Daily Archives: December 14, 2009

LtCol Chessani Cleared But Must Retire Following Exoneration on "Haditha Massacre"

The Board of Inquiry came back Friday night but I just heard from the Thomas More Legal Center which helped Chessani’s military attorneys with the case and have a rundown on what it all means:

…the military Board of Inquiry ruled LtCol Chessani was not guilty of misconduct and should not be demoted. 

Nevertheless, the Board’s ruling produced a mixed result.  It ruled Chessani must now retire because he displayed “substandard performance” by failing to conduct a more detailed investigation of the civilians killed as a result of the house clearing actions of four Marines after they were ambushed in Haditha, Iraq on November 19, 2005. 

The Board’s decision came after a 1½ hour impassioned closing argument on behalf of LtCol Chessani made by Thomas More Law Center attorney Robert Muise.  Muise argued Chessani was a scapegoat to appease the anti-war media and anti-war politician John Murtha.  “Here’s your scapegoat.  Here’s your fall guy, ” said Muise as he pointed at Chessani, who sat silently at the defense table. 

Richard Thompson, President and Chief Counsel of the Thomas More Law Center, commented, “It’s indicative of the weakness of the government’s case that it could not prove misconduct at the Board hearing where the normal rules of evidence didn’t apply and the burden of proof was lessened.  We are all greatly relieved that the Board ruled LtCol Chessani was not guilty of misconduct and should not be demoted, However, I believe the overwhelming evidence supported a total and complete exoneration of LtCol Chessani.”

Not one of LtCol Chessani’s superiors ─ including top generals ─ who received his report of dead civilians considered such deaths unusual.  Not one ordered a further investigation.  Instead, they commended him for a job well done.  In fact, LtCol Chessani’s immediate superior told him that no investigation was needed because it was a bona fide combat action – consistent with the orders in effect at the time: no investigation of civilian deaths related to combat action.  That order was changed in April, 2006, well after the Haditha incident.

LtCol Chessani’s commanding general, Major General Huck, reported up the chain of command, “I support our account and do not see the necessity for further investigation.”  This same commanding General was allowed to retire without going to a Board of Inquiry, and he was allowed to retire as a Major General.

Consequently, not one of LtCol Chessani’s superiors faced, nor will they ever face, a court-martial or a Board of Inquiry for their actions in relation to November 19, 2005.  

One of the eight Marines brought up on charges for the phony “massacre” awaits legal action, the rest have all been exonerated.  

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Locals Notice Piece in WSJ: Ask if Young Granola Eaters Can be Republican

Here’s the piece. Here’s the speculation (and here, too). I love the sense of incredulity by these guys. The self satisfied, “fixie” fixated crowd apparently can’t believe they may be more conservative than they think. Hee.
By the way, you’re welcome to go to my church where there are a lot of, what did you call them Jeff? Oh, yes, “hipsters.” Wow.

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Gore Impaled by His Own "PoleAxe" at Copenhagen Warmathon

See what happens when reporters actually DO their jobs? All they did was check a simple story! And Al Gore was confronted with another inconvenient truth: he was wrong. Note that this was an assertion in a WRITTEN SPEECH!

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Mr Gore, speaking at the Copenhagen climate change summit, stated the latest research showed that the Arctic could be completely ice-free in five years.

In his speech, Mr Gore told the conference: “These figures are fresh. Some of the models suggest to Dr [Wieslav] Maslowski that there is a 75 per cent chance that the entire north polar ice cap, during the summer months, could be completely ice-free within five to seven years.”


And this is what the climatologist said whose “work” Gore cited:
However, the climatologist whose work Mr Gore was relying upon dropped the former Vice-President in the water with an icy blast.

“It’s unclear to me how this figure was arrived at,” Dr Maslowski said. “I would never try to estimate likelihood at anything as exact as this.”

 From the Financial Times of London

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You Might Be a Socialist If…

Oh, Wayne Root, you did a fabulous compendium of what’s been going on in the Obama Administration. This is fantastic. Find the original and his call to action here. 

If you want government to take over business…banks…automakers…Wall Street…the healthcare industry…literally highjack the entire economy…all so you can “spread the wealth around”…YOU MAY BE A SOCIALIST.

If you think it’s perfectly fine to abandon capitalism after a couple of unprofitable years among 230 successful and highly profitable years…but you want to replace it with a big government that has NEVER had a single profitable year ever…YOU MAY BE A SOCIALIST.

If you think it’s just fine and dandy for government to decide CEO salaries…to hire and fire CEO’s… and pick the Board of Directors of private companies…YOU MAY BE A SOCIALIST.

If you think the CEO’s of private companies have no right to fly in private jets, but it’s okay for Nancy Pelosi and members of Congress to fly nonstop on private jets…YOU MAY BE A SOCIALIST.

If you think that Congress should allocate hundreds of millions of extra dollars to the IRS to go after tax cheats in the business world…but your entire administration is filled with tax cheats- including the guy in charge of America’s taxes (Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner)…YOU MAY BE A SOCIALIST.

If you think it’s okay to give all the rights under our American constitution to the terrorists who murdered 3000 Americans…but you never even thought to give those same rights to the bondholders, shareholders and investors of Chrysler and GM (who were first in line as secured creditors) when you stole the company from them and awarded it to the unions…YOU MAY BE A SOCIALIST.

If you think it’s okay to meet face to face with the worst murderers and terrorist leaders and supporters in the world without preconditions because it’s important to always keep the lines of communication open…but you refuse to ever meet or even bother listening to the concerns of conservatives or Republicans here in America…YOU MAY BE A SOCIALIST.

If you think 32 czars appointed without Congressional scrutiny or oversight…can run the American economy by committee- even though few if any have ever run a business in their lives…and if you think it’s okay to appoint a car czar who admits publicly he knows NOTHING about cars…YOU MAY BE A SOCIALIST.

If you want to give as much as $100 billion dollars of taxpayer money to GM and Chrysler just so they can go BANKRUPT anyway…just so you can hand the company to the unions that bankrupted them in first place…and keep hundreds of thousands of grossly overpaid union workers employed…all because those unions contributed millions of dollars to your campaign…YOU MAY BE A SOCIALIST.

AND YOU ARE CERTAINLY CORRUPT.

If you think it’s OK for government to tell GM and Chrysler what kind of cars to build…what size…what gas mileage…what style…even if those “green cars” can never make a profit…even if consumers don’t want to buy them…even if the taxpayers will lose $100 billion dollars on your bad ideas…YOU MAY BE A SOCIALIST.

If you want to pass Cap and Trade and convert America to a “green economy” to create millions of jobs…even though Spain is the greenest economy in all of Europe…and they have 18% unemployment, the highest in all of socialist Europe…YOU MAY BE A SOCIALIST.

(More here)

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ClimateGate Fall Out: Change the Subject from CO2 to …

…other green house gasses. I find this piece in the LAT HERE today slightly amusing because there’s no mention of going after the biggest green house gas of all: water vapor. Which is pretty much what their arguments have turned into. (See Lew’s previous posts about increases of CO2 and their impact on the planet in the past and our previous posts too numerous to post here)
After the leaked emails showed that temperature data were fudged, fabricated and trotted out as the truth, after the data to justify their ‘science’ was “lost,” after it was shown “The Team” threatened to withhold their own papers from publications if science journals published “deniers'” papers and revealed that they had couldn’t understand why their own models wouldn’t work, after they colluded to prevent other scientists from getting their data via FOI, now they change the subject from CO2 to the other green house gasses. Check out that first sentence. See that term “black carbon?” You’ll be hearing an awful lot about that from now on. How could you not when it has such a malevolent sounding name? The media won’t be able to resist:

Those sources include so-called black carbon, soot from incompletely burned fossil fuels and biomass, including that produced by ships and cooking stoves that collects in the atmosphere and on ice and prevents sunlight from being reflected back into space; hydrofluorocarbon chemicals, known as HFCs, used in refrigerators and air conditioners worldwide; and methane, which emanates from coal mines and landfills.
Many scientists and environmentalists say reducing the “forgotten 50%” of pollutants will be faster, easier and substantially cheaper than cutting carbon dioxide, and could buy the world time in its climate clock race.
“We can eliminate — not just cut — one of the six greenhouse gases this week,” said Durwood Zaelke, a longtime environmental lawyer who is president of the Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development. “This can buy us more than a decade of delay” against the worst effects of climate change, he said.

Forgotten 50%? Who writes their material, Yogi Berra? What about water vapor which comprises 90% of greenhouse gasses? Oh, yeah, that would make the warmists sound like kooks. Who would want to get rid of water or its vapor for heaven’s sake? (here) Maybe the same folks who think CO2 is a pollutant.

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LtCol Chessani Cleared But Must Retire Following Exoneration on "Haditha Massacre"

The Board of Inquiry came back Friday night but I just heard from the Thomas More Legal Center which helped Chessani’s military attorneys with the case and have a rundown on what it all means:

…the military Board of Inquiry ruled LtCol Chessani was not guilty of misconduct and should not be demoted. 

Nevertheless, the Board’s ruling produced a mixed result.  It ruled Chessani must now retire because he displayed “substandard performance” by failing to conduct a more detailed investigation of the civilians killed as a result of the house clearing actions of four Marines after they were ambushed in Haditha, Iraq on November 19, 2005. 

The Board’s decision came after a 1½ hour impassioned closing argument on behalf of LtCol Chessani made by Thomas More Law Center attorney Robert Muise.  Muise argued Chessani was a scapegoat to appease the anti-war media and anti-war politician John Murtha.  “Here’s your scapegoat.  Here’s your fall guy, ” said Muise as he pointed at Chessani, who sat silently at the defense table. 

Richard Thompson, President and Chief Counsel of the Thomas More Law Center, commented, “It’s indicative of the weakness of the government’s case that it could not prove misconduct at the Board hearing where the normal rules of evidence didn’t apply and the burden of proof was lessened.  We are all greatly relieved that the Board ruled LtCol Chessani was not guilty of misconduct and should not be demoted, However, I believe the overwhelming evidence supported a total and complete exoneration of LtCol Chessani.”

Not one of LtCol Chessani’s superiors ─ including top generals ─ who received his report of dead civilians considered such deaths unusual.  Not one ordered a further investigation.  Instead, they commended him for a job well done.  In fact, LtCol Chessani’s immediate superior told him that no investigation was needed because it was a bona fide combat action – consistent with the orders in effect at the time: no investigation of civilian deaths related to combat action.  That order was changed in April, 2006, well after the Haditha incident.

LtCol Chessani’s commanding general, Major General Huck, reported up the chain of command, “I support our account and do not see the necessity for further investigation.”  This same commanding General was allowed to retire without going to a Board of Inquiry, and he was allowed to retire as a Major General.

Consequently, not one of LtCol Chessani’s superiors faced, nor will they ever face, a court-martial or a Board of Inquiry for their actions in relation to November 19, 2005.  

One of the eight Marines brought up on charges for the phony “massacre” awaits legal action, the rest have all been exonerated.  

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Locals Notice Piece in WSJ: Ask if Young Granola Eaters Can be Republican

Here’s the piece. Here’s the speculation (and here, too). I love the sense of incredulity by these guys. The self satisfied, “fixie” fixated crowd apparently can’t believe they may be more conservative than they think. Hee.
By the way, you’re welcome to go to my church where there are a lot of, what did you call them Jeff? Oh, yes, “hipsters.” Wow.

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

You Might Be a Socialist If…

Oh, Wayne Root, you did a fabulous compendium of what’s been going on in the Obama Administration. This is fantastic. Find the original and his call to action here. 

If you want government to take over business…banks…automakers…Wall Street…the healthcare industry…literally highjack the entire economy…all so you can “spread the wealth around”…YOU MAY BE A SOCIALIST.

If you think it’s perfectly fine to abandon capitalism after a couple of unprofitable years among 230 successful and highly profitable years…but you want to replace it with a big government that has NEVER had a single profitable year ever…YOU MAY BE A SOCIALIST.

If you think it’s just fine and dandy for government to decide CEO salaries…to hire and fire CEO’s… and pick the Board of Directors of private companies…YOU MAY BE A SOCIALIST.

If you think the CEO’s of private companies have no right to fly in private jets, but it’s okay for Nancy Pelosi and members of Congress to fly nonstop on private jets…YOU MAY BE A SOCIALIST.

If you think that Congress should allocate hundreds of millions of extra dollars to the IRS to go after tax cheats in the business world…but your entire administration is filled with tax cheats- including the guy in charge of America’s taxes (Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner)…YOU MAY BE A SOCIALIST.

If you think it’s okay to give all the rights under our American constitution to the terrorists who murdered 3000 Americans…but you never even thought to give those same rights to the bondholders, shareholders and investors of Chrysler and GM (who were first in line as secured creditors) when you stole the company from them and awarded it to the unions…YOU MAY BE A SOCIALIST.

If you think it’s okay to meet face to face with the worst murderers and terrorist leaders and supporters in the world without preconditions because it’s important to always keep the lines of communication open…but you refuse to ever meet or even bother listening to the concerns of conservatives or Republicans here in America…YOU MAY BE A SOCIALIST.

If you think 32 czars appointed without Congressional scrutiny or oversight…can run the American economy by committee- even though few if any have ever run a business in their lives…and if you think it’s okay to appoint a car czar who admits publicly he knows NOTHING about cars…YOU MAY BE A SOCIALIST.

If you want to give as much as $100 billion dollars of taxpayer money to GM and Chrysler just so they can go BANKRUPT anyway…just so you can hand the company to the unions that bankrupted them in first place…and keep hundreds of thousands of grossly overpaid union workers employed…all because those unions contributed millions of dollars to your campaign…YOU MAY BE A SOCIALIST.

AND YOU ARE CERTAINLY CORRUPT.

If you think it’s OK for government to tell GM and Chrysler what kind of cars to build…what size…what gas mileage…what style…even if those “green cars” can never make a profit…even if consumers don’t want to buy them…even if the taxpayers will lose $100 billion dollars on your bad ideas…YOU MAY BE A SOCIALIST.

If you want to pass Cap and Trade and convert America to a “green economy” to create millions of jobs…even though Spain is the greenest economy in all of Europe…and they have 18% unemployment, the highest in all of socialist Europe…YOU MAY BE A SOCIALIST.

(More here)

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com