Daily Archives: December 1, 2009

Obama’s Aunt, "President Bush Is My Number One Man"

Zeituni Onyango, Barack Obama’s 57 year-old Aunt that made news last year for being in the country illegally, recently said, “I loved President Bush. He is my No. 1 man in my life because he helped me when I really needed that help.”

President Bush, if you recall, issued a directive that kept Onyango from being arrested and being used in last years campaign.

She cherish’s a photo of President Bush and his wife, Laura standing alongside Obama and his wife from inauguration day.

CNS News

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Suspected Cop Killer Shot & Killed in Seattle

Maurice Clemmons, wanted in regards to the brutal assassination of 4 lakewood, Washington Police Officers, was shot and killed early this morning by a Seattle Police Officer during a traffic stop. Clemmons was going for his own gun at the time he was shot by the alert Officer.

Seattle Times

Police are still investigating the Sunday morning murders and have taken family members and friends of Clemmons into custody for aiding in his escape and eluding capture.

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Obama "War" Strategy: End it, Not Mend It. *War Has Spending Limit

Here’s the speech in its entirety. The words “victory,” “win” never appear.  Here. 
From Jake Tapper’s blog at ABC we get three excerpts that the White House has released from  the President’s speech:

The White House provided these three excerpts from President Obama’s speech tonight at West Point:
“The 30,000 additional troops that I am announcing tonight will deploy in the first part of 2010 – the fastest pace possible – so that they can target the insurgency and secure key population centers. They will increase our ability to train competent Afghan Security Forces, and to partner with them so that more Afghans can get into the fight. And they will help create the conditions for the United States to transfer responsibility to the Afghans.”
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“Because this is an international effort, I have asked that our commitment be joined by contributions from our allies. Some have already provided additional troops, and we are confident that there will be further contributions in the days and weeks ahead. Our friends have fought and bled and died alongside us in Afghanistan. Now, we must come together to end this war successfully. For what’s at stake is not simply a test of NATO’s credibility – what’s at stake is the security of our Allies, and the common security of the world.”
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“Taken together, these additional American and international troops will allow us to accelerate handing over responsibility to Afghan forces, and allow us to begin the transfer of our forces out of Afghanistan in July of 2011. Just as we have done in Iraq, we will execute this transition responsibly, taking into account conditions on the ground. We will continue to advise and assist Afghanistan’s Security Forces to ensure that they can succeed over the long haul. But it will be clear to the Afghan government – and, more importantly, to the Afghan people – that they will ultimately be responsible for their own country.”
– jpt

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President: Leaving Afghanistan July 2011

“Taken together, these additional American and international troops will allow us to accelerate handing over responsibility to Afghan forces, and allow us to begin the transfer of our forces out of Afghanistan in July of 2011. Just as we have done in Iraq, we will execute this transition responsibly, taking into account conditions on the ground. We will continue to advise and assist Afghanistan’s Security Forces to ensure that they can succeed over the long haul. But it will be clear to the Afghan government – and, more importantly, to the Afghan people – that they will ultimately be responsible for their own country.”

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SB 5288: Why Clemmons Was Out of Prison in Washington?

Here’s the bill.

The following is the synopsis of what it would do when passed by the last Washington State Legislature:

Ex-con supervision: SB 5288 will reduce supervision of offenders who get out of jail or prison to shorter periods of time, except for violent sex offenders or dangerous mentally ill.

Here’s what the News Tribune in Tacoma says Maurice Clemmons psych eval found;

A psychological evaluation conducted in October found he was a risk to public safety, but not a bad enough risk to justify committing him.

How do they arrive at that when he had a rap  sheet a mile long and was accused of raping a 12 year old girl?
Here’s who was responsible for the bill:
By Senators Hargrove (Hoquiam), Stevens (Arlington),  Regala (Tacoma) and Shin (Edmonds).
Signed into law by Christine Gregoire (but she got rid of part of it). Here’s a description from Washington Votes.

Signed with partial veto by Gov. Christine Gregoire on May 6, 2009, requires the Department of Corrections to supervise certain offenders sentenced to community custody, such all sex offenders, dangerously mentally ill offenders, among others. House amendments removed the requirement for supervision for certain low and moderate risk offenders and authorizes DOC to arrest and pursue administrative sanctions for offenders under supervision. An adopted house amendment establishes by statute a set of sentencing guidelines apart from the Sentencing Guidelines Commission (SGC.The emergency clause is vetoed.

If Clemmons wasn’t considered dangerous then how many other time bombs have been let out of custody by these folks?

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Parking Fines Skyrocket In Porkland

The Porkland City Council increased parking fines in efforts to raise more revenue, even though they deny it. They claim standard fines have increased by only $10, but;

The fine for blocking a fire hydrant increased from $100 to $150

Blocking access to a handicap ramp will incur a $210 fine, up from $150

Parking in a disabled zone without a valid permit increased more than 100 percent, $450 up from $190.

Unlawfully using grannies a handicapped permit will now cost $720, up from $450.

Claiming the increases were not a “cash grab,” officials also expect to generate more than $500,000 yearly from the tax increases.

And, what about all the bicyclists clogging downtown Porkland? Will they ever pay their fair share?

KGW.com

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City of PDX Looks for New Way to Inform People of H2O Contamination: Here’s Your Sign.

After the E.coli scare and the City’s epic fail at informing the public, the city is looking at new ways to inform. Let’s face it, the media can’t be the only outlet, right? Sam Adams was tweeting on twitter. Good. But it wasn’t enough. Now the city officials are looking at other ways. A million dollar plan is to get a data base together (which the Smirkcury reports would fine people for not getting on board–a charge the water bureau director denied on my show last night) to make robocalls. But how about starting with some SIGNS you post in affected neighborhoods? Just a thought. Duh.

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Follow the Money: Lazy Journalists Guide to Climate Gate Lesson # 3

WSJ here.

Consider the case of Phil Jones, the director of the CRU and the man at the heart of climategate. According to one of the documents hacked from his center, between 2000 and 2006 Mr. Jones was the recipient (or co-recipient) of some $19 million worth of research grants, a sixfold increase over what he’d been awarded in the 1990s.
…All of them have been on the receiving end of climate change-related funding, so all of them must believe in the reality (and catastrophic imminence) of global warming just as a priest must believe in the existence of God.

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Pretend They’re Bill Sizemore. A Message to Lazy Journalists.

If Bill Sizemore lied, cheated and stole as he’s being accused of, you’d tell the story, right? Yes. You’ve told it here and here and here and…
But a group of scientists –by their own emails–are shown to be lying, cheating, and, by extension, stealing government grant money to tell lies about global warming which could result in taxing millions of people, controlling our private lives, killing jobs, reducing GDP and ceding sovereignty and you guys get all tongue tied. You don’t know what to do! Here’s a suggestion: tell the story. It’s news.
Now, let’s go find the stories they’ve told so far…here and here and here….
Yeah, that’s what I thought.

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