Friday, May 7, 2010
Odds and Ends with the emphasis on the Odd
Colorado polls from RealClear Politics:
Colorado: Rasmussen shows former Lt. Gov. Jane Norton holding consistent leads over her potential Democratic opponents of about six or seven points. That's not awe-inspiring, but it's statistically significant at about 85% confidence. A near-majority of the state strongly disapproves of the job Barack Obama is doing, and 60% favor repealing the health care bill. Neither Democrat -- Bennett nor Romanoff -- has ever polled above 42% in Rasmussen, which isn't a particularly good sign for the fall. Norton leads Bennett by two in the RCP Average.
Where does the Justice Department get it's news.
According to the LA Times, Justice gets it news in the secure confines of the briefing room of Holder's own Justice Department in Washington from Fox News. The briefing room's main TV's are tuned to the top-rated cable news channel. At least we know something that is fair and balanced in the Obama Justice Department.
Does it strike you odd?
It strikes me odd that after all the warnings about the TEA Party protests and the violence that could ensue, the only violence at any TEA Party demonstration has come from Union thugs. In the meantime, every terror act is first spun by the MSM as "possibly being" from some right wing fanatic. We even had on MSNBC correspondent expressing chagrin that the Times Square bomber was a Muslim.
After a year of TEA Party protests not a single TEA Partier has been arrested (not so for anti-war demonstrators in the USA) and we see just how peaceful the left can be by the "demonstrations" in Greece. It appears the left doesn't do well with if you tell them no or even worse you can't afford it. Here we have the EU bailing out the Greek people for their overspending but putting strings on the bailout and the leftists there act like homicidal little children throwing a temper tantrum.
From James Lileks:
The MS in MSNBC stands for Morally Superior, I guess. That explains this:
“I get frustrated…” said Contessa Brewer. “There was part of me that was hoping this was not going to be anybody with ties to any kind of Islamic country. … There are a lot of people who want to use terrorist intent to justify writing off people who believe in a certain way or come from certain countries or whose skin color is a certain way. I mean they use it as justification for really outdated bigotry.”
This begs the question: what kind of bigotry isn't outdated? Against conservatives I suppose.
And speaking of bigotry
On Cinco de Mayo five Live Oak High School students were asked to leave school because they donned American flag T-shirts. Assistant Principal Miguel Rodriguez did not want any fights to break out among Mexican-American students and those wearing American flags.
At the same time you had students showing their pride in Mexico. Pictured above you have freshman Laura Ponce showing off her Mexican pride as she wears a Mexican flag over her shoulders and wears facepaint Wednesday as she waits for school to get out at Live Oak.
So it seems that wearing clothing in America with an American flag on it is "incendiary" but wearing a Mexican flag and facepaint is just showing pride.
Last Navy Seal acquitted
All the Navy Seals who were accused of roughing up a terror suspect have now been acquitted of all charges. Having only the testimony of the suspected terrorist and a single sailor who admitted to dereliction of duty for not reporting what he testified to in the trial. His testimony was considered unreliable.
Navy SEALs involved secretly captured one of the most wanted terrorists in Iraq — the alleged mastermind of the murder and mutilation of four Blackwater USA security guards in Fallujah in 2004. Ahmed Hashim Abed, whom the military code-named "Objective Amber," told investigators he was punched by his captors — and he had the bloody lip to prove it.
The three enlisted men involved refused non-judicial punishment — called a captain's mast — and requested a trial by court-martial. This probably wasn't the response the convening officer was looking for. A captain's mast with a minor punishment would have allowed the military to look tough while not seriously affecting the seamen involved careers.
Instead the Navy now looks foolish and very political. Actual misconduct should never be permitted, but this should never have gone to trial.