Archive for October, 2008

Stevens Not Guilty, Still Porcine Addict

Posted in Bulletproof Diction on October 27, 2008 by mb007bpd

UPDATE:  I deeply regret not updating this earlier.  My apologies to Sen. Stevens, as he has been found not guilty.

Those who follow the blog know that I have no love for soon-to-be-ex-Senator Ted Stevens.  After the Bridge to Nowhere failure, he lost my support, and after finding out about his extensive pork-barrel spending, he lost my respect.

So, today, not to my surprise, he was found guilty on all seven counts of corruption.  The evidence against him spoke for itself.

Senator Stevens represents the past of the Republican party.  Governor Palin represents the future.  Stevens knows it, Palin knows it, and the American people know it.  In less than eight days this country will decide who will become the next President of the United States, and who will be able to usher in a new, more ethical era into Washington.  The Democrats promised to do that in 2006; their victory was due in no small part to toadies like Sen. Stevens.  However, they have utterly failed at creating “the most ethical Congress ever.”  Should we give them another chance this time around, with Obama at the helm?  Well, considering that their candidate in fiscal year 2008 alone asked for the SECOND highest amount of pork-barrel spending in Congress (second only to Sen. Clinton) totalling $97.4 million, I’d say that’s a big, fat no.

Did I mention that young Sen. Obama has requested nearly one billion dollars worth of pork-barrel spending in just THREE years of being in the U.S. Senate?

How much money did John McCain request in FY2008?  Zero dollars.

I think it’s clear who can bring about real change in Washington.

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The Daily Blurt

Posted in Bulletproof Diction on October 23, 2008 by mb007bpd

“Barack Obama has a post-partisan aura, or persona, but not a post-partisan record.”

–Mara Liasson, NPR

Final Debate Verdict

Posted in Bulletproof Diction on October 16, 2008 by mb007bpd

I actually quite enjoyed last night’s debate.  I think it was definitely the most exciting of the three, mostly due to the fact that McCain actually seemed awake.  Which led to an interesting contrast: McCain seemed alert, enthusiastic, and optimistic, while Obama seemed tired, bored, and Eeyore-ish.  For some reason, there is just something in Obama’s voice that makes me reticent to trust him.  I can’t quite distinguish what it is, but he seems to lack a sort of vocal authenticity that I find troubling and that was definitely more pronounced last night.  However, I must declare a winner of this debate.

The Winner:  Joe Plumber!

Joe the Plumber (real name Joe Wurzelbacher) received FIFTEEN mentions last night.  Not even President Bush got that many mentions (loved that retort by McCain by the way.)  I certainly wish Joe all the best of luck with buying his business.  He has now become an archetype from the hardworking, upwardly-mobile, average American, and all the power to him and all the Joe Plumbers out there.  They are the face of America.

Opportunity Knocks

Posted in Bulletproof Diction on October 12, 2008 by mb007bpd

One of the ugly social problems that stems from economic downturns is the crawling of crazies out of the woodwork who are ever-so-eager to point fingers so they can advance their tinfoil-hat agendas.  You know the kind: those last 20 or so LaRouche nuts, the inbred Phelps family, etc.  Well, it appears that looniness has suddenly gained an international flair.  

Muslims should take advantage of the global financial crisis to build an economic system compatible with Islamic principles, influential Sunni cleric Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi said on Sunday.

“The collapse of the capitalist system based on usury and paper and not on goods traded on the market is proof that it is in crisis and shows that Islamic economic philosophy is holding up,” said the Egyptian-born, Qatar-based cleric.

“Holding up?”  Really?

[Nonie Darwish] ‘contends the oil-rich nations of the Middle East are deliberately keeping their populations in abject poverty because they want to put all their wealth into spreading Islam into the Western world.’ 

Somehow this doesn’t surprise me.  All of the economic barons of the “oil-rich nations” seem perfectly content with capitalism when it comes to their own wealth, but Allah forbid they let some of their own people practice it.

“All riches are ours… the Islamic nation has all or nearly all the oil and we have an economic philosophy that no one else has,” Qaradawi said.

He urged Muslims to “profit from the crisis to bring about the triumph of the (Islamic) nation, which holds the spiritual and material resources for victory.”

And people call me crazy for claiming that the main goal of Islamofascists and their ilk is to increase the size of the umma underneath the dar al-Islam.

The sixth conference on Jerusalem is being attended by around 300 people representing political parties as well as Muslim and Christian NGOs, from various countries.

It is staged by Al-Quds (Jerusalem) International Institution, which is dedicated to the conservation of the holy city and its sacred places.

Participants include Khaled Meshaal, exiled head of the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas, and Ali Akbar Velayati, a top adviser to Iranian spiritual leader Ali Khamenei.

The three-day conference will look at ways of protecting Jerusalem and its holy sites, which participants believe are threatened by Israel.

What the heck kind of Christian NGO would travel to Doha, Qatar to participate in a conference held by an obviously radical group of people?  Is this what they talked about when they meant “spiritual dialogue”?

Hamas politburo Chief Khaled Mashaal is also among the participants.

He also added that occupied Al-Quds and its sacred places would be restored neither through negotiations nor through settlements; however, the only way to restore them is by the resistance. 

Ah, yes.  Of course.  “Resistance”?  That’s what the al-Quds Brigades are for!

The al-Quds Brigades is the armed wing of the Palestinian Islamist organization Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ). Especially active in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, the al-Quds Brigades are reportedly receiving orders from the PIJ leadership in DamascusSyria.

In the Gaza Strip, the al-Quds Brigades continued to fight for their cause, which is to return Palestinians to their righful homeland, Jerusalem.

“Friends”, “folks”, and countrymen, these are the terrorists.  There is no doubt about it.  They’re crafty enough to deftly maneuver the AFP and other media, but the free-loving people of the world are not amused nor bamboozled.  Apparently, these crafty radicals are stupid enough to all congregate in one place and at one time.

Just one daisy-cutter?  Please?

Second Presidential Debate Verdict

Posted in Bulletproof Diction on October 7, 2008 by mb007bpd

I came in a few minutes late to the debate, so I wasn’t able to liveblog.  However, my verdict:

Not too many gotcha moments, but McCain held his own.  Obama had a phrase or two that came off smooth, but seemed off-kilter quite a bit.  Both candidates re-explained themselves ad nauseam.  McCain made a point or two that made me wince, especially when it came to the government buying houses.  Brokaw was useless and whiny, and the questions were not as well done as they could have been.

Winner: McCain

He had his best night so far tonight.  He came off as affable and fluid, and less wooden than he has before.  His positions sounded stronger and more straightforward, and Obama looked reticent and wordy.

The AP Fails AGAIN.

Posted in Bulletproof Diction on October 5, 2008 by mb007bpd

I gotta admit…I had to click on the article after reading a headline like this:

Egypt’s top diplomat in Iraq; 11 die in US raid

What’s your first impression based on the headline?  That Egypt’s top diplomat in Iraq along with 11 other people were killed in a US raid.  If you read this on a list of links on, say, your Yahoo homepage, that would be your impression, right?  

Except…it isn’t true.  The US did not kill Egypt’s top diplomat in Iraq.  The AP has cleverly merged two articles with a semicolon to give a false impression.  

Egypt sent its foreign minister to Iraq Sunday for the first time in nearly two decades in a sign of growing Arab acceptance of the country’s Shiite-led government.

While another article is:

In the north, 11 people including women and children died during a U.S. raid on a house in Mosul, where an extremist detonated a suicide vesta stark reminder that Iraq still faces security challenges despite the drop in violence.

Well fancy that!  By reading the headline, you would get the impression that “11 die in US raid” means that US soldiers killed 11 people.  Of course, that isn’t true.  

Those fears were underscored by the carnage in Mosul, the third-largest city where U.S. and Iraqi forces have been trying to months to drive out al-Qaida in Iraq and other Sunni extremist groups.

American troops came under heavy gunfire after entering a house early Sunday looking for a suspected insurgent, the U.S. military said in a statement.

As U.S. soldiers returned fire, a man inside the house detonated a suicide vest, the statement added.

Five “terrorists” as well as three women and three children were killed, according to the statement. Two other children, including one who was injured, were found near the building and moved to safety, the military said. weapons cache was later found inside.

No American casualties were reported.

“This is just another tragic example of how al-Qaida in Iraq hides behind innocent Iraqis,” U.S. military spokesman Rear Adm. Patrick Driscoll said.

Iraqi police officials in Mosul said all 11 of the dead were family members, including a 7-year-old boy. The police spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release the information,

Hospital officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not supposed to give information to media, said most of those who died in the Mosul raid appeared to have been killed by the exploding vest and not by gunfire.

Still, some Mosul residents blamed the Americans.

Most of the Mosul residents live in fear because of such raids conducted by U.S. forces, and even sometimes the Iraqi forces,” said Thaier Ahmed, a 32-year-old teacher. “It is a horrible incident that has led to the killing of innocent people, including children.

A 35-year-old government worker, who identified himself only by his nickname Abu Tiba, said the raid raised questions whether “the blood of Iraqis is worth nothing to theU.S. Army.

Later in Mosul, gunmen opened fire on mourners in a funeral tent, killing four people and wounding three, said Iraqi officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not supposed to release the information.

The attack occurred in the city’s Zanjili neighborhood where al-Qaida operates. Four Iraqi employees of a television station were kidnapped and killed in the area last month.

Also in Mosul, a secondary school teacher, who was an ethnic Turkomen, was shot to death near his house Sunday, a police officer said. Gunmen also entered a Mosul butcher shop, shot the owner dead and wounded his son, police said.

Fantastic.  The AP is writing articles from the perspective of two dubious “Mosul residents” and passing them off as news.  

Note the phrase “terrorists” in quotation marks.  One obviously had a suicide vest (probably the insurgent they were going after in the first place.)  There was a weapons cache found inside.  They used family members as human shields.  But to the AP, that still doesn’t mean that they’re terrorists.

Associated Press writer Bushra Juhi and Sameer N. Yacoub contributed to this report.

This Sameer N. Yacoub?  

Wow.  Seems like the AP should start looking to some different former Hussein acolytes for their reporting staff.

Oh what a tangled web we weave, When first we practise to deceive!

If only Sir Walter Scott was alive today.

Verdict on Vice-Presidential Debate

Posted in Bulletproof Diction on October 2, 2008 by mb007bpd

Palin was straightforward and charming.  Biden was petty and tedious.  Palin looked fleetingly robotic when it came to citing facts.  Biden attempted for a common touch, but Palin grasped it better.  Ifill did a fantastic job.

Palin won by a mile.