goldmine. They now know how we operate our UAV’s (and sensors on our aircraft too).

No UAV’s were “hacked”, the control signals are narrow band, encrypted and they don’t have the tech for that. The danger lies in future operations being compromised by our present shortsightedness.

The Worm Turns (and the left turns on the President)

Posted in politcs, rankers, Uncategorized, War On Terror with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 4, December 2009 by chockblock

President Obama has announced his strategy of sending 30,000 troops (short the 10,000 GEN McChrystal wanted).

But there have been many missteps. And the left is turning on the President, despite saying (during the Iraq War) that Afghanistan is the “just war.”

Outside West Point. On MSNBC.

And the biggest (and I mean biggest) political gadfly Michael Moore had this to say:

MOORE: No. That didn’t work in Vietnam. It’s not going to work in Iraq. It was interesting to hear him essentially praise the Bush policy in Iraq and how it succeeded. I mean, it was really bizarre to hear him say some of these things. And I have to tell you, Larry, I hate to be even saying these things because I honestly think Barack Obama is a good and decent man. He has a good heart. I believe he’s a man of peace. I was thrilled that he won the [Nobel] Peace Prize. So to see him make this mistake- I don’t think there’s any kind of evil or dark place in his heart that- where this is coming from. I just think that he’s listened to the generals.

Of course the President listened to the Generals. That’s what the generals are for! Only in the left’s fantasy land can troops magically be shifted to Afghanistan duringt he battels for Iraq (or magically come home in a few months with out the 100 mile long convoy of doom ‘cut and run’ would have required).

Now that the president is trying to fight the war, the left just turns on him.

“Obama’s escalation in Afghanistan is the last in a string of disappointments. His flip-flopping acceptance of the military coup in Honduras has squandered the trust of Latin America. His Wall Street bailout leaves the poor, the unemployed, minorities and college students on their own. And now comes the Afghanistan-Pakistan decision to escalate the stalemate, which risks his domestic agenda, his Democratic base, and possibly even his presidency.”
Granolakrieg!— Jules Crittenden quotes 60’s leftover Tom Hayden

They don’t hate war (the left was silent when Russia invaded Georgia and used ballistic missiles on their cities). They don’t hate killing (the left is silent on suicide bombers, some western profs even write poems to them*). they hate the US, the US military and for some reason seem to want to use their freedoms to take away ours.

The anti-war left was never about being anti-war. It was always about power. Now that the President is using his war powers to act, they turn on him.

*–Yes, Google the name of Ayat al-Akhras and you’ll find the sickening ode to her murders.

Hope and Climate Change: The Emperor has no clothes.

Posted in politcs, rankers, tech pron, Uncategorized, War On Terror with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 26, November 2009 by chockblock

I had a friend who became an environmental engineer. It’s not the weak fluff-laden PC course you’d think. He took several semesters of physics, biology, chemistry and engineering. Just before he did his senior thesis he confided something to me:

The Emperor has no clothes, global warming is a sham.

He had seen the data, he (and a few others on campus) agreed. Global warming is made up, just like global cooling and toher supposed man-made disasters. I agreed but told him that he could never state that out loud becuase the campus enviro-nut and many professors would crush him.

He was right of course: (just a sample of the links out there)

  1. Climatic Research Unit e-mail hacking incident.(Wikipeida)
  2. “The world has stopped getting warmer, defying the complex models that predicted anthropogenic global warming to continue until it reached crisis proportions”(Neptunis Lex)
  3. WaPo reports on East Anglia CRU e-mails, global-warming controversy(Hot Air)
  4. Pajamas Media gies us an count of the code in the climate models. and Congress may probe the scientists to see if they misled the public. (h/t Neptunus Lex)
  5. Some people don’t get it. (Newsbusters)
  6. jules crittenden has a good roundup of reaction in the press. They were climate change and envior wacky cheerleaders for years, now what are they going to do?
  7. Even a climate change believer thinks that the e-mails are bad news.(Guardian Online)

Well, guess what, the very powerful have acted very stupid. Altering the facts to fit your views is not science. Yet they would crush free enterprise and economic growth because of their agenda. The only winners so far seems to be the loony left and neo-marxists. Green is the new red.

No I realise that pollution is bad. Yes. I. Get. It. But change the climate? As if humans have the power. An open secret has been that the world is recovering from a mini-ice age in the middle ages. Their may be other causes to global warming if it is occurring. The debate is far from settled.

Tell that to the left. Warming of the planet and melting oceans fit their idea of a harmful west. Resources need to be redistributed, technology needs to be restricted (unless your a wealthy elite in New York, London or LA). Disagree and you’re just a wealthy white man who wants to oppress the planet.

Why is there no debate? Why is dissent not tolerated? The BBC got the climate gate files but refused to cover them. Did a White House science adviser ridicule scientists who did not agree with global warming?

I’ve known solar physicists Sallie Baliunas and Willie Soon for a long time. I’ve published articles with Willie and enjoyed extensive communication. I was on advisory committees with them when Sallie suddenly and politely withdrew from the fray. I don’t know if the following events were contributing factors but it is likely.

Baliunas and Soon were authors of excellent work confirming the existence of the Medieval Warm Period (MWP) from a multitude of sources. Their work challenged attempts to get rid of the MWP because it contradicted the claim by the proponents of anthropogenic global warming (AGW). Several scientists challenged the claim that the latter part of the 20th century was the warmest ever. They knew the claim was false, many warmer periods occurred in the past. Michael Mann ‘got rid’ of the MWP with his production of the hockey stick, but Soon and Baliunas were problematic. What better than have a powerful academic destroy their credibility for you? Sadly, there are always people who will do the dirty work.
— Newsbusters quotes Canada Free Press.

In law, the famous adage goes, “When the facts are on your side hammer the jury, when the law is on your side hammer the judge, if neither is on your side hammer the table.”. THe Left has been hammering the table over and over again but we are the ones getting nailed.

Chew on this: Yes we Can?

Posted in politcs, rankers, War On Terror with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 20, October 2009 by chockblock

Tasty links as the month of October leaves us:

  1. “What the left-wing excuse factory wants is for the American people to overlook the radicalism of the people populating Obama’s inner circle”(Patterico)
  2. Shepard Fairey Lies like a rug, gets caught Like all propaganda, the HOPE poster is as thin as a (false) promise.(Jues Crittenden)
  3. “Via Recovery.gov
    Obama would have done better if he would have opened a McDonalds in each state.”
    (Gateway Pundit)
  4. Turkey goes from pro-Western Democracy to “a full member of the Iranian axis” and our leaders don’t care. (powerline)
  5. Ace defends Rush Limbaugh (Ace of spades)
  6. Lapdog Media Pot calls Fox News kettle black (Jawa Report)
  7. “…a lot of folks are saying health care is a right for all and we all should help pay for it. I’m wondering: Since owning a gun is a right, do you think everyone can chip in and get me a new rifle? (Confederate Yankee)
  8. Gates reminds Emanuel/Obama he is Sec Def(ace of spades)

also via Gateway Pundit:

Economic/Healthcare FAIL

Posted in politcs, rankers, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 9, July 2009 by chockblock

For some reason, single payer, universal health care socialized medicine seems to be en vogue with our new administration and our state run independent media. But if the government takes over health care what does that mean? Surely the government will be able to do better right?

Finally, critics say that because of its breadth and national reach, the public plan will be able to collect and analyze patient information on a large scale to discover the best ways to improve care. The public plan might even allow clinicians who form accountable-care organizations to keep a portion of the savings they generate.
–Robert Riech Why the Critics of a Public Option for Health Care Are Wrong

Not so fast. Most Medicaid and Medicare already collect stats on their use. In New Mexico, the mental health system (Medicaid Salude) took over when private insurance companies bowed out. They left due to rising costs. New Mexico Medicaid found that “universal mental health care” was so expensive that they turned over day to day operations back over to private HMO’s (shocka!) to keep costs down.

Reich again:

Critics say the public option is really a Trojan horse for a government takeover of all of health insurance. But nothing could be further from the truth. It’s an option. No one has to choose it. Individuals and families will merely be invited to compare costs and outcomes. Presumably they will choose the public plan only if it offers them and their families the best deal — more and better health care for less.

Well, in my experience, whether it private health insurance or public, the accountants rule. Doctors, nurses and drug companies don’t make most of the decisions to deny care. Sure their are a few scrooges with medical degrees out there, but 90% of the time they want to treat you or give you the drugs you need. Big pharma needs you to buy it’s drugs to support their reseach efforts. Docs and nurses want to treat you.

No the biggest boogy man is the MBA or administrator who decides that you’re too expensive.
The answer is always no. It’s easier to deny care than to supply it at any cost.

Hospice is one option, but we do need take account of the cost — you know, I hate to say it, the cost-benefit of some of the things we do. And either we can do it directly, or we can do it by bundling the payments and let the delivery system deal with it. So it’s a combination of the delivery system dealing with it, or, and/or providing more information for people to make the right decisions, both for themselves and for the care.–Professor Stuart Altman of Brandeis University Via HotAir.com

Gee, does that remind you of anything?

So the elderly cost to much. No new drugs cause the ones we have are “cheaper”. I remember
the Medicaid forms had a 2″ x 2″ square where client’s goals (the treatment plan) and problems (things that would mess up that plan) were supposed to be written down. Mind you, these would take up to 4-5 pages in the doctor’s notes, but the HMO wanted us to jot it down in a square about the size of a single sheet of toilet paper.

As to the idea that government has more resources for research, yes but (and this is a big but) the hospitals and pharmaceutical companies are not slacking off either. When I used to work in mental health, the drug companies and hospitals collected reams of data from my bosses. Hospitals that are run for profit want to maximise profit and drive down costs. Those that cut corners risk being sued into the ground. Lawyers love repoing doc’s BWM’s.

Costly mistakes and duplication do not magically disappear when government enters the arena. Remember what I said about New Mexico and Medicaid? Amtrack is a classic example of the government subsidizing a dinosaur. Instead of rail traffic improving, the government alternative is dying (we all pay for amtrack even if we don’t ride it).

A big chuck of the costs are in the administration of the health care system.

Supporters of the for-profit, free market health care system contend that the high level of administrative costs cited by advocates of publicly funded care arise out of the substantial level of government regulation that exists in the United States health care sector.[79] According to a study by the Cato Institute this regulation provides benefits in the amount of $170 billion but costs the public up to $340 billion.[79]– Wikipedia

Even private insurance gets stuck:

But private insurers, who strongly oppose public options, say the concept of a “level playing field” is a myth.

“Government today underpays for Medicare and Medicaid services. The only way hospitals can stay in business is to charge private insurers 130 percent of costs to offset the underpayments for government programs,” says Robert Zirkelbach, a spokesman for America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), the insurance industry’s lobby.
A hot button in healthcare reform: US role as insurance provider CSmonitor.com

Medicare vs. Private Insurance (via HotAir.com)

[O]n a per-person basis Medicare’s administrative costs are actually higher than those of private insurance–this despite the fact that private insurance companies do incur several categories of costs that do not apply to Medicare.

Pointing this out is sufficiently dangerous to the Left that New York Times columnist Paul Krugman attacked Book’s study — or, more accurately, attacked the Heritage Foundation, as ad hominem is twice as good coming from someone who used to advise Enron. Unfortunately for Krugman, the NYT allows comments, thus allowing Book to embarrass Krugman on his own site.

Admin costs will only skyrocket as the government moves in. The democrats see that they are losing this one like they lost HillaryCare. They tried to sell us on how “unhappy” the American public is with our health care system. Wikipedia again:

According to a Joint Canada/United States Survey of Health in 2003, 86.9% of Americans reported being “satisfied” or “very satisfied” with their health care services, compared to 83.2% of Canadians.[80] In the same study, 93.6% of Americans reported being “satisfied” or “very satisfied” with their physician services, compared to 91.5% of Canadians (according to the study authors, that difference was not statistically significant).

Yet the left wants taxes, red tape and rationing. They even want to tax health bennies (someting Pres. Obama drummed Sen. McCain on back in 2008). Option? Riech gets it wrong, many on the left want you to sign up for gov’ment health care or be penalized if you do not. (H/T ace)

There could be a tax penalty for those with adequate financial resources who don’t elect to get insurance, according to the outline…

Worse still, even if you opt in, the government will make it impossible to opt out. Why? Money. To keep the system solvent, you can’t have the unwashed masses paying out of their own pocket. In the name of efficiency, the government will bully any hospital or private insurance (assuming any are left) to weighs the costs of treatment against the relative value of the person getting treated. The downside is that the terminallyill and elderly get the shaft.

…Basically, the government will tell some people that they’re just not worth the effort to treat, and will send them to hospice to die instead. And thanks to what will eventually be a nationalization of the health-care industry, just as in Canada and “England”, there won’t be any private options left, either
Hotair.com

Which goes back to the youtube video of the “expert” professor above.

Why all the fuss? The common argument is the “better” health care avaible in Canada. Far from being a guide, Canada is not a model:

Ho believes, however, that there are also inefficiencies in the Canadian system. In her own work on hip fracture, she found that Canadian hospitals held patients for longer periods because there was no incentive to discharge them. “These patients are easier to take care of,” she explains, “and that helps [hospital administrators] justify their budget…. I think there is room for economic incentives [in the Canadian system].”

“Personally,” Ho adds, “my view is that the Canadian system is good for Canada and the American system is good for America. Neither side should switch, because the systems are a function of the population—the Canadian population believes much more in maintaining social safety nets.
We’re Number Two: Canada Has as Good or Better Health Care than the U.S.SciAm.com

So all aboard the failroad. We get taxes, more red tape and health care administrators with all the empathy of the Nazi’s T-4 program. Change we don’t need.

failroad

Chew on this: Iran, Iran so far away… (UPDATED)

Posted in politcs, rankers, Uncategorized, War On Terror with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 17, June 2009 by chockblock

Iran burns, elections are rigged and the President springs into action:

  1. Ace of Spades takes our leadership to task, and so does Powerline, over the administration’s reluctance to lead during this crisis.
  2. The MSM is shut out by Iran’s corrupt regime. So much for old media (Wired/CNN)
  3. The revolution is on twitter and in the streets. (Wired)
  4. The battlespills onto cyberspace. (wired)
  5. Thousands of Mousavi Supporters March in Iran”, video of Iranian militia firing on civilian crowds. *WARNING* CONTAINS VIOLENT FOOTAGE, BE ADVISED (LFG)
  6. CNN gets raked over the coals for not covering the Iran situation early.(CNET)
  7. Guards fire on crowds (Gatewaypundit, WARNING: VIDEO OF GUNFIRE ON CIVILIANS), LFG as more here and here.
  8. NY Times columnist gets pOwned by reality, has to retreat from leftist fantasy land. (Newsbusters)
  9. US asleep at the switch? (Patterico)
  10. Time magazine looks into the election.
  11. The President reacts to the violence in Iran days after it started
  12. Oppositon leader Vows to “Pay any cost” CNN finally jumps on the story.
  13. President Bush Obama plays golf during this crisis, watch his drive! (HT: Doubleplusundead)

WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP (if you have twitter) hat Tip from the Jawa Report:

The purpose of this guide is to help you participate constructively in the Iranian election protests through Twitter.

1. Do NOT publicise proxy IP’s over twitter, and especially not using the #iranelection hashtag. Security forces are monitoring this hashtag, and the moment they identify a proxy IP they will block it in Iran. If you are creating new proxies for the Iranian bloggers, DM them to @stopAhmadi or @iran09 and they will distributed them discretely to bloggers in Iran.

2. Hashtags, the only two legitimate hashtags being used by bloggers in Iran are #iranelection and #gr88, other hashtag ideas run the risk of diluting the conversation.

3. Keep you bull$hit filter up! Security forces are now setting up twitter accounts to spread disinformation by posing as Iranian protesters. Please don’t retweet impetuosly, try to confirm information with reliable sources before retweeting. The legitimate sources are not hard to find and follow.

4. Help cover the bloggers: change your twitter settings so that your location is TEHRAN and your time zone is GMT +3.30. Security forces are hunting for bloggers using location and timezone searches. If we all become ‘Iranians’ it becomes much harder to find them.

5. Don’t blow their cover! If you discover a genuine source, please don’t publicise their name or location on a website. These bloggers are in REAL danger. Spread the word discretely through your own networks but don’t signpost them to the security forces. People are dying there, for real, please keep that in mind…

Chew On This: Old books, Government in Action and some Liquid

Posted in politcs, rankers, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 9, June 2009 by chockblock

Tasty Links and the 60th Anniversary of 1984:

  1. Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell upheld by the US Supreme Court. (CNN)
  2. Six Shriners hospitals may close (CNN)
  3. Two US journalists get 12 years in a North Korean Prison, “smart diplomacy” at work. (FoxNews)
  4. Steven Colbert is in Iraq. Truthiness in action. (Fox News)
  5. Gov’t officals back off and quit harassing a pastor. He is now allowed to hold bible study classes in his home. (SondraK)
  6. Oh Noes! The Treasury Bond Market is taking a beating Jammiewearing fool breaks down the T-Bill beatdown. (CNBC, Jammiewearingfool)
  7. Famous Fakes Waronplagiarism.org
  8. Why Detroit is such a mess. (The Economist)
  9. Even the Fed is scared of the ballooning debt. (Powerline)
  10. The Chrysler sale to Fiat may be fishy. At least a Supreme Court Justice thinks so. (Newsbusters & Ace O’ Spades)
  11. For a long tome written back in the 1930’s, Rand’s book sure is popular today. (Dr. Helen)
  12. Speaking of popular books, Orwell’s 1984 is also becoming popular.(Michelle Malkin)
  13. Little Green Footballs with two overlooked stories: while Obama Worship approaches critical mass, Lebanon’s Pro-Western Parties are winning elections, but our Obamedia won’t report it!
  14. New Scientist explains why curve balls are so hard to hit.
  15. A-1 Skyraider vs. MiG-17, prop plane vs. jet. CMDR Salamander shows why American courage beats Commie’s every time.
  16. Health Insurance Companies want you to smoke (Sci-Am)
  17. According to CNN, Iranians wat peace with the US. I’ll believe it when I see fewer missiles pointed at the free world.

And now some liquid: